WCW Superbrawl XI - Sunday, February 18, 2001
WCW Superbrawl XI - Sunday, February 18, 2001
Unfortunately, absolutely none of the reporters could cover Superbrawl real time, so I taped it and am doing a very abbreviated report. I actually watched most of it via fast-forwarding. So, if you are looking for quick results, keep reading. Otherwise, you may want to check out another site for this particular report.
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- Shane Helms won the six-way cruiserweight match. Other combatants were Kaz Hayashi, Yang, Evan Karagias, Jamie Knoble and Shannon Moore.
- Hugh Morrus cleanly pinned The Wall following a No Laughing Matter (moonsault).
- WCW World Tag Team Champions Chuck Palumbo and Sean O'Haire retained their belts by cleanly defeating Shawn Stasiak and Mark Jindrak.
- WCW World Cruiserweight Champion Chavo Guerrero Jr. retained his belt by pinning Rey Misterio, Jr. after a chairshot and a brainbuster.
- WCW U.S. Heavyweight Champion Rick Steiner retained his belt by cleanly defaeating Dustin Rhodes.
- Lex Luger and Buff Bagwell defeated Brain Adams in a handicap match. An unconscious Bryan Clarke (attacked pre-match) turned out to be Mike Awesome in disguise, who aided in the damage to Adams.
- The Cat regained the commisionership of WCW by defeating Lance Storm.
- Kanyon defeated Diamond Dallas Page with the help of Jeff Jarrett in an impromptu match.
- Diamond Dallas Page then defeated Jeff Jarrett.
- WCW World Heavyweight Champion Scott Steiner defeated Kevin Nash in a loser-leaves-WCW 2-out-of-3-falls falls-count-anywhere match.
Longtime DDT Digest reader Hoazy does us the favor of sending us a real report of the goings on. Take it away, Hoazy...
- Pre-card comment 1...To any confused readers out there, this is a one-time
only contribution from me since no one else in the country evidently watched
'Revenge' (oohh, doesn't the name itself make you tremble with
anticipation?). My brief bio is that I've been watching wrestling since
about 1984, with most of it as a WWF fan (there are also childhood memories of
the early 70's wrestling), but I was never as much an aficionado as Bill or
some of the other guys here. I switched over to WCW during the nWo days
and have enjoyed it (mostly) ever since. DDT Digest's Archive's have
been an invaluable source of info to catch up on the cool stuff I
missed. I recommend it highly.
- Pre-card comment 2...Since WCW's ratings have been dropping lately, even
though the product seems to have improved, does everyone else fear the big
bald guy's return as much as me ("What you gonna do, brother")?
- Since this review is being done from memory, I'm going to miss some of the
specifics, but I'll do my best.
- 6 Man tag for Cruiserweight contender spot.
- Since Animal (another aging fat guy) took out Billy Kidman in the
pre-show, his place will be taken by......Shane Helms. This development
didn't sit well with Moore, who was already in the ring when the intro was
made. With any luck, this will signal the end of 3 Count. As
much as they wanted to succeed, I like Helms as a single much better then
them as a tag team.
- The action is outstanding as they are actually sticking to the rules of an
elimination match. Only two in the ring at a time, when you're pinned,
you're gone (although Tony S. said at one point that if a man gets pinned
it's over, maybe somebody should explain the matches to him before the
- Numerous high spots and pins being broken up by partners. When they
all go outside for the inevitable train-wreck of dives to the floor, Jamie
Knoble gets the prize for a front flip that looked really dangerous.
- The first pin is by Yang, who blows about 6 spots in a row. First he
slips on the middle rope when setting up a moon-sault, and falls on his
back. Then he tries some sort of pile driver/reverse/something else
combo which went horribly awry. Finally, they just gave up and
Karagious fell on his back and Yang laid on top of him. The crowd
actually booed the finish, it was so bad.
- Knoble then quickly finished Yang off with a pile driver. Moore then
pinned Knoble with a top rope Fam-asser (man I hope I spelled that right or
Aldo will have me writing it on the blackboard 1000 times). As Helms
was setting up the Vertibreaker on Kaz, Moore turned on him. He and
Kaz teamed up for a while, before Kaz hit him.
- Helms & Moore then went at it while Kaz sat perplexed in the corner
and watched. In a weird spot, while Kaz set up a top rope moon-sault
on Helms, Moore slid him out of the way and laid in the ring (evidently to
trick Kaz, although it was a little messy). He then rolled out of the
way so Kaz hit the ring hard.
- While Shannon was setting up Kaz, Shane came up from behind and caught him
in the Nightmare On Helms Street (whatever happened to short nicknames?) for
the pin. After a few more moves (I couldn't believe these guys were
still standing), he nailed the Vertibreaker for the win.
- Your winner: Shane Helms in a really long match (close to 30
- I'd give that 2 1/2 - 3 Spices easily. They blew some spots, but
it was the most energy I've seen from the Cruiserweights in Eons.
- Hugh Morris vs. A-Wall
- I know none of us expect this to be pretty. However, in a
surprising turn of events, it was the best match I've seen from A-Wall
since his debut with Berlin.
- However, that's like saying David Arquette isn't a bad wrestler for
a skinny actor.
- Saving time for everyone, I'll just say that the best spot was on the
floor when Morris threw the steps on top of A-Wall. That was really painful
- Wow, I sounded a little blood-thirsty there.
- Pretty good energy from both guys, but in the end, there can be only
one....Hugh Morris with the No Laughing Matter for the win.
- He then does a second for good measure.
- I've got to say, I know a lot of purists hate guys like A-Wall
because he's so limited as a wrestler. However, I'll let him
slide on matches like these because he dished out, and took, a lot of
punishment. It kind of reminded me of Rick Steiner vs Tank
Abbott, which was also an extremely stiff match. As long as the
guy looks like he's giving his all, it's good enough for me.
Besides, if it was 3 hours of high-flying, that would get boring
- Your winner: Hugh Morris
- O'Haire & Palumbo vs. Jindrak & Stasiak for the Tag-Team Title
- I was really looking forward to this to see how the crowd went. I'm
of the firm belief that O'Haire is one of the future guys for this company
(if he can get over). With no face in the match, we'll see what the
- All 4 guys are fighting in the beginning, but it settles to O'Haire vs.
Stasiak. When Jindrak tried to interfere, he hit Stasiak by
accident. Wonder if that will become a pattern?
- Palumbo tags in and gets the worst of it. The "heels" keep
him from tagging out for most of the match. The best spot was a nice
tilt-a-whirl slam by Jindrak.
- When Palumbo finally tagged in O'Haire, he took on both the Thrillaz.
After briefly getting an advantage, Jindrak was taken down and O'Haire went
up for the Seanton Bomb. Stasiak rolled him to safety, only to turn
into a nasty Jungle Kick from Palumbo, which allowed O'Haire to hit his move
for the win.
- Your winners: O'Haire & Palumbo
- I thought this was a good match, but it seems to be setting a
precedent of Jindrak and Palumbo being the weak links. We can only
hope that doesn't mean they plan on "swerving" us with an
O'Haire/Stasiak pairing. Stasiak is the only guy in WCW who makes
A-Wall seem interesting.
- Rey Mysterio Jr. vs.
Eddie Chavo Guerrero for the
- I can't possibly do this match justice without a VCR handy. If
Bill likes my report, I'll fill in the blanks another time. This
match was worth buying PPV for.
- Although that's coming from someone who went to a friend's to see it
on a pirated signal.
- After numerous close calls and great spots, Rey slips on the middle rope
doing a moon-sault (I think we have to name that Yang Disease). It
looked like it could have caused a serious injury to the knees, but the
match continued. Rey did a great Frankensteiner from the apron to
the floor and had an advantage.
- However, that wiley Chavo got a chair and waffled him. Then he hit
the Brainbuster for the victory.
- Your winner: Chavo Guerrero
- That was simply outstanding. It did everything you could ask
for in a traditional wrestling match. The moves were great, it
was back and forth constantly, and the heel had to cheat (although
only a little) to win in the end. No run-ins or brain-dead
"Hootchies" interfering. If this is the start of the
new Bischoff regime, sign me up!
- Spices for everyone!
- Dustin Rhodes vs. Rick Steiner for the US Title
- After the last match, this will be like watching paint dry. I lied
when I said Stasiak was the most boring person on WCW's roster, just watch
this match and you'll agree.
- I just can't bring myself to describe this, it's definitely the dog of
the night (no pun intended).
- Finally, Rick puts us out of our misery by using his feet on the ropes
to pin Dustin.
- Afterwards, Dustin gets even by giving Rick The Shattered Dreams.
- Could someone please explain to me what a running kick to the groin
has to do with wrestling? Even Hogan had a better finisher
- Oh crap, I said his name. Now if I look in the mirror, he'll
appear behind me (like Candyman). If he shows up on Nitro in the
next week or two, you'll know who to blame.
- Totally Buffed vs. Kronik for a Tag-Title shot
- The running theme throughout the backstage nonsense has been the
disappearance of Brian Clarke. Adams has been looking for him and
threatening not to wrestle.
- As Luger and Bagwell wait in the ring, Kronik's theme plays and Adams
walks out alone.
- As he's halfway down the runway, Clarke comes out and they rush toward
- While they're fighting on the floor, the lights never come up.
Clarke is down and Adams is taking on both guys by himself. Although
they have a brief advantage, Adams makes a comeback and seems ready to
Full-Nelson slam Bagwell into tomorrow.
- Just then, Brian Clarke crawls out from behind the curtain in his street
clothes, obviously beaten-up. The camera comes back to the ring to
see the "other" Clarke hit Adams from behind. He then hit
a big German Suplex on Adams.
- Luger racked Adams, then Buff finished him off. The mystery Clarke
pulled off his wig and mustache to reveal.....Mike Awesome! What a
cool swerve, I never saw it coming (or does that mean I'm just
clueless?). Clarke comes to the ring to save his partner.
- Your winners: Totally Buffed
- The wrestling was predictable, but one of the better swerves I've
seen in a long time. Watching it on replay, it was still hard to
tell that Awesome wasn't Clarke until he pulled off the
mustache. Really clever.
- Ernest Miller vs. Lance Storm for the Commissioner's Job
- Can Lance Storm pull The Cat through a decent match? Let's find
- Nope. Well that was easy.
- Your winner: The Cat via Feliner (after botched interference from Mike
- A quick sorry to you Miller fans, but as a Wrestler, he makes a good
- DDP vs.
Jeff Jarrett Kanyon
- It's supposed to be JJ, but Jarrett uses DDP's open challenge to Kanyon
to book a match (I guess he does have the stroke) between them
first. While Page is looking up the runway, Kanyon comes out from
under the ring and blindsides him.
- Really classic match, these guys are two of my favorites. Kanyon
does his Fam-asser (there's that word again) onto the steel steps and Page
is cut for real on the temple. Kanyon dominates throughout and hits
the Kanyon cutter for 2 1/2.
- Am I the only one who misses him running through the building in a
blond wig Kanyon-cutting innocent bystanders?
- The "Innovator Of Offense" hit several big moves, but couldn't
pin Page. Page also hit a Sit-Out Powerbomb, but couldn't finish
- Finally, the ref was 'knocked out' by a weak looking hit, and Jarrett
interfered. He hit The Stroke on Page, which Kanyon followed up with
- Your Winner: Kanyon
- DDP vs. Jeff Jarrett
- This one wasn't quite as much fun. It was JJ & DDP trading
signature moves & ring spots. They did the fight through the
crowd, the fight on the announcer's table, and the normal in-ring
stuff. The best moment was when Page got thrown into Schiavone.
- Kanyon started interfering, but wound up with a guitar to the head for
his troubles. Page took advantage of the gaffe to Diamond Cut JJ for
- Your Winner: DDP
- Although I wasn't as enthusiastic about that match, in perspective,
it was a solid bout. At least 1 1/2 Spices (can you tell I'm a
- Big Sexy Kevin Nash vs. Big Poppa Pump Scott Steiner for the World
- I'm giving Kev his nickname back because he's actually been taking this
seriously (for him) the last few weeks.
- Ric Flair comes out to make an announcement and do commentary.
Michael Buffer brings out the champ first. The champ scares away
Buffer and makes his own announcement. Turns out Nash isn't expected
to make it due to the knee injury from Nitro. Flair has made this a
- As the ref starts the count out, Wolfpack music starts. Nash is
wheeled by two attractive nurses to the stage with a cast on his left let
(under a blanket....hhmmmm)
- As Steiner taunts him (and turns his back), Nash throws off the blanket
to reveal....a magic trick leg, with his real one just fine. He
picks up the belt (Steiner had dropped it in the ring) and waffles the
champ. Nash calmly picks up the mic and says he evidently wasn't as
hurt as everyone thought, then instructed the ref to count.
Your winner: Whoa, not so fast partner, this is
the WCW, home of Robocop, the Dungeon of Doom, and David Arquette.
Flair announces that he forgot to mention it was a two out of three falls
match and instructs the ref to start the next match.
- So I guess if Nash wins again, it will go to 3/5, then 5/9, etc...
- While Nash was dominating in the ring, Page was making his way through
the back, but was ambushed by Totally Buffed.
- Nash sends Steiner outside (that's as bad as trying to powerbomb
Kidman). Midajah awkwardly slides the lead pipe to Steiner, then
distracts Nash. When he turns back, he's met with a nasty pipe shot
to the head, and goes down in a heap. Steiner then tells Flair (who
tells the ref) that he also forgot this was falls count anywhere.
Steiner then covers for the pin.
- I'm not sure what that pipe is made out of, but Steiner tried to get
Nash up, and he didn't move. He then looked around like he
wasn't sure what to do. Either he forgot the bit, or he clocked
Kev for real.
- Finally, back in the ring, Steiner tries to put on the Recliner.
Nash powers out, and tries to pin him. As he kicks out, Midajah
jumps on the ref and begins kicking, punching, and scratching. When
she realizes that it wasn't time for that, she backs out of the
- Nash Powerbombs Steiner and goes for the cover. Once again,
Midajah jumps in the ring and kicks, punches, and claws the
- Nash then does a sweet side slam and covers again. This time Flair
pulls the ref out and punches him (guess Buff's been showing the CEO how
to treat the employees). Finally, Steiner hits Nash with a chair,
knocking him out. A second ref comes to the ring to count him out as
Scotty applies the Recliner again.
- Your winner: Big Poppa Dump
The Good: Almost all of the matches. The Cruiserweight stuff
was outstanding. Page vs. Kanyon was great too, even though it outshined
the announced match against JJ. A-Wall and Morris made you believe they
were trying to kill each other, and the Kronik swerve was pretty darned
entertaining. The crowd was outstanding end to end. They were into
almost everything, and even went with O'Haire/Palumbo as the faces (which is
obviously the direction they're going in since they'll be facing Totally Buffed
The Bad: Didn't love The Cat. Hope he sticks to being the
Commish. It's much more entertaining. Dustin Rhodes and Rick Steiner
need to go help ECW or something. There are a lot of good wrestlers going
nowhere while they try to shove crap down our throat (sorry for the icky
visual). I know what I want, and it's not them!!!
The Ugly: That pathetic main event. If you decide to order
the rebroadcast, ask your cable company if you get a discount for turning it off
20 minutes early. Hopefully they're setting up an Outsider's return (who
the Hell is left as a face otherwise?), but that also hinges on Hall staying
straight. I guess Nitro should show the direction they're
Thanks for reading.