House Show Results from The Battle In Seattle, Friday, September 19th
House Show Results from The Battle In Seattle, Friday, September 19th
Kyle R. sends the following results from The Battle In Seattle:
- Special thanks to my wife Ami for standing in line at TicketMaster when tickets first went on sale and getting us great seats, Row 3 right in the middle of the ring behind the table where Lee Marshall was doing play by play for the Webcast. I went with my wife and my 6 year old son, Christopher, also my friend Ben and his girlfriend April went with us. Ben and I have been Horsemen marks for 10 years at least, which led to a big disappointment at then end of the night (more on that at the end of my
- Basically this card sounds a lot like last night's show in Spokane so I will only point out the differences.
- The match is at Key Arena which seats about 18,000. Oddly enough, there were no tickets sold for the entire upper deck (about 7500 seats). The card was scheduled to start at 7:30 and for some stupid reason the arena people started playing Nirvana's big album at about 7:15. Well, the first song on that album is also DDP's music so the crowd went nuts for a few minutes thinking DDP was coming out early. They finaly realized what was going on and settled down again.
- Most security is wearing blue shirts but a few "special" security guys are wearing purple shirts, most notably this one guy in a cowboy hat. Now this is Seattle and people didn't wear cowboy hats here even when Urban Cowboy was popular. He must be from WCW, not a local. More on him later.
- I couldn't believe all the people doing the Flair "Whoooo" before the show started. At least every 10-15 seconds someone would do it, and they were all really bad at it. Especially this one idiot who was sitting along the railing where the wrestlers walk down. He would call out then sit with this stupid grin on his face waiting for someone to answer him. It sounded like I was at a Nature Reserve during Whooping Crane mating season.
Anyway, on to the show.
- Eddie Guerrero vs. Dean Malenko
- "Eddie sucks" chant starts. OH NO! My 6 year old is chanting it as well. I guess all that talk about being polite goes out the window.
- In a great spot Guerrero gets hit in the stomach and walks around the ring doubled over with this look of pain on his face, he calls over the ref ("Killer" Curtis) and grabs him by the wrist and forces him to rub his belly. It was quite comical. The match was a little slow but very entertaining.
- While rolling over, Guerrero hits Curtis in the face right before Malenko gets the Cloverleaf. Of course, the ref is down so he can't ask Guerrero to submit and Eddie finally makes it to the ropes. You all know Bill's Law, if you successfully hit your finisher and don't immediately win, then you will lose the match. I start telling this to my wife but before I could finish, Guerrero has Malenko's back on the mat, and with his feet on the top rope gets the win.
- Alex Wright vs. The Ultimo Dragon
- Wright to the ring first with a lot of dancing.
- Ultimo out with a big pop.
- Wright asks for a mic, he says he is the superstar and want to be introduced second, not first. He says he is not going to wrestle and leaves the ring. He waits at the entrance until his music starts then
comes to the ring to even louder boos.
- Wright pearl-harbors Dragon as the bell rings.
- Ultimo reverses, rolls up Wright, 3-COUNT. NICK PATRICK CALLS FOR THE BELL!!! ULTIMO WINS. HUGE POP!!!
- Dragon leaves with belt.
- It is announced that due to the fact this is not on TV the belt won't change hands.
- This match was about 10 minutes long with 15 seconds of wrestling. Kind of disappointing but also very unexpected ending.
- Rey Misterio, Jr. vs. Konan
- "Killer" Curtis back out to ref. Hey, he wears the same Asics wrestling shoes I wore in high school. Cool.
- I can barely see Rey's head as he walks down the aisle. Rey is REALLY small.
- Konan sure spits a lot when he talks.
- Slow match. I can't believe how little action there is. I guess Misterio's leg is not quite healed.
- Same as last night in Spokane, Konan was outside the ring and he grabbed a beer from a fan. Then he jumped up on the apron and started drinking it as Misterio hit him with a dropkick. This sent the cup, and Konan, flying.
- Misterio wins with a weak Hurricarana.
- Lex Luger/The Giant vs. Hall/Nash with Syxx
- Same as last night only this match was placed before the intermission, not as the main event.
- The Giant is REALLY big.
- Giant's kip-up is pretty cool.
- Weak chokeslam on Syxx (darn, I was kind of hoping the Giant would actuallly break his neck).
- After the match the Giant chokeslams Nick Patrick for ending the match too soon.
- If you really want to do something fun at a match, and you have good seats up front, tell your buddy to turn around and count how many people look up, then, stand up quickly and point to the rafters. HA HA. I cant' believe how many people fell for that!
- Curt Hennig vs. Jeff Jarrett
- Oh no, who do I root for? I cant stand JJ and, being a huge Flair mark, there is no way I can root for Hennig. I guess I'll just boo them both.
- I'm giving Hennig loud boos and two thumbs down. HEY, HE IS LOOKING RIGHT AT ME! He points at me scowling and gives me a thumbs down. As I make eye contact with him I turn my thumbs down to four fingers up. Definitely the highlight of the evening for me!
- Good match, but really slow.
- Hennig wins with PerfectPlex (I don't care what they call it now).
- Steiners vs. Harlem Heat.
- Same match as last night with one MAJOR (unplanned) change.
- Scott and Stevie in the ring. Scott throws Stevie into the ropes. BANG! What was that?!? The ring is shaking violently and Rick falls off the apron on to the floor (not acting). The ropes are not tight anymore. THE RING BROKE! There is little tension on the ropes now.
- A security guy looks under the apron then runs to the back. He returns with - Oh, no! Its the idiot with the cowboy hat. I can tell this is going nowhere.
- Action in the ring continues. Scott tags in Rick. Scott puts both hands on the middle rope to support his weight as he steps through. I guess he didn't know about the condition of the ring cuz the rope gives more than he was expecting and he almost falls out to the floor.
- Rick throws Booker into the ropes, NO-DONT DO THAT!! Booker, being of great intelligence, runs into the ropes about 2 feet from his corner, where there is still tension, rather than in the middle where he would fall right on Lee Marshall. GOOD THINKING BOOKER!!
- Same rollup win for the Steiners.
- My son: "Hey, those white guys cheated."
- The guy with the cowboy hat fiddles with the ring for a while but to no avail. He then leaves to the back. I knew he wouldn't be worth much. Now what are we going to do, the ring is useless.
- Time for the Main Event: Savage vs DDP
- Savage's music starts. The spotlights follow someone coming down the aisle. I see a cowboy hat under the spotlights but I cant make out the face. No pop?? How come nobody is booing. DOH! ITS THE STUPID SECURITY GUY! Get the spotlights off him!
- Savage finally comes to the ring. Not as loud as I expected. The crowd was only around 35% nWo.
- DDP's music. Huge pop. This is more like it.
- They fight around the outside of the ring for about 2 minutes before entering the ring. Immediately DDP hits a diamond cutter, 10 count, DDP wins.
- That was SHORT. Everyone is booing and yelling rip off.
- The lights come on and we leave. People are talking about how lame that main event was but I have an idea. I think they booked a different ending at the last minute due to the condition of the ring. It was really dangerous! [Editor's Note: At least one of the wrestling rumor pages reported that this was, in fact, the case.]
- My biggest disappointment was that there were NO Horsemen present. I was really looking to marking out when the Horseman theme song started! I have been a Horseman fan for 10+ years, and a Flair fan since 1980. I was very let down.
- A couple great signs tonight:
- "die die CURT HENNIG die die"
- "Sting tosses salad" (what this means I don't know)
- "Go to HELL Curt Hennig and BLEED out of every orifice" (this one REALLY cracked up my wife!)
- The matches were actually very disappointing. Guerrero vs. Malenko was a great match, but everything went downhill from there. Misterio/Konnan was especially slow and boring. I would have been really let down if I hadn't followed your advice about participating as much as possible. My son, even though he is only 6, has a thorough
understanding of WCW wrestling and all the storylines. It was GREAT to have him on my shoulders and all four of our hands held high with four fingers up, or the Diamond Cutter sign. When Curt Hennig looked at us we both went nuts!
- On the way out an usher hands something to my son, "You can have this" she says smiling. It's a poster. COOL! Now my son has a souvenier to remember this night by. Maybe it is an nWo or better yet a
Horsemen poster. I look at the label. DOH! It's a Kimberly poster. That's appropriate for a six year old.
- Instead of throwing drinks at the nWo wrestlers (although there was plenty of that) the crowd was in the habit of throwing coins, especially nickels and quarters. I thought this was particularly stupid in that it is very hard to control where it goes, like throwing a Frisbee. I saw one streak over the ring and hit a police officer right in the eye. Mark Curtis kept picking up the coins that landed in the ring and put them in his pocket. I figured he made an extra $3.65 this night. I have always taken pride in the Northwest and the people that live here, but this display was extra stupid. Doug Dillinger reported (via the announcer) that 3 fans had been injured by flying debris. I should have known this was a stupid crowd when they started chanting 'USA USA' against Alex Wright (duh! Like Ultimo Dragon is even remotely American).
- On the subject of taking small children to a wresting match. I had a bit of trepidation regarding bringing my son with me. My biggest fear was that there would be a lot of foul language from the wrestlers, and there was not. This I am very thankful for. We had a great time together and I
am looking forward to the next time WCW returns.
Toby M. checks in with his report and brush with greatness:
- I went to the Battle in Seattle with my friend Will here from work. We got there right at 7:30, when David Pinzer was talking about not throwing stuff, etc. We made it to our seats in time for the entrance of the first match.
- Eddy Guerrero vs. Dean Malenko
Little did I know this would end up being the best match of the night. Guerrero is the best heel right now. He really played to the crowd. Funny though, as much as we all booed him, when he would hit a move, the crowd went nuts. As Malenko came out, me being the smart mark, gave the Four Horsemen salute. I can't wait... The match started slow, with Eddy in and out of the ring. When they finally did lock up, the action was quite intense. Eddy did his typical begging from his knees, and held on to Mark Curtis quite a bit. Eddy worked on Malenko's left leg, which made me think he would go for the cloverleaf, but he did not. As Eddy had a brutal looking leg lock in place, the crowd began the "Boring" chant. Eddy gave us all the bird for about five minutes. I had to laugh. It ended when Eddy pinned Malenko in the corner with his feet on the ropes.
- Alex Wright vs. Ultimo Dragon
Alex Wright came out first, to the most heat of the night, followed by the Dragon. Wright took the mic, and berated the WCW officials, saying he was the champ, and he should come out second. He said he refused to wrestle until they made the change. He walked back to the dressing room, they re-qued his music, and he came back out. Dancing the whole time, of course. The match took forever to start, and when it finally did, it was over in about a minute. They locked up about twice, and the Dragon somehow managed a rollup for the three count. Dragon raced
out of the ring, grabbed the belt, being cheered for his victory. Nick Patrick stopped the Dragon, took the belt back, and gave it back to Wright, as Dave Pinzer announced that this match was not signed as a title match. Lame.
- Rey Misterio Jr vs. Konnan
Konnan came out to some rap song, one of those Latino ones, and got a pretty good pop. Rey came out to his normal theme, and got a huge pop. This match was very good, with all the typical spots. Konnan tossing Misterio in the air for the belly flop, Konnan constanly yelling about "La Raza", and a finish of Misterio hitting his patented top rop Hurricanrana. Good match over all. Konnan worked on getting Rey's mask off the whole match, and when he finally did, Rey of course had another one on underneath.
- Luger and the Giant vs. Hall/Nash/AND Syxx
I have no idea how this one ended up a three on two, but it was by far the most entertaining match of the night. I had run to the souvenir stand, where the lines where long all night. I heard Luger's music, and I was shocked. The Outsiders wrestling the 4th match of the night??? I guess they wanted to hit the city of Seattle early. When I came back, Luger was getting pummeled, and the Giant was lying unconcious in the corner of the ring. Will let me know that Nash had nailed him with the belt right before the bell ring. Luger took an a$$whipping the whole match. All three, Nash, Hall, and Syxx where in the ring together the whole time. They tossed Luger out of the ring, and stood together in the corner, giving the Kliq symbol, etc. As they did, Giant awoke from his mid-evening slumber, and proceed to clean house. Syxx chokeslammed (Yes!, I hate that little prick), then, as I recall (I was working on my fifth of sixth beer of the evening by now), Giant either bodyslammed or clotheslined Nash, and Luger racked Hall. Nick Patrick called for the bell, and Luger and the Giant proclaimed victory. Patrick had thoughts of his own, and declared the match a no contest, as the match was out of control. The crowd was not all too pleased. After that, the funniest part of the night. The Outsiders and Syxx laid in the ring for about 4 or 5 minutes, out cold. The crowd littered the ring (I took no part) with cups and, get this, full unopened cans of beer. As the three awoke, they all grabbed a can of beer, opened, and started chugging. I could not stop laughing. Nash was by far the funniest. They stayed in the ring for another 5 or ten minutes, grabbing the mic and leading the crowd in the typical "Too Sweeeeeeeeet" and "For Life" and "Seattle is nWo country". Even my friend Will, who was just there to see the Macho Man (that should tell you his level of knowledge) was laughing out loud. By far the most fun of the night.
- 20 Minute intermission. I noticed during the intermission, as I was looking to the rafters to see if I could spot my man (yeah right. Like he'd do a house show) I noticed a large Disco Ball in the air. Could it be? The Disco Inferno? As I would see, nope.
- Curt Hennig vs. Jeff Jarrett
This, to me, was the least entertaining match of the night. Part of that was the fact that I stood in line for a beer for the whole 20 minutes of the intermission, and right when I got to the window, Mr. Key Arena vendor let me know that it was all out. Out of beer??? I think they just cut off sales at the intermission. Whatever!!! The match was very typical, no Debra unfortunately, and ended with Hennig hitting the Perfect, uh, I mean, Fisherman's suplex. Has anyone ever seen a Fisherman suplex someone??? If you have, please email me, as I have the name of a great doctor here in Seattle.
- Steiners vs. Harlem Heat
What started out as a great match, ended prematurely in one of the oddest sights I've ever seen. The match went along well, with the usual amount of "Harlem Sidekicks" and suplexes, when all of a sudden, as Stevie Ray threw Scott into the ropes, a support beam underneath the ring snapped. Rick actually fell off the apron. The ring was a mess. The ropes were barely supporting the men, and the right edge of the ring sank about a foot when anyone stood on it. The Steiners were not all too pleased, and got a victory shortly after the mishap. Note: Doug Dillinger ran to the back, and none other than JJ Dillon came out to check the ring. OOPS! Isn't he supposed to be in the hospital, or something???
- DDP vs. Macho Man
Well, my excitement for this match was certainly not lived up to. DDP got one of the best pops of the night. Macho didn't. As soon as the two hit the ring, they made their way into the crowd. They stayed out there for a very short amount of time, then back to the ring. They couldn't do much, as the state of the ring was pretty bad. Ending: DDP with the Diamond Cutter. Only about a 10 minute match.
- That ended the show. Over??? The show only lasted 2 hours, with just seven matches. I was a little let down, but I had a blast anyway. The true excitement came later in the evening. Will and I hit a couple of clubs after the show, and we were truly shocked when we got to Sorry Charlie's. We were ordering drinks, and somehow, it came up that we had been to wrestling. The bartender let us in on a little surprise. We walked to the back, and who was sitting there? Diamond Dallas Page and the Giant. I was in shock. The club was basically empty. Everyone that was there was huddled around the two, all of about 10 people. I stared in shock at the Giant, or "G" as Page called him all night. He is HUGE. I asked him for a favor, and he said, "Sure, what?" I asked if he would mind holding up his hand, so I could compare the size of his to mine. As I put my hand up, I was amazed. His hands weren't longer by much, but if you were to tape your index and middle fingers together, that would be his index finger. I can only imagine what it feels like to have that "paw" wrapped around your neck, on the receiving end of a choke slam. I talked to Page for a little bit. I asked him about Mark Mero, who I knew from the internet he was real
close to. I said that I'd heard he was going to be back in action soon, possibly tonight (9/22). We talked a bit about his gimmick, and how he's moved up to be a big star. I could tell from listening to him that Page had a ton of respect for him. Page asked me where I knew of him coming back. He said, "did you see that on line?" I said yes, and then told him that I wrote for a page every once in a while. Page is real into the Internet. I then asked him if he would mind signing an autograph. My best fried Raj, who lives in Roxboro, NC, is the biggest fan of DDP I know, so I asked if he would make it out to him. He obliged, and signed it, "To Raj, You're the man, BANG! Diamond Dallas Page." These two were by far the classiest stars I'd ever met. They made time for everyone (not too many at this near empty bar) that wanted a picture or autograph. A handful of women sat on "G"'s lap for a picture, and they both signed a handful of autographs. I had the Giant sign a dollar bill for myself, which unfortunately, did not turn out too well. Some interesting other notes: Drink of the night, Jagermeister shots. A beer can in the Giant's hands is consumed, as in you can barely see the can behind his monstrous hands, and it takes him about 2 swallows to finish it. DDP is a liqour man, shots all night. They were truly class acts, and I thank them both for signing autographs. I was, by far, the biggest mark in Seattle that night. One other side note, Kim Thayil, bass player for Soundgarden, was among the group. He and the Giant spoke most of the night.
- WOW. What a night. I never imagined it would end like this. While I was a little let down by the wrestling action, meeting Page and G made the night. Thanks guys. I appreciate it.
Jordan S. from Bothell, WA, checks in with his comments on the show:
- In the Dean Malenko/Eddy Guerrero Match, Dean slapped on the Cloverleaf twice, but Eddy went to the ropes.
- In the Rey Misterio/Konnan Grudge Match, Rey tried to spit mist, but ended up hawking a loogie in K-Dog's face. During the match, a guy sitting next to me held up a sign that was a dollar bill with Hogan in the center. On the other side, a guy, in a perfect Mexican accent yelled "Arriba la raza, bite me!" Funny stuff.
- In the Alex Wright Ultimo Dragon match, the crucifix that Dragon used looked a little sloppy from my point of view.
- In the Wolfpack versus Luger/Giant match, as soon as the bell rang, Nash hit the Giant with the title belt and knocked him out for half of the match. I say Wolfpack because it was a three on two, with Syxx being legally tagged in?!
- All through the night, a guy at ringside below me kept doing the "Diamond Cutter" sign and saying "BANG!" much to the enjoyment of the crowd. He even did a Giant-esque handraise.
- In the Harlem Heat/Steiner Match, Scott and Booker kept spitting on each other while their accompanying brothers held them back. I could see some of the spit rising through the spotlight, yuck!
- There were many "Traitor" Chants directed at Hennig. Even though I respect Jarrett's wrestling style, couldn't one direct the chant to both guys? Most of the people in my section were Horsemen marks like myself, so they riotously booed Hennig and, like myself, hesitantly cheered Double J.
- It was funny seeing Macho Man running into the guardrail during his Death Match with DDP.
- Overall, I thought it was a really good card. Probably since it's the only one in Seattle we've had all year. When Gary Michael Cappetta announced that they'd like to welcome their friends from Microsoft and Nintendo, a lot of people booed(??).