• Rob Goodwin

PodMania PPV Reviews: WCW Great American Bash 1997 Review



After a typically patriotic opening package comparing Page to the American working man and simultaneously hyping his Falls Count Anywhere Match with Macho Man Randy Savage, we are welcomed to Moline, Illinois by the commentary team of Tony Schiavone, Bobby Heenan and ‘The American Dream’ Dusty Rhodes.


The team do their typical shill of the card, focusing solely on the double main event; the aforementioned Falls Count Anywhere match, and the WCW World Tag Team Championships match between the Champions The Outsiders, and the challengers, 13 time World Champion Ric Flair and the ‘Icon’ Roddy Piper - Surely Sting must be seething after hearing Heenan refer to Piper as such!?


Match #1 - Ultimate Dragon def. Psychosis


This is billed as a respect match, with Psycosis being drafted in by Sonny Onoo to teach Ultimo Dragon a lesson in respect after Dragon had dared question Onoo’s methods of winning matches via interference, resulting in Dragon dropping the TV title to Steven Regal.


Dragon gets the better of the early exchanges, with Psychosis powdering to the outside twice as a result of Armdrags. Having Tenay on commentary for the Lucha Libre Wrestling is great as his insights add so much, as well as delving deep into the pair’s history in the business, he states that Psychosis is usually a daredevil, yet this measured approach is a deliberate attempt to throw Dragon off his game as his kicks are the stiffest in the business.


After a continued deliberate pace, Dragon seemingly snaps and launches Psychosis into the corner, Chopping him. He then uses incredible balance standing in his head on the ring post as intimidation before laying into Psychosis with a rapid flurry of stiff kicks that brings the first big reaction of the night.


Psychosis powders once more but gets no respite upon entering the ring as Dragon gets him up seamlessly into a Tilt-A-Whirl Crucifix Backbreaker. A brief comeback from Psychosis is quickly thwarted by Ultimate Dragon by using the top rope to send him off of the apron. He attempts a Springboard Crossbody but misses, jarring his right knee and receiving some kicks to the head from Onoo whilst the referee is distracted.


His charge uses this to his advantage, hitting a top rope Guillotine Leg Drop whilst Dragon is tied up in the ropes. He then hits a Drop Toe Hold and a picture-perfect Majistral pinning attempt - a mocking nod to his opponent. Dragon goes to the outside where he is again met by Oono, who this time has his kick blocked. Ultimate Dragon gets him up for a Suplex but a Springboarding Psychosis manages to break it up.


The Dragon however is revitalised, hitting a Handspring Back Elbow in the corner and following it up with an Asai Moonsault. A Brainbuster and a Tombstone Piledriver get him 2 counts while Psychosis finally manages to cut him off with a Spinning Heel Kick from the top rope followed by a Tope over the ring post onto Ultimate Dragon on the outside.


The action returns to the inside, where Dragon hits a Frakensteiner and looks to go for the Dragon Suplex, but Onoo distracts him, allowing Psychosis instead to hit a Missile Dropkick. He looks to whip Ultimate Dragon into the ropes, but he reverses it and sends Psychosis into Oono, who is up on the apron, before locking in the Dragon Sleeper for the submission victory.


Rating: 8 stars


Match #2 - Harlem Heat def. The Steiner Brothers

After a brief interlude to show Chris Benoit dictating a response to a fan letter, we get this #1 contendership match for the Tag Titles between Harlem Heat, led by Sensational Sherri, and The Steiner Brothers.


We start slowly, with Tony Schiavone offering lashings of foreshadowing, stating that a pinfall or submission victory would be preferable as a DQ or screwy finish could result in the contendership being held as void. Stevie Ray and Scott Steiner open things up, exchanging chops and forearms. Ray hits one Big Boot then misses a second and gets laid out with a Saido Suplex before powdering to the outside, all whilst regularly jaw-jacking with the audience.

The Steiner Brothers clearly have a power advantage and Stevie Ray can not compete, tagging in Booker T, who attempts to get Scott in the ring instead of Rick. Scott does indeed enter and after a pose-off and Test of Strength, Booker locks in a Full Nelson, only for Scott to break it, showcasing that strength he was testing earlier. Scott ends the sequence with a Powerbomb where he simply lets Booker hit the floor before tagging Rick back in to have some fun.


Rather sooner than anticipated, Scott is back in the ring and hits a Press Slam on Booker, and the goes to the second rope for an Elbow Drop. Presumably here, Booker was supposed to cut him with a boot in the air, but Scott hugely undersold the dive and had to land, and then jump into Booker’s outstretched boot, before he then plants Scott with a Harlem Sidekick.


Booker whips Rick into Stevie, and the pair brawl on the outside with Stevie planting Rick with a really untidy looking Powerslam on the matting, following it up with a Lariat. This leads to a period of extended heat on Rick, Harlem Heat adopting some more overtly heelish tactics - Booker slamming Rick’s head into the ropes while Stevie occupied the referee- but this doesn’t stop Rick kicking out of the Big Apple moments later.


Rick stops a second Harlem Sidekick and plants Booker with a Bodyslam, allowing him to get the tag to Scott. Scott is a house of fire, and delivers Suplexes to everyone, doling out strikes and forearms to anyone in his way. He finishes with a Frankensteiner from top rope and looks to have the match won when Vincent of nWo makes an appearance, Elbow Dropping Booker T. The bell rings and Harlem Heat are the winners via Disqualification.


What?


No reason is given as to why Vincent interferes and neither team seems to acknowledge that Vincent was a part of their game plan. It’s all very confusing. Harlem Heat leave the ring while the Steiners beat the ever-loving hell out of Vincent, topping it off with a Steinerizer before laying out the discarded nWo shirt on his prone body and spitting on it.


A really disappointing ending, an ending that even Eric Bischoff admitted to hating on the 83 Weeks Podcast, admitting that they couldn’t think of another way to end the match. But in truth, this match was a little disappointing long before Vincent’s interference. With the two teams you have in the ring, the talent of all involved, the match certainly shouldn’t drag but this did, meandering for a long time with no real purpose until the final 2 minutes.


Match Rating: 4 stars


Match #3 - Konan def. Hugh Morris


We move straight onto our next match without fuss, with Konan (styled with one 'n' for this PPV) and Hugh Morris. The two brawl instantly and we get a lovely close-up of Morris' repellent chin piercing. They take it to the floor and Morris is driven into the ring steps, before Konan Dropkicks him on the way back in and a Rolling Lariat gives him a 2 count. Konan maintains control until the match spills to the outside once again, with Morris exacting some manner of revenge; running Konan into the steel steps.


Morris is extremely agile for a man of his size, hitting a Spinning Heel Kick before locking in an Arm Bar, then hitting a Gutwrench Suplex. Back to the arm for Morris, trying to incapacitate Konan so he can't use the Tequila Sunrise, but Konan re-asserts a measure of control with a messy looking Lariat and a botchy submission that he couldn't lock in because of Morris' size, instead settling for a Headscissors. Konan locks in a variation of a Code Red, hyper extending the arm, treading on the hair and then just flat out kicking Morris in the face.


Both men are exhausted by this point, visibly so, but the match goes on, with the movements of both men far more laboured and slow, with the match becoming more and more boring as it progresses. Morris goes for the No Laughing Matter Moonsault, and waits...and waits...and waits for Konan to knock him off of the turnbuckle, and when he does it is so slow that the match basically comes to a stand still. Finally, Konan stops the Moonsault, dragging the legs and forcing Morris to knock himself out on the turnbuckle pad. Konan locks in the Tequila Sunrise and due to Morris being out cold and unable to respond to the referee's call, the match is awarded to Konan.


Apparently as we cut away to the next backstage segment, Konan had to be stretchered out of the arena due to a legitimate injury sustained early on, while Morris had to be helped out due to exhaustion. Though Konan's injury does give at least some reasoning as to why this match was so cripplingly dull, it doesn't explain why it went so damn long, and why absolutely nothing of any note happened!


Match Rating: 2 stars

We cut to Gene Okurland on the ramp who fumbles around announcing that a celebrity (Dennis Rodman) who cannot be named (Dennis Rodman) and has fallen out with his current sport (Dennis Rodman) will be live on Monday Nitro the following night, but if you call the WCW Hotline, they will tell you the full story...


...It was Dennis Rodman.


The Public Enemy come out and say...things...explaining that they should be the new #1 contenders to the tag belts, not Harlem Heat. A very long drawn out promo to say not a lot really.


Match #4 - Glacier def. Wrath

A match that stems from the theft of a 1000 year old special helmet; only in Pro-Wrestling could this happen!

Wrath, Mortis and their manager James Vandenberg make their way to the ring first, intent on ending the feud with Glacier once and for all, having stolen the source of his power (his helmet). Wrath of course is the former Adam Bomb, while Mortis is a masked Chris Kanyon. After weeks of being beaten down by the numbers game, Mortis must be handcuffed, and Vandenberg must not interfere; let’s see how long this lasts.


Wrath initially starts on top due to his significant height and weight advantage, but Glacier is quickly in the driver’s seat with a series of Martial Arts chops, strikes and a standing Drop Kick sending Wrath over the top rope. It’s a shame that the crowd are utterly dead for this, as Glacier moves very quickly and cleanly and does the basics quite well, but the gimmick instantly kills it, and the crowd clearly do not care.


The pair battle on the outside after Glacier hits a Plancha over the top with Vandenberg getting intermittently involved. A Superkick from Glacier sends Wrath into the barricade, but the big man gains control and repeatedly slams Glacier into the barricades around ringside. He attempts to use the steps, which is apparently a staple of the trio, but Glacier reverses it and sends Wrath headfirst into them instead.


Glacier misses a Splash in the corner, and is then distracted by Mortis. Wrath gets Glacier up into a Powerbomb and then falls backwards, dropping the Ice-Man neck first onto the top rope. With Wrath in charge, the action meanders somewhat, only really picking up when Glacier powers out of a Chinlock and then misses a subsequent Cross Body, rolling out of the ring. Wrath hits an impressive Cannonball from the apron, and follows it up with a Diving Clothesline from the top rope. He then attempts a Springbord Elbow Drop in the style of a Vader Bomb but misses and allows Glacier to regain some control, hitting an enormous Superplex onto Wrath. Rather than pin him however, Glacier slaps Mortis off of the apron and then gets hit with a Back Drop Suplex by Wrath and we get a double down.


During the ensuing palaver, Vandenberg fights with the referee to get the key to Mortis’ me cuffs, while Mortis throws a chain to Wrath. Glacier grabs the chain first, decks Wrath with it, hits the Cryonic Kick and pins him to win the match. Unfortunately for the still unbeaten Glacier, Vandenberg did indeed get the key to the cuffs and Mortis is now loose. The trio beat down Glacier, cuffing him to the ring ropes, and only stop when officials from the back drag them off.


This match was better than it had any right to be, though it suffered slightly from a rubbish finish and the action meandering a little in the middle when Wrath was on the offensive. Otherwise, a fine match.


Match Rating: 5 stars


Match #5 - Akira Hokuto (c) def. Madusa

[WCW Women's Championship Title vs. Career Match]


In 1997, WCW could do little wrong; the non-existent Women's division however is something they never got right and here at the Great American Bash 1997, we were to witness the very death of it. With her judgement clouded by her desire to avenge her loss in the Championship finals of the WCW Women’s Championship Tournament, Medusa was goaded into putting her career on the line in return for a shot at Akira Hokuto‘s WCW Women’s Championship by Hokuto’s mouthpiece; Sonny Oono.

Hokuto starts very hot, launching Medusa around the ring by her hair, which causes Medusa to smack her head on the bottom rope, then hits a Piledriver. Madusa does manage to turn the tide quickly however, reversing an Irish Whip and hitting two consecutive Missile Dropkicks from the middle ropes.


The control doesn’t last long, and Hokuto is quickly back in charge, hitting a combination Scoop Slam Suplex and Wheelbarrow Suplex, before targeting the throat with Chokeholds, repeatedly covering the throat when going for a pinfall. She then switches focus to Madusa’s knee, attempting a Figure 4 first, biting Madusa’s foot, and then kicking angrily at it. Madusa attempts a Double Axe-Handle from the top rope, but her knee gives way. This is the same knee, Lee Marshall (who has been great all match with his background knowledge) reminds us, that Wendy Richter dislocated 8 years ago, and is still troublesome now. Hokuto zeroes in and drops Madusa on her knee and locks in a Surfboard before dropping her on her knees again.


Madusa gets a hope spot of a Headscissors and a Powerbomb, but is quickly locked in an extended Knee Bar which she manages to get out of via the ropes. Madusa thinks she has it won by hitting a Bridging German Suplex, but Sonny Oono grabs the knee of Madusa to break it. She goes to the top rope, but Madusa gets the knees up, which only serves to weaken her knee even further. The knee does keep giving way, and after hitting a Clothesline, Madusa goes for an Atomic Drop, but can’t get Hokuto up and collapses. Hokuto gets her up for the Brainbuster and pins Madusa for the win, ending her in-ring career.


After the bell, Hokuto continues to target the knee, biting it before finally being escorted from the ring by Oono. Madusa is helped from the ring by the referee and a doctor, and they are immediately cut off by Okerlund who attempts to interview them in the most callous way possible. Neither the doctor or Medusa will answer him however and he is instead met with “Leave her alone!” chants from the Illinois crowd; quite right!


This was such a shame for Madusa, and for the WCW Women’s division, which also disappeared after this show. According to Bischoff, a women’s division wasn’t feasible in 1997; the talent pool was too small in America, and it cost a huge amount to import women from Japan. The audience were very much into the women as scantily-clad valets at this point and unfortunately, that means that at the Great American Bash 1997, the WCW Women’s division died.


Madusa would take an extended leave, not returning until 1999, while Hokuto still has the WCW Women’s Championship in her house to this day.


Match Rating: 7 stars


Match #6 - Chris Benoit def. Meng

[Deathmatch]


Benoit clearly has a game plan, jumping Meng before the match and running off Jimmy Hart. He then begins to target the arms and legs of the Islander, wearing him down and locking in multiple attempts at the Crippler Crossface. Meng tries multiple times to show his strength but Benoit is too quick, and the Wolverine manages to drag Meng up for a messy looking Suplex to the outside.


Meng stops Benoit from coming off of the top rope, and the latter ends up in the Tree of Woe position, being bludgeoned by kicks from Meng. We get a Chop exchange and a Standing Spinebuster from Meng. Benoit fights out of a Dragon Sleeper but can’t capitalise, Meng hitting a Top Rope Splash, and then isn’t allowed to make the cover by referee Nick Patrick, who starts a 10 count...so is this just a Last Man Standing Match then? Meng looks as confused as I feel.


The fights rolls to the outside, where Benoit launches Meng into the barricade, rolls him into the ring and hits a Bridging German Suplex, but can’t pin him due to the nonsensical ruling. Another Suplex follows before Meng catches Benoit with an Inverted Atomic Drop and a Tongan Death Grip, but Benoit gets to the outside and the referee forces a break. Meng grinds Benoit down and goes for another Splash from the Top Rope but misses, allowing Benoit to lock in the Crippler Crossface again. Once more however, Meng gets to the ropes.


After several more unsuccessful attempts to lock in the Crippler Crossface, Benoit finally locks one in agonisingly short of the ropes. Meng is in the hold for an eternity and finally Nick Patrick calls the match, giving Benoit an unexpected submission victory over Meng. Post-match, both men are stretchered from the ring, really selling how much they have given in this match.


All in al his was a good match, though labelling something a Deathmatch and having no weapons, rope breaks and count outs seems ridiculous; It should have just been labelled a Last Man Standing match, and with the story both men were trying to tell, this would have been a far better stipulation. Benoit looked great throughout, displaying the tenacity that got him so over with the crowds, especially later on in his career, and though Meng was a willing partner, the match meandered slightly aimlessly when he was in control.


Match Rating: 6 stars


Meng falls off of his stretcher/gurney while being carried from the ring, interrupting Gene Okurland’s shill for the unnamed surprise guest on Nitro the following night (Dennis Rodman) before we get a Bash at the Beach 1997 advert and the Hogan/Rodman vs. The Giant/Luger main event .


Match #7 - Kevin Greene def. Steve McMichael


An all ex-NFL star match-up with ex-Bears Defensive Tackle and freshly minted Horseman Steve McMichael takes on 49ers Linebacker Kevin Greene. This feud all comes from McMichael’s betrayal of Greene in favour of joining the new incarnation of the Four Horsemen (still a travesty in my opinion.)


Greene, understandably hot and taking part in only his third professional Wrestling match, lands a Springboard Dropkick straight away, beating on Mongo so much that he powders to the outside to gain some respite.


After hearing Dusty make a hilarious mess of saying ‘Mongo McMichael,’ we get a brawl on the outside, with McMichael taunting Greene in front of his parents. His mother is understandably upset about this, and hits Mongo in the face with her bag, to the unrestrained delight of Dusty and Schiavone. Greene follows up by slamming McMichael headfirst into the Steel Steps, but is quickly on the back foot again as the action returns to the ring, being punted in the ribs by Mongo.


Mongo continues his dominance, hitting a Neckbreaker and a Tilt-A-Whirl Backbreaker. Greene gets in a brief hope spot of the 10 Corner Punches, before Mongo drills him with an Inverted Atomic Drop and a Dropkick for a 2 count. He continues this dominance until Greene kicks him out of the corners and hits an impressive Top Rope Shoulder Tackle. He continues by then following McMichael to the outside and hitting him with a Bodyslam on the floor, seeing through Debra’s transparent attempt at faking an injury and dodging a Mongo Elbow Drop as he fakes sliding back into the ring.


Greene goes for a 3 Point Stance and a Splash in the corner, but is clearly exhausted at this point and misses, with Mongo gaining control. Jeff Jarrett runs out to hit Greene with the briefcase, misses and instead plants McMichael with it. Clearly not daring to believe his look, Greene covered Mongo for his first singles win. After the bell, Debra chastises the retreating Jarrett for costing Mongo the match, informing the camera that yes, Jarrett hit McMichael but he didn’t then help him afterwards!


Aside from McMichael being the loudest competitor in the history of Wrestling, this was infinitely better than it had any right to be. Greene worked hard, and though he was obviously gassed from halfway through the match and there were moments he was quite clearly trying to move into position for the next sequence, he clearly had a passion and affinity for the profession and had picked it up well very quickly. Also, we had no astounding McMichael botch in this match, which is certainly an improvement.


Match Rating: 5 stars


Backstage we find out Madusa’s knee still hurts.


Match #8 - The Outsiders (c) def. Ric Flair & Roddy Piper

[WCW World Tag Team Championship Match]


The nWo contingent are out first to the biggest pop of the night, with Syxx in tow, while Flair and Piper seem to get the entire pyro budget spent on their entrance.


Flair and Hall start, and though the Outsider gets the jump early on, Flair responds with a volley of Chops that send Hall to the outside to a great reception from the crowd. Hall whips Flair into the corner, and as Flair does his ‘Flair Turnbuckle Spot’ to end up on the apron, he eats a Big Boot from Nash. Flair attempts a comeback but is distracted by Syxx before Hall takes his fucking head off with a nasty sounding Clothesline.


Nash rags in and continues to beat down Flair, hitting a huge Sitout Sidewalk Slam and distracting the referee so that Hall can continue to beat The Nature Boy down, before Flair uppercuts Nash in the Nashlets and getting the hot tag to Roddy Piper. Piper is a house of fire, and even has Hall in the Sleeper Hold before the latter breaks it by crotching him on the top rope, causing a second double down in as many minutes.


Roddy misses the tag to Flair after Nash distracts the referee, causing The Nature Boy to come in and chastise the referee, allowing Syxx to sneak in and wipe out Piper with a Heel Kick. Incensed, Flair chases and beats Syxx all the way up the ramp and backstage, leaving Piper to fend off both Nash and Hall. He does succeed for a while, relaying on his tenacity and never-say-die attitude, but eventually the numbers game grinds him down and he succumbs to a Big Boot from Nash and the Outsider’s Edge from Hall.


A fun match that didn’t outstay its welcome. At a shade over 10 minutes you had enough time to tell the story of Ric Flair’s rumoured betrayal, and for everyone to get their shtick in before people realised the weaknesses of some of those involved; Piper was certainly not at his peak here and relied mainly on Strikes and the Sleeper Hold.


Match Rating: 6 stars

Match #9 - Macho Man Randy Savage def. Diamond Dallas Page

[Falls Count Anywhere Match]


Savage is out first with Miss Elizabeth, taking his sweet time in getting to the ring before gesturing to the ramp. Sure enough, DDP’s music hits, but rather than DDP coming out, it’s Kimberly, which offers just enough distraction for Page to run in through the crowd and jump Savage from behind. He goes for the Diamond Cutter but Savage rolls out of the ring, resulting in DDP Springboarding over the top rope and onto the Macho Man on the outside. Unfortunately, this results in DDP aggravating his already injured, and taped, ribs and he can’t capitalise on the early momentum.


After Savage throws Elizabeth into DDP’s path on the outside, the action moves back into the ring where the pair exchange moves, all the while DDP selling the pain in his ribs. They brawl outside once again and into the crowd, Savage using the barricade to inflict pain while DDP opts to run Savage into the wall before throwing him through the door into the lobby. He then waits for Savage to re-emerge and lays into him with stiff crutch shots to the back and torso. The action makes it way back through the crowd and toward the ring, Savage sending DDP shoulder first into the steel steps before stumbling into the ring, really selling the pain and exhaustion he is already feeling from this bout.


Miss Elizabeth slides some white powder to Savage, who throws it into DDP’s face and then shatters what appears to be a hub-cap over his head. He continues to target the ribs, slowly undoing the strapping and stamping on the injured area, shoving away the referee as he tries to stop him, giving him a Piledriver for his trouble - Jesus! A second referee appears but he’s tossed from the ring by Savage. DDP isn’t far behind, being Clotheslined over the top rope and right onto the first, Piledrivered, official who’d rolled out of the ring to attempt to avoid anymore harm. After third official Nick Patrick stops Savage attacking Kimberly, he and DDP braw to the top of the ramp way and to backstage, where DDP launches Savage through the wooden fence of a VIP picnic area. DDP smashes a glass dish and a flower pot over Savage’s head before Bodyslamming him through a picnic bench, all while Dusty is shouting for him to use the BBQ as well, which DDP duly does.


Back to the ring once more and DDP drags Savage balls first into the ring-post, delivers a Facebuster and calls for the Diamond Cutter, but Savage scouts it’s, hits a Jawbreaker and sends DDP to the outside once more. He drags up the matting but Nick Patrick stops him hitting a Piledriver onto DDP on the exposed concrete. During the commotion of Savage assaulting his third referee and a cameraman, Page lamps him with a steel chair, but doesn’t make the cover due to their being no referee.


In the ring, Savage hits a thunderous Low Blow on Page then goes for a Suplex, but DDP counters it into a Diamond Cutter to an enormous ovation. Unfortunately, due to the aforementioned injuries Page can’t cover, and this signals the nWo interference in the form of Scott Hall. Though Page is able to fight off the numbers game for a while, Savage catches him with a belt shot to the head using Hall’s discarded Tag Title. Hall hits Page with an almost botched Outsider’s Edge before Savage finishes him with the Elbow Drop for the victory.


...And that is literally all she wrote as we almost instantaneously roll the credits on this show, almost in unison with the three count, as apparently we were running very close to going over time.


This match was thoroughly enjoyable, which is a refreshing change of pace from the recent WCW main events I’ve reviewed. They harkened back to their match at Spring Stampede, played on the injury well, DDP’s selling was excellent and they didn’t go over the top with weapons or with unnecessary nWo shenanigans. Admittedly, it was a bit tiring to see Hall facilitate the finish, but that is part and parcel of the nWo faction sometimes, and the fact that Savage couldn’t beat DDP fairly did huge favours for DDP as a Main Event talent, as his star would only rise from here. Three refs bumps is excessive however, in whatever match you are watching, though I did enjoy commentary’s ongoing dialogue of him unravelling mentally - it’s a shame it was never a real subject of an angle with Savage as they could have really could have made something of it!


Match Rating: 8 stars


Final Thoughts

In a refreshing change of pace from the WCW shows I’ve been reviewing lately, this card for the vast majority was excellent. Far from being held up by the undercard while less able main event talents stunk up the main event matches, there were great matches throughout the card, with storylines furthered and seeds sewn for shows further down the line, which is exactly what we want from any Wrestling show right?


DDP and Randy Savage was emotional, chaotic and full of passion while also serving as a catapult to fully cement DDP as a legitimate main event player. Psychosis and Ultimo Dragon put on a classic and exciting Cruiserweight bout to open things up, with the added caveat of an easy to follow storyline, and Kevin Greene proved that being a pro footballer transitioning into pro wrestling didn’t have to mean that you ended up like Mongo McMichael!


WCW still struggled hugely with finishes over this time period, and that was highlighted by the completely non-sensical interference from Vincent during the tag team match, but I’m willing to let that slide as refreshingly, the nWo interference was kept to a happy minimum on this show. It was sad to see the WCW Women’s Division finally breathe it’s last after a rather slow and drawn out death and seeing Madusa effectively ride off into the sunset was a huge disappointment, while it was also a shame that the legitimate injury Konnan suffered during his match with Hugh Morris meant that that match was a dud, but all in all, this was a good show with the high points delivering, and the lows surprisingly minimal.


What a shame Hogan had to return the next month at Bash at the Beach and resume the status quo!


Matches You Need To Check Out: Ultimate Dragon vs. Psychosis, Randy Savage vs. DDP


Matches You Need To Avoid: Harlem Heat vs. The Steiner Brothers, Konan vs. Hugh Morris

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