Due to an injury to Scott Hall, WCW President-For-Life announced on the March 11th edition of Thunder that he was stripping Scott Hall of the U.S. Heavyweight Championship which he had won at Superbrawl and holding a tournament to determine a new champion. The finals were held at Spring Stampede on April 11th.
Bam Bam Bigelow_____| |
Chris Jericho_______ | |
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|Scott Steiner_______| |
Scott Steiner_______| |
|Booker T.___________ |
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Booker T.___________| | |
Chris Jericho *_____ |
* - Chris Jericho negotiated his way back into the tournament after
losing to Scott Steiner in the first round. He cited Page 46, Consult 8 in the
rulebook which states that if a wrestler cannot continue in a tournament, the
person who wrestled last that lost will take his place.
It's a nice theory, but that logic only makes sense if Hennig had a first-round
match and won so Jericho replaced him in the second round, or Jericho replaced
him in the first round.
Later in that show, Jericho did defeat Chris Adams in a match. So, although it
was not announced as a match that was part of the U.S. Title tournament, and
even though on a later Thunder Mike Tenay stated that "Chris Jericho replaced
Curt Hennig in the semi-final round", I'm going to assume it Jericho/Adams was
in fact a first-round tournament match so the bracketing will make sense.