Superbrawl IX, 2/21/99
Superbrawl IX, 2/21/99
I feel a bad moon a-risin'...
Unfortunately, the scheduled Superbrawl reporter got screwed by his cable company, so he could not see the show. Ironically, this happened to be the first PPV I ordered in something like a year, so I am able to provide this very abbreviated report.
Sorry it's not up to the usual standards. Refunds will be provided to the readers who desire one.
- Match 1: Booker T. vs Disco Inferno
- This match was the well-worked match you'd expect these two guys to put on. Disco did a little more showboating than usual, and that led to his demise at the end. Booker T would go on to win via pinfall via a Harlem Hangover in a good opener to the show.
- Match 2: Chris Jericho w/Ralphus vs. Perry Saturn
- This match was odd from the get-go for a number of reasons. First, the match had a stipulation that if Saturn won, Jericho would have to put the dress on. That was odd because there was no cost to Saturn if he lost. Second, Scott Dickinson was the referee. Third, Saturn looked to be wearing eye-liner. "Life's a drag", indeed.
- The highlight of the match was Saturn ripping off Ralphus' dress and Ralphus running backstage half-naked.
- Saturn would lock Jericho in the Rings of Saturn, but Jericho got to the ropes. Eventually, Saturn would hit the Death Valley Driver and have Jericho laid out cold. But, instead of going for the sure cover, he gave Scott Dickinson a Death Valley Driver as well, laying him out. Then, Saturn just walked away. It was announced that Jericho won via disqualification. A good match with an odd ending.
- Match 3: WCW World Cruiserweight Champion Kidman defends against Chavo Guerrero, Jr.
- Like the Booker T/Disco Inferno match, a great match by two competitors that are very familiar with each other. And, like the Booker T/Disco Inferno match, the ending was no surprise. Kidman got the pin following the shooting star press.
- Match 4: Chris Benoit and Dean Malenko vs. Curt Hennig and Barry Windham in the tag team tournament finals.
- In a good tag match, Benoit and Malenko were the "faces in peril" for a good part of it. A number of possible pinfalls by both were broken up by partners making the save. The end came when Malenko was setting up Windham for the cloverleaf, it got broken up, and Benoit began to beat on Hennig in the corner as Malenko went right back to the hold and Windham tapped out.
- Match 5: Chris Benoit and Dean Malenko vs. Curt Hennig and Barry Windham in the tag team tournament finals.
- This match was to start after a 30-second rest period. Benoit and Malenko used that 30 seconds to beat the snot out of Hennig, but that gave Windham the opportunity to remove the belt from his jeans. He used the belt to choke out Malenko and get the pin in such a way as the referee couldn't see the belt was being used. In a match that lasted less than a minute, Hennig and Windham became the new WCW World Tag Team Champions.
- Match 6: "Big Sexy" Kevin Nash and a mystery partner vs. Konnan and Rey Misterio, Jr. in a (Elizabeth's) hair vs. (Rey's) mask match
- It was announced that Lex Luger had a torn bicep and that Kevin Nash would be choosing a new partner for the match. That partner would be Scott Hall.
- Rey fought most of the match for his team, and did pretty well for himself against both Scott Hall and Kevin Nash. Rey looked like he might score the pin when he did a flip and knocked Kevin Nash out cold by hitting Nash in the face with his knee. However, in the ensuing confusion, Hall was able to give Misterio an Outsiders' Edge and roll the unconscious Nash on top of Misterio for the pin.
- As per the stipulations, Rey had to unmask, to him Bobby Heenan exclaimed: "It's the Beaver!". Upon seeing Misterio, Nash made a sour face and suggested that Misterio put the mask back on.
- So, all the rumors were seemingly unfounded as neither Konnan nor Misterio went Wolfpack.
- Match 7: WCW World Television Champion "Big Poppa Pump" Scott Steiner defends against "Diamond" Dallas Page
- Steiner started off by bringing some slutty-looking girl from the crowd into the ring before the match. Why, I don't know.
- As would be expected, this was a hard-hitting match. DDP had the early advantage, but that wouldn't last long as Buff Bagwell kept interfering.
- Buff would remove the turnbuckle pads in one of the corners and, for that, he was ejected from the ringside area by the referee.
- The damage, however, was already done. Steiner would use the exposed corner joints and ram DDP's back and kidney area repeatedly into them.
- Steiner eventually locked a struggling Page into the Steiner Recliner, but Page refused to submit. He eventually passed out and when his arm dropped limp three times, the referee called for the bell.
- Page was taken out on a stretcher after the match. Interestingly enough, the crowd seemed to be chanting "DDP sucks".
- So, is the angle of Steiner getting Kimberly for 30 days still on?
- Match 8: WCW U.S. Heavyweight Champion "Rowdy" Roddy Piper defends against Scott Hall w/Disco Inferno
- This match was the worst dud of the night. Nothing of note to say here except that Disco Inferno was an ineffective nuisance throughout the match. Finally, Kevin Nash attempted to interfere at the end. This provided enough distraction to allow Hall to pin Piper and win the title while using the ropes.
- After the match, Piper wouldn't believe he was pinned and, at first, refused to hand over the belt. Eventually, he got chased out of the ring by the Outsiders.
- Match 9: Goldberg vs. Bam Bam Bigelow
- This match was, imho, nearly a dud. The match itself was all that bad, it was just extremely predictable.
- The big, exciting twist at the end was Goldberg spearing Bigelow twice before the Jackhammer. Whoopee.
- Match 10: WCW World Heavyweight Champion Hollywood Hogan defends against "Nature Boy" Ric Flair
- Well, Flair did the best he could to carry Hogan in this match, but you can't get blood out of a stone. Wait, correct that, actually he did get blood out of Hogan. Flair started bleeding first, and Flair was bleeding really bad throughout the match.
- In a really odd moment, Hogan no-sold Flair's chops and seemed to be almost hulking up. That got a pop out of the crowd, possibly because Hogan's a hometown boy.
- At the end, Torrie Wilson powerwalked to the ring and got on the apron where she slapped Flair a couple of times.
- Now, here's where things get (unintentionally) funny. Schiavone notes "That's the woman we've been seeing!". Ironic, since he never mentioned it until now.
- Then a masked man is walking to the ring. Schiavone says it's a "masked nWo goon". Funny, I don't remember anyone in the nWo that weighs 180 pounds and is bereft of any muscle tone.
- And then, in the least-surprising development in pro wrestling history, the masked man steps into the ring and zaps Ric Flair as he's setting up Hogan for the figure-four leglock. (Referee Charles Robinson had been knocked out earlier)
- After Hogan gets the pin, Torrie and the masked man embrace and she unmasks him to reveal Erik Watts, uh, I mean David Flair.
- They smooch, and that's the show, folks.
- So, when it's all said and done, the nWo Wolfpac holds the three most prestigious titles in WCW.
- The Good: The first seven matches.
- The Bad: The last three matches.
- The Ugly: Me having to throw together this hack-job of a report at 2:00 a.m.