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  1. This really should have been the main event feud in the Fall. Now, Storm has lost some steam and I can’t even keep track of Major Gunns affiliation anymore. Storm gives a good effort here given the opportunity. He keeps peppering in shots to the leg which sets up the Maple Leaf as a false finish. Also, watch the background after the nearfall dropkick with the chair as people start rushing the guardrail as they bite on the finish. That type of genuine emotion is pretty few and far between at this point in WCW. I thought Booker again looked ok to fine here but certainly not “ace” promotion level worthy and he picks up the win with the Bookend. **1/2
  2. Real good tv match and maybe one of the better ones on WCW programming this entire year. Awesome is better than in ECW in ring as he was very one note in ECW as just throwing guys around recklessly. Here, he varies his attack and looks vulnerable when need be which helps Booker. I thought he was easily the better worker here with small touches like getting in Booker’s face when he enters the ring to put over the gravity of the title in a face vs face match. Booker for his part was mostly fine although a few of the more athletic spots like the roll through pin attempt looked sloppy. Stevie is the ultimate cheerleader on commentary. I could have done without the table getting involved but it was used well and once that was out of the way, Booker had the match in hand and picked up a hard fought victory getting the crowd more and more behind him as the match went on. ***1/4 (6.4)
  3. More of a character study on maniacal Scott Steiner than an effective match. They really should have pulled the trigger and had Scott win here and lead to a showdown with Goldberg in a few months. I am tired of giving Booker chances and come to the realization that in 2000, he just wasn’t that good and due to the onslaught of bad booking, fans were clamoring to anything they had for a change. Booker was the right guy in the right place. Scott is a loon in this match barking at fans constantly as well as Stevie Ray. The match doesn’t have much of a pace and ends in a lame DQ when Scott goes nuts when things don’t go his way. Overall, intriguing to watch as Scott does feel like the biggest star in the company besides Goldberg but this was a disjointed match on its own merit. *1/2
  4. An obnoxious Nash promo with him taking shots at Goldberg’s book, something is dropped that gets picked up on mic and he yells “pick that up” and then he brow beats Stasiak. I really hate too cool for school Nash here just staying pat on the sinking ship trying to act like king shit. DDP is back and he is jacked. He gives a pretty fun promo with a huge reaction. The Battle Dome Warriors are at ringside and jawing with DDP. I had forgotten all about this. DDP brings out Buff Bagwell, Ernest Miller and Rick Steiner as backup. Woof, not exactly some great partners DDP. Buff calls them Battledome queers and they battle as Madden yells to make these guys famous. What shit this is. Buff calls them queers again as security separates everyone. Flair comes out with a new haircut and a microphone. Flair doesn’t have much to say except to diss on Scott Steiner. Steiner comes out with threats and here comes Booker T. Booker gets one of his better reactions of the year clearing the ring of Steiner. Flair is essentially Booker’s hype man for the Mayhem match and its entertaining. Back from break, Steiner is in the ring again and he again shits on Flair. Match finally starts with Steiner on commentary. A huge We Want Pump chant is broken out. Steiner is really the most fascinating thing in WCW right now and it’s not close. The match isn’t anything special with some chair shots on the outside and then Nash back on offense 30 seconds later. Steiner asks Hudson if he is high on commentary. Side Kick hits the ref and we get Stasiak running in with some brass knuckles. Nash puts Booker in position for the powerbomb and Stasiak wallops him too. Nash collapses with Booker on top and we get a cheap win. Crotch chop by Stasiak ends the show. ½*
  5. I don’t know why both Nitro and Raw loaded the shows up this week but it is one of the better 2 shows in 1 night stretches we may get as we enter the waning days of Nitro. Booker after my burial of the Havoc match looks more stiff and intense here and him and Steiner potato each other before Awesome runs down. Awesome’s gimmick is dreadful and doesn’t fit at all. The three way action was good and continued to put over Steiner as the biggest thing going in the main event scene. Steiner has Awesome in a Steiner Recliner when Booker hits the spinning kick and then gets a quick Bookend on Mike for the pin. Steiner goes nuts on security after the match and the vendetta with him and Booker is far from over. **3/4
  6. Solid match but I am still waiting for that Booker performance that blows me away. This was a good opportunity to have one as Douglas seemed capable tonight and the best aspects of the match were when Shane was on top. Scott Steiner is on commentary and is alright although he does have some weird lines throughout this. Kidman runs out to distract Douglas/Torrie but accidently runs into Madaja. That gets Steiner involved and we have a weird floor brawl with Konnan coming out as well as Jarrett. With all of this happening, Booker hits the Book End to pick up the win. **
  7. Booker and Sting backstage say they have had their differences but they are happy to team up now. Then we get a longform sitdown interview with Goldberg and Tony. Mick Foley and Jim Ross this was not but it does humanizes Goldberg and he is well spoken. Whether long term or not that was a positive, he at least is talking and acting like a human in the post booked Russo era than when he was involved in it. Not an awful lead into the PPV with some decent action and a lot of interaction of everyone. The crowd is really hot for Goldberg and he did a good job of putting over Kronik as a threat. The finish comes when Sting misses a guitar shot and Sting wins. Steiner runs right in with the pipe and the heels are on top as the show goes off the air. **
  8. Sanders makes a relevos suicidas match for tonight with Steiner and Jarrett on opposite sides. Steiner gets on the mic and says he is going to kick Jarrett’s ass as well so the plan may not be going as well as they drew it up. The match itself is pretty good and in ring, some pieces of WCW are starting to come together. Steiner is effective as a monster and Booker and him are the marquee pairing against each other. Booker and Sting have some rough moments against each other and I contemplate whether Booker will rank on my top 100 for the year or not. I want him to be better than he has been and I can’t blame the booking entirely. Booker is much more comfortable vs Steiner and hits a good spinebuster. It is weird to see Jarrett and Booker tagging out but that is the nature of these matches. Jarrett and Steiner have a good sequence with each other too. Steiner makes some mistakes by not going for the cover. Booker and Steiner are left alone in the ring even though they aren’t the legal men. Silverman gets the sidekick and Jarrett goes to slam the guitar on Sting but Booker intervenes. Jarrett then goes to smash Booker with the guitar but he ducks and Sting gets hit with it. Jarrett gets the pin and they move on to the 49er match. One of the better Nitro matches of the year sadly enough. **3/4
  9. The makeshift team of Booker and Sting has a go against the big NBT duo. I was impressed and also fearful for Sting's life when they do the hiptoss from the floor back into the ring spot with him. I thought the finish made the NBT team look helluva weak as you have Mike Sanders having to run down and interfere allowing them to save face against a makeshift tag team. Overall this was only three minutes but it didn't do anyone any favors. 3/4*
  10. What a weird match. Jarrett's gold tights with the black look really smooth. The actual in ring of this match is worked well but yet you have so much nonsense. The comedy of the boxes with the Hall picture and blow up doll are so odd and then you have Beetlejuice from Howard Stern fame cost Jarrett the match and the title. I couldn't tell whether the match wanted to be comedic or serious and this didn't have the pacing or chops to play it all off like others in wrestling history. Booker is the champion again but it feels like he was bailed out by Beetlejuice of all people which does no one any favors. Steiner attacks after the match and we honestly get a wrestling show going off the air with Tony screaming in horror "Look at Bettlejuice." WCW Everybody. **
  11. Borash is out of commentary and holy shit is it annoying. Russo in NY Giants gear pulls a bat out and beats Booker down initially. I don’t know why Booker didn’t see that coming. MIA and Awesome are blocking the door. Some more fake bat shots. Russo is dominating which is absurd. Russo cuts off a patch of the roof of the cage and Sting has to repel down to prevent Russo from escaping. Lets think about this that the ENTIRE face roster is having to intervene to give Booker a chance against Vince Russo. Luger emerges and hands Russo the fakest lead pipe you have ever seen. That gives Vinny Roo the advantage again. The EMT’s come to check on Booker and one removes his cap to show Ric Flair complete with 1991 haircut and all. Flair applies the figure four and again Booker needs to be bailed out. The NBT’s all run out and we have a brawl on the outside of the cage to no reaction. Axe Kick, Spinarooni and the side kick for Booker. Russo is out and Booker decides to get on the mic as Goldberg’s music starts up. That freezes Booker in his tracks for some fucking reason. Goldberg goes into the cage but Scott Steiner slammed the door shut. Goldberg then spears Russo through the cage in one of the more contrived finishes you will ever see and they sign off the air. What a shit sandwich. DUD
  12. On one hand this felt rushed and in some ways like a Nitro main event. On the other hand, keeping a 2000 Nash match under 10 minutes is probably a smart move. Nash dominates early and is methodical but effective. He takes off a turnbuckle pad and ends up going into it and blades. Nash didn't blade much so the visual was cool. Why use that instead of the cage provided for him, Ill never know. Nash keeps looking for the jack knife and Booker is able to reverse out of it, hit the Book End and win the title as Tony and Co. quickly sign off the air. Overall, a good show for Russo but the work and effort from the wrestlers were there for a great one. **1/2
  13. I guess the title is on the line here because why not. Nash as the champion around this time just has no heat and doesn’t even have the comedic value of Arquette holding the title or Jarrett being a four time champion in two months. Not a lot of exciting action here and the crowd is chanting for Goldberg to help out. Steiner locks on the Recliner and Nash has to pull Booker out to save his title. RoboBerg comes out in a Harley and leather jacket. He spears Steiner and Jackhammers him to a great reaction. Goldberg has had around 10 different gimmick beats this year but damn if he still isn’t over. ½*
  14. Russo promos are such glaze worthy by this time. War Games was something I knew was coming and this triple cage bullshit already annoys me. What is worse is Russo using these insider terms like heel during his promo. OH shit, it’s a shoot. Russo explains the title will be on the line in War Games and that preliminary matches are going to be competed in. Nash comes out and is pissed at Russo. Well, Nash’s big heel turn lasted exactly one week. Sting comes through the ring and cuts a promo at Russo. Nash walks away and allows Sting to get in Russo’s face. Russo retreats and the match competitors pile into the cage to brawl. Russo is able to escape when Goldberg stares him down once they emerge from the entranceway. Sting, Booker and Kronik won their preliminary matches. Sting and Jarrett start out and have a good segment in the beginning. At least Russo gets the psychology right of the heels winning the toss as Steiner comes in next and it 2-1. Kronik is net and they just come in together. Well so much for psychology. Russo is out net in his New Jersey Devils jersey and helmet. The Harris Brothers come with Russo and have a plunder brawl on the second level with Kronik. Sting beats up Russo and has him in the Scorpion. Nash is out next and hopefully they explained all of this and how everyone can enter in because I have no idea why Nash is in after what he said earlier. Nash also chokeslams Sting which helps Steiner. Russo goes in for a high five but Nash grabs a choke. Steiner and Jarrett tell him not to and Nash lets go. Kronik and Harris Bros are fighting outside the ring. Now Nash teases choking both Steiner and Jarrett, who the fuck cares. Booker comes down. Booker runs through everyone including an ax kick to Russo. Nash gets one up on him though with the Big Rig boot. Crowd is clamoring for Goldberg and he enters but gets ganged up on and handcuffed to the cage. Sting is slipping all over the place on the second level and Booker is able to retrieve the title but now he has to go through Nash who is standing at the door. The announcers keep telling us just how smart Nash is. Crowd gets confused by the convoluted rules when Booker grabs the belt and thinks the match is over. Sting is handcuffed on the second level and we have Steiner/Jarrett beating up Booker with a guitar shot. The belt is dropped to Russo and Cat comes out and wipes Russo out with a kick. Nash gives Cat the jackknife and then grabs the belt. Goldberg breaks the handcuffs and goes nuts on everyone. Goldberg goes to walk out the door when Bret Hart slams the door on Goldbergs head. Steiner recliner is applied to Goldberg and Russo/Nash hug each other. SWERVE. Nash walks out to win. Way too complex than it needed to be and pretty stupid but hey that is Russo in a nutshell. Effort was there from workers at least. Put it with 95 and 98 as the worst War Games. **1/2
  15. Chuck tells Pamela he is the future of the business. A decent promo but he is pretty marbled mouth. Madden calls Pamela a tramp and Tony tells him thanks for adding nothing to that. You go Tony. Russo is the special guest referee so we have tons of bullshit. Russo even botches a quick count as it takes him a second to get into position. The action is ok but this is so played out and the announcers screaming at each other isn’t helping one bit. The Natural Born Thrillers come out and beat up Booker until Big Vito of all people makes the save. Nash runs in with a chair and hits Booker. Russo does a fast count and Palumbo is the champion? Cat comes out and says the match will continue. He send the NBT to the back. “I’m the commissioner, youre a writer” Fuck off. Bookend and Booker wins. Shit. ½*
  16. My eyes just glaze over with these two wrestling. They have their greatest hits match. The referee gets wiped out with a guitar shot from Booker. Booker goes for the sidekick and misses but the leg is hurt. After 20 minutes of action, they are deciding that is hurt again. Jarrett hits the Stroke and pins Booker but Goldberg runs in for the DQ. He tells Russo 1 down, 2 to go and that Vince should watch his ass because he is next. *1/2
  17. This match feels really played out. I guess Jarrett earlier in the night attacked and slam Booker’s leg in a car door Arn and Larry Z style. The brawling here is one of the better interactions these two have had but I would like to see more selling of the leg from Booker. Jarrett works it over but then Booker comes back and is running around. We do get the guitar shot as a counter for an ax kick and a ref bump because this is a WCW main event. Booker wins with the Book End but doesn’t get much of a reaction. This ends a pretty awful PPV on a decent note. **1/2
  18. Madden gets Jerry Lawler pervy when they show a fan with a low cut dress in the front row. A sign says WWF sucks its true its true. IF ONLY. Tony plugs the PPV replay. I would have been ashamed to have ordered that. Nash says that WCW has decided Hall is too dangerous for live tv. Nash does a promo with a cut out of Hall and goes shooty. He calls out Booker and Booker comes out in street clothes. Steiner runs out and attacks Booker with a pipe. Goldberg is on the screen with Madaja and says any bitch that’s been with Steiner isn’t a lady. Goldberg jackhammers Madaja through a table though thankfully we cut away. Some more awful WCW main event stuff here. NR.
  19. Lance has been built up so well that this match probably should have been the main event of the PPV. The match itself is well done and has a good pace of back and forth. Awesome is on commentary and his “friend” receives some sub sandwiches halfway thru. Storm locking on the Maple Leaf really makes the title feel like it is in peril and Booker looks strong fighting and getting to the ropes. Storm is also able to look strong kicking out of Booker’s secondary finishers like the missile dropkick and side kick. The Bookend gets the win for Booker and as predicted, we get a schmozz at the end of the show with Jarrett and Awesome getting involved. **1/2
  20. The promo here was strong with Booker coming out and giving his rah rah promo and then Goldberg demanding a title shot. Cat does his best promo we have seen standing up to Goldberg and then saying the fan vote will determine the match tonight. We cut to the match and Sting has wont he fan vote? Huh. Someone definitely not Sting but dressed as him comes out and gets attacked by Goldberg. “Sting” gets stretchered out and now it is Goldberg vs Booker. Goldberg is vicious here and busts Booker open on the outside. He locks in a cross armbreaker which is an excellent hold for him and Stevie Ray comes down and throws in the towel. In a funny move, Goldberg wipes his sweat off with the towel. Cat says the match is over but Goldberg isn’t the champion because Booker never said I quit. That puts Goldberg in a rage and we see backstage he takes it out on Stevie putting him through a glass windown. What is with Goldberg and glass? Booker demands a rematch and we have it later on in the show. Match doesn’t start up before Jarrett comes out and hits Goldberg with a chair. That deflates the crowd until Goldberg gives Jarrett a thunderous spear. Cat gives Berg the spinning kick but Goldberg disposes of him. Booker is back up though and is able to hit the Book End for the 3 with Berg kicking out right at the finish. After the bell, Goldberg destroys Booker with a spear and jackhammer. Whew, a lot to take in here. Mostly good with a mix of bad. One thing is certain, both Goldberg and Booker are more important feeling than Jeff Jarrett. I will give the whole segment a **3/4 rating.
  21. They start out chronicling what happened at Bash at the Beach. Booker T comes out and gives a heartfelt promo thanking the fans and having the regret that his mom had passed on and couldn’t see him become a champion. With the pleasantries out of the way, Booker calls out Goldberg. Booker calls him a mark for himself and the business. Booker then moves on to thanking his wife who is decidedly not Sharmelle. Sadly, I looked up Booker’s bio and they were divorced around nine months later. Stevie Ray comes out and congrats Booker too. Just then Madaja comes out and cuts a promo allowing Steiner to sneak up from behind with a bat and lay out Stevie and Booker. I guess we have our next PPV challenger for the belt. The main event starts and I have to say that I’m enjoying Awesome in this WCW role more than him in ECW so far. He still isn’t great but has shown he can have some big man matches vs over babyfaces between this and the Hogan match. He feeds into their offense and comebacks and is credible enough when on top. This was overall a stronger match than the Jarrett title win IMO. Awesome’s big splash gets a good nearfall and he then retrieves a table. Awesome ends up going through that with a Booker forearms smash. Booker runs through his big arsenal of moves and wins with the Book End. How refreshing to have a main event end cleanly. Steiner runs in and locks on the Steiner Recliner. Awesome turns face by helping Booker T. I enjoyed this a good deal as a change of pace and showing WCW feeling different again. It is another reboot but at least it had a promising start. ***1/4 (6.3)
  22. Russo gives his scathing promo and really tries to present himself as the hero here. Again, the message he says here is true but the messenger is a phony piece of shit that has made some brutal decisions and pushed his own agenda on air and off in recent months. He promises a great match here between these two hungry guys. I know they didn't have much time to prepare but I thought this match was a mess that generally gets a past historically just for being a younger movement for WCW. The crowd brawling was really uninspired and the overall narrative of the match lacked the focus that was on the Thunder match with Jarrett's leg work. Booker winning at the end is a nice moment but this overall is just a strange show trying desperately to present a feel good ending. **
  23. Gi Bro calls out Kidman. He comes in and they battle. The middle has some testiness between Major Guns and Torrie Wilson and Wilson low blows Kidman so I guess that is done with. Referee just lets all of this go because why the hell not. Bro hits the Book End for the pin after around a 90 second match. I have slowed down on my 2000 watching and coming back to this shit has not exactly motivated me to plow through the rest of 2000 WCW. ¼*
  24. Booker lets Goldberg know that he doesn’t like him but he does respect him. This again puts Goldberg in a weird position whether its ambiguous to a degree whether he is a heel or a face. Jarrett comes out and continues to get hardly no reaction. He sets up the Bunkhouse match tonight saying there must be a winner. Backstage, we have a pull apart between Book/Jarrett and Cat makes the match official. Jarrett is collecting tools for the Bunkhouse match backstage. The match itself is fine and full of props but at least they are living the gimmick. I thought the brawling around ringside has more juice to it than the Bash at the Beach match. The finish also was nice in the use of Jarrett’s guitar blocking the spin kick of Booker that we saw on Monday be effective in making Goldberg stop in his tracks. Jarrett is able to lock on the figure four and pick up a big victory. Overall this was the strongest and best Jarrett has looked in the Russo regime. **3/4
  25. Rick says he is looking to retire those wannabes once and for all. Madaja is in the corner of Steiner and Jarrett so that pivot has happened. Jarrett is really trying to get slapnuts over. Stevie Ray calls Madaja a hoochie. Cat is on commentary and I continue to be baffled at how much praise he received in real time. I guess he is at least charismatic in a way. Madaja climbs the top rope and Cat tells her to get her ass down. He busts out some handcuffs and handcuffs himself to her. Steiner and Jarrett don’t have any chemistry at all. Bobby and Tony seem pretty cordial with each other this late into the run at least. Booker gets the hot tag and runs through his offense. Jarrett hits a superplex but Booker hangs on and gets the pin. Jarrett gets his heat back immediately with a guitar shot as the show goes off the air. *