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[1996-09-15-WCW-Fall Brawl] Randy Savage vs The Giant

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Finish only. Savage slams The Giant! The NWO blindside Savage, costing Savage the match, while Nick Patrick is distracted by yelling at The Giant.

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Straight babyface Savage formula match. Savage plays King of the Mountain early, but attempts to slam The Giant on the floor. Nothing doing. The Giant is a lot better about getting his offense over now, but still this is pretty good and is helped that Savage is one the best face in perils ever in wrestling. The Giant hurts his knee on a missed knee drop. Nowadays, the babyface would just take over and stop selling. Transitions are so important to me and even simple ones like that mean so much in developing a solid, fundamental match. Savage SLAMS The Giant! nWo goad him to the outside. Nick Patrick, The Evil Ref, checks the Giant for a concussion after the flying elbow, good stuff. Savage rolled back in for the loss.

 

At first, I thought it was a stupid finish and they should build Savage for his title match with Hogan at Havoc, but then I realize the first loss for the nWo should be much more important than that. It is Randy Freakin Savagel he is plenty built up just by his name plus he was super protected. So the stupid cynical smart mark in me can sit the fuck down.

 

Solid match.

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Solid babyace Savage match here, and the best single match the Giant has up until that point. Just basic storytelling that works thanks to Savage's selling and bumping. The nWo attack outside puts the heat on Savage vs Hogan for Fall Brawl. Good stuff, although Giant still looks like the odd one in the nWo, very clearly. Nick Patrick hasn't made his coming out, but he's obviously crooked. Good stuff.

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Just the finish here, but it's good chop-down-the-tree stuff and the SLAM! Gigantic, monster pop for that. Nick Patrick has a loooong conversation with him while Savage is busy with Hogan and the Outsiders, and he's ganged up on and pinned.

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Match looked hot. Kind of a weird match in retrospect as you don't want to job out either guy at this point. Savage is pretty dumb chasing the guys backstage, but then again logic was never Macho Man's strong suit.

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