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[1998-01-26-WCW-Nitro] J.J. Dillon bans the powerbomb


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Clips are shown of the powerbomb at Souled Out. JJ comes out and has a discussion about sports injuries that could play in 2014. JJ says tests on The Giant have been performed but more are scheduled and he really can't give an update on his situation. JJ is taking action and effective immediately, the powerbomb is barred from WCW. Boos rain down on JJ at that announcement. JJ gets fired up and offers a stern warning to Nash not to use the powerbomb again.

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JJ delivers some remarkably prescient talk about how other sports have passed rule changes designed to mitigate the bigger, stronger athletes of today. This isn't a terrible idea in a vacuum, but


a.) Dillon was completely emasculated from day 1 on WCW TV and has absolutely no credibility,

b.) WCW had ignored and flouted its own internal logic for so long, sometimes by design and sometimes not, and

c.) We were past the days where a guy like Bill Watts could really get this angle over *and* have the necessary quality-control for his announcers to get it over,

d.) Late-'90s wrestling was all about breaking the rules, not getting heat by doing it.


Dillon threatens criminal prosecution toward Kevin Nash if he uses a power bomb, to a chorus of boos. Just more stupid, convoluted shit in the main event--I don't recall if this ruling ever got resolved or if it was just forgotten about like a lot of things in WCW. The only other positive to this is that it is at least something different, in a main event scene that's been very same-old, same-old for the past several months.

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I thought this was an awesome follow up to the botch. Making the jackknife the most dangerous move in wrestling. This will now lead to a giant pop once Nash says screws it and hits it months later..... (well, that's how it should've gone) Instead, Nash just continues to do it disregarding any punishments that might be brought to him, including on this very Nitro. 

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