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[1999-10-18-WCW-Nitro] Goldberg, Sid, Scott Hall and Kevin Nash

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Sid is out in a suit and wants the Halloween Havoc match called off since Goldberg attacked him the week before. He has a team of lawyers with him. Goldberg finally comes out and one of the lawyers eats a spear before Sid attacks him from behind. He gives Goldberg a powerbomb and then shoves a torn up contract down his throat.

 

Scott Hall and Kevin Nash are at ringside making fun of Goldberg when he gets his bearings and one thing leads to another before there's a shoving match and security intervenes and throws Hall and Nash out of the building.

 

This wasn't a bad segment, but this Crash TV stuff looks so low-rent without WWF production. They're trying to be hip, but they still have Tony and Bobby doing their square commentary and nothing about the look and feel of the show has changed. I realize it's only Week 1, but it just stands out how amateur hour this all looks.

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Sid in a suit is just wrong. He cuts a rambiling promo before Goldberg runs in. Goldberg damn near kills one of the lawyers with a spear. His head hits the bottom turnbuckle. Goldberg sells Sid's beatdown like Davey Richards. The shoving match was weak. Nash is sauced.

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Wow what a suit for Sid. He is all business tonight and has lawyered up. Sid's promo is poor until Goldberg comes out there. Goldberg spears one of the lawyers before eating a boot from Sid. The lawyer shakes off the spear more than most wrestlers. Sid pushes the contract down Goldbergs throat.

 

Afterwards, we get the shoving match between the Outsiders and Goldberg. Yeah, overall this was a miss for me.

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Sid looked better in his Horsemen tuxedo. Sid as a lawyering heel really only works in Memphis where he plays it more low-key instead of trying to act psycho. In addition to how low-rent, as Loss puts it, this all comes across, we get some glimpses of what Russo is like without the WWF's agenting, filters, and attention to detail. I can't imagine the WWF not making it very clear to the lawyer guy how to sell the spear and how long to sell it for, and if he did get up early like this guy does, they'd hide it with their camera direction. Or they'd have the sense to just hire a local indy guy to take the bump. Russo doesn't have the attention span for stuff like that on his own and he sure wasn't going to get any help from WCW brass who were disorganized even in the best of times with bookers who had strong long-term vision.

 

The Goldberg-Outsiders confrontation is much better, but the long backstage ejection stuff is pretty interminable. Whiny Nash is possibly the most annoying Kevin Nash of all.

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