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[2000-11-26-WCW-Mayhem] Jung Dragons vs 3 Count vs Evan Karagias & Jamie Noble

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Stevie, Madden and Tony is quite the broadcast team. A good showcase match for all six of these guys and you do see the potential here but I do think watching things in retrospect lessens the effect here. Yes, in the confines of WCW this is the most athletic and fresh looking stuff we have seen but it isn’t groundbreaking by 2018 standards at all and even in 2000 eyes, if you followed the US indies, guys like Trent Acid were more impressive. Of course in 2000, people worshipped at the altar of Ric Blade so retrospect can be a gift at times. This had mostly showcase sequences intertwined between all six guys. The biggest reaction was Leia Meow doing a dive on the outside to all six. 3 Count ended up getting the win which was a bit of a surprise to me. *** (6.1)

 

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Tensions are already being teased between the ‘Noble & Karagias’ duo (which Mark Madden points out is a good name for a tag team, think about it) based on some contrived tale of Evan cheating on Noble’s sister when they were both at High School (different ones) in North Carolina.  The action commences on the floor where 3 Count launch Evan and Jamie into the guard rail before dragging the Jung Dragons into the ring.  Stereo inverted atomic drops by the Dragons who then back drop 3 Count over the top rope to the outside, Shannon taking another bonkers flat back bump to the floor.  Noble and Karagias have recovered, the latter hitting a floatover into a face jam on Kaz.  Nice scoop powerslam for a two.  Thesz press on Helms and his punches look notably better this week.  Shane with a blind tag and 3 Count hit a combination spinning heel kick/release German suplex on Noble.  Shannon goes for the ‘Rocker Dropper’ which Noble counters with a powerbomb.  Springboard enzuigiri by Kaz.  Moore ducks the lariat and plants Kaz with the ‘Rocker Dropper’ which is called the ‘Bottoms Up’.  Helms with an ‘X-plex’ (cross armed Germans suplex) and Noble is in to break up the pin.  Sunset flip off the top but Kaz rolls through and blasts him in the head with a kick.  Yang runs wild on everyone until stopping to do the crane pose and gets caught with Moore’s ‘sleeper drop’.  Kaz, Karagias and Noble all pick up near falls before Yang pulls Helms to the outside.  A great dive sequence culminates with Leah Meow coming off the top turnbuckle onto everyone.  Yang spikes Shannon with a DDT, heads upstairs but is cut off by Noble.  Helms puts a stop to whatever Jamie had planned, shoving him backwards to the mat, before leaping off Yang’s shoulders (who is still sat on the top turnbuckle) with a big splash.  Combination Samoan drop/neckbreaker by 3 Count and they pick up the win.

Not what you’d expect from these teams in that we got a slow start, but things built well to the hot closing moments with all the big dives.  3 Count winning evens the score (Yang and Noble victorious in previous matches) while I thought Jamie Noble looked tremendous here.

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