BOD Team-Up – Mike Bradley & Caliber Winfield

Caliber Winfiield & Mike Bradley review WCW’s SuperBrawl 9!
Will Ric Flair win the strap after being beat to death? Will Rey retain his mask & dignity? Will 80% of the matches feature nWo music? Tune in to the horror!

WCW Superbrawl IX
February 21, 1999 – Oakland Arena – Oakland, California
 
They talk about the tag-team tournament,  as Gene stands by a glass display case with the straps. He shills the hotline. Much like Mike will say, I miss the hotlines too. My parents don’t, because I racked up like $100 worth of bills when I couldn’t stop calling the JR Hotline. This was 1995, before I had the internet, and to get all of this information was addicting.
Disco Inferno vs Booker T
You have to give it to Disco, because he
got one hell of a shitty gimmick, but he actually made it work. Plus, he
always gave it to you in the ring. Anyways, Disco & Booker go out
there and tear the place up, and the crowd is absolutely on fire. I
mean, they’re truly more into this match than they are later for the
main event it seems. The match is a hell of an opener, and would have
been better had Booker not tripped 4 different times. Disco tries a
Chartbuster, but it’s a no go.
Booker hits Disco with the Harlem Hangover and gets the pin at 9:19
***1/4

Chris Jericho vs Saturn – Loser Wears A Dress
Saturn was in the middle of changing his gimmick, doing a sort of
Marilyn Manson type deal. I’m really not sure what that’s suppose to
entail, and I feel like Goldust did a better version of it anyways. As
for the match, it keeps the PPV going on the good match streak. Near the
end, he hits the DVD on Jericho, and then the ref. See, last month at
Souled Out, Jericho & Saturn had this same match, but when Saturn
rolled up Jericho for the pin, the evil ref rolled Jericho over. He was
thus suspended for 30 days, and this was his return. But Saturn fools
them all by wanting to be in the dress! Hey, if you don’t think this
type of gimmick doesn’t work, I’d say go ask the Headbangers, but they
rarely step foot out of their mansions. Except for the occasional big
Wrestlemania pay-day.
Saturn is counted out, giving Jericho the win at 11:17
**3/4

Chavo Guerrero vs Billy Kidman – Cruiserweight Title
The only thing that really sticks out in this match is when Tony says
that when a fellow wrestler joins the nWo, it shocks the wrestling
world. Honestly, Vince McMahon could have joined the nWo at this point
and I don’t think it would have mattered. Chavo hits a DDT off the top
rope that only gets 2. Now, c’mon. A DDT from the top rope? That could
kill a man. Well, either way, a powerbomb leads to a face plant,
aaaannddd….
Kidman hits a Shooting Star for the pin at 8:26
**

Curt Hennig & What Appears To Be A Drunk Uncle vs Dean Malenko & Chris Benoit
This is the finals of a tag-team tournament. If Chris & Dean win,
they get a 30 second rest period, and then they get their shot. Weird,
and stupid, but that’s WCW. Speaking of stupid, Tony talks about Chris
having never held a championship. Well, why should they recognize the TV
championship? Isn’t it in a trash-can some where? So, Windham is in
great shape, you can really tell he was hitting the gym in 1987. Also,
judging from his outfit, he put all his Horsemen money into Levi &
Strauss stock. Dean locks Windham in the Cloverleaf, and after Hennig
makes the save, he does it again, but this time Barry taps.

Round T—-nope.
Windham chokes out Dean with his belt and then pins him in seconds. Combined time 20:36. Awesome.
**

The Outsiders vs Rey Mysterio & Konnan – Liz’s Hair vs Rey’s Mask
Man, Liz was damn hot. The match starts out with Ray & Hall, and I
guess since Rey is giving up his mask, and going back on years and years
of heritage & tradition, Hall sells a bit for him. Very nice. I’m
surprised that happens since Hall has to work twice tonight, and I’m
surprised he didn’t demand the right to dominate for him working the
extra 10 minutes. Honestly, if they’d actually given this match more
time, they could have had something, because it isn’t too bad. Rey
really works his ass off, big shock.
Hall hits Rey with the Edge, then puts Nash on top for the pin at 11:01
**1/2

Rey takes off the mask, and he just looks really young. It’s this kind
of b------- that sunk WCW. I mean, how on Earth would you find the guys
in masks harder to market? And exactly how did the careers of those who
lost the mask sky-rocket? Juvi flipped out on PCP, and Rey had to act
like Joe C. It wasn’t until he put the mask back on that he became a
superstar again. It’s just b-------, and the nWo look like nothing more
than some b------- bullies.

Scott Steiner [C] vs DDP – TV Title Match
Before the match, Steiner grabs a girl from the audience to bring into
the ring. It’s an obvious plant, because I truly cannot believe that
there would ever be a woman attracted to this idiot. Especially when he
gets on the mic and basically says that if Big Poppa Pump wants rape,
then Big Poppa Pump gets rape. If Steiner wasn’t such a useless lump of
s---, this would have been a better match than it is. Buff comes down,
and they start with the double-team before he’s sent back by the ref. As
it goes on, DDP just won’t die. Top rope Frankensteiner, DDT, being
mashed into an exposed turnbuckle, none of it gets the 3 count, as DDP
just keeps holding on, it’s some decent drama.
Steiner puts Page in the Camel Clutch. Although it’s so bad, I’d down grade it to The Burrow Clutch. Page passes out at 13:53
***

Roddy Piper [C] vs. Scott Hall – US Title Match
Seriously, it seems like every other match, if not every match, I hear
the Wolfpac theme song. Bischoff truly was trying to recreate 1996. I
have little faith in the match, and that’s reassured as they blow the
first spot, a hip-toss. This is a terrible match full of punching, eye
pokes, and the match’s only high-spot; the abdominal stretch. Inferno
comes out, he gets laid out. Same with Nash. Although the distraction
allows Hall to pin Piper with his feet on the ropes. 3 guys to beat
Roddy Piper in 1999.
Hall pins Piper at 8:19.
DUD

Piper responds to his travesty by saying “bah so ugh”. Bummer that never made it to a t-shirt.

Roddy Piper – BAH SO UGH – $14.99! +$2 for any sizes above XXL.

Goldberg vs Bam Bam Bigelow
There’s a sign in the crowd that says “Goldberg Kind To Animals” and
there’s a drawing of Bill with a kitten on his shoulder. Then we see a
guy with the same tattoo as Goldberg. I bet he’s LOVING that now. I
remember in 1999, there was a guy at the video game store I’d frequent
who had a Brahma Bull tattoo. But it wasn’t the cool one like The
Rock’s, no, it was that big blue one from his t-shirt.
Tony makes
sure to talk about Goldberg challenging Stone Cold on The Tonight Show,
saying Goldberg doesn’t back down from anyone. Well, yeah, I suppose
it’s easy to never back down from a challenge that isn’t there. The
crowd is dying for Goldberg to kill him, but instead we get a match that
goes over 10 minutes, and it doesn’t involve DDP. Ugh.
Goldberg hits the Jackhammer and scores the pin at 11:36
*1/2

I don’t get this. Goldberg was screwed out of the title. Then the nWo
gets back together. He takes on Hall at Souled Out, and that’s it? They
could have drawn some money with him tearing through the nWo. Instead we
get Ric Flair being beat up by a group of guys who just held up a 7-11.

Hollywood Hulk Hogan [C] vs Ric Flair – World Heavyweight Title Match
For those of you who saw my post last week, you know a good chunk of
this match’s build. I remember reading Scott’s review of this months
ago, and just checked before writing this to confirm. He said if Ric
won, he’d withdraw the Hot Poker System forever. Does Scott retract and
quit the plug for Surge? Nope. In a match I was actually looking forward
to, since Ric is the man, they went in there and gave us quite a
boring, Nitro-quality match. I mean, they literally tried to KILL Ric
Flair! And he can’t muster up the rage to put down Hogan? The ending is
the real sweet piece, as David Flair comes down, ski mask and all,
tazers his dad, and joins the nWo. You see, this is what they call in
the business, a SWERVE, because the nWo beat the hell out of David a few
weeks before. So, you’d think he wouldn’t, but…HE DID! You know, I’m
shocked they didn’t try and market nWo ski-masks.
David Flair tazers his dad, then Hogan pins him at 12:02
**

Caliber’s Final ULTIMATE Solution: The PPV started off
great, but it slowly went down hill after that. One would assume the
Main Events didn’t deliver, but they did. They expected exactly what I
thought they would. Naturally, WCW’s brilliant decision to remove Rey’s
mask kept WCW in the black for years to come, as well as having Goldberg
wrestle long matches with people who aren’t DDP. Next month would see
Hogan v Ric Flair in a barbwire steel cage First Blood match that ends
in a pin after two guys bleed like they stepped on land mines. So, I’m not sure what Mike saw in this before when he recommend we do it, but I think now he regrets the decision.
Overall Rating: **1/2

 
 
 

– Growing up in the southeast, WCW was more of a focus to me than
WWF/E. Even in its worst days, I pulled for the underdog. When Caliber
and I decided to review a show he asked me for something WCW. I told
him even though it gets bagged on, WCW Superbrawl IX was a card stacked
with a lot of superstars (past, present, and future) plus it also was
“Vintage WCW” with plenty to pick apart. So here is my take on one of
many nights that I am sure Tony Schiavone described as a “night that
will change our industry forever”.

– We begin with Torrie
Wilson talking to the mysterious man behind the camera. She asks if he
is nervous while she is wrapped in a bed spread. I personally would be
high-fiving myself if I conquered that mountain.

– Your hosts
are Tony Schiavone, Mike Tenay, and Bobby Heenan. They welcome us to
Oakland and preview our night of action. We then hear Tony doing
voice-over work as he runs down the WCW Tag Team Tournament. Imagine
that! A WCW tournament that actually completed without shenanigans,
midgets, bookers dressed as wrestlers, or females competing in male
matches.

– Gene Okerlund pimps the hotline as he stands next
to the encased WCW Tag Team Titles. I miss the hotline, even in the
early stages of the internets.

1. Disco Inferno vs. Booker T
– This match came about because Disco referred to Booker and Stevie as
brothers. Booker goes all Spreewell on him and thus we have an opener
for Superbrawl. I would have figured it was a sucka thing. Disco
opened by stalling and dodging the attacks of Booker. Booker beats his
ass from pillar to post with Disco catching him sleeping a couple of
times. As it progresses, it turned into a damn good see-saw affair.
Booker wins with a Harlem Hangover @ 9:17. Book spuds him with a knee
to the head on that finish and Disco’s f------ shoulder is up? Come on!
Rating: C+.

DRESS MATCH
2. Chris Jericho (with Ralphus, in a dress) vs. Perry Saturn
– If Saturn wins, he gets to put a dress on Jericho. Ralphus looks
like an old woman, complete with clip on earrings. Crowd shot shows a
woman or man…not sure. Kind of ironic. Saturn shows up in a dress
and Jericho ridicules him on the mic. Nice rack on Saturn. Crowd loves
Jericho and rightfully so. Hell I rocked the Monday Night Jericho
shirt in high school proudly. Saturn spends the whole match beating
Jericho on the floor. Ralphus gets stripped in the ring allowing
Jericho to take over the momentum. It occurs to me that WWE kind of
took this idea and used it for Big Vito on Smackdown. Saturn lays out
Jericho and referee Scott Dikinson and then walks out giving Jericho the
count out win @ 11:21. Kind of booked weird and the finish didn’t make
sense to me, at least. Rating: C-.

– At the WCW.COM
location, Konnan and Rey Mysterio talk about their upcoming match
against Luger and Nash later. Konnan uses “strawberry” no less than 4
times.

– Later Scott Steiner plans to make a real woman out of
Kimberly when he faces DDP. If his plumbing was still working properly
at that point. Hell, who am I kidding?

WCW CRUISERWEIGHT TITLE
3. Chavo Guerrero Jr. vs. Kidman
– Chavo never got the proper respect in WCW, in my opinion. The Pepe
thing was horrible and the guy was a true pro in the ring, even back
then. Cruiserweight style match mixed with Chavo being an old-school
heel. Great action with equal offense. Crowd s--- on it and s--- on
the whole match. I liked it. Chavo must have never read the internet
back then, because any number of writers would tell you that you can
NEVER powerbomb Kidman. Kidman faceplants him and nails the Shooting
Star Press @ 8:26 to retain. Rating: B-.

– GOLDBERG…BAM BAM…..later.

MATCH FOR THE VACANT WCW WORLD TAG TEAM TITLES
4. Barry Windham & Curt Hennig vs. Chris Benoit & Dean Malenko
– Since the tournament was double elimination, Malenko and Benoit had
to beat Hennig and Windham twice to win the belts. Really a great job
by WCW to have these four put on an absolute clinic in this one. Only
problem I had (and I guess it is just a nuance of mine) was Windham
dressed in jeans and a tank top. Just weird to me. Malenko grabs the
first win @ 19:33 making Windham tap out to the Texas Cloverleaf.
Moments later, Windham uses his belt and lariats Malenko to win the
belts @ 20:36. I didn’t like the finish (again), but the match as a
whole was great. THAT is how you do tag team wrestling. Rating: B+.

– We take a look back at how Roddy Piper won the WCW US Title with FAT Will Sasso cheering him on at ringside.

ELIZABETH’S HAIR VS REY MYSTERIO’S MASK
5. The Outsiders (with Lex Luger & Elizabeth) vs. Konnan & Rey Mysterio Jr.
– Luger’s arm is injured thanks to it getting slammed in a car door on
Thunder. Luger and cars don’t mix well. I still remember the Horsemen
beating his ass against a limo at the second Clash of Champions. Nash
and Hall tease working the mic and the crowd still loves it. Konnan
comes out and works the mic the crowd loves that too? I really hated
the fact this was done to Mysterio and the Outsiders did him NO favors
in the ring. Complete burial of Rey Rey. Outsiders win it after Hall
hits Rey with the Outsider Edge and pulls Nash on top @ 11:01. F---
everyone who thought this was a good idea. Rating: D!

– Post
match, Rey unmasks. Wolfpack make fun of him. Tony says he is
handsome. Nash puts Rey’s mask on and mocks him. F--- Kevin Nash.

WCW TELEVISION TITLE
6. Scott Steiner (with random local stripper) vs. Diamond Dallas Page
– This match is s---. Pure s---. Steiner’s pre-match promo has to be
floating around on youtube somewhere as a montage of horrible promos.
Buff Bagwell comes out during the match for blatant interference and no
disqualification is called. I’m sure someone backstage just said “yeah
go out there” with no plan as t what to do with the finish. Steiner
wins it after DDP passes out to the Steiner Recliner @ 13:53. Rating:
F.

– Post match, DDP is stretchered out in full back and neck
brace. Elsewhere, Bam Bam Bigelow tells Mark Madden that he will defeat
Bill Goldberg tonight. Not sure who weighed more in that interview.

WCW UNITED STATES TITLE
7. Scott Hall (with Disco Inferno) vs. Roddy Piper
– Tony tries to be clever by calling Disco, “The Disco Schmoe”. How
clever. Interesting enough, Hall is the one trying to wrestle as Piper
brawls throughout the ENTIRE match. Then Kevin Nash comes out and this
abortion gets even worse. Hall wins the US Title with his feet on the
ropes @ 8:20. Rating: F-.

– Now Hall wants to get on the
mic. Piper won’t give up the belt. Poor Piper. He would do anything
for the company and the nWo just used him as a prop to get
over…ALWAYS! Piper gives him a crotch chop and Hall, Nash, and Disco
beat him down anyways. I used to like the nWo beatdowns, but nowadays, I
can see how it just got stale. Oh s---, Piper escapes and doesn’t look
like a giant stinking turd after being buried.

8. Bam Bam Bigelow vs. Goldberg
– Can we all stand up and appreciate how DAMN good Bam Bam was. He
was another willing to put anyone over, yet he always looked great doing
it. Plus he never aged over his career. Bam Bam slows the pace trying
to wear down Goldberg, but eventually Goldberg wins it @ 11:38. Gotta
say Goldberg was still the man even then. Good match, Bam Bam made this
thing entertaining. Rating: C.

MAIN EVENT
WCW WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT TITLE
9. Hollywood Hogan vs. Ric Flair
– Poor Ric Flair. I mean, I’m a Hogan guy, but you can see the defeat
in his eyes before the bell is rung. Hogan was still OVER especially
in front of the Cali crowd. Slow pace to start, but Flair is busted
open by the 4 minute mark. Flair really gets things going by beating
Hogan from pillar to post. A FRESH Torrie Wilson comes out at the 9
minute mark and slaps Flair. Then back to business as usual. Hogan
busted open at this point and BLADES ON CAMERA! We have a ref bump and
NOW a masked man walks out to the ring. Not keeping his nWo shirt
covered up too well either. He stuns Ric with a stun gun. Hogan covers
and wins it @ 12:00. The masked man is David Flair. He adds insult to
injury by stunning Flair again with enough voltage to explode a bison.
Rating: F-.

FINAL THOUGHTS….
– The Cruiserweight title
match and Tag Titles match are memorable. Everything else with nWo
smeared all over it is just SHITTY! I take that back, Bam Bam-Goldberg
was entertaining. Just too much of the nWo spoils the show for me. But
they were selling tickets so churn it up some more I guess. In
retrospect, I liked it. Now I hate it.

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