Ranking the 96 PPVs using MATH

Scott,

Since you’ve completed your time travel adventure through 1996 and survived I thought I would put this together to highlight your experience. I’ve compiled the ratings for all 10 of the WCW PPV’s that happened in America using your most recently available review for each show and then using the magical power of math, I ranked them from best to worst.

1996 PPV Ranking (Based on average star rating)

1. WCW Great American Bash 1996 (2.72)

2. WCW Fall Brawl 1996 (2.53)

3. WCW Starrcade 1996 (2.46)

4. WCW Halloween Havoc 1996 (2.31)

5. WCW SuperBrawl VI (1.59)

6. WCW Bash at the Beach 1996 (1.47)

7. WCW Hog Wild 1996 (1.47)

8. WCW World War 3 1996 (1.19)

9. WCW Slamboree 1996 (1.1)

10. WCW Uncensored 1996 (0.36)

I’ve also included a breakdown of each show with the star ratings by each match so it can be seen where the figures come from.

WCW SuperBrawl VI (February 11th 1996) [Link to Review]

1. The Public Enemy vs. The Nasty Boys ***1/2

2. Diamond Dallas Page vs. Johnny B. Badd (WCW TV Title Match) ***1/4

3. Lex Luger & Sting vs. Harlem Heat (WCW Tag Team Title Match) *

4. Konnan vs. One Man Gang (WCW U.S Title Match) DUD

5. Brian Pillman vs. Kevin Sullivan N/R

6. Lex Luger & Sting vs. The Road Warriors (WCW World Tag Team Title Match) **

7. Randy Savage vs. Ric Flair (Cage Match for WCW World Title) ****

8. Hulk Hogan vs. The Giant (Cage Match) -*

Average star rating: 1.59

Amount of 3 star+ matches: 3 matches

Scott’s opinion:Well, ignoring the abomination that is the main event, the rest of the show was solid and fun…”

WCW Uncensored (March 24th 1996) [Link to Review]

1. Konnan vs. Eddie Guerrero (WCW U.S Title Match) ***1/2

2. Lord Steven Regal vs. Fit Finlay ***

3. Col. Rob Paker vs. Madusa DUD

4. Diamond Dallas Page vs. The Booty Man (Retirement Match) -*

5. The Giant vs. Loch Ness DUD

6. The Road Warriors vs. Booker T & Sting (Chicago Street Fight) **

7. Hulk Hogan & Randy Savage vs. Ric Flair, Arn Anderson, Z Gangsta, The Ultimate Solution, Kevin Sullivan, Lex Luger, Meng & Barbarian (Doomsday Cage Match) -*****

Average star rating: 0.36

Amount of 3 star+ matches: 2 matches

Scott’s opinion:Strongest recommendation to avoid humanly possible”

WCW Slamboree (May 19th 1996) [Link to Review]

1. Road Warrior Animal & Booker T vs. Road Warrior Hawk & Lex Luger DUD

2. The Public Enemy vs. Kevin Sullivan & Chris Benoit ½*

3. Sgt. Craig Pittman & Scott Steiner vs. Rick Steiner & The Booty Man **3/4

4. Lord Steven Regal & Squire Dave Taylor vs. Hacksaw Jim Duggan & VK Wallstreet ¼*

5. Dirty Dick Slater & Earl Robert Eaton vs. Alex Wright & Disco Inferno DUD

6. Diamond Dallas Page & Barbarian vs. Meng & Hugh Morrus ½*

7. Big Bubba & Stevie Ray vs. Scott Norton & Ice Train DUD

8. Eddy Guerrero & Arn Anderson vs. Ric Flair & Randy Savage **

9. Dean Malenko vs. Brad Armstrong (WCW Cruiserweight Title Match) **

10. Dick Slater & Robert Eaton vs. Hacksaw Jim Duggan & VK Wallstreet ½*

11. The Public Enemy vs. Ric Flair & Randy Savage N/R

12. Diamond Dallas Page & Barbarian vs. Rick Steiner & The Booty Man DUD

13. Konnan vs. Jushin Liger (WCW U.S Title Match) ***

14. Scott Norton, Ice Train, Dick Slater, Robert Eaton, DDP, Barbarian, Rocco Rock and Johnny Grunge (Battlebowl Battle Royale) **

15. The Giant vs. Sting (WCW World Title Match) ***

Average star rating: 1.1

Amount of 3 star+ matches: 2 matches

Scott’s opinion:Not the worst show ever, but one of the weirdest in terms of booking, and certainly not one that you’d wanna watch more than once.”

WCW Great American Bash (June 16th 1996 ) [Link to Review]

1. Fire & Ice vs. The Steiner Brothers ***

2. Konnan vs. El Gato (WCW U.S Title Match) **

3. Diamond Dallas Page vs. Marcus Bagwell (Lord of the Ring Match) **1/4

4. Dean Malenko vs. Rey Mysterio Jr. (WCW Cruiserweight Title Match) ****

5. Big Bubba vs. John Tenta DUD

6. Chris Benoit vs. Kevin Sullivan (Falls Count Anywhere Match) ****1/4

7. Sting vs. Lord Steven Regal ****

8. Arn Anderson & Ric Flair vs. Steve “Mongo” McMichael & Kevin Greene ***1/2

9. The Giant vs. Lex Luger (WCW World Title Match) *1/2

Average star rating: 2.72

Amount of 3 star+ matches: 5 matches

Scott’s opinion:If not for the main event, this is the greatest PPV in WCW history and probably one of the greatest of all-time, period.”

WCW Bash at the Beach (July 7th 1996) [Link to Review]

1. Rey Mystero Jr. vs. Psicosis ****3/4

2. Big Bubba vs. John Tenta -***

3. Diamond Dallas Page vs. Hacksaw Jim Duggan (Lord of the Ring Match) *

4. The Public Enemy vs. The Nasty Boys (Dog Collar Match) ***

5. Dean Malenko vs. Disco Inferno (WCW Cruiserweight Title Match) ***3/4

6. Konnan vs. Ric Flair (WCW U.S Title Match) **1/4

7. The Giant & Kevin Sullivan vs. Chris Benoit & Arn Anderson N/R

8. Lex Luger, Sting & Randy Savage vs. Scott Hall, Kevin Nash & Hulk Hogan N/R

Average star rating: 1.47

Amount of 3 star+ matches: 3 matches

Scott’s opinion:That, my friends, was probably the pinnacle of WCW’s creative powers, and the show that signalled the start of a year and a half of ratings dominance.”

WCW Hog Wild (August 10th 1996) [Link to Review]

1. Rey Mysterio Jr. vs. Ultimo Dragon (WCW Cruiserweight Title Match) ***

2. Scott Norton vs. Ice Train ¾*

3. Bull Nakano vs. Madusa ½*

4. Dean Malenko vs. Chris Benoit ****1/2

5. Harlem Heat vs. The Steiner Brothers (WCW World Tag Team Title Match) **

6. Ric Flair vs. Eddy Guerrero (WCW U.S Title Match) ***1/4

7. The Outsiders vs. Lex Luger & Sting ¾*

8. The Giant vs. Hollywood Hulk Hogan (WCW World Title Match) -***

Average star rating: 1.47

Amount of 3 star+ matches: 3 matches

Scott’s opinion:Some good stuff in the undercard […] but dear god that crowd is a mass of stupidity that nearly kills the show at points.”

WCW Fall Brawl (September 15th 1996) [Link to Review]

1. Diamond Dallas Page vs. Chavo Guerrero Jr. **1/2

2. Scott Norton vs. Ice Train (Submission Match) **

3. Konnan vs. Juventud Guerrera (Mexican Heavyweight Title) ***1/2

4. Chris Jericho vs. Chris Benoit ****

5. Rey Mystero Jr. vs. Super Calo (WCW Cruiserweight Title Match) ***3/4

6. Harlem Heat vs. The Nasty Boys (WCW World Tag Team Title Match) ½*

7. Randy Savage vs. The Giant *

8. Hulk Hogan, Scott Hall, Kevin Nash & “Sting” vs. Ric Flair, Arn Anderson, Lex Luger & Sting (Wargames Match) ***

Average star rating: 2.53

Amount of 3 star+ matches: 4 matches

Scott’s opinion:A very recommended card for some great wrestling before the nonsense starts.”

WCW Halloween Havoc (October 27th 1996) [Link to Review]

1. Rey Mysterio Jr. vs. Dean Malenko (WCW Cruiserweight Title Match) ****

2. Diamond Dallas Page vs. Eddy Guerrero ***1/4

3. The Giant vs. Jeff Jarrett ***

4. Syxx vs. Chris Jericho **

5. Lex Luger vs. Arn Anderson **

6. Faces of Fear vs. Steve “Mongo” McMichael & Chris Benoit **1/2

7. Harlem Heat vs. The Outsiders (WCW World Tag Team Title Match) **3/4

8. Hollywood Hogan vs. Randy Savage (WCW World Title Match) -*

Average star rating: 2.31

Amount of 3 star+ matches: 3 matches

Scott’s opinion:A really good, entertaining show that was almost completely sunk by the main event …

WCW World War 3 (November 24th 1996) [Link to Review]

1. Ultimate Dragon vs. Rey Mysterio Jr. (J-Crown Title Match) ****

2. Nick Patrick vs. Chris Jericho *1/2

3. Jeff Jarrett vs. The Giant ½*

4.The Amazing French Canadians vs. Harlem Heat *

5. Sista Sherri vs. Robert Parker N/R

6. Dean Malenko vs. Psicosis (WCW Cruiserweight Title Match) **1/4

7. The Outsiders vs. Faces of Fear vs. The Nasty Boys (WCW World Tag Team Title Match) ¼*

8. World War 3 Battle Royale N/R

Average star rating: 1.19

Amount of 3 star+ matches: 1 match

Scott’s opinion:A couple of mildly entertaining matches to start, but there’s just nothing in the midcard to support the show, and the main event collapses under it’s own weight as usual

WCW Starrcade (December 29th 1996) [Link to Review]

1. Dean Malenko vs. Ultimo Dragon (J-Crown & WCW Cruiserweight Title Match) ****1/4

2. Madusa vs. Akira Hokuto (WCW Women’s Title Match) *

3. Jushin Liger vs. Rey Mysterio Jr. ***1/2

4. Jeff Jarrett vs. Chris Benoit ***3/4

5. The Outsiders vs. Face of Fear (WCW World Tag Team Title Match) *1/4

6. Diamond Dallas Page vs. Eddie Guerrero (Tournament Final for WCW U.S Title) **1/2

7. Lex Luger vs. The Giant **

8. Hulk Hogan vs. Roddy Piper *1/2

Average star rating: 2.46

Amount of 3 star+ matches: 3 matches

Scott’s opinion:This was actually a HELL of a show before all the nWo run-ins started dragging the second half down a lot.