Scott Reviews The New 52 (And Other Stuff Too!)–12.14.2011

Scott Reviews The New 52 (And Other Stuff Too!) – 12.14.2011 Being the generous guy that I am, I figured that I’d give New Avengers (aka Dark Avengers v2) another chance to wow me before I moved on and forgot about it, so we’ll see if a second chance redeems it. And that’s as good a place as any to start…New Avengers #19 See, last time around, at least I knew who the major villains portraying the Avengers were. Bullseye was in the crappy Daredevil movie, Daken is Wolverine’s son, Venom is Venom, good enough. This time around, we’ve got a six-armed dude playing Spider-Man, someone named Gorgon as Wolverine, and apparently Hulk has a son who doesn’t like him. None of this is explained by Brian Michael Bendis outside of the long-winded introductions from the last issue where no actual information was given. I really dislike feeling like I need to go to Wikipedia to follow the damn plot of a comic book, and that’s exactly the feeling this is giving me. Plus, even the people on the Dark Avengers make an excellent point: Norman Osborn already tried this once and failed spectacularly at it, so why try it again? There’s some amusing stuff outside of the primary selling point of this arc, like Squirrel Girl acting as nanny for Luke Cage’s baby, and that’s the kind of plot point that I’d like to read more about. We know Osborn is insane and his team of loser villains aren’t going to win this battle, so why build it up as something it can’t deliver? Also, this one has one of my pet peeves, in that the cover has absolutely no connection to anything going on inside the book. It’s not even the same Spider-Man costume! I might actually try the main Avengers team given that they’re rebooting the team yet again, but this doesn’t appear to be the title for me. Atomic Robo and The Ghost of Station X #4 The rollicking fun of Atomic Robo continues, with the team on the run from shady bad guys with big guns, leading to their transportation getting sadly totalled. The only solution to continue their quest for the mystery Station X? A CONVOY! For SCIENCE! Robo bonding with his new ride (“You’re Tucker the Trucker?” “Well, you’re Robo the Robot.” “Well played.”) absolutely cracked me up for some reason. There’s some really great dialogue here, plus the comic book equivalent of whip-pan gags and some good old-fashioned Bugs Bunny “imitating the boss over the phone” jokes as well. This didn’t feel as good as the rest of the series has been thus far, but I can’t really put my finger on why that would be. I’ll be kind of sad when this volume wraps up next issue, but they’ve got everything set up for the big finale and I’m really curious what the big conspiracy behind everything is all about. Big thumbs up here. And now for the regularly scheduled DC product… Batwoman #4 Speaking of big thumbs up, Batwoman continues to be the must-see comic of the New 52. The story is moving at a good pace now, and I know I say this every week but holy shit this artwork from JH Williams might be the best I’ve ever seen in a mainstream book. Batwoman coming into a window, and her cape forming the panels of a double-page spread? Wow. Plus the beginning of the book is fantastic, with Flamebird striking out on her own and quickly regretting her cocky attitude, while Kate makes sweet sweet Sapphic love to Maggie Sawyer in contrasting panels. It’s such a simple storytelling device, but the dreamlike layout of Kate’s panels overlaid on the harsh, realistic beating taking by Flamebird…WOW. And then it gets even BETTER, with Cameron Chase using the brutalized sidekick to finally figure out Batwoman’s identity, because she’s both awesome and kind of a dick. This is the kind of series that makes me excited to be a comic fan again. Feels like everything is going to be a letdown after starting with that one, but we’ll see what happens. Green Lantern #4 OK, so the cliffhanger at the end of #3, with Hal Jordan apparently getting vaporized after diving into the yellow power battery, was good enough to bring me back again. And yeah, the whole story arc of Sinestro The Green Lantern is a pretty good one, mainly because GL is Geoff John’s baby and he’ll do everything to make sure it gets over. As expected, Hal is not actually dead because things weren’t quite what the cliffhanger suggested, and instead he’s just thrown into Korugar prison until his faux-ring can lose power. Sinestro, meanwhile, gets tortured by his former cronies and thrown in with his very angry former subjects, at which point Hal (who never thinks things through) has a great suggestion: Give all the disgruntled Korugans (who want to kill Sinestro themselves) their own fake power ring, and even if it only lasts for 10 minutes they can still wipe out the bad guys through sheer numbers. Of course, Sinestro learns the fatal flaw in that plan moments after enacting it, and we have another cliffhanger. Obviously my meagre say-so isn’t going to boost sales numbers much more than they already are, but I’m digging this series despite myself, because Sinestro’s redemption is an interesting plot twist and Johns is keeping it exceedingly simple (unlike the other two Green Lantern titles I have now dropped). Batgirl #4 Gail Simone continues to drag out the secret behind Barbara’s escape from the wheelchair, dropping another hint about a clinic where they most definitely were not supposed to perform miracles. I’ve kinda been sticking around just to find out the damn reason, because the plot has been all over the place so far in this series. This one is the big showdown with The Mirror (in a funhouse Hall of Mirrors for extra sledgehammer of theme) and aside from Barbara moping around on Christmas Eve there’s not much going on here. I gave it four issues, but I’m done. Grifter #4 Green Arrow? That’s supposed to be the big sales booster? I guess Batman has already been taken by a bunch of other titles for crossover. I dunno, the first couple of issues were interesting, but I don’t have any vested interest in Cole Cash and there hasn’t been much else going on besides him shooting at people and running from the law. Aliens are invading, and Green Arrow wants to know why! I don’t. Dropped. And finally this week… Batman & Robin #4 Definitely the second-best of the Batman titles, but that’s not really a criticism because ain’t nothing touching Scott Snyder’s Batman right now. I just find it really fascinating that Peter Tomasi can take such an unlikeable little shit like Damian Wayne and make a very good story around him. Really, this title is more Robin (also starring Batman) but given the abundance of Batman around the DCU right now, it’s OK for this one to focus on Damian’s daddy issues and serial killer tendencies. In this case, our heroes have been put in a bad way by Nobody, who Batman figures out to be the son of Henri Ducard, aka his original trainer. Another good cliffhanger here, as Damian decides that maybe emotionally unavailable Bruce Wayne might not be the best choice to be guiding his life. Not that I wouldn’t like to see Damian killed off in definitive fashion TOMORROW so that Tim Drake or even Jason Todd can reclaim the Robin costume, but this is good stuff regardless. So Batwoman of course wins the week, and Grifter gets dropped.

Scott Reviews The New 52 (And Other Stuff Too!)–12.14.2011

Scott Reviews The New 52 (And Other Stuff Too!) – 12.14.2011 Being the generous guy that I am, I figured that I’d give New Avengers (aka Dark Avengers v2) another chance to wow me before I moved on and forgot about it, so we’ll see if a second chance redeems it. And that’s as good a place as any to start…New Avengers #19 See, last time around, at least I knew who the major villains portraying the Avengers were. Bullseye was in the crappy Daredevil movie, Daken is Wolverine’s son, Venom is Venom, good enough. This time around, we’ve got a six-armed dude playing Spider-Man, someone named Gorgon as Wolverine, and apparently Hulk has a son who doesn’t like him. None of this is explained by Brian Michael Bendis outside of the long-winded introductions from the last issue where no actual information was given. I really dislike feeling like I need to go to Wikipedia to follow the damn plot of a comic book, and that’s exactly the feeling this is giving me. Plus, even the people on the Dark Avengers make an excellent point: Norman Osborn already tried this once and failed spectacularly at it, so why try it again? There’s some amusing stuff outside of the primary selling point of this arc, like Squirrel Girl acting as nanny for Luke Cage’s baby, and that’s the kind of plot point that I’d like to read more about. We know Osborn is insane and his team of loser villains aren’t going to win this battle, so why build it up as something it can’t deliver? Also, this one has one of my pet peeves, in that the cover has absolutely no connection to anything going on inside the book. It’s not even the same Spider-Man costume! I might actually try the main Avengers team given that they’re rebooting the team yet again, but this doesn’t appear to be the title for me. Atomic Robo and The Ghost of Station X #4 The rollicking fun of Atomic Robo continues, with the team on the run from shady bad guys with big guns, leading to their transportation getting sadly totalled. The only solution to continue their quest for the mystery Station X? A CONVOY! For SCIENCE! Robo bonding with his new ride (“You’re Tucker the Trucker?” “Well, you’re Robo the Robot.” “Well played.”) absolutely cracked me up for some reason. There’s some really great dialogue here, plus the comic book equivalent of whip-pan gags and some good old-fashioned Bugs Bunny “imitating the boss over the phone” jokes as well. This didn’t feel as good as the rest of the series has been thus far, but I can’t really put my finger on why that would be. I’ll be kind of sad when this volume wraps up next issue, but they’ve got everything set up for the big finale and I’m really curious what the big conspiracy behind everything is all about. Big thumbs up here. And now for the regularly scheduled DC product… Batwoman #4 Speaking of big thumbs up, Batwoman continues to be the must-see comic of the New 52. The story is moving at a good pace now, and I know I say this every week but holy shit this artwork from JH Williams might be the best I’ve ever seen in a mainstream book. Batwoman coming into a window, and her cape forming the panels of a double-page spread? Wow. Plus the beginning of the book is fantastic, with Flamebird striking out on her own and quickly regretting her cocky attitude, while Kate makes sweet sweet Sapphic love to Maggie Sawyer in contrasting panels. It’s such a simple storytelling device, but the dreamlike layout of Kate’s panels overlaid on the harsh, realistic beating taking by Flamebird…WOW. And then it gets even BETTER, with Cameron Chase using the brutalized sidekick to finally figure out Batwoman’s identity, because she’s both awesome and kind of a dick. This is the kind of series that makes me excited to be a comic fan again. Feels like everything is going to be a letdown after starting with that one, but we’ll see what happens. Green Lantern #4 OK, so the cliffhanger at the end of #3, with Hal Jordan apparently getting vaporized after diving into the yellow power battery, was good enough to bring me back again. And yeah, the whole story arc of Sinestro The Green Lantern is a pretty good one, mainly because GL is Geoff John’s baby and he’ll do everything to make sure it gets over. As expected, Hal is not actually dead because things weren’t quite what the cliffhanger suggested, and instead he’s just thrown into Korugar prison until his faux-ring can lose power. Sinestro, meanwhile, gets tortured by his former cronies and thrown in with his very angry former subjects, at which point Hal (who never thinks things through) has a great suggestion: Give all the disgruntled Korugans (who want to kill Sinestro themselves) their own fake power ring, and even if it only lasts for 10 minutes they can still wipe out the bad guys through sheer numbers. Of course, Sinestro learns the fatal flaw in that plan moments after enacting it, and we have another cliffhanger. Obviously my meagre say-so isn’t going to boost sales numbers much more than they already are, but I’m digging this series despite myself, because Sinestro’s redemption is an interesting plot twist and Johns is keeping it exceedingly simple (unlike the other two Green Lantern titles I have now dropped). Batgirl #4 Gail Simone continues to drag out the secret behind Barbara’s escape from the wheelchair, dropping another hint about a clinic where they most definitely were not supposed to perform miracles. I’ve kinda been sticking around just to find out the damn reason, because the plot has been all over the place so far in this series. This one is the big showdown with The Mirror (in a funhouse Hall of Mirrors for extra sledgehammer of theme) and aside from Barbara moping around on Christmas Eve there’s not much going on here. I gave it four issues, but I’m done. Grifter #4 Green Arrow? That’s supposed to be the big sales booster? I guess Batman has already been taken by a bunch of other titles for crossover. I dunno, the first couple of issues were interesting, but I don’t have any vested interest in Cole Cash and there hasn’t been much else going on besides him shooting at people and running from the law. Aliens are invading, and Green Arrow wants to know why! I don’t. Dropped. And finally this week… Batman & Robin #4 Definitely the second-best of the Batman titles, but that’s not really a criticism because ain’t nothing touching Scott Snyder’s Batman right now. I just find it really fascinating that Peter Tomasi can take such an unlikeable little shit like Damian Wayne and make a very good story around him. Really, this title is more Robin (also starring Batman) but given the abundance of Batman around the DCU right now, it’s OK for this one to focus on Damian’s daddy issues and serial killer tendencies. In this case, our heroes have been put in a bad way by Nobody, who Batman figures out to be the son of Henri Ducard, aka his original trainer. Another good cliffhanger here, as Damian decides that maybe emotionally unavailable Bruce Wayne might not be the best choice to be guiding his life. Not that I wouldn’t like to see Damian killed off in definitive fashion TOMORROW so that Tim Drake or even Jason Todd can reclaim the Robin costume, but this is good stuff regardless. So Batwoman of course wins the week, and Grifter gets dropped.

Scott Reviews The New 52 (And Other Stuff Too!)–12.14.2011

Scott Reviews The New 52 (And Other Stuff Too!) – 12.14.2011 Being the generous guy that I am, I figured that I’d give New Avengers (aka Dark Avengers v2) another chance to wow me before I moved on and forgot about it, so we’ll see if a second chance redeems it. And that’s as good a place as any to start…New Avengers #19 See, last time around, at least I knew who the major villains portraying the Avengers were. Bullseye was in the crappy Daredevil movie, Daken is Wolverine’s son, Venom is Venom, good enough. This time around, we’ve got a six-armed dude playing Spider-Man, someone named Gorgon as Wolverine, and apparently Hulk has a son who doesn’t like him. None of this is explained by Brian Michael Bendis outside of the long-winded introductions from the last issue where no actual information was given. I really dislike feeling like I need to go to Wikipedia to follow the damn plot of a comic book, and that’s exactly the feeling this is giving me. Plus, even the people on the Dark Avengers make an excellent point: Norman Osborn already tried this once and failed spectacularly at it, so why try it again? There’s some amusing stuff outside of the primary selling point of this arc, like Squirrel Girl acting as nanny for Luke Cage’s baby, and that’s the kind of plot point that I’d like to read more about. We know Osborn is insane and his team of loser villains aren’t going to win this battle, so why build it up as something it can’t deliver? Also, this one has one of my pet peeves, in that the cover has absolutely no connection to anything going on inside the book. It’s not even the same Spider-Man costume! I might actually try the main Avengers team given that they’re rebooting the team yet again, but this doesn’t appear to be the title for me. Atomic Robo and The Ghost of Station X #4 The rollicking fun of Atomic Robo continues, with the team on the run from shady bad guys with big guns, leading to their transportation getting sadly totalled. The only solution to continue their quest for the mystery Station X? A CONVOY! For SCIENCE! Robo bonding with his new ride (“You’re Tucker the Trucker?” “Well, you’re Robo the Robot.” “Well played.”) absolutely cracked me up for some reason. There’s some really great dialogue here, plus the comic book equivalent of whip-pan gags and some good old-fashioned Bugs Bunny “imitating the boss over the phone” jokes as well. This didn’t feel as good as the rest of the series has been thus far, but I can’t really put my finger on why that would be. I’ll be kind of sad when this volume wraps up next issue, but they’ve got everything set up for the big finale and I’m really curious what the big conspiracy behind everything is all about. Big thumbs up here. And now for the regularly scheduled DC product… Batwoman #4 Speaking of big thumbs up, Batwoman continues to be the must-see comic of the New 52. The story is moving at a good pace now, and I know I say this every week but holy shit this artwork from JH Williams might be the best I’ve ever seen in a mainstream book. Batwoman coming into a window, and her cape forming the panels of a double-page spread? Wow. Plus the beginning of the book is fantastic, with Flamebird striking out on her own and quickly regretting her cocky attitude, while Kate makes sweet sweet Sapphic love to Maggie Sawyer in contrasting panels. It’s such a simple storytelling device, but the dreamlike layout of Kate’s panels overlaid on the harsh, realistic beating taking by Flamebird…WOW. And then it gets even BETTER, with Cameron Chase using the brutalized sidekick to finally figure out Batwoman’s identity, because she’s both awesome and kind of a dick. This is the kind of series that makes me excited to be a comic fan again. Feels like everything is going to be a letdown after starting with that one, but we’ll see what happens. Green Lantern #4 OK, so the cliffhanger at the end of #3, with Hal Jordan apparently getting vaporized after diving into the yellow power battery, was good enough to bring me back again. And yeah, the whole story arc of Sinestro The Green Lantern is a pretty good one, mainly because GL is Geoff John’s baby and he’ll do everything to make sure it gets over. As expected, Hal is not actually dead because things weren’t quite what the cliffhanger suggested, and instead he’s just thrown into Korugar prison until his faux-ring can lose power. Sinestro, meanwhile, gets tortured by his former cronies and thrown in with his very angry former subjects, at which point Hal (who never thinks things through) has a great suggestion: Give all the disgruntled Korugans (who want to kill Sinestro themselves) their own fake power ring, and even if it only lasts for 10 minutes they can still wipe out the bad guys through sheer numbers. Of course, Sinestro learns the fatal flaw in that plan moments after enacting it, and we have another cliffhanger. Obviously my meagre say-so isn’t going to boost sales numbers much more than they already are, but I’m digging this series despite myself, because Sinestro’s redemption is an interesting plot twist and Johns is keeping it exceedingly simple (unlike the other two Green Lantern titles I have now dropped). Batgirl #4 Gail Simone continues to drag out the secret behind Barbara’s escape from the wheelchair, dropping another hint about a clinic where they most definitely were not supposed to perform miracles. I’ve kinda been sticking around just to find out the damn reason, because the plot has been all over the place so far in this series. This one is the big showdown with The Mirror (in a funhouse Hall of Mirrors for extra sledgehammer of theme) and aside from Barbara moping around on Christmas Eve there’s not much going on here. I gave it four issues, but I’m done. Grifter #4 Green Arrow? That’s supposed to be the big sales booster? I guess Batman has already been taken by a bunch of other titles for crossover. I dunno, the first couple of issues were interesting, but I don’t have any vested interest in Cole Cash and there hasn’t been much else going on besides him shooting at people and running from the law. Aliens are invading, and Green Arrow wants to know why! I don’t. Dropped. And finally this week… Batman & Robin #4 Definitely the second-best of the Batman titles, but that’s not really a criticism because ain’t nothing touching Scott Snyder’s Batman right now. I just find it really fascinating that Peter Tomasi can take such an unlikeable little shit like Damian Wayne and make a very good story around him. Really, this title is more Robin (also starring Batman) but given the abundance of Batman around the DCU right now, it’s OK for this one to focus on Damian’s daddy issues and serial killer tendencies. In this case, our heroes have been put in a bad way by Nobody, who Batman figures out to be the son of Henri Ducard, aka his original trainer. Another good cliffhanger here, as Damian decides that maybe emotionally unavailable Bruce Wayne might not be the best choice to be guiding his life. Not that I wouldn’t like to see Damian killed off in definitive fashion TOMORROW so that Tim Drake or even Jason Todd can reclaim the Robin costume, but this is good stuff regardless. So Batwoman of course wins the week, and Grifter gets dropped.

Scott Reviews The New 52 (And Other Stuff Too!)–12.14.2011

Scott Reviews The New 52 (And Other Stuff Too!) – 12.14.2011 Being the generous guy that I am, I figured that I’d give New Avengers (aka Dark Avengers v2) another chance to wow me before I moved on and forgot about it, so we’ll see if a second chance redeems it. And that’s as good a place as any to start…New Avengers #19 See, last time around, at least I knew who the major villains portraying the Avengers were. Bullseye was in the crappy Daredevil movie, Daken is Wolverine’s son, Venom is Venom, good enough. This time around, we’ve got a six-armed dude playing Spider-Man, someone named Gorgon as Wolverine, and apparently Hulk has a son who doesn’t like him. None of this is explained by Brian Michael Bendis outside of the long-winded introductions from the last issue where no actual information was given. I really dislike feeling like I need to go to Wikipedia to follow the damn plot of a comic book, and that’s exactly the feeling this is giving me. Plus, even the people on the Dark Avengers make an excellent point: Norman Osborn already tried this once and failed spectacularly at it, so why try it again? There’s some amusing stuff outside of the primary selling point of this arc, like Squirrel Girl acting as nanny for Luke Cage’s baby, and that’s the kind of plot point that I’d like to read more about. We know Osborn is insane and his team of loser villains aren’t going to win this battle, so why build it up as something it can’t deliver? Also, this one has one of my pet peeves, in that the cover has absolutely no connection to anything going on inside the book. It’s not even the same Spider-Man costume! I might actually try the main Avengers team given that they’re rebooting the team yet again, but this doesn’t appear to be the title for me. Atomic Robo and The Ghost of Station X #4 The rollicking fun of Atomic Robo continues, with the team on the run from shady bad guys with big guns, leading to their transportation getting sadly totalled. The only solution to continue their quest for the mystery Station X? A CONVOY! For SCIENCE! Robo bonding with his new ride (“You’re Tucker the Trucker?” “Well, you’re Robo the Robot.” “Well played.”) absolutely cracked me up for some reason. There’s some really great dialogue here, plus the comic book equivalent of whip-pan gags and some good old-fashioned Bugs Bunny “imitating the boss over the phone” jokes as well. This didn’t feel as good as the rest of the series has been thus far, but I can’t really put my finger on why that would be. I’ll be kind of sad when this volume wraps up next issue, but they’ve got everything set up for the big finale and I’m really curious what the big conspiracy behind everything is all about. Big thumbs up here. And now for the regularly scheduled DC product… Batwoman #4 Speaking of big thumbs up, Batwoman continues to be the must-see comic of the New 52. The story is moving at a good pace now, and I know I say this every week but holy shit this artwork from JH Williams might be the best I’ve ever seen in a mainstream book. Batwoman coming into a window, and her cape forming the panels of a double-page spread? Wow. Plus the beginning of the book is fantastic, with Flamebird striking out on her own and quickly regretting her cocky attitude, while Kate makes sweet sweet Sapphic love to Maggie Sawyer in contrasting panels. It’s such a simple storytelling device, but the dreamlike layout of Kate’s panels overlaid on the harsh, realistic beating taking by Flamebird…WOW. And then it gets even BETTER, with Cameron Chase using the brutalized sidekick to finally figure out Batwoman’s identity, because she’s both awesome and kind of a dick. This is the kind of series that makes me excited to be a comic fan again. Feels like everything is going to be a letdown after starting with that one, but we’ll see what happens. Green Lantern #4 OK, so the cliffhanger at the end of #3, with Hal Jordan apparently getting vaporized after diving into the yellow power battery, was good enough to bring me back again. And yeah, the whole story arc of Sinestro The Green Lantern is a pretty good one, mainly because GL is Geoff John’s baby and he’ll do everything to make sure it gets over. As expected, Hal is not actually dead because things weren’t quite what the cliffhanger suggested, and instead he’s just thrown into Korugar prison until his faux-ring can lose power. Sinestro, meanwhile, gets tortured by his former cronies and thrown in with his very angry former subjects, at which point Hal (who never thinks things through) has a great suggestion: Give all the disgruntled Korugans (who want to kill Sinestro themselves) their own fake power ring, and even if it only lasts for 10 minutes they can still wipe out the bad guys through sheer numbers. Of course, Sinestro learns the fatal flaw in that plan moments after enacting it, and we have another cliffhanger. Obviously my meagre say-so isn’t going to boost sales numbers much more than they already are, but I’m digging this series despite myself, because Sinestro’s redemption is an interesting plot twist and Johns is keeping it exceedingly simple (unlike the other two Green Lantern titles I have now dropped). Batgirl #4 Gail Simone continues to drag out the secret behind Barbara’s escape from the wheelchair, dropping another hint about a clinic where they most definitely were not supposed to perform miracles. I’ve kinda been sticking around just to find out the damn reason, because the plot has been all over the place so far in this series. This one is the big showdown with The Mirror (in a funhouse Hall of Mirrors for extra sledgehammer of theme) and aside from Barbara moping around on Christmas Eve there’s not much going on here. I gave it four issues, but I’m done. Grifter #4 Green Arrow? That’s supposed to be the big sales booster? I guess Batman has already been taken by a bunch of other titles for crossover. I dunno, the first couple of issues were interesting, but I don’t have any vested interest in Cole Cash and there hasn’t been much else going on besides him shooting at people and running from the law. Aliens are invading, and Green Arrow wants to know why! I don’t. Dropped. And finally this week… Batman & Robin #4 Definitely the second-best of the Batman titles, but that’s not really a criticism because ain’t nothing touching Scott Snyder’s Batman right now. I just find it really fascinating that Peter Tomasi can take such an unlikeable little shit like Damian Wayne and make a very good story around him. Really, this title is more Robin (also starring Batman) but given the abundance of Batman around the DCU right now, it’s OK for this one to focus on Damian’s daddy issues and serial killer tendencies. In this case, our heroes have been put in a bad way by Nobody, who Batman figures out to be the son of Henri Ducard, aka his original trainer. Another good cliffhanger here, as Damian decides that maybe emotionally unavailable Bruce Wayne might not be the best choice to be guiding his life. Not that I wouldn’t like to see Damian killed off in definitive fashion TOMORROW so that Tim Drake or even Jason Todd can reclaim the Robin costume, but this is good stuff regardless. So Batwoman of course wins the week, and Grifter gets dropped.

Undertaker

It became apparent to me at last year’s WrestleMania that the Undertaker does not have many WrestleMania’s left, and that he may be able to add one or two matches onto the streak before retiring.  I was trying to think of a ‘wish-list’ of who I’d like to see go against Taker in the upcoming WrestleMania, and was wondering if you had any ideas?  For me personally, I would like to see one of these three:
Rey Mysterio vs. The Undertaker (Mask vs. Streak)
Kurt Angle vs. The Undertaker (Submission or ‘I Quit’ match)
John Cena vs. The Undertaker where Cena actually ends the streak.

Well it’s already set in stone as HHH v. Undertaker against this year, so I’m afraid your fantasy booking will be set back a bit.  And given that Undertaker is now on a one match per year schedule, this would probably be the last one.  I’m sure we’ll get HHH putting his career on the line here as well, although he’s down to bombing on two or three PPVs per year now himself.  But yeah, next year should probably be Cena v. Undertaker, although there’s no need to end the streak.  It’s the only title in wrestling that fans actually care about anymore and the only one that draws. 

Undertaker

It became apparent to me at last year’s WrestleMania that the Undertaker does not have many WrestleMania’s left, and that he may be able to add one or two matches onto the streak before retiring.  I was trying to think of a ‘wish-list’ of who I’d like to see go against Taker in the upcoming WrestleMania, and was wondering if you had any ideas?  For me personally, I would like to see one of these three:
Rey Mysterio vs. The Undertaker (Mask vs. Streak)
Kurt Angle vs. The Undertaker (Submission or ‘I Quit’ match)
John Cena vs. The Undertaker where Cena actually ends the streak.

Well it’s already set in stone as HHH v. Undertaker against this year, so I’m afraid your fantasy booking will be set back a bit.  And given that Undertaker is now on a one match per year schedule, this would probably be the last one.  I’m sure we’ll get HHH putting his career on the line here as well, although he’s down to bombing on two or three PPVs per year now himself.  But yeah, next year should probably be Cena v. Undertaker, although there’s no need to end the streak.  It’s the only title in wrestling that fans actually care about anymore and the only one that draws. 

Undertaker

It became apparent to me at last year’s WrestleMania that the Undertaker does not have many WrestleMania’s left, and that he may be able to add one or two matches onto the streak before retiring.  I was trying to think of a ‘wish-list’ of who I’d like to see go against Taker in the upcoming WrestleMania, and was wondering if you had any ideas?  For me personally, I would like to see one of these three:
Rey Mysterio vs. The Undertaker (Mask vs. Streak)
Kurt Angle vs. The Undertaker (Submission or ‘I Quit’ match)
John Cena vs. The Undertaker where Cena actually ends the streak.

Well it’s already set in stone as HHH v. Undertaker against this year, so I’m afraid your fantasy booking will be set back a bit.  And given that Undertaker is now on a one match per year schedule, this would probably be the last one.  I’m sure we’ll get HHH putting his career on the line here as well, although he’s down to bombing on two or three PPVs per year now himself.  But yeah, next year should probably be Cena v. Undertaker, although there’s no need to end the streak.  It’s the only title in wrestling that fans actually care about anymore and the only one that draws. 

Undertaker

It became apparent to me at last year’s WrestleMania that the Undertaker does not have many WrestleMania’s left, and that he may be able to add one or two matches onto the streak before retiring.  I was trying to think of a ‘wish-list’ of who I’d like to see go against Taker in the upcoming WrestleMania, and was wondering if you had any ideas?  For me personally, I would like to see one of these three:
Rey Mysterio vs. The Undertaker (Mask vs. Streak)
Kurt Angle vs. The Undertaker (Submission or ‘I Quit’ match)
John Cena vs. The Undertaker where Cena actually ends the streak.

Well it’s already set in stone as HHH v. Undertaker against this year, so I’m afraid your fantasy booking will be set back a bit.  And given that Undertaker is now on a one match per year schedule, this would probably be the last one.  I’m sure we’ll get HHH putting his career on the line here as well, although he’s down to bombing on two or three PPVs per year now himself.  But yeah, next year should probably be Cena v. Undertaker, although there’s no need to end the streak.  It’s the only title in wrestling that fans actually care about anymore and the only one that draws. 

Brad Armstrong

Hey Scott, Quick question, what the hell was with the “Candyman” gimmick for Brad Armstong in WCW?  They didn’t even call him Brad Armstrong, just “Candyman.”  What the hell was that? 

Just another attempt to get him over, this time by appealing to the often-ignored NAMBLA sector of their audience, I guess.  They could have had him drive up to the arena in a windowless white van to really hammer the character home.  However, it’s not like Candyman was any stupider than Badstreet, Arachnaman, or Buzzkill as far as knockoff gimmicks go.  Ironically, the one time he did almost get over was the feud with Brian Pillman in 1992, where Pillman turned heel on him and they were set to compete for the Light heavyweight title under Bill Watts.  That was going really well, including a famously improvised **** match with Great Muta on WCW Saturday Night, so of course Armstrong suffered a leg injury just before defending the title against Pillman, and was not only out for a long time, but basically finished as a high flyer to boot.  Sucks to be Brad.

Brad Armstrong

Hey Scott, Quick question, what the hell was with the “Candyman” gimmick for Brad Armstong in WCW?  They didn’t even call him Brad Armstrong, just “Candyman.”  What the hell was that? 

Just another attempt to get him over, this time by appealing to the often-ignored NAMBLA sector of their audience, I guess.  They could have had him drive up to the arena in a windowless white van to really hammer the character home.  However, it’s not like Candyman was any stupider than Badstreet, Arachnaman, or Buzzkill as far as knockoff gimmicks go.  Ironically, the one time he did almost get over was the feud with Brian Pillman in 1992, where Pillman turned heel on him and they were set to compete for the Light heavyweight title under Bill Watts.  That was going really well, including a famously improvised **** match with Great Muta on WCW Saturday Night, so of course Armstrong suffered a leg injury just before defending the title against Pillman, and was not only out for a long time, but basically finished as a high flyer to boot.  Sucks to be Brad.

Brad Armstrong

Hey Scott, Quick question, what the hell was with the “Candyman” gimmick for Brad Armstong in WCW?  They didn’t even call him Brad Armstrong, just “Candyman.”  What the hell was that? 

Just another attempt to get him over, this time by appealing to the often-ignored NAMBLA sector of their audience, I guess.  They could have had him drive up to the arena in a windowless white van to really hammer the character home.  However, it’s not like Candyman was any stupider than Badstreet, Arachnaman, or Buzzkill as far as knockoff gimmicks go.  Ironically, the one time he did almost get over was the feud with Brian Pillman in 1992, where Pillman turned heel on him and they were set to compete for the Light heavyweight title under Bill Watts.  That was going really well, including a famously improvised **** match with Great Muta on WCW Saturday Night, so of course Armstrong suffered a leg injury just before defending the title against Pillman, and was not only out for a long time, but basically finished as a high flyer to boot.  Sucks to be Brad.

Brad Armstrong

Hey Scott, Quick question, what the hell was with the “Candyman” gimmick for Brad Armstong in WCW?  They didn’t even call him Brad Armstrong, just “Candyman.”  What the hell was that? 

Just another attempt to get him over, this time by appealing to the often-ignored NAMBLA sector of their audience, I guess.  They could have had him drive up to the arena in a windowless white van to really hammer the character home.  However, it’s not like Candyman was any stupider than Badstreet, Arachnaman, or Buzzkill as far as knockoff gimmicks go.  Ironically, the one time he did almost get over was the feud with Brian Pillman in 1992, where Pillman turned heel on him and they were set to compete for the Light heavyweight title under Bill Watts.  That was going really well, including a famously improvised **** match with Great Muta on WCW Saturday Night, so of course Armstrong suffered a leg injury just before defending the title against Pillman, and was not only out for a long time, but basically finished as a high flyer to boot.  Sucks to be Brad.

Starrcade Countdown: 2000

The SK Rant for WCW Starrcade 2000 – Well, it’s time for the grand-daddy of them all again, which is appropriate because most of the main eventers are grandfathers. – For the morbidly curious out there, I scanned the pictures of the charred remains of my ex-apartment and posted them at my personal home page, http://members.home.net/netcopnews. Collect ‘em all and trade with your friends! (2011 Scott sez:  That page no longer exists, so don’t waste your time clicking it.  However, if you want to see what Rantsylvania looked like around 1999 via the Wayback Machine, check it out here:  http://web.archive.org/web/19990825002620/http://members.home.net/netcopnews/ That’s what you call minimalist web design, I’d say.)  – No Mercy update: After umpteen frustrating runs in the World title gauntlet, being hammered by the New Age Outlaws in a handicap match, I decided to take matters into my own hands and create Scott Steiner to deal with the situation. Armed with about 12 different suplex variations and the Screwdriver as a finisher, I proceeded to pound them in 2:00 to advance and finish the track. I’m stuck at 96%, however, and can’t figure out what block I’m missing – it seems to be the second from the left, on the “Win the Royal Rumble and deal with HHH’s goons for two months” block, but everything in that path is a must-win one, so I’m at a loss to figure it out. Oh well, gotta keep playing and find out, I guess.  (2011 Scott sez:  Don’t worry, I figured it out.) – Live from Washington, DC. Home of President Gore Bush Gore Bush Gore Bush Gore Bush.  (2011 Scott sez:  I don’t do many attempts at political humor.  But when I do, I make sure to go with overstrike jokes!)  – Your hosts are Tony, Mark & Scott. So Madden gets punished by being allowed to do the PPV and Stevie Ray gets bumped? SOMEONE CALL BOBBY WALKER! – Opening match: Three Count v. The Jung Dragons v. Knoble & Karagias. Chavito (now using Eddy’s discarded “Low Rider” knockoff theme) does color commentary. Kaz and Shannon start and the crowd starts chanting “boring” 30 seconds in. Ah, comped crowds, gotta love ‘em. Shane stalls and then everyone goes for the ladder. Three Count SWERVES us and finds a SECRET ladder under the ring, however, climbing for the contract first. The Dragons stop them. All sorts of ladders get brought to the ring, as K&K smash shane into a ladder and drop Kaz on his head on a ladder. Ouch. Billy Gunn’s got nothing on them. Knoble & Karagias argue over who gets to climb or who fucked who’s sister in high school or whatever the ridiculous storyline is, so Yang dropkicks them. (2011 Scott sez:  Amusing to note that Noble & Helms would go to WWE together and get involved in an even more ridiculous storyline about superhero stalkers and Blind Nidia a couple of years after this.)  Highspots erupt on the outside, with everyone hitting their usual dives. Knoble lands on all of them, as Evan sets up an impromptu scaffolding with a pair of ladders and the ropes. Yang dives at him and gets powerslammed off it, but Shane then follows up by giving Karagias a fameasser off the ladder. These guys must have the best chiropractor in wrestling. (2011 Scott sez:  Ha ha, I bet they all have to take excessive painkillers to deal with the stress on their backs!  Good thing that will never come back to bite anyone ever.)  Hmm, Jim Hellwig DOES have a degree, too… Two ladders get set up and four guys climb them, but the end is result is Yang and Moore left on top, as Moore hits a drop sleeper off the top of it on Yang. Sloppy there. Leia Meow earns her pay by stopping Knoble from climbing, but Evan chases her off. The Dragons set up an even bigger scaffolding with about 16 ladders. Those wacky Japanese. Kaz falls off it, as does Evan. Shannon skins the cat up it and headscissors Knoble off, leaving both Three Count members to grab the contract and get that prestigious title shot on Nitro. Brutal spotfest, and I doubt anything tonight is gonna touch it. ***3/4 – Meanwhile, Kroni>| enjoys a completely heterosexual steambath. – Lance Storm v. The Cat. Storm draws a standing ovation from us by pointing out that Canada elected their leader in one day, while it took two months for the US to elect theirs. Stalling to start. Cat gets a big kick, but gets tripped up by Major Gunns. Storm pounds away. Cat comes back with a ballshot, but Elix Skipper trips him up, and they brawl outside. Miss Jones bumps the ref with a vicious kick, and she brawls with Major Cougar. Storm gets a missile dropkick, no ref. Cat’s kick gets two. Jim Duggan waddles in, half-heartedly hits the Cat, and Storm gets the half-crab for the submission. Wow, he beat the Cat, he must be so proud. Match was semi-entertaining. ** Team Canada of course turns on Duggan and pounds the shit out of him after the win. Can’t wait for that Duggan v. Storm blowoff. – Hardcore title: Crowbar v. Terry Funk. They start in the back, thus completely defying Madden’s ranting about “old school hardcore” from a couple of PPVs ago. A truck gets used, and Crowbar is slammed through a table. Funk slams a door on his head for fun. They fight into the arena, using a car door as a weapon. Madden actually uses the “I’ve seen a bent Crowbar, but never a broken one” line, as predicted by Bruce Mitchell yesterday. Nice to see Madden busting out the originality. (2011 Scott sez:  I had blocked Mark Madden:  Color Commentator out of my mind, thankfully, but it’s all coming back to me.)  Crowbar gets handcuffed at some point and faces several chairshots to the head. I know they enjoy making reference to Wrestling with Shadows in this company, but did we REALLY need allusions to Beyond the Mat, too? Crowbar chokes Funk out with the handcuffs, but suffers more chairshots and a piledriver on the car door, giving Funk the pin and the title. Oh boy, more Terry Funk. * – Kroni>| v. Vito & Reno. Da Baldies take control of Clark early, before he decides to stop selling at some arbitrary point and they start beating on Vito. Hit the chinlock. Vito makes the comeback, goes to tag Reno, and gets double-crossed with a SWERVE, as Reno rolls the dice and pins (?) Vito. Uh, okay. ½* So now we’re back to where we were a couple of weeks ago. What awesome storytelling. – Ambulance match: Bam Bam Bigelow v. Mike Awesome. Just a bunch of brawling to a dead crowd. Nothing really else to say here, because they didn’t do much. They end up on the ambulance, where Bigelow falls through the roof, giving Awesome the win. Too little, too late for Awesome. *  (2011 Scott sez:  Too little too late for either guy in the long run.  A sad end to both stories.)  US title match: General Rection v. Shane Douglas. Slugfest to start. Brawl on the floor, but Shane goes low. Rection goes to the bearhug back in the ring. That lasts a while. Backbreaker sets up the moonsault, which Shane blocks. We hit the chinlock. Out for more brawling, and Shane hits the post, HARD. It draws blood hardway. Back in, moonsault #2 misses, as Shane goes for the chain. Chavo comes down to give it back to Shane after he misses once, but the ref sees it and calls for a DQ. What a mess. DUD The MIA leaves in separate groups. WHAT ABOUT THE CHILDREN? – Glacier promo. Damn, I thought they had forgotten about that. – Jeff Jarrett & The Harris Brothers v. The Filthy Animals. This is a bunkhouse street fight (2011 Scott sez:  Fourth different variation on a “hardcore” match in the same show, it should be noted.) , so we have a popcorn machine and a bar in the ring. I guess they had an extra one on-hand from when Scott Hall was with the company. Yay, another hardcore match. I was beginning to think we’d only get three of them on the night. (2011 Scott sez:  Yeah, I already said that.)  An energetic mess, not unlike the LOD v. NOD street fight at Wrestlemania 13. Whether that’s a good or bad thing depends on whether you liked the match, I suppose. No real flow here, as the Animals mostly dominate the Harrissessesseseseeesess, until Jarrett powerbombs Rey Rey into a dumpster and the ref restores order. Why? Kidman takes a beating. Hot tag Konnan, and Rey returns with a broom to clean house. Hah, I kill me. Harrissae chokeslam him through a table, and the Stroke finishes Kidman. Entertaining crap. ***  (2011 Scott sez:  OK, this match was more interesting than my lacklustre recapping, which would have been done at 2AM while dubbing a copy of the tape for my friend so I could give the original back, would have you believe.  This was actually a fascinating breakdown of why Vince Russo’s booking was so wrong and backwards and never worked.  The basic layout of the match was a big six-way brawl with crazy stuff to start, as Russo was trying to duplicate the WWF style of hardcore matches that he thought worked so well.  However, the audience that was still sticking with WCW for god knows what reason were old-school southern-style fans, who couldn’t follow those chaotic brawls very easily, so what you got was a big messy fight with no crowd reaction, and then the ref taking control and suddenly turning it into a formula tag match with Kidman getting the heat.  And THEN the crowd reacts to the match and gets into it, and of course Jarrett and the Harris brothers know exactly how to do THAT match and work the crowd into a frenzy with cutting off the ring and all that old school stuff.  It was a fascinating trainwreck that showed how guys who know their craft can do things far more effectively than all the fancy “storylines” in the world can.) World tag title match: The Perfect Event v. Kevin Nash & DDP. Nash pounds Palumbo to start. Page posts Stasiak and hits a sambo suplex for two. Palumbo punks him out and Page plays geezer-in-peril. Yawn. Hot tag Nash, as he hits the usual and Sanders lowblows Page. Stasiak nails Nash with the belt for two. The Thrillers run in and get Diamond Cutted. Nash lifts his leg for the big boot, and finishes Palumbo with the Poochiebomb for the tag titles. I fail to see the point of doing the same finish with the same guys in the same match as last month, but I’m sure Nash convinced someone that it would draw money. **1/4 – Goldberg v. Lex Luger. Brawl to start. Goldberg casually clotheslines him and suplexes him. Brawl on the floor as Buffy and the Sarge join us. Spear is dodged by Luger, and he decks Goldberg and the Sarge with brass knux. It gets two. Bagwell “accidentally” hits the Blockbuster on Goldberg and Luger goes for the Rack, but Goldberg escapes. Spear for Luger, Jackhammer finishes. Bagwell turns on Goldberg, as if the angle wasn’t already dripping with subtlety. Bagwell & Luger v. Goldberg & Sarge at Sin? Send me the tickets RIGHT NOW, baby. Match was junk, but slightly better than last month’s junk. ¾* – WCW World title: Scott Steiner v. Sid Vicious. Sid has long tights tonight, making him look like the Great and Powerful Oz. Slugfest to start. Steiner offers a test of strength, and it’s Hogan v. Warrior all over again. The second one, mind you. Sid legdrop gets two after he wins that battle. Scott lays out Sid and swears at some fans at ringside. I know if I paid $100 for a ringside seat, I wouldn’t go home happy unless a sweaty steroid freak yelled obscenities at me. (2011 Scott sez:  Aren’t people paying Chyna for exactly that now?)  Back in, elbowdrop and pushups follow. One of the only flaws of No Mercy: No pushup taunt for Steiner. He hits the belly-to-belly and Reclines Sid, but he makes the ropes. Midajah comes off the top, but hits Steiner by mistake. Chokeslam gets two for Sid, but Steiner recovers and nails the ref. A lead pipe to the head gives him two via a second ref, Charles Robinson. Jeff Jarrett arrives for no adequately explained reason, but hits Steiner by mistake and gives Sid a two-count. Jarrett pulls Robinson out to stop the count, but Chuck does an end-run around Jarrett, slides back in, and counts two again. Now THAT’S dedication to your craft. Steiner ballshots sid, suplexes him, and puts him in the Recliner until he passes out (doesn’t ANYONE over 40 submit anymore in this promotion?), probably from boredom. ½* The Bottom Line: Given that I was expecting nothing and got a not-bad show thanks to some hard work, it at least falls into the “pleasant surprise” category. (2011 Scott sez:  WHAT?  Another half-hearted recommendation for this shit show?  It had FUCKING SID V. SCOTT STEINER as a main event!  This was a bullshit show, forgotten the week after.)  However, the same swerve-happy booking as usual kills any momentum and the eternal WCW Glass Ceiling prevents anyone outside of the Good Ol’ Boys from advancing to the main events, so those feeling hopeful about the future of the promotion should probably look elsewhere.  (2011 Scott sez:  Yeah, there’s an understatement.)  I bet I’ll get a million e-mails telling me what a great show this was because of all the garbagy brawling and run-ins and how actual wrestling doesn’t matter, yadda yadda. The sad fact is that the guys in the ladder match have never been pushed against anyone other than themselves and never will be, and Sid will be main-eventing to 0.10 buyrates until he drops dead from an HGH overdose, because that’s the way WCW works and no amount of false hope from the few remaining WCW die-hards is gonna change the facts. Say, someone should write a book about that! Now there’s an idea. Thumbs in the middle, leaning down. (2011 Scott sez:  Bye, Starrcade.  Had I known this was to be the last one, I’d had been sadder.)

Starrcade Countdown: 2000

The SK Rant for WCW Starrcade 2000 – Well, it’s time for the grand-daddy of them all again, which is appropriate because most of the main eventers are grandfathers. – For the morbidly curious out there, I scanned the pictures of the charred remains of my ex-apartment and posted them at my personal home page, http://members.home.net/netcopnews. Collect ‘em all and trade with your friends! (2011 Scott sez:  That page no longer exists, so don’t waste your time clicking it.  However, if you want to see what Rantsylvania looked like around 1999 via the Wayback Machine, check it out here:  http://web.archive.org/web/19990825002620/http://members.home.net/netcopnews/ That’s what you call minimalist web design, I’d say.)  – No Mercy update: After umpteen frustrating runs in the World title gauntlet, being hammered by the New Age Outlaws in a handicap match, I decided to take matters into my own hands and create Scott Steiner to deal with the situation. Armed with about 12 different suplex variations and the Screwdriver as a finisher, I proceeded to pound them in 2:00 to advance and finish the track. I’m stuck at 96%, however, and can’t figure out what block I’m missing – it seems to be the second from the left, on the “Win the Royal Rumble and deal with HHH’s goons for two months” block, but everything in that path is a must-win one, so I’m at a loss to figure it out. Oh well, gotta keep playing and find out, I guess.  (2011 Scott sez:  Don’t worry, I figured it out.) – Live from Washington, DC. Home of President Gore Bush Gore Bush Gore Bush Gore Bush.  (2011 Scott sez:  I don’t do many attempts at political humor.  But when I do, I make sure to go with overstrike jokes!)  – Your hosts are Tony, Mark & Scott. So Madden gets punished by being allowed to do the PPV and Stevie Ray gets bumped? SOMEONE CALL BOBBY WALKER! – Opening match: Three Count v. The Jung Dragons v. Knoble & Karagias. Chavito (now using Eddy’s discarded “Low Rider” knockoff theme) does color commentary. Kaz and Shannon start and the crowd starts chanting “boring” 30 seconds in. Ah, comped crowds, gotta love ‘em. Shane stalls and then everyone goes for the ladder. Three Count SWERVES us and finds a SECRET ladder under the ring, however, climbing for the contract first. The Dragons stop them. All sorts of ladders get brought to the ring, as K&K smash shane into a ladder and drop Kaz on his head on a ladder. Ouch. Billy Gunn’s got nothing on them. Knoble & Karagias argue over who gets to climb or who fucked who’s sister in high school or whatever the ridiculous storyline is, so Yang dropkicks them. (2011 Scott sez:  Amusing to note that Noble & Helms would go to WWE together and get involved in an even more ridiculous storyline about superhero stalkers and Blind Nidia a couple of years after this.)  Highspots erupt on the outside, with everyone hitting their usual dives. Knoble lands on all of them, as Evan sets up an impromptu scaffolding with a pair of ladders and the ropes. Yang dives at him and gets powerslammed off it, but Shane then follows up by giving Karagias a fameasser off the ladder. These guys must have the best chiropractor in wrestling. (2011 Scott sez:  Ha ha, I bet they all have to take excessive painkillers to deal with the stress on their backs!  Good thing that will never come back to bite anyone ever.)  Hmm, Jim Hellwig DOES have a degree, too… Two ladders get set up and four guys climb them, but the end is result is Yang and Moore left on top, as Moore hits a drop sleeper off the top of it on Yang. Sloppy there. Leia Meow earns her pay by stopping Knoble from climbing, but Evan chases her off. The Dragons set up an even bigger scaffolding with about 16 ladders. Those wacky Japanese. Kaz falls off it, as does Evan. Shannon skins the cat up it and headscissors Knoble off, leaving both Three Count members to grab the contract and get that prestigious title shot on Nitro. Brutal spotfest, and I doubt anything tonight is gonna touch it. ***3/4 – Meanwhile, Kroni>| enjoys a completely heterosexual steambath. – Lance Storm v. The Cat. Storm draws a standing ovation from us by pointing out that Canada elected their leader in one day, while it took two months for the US to elect theirs. Stalling to start. Cat gets a big kick, but gets tripped up by Major Gunns. Storm pounds away. Cat comes back with a ballshot, but Elix Skipper trips him up, and they brawl outside. Miss Jones bumps the ref with a vicious kick, and she brawls with Major Cougar. Storm gets a missile dropkick, no ref. Cat’s kick gets two. Jim Duggan waddles in, half-heartedly hits the Cat, and Storm gets the half-crab for the submission. Wow, he beat the Cat, he must be so proud. Match was semi-entertaining. ** Team Canada of course turns on Duggan and pounds the shit out of him after the win. Can’t wait for that Duggan v. Storm blowoff. – Hardcore title: Crowbar v. Terry Funk. They start in the back, thus completely defying Madden’s ranting about “old school hardcore” from a couple of PPVs ago. A truck gets used, and Crowbar is slammed through a table. Funk slams a door on his head for fun. They fight into the arena, using a car door as a weapon. Madden actually uses the “I’ve seen a bent Crowbar, but never a broken one” line, as predicted by Bruce Mitchell yesterday. Nice to see Madden busting out the originality. (2011 Scott sez:  I had blocked Mark Madden:  Color Commentator out of my mind, thankfully, but it’s all coming back to me.)  Crowbar gets handcuffed at some point and faces several chairshots to the head. I know they enjoy making reference to Wrestling with Shadows in this company, but did we REALLY need allusions to Beyond the Mat, too? Crowbar chokes Funk out with the handcuffs, but suffers more chairshots and a piledriver on the car door, giving Funk the pin and the title. Oh boy, more Terry Funk. * – Kroni>| v. Vito & Reno. Da Baldies take control of Clark early, before he decides to stop selling at some arbitrary point and they start beating on Vito. Hit the chinlock. Vito makes the comeback, goes to tag Reno, and gets double-crossed with a SWERVE, as Reno rolls the dice and pins (?) Vito. Uh, okay. ½* So now we’re back to where we were a couple of weeks ago. What awesome storytelling. – Ambulance match: Bam Bam Bigelow v. Mike Awesome. Just a bunch of brawling to a dead crowd. Nothing really else to say here, because they didn’t do much. They end up on the ambulance, where Bigelow falls through the roof, giving Awesome the win. Too little, too late for Awesome. *  (2011 Scott sez:  Too little too late for either guy in the long run.  A sad end to both stories.)  US title match: General Rection v. Shane Douglas. Slugfest to start. Brawl on the floor, but Shane goes low. Rection goes to the bearhug back in the ring. That lasts a while. Backbreaker sets up the moonsault, which Shane blocks. We hit the chinlock. Out for more brawling, and Shane hits the post, HARD. It draws blood hardway. Back in, moonsault #2 misses, as Shane goes for the chain. Chavo comes down to give it back to Shane after he misses once, but the ref sees it and calls for a DQ. What a mess. DUD The MIA leaves in separate groups. WHAT ABOUT THE CHILDREN? – Glacier promo. Damn, I thought they had forgotten about that. – Jeff Jarrett & The Harris Brothers v. The Filthy Animals. This is a bunkhouse street fight (2011 Scott sez:  Fourth different variation on a “hardcore” match in the same show, it should be noted.) , so we have a popcorn machine and a bar in the ring. I guess they had an extra one on-hand from when Scott Hall was with the company. Yay, another hardcore match. I was beginning to think we’d only get three of them on the night. (2011 Scott sez:  Yeah, I already said that.)  An energetic mess, not unlike the LOD v. NOD street fight at Wrestlemania 13. Whether that’s a good or bad thing depends on whether you liked the match, I suppose. No real flow here, as the Animals mostly dominate the Harrissessesseseseeesess, until Jarrett powerbombs Rey Rey into a dumpster and the ref restores order. Why? Kidman takes a beating. Hot tag Konnan, and Rey returns with a broom to clean house. Hah, I kill me. Harrissae chokeslam him through a table, and the Stroke finishes Kidman. Entertaining crap. ***  (2011 Scott sez:  OK, this match was more interesting than my lacklustre recapping, which would have been done at 2AM while dubbing a copy of the tape for my friend so I could give the original back, would have you believe.  This was actually a fascinating breakdown of why Vince Russo’s booking was so wrong and backwards and never worked.  The basic layout of the match was a big six-way brawl with crazy stuff to start, as Russo was trying to duplicate the WWF style of hardcore matches that he thought worked so well.  However, the audience that was still sticking with WCW for god knows what reason were old-school southern-style fans, who couldn’t follow those chaotic brawls very easily, so what you got was a big messy fight with no crowd reaction, and then the ref taking control and suddenly turning it into a formula tag match with Kidman getting the heat.  And THEN the crowd reacts to the match and gets into it, and of course Jarrett and the Harris brothers know exactly how to do THAT match and work the crowd into a frenzy with cutting off the ring and all that old school stuff.  It was a fascinating trainwreck that showed how guys who know their craft can do things far more effectively than all the fancy “storylines” in the world can.) World tag title match: The Perfect Event v. Kevin Nash & DDP. Nash pounds Palumbo to start. Page posts Stasiak and hits a sambo suplex for two. Palumbo punks him out and Page plays geezer-in-peril. Yawn. Hot tag Nash, as he hits the usual and Sanders lowblows Page. Stasiak nails Nash with the belt for two. The Thrillers run in and get Diamond Cutted. Nash lifts his leg for the big boot, and finishes Palumbo with the Poochiebomb for the tag titles. I fail to see the point of doing the same finish with the same guys in the same match as last month, but I’m sure Nash convinced someone that it would draw money. **1/4 – Goldberg v. Lex Luger. Brawl to start. Goldberg casually clotheslines him and suplexes him. Brawl on the floor as Buffy and the Sarge join us. Spear is dodged by Luger, and he decks Goldberg and the Sarge with brass knux. It gets two. Bagwell “accidentally” hits the Blockbuster on Goldberg and Luger goes for the Rack, but Goldberg escapes. Spear for Luger, Jackhammer finishes. Bagwell turns on Goldberg, as if the angle wasn’t already dripping with subtlety. Bagwell & Luger v. Goldberg & Sarge at Sin? Send me the tickets RIGHT NOW, baby. Match was junk, but slightly better than last month’s junk. ¾* – WCW World title: Scott Steiner v. Sid Vicious. Sid has long tights tonight, making him look like the Great and Powerful Oz. Slugfest to start. Steiner offers a test of strength, and it’s Hogan v. Warrior all over again. The second one, mind you. Sid legdrop gets two after he wins that battle. Scott lays out Sid and swears at some fans at ringside. I know if I paid $100 for a ringside seat, I wouldn’t go home happy unless a sweaty steroid freak yelled obscenities at me. (2011 Scott sez:  Aren’t people paying Chyna for exactly that now?)  Back in, elbowdrop and pushups follow. One of the only flaws of No Mercy: No pushup taunt for Steiner. He hits the belly-to-belly and Reclines Sid, but he makes the ropes. Midajah comes off the top, but hits Steiner by mistake. Chokeslam gets two for Sid, but Steiner recovers and nails the ref. A lead pipe to the head gives him two via a second ref, Charles Robinson. Jeff Jarrett arrives for no adequately explained reason, but hits Steiner by mistake and gives Sid a two-count. Jarrett pulls Robinson out to stop the count, but Chuck does an end-run around Jarrett, slides back in, and counts two again. Now THAT’S dedication to your craft. Steiner ballshots sid, suplexes him, and puts him in the Recliner until he passes out (doesn’t ANYONE over 40 submit anymore in this promotion?), probably from boredom. ½* The Bottom Line: Given that I was expecting nothing and got a not-bad show thanks to some hard work, it at least falls into the “pleasant surprise” category. (2011 Scott sez:  WHAT?  Another half-hearted recommendation for this shit show?  It had FUCKING SID V. SCOTT STEINER as a main event!  This was a bullshit show, forgotten the week after.)  However, the same swerve-happy booking as usual kills any momentum and the eternal WCW Glass Ceiling prevents anyone outside of the Good Ol’ Boys from advancing to the main events, so those feeling hopeful about the future of the promotion should probably look elsewhere.  (2011 Scott sez:  Yeah, there’s an understatement.)  I bet I’ll get a million e-mails telling me what a great show this was because of all the garbagy brawling and run-ins and how actual wrestling doesn’t matter, yadda yadda. The sad fact is that the guys in the ladder match have never been pushed against anyone other than themselves and never will be, and Sid will be main-eventing to 0.10 buyrates until he drops dead from an HGH overdose, because that’s the way WCW works and no amount of false hope from the few remaining WCW die-hards is gonna change the facts. Say, someone should write a book about that! Now there’s an idea. Thumbs in the middle, leaning down. (2011 Scott sez:  Bye, Starrcade.  Had I known this was to be the last one, I’d had been sadder.)

Starrcade Countdown: 2000

The SK Rant for WCW Starrcade 2000 – Well, it’s time for the grand-daddy of them all again, which is appropriate because most of the main eventers are grandfathers. – For the morbidly curious out there, I scanned the pictures of the charred remains of my ex-apartment and posted them at my personal home page, http://members.home.net/netcopnews. Collect ‘em all and trade with your friends! (2011 Scott sez:  That page no longer exists, so don’t waste your time clicking it.  However, if you want to see what Rantsylvania looked like around 1999 via the Wayback Machine, check it out here:  http://web.archive.org/web/19990825002620/http://members.home.net/netcopnews/ That’s what you call minimalist web design, I’d say.)  – No Mercy update: After umpteen frustrating runs in the World title gauntlet, being hammered by the New Age Outlaws in a handicap match, I decided to take matters into my own hands and create Scott Steiner to deal with the situation. Armed with about 12 different suplex variations and the Screwdriver as a finisher, I proceeded to pound them in 2:00 to advance and finish the track. I’m stuck at 96%, however, and can’t figure out what block I’m missing – it seems to be the second from the left, on the “Win the Royal Rumble and deal with HHH’s goons for two months” block, but everything in that path is a must-win one, so I’m at a loss to figure it out. Oh well, gotta keep playing and find out, I guess.  (2011 Scott sez:  Don’t worry, I figured it out.) – Live from Washington, DC. Home of President Gore Bush Gore Bush Gore Bush Gore Bush.  (2011 Scott sez:  I don’t do many attempts at political humor.  But when I do, I make sure to go with overstrike jokes!)  – Your hosts are Tony, Mark & Scott. So Madden gets punished by being allowed to do the PPV and Stevie Ray gets bumped? SOMEONE CALL BOBBY WALKER! – Opening match: Three Count v. The Jung Dragons v. Knoble & Karagias. Chavito (now using Eddy’s discarded “Low Rider” knockoff theme) does color commentary. Kaz and Shannon start and the crowd starts chanting “boring” 30 seconds in. Ah, comped crowds, gotta love ‘em. Shane stalls and then everyone goes for the ladder. Three Count SWERVES us and finds a SECRET ladder under the ring, however, climbing for the contract first. The Dragons stop them. All sorts of ladders get brought to the ring, as K&K smash shane into a ladder and drop Kaz on his head on a ladder. Ouch. Billy Gunn’s got nothing on them. Knoble & Karagias argue over who gets to climb or who fucked who’s sister in high school or whatever the ridiculous storyline is, so Yang dropkicks them. (2011 Scott sez:  Amusing to note that Noble & Helms would go to WWE together and get involved in an even more ridiculous storyline about superhero stalkers and Blind Nidia a couple of years after this.)  Highspots erupt on the outside, with everyone hitting their usual dives. Knoble lands on all of them, as Evan sets up an impromptu scaffolding with a pair of ladders and the ropes. Yang dives at him and gets powerslammed off it, but Shane then follows up by giving Karagias a fameasser off the ladder. These guys must have the best chiropractor in wrestling. (2011 Scott sez:  Ha ha, I bet they all have to take excessive painkillers to deal with the stress on their backs!  Good thing that will never come back to bite anyone ever.)  Hmm, Jim Hellwig DOES have a degree, too… Two ladders get set up and four guys climb them, but the end is result is Yang and Moore left on top, as Moore hits a drop sleeper off the top of it on Yang. Sloppy there. Leia Meow earns her pay by stopping Knoble from climbing, but Evan chases her off. The Dragons set up an even bigger scaffolding with about 16 ladders. Those wacky Japanese. Kaz falls off it, as does Evan. Shannon skins the cat up it and headscissors Knoble off, leaving both Three Count members to grab the contract and get that prestigious title shot on Nitro. Brutal spotfest, and I doubt anything tonight is gonna touch it. ***3/4 – Meanwhile, Kroni>| enjoys a completely heterosexual steambath. – Lance Storm v. The Cat. Storm draws a standing ovation from us by pointing out that Canada elected their leader in one day, while it took two months for the US to elect theirs. Stalling to start. Cat gets a big kick, but gets tripped up by Major Gunns. Storm pounds away. Cat comes back with a ballshot, but Elix Skipper trips him up, and they brawl outside. Miss Jones bumps the ref with a vicious kick, and she brawls with Major Cougar. Storm gets a missile dropkick, no ref. Cat’s kick gets two. Jim Duggan waddles in, half-heartedly hits the Cat, and Storm gets the half-crab for the submission. Wow, he beat the Cat, he must be so proud. Match was semi-entertaining. ** Team Canada of course turns on Duggan and pounds the shit out of him after the win. Can’t wait for that Duggan v. Storm blowoff. – Hardcore title: Crowbar v. Terry Funk. They start in the back, thus completely defying Madden’s ranting about “old school hardcore” from a couple of PPVs ago. A truck gets used, and Crowbar is slammed through a table. Funk slams a door on his head for fun. They fight into the arena, using a car door as a weapon. Madden actually uses the “I’ve seen a bent Crowbar, but never a broken one” line, as predicted by Bruce Mitchell yesterday. Nice to see Madden busting out the originality. (2011 Scott sez:  I had blocked Mark Madden:  Color Commentator out of my mind, thankfully, but it’s all coming back to me.)  Crowbar gets handcuffed at some point and faces several chairshots to the head. I know they enjoy making reference to Wrestling with Shadows in this company, but did we REALLY need allusions to Beyond the Mat, too? Crowbar chokes Funk out with the handcuffs, but suffers more chairshots and a piledriver on the car door, giving Funk the pin and the title. Oh boy, more Terry Funk. * – Kroni>| v. Vito & Reno. Da Baldies take control of Clark early, before he decides to stop selling at some arbitrary point and they start beating on Vito. Hit the chinlock. Vito makes the comeback, goes to tag Reno, and gets double-crossed with a SWERVE, as Reno rolls the dice and pins (?) Vito. Uh, okay. ½* So now we’re back to where we were a couple of weeks ago. What awesome storytelling. – Ambulance match: Bam Bam Bigelow v. Mike Awesome. Just a bunch of brawling to a dead crowd. Nothing really else to say here, because they didn’t do much. They end up on the ambulance, where Bigelow falls through the roof, giving Awesome the win. Too little, too late for Awesome. *  (2011 Scott sez:  Too little too late for either guy in the long run.  A sad end to both stories.)  US title match: General Rection v. Shane Douglas. Slugfest to start. Brawl on the floor, but Shane goes low. Rection goes to the bearhug back in the ring. That lasts a while. Backbreaker sets up the moonsault, which Shane blocks. We hit the chinlock. Out for more brawling, and Shane hits the post, HARD. It draws blood hardway. Back in, moonsault #2 misses, as Shane goes for the chain. Chavo comes down to give it back to Shane after he misses once, but the ref sees it and calls for a DQ. What a mess. DUD The MIA leaves in separate groups. WHAT ABOUT THE CHILDREN? – Glacier promo. Damn, I thought they had forgotten about that. – Jeff Jarrett & The Harris Brothers v. The Filthy Animals. This is a bunkhouse street fight (2011 Scott sez:  Fourth different variation on a “hardcore” match in the same show, it should be noted.) , so we have a popcorn machine and a bar in the ring. I guess they had an extra one on-hand from when Scott Hall was with the company. Yay, another hardcore match. I was beginning to think we’d only get three of them on the night. (2011 Scott sez:  Yeah, I already said that.)  An energetic mess, not unlike the LOD v. NOD street fight at Wrestlemania 13. Whether that’s a good or bad thing depends on whether you liked the match, I suppose. No real flow here, as the Animals mostly dominate the Harrissessesseseseeesess, until Jarrett powerbombs Rey Rey into a dumpster and the ref restores order. Why? Kidman takes a beating. Hot tag Konnan, and Rey returns with a broom to clean house. Hah, I kill me. Harrissae chokeslam him through a table, and the Stroke finishes Kidman. Entertaining crap. ***  (2011 Scott sez:  OK, this match was more interesting than my lacklustre recapping, which would have been done at 2AM while dubbing a copy of the tape for my friend so I could give the original back, would have you believe.  This was actually a fascinating breakdown of why Vince Russo’s booking was so wrong and backwards and never worked.  The basic layout of the match was a big six-way brawl with crazy stuff to start, as Russo was trying to duplicate the WWF style of hardcore matches that he thought worked so well.  However, the audience that was still sticking with WCW for god knows what reason were old-school southern-style fans, who couldn’t follow those chaotic brawls very easily, so what you got was a big messy fight with no crowd reaction, and then the ref taking control and suddenly turning it into a formula tag match with Kidman getting the heat.  And THEN the crowd reacts to the match and gets into it, and of course Jarrett and the Harris brothers know exactly how to do THAT match and work the crowd into a frenzy with cutting off the ring and all that old school stuff.  It was a fascinating trainwreck that showed how guys who know their craft can do things far more effectively than all the fancy “storylines” in the world can.) World tag title match: The Perfect Event v. Kevin Nash & DDP. Nash pounds Palumbo to start. Page posts Stasiak and hits a sambo suplex for two. Palumbo punks him out and Page plays geezer-in-peril. Yawn. Hot tag Nash, as he hits the usual and Sanders lowblows Page. Stasiak nails Nash with the belt for two. The Thrillers run in and get Diamond Cutted. Nash lifts his leg for the big boot, and finishes Palumbo with the Poochiebomb for the tag titles. I fail to see the point of doing the same finish with the same guys in the same match as last month, but I’m sure Nash convinced someone that it would draw money. **1/4 – Goldberg v. Lex Luger. Brawl to start. Goldberg casually clotheslines him and suplexes him. Brawl on the floor as Buffy and the Sarge join us. Spear is dodged by Luger, and he decks Goldberg and the Sarge with brass knux. It gets two. Bagwell “accidentally” hits the Blockbuster on Goldberg and Luger goes for the Rack, but Goldberg escapes. Spear for Luger, Jackhammer finishes. Bagwell turns on Goldberg, as if the angle wasn’t already dripping with subtlety. Bagwell & Luger v. Goldberg & Sarge at Sin? Send me the tickets RIGHT NOW, baby. Match was junk, but slightly better than last month’s junk. ¾* – WCW World title: Scott Steiner v. Sid Vicious. Sid has long tights tonight, making him look like the Great and Powerful Oz. Slugfest to start. Steiner offers a test of strength, and it’s Hogan v. Warrior all over again. The second one, mind you. Sid legdrop gets two after he wins that battle. Scott lays out Sid and swears at some fans at ringside. I know if I paid $100 for a ringside seat, I wouldn’t go home happy unless a sweaty steroid freak yelled obscenities at me. (2011 Scott sez:  Aren’t people paying Chyna for exactly that now?)  Back in, elbowdrop and pushups follow. One of the only flaws of No Mercy: No pushup taunt for Steiner. He hits the belly-to-belly and Reclines Sid, but he makes the ropes. Midajah comes off the top, but hits Steiner by mistake. Chokeslam gets two for Sid, but Steiner recovers and nails the ref. A lead pipe to the head gives him two via a second ref, Charles Robinson. Jeff Jarrett arrives for no adequately explained reason, but hits Steiner by mistake and gives Sid a two-count. Jarrett pulls Robinson out to stop the count, but Chuck does an end-run around Jarrett, slides back in, and counts two again. Now THAT’S dedication to your craft. Steiner ballshots sid, suplexes him, and puts him in the Recliner until he passes out (doesn’t ANYONE over 40 submit anymore in this promotion?), probably from boredom. ½* The Bottom Line: Given that I was expecting nothing and got a not-bad show thanks to some hard work, it at least falls into the “pleasant surprise” category. (2011 Scott sez:  WHAT?  Another half-hearted recommendation for this shit show?  It had FUCKING SID V. SCOTT STEINER as a main event!  This was a bullshit show, forgotten the week after.)  However, the same swerve-happy booking as usual kills any momentum and the eternal WCW Glass Ceiling prevents anyone outside of the Good Ol’ Boys from advancing to the main events, so those feeling hopeful about the future of the promotion should probably look elsewhere.  (2011 Scott sez:  Yeah, there’s an understatement.)  I bet I’ll get a million e-mails telling me what a great show this was because of all the garbagy brawling and run-ins and how actual wrestling doesn’t matter, yadda yadda. The sad fact is that the guys in the ladder match have never been pushed against anyone other than themselves and never will be, and Sid will be main-eventing to 0.10 buyrates until he drops dead from an HGH overdose, because that’s the way WCW works and no amount of false hope from the few remaining WCW die-hards is gonna change the facts. Say, someone should write a book about that! Now there’s an idea. Thumbs in the middle, leaning down. (2011 Scott sez:  Bye, Starrcade.  Had I known this was to be the last one, I’d had been sadder.)

Starrcade Countdown: 2000

The SK Rant for WCW Starrcade 2000 – Well, it’s time for the grand-daddy of them all again, which is appropriate because most of the main eventers are grandfathers. – For the morbidly curious out there, I scanned the pictures of the charred remains of my ex-apartment and posted them at my personal home page, http://members.home.net/netcopnews. Collect ‘em all and trade with your friends! (2011 Scott sez:  That page no longer exists, so don’t waste your time clicking it.  However, if you want to see what Rantsylvania looked like around 1999 via the Wayback Machine, check it out here:  http://web.archive.org/web/19990825002620/http://members.home.net/netcopnews/ That’s what you call minimalist web design, I’d say.)  – No Mercy update: After umpteen frustrating runs in the World title gauntlet, being hammered by the New Age Outlaws in a handicap match, I decided to take matters into my own hands and create Scott Steiner to deal with the situation. Armed with about 12 different suplex variations and the Screwdriver as a finisher, I proceeded to pound them in 2:00 to advance and finish the track. I’m stuck at 96%, however, and can’t figure out what block I’m missing – it seems to be the second from the left, on the “Win the Royal Rumble and deal with HHH’s goons for two months” block, but everything in that path is a must-win one, so I’m at a loss to figure it out. Oh well, gotta keep playing and find out, I guess.  (2011 Scott sez:  Don’t worry, I figured it out.) – Live from Washington, DC. Home of President Gore Bush Gore Bush Gore Bush Gore Bush.  (2011 Scott sez:  I don’t do many attempts at political humor.  But when I do, I make sure to go with overstrike jokes!)  – Your hosts are Tony, Mark & Scott. So Madden gets punished by being allowed to do the PPV and Stevie Ray gets bumped? SOMEONE CALL BOBBY WALKER! – Opening match: Three Count v. The Jung Dragons v. Knoble & Karagias. Chavito (now using Eddy’s discarded “Low Rider” knockoff theme) does color commentary. Kaz and Shannon start and the crowd starts chanting “boring” 30 seconds in. Ah, comped crowds, gotta love ‘em. Shane stalls and then everyone goes for the ladder. Three Count SWERVES us and finds a SECRET ladder under the ring, however, climbing for the contract first. The Dragons stop them. All sorts of ladders get brought to the ring, as K&K smash shane into a ladder and drop Kaz on his head on a ladder. Ouch. Billy Gunn’s got nothing on them. Knoble & Karagias argue over who gets to climb or who fucked who’s sister in high school or whatever the ridiculous storyline is, so Yang dropkicks them. (2011 Scott sez:  Amusing to note that Noble & Helms would go to WWE together and get involved in an even more ridiculous storyline about superhero stalkers and Blind Nidia a couple of years after this.)  Highspots erupt on the outside, with everyone hitting their usual dives. Knoble lands on all of them, as Evan sets up an impromptu scaffolding with a pair of ladders and the ropes. Yang dives at him and gets powerslammed off it, but Shane then follows up by giving Karagias a fameasser off the ladder. These guys must have the best chiropractor in wrestling. (2011 Scott sez:  Ha ha, I bet they all have to take excessive painkillers to deal with the stress on their backs!  Good thing that will never come back to bite anyone ever.)  Hmm, Jim Hellwig DOES have a degree, too… Two ladders get set up and four guys climb them, but the end is result is Yang and Moore left on top, as Moore hits a drop sleeper off the top of it on Yang. Sloppy there. Leia Meow earns her pay by stopping Knoble from climbing, but Evan chases her off. The Dragons set up an even bigger scaffolding with about 16 ladders. Those wacky Japanese. Kaz falls off it, as does Evan. Shannon skins the cat up it and headscissors Knoble off, leaving both Three Count members to grab the contract and get that prestigious title shot on Nitro. Brutal spotfest, and I doubt anything tonight is gonna touch it. ***3/4 – Meanwhile, Kroni>| enjoys a completely heterosexual steambath. – Lance Storm v. The Cat. Storm draws a standing ovation from us by pointing out that Canada elected their leader in one day, while it took two months for the US to elect theirs. Stalling to start. Cat gets a big kick, but gets tripped up by Major Gunns. Storm pounds away. Cat comes back with a ballshot, but Elix Skipper trips him up, and they brawl outside. Miss Jones bumps the ref with a vicious kick, and she brawls with Major Cougar. Storm gets a missile dropkick, no ref. Cat’s kick gets two. Jim Duggan waddles in, half-heartedly hits the Cat, and Storm gets the half-crab for the submission. Wow, he beat the Cat, he must be so proud. Match was semi-entertaining. ** Team Canada of course turns on Duggan and pounds the shit out of him after the win. Can’t wait for that Duggan v. Storm blowoff. – Hardcore title: Crowbar v. Terry Funk. They start in the back, thus completely defying Madden’s ranting about “old school hardcore” from a couple of PPVs ago. A truck gets used, and Crowbar is slammed through a table. Funk slams a door on his head for fun. They fight into the arena, using a car door as a weapon. Madden actually uses the “I’ve seen a bent Crowbar, but never a broken one” line, as predicted by Bruce Mitchell yesterday. Nice to see Madden busting out the originality. (2011 Scott sez:  I had blocked Mark Madden:  Color Commentator out of my mind, thankfully, but it’s all coming back to me.)  Crowbar gets handcuffed at some point and faces several chairshots to the head. I know they enjoy making reference to Wrestling with Shadows in this company, but did we REALLY need allusions to Beyond the Mat, too? Crowbar chokes Funk out with the handcuffs, but suffers more chairshots and a piledriver on the car door, giving Funk the pin and the title. Oh boy, more Terry Funk. * – Kroni>| v. Vito & Reno. Da Baldies take control of Clark early, before he decides to stop selling at some arbitrary point and they start beating on Vito. Hit the chinlock. Vito makes the comeback, goes to tag Reno, and gets double-crossed with a SWERVE, as Reno rolls the dice and pins (?) Vito. Uh, okay. ½* So now we’re back to where we were a couple of weeks ago. What awesome storytelling. – Ambulance match: Bam Bam Bigelow v. Mike Awesome. Just a bunch of brawling to a dead crowd. Nothing really else to say here, because they didn’t do much. They end up on the ambulance, where Bigelow falls through the roof, giving Awesome the win. Too little, too late for Awesome. *  (2011 Scott sez:  Too little too late for either guy in the long run.  A sad end to both stories.)  US title match: General Rection v. Shane Douglas. Slugfest to start. Brawl on the floor, but Shane goes low. Rection goes to the bearhug back in the ring. That lasts a while. Backbreaker sets up the moonsault, which Shane blocks. We hit the chinlock. Out for more brawling, and Shane hits the post, HARD. It draws blood hardway. Back in, moonsault #2 misses, as Shane goes for the chain. Chavo comes down to give it back to Shane after he misses once, but the ref sees it and calls for a DQ. What a mess. DUD The MIA leaves in separate groups. WHAT ABOUT THE CHILDREN? – Glacier promo. Damn, I thought they had forgotten about that. – Jeff Jarrett & The Harris Brothers v. The Filthy Animals. This is a bunkhouse street fight (2011 Scott sez:  Fourth different variation on a “hardcore” match in the same show, it should be noted.) , so we have a popcorn machine and a bar in the ring. I guess they had an extra one on-hand from when Scott Hall was with the company. Yay, another hardcore match. I was beginning to think we’d only get three of them on the night. (2011 Scott sez:  Yeah, I already said that.)  An energetic mess, not unlike the LOD v. NOD street fight at Wrestlemania 13. Whether that’s a good or bad thing depends on whether you liked the match, I suppose. No real flow here, as the Animals mostly dominate the Harrissessesseseseeesess, until Jarrett powerbombs Rey Rey into a dumpster and the ref restores order. Why? Kidman takes a beating. Hot tag Konnan, and Rey returns with a broom to clean house. Hah, I kill me. Harrissae chokeslam him through a table, and the Stroke finishes Kidman. Entertaining crap. ***  (2011 Scott sez:  OK, this match was more interesting than my lacklustre recapping, which would have been done at 2AM while dubbing a copy of the tape for my friend so I could give the original back, would have you believe.  This was actually a fascinating breakdown of why Vince Russo’s booking was so wrong and backwards and never worked.  The basic layout of the match was a big six-way brawl with crazy stuff to start, as Russo was trying to duplicate the WWF style of hardcore matches that he thought worked so well.  However, the audience that was still sticking with WCW for god knows what reason were old-school southern-style fans, who couldn’t follow those chaotic brawls very easily, so what you got was a big messy fight with no crowd reaction, and then the ref taking control and suddenly turning it into a formula tag match with Kidman getting the heat.  And THEN the crowd reacts to the match and gets into it, and of course Jarrett and the Harris brothers know exactly how to do THAT match and work the crowd into a frenzy with cutting off the ring and all that old school stuff.  It was a fascinating trainwreck that showed how guys who know their craft can do things far more effectively than all the fancy “storylines” in the world can.) World tag title match: The Perfect Event v. Kevin Nash & DDP. Nash pounds Palumbo to start. Page posts Stasiak and hits a sambo suplex for two. Palumbo punks him out and Page plays geezer-in-peril. Yawn. Hot tag Nash, as he hits the usual and Sanders lowblows Page. Stasiak nails Nash with the belt for two. The Thrillers run in and get Diamond Cutted. Nash lifts his leg for the big boot, and finishes Palumbo with the Poochiebomb for the tag titles. I fail to see the point of doing the same finish with the same guys in the same match as last month, but I’m sure Nash convinced someone that it would draw money. **1/4 – Goldberg v. Lex Luger. Brawl to start. Goldberg casually clotheslines him and suplexes him. Brawl on the floor as Buffy and the Sarge join us. Spear is dodged by Luger, and he decks Goldberg and the Sarge with brass knux. It gets two. Bagwell “accidentally” hits the Blockbuster on Goldberg and Luger goes for the Rack, but Goldberg escapes. Spear for Luger, Jackhammer finishes. Bagwell turns on Goldberg, as if the angle wasn’t already dripping with subtlety. Bagwell & Luger v. Goldberg & Sarge at Sin? Send me the tickets RIGHT NOW, baby. Match was junk, but slightly better than last month’s junk. ¾* – WCW World title: Scott Steiner v. Sid Vicious. Sid has long tights tonight, making him look like the Great and Powerful Oz. Slugfest to start. Steiner offers a test of strength, and it’s Hogan v. Warrior all over again. The second one, mind you. Sid legdrop gets two after he wins that battle. Scott lays out Sid and swears at some fans at ringside. I know if I paid $100 for a ringside seat, I wouldn’t go home happy unless a sweaty steroid freak yelled obscenities at me. (2011 Scott sez:  Aren’t people paying Chyna for exactly that now?)  Back in, elbowdrop and pushups follow. One of the only flaws of No Mercy: No pushup taunt for Steiner. He hits the belly-to-belly and Reclines Sid, but he makes the ropes. Midajah comes off the top, but hits Steiner by mistake. Chokeslam gets two for Sid, but Steiner recovers and nails the ref. A lead pipe to the head gives him two via a second ref, Charles Robinson. Jeff Jarrett arrives for no adequately explained reason, but hits Steiner by mistake and gives Sid a two-count. Jarrett pulls Robinson out to stop the count, but Chuck does an end-run around Jarrett, slides back in, and counts two again. Now THAT’S dedication to your craft. Steiner ballshots sid, suplexes him, and puts him in the Recliner until he passes out (doesn’t ANYONE over 40 submit anymore in this promotion?), probably from boredom. ½* The Bottom Line: Given that I was expecting nothing and got a not-bad show thanks to some hard work, it at least falls into the “pleasant surprise” category. (2011 Scott sez:  WHAT?  Another half-hearted recommendation for this shit show?  It had FUCKING SID V. SCOTT STEINER as a main event!  This was a bullshit show, forgotten the week after.)  However, the same swerve-happy booking as usual kills any momentum and the eternal WCW Glass Ceiling prevents anyone outside of the Good Ol’ Boys from advancing to the main events, so those feeling hopeful about the future of the promotion should probably look elsewhere.  (2011 Scott sez:  Yeah, there’s an understatement.)  I bet I’ll get a million e-mails telling me what a great show this was because of all the garbagy brawling and run-ins and how actual wrestling doesn’t matter, yadda yadda. The sad fact is that the guys in the ladder match have never been pushed against anyone other than themselves and never will be, and Sid will be main-eventing to 0.10 buyrates until he drops dead from an HGH overdose, because that’s the way WCW works and no amount of false hope from the few remaining WCW die-hards is gonna change the facts. Say, someone should write a book about that! Now there’s an idea. Thumbs in the middle, leaning down. (2011 Scott sez:  Bye, Starrcade.  Had I known this was to be the last one, I’d had been sadder.)

JR And The Fink

I was thinking about what you said about Jim Ross and Howard Finkel in the Slammy’s rant, about the petty undercutting of both men at large by Vince McMahon. Congrats, Scott, you inspired me to pen this. I think it sums up what Ross and Finkel mean to all of us as fans. I’d much appreciate it if you could please share it with your readership. http://bit.ly/um2KAJ

Glad I could inspire you!  And it’s true, Finkel is generally the soundtrack of everyone’s wrestling daydreams. 

JR And The Fink

I was thinking about what you said about Jim Ross and Howard Finkel in the Slammy’s rant, about the petty undercutting of both men at large by Vince McMahon. Congrats, Scott, you inspired me to pen this. I think it sums up what Ross and Finkel mean to all of us as fans. I’d much appreciate it if you could please share it with your readership. http://bit.ly/um2KAJ

Glad I could inspire you!  And it’s true, Finkel is generally the soundtrack of everyone’s wrestling daydreams. 

JR And The Fink

I was thinking about what you said about Jim Ross and Howard Finkel in the Slammy’s rant, about the petty undercutting of both men at large by Vince McMahon. Congrats, Scott, you inspired me to pen this. I think it sums up what Ross and Finkel mean to all of us as fans. I’d much appreciate it if you could please share it with your readership. http://bit.ly/um2KAJ

Glad I could inspire you!  And it’s true, Finkel is generally the soundtrack of everyone’s wrestling daydreams. 

JR And The Fink

I was thinking about what you said about Jim Ross and Howard Finkel in the Slammy’s rant, about the petty undercutting of both men at large by Vince McMahon. Congrats, Scott, you inspired me to pen this. I think it sums up what Ross and Finkel mean to all of us as fans. I’d much appreciate it if you could please share it with your readership. http://bit.ly/um2KAJ

Glad I could inspire you!  And it’s true, Finkel is generally the soundtrack of everyone’s wrestling daydreams.