The year 2000 was the final full year of business for WCW, and featured attempts to have a resurgence in the brands interest with alliances of The New Blood facing off against The Millionaire’s Club. This event was the final one under the WCW banner, as it was revived four years later under the WWE banner. I remember the weeks leading up to this event vividly, with the WCW Championship changing hands five times I believe in six weeks. I’ve never seen this event in its entirety even though I can recall it well (well, what happened at least). But, anyhow in the latest edition of the OSR here we go with the bumpy ride of the…
Old School Review: The Great American Bash 2000
The show opens with highlights of Goldberg returning to action in the past couple of weeks, and his allegiance with Kevin Nash. This is all narrated by Tony Schiavone in his over the top style, with police shown outside the arena preventing Goldberg from entering. A video montage is then shown of the various matches that will be happening throughout the evening, which is actually pretty cool. We then go inside the arena with our announcers for the evening, Tony Schiavone, Scott Hudson and Mark Madden before we head up to the ring for the first match of the evening.
WCW Cruiserweight Championship: Lieutenant Loco (c) (w/ General Rection, Major Gunns, Major Stash and Corporal Cajun) vs. Disco Inferno (w/ Konnan, Rey Misterio Jr, Juventud Guerrera and Tygress)
The Misfits in Action make their way to the ring first, with Rection and Loco taking to the microphone and talking a little bit of trash and what I can assume to be various innuendos towards The Filthy Animals. Anyhow, the match begins after Disco makes his way to the ring with Disco being dominant over Loco. Before long, an old man (alsmost like an army misfit) makes his way to the ring in a bizarre moment and quickly gets taken out by Konnan. Juventud attempts to get involved, but is unsuccessful. Eventually, Loco is able to pick up the win in a forgettable opener…this is one I would have thought more of. Afterwards, The MIA and Animals brawl inside the ring with the old man unconscious. Major Gunns then proceeds to dance over the old fella, giving him mouth to mouth bringing him back to life, at which point he “fumbles” around with her. Completely bizarre and ridiculous.
Winner: Lieutenant Loco, to retain the WCW Cruiserweight Championship
Match Rating: 1.5 out of 5.0 Stars
We go backstage to Eric Bischoff and Ernest Miller, who talk with security and how nothing will ruin their surprise for Kevin Nash this evening. We then go to Gene Okerlund talking to Big Vito and Johnny the Bull about their forthcoming match, yet they cannot establish who will be the Hardcore Champion between them at the moment before they seemingly disappear with Gene calling them back for no apparent reason.
#1 Contenders Match for the WCW Tag Team Championship: Johnny the Bull and Big Vito vs. Kronik
Both teams make their way to the ring, and the match gets underway with Bryan Clark being in control of Johnny the Bull. Soon enough, Big Vito is tagged in and seems intent on competing the match with the Hardcore championship belt on. With Kronik seemingly dominating the majority of the action, the Hardcore belt is eventually knocked off Vito. It is in this moment, I probably witness the most hilarious moment of botches by one person. Johnny fails to get the opponent in the right position for an aerial move, causing him to drag him around the ring. He then attempts to leap up to the top rope and fails. By the time he goes to nail his aerial move, Clark I think it was has already moved so Johnny jumps for the sake of it…as Big Vito attempts to put the title belt back on, Kronik pick up the win in a complete shambles.
Match Rating: 0.5 out of 5.0 Stars