Next in the WCW Month, we go to a pinnacle of the WCW pay-per-view calendar but not one that everyone would think of. This event was an annual tradition to tie in with the SuperBowl and would ultimately be the second-to-last event for WCW (not that I am going to that particular year). We are going to 1999 when the tide has just started swinging back in the favor of the WWE in the Monday Night Wars, and a time when you began to really question the logic behind what they were thinking. To think this event is over 17 years ago, I have never seen it but can remember the events around it clearly. So, here we go with the next…
Old School Review: SuperBrawl IX
We go to Torrie Wilson, wrapped in a bed sheet in a hotel room talking very seductively to someone before feigning her excitement about going to SuperBrawl. We then see various superstars in the opening promo, before we then go inside the Oakland Arena in Oakland, California. We are joined by our commentators for the evening, Tony Schiavone, Bobby Heenan and Mike Tennay who talk about the various matches of the evening. We then see a video package highlighting the WCW Tag Team Championship tournament, which I have to say is quite cool before they are given a short promo moment to excel themselves. This is good, because it gives them a chance to relevant. We then go to Mean Gene Okerlund, who talks some more about the tournament before we then go to the ring for the first match of the evening.
Disco Inferno vs. Booker T
Disco makes his way to the ring first, whilst a brief clip is shown from Thunder where Booker attacks Disco. Booker then makes his way to the ring, receiving a so-so reaction. After very much a nothing match which has nothing of significance or real interest in it, Booker wins with a Harlem hangover. Instead of promoting the win, Schiavone mocks Heenan for making a mistake. Very forgettable match.
Winner: Booker T
Match Rating: 0.5 out of 5.0 Stars
Chris Jericho (w/ Ralphus) vs. Saturn
Jericho makes his way to the ring for the dress match with Ralphus and the referee. Saturn makes his way to the ring, but is mocked by Jericho and ordered to take his dress off. He doesn’t and instead attacks Jericho in the early moments, until a distraction from Ralphus (who loses his dress in the process) allows Jericho to gain the momentum. After a few minutes of dominence, Saturn comebacks and takes out Jericho and then takes out the referee. He then walks off, and is counted out, stating “Once a drag, always a drag”. Slightly better second match, but still not brilliant…the finish made it all slightly pointless.
Winner: Chris Jericho, via Count-out
Match Rating: 1.0 out of 5.0 Stars
WCW Cruiserweight Championship: Billy Kidman (c) vs. Chavo Guerrero Jr.
Both men make their way to the ring, and they have a really good cruiserweight match with very dynamic, back and forth action. Chavo does look quite impressive in the match for the moments he remains in control, but is ultimately unsuccessful when he falls victim to the Shooting Star Press. Kidman picks up the win to retain the championship in a very enjoyable match. Would have being massively better with some more time though.
Winner: Billy Kidman, to retain the WCW Cruiserweight Championship
Match Rating: 2.5 out of 5.0 Stars