That was an absolutely cracking shoot, but the issues which arise from it are the degrading of the WCW Championship and the business in general. In hindsight, whilst it may have being needed for Russo at the time, it is quite damaging to the image of WCW.
Kevin Nash vs. Goldberg
The history package is shown for the match which began when Goldberg turned heel at The Great American Bash. The feud is made quite personal when Scott Hall’s contract is on the line. Now this is the confusing bit…this is suppose to be leverage? Scott Hall at this point hadn’t being seen in WCW for six months…and in reality, wouldn’t be seen in WCW again. This is definitely one of those creative moments in WCW which leaves you baffled. The match gets started, with Goldberg being pretty much dominant throughout and Nash having exceptionally little offense. The end of the match comes when Scott Steiner makes his way to the ring and turns on Nash. This allows Goldberg to nail the spear and jackhammer to pick up the win in a dreadful match. After the match, Steiner locks Nash in the Steiner Recliner as Goldberg tears up the “contract” of Scott Hall…
Match Rating: 1.0 out of 5.0 Stars
WCW Championship: Jeff Jarrett (c) vs. Booker T
In what is effectively a bonus match, coming from the earlier controversy both men make their way to the ring. Jarrett, doesn’t look as miffed now. The match begins quite slowly, but it soon enough spreads into the crowd. The match continues with a very back and forth pace with several near finishes between both men. It is an exceptionally well fought contest, but also shows the lengths they are prepared to go to to be champion. Towards the end, it almost comes across that Booker is the heel. This is because to his use of a variety of weapons, but Jarrett ultimately takes the referee out with The Stroke. Jarrett goes for a guitar shot off the top rope, but Booker counters it into a Book End to pick up the win. Easily, the match of the night and a well deserved victory for Booker to become the new champion.
Winner: Booker T, to capture the WCW Championship
Match Rating: 3.0 out of 5.0 Stars
If it had not of being for the moment of controversy between Hollywood Hogan/Jeff Jarrett/Vince Russo, then this event could easily slip into the background and be forgotten. The matches on the under card weren’t of a particularly fantastic quality, and in some cases where poorly thought out from a booking perspective. Whilst Booker’s championship victory was thoroughly deserved, in reality it only happened because of circumstances. But also Russo’s desire to stick it to Hogan. The promos cut by both men were done with passion and fire in their voices, and certainly make this event worth watching. It truly is a turning point in the lasting legacy of WCW.
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