OSR: WCW Slamboree 2000 Review

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OSR: WCW Slamboree 2000 Review

Back in the month and year of May 2000, WCW was going through a resurgence with the emergence of Vince Russo and Eric Bischoff as the leaders of The New Blood. But it was very quickly to take a very sour turn with the crowning of David Arquette as WCW Champion. The true beginning of the end. Having being a tradition in WCW since 1993, this event marked the final one of in the history of WCW. Here is the next edition of the OSR with the WCW Slamboree 2000 Review.

The opening shot is from the previous edition of Thunder with the 40-man Battle Royal, with Ric Flair being victorious. It then looks at the prominent feuds between the Millionaires Club and The New Blood, including David Arquette’s infamous capture of the WCW Championship. We then go inside the Kemper Arena in Kansas City, Missouri for the event. Our commentary team for the event are Tony Schiavone, Mark Madden and Scott Hudson. We then go to the ring for the first match of the evening.

1. WCW Cruiserweight Championship: Chris Candido (c) (w/ Tammy Lynn Sytch) vs. The Artist (w/ Paisley)

Both participants make their way to the ring with their valets, with Tammy carrying out a strip tease before the match. Initially, The Artist is in control, using a variety of moves on Candido. Ultimately, Tammy nails The Artist with a chair in an average match to give Candido the win.

Winner: Chris Candido, to retain the WCW Cruiserweight Championship

Match Rating: 2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

2. WCW Hardcore Championship – Handicap Match: Terry Funk (c) vs. Normal Smiley and ???

A video montage is shown of the various bumps Funk has taken, before the match begins in the toilet at Funk looks for Norman. Funk is in control, with the mystery partner very much ineffective, who is revealed as Ralphus. In an amusing but nothing match, Funk is successful.

Winner: Terry Funk, to retain the WCW Hardcore Championship

Match Rating: 1.5 out of 5.0 Stars

3. Shawn Stasiak vs. Curt Hennig

Both men make their way to the ring, with Hennig taking his time to get there. The match soon gets underway with Hennig in control, but it quickly falls back in favour of Stasiak. In a nothing match, Stasiak is victorious following a Hennigplex. Cannot help but feel they were mocking Hennig here…

Winner: Shawn Stasiak

Match Rating: 0.5 out of 5.0 Stars

4. WCW United States Championship: Scott Steiner (c) (w/ Midajah and Shakira) vs. General Rection

Both men make their way to the ring, with Rection cutting a promo about wanting to be known by his real name. The match quickly gets underway, but is totally uninteresting and has nothing to maintain interest. Eventually, Steiner is successful in an abysmal match.

Winner: Scott Steiner, to retain the WCW United States Championship

Match Rating: 0.5 out of 5.0 Stars

 5. Chris Kanyon vs. Mike Awesome 

The match gets underway with Awesome in control of the match. This includes multiple uses of a steel chair which doesn’t prompt a DQ finish. Kanyon does get some brief moments where he fights back. The end of the match sees Kevin Nash interfere attacking Awesome.

This prompts the appearance of various New Blood members, followed by the arrival of Millionaires Club members Ric Flair and Sting. The Millionaires Club are left standing tall. Unusual and confusing match, with a sweet feeling finish. Need to check who the winner was though.

Winner: No-Contest, I think…

Match Rating: 1.5 out of 5.0 Stars

6. Buff Bagwell vs. The Total Package

As the Package makes his way to the ring, a brief video montage is shown which shows Miss Elizabeth becoming the property of WCW. This ultimately means she cannot align herself with The Package, but is forced to be with Vince Russo. Both men then make their way to the ring.

The Package is initially in control, but Buff soon uses a series of endurance moves to bring him down. Backstage, we see Elizabeth attacking Russo with a baseball bat before making her way to the ring.

As Buff goes to the top rope, he is whalloped from behind by Elizabeth with the bat, which allows him to put Buff in the Torture Rack to pick up the win in an average match. After, Chuck Palumbo comes out and attack The Package, putting him in the Torture Rack.

Winner: The Total Package

Match Rating: 2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

7. Shane Douglas vs. Ric Flair

Both men make their way to the ring, with this match being marked as settling 7-years of bad blood between the pair. As Flair comes out, he cuts a promo about preserving wrestling whilst kicking the butt of Shane Douglas.

The match gets started quickly, with Douglas very much in control of the match. At the point Flair regains control, a masked fake Sting attacks Flair from behind with a baseball bat. This allows Douglas the win in a poor offering.

Flair takes to the microphone afterwards believing the fake Sting to be Vince Russo, demanding five minutes with him. Russo then makes his way out, after Flair is knocked unconscious. The fake Sting is then revealed to be David Flair.

Winner: Shane Douglas

Match Rating: 1.0 out of 5.0 Stars

8. Vampiro vs. Sting

The video montage shown looks at the creepy feud established between the pair, with Sting being regularly covered in blood. We then return to the arena, Vampiro coming out first. With the appearance of a crow on the entrance way, Sting then makes his way out.

The contest gets going on the entrance way, with Sting very much in control. It pretty much remains this way throughout the match, with Sting being the dominant force. An average match, which sees Sting pick up the win following a series of Scorpion Death Drops.

Winner: Sting

Match Rating: 1.5 out of 5.0 Stars

9. Hulk Hogan (w/ Horace Hogan) vs. Billy Kidman (w/ Torrie Wilson) with Special Guest Referee Eric Bischoff

All of the participants make their way to the ring, with the match getting underway. Initially, it is actually quite sloppy from both men. But the role of Bischoff as referee soon begins to play in. He twists the match in the favor of Kidman, by refusing to make counts for Hogan.

At this point, the match takes a hardcore approach with various tables and chairs used by both men which sees Hogan busted open. After Bischoff is taken out when he is sent through a table, Hogan gets the win in an abysmal match with Horace motioning the hand of Bischoff.

Winner: Hulk Hogan

Match Rating: 1.0 out of 5.0 Stars

10. WCW Championship – Triple Tier Cage: David Arquette (c) vs. Jeff Jarrett vs. Diamond Dallas Page

The history package is shown, which includes David Arquette infamously becoming the WCW Champion. But the basis of this match is the feud between DDP and Jarrett which began with the “rebirth” of WCW, but also the events of Spring Stampede 2000.

Each of the participants make their way to the ring, with David Arquette staying out of the way. This leaves it very much between DDP and Jarrett. The match continues, and slowly ascends through the various tiers of the cage. However, David Arquette bypasses them to reach the top.

As DDP and Jeff go the top, Arquette nails DDP with a guitar allowing Jarrett to grab the title and become the WCW Champion. Afterwards, Mike Awesome sends Kanyon (both who appeared from nowhere) flying from the cage to the entrance way to end the show. Mediocre match in honesty.

Winner: Jeff Jarrett, to capture the WCW Championship

Match Rating: 1.0 out of 5.0 Stars

This was a very interesting event to watch, for one that has never be seen in its entirety. Throughout the years, snippets have being seen but nothing more or less. It is very hard to pin point a specific match which is standout, above everything else on the card. It is all pretty mediocre. In some ways with some of the matches, it is obvious that some of the stars of the company had given up by this point. The best matches were probably the opening match with The Artist vs Chris Candido or Buff Bagwell vs The Total Package. The later of which is not one you would expect at all, but needless to say it is still pretty rubbish. 

This event will ultimately standout for being the one and only title defense by David Arquette. One of the wrong reasons why WCW is talked about throughout this era. The event is abysmal in many respects. But to see David Arquette in the main event is brilliant for the wrong reasons. He honestly looked very uncomfortable and out of place at times (sorry David). But in some ways, this enabled the match to be developed more between Jeff Jarrett and DDP. The main event itself was so unique for that reason alone, it is worth watching. This can of course be as part of your 9.99 Subscription Fee to the WWE Network. Go on…

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