It was actually quite a shock for me, realizing that I did not have a single WCW review on this site. I could swear I've done some before, but maybe I did them for other websites (and they've been lost to time). So, to rectify this error, I thought I'd get at least one written... and a good choice for me was going back to 1998, when things hadn't completely fallen apart yet (although they were getting there). I remember some pretty good matches from this one, but then, I was a WCW fanatic. Will my enjoyment levels have changed over the years? We shall see.
WCW Halloween Havoc '98 |
Posted by the Accelerator, May 15th, 2012
- The cover of this one features the match I'm actually least looking forward to: Hogan and The Ultimate Warrior, with Hogan choking Warrior with his belt. "The Night When Good Battles Evil". Yeah, talk about an experiment that didn't work.
- The intro follows the same feel, as we have dramatic music, blurry shots of Hogan and the Warrior, and then, finally, shots of Goldberg and Diamond Dallas Page facing off. We then have a series of short shots of various WCW wrestlers, before we see that Snickers is sponsoring Halloween Havoc.
- Our announcers (who you really can't hear over the fireworks/music/crowd at the beginning) are Tony Schiavone, Mike Tenay, & Bobby "The Brain" Heenan. Really, hearing this crowd, how did they screw this up?? *swallows back old WCW pain, gets back to review*. The announcers spend a lot of time about the Hogan/Warrior return match, then on Goldberg/DDP. Gotta love Heenan putting on a mask during this and saying "Boo!" to Schiavone, who pops it in his face.
- Ahh, the Nitro girls. I had almost forgotten about them. They dance, and, yep, that's it. Once again, btw, the announcers are talking about the upcoming matches, but you really have to listen hard to understand them over the Nitro Girls music.
- Mean Gene Okerlund is in front of the giant pumpkin (nope, not kidding). He brings out "The Dog-Faced Gremlin" Rick Steiner, who does some barks for the crowd. Mean Gene talks about Steiner facing his brother, Scott, finally. Buff Bagwell then comes out, saying that he's had a change of heart (after Scott turned on him) and he is willing to be in Rick's corner in the match tonight. Rick is understandably reluctant, but Buff says to look into his eyes and does some barking. Rick then agrees, so Buff's in his corner.
Chris Jericho(c) vs. Raven, WCW World Television Title Match:
Backstory: Not much backstory between these combatants at this point. Jericho had finished up his feud with Dean Malenko at this point, and had been having a few altercations with Goldberg (even getting security guard Ralphus to come out with him). Raven had lost his Flock at Fall Brawl '98, and had shown little interest in competition, losing several contests via forfeit and others by tapping out almost immediately to submission holds.
Before the match, Raven gets on the mic:
Raven throws down the mic and heads up the ramp, but Jericho stops him, saying that he doesn't really want to be there either. But all his Jerichoholics came to see him wrestle, and Jericho = Rock 'n' Roll. Jericho mocks Raven for a while, including talking bad about the Flock. When he calls Raven a loser, Raven charges the ring, and the match gets going after all.
The Match: Jericho's in control for a while, even using Raven's own jacket against him as a weapon. Raven comes back, though, with a Cactus clothesline out of the ring, and suddenly we have a pretty good contest that the crowd is hot for. Raven beats on Jericho hardcore on the outside, and I guess it's allowed, since the ref is letting it go. Jericho's yelling "Help me!", which is perfect for the feel of the match. I'm fighting to not describe every move in this match, because there are some BEAUTIFUL ones here. Both men take some brutal hits into guardrails before going back into the ring.
At one point, it looks like Raven's going to win the belt, as he slingshots Jericho into an exposed turnbuckle, then gets a running clothesline for a near fall. The crowd is biting on every pin at this point, loving it. Jericho manages a reversal into the Liontamer submission, and for the first time in a long while, Raven fights instead of tapping, grabbing the ropes. Jericho throws a tantrum, upset. Raven then got a reversal to the Raven DDT, but Jericho kicks out, and the fans are stunned. We have a series of close pins, with loud cheers for every one. Kanyon comes to the ring, only to get clobbered by Jericho at the ropes. Jericho then reverses on Raven and gets the Liontamer again, and this time Raven taps out immediately, allowing Jericho to retain the belt.
Ace Thoughts: For a match that wasn't even scheduled, this was an incredible contest notched into an 8-minute span. I wish we could have seen more, honestly, as the ending felt a little abrupt, but it worked with storylines. If this match showed anything, it was that Jericho and Raven were both underutilized at this point in their WCW careers, because they should have been much higher up the card. Raven's depression would continue, leading to him leaving WCW for a while (and shown in clips at his home), while Jericho would move on to other TV Title feuds.
- Hollywood Hogan comes out with Eric Bischoff, talking about how everyone loves him. The week before, he took his own family (Horace Hogan) and beat him down to a "pool of carnage and blood". We also see a video clip of Hogan going wild on his nephew, with the rest of the nWo actually trying (half-heartedly) to stop him. Even Hogan says he went "just a little too far" to set an example to The Warrior.
Meng vs. Wrath:
Backstory: This was during Wrath's return to the ring as a face, after recovering from an injury that had put him on the shelf for a while. He was being portrayed as a huge powerhouse that nobody could take down. Meng (known better as Haku to WWF fans) had been on a small hot streak of his own, becoming more of a savage wrestler at this point. He had recently disposed of his former partner, The Barbarian, at Road Wild '98.
Worth noting here is that most copies of WCW Halloween Havoc '98 do not have this match, or several others. I had to go find clips online to see it, as my video skips it.
The Match: Both men do a lot of 'no-sells' in this one, each trying to look more powerful. Meng blocks the Meltdown at one point and takes Wrath down with a backbreaker, something that hadn't happened to Wrath until this point. The two powerhouses continued to strike away at each other, although they've lost the crowd a little. Finally, Wrath takes control and tosses Meng with the Meltdown, winning the match.
Ace Thoughts: So I can see why this match was cut from the release. Mainly, it was only around 4-5 minutes long, and yet it felt much longer, and not in a good way (like the first match was). Wrath definitely had the power, but the charisma wasn't shining through yet, and really, it wouldn't, not even when he would later team with Bryan Adams and form Kronik (think about it; Adams did most of the talking, didn't he?). This was Meng's last WCW pay-per-view match until late '99. Wrath would appear at a few more, but never got over like he must have hoped.
- I still can't hear the announcers over the music. I'm starting to wonder if I have a bad recording, or if it actually was that bad before and I just don't remember it.
Disco Inferno vs. Juventud Guerrera, Winner Gets Cruiserweight Title Match:
Backstory: The Disco Inferno had recently broken up with his "Dancing Fools" partner, Alex Wright, and was looking for a good boost back into the singles ranks with this title opportunity. Guerrera, meanwhile, had lost his luchadore mask earlier in the year to Chris Jericho, but then had gone on to beat Jericho and win the Cruiserweight Title at Road Wild '98 (thanks in part to Dean Malenko as the special referee). He had lost it to Billy Kidman, though, the previous month, and was seeking a chance at regaining the belt.
The Match: The fans were back up for this one, enjoying the cruiserweight action giving it a fast pace. Of course, there were some glitches as well, as the two guys weren't in sync every time. We saw some great moves, though, including Disco taking a monkey flip over the ropes to the outside. People forget that, despite the gimmick, Disco could wrestle. Hell, I've forgotten that, which makes me glad I'm watching this one. Disco gets in a lot of hits on Guerrera, but fails to take advantage a lot, instead wanting to pose and dance. Even the announcers are complaining about that, with Heenan wanting him to have a manager. After a bunch of back-and-forth close calls, Disco finally puts it away with a jumping piledriver, taking out Guerrera and winning himself a title opportunity later in the night.
Ace Thoughts: There were a few botches, but also some surprising moves in this one. I remember, at the time, a lot of people were surprised that Disco won. They thought for sure that we were going to see Guerrera vs. Kidman again. Unfortunately, that would come later. For now, this was Disco's big break in the Cruiserweight division.
- The Nitro Girls dance again, this time using cowboy hats and chairs. I finally hear a little bit of the announcers, with Tenay telling Tony to get back in his chair.
- The nWo music hits again, and this time it's Scott Steiner coming out. "Big Poppa Pump is your hook-up! Hollar if you hear me!" That works well in Las Vegas. Steiner insults Buff Bagwell and Rick Steiner, then wants to change his singles match with Rick into a tag-team match: Bagwell & Rick vs. Scott & The Giant, for the WCW World Tag-Team Titles. The Giant comes out and says they can easily take them out. This brings JJ Dillon out to confirm that the belts would be on the line. Since Scott agrees, Dillon then says that if the nWo loses, Scott would then have to wrestle Rick in a singles match afterwards. Scott agrees, so we have another extra title match.
- This is where my video skipped again, jumping over several matches, so I went online to find them (to make this an accurate review of the event). As I said, these matches won't normally be found on the WCW release, since they cut it down.
Fit Finlay vs. Alex Wright:
Backstory: There were two bones of contention here between these wrestlers. First, Wright had been proclaiming himself the "best wrestler from WCW to come out of Europe". Obviously, Finlay had a problem with that. Wright also had an even deeper issue with Finlay, blaming him for ending his father's career (Steve Wright, a British pro wrestler).
The Match: Finlay and Wright, as you would expect, wrestled a strong European style, with lots of uppercuts and strikes. They're actually hitting each other pretty good, but the fans aren't into it, giving it a "Boring" chant. Bummer. Lots of brawling in this one, both in and out of the ring. The match ended with Wright getting his Hangman's Neckbreaker, putting Finlay down for the 3 count.
Ace Thoughts: Yep, that's right, both Dancing Fools got wins at this pay-per-view. Wild, huh? I honestly didn't think this match was that bad, although the crowd reaction is definitely noticeably different than the other matches. Let's face it, the 1998 WCW crowd wanted quick action and high-flying, not strikes and brawling. Too bad, but that explains why it was cut from the show.
Lodi vs. Saturn:
Backstory: These two were both former members of Raven's Flock. During the year, Saturn had broken away from the Flock, which led to a long feud with the members, including a period where Saturn, after losing a match to Lodi due to outside interference, had to be Lodi's slave. At Fall Brawl '98, Saturn defeated Raven and broke up the Flock, leaving Lodi with nowhere to go. For the past month, Lodi had been doing little but displaying sad signs, blaming Saturn for his friends going their separate ways.
The Match: Hard to describe what Saturn is wearing. I guess he was on the start of his 'weird costumes' phase. The match was... not much. Lodi was mostly stalling, messing with his signs and staying out of the ring whenever possible. Saturn had to get him back in repeatedly, and eventually dominated, getting his Death Valley Driver for the win.
Ace Thoughts: What a dud. Saturn was at his hottest after Fall Brawl '98, as he had what many thought was his best match ever. How do they follow it up? With... this. Terrible. Lodi was the biggest jobber in WCW at the time, so it's almost a slap to Saturn's face to put him here, in a match that was easily cut out from the home video release. What a missed opportunity. Saturn was well on his way to wearing dresses and falling apart in 1999 (although he and Raven would recover for some tag-team title reigns later on).
- The Nitro Girls dance again, this time in front of the demon/pumpkin set. The crowd, for their part, still gives a pretty good cheer.
Kidman(c) vs. Disco Inferno, WCW World Cruiserweight Title Match:
Backstory: We talked about Disco's backstory earlier, and he's only here because of his win over Juventud Guerrera earlier. Kidman became the champion only recently, thanks in part to his turning on Raven during Raven's match with Saturn at Fall Brawl '98 and managing to break up The Flock. Of all the Flock participants, Kidman's the only one who got a push after the break-up, beating Guerrera for the championship.
The Match: The announcers talk a lot about how Disco had a tough match earlier in the night, putting over how much fight he's got left. They were really trying to get Disco over as a singles star, although the crowd is firmly on the side of Kidman. We get to see some good moves from both, as well as a couple of botches. The best part is Disco mocking Kidman: "Kidman, turn the music down! Yes, Mom!" I know it doesn't make too much sense, but it's hilarious nonetheless. I also liked how he would do a quick dance every so often, just to infuriate the crowd. Later on in the match, Disco got his piledriver, but was too tired for a quick cover, and only got a 2 count when he finally got over there (making a cocky cover). Disco really seemed in full control, but Kidman was able to reverse another piledriver into a facebuster, then got the Shooting Star Press to retain the championship.
Ace Thoughts: Amazing that they gave these guys 10+ minutes, but then, they supported cruiserweight wrestling in WCW. Considering it was a still-green Kidman and The Disco Inferno, this was actually a pretty good match. I really thought Disco was winning the belt after his piledriver landed, and honestly, I would have been okay with it. He may have been at his best on this night. But Kidman pulled it out, and would go on to a great cruiserweight career, while Disco would routinely just be a low-to-mid-card wrestler.
- We then go right into the next match... making me wonder if something else was cut, but I have no idea what.
The nWo (Scott Steiner & The Giant)(c) vs. Buff Bagwell & Rick Steiner, WCW World Tag-Team Titles Match:
Backstory: The Steiner Brothers had been one of the most-powerful tag-teams in the world before SuperBrawl VIII, where Scott turned on Rick and joined the nWo. Rick had been wanting a piece of Scott for months, with Scott usually coming up with an excuse not to compete against him. Rick and Bagwell also had a history, with Rick having legitimately injured Buff during a match that put Bagwell on the shelf for many months. This was used at the previous show, Fall Brawl '98, when Bagwell was apparently injured again during the Rick vs. Scott match, causing it to be ended (only to have Buff reveal it was another hoax). Bagwell later broke away from Scott when Scott turned on him, leaving the nWo a few weeks before tonight's match.
The Match: This was at the point when The Giant was smoking on his way to the ring. I had forgotten about that. This is Bagwell's first official match since being injured by Rick. Rick starts out for his team and takes a beating from The Giant, followed by Scott. After a long beatdown, Rick gets back together and tags in Buff... who promptly turns on Rick, to the surprise of nobody. He leaves, putting Rick in a "Handicap" Match. However, despite getting destroyed by both men, Rick won't quit, and The Giant makes it easier by lifting Rick's shoulders off the mat a few times. The turning point is when The Giant decides to go for a missile dropkick off the turnbuckle. Yep, you read that right. He hits Scott instead of Rick, taking him out. Rick then got his top-rope bulldog on The Giant and pinned him, winning the belts!
Ace Thoughts: Expected betrayed by Buff, but unexpected crowd-pleasing moment, to have Rick Steiner win the belts. Although Buff is officially his partner, Rick would choose a new partner later on. Really, it wasn't that exciting a match, except for the finish. Who saw The Giant attempting something like that? Incredible. This was done in part to get the belts off of Scott Hall & The Giant, I'm sure, but it still was a surprising moment. The belts, unfortunately, would take some time to recover.
- So, due to the victory, Rick gets his match with his brother. We go right into it...
Rick Steiner vs. Scott Steiner, Grudge Match:
The Match: Scott tried to leave afterwards, but Rick brought him back and we got a match between the two brothers. The two went back and forth for a few minutes, with Rick taking control after a belly-to-belly suplex. This led to a masked man (wearing a Bill Clinton mask) coming in and hitting both the ref and Rick with a blackjack, courtesy of Stevie Ray. The mask comes off, showing Buff once again. Buff tried to use the ref to count out Rick, but Rick got his shoulder up to the shock of the nWo members. Rick kept kicking out of every move (including a frankensteiner), refusing to stay down. He then comes back, taking out Buff and getting the top-rope bulldog on Scott, with another ref (Nick Patrick) sliding in and making the count, giving Rick another victory.
Ace Thoughts: Not quite as exciting as the tag-team titles win, but still nice to see Rick get the win despite Buff's interference (again). True, it made the nWo look pretty weak, but they were getting there at this point anyway. This was a feel-good moment for Rick, who finally got some retribution on his brother and the nWo. He would get Kenny Kaos as his tag partner, choosing a rookie. They would hold the belts for the next couple of months, until Steiner's injury forced the belts to be vacated. Of course, the belts were never defended at a PPV, as Rick would continue fighting his brother.
- We get a video, going over the history of The Outsiders (Scott Hall & Kevin Nash). We see their forming of the new World order along with Hulk Hogan, and then a few of their title reigns. Cut to Slamboree '98, where Hall turned on Nash, knocking him out and allowing Sting & The Giant to win away the tag belts. Nash talked about Hall's personal problems, including his drinking. He also talked about Hall blaming it all on money issues. We see clips from a Nitro where Nash came to Hall's aid, only to have Hall turn on him again. Nash says he's just got to beat some sense into him. Thanks to the video guys for doing my "backstory" portion for me. I guess we'll just get to the match then.
Scott Hall vs. Kevin Nash:
Backstory: Read above video portion. Hall's with the nWo Black & White, and Nash is with the nWo Wolfpac.
The Match: Hall comes out with a cup of what you would assume to be alcohol. Writing a storyline around a man's personal demons. Nice, WCW. Hall uses the drink, throwing it in Nash's face, and the brawl is on. This one's apparently a no disqualification match, as Hall uses several weapons, beating Nash down. Nash's vision is burned thanks to the alcohol. Hall gets on the mic, telling Nash to go back to the dressing room. Nash comes back in, though, and later manages to avoid an Outsiders' Edge. He's goading Hall on, telling him to hit him, and we start a slow run of maneuvers. Nash finally takes full control and beats Hall down, taunting him about his drinking. After a period of smashing Hall, Nash lands two jackknifes "I think I'll have a double!", and Hall isn't moving. Nash stands over Hall and does a couple of crotch chops, a signal to the Clique. It's over, but Nash doesn't care about the pinfall. He just leaves, letting Hall win via countout.
Ace Thoughts: This was not a great technical match, or even a good overall match. But that really wasn't the point. It was all about story-telling, and I'd say, despite how long it took, they got their point across. Nash did his best to 'beat some sense' into his former partner and friend, and he didn't care about the result of the match. This match would send Hall further down, causing him to hit Eric Bischoff (the head of the nWo) at one point. At World War III, Hall was set to face Nash again, only to have the nWo turn on him (and Nash make the save). The two would eventually reunite in the next year.
- The Nitro Girls? Again? Well, at least they've changed it up with, uh, colorful wigs this time.
Bret "The Hitman" Hart(c) vs. Sting, WCW United States Heavyweight Title Match:
Backstory: Hart had come to WCW at the end of '97, and so was nearing a year in the company since the Montreal Screwjob. He had joined with Hollywood Hogan in the nWo Black 'n' White, making him a hated heel. In September '98, Hart seemingly broke away from the nWo, and was scheduled to fight Hogan, only to get injured. Sting, as a member of the nWo Wolfpac, took Hart's place in the match, but it was all a swerve, as Hart came back and assaulted Sting, taking him out. The two fought for the next month, including a violent battle in the back at one point. That led to tonight's contest.
The Match: As you would expect, these two put on a technical match, with a lot of great maneuvers. At one point, Sting went for the Scorpion Death Lock, but Hart was able to make the ropes. Hart fell down later after a leapfrog, holding his leg, and the ref backed Sting off. Hart then pulled out some brass knuckles, obviously faking the injury, but Sting caught him and took it away, wanting to use it... only to have the ref stop him, which allowed Hart to get the low blow. Hart stayed in control for a while, but Sting eventually came back, even as the ref got taken out (once accidentally, once deliberately). The two kept fighting without a ref, but Sting made a critical mistake on a Stinger Splash, hitting the turnbuckle post head-first! With Sting basically out, hanging over the ropes, Hart gets Sting's bat and blisters him repeatedly, before getting the ref up and locking in the Sharpshooter. The ref has no choice but to lift the arm three times, and Sting has to be carted out. Hart retains the title.
Ace Thoughts: Honestly, I would have expected more from this one. But I have a lot of respect for Hart and Sting, which might have colored my perceptions. They did some good moves, but it was not the most exciting contest. The ending, also, was pretty weak. Sting's heart didn't really seem to be in this contest to me, which definitely hurt it. Hart did the best he could, but there wasn't that deep emotion there. Sting being taken out on a stretcher was definitely the most emotional moment of the match.
- After they finally get Sting into the ambulance, we move on to the next match... and it's definitely not one I'm looking forward to. Ah, well, let's get through it, because there's much better on the other side...
- We see footage during Hogan's entrance of the nWo's beat-down of Horace Hogan. Interesting that they decide to show that again, instead of some of the history between the two wrestlers. Foreshadowing, much?
Hollywood Hogan vs. The Warrior:
Backstory: Back in the WWF, The Ultimate Warrior defeated Hulk Hogan for the WWF World Heavyweight Title at Wrestlemania VI. This was supposedly the first 'rematch' between the two. At this point, Hollywood Hogan was still the co-leader of the nWo Black 'n' White (along with Eric Bischoff). The Warrior appeared in WCW in September '98, to the complete shock of Hogan and the nWo. The Warrior had his own 'group, The One Warrior Nation (oWn), although he really only had one follower: The Disciple (Beefcake), whom The Warrior had somehow taken from Hogan. The Warrior played mind-games on Hogan all the way up to this match, although Hogan met that by beating up his own nephew... yep.
The Match: Looking at this with an open mind, the fans seemed to be into the contest early on, happy to see The Warrior dominating Hogan. I always think of this match as a complete dud, but the crowd is there. Maybe not as hot as for other matches, but they're there. The main problem is, the two men are wrestling a late-'80's style match, and they're soon losing the fans. I think I hear a "Boring" chant during a test of strength. After some more fighting, Hogan 'accidentally' hits the referee with a shoulder block... then drops a knee on him as well to take him out. Didn't we just see this with Hart?
Anyhow, Hogan calls out the troops, but The Giant accidentally hits Hogan (and we saw THAT in the tag-team match), then gets taken out by the Warrior. Once again, the crowd is going wild, not at all like I remember it *lol*. The Warrior fights off Stevie Ray and Vincent, then stupidly tries to pin Hogan, with the referee obviously down. That killed the crowd again. Even after Hogan takes The Warrior down and only gets a 2 count, the crowd is gone. Hogan gets them back a little with the belt shots, and The Warrior gets his own cheers a little later when he steals the belt and uses it himself. But damn, this is taking a while. I thought we were near the end when the nWo showed up. Hogan's fireball attempt fails miserably, so they improvise a little, with The Warrior getting low-blowed and Hogan landing his leg drop. Horace Hogan comes out, distracting Hogan and allowing The Warrior to recover and get his energy going. He takes down Hogan and calls for the press slam, but as he's going for it, Bischoff comes out and distracts (ok, holds) the ref, while Horace steps in and hits The Warrior with a chair. Swerve... Hogan makes the pin and gets his victory back.
Post-match, Hogan throws the ref out, hugs Horace, and then attempts to burn The Warrior alive, but Doug Dillenger and security breaks it up.
Ace Thoughts: If I have to be honest, it wasn't as bad as I remembered it, but it still wasn't great. Hogan and The Warrior were wrestling a match that didn't work in this time and place, as they couldn't keep the fans interested. The ending swerve was clearly predicted when Horace came out, if it wasn't already once they'd shown the clip a thousand times. It's certainly not the ending we should have gotten, as the fans at least wanted a clear finish. The Warrior would be gone soon from WCW, as Hogan announced his 'retirement', giving The Warrior nothing to fight for. It was a horrible mistake, bringing him back this way, and it's too bad that The Ultimate Warrior's last pay-per-view match was this one.
- Michael Buffer is out for the main event introductions. I miss those.
Bill Goldberg(c) vs. Diamond Dallas Page, WCW World Heavyweight Title Match:
Backstory: Goldberg was in the midst of his massive undefeated streak, having taken out Hogan to become the World Champion. He was probably at or near the height of his popularity going into this contest, as the fans loved him. DDP was also a fan favorite, and was "The People's Champion", teaming with guys like Karl Malone and Jay Leno to take on the nWo. He earned this opportunity by being the last survivor in The War Games match at Fall Brawl '98, giving Stevie Ray the Diamond Cutter to win the contest. Both wrestlers showed respect for each other in the weeks leading up to the event, but both also promised victory. It was also talked about how DDP was very instrumental in getting Goldberg to WCW in the first place.
The Match: Ok, this is one of my favorite matches, but I have to stick to the new format, and not talk about every single move *takes some deep breaths before going*. The first big moment occurs early on, as Goldberg had been in full control, only to have DDP catch him with a hip toss and brag about it. Goldberg, incensed, tackles Page and they go out of the ring, with the crowd going wild! Later on, Goldberg does a complete flip and lands on his feet for the first time, shocking everyone. The fight continued, with Page mainly trying to figure out some way of stopping the unstoppable.
Even as DDP was in control at one point, the fans weren't buying it. It was only when Goldberg made a mistake, going for the Spear and hitting the ringpost instead (when Page yanked himself out of the way), that there was suddenly doubt. Could Goldberg finally lose? Page got in a few more shots, then called for the Diamond Cutter, only to get caught by a Spear. It hurt Goldberg even more, though, and when he went for the Jackhammer, for the first time, he couldn't get his man up, and Page was able to turn it into the Diamond Cutter!! The crowd goes wild, thinking it's over, but it takes DDP too long to make the pin, keeping the match going. Page then stupidly decides to suplex Goldberg, who quickly reverses it into the Jackhammer, winning the match. Goldberg is 155-0 (according to Tenay). Afterwards, Goldberg helps Page up and the two have a few words of respect for each other, with Page holding up Goldberg's arm.
Final Thoughts: Some things I remember like they just happened. Others were complete surprises to me, as my memories had turned them into something different. Crazy, huh? I would definitely say this is one of the better cards WCW ever had, and if we could surgically remove Hogan/Warrior, I think it'd be up near the top. This was probably Goldberg's best match in his WCW run, and I would say the same for DDP. The sheer possibility that Goldberg could lose made the match more than memorable. As for the entire show, I'd recommend the viewing of it. Several matches impress, and the crowd is extremely hot for most of them. It's worth seeing, if only to see how things were... before WCW collapsed.