Meanwhile, in WCW: 1997 Week 11

Jamie Lithgow

Remember being of an age when you found Jim Carey funny? Remember his film Liar Liar? Well, that was 20 years ago. Yes, we are once again living in the past to bring you up to speed with a very busy week in WCW from 1997 in this week’s Meanwhile, in WCW’…

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  • Once again, Eddie Guerrero’s foot found itself in the ropes while pinning his opponent. After the match, Lee Marshall essentially pointed the finger at Eddie to which Guerrero said that he was sick of it and that the issue between himself and Dean Malenko had gotten personal.
  • Malenko also displayed heelish qualities by once again getting disqualified for not releasing a choke hold. The Iceman even re-applied the choke to Beautiful Bobby Eaton after he had finished complaining to the referee.
  • You may notice in the ‘full results’ section that TV Champion, Prince Iaukea, manged to defeat Juventud Guerrera. Juvi – who even at this early stage in his WCW career is higher up the ladder than Iaukea will ever be – was protected as far as possible by dominating the rookie champion. He was only undone by his own momentum, with Iaukea scoring the pin after a Juvi executed a Frankensteiner.
  • Ric Flair used the term “Horsemen, along with Double J”. So, is he an official member or not?
  • In what will become somewhat of a trademark – or trademark infringement – Jimmy Hart’s jacket was emblazoned with The Misfits skull logo.
  • The Public Enemy interfered in Harlem Heat’s match, but Booker and Stevie didn’t get involved in PE’s bout earlier in the show. I guess that sort’s out who will be playing heel and who will be playing babyface at Uncensored…
  • Kevin Sullivan was shown footage of some guy – later rumoured by Tony Schiavone to be The Taskmaster’s son – talking about someone’s death bed and saying “it’s all his fault”. The Sullivan/Woman/Benoit angle has gone so insider that I’ve lost all interest.
  • I swear I heard Tony Schiavone say that the three team main event at Uncensored will be a cage match. Just 24 hours before the PPV, this was news to me…

Full Results

  • Eddie Guerrero (c) defeated Sgt. Craig Pittman to retain the WCW United States Championship
  • High Voltage defeated Billy Kidman & Chavo Guerrero Jr.
  • Chris Jericho defeated Mark Starr
  • Bobby Eaton defeated Dean Malenko by DQ
  • Prince Iaukea (c) defeated Juventud Guerrera to retain the WCW Television Championship
  • Road Block defeated Rick Fuller
  • Jeff Jarrett defeated Mr. JL
  • Hugh Morrus defeated Villano IV
  • Konnan defeated Tony Carr
  • The Public Enemy defeated Bunkhouse Buck & Mike Enos
  • Harlem Heat defeated Joe Gomez & The Renegade by DQ

With so many of WCW’s top names in the main event, the big story from Uncensored was always going to emerge from this bout. While that was indeed the case, they also managed to give us an equally noteworthy angle from elsewhere on the card too.

It’s rude to point

To that three team, elimination match and I don’t know what Tony Schiavone was talking about on Saturday Night, but this was not a cage match. If you or wondering, elimination from the match occurred via traditional means or over the top rope. Earlier in the show we found Rick Steiner unconscious at the feet of Scott Hall, Kevin Nash and Syxx – gee I wonder what happened there? With Steiner taken to hospital, Team WCW were reduced to three men. Bizarrely, even though this incident happened right at the start of the show and the locker room was full of WCW wrestlers, Team WCW were unable to find a substitute. Anyway, the match started with Scott Hall (nWo), Chris Benoit (Team Piper) and The Giant (Team WCW). Sadly for Team WCW, The Giant managed to eliminate himself (over the top rope) before the second wave of wrestlers entered. The term clusterfuck comes to mind when describing this match until we got a repeat of the World War 3 ending i.e. Lex Luger (Team WCW) was left against the entire Team nWo (Hall, Nash, Savage & Hogan). Just like in November, Luger almost pulled off the impossible, before the nWo cheated and one of their lot won. This time it was Hogan, of course. As a result, the nWo now have a title shot of their choosing up their sleeve and “carte blanche” over all WCW programming. After the match, Dennis Rodman – who accompanied Hogan to the ring – helped to spray paint Luger’s back with “NWO” initials. Shortly afterwards, Sting descended from the rafters to batter all the nWo guys – apart from Rodman, obviously – to end the show. So Sting isn’t in the nWo after all?!

The other big story is that the Randy Savage/Diamond Dallas Page feud is very much on. DDP appeared and called out Savage yet again. On this occasion, however, the Macho Man did appear. Along with Liz, Savage had a copy of Playboy Celebrities, which just so happened to feature nude snaps of Page’s wife, Kimberly – we didn’t get see any though 😦 As you can imagine, Savage used this as ammunition to wind up DDP. At this point Kimberly appeared, covered in spray paint. Savage then jumped Page before spray painting him and then Kimberly some more. Even Liz got in on the action by cutting a heel a promo. I know, Miss Elizabeth cutting a heel promo, and a relatively good one too! Everyone, Savage in particular, was outstanding in this segment.


In Other News From Uncensored –

Hogan helps Hall to poop out a Chris Benoit

  • In his segment with DDP, Macho Man claimed that Pamela Anderson was an old girlfriend. Maybe not a wise move while stood next to your ex-wife, but that’s wrestling for you.
  • Sticking with this segment, and this was the first public acknowledgement on WCW programming that DDP and Kimberly are married.
  • Mortis made his in-ring debut, and lost. After the match another large, odd looking chap in a mask appeared to help Mortis attack Glacier, hitting the Sub Zero wannabe with what appeared to be a Rock Bottom. Upon removing his mask this man bore an uncanny resemblance to Adam Bomb, of WWF fame…
  • After restarting their match after a time limit draw, Prince Iaukea managed to pin Rey Mysterio Jr. in exactly the same way he pinned Juventud on Saturday Night
  • WCW seized their opportunity to re-air footage of the Steiners’ car accident. They’re not allowed to show it on TV, thus PPV is their only outlet. I don’t know why they bothered because they’ve had to advance their storylines without it so it’s no longer that relevant
  • Roddy Piper made little sense in his pre-match promo. He started by not trusting his Horsemen team mates because he wanted Flair and Anderson, but was given Mongo and Jarrett – I assume Benoit was always part of the deal. By the time Piper finished he was all jazzed up to be teaming with the gang.
  • Instead of disguising the plot hole of Team WCW not filling Rick Steiner’s spot in the main event, Mean Gene exposed it. He began his interview with DDP by asking him if he would be subbing for the Dog Faced Gremlin. Page completely ignored the question.
  • Dean Malenko is the new United States Champion. Syxx made an attempt to steal Eddie’s belt again, but Guerrero stopped him. Amidst the melee, Malenko got hold of Syxx’s camcorder and struck Guerrero with it, but only after it appeared that Eddie took a swing at Dean when the belt recoiled during his tug o’ war with Syxx.

Good match, silly finish. Welcome to WCW


Full Results

  • Dean Malenko defeated Eddie Guerrero to win the WCW United States Heavyweight Championship
  • Ultimo Dragón (with Sonny Onoo) defeated Psychosis
  • Glacier defeated Mortis (with James Vanderberg)
  • Buff Bagwell defeated Scotty Riggs in a Strap match
  • Harlem Heat defeated The Public Enemy in a Texas Tornado match
  • Prince Iaukea defeated Rey Misterio, Jr. to retain the WCW Television Championship
  • Team nWo (with Dennis Rodman) defeated Team Piper and Team WCW in a Triangle Elimination match

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The Horseman’s A team is not impressed with Roddy Piper

After an eventful Uncensored, this week’s Nitro existed largely to recap those events and announce the more obvious matches for the next PPV; Spring Stampede. The most notable plot development, if it even turns out to be one, was Ric Flair cutting a promo on Roddy Piper. Flair, who just last week was Piper’s best mate, put the blame for Team Piper’s failure at Uncensored down to Hot Rod himself. Understandably The Nature Boy stuck up for his Horsemen team mates who tagged with Piper, but what was not expected was Flair’s mockery of Piper. Ric made reference to Piper’s promo from last month when he stated that he was done with wrestling and wanted to concentrate on his family… until Hogan coaxed him into a match of course. Flair suggested that wanting to spend time with your wife and “babies” is a sign of weakness and not befitting of a Horseman, or Horseman associate. I suppose this kind of rhetoric is probably to be expected from a man who has been married, and divorced, four times.


In Other News From Nitro –

  • The more obvious matches now booked for Spring Stampede are The Public Enemy vs. Jeff Jarrett and Steve ‘Mongo’ McMichael – which was originally booked for Uncensored – and Macho Man Randy Savage vs. Diamond Dallas Page in a no disqualification match. The Outsiders also issued a challenge to The Steiner Brothers for the PPV.
  • The already red hot temperature of the DDP/Savage feud was increased further by Page saying he wants to kill Savage. In reaction, Macho Man – who refuses to say DDP’s name – issued a challenge to “Kimberly’s husband”. DDP duly accepted, but wanted to fight right there and then. Savage escaped through the crowd with Page in hot pursuit. Tony Schiavone announced that the match had been signed for Spring Stampede later in the show.
  • Sting has come home, or at least that’s what WCW stalwarts like Arn Anderson, Lex Luger and Scott Steiner were saying. After the main event between The Steiners and Harlem Heat was thrown out due to nWo interference, Sting descended from the ceiling to stand alongside the WCW crew in the ring. The Stinger pointed his bat at Hogan which resulted in some fantastically over the top acting from Hollywood; “he’s pointing at me!” he kept shouting in a panicked voice.
  • Speaking of The Steiners vs. Harlem Heat, WCW must have over paid Michael Buffer for his gig at Uncensored because they had him doing the introductions for this match. It wasn’t even a title match, because The Outsiders are the champs.
  • Hats off to the fan with best aim, and timing, ever! Just as Scott Hall finished saying “just too sweeeeeet” a beer landed square on his head! Hall styled it out by slicking his hair back in his usual fashion
  • Arn Anderson spoke candidly about why he hasn’t wrestled since last year. He said an injury to his spinal cord has caused partial paralysis in his hand. He said that he will be undergoing surgery but did promise to return to action. He also suggested that he’d be willing to bury the hatchet with Kevin Sullivan upon his return.
  • Chris Benoit, who wished Anderson well, did not extend the same sentiments to Kevin Sullivan. After Sullivan’s own son appeared to disown him on WCW Saturday Night, Benoit decided to stick the knife in and remind The Taskmaster of that fact.
  • Speaking of Benoit, he defeated Billy Kidman using a move Mike Tenay called a “Crippler Crossface”. I may be mistaken, but I think this is the first time I have seen him use such a move.
  • Rick Steiner completely no-sold whatever injuries hospitalised him the previous evening.
  • Eric Bischoff – who is supposed to be suspended remember – felt the need to announce that The Outsiders, who both looked half asleep, would wrestle later in the show. They did and they defeated Bunkhouse Buck and Mike Enos. Yes folks, that’s a highlight from Nitro this week.

Full Results

  • Rey Mysterio Jr. defeated Psychosis
  • Diamond Dallas Page defeated Maxx
  • Konnan & Hugh Morrus defeated The Renegade & Joe Gomez
  • Dean Malenko (c) defeated Scotty Riggs to retain the WCW United States Championship
  • Lex Luger & The Giant defeated Knuckles Nelson & Tarantula
  • The Ultimo Dragon defeated Bobby Eaton
  • Jeff Jarrett & Steve McMichael defeated Alex Wright & Mark Starr
  • Scott Norton defeated Chavo Guerrero Jr.
  • The Outsiders (c) defeated Bunkhouse Buck & Mike Enos to retain the WCW World Tag Team Championship
  • Chris Benoit defeated Billy Kidman
  • Rick Steiner & Scott Steiner fought Harlem Heat to a no contest

quote-of-the-week

“We don’t necessarily need to talk to her, just look at her sometimes”

Tony Schiavone – whose wife is clearly a lucky lady – on Debra’s promo being cut due to time constraints


  • As alluded to a couple of weeks ago, WCW managed to sign Dennis Rodman from under the noses of the WWF. ‘The Worm’ had been offered $1 million to appear in Goldust’s corner at Wrestlemania and then tag with ‘The Bizarre One’ at Summerslam. Due to having worked with WCW before – in Hogan’s corner at the 1995 Bash at The Beach – Rodman offered them a chance to match or increase the offer, which they must have done. Apparently Rodman will make two appearances as a participant in a match, with the first rumoured for this year’s Bash at The Beach. He will likely make other, non-wrestling, appearances alongside Hogan and the New World Order when his basketball schedule allows. One important detail that could be forgotten here is that Rodman plays for The Bulls, who aside from being Michael Jordan’s team and reigning NBA Champions, play in Chicago; home of Wrestlemania 13. So, you see why the WWF wanted him so badly. Even better for WCW is that the Chicago Sun-Times covered WCW’s acquisition of Rodman on their front page just two weeks out from Wrestlemania. Take that WWF!
  • Referee Randy ‘Pee-Wee’ Anderson has been given the key to his home town; Rome, GA. During the ceremony the mayor reportedly called him ‘Pee-Wee Hermann’. Classic!
  • The version of La Parka we see in WCW is very much watered down from the version of the gimmick in Mexico, why? Because Mortis is essentially the exact same gimmick, and WCW don’t want two Skeletor rip-offs running around.
  • In an interview with Sports Collector’s Digest, Page ‘DDP’ Falkenburg revealed why his father gave him the nickname ‘Dallas’. Apparently he was a massive Dallas Cowboys fan as a child. ‘Diamond Cowboy Page’ just doesn’t sound the same, does it?
  • Has Hulk Hogan been a naughty boy? He is currently embroiled in a lawsuit/counter lawsuit situation with a young lady who claims he forced her to perform oral sex after the first Nitro back in September 1995. Apparently she helped to sell some of Hogan’s merchandise at the Mall of America show. Upon taking the unsold items to Hogan’s hotel room it is claimed The Hulkster lifted her onto the bed and forced her to perform oral sex on him.
  • Arn Anderson is likely to undergo neck fusion surgery. The rather optimistic time frame for his return is four months. The injury is not a recent one, it dates back to a tag match he had against The Steiner Brothers in 1990.
  • Eric Bischoff recently did a Prodigy chat, which is a like a premium rate internet chat room type thing – only nobody gets naked. Aside from spilling the beans on the Rodman deal, the most interesting part of the interview was him actually praising the WWF’s working relationship with ECW. He did bash Vince at every other opportunity though.

Is that Mortis or Triple H from Wrestlemania 27?


If you thought Bret Hart turned heel at Wrestlemania 13 then give the March 17th 1997 episode of Raw Is War a look. This was the go-home show before Wrestlemania and the main event was lively, to say the very least.


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Raw 2.4 – 3.6 Nitro

WWF’s transition from Monday Night Raw to Raw Is War has had literally no affect on the ratings, with WCW’s heavy hitters and genuine celebrity guests tapping into a more mainstream audience. Not even a cage match for the WWF Title could coax viewers away from Nitro.


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