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    December 17, 2000



    Triple Ladder Match - #1 Contender’s Match
    Involved in this match are Shannon Moore, Shane Helms, Jamie Noble, Evan Karagias, Yang, and Kaz Hayashi with the winner challenging Chavo Guerrero Jr. for the WCW Cruiserweight Title the next night on Nitro. There’s some clear problems in this match, especially early on as instead of going after the ladders, they work a normal tag based match. It looks rather stupid seeing four men on the apron, waiting to be tagged in while the two in the ring keep forgetting to not go for covers. Kaz and Moore have an awful sequence filled with botches that has me begging for them to get ladders because somehow ladders seem safer for Kaz when Moore keeps dropping him on his head. Once the ladders are brought into the picture, things do pick up. It’s a total free for all with everyone being tossed off of ladders, crazy spots, and an excitement that wasn’t all that common for WCW in 2000. Kaz still manages to botch spots though. The commentators begin to annoy me by their refusal to stop mentioning that there’s four ladders in this triple ladder match. For fucks sake, maybe the triple ladder match refers to the three tag teams? Even if it doesn’t, why are you flat out telling the fans that WCW can’t even get something as simple as selecting three ladders right? The finish isn’t something I can get behind. The big story throughout the match is that only one man can win the title shot. So it seems as if it’s only a matter of time before a team turns on each other. Instead, Moore and Helms pulls the contract down at the same time to be named co-winners. Why even make this a six-way match if this was going to be your finish? Moore and Helms would end up having a match on TV to determine a proper challenger for Chavo at the next PPV. It’s an exciting match, but WCW’s stupidity is still right out in the open. Frankly, I’m just glad Kaz wasn’t paralyzed. *** ½


    Lance Storm w/Team Canada vs The Cat w/Ms. Jones
    To my surprise, this isn’t one of the many, many matches where the winner becomes the WCW Commissioner. Seems as if Mike Sanders was the Commissioner at this moment, so I suppose we get a brief PPV away from that stupid “Title”. The actual action in the ring wasn’t anything to note, instead it was all about the outside interference. Major Gunns and Elix Skipper interfered a lot for Storm while Ms. Jones was there to counteract Gunns and accidentally knock the referee out with a kick. It all built up to the biggest moment of the match - what will Jim Duggan do? After joining Team Canada, Duggan was wanting to go back to America, but Storm was trying to convince him that no one wanted him back. With the referee busy, Duggan finally came out with the 2x4 as Storm is trying to complete a sunset flip on Cat. Duggan can’t decide whether he wants to hit the Cat or Storm. Instead, Duggan drops the 2x4 and opts to just give Cat a half hearted closeline. That allows Storm to roll Cat into the Half Crab to get the submission victory. Just yet another PPV match for Lance Storm where the booking is preventing him from being able to be in anything decent. * ¾

    After the match, Team Canada attacks Jim Duggan because they’re assholes. The Cat makes the save, but we don’t get any interaction between The Cat and Duggan. The Cat and Storm would work a better match at Superbrawl XI where surprise, surprise, it was a match to determine the commissioner of WCW.

    In the back, Buff Bagwell introduces himself as the special backstage interviewer for the night. Throughout the event, Buff would interview several talent.

    Crowbar © w/Daffney vs Terry Funk - WCW Hardcore Title
    A bit of a surprise match since up until the last episode of Nitro, Funk and Daffney hadn’t been seen on WCW TV since...July? For Daffney, she apparently returned because she’s concerned that Crowbar’s 70’s gimmick is making him soft. That doesn’t make the most sense though as it was adapting this new gimmick that allowed Crowbar to become a singles champion for the first time in WCW. As for Funk, the commentators flat out question how fair it is that Funk has been missing for months, but then just popped back into the company on Nitro and immediately received a title shot when WCW had been hosting a series of matches to determine the #1 contender. The first half of this match was fairly fun as they battled in the back. Highlight of the match being when Funk kept slapping a door on Crowbar’s head. Where it goes downhill is when they look to replicate the Rock/Mankind Royal Rumble ‘99 sequence with Crowbar being handcuffed and at the mercy of Funk hitting him with a car door and chairs. The problem is that unlike Mankind at Royal Rumble, Crowbar is handcuffed in the front and the chain for the handcuff is REALLY long. As we’d see later on in the match, Crowbar doesn’t have any problem still doing everything he’d normally do with the handcuffs on. Yet, every time Funk goes to him Crowbar, Crowbar doesn’t try to block and even oddly holds his hands together. It looks so fake. I realize wrestling is a worked sport, but it shouldn’t be this clear that they’re working together. From that point on, the match lost me. We do get a few fun spots once they got to the ring including Crowbar launching himself over the top rope onto Funk through a table. Despite all of those unprotected shots to the head, Crowbar doesn’t sell them and even gets in some offense before he’s finally put away with a piledriver on a car door to make Funk the NEW WCW Hardcore Champion. This match needed a better agent because there wasn’t any logic to this. **


    Kronik vs Big Vito and Reno w/Marie
    For the last few weeks, someone had been paying Kronik to beat up Vito and Reno. These attacks only brought the estranged brothers closer together. During the entrances, the commentators speculate on who is the mystery person paying Kronik and Scott Hudson suggested it could be Marie, their sister. I swear, if Hudson just slipped and said a spoiler. Then right before the bell, Adams got on the mic and directed his attention towards Marie, saying that at the conclusion of the match, they expect to be paid. For fucks sake, Hudson spoiled something. Even if Marie isn’t actually the one that paid Kronik, Hudson still spoiled the reveal of Adams accusing Marie of being the benefactor. Throughout the match, the commentators can’t stop talking about Marie. Midway in, the Natural Born Thrillers came out to watch their former faction match from the stage. The actual action in the ring is just not good. Although the match is just eight minutes, it feels twice that. After a lengthy Vito face-in-peril sequence, Reno finally gets the hot tag only to turn on his brother. One Roll of the Dice on Vito by Reno later and Reno...pins Vito? WTF? So...does Kronik win because Vito was pinned or do the brothers win because Reno got the pin? Is it a draw? Did Reno win a singles match over Vito? WTF is THAT result? After the match, Reno throws Kronik some cash to reveal that HE was the one that paid Kronik to beat up Vito and...himself? WTF. What an idiotic angle this turned out to be. ½ *


    Mike Awesome vs Bam Bam Bigelow - Ambulance Match
    This was supposed to happen last month at Mayhem, but Bigelow attacked Awesome earlier in the match to put him out of action. This one was alright, but nothing special. During Awesome’s entrance, he ditched his That 70’s Guy clothes to revert back to his usual self. Plenty of brawling both in the ring and at the ambulance. Bigelow threw a punch that missed Awesome and instead broke the window on the back door. The ending to this match left a lot to be desired. Bigelow just sorta gets knocked over while standing on top of the ambulance and he falls through the roof, giving Awesome the cheap victory. Meh. Hardly an interesting finish. I like that WCW seems to be wanting to take Awesome seriously again, but they flat out wasted Awesome in 2000. He should have been a main eventer. **

    General Rection © vs Shane Douglas - WCW US Title
    These two have been at war since Rection won the US Title from Lance Storm at Mayhem. One such highlight of their feud saw Douglas cost Rection a WCW World Title match against Scott Steiner. On behalf of every wrestling fan, thank-you, Shane Douglas, for preventing Hugh Morrus from becoming a World Champion. The first half of this match was a whole lot of nothing. Rection killed a ton of time with a bearhug. Somehow, despite Rection being in charge for nearly all of the match, once Douglas takes over, the commentators are already acting as if Rection has endured so much punishment and they don’t know how much more he can take. Douglas ends up being busted open on the ring post to pick up the excitement a little. We get a failed attempt at No Laughing Matter and then we go straight into the unusual booking for the finish. Douglas pulls out a chain to use on Rection, but Rection drops him with a suplex. The chain goes flying out of Douglas’ hand. That brings out Chavo Guerrero Jr to grab the chain and to jump onto the ring apron to distract the referee. Guerrero then threw the chain to Douglas, apparently making it 100% clear that he was done with the Misfits in Action, only to alert the referee as to what was going on. The referee DQ’s Douglas for just having a chain in his hand, having not yet used it. That’s a stupid reason for a DQ. I suppose the story is Chavo trying to show Rection that there’s easier ways to win than to put in the effort, but it just made the entire finish a bit of a mess. The match was fine, but this is now the fifth match on this show with some sort of screwy finish. ** ¼

    After the match, Douglas attacks both Rection and Chavo with the steel chain. Rection gets busted open. This would set-up a rematch at Sin with Douglas winning the title in a First Blood match. Oddly, Rection and Chavo never did wrestle each other on PPV.

    Up next is another Glacier return vignette. THE ICE AGE RETURNS TO WCW...AGAIN!

    Spoiler:

    Glacier would have a grand total of zero matches before McMahon bought WCW.


    The Filthy Animals vs Nashville World Order - Bunkhouse Street Fight
    This was originally booked to be a Filthy Animals Street Fight, but Jeff Jarrett talked Commissioner Mike Sanders into adding the extra gimmick of a bunkhouse match to make it fair for himself and the Harris Brothers. Even the commentators are confused as to the purpose of this since both matches are just a weapon based hardcore match. The first half of this was a garbage brawl with all six men in and out of the ring attacking each other with weapons. Highlight being Kidman and Mysterio putting Jarrett through a bar. Randomly, the referee decided to start enforcing rules, forcing tags and men to be on the apron. Uhh...okay. I suppose that allowed for the match to create some semblance of a story, but it just seems weird to have a hardcore match suddenly start following rules. Mysterio is out of action for a large portion of the second half due to being power bombed into a dumpster. Konnan ends up being put out of action with a H Bomb by the Harris Brothers. That allowed Mysterio to finally recover and get in a bunch of spots before he’s given a H Bomb through a table to put him out for good. All by himself, Kidman nearly looks to have the match won as he heads to the top rope for a Shooting Star Press on Jarrett, but one of the Harris Brothers hits Kidman with a bottle. That allows Jarrett to score the pinfall. The match certainly had it’s moments. I just wish there was a little more order to the match. Not only ditching the silly gimmick change minutes before the match took place, but also figuring out which rules the match was going to follow. Still, this is easily the second best match thus far on this lame show. ** ¾


    In the back, Buff Bagwell interviews Sgt. Buddy Lee Parker regarding the recent issues with Lex Luger in regards to his program against Parker’s protege, Goldberg. Luger shows up and attacks Parker. Bagwell comes to Parker’s rescue, pulling Luger away.

    The Perfect Event © w/Mike Sanders vs The Insiders - WCW Tag Titles
    So The Insiders, Kevin Nash and DDP, defeated The Perfect Event, Chuck Palumbo and Shawn Stasiak, back at Mayhem, but the titles were returned to The Perfect Event by Commissioner Mike Sanders. It’s almost as if WCW did this just to allow Nash and DDP to win titles on back-to-back PPV’s. Anyways, WCW President, Ric Flair, has ruled that if Sanders steps a foot in the ring, The Perfect Event will be DQ’d and the titles will change hands. Much like the other PPV matches between The Insiders and NBT, this is good, but the booking holds it back some. We get an extended Page face-in-peril sequence that is pretty decent since DDP is a good wrestler. There was some solid excitement when Nash received the hot tag and cleaned house. That’s when WCW couldn’t just let this match succeed on it’s own. Instead, Mike Sanders interferes by jumping on the ring apron. Mark Jindrak and Sean O’Haire ran out. O’Haire gave DDP a super kick to Page with the referee watching. O’Haire climbed up to the ring post for a Seanton Bomb, but it was thwarted. DDP managed to lay all of the members of the NBT out with Diamond Cutters to allow Nash to hit a Jackknife on Palumbo to win the match to become the NEW WCW Tag Champions. How is it that Shane Douglas could be DQ’d by simply being caught holding a steel chain, but The Perfect Event weren’t DQ’d with one of their buddies hitting a super kick on DDP? Especially with the extra rules of the titles able to switch hands if The Perfect Event were DQ’d by Sanders, technically, I don’t know how The Insiders won by pinfall. They should have won by DQ. The sad thing is that the match was actually pretty good before the interference. It wasn’t necessary. As it turns out, I’m giving this match the same rating that I gave their Mayhem and Sin match. ** ¾


    Goldberg vs Lex Luger - No DQ Match
    A rematch from Mayhem 2000. Since Mayhem, the feud has now been reduced to including Sgt. Buddy Lee Parker, the head trainer from the WCW Power Plant. At Mayhem, I thought the match was mostly okay, although it did have a weird finish of Luger pulling a referee in front of him to cause Goldberg to spear both. Goldberg still immediately won with a second referee though. Here, the match isn’t as good. Neither guy is putting in any effort. Goldberg is easily manhandling Luger, but is doing so in a manner where you can just tell that he’s killing time. Eventually, Sgt. Buddy Lee Parker comes out to the ring, while Buff Bagwell is trying to talk Sarge in returning to the back. Luger tries to repeat the spot from Mayhem with pulling the referee in front of him, but Goldberg stops in time. While Bagwell is pulling the poor referee out of Luger’s grasps, Parker tries to take a cheap shot at Luger. Luger knocks Parker out with a pair of brass knuckles and does the same to Goldberg for a nearfall. Bagwell has enough of Luger’s cheating and attempts a Buff Blockbuster, but misses Luger and instead hits Goldberg. Luger tosses Buff to the outside. That’s when things get even weirder. Bagwell helps Parker up to his feet and the camera completely misses Bagwell attacking Parker. Instead we see Goldberg casually finishing Luger off with the Jackhammer while Bagwell continues the punishment on Parker. Goldberg wins, but is attacked by Bagwell after the match. Buff lays Goldberg out with several chair shots before Buff and Luger leave together. Now I’m confused. If Bagwell and Luger were always together, why didn’t Buff interfere more? It was no DQ. He could have done anything he pleased. This whole big angle makes very little actual sense. And what does all of this accomplish? Totally Buff vs Goldberg and Sgt. Buddy Lee Parker at Sin in Goldberg’s final WCW match. Yay. * ½

    Scott Steiner © w/Midajah vs Sid Vicious - WCW World Title
    After not being seen on WCW TV since April, Vicious made his return on the November 27th edition of Nitro as Ric Flair’s hand picked opponent for Steiner at Starrcade. On one hand, I get the appeal of the match. It’s one of WCW’s biggest lunatics vs another one WCW’s biggest lunatics. Since Sid basically disappeared after being stripped of the WCW World Title by Vince Russo and Eric Bischoff, he’s an unbeaten champion. At the same time, this is Starrcade and it’s main event has been building up for just two weeks. Well, this was a ten minute brawl with the typical amount of BS. There’s interference from Midajah including missing a top rope cross body and instead hitting Steiner. Big Poppa Pump hit several low blows and used a steel pipe a lot. Jeff Jarrett ran down with a guitar, but missed Sid and instead broke it over Steiner’s head. Sid had the match won a couple of times, but there was always BS to prevent the win. Finally, Steiner used enough cheating tactics to get Sid in the Steiner Recliner to choke Sid out. The referee calls for the bell and Steiner has retained the title. Ultimately, the biggest problem of this match wasn’t the quality, but it just felt as if all it was was a set up to a bigger PPV match, which is not what you want with a Starrcade main event. ** ¼


    Overall
    The final ever Starrcade is a pretty huge disappointment. Even by WCW 2000 standards, it falls flat. It's not even so much that the matches were bad. In fact, I'm fairly confident that the ladder match is my pick for WCW MOTY. The problem is that there were so many other flaws. For starters, this is Starrcade. Even on this show, the commentators talked about how this is the biggest show of the year. Where was any evidence of that? Your main event was created just a couple of weeks ago and features a guy that hasn't been on TV in months. Your #1 star is wasted in a program against a guy who hasn't been over in ages. Goldberg vs Lex Luger would have been a big match to run on PPV back in 1998, but by late 2000? No. The tag team titles match features the very same result as the previous PPV. Looking at the stars WCW had at the time, wrestlers like Sting, Ric Flair, and Booker T aren't booked whether because of injures, angles, or contract disputes. Throughout the night, Chavo Guerrero Jr and the Cruiserweight Title was brought up several times, but did he get a chance to defend the title? No. The company was far more focused in setting up the eventual Chavo/Helms match instead. Since the title was created in 1996, this was the first Starrcade not to feature a title match. Odd too because you have a very decent champion in the form of Guerrero. We got to see Evan Karagias vs Madusa for the title last year, but not a Chavo defense? The camera work left a lot to be desired as well. Several big spots were entirely missed, most notably Buff Bagwell turning on Sgt. Buddy Lee Parker. Some of the angles that went down didn't have any logic. Reno apparently paid Kronik to beat him up for weeks just so he can turn on Big Vito. What? Buff Bagwell is apparently in cahoots with Lex Luger, but didn't actually do anything to help Luger attempt to beat Goldberg. Sometimes the referee cared about DQ's and other times you could do anything right in front of him and he'd be okay with it. Ultimately, Starrcade 2000 felt like a PPV from a company that was just about dead. Still, the opening match is worth watching, botches included.

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    Even though he wasn't around, the stench of Russo still hangs heavy over WCW. Minor factoid about the main event is that Sid originally balked at doing the pass out finish. He put up a fuss and was eventually persuaded to do it by Terry Taylor, apparently with the promise of making some kind of comeback on Steiner on Nitro the next night. Sid showed up at Nitro, found out his comeback wasn't happening, and refused to work. More notable about Nitro the next night is that it was night DDP and Scott Steiner had their skirmish backstage, resulting in DDP and Kevin Nash walking out and also refusing to work.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim View Post
    Kronik vs Big Vito and Reno w/Marie
    For the last few weeks, someone had been paying Kronik to beat up Vito and Reno. These attacks only brought the estranged brothers closer together. During the entrances, the commentators speculate on who is the mystery person paying Kronik and Scott Hudson suggested it could be Marie, their sister. I swear, if Hudson just slipped and said a spoiler. Then right before the bell, Adams got on the mic and directed his attention towards Marie, saying that at the conclusion of the match, they expect to be paid. For fucks sake, Hudson spoiled something. Even if Marie isn’t actually the one that paid Kronik, Hudson still spoiled the reveal of Adams accusing Marie of being the benefactor. Throughout the match, the commentators can’t stop talking about Marie. Midway in, the Natural Born Thrillers came out to watch their former faction match from the stage. The actual action in the ring is just not good. Although the match is just eight minutes, it feels twice that. After a lengthy Vito face-in-peril sequence, Reno finally gets the hot tag only to turn on his brother. One Roll of the Dice on Vito by Reno later and Reno...pins Vito? WTF? So...does Kronik win because Vito was pinned or do the brothers win because Reno got the pin? Is it a draw? Did Reno win a singles match over Vito? WTF is THAT result? After the match, Reno throws Kronik some cash to reveal that HE was the one that paid Kronik to beat up Vito and...himself? WTF. What an idiotic angle this turned out to be. ½ *
    This whole paragraph is 1999-2000 WCW in a nutshell One of my favourite running jokes in WCW is that they don't follow any sort of rules when it comes to pinfalls. People outside the match getting pinned, partners pinning partners, people who aren't in the match winning titles. I love it. I remember WCW doing something similar to Reno beating up Reno with Rick Steiner being revealed to be the masked man that beat up Rick Steiner.

    Rest of the card is about as good as WCW in 2000 gets. The cruiserweight ladder matches in 2000 were - in terms of spots - actually ahead of their time I think. They were doing stuff that the guys in WWE weren't doing until years later. The problem was that these guys were killing themselves and doing ridiculous spots in matches that didn't matter, and WCW's idea of booking the cruiserweights into ladder matches seemingly every month meant that nothing about them stood out or was memorable.

    The main event isn't bad - thank god for Scott Steiner.





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    Re: WCW Starrcade 2000 Review

    Quote Originally Posted by Shock View Post
    Rest of the card is about as good as WCW in 2000 gets. The cruiserweight ladder matches in 2000 were - in terms of spots - actually ahead of their time I think. They were doing stuff that the guys in WWE weren't doing until years later. The problem was that these guys were killing themselves and doing ridiculous spots in matches that didn't matter, and WCW's idea of booking the cruiserweights into ladder matches seemingly every month meant that nothing about them stood out or was memorable.
    I felt the opposite now and even back then. With the WWE creating this new era for ladder matches at No Mercy 1999, it felt as if WCW was several months behind before they began doing their own versions of the matches with lesser quality wrestlers.

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    I meant more in terms of some of the spots they were doing. Some of the spots in the WCW ladder matches weren't seen in WWE until into the Money in the Bank era, I feel. But nobody gave a crap because it was WCW.

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