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WCW Underground 1.03
- Show opens with the latest bit of drama in the ongoing saga involving Davey Richards, Kurt Angle, and Alberto Dos Caras.
- Normal video package to open the show plays.
- We kick off with Adam Pearce in the ring and Davey Richards making his way to it.
Match #1: Adam Pearce vs. Davey Richards
SpoilerGlorified squash to continue the Davey Richards-push. Adam doesn't even get in his heel-offense. Davey destroys Pearce with various kicks and finishes off the squash with the DR Driver (double underhook brainbuster).
Result: Davey Richards wins via pin w/ the DR Driver (double underhook brainbuster)
- Lenny calls Davey to the broadcast table. Davey says that for the past week he and Eddie have been going through boot-camp under Kurt Angle and all it's doing is turning him into a better athlete. He says tonight he was able to give the fans a look at that. Alberto comes out and questions whether Davey is tall enough to ride the Superman-ride at Six Flags. They almost come to blows, but out comes Kurt Angle and Eddie Edwards. Dos Caras calls them a group of bullies who try to outnumber people, but then he throws down a challenge: Team Angle vs. Alberto Dos Caras and two partners of his choosing. The three quickly agree to the match. Alberto sneers as if having pulled a fast one and walks off.
- A commercial plays hyping the Lou Thesz Memorial Tournament DVD, which can be purchased on WCWwrestling.com.
- A video package recaps the brawl between CM Punk and Necro Butcher last week.
Match #2: Caleb Konley vs. CM Punk
SpoilerNot surprisingly, the result is another squash. Punk bullies Konley around the ring. Konley mounts a comeback, briefly, but Punk curt-tails it and the end result is a Go 2 Sleep for the Punk-win.
Result: CM Punk wins via pin w/ Go 2 Sleep
- CM Punk hits the broadcast table, uninvited, to cut a promo. He actually sits on the table to cut the promo. The crowd responds positively to him, remnants of the face-turn he had in WWE before leaving. Punk talks about how he hasn't really had an opportunity to sit down and just talk. He goes on a rant about how WWE has all but killed pro wrestling. He talks Vince McMahon's big-man fetish and Triple H's ego-driven fear of looking like crap on-screen. CM Punk says the worst part is that no matter how bad it is, the idiots in the crowd here and there and everywhere else encourages the crap Vince McMahon slings. He says that the fans buy the tickets and the PPVs for the Randy Ortons and the John Cenas. He left WWE to get away from that mindset, but here he is in WCW and the fans are ranting and raving about a guy who glorifies the idea of smoking pot and drinking beer. He says they're the same type of fans who glorify someone with no talent like John Cena. He says what's worse is that Necro is probably the worst wrestler on the face of the planet. He claims that Necro's biggest claims to fame were jumping on light-tubes and talking about a stapler with Mickey Rourke. He calls Necro a garbage wrestler, someone who doesn't really do anything but use weapons and bleed. He says Necro can't fathom how to lock in a wrist-lock, but if you need practice on swinging a light-tube - he's your man! The crowd pops for that and CM Punk calls them on it, saying they encourage that "backyard wrestling bullshit." CM Punk says that he is the Straight-edge Messiah and that not only will he do his part to rid the world of the addiction to drugs and alcohol, but the addiction to "shitty wrestling" like WWE or Necro Butcher. CM Punk leaves at that point. All-in-all it was a roughly 20-minute segment and one of the greatest promos of the year.
- A video package plays hyping up Paul London and El Generico, better known as the independent wrestling tag team cult-sensation: Fastball Special.
Match #3: Michael Cannon/Lee Roy vs. Fastball Special
SpoilerSquash is the name of the game, again, as it's becoming clear the point of tonight's episode is either establishing or solidifying WCW characters. We get to see all of the El Generico trademarks (Michinoku Driver, Big Boot in the Corner, etc.) and Paul London dazzles the crowd with a few over-the-top dives. Finish comes when Generico hits Cannon with a brainbuster and London flies off the turnbuckle onto him with a beautiful Shooting Star Press.
Result: Fastball Special wins via pin w/ the Brainbuster/Shooting Star Press combo
- Paul London and El Generico, as has become the norm, approach the broadcast table. London goes into one of his crazy rants about generally nothing. He ends with saying the Cross will get crossed out.
- Another commercial for the Lou Thesz Memorial Tournament DVD plays.
- Austin Aries comes out in a nice suit alongside California-natives Joey Ryan and Brian Kendrick. Austin Aries gets right in JML's face right off the bat. Aries takes a mic and complains about how he had a nice, cushy job and all of sudden the fat Texan took it from him. Aries has no complaints because he's used to that kind of bullshit. Aries says that type of bullshit ends now. Aries claims he, and his partners, are three of the greatest this business has ever known. He says that they are three kings of the industry. He then solidifies the name, saying from here on out you can refer to us as "The Three Kings." He says when it comes to tag team wrestling, they do what they want and when they want. He brings out two jobbers and tells them to get in the ring. He specifically mentions that they don't even get names. He says tonight, he'll be the odd man out and let Kendrick and Ryan show the world what greatness truly is.
Match #4: Three Kings (Brian Kendrick/Joey Ryan) vs. ????/????
SpoilerLike you need me to tell you. They brutalize the poor jobbers. Brian Kendrick hits the Sliced Bread on one, while Joey Ryan hits a Pedigree on the other. They utilize a lot of cool tag team moves (dropkick to the knee by Ryan while Brian Kendrick simultaneously dropkicks the back of the head). Finish sees Ryan hoist a jobber up and Kendrick DDTs him into the mat - basically the Snapshot-finish from MNM.
Result: Three Kings win via pin w/ an elevated DDT
- Aries brags about the win and says next week they might be in action again and this time it might be Aries and Kendrick or it might be Aries and Ryan. So, basically, Freebird-rule.
- Lenny and JML talk about the ongoing issue with Dos Caras and Team Angle. Lenny formally announces an iPPV air-date set for 10/29 that will feature a main event of Kurt Angle, Davey Richards, and Eddie Edwards taking on Alberto Dos Caras and two partners of his choosing.
Main Event: Steve Corino vs. Kurt Angle
SpoilerNot quite the squash as the rest of the show. They trade holds back-and-forth to start and Angle easily dominates. Corino tries to mount a comeback, but Angle out-wrestles him to keep control. Corino finally quits playing nice and cheap-shots Angle on a corner-break. Corino works the neck over and JML brings up Angle's history of neck-injuries. They go to the outside and Corino body slams Angle on the concrete multiple times. Back in the ring and Corino mistimes a flying cross body and Angle gets his big comeback. Angle drops Corino with multiple suplexes and slams. Angle tries for the Olympic Slam, but his neck is hurt so he can't. Corino goes for a piledriver, but Angle fights out and hits the Olympic Slam out of nowhere to get the win.
Result: Kurt Angles win via pin w/ the Olympic Slam
- Kurt Angle celebrates in the ring and Alberto Dos Caras comes out with a chair. Angle challenges Dos Caras to get in the ring and Dos Caras starts to but then he gets cut off by Davey Richards and Eddie Edwards. They face off while in the ring Kurt Angle, out of nowhere, gets jumped by none other than Shelton Benjamin and Charlie Haas - Wrestling's Greatest Tag Team! They take out Angle and as Davey goes for the save, Eddie gets a chair-shot to the back! Dos Caras then takes out Davey Richards and in the end, Team Angle is left laid out and Dos Caras celebrates his victory with Benjamin and Haas to end the show.
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The Lou Thesz Memorial Tournament
This all feels very weird to me. Under a standard 'create-a-fed' promotion it'd be fine, but it's strange that you've decided to take the second most famous wrestling company in the World to use as your fed. I'm open-minded (for the most part), but it'll be difficult to immerse myself when I'm waiting for Bill Goldberg, Ric Flair, the nWo, etc. to pop up at any moment.
Mixed bag of tournament participants there. I see the expected big names, such as Kurt Angle and CM Punk. Then some exotic talents, like Dos Caras; old-school influenced Adam Pearce and some truly 'out there' choices, like Corino and the Necro Butcher. It'll be interesting to see how this all plays out, but if anyone gets the title but Angle or Punk, I'll be gobsmacked.
Hero advances, and it really could've gone either way. Hopefully Albright gets some attention in your fed, and winds up being built to get the belt. I'm sure you know about the comparisons he received when he first debuted as Gunner Scott on Smackdown; people saying that he was the next Chris Benoit. As such, I'd like to see him get into a wrestling-orientated feud with Kurt Angle, or even Adam Pearce. But then I'm booking your fed now...
Surprised you jumped the gun on Necro/Punk so early, but as it's a genuinely interesting feud, I don't mind; afterall, you need to draw in some interest from the get-go and Necro/Punk is as natural as Austin/Punk would be. Well, I'm glad the match wasn't a decisive one, but I can't help but think you went too far with it too fast. You need to leave room for storylines to escalate, so that the interest is at a constant climb. Personally, I would've had Punk try to out-wrestle Butcher and the hobo himself, sock Punk with those unorthodox, un-trained shots to show that these two truly are World's apart. I wonder what you'll follow this with next show, since brawling for ten minutes around the arena, over the bar top and even out, onto the streets is a pretty extreme scenario.
Clearly Kurt was going to get the win here, but I can't believe how much Pearce took to keep him down! I know that in reality, he's basically a boring midcarder outside of the NWA, but then you seem to be keeping the NWA in mind for your WCW revival, so it's not as surprising to me that you've got him built as legitimate competition. At, not as surprised as I think I should be. Harkening back to your previous segment, I think you jumped the gun with how quickly you advanced something; namely, Pearce kicking out of the Angle Slam. Even though Kurt has years and years of wrestling matches where the Angle Slam ended things, you want to establish the finishers. For example, Angle/Benoit at the Royal Rumble was the debut of the Ankle Lock grapevine, because Kurt needed to pull something extra out to beat his opponent. If you have Pearce kicking out of the Angle Slam, the next time they meet, I'll probably be expecting Kurt to come up with something new; something fool proof. I hope I'm making sense.
Didn't like the Angle promo. Any time you break the kayfabe wall, is an instant dislike from me. Movie villains or guys with DayGlo tans... whatever the competition is, that's just what it is. You're basically saying that in WCW, the wrestling is going to be more real than what Kurt's been involved in, in the past; that is to say, that his past experiences have been more fake. Again, I hope I'm making my complaint clear. As for Pearce, I like that he gave the middle finger. I'll be honest: the guy does bore me, so anything you can do for his character that'll make him stand out and be a little more interesting, that's gotta' be a plus.
I'm not a fan of Alberto or Corino, but Dos Caras was the logical choice to advance.
Would've liked to have seen more content from the Briscoes promo. Knowing them - what you wrote - I recognised, but if someone is reading this and doesn't know who they are, you should make it known to them. Hell, it's the first show, pretend that every reader knows NOTHING about your talent and lay the ground work for future shows. If you're not using pictures, then describe the appearance of the Briscoes. They're dirty rednecks, covered in tattoos and looking tougher than old, leather boots. Teeth are missing, grammar is thrown out of the window when they speak. They're drunk, they're high, they're ready to fight and if you've got a problem with that, then come and see them. If you make it past their pitbulls and spot the redneck flag in the distance, chances are you've sufficiently manned-up and now it's time for an ass-kicking.
London and Generico are down, and I think you pointed it out to KJ that it was obviously Ares and Claudio Castagnoli? Good to see all your teams so far are fresh.
I don't know who Konley is, but I do know that poor Sal is a tiny, tiny man. I also know that Morishima/Bison are huge, stocky guys and, well... I didn't even have to look at the result to realise what would happen here. SQUASH CITY... and that's exactly what should've happened. You've now got 'em on the map as these big, dangerous guys who can and will crush all who oppose them. Though I have to say, the 'Road Warriors-inspired' garb threw me off. I can picture Bison dressed as an extra out of the Mad Max movies, but Morishima? I'm getting strange thoughts of an obese, Japanese schoolgirl with facepaint and spiked shoulderpads.
'Leonard announces a brief intermission.
Ahh shit... that's three Angle Slam's for Chris Hero and it's a two count. I see that you're using a more indy-orientated way of realising your matches, but really, Hero doesn't deserve this. Goldberg? Yeah, I'd let him kick out after three finishers. Big Show, Undertaker, even Shawn Michaels... but then I'm more sports-entertainment when it comes to writing a fed. This is something that I'll never be able to agree with, so I'll just accept it and move on. So with positivity in mind: Angle advances, Hero looks like a million bucks and a legitimate main eventer in your promotion along with Adam Pearce; so basically, what you've done is built two guys on this show. Not bad.
Wow, poor Kurt. He gets a middle-finger from Pearce and SPAT ON by Chris Hero. That's a little over-the-top for me... spitting on someone is extreme. The person you're spitting on has to DISGUST you, or you want to humiliate them. That's why Orton spitting on Foley was so effective, because he was disgusted that Foley was such a coward and wanted to show him the ultimate humiliation and lack of respect. Here, it just doesn't work and is just... odd.
I'm not surprised to see Dos Caras get the win based on tonight's events; Kurt just had a half hour match, Alberto is a master of submission (as you just built him up to be in his encounter with Kurt) and he's pretty ruthless when he spots his opening. You showed Angle's tenacity, his will to keep fighting no matter how much damage he's sustained but in the end, Alberto was the fresh man and so he walks away with the title.
It was a decent first show. Again, I don't understand using the WCW namesake because this couldn't have felt any less like it, but you do what you want. I think you need a lot of work on building characters, or else it'll be tough to immerse myself in your 'world'. Basically, take what I said about the Briscoes promos to heart, and do it for your whole roster. Looking forward to how you follow-up Punk/Necro, and we'll see how the next show is.
I'm really enjoying all the between-show reports you're doing. Helps me to be immersed in your World and buy into the whole scenario.
WCW Underground 1.01
If you dump Aries and keep JBL on commentary, I'll be a happy man. I like Austin, but I like the old Austin Aries, leader of Generation Next. I hate how he dresses now in pink, fluffy cardigans and is basically a metrosexual. I don't think he makes a good commentary guy in his current state. JBL on the other hand, not only is great at the booth, but he gives the promotion a more legitimate feel. I don't know what the 'JML' thing is, though. Looking at the next segment, the name is sticking so do clue us in. It's not very catchy.
Alright, this is more like it. The Briscoes completely squash what is now dubbed as 'that team brought in to be squashed' that every fed needs at least one of! I appreciated the comparison to Boomhower, that's pretty damn accurate. I'm getting the feeling that squashes will be part of every show, and that's great. I like the old wrestling style, where the regular shows were used to build up the guys for their eventual big, proper matches at the special events. I don't want to see 1/2 hour matches or even title matches on this internet show.
Surprised to see JB-... erm, JML, being so friendly with Dos Caras. His character has a lot of trouble with the Mexicans. I liked how you put on a quick match, then had Alberto come out and cut a promo. Start the show off with something engaging, then get the 'main guy' making his presence known. He gets to gloat, then he gets to do commentary to scout the future opposition... s'nice. Eddie does what Kurt barely could - win with little fuss - and Davey makes his presence known with Alberto. That's a pretty good main event for the first standard show.
Internet recap or not, I think you should've described the DOOMSDAY hype video. I pictured Morishima handing lollipops out to children, as Bison Smith bathed himself. I don't know if those were your intentions.
Drew and Rockwell look like lifetime jobbers, but hey, I appreciate that you're using unknowns on your internet show. You're able to bring a bit of realism to the fed by 'promoting' young talent much like a real indy fed would, and a match every week by new talent would be a nice feature. If they catch on, they stick around... or they can be squashed, or whatever role you need them for, they can serve. And hey, whaddaya know? They're squashed. See, this is perfect.
They have a problem with Mexicans? That's why this feud exists? Hopefully it's a little deeper than that, or else you'll have an awkward time trying to get around the fact that the WCW Champion should want to smack their heads in.
Picturing Albright shooting up heroin. Yes, I'm being sarcastic and probably a little mean, but ask anyone around here about how much I like my details and specifics. I want to envision every single thing that's happening and I'm literally pained when I read summaries. No, really, my ass is bleeding as I type this.
Davey takes the champion to the limit, but falls short thanks to the time limit. I must say, I find it so difficult to absorb myself in what's going on, because of the way I write my shows. Just being the champion, I would've liked to see Davey have a tougher time, but then I must constantly remind myself that this is your fed and like with your previous show, you've made a top guy in one night. Davey is now added to the list of people who stands at the top of the roster.
I think this was a better show than the first. Even if it's still a million lightyears away from a WCW product (even if I try REALLY hard), this show was focused. The squashes, the short yet solid undercard match and then the main focus of the show, the main event where the real competitiors lay. You had a good format for this, and I hope to see it continue in this tradition.
I'll try to get around to reviewing the other show tomorrow, but right now I have a date... with Guitar Hero.
As to the Briscoes, I don't think you're ever going to be pleased with their promos
As to the hype videos, the videos were designed more like a puro-hype video or one that you would see in ROH. They're not videos of Carlito walking on a beach and spitting out an apple (which would be considered vignettes). They're videos of wrestlers wrestling. I'll try and give a bit more on that with the next show, but that's the basics of what they are.
WCW Underground 1.02
And right off the bat, we've got another squash. Perfect-o! I'm pleased to see that DOOMSDAY will just be a no-nonsense, silent behemoth of a team.
Even this early, I wonder how far the Butcher can go in any fed as a legitimate threat to the roster. Sure, he's a dirty brawler, but I couldn't believe he'd have a chance when put in there against a Kurt Angle or Davey Richards. Right now, I see him being used to put over Punk (no problem with that) and then left in the midcard. Corino's a good opponent for him; he's got that old-school punch-them-until-they-stop-standing fighting style. I think the Punk/Necro storyline is my highlight so far; hopefully the storyline is given the proper attention and becomes something deeper, much like Punk/Raven was in ROH. I want it to be personal, y'know?
Woo, another squash. Very glad to see you will be using Underground in this way. The Cross look strong and London/Generico get their heat back... though I am completely baffled as to how you're using JML/JBL. He's an out-spoken guy, not a 'sheep' at all, so it's kinda intriguing that he goes on a person-by-person basis as to how he feels about them; it's not decided upon by whether they're a heel or a face. But unless the guy's going to be involved, either as a wrestler or a manager, you should probably keep him from interrupting a rising tag team to shoot them down. I got the feeling that the lone Texan could beat the shit outta' The Cross because of how forceful he was; something that makes me think less of Ares & Castagnoli, which isn't good for a team you're building as the top heels of the division.
Are Davey and Eddie now officially Kurt's students? That's cool. If anyone has the credibility, both in terms of how much respect the other wrestlers have for him, and being known as a 'great technical wrestler', he seems the ideal fit to have students. Natural fit. I'm glad that Davey will be taking a backseat at the moment, because I thought that him being pushed right into the main event scene was perhaps a little hasty. Hopefully Kurt and Alberto will have their thing, and Davey will get his shot after you've really built him up and made us rally behind him.
I love Pearce's schtick, both during and after the match, but wow, what an upset! After taking such a beating from Kurt Angle, I figured Pearce was going to be the top heel of the fed (of course Kurt won the match, so my predictions weren't well-placed...), but that's two losses in a row. That's okay, nothing wrong with being slow outta' the gates. But losing to Konley? Haha, I thought he was just some jobber brought in to be squashed. Guess I better google him...
Another guy I didn't expect to lose, in Chris Hero. That's perfectly fine though, since Albright is a credible part of your roster. I'm very interested in how you build Brent up, especially since the obvious road was matching him with Angle in some way.
This show was on the positive. Yes, I'm not a summary guy... but what you did, you did right. Things pretty much make sense and everything fits in it's own place (ie no square pegs in round holes). I'm not blown-away, but I can't complain and I'm a biiig complainer, so that's a good thing. xD
- Interesting that you brought in real-life happenings, ie Kurt Angle's arrest. It makes things a hell of a lot more interesting and it's easier to buy into the scenario when you've got an inkling of realism. Two months is a long time, but I guess that's why you added Davey and Eddie to the storyline, to fill the space? Concerned you'll jump the gun of Davey/Dos Caras... but sometimes you need to do what's right for the moment and if that means covering for Angle's absence, I suppose it'll have to do.
- Angle's a big name, but being one of the 'legit workers', he fits in with the indy guys. I'm not too sure about Batista, Jericho or HBK, though... they're way too big for this project, IMO, and would stand out like a sore thumb. A WCW with Goldberg and the nWo filling the roster? Sure, but this seems to be the promotion you sign with when your other options are exhausted.
WCW Underground 1.03
Poor Pearce... boring or not, you gotta' feel bad for the guy. Main Event for next week sounds good. I like how you're keeping the big stars limited, but bringing them out from time-to-time, making it a special moment.
Of course Punk was going to win, but I'm pleased because Konley looks... I dunno... a little weird. He looks like he's wearing a fake, putty face over top of his real one. Punk doing what he does best, cutting promos. Again, I'm not big on breaking the 4th wall but I guess you're following up on the momentum of the big WWE storyline so I'm not gonna' be too down on it. I also like that Punk isn't TOTALLY focused on 'boo drugs and alcohol' and you're branching out there, with his focus being more on bad wrestlers. Punk is a brilliant character to write, but once you've read him in one fed, you've usually read him in all, y'know?
What does Fastball Special mean? It sounds like a drug term, but I'm no Necro Butcher...
Again, no surprise to the victors. The London line was pretty much perfect. It's a crappy play on words that a five year old would say, which makes it perfect for Paul, since he's lost his mind completely over the last year or so.
Love the Three Kings. Completely refreshing group, so I'm excited to see what comes of it. Don't understand why JBL (yeah, I said JBL. That's shoot!) didn't throw off his headset and get into a fist fight with Aries, though. He's ready to smash Ares and Claudio for speaking a different language, but I guess being labelled a 'fat Texan' isn't insulting as the mere presence of foreigners. Eh, that actually makes sense for him. I like that the guy reporting the show is catching on with the whole squash thing. He's mimicking my thoughts exactly.
The 3 on 3 is for the next iPPV? Alright, that's actually better than blowing it on an internet show. I originally thought it was for tonight, then went back and edited it thinking it was next week because I spotted Angle/Corino for tonight... but now it's going to be on the PPV. If Kurt's missing two months, why is he competing at the PPV? Why is he wrestling tonight?
Love you for bringing in the original Team Angle. It certainly makes for an interesting twist to the storyline, and I'll be looking forward to how this plays out.
Another show that didn't do anything wrong. If I can find a negative, it's that it felt like too many squashes. You know I love the idea, but when every single match, you can predict the winner/s as soon as you read the names, it takes the fun out of it.
- Plus for bringing in Jimmy Jacobs. A little weasel with the two biggest guys on the roster standing behind him? That ought to be fun. And I'm a fan of tournaments; looking forward to the teams you assemble for it.
It's an X-Men reference. Back in the 80s, Colossus would throw Wolverine at someone/thing and they called it a "Fastball Special." The name itself sounds quick - which a team like London and Generico should be, as well as kind of goofy - which a team like London and Generico should be Plus, the whole "cult-sensation"-thing kind of matches up with comic book references, IMO. So that's where I got it.Originally Posted by zap
That's just the thing! You have to remember: four episodes were filmed in on the afternoon of 9/3. So the last three episodes and the next episode all were filmed with certain storylines and what not prior to his arrest. His arrest and subsequent suspensions basically throws a major kink into the plans, you know? So now it's an issue of, OK - how will WCW deal with this considering they've built four episodes of storylines leading to one conclusion - but the next four episodes can't take that into account anymore.Originally Posted by zap
And thus, the story of WCW isn't just what happens on TV. It's all of it. Newswires and WON news pieces. And we all sit there and we judge certain promotions for how they treat their law breakers (TNA is still pushing Jeff Hardy? FFS!), so it's an opportunity for me to now just show you how I would book around this circumstance - but also the way I would handle it if I were actually the person in charge. I love this part of the fantasy booking!
I also thought I should mention, since you've brought up the WCW-name, that I'm not looking at this as WCW that existed from '90-'01. This is the WCW I watched on Saturday mornings as a kid when it was just a TV show and not the name of a promotion. And if you have ever seen it (as a kid or on WWE 24/7), then it's easy to see the influences with squash, promo, squash, promo.
WCW Underground 1.04
- Show opens with a recap of CM Punk's incredible promo from last week.
- Normal video package to open the show plays.
- Lenny Leonard and JML at the commentary table run down tonight's show. Lenny calls it the biggest yet as the WCW Championship will be defended tonight and on top of that we'll have a rematch from the Lou Thesz Memorial Tournament featuring CM Punk vs. The Necro Butcher.
Match #1: Three Kings (Austin Aries/Brian Kendrick) vs. Drew Adler/Shane Rockwell
SpoilerJoey Ryan sits this one out and Lenny plays up the idea that any two members of the Three Kings can end up in the ring at one time - IE, the Freebird-rule. Typical squash match with Aries and Kendrick abusing Adler in particular. They use some standard heel maneuvers and finish the match off w/ the elevated DDT. Lenny gives a name this week, calling it "Regicide."
Result: Three Kings win via pin w/ Regicide (elevated DDT)
- As has become the norm, the Kings approach the commentary table for some mic-time. Aries does most of the talking. He says that fat, out-of-shape losers like JML have ruined this industry in the ring and now outside it too. JML says he might be retired be has no problem whippin' Austin's pretty-boy ass. The Kings end up surrounding JML but music hits and out come, to a pretty strong reaction, THE BRISCOES! Mark takes the mic and rambles incoherently for a bit. Aries responds: "I have no idea what you just said." Jay yells "MAN UP!" and gets in the ring, beckoning for them to come after him. After some deliberation, Joey Ryan slides in and we have an impromptu match!
Match #2: Jay Briscoe vs. Joey Ryan
SpoilerThis match is decisively NOT a squash. Jay dominates to start with his roughneck-style. Lots of punches, kicks, and slams. Ryan uses underhanded tactics to take control and then it becomes the traditional "numbers"-game. Every opportunity they can get, the Kings cheat. They trip Jay up, jump him on the outside, etc. Every time Mark tries to get involved, the ref stops him and that just allows more heel shenanigans. Some miscommunication sees Joey Ryan dive off the turnbuckle to the outside and hit Aries and Kendrick as Jay closely escapes. Jay takes over and hits a sweet looking gorilla press into a powerslam, which would be new to his repertoire I believe. It only gets two. Jay signals for the Jay Driller but the Three Kings storm the ring and cause the DQ. Mark jumps in with a chair and clears house, sending the Kings scurrying.
Result: Jay Briscoe wins via DQ after Interference from Austin Aries/Brian Kendrick
- A commercial plays hyping the Lou Thesz Memorial Tournament DVD, which can be purchased on WCWwrestling.com.
- A video package plays hyping the tag division. We get clips of all the major teams in action, usually highlighting their tag team tandem moves as well as finishers. Clips play of DOOMSDAY, The Briscoes, The Cross, Fastball Special, and Three Kings. The package ends with the words: "TAG TEAM WRESTLING REBORN."
- Lenny Leonard and JML talk about all of the great tag team action. JML gives a shout out to the Briscoes for coming to his aid. He says he hopes to see the Briscoes kick some royal ass in the future. Leonard says the Briscoes might just get the chance as the tournament to crown the first ever WCW Tag Team Champions of the new era will kick off next week. The eight-team tournament will take place over four weeks, culminating on 10/29 in the main event of the next WCW iPPV: Halloween Havoc!
- A video package plays detailing the series of events between Alberto Dos Caras and Team Angle, leading up the to debut of Wrestling's Greatest Tag Team last week.
- Alberto Dos Caras and WGTT come out and approach the broadcast table. Dos Caras says that Angle thought he had it all worked out, but then Dos Caras went and threw a kink in the plans. Dos Caras says that guys like WGTT are top-of-the-line and while Eddie and Davey might be wolves, WGTT are MEN. Benjamin puts in a word or two, but is clearly out of his element next to Dos Caras. Dos Caras says it's time for his monthly title defense and he decided to pick a man who has done pretty well in singles action on WCW Underground. He says his opponent is of the highest caliber and is none other than: Caleb Konley.
Match #3: Alberto Dos Caras [c] vs. Caleb Konley - WCW Championship Match
SpoilerLenny Leonard calls this a disgusting tactic by Dos Caras. JML compliments Dos Caras for taking advantage of the system. Obvious squash here as Dos Caras just manhandles Konley. In what has to be an homage to the Horsemen, Dos Caras dumps Konley and distracts the ref long enough for a WGTT beat down. Lenny reminds the fans that all championship matches have a 15-minute time limit. Dos Caras works the arm and finally locks in the Destiny Lock for the submission win.
Result: Alberto Dos Caras wins via submission w/ The Destiny Lock (cross-armbreaker) - Albert Dos Caras retains the WCW Championship
- Alberto takes the mic again and says at Halloween Havoc, he and Wrestling's Greatest Tag Team are going to break Team Angle.
- Another commercial for the Lou Thesz Memorial Tournament DVD plays.
- Lenny makes a big announcement for next week's show: the main event will be Shelton Benjamin and Charlie Haas, Wrestling's Greatest Tag Team, taking on Eddie Edwards and Davey Richards!
Match #4: Michael Cannon/Lee Roy vs. DOOMSDAY
SpoilerI don't think much needs to be said here. They finish off the jobbers quickly with the Omega Driver (backdrop driver/lariat-combo).
Result: DOOMSDAY wins via pin w/ the Omega Driver (backdrop driver/lariat-combo)
- Lenny calls DOOMSDAY over for a word. No dice as they just start menacingly into the camera and exit. They need a mouthpiece.
- The same video package that opened the show plays, recapping the Butcher/Punk-feud.
- Lenny speaks about how quickly this feud got violent. He says there are some people in the world when you put them in the same room, they just explode even if they don't know each other. He says two guys like Punk and Butcher who are such opposites are bound to ignite an explosive fuse when they come together.
Main Event: The Necro Butcher vs. CM Punk
SpoilerButcher gets attacked before the bell and they never make it to the ring. They brawl all around it though. Butcher slams Punk's head into the commentary table and they end up brawling up the stairs into the audience. They brawl into the concessions and Punk finds a cable from something and chokes the Butcher out. Tons of weapon-shots including a broom getting broken over the Butcher's back. They brawl through the lobby and downstairs into the entrance. Butcher takes a hard suplex onto the floor. They almost end up going through the front doors but security pushes them back. Butcher blasts Punk in the head with a rubber trash can. They brawl back into the concession area and Punk crashes Butcher face first into a popcorn machine, breaking the glass. That gets the Butcher bleeding like crazy. They brawl back down the stairs into the crowd and into the ringside area. Punk takes a chair and unloads on the Butcher. Butcher amazingly fights back though and hits a timely DDT onto the concrete. Butcher gets onto the apron and somersaults off but hits nothing but concrete. Punk rolls him into the the ring and then slides in himself and the ref rings the bell to start the match. Go to Sleep follows and Punks gets the win.
Result: CM Punk wins via pin w/ Go 2 Sleep
Time: 0:05 (17:14 w/ pre-match brawl)
- Not content, CM Punk continues his assault until security finally pulls him away. Punk has Butcher's blood all over him as the show ends.
From the most recent Wrestling Observer Newsletter:
Originally Posted by Wrestling Observer Newsletter
So TM, I tried writing you a review last week on my cell phone, but obviously, the government wanted to screw me and deny my post. Damn the man. Anyways, we're here now, on a regular computer, reading your awesome WCW, and that's all that matters...
So first and foremost, let it be known - despite what I'm doing now, I'm a huge mark for WCW. It's what I grew up on, it was my first fed here, and it was also practically my first fed back here after 7 years of being gone. But this isn't about me, it's about you, and how you've managed to capture the reigns on my extremely short attention span as of late. The first thing that I've seen many people pick up on is also the first thing you know I'm going to bring up - your roster. At first, I was confused and almost enraged at seeing absolutely none of my favorites from the glory days, but now, I kind of get it. It's in the name. This is wrestling for the 21st Century, and any relic from the past is going to get lost in the shuffle. Many would have opted to use a different promotion or even create their own, but you've instead opted to use a brand that's well known. That alone is something different, yet for some reason, with the likes of Angle, Punk, Dos Caras (I love the fact you call him Alberto Dos Caras. Such a better name, I think) it works. Don't ask me how, but it works...
I enjoy pictures in my feds, but if any fed doesn't need them, it's yours. The meat truly is in the story, and already with your first couple posts you have proved to me that you're an excellent writer, my friend. The way you format everything is crisp, and doesn't lag on. I don't feel like it's a chore to read what you have to say, everything's already clarified and I have no trouble following. My only problem being, is that your matches are just a tad too short for me. Minor complaint, especially with the great way you summarize, but I feel that at least as you go on and these stories develop, you might need to extend your match length to give these feuds just a little extra depth. I recognize every name in your tournament so far despite Adam Pearce (I've heard his name, just never checked him out) and so that's a good sign. Apparently, not many people watch the indies, because a lot of folks seem to be confused on who you are using. While again, it feels a little weird to read these guys wrestling for the big gold belt under the name of Lou Thesz, it works for me.
Dos Caras beating Angle was surprisingly a shock to me. I was for sure you were going to paint Angle as the face of your promotion, but now that I've read further on, I like what you've decided to do with him instead. You really know how to sum up your character's in short descriptions. Like I said, your format of writing is exceptional, and I didn't have to force myself to picture it in my mind. Dos Caras winning and the after match description already has me pumped up for the rest of these shows, now..
I enjoy The Newswire. It's easy to read, and keeps us informed on where you're fed is going. It seems like Fan Fic is reaching it's own sort of "reality era," these days, as many of us have begun implementing behind-the-scenes stories into our projects, and while yours may not be as extravagant, it doesn't have to be. It does it's job perfectly, streamlining us ahead to what's happened, where we are, and what direction we're ultimately heading. Good job, mate. I like the fact the WCW is doing an internet show, rather than scoring a national TV deal already. Something different is always nice. I like the fact that you're building up Davey Richards in response to Kurt Angle's arrest, and just for the fact alone that I'm kind of a Richards mark. I also like that you've featured the realism of Angle being a drunkard so poignantly. Glad you're switching Aries to JBL on commentary, because JBL is just, well, awesome. I wish Aries would just go back to his bad ass gimmick in ROH already... those pink boas are starting to get annoying.
Okay, so I haven't heard of Drew Adler or Ace Rockwell, so finally, you're using some people I'm not accustomed to. I enjoy when someone writes with someone different, because I'm always interested in checking out some new talent that's around these days. I do like that you're doing squash matches, and while a lot of this talent is relatively new, it has a very old school feel to it that I can't put my finger on. This is different, man, and a good different I mean - it's refreshing, really.
So, I just wanted to tell you first and foremost - you write an amazing CM Punk. Let alone, a Punk who's only being summarized. Boggles my mind, because despite the fact that he's been one of my favorite wrestlers for years now, I struggle at times to feel like I'm genuinely writing what he'd say, yet, I picture this scenario between him and Butcher perfectly. It's no stretch as to why their feuding, and I mean, the angle has been done before, but not with Necro under the banner of WCW. Straight Edge Savior vs. Crowd-favored Party guy can sometimes seem cheap to me, but it doesn't here. Punk's got some great lines to capture my interest, and I'm intrigued to see where Necro Butcher fits in to all of this. LOVE the fact that you've chosen to use Morishima and Bison in this fed. Some of my favorite Japanese competitors around, but I'm not too keen on the title of DOOSMDAY, to be honest. I got a bad LOD vibe, but with the way you've built them up as of late, I can look past that. They're seeming extremely menacing and squashing jobbers left and right, as they should be. Bringing in Jimmy Jacobs to become a mouthpiece for them should be exciting to see, as well.
I'm sorry this review couldn't have been more in-depth, but with my schedule as of late, and this show I'm tackling right now, I haven't had a lot of time on my hands. Just know that I'm a big fan of this fed right now. Originality is something hard to come by around here, and you've got something different than your atypical "WCW revival project." I'm salty about the fact that you've decided to use some of the same indy guys I was wanting to implement in my ECW, but then again, we have two totally different projects don't we? I have no doubt you'll succeed here, TM, and I extremely look forward to reading what you have in store for us from this point on.
From Figure Four Wrestling:
Originally Posted by f4wrestling.com
Thanks for the kind words Radikal. As far as guys like Drew Adler and Shane Rockwell go, don't worry about not knowing them. They're local talent in Atlanta (working for a promotion called Platinum Championship Wrestling). A lot of the guys I'm using are local guys from the state. I'll probably draw some out of South Carolina and Tennessee as well. They serve one function: job.
Originally Posted by 411mania.com
WCW Newswire (10/4/11)
- It's been awhile, but we're back with a brand newswire to lead you into this week's WCW Underground!
- After much debate regarding the finish of the very first WCW main event, which saw Davey Richards take the WCW Champion, Alberto Dos Caras, to the limit; WCW officials have decided to increase the time limit on all matches. Effectively immediately, all main event and championship matches will have a 20-minute time limit. Additionally, all non-main event matches and non-championship matches will have 15-minute time limits.
- If you haven't already, check out WCWShop.com to see all of the latest WCW merchandise including DVDs and apparel!
- The Lou Thesz Memorial Tournament DVD is on sale! This week only you can purchase the DVD, and as a bonus, receive a free WCW t-shirt! The DVD features many excellent matches, including the highly-lauded Kurt Angle vs. Chris Hero match that some are calling a "Match of the Year." The DVD comes with a special "History of WCW" featurette that Dave Meltzer, of the Wrestling Observer, calls "One of the greatest videos on WCW I've seen. Honest, even when it hurts."
- Starting this week on WCW Underground is WCW Tag Team Championship Tournament. Tag team wrestling is alive and well in WCW, and this tournament will not just crown the best tag team in WCW - but in the world.
- There have been lots of rumors about who might be showing up on this week's Underground. We have it under good authority that a former champion of a major promotion has purchased a ticket to sit ringside. When Jim Ross, Head of Personnel, heard of the situation he immediately started making phone calls. A WCW intern overhead Ross on his cell phone in the hall way saying something to the effect of, "He could be OUR most valuable player!" Whoever it is, it's sure to be huge! Make sure that whatever you do, you don't miss this week's WCW Underground!
- Tickets are still on sale for this month's iPPV - Halloween Havoc - on 10/29! Check out WCWShop.com for more details!
- We're happy to announce the next set of TV tapings which will take place on 10/30 from Center Stage. Check out WCWShop.com for ticket details.
WCW.com BREAKING NEWS
WCW officials are proud to announce the newest member of the WCW talent roster: CHRIS JERICHO! A veteran of in-ring competition, Chris Jericho brings a level of excellence that few can match when it comes to the sport of pro wrestling. Any promotion in the world would be excited to call Chris Jericho a member of their roster, but as of today - only WCW can do that!
A former champion on many levels in many promotions, Chris Jericho stands in a league of his own. He has captured major titles in three major North American wrestling promotions: ECW, WCW, and WWF/E. Not only that, Chris Jericho has also served as a major player on an international basis having main-evented in Canada, Mexico, and Japan.
Chris Jericho will be sitting ringside on the next episode of WCW Underground to take in the action that he'll soon be a part of. One thing is for sure, whenever Chris Jericho is around - controversy is to be expected. Make sure you tune in and watch WCW Underground tomorrow on WCW.com!
From Figure Four Wrestling:
Originally Posted by F4wrestling.com
WCW Underground 1.05
- A video package recaps the recent drama between Team Angle and Alberto Dos Caras/WGTT.
- Normal video package opens the show.
- Chris Jericho is shown sitting at ringside. A graphic pops up calling him, "WCW's Newest Wrestling Star: Chris Jericho."
- Lenny Leonard and JML are at ringside and talk about the huge main event for evening: Eddie Edwards and Davey Richards taking on Wrestling's Greatest Tag Team. They also talk about the new time limits on matches. Regular matches are 15 minutes, main event and championship matches are 20. Leonard and JML then run down the WCW Tag Team Championship Tournament. As they're doing they're interrupted by Kurt Angle. Kurt Angle is pissed that the WCW Championship title defense for the month of September was against Caleb Konley. Angle says Konley is a great guy, but definitely wasn't deserving of a title shot. Angle complains that WCW was supposed to be an alternative to garbage on Thursdays that makes you dumber and the crap on Mondays that bores you to death, but instead you got guys gaming the system like always. This brings out, of course, Alberto Dos Caras. Caras asks, "Who are you to doubt Caleb Konley?" Well he's no El Dandy, that's for sure. Dos Caras get into a bit of a back and forth and almost come to blows, with JML separating them. A scrawny, geeky guy in a suit comes out and introduces himself as a representative of WCW's "Executive Director." He says the E.D. doesn't like how Caras handled business, but he also doesn't like Angle questioning his decisions and mentions that Caras beat Angle fair-and-square at the Lou Thesz Memorial Tournament iPPV. Angle says that was a fluke win and would bet his career that Caras couldn't do it again. The geek starts to talk but Caras interrupts him and asks Angle if he really means that. Angle says he'd put his career on the line right now if Caras had the balls to give him a title shot. Caras accepts! The geek approves and we got our opening match after a quick commercial break!
- A commercial hyping Halloween Havoc on iPPV plays, hyping up the WCW Tag Team Championship tournament.
Match #1: Kurt Angle vs. Alberto Dos Caras [c] - Career vs. WCW Championship Match
SpoilerLeonard mentions that even though this isn't the main event, it's a 20-minute time limit none the less since it's a championship match. Naturally, Angle and Caras trade wrestling holds to start. JML puts over both men's amateurs background, but points out that Caras didn't make it to the Olympics whereas Angle is a gold-medalist. Angle dominates the opening gambit, but Caras takes over on the second go-round. A third time see Angle get the advantage with an overhead belly-to-belly suplex and Caras goes out for a break. Angle quickly follows up and they deteriorate into a brawl outside. Angle pounds away on Caras and goes for a clothesline, but hits the ring post instead. Pretty easy to see where the match goes from here. Indeed, Cara slams Angle's left arm into every area outside the ring he can. Apron, the commentary table, guardrail, etc. Caras rolls Angle in and spends a good ten minutes just working that arm to death. Angle shows a few comeback attempts, but each time Caras attacks the arm and regains control. Caras attempts the Destiny Lock a few times, but Angle fights out of it quickly each time. Angle finally manages to take control after Caras attempts a superplex, but Angle flips over with a powerbomb. They do a drawn out ten count spot where both men get up at eight and start trading punches. Crowd gets sucked in with the "boos" for Caras' punches, "yays" for Angle's. Angle unloads and hits Caras with the multiple German suplexes. Angle attempts a snap suplex but Caras counters with a small package for two. Angle hits the Olympic Slam out of nowhere but Caras gets a foot on the rope. Angle goes up for the moonsault, but Caras hits the jumping enzuiguri to crotch Angle on the turnbuckle. Caras goes up belly-to-back superplex, but Angle elbows his way out of it and hits an avalanche Olympic Slam from the top! The ref is WAAAAAAAAAAAY out of position and gets in their late and Caras kicks out at two. The crowd and Angle go apeshit over the ref's poor timing. "That was 3!"-chants all over the arena. Ring announcers calls five minutes remaining. Angle goes for another Olympic Slam but Caras counters it with the Destiny Lock like he did at the LTMT iPPV. Angle tries to reach the ropes but can't. Angle then smartly rolls Caras up but only gets two as Caras swings over and re-locks the hold in. Angle then POWERBOMBS his way out of the hold and the announcer calls 3 minutes remaining. Angle tries for the Olympic Slam again but this time Caras slides down the back and rolls Angle up, clutching the tights, for three.
Result: Alberto Dos Caras wins via pin w/ a roll-up
- A commercial plays hyping the Lou Thesz Memorial Tournament DVD, which can be purchased on WCWShop.com.
- A video replay of the previous match plays.
- Kurt Angle is still in the ring and arguing with the referee. Alberto Dos Caras is on the outside, waving "bye bye" at him. Leonard calls this the most disgusting thing he has ever seen. JML even calls it a crap way to end things for Angle. WGTT come out and join in with Caras. Richards and Edwards come out and console Angle in the ring. Angle grabs the mic and says thank you to the fans before leaving. Big chant of "You got screwed!" from the fans, Jericho included.
- Another commercial plays hyping the Halloween Havoc iPPV at the end of the month.
- A video package recaps the Necro Butcher/CM Punk feud.
- Leonard says he's still in shock over the idea that Kurt Angle is no longer in WCW. He then follows up that we'll hear from CM Punk next week. Also in action next week will be Chris Hero, as well as two matches in the WCW Tag Team Championship tournament.
Main Event: Wrestling's Greatest Tag Team (Shelton Benjamin/Charlie Haas) vs. Eddie Edwards/Davey Richards
SpoilerHaas and Richards start off with some chain-wrestling. JML addresses the pink elephant: what does this mean for the six-man tag match at Halloween Havoc? Leonard has no clue. Benjamin and Eddie tag in and they do a similar chain-wrestling bit. Leonard puts over the even tag team abilities of both teams, commenting that both are former World Tag Team champions of past promotions. It breaks down quickly with all kinds of crazy tag moves. Richards does his trademark suicide dive onto Benjamin and Haas outside, but Haas moves out the way. That allows him to cheapshot Edwards and of course, from there, WGTT take over. They use all kinds of old-school heel tactics to work Edwards over, including choking Edwards with the tag rope. Edwards mounts a comeback on Benjamin, but Haas yanks Richards off the apron to prevent the tag. They work Edwards over again for about eight or nine minutes. Edwards ducks a superkick and nails Benjamin with a superkick of his own. Edwards finally makes the hot tag and Richards cleans house on Benjamin and Haas with a variety of stiff kicks. Numbers overwhelm him though, but then Edwards gets involved and it just breaks down. All kinds of crazy near-falls and tag moves from here on out. Best spot is Richards hitting the run-up German superplex on Haas, then getting superkicked by Benjamin, only for Benjamin to get hit with the Die Hard by Edwards for two. Superkick/German suplex combo by Edwards/Richards on Benjamin gets two. Richards goes up top and signals for the Shooting Star Press, but Haas shoves him off. Edwards fights Haas off but walks into a superkick by Benjamin, which sets up the Broken Arrow (aided leapfrog body guillotine) by WGTT. Richards makes the save to break up the count. 5 minutes left according to the announcer. Richards clotheslines Haas out of the ring and, with Edwards, hits the Alarm Clock on Benjamin for two. Richards charges the ropes, but Haas bridges the rope down and Richards tumbles out. Haas clobbers Edwards from behind and Benjamins nails Edwards with Paydirt (swinging reverse STO) for three.
Results: Wrestling's Greatest Tag Team wins via pin w/ Paydirt (swinging reverse STO)
- WGTT continue their assault afterwards, with Alberto Dos Caras joining in. The fans start chanting "JERICHO" who finally jumps the rail with his chair and clears the ring out. Jericho grabs the mic and says he's seen enough. Jericho says he spent years here in Atlanta being held back because he was too short and he spent years up north being held back because he couldn't work the right style. Jericho says he's sick and tired of seeing the best and brightest of the future bumping against the glass ceiling like he did. He says he refuses to allow great, talented wrestlers like Eddie Edwards and Davey Richards be held back by old-timers trying to protect their spots and he won't let them suffer like he did. He says since Angle is gone, Edwards and Richards need a partner on iPPV and he's tossing his hat into the ring. Edwards and Richards agree and have a NEW six-man tag match at Halloween Havoc. This ends the show.
From the most recent Wrestling Observer Newsletter:
Chris Jericho, real name Chris Irvine, has signed a two year contract with WCW. The contract was actually signed last week and Jericho was originally meant to be a surprise on the 10/6 edition of WCW Underground. Jericho was hired to take over the top babyface position that opened up with the Kurt Angle suspension that begun on 10/4.
There has been a great deal of controversy involving this entire situation. The first is, of course, Kurt Angle's arrest. Even though he's had the charges dropped down to reckless driving, WCW is taking a hard stance when it comes to talent being arrested. Dave Lagana said on a radio show with us this week that WCW officials wanted to make a point that no one is above the promotion, including the top draw. Kurt Angle has originally been the focal point of a long arching storyline that would end in December. We saw the beginnings of said storyline come into play on the first four episodes of WCW Underground (Kurt Angle taking Davey Richards under his wing, the conflict with Alberto Dos Caras). The end result was that in December, for a big end of year iPPV, would have been a Kurt Angle vs. Alberto Dos Caras rematch from the first iPPV, likely with Angle going over for the WCW Championship. But then the arrest and subsequent suspension killed that.
Instead, WCW aired the Angle/Dos Caras rematch on WCW Underground this week with the stipulation that if Angle lost - he was gone from WCW. Angle ended up losing a ****3/4 and that's how he's being written off TV. The finish of the match protected Angle in two ways. One way saw him have Dos Caras pinned but the referee completely out of position to make the count, so that when the referee did make the count, Dos Caras kicked out. This put the blame on the referee instead of Angle, and it works incredibly well. The fans chanted "That was 3!" and "Bullshit!" because of the ref's screw up. Then Dos Caras used the same counter he did at the first iPPV but Angle remembered it and countered it himself with a powerbomb. Then Dos Caras finally got the pin after countering an Olympic Slam with a roll up and holding the tights. The problem is, Angle is still under contract and come December, per the nature of the WCW contracts, he will start receiving guaranteed paychecks. The guaranteed paychecks, while not for much but are good enough, were meant as incentives to lure talent away from WWE and TNA. On top of that, Kurt Angle took the suspension knowing he had burned bridges with the other two major promotions, ROH couldn't match the money WCW was giving, and the knowledge that when his suspension was up - he would be back. That creates a problem of killing a stipulation very early into the lifespan of a promotion. If Kurt Angle comes back in December, then the fans who are already accustomed to stipulations not meaning anything thanks to WWE and TNA, will see this as business as usual and that could really hurt WCW. WCW is trying to position itself as "Wrestling for the 21st century" and is trying to stray away from those same problems TNA and WWE have. For now, it appears they might have backed themselves into a corner.
Chris Jericho did appear on the 10/6 show. John Layfield and Lenny Leonard were flown to Atlanta, GA the day before the show to re-record commentary for the episode. The original plan was to have Chris Jericho show up and then save Eddie Edwards and Davey Richards from an assault at the end of the 10/6 show. This was how it was presented live. It's an old school angle that has, in the past, done well with business. The problem is, and Dave Lagana caught on to this albeit after the taping, is that in 2011 - this kind of stuff won't work. You can't tell the fans that Jericho is just a fan in the audience who gets in the ring at the end and nothing happens to him. Insulting the fans' intelligence is something that doesn't usually work out. So they announced on the WCW web site that Jericho had signed and had Layfield and Leonard cut new commentary for the next four episodes since the original commentary portrayed Jericho as someone in the right place at the right time.
Jericho cut a promo at the end of the episode talking about how he was held back in WCW for being short and held back in WWE for not knowing how to work the main event style. These are both pretty valid claims, as Kevin Nash is the person who convinced Goldberg not to do a program with Jericho because Jericho was too short. Triple H was notorious in WWE for cutting the legs out from underneath Jericho on multiple occasions, citing that Jericho couldn't work the main event style. Jericho never really drew big in WWE until a fantastic program with Shawn Michaels, which working with Michaels protected Jericho since Michaels and Triple H are friends. But the story is that Jericho sees Dos Caras in the role of Triple H/Kevin Nash and that he's holding down Davey Richards and Jericho refuses to let that happen. They went with this because Chris Jericho doesn't have that natural "fit" a coach for Davey Richards that Kurt Angle did, so they had to work out another way to fit them together.
Another part of the show that was added in as part of the Angle-controversy, was the introduction of a yet-revealed character in the WCW Executive Director. The idea is that with Angle going and Jericho replacing him so suddenly, they wanted to give something extra to keep the fans hooked. Mysteries can work well in wrestling, but the payoff can't be drawn out too long and, and this seems simple really, there has to be an actual payoff. Right now the storyline plays similar to the anonymous RAW General Manager that has yet to be revealed and likely never will be.
By virtue of the actions of Chris Jericho on the 10/6 show, he's now been inserted into the trios match on the Halloween Havoc iPPV in place of Kurt Angle. Angle and Jericho have different styles, but in their own ways could easily mesh with the other workers in this match, so it should still be a good one.
WCW Underground 1.06
- A detailed video package recaps last week's episode starting with the Career vs. Title match between Kurt Angle and Alberto Dos Caras, Angle losing, and Chris Jericho saving Davey Richards and Eddie Edwards from a beat-down by Wrestling's Greatest Tag Team.
- Normal video package opens the show.
- Lenny Leonard and JML talk about the craziness of last week's episode. This brings out Jericho, Richards, and Edwards. Jericho talks about how wrestling has always been about insecure people not wanting to lose their spot. Jericho goes on to say guys like Caras and Triple H have done legitimate harm to this business with their selfish antics. Richards says that WGTT have made some callous mistakes and at Halloween Havoc, the hunt is on. Good, standard babyface promo. I like that Jericho is playing a character similar to his heel role in WWE, except as a good guy. Even-tempered and methodical.
- A commercial for Halloween Havoc on iPPV plays.
Match #1: Drew Adler/Shane Rockwell vs. Three Kings - 1st Round WCW Tag Team Champion Tournament Match
SpoilerThis week it is Austin Aries and Joey Ryan. Not surprisingly, this is a squash. Leonard talks about the brimming tag team division in WCW. JML says the Briscoes are his favorites to win. Leonard likes Fastball Special, but doesn't really see anyone but DOOMSDAY walking away with the belts. The Kings beat up Adler for a bit then switch out with Rockwell. Regicide (flapjack/DDT combo) finishes off Rockwell so that the Three Kings can advance.
Result: Threes King win via pin w/ Regicide (flapjack/DDT combo)
- The trio hit the commentary table for a promo. Brian Kendrick insults JML and Leonard has to get between JML and the Kings. Aries says that they are future tag team champions and no one is getting in their way, especially a bunch of inbred hillbillies like the Briscoes.
- A commercial plays hyping up WCWShop.com, which is now selling t-shirts and posters.
- A commercial plays advertising The Lou Thesz Memorial Tournament DVD. I got mine in the mail and it is well worth it. The retrospective on WCW on the DVD is top-notch stuff and pretty blunt. None of that revisionist history stuff you get from WWE.
- Chris Hero approaches the commentary table to cut a promo. Hero says he's the most dangerous man alive right now, because no one gets up from his Deathblow.
Match #2: Chris Hero vs. Sal Rinauro
SpoilerHero messes around briefly and then out of nowhere connects with the roaring elbow for the pin. Quick, quick squash.
Result: Chris Hero wins via pin w/ the roaring elbow
- Hero re-approaches the commentary table and says he's disappointed in that. Hero says that knows he's a deadly man, but certainly WCW's "executive director" can find SOMEONE for him to fight. Hero then gets back in the ring and asks for someone else to come face him. This brings out a pretty muscular guy that JML calls "Cru Jones."
Match #3: Chris Hero vs. Cru Jones
SpoilerLeonard comments that Cru Jones is a territorial star from middle Georgia. Cru overpowers Hero at first, but Hero quickly takes the offense with a series of strikes. If you were expecting anything else, shame on you, because this is just another squash. Hero basically spends the duration of the match beating the hell out of Jones. Locks of kicks, elbows, etc. Hero finally hits the Deathblow (roaring elbow to the back of the head) to win.
Result: Chris Hero wins via pin w/ the Deathblow (roaring elbow to the back of the head)
- Hero again takes to the commentary table and brags about how no one can take him down. Leonard asks why Hero refuses to shake hands with people who beat him and Hero says he doesn't respect a single person in the locker room. Brent Albright makes his way out and wants to know if no one can beat him, why he was able to get Hero to tap out a few weeks ago. Hero calls Albright's win a fluke and says there is absolutely no way Albright could beat him twice in one night. A blind man could see where this is going. Albright then lays down the challenge for a 2/3 falls match to settle the score once and for all at Halloween Havoc. Hero says Albright is going to get knocked out, but Albright says that Hero is going to tap out. They go nose-to-nose before the commercial.
- Another commercial hyping WCWShop.com.
- Another commercial hyping Halloween Havoc.
- A video recaps the Necro Butcher/CM Punk war.
Match #4: Necro Butcher vs. Caleb Konley
SpoilerOh dear. Butcher attacks before the bell and it becomes, ultimately, a mauling. Not even a squash. In fact, about three minutes in the match results in a double-count out because Butcher is too busy beating poor little Konley to a mess outside. JML says that all Butcher is seeing is that "Straight-edge Jackass." Butcher drags Konley into the ring for the Deathdrop (reverse DDT) and goes for a pin but the ref won't count. Butcher almost attacks the referee but doesn't.
Result: Double-count out
Time: 2:14 (segment lasted closer to seven minutes)
- Butcher takes a microphone from Leonard and goes into an AWESOME tirade against Punk. He starts off softly and as the promo continues he increases the volume and rage. He says that Punk is nothing but a piece of shit and that he wants to fight Punk in the ring and in the alleyway and in the streets and in the locker room and in the crowd. He says he wants to make Punk bleed buckets and he wants to, quote, "rip every single last god damn tattoo off your pale, sanctimonious pile of shit body." ~! Butcher's voice continues to rise, "I'm going to break your damn legs, break your damn arms, break your damn neck. I'll put staples in your forehead and blind you with barbed wire and then I'll rip your damn hair out your head." JML's facial expressions are the coup de grace, here. Butcher finishes, "CM Punk, if you got the balls, let's fight everywhere we can so that some stupid asshole in stripes doesn't end the fight. Falls. Count. Anywhere." Great, great promo and I didn't think Butcher could do that.
- A video package recaps the feud between The Cross and Fastball Special.
Main Event: Claudio Castagnoli vs. El Generico
SpoilerThis should be excellent. Ares is with Castagnoli and Paul London is with El Generico. Leonard calls this a preview of next week's main event, which will see both teams square off in the tournament to crown the WCW Tag Team Champions. Back-and-forth to start, but Ares causes a momentary distraction and it's all Castagnoli from there. That's the best way to play it since Generico is probably the best babyface worker in the world today. Castagnoli uses his size to beat up Generico with tons of slams and suplexes. It becomes a situation where Castagnoli is working over the back. The best part is the reaction of the crowd each time Generico kicks out. Castagnoli throws all these big-time moves at Generico, but he continues to kick out. Alpamare Waterslide - kick out. Press-slam - kick out. And the crowd pops bigger each time. And then, in what has to be the single most amazing thing I have ever seen, Castagnoli picks Generico up for the UFO (I wouldn't know how to describe it - just YouTube "Claudio Castagnoli UFO"), and Generico in a way that must defy physics, counters with a rana. It was brilliant and the crowd went fucking nuts for it. Generico then dives out on to the outside on the Castagnoli. Ares tries to interfere but London fights him off. Generico does his through-the-turnbuckle-tornado DDT on Castagnoli (again - just YouTube it). Back in the ring and Generico attempts a Brainbuster, but his back is hurt. Castagnoli tries to a Ricola Bomb but Generico counters with a roll-up for two. Ares tries to interfere again but Generico sends him crashing off the apron with a Yakuza Kick. The distraction allows Castagnoli to hit the bicycle kick but it only gets two. Ricola Bomb follows up and that puts Generico away for three.
Result: Claudio Castagnoli wins via pin w/ The Ricola Bomb (straight-jacket powerbomb)
- The Cross flee the scene. London pulls a hurt Generico to the commentary table. London goes into one his nonsensical rants that nobody understands. JML comes back again with the awesome facial expressions. After his tirade, London ends with, quote, "The Gods and Titans and Sirens and X-Men cannot save you now. Fastball Special is going to destroy your moon." I shit you not. Anyway, that's the end of the show this week.
WCW World Championship
Current Champion: Chris Jericho
WCW World Championship Title History
Won by: Alberto Dos Caras
Defeated: Kurt Angle
Show: The Lou Thesz Memorial Tournament
Length: 8/27/11 - 12/23/11 (119 days)
1. Alberto Dos Caras defeated Caleb Konley - WCW Underground 1.04
2. Alberto Dos Caras defeated Kurt Angle - WCW Underground 1.05
3. Alberto Dos Caras defeated Davey Richards - WCW Underground 1.13
4. Chris Jericho defeated Alberto Dos Caras - Starrcade
Won by: Chris Jericho
Defeated: Alberto Dos Caras
Length: 12/23/11 - present
1. Chris Jericho defeated Jay Briscoe - WCW Underground 2.03
2. Chris Jericho defeated Mark Briscoe - WCW Underground 2.07
3. Chris Jericho defeated Alberto Dos Caras - Dos Caras vs. Jericho 2
4. Chris Jericho defeated Chris Hero - SuperBrawl
5. Chris Jericho defeated Ricky Marvin - Pro Wrestling NOAH Event
6. Chris Jericho defeated CM Punk - The Great American Bash
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WCW Underground 1.07
- A video package recaps the heated Fastball Special/The Cross feud.
- Standard video package opens the show.
- Chris Jericho is at the commentary table with Lenny Leonard and JML. Jericho talks about the six-man tag match at the iPPV. He says that it will be the platform for Davey Richards and Eddie Edwards to ascend to the top of the card. He says his goal isn't to steal the show, but to give them the arena to do so themselves. He says guys like Alberto Dos Caras have based their careers around not letting other guys get a shot at the big time and Jericho won't stand for that. He says Dos Caras' actions as World champion are indicative of someone who isn't a man. Good enough promo.
Match #1: DOOMSDAY vs. Caleb Konley/Sal Rinauro - 1st Round WCW Tag Team Champion Tournament Match
SpoilerJimmy Jacobs comes out with DOOMSDAY. He's decked out in a white-suit with a red tie. It looks stylish. Squash match, of course. It ends relatively quickly with the Omega Driver and advance in the tournament.
Result: DOOMSDAY wins via pin w/ The Omega Driver
- Jacobs brings DOOMSDAY to the commentary table. Jacobs says his name is "James" Jacobs, so Jimmy is out. He calls himself the "Mastermind of the Maelstrom" and the "Architect of Armageddon." He says that DOOMSDAY is more than just a tag team, but an unstoppable force of destruction that will not stop demolishing their opponents until they are champions. He puts the rest of the tag division on notice, DOOMSDAY are done playing games with guys like Caleb Konley and Sal Rinauro.
- A commercial plays for the Lou Thesz Memorial Tournament DVD.
- A commercial plays hyping the Halloween Havoc iPPV.
- A video package recaps the Brent Albright/Chris Hero confrontation from last week.
Match #2: Brent Albright vs. Drew Adler
SpoilerAlbright dominates easily, overpowering Adler from the start with slams and suplexes. He tosses Adler around some more and finally locks in the Crowbar for the submission victory.
Result: Brent Albright wins via submission w/ The Crowbar
- Albright approaches the commentary table for a promo. He calls himself a submission expert. He says Hero has some deadly strikes, but whenever the Crowbar gets locked on - somebody is going to tap. JML brings up Hero knocking Albright out on iPPV at the LTMT, but Albright counters that Hero can't do it again. Albright promises at the iPPV that Hero will either tap out, or walk out with a broken arm.
- Before we can cut to break, Alberto Dos Caras comes out and he is livid. He says he's pissed about what Jericho said at the beginning of the show and the fact that Jericho had the gall to question his manhood. Caras says that the only men that will be standing in the ring at Halloween Havoc will be him and Wrestling's Greatest Tag Team. Caras says that Jericho talks a good game about looking out for others, but he knows for a fact that Jericho put a lot of effort into holding back Sal Rinauro from being in the main event of Halloween Havoc.
- A commercial plays for WCWwrestling.com, hyping up all the features that come with the web site.
- A commercial plays for, of all things, Batman: Arkham City.
- A video package recaps the heated Necro Butcher/CM Punk feud.
Match #3: Michael Shane vs. CM Punk
SpoilerWow, where's they drag Michael Shane out from? Punk works him over good, out-wrestling and out-striking him. Punk hits a bulldog and picks Shane's head up at two. Punk yells that the fans are all losers like this guy. Punk works him over some more but then Shane catches him with an inside cradle for two. Crowd starts going crazy for Shane and he mounts a pretty good babyface comeback. Shane nails Punk with a sick superkick but it only gets two. Punk turns back the tide with a well-timed clothesline and finally hits Go 2 Sleep to get the win.
Result: CM Punk wins via pin w/ Go 2 Sleep
- Punk hits the commentary table, climbs up on it, and sits down Indian-style. Punk says that last a homeless man challenged him to a Falls Count Anywhere match. Punk says that it's not really fair since a homeless man will always have the advantage in that type of match, given that a homeless man lives anywhere he can find a place to crawl up into and hide. Punk says the Necro Butcher represents the degradation of society. Punk says he takes back what he said about calling Butcher a "homeless man," because that would be an insult to homeless men. He says the Butcher is never amounted to anything in his 13-year career and he won't start any time soon. He says if Butcher wants the FCA match, then fine, he can have it. Punk says he's beaten Butcher to a bloody pulp before, but this is different. He says he knows he's stepping into Butcher's territory by accepting this challenge. He talks about how Butcher has been in matches with barbed-wire and light-tubes. He says that this style of wrestling is disgusting and does nothing but give the talking heads on FOX news something to, rightfully, complain about when it comes to the sport he loves. But in order to abolish it, Punk will fight in it to show the world just how much of a degenerate Butcher is. He walks off and JML calls him delusional. Great promo from Punk.
- A promo hypes up next week's show which will have a special double main event: Shelton Benjamin vs. Eddie Edwards and Charlie Haas vs. Davey Richards.
Main Event: The Cross vs. Fastball Special - 1st Round WCW Tag Team Champion Tournament Match
SpoilerLeonard goes over the detailed history between these two, bringing up that the Cross attacked Fastball Special at the LTMT iPPV. Fastball Special quickly clean house and send the Cross scurrying. Ares starts out with London and before you know it, heel tactics take place and Paul London becomes the beloved face-in-peril. Castagnoli and Ares take turns tagging in and out to work London over, focusing on his shoulder. London makes a blind tag at one occasion but the ref won't allow it. The crowd gets increasingly hotter with each tag attempt. London finally manages to counter a Castagnoli pop-up European uppercut with a dropkick and make the hot tag. Generico cleans house and hits Ares with a brainbuster for two, with Castagnoli making the save. London and Generico double dropkick Castagnoli out of the ring, and then London dives onto Castagnoli on the outside. This distraction allows Ares to attack Generico from behind and, wouldn't you know it, Generico ends up in the Ricky Morton-role. They really take their time working over Generico and sucking the crowd in. They use every trick in the book to cheapshot him and prevent the tag. The big heat spot comes with Ares whips Generico into the ropes and Generico responds with a huge Yakuza Kick out of nowhere. Generico makes the hot tag and the crowd comes unglued! London beats on everyone and then the big tag moves starting going into effect. Generico backdrops London onto Ares, London whips Generico into Castagnoli with a Yakuza kick, etc. Ares tries to sneak attack London, but London sends him to the outside. Generico dives out of the ring onto him. Castagnoli catches London with the bicycle kick and goes for the Ricola Bomb, but London rolls through with a sunset flip and gets the big win to advance in the tournament!
Result: Fastball Special win via pin w/ a sunset flip
- The crowd is going nuts for that result. London and Generico celebrate in the ring as the show comes to a close.
The Rolling Thunder Review
TMMW's "World Championship Wrestling - Wrestling for the 21st Century"
I've been following your fed as much as I can, which you make incredibly easy with your simplistic style. A lot of writers here have trouble pulling off "quality simplicity", but you don't.
Anyway, I'm reviewing "Underground 1.07" (those numbers are so cool).
-Starting the show with a squash doesn't sit well with me, but you really get the team over afterward which helps.
-Post-match commentary = win. I might steal that in the future (probably not).
-Now I don't feel good about the show at all. Two squashes in a row? C'mon.
CM Punk vs. Michael Shane
-I thought we were going to get squash #3 here and I was prepared to just stop reading, but things took a nice turn. CM Punk always seems to do this to himself and sneak out a win, something I've always loved about his character.
-Great, GREAT shoot by CM Punk. I'm psyched for his match with Necro Buther now, not that I wasn't before.
Cross vs. Fastball
-London and Generico pick up the win in a very entertaining match. How can I complain about this one?
-Great way to close out the show. Straight and to the point, just like your shows always promise.
You delivered exactly what you've promised all along: straight and to the point, no bullshit wrestling for the 21st century. Your content doesn't suffer from the short shows, which I thought would happen. I'm glad I was wrong.
You've really got something special going here, even if others don't see it because of the lack of flair. You might want to do yourself a favour and promo in the Fed Thread, but I understand if that's not what you want.
I might do that. I still have mixed feelings about that thread. But I will say this - I'm trying to make it look a little prettier in the OP. It might be a little gaudy for my tastes, but I'm trying!
I imagine this show as though it were the old World Champion Wrestling show from the late 80s. The JCP-show where guys would come out, beat a jobber, then cut an awesome promo building up a house show that weekend. That's why all the squashes. If you think of it as an old school show and not like RAW (or Nitro), in that sense it makes perfect sense. I can see how it's off-putting though. The main goal of the show each week is to get talent over and have one "big match," although some weeks I deviate (Underground 1.06).
And somehow I ended up doing a better job of promoting Butcher/Punk than the six-man. Oh well, c'est la vie.
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