Your hero is back with yet another Phat Daily Column. You know the drill... today is WCW Day, where I'll discuss the fun world of the federation that was awesome in 1989, 1996, and 1997. All of the other years have been ones to poop on.
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That's all I wanted to say about that. On to the PDC.
Great opening match from WCW last night. 3 Count defeated Scotty O and EZ.... I mean Jason B. to advance in the Cruiserweight tag team tournament in a thriller of a tag match! Jason B. and Scotty O. worked well with 3 Count, carrying those spot guys to an excellent match. The crowd was somewhat behind it, as they were forced to after seeing some good action. That's funny, because normal WCW fans don't know who Scotty O. and Jason B. are, especially with such dull and plain names. I think they should combine their initials to become B.O.. Ok, I'm done with the corny jokes for today.
Shawn Stasiak is continuing to improve with his new arrogant gimmick, as he pounded on Norman "I Used to be Funny" Smiley. Hey, where was Glacier to save the day??? I guess Stasiak is fine tuning the gimmick for some future time on Nitro. So let's see here... O'Haire and Palumbo are doing well, Stasiak is improving... so that leads who out of the cold? Oh, Mark Jindrak. Who is he? Jindrak must have been swept under the carpet with Mike Sanders.
What the hell is with Shane Helms's new entrance? Thank God he's a great performer, as he had a good match with Elix Skipper last night. The scary thing is that both competitors wrestled tough matches on Nitro, too, which made it an even better match. If both of their stocks don't rise after this match, well then, I don't know what will.
HAHAHAHA! Rick Steiner and Hugh Morrus fought last night, and NOT at Greed. Gee, weren't they scheduled to wrestle at Greed in the early booking sheets? They sure were, but after long criticism by fans including myself, those plans have suddenly changed! It was very sick to hear the WCW announcers put over the "courage" of Hugh Morrus, and how "tough" they thought Steiner was as a champ. I did like how Team Canada screwed Hugh Morrus in the match, making Rick Steiner look even weaker as a US Champ. I still can't believe that WCW is doing another Morrus vs. Storm feud. Didn't they get the idea during the 2 or 3 Pay Per View matches they did in 2000? They'll never learn....
Holy cow! Lex Luger is jobbing like a motherfucker this week, as with last week. (Excuse the F-bomb) Simply amazing. Palumbo's stock continues to rise, and the same goes to O'Haire. It's scary how good they both get by the week. Look for Totally Buff to definitely win the Tag Titles at Greed, just to propel the singles careers of Palumbo and O'Haire. Plus, Luger is losing a lot, hence, he's "paying his dues" for the titles. That's the way the system works.
By the way, when watching Lex Luger from Wrestle War 1989, he looks about twice as small today as he was then. He's HUGE back then! He makes the present Luger look like a wimp.
Lance Storm defeated the worthless Konnan the Librarian last night in the match that was supposed to be on Nitro. Good finish by Storm, as he reversed the Tequilla Sunrise into the Maple Leaf. That Maple Leaf actually hurts though, especially if you hook your forearm under the knee.
Ehhh, decent main event with the Cat against Scott Steiner. Out of their recent bouts, this one was probably their best one. WCW did good in this show by hyping up the DDP vs. Steiner feud well, by having Steiner get the best of DDP at the end. Good booking.
I liked this show very much, although I hated the Rick Steiner vs. Hugh Morrus match. Steiner is old, and Morrus is lazy. Other than that, it was a pretty good show with some good wrasslin for a wrasslin fan. This show would bore a sports entertainment fan to tears. This show gets an A- (A minus) for an overall good show. Amazing that WCW can put on a good wrestling product. Now once they get some better writing or writers to develop the wrestlers better, WCW could be a contender. Notice how I said "could be".
Nothing new on the WCW front about Jerry Lawler, as no reports of any negotiations have surfaced. I believe that Lawler is actually under some kind of WWF contract, still, and it will probably take him a couple of months to clear that up. WCW NEEDS someone like Lawler on their announcing team, because Hudson, Shiavone, Tenay, and all of the other wannabe announcers that pop up aren't getting the job done. The current announcing teams can't put over good wrestlers or good matches if they tried.
This month's Greed card sort of looks watchable, as I fear that WCW will do a lot of NON TITLE televised matches coming up. DDP vs. Scott Steiner could be a good main event, Rick Steiner vs. Booker T will be a pain to watch, Cat vs. Kanyon should be decent, Chavo vs. Helms will be good, again, Jarrett/Flair vs. Dusty/Dustin Rhodes will be interesting, and the tag match between Palumbo/O'Haire and Totally Buff will be entertaining. We've got 2 weeks to go of television time, so you never know what other matches could be booked. Oh yeah, we have the finals of the Tag Tournament, which should be a thriller!
4. Elix Skipper: Good week of wrestling for this guy.
3. Scott Steiner: Tough, tough champion. Too bad it's not catching on with fans.
2. Lex Luger: What a JOB he's done this week! Buff, take note of what Luger is doing.
1. Shane Helms: Great week of wrestling, despite having a new and stupid entrance. WCW built him up as a strong contender this week.
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@That's all for today. As usual, I'll have the WWF day tomorrow, with a full review of Smackdown and what has gone on in the WWF this week. So just chill till the next episode.
Take Care, and Thanks for Reading.
As Steve reported earlier, there's talk within the WWF about pulling out of the XFL and giving full control and financial backing to NBC. Obviously, the extreme pushing of the league like the Cheerleaders, the Tillman-Ventura, and other factors aren't working. NBC was a football powerhouse when they promoted the AFC football games. It's a wise decision of the WWF to pull out soon to stop the losses. The WWF needs to spend money on what they do best, and that's wrestling. Leave the football to the experienced.
Click Here for Fanball.com's XFL player ratings. In a weird twist of irony, Josh Wilcox, who showed up for an ECW show and was about to become a wrestler, is the top Tight End in the league.
Click Here for the latest XFL Weekly Newsletter, which gives you a good preview on what to expect this weekend.
Wrestlingobserver.com reports that Vince McMahon will be on Bob Costas's HBO show called "On the Record" next Wednesday. If someone could watch and recap what is said on this show, I'd gladly accept it and give you FULL credit. I'd do it if I could, but I won't be home until next Thursday.