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WCW- Greed (3.18.01) DVD Review

Posted: September 22, 2012 in 2001, WCW

 

1. Kwee Wee vs. Jason Jett

For those who are curious, Jett is ECW’s EZ Money who ventured through WCW on it’s last month of existence. This was pretty good for an opener and quite a shocker that you wouldn’t expect to happen.
Grade: C+

 

2. Cruiserweight Tag Team Championships
Elix Skipper & Kid Romeo vs. The Filthy Animals (Rey Mysterio Jr. & Billy Kidman)

This was a tournament final to crown the new champions and this was a very solid performance by both teams. Skipper is really good and did nothing but good things as cruiserweight champion the year prior and Kid Romeo is a potential prospect. Kidman & Rey are dandy as always.
Grade: B-

 

3. Shawn Stasiak vs. Bam Bam Bigelow

This is just bad. Bam Bam has stepped down a lot from what he used to do and facing an extremely overrated Stasiak didn’t help.
Grade: D

 

4. Team Canada (Lance Storm & Mike Awesome) vs. Hugh Morrus & Konnan

Pointless match that really brings absolutely nothing to the table. Storm & Awesome were heavily misused in WCW, but then it again it’s WCW.
Grade: D+

 

5. Cruiserweight Championships
Chavo Guerrero Jr. (c) vs. Shane Helms

This was pretty good but it fell short to their opener at Sin. Helms & Guerrero were worthy of WWE contracts and they made their way and have lengthy careers there.
Grade: C+

 

6. Tag Team Championships
Sean O’Haire & Chuck Palumbo (c) vs. Totally Buff (Lex Luger & Buff Bagwell)

Squash
Grade: DUD

 

7. Ernest Miller vs. Kanyon

Miller in full James Brown mode was dancing and kicking his way to the match, which made Kanyon do absolutely nothing. Very entertaining but horrible match.
Grade: D

 

8. United States Championship
Rick Steiner (c) vs. Booker T

Horrendous, Appalling, Disastrous.
Grade: F+

 

9. Kiss My Ass Match
The Rhodes (Dustin & Dusty) vs. Jeff Jarrett & Ric Flair

Losers get to kiss the winners’s assess, yikes. We already had the elders beat the crap out of each other 20 years prior and by keeping them around doing this in the new millennium shows how much politics play in WCW. As for the “young guns” , they’ve seen waaaaaaaaaaaaaay better days.
Grade: D-

 

10. WCW Championship
Falls Count Anywhere
Scott Steiner (c) vs. Diamond Dallas Page

This was not a bad match at all but for main event standards it felt short. Typical DDP brawl match that blended pretty well with the crowd and Steiner, ewww.
Grade: C

 

Final Thoughts:

3rd and final stage of the Titanic sinking and it wasn’t as bad as the other two but still served as a typical WCW PPV that will always be remembered for being the last of it’s kind. TV wise WCW was pretty good regardless of it’s last breath but the PPV’s were major stinkers. Fortunately, 8 days later, the life support was removed and WCW closed it’s doors for good.

Verdict: 5/10

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1. Elimination Match
Shane Helms vs. Shannon Moore vs. Kaz Hayashi vs. Jimmy Yang vs. Jamie Noble vs. Evan Karagias

The former trios 3 Count & Jung Dragons divided to three tag teams and are now six individuals fighting for the #1 Contendership for the Cruiserweight title. These 6 actually never had a bad match with each other and this was no exception. Definitely a stepping stone for a select few who would have success in greener pastures over the decade.
Grade: B-

 

2. Hugh Morrus vs. The Wall

GOOD GOD ALMIGHTY! Who booked this match.
Grade: DUD

 

3. Tag Team Championship
Sean O’Haire & Chuck Palumbo (c) vs. Sean Stasiak & Mark Jindrak

The Natural Born Thrillers collide. Stasiak & Palumbo were tag champions, so as Jindrak & O’Haire. There was jealousy and dissension on Stasiak’s & Jindrak’s part. Right now the teams have split and are trying to see who are the better Thrillers. Unfortunately these four rookies were still too green to even make a hip toss. It wasn’t a bad match but you can’t expect much from these four if they’re still years away to hone the craft.
Grade: C-

 

4. Cruiserweight Championship
Chavo Guerrero Jr. (c) vs. Rey Mysterio Jr.

Yup! These two have history from waaaaay back, so back that they were Jr.’s at the time. Rey was in his prime here captivating everyone with his unique lucha arsenal and Chavo was as good as he was in WWE. This is probably one of their best matches together and I’ll be surprised if there’s an argument towards that statement. Wonderful match.
Grade: B

 

5. United States Championship
Rick Steiner (c) vs. Dustin Rhodes

If this was 1991, this could have been decent. But a decade and many pills & needles later this was worse than the Judy Bagwell on a Pole Match.
Grade: F

 

6. Totally Buff (Lex Luger & Buff Bagwell) vs. Kronik (Bryan Adams & Bryan Clark)

I really like Kronik a lot, they looked good together and made a decent big man team that cosmetically can entertain but in no way, shape or form can they wrestle despite being veterans. Luger & Bagwell were teamed most probably just cause they can but this doesn’t exclude them from being any good. This ladies and gentleman was  a ShitFest.
Grade: DUD

 

7. Commissioner Match
Lance Storm (c) vs. Ernest Miller

OK now this is getting out of hand. The position of Commissioner is now a title, SMH. This match is as ridiculous as the trophy but at least Miller brought comedy and character to this one so it can be enjoyed at least a little bit.
Grade: D

 

8. Diamond Dallas Page vs. Kanyon

Originally it was gonna be Jarrett vs. Page but Kanyon being involved in this whole mess wanted a piece of the action. This pretty solid and could have gotten more time and it would’ve been a blast but it was understandable for the following match.
Grade: C+

 

9. Diamond Dallas Page vs. Jeff Jarrett

Jarrett immediately shows up and competes in his scheduled match with DDP. This was OK but it was very bland for many key parts.
Grade: C-

 

10. WCW Championship
2 out of 3 falls

Retirement Match
Scott Steiner (c) w/Midajah vs. Kevin Nash

The loser of this puppy is going to retirement and never coming back to WCW ever again. Flair was on commentary and was playing close attention to the action as he is having his main guy wrestle someone he’s never beaten before one on one. No Comment for this Match.
Grade: F

 

Final Thoughts:

This was slightly better than Sin but it still was a horrendous PPV. Stage 2 of the sinking Titanic kicked in all it’s glory. You can totally smell the end from a mile away and it what’s left ain’t getting prettier.

Verdict: 4.5/10

WCW – Sin (1.14.01) DVD Review

Posted: September 22, 2012 in 2001, WCW

1. Cruiserweight Championship
Chavo Guerrero (c) vs. Shane Helms

With WCW in it’s dying days, these two were some of the dark horses that were very overlooked and would eventually make  a career in WWE with their great potential. Fun action packed match that kicked off the show in good fashion.
Grade: B-

 

2. Big Vito vs. Reno

Vito isn’t the most technically sound performer out there but he sure was super over with the crowd and was a heavy favorite by many. This wasn’t pretty wrestling wise but was very entertaining seeing these two brawl and the crowd eating every minute of it.
Grade: C-

 

3. Jung Dragons (Kaz Hayashi & Jimmy Yang) w/Leia Meow vs. Jamie Noble & Evan Karragias

This was a complete spotfest but with some chain wrestling between Hayashi & Noble. Very cool match but it doesn’t top the opener.
Grade: C

 

4. Ernest Miller w/Ms. Jones vs. Mike Sanders

These two have been butting heads for the second half of the year 2000 over the position of Commissioner. Despite neither are commissioner, they still had bad blood with each other and it was personal. Unfortunately, Sanders was still green and there was so little than could have been done to save this.
Grade: F+

 

5. Penalty Box Match
Team Canada (Lance Storm, Mike Awesome & Elix Skipper) w/Major Gunns vs. The Filthy Animals (Konnan, Rey Mysterio jr. & Billy Kidman) w/Tygress  (Special Referee: Hacksaw Jim Duggan)

Stipulation goes that whoever breaks the rules during the match will be sent into the penalty box like in Hockey. This was very weird in all sense of the word. While the rules were simple, there were lots of awkward calls and spots that really can’t be explained due to the major awkwardness.
Grade: D+

 

6. Hardcore Championship
Terry Funk (c) vs. Crowbar vs. Meng

This was very entertaining with lots of funny spots by Funk & Meng. Poor Crowbar.
Grade: D

 

7. Tag Team Championships
The Insiders (Kevin Nash & Diamond Dallas Page) (c) vs. The Natural Born Thrillers (Sean O’Haire & Chuck Palumbo)

Oh god this was a mess. Thrillers were one of those few with great potential but were still years away from super stardom. Insiders as a team are an epic win but neither clicked that well and for the most part of the match made it drag. This was not a good match at all.
Grade: F+

 

8. United State Championship
General Rection (c) vs. Shane Douglas 

This was even worse. Douglas just fucking sucks.
Grade: F

 

9. Goldberg & Dwayne Bruce vs. Totally Buff (Lex Luger & Buff Bagwell)

Stipulation has it that if Totally Buff win, Goldberg is out of WCW. For those that don’t know, Bruce was responsible for training wrestler’s at the WCW Power Plant with Bill Goldberg being the crown jewel. Most of these wrestlers had to either get re-trained or faded from existence forever so just imagine how bad of a match was this. Luger & Bagwell were at an all-time high on the juice and pills so this also brought more energy to the stinker.
Grade: F

 

10. WCW Championship
Scott Steiner (c) vs. Jeff Jarrett vs. Sid Vicious vs. Mystery Opponent

This match is very infamous for one thing, Sid Vicious breaking his leg in ugly ugly fashion, and I mean ugly. The rest is just a pile of shit waiting to explode on the latrine. *Spoiler Alert* Mystery guy unmasks himself as Road Warrior Animal.

 

Final Thoughts:

This show opened up pretty good but it died in a blink of an eye. There were some good moments but in overall aspect this was bad like Steve Harvey said “I’m talking Utter Bad”. This was just the beginning of the sinking Titanic waiting to hit underwater.

Verdict: 4/10