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World Heavyweight Championship: Rob Van Dam vs. "Big Poppa Pump" Scott Steiner {©}


2/3 Falls match for the United States Heavyweight Championship: Kanyon vs. Rey Misterio Jr. {©}


World Tag Team Championship: True Heroes vs. Natural Born Thrillers {©}

Cruiserweight Championship: TAKA vs. Jushin Thunder Liger {©}

Sting vs. Booker T

Diamond Dallas Page vs. Shane Douglas

"Nature Boy" Ric Flair vs. Chris Candido

Dustin Rhodes vs. The Destroyer

Terry Funk vs. King Corino

Alex Wright and Jamie Knoble vs. Chavo Guerrero Jr. and Fit Finlay

AJ Styles vs. Kaz Hayashi

Cruiserweight Shootout, featuring Billy Kidman, Yang, "Sugar" Shane Helms, Cash, Shannon Moore and Evan Karagis

What will be match of the night?
Sting vs Booker

How many championships will change hands?
1

Will we learn who the "CEO" is tonight?
No

Who is the CEO? (answer even if you answer no to the previous question)
Flair

TIEBREAKER: How long is the main event (minutes and seconds)?
30:00
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World Heavyweight Championship: Rob Van Dam vs. "Big Poppa Pump" Scott Steiner {©}
Although I can see you potentially holding off such a switch for the time being, as there are more possibilities for Steiner with the belt than without it
2/3 Falls match for the United States Heavyweight Championship: Kanyon vs. Rey Misterio Jr. {©}
Kanyon is on the cusp of main event stardom, making it unlikely that he'll carry the US title once again
World Tag Team Championship: True Heroes vs. Natural Born Thrillers {©}
This switch has been a long time coming, and it can begin the rise to legend status for WCW's future number one player
Cruiserweight Championship: TAKA vs. Jushin Thunder Liger {©}
Been predicting he loses the belt for some time now, I really do see the change happening here
Sting vs. Booker T
The match either signifies a new top heel for WCW or a passing of the torch from one company icon to the next
Diamond Dallas Page vs. Shane Douglas
DDP will be starting to wind at this point, whereas Douglas is on the rise
"Nature Boy" Ric Flair vs. Chris Candido
CEO debuts, dictating a DQ win for Naitch
Dustin Rhodes vs. The Destroyer
Mike's punishment for backstage issues is to job at the biggest show of the year
Terry Funk vs. King Corino
I like this gimmick, it's rather like Orton's Legend Killer phase and I look forward to seeing where you take it
Alex Wright and Jamie Knoble vs. Chavo Guerrero Jr. and Fit Finlay
The push of Knoble cannot be avoided at this stage
AJ Styles vs. Kaz Hayashi
I anticipate a AJ win to start off his time going it alone with the best possible opening
Cruiserweight Shootout, featuring Billy Kidman, Yang, "Sugar" Shane Helms, Cash, Shannon Moore and Evan Karagias
The man who beat Hogan in 2000 simply has more star power at this stage

What will be match of the night?
Sting vs Booker
How many championships will change hands?
3
Will we learn who the "CEO" is tonight?
Yes
Who is the CEO? (answer even if you answer no to the previous question)
For the ultimate swerve, Shawn Michaels
TIEBREAKER: How long is the main event (minutes and seconds)?
23:04
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World Heavyweight Championship: Rob Van Dam vs. "Big Poppa Pump" Scott Steiner {©}

2/3 Falls match for the United States Heavyweight Championship: Kanyon vs. Rey Misterio Jr. {©}

World Tag Team Championship: True Heroes vs. Natural Born Thrillers {©}

Cruiserweight Championship: TAKA vs. Jushin Thunder Liger {©}

Sting vs. Booker T

Diamond Dallas Page vs. Shane Douglas

"Nature Boy" Ric Flair vs. Chris Candido

Dustin Rhodes vs. The Destroyer

Terry Funk vs. King Corino

Alex Wright and Jamie Knoble vs. Chavo Guerrero Jr. and Fit Finlay

AJ Styles vs. Kaz Hayashi

Cruiserweight Shootout, featuring Billy Kidman, Yang, "Sugar" Shane Helms, Cash, Shannon Moore and Evan Karagis

What will be match of the night? RVD Vs Steiner

How many championships will change hands? 4

Will we learn who the "CEO" is tonight? Yes

Who is the CEO? (answer even if you answer no to the previous question) Roddy Piper

TIEBREAKER: How long is the main event (minutes and seconds)? 22:15

General diary comments/questions/critiques: Very enjoyable read so far.
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World Heavyweight Championship: Rob Van Dam vs. "Big Poppa Pump" Scott Steiner {©}

2/3 Falls match for the United States Heavyweight Championship: Kanyon vs. Rey Misterio Jr. {©}

World Tag Team Championship: True Heroes vs. Natural Born Thrillers {©}

Cruiserweight Championship: TAKA vs. Jushin Thunder Liger {©}

Sting vs. Booker T

Diamond Dallas Page vs. Shane Douglas

"Nature Boy" Ric Flair vs. Chris Candido

Dustin Rhodes vs. The Destroyer

Terry Funk vs. King Corino

Alex Wright and Jamie Knoble vs. Chavo Guerrero Jr. and Fit Finlay

AJ Styles vs. Kaz Hayashi

Cruiserweight Shootout, featuring Billy Kidman, Yang, "Sugar" Shane Helms, Cash, Shannon Moore and Evan Karagis

What will be match of the night? RVD/Steiner

How many championships will change hands? Three

Will we learn who the "CEO" is tonight? Yes

Who is the CEO? (answer even if you answer no to the previous question) Eric Bischoff

TIEBREAKER: How long is the main event (minutes and seconds)? 18:16
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December 30th, 2001
Ryougoku Sumo Hall, Tokyo Japan
One hour before bell time

I double-checked (okay, more like triple-checked) my lineup for the night, making sure everything was in order. This was a big night for us, and I wanted everything to run as smoothly as possible.

Japanese wrestling shows usually feature a higher percentage of walk-up ticket purchases than we're used to in the US, but all indications were that we'd sell out the 11 thousand-plus seat Sumo Hall tonight. That's a big deal, and it made us look like a big deal if we could pull it off. Hopefully we could deliver a great show and close out 2001 with a bang.

I was interrupted from my musings when my cell phone rang. I pulled it out of my pocket and said hello.


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"I'm in."

I grinned at that. I'd sent feelers out to several guys whose contracts were almost up, and here I had one already agreeing to jump ship. "Excellent. We'll send over the finalized contract tomorrow with the figures we agreed to. The moment you finish up with Vince, we'll bring you straight to TV."
We confirmed some of the plans we'd previously discussed and wrapped up our brief discussion, but not before the soon-to-be ex-WWF Superstar told me to put on a killer show. I told him I'd see him in 2002.






The primary purpose of this post was so I could give a 24-ish hour warning for Starrcade. I should say it'll be no more than 24 hours, and could be several hours less than that. I don't normally do this sort of thing, but with it being the last show in the long contest to decide who gets to play in the next Ultimate Fan Series, I decided to make an exception. I didn't want to post JUST for that, so I threw in that little teaser.

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Once that happens RVD will take him to the extreme and make Steiner yield to not only the future WCW World Heavyweight Champion... but also Mr. WCW (that would be a good nickname for RVD)
I've been trying to brainstorm possible nicknames for RVD. I could use the established "Mr. Monday Night", but that to me feels like something he'd just say once in a while rather than it being synonymous with him like, say, Heartbreak Kid is with Shawn Michaels. He could refer to himself as a lot of things, Mr. WCW included, but I'm not sure if he'll be getting an "official" nickname.

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You said that just because i have Megumin (Konosuba) as my avatar, isn't?
Who can say? But if you ever see me debut a new wrestler whose gimmick is that he's devoted all of his training to creating a ridiculously elaborate finishing move, to the point that he has no other moves or attributes that are at all effective, don't report me for gimmick infringement.

(The thief who steals panties and the useless goddess who wears ridiculously short skirts with no underwear are more WWF's style though.)

(Wow, that summary probably makes me sound like a giant pervert to anyone who doesn't know what I'm talking about.)

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I've had to learn photoshop for work (or rather pixlr aka poorman's photoshop) and now I look for reasons to work on my skills as it has become a fun hobby for me.....I may do this for more of your ppvs but I don't want to promise anything.
Anything you choose to do will of course be appreciated, but absolutely no pressure!

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World Tag Team Championship: True Heroes vs. Natural Born Thrillers {©}
This switch has been a long time coming, and it can begin the rise to legend status for WCW's future number one player
I can see it now: WCW World Heavyweight champion Chuck Palumbo!
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World Heavyweight Championship: Rob Van Dam vs. "Big Poppa Pump" Scott Steiner {©}

2/3 Falls match for the United States Heavyweight Championship: Kanyon vs. Rey Misterio Jr. {©}

World Tag Team Championship: True Heroes vs. Natural Born Thrillers {©}

Cruiserweight Championship: TAKA vs. Jushin Thunder Liger {©}

Sting vs. Booker T

Diamond Dallas Page vs. Shane Douglas

"Nature Boy" Ric Flair vs. Chris Candido

Dustin Rhodes vs. The Destroyer

Terry Funk vs. King Corino

Alex Wright and Jamie Knoble vs. Chavo Guerrero Jr. and Fit Finlay

AJ Styles vs. Kaz Hayashi

Cruiserweight Shootout, featuring Billy Kidman, Yang, "Sugar" Shane Helms, Cash, Shannon Moore and Evan Karagis

What will be match of the night? RVD/Steiner

How many championships will change hands? 3

Will we learn who the "CEO" is tonight? Yes, betting on them costing Ric the match

Who is the CEO? (answer even if you answer no to the previous question) Shane Douglas

TIEBREAKER: How long is the main event (minutes and seconds)? 28:34

General diary comments/questions/critiques:
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World Heavyweight Championship: Rob Van Dam vs. "Big Poppa Pump" Scott Steiner {©} I just love that I hate BPP.

2/3 Falls match for the United States Heavyweight Championship: Kanyon vs. Rey Misterio Jr. {©} WHOOOO BETTA?

World Tag Team Championship: True Heroes vs. Natural Born Thrillers {©}

Cruiserweight Championship: TAKA vs. Jushin Thunder Liger {©}

Sting vs. Booker T

Diamond Dallas Page vs. Shane Douglas

"Nature Boy" Ric Flair vs. Chris Candido

Dustin Rhodes vs. The Destroyer

Terry Funk vs. King Corino

Alex Wright and Jamie Knoble vs. Chavo Guerrero Jr. and Fit Finlay
--I will never go against Alex Wright...

AJ Styles vs. Kaz Hayashi

Cruiserweight Shootout, featuring Billy Kidman, Yang, "Sugar" Shane Helms, Cash, Shannon Moore and Evan Karagis

What will be match of the night? Sting vs. Booker T

How many championships will change hands? One

Will we learn who the "CEO" is tonight? Yes

Who is the CEO? (answer even if you answer no to the previous question) Shane McMahon

TIEBREAKER: How long is the main event (minutes and seconds)? 21:34
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Fan Scorecard:

World Heavyweight Championship: Rob Van Dam vs. "Big Poppa Pump" Scott Steiner {©}

2/3 Falls match for the United States Heavyweight Championship: Kanyon vs. Rey Misterio Jr. {©}

World Tag Team Championship: True Heroes vs. Natural Born Thrillers {©}

Cruiserweight Championship: TAKA vs. Jushin Thunder Liger {©}

Sting vs. Booker T

Diamond Dallas Page vs. Shane Douglas

"Nature Boy" Ric Flair vs. Chris Candido

Dustin Rhodes vs. The Destroyer

Terry Funk vs. King Corino

Alex Wright and Jamie Knoble vs. Chavo Guerrero Jr. and Fit Finlay

AJ Styles vs. Kaz Hayashi

Cruiserweight Shootout, featuring Billy Kidman, Yang, "Sugar" Shane Helms, Cash, Shannon Moore and Evan Karagis

What will be match of the night? TAKA vs. Jushin Thunder Liger

How many championships will change hands? 3

Will we learn who the "CEO" is tonight? Yes

Who is the CEO? Don Callis

TIEBREAKER: How long is the main event (minutes and seconds)? 17.32

General diary comments/questions/critiques: Been awesome so far, absolutely love the Bret perspective. Only thing I would like to know more of would be the state of the rest of the world. Other than that, a great read so far!
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World Heavyweight Championship: Rob Van Dam vs. "Big Poppa Pump" Scott Steiner {©} RVD Era has begun

2/3 Falls match for the United States Heavyweight Championship: Kanyon vs. Rey Misterio Jr. {©}
Misterio less headaches

World Tag Team Championship: True Heroes vs. Natural Born Thrillers {©}

Cruiserweight Championship: TAKA vs. Jushin Thunder Liger {©}

Sting vs. Booker T
I am thinking a draw to try to keep Booker less annoyed

Diamond Dallas Page vs. Shane Douglas

"Nature Boy" Ric Flair vs. Chris Candido


Dustin Rhodes vs. The Destroyer

Terry Funk vs. King Corino

Alex Wright and Jamie Knoble vs. Chavo Guerrero Jr. and Fit Finlay

AJ Styles vs. Kaz Hayashi

Cruiserweight Shootout, featuring Billy Kidman, Yang, "Sugar" Shane Helms, Cash, Shannon Moore and Evan Karagis

What will be match of the night? Flair vs Candido

How many championships will change hands? 2

Will we learn who the "CEO" is tonight? Yes

Who is the CEO? (answer even if you answer no to the previous question) Hulk Hogan

TIEBREAKER: How long is the main event (minutes and seconds)? 14:02
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World Heavyweight Championship: Rob Van Dam vs. "Big Poppa Pump" Scott Steiner {©}

2/3 Falls match for the United States Heavyweight Championship: Kanyon vs. Rey Misterio Jr. {©}


World Tag Team Championship: True Heroes vs. Natural Born Thrillers {©}

Cruiserweight Championship: TAKA vs. Jushin Thunder Liger {©}

Sting vs. Booker T

Diamond Dallas Page vs. Shane Douglas

"Nature Boy" Ric Flair vs. Chris Candido


Dustin Rhodes vs. The Destroyer

Terry Funk vs. King Corino

Alex Wright and Jamie Knoble vs. Chavo Guerrero Jr. and Fit Finlay

AJ Styles vs. Kaz Hayashi

Cruiserweight Shootout, featuring Billy Kidman, Yang, "Sugar" Shane Helms, Cash, Shannon Moore and Evan Karagis

What will be match of the night? Taka vs Liger

How many championships will change hands? 3

Will we learn who the "CEO" is tonight? Yes

Who is the CEO? (answer even if you answer no to the previous question) Ted DiBiase

TIEBREAKER: How long is the main event (minutes and seconds)? 18:21
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World Heavyweight Championship: Rob Van Dam vs. "Big Poppa Pump" Scott Steiner {©}

2/3 Falls match for the United States Heavyweight Championship: Kanyon vs. Rey Misterio Jr. {©}

World Tag Team Championship: True Heroes vs. Natural Born Thrillers {©}

Cruiserweight Championship: TAKA vs. Jushin Thunder Liger {©}

Sting vs. Booker T

Diamond Dallas Page vs. Shane Douglas

"Nature Boy" Ric Flair vs. Chris Candido

Dustin Rhodes vs. The Destroyer

Terry Funk vs. King Corino

Alex Wright and Jamie Knoble vs. Chavo Guerrero Jr. and Fit Finlay

AJ Styles vs. Kaz Hayashi

Cruiserweight Shootout, featuring Billy Kidman, Yang, "Sugar" Shane Helms, Cash, Shannon Moore and Evan Karagis

What will be match of the night?
I'll go out on a limb and say Taka-Liger.

How many championships will change hands?
Three

Will we learn who the "CEO" is tonight?
Yes!

Who is the CEO? (answer even if you answer no to the previous question)
Arn Anderson bc swerve!

TIEBREAKER: How long is the main event (minutes and seconds)?
19:25
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Default December 30th, 2001: Starrcade




From Ryougoku Sumo Hall in Tokyo, Japan

Attendance: 11,500

Announce Team: "The Professor" Mike Tenay and Bret "The Hitman" Hart





Official Theme Song: "Immigrant Song" by Led Zeppelin



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AJ Styles vs. Kaz Hayashi (w/Stacy Keibler)

Some nice cruiserweight action to open the show. It's no secret that I'm very high on the potential of AJ Styles as someone who could one day be a headliner, and even now he's a great in-ring performer. Hayashi may not have that kind of ceiling, but he's still a great high flyer and very good overall worker. I didn't think the time was right for a spotfest or all-out match, but I still fully expected some high quality in-ring work here and that's exactly what we got. There was the occasional dip in storytelling here that did hurt the match, but a lot of that was masked by great natural chemistry between Styles and Hayashi. They really brought out the best in each other as opponents, which was a nice bonus.

Stacy Keibler hadn't gotten involved much throughout the match, but she factored in at the very end when she climbed onto the apron right as AJ was perched on the top rope to deliver the finishing blow. AJ yelled at her to get down, and that's all the opportunity Kaz needed to get up and kick the ropes. AJ lost his balance and fell to the mat, and Hayashi hit a senton backsplash off the top rope to win a match most expected him to lose.



Grade: B
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Alex Wright and Jamie Knoble vs. Chavo Guerrero Jr. and Fit Finlay

While neither of these are regular tag teams, I wanted to get all four of these guys onto the show. It doesn't hurt that I'd classify three of the four as great in-ring workers (and it's not like Alex Wright isn't also very good in his own right.) The workrate was predictably strong, which made up for a lack of tag team experience. Wright and Finlay did a lot of technical wrestling, while the pace picked up a lot when Knoble and Chavo shared the ring.

Wright was getting worked over in the Chavo/Finlay corner, but he created some space with a dropkick and made the hot tag to Knoble. Chavo entered the ring illegally and charged at him, but he sent Guerrero over the top with a back body drop. Finlay tried to sneak up behind in the confusion, but Knoble was ready for him. He blocked a Finlay strike and got him in the guillotine choke, which led to a tap out after a brief struggle.



Grade: B
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Cruiserweight Shootout

As planned, this was pretty much nonstop high spots from start to finish. With all six guys legal at all times, there was almost too much action for Mike and I to call, with everybody hitting dives to the floor and moves off of the top rope. None of the six struggled to work in this style, but two stood out in a positive way. I'd already seen that Kidman excelled in this style of match, so it was no surprise to see him do well. The spotty nature of the match also brought out the best in Yang, who produced maybe the single biggest highlight reel moment of the match when he wiped out all five of his opponents with a corkscrew asai moonsault to the floor. Amidst all the chaos, Shannon Moore showed off some improved technical skills during a brief exchange of holds with Cash.

Despite the nature of the match, we DID have a story to tell here. Shane Helms joined up with his former 3 Count partners Evan Karagis and Shannon Moore to take control of the match, but it was all a ruse. He threw Moore over the top rope, then zeroed in on Karagis. He was just about to deliver the Vertebreaker when Kidman returned to the fray with a springboard dropkick that knocked Shane out of the ring. That left Billy alone with Evan, and he hit the shooting star press to win the match before anyone else could come back in to break it up. As a result of the win, Kidman gets the next shot at the cruiserweight title.



Grade: B-
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"Nature Boy" Ric Flair vs. Chris Candido (w/Tammy Sytch)

I've seen some of our fans on the message board say that this build has been among the best of the show, at least from a storytelling standpoint, and I'd say I agree. This match was really more about continuing said story than it was trying to have an actual great wrestling match, so I told Flair and Candido to really focus on telling that story here.

I thought Flair did a good job as far as understanding the psychology of how to work the match like he was enraged, doing a lot more brawling and focusing on trying to hurt the man who piledrove his son on the concrete floor, while Candido did his part as the guy who was wrestling a methodical match and waiting for his opponent to make irrational mistakes. One thing that has to be said here is Flair's age is really showing. Candido significantly outperformed him in the ring, and no disrespect to Chris, but he's nowhere near as good as Ric was in his heyday. Still, I'd say this match exceeded my expectations in many ways. It all led up to Flair getting Candido on the mat and applying the figure four in the center of the ring. That's when the master plan was set in motion.











"The CEO...is ERIC BISCHOFF?!" Mike exclaimed on commentary. Indeed, the former boss of WCW hopped over the guard rail and rolled into the ring, holding a baseball bat in his hands. He smacked Ric in the ribs with the bat for an obvious disqualification, but that was really just the beginning.


Grade: B




TAKA came down to the ring, and he, Bischoff and Candido all started beating on a helpless Flair. Arn Anderson eventually emerged from the back with a look of fury on his face, but he walked no further than the top of the entry way before stopping. Mike and I explained that he obviously wanted to come out and help his best friend, but getting physically involved would be a conflict of interest in his role as the commissioner of WCW. Instead he waved to the back for help, but it wasn't security that answered the call.







Jushin Liger ran down to the ring, and he surprised Candido with a running palm strike that sent him through the ropes. Bischoff quickly slithered out of the ring to avoid a one-on-one physical confrontation, leaving just Liger and TAKA in the ring. Arn began ordering everyone else to the back, but Bischoff smirked and handed over some paperwork. The paperwork revealed that he was the official manager of TAKA in all business matters, so he had a legal right to remain at ringside for his client's match. Arn had no choice but to let him stay, but Candido and Sytch were ordered to the back prior to the start of the cruiserweight title match.


Grade: C+
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TAKA (w/Eric Bischoff) vs. Jushin Thunder Liger {©}

As I said previously, I thought that this match probably had the highest ceiling of any on the show. Considering Liger stole the show with Chavo Guerrero Jr. last month in Calgary, I thought pitting him against TAKA, particularly in Japan, had all the makings of the best cruiserweight match in a long time. I told the two of them to shoot for exactly that, letting them know that there were no restrictions and I wanted them to do everything they could to steal the show and produce a match the fans would never forget. They accomplished that objective without a doubt. Between both guys' versatile skill sets, they were able to present a seamless blend of high flying, technical holds, counter holds and mat wrestling. Everything they did just worked, and the fans in Tokyo were buzzing, knowing they were witnessing a classic.

The only real misstep was made by me, as I penciled them in for around 22 minutes and that was a bit too long for them to maintain their intense pace the entire way through. Indeed, you could see that TAKA was slowing down ever so slightly towards the end, but I thought he and Liger both did an awesome job in this match overall. Jushin's in-ring performance was damn near flawless, and TAKA was only maybe a half a step behind with a fantastic effort of his own. This was right up there with the all-time classic matches from the glory days of the cruiserweight division, if not even better because of the crowd reaction.

They not only had an amazing match from an athletic standpoint, but they told a really good story too. The concept was that while Liger is one of the most innovative aerial wrestlers of all time, he's lost some of that to Father Time and thus has to rely more on an improved mat wrestling game, while TAKA, who is nine years younger, used big aerial high spots to one-up the legend who created such moves as the shooting star press. Yet Liger was still a very good flyer and TAKA's no slouch in the technical wrestling department, which only added to the drama.

Initially I was going to have Bischoff factor into the finish, but I changed my mind for multiple reasons. For one, we'd done a non-clean finish in the Styles/Hayashi opener and in the Flair/Candido match that immediately preceded this one, and doing another one here felt like it would be overkill. I also thought it would cheapen the match itself, and considering how good the match turned out I'm glad I made the decision I did. Eric merely stood in silent support as Liger connected with a rolling koppou kick and lifted the challenger for a Running Liger Bomb, only for TAKA to counter it with a hurricanrana. From there TAKA hit a precision springboard dropkick to the back of the head when Liger got up, and finally used the Michinoku Driver to win the match and the championship!



Grade: A
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Partly to give the fans in Sumo Hall and watching at home time to breathe after that match, and partly to make the main event feel like a big deal, we showed a brief split-screen shot of both RVD and Steiner going through pre-match warm-ups in their locker rooms. RVD was stretching and throwing kicks, while Scott did some push-ups on the floor.


Grade: B
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Diamond Dallas Page (w/Kimberly) vs. Shane Douglas

In an unannounced surprise, Kimberly accompanied DDP to the ring. This was a true last-minute decision; she didn't even agree to the offer until a few days before the show. I thought it was appropriate to bring her back given how often her name has been brought up recently. Her "girl next door" gimmick (I don't think too many people grew up with a girl who looked like that next door) got a very good initial response. DDP was of course pleased to have his wife back in the company, but unfortunately her presence seemed to overwhelm him and drag his performance down.

These guys had a tough act to follow coming off of that cruiserweight title match. Fortunately they were telling a totally different story and working a totally different style. The last match was filled with mat wrestling and aerial spots; this was a fight. It was a pure brawl from beginning to end, with both guys doing a great job selling the animosity of the rivalry as they fought not only in the ring but around ringside, slamming and throwing each other into various objects (the floor, the post, the steps, etc.) Douglas in particular was very well suited to working in this kind of match. Maybe he was relying on his ECW experience a bit, though there were no actual weapons used.

Douglas controlled the middle portions of the match, but a discus clothesline opened the way for a late-match comeback from DDP. Dallas went through a few of his major spots before throwing up the sign for the Diamond Cutter. Douglas was able to narrowly avoid the move and went to the floor to regroup. Page followed him out, and thus began a chase around the ringside area. As Douglas ran past Kimberly he deliberately got behind her and shoved her towards Page, who had to put on the brakes to avoid colliding with her. Dallas checked to make sure she was okay as he gently moved her out of the way, and Shane hit him with a sneaky low blow amidst the confusion. He rammed DDP's head into the ring post before taking him back into the ring, where he used the Franchiser to finish the match. Maybe it wasn't an instant classic like the match right before it, but they did a great job at delivering a heated brawl and produced a match that would've been the night's best on some of our other PPVs.



Grade: B+
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Terry Funk vs. King Corino

Having anticipated that the previous two matches would be very strong, and knowing there were still five matches yet to come after this one, I thought it would be a good idea to bring the fans back down a bit to make sure they weren't drained before we got to the final matches. I told Funk and Corino to let the crowd cool down and catch their breath, and they dutifully followed my directive with a simple, basic match. This was the worst match on the show, but it was designed that way. This was never going to be about trying to tear the house down, especially with Terry's physical condition. I love the guy to death, but he honestly should've hung his boots up (for real) a long time ago. That was pretty much the story we told in the match too, with the much younger Corino outwrestling Funk and pinning him with the piledriver. Yes, just like the "King" moniker, he co-opted the piledriver from Jerry Lawler.


Grade: C-
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True Heroes vs. The Natural Born Thrillers {©}

The match psychology was fairly simple here. Storm and Punk tried to isolate one member of the Thrillers in their half of the ring and wear him down with mat wrestling, while Palumbo and O'Haire wanted to use their size and strength to their advantage. After some early shine for the Thrillers, O'Haire was cut off from his partner. Several times he'd seem to be on the verge of breaking free to make the tag, but Punk and/or Storm would do something underhanded to prevent it from happening. In many ways it followed the template of a traditional Southern-style tag team match, but that style became a template for a reason. It also probably helped that this wasn't as common a match layout in Japan, so it might not have seemed as cliché to the fans in Tokyo. I was pleased with how this match turned out, and I think it was in no small part due to the natural chemistry between Punk and Storm and the experience of the Thrillers, who have worked together frequently enough now that they're a pretty seasoned team. I'd say this was right at about the same level as the Thrillers' match with Hugh Morrus and Konnan as the best tag title matches we've put on.

O'Haire finally made the hot tag to Palumbo. If there was a weak point of the match, this was it. Chuck really underperformed here. His "house of fire" offense was uninspired, with some phony-looking strikes and slams. Oh well. It ended with Palumbo getting Storm up over his shoulder and planting him with the running powerslam, which he's been winning a lot of matches with.

One problem: Punk had slapped Storm's foot as he was up over Chuck's shoulder, tagging himself in. Palumbo wasn't aware of it, but Punk was, and more importantly so was the referee. Punk entered the ring, kicked Palumbo in the head as he was still covering Storm and wondering why the ref hadn't started counting, and drilled him with the Devil Lock DDT to win the titles! The Thrillers did a good job propping the tag division up throughout 2001 but it was time for a change. I really like the combination of Punk and Storm, and it's time to see what they can do as the centerpiece of the division.



Grade: B
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Time to slip in another non-wrestling segment after three matches in a row. We showed a video that recapped Booker T's frustration and heel turn built around his obsession with regaining the world title, and viewing Sting as an obstacle preventing him from doing so. Our production team came through here; this was great.


Grade: A
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Two out of Three Falls:
Kanyon vs. Rey Misterio Jr. {©}


I knew two things going in based on Rey and Kanyon's previous two PPV matches: they'd work together really well as opponents, and the match would suffer for the lack of a true ring general in there to take it to the next level. What remained to be seen was how they'd fare with a longer runtime, because due to the 2/3 falls nature of the match I gave them a shade under thirty minutes to work with. I thought they both responded well to that challenge, as neither guy showed any real sign of fatigue at any point.

After Rey showed off some of his aerial stuff in the opening minutes, Kanyon caught him out of mid-air and hit a Flatliner to win the first fall. This set Rey up as the underdog, and Mike and I really played up that aspect of his character as a man who never backs down despite the odds. Perhaps we should've come up with something a bit more interesting to focus on though, because the early feedback I've seen online has only been average.

Kanyon carried his momentum into the second fall, very nearly putting Rey away several times as he pulled off as many innovative throws as he could think of. Rey, being the consummate courageous underdog, took everything Kanyon could dish out and keep coming back for more, eventually scoring with a twisting hurricanrana to even the match at a fall apiece.

To the surprise of very few, it came down to the third and final fall to decide who would walk out as United States champion. The story of the third fall was both guys going back and forth, hitting every signature move in their arsenal to try and close the match out. They mirrored the closing minutes of their first match at WCW vs. The World when Kanyon caught Rey's springboard hurricanana and turned it into a sit-out powerbomb for a near-fall, but this time when Kanyon tried to follow it up with the Flatliner Rey slipped free. Kanyon kneed him in the gut and took him to the top rope for a super powerbomb, but Rey countered into a hurricanrana off the top! That was nicely executed, and a perfect way to close out this match. I was ultimately happy with the trilogy of matches these two had, but if one of them can improve enough in psychology to be able to put together stronger in-ring stories, this could be a dynamite feud to re-visit down the line with their chemistry as opponents.



Grade: B
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Dustin Rhodes vs. The Destroyer (w/Father Isaac)

This match avoided the pitfall of awkward and clunky timing that Dustin and Vampiro seemed to have together, but it had problems of its own. Some of that was my fault, because I told them to go out there and concentrate on working the crowd so they'd be as hot as possible for the final two matches. The crowd was already heated up enough though after two very good matches to follow the intentional cooling-down Funk and Corino provided, so this was unnecessary. The other major negative was not my doing. Dustin hasn't been the most consistent performer in recent years, and he had a pretty lackluster outing tonight, especially considering it was Starrcade. The match wasn't terrible or anything, but I'd be lying if I said it wasn't a mild disappointment to me based on what I know both guys are capable of.

I'm sure most of the fans watching at home spent the whole match waiting for the inevitable Vampiro run-in, but those fans would be left waiting. There was no run-in, and there wasn't even any real part for Isaac to play (aside from simply supporting Destroyer by giving him instructions and telling him to "annihilate him!", which fits Awesome's new character perfectly and really adds to the act.) Instead it was a straight-up match, and a shockingly clean and decisive finish as the Destruction Bomb left Dustin staring up at the lights.



Grade: C




Only after the match did Vampiro show his face. He joined Destroyer in the ring as the two of them went to work on a fallen and defenseless Rhodes. After some stomps and punches, Vampiro used his Nail in the Coffin finisher. If you thought that was the end, you were wrong. Vampiro went to the floor and pulled a table out from underneath the ring, which he then set up in perfect position for what came next. The Destroyer took Dustin up to the top rope and put him through the table with a Super Destruction Bomb! That was very impressive visually, and it worked wonders as far as helping The Destroyer live up to his name. The Japanese fans clearly viewed him as a star here, which I'm sure also had something to do with his time in FMW as The Gladiator. Vampiro had no such reputation in Japan, and the fans in Tokyo didn't seem too impressed with him. I guess they have that in common with a decent percentage of our locker room.


Grade: C+
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Sting vs. Booker T

This was either the biggest or second biggest match on the card as far as star power goes, but I had a few concerns heading in. The biggest was the performance of Sting, who is nowhere near the state of Flair, Funk or even his good buddy Luger, but is still past his prime physically. I was also worried about the kind of effort we'd get out of Booker T with his recent backstage frustration. While I think the big bonus I just gave him alleviated a lot of that, he still seems a bit grumpy and I worried it would affect his performance. Considering their match at Halloween Havoc had been fairly mediocre given their talents, my expectations weren't very high for this one.

Boy, did they blow those expectations out of the water! I don't know if it was the marquee event that is Starrcade encouraging them to draw out a little something extra, Booker being firmly established as a heel this time around, him wanting to go out and prove a point to me, or maybe a combination of all of the above. All I know is that these two guys were fantastic tonight. Booker seemed sufficiently motivated, and Sting surprised the heck out of me by outperforming his younger opponent. This was miles better than their Halloween Havoc match, and one of the very best we've put on all year. It would've been match of the night on almost any other show we've run, but they had the misfortune of being on the same show as Liger vs. TAKA (and they weren't even too far from that benchmark.)

Booker was able to work as a full-fledged heel this time, and he embraced his role to the fullest. He worked an aggressive style and disrespected Sting throughout, and continued his storyline by shouting and complaining about Sting stealing his title shot whenever he had the advantage. It all led up to Booker dropping Sting with the Harlem Sidekick, then strutting up to the top rope for the Harlem Hangover...

...but in a nod to the Sting/Flair matches, he was cut off and thrown down to the mat with a press slam! Booker got up and staggered back towards a corner, and Sting followed him in with the Stinger Splash. Booker got out of the way though, and Sting crashed into the buckles. Booker schoolboyed him and got a surprising 3-count. I'm not sure if I'll continue this feud going forward, but if I don't this match was a heck of a way to wrap it up.



Grade: B+
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Before the main event, I temporarily took off the headset and went into the ring to address the fans. Well, more accurately I said stuff in English and then we had a guy who translated it for the fans, because me standing there cutting an English promo in Japan in front of an audience who had no clue what I was saying wouldn't have worked too well. It was pretty generic; just me thanking the Japanese fans for welcoming WCW and giving us our biggest audience of the year, and also thanking our partners at tv asahi for giving us a platform to showcase our brand of wrestling. I vowed that Japan would continue to be a big focus for WCW in the future, and invited the fans to join us again in 2002. Shots fired, Vince.


Grade: A
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Rob Van Dam vs. "Big Poppa Pump" Scott Steiner (w/Midajah) {©}

This was without doubt the hottest storyline in the company heading in, it had the benefit of being for the world title, and it featured two of our most popular wrestlers in Japan. It had all the makings of a classic, and from a performance standpoint that's exactly what we got. Both guys were absolutely at the top of their game tonight, with Steiner bringing the intensity, the suplexes, the stiff shots and the arrogance, and RVD throwing his kicks and pulling off his "one of a kind" spots, like the discus leg drop off the apron to the floor as Steiner was draped over the guard rail, and even a somersault from the top rope and onto Steiner as he stood just beyond the guard rail on the side of the fans (with security keeping the fans safely out of the way, of course.) It was an absolutely amazing match. I gave both guys an in-ring score of A for their performances, which I have never done before. Even in the Liger/TAKA classic from earlier; while Liger did get an A from me, I "only" gave TAKA a B+. Given all of that, you'd have expected this was an easy match of the year in WCW.

One problem: this was in no way the match we'd built up to in the story. RVD was supposed to be wrestling much more aggressively as he fought to avenge Bill Alfonso, but he was still doing his usual acrobatic routine, complete with frequent "R-V-D-" finger points. The match may have been amazing athletically, but I'm sure the fans who'd followed the feud heading in were scratching their heads wondering what the hell was going on. The action was still good enough that the match was not what anyone could reasonably call terrible, but the disregarding of the established story we'd laid out kept it from being a serious contender for match of the night, never mind match of the year.

RVD was up top for the Five Star Frog Splash, but it was too early and Steiner was able to cut him off. Scott got the better of a brief punching exchange as they both stood on the ropes, then showed he was truly pulling out all the stops by busting out a Frankensteiner from the middle rope! RVD got a shoulder up on the ensuing pin attempt, and when Scott whipped him off the ropes he ducked under a lariat and stunned the champion with a roundhouse kick to the head.

After an array of kicks put Steiner down RVD went for a split-legged moonsault, but Scott blocked it with his knees. A release German suplex set up the Steiner Recliner! Scott had his signature submission on, and he had it on right in the center of the ring. It was a long crawl for RVD, but he fought through the pain and made it to the ropes to force a break. Steiner just barely broke before a 5 count that would've disqualified him, and he started yelling at Nick Patrick.

Scott waved his arms as if to say "this is over," then put it more literally as he screamed "I'm gonna break your neck!" He pulled RVD up by the hair and lifted him into the air for the Steiner Screwdriver. That would've been a no doubt match-ender and Mike and I established it as such, but Van Dam was able to connect with several knees to the head even while upside down in the air and freed himself. He planted Scott with an elevated double underhook facebuster (like a Pedigree, but better!), then took another trip up to the top rope. He again went for the Five Star Frog Splash...and this time he connected! Nick Patrick got into position and counted once...





twice...





three times! Rob Van Dam is the new world heavyweight champion!



Grade: B


The Japanese crowds don't usually scream and yell like American fans do, but make no mistake: they were very happy to see RVD win the title. They applauded loudly when the three count was made twenty minutes and twenty-seven seconds into the match, and the ovation continued when Nick Patrick handed him the belt. He draped it across his shoulder and went up to the second rope, where he of course did his "R-V-D" pose.

A big babyface contingent (primarily guys who weren't otherwise on the show, like American Dragon, Ernest Miller and Norman Smiley) came out from the back to congratulate the new champion. He accepted handshakes and congratulations, and Hugh Morrus and Konnan lifted him up onto their shoulders to celebrate. The closing shot of the show was RVD hoisted in the air, smiling and doing his pose with the belt on his shoulder as Mike and I wondered about how different WCW would look in 2002 with Rob Van Dam as the new top man.

As I said, the Japanese fans love Van Dam. He's been heavily featured on our shows, and our deal with tv asahi has allowed him to become a budding star over here, to the point that even the WWF probably only has four or five guys max who are more popular. They reacted great to the title switch, which made this angle feel really special. If only the match itself had been this good.



Grade: A*

Show Overall Grade: B+






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Prediction scores (maximum possible points: 16)

(+3 = correctly predicted RVD as the next world champion back in August)

Satyr24: 15

K-Nection: 14 (+3)
jscotty: 14 (+3)

Dead_Jester: 13
Uncrewed: 13
LordofGustav: 13
Cro Cop Rules: 13 (+3)

Beejus: 12 (+3)
DGenerationMC: 12
Rateddc: 12
evileddie10: 12
michgcs: 12
Theheel: 12

crackerjack: 11
chrismday: 11
AMarc9-8: 11

deanohbk: 10
Briskout: 10
SomeLazyMagic: 10

smw88: 9
KnowYourEnemy: 9
Nobby_McDonald: 9
The_Lariat: 9
GingeyOne: 9 (+3)

The Lloyd: 8
Happy0wns: 8
Wolfman84: 8 (+3)
Inic: 8

rjhabeeb: 7
Warhawk8492: 7 (+3)

2Sweet: 6
franticloser: 6

Texasrangers13: 5
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FINAL STANDINGS in prediction contest to determine the next Ultimate Fan Series field:

1. K-Nection: 77

2. Beejus: 73

3. jscotty: 72

4. Dead_Jester: 69 (18:45)
5. Uncrewed: 69 (24:15)

6. Satyr24: 68

7. Cro Cop Rules: 67

8. crackerjack: 64


smw88: 63

evileddie10: 62
michgcs: 62

deanohbk: 57

Nobby_McDonald: 55

franticloser: 53
DGenerationMC: 53

BHK6: 52
Happy0wns: 52
KnowYourEnemy: 52

chrismday: 48

GingeyOne: 45

The Lariat: 43

AMarc9-8: 41
Rateddc: 41

LordofGustav: 40

rjhabeeb: 39

SomeLazyMagic: 37
Wolfman84: 37

Superkickparty: 35

2Sweet: 33
Briskout: 33

Warhawk8492: 29

HRTVAndrew: 24

Anderz: 23

Rainmaker: 22

StarshipAwsome: 14

Theheel: 12
Texasrangers13: 12

tg01: 8
The Lloyd: 8
Inic: 8

Armando Payne: 7

sportsfanmas: 6
Theheel: 6

PopeBrandonBrownson: 5

Congrats to the top 8! I'll be contacting all of you via PM very shortly (like as soon as I post this) to confirm whether or not you want to take part in the next UFS, which will start drafting very soon

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What will be match of the night? Sting vs. Booker T edit: although I had a dream it will be kanyon vs Rey (which is a wierd thing to dream but I'll stick with my first pick)
Our subconscious really does dream about some strange things sometimes, huh? I'm pretty sure I've had a dream or two about my diaries over the years, but I wouldn't have expected someone else to do so. I guess I should be flattered by your subconscious.

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General diary comments/questions/critiques: Been awesome so far, absolutely love the Bret perspective. Only thing I would like to know more of would be the state of the rest of the world. Other than that, a great read so far!
I do sometimes feel the same way, though I try to balance it out as focusing on things that Bret himself would be following most closely, which I would think would be primarily the WWF and only major stuff from anyone else. I'm definitely open to suggestions if anybody has an idea on what information they'd like to see and/or how they'd like to see it presented.

I will be posting the year end awards and Power 100 (not doing all 500!) in two or three days, so you have that to look forward to if you're interested in seeing what's going on elsewhere in the game world. Most of the awards went about how I expected, but there was one MAJOR surprise in there too.
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The Japanese crowds don't usually scream and yell like American fans do, but make no mistake: they were very happy to see RVD win the title. They applauded loudly when the three count was made twenty minutes and twenty-seven seconds into the match, and the ovation continued when Nick Patrick handed him the belt. He draped it across his shoulder and went up to the second rope, where he of course did his "R-V-D" pose.
I knew I should have photoshopped a "if Steiner wins, we riot" sign for the event! I forgot R-V-D was Cena's opponent at that one night stand.
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All i can say this was an impressive Starcade! RVD will be the leading the torch of the future of WCW. So, the Monday Night Wars... continue...

Now to respond to your comments, you forgot to mention the sadomasochistic paladin, who's also more WWF style.
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