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World Heavyweight Championship: Matt Hardy vs. The Unnatural {}

#1 Contender's Match: "The Hellraiser" Steve Austin vs. Rey Mysterio Jr.

World Tag Team Championship: Made in Italy vs. True Heroes {}

United States Heavyweight Championship: Hayabusa vs. Rob Van Dam {}

10 Man Battle Royal for the vacant World Television Championship, featuring: Brian Kendrick, Chavo Guerrero Jr, Christopher Daniels, Colt Cabana, Fit Finlay, Konnan, Mark Jindrak, Paul London, Shane Helms and Yang

Cruiserweight Championship: Kaz Hayashi vs. TAKA{}

The Shooting Stars vs. The Dangerous Alliance

Volador Jr. and Aguila vs. The Calgary Bulldogs

What will be match of the night? Austin vs Myserio

How many championships will change hands (the TV title doesn't count)? 1

Who will be named the new president of WCW? Dusty Rhodes

BONUS (worth 3 points): Who will be the next WCW Women's World Champion? Meiko Satomura
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World Heavyweight Championship: Matt Hardy vs. The Unnatural {}

#1 Contender's Match: "The Hellraiser" Steve Austin vs. Rey Mysterio Jr.

World Tag Team Championship: Made in Italy vs. True Heroes {}

United States Heavyweight Championship: Hayabusa vs. Rob Van Dam {}

10 Man Battle Royal for the vacant World Television Championship, featuring: Brian Kendrick, Chavo Guerrero Jr, Christopher Daniels, Colt Cabana, Fit Finlay, Konnan, Mark Jindrak, Paul London, Shane Helms and Yang

Cruiserweight Championship: Kaz Hayashi vs. TAKA{}

The Shooting Stars vs. The Dangerous Alliance

Volador Jr. and Aguila
vs. The Calgary Bulldogs

What will be match of the night? Austin v Mysterio

How many championships will change hands (the TV title doesn't count)? 0

Who will be named the new president of WCW? Sting

BONUS (worth 3 points): Who will be the next WCW Women's World Champion? Mae Young
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World Heavyweight Championship: Matt Hardy vs. The Unnatural {} (Well, I was expecting this match, but not quite this early. It does make sense, because Austin and Mysterio were probably the two other most believable challengers. Jeff wasn't where he needed to be to succeed in WCW as the World Champion, and neither is Matt.)

#1 Contender's Match: "The Hellraiser" Steve Austin vs. Rey Mysterio Jr. (We've seen Mysterio vs. Unnatural before. Now it's time for something new, an epic feud that will truly take WCW to the top. Well, more than ever, at least.)

World Tag Team Championship: Made in Italy vs. True Heroes {} (No title change here! True Heroes have to carry the tag team division for a little bit longer until we finally find that new special team... and the challengers aren't it.)

United States Heavyweight Championship: Hayabusa vs. Rob Van Dam {} (Argh, I want to give this one to Hayabusa, just because he's so cool! But RVD is quite a bit higher up the card, so I suppose he retains.)

10 Man Battle Royal for the vacant World Television Championship, featuring: Brian Kendrick, Chavo Guerrero Jr, Christopher Daniels, Colt Cabana, Fit Finlay, Konnan, Mark Jindrak, Paul London, Shane Helms and Yang (Looks like Kendrick has caught on even sooner than I thought he would. I think he is going to have a run of beating veterans in TV title matches. I can see Daniels' next feud coming from this match.)

Cruiserweight Championship: Kaz Hayashi vs. TAKA {} (We can't have TAKA looking totally terrible after the Empire's split. Much as I'd like to pick Kaz, TAKA is a good hand and should be kept credible.)

The Shooting Stars vs. The Dangerous Alliance (I've got to go with my first draft pick, Sean O'Haire! Kidman and Hart can make him look like a killer in this match.)

Volador Jr. and Aguila vs. The Calgary Bulldogs (I see Bret's boys winning here. It would be cool if the luchadors managed the upset, though. I'd like to see more luchadors in WCW.)

What will be match of the night? Austin vs. Mysterio.

How many championships will change hands (the TV title doesn't count)? None.

Who will be named the new president of WCW? Sheesh, a lot of people could fit this role. I think I'll pick Roddy Piper. He has great mic skills, and I can see him standing up to overconfident heels.

BONUS (worth 3 points): Who will be the next WCW Women's World Champion? Meiko Satomura!

General diary comments/questions/critiques: I've said this earlier, but give the luchadors a bigger role in WCW. You have an interesting blend of American, Canadian, and Japanese wrestling styles in the company; some lucha would make the WCW style even more diverse! Also, I hope to see the Yung Dragons on the winning side more often in the future.
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World Heavyweight Championship: Matt Hardy vs. The Unnatural {}
It makes zero sense at all for Matt to win imo. So I'm choosing him!

#1 Contender's Match: "The Hellraiser" Steve Austin vs. Rey Mysterio Jr.

World Tag Team Championship: Made in Italy vs. True Heroes {}

United States Heavyweight Championship: Hayabusa vs. Rob Van Dam {}

10 Man Battle Royal for the vacant World Television Championship, featuring: Brian Kendrick, Chavo Guerrero Jr, Christopher Daniels, Colt Cabana, Fit Finlay, Konnan, Mark Jindrak, Paul London, Shane Helms and Yang

Cruiserweight Championship: Kaz Hayashi vs. TAKA{}

The Shooting Stars vs. The Dangerous Alliance

Volador Jr. and Aguila vs. The Calgary Bulldogs

What will be match of the night? Unnatural vs Hardy
i get that austin/mysterio is probably the favorite, but unnatural keeps pulling off these natural matches.

How many championships will change hands (the TV title doesn't count)? 2

Who will be named the new president of WCW? Steve Corino

BONUS (worth 3 points): Who will be the next WCW Women's World Champion? Meiko Satomura

Haven't really been predicting but still reading! (I may have missed Starrcade by like, a week. Woops)
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January 25th, 2004

From London, England

Attendance: 33,000

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






Official Theme Song: "Sin" by Stone Temple Pilots


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Arn Anderson stood in the ring after the short opening video. He gave a short speech thanking the WCW ownership for trusting him to captain the ship for the last nearly three years, and he also thanked the wrestlers for putting on such amazing action between the ropes and the fans for paying their hard earned money to watch it. "All of us, together, have taken WCW to new heights, and it has been an honor to be a part of it! But recent events have convinced me that it's time for me to step down and hand the keys to the castle over to someone else. The powers-that-be have spent the last few weeks narrowing down their list of candidates, and I can say that in my humble opinion they've made a great choice. In years gone by this man and I didn't always see eye to eye, but no one can question his knowledge of professional wrestling, and no one could ever claim that he isn't passionate about World Championship Wrestling. It is my honor to welcome the new President of World Championship Wrestling...












"The American Dream" Dusty Rhodes!"

Dusty got a nice round of applause, which he ate up as he walked down the ramp. He shook hands with his old rival and accepted the microphone. I'm not going to try and transcribe what exactly he said, but in his own unique style Dusty said he was excited for the opportunity and promised to do his best to keep WCW rolling like a ball of fire, all the way to the pay winda, daddy! (OK, I lied; there's a little bit of Dusty-ism.) This angle wasn't anything special, but it did the job and was a solid way to get the London fans interested right at the top of the show. I also think Dusty is getting more comfortable in his role as a wholesome legend, which should be really fitting as a character in a position of authority.



Grade: 74
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10-Man Battle Royal:

A battle royal seemed like a good way to fill this vacancy, plus it was a good way to get several mid-level guys on the PPV. Some of these guys, like Jindrak, Konnan and Fit, don't get many chances to work on PPV these days, so that was nice. As for the match itself, there's not a ton to say. It was a pretty standard battle royal. I was kind of impressed with the brawling Chavo and Kendrick displayed, and the match succeeded in getting the crowd hotter.

Yang was eliminating people in rapid succession and proving to be a real threat, so a group effort commenced to get him out. That left us with our final four: Kendrick, Guerrero, Daniels and London. They paired off, Kendrick battling Chavo while Daniels met up with London. Chavo's attempted brainbuster was blocked and Kendrick countered with a vertical suplex lift into an elimination. Meanwhile a dropsault from London knocked Daniels off the apron and to the floor, leaving us with our two finalists. They had a fast-paced exchange, with London showing off some improved technical chops. Kendrick went for Sliced Bread, but London shoved him away and connected with a dropsault to the back that sent Kendrick over the top rope!

London began celebrating...only to be grabbed from behind and thrown out of the ring by Kendrick! Mike and I were confused, especially when referee Mark Johnson rose Kendrick's hand. A replay showed that Brian had held onto the top rope, made sure his feet didn't touch the floor and pulled off his trainer Shawn Michaels' old "skin the cat" trick. Kendrick was officially the new TV Champion!



Grade: 82
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Ric Flair and Bobby Roode summoned AJ Styles to the ring. AJ came out in street clothes; we pointed out that he wasn't booked on the show, but was in attendance to do some PR work and a meet and greet with fans. Flair confirmed that he'd been scouting Styles during his match against Brian Kendrick on the January 5th Nitro, but said he'd had an eye on him for far longer than that.

"When I stepped into War Games with my career on the line in 2002, you were one of the men I picked to step into war at my side! And you've only gotten stronger since then. AJ Styles, you really are PHENOMENAL, woo! But hopefully you've been learning an important lesson recently, and it's a lesson I learned decades ago. If you want to make it to the top in professional wrestling, if you wanna be the heavyweight champion of the world some day, you can't go it alone! You need people watching your back! That's something I knew for years, and that's what the Four Horsemen was all about. And all you need to do is look at the list of champions here in WCW to see that it applies now more than ever. You think Dustin Rhodes would be champion of the world without Salvation? How about Rob Van Dam and the Dangerous Alliance? It's a fact of life, AJ: there's strength in numbers. And that's why I want you and Bobby Roode to work together!"

AJ looked very surprised by the offer, and unsure how to respond. I thought he did a fantastic job in his delivery, selling the idea that he didn't know what to think or what was the best decision to make. Roode was also great, reminding Styles about his losses to Sean O'Haire at Starrcade and in the Stu Hart Classic. "If we were working together, you would've won that tournament, and I'd still be the Television Champion! We're both championship caliber wrestlers on our own, but on the same side? We'd be unstoppable!"

AJ acknowledged Roode's point; it was true that what would eventually become the Dangerous Alliance had directly interfered in his Stu Hart Classic Semifinal match against Sean O'Haire. Maybe if he'd had someone there to stop that from happening, he'd have won the whole thing and would be the world champion by now? He still wasn't sure what to say though, but Flair gave him an out. "We don't need an answer tonight, AJ," he said. "Just think it over, and get back to us when you're ready to rule the world! WOOOOOOO!"

Tenay's announcing wasn't the greatest here, but it was still a home run of a segment.



Grade: 100
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Aguila and Volador Jr. vs. The Calgary Bulldogs

If anyone needed proof that Harry Smith is a full-blown heel now, The Stampede Bulldogs jumped their opponents from behind before the bell. Despite their name being an obvious reference to Davey Boy and Dynamite, on commentary I likened them to the original, win-at-all-costs heel version of the Hart Foundation, with Harry as the powerhouse "anvil" while TJ filled my role as the smaller, more technically gifted member of the team. I think it's a fitting comparison.

TJ was the weak link from a performance standpoint, but that's just because the fans aren't reacting to him much yet. That'll change as he gets continued exposure. Everyone else was roughly on the same level.

We focused mainly on telling the story here and establishing the heel presence of the Bulldogs. It was a pretty open match, but the Bulldogs were willing to take any shortcuts they needed to regain control. They did just that at the end, with Harry getting in a cheap shot on Aguila from the apron. Then they polished Volador off with a modern take on our old Hart Attack finisher, except TJ delivered a lariat off of a springboard instead of running the ropes.



Grade: 79
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Kaz Hayashi (w/Stacy Keibler) vs. TAKA (w/Tammy Sytch){}

Before the match, Tammy grabbed the microphone from the ring announcer and yelled at Keibler. She called her a "low-rent, generic brand wannabe Tammy Sytch" and said she'd already perfected the role so Stacy should just go away. Keibler just laughed and struck a pose for the fans, who ate it up. The fans had fun here, and I thought TAKA looked excellent as he smiled along and nodded at just the right points in Tammy's promo, and pretended to be disgusted when the spotlight was on Stacy.


Grade: 85


With the fun little pre-match stuff over, it was time for the guys to take over. There was always going to be difficulty in fully engaging the fans here with it being an all heel matchup, but I simply didn't have a viable face lined up for TAKA to defend against here. Plus I don't think it's the worst thing to do this once in a while; why shouldn't heels fight if they both want the same prize?

Kaz served as the de facto face, but the crowd reaction was noticeably muted. They worked hard though. I told them to go all out and try to deliver great action to counter the lack of crowd reaction. Kaz was very good and TAKA was awesome, with both guys pulling off some eye-popping aerial spots, but the crowd level ensured this was the worst match on the show. (Still not too bad though.) After Hayashi came up empty on a back senton off the top rope, TAKA made him pay with the Michinoku Driver.



Grade: 76
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We didn't advertise this angle because it's something I only came up with a few days before the show, but Jamie Knoble was a guest on Piper's Pit. They both had a good laugh about The Empire dissolving, and Knoble said he felt freer than he had in a year. Piper came across well, like he genuinely liked Knoble and was happy to see him on his own, and Knoble did a good job at getting across how excited he was. When Roddy asked him what was next in his career, Knoble did not hesitate. "I had a little taste of gold when I was the cruiserweight champion last year, but it wasn't near enough. What I want is to win another title, and this West Virginia boy will go through any champion he's got to!"









Out stepped The Great Sasuke, wearing his UWA Welterweight title. He slowly walked down the ramp, and when he got into the ring he took his belt off and held it up near Knoble's face to taunt him. Jamie grit his teeth at the disrespect, but stood there and nodded. Sasuke didn't get much of a reaction when he came out, which probably hurt the impact of this angle somewhat.


Grade: 82
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Hayabusa vs. Rob Van Dam (w/Paul Heyman) {}

Much like the last match, I told Hayabusa and RVD to waste no time in getting to the action. This was an all-out spotfest almost from the opening bell. That's a style that I think suits both guys pretty well, and that was backed up here for the most part, but unfortunately it seemed like Hayabusa didn't handle the pressure too well. He was okay, but RVD looked right at home. He pulled off many of the flashy high spots he's been known for, but did so with the right amount of swagger and arrogance to keep people booing him. As far as individual performances go, RVD was the best of the night to this point. The match itself was good also, though RVD can and has had much stronger.

Dives to the floor, creative spots on the guardrail, ramp and around ringside, and of course moves off the top rope--you name it, this match had it. The English crowd bought into a near-fall when Hayabusa evaded a spin kick and planted RVD into the canvas with a Falcon Arrow, but the champion kicked out just in time. That was as close as Hayabusa would come to the championship. The match continued on for several more minutes, but after a few well-placed martial arts kicks, Van Dam set Hayabusa up with a rolling fireman's carry slam and hit the Five Star Frog Splash to retain his title.



Grade: 83
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Becky Bayless welcomed newcomers Kevin Steen and El Generico, collectively known as 'Steenerico', to the backstage interview set. The purpose of this segment was to further establish and introduce these two guys and the dynamic between them. The idea is that Steen is no-nonsense and here to win, while Generico...is a pale white dude in a lucha mask who talks in phony Spanish. Steen would be in the middle of answering one of Becky's questions when Generico would jump in with some nonsense that derailed everything. Eventually Steen got so frustrated that he glared at Generico, shouted "be serious!" and stormed off the set.

Generico's delivery of his lines wasn't the greatest; it was played for laughs, but the timing and the lines themselves just didn't work that well. The fans were pretty dead here, which honestly was to be expected here. These two are still almost unknowns, but I think they've both got potential to be moneymakers down the line. Despite some really good work by Becky to keep things from completely falling apart, this angle didn't interest the fans too much.



Grade: 55
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Made in Italy (w/Dawn Marie) vs. True Heroes {}

I viewed this as a major opportunity for Made in Italy to prove that they can hang with the best and hold up their own end. For Johnny Parisi in particular, who lots of people in the company are very high on as a potential future main event star, this was a chance to make a major statement. I gave the teams plenty of time and told them to call it in the ring, fully trusting Lance Storm to be able to read the crowd. It was a smash success by any way you can measure it. Made in Italy handled the moment well, turning in very good performances.

To no one's surprise though, it was the Heroes who truly stood out here. Lance was fantastic as usual, keeping the match humming at a good pace and showing off some crisp technical skills. He even did some on-the-job training in a chain wrestling sequence with Parisi that will hopefully help the kid up his game in the future. And as great as Lance was, Punk was even better. He was simply flawless; everything he did looked great, he had a ton of fire on the hot tag, and the London fans treated him like a superstar. Thanks to the Heroes this was an amazing match; the best tag title match since their ladder match with the Hardys that headlined Starrcade 2002.

The story here in this match was that the teamwork of Made in Italy was strong and they were a formidable opponent, but not even they could match the skill, team chemistry and big match experience of the champions. But one wild card that Made in Italy always has is Dawn Marie, and that was even more intriguing here with the long history between her and Storm in ECW. We played off of that on Nitro, and we went back to it here. At a key moment, just as the champions were setting up for the Heroic Finish, Dawn climbed onto the apron and shouted out to get Lance's attention. He broke away despite Punk's protests, and he stared at Dawn with an unreadable expression on his face. It seemed that Dawn had played on her personal history with Lance to turn the tide in the favor of the challengers.



...And then, Lance drilled Mamaluke with a superkick to the jaw! Dawn screamed and started throwing a tantrum on the apron, but Lance tuned her out and applied the Calgary Clutch for the submission win.



Grade: 99
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The Shooting Stars (w/Torrie Wilson) vs. The Dangerous Alliance (w/Paul Heyman)

I thought this would be a fitting spot on the card to have a cooldown match, and that wound up being even more necessary than I'd expected given how great the tag title match turned out. The match succeeded in both of its goals: to give the fans a moment to exhale, and to show off the Dangerous Alliance. One thing that was evident to me in their amazing Nitro match against Mysterio and Austin was that Douglas and O'Haire work really well together as a team, so to me it became even more important to build them up here.

Teddy was off his game tonight; still okay, but the worst performer of the match. He's definitely the least over of the four, so that's to be expected. Surprisingly, at least to me, Kidman and O'Haire separated themselves from the other two here, performing at another level. The fans were into Billy trying to use his speed to chop O'Haire down to size, and he did a really good job selling Sean's power offense too. Teddy tried to join in the fun, but once O'Haire got his hands on him and grounded him it was all over. Sean finished Teddy off with the new finisher he debuted at Starrcade, which we're now calling the Cyclone.



Grade: 81
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King Corino was in a happy mood as he came to the ring for his big announcement. He poked fun at the internet speculation that his announcement was going to be that he was chosen as the president of WCW. "I'm finally free of The Empire--no way am I going to go back to overseeing a bunch of incompetent idiots!"

No, his announcement was much bigger, much grander. "As everyone knows, I'm the king of WCW, and now I no longer have The Empire to drag me down. But that doesn't mean I'm going to walk alone. Like any good king, I want to make sure my dynasty continues after I'm gone. Not like that, you perverts!" he said when some of the fans 'oohed', showing off his quick wit and ability to play off of the crowd. "I'm talking about a protege, someone who I can pass on everything I know to, someone who one day will inherit the King's throne. Morons and imbeciles, bow down and pay homage to your future ruler....













"PRINCE Devitt!"

There wasn't much of a reaction when the former Fergal Devitt came out, and why would there be? This was his TV debut, so unless they avidly followed Japanese wrestling and had seen his work in Michinoku Pro there wouldn't have been much reason for them to know who he was. He was all smiles as she shook Corino's hand and thanked him profusely for the opportunity. He promised that unlike those ingrates in The Empire, he would not waste Corino's time. He would prove himself worthy of the title of Prince. The kid did his best, but you could see how nervous he was as he flubbed several lines. The crowd still being cooled off probably didn't help matters either. But this segment wasn't over just yet. Actually, it was just getting started.











Corino shook his head when Dusty Rhodes showed up on the ramp, and said he wasn't interested in taking his spot as President no matter how much he begged. Dusty chuckled and said he'd keep that in mind, but actually he was there with something else in mind. While his appointment as president only became public knowledge tonight, he and WCW had reached an agreement weeks ago. In that time, while Arn kept handling the day to day operations, Dusty had been busy. "The American Dream wants WCW to stay number one forever and ever and a day, and we're gonna do it by puttin' on the best matches we can, night after night after night, daddy! And King Corino, you're one of the best we got, whether the people like ya or not. That's why I've already signed a huge match for you to show what you can do at SuperBrawl XIV!"

Corino smiled and said it was nice that Dusty recognized where his bread was buttered; maybe he'd actually be okay at this job! Dusty thanked him for the praise, but said he might not be such a fan in just a second. "You see, your opponent isn't any normal man. He's actually my first recruit, and has signed an official full-time WCW contract. And he's a guy you know pretty well..."












"BILL GOLDBERG!"

Goldberg's face appeared on the video screen, and his message to Corino was short and sweet: "YOU'RE NEXT!"

Goldberg "signing" with WCW after The Empire dissolved wasn't much of a surprise, but he still got a massive pop. The London crowd erupted in Goldberg chants, treating him like a big time star. It wasn't quite enough to offset the lack of interest when Devitt was talking, but I'd still call it a success.



Grade: 83
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The camera followed Dusty as he returned backstage, and he was commenting about Goldberg's signing and the impact he was going to have when he stumbled upon Salvation, who were preparing for The Unnatural's title defense against Matt Hardy. Father and son had a staredown which eventually resulted in Dustin walking off without a word, the rest of Salvation close behind him. Unnatural was great here, telling a compelling story without ever opening his mouth. Mortis also looked like a star, but Dusty didn't come across great. I felt it was important to have this interaction right away, and I'm happy with the way it went down. Plus it served to continue to build the crowd's excitement level back up before our final two matches.


Grade: 88
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#1 Contender's Match:
"The Hellraiser" Steve Austin vs. Rey Mysterio Jr.


This wasn't a match I expected to run, but it seemed like the logical direction to go after both guys won in probably the two biggest non-title matches at Starrcade. Obviously things didn't hum quite as well as they would have in the traditional face vs. heel setup, but the fans were still very into this match. Austin's the biggest star in the world and it showed, but Rey had plenty of crowd support too. There were cheers when both guys were on offense, and dueling chants were frequent. It was a unique atmosphere for sure. Both guys are capable of better and have produced better, but this was still a great match. Rey was great, and Austin was almost perfect. It wasn't as good as the tag title match, but I have no complaints at all.

I had no worries about letting these guys do whatever they wanted. It was interesting to see that Austin shifted into a subtle heel role in this match. It made sense with Rey being the smaller guy, and I also know that Steve personally prefers working as a heel (ironic considering how much money he's made as a face.) He was a bit nastier here, going beyond his usual straightforward brawling and mixing in some chokes, eye gouges and other dirty tactics. That was successful in getting some louder reactions for Rey as he fought back with his speed and exciting aerial offense. One point I wanted to establish in this match was that Mysterio is on the same level as Austin and capable of going toe-to-toe with him, and I think this was an absolute success when it comes to that.

One of the themes of this match was that Rey was too quick and always able to slip free whenever Austin tried to hit him with the Stunner. Once he caught his foot on the kick prelude and hit a dropkick to the knee. Another time he slipped out the back side and took control with a dropkick to the back, and another time he countered into a rolling prawn hold for a near fall. Austin went back to the well late in the match, but Rey once again had a counter as he shoved Austin off to escape. There was very nearly a mirror image of the Austin/Goldberg match at Starrcade where referee Nick Patrick was bowled over in that scenario, but this time Austin was able to put on the brakes just in time to avoid the collision with Mark Johnson.












Out of nowhere, Eddie Guerrero spun Mysterio around and dropped him on his head with a brainbuster! Just as quickly as he'd appeared, he rolled outside and crawled under the ring. It had all happened so fast that neither Austin or Johnson had seen it as they took a few seconds to shake off their near-collision. Austin looked puzzled at why Mysterio was suddenly down, and he barked at him to get up so they could finish this. Rey eventually did shake it off and get up to his feet, but Austin was ready for him. This time he didn't have a counter for the Stunner dialed up, so Austin was the new #1 contender.


Grade: 92
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Matt Hardy vs. The Unnatural {} (w/Father Isaac)

From a storyline standpoint, there were many questions about this match. Would Matt Hardy's anger about what happened to his brother Jeff make him too enraged to wrestle a smart match, or would it fuel him to victory? Would the rough schedule of title defenses Matt had taken on in the last few weeks to get this match take their toll? Could he succeed where his younger brother failed?

From my seat there was really only one question. How would Matt do in a major PPV main event as a singles wrestler? Jeff had proven he could deliver, but this was Matt's first chance in such a position. As it turned out, there was nothing to worry about. This match not only lived up to Unnatural's title defense against Jeff at Starrcade, it surpassed it. This was actually stronger than any of Unnatural's previous defenses, better than any singles match since I bought the company, and on par with the amazing tag match between Austin/Mysterio and The Dangerous Alliance on Nitro. This was about as perfect as pro wrestling gets.

Matt was great here in blending together all the different bullet points for this match. He brought an improved brawling game and intensity to the table, establishing his anger and straddling the line between wrestling a match to try and win a title and losing control in the name of inflicting pain. And as great as he was, Unnatural was just that bit better. That wrestler of the year award was richly deserved; I don't think there's anybody in the world as good as him right now overall.

They told an amazing story here, blending together Matt's rage and fatigue and Unnatural's mind games and opportunistic approach beautifully. Dustin did his best to rile Hardy up, actively accepting more punishment in an effort to get his challenger to lose his cool and make a mistake. He threw in plenty of stall tactics, and also did lots of mat wrestling to try and prolong the match to test Matt's stamina. He was a perfect heel foil, and it added so much heat to every Hardy comeback.

Hardy pushed through his fatigue and went for it all with the Twist of Fate, but Unnatural spun out of it and turned it into the Unnatural Selection! Nick Patrick counted once...



twice...




...but Hardy kicked out!

Unnatural was in disbelief, and the crowd exploded. He pummeled Hardy with some fists and hit his old Curtain Call WWF finish, but that wasn't enough to finish Matt either. The champion attempted a running bulldog, but Hardy shoved him forward and Unnatural went chest-first into the buckles. Unnatural staggered out...and got hit by the Twist of Fate! Hardy hooked the leg, and got a one...





two...









.....THREE!




...No, Nick Patrick spotted Unnatural's foot across the bottom rope and waved it off! Hardy shouted to the sky...then looked at the corner. He dragged Unnatural into position and climbed up to the top rope. While perched up top, he flashed the Hardy Boys hand sign and took flight with Jeff's Swanton Bomb!


Unnatural got the knees up! Matt rolled around and held his back in pain, and his foe was quick to capitalize. He pulled Hardy up to his feet and executed the second Unnatural Selection of the match. Nick Patrick's hand slapped the mat once...




twice..







...and a third time. It was an incredible effort and an unbelievable performance, but Matt Hardy came up just short.



Grade: 100


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January 25th, 2004
London, England
Post-Sin


I polished off my beer and sat back in my chair with a smile. I hadn't really gone all out to stack this show with huge matches, but it had still been a big success.

I'd led a round of applause for Dustin and Hardy after the show, and the rest of the boys joined in. We all knew we'd seen something special out there. I also gave a nod to the participants in the tag title match for their own excellence, and made a comment about the hype surrounding Johnny Parisi's potential being well-deserved.

Dusty Rhodes was laughing it up with the boys, many of whom he hadn't seen much of recently. That would obviously be changing now that he was our on-screen President. Arn Anderson was deep in conversation with Ric Flair as they drank their own beer. Arn is staying with WCW, but he won't be around the boys as much. He and Dusty are basically swapping places; Dusty is the new authority figure, while Arn is filling Dream's old role as the primary road agent for Renaissance. Speaking of Renaissance, I got word right after returning backstage that our new Women's World Champion Akira Hokuto had signed our 2-year contract extension offer.

I was just in the middle of wishing Lash Leroux well on his divorce when the crowd parted and Steve Austin walked towards me, a serious expression on his face. I shook Lash's hand and turned so I could give Steve my undivided attention.

"I've made my decision, Bret," he said. I couldn't tell from his face or his voice if this would be good news or bad news for me. Either way, this wasn't the place to discuss it.

"Let's talk in my office," I said, nodding for him to follow me away from the post-show gathering. This had been a great show for us, headlined by an instant classic world title match. But in the big picture, this night was going to be most remembered for the decision made by the biggest star in the business.





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World Heavyweight Champion:

The Unnatural

Won: June 15th, 2003 in a triple threat match against Rey Mysterio Jr. and Eddie Guerrero at Great American Bash in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Previous Champions (since March 2001):
Rey Mysterio Jr.: December 29th, 2002-June 15th, 2003 (168 days)
Booker T (#5): May 19th, 2002-December 29th, 2002 (224 days)
Rob Van Dam: December 30th, 2001-May 19th, 2002 (140 days)
Scott Steiner (#2): July 15th, 2001-December 30th, 2001 (168 days)
Booker T (#4): March 26th, 2001-July 15th, 2001 (111 days)



United States Heavyweight Champion:

Rob Van Dam

Won: September 21st, 2003 from AJ Styles at War Games in Houston, Texas

Previous Champions (since March 2001):
AJ Styles: December 29th, 2002-September 21st, 2003 (266 days)
Shane Douglas (#2): April 1st, 2002-December 29th, 2002 (272 days)
Rey Misterio Jr (#2): October 14th, 2001-April 1st, 2002 (169 days)
Kanyon: August 5th, 2001-October 14th, 2001 (70 days)
Rey Misterio Jr: May 13th, 2001-August 5th, 2001 (85 days)
Booker T: March 18th, 2001-April 30th, 2001 (44 days)



Cruiserweight Champion:

TAKA (#2)

Won: December 28th, 2003 from Chavo Guerrero Jr. at Starrcade: The 20th Anniversary in Greensboro, North Carolina

Previous Champions (since March 2001):
Chavo Guerrero Jr. (#3): October 19th, 2003-December 28th, 2003 (70 days)
Jamie Knoble: September 21st, 2003-October 19th, 2003 (28 days)
Bryan Danielson (#2): April 20th, 2003-September 21st, 2003 (154 days)
Christopher Daniels: September 22nd, 2002-April 20th, 2003 (210 days)
American Dragon: August 11th, 2002-September 22nd, 2002 (42 days)
AJ Styles: April 21st, 2002-August 11th, 2002 (112 days)
TAKA: December 30th, 2001-April 21st, 2002 (112 days)
Jushin Liger: August 5th, 2001-December 30th, 2001 (147 days)
Shane Helms: March 18th, 2001-August 5th, 2001 (140 days)



World Television Champion:

Brian Kendrick

Won: January 19th, 2004 in a ten men battle royal for the vacant title at Sin in London, England

Previous Champions (since July 2002):
((Hardy reached the maximum fifteen title defenses, thus vacating the title on 1/19/04 and earning a World Heavyweight Championship match))
Matt Hardy: October 19th, 2003-January 19th, 2004 (92 days)
Bobby Roode: August 24th, 2003-October 19th, 2003 (56 days)
((O'Haire reached the maximum fifteen title defenses, thus vacating the title on 7/21/03 and earning a World Heavyweight Championship match))
Sean O'Haire: January 26th, 2003-July 21st, 2003 (176 days)
Fit Finlay (#2): July 29th, 2002-January 26th, 2003 (181 days)



World Tag Team Champions:

True Heroes (Lance Storm and CM Punk, #3 as a team)

Won: December 28th, 2003 from Mortis and The Destroyer at Starrcade: The 20th Anniversary in Greensboro, North Carolina

Previous Champions (since March 2001):
Salvation (Mortis, Alexander and The Destroyer): August 24th, 2003-December 28th, 2003 (126 days)
Christopher Daniels and Brian Adams (#3 for Adams): June 15th, 2003-August 24th, 2003 (70 days)
The Hardys (Matt Hardy and Jeff Hardy) (#2): December 29th, 2002-June 15th, 2003 (168 days)
True Heroes (Lance Storm and CM Punk) (#2): October 27th, 2002-December 29th, 2002 (63 days)
The Hardys (Matt Hardy and Jeff Hardy): July 14th, 2002-October 27th, 2002 (105 days)
True Heroes (Lance Storm and CM Punk): December 30th, 2001-July 14th, 2002 (196 days)
The Natural Born Thrillers (Chuck Palumbo and Sean O'Haire): January 14th, 2001-December 30th, 2001 (351 days)



ANNUAL CHAMPIONSHIPS:

Mayhem Battle Royal (held every May):


2003: Eddie Guerrero
2002: Diamond Dallas Page



Stu Hart Classic Tournament (held every November):


2003: Jeff Hardy
2002: Rey Mysterio Jr.
2001: Rob Van Dam



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The Ultimate Fan Series

2003: Satyr's Hopeful Few, managed by Satyr24 (Mortis, The Unnatural, Alexander, Christopher Daniels and Melissa Anderson)

2002: The Agents of Chaos, managed by Beejus Pilgrim (Scott Steiner, Rick Steiner, Mark Jindrak and Dustin Rhodes)

2001: The K-Nections, managed by Kevin Gaines (Booker T, Sting, AJ Styles and Alex Wright)

1989? Championship Pedigree, managed by Bernie Klein (Hulk Hogan, Ted DiBiase, Tito Santana, Robert Gibson and The Rougeau Brothers)





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Prediction Scores (out of a possible 11 points):

BHK6: 11

bonnie: 10

Uncrewed: 9
Dead_Jester: 9
K-Nection: 9
Cro Cop Rules: 9
GingeyOne: 9
James The Animator: 9

Danny_H22: 8
WilburTrey: 8
franticloser: 8
DavidCorperial: 8
SagaJoestar: 8
Rateddc: 8
Wolfman84: 8

odan: 7
Satyr24: 7
kinnikuniverse: 7
DGenerationMC: 7
crackerjack: 7
Forrest01: 7
Nobby_McDonald: 7
Happy0wns: 7

JMike: 6
DHK1989: 6
ElectricX: 6
evileddie10: 6
sportsfanmas: 6
Kijar: 6

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Standings in prediction contest after 2 shows:

BHK6: 19

Dead_Jester: 16

K-Nection: 14
Cro Cop Rules: 14

JMike: 13
evileddie10: 13
WilburTrey: 13
franticloser: 13
Uncrewed: 13
bonnie: 13

DHK1989: 12
DGenerationMC: 12
Rateddc: 12
GingeyOne: 12
James The Animator: 12

Satyr24: 11
Danny_H22: 11
DavidCorperial: 11

Nobby_McDonald: 9

SagaJoestar: 8
Wolfman84: 8

odan: 7
kinnikuniverse: 7
crackerjack: 7
Forrest01: 7
Happy0wns: 7

ElectricX: 6
sportsfanmas: 6
Kijar: 6
CobheadJake: 6

deanohbk: 5
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...yeah, he's heading back to Vince.
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Please, no, we didn't even the Punk feud yet.
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It's official: Matt is superior. Fall to your knees and god damn pray. He deserved that main event that Jeff stole from him.

Also Made in Italy push incoming bitches
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I can't tell what is more impressive? True Heroes pulling a 99 out of Made in Italy or Dustin pulling a 100 out of Matt Hardy

Dustin has been on a legendary run though!
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I am solidly tied for fourth, hopefully I can finally pull out a win finally afters to many years to remember haha! Also good job on amazing event with Dustin and Hardy pulling out a 100! Who was the strongest wrestler in the True Heroes vs Italian Made? Because strap a rocket on them now! Can't wait to see if Austin is staying or not, curious to see where he would go next in WCW.
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Default UFS 2004 Preview

Drafting for the 2004 Ultimate Fan Series was held on WCW.com after Starrcade. It will follow the same format as last year, with four males and one female per team. The tournament is set to begin tomorrow night on Nitro. The first round will wrap up at SuperBrawl, and the plan at the moment is to conclude the final round at April's PPV. As always, the winning team earns title shots for each member and a kayfabe "big cash prize."

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#1 The Dead Jesters, managed by Marshal Van Black (Dead_Jester):


Round 1: Steve Austin
Round 2: Eddie Guerrero
Round 3: Akira Hokuto
Round 4: Shane Douglas
Round 5: Christopher Daniels
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#2 Rated R Superstars, managed by Rateddc:


Round 1: Bill Goldberg
Round 2: AJ Styles
Round 3: Meiko Satomura
Round 4: Jamie Knoble
Round 5: Fit Finlay
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#3 The Golden Company, managed by GingeyOne:


Round 1: The Unnatural
Round 2: Manami Toyota
Round 3: TAKA
Round 4: Harry Smith
Round 5: Kevin Steen
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#4 The K-Nections, managed by Kevin Gaines (K-Nection):


Round 1: CM Punk
Round 2: Lance Storm
Round 3: Melissa Anderson
Round 4: Bobby Roode
Round 5: Colt Cabana
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#5 The Limitless, managed by James Kato (James The Animator):


Round 1: Sean O'Haire
Round 2: Mortis
Round 3: Yang
Round 4: Daffney
Round 5: Kaz Hayashi
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#6 Uncrewed's Crew, managed by Mike Storm (Uncrewed):


Round 1: Rob Van Dam
Round 2: Matt Hardy
Round 3: Aja Kong
Round 4: Shane Helms
Round 5: Paul London
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#7 VIP Pass, managed by JMike:


Round 1: King Corino
Round 2: The Destroyer
Round 3: Brian Kendrick
Round 4: Alexis Laree
Round 5: Great Sasuke
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#8 Los Guerreros del Cielo Internacional, managed by Eddie Lopez (evileddie10):


Round 1: Rey Mysterio Jr.
Round 2: Billy Kidman
Round 3: Hayabusa
Round 4: Chavo Guerrero Jr.
Round 5: Momoe Nakanishi

Who will win the 2004 Ultimate Fan Series?
(Worth three points in the next prediction contest)

BONUS: What promotion will Steve Austin sign with? (1 point)





These two questions will be open until I post the SuperBrawl preview. Once that's up, both of these will be closed for answers or edits.

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I can't tell what is more impressive? True Heroes pulling a 99 out of Made in Italy or Dustin pulling a 100 out of Matt Hardy

Dustin has been on a legendary run though!
I think option B is more impressive just because it's only the second 100 we've ever had, while there have been lots of 99's.

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I am solidly tied for fourth, hopefully I can finally pull out a win finally afters to many years to remember haha! Also good job on amazing event with Dustin and Hardy pulling out a 100! Who was the strongest wrestler in the True Heroes vs Italian Made? Because strap a rocket on them now! Can't wait to see if Austin is staying or not, curious to see where he would go next in WCW.
If you do you'll have the option to book Mania in-game. Original UFS winner BHK has a pretty solid lead considering there's only been two shows in the contest though, so the rest of you have some catching up to do!

That'd be Punk; he had a perfect 100 individual rating. But Storm is the reason the match didn't get dinged with a psychology penalty, so there's that to consider.
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Who will win the 2004 Ultimate Fan Series? Got to go with my own Rated R Superstars.

BONUS: What promotion will Steve Austin sign with? (1 point) WCW
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Finally caught up!

Who will win the 2004 Ultimate Fan Series?
Rated R feels like a group where wins are most beneficial, so there you go.

BONUS: What promotion will Steve Austin sign with? (1 point)
The delay makes me think WCW got him.
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That would be pretty awesome, time to really pay attention!

Who will the UFS? K-Nections Looking at this being a chance for Punk and Storm to get a title shot.

Who will Austin sign with? WCW Going back and forth on this, wouldn't be the first time someone had to be subbed out out of a team due to unseen events. But I can see Hart pulling out all the stops for this one.
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