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You know, if WCW was really interested in stopping the nWo – they have ALL the tools available to them on WCW Saturday Night in the Cyborg Factory.
 
 
TONY SCHIAVONE and DUSTY RHODES continue to speculate on who player #4 in the New World Order is going to be. The usual baseless paranoia spews from these drones.
 
THE FACES OF FEAR (with Jimmy Hart) vs. THE AMERICAN MALES
 
No matter how many of their matches I’ve recapped, it’s still hilarious every time I see Bagwell coming out dressed like a gay leather enthusiast, clapping his hands, desperately seeking the approval of anyone willing to give him a cheer. The Males nail both guys with double dropkicks, and so we clap. Meanwhile, A LEPRECHAUN comes running through and pulls on Riggs’ feet. Am I nuts for not remembering this Leprechaun at all? Rhodes, as always, is beside himself squeaking and screaming about this disturbance. Barbarian misses an elbowdrop on Bagwell, and Riggs comes in where nothing he does has any effect at all. Riggs is crotched on the top rope, and Barbarian launches him with an overhead belly to belly superplex! Meng powerbombs Riggs in half, but he still kicks out. Barbarian then gets in HIS powerbomb, and the Fear hit a double headbutt for 2. A senton from Meng misses, and Riggs gets the hot tag. A hard crossbody gets two, and we have us a Pier 6. As the referee tries to work things out, Barbarian hits the Kick of Fear for the pin on Bagwell at 6:23. The Fear should be tag-team champions at this point, feuding with the Steiners. *1/2
 
DEAN MALENKO vs. MARK STARR
 
Starr seems out of Malenko’s weight class; making this a really odd pairing considering Malenko’s dedicating himself to getting back his Cruiserweight title. With a roster of 500+, surely WCW has someone else they can work Malenko with here. Regardless, tigerbomb into a Cloverleaf gets the win at 2:02, so my entire complaint is moot. Malenko heads to the Pay Windah. *
 
“MEAN” GENE OKERLUND cuts Malenko off on his way to the Windah, to ask about Jimmy Hart. Dean says Hart can help him get what he wants; and in exchange, Hart will get what he wants. JIMMY HART interrupts to offer him a spot in the Dungeon of Doom at any price. Then for some reason, Gene offers to represent Malenko if it means getting a cut of his next contract. “I’d re-think Jimmy Hart, but that’s your decision.” Scheme Gene indeed!
 
OUR WORLD IS ABOUT TO CHANGE! ENTER THE REALM! BLOOD RUNS COLD! IN EACH OF US BURNS THE FURY OF A WARRIOR! That burn is permanent kids; always wear protection.
 
EDDIE GUERRERO vs. MIKE ENOS (with Colonel Robert Parker)
 
Enos hits a quick powerbomb, and then takes off his vest! This is a man who means business! Eddie is sent to the floor, and the Colonel gets in a series of kicks. Enos scoops Eddie up, and runs him spine first to the ringpost. Eddie is set up top, but he shoves Enos off before anything happens, and Guerrero nails a missile dropkick. Rana connects, then the Colonel hits Enos with the cane by mistake, and Eddie gets the pin at 2:28! *
 
“MEAN” GENE OKERLUND chats with the STUD STABLE, and Slater’s in a bad mood. He’s convinced he’d be a tag-team champion right now if he wasn’t for Parker. Slater promises he’s going to get to the bottom of what’s going on, stating when he locked lips with Sherri it was like kissing the Colonel himself and it made him sick. Enos says tonight was Strike 2, and if there’s one more strike, he’s outta here. That’s a threat?
 
FIRE & ICE vs. THE STEINER BROTHERS
 
In the rematch of the rematch of the rematch of the rematch, the stipulation for THIS match is “There Could Be A Winner, And If There Is, It Will Be The Steiners”. Scotty throws Norton with an overhead belly to belly, dropping the arm wrestling champion right on his head. Rick comes in with a belly to belly. Norton tosses Scott Steiner to the floor, where he does absolutely nothing. Ice Train powerslams Scott, and then does the same to Rick. Ice Splash hits Rick, but he doesn’t go for the pin because he’s hurting for brain cells. Then for some reason Scott Norton throws a fit and walks off, saying “I had it!” Everyone stands around watching this, Steiners included. Then Rick shrugs, and works with Scott for a double suplex. Rick hits a running clothesline for 2. Top rope bulldog off Scott’s shoulders gets the win at 3:10. It seems odd that Norton would take off as soon as his team actually appeared to be winning a match, but maybe he was lost since he’d never experienced victory before and his brain spontaneously combusted. *1/2 for the silly angle.
 
LEE MARSHALL hits up the Steiners. Scott promises to show Harlem Heat they’re the better team, and Rick promises to make them famous. Ice Train walks on the set, and offers no disrespect. Train starts talking about the great match they were having, and Scott Steiner screams they’re outta here. Just like Scott Norton. TEDDY LONG apologizes for any problems between Train and Norton, and shakes Ice Train’s hand.
 
WCW Propaganda: Back to the classics; Sting beats Cactus Jack to a pulp.
 
“EARL” ROBERT EATON (with Jeeves) vs. CHAVO GUERRERO JR.
 
I believe this is Chavo’s WCW debut, unless he’d appeared on the G-shows. Chavo hits a springboard crossbody, and follows with a dropkick. Chavo slips on his way up to do a moonsault, then misses it by 8 feet. I think that was the finish, because seconds later he schoolboys Eaton for the win at 1:28. DUD
 
CHRIS BENOIT stands dangerously close to “MEAN” GENE OKERLUND. Benoit ignores Gene’s questions about the nWo, focusing instead on Kevin Sullivan. He promises to take anything from Sullivan he wants, anytime he wants it. He says Malenko’s associated himself with the Dungeon, and he promises to end him for it. Malenko might know 1000 holds, but he knows 1000 counter holds, and he offers to maim and paralyze him. It’s a good thing he doesn’t like Dean, you’d be shocked what he does to those he loves.
 
HARLEM HEAT (with Sista Sherri and Colonel Robert Parker) vs. JIM POWERS and “HARDWORK” BOBBY WALKER (for the WCW World Tag-Team titles)
 
Why do we have #1 contender matches if freakin’ Powers and Walker can get a title shot the first time they align themselves together? Booker nails Powers with the axe kick, Stevie hits the 110th street slam, and Booker finishes with the Hangover at 1:56. Walker never entered the ring; smells like racism to keep the man down. DUD
 
“LORD” STEVEN REGAL (with Jeeves) vs. DISCO INFERNO
 
Disco has his gold record with him, and Steven Regal is completely and utterly disgusted with this absolutely ridiculous person he’s stuck in the ring with. Disco does his dance, and Regal responds with some of his finest faces.
 

 
 
Disco nails a shoulderblock and does the swim. Regal is thrown off by this and the ruthless fans chanting USA. Amazing spot where Disco fakes a leapfrog, and Regal pops up facing the wrong way ready to fight, and then gives us utter confusion regarding the whereabouts of his opponent. Once he figures out what’s going on, he gives us Elmer Fudd levels of rage. Vicious forearm shots are delivered to the head of Disco, and Regal reads him the riot act. European Uppercut rocks his world, but Disco comes back with a back elbow for 2. Regal pokes the eyes, and then explains to the referee he must have mis-seen what happened, it was a palm thrust. Disco, a mud hole is you. Disco turns the tide by poking Regal in the eye – hey, that’s cheating! A backdrop is sold by Regal with a loud squeal in mid-air. Regal comes back with the butterfly suplex, and then he punts Disco in the bridge of the nose. That’s enough for the pin at 4:29. Easily one of my favourite matches of the year; a clear ***** of entertainment.
 
LEE MARSHALL is sent on Regal duty. He’s asked about the nWo – and he has big issues with them because they’re cutting into his personal TV time. He says he’s loyal to his country, and loyal to anyone who’s loyal to him. Regal would never turn on his people. Hogan is one of the worst traitors of all time, and Regal figures Hogan needs to be hung in a village square somewhere. This kinda needs to happen.
 
CHRIS BENOIT vs. BIG BUBBA
 
Bubba is nowhere to be seen; instead JIMMY HART comes running down to ringside begging for security to help him out. We take a break.
 
WCW Propaganda: The Steiners beat Cactus Jack in what editing would lead you to believe was a handicap match and seems kinda unfair to old Jack.
 
Back from break – Bubba is being tossed through the door and rolled onto the stage. Tony immediately blames the New World Order, but Dusty gives them the benefit of the doubt, suggesting instead the Horsemen are involved. Bubba is run face first into the ringpost by Benoit before the bell hits. Bubba’s shirt is ripped to hell, and he looks absolutely destroyed. Benoit stomps on his opponent, and Hart cradles him in his arms. Benoit’s kinda ruthless though, and keeps coming. Bubba comes back with a series of punches, and has new life. However, he misses a big splash, and Benoit levels him. Swandive is on point, but Bubba kicks out at 2. Benoit keeps on, railing on the rarely seen bare chest of Bubba. Bubba comes back with a spinebuster out of nowhere, and he sends Benoit flying with a backdrop. An avalanche misses, so Hart throws a pair of brass knucks to Bubba – Benoit intercepts and scores the pin at 3:30. No resolution is given to who attacked Bubba, because we are desperately out of time. Tony promises an update to this story on the Main Event, but if it happens on the Main Event then it never happened cuz I don’t recap that show. *1/2




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#2 Posted on | Instant Rating: 3.73
    Originally posted by cfgb
    Meanwhile, A LEPRECHAUN comes running through and pulls on Riggs’ feet. Am I nuts for not remembering this Leprechaun at all?



Did they even try to hide the fact that the leprechaun was nearly 6' tall?

Speaking of which, how is it that Chris Jericho never once ridiculed Goldberg, Big Show or Kevin Nash for having been trained by a leprechaun?
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    THE FACES OF FEAR (with Jimmy Hart) vs. THE AMERICAN MALES

    No matter how many of their matches I’ve recapped, it’s still hilarious every time I see Bagwell coming out dressed like a gay leather enthusiast, clapping his hands, desperately seeking the approval of anyone willing to give him a cheer.


Vicious and Delicious will change all that?


    THE FACES OF FEAR (with Jimmy Hart) vs. THE AMERICAN MALES

    Meanwhile, A LEPRECHAUN comes running through and pulls on Riggs’ feet. Am I nuts for not remembering this Leprechaun at all?


You might be, but there isn't a whole lot of internet info on him so maybe I am nuts for remembering him. It was random, cheesy and slightly awesome and then he just disappeared. I don't remember if he was around as a spin off of the Leperchaun movies that TBS might have been showing, a future Dungeon of Doom add on, or if I just made those reasons up myself. Where ever it was going it was going to be terrible, so it is a shame we never got to go there.
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#4 Posted on | Instant Rating: 9.27
    Originally posted by BigDaddyLoco
      Originally posted by cfgb

        THE FACES OF FEAR (with Jimmy Hart) vs. THE AMERICAN MALES

        Meanwhile, A LEPRECHAUN comes running through and pulls on Riggs’ feet. Am I nuts for not remembering this Leprechaun at all?



    You might be, but there isn't a whole lot of internet info on him so maybe I am nuts for remembering him. It was random, cheesy and slightly awesome and then he just disappeared. I don't remember if he was around as a spin off of the Leperchaun movies that TBS might have been showing, a future Dungeon of Doom add on, or if I just made those reasons up myself. Where ever it was going it was going to be terrible, so it is a shame we never got to go there.


The recent return of Maxx Muscle, the sudden appearance of a (soon to be named) Leprechaun, Bubba's assault and Jimmy Hart's mention of a plan to deal with the nWo means we're only about a week or so away (maybe even the next Saturday Night?) from The Last Great Dungeon Of Doom Vignette. It's available on youtube, but I'll hold of on linking to it for now. You'll know it when it when you see it, but it's proof that Kevin Sullivan was the True Champion of WCW and the one man who could have saved the company.
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