DDP new champ at Stampede
By JOHN POWELL -- SLAM!
You know, so few are picking DDP to win that I think I will. Somehow,
he'll sneak out with the title, but not before punking Sting and turning
heel. People will love to boo him after his ridiculously out-of-control
Diamond Dallas Page is your new WCW World Heavyweight Champion. (Check our Video Page for the clips).
.i - Greg Oliver - Countdown to Spring Stampede
Heed the words of the "Goliver" for he speaks the truth.
Diamond Dallas Page's ceaseless mega push climaxed last night in his first
ever world title win in the four-man, Texas Tornado rules bout headlining
the Spring Stampede pay-per-view. Page, a close friend of WCW
Vice-President Eric Bischoff, bested Hollywood Hogan, Ric Flair and an
inexhaustible Sting with an assist from special guest referee - Randy
'Macho Man' Savage.
Insert collective groans here.
Once the flamboyant ring entrances were concluded
Hogan squared off with Flair outside the ring, Sting and DDP on the inside.
Sting, whose hiatus from wrestling definitely rejuvenated the exuberance
he's known for, sought to end things early. Flair made the save pulling
Sting off DDP.
Paired off again, DDP and Sting brawled in the ringside area. Hogan hit the
Leg Drop on Flair. Sting fouled up Hogan's three count. Flair (the WCW
World Heavyweight Champion going into the match) wrapped Hogan in the
Figure Four. Hogan muscled out reversing the hold but Diamond Dallas Page
grabbed onto Hogan's legs from outside the ring and stole a page from Bret
Hart's book by putting on a figure four around the steel ring post. The
Stinger broke the hold.
WCW trainer Danny Young ran down to ringside as Hollywood Hogan limped
around unable to stand or continue the match. Leaning on Young for support,
Hogan hobbled up the aisle to the entrance way holding his knee. A
concerned Eric Bischoff appeared to assess the situation. Hogan did not
return to action.
Sting and Flair duked it out from pillar to post. DDP smartly watched the
action from a neutral corner. Sting let out a trademark Stinger yell
clotheslining Flair over the top rope to the floor. DDP snuck up on Sting
cinching on the Diamond Cutter. The Dark Warrior grabbed the top rope
disabling DDP's finishing move bulldogging him. Sting has his tombstone
piledriver countered and was driven into the canvass. Flair cut the three
count short. A double sleeper hold ensued as Flair put one on Sting and DDP
did the same to Flair. A double jaw-breaker from Sting broke the holds.
Sting fought off both men clotheslining them. A Scorpion Death Lock on
Flair was broken up by DDP.
Hollywood Hogan hits the showers early.
In the middle of the ring, Flair put Sting in the Figure Four Leg Lock.
Macho Man, who appeared to be impartial thus far, dragged Flair and Sting
into the middle of the ring. Climbing to the top rope, Macho dropped his
patented Flying Elbow Smash on Flair severing the submission hold. Kicking
up his feet and relaxing, Macho reclined in a corner playing to the
adoring crowd. DDP stomped on a weakened Sting to make sure he couldn't
interfere then he nailed Flair with a Diamond Cutter for the win.
The next WWF pay-per-view is Slamboree on May 5th.
WCW Spring Stampede '99 Results
Blitzkrieg Vs Juvie Guerrera
It is announced that the winner will get a shot at the Cruiserweight
champ on the next Nitro.
Question: Why do most luchadores look like they raided a Power
Rangers' wardrobe closet? Tacky. Tacky. Tacky.
Guerrera poleaxes Blitzkrieg with a Juvie-Driver off the top rope.
Winner: Juvie Guerrera at 11 minutes and 11 seconds.
Match Rating: 6 / 10.
Hak Vs Bam Bam Bigelow
WCW does ECW.
Whatever they are paying these guys it ain't enough.
Bam Bam brings a crate of plunder to the ring.
Bigelow and Hak keep lucrative table manufacturing business across
Hak and Bigelow battle to the Stampede set adjacent to the entrance
way. Gee. There just happens to be a table buried under all that hay.
Bigelow is positioned on the table. Sandman...I mean...Hak...does a rolling
splash off the top of a stage coach prop onto Bam Bam splintering the
table. Impressive move for a man that size.
The durable Hak takes several horrendous bumps including one off a
ladder inside the ring onto a table set-up on the floor.
Chastity runs in with a fire extinguisher. Darn. The blasted thing is
somehow jammed. Bigelow sprays her out of the ring with it. Hak does the
Singapore Cane - Leg Sweep. Bigelow crushes the life out of Hak by
delivering the Greetings From Asbury Park off the top rope and onto a table.
Winner: Bam Bam Bigelow at 11 minutes and 29 seconds.
Match Rating: 8 / 10.
Scotty Riggs Vs Mikey Whipwreck
Introducing 'Ravishing' Scotty Riggs. No kidding, folks. Riggs
regurgitates each and every Rick Rude styling including gyrating his hips
over a fallen Whipwreck. How sad.
A flying forearm to Whipwreck's head ends the agony of another recycled
Winner: Scotty Riggs at 6 minutes and 38 seconds.
Match Rating: 2 / 10.
Konnan Vs Disco Inferno
Konnan insults Disco's wardrobe of a cowboy hat, camouflage pants and
a glitter shirt. For once K-Dawg has a point even if the constant
references to fruit don't make sense. Disco puts the beat down on Konnan
ruling the match. Konnan rallies for the win.
Winner: Konnan at 9 minutes and 8 seconds.
Match Rating: 4 / 10.
Kidman (challenger) Vs Rey Mysterio Jr. (champion) (WCW Cruiserweight
G.I. Mysterio is on patrol in his matching camouflage outfit.
Too much of a good thing. Kidman and Mysterio are starting to repeat
themselves and their previous matches.
Mysterio drills Kidman with a Frankensteiner from the top rope for the
Winner: ...and still WCW Cruiserweight Champion...Rey Mysterio Jr at
15 minutes and 31 seconds.
Match Rating: 6 / 10.
Dean Malenko, Chris Benoit Vs Raven, Saturn
Macho Man showboats after laying Flair out.
Raven is waaay over with the fans. It's about bleeding time the former
ECW champion caught on. The Benoit and Malenko (The Vanilla Midgets as they
are called) - play the heels as Arn Anderson can't keep his nose out of the
match. The "Horsemen suck!" chant runs wild.
A lesson in what makes for great tag team wrestling.
Raven Evenflows Malenko on a steel chair. Anderson creeps in placing
the chair over Raven's head. Benoit does his Flying Headbutt from the top
rope connecting with Raven's head and the steel chair. Malenko covers.
Benoit is bleeding from a cut over his eye and is helped to the back by
Anderson and Malenko.
Winners: Malenko, Benoit at 14 minutes and 10 seconds.
Match Rating: 8 / 10.
Booker T (challenger) Vs Scott Steiner (challenger) (U.S. Title
Steiner treads some REALLY dangerous territory arguing and taking
swings at the ringside fans. What a grumpy Gus. Lighten up, buddy. The fans
get revenge on the abuse heaped upon them by chanting "Steroids!
Sterioids!". Bah. Ha. Ha.
Steiner's antics and Booker's energy get the crowd into this one.
A hard fought match when Steiner isn't posing or challenging fans.
Booker goes for a suplex. Steiner whacks him in the head with an illegal
object on the way down.
Winner: ...and new U.S. Champion...Scott Steiner at 14 minutes and
Match Rating: 7.5 / 10.
Kevin Nash Vs Bill Goldberg
Nash leaps over Goldberg's Spear. Uh-oh. Goldberg takes out the ref.
Luger chair shots Goldberg across the back. Goldberg does a real bad atomic
drop on Luger.
Nash positions Goldberg for the Jack-Knife Powerbomb. Goldberg
low-blows Nash and applies a Tongan Death Grip on Nash's crotch. What
the....? Spear. Jackhammer.
The Kevin Nash move count hits five.
Winner: Bill Goldberg at 7 minutes and 41 seconds
Match Rating: 4 / 10.
Hollywood Hogan (challenger) Vs Sting (challenger) Vs Ric Flair
(champion) Vs Diamond Dallas Page (challenger) (WCW World Heavyweight Title
- Texas Tornado Match)
Winner: ...and new WCW World Heavyweight Champion...Diamond Dallas
Page at 17 minutes and 28 seconds
Match Rating: 7 / 10.
Total Event Time: 2 hours and 50 minutes.
Overall Event Rating: 7 / 10.