Hart Stings Hogan
By JOHN POWELL
They don't call him the "Hit Man" for nothin'. Living up to his famed
moniker, Calgary's Bret Hart made his presence felt in World Championship
Wrestling by single-handedly rubbing out the New World Order's best laid plans.
An honorary guest referee at Starrcade '97 - the WCW's premiere event held
this year at the MCI Center in Washington, D.C. - Hart excellently executed
the nWo's bid to turn the Monday Night Nitro television program into nWo
Nitro by haymakering WCW / nWo vice-president Eric Bischoff (as he did his
former WWF boss Vince McMahon) and awarded the win to Larry Zbyszko. More
importantly, Hart alone iced the nWo's underhanded scheme guaranteeing
Hollywood Hogan a tainted victory over the man they call Sting.
That's if you can call Sting's win over Hogan a victory. Notorious for never
surrendering a title belt "cleanly" if you discount the Ultimate Warrior's
triumph at WrestleMania 6, Hogan once again ends an agonizingly prolonged
World Heavyweight Title reign conveniently under the shadow of
The dubious Nick Patrick selected as the referee set the tone for the first
ever match between the leader of the nWo and Sting. In an unusual
circumstance, Hogan, the champion, entered the ring first to a loud chorus
of boos. White lighting flashes illuminated the MCI Center as a laser light
show accompanied the eerie Sting monologue heard at Halloween Havoc. Hogan
cast his eyes to the ceiling expecting the Dark Warrior to swing down from
the ceiling. He did not. Black trench coat billowing behind him and baseball
bat in hand, Sting walked the aisle staring right at Hollywood.
Throwing off his trench coat and dropping the bat everyone could see what
Sting had been working on instead of wrestling for the last 18 or so months
- his bicep muscles now almost out-bulk Hogan's record setting pythons.
Hogan threw his headband in Sting's face. The Dark Warrior retaliated with a
hard slap. Blocking Hollywood's punches and dealing some of his own, Sting
had Hogan backpedaling.
"Come on hero," spit the champ laying jackhammer forearms smashes followed
by a clothesline and a slam on the Stinger. A series of drop-kicks answered
Hogan's taunts as the Dark Warrior knocked him through the ropes and out
onto the floor.
Returning to the ring, Hollywood suplexed Sting but to Hogan's surprise the
maneuver did no damage at all. Sting stood right back up and pummeled the
champ in the corner. Both men out on the floor, Stinger missed a Stinger
Splash hitting the steel retaining fence heavily. Hogan smashed Sting with
his own bat, posted and crotched him on the same fence.
At 11 minutes and 21 seconds, Hogan hit his Big Foot and signature Leg Drop.
Nick Patrick showed his true colors laying down a three count faster than
DPP slaps on the Diamond Cutter (or so the announce crew would have us believe).
An angry Bret Hart power walked to ringside stopping the time keeper from
ringing the bell. "This won't happen again," said the guest referee punching
Patrick in the chops. The Hit Man used his authority to restart the match.
Norton and Bagwell of the nWo stampeded the ring but Sting dispensed with
them then crushed Hogan with two Stinger Splashes. The self-proclaimed
wrestling icon had his legs wrapped in the Scorpion Death Lock. At 12
minutes and 48 seconds into the match Hogan submitted. WCW wrestlers who had
been sitting near the squared circle all evening flooded the ring
congratulating Sting. The Giant held him high. Sting's only words of
celebration were said in Spanish to the camera.
The next WWF pay-per-view is nWo Souled Out on January 24, 1998
Starrcade '97 Results
: Starrcade is the first wrestling event ever held in the MCI Center.
Dean Malenko (challenger) Vs Eddie Guerrero (champion) (Cruiserweight
: The commentators announce the happy news that Dean Malenko's wife gave
birth to their first child on Christmas night.
: At 10:18, Guerrero posts Malenko's leg injuring him for the rest of the
: Malenko attempts the Texas Clover Leaf but Guerrero grabs the ropes.
: The champ drop kicks the Ice Man's knee from the top rope then Frog
Splashes it too.
Winner: At 14 minutes and 56 seconds and still WCW Cruiserweight
: Scott Hall comes to the ring does his poll thingy and announces the Kevin
Nash will not be wrestling The Giant tonight. "Ok, Frankengoof. You can tell
everyone you've won," says Hall mocking The Giant.
: The Big Man arrives and calmly acknowledges that he will have to wait a
little longer to face Nash. Hall upsets The Giant by punching him in the
face. Hall gets headbutted and Jack Knife - Power Bombed.
Vincent / Scott Norton / Macho Man Vs The Steiner Brothers / Ray
: Macho Man subs for an AWOL Konnan.
: Vincent is announced as the nWo's Director Of Security.
: At 9:45, The Steiners Spike-Piledrive Vincent. Norton makes the save.
Their attempt to do the same to Macho Man is busted up by Norton who slams
Scott Steiner. Macho connects with the Top Rope Flying Elbow Smash.
Winners: At 11 minutes even, Vincent / Scott Norton / Macho Man
Bill Goldberg Vs Steve "Mongo" McMichael
: Goldberg is without Debra.
: Mongo is still flashing the Four Horsemen sign.
: Goldberg punches Mongo off the ring apron at 5:13. McMichael falls through
a ringside table. The fans chant ECW! ECW!
Winner: At 6 minutes and 1 second, Bill Goldberg with the Jack Hammer
Saturn Vs Chris "The Canadian Crippler" Benoit
: Raven chooses not to wrestle again subbing Saturn in his place to "finish
: 45 seconds in, Billy Kidman lands with The Shooting Star Press off the
ring apron as Sick Boy flying clotheslines Benoit from behind.
: Outside the ring, Benoit pretzels Saturn into the Crippler Crossface. The
Nest swarms him. Raven has a stare down with Benoit but Hammer punks the
Wolverine. Raven executes a DDT. Saturn applies the Rings Of Saturn.
Winner: Saturn at 10 minutes and 51 seconds.
Buff Bagwell Vs Lex Luger
: Bagwell says Luger's new name should be Lex Loser.
: At 2:26, Bagwell goes and gets Vincent from the back to help out.
: As the ref lies comatose, Luger Torture Racks Bagwell. The fans stand
: Macho Man and Vincent interfere but both are Racked too.
: Norton beans Luger with Rick Steiner's dog collar. Bagwell covers.
Winner: At 16 minutes and 44 seconds, Buff Bagwell
Curt Hennig (champion) Vs Diamond Dallas Page (challenger) (U.S. Title
: DDP Diamond Cuts Hennig for the win, takes the belt and celebrates in the
Winner: And new WCW U.S. Champion...Diamond Dallas Page at 10 minutes and
Eric "Easy E" Bischoff Vs Larry Zbyszko (Nitro On The Line match)
: If Bischoff wins, the nWo lays claim to Monday Night Nitro. If Zbyszko
wins he gets a match against Scott Hall.
: Scott Hall escorts Bischoff down and remains at ringside.
: Zbyszko comes out to the Nitro theme song.
: Though the Hit Man admonished Zbyszko numerous times during the match, he
punches Bischoff after Easy E kicked Zbyszko with a loaded boot (which
actually flew out into the audience and never hit Zbyszko).
: Hart atomic drops, clotheslines and puts Hall in the Sharp Shooter as
Zbyszko chokes out Bischoff.
Winner: Via disqualification at 11 minutes and 12 seconds, Larry Zbyszko.
Hollywood Hogan (champion) Vs Sting (challenger) (WCW World Heavyweight
Winner: And new WCW World Heavyweight Champion...Sting at 12 minutes and
Total event time: 2 hours and 46 minutes