Hollywood overcome by Madness at SuperBrawl
By JOHN POWELL -- SLAM!
Hogan spraypainted at SuperBrawl.
The second falling out between nWo members Hollywood Hogan and Randy
(Macho Man) Savage has cost Hogan more than a storyline friendship, it also
shredded his hopes of reclaiming the WCW World Heavyweight title. New World
Order forces lost the precious prize but the evening wasn't a complete wash
out. They grabbed tag team gold and a new member in Scott Steiner turning
on his brother Rick (see results section below
The last meeting between nWo leader, Hogan and the enigmatic Sting (real
name Steve Borden) at Starrcade '97 reaped scorn from wresting aficionados.
Some said the aging Hogan appeared sluggish and that Sting's absence from
the ring crippled his performance thus producing a slow-paced match not
living up to the hype. Tonight at SuperBrawl 8 held in the Cow Palace in
San Francisco, California; both ring legends made amends putting on a rough
and tumble match slightly blemished by Hogan refusing to job cleanly once
again even though the WCW World title was vacant. The belt was held-up by
WCW officials based on the controversy surrounding the conclusion of the
Starrcade main event.
Sprinting to the ring and hoping to start the "winner takes all" bout at a
break neck pace cost Sting in a BIG way. Hogan caught him stepping through
the ropes whipping and choking him with his weightlifting belt. Hollywood
pulled Sting's trench coat over his head laying in sledgehammer punches.
Removing the coat, Hogan choked Sting with it.
Sting stumbled dazed on the floor as Hogan fenced him three times, posted
him once and then atomic dropped him on the concrete floor. It was all
Hollywood Hogan until six minutes in when Sting finally backed Hollywood
into a corner unleashing rapid fire chops. Unbuckling the weightlifting
belt, the Dark Warrior got his pay back whipping the nWo boss. Hogan
endeavored to leave but Sting wrapped the belt around his throat and
dragged him back to the ring.
Scott Steiner joins the nWo.
Another fatal mistake swung the pendulum back in Hogan's favor. Missing his
high-risk Splash, Sting crashed into a steel fence at ringside. Hollywood
rubbed salt in the wounds smacking a chair across Sting's spine. Hogan
broke a Scorpion Death Lock by grabbing the ropes and avoided a Stinger
Splash by pushing the ref into it. Reinstated at SuperBrawl, Nick Patrick
subbed for the injured ref. Hogan connected with his big Leg Drop but Sting
kicked out at two. Hollywood argued over the count. Patrick wouldn't back
down even pulling Hogan by the hair to stop him from landing closed fist
punches. Hogan was visibly frustrated over Patrick’s unwillingness to hand
him the advantage.
As Sting brought Hogan down with the Death Drop, Hollywood kicked Patrick
in the bread basket. nWo members did a run-in. Sting held them off while
Randy Savage knocked Hogan's lights out using a can of black spraypaint.
The Dark Warrior pinned an unconscious Hollywood. Sting celebrated the
tainted win spraypainting the letters "W-C-W" across Hogan's chest.
The next WCW pay-per-view is Uncensored on March 15th
Rick Martel (champion) Vs Booker T. (challenger) (WCW TV Title Match)
: Booker T. side-kicks Martel as he dives off the second rope. Saturn runs
in applying the Rings Of Saturn as soon as the first TV title match is
over. It is said that Martel suffered a knee injury in the encounter.
Winner: ...and new WCW TV champ...Booker T. at 10 minutes and 32
Booker T. (champion) Vs Saturn (challenger) (WCW TV Title
: A tired Booker T. lands the Harlem Side Kick for the victory.
: Booker T. wrestled approximately 24 minutes and 52 seconds tonight.
Winner: ...and still WCW TV champ...Booker T. at 14 minutes and 20
La Parka Vs The Disco Inferno
: Disco dances in the ring taunting La Parka. The masked man throws his
chair at Disco clipping him in the head.
: Both men showboat constantly for the crowd dancing up a storm when their
opponent is flat on their back.
: Disco slams La Parka face-first into the chair and puts him out applying
The Chart Buster.
Winner: The Disco Inferno at 11 minutes and 41 seconds.
Brad Armstrong Vs Bill Goldberg
: An unannounced special match.
: Goldberg receives huge pops and the fans stand on their feet as he
executes his finishing move. Goldberg is still Da Man.
Winner: ...and still undefeated in the WCW...Bill Goldberg at 2 minutes
and 23 seconds.
Steve McMichael Vs The British Bulldog
: The Bulldog ducks a Mongo punch. Mongo's arm hits the steel ring post.
The Bulldog slaps on a wrist lock submission hold. Mongo doesn't submit but
the ref calls the match. Infuriated, Mongo shoves the ref.
Winner: At 6 minutes and 8 seconds, The British Bulldog.
Juvetud Guerrero (challenger) Vs Chris Jericho (champion) (Cruiserweight
Title, Belt Vs Mask Match)
: Jericho won't take the belt off to start things off. Juvie drop kicks
Jericho in the belt into Jericho's gut.
: Juvie hits the 450 Splash, gets the 1-2-3 but Jericho was grabbing the
ropes during the pin. The match starts over again.
: Jericho shot blocks Juvie's knee and applies the Lion Tamer. Juvie loses
and removes his mask revealing his face for all to see.
Winner: ...and still Cruiserweight champ...Chris Jericho at 12 minutes
and 51 seconds.
Chris Benoit (challenger) Vs Diamond Dallas Page (United States Title
: Candidate for Match Of The Year as both respected workers give everything
: Benoit attempts a flip-over but DDP hits the Diamond Cutter.
Winner: ...and still United States champ...Diamond Dallas Page at a
action-packed 15 minutes and 30 seconds
Macho Man Vs Lex Luger (No DQ Match)
: The crowd is totally on Macho's side chanting Luger sucks! Luger sucks!
: Luger's ribs are taped up due to the nWo sneak attack on Thunder. Macho
pounds on them the entire bout.
: The nWo commences a run-in but Hogan calls them off.
: Luger hoists Macho into the Torture Rack.
Winner: At 7 minutes and 48 seconds, Lex Luger.
The Steiner Brothers (champions) Vs The Outsiders (WCW Tag Team Title
: As the brothers pose with Scott standing over Rick, Scott axe handles
: Dusty Rhodes posts Ted Dibiase.
: Hall Outsider Edges Rick for the pinfall as Dibiase is helped out.
: Scott presents the belts to Hall and Nash.
Winners: ...and new WCW Tag Team champs...The Outsiders (and Scott
Steiner?) at 11 minutes and 83 seconds
Sting Vs Hollywood Hogan (WCW World Title Match)
Winner: ...and new WCW World Heavyweight champ...Sting at 16 minutes and
Total Event Time: 2 hours and 40 minutes.