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An Outsider wins the War
Monday, November 24, 1997
Order of elimination
By JOHN POWELL -- SLAM! Sports
Arms and legs flaying. Bones snapping. Muscles tearing. Bodies
flying. WCWis World War Three sixty-man, three ring, battle royal
resembled your regular soccer game riot. Broadcast from The Palace in
Auburn Hills, Michigan, this year's special brand of canvass chaos had a
extraordinary prize awaiting the battered and bruised winner: a shot at
the WCW World Title strap on February 19th, 1998, at SuperBrawl
For WCW it was reoccurring nightmare as Hollywood Hoganis New World
Order (nWo) once again tore up the World War Three rule book scoring
themselves a tainted win.
The last four men left in the turbulent competition symbolized the
grievous turf war thatis erupted between the loyal WCW forces and the
nWo thugs. The Giant and Diamond Dallas Page faced off against Scott
Hall and Randy Savage. As if it were planned that way, DDP and Savage
continued their lengthy feud while The Giant smothered Hall. As Savage
prepared to land his Flying Elbow Smash, The Giant stepped in harm's way
shielding a weakened Page. Throwing caution to the wind, Savage flew.
The Giant caught him in his big mitts setting him up for DDP's Diamond
Page began pushing Savage out of the ring to eliminate him from the
bout. Signaling for the Choke Slam, The Giant blocked Page's efforts and
brought the curtain down on Savage's bid himself. The two superstars
glared at Scott Hall. The member of the nWo's Outsider tag team with
partner Kevin Nash (forfeiting his place in the battle royal by not
showing up) retreated into the second ring.
The crowd and the wrestlers stood in shock as nWo music blasted through
the house speakers. To everyone's surprise it was not Kevin Nash finally
coming to assist his partner but the leader of the nWo himself,
Hollywood Hogan. Even though he was not officially entered into World
War Three, Hogan pummeled Page and Hall went to work unsuccessfully on
The Giant. The refs sold the interference by twiddling their
Next, it was the commentators turn to sell, sell, sell, as a figure way
too tall and way too big to be Sting dropped from the ceiling toting a
baseball bat and wearing Sting's Crow-like outfit. The impostor nailed
The Giant with the baseball bat knocking him out of the ring. Hogan
hurled out a shattered Diamond Dallas Page cinching Scott Hall's
Hogan fled the ring at the sight of his supposed arch enemy. The phony
Sting pulled off his mask revealing the grinning face of Outsider Kevin
Nash underneath. In the post-match celebration, Hogan gave Page his own
Diamond Cutter. (Full elimination order at the bottom of this
The next WCW pay-per-view is Starrcade on December 28th. The main
event will be the much-anticipated Sting versus Hollywood Hogan
WCW World War Three '97 Results
Glacier / Ernest Miller Vs The Faces Of Fear
: At 9:05, Ernest Miller chops Jimmy Hart on the apron. Meng locks on
the Death Grip from behind for the win.
Winners: The Faces Of Fear at 9 minutes and 10 seconds.
Disco Inferno (challenger) Vs Saturn (champion) (WCW Television Title
: Before the match Raven says...Let the stretchings begin!
: Disco tries a flying body press from the top rope. Saturn catches and
rolls him into his Rings Of Saturn submission move.
Winner: ...and still WCW Television Champion...Saturn at 8 minutes
and 7 seconds..
Yuji Nagata Vs The Ultimo Dragon
: If Dragon wins he gets five minutes alone with Sonny Ono in the
: At 11:45, The Dragon clamps on his sleeper hold. Nagata taps out but
Ono distracts the ref.
: Attempting a reverse-suplex, Dragon hits Ono with Nagatais leg. Nagata
rolls on Dragon for the pin.
Winner: Yuji Nagata at 12 minutes and 42 seconds.
Steve Regal / Dave Taylor (challengers) Vs The Steiner Brothers
(champions) (WCW Tag Team Title Match)
: Someone holds a sign saying...Welcome home Rick and Scott.
: The Steiners execute the top rope bulldog turning the lights out on
Winners: ...and still WCW Tag Team Champions...The Steiner Brothers
at 10 minutes and 53 seconds.
Scotty Riggs Vs Raven
: WCW Executive Committee Chairman, Doug Dillinger, announces that if
Raven doesnit sign a contract in 24 hours with WCW he will be asked to
leave the promotion. (Yeah. Sure.)
: Someone waves a Respect Bret (Hart) sign on camera.
: Because of Raven's insistence on No DQ rules, both men use steel
chairs and mic cables in the encounter.
: Raven crumples Riggs with three DDTs in succession screaming in Riggs'
face.."I didnit want to do this. Why didnit you join us? I feel your
: At 8:16, Riggs fails to get up after the ref lays down a ten
: Hammer and Raven's Flock carry Riggs out of the building unconscious.
Winner: At 8:16, Raven.
Steve McMichael Vs Alex Wright
: McMichael comes down the ring with a steel pipe saying he punked Bill
Goldberg. Nice try, Steve. Everyone knows that Goldberg is nursing a
: Mongo is once again wearing his Super Bowl ring.
: Debra hauls out Alex Wright to battle Mongo.
Winner: Mongo plants Wright with the Mongo Spike Piledriver at 3
minutes and 34 seconds..
Rey Mysterio Jr. (challenger) Vs Eddie Guerrero (champion) (WCW
Cruiserweight Title Match)
Winner: ..and still WCW Cruiserweight Title Match...Eddie Guerrero
with the Frog Splash at 12 minutes and 44 seconds.
Ric Flair (challenger) Vs Curt Hennig (champion) (WCW U.S. Title
: At 16:38, Flair brings a chair and the U.S. title into the ring. He
atomic drops Hennig on the chair. With Hennig's leg trapped in the
chair, Flair stomps on it.
: Flair wraps up Hennig in the Figure Four at 18:08 but Hennig bashes
Flair with the U.S. title belt knocking him out.
Winner: ...and still WCW U.S. champion...Curt Hennig at 18 minutes
and 27 seconds.
World War 3 Elimination Order
1). Bismark Jr. (27 seconds)
Also eliminated but no time confirmation: Glacier, John Nord,
Kendall Wyndym, Hugh Morris, Rey Mysterio Jr. and a cast of Luchidores.
Ric Flair and Kevin Nash forfeited their spots.
2). Disco Inferno (27 seconds)
3). Vilano I (27 seconds)
4). Vilano II (27 seconds)
5). Louie Spicolli (27 seconds)
6). La Parka (1:12)
7). Norman Smiley (1:20)
8). Johnny Grunge (1:47)
9). El Dandy (2:22)
10). Bobby Blaze (2:50)
11). Brad Armstrong (5:33)
12). Silver King (6:09)
13). Damien (6:44)
14). Prince Iaukea (8:22)
15). Ugi Nagata (8:36)
16). Renegade (9:25)
17). Wrath (9:25)
18). Chris Jericho (10:11)
19). Greg Valentine (11:33)
20). Chris Adams (13:45)
21). The Belfast Bruiser (14:22)
22). Dave Taylor (14:48)
23). Chris Benoit (15:11)
24). Dean Malenko (15:19)
25). Hacksaw Duggan (15:56)
26). Ernest Miller (16:06)
27). The Barbarian (16:16)
28). Eddie Guerrero (16:40)
29). Ray Traylor (17:03)
30). Barry Darsaw (17:14)
31). Steve McMichael (17:44)
32). Mortis (17:50)
33). Alex Wright (17:50)
34). Scott Steiner (18:15)
35). Stevie Ray (18:36)
36). Meng (18:57)
37). Vincent (20:57)
38). Booker T (21:32)
39). Rick Steiner (21:38)
40). Buff Bagwell (22:53)
41). Curt Hennig (23:04)
42). Lex Luger (23:04)
43). Macho Man (25:06)
44). Diamond Dallas Page (28:00)
45). Hollywood Hogan (29:34) (not officially in match)
46). The Giant (29:56)
Winner: Scott Hall (The Outsiders).
Total Event Time: 2 hours and 50 minutes.