Written By: Bob Colling
World Championship Wrestling presents Uncensored
From: Louisville, Kentucky
Opening Contest: WCW Cruiserweight Champion Billy Kidman defeated Mikey Whipwreck to retain the title: Whipwreck shoulder blocks Kidman to open the contest and they botch a simple Irish whip. Whipwreck comes off the ropes with a nice tilt a whirl head scissors. Whipwreck keeps control with several clubbing blows but Kidman is able to dropkick Whipwreck to the floor after avoiding a clothesline. On the floor, Kidman sends Whipwreck back first into the guard railing. Kidman heads to the top rope where he connects with a cross body in the ring for a two count. Whipwreck ducks a clothesline and kicks Kidman to the floor. Whipwreck rams Kidman chest first into the guard railing. Whipwreck also drives Kidman chest first across the railing out of a wheel barrow position! Whipwreck quickly goes for a cover in the ring but only manages to get a two count. Whipwreck controls Kidman with an Indian death lock for a few moments. Whipwreck follows up with a guillotine leg drop across Kidman’s throat on the bottom rope. Kidman sends Whipwreck chest first into a corner and knocks Whipwreck off his feet with a clothesline. Kidman stomps away on Whipwreck before playing the fans. Whipwreck avoids a face buster by planting Kidman with a power bomb for a two count! Kidman blocks a backdrop attempt with a kick and clotheslines Whipwreck to the floor. Kidman springboards off the top rope to hit Whipwreck with a cross body on the entrance way! Whipwreck is able to connect with a slingshot modified bulldog from the apron for a near fall. Kidman counters a slingshot suplex with a tornado DDT! Kidman goes to the top rope but Whipwreck recovers to knock Kidman to the floor. Whipwreck leaps off the top but misses Kidman and instead hits the guard railing chin first! Whipwreck still manages to backdrop Kidman into the crowd but misses a running somersault dive! Kidman tosses Whipwreck back over to the ringside area but is soon stopped by Whipwreck with a drop toe hold into the ring steps! Whipwreck goes for the cover back in the ring but only gets a near fall. Whipwreck drives Kidman down with a side Russian leg sweep for another two count. Kidman clotheslines Whipwreck in the corner but misses a splash on a second attempt. Whipwreck tries for another cover but Kidman kicks out at two. Whipwreck gets distracted by yelling at the fans and Kidman nearly wins with a rollup. Whipwreck nails Kidman with a quick clothesline to regain control. Whipwreck gets another two count following a snap suplex. Whipwreck runs into a big boot and is planted by Kidman with a sit out spine buster for a near fall! Whipwreck quickly connects with a swinging neck breaker. Kidman stops Whipwreck on the top rope by going for a superplex but Whipwreck shoves Kidman off. Whipwreck leaps off to hit Kidman with a clothesline for a near fall! Kidman plants Whipwreck with a modified pedigree but only manages a near fall. Whipwreck puts Kidman on the top rope looking for a back suplex and hits it! Whipwreck quickly covers but Kidman manages to kick out again. Whipwreck continues his offense with a jumping reverse DDT for a two count. Kidman counters a power bomb with a face buster! Kidman heads to the top rope and connects with the Shooting Star Press to win the bout. **3/4
Second Contest: Stevie Ray defeated Vincent in a street fight: I’ll save my time and yours by simply giving this a quick summary. Near the end of the contest, Horace Hogan comes down to the ring with a slapjack in hand. Horace tosses the weapon into the ring declaring that he doesn’t care who wins, because he is in charge. Ray manages to take the slapjack away from Vincent and hits Vincent with it. Ray wins the bout after delivering his finishing move, the slapjack. NR
Third Contest: Kevin Nash defeated Rey Mysterio Jr.: Rey runs right into a big boot from Nash to kick off the match. Nash casually tosses Rey across the ring and seems to already think he has the match in order. Rey blocks a second toss with a wheelbarrow bulldog! Rey springboards off the top rope with a leg drop to the back of Nash’s head! Rey sends Nash to the floor with a spinning heel kick! Rey baseball slides Nash but slides to the floor only to be tossed back first into the railing by Nash. Nash drops Rey chest first onto the ring apron as well to regain the advantage. Nash works on Rey in the corner with a few knee lifts. Nash places Rey on the top turnbuckle to nail Rey with a side elbow, which causes Rey to fall to the floor. Nash atomic drops Rey back in the ring and begins to joke around. Rey counters a side slam with a low blow followed by a quick dropkick for a two count. Rey hits Nash with the Bronco Buster in the corner! Rey heads to the top rope but is caught by Nash on a moonsault attempt. Rey gets out of a power slam but is tripped by Luger as he comes off the ropes. Nash is able to big boot Rey and connects with the Jackknife to win the match. *1/4
Fourth Contest: Jerry Flynn defeated Ernest Miller/Sonny Ono in a handicap match: Guess what? This gets the same treatment as the street fight. Flynn manages to win the bout after Ono is accidentally tagged in by Miller. Flynn tosses Ono into the ring and gets the three count before Miller could make the save. NR
Fifth Contest: Hak defeated Raven and Bam-Bam Bigelow in a hardcore match: Hak is double teamed to kick off the hardcore war but that doesn’t last. Bigelow connects with a back suplex on Raven after Raven attempted a clothesline on Bigelow. Raven’s sister comes down to the ring with a laundry bin full of weapons. Hak whacks Bigelow over the head with a trash can. Raven smashes Hak with the trash can and Hak falls face first into another one. Raven continues to hit Hak with trash can lids. Bigelow tosses a trash can at Raven’s head. Raven nails both opponents with a mailbox. Raven drop toe holds Hak face first into another trash can. Hak whacks Raven over the back with an ironing board! Bigelow whacks Hak over the head with a cookie sheet. Raven low blows Bigelow and sends Hak shoulder first through the ironing board in a corner. Raven drop toe holds Bigelow face first onto the trash can. Raven hits both Bigelow and Hak with the ironing board. Bigelow sends Raven back first into two trash cans set up in the corner. Bigelow weakly hits Hak over the head with a box fan. Hak nails Bigelow over the head with the box fan. Raven rams a paddle into both Bigelow and Hak’s groin. Bigelow drives Raven face first into a trash can. Bigelow uses a cookie sheet on both Raven and Hak. Bigelow rams both men back first into a corner. Hak connects with a nice top rope hurricanrana on Raven! Hak goes under the ring to grab a table. They dub out an ECW chant. Bigelow puts Hak on the table in the ring before heading to the middle rope. Hak rolls off but Raven comes over and puts Hak on Bigelow’s shoulders. Bigelow power bombs Hak onto the table but has to splash Hak to make the table break. Raven tries for a sneaky cover on Hak but Bigelow breaks up the count. Bigelow splashes Raven a couple times in the corner. Hak works on Bigelow’s legs with a kendo stick. Hak whacks Raven over the head with the kendo stick. Raven’s sister has got some tape while Bigelow slides two more tables into the ring. Bigelow is tossed onto a table set up in the corner, but the table doesn’t break. Raven plants Hak with a DDT! Raven tapes Hak’s arms behind his back! Raven whacks Hak over the head several times with a chair. Bigelow grabs Raven from behind and hits the Greetings from Asbury Park! Bigelow puts a table over Raven and sprays a fire extinguisher at Raven’s sister to have jump into the bin. Raven’s sister sprays another extinguisher into Bigelow’s face as he was on the top rope. Bigelow crashes through a table as a result. Raven’s sister enters the ring and turns on Raven by spraying Raven with the fire extinguisher. She delivers a head butt to Raven’s groin and Hak gets the win. **
Sixth Contest: Chris Benoit/Dean Malenko defeated WCW World Tag Team Champions Barry Windham/Curt Hennig in a lumberjack match to win the titles: Before any action takes place, Arn Anderson comes down to the ringside area to be a lumberjack. Anderson whispers something at Chris Adams and Adams walks to the backstage area. Hennig and Windham try to leave but the lumberjacks whip them with straps. Hennig backs Benoit into a corner where Hennig decides to slap him. They trade a few slaps until Hennig rolls to the floor to be whipped by straps. Benoit nails Hennig with a back elbow which causes Hennig to go to the floor to be whipped again. Windham is tagged into the contest. Benoit chops Windham in a corner a few times. Windham rolls to the floor to be whipped again. Benoit connects with a backdrop and chops in the corner. Malenko tags in to hammer away on Windham for a few moments. Windham attempts an atomic drop on Malenko but misses. Malenko tags out to Benoit who keeps control of Windham with an elbow shot. Windham plants Benoit with a quick DDT before tagging out to Hennig. Hennig tosses Benoit to the floor where Benoit is whipped briefly. Benoit tries to fight out of a corner but is held by Windham. Benoit is dumped to the floor again to be whipped. Benoit drives Hennig down to the mat with a back suplex, but Windham tags in. Windham drops Benoit with a right hand and a running lariat for a two count. Windham follows up with a standing dropkick but Benoit kicks out at two. Benoit and Windham both fall to the mat with a double clothesline spot. Hennig tags into the contest to stomp away on Benoit. Hennig delivers a chop in the corner but misses a clothesline. Benoit takes Hennig over with a German suplex! Benoit tags in Malenko! All four men are brawling in the ring, now. Malenko runs into a big boot from Hennig but gets a fisherman suplex on Hennig for a two count! Malenko has the Texas Cloverleaf on Hennig but Windham nails Malenko with a clubbing blow! Malenko is dumped to the floor by Hennig where Malenko is whipped some more. Windham scoop slams Malenko followed by a straight right hand. Windham drives Malenko down to the mat with a vertical suplex for a two count. Hennig tags in and puts Malenko in a sleeper. Hennig backs Malenko into a corner to deliver a few chops. Windham tosses Malenko to the floor behind the referees back so that Malenko is whipped. Windham nails Malenko with a running lariat but only gets a near fall. Windham catches Malenko in the corner but Malenko gets out of it. Windham is able to eventually back suplex Malenko despite several right hands. Hennig is tagged in and chopped by Benoit, who got tagged as well. Benoit cleans house chopping the champs. Malenko connects with a back suplex on Hennig while Benoit and Windham brawl on the floor. The lumberjacks are attacking each other on the floor now! Hennig knocks Malenko out with a strap and hits Anderson as well. Anderson enters the ring to nail Hennig with a tire iron! Malenko pulls Windham to the floor off the top rope to the floor. Benoit leaps off the top and barely hits Hennig with a flying head butt (Hennig was very far away). Benoit covers Hennig to win the titles! **3/4
Before the next match, Jericho wants Ralphus to take his spot in the dog collar bout, but he refuses. Saturn is sporting a new gothic look, by the way. Ralphus is kicked out by Jericho. Jericho gets a mouthpiece from Ralphus before he goes, though.
Seventh Contest: Perry Saturn defeated Chris Jericho in a dog collar match: Saturn takes Jericho over with an exploder suplex and an overhead belly to belly suplex. Saturn finally gets the chain hooked around Jericho’s neck. Jericho goes to the floor to leave but Saturn simply yanks on the chain to bring Jericho back to the ring. Saturn clotheslines Jericho after stepping on the chain. Jericho misses a running attack in a corner. Saturn runs off the apron to drive Jericho face first into the top turnbuckle. Saturn nails Jericho in the face with the chain and leaps off the middle rope to deliver another chain shot. Saturn keeps control of Jericho by choking him with the chain. Saturn clotheslines Jericho as he comes off the ropes followed by a leg drop. Saturn crotches Jericho on the ropes until he yanks Jericho off sending him chest first into the guard railing! Saturn sends Jericho back first into the guard railing before returning to the ring. Saturn chokes Jericho for a few moments with the chain. Jericho slides through Saturn’s legs to low blow him with the chain. Jericho is able to clothesline over the top to the floor. Jericho proceeds to choke Saturn with the chain briefly. Jericho knocks Saturn off the apron with a springboard forearm shot. Jericho manages to somehow power bomb Saturn from the apron over the top rope into the ring! Jericho backs Saturn into a corner to choke Saturn for a few moments. Saturn gets a near fall with a inside cradle but Jericho gets up to knock Saturn back down followed by a cocky cover, which never works. Jericho is yanked off the middle rope by Saturn followed by a standing sidekick. Saturn tosses Jericho across the ring using the chain to his advantage. Saturn punches Jericho several times in the corner. Jericho stops Saturn’s offense with a takedown and begins to look for the Lion Tamer! Saturn is able to block the move by wrapping the chain around Jericho’s neck! Jericho turns over on the Lion Tamer but is being chokes out by the chain! Jericho is forced to let go of hold. Saturn plants Jericho with the Death Valley Driver but only gets a two count! Saturn places Jericho on the top rope looking for a hurricanrana but Jericho blocks it and power bombs Saturn off the middle rope to the mat for a near fall! Jericho takes the chain off of Saturn’s neck and wraps the chain around his body. Jericho heads to the top rope and leaps off only to miss a moonsault! Jericho scoop slams Saturn before heading to the top rope again. Jericho leaps off but again misses a splash. Saturn plants Jericho with a second Death Valley Driver to win the bout. **1/2
Eighth Contest: Booker T defeated WCW Television Champion Scott Steiner to win the title: After several minutes of stalling by Steiner, Booker backs Steiner into a corner only to cleanly break away. Booker quickly arm drags Steiner out of a lockup position. Steiner back elbows Booker followed by several more clubbing blows. Steiner shoulder blocks Booker a few times. Booker dropkicks Steiner and attempts a spin kick but Steiner bails to the floor. Steiner wants the referee to check Booker’s gloves. This allows Steiner to kick Booker in the midsection. Steiner runs into a big boot in the corner. Booker mounts Steiner delivering several right hands. Steiner blocks a vertical suplex but doesn’t block a standing sidekick. Booker follows up with an atomic drop and a clothesline. Booker gets a two count following a simple snap mare. Steiner stomps away on Booker to get the upper hand but that doesn’t last as Booker delivers an atomic drop followed by a clothesline. Booker heads to the top rope and leaps off to nail Steiner with a forearm shot for a two count. Buff Bagwell has pulled Booker to the floor but Booker fights him off by sending Bagwell into the guard railing. Steiner comes to the floor, sending Booker into the guard railing a few times. Steiner shoves Booker over into the crowd where Steiner rams a chair into Booker’s midsection. Steiner rolls Booker into the ring where Steiner drops Booker with a clothesline and an elbow drop. Steiner chokes Booker across the bottom rope. Bagwell chokes Booker briefly as the referee was distracted. Bagwell continues to cheap shot Booker on the floor behind the referees back. Steiner gorilla press slams Booker and taunts the fans. Steiner casually covers Booker for only a two count. Steiner continues his attack with a side belly to belly suplex for another near fall. Steiner wears Booker down with a chin lock but Booker fights out with elbows and right hands. Booker ducks a clothesline to sidekick Steiner. Booker misses a leaping sidekick which causes him to crotch himself on the top rope. Bagwell proceeds to choke Booker on the floor with the camera cord. Steiner connects with a release overhead suplex back in the ring. Booker ducks a clothesline and nails Steiner with a forearm attack. Booker knee lifts Steiner followed by a standing spin kick! Booker comes off the ropes and hits Steiner with the scissors kick! Booker drives Steiner down with a flapjack and hits Steiner with a leaping sidekick. Booker goes to the top rope but is crotched by Bagwell. Steiner hooks Booker up for a superplex, which Steiner hits. Steiner holds Booker to allow Bagwell to hit Booker with a chair. However, Booker breaks free and Bagwell whacks Steiner with the chair! Booker kicks the chair into Bagwell’s face and pins Steiner to win the title! **3/4
Main Event: Ric Flair defeated WCW World Heavyweight Champion Hulk Hogan in a first blood barbed wire cage match to win the title: Flair backs Hogan into a corner but is shoved away by Hogan. Hogan comes off the ropes with a shoulder block. Flair pokes Hogan in the eyes followed by a few chops to gain the advantage. Hogan sends Flair into a corner and drops Flair with a backdrop. Hogan clotheslines Flair several times. Hogan continues with a scoop slam and elbow drops Flair a few times as well. Flair regains control with a few chops but Hogan comes fighting back with several of his own. Hogan hammers away on Flair in the corner along with a few knee lifts. Hogan clotheslines Flair in the corner which causes Flair to flop down to the mat. Hogan gets the figure four leg lock on Flair! Flair reaches the ropes and Hogan is forced to let go of the hold. Flair pokes Hogan in the eyes. Flair tries to send Hogan into the cage but Hogan blocks it and tosses Flair head first into the cage! Hogan punches Flair several times in the corner until he decides to bite Flair’s forehead! Hogan tosses Flair into the cage again. Flair climbs up the side of the cage but Hogan yanks down Flair’s tights. Flair appears to be busted open, which would mean the end of the match six minutes into this, but it continues. Hogan crotches Flair on the top rope and ends up pulling a piece of barbed wire off from the top of the cage. Hogan uses barbed wire on Flair! Hogan takes off his weight belt and begins to whip Flair several times. Hogan sends Flair head first into the cage yet again! Hogan rubs Flair’s face into the cage several times. Hogan slams Flair face first into the cage ten times! Flair flops down to the mat and is busted open big time. Hogan big boots Flair and hits the leg drop! Hogan covers Flair but that doesn’t matter. Hogan yells at the referee that Flair is bleeding, but the referee doesn’t care. Flair knocks Hogan out with brass knuckles! Flair sends Hogan face first into the cage causing Hogan to bleed. David Flair and Torrie Wilson make their way down to the ringside area. Flair continues to ram Hogan into the cage head first. Flair taunts his son and Torrie after sending Hogan face first into the cage again. Flair gets a near fall following a fist drop and Hogan begins to Hulk Up. Hogan isn’t affected by chops in the corner. Hogan punches Flair several times followed by a big boot and the leg drop! Hogan covers but the referee doesn’t want to make the cover. Flair low blows Hogan in the corner and is able to drive Hogan down to the mat with a vertical suplex but Hogan quickly gets to his feet. Hogan sends Flair head first into the cage several more times. Flair tosses Hogan into the referee while David is rooting for Hogan to Hulk Up. Flair low blows Hogan from behind. Arn Anderson runs down to the ringside area and attacks David Flair from behind! Wilson gets on Anderson’s back but is tossed away by Anderson. Anderson gives Flair the tire iron. Flair nails Hogan over the head with the tire iron! Flair puts the figure four leg lock on Hogan. The referee drops down and fast counts Hogan. Flair wins the championship. **
After the match, Ric Flair and Arn Anderson celebrate the title win.
End of show
My Take: The opener between Kidman/Whipwreck was solid. I’ve read other reviews where people consider this to be a ***1/2 plus kind of match, but I don’t agree. It was a good match for a new wrestler in Whipwreck but it wasn’t an elite Cruiserweight match as some people have stated. This would easily be Whipwreck’s best WCW match as, well, he wouldn’t compete all that much in meaningful matches, at least.
Nash/Rey was a quick match. I thought it was okay for what it was. Basically, Nash needed to remind the fans that he isn’t some kind of joke and could demolish Rey if he wanted to. So, Rey’s giant killer gimmick lasts all of three weeks. Back to the Cruiserweight division you go Rey. It’s shame, because Rey will just go back to doing all the things he has already done and doesn’t need to continue to do it.
A lot of people love the hardcore triple threat match. I don’t understand why as it isn’t all that great of a match. The fans were into it, but after about four minutes of the wrestlers hitting each other with the same stuff, they got quiet. If you are a big fan of hardcore wrestling, then you’ll love the match. It’s a really average brawl, in my opinion.
I enjoyed the tag title match. I didn’t have enthusiasm going into it but I was surprised by a pretty good showing by those four men. Would have rather liked the Horsemen get a clean win or just have Windham and Hennig retain. Oh well, at least Benoit is finally a champion in WCW.
Despite the fans being dead for Jericho/Saturn, I thought it was a decent bout.
Booker/Steiner was a good a contest, as well. I really wish Booker would be elevated past the WCW Television Championship. Guys like Disco Inferno should be going for that belt, not Booker T and Scott Steiner. Hell, Buff Bagwell is a perfect fit for that belt. The finish clearly protected Steiner from looking weak.
The main event was a really confusing contest. Going into the match, Flair was playing the babyface role. Hogan had done some pretty mean heel things to Flair. So, people are heavily behind Flair to get his payback. I didn’t like the double turn here because of what they did leading into the show. It was hard for me to understand why I, the viewer, should cheer for Hogan after he has put WCW and Flair for that matter through hell for three years. Plus, this double turn makes the angle with Goldberg on January 4th completely pointless. Next, you have a first blood stipulation where pin falls aren’t legal. Flair bleeds six minutes into the bout but it goes for another ten minutes. Flair ends up winning by pin fall, anyway. Why bother making stipulations if you have no desire to stick with them? That sort of thing bugs the hell out of me. Anyway, the match itself wasn’t anything bad. It was a decent little cage match but not much happened, really.
Overall, four out of the nine matches are decent to good. Rey/Nash was fine for what it was, so maybe make that five out of nine. I thought it was a decent pay per view, not an elite WCW pay per view by any means though. I’d suggest to just go on YouTube to watch this, don’t go on Ebay and waste money on it. I’ll give this a thumb in the middle.
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