Recently a coworker of mine mentioned a wrestling show he attended in March 1999 and how much fun it was. The event was a house show presented by World Championship Wrestling in Rochester, New York. He had fond memories of the event and I was interested in looking up the show to see if it were something I’d like to go to. He attended the show simply because his friend had a spare ticket. So, would you go to this show?
Match #1: Disco Inferno vs. Prince Iaukea
Oh boy, what a stinker of an opener this is. I actually like Disco Inferno, but I despise Pince Iaukea and was surprised the guy kept a job for as long as he did. Certainly not a match that would make me jump out of my house to go see.
Match #2: Hugh Morrus vs. Vincent
The same instance here as I thought Morrus was a solid performer and Vincent is just a bore of a wrestler. There is nothing appealing to this bout, at all.
Match #3: Chris Jericho vs. Perry Saturn
The first important match on the show as Jericho and Saturn had been feuding for several months to this point. Jericho is a great heel and Saturn was in a groove for the first time in his singles career. I’d imagine these two would put on a fun match and a match that helps the card a lot considering the first two matches on the show.
Match #4: Scott Norton vs. Konnan
The never ending feud between Konnan and the NWO B-Team doesn’t entice me to see it in person. I don’t think there was ever a time that Konnan has not annoyed me. The undercard for this show is leaving a lot to be desired, for sure.
Match #5: Ric Flair, Chris Benoit & Dean Malenko vs. Curt Hennig, Barry Windham & Wrath
This one is rather interesting considering Wrath had zero association with Hennig and Windham. Wrath was actually a fairly over baby face at the time teaming with a heel tag team. Flair, Benoit and Malenko were all great talents but the match is random as hell with the inclusion of Wrath. There had to have been a better option than Wrath to partner up with Hennig and Windham. I can’t help but think this wouldn’t really catch my interest, even though I’m a big fan of the Horsemen… their opponents just aren’t interesting enough for me.
Match #6: Bret Hart vs. Sting
Easily the most intriguing match on the card as many fans deemed it a dream match for years prior to their showdown at Halloween Havoc 1998. I’d be interested in this quite a bit, more so than anything else on the show by a large margin.
Main Event: Bam-Bam Bigelow vs. Bill Goldberg
At the time, Bigelow was still being presented as a serious contender and threat to Goldberg as the two had a pay per view match at Superbrawl, so it’s not like it would come across like a complete squash match. Bigelow had a memorable run in ECW and I’m figurine that even a quick 6-7 minute match would still be entertaining. Plus, Goldberg was on fire at the time at the peak of his popularity before eventual booking ruined him in WCW. The previous match would seem as a more suitable main event, though.
So, really, it’s three matches out of seven that catch my interest. Jericho/Saturn, Bret/Sting and Bigelow/Goldberg are all matches that would likely have some entertainment associated with them. The bad matches are pretty awful on paper as I really wouldn’t want to have to sit through an Iaukea match AND a Vincent match.
Despite that, the show seems to warrant a cheap ticket in the top section with the hopes of a good Bret/Sting bout to make it worthwhile in the end.
Is this a show you’d attend? Leave your thoughts below!
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34-year-old currently living in Syracuse, New York. Long-time fan of the New York Mets, Chicago Bulls, and Minnesota Vikings. An avid fan of professional wrestling and write reviews/articles on the product. Usually focusing on old-school wrestling.