WCW Worldwide 2000: The Forgotten Show Part Seven
Chris Harris competes in two matches this time around. Jung Dragons try their best to take out the Natural Born Thrillers and more!
Match #1: Chris Harris vs. Shawn Stasiak
Reason Reviewed: I’m not going to sit here and say I’m a Stasiak fan by any means. However, I’ve seen some guys surprise me on Worldwide since there isn’t much restriction. Maybe there will be a miracle here for Stasiak to impress.
Stasiak backs Harris into the corner and Harris shoves him away. Harris with a few left hands and a hip toss followed by a dropkick. Harris runs into a big boot but drop toe holds Stasiak. Shawn stops Harris with a clothesline to gain control of the match and stomps on Harris. Stasiak chokes Harris over the middle rope before sending Chris into the corner. Harris hammers away on Stasiak but Stasiak hits a leaping back elbow shot. Stasiak clotheslines Harris in the corner followed by a bulldog out of the corner for a two count. Harris nearly wins with a rollup. Stasiak almost wins with a neck breaker but Harris kicks out at two. Harris connects with a tilt a whirl head scissors. Harris continues with left hands and a swinging neck breaker. Harris backdrops Stasiak for another two count. Stasiak plants Harris with a gut wrench sit down power bomb. (**. Yeah, this was better than I thought it was going to be. Harris did a good job of enhancing Stasiak and Stasiak looked motivated and looked strong with the victory. I like his finisher, too.)
Match #2: Rey Mysterio Jr., Juventud Guerrera & Disco Inferno vs. Jung Dragons
Reason Reviewed: Aside from Inferno, I’m figuring this would be a fun high flying match.
Rey and Noble start the six man tag. Rey arm drags Noble but quickly gets power bombed by Noble for a two count. Noble runs into a boot from Rey in the corner. They trade go behinds until Noble hit a snap suplex and a northern lights suplex for a two count. Kaz Hayashi tags in and works over Rey. Rey avoids Kaz and tags in Juventud who hit a head scissors and a flurry of right hands in the corner. Juventud runs towards Hayashi but is met with a hurricanrana. Hayashi comes off the top with a cross body. Juventud drops Hayashi gut first down to the mat out of a power bomb position. Inferno enters but misses an elbow drop. Yang enters and is met with an elbow shot from Inferno. Yang sends Inferno to the floor with a spinning heel kick. Rey hits a head scissors on the floor on Yang to help out Inferno. Hayashi takes guys out with a moonsault to the floor. Juventud hit a cross body and Noble took everyone out with a somersault dive!
Yang kicks Inferno in the corner and Kaz hit a missile dropkick off the top. Kaz nails Inferno with a DDT. Rey trips Yang on the floor and Guerrera hit a springboard leg drop but only manages a near fall. Hayashi spin kicks Disco and Rey hit a springboard seating senton. Yang pokes Rey and Juventud in the eyes after waving his arms. Inferno hits the Chart Buster on Yang. Rey leg drops Yang on the groin and they get the win. (***. This was pretty much what I expected it to be. This was a good match and the fans ate it up.)
Match #3: The Artist vs. Big Vito
Reason Reviewed: Artist shocked me once before and growing up I kinda liked Big Vito. Hopefully Vito gets a win since 11-year old Bob hardly ever saw him win a match.
Artist slaps Vito and gets met with a right hand. Vito drops Artist with a clothesline and an arm drag followed by a scoop slam. Vito comes off the middle rope to hit a diving head butt. Vito works over Artist in the corner with strikes and eye rakes Artist. Artist stops a charging Vito with a clothesline to gain control of the match. Artist stops a sunset flip but grabbing the referees groin, which was odd. Artist nails Vito with a back elbow shot. Artist continues with a side slam for a near fall. Artist comes off the middle rope hitting a leg drop for a two count. Artist atomic drops Vito but gets dropped throat first across the top rope. Vito follows up with a mafia kick. Vito backdrops Artist and hit a vertical suplex. Vito heads to the top rope hitting an elbow drop. Artist stops Vito with a jaw breaker but Vito quickly comes back with a twisting DDT for the win. (*1/2. They both had a couple of moments to look good. Vito was quite over with the crowd here. Seems like the crowd responded more to the guys on Worldwide than they did on Nitro or Thunder.)
Match #4: Shawn Stasiak, Sean O’Haire & Mark Jindrak vs. Jung Dragons
Reason Reviewed: The Natural Born Thrillers did their best work when they were working with much smaller opponents. This should be good.
Yang and Jindrak start the match with Jindrak swinging Yang around in a headlock. Jindrak shoulder blocks Yang but Yang nearly gets a three count with a rollup. Yang kicks Jindrak over the top to the floor. Dragons dropkicks O’Haire to the floor and they take Jindrak and O’Haire out with dives to the outside. Stasiak lifts Yang up into the air and Yang crashes to the canvas gut first. Stasiak connects with a leaping back elbow shot. Stasiak gets met with a low blow and Hayashi hit a springboard kick to the head. Hayashi has a sleeper on Stasiak, but Stasiak powers out and hits a gut buster. O’Haire tags in and power slams Hayashi for a near fall. Jindrak and O’Haire hip toss Hayashi out of the corner showcasing their power. Hayashi boots Stasiak in the corner but Stasiak hit his gut wrench sit down power bomb for a near fall as Noble made the save. Jindrak drives Hayashi down with a tilt a whirl slam. O’Haire tags in and drives his knee into Hayashi’s face. O’Haire accidentally clotheslines Jindrak and Hayashi dropkicks Jindrak. Noble tags in and low blows both Jindrak and O’Haire. Yang dropkicks them from the top and spin kicks Stasiak. Noble big splashes Stasiak from the top rope! Noble crotches O’Haire on the top but after the Dragons suplex Jindrak, O’Haire hit a swanton on Noble for the win. (**. Not too bad of a match, but the finish was a little weird since the Dragons should have been able to pop right back up. As expected, the Thrillers showed off their power and it was an enjoyable match.)
Match #5: Chris Harris vs. WCW Cruiserweight Champion Elix Skipper
Reason Reviewed: Mainly to see two TNA stars in action a couple of years before TNA even existed. Of course, Harris would be a much bigger deal in TNA than Skipper would be.
Skipper attacks before the bell to work over Harris with strikes. Harris knocks Skipper down with a shoulder block. Skipper drop toe holds Harris and they trade some mat wrestling with Harris getting the advantage there. Skipper works over Harris with right hand but another shoulder block from Harris stops that. Harris clotheslines Skipper over the top to the floor to keep advantage of the contest. Harris hits a slingshot cross body to the floor. On the outside, Harris sends Skipper into the railing. Skipper comes back with a head scissors from the apron and a belly to belly suplex gets a two count on Harris. Skipper comes off the top with a missile dropkick. Harris comes off the ropes to clothesline Skipper. Harris misses a springboard cross body crashing to the canvas. Skipper hammers away on Harris in the corner followed by an arm drag. Harris works over Skipper but runs into a big boot. Harris connects with a swinging neck breaker. Harris atomic drops Skipper and drives Skipper down with a vertical suplex. Harris goes to the top and hits a cross body for a two count. Skipper hits the Overdrive and wins the match. (**. Harris got quite a bit of offense here, and it was a little odd seeing a feature WCW guy, who is a small guy, work with a larger jobber and win. If I was a casual fan, I’m probably figuring that Harris is getting the push and not Skipper.)
In the next edition of the series, which has just two more scheduled, include the following matches.
– Three Count taking on Rey Mysterio Jr., Juventud Guerrera & Disco Inferno in a six man tag match.
– Sean O’Haire competes in singles action against Mike Rapada
– Women of WCW compete in a triple threat match that sees Major Gunns, Paisley and Tygress competing.
– Elix Skipper meets Lash LeRoux in singles action
– Chavo Guerrero Jr. goes to battle against Chuck Palumbo.
Thanks for reading.