WCW Slamboree 1999 Review

wcw slamboree 1999

Welcome back to the TJRwrestling retro reviews where we are reviewing every WCW Pay-Per-View during the “Monday Night War” era.

We are coming off Spring Stampede, which saw the coronation of Diamond Dallas Page as the new WCW World Heavyweight Champion. It was a solid show for WCW and one that I enjoyed watching. Read my complete thoughts on that show and every show we have covered here. We are on to the May tradition for WCW in Slamboree, which will feature DDP defending his title against Kevin Nash. Let’s see if they can keep the momentum going!

WCW Slamboree
May 9th, 1999
TWA Dome in St. Louis Missouri

The show starts with a package going over the matches on the night. It was a nice look at every match on the show rather than just being the main event stuff.

We are greeted in the arena by Tony Schiavone and he is flanked by Mike Tenay and Bobby “The Brain” Heenan. They talk about the excitement in the building before tossing it down to Mean Gene in the aisleway. He shills the hotline and talks about the excitement going into tonight before they go down to the ring for the first match of the night.

Triangle WCW Tag Team Title Match
Rey Mysterio Jr. & Kidman (c) vs. Chris Benoit & Dean Malenko (w/ Arn Anderson) vs. Raven & Saturn

Kidman and Mysterio have had some strain on their relationship and they bring that up as the bell sounds.

Saturn, Kidman, and Malenko are the first three in as Kidman and Saturn work as a team against Malenko. Saturn hits Benoit with a Suplex as he comes in, and Saturn kicks him out of the ring. Saturn throws Kidman into the ropes and suplexes him over the top rope to the floor. Malenko runs in and takes Saturn down to the mat. Malenko kicks Saturn on the head, but Kidman breaks up the count. Benoit and Raven tag into the match and Raven hits Benoit with a suplex, but they are both soon taken out by Mysterio. Raven hits Mysterio from behind and covers him for a two-count. They double team on Benoit, but he fights out and takes Raven down to the mat. Kidman tags back in and he works together with Benoit to throw Raven out of the ring. Kidman hits Benoit with a Powerbomb as they face each other. He climbs up top and comes off with a splash, but Benoit gets out of the way. Benoit gets Kidman in the Cripple Crossface, but it’s broken up. Saturn tags in and wipes Benoit out with a huge splash. He has a back and forth with Mysterio which ends in Mysterio hitting a Moonsault. Raven sends Kidman to the outside as Mysterio takes Saturn out with a Hurricanrana. Back in the ring, Benoit takes out Raven and hits a Flying Headbutt, but Saturn breaks up the pin. Benoit chops Saturn as he gets up and The Horsemen are ruling the ring. Benoit and Malenko double-team Saturn and Benoit covers him, but he only gets a two-count. They hit a double suplex on Saturn and take Mysterio out as he comes back into the ring. Benoit goes to the apron to make a legal tag and he comes in to go after Kidman in the corner.

Kidman reverses a whip into the corner and takes Benoit out, but he is soon knocked down by a kick by Saturn. Benoit wipes Saturn out and now everyone is outside of the ring. Benoit rolls Saturn back into the ring and tries to pin him, but only gets a near fall. Benoit hits three German Suplexes on Saturn before Malenko comes back in to lay the boots to him. Malenko makes out Kidman as well before turning his sights back on Saturn. Malenko hits Kidman with a Powerbomb and tags Benoit into the match. He hits Saturn with a Suplex and has an exchange with Kidman. Malenko gets back into the match and he is hit with a dropkick from Kidman right away. He has enough to tag Benoit and he comes in right after Saturn. Saturn reverses a chop into a Russian Leg Sweep and tags Raven in. He cleans the house and hits Benoit with a clothesline. Raven hits Benoit with a trio of Vertical Suplex and covers him for a two-count. Saturn and Mysterio are back in the match and Mysterio hits him with a Hurricanrana. Benoit takes both men out and sends Mysterio hard into the corner. Saturn and Benoit have an exchange with Saturn hitting a powerslam. Kidman and Mysterio hit some flying moves off the top and Kidman rolls Malenko up for a close near fall. Mysterio hits Raven with a Bronco Buster and hits a Frankensteiner on Benoit. He tries the same move on Saturn, but he gets caught and powerbombed him to the mat. Anderson slides in the ring and hits a Spinebuster on Saturn. Kidman climbs up top, but a guy in a Sting mask pulls him down, and Raven DDT’s him off the top rope. Raven covers Kidman as Malenko puts Saturn in the Texas Cloverleaf. Saturn isn’t tapping out so the referee counts the pin and Raven picks up the win and collects the gold. The match went 17:28.

Winner(s) and NEW WCW Tag Team Champions: Raven & Saturn
Match Rating: 3/5 Stars

Collective Thoughts: This was a wild way to start the show. The tags didn’t matter much and there was action all over the ring for most of it. Malenko & Benoit dominated most of the match and ruled the ring while keeping everyone at bay. The ending was interesting because the referee had two falls and had to pick which one to recognize. Solid opener.

After the match, the masked man is revealed as Kanyon, and all three men celebrate with the titles.

Stevie Ray (w/ Vincent & Horace Hogan) vs. Konnan

Stevie Ray is the leader of the NWO Black and White at this point. Konnan runs down everyone in and by the ring on the mic before things get underway.

Ray works him into the corner right away and takes Konnan down to the mat. He sends Konnan to the other side, but he moves out of the way as Ray charges in. They have an exchange in the middle of the ring which ends with Konnan dropping him face-first on the mat. Ray recovers and takes him out with a big kick to the head. He sends Konnan to the outside as Vincent and Horace do some work on him. They roll Konnan back into the ring and he gets taken down with a clothesline from Ray. They have an awkward exchange in the ring which ends with Konnan being taken down with a sloppy Clothesline again. Konnan tries to make a comeback and gets some shots in, but Ray hits him with an elbow. He hits a Vertical Suplex and covers Konnan for a two-count. Ray comes off the second rope, but Konnan gets the foot up. He sends Ray into the ropes and barely clears him when he leaps over him and takes him down with a clothesline. Mysterio comes down to the ring to assist and takes out Vincent and Hogan at ringside. Mysterio climbs up top and helps Konnan roll Ray up to pick up the win after 6:10.

Winner: Konnan
Match Rating: DUD

Collective Thoughts: Oh boy, these two did not mesh well. I liked Stevie Ray when he was part of Harlem Heat, but his singles career kind of exposed his weaknesses a little bit more. There were some sloppy spots here and it just didn’t gel. I have seen both guys have better outings.

They go to the internet location where they are interviewing Rick Steiner. Steiner says that he is ready for tonight and that this is his chance for a singles run. He accuses Booker T. of attacking him the other night and tonight he wants to get his revenge.

Bam Bam Bigelow is shown backstage and he is stopped by Diamond Dallas Page and they seem to make an agreement before going their separate ways.

Hardcore Match
Brian Knobbs vs. Bam Bam Bigelow

Man, WCW really loved leaning on these types of matches around this time. Also, both men came out to no music, which is odd to hear for a wrestling show.

Bigelow brings a cart of weapons to the ring and throws it all in the ring. He gets in the ring and Knobbs wipes him out with a garbage can. He grabs a sign and puts it on the head of Bigelow. He grabs a cookie sheet and wipes him out with that before going out of the ring to bring more stuff into it. Knobbs comes back in and beats on Bigelow with the garbage can. Bigelow fights back and hits Knobbs with a slam before covering him for a two-count. Bigelow hits Knobbs with a garbage can and signs before going up top to hit a Diving Headbutt. Knobbs is the first one up and hits Bigelow with a chair across the back. He comes off the ropes and slams the can down on Bigelow, but he recovers and sends Knobbs to the outside. Bigelow throws Knobbs into the stairs and kicks him in the head. Knobbs starts to fight back and sends Bigelow into the stars before they have a battle of can lids, which Bigelow wins. He crushes Knobbs’ head between two more lids and starts throwing more stuff into the ring. They battle some more on the outside as the commentators are now laughing at them. Knobbs hits Bigelow and sends him flying into the cart. Bigelow recovers and wipes Knobbs out with a chair to the head. It’s short-lived and Knobbs starts hitting him with the garbage can. Knobbs starts bringing Bigelow up the aisleway and they exchange blows as they go up. Bigelow sends him into the internet table and slams him into the railing. Knobbs starts punching Bigelow and they end up at a merch table where he sends Bigelow crashing through a fake wall. Knobbs grabs a ladder and slams it down on Bigelow. Knobbs puts him on a table and comes off a scaffold with an elbow, but he completely whiffs and hits the concrete. Bigelow suplexes him through the table and picks up the win after 11:29.

Winner: Bam Bam Bigelow
Match Rating: 1.5/5 Stars

Collective Thoughts: This was a hard match to rate, but both guys worked hard. They hit each other with everything and it was a back and forth battle. Bigelow seemed to have this type of match all the time and they started calling him “The King of Hardcore in WCW”. Bigelow picking up the win here continues that narrative going.

WCW Television Title Match
Booker T. (c) vs. Rick Steiner

These two have been going at it over the last couple of weeks. They have gotten physical before the match and they had a match on Nitro which Booker won due to outside interference from his brother. There is some nice heat going into it.

They lock up and Booker smashes him into the corner. He lets up and Steiner comes out to get in Booker’s face. Steiner hits Booker with a Belly to Belly Suplex and sends him to the outside with a clothesline. Steiner gets a headlock on, but Booker breaks it. He sends Steiner into the ropes but finds himself on the receiving end of an elbow. Steiner comes off the ropes, but this time he is met with a kick to the head. Booker sends him to the outside with another kick to the head. Booker tries working on the arm as he comes back in and slams Steiner down to the mat. He sends him into the ropes and hits an elbow to the head. Booker hits him with a sidekick before sending Steiner into the ropes. Steiner ducks a clothesline and hits one of his own on Booker which sends him to the outside. They do battle on the floor with Steiner slamming Booker against the railing before sending him back into the ring. Steiner hits Booker with a German Suplex and covers him for two. Steiner pounds on Booker on the mat and continues to wear him down.

Steiner hits an elbow drop as Booker tries to get back up. He sends Booker into the corner and charges in but is met with an elbow. Both men start exchanging blows to the head and Steiner comes out on the better side of it. He continues to pound on Booker in the corner. He sends Booker into the ropes, but Booker kicks Steiner as he comes back in and takes Steiner down. Steiner is the first man up and continues to pound down on Booker. Booker tries to start a comeback and does after Steiner takes him down twice. Booker comes off the ropes and hits a clothesline followed by an Axe Kick and Spinarooni. He hits Steiner with a Spinebuster and comes off the rope with a Missle Dropkick, but as he makes the cover Scott comes down to the ring. Booker takes him out, but Steiner hits Booker from behind. Booker comes back and takes Rick down, but he gets tripped by Scott. That leads to Rick hitting Booker with a Steiner Bulldog to win the match after 11:08.

Winner and NEW WCW Television Champion: Rick Steiner
Match Rating: 2/5 Stars

Collective Thoughts: This was a solid match, but nothing spectacular. Booker was always a solid in-ring worker and working with a veteran like Rick Steiner here made him look good. Both men had their time to shine. Scott coming down to assist Rick is a callback to Stevie Ray helping Booker pick up a win over Rick on Nitro. This is Rick’s first singles title run.

There is a package that showcases what has been going on over the past couple of weeks. Flair and Savage have been going at it, and having this match continues that without them having to get physical. Savage has been suspended as of late, and if George wins the match, he will be reinstated.

Rick Steiner is shown backstage looking for Scott. He runs into Buff Bagwell who tells Rick he hasn’t seen Scott anywhere.

“Little Naitch” Charles Robinson (w/ “Nature Boy” Ric Flair & Asya) vs. Gorgeous George (w/ “Macho Man” Randy Savage, Miss Madness, & Madusa)

There is a package that showcases what has been going on over the past couple of weeks. Flair and Savage have been going at it, and having this match continues that without them having to get physical. Savage has been suspended as of late, and if George wins the match, he will be reinstated. Fun fact: Miss Madness would go on to become Molly Holly.

Flair grabs the mic and says that he always wanted Madusa to ride Space Mountain. Flair hypes up Robinson before handing him the mic and Robinson cuts a promo on her before Savage grabs the mic and tells them that George is going to kick his ass. The bell sounds and we are underway.

Robinson struts around the ring and gets advice from Flair. They go to lock up, but George moves out of the way. He has some words with Savage before George grabs his arm from behind and starts working on it. Both of them exchange arm holds before George gets him in a Hammerlock. She puts him in a Full Nelson and slams him down to the mat. He hits Robinson from behind as he gets up and he knocks Flair off the apron. Savage gets in the ring to confront Flair as Robinson paces on the outside. Flair hands Robinson a chair and whispers something in his ear as he tries to get back in the ring. Miss Madness comes over and takes the chair from Robinson and she gets slammed on the floor for her troubles by Robinson. Robinson and the referee get into a spat in the ring as Savage says they need some help for Miss Madness. George gets back in the ring, but she is hit from behind. Robinson chokes her in the ropes and uses all of the referee’s five-count. He puts the lightest-looking chokehold on her in the ring and puts her in the corner for some chops. George fights out and hits him with some chops before sending Robinson into the corner where he takes the “Flair Bump”. She slams him down again and covers him for a two-count. She grabs him by the hair and throws him across the ring. She charges into the corner but comes up empty as Robinson rolls out of the way. Asya and Flair pull George out of the ring, but they are scared off by Madusa. George gets back in the ring and Robinson starts working on the leg. She kicks him away, but he keeps coming back. He hits her with a shin breaker and puts her in The Figure Four Leglock. George rolls over and reverses the pressure of the hold which sends Flair into the ring to break it up. Savage takes Flair out and slams Robinson down to the mat. George comes off the top with a Flying Elbow Drop and wins the match after 10:39.

Winner: Gorgeous George
Match Rating: 1/5 Stars

Collective Thoughts: This was a match between two people that don’t normally wrestle. Grading them high is hard because they aren’t as well trained as some others are, but they didn’t do anything to make me want to turn it off. I did think it did go on a little long, but the story of Savage being reinstated is the main focal point.

There is a package for the next match for the United States Title.

WCW United States Title Match
“Big Poppa Pump” Scott Steiner (c) vs. Buff Bagwell

These two were as close as it gets and now they are at odds. Bagwell has disowned the NWO at this point and they have been on a collision course ever since.

Bagwell starts things off quickly by attacking Steiner before he can even get the belt off. Bagwell hits a Swinging Neckbreaker but is soon taken down with a low blow. Steiner hits another one and takes Bagwell down with a clothesline as he comes off the ropes. He picks Bagwell up and slams him gut-first in the corner. He sends Bagwell to the outside and pounds him against the railing. He slams Bagwell’s head on the apron of the ring before sending him back into the railing. Steiner rolls him back into the ring and gets a kick to the head. Steiner gets him on his shoulder and slams Bagwell into the corner again. Steiner talks to the crowd, which allows Bagwell to hit him from behind. Steiner comes right back with a shot to the head and continues to pound on Bagwell in the ring. Steiner snaps him over and hits some punches to the head. Bagwell works his way back to the ropes, but Steiner brings him back out and drops him with a Powerbomb. He picks Bagwell back up and hits a Belly to Belly Suplex before going out of the ring to grab a chair. He brings it in and swings it at Bagwell, but he ducks and takes Steiner out himself. Bagwell hits some shots on Steiner and drops him with a dropkick. He hits another one before hitting an Atomic Drop and clotheslines Steiner, but the referee was in front of him and he takes him out too. Rick Steiner hits the ring and convinces Bagwell to give him the chair. He turns his back and Rick hits Bagwell with the chair. Scott puts Bagwell in The Steiner Recliner and it’s over after 7:11.

Winner and STILL WCW United States Champion: Scott Steiner
Match Rating: 2/5 Stars

Collective Thoughts: This was another match that was fine, but wasn’t that great. Bagwell and Steiner had a load of baggage coming into the match and it just fell a little flat for me. Both guys were in peak physical form here and this is probably as over as Bagwell ever was. Rick making a heel turn and joining his brother was surprising, but it will be good to see them back together. The Steiner Brothers were awesome.

The announcers are still shocked by what they just saw. They start talking about one of the matches coming up on the night, which will be Sting’s return to the company after some time off.

They show a package for the main event of the night between Page and Kevin Nash, as well as Goldberg vs. Sting, and Flair vs. Piper. The latter has a stipulation that whoever wins the match will control WCW.

“Nature Boy” Ric Flair (w/ Arn Anderson & Asya) vs. “Rowdy” Roddy Piper

Like I mentioned previously, the winner of this match will have control of WCW.

Both men have a face-off in the ring as Charles Robinson comes down to the ring and replaces the referee in the match after Flair fires him. Flair talks trash to Piper but gets slapped across the face for his troubles. He sends Flair into the corner and he goes to the outside to regroup. Robinson gets in the middle of Piper coming over to confront Flair and he just pushes him out of the way. Both men exchange chops to the chest in the corner, but Piper soon finds himself punching Flair into oblivion. Flair falls down to the mat and Robinson stops him from capitalizing. Piper pushes through him and they both exchange blows on the floor before Flair runs back to the ring. Piper gets him in the corner and hits some punches to the head and boxes his ears together. He comes in for some more, but Flair takes him down with a low blow. Robinson admonishes Piper for choking Flair before that and Flair sends him to the outside where Anderson beats him up. He rolls Piper back into the ring with Flair in control. Flair puts him in the corner and hits a chop to the chest and punches Piper in the head. Robinson is having words with Anderson which allows Asya to come in the ring and hit Piper with another low blow. Flair cradles Piper up for a two-count and afterward, continues to pound on the head. Piper comes back with some chops of his own, but Flair goes to the eyes to stop it. Piper comes back with a back body drop and covers Flair for two.

Anderson pounds on Piper as he comes to the ropes and Flair works him into the corner for some more shots to the chest. Piper fights back and both men continue going back and forth. He sends Flair into the corner and he bumps out to the floor. Piper is out behind him and chops him against the railing before getting back into the ring. Both men hit each other as they come off the ropes and the referee starts his count on both men. Flair gets back to his feet and pulls Piper over the ropes and works on the legs. He gets Piper in The Figure Four in the middle of the ring. Piper reverses it and Flair breaks the hold. He sends Piper crashing to the outside again where Anderson is waiting, only this time Piper knocks him down. He pulls Flair’s trunks almost completely off before getting him in a Backslide, which Robinson completely misses. He rolls Flair up again and he doesn’t get a count. Flair climbs up top but gets tossed off. Piper puts him in The Figure Four. Anderson comes in to break it up, but Piper soon takes him out with a Sleeper Hold. Flair hits Piper from behind, but Piper comes back and puts The Sleeper on Flair. Asya gets in the ring and Piper kisses her before putting her in a Sleeper. Piper wipes Robinson out and walks over to Flair, who hits him with an object, and picks up the win after 12:10.

Winner: Ric Flair
Match Rating: 2/5 Stars

Collective Thoughts: The storyline of Flair running WCW continues. I thought this was good, although, both of these guys were past their prime a little bit. Piper did a good job working against the odds and he should have won multiple times. Anderson played a large role in the match and even with the odds stacked against Piper, he held himself well.

After the match, Eric Bischoff comes down to the ring and tells Flair to shut up. He says he screwed a lot of things up, but he isn’t screwing this up. He says that Piper clearly won the match and that Flair can bite him. Flair protests as they walk away from the ring. Piper fires Flair as he is walking back.

Goldberg vs. Sting

Sting has been away from TV for the last little while and has come back to his former white and black face paint after having a stint in The NWO Wolfpac.

The bell sounds and both men get in each other’s face right away. They lock up with Goldberg getting a high knee to the midsection. Sting tries an arm drag, but Goldberg shrugs him off and slams him down to the mat. He sends Sting crashing to the outside with a clothesline over the top rope and Sting has to regroup. Goldberg sends him into the ropes and tries a kick, but Sting ducks under and sends Goldberg flying to the outside. He gets back in the ring and both men lock up again before Goldberg locks up Sting’s arm. Sting gets his foot on the ropes to break the hold and both men are quickly circling each other once again. Sting hits a kick and follows that up with a facebuster. He sends Goldberg into the rope and dropkicks the knee out from under him. Sting continues working on the knee and drops some elbows. He gets Goldberg in a Boston Crab, but Goldberg powers out and it sends Sting to the outside. Sting kicks the leg as he comes back in and hits some punches to the head. Goldberg works his way back to his feet but is taken down with a suplex. Goldberg no-sells it and takes Sting down with a Double-Underhook Suplex. He kicks Sting and snaps him over with a Neckbreaker. Goldberg kicks Sting again and throws him into the corner, but comes up empty as he comes in. Sting comes off the top with a Flying Clothesline and hits a Stinger Splash in the corner. Goldberg catches him when he tries one more time and drives him into the mat. Bret Hart gets in the ring after “quitting” the company and destroys Goldberg with a chair shot to the head. He smashes Goldberg’s leg with the chair as the match is thrown out after 8:17.

Winner: No Contest
Match Rating: 1.75/5 Stars

Collective Thoughts: This match had surprising little heat to it, which is surprising seeing how these guys have been franchise players of the company. They hit all the usual stuff and Sting looked great in his return here. Hart getting involved in the end was cool to see because of how poorly he has been booked up to this point. At least we will get to see some more Bret Hart matches in the future.

After the match, The Steiners hit the ring and start beating up on Sting. They start attacking Goldberg as well and both men are being wiped out. It’s time for the main event.

WCW World Heavyweight Title Match
Diamond Dallas Page (c) vs. “Big Sexy” Kevin Nash

Page won the title last month at Spring Stampede but has already lost it and regained it in that amount of time, making him a two-time champion already. Nash is looking to regain the gold.

Page grabs a headlock to start things off, but is soon sent out of the ring with an elbow to the head. Page comes back in and hits some shots to the head. Nash tries to get some himself, but Page dodges them. He finally gets the upper hand with a high knee and sends Page to the outside again with a shot to the head. He drops Page on the railing at ringside before slamming his head on the apron and rolling him back into the ring. Nash continues the assault on Page and hits some high knees in the corner. Nash punches Page in the head again and continues to keep him in the corner. Nash gets him on his shoulders and tries to hit Snake Eyes, but Page slides off his back and starts hitting Nash in the corner this time. Nash keeps shrugging him off until Page hits a low blow which drops Nash down to a knee. Page pulls out a pair of pliers and pulls off the turnbuckle pad. Page hits Nash with a microphone in the head, but he kicks out at two. Page comes over again, only this time he is pulled down on the exposed turnbuckle.

Both men get back to their feet and exchange punches to the head. Page starts to get some momentum and sends Nash to the floor with a clothesline. He hits a Baseball Slide on Nash and it sends him into the railing. Page hits a Diamond Cutter on the floor and Nash is out. He tries to pin Nash on the outside, but the referee tells him to get him back into the ring. He picks Nash up and gets him back in the ring and covers him with his feet on the ropes, but Nash gets his shoulders up. Page drops an elbow across the top of the leg as he continues to maintain control. Page pulls Nash over to the post and wraps his leg around it. Page continues to pound on Nash and challenges him to get to his feet. Nash comes back with some offense and gets back to his feet. He hits an elbow and a high knee before sending him into the corner for a clothesline. He drops Page with Snake Eyes on the exposed corner and squashes Page in the ropes. He takes him down with a Big Boot and signals for a Jackknife Powerbomb. He hits the move and that sends Savage into the ring and he hits Nash from behind. The bell sounds and the match is thrown out. Savage grabs the title belt and lays Nash out with it. WCW officials come out and tell Savage to get out of the ring. Bischoff tells the referee to restart the match and he does.

Page kicks Nash immediately and continues to try and keep him grounded. He hits Nash with a Russian Leg Sweep for two. Page slams him into the exposed buckle and takes him down with a clothesline. Page gets a headlock on, but Nash soon fights out of it. He sends Page into the ropes and gets him in a Sleeper Hold of his own. Page drops him with a Jawbreaker and it breaks the hold. Page slides to the outside and grabs a chair. He swings at Nash, but he ducks and Page ends up hitting himself in the face. Nash crawls over and covers him, but Page gets a shoulder up. Nash tries to hit him again, but Page hits him with a low blow. Page grabs the chair, but Nash kicks it back into his face. He drops the straps on his singlet and sets Page up for a Jackknife Powerbomb, which he hits and wins the match after 18:23.

Winner and NEW WCW World Heavyweight Champion: Kevin Nash
Match Rating: 2/5 Stars

Collective Thoughts: This was a better than average WCW Heavyweight title match, but after the Savage interference, it kind of lost its steam. I felt like both guys went out and worked the match well, but the ending fell a little flat with Bischoff restarting the match after we had thought it has been thrown. Nash winning the title here makes sense since he was on the booking committee around this time and why not? Page had a pretty uneventful title run after initially winning it at Spring Stampede, and has lost the title and turned heel all in the span of a month.

Overall Show Rating: 5 out of 10

This came off to me as an average show. There were a lot of “Nitro” style matches here and outside of a few standouts, the show was mostly forgettable. Even a big match like Goldberg vs. Sting lacked a lot of head and it just seemed like some of the builds for the matches were lacking. Bret Hart being part of a storyline after being ignored the first half of the year was nice, but they could have done so much more with him. Nash having another title run feels forced and it would become a theme as we get into the deeper parts of 1999. Spring Stampede was a better show than this overall, and this felt like a step back for the company.

What did you think of WCW Slamboree 1999? Loved it? Hated it? You were already turning WCW out at this point? Either way, keep the conversation going over @collectiveheel on Twitter, and let me know your thoughts. Due to the holiday next week I won’t be writing in my weekly spot but will be back the following week with another column. I wish Happy Holidays to you all and hope that you receive everything you desire in the coming year. I will be back soon enough with some more Collective Thoughts.