Welcome back to the TJRwrestling retro reviews where we are breaking down every WCW Pay-Per-View during the “Monday Night War” era. We are coming off of Starrcade, which had one of the most controversial endings in WCW history when Kevin Nash beat Goldberg and stopped his impressive winning streak. Scott Hall had a hand in getting Big Sexy the win, and that sets up a match between Goldberg and Hall on this show. You can read my complete thoughts on Starrcade and every other show we have covered here.
On the January 4th edition of WCW Monday Nitro, Nash then turned around and lost the belt to a returning Hollywood Hogan after he hit him with the infamous “Finger Poke of Doom”, and in the process brought the NWO back to life. It was one of the best bumps Nash has ever taken. It was the angle that really made people question what was going on backstage, and really took a lot of shine off the belt. They were in the Georgia Dome for the show and Goldberg was scheduled for a rematch against Nash, but a ruse involving Elizabeth made him get carried off to jail and set up the Hogan vs. Nash match. That was also the night where Tony Schiavone said “Mick Foley is going to win their World Title, I bet that’ll put butts in the seats” or something to that effect. WCW paid the price for that one. Can WCW get back on track and have a solid outing? Let’s find out!
WCW Souled Out
January 17th, 1999
Charleston Civic Center in Charleston, West Virginia
The show starts with a “WCW Special Report” where Ric Flair is shown making a speech. He says that WCW has taken control from the NWO for the first time in a while. Flair says that WCW will continue to challenge the NWO and that WCW is unified and that WCW will reign supreme.
We are brought into the arena by the voice of Tony Schiavone, who is joined at the booth by Bobby “The Brain” Heenan and Mike Tenay. Schiavone says tonight is a night of revenge and talks about the ladder match between Hall and Goldberg later on. They mention the comments at the top of the show and run down the rest of the card before they are interrupted by something going on backstage. The camera shows Goldberg in his locker room and seems to be injured. It’s time for the first match of the night.
“Mean” Mike Enos vs. Chris Benoit
Both men lock up with Enos working Benoit into the corner. They wrestle around the ropes and toss control back and forth. Benoit fights out and hits a chop in the corner, but Enos ends up all over him with a flurry of right hands. He lets up and both men exchange shots in the middle of the ring. Enos hits a shoulder block and taunts Benoit as he gets back to his feet. Enos takes him down to the mat and pounds away on the head and neck. Benoit fights back with some chops and takes Enos down to the mat. Benoit stomps on him in the corner and grabs the leg as Enos tries a kick. Benoit with another chop to the chest. Enos hits a backbreaker and goes for the cover, but Benoit gets a foot on the ropes. Enos slams him down again and gets another two-count. Enos grabs a bearhug and slams Benoit into the corner. Benoit fights back with some kicks and a chop, but soon finds himself back on the mat. Enos hits an Atomic Drop and keeps Benoit grounded. Enos goes for a leg drop but Benoit rolls out of the way. Benoit tries to start a comeback, but Enos takes him out with a knee to the midsection. Enos hits a vertical suplex and gets another two-count. Benoit reverses another suplex and hits a German Suplex. He keeps the grip and hits another one before signaling for the Diving HEadbutt. Benoit comes off the top and hits it, but gets elbowed in the head for his troubles. Enos tries a clothesline, but Benoit catches him in The Crippler Crossface and wins after 10:34.
Winner: Chris Benoit
Match Rating: 2/5 Stars
Collective Thoughts: This was alright. Enos had always been lower on the card and actually got a lot of offense in, but we all knew who was winning. Benoit was still part of The Horsemen here and I couldn’t see them giving the win to Enos. Competitive match that wasn’t all that exciting. I liked some of it, but most of it was pretty forgettable.
There is a package talking about the ladder match between Hall and Goldberg. There will be a cattle prod hung above the ring.
Norman Smiley vs. Chavo Guerrero Jr.
Smiley has the ashes of Guerrero’s former stick horse, Pepe. He spreads the ashes on the outside of the ring before rolling in. Guerrero gets some elbows in and that sends Smiley to the outside. He slides back in the ring, but Guerrero clotheslines him back over the top rope. Guerrero comes out with a splash and both men battle on the outside. Back in the ring, Guerrero springboard off the ropes and hits a Bulldog on Smiley. Guerrero hits another splash off the top and works Smiley into the corner. He sends him to the other side, but as he comes in Smiley throws him into it. Smiley hits a clothesline and slams Guerrero down as he comes out of the corner. Smiley goes for the cover before locking up Guerrero’s head with his legs. Guerrero fights out and rolls Smiley up for a near fall. Guerrero tries a splash off the ropes, but Smiley gets the knees up.
He drops Guerrero scores the top rope and hits a double stomp in the middle of the ring. Smiley works on binding Guerrero up and starts stretching him. Smiley comes off the ropes and hits a Swinging Neckbreaker for a two count. Guerrero gets back to his feet and both men exchange blows before Smiley takes him down with an elbow to the head. Smiley takes him down again before stretching Guerrero across the mat. Smiley puts Guerrero on the top rope and they fight each other on the way up. Smiley finally gets control and hits a big Superplex. Smiley sends him flying through the air and Guerrero comes crashing down to the mat. Smiley with a back elbow and a back suplex. Smiley gets a kick and a shot to the head in. Guerrero comes back with a punch to the head and chops Smiley in the corner. Smiley puts Guerrero in The Gory Special before Guerrero rolls him up for two. Guerrero fights back with some offense and makes a comeback but is thrown into the middle of the ring after attempting a Tornado DDT. Smiley grabs the ashes of Pepe and throws it in the face of Guerrero before getting him in The Crossface Chickenwing and wins the match after 15:44.
Winner: Norman Smiley
Match Rating: 1.5/5 Stars
Collective Thoughts: A match with no heat should not have gone this long. I understand that they had the backstory of Pepe, but the fans were quiet for most of this. I liked both guys and thought Smiley was entertaining, but this match didn’t do much for me. Smiley was on the attack for a majority of the match, and this was just alright.
Mark Madden and the internet guys are backstage with Konnan. He says that he hung around with Nash and Luger while he was in The Wolfpac, but he doesn’t know who’s idea was for him to be out of The NWO. He says he is going to hunt everyone down.
Fit Finlay vs. Van Hammer
Finlay starts things off with a headlock, but Hammer quickly escapes and slams him down to the mat. Finlay recovers and takes Hammer down to the mat and works him over with a submission. He pounds on Hammer as he gets back up and drops an elbow for a two count. Finlay pulls him out of the corner and hits a clothesline and kicks him in the head. Hammer crawls to the apron, but Finlay meets him there and pounds away on the head. He works him back into the ring where Hammer starts to fight back out of the corner. He sends Finlay into the ropes and hits a back body drop. Finlay rolls out of the way of an elbow and starts to lock Hammer up again. Hammer gets back up and hits a series of elbows to the inside of Finlay’s leg. Finlay gets back to his feet and he sends Hammer flying to the outside. He brings Hammer up to the apron and drops him throat-first on the rope. He sends Hammer into the ropes and charges in, but Hammer moves out of the way. Hammer picks him up and snaps him over. He sends Finlay into the ropes and hits a boot as he comes out. Hammer hits a Powerslam for a near fall. He comes off the ropes, but Finlay catches him on his shoulders and slams him down. Finlay hits The Tombstone to pick up the win after 7:54.
Winner: Fit Finlay
Match Rating: DUD
Collective Thoughts: Wow, the crowd wasn’t alive for this one at all. It was a lot of the same stuff and never got going. Finlay dominated most of the match and Hammer didn’t do much to win the fans over. This is the type of match that is better to be shorter.
They show a package for the upcoming tag team match pitting Curt Hennig and Barry Windham vs. Ric Flair and his son David Flair.
Wrath vs. Bam Bam Bigelow
These two had a match on Nitro a couple of weeks before this, but it ended in a no-decision. We are getting the rematch here.
Wrath works him into the corner to start the match and gets a slap to the face. Bigelow comes back and hits some shots to the head of Wrath. They start punching each other and we have a back and forth before Wrath comes off the ropes and hits a big scissors kick. Bigelow hits a shoulder block, but comes up short on a headbutt. He sends Wrath into the ropes, but he stops and slams Bigelow back down to the mat. He gets up and Wrath hits a series of chops to the chest and starts working on the arm. Bigelow fights back and throws Wrath into the corner, but soon finds himself taken down with a flying clothesline off the second rope. Bigelow gets up and drops Wrath across the top rope. Bigelow works on him in the corner and snaps him over before getting a chin lock locked in. Both men are back to their feet and exchange right hands. Bigelow hits a clothesline and chokes Wrath with his boot. Wrath starts a comeback and hits some knees to the midsection, but Bigelow quickly recovers and slams Wrath down to the mat. Both men continue to battle as Wrath gets back to his feet before Bigelow hits a Powerslam. Bigelow hits a DDT and covers Wrath, but he gets a foot on the rope. Bigelow sends him into the ropes and takes each other out with a pair of clotheslines. Wrath is up first and tries to get Bigelow in the corner, but Bigelow ducks, and Wrath hits the top of the post. Bigelow hits the Greetings from Asbury Park and picks up the win after 9:23.
Winner: Bam Bam Bigelow
Match Rating: 1.5/5 Stars
Collective Thoughts: This was alright, but never really kicked into the next gear. I was a big Bam Bam fan so I was excited to see him here. He recently made the jump from ECW because of the infamous lack of pay in the company, and this was his first WCW PPV. There was a lot of power stuff in this one, but it’s not like these guys put on a clinic.
Konnan vs. Lex Luger
This is a match rooted in backstabbing. Konnan was excommunicated from NWO Wolfpac and he is looking to get revenge against Luger, who is still a member of the group.
Luger grabs the mic as he gets in the ring. Luger says that he feels hostility from Konnan that doesn’t need to be there. He said he wanted to give him a chance to skip the match if he wanted to. Luger says that some guys make it and some don’t and he didn’t have what it took to be in the NWO. Konnan punches Luger and the bell sounds. He works on Luger in the corner and the fans are going crazy. He hits Luger with a clothesline and stomps on Luger against the ropes. He sends him into the ropes and Konnan takes him down with another clothesline that sends him to the outside of the ring. Luger tries to get back in the ring, but Konnan knocks him down before coming out after him. He rolls Luger into the ring and stomps away on the back. He gets Luger and gets a series of kicks in the ring and starts choking him with his boot. He sends Luger into the ropes and tries a dropkick, but Luger grabs the ropes and Konnan hits the mat. Luger stomps away on Luger and starts working on the head and neck area of Konnan.
He puts Konnan in the ropes and works the five count. He kicks Konnan in the back before hitting him with a second shot. Luger tries to slam him into the corner, but Konnan reverses and sends Luger into the turnbuckle instead. Luger recovers and sends Konnan to the outside of the ring. He comes out after him before rolling him back in and getting him in a bear hug. Konnan fights out but is quickly taken down with a clothesline as he gets up. Luger hits a scoop slam before dropping an elbow to the back of the head. Konnan rolls out of the ring as the referee starts to count him down. Luger stomps on Konnan as he comes back in before Luger is met with a crossbody. Konnan hits a scoop slam and dropkicks, Luger, in the head. Elizabeth makes her way down to the ring as Konnan gets Luger in the Tequila Sunrise. Elizabeth sprays Konnan in the face with spray pain and walks back to the locker room. That gives Luger the opportunity to get Konnan in The Torture Rack and wins the match after 9:31.
Winner: Lex Luger
Match Rating: 1.5/5 Stars
Collective Thoughts: This match went the exact opposite that any wrestler wants it to go. As it started, the crowd was really into cheering Konnan and booing Luger out of the building. As the match went on, the fans lost interest and the ending fell a little flat. Elizabeth getting involved makes sense since she would be paired with Luger on and off-screen. I was entertained by it, but that’s because the crowd was really into the beginning of the match.
Chris Jericho (w/Ralphus) vs. Perry Saturn
These two have been waging war over the last couple of weeks and the loser of this match has to wear a dress that Jericho is bringing down to the ring.
The bell sounds and both men circle each other in the ring. They lock up and Saturn hits a slap to the face which sends Jericho to the outside. Jericho locks up the arm of Saturn and slams him down to the mat. Saturn gets to his feet and throws Jericho across the ring. Jericho hits a chop to the chest and sends Saturn into the ropes. Saturn ducks a clothesline and hits Jericho with a back elbow. Jericho fights back and hits a kick to the head and starts choking Saturn with his boot. Saturn flys out of the corner and hits Jericho with a couple of clotheslines. Saturn with a scoop slam and follows that up with a Springboard Legdrop got a two-count. The camera shows Ralphus pulling the dress out of the bag as Saturn takes Jericho down to the mat again. Jericho reverses an Irish Whip and drops Saturn on the top rope. He kicks Saturn off the apron and Saturn flys into the railing. Jericho comes off the ropes and hits a splash over the top. He drops Saturn face-first on the outside as he gets back in the ring to showboat.
Saturn pulls himself back on the apron and is brought back into the ring via suplex from Jericho. Saturn starts to fight back and hits some shots to the head, but it’s short-lived and Jericho takes him down with a dropkick before slowing the pace back down. He hits a scoop slam and drops a leg for a two-count. Both men exchange blows in the ring before Jericho takes Saturn down, but Saturn gets the knees up for a Lionsault attempt. Jericho comes off the ropes, but Saturn catches him and drops him with a T-bone Suplex. He drops Jericho face-first on the mat and picks up a two-count. Jericho gets a second wind and takes Saturn down with a Double Underhook Suplex. Saturn stops him in his tracks after that with a shot to the head and sends Jericho splashing to the outside. He tosses Jericho back in the ring and hits a Big Splash off the top and almost picks up the win. Both men exchange roll-ups before Jericho hits a Bridging German Suplex. Jericho climbs up top, but Saturn knocks him down. Saturn hits a Suplex off the top, but Jericho lands on his feet. He tries to get the Liontamer on Saturn but he fights out. Saturn rolls him up, but the referee rolls Jericho over and makes a fast count to give Jericho the win after 11:44.
Winner: Chirs Jericho
Match Rating: 2/5 Stars
Collective Thoughts: There was a controversial finish, but overall, the match was solid. The referee for the match was Scott Dickenson and he has had run-ins with Saturn over the last month or so. As soon as you saw he was assigned to this match, you knew the fix was in. It didn’t take away from the match though, and I actually thought the ending was pretty clever.
After the match, Saturn puts the dress on as Jericho celebrates in the ring.
The internet guys are backstage with David Flair. They ask him how he feels about getting in the ring tonight, and David says that he isn’t a wrestler and tonight is all about earning his father’s respect.
WCW Cruiserweight Title Four Corners Match
Kidman (c) vs. Juventud Guerrera vs. Rey Mysterio Jr. vs. Psychosis
This is the type of match where two men start, in this case, Kidman and Mysterio, and they can tag anyone into the match at any time.
Kidman and Mysterio lock up and he takes Mysterio down with a shoulder block. They get back up and Mysterio takes him down with headscissors. Mysterio comes off the ropes and Kidman comes in as well and they hit each other with a double crossbody. Psychosis and Guerrera get in the ring and start beating on both guys. Mysterio makes an official tag to Psychosis, who is now in the match. Kidman tags in Guerrera and we have the two fresh men in the match now. Psychosis kicks Guerrera to the head and sends him into the ropes, but Guerrera rolls him up for a two-count. Both men get back to their feet and exchange chops to the chest. They have a sloppy exchange in the ring before just letting each other go. They try to tag the other guys in, but Kidman and Mysterio both drop to the floor to avoid it. They slide into the ring after and all four men are battling in the ring. Kidman hits Guerrera with a Spinebuster as Mysterio goes over to Psychosis and slams him into the corner. Mysterio and Kidman double-team both men and Kidman almost wins the match pinning Psychosis. Guerrera tags Kidman in and hits him from behind which allows Psychosis to hit a Powerbomb. Guerrera comes in with a Hurricanrana and they send Kidman flying out of the ring. They send Mysterio out after him and he crashes into Kidman.
Guerrera slides out of the ring and starts working on both men. Psychosis joins them and all four men are now on the floor. They get up on the apron and Psychosis and Guerrera are met with stereo Powerbombs to the floor. Back in the ring, Mysterio gets a tag and he hits a double-team move on Guerrera with Kidman. Psychosis kicks Mysterio in the back and they have a face-off on the apron. Mysterio sends Psychosis crashing to the outside as Guerrera gets pulled down by the hair by Kidman. He follows that up with a splash to the outside on Psychosis. Guerrera uses Mysterio as a springboard and splashes Kidman and Psychosis on the outside. Mysterio comes out after them and lands directly on Kidman. They exchange on the outside before Mysterio rolls Guerrera back into the ring. Mysterio comes off the top with a senton, but soon finds himself hit with a Juvi Driver. Guerrera covers him, but Psychosis breaks it up with a dropkick. Guerrera is up on the top and Psychosis comes up after him. He takes Guerrera down and covers him, but Kidman breaks it up. Kidman hits Psychosis with a Facebuster before having an exchange with Mysterio. All four men start brawling in the ring as Guerrera and Kidman fall to the outside. Psychosis and Mysterio are soon out after them. Kidman and Mysterio are lying prone on the floor as Psychosis comes over with a splash on them. Guerrera hits a Missile Dropkick on Kidman as they come back in, but Psychosis breaks up the count. Psychosis has some more back and forth with Mysterio on the outside. Guerrera and Kidman are working in the ring and Kidman hits a reverse DDT with the help of Mysterio. Mysterio splashes Psychosis on the outside as Kidman hits The Shooting Star Press on Guerrera to win and retain the title after 14:25.
Winner and STILL WCW Cruiserweight Champion: Billy Kidman
Match Rating: 3.5/5 Stars
Collective Thoughts: As usual, the Cruiserweight division delivers once again. This wasn’t one of the more spectacular matches, but all four men in the match worked their asses off. I thought they went to the outside a little too much, but I can forgive it since the match was the most entertaining up to this point. It was exciting from start to finish with a lot of back and forth action from everyone involved.
Booker T. is back with the internet guys and has an exchange with Jericho who was bragging about his win. Booker is ready to fight, but Jericho says that they should have a match on Nitro the next night. Booker accepts before they go back to the ring for the next match.
Curt Hennig & Barry Windham vs. Ric Flair & David Flair (w/Arn Anderson)
Flair grabs a chair at ringside and brings it into the ring, but Hennig and Windham slide out of the ring. Flair grabs a mic and taunts them to get into the ring. Hennig says that after the whip Ric’s ass, they are coming after David next. Flair says if they don’t like it here they can always to the WWF, which they censored. David tells Ric that he wants to start the match.
It’s David and Windham in the ring and David charges in, but Windham just pulls him off. Windham gets a headlock and works David over, but David actually fights out. Ric gets in the ring and scares Windham out to the outside. Windham kicks David as he gets back in, but David comes back with some chops to the chest and slams Windham to the mat. Windham hits a scoop slam on David, but rolls out of the way of Windham’s elbow and he tags Ric into the match. Ric gets Windham into the corner and hits some chops. He sends Windham into the ropes and hits a back body drop. He snaps Windham over and starts slowing things down. Windham gets a thumb to the eye and he tags Hennig into the match. Hennig hits some chops to the chest of Ric, but it’s short-lived he is soon hit by Flair in the corner. Hennig sends him into the corner and hits a neck breaker before knocking David off the apron. Hennig sends Ric into the corner and he goes up and over. Windham hits Ric with some chops on the outside and sends him into the railing at ringside. He rolls Ric back into the ring and Hennig immediately covers him for a near fall. Hennig sends Ric into the corner but is hit with an elbow. Ric climbs up top, but of course, Hennig tosses him off.
Windham tags back in and get puts Ric on the top rope. They come off the top with a Superplex, but only get a near fall. Windham works on Ric in the corner, but Ric hits an Atomic Drop and hits Windham with a chop. Hennig tags into the ring and starts working on the leg immediately. They get Ric into their corner and both men start working on him in the corner. Hennig puts Ric in The Figure Four and starts grabbing the hand of Windham for extra leverage. Windham is back in the ring and hits Ric with some offense and takes him down to the mat. Windham chokes him with his boot and grabs the ropes for a little bit extra. They exchange blows in the ring, but Hennig puts a stop to that. Anderson starts fighting Hennig on the outside of Ric gets Windham in The Figure Four in the middle of the ring. Hennig takes out Anderson and gets in the ring to break up the submission. Windham and Hennig go for a double suplex, but David hits a low blow on both guys. David gets back into the ring and Hennig tries to hit him with The Hennig Plex, but Anderson gets in the ring and hits Hennig with a tire iron. David falls on him and picks up the win for his team after 13:56.
Winner(s): Ric & David Flair
Match Rating: 2.25/5 Stars
Collective Thoughts: For not being a trained wrestler, David held himself well here, even though he wasn’t called upon to do much. It had some nice crowd heat to it, and I thought it wasn’t offensively bad. Hennig, Windham, and Ric were all old pros and they made a match that worked well. Nothing spectacular happened, but for what it was on this show, I’ll take it.
After the match, The NWO hits the ring to take out Anderson and both Flairs. Kevin Nash and Bryan Adams push David back and forth as Ric is handcuffed to the bottom rope. Hogan has a standoff with David before taking off his weightlifting belt and starts whipping him with it as the other members hold him down. They do this all right in front of Ric, who is still immobilized. They spraypaint EZE on David’s back and continue to decimate him. Hogan and Flair have an exchange of words before they leave the ring and head to the back.
They show a package showcasing how we got to the main event of the night. It started at Starrcade when Hall cost Goldberg the WCW Title.
Stun Gun Ladder Match
Goldberg vs. Scott Hall
Obviously, the first man to climb the ladder and grab the prod can use it on their opponent. Once they do, the match will be over. There is no pins or submissions.
Hall grabs a mic and runs down Goldberg. Hall says that he ended Goldberg’s career because he didn’t want to face Hall tonight. He tells the referee to raise his hand, but Goldberg’s music starts playing and he makes his way down to the ring.
The bell sounds and both men feel each other out. Hall shoves Goldberg, who returns the favor and shoves Hall down to the mat. They lock up as Hall gets back to his feet and he sends him down again. Hall gets a headlock on Goldberg and sends him into the ropes, but Goldberg comes back with a shoulder block. Hall works on the shoulder of Goldberg before getting knocked down to the mat again. Goldberg takes Hall down again with a shot to the head and powers Hall down to the mat. Goldberg is favoring the knee and Hall takes advantage as he gets back to his feet. Goldberg hits a Powerslam on Hall, but he can’t put weight on the leg. Hall gets back up and works on the leg and keeps Goldberg grounded. Hall wraps his leg around the post and Goldberg falls to the floor. Hall goes for the ladder, but Goldberg comes up behind him and knocks him down. They exchange blows on the outside before Goldberg rolls him in the ring. He brings the ladder into the ring, but Hall kicks it back into him. Hall slams Goldberg’s head into the stairs and Goldberg is busted open. Hall rolls him in the ring and stomps away on him while choking him in the ropes.
Hall climbs up the ladder and kicks Goldberg to the side. Hall comes off the ladder and hits an elbow drop on Goldberg. That was pretty impressive. He sets the ladder back up and starts to climb, but Goldberg hits him from behind. Goldberg slams him off the ladder and both men are down. Hall hits Goldberg with the ladder as they get back up and drops it across his back. Hall sets the ladder back up and he gets to the top, but Goldberg pushes him off onto the ropes. Hall sets the ladder up on the other side of the ring, but Goldberg throws him into it. Goldberg picks up the ladder and hits Hall with it and then drops it on his back. Goldberg hits him in the face with the ladder and jams it into his midsection. He sets the ladder up and starts the climb to the top, but Hall dropkicks him off of it. He slams the ladder into the face of Goldberg and stomps on him in the corner. Hall is climbing up the ladder and obviously is stalling for Goldberg to push him off. That was an awkward exchange. Goldberg almost grabs the Stun Gun, but Disco Inferno comes down to the ring and pushes him off the ladder. Disco tells Hall to get up the ladder and bring it down. Hall grabs the Stun Gun and turns it on, but Goldberg blocks it. Goldberg hits a sidekick and it sends the Stun Gun flying. Goldberg gets to the outside and grabs the Stun Gun on the way down. He hits Disco with it and slowly climbs in the ring. He throws the Stun Gun into the air and hits Hall with a Spear as he was looking up with it. He hits a Jackhammer and the camera shows Bam Bam Bigelow coming down to the ring. Goldberg hits Hall with the Stun Gun to end the match before he gets there and wins after 17:45.
Match Rating: 2.5/5 Stars
Collective Thoughts: This was good, but not great. Hall was past his prime at this point, but was still a hell of a worker in the ring. They traded blows and pushed each other off the ladder multiple times. Hall hit a lot of offense he normally doesn’t like the dropkick, so at least he tried to keep it interesting. There was definitely a camera mistake showing an empty entranceway and then Bigelow coming out. I thought it was good for what it was, but I felt like it was missing something to put it over the top.
After the match, Hall stuns both Goldberg and Bigelow as the show abruptly goes off the air.
Overall Show Rating: 5 out 10
Where do I begin? The first hour of this show was hard to get through. It featured matches that had no heat and weren’t that good overall, despite having moments of excitement. The crowd on the night was either into everything someone did or was completely silent. There was no middle ground. I mentioned in the introduction that Nash, after beating Goldberg for the title, turned around and laid down for Hogan to have him win the title. Why not have Hogan defend the title on this show? I couldn’t imagine wrestling Pay-Per-Views where the champion didn’t defend the title or just be involved in more than a run-in, but that was WCW booking at this point. This was a forgettable show, but I didn’t think the Cruiserweight Four Corners match was good. Although, not much else was.
What did you think of WCW Souled Out 1999? Loved it? Hated it? Do you never want to see it again? Either way, keep the conversation going over @collectiveheel and let me know your thoughts. Take care of yourselves and each other. I will be back soon enough with some more Collective Thoughts.