What’s WHAT!? WCW Slamboree 1997 – Jake’s Notes

On our most recent episode of What’s WHAT!? We took back at WCW’s Slamboree 1997 event. Here are the notes from one of the most insane 3 hours of wrestling you could ever hope to see.

If you haven’t checked out the episode yet then you can do so here!

WCW Slamboree 1997

Attendance: 9,643

Here we go!

  • Welcome to the NFL Draft!
  • Is this WCW or Cheaters?
  • The NWO will REPLACE HONOR WITH DISGRACE
  • All the fireworks to start Slamboree
  • WELCOME TO SLAMBOREE 1997….why mention the year?
  • Schiavone, Bobby Hennan and DUSTY RHODES!
  • Running down the card, Seeping Sewage on the NWO…great line from Dusty
  • Opening bout this week on Slamboree…you fucked that up Schiavone

WCW Television Title Match

Steven Regal vs Ultimate Dragon

  • Sonny Onoo appears with Dragon again and they take another selfie!
  • Fireworks for Dragon, are they needed?
  • Zoom in to the Japanese flag!
  • Mike Tenay joins us for the match, Tenay was an expert in Lucha and Japanese wrestling brought in for these bouts.
  • Is that Fandango in the front row?
  • Tenay is actually pretty great. ‘Moves that work against the likes of Malenko won’t work on a performer the size of Regal.’
  • Solid ground work from Regal, manipulating the arms with a very British style
  • The Jack Gallagher corner handstand kick from Dragon!
  • Dragon is stiffing Regal with those kicks
  • Single leg crab submission from Dragon looks painful
  • Quite a slow bout, Dragon almost working a heel styled bout against Regal
  • 1st Super Bowl mention, down a shot
  • Regal says the TV title is the only one worth owning, can you argue against that?
  • Kimora attempt from Dragon after escaping the Regal Stretch, flips it in to a cross armbar attempt.
  • Regal reverses the Armbar in to a surfboard/bow and arrow submission
  • Dragon bites in to Regal’s arm, now kicking him in the back again and really laying it in.
  • Cattle Mutilation submission from Dragon.
  • The fans are chanting for Regal! They appreciate greatness
  • This match has officially gone far too long
  • Dropkick sends Regal to the outside and Sony Onoo attacks Regal with kicks!
  • Frankensteiner from Dragon on the top rope
  • Dragon then misses a Moonsault.
  • Cradle attempt from Dragon but right in to the ropes, that was proper fuck up
  • THIS IS GOING ON FAR TOO LONG
  • Springboard Asai Moonsault to the outside from Dragon.
  • Sonny Onoo attacks Dragon! This was so poorly executed
  • Front duplex and Regal puts in the Regal Stretch! TAP THE FUCK OUT PLEASE! HE DOES! IT IS ALL OVER!
  • Regal is the new WCW World Television Champion, the crowd were very happy with this

WCW Ladies Grudge Match

Luna Vachon vs Medusa/Aluyndra Blaze

  • Charlotte Flair looks like Medusa
  • Lee Marshall is here on commentary, how were those crabs!
  • Luna lays in to Medusa early on
  • Huge spin heel kick from Medusa
  • Great double leg from Luna, Luna then chokes Medusa
  • Duplex by Luna then a bridge out from Medusa
  • Medusa is one screamy wrestler
  • HUUUUGE Clothesline from Medusa! Crowd pops for it
  • Hair whip takedown from Luna
  • They mention the WCW website, you can hear the Play by Play audio….
  • Great German Suplex from Medusa, she gets the pinfall with the bridge

Gene Okerland is on hand to interview Medusa, he makes another creepy comment and plugs the hotline! Calls cost $1.59 per minute

  • MACHO MAN APPEARS!
  • OUT, OUT RIGHT NOW
  • OOOOOO YEAAAAAAA
  • The centre of the universe is the outsiders plus Syxx, Hollywood Hogan, Buff Bagw….you lost me Macho
  • DDP appears in the crowd with a crutch!
  • Macho escapes the ring and Bischoff gets Savage to leave. The NWO appears
  • You gotta go to Hogan’s house so you can wash his car and kiss his ass! Great line from Dallas
  • VIRGIL TO THE SIDE BROTHER…I forgot Virgil was in the NWO
  • Impromptu match between Savage and Dallas! I WILL TAKE THIS ALL DAY
  • DDP hits the NWO with the crutch and the crowd goes apeshit. HE HITS BISCHOFF! FUCK DAMMIT SCOTT NORTON
  • The Giant appears! Holy shit the crowd are electric for this
  • The NWO are running like cheap pantyhose…nice one Heenan.

Yuji Yasuraoka vs Rey Mysterio

  • Yuji debuted the night before on WCW Saturday Night
  • REY MYSTERIO WAS 22 YEARS OLD HERE
  • Early leg kicks from Yuji
  • Yuji is a member of the WAR promotion in Japan
  • Tenay is giving out all the factuals
  • Double leg from Mysterio, Rey keeping it on the ground
  • Modified Northern lights from Yuji followed by a vicious back kick
  • Crowd are quiet for this match, lots of movement
  • Back and forth work from both men, crowd are still quiet
  • Spin kick from Yuji, very nice
  • Hurricanrana to the outside from Rey.
  • The referee stops Rey but he HITS A SOMERSAULT PLANCHA OVER THE REF! Crowd finally pops
  • Rey is like ‘what bruv?’ to the ref
  • Rey puts Yuji in a camel clutch, the crowd is silent again
  • Rey is now an 8 year Pro. So he was 14 when he started
  • Yuji hits a spin kick on the flying Rey, right in the mid section
  • HE CAN COUNT IN ENGLISH. ‘OVER IN JAPAN THEY COUNT IN ENGLISH’ Yea fuck of Heenan
  • I think that New Japan Best of the Super Juniors has ruined me, these matches are far too slow
  • Lance Storm sounds like a weather man from Omaha. Bobby you are back in my good books
  • Armbar attempt from Yuji.
  • If I haven’t mentioned Tenay has been awesome so far tonight
  • Flip in to the armbar from Yuji and Rey taps! Er…..I guess he didn’t? WHY DID THE REF MAKE HIM BREAK THE HOLD?
  • Rey’s arm gets hooked on the top rope and he falls to the outside
  • Yuji flies to the outside but the camera gets zero of it
  • Rey hits a Moonsault and the camera man at the same time
  • Power bomb from Rey? I’ve NEVER seen that
  • Rey misses a big splash from the top rope
  • Double arm DDT from Yuji, but Rey kicks out from it!
  • Dropkick from Rey on a diving Yuji and the crowd pops!
  • Rey hits the springboard Hurricanrana and pins Yuji.
  • I’m not sure I actually enjoyed this……
  • Rey says ‘NO JAPANESE ARE GONNA COME HERE AND….I stopped listen Mr Rey Farage/ Nigel Mysterio

Oh god, it’s Glacier time isn’t it

Mortis vs Glacier

  • Vandenberg: Tonight Glacier, we send you back to Mortal Kombat 3/Your Igloo in a bodybag.
  • If my wife walks in now how do I explain this?
  • Dusty says that Glacier is hot. I disagree
  • Sub Lundgren appears and has all the charisma of a moist towelette
  • The snow is still in the air as the bell rings, I say it’s the dandruff from these dirty fans
  • Mortis is attacking Glacier early in the corner
  • Mortis calls out for Wrath to appear
  • Glacier fights back and I could not give a shit
  • Wrath attacks Glacier and this one is over….you know what THANK YOU WRATH
  • Are the crowd chanting Bullshit? YOU WANTED THIS MATCH!? THE FUCK IS WRONG WITH YOU PEOPLE!?
  • Vicious fameasser from Mortis on the steel steps
  • Who will appear to help Glacier? SCORPION WHERE ARE YOU?
  • A fan is in the ring? That fan has all the kicks!
  • Is that Ernest Miller? WHAT A WAY TO INTRODUCE Ernest Miller
  • ANOTHER CREEPY COMMENT FROM ‘one of the lovely ring helpers’ Mene Gene….and yet another Hotline plug, a buck fifty nine a minute.

WCW United States Championship Match

Jeff Jarrett vs Dean Malenko

  • Jarrett is a horseman? For fucks sake
  • Dean is making his way to the ring. Dean really is Bruce Willis
  • Here we go, Die Hard 2: Die Jarrett
  • The belt actually gets some validation
  • I already know this’ll be match of the night
  • Collar and elbow to start off, Malenko has the technical advantage
  • JARRETT SUCKS from the crowd
  • Real quick pace from these two
  • You know what, Jarrett can wrestle
  • Headlocks from both men,
  • AWESOME bridge from Malenko into a Regal Stretch variation.
  • Chess match style wrestling here
  • Debra says something and I can’t hear it
  • Malenko is sooooo quick
  • Both men have finishing moves that work on the legs, that’s a good point Tony
  • Malenko attacks Jarrett on the outside, dropkick on the barricade
  • Jarrett uses Debra for leverage on the Abdominal Stretch
  • Malenko starts stomping a mud hole and the crowd pops!
  • Malenko looks peak McClane here
  • Wrist lock from Jarrett. Here’s where wrestling has changed. NO ONE would go for an opening move like that mid match these days
  • Sleeper from Jarrett. Sleeper from Malenko!
  • Figure Four from Jarrett! Malenko grabs the ropes
  • Collision and Jarrett is out of the ring
  • Mongo McMichael appears. ‘DADDY’S HOME…’ er what?
  • Mongo takes Debra to the back
  • Double arm power bomb from Malenko and the Cloverleaf for the win! Match of the night so far

Death match!? Oh bloody hell it’s Meng

Meng vs Chris Benoit

  • Is that Jimmy Hart or a Chuckle Brother?
  • I can see spit on the camera, eww
  • Big pop for…..oh ok. It’s Chris Benoit
  • Let’s talk quickly about the Benoit situation.
  • Woman comes out with Benoit of the Horsemen
  • I think this might be MOTN
  • Early dominance from Meng, Benoit gets a leg whip for good measure
  • This feels really intense
  • Benoit looks like an 80’s action star
  • Belly to back from Meng but he got Benoit right on his neck
  • GERMAN SUPLEX FROM BENOIT!
  • The screaming from Woman really adds to the intensity of this thing
  • BAD INTENTIONS ON HIS WHOLE BODY. WTF Dusty
  • Why is the referee counting for a DQ in a Deathmatch?
  • Jacqueline!? What’s going on?
  • Woman is staring at the camera, what is this?
  • Single leg Crab from Meng and Benoit screams in pain
  • Benoit looks like Macho Man when he is straining
  • Even the commentators are mentioning the idiot ref and his counting. IT’S NO DQ
  • Headbutt from Meng, considering what we know things like his make me feel very awkward
  • Piledriver from Meng…again, awkward
  • Crippler Crossface!
  • STOP TELLING THEM TO BREAK THE HOLD IT DOESN’T MATTER
  • Dusty just pretends that rope breaks are part of the match. IT’S A FUCKING DEATHMATCH
  • Benoit gets clobbered by Meng but keeps going
  • German Suplex from Benoit, another! AND THE…oh dammit Meng!
  • Another Crossface from Benoit
  • Benoit SUICIDE DIVE out to Meng, absolutely incredible speed and intensity from Benoit.
  • German Suplex from the second rope on Meng!
  • Diving headbutt from Benoit but Meng catches him in the nerve hold!
  • The referee calls for the bell. 1, this wasn’t a deathmatch. 2, this was kind of awesome anyway.
  • ‘We’ll see Benoit say no to Woman as he goes down’ THEY PROCEED TO SHOW THE CAMERA ANGLE WHERE YOU CAN’T SEE HIS FACE
  • Great American Bash promo….will we watch it?

Kennan and Hugh Morris vs The Steiners

  • Where’s Konnan’s awesome theme? Dammit Morris
  • Oh my lord Scott Steiner with long hair looks like Brock Lesnar and Mr Perfect’s love child
  • Scott and Hugh Morris to start this one
  • This won’t be Match of the night
  • HE GOT THEM BIG OLD ARMS ON HIM THAT SCOTT STEINER. Dusty Rhodes I love you
  • Belly to Belly from Scott to Morris, impressive
  • Rick Steiner is in the ring. BARKING
  • Belly to Belly from Rick on Morris!
  • The Steiners would work so stiff
  • Huge lariat from the top rope by Rick
  • Kennan is in the ring
  • German Suplex from Rick right on Konnan’s neck
  • Gorilla Press Slam by Hugh Morris on Scott
  • Belly to back from Scott Steiner in desperation
  • Hugh Morris attempts a second rope move and Scott gets his foot up. Scott tags in Rick and HERE WE GO
  • Rick goes crazy what a hot tag
  • Top rope bulldog from Rick, sort of…..
  • All four men are in the ring.
  • Morris misses the moonsault and Scott hits a Frankensteiner!
  • Rick pins Hugh Morris for the 1, 2, 3.
  • Kennan attacks Morris and they had split up! THANK FUCK

Mongo McMichael vs Reggie White

  • According to Wikipedia this match goes 15 minutes, WCW you are your own worst enemy
  • Time to get the NFL puns in lads
  • Here we go, First Down
  • Collar and Elbow, Reggie has the power advantage
  • Did these men play FOOTBALL? There’s no mention of it
  • Mongo is a cross between Tommy the green power ranger and Steven Seagal
  • Is it obvious I’m not really watching this?
  • Shoulder Block City Bitch
  • The crowd are booing Reggie White, the Roman Reigns of 1997
  • He’s drawing the scrimmage line in the ring. Fuck sake
  • Second Down
  • They actually just said first and 10
  • Does this really go 15 minutes?
  • Third down and Mongo misses Reggie, Reggie then takes Mongo out of the ring with a TERRIBLE Clothesline
  • Some dude is walking out…another FOOTBALL player
  • Gilbert Brown is the lads name
  • Dropkick from Reggie White, that was alright I suppose
  • This is fucking terrible
  • JESUS MAY HAVE YOUR SOUL, BUT I GOT YOUR ASS NOW
  • Sidewalk slam from Mongo, he then misses the leg drop
  • Reggie hits a cross body, WHY IS THIS GOING SO LONG?
  • YOU GOING TO CHURCH
  • Lariat from Reggie White, and another!
  • Inverted atomic drop from Reggie White, Wrestling 101 from the FOOTBALL player
  • Debra interrupts the three count.
  • Jarrett throws a Halliburton to Mongo and he clobbers Reggie with it. 1, 2, 3.
  • Terrible. Properly terrible. Minus all the stars

Michael Buffer is here. SUPER MATCH FOR ALL THE GLORIES

The Main Event

Ric Flair, Roddy Piper and Kevin Greene vs The Outsiders and Syxx

  • Bullet Club 0.5 are out first
  • The Wolfpac of the NWO
  • 220 pounds of disrespect….SYXX
  • The lads are here
  • Someone chucks a poke ball in the ring trying to catch Syxx
  • Kevin Greene appears, holy shit the pop for that man, oh ok HE PLAYED FOOTBALL IN CAROLINA
  • Piper is out next and gets a PROPER pop, it’s ROWDY, RODDY, PIPER!
  • …..HOLY SHIT I HAVE GOOSEBUMPS. RIC FLAIR IS HEEEEERRRREEEEEEEE
  • There’s stars, then there’s Superstars….then there’s the Greatest of All Time….Ric Flair. I HAVE PROPER GOOSEPIMPLES
  • WOOOOOOOOOOOOO
  • Ric Flair looks like the Fonz, and he will start against Syxx
  • WOOOO and the crowd goes MENTAL
  • Flair is UP FOR IT TONIGHT
  • SYXX takes Flair down early
  • Flair CHOP! and the strut from the NATURE BOY
  • Huge spin kick from SYXX, that was glorious
  • Flair struts and gives the crutch pump to the NWO
  • CHOP BLOCK CITY
  • Flair wants Kevin Nash! JUMP YO ASS ON SOME TRADITION
  • Scott Hall is in the ring, tag out to Kevin Greene and another huge pop!
  • Hall is not impressed by this and tags in Nash
  • Nash attacks Greene in the corner and goes BAAHHAHSHHAH
  • THATS WHAT YOU GET BALL BOY..MUAHAHAHA
  • Shoulder tackle from Kevin Greene after some proper shit rope running
  • Body slam on Nash from Greene!
  • Double shoulder tackle on Syxx and Hall from Greene! The crowd goes apeshit again!
  • Piper is in and lamps Hall one.
  • Piper lays in to Hall in the corner. I LOVE THIS MATCH
  • Piper wiggles his arse and I’m confused sexually
  • Piper takes all three NWO members out in the corner!
  • Neck breaker from Piper. Syxx attacks Piper when the ref isn’t looking and the NWO start the extended beatdown
  • WE WANT FLAIR from the crowd. ME TOO
  • Figure four attempt from Hall on Piper but he kicks out.
  • PIPER TAGS IN FLAIR AND HE RUNS WILD!
  • ALL THE CHOPS!!!!!
  • Flair attempts the corner splash and Hall catches him
  • Hall attempts a pin with his feet on the ropes
  • Flair is getting beatdown in the corner, Hall seems intent on knocking the camera man every 5 seconds
  • HUGE sidewalk slam from Nash
  • Bronco Buster from SYXX, dammit
  • Flair and SYXX try a double knockdown attempt, fuck it up so just do it again.
  • PIPER and HALL are in the ring. PIPER HITS THE REFEREE!
  • HUGE clothesline from Greene on SYXX to the outside
  • Flair hits Hall in the balls,
  • Figure Four from Flair and the crowd loses it!
  • Piper puts the Sleeper on Hall
  • Greene hits a Powerslam on SYXX and pins him for the 1, 2, 3! WCW HAS DEFEATED THE NWO!
  • Greene says that the NWO are gone, no more
  • PEOPLE ARE CRYING IN THE CROWD

End of Episode Awards

  • POP of the night? – Flair’s Entrance BY A MILE
  • Match of the night? – Flair, Piper and Greene vs NWO Wolfpac
  • Shameless Plug of the Night? – The WCW Hotline
  • Shock of the Night? – No mention of American FOOTBALL!?
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