Wrestling Rewind

Wrestling Rewind: WCW Starrcade 1997

WCW Starrcade 1997
December 28, 1997
The MCI Center
Washington, D.C.

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Transcription by Josh Lopez

First Match: Eddie Guerrero (c) vs. Dean Malenko For The WCW CruiserWeight Championship 

Guerrero attacks Malenko from behind. Guerrero with a waist lock takedown to Malenko. Guerrero and Malenko are in a middle of a grappling exchange. Malenko transitions into a ground and pound attack. Malenko kicks Guerrero in the corner. Guerrero pokes Malenko in the eyes. Malenko responds with a dropkick for a two count. Malenko connects with a Delayed Vertical Suplex. Malenko is teeing off on Guerrero in the center of the ring. Guerrero applies a side headlock. Guerrero goes for a SpringBoard Hurricanrana, but Malenko counters with a PowerBomb for a two count. Malenko follows that with an Alabama Slam.

Malenko with the jack knife cover, but Guerrero kicks out. Malenko connects with a PowerSlam for a two count. Guerrero wants Malenko to bring it. Guerrero decides to crawl out of the ring. Guerrero lands a clubbing blow to the back of Malenko. Following a snap mare takeover, Guerrero stomps on Malenko’s chest. Guerrero is talking smack to the DC Crowd. Malenko delivers a  Front Suplex on the top rope. Malenko clotheslines Guerrero for a two count. Malenko applies a rear chin lock. Malenko transitions into a leg scissors hold. Guerrero crawls to the bottom rope to create separation. Malenko drives Guerrero’s sternum to the canvas. Guerrero begs for mercy. Guerrero is looking for a handshake.

Malenko responds with a Basement Dropkick. Following a test of strength, Malenko delivers a low dropkick. Guerrero rams his shoulders to the midsection of Malenko. Guerrero goes for a Tornado DDT, but Malenko blocks it. Malenko launches Guerrero face first to the top turnbuckle pad. Malenko with a Belly to Back Suplex for a two count. Guerrero kicks Malenko in the gut. Guerrero snaps the neck of Malenko across the top rope. Guerrero is wrapping Malenko’s leg around the steel ring steps.

Guerrero dropkicks the steps. Guerrero PowerBombs Malenko for a two count. Malenko responds with a Wheel Barrow Suplex for a two count. Guerrero lands a back elbow strike in the corner. Malenko connects with a back breaker for a two count. Malenko sends Guerrero to the ring apron. Guerrero goes for a FrankenSteiner, but Malenko counters with an Avalanche Face Buster for a two count. Malenko follows that with a PowerBomb. Guerrero is trying to create distances. Malenko side steps Guerrero out of the ring. Guerrero with a missile dropkick to the injured knee of Malenko. Guerrero connects with the Frog Splash to pickup the victory.

Winner: Still WCW CruiserWeight Champion, Eddie Guerrero via Pinfall 

The Giant & Scott Hall In-Ring Segment: 

Second Match: Scott Norton, Vincent and Randy Savage w/Miss Elizabeth vs. Ray Traylor & The Steiner Brothers w/Ted DiBiase 

Savage and Scott Steiner will start things off. Collar and Elbow Tie Up. Scott backs Savage into the ropes. Scott takes a wild swing at Savage. Savage is distracted by Rick Steiner. Savage applies a side headlock. Scott drops Savage with a shoulder tackle. Savage and Scott Steiner are trading back and forth slaps. Savage drives Scott back first to the knee of Norton. Savage deposits Scott face first on the top turnbuckle. Savage starts choking Scott in the corner. Savage tags in Vincent. nWo are cutting the ring in half. Scott goes for a Double Axe Handle, but Norton counters with a Fallaway Slam. Norton follows that with a back breaker. Norton tags in Savage.

Savage with a Double Axe Handle to the back of Scott. Scott responds with a Double UnderHook PowerBomb. Scott connects with a Gorilla Press Slam. We have a donnie brook ensuing in the center of the ring. Scott tags in Rick. Norton kicks Rick in the gut. Rick responds with a PowerSlam. Rick clotheslines Norton. Rick delivers a PowerSlam for a two count. Rick tags in Traylor. Traylor repeatedly HeadButts Norton. Norton starts isolating Traylor in the nWo corner. Traylor plants Vincent with a SpineBuster. Vincent pokes Traylor in the eye. Traylor whips Vincent sternum first to the turnbuckles. Traylor with a Spinning Slam to Vincent. Traylor tags in Scott.

Scott connects with a Belly to Belly Suplex. Scott applies a front chancery. Scott tags in Traylor. Traylor bodyslams Vincent. Traylor tags in Rick. Rick applies a rear chin lock. The Steiner’s and Traylor are cutting the ring in half. Traylor goes for a Big Splash, but Vincent ducks out of the way. Vincent tags in Norton. Norton clotheslines Traylor. Norton applies a front face lock on the top rope. Vincent and Traylor collides into each other.

Traylor tags in Rick. Rick clears the ring. Rick with a series of bodyslams. Rick delivers a Back Body Drop to Norton. Scott makes a blind tag. The Steiner’s plants Vincent with the Steiner DDT for a two count. Rick Steiner and Norton are brawling on the outside. Scott drops Vincent with a FrankenSteiner for a two count as Savage breaks up the pin attempt. Scott and Savage are fighting for position on the top rope. Norton flattens Scott with the Electric Chair Slam. Savage follows that with the Diving Elbow Drop to pickup the victory.

Winner: Scott Norton, Vincent and Randy Savage via Pinfall 

Third Match: Goldberg vs. Steve McMichael 

Goldberg and McMichael are trading blows on the outside before the bell rings. Goldberg carries McMichael into the ring. McMichael lands a series of bodyshots. McMichael is mauling Goldberg in the corner. McMichael with a Side Walk Slam for a two count. Goldberg ducks a clothesline from McMichael. Goldberg drops McMichael with a Leaping Shoulder Block for a two count. McMichael heads to the outside. McMichael bounces Goldberg head on the ring apron. McMichael ascends to the top turnbuckle. McMichael goes for a Flying Double Axe Handle, but Goldberg counters with a big haymaker.

Goldberg transitions into a knee bar. Goldberg Spears McMichael for a two count. Goldberg sets up a table in the ringside area. Goldberg launches McMichael to the other side of the ring. Goldberg goes for the Super Jack Hammer, but McMichael blocks it. Goldberg dropkicks McMichael out of the ring.

McMichael rams his shoulders to the midsection of Goldberg. Goldberg lands a right hand that sends McMichael crashing through the table. Goldberg rolls McMichael back into the ring. McMichael goes for the Mongo Spike, but Goldberg blocks it. Goldberg plants McMichael with the Jack Hammer to pickup the victory.

Winner: Goldberg via Pinfall 

Fourth Match: Saturn w/Raven vs. Chris Benoit in a Raven’s Rules Match 

Benoit starts things off with a knife edge chop. Benoit drops Saturn with a Shoulder Tackle. Saturn responds with a Sleeper Hold. Benoit is lighting up Saturn’s chest in the corner. Benoit connects with a jaw breaker. Benoit side steps Saturn into the turnbuckles. Benoit slaps Saturn in the chest. Saturn regains momentum with a Over Head Belly to Belly Suplex. Saturn is teeing off on Benoit. Benoit with a Dragon Screw Leg Whip to Saturn. Saturn attacks Benoit from behind. Billy Kidman arrives to the ringside. Benoit whips Saturn back first to the steel ring guard rail. Kidman with a Shooting Star Press of the ring apron. Following a snap mare takeover, Saturn applies a rear chin lock.

Saturn drops Benoit with a neck breaker for a two count. Saturn bodyslams Benoit. Saturn goes for a SpringBoard MoonSault, but Benoit gets his knees up in the air. Saturn with a knee lift to Benoit. Saturn follows that with a leg drop to the back of Benoit’s head. Benoit rolls Saturn over for a two count. Saturn clotheslines Benoit for a two count. Saturn locks in the Camel Clutch. Saturn connects with a Delayed Vertical Suplex for a two count. Saturn goes back to the rear chin lock. Benoit with a sunset flip for a two count. Benoit delivers a running lariat.

Saturn continues to apply pressure to the neck of Benoit. Saturn with the Michinoku Driver. Benoit knocks Saturn off the top turnbuckle. Benoit locks in the Crippler Cross Face. The Flock are mauling Benoit on the outside. Saturn inadvertently drops The Flock with a MoonSault off the ring apron. Benoit lands a Snap Vertical Suplex. Benoit follows that with a Diving HeadButt. Benoit is trying to fight off The Flock. Hammer attacks Benoit from behind. Raven drops Benoit a DDT. Saturn locks in the Rings of Saturn which forces Benoit to tap out.

Winner: Saturn via Submission 

Fifth Match: Buff Bagwell vs. Lex Luger 

Collar and Elbow Tie Up. Luger backs Bagwell into the corner. Bagwell kicks Luger in the gut. Bagwell lands multiple blows to the back of Luger. Luger dishes out a flurry of haymakers. Luger launches Bagwell to the other side of the ring. Luger bodyslams Bagwell. Luger follows that with a Gorilla Press Slam. Luger clotheslines Bagwell over the top rope. Bagwell brings Vincent to the ringside area. Bagwell is mauling Luger in the corner. Bagwell tosses Luger out of the ring. Bagwell bounces Luger’s head on the steel guard rail. Luger whips Bagwell face to the steel ring post. Luger talks smack to Vincent. Luger with a series of SlingShot Seated Senton Splashes to the back of Bagwell. Luger sends Bagwell back first to the turnbuckles. Vincent is choking Luger behind the referee’s back.

Bagwell delivers a SlingShot Stomp to the chest of Luger. Bagwell is applying pressure to the back of Luger. Bagwell wants the DC Crowd to shut up. Bagwell and Luger are trading back and forth shots. Bagwell kicks Luger in the face. Luger explodes out of the corner with a Running Lariat. Bagwell applies a rear chin lock. Luger ducks a clothesline from Bagwell. Luger rolls Bagwell over for a two count. Bagwell with a Clubbing Axe Handle to the back of Luger. Bagwell is wearing Luger down with the rear chin lock. Luger gets back to a vertical base. Bagwell drops Luger with a knee lift. Luger kicks Bagwell in the gut. Bagwell locks in the Sleeper Hold. Luger connects with a Belly to Back Suplex. Bagwell goes for a Running Frog Splash, but Luger gets his knees up in the air.

Luger dishes out more haymakers. Luger with a Big Back Body Drop to Bagwell. Luger fires up with a series of running clotheslines. Luger with Back to Back Atomic Drops to Bagwell. Luger knocks Vincent off the ring apron. Luger plants Bagwell with a Delayed Vertical Suplex. Luger shoves Vincent into Bagwell. Luger clotheslines Vincent over the top rope. Luger is stomping a mud hole on Bagwell and walking it dry. Luger is distracted by the referee. Luger connects with a PowerSlam. Luger locks in the Torture Rack. Randy Savage attacks Luger from behind. Luger Press Slams Savage. Luger gets Savage trapped in the Torture Rack. Norton drops Luger with a Dog Collar Shot. Norton lays Bagwell on top of Luger. Bagwell successfully scores the pinfall.

Winner: Buff Bagwell via Pinfall 

Sixth Match: Curt Hennig (c) vs. Diamond Dallas Page For The WCW United States Championship 

Collar and Elbow Tie Up. DDP rolls Hennig over for a two count. DDP drops Hennig with a back elbow strike. DDP with back to back arm ringers to Henning. DDP goes for the Diamond Cutter, but Hennig blocks it. Hennig is regaining his composure on the outside. Henning pokes DDP in the eye. Hennig repeatedly stomps on the injured ribs of DDP. Following  a snap mare takeover, Hennig applies a rear chin lock. DDP transitions into a side headlock. DDP drops Hennig with a shoulder tackle. DDP lands a side headlock takeover. Hennig gets back to a vertical base. Hennig with a knee to the midsection of DDP. Hennig delivers back to back knife edge chops.

DDP responds with a HeadLock Takedown for a two count. DDP runs through Hennig with another shoulder block. DDP follows that with a Running Neck Snap. DDP bounces Hennig head on the top turnbuckle. Hennig uses the middle rope to create separation. Hennig whips DDP back first to the steel ring steps. Hennig is ripping off the medical tape on DDP’s ribs. Hennig clotheslines DDP for a two count. Hennig applies a rear chin lock. DDP gets back to a vertical base. DDP connects with a jaw breaker. DDP and Hennig are trading back and forth shots.

DDP with a massive haymaker that sends Hennig out of the ring. DDP delivers a SlingShot Crossbody Block to the outside. DDP tosses Hennig over the steel guard rail. DDP rolls Hennig back into the ring at the count of nine. DDP drives Hennig crotch first on the steel ring post. DDP goes for the Diamond Cutter, but Hennig holds onto the top rope. Hennig uses the rope for leverage for a two count. DDP responds with a inside cradle for a two count. Hennig clotheslines DDP for another two count. DDP rams Hennig’s shoulder to the canvas. DDP plants Hennig with the Diamond Cutter to pickup the victory.

Winner: New WCW United States Champion, Diamond Dallas Page via Pinfall 

Seventh Match: Larry Zbyskzo vs. Eric Bischoff w/Scott Hall with Bret Hart serving as the Special Guest Referee

Eight Match: Sting vs. Hollywood Hulk Hogan (c) For The WCW World Heavyweight Championship 

Hogan shoves Sting after the bell rings. Sting slaps Hogan in the face. Hogan is distracted by the DC crowd. Collar and Elbow Tie Up. Hogan backs Sting into the corner. Sting delivers a big right hand. Hogan kicks Sting in the gut. Hogan with a clubbing forearm to the back of Sting. Hogan lands a series of haymakers. Hogan connects with the Body Avalanche. Hogan dishes out a throat punch. Hogan bodyslams Sting. Hogan goes for a elbow drop, but Sting ducks out of the way. Sting dropkicks Hogan out of the ring. Hogan is regaining his composure on the outside. Hogan applies a side headlock. Hogan drops Sting with a shoulder tackle. Sting leapfrogs over Hogan. Sting levels Hogan with back to back dropkicks.

Sting applies a side headlock. Sting drops Hogan with a shoulder block. Hogan responds with a Vertical Suplex. Sting immediately gets back on his feet. Sting is mauling Hogan in the corner. Hogan tosses Sting out of the ring. Hogan hits Sting with a baseball bat. Hogan sends Sting shoulder first to the steel ring post. Hogan dishes out more haymakers on the outside. Hogan bounces Sting head on the ring apron. Sting goes for the Stinger Splash, but Hogan ducks out of the way.

Hogan places Sting crotch first on the steel guard rail. Hogan is choking Sting with his boot. Hogan connects with a Leg Drop. There’s shenanigans going on in the ringside area. Bret Hart says that Nick Patrick made a fast count. Hart decks Patrick with a big haymaker. Hart rolls Hogan back into the ring. Hart is the new official of the match. Sting lands a Stinger Splash. Sting is trying fight off members of the nWo. Sting drops Hogan with another Stinger Splash. Sting with the Scorpion Death Lock which forces Hogan to tap out.

Winner: New WCW World Heavyweight Champion, Sting via Pinfall 

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