Best: Arn Anderson Sell Machine
It’s sad that in 1996, we’re in the twilight of Arn Anderson’s career. Arn’s legacy is carved as one half of the greatest tag team of all time along with Tully Blanchard, who basically sold their asses off for every team they faced. Arn as a singles wrestler was still a prime sell monster.
Even here with a year left in his career, Arn Anderson makes Lex Luger look like a million bucks.
But most importantly, Arn Anderson is absolutely right in this whole feud. Anderson thinks it’s Lex Luger’s fault for Sting turning his back on WCW and it’s the truest thing ever. Lex Luger’s an assbuffalo for not even calling Sting to double check and make sure he wasn’t the guy who attacked him in the parking lot before Fall Brawl. Sting was, like, right there in Lex Luger’s face, looking into the windows of his soul while kicking him in the stomach. How big of an idiot do you have to be to screw this one up, Lex? Damn, Arn should have kicked his ass.
Best: Holy Sh*t Faces Of Fear
Man, I remember Faces of Fear. I remember how frustrated I’d be that Meng and Barbarian – Meng especially, though – would sell for absolutely nobody but the NWO would wipe him out with ease when they were beating up everyone in WCW and I’d be like “BUT NOTHING HURTS MENG!” I remember Barbarian being pretty much a second fiddle to Meng, who carried the team.
What I don’t remember is f*cking suplex-into-powerbomb combos and belly-to-backs off the top rope super destructo tosses. I’m not sure if this is all Chris Benoit allowing himself to get tossed across the ring or even coming up with these spots but holy beef briskets Faces Of Fear were awesome here. They pulled out some really innovative stuff and looked like straight up murder gang goons. I think I’m going to have to go revisit some old Faces of Fear matches because I definitely don’t remember any of this.
Worst: Pure Sacrilege
Meng gets pinned when Mongo McMaggle – who’s in this match too for some reason I guess – hits him in the head with his briefcase. That’s right. Meng loses after a shot to the head. Oh, just take a poo on everything wrestling stands for next time, WCW.
Worst: More Kevin Sullivan/Benoit/Woman Triangle Stuff
Worst: Blame Sturgis
So here we have Harlem Heat and the Outsiders and I’m still blaming Sturgis for the way the Harlem Heat is treated here. I thought I was supposed to boo the NWO, but Harlem Heat are the real bad guys because gats or something. The Outsiders do all the good guy stuff. Hall gets the LULZ FORCIBLY KISS THE WOMAN AGAINST HER WILL spot only reserved for good guys for some reason. And the Outsiders win from stealing a foreign object the Harlem Heat manager brought in the ring.
See, this goes back to the old point: Jeff Jarrett beat The Giant and everyone was all MOMENTUM but an actual match with a title on the line went to the NWO, so that momentum lasted all of 20 minutes.
Worst: Bad Tag Team Partners
Earlier in the event, Barbarian basically stood around and watched Meng get hit with the briefcase, stand around and wait for someone to come stop him from saving the pin so the match would end. Here, Stevie Ray pretty much does the same thing. He stood on the apron with his hands on his head as if he were paralyzed or something. Nobody stopped him from running in, it’s like “okay, this is where the match ends” and he doesn’t move. I wish that if a tag team partner screwed up and didn’t stop someone from doing a run-in that the guy would just run in and stop the count. I don’t care if the match was supposed to end there, wrestle for 15 more seconds and give me a realistic end. Otherwise you look like a doofus of a tag partner.