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Vintage Best And Worst: WCW World War 3 1996

By / 07.03.14

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Best: Cruiserweight Title Match In The Semi-Main

You know what’s great about the entire roster being in a bloated battle royal? We get Dean Malenko vs. Psychosis deep into the event. And they absolutely tore it up. I’m pretty sure I’ll do a 1996 year-end awards post (please remind me I said this) and Dean Malenko is moving up the MVP ranks. Last month he had a monster of a match with Rey and now he and Psychosis had the match of the night.

The only thing here is that I wish every Cruiserweight match had a story to it. When Dean wrestled Rey there was at least the story of Dean wanting the mask. Here, much like Rey/Ultimo and most of the cruiserweight matches we just get fifteen minutes of inconsequential greatness. Sure, a title is on the line but the title is confined to the small flippy guys so what does it really mean in the grand scheme of WCW? Especially if it’s not eventually leading to World Title matches which it never does. But in a vacuum, give me more of these matches.

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Best: Hall And Nash Are Loveable A-holes
Worst: For A Really Dumb Match

Hall and Nash vs Faces Of Fear vs. Nasty Boys is a million times better than it should have been. But the four corners/triangle tag match gimmick is as illogical as it gets. At least the Outsiders acknowledge this by immediately going to pin each other when the “tag team partners get tagged in” moment that’s supposed to get people excited. Really, though, the teams mesh well as the Nasty Boys bump like champs, Faces of Fear look like world beaters and the Outsiders are the best jerks in the business.

And that’s really the best part of the match. I so want Meng to rip out Scott Hall’s throat because he and Nash do things like pretend to smoke cigars while the other teams are in the ring. The Outsiders are troll-y glory. Plus, they know exactly how long to take their beatings before sneaking off with the win. They look like chicken sh*t while still being imposing at the same time, which is harder than it sounds.


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