The Best And Worst Of WCW Fall Brawl 1997

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And now, the Best and Worst of WCW Fall Brawl 1997, originally aired on September 14, 1997.

Best: Members Of Harlem Heat

Fall Brawl ’97 starts with HARLEM HEAT WITH JACQUELINE, aka “Eddie Guerrero,” challenging Canadian Room Temperature Standing Water Chris Jericho for the WCW Cruiserweight Championship. Maybe they think he’s a member of Harlem Heat because for the last month of TV he’s been doing three people’s worth of work.

Eddie’s on a different level here, and you can see why he and Mysterio would want to put together the absolute masterpiece at Halloween Havoc a month later. Sadly, mid-97 Chris Jericho is not Rey Mysterio Jr. and is still so bland he makes Charlie Rose look like Howard Stern, so the match isn’t Halloween Havoc good, but it’s certainly worth watching.

The differences in personalities make a lot of the otherwise boring mat stuff work, as Jericho’s like, “HEY, I KNOW SOME MOVES, WATCH ME DO ONE,” and Eddie’s like, focused and meticulously dedicated to ripping Jericho’s arms off. It’s the most blatant illustration of wrestling’s “you’ve gotta have a KILLER INSTINCT” talking point I’ve seen in a while, and I like that Eddie is super rudo without really doing anything unforgivable, and that he wins the match clean using skill, and not cheating. He’s just the better man. He reverses the weight on a backdrop off the ropes and hits a frog splash to become the new champion, and now the best WCW Cruiserweight Championship ever is about to happen.