The Natural Posted December 28, 2022 Share Posted December 28, 2022 1997 is by my favourite year of wrestling. WWF giving us the greatest wrestling match ever in Bret Hart vs. Steve Austin at WWF WrestleMania 13, *****. Hart Foundation vs. Steve Austin/USA, Bret Hart's best ever year and Shawn Michaels vs. The Undertaker inside Hell in a Cell at WWF In Your House 18: Badd Blood, *****. I love that HIAC match, any other year it would be MOTY. WCW with Sting/WCW vs. nWo, Diamond Dallas Page vs. Macho Man Randy Savage trilogy making DDP, THAT Booker T promo and a ***** in Rey Mysterio vs. Eddie Guerrero at WCW Halloween Havoc. What a match. ECW arrives on PPV with ECW Barely Legal, the long build to Taz vs. Sabu at said event, Jerry Lawler invades the ECW arena and the barbed wire match between Terry Funk and Sabu at ECW Born to be Wired is the most graphic match I've ever seen. Context before WCW Starrcade 1997, such a transformation between Surfer Sting with the blond hair/bright colours to the long hair, Crow inspired character wearing black/white. Sting didn't speak. WCW wronged Sting at WCW Fall Brawl 1996 and Sting was rightly pissed. Sting took the nWo out to a huge pop at WCW Uncensored 1997 and would attack nWo members either coming from the crowd, repelling from the rafters or underneath the ring on WCW Monday Nitro. How can one of the best built matches in wrestling history with the obvious finish turn out to be the worst payoff in wrestling history? The biggest reason is Hulk Hogan primarily then Eric Bischoff. Hulk Hogan had creative control and was notorious for it. "That doesn't work for me, brother." Hogan and Bischoff laughably claim Sting wasn't right, in shape and didn't have a tan. Hogan pins Sting with the Legdrop of Doom and what was supposed to be a fast count by Nick Patrick. Bret Hart restarts the match and Sting submits Hollywood Hogan with the Scorpion Deathlock. The next night Sting and Hulk Hogan rematch on WCW Monday Nitro which Sting wins after numerous runins. The WCW World Heavyweight Championship is declared vacant on WCW Thunder and Sting regains it at WCW SuperBrawl 1998 before losing it to Randy Savage at WCW Spring Stampede. Hogan regains it from Savage the next night on WCW Monday Nitro. Sting then joins the nWo Wolfpac which he fought so long who was a thorn in his side and Bret Hart is wasted in WCW. Fucking stupid.. In the ideal world Sting runs through Hulk Hogan becoming WCW World Heavyweight Champion at Starrcade 1997 who stays stoically as the Crow character who barely speaks representing WCW and goes on to face Bret Hart for it. Hated Hulk Hogan since a kid for always winning, a sore loser when beat fairly, his repeated backstage politics especially vs. Sting at WCW Starrcade 1997, how selfish a main eventer he was and worse of all, he's a racist piece of fucking shit. I have utter contempt for the Hulkster. Fuck you, Hulk Hogan. Fuck you, Eric Bischoff I still maintain this was the beginning of WCW's downfall which followed Kevin Nash ending Goldberg's undefeated streak beating him for the WCW World Heavyweight Championship at Starrcade 1998, the Fingerpoke of Doom over the WCW World Heavyweight Championship between Kevin Nash and Hulk Hogan on the first Nitro of 1999, squandering Sting/Bret Hart and Vince Russo's booking. Thanks for reading. 11 1 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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