Above is Part 1. Here is a link to Part 2 of the segment if you can stand to watch any more of it.
This is one of the most baffling, nonsensical segments in the history of WCW (and that’s really saying something!) and I’m pretty sure it all came from the mind of “Rowdy” Roddy Piper himself.
Heading into the 1997 edition of WCW Uncensored, “Rowdy” Roddy Piper had to pick 3 teammates to join him and go up against Team NWO and Team WCW.
Why wasn’t Piper in Team WCW? Why did he have his own faction? I have no idea.
Anyway, here are the guys Piper picked to join him to battle the NWO:
- John Tenta (Because he was a sumo wrestling star in Japan, not because he was a Pro Wrestler apparently…)
- Layton Morrison (a kickboxer)
- Craig Mally (a boxer).
Huh?! Those are the best guys he could come up with? Really? One wrestler and two other guys who had no wrestling experience?
You’ve probably only heard of one of those guys (John Tenta) and he’s the only wrestler of the bunch. And let’s just say his career wasn’t exactly going places in 1997.
And as much as I liked John; I didn’t want to see him anywhere near the main event of a PPV in 1997, much less teaming with a two nobodies and Rowdy Roddy Piper.
A team like that did not exactly get me motivated to root for them against the NWO. Are we supposed to believe that Piper though these guys could destroy the NWO?
For added fun, he wrestled all of them one-after-another to make sure they were though enough to join him in battle (uh, or something).
The Nitro crowd was just thrilled to have to sit through all of this nonsense involving guys they had no reason whatsoever to care about wrestling Rowdy Roddy Piper in a segment that seemed to never end.
Fortunately for the viewing audience, common sense eventually prevailed (a rare occurrence in WCW to be sure). Six days before the PPV, all of these guys were replaced by (three of) The Four Horsemen.
That is what you call an upgrade! Never in my life have I ever been more glad to see that “Card Subject To Change” disclaimer put to such good use.
Sorry you missed out on the paycheck, John; but I think even you would have agreed this was the right decision to make.
(Note from RD: trust me, John would not have agreed with that statement.)
The match still sucked of course; but at least it sucked slightly less than it otherwise would have.
I’m going to cut and paste from Wikipedia and let it explain the stipulations and result of the actual match:
Team nWo (Kevin Nash, Scott Hall, Hollywood Hogan and Randy Savage) (with Dennis Rodman) defeated Team Piper (Roddy Piper, Chris Benoit, Steve McMichael and Jeff Jarrett) and Team WCW (Lex Luger, The Giant and Scott Steiner) in a Triangle Elimination match (19:22)
Wrestlers could be eliminated by either pinfall, submission, or being thrown over the top rope.
The Giant was thrown over the top rope (4:55)
Nash Clotheslined Jarrett over the top rope (9:21)
Hall Back Bodydroped McMichael over the top rope (9:45)
Nash threw Steiner over the top rope (10:16)
Hogan threw Piper over the top rope when Rodman pulled the rope down
Hall and Nash threw Benoit over the top rope; Team Piper eliminated from match (16:27)
Luger forced Savage to submit with the Torture Rack (18:23)
Luger threw Nash over the top rope (18:31)
Luger forced Hall to submit with the Torture Rack (18:45)
Hogan pinned Luger after Savage sprayed Luger in the eyes with spraypaint; Team WCW eliminated from match (19:22)
Team WCW originally included Rick Steiner, but he was attacked prior to the match by the nWo and was unable to compete.
Team Piper was originally composed of Roddy Piper, John Tenta, Layton Morrison (a kickboxer), and Craig Mally (a boxer). On the March 10, 1997 episode of Nitro, which aired six days before the pay-per-view, they were replaced by Four Horsemen members Benoit, McMichael, and Jarrett.
Three stipulations were in place. If Team WCW had won all the championships the nWo held would be stripped and its members not allowed to wrestle for three years. If Team Piper had won Piper would have gotten a steel cage match with Hogan for his WCW World Championship at a later date. Since Team nWo won the match, they earned the right to challenge for any WCW championship at any time they desired. After the match, Sting came out and attacked all four members of Team nWo.
In other words; it was typical overbooked WCW garbage that left the paying fans disappointed.
But at least it didn’t involve a boxer and a kick boxer.