125. Team Russo (Kevin Nash (c), Jeff Jarrett, Scott Steiner, Vince Russo & The Harris Brothers (Ron & Don Harris)) defeat Sting, Goldberg, Booker T & KroniK (Brian Adams & Bryan Clarke) (War Games Match for the WCW Championship, WCW Nitro 4/9/2000)

This Saturday night, it’s WWE Survivor Series: War Games! Yes, with Papa H in charge, War Games have been taken from NXT and been promoted to the big leagues! The WWE Network has a few War Games specials on, even a ‘Best Of War Games.’ But I ignored that and went for the last War Games on WCW programming: in the dying days of WCW in 2000 on an episode of WCW Nitro! Subtitled ‘Russo’s Revenge’ (yes, really), this was emblematic of the people problems WCW was facing towards its ends. Overbooked, over-stuffed, over-complicated, and plain ridiculous at times, this War Games match sullies the very gimmick!

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Review: WWE Network’s Best 100 Matches: #84 Sting, Brian Pillman and The Steiner Brothers vs. Ric Flair, Barry Windham, Sid Vicious and Larry Zbyszko (War Games) – WCW Wrestlewar 1991

Match 83 comes courtesy of WCW and War Games. War Games was a successful match gimmick, for a time, before WCW over-egged the pudding. Before that, War Games meant manic, bloody, non-stop violence inside a double ringed steel cage. And this War Games, from WrestleWar 1991, is possibly the greatest War Games of them all. It’s an all-out bloody and vicious brawl. There’s a few rough patches, a few botches here and there, but that’s partly because of the low-roofed cage (see, for example, Vicious’ botched powerbomb on Brian Pillman). Apart from that, there’s so much going on at any time that there’s pure entertainment to be had! Continue reading