Fall Brawl (1997)

Fall Brawl 1997: War Games was the fifth Fall Brawl professional wrestling pay-per-view (PPV) event produced by World Championship Wrestling (WCW). It took place on September 14, 1997 from the Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. As of 2014 the event is available on the WWE Network.[1]

Fall Brawl (1997)
Fall Brawl 1997 VHS.jpg
Promotional posted featuring The Giant and Scott Hall
PromotionWorld Championship Wrestling
DateSeptember 14, 1997
CityWinston-Salem, North Carolina
VenueLawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum
Attendance11,939
Tagline(s)The Rage In The CAGE
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ProductionEdit

BackgroundEdit

The WarGames match was created when Dusty Rhodes was inspired by a viewing of Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome.[2] It was originally used as a specialty match for the Four Horsemen. The first WarGames match took place at The Omni in Atlanta during the NWA's Great American Bash '87 tour, where it was known as War Games: The Match Beyond. It became a traditional Fall Brawl event from 1993 to 1998.

StorylinesEdit

The event featured professional wrestling matches that involve different wrestlers from pre-existing scripted feuds and storylines. Professional wrestlers portray villains, heroes, or less distinguishable characters in the scripted events that build tension and culminate in a wrestling match or series of matches.[3]

EventEdit

Other on-screen personnel
Role: Name:
Commentators Tony Schiavone
Bobby Heenan
Mike Tenay
Larry Zbyszko
Interviewer Gene Okerlund
Ring announcer David Penzer
Referee Nick Patrick

During the WarGames Match, Curt Hennig entered the match for the Horsemen last due to an apparent shoulder injury. Moments later Hennig revealed his injury to be a ruse and that he was on the nWo's side all along. The New World Order then handcuffed Chris Benoit and Steve McMichael to the cage and began assaulting Ric Flair. Kevin Nash took the microphone and repeatedly asked the helpless Horsemen if they wanted to give up, but McMichael refused and Benoit repeatedly spat in Nash's face. The Horsemen finally surrendered after Nash threatened to slam Flair's head into the cage structure with the door. McMichael, not wanting to see Flair beat up any worse than he already was, made the call for his team. After the surrender, Hennig slammed the door onto Flair's head.

ResultsEdit

No. Results[4] Stipulations Times
1 Eddie Guerrero defeated Chris Jericho (c) Singles match for the WCW Cruiserweight Championship 17:19
2 The Steiner Brothers (Rick Steiner and Scott Steiner) (with Ted DiBiase) defeated Harlem Heat (Booker T and Stevie Ray) (with Miss Jacqueline) Tag Team match 11:44
3 Alex Wright (c) defeated Último Dragón Singles match for the WCW World Television Championship 18:43
4 Jeff Jarrett (with Debra) defeated Dean Malenko Singles match 14:53
5 Wrath and Mortis (with James Vandenberg) defeated The Faces of Fear (Meng and The Barbarian) Tag team match 12:22
6 The Giant defeated Scott Norton Singles match 05:27
7 Lex Luger and Diamond Dallas Page defeated Scott Hall and Randy Savage (with Miss Elizabeth) No Disqualification match 10:19
8 The nWo (Buff Bagwell, Kevin Nash, Syxx and Konnan) defeated The Four Horsemen (Chris Benoit, Steve McMichael, Ric Flair and Curt Hennig) WarGames match 19:37
  • (c) – refers to the champion(s) heading into the match

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Every pay-per-view available on WWE Network". WWE. February 4, 2014. Archived from the original on February 5, 2014. Retrieved February 8, 2014.
  2. ^ WCW War Games: WCW’s Most Notorious Matches 2013. WWE.
  3. ^ Grabianowski, Ed. "How Pro Wrestling Works". HowStuffWorks, Inc. Discovery Communications. Retrieved 2015-11-15.
  4. ^ http://www.thehistoryofwwe.com/fallbrawl.htm