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Road Wild (1997) was the second Road Wild professional wrestling pay-per-view (PPV) event produced by World Championship Wrestling (WCW) and the first to be produced under the Road Wild name. It took place on August 9, 1997 from the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in Sturgis, South Dakota.

Road Wild (1997)
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PromotionWorld Championship Wrestling
DateAugust 9, 1997[1]
CitySturgis, South Dakota[1]
VenueSturgis Motorcycle Rally[1]
Attendance6,500[1]
Tagline(s)It's Gonna Be Wild
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In the main event, Hollywood Hogan defeated Lex Luger to win the WCW World Heavyweight Championship, which marked for the second straight year that Hogan won the title at the event. In other important matches on the undercard, The Outsiders retained the World Tag Team Championship against The Steiner Brothers, Curt Hennig defeated Diamond Dallas Page and Ric Flair defeated Syxx.

StorylinesEdit

The event featured wrestlers from pre-existing scripted feuds and storylines. Wrestlers portrayed villains, heroes, or less distinguishable characters in the scripted events that built tension and culminated in a wrestling match or series of matches.[2]

ReceptionEdit

Jack Bramma of 411mania rated the event 4 out of 10 stars and rated it a poor event, with "It's hard not to feel like the entire show is an afterthought and a waste of time to everyone involved. Not one match other than Rey/Konnan manages to be even competently executed and that one is a bit of a drag because it's all psychology instead of lucha flips in the one place it would make sense. Instead, it's just every name on the roster going through the motions and the booking actively submaring Lex as a marquee guy. The "spectacle" of the outdoor show is worth a look, I guess, but nothing is really good or even epically bad to justify hate watching. Take a pass."[3]

Other on-screen personnel
Role: Name:
Commentators Tony Schiavone
Bobby Heenan
Dusty Rhodes
Interviewer Gene Okerlund
Ring announcer David Penzer
Referee Nick Patrick

ResultsEdit

No. Results[1][4][5] Stipulations Times
1 Harlem Heat (Booker T and Stevie Ray) defeated Vicious and Delicious (Buff Bagwell and Scott Norton) (with Vincent) Tag team match 10:20
2 Konnan defeated Rey Misterio Jr. by submission Mexican Death match 10:20
3 Steve McMichael and Chris Benoit defeated Jeff Jarrett and Dean Malenko (with Debra) Elimination match 09:36
4 Alex Wright (c) defeated Chris Jericho Singles match for the WCW Cruiserweight Championship 13:03
5 Ric Flair defeated Syxx Singles match 11:06
6 Curt Hennig defeated Diamond Dallas Page (with Kimberly Page) Singles match 09:41
7 The Giant defeated Randy Savage (with Miss Elizabeth) Singles match 06:05
8 The Steiner Brothers (Rick Steiner and Scott Steiner) (with Ted DiBiase) defeated The Outsiders (Scott Hall and Kevin Nash) (c) by disqualification Tag team match for the WCW World Tag Team Championship 15:29
9 Hollywood Hogan defeated Lex Luger (c) Singles match for the WCW World Heavyweight Championship 16:15
  • (c) – refers to the champion(s) heading into the match

Benoit/McMichael vs. Jarrett/Malenko eliminationsEdit

Elimination no. Wrestler Team Eliminated by Elimination move Time
1 Jeff Jarrett Jarrett/Malenko Steve McMichael Pinned after Jarrett delivered a Jawbreaker on McMichael and put McMichael on top of himself 7:10
2 Dean Malenko Jarrett/Malenko Steve McMichael Mongo Spike 9:36
Winners: Chris Benoit and Steve McMichael

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e "Road Wild 1997". Pro Wrestling History. August 9, 1997. Retrieved September 2, 2015.
  2. ^ Grabianowski, Ed. "How Pro Wrestling Works". HowStuffWorks, Inc. Discovery Communications. Retrieved 2015-11-15.
  3. ^ "Ring Crew Reviews: WCW Road Wild 1997". 411mania. May 23, 2015. Retrieved 2017-12-24.
  4. ^ Cawthon, Graham (2015). the History of Professional Wrestling Vol 5: World Championship Wrestling 1995-2001. CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. ISBN 1499656343.
  5. ^ "Wrestling's Historical Cards: Road Wild (Sturgis, SOuth Dakota, the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally". 2007 Wrestling Almanac & Book of Facts. Kappa Publishing. 2007. p. 146.