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Uncensored (1997)

Uncensored (1997) was the third Uncensored professional wrestling pay-per-view (PPV) event produced by World Championship Wrestling (WCW). The event took place on March 16, 1997 from the North Charleston Coliseum in North Charleston, South Carolina.

Uncensored (1997)
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PromotionWorld Championship Wrestling
DateMarch 16, 1997
CityNorth Charleston, South Carolina
VenueNorth Charleston Coliseum
Attendance9,285
Tagline(s)You'll Never See It Coming!
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The main event was a triangle elimination match between Team nWo (Hollywood Hogan, Randy Savage, Kevin Nash and Scott Hall) (with Dennis Rodman), Team Piper (Roddy Piper, Chris Benoit, Steve McMichael and Jeff Jarrett) and Team WCW (Lex Luger, The Giant and Scott Steiner). Each team had a specific prize upon winning the match. If Team WCW won, all the championships held by the nWo would be stripped and its members would not be allowed to wrestle for three years. If Piper's team had won, he would have gotten a steel cage match against Hogan for the WCW World Heavyweight Championship at a time and place of his choosing. If the nWo won, they would earn the right to challenge for any WCW championship at any time they wanted.

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.[1]

Team Piper was originally composed of Roddy Piper, John Tenta, Layton Morrison[2] (a kickboxer), and Craig Mally[2][3] (a boxer). On the March 10, 1997 episode of WCW Monday Nitro, which aired six days before the pay-per-view, they were replaced by The Four Horsemen members Chris Benoit, Steve McMichael and Jeff Jarrett. Team WCW originally included Rick Steiner, but he was attacked prior to the match by the nWo and was unable to compete, leaving the team at a one-man disadvantage in the match.

EventEdit

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

Dean Malenko defeated Eddie Guerrero to win the WCW United States Heavyweight Championship.[4]

The WCW World Television Championship match between champion Prince Iaukea and Rey Misterio, Jr. originally ended in a 10-minute time limit draw, but the time was extended after a request by Misterio Jr. Minutes later Iaukea pinned Rey Misterio Jr. to retain the championship.

The main event was a triangle elimination match between nWo Team, Piper Team and WCW Team, which nWo won. Had WCW Team won, the nWo would have needed to forfeit all their titles and would be barred from wrestling during any WCW event for 36 months. Had Piper Team won, Piper would have faced Hogan in a steal cage match. Had nWo won, they would have a shot at any WCW championship, any time they wanted. During nWo's celebration after the match, Sting rappelled down to the ring. When Scott Hall and Kevin Nash approached him, Sting attacked them with a baseball bat, then Randy Savage when he tried to intervene. After giving all three of them a Scorpion Death Drop, he gestured for Hollywood Hogan to come at him as well. Hogan did, and was promptly taken out by Sting as well. Sting's actions solidified his allegiance to WCW instead of the nWo, and he would become nWo's main adversary.

ResultsEdit

No. Results[5] Stipulations Times
1D Ice Train defeated Maxx Singles match N/A
2 Dean Malenko defeated Eddie Guerrero (c) Singles match for the WCW United States Heavyweight Championship 19:14
3 Ultimate Dragon (with Sonny Onoo) defeated Psychosis Singles match 13:17
4 Glacier defeated Mortis (with James Vanderberg) Singles match 09:04
5 Buff Bagwell defeated Scotty Riggs Strap match 12:25
6 Harlem Heat (Booker T and Stevie Ray) (with Sister Sherri) defeated The Public Enemy (Rocco Rock and Johnny Grunge) Texas Tornado match 13:17
7 Prince Iaukea (c) defeated Rey Misterio, Jr. Singles match for the WCW World Television Championship 13:41
8 nWo Team (Hollywood Hogan, Randy Savage, Kevin Nash and Scott Hall) (with Dennis Rodman) defeated Piper Team (Roddy Piper, Chris Benoit, Steve McMichael and Jeff Jarrett) and WCW Team (Lex Luger, The Giant and Scott Steiner) Triangle Elimination match 19:22
  • (c) – refers to the champion(s) heading into the match
  • D – indicates the match was a dark match

Triangle match eliminationsEdit

Elimination no. Wrestler Team Eliminated by Elimination move Time
1 The Giant Team WCW N/A Over the top rope 04:55
2 Jeff Jarrett Team Piper Kevin Nash Over the top rope via Clothesline 09:21
3 Steve McMichael Team Piper Scott Hall Over the top rope via Back Body Drop 09:45
4 Scott Steiner Team WCW Kevin Nash Over the top rope 10:16
5 Roddy Piper Team Piper Hollywood Hogan Over the top rope when Dennis Rodman pulled the rope down 10:55
6 Chris Benoit Team Piper Scott Hall and Kevin Nash Over the top rope 16:27
7 Randy Savage nWo Lex Luger Torture Rack 18:23
8 Kevin Nash nWo Lex Luger Over the top rope 18:31
9 Scott Hall nWo Lex Luger Torture Rack 18:45
10 Lex Luger Team WCW Hollywood Hogan Pinned after Savage hit Luger in the head with a can of spray paint handed off by Dennis Rodman 19:22
Survivor: Hulk Hogan (Team nWo)

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Grabianowski, Ed. "How Pro Wrestling Works". HowStuffWorks, Inc. Discovery Communications. Retrieved 2015-11-15.
  2. ^ a b "Solie's Tuesday Morning Report: EXTRA!". solie.org. Retrieved 2011-04-02.
  3. ^ "Craig Mally - IMDb". IMDb. Retrieved 2012-10-26.
  4. ^ Guerrero, Eddie (2005). Cheating Death, Stealing Life: The Eddie Guerrero Story. Simon and Schuster. p. 139. ISBN 0-7434-9353-2.
  5. ^ http://www.thehistoryofwwe.com/uncensored.htm

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