Last week I wrote about Fall Brawl 1997 as a This Day in Wrestling History. Even though Fall Brawl was a solid event during the peak of World Championship Wrestling, I do think that the Main Event was the start of a misstep for WCW. A staple of World Championship since the mid-1980's was the War Games cage match which is a five on five match inside of two rings surrounded by a cage match. Though seeing the Four Horsemen and New World Order was a highlight of the New World Order's run in WCW. In the build to War Games we saw Arn Anderson announce his retirement and offered his spot to Hennig to join the Horsemen which was accepted.
The reason for this part is to say that I wouldn't change the build to the event or what happened at the event either, because it worked. For those who don't remember Hennig was attacked earlier on Fall Brawl, but would then join the match already in progress and would proceed to turn on the Horsemen by slamming his head into the cage door. Flair would be "severely" injured in the attack while his stablemates were handcuffed inside the cage. The fact that the revenge of Flair on Hennig wasn't made as big a deal as it should've been or playing up how much of a low blow it was that Hennig took Anderson's spot and effectively killed the Horsemen when he joined the NWO.
Overall this could've been a fantastic feud between two of the best ever, because the hot start of the feud could've laid the ground work for another intense match to pay-off at Starrcade. This is where we lay the ground work for the return of one of my favorite series on the site. We start the night after Fall Brawl on Nitro and will take this feud all the way to the MCI Center in Washington, DC. This event had Hennig vs Diamond Dallas Page for the United States Championship and didn't feature Ric Flair on the event. Soon enough we will retrace history and rewrite a rare misstep for peak of WCW.