To try and put into words exactly what wrestling has and still does mean to me. Over the years I have seen over 1,000 wrestlers compete and wouldn't trade that for anything in the world. For most people there earliest memories are a variety of kid shows or some minor event. However, my earliest childhood memory is the main event of Road Wild 1998 when Eric Bischoff & Hulk Hogan fought Jay Leno & Dallas Page. I remember watching the show with my family in the living room of our house with other family members from out of state. I know it's random, but one of the reasons that it sticks out is because I don't remember the last time that family members watched wrestling because it didn't happen to often.
Through the years though my love of the profession has never wavered or changed if anything it has gotten stronger. It might be hard to believe, because of how different things are now compared to back during the late 90's. I would say that in some cases wrestling was better back in the day, but it was also too different to compare with fans having a lot more patience during the Monday Night Wars then they do now.
I've known that it was coming for a long time and I had been thinking how to put things into words, but I'm still not sure how to describe the feeling of being a wrestling fan for twenty years now. I haven't always been the most talkative or social person at all and that has made it hard to make friends but wrestling has always been a way to start a conversation. Over the years I have absorbed more information, facts and history about this great profession then I ever learned in school and there is still more to learn. One thing I learned is that wrestling never stops changing and evolving as I have seen a lot of eras and phases through the years. For overall wrestling it would be very tough to find any of the eras because each other them have amazing moments and memories.
To wrap things up it is crazy to think that I have been watching wrestling for twenty years at this point it is insane. I know that I could have wrote something five years ago when I was writing on the blog, but I didn't really think about this back then at all. The one thing about wrestling is that it gives you moments, and memories you will never forget; it also gives you friends and that is something that I am still getting use to at this point. I know I have said this before, but in a different way..... Thank you wrestling for everything you have given me over the years especially the ability to form functional sentences and express my opinion on events that have happened in your past. I will be forever grateful to have found this profession as I can't and never will have to imagine life without professional wrestling. Here is too another twenty years of this amazing profession!!
At this point I have been writing with this site since January 2015 and in some form the Let's Play series has existed. A lot of series have come and gone in that time, but this series has never been subject to burnout or anything and I really at one point didn't think I would ever get burned out doing it, but it happened. I honestly don't remember the last time I actually recorded a new episode of a Let's Play series including the WWE 2004 series with Sam. Now neither active series will be coming to an end and instead things will just be officially being placed on hiatus for right now until a later date.
Putting things aside for right now it will allow me to try and focus on coming up with the right place to go for the next place to go when the series returns. For the last month or so I have been saying that the series would be coming back and yet it still hasn't comeback yet for many reasons and I think burnout is still the reason; and the other reason is trying to pick the right series.
Overall the reason this article was written in this section and not in the Let's Play section is because if you look up top then you'll notice the Let's Play section isn't there, that's because I removed it for the time being. Right now I will be shifting focus to the other sections before I bring back the normal active series in the future so if you enjoy the series don't worry they will be back.
Looking up and down this card it is unfortunately clear of the bad shape this company was in near the end. Fact is looking at some of the stipulations and seeing that they have matches titled "Judy Bagwell on a Forklift" and "Rip off the Clothes" it is easy to see how much the company had fallen. At one point WCW was the number one company in the world but that was for a very short time for a variety of reasons and many people have documented such moments. However, I think that this show is the embodiment of bad booking and the lacking of planning that this company actually had in mind at this point.
Putting all of these things aside and focusing on the one match that this show is known for and that is the Triple Threat match between Kevin Nash, Goldberg, and Scott Steiner. For those of you that may not be aware of what took place at this event was when Goldberg pulled away from the jackknife and walked out of the match with Vince Russo fuming. This moment was suppose to be taken as a shoot and that Goldberg didn't want to play ball, but in reality nobody cared as the moment was just meant to pop the ratings instead of having an actual plan.
Overall this card is absolutely unlike anything that WCW had seen, because at past events we had seen a tremendous undercard and a lackluster main event. However, looking at this show we saw a lackluster undercard and solid main event; which though is a great thing it is harder to call a PPV good if it only has one match worth watching. This show is one that I would point to as a one match show with Booker, T and Jeff Jarrett as the only good match; don't get me wrong the opening match was good but at this point both teams were unproven.
WCW New Blood Rising 2000
Evan Karagias & Shane Helms & Shannon Moore def. Jamie-San & Kaz Hayashi & Yun Yang ladder (3 on 3)
Ernest Miller def. (pin) The Great Muta
Buff Bagwell def. (pin) Kanyon "Judy Bagwell On A Forklift"
Brian Adams & Bryan Clark def. (pin) Chuck Palumbo & Shawn Stasiak, Mark Jindrak & Sean O'Haire, Corporal Cajun & General Rection Four corners Tag WCW World Tag Team Titles
Billy Kidman def. (pin) Shane Douglas Strap Match
Major Gunns def. (pin) Miss Hancock "Rip off the Clothes"
Sting def. (pin) The Demon
Lance Storm def. (pin) Mike Awesome "Canadian Rules" WCW United States Title
The Great Muta & Vampiro def. (pin) Brian Adams & Bryan Clark WCW World Tag Team Titles
Kevin Nash def. (pin) Goldberg, Scott Steiner Triple-threat
Booker T. def. (pin) Jeff Jarrett WCW World Heavyweight Title