Here are some possibilities that could affect the outcome of the Sting/Hulk Hogan match at Fall Brawl:
2. Bret Hart. Despite Hart's recent house show appearances, he has not said he would wrestle full time. However, he has made it clear that if he comes back, he wants to be in a program with Hogan. The problem with the Hogan/Hart match is deciding who will play the part of villain Hogan's red and yellow turn was only supposed to be temporary to reform the original NWO. Now Hart is being talked about as being the heel, and that may not work out after the death of Owen Hart. Fans would rather cheer Hart than boo him.
3. Some people within WCW feel that they are about to pay off a major favor to Sting. You pin my back, I'll pin yours. The booking committee has resorted to making deals with the wrestlers, and Sting's deal is reportedly to lay down for Sid at Road Wild (which he did) and win the world title at Fall Brawl.
Bret didn't come back last night, but guys, here's how you do it, advice free of charge. LISTEN UP, "INSIDER" WANNABES.
In an interview segment with Luger, Sting and Hogan, Sting finally finds out that Hogan is the Hummer driver, based on Luger's new evidence. He confronts him and backs him into a corner, screaming, as the fans start to cheer. Suddenly Luger attacks him from behind. Luger screams "This is for all the help you gave me when I was injured, 'friend!' I gave you my word that Hogan was behind it all, and you believed him over me? Your friend of thirteen years? That's trust to you? I'll show you what trust is all about!" He puts Sting in the rack, frustrated over his injury and the uphill struggle he had to fight in trying to simply help his old buddy.
The fans go ape, pelting the ring with garbage. In the back, we see Goldberg rushing to the ring, but he's stopped by Steiner and Sid. In a two on one, he's taken out. We see Chris Benoit get involved, but get powerbombed on some stupid backstage object, as Steiner and Sid have too much of an advantage to be felled by the mighty crippler, who is feuding with those two already (SEE? THIS ALL *MAKES SENSE* - IMPORTANT PART OF STORYLINES, WCW, AND MAKE SURE BOBBY AND TONY ILLUSTRATE THE IMPORTANT PARTS).
We go back to the ring ... suddenly, Bret Hart bursts out of the curtains, to a huge ovation (he's popular again after his brother's tragedy, and helping Sting would make him an even bigger, indisputable fan favorite). He takes on Luger and Hogan, nailing them one at a time. He clotheslines Luger over the top rope, and Hogan drops to his knees, setting up their upcoming PPV title match, as has been planned for a long, long time. This setup GUARANTEES terrific heat for Hogan as a heel and Bret as a face.
Next - the monitor has been on the back all the time. Sid and Steiner leave Benoit and Goldberg prematurely to storm the ring, and fight with Bret and Sting, toe to toe. Hogan recovers and starts to come into the ring, as does Luger. A few seconds later, the Crippler and Goldberg have recovered and hit the ring. These guys have two of the best offensive arsenals in WCW, and destroy the heels with suplexes before firing them out of the ring.
Next week on Nitro, Bret explains that he was still weighing the deal about coming back to wrestling, and talking about it to his old buddy Chris. Benoit is Canadian, and trained with Owen Hart and Stu in the dungeon. The commentary has to push that. He explains that maybe there was only one thing that could tell him whether his heart was still in the game, and after seeing the crap Hogan tried to pull and running in to save Sting, and being a hero like the days before, he now knows; "Bret Hart is back in wrestling."
As far as Benoit goes, he's always been popular but can't use the microphone, and the lameness of the Revolution has held him back. The Revolution dissolves from here, as it's a failed angle, and the stars make their own way back into the WCW roster. If Ric Flair comes back, Douglas turns on the Revolution and that sets up tag matches between Flair and Douglas (both major heels already) and Malenko and Saturn, who would get over much easier in this format. Ultimately, it might make sense to turn them all into a new heel Horsemen (they're all good heels), perhaps by suckering in a face to the fold on the Malenko-Saturn side as they did with Sting in years past.
Tentatively, they'd operate and be pushed to the moon for four months, before one particular incident where Douglas wins a title shot and Flair takes it on behalf of the Horsemen. This re-ignites Douglas' original problems with Flair, and their previous backstage trouble is WELL ILLUSTRATED BY THE COMMENTARY, ABOUT DOUGLAS BEING HELD DOWN 10 YEARS AGO BY FLAIR. It leads to a major match, possibly even involving the world title down the line.
Bret would go on to face Hogan in their big main event match. Hogan beats Sting at Fall Brawl, and at Halloween Havoc there's a big six-man tag match, even eight-man, with the men involved in the feud. Now Bret vs. Hogan is built for Canada, World War III. The heat would be incredible for that one. Bret wins, which sets up a face vs. face match between Hart and Sting for Starrcade, which would be a phenomenal draw, seeing Sting win the title. On the same card, Hogan would beat Goldberg, as he's given that honor for dropping the title to Bret (he wouldn't do it otherwise). Goldberg goes on, however, to defeat Sting down the line, in a clean, big-draw face vs. face match. NOTE THAT ALL THESE MATCHES ARE RELATIVELY UNTAPPED, AND OFFER FRESH REASONS TO PURCHASE THE PPV. NO HOGAN vs. SAVAGE.
Dion from WWFdownunder.com sent us some news regarding the big AWF shows this past week...
'Though Chris Candido and Tammy 'no showed' the third of their four show tour here Down Under, Candido and Sabu put on a stellar main event performance in front of a crowd just under a thousand here in Melbourne Monday.
A match that went for over twenty minutes disappointed no-one as the fight between the two ECW stars spilled out of the ring and into the crowd. Sabu was all fired up after a disappointing bout in Sydney which ended prematurely when first a chair then a table collapsed when they were not meant too. Tammy was nursing a heavily bandaged ankle, but was doing her best putting on a show for the crowd when she obviously was distressed and in a poor state.
Candido and Sabu really fed off the vibes produced by a largely pro ECW crowd who were on their feet for much of the bout in awe of some of the ECW stars feats. For the record Sabu scored the victory and was embraced and congratulated for his performance by Candido, thereafter Sabu dragged himself slowly back up the entrance way. Chris and Tammy then got on the house mic and paid homage to Sabu.'
the AWF Psychoticslam '99 has to be considered a big success. Congrats
to all who made it happen.
It appears that WCW has changed some of their plans for the world title situation for the next couple months. A Hogan vs. Hart feud has been talked about for a long time, and was planned at first for the September PPV, then changed to October's "Halloween Havoc" PPV.
Hogan is now booked to wrestle Sting for the world title at Fall Brawl, in which both wrestlers are going into the match as faces. Since lately Hogan has been against a heel turn and WCW wanted to keep Hart as a face, it was decided that they wouldn't put two Face vs. Face PPV main events together back to back. Instead, WCW bookers are planning on continuing the Hogan/Sting/Luger storyline past Fall Brawl and having a Hogan vs. Luger feud at Halloween Havoc.
According to Dave Meltzer, this feud should end quickly after that and Bret Hart will be brought in for his full return.
It seems that the interview which the WWF taped with Davey Boy Smith, AKA the British Bulldog, may not be shown on WWF-TV. This is because of the heat that it has caused between Smith and his brother-in-law Bret Hart concerning references made to Owen Hart during the interview. Should be interesting to see how this whole situation plays out.