Jake from Iowa
Amazing to see Ric Flair start the show with a promo in 1997 after seeing him cut one in 2019 to start Raw.
Also, this entire show was a showcase for Mean Gene with lots of promos. I looked forward to every time he was on screen, which is more than I can say when any of WWE interviewers show up.
The pacing was great in the first hour. Felt very frantic with Jericho/Syxx pull-apart finishing as Gene talks to Alex Wright, then Eddie jumps Dean and we’re off to the races again. Don’t change that channel!
That Rey Mysterio promo sounded like a Ricochet or Shorty G promo in 2019, which is not a compliment to anyone involved.
The Bischoff/Hogan stuff brought the show to a standstill after a frantic first half-hour. I appreciated them promoting Nash/Mysterio at least, and made me look forward to Mysterio falling in a “blaze of flames.”
Hit a lull here where there were some very suspect finishes but at least the matches were somewhat short.
Mortis was one of my favorite WCW wrestlers back in the day. The quick ringside promo into the camera afterward with Vandenburg is something that I miss from the WCW days.
Didn’t care for the Jarrett/Horsemen stuff, and Benoit had a hard time following Debra on the mic, which is not great.
Loved Tenay saying that Konnan was dragging Mysterio to safety, giving him the benefit of the doubt until the very last second. Great post-match angle that put over Konnan and garnered a lot more sympathy for Rey, a lot of concerned children in the front row.
Ending angle was great. WCW/NWO brawls were always a lot of fun, even if this one felt like they were filling a LOT of time so they could save the impact player reveal for the very last second.
NWO Sting was so obviously fake even back in 1997.
The ending angle created that confusion with the Stings, Hennig and Raven that made you want to come back. Every episodic wrestling show should be doing this, and yet the most prominent organization doesn’t even bother delivering the goods like this anymore, at least not consistently. Sad.
I rate this show seven Mean Gene ad-libs out of 10.