Canada rules at New Blood Rising
Someone call the army, the navy or the marines! The good old United States Of America has been invaded! It's official. Canada has taken over World Championship Wrestling. At the conclusion of a below average New Blood Rising pay-per-view from the PNE Coliseum in Vancouver, Canadian wrestlers laid claim to every WCW Championship except their World Heavyweight Title held by Booker T.
Through some underhanded trickery Canada's new grappling hero, Lance Storm, retained his Canadian Heavyweight Championship (formerly known as the U.S. Heavyweight Title) in his match against his former ECW stablemate, Mike Awesome. On his own, Storm now holds three WCW Championships, the Canadian Title, the Hardcore title and the Cruiserweight strap (renamed the Saskatchewan Hardcore International Title and the One Hundred Kilos And Under Title by Storm). Fellow Canadian, Vampiro, added to that haul when he and Japanese legend, The Great Muta, defeated the tag team champions Kronic.
Notwithstanding the overbooked and unremarkable card, New Blood Rising will long be remembered by Canadian fans as Lance Storm's official debut in his homeland. A solid worker for years in the Extreme Championship Wrestling promotion as a flag-waving Canadian, Storm was well known to Canuck fans though they had never really had the chance to honour him on such a grand scale as ECW has never ran a pay-per-view on Canadian soil. Last night, they did in a big way. With many Canadian flags flying proudly, the fans in attendance gave Storm a warm welcome. Arriving earlier in a limo flanked by "secret service" operatives, Storm addressed the crowd from the middle of the ring as his opponent, Mike Awesome, waited patiently outside.
"After wrestling for rude and obnoxious crowds in the U.S., I finally get to wrestle for some REAL wrestling fans in the greatest country in the world," said Storm playing up his anti-American, heel persona. The crowd wildly cheered Storm on by chanting...U.S. sucks!...U.S. sucks!. "If you are wondering why there is a security entourage in the back, it is because I've become a marked and hated man in the U.S.," Storm continued as the fans booed showing their support. "Despite claims of being a patriotic nation, they spit on me for defending my own country. It's irrational American thinking like that which has me worried about a terrorist attack in the back. It is not my fault Americans think they rule the world. It is not my fault that I threaten that illusion. It is not my fault that I will defeat another American hero, Mike Awesome," Storm solemnly declared.
In accordance with the "rules" surrounding a Canadian Championship bout (Editor's Note: A Canadian Championship bout? Whats that?), Storm invoked "Rule Number 32b" (Editor's Note: What rule? Oh yeah, THAT rule.) and choose another Canadian wrestling star, Jacques Rougeau Jr., to be the second and senior official for the match. Rougeau, formerly known as The Mountie in the WWF and one half of the Quebecers tag team, came out with an "official" Canadian wrestling rule book in hand. (Editor's Note: A Canadian rule book? Where can I get me one of those?) In a sight to behold, Rougeau stood beside Storm as "Oh, Canada" in its entirety played over the loudspeakers. The fans sang along in unison.
Rougeau's designated status would play havoc with Mike Awesome's bid to regain the title belt for his country. A power bomb gained him an unmistakable three count but Rougeau pulled out his rule book and stated that a title match in Canada can only be decided by a five count therefore, the match must continue. Though they had never heard of such a rule before, Canadian fans were more than happy to side with Rougeau. Minutes later, Storm tapped out to a Dragon Sleeper applied by Awesome. Again, Rougeau ordered the match to proceed, as according to the Canadian rule book, the Canadian Title could only change hands on a pinfall not a submission.
Undaunted, Awesome landed a Frog Splash from the top rope pinning Storm's shoulders to the canvas. Awesome thought he had won for sure this time. However, Rougeau overruled the in-ring official once more saying that not only was a Bundy five count required for a victory but also the pinned wrestler had to fail to meet a standard ten count. For the third time, Rougeau demanded the contest carry on. Awesome belly-to-belly suplexed Storm from the top rope through a table in the middle of the ring knocking himself silly in the process. Rougeau joined the in-ring official in laying down a ten count. Whoever could get to their feet first would win the Canadian Title. As Awesome stood up, Rougeau punched him in the face knocking him back down. Storm got up and retained the title.
Interrupting Storm and Rougeau's celebration was Bret "The Hit Man" Hart who walked to the ring with a serious look on his face and to a standing ovation from the fans. Hart stood face-to-face with Storm then he smiled and hugged the Canadian Heavyweight Champion and Rougeau effectively giving Storm his seal of approval. It should be noted that Storm was trained in the infamous Hart "dungeon" in Calgary ... Alberta, Canada. As they left the ring, Storm and Hart held the ropes open for each other in a show of mutual respect. The much talked about "Canadian Alliance" could be forming, folks.
Overcoming an injured knee, Booker T. also retained the WCW World Heavyweight Title fending off a challenge by Jeff Jarrett. Going through two prior referees due to Jeff Jarrett's cheating ways, Booker caught Jarrett coming off of the top rope in his Bookmark finisher to put him away.
WCW New Blood Rising Results
Three Count Vs The Yung Dragons (Ladder Match)
The Great Muta Vs The Cat
Buff Bagwell Vs Positively Kanyon (Judy Bagwell On A Pole Match)
Kronic (champions) Vs Jindrak, O'Haire (challengers) Vs MIA (challengers) Vs The Perfect Event (challengers) (WCW World Tag Team Title Match)
Billy Kidman Vs Shane Douglas (Strap Match)
Major Gunns Vs Ms. Hancock
The Demon Vs Sting
Mike Awesome (challenger) Vs Lance Storm (champion) (Canadian Heavyweight Title Match)
Kronic (champions) Vs Vampiro, The Great Muta (champions) (WCW World Tag Team Title Match)
Scott Steiner Vs Kevin Nash Vs Goldberg (Number One Contender Match)
Jeff Jarrett (challenger) Vs Booker T (WCW World Heavyweight Title Match)