Many sites have a match of the week but ours is a little different. These matches are the ones that are fun to watch… in the non-traditional way.
This week, we’ve chosen Booker T vs. Buff Bagwell from the July 2nd, 2001 episode of RAW. This was the first WCW match on RAW after WWE purchased the WCW. Many says this match is the reason why WWE decided to end the concept of WCW shortly. Members of the site @TimWelcomed, @typicalROHfan and @TomBlackett give their (lack of) expertise on the action.
Part 1: WCW Monday Night Raw
Arn Anderson as a commentator is… well, something different, I guess. I don’t know if anyone has ever said this but there were a few different ways they could have handled having the WCW name that would have been way better. We did get this match out of them doing it this way though so there is that.
The first introduction we get to WCW is Scott Hudson botching by saying Buff Bagwell is going for the “WWF Championship” against Booker T. In retrospect going with Stacy Keibler as ring announcer and Hudson & Arn Anderson as the commentators was not the best decision at all. (Sorry, Arn. You still have the best Spinebuster ever.)
Here comes Buff Bagwell in an airbrushed top hat and the theme song “Buff Daddy.” WCW never had a chance.
As a die-hard WWF fan, I’d been conditioned to believe that WCW was a backwards company of has-beens and losers and I’d be mad to watch it. On this fateful night in 2001, Buff Bagwell and Booker T proved me wrong; it was much, much worse.
Scott Hudson and Double A, Arn Anderson are here to call one of the weirdest matches ever. “WCW is back in business!” Oh, okay! Stacy Keibler is ring announcer, and she’s… sort of competent? Definitely not good, but she manages to say the words at a pitch that’s almost audible to humans. Buff’s theme song is pretty incredible. They don’t make ’em like that anymore.