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Sunday, March 18th, from Jacksonville, FL

The much-anticipated Greed PPV arrived in Jacksonville, Florida, living up to all the hype built around the spring spectacular. Shane Helms, the team of Elix Skipper and Kid Romeo, and Booker T all walked out of the ring new champions. Dusty and Dustin Rhodes gained revenge over the Magnificent Seven, and in the main event, Big Poppa Pump, with a little help from his family and his freak, remained the WCW Champion in his bout with Diamond Dallas Page.

Jason Jett d. Kwee Wee
Kwee Wee squared off against newcomer Jason Jett in the opening match of WCW’s biggest pay per view of the spring. “Angry Alan” came out early, attacking Jett on the outside of the ring. The rookie recovered quickly, however, landing with a body press from the top to the outside. Jett tied Kwee Wee up with a rocking surfboard variation that brought the fans out of their seats. Kwee Wee missed a dive through the ropes to the floor; crashing hard as Jason moved aside. Jett connected with a big clothesline after a flip over the top, following up with a standing moonsault for a two-count. The man in pink turned things around, destroying the newcomer at the ringside area and continuing in the ring. With both men on the top turnbuckle, Jett went for a powerbomb, which was reversed mid air into a huracanrana. Jason blocked a piledriver attempt, and went for the crash landing suplex, but Kwee Wee landed on his feet, starting a series of counters and reversals, ending with Jett scoring another crash landing, this time for the victory.

Cruiserweight Tag Team Tournament Finals
“Prime Time” Elix Skipper and Kid Romeo d. Billy Kidman and Rey Mysterio, Jr.

Kidman was all over Kid Romeo at the start, but the rookie showed that he knew his game, tagging in Skipper to double up on the former Cruiserweight singles champion. The action spilled to the floor and up the ramp, where Kidman and Mysterio dove off the stage to the floor onto their opponents. Back in the squared circle, Prime Time and Romeo used illegal interference to put Kidman down, keeping him close to their corner. Billy staged a comeback, but was cut short by another double team job by Skipper and the Kid. As Elix brought Kidman to the top, Billy was able to drop down with a sit out powerbomb from above, enabling him to make the hot tag to Rey, Jr. With all four men in the action, Kidman delivered a Shooting Star Press from the top to the outside onto Romeo and Skipper, dazzling those in attendance. At this point, it was a free for all, with everyone trying to score a pinfall for their team. In the end, Romeo caught Rey after an Asai moonsault and planted him with the Last Kiss for the hard fought win to make Skipper and himself the first ever Cruiserweight Tag Team Champions.

Backstage, Buff Bagwell entered the dressing room of the Magnificent Seven with their very own cameraman; continuing on with their documentary.

Shawn “The Star” Stasiak with Stacey d. Bam Bam Bigelow
Stacey entered the ring, dressed in her Ms. Hancock business suit. She scorned the fans for not cheering loud enough for her, before introducing her man, Shawn “The Star” Stasiak. Bam Bam came in all business, ready to shut up the man who had been insulting him over the past week. Each time Bigelow attempted to lock up, Stasiak would duck under the ropes, forcing the referee to pull Bam Bam back. Finally the Beast From The East connected with his opponent, sending Shawn to the floor, where Bigelow followed to continue his assault. Stacey distracted Bigelow just enough for Stasiak to turn the tide on his massive foe. As Bam Bam signaled for the Greetings From Asbury Park, Stacey climbed onto the apron, throwing Shawn a bottle of hair spray behind the referee’s back. The “Mecca of manhood” sprayed the substance in Bigelow’s eyes and scored the win.

Backstage, The Cat arrived to the arena with Ms. Jones.

Backstage, Kid Romeo and Elix Skipper celebrated their victory to become the new Cruiserweight champions.

Lance Storm and Mike Awesome d. Hugh Morrus and Konnan
Hugh Morrus charged the ring after Team Canada, followed by Konnan, who took Mike Awesome to task on the floor as this grudge match got underway. Hugh used his power early, but Storm tagged in Awesome for a double team as the referee held Konnan from coming in. K-Dogg got the tag from Morrus, using the Rolling Thunder clothesline to bring Lance to the mat. The match went back and forth as Konnan had to fight not one but both of the Team Canada members, as Morrus could do nothing but wait for the tag. The Filthy Animal made the tag with Hugh, but with the ref in Team Canada’s corner, it was not allowed, infuriating the laughing man. Morrus finally got in, dropping Awesome and Storm to the canvas. After a flurry of action involving all four competitors, Hugh went to the top for the No Laughing Matter moonsault, but was stopped and leveled with the Awesome Bomb, bringing the victory to Team Canada.

Backstage, Dusty Rhodes started his “training” for the tag team match, having his burrito buffet delivered to the dressing room.

Backstage, Buff Bagwell “interviewed” Rick Steiner, asking him what was wrong with his little brother, Big Poppa Pump.

Chuck Palumbo and Sean O’Haire said that Totally Buff would have to kill them before they would let go of the tag team titles.

WCW Cruiserweight Title Match
“Sugar” Shane Helms d. Chavo Guerrero, Jr.

Guerrero and Helms worked cautiously from the bell, using headlocks and arm whips to take each other off balance. The match intensified with an exchange of suplexes, before Chavo grounded the challenger with a version of the STF. “Sugar” Shane went for a powerbomb, but Guerrero countered, dropping down with a DDT. Chavo went to the top turnbuckle, landing with a huge bodypress on the outside. Helms got a second wind, stopping the champion with a neckbreaker in the center of the ring. Shane hit the Sugar Smack, knocking Chavo off the apron. Back inside, Shane continued with the Nightmare on Helms Street, but only got a two-count before Guerrero got a foot on the ropes to break the count. As Helms went to the top, Chavo set him for the Vertabreaker, but Sugar reversed and hit his patented move for the 1-2-3, realizing his dream, as he became the Cruiserweight Champion of WCW.

Backstage, Flair and Jarrett promised everyone that Dusty Rhodes would be the man to kiss the ass of the 14-time champion.

Booker T warned Rick Steiner that he was a stepping-stone en route to Big Poppa Pump.

WCW World Tag Team Title Match
Chuck Palumbo and Sean O’Haire d. Lex Luger and Buff Bagwell

After running down the tag team champions, Luger and Bagwell were attacked and pummeled by O’Haire and Palumbo, who scored an easy double pin after a pair of Seanton Bombs.

Scott Steiner screamed that he would put and end to the career of Diamond Dallas Page.

The Cat with Ms. Jones d. Chris Kanyon
Kanyon went after Ms. Jones, but The Cat jumped in, ripping into the “innovator of offense.” Miller used the ring steps and apron as weapons; doing anything he could to inflict punishment. Chris came back, clamping Miller in a face lock to slow down the action. The Cat broke free and went to the top, where he caught Kanyon with a superplex off the turnbuckle, scoring a near fall. Cat hit the elbow, the split legged chop to the throat, and a front kick, but again only got a two-count. Kanyon kicked out after the Feliner and used a foreign object on The Cat. The referee was knocked down as Ms. Jones came into the ring. She accidentally hit Miller with a kick, but in the end, it was Cat scoring the pinfall. As the dancing duo prepared to celebrate, Kanyon attacked again, prompting Smooth to come in for the save.

Backstage, Bagwell screamed at the cameraman after he was taped arguing with Luger.

Backstage, Dusty told his son that all the “artillery” was down in his saddlebags and ready for the Nature Boy.

WCW US Title Match
Booker T d. Rick Steiner

The US Champion pounded on Booker, throwing him into the laps of the front row fans. The Dog Faced Gremlin annihilated the former world champion, ripping at his face as he showed a total disregard for the WCW rulebook. T fought out of a face lock, using the Ghetto Blaster to rock Steiner. Booker went for the Harlem side lick, but inadvertently hit Mickey Jay. As the referee tried to gain his senses, Shane Douglas appeared from the crowd and knocked Rick Steiner in the back of the head off the turnbuckle, setting Booker up for the Bookend. Three seconds later, T was crowned the new United States Champion as the DFG stared up at the ring lights.

Backstage, Animal and Lex Luger had words as Buff Bagwell laid knock out on the dressing room floor, obviously attacked by the mysterious assailant.

Dusty and Dustin Rhodes d. Ric Flair and Jeff Jarrett
Flair said he was not going to wrestle, but quickly changed his mind. Referee Charles Robinson sent Road Warrior Animal back to the dressing room, angering the CEO. At the bell, Jarrett attacked Dustin, but the Texan quickly changed that tune, blasting the Chosen One around the ring. Flair tagged in, delivering hard chops and punches to the younger Rhodes. Dusty came into the match, locking up with the Nature Boy as the fans rose to their feet. After jiving around the ring, The American Dream hit a series of bionic elbows on Flair before tagging Dustin back into the action. Flair and Jarrett caught Dustin in their corner, where they pounded him, working on the leg. Jarrett clamped Dustin in the figure four, but after a struggle, the move was reversed, causing Jeff to reach to the ropes for a break. Flair and Dusty both got the hot tag, and the Dream double jived on both Magnificent Seven members, sending them reeling after a pair of elbows. Jarrett and Flair attempted a double figure four on the Rhodes family, but they were foiled, allowing Dustin to roll up the CEO for the pin. When Flair refused to come in to kiss Dusty’s rear, the Dream dropped his pants and stuck his backside in Jarrett’s face as Dustin held him in the corner.

WCW World Title Match
“Big Poppa Pump” Scott Steiner with Midajah d. Diamond Dallas Page

Page spit in the champion’s face, setting the tone for the rest of the match. Steiner beat DDP hard around the ringside area, sending him into the crowd in this falls count anywhere match. Big Poppa took a crutch from a fan in the crowd and set up a table in front of the Spanish announcer’s booth. After breaking through the table, the two continued their fight into a production area and back to ringside. Midajah interfered whenever she could, doing anything to help her ‘Poppy” retain his title. Throughout a brutal beating at the hands of Big Poppa Pump, DDP refused to stay down, kicking out of every pin attempt. Diamond fired back strong, working Steiner over in the corner. Page hit the Diamond Cutter, but Rick Steiner pulled the referee from the ring to break the count. Midajah threw the WCW title to Big Poppa, who smashed it over the challenger’s head. Page got to the ropes to break out of the Steiner Recliner, but on the second application, Scott Steiner got the submission win, retaining his WCW Title.

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What did you think of Greed?

Thumbs Up – 28%

In the middle – 4%

Thumbs Down – 22%

Didn’t see it – 44%

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