Thunder opens with a Jarrett interview and he’s now the Commissioner in WCW. He says that Scott Hall was going into business for himself, was trying to pass him by and take his title belt, and that’s why he cracked him over the head with a guitar on Monday. He’s promised to make Sid’s life a living hell until Superbrawl, so tonight he’ll be facing Big Ron and Heavy D in a tag team match with Terry Funk as his partner, when come Superbrawl he’ll be the new world Heavyweight champion. The Wolfpac music plays and out comes Scott Hall. He tells Jeff how that when he arrived in WCW they welcomed him into his clique, but now he thinks he’s running the shizow. Jarrett says he is running the show, he’s the Commissioner and everyone knows it. Hall says that he thought he was the ‘acting’ Commissioner until the real Commissioner comes back? At which point he introduces his buddy, the real Commissioner, Kevin Nash. Nash appears on the big screen in what is probably some sort of pre-tape and is getting looked after by a couple of nurses. He tells Jeff that he’s made some mistakes, he screwed his buddy over, and to make it right he’s making a match between Scott Hall and Jeff Jarrett for tonight with the winner getting the World title shot against Sid at Superbrawl. Jarrett isn’t happy at all and then Hall takes a survey ‘for old times sake’, where it would seem that everyone came to see the Outsiders and not Jeff Jarrett.
Onto the match later in the show. Jarrett comes charging at Hall after he throws a toothpick at him, he ducks a right then drops him with one of his own. A couple more big rights and a clothesline sends Jarrett flying over the top rope to the floor. The Harris twins are up on the apron trying to distract Hall, but it’s not working this early. Razor’s Edge attempt is reversed and Jeff back bodydrops Hall over the top to the outside. Big Ron and Heavy D put the boots to him before throwing him back inside. Jarrett chokes Hall over the middle rope but ends up crotching himself as he takes a running jump and Hall moves out the way. As the referee checks on Jeff, one of the twins with a clothesline to Hall. Only a two count though as he is able to get his foot over the ropes. Jarrett with a sleeper, belly to back suplex to break the hold and the crowd are really into this. Hall blocks a right and fires back with some of his own. Fallaway slam, Razor’s Edge and Jarrett’s feet weakly collide with Mickey Jay knocking him out. Hall with the Edge but no referee to make the count. He goes to check on the official, Jarrett is back to his feet and ‘the Stroke’ to Hall. Mark Johnson sprints down the aisle and into the ring to count the three. Mickey Jay has regained his senses by now and with him as the assigned official, restarts the match. He’s quickly distracted by one of the twins and Jarrett nails Hall in the head with the ring mic. Great near fall as Hall kicks out at the last moment. More distraction and this time Jarrett grabs his US title belt. Hall ducks out the way, boot to the mid-section and he drops it. Hall slugs Jarrett KO’ing him, Jay turns around to make the count (although clearly not concerned why the belt is in the ring and right next to where he is making said count!) and Johnson pulls him out the ring at two. He tries to tell him what Hall just did when out comes Sid Vicious. Johnson tries to escape into the ring but Hall gets hold of him. Razor’s Edge to Johnson, Sid with a powerbomb on Jarrett and Mike Tenay announces that the match is a no-contest and wonders who’ll get the title match at Superbrawl, as the show goes off the air with Sid and Hall eyeing each other up.
This felt a tad rushed, but was action packed and both worked hard. Hall is a strange one because you see him in a match like this putting in the effort, then you can see him completely coasting through a match, doing almost a parody of wrestling. The crowd was hot and really got into things as the action progressed. I enjoyed the first part of a lot, but it was far too overbooked after the re-start. There is definitely a great match in there somewhere between these two.