Great Moments In Championship History: United States X

The final installment of the U.S. Title Moments takes us back to the land of WCW:

“Ladder Match” (WCW Starrcade 1999)

Setup: The United States Championship Match was signed to be between Chris Benoit (the challenger) and Scott Hall (the champion), in a Ladder Match. However, Hall suffered a knee injury and was forced to vacate the title to Benoit. Benoit then issued an open challenge to the locker room… answered by Jeff Jarrett, who had defeated Dustin Rhodes earlier in the show in a Bunkhouse Brawl match (plus attacked Sid Vicious for good measure).

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Aftermath: Benoit’s reign lasted one day- Jarrett won the U.S. Title on Nitro the next night. Jarrett would go on to 2 title reigns… and never be pinned or otherwise defeated for the belt in either reign: he vacated the title at Souled Out 2000 (injury), was awarded the title when Kevin Nash became WCW Commissioner, then “lost” it again when Eric Bischoff and Vince Russo stripped all champions of their titles in a “reset” of WCW (Scott Steiner would win the tourney for the U.S. Title).

These have been 10 of the more memorable moments of the United States Championship. I’ve learned a few things while researching these clips, such as the above-mentioned Jeff Jarrett reigns and the fact the Eddie Guerrero won 2 U.S. Titles by winning tournaments for the vacated title. Time to recharge the batteries for a few days, then I will take a look at memorable moments of the Intercontinental Championship. Until then…!

Great Moments In Championship History: United States IX

“Going Extreme” (WCW/nWo Spring Stampede 1998)

Setup: Former ECW star Raven had shown up in WCW, after weeks of him sitting ringside with an increasingly larger group of wrestlers/misfits. Raven and his “Flock” began targeting the United States champion, Diamond Dallas Page. Almost anything and everything- from Raven stealing the U.S. Title to fights on MTV shows- happened. This feud would become one of the best (if not THE best) feuds in WCW during the 1990’s:

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Aftermath: Raven’s reign lasted 1 day. He lost the title to Goldberg, the next night, on Nitro. The Flock slowly started having problems and disbanding shortly thereafter. (An interesting side note: according to our crack research staff at ‘The nelson’, Raven would later become the 1st man to hold championships in each of the major American promotions: ECW, WCW, WWE/WWF, and TNA.) Page would begin a “Hollywood Stars” tour, of sorts: matches with actors/athletes as partners and the nWo as opponents (mainly “Hollywood” Hogan).