Souled Out

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The Souled Out logo used for the last edition of the pay-per-view

Souled Out was a professional wrestling pay-per-view promoted by World Championship Wrestling (WCW) in January from 1997 through 2000. The 1997 and 1998 WCW Souled Out PPV events were held on Saturdays, and the 1999 and 2000 shows were held on Sundays.

The event was originally conceived in 1997 as an nWo PPV, but did not generate the revenue that WCW had hoped it would, due to a low buy rate and a lack of ticket sales from hosting the event in such a small facility. The PPV was also created as an nWo event in order to see if there was a demand to having two PPVs per month (one as a WCW event and the other as a nWo event). Despite the lack of revenue, WCW elected to keep the event on its calendar (as prior to 1997 it did not have a regular January PPV event) and Souled Out became a co-branded WCW/nWo event in 1998. This established a practice WCW used throughout 1998, as all of its pay-per-view events that year were co-branded. The co-branding continued until the following Souled Out, when interim WCW President Ric Flair declared that WCW pay-per-views would no longer carry nWo branding.

The final Souled Out event was held in 2000, and WCW renamed its January PPV WCW Sin for 2001. Since its 2001 purchase of WCW, World Wrestling Entertainment has owned the rights to the Souled Out name, but have not used it for a pay-per-view.


Souled Out dates and venues[edit]

Event Date City Venue Main Event
Souled Out (1997) January 25, 1997 Cedar Rapids, Iowa Five Seasons Center Hollywood Hogan (c) vs. The Giant for the WCW World Heavyweight Championship.[1]
Souled Out (1998) January 24, 1998 Dayton, Ohio Hara Arena Bret Hart vs. Ric Flair / Lex Luger vs. Randy Savage.[1]
Souled Out (1999) January 17, 1999 Charleston, West Virginia Charleston Civic Center Goldberg vs. Scott Hall in a Ladder Stun Gun match.[1]
Souled Out (2000) January 16, 2000 Cincinnati, Ohio Firstar Center Chris Benoit vs. Sid Vicious for the vacant WCW World Heavyweight Championship.[1]

1997[edit]

Souled Out 1997
Promotional poster featuring The Giant, Hollywood Hogan, Scott Hall, and Kevin Nash
Tagline(s) The World Ain't Big Enough for the Both of Us
Information
Promotion World Championship Wrestling
Date January 25, 1997[1]
Attendance 5,120
Venue Five Seasons Center
City Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Pay-per-view chronology
Starrcade 1996 Souled Out 1997 SuperBrawl VII
Souled Out chronology
First Souled Out 1997 Souled Out (1998)

The first edition of Souled Out[2] took place on January 25, 1997 from the Five Seasons Center in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The pay-per-view was (kayfabe) presented by the nWo and the official title of the event was nWo Souled Out. The event was displayed with an "nWo dictatorship feel," and featured an nWo-themed stage and wrestling ring, as well as anti-WCW propaganda. Stable members Eric Bischoff and Ted DiBiase provided play-by-play and analysis. The nWo's official referee, Nick Patrick, officiated all of the matches, and gave slow counts to WCW wrestlers and fast counts to nWo wrestlers. None of the WCW wrestlers had their theme music played, nor did they receive on-screen graphics during their entrances. The event also featured a "Miss nWo" contest. Fan reaction to the event was generally negative.

Numbers in parentheses indicate the length of the match.


1998[edit]

Souled Out 1998
Tagline(s)

Hell Hath No Fury Like...

Who Do You Trust?
Information
Promotion World Championship Wrestling
Sponsor Snickers
Date January 24, 1998
Attendance 5,486
Venue Hara Arena
City Dayton, Ohio
Pay-per-view chronology
Starrcade 1997 Souled Out 1998 Boston Brawl
Souled Out chronology
Souled Out (1997) Souled Out 1998 Souled Out (1999)

Souled Out 1998 took place on January 24, 1998 from the Hara Arena in Dayton, Ohio and featured a double main event.[1]

Numbers in parentheses indicate the length of the match.

1999[edit]

Souled Out 1999
VHS cover featuring Scott Hall and Goldberg
Tagline(s)

Electrifying Action!

No Turning Back
Information
Promotion World Championship Wrestling
Date January 17, 1999
Attendance 10,833
Venue Charleston Civic Center
City Charleston, West Virginia
Pay-per-view chronology
Starrcade 1998 Souled Out 1999 SuperBrawl IX
Souled Out chronology
Souled Out (1998) Souled Out 1999 Souled Out (2000)

Souled Out 1999 took place on January 17, 1999 from the Charleston Civic Center in Charleston, West Virginia.[1]

Numbers in parentheses indicate the length of the match.


2000[edit]

Souled Out 2000
UK VHS cover featuring Kevin Nash, Diamond Dallas Page, and Buff Bagwell
Tagline(s)

Control Is Everything

Who Will Be The Soul Survivor?
Information
Promotion World Championship Wrestling
Date January 16, 2000
Attendance 14,132
Venue Firstar Center
City Cincinnati, Ohio
Pay-per-view chronology
Starrcade 1999 Souled Out 2000 SuperBrawl 2000
Souled Out chronology
Souled Out (1999) Souled Out 2000 Last

Souled Out 2000 took place on January 16, 2000 from the Firstar Center in Cincinnati, Ohio.[1]

The originally scheduled card was heavily changed, due to the serious injuries of Bret Hart and Jeff Jarrett.[1] Hart, who was scheduled to wrestle Sid Vicious, suffered a severe concussion at Starrcade, which forced him to vacate the WCW World Heavyweight title, and eventually retire nine months later. Jarrett, who was scheduled to wrestle Chris Benoit in a Triple Threat Theater series (Dungeon Rules, Bunkhouse, Caged Heat), suffered lingering headaches from Benoit's diving headbutt off the top of the steel cage on the January 10 episode of WCW Monday Nitro, which forced him to vacate the WCW United States Heavyweight title. Benoit was instead moved to take Hart's place against Vicious and the Triple Threat Theater series was contested between Billy Kidman and three separate wrestlers.

Numbers in parentheses indicate the length of the match.


See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab ac ad ae af ag ah ai aj ak al am an ao ap aq ar as at au av aw ax ay az ba bb bc bd be bf bg bh bi bj bk bl bm bn bo bp bq br bs bt bu bv bw bx by bz ca cb cc cd ce cf cg "Souled Out". The History of WWE. Retrieved 2009-08-23. 
  2. ^ a b Guerrero, Eddie (2005). Cheating Death, Stealing Life: The Eddie Guerrero Story. Simon and Schuster. p. 138. ISBN 0-7434-9353-2.