Grand Rapids quarterback Clint Dolezel connected with offensive specialist Terrill Shaw for five touchdowns, and threw two others to Demo Odems as the Rampage offense dominated one of the league's marquee defenses. Shaw caught 12 passes for 172 yards on the day en route to being named the game's MVP, while Nashville's top receiving threat, Cory Fleming was held to just four catches and no receiving touchdowns.
The game marked the first championship for Rampage coach Michael Trigg in his 10-year coaching career, and the first in the history of the organization. Meanwhile, it was the second consecutive ArenaBowl defeat for the Kats, and the last game the team would play before moving to Atlanta to become the Georgia Force. The city of Nashville would be left without AFL football until a reincarnation of the Kats began play in 2005.