Our match of the week is Booker T defending the WCW World Title against Buff Bagwell, on July 2, 2001, from Tacoma, Washington (WWF).

Despite being promoted by and presented on a WWF show, the argument could be made that this was the final WCW match.

Even though this was an earnest attempt by Vince McMahon to introduce and present WCW a second promotion, nearly everything he did was a mistake. Choosing to do the match in Tacoma, Washington, which wasn’t exactly a WCW southern wrasslin’ hotbed, was a needless uphill battle, as were the participants.

Booker T, while not one of the true top stars of WCW, was at least the inherited world champion. Bagwell was chosen based on an informal test of a live crowd weeks earlier, where Vince named a bunch of WCW wrestlers to gauge what kind of crowd response they received. Bagwell got a nice pop, and unlike some of the bigger stars like Ric Flair, Kevin Nash, Sting, Goldberg and others, who refused to take pennies on the dollar buyouts of their Turner contracts, he was also available.

Booker T was one of the few bigger stars who did take the buyout, gambling on himself and figuring that as the biggest WCW star left standing, he would receive a good WWF push. Ultimately he was correct, as he would be figured in heavily in the invasion storyline, and programmed into a feud with The Rock. But Booker T vs Buff Bagwell just didn’t have the star power or classic big time WCW feel of something like Ric Flair vs Sting or Hulk Hogan vs Goldberg, and the Tacoma crowd quickly turned on it…

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