The New Blood
Eric Bischoff is removed as the President and Executive Producer of WCW Wrestling. He is replaced by Vince Russo and Ed Farara who have taken on the position due to their mediocre rise to the success of WWF’s attitude era.
Hulk Hogan leaves WCW after being asked by management to take a hiatus. This is the start of the New Blood movement by Russo and Farara to take out the main stars of WCW and put the young guns of WCW in the for front.
A World Championship Tournament is held for the vacated belt at WCW Mayhem 1999. Storylines in WCW start to drastically become inconsistent and many of the wrestlers are alienated backstage. WCW is showing signs of heading downstream and Time Warner officials are left wondering what their next steps are with the company.
Turner officials decided to make drastic changes to WCW over the next few days. Eric Bischoff was brought back to work with Vince Russo and to oversee what Russo was doing behind the scenes. The company let go of a number of wrestlers from their roster to save on costs associated with WCW. TNT announced that WCW Nitro was going to be going back to a 2 hour format in 2000. The final broadcast of WCW Nitro for 1999 was going to be December 13 with a special WCW Year In Review broadcast airing on the 20th. TBS announced the cancelation of Saturday Night and its intent on making Thunder a 90 minute broadcast on Wednesday Nights. Eric Bischoff and Vince Russo worked together to build an intense angle that would end WCW 1999 and create a buzz for the new millennium.
December 19, 1999
MCI Centre, Washington D.C
Triple Threat Match
WCW Tag Team Championship Match
Outsiders (c) vs. Mamalukes vs. Creative Control
Announced as Ron and Don Harris, Creative Control got the advantage over Hall and Nash in the early stages of the match. The Mamalukes fought hard as the underdogs of the contest and, in the end it was Johnny the Bull who ended up getting the pin over Scott Hall for the win.
New Tag Team Champions, Mamalukes
Ric Flair shows up at the arena, JB Jeremy Borash interviews him about his arrival to Starrcade tonight and Flair tells JB to just watch.
WCW Cruiserweight Championship Match
Evan Karagias (c) with Spice vs. Chavo Guerrero with Madusa
Madusa announces Chavo Guerrero as the man who’s going to represent her in the match against Evan Karagias. Chavo makes quick defeat of the Champion and dives off with a Frog Splash. He covers Evan for the victory.
New Cruiserweight Champion, Chavo Guerrero
Mean Gene Oakerlund interviews Chris Benoit regarding his match later on tonight. Mean Gene reveals the stipulation that whoever wins is guaranteed a World Heavyweight Championship match anytime they choose over the next year.
Loser Leaves WCW Match
Vampiro vs. Dr. Death Steve Williams with Oklahoma
Dr. Death dominates Vampiro throughout the match, but in the end Vampiro wins the match after nailing Dr. Death with a missile drop kick from the top rope.
Revolution (Dean Malenko and Perry Saturn) with Shane Douglas vs. Harlem Heat with Midnight
A hard fought contest with great tag team styles coming together finds Shane Douglas getting involved in the match. Douglas orders Malenko and Saturn around throughout the match. Stevie Ray hits the Slap Jack on Saturn and covers him for the win. Following the match, Saturn and Malenko get into an altercation with Douglas. Shane slaps Malenko in the face, leading to Dean and Perry taking Douglas out.
Harlem Heat Wins
JB Jeremy Borash talks with Jeff Jarrett about his upcoming match. Jarrett trusts that the powers that be have his back tonight when he takes out Benoit, DDP, and Sid to become the No. 1 Contender for the World Heavyweight Championship.
Fatal-Four Way Ladder Match
WCW United States Championship
Buff Bagwell vs. Curt Henning vs. Hugh Morrus vs. Dustin Rhodes
A fatal four way match sees a tonne of great action that helps to put the US Championship on a whole new level. As each man gets the opportunity to capture the belt by climbing the top of the ladder, the finale of the match has Bagwell inching his way to the title with Curt Henning close on his heels.
NEW US Champion, Buff Bagwell
No. 1 Contender’s Contract Fatal Four-Way Match
Chris Benoit vs. Jeff Jarrett vs. Diamond Dallas Page vs. Sid Viscous
Huge contest with four of WCW’s upcoming stars vying for the shot at being the No.1 Contender. The match isn’t without controversy however as Creative Control head down to the ring and attempt to interfere in the match. Malenko and Saturn come down to the ring and brawl with Ron and Don Harris, leading to a distraction that takes away from the action in the ring. Jarrett nails both Sid and DDP with a steel chair than attempts to take out Chris Benoit, but the Crippler fights Jarrett for the chain and nails him with it. Benoit slaps the crossface on Jarrett and the Chosen One taps out.
No. 1 Contender, Chris Benoit
The Powers That Be are shown watching the television as they comment on what just happened. They want to know who sent Malenko and Saturn down to the ring. Ric Flair comes into the office and announces that there is a new power in WCW.
Video Package shows Sting and Lex Luger’s fight over the past number of weeks.
Sting with Miss Elizabeth vs. The Total Package Lex Luger
Two best friends collide in a WCW Classic as Sting and Luger face off. Midway through the match it is revealed that Miss Elizabeth is actually working for someone else. Luger attempts to get her to side with him, but when the Macho Man makes his return to WCW, Luger is left baffled by what just went down. Savage decks Luger and the Stinger is able to capitalize with a Scorpion Death Lock on Luger. Savage and Elizabeth leave the ring as Luger taps out.
Jeff Jarrett, Ron, and Don Harris are shown in the office of the Powers That Be. They learn that there is a new power in WCW and they are unaware of whom that power is. The PTB tells Creative Control to ensure the World Title Match ends the way it’s supposed to.
No Disqualification Match
WCW World Heavyweight Championship
Bret Hart (c) vs. Bill Goldberg
The match finds a lot of interference by Creative Control as they attempt to keep the championship away from Goldberg. Goldberg fights them all off then focuses on the WCW Champion as they fight in and around the ring. Kecin Nash comes down to the ring and powerbombs Goldberg. Hart then nails Goldberg with a steel chair and covers him for the victory.
Still WCW Champion, Bret Hart
Hart celebrates with Jeff Jarrett, Ron Harris, Don Harris, and Kevin Nash following the match when the Nature Boy Ric Flair comes out. Flair introduces the new Power behind WCW and announces Hulk Hogan as the President of WCW.
Hogan comes out and announces a new main event to end Starrcade. Chris Benoit comes out and cashes in his World Title Contract.
WCW World Heavyweight Championship
Bret Hart (c) vs. Chris Benoit
Hart jumps Benoit as soon as he gets in the ring. Benoit fights back in what is considered to be match of the year for WCW. The match has a lot of action between two great athletes. As Benoit is close to getting the pin on Bret, Creative Control gets back in the ring and attempt to get the upper hand on Benoit. Malenko and Saturn come down to stop Creative Control and are soon joined by Buff Bagwell and Ric Flair. The ring is cleared with only Benoit and Hart left in the ring. Benoit slaps the Crossface on Hart and picks up the victory.
New WCW World Heavyweight Champion, Chris Benoit
Starrcade ends with Benoit celebrating his first WCW World Title Reign with Dean Melanko, Perry Saturn, Buff Bagwell, Ric Flair, and Hulk Hogan in the ring. The pyro goes off and confetti drops from the ceiling.
WCW “President” – Hulk Hogan
Creative Team – Eric Bischoff, Vince Russo, Dusty Rhodes
Diamond Dallas Page
Hacksaw Jim Duggan
Hollywood Hulk Hogan
Johnny the Bull
Macho Man Randy Savage
Nature Boy Ric Flair
Mean Gene Oakerlund
WCW Heavyweight Champion – Chris Benoit
WCW United States Champion – Buff Bagwell
WCW Cruiserweight Champion – Chavo Guerrero
WCW World Tag Team Champions – Johnny the Bull and Big Vito