Florence Civic Centre, Florence SC
January 6, 2000
Pyro Display goes off and Tony Schiavone and Bobby Heenan welcome fans to the show.
Creative Control comes out. Bret Hart talks about being screwed yet again because on Monday Night he left the cage before Benoit did. Hart says that he wants to be the WCW World Heavyweight Champion and the fans deserve to see it. Vince Russo gets the microphone and bad mouths Ric Flair and the Four Horsemen, telling the world that the Horsemen were dead in the 1980s and that it’s time to move on to bigger and better things like Hogan being tossed as President of WCW and Creative Control taking over.
The Horsemen come out with the World Heavyweight Champion leading the charge. Benoit makes a heartfelt speech as the World Heavyweight Champion and how holding the belt has meant everything to him. Chris Benoit tells Bret that being the World Champion means being the top wrestler in the world. Chris reminds Bret that he’s had his shot at being the champion, and getting his rematch, but blew it.
Hollywood Hogan comes out and addresses the whole situation with Bret Hart and the World Title Picture. Hogan tells Hart that he had his opportunity and will never have another rematch. Hart and Russo taunt Hogan to the point where Hollywood puts Hart in a match tonight against Dean Malenko.
Harlem Heat w. Midnight vs. Curt Henning and Dustin Rhodes
The unlikely alliance of Curt Henning and Dusty Rhodes is put together for tonight’s Thunder broadcast to take on Harlem Heat. The unlikely pairing of 2nd Generation wrestlers work well together against the veteran tag team as tension between Booker and Stevie Ray occur with Midnight in their corner. Midnight distracts Booker long enough for Henning to hit him with a kick to the midsection and follow up with a Henning Plex for the 1...2...3.
Henning and Rhodes Win
Backstage, the Mamalukes beat down Disco Inferno again and kidnap Alex Wright. They put him in a trunk of a car and leave the building with him.
Mean Gene interviews Ric Flair who’s arrived in the building. Flair talks about how great it is to have the Horsemen back together. The Nature Boy talks about history and tradition in professional wrestling. Jeff Jarrett interrupts him and shows Flair what he thinks about tradition by spitting in the Nature Boy’s face. Flair and Jarrett brawl in the ring until Vince Russo comes out and joins Jarrett in double teaming the Nature Boy. Hogan comes out and tells them to get ready because they’re going to have a 2 on 1 handicap match next.
Shane Douglas meets up with Lex Luger backstage. They talk about working together against Hogan and the World Heavyweight Champion, Chris Benoit.
Jeff Jarrett and Vince Russo vs. Nature Boy Ric Flair
Flair gets to his feet following the commercial break and takes on both Jeff Jarrett and Vince Russo. Russo for the most part stays on the outside of the ring while Jarrett does most of the work in the ring. Flair manages to have a handle on both men until Kevin Nash, Ron, and Don Harris come out and beat the Nature Boy down.
Nature Boy Ric Flair Wins
Malenko and Saturn brawl with the Harris Brothers. Goldberg comes out and takes Big Sexy out. The two of them brawl through the audience. Finally Buff Bagwell comes into the ring and takes on Jarrett, leaving Flair and Russo in the ring. Flair slaps the Figure Four on Russo in the middle of the ring. Russo cries in agony as Flair applies pressure to his leg.
Backstage, Hollywood talks about the anarchy happening in WCW right now with Creative Control. Hogan’s going to start making matches, the first of which is going to be Buff Bagwell taking on Jeff Jarrett next week on Nitro for the WCW US Championship. Hogan’s interrupted by Luger to attempts to assault him again. Luger is taken out by the Stinger.
WCW Cruiserweight Championship
Chavo Guerrero Jr (c) vs. Evan Karagais
The return match from Starrcade takes place between Chavo and Evan. Although Karagais comes out fast and furious in the opening moments of the match, it’s the perseverance and the veteran knowledge Chavo has that leads to him being successful in making a comeback in the match. Chavo hits the Frog Splash on Evan and picks up the victory with a pin.
Chavo Guerrero Wins.
Booker T and Stevie Ray are shown having an argument backstage over Midnight’s involvement in Harlem Heat. Booker feels that Midnight cost them the match while Stevie Ray refuses to accept the fact.
Dean Malenko vs. Bret Hart
The two wrestlers have an excellent technical match to finish off Thunder. Hogan’s on hand to watch the main event and also ensure that there is no interference from the outside. Both men come close to winning the match, but their opponent gets a second wind at the last second. Hart becomes increasingly more aggressive as he becomes more frustrated. In the end Malenko has Hart in the Texas Clover Leaf when the Hitman counters into the sharp shooter. Hart makes Malenko tap out and picks up the victory.
Bret Hart Wins
Creative Control come out to the ring and starts a brawl with Malenko and the Four Horsmen. Soon Shane Douglas and Lex Luger come out to assist with creative control. Goldberg and DDP make their way out to the ring to even up the score. The entire locker room ends up brawling in the ring. The lights go out in the arena and nobody is able to see what happens. When the lights come back on, the only man left standing is Sting.
WCW Nitro Preview:
Sting vs. Lex Luger
US Title: Buff Bagwell (c) vs. Jeff Jarrett
World Championship Wrestling
Cow Palace, San Francisco CA
WCW Heavyweight Championship of the World
Chris Benoit (c) vs. No. 1 Contender
Steel Cage Match
Total Package Lex Luger vs. Macho Man Randy Savage w. Miss Elizabeth