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World Championship Wrestling- Wednesday Nitro

The regular opening credits for WCW Wednesday Night rolls to open the show. Before a shot of the FedEx Forum is shown, a quick video plays, simply stating that WCW Wednesday Nitro will return to primetime, airing Wednesday night’s on NBC from 9 to 11 PM. The video ends, the pyro goes off, and the cameras scroll throughout the FedEx Forum here in Memphis, Tennessee! After a few moments, we cut to commentary.

Tony Schiavone: Hello ladies and gentleman, and welcome to another action-packed episode of Wednesday Nitro, straight out of Memphis, Tennessee, in the FedEx Forum! I’m Tony Schiavone, alongside me, as always, my good friend, The Professor, Mike Tenay!

Mike Tenay: Thank you, Tony, and just like you said, tonight will be an action-packed night! One of the great matches you will see tonight is some great tag team action! Chavo Guerrero Jr. will team up with Lance Storm to take on Guerrero’s opponent at Souled Out, the upcoming pay per view on the 26th of this month, Shane Helms, and Storm’s bitter enemy, Hugh Morris!

Schiavone: And in another tag team match, Sean O’Haire and Chuck Palumbo will take on Totally Buff, Buff Bagwell and Lex Luger, in a rematch from two weeks ago!

Tenay: Palumbo and O’Haire made the challenge this week off-television, but Totally Buff have accepted the challenge! These two teams are going to lock up once again!

Schiavone: And although we don’t have a main event scheduled so far, I think we’re about to get one because I know I hear it, and I know you hear it at home; the music of Eric Bischoff is playing throughout the arena!

Uncle Eric Declares Enemies

“Back in Black” indeed is playing throughout the FedEx Forum, bringing out the WCW President Eric Bischoff. Bischoff walks out to a mixture of cheers and jeers, although the cheers now greatly out power the jeers. Easy E is dressed up in a suit and tie, carrying a microphone in his right hand. “Uncle Eric” walks down the aisle and into the ring. Upon entering the ring, Bischoff has his music cut, and then starts to speak.

Eric Bischoff: This is World Championship Wrestling Wednesday Nitro, and it is all brought to you, by me, the President of Operations, Eric Bischoff!

Bischoff gets some cheers, and a little bit of jeers. The cocky Bischoff still hasn’t changed.

Bischoff: And even though I have been the WCW President since this company got back on its feet, I haven’t been throwing around my power. I’ve been laid back. I’ve been just sitting back, making matches, and having a good time. For once, Eric Bischoff had no enemies.

The Bisch pauses before continuing.

Bischoff: But you see, last week, all that changed. Last week, I was given all the incentive I needed to have an enemy! Make that three enemies! Last week, Jeff Jarrett, you and your raggedy bunch of friends tried to challenge my authority, and call out my decision. You had the audacity to call me an enemy. Well Jeff, I may not have been you enemy then, but I am now! And Mike Awesome, I’m your enemy! Scott Steiner, I am most certainly your enemy! All three of you are now enemies of Uncle Eric, and The Bisch is here to make your lives living hells!

The crowd cheers on Bischoff, happy to see another person make a stand against the new heel faction.

Bischoff: For the past month, I’ve let Big Poppa Pump run his mouth and insult me and my authority. Scotty, you don’t like that I haven’t given you Booker T one-on-one, huh? Well, Scotty, I understand you want Booker T for the WCW World Heavyweight Title at Souled Out, and I realize that Booker T wants you just as bad. Well Steiner, I’m not going to just give you Booker T at Souled Out. You lost at Slamboree if I am correct, so therefore, you’re not the number one contender in my eyes. If you want to be the number one contender and face Booker T at Souled Out, then you’re going to have to win a certain match tonight. And you know what match that is going to be, Big Poppa Pump? To face Booker T at Souled Out, you have to win your match tonight… against Booker T!

The crowd erupts into cheers at the match. Schiavone starts hyping the shit out of the main event like it’s the end of the world. The fans continue to cheer the match just made by Bischoff.

Bischoff: Oh, you guys like that, huh? You like that match? I’ll give you something better! You boys want a war!? I’ll give you one! Next week, since Mike Awesome likes putting people through tables so much, I’m going to give Mike Awesome that chance again; next week on Nitro, Mike Awesome will take on Booker T in a tables match!

The fans break out into more cheers at the nice little gimmick match made by Bisch for next week. Eric isn’t done yet, though.

Bischoff: Hey, who the hell said I was ever finished!? I’m Eric Bischoff! I’m the President of WCW! I got the power! So next week, Jeff Jarrett, you’re going to be going one-on-one with The Nature Boy, Ric Flair!

The crowd absolutely explodes! The ovation the crowd made for the Flair/Jarrett match over powers the sum of the reaction of both matches made earlier by Eric Bischoff.

Bischoff: Jeff Jarrett, Mike Awesome, and Scott Steiner, you boys want a war!? Well, you’re going to get one! Because The Bisch, is back!

“Back in Black” hits the sound system once again, and Bischoff walks to the backstage as the cameras cut to commentary.

Segment Rating: 80%

Schiavone: The Bisch is back indeed!

Tenay: Eric Bischoff is not a man who is going to be intimidated by anyone. Jarrett, Steiner, and Awesome tried to intimidate Eric Bischoff, and now, the man with all the power is out to make their lives a living hell!

Schiavone: Well he seems to be on his way to doing that because he just booked Mike Awesome versus Booker T in a tables match!

Tenay: And in a huge main event for tonight, Scott Steiner will face Booker T, and if Big Poppa Pump wins, he faces Steiner at Souled Out for the WCW World Heavyweight Championship.

Schiavone: And then, next week, a huge main event; Ric Flair vs. Jeff Jarrett! Professor, that is going to be one of the biggest matches in Nitro history! You throw in Booker T versus Mike Awesome in the tables match, plus everything else, we’re looking at quite possibly the greatest Wednesday Nitro ever!

No shit, Schiavone. The company’s only had 5 including this one so far, ya damn dip shit.

Tenay: Indeed it will, Tony. But ladies and gentleman, it is time for our first commercial break, but coming up after the break, Chuck Palumbo and Sean O’Haire take on Totally Buff!


Chuck Palumbo & Sean O’Haire vs. Totally Buff (w/Miss Elizabeth)

So it’s now the moment of truth for Chuck Palumbo and Sean O’Haire. Are they going to become complete and total fodder by jobbing to Totally Buff again, or will they get their redemption and pick up the win? If you said the former, then well, not happening tonight. Palumbo and O’Haire pick up the win in this one after about four minutes of action. Totally Buff are totally off tonight, selling less to Palumbo and O’Haire than they do in any other matches of theirs. After a back and forth match, the young guns got the advantage after Chuck Palumbo dodged a Luger clothesline, and hit the Jungle Kick. Luger practically no-sells, but Palumbo realizes its Luger, you can’t change him. The young guns double team Bagwell, putting him down with a combined gut wrench power bomb. Wirth Luger and Bagwell down, well, kind of down, O’Haire ascended to the top turnbuckle and finished Buff off with the Seanton Bomb for the victory.

Chuck Palumbo & Sean O’Haire def. Totally Buff at 4:08 (O’Haire pins Bagwell)
Star Rating: DUD (56, 64, 40)

Schiavone: Chuck Palumbo and Sean O’Haire get a much needed win tonight over Totally Buff. Palumbo and O’Haire have been on a slump since losing the Tag Titles to KroniK at Slamboree.

Losing two matches in a row is now a slump?

Tenay: These two teams have met in the ring twice now, and each share a victory now over another. Let’s see if these two will meet up again in the future and find out who will win the next contest.

Schiavone: Well hopefully these two teams will meet up again and see who is best, but right now, we’re going to send things backstage to Mean Gene Okerlund, who is standing backstage with Lance Storm.

Canada vs. USA- Part Deux

Gene Okerlund is standing backstage with Lance Storm, who is already in his wrestling gear. Storm has a tag team match later on in the night. Okerlund seems a bit perplexed.

Gene Okerlund: Hello ladies and gentleman, I’m Mean, Gene Okerlund, and I’m currently standing by Lance-

Lance cuts off Okerlund.

Lance Storm: Excuse me, Gene. Next time you filthy American announce my presence, you will state that I am also the first, only, and current reigning Canadian National Champion!

Okerlund: Err, yes. I’m here standing by the first, only, and current reigning Canadian National Champion, Lance Storm! Lance, you were not scheduled for this interview, and you have called for it very suddenly. Why the need for an interview?

Storm: I am a champion in this discriminatory company! I should be able to have an interview whenever I see fit. However, if I could be serious for a moment, I do have an announcement to make. I was just with Eric Bischoff, and it appears that Eric has booked me in a match against Hugh Morris for the upcoming pay per view, Souled Out. However, Mr. Bischoff has not told me if my title will be on the line at Souled Out, or anything else except for the fact that I shall face the pig that symbolizes what is America. Hugh Morris is a fat slob, who has no respect for anyone else because he is your typical ignorant, stubborn, American.

Lance pauses, swallowing spit in his throat. Mean Gene looks disgusted from Storm’s words.

Storm: But as I was saying, Gene. At Souled Out, the greatest wrestler in WCW, Lance Storm, will face off with the most overrated wrestler in WCW, Hugh Morris, in a match. Next week, Eric Bischoff has promised me he will announce some special stipulation to the match for Souled Out on-air to all of these pathetic American fans.

Lance Storm’s promo is interrupted by the appearance of Chavo Guerrero Jr. Chavo walks up to Lance, dressed in his wrestling gear.

Chavo Guerrero Jr.: Hey, essé! You ready for our match agains’ Helms n’ Morris, holmes?

Storm: I’m an excellent wrestler, the best one here in this company. I am always ready to go out and out-wrestle my opponents to victory.

Guerrero: Well ight then essé! Our match is up next yo, so let’s go do this thing!

Chavo and Lance walk off-screen, heading towards the curtain to go on stage

Okerlund: Well ladies and gentleman, you’ve heard it from Chavo, Chavo Guerrero Jr. and Lance Storm versus Hugh Morris and Shane Helms is up next!

Segment Rating: 83%


Chavo Guerrero Jr. & Lance Storm vs. Hugh Morris & Shane Helms

Three out of the four wrestlers in this match are the new era of the workhorses in WCW, making this match quite a good one. Chavo and Lance dominate for most of the match, working over Shane Helms, keeping Helms on the mat, trying to use their ground advantage over the cruiserweight champion. However, Helms made a hot tag to Hugh Morris, who ended up cleaning house on both of the heels. Hugh was about to finish off Chavo with the No Laughing Matter, but Storm crotched Morris on the top turnbuckle. Thankfully for Hugh, he was in his own corner, and Helms tagged himself in. Helms made short work of Lance Storm, tossing him over the top rope after connecting with several punches. Helms shifted his attention towards Chavo, while Hugh Morris got to his feet. Hugh, enraged by Storm’s cheap shot, gets out of the ring and proceeds to brawl with Lance Storm. The two men brawl throughout the arena, leaving Chavo and Shane in the ring alone. Helms almost finished the match off with a Vertebreaker, but Chavo rolled himself along Helms’ back, escaping the move. From there, Chavo connected with a quick kick from the behind straight to the groin, but referee Scott Dickenson was not in an angle to see the move. Chavo rolled through backwards, ending up on top of Helms for the pin, and the victory!

Chavo Guerrero Jr. & Lance Storm def. Shane Helms & Hugh Morris at 4:49 (Chavo pins Helms)
Star Rating: ** (82, 77, 88)

Schiavone: Chavo Guerrero cheated again! In his second match in a row, Chavo Guerrero cheated to win!

Tenay: He’s a Guerrero, Tony, they lie, they cheat, they steal. Chavo is just living life and wrestling like his father Chavo Sr., and his grandfather, the great, legendary, late Gory Guerrero. And if Chavo keeps the success he’s been having, he has a great chance of becoming the WCW Cruiserweight Champion at Souled Out.

Schiavone: And what about Lance Storm and Hugh Morris? These two will face another at Souled Out! They’ve been at each other’s throats for months, and at Souled Out, they’re going to get the chance to beat the heck out of one another!

Tenay: But we don’t know what kind of match it will be! Eric Bischoff informed Lance Storm that match is made for Souled Out, but won’t tell us the stipulation until next week on Nitro!

Schiavone: Well ladies and gentleman, we have to take a commercial break, but stay tuned because there is still a lot more to happen tonight on Wednesday Nitro, right here on NBC!


Who’s The Real Ripper?

When Wednesday Nitro returns, Jeff Jarrett is making his entrance to the ring. Double J is already at the side of the ring, wielding his trusty acoustic guitar. Jeff is alone, and dressed in jeans and a “Slap Nuts” t-shirt. The Chosen One has a mic in hand, and gets into the ring. The fans as always, our reigning down boos at Jarrett. His music cuts, and Jarrett begins to speak.

Jeff Jarrett: So slap nuts, it seems like Jeff Jarrett will be kicking Ric Flair’s ass next week on Wednesday Nitro!

The crowd immediately cuts off Jeff, booing him.

Jarrett: Boo me all you want; I’ll kick his ass just like I did at Slamboree!

More boos for Double J.

Jarrett: Naitch, you got lucky at Slamboree when you got that fluke upset. You somehow got a roll-up, and you got a lucky fast count; you beat me. Woo-hoo, go celebrate like it’s the biggest thing ever. Oh wait, you never got the time to, did you? I kicked your ass some more right after the match!

Jarrett pauses; the crowd boos him a bit more, although they are quieter this time around.

Jarrett: Flair, you’re old, and you’re weak. The only way you survived this past month is because you’ve had Booker T by your side with Arn Anderson. But next week, you got me, one-on-one. You have no sucka to help you out. It will simply be you and me, one-on-one. And Flair, I guarantee you this, I will show the world that you are nothing. You’ve become the star you are today by stealing the work of others. You’re a rip-off of the real stars like Buddy Rogers. You’re not the Nature Boy, Ric. You’re a failed remake of the real Nature Boy, Buddy Rogers. Ric Flair, your legacy was started by other wrestlers, and next week, slappy, your legacy is going to be destroyed by another wrestler! Next week, I am going to destroy you, and your two-cent legacy!

The crowd rips into Jarrett with boos after that segment of his promo. Jarrett is getting over with the fans more and more now because of this feud with Flair.

Jarrett: Now choke on that, slap nuts!

The fans continue to boo, but all of a sudden, “Sprach Zarathustra” hits the sound system, brining out Ric Flair and Arn Anderson! The crowd is going bonkers! Flair and Anderson come out onto the entrance stage, dressed in their best suits. Flair has a microphone while Anderson stands next to Flair, staring down Jarrett, his arms crossed.

Ric Flair: WOOO! Once again, the Chosen One is running his mouth about The Nature Boy, Ric Flair! Jeff Jarrett, next week, we get to face each other in the ring, one-on-one, once again, huh? Well Jeff, just like at Slamboree, I’m going to pin your shoulders to the mat, one-two-three, and be the victor once again. WOOO!

The crowd breaks out into cheers for Flair.

Flair: Jeff, you can talk a lot of smack, and you know what, you can even back it up at times. You’re one hell of a wrestler, Jeff, but this time, you entered a battle you cannot win. You entered a battle with the best professional wrestler ever! WOOO! Ric, WOOO, Flair, WOOO!

The crowd breaks out into cheers once again.

Flair: And Jeff, maybe I am a complete and total fake. Maybe I got all of my success because of others. But what about you, Jeff? You stole material off of others too, Honky Tonk. Swinging guitars around at people! If I remember correctly, good ole’ Double J wanted to be a country singer up north, but really, I’m shocked he wasn’t trying to be more like Elvis Presley and the Honky Tonk Man. When you first came to WCW, I half expected you to start singing “Hound Dog”!

The crowd bursts out into laughter, while Jarrett looks on enraged and embarrassed.

Flair: And hey, maybe the great Buddy Rogers did invent the Figure 4 that I use today, but hey, Honky Tonk, if I remember correctly, you use a Figure 4 too! You like to try and act like the dirtiest player in the game too, Jeff, but as you know, the slot has already been filled up by the Nature Boy, Ric Flair! WOOO!

More cheers for Flair.

Flair: I think I know what your deal is, Jeff. Yeah, Jeff, I’ve figured you out.

Flair pauses, but then starts screaming into the microphone.

Flair: You want to be Ric Flair! You want to be the Nature Boy! You want my success! You want my glory! Well son, I earned my legacy, and no two-bit, arrogant, conceited, daddy’s little boy, son of a bitch can just take that away! Jeff Jarrett, you can’t take anything of mine, and you can’t be me! Because there is only, WOOO, one Nature Boy, and that is Ric, WOOO, Flair! WOOO!

The fans continue to break out into cheers for Flair.

Flair: You want to be the man, Jeff; you know the saying. To be the, WOOO, man, you’ve got to, WOOO, beat the man! And Jeff, you cannot beat me! You lost at Slamboree, and next week, you will, lose again! WOOO!

“Sprach Zarathustra” hits the sound system in the FedEx Forum once again, and Flair and Anderson head to the backstage. Jeff Jarrett watches them leave, looking pissed and embarrassed, knowing Flair got the better of him in the promo.

Segment Rating: 94%

Tenay: Tony, it looks like Ric Flair has had enough of Jeff Jarrett! He just came out and stole all of the Chosen One’s thunder with that speech.

Schiavone: Well Ric Flair is right, there is only one Nature Boy, and that is him. Jeff Jarrett can be the Chosen One all he wants, but he cannot be Ric Flair. He cannot be the Nature Boy.

Tenay: But he can try and maim Ric Flair next week in their match on Wednesday Nitro!

Schiavone: Well there is only one way to find out, and that will be by watching next week! However ladies and gentleman, we have to take a commercial break, but don’t go away because up next, the main event! Booker T versus Scott Steiner!


Booker T vs. Scott Steiner (w/Midajah)

So main event time, ladies and gentleman; Scott Steiner has to beat Booker T to get a World Heavyweight title shot at Souled Out. Nifty! The crowd was red-hot for the match itself, but the quality of the match did not match up with the crowd’s reaction. Booker T and Steiner brawled throughout the ring and ringside area for all six minutes of the match, just trying to simply beat the crap out of one another. Booker T almost got the victory midway into the match when he was about to hit Steiner with the Harlem Axe Kick, but Steiner countered, landing an elbow to the gut, followed by an overhead belly-to-belly suplex. Steiner went on the offensive for almost the rest of the match, wearing down the World Heavyweight Champion. Steiner scored several near falls with his multitude of suplexes.

Booker T ended up fighting back as always, and scored a Harlem Side Kick, sending Steiner to the outside. While outside, Midajah handed Big Poppa Pump his lead pipe. Midajah quickly ran to the other side of the ring, got up on the apron, and began distracting referee Randy Anderson. During the distraction, Booker T leaned his body between the second and third rope, trying to get a hold of Steiner. Booker leaned his head out to far, and got decked in the head with the pipe! Booker T fell back onto the canvas, knocked out. Big Poppa Pump then proceeded to get into the ring, and apply the Steiner Recliner. Booker was KO’ed, but Anderson had no idea, and thought he was choked out, giving the win to Scott Steiner. Because of the victory, Big Poppa Pump will face Booker T at Souled Out for the WCW World Heavyweight Championship.

Scott Steiner def. Booker T at 6:22
Star Rating: * ½ (82, 89, 69

Schiavone: Booker T was just screwed over, Professor! This is an outrage, a scandal!

Tenay: Big Poppa Pump, Scott Steiner cheated his way to victory once again, and this time, it gives him Booker T at Souled Out for the WCW World Heavyweight Championship!

Schiavone: And I’m thinking that next week, there will be hell to pay for Big Poppa Pump!

Tenay: If Booker T can survive the tables match against Mike Awesome! Don’t forget ladies and gentleman, next week on Nitro, Booker T and Mike Awesome face off in a tables match, and we get a Slamboree rematch, Jeff Jarrett versus Ric Flair!

Schiavone: It is without a doubt, going to be the best WCW Wednesday Nitro ever! But that is all for tonight ladies and gentleman, thank you for tuning in. Until next week, for Mike Tenay, I’m Tony Schiavone, see you all next week on Nitro!

Overall Rating: 79%
TV Rating: 2.20

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World Championship Wrestling 2001 - The Trio Ownership
This was The Trio Ownership; I did it a long time ago, for a long time. T'was a good ready, I think. People liked it and stuff.
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