Re: WCW 2001- The Trio Ownership
World Championship Wrestling- Wednesday Nitro
WCW Wednesday Nitro begins, but instead of cutting to commentary, Booker T is shown making his entrance. Mike Awesome, his opponent in the tables match, is already in the ring.
Booker T vs. Mike Awesome- Tables Match
WCW has been billing this Nitro as one of the biggest Nitro’s ever in history, and they sure are trying to prove that by kicking things off with the tables match. The match itself is quire a good one; by far the best opening match in quite a long time. Awesome and Booker T spend the match brawling for the most part, exchanging stiff blows. Awesome is able to dominate for a good majority of the match, trying time after time to put Booker T through a table. Awesome tried whipping Booker into a table propped in the corner, as well as trying to hip toss him into that same table. The Booker Man fought off those attempts, plus an Awesome Bomb attempt on the outside of the ring through a table on the concrete floor.
Booker T had his attempts at winning the match as well, but also, could not put Awesome through a table. Awesome put himself through one however, crashing through a table after missing an attempted Frog Splash from the top rope onto Booker T, who was set on the table. Booker moved out of the way, and Mike Awesome went crashing through the table. Booker tried to Book End Awesome through a table, as well as suplex him through one, but the big man was always able to fight those attempts off. In the end, Mike Awesome was on the apron, and had Booker T sitting on the top turnbuckle. Awesome attempted to lift Booker T into the air, and Awesome Bomb him from the apron to the outside of the ring and through a table. Booker T never let Awesome get a hold of him, connecting with several right hands to the cranium of Awesome. Mike staggered on the apron, giving the World Heavyweight Champion the time to stand up on the top turnbuckle, and connect with a missile dropkick to Awesome. The missile dropkick sent Awesome flying off the apron and through the table, giving Booker T the victory.
Booker T def. Mike Awesome at 8:19
Star Rating: ** ¼ (80, 81, 78)
Tony Schiavone: What a way to kick off Wednesday Nitro, Mike Tenay! There is no better way to start Nitro off than with an amazing match like Booker T and Mike Awesome!
Mike Tenay: In a tables match nonetheless!
Schiavone: You are so right, Mike! But the best thing is, this is just the beginning of Wednesday Nitro! We are only 13 days away from the next WCW Pay Per View, Souled Out, and WCW President of Operations Eric Bischoff has given us one huge night tonight!
Tenay: You can say that again, Tony! We just got to witness a great tables match between Booker T and Mike Awesome, and then later on, in the main event, Ric Flair takes on Jeff Jarrett in a very personal grudge match!
Schiavone: Plus, Buff Bagwell takes on Sean O’Haire, a situation that has really been heating up in the past few weeks on Nitro, plus Eric Bischoff will announce the stipulations to the match between Lance Storm and Hugh Morris for Souled Out! All this and more tonight on WCW Wednesday Nitro, but before Nitro can go any farther, we have to take a commercial break!
The New Enforcer
When Nitro returns, a vignette plays, hyping up the debut of the new Enforcer, Cal Walker Anderson. The vignette started black, with text saying “At Souled Out, the New Enforcer arrives”, followed by clips of Anderson hitting multiple Anderson Spinebuster’s to enhancement talent at the Power Plant. More shots are shown of Cal Anderson just wrecking enhancement talent in the ring. The vignette then ends with Arn Anderson standing side by side with Cal, saying that at Souled Out, the Anderson family tradition and legacy of being the Enforcer returns.
Segment Rating: 61%
Schiavone: Cal Walker Anderson will make his anticipated debut in World Championship Wrestling in 13 days time at Souled Out, Professor, and we have just found out who his opponent will be at Souled Out! At Souled Out, The Enforcer, Cal Anderson, will take on the returning German super star, Alex Wright!
Tenay: That will be a big match for Souled Out, no doubt! However, we have to keep things rolling along because up next, Buff Bagwell takes on Sean O’Haire!
Buff Bagwell (w/Lex Luger & Miss Elizabeth) vs. Sean O’Haire (w/Chuck Palumbo)
Today’s lesson is, it pays to be friends with an owner in WCW. Lex Luger continues to get television time because of his friendship with Steve Borden, but thankfully for the fans, he’s just at ringside. Bagwell and O’Haire have a horrible match, throwing around haggard punches the whole time. Thankfully, the match is only about three minutes short. Miss Elizabeth distracted referee Nick Patrick, getting up on the apron and sleazing it out towards Patrick. While this went on Luger quickly grabbed a steel chair and bashed O’Haire in the back. Palumbo went over and attacked Luger, but it was too late for O’Haire to do anything. He staggered right into a Kobayshi DDT from Buff, who followed up with a pin for the victory.
The match was over, but that meant nothing for these two teams. Palumbo quickly beat down Luger and whipped him into the ring post, although Luger practically no-sold it. Chuck Palumbo then got into the ring, and engaged into a brawl with Buff Bagwell. The two had a stale-mate brawl, but O’Haire then got to his feet and helped his partner out. The two young lions quickly beat down on Bagwell, before ejecting him from the ring with a double clothesline. With Totally Buff on the outside, the two men retreat backstage with their valet while Palumbo and O’Haire stare them down.
Buff Bagwell def. Sean O’Haire at 3:07
Star Rating: DUD (60, 64, 52)
Schiavone: These two teams are on a collision course for something nasty, Professor!
Tenay: Both tag teams have beaten each other in in-ring competition once, and now tonight, break out into a big brawl after their match that Lex Luger illegally got involved in.
Schiavone: And now it’s only a matter of time until they meet up in the ring once again, Mike!
Tenay: That will happen soon enough, Tony, but right now we have to take another commercial break. But stayed tuned ladies and gentleman because still to come, Eric Bischoff announces the stipulations to the Hugh Morris, Lance Storm, match. Plus, the main event, Ric Flair versus Jeff Jarrett!
The Title, The Stips, The Bisch
When Wednesday Nitro returns, WCW President of Operations is standing backstage, sitting in a chair at his desk.
Eric Bischoff: Hello ladies and gentleman, and I hope you’ve all been enjoying this edition of Wednesday Nitro, brought to you solely by me, Eric Bischoff, the man who single handedly saved World Championship Wrestling.
Bischoff pauses for a brief moment, and then continues.
Bischoff: Last week, I informed Lance Storm that at Souled Out, he would face Hugh Morris in the match at Souled Out. However, I did not reveal anything important about the match, except for the fact the two would face each other at Souled Out. I decided it wouldn’t be fair to let Lance know the stipulations to the match without informing Hugh at the same time. So right now, I’ll enlighten everyone on this upcoming match.
Another pause from Bischoff.
Bischoff: At Slamboree, Lance Storm defeated Hugh Morris in the finals of the United States Title Tournament. However, Lance Storm refused to accept the United States Championship, and declared himself the Canadian National Championship. According to Hugh Morris, Storm forfeited his spot in the US Title Tournament, and therefore, Hugh Morris was the winner of the tournament, and was the United States Champion. Since then, Lance has carried around the Canadian National Championship belt, while Hugh has carried the United States Championship belt. Well the President says this; as of this moment, there is no United States Championship. And there is no more Canadian National Championship either. As of this instant, both championships no longer exist.
Bischoff clears his throat, and continues.
Bischoff: At Souled Out when Lance Storm and Hugh Morris fight each other in the ring, they will be fighting for the title that has been merged by the two, the North American Championship. Both men have a lot of pride in their country, so I’m going to have a championship based off of the damn continent so we don’t have this petty bickering and moaning that I’ve had to watch for over a month now. Lance Storm, Hugh Morris, Souled Out, winner walks out first ever North American Champion.
Bischoff stands up, and walks to the door. Before leaving, he looks back at the camera.
Bischoff: Oh yeah, one more thing. That match, it will be fought in a ladder match!
Bischoff leaves his office after dropping the bombshell.
Segment Rating: 82%
Schiavone: Oh my God! What an announcement by Eric Bischoff! A new championship has been made, and the first North American Champion will be crowned at Souled Out, in a ladder match! This is huge, Professor, absolutely huge!
Tenay: Eric Bischoff has promised a night we won’t forget for a long time, and that is what we’re getting here tonight, Tony! We’ve had a great tables match, we have this huge announcement, and so much more! Plus, coming up next, Ric Flair takes on Jeff Jarrett!
Schiavone: And guess what, Mike?
Tenay: What, Tony?
Schiavone: That match is coming up next, Professor, right after these commercial breaks!
Jeff Jarrett vs. Ric Flair (w/Arn Anderson)
WCW continues to deliver tonight, providing the fans with a great main event. Flair and Jarrett put on a good old-school and technical style match, going about eight minutes. Flair dominated in the very early goings of the match, laying into his rival with a flurry of left and right hands. However, the Chosen One fought back, connecting with a low blow and a thumb to the eye. Double J worked over Flair for a good majority of the match from there, focusing on Flair’s knee and neck, softening him up for a Figure 4 and Stroke. After scoring several near falls with impact moves like a tornado DDT, fisherman suplex, a knee breaker, and a brain buster, Jarrett tried to lock in the Figure Four Leg Lock. Jarrett almost got himself wrapped around Flair’s leg all the way, but The Nature Boy was able to use his free leg to shove Jarrett off of him. Flair shoved Jarrett into the corner, and quickly tried to get to his feet. However, Flair was weakened down, and by the time he got to his feet, Jarrett was already right at Flair, ready to administer more punishment.
Flair was oblivious of Jarrett’s presence right behind him, leaving him wide open to get planted by the Stroke! Double J made the cover, expecting to get the victory at the six minute mark, but Flair kicked out! Jarrett was shocked, and argued with referee Charles Robinson. Jarrett took too long arguing with Robinson because Flair was already up to his feet by the time Jarrett finally decided that his arguing was useless. Jarrett turned around to continue his attack on Flair, only to find out he was standing toe-to-toe with the Nature Boy already. Jarrett tried to brawl with the Nature Boy, but Flair was ready, connecting with a flurry of left and right hands, knocking down the Chosen One. Flair continued to stay on the offensive, knocking Jarrett down with more punches, and then a back body drop, as well as a Russian leg sweep. Flair made a cover, but only got a two count.
The Nature Boy continued to gain momentum, pulling Jarrett to his feet by his hair, and then proceeded to nail Jarrett in the forehead with several right hands. After whipping JJ into the ropes, Flair connected with a knee to the gut and a thumb to the eye. The Nature Boy then quickly tried to hit Jarrett with his own finisher, the Stroke, but Jarrett reversed, sending Flair into the corner. Jarrett charged Naitch, but Flair connected with an eye rake, and then followed up with a double leg takedown. Flair kept a hold of Jarrett’s left leg, and applied the Figure Four! Flair has Jarrett howling in pain and screaming like a girl! The Chosen One is on the verge of tapping, bringing out Mike Awesome and Scott Steiner! Steiner quickly hits Arn Anderson from behind with a Steinerline, while Mike Awesome gets into the ring and starts laying the boots to Flair, who still has the Figure 4 locked in. Charles Robinson quickly calls for a disqualification, ending the match.
Ric Flair def. Jeff Jarrett at 8:29 by DQ (Awesome attacks Flair)
Star Rating: ** (91, 95, 82)
Mike Awesome continues to lay the boots to Flair, who has the Figure 4 locked in. After repeated stomps, Flair lets go of the hold, and tries to cover himself up from Awesome’s savage attack. Steiner lays the boots to Anderson on the outside, making sure he is down and out. Satisfied with his work, Big Poppa Pump gets into the ring, and focuses on Ric Flair with Mike Awesome. Awesome and Steiner lay the boots to Flair, while Jeff Jarrett gets to his feet. Charles Robinson tries to stop the attack, but Mike Awesome simply swats him with a back hand! Robinson falls down to the canvas, but Awesome isn’t satisfied. Awesome picks up the innocent referee to his feet, and plants him with an Awesome Bomb! That wasn’t needed; Mike Awesome just took out a WCW official! Awesome laughs at his heinous attack, as does Jeff Jarrett, who has gotten back up to his feet. The three heels then start beating down on Flair more, continuing to stomp on him.
The fans erupt into cheers as “Can You Dig It, Sucka!?” is heard all throughout the Cam Henderson Center! It’s Booker T! the WCW World Heavyweight Champion runs down the entrance aisle, and slides into the ring, still in his wrestling gear. Awesome and Jarrett continue to attack Flair, on Steiner’s orders, who waits for Booker so the two can duke it out. Booker gets into the ring, and he and Steiner pounce on each other! Booker T and Steiner deliver a flurry of right hands to another, trying to beat the crap out of another! The two go out it for over 10 seconds until Booker finally lands a haymaker that causes Steiner to stagger backwards. Big Poppa Pump staggers, and gets decked with a Harlem Side Kick! Steiner goes down, and Booker wastes no time waiting for Awesome and Jarrett to realize he is down, diving right at the two men! Booker throws himself like a lawn dart at Awesome and Jarrett, and connects, knocking Awesome sideways, and Jarrett down to the canvas. Awesome lands in between the middle and third rope, and rolls to the outside of the ring.
Booker T starts laying into Jarrett with right hands, and continues to do so for a few moments, but Steiner gets back up to his feet and hits Booker T from behind with a double sledge! Booker staggers, and Steiner starts laying into him with a flurry of right hands. Jarrett slowly gets to his feet, while Mike Awesome gets back into the ring after recuperating on the outside and then hitting Anderson with a couple of kicks. The three heels dominate inside the ring, punching and kicking Flair and Booker T. Jeff Jarrett soon calls for an end to the assault, telling Mike Awesome to bring in a table. Awesome does, and props it up in the corner of the ring. Jarrett tells Awesome to Awesome Bomb Flair through the table, while Steiner prepares to choke out Booker T with the Steiner Recliner. The heels are all set to destroy Booker T and Ric Flair, but the lights go out!
The lights stay out for almost ten seconds, and everyone in the Cam Henderson Center is confused. Finally, a spotlight shines on the center of the ring. Awesome drops Flair while Steiner releases Booker, and all three of the heels stare at the circular light beam in the center of the ring. After a few moments, a logo starts flashing on the light. It’s a Scorpion! Jarrett, Steiner, and Awesome are freaking out, when the light kills, and the arena is back in total darkness. Everyone is in confusion again, but a few moments later, The Scorpion logo shows up on the NitroVision above the stage! Everyone in Huntington, West Virginia, are on their feet chanting “We Want Sting, We Want Sting”! In a matter of moments, the lights go back on in the Cam Henderson Center, and STING is standing in the ring, holding a black baseball bat!
Jeff Jarrett, Scott Steiner, and Mike Awesome see Sting and their eyes swell in shock. Sting stares down the three heels while the crowd is on their feet screaming and cheering for Sting. Sting is dressed in the eerie black trench coat, Sting t-shirt, black pants, black boots, and the Stinger face paint. Sting slowly starts raising his right arm, pointing the baseball bat right at Jeff Jarrett, Mike Awesome, and Scot Steiner! The crowd continues to cheer for Sting, who attacks! Sting swings the baseball bat, and connects to the side of Scott Steiner! Steiner staggers backwards, and Mike Awesome steps forward, but he gets stabbed in the gut with the baseball bat! Awesome keels over, and Sting breaks the baseball bat over the upper back of Mike Awesome!
Steiner is down! Awesome is down! The bat is broken! Sting and Jarrett are the only ones standing! Jarrett’s face shows total fear, and Double J starts pleading with Sting to not hurt him. Sting is emotionless in the face, and just hits Jarrett with a right hand! Sting lays into Jarrett with a flurry of right hands, and then whips Jarrett into the corner. Sting backs up into the table, which is in the corner opposite of Jarrett, and charges- Stinger Splash! Jarrett just got nailed with the Stinger Splash! Scott Steiner gets up to his feet in a corner, and Sting quickly charges him- Stinger Splash! Big Poppa Pump takes a Stinger Splash as well! Mike Awesome gets up to his feet as well, and rests on the table in the corner. Sting charges, and goes three for three, Stinger Splash through the table! Mike Awesome goes right through the table after getting hit with the Stinger Splash!
Jeff Jarrett staggers out of the corner while Booker T, Ric Flair, and Arn Anderson start getting to their feet. Jeff Jarrett walks right into the middle of the ring, but gets hit with the Scorpion Death Drop! Jeff Jarrett is down! Arn Anderson crawls into the ring, and he pulls Mike Awesome to his feet, while Booker T does the same with Scott Steiner. Anderson tosses Awesome from the ring, while Booker T clotheslines his opponent for Souled Out over the top rope and out of the ring! The crowd is still on their feet, cheering for Sting. Sting and Ric Flair grab Jeff Jarrett by the hair, and pull him to his feet. Flair connects with a knife edge chop, and the two then throw Jarrett from the ring, sending him over the top rope! The fans start chanting “Sting, Sting” repeatedly, as Sting embraces Ric Flair in the center of the ring as Nitro comes to a close.
Segment Rating: 87%
Schiavone: Sting! Sting! Sting! The Stinger is back in World Championship Wrestling! Oh my God! This is the greatest moment in the history of Nitro, and all of WCW television! Oh my God, I can’t believe it, Sting is back!
Tenay: Eric Bischoff said this was going to be a huge Nitro, but I don’t even think he could have expected the legendary Sting to show up at the Cam Henderson Center, here in Huntington, West Virginia! Oh my, I just can’t believe it! I’m ecstatic! You’re ecstatic! These people are definitely ecstatic! The savior of World Championship Wrestling is back!
Schiavone: I am still in complete and total shock! Ladies and gentleman, we are out of time, but I urge you to tune into Nitro next week as we head into the C. Mathewson Memorial at Bucknell University! For Mike Tenay, I’m Tony Schiavone, see you next week! Oh my, I can’t believe it, Sting is back!
Overall Rating: 78%
TV Rating: 2.07
So I decided to finish this first, oh well. Pisses me off though that the Nitro that was supposed to be huge, and had Sting returning, gets the lowest rating on NBC for me yet. Go figure.
When An Empire Falls - The Tale of World Championship Wrestling
Szumi's back, but not in black - back in BTB! And yeah, I know, he's doing WCW again - so unoriginal.
2008 - Best PPV - Starrcade
2008, 2007, & 2006 - Best Promo Writer
2007 & 2006 - Best Promo(s)
2007 - Most Creative
2007 - Best Feedbacker
2006 & 2007 BTB World Cup - Top Overall Scorer
2007 BTB World Cup - Booker of the Tournament
Only Person to Ever Score Perfect Score in a Tournament
BTB Hall of Famer
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.