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World Championship Wrestling
L. Brown Athletic Center, Piscataway, New Jersey
September 5, 2001
*LOTS OF PYRO*
Hello ladies and gentleman, and welcome to Wednesday Nitro! It is my esteemed privilege to be broadcasting for you here tonight, on the greatest show in the history of professional wrestling, Nitro! I am Tony Schiavone, and alongside me, as always, is ‘The Professor’ Mike Tenay!
I’d like to first say thank you to everyone who is tuning in right now to Wednesday Nitro; you’re in for a historic night! Tonight marks Nitro’s return to primetime television, and Nitro is primetime on the not only the greatest station for professional wrestling, but the greatest television station period, NBC!
A historic night is right, Professor!
Tonight on Wednesday Nitro, in a Souled Out rematch, Shane Helms will defend the WCW Cruiserweight Championship against Chavo Guerrero Jr.! Plus, the WCW Tag Team Titles will be on the line tonight as well, when KroniK defends against Totally Buff, Buff Bagwell and ‘The Total Package’ Lex Luger!
Rey Misterio Jr. will have his in-ring return to professional wrestling tonight as well, going one-on-one with his former long-time friend, Konnan! And even more, Eric Bischoff has said that Jeff Jarrett will get a shot at the WCW World Title tonight!
All of that, and the WCW debut of the Mexican cruiserweight sensation, Super Crazy, tonight, on Wednesday Nitro!
N-N-New World Order!
*“New World Order” blares over the sound system in the L. Brown Athletic Center, bringing out the newest rendition of the New World Order. Eric Bischoff leads the crew, his hair re-dyed black, and sporting black jeans, a black leather jacket, and an nWo t-shirt. The other members, Jeff Jarrett, Mike Awesome, and Scott Steiner are also all wearing nWo t-shirts, along with their other normal entrance garb. The “nWo girl” Midajah, is wearing a low-cut nWo t-shirt, showing some skin like an nWo girl should. The crowd at Rutgers University reign down cheers upon the New World Order, absolutely loathing their presence in WCW once again. The New World Order gets into the ring, and Bischoff orders a microphone from a stage hand. The stage hand gives Bischoff the microphone, only for Mike Awesome to Awesome Bomb the stage hand for no reason at all! The crowd jeers the action, while Jarrett, Bischoff, and Steiner share a laugh. Bischoff then begins to speak*
Welcome to the primetime edition of Wednesday Nitro, brought you by Eric Bischoff and the New World Order!
*The normal arrogance in Bischoff’s tone instantly draws jeers from the crowd.*
Tonight is a very special night. Tonight is Nitro’s return to primetime on national television, but that isn’t why tonight is so special. Oh no, not at all. Tonight is special because it marks the start of the New World Order’s take over of World Championship Wrestling!
*The crowd boos Bischoff*
Tonight, WCW starts to crumble! Tonight, WCW is going to lose its World Heavyweight Champion!
*The crowd boos a bit more, but not as loud as before.*
Tonight, Booker T will lose the WCW World Heavyweight Championship!
*The crowd slightly boos Bischoff a bit more. Jeff Jarrett quickly takes the microphone from Bischoff.*
Tonight slap nuts, Booker T loses the World Heavyweight Title to ‘The Chosen One’ Jeff Jarrett!
*That draws a bit more of a reaction from the crowd, sparking up a light “You Suck!” chant. Bischoff scowls, and takes the microphone back from Jarrett.*
Hey now, Jeff, you never know, someone else could walk away with the World Heavyweight Title. I mean, after all, I’m a fair guy, remember?
Oh yeah, I forgot. Uncle Eric is a fair guy, so he’s going to give another slappy a shot at winning the World Heavyweight Title!
That’s right, Jeff, I am going to. Tonight ladies and gentleman, Jeff Jarrett will challenge Booker T for the WCW World Heavyweight Title, but, for the sake of fairness, Sting will also be in that match!
*The crowd nearly blows the roof off of the L. Brown Athletic Center at Bischoff putting Sting in the Title match. But honestly people, don’t you think there is going to be a catch in all of this?*
That’s not very fair to me, Eric! I mean, you just throw in a WCW wrestler of your choosing!? What about what the Chosen One wants?
You’re right Jeff, you are right. Since I am such a nice guy, how about you add in another wrestler to the match.
*Jeff Jarrett stares at Bischoff, looking pissed. However, the two then start cracking up.
Well, if you say so, Eric! I mean, I really can’t think of anyone more deserving than Ric Flair!
*The crowd once again nearly blows the roof off of the joint, but all of the New World Order is laughing in the ring while the fans cheer. Huh!?*
Well there you have it ladies and gentleman! Tonight, in the main event of the return to primetime edition of Nitro, Booker T will defend the WCW World Heavyweight Title against Jeff Jarrett, Ric Flair, and Sting… oh, but I almost forgot!
*The crowd, which had started to cheer at the match being made official, immediately go quiet.*
Jeff, I almost forgot to mention the stipulations to the match! I am so stupid!
Well then you better hurry up and say those stips before you forget again. Man, I’m tellin’ ya, Eric, your memory is getting worse than Hall’s after a 3-day drunk fest!
Naw, not that bad.
*The nWo share a laugh.*
Alright, the stipulations. You see, this main event, is a very big match-up, so I don’t want there to be any chaos going on around ringside. So, in order to maintain order, we’re going to have a lumberjack match!
But wait! Before you all get your undies in a twist, listen to what the President has to say! I am only assigning two “head” lumberjacks, and they will pick the rest of the lumberjacks… it just so happens that the two head lumberjacks are ‘Big Poppa Pump’ Scott Steiner and ‘The Career Killer’ Mike Awesome!
*The crowd start to boo the New World Order, now realizing that the match made was just too good to be true. Awesome and Steiner high-five each other and grin.*
Is that the only stipulation?
Nope, I don’t think it is.
Oh yeah, you’re right! I almost forgot again! That World Title match, it’s going to be a gauntlet style!
But hey, like I’ve said, I am a fair guy! I swear
that the order of the entry will be selected at “random”. I swear!
*The crowd continues to boo Bischoff, not believing the crap coming out of his mouth. They know he’s going to give Jarrett every advantage he possibly can.*
Ha, well losers, there’s a party in the backstage that has been calling the New World Order’s name for a while now. Boys, let’s bounce!
Well, before we do, I have something to say quick. Eric, that main event tonight, that is just… too sweet
*The New World Order all laugh as Jarrett uses a signature nWo catchphrase. “New World Order” blares over the sound system at Rutgers University for the second time tonight, and the nWo all leave ringside for the backstage area.*
The New World Order disgust me!
They disgust everybody, Tony! But the problem is, there is nothing we can do about it! Eric Bischoff is the President of WCW, so he can book whatever match he wants!
And that is exactly what he has done already tonight! Booker T had to defend the WCW World Heavyweight Title against Ric Flair, Sting, and Jeff Jarrett, in a gauntlet style match! Plus, Mike Awesome and Scott Steiner, as well as other men, will be surrounding the ring as lumberjacks! Oh yeah, like that isn’t going to favor ‘The Chosen One’ Jeff Jarrett at all!
I think we all know that Jeff Jarrett will be entering that gauntlet match last, ready to pick apart whoever is in the ring with him. And not only does Jeff have that kind of advantage, but you have to bet he has the physical advantage too!
How so, Professor?
Jeff Jarrett is the only man healthy! Booker T still has to be banged up from his match with Steiner at Souled Out, and then suffering a concussion afterwards! Flair injured his knee and also suffered a concussion at Souled Out, and was then assaulted last week at Wednesday Nitro’s end! Sting was also assaulted last week, getting a guitar broken over his head, followed by a three-on-one attack by the New World Order! Jeff Jarrett, however, is in perfect condition!
Oh my, you’re right, Professor! I never even thought of that!
Well ladies and gentleman, we have to take our first commercial break of the evening, but don’t’ change that channel, because coming up next, Super Crazy debuts against Kaz Hayashi!
What a night this is going to be on Nitro!
*When Nitro returns, Kaz Hayashi is already in the ring, and like Yang last week, is without his partner. Super Crazy then comes out to “Roadhouse Blues” by The Doors, his old ECW music. ‘The Insane Luchadore’ gets a respectable face pop from the crowd in New Jersey; some of the fans recognize him from his ECW days. Crazy jogs down the entrance aisle and slides into the ring. Referee Billy Silverman then orders for the match to get underway.*
Kaz Hayashi vs. Super Crazy
It’s supposed to be a big night tonight on Nitro, so how what kind of match starts off the wrestling action? Cruiserweights! Super Crazy makes his debut in the match against Hayashi, and dominates throughout most of the match. Crazy hits an array of aerial, cruiserweight, style moves throughout most of the match, keeping the crowd awake with all kinds of hurricanranas and head scissors. Hayashi had just a little bit of offense in the middle of the match, getting Crazy on the canvas and mat wrestling with him. However, Crazy got the advantage soon after, and hit Hayashi with a tiger bomb. After that, Crazy hit a moonsault from the first turnbuckle, second turnbuckle, and then the third turnbuckle, getting the victory with the Trifecta Moonsault.
Super Crazy def. Kaz Hayashi at 6:13
Super Crazy is one of the greatest cruiserweights in the entire world, Tony! He is a former Extreme Championship Wrestling Television Champion, and a 3-time IWA: Puerto Rico Junior Heavyweight Champion! He is a master of the lucha libre style of wrestling, and in my opinion, destined for great things in World Championship Wrestling!
Well I guess only time can tell, Professor. And oh, what is this!? Ugh, Lance Storm is coming out to the ring!
One More Shot
*Lance Storm was indeed making his way to the ring, as “Maple Leaf” played. Storm walked out in his wrestling garb, the North American Title belt wrapped around his waist. The crowd boos the Canadian super star as he blankly walks down the entrance aisle. Storm gets into the ring, and is handed a microphone from David Penzer.*
If I could be serious for a moment…
*The crowd boos Storm’s signature phrase.*
On Sunday, August 26, at Souled Out, I showed you pathetic American’s that Lance Storm is not a one-dimensional wrestler! Ever since I came to this company, every single fat-ass American has touted me one-dimensional wrestler; they said I could only wrestle the pure style. Well at Souled Out, I showed you! I proved that I can be hardcore, and I can take it to the extreme. I can understand that some of you will not want to believe me, but I will just have to give you some solid information. Look up to the Nitro Tron, and watch. Pretend it is a TV, that way, I know you all will watch it… lazy Americans.
*The video ends, and the cameras focus back on Lance Storm, who is still standing in the ring.*
Originally Posted by Souled Out Highlights
~(On the outside) Hugh is up on his feet, but gets knocked back down when Storm leaps over the top rope and takes Hugh down with a flying cross body block!
~Storm leans the ladder up against the side of the ring, and then pulls Hugh up to his feet. Storm connects with a knife edge chop, and then whips Hugh face first into the ladder! Morris staggers backwards, right into a diving reverse DDT on the concrete floor! Heads up guys; the ladder is falling down! Lance Storm rolls out of the way just in time, and the ladder falls right onto the body of Hugh Morris!
~Once on their feet, Storm connects with a fore arm, and then rams his shoulder into the waist of Morris, driving him back into the side of the ring. Storm rams his shoulder into the waist of Morris three more times, and then whips him into the ladder again. This time, however, Morris goes back first into the ladder. Hugh stays put on the ladder, allowing Storm to charge him, and hit a leaping corkscrew spinning heel kick! Storm just kicked Hugh right in the jaw!
~Lance still isn’t finished with the ladder, as he picks it up and lays it across the apron and guardrail. Lance still isn’t finished with the ladder, as he picks it up and lays it across the apron and guardrail.
~…Morris goes for a hip toss. Lance reverses the toss by landing on a ladder rung! Hugh still has a hold of Lance’s arm but not for long; Lance jumps off the ladder and hits a swinging hurricanrana to Morris! Hugh smacks off the canvas and rolls to the outside of the ring, while the ladder falls over, landing on the third rope near Morris. The ladder landed in an awkward position; only one half of the ladder is in the ring, the other half is dangling on the outside. Storm gets to his feet inside the ring, while Hugh slowly gets to his on the outside. Lance continues to put on a showcase tonight, running up the ladder, leaping off once he gets to the end, and hitting a shooting star press vault to the standing Hugh Morris!
~Morris walks over to the ladder, and Storm has his fingertips on the Title Belt! Storm is about to grab the belt, but Hugh pushes the ladder over! The ladder falls over, but Lance Storm is hanging onto the bars that the Title is attached to! Storm is hanging 15 feet in the air! All Lance needs to do is unhook the Title as his body dangles above Morris. Hugh jumps up to reach Storm’s foot, but Lance lifts up his feet! Lance tries to pull his legs all the way up to the rest of his body, but he is too tired, and his legs collapse! Storm dangles, now holding onto the bars for dear life! Morris jumps up again, and he grabs a hold of Storm’s foot! Morris yanks Storm down, and Lance falls! Storm starts falling 15 feet to the canvas, but Morris catches him on the way, and plants him with a spine buster!
~Lance Storm reaches the top of the ladder, and unhooks the North American Title Belt! Lance Storm has won! Lance Storm is the first ever WCW North American Champion!
At Souled Out, I put my body on the line! I performed sick, dare-devil maneuvers, I took devastating bumps! And I came out the winner! I am not only an amazing pure-wrestler, but I am one hell of an extreme-wrestler! You add those two qualities together, and you have the greatest all-around professional wrestler in World Championship Wrestling!
*Lance Storm gets some heel heat from the crowd, but the fans start cheering as Hugh Morris’ theme hits the sound system! Morris walks out of the curtain, a microphone in hand.*
Lance Storm, I think you need to hold up for just one minute!
*The crowd cheers Morris.*
Lance, I will give you your credit, at Souled Out, you beat me. You won the North American Title. But don’t think that makes you some all-star! Because you’re not! Before you go and try and hype yourself up, you have to settle an old war, with me!
*The crowd cheers on Hugh. How an overweight, uncharismatic, dismal mid card wrestler is getting over is beyond me.*
Ah, the typical American... not knowing when he has been defeated by the better man. Hugh Morris, I am a better wrestler than you; I’ve proven it twice now on pay per view. I am the North American Champion, not you. What else needs to be said to prove to you that you are complete and total crap, while I am an all star!
Beat me! Beat me in a fight! You haven’t ever pinned Hugh Morris’ shoulders to the mat! You cheated to beat me at Slamboree, and at Souled Out, all you did was climb a ladder faster than me! You never beat me!
Face it, Hugh, you are out of my league. I have no need, or desire, to defeat you again. And besides, I do not fight. I am not a low-class, overweight, American slob, like yourself. I am a well-raised, classy, pure-bred, Canadian… I wrestle!
*The crowd lays into Lance with a chorus of boos.*
Well then how about we wrestle, and we fight! At Fall Brawl, you and me, one-on-one, in a good ole’ fashioned American Brawl! Put that North American Title on the line against me at Fall Brawl!
Yet again, you ignorant piece of filth, you’re challenging me to a fight, not a wrestling contest!
Oh, but I am! Next week! Lance, next week, me and you, one-on-one, in one of your Canadian Submission’s match! The only way to win is make your opponent tap out to a submission! If I win, I get my match at Fall Brawl!
Heh, you actually think you can beat me in a submission match!? Do you even know how to apply a simple submission hold? I doubt it! Hugh, if you want to make an illogical challenge like that, then you’re on. But when I defeat you next week on Nitro, you can never get a shot at the North American Title until I somehow lose it! Deal?
Oh yeah, Lance, deal!
*The crowd cheers at the deal made between Lance Storm and Hugh Morris. The two wrestlers stare each other down, while the cameras cut back to commentary a few moments later.*
What a match for next week! We’re looking at one of the best matches in Nitro’s history next week!
*Oh Tony Schiavone… always hyping up every match like it’s amazing.*
Next week, Hugh Morris versus Lance Storm in a submission match! If Lance wins, Hugh never gets another Title shot at Lance! If Hugh wins, he gets to face Lance for the North American Title at Fall Brawl in an “American Brawl”. That should be interesting ladies and gentleman!
It has been a marvelous night so far on Wednesday Nitro ladies and gentleman, but we have to take another commercial break. But don’t go away, because coming up next, KroniK takes on Totally Buff, with the WCW Tag Team Titles on the line!
*When Wednesday Nitro returns, both teams are already in the ring, ready to start the WCW Tag Team Title match.*
KroniK © vs. Totally Buff (w/Miss Elizabeth)
WCW Tag Team Championship
Ugh. The less said about this match the better. The match, for starters, was a heel versus heel bout, and all four men blow in the ring for the most part. Mix that together, and the crowd shit all over this match, and the in-ring quality featured slow, botched, and just downright terrible, brawling. Thankfully, the match only ever got four minutes in length, before Sean O’Haire and Chuck Palumbo ran down into the ring, and attacked both teams, resulting in a no contest; KroniK keep a hold of the Tag Titles though. Palumbo & O’Haire, KroniK, and Totally Buff all took part in a six-man brawl after the match, only for ‘Head of Security’ Doug Dillinger and his hoard of security to break up the mayhem.
KroniK and Totally Buff went to a no contest at 4:26
What chaos in the ring!
Sean O’Haire and Chuck Palumbo are two angry young lions, Tony! They lost the WCW Tag Titles to KroniK at Slamboree, and at Souled Out, they got cheated out of a win by Totally Buff and Miss Elizabeth! They have bad blood between both teams, but tonight, they got a measure of revenge!
That they definitely got, Professor!
*The crowd explodes in the L. Brown Athletic Arena as “Sprach Zarathustra” hits the sound system!*
It’s Ric Flair! Ric Flair is coming out to the ring, Professor! Ladies and gentleman, we need to take a quick commercial break, but don’t go away, Ric Flair is here!
Not Just Games, But War Too
*During the break, Ric Flair made his entrance to the ring, and played with the fans, keeping them red-hot before Nitro returned. Nitro returns, and Flair is set to talk, dressed in his best Armani suit.*
Rutgers University… the Naitcha’ Boy is in the house! WOOO!
Tonight, tonight Ric Flair gets his chance to become a 17-time, WOOO, World Heavyweight, WOOO Champion!
*The crowd cheers on Ric Flair, who gets a face reaction by simply opening up his mouth.*
Tonight, the limousine ridin’, Lear jet flyin’, kiss stealin’, wheelin’, dealin’, son of a gun, is going to kick some New World Order ass!
*The crowd seems to hope so, screaming and cheering for The Nature Boy.*
However, that is to come later on tonight. Right now, is not about the main event. Oh no! Right now, is about something a lot more personal! New! World! Order! The nWo! Eric Bischoff! You slimy son of a bitch! You want to try and bring back the lethal poison that just about killed this company!? You think you can just bring back the venomous nWo, and exterminate my home!? Well, screw, WOOO, you! I’ll kick all of your asses! I’ll ruin you, Bischoff!
*The screaming and yelling Ric Flair pauses, only to throw off his Armani coat. Flair’s face is starting to redden with rage.*
Eric Bischoff, I don’t know who in the hell you think you, but I’m Ric Flair! I was selling out arena’s left and right while you were hitting puberty! I was the biggest star in the world while you were wrapping fish in old newspaper in Minnesota! I’m a 16-time World Heavyweight Champion! You, you’re a pompous, slimy, arrogant, son of a bitch, whose only claim to fame is getting rich off of guys like Hulk Hogan!
*The crowd seems to agree with Flair, cheering him on. The cameras catch a sign that reads “Flair is God”. Flair stops, and takes a deep breath, seemingly calming himself down. When Flair resumes talking, his tone is normal.*
Eric Bischoff, you brought back the New World Order… there is nothing I can do to change that. Last time, the New World Order was around for over three years, and it wreaked havoc on this company. It destroyed the careers of superstars, ran some of the best talent out of the company, and almost killed the company from within. And while all of that was going on, Ric Flair was unable to stop the monster that was the New World Order.
*The crowd slightly boos Flair. They don’t like hearing Flair talk about bad times of the past.*
What can I say, it’s true? The Nature Boy could not defeat the New World Order! I wasn’t alone though, no one could. Not Bill Goldberg, not even Sting! But this time! This time, things will be different! Because this time, The Nature Boy has a plan! This time, Ric Flair is going to bring in the one man he is sure can defeat the New World Order.
*Flair pauses, while the crowd sits on the edge of their seats, ready to hear what Flair is going to say next.*
You see, Eric Bischoff, you are not the mastermind of the New World Order! You may be the mastermind this time around, but back in ’96, you were nothing! You were a man with power that the real mastermind used to get his way! Eric Bischoff, you were a marionette for the real mastermind!
*Flair pauses, while the crowd continues to listen hard to what Naitch has to say.*
Eric Bischoff, this mastermind, he can destroy the New World Order! And you know why, Bischoff? Because he is the creator! If the best damn thing going, Ric Flair, couldn’t defeat the New World Order last time around, then The Naitcha’ Boy knows that the only way the New World Order can be defeated, is by one man. The one man who could always go toe-to-toe with Ric Flair, and even beat Ric Flair! The one man who is arguably a bigger star than The Nature Boy! The one man, who brought the New World Order together!
*A small portion of the crowd starts to cheer, picking up on who Flair is talking about.*
The one man who is Immortal!
*About 3/4’s of the crowd has now picked up on who Flair is talking about, and start screaming and stomping their feet off of the ground.*
The one man, who is Hollywood! The one man, who has been a World Champion a total of 11 times! The one, and only, HULK HOGAN!
*The crowd scream their heads off at the mere mention of Hogan’s name, nearly blowing the roof off of the L. Brown Athletic Center! The fans then break out in a loud “Hogan, Hogan” chant! On a scale of 1 to 10 in loudness and enthusiasm of cheers, that got a 17. However, when no music ever plays, the fans start booing, realizing Hogan isn’t here.*
Now, I’m sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but Hulk isn’t here tonight. He will be back in World Championship Wrestling, don’t you worry! And Hulk Hogan will be back in WCW to kill what he created, the New World Order!
*Well, that seemed to get the crowd back in a positive mood, breaking into another loud chant of “Hogan, Hogan”.*
Together, Hulk Hogan, Ric Flair, Sting, and all of WCW are going to kill the New World Order! And Eric Bischoff, we not going to let you run around on top for over three years! Hell no! We’re going to kick your ass at Fall Brawl!
*The fans continue to scream and cheer their heads off.*
And when WCW destroys the nWo, we’re not going to do it in any kind of match! WOOO! WCW is going to destroy the nWo in the match that Fall Brawl is most famous for! WOOO! WAR GAMES! Eric Bischoff, New World Order, at Fall Brawl, World Championship Wrestling will meet you in the War Games! WOOO!
*The crowd screams in delight, giving Flair the loudest reaction of the night, even probably beating out the crowd reaction after Flair said Hogan was coming back! Flair struts in the ring, and yelling out the occasional “Wooo” here and there, as the cameras cut to commentary.*
OH MY GOD~!
I am at a loss for words, Tony! All I can say is, HULK HOGAN! WAR GAMES!
Ladies and gentleman, we promised you a historic night, and that promo by Ric Flair was enough to make this night the greatest edition of Nitro ever! Ric Flair has announced that he is bringing HULK HOGAN back to WCW, and has challenged the New World Order to a match at Fall Brawl…in the WAR GAMES~! That would be the greatest match ever~!
That is the kind of match is the equivalent of a little boy waiting for Christmas Day to come to get that present he has always wanted! The War Games match, WCW versus nWo, is on my wish list for this year’s Fall Brawl, Santa Claus!
Mine too! Oh my, ladies and gentleman! What a night this has been so far, but it will only get better, I guarantee you! We have to take a commercial break, but coming up next, Shane Helms and Chavo Guerrero Jr. meet in a Souled Out rematch for the WCW Cruiserweight Title! Don’t turn that channel!
*When Wednesday Nitro returns, Chavo Guerrero Jr. is already in the ring. “Sugar Baby” hits the sound system then, bringing out ‘Sugar’ Shane Helms! Helms comes out to the ring with his “Sugar Babies”, and has the WCW Cruiserweight Title on his shoulder. Helms walks down the entrance aisle to a good amount of cheers from the fans; Helms is getting more and more over with each match. Helms makes his way into the ring, and after a couple of moments, referee Charles Robinson had the bell rung to start the match.*
Shane Helms © vs. Chavo Guerrero Jr.
WCW Cruiserweight Title
Chavo Guerrero Jr. and Shane Helms have a great re-match from Souled Out, but they couldn’t beat out their match from the PPV itself. Helms and Chavo worked a style similar to their match at Souled Out, blending the fast paced aerial style, with the slow mat-based style to put on an overall good match. Helms dominated the aerial part of the match, hitting a snap hurricanrana, as well as a swinging tornado DDT. However, Chavo then landed himself the advantage by reversing a Helms hurricanrana into a kneeling power bomb. Helms fought off Guerrero’s offense throughout the remainder of the match, and was able to regain momentum of the match. After knocking Chavo down a couple of times, Helms put Chavo away with his innovative Vertebreaker for the three count and title retention.
Shane Helms def. Chavo Guerrero Jr. at 8:18 to retain
Shane Helms wins again! He’s unstoppable in WCW!
I wouldn’t call him unstoppable, Tony, but Shane Helms is definitely on a hot streak to say the least! Helms has won seven out of his last nine matches, and is on a three-match winning streak.
*Konnan’s theme music starts playing in the background, bringing him out to a chorus of cheers.*
And speaking of winning streaks, Professor, the man who is looking to go on a big one, Rey Misterio Jr., is up next, facing his old friend, Konnan!
This is going to be a very personal, intense, battle!
*The old Mexican theme of Rey Misterio Jr. hits, bringing him out to a somewhat lukewarm reaction. Some fans here at Rutgers boo him, but some still cheer him, used to him being the face they always knew and loved. Misterio tries to get on their heel side, refusing to slap hands with any of the fans, and flicking them off. Rey-Rey gets into the ring then, and the match gets underway.*
Konnan (w/Tygress) vs. Rey Misterio Jr.
So we get the big return match of Rey Misterio Jr., aye? Too bad the match was average at best. The styles of Rey-Rey and K-Dawg didn’t seem to go together well, and the match also had a commercial break in the middle of it, taking away from the overall feel of the match. Misterio dominated for most of the match, hitting a snap hurricanrana, as well as a tilt-a-whirl head scissors to gain the early advantage. Rey then worked over Konnan on the ring canvas, showing off his technical skills. Rey-Rey continued to slow the pace down a bit, working over the neck of Konnan with various neck breakers and drop kicks. K-Dawg fought back and almost got the victory with a 187. However, t’wasn’t enough, and Rey kicked out. The match went on, and Misterio once again regained the advantage with a low blow. Misterio then followed up with a nice maneuver, getting Konnan up onto the second turnbuckle after a bit of effort. Misterio then climbed up onto the third turnbuckle, flipped off the turnbuckle, and hit Konnan with a sunset flip power bomb! The spot was very awesome to say the least, and got a pop from the crowd, despite Rey being a heel. To regain his heat, Rey made a cocky cover with just his foot, only to remove it right before the three count. Rey then got Konnan up onto the third turnbuckle, and finished him off with a Frankensteiner to grab the victory. After the match, Misterio laid the boots to the fallen Konnan, but couldn’t do a whole lot of damage; Billy Kidman raced down the entrance aisle and into the ring, resulting and Rey-Rey fleeing the ring before Kidman could have a confrontation with him.
Rey Misterio Jr. def. Konnan at 9:01
Well Tony, Rey Misterio Jr. may have a new, cocky attitude, but his wrestling skills haven’t changed a bit! He is still a phenomenal wrestler, and defeated Konnan pretty easily.
Professor, I am no longer a fan of Rey Misterio Jr. after what he did at Souled Out, but what he did in that match against Konnan was impressive! That flipping power bomb!
Rey is ready to make a serious name for himself in WCW, Tony, and I think he may have done just that! But now, ladies and gentleman, we are going to send you backstage, where ‘Mean’ Gene Okerlund is standing by with the WCW World Heavyweight Champion Booker T!
Dig It Sucka!?
*Backstage now, and ‘Mean’ Gene is with Booker, who is looking extremely focused. Booker is already in his wrestling gear, and has the WCW World Heavyweight Title over his shoulder.*
Ladies and gentleman, I am here standing by with the current WCW World Heavyweight Champion, Booker T! Booker, you have a big Title defense coming up in just a few moments… what are your thoughts about this match?
My thoughts!? Mean Gene, you wanna know muh thoughts!? I’m pissed off! Eric Bischoff and the New World Order are already tryin’ ta screw da’ Booka’ Man! Ta’ night, “Easy E” books me in-a match wit’ muh friends, Ric Flair n’ Sting!? He wants me ta’ fight two of muh best friends!? Well Eric, let da’ Booka’ Man tell you sumthin’! I’ve held ‘dis belt for ova’ five months now, sucka! Five months, five months, five months, five months, five months! I’ve faced all coma’s, and ta’ night, will be no different! Ta’ night, da Booka’ Man will retain ‘dis Title! I’m da Dubya See Dubya Champion, Mean Gene, and ta’ night, I’m a gonna show why once again!
But what about the New World Order!? What about Jeff Jarrett in the ring!? Or the lumberjacks outside the ring!?
MEAN GENE! Sucka’s got ta’ know that no one is holdin’ Booker T down! Back in nineteen ninety-six, the N-Dubya-O held da Booka’ Man back, but not now! Eric Bischoff, Jeff Jarrett, Big Poppa Pump… everybody…. All the sucka’s in da world ain’t gonna take away muh Dubya See Dubya World Heavyweight Title! Chosen One, Bischoff, N-Dubya-O… yo punk asses ‘bout ta get served by the Dubya See Dubya World Heavyweight Champion! Now can you dig that!?
*Booker T glares into the camera, the intensity in his eyes showing. Booker then shoves the World Heavyweight Title belt into the camera before walking away.*
Booker T is ready to go, Professor!
Ric Flair, Sting, and especially Jeff Jarrett, be on your look-out because Booker T isn’t going to lose his WCW World Heavyweight Title tonight!
Well he can fight all he wants, Professor, but there is only one way to find out if Booker is going to keep that Title tonight; watch the main event, which is coming up next!
*Quick clips are shown of the participants backstage. Booker T is walking with a purpose backstage, the WCW World Heavyweight Title belt on his shoulder. Ric Flair slowly walks down a corridor, his Nature Boy robe on over his tights. Sting is shown in a dark room, clutching a black baseball bat. Finally, is Jeff Jarrett. The Chosen One is walking down a corridor, Eric Bischoff alongside him. Jarrett is in his usual shades and “nWo” t-shirt, and has his guitar slung over his shoulder. Behind him is ‘Big Poppa Pump’ Scott Steiner, Midajah, and ‘The Career Killer’ Mike Awesome. All are in “nWo” t-shirts. Behind them, the rest of the lumberjacks; Chris Kanyon, The Wall, Totally Buff, The Mamalukes, and ‘The Dog Faced Gremlin’ Rick Steiner. A still image then pops up on the Nitro Tron; all four wrestlers in the main event are in the shot, the WCW World Heavyweight Title belt in the background. In white text, “Booker T vs. Ric Flair vs. Sting vs. Jeff Jarrett”, is shown, and under that, in the same text, “WCW World Heavyweight Championship”.*
*When Nitro returns, “New World Order” is playing, and the nWo is finishing making their entrance. Awesome, Steiner, and Midajah are all in the ring, while Eric Bischoff makes his up the ring steps. Midajah has a microphone in her hand, and hands it to Eric Bischoff once he enters the ring. The crowd is booing him already.*
Hoboes and ho’s, it is time for your main event! The following contest will be a gauntlet style elimination match! Two men will start in the ring, and when one man is eliminated, another man enters. Surrounding the ring will be lumberjacks, who were all hand-picked by the two “Head Lumberjacks” Scott Steiner and Mike Awesome! The order of the entry has been “randomly” selected.
*Bischoff hands the microphone over to ‘Big Poppa Pump’ Scott Steiner.*
Alright, freaks! Let’s get this rollin’ so we can crown a new World Heavyweight Champion! Myself and Mike Awesome are the two “Head Lumberjacks” for this match, so we picked who we thought could kick some serious ass if need be! So boys, get your asses down here so we can do this shit!
*The last part gets bleeped, but who really cares. “New World Order” hits again, bringing out the lumberjacks shown before the break; Chris Kanyon, Rick Steiner, The Mamalukes, The Wall, and Totally Buff. They all surround the ring, ready to do their thing. Steiner hands the microphone back to Bischoff.*
Alright, so let’s see… the first entrant. Oh, well look at this! The first entrant is a man who has lost the World Heavyweight Title a total of sixteen times! He is known as the most overrated wrestler in the history of professional wrestling, and the man who didn’t know when to retire… which was over five years ago might I add! Ladies and gentleman, sadly present to you… ‘Old Man River’ Ric Flair!
*“Sprach Zarathustra” hits the sound system, causing the fans to erupt in the L. Brown Athletic Center. Flair comes out onto the entrance stage, discards his gown, and marches down the aisle. He dives into the ring, and makes a beeline for Eric Bischoff. However, “Easy E” has already fled the ring, and Flair runs right into Mike Awesome and Scott Steiner. The two get ready to pounce on Flair, but “Can You Dig It Sucka!?” hits the PA, causing a loud face pop for Booker T from the fans at Rutgers! Booker quickly sprints down the entrance aisle, and dives into the ring. His opponent is Ric Flair, but instead of attacking him, Booker and Naitch both attack Mike Awesome and Scott Steiner! A 4-way brawl ensues, but the faces are on a roll, and quickly toss Steiner and Awesome from the ring! After a quick celebration, Booker and Flair end up bumping into each other, and a stare down ensues. Finally, Senior Official Randy “Pee=Wee” Anderson gets into the ring, and the bell is rung to start the main event. Flair and Booker shake hands, and the match is underway! But remember folks, if Booker T is to retain his Title now, he must single-handedly defeat Ric Flair, Sting, and Jeff Jarrett!*
Booker T © vs. Jeff Jarrett vs. Ric Flair vs. Sting
WCW World Heavyweight Championship- Lumberjack Match
The first two participants, Booker and Flair, put on an average match to start things. The crowd was divided between Booker T and Ric Flair, not knowing who they wanted to cheer for, resulting in them not getting into their “match” much at all. Surprisingly, the lumberjacks played no role during this match. Flair and Booker went back and forth for five minutes, with no real flow. Flair scored a near fall with an eye rake and DDT, but Booker T made a comeback, hitting a Harlem Side Kick and then a 110th Street Slam. Flair took another Harlem Side Kick, and staggered around the ring afterwards, walking right into a Book End! Booker T made the cover, and got the somewhat surprising three count! Afterwards, Flair and Booker shook hands, and Flair started his departure from the ring.
Booker T def. Ric Flair at 5:42
Ric Flair got out into the apron, as “Seek and Destroy” hit the sound system, resulting in a thunderous pop for Sting
! Sting walked down the entrance aisle, wielding his baseball bat with a purpose, warning the lumberjacks not to mess with him. Scott Steiner gets into The Stinger’s face, but Sting points the bat at Big Poppa Pump’s eyes, causing Steiner to back away. Steiner slinks off, only to turn around and sucker punch Ric Flair in the jaw! Uh-oh! Sting starts brawling with Big Poppa Pump! Mike Awesome jumps in! Sting knocks down Steiner and Awesome! CHAOS~! The rest of the lumberjacks jump in, and they all attack Ric Flair and Sting! In the ring, Booker T is ready to attack. Booker runs off the ropes, charges towards the hoard of lumberjacks, Flair and Sting, and dives over the top rope onto the lumberjacks, knocking everyone down to the floor! The crowd likes the massive-person spot, chanting “Holy Shit!”
. Booker, Flair, and Sting thankfully get up to their feet first, and scurry away from the hoard of lumberjacks. Flair takes off backstage, and Sting and Booker T get into the ring, ready to start their “match”.
So after all of the pre-match mayhem for Booker and Sting, the two men duke it out in the ring. Again, it is a face versus face contest, so the crowd is torn. Instead of cheering for someone in the match, they boo the lumberjacks, chanting “nWo Sucks”
. Booker and Sting have another mediocre match, only last about five minutes as well. In the end, Sting hit Booker T with a Stinger Splash, knocking Booker down. As Sting prepared to finish Booker off, Scott Steiner came into the ring and hit Sting in the back with a lead pipe! Steiner exited the ring, as Sting was keeled over in the middle of the ring. Booker recovered and saw Sting, confused as to what happened. Nevertheless, Booker capitalized, hitting Sting with the Harlem Axe Kick to put Sting away for the victory.
Booker T def. Sting at 10:15
After their match was over, Booker T helped Sting to his feet, and they shook hands. The lumberjacks all stood at the end of the entrance aisle, not letting Sting exit. However, the Stinger had a plan, as the lights cut off! Panic for a few seconds, but the lights then come back on, only to show that Sting is gone. However, Booker T isn’t alone in the ring… Jeff Jarrett is behind him
! Jarrett sneaks up behind Booker, STROKE!
Booker T is down! The crowd is booing, and the bell is rung to start the “match”. Anderson counts the pin, ONE! TWO!
KICK OUT! Booker T kicked out! I thought we had a new World Heavyweight Champion, but no! The crowd is now buzzing after the kick out by Booker T, and that is how they would stay for the remainder of the match. The match settled down after the very chaotic beginning, but Jeff Jarrett controlled the entire match it seemed. Jarrett was completely healthy, while Booker still has lingering injuries from Souled Out, and wrestled ten full minutes against Ric Flair and Sting as well. This was played up throughout the entire match, as the resiliency of Booker T was hyped by the commentators as he refused to be pinned for a three count. Booker did just that; he kicked out, time and time again. Jarrett threw out every move in his arsenal to put Booker T away, but the World Champion wasn’t having it. After being beaten down by The Chosen One for almost five minutes, Booker T caught a break, evading an atomic elbow drop from the second turnbuckle after Jarrett took way
too long taunting the crowd.
After a slow ten count by Anderson, both Booker T and Jarrett got up to their feet the count of nine. Slow brawling by both men ensued, but Booker T got the advantage, fired up and ready to kick some nWo ass! Booker finally knocked Jarrett to the canvas with a hard right hand, kept his motivation going, hitting a dropkick and then a DDT. Booker T was on a roll, hitting a couple of suplexes, and finally, a Harlem Side Kick, causing The Chosen One to stagger over. With Jarrett bent over, Booker capitalized, hitting the Harlem Axe Kick! Booker made the pin and had the match won, but ‘The Career Killer’ Mike Awesome pulled Booker T out of the ring, just before three! Awesome threw a right hand, but Booker blocked it, and knocked Awesome down with a hard right of his own! ‘Big Poppa Pump’ Scott Steiner got involved, only to get knocked down! The rest of the lumberjacks started to circle Booker T, ready to attack him. The cavalry came charging though, in the form of Ric Flair and Cal Anderson from the backstage, and Sting through the crowd. The “cavalry” and Booker T all brawled with the lumberjacks, kicking ass and taking names. The faces fought off the lumberjacks, allowing Booker T to enter the ring, leaving Sting, Flair, and Cal to continue their brawl with the lumberjacks.
Booker T got back into the ring, but was immediately pounced on by Jeff Jarrett! Jarrett connected with a barrage of right hands, laying into the World Heavyweight Champion. The Chosen One tried to finish things off with the Stroke, but Booker T countered at the very last second, shoving Jarrett into the ropes. Jarrett came back at Booker, going for a clothesline. Booker caught Jeff’s arm though, trapping Jeff, and hitting him with the Book End! Booker made the cover, and no one could make the save for Jeff; ONE! TWO! THREE!
Booker T def. Jeff Jarrett at 17:58 to retain
The “Perfect” Debut
The bell rang, signaling for the match’s end. Randy Anderson presented Booker T with his WCW World Heavyweight Title belt, and the Booker Man celebrated with his belt, showing why he was the Champion. On the outside of the ring, the lumberjacks had finally taken over the fight against Ric Flair, Sting, and Cal Anderson, pummeling them to the floor. Booker T continued to celebrate inside the ring, when he was jumped by a man in a black shirt and blue jeans! It’s CURT HENNIG!
Curt Hennig is back in WCW, but he is wearing a “nWo” t-shirt! HE’S NEW WORLD ORDER! Hennig lays into Booker with forearms to the back of the head, and spins him around. Toe kick to the mid-section by Hennig, and the former Mr. Perfect plants the Champion with the Hennig Plex
Booker T is down and out in the middle of the ring! Ric Flair, Sting, and Cal Anderson are down and out in the entrance aisle! Mike Awesome and Scott Steiner are heading back into the ring, Eric Bischoff leading the way. Eric has something in his hand… oh-no, Bischoff has two cans ofspray paint
! In the ring, Hennig picks Booker up, and tosses him to Jarrett, who has now recovered. Jeff low blows Booker, and hits him with The Stroke! Booker is laid on out on his stomach, and it’s time for the spray painting! Bischoff hands one can to Jarrett, and the other to Hennig. Hennig spray paints one letter, and oh, how disgusting… it’s white
spray paint. How racist! Hennig and Jarrett proceed to spray paint “N W O” on Booker’s back, with the “N” and “O” being spray painted in white by Hennig, while “W” is black.
The New World Order all stand tall over the fallen Booker T, celebrating, with Jeff Jarrett holding the WCW World Heavyweight Title belt high into the sky. The cameras the continue to focus on the New World Order while commentary concludes the show.
The New World Order disgust me! They are repulsive punks!
This is a damn shame, Tony! Booker T goes through three men to retain his WCW World Heavyweight Title! He fights three of the best superstars in the company for almost twenty minutes, only to get jumped by the slime ball Curt Hennig, and the rest of the nWo afterwards!
This is a nasty war, Professor, a nasty war! WCW is trying to put up a strong defense, but the New World Order has been dominant the whole time!
But we have Hulk Hogan coming, Tony! ‘Hollywood’ Hulk Hogan is coming to WCW, and he’s coming to fight the nWo!
I can only hope he gets here soon, Professor!
Me too, Tony, me too. Well ladies and gentleman, that’ll wrap things up for tonight, but thank you very much for tuning into the first primetime edition of Wednesday Nitro on NBC! We hope to see you all next week, same time, same channel! For Tony Schiavone, I’m Mike Tenay, see you next week!