Re: WCW 2001- The Trio Ownership
World Championship Wrestling
Von Braun Center, Huntsville, Alabama
September 19, 2001
Tony Schiavone: Ladies and gentleman, welcome to Wednesday Nitro! I’m Tony Schiavone, alongside me, as always, is ‘The Professor’ Mike Tenay! Professor, you’re excited; you know I’m excited. Tonight is going to be the biggest, and greatest, night in the history of professional wrestling!
Mike Tenay: It’s going to be one heck of a Wednesday Nitro, that much is true, Tony! Tonight, Booker T defends the WCW World Heavyweight Title against nWo member Curt Hennig! Plus, ‘The Chosen One’ Jeff Jarrett takes on ‘The Nature Boy’ Ric Flair in a steel cage match!
Tony Schiavone: A 16-foot tall steel cage!
Mike Tenay: It’s a big cage, that much is true. Two men will battle inside the cage, and the only way to win, is to pin your opponent or make them submit! This match isn’t just about the pride of beating the other man though! If Ric Flair beats Jarrett in the steel cage, then WCW and the New World Order will have to do battle in the War Games at Fall Brawl! But if Jeff Jarrett wins, then The Nature Boy must leave WCW forever!
Tony Schiavone: There is so much riding on this match, Tenay! The War Games is a match that Ric Flair and WCW have always wanted to have against the nWo! However, if WCW loses Ric Flair tonight, then WCW is losing the best wrestler to ever step into the ring, and its leader!
Mike Tenay: It’s gong to be a big night, so let’s get the action started, with Shane Helms taking on ‘The Insane Luchadore’ Super Crazy in a non-title match!
Shane Helms vs. Super Crazy
Non-Title Singles Match
What a shocker. The night opens up with wrestling instead of a promo. And I mean real wrestling, not crap wrestling WCW has been known to put out at times. Helms and Crazy have a solid singles match, putting on a very good aerial display. However, throughout the match, the two seemed to be holding back, not giving their all. Helms and Crazy went back and forth through the air, before settling down a bit, working on the canvas with a more mat-based style. Helms almost picked up the victory with a shining wizard, same with Super Crazy and a springboard leg drop from the second rope. However, in the end, Helms got Crazy locked in position for that deadly Vertebreaker. Uh oh, Crazy! Helms goes for the Vertebreaker, but Crazy rolls out of the maneuver! That was a nice little spot of athleticism! Helms then went for a hurricanrana, only for Crazy to reverse it in mid-move with a sit-out power bomb. With Helms down, Crazy hit the Trifecta Moonsault for the clean, upset victory! After the match, Super Crazy celebrates, while Shane Helms, looks completely shocked. His mouth is agape, and he runs his fingers through his hair. He can’t believe he lost to Crazy, in only Crazy’s 2nd WCW match.
Super Crazy def. Shane Helms at 8:49
Star Quality: ***
Tony Schiavone: Whoa!
Mike Tenay: What an upset by Super Crazy! Super Crazy wrestled in just his second match for World Championship Wrestling, and he cleanly pins Shane Helms, the man who has been the Cruiserweight Champion for over six months now! Who would have thought this would happen to start off Nitro!?
Tony Schiavone: We all knew tonight would be the biggest night in Nitro’s history, but it’s turning out to be one of the most surprising nights too!
Mike Tenay: Big and surprising, indeed! There are definitely going to be more surprises in store because remember, Hulk Hogan will be having an interview, via satellite, from his home in Tampa Bay, Florida.
Tony Schiavone: And speaking of interviews, let us send you backstage where ‘Mean’ Gene Okerlund is standing by with the man who will face Booker T later on in the broadcast for the WCW World Heavyweight Title, Curt Hennig!
The Perfect Hype
*Hey, there’s Mean Gene, ready to fire away those questions! Curt Hennig is standing next to Gene-O, dressed in a black and white singlet, chewing his gum, and looking completely ready and cocky for his match tonight.*
Gene Okerlund: Thank you, Tony! I am standing by with Curt Hennig, and Curt, opportunity is knocking on your door tonight!
Curt Hennig: Opportunity is knocking on my door, huh Gene? Not quite. Gene, I don’t wait for opportunity to come knockin’ on my door! Curt Hennig walks up to opportunity, and grabs it by the throat! That’s what Curt Hennig does!
Gene Okerlund: …Okay then. Well, how are you feeling about tonight’s match against Booker T, for the WCW World Heavyweight Championship!?
Curt Hennig: What do you think Curt Hennig is thinking, Gene!? I’m thinking about being the first member of the New World Order to take home some gold! Booker T, he’s a chump. He’s held that World Heavyweight Title belt for almost six months, Gene. Six months! Me? I’ve never held a World Title in WCW! Not once! United States Title? No problem. Tag Title? No sweat. But that one title, the most prestigious one, has always been out of my reach.
*Hennig pauses, and lowers his head. Embarrassment and rage fills his body.*
Curt Hennig: Throughout my whole entire career, I’ve been that guy who never won the “big one”. I was the best wrestler to never win it. But not anymore! After tonight, Curt Hennig becomes perfect! Tonight, I am going to win the World Heavyweight Title, and no one, no one damn it, will stop me! Booker T, I don’t care how good you are! I don’t care how tough you are! Tonight, you’re facing the best talent in the world! Tonight, you’re facing the man who is representing the greatest faction of all-time, the New World Order!
Gene Okerlund: Well, that’ll about wrap up this interview. Remember, later on in the broadcast, Curt Hennig challenges Booker T for the WCW World Heavyweight Championship!
Curt Hennig: Yeah, but you forgot one thing, Gene.
Gene Okerlund: And what’s that!?
Curt Hennig: Curt Hennig is going to walk out of Huntsville, Alabama, the NEW World Heavyweight Champion! And THAT, Gene, that… is simply… perfect!
*Hennig slams the microphone into Okerlund’s chest, and walks off-screen. Gene then brushes himself, looking angry.*
Gene Okerlund: …What a jerk! I hope Booker T beats his butt tonight!
*The segment ends, and Nitro cuts to a break.*
Segment Rating: 80%
Tony Schiavone: Welcome back to Wednesday Nitro ladies and gentleman! During the break, we received some big news!
Mike Tenay: Earlier in the broadcast, Super Crazy scored a huge upset over Shane Helms in a non-title match! However, the two have been booked for a re-match… for Fall Brawl! That’s right, Shane Helms will defend the WCW Cruiserweight Title against Super Crazy!
Tony Schiavone: That’s huge! These two already had a great match tonight, but at Fall Brawl, they could have one of the best cruiserweight matches in the history of professional wrestling!
Mike Tenay: Well Tony, that isn’t the only match for Fall Brawl, which is only eleven days away! Also booked for the show is Billy Kidman versus Rey Misterio Jr., and Hugh Morris versus Lance Storm for the North American Championship in an “American Brawl”! Also, KroniK defends the WCW Tag Titles against Totally Buff, and the team of Chuck Palumbo and Sean O’Haire!
Tony Schiavone: Well speaking of KroniK, Professor, they are backstage with ‘Mean’ Gene Okerlund! And also, right after that interview, Palumbo and O’Haire, the Young Lions, will take on Totally Buff! This should be interesting!
Cashin’ Checks, N’ Breakin’ Backs
*Nitro cuts backstage, where Mean Gene is standing by with KroniK. Bryan Clarke and Brian Adam tower over Okerlund, looking menacing. Both members are in jeans, and have the Tag Title belts strapped around their waist.*
Gene Okerlund: Hello again ladies and gentleman! I am backstage with the WCW Tag Team Champions, KroniK! Brian Adams, Bryan Clarke, in less than two weeks, at Fall Brawl, you two will face your biggest challenge yet! You will face the Young Lions, Chuck Palumbo and Sean O’Haire, and Totally Buff! What are your thoughts on this match!?
Bryan Clarke: Mean Gene, at Fall Brawl, it’s just another typical match! We’ve been the Tag Champs for over three months now, and we’ve kicked the crap out of all challenger!
Brian Adams: Chuck Palumbo and Sean O’Haire, made them look like fools. The Filthy Animals, beat them like an animal should be beaten! Totally Buff wanted some two weeks ago, and we gave them some! But Palumbo and O’Haire, they wanted another ass whooping!
Bryan Clarke: And now that’s what they’re gonna get! Another ass whoopin’! Palumbo and O’Haire, Totally Buff, you four kick the crap out of each other tonight all you want, but at Fall Brawl, your asses are going to be kicked, by KroniK!
Brian Adams: We’re all about cashin’ checks and breakin’ backs, Gene! And at Fall Brawl, that’s exactly what we’re going to do! The two “Young Lions”, and the two old farts, are going to get their backs broken by the High Times! And after it’s all said and done, and Bryan and I have our arms raised in victory, we’re going to cash our checks of success!
Bryan Clarke: And Gene, if you don’t get the hell away from us, we’re gonna be breakin’ some backs, tonight!
*Brian Adams shoves Gene Okerlund down to the floor, and Brian Adams and Bryan Clarke depart from the interview area. As Okerlund slowly gets to his feet, looking irate, the cameras cut back to ringside, where Totally Buff is making their entrance to the ring.*
Segment Rating: 60%
Mike Tenay; Brian Adams and Bryan Clarke are two bad men, Tony!
Tony Schiavone: They’re big, bad, and vicious! They’re mean sons of a gun in the back, and two huge hosses in the ring! At Fall Brawl, they have a great chance of retaining the Tag Titles, even though they don’t even have to be pinned to lose the belts!
*Chuck Palumbo and Sean O’Haire make their entrance to the ring. While doing so, they are announced as the Young Lions.*
Mike Tenay: And that’s the thing! The Young Lions and Totally Buff both want those Tag Titles! They don’t care who they’re pinning! They just want the Tag Titles! What is needed going into Fall Brawl, however, is momentum. And right now, one of these two teams is going to get some, because they’re going to lock-up in the ring, right now!
Totally Buff (w/Miss Elizabeth) vs. Young Lions
Tag Team Match
One word; Ugh. That can describe this match. Totally Buff was on job duty tonight, and they stunk up the ring because of it. The two men no-sold just about all of the Young Lion’s offense, making both teams look incredibly crappy. Palumbo and O’Haire tried to make something out of the match, but Lex Luger and Buff Bagwell just shat all over this match. They two teams ended up just brawling for the most part, as Palumbo and O’Haire couldn’t hit suplexes or any other offensive maneuver without Totally Buff making it look downright terrible. Thankfully, the match only went about five minutes. After Palumbo and O’Haire both tossed Lex Luger from the ring, Palumbo laid out Bagwell with a Jungle Kick. Sean O’Haire then climbed up to the top turnbuckle, connected with the Seanton Bomb, and made the pin for the victory. Thank God that’s over!
Young Lions def. Totally Buff at 5:15
Star Quality: -**
The Champs Stand Tall
After the match, the bell rings and the music for the Young Lions play. Palumbo and O’Haire celebrate, while Luger and Bagwell recover. The winners barely have anytime to celebrate however, as, just like last week, are jumped by KroniK. Brian Adams and Bryan Clarke hit the ring through the crowd, and jumped the two from behind. Adams laid into Palumbo with forearms, while Clarke did the same to O’Haire. A brief brawl ensued, but KroniK quickly got the upper hand. Palumbo was soon taken out with a Spinning Sidewalk Slam, while Clarke took out O’Haire with a Meltdown. Lex Luger then got back into the ring, only to take a High Times… which Luger practically no-sold. Buff Bagwell then got up to his feet, but he also was met with the High Times… which he also practically no-sold. With all four men laid out, KroniK raised their arms in glee, and stood tall.
Segment Rating: 55%
Tony Schiavone: That’s why their the best tag team in WCW, Tony! They’re cheap and nasty, but they’re the best!
Mike Tenay: Well, the Young Lions won the battle tonight against Totally Buff, but KroniK ended up getting the last laugh!
Tony Schiavone: Very true, Professor. The Young Lions fought very well tonight, and got the hard-fought victory. They looked very good tonight, and are starting to get on a winning streak within the past two weeks. However, KroniK is still dominant. For the past two weeks now, Brian Adams and Bryan Clarke have laid out both the Young Lions, and Totally Buff. If they keep this up, they won’t have any opponents for Fall Brawl!
Mike Tenay: Alright ladies and gentleman; we have to take another commercial break. But stay tuned, because still to come, Booker T versus Curt Hennig for the WCW World Heavyweight Title, Ric Flair and Jeff Jarrett in a steel cage, and Hulk Hogan speaks on Nitro for the first time in over a year!
Power, Glory, & Fame… For Life
*As Wednesday Nitro returns from break, “New World Order” hits over the sound system, bringing the New World Order out to the Von Braun Center. The fans immediately jeer the heel faction, who are cocky as ever, despite being without ‘The Chosen One’ Jeff Jarrett and Curt Hennig. The nWo get into the ring, and ‘Big Poppa Pump’ Scott Steiner promptly takes a mic from a stagehand.*
Scott Steiner: Listen up, bitches! The best damn thing in professional wrestling today, the New World Order, has somethin’ to say!
*The crowd boos as Steiner hands the mic over to Bischoff.*
Eric Bischoff: So I hear tonight is supposed to be the biggest night in Nitro’s history, huh? You have Booker T defeating Curt Hennig to retain the World Heavyweight Title.
*The crowd pops*
Eric Bischoff: And you have Ric Flair defeating Jeff Jarrett in a steel cage match to get a War Games match at Fall Brawl between WCW and the nWo.
*The crowd cheer even more.*
Eric Bischoff: Oh, and I almost forgot, an interview with the one and only, Hulk Hogan!
*The crowd erupts, going into a frenzy for Hogan. The nWo members look disgusted; Bischoff lowers and shakes his head.*
Eric Bischoff: That seems like a great night, huh? Well guess what, none of that is going to happen!
*The crowd immediately starts to jeer Bischoff. Bischoff gives them a ‘I don’t give a shit’ look.*
Eric Bischoff: Because hey, Huntsville, let’s enter reality. Tonight, Curt Hennig is going to finally achieve his destiny, and become the WCW World Heavyweight Champion! Tonight, Jeff Jarrett retires the old cripple, Ric Flair! And tonight, you’re not going to hear or see from Hulk Hogan!
*The crowd boos loudly*
Eric Bischoff: It’s fact! Booker T cannot match up to Curt Hennig! Ric Flair is no match for the best wrestler today, Jeff Jarrett! And get this through your head’s… Hulk Hogan does not care about WCW, Ric Flair, or any of you fans!
*The crowd continues to boo Bischoff, and soon try and start a “We Want Hogan” chant.*
Eric Bischoff: Chant all you want! Hogan’s not coming! WCW is fighting for tradition, honor, and pride. Hulk Hogan values none of those traits! Hulk Hogan is going to hold out on World Championship Wrestling. Hulk Hogan stands for power, glory, and fame! Don’t think Hogan is going to once again preach about tradition, honor, and pride! Hulk Hogan’s not going to urge you all to eat your vitamins, drink your milk, and say your prayers! Hogan will not preach something he doesn’t believe in himself! Hulk Hogan has always been about power, glory, and fame! He stood for it in the 80s, he stood for it 90s as a member of the New World Order, and now, in 2001, Hulk Hogan still stands for it. The New World Order stands for power, glory, and fame. And that’s why I brought in Hulk Hogan as the third man in 1996. Because I knew what the Hulkster stood for, so I brought him in on my creation. Hulk Hogan is just like every member of the current, and former, New World Order. Just remember that, ladies and gentleman. Hulk Hogan has always valued power, glory, and fame, like the nWo.
*Bischoff pauses, while the crowd boos. Bischoff then cracks his trademark arrogant grin. *
Eric Bischoff: You could say that Hulk Hogan values power, glory, and fame… for life.
*Bischoff, Steiner, Awesome, and Midajah share a laugh, while the crowd boos. They pick up on what Bischoff is trying to do. He’s trying to convince them all that Hogan is nWo. He is trying to convince Huntsville that Hulk is like the nWo, always has been, always will be, and is now.*
Eric Bischoff: Hulk Hogan turned on you all before! Remember July 7, 1996? Remember Bash at the Beach? Remember Daytona Beach, Florida? Because I do. The New World Order does. Hulk Hogan turned on WCW, and showed the world what he always has been, was, and now is… nWo.
*The crowd continues to boo Bischoff. They’re not digging the fact he’s trying to turn them against Hogan. However, an all too familiar voice is heard, that sparks their interest.*
Voice: Now let me tell you somethin’, dude!
*The Nitro Tron switches to a live feed from Tampa Bay, Florida, showing the face of ‘Hollywood’ HULK HOGAN!*
Segment Rating: 86%
The Hulkster Is Back!
*There he is, on the Nitro Tron, the one and only, ‘Hollywood’ Hulk Hogan. The Hulkster is sitting in a chair, wearing a yellow “Hulkamania” t-shirt, and a red and yellow bandana. Who would have thought that Hulk Hogan would be on Nitro in the year 2001!? He’s here, and he has something to say!*
Hulk Hogan: Eric Bischoff, I heard every word you were sayin’, brother, and I don’t agree with a word of it! I know what you’re doing, dude, and I don’t like one bit. You’re trying to turn all my Hulkamaniacs against me! Well guess what Bischoff, you can’t turn the Hulkamaniacs on me, brother! Hulk Hogan is loyal to Hulkamaniacs, and he ain’t gonna turn on them!
*Hogan pauses while the crowd cheers.*
Hulk Hogan: Eric, back in 1996, I was about power, glory, and fame. I let success go to my head, and I became corrupt, brother. But let me tell you somethin’, dude, Hulk Hogan stands for tradition, honor, and pride! Hulk Hogan stands with WCW, brother! Hulk Hogan stands against the New World Order! Heck, this isn’t even the New World Order standing in the ring, brother. This is a cheesy rip off of the group I started, to try and once again, kill WCW.
*Hogan pauses, while in the ring, the nWo look pissed off. They don’t seem to agree with Hogan’s comments.*
Hulk Hogan: The New World Order was a little faction that ‘Hollywood’ Hulk Hogan created in 1996, brother. It was a faction that brought you in, Bischoff, to get all the power, dude. It has the three baddest dude’s on the planet! Kevin Nash, Scott Hall, and yours truly, ‘Hollywood’ Hulk Hogan, brother! Now, it has two nWo rejects, a chump who thinks he was nWo, new meat, and a conniving, arrogant, stuck up, son of a bitch! Curt Hennig and Scott Steiner, you both couldn’t get the job done as a New World Order member before, dude. And now in 2001, you still won’t get the job done, brother! Jeff Jarrett tried to make himself the new Hulk Hogan… trying to become the leader of the nWo. But Jeff Jarrett doesn’t have anything on Hulk Hogan, dude! Jeff Jarrett is a foul-mouthed punk, whose going to get his tonight when Ric Flair beats his ass in a steel cage, brother!
*Hogan pauses, and the crowd cheers loudly. They cheer on Hogan himself, and for more hype of the steel cage match.*
Hulk Hogan: Mike Awesome, you may be one bad dude, but brother, you’re no Hulk Hogan! You’re no Ric Flair. You’re no Sting. You’re no Booker T. And then, there’s you, Eric Bischoff! Bischoff, let me tell you somethin’, brother! If it wasn’t for me and the Outsiders, you’d still be at that announcing tables, calling matches with Tony Schiavone and Mike Tenay. I made you Bischoff, and I made the New World Order, brother! Eric, you can’t re-create what I made, dude. You can try and destroy WCW all you want, brother, but Hulk Hogan ain’t gonna let that happen. And neither is Ric Flair, Booker T, Sting, The Anderson’s, or anyone else! World Championship Wrestling stands united, dude, and we’re gonna kick your nWo wannabe ass!
*Hogan pauses, while the crowd continues to cheer him on. Bischoff looks like a whipped puppy in the ring, afraid to open his mouth.*
Hulk Hogan: Now, Eric, I may not be in Huntsville, Alabama, tonight, but eventually, I’m going to show up at a WCW event, brother. It may be tomorrow. It may be at Fall Brawl. It may not even be for months! But Eric Bischoff, mark my words, Hulk Hogan is coming back to WCW, brother! And when I do, Bischoff, whatcha’ gonna do, brother!? Whatcha gonna do when Hulk Hogan runs wild on you!?
*The crowd pops loudly at Hogan’s famous catch phrase. Hogan glares into the camera at his home, which in turn makes it seem like Hogan is glaring at Bischoff and the New World Order. The nWo look like they’ve seen a host, and shit their pants because of it. The cameras focus in on Hogan’s mug before cutting to a commercial.*
Segment Rating: 99%
Tony Schiavone: Oh my goodness, Professor! Hulk Hogan is indeed back in WCW!
Mike Tenay: Eric Bischoff and the New World Order tried to turn the fan’s backs on Hulk Hogan, but Hogan popped in from Tampa, Florida, and shut Eric’s mouth! Hogan is coming back to WCW, Tony, and I for one, cannot wait!
Tony Schiavone: Me too!
*“New World Order” hits the Von Braun Center, bringing out Curt Hennig for the WCW World Heavyweight Title match.*
Mike Tenay: Well, ladies and gentleman, I know it has been one heck of a night so far, but the best is yet to come! Coming up right now, Curt Hennig challenges Booker T for the WCW World Heavyweight Championship!
*Hennig continues to make his entrance, amidst a chorus of boos. Hennig takes his time walking down the entrance aisle. Hennig spits his gum out, and slaps it away before getting into the ring and continuing to do his usual taunts. “Can You Dig It Sucka!?” then hits, bringing out Booker T to a loud, resounding, pop. Booker does his usual entrance taunts and poses on the stage, before sprinting down the aisle to get the match underway. Booker wasted no time, tackling Hennig right away to start the match.*
Booker T © vs. Curt Hennig
WCW World Heavyweight Championship
Booker T started the match off with laying right hands to the fallen Henning, setting the tone of the early stages of this match. The two combatants laid into each other in a vicious brawl in the early stages, connecting with right’s and left’s. Hennig put up a fight, but Booker T was a pissed off Champion, and got the upper hand. After brawling around the ring aimlessly for the first two minutes of the match, Booker connected with an early Harlem Side Kick. A cover was made, but no three count for Booker T. The Champ tried to stay on the offensive, but only could for a few moments. Hennig went down low, scoring a right uppercut to the groin, followed by a running knee lift to take the advantage.
The story then became Hennig’s quest to pin Booker T, and finally win a major World Heavyweight Title. For almost the next seven minutes, Hennig isolated Booker T, using everything he had to defeat the Champion. Hennig hit several running knee lifts, swinging neck breakers, flipping neck snap’s, vertical suplexes, and even a power bomb. However, Booker T was resilient as ever, refusing to be pinned for the count of three. As the match went on, Hennig became more and more frustrated at his inability to put Booker away because of the Champ’s resiliency. Finally, Hennig’s frustration gave Booker T an opportunity to capitalize on. After going down too early for a back body drop when Hennig whipped Booker into the ropes, Booker was able to stop himself, and hit a big DDT to the challenger.
Both men slowly got up to their feet, as the match passed the ten minute mark. The typical, slow brawl, followed. It was even at first, but Hennig started to take the upper hand in the brawl. As Curt seemed ready to knock Booker out from the brawl, the Champ fought back, blocking a Hennig right, and hitting a hard right of his own. Booker started to get back on the offensive, connecting with several solid right hands. Booker kept going, hitting a scoop slam, and eventually a Harlem Side Kick. Booker went for the Book End, only for Hennig to counter with a knee to the mid-section. A quick attempt at the Hennig-Plex, but Booker broke free in mid-air, falling to his feet and landing behind Hennig. Curt turned around, only to receive a kick to the mid-section, followed by a Harlem Axe Kick! Booker pinned, and got the 1-2-3 for the victory, and successful title retention. After the match, Booker T surprisingly was able to celebrate his victory, free of attack by the nWo. Overall, a solid match that would have been a great main event for any other edition of Nitro.
Booker T def. Curt Hennig at 12:18
Star Quality: ** ¾
Tony Schiavone: What a match, and what a win for Booker T!
Mike Tenay: Booker T was able to get a one-on-one match with Curt Hennig, and without any help from his nWo buddies, Hennig fell victim to Booker T and the Harlem Axe Kick. Booker T wins yet again, showing why he has been the WCW World Heavyweight Champion for almost 6 months!
Tony Schiavone: That was a great match, Professor, but the best thing is, there is still more to come, because we still have Ric Flair versus Jeff Jarrett inside the steel cage!
Mike Tenay: But before we can get to the main event, we need to take a commercial break! Stay tuned folks, because the best is yet to come!
*When Nitro returns, the cameras are backstage at the interview area.*
Ending The War
*At the interview area, ‘Mean’ Gene Okerlund, yet again, is standing by with a wrestler. This time, it is ‘The Chosen One’ Jeff Jarrett. Jarrett is already dressed to wrestle. He’s in silver and black tights, and a “nWo” t-shirt. He seems incredibly focused.*
Gene Okerlund: Well ladies and gentleman, we are just moments away from the main event, featuring Ric Flair, and the man standing next to me, Jeff Jarrett, in a steel cage! Jeff, you are about to have one of the biggest matches of your career! What are your thoughts entering this huge match?
Jeff Jarrett: My thoughts? My thoughts, Gene? You want to know what The Chosen One is thinking? Well slappy, let The Chosen One tell ya’. All that’s on my mind… is ending this little war between me and Ric Flair. Nature Boy, you and me have been going at it for the past four months. I exploited Ric Flair as the lying sack of crap that he is, and ever since, he’s been trying to take me out. Ric got lucky at Slamboree, but he knows that I am the true Nature Boy. Tonight, I am going to show why.
*Jarrett pauses before continuing.*
Jeff Jarrett: Ric Flair is old, and he is weak. I am at the prime of my career, and I am destined to become the WCW World Heavyweight Champion, once again. I am The Chosen One! I am Jeff Jarrett! I am a member of the New World Order! And tonight, I am going to dispose Ric Flair from WCW! Tonight, I am going to maim that old cripple, and send him back to the nursing home in North Carolina, where he belongs! At Fall Brawl, there will be no War Games. There won’t be a huge WCW versus nWo match. There will be Jeff Jarrett, but no Ric Flair. Because tonight, I will defeat Ric Flair, and I will end this once and for all. So choke on that, slappy!
*Jarrett walks away from the interview area, presumably heading for the ring. The cameras the cut back to the commentary booth.*
Tony Schiavone: Well, Professor, it’s about time for the main event!
*The cameras focus on the cage above the ring, which is starting to lower. The cage is the traditional, chain-link mesh, compared to the traditional steel vertical and horizontal bar’s cage. The cage continues to lower.*
Mike Tenay: We don’t want to deprive you, the fans, of anything during the main event, so it’s going to be commercial-free! In order to do that, we’re going to take our final commercial break right now! Stay tuned! Ric Flair versus Jeff Jarrett in the steel cage is next!
*As Wednesday Nitro returns, the cameras focus on the 16-foot tall steel cage, which is now completely lowered. The cage is your modern cage, and also has a door to the cage for the wrestler’s to enter. “Chosen One” hits, bringing out ‘The Chosen One’ Jeff Jarrett to loud heel heat. Jeff Jarrett walks out onto the stage, looking focused, but yet, still cocky. Jarrett is wielding an acoustic guitar like always, and slowly walks down the entrance aisle, jawing with the crowd all the while. Jarrett climbs up the steps, and enters the ring through the cage door. However, he can enter the ring, Jarrett is forced to leave his trusty “acoustic equalizer” on the outside of the cage by the steel ring steps. “Sprach Zarathustra” then hits the sound system, bringing the fans in Huntsville, Alabama, to their feet in cheers. ‘The Nature Boy’ Ric Flair walks out onto the stage, sporting blue trunks, and a blue Nature Boy robe. Flair walks down the aisle, looking focused as ever, knowing this is his last match ever if he doesn’t win tonight. Flair gets into the ring, and David Penzer goes through the pre-match introductions. Finally, the match is on as Senior Referee Randy Anderson orders for the bell to be rung.*
Jeff Jarrett vs. Ric Flair
Steel Cage Match
Okay, so let’s review. The match is taking place in a 16-foot tall steel cage. The cage is modern; a chain-link cage compared to the traditional cage made out of steel beams going vertically and horizontally. The cage has a door to escape from it, yet you can only win by pin fall or submission. Right… Anyways, the match gets started, with the crowd red-hot. Traditional way to start things off with a long stare down, before going into a collar and elbow tie-up. The two slowly swap basic wrestling holds, going through a feeling-out process, and trying to milk up crowd reactions. Jeff Jarrett gets an early advantage in the chain wrestling, out-wrestling the seasoned veteran Flair, and then slamming him down to the canvas. The Chosen One tried to work over Naitch on the canvas with more simple holds, but The Nature Boy fought back, escaping an arm bar, and rolling to his feet. Jeff got to his feet, and more chain wrestling followed. However Flair got the advantage this time, and after out-wrestling Jarrett, locked in a waist lock. Naitch looked for a German, but Jarrett escaped with several elbows to the side of Flair’s head. Jeff ran off the ropes and came back at Naitch, but Flair side-stepped Jarrett, and sent him into the steel cage. Cage spot #1.
Jarrett bounced off the cage, and Flair took the advantage afterwards. The Nature Boy kept it simple, battling Jarrett with right hands, and of course, his patent knife edge chops. Flair chopped the hell out of Jarrett’s chest in the corners, and in the middle of the ring, turning The Chosen One’s chest bright pink. Flair hit a couple of vertical suplexes, as well as tossing Jarrett’s face into the steel cage. However, after about four minutes of working over Jarrett, much to the crowd’s pleasure, Jarrett put a sour taste in the fan’s mouths, low blowing Flair. Flair staggered around, before doing his patent Flair Flop. With Flair on his back, Jarrett incorporated the steel cage, catapulting Flair face first into the steel mesh! Flair dropped to the canvas, and bladed. When he was rolled onto his back, his forehead was starting to gush blood.
With Ric Flair’s face soon becoming the proverbial crimson mask, Jeff Jarrett started to take control. The Chosen One worked over Flair in every area possible; head, neck, back, and knee. Jarrett laid into Flair’s open wound with closed-fisted right hands, as well as slamming and tossing Flair into the steel mesh countless times. Jarrett keeps the possibility for the Stroke open as well, hitting multiple neck breakers to Flair. The part of Flair’s body that has caused him the most problem throughout his career, the back, was also targeted by Jarrett, as Jeff whipped Flair into the corner turnbuckles countless times with authority, as well as executing back breakers, and vertical suplexes to Flair’s back, adding more torque, pressure, and pain to it. And then, the body part that has plagued Flair the most recently, the knee, was worked on by Jarrett like always. Jarrett connected with several knee breakers, slammed Flair’s knee into the canvas, and jumped from the first rope onto Flair’s knee, crashing all of his momentum and 230 pound body on him. However, throughout all of this, Jarrett could never get a pin or submission. Jarrett obtained several near falls, but was unable to get the win. At the eleven minute mark, Jarrett looked like he’d obtain victory, setting Flair up for the Stroke. However, Flair countered at the last second, scoring with a mule kick to Jarrett’s groin, using his good leg to do so. As The Chosen One hopped around the ring in pain, Flair landed an eye rake, followed by a thumb to the eye. And last, but definitely not least, Flair slammed Jarrett’s face into the steel cage with all of his force.
Both men were down, and when Jarrett’s face was shown, it was also bleeding too. Both men slowly got to their feet, and when they did, brawling ensued. The two slowly exchanged right hands, selling their injuries from the match so far. Jarrett seemed to be getting the advantage, but Flair fought by with a stiff knife edge chop. As the two men continued to bleed like stuck pigs, Flair continued to lay into The Chosen One with hard knife edge chops. As Flair started to gather momentum, Jarrett fired back with a thumb to the eye. Jarrett went for a DDT, but two can play that game, Jeff; Ric low blows Jarrett in retaliation! Jarrett hobbles around… well, he staggers, and Flair hobbles. Nevertheless, Flair grabs Jarrett by the hair, and slams him into the steel cage! Cover by Flair, One! Two! Kick Out! Flair almost had the victory, but no cigars. The dirty tactics continued though, as when Flair tried to pull Jarrett up to his feet, Jarrett connected to Flair’s groin with an uppercut. Low blow! Flair keels over, and Jarrett capitalizes, hitting him with the Stroke! Flair is down, and Jarrett covers! ONE! TWO! THREE!
No, I lied. Jarrett made the cover, but got off of Flair right at two. Huh!? Yeah, my thoughts exactly. Jarrett got up to his feet, blood dripping from his face. Jeff walked over to the door of the cage, opens it, and walks down the steps. Double J wipes the blood from his eyes, and picks up his “acoustic equalizer”, the guitar. The fans jeer Jeff, who climbs back up the steps, guitar in hand. The cage door is closed, and Jarrett stands in the corner, waiting for Flair to get to his feet. The Nature Boy, bloodied, battered, and bruised, slowly gets to his feet after a couple of moments, using the ropes for leverage. Once Flair gets to his feet, Jarrett aims, waiting to plant the guitar over Flair’s head and finish him off. Flair turns around to face Double J, and Jarrett swings…and misses! Flair dodged the bullet, or well, in this case, the guitar. Jarrett turns back around to face Flair, but Naitch connects with a knife edge chop! Flair hits two more knife edge chops, followed by a thumb to the eye! Jarrett drops the guitar, and Flair knocks The Chosen One to the canvas with a hard knife edge chop! Flair quickly picks up the acoustic guitar, and Jarrett slowly gets to his feet. When Jarrett does, BAM~! Ric Flair just broke the acoustic guitar over Jeff Jarrett’s head! The bloodied Jarrett falls to the canvas, shards of the broken guitar going down with him. Flair, tired and beaten, collapses to the canvas, landing on Jarrett! ONE! TWO! THREE!
Ric Flair def. Jeff Jarrett at 14:47
Star Quality: ***
After the match, the bell is immediately rung, and “Sprach Zarathustra” hits the sound system. The fans break out into loud cheers for ‘The Nature Boy’ Ric Flair, as they now know Flair is staying in World Championship Wrestling, and that at Fall Brawl, WCW will take on the nWo in the War Games. Flair struggles to get to his feet, as the cage raises back up into the rafters of the Von Braun Center. As Flair fails at getting up to his feet, Arn Anderson, Cal Anderson, Booker T, and Sting all march down the entrance aisle and get into the ring. The four help Ric Flair up to his feet, and then, Booker T throws Jeff Jarrett out of the ring to the floor. The faces all stand tall in the ring as the fans cheer them on. However, “New World Order” hits, bringing out the rest of the nWo. Mike Awesome and Curt Hennig jog down the entrance aisle, helping Jarrett up to his feet. They then help Jarrett walk up to the rest of the New World Order. Bischoff looks like he just dry-swallowed a pill. He has a microphone in hand, glares at the faces in the ring.
Eric Bischoff: ALRIGHT! You win, Ric. At Fall Brawl, four of your best, go up against the New World Order! 4 on 4, first team to score a submission or knock out wins! However, Ric, this isn’t going to be just how you want it. This whole War Games match isn’t going to be about pride, honor, and all of that other bullshit you stand for, Ric. Oh no, because you see, if the nWo is going to kick your guy’s asses in the War Games, then the New World Order is going to walk away with a prize.
*Bischoff glares at the faces in the ring, before pointing at Booker T. Booker looks confused, and points at himself, giving Bischoff a ‘what the fuck!?’ look.*
Eric Bischoff: Yeah, you, Booker T. You’re most prized possession, the WCW World Heavyweight Title. At Fall Brawl, in the War Games, the man who scores the fall is going to walk away the WCW World Heavyweight Champion! So Book, can you dig… that?
*Bischoff drops his mic, and the crowd boos and cheers the announcement. They like the War Games returning at Fall Brawl, and hey, the World Title is up for grabs. However, this screws over Booker T, as he must now get the submission to win the Title. And if the New World Order win in the War Games, they are going to have the WCW World Heavyweight Championship! Bischoff and the nWo stare down Booker T, Ric Flair, and the rest of the faces. Cameras cut to commentary to end the show.*
Tony Schiavone: Oh my God! What a show it has been tonight! The single greatest episode of Wednesday Nitro EVER!
Mike Tenay: Who would have thought what would happen tonight, would actually happen!? Super Crazy defeats Shane Helms and gets a Title match at Fall Brawl, Hulk Hogan returns to WCW, via satellite! Plus, Booker T defeats Curt Hennig to retain the WCW World Heavyweight Title! And finally, Ric Flair defeats Jeff Jarrett in an amazing steel cage match! And now, WCW will take on the nWo in the War Games!
Tony Schiavone: And in the biggest shocker yet, the WCW World Heavyweight Title will be on the line in the War Games! Whoever scores the winning fall will become the WCW World Heavyweight Champion!
Mike Tenay: Fall Brawl is definitely going to be the pay per view event of the year! But next week will be another exciting edition of Wednesday Nitro, so be sure to tune into it next week. However, we are out of time, but thank you for tuning into this unforgettable edition of Wednesday Nitro! For Tony Schiavone, I’m Mike Tenay, see you next week!
Overall Rating: 79%
TV Rating: 5.90
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