Re: WCW 2001- The Trio Ownership
Fall Brawl Recap:
~In the opening match, ‘Sugar’ Shane Helms defended the WCW Cruiserweight Championship against ‘The Insane Luchador’ Super Crazy. The two put on a stellar match-up, wrestling for eleven minutes. Crazy put on a splendid aerial display, while Helms countered it with a strong case of technical wizardry. The match was spotty, and the crowd was getting into the match, with Crazy eventually winning the crowd over after running along the top of the steel barricade, jumping off, and hitting Helms with a dragonrana. As Crazy started to become the crowd favorite, Helms started to lose his cool, and almost lost the match due to his frustration. However, Helms was able to hit a quick counter out of nowhere, and hit a running Vertebreaker to get the successful title retention.
~In the boring match of the night, the Young Lions won the WCW Tag Team Championship against KroniK and Totally Buff. The stinker of a match went seven minutes long, and Totally Buff were the reason for the match sucking, botching moves and no-selling everything. KroniK were dominant throughout the match but Sean O’Haire took them both out of commission late in the match by clotheslining them over the top rope to the outside. Lex Luger ate a power bomb from O’Haire, and the young lion then hit a tope con hilo over the top rope to the outside, taking out KroniK. One Jungle Kick later from Palumbo to Bagwell, and we had new WCW Tag Team Champions.
~Cameras rushed around backstage, receiving a hot tip something had gone down in Hulk Hogan’s locker room. As the cameras got into the locker room, there lay Hulk Hogan, down and unconscious, the shards of a broken table surrounding him. If it wasn’t obvious enough who attacked Hogan, an nWo tank top was lying on the floor by Hogan. The question now aroused… would Hogan compete in the War Games, and if not, would WCW be allowed to replace him?
~In a surprisingly good match-up, Cal Anderson defeated The Wall in eight minutes with the Anderson Spinebuster. The two put on a heavy hitting brawl, and Anderson also showed he can work a mat-game too in the match. The Wall almost put The New Enforcer away with a Chokeslam, but Cal is a resilient guy, and fought back. Minutes later, the Anderson Spinebuster was hit, and Cal remained undefeated in WCW.
~Backstage, Team WCW met in Ric Flair’s locker room, where they were updated about the condition of Hulk Hogan. Apparently, he suffered a concussion, and possible knee damage… he’s not going to be able to compete in the War Games, no matter how Immortal he is. Cal Anderson then came into the locker room, and volunteered himself to take Hogan’s place. He wasn’t the only man to do so however. Alex Wright, Disco Inferno, Konnan, the Young Lions, and Shane Helms also offered to take Hogan’s place.
~In the ‘American Brawl’ street fight, Lance Storm once again defeated Hugh Morris to retain the North American Title. The match went twelve minutes long, and featured some hardcore spots, although the two seemed to be holding back a bit still. Steel chairs, biscuit pans, trash cans and its lids, ladders, and tables were used throughout the match, and at one point, it seemed Hugh would get the victory after hitting a No Laughing Matter through a table. However, later on, with Morris on the inside of the ring, laid out, Lance Storm was on the outside of the ring. Storm ran and hopped onto the apron, spring boarded onto the third rope, and then onto the ladder, his hands landing on the top of the ladder, and his legs three rungs from the top. The sudden impact of Storm on the ladder resulted in the 12-foot ladder falling forward, crashing on the prone body of Hugh Morris! Storm hopped off in time, escaping any pain. A steel-chair assisted leg drop from the top turnbuckle then finished off Morris for the victory.
~Eric Bischoff was backstage and announced that Team WCW could not have a replacement for Hulk Hogan, and if he was too hurt to compete in the War Games tonight, then so be it. It isn’t Bischoff’s fault that no one likes Hogan and wants to see him hurt, so deal with it.
~In the last match before the War Games, Billy Kidman and Rey Misterio Jr. put on a great fifteen minute contest. Both men exchanged stiff shots, worked a great mat assault on each other, and took to the air, trying to defeat their opponent by any means necessary. Misterio tried to keep the pace of the match as slow as he could, working over Kidman, but Billy hit dive after dive and hurricanrana’s on Misterio to get the crowd behind him. Misterio scored almost scored the win with a Frankensteiner, as well as a Dragonrana. The same could be said for Kidman with a Shooting Star Press, and a Kidman Driver. In the end, Kidman was set to hit Misterio with the Kidman Bomb to finish him off, but Rey quickly escaped the potential finisher, and left the ring. Misterio said he had enough of Kidman and the match, and walked up the aisle, losing the match by count-out. Afterwards, Kidman promised it wasn’t over between him and Rey, while the crowd booed the lackluster ending.
~An ambulance left the Phillips Arena, and it was said Hulk Hogan was in the ambulance… sucks for Team WCW.
~In the 4 on 4 War Games match, Team WCW took on Team nWo. However, the match was mainly 3 on 4, not 4 on 4 since Hogan was taken out earlier in the night. The nWo won the coin toss earlier in the night we were told, and the starting participants were Curt Hennig for the nWo, and Booker T. The following entrants were Scott Steiner, Sting, Mike Awesome, Ric Flair, and finally, Jeff Jarrett. WCW put up a hell of a fight, but the New World Order always had the number’s advantage. After over 25 minutes of action, all was lost for Team WCW it seemed. The 4 nWo members had Booker T, Ric Flair, and Sting down and out in ring one. Jeff Jarrett was set to apply the Figure Four to Booker T when ‘Voodoo Child’ filled the speakers, sending the Atlanta crowd into a huge frenzy. After a few moments Hulk Hogan limped out to the ring in a yell Hulkamania t-shirt, and entered ring one. The nWo all chased into ring two, while Hogan stood tall in ring one. Hogan pointed his finger at the nWo, only to turn and Leg Drop Booker T! Hogan got up, and Leg Dropped Ric Flair! Just to finish off the job, Hogan gave Sting the Leg Drop too. The 4 nWo members got back into ring one and celebrated with Hogan, who ripped off his Hulkamania shirt to reveal the nWo tank top that was in his locker room earlier on. Jeff Jarrett then applied the Figure Four Leg Lock to Ric Flair, and since Flair was ‘knocked out’ the referee stopped the match, awarding the victory to Jeff Jarrett and the New World Order, making Jarrett the new WCW World Heavyweight Champion. As the show ended, Eric Bischoff came out to the ring and celebrated with the New World Order, although he didn’t seem to be too thrilled… I wonder why…
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World Championship Wrestling 2001 - The Trio Ownership
This was The Trio Ownership; I did it a long time ago, for a long time. T'was a good ready, I think. People liked it and stuff.