Re: WCW 2001- The Trio Ownership
World Championship Wrestling
Frank Erwin Center, Austin, Texas
November 21, 2001
*MAYHEM RECAP VIDEO*
Tony Schiavone: Fans, welcome once again, to World Championship Wrestling and Wednesday Nitro! We are just three days removed from perhaps the greatest pay per view in our sports history, Mayhem, and now, ‘Professor’ Mike Tenay, the road to Starrcade begins!
Mike Tenay: Hi ladies and gentlemen, I hope you enjoy the show tonight, but Tony, you are absolutely right! Mayhem was an excellent pay per view, and it featured arguably the biggest match of the year, The Super Cage! Four men battled in the triple-decker cage, all fighting for the right to wrestle for the WCW World Heavyweight Championship, at Starrcade! And now, Tony, we know that it will be the 4-time WCW World Heavyweight Champion, Booker T, fighting in the main event against ‘The Chosen One’ Jeff Jarrett for the World Heavyweight Title on Sunday, December 16, at Starrcade!
Tony Schiavone: But that wasn’t all we saw, Professor! Jeff Jarrett, thanks with help Curt Hennig and the newest nWo member, Stacy Keibler, retained the WCW World Heavyweight Title against ‘Big Sexy’ Kevin Nash, and ‘The Nature Boy’ Ric Flair kept his job in World Championship Wrestling by defeating both Eric Bischoff and ‘Hollywood’ Hulk Hogan!
Mike Tenay: That good ole Naitch did, but he was able to overcome the odds with help from ‘Double A’ Arn Anderson, and especially, Kevin Nash! Kevin Nash blasted Hogan with a steel chair at Mayhem, and that was an instrumental role in Flair’s victory!
Tony Schiavone: And folks, you can be sure Hulk Hogan and company will not be happy about that! And really, Professor, except for Jeff Jarrett’s win, it was a bad pay per view for the New World Order. They couldn’t get rid of Ric Flair, and Mike Awesome and KroniK failed to win the WCW North American and Tag Team Titles! But that just made Mayhem all the better, Mike Tenay!
Mike Tenay: It was great seeing the nWo on the losing side at Mayhem, and to see guys like Booker T win the Super Cage, the Young Lions retain the Tag Titles, and Lance Storm retain his North American Title is a great sight to see, Tony. But speaking of Lance Storm, he’s in action, right now! Eric Bischoff booked this match just earlier this afternoon, and folks, this match will be a great one! It’s Lance Storm and Rey Misterio Jr. in a ladder match!
The Prong rift of “Snap Your Fingers, Snap Your Neck” hits, bringing out the WCW North American Champion, Lance Storm, to cheers from the crowd. Storm walks out from the straight entrance chute belt-less, as the camera gets a close-up of the North American Title Belt suspended 15 or so feet in the air. Storm marches down the entrance ramp in his electric black tights, ready to fight. As Storm enters the ring, “La Lucha” hits, and Rey Misterio Jr. walks out from the back to some boos from the crowd, sporting blue and white pants and mask. Rey-Rey is surprisingly by himself, as it seems like he wants to go into this match alone. Rey marches down the ramp and looks around ringside, spotting two ladders on the sides of the ring adjacent to him. Misterio slides into the ring under the bottom rope, and he and Storm stare one another down as referee Scott Dickenson calls for the bell from the outside of the ring.
Lance Storm © vs. Rey Misterio Jr.
WCW North American Championship Ladder Match
Kane01 picked it, so you get it. Lance and Rey completely avoid the ladder match concept however for the opening minutes of the match, instead going through a series of intense chain wrestling and hold-for-hold maneuver, with Lance Storm making Rey look like a punk with the chain wrestling. However, the action picked up with the two men exchanging multiple arm drags, hip tosses, and quick, speedy maneuvers, which results in Rey Misterio showing-up Storm, capping their series off with a double rotation-tilt-a-whirl head scissors, with Lance Storm hitting the canvas and rolling out of the ring to the outside. Storm staggers about, only for Rey to run and jump onto the third rope, and springboard off and into the air, flipping/somersaulting in the air, landing his back onto Lance’s chest and shoulders, sending the two men onto the conveniently placed ladder at ringside.
The match carries on for several minutes on the outside, with both Rey and Lance going back and forth on the offensive side of things. Both men taste the steel ring post and steps, as well as the side of the ring, and the feel of being slammed onto the steel ladder. Storm crotches Misterio on the security guard rail, as well as giving Misterio a sit-out front suplex onto a ladder at ringside during this period, while Misterio hits a tornado DDT to Storm on the ladder, using the apron as a platform to swing off of. The crowd digs the match, and the two give it their all throughout this series of work on the outside, but eventually get into the ring, with the non-bent ladder entering the ring with them. As the action continues in the ring, it is Misterio who starts to gather an advantage after a serious of forearms and a quick DDT. The ladder ends up getting set up, and the next several minutes is mainly one man attempting to climb up the ladder and retrieve the Belt, only for the other to find a way to disallow it. Misterio ends up taking a fall from the ladder and onto the third rope, spread eagle, Storm takes a fall from one of the last rungs to the canvas, Misterio takes a fall from the middle of the ladder, and Storm takes a modified Russian leg sweep off the ladder, although both Storm and Misterio fall off the ladder to the canvas on that spot.
The match continues on, with both men recovering from the last said spot. After a mini-brawl of punches, forearms, and knife edge chops, Storm starts to gather momentum, putting a beating on Misterio, only for Rey to leap onto Storm’s shoulders while on the rebound from a whip into the ropes. Misterio attempts a hurricanrana, although Storm turns it into a nasty swinging power bomb. Rey looks down for the count, and Storm starts to climb up the ladder at a moderate pace, the match seemingly won. Storm is almost at the top when Mike Awesome dives into the ring and quickly climbs up a few rungs of the ladder, on the same side of the ladder that Storm is on. Awesome drills Storm with a hard double sledge to Storm’s lower spine, giving Awesome enough time to turn himself around on the ladder, wrap his hands around Storm’s upper thighs, and dives off the ladder… Diving Awesome Bomb off the ladder! Awesome shows off his nWo shirt to the crowd before leaving the ring in a haste, his job done. Rey Misterio slowly recovers to his feet, spots Storm on the canvas, and smirks before slowly starting to climb up the ladder. As Misterio starts to climb the ladder rather quickly, the crowd ends up cheering as Billy Kidman sprints out from the back now. Kidman runs down the ramp, runs around the side of the ring quick, and hops onto the apron, so that he is on the side of the ring behind Rey, whose oblivious to Kidman’s presence. As Rey gets over halfway up the ladder, Kidman jumps from the apron to the third rope, and lands on the ladder a few rungs below Misterio. Before Rey can even react to Kidman’s presence on the ladder, Billy wraps Rey in a waist lock, and scores with a German suplex off the ladder! The crowd cheers the spot, and Kidman gets back up to his feet after a few seconds, and proceeds to help Lance Storm back up to his. Kidman gives Storm a nod of his head before glaring at Rey and then leaving the ring. Storm, slowly but surely, then proceeds to climb up the ladder and retrieve his North American Title Belt, retaining it in the process.
Result: Lance Storm def. Rey Misterio Jr. at 16:21 to retain the WCW North American Championship
Lance Storm slowly climbs down the ladder, clutching the NA Title Belt to his chest as his theme starts to play again. The camera focuses in on Storm celebrating halfway up the ladder for several seconds, until the camera cuts to the commentary table alongside the bottom of the entrance ramp.
Tony Schiavone: Lance Storm was almost robbed of his North American Title tonight by Mike Awesome, but thanks to Billy Kidman evening the score and one-upping Rey Misterio Jr., Lance Storm is still WCW’s North American Champion!
Mike Tenay: Well Tony, I think we all know that Mike Awesome was acting on behalf of the New World Order, and Eric Bischoff’s orders. Eric Bischoff, and Mike Awesome as well, have a personal vendetta against Lance Storm for turning down the offer they gave him to join the New World Order. And from the looks of it, Tony, Mike Awesome and Lance Storm are still going to have a score to settle!
Tony Schiavone: That they will, Professor, but fans, we have to take a quick commercial break! Stay tuned because when we come back, ‘The Ragin’ Cajun’ Lash Leroux will take on the WCW Cruiserweight Champion, ‘Sugar’ Shane Helms! Don’t turn that channel!
Haha Tony, You Fucked Up
Apparently Schiavone didn’t read the script very well because the show does not cut to a commercial, but instead cuts to the backstage area, where ‘Mean’ Gene Okerlund is standing by with the ‘new’ Natural Born Thrillers, Mike Sanders, Mark Jindrak, and Johnny Stamboli. Sanders is in a cream colored suit, while Jindrak and Stamboli have on their standard wrestling biker trunks/baggy pants, and the old Natural Born Thriller tee-shirt on.
Gene Okerlund: Hi folks, this is ‘Mean’ Gene Okerlund standing by with the three men who reunited at Mayhem, the Natural Born Thrillers! Mike Sanders, you’ve made it seem like you’re the voice of the group while Jindrak and Stamboli are the wrestlers. Why have you taken a shift from wrestling to just seemingly a manager?
Mike Sanders: Gene Okerlund, you’re either gone senile in your old age, or you’ve always been a daft stooge. Just because I dress myself in a business suit, doesn’t make me a high-class manager, nor does it eliminate me from ever stepping into the wrestling ring again. However, the reunion of the real Natural Born Thrillers is for a purpose that does not require my talents in the ring. You see, Gene Okerlund, we have waited for the time when Johnny could get Big Vito out of his light, and kick him to the curb. Johnny did just that to Vito on Sunday, at Mayhem, and Mark and I were there to make sure he never comes back into WCW again!
Gene Okerlund: How does any of this relate to the plans of the Natural Born Thrillers!?
Sanders slouches his shoulders and shares an annoyed look with Jindrak and Stamboli. They simply look at Okerlund like he’s an idiot, which makes sense… because he is.
Mike Sanders: Gene, if you would have kept your mouth shut and let me finished, I would have told you! For months, Johnny was a prisoner, kept a prisoner in his useless tag team with Big Vito. Johnny Stamboli, one of the few Natural Born Thrillers with actual talent, was stuck with a perennial jobber, and this blue chip prospect was brought down to nothing! While Johnny was stuck unable to win handicap matches, because that’s pretty much what a Mamalukes tag team match was, the board of directors, the good ole’ boys were keeping Mark Jindrak and myself off television completely! But finally, Stamboli was able to rid himself of Vito, and now that Natural Born Thrillers are back, and we’re better than ever! But as you can see, we’re not exactly as big in numbers as we once were.
Sanders shares disappointed looks with both Jindrak and Stamboli. Okerlund just continues to hold the mic to Sanders’ mouth.
Mike Sanders: Four men have left our ranks since we were last around, four. Shawn Stasiak and Reno, hah, they’re no losses! The biggest mistake this group ever made was by letting them in it! But as you all know, there are still two traitors in the company, two men who learned everything they know from the Natural Born Thrillers, Chuck Palumbo and Sean O’Haire! Chuck Palumbo and Sean O’Haire were nothing when they came out of the Power Plant and into World Championship Wrestling. They were the weakest members of the Natural Born Thrillers, but because of guys like myself and Johnny to train Chuck Palumbo into a somewhat talented wrestler, and Mark Jindrak showing Sean what it’s like to wrestle in a great tag team, Chuck and Sean have managed to get success in WCW. But they’re enjoying our success! The Natural Born Thriller’s success! And now, Gene Okerlund, the Natural Born Thrillers are back to take what is theirs! Sean O’Haire and Chuck Palumbo are traitors to the Natural Born Thrillers, and they’re holding onto our property, the WCW Tag Team Championship Belts! So right now, this is a head’s up to Chuck Palumbo and Sean O’Haire. Johnny Stamboli and Mark Jindrak, they are the tag team of the future, and they don’t take kindly to men who betray the Natural Born Thrillers. Enjoy your success while you still have it because it won’t be long until those Belts are back home where they belong, with the Natural Born Thrillers!
Sanders, Stamboli, and Jindrak all cross their arms, Sanders looking smug while Stamboli & Jindrak do their best to look intimidating. And now, we cut to the show’s second commercial break, as the show took one during the opening match, but I didn’t feel like saying so at the time.
When Nitro returns, Lash Leroux is already in the ring, showing off his crazy sideburns. “Sugar Daddy” is playing as well, and ‘Sugar’ Shane Helms and his Sugar Babies are already at the bottom of the entrance ramp. Helms takes his WCW Cruiserweight Title Belt off of his waist and gives it to one of his Sugar Babies before entering the ring, ready for action, the crowd having heckled him throughout his entire entrance.
Lash Leroux vs. Shane Helms © (w/Sugar Babies)
This match is nothing special, by cruiserweight standards, and is much more of a ‘Shane Helms dominates’ match, while Tony and Tenay hype the fact that Shane Helms’ actions at Mayhem now finally make him a heel. In the match itself, Helms does dominate almost for the entire match, although Leroux scores some nice offense after dodging a shining wizard, and from his knees, flinging his legs up over his head and around Helms’ neck, hitting a modified hurricanrana, from his knees. It really is a silly move, but it looked good enough. Leroux continues to go on the offense for only a matter of moments, until Helms ends up ducking a clothesline, hits a hard side elbow to the face, and then sets-ups and hits the most lethal finisher in the company, the Vertebreaker. Referee Billy Silverman makes the count that follows, and Helms gets the easy victory.
Result: Shane Helms def. Lash Leroux at 4:09
“Sugar Daddy” plays momentarily, and Helms gets to his feet and celebrates his victory. Helms calls for a Sugar Baby to slide his Cruiserweight Title Belt back into the ring as Helms walks over to the opposite side of the ring to get a microphone from a stagehand. Helms receives the mic, walks over to his Belt, picks it up and hoists it on his shoulder.
He’s a HEEL~!
Helms paces around the ring, readjusting his Belt, looking like a cocky shmuck all the while. A few members of the crowd in the front row heckle Helms, who just shoots them a nasty look.
Shane Helms: Oh and how in one night, one event, one action, you people will turn on me like the mindless sheep that you all are.
The crowd boos, and quite a bit seeing as Helms is a cruiserweight.
Shane Helms: For weeks upon weeks, I’ve had to deal with Super Crazy, that Mexican alien, trying to be my essa, my holmes, or whatever the hell those people say! But finally, this past Sunday, at Mayhem, I drew such a fine line between me and that border-hopping idiot that even Super Crazy can understand what I think of him. Oh yeah, a Vertebreaker on a steel chair… haha, that’ll make even the dumbest retard know he’s no friend of Shane Helms!
Helms pauses as the crowd continues to boo him.
Shane Helms: Super Crazy, I know you, uh, how do I put this, “no-a speak-o Eng-lash”, so I will speak sloooow-lyyy… in hooopes that yoooou… will un-der-stand. Craaazy, I haaate your guts… and you are… a piece of craaap!
The crowd boos Helms once again; the crowd has really grown fond of Super Crazy ever since he came to WCW, so to see him insulted by Helms, generates lots of heat.
Shane Helms: Okay, enough of this slow taking shtick! Crazy, if you can’t understand me, then find someone who will! I’ve had to put up with your annoyances for too long, so I let you know just what I think of you. But now, now that you’re at some cheap motel since Lord knows you don’t have a home in the United States of America, recovering from that Vertebreaker on the chair, now you’ll realize that Shane Helms doesn’t like you, and Shane Helms enjoyed kicking your ass at Mayhem! And Crazy, whenever you decide to show your face again in WCW, which I know you will; you need a paycheck to feed your fat wife and your thirteen children, not to mention the other twenty bastard children you probably have to cheap prostitutes… but I digress. Super Crazy, when you come back to WCW, I’ll be standing right here, ready to give you another ass kicking!
The crowd boos Helms once more, and Helms laughs at the crowd before cutting his promo to an abrupt end, tossing the microphone down to the canvas. “Sugar Daddy” hits again, Helms exits the ring, links arms with two of his Sugar Babies, and departs up the ramp.
Mike Tenay: How disgusting and repulsive can Shane Helms get, Tony!?
Tony Schiavone: Shane Helms is a monster of a person, Professor, and I’m applaud at the person Shane Helms has become over these past few months! And the things he just said about Super Crazy are not only untrue and wrong, but disgraceful and reprehensible!
Mike Tenay: And Super Crazy is not an idiot, ladies and gentleman. He may have a slight language barrier problem, but he will know what Shane Helms said tonight, and when he comes back to WCW after recovering from his injuries sustained at Mayhem, which should be next week, he will have a score to settle with Shane Helms!
Tony Schiavone: That he will, Professor, but folks we have to take a commercial break, but stay tuned, as there is still a lot more to come on Wednesday Nitro!
Hey, Tony got it right this time! Nitro comes back on and…
Lots of nWo Ramblings
The New World Order in its entirety (Eric Bischoff, Hulk Hogan, Jeff Jarrett, Mike Awesome, Curt Hennig, KroniK, and Stacy Keibler) struts out from the entrance chute, the production crew making the screen look the fuzzy black that was standard during the nWo entrances back in the day. All of the nWo members look smug and cocky, except Eric Bischoff, who leads the way to the ring in his black leather jacket and jeans, looking pissed as he sports a black right eye. The massive stable finally enters the ring after a few moments, and Stacy Keibler gets a microphone from a stagehand and gives it to Eric Bischoff. The crowd boos the nWo all the while, although a few members of the crowd still cheer; the nWo will always have their fans. However, Bischoff isn’t the only one looking banged up; Hogan has his forehead bandaged, and Hennig has a small protective white strip on his nose. For those who can’t remember, Hennig suffered a broken nose in his match at Halloween Havoc, one month ago. Bischoff, the mic in his hand, looks around at the rest of the New World Order, most of them still looking smug.
Eric Bischoff: Well I’m sure glad to see all of you are damn happy! Mayhem was just such a great night for the New World Order! Mike Awesome, Adams, Clarke, you three did such a great job in capturing the North American and Tag Team Titles at Mayhem! And I’m glad to see you three, Curt, and Jeff were such great help in helping out me and Hulk when Arn Anderson was punching me in my face and Kevin Nash was blasting Hogan with a steel chair! Oh yeah, you guys have a lot of reasons to be smug tonight! Hell, Mayhem was a great performance for the New World Order, right!?
The crowd is silent as Bischoff rants on the New World Order, most of it all with sarcasm. And if you’re just not figuring out that the rant was filled with sarcasm, please, stop reading now. You’re retarded.
Eric Bischoff: Oh yeah, Jeff Jarrett retained the World Heavyweight Title, Curt Hennig is back in our ranks, and the lovely Stacy Keibler has joined us as well, but that doesn’t make up the rest of your sloppy performances! We had a PLAN! You all were supposed to make sure that plan happened, AND YOU FAILED! Ric Flair was not supposed to beat me and Hogan at Mayhem, he was supposed to lose, and be forced out of WCW! Mayhem was supposed to be the start of the end! The New World Order was supposed to start the death of WCW at Mayhem, but no, we’re not better off now than we were before Mayhem! KroniK, I am sick and tired of you two failing to win back the WCW Tag Team Titles! And you, Awesome, get it together! You couldn’t lead your team to victory on Sunday, and tonight, you still couldn’t make sure Lance Storm lost the North American Title! Instead, you left the ring allowed Billy Kidman to help Lance Storm. If you want to stay in this group, Awesome, you better pick it up!
Awesome takes a step up to Bischoff, and stares him down, looking pissed. However, after a moment, Awesome nods his head, only to then ask for the microphone. Bischoff gives it to him, slightly confused; Awesome’s not much of a talker.
Mike Awesome: Eric, you’re right. I’ve left the nWo down, but lemme say this. Give me Lance. Give me Lance Storm, one-on-one, in my kind of match. Give me one more chance, and I’ll make sure that Lance Storm goes down! He’s been a thorn in my side, and this faction’s side for too long, and I’ll put him down! Eric, give me Lance Storm at Starrcade, in a tables match!
The crowd cheers actually, wanting to see that match. Bischoff seems impressed with Awesome’s willingness to want that match.
Eric Bischoff: You want Storm? Mike, you got him! That’s the kind of willingness I want to see, so at Starrcade, you put Lance Storm’s ass through a table, and you bring home the North American Title!
Bischoff slaps Awesome on the back and grins, his mood starting to get better. However, Hulk Hogan walks up to Bischoff, and takes the microphone from Eric. Hogan’s looking pissed as well.
Hulk Hogan: Well let’s all be happy for Mike Awesome, jack, but what I wanna know, brother, is what we’re going to do about Kevin Nash! But Eric, Hollywood Hogan doesn’t just want action taken on Kevin Nash, dude, but Hollywood wants Ric Flair too! Hollywood should’ve been able to retire Ric Flair once and for all at Mayhem, but because of Kevin Nash, that old dinosaur is still runnin’ around in Dubya-See-Dubya, and that just doesn’t sit well with Hollywood, brother!
Hogan glares at the entire New World Order, expecting someone to have an idea for action. It is Eric, however, who has the solutions.
Eric Bischoff: Hulk, Hulk, Hulk… don’t you worry about those two fossils; I think I have a way for the New World Order to extract some revenge on them! At Mayhem, it wasn’t just Kevin Nash who helped Ric Flair, it was the Andersons too, Arn and Cal. So tonight, let’s bring the fat man himself out of retirement! Tonight, Hogan, it’s going to be YOU, Eric Bischoff, and Mike Awesome… taking on ‘The Enforcer’ Arn Anderson… and RIC FLAIR!
The crowd is torn between cheers and jeers. The ones who cheer want to see Ric Flair in action, and the incredibly rare Double A wrestling. But those whose boo, know it’s a handicap match, and Double A is retired, and has problems feeling anything in his left hand. Hogan smirks, and all of the New World Order share a laugh.
Eric Bischoff: And as for Kevin Nash, well Big Sexy is going to be in a match tonight too, and I think I have just the match in mind. KroniK, you boys need to prove yourselves to the nWo, so tonight, it will be KroniK taking on… The Outsiders!
The crowd cheers the match, but wait just a tick folks… Bischoff has an ear-to-ear grin on for a reason.
Eric Bischoff: Wait, I’m forgetting something, aren’t I? Scott Hall… he’s not here tonight, is he? No, he’s not! None of the men who wrestled in the Super Cage are here tonight! They all put themselves through hell to get a shot at Jeff Jarrett at Starrcade, even though they don’t have a chance at beating him! Scott Hall, he took a 20-foot fall off the Super Cage at Mayhem! He’ll be lucky if he’s alive, let alone capable of wrestling tonight! Scott Hall, Scott Steiner, Sting, Booker T… they’re not here tonight, so I guess, that match will just be KroniK versus Kevin Nash.
The crowd boos this very loudly, although its true. Hall’s still legitimately banged up and hurt from his fall at Mayhem, Sting went AWOL, and Steiner and Booker T have been announced as not being here.
Eric Bischoff: Oh, and that match… starts now!
Bischoff calls for the rest of the New World Order to exit the ring, while Jeff Jarrett looks at Bischoff, expecting to get his time to speak as well. Bischoff can be heard telling Jeff “later”, so hey, I guess Jeff will be talking later.
Tony Schiavone: Oh my goodness! Ric Flair and Arn Anderson versus Hogan, Awesome, and Bischoff! Kevin Nash versus KroniK, next! These are two huge matches folks, so stay tuned! Big Sexy versus KroniK is coming up right now!
When Wednesday Nitro returns, KroniK are in the ring, while the entire New World Order is still at ringside, on the opposite side of the entrance stage. The Outsiders theme is already playing, and the camera gets a shot on ‘Big Sexy’ Kevin Nash slowly walking down the entrance ramp. Nash climbs up the ring steps and walks onto the apron, looking incredibly pissed off at the trap he’s being forced into. Nash climbs over the top rope and into the ring, and the match starts abruptly as both Brian Adams and Bryan Clarke attack Nash right away.
Kevin Nash vs. KroniK (w/New World Order)
KroniK beat up on Nash for the first several, just pummeling him with heavy right hands and clubbing overhead forearms. Nash takes a savage beating, much to the delight of the New World Order on the outside. Nash ends up taking a double clothesline over the top rope and out of the ring, landing right next to the nWo. Adams and Clarke immediately start to distract referee Nick Patrick, allowing Hulk Hogan and Jeff Jarrett to lay some boots to him on the outside. Curt Hennig also lands in a few kicks, but Hennig and Mike Awesome end up rolling Nash back into the ring, where the beat down by KroniK continues.
KroniK beats down Nash for a little bit more, however, Big Sexy starts to fight back soon. KroniK try to finish Nash off with the High Times, but struggle to lift him up, especially Adams. Adams, however, tries to force the failure to lift Nash up a little too much, and ends up grasping his right bicep in pain. Nash breaks free of the grip of the two men, and ends up taking down the two men with a double clothesline. Nash starts to gather momentum with a big series of knockdowns via right hands, forearms, and clotheslines, and after a while, takes down Bryan Clarke with a sidewalk slam, and Brian Adams with the Big Boot. Nash throws up the Wolfpack symbol and calls for the Jack Knife, which leads to Hulk Hogan standing up from his chair at ringside, walking around the ring, distracting Nash. Hogan walks around the ring so he ends up on the opposite side as the rest of the nWo, and then climbs up onto the apron. Hogan and referee Nick Patrick get into it on the apron, as Patrick tries to get Hogan off the apron, while Hogan shouts at stuff at Nash. As Nash shouts back at Hogan, Jeff Jarrett, guitar in hand, sneaks into the ring behind Nash, and breaks the guitar over the back of Nash’s head! Jarrett quickly grabs the biggest guitar fragments and takes them and himself out of the ring. KroniK finish recuperating, pull Nash up to their feet, and plant him with the High Times double choke slam, although Adams shows lots of pain while doing so. Clarke then makes the cover on Nash, and gets the academic three count.
Result: KroniK def. Kevin Nash at 6:16
No theme hits as the rest of the New World Order enters the ring, Jeff Jarrett grabbing a microphone before doing so. Nick Patrick helps Nash out of the ring before the nWo gets into the ring, fearing they’d beat him down. However, it looks like they have no plans on attacking Nash, but instead, cut a promo.
Jarrett enters the ring last, and walks into the center of the ring, and begins to talk, Stacy Keibler standing by his side. However, both Curt Hennig and Bryan Clarke seem to be checking on Brian Adams, who is holding his right bicep in pain, still.
Jeff Jarrett: Ya’lls see what I just did to Kevin Nash? BAM! Guitar right over his head, and The Chosen One takes down another one!
The crowd boos as Jarrett and Hogan both look at each other and share a laugh.
Jeff Jarrett: Time and time again, I have proven my worth in this company, and that there is no one in that backstage area that can defeat The Chosen One! Ric Flair couldn’t do it at Halloween Havoc, Kevin Nash couldn’t do it three days ago at Mayhem, and Booker T damn sure won’t beat me at Starrcade!
The crowd boos, but only for a few seconds, when they instead start to chant “Book-er T, Book-er T”.
Jeff Jarrett: Chant his name all you want, but your Booka’ Man ain’t here tonight! He’s too busy licking his wounds from the Super Cage on Sunday night to even worry about The Chosen One and Starrcade! The sooner you all recognize and accept the facts, the sooner you will realize what The Chosen One and the entire New World Order has known for months, and that, is that Booker T is nothin’ but a slap nut! Hahaha!
Jarrett continues to laugh as the crowd boos him.
Jeff Jarrett: Ya’ know, I almost feel bad that Booker T was able to get a fluke victory in the Super Cage at Mayhem, because there’s no chance in hell of Booker T beating me at Starrcade. But really, then I thought about that Super Cage match at Mayhem, and I realized… Booker T beat a washed up loser, a ‘roided up freak, and a never-was drunk! No one in that match could’ve beaten The Chosen One at Starrcade! So Booker T, you lick your wounds tonight, and you thank God that you were able to win the Super Cage and headline Starrcade, but Booker, you’re not championship material.
Jarrett pauses, as the crowd lightly boos, but most are intrigued at what Jarrett is getting at.
Jeff Jarrett: Booker, you’re a delinquent from Harlem, and you’re a disgrace to my sport of professional wrestling! You’re nothing. You strive to be the figurehead of WCW, a dying company, but yet, you’re not even good enough to be that! Washed up fossils like Ric Flair get that “privilege”. Booker, you try and represent your precious World Championship Wrestling at Starrcade, but what’s going to happen is this… I’m going to show up and headline Starrcade, kick your ass, retain my World Heavyweight Championship, kill off you and your precious WCW, and show these jack asses just who the man with the Stroke is! So Booker T, you and the rest of these stupid slap nuts in the audience, can choke on that!
Jarrett twirls the microphone out of his fingertips and lets it fall to the canvas. “New World Order” hits again, and the giant clique departs from the ring, everyone back to looking smug, bar Brian Adams, who still is clutching his bicep.
Tony Schiavone: I am sick of the New World Order, Professor! That was nothing but an ambush on Kevin Nash, and now they’ve set up another trap for Arn Anderson and Ric Flair, and that damn Jeff Jarrett has done nothing but criticize Booker T’s excellent and hard fought victory at Mayhem! Booker T deserves to be in the main event of Starrcade, and I hope upon hope that Booker T wins back the WCW World Heavyweight Title that Jeff Jarrett stole from him, back at Fall Brawl!
Mike Tenay: Tony, I have a very bad feeling about that main event Bischoff made for tonight. It’s already a handicap match, and to add to it, Arn Anderson is a retired wrestler who had to walk away from this sport because of a life threatening injury! Not a career threatening injury, but a life threatening injury! Double A is not a wrestler anymore! And Ric Flair took a big beating at Mayhem; there’s no way he is 100% tonight! And Booker T has been through a lot this year, Tony Schiavone, so for Jeff Jarrett to mock his excellent victory in probably the greatest match the wrestling industry has seen this year, is downright despicable! There is no one who deserve to main event Starrcade more than Booker T! Booker T may not be here tonight, but I know for a fact he’ll be here next week, and he will have something to say to Jeff Jarrett!
Tony Schiavone: Folks, it has been a wild Wednesday Nitro so far, but we still have more to come, including that handicap match featuring Arn Anderson and Ric Flair versus Eric Bischoff, Mike Awesome, and Hulk Hogan! So don’t go away folks because we will be right back after these short commercial breaks!
When Nitro returns, we get a… backstage segment~!
Another Ambush Set-Up
The cameras are in the locker room of ‘The Nature Boy’ Ric Flair, but he’s not alone as both ‘The Enforcer’ Arn Anderson and ‘The New Enforcer’ Cal Anderson are with him as well. Ric and Arn are sitting in chairs opposite each other, while Cal stands behind Arn. Ric is already in his red and white robe, while Arn is in his old red trunks and a Horseman t-shirt. Cal is in his singlet, for those who care. Ric fiddles with his red knee pads, while Arn whips out a roll of white tape to tape his wrists. All three men look apprehensive.
Arn Anderson: Ric, this is a trap tonight, and we know it. What in God’s name in hell are we gonna do?
Ric Flair: I dunno, Arn, I really don’t know. We just gotta be ready to fight, just like old times.
Arn Anderson: Yea’, but old times, I could actually fight. Ric, my left arm, it can only hold up for so long. I ain’t got full feeling and movement in it anymore, I can’t be counted in a two-on-three handicap match, let alone any match. This is just Bischoff and Hogan getting revenge ‘cause I clocked Bischoff in the face at Mayhem, and ‘cause you ain’t fired. They’re just makin’ sure both of us get an ass whoopin’, Naitch.
Ric Flair: I know, Double A, but hey, if Eric is gonna be looking for revenge on the Naitcha Boy for being in WCW, then he’s going to be looking for revenge for a long time, brother. Ric Flair ain’t going anywhere.
Arn Anderson: Damn right, Ric, an’ that’s why I’ll be at your side fightin’ tonight. I don’t care what kind of ass whoopin’ they give me, I’ll be fightin’ by your side the best I can ‘cause Ric Flair is synonymous Dubya-See-Dubya, an’ the ole’ Enforcer is gonna make sure it stays that way!
The two old friends share a laugh and smile, and Naitch slaps Arn on the shoulder appreciatively. However, Arn then becomes very serious once again.
Arn Anderson: ‘Still don’t change the fact we’re walkin’ into an ambush and an ass whoopin’ ta’night, though…
Cal Anderson: …Not if I got anything to say about.
Cal pats his “uncle” Arn on his shoulders before walking around Arn and coming to the side of the two men.
Cal Anderson: Uncle Arn, you taught me always to be there for the ones you care about, and there’s no two men in this company that I love and respect more than you two. I’ll be there at ringside to help ya’, I assure you of that. I’ll round up Lance and the ‘Lions, and see if they’ll join me. I know Lance will, for sure.
Ric pats Cal on the upper forearm appreciatively this time, and the three men share smiles as there’s a knock on the door, and Larry Zbyszko walks into the locker room, a disgusted and sad look on his face.
Ric Flair: Well if it isn’t the Living Legend himself, Larry Zbyszko! What can we do for ya’ champ?
Larry Zbyszko: I wish I was here to give ya’ some good news, Naitch, but it’s Bischoff… I was sent to deliver a message. He says that no one is allowed to be at ringside or interfere with your guy’s match tonight in anyway, shape, or form. If anyone from WCW does so, Eric said he’ll fire them immediately. He must have thought you’d be bringing back up tonight.
Ric Flair: That son of A BITCH! I hate Eric Bischoff! Damn it!
Ric angrily stomps his foot off the ground, while Arn and Cal can’t believe the message Larry Z was forced to give.
Larry Zbyszko: It’s a crock, Ric, I’m with ya’. I’m goin’ to try and get a hold of the board of directors and see if there’s anything that can be done to override Bischoff, but I doubt anything will happen. You know they don’t like to interfere with Bischoff’s decisions too much, and on such short notice, I doubt they’d be able to make a decision anyways. But I’ll see what I can do.
Ric Flair: Yeah… thanks, Larry.
Larry Z gives the three a nod of farewell before departing the room, while Arn and Cal share very nervous glances. Ric runs his hands through his hair, mumbling words of death to Bischoff under his breath.
Tony Schiavone: I cannot believe this! How can Eric Bischoff get away with that blatant abuse of power!
Mike Tenay: Because he’s the WCW President, Tony. He has the power that no one else has in this company. The board of directors can try and override Eric’s power, but it takes them all time to come to an agreement on anything, and before anything can happen, Bischoff’s decisions have already happened! It’s a travesty, but since Eric Bischoff has the power, there’s nothing we can do about it! And Eric, he knew that the Cal Anderson’s and Lance Storm’s of this company would be by Ric and Arn’s side, and now, the Nature Boy and the Enforcer are going to be walking into an ambush!
Tony Schiavone: You have to know that while men like Cal Anderson and Lance Storm are barred from ringside, Eric will make sure the rest of the New World Order is by his side when he steps into the ring for the main event. This, ladies and gentleman, is nothing but a miscarriage of justice! Damn you, Eric Bischoff!
As Tony continues to have a near-aneurism because of Bischoff, the show cuts to the back yet again.
Nash + Boot + Hogan = Boot in Hogan’s Face
An angry ‘Big Sexy’ Kevin Nash walks backstage, fuming because well, he’s angry. ‘Mean’ Gene Okerlund is on the scene though, always ready for an exclusive.
Gene Okerlund: Kevin, hey wait! Kevin Nash, can we get an interview quick!?
Old Gene Okerlund runs as fast as his legs will take him… so he walks at a quick pace. Nash stops, mumbles “fuck”, and turns around to greet Okerlund. Nash still looks pissed off.
Gene Okerlund: Hey, thanks for the interview, Kevin.
Kevin Nash: Yeah, shove off, Gene.
Nash shoves Okerlund out of the way, but only after snatching the microphone from him.
Kevin Nash: I’m not gonna make this long and drawn out like a lot of these chumps would do, so I’ll get right to it. Hogan, I’ve got a message for you, asshole. I am sick and tired of your crap, and I’ve only been back in this stupid company for a month! You robbed me of the World Heavyweight Title two weeks ago on Nitro, and since I whacked you over the head with a steel chair at Mayhem, you made sure I got my ass kicked tonight. Yeah, Hollywood, I’m no idiot. KroniK kicked my ass and Jeff Jarrett broke a guitar over my head, again, because of you and your pissy ego!
Nash hocks a looger and spits it out onto the ground before continuing.
Kevin Nash: Hollywood, you can kiss my ass, brother! You call me this old fossil who doesn’t have ‘it’ anymore and group me in the same category as guys like Ric Flair, but F’ that man, it’s you who doesn’t have it anymore. So Hogan, you keep on thinking that you’re on top of the world and the best damn thing in wrestling, but I’ll let you know right now, I’m coming after you, and I’m gonna put my foot in your face! So watcha gonna do, brother, watcha gonna do when Kevin Nash runs wild on you!?
Nash takes a deep breath, his nostrils flaring in anger as he glares into the camera. Feel his hate~!
When Nitro returns, the ring is filled by just David Penzer and referee Charles Robinson, no entrances made yet…
The entire New World Order clan comes out, bar Brian Adams, so it looks like he is legitimately hurt. Eric Bischoff and ‘Hollywood’ Hulk Hogan lead the way, although ‘The Career Killer’ Mike Awesome is right behind them, followed by everyone else. The nWo receives a lot more boos this time around, as they all smugly glide down the entrance ramp and into the ring. Once in the ring, Eric Bischoff and Hulk Hogan mock Flair and Anderson, flashing up the old 4 Horseman trademark taunt. Ask and thou shall receive, however, as “Horseman” hits and the crowd explodes for the legendary theme of the Four Horsemen. After a few moments, out walks ‘The Enforcer’ Arn Anderson and ‘The Nature Boy’ Ric Flair, both men flashing the four fingers. The two men make their entrance down the ramp and towards the ring, letting the crowd enjoy this reunion. Finally, after well over a minute, Double A and Naitch enter the ring, where they flash the 4 fingers again before Flair removes his robe and the two prepare to compete. Finally, Arn exits to the apron, and Ric gets ready to start the match off with Awesome. Robinson calls for the match to start, and the bell rings.
Arn Anderson & Ric Flair vs. New World Order (w/nWo)
Flair tries to carry the load for his side throughout the entire match, keeping Arn on the apron for pretty much the entire match, seeing as he can’t really wrestle at all anymore. The Nature Boy starts off really hot actually, taking Mike Awesome to school with a big series of knife edge chops after the two go through some simple head locks to start the match. Flair sends Awesome running like a scalded dog, and Hulk Hogan then gets a turn in the ring with Flair. However, Hogan meets the same fate: lots of knife edge chops. Hogan high tails it out of the ring after a short scuffle with Flair, and Slick Ric follows Hogan, only for Flair to get ambushed by a Bryan Clarke lariat, and a plethora of stomps from Curt Hennig. Referee Charles Robinson goes to disqualify the nWo trio, only for Eric Bischoff to shout at Robinson that this match is no-disqualification. Bischoff then orders David Penzer, the ring announcer, to announce that to the live audience, which, well, he does.
Hennig continues to beat down on Flair on the outside for a short while longer before rolling him in, where Hogan goes to work on Naitch, stomping away on him. Flair eventually is shoved into the nWo corner, where Awesome and Bischoff take some cheap shots on Flair, and Eric actually gets a tag in. Bischoff rips Flair’s bandage off his head and proceeds to connect with straight shots to Flair’s healing wound, preparing to reopen it. Awesome and Hogan work over Flair’s healing forehead later on as well, and after an Awesome leg lariat, Flair’s wound reopens, and starts to gush blood, again. Awesome does most of the work in the beat down on Flair, although Hogan and Bischoff chip in as well, mostly acting like smug pricks when beating down Flair, just adding insult to injury. At about five minutes into the match, Awesome plants the Nature Boy with an Awesome Bomb, and Bischoff comes in and, channeling Hogan, hits a Leg Drop… but not the ‘OF DOOM~!’ version. Double A tries to interfere after Bischoff purposely gets off of Flair during the following pin so the match continues, but Mike Awesome charges into the ring and drills Arn with a vicious lariat. Awesome starts to put the boots the Arn in the ring, while Hogan enters the ring as well. Double A ends up on the receiving end of an Awesome Bomb, while Flair takes a Leg Drop… OF DOOM~!... from Hogan. Flair also ends up on the receiving end of a Frog Splash from Awesome, but no pin is ever made. The New World Order is out to issue a statement to all of WCW, not to get a victory.
The vicious assault continues on, and Hogan unfastens his weight belt that he’s been wearing, and uses it to whip both Ric Flair and Arn Anderson across their backs, just like Hollywood did to Flair at Mayhem. Each men get at least ten strikes across their backs, the two men screaming in pain with each shot. Tony Schiavone can barely stand the events partaking in the ring… it’s aneurism time for him. Bischoff calls in the rest of the New World Order after a while, and Hennig, Clarke, Jeff Jarrett, and Stacy Keibler all enter the ring, but Keibler brings a chair with her. Stacy hands the chair over to Hogan, and tells Clarke to hold Arn. As Clarke does so, Hogan blasts Arn across the face with the chair, busting the near-unconscious Arn open. Arn flops onto his fat stomach, pretty much out of it. Hennig pulls Flair up to his feet, and he gets derailed by a stiff chair shot as well. There’s no trademark Flair Flop with this strike; Flair just falls flat on his back right away. As the rest of the nWo laughs and watches on, Hogan hits the rope and crushes Flair with a second Leg Drop… OF DOOM~! Hogan keeps his leg across Flair’s throat for the cover, and it’s the second easiest 1-2-3 of Hogan’s career.
Result: New World Order def. Arn Anderson & Ric Flair at 8:55
The bell rings and the three New World Order members are announced as the winners, but no theme music hits. Instead, the beat down on the two men continues. A massive stomp fest begins on the fallen Anderson and Flair, with everyone in the nWo, bar Stacy Keibler, gets in on the action. And just for the hell of it, lets turn this into a segment.
A Big Brotha’ Ending
The stomp fest continues on the two men, both bleeding like stuck pigs. After several minutes of it, Bischoff tells Awesome to finish the job, and get a table. Awesome smirks and exits the ring and gets a table from underneath the ring. Awesome slides it into the ring, and Bryan Clarke and Curt Hennig immediately start to set it up in the center of the ring. Hogan picks up Ric Flair as Awesome gets back into the ring, getting ready to feed him to the lion…
The crowd erupts, almost 100% of them cheers, as ‘Big Sexy’ Kevin Nash storms out from the entrance chute, looking pissed as hell. Nash marches out onto the entrance ramp, stares down at the New World Order, all of whom have stopped the beat down on Arn and Flair, and focus on Nash instead. Nash points at Hogan, and shouts out a threat of some sort at Hogan before marching down the ramp, looking to get him some of ‘Hollywood’ Hulk Hogan. As Nash gets to the bottom of the ramp, the cavalry comes behind him in the form of Cal Anderson, Lance Storm, and the Young Lions. The four men come out and stand side by side on the entrance stage before sprinting down the ramp and diving into the ring under the bottom rope as Nash climbs up the steps and enters the ring by walking over the top rope.
It’s a massive 5 on 5 brawl, although Eric Bischoff stays in the ring as Stacy Keibler quickly exits it. Bischoff sneaks around trying to throw in cheap shots to the WCW boys, and it works actually. It’s Nash versus Hogan, Storm and Awesome, Anderson and Hennig, O’Haire and Clarke, and Palumbo and Jarrett as the brawling matches, but with Bischoff getting in cheap shots here and there, and the nWo just being bad asses, they start to get the advantage, wearing down the WCW faces. Soon enough, Hogan has Nash in a corner, while Hennig, Clarke, and Jarrett have Storm, O’Haire, and Palumbo in the other corners, respectively. Awesome is able to beat Storm onto the table in the middle of the ring, and pummels him from the side. The crowd hates the beat down the nWo is now putting on the everyone fighting them, but there’s no one to save them…
“Don’t hate the playa, hate the game… SUCKA”
The crowd explodes into cheers as Booker T rushes out from the back to a remix theme, Tony Schiavone aneurism-ing about the fact that Booker T isn’t supposed to be here tonight, and how me must have just arrived. Nevertheless, Booker T sprints down the entrance ramp in just jeans, no shirt, ready to get him some of the New World Order. Booker dives into the ring and starts laying into any nWo member who makes an attempt to attack him. Bischoff flees the ring, knowing the tides are turning, as Booker T lends a helping hand to the men who fight alongside him. Soon enough, the tides turn completely, as Booker kicks all kinds of ass, and Ric Flair and Arn Anderson show signs of life. The crowd is all cheers now as after a few more moments of brawling, Sean O’Haire ejects Bryan Clarke from the ring with a clothesline, while Cal Anderson takes a hold of Hennig’s hair and uses it to toss him over the top rope to the outside of the ring. Lance Storm pulls back after knocking Awesome into the ropes, and proceeds to drill him with a nasty Super Kick that sends Awesome spiraling backwards of the top rope and to the outside of the ring as well. The crowd is all cheers as the men of World Championship Wrestling, and Kevin Nash, who still swears his allegiance to no one but himself (and Scott Hall), circle the inside of the ring, Hulk Hogan and Jeff Jarrett trapped inside the circle formed. After a few seconds of Hogan and Jarrett looking around in fear, the WCW boys pounce on Hogan and Jarrett, laying into them with a barrage of right hands. Hogan and Jarrett take a big beat down, but it ends rather quickly, as Cal Anderson and Lance Storm feed Hulk Hogan to Kevin Nash… and Nash plants Hogan with the Jack Knife Power Bomb! The Young Lions toss Jeff Jarrett to Booker T then, and Booker finishes the beat down with an exclamation point… with a Book End through the table to Jeff Jarrett! Booker T drives his Starrcade opponent through the table!
The crowd explodes into cheers again as Booker T gets up to his feet, and stares down at Jarrett, laid out under the broken table fragments, with hate in Booker’s eyes. Booker does nothing but stare at the beaten Jarrett, like he’s in a trance, while the rest of the WCW boys help Arn Anderson and Ric Flair to their feet. Kevin Nash walks over to the edge of the ring near the entrance stage, and leans against them, staring at Bischoff and the rest of the New World Order, a bemusing smirk on his face, and a twinkle in his eye. Nash looks over his shoulder to stare down the laid out Hogan and Jarrett, and then turns completely to stare at Booker T and the WCW boys. Nash pierces his eyes, looking at them in disgust. However, the main focus is still on Booker T, avoiding the rest of the WCW clan, continuing to stare down Jeff Jarrett.
Tony Schiavone: Professor, I cannot believe! Booker T! Booker T wasn’t supposed to be here tonight, heck, he wasn’t here when the show went live two hours ago! He was supposed to be at home recovering from the Super Cage match, but he showed up just at the right time, and saved the day for World Championship Wrestling!
Mike Tenay: I’m not so sure if Booker came to save the day, Tony. I think he just wanted to get him some of Jeff Jarrett! The hate, the hate is visible in his eyes! This is more than WCW versus nWo for Booker T, this is personal!
Tony Schiavone: And Booker T has all the reasons for it to be so! But ladies and gentlemen, we are out of time! I hope you enjoyed the show, and we will see you again next week! So long and goodnight!
*END OF SHOW*
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