Re: WCW 2001- The Trio Ownership
World Championship Wrestling
WCW Wednesday Nitro
Lumpkin Center, Columbus, Georgia
December 26, 2001
*NITRO RECAP VIDEO*
Mike Tenay: Hello everybody and welcome to the last Wednesday Nitro of 2001! I am your host for the evening, ‘The Professor’ Mike Tenay, and I will be flying solo tonight! However, tonight will feature one of the biggest main events in the history of wrestling as ‘The Chosen One’ Jeff Jarrett will defend the WCW World Heavyweight Championship against Booker T and ‘Big Poppa Pump’ Scott Steiner!
Channeling the spirit of Schiavone, aye?
Mike Tenay: Tonight should be an action packed night, and a night that we will remember forever!
The Worst Opening Ever
Before Tenay can continue talking, “Also Sprach Zarathustra” blares throughout the arena, bringing the fans to their feet in cheers as the NEW President of World Championship Wrestling comes out from the back, ‘The Nature Boy’ Ric Flair. Flair’s sporting a fancy Armani dark blue suit, and soaks in the heavy cheers from the crowd. Flair stops himself on the entrance stage, not bothering to walk all the way down to the ring. I don’t think Flair has any desire to step into a ring at this point in his career, so soon after being retired. Flair has a microphone in his right hand, and quickly begins to talk once the crowd quiets down.
Ric Flair: Columbus, Georgia… WOO~!
Ric Flair: This is the last Nitro of 2001, but it is the start of a new era… the Ric – WOO – Flair Presidency Era!
The crowd breaks out into enormous cheers. They’re still giddy about Naitch being the new WCW Prez.
Ric Flair: But we’re going to kick off my Presidency right, I want to have one of the best announcers in this sport at the commentator’s booth down there. I want Mike Tenay to be calling the shots with his partner. I want to bring back The Voice of WCW! And without further adieu, ladies and gentlemen, please welcome back… Tony Schiavone!
Tony Schiavone walks out from the back to a respectable amount of cheers, while I cry on the insides. Schiavone and Flair shake hands on the stage, and Schiavone then walks down the entrance stage, waving to the cheering crowd all the while. Schiavone reaches the announcer’s table to the right of the ramp’s bottom, and sits down, shaking hands with Tenay after taking his seat. Now that all is well in WCW – and while I cut my wrists – the smiling Ric Flair starts to talk again.
The Beginning of President Flair’s Era
Yeah, I decided to go to a new title. I’m edgy like that~!
Ric Flair: Now that we have ‘The Voice of WCW’ Tony Schiavone back where he belongs, my era as President can truly begin! And I must say, Columbus, Georgia, that it warms my heart to be standing here in front of you as your WCW President!
Cheap pop, both for the city drop and the President drop.
Ric Flair: With… with how Starrcade ended for the Nature Boy, I didn’t think I would ever be back in professional wrestling again. I was made a fool out of, and I was made a mockery out of, by Hulk Hogan and The Outsiders. If the Naitcha’ Boy’s career ended like that, I don’t think I would’ve been able to live with myself.
Flair pauses and strokes his chin and jaw.
Ric Flair: But in just a few days, oh how the tables turned! I’m standing here, your WCW President, and the Naitcha’ Boy has all the power in WCW. And since I have the power now, tonight is not only going to be a night of rightful chances for Booker T and Scott Steiner, but it will be a night of personal payback for Ric – WOO – Flair!
Yay, cheers from the crowd.
Ric Flair: Hulk Hogan, Kevin Nash, and Scott Hall… you three “originals” pulled a fast one over Slick Ric at Starrcade, I’ll give ya’ that, but now, the piper is callin’! Tonight, you three will be wrestling some of WCW’s finest, boys! First off, Outsiders, you two are going to be facing thee best tag team in all of wrestling today, and the tag team of the future too, The Young Lions, Chuck Palumbo and Sean O’Haire! How ya’ like them apples, Big Kev and Scotty!?
The crowd cheers the match. If The Young Lions are the best team in the world, why aren’t they Tag Champions, and why do they suck so bad?
Ric Flair: Now you, Hollywood, you’re going to be stepping into this ring with a man in the back whose very dear to me and my best friend. He’s been itching for the chance to take on some of the top talent in the New World Order, so tonight Hogan, he’s getting one of the biggest stars in wrestling history: you! Tonight, Hogan, you’re going one-on-one with the undefeated... Cal... Anderson!
The crowd cheers that match as well, and Flair nods his head, smirking ever so slightly as well. Ric cracks his neck from side-to-side, and then continues on, becoming much more serious.
Ric Flair: Now that I got that out of the way, there is something that I want to straighten out, and that is with Eric Bischoff!
Boos for the Bischoff name drop.
Ric Flair: Bischoff, you may be able to call yourself the nWo President, but truth be told, that means nothing! So long as Wednesday Nitro and the Pay Per View’s are run by World Championship Wrestling, then the Naitcha’ Boy is the man at the helm, not you! I may not be able to fire you or any of your nWo running buddies, but if you show up at Nitro to try and “take over”, then you’re under my rule, and you have to do as I say! You cannot fight any executive order I make, and if you try, I’ll have the board of directors bar you and your New World Order from all WCW shows!
More cheers for the Nature Boy as Flair lays down the law.
Ric Flair: Those board of directors, they’re the only way you can ever go over my rulings, Bischoff. And well, seeing as they hate your guts almost as much I hate yours, I doubt they’re going to side with “Uncle Eric” over the legendary Ric Flair! So Eric, guess what? Your days of being the supreme power are over! And so is the New World Order’s! There is a new era sweeping through professional wrestling, and that is the World Championship Wrestling Era, and President Ric – WOO – Flair is leading the charge!
The crowd pops enormously for Flair. Only Naitch can fire the crowd up like this.
Ric Flair: But hey! The Naitcha’ Boy has run his mouth long enough, Columbus, Georgia! It’s time for you to get what you paid to see, top-class wrestling! So Outsiders, Young Lions, I want you four down in this ring! I’m makin’ your match first, WOO! And Outsiders, you tell your nWo boys to stay in the back; if I see any New World Order member at ringside in any of your matches tonight, I’ll bar them from the arenas!
Flair grins evilly as “Also Sprach Zarathustra” hits, and the crowd cheers Ric Flair as he embraces their reaction from the stage.
Tony Schiavone: Oh my goodness, Professor! The Young Lions will challenge The Outsiders, and ‘The New Enforcer’ Cal Anderson puts his undefeated streak on the line against ‘The Immortal’ Hollywood Hulk Hogan! What a night this is going to be, fans! I couldn’t have picked a better night to be brought back!
Mike Tenay: You most certainly couldn’t have, Tony! Because don’t forget, not only are we going to be calling those two matches, we still have Jarrett versus Booker versus Steiner for our WCW World Heavyweight Championship! This is the Nitro of all Nitro’s!
Tony Schiavone: It truly is, Mike Tenay! It is the greatest night in the history of our sport, and it’s all going to begin right after these commercial breaks!
When Nitro returns, “Young Lion” hits immediately, bringing out the former WCW Tag Team Champions, The Young Lions, Chuck Palumbo and Sean O’Haire. The two don’t seem bitter about last Sunday’s loss, instead thrilled to be taking on a legendary team like The Outsiders. Palumbo, sporting his aqua blue trunks, rams forearms with Sean O’Haire, sporting his aqua blue and black biker shorts. The two sprint down the ramp and dive under the bottom rope into the ring, and proceed to pose and taunt in the ring.
The Outsiders, ‘Big Sexy’ Kevin Nash and ‘The Bad Guy’ Scott Hall, walk out from the entrance chute to a very large round of boos from the Georgia crowd, although there are some noticeable cheers. Nash is sporting his standard black and red lettered Outsiders pants and top, while Hall has the black and red lettered trunks. The two men glide down the entrance ramp, Hall cocky as ever while Nash looks much more sinister and malicious. The two men finally enter the ring, and Scott Hall, cocky as can be, flicks his tooth pick at Sean O’Haire, drawing boos from the crowd. O’Haire tries to jump Hall, but referee Billy Silverman gets in the way. Palumbo calms O’Haire down and Sean walks to his corner, while Nash does the same, leaving Chucky P and Scott Hall to start the match.
The Outsiders vs. The Young Lions
Tag Team Match
Scott Hall and Chuck Palumbo go through simple holds to start the match, and Scott Hall easily out wrestles the young thrill seeker. However, the style turns from technique to raw strength, and Chuck Palumbo takes it to Hall with a barrage of punches, forearms, clotheslines, and several hip tosses and back body drops. Palumbo gains a load of momentum and steam as he takes it to Hall, but a quick thumb to the eye by Hall gives The Bad Guy the time and space needed to tag in Kevin Nash. Palumbo tags in O’Haire as well, and the two men fight power against power. O’Haire succeeds in shoving Kevin Nash down to the canvas after a lock up once, but the big, experienced Big Sexy over powers O’Haire in three subsequent lock ups. O’Haire ends up making a blind charge at Nash, leaping into the air for a leaping clothesline, only for Nash to nearly decapitate O’Haire with a Big Boot as the youngster was in mid-air!
The Outsiders proceed to isolate Sean O’Haire, using quick tags, double team moves, effective brawling, and keeping O’Haire in the corner to wear him down. The Outsiders both are able to hit some of their trademark offensive moves while not using brawling tactics on O’Haire – Hall hits his modified choke slam and a fall away slam, while Nash hits a big back breaker and sidewalk slam. The Outsiders score numerous near falls on O’Haire, but the blue chipper shows heart and tenacity by kicking out repeated times. Chuck Palumbo also enters the fray when needed to break up a pin fall. After losing some motivation to the match, the crowd gets really hot through the series of near falls, and even more so when Sean O’Haire slides out of Hall’s Outsider’s Edge attempt, sliding down Hall’s back and quickly hitting a sitting neck breaker. The crowd cheers on O’Haire as he crawls to his corners and makes the much needed tag to Chuck Palumbo. Hall also tags in Kevin Nash.
Palumbo and Nash both charge into the ring at one another (and by that, I mean Nash power walks), and Chucky P rocks Nash with a hard forearm strike. Nash staggers back, and Palumbo hits several more hard forearm strikes and two right hands before leaping off his feet and finally dropping Nash with a leaping clothesline! Nash staggers up to his feet, and Palumbo continues to take it to Kevin Nash with a lot of hard rights and simple brawling. Nash tries to fight back, but Sean O’Haire intervenes, and The Young Lions both take it to Nash. The two are able to flip Nash over with a double back body drop, getting Big Sexy reeling.
The Bad Guy enters the ring after recuperating, and The Young Lions quickly pick him apart while Nash recovers. Palumbo and O’Haire beat down on Hall with punches and forearms, and then lift him up and drop him with a double vertical suplex! Kevin Nash then staggers up to his feet and Chuck Palumbo swiftly drops him with the JUNGLE KICK! The crowd is ecstatic by this point, cheering The Lions on as they’re just moments away from victory. The Young Lions aren’t finished yet though, as Palumbo tells O’Haire to “put the exclamation point on this shindig”. His words, not mine.
As Sean O’Haire starts climbing up to the top turnbuckle, Mike Sanders comes out of seemingly nowhere, hopping onto the apron across the ring from O’Haire and distracts referee Billy Silverman. As Sanders and Silverman argue, Scott Hall pulls himself up to his feet, and quickly catches a WCW Tag Team Title Belt that is thrown at him. Hall looks at the culprit, and it’s Mark Jindrak! Chuck Palumbo quickly tries to get the Belt away from Hall, and The Bad Guy smashes the Tag Belt into Palumbo’s face! Palumbo drops like a ton of bricks, and while this is going on, Johnny Stamboli yanks Sean O’Haire’s left ankle out from under him, and O’Haire crotches himself on the top turnbuckle! Jindrak and Stamboli quickly back up the entrance ramp, the Tag Belt used by Hall now back in Jindrak’s possession after Hall tossed it back to him, as Sanders hops down from the apron and joins them, their mission complete. Back in the ring, Kevin Nash pulls himself up to his feet while Scott Hall pulls the knocked out Palumbo up to his. Hall feeds Palumbo to Big Sexy, and Nash easily scoops Palumbo up into the air and drops him to the canvas with a big Jack Knife Power Bomb! Kevin Nash makes the ensuing pin while Hall makes sure O’Haire stays rooted on the top turnbuckle, and The Outsiders secure the victory, albeit with help from The Natural Born Thrillers.
The Outsiders def. The Young Lions at 9:14
Billy Silverman calls for the bell as the “Rockhouse” New World Order theme hits again, and Nash and Hall celebrate their victory outside the ring, quickly retreating to the entrance ramp and stage, wanting to simply celebrate their victory. Back at ringside, Sean O’Haire slowly gets back on his feet on the ring canvas, and attends to his fallen partner, while looking like he’s in some pain himself. It’s not been a good week and a half for The Young Lions. The camera then focuses on Kevin Nash and Scott Hall celebrating on the entrance stage, throwing up the Wolfpack symbol. That’s just too sweet, folks.
Mike Tenay: The Young Lions may have ended up losers tonight, Tony, but they sure gave one heck of an effort! They out wrestled The Outsiders tonight, and if this would’ve stayed a two-on-two affair, Chuck Palumbo and Sean O’Haire would be celebrating the biggest upset of their lives.
Tony Schiavone: But yet, thanks to the Natural Born Thrillers, the Young Lions aren’t the winners tonight! Mike Sanders and the Thrillers already stole the WCW Tag Team Titles from Chuck and Sean at Starrcade! They didn’t need to cost them a second match!
Mike Tenay: I’m not sure why the Thrillers felt the need to insert themselves into this match, but Mark Jindrak, Johnny Stamboli, and Mike Sanders were effective in costing the Lions tonight. And I can guarantee you, Tony Schiavone, that things are not over between these former friends and teammates!
Tony nods his head in agreement with Tenay, and the camera then cuts to the back.
You Know, Booker Sure Does Miss Nitro A Lot
We’re in the backstage interview area, where ‘Mean’ Gene Okerlund is standing by with Booker T. Booker is sporting one of his own black t-shirts, and red trunks, knee pads, boots, and a right glove. But really, Booker does miss Nitro a lot. He’s a little bitch when he loses.
Gene Okerlund: Hello fans, this is ‘Mean’ Gene Okerlund, and as you can see, I am standing by with the man who will challenge ‘The Chosen One’ Jeff Jarrett along with ‘Big Poppa Pump’ Scott Steiner in tonight’s main event for the WCW World Heavyweight Championship! Ladies and gentlemen, Booker T! Now Booker, this is your first appearance since wrestling at Starrcade. What are your thoughts on your Starrcade match against Jeff Jarrett, and coming up on the losing end?
Booker T: Ya’ know, Mean Gene, I put up the match of muh life at Starrcade. I hit Jarrett wit’ every move in muh arsenal, I kicked outta everythin’ Jarrett threw at me, n’ I fought off countless attacks from the N-Dubya-O… but yet it wasn’t enough! I still ended up a losa’! I was the betta’ man in that ring at Starrcade, but that din’t make it enough ta’ win back muh Dubya-See-Dubya Worl’ Heavyweight Championship!
Booker jaw stiffens and his eyes flare with anger as he reminisces on Starrcade. Okerlund changes the topic.
Gene Okerlund: Well Booker, tonight is a night that you can change all of that by winning back the World Heavyweight Title! What is on your mind as you head into this big Title match?
Booker T: A lot o’ things, Gene. The most important thing on muh mind, though, is knowin’ that ta’night I am gonna win back muh Title! ‘Cuz ya’ see, there ain’t gonna be no Kevin Nash to betray me, there ain’t gonna be no Eric Bischoff to orda’ attack after attack! It’s just gonna be me, Jeff Jarrett, and Scott Steiner! Well Gene, I’ve beaten Scott Steiner before, n’ I know I can beat Jeff Jarrett. So ta’night, there ain’t gonna be any cheap tricks, there ain’t gonna be excuses, n’ at the end o’ the night, Booka’ T is gonna be standin’ tall as the five-time, five-time, five-time, five-time, FIVE-TIME… Dubya-See-Dubya Worl’ Heavyweight Champion!
Booker pauses quickly, and then speaks again, but this time in a rough whisper.
Booker T: Now can you dig that!?
Booker stares into the camera roughly, his eyes’ showing his intent and focus on tonight’s match as the show cuts to a…
When Nitro returns, it’s backstage segment time~!
Lions Are Animals, You Know
Chuck Palumbo and Sean O’Haire are walking backstage, Palumbo holding the back of his head with his right arm while O’Haire walks a little stiff. As they walk down the hallway, they are quickly approached by The Filthy Animals, who were standing off to the side of the hallway, chatting amongst themselves.
Konnan: ‘Ey homes, ‘dat was ay good match ya’ two boys put on out there. In our eyes, you two ‘da real winna’s.
Konnan nods his head reassuringly, while Chavo then speaks.
Chavo Guerrero: The Natural Born Thrillers are dirty Champs, boys. They’re just like all the other Champs – Shane Helms, Mike Awesome, and Jeff Jarrett – they’ll do whatever it takes to get a leg up on their competition.
Chavo shakes his head in disgust. Does Chavo not know that when he was the Cruiserweight Champion under a year ago, he was that kind of Champion too?
Konnan: N’ becuz’ ‘dats how they are, ya’lls get attacked fo’ no good reason! N’ ya’ know somethin’? ‘Da Filthy Animals ain’t standin’ fo’ that any more, essa! We’ll fight fire with fire.
Billy Kidman: We don’t want to see guys like you get screwed over, so we’re looking to do something about it. We just came back from Flair’s office, and he’s given me and Rey a non-title match against the Thrillers tonight.
Rey Misterio: We’re gonna get the Thrillers back for costing you two your match tonight. Besides, they should know not to screw over their own side. No matter what, we’re all working for WCW, and that means we’re a unified sect against the nWo. They shouldn’t be helping out The Outsiders, even if it’s to try and cheap shot you two.
Palumbo and O’Haire look at the Animals, grateful and appreciative of their comments and actions.
Chuck Palumbo: Thanks guys. I’m glad to see you four together again, by the way.
Sean O’Haire: And just to let you guys know, whenever the Filthy Animals need some help, the Young Lions will have your back.
The Lions nod appreciatively at the Filthy Animals, and the Animals back at the Lions. Oh, how lovely.
The show then cuts elsewhere… in the back.
The nWo Still Gets Their Own Color, BIATCH
We’re in the locker room of the New World Order, with all of the members – except World Heavyweight Champion ‘The Chosen One’ Jeff Jarrett and The Outsiders, Kevin Nash and Scott Hall – are lounging in their black leather couches. The Outsiders are off showering from their match, and Jarrett’s off by his lonesome. Mike Awesome and Curt Hennig are stuck on the smallest sofa, Hulk Hogan is laying on an entire couch, much longer than Hennig’s and Awesome’s, while Eric Bischoff sits on a couch opposite of Hogan, Stacy Keibler sitting beside him. Hogan has headphones on, apparently toned out to everything going on around him. Bischoff feels the need to address Jarrett and his situation, apparently, as he starts to talk about it.
Eric Bischoff: I know I’ve told you guys this already tonight, but make sure you all stay back here tonight, and don’t go off looking for Jarrett. Jeff knows that Ric Flair is trying to screw him out of his nWo World Heavyweight Title tonight, so he’s off mentally preparing for this match. Jeff needs to get into the right frame of mind, get the right self-esteem, everything.
Curt Hennig: This is BS what Flair is doing, Eric! Jeff is our rightful nWo Champion; he’s better than Booker T, Scott Steiner, Sting, Ric Flair, everyone! And how about me!? I freakin’ carried that commentating last week! I was the greatest addition to commentating since you were in the booth, Uncle Eric. But yet, this week, I’m stuck back here without a match while jobber talent like Hugh Morris and the Filthy Animals get matches! It’s ridiculous, Eric!
Eric Bischoff: Hey, hey, hey! We all just need to remain calm, okay Curt? There is nothing we can do about Flair right now, so we just have to tough it out. We’re the New World Order, damn it! We are the elite! So you know what we’re going to do? We’re going to flaunt it. We’re going to show Ric Flair up. Every match he throws at the nWo to try and knock us down a peg… we’ll win. We’ll win everything, and it started at Starrcade, and it continues tonight!
Hennig, Awesome, and Keibler all nod their heads in agreement. Hulk Hogan is still in his own little world.
Eric Bischoff: Big Kev and Scott beat the Young Lions tonight, and when Hollywood takes on Cal Anderson, Hulk will end Cal’s precious undefeated streak. And tonight, in the main event, Jeff will retain the World Heavyweight Title, and the nWo will prove we’re thee elite, not WCW, the New World Order! There is no new era in wrestling! The New World Order remains the supreme entity, and Ric Flair as President won’t change that!
Bischoff glares off while thinking of Flair, while Awesome and Hennig let out a collective “yeah!”
The show cuts back to ringside, where Buff ‘The Stuff’ Bagwell is entering the ring, sporting his red Buff tights and top hat. “Xtra Large” then hits, bringing out Hugh (I’m no longer Morrus) Morris to cheers from the crowd. I still don’t know how he got over with the fans. Morris is sporting a mainly black singlet and bandana, jogging down the entrance ramp before diving into the ring. Morris pumps his arms into the air, trying to get the crowd pumped up. Referee Mark ‘Slick’ Johnson puts an end to that by calling for the bell, and getting the match under way.
Buff Bagwell vs. Hugh Morris
Yuk. This match was simply awful. Buff Bagwell no-sold every piece of offense thrown at him, so at least this match is thankfully quick. In the quest to build Hugh Morris up a bit more, the veteran plows through Bagwell with a plethora of right hands and lariats in the beginning stages of the match, and while Buff scores some offense as the match progresses past the oh… one minute mark… Hugh fights back and eventually squashes Bagwell with a running avalanche in the corner, and follows up with a big powerslam. Hugh then points to the top turnbuckle, calling for the No Laughing Matter moonsault. As Morris starts climbing up the turnbuckles, however, he gets clocked with a huge right hand by CURT HENNIG! Hugh Morris falls from the second turnbuckle to the floor, and Johnson immediately calls for the bell.
Hugh Morris def. Buff Bagwell via DQ at 3:33
Curt Hennig, sporting his nWo t-shirt and blue jeans, quickly enters the ring, the camera gets a shot at Hennig’s right hand. There’s a steel chain wrapped around his fist! That would explain why Morris is knocked out. Hennig, however, isn’t finished. As Johnson rolls Bagwell out of the ring, Hennig scoops Morris back up to his feet, and locks Hugh in a front face lock. Hennig scoops Morris off his feet and into the air, and slams Morris to the canvas with the Hennig Plex! Morris is out like a light from the modified fisherman’s suplex, and Curt quickly rolls Morris onto his (large) stomach. Hennig rips the straps of Hugh’s singlet off of his shoulders and rips them down to his lower back, exposing almost all of his bare back. Hennig then dives his right hand into his pocket, and pulling out an object that had previously been the cause of a large bulge. It’s a can of spray paint! Hennig shakes the can, and then tags Morris, spraying the black paint onto Morris’ back, writing the letters, “nWo”. The crowd, having previously been silent throughout the shitfest of a match, rains boos down upon Hennig for his beat down on Morris. Hennig cockily smirks, chewing his gum all the while. Hennig then exits the ring, and walks up the entrance ramp, playing to the jeering crowd.
Tony Schiavone: That was uncalled for! Hugh Morris was just assaulted by Curt Hennig, just for Hugh having a match tonight!
Mike Tenay: I have to agree with you, Tony. Hugh Morris was mere moments way from defeating Buff Bagwell; Curt Hennig had no right to attack him like that! And to make matters worse, he did it with a steel chain!
Tony Schiavone: Curt Hennig has no respect, Professor! There was no need to further assault Hugh, or humiliate him afterwards by spray painting him with the nWo logo!
Mike Tenay: I think Eric Bischoff and the New World Order may have wanted to send us a message, Tony. Ric Flair may be the President, but the nWo will still flaunt their authority!
Schiavone acts like Tenay’s words were very wise and deep, contemplating it’s hidden meaning (despite it being up front and blunt) as the show cuts to the back.
Freaks Will Be Celebratin’
‘Mean’ Gene Okerlund is standing in the interview area again, this time with the second challenger in tonight’s main event: ‘Big Poppa Pump’ Scott Steiner. Steiner’s dressed to wrestle in his black tights, the shades, and the medieval chain plate. Midajah’s on his arm, but nobody cares.
Gene Okerlund: We all know the man I am standing by, ladies and gentlemen. He is one of the most destructive forces in the history of wrestling, and tonight, he has the chance to once again be the WCW World Heavyweight Champion. Scott Steiner, this is the Title match you’ve been waiting months for.
Steiner looks at Okerlund, grabs his wrist and yanks his hand and thus the mic to Steiner’s mouth. Big Poppa Pump starts to speak before Okerlund can even ask him a question. Oh, they really are best friends, you just can’t tell.
Scott Steiner: That’s enough talkin’ from you, Gene! We don’t need you to state the obvious for me. I know that I’ve gone months without getting’ my Title shot, the shot that Big Poppa Pump has deserved! I’ve fought my way up the ladder, I’ve taken bitches out – left and right – and now it is Scott Steiner’s time!
Steiner pauses, and strokes his chin and goatee with his left hand.
Scott Steiner: This is Scott Steiner’s night. I’ve waited patiently, I’ve had to go through all of the nWo’s crap to prevent me from getting my shot, but all of that doesn’t matter anymore! Freakzilla is in the house, and the Big Bad Booty Daddy is ending this year off right! I started 2001 off as the Champion, and you can bet your ass I’m endin’ 2001… World..Heavyweight..Champion!
Steiner pauses again, and readjusts the plate on his head.
Scott Steiner: I will be on top of the mountain, and there ain’t a chance in hell that Big Poppa Pump will keel over and die now that I’m finally here! Jeff Jarrett and Booker T are headin’ for the biggest ass kickin’s in their life, and I don’t care which one ends up tappin’ out to the Steiner Recliner, but I guarantee that one of those jack monkeys will be screamin’ like a bitch when I lock in the Recliner! And when it’s all said in done, Scott Steiner will be standin’ tall with that big gold belt, and Freakzilla will be bringin’ in the new year, celebratin’ with all my freaks, as the WCW World Heavyweight Champion! Now holla if ya’ hear THAT!
Steiner snarls into the camera, looking malicious as can be as the show cuts to a…
When Wednesday Nitro returns, “Filthy” hits right away, bringing out the Filthy Animals unit of Billy Kidman and Rey Misterio, to cheers from the crowd. The two men jog down the ramp before diving into the ring under the bottom rope and play to the crowd then, trying to get them warmed up for the match. “Avalanche” plays next, bringing out ‘Above Average’ Mike Sanders and the WCW Tag Team Champions, Mark Jindrak and Johnny Stamboli, to heavy jeers. Sanders is dressed in a tan suit, while Jindrak has on yellow and black biker trunks and Stamboli his baggy black tights (both have their white Natural Born Thrillers tee’s). The crowd boos the Thrillers while Sanders laughs and leads them down the ramp and to the ring. The three enter the ring, and Stamboli and Jindrak pose with their Tag Belts once in the ring. The Thrillers end their gloating and prepare to kick off the match, as do the Animals; Rey and Kidman touch knuckles before Rey exits to the apron, letting Kidman start the match off. Jindrak prepares start it off with Kidman, as Stamboli exits the ring while referee Charles Robinson calls for the bell.
The Filthy Animals vs. The Natural Born Thrillers (w/Mike Sanders)
Non-Title Tag Team Match
Kidman and Jindrak start the match off with some simple chain wrestling and head locks, but the match quickly turns into a fast-paced affair from there. Kidman hits multiple arm drags and dropkicks, while Jindrak chases Kidman around keeps the pace at first, hitting a few dropkicks of his own and a hip toss too. Kidman, clearly the quicker of the two, gains an upper hand in due time, dizzying Jindrak after a spinning head scissors, a throwback to how Eddie Guerrero used to perform the moves years back in the company. Kidman keeps the advantage for a while, and almost scores a surprisingly quick victory with a hurricanrana that Billy rolls through into a pin, but Jindrak gets the kick out at two.
Kidman stays on his mini-hot streak for only a few moments after, as the tides quickly turn on him. Kidman tries a tilt-a-whirl head scissors, but fails to flip Jindrak off his feet, resulting in Kidman spinning up Jindrak’s body and right back to his feet, breaking off his attempt instead of doing a second rotation. Kidman staggers away from Jindrak before making a charge back at him, only for the one-half Tag Champion to squash him with a vicious leg lariat! From there, the heels quickly start their isolation process, as Stamboli gets a tag in, and the Champs keep Kidman far away from his own corner. The two men keep Kidman in their corner, using quick tags and efficient double-team maneuvers as well, earning themselves several near falls in the process. However, ever the resilient man, Kidman kicks out each time, no matter what is thrown at him.
Kidman’s resiliency leads to him fighting back against the onslaught thrown at him by the Thrillers, and minutes after the isolation starts, Mark Jindrak makes the biggest mistake one can make in a Kidman match: he tried to power bomb him. You CAN’T power bomb Billy Kidman~! Kidman stiffens his back in the slow, dramatic struggle, and eventually lands a few right hands before snapping off a swinging hurricanrana out of nowhere. As the crowd urges Kidman on, Mike Sanders looks like he’s about to insert himself into the match. Sanders slowly creeps along the side of the ring, attempting to sneak up on Rey Misterio and knock him off the apron. Misterio is oblivious to the matter, but two men charging down from the back aren’t: Chuck Palumbo and Sean O’Haire! The Young Lion sprint down from the back, getting themselves in between Misterio and Sanders in the nick of time. Sean O’Haire grabs Mike Sanders by the scruff of the neck, and proceeds to launch him over the security guard rail and into the crowd! Sanders quickly gets to his feet and runs for the hills, and the Young Lions chase after him, neutralizing the numbers game! Throughout all the mayhem, both men make tags in the ring, making Rey Misterio and Johnny Stamboli the legal men. Wow, this write-up is far too long for how short this match ends up being.
Stamboli charges into the ring, expecting Rey to join him, but instead, Misterio jumps from the apron to the top tope and quickly bounces off, spring boarding onto Stamboli’s shoulders and knocking him down to the canvas! It’s like the WCP, only not used as a shitty finisher. Rey doesn’t pin, instead rolling off of Stamboli and back up to his feet. Stamboli staggers to his, and Misterio goes on a quick, huge streak of offense, quickly wrapping the match up. Misterio eventually hits Stamboli with a jumping & swinging DDT, only for Mark Jindrak to enter the ring before a pin can be made. Kidman enters as well, and Rey and Billy are able to work together to subdue Jindrak, and soon toss Jindrak over the top rope and to the outside of the ring! Johnny Stamboli then staggers up to his feet, while Kidman orders Misterio to climb up to the top turnbuckle. As Rey climbs up top, Kidman grabs a hold of Stamboli, sets him up, and plants him with the Kid Krusher! Kidman rolls Stamboli onto his back as Misterio leaps off the top turnbuckle… 450 SPLASH! The Impaler/Unprettier followed by a lethal 450 Splash will finish this match up, as Misterio makes the pin and Robinson counts: one, two, and three!
The Filthy Animals def. The Natural Born Thrillers at 6:59
The crowd cheers as Rey Misterio pulls himself up to his feet and embraces Billy Kidman, the two men happy to be victors. Charles Robinson raises the men’s arms into the air, officially declaring them the victors. Kidman and Misterio touch knuckles from their right hands together again, and embrace one more. The two break their embrace, look down at the fallen Stamboli in the ring, and proceed to make the motion that the Tag Belts are going to be theirs, moving their arms around the front of their waist to their sides.
Tony Schiavone: As Billy Kidman and Rey Misterio spend more time around each other, untied again, the more effective they become, Professor!
Mike Tenay: You got that right, Tony! The Filthy Animals team are ‘two and oh’ since reuniting, including this big win over the Tag Team Champions!
Tony Schiavone: And in my eyes, that makes them number one contenders for those Belts!
Mike Tenay: They certainly deserve to have their names on that list of top contenders, however, so does the team that made sure Rey and Billy had a fair chance tonight, and that’s the Young Lions! Chuck Palumbo and Sean O’Haire are still off chasing Mike Sanders for all we know, but the Lions were able to gain a measure of revenge tonight by making sure Mike Sanders couldn’t cost the Animals their match tonight! As you all remember, Sanders and the Thrillers interfered in the Lions’ match against the Outsiders earlier tonight, aiding Kevin Nash and The Bad Guy.
Tony Schiavone: Well now the Natural Born Thrillers know that if they’re going to mess with the Young Lions, Chuck Palumbo and Sean O’Haire will be there to even the score!
As Schiavone nods all-knowingly – hah, yeah right – the camera cuts to the back.
The First Sin
We’re back in the Presidential Office of the WCW President himself, ‘The Nature Boy’ Ric Flair. Flair is sitting in a chair behind his new desk, apparently reading over some paperwork. Seconds later, there’s a knock on the door before it is opened, and Hugh Morris enters the room, but not on his own accord. Lance Storm and Konnan are under a shoulder, helping Hugh walk into the room. Morris looks groggy and pissed. The two let go of Hugh, who tries to walk around the room, but staggers immediately. Lance catches him before he falls.
Lance Storm: Easy there, Hugh. You probably have a concussion man, let us help you.
Lance and Konnan help Morris down into a chair on the opposite side of the desk from Flair. Once in the seat, Morris holds the back of the head and then starts to talk.
Hugh Morris: Urgh, Hennig had no right to do that, man! I didn’t do crap to him, but I just got my ass kicked and tagged!
Morris pauses, cupping his face in his hands. He’s got a killer headache, yes, yes. Flair observes the situation at hands, and begins to speak.
Ric Flair: Hugh, what happened to you tonight was disgusting. You never provoked that attack on you tonight, and for Hennig to humiliate you afterwards by spray painting you makes his actions even nastier. So the question I have for you is, do you want to get some payback?
Morris slowly pulls his head out of his hands, and nods his head.
Ric Flair: Good, good. Because ya’ know something, Hugh? I know just how you can do that, and in the good ole’ fashioned way that a man of WCW principles is all about! On Sunday, January 27, 2002, we’re having our first pay per view of the new year, Sin. It’s a month away, Hugh, but when that date rolls around, I will give you Curt Hennig in a match! How does that sound, Hugh?
In his anger, concussed state, Hugh needs no time to think of a reply.
Hugh Morris: His ass is mine!
Ric Flair: That’s what I like to hear, Hugh! But now that we got that out of the way, I want you to take it easy for a week or so. Don’t worry about wrestling right now, you just take it easy, go to the hospital, and recover. Next week though, Curt Hennig will get his. Lance, you’re taking on Curt Hennig next week on Nitro. We’ll make Curt Hennig pay for attacking you tonight.
Lance nods his head at Ric, agreeing to that match against Curt Hennig next week. The segment then fades out, and the show cuts to a…
When Wednesday Nitro returns, “Z-Custom” hits, bringing out ‘The New Enforcer’ Cal Anderson and his uncle, ‘The Enforcer’ Arn Anderson, to Arn and The Enforcer’s old music. The crowd cheers as the Anderson’s make their way down the ramp and to the ring, Cal sporting his black and purple singlet. The two men center the ring and Cal raises his arms into the air before dropping them and listening to uncle Arn give words of advice for his huge match. “Voodoo Child” by Jimi Hendrix hits next, bringing out ‘Hollywood’ Hulk Hogan to his own theme instead of the collective New World Order theme. What a shmuck. Hogan struts out onto the entrance stage, all of the accessories with him: the black & white feather boas, the Hollywood weight belt, the black bandana, the shades, and the nWo t-shirt. Hogan takes his time coming down the ramp, strumming his air guitar as the majority of the crowd chairs, although Hogan always has his noticeable cheers. Hogan eventually does enter the ring, and proceeds to rip his shirt from center to side. Hogan then removes his plethora of accessories as Cal stretches and warms himself up for the match even more. Hogan finally gets himself settled, and referee Nick Patrick calls for the bell to start this match.
Cal Anderson (w/Arn Anderson) vs. Hulk Hogan
The feisty “rookie” Cal Anderson tries to grapple with the veteran Hogan to start the match, and while Cal shows great tenacity against Hollywood, the Hulkster over powers The New Enforcer time after time, shoving him to the canvas. Hogan remains cocky as ever throughout the beginning of the match, expecting to run over Anderson, who despite being undefeated, has not defeated any top talent. Despite getting shoved around by Hogan, Cal keeps at Hulk, and eventually is able to neutralize Hulk’s power with simple wrestling holds, i.e. a waist lock, hammer lock, arm wrench, and after wrestling Hogan down to the canvas, a reverse chin lock. Anderson surprises Hogan with his heart and talent, scoring several early near falls on Hogan, thanks to hitting Hollywood with a leg lariat, a DDT, and an always dreaded shoulder block. Hogan eventually exits the ring to regroup after getting knocked onto his ass after a second shoulder block from Anderson.
After getting back into the ring, Hogan resettles himself, no-selling an eventual third shoulder block from Anderson. Hollywood proceeds to no-sell several right hands from Cal before hitting three big rights of his own, the third knocking Anderson down. Hogan doesn’t continue the Hulk Up series, instead slowing down the pace and working over Anderson. Hogan limits his offense to clubberin’ punches and overhead forearms, clothesline, etc., and some simple slams. Typical Hogan offense. Hollywood scores several near falls on Anderson throughout this three minute span, but Anderson kicks out each and every time, surprising and angering Hogan, while impressing the crowd.
As the match wares on past the five and a half minute mark, the crowd really gets behind Anderson, but Hogan looks to end the match right away to kill their motivation. After knocking Cal down to the canvas, Hogan jogs off the ropes before leaving his feet… LEG DROP OF DOOM… misses! Cal Anderson rolls out of the way, and slowly starts to pull himself up to his feet moments later, while Hogan staggers up to his as well, holding his tailbone all the while. Once both men get to their feet, Hogan rocks Cal with a right hand, and while Cal retaliates with a right hand of his own, Hollywood quickly hits two more right hands before backing away from Cal and reaching the ropes. Hogan runs (you know what I mean) off the ropes and back at Cal, going for the Big Boot, but Cal catches Hulk’s foot! Cal catches Hogan’s ankle at his waist before spinning it away. Cal quickly whips Hogan into the ropes and when Hollywood comes back, Cal goes for the ANDERSON SPINEBUSTER… but Hogan escapes! Hogan quickly backs away from Cal after breaking away from Cal’s clutches, and leaves the ring! Hogan exits the ring and backs up the ramp and away from the action, smirking at Cal all the while. The crowd boos, and Robinson starts a 10 count, with Hogan showing no interest in returning to the ring. Hogan just shrugs his shoulders and shouts “I don’t feel like wrestling anymore” to Cal back in the ring. Robinson eventually reaches 10 as Hogan gets back to the stage, and calls for the bell. Hogan is counted out.
Cal Anderson def. Hulk Hogan via count out at 7:11
The crowd boos the finish as “Z-Custom” hits again, and Double A joins Cal in the ring, congratulating him on the victory nevertheless. Cal nods his head while Arn talks to him about the match before raising Cal’s hand into the air. The Anderson’s celebrate the victory, as no matter what, this is a big moment for The New Enforcer. Hogan has retreated to the back by now, having “stuck it” to the Anderson’s and Ric Flair by walking out on the match President Naitch forced Hogan to partake in.
Tony Schiavone: That is a terrible display of class, Professor! Hulk Hogan simply has no class!
Mike Tenay: He works for the New World Order, Tony, we can expect nothing else from Hogan, or anyone from the nWo for that matter!
Tony Schiavone: Very true, Iron Mike. However, even though Cal Anderson only won this match by count out, defeating Hulk Hogan is still a significant achievement, no matter how you win!
Mike Tenay: Especially when you consider the fact that Cal stayed even with Hollywood Hogan throughout this entire match. Cal showed a lot of skill, passion, and most of all, heart, in this match. He could have very well won that match if he hit the Anderson Spinebuster on Hogan, Tony.
Tony Schiavone: Young Cal Anderson definitely put on a great match tonight, and as his uncle Arn has already told him in the ring, he should be proud! However… Professor, it’s almost that time.
Mike Tenay: That it is, Tony! Fans, in just a few moments, the match you all have been waiting for, the WCW World Heavyweight Championship match – Jeff Jarrett versus Booker T and Scott Steiner – will take place!
Tony Schiavone: And remember fans, in this match, all New World Order members are barred from ringside! Jeff Jarrett has no allies to help him retain his Title! If he is going to win, he has to do it on his own tonight!
Mike Tenay: That’s right, Tony. Ric Flair wants no cheating at all in this main event, and that is why not only will the nWo be barred from ringside, but I have just received word that President Flair has also barred Midajah from ringside, and has also demanded that Jeff Jarrett does not bring his guitar with him to the ring nor Scott Steiner his lead pipe!
Tony Schiavone: It will just be The Chosen One, Big Poppa Pump, and Booker T tonight, fans! It is the main event, the last match of 2001, and it is for the most coveted prize in professional wrestling today, the WCW World Heavyweight Championship! And it is next!
Mike Tenay: However, before this main event can get underway, we will use up our last commercial break to give you this match in its entirety, free of any breaks! But before we send you to a break, here is Jeff Jarrett on this epic Title match!
The camera then cuts away from the announcer’s table to a pre-taped video segment.
In the same dim room that was used for last month’s nWo advertisement video, ‘The Chosen One’ Jeff Jarrett – World Heavyweight Champion – sits on a stool, sporting an nWo t-shirt, dark gray tinted sunglasses, and his silver and black biker trunks. Jarrett has his head down as he starts to speak.
Jeff Jarrett: Tonight, there is an attempted injustice going down. I can see it in the air; Eric Bischoff sees it; the entire New World Order sees it. Ric Flair, your President is clearly trying to screw The Chosen One out of his nWo World Heavyweight Title. Yeah, nWo. It doesn’t matter who’s in charge around here, the paint on my Title says nWo, and the Champion says nWo... so it’s nWo.
Jarrett pauses, and uses said pause to raise his head.
Jeff Jarrett: Ric Flair, he thinks that this Title is a sign of balance in the war between WCW and the New World Order. As long as I have the Title, the New World Order is winning, and WCW is losing. To Ric, this Title means everything. It’s always meant everything to him, and since he can’t hold it for his own, WCW has to hold it for him. However, Naitch is right: this Title is the sign of power. This Title does provide a sense of power and momentum, and this Title… is stayin’ with The Chosen One!
Jarrett pauses as he stares intently into the camera.
Jeff Jarrett: I am the man with all the stroke in wrestling, and Jeff Jarrett is the elite. I am better than Booker T and Scott Steiner combined! But yet, ever since I won my Title at Fall Brawl, all I have ever heard was that I need help from the rest of my nWo boys to keep this Title; that I have hid from men like Steiner and Booker as much as possible. I’m The Chosen One, slap nuts! I’m The Chosen One for a reason too, and that is that Jeff Jarrett is the best wrestler in professional wrestling today, and tonight, I’m gonna show it! I’ve been beating slappies like Booker and Steiner for years – and I’ve beaten them both before too!
Jarrett pauses again, allowing his cocky frame to switch to a more series look.
Jeff Jarrett: I’ve got news for Ric Flair and all of World Championship Wrestling. I’m not losing my Title tonight! I beat Booker T at Starrcade, and I’ll do it again tonight! Scott Steiner wasn’t good enough to beat me at Starrcade, and I’ll show why tonight. Jeff Jarrett is the king of the mountain, so choke on that, slap nuts.
Jarrett regains his cocky smirk a the corner of his lips after that ending, the camera focusing on his cocky smirk before cutting to the show’s final…
When Wednesday Nitro returns for the final time, “Rap Sheet” hits after the words ‘Don’t Hate The Playa, Hate The Game’ echo throughout the Lumpkin Center. The crowd stands to its feet in cheers as the former 4-time WCW World Heavyweight Champion comes out from the back. Booker goes through his usual entrance routine, including a huge display of pyrotechnics going off behind him as he does his taunt from the top of the entrance ramp. Booker then heads down the ramp and into the ring, where he plays to the crowd, getting them pumped up (even more) for the match. “Holla If Ya Hear Me” hits next, bringing out ‘Big Poppa Pump’ Scott Steiner to a large mixed reaction. The crowd is split between boos and cheers as Steiner marches onto the entrance stage, dressed in his black tights and chain plate. Steiner flexes both of his biceps at the top of the ramp, and as he reaches the full extension of his pose, a wide array of pyro goes off behind him. Steiner then marches down the ramp and into the ring, looking focused as ever. Steiner enters the ring, and removes his chain plate from his head before doing minor calisthenics, not bothering to taunt at all. He’s too focused on this match and how important it is to him.
The screen gets that dark tint to it as the nWo theme hits, bringing out the World Heavyweight Champion, ‘The Chosen One’ Jeff Jarrett to boos from the crowd. Jarrett’s sporting the same attire from the previous segment, and despite his cocky aura from the previous segment, Jarrett is very serious as he walks down the entrance ramp, keeping his eyes on the ring and the ring steps near the ramp. Jarrett finally reaches the ring, and instead of walking up the steps nearest him, he walks around the ring to the opposite steps and climbs up them before entering the ring. Once in the ring, Jarrett removes his Title Belt from his waist, hands it to senior official Randy Anderson, and removes his shirt and shades. David Penzer does the introductions in the ring, and finally, after all that crap is taken care of, Anderson calls for the bell, and the final match of 2001 is underway!
Jeff Jarrett © vs. Booker T vs. Scott Steiner
WCW World Heavyweight Championship
The three men engage in a lengthy stare down before the match can truly kick off, letting the crowd capture the atmosphere of the setting and this match. Finally, the stare down ends when Booker T and Scott Steiner both make a lunge for Jeff Jarrett, but The Chosen One quickly exits the ring, leaving Booker and Steiner to kick things off themselves. The two men lock up in a grapple, only for Big Poppa Pump to use his raw power to shove the Booker Man down. Steiner is able to shove Booker down to the canvas multiple times when the two lock up (and the process is repeated multiple times, obviously) but Booker eventually forces Steiner to wrestle, and it goes badly for the Genetic Freak. Booker wrestles circles around Steiner with simple holds and locks before eventually wrapping Steiner in a waist lock and then driving Steiner down to the canvas, sternum first. From there, Booker locks in a side head lock, only for Jarrett to reenter the fray, doing so with a thunderous leg lariat to the back of Booker T’s head. Before Booker can even crumple to the canvas fully, Jarrett pulls Booker up to his feet. Standing behind his challenger, Jarrett grasps Booker’s left arm and right shoulder, arching the two backwards before driving Booker face-first to the canvas… THE STROKE!! Only a few minutes into the match, and a finisher is busted out!
The crowd boos the quick finisher, and Jarrett rolls Booker onto his back, planning to make a quick pin and grab the victory. However, Scott Steiner has other plans, as he grabs Jeff Jarrett by the hair from behind, slowly pulling Jarrett up from his knees to his feet, the Champ flailing his arms around in surprise as his face shows total surprise. Steiner eventually turns Jarrett around, and smirks as he stares at his longtime adversary. Jarrett immediately takes for the hills, evading Steiner’s clutches, rolling under the bottom rope, and out of the ring onto the ringside mats. Steiner gives pursuit, chasing Jarrett around in to whole circles on the outside of the ring. Jarrett ends up ducking next to one of the ring steps throughout the chase, and Steiner doesn’t notice it, so when he rounds a corner, he runs right into a Jarrett clothesline! Steiner staggers backwards, and Jarrett quickly grabs him by the back of the head and rams him face first into the steel ring post!
Jarrett quickly reenters the ring and charges towards Booker T, who is crawling on his hands and knees towards the rope, looking for some assistance in getting up to his feet. Jarrett quickly tries to roll him onto his back and pin him, but Booker sees Jeff coming, and rolls him up with an inside cradle! Randy Anderson slides down to make the count…
THRE- KICK OUT!
The crowd groans at the kick out, yearning for a new Champion. Alas, it isn’t to be, and the two men quickly get up to their feet. Booker and Jarrett start slugging it out with right hands, looking to gain some sort of advantage on one another. It’s Booker T who does so, ducking an eventual Jarrett clothesline and scoring a kick to the mid-section and a subsequent DDT. Booker goes on a quick – albeit heated – advantage on Jarrett, hitting several moderate-impact maneuvers before knocking both men off the canvas with a Harlem Side Kick! Booker rebounds up to his right knee, bobbing his head and up down… thee most electrifying move in professional wrestling (take that, Rocky~!)… the SPINAROONIE~! Booker eventually gets up to his feet, and runs off the ropes as Jarrett starts to stagger to his, his torso keeled over. It’s all too obvious Booker will go for the Harlem Axe Kick, but before he can, Scott Steiner clubs Booker in the back of the head with a vicious double axe handle!
Steiner had gotten onto the apron as Booker started to run towards the ropes, and blindsided Booker! Booker staggers forward as Steiner enters the ring; Big Poppa walks up to Booker from behind and hits a huge spinning belly-to-back suplex! Steiner then gets right back up to his feet, walks over to Jarrett, and crushes him with a rotating belly-to-belly suplex! The crowd breaks out into a mixed reaction (surprisingly, it’s mainly cheers) as Steiner roars out, the adrenaline and testosterone getting the better of him. Steiner waits for both men to stagger up to their feet before charging at them, and squashing them with a double clothesline! Steiner continues his offense, hitting Booker T with a falling reverse DDT and Jarrett with a Russian leg sweep. Steiner eventually stands over Jarrett, the Champ having rolled onto his stomach, before Steiner sets Jarrett up accordingly… the STEINER RECLINER! Steiner locks Jarrett in the lethal submission maneuver, arcing his back as he chokes the life out of The Chosen One. Jarrett’s yells of pain are muffled from the submission, but refuses to submit right away, fighting the pain. As Steiner keeps the Recliner locked in for over ten seconds, he eventually stops arcing backwards, instead leaning forward over Jarrett’s body. While he does so, Booker T, back on his feet, bounces off the ropes and runs at Steiner… HARLEM AXE KICK! The crowd breaks out into cheers as Steiner releases the Steiner Recliner, dropping like a ton of bricks to the canvas. Jarrett flops onto his stomach, clutching at his throat in excruciating pin. Booker doesn’t waste any time bar a few seconds to nod his head in glee before dropping to his knees, hooking Scott Steiner’s right leg as he pins the Big Bad Booty Daddy…
The crowd bursts into both loud cheers and groans as Scott Steiner kicks out, and this match continues. Booker T gets up to his feet, throwing his arms up and down in the air, waiting for the two to get up. Scott Steiner gets up to his feet first, Jeff Jarrett pulling himself up to his feet as well. Booker works over Steiner with quick right hands, knocking Steiner back into a corner. Booker turns on his heel and rocks Jarrett with a right hand, sending him staggering back into the ropes. Booker grabs a hold of Jarrett and whips him across the ring into the opposite set of ropes, but before Jarrett can rebound off them, he skids to a halt, latching onto the ropes and exiting the ring. Jarrett staggers over to the timekeeper’s table, while back in the ring, Booker T turns his attention back to Steiner. Book runs at Big Poppa Pump, trying to squash the big man with an avalanche, but Freakzilla moves out of the way at the last possible moment, pulling Randy Anderson into the corner in his place! Booker squashes Anderson with an avalanche! Jarrett spots what’s just happened in the ring, and quickly grabs a steel chair from the table. As Jarrett slowly walks back to the side of the ring, Steiner quickly grabs Booker and whips him into the ropes… and Jarrett whacks Booker across the back with the steel chair from the outside of the ring! Booker stops dead in his tracks, clutching his back as Jarrett quickly hops onto the apron… and drills Booker on the top of the skull with a steel chair!
Booker drops like a ton of bricks, the crowd boos the proceedings, while Jarrett smirks all the while, his cocky swagger returning to him. However, before Jarrett can enter the ring and take out Steiner wit the chair, Big Poppa Pump charges at The Chosen One, knocking him off the apron with a running shoulder block! The steel chair flies out of Jarrett’s hands as Jeff falls off the ring apron to the mats, landing on his knees. Steiner smirks at the fallen Jarrett before turning his attention back to the ring. Steiner slowly scoops up the fallen Booker T, and Booker is already bleeding profusely from the head! Big Poppa Pump clobbers Book with a right hand before slowly wrapping his arms around Booker’s torso. Steiner takes him time, and proceeds to hit Booker with a devastating overhead belly-to-belly suplex! Booker is down and out, and while this is all going on in the ring, on the outside of the ring, Jeff Jarrett gets back up to his feet next to the ring steps – the same steps he walked up to start the match – and starts fiddling with the top half of the stairs. Jarrett lifts the top half of the ring steps up from the base, revealing one of Jarrett’s acoustic guitars! Jarrett has had a guitar hidden in the open space between the stairs this entire night! That cheating son of a bitch!
Jeff Jarrett picks the guitar up into his hands, and slowly, cautiously, enters the ring under the bottom ropes; Steiner is oblivious to Jarrett’s presence, his back turned to the Champion. Steiner stand over Booker T, looking to lock him in the Steiner Recliner, as Jarrett sneaks up on Steiner, on the verge of smashing him with the guitar. Jeff Jarrett is going to cheat his way to another victory! As Jarrett walks up to Steiner’s back, someone jumps the guard rail from the crowd! The man quickly dives under the bottom rope and into the ring, coming from the same general area that Jarrett entered the ring from. The man hurries up to Jarrett, and as Jarrett swings the guitar over his head – seconds away from swinging it down onto Steiner’s oblivious skull – the man snatches the guitar away from Jarrett! The man throws the guitar over the top rope to the outside of the ring, and Jarrett turns around to see who this man is, and it’s… Dean Malenko!? Dean Malenko is back in WCW!
Jarrett looks at Malenko, shell shocked, and Scott Steiner turns around to see the action too. Booker T, however, flops onto his stomach, completely knocked out from the wicked chair shot. Before Jarrett can even think of a move, Malenko leaves his feet, rocking Jarrett with a beautiful dropkick to the chest! Malenko doesn’t get to his feet, instead rolling along the canvas until he rolls under the bottom rope and out of the ring, while the Champ staggers back into the ropes. Steiner seems confused by the previous events, but shrugs it off, making a quick beeline for Jarrett as The Chosen One staggers out from the ropes… STEINERLINE! Freakzilla rocks Jarrett with a nasty lariat, sending The Chosen One staggering backwards before Steiner wraps his arms around Jarrett’s torso and flings him over his shoulders with an overhead belly-to-belly suplex! The crowd, mystified yet excited by what is going down, cheers with all of its collective heart as Scott Steiner wastes no time in walking over to Jarrett, flipping him onto his stomach, getting him into position… and Steiner locks Jarrett in the Steiner Recliner! The crowd is on its feet, cheering as Jarrett flails his arms as Steiner chokes the life out of him, and oh boy, Randy Anderson is pulling himself back up to his feet! Anderson slowly pulls himself up to his feet, and spots Booker T down and out, dripping blood, while Big Poppa Pump has Jarrett screaming in pain in the middle of the ring. Jarrett fights and fights the pain, trying not to tap out, but after over thirty seconds of battling the pain and the submission… JARRETT TAPS! JEFF JARRETT TAPS OUT! The crowd explodes into the loudest cheers WCW has heard in quite some time – blowing out last week’s conclusion by far – as Randy Anderson calls for the bell. Jeff Jarrett’s days as World Heavyweight Champion are done.
Scott Steiner def. Jeff Jarrett and Booker T to WIN the WCW World Heavyweight Championship at 13:26
David Penzer proudly announces ‘Big Poppa Pump’ Scott Steiner as the new World Heavyweight Champion, and Randy Anderson gladly hands Steiner his newly won Title Belt. Steiner takes it, not even bothering to be an asshole about it, as he takes it into his arms. Steiner looks at the big gold plate, looking down at it, tears starting to form in his eyes. Big Poppa Pump smirks at the Belt before raising it to his lips, kissing it. Steiner then walks over to the far corner of the ring and climbs up to the second turnbuckle, staring out past the time keeper’s table and into the Columbus crowd. It’s a true happy moment for Scott Steiner and all of his freaks. Many hate his style, but you can’t help but love Steiner nevertheless.
While this goes on at one end of the ring, Booker T is still knocked out in the opposite corner. Jeff Jarrett is on his stomach in the center of the ring, clutching at his throat while slowly coughing, his eyes closed in pain. However, the real story is at the entrance stage.
‘The Iceman’ Dean Malenko stands on the entrance stage, looking down at the celebrating Steiner in the ring, a small satisfied smirk at the corner of his lips. However, there is soon a sudden clap on Malenko’s shoulders from behind, causing Dean to jump into the air and turn around, his fists raised for combat, expecting foes. However, once Malenko sees the two men staring him down, he breaks out into a wide grin, the grin being returned by the two men, Ric Flair and Arn Anderson. Anderson and Flair wrap Malenko in a huge embrace, the three men celebrating a reunion that’s been a long time coming. As Flair gives Malenko an all-knowing grin, Dean Malenko replies with a hand gesture… his right hand at chest level, four fingers sticking into the air.
Tony Schiavone: Oh my goodness! Professor, we have a new WCW World Heavyweight Champion! This is the night of nights! This, fans, has been the greatest night in the history of our sport!
Mike Tenay: Dean Malenko is back in World Championship Wrestling, having made sure Jeff Jarrett couldn’t cheat his way to another title retention, and once the tides were even, Scott Steiner was the best man! Big Poppa Pump is your new WCW World Heavyweight Champion!
Tony Schiavone: There is no bigger way to end a year with a new World Heavyweight Champion, and the end of an era! Jeff Jarrett’s reign on the top is over, the nWo is losing its control, and Big Poppa Pump will bring in 2002 as our WCW World Heavyweight Champion! Oh my, this is just such a huge night! I could talk about this forever!
Mike Tenay: I could to, but sadly fans, we are out of time! This has been one of the best ways to end a year, and fans, you are going to want to tune in next week to see the fall out of tonight! We can find out why Dean Malenko is back in WCW, why he intervened in tonight’s main event, and we can start the Scott Steiner Era!
Tony Schiavone: This is the end of 2001, but fans, 2002 will only be better! Be sure to tune in to WCW Wednesday Nitro next week, same time, same channel, same day! Until this, for Mike Tenay, this is Tony Schiavone, goodnight ladies and gentlemen! See you in 2002!
The crowd gets one more look at Dean Malenko showing Flair and Anderson the four fingers before cutting back to the man of the night – ‘Big Poppa Pump’ Scott Steiner – celebrating with his newly won WCW World Heavyweight Champion, raising the Title Belt over his head in the air, shouting “I’m the Champ”. 2002 will truly be the Scott Steiner Era.
*END OF SHOW*
The Outsiders def. The Young Lions at 9:14
Hugh Morris def. Buff Bagwell via DQ at 3:33
The Filthy Animals def. The Natural Born Thrillers at 6:59
Cal Anderson def. Hulk Hogan via count-out at 7:11
Scott Steiner def. Jeff Jarrett © and Booker T to win the WCW World Heavyweight Championship at 13:26
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2008, 2007, & 2006 - Best Promo Writer
2007 & 2006 - Best Promo(s)
2007 - Most Creative
2007 - Best Feedbacker
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