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In March 2001 Vince McMahon brought out his arch-enemies WCW and ever since he has held a monopoly on the wrestling industry. TNA and RoH have since opened and tried to compete but nobody has had the power to challenge, but many will remember that Eric Bischoff almost brought the WCW before Vince got his hands on it. Imagine what could have been if Eric did get his hands on WCW and the two companies continued to feud to this day. In this creative I will be booking the WCW but also exploring the WWF/E's journey as Eric Bischoff gets his hands on the WCW and takes the war to Vince. This BTB will operate in a diary style as I hope to bring it through the years to see what could have been.

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The phone rings in Stamford Connecticut the Headquarters of the World Wrestling Federation and the Chairman Vincent Kennedy McMahon doesn't waste a second in answering. With champagne on ice WWF officials wait anxiously for Vince McMahon to break the news. However his expression begins to change as the news might not be good as first thought.

The news coming from Panama City Beach Florida was that Eric Bischoff had made an eleventh hour counter offer to buy WWF arch-rivals World Championship Wrestling backed by the Fusient Media Group. With Eric Bischoff agreeing to also buyout the AOL Time Warner contracts which the major WCW stars where signed to Vince McMahon had no option but to pull out.

Vince had been so confident in striking the deal that evening he had already sent his son Shane McMahon to Panama City Beach to appear at WCW's main broadcast Monday Night Nitro. Even WCW officials where lead to believe the deal was done and booked the show as the companies last. Booker T became WCW Champion that night and WCW legends Ric Flair and Sting fought out a fitting finale.

Vince knew he had come so close to having a monopoly on the Wrestling Industry. He sat furious in his office for half an hour before regrouping and then calling back in WWF officials. "Tonight we celebrate" he proclaimed as he tried to put a brave face on proceedings. Although he had failed to buy out the competition he was the only Wrestling company left on national television and the following week he would let the world know.

In Cleveland Ohio the following week Vince McMahon would step out on Raw and declare the War won. He had fought off Nitro and won the Monday Night Wars and he was about to celebrate that fact. He celebrated in the ring as Raw became a party with Vince firmly putting the boot into WCW who with no television deal had no chance to respond.



American television executive Brian Bedol had lead a venture called Fusient with Eric Bischoff which looked to purchase WCW but with no television deal they pulled out.

Eric Bischoff was a dejected man when he called into Monday Nitro on the 19th March to tell WCW fans he had failed to buy the company. With the merger between AOL and Time Warner Jamie Kellner was handed control over the Turner Broadcasting division, and deemed WCW wrestling to be out of line with its image.

Eric Bischoff conceded with no television deal the proposal was impossible but with rumours surfacing Vince McMahon was about to buy WCW Eric had a change of heart. He called Brian Bedol and begged him to make a counter offer.AOL TW where keen to get rid of the large contracts they still had to honour of WCW stars. Brian Bedol felt this was too much to ask but on 26th March they negotiated to by out the contracts with AOL TW agreeing to write off 20% to get them off their hands.

So as Sting and Ric Flair embraced at the end of the March 26th episode of Nitro, it would be Eric Bischoff who entered the ring insated of Shane McMahon., he had saved WCW but he had no television deal, long over priced contracts of WCW stars, little money left and Fusient would be demanding results of their investment.

WCW had survived for now but many experts predicted they did not hold much hope in WCW being around by the end of the year.



Here is how the massive news was reported in March 2001.

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WCW sold to Fusient Media Ventures

Eric Bischoff firmly in charge again




Finally. The drama that has been going on over the sale of World Championship Wrestling has come to an end.

The winner? Meet Fusient Media Ventures. The boss? Same as the old boss, Eric Bischoff. Upon his return Bischoff is also bringing back television writer Vince Russo to put together the angles / scripts for WCW.

According to the press release, Fusient has entered into an agreement with Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. to acquire WCW. TBS, Inc. will retain a minority interest in the company and retain the rights to the broadcasts.

Classic Sports Network founders Brian Bedol and Stephen Greenberg are behind Fusient Media Ventures. ESPN acquired Classic Sports Network a while back.

Bedol will be the new CEO of WCW. Bischoff will assume the role of president. The partnership of Bedol, Greenberg and Bischoff brings together more than 50 years of combined experience in the entertainment, television and sports industries.

"We're going to reestablish the WCW as the champion of professional wrestling entertainment," said Brian Bedol in the release. "There is huge untapped potential for the franchise and with Eric Bischoff on board we will crank everything up to make the WCW franchise even bigger, better, stronger and more entertaining than anything wrestling fans have ever experienced before."

"We are pleased to have reached an agreement with Fusient Media Ventures that truly represents a win for all parties," said Bradley J. Siegel, president of general entertainment networks, TBS, Inc. "The Fusient management team's experience in programming, production and marketing at Classic Sports Network lends itself perfectly to the WCW business. Their entrepreneurial business-building expertise, combined with the powerhouse brands and distribution that TBS Superstation and TNT provide, will be a winning combination."

"Wrestling fans can rest assured that we will give the WCW the adrenaline shot it needs to once again become the most exciting brand of wrestling in the world," said Eric Bischoff.

Fusient Media Ventures is focused on identifying, funding, developing and distributing next generation content and converged media brands. The company is headquartered in New York, with offices in Los Angeles.

-- SLAM! Wrestling, with files from CANOE Wire Services


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Turner to stop airing WCW

By JUSTIN BACHMAN -- AP Business Writer

ATLANTA -- Turner Broadcasting System Inc. has decided to stop airing World Championship Wrestling, a mainstay of the network's lineup since its fledgling days in the 1970s, as it continues to scout a buyer for the troubled company.

The decision means that the WCW will go on hiatus after a March 26 event in Panama City Beach, Fla., pending its sale to Fusient Media. WCW will return again on May 6th for their scheduled PPV, Big Bang which Eric Bischoff plans to be the big reopening of WCW.


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Variety: Turner axes WCW

Variety is reporting today that Turner Broadcasting CEO Jamie Kellner has officially announced that TBS is dropping all of its wrestling content and that Monday Night Nitro and Thunder are cancelled after March 26th.

WCW's poor ratings, massive losses last year and the fact that Turner Broadcasting is looking to attract more "upscale" viewers who are into movies and re-run programming are all part of the reason Kellner dropped the boom on WCW.

Kellner's decision puts WCW's deal with buyer Fusient Media Ventures in serious jeopardy as the agreement between the two hinged on Nitro and Thunder still being broadcast on TBS. A Turner spokesperson told Variety that "other buyers" (such as the WWF) are interested in purchasing the troubled promotion.

Former WCW Vice-President and the man who helped spearhead the Fusient Media deal -- Eric Bischoff -- is rumoured to be meeting with executives at Fox Broadcasting to see if they would be willing to provide a home for WCW programming.

-- SLAM! Wrestling.



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On March 26, 2001, Eric Bischoff shows up on World Championship Wrestling's (WCW) Monday Nitro to announce himself as the new owner.After a long and bloody battle, between the two feuding companies it would however be the World Wrestling Federation celebrating as WCW went off air for the last time on TNT. The future of WCW is still uncertain but for the time being Eric Bischoff is in charge and WCW continues to struggle on for the time being.
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April 2001:




Houston Texas was the venue as Wrestlemania 17 took place with the big main event between The Rock and Stone Cold Steve Austin. The two long term rivals clashed over the World Heavyweight Championship which was to be won by Steve Austin. During the event Steve Austin turned heel alling himself with Vince McMahon as the show ended with the two men drinking beer.

In the meantime Vince McMahon and the WWF continued to mock their long term rivals WCW on television. The next episode of Raw saw Steve Austin come out as the new WWF Champion and introduce himself as the only wrestling champion on television (also a dig at ECW). Former WCW Wrestler Chris Jerihco would also take a pop at WCW by introducing viewers to Raw is Jericho and declaring there is no show without him.

It was clear to see that Vince McMahon was enjoying the misfortunes of his long term rivals WCW. The WWF creative team where having a great time in pleasing their boss by coming up with material that mocked WCW. Vince's on air alter ego would make several references to being the only wrestling show on television and there is no doubt his on air personality reflected his true sentiments. It certainly seemed like Vince McMahon saw no way back for the WCW and thus no longer considered them competition. As Paul Heyman filled for bankruptsy in early April, Vince felt it was only a matter of time before Eric Bischoff would suffer the same fate.





Eric Bischoff had to sit back and watch as the WWF continued to air on Monday Night's as well as having to listen to all the hype surrounding Wrestlemania 17 and the main event between The Rock and Stone Cold Steve Austin.

Eric Bischoff and Fusient Media held a major emergency meetting with WCW Officials to address how they could move forward as a company. During the meeting they ackwoldeged that they only had one more scheduled event which was The Big Bang PPV on May 6th which currently had a pay per view provider, past this event WCW had to come up with a way of airing their product.

Eric Bischoff was able to meet with represntitives from Fox and the USA Network in early April to attempt to secure a new home for Nitro. In both cases Eric was told that the networks wanted to attend the Big Bang PPV before making a decision whether they could work with WCW. The stakes where going to be high for the pay per view and WCW had to get it right, there was no room for error. The WCW creative team meet in mid April to discuss the pay per view and Bischoff made it clear that this event had to signal a new start and needed to put them back on the map.

Bischoff also had plans to find a home venue for WCW in a way of cutting the huge costs they had in taking over the AOL TW contracts. He flew to Las Vegas in late April and finialised a deal in principle for WCW to wrestle out of the Hard Rock Cafe in Las Vegas. The deal meant that if Bischoff secured a television deal after the Big Bang PPV he would shoot each episode of Nitro out of Las Vegas instead of touring.







Big news broke on the 4th April 2001 when Paul Heyman filled for bankruptcy which signalled the end for ECW. Extreme Championship Wrestling had been struggling for several months and had even been forced to cancel shows.The company still owed their top wrestlers money including Rob van Dam, Joey Styles and Rhino. There assets were to eventually be picked up by Vince McMahon and the WWF.





World Championship Wrestling continued to advertise for the Big Bang PPV which featured in the latest edition of the WCW Magazine. Speculation was building as people started to discuss what Eric would have planned for the event with no matches advertised for the pay per view. Some people speculated that the PPV would see Diamond Dallas Page become World Champion thus the 'Big Bang' title. People also put cases forward for Nash, Steiner, Booker T and Goldberg being the person Eric would build the new WCW around. There was also talk about WCW signing former ECW wrestlers with the company recently being brought out by the WWF. Reports claimed that Eric Bischoff was interested in bringing in Rob van Dam and Sabu but faced competition from the WWF.
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I'm following this closely. I've always been fascinated by the idea of how WCW continuing to this day would affect the careers of various wrestlers. Would certain WWE mainstays have actually ended up in WCW instead? Where would a lot of the TNA mainstays be today? How would the existence of competition affect the WWE. Hopefully some of these answers will be answered. I'll be watching closely.
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May 2001:



The WWF started the month in London, England for the first of two ppv's in May. At the event titled Insurrextion The Undertaker defeated Steve Austin and Triple H in a handicap match for the World Title. Steve Austin would remain champion because of a stipulation that meant the Undertaker had to pin Austin to become Champion. Undertaker ultimately ended up pinning Triple H to win the match thus not becoming WWF Champion.

A few weeks later the WWF held another PPV this time in California called Judgement Day. The highlight of the night was Kurt Angle winning a best two out of three falls match over Chris Benoit 2-1. The main event saw Steve Austin retain his World Championship against The Undertaker in a no holds barred match.

Meanwhile Vince McMahon having aquired ECW was looking to use this as a strategy to finally put WCW under. On the eve of WCW returning for their PPV Big Bang Vince was starting to realise he may have made a mistake. Yes it would have finicially destroyed him for many years taking on the AOL TW contracts but he would have held a monopoly over wrestling. In 3 or 4 years he would have reaped the profits by taking over WCW's market.

Vince had another plan that if he executed well could be better than his Plan A. Knowing the struggles of WCW and that Bischoff wouldn't be able to offer WCW guys big contracts when there current ones expire, he was going to go all out. Vince was firstly going to secure the signings of former ECW wrestlers like RVD and Rhino who Eric had his eye on (and Vince knew it). Then wait as Goldberg, Booker T, DDP and others contracts ran out then offer big.

If WCW lost all its star names how would Eric be able to cope?



May 6th finally arrived and for WCW fans it couldn't come sooner enough. WCW was alive for at least one more event honouring an existing agreement with its PPV operator.

A new red and black World Championship Wrestling logo greets viewers to open the show. It was followed by a video showing Bischoff addressing the wCw fans via telephone on the March 18th episode of Nitro, where he sounds de-pleaded as the buyout was looking like collapsing.The video continues onto the March 26th episode when the commentary team was trying to make sense of what was looking like the last ever episode of Nitro. We see the conclusion of the Sting, Nature Boy fight and Tony Schiavone calling it a fitting end. Eric Bischoff then delivers his message at the end of Nitro explaining how he has brought World Championship Wrestling.

Tony Schiavone, Mike Tenay and Scott Hudson are in place as the commentary team and hand over to Dave Penzer who introduces viewers to the new WCW Owner Eric Bischoff.

Eric Bischoff was to come out to a mixed reaction from the crowd but mainly positive for the man who saved the company. The ring was covered in a red carpet and a table is in the ring, Bischoff enters the ring and soaks in the noise made by the capacity crowd. He starts by talking up the Fusient partnership and how they have all the resources to bring wCw back to the top. He says there was no chance in hell he was letting Vince McMahon get his hands on this company which he has put so much blood and tears into. He says he has hits the reset button on wCw which means all titles have been vacated.

He calls out the Cruiserweight Tag Champions first, Rey Mysterio and Billy Kidman comes down and reluctantly place their titles on the table. After they leave Bischoff takes them off the table and apologises then pulls out a bin from under the table and drops the belts in essentially retiring the newest titles in wCw.

Sugar Shane Helms is called out next and he places the Cruiserweight belt on the table and then Sean O'Haire and Chuck Palumbo do the same with the Tag Team Titles. Eric Bischoff then turns his attention to the current United States and World Heavyweight Champion Booker T who gets a massive cheer from the wCw crowd.

Booker T comes out and holds the two titles up in front of Eric Bischoff who smiles and then acknowledges he knows how Booker must feel. Booker T gets right in the face of Eric Bischoff and then says he believes a champion should be beat for his titles, Bischoff responses “I know, I know”. Booker then leans into Bischoff and says “I hope you know what you are doing bro”. Booker takes the World Title and US Title and places them on the table as the fans boo.

Eric Bischoff stops Booker from leaving the right and tells him not to worry and that he has a chance of winning back his title tonight. He announces an eight man tournament and reveals Booker T as the first man. He then introduces the rest who make their way out and stand by the entrance. Lance Storm, Scott Steiner, Jeff Jarrett, Kevin Nash and DDP are all called out and stand on the ramp. seventh entrant is announced as Sting and the fans go wild. The lights go out and when they return Sting is by the entrance making his big return other than his appearance on the March 26th episode.

Eric Bischoff then names Bill Goldberg as the final man. The fans go wild again but as his music plays there is no sign of Goldberg. Bischoff calls him out once again but again as the music plays there is no sign of Goldberg. Bischoff gives Goldberg until his first match to show his face or he is gone from wCw.

Booker T and Scott Steiner hang around for the opening match of the evening and surprisingly it is Scott Steiner who advances. Booker T had thought he had the match won after hitting the Book End but after an earlier referee bump Scott Steiner manages to kick out. Booker T starts to grow frustrated and ignores the referee Rudy Charles instructions to stop striking Steiner in the corner. Booker T reacts by shoving Rudy Charles to the canvas and Rudy has no choice but to disqualify Booker T handing the match to Scott Steiner who advances to the semi final.

The second quarter final sees a returning Kevin Nash take on Diamond Dallas Page. Kevin Nash uses his strength throughout to dominate the match but DDP will not be put away. Eventually after ducking a big Kevin Nash boot DDP nails the Diamond Cutter and grabs the cover and also advances.

Jeff Jarrett has the tough task of taking on Sting. Earlier in the night however Jeff Jarrett acquires the services of the Harris Brothers to interfere in the match. With Sting on top and hitting the Scorpian Death Drop the Harris Brothers come charging down to distract Sting. Sting takes them out but then gets caught with a roll up by Jeff Jarrett who manages to steal the win.

In the final quarter final Lance Storm comes out and demands Nick Patrick declare him the winner after Goldberg no shows during his entrance. Nick Patrick starts the count when Eric Bischoff comes out and there is confusion ringside. We go backstage where Goldberg is arriving in the arena which does not go down well with Lance Storm. After a good match Goldberg comes out on top following the spear and jack hammer.

The semi finals sees Diamond Dallas Page up against Scott Steiner and Jeff Jarrett up against Goldberg. Diamond Dallas Page is first to head into the main event following the Diamond Cutter after he had earlier suplexed Steiner off the top turnbuckle. In the other semi final the Harris Brothers again come out to cause havoc and Jarrett hits the Stroke on Goldberg but he manages to kick out at the last minute. Jarrett is stunned and as he drags Goldberg back to his feet Goldberg fights back and lands the spear and the jack hammer ultimately follows.

The main event therefore pits Goldberg against Diamond Dallas Page. DDP nearly gets the win when Goldberg spears the turnbuckle after Page avoids him at the last second, Goldberg however manages to kick out late. In the end DDP goes for the Diamond Cutter but Goldberg pushes him off and as he bounces back off of the ropes Goldberg hits the spear. Goldberg then lands the Jack Hammer and grabs the cover to become WCW Champion.

Eric Bischoff comes out smiling holding the Big Gold Belt and hands it to Goldberg on the ramp. He holds Goldberg's hand in victory but Goldberg pulls his hand away quickly then storms past Goldberg. Bischoff shouts after Goldberg as Goldberg leaves the arena with the WCW World Heavyweight Championship. Goldberg jumps in his car and drives off as Bischoff looks confused, the commentary team discuss tonight's event as we go off air.



Following the Big Bang PPV, Eric Bischoff had several key meets with television networks and one was to be significant. The following year WWF moved to TNN meaning the USA Network had no wrestling programming. Eric Bischoff played on this and said it was a partnership that would benefit both parties. Eric however was not able to get a Monday Night slot as Brian Bedol and the USA Network agreed WCW would not be able to compete with the WWF. They were however given a late night slot on a Saturday for two hours which at least brought Nitro back to the air waves. It was not an ideal agreement for WCW as it was certainly not a primetime slot but for the time being it was a major step forward for the business.

Eric Bischoff then travelled to Las Vegas Nevada and WCW.COM reported on Monday 14th May that the Hard Rock Cafe in Las Vegas would become the new home of WCW. Eric was pictured outside the Hard Rock Cafe just days before their second big announcement. On the 16th May WCW.COM and the USA Network officially announced their partnership to the world. The USA Network began to air an advertisement featuring Diamond Dallas Page for the return of Nitro on Saturday 2nd June.

A second advert began airing the week before the first show in which Eric Bischoff is seen sitting in his office bragging about the return of Nitro. He then says that at Big Bang Goldberg walked out with the World Title but has not been heard of since. He hypes a big main event between Scott Steiner, Jeff Jarrett and DDP and says the winner will become the Number 1 Contender. He then says Goldberg has until the end of Nitro to show his face or the winner of that match will be awarded with the Championship Belt.

Nitro was just days away and the come back was on but finically WCW could not compete with the WWF with major money being spent on the takeover and buyout of AOL TW contracts. Eric finished the month by bringing in Jason Hervey as Executive Producer.



Major Joint Announcement from Fusient and the USA Network



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WCW Nitro Returns!!!!






In the year of 1995 a show started which revolutionzed professional wrestling forever. World Championship Wrestling brought Nitro into living rooms around the global every Monday Night. They were to embark on a war with another wrestling show also broadcast every Monday on the USA Network.

The wrestling industry was on top but fate was soon to change for both the USA Network and World Championship Wrestling. In September 2000 the USA Network lost it's wrestling programming and in March 2001 WCW went off air for the final time.

Now on July 6, 2001 WCW and the USA Network join forces as wCw Nitro returns every Saturday Night 8ct.


Saturday Nitro Preview:


*Goldberg has until the end of the show to show his face or he will be stripped of the WCW Title.

*Main Event: DDP vs. Jeff Jarrett vs. Scott Steiner - Number 1 Contender Match

*Lethal Lottery Tag Team Championship Tournament Begins

*Cruiserweight Championship Qualifiers Begin

*An Announcement From Rey Mysterio




Big Bang PPV (May 6th, 2001)

Scott Steiner def. Booker T by DQ - World Title Tournament
Diamond Dallas Page def. Kevin Nash - World Title Tournament
Jeff Jarrett def. Sting - World Title Tournament
Goldberg def. Lance Storm - World Title Tournament
Diamond Dallas Page def. Scott Steiner - World Title Tournament
Goldberg def. Jeff Jarrett - World Title Tournament
Goldberg def. Diamond Dallas Page - WCW World Title




NEW WCW CHAMPION - GOLDBERG

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May 6, 2001 (Las Vegas, NV)



WCW Big Bang! (Las Vegas,NV) Sunday May 6, 2001



---Opening Video---

A new red and black World Championship Wrestling logo appears on the screen signifying a new era and a return from their hiatus. A video plays showing Bischoff addressing the wCw fans via telephone on the March 18th episode of Nitro, where he sounds de-pleaded as the buyout was looking like collapsing.The video continues onto the March 26th episode when the commentary team was trying to make sense of what was looking like the last ever episode of Nitro. We see the conclusion of the Sting, Nature Boy fight and Tony Schiavone calling it a fitting end. Eric Bischoff then delivers his message at the end of Nitro explaining how he has brought World Championship Wrestling.



---The Reset Button---

The camera pans around the arena in Las Vegas, Nevada with no commentary team in place. The camera then goes backstage where Eric Bischoff is in his office holding a red button. He welcomes everybody to the show and hits the button saying he has hit the reset button on wCw. He says this is a new era for wCw and that he hopes everybody enjoys the show, the Big Bang logo appears and it's showtime.



---Welcome Back to WCW---

Tony Schiavone, Mike Tenay and Scott Hudson are now in position as the team welcome viewers back to WCW. Tony Schiavone says it is a day they thought may never come and they hand over to Dave Penzer who introduces the new President of World Championship Wrestling, Mr Eric Bischoff.



---All Titles Vacated---

Eric Bischoff comes out to a mixed reaction from the crowd but mainly positive for the man who saved the company. The ring has a red cover down and there is a table in the ring, Bischoff enters the ring and soaks in the noise made by the capacity crowd. Eric Bischoff starts by talking up the Fusient partnership and how they have all the resources to bring wCw back to the top. He says there was no chance in hell he was letting Vince McMahon get his hands on this company which he has put so much blood and tears into. He says he has hits the reset button on wCw which means all titles have been vacated.

He calls out the Cruiserweight Tag Champions first, Rey Mysterio and Billy Kidman comes down and reluctantly place their titles on the table. After they leave Bischoff takes them off the table and apologises then pulls out a bin from under the table and drops the belts in essentially retiring the newest titles in wCw.

Sugar Shane Helms is called out next and he places the Cruiserweight belt on the table and then Sean O'Haire and Chuck Palumbo do the same with the Tag Team Titles. Eric Bischoff then turns his attention to the current United States and World Heavyweight Champion Booker T who gets a massive cheer from the wCw crowd.

Booker T comes out and holds the two titles up in front of Eric Bischoff who smiles and then acknowledges he knows how Booker must feel. Booker T gets right in the face of Eric Bischoff and then says he believes a champion should be beat for his titles, Bischoff responses “I know, I know”. Booker then leans into Bischoff and says “I hope you know what you are doing bro”. Booker takes the World Title and US Title and places them on the table as the fans boo.


---World Title Tournament---

Eric Bischoff stops Booker from leaving the right and tells him not to worry and that he has a chance of winning back his title tonight. He announces an eight man tournament and reveals Booker T as the first man. He then introduces the rest who make their way out and stand by the entrance. Lance Storm, Scott Steiner, Jeff Jarrett, Kevin Nash and DDP are all called out and stand on the ramp.



---The Stinger---

The seventh entrant is announced as Sting and the fans go wild. The lights go out and when they return Sting is by the entrance making his big return other than his appearance on the March 26th episode.



---Where's Goldberg?---

Eric Bischoff then names Bill Goldberg as the final man. The fans go wild again but as his music plays there is no sign of Goldberg. Bischoff calls him out once again but again as the music plays there is no sign of Goldberg. Bischoff gives Goldberg until his first match to show his face or he is gone from wCw.



---Glory PPV---

The commentary team discuss the World Title Tournament and then mention the next PPV coming on Sunday 24th June entitled Glory. They then reveal the match order tonight as Scott Steiner and Booker T hang around to face off in the first match. The other quarter final matches are the Insiders facing off as DDP fights Kevin Nash, Sting returns to face Jeff Jarrett, and Lance Storm will face Goldberg if he shows up.


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---"Big Puppa Pump" Scott Steiner (with Midajah) vs. Booker T (World Title Tournament)---

Scott Steiner jumps Booker T before the bell and continues to put the boat to Booker T in the corner. Booker T struggles to get to his feet as Steiner continues to wait for the referees count before going straight back into Booker. The referee finally pulls Steiner away and Booker T can recover but as he tries to go after Steiner, Steiner ducks and as Booker comes off the ropes Midajah trips him and Steiner lands a DDT. Booker T manages to recover and hits a big back drop but Scott Steiner again goes back on the offensive with a body slam. Scott Steiner drags Booker to his feet and irish whips him into the ropes but Booker T ducks a wild right hand and hits a massive backbreaker but Steiner kicks out on two. Booker T continues the offensive with a big spinebuster and again goes for the pin fall but again Steiner kicks out. Booker T then takes Steiner down with a flying shoulder but Steiner recovers with avalanche with a raised foot to the face. Steiner puts the pressure on with strikes on Booker T in the corner and then hits a flapjack. Booker T however staggers back to his feet and catches Booker T with a super kick he then lands the Book End but Midajah distracts the referee on the apron. Booker T goes across and grabs the referee but with the delay Steiner manages to kick out. Booker T irish whips Steiner into the ropes and goes for another super kick but Steiner moves and the referee gets clobbered. Booker T hits another Book End but there is no referee to count. Rudy Charles comes rushing down but by the time he hits the ring Steiner has recovered and kicks out. Booker T continues the offensive and beats down on Steiner in the corner. Rudy Charles tries several times to stop Booker but Booker eventually loses it and pushes Rudy Charles to the ground and goes back to the beat down. Rudy Charles calls for the bell and Disqualifies Booker T. Booker T seems to come around and realise what has happened and looks distraught in the ring.



Winner: Scott Steiner 11:23 – by DQ
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---Big Sexys Back---
Kevin Nash approaches Bischoff backstage and says he appericates being brought back from retirement. Bischoff says its a new start for everyone and to make the most of it. DDP then approaches Kevin Nash and says he is glad he is back and is looking forward to their match up next.

---Calling Back Up---
Jeff Jarrett approaches the Harris Brothers backstage and asks them to have his back tonight and he will make sure they get their hands on titles. The Harris Brothers say they have Jarrett's back and Don Harris tells Jarrett they guarantee he will be World Heavyweight Champion tonight.

---Dark Match Footage---
We see footage of the dark match in which Billy Kidman and Rey Mysterio defeated Shane Helms and Shannon Moore. We hear from Rey and Billy Kidman who say they are yet to be impressed by Bischoff as yet again they've been screwed over. Shane Helms then comes over and says he is feeling the same and doesn't like being stripped of his title.

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---"Big Sexy" Kevin Nash vs. Diamond Dallas Page (World Title Tournament)---
Kevin Nash and DDP show respect for each other acknowledging the partnership before they go into a test of strength which Kevin Nash gets the better off. Kevin Nash continues to control the opening moments with a devastating big boot which has DDP seeing stars. The offensive continues as DDP goes down after Nash lands a vertical suplex and follows it up with a piledriver. Kevin Nash hocks the leg but DDP makes the kick out on two, DDP then reverses a hammerlock from Nash and goes on an offensive on his own hitting strikes on Nash into the corner. Nash holds his hands up as the referee comes to intervene and Nash uses this to poke DDP in the eye. Nash then drops DDP with a clothesline and makes a gesture to Page that this is business. Nash sends DDP into the ropes and goes for a big boot but Page ducks and comes back with a clothesline of his own and makes the Bang signal. Nash is up and avoids the Diamond Cutter and puts page in a headlock but Page fights out and hits a back drop. Kevin Nash is so back in control however hitting a big DDT on Page but only gets a two count. Kevin Nash then continues the attack with a spinebuster and then a body slam but each time Page kicks out. Nash starts to land some strikes on Page and then sends him against the ropes. He goes for a big boot but Page ducks and then hits the Diamond Cutter out of nowhere. 1...2...3! Diamond Dallas Page scores an impressive win. Kevin Nash then quickly spins Page around as he celebrates and offers his hand. DDP takes his time then extends his hand for the handshake. The two exchange a handshake then an embrace as the mutual respect is still in tact.

Winner: Diamond Dallas Page 8:47
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--- I Lost My Cool---
Stevie Ray enters the locker room of Booker T and asks him what happened earlier on. Booker T snaps saying he was the World Champion and asks why did he have to give his title up. Stevie Ray asks him to calm down and Booker T says he lost his cool and it has cost him the title. Stevie Ray tells him not to let the situation define him, and to get back in the game and work towards winning the world title again, Booker T thanks Stevie Ray and the two men shake hands.

---You Deserve It---
Kevin Nash approaches DDP backstage and tells him that he deserves to be in the next round, he says he threw the kitchen sink at him and he still couldn't beat DDP. He tells DDP that when he wins the World Title he needs to remember Big Sexy and give him a title shot. DDP says he has his word that he will put the title up on the line to him when he wins it tonight.



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---"The Chosen One" Jeff Jarrett vs. "The Icon" Sting (World Title Tournament)---
Jeff Jarrett jumps Sting right from the bell and continues the attack, he then lands a double arm suplex and Sting lands hard. Sting counters a backdrop attempt with a kick to the face and then uses a forearm to the face. sting whops Jarrett into the turnbuckles and goes for the Stinger splash but the referee gets clobbered. Sting lands the death drop but there is no referee to count the victory. Sting picks Jarrett back up to his feet and hits the death valley driver but the referee is still down. Jeff Jarrett counters an arm wringer with an elbow to the side of the head. Jarrett then hits a flying shoulder tackle which drops Sting down to the floor. Jarrett goes for the pinfall but Sting manages to get a shoulder up on two, Jarrett then hits a splash in the corner, Sting style and then follows it up with a death drop. Jarrett goes for the cover but Sting kicks out at the very last second. Sting recovers with a pile driver and nearly gets the win when the Harris Brothers show their faces. Sting drops Ron Harris off the ropes first and then as Don Harris enters he hits a death drop. The distraction allows Jarrett to hit the Stroke but Sting kicks out on a late two, Jarrett drags Sting back to his feet and hits a second Stroke this time he gets the three count.

Winner: Jeff Jarrett 7:21
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---Has Anyone Seen Goldberg?---
Lance Storm grabs Johny Ace backstage and asks him if Goldberg has arrived yet. Ace says they are still waiting on Goldberg, so Storm asks if that means he is through to the semi final. Ace tells Storm to head to the ring now, but if Goldberg doesn't arrive then he does in fact face Jarrett in the semi final.

---What Where You Doing Out There---
Sting is in a heated argument with referee Scott Dickenson asking him what he was doing when the Harris Brothers hit the ring. Dickenson says he couldn't ring for the bell as technically they hadn't interfered yet as Sting got to them first.

---You're Next!---
Lance Storm heads to the ring and starts to order Nick Patrick to name him the winner. The Goldberg music hits but still no sight of Goldberg, Nick Patrick asks for permission to ring the bell. Eric Bischoff comes out and starts to talk to Nick Patrick when we get word something is going on backstage. We see security in the backstage area and Goldberg arrives in the backstage area. Lance Storm demands Eric Bischoff announce him the winner but Bischoff smiles and walks away as Goldberg heads to the ring to massive Goldberg chants.

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---Lance Storm vs. Goldberg - (World Title Tournament)---
Lance Storm goes after Goldberg who just shrugs him off which sends the crowd mad. Storm comes flying back with a spinning heel kick and tries to keep the big man down, he jumps to the second ropes and hits a flying DDT. Lance Storm goes for the cover but amazingly Goldberg kicks out before even the count of one. Goldberg drops out the back of a Lance Storm body slam attempt and hits a big kick to the face. The fans pop as Goldberg follows it up with a bulldog but Lance Storm manages to kick out on two. Goldberg then lands a flapjack on Storm and hocks the leg for another two count pin fall attempt. Lance Storm counters with a back drop and then a running kick to the face. Storm then crushes Goldberg with a running senton and gets another close cover which would have been a massive upset. Lance Storm looks frustrated as he picks Goldberg to his feet Goldberg blocks a Storm punch and takes him down with a clothesline. Goldberg gets in place and as Storm gets up and turns around Goldberg hits the spear. Goldberg then drags Storm to his feet...Jack Hammer 1....2....3!!! Goldberg returns with the victory and faces Jeff Jarrett in the semi final.

Winner: Goldberg 6:51
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---Hope Your Enjoying Your Investment---

Eric Bischoff is on the phone in his office talking to Brian Bedol the new CEO of World Championship Wrestling. Bischoff says he hopes he is enjoying his investment, Bischoff then listens to whatever is being said back to him. Bischoff responds "that's game changing", Bischoff drops the phone and then sits back in his chair laughing.

---Stick To The Plan---
Jeff Jarrett is with the Harris Brothers freaking out that Goldberg has turned up. Ron Harris interrupts him and says we will be ok we just have to stick to the plan.

---Diamond Dallas Punk---
Scott Steiner is interviewed backstage by Pamela Paulshock, he calls DDP, Diamond Dallas Punk and says he is going to send him back to commentary. Scott Steiner says he is getting back what should already be his the World Heavyweight Championship and not even that son of a bitch Goldberg will stop him.

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---"Big Puppa Pump" Scott Steiner vs. Diamond Dallas Page - (World Title Tournament)---
We go into the first semi final and Scott Steiner is not hanging about as he attacks DDP as he is getting over the guard rail after making his entrance through the fans. Scott Steiner slams DDP into the guard rail and then into the steal steps before rolling him into the ring where the bell rings and the match gets underway. Scott Steiner continues to apply the pressure and DDP looking in a bad way following the attack before the bell. Scott Steiner starts to hit some heavy strikes to DDP but Page manages to hit some strikes back and then manages to get the upper hand. DDP takes Scott Steiner down with a big right hand and then follows it up with a Vertical Suplex to land his first move of the match. DDP follows it up with a running clothesline and then Scott Steiner fights out of a DDP sleeper hold. Steiner comes back with a spinning neck breaker and then a power slam but Page kicks out on two. Page recovers with piledriver on Steiner and we see another two count pin fall. DDP follows it up with a spinebuster but again Steiner kicks out on two. Steiner fights back with a clothesline and beats Page down in the cover. He then drags Page to the centre of the ring and hocks on the Steiner Recliner. Page manages to reach the ropes and the referee orders Steiner to break the hold. Steiner then climbs the turnbuckle but Page manages to get up and suplex him off the top. Steiner staggers to his feet where Page hits the Diamond Cutter out of nowhere 1......2......3!!! Diamond Dallas Page gets the win and is one match away from becoming the WCW World Champion.

Winner: Diamond Dallas Page 8:18
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---The Nature Boy Arrives---

A Limo arrives backstage and out steps the Nature Boy Ric Flair. He heads into the arena looking like a man on a mission, will we be hearing what is on the Nature Boys mind?

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---"The Chosen One" Jeff Jarrett vs. Goldberg - (World Title Tournament)---
Jeff Jarrett gets the match up and running by hitting Goldberg with a series of strikes but Goldberg just smiles and hits a massive body slam on Jeff Jarrett. Jeff Jarrett rolls out to the outside and gathers his thoughts as he looks like he doesn't know how to deal with Goldberg. Goldberg invites Jarrett back into the ring and he slowly makes his way back in the ring. Jarrett ducks between the ropes several times to avoid the offensive from Goldberg. The referee tries to separate the two men which allows Jarrett to land a low blow and he follows it up with a clothesline. Goldberg fights back with a big kick and then lands a clothesline of his own and beats down on Jarrett in the corner. Jarrett fights back with a DDT and goes for a pin fall but Goldberg powers out without Jarrett even getting a one count. Jarrett starts to hits some vicious strikes on Goldberg who again laughs and picks Jarrett up and slams him across the ring. Goldberg goes for the spear but Jarrett moves out the way and Goldberg spears the referee. Goldberg then lands the Jack Hammer but there is nowhere there to count the pin fall. The Harris Brothers use the incident to run down but Goldberg spears Ron Harris and then spears Don Harris. Jarrett recovers in the mean time and lands the Stroke, he gets the referees attention, 1.....2....2.99999. Goldberg kicks out at the last possible minute and the fans go wild in the arena. Jeff Jarrett drags Goldberg back to his feet but Goldberg fights him off and hits a body slam and follows it up with the spear. He signals for the Jack Hammer and nails it, 1....2....3 Goldberg advances to the Final.

Winner: Goldberg 6:10
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---Nature Boy's Message For WCW---

The commentary team hype the main event when the Nature Boy theme hits and Ric Flair makes his way down to the ring. He says this company should have been shut down a long time ago, he calls it a disgrace the company has been allowed to remain open long enough that David Arquette and Vince Russo became World Champions. He says now Brain Bedol is in charge will we see former NBA or NFL players as World Champions. He asks fans if they really believe Eric Bischoff is going to turn the fortunes of the company. He says the honour of the title and company is down the pan.

---Cut Him Off---
Eric Bischoff comes storming down and orders Ric Flair is cut off, Flair asks if Bischoff cannot handle the truth. Ric Flair says that Bischoff might have fooled all the fans and the boys in the back but not him. Ric Flair says he is done with WCW and goes to leave but Bischoff says he is under contract and he will take legal action if he doesn't play by his rules. Ric Flair gets in his face and says he should beat his ass all around the arena. Eric Bischoff just laughs and says think of the law suit, Flair storms out as we go into our main event.

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---Diamond Dallas Page vs. Goldberg - (WCW World Heavyweight Champion)---
The two finalists size each other up as we go into our main event after David Penzer introduces each man. They go into two test of strengths which are both won by Goldberg, DDP then grabs Goldberg into a head lock but Goldberg fights out and sends him into the ropes. Page comes back and hits a splash dropping Goldberg to the mat. He tries to apply a headlock but Goldberg powers out and hits a body slam. Goldberg fights back with some big strikes then hits a flap jack but DDP manages to kick out on a late two. Goldberg then follows up with a spinning neck breaker and then goes for a back drop but DDP counters with a kick to the face. DDP follows it up with a DDT but Goldberg kicks out on a two. The commentary team comment that earlier in the night Goldberg was kicking out of similar moves before the one count, they question if the amount of matches is taking its toll on Goldberg. DDP hits some strikes on Goldberg in the corner but Goldberg reverses a hammerlock. Goldberg slams DDP to the floor again and then hits another flap jack but DDP kicks out on two again. Goldberg sizes up a spear but Page moves and Goldberg stops short of the turnbuckle. Page hits a roll up and Goldberg 1.....2......2.99! Goldberg kicks out at the last possible second the fans thought that was it. Goldberg gets back to his feet but Page lands the Diamond Cutter. 1....2.....2.99 again Goldberg kicks out at the last possible second. DDP can't believe it he thought he had it won the match, drags Goldberg to his feet but Goldberg recovers and hits a clothesline. Both men hit the floor and Page is up just before Goldberg. He goes for a Diamond Cutter but Goldberg pushes him against the ropes and hits a spear. He signals for the Jack Hammer and nails it once again, 1....2....3!!! WE HAVE A NEW WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION!!!!

Winner: Goldberg 13:45 - AND NEW WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION
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---New World Champion--

Eric Bischoff comes out smiling holding the Big Gold Belt and hands it to Goldberg on the ramp. He holds Goldberg's hand in victory but Goldberg pulls his hand away quickly then storms past Goldberg. Bischoff shouts after Goldberg as Goldberg leaves the arena with the WCW World Heavyweight Championship. Goldberg jumps in his car and drives off as Bischoff looks confused, the commentary team discuss tonight's event as we go off air.

Quick Results
Scott Steiner def. Booker T - Tournament Quarter Final
DDP def. Kevin Nash - Tournament Quarter Final
Jeff Jarrett def. Sting - Tournament Quarter Final
Goldberg def. Lance Storm - Tournament Quarter Final

DDP def. Scott Steiner - Tournament Semi Final
Goldberg def. Jeff Jarrett - Tournament Semi Final

Goldberg def. DDP - WCW World Title
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June 2001



Nitro returned to the airwaves at the begin of June as the WCW superstars invaded Las Vegas. The first episode was filmed live and aired on the USA Network on June 2nd. The news broke the night before of the Nature Boy Ric Flair being drunk and kicked out of a Las Vegas Casino but all was forgotten by Saturday evening as the buzz around Nitro returning overwhelmed the earlier story. Ric Flair was subsequently to miss the opening live episode but would later return for the next WCW tapings.

As viewers tuned in to watch the return of Nitro they where greeted by the same familiar faces on the commentary table with Schiavone, Tenay and Hudson however the arena was smaller than previous shows. WCW had certainly streamlined it's product in order to save money. The first Nitro aired with Scott Steiner becoming the number one contender with fans in suspense as to whether Goldberg would show or not. Goldberg eventually did turn up and took out Big Puppa Pump with a spear. The next week however Steiner would return the favour taking Goldberg out following a six man tag match with a steal chair. Before the event WCW had also confirmed via it's website that they will return to PPV with the Glory PPV in just a matter of weeks. They also confirm the main event between Scott Steiner and Bill Goldberg for the WCW World Title.

Eric Bischoff also announced a Tour of Europe, Australia and Japan starting in October. This was a strategy proposed by Brian Bedol acknowledging WWF's dominance in North America but identifying the demand to see a top North America promotion tour in other countries. WCW management also felt it could be used to help them get ahead in the global markets and form relationships with other wrestling companies around the world.

As the Glory PPV came and went with a big main event between Goldberg and Scott Steiner for the World Title and also Sting and Booker T battling off WCW seemed to be alive once more. Fusient however were having several meetings to discuss the WCW AOL Contracts. WCW had managed to get subsidised contracts which meant that when big contracts like Goldberg's, Sting's and Booker T's came to an end they would struggle to renew them. Eric was well aware that Vince would be waiting to pick these contracts up. Understanding they may lose several key stars how would they be able to replace them? With the risk of losing their main stars over the next few years they would need to create big stars and soon.



Vince was still looking to put Eric Bischoff and WCW to the sword and he was starting to go to work on Plan B having failed to buy WCW. Paul Heyman had joined WWF as color commentator and plans were starting to bring in some ECW guys. Vince had Heyman contact Rob Van Dam and would join Rhyno who signed in March and other former ECW guys like the Dudley Boys and Taz in an invasion storyline. Meanwhile Edge became the King of the Ring defeating Kurt Angle in the tournament final and Steve Austin would retain the World Title against Chris Jerihco and Chris Benoit.



Nitro 2/6/14

Eric Bischoff fittingly opened the return of Nitro speaking about his relieve at saving WCW from the hands of Vince McMahon. He then called out Goldberg who doesn't show but Scott Steiner answers instead followed by the Magnificent Seven (minus Ric Flair). Scott Steiner and Jeff Jarrett give reasons as to why the new WCW should be built around them until DDP comes out having heard enough. DDP hopes Goldberg does show up and plays mind games asking who will go for the pinfall out of Steiner and Jarrett if the chance arises.Booker T then joined the party asking for his rematch so Bischoff adds him into the main event which is now a fatal four way.

Back from the break Stacy Kiebler is Eric"s new secretary and Ernest Miller is told to get his wrestling boots by the new boss. In a comical moment Bischoff leaves and Miller tells Kiebler he doesn't have wrestling boots.The first match back sees Chavo Guerrero win a elimination match defeating Chris Candido, Elix Skipper and Even Karagias. He joins former cruiserweight Shane Helms in a Championship fatal four way match.Lance Storm then waits to face a mystery opponent who turns out to be Kevin Nash. And Big Sexy gets the victory to signal his return via the Jack knife power bomb. A lethal lottery draw then takes place for the tag belts and Nash then offers to have Pages back tonight but DDP wants no help.In the search for new tag team champions the Road Warrior Animal and Hugh Morrus defeat Brian Adams and Johnny The Bull in the lethal lottery.

Rey Mysterio then came out and talked about how in February 1999 he lost his identity when he lost his mask. He subsequently brings out a new mask and says it signifies a new era for him. Speaking of new eras Ernest Miller returns to the ring defeating Mike Sanders in just over three minutes via the super kick. Back to the lethal lottery and the luck of the draw sees O'Haire and Palumbo teamed together and their experience together gets them the win over Rick Steiner and Big Vito. Still no sign of Goldberg heading into the main event.

The fatal four way main event is explosive and ends with Booker T hitting the Book end on Jeff Jarrett but the referee is distracted on the outside. Booker T tries to grab his attention but in the confusion Steiner hits a low blow and roll up on Booker for the win. Therefore Scott Steiner becomes number one contender.

Eric Bischoff made his way down to the ring following the bout as Scott Steiner waits to find out if he is the new WCW Champion. Scott Steiner cuts Bischoff off before he can speak and demands to know where a replacement belt is as Goldberg's time is up. Bischoff tells him to not be so fast Goldberg still has a couple of minutes to keep his belt. Bischoff then called out Goldberg whose music plays again but again there is no sign of the World Champion. Eric Bischoff then calls out Stacy Kiebler who comes down with a replica WCW belt and Steiner is all smiles. Then Goldberg's theme hits again and Goldberg can be seen arriving out of a monster truck backstage. Steiner shouts its too late give me the belt and snatches it from Stacy Kiebler. Eric Bischoff says there is still time as Goldberg makes his way down the aisle. Steiner goes for Goldberg who hits a spear on Steiner. Steiner rolls out the ring in retreat and Goldberg stares at Bischoff who trips and crawls to the ropes. Goldberg then storms off back up the ramp as Bischoff looks on confused as we go off air.






Nitro 09/06/01

Scott Steiner opened the show coming out with the Magnificent Seven to declare himself the 'real' WCW champion. He says Bischoff should have handed him the title last week but if he has to beat Goldberg then that is what he will do. Steiner then says the Magnificent Seven were keeping the wage bill down eliminating has beens like DDP and Nash, criticising Bischoff's decision to bring Nash back. The Insiders then come out and say they want to fight tonight and a main event is made between Nash/DDP against Jarrett/Steiner.

Backstage Booker T is not a happy man demanding another shot at the world title. Bischoff says this is a new WCW and Booker is currently 0-2 but he will give him a chance next week in the main event. He tells Booker he needs to impress him to get a shot at the gold.

Lethal Lottery opens proceedings as Mark Jindrak and Bryan Clark advance defeating Mike Awesome and Terry Funk. After the match an angry Mike Awesome kicks Terry Funk in the gut and hits an Awesome Bomb on the veteran.

Shane Douglas is then shown blackmailng Rick Steiner with footage his obtained warning him not to get involved in tonight's lethal lottery match for Lex Luger. Rey Mysterio starts off a new chapter in his career defeating Kanyon in singles competition with a flying hurricanrada. Rey's good friend Billy Kidman also got a big win in the next match defeating Lash Leroux, Cash and Kwee-Wee to join Shane Helms and Chavo Guerrero in the Cruiserweight Championship match at the Glory PPV.

It would also be a night that would signify the return of Ric Flair. He comes out and questions the new reign of Bischoff saying how he got rid of DDP, Kevin Nash and Goldberg for the good of WCW. Ric Flair then says that he wants out of his WCW contract but Bischoff comes out and tells Ric he has a contract to honour. Bischoff then counter-proposes a new main event teaming Flair with Jarrett and Steiner to face the Insiders and Goldberg.

Sean O'Haire would defeat Bryan Clark and we then see Lex Luger and Jim Duggan advance in the Lethal Lottery against Shawn Stasiak and Shane Douglas. Buff Bagwell had run down to interfere followed by Rick Steiner, the confusion sees Stasiak take out Rick Steiner but it allows Bagwell to go unseen and help out Lex Luger.

Booker T came out to talk about his open challenge for next week and says he has considered who to challenge next week to make an impact. He runs down a list of names like Nash, DDP and Goldberg but finishes by saying he wants to face the biggest legend in WCW History Sting.

The main event ends with Goldberg getting a hot tag and cleaning house and getting the cover over Jeff Jarrett. Post match however the Magnificent Seven hit the ring and Steiner smashes Goldberg in the back with a steal chair. As Nitro goes off air Steiner puts the champion in the steiner recliner with a clear message being sent.







06/16/01 Nitro

Kevin Nash and DDP came out to open the show and pledge their alliance to Goldberg. They say they want to prove themselves by fighting the Magnificent Seven tonight. The call is answered but Ric Flair says there is no way he is fighting two shows in a row. He and Steiner put forward a reluctant Jeff Jarrett who is finally encouraged to fight DDP straight away. The match however ends in a no contest when the Magnificent Seven hit the ring with DDP in control and viciously beat down DDP and Kevin Nash in the centre of the ring.

Palumbo and O'Haire advance to the Lethal Lottery final defeating The Animal and Hugh Morrus in the opening bout. Rick Steiner then clashes with Shane Douglas backstage beating him down viciously, warning him not to air the footage he obtained. The Rhodes also return to WCW television and Dusty says the last time he was on Nitro Ric Flair was kissing his ass. Ric Flair and the Magnificent Seven take offence and head for the ring accusing the Rhodes of being behind previous backstage attacks on the Magnificent Seven. The Rhodes deny it but the Magnificent Seven attack anyway before the Insiders and then finally Goldberg make the save.

Chris Candido joined Helms, Chavo and Kidman in a fatal four way Cruiserweight Title match at Glory defeating Cash in singles competition. Mike Awesome would also win on the night against Terry Funk in a singles match after attacking him last week. Funk then demands a rematch for Glory and Bischoff comes out and grants the match. Bischoff goes onto say the company is losing money so if Funk wants the match it will be a career match. Bischoff then orders them out of the ring and then announces a WCW Tour coming in October of Europe, Australia and Japan.

The odd teaming of Lex Luger and Jim Duggan progresses in the Lethal Lottery Tournament defeating Bryan Clark and Mark Jindrak with Duggan tagging himself in then hitting Ole Glory. It doesnt go down well with Luger who doesn't like being upstaged.

Lance Storm then literally "storms" down to the ring holding a piece of paper. He says he is the future of the company and should be in the world title picture. He reveals the paper says he is in the US Title Tournament and he is furious. He says he will win it and call it the Canadian Championship. Rey Mysterio then comes out talking about what an honour it is to fight in the US and he will win the title and give it the respect it deserves. Storm tells Rey to return to the cruiserweight division but Rey says make him and challenges him to a match for next week.

The main event saw the return of Sting who accepted Booker T's open challenge. Booker T thinks he has the match won following the Book End and the referee even counts to three. Sting complains explaining his foot was on the ropes. Rudy Charles runs down and explains the Slick Johnson Stings foot was on the ropes. The match restarts and within thirty seconds Sting hits the scorpion deathdrop for the win. Booker T looks on furiously as we go off air.






06/23/01

The USA Network has been airing all week that tonight's pre-recorded show reveals the mystery attack of the Magnificent Seven. The show opens with Jeff Jarrett being found laid out by the rest of the group. Ric Flair says he has had enough and stroms down to the ring as Nitro opens. Flair demands the attacker comes out right away and strangely Madusa comes out. Flair tells her to stop playing games but Madusa says she took out Midajah. She says the attacker will be here tonight and he is coming for each one of them. Flair sends Midajah after Madusa but Madusa takes her out on the ramp and leaves laughing.

Backstage Buff Bagwell helps Jarrett to the ambulance when he is ambushed from behind the ambulance and laid out (attacker unseen by the cameras). Meanwhile the rest of the group are detected in the locker room. The door knocks and Warrior answers as Flair screams not to open it. Warrior is dragged out and the door shuts. Steiner eventually pulls the door open and Warrior is in a bad way.

The opening match saw Kidman defeat Chavo boosted by the return of Torrie who watches at ringside. Kidman goes after Torrie to try and speak but she disappears out the entrance. Shane Douglas is then spotted arriving, Rick Steiner sees on the monitor in the Magnificent Sevens locker room and says he has to handle business. Lex Luger tries to stop him but Rick Steiner is not listening.

Booker T is seen aruging with referees backstage and Bischoff approaches. He says Booker isnt ruthless enough. Booker snaps and demands a match with Sting. Bischoff laughs and signs the match for the Glory PPV.

Shane Douglas then came out to show what dirt he had on Rick Steiner. Douglas goes to show it when the dog faced gremlin stops him and demands a match at Glory. If Douglas wins the tape gets shown and Steiner will pay $10,00 but if Rick wins the footage isnt shown. Rick Steiner then heads for the back and sees Luger laid out. He then turns and gets ambushed by the attacker leaving just two members left.

In the second match of the evening Bryan Clark defeated Mark Jindrak. Post match the Natural Born Thrillers hit the ring. Brian Adams tries to help but he gets beat down too until Duggan arrives waving a four by four to run off the former tag champs. The next bout saw Terry Funk and Dustin Rhodes get the W over Mike Awesome and Kanyon with Funk pinning Kanyon.

The attacks are getting too much for Natch as he tells Big Puppa Pump he has had enough and exits the locker room. As Nitro was to return from the break we see Flair complaining that his limo has taken a de-tour. The car then stops and the door flies open and Flair is dragged out of the limo.

Sting comes out to address Booker T and tells him not to go down the road Eric is leading him. Booker answers the Icon saying he respects him but warns Sting to mind his own business. Sting says Booker could be the face of WCW but he needs to chose his allies carefully. Booker says once he beats Sting he is going for the world title and that Sting should worry about the himself not Bookers future.

Steiner tries to recruit the Harris Brothers but they want none of the attackers. Steiner says once he has dealt with this situation he is coming for them.

Ernest Millers in ring return continues with a win over Mike Sanders. Disco Inferno had tried to help Sanders who sneaks a chair into play. But Miller super kicks it into Sanders face and grabs the win. Scott Steiner is then seen stocking up on weapons backstage and is wearing a crash helmet.

Rey Mysterio faced off against Lance Storm in a fantastic match up. Rey Mysterio frustrates Storm and nearly gets the win on several occasions. In the end Rey goes for a hurricanrada but Storm rolls through hocking the tights for the cheap win.

The main event sees the Harris Brothers up against the Insiders. The match ends in a no contest when Steiner storms down swinging a baseball bat at all four members. He says he has heard enough and demands the attacker comes out. Goldberg comes out and says he is the attacker and he wants to end the Magnificent Seven once and for all. Goldberg says he wants to up the stakes at the Glory PPV. If Goldberg wins the magnificent seven must disband if Steiner wins Goldberg cannot ask for a rematch whilst Steiner is champion. Steiner agrees but as soon as he does Goldberg spears him as Nitro goes off air.









Nitro 06/02/01
Chavo Guerrero d. Chris Candido, Elix Skipper & Evan Karagias
Kevin Nash d. Lance Storm
Road Warrior Animal & Hugh Morrus d. Johnny The Bull & Brian Adams
Ernest Miller d. Mike Sanders
Chuck Palumbo & Sean O'Haire d. Rick Steiner & Big Vito
Scott Steiner d. Booker T, DDP & Jeff Jarrett

06/09/01
Mark Jindrak & Bryan Clark d. Mike Awesome & Terry Funk
Rey Mysterio d. Chris Kanyon
Billy Kidman d. Cash, Kwee-Wee & Lash Leroux
Sean O'Haire d. Brian Adams
Jim Duggan & Lex Luger d. Shane Douglas & Shawn Stasiak
Jeff Jarrett, Scott Steiner & Ric Flair d. DDP, Kevin Nash & Goldberg

Nitro 06/16/01
Jeff Jarrett vs. Diamond Dallas Page - No Contest
Chuck Palumbo & Sean O'Haire d. Road Warrior Animal & Hugh Morrus
Chris Candido d. Cash
Mike Awesome d. Terry Funk
Lex Luger & Jim Duggan d. Mark Jindrak & Bryan Clark
Booker T d. Sting (*)
Sting d. Booker T (*)
(*) match restarted as Sting's foot was on the ropes.

Nitro 06/23/01
Billy Kidman d. Chavo Guerrero
Bryan Clark d. Mark Jindrak
Terry Funk & Dustin Rhodes d. Chris Kanyon & Mike Awesome
Ernest Miller d. Mike Sanders
Lance Storm d. Rey Mysterio
The Insiders vs. The Harris Brothers - No Contest
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WCW GLORY PPV: Preview

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Glory: Defined as someone highly renown or honoured by victories won and of notable achievements. Those who display magnificence or great beauty, those who are honoured by praise and worship. This Sunday World Championship Wrestling presents Glory live on pay per view who will leave with the Glory and honour and who will be forgotten. Tune in as we crown a new Cruiserweight Champion and a new Tag Team Champions will bask in the glory. Also who will walk out the World Heavyweight Champion as Scott Steiner challenges the WCW World Champion Bill Goldberg.


Full Card:

Career Match
Mike Awesome vs. Terry Funk

Midajah vs. Madusa

Rick Steiner vs. Shane Douglas

WCW World Tag Team Championship
Chuck Palumbo & Sean O'Haire vs. Jim Duggan & Lex Luger

WCW Cruiserweight Championship
Billy Kidman vs. Chavo Guerrero vs. Chris Candido vs. Shane Helms

Jeff Jarrett & Ric Flair vs. The Insiders (Diamond Dallas Page & Kevin Nash)

Booker T vs. Sting

WCW World Heavyweight Championship
Scott Steiner vs. Goldberg
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WCW Glory (06/24/2001) - Las Vegas, NV




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---WCW Update!---
WCW.COM has announced the following releases: Alex Wright, Brian Knobs, Larry Zbysko, Leia Meow and MI Smooth, we wish them all the best with their future endeavours.

PW Websites are reporting Fusient Media are trying to trim down the big roster they have and have paid off the five superstars to get them out of their contracts. So far under the new WCW, no new talent has been brought in but now Fusient is cutting the roster down sources are saying they expect to see some new faces soon.


---The Pre-Show---
The Glory PPV Pre-show opens with Mike Tenay being joined by Mark Madden and Pamela Paulshock backstage as they run through the official match card and give out ordering information. We then see the official trailer for the PPV with a narration hyping the concept of Glory with images of the wrestlers involved in the matches tonight. After the video Pamela Paulshock interviews Chavo Guerrero who talks up his chances of being the Cruiserweight Champion tonight. Mike Tenay and Mark Madden in the mean time have taken their seats at ringside for the Dark Match which is won by Rey Mysterio and Ernest Miller over Lance Storm and Chris Kanyon. Mark Madden is replaced by Scott Hudson and Tony Schiavone and we get the final card run down as the time draws ready for the PPV.

---Show Opening---
The official Glory PPV Trailer plays once more and we then arrive back at ringside to huge pyros in the arena and the commentary team hype the main event between Scott Steiner and Goldberg and how Goldberg was revealed as the mystery attacker of the Magnificent Seven on Nitro. They also hype the match stipulation that it could be the last night for the Magnificent Seven if Scott Steiner loses. They pass it to the back where Pamela Paulshock interviews the Magnificent Seven and Ric Flair is livid at what went down on Nitro and says they plan to end Goldbergs career tonight when Scott Steiner will do what he did to Sid (broken leg). The attention then turns to the opening bout of the evening as a new Cruiserweight Champion will be crowned.


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---Chris Candido vs. Chavo Guerrero vs. Billy Kidman vs. Shane Helms (Cruiserweight Championship Ladder Match)---
The Glory PPV starts with a bang as we see the Cruiserweight Championship belt hoisted above the ring and two ladders are placed on the entrance ramp and two by the ring.The match starts explosive enough as Helms and Candido and Kidman and Guerrero get into a battle of power as they exchange right hands.Billy Kidman ends up sending Chavo Guerrero over the top rope but the momentum takes him over as well. Candido then sends Helms over the top rope in the same direction and hits a suicide dive on the outside taking out all three men. Billy Kidman is up first and jumps on the apron and hits a moonsault on Candido, Helms and Chavo Guerrero as the crowd try to catch their breath. Billy Kidman grabs a ladder from the ramp but gets cut off by Shane Helms, Kidman fights him off and climbs the ladder on the outside and reaches the top. He then hits the shooting star press off the top and lands on Shane Helms as the fans go ballistic. Meanwhile Chavo Guerrero has snuck a ladder inside the ring and set it up under the title belt. He climbs to the top but Chris Candido catches up to him and hits a delayed vertical suplex off the top. Billy Kidman climbs into the ring and hits the BK Bomb on Candido then looks up at the ladder but before he can climb Helms comes off the top rope and hits a clothesline. Shane Helms brings another ladder into play but gets cuts off by Chavo Guerrero who then sets up the ladder and climbs but Helms climbs the other. The two fight just under the title belt when Candido recovers and pushes them both off but keeps the ladders up right. He then takes the chance to climb but Kidman is quickly up on the other and throws him off but both men hit the deck. All four men are up and brawl in the ring for several minutes when Candido sends Helms over the top rope but then turns and Chavo Guerrero hits a brainbuster and then comes off the turnbuckle and lands an elbow drop. He then goes to climb the ladder but Kidman hits a BK Bomb on him. Kidman then climbs the turnbuckle but Helms slides in and hits the Vertabreaker on Kidman and climbs the ladder. He reaches up and unhooks the championship belt and pulls it down to reclaim his Cruiserweight Championship.

Winner: Shane Helms 14:21 - AND THE NEW WCW CRUISERWEIGHT CHAMPION!!!

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---Backstage Segments---
The cameras rushes to the backstage area where Jim Duggan has been laid out in the backstage area and found by Lex Luger who is his tag team partner tonight. We then see Road Warrior Animal and Buff Bagwell preping Midajah who faces Madusa in the next match. Next we see the footage of Madusa's return on Nitro and Mark Madden interviews her backstage. We then see Goldberg arriving backstage ahead of his World Heavyweight Championship match later tonight.


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---Midajah vs. Madusa---
Madusa starts off the stronger using her power to ground Midajah and put her into a sleeper hold. Midajah manages to break loose but Madusa picks her up and slams her down with a vicious bodyslam. Midajah eventually recovers and counters with a snap suplex, but Madusa is soon back on the offensive with a standing spinebuster and nearly gets the fall but Midajah kicks out on a late two. Midajah comes back with a jaw breaker as Madusa questions the referee and then hits a standing spinebuster. Madusa however kicks out and then hits a power bomb, as she does the Road Warrior Animal walks up the ramp. Madusa notices and point out to the referee that he is on his way down. Midajah takes advantage and hits a roll up and hocks the tights for the three count.

Winner: Midajah 4:11

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---Backstage Segments---
Buff Bagwell and Lex Luger are with Eric Bischoff and his secretary Stacy Kiebler and say that Buff Bagwell can replace Jim Duggan. Bischoff says he has the feeling they are accountable for the Jim Duggan attack so there will be no replacement. He says if Duggan does not recover then it will be a handicap match for the tag team titles.


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---Rick Steiner vs. Shane Douglas---
Rick Steiner gets straight after Shane Douglas from the bell with the contents of the video tape up for grabs as Shane Douglas says he will show the footage on Nitro if he wins. Rick Steiner takes Douglas down with an arm bar and tries to get a submission move on but Douglas rolls out and comes back at Steiner with a DDT. Shane Douglas then hits a belly to belly suplex and then points at the tape on the commentators table but this has a reverse effect as Steiner comes storming back with a series of big right hands. Rick Steiner then lands a bulldog and goes for the cover but Shane Douglas manages to kick out on two. Steiner keeps up the pressure and hits the Steiner Line but again Douglas is able to get the kick out. Douglas then hits a powerslam on Steiner but Rick Steiner kicks out on one. Shane Douglas hits a standing spinebsuter and again gets a pin fall attempt but Steiner again kicks out. Shane Douglas goes for a leg drop but misses and Steiner lands a DDT and nearly gets the pin fall. Shane Douglas manages to roll out of the ring and Steiner goes after him. Douglas grabs the tape off the commentators table and hits Steiner around the head with it. The tape smashes across the floor but is missed by the referee. Shane Douglas rolls Rick Steiner into the ring and hits the Franchiser, 1...2...3!!!

Winner: Shane Douglas 8:33

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---Backstage Segments---
Shane Helms tells the camera of his delight at winning the Cruiserweight Championship and comments how he regained what he should never have had taken from him. We then hear from Palumbo and O'Haire who talk about getting their Tag Team Championships and brag about how they will just be facing The Total Package Lex Luger. They come down to the ring and then Lex Luger makes his entrance, Jim Duggan's theme then plays but he does not come out.


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---Chuck Palumbo & Sean O'Haire vs. Lex Luger & Jim Duggan- (WCW World Tag Team Championship)---
The Total Package Lex Luger is left to face Palumbo and O'Haire by himself as there is now sign of Jim Duggan. He faces off against Sean O'Haire first and initally takes control with a hip toss and then a bear hug. Palumbo comes in to break this up with a kick to the gut and this turns the momentum in the favour of O'Haire and Palumbo as they use quick tags to ground Lex Luger in the corner. They continue to stomp on the Total Package until he manages to rally and bodyslam O'Haire and then come off the ropes and hit a double clothesline on O'Haire and Palumbo. He starts to clean house until Palumbo hits a low blow and then goes for a roll up but Luger kicks out on two. Buff Bagwell runs down to the ramp but is met by WCW Security who usher him away from the ring. In the meantime Palumbo hits a sitdown power bomb on Luger who kicks out on a late two. Luger hits the Attitude Adjustment but cannot capitalise as both men hit the deck. Palumbo crawl towards O'Haire and Luger to hit corner but he reaches the ropes and slumps as he has no partner. O'Haire comes in and continues the attack until Luger hits a desperation clothesline. Again we see both men crawl to their corners when Jim Duggan comes limping down bandaged and gets into the right corner. Luger gets the tag and Duggan cleans house with a series of clotheslines. He sends O'Haire over the top rope and turns to Palumbo and hits a scoop slam and then hits Old Glory. Palumbo tries to stop the count but Luger puts him in the Torture Rack. Duggan gets the cover and Palumbo taps out at the same time we have new World Tag Team Champions.

Winners: Jim Duggan & Lex Luger 11:08 - AND NEW WCW TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS!!!

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---Backstage Segments---
We hear from Terry Funk who tearfully talks about his career and how it might come to an end tonight. Mike Awesome interrupts him and says he cannot wait to be the one who ends it. We then see Goldberg warming up backstage and hear from Scott Steiner who babbles on about how he is going to break Goldberg's leg.


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---Mike Awesome vs. Terry Funk - (Career Match)---
Mike Awesome cheap shots Terry Funk on the bell and starts to man handle the veteran until he delivers a sickening pile driver but Funk kicks out on one. Mike Awesome irish whips Funk into the corner but catches an elbow as he goes for a splash and then Funk starts firing in some vicious chops which echo around the arena. Funk follows up with an atomic drop and stunner but Awesome kicks out early. Mike Awesome looks rattled but it seems to fire him up as he comes back with a clothesline and hits a chokebomb. Awesome then sends Funk out of the ring and sends him into the guard rail. They begin to exchange punches into the crowd and Funk hits a splash on Awesome who catches him and throws him back over the apron. He then slams him into the steps and back into the ring. As Awesome returns to the ring Funk goes for a sneaky roll up but Awesome kicks out on two. Funk follows it up with some big right hands and goes for a clothesline but Awesome ducks and hits a DDT and nearly gets the three count. Mike Awesome then hits the Awesome Bomb, the commentators comment that should be all, 1....2.....2.999!!! Funk amazingly kicks out at the last gasp to save his career. Mike Awesome is furious and lifts Funk back up to his feet, Awesome Bomb again,1...2.....2.999999!!! Again Funk kicks out!!!!!! Awesome puts Funk into a sleeper hold and Funk looks out of it the referee checks his hands twice but on the third one he raises his hand. He fights Awesome off and comes off the ropes but Awesome hits a big boot and drags Funk back up to his feet. Awesome then delivers another Awesome Bomb, 1....2....3!!! This time it is too much and Terry Funk's career is over.

Winner: Mike Awesome 9:56 - Terry Funk must retire!!!

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---Backstage Segments---
The Insiders talk backstage ahead of their match with the Magnificent Seven and they say it will be the last night that the Magnificent Seven will be in WCW so they want to have the last laugh. We then see a video showing the Magnificent Seven from the start up until last weeks Nitro where Goldberg was revealed as the mystery attacker.


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---Jeff Jarrett & Ric Flair vs. (The Insiders) Kevin Nash & Diamond Dallas Page---
The two sides have to be pulled apart as the referee tries to get order before the bell even rings, finally we have order as it is Jeff Jarrett who goes up against Kevin Nash. Jeff Jarrett rushes Nash who fends him off twice and then wins a test of strength. Jeff Jarrett comes firing back with some punches but Nash again gets the better and sends Jarrett fleeing back to his corner. He tag in Flair who goes for a test of strength but then low blows Nash and takes him down with a leg trip. He starts to work Nash's arm with a series of submission moves and then tags back out to Jarrett who stomps on Nash's arm as they continue to work it. Kevin Nash is now struggling and Flair and Jarrett ground him near their corner and continue to beat him down. Nash finally powers out with a double clothesline and then hits a big boot on Jarrett as he comes off the ropes. He tags out to DDP who comes in all guns blazing and the Insiders are in firm control. DDP goes for the Diamond Cutter on Jarrett who kicks him between the legs and the hits the Stroke out of nowhere but Nash makes the save. Ric Flair and Kevin Nash start to brawl on the outside and Nash gets the better of Flair and goes for a power bomb on the ramp. Buff Bagwell and The Road Warrior Animal storm down and start to beat down Kevin Nash. Back in the ring DDP has the upper hand and hits the Diamond Cutter but Flair makes the save on two. Flair hocks on the figure four leg lock but Page grabs the ropes, Flair is forced to let go of the hold but Jarrett is up. The two work on DDP who rallies with several clotheslines until Flair hits a low blow on DDP who hits the ground. Jarrett drags DDP to his feet and hits the Stroke and gets the cover, 1...2....3!!!

Winner: Ric Flair & Jeff Jarrett 16:19

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---Backstage Segments---
The commentary team hype the main event and we then hear from both Sting and Booker T backstage and see a video package hyping up their bout.




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---Booker T vs. Sting---
The two size each other up in a tense opening to the contest, they then break into a test of strength which is ended when Sting kicks Booker T in the gut and hits a bodyslam. Booker T shakes his head in anger and comes back at the Icon firing off vicious strikes and then irish whipping Sting into the ropes and hitting a Missile drop kick. Booker T is quickly down for the cover but Sting kicks straight out before even a one count. Booker T applies a sleeper hold but Sting fights back up to his feet and takes Booker T down with a back drop. Booker T jumps straight back up to his feet but is grounded again by two drop kicks by Sting who then sends him flying into the turnbuckle and delievers the Stinger Splash. Sting then irish whips Booker T back into the opposite turnbuckle and hits another Stinger Splash. He follows this up with the Scorpion Death drop,1....2....2...99999, amazingly Booker T kicks out at the last second. Sting hocks on the Scorpion death lock and Booker T is in a world of pain, he crawls to the ropes but Sting pulls him back into the centre of the ring. Booker T is able to turn himself over and kick Sting down to the floor. Sting comes back and goes for the hold again but Booker T hits a roll up and nearly steals the win but Sting kicks out on two. Booker T is now limping heavily as Sting and Booker T exchange blows, Sting comes off the ropes but Booker T kicks him in the gut and hits the Book End, 1....2....2...99999, this time it is Sting who kicks out at the last possible second. Booker T is visibly furious and moans at the referee to count quicker, he drags Sting back to his feet and this time hits the Scorpion Death drop himself, Sting's signature move. Sting however is not beaten by his own move and kicks out on two but Booker T is soon back on the offensive. He whips Sting off into the ropes but Sting ducks a clothesline and hits a drop kick and both men hit the deck. They both get up to their feet again and exchange punches when Sting backs Booker T into the corner, he goes for the Stinger Splash and nails it. Sting then hocks on the Stinger Death lock again but Booker T again turns and kicks Sting off but he goes crashing into the referee who hits the deck. Sting is up and hits the death drop on Booker T the crowd count, 1...2...3. However there is no referee to count the fall as Sting tries to revive the referee. In the meantime Booker T has crawled to the corner in pain and notices Sting's bat and he picks it up. Sting goes across to pick Booker up by his hair and Booker T takes the opportunity to nail Sting around the head with his own bat. Booker T gets the referees attention and goes for the pinfall, 1....2....3!!!Booker T gets the cheap win and looks disappointed with himself after the match,

Winner: Booker T 16:21

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---Main Event Time---
Dave Penzer gives the introductions for the main event and we then see Scott Steiner come out with Midajah followed by Goldberg's entrance as he walks through the backstage area with security by his side.




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---Scott Steiner (with Midajah) vs. Goldberg - (WCW World Heavyweight Championship)---
The main event starts with both men getting in each others faces and exchanging heated words, Goldberg is seen smiling as Scott Steiner becomes more infuriated during the exchange. Scott Steiner then hits a head butt which sends Goldberg back, Goldberg shakes it off and comes back at Steiner and wins two test of strengths. Scott Steiner comes back angrily and starts hitting vicious strikes on Goldberg who takes them all and smiles and then lifts Steiner up above his head and drops him. Steiner rolls out and stands by Midajah as he contemplates how he will be able to beat Goldberg. Goldberg goads him back into the ring and starts to beat down on Steiner who had to poke Goldberg in the eye to stop the assault. Steiner then grounds Goldberg and stomps on him in the corner which is his first real offense of the match. He drags Goldberg out of the ring and sends him flying into the guard rail and follows it up by smashing his head on the commentary table. Steiner still has control as he takes Goldberg back into the ring and applies the Steiner Recliner. The referee checks on Goldberg as the commentary team mention they have not seen Goldberg in this situation before. Goldberg manages to power out and drops Steiner on his back and lines up for the spear but Steiner drops out the ring in retreat. Goldberg goes after Steiner who leg drops him on the ropes and takes control again hitting a belly to belly suplex and then comes off the turnbuckle with an elbow drop but Goldberg kicks out on two. Goldberg comes back with a full nelson slam and goes for the spear but Steiner moves and the referee gets the full force of the spear. Goldberg then grabs Steiner and hits the Jack Hammer but there is nobody there to count the fall. Ric Flair then comes down waving the troops and the Magnificent Seven hit the ring. Goldberg starts taking them out one by one until Steiner hits a low blow and we see a beat down. The Insiders, Dustin Rhodes, Rey Mysterio, The Cat and Billy Kidman run down to represent WCW and fight off the Magnificent Seven. This leaves Steiner alone in the ring as the rest fight around the ring, Goldberg gets to his feet and as Steiner turns, SPEAR!!!!!!!! He lifts Scott Steiner back up to his feet, JACK HAMMER!!!!!!!!!! The referee is back and on his feet as Goldberg goes for the cover, 1...........2.........3!!!!! GOLDBERG WINS, THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN MUST DISBAND. Goldberg celebrates with the title as Ric Flair is left furious on the entrance ramp as we go off air.

Winner: Goldberg 21:42 - AND STILL WORLD CHAMPION - THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN MUST DISBAND!!!!!

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Quick Results

Dark Match: Rey Mysterio & The Cat def. Chris Kanyon & Lance Storm

Shane Helms def. Chris Candido, Chavo Guerrero & Billy Kidman - Cruiserweight Title

Midajah def. Madusa

Shane Douglas def. Rick Steiner

Lex Luger & Jim Duggan def. Chuck Palumbo & Sean O'Haire - Tag Team Titles

Mike Awesome def. Terry Funk

Jeff Jarrett & Ric Flair def. Kevin Nash & DDP

Booker T def. Sting

Goldberg def. Scott Steiner - WCW World Title
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June 2001 (Part 2)



06/23/01

The final Nitro of the month was filmed the following night after the Glory PPV went off air and was broadcasted on the 23rd June. It was to be the farewell show for the Magnificent Seven after Scott Steiner failed to beat Goldberg at the Glory PPV. The Magnificent Seven come out to open the show as the crowd chant 'Goldberg' who affected ended the stables run in WCW. Ric Flair then blames Goldberg for the end of the group, he then goes through each member of the group wishing them all the best. He goes to leave then grabs the microphone once more telling Goldberg he is coming for his title. Flair exits and Steiner grabs the microphone and says he respects all the guys in the ring like brothers but if they get in his way he will squash them. Steiner leaves and Jarrett then says he will start a new chapter because he doesn't need allies because he is the chosen one.

Jarrett leaves and Rick Steiner goes to speak but he is cut off by Shane Douglas. Bagwell, Luger and the Road Warrior Animal step forward but Douglas tells them to hear him out because they are going to be interested in what he has in his hand. He holds the tape in the air and says the boys in the truck have a copy and tells them to hit it.

The footage shows the attack on the Road Warrior Animal from March which we now know to be from Goldberg. Shane Douglas's footage has an alternative angle which shows Rick Steiner seeing the beat down but looking to scared to help so he retreats. Rick Steiner tries to explain himself to his former stable members but they just look at him in disgust then leave the ring. Shane Douglas watches from the ramp smiling at the ring as Rick Steiner stares at him furiously.

After the break Eric Bischoff comes out with a big smile on his face and a microphone in hand. He says the next PPV is the Great American Bash and what greater time to crown a new United States Champion. He says tonight on Nitro we will see qualifying matches begin in which 16 men will fight with 8 making the PPV with a chance of becoming the new United States Champion. He then runs us through the concept for the PPV where we will see two fatal four way matches with the winner being the one who raises the US flag above the ring with the help of a ladder. The two winners will then meet later in the evening with the winner walking out the new United States Champion. Eric Bischoff welcomes Rey Mysterio out as the first entrant but before we learn of his challenger Lance Storm interrupts and calls it a disgrace that Rey Mysterio is allowed to enter. Eric Bischoff says if he has a problem then they should resolve it right now. He postpones the scheduled match and books them to face each other with the loser being kicked out of the tournament. Lance Storm is visibly furious as his big mouth has given him an extra match on the road to become US Champion.

Following another good match between Lance Storm and Rey, Storm hits the deep impact amazingly however Rey Mysterio kicks out on a very late two to the annoyance of Storm who argues with the referee. With his back turned to Rey, Rey drop kicks Storm into the turnbuckle then hits a roll up, 1....2....3!!!!

The United States Tournament continues on Nitro as Ernest Miller wins his first qualifying match against the Road Warrior Animal. We then see Ric Flair storm into the office of Bischoff who agrees a world title match tonight on the grounds that no former Magnificent Seven member can get involved tonight. Johny Ace then has to calm down a heated Sting who enters the arena looking for Mr Booker T.

We then saw another emotional farewell as Terry Funk retires and in a heartfelt message he thanks the fans and talks about a wonderful career. Mike Awesome comes out and claims that everyone is bored. Terry Funk calls Awesome a punk and a guy who spat on the ECW Title and everything they stood for. Awesome says he couldn't care less about a bingo world title so Funk slaps him across the face. Awesome responds by firing off some big right hands but Funk battles back, they brawl up the ramp where Awesome retreats and demands security take care of Funk. Police come out to support the security and the head police officer asks if Awesome wants to press charges and he says that he does. Terry Funk is then arrested and taken away in a police car as the WCW commentary team call it a sad end to Funks career.

Sting storms into the bosses office and says that he knows Eric knows where Booker T is tonight, Eric responds by telling Sting to calm down and that he has not seen Booker T. Sting grabs hold of Bischoff and says "don't lie to me", Eric says he does know something however. Bischoff then reveals that Booker T has asked to address the WCW fans tonight so Sting should take his problems up with him then. Sting storms out of the office leaving Bischoff to adjust his shirt and he then shakes his head and calls Sting a nut job.

Lex Luger walks up to Jim Duggan backstage and says he doesn't like being teamed with Duggan but since they are the tag team champions they need to work together. Luger says that Duggan better not drop the ball because if he does there will be consequences. Duggan and Luger do win however going over Big Vito and Johnny the Bull, Duggan had gone for the cover but Luger broke the count putting Johnny the Bull in the torture rack for the win.

Mean Gene caught a word with Bill Goldberg and congratulates him on his succesful defence of his title at the Glory PPV. He then questions him on his thoughts about being made to defend the WCW World Title tonight, Goldberg calls himself a fighting champion and says he cannot wait to fight Ric Flair tonight, he then looks down the camera and says "Ric Flair your next".DDP and Kevin Nash arrive all smiles and are discussing their big announcement tonight, Kevin Nash says the job is done and DDP then responds that it is a new era. They continue to walk through the corridor as the commentary team speculate what it could be.

Booker T then came down to ringside with a very serious look about his face as the commentary team talk about his actions at the Glory PPV where he smashed Sting around the head with a baseball bat to get the win. Booker T talks about his frustrations at being stripped of the World Title and then being kicked out of the World Title Tournament. He says Sunday he knew he was in the fight of his life and instead of face it like a man he took the easy road out. He calls out the Icon Sting and says he wants to apologise for what he done to his face because it is time he done things like a real man. Sting comes out and Booker T offers an apology. Sting says he has to take a good look in Booker T's eye to see if he is genuine or not. Sting then says he honesty doesn't know what is going on in Bookers mind. Sting says Booker has all the ability to be the future of this company but with people like Eirc Bischoff in his ear he worries Booker is going to become just like Hulk Hogan. Sting talks about how everybody loved Hulk Hogan until Eric got in his ear and created a monster in Hollywood. Sting says he will give Booker the benefit of the doubt but if Booker breaks this trust he will have to face up to his responsibilities by facing the Stinger.

Mike Sanders joined Ernest Miller in the next round of the US Tournament by defeating Norman Smiley. Ric Flair approaches Booker T backstage and says that Sting will always try to play to hero and make out he is concerned when the reality is that Sting fears Booker T. Ric Flair then says Goldberg also fears Booker T and thinks he has one upped him by taking the title that should belong to Booker and walking around the place like he is the face of WCW. Flair says he is having one last shot at the WCW Title and he knows he is not the face of WCW as his time has been and gone but if Booker has his back one last time when Flair is ready to retire he will be willing to pass the torch to Booker and make sure he is the face of WCW. Flair then pats Booker on the back and tells him to have a long think about it, Flair says they could make a great team.

Billy Kidman defeated Chris Candido in singles competition. Tammy Sytch tries to get involved to help Candido but Torrie Wilson runs down and spears Tammy at ringside. Candido responds grabbing Torrie by the hair and goes for the Blonde Bombshell but Kidman pulls him off. Kidman lands the BK Buster and grabs the pin fall victory. Post match Billy Kidman looks across to Torrie who crawls back up to her feet and retreats back up the ramp leaving Kidman confused.

Kevin Nash and Diamond Dallas Page come down to the ring after we see the replays of Billy Kidmans victory. Kevin Nash takes the microphone and talks about how great it is to see the back of the Magnificent Seven. DDP then talks about how they consider their job done as a team now they have removed the cancer in WCW. Nash gets back on the microphone and says that both men want to be World Champions again so they are going to disband the Insiders to pursue their own personal goals. The two shake hands as the commentary team talk about new starts all round for WCW and that the competition is hotting up.

The big main event comes to an conclusion after Goldberg hits the spear on Goldberg and goes for the Jack Hammer. Booker T comes running down with a baseball bat and seems to be pondering his involvement. Before he can make a decision Sting comes sprinting down and confronts him. Goldberg drops the Jack Hammer and gets the win, meanwhile Sting and Booker T brawl on the ramp as WCW Security comes out to pull the men apart. The two continue to be pulled apart but the chaos resumes as Sting comes back with a splash knocking down several security guards. WCW goes off air with the brawl still in full motion with neither man getting the upper hand.




06/23/01

Rey Mysterio d. Lance Storm
Ernest Miller d. Road Warrior Animal
Lex Luger & Jim Duggan d. Johnny The Bull & Big Vito (non-title)
Mike Sanders d. Norman Smiley
Billy Kidman d. Chris Candido
Goldberg d. Ric Flair - WCW World Championship
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