WCW Mayhem Preview
The date is Sunday, November 18. The year is 2001. The place is the Astro Dome, in Houston, Texas. The promotion is World Championship Wrestling. The show is Mayhem. The setting… Pay Per View! WCW returns once again to Pay Per View this Sunday, with Mayhem! Join ‘The Voice of WCW’ Tony Schiavone and ‘The Professor’ Mike Tenay at ringside for all of the great WCW action! But first, here is a rundown of your WCW Mayhem card!
Super Cage: Booker T vs. Scott Hall vs. Scott Steiner vs. Sting
WCW World Heavyweight Title: Jeff Jarrett © vs. Kevin Nash
WCW North American & Tag Team Titles: Lance Storm © & The Young Lions © vs. Mike Awesome & KroniK
WCW Cruiserweight Title: Shane Helms © vs. Super Crazy vs. Teddy Hart (Elimination Match)
Eric Bischoff & Hulk Hogan vs. Ric Flair (If Flair Loses, He’s Fired)
Filthy Animals vs. Rey Misterio Jr. & Chavo Guerrero Jr.
Italian Street Fight: Big Vito vs. Johnny Stamboli
Booker T vs. Scott Hall vs. Scott Steiner vs. Sting
The Super Cage is one of the most demonic and lethal structures ever in professional wrestling, and this Sunday at Mayhem, it will make its infamous return to professional wrestling, WCW! However, this time, the stakes couldn’t be much as higher, as the winner of the Super Cage will guarantee themselves the illustrious spot in the main event of the Starrcade PPV, against the World Heavyweight Champion, with that Title on the line! The Super Cage is a hellacious structure, consisting of three solid steel cages/cells, and reaching heights over 45 feet tall. The first cage encompasses the ring and the ringside area, with a trapdoor on the roof of the first cage, in the middle of the cage. The trapdoor has a latch that allows it to swing open, and will able the wrestlers to pull themselves into the second cage. The second cage is the center of hardcore warfare, as miscellaneous weapons will be attached to the roof and inner sides of the second cage. To escape the second cage, all the combatant needs to do is walk out of the door to the eastern side of the cage, which takes them onto the roof of the first cage. To continue their ascent, the wrestlers must climb up any side of the second cage, which will take them to the roof of the second cage, where the third cage stands. The competitors can enter the third cage by opening a door to the eastern side of the Super Cage structure. Inside the third and final cage, are four specific weapons that have been hand chosen by each of the four participants! The slapjack of Booker T, the tazer of Scott Hall, Scott Steiner’s lead pipe, and the Stinger’s legendary black baseball bat! Any of those weapons can be used as any means necessary, although to win the Super Cage match, the wrestlers must climb up the side of the third cage to its roof, and in essence, the top of the Super Cage structure! A briefcase will be suspended in the air above the roof of the third cage, and inside that briefcase, is the contract that guarantees the winner of the Super Cage match a World Heavyweight Title match in the main event of Starrcade! Once a wrestler obtains the briefcase, the match is over, and that man will be going to Starrcade to wrestle for the WCW World Heavyweight Championship!
All four men will be wrestling their guts out to win the hellacious match, but in the end, only one man can grab the briefcase and cement their spot in the main event of the biggest pay per view of them all, Starrcade! For each man, the added incentive is there, so let’s take a look at the reasons why each man wants the spot in the Starrcade main event!
Ever since March 26, Booker T was the reigning WCW World Heavyweight Champion. Booker T defeated all challengers, refusing to back down to a challenge, defeating Diamond Dallas Page, Scott Steiner, Jeff Jarrett, Mike Awesome, and Curt Hennig, among others. However, at Fall Brawl in the War Games match, Booker T was robbed of his WCW World Heavyweight Title by ‘The Chosen One’ Jeff Jarrett when Jarrett made an already unconscious Ric Flair “pass out” to the Figure Four Leg Lock, crediting Jarrett as the winner of the match, and due to the pre-match stipulations, the new WCW World Heavyweight Champion. This all happened because of ‘Hollywood’ Hulk Hogan turning on WCW and defecting to the New World Order, after those actions, Booker T defeated Hulk Hogan in the main event of Halloween Havoc. Booker has never gotten his Title rematch against Jeff Jarrett, and never will, unless he wins the Super Cage at Mayhem!
For Scott Hall, it is about achieving his destiny, and completing the master plan of The Wolfpack. Throughout The Bad Guy’s illustrious career, Hall was stole the show and won numerous Titles, but never “the big one”, the WCW World Heavyweight Championship. At Mayhem, Scott Hall can finally get one step closer to creating his legacy, as well as possibly face-off against his partner and best friend, ‘Big Sexy’ Kevin Nash, for the World Heavyweight Title at Starrcade, which is The Wolfpack’s “master” plan. Only time will tell if The Lone Wolf can get the job done, in the hellacious Super Cage!
For ‘Big Poppa Pump’ Scott Steiner, the Super Cage is his first and only chance of possibly getting his hands on Jeff Jarrett, and the WCW World Heavyweight Title. After being publicly denied a spot in the Super Cage by WCW President Eric Bischoff, Scott Steiner stole the WCW World Heavyweight Title Belt, assaulted police officers, threatened Eric Bischoff, and then assaulted him as well to get himself into the Super Cage! Steiner has been wanting the World Title ever since losing it to Booker T in March, and after being ejected from the nWo at the beginning of October, Steiner’s mission to regain the WCW World Heavyweight Title as been renewed, and Big Poppa Pump is ready to go into the Super Cage, risk it all, and hopefully, come out of it as the number one contender for the thing he loves the most in the world, the WCW World Heavyweight Title. However, can the Genetic Freak go the distance and earn himself that coveted prize in the main event of Starrcade? It will be an exciting story to watch uncover, and it will happen, at Mayhem!
Sting has done it all it seems in World Championship Wrestling. The Stinger is a former Battle Bowl Battle Royal winner, a United States Champion, 3-time Tag Team Champion, and plus, a 6-time WCW World Heavyweight Champion. Through thick and thin, Sting has been the man WCW could rely on in its darkest hour, and is heralded as the company’s “Messiah”. This Sunday at Mayhem, Sting has the chance to pull through for WCW again by winning the Super Cage, and win back the WCW World Heavyweight Title for the side of WCW, at Starrcade. Sting did it back in 1997 against Hulk Hogan, and this year in 2001, whether it be against Jeff Jarrett or Kevin Nash, Sting wants to be the man to bring the World Heavyweight Title back to WCW, and become, a 7-time World Heavyweight Champion! However, can The Stinger battle through the pain of the Super Cage and win the match, or will someone else steal away The Stinger’s chance to once again be the Messiah of WCW? Find out by ordering Starrcade!
No matter who walks out of the Super Cage the winner, all four men will enter the 45-foot tall steel structure ready to put their bodies on the line for the chance to headline Starrcade, the most prestigious pay per view in the history of this industry, and fight for the most coveted prize, the WCW World Heavyweight Championship. A dream will be possibly realized, and blood will be spilled in the Super Cage! To find out whose dream unfolds, you’re just going to have to order the pay per view and find out!
Jeff Jarrett © vs. Kevin Nash
At Halloween Havoc, The Outsiders, ‘Big Sexy’ Kevin Nash and ‘The Bad Guy’ Scott Hall, shocked the world of wrestling when they returned suddenly to World Championship Wrestling. The Outsiders blasted both WCW and the nWo in their return promo, declaring themselves as a third party in the war between the two sides, the Wolfpack. When it seemed like the two were done for the night, they made their presence known in the World Heavyweight Title match, interfering and attacking both Jeff Jarrett and Ric Flair. Jeff Jarrett was able to win the match, and whether he wants to admit it or not, The Outsiders’ interference helped play a role in that, as Ric Flair took more damage than Jarrett did. Nevertheless, The Chosen One has been fuming ever since, claiming that The Outsiders humiliated Jarrett at Halloween Havoc. In his blinded rage, Jarrett challenged either of the two Outsiders to a World Heavyweight Title match on an edition of Nitro, with the challenge being accepted by Big Sexy. When the time came for the match, Kevin Nash clearly was the better man in the match, and resulted in Jarrett trying to cheat to win, bringing his acoustic guitar into the match. However, the tides were turned on Jarrett as Nash ended up breaking the guitar over Jarrett’s head, and pinned him to become the new WCW World Heavyweight Champion. However, the victory was discredited by Eric Bischoff for Nash’s “cheating”, and the match was re-started, with Jarrett eventually pinning Nash after ‘Hollywood’ Hulk Hogan came down to the ring with a second guitar and broke it over Nash’s head.
This past week on Nitro, Big Sexy interfered in a match of Jeff Jarrett’s, attacking him and laying him out with a Jack Knife Power Bomb. Nash then stood over the fallen Jarrett, and informed The Chosen One that he had went to the men he hates the most, the board of directors, and got himself a match against Jeff Jarrett for the WCW World Heavyweight Title at Mayhem! Big Sexy is currently on a roll, and looks like he has all the chances in the world to become a 5-time WCW World Heavyweight Champion this Sunday at Mayhem! Jeff Jarrett will be ready for the challenge, but will he be able to defeat the big man, without the apparent help of his comrades, the New World Order!? Jarrett has heavily relied on his stable mates, both to win and defend the Title, but at Mayhem, all of the men may be indisposed, as Hulk Hogan, Mike Awesome, KroniK, and even Eric Bischoff himself, will all be in action, and furthermore, ‘The Perfect One’ Curt Hennig is missing in action with a broken nose ever since Scott Steiner busted him with a lead pipe weeks ago on Nitro! The Chosen One may be all out of back-up this Sunday at Mayhem, and so the question arouses, is it the end of the Jarrett Era in WCW, and the beginning of another Nash Era, or will The Chosen One keep onto his Belt, and move onto Starrcade as the WCW World Heavyweight Champion? Find out by ordering Mayhem!
Lance Storm © & The Young Lions © vs. Mike Awesome & KroniK
In a 6-man tag team block buster, both the WCW North American Championship, and the WCW Tag Team Titles, will both be on the line as Lance Storm and ‘The Young Lions’ Chuck Palumbo and Sean O’Haire take on the New World Order’s ‘Career Killer’ Mike Awesome and ‘KroniK’ Brian Adams and Bryan Clarke! For Lance Storm, the reigning North American Champion has had a change of heart in the past few weeks, as he publicly denounced the nWo and everything it stood for and declared his total allegiance to WCW, after being told to make a decision on where he stood by Eric Bischoff and the nWo. During the conversation where the nWo attempted to persuade Storm, Mike Awesome, a former teammate of Storm, and co-worker in ECW, heavily talked about their past together, and Storm’s infatuation with his heritage, and citied it as a reason for his career not taking off like Awesome’s did. The next week, Storm cut the heart felt promo, where he trashed the New World Order, and made it known they were his enemy. Now this Sunday at Mayhem, two former teammates and friends, Storm and Awesome, will be in the same ring against each other! These two men seem to be in the start of a possible hard-hitting and nasty feud, as Storm took offence to Awesome’s comments especially. Will Lance Storm continue his impressive reign as North American Champion in the six-man, or will ‘The Career Killer’ taste North American Championship gold!? It’ll all go down at Mayhem, so order the pay per view to find out!
In the tag team side of things, The Young Lions and KroniK have been in a feud ever since May. KroniK defeated the two young lions to win the WCW Tag Team Titles at Slamboree, but The Young Lions regained the Belts in a triple threat match back at Fall Brawl, and then retained them against KroniK last month at Halloween Havoc. The two teams have been bitter rivalries for months now, and this Sunday at Mayhem, the Belts could go either way! Both teams will have to work together with their other teammate if they want to retain or win the Tag Team Titles, as will Storm and Awesome have to work with the tag teams if they want to retain or win the North American Title! Which three-man unit will work together the best, and leave Mayhem with the North American and Tag Titles!? Order Mayhem to find out!
Shane Helms © vs. Super Crazy vs. Teddy Hart
Shane Helms has been the WCW Cruiserweight Champion for 8 long months now, holding onto the Belt despite facing various challengers. However, all of this success for Helms has seemingly started to go to his head, as ‘Sugar’ Shane has started to become very cocky and arrogant over the past month or two. The best instance of this, has been with ‘The Insane Luchadore’ Super Crazy. The two men started off as opponents, when Crazy defeated Helms in a non-title match on a Nitro in early September, only for Helms to defeat Super Crazy to retain the Cruiserweight Title at Fall Brawl. However, a new threat came to the Cruiserweight Division, ‘The Flying Harts’ Teddy Hart and Jack Evans, which forced Helms and Crazy to team up together to face the two explosive young talents. However, Shane Helms did not like the idea of the two teaming up together, and the two lost to The Flying Harts two times in a row, at a Nitro and then at Halloween Havoc. Since then, Helms has continued to become more arrogant, while telling Super Crazy to take a hike, and Helms didn’t want to have anything to do with the Mexican superstar. Furthermore, just this past week on Nitro, Helms walked out on Crazy and his teammates in an 8-man tag team match, eventually costing his team the match! But now this Sunday at Mayhem, Shane Helms will have to wrestle a man who many think might have his number, Super Crazy, and a man Helms is yet to defeat, Teddy Hart! The match will be contested under elimination rules, so the question is, which man can stave off elimination twice in the match, and walk out the WCW Cruiserweight Champion!? Will Shane Helms continue his impressive streak as Champion!? Or will the ever-popular Super Crazy show up Helms and defeat him to become the Champion!? Or will the young upstart Teddy Hart shock the world and become the youngest Cruiserweight Champion in the history of WCW!? Find out at Mayhem!
Eric Bischoff & Hulk Hogan vs. Ric Flair
This Sunday at Mayhem, two of the biggest rivalries in the history of professional wrestling collide when Ric Flair takes on both Eric Bischoff and Hulk Hogan in a handicap match, with Ric Flair’s job on the line! For decades, Ric Flair and Hulk Hogan have been rivals, even though they didn’t work in the same company! It was a rivalry of who could lead their separate promotions to greatness, and that running feud became huge when Hulk Hogan came to WCW in 1993, at the hands of Ric Flair. The two men wrestled each other countless times throughout the years, as both men thrived to see who was indeed the best man, and the bigger star. However, when Hulk Hogan created the nWo in 1996 with The Outsiders and Eric Bischoff, Flair’s rivalry with him became that more personal, as Hogan tried to destroy the promotion The Nature Boy pioneered to greatness! The two have been long standing opponents and rivals, but the two seemingly put things behind them last year in 2000. However, a man Flair has never put anything behind with, was Eric Bischoff. When Bischoff announced himself as the master mind behind the nWo, Ric Flair became his biggest nemesis, and very quickly. Flair was a figure head of WCW, and stood up to Bischoff and the nWo. Bischoff tried many times to cost Flair his job, and ran him out of the company for an extended period of time at several points throughout 1997 and 1998. However, ‘The Nature Boy’ Ric Flair always came back to help WCW at the end of the day, and life was seemingly great for Ric Flair once he defeated Bischoff to become the President of WCW at the end of 1998. Their rivalry evaporated over time, but underneath, the hatred was still there.
As we flash to the summer of 2001, when Booker T, Sting, and Flair were in the war against Jeff Jarrett, Scott Steiner, and Mike Awesome, it was Eric Bischoff who broke a guitar over Ric Flair’s head at Souled Out, joined the heel faction, and announced the revival of the New World Order. Bischoff has made a mockery of Ric Flair since then, and has also put Flair in matches where his career was on the line. However, nothing will beat what Bischoff and Hogan did to Flair in September of this year. As Fall Brawl loomed, Ric Flair petitioned to get the nWo to fight WCW in a War Games match at the PPV. Bischoff declined, but eventually put Flair in a ‘War Games versus Career’ match against Jeff Jarrett, inside a steel cage. Flair won the match and got a War Games match between WCW and the nWo at Fall Brawl. However, Flair was bringing in a man he had reconciled with, to help defeat the nWo… Hulk Hogan. The two appeared as friends, despite Bischoff trying to plant seeds of mistrust in Flair’s mind that Hogan couldn’t be trusted. Bischoff was right, as Hogan swerved WCW and defected to the nWo at Fall Brawl, in an ultimate plot to screw Ric Flair. Now, Ric Flair is abstracting his revenge on the men who put the plot together, Hulk Hogan and Eric Bischoff! Flair fast-talked his way into getting a match with Hogan at Mayhem, and this past week, did the same thing with Eric Bischoff as well. But this time, it was at a price; if Ric Flair loses this match at Mayhem, he will be fired! However, help is coming for Flair in the form of Arn and Cal Anderson, who will be at ringside in Flair’s corner, to make sure he isn’t screwed out of his job at Mayhem! What will happen in the handicap match this Sunday at Mayhem!? Will Ric Flair defeat his two longtime rivals and keep his job, or will evil triumph over good, and the nWo send Ric Flair packing from WCW!? It will truly be a historical night at Mayhem when these three men step into the ring, so be sure to order Mayhem to find out how the story unfolds!
Filthy Animals vs. Rey Misterio Jr. & Chavo Guerrero Jr.
The rivalry between Rey Misterio Jr. and Billy Kidman continues this month at Mayhem, as Kidman and his Filthy Animal compatriot, Konnan, will team up to take on Misterio and his new found partner, Chavo Guerrero Jr.! This whole thing started back at Souled Out, in August, when Rey Misterio Jr. returned from an injury and attacked the Filthy Animals, costing them the WCW Tag Team Titles, and effectively completing Misterio’s departure from the Filthy Animals, and his betrayal of his longtime friends. From there, Misterio and Kidman have wrestled at Fall Brawl and Halloween Havoc, with Billy Kidman defeated Misterio both times, but by count-out and disqualification. Kidman was on the verge of defeating Misterio both times, but Rey ended the match abruptly, before any true conclusion could be formed. Misterio has also attacked Kidman from behind numerous times, and at Halloween Havoc, Konnan said enough was enough and entered the fray. As The Filthy Animals looked to settle their feud with Misterio, Chavo Guerrero Jr. joined Misterio, attacking The Filthy Animals from behind. Since then, Rey and Chavo have been trying to sneak attack The Filthy Animals and then run, acting like cowards by doing so. However, this Sunday at Mayhem, The Filthy Animals are looking to stopping the two men from running from a fight as they will lock-up in tag team warfare! Will Billy Kidman and Konnan defeat Rey and Chavo? Will Rey Misterio Jr. back up what he’s been saying for months and defeat Billy Kidman? Will Rey and Chavo continue their act as cowards and flee the match before a true winner can be determined? It’s the continuation of a long standing feud this Sunday at Mayhem, so be sure to order to see what happens!
Big Vito vs. Johnny Stamboli
It’s the classic tale of two tag team partners gone astray, and at Mayhem, the tale gets another ending, as former partners Johnny Stamboli and Big Vito will wrestle in an Italian Street Fight! The Mamalukes hit the WCW tag team scene in 1999, and were an immediate threat to all comers, and eventually captured the Tag Title gold in 2000. The two teamed for the majority of 1999 to just this past month, with the exception being when Stamboli wrestled for the Natural Born Thrillers faction, a faction that also consisted current Tag Champions Chuck Palumbo and Sean O’Haire, as well as Mark Jindrak, Mike Sanders, Shawn Stasiak, and Reno. Together, The Mamalukes were a force to reckon with, but in the past few months, The Mamalukes haven’t been able to secure victories as easy as they used to, and the team’s success plummeted because of it. As losses continued to pile up, tension grew, until finally, Johnny The Bull snapped, attacking Big Vito after another loss, and proceeded to assault him more before cutting a promo that bashed Vito, and Stamboli declared himself a ‘natural born thriller’ and Johnny Stamboli, not Johnny The Bull, the gimmick of a stupid Italian, when Stamboli, was not from Italy. A match has now been signed for Mayhem between the two, and Big Vito has thrown in an added stipulation, an Italian Street Fight. Anything goes in this Italian Fight, although pin falls must still take place in the ring. This is going to be a wild and erratic brawl between the two former partners, but only one man can walk out the winner, and prove to be the ‘star’ of the team! Which man will walk out of Mayhem the best Mamaluke? Find out at Mayhem!
Originally Posted by Predictions Contest
WCW Mayhem Predictions Contest
Predict the winners and the match order
But the number you think the match will be next to the heading of the match, and bold your predicted winner…
(1-7 with 7 Being the Main Event, and 1 the Opener)…
Winner Gets Guaranteed World Heavyweight Title Shot At Starrcade
The Super Cage
Booker T vs. Scott Hall vs. Scott Steiner vs. Sting
WCW World Heavyweight Championship
Jeff Jarrett © vs. Kevin Nash
WCW North American & Tag Team Championships
Six-Man Tag Team Match
Lance Storm © & The Young Lions © vs. Mike Awesome & KroniK
WCW Cruiserweight Championship
Three-Way Elimination Match
Shane Helms © vs. Super Crazy vs. Teddy Hart (w/Jack Evans)
If Ric Flair Loses, He’s Fired
2-on-1 Handicap Match
Eric Bischoff & Hulk Hogan vs. Ric Flair (w/Arn Anderson & Cal Anderson)
Tag Team Match
Filthy Animals (w/Tygress) vs. Rey Misterio Jr. & Chavo Guerrero Jr.
Italian Street Fight
Big Vito vs. Johnny Stamboli
What will be the worst match – rated due to overall match rating in *’s?
What will be the best match – rated due to overall match rating in *’s?
Will Halloween Havoc see anyone(s) turn from face/heel to heel/face?
If Yes – Who is/are going to turn?
Who will be pinned in the 6-Man Titles match?
Who will score the pin in the 2-on-2 Tag match?
Who will be the last man eliminated in the Cruiserweight Title match?
As usual, whoever wins the prediction contest gets to pick any match, with any WCW superstars, for the very next Wednesday Nitro!
Also, for the star ratings, they are determined by me, and me only. They will be determined by the work rate in the match, not the overall feel to them. However, with some matches, the ‘overall feel’ will probably unconsciously attribute to the work rate of the match, like oh say, The Super Cage. *hint* *hint*