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Well it's Free BTB Day, so I'm going to take advantage of it. Why? Because I have no idea what I want to write anymore, so it'll be taking me a while get a new BTB up. So with this free day, I can do something I've wanted to do since TTO came to its end: post one final backstage update, to give this puppy proper closure. So here it is, enjoy, and hope it provides one last taste of nostalgia.
Sunday, February 24, 2002
Backstage, the Louisiana Superdome
With the apparent final show of World Championship Wrestling finished, the superstars all showered off and prepared to leave the arena within the hour. Ric Flair is still in the medics room, getting his forehead stitched up again after blading in the War Games main event, while Kevin Nash has already been stitched and bandaged. Nash walks around the backstage, saying goodbye to a few of the departing superstars, before meeting up with Hulk Hogan. Hogan has already showered and changed himself, and with a quick glance from Nash, Hogan ends his conversation with Gene Okerlund and walks over to him. The two men, walking side by side, make their way through the Superdome until they find the man they called earlier to get to Superbrawl, Steve ‘Sting’ Borden. Borden himself was having a conversation with Booker T, but the Stinger excuses himself to meet up with the two legends. The three men walk around the Superdome in silence until heading to Hogan’s secluded locker room. Once in the room, Nash closes the door to make sure they have privacy. Borden takes a seat and eyes up Hogan and Nash as they do the same, looking perplexed.
Steve Borden: I’m confused here, guys. I mean, thanks for calling me out tonight and making sure I got to the show. Last show… it would’ve felt wrong if I wasn’t here. But the show’s over, everything is over… what are you two up to?
Hogan and Nash share a knowing smirk.
Hulk Hogan: Well you see, Stinger, that’s why we invited you out to Louisiana tonight. Sorry to tell you, but we didn’t call you just to appear on camera one last time.
Kevin Nash: Yeah, man, we have ulterior motives.
Both Hogan and Nash smirk, but yet, say nothing.
Steve Borden: …Well? What is it then?
Kevin Nash: I’m not really sure how to word this in a great, creative and persuasive way, but…
Hulk Hogan: We want to invest our own money into WCW and keep it alive… and we want your help.
Borden’s eyes immediately widen, his mouth opening in shock. Hulk Hogan and Kevin Nash… two of the most political stars in WCW’s history, are offering to put their own money into WCW? Yeah, no way. As Borden finally starts to reply, he’s practically laughing.
Steve Borden: I’m sorry, but… what did you just say?
Kevin Nash: Heh, we didn’t stutter, Steve. This is no joke. WCW’s dead tonight, unless money is pumped into it to pay all the contracts and keep the company afloat until new sponsors come around. Without any money, no sponsors will make deals to join up with us…
Hulk Hogan: …But if WCW gets some substantial money to boost its profile…
Steve Borden: …Sponsors will feel it’s a safe enough investment to come…
The three men look at each other, the sensibility sinking in.
Kevin Nash: Hulk and I, we know that this is spur of the moment, out of the blue, and completely out of character for us, but we have our reasons.
Hulk Hogan: Take a look around, Steve. If WCW dies, what happens to our industry? The WWF is the only remaining option, and how many of these guys are going to make it in Vince’s company? Guys like Booker T and Lance Storm… they don’t stand a chance to make it in the WWF. Vince will just bury them. Shit, and me, I have no place in the WWF anymore. When I left WCW back in 2000, after all that shit with Russo, I could’ve went back north. Hell, Vince gave me an offer last summer to come back, and I turned it down. I chose coming back to WCW to work with you, and Bischoff and Flair, instead of Vince. McMahon’s never going to sign Hulk Hogan again.
Kevin Nash: And you and I both know I have no place in the WWF either. Scott and I signed with them initially last summer, and what did we do? Heh, we fucked Vince over. We no showed the appearances and dates he signed for us, and we just came right back down here. People said the politics in WCW was bad a few years ago… but they don’t know shit about the WWF now, man. Scott and I both have no future there, and neither does any guy that has had his name built in WCW. Booker, Scotty Steiner, you, Lance Storm, Anderson, Mike Awesome... all these guys you and Bischoff and Flair built up, their careers are fucked if Vince is in control.
Hogan and Nash give Borden pleading looks, hoping he’ll see their point. There is silence for quite a while until Borden speaks again.
Steve Borden: Every word you two have said… it’s all true. But I’m curious as to where I come into all of this? If your intentions are to take over WCW, then what do you need me for?
Hogan and Nash just laugh at him.
Kevin Nash: Isn’t it obvious, man?
Hulk Hogan: Dude, you’re the glue that holds this company together.
Hogan and Nash both grin at Borden, who is speechless by their comments. The Stinger sits in silence for several seconds, mulling over everything the two are saying. As he stays silent, Hogan speaks again.
Hulk Hogan: Are motives aren’t purely to help out everyone in this company out, but c’mon, you know we all want to. WCW is the last place for all of these guys to have any national and global spotlight. Yeah, I want to stay in the wrestling business, but hey, I’ve done a lot of soul searching this past year since I came back to WCW, worked with Booker T in that program at Halloween Havoc, and lemme tell ya’, Stinger… these young kids are our future. Every moment I spend with Nick and Brooke back home, the more I realize it, man. They are the future of wrestling, and they don’t have a future unless we keep WCW alive and running.
Kevin Nash: Look Steve, Hulk and I, we’re not asking for money or power. We are offering you money, we are offering you power. But if you’re not in, then neither are we. You were the only one who could keep things calm between Bischoff and Flair for a while; you can handle the ego’s better than any of us. If you put me and Hogan in charge, I’m afraid we might get too power hungry at some point. We need checks and balances. If we put you in charge, put in Bischoff and Flair too, we have those required checks and balances.
Steve Borden: But I couldn’t keep Bischoff and Flair in line! They almost killed each other in front of the entire roster! I failed as an owner, and as a member of WCW because under my watch, this company sunk. And to make matters worse… I ran away. I’ve regretted it, but I just couldn’t take dealing with them anymore.
Borden lowers his head in shame. He knows he walked out on WCW, when maybe it still could have been saved.
Hulk Hogan: Hey, look man, we’ve all made mistakes in the past. I was a greedy, egomaniacal fuck back in the 90s. I refused to drop the World Title to a lot of guys, and used my creative control like it was job. We want to right our wrongs by keeping WCW alive, giving those young guys all the chances to be superstars we never gave them before. This is your chance to write your one wrong too, Steve. Come back to WCW, and help us run it. We need you to keep everything together.
Kevin Nash: Hulk and I, we have millions of dollars to our name. Together, we could keep WCW running for months without any sponsors or revenue of any sort. You don’t need to worry about putting money into the company. We’re fine, and Scotty is going to throw money in too once he’s out of rehab. The money is there, all we need is for you to just take the helm. You’re the only guy who isn’t tempted by corruption. Bischoff fucked up in the past, Flair fucked up big this time, and me and Hulkster don’t have clean records ourselves. You, though, you’re the fucking boy scout we need.
Hulk Hogan: Big Kev and I already talked about it, and we don’t need to be involved in all of the executive decisions. Just let us back WCW. You, Bischoff, and Flair, you three keep running the company with our money until we get new sponsors, and a new TV deal.
Borden looks a little uneasy at the thought of a continued Trio Ownership, something both Nash and Hogan spot immediately.
Kevin Nash: Not sure if Bischoff and Flair can co-exist? If you want to want to try and get them to co-exist?
Borden gives Nash a look that tells him he doesn’t need to answer that question.
Hulk Hogan: Alright then, let’s do this. We’ll break up into groups here. I’m closest with Bischoff, so I’ll talk to him. I’ll tell him what we’re trying to do here, and that if he can’t work together with Flair without problems, then he’s out. You talk to Flair, Stinger, and the same thing… if you don’t feel like he can work with Bischoff, he’s out. And Kev, you talk with Scotty and Michael. Find out of Hall will throw the money in too, and same thing with your other running buddy. See if HBK wants in on this.
There’s a nodding of three heads.
Kevin Nash: What about NBC? You think we could convince them to keep us on the air? We oughta give them a call.
Steve Borden: I’m sure they’ve already made up their mind, but I’ll give that one kid, Wonder, a call first thing in the morning… see what I can do.
Nash and Hogan look at each other, grinning.
Hulk Hogan: So does that mean you’re in?
Borden just shrugs his shoulders and smirks.
Steve Borden: Let’s go see what we can do, gentlemen.
Borden stands up, Hogan and Nash following suit moments later. Borden, grinning, shakes hands with the two, a deal having been made. Let the desperation save attempt and reconstruction of WCW begin, folks.
Oh, I guess I lied about closure and all. What you all read before was merely Chapter One of the World Championship Wrestling story, the saga of The Trio Ownership. Now, we begin a new, with a new saga, in Chapter 2. Enjoy
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Oh shit, I really didn't see this coming. I had an inkling that you were leaving Millenial Armageddon, but not for this. Great way to return, Szumi, and I'm very much looking forward to the new trio ownership!