Re: WCW 2007: Don't Call It A Comeback...
WCW Monday Nitro
Monday 1st January, 2007
The show opens with a huge pyrotechnic display and the Nitro Girls as we’re welcomed to the show by Tony Schiavone and Don ‘Cyrus’ Callis and the ‘hometown’ crowd, who are going mental for the return of WCW.
“Here Comes The Money” plays, bringing Shane McMahon to a WCW ring for the first time in nearly six years. The crowd explodes for the company’s saviour. He walks confidently to the ring as the Nitro Girls attach themselves to his arms. When he makes it to the ring, they surround it, leaving him to climb in. He waves to the crowd and asks for a microphone.
Shane McMahon: “Boy, it feels good to be back! Atlanta, Georgia, are you ready for some WCW action?”
The crowd pops HUGE.
“I thought you might be. Look, I have no intention of coming out here and talking all day, that’s not my style. I just wanted to thank you all for coming, to welcome the WCW fans back home and tell you to enjoy the sho--”
“I’m Back” fills the arena and incites another massive cheer as Eric Bischoff walks the aisle of the reborn company that he built. He’s flanked on either side by Matt Morgan and Luther Reigns, both of whom are wearing smart suits and carrying briefcases.
Eric Bischoff: “You know, Shane, it really is good to be back. I spent more time in this ring over the years than anybody and I can’t believe I’m back at home. A word to the wise though, Shane - don’t come out here and suck up to these toothless redneck morons, because they won’t ever appreciate a damn thing that you do for them.”
The crowd boos him, it’s a quick turnaround.
“That’s right, boo me. Vent your anger. But the truth is, you all turned your back on me as soon as you could. The second I walked out that door for the last time, you forgot all about Easy E. But that’s okay, that’s alright. Let me give you a little history lesson to refresh those memories. I was the guy who built WCW from nothing. I was the guy who turn this company from little civic centres and crowds of 400 people to the top of the mountain. I was the guy who brought you Randy Savage, .... ....., Kevin Nash, Scott Hall and Goldberg. I was the guy who put together the New World Order. For the last few years, I’ve been the guy who kept Vince McMahon’s pockets lined with money by making Raw the best show on television.”
The crowd boos him. Nobody likes a braggart.
“Now I’m the guy who’s going to put WCW back on top of the mountain. In these briefcases are the symbols of a new era. The new WCW World Heavyweight and World Tag Team Title belts. Those belts will soon represent the very pinnacle of our sport. The men who hold those titles will be recognized the world over as the top guys in professional wrestling. And tonight, we begin tournaments to find out who those guys are. Ladies and gentlemen, you can love me or hate me, but I am the one true saviour of WCW.”
Shane: “Whoa, whoa, whoa! Listen to you, same old Bischoff. It’s always ‘me, me, me’ with you, isn’t it? ‘Look what I’ve done, look at me, this is my company, wah, wah, wah.’ This is my company, Eric. I’m in charge, I run this show and I can fire you any time I like.”
Eric: “Is that so, Shane? Is that what you think? I think you should bear two things in mind here, kid. The first is that when you hired me, you gave me full control over the television output. The second is that I had a lawyer look at my contract and, well, you’ve screwed yourself over you dumb son of a bitch. He looked at the fine print and this contract is completely airtight. You cannot fire me. No matter what I do, Shane, I’m here for as long as I want to be. I can sleep with your wife, your sister and your mother and you can’t do a thing about it. Talking of which, Shane, I thought you were just coming out here to smile and wave? Why don’t you get out of the ring before you get yourself hurt?”
Shane snaps, spearing Eric and beating down on him. It’s a short-lived fight as Reigns and Morgan pull Shane away from him and start beating him down as Eric directs traffic. “Heart Throb” plays, bringing the Heart Throbs running to the ring. They slide in, immediately going to work on Reigns and Morgan as Bischoff runs for the hills. Eventually, the big men escape the onslaught and escape to the floor. Shane has been saved.
Eric: “Boy, was that ever a stupid move. You guys weren’t listening to me when I announced the tag team title tournament, were you? I was going to put you guys in there and give you a chance to make a name for yourselves, but now I’m going to make you earn it. If you want to keep your spot in the tournament, you’re going to have to beat my personal security, Reigns and Morgan, in tonight’s main event. Have a nice night.”
“I’m Back” plays again as we head backstage, were a limo has pulled up in the parking garage. The driver opens the door and out steps “Big Poppa Pump” Scott Steiner and he’s joined by his head freak, Midajah. The crowd cheers for Steiner, though they know they’re probably going to end up hating him. But Steiner is homegrown WCW and that makes him a hometown hero in Atlanta. He grabs a member of the ring crew and asks him where Eric is and gets pointed in the direction of his office.
We cut away, where a scarily big grin fills the screen. The camera pulls back and the crowd goes wild for Diamond Dallas Page. He’s standing alongside the gorgeous Rue DeBona.
Rue DeBona: “Good evening ladies and gentlemen, I’m Rue DeBona and I’m standing here alongside former three-time World Champion Diamond Dallas Page. DDP, how does it feel to be back here in WCW?”
DDP: “It feels good to be back, Rue! Diamond Dallas Page, the true People’s Champion, is back in the saddle, riding high and feeling fine. You know, when I got the call to come back here, I thought long and hard about it. The say you can never go back, that it’ll never be the same but DDP is all about thinking positive. They used to call me Positively Page, remember? I saw a chance to come back to the big time, to get myself back in the spotlight and get my hands on another World Title.”
Rue: “Which brings us nicely to Eric Bischoff’s announcement at the top of the show. With the announcement of a tournament to crown a new WCW World Heavyweight Champion, you must be expecting to take your place among the contenders?”
DDP: “When I agreed to come back, one of the conditions of my signing was exactly that - I said I would only com back if I was involved in the crowning of the first champion in some way, so I‘d say it’s pretty likely I’ll be involved in this tournament. And I don’t care who get comes between me and the gold, each and every one of them is going to feel the bang!”
DDP walks away and we find ourselves in Bischoff’s office. Scotty Steiner has made himself at home, sitting in Bischoff’s big leather chair, feet up on the desk as Midajah massages his shoulders. Bischoff finally walks into his office as he just finishes off his discussion with a member of the production team.
Eric: “Scott Steiner! It’s been a long time, man. Good to have you back!”
Steiner stands up and they shake hands.
Steiner: “What’s this I’m hearing about a tournament, Eric? You’re going to make me work to get my title back?”
Eric: “I’m making everybody work for the title, Scott. But hey, you’re a world-class athlete, you’re not afraid of a little competition, are you?”
Steiner: “Me? Never. You bring on whichever fat ass you want, I’ll beat then all down to get my gold. Tell me who I’m facing tonight, Eric.”
Eric: “Tonight, Scotty, I’m giving you the night off. But next week I’m going to put you in the ring with one of those ‘fat asses’ you were talking about - your first match is going to be against Rikishi. Enjoy your night, Scott, I’ll see you next week.”
They shake hands again and Scott Steiner leaves, replaced by Scott Hudson.
Hudson: “Eric, can I just get a quick word with you?”
Eric: “You’ve got thirty seconds, Scott.”
Hudson: “I was just wondering if you can tell the fans at home which qualifying matches to expect tonight?”
Eric: “You know what, Scott? It’s your lucky night. Tonight, you’re going to see four matches from the first round. D’Lo Brown will take on Scott Hall, Marty Jannetty is up against CW Anderson - that’s next - ..... Funk is against Orlando Jordan and Chris Kanyon takes on Tajiri. You’re also going to see the first qualifying match for the Tag Team Title TLC Match at Souled Out as the Legion of Doom take on the Dicks. You happy now?”
Hudson: “Yes, sir. Thank you, sir.”
Hudson leaves and we go back into the arena where, as promised, “Mama Said Knock You Out” is playing and brings “The Enforcer” CW Anderson to the ring. He climbs in, all business, and grabs a microphone.
CW Anderson: “Cut my music. I said cut my music, show some respect.”
The music stops.
“I don’t want to hear that song again. Now, for years I’ve been messed around, accused of being a ‘poor man’s Arn Anderson’ and I’m not going to take it anymore. Tonight, that all changes because I’m going to take the first step towards achieving what he never could - I’m going to win myself the WCW World Heavyweight Title. Now bring that bitch to the ring so I can plant my flag.”
“Rockin’ Rockers” plays, bringing his opponent, Marty Jannetty to the ring. Jannetty is in full Rocker gear and sprints to the ring, slapping the hands of fans on the aisle as he goes. He slides into the ring and we go to Stephen DeAngelis for the introductions.
WCW World Heavyweight Title Tournament - First Round
Marty Jannetty vs. CW Anderson
These guys engaged in a great technical battle in the early going before Anderson’s power gave him the early advantage as he beat down on Jannetty with some big moves. Eventually, Jannetty’s experience came into play and his instincts kicked in, allowing him to use his technical knowledge and what’s left of his speed to get back on top, making a strong comeback and firing up the crowd as he began to take total control of the match.
As Jannetty looked to finish Anderson off, he spent a lot of time playing to the crowd, signalling the Rocker Dropper but the crowd erupted as a disturbance got their attention. Jannetty looked confused but it soon made sense as he found the ring - and himself - surrounded as David Flair, Erik Watts and Erik Angle jumped the barrier to surround the ring. They stood at ringside watching him get on his guard as CW made it to his feet, spinning Jannetty around by the shoulder and whipping him to the ropes before hitting him with the big high-angle Spinebuster. Anderson covers: 1..2...3!
Winner: CW Anderson
“Mama Said Knock You Out” begins to play again, infuriating Anderson as he asks for a microphone.
CW: “I told you that I never wanted to hear that music again, you idiots! “
Watts, Angle and Flair climb in the ring and start liberally taking shots at Jannetty as he talks.
“What you are looking at is the greatest assembly of talent in eight years. Eight years ago, in this very ring, was the last time you saw this.”
He holds up four fingers.
“But it won’t be the last. You see, we got all the components; we have an Anderson, we got a Flair, we got two talented stars in Watts and Angle. What you’re looking at is the formation of the greatest force in World Championship Wrestling today. What you’re looking at is Four Horsemen. We are the New Horsemen, and everyone in the back better be on notice because we will stop at nothing to get our hands on all the gold. Now hit our music”
All four men stand united, four fingers in the air as the crowd boos and the world-famous Four Horsemen theme plays.
Backstage at the Gorilla position, ..... Funk is stood watching at the monitor with Dustin Rhodes.
Funk: “You see that, Dustin? New Horsemen, indeed. David Flair spits on his father’s legacy once again.”
Rhodes: “That’s the trouble with these youngsters, Funk. No respect for the older generations. For what you did, for what guys like our fathers did, for what their own fathers did. There’s no tradition anymore.”
Funk: “That’s because they have nobody to teach them. My match is up next, Dustin. How about you and me go to the ring and show them how it was done back in the day?”
Rhodes: “You want me in your corner? I’d be honoured.”
The Heart Throbs are in their locker room. Antonio is pacing and panicking whilst Romeo tries to prepare himself, taping his wrists.
Antonio: “What the hell have we done, man? What did we do? Why did we go out there to save him? That was dumb. So dumb. We’re going to get killed out there.”
Romeo: “Hey, chill out. Relax, man. We had them beaten down out there, they were running scared. We’ll just prepare for this like any other match and everything will be just fine, okay?”
There’s a knock at the door and a slightly dishevelled Shane McMahon walks in.
Shane: “Hey guys, just wanted to stop by and say thanks.”
He shakes both their hands.
“Look, I wanted you to know that what you did has been noted and I owe you one. I also think you should know that I’m going to be out there with you tonight to even up the odds. They’ll have Bischoff in their corner, you got Shane O’Mac.”
Antonio looks comforted by this.
Out in the parking garage, there are problems at the security gate as Big Guido, Tony Mamaluke and Tony DeVito are desperate to get in the building.
Security Guy: “Look, guys, I’m sorry, I can’t let you in. You’re not on the list.”
Mamaluke: “We just need to speak to Mr. Bischoff. That’s all. We’ll be two minutes.”
Security Guy: “I let you in, I have to let everybody in. I can’t do it, I’m sorry.”
Mamaluke: “That’s alright, we understand. Guido, thank the man.”
Guido grabs the security guy and tosses him back inside his security booth before he and DeVito start beating him down. With the guard unconscious, they straighten up their clothes and stroll into the building as a horrified onlooker rushes to the security guard’s aid.
Back in the arena, “Do What I Want To” plays, bringing Orlando Jordan down to the ring as he shadow boxes his way down the aisle. He rolls into the ring and grabs Stephen DeAngelis’ microphone right out of his hand.
OJ: “After years on the sidelines, the MVP of professional wrestling, the one and only Orlando Jordan is finally getting his chance to shine. First I take out a former world champion, the legendary ..... Funk, then I work my way all the way to the top of the food chain and capture the World Title. And if any of you, anyone in the arena, anyone in the back, thinks that they can hold me back, you gotta know just one thing: I always do what I want to and I do it however I want to. Now bring that old fool down here.”
“Man With A Harmonica” plays next and there’s a huge pop as the living legend ..... Funk appears at the top of the aisle, accompanied by the artist formerly known as Goldust, Dustin Rhodes. They walk side-by-side to the ring as Funk keeps telling OJ that he’s going to teach him some respect.
WCW World Heavyweight Title Tournament - First Round
..... Funk (w/Dustin Rhodes) vs. Orlando Jordan
Funk is a ball of fury as he starts to unload on the disrespectful youngster right from the bell, but he can’t sustain this pace as his age catches up with him and the younger man, Jordan, starts to build some momentum. OJ gains himself a definite advantage as Funk has tired quickly and begins to disrespect him by paint brushing the older guy, rather than finishing him off.
Dustin eventually gives up hope, climbing on the apron to try and persuade the referee to stop the match. Funk sees him and pleads with Dustin to leave him be, to let him fight his own battle, but while the referee’s back is turned, OJ takes the opportunity to deliver a final insult, kicking Funk in the balls before getting in Dustin’s face. He shoves Dustin, Dustin shoves him back, right into the referee, knocking him off his feet. Dustin climbs in the ring, hitting OJ with the Curtain Call and draping Funk’s arm over the fallen man. He leaves the ring and shakes the referee to wake him up. He makes a slow count and 1.…..2.…..3! Funk gets the victory, though he’s none the wiser as to how.
Winner: ..... Funk
We go straight backstage, where we’re in one of the winding underground corridors of the Georgia Dome, somewhere near the boiler room. There, shrouded partially in darkness, stands Sean O’Haire. Dressed in his black suit, red shirt and black tie combo, he looks every inch the Devil’s advocate.
O’Haire: “Tonight is supposed to be a night for celebration, a night where we gather to celebrate the resurrection of World Championship Wrestling. But this was no resurrection, there was no divine power behind it, this is not a second coming of any kind. What you’re witnessing tonight is something quite different - a rebirth.
“Yes, WCW has been reborn in a new image with new faces leading to an undetermined future. The past is gone, lost forever to the sands of time. What happened before need not be spoken of and that’s why, as we head into a new era, WCW needs a new generation of talent. Every generation needs a leader and leaders are not always elected, everyone in American knows that first hand.
“Some are born into power, some are elected in to power, some are given power. But those of us who are smart take charge of our own situation and take charge of the situations of those around them. Yes, power can be given or earned, and for some, it’s a birthright. But tonight, I’m putting WCW on notice because here I am, waiting in the shadows, waiting in the darkness, waiting for my time to strike. Soon, I will take power.”
He laughs demonically before walking away from the light, becoming one with the darkness around him.
In another corridor upstairs, The Dicks are horsing around outside the Nitro Girls locker room. They oil themselves up, making sure they look good, then walk straight into the locker room, eliciting shrieks of fear as the girls hurry to cover themselves up. Harmony throws her shoe at them.
Harmony: “Get out of here, you dicks!”
They beat a hasty retreat out the door.
Chad: “Yeah, they want us.”
They high five and dance away.
Meanwhile, Tony Mamaluke, Big Guido and Tony DeVito have finally made it to Bischoff’s office. They walk in without knocking and find him on the phone.
Eric: “No, man, I’d love to bring you in… No, you know I’ve always got a spot for you, but you’ve got a contract… Look, I’ve got some people here to see me, but if you get out of the contract, I’ll see what I can do.”
Bischoff hangs up the phone, looking a little annoyed that he’s had to cut his call short.
“Don’t you knock? Who the hell are you guys anyway?”
As usual, Mamaluke speaks for the group.
Mamaluke: “You don’t remember me? I used to work here back in the day. Tony Mamaluke.”
Eric: “Never heard of you. What do you want?”
Mamaluke: “My associates and I come to you, Mr. Bischoff, in the hope of finding employment with this fine organization. We’re talented, hard working, great at following orders and none of us mind getting our hands dirty.”
Eric: “Really? Look, I might have a job for you. I have a couple of guys giving me a headache…”
Guido: “You want we should whack ‘em for you?”
Eric: “What? No!”
Mamaluke: “Quiet, Guido. What’s cooking, boss?”
Eric: “Let’s get rid of this camera, then we can talk.”
DeVito gets up and ushers the cameraman out of the room, forcing the director to cut back to the arena. He’s just in time, as “Party Boy’s Theme” plays, bringing out everybody’s least favourite male stripper duo, The Dicks. They’re still oiling themselves up as they dance their way to the ring to some decent heat.
“What A Rush” begins to play and the crowd goes insane as the Legion Of Doom, Road Warrior Animal and Heidenreich make their way to the ring, both fully painted, fired up and ready to go.
WCW World Tag Team Title - TLC Qualifier
The Legion Of Doom vs. The Dicks
A huge mismatch of styles here as the all-power, roughhouse offence of the LOD takes on the faster, more technical style of The Dicks. The Dicks eventually managed to isolate Heidenreich and take advantage of his lack of experience to double team him continuously, but they constantly struggled to put him away.
Despite their dominance, they couldn’t match the power and resilience of Heidenreich and he eventually managed to fight back and make the hot tag to Animal, who came in angry and ready to clean house. He destroyed the Dicks with big-time power moves until he’d finally exhausted his rage and built up a head of steam, taking Chad Dick up for the electric chair and Heidenreich went up top… DOOMSDAY DEVICE! This one is done: 1...2...3!
Winners: The Legion of Doom
Backstage, Mark Lloyd finally finds himself on interview duty as he's collared one of tonight’s competitors for an interview - Chris Kanyon is in the hotseat.
Lloyd: “Chris Kanyon, tonight is a special night for you, isn’t it? Welcome back to WCW.”
Kanyon: “Thanks, Mark.”
Lloyd: “So, tonight you find yourself elevated to a position that you never found yourself in during the old era - you’ve become a contender for the World Heavyweight Title and, in just a few minutes time, you’ll be facing Tajiri in your first round qualifying match. How are you feeling on the verge of your WCW return?”
Kanyon: “I’m feeling great, Lloyd. You know, when they called me up and said ‘Kanyon, we want you to come back’ I was over the moon. Then I get here and Eric Bischoff announces that I’m part of the tournament. Me, Chris Kanyon, a potential WCW World Champion. Then I thought about it, and it really made a lot of sense to me.”
Kanyon: “Really. After all… Who betta than Kanyon?”
Kanyon walks away, having shoehorned his catchphrase into the promo.
We’re backstage in another locker room, where we find a semi-conscious Al Snow relaxing in front of a monitor in a La-Z-Boy with Head on his lap, surrounded by crushed beer cans and pizza boxes. Maven comes into the locker-room, takes one look at Al and pulls the beer can from his hand and pours it on him to wake him up.
Snow: “What the hell?”
Maven: “I could ask you the same thing, Al. You’re supposed to be here scouting. You said ‘go hit the gym, I’ll sit here and scout the other guys.’”
Maven: “And I come back to find you drunk, half asleep and surrounded by pizza.”
Snow: “I’m not drunk.”
Maven: “Someone drank all this beer.”
Snow: “Wasn‘t me. Head, have you been drinking again? You liar! You’re a drunk! You’re a lying, scheming drunk! What did you say? Are you talking back to me? I’m not finished talking! Now you clean this up. Clean this mess up right now!”
Snow then passes out drunk, snoring loudly. Maven rolls his eyes and leaves the room.
Backstage in the parking garage, a limo is waiting and the Horsemen appear. They seem to have acquired a fifth member since we last saw them as Amy Weber is off out to party with them. Is she just the latest party girl for them, or is there more to this?
Back in the arena, “Imperial City” is playing and Tajiri is making his way to the ring, accompanied by Ryan Sakoda and Masato Tanaka. Tony Schiavone helpfully explains that this group is known as Kyo Dai and that Tajiri is the leader of the group.
“Who Betta Than Kanyon?” is the question asked of the arena as the ‘innovator of offence’ comes to the ring to a big pop. He may have been off television for three years, but he hasn’t been forgotten about.
WCW World Heavyweight Title Tournament - First Round
Chris Kanyon vs. Tajiri (w/Ryan Skoda & Masato Tanaka)
A much-anticipated battle between two of the most talented superstars on the roster lead to an evenly-matched contest with a lot of back and forth, hold-counter hold wrestling. Both guys are exceptional all-rounders and it showed as they switched up styles regularly to keep the match strong, exciting and fast-paced.
The end came when Kanyon had taken the strong advantage, beating down on Tajiri and going to the top rope for his signature Moonsault, only to be wishboned down by the other members of Kyo Dai when the referee’s back was turned. Tajiri struggled to his feet to find Kanyon in the Tree of Woe and hit him with a big baseball slide to bring him down to earth. Tajiri then lay in wait for Kanyon to return to his feet. Eventually he made it and turned to face a Buzzsaw Kick, which Kanyon ducked and took advantage of Tajiri’s momentum to deliver the Flatliner. The referee made the count and this one was in the books.
Winner: Chris Kanyon
We head backstage, where an extremely focussed-looking D’Lo Brown has grabbed Scott Hudson and a microphone.
Hudson: “At this time, I’d like to introduce you all to one of the contenders in tonight’s first round matches, Mr. D’Lo Brown. D’Lo--”
D’Lo snatches the mic. He’s too focussed for a proper interview, it seems.
D’Lo: “Thanks, Scott, but I can take it from here. I got one question for you, Atlanta, and it goes like this: Are you down?”
A pop from the crowd.
“I didn’t hear you, Atlanta. I said ‘Are you down with the Brown?’”
“That’s what I thought. Scott Hall, I know you’re going to be walking around up in here like you’re something special, like you deserve extra respect and privileges because you’re some kind of WCW legend. Let me tell you something there, chico - where I come from, respect is earned. I heard a rumour that you’ve been telling the boys all night that D’Lo Brown is a good draw for you, that it was the best match you could have hoped for. But you need to know something, son. I am no pushover. WCW is my house now, and you better recognize. I didn’t come here to play second-fiddle to you or to nobody and I will not just lay down and take it from you tonight. If you want to get a little closer to that first World Title of your career, I suggest you show up prepared and ready to work.”
He thrusts the mic back at Hudson and walks away.
We then cut to a video package highlighting three of WCW’s newcomers. Lot’s of talking heads talking about people underestimating the importance of MMA and it’s influence on pro wrestling in the modern era, then extolling the virtues of the three men the video is focussed on promoting: Daniel Puder, Sylvester Terkay and Josh Barnett, talking about them as strong athletes with superior conditioning and technique and describing them as big threats to the established wrestlers in WCW.
Back to ringside ready for our final first round match of the evening, but before the entrances Tony and Cyrus recap the night’s events and inform us that next week’s first round matches on Nitro will be as follows: Scott Steiner vs. Rikishi, Vader vs. Masato Tanaka, Diamond Dallas Page vs. Rosey and Dustin Rhodes vs. Gangrel.
An unexpected noise fills the arena at that point to a huge pop: “N-n-n-now.. 4 life” - Nobody was expecting to hear the nWo theme tonight! But why? Scott Hall appears solo at the top of the ramp and makes his way to the ring to a massive cheer. He demands to be handed a microphone and you can feel the excitement for him addressing the crowd.
Hall: “Hey, yo!”
A massive, somewhat cheap, pop.
“I know what you’re all thinking, okay? Why did Scott Hall come to the ring to the nWo theme? Well let me tell you something, homes. We made a pact, a promise to ourselves and to each other, that when we became nWo, we were nWo for life. Now, Kev may not be able to be here tonight, neither can .... or Sean, but I know that if they were, they’d be standing right here beside me. So if I have to represent the black and white by myself, that’s what I’m going to do.
“You know, a lot of people called me old and washed up. Well, if I’m washed up, I’m going to do it my way, for me and for my .......s in the Kliq. But more importantly, if I gotta go out, if I gotta be ‘washed up’ then I’m going to go out on my terms - holding the WCW World Heavyweight Title.”
“The Real Deal” plays, bringing Scott Hall’s speech to an end and gathering D’Lo Brown a modest cheer as he makes his way down the aisle. He may officially be the babyface in this contest, but the WCW fans still don’t quite have the love for him that they always will for Scott Hall.
WCW World Heavyweight Title Tournament - First Round
D’Lo Brown vs. Scott Hall
There was an obvious mismatch in size here as D’Lo gave up six inches in height to Scott Hall and that put him at an immediate disadvantage as he found himself on the receiving end of a heavy beating but he eventually managed to use his speed and agility advantage - not to mention a possible sobriety advantage - to find his way back into the match and take the fight to Hall, who was reeling (or staggering) as a result of the onslaught (and/or bourbon).
After a suitably back and forth contest from the two veteran talents, the match unfortunately had to come to an end and as things wound to a close D’Lo managed to catch Hall with the Sky High. The referee made the count: 1...2...No! Hall kicks out. D’Lo, frustrated, gets to his feet, using his famed theatrical leg drop to keep Hall on the mat and climbing the ropes, looking for the Lo Down frog splash… But Hall rolled out of the way. Both men are down and the referee is administering the count, but both men make it to their feet by seven.
They trade punches and Hall whips D’Lo to the ropes only to eat a leg lariat on his return, but a cover only gets two. D’Lo brings Hall to his feet, looking to finish him off once and for all but Hall is smart enough to rake the eyes. Hall takes advantage with a quick boot to the gut and wrenches D’Lo off the mat - if he hits this it’s over… Razor’s Edge! Down for the cover: 1...2...3!
Winner: Scott Hall
The nWo theme plays once again as Hall celebrates his victory in the ring. Backstage, we’re in the weight room as we witness a reunion between Lex Luger and Buff Bagwell.
Luger: “Damn, Buff, you’re really hitting the weights hard, man.”
Buff: “Lex, how’s it going man?”
He stops pumping iron to greet his friend.
Luger: “I couldn’t believe it when you called. Totally Buff back in business, huh?”
Buff: “Yeah, man. With Buff Daddy and the Total Package reunited, there’s nothing that can stand in our way.”
Luger: “So what’s the plan man?”
Buff: “For now? We get ready to work, then we go party. You know we’ve got our qualifier in two weeks, right?”
Luger: “So? We can take them.”
Buff: “Not these guys, not without training. They’re like us, only ten years ago.”
Buff: “Yeah, these guys, Gymini, are supposed to be real ripped.”
Luger: “Is that so?”
At that point, Gymini walk in.
Jake Gymini: “Yeah, that’s so. And I suggest you get out of our gym. Now.”
You know that nobody talks to Totally Buff that way and they’re on the attack, brawling with their future opponents all over the weight room until a massive group of agents and trainers come to separate them.
Back in the arena, Schiavone is hyping that battle as though his life depends on it when the man event of what will no doubt be deemed ‘the greatest night in the history of our sport’ is ready to take place. “I’m Back” fills the arena for the second time tonight and Luther Reigns and Matt Morgan, dressed for action and accompanied by Eric Bischoff, make their way to the ring to the loudest boos of the night.
“Heart Throb” plays next and their opponents make their way to the ring, accompanied by Shane McMahon, to probably the biggest pop of their short careers so far. They slide straight into the ring and the brawl is on.
The Heart Throbs (w/Shane McMahon) vs. Matt Morgan & Luther Reigns (w/Eric Bischoff)
As the bell rings, the brawl continues and very quickly spills out to the floor, giving the referee nightmares as he tries to control it and restore some kind of order to proceedings. Eventually he does, but Reigns and Morgan are pissed at being humbled earlier and they’re determined to take it out on Antonio Thomas, with frequent tags truly isolating him in the heel corner.
With Romeo helpless on the apron, Bischoff begins to direct traffic once again and appears to be taking some delight in being able to crush the team who chose to rebel against him. Despite all the punishment he’s taken, Antonio refuses to be beaten, managing to break free of the corner when Reigns and Morgan switched mid-tag and dived across the ring to tag in his partner. Romeo came in hot, determined to use his freshness and speed to his advantage and take out his monstrous opponents. Eventually he managed to get them both off their feet with a combination of ducking and weaving, refusing to stop moving, as Antonio joined him to get some double-team revenge of his own.
The Heart Throbs are on the verge of winning, their slick teamwork having worn down their opponents but there’s a commotion at the top of the ramp as Mamaluke, DeVito and Guido make a grand entrance, crashing onto the stage in a (presumably stolen) ambulance. Despite the distraction, The Heart Throbs carry on their task of looking to put Reigns and Morgan away as the Italian trio unload a gurney from the back and wheel it down to ringside. Leaving it to roll its way to the apron, the three of them build up a head of steam down the ramp, with Guido attacking Shane as the two Tonys slide into the ring and begin beating down on The Heart Throbs, causing the ref to throw this one out.
Winners (by DQ): The Heart Throbs
Bischoff looks irate, but it doesn’t stop him joining in the beat down in the ring as Guido throws Shane inside and it’s six-on-three as the assault continues. The referee has long since escaped, wanting none of this war and eventually, all three men are down and bleeding. Guido eventually throws Shane over his shoulder, to get him to the waiting gurney, to which Bischoff straps him down tightly before ordering the three Italian hired guns to ‘get him out of here.’
They do as they’re told, loading the gurney into the back of the ambulance, locking it tightly shut and speeding out of the arena, leaving a shocked crowd to watch a smirking Bischoff and his men stand over the fallen Heart Throbs as we fade to black.
Last edited by TheLoneShark; 08-19-2010 at 08:58 PM.