Re: WCW 2001: The Day The Earth Stood Still
WCW Monday Nitro
April 2, 2001
Live from Charlotte, North Carolina
The show starts with Eric Bischoff making standing in the middle of a dark arena with only a spotlight shining on him. Bischoff is suited up in his business attire and has dyed his hair black once again.
Eric Bischoff: Controversy, itís what you do to get wrestling fans hooked onto your product. Whether itís turning the ultimate good guy against everything he ever stood for, or going live every week and giving away your competitorís results before they go on air. Controversy is what delivers for wrestling fans. Last week, controversy delivered once again. You see, for years Iíve wanted the McMahons to come onto my show and play in my yard. Last week they did, now look where Shane McMahon is. Heís lying in a hospital bed back in Connecticut after the beat down by the N.W.O. Controversy gave WCW its highest rated segment in 2001 and also brought WCW together with WWF for 1 night. Controversy is what the new WCW is all about. Starting tonight and ending when WWF is finally buried once and for all, and Vince McMahon is on my show working for me. Vince McMahon, I took out your son last week. I made you believe that you owned WCW, I made you come so close to having the company that you even went so far as to broadcast MY Monday Nitro in your arena, and on your telecast. This is a whole new war, and itís one that I intend on winning. This is the new WCW!!!!
The Pyro goes off in Charlotte, North Carolina and the WCW Logo set has returned; this time with a red logo instead of silver. Behind the Logo entrance are two huge video screens on either side of the set.
Tony Schiavone: Welcome everyone to the first WCW Nitro on our new home FOX TV. Iím Tony Schiavone, soon to be joined by my broadcast colleague. Tonight promises to be chalked full of surprises at WCW kicks off a new era in 2001, and trust me when I say that you cannot predict whatís going to happen here.
Great Gate of Kiev plays and Jerry ďthe KingĒ Lawler debuts on WCW Monday Nitro. Lawler
Is accompanied by ďthe KatĒ as he walks over to the broadcast booth; joining Tony Schiavone as the new voice of WCW.
Tony Schiavone: I cannot believe what Iím seeing, Jerry ďthe KingĒ Lawler has arrived in WCW.
The King: Thatís right Tony; itís good to be the King, especially when you get to rule over WCW Monday Nitro. The Kat and the King are delighted to be in the greatest company in the world.
Tony Schiavone: Well, your presence is certainly unexpected, but most pleasurable.
The King: When I was offered to be a part of the new WCW, I knew that this was an era worth watching. Iíve been in wrestling for years, and nothing feels better than to be here working beside you Schiavone.
Tony Schiavone: Well letís kick things off right, letís go to David Penzer for the opening contest.
WCW Cruiserweight Championship
Sugar Shane Helms (c) vs. Vampiro
Vampiro hits a baseball slide on Helms as the champion is entering the ring. The two of the fight on the outside before the champion is rolled into the ring. Vampiro climbs onto the apron and leaps off the top rope. With a flip, Vamprio lands on Helms and the match officially begins. Vampiro dominates Helms for most of the match. With a series of pins, Vampiro only manages to get near falls on the champion. Shane Helms battles back and, with a dropkick, sends Vampiro to the outside of the ring. Shane jumps off the top rope with a cross body on Vampiro. The match climaxes inside the ring with Shane Helms nailing the Nightmare on Helms Street and grabbing the victory over Vampiro.
Winner: Shane Helms via pinfall at 5:12
Shane Helms is given his championship and raises it high in the air as fans cheer for him.
Hulk Hogan is shown walking through the backstage area when he is jumped from behind by two masked men. The men assault Hogan and ram him face first into a table backstage. As the men continue to fight Hogan, security comes along. The two men fight off security and continue to whip Hogan into an extra guardrail backstage. Hogan is blood now as the two men continue to kick and punch away at the Icon. The bigger man picks up Hogan and power bombs him through a table. They leave a bloody Hulk Hogan lying on the ground.
Backstage, EMTs are shown helping Hulk Hogan as Eric Bischoff is standing there.
Tony: I canít believe that someone would attack Hulk Hogan like that.
The King: You know Tony, after all these years of beating people up with the NWO, it only seems right that it happens to Hulk.
Tony: Well itís still uncalled for. Letís head back to the ring for more action.
Buff Bagwell vs. Jeff Jarrett
Jeff Jarrett jumps Buff Bagwell before the bell rings. With rights and lefts Bagwell is sent into the ropes. Jarrett whips him across the ring but Bagwell leap frogs over and hits a hip toss on the Chosen One. Jarrett and Bagwell continue to go at it in and out of the ring with Charles Robinson having to start counting them out on several occasions. Back in the ring, Jarrett hits the Stroke on Bagwell and covers him, but Bagwell manages to get his foot on the rope before the three. Bagwell slowly gets back to his feet and nails Jarrett with the low blow. Buff shoots off the ropes with a swinging neck breaker and then climbs to the top rope. When Jarrett gets back on his feet, Bagwell dives off with the Buff Blockbuster and covers Jeff for a 1...2...3.
Winner: Buff Bagwell via pinfall at 4:32
Buff Bagwell celebrates his victory in the middle of the ring. Jeff Jarrett gets back on his feet and grabs his guitar. In one swift swing, Jarrett cracks the guitar across the head of Bagwell. Jarrett leaves Bagwell lying in the ring.
Eric Bischoff is sitting at his desk backstage when Jeremy Borash asks to come in. Bischoff grants JBís request.
JB: I was wondering if I could get a word with you Mr. Bischoff.
Eric: Please, call me Eric, and yes I would be happy to speak with you JB.
JB: Well, many around here in WCW are wondering what is going to happen with the United States Championship now that Booker T is the World Heavyweight Champion.
Eric: Thatís a great question to ask. You see JB, Iíve been talking with JJ Dillon and the Championship Committee about the United States Title. The committee and I have agreed that a new United States Champion will be crowned at Spring Stampede in a triple threat match. The Triple Threat Match will feature Buff Bagwell, Jeff Jarrett, and Mark Jindrack.
JB: Thatís quite an announcement for Spring Stampede.
Eric: I thought it was a good match; however I also thought that we would need a match that will be sure to test the new World Heavyweight Champion. So Iíve created a brand new match that would put 6 of the top wrestlers in the most brutal match ever invented, the Elimination Chamber.
JB: Whatís an Elimination Chamber?
Eric: Youíll find out all the details in due time. I will tell you though that the five men who will join Booker T in the Elimination Chamber will be decided over the next few weeks on Nitro. Tonightís qualifying match will feature Big Poppa Pump Scott Steiner taking on Big Sexy Kevin Nash.
JB: Thank you for your time Eric.
Eric: Just before you go JB, please pass along this little message. The controversy continues tonight as some familiar faces make their return to WCW. Vince McMahon will not know what hit him.
Kronik vs. The Harris Twins
The match is saw two powerful teams lock up in the middle of the ring with both teams using power holds on each other. Brian Adams hits a Power Bomb on Ron Harris and covers him, but Don makes the save. With referee Nick Patrick distracted, the Harris Twins hit a double suplex on Clarke. Don Harris bodyslams Clarke and immediately tags his brother in. Ron drops the elbow on Clarke and covers him, but only manages a two count before Clarke makes a kick out. In the end, Brian Adams and Bryan Clarke hit the High Times on Ron Harris. Clarke covers Ron for a 1...2...3.
Winners: Kronik via pinfall at 4:29
Backstage, Mean Gene Oakerlund is standing with the Nature Boy Ric Flair.
Mean Gene: This is Mean Gene Oakerlund standing alongside the 14-time World Heavyweight Champion, the Nature Boy Ric Flair.
Fans give a huge pop
Flair: WOOOO Mean Gene, I think weíre having a party tonight. WOOOO! You see, what would WCW be in Charlotte, North Carolina without the Nature Boy?
Mean Gene: Well I heard a rumour tonight that youíre facing Shane Douglas.
Flair: Thatís right Gene. For years, Shane Douglas has been coming out here spouting his mouth off about how the Nature Boy doesnít deserve to be at the top of the mountain, that my time has passed and itís up to people like him to take this business forward. Well I say this. Where was Shane Douglas when the Nature Boy was touring the world and selling out arenas everywhere I went? Thatís right, he was working in little bingo halls making $50.00 a night wrestling for fans who didnít give a damn about anything but the beer they were drinking.
Mean Gene: That sounds a little harsh.
Flair: Itís the truth Mean Gene. The Nature Boy has always been the greatest performer in the wrestling business. I took WCW to where it is now and plan on taking it to greater heights in the year 2001... WOOOO!
Ric Flair leaves Mean Gene standing backstage.
The World Heavyweight Champion makes his entrance through the WCW Logo set and grabs a seat beside Tony Schiavone and Jerry Lawler. They talk a little bit about what this Elimination Chamber might be.
Elimination Chamber Qualifying Match
Big Poppa Pump Scott Steiner vs. Big Sexy Kevin Nash
Scott Steiner nails Nash with a series of uppercuts on Kevin Nash before whipping him across the ring. A shoulder block sends Nash staggering back into the ropes and Steiner clotheslines him over the top rope. Steiner goes out after Nash slams him into the ring steps then rolls him back into the ring. Nash fights back and hits the sidewalk slam on Big Poppa Pump. Nash backs Steiner into the corner and nails him with a series of elbows to the face, then drives a boot into the throat of the former world champion. The match ends with Steiner knocking the referee to the canvas inadvertently. Big Poppa Pump grabs a steal chair and repeatedly cracks it across the back of Big Sexy. Steiner then continues the assault by jumping on the back of Nash several times and driving an elbow into the lower back area. Steiner slaps the Steiner Recliner on Nash who taps out. Referee Nick Patrick slowly gets up and sees Nash tapping then calls for the bell.
Winner: Big Poppa Pump via Submission at 6:32
Big Poppa Pump moves on to the Main Event at Spring Stampede.
The King: Well Booker T, you now know who the first person is to be joining you inside the Elimination Chamber.
Booker T: Thatís right King, but it doesnít matter who qualifies for the elimination chamber, the bottom line is that at Spring Stampede, Booker T is going to walk out still the World Heavyweight Champion.
Video: Goldberg is coming... Whoís Next?
Shane Doulas makes his way down to the ring area to prepare for his match against Ric Flair.
The Nature Boyís music erupts and the 14-time World Champion makes his way out to the ring. Ric Flair is accompanied by Miss Elisabeth and Stacey Keibler and is dawning his Black and Silver robe. The pyro goes off as the fans go nuts for Ric Flair.
Shane Douglas vs. Nature Boy Ric Flair (w. Stacey Keibler)
Flair starts the match with a series of knife-edge chops that back Shane Douglas into the corner. Douglas gets out of the corner and throws Flair back then starts beating down on him with a series or rights followed by a hip toss. Flair gets back on his feet and begs Douglas for forgiveness before poking him in the eye. Flair takes out the leg of Douglas and starts working on it. Flair sets up the figure four, but Shane counters and rolls him up in a small package. Flair kicks out before the three count. As the match progresses, Flair continues to beat down the leg of Shane Douglas. Finally the figure four is put on and Flair applies pressure to the leg of his opponent. Shane Douglas fights to get out of the hold, but Flair continues to lock the hold on Douglas. Shane Douglas finally manages to roll over and counter the Figure Four, but the Nature Boy grabs the ropes. Elisabeth gets on the apron and distracts the referee, allowing Shawn Stasiak to enter the ring. Stasiak takes a chair and smashes it across the head of Shane Douglas. Flair rolls Douglas up for a 1...2...3.
Winner: Nature Boy Ric Flair via pinfall at 7:55
After the match, Ric Flair calls down for help. Sean OíHair, Chuck Polumbo, and Mark Jindrack make their way down to the ring to join Flair and Stasiak. All four men lay a beating on Shane Douglas in the middle of the ring. Flair slaps the figure four on again and the other four men take turns dropping elbows and legs across the chest of Douglas.
Three men jump over the guardrail and get involved in the beat down; going after the Natural Born Thrillers. Chris Benoit, Dean Malenko and Perry Saturn even the score and force the Natural Born Thrillers to leave the ring. Flair gets out as well and retreats to the back. Saturn, Malenko, and Benoit stand tall in the middle of the ring as Nitro goes off air.