Re: WCW 2000 - The New Beginning
WCW Monday Nitro 1/10/00
We see a video package of the history of World Championship Wrestling, highlighting some of the key wrestlers and moments in the companies past. Dusty Rhodes, the Road Warriors, Ric Flair, Sting, Vader, Hulk Hogan, the Steinerís, the Four Horsemen and the New World Order are all shown. Then the video changes and it begins to highlight different wrestlers such as Chris Benoit, Dean Malenko, Rey Mysterio Jr, Perry Saturn, Vampiro, Chris Kanyon, Billy Kidman, and Eddy Guerrero and so on. Then when the video package finishes we see the text ďWCW, A New BeginningĒ.
The cameras pan around the arena in Buffalo New York, and finishes on the brand new ramp way as Eric Bischoff strides out from the back wearing a smart grey suit. He gets a mixed reception from the crowd as he climbs into the ring and gets handed a microphone.
Eric Bischoff: I cannot begin to describe how I feel to be back in a WCW ring. And you know that I never struggle for words.
Eric Bischoff: You see I got a phone call the other week from Ted Turner and Brad Seigel, they both stated that World Championship Wrestling has been declining as of late and I couldnít agree more. So tonight spells the time for a new beginning in World Championship Wrestling. Tonight is where we recreate professional wrestling, because you deserve to see the best product in the world.
The fans cheer Bischoff.
Eric Bischoff: I got told that when I came back to WCW I would have to deliver the ratings and the profits but more importantly I was told to give you the fans the hottest wrestling action available today.
Cheap pop once more.
Eric Bischoff: So as of tonight it begins. I have a few things that I need to address as of right now WCW has three vacant championships. The World Tag Team titles, the Cruiserweight title and the Television championship. So tonight we will see the start of World Tag Team and Cruiserweight title tournament which will continue on Thunder and will culminate at Souled Out in six days. Also this Sunday we will see a ten man over the top rope battle royal to crown a brand new WCW Television Champion. How about that?
The fans cheer for the announcements made by Bischoff.
Eric Bischoff: So sit back and enjoy the brand new World Championship Wrestling.
We come back from the break to see David Penzer standing by.
David Penzer: Ladies and gentlemen this is the opening contest live on Monday Nitro, it is an opening round match up in the WCW World Tag Team Championship tournament. Introducing first from Tijuana Mexico, Psychosis and Juventud Guerrera.
Psychosis and Juventud make their way down the ramp way and to the ring. They get a few cheers from the crowd.
David Penzer: And their opponents, accompanied to the ring by Shane Helms, they are Evan Karagias and Shannon Moore, here are 3 Count.
Sing along with Three Count hits as the three men walk towards the ring receiving large amounts of boos from the crowd here in New York.
Match one, WCW Tag Team Title Tournament: Juventud Guerrera and Psychosis Vs 3 Count W/Shane Helms.
Juventud and Shannon Moore kick things off. The two men create a fast pace in the early goings with plenty of mat work as well close near falls. As the match continues Shane Helms gets involved more in the match up from the ringside area, distracting the referee and attacking both Psychosis and Juventud. The finish comes when Evan Karagias and Juventud are fighting amongst themselves in the ring. Moore and Helms are discussing tactics on the arena floor; Psychosis runs and hits a suicide plancha over the top rope onto both men. The fans pop for the death defying manoeuvre. Meanwhile Juventud manages to lock on the Juvi Driver on Karagias for the three count at 4.19.
Juventud Guerrera and Psychosis advance to the next round of the World Tag Team Tournament as 3 Count look dejected at ringside. The camera pans backstage to where Bret The Hitman Hart makes his way into the arena with his WCW World Heavyweight Championship around his waist. The cameras then cut away to the Filthy Animals locker room.
Konnan: Billy, you ready for this match tonight?
Billy Kidman: No worries K-Dawg, David Flair and Crowbar will be no trouble for us.
Torrie sits next to Kidman and smiles at the confidence that Kidman portrays.
Billy Kidman: You want to see me with a WCW World Tag Team strap around my waist baby?
Torrie Wilson: Yeah Billy, I canít wait.
Billy Kidman: Hey Rey, you been told when your Cruiserweight tournament match is?
Rey Mysterio Jr: Yeah, Evan Karagias on Thunder, hopefully I can advance on to Souled Out. The Filthy Animals with all the gold will be just too much.
Eddy Guerrero: You guys mind if Chavo comes in here tonight to get ready for his match?
Billy Kidman: Crazy Chavo your nephew Chavo?
Eddy Guerrero: Common Billy, heís not crazy, just a bit different.
Konnan: So what was all that thing about Pepe then Eddy?
Eddy Guerrero: He went through a tough patch but heís changed guys, just give him a chance for me.
Billy Kidman: Yeah ok then, but as long as he doesnít bring that horse with him.
Eddy gets up with a smile on his face and leaves the locker room. He walks outside to find Chavo dancing around with his wooden horse Pepe.
Eddy Guerrero: The rest of the Animals have said you can come in with us but you have to leave Pepe behind Chavo.
Chavo Guerrero: But I canít leave him outside, itís cold.
Eddy Guerrero: Just leave him here he will be fine.
Eddy walks back into the locker room and Chavo looks confused as he continues to dance with Pepe.
We come back from the break and we cut to ringside.
Tony Schiavone: Welcome to the new beginning of World Championship Wrestling folks. What an action packed night so far as well. We have heard from the reinstated WCW President Eric Bischoff at the top of the show.
Mike Tenay: And he had some huge announcements to make as well Tony. Two title tournaments for the Cruiserweight and Tag Team championships. Also at Souled Out this Sunday we have a Television title battle royal to crown a brand new champion.
Bobby Hennan: What about that lunatic Chavo Guerrero Jr guys, heís on a different planet.
Tony Schiavone: Heís certainly a special young man, his uncle Eddy just wants to include him with his friends the Filthy Animals.
Mike Tenay: But they didnít seem too keen on having Chavo enter into their locker room.
Tony Schiavone: Only time will tell whether Chavo will gain the respect and friendship from the Filthy Animals. But before the commercial break we saw the Excellence of Execution Bret The Hitman Hart the WCW World Heavyweight Champion enter the arena. What does our champion have to say tonight about the big changes going down in World Championship Wrestling?
Bobby Hennan: I have no idea Tony but Iím sure he will have something to say before the night is through.
Mike Tenay: Iím hearing that we are heading backstage to Eric Bischoffs office.
Cameras pan backstage to Bischoff who is sitting in his office. Suddenly a loud banging begins on the door. The Total Package Lex Luger marches in with his full wrestling gear on. Elizabeth is closely followed behind him.
Lex Luger: Eric Bischoff, so I come into work today and I sat and watched the opening of Monday Nitro, I see all these past and current wrestlers getting shown on that video package, but there was no image of the Total Package Lex Luger on that video, why, why is that Eric?
Eric Bischoff: Time constraints Iím sure Lex, it wasnít there to deny your talents.
Lex Luger: Second problem, I speak to Terry Taylor earlier on and he says that I havenít been booked for a match tonight. Whatís up with that?
Eric Bischoff: The card was already sorted before you got to the arena. There will be no more booking on the fly in WCW, if you want a match Lex, you will have to turn up on time and leave your ego at home.
Luger gets increasingly annoyed.
Lex Luger: Iím the biggest talent on this show and you know it Bischoff. So put me in a match tonight, give me Bret Hart for the WCW World Heavyweight Championship.
Eric Bischoff: You want a title shot tonight?
Lex Luger: Of course, Iím the Total Package.
Eric Bischoff: I am going to have to say no Lex; this is the new WCW where opportunities are earned not given. So tonight, you can a shot at a title belt. You can face Booker T for the number one contendership for the WCW U.S Heavyweight title at Souled Out. How about that?
Lex Luger: You going to regret this Eric, we go way back, and this is how you repay me.
Luger looks disgusted as he storms out with Elizabeth in close pursuit. Bischoff smiles to himself. The cameras pan to ringside.
David Penzer: This your next contest on Monday Nitro and it is an opening round match up in the WCW Cruiserweight Championship tournament. Introducing first accompanied to ringside by Shannon Moore and Evan Karagias, here is Shane Helms.
Sing along with 3 Count hits as the three men come out for the second time tonight. The fans boo the boy band wannabes loudly as they make their way to the ring.
David Penzer: And his opponent from Tokyo Japan, Kaz Hayashi.
Hayashi comes out to a few cheers from the New York crowd.
Match two, WCW Cruiserweight Title Tournament: Shane Helms W/3 Count Vs Kaz Hayashi.
Kaz takes the early advantage in the match up and begins to dictate the pace. He uses his experience to work over Helms who looks stunned at the rate of offence he is receiving from Kaz. The action spills to the outside which gives 3 Count the advantage as Helms distracts referee Billy Silverman as Moore and Karagias work over Kaz. Back inside the ring and Helms is in control and begins to work over Kaz. He goes up top for a frog splash but Kaz manages to roll out the way and begins to punish Helms for his mistake.
The finish comes when Kaz Hayashi has full control of the match up and is setting up for the Shining Wizard on Helms when Evan Karagias jumps on the apron to distract Silverman. Meanwhile Shannon Moore slides in the ring and nails Hayashi from behind with a clothesline, this gives Helms time to recover and land a devastating super kick. Helms hooks the leg as Silverman turns around to count the three count at 5.32.
Shane Helms advances to the next round after he steals a victory from Kaz Hayashi thanks to the other members of 3 Count.
We come back from the back and a camera is in the locker room of the Revolution. The Franchise Shane Douglas, Perry Saturn, Dean Malenko and Asya are all in attendance.
Shane Douglas: I have requested this interview time because I have a few quick points that I want to get off my chest. Firstly Souled Out, I will be getting an opportunity to not only win the WCW Television title, but also to bring some prestige back to the title. Secondly here in the Revolution we have a tag team that is not the best in WCW.
Malenko and Saturn suddenly looked perplexed.
Shane Douglas: But the best in the whole world.
Both Malenko and Saturn smile.
Shane Douglas: You see, in the Revolution we take care of business and these two men will be raising the WCW World Tag Team Championships this Sunday, and we will prove to World Championship Wrestling why we are the best talent here today. Oh, and before I forget. Ric Flair, you old piece of shit, you can kiss my Franchised ass.
Cameras cut to ringside to David Penzer.
David Penzer: Ladies and gentleman this is your next contest in the WCW Cruiserweight Championship tournament. Introducing first from Tijuana Mexico, Blitzkrieg.
The fans give some cheers for the masked highflyer.
David Penzer: And his opponent, accompanied to the ring by his uncle Eddy Guerrero, here is Chavo Guerrero Junior.
Chavos music hits but nobody comes out, after a few moments the cameras cut backstage. Chavo his dancing with Pepe once again, whilst the Filthy Animals look on.
Eddy Guerrero: Come on, support Chavo and be at ringside.
Billy Kidman: We have a match to prepare for Eddy.
Konnan: Just look at him Eddy, heís lost it.
Chavo begins to sing with his wooden horse. The Animals walk off as Eddy ushers Chavo through the curtain and towards the ring.
Match three, WCW Cruiserweight Title Tournament: Blitzkrieg Vs Chavo Guerrero Jr W/Eddy Guerrero.
Chavo and Blitzkrieg square the ring before locking up and the Blitzkrieg manages to overpower Chavo and pushes him backwards through the ropes and to the arena floor. Eddy helps his nephew up and back into the ring. Bliztkrieg dominates the majority of the match up, he sets up Chavo in the corner and goes for a running handspring back elbow but Chavo moves and Blitzkrieg connects with the turnbuckle instead, he comes away from the corner and Chavo kicks him in the gut and lifts him into the air. Chavo brings him back down with a vicious Brainbuster. Chavo hooks the far leg and picks up the victory at 3.18.
Chavo looks shocked that heís won and begins to run around the ring whilst Eddy looks pleased as he tries to calm his nephew down. The cameras pan away as Chavo celebrates with Pepe and Eddy. The cameras go backstage to Gene Okerlund and Chris Champagne Kanyon, he is accompanied by Mr Biggs and his girls.
Gene Okerlund: Chris Champagne Kanyon, I hear you have been partying hard recently in New York city?
Chris Kanyon: I have Gene, and you know what I am sick of it. I am sick of these girls right here, Iím sick of sipping champagne at the hottest clubs in the world. And lastly Iím sick of being overlooked in World Championship Wrestling. Mr Biggs get these girls out of here.
Mr Biggs obliges as he ushers the girls away from Kanyon. Kanyon takes of his colourful shirt and necklaces and throws them to the ground.
Chris Kanyon: For too long now I have been overlooked in World Championship Wrestling for opportunities, but no longer. Iím the innovator of offence Gene, and with Mr Biggs in my corner and Iím going to climb the ladder of WCW as fast I want too. You mark my words, oh, here have some champagne.
Kanyon hands Gene a bottle of champagne as he marches off with a sour look on his face.
Gene Okerlund: Chris Kanyon obviously has had enough of people not taking him seriously in WCW and is now focused on pushing himself up the ladder. Iím never going to pass up free champagne either.
Gene looks down at the bottle of champagne and smiles, he then walks off camera. The cameras pan to ringside to the three announcers.
Tony Schiavone: Looks like Gene is set for the evening then guys.
Mike Tenay: He certainly does, but what about the new intensity behind Chris Kanyon, he looks focused and ready to succeed in the new WCW.
Bobby Hennan: I have always liked that kid, and now with a more focused mind set he will certainly go far. You can mark my words on that.
Tony Schiavone: He looks intent on doing so. What about Chavo Guerrero Junior guys? He advances in the Cruiserweight title tournament, but the Filthy Animals donít seem to keen on letting him join the group.
Bobby Hennan: Heís totally nuts guys, I wouldnít want someone like that hanging around with me, never know what heís going to do next.
Mike Tenay: As long as Eddy can keep Chavo focused I believe he has a great chance of becoming the next WCW Cruiserweight Champion, I really do.
Tony Schiavone: Well heís still in the tournament guys, so still has a chance of course. We still have loads more for you tonight. Booker T will be taking on the Total Package Lex Luger in a number one contenders match for the WCW U.S Heavyweight championship against Jeff Jarrett at Souled Out. As well as the Filthy Animals taking on David Flair and Crowbar in the WCW World Tag Team title Tournament.
Mike Tenay: Not forgetting we will be hearing from Kevin Nash as well as an in ring promo with the WCW World Heavyweight Champion Bret The Hitman Hart.
Tony Schiavone: All still to come so donít go away.
We come back from the break and the Hardcore Legend Terry Funk is standing in the ring. He has brought himself a bucket load of hardcore plunder.
Terry Funk: Norman Smiley, you absolute disgrace to hardcore wrestling, get your ass down here so I can take that belt from you. And show these WCW fans what a true Hardcore Legend looks like. Come on Norman you chicken.
Norman Smiley makes his way to the ring to a good pop from the crowd, he has his WCW Hardcore Title wrapped around his waist. He gingerly walks to the ring. He begins to throw some of the hardcore weapons that Funk brought to ringside into the ring. Smiley eventually rolls into the ring to be met with a trash can shot to the head and the beginning of the match up.
Match four, WCW Hardcore title: Terry Funk Vs Screamin Norman Smiley (C)
Funk wears down Smiley with shots with the trash can before moving onto other weapons. Standard hardcore brawling ensues. Both men getting the better of the other man for brief spells. Smiley hits the smack my bitch up dance on Funk but gets waffled with a chair for his troubles. Funk regains control of the match and goes for his signature piledriver on a steel chair but Smiley blocks it and backdrops Funk to the mat. As Funk climbs back up to his feet, Smiley drills him in the back with a broom, he then locks on the Norman Conquest for the submission victory at 3.31. Norman retains his title.
Whilst Norman has the move still locked on, Fit Finlay runs out from the back and begins to lay into both competitors. While Finlay is laying waste to both men, the Tongan Monster Meng charges out from the back, thereís a four man brawl between them all. Smiley manages to slip out the back door and escape the fight with his Hardcore title. Finlay, Funk and Meng continue the brawl. The cameras cut away as security subdue the fighting, the cameras go to Mean Gene Okerlund who is waiting for Big Sexy Kevin Nash entering the arena. Nash walks in as Okerlund waits for Big Sexy.
Gene Okerlund: Kevin, I take it you have heard that Bischoff has been reinstated as WCW President.
Kevin Nash: Gene, I have, he rang me personally to tell me about the situation. I think WCW has a chance to go back to the top of the mountain and with Eric back in charge we will certainly see that happen.
Gene Okerlund: What do you see in the future for yourself here in World Championship Wrestling Kevin?
Kevin Nash: With Eric back in the driving seat, I am not going to say that there isnít a chance that band will get back together, but as of right now, I am after one thing and one thing only, and thatís getting back the WCW World Heavyweight Championship from Bret Hart.
Nash leaves Okerlund behind as he walks off. Cameras pan to the locker room. Booker T is sitting in his locker room when Eric Bischoff walks in.
Eric Bischoff: Booker, just the man I was after. I have admired your talents for many years, tonight you have a chance to impress, you have got Lex Luger one on one. The winner of that match gets Jeff Jarrett for the U.S Heavyweight strap at Souled Out. What do you say?
Booker T: Thanks Eric, Iíll get myself ready right now. That sucka aient gonna know what hit him tonight. Know can you dig that?
Bischoff nods and smiles before leaving Booker to get ready for his upcoming match up.
We come back from the commercial break and Eric Bischoff is sitting in his office. WCW Hardcore Champion Screamin Norman Smiley runs into the office.
Norman Smiley: Did you see what happened out there Eric , I had a one on one match, then Fit Finlay and that psycho Meng come running out and begin pounding on me. I didnít sign up for that kind of match up.
Eric Bischoff: Wow, wow, wow, Norman calm down. Youíre the WCW Hardcore Champion you should be prepared for anything. I am well aware that Meng and Finlay had no real business being out there, but they came out after the match up was won by you. So there was no real foul play.
Norman Smiley: But I donít deserve to be jumped like that Eric.
Eric Bischoff: Ok, I have figured it out, you donít want to get jumped from behind, so how about this Sunday, its four the hard way, WCW Hardcore Championship on the line, when you defend against Terry Funk, The Monster Meng and Fit Finlay in a four way dance. Good luck Norman.
Norman looks stunned as the cameras pan away to the ring.
David Penzer: Ladies and gentlemen this is your next contest here live on Monday Nitro. It is a first round match in the WCW World Tag Team Championship Tournament. Introducing first, accompanied to the ring by Daffney, here are David Flair and Crowbar.
Looney town hits as the three oddballs make their way to the ring. The fans cheer the threesome as they run to the ring.
David Penzer: And their opponents in this match up, accompanied to the ring by Torrie Wilson, Rey Mysterio Jr and Eddy Guerrero, they are Billy Kidman and Konnan, the Filthy Animals.
Filthy and Dirty hits as the Filthy Animals make their way to the ring for this tag team mach up.
Match five, WCW Tag Team Title Tournament: David Flair and Crowbar W/Daffney Vs The Filthy Animals (Billy Kidman and Konnan) W/Torrie Wilson, Rey Mysterio Jr and Eddy Guerrero.
Crowbar and Kidman start things off in this match up. They go through some good mat wrestling before going high risk. Kidman gets clotheslined over the top rope and to the arena floor. Crowbar runs and hits a suicide dive over the top rope onto Kidman and the rest of the Filthy Animals. The matchup is back and forth with a fast pace. The finish comes when Billy Kidman goes up top and hits the Shooting Star Press on David Flair as Konnan keeps Crowbar at bay. The Filthy Animals pick up the victory and they advance in the tournament at 6.10.
The Animals celebrate as Chavo Guerrero comes out to celebrate with them. The Animals donít look too impressed that Chavo has come out with his wooden horse Pepe. We come back from the break and we see Sid Vicious arriving at the arena.
The cameras pan to ringside to David Penzer.
David Penzer: Ladies and gentleman this contest will be a number one contenders match for the WCW U.S Heavyweight championship. The winner of this match will gain himself a title shot against the Chosen One Jeff Jarrett this Sunday at Souled Out.
Chosen One hits as the WCW U.S Heavyweight Champion Jeff Jarrett makes his way out to the ring with his title belt around his waist. He has his trusty guitar over his left shoulder and a microphone in his right hand.
Jeff Jarrett: Listen up slapasses, Iím out here tonight to scout my opponent for the pay per view. So Iím gonna take a seat at ringside, do a bit of color then confront whoever wins this match up. So why donít you choke on that slapnuts.
Jarrett gets booed as he makes his way to ringside to join the announcers.
David Penzer: Introducing first, accompanied to the ring by Elizabeth, he is the Total Package, Lex Luger.
Lex Lugers music hits as the Total Package makes his way to the ring, the fans boo him as he climbs into the ring.
David Penzer: And his opponent, from Harlem New York, here is Booker T.
The fans pop for Booker as his music hits. He strides to the ring for this upcoming match up.
Match six, Number one contenders match for the WCW U.S Heavyweight Championship: Total Package Lex Luger W/ Elizabeth Vs Booker T
Booker and Lex circle the ring before locking up. Luger uses his strength in the early goings to dominate Booker. The match goes back and forth with Luger dominating the majority of it. Booker ends up picking up the victory when he lands an Axe Kick, followed up with his Bookend finishing move. Booker T picks up the win at 7.42.
Booker celebrates in the ring, but whilst he does this Jarrett sneaks in behind him and clocks him over the top of the head with his guitar. Booker falls down as Jarrett celebrates with his U.S title. The fans boo Jarrett as the cameras cut backstage to the WCW World Heavyweight Champion Bret The Hitman Hart. He is walking towards the arena and we will hear from Bret Hart after the commercial break.
Excellence of Execution hits as Bret Hitman Harts music hits as the WCW World Heavyweight Champion Bret Hart makes his way to the ring. The fans pop for the champion.
Bret Hart: I love the feeling of walking out here as the WCW World Heavyweight Champion. It feels good to be at the top of World Championship Wrestling.
Bret Hart: And one of the best things about being the top dog, is that you get the best competition. But you see, the next pay per view is six days away and I donít have a match up. And I know you fans want me to put on a classic matchup.
Bret Hart: So tonight I make an open challenge to anyone in the back to come out here and accept my challenge to a match at Souled Out this Sunday. Because Iím fixing to bring pride and prestige back to this title. And you fans deserve to see the best wrestlers compete for the richest prize in this industry.
Bret Hart raises the belt in the air as the fans pop. Crippler hits as Chris Benoit marches to the ring. The fans cheer the Crippler.
Chris Benoit: Bret, you know how much respect I have for you. I have followed you my whole career and now I have a chance to throw my hat into the ring and challenge you for the WCW World Heavyweight Championship. Everybody knows that me and you could tear the house down in any arena around the world.
Fans pop loudly for this.
Chris Benoit: So what do you say Hitman?
As Bret goes to respond, Wolfpac music hits and Big Sexy Kevin Nash makes his way to the ring. The fans cheer as Nash enters the ring.
Kevin Nash: With all due respect to you Chris Benoit, but I am clearly the man who should be the number one contender for the WCW World Heavyweight Championship. Me and Bret go way back, and we have had some top matches back up north, so Bret, Iíll see you Sunday.
Psycho hits as Sid Vicious marches down the ramp way to a large pop from the crowd.
Sid Vicious: Before anyone goes any further, I have to say that I am the most deserving person in this ring to get a shot at Bret Harts World Heavyweight Championship. And when I do, i will raise that title above my head and become the master and the ruler of the world.
Eric Bischoffs music hits and all four men look towards the ramp way.
Eric Bischoff: Considering I am the brand new WCW President I think that I will make a choice and I have made a decision which way may not sit too well with any of you. You see in the new WCW its all about equal opportunity and more importantly giving the fans what they want to see. So tonight I am going to announce that at Souled Out in six days, itís going to be Bret the Hitman Hart defending the WCW World Heavyweight Championship against the Crippler Chris Benoit.
The fans pop as Benoit looks ecstatic. Bischoff turns and goes to leave the ramp way. He then turns back to face the ring.
Eric Bischoff: And Big Sexy Kevin Nash. And hell, letís make it a four way match, Sid Vicious youíre in that match up as well. Souled Out this Sunday will have all four of you in that ring competing for the WCW World Heavyweight Championship. Good luck.
The cameras focus on the ring as the four men all look intrigued about the four corners match for Souled Out. The cameras fade to black as the show ends.
Juventud Guerrera and Psychosis defeated 3 Count in the WCW World Tag Team Tournament at 4.19.
Shane Helms bested Kaz Hayashi at 5.32 in the WCW Cruiserweight Title Tournament.
Chavo Guerrero Jr went over Blitzkrieg at 3.18 in the WCW Cruiserweight Title Tournament.
Screamin Norman Smiley defeated Terry Funk at 3.31 to retain his WCW Hardcore Championship.
The Filthy Animals bested David Flair and Crowbar at 6.10 to advance in the WCW World Tag Team Tournament.
Booker T defeated the Total Package Lex Luger to become the number one contender for the WCW U.S Heayvweight Championship at 7.42.