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Well, I'm back to try my hand at a different era. I tried to do a present day WWE Be The Booker, but it wasn't sparking any interest. I am going to try and fix the issues that were created at Starrcade 1997. I am going to post current champions and the roster. 1997 was still the boom period for WCW and hopefully I can make it even more entertaining. I have a ton of ideas, and if it seems like its a little crazy, I have been watching 2000's Nitros and have a case of the Vince Russo's.
I will post a WCW Nitro Preview. Below the Roster is a recap of Starrcade, I am starting the night after this. Hope everyone enjoys and please give me some feedback on this. I literally received no feedback on my last one and felt kind of like I was just writing for myself at the end, I may go back to that BTB before too long, as I have like the next 6 shows written and saved on my computer, but for now I'm going retro:
I present to you WCW as it was the morning of December 29th 1997.
WCW World Champion: “Hollywood” Hulk Hogan
WCW United States Champion: Diamond Dallas Page
WCW Television Champion: Disco Inferno
WCW Tag Team Champions: The Outsiders(Scott Hall and Kevin Nash)
WCW Cruiserweight Champion: Eddy Guerrero
"Diamond" Dallas Page
"The Nature Boy" Ric Flair
"Das Wunderkind" Alex Wright
"Hollywood" Hulk Hogan
Randy "Macho Man" Savage
"The Crippler" Chris Benoit
"The Man of 1000 Holds" Dean Malenko
"The Total Package" Lex Luger
Scott "Flash" Norton
"Flyboy" Rocco Rock
"Hardwork" Bobby Walker
Rey Misterio Jr.
Chavo Guerrero Jr.
Rowdy Roddy Piper
Ray Mandoza Jr.
Greg “The Hammer” Valentine
David “Fit” Finlay
Bret “Hitman” Hart
Jim “The Andvil” Neidhart
“The British Bulldog” Davey Boy Smith
Starrcade Recap: The first match was between Dean Malenko and Eddy Guerrero for the WCW Cruiserweight Championship. Malenko had the advantage from the start of the match. Guerrero fought back briefly by attacking Malenko's left leg, but Malenko regained the advantage. This continued until Guerrero countered a suplex, and targeted the knee with the use of the ringpost and ringsteps. Guerrero performed a missile dropkick and a frog splash to the knee, and pinned Malenko to win the match, and retain the title.
The second match was between the team of Scott Norton, Vincent and Randy Savage (replacing Konnan) of the nWo (accompanied by Miss Elizabeth) and the team of The Steiner Brothers (Rick and Scott) and Ray Traylor (accompanied by Ted DiBiase) (WCW). The match started with the nWo having the advantage over Scott. Scott fought back with a double underhook powerbomb, and WCW gained the advantage. Vincent was dominated until Traylor missed a big splash. nWo attacked Traylor until Rick tagged in. The Steiners double-teamed Vincent, and Scott performed an elevated DDT. As Scott was attempting a Frankensteiner on Savage, Norton stopped him, and performed an electric chair drop. Savage then pinned Scott after a diving elbow drop to win the match.
The third match was between Bill Goldberg and Steve McMichael. The match started from the entrance ramp, and went back and forth. Goldberg gained the advantage with a punch to the midsection as McMichael jumped from the top turnbuckle. Goldberg applied the kneebar, and performed a spear. After sending McMichael through a table, Goldberg performed a Jackhammer, and pinned him to win the match.
The fourth match was scheduled to be between Raven and Chris Benoit. Raven chose not to compete, however, and for Saturn to replace him. Saturn was a member of The Flock, a group led by Raven. The match started with Benoit having the advantage. As they fought out the ring, The Flock came out of the audience, and attacked Benoit. Saturn then dominated Benoit, and targeted his neck. As Saturn climbed the turnbuckles, Benoit pushed him to the outside. Benoit applied the Crippler Crossface on Saturn, but The Flock attacked him. Raven performed an Evenflow DDT on Benoit, and Saturn applied the Rings of Saturn. Benoit had passed out from the DDT, and Saturn won the match.
The fifth match was between Buff Bagwell (nWo) and Lex Luger (WCW). Luger had the early advantage until a distraction from Vincent allowed Bagwell to fight back. Bagwell then dominated Luger. Bagwell had Luger in the sleeper hold, and Luger fought out with a belly to back suplex. Luger then blocked a big splash with his knees, and fought back. Luger had Bagwell in the Torture Rack, but the referee was knocked down. Randy Savage and Scott Norton then attempted to interfere. Luger fought off Savage, but Norton punched Luger with a foreign object. Bagwell then pinned Luger to win the match.
The sixth match was between Curt Hennig (nWo) and Diamond Dallas Page (WCW) for the WCW United States Heavyweight Championship. It was originally going to be Ric Flair facing Hennig for the title and it was to be contested in a cage. However, two weeks earlier on Nitro, Flair was injured at the hands of Hennig and the nWo. Because of the injury, DDP took Flair's place in the match. The match started back and forth until Hennig performed a hangman, and gained the advantage. Hennig targeted Page's injured ribs. Page fought back after fighting out of a chinlock with a jawbreaker. Page attacked Hennig outside the ring, and pulled Hennig's groin into the ringpost. They then exchanged attacks, and Page pinned Hennig after a Diamond Cutter to win the match and the title.
The seventh match was between Eric Bischoff (accompanied by Scott Hall) (nWo) and Larry Zbyszko (WCW), with Bret Hart as the special guest referee. The organization of the winner would have control over WCW Monday Nitro, WCW's weekly television show. The match began with Zbyszko having the advantage. Hart appeared to be favoring Bischoff, stopping Zbyszko from using certain attacks and holds. Hart pulled Zbyszko away, and this allowed Bischoff to kick Zbyszko in the head. Bischoff continued with kicks and punches, but soon grew weary. Zbyszko fought back, and Hart pulled him back. Hall placed a steel plate in Bischoff's footwear, and Bischoff kicked Zbyszko in the head. Hart appeared to raise Bischoff's hand in victory, but Hart knocked him down instead. Hall came in, and Hart beat him down. Hart applied the Sharpshooter as Zbyszko choked Bischoff. Hart awarded Zbyszko the victory by disqualification for Bischoff using the steel plate.
Sting won the WCW World Heavyweight Championship at Starrcade
The main event was between Hollywood Hogan (nWo) and Sting (WCW) for the WCW World Heavyweight Championship. Nick Patrick, who had favored the nWo before, was chosen as the referee through a random drawing. The match started with Hogan delivering attacks. Sting fought back with dropkicks, and applied the side headlock. Hogan sent Sting out of the ring, and attacked him with the ringpost and guard rail. Hogan performed a big boot, and pinned Sting after a leg drop. However, Bret Hart claimed Patrick counted the pinfall fast, and restarted the match with himself as the referee. Sting performed a Stinger splash, and applied the Scorpion Deathlock. Hogan submitted, and Sting won the match and the title.
Re: WCW: 1998
You have a great roster to work with. Hopefully you book it correctly, I'm excited to see what kind of feuds you have planned, and the action packed matches you have in store. Its key that your first Nitro goes off with a BIG BANG, considering if you're trying to heighten interest. I'll be interested from here on out, and what you plan to do with your BTB, but your first show is key, cause you got to captivate us. Hopefully you do it right. Looking forward to Nitro :)
Re: WCW: 1998
Nitro is live from Baltimore Maryland, and it’s is sure to be an explosive night!
WCW has a new Champion, and it is Sting! That’s right, folks, Sting overcame Hollywood Hulk Hogan and the rest of the nWo to win the title back for WCW. This was Sting’s first match in over a year, but he showed no ring rust, and forced Hogan to submit to the Scorpion Death Lock. Bret Hart used his referee’s license to ensure the nWo and shady referee Nick Patrick called the match down the middle.
Goldberg continues his impressive string of victories with a win over Steve McMichael last night. Goldberg has to have his sights set on winning a strap! Is Goldberg planning to issue a challenge to Disco Inferno for the Television Title? The only problem there, is that Eric Bischoff has already place Inferno in a match with “Lionheart” Chris Jericho.
Sting won the belt, but who does he face at Souled Out for the belt? Eric Bischoff and JJ Dillon have an interesting choice to make!
Nash was not in the nWo’s corner at Starrcade, but his tag team partner, Scott Hall was. Is there dissention in the ranks? When will Nash re-appear? The Outsiders have limited time to defend the Tag Team titles before they are forced to vacate them.
As of last night, WCW has control of every championship except those World Tag Team Titles. Diamond Dallas Page beat Curt Hennig for the U.S. Title, as well as Sting’s victory. Hennig and Page don’t appear to be done though, because Hennig feels cheated out of the belt, and Page is open to a rematch to prove how good he really is.
WCW.com is reporting that a few things are set for tonight’s show:
Disco Inferno vs Chris Jericho for the WCW Television Title
Chris Benoit and Dean Malenko vs Raven and Saturn
Goldberg will address the crowd
Want to know who will win? You have got to tune in TONIGHT at 8pm on TNT to find out!
Re: WCW: 1998
Live from Baltimore, Maryland!
A video is shown, of Sting with half of his facepaint gone. The camera zooms out and shows him holding the WCW Heavyweight Title high in the air. Hollywood Hogan and Eric Bischoff are shown walking backstage, both limping noticeably. “The Balance of Power has shifted” flashes across the screen as stills of the nWo receiving beatdowns at Starrcade are shown. Bret Hart is shown for a split second looking almost coldly at Sting as Sting celebrates his title win.
There are balloons and streamers and bells and whistles all over this episode of Nitro!
The music plays again and Larry Zbyszko comes down the ramp. He gets in the ring, and grabs a mic.
Larry Zbyszko: “First and foremost, I am proud to say, to each and everyone of you. WELCOME to W-C-W Monday Nitro. Not nWo Nitro, not WCW/nWo Nitro. WCW Nitro. Last night, at Starrcade, I proved that if you fight for something good, you will be never be fighting a losing battle. I thank you all for the opportunity to talk to all of you, and I hope you enjoy the show!”
Tony Schiavone: Hello fans, and welcome to WCW Monday Nitro on TNT! We have quite a bit going on this evening, and hopefully we will be addressed by J.J. Dillon regarding the WCW Title. Last night was a great night for WCW, but we are not out of the woods yet. Hogan is demanding a rematch, and Dillon is going to be making a decision on the bout from last night
Mike Tenay: The fans will not be happy if Hogan is given an opportunity to regain that belt here tonight, and there is, of course, still the issue of the finish to last night’s match. Hogan pinned Sting, and Bret Hart came and reversed the decision!
Tony Schiavone: I watched the tape with you earlier, professor, and what did you think of the pin by Hogan on Sting?
Mike Tenay: I have a BAD feeling about what J.J. Dillon is going to say when he comes out here later… I thought it looked like a clean pin to me.
First Match: Scott Steiner (with Rick Steiner) vs Booker T (with Stevie Ray) Scott and Booker are fighting for pride here, and it’s a good back and forth. Steiner using his strength and Booker using his agility to each gain the upper hand at different times. Booker went for an axe kick, but Steiner caught him and gave him a leg hooked belly-to-bell suplex. Steiner then locked Booker in the Steiner Recliner. Booker tried and tried to escape as Stevie Ray tried to will him out of the move, but the move was too much and Booker was forced to tap.
After the match, Stevie and Rick enter the ring, and Scott grabs a mic. He says that the nWo only has one belt left in their possession, the Tag Team titles. Scott says that WCW has many deserving teams, but none more than the two in the ring right now. Scott says that Hall and Nash’s time with that title is also coming close to an end.
Tony Schiavone: What a fantastic match, and Steiner is right! The Outsiders will have to face a WCW team at some point in order to keep their tag titles!
Backstage: Chris Benoit and Dean Malenko are sitting in a locker room. They are silent, Malenko is tying his boots and Benoit is taping his wrists. The door opens, and both look up.
Ric Flair: “Woooooooooooo Dean Malenko, wooooooooooo Chris Benoit! Tonight, you two are going to rock the Flock! Woooooooo and guess wooooo what? I’m going to be in your corner! Wooooooo (looks back and forth at the two men)…. Wooooooooo!”
Mike Tenay: It’s the Nature Boy! And it looks like Flair will be in Malenko and Benoit’s corner for tonight’s match!
Tony Schiavone: If I were Raven and the Flock, I would be afraid. Raven likes to fight dirty, but now he’s dealing with the dirtiest player in the game!
Second Match: Chris Benoit and Dean Malenko (with Ric Flair) vs Raven and Saturn. Raven sits in his corner, with his back in the ropes, and tells Saturn to take care of it. Raven refuses to move. Malenko and Benoit take turns beating up Saturn, but everytime they make a move towards Raven, Saturn is able to keep them away. Finally Ric Flair gets up on the apron and starts to kick Raven. The Nature Boy goes completely insane, kick Raven. The ref calls for the bell. Flair gets in the ring, and starts to stomp Raven into oblivion. Flair locks on a Figure Four Leg Lock, and Malenko has Saturn in a Texas Cloverleaf. Benoit heads up to the top rope, and hits a headbutt on Raven.
Tony Schiavone: The Nature Boy Ric Flair has lost it. Months of frusteration came out onto Raven right there, and he is hurting, Mike
Mike Tenay: And I tell you what, Benoit and Malenko didn’t look to shabby either. Ric Flair might have something here! Benoit could obviously use all the help he can get to take care of The Flock, and who better than The Man of 1000 Holds and The Nature Boy?
Backstage: Scott Hall and most of the nWo are making their way toward the ring, but missing are Hogan, Bischoff, and Curt Hennig.
Tony Schiavone: Scott Hall is making his way out here? Now?
Mike Tenay: Sure looks that way, but it’s not on any of my rundown sheets?
Tony Schiavone: Well, I guess we will find out in a moment.
*Ne-Ne-Ne-New World Order*
Scott Hall, Buff Bagwell, Syxx, Vincent, Ray Taylor, Scott Norton, Randy Savage, Konnan, and Rick Rude make their way down the ramp. Hall has a mic, and tells the sound crew to “shut that shit off!” Shit is bleeped out, but everyone knows that Razor said. Hall and the rest get into the ring and Hall starts to talk.
Scott Hall: “Last night, the nWo’s leadership dropped the ball. Hogan, Hennig, Bischoff, all you had to do… was show up. Show up, and get a victory in the bag. You found a way to screw it up. Do you feel it? Hogan, do you feel it? The heat?“
Hall waits a moment for the crowd to realize what he is saying.
Scott Hall: “We had everything rigged, you promised us, there was no chance anything could go wrong. We came into Starrcade with 3 Championships and walked out with 1. WCW won, mang. I hate it. I went home last night, and I called the only guy I knew wouldn’t let me down. I asked him what do we do now? What can the nWo do to move on? Starrcade was a…”
Hall is cut off by “Voodoo Child” Hollywood Hogan, Curt Hennig and Eric Bischoff appear on the stage. Bischoff has the mic, and Easy E, as usual has his smug smirk.
Eric Bischoff: “Scott Hall, I don’t know what you are talking about, but everything is fine. J.J. Dillon is going to take one look at the tape from last night, and the strap will be back around the waist of Hulk, and we’ll be alright!”
Scott Hall: “No way, mang. The nWo is a sinking ship, and this guy is jumping off the ship, and the rest of these guys are coming with me…”
Hall and company exit the ring, and start to make their way out of the ringside area by jumping a barricade into the crowd. Hall turns back towards Hogan, Bischoff and Hennig,
Scott Hall: “Oh and were taking this guy with us!”
A fan sitting right next to where the group exits stands up, and holds his hand high in the air forming a “W” with his hand. He removes his hat and hoodie to reveal that its Kevin Nash! Hogan and Bischoff are livid.
Tony Schiavone: “I think, I’m not entirely sure, that we have just seen the end of the New World Order!”
Mike Tenay: “Even if it isn’t, their numbers are greatly depleted."
Bischoff, Hogan and Hennig are at the top of the ramp, just looking dumbfounded. Bischoff tries to speak, but no words come out. His creation has just fallen apart right in front of him. Easy E finally comes back to his senses.
Eric Bischoff: “Well. Well. Well. I see how it’s going to be. I am still the Vice President of WCW, and I can still make matches, so tonight, Scott Hall and Kevin Nash will be taking on Sting and Bret Hart! For the WCW Tag Team Titles! Think you can ruin me? Ruin us? I have to help decide on a Number One Contender for the Title, Hogan. You’re my man, and hopefully JJ Dillon agrees with me. Curt, you will be taking on Diamond Dallas Page at Souled Out, and you had better win…”
Nitro cuts to a commercial as the camera shows a close-up of Bischoff and Hogan looking livid, and Hennig chewing on his gum nonchalantly.
Tony Schiavone: What a Main Event we have for you all tonight! The Outsiders will take on Sting and Bret Hart for the Tag Team Titles. This will be Hart’s first match in WCW!
Mike Tenay: I don’t know if Sting and Hart will win, but I promise you that Hart is a master technician, and will put on one hell of a match!
Third Match: Chris Jericho vs Disco Inferno for the WCW Television Title. Jericho comes out after Disco and tells him “I am the Ayatollah of Rock and Rolla! Disco is dead, and so is your title reign Disco!”
Jericho runs to the ring, and the two start to brawl, Jericho has the upperhand throughout the match and doesn’t let Disco breathe. Jericho gets Disco on the top rope and hits an enziguri. Jericho then goes for a Lionsault and nails it. Jericho starts to get excited and goes to lock on the Liontamer, but waits too long and Disco rolls him up for the 3 count.
Jericho loses it. He starts to throw stuff at ringside. Jericho grabs a mic and says that he is sick of losing and he won’t be leaving the ring, until he wins a match.
Goldberg’s music hits, and the Beast makes his way to the ring. Goldberg holds his hand out and asks for Jericho’s mic. Jericho, obviously about to crap his pants, hands it over.
Goldberg: “Who’s Next? I’ll tell you who is next… Disco Inferno! I want a title match, Disco you’re next!”
Jericho has been staring at Goldberg, and decides that while Goldberg marches around the ring, now would be a good time to attack. Jericho attacks him from behind and goes hard after Goldberg, but he just can’t overpower him. Disco comes back into the ring, with the title belt, and is about to deck Goldberg with it, but accidentally hits Jericho. Goldberg spears Disco and then Jackhammers Jericho onto Disco. Goldberg’s music blares as he marches back up the ramp.
Backstage: JJ Dillon is making his way toward the ring!
Tony Schiavone: Havoc in the ring, and here comes JJ Dillon, hopefully he can sort out some of this mess!
Mike Tenay: I hope so, because the sooner it’s resolved the better!
Nitro comes back with JJ Dillon already in the ring. He is holding a few papers, and he is looks stressed.
JJ Dillon: “First, regarding this… whatever just happened in the ring, I see only one way to solve it. At Souled Out, there will be a three way match between Disco Inferno, Chris Jericho, and Goldberg for the WCW Television Title… The World Tag Team Titles will be defended at Souled out, by whoever the champion is after tonight: against the winner of a match between Harlem Heat and the Steiner brothers, next week on Nitro! Now onto why I am really out here (takes a deep breath) ok, look, I hate to do this I really do, but I re-watched the match and can’t allow Sting to be the Champion. Last Night, Hollywood Hogan pinned Sting and despite what Bret Hart says, the match was over at this point. I have no choice in the matter to rule at my own discretion…”
*Hitman in the House*
Bret Hart comes out onto the apron. He is dressed to wrestle, but he has a mic for now.
Bret Hart: "JJ… I think you are missing a big part of what has happened, Hollywood has cheated time and time again to retain that belt, and it was high time for a changing around here. I believe that according to WCW’s official rule book, all decisions are up to the discretion of the referee. In this case, I was the ref, and I made a decision. Sting is the Champ, and that’s final"
JJ Dillon: “You do have a point, but I’m afraid that I have the final say. Before you interrupted me, I was about to say that Sting will remain the champion, but he will be forced to defend the title against Hogan at Souled Out, that match, will be a No Disqualification Match!
Hollywood storms past Hart, pushing the Hitman out of his way, as he makes his way toward the ring. Hogan is more livid than he was earlier. He tells Dillon that this is despicable. He was screwed. He takes a swing at Dillon, but Hart has made his way down to the ring and grabs the arm of Hogan. Hogan and Hart circle as Dillon escapes the ring. Hart and Hogan go back and forth until Hennig runs in and starts to attack Hart. The two remaining nWo members beat down on Hart. Sting drops down from the rafters, title around his waist and bat in his hand.
Sting chases Hogan and Hennig out of the ring, and the two back down the ramp, directly into Diamond Dallas Page, Scott Hall and Kevin Nash. Page hits Hennig with a Diamond Cutter, and Hall and Nash grab Hogan and drag him back to the ring. Hart and Sting drop the bat outside the ring, and as soon as Hall and Nash enter the ropes, with Hogan, the bell rings.
Fourth Match: Sting and Bret Hart vs Scott Hall and Kevin Nash for the Tag Team Titles.
Nash asks to borrow Sting’s bat, Sting is cautious but drops out of the ring, and rolls it to him, and Nash conks Hogan across the skull with it, and the match begins. Sting starts the match for his team, and despite getting worked the whole match, refuses to tag in Hart. During the match, DDP makes his way back to the ring and stands guard on Hogan. Hall hits the Razor’s Edge and goes for a pin, but Sting kicks out at two. Suddenly DDP disappears from camera view. Hogan has him down on the ground and is beating him viciously. He hops onto the apron near Hart, and drags him down to the floor. The ref missed it. Hart and Hogan are going blow for blow again, but the ref is distracted by Hall and Nash doing a beat down on Sting. Hogan is able to hit a big boot on Hart, and he gets back on the apron. Sting finally makes his way out of the Nash and Hall corner and comes toward his corner for a tag, but only finds Hogan, who nails him directly in the forehead with a hard punch. The bell rings.
Hogan full-fledged attacks Sting, Hart comes into the ring and gets a beat down by Hall and Nash. Hogan goes to raise Nash and Hall’s hands but the Outsider’s pull away. The Outsiders grab their belts and exit the ring. Hogan just looks at them in disbelief.
Tony Schiavone: Son of a Bitch! I knew Hall and Nash wouldn’t leave Hogan behind!
Mike Tenay: I don’t know Tony, it doesn’t look like things are so great in nWo land still, and I think Nash and Hall still have to decide where their loyalty lies
Tony Schiavone: Then why did they attack Bret Hart? The nWo is alive and well, Professor, alive and well! Son of a Bitch!
Nitro goes off the air, with Sting, Hart and DDP all out around the ring area, and Hogan standing tall, staring at the Outsiders.
Re: WCW: 1998
This was one of my most enjoyable eras as a wrestling fan and I was a big WCW fan at the begining of 1998. Good first show looking forward to more
Re: WCW: 1998
Last week, The Nature Boy returned from injury and decided to be in the corner of Chris Benoit and Dean Malenko as they took on Raven and Saturn. Flair lost his temper and attacked Raven during the match, and declared that The Flock was in trouble. What is next for The Nature Boy, The Man of 1000 Holds, and the Canadian Crippler?
Last week, The Outsiders declared that they were no longer members of the n.W.o., but their actions in the main event would suggest otherwise. They made it appear as though they were helping Sting and Bret Hart, but ended up taking down Bret Hart, and seemingly saving Hollywood Hogan from a beat down. The Outsiders didn't celebrate with Hogan, though, and things still looked tense as Nitro went off the air.
This match is tentatively set, but Bret Hart has some information regarding the WCW Title Match at Starrcade, and will share it with JJ Dillon and the rest of the fans tonight!
To find out, Tune in to WCW Nitro, on TNT!
Number One Contenders for the WCW Tag Team Titles match: The Steiner Brothers vs Harlem Heat
Billy Kidman vs Eddy Guerrero
Re: WCW: 1998
January 5th 1998
Ric Flair is in the house!
Tony Schiavone: Ladies and Gentleman, I apologize that we can’t properly introduce the show tonight. Ric Flair came down to the ring during our opening theme and is soaking up a massive applause from the audience here in Atlanta Georgia!
Flair is wearing a suit, and for the first time in a long time, sunglasses.
Ric Flair: “Ladies and Gentlemen, woooooooooooo!”
This opening statement was all he needed to say to send the crowd into frenzy. Georgia is, and always will be Flair country, with Flair’s ties to Georgia Championship Wrestling and the Jim Crockett Promotions.
Ric Flair: “I have to say…. That will NEVER get old. Wooooooooo! I have a major announcement, and I was supposed to come out a little later, but I wooooooo am wooooo just woooooooo so damned excited…. Wooooooooo!”
Mike Tenay: “I was wondering when the Nature Boy was going to do this!”
Tony Schiavone: “Do what?”
Ric Flair: “I have been sitting back, watching Chris Benoit struggle in his battle against Raven, and his Flock. Last week, I decided to stick my nose in Raven’s business. I found out quite a bit about Raven in a short amount of time. Raven, I’m talking to you now. You’re sick. You feed of off people’s hopes and dreams and you channel it into your own personal gain. That’s why I am here. Raven you're RUINING the young talent here in WCW.”
Tony Schiavone: Raven, of course leading a sinister group, known as the Flock. I just wonder what does Ric Flair care?
Mike Tenay: We all should care, Tony!
Ric Flair: “I was at home last Sunday watching Starrcade, and I saw Raven make his lackey, Saturn do his dirty work. I say that’s crap. I’m no Saint, but I always do my own dirty work, but I always have a little help. I talked to Chris and Dean, and decided that when it comes to what it takes to help WCW get back to the level it needs, we got to go back to our roots. When I think about roots…”
Flair holds his hand into the air, four fingers held high.
Ric Flair: “I think about the Four Horsemen!”
The Horsemen’s music fills the now scorching arena. Benoit and Malenko come onto the stage, also wearing suits. The come to the ring, and stand beside Flair.
Ric Flair: “I know, I know, I know… its not 4. But there is another on the way! And I’m issuing a challenge Raven. Your Flock against My Forsemen! At Soulded Out! Woooooooooo. And when we’re done with you, Raven, woooooooo, you are going to regret the day you messed with Chris Benoit.”
The Four Horsemen’s theme hits the P.A. again, and the three exit the ring.
Tony Schiavone: What an announcement! The Horsemen want to face the Flock at Souled Out!
Mike Tenay: I just can’t believe that the Horsemen are back, but regardless, it looks funny not having Arn Anderson around.
Match One: Chris Jericho vs Goldberg. Goldberg got attacked by Jericho last week, and gets a shot at revenge here. Jericho is quite a bit faster and more agile than anyone Goldberg has faced to date. These two, and Disco Inferno will face off in a match, at Souled Out for the Television Title. Goldberg finally grabs Jericho by his hair, and is tossing the Lionheart all over the ring. Jericho is able to come off the ropes and hit a cross body, but Goldberg is up quicker than he is. Goldberg goes for the spear, but Jericho uses his athleticism to jump over him an goes for a roll up, but Goldberg doesn’t allow the ref to even start a count. Jericho goes out of the ring to collect himself, but Goldberg follows, and the Beast gets his hands on Jericho and starts to punch his lights out. Jericho is rolled back into the ring, and Goldberg goes to pin him. Jericho is able to get ahold of his leg, and goes for the Liontamer, but Goldberg is just too large. Jericho is freaking out. He can’t sit still, and his hesitation allows Goldberg back to his feet, and Goldberg goes for a second spear. Superkick!
Even Jericho is shocked it worked. Goldberg took it right off the chin and falls to the ground on his back. Jericho looks around, like he just stole all the candy in the store. He goes for the ropes and hits a Lionsault. Jericho is going to end Goldberg’s streak. 1…..2……
NO! Goldberg kicked out. Jericho throws a tantrum. He is screaming at the ref. “Faster! Faster! Faster! Three count junior!” He turns into a massive spear, that seemed to move the ring. A Jackhammer ends his misery, but Jericho has proven he isn’t a cruiserweight anymore, he is the real deal!
Tony Schiavone: Despite what you might think about Jericho, he just showed that he is exceptionally talented in the ring. He was millimeters away from ending the streak.
Mike Tenay: That may be true, but Jericho still has to be able to keep his emotions in check if he is ever going to win the Television title, especially with Goldberg breathing down Disco Inferno’s neck!
Jericho again starts to tear up ringside, hitting the posts with a chair, and throwing the ring mats around. He is screaming at the ref, and saying he can beat Goldberg. Schiavone notes that Goldberg has already left the ringside area, or else Jericho might not be so vocal.
Second Match: Scott Steiner and Ric Steiner vs Harlem Heat (Booker T and Stevie Ray) for the number One Contendership of the WCW Tag Team Titles. Harlem Heat dominates the early part of the match, but Booker T does the heavy lifting. Stevie Ray hasn’t been on TV for a while, and doesn’t have the stamina for the match. Booker and Stevie make a lot of quick tags, keeping Scott isolated. Ric is pacing back and forth, but the Dog Face Gremlin will have to wait. Booker and Scott exchange blows, and end up in the center of the ring. Booker kicks him in the stomach and goes for the Axe Kick, but Steiner catches his leg, and locks on an Ankle Lock submission. Booker screams in pain. Scott tags in Ric, who is chomping at the bit to get into the ring. Ric knocks Stevie off the apron and turns around right into a leg lariat by Booker. Booker goes to his corner but Stevie was knocked to the floor. Booker and Ric go round and round for a minute. Scott, still gassed, goes to one knee on the apron.
Booker gets Ric into a wrist lock and goes for the tag. Stevie comes in, and puts Ric off the ropes, and hits a spinebuster. He tags Booker, who goes up-top for a diving elbow. Stevie, exiting the ring, accidentally bumps the rope, sending Booker over Ric, and right into Scott, who has entered the ring. Scott hits a Belly-to-Belly Suplex, and then lifts Booker onto his shoulders. Ric heads to the top rope. Stevie charges across the ring, and takes Booker, Scott, and himself over the top rope, and the force of the move sent Ric to the floor, aswell. The ref starts the count. The two teams exchange blows, and the refs count has reached 8. Scott Steiner quickly rolls into the ring, and the ref’s count reaches 10.
Tony Schiavone: I’m not sure what we just saw there….
Ring Announcer: “Ladies and Gentlemen, I am being told that this match has ended in a double countout!”
Scott and Ric lose it. They beat down Harlem Heat and go after the ref, who explains that Scott was not the legal man, so his entering the ring didn’t break the count, therefor it is a tie.
Mike Tenay: Well what does this mean for the Tag Titles match at Souled Out?
Tony Schiavone: I don’t know, Professor, but Scott and Ric are livid! WCW Monday Nitro will be right back!
Backstage: Raven, Kidman, and Saturn are coming to the ring!
Raven enters the ring, Kidman and Saturn in tail. Stevie Richards has been M.I.A. for a few weeks, mention the announce team.
Raven: “Ric Flair and Four Horseman do not scare me. I am not the problem, I am a solution. The issue springing up around WCW is lack of direction and that is what I provide. Direction, in exchange for protection. Now, I am not afraid of anyone, but some people don’t like to play fair. Chris Benoit, for example, likes to make sure that the odds are in his favor before he attacks. Tell you what Ric. You want a match at Souled out… fine! You can have it. You get four, I got four. You put one of ours in the hospital, we put one in the morgue. Quote the Raven, nevermore.”
The fans’ caught the subtle shot at The Horsemen’s catchphrase and boo. Raven slumps into the corner and the bell rings, Kidman has a match!
Tony Schiavone: Kidman will be taking on Eddy Guerrero, and it will be a non-title match.
Mike Tenay: Well, since Raven won’t leave the ring, how could we possibly have a Title Match!?
Third Match: Billy Kidman vs Eddy Guerrero is barely underway, when Raven, still in the corner declares this a “Raven’s Rules” match. Guerrero goes insane. He says that’s not fair, Raven isn’t in charge. The lights in the Arena go out, and when they come back on, Mortis is standing directly behind Eddy. Mortis lifts Guerrero high over his head in a Gorilla Press Slam and drops him onto his chest. Saturn puts Eddy into a armbreaker, as Kidman heads to the toprope. Kidman hits the seven year itch, and the terrified referee counts to three.
Tony Schiavone: Well I assume that Mortis will be the Fourth Member of the Flock at Souled Out, who will the Horsemen choose?!
Mike Tenay: Well they have 19 days to figure it out, Tony. I hope they find someone who can even the score, because this Mortis is a monster!
The Flock beats down Eddy, while Raven just watches on. Benoit, Malenko and Flair make their way to the ring, and clear house. Flair looks concerned looking at Mortis.. The Horsemen may be in trouble.
Diamond Dallas Page is coming to the ring, holding the United States title. He has a mic, and something to say.
DDP: “Yo, it’s me. It’s me. It’s me. It’s D…D…P… Curt Hennig tried to cheat at Starrcade to keep this gold. He tried everything. He failed. I ain’t claiming to be no master technician, but I would like to think I *perfectly* executed that Diamond Cutter to win that match, and the one on the ramp last week, was another thing of beauty. Back to business though, Curt Hennig and Hollywood Hogan took me out last week, and I am not down with that. I don’t know what Hall and Nash are up to either, but guys, it don’t look good. You leave the nWo and then do THAT? What did Bret Hart do to deserve that? Tell ya what. I’m all about second chances, so why don’t you guys come on out and explain yourselves?”
DDP looks up the ramp, but no one comes. He starts to pace the ring, this apparently is no good to the United States champion.
*Ne-Ne-Ne-New World Order*
Tony Schiavone: I told you, Professor! The Outsiders are still members of the nWo! Those bastards are out to destroy WCW still.
Mike Tenay: That is NOT the Outsiders!
Curt Hennig appears on the entrance ramp.
Curt Hennig: “Well, well, well. Diamond Dallas Page wants to see if his friends are with him or against him. Let me remind you, that it was YOU who turned your back on them! You were the one who decided that you weren’t nWo, you were all about you. Look”
Hennig shows a clip on the TurnerTron from January 13, 1997, when DDP accepts an nWo shirt, and then Diamond Cuts Scott Hall and dumped Kevin Nash to the floor.
Curt Hennig: “See Page. You don’t want the Outsiders, and the nWo, needs them. Back to business, at Souled Out, You and I will be back in that ring, and trying to win that title. MY title!”
DDP: “Ha! Hennig, you don’t even know what you’re saying. The WCW has all but eliminated the nWo and while it’s true that you NEED the Outsiders, but Scott Hall and Kevin Nash will do what’s best for them, and that is get off the sinking ship.”
Curt Hennig: “You have no idea Page. The nWo is as strong as ever…. Remember ‘once you’re N.W.O. You’re N.W.O. for lifeeeeeee”
New World Order blares through the arena again, and Hennig disappears leaving Page in the ring to debate what he was just told. Page looks directly at the camera, and seems to have some amount of concern.
DDP: “Nash, you and I go way back, bro. I’ve managed you, and I’ve wrestled you, and I respect you and Scott. You need to make a decision here, and make it the right decision, get off the sinking ship.”
Page drops the mic and exits the ring, while his music hits. Page looks almost defeated as he stumbles to the ring area and Nitro cuts to the backstage area.
Backstage, Eric Bischoff is shown talking to J.J. Dillon. Hogan is in the background, listening intently.
Bischoff: “J.J., you and I haven’t always seen eye-to-eye, but I agree that Sting and Hogan needs to happen at Souled Out, in a No-DQ match. What I don’t understand is why Sting is holding the title belt, and not Hollywood? Hogan was the Champ, and Sting STOLE the belt!”
JJ Dillon: “Eric, the truth is, Sting didn’t cheat, and he didn’t steal. He brought the title belt back to WCW and Bret Hart was right….. (pause for the crowd to pop at Hart’s name) Hogan cheated time and time again to reta-“
Dillon is cut off by Hogan, who is becoming incensed.
Hogan: “Dillon, I am the biggest superstar in wrestling history, brother. They were flocking to see me up north, and they flock to see me down here. I am your biggest star! I can beat anyone, anyone, just name him, I’ll give him the beat down, brother.”
Dillon: “Eric, if it is alright with you, I would like to make a match for tonight.”
Bischoff is clearly concerned with this, but looks toward Hogan, who nods his head in approval. Hogan KNOWS he can beat anyone, well he used to, but without his usual N.W.O. cohorts, it might be tricky, but he’s Hulk Hogan for crying out loud.
Bischoff: “I don’t, uh, see any problem with that”
Dillon: “Good! Tonight, you, Hollywood Hogan will be taking on Bret “The Hitman” Hart! One-on-One.”
Hogan and Bischoff turn to leave, but Dillon quickly stops them.
Dillon: “Oh and Hogan…. If you lose, you lose the title match at Souled Out”
Fourth Match: Randy Savage (with Elizabeth) vs Lex Luger. This is Savage’s first match since leaving the n.W.o. and he is wearing his more traditional ring gear, as opposed to black and white n.W.o. gear. Luger dominates the match, and continually looks towards Elizabeth while Savage attempts to recover on the mat. Savage can see what is going on, but the Total Package doesn’t allow him back into the bout. Luger gets Savage into the Torture Rack, but Savage squirms out. He slides down Luger’s back and locks in a headlock. Luger is starting to pass out rather quickly. Elizabeth gets up on the apron, and looks on in concern. The ref is trying to check Savage’s elbow to see if Macho Man has a choke hold locked on, but Savage turns everytime the ref gets close enough to see. Elizabeth realizes what is going on and starts to yell at Savage, Savage scowls back at Elizabeth, as Luger finally passes out and Savage releases the choke hold. The ref calls for the bell, and Savage is the winner, but the ref is trying to get a word with Macho Man to remind him about the difference between Chokes and Sleepers. Elizabeth enters the ring and checks on Luger. Savage is distracted by the ref momentarily, but once he sees what is happening, he loses it.
Savage grabs Elizabeth by the arm, and drags her away from Luger. Luger has made his way to his knees, and is gasping for air. He looks down the ramp, almost longingly at Elizabeth. Savage is pointing at Luger and telling him that he is going to KICK HIS ASS!
Backstage: Bret Hart is watching the “pin” by Hogan on Sting at Starrcade, the camera turns to show Hart as he rewinds and plays the clip over and over. Finally he raises an eyebrow. It appears the Hitman has found something!
*Hitman in the House*
Bret Hart comes to the ring, wearing his ring gear. The Excellence of Execution soaks up the cheers from the crowd, he looks proud of himself as he almost forgets to take off his glasses and give them to a kid in the front row. He hops back onto the apron and into the ring. The crowd is searing now as Hitman’s every move.
Bret Hart: “So I was in the back watching tape of my opponent tonight, Hollywood Hogan. I watched Hogan and Sting’s match from two weeks ago, and something popped up that I didn’t notice before. Sting KICKED out of Hogan’s leg drop. That and the fact that Hogan had a fist full of the Stinger’s tights says that Sting is the rightful champion. JJ Dillon, I made the right call! Watch the footage of the ending of Starrcade!:
Everyone in the crow looks toward the Turner Tron.
*Ne-Ne-New World Order*
Hogan storms down the ramp and into the ring, Hennig and Bischoff at his side.
Hollywood Hogan: “Listen, brother. I don’t care who you are, or what you think you are doing, but I am going to kick your ass!”
The crowd gives a little bit of heat to Hogan, but don’t really want to boo.
Bret Hart: “Hogan, you’ve been too afraid to face me until now. You knew that I was the hungrier one, the one with something to prove. Now, you’re the one with everything to prove, and I’m proven. I promise you this Hogan, if we do face off tonight, I am still as hungry as ever. I am the Best There Is, There Best There Was, and the Best There Ever Will Be!”
The crowd goes wild at Hart decimating Hogan on the mic. Hogan stands there, mic upto his lips, but no words come out. He finally starts to speak, but something cuts him off.
The Nitro Theme song comes on the P.A. system and brings out WCW Commissioner JJ Dillon. Dillon has a big smile on his face. Apparently, he has good news.
JJ Dillon: “I tell ya what. WCW is getting better and better every day. I just got off the phone with Mister Ted Turner, and he informed me that WCW is headed in the right direction, and he is determined to keep it that way. Turner told me to tell EVERYONE that starting with January 25th 1998 WCW Nitro will be three hours long!”
The crowd starts to applaud the announcement, but the 4 in the ring are all tense. Dillon didn’t come out NOW, just to say that… did he?
JJ Dillon: “Now to you in the ring… I just re-watched the ending from Starrcade, and… Bret Hart, you were right. Mister Hogan did grab the tights of Sting, and despite this, Sting kicked out just before the 3 count. This means that Hogan isn’t obligated a rematch. He must earn one!”
Hogan is now pointing at Hart in the ring, Hart just made Hogan’s life a lot more difficult, and with their match next, Hogan will be as focused as ever.
JJ Dillon: “So we have a dilemma. Who is the Number One Contender to Sting’s World Heavyweight Championship? I think that can be best settled with a match, that I already set. Bret Hart vs Hollywood Hulk Hogan. The winner faces Sting at Souled Out.”
Bischoff snatches the mic from Hogan’s hands and tries to plead his case.
Bischoff: “Dillon, I’m still the Vice President here, and I am ordering you that this match will not be happening. It can’t, Hollywood hasn’t had enough time to prepare. This is an ambush!”
As the word “Ambush” comes out of Bischoff’s mouth, Sting drops down from the rafters. He nails Hennig in the back with his bat, and tosses Bischoff over the top rope. This leaves Hogan, Hart, and Sting alone in the ring. Sting nods at Hart and drops to the floor. The bell rings, and a ref sprints down the ramp into the ring.
Match Five: Bret Hart vs Hollywood Hulk Hogan for the Number One Contendership to the WCW World Heavyweight Title. The two have a feeling out period, where both are afraid of losing an edge early. Sting is on the outside the ring, watching intently. Hogan and Hart finally get deep into the match, Hogan pummeling Hart into a corner. Hart finally blocks one and punches his way into the middle of the ring. Hogan throws a wild haymaker, which Hart ducks and is able to hit a belly-to-back suplex on Hogan. Hart goes for a pin, but Hogan kicks out at one. Hart holds the upper hand for a few minutes, and is able to hit a patented forearm smash on Hogan’s skull. Hogan is slow to get up, when Hart hits a basement dropkick and pulls Hogan to his feet. Hart is going for the Piledriver, when Hogan is able to dump Hart over his back and onto the mat. Hart is gasping for air, holding his side and trying to breathe. He appears to have the wind knocked out of him. Hogan goes for the Leg Drop, but Hart sees it all the way and rolls to the floor. Sting helps Hart to his feet, but Hart is disoriented and strikes Sting with enough force to send the Champion back two steps. The ref is paying attention to Sting and Hart, and doesn’t see Hogan pull the brass knuckles out of his trunks. Sting and Hart have a tense moment,, but Hart extends his hand to Sting. Sting shakes his head no, and a clearly upset Hart rolls back into the ring, and right into a tough right hand from Hogan. Hogan looks ecstatic as Hart falls to the mat. Sting looks enraged and steps onto the apron. The ref stops Sting from entering the ring, but can’t make the count on Hogan’s pin. Hogan stands up and goes to deck Sting. Hart stumbles to his feet and runs full steam ahead at Hogan and ends up drilling Hogan into the ref and Sting. Sting falls to the ground, Hogan bends over, and the ref falls to the mat. Hart nails a pile driver on Hogan and locks on the Sharpshooter. Hogan is taping feverishly, but the ref is out. Sting gets into the ring, and tries to help the ref to his feet. The ref looks to see Sting standing with Bret Hart and Hogan out on the mat, and calls for the bell.
Hogan is declared the winner by disqualification.
There is mass confusion as Nitro goes off the air.
Mike Tenay: “I.. don’t even know what to say”
Tony Schiavone: “Professor, it appears that Hogan was beat, and found a way to squeak out another victory… even if it wasn’t the most clear cut win, Hogan will face Sting at Souled Out! That is all for tonight Folks, remember to join us every Monday at 8 here on TNT!”
Re: WCW: 1998
WCW Monday Nitro Preview:
Last week, Hulk Hogan earned a shot at Sting, after losing his rematch initially. Hogan beat Bret Hart by DQ for the Number One Contendership. Sting interfered in the match, costing Hart a title match, even though it was inadvertent. Bret Hart has requested a tag match between himself and Hogan, with each having a partner of their choosing. It will be interesting to see what happens next in this triangle of Superstars!
The Outsiders continue to toe the line between WCW and n.W.o., but at some point they will have to chose. Last week, DDP begged his former friends to pledge allegiance to WCW but the Outsiders didn't show up. Will this be the week they declare?
Chris Jericho, Goldberg and Disco Inferno will meet for the Television title at Souled Out. Jericho almost ended Goldberg's undefeated streak last week, but Goldberg muscled his way to a win, now it will be Disco Inferno's chance to earn a victory when he takes on "Das Wunderkind" Alex Wright.
The Four Horsemen are still 1 short, and will be looking for someone to match Raven's flock adding Mortis! Who will Ric Flair find?
Alex Wright vs Disco Inferno
Curt Hennig vs Buff Bagwell
Bret Hart and ??? vs Hollywood Hogan and ???
Re: WCW: 1998
January 12, 1998
*Recap of last Nitro, Hogan defeats Hart for Number One Contendership*
Tony Schiavone: Hello Folks, and welcome to WCW Monday Nitro! I am Tony Schiavone, sitting alongside “The Professor, Mike Tenay, and Mike, last week we saw Hollywood Hogan defeat Bret Hart to earn a match with Sting at Souled out for the World Title, who has the upperhand?
Mike Tenay: That’s a good question, but I think the more important question is will J.J. Dillon go back and reverse THIS decision, as recently it seems the head honchos in WCW aren’t as afraid of the n.W.o. and have helped keep the strap off Hogan
Tony Schiavone: And what becomes of the WCW Tag Team Titles match at Souled Out? Last week, The Steiners and Harlem Heat match resulted in a Double Countout, but that issue will have to wait, our first match is now!
Match One: Juventud Guerrera vs Billy Kidman vs Psychosis vs Rey Mysterio. This match is announced as a Number One Contender’s Match, but since it is WCW it is only assumed that it is for the Cruiserweight Title because the other belts are all accounted for at Souled Out. This is a good back and forth match, with lots a spots and ends with Kidman and Mysterio alone in the ring. Kidman gets Mysterio down, and goes for the Seven Year Itch but Mysterio moves. He heads uptop himself and nails a hurricanrana into a leg hooked pin, but Kidman kicks out. Psychosis and Guerrera come over the top rope looking for identical planchas on Kidman and Mysterio, but are met with dropkicks and both go for the pin, Kidman on Psychosis and Mysterio on Juvy. The ref counts to three, and lifts both Kidman and Rey’s hands in the air. Kidman and Rey don’t notice the other’s hand being raised, until the announcement is made, and the two turn toward each other. Kidman lunges at Mysterio and the two brawl to the floor. Raven and Saturn come out from the back, Mortis following close behind. The four Flock members start to beat down Rey.
The Horsemen’s classic theme blares through the arena, as Chris Benoit, Dean Malenko and Ric Flair fly down the ramp and even the odds against the Flock. Raven and Benoit end up in the ring, as Flair and Malenko keep Saturn and Mortis at bay. Benoit delivers a picture perfect German Suplex and stands over Raven. The Horsemen retreat to the stage area with Rey Mysterio alongside them. Flair holds four fingers high in the air, and Malenko and Benoit follow suit. Rey stands awkwardly off to the side, with his hands on his hips. The Horsemen got the last laugh, but Rey Mysterio Jr. and Billy Kidman still have to settle who the Number One Contender for the Cruiserweight Title is!
Backstage: Eric Bischoff, Hollywood Hogan and Curt Hennig arrive outside. Hogan is yelling into the limo for someone to hurry up and get out. Bischoff tells Hogan that their special guest will appear when he is needed, and now is not the time. The three men make their way inside.
J.J. Dillon comes down the ramp and into the ring. He already has his mic.
J.J. Dillon: “Well, Folks… I have some news. Next week on Nitro, Kidman and Rey Mysterio will square off to decide the true Number One Contender for the Cruiserweight title. The Flock is banned from ringside, and they will abide by that order, or Kidman will automatically be disqualified.”
The crowd doesn’t really seem to care…
J.J. Dillon: “Now onto the Tag Team Titles… Last week, the match was declared a double count out and no winner was decided between the Steiners and Harlem Heat. So next week on Nitro, those two teams will square off in a Tornado Tag Match!!!”
This gets a much better response from the crowd.
J.J. Dillon: “Now… Hollywood Hulk Hogan, I gave you and opportunity to prove that you were worthy of a Title match with Sting at Souled out… and you proved that you aren’t worthy of anything. You cheated to beat Bret Hart and you SCREWED Bret Hart out of a title match. Hogan, you have disrespected the company for the last time. Bret Hart has requested a match against you and a partner of your choosing. His partner… hehe (Dillon isn’t very good at this giggling thing) will be a Mystery, until the match.”
Hogan comes out on the ramp, mic in hand. He is scratching his beard. He looks confident.
Hollywood Hogan: “Dillon, I see that Curt Hennig already has a match tonight, and my brother in the back isn’t ready to compete yet, so I’ll have to find someone to help me beat down on Bret Hart… Listen, J.J. Hollywood didn’t become a 10 time world Champion by not being the best, and I’ve proved time and time again that I’m the best. I pinned Hart in that ring, I’m the Number One Contender.”
Dillon stands with his arms crossed, he isn’t going to just forget that it was Brass Knuckles that knocked out Hart and not Hogan.
Dillon: “So you think that using a foreign object is ok?”
Hogan is about to answer, he has the mic raised, mouth open, when;
*One Crazed Anarchist*
Chris Jericho just interrupted Hollywood Hulk Hogan. The Lionheart doesn’t seem to care, as he blasts past Hogan and down the ramp. He pauses halfway down the ramp and poses for the crowd and blows obviously sarcastic kisses toward the crowd. Jericho enters the ring, and grabs Dillon’s mic.
Chris Jericho: “Jo-Jo! You forgot my match at Souled Ou….”
Jericho looks back up the ramp and sees a stunned Hogan staring at him. Jericho isn’t as skilled on the mic as he is now, but he is still pretty clever.
Chris Jericho: “Oh…. I probably should have checked before I interrupted, but you seemed to have forgotten that I have an UNFAIR match against Disco Inferno AND Goldberg for the T.V. Title at Souled Out. Why do I have to beat two men?”
Hogan is now severely agitated. He is scowling at the obviously egotistical Jericho. Jericho peers back down the ramp at Hogan, confused by Hogan’s look.
Chris Jericho: “Hey… Ho-Ho! I know you’re a big star and all, but the Future of wrestling is trying to talk business. So, if you don’t mind”
Hogan laughs, it’s not clear if he is laughing in storyline or if he is corpsing, but Hogan stops pretty quickly and lifts the mic to speak.
Hogan: “Brother, I like you. You just came down here and told it like it is. I am a BIG STAR, and you ARE the future. You know what Dillon, brother.. Tonight, it’s going to be Chris Jericho and Hollywood Hulk Hogan against Bret Hart and whatever scrub he can find, and I promise you, brother. Jerichoholics and Hulkamaniacs will be running wild all over Florida!”
Jericho just grins from ear to ear. He pats Dillon on the chest, and exits the ring, obviously excited about this opportunity. He didn’t even get to make his point, but I suppose it doesn’t matter, Jericho is in the Main Event on NITRO!
Dillon picks up the mic and has one more thing to say…
J.J. Dillon: “Hogan, I never got a chance to tell you. At Souled Out, you will be in the title match… it will be Sting….vs Hollywood Hogan… vs Bret Hart! For the WCW World Heavyweight title!”
Hogan’s big grin as he and Jericho stood on the ramp has disappeared, and Jericho suddenly slips away from Hogan, as Hogan stares at Dillon.
Ric Flair is shown backstage, walking toward a locker room. He pokes his head in and says something inaudible. He then steps back, fixes his hair and adjusts his tie. The door opens again and out steps Buff Bagwell. Flair pulls Bagwell in close and he starts to make his case.
Ric Flair: “Listen, Buff. You and I have never been on the same side before, but I think you are what my team will need at Souled Out to take on The Flock.”
Buff looks oddly at Flair. Flair and Buff’s former n.W.o. cohorts were mortal enemies, but Bagwell and Flair have never really had issues personally, its always been business. Bagwell looks at the floor momentarily before looking back at Flair.
Buff Bagwell: “Ric.. it would be an honor for me to be a part of the Horsemen!”
Flair’s head perks up and his eyes open as wide as possible. He starts to shake his head.
Ric Flair: “whoa whoa whoa there Buff. Before we EVER get to that point, I need you to prove your worth to the Horsemen, and frankly right now, I don’t know what side you are on. Are you still n.W.o.? or are you WCW?”
Bagwell isn’t pleased with this. Bagwell puts his hands on his hips and looks into Ric’s face. Flair just basically told Buff that he wants him to kiss ass and tell him what he wants to hear, and Ric will let him get a chance, but Buff needs more than that.
Buff: “Ric.. How long have you known me? I make mistakes but I always own up to them, and I know that the n.W.o. did a lot to hurt you and your family, but I want you to know that I am truly sorry and lets move forward from this.”
Ric stares at Buff. He doesn’t know what to do. He wasn’t prepared for Buff to apologize, and the memories of the n.W.o. terrorizing him seem to overwhelm the Nature Boy. Chris Benoit and Dean Malenko come up behind Ric. Benoit puts his hand on Flair’s shoulder.
Chris Benoit: “Look, Buff, we need help. We need someone to help us kick Raven and the Flock’s ass, and there is no one better that you. The time is now, we have to prove ourselves. The Horsemen are on the rise, and we could use a guy like you in our corner.”
Buff nods as the camera fades.
Second Match: Disco Inferno vs Alex Wright. This is a glorified squash, as Disco just dominates. The T.V. Champion doesn’t let Alex Wright breath and finishes off “Das Wunderkind” with a diving elbow drop. Disco looks unbeatable, but at Souled Out he will be taking on Goldberg and Chris Jericho with his title on the line.
After the match, Disco helps up Wright, and shakes his hand. Disco then encourages Wright to dance to his music. Berlyn he is not, as Wright boogies with Disco as we cut to a….
Third Match: Rick Steiner (with Scott Steiner) vs Stevie Ray (with Booker T). Basically this is just a warm up for the teams next week, and Steiner dominates. Scott eventually takes down Booker from behind, and Stevie comes to help his brother. The Steniers give Stevie a beatdown and leave Harlem Heat smashed near the announcer’s table. Scott and Rick scowl at the booing crowd, as the announcer announces Stevie Ray the victor via Disqualification. The Steiners don’t care about the outcome, but they got the upperhand in the tag team match next week as Harlem Heat now are forced to recover from a beatdown.
Backstage: Kevin Nash and Scott Hall are standing around a T.V. watching their potential opponents for Souled Out have a match. They aren’t taking either very seriously, laughing at both teams and saying that they have this in the bag.
Back in the ring, DDP’s music hits, bringing out the United States Champion. Page looks focused. His “friends” the Outsiders made him look like a fool last week, and left him high and dry to be verbally assaulted by Curt Hennig. Page doesn’t want to mess around tonight, he enters the ring quickly and grabs a mic.
Page: “No time for catchphrases tonight, I want answers. I’m the United States Champion. I beat Curt Hennig at Starrcade, fair and square. I should be held in some kind of high regard by the other wrestlers back there…”
Page pauses. The crowd doesn’t know whether to boo or cheer Page, who almost sounds like he is turning heel.
Page: “but instead, I am left high and dry by Scott Hall and Kevin Nash, who don’t even give me an answer. The WCW needs to know, JJ Dillon needs to know. Hell, Kev, I need to know. We used to be bros. We traveled together for years before you went up north. I was the FIRST guy to call you when you won that Heavyweight Title. Then you came to WCW and destroyed the company from within. Now, I stand here in the ring and you don’t even have the common decency to tell me where you stand. If your with WCW, I’m in your corner. If you’re n.W.o. I promise you this. I will be beating the living *shit* out of you each and every chance I get.”
The crowd slowly built to a roar during a heartfelt promo by Page, and Page then turns toward the announce table, and then back up the ramp.
Page: “well, one more thing. I haven’t wrestled in THREEEEE weeks, and this guy wants some action. Anyone in the back who wants to come out and challenge me…. “
The crowd seers in anticipation. Page has given anyone in the back a chance to pin the U.S. Champ, will anyone accept
An unfamiliar music fills the arena, Page looks confusedly at the entrance ramp. Scott Hall and Kevin Nash appear, wearing red shirts. Hall has on a red bandana, and is doing his “flying routine” across the stage. The crowd eats up this new entrance, and Nash smiles widely at the crowd.
Nash: “Well, Page. You and I go way back. Great! Now If you could please explain to me why you refused my offer to join me in the n.W.o. I could maybe understand why I owe you anything. (Page just shrugs at Nash) See, for the past 18 months, the n.W.o. was where the action was, where the top dogs ran. Now, the so called top dogs of the n.W.o. can’t even win rigged matches. So I decided to run with my own pack… THE WOLFPACK! AHWHOOOOOOO”
It’s clear that the fan’s don’t understand Nash. Did he just say he was with WCW?
Nash: “I hate to tell you all, but WCW, I’m still not… too many bad memories, but the Wolfpack is the future! We can start fresh, and not mess up the way that Hogan and Bischoff did. I’m giving you one chance DDP… Join the Wolfpack, and help US bring down the n.W.o. and WCW”
Page looks toward the crowd and seems to ask what they want. The crowd isn’t chanting, but roaring at Page.
Page: “Bro, I’m WCW through and through. This company gave me a chance, and I am staying true to these guys.”
Nash: “well… Then I guess I accept your challenge.”
Page: “Challenge? What Challenge?”
Nash: “You left an open challenge for anyone in the back. I was back there, and now I’m going to kick your ass.”
Fourth Match: Diamond Dallas Page vs Kevin Nash (with Scott Hall). Page tries to speed bag Nash as “Big Sexy” rolls into the ring, but Nash is a massive man, and powers his way out of Page’s clutches. Nash attempts a quick powerbomb, but Page is able to spin though the arms of Nash, and lands facing Nash face-to-face. Page hits a Diamond Cutter. Page pins Nash, but Scott Hall pulls the ref from the ring and attacks DDP. Hall hits the Razor’s Edge, and then Nash lands a big elbow drop. The ref comes back to his knees and is calling for the bell, but he isn’t visible to the time keeper. Hall drops down to the floor and rips the stripes off the ref, and puts them on. He rolls into ring and counts the “pin” on Page. Hall then calls for the bell.
Big Sexy and Hall exit the ring, and walk up the ramp to their new music, holding their hands high in the air making “W”s with their fingers. The Outsiders just made their presence known.
Fifth Match: Curt Hennig vs Buff Bagwell. Bagwell looks focused as he makes his entrance. Going against a former n.W.o. running mate seems to be a little much for Bagwell. Hennig takes the whole match to Bagwell. Buff can only land a few right hands as Hennig hits kicks and punches with precision and force, left and right. Hennig irishwhips Bagwell into a corner, and sets Buff onto the top rope, and goes for a Superplex. Bagwell realizes what is going on and punches Hennig in the head, and shoves him to the mat. Buff stands up on the top rope and calls for the Buff Blockbuster. Hennig is confused as he gets to his feet, and turns to find Buff. Bagwell leaps off the top rope and goes for his finisher, but as he catches Hennig’s neck, Hennig catches Bagwells head and the two crash to the mat. Hennig stands up, still holding Bagwell’s head under his arm. He lifts Bagwell for a suplex, and rolls through for a pin. Bagwell is resilient and kicks out, but Hennig doesn’t panic. He stands Buff up, and hits a Hennigplex for a pin.
After the match, Hennig starts to kick Bagwell and pushes him out of the ring. Hennig then poses in the ring, as we cut backstage.
Backstage: Ric Flair, Dean Malenko and Chris Benoit watch the match on T.V. and are not happy with the result. Bagwell might not be their man.
The main event match is now, and Hitman’s partner still hasn’t been revealed. As the fans are shown a video package reviewing the match the week before between Hogan and Hart, Mike Tenay and Tony Schiavone discuss the upcoming match.
Tony Schiavone: Professor, I am wondering, are you thinking the same thing that I am?
No Tony, Mike Tenay has intellectual things to think about….
Mike Tenay: Tony, I think that Bret Hart might have helped WCW snatch up another one of WWF’s former stars to be his tag team partner tonight!
Tony Schiavone: We can only guess as to the identity of Hart’s partner this evening, but one would get the feeling that Bret Hart doesn’t have many friends in what is surely still a foreign locker room.
We’re about to find out.
*One Crazed Anarchist*
Chris Jericho makes his second entrance of the evening. This time Jericho looks (acts) like a massive star. He holds his hands out to his side and drops his head as he gets to the apron, and enters the ring to what is a huge pop for the “Lionheart”. Jericho soaks up the cheers, as his partner makes his way out.
Hollywood Hogan comes out, with Eric Bischoff, to a mixed bag. The fans love Hogan, but he is such an evil guy now they want to hate him. Hogan soaks up the crowd reaction as Bischoff bows down to the immortal.
Hogan and Jericho talk in the ring, and seem to be discussing strategy. Wouldn’t it have been smart to talk about this before the match?
*Hitman in the House*
Bret Hart comes onto the entrance ramp and looks out to the roaring crowd. In the ring, Hogan starts to look toward the rafters. Is Sting the tag team partner? Uh oh…
The crowd erupts at Goldberg’s music. The Beast makes his way to the ring, blowing smoke and oozing intensity. Goldberg gets to the ringside area, and he and Hart begin to circle the ring.
Sixth Match: Hollywood Hogan and Chris Jericho vs Bret Hart and Goldberg. Jericho and Hart start this match, and put on a clinic of reversals and chain moves. Jericho ends up with Hart in a wrist lock, and goes to tag in Hogan. The two double team Hart in the corner, and Jericho goes back to the apron. Hogan delivers some massive right hands to Hart and goes for a bodyslam, but Hitman hooks the leg. Hart is able to deliver his own body slam, and slowly makes his way to his corner and tags in Goldberg. Goldberg sprints into the ring and goes for clothesline to Hollywood, but the immortal one ducks and Goldberg goes into Jericho’s corner. “Lionheart” kicks Goldberg in the back of the head, and the Beast goes down to one knee. Hogan kicks him in the ribcage and then tags in Jericho. Jericho goes off the far ropes and hits a basement dropkick on Goldberg. Jericho then grabs the legs of the Beast and attempts the Liontamer. Goldberg gets turned over, but he is too large for Jericho to actually lock the move on properly and tosses Lionheart across the ring. Goldberg kips up and goes for a tag to Hart. Hart comes in and hits a few suplexes on Jericho and goes for an elbow to the face. Jericho moves, and Hitman makes awkward contact with the mat.
Hart clutches his knee, and it appears the Hitman has injured himself. Jericho is able to tag in Hogan, but Hart can’t make it to Goldberg, who is jumping up and down on the ring apron. Hogan stands Hart up and starts to punch away at him. Hogan does a scoop slam, and drops an elbow to the midsection. He quickly tags back in Jericho, who goes up top, and hits Hart with a drop kick. Jericho puts one foot on Hart and flexes. The ref starts to count, but only gets to 2 before a kick out. Jericho stomps Hart a few times and does a standing senton. Jericho stands back up and goes for the flexing, one legged pin again. Hart is able to grab Jericho’s leg and turns him into a Sharpshooter!
Jericho writhes in pain, as Hogan enters the ring, only to suffer a massive spear. Goldberg then pushes Hogan to the floor and watches Hart wrench Jericho into tapping.
Jericho rolls to the floor and looks at Hogan in disgust. Jericho starts to throw things at ringside and scream that it’s NOT FAIR!!! Jericho starts to wreck the announce table, and pushes Schiavone and Tenay as they back away from the table. He turns around and is face-to-face with Goldberg. Goldberg screams that Jericho is next, and grabs a handful of his hair. Hogan comes up behind the Beast and hits him with a chair. Sting emerges from the crowd holding his signature bat and hits Hogan and Jericho and points at Hart. The camera shakes and a massive figure appears from behind the camera man. It's the Giant! The Giant starts to dismantle Sting, and Hart, and then looks toward Goldberg. Goldberg enters the ring, at a slow, methodical pace. The Giant is obviously Hogan, Hennig and Bischoff's trump card, and their special guest for the evening! The two circle the ring as the announcers get their mics back on and declare that Nitro is OUT OF TIME! The camera fades on a scene of Goldberg and the Giant staring eachother down.
Re: WCW: 1998
WCW 1998, what a time and what a great opportunity the company had with such a great roster. I've been reading since your first post and although it's not the way I would have booked it, it's great to read a WCW BTB. This last episode saw Jericho in the main event tagging with Hogan! It's good that you are trying to push these sorts of guys to the top. You ending of your latest show seemed to be a bit out of control with Sting and Giant and all sorts of people coming out of the wood work, but the roster is so huge, it needs it's star power.
Keep going with this as you've got a reader in me.
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