WCW Monday Nitro
Live from New York City, NY
4/2/01 on NBC
Last week’s Nitro finale with Ric Flair and Sting getting assaulted by five men in ski masks. One of them reveals himself to be Shane McMahon. McMahon announces that he now owns WCW.
Video: “The Beautiful People” by Marilyn Manson is the new official theme for Nitro as Ric Flair, Stacy Keibler, Buff Bagwell, Sting, Lex Luger, Scott Steiner, Booker T, Chavo Guerrero, Mike Awesome, Goldberg, and Shane McMahon are featured.
The pyro goes off in Madison Square Garden as the original WCW Monday Nitro set returns with the updated WCW Nitro Logo. Tony Schiavone sits alone a ringside to welcome fans tuning in to the first Monday Nitro on NBC. 17,000 Fans fill Madison Square Garden for the first WCW event to happen in the building.
“Here Comes the Money” plays as Shane McMahon comes down to the ring with four masked men joining him. McMahon gets a mixed reaction from the NY fans as he climbs through the ropes and takes a microphone from David Penzer.
My name is Shane McMahon and I am the new owner of World Championship Wrestling.
Fans boo McMahon after hearing WCW.
I made my intentions known last week on Nitro that there is a new agenda for WCW moving forward. We’re here in Madison Square Garden. Some say this is the house my father built; others say this is the house that Hogan built.
Fans chant “Hogan” repeatedly as Shane pauses.
But all of you know that MSG was the house that my Grandfather built. Tonight, I only thought it was fitting that the new McMahon in the wrestling world should take a stance in this humble home and stick it to the Feds, stick it to the family, and stick it to Vinnie Mac! You see, for years my father was the mastermind behind Sports Entertainment, but he always forgot one thing, you have to listen to the fans. Wrestling fans around the world want professional wrestling, not Sports Entertainment. That’s why WCW kicked the crap out of its competition in the Monday Night Wars for 84 straight weeks. Fans knew what they were getting in WCW was real and the emotions weren’t scripted. This war is real and I’m making it known now that by the end of 2001, WCW will be on top of Professional Wrestling again.
Fans continue with the “Hogan” chant as McMahon continues.
You can chant for Hogan all you want but he’s not going to be here tonight. He hasn’t been seen on Nitro since he left in 2000. But please, before I go any further, allow me to introduce to you the newest member of the WCW broadcast team...
“Great Gate of Kiev” plays as Jerry The King Lawler makes his WCW debut. The King is welcomed be fans in MSG as he heads down and takes his place at the broadcast table alongside Tony.
From this moment forward, I’m putting everybody on notice in the back and around the company. WCW is my company now and you have to play by my rules. You can either be with Shane or against Shane, but one way or the other I own each and every single person backstage.
“Thus Sprach Zarathurstra” plays as the Nature Boy Ric Flair enters the Garden. Flair gets a huge WOOOOO from the crowd as he styles and profiles in his suit and tie. Flair gets a pyro display before walking down the aisle. The masked men try stopping him, but McMahon insists they let him in the ring. Flair is handed a microphone from Penzer.
If you think...If you THINK for one minute that you’re going to walk into WCW and tell me what to do you have another thing coming boy. You may be in the house that McMahon built, but son THIS IS THE COMPANY THE NATURE BOY BUILT...WOOOOOOOOOO
Fans give a huge WOOOOOO for the Nature Boy.
I understand your frustration from last week Ric, but the truth is that you don’t fit in well with the new WCW.
The new WCW? The NEW WCW? I’ll show you something about the new WCW.
Flair takes off his jacket, throws it to the floor, and drops an elbow on it before getting in the face with Shane McMahon.
The day I don’t fit in with the new WCW is the day I die punk. You’re nothing more than a pick kid with a silver spoon in your mouth. I’m the 14 Time Heavyweight Champion of the World. While you were pooping diapers I was winning titles; and nothing will ever change the fact that I will never have a young punk like you tell me I don’t fit well with this company.
: The bottom line Ric is that I’m in charge now, and we’re going to do things my way. Do you understand.
Flair puts his hands on the owner of WCW when Big Poppa Pump’s music plays. The World Heavyweight Champion walks with a purpose down to the ring. He grabs Flair and body slams him to the canvas before beating the hell out of him with right hands across the side of Flair’s head. Steiner kicks Flair outside the ring, takes his championship title off and raises it in the air. Steiner and Shane McMahon raise their hands in victory as Shane addresses the Nature Boy.
It’s clear that you’re not with the new regime Flair, so allow me to give you a little reality check tonight. Ric Flair, Scott Steiner for the World Heavyweight Championship.... WOOOOO!!!
“Here Comes The Money” plays again as Shane, Scott Steiner, and the four masked men leave the ring together. Flair is still left down and out.
What a way to make a statement in the opening moments of WCW Nitro.
It seems to me that the Nature Boy just got himself on the wrong side of Shane McMahon, and trust me Tony, you never want to get on the wrong side of a McMahon.
I believe you King. This is WCW Monday Nitro returning after commercial break.
David Penzer introduces the first contest for WCW Monday Nitro.
“Self High-Five” plays as Diamond Dallas Page comes down to the ring with Kimberly joining him. Page has a cocky arrogance to him as he walks past the fans at ringside.
“Road To Glory” plays for Curt Henning as he heads down to the ring. Henning receives a great reaction from the fans in MSG as he makes his WCW return.
Diamond Dallas Page w. Kimberly vs. Curt Henning
The two lock up in the middle of the ring with Henning able to back Page into the corner. DDP knees Henning and whips him shoulder first into the ring post. Page dominates Henning from there forward in the match, working the shoulder of Henning in order to take him out. Curt rolls to the outside and Page goes after him, slamming him head first into the apron then whipping his sore shoulder into the ring steps. Henning is rolled back into the ring and covered for a near fall. Page continues on the offense, taunting Henning in the ring. Curt finally gets some fight back and nails Page with a couple of rights to the mid section. Henning gets to his feet and knees Page in the gut then slams him to the canvas. Henning hits a snapmare on Page as the fans cheer for him in the ring. Curt covers Page for a near fall and continues to put DDP in a sleeper hold. Page fights out of the sleeper with a side slam and the match rages on. Page is about to nail Henning with the Diamond Cutter, but Henning stops and counters with the Henningplex, covering him for the 1...2...3.
Curt Henning wins via pinfall (4:39)
Henning’s hand is raised following the contest and Curt continues to the backstage area. On his way up the ramp he is stopped by Mean Gene Oakerlund.
What an impressive return by you tonight Curt Henning.
Thanks Mean Gene, you might even say that return was PERFECT. Just like everything else in the life of Curt Henning.
What are your plans moving forward now that you’re back in WCW.
If there is one thing that I have never accomplished Gene, it’s winning the World Heavyweight Championship. So I hope Scott Steiner is ready, because he’s going to get schooled on what being a perfect champion is all about.
Henning continues to the back.
Backstage: Shane McMahon meets with Chavo Guerrero, Shane Helms, Billy Kidman, Shannon Moore, Elix Skipper, AJ Styles, Vampiro, and Christopher Daniels in his office. He talks about the Cruiserweight Division and what it means to WCW and to professional wrestling. McMahon makes it quite clear that he wants to see the Cruiserweights of WCW excel to the highest level they can get to. This discussion sets up the Cruiserweight Challenge planned for the next several weeks. McMahon tells them that leading up to WCW’s first pay-per-view under the McMahon era Slamboree each of them will have the opportunity to wrestle on Nitro. The person who impresses him most will wrestle for the championship at Slamboree. McMahon also announces a rematch between Chavo and Shane Helms will be taking place tonight.
Match 2: WCW US Championship
Booker T (c) vs. Jeff Jarrett
Coming off the heels of his defeat last week, Booker T is fired up for his contest against the returning Jeff Jarrett. Jarrett starts off the match by jumping the champion, but Booker fights back and clotheslines Jarrett to the canvas. Booker follows up with a kick to Jeff and slaps a head lock on him. Jarrett battles out and throws Booker out to the floor. Jeff goes out after Booker and they scrap outside the ring for a moment before Booker kicks him in the face. The champion rolls Jeff into the ring and climbs to the top rope. Diving off with a missile dropkick, the champion nails the Chosen One, sending him to the ground. Jeff is rolled up for the pin, but manages to kick out before three. The Champion does the spinarooni to get back to his feet and goes for the Bookend, but Jarrett counters with the Stroke and covers Booker for the 1...2...3.
Jeff Jarrett wins via pinfall to become NEW WCW US CHAMPION (4:18)
The Chosen One rejoices in his victory over Booker T. Yelling “I Did It” to the crowd Jarrett raises his championship in the air. To add insult to injury, Jarrett cracks the guitar over the head of Booker T then leaves the ring.
Backstage: Mean Gene Oakerlund interviews the Nature Boy Ric Flair about his upcoming match against the World Heavyweight Champion, Scott Steiner. Flair warns Steiner of what happens when someone slaps the Nature Boy in the face and vows to walk out of Madison Square Garden the 15 Time Heavyweight Champion of the World.
Stacy Keibler comes down to the ring, performs her dance routine then grabs a hold of a microphone as the King comments on her dance routine and her legs.
Ladies and Gentlemen, please welcome a real man; my man Shawn “the Star” Stasiak.
Stasiak comes down to the ring to a very heated crowd in Madison Square Garden. Stasiak is handed a microphone and addresses everybody.
You see, when you look as good as I do, and you have someone as good looking as Stacy by your side, it’s only a matter of time before you become a success, and that’s what I am, a success. There isn’t a person in the world who can outdo me here in WCW.
Stasiak is interrupted when Goldberg’s music plays. Fans in Madison Square Garden jump to their feet and start chanting “Goldberg” the cameras in the back show Goldberg walking down the hallway and out into the arena. The pyro goes off and smoke is snorted out Goldberg’s nose as the chants continue for him. Goldberg gets in the ring and scares Stacy to the outside.
Shawn Stasiak w. Stacy Keibler vs. Bill Goldberg
Stasiak punches Goldberg and chops him in the chest repeatedly, but his efforts have no effect on Goldberg. As Stasiak dives off the ropes, Goldberg clotheslines him to the canvas. Stasiak gets back up but is immediately kicked down to the ground again. Goldberg waits for him to get back up to his feet then charges after, spearing him to the canvas. Goldberg tells the audience that it’s over and goes for the Jackhammer. Goldberg pins Stasiak for the pin.
Goldberg wins via pinfall (1:45)
With a very impressive return to WCW, Goldberg’s hand is raised in the air and he yells out “Who’s Next” to the crowd before leaving the ring to massive “Goldberg” chants.
Backstage: Shane McMahon is in his office when a knock comes to the door. Sting enters his office as fans in MSG cheer for him
Hello Sting, it’s a pleasure to finally get to meet you after all these years.
I don’t really know yet if the pleasures all mine, but I heard you wanted to see me.
Yes, I did Sting. You see I first wanted to apologize for attacking you last week on Nitro, unfortunately for you it was the wrong place and time. I do have great admiration for you and all you mean to WCW.
How can I help you Shane?
Well, I’m going to put this very plainly for you. You see, WCW is now my company and I want to do things in this company that haven’t been done before. I see a way Sting can be used in WCW, but in order to make that happen I need to know whether you’re on my team or not.
So first you beat me down like a government mule and now you want me to work with you in your new vision of WCW?
Well...yeah! What do you say Sting? Help me make WCW the crowning jewel it once was.
Sting ponders for a moment before getting in the face of Shane.
You have got to be out of your freaking MIND! There is no way in hell that I would ever side with the corporate entity over the guys in the back that slave away each and every single day to make WCW a better place.
Well... I’m sorry to hear that Sting. I really am... You see now that I know where your loyalties lie I’m going to have to teach you a lesson. Next week on Nitro I want you to find two other people who feel the exact same way as you because you’re going to go up against Jeff Jarrett, Lex Luger, and Buff Bagwell in a Six Man Tag Team Match. And after that match is done, I’m going to personally see to it that you rot in hell!
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Match 4: WCW Cruiserweight Championship
Shane Helms vs. Chavo Guerrero (c)
Shane dominates Chavo in the early goings of the match, with the champion constantly escaping to the outside to regroup. Helms spring boards off the ropes with a splash on the champion outside the ring and the match continues with Helms in complete control. As the challenger looks to regain the championship he lost last week, the heat is on Chavo to do whatever it takes to retain the gold. Chavo nails Helms with a low blow then follows up with a gut wrench on Shane. The champion now has a moment to gain control of the match and uses it to his full advantage. Chavo nails Helms with a series of three suplexes before covering him for a near fall. With Helms still at the mercy of the champion, Chavo takes the time to taunt Helms in the middle of the ring. A scoop slam sends Helms to the canvas and Chavo goes to the top rope. He dives off with a Frog Splash, but Helms is able to roll out of the way. Both men lay on the canvas for a moment before Shane slowly crawls towards Chavo. He puts an arm on him and covers him, but Chavo kicks out. The match continues to go back and forth with punches and chops on one another until Helms gets the advantage. Helms whips Guerrero into the ropes and drops him with a back breaker. Helms nails the Nightmare on Helms Street and capitalizes with a 1...2...3.
Shane Helms wins via pinfall to become the NEW WCW CRUISERWEIGHT CHAMPION (8:12)
After a solid championship match leads to another title changing hands, Jerry Lawler and Tony Schiavone question whether Ric Flair will make it 3 for 3 tonight and become the 15-Time WCW Heavyweight Champion.
As Helms heads to the back, he is jumped by Billy Kidman. Kidman slams Helms to the ground then takes his title belt. He waits for Helms to get back up and cracks the title across the skull of the champion. Billy Kidman poses with the belt while the champion is laid out on the floor.
David Penzer announces the Main Event for WCW Monday Nitro.
“Thus Sprach Zarathustra” plays, the pyro goes off and the 14-Time World Heavyweight Champion Ric Flair makes his return to the ring. Flair is met with a huge chorus of “WOOOO” chants and Nature Boy signs from the fans; the legend styles and profiles his way down the aisle and climbs into the ring; posing once again before taking his robe off.
“Rockhouse” plays as Big Poppa Pump Scott Steiner comes out with Midajah in his corner. The World Heavyweight Champion poses at the top of the ramp before heading down the aisle. He takes his chain headpiece off and poses with the title before handing it over the Nick Patrick.
Main Event: World Heavyweight Championship
Big Poppa Pump Scott Steiner w. Midajah (c) vs. Nature Boy Ric Flair
Speculation mounts as the two of them stare each other down. Tony and the King comment on how just 7 days ago they were close friends with Flair working with Steiner and how the influence of one man like Shane McMahon has on the wrestlers. Flair and Steiner lock up in the middle of the ring with Nature Boy getting a head lock on Steiner. Steiner whips Flair into the ropes, but goes down with a shoulder block. Flair gives a huge WOOO to the crowd before strutting in the ring. Steiner gets back up and they lock up again. This time, Flair knees Steiner and drops him with a hip toss to the canvas. Flair gets “Nature Boy” chants going for him as he takes the fight now to Scott Steiner. Flair grabs the head of Steiner and drills the side with right hands before whipping him into the corner and charging with an elbow. Flair chops Steiner a few times before whipping him across the ring and going after him again. Flair sends Steiner down to the ground and starts taunting Midajah to come see what a real man is. Flair showing well for his age starts working the knee of Steiner, setting up for the Figure Four. Steiner manages to grab Ric and throw him out of the ring, taking the Nature Boy off his game for a moment. As Steiner distracts the referee, inside the ring Midajah takes the opportunity to rake the back of the Nature Boy, digging her nails deep across his back. Flair cries in pain as Scott Steiner goes out after him. Steiner nails him with uppercuts then rolls Flair into the ring. The Champion is now in complete control of Flair from this point forward. Steiner slams Flair to the canvas with a belly to belly suplex. The Champion drops a couple of elbows on Flair before pinning him for a near fall. Big Poppa Pump pulls Flair up and whips him across the ring, nailing him with a clothesline. The Nature Boy gets on his knees and backs himself in the corner. As Steiner approaches Flair pleads with him to stop, but Steiner grabs Flair and whips him across the ring so hard that Flair’s momentum sends him over the top rope and onto the apron. Flair runs across the apron to the opposite corner and climbs to the rope. Flair jumps off but is met with a punch to the midsection. Steiner remains quite dominant in the match until he goes for a belly to back suplex. Flair nails him with a low blow kick and follows through with a small package roll up. Getting a near fall, the Nature Boy immediately gets back up and starts working the leg of the champion again. This time, Flair finally manages to put Steiner in the Figure Four right in the middle of the ring. With Steiner begging Flair to release the hold, the Nature Boy applies more pressure to the leg; making Tony and the King wonder if this is it for the champion. All hell breaks loose as the four men in ski masks run down to the ring and jump Flair, forcing the referee to call for the bell.
Ric Flair wins via disqualification (13:26)
The ski masks beat the living daylights out of the Nature Boy in the middle of the ring as Steiner gets up to his feet. Business picks up however when Goldberg, Booker T, Sting, Kevin Nash, and Diamond Dallas Page all head into the ring. They even the score for Flair and get some retribution on his behalf. With a brawl taking place in the middle of the ring, the momentum quickly shifts back to McMahon’s favour as Jarrett, Buff Bagwell, and Luger rush down as well. The fight is now 8 on 6 with McMahon’s team in complete control as they beat down the WCW guys.
“Voodoo Child” plays; red and yellow smoke bellows through and the huge Hulkamania logo comes over the video screen as the fans in MSG jump to their feet. Hollywood Hogan Returns to WCW after an almost 10 month absence. Hogan comes down to the ring with a mission and takes out each man one at a time until there was only Scott Steiner left. Hogan clotheslines the champion over the ropes and helps his fellow WCW wrestlers to their feet. The thunderous “Hogan” chant echoes through Madison Square Garden as Hogan rips off his shirt and addresses Shane McMahon.
Listen here brother. I don’t know what business you’re trying to run here in WCW, but it’s about damn time you realize that you’re standing in the house that Hulkamania built and running the company that the Nature Boy built.
McMahon has some words for Hogan that are inaudible.
If you want a war here in WCW, then you’re going to get one brother. I’ve had to deal with bigger issues than scum like you Shane O Mac. And as far as the WCW World Title goes, Scott Steiner, I hope you shine that title up real nice brother because I’m coming to get back the title I never lost dude. Wha’cha gonna do when WCW runs wild on you!!!!
Hogan throws the microphone to the ground and poses for the crowd as “Voodoo Child” plays again in MSG. McMahon and his troops head to the back as the first Nitro of the McMahon Era goes off the air.