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WCW 2001: The Reboot​
In February 2001, AOL Time Warner Announces the sale of WCW to Fuscient Media. There is no word on who is behind the Fuscient Media, but many believe that Eric Bischoff is responsible for the sale. As WCW is preparing for its final telecast on TNT and TBS, World Championship Wrestling announces a new partnership with the USA network, commencing September 2001.

The USA network announces WCW will broadcast a 2 hour live broadcast of Monday Nitro as well as four 90 minute Saturday Night specials occurring throughout the year for a five year deal.

The Final Nitro on TNT airs Monday, March 26, 2001, with Ric Flair announcing he is the owner of World Championship Wrestling.

Talent Roster
AJ Styles
Animal
Big Vito
Bill Goldberg
Billy Kidman
Booker T
Buff Bagwell
Chavo Guerrero
Chris Harris
Christopher Daniels
Chuck Polumbo
Curt Henning
Diamond Dallas Page
Dustin Rhodes
Elix Skipper
Hawk
Hollywood Hulk Hogan
James Storm
Jeff Jarrett
Johnny The Bull
Juventud Guerrera
Ken Shamrock
Kevin Nash
Lance Storm
Lex Luger
Marc Mero
Mark Jindrak
Mike Awesome
Randy Savage
Rey Mysterio
Ric Flair
Rick Steiner
Rob Van Dam
Sandman
Sean O'Haire
Scot Hall
Scott Steiner
Shane Douglas
Shane Helms
Shannon Moore
Sting
Tajiri
Tommy Dreamer
Vampiro

Arn Anderson
Charles Robinson
David Penzer
Dusty Rhodes
Elizabeth
Gene Oakerlund
Jerry Lawler
Stacy Keibler
Tony Schiavone
Torrie Wilson

 

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Press Release:
July 3, 2001

Atlanta, GA-
World Championship Wrestling and television partner USA Network announce the spectacular return of it's flagship program; Monday Night Nitro. Watch the greatest professional wrestling live Monday Nights only on the USA Network, featuring the Nature Boy Ric Flair, the Icon Sting, Goldberg, Big Poppa Pump Scott Steiner, Booker T, and the Legendary Hulk Hogan among many others. All the action kicks off with the season premier Monday, September 10, 2001 live from Charlotte, North Carolina. Tickets are on sale now. Don't miss the action.
 

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WCW House Show Report:

In August 2001, WCW ran three house show events in preparation for their first Monday Nitro debut on the USA Network.

August 11 Results:
Dayton, Florida
5,421

Big Vito and Johnny the Bull def. James Storm and Chris Harris
Triple Threat Match: Chavo Guerrero def. Shannon Moore and Billy Kidman
AJ Styles def. Christopher Daniels
Chuck Polumbo and Sean O'Haire def. Buff Bagwell and Lex Luger
Booker T def. Jeff Jarrett
Hardcore Match: Tommy Dreamer def. Mike Awesome
Steel Cage Match: Big Poppa Pump Scott Steiner def. Diamond Dallas Page

August 18 Results:
Nashville, Tennessee
7,159
Christopher Daniels def. AJ Styles
Buff Bagwell and Lex Luger def. Kevin Nash and Diamond Dallas Page
Lance Storm def. Vampiro
Fatal Four Way Match: Billy Kidman def. Chavo Guerrero, Shannon Moore, Shane Helms
Curt Henning def. Shane Douglas
Sting, Hawk, Animal def. Ric Flair, Scott Steiner, Rick Steiner
Jeff Jarrett def. Booker T

August 25 Results:
Atlanta, Georgia
9,384
Shannon Moore def. Shane Helms
Billy Kidman def. Chavo Guerrero
The Road Warriors def. The Mamalukes
Dustin Rhodes def. The Nature Boy Ric Flair
30 Minute Iron Man Match: AJ Styles def. Christopher Daniels
War Games: Lance Storm, Tommy Dreamer, Shane Douglas, Mike Awesome def. Diamond Dallas Page, Rick Steiner, Jeff Jarrett, Buff Bagwell
Goldberg def. Scott Steiner
 

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WCW Monday Nitro
Monday, September 10, 2001
Live from Charlotte, North Carolina


Opening Segment:
10,320 fans jump on their feet when the legendary Nature Boy Ric Flair comes through the WCW Logo set. The 14-Time World Heavyweight Champion styles and profiles his way down the aisle as the fans in flair country cheer for him. Flair climbs through the ropes in his finest suit and tie and poses in the middle of the ring for a moment. The Nature Boy grabs a microphone and addresses the fans on Nitro.

Flair welcomes fans back to WCW Monday Nitro and talks about the greatness of this company, and how tonight is the start of a brand new era in professional wrestling. Flair promises that he’s going to help put the company back on track, which is why he purchased the company. The owner of WCW says that there is no better way to kick off the new era, than by crowning a new World Heavyweight Champion. Ric Flair pauses for the cheering audience.

The owner of WCW announces the 16-man tournament starting tonight, and ending on October 7 with the first Pay-Per-View of the new WCW, Halloween Havoc. Ric Flair is about to announce the men competing in the tournament when he is interrupted by none other than Eric Bischoff.

Bischoff, with his jet black hair and his sports coat makes his way down the aisle and climbs into the ring. Flair and Bischoff meet face to face for the first time in years. The former President of WCW addresses the new owner of the company, Bischoff reveals that when Ric Flair purchased the company he needed the financial backing, what Flair didn’t know is that the financial backing came from Eric Bischoff. Eric Bischoff tells Flair that together, the two of them are going to take the company to new heights. With his evil grin Bischoff wraps an arm around Flair and tells him they’re partners.

Bischoff continues to tell the Nature Boy that he thinks it’s a great move to start a 16-man tournament right here on WCW Nitro live on the USA network, but Bischoff wants to take it one step further. Reluctantly, Flair asks his new partner what he was thinking about and Bischoff reveals that 8 competitors will be wrestlers who have held the World Heavyweight Champion while the others will be wrestlers who have never held the World Title. Bischoff’s music hits and the co-owner of WCW leaves the ring.

Tony Schiavone welcomes fans to the new season of WCW Monday Nitro, and introduces his new broadcast partner, the King Jerry Lawler. The two of them hype tonight’s premiere of WCW Monday Nitro live on the USA Network and talk about the World Heavyweight Title Tournament starting tonight, as well as great tag team action, and cruiserweight action happening on tonight’s show.

-Break-

Match One:
WCW World Heavyweight Championship Tournament
Booker T vs. Lance Storm

The opening contest puts the last WCW Champion on Nitro, against the highly skilled Lance Storm. The two put on a great match for the premier of Nitro on the USA network, with Storm and Booker both getting several near falls. In the end, it’s Booker T who advances after hitting the Bookend on Storm and covering him for the 1…2…3.
Winner: Booker T @ 5:31

Booker T celebrates his victory in the ring as Tony Schiavone and the King comment on his success in the opening contest. The two agree that if that is the example of what the new WCW is all about, then we’re in the for a very bright and competitive future.

Mean Gene gets in the ring and interviews Booker T. The multi-time World Champion talks about knowing what it takes to be at the top of the mountain. Booker vows to climb to the top of the mountain again and once again become the WCW Heavyweight Champion of the World, if you can Dig that… SUCK’A!!!!! Booker leaves the ring.

Backstage Segment:
Bill Goldberg leaves his locker room to make his way down to the ring, when he is attacked by none other than the World’s Most Dangerous Man, Ken Shamrock. Shamrock slams Goldberg into a metal door, busting him wide open. Security comes and breaks Shamrock away from Goldberg.

-Break-

Broadcast booth:

Tony Schiavone and Jerry Lawler recap the events that took place prior to the commercial break with Goldberg being assaulted by Ken Shamrock. Lawler reminds fans that Ken Shamrock is a very dangerous person and can break anybody who gets in his way. Tony wonders why Shamrock has come to WCW and Lawler figures he’s out for fresh meat.

Match Two:
Hardcore Rules Match
Mike Awesome vs. Tommy Dreamer

Two of ECW’s former stars square off in an extreme battle with a variety of weapons including steel chairs, led pipes, kendo sticks, and tables. At one point, a bloody Tommy Dreamer DDTs Mike Awesome through a table in the corner. Dreamer is unable to capitalize with a pin, leading to the match to continue back and forth. In the end, Mike Awesome delivers a devastating Awesome Bomb to Tommy Dreamer, sending him through a table as well. Awesome covers Dreamer for the pinfall victory.
Winner: Mike Awesome @ 6:01

Mike Awesome’s hand is raised following the victory in the match. Tommy Dreamer, gets back to his feet and shakes Awesome’s hand. Mike welcomes Tommy Dreamer to the WCW Roster. The broadcast team discusses the additions of some ECW talent to the WCW roster following the company going under back in April. Tommy Dreamer is one of several wrestlers joining the new World Championship Wrestling.

Backstage Segment:
The Nature Boy is in his office with Double A Arn Anderson. The two discuss Eric Bischoff’s participation in the company and how they need to figure out a way to get Bischoff out of the company.

Video Package:

October 7, 2001…Live from Las Vegas Nevada, World Championship Wrestling returns to Pay-Per-View with Halloween Havoc. On this night, hell is unleashed as the greatest wrestlers in the world compete for the ultimate prize in the game. Who will walk out of Las Vegas as the champion? The only way to find out is to tune in on Pay-Per-View.

-Break-


Match Three:
Diamond Dallas Page and Kevin Nash vs. Chuck Polumbo and Sean O’Haire

The Natural Born Thrillers do an admiral job against DDP and Kevin Nash, but the veterans hold their own throughout the contest. Tensions between Nash and Page start building when they aren’t able to take out Polumbo. Nash powerbombs Polumbo and covers him for a near fall when O’Haire breaks the pin. DDP gets involved and takes the two of them out with Diamond Cutters. As DDP turns around, he is nailed with a boot from Nash. Big Sexy walks out on his partner, allowing O’Haire to get the pin following the Widow Maker on Page.
Winners: The Natural Born Thrillers @ 6:43

Following the contest, the Natural Born Thrillers get on the microphone. Sean O’Haire talks about how they are the best damn tag team in professional wrestling today. They are better than the Steiner Brothers, the Outsiders, Harlem Heat, and any other tag team from WCW’s past.

“Oh What a Rush” The Road Warrior’s music plays as Hawk and Animal return to a standing ovation in Charlotte. The legendary team make their way through the WCW logo set and climb through the ropes. Hawk gets on the microphone and says that they could stand here and talk about what being the best is all about, or they can show why they are the best. This leads to Hawk and Animal jumping the Natural Born Thrillers in the middle of the ring. A brawl breaks out between the four men, but soon the Road Warriors take control and throw both men over the top rope. Hawk and Animal stand tall in Charlotte as the fans chant “LOD”.

-Break-

Hour Two Opening Segment:
Mean Gene Oakerlund stands in the ring again in front of the 10,000 plus fans in attendance. Gene Oakerlund calls out one of the greatest WCW Stars of all time, the Franchise Player, the Icon… Sting!

The “Crow” theme plays as the Icon slowly makes his way out to the ring. Sting stands beside Gene as the announcer interviews Sting. The Icon talks about how great it is to be back in WCW again. Now the Stinger has a new goal in hand, he’s going to win the WCW World Heavyweight Championship once again. 2001 is going to be the year of the Stinger in professional wrestling, the Icon has proven that he has what it takes to be on top and this is going to be no different. Mean Gene asks Sting if there is one person who he wants to square off against in the finals of the tournament. Sting says that he’s open to any opponent because there is a lot of tough competition in the company.

This leads to Ken Shamrock coming out to the ring. Shamrock gets in the ring to the shock of the crowd and gets in the face of Sting. The World’s Most Dangerous Man tells Sting that he’s come to WCW for one reason… to Dominate. He’s heard that the best wrestlers in the world are in World Championship Wrestling. Shamrock took out Goldberg earlier in the night, but he’s not planning stopping until he’s on top of this company. Shamrock promises to take out everybody who represent WCW, and that includes the Icon.

Sting takes out his baseball bat and points it at Shamrock, but Ken just laughs at him. Ken tells him that the Sting’s time will come, just not tonight. Ken Shamrock leaves the ring as Sting watches on.

-Break-

Match Four:
WCW World Heavyweight Championship Tournament
Buff Bagwell vs. Big Poppa Pump Scott Steiner

The second tournament match for the WCW Title puts two former partners together in action as Buff Bagwell and Scott Steiner square off with each other. Both men put on an average contest with Buff Daddy getting a near fall over Big Poppa Pump. Steiner kicks out and continues to fight back against Bagwell. Steiner hits the Steinerline and starts working the lower back of Bagwell. Scott Steiner attempts the Steiner Recliner, but Bagwell rolls out of the ring first. The fight jumps to the outside, with Big Poppa Pump slamming Bagwell face first into the ring post. Steiner rolls Bagwell into the ring and attempts to get back in when Lex Luger rushes down and nails him with led pipe. The referee gets close to a 10 count when Steiner finally rolls into the ring. Bagwell starts work on the now bloody former champion, and covers him again for the near fall. Steiner kicks out, leading to Bagwell becoming more frustrated. He climbs to the top rope and is about to dive off when Steiner charges up to the corner as well and drops Bagwell with a Frankensteiner. Lex Luger is about to get involved again in the match when Rick Steiner comes down and keeps him out of the match, allowing his brother Scott to pick up the pinfall victory.
Winner: Big Poppa Pump Scott Steiner @ 7:10

The Steiner Brothers reunite on Nitro, much to the delight of the fans in Charlotte. Totally Buff retreat to the backstage.

Video Package:
The Cruiserweights have always been one of the top draws for World Championship Wrestling, with some of the biggest names in the world competing for supremacy. Wrestlers from Mexico, Japan, United States, and Canada have come together to show off their amazing high risk, high flying move sets. Today, the cruiserweight division continues to be one of the most celebrated and competitive divisions in professional wrestling. The Cruiserweight Series starts next week on Nitro, with wrestlers competing for the opportunity to become champion. Each match won via pinfall or submission earns 2 points in the series. Matches that end in Disqualification or Count Out earn the winner 1 point as does a no contest. At the end of each session, the two cruiserweights with the least amount of points will be eliminate until there are only two left. Those two will compete in the best of five series culminating with the new champion being crowned at December’s Starrcade.

-Break-

Backstage Segment:
Mean Gene is in the back trying to get answers from Kevin Nash regarding his actions toward Diamond Dallas Page. Nash states that what he did to DDP earlier isn’t personal…it’s about one thing and that’s family. With that, Nash heads back into his locker room leaving Mean Gene and the broadcast team questioning his response.

Tony and the King review the Cruiserweight Series starting next week. Fans will get a taste of what the Cruiserweight Division has to offer coming up next.

Match Five:
Shane Helms vs. Christopher Daniels

The Fallen Angel makes his Nitro debut known as he squares off against the last man to hold the Cruiserweight championship title. The highflying contest highlights the very best that both men have to offer both inside and outside the ring. Daniels works the crowd, getting major heat from the fans at ringside as he taunts them. Helms fights back after nailing a dropkick on Daniels and attempts to go for the Nightmare on Helms Street, but he doesn’t connect. In the end, Daniels hits a low blow and follows up with the Angel Wings. He covers Helms for the pinfall.
Winner: Fallen Angel Christopher Daniels @ 5:10

Following the contest, The Fallen Angel gets on the microphone and addresses the WCW Fans. He talks about how he’s the future of the Cruiserweights. He proclaims himself the saviour of World Championship Wrestling. This leads to the lights going out in the arena. The spotlight shines on a young man in a hood walking down the ramp and entering the ring. Christopher Daniels asks him who the hell he thinks he is. The man whips off his hood and say’s three little words…I AM PHENOMENAL! With that the man beats down the Fallen Angel in the ring. The two exchange rights back and forth with AJ Styles getting the best of Christopher Daniels. Styles whips him out of the ring and dives off the top rope on top of the Fallen Angel. AJ Styles gets back up and walks up the ramp. He poses for the fans at the entrance way.

-Break-
The Franchise comes out and talks about how he’s about to wrestle in the main event on WCW. He’s going to finally get his chance to hold the greatest prize in the game, the Heavyweight Championship of the World. Douglas states that it doesn’t matter who Bischoff puts him against tonight, he’s got an insurance policy that will guarantee him victory tonight. The Franchise tells the backstage crew to get on with it and to play his opponent’s music.

For the second time, the lights go out in the arena. This time “Voodoo Child” plays as Red and Yellow smoke pours out through the entrance, and fans get on their feet as Hollywood Hulk Hogan makes his return in the Black and Red. Hollywood emerges through the WCW Logo set and he struts down the ring. Shane Douglas is beside himself.

Match Six:
WCW World Heavyweight Championship Tournament
Hollywood Hulk Hogan vs. The Franchise Shane Douglas

The match kicks off with Hollywood being jumped by the Franchise. Shane Douglas beats the Icon down in the early stages of the contest. Shane Douglas smack talks Hogan before beating him down further. Hogan is whipped into the corner then slammed repeatedly into the turnbuckle. Hogan goes to the outside, but Shane Douglas goes out after and continues a brutal assault on Hogan. Douglas yells at Hogan that he’s washed up and should never have come back. Shane is about to whip Hogan into the ring post when Hollywood counters and sends him face first. Hollywood rolls back into the ring, breaking the count in the process. The Franchise comes in after him, but Hogan starts building an offence on him. Douglas is sent several times into the turnbuckle before being whipped across the ring. Hogan clotheslines the Franchise, sending him into the corner. Hollywood climbs to the second rope and starts pounding him with several right hands. Hollywood climbs down and rakes the back of the Franchise. Nick Patrick warns Hogan to play fairly. The Icon continues to dominate Shane Douglas for most of the match, dropping him with an Atomic Drop. Hogan and Douglas continue going back and forth until Nick Patrick is knocked down in the process. Hollywood slams the Franchise to the canvas and is about to go for the big leg when ECW’s Sandman rushes down to the ring with a Kendo Stick and takes Hogan out with it. The Franchise calls for more reinforcements and is soon joined by Mike Awesome and Lance Storm. The four of them beat down Hollywood in the middle of the ring. The assault turns into a brawl when Scott Hall and Kevin Nash rush down to the ring and take out the Extreme wrestlers. Nash hits Sandman with a boot, sending him to the outside of the ring while Hall double clotheslines Lance Storm and Mike Awesome. The Outsiders continue the brawl outside the ring, leaving Hollywood and Douglas inside. Hogan grabs Douglas and nails him with a couple of punches before whipping him into the ropes and nailing him with the big boot to the face. Hogan follows through with the Atomic Leg drop and covers him for the 1…2…3.
Winner: Hollywood Hulk Hogan @ 10:28

Following the contest, Hogan is joined in the ring again by Hall and Nash the NWO returns to World Championship Wrestling, standing tall in the ring over Shane Douglas’ body.
 
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