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Default August 2002: Japan Supershow Wrap-up and Hall of Champions

The massive time change in Japan threw me off enough, and now it was turning into a much longer night than I'd hoped.

The show was a success, for sure. I could tell Booker was pleased to be back in the main event, and even more pleased when he and Sasaki had the match of the night. I applauded Booker's efforts and congratulated him afterwards, and it was obvious he appreciated it. I also thanked Kensuke for being selfless, not complaining about the loss and doing what he was asked. You always have to worry about politics and self-interests in interpromotional efforts, but our relationship with New Japan has worked out well for everybody so far. I also made sure to chat with Chuck Palumbo about his successful heel turn. He's excited about the turn and is really looking forward to the obvious program between he and O'Haire. I don't feel like every tag team needs to dissolve into a blood feud when they split; sometimes, maybe even most of the time, I'm going to try and subvert that cliché. I think a feud is the right thing here though.

There was some bad news behind the scenes though, specifically with some drug issues. Lex Luger has issues with hard drugs, and I sent him to rehab. We'll see how long he's in rehab, but he's got about six months left on his contract and I'm not sure I'll be re-signing him. His delusional patriot character has become a cult favorite, but he's arguably the worst worker on the entire roster. If nothing else he's definitely the worst of the guys who we use as anything other than jobber fodder. He did seem to realize that this is a serious issue, so I have high hopes that he's going to come out of this with a clear head. Whether or not he'll ever appear on WCW TV again is up in the air. I'll just see how I feel down the road, when he gets out of rehab and/or his contract's about to expire.

The other failed test was more of a surprise, as I wasn't expecting to have to discipline Akira Hokuto for anything. Her situation is understandable though. She suffered a gruesome shattered elbow last fall in a match for All Japan Women's, an injury that sidelined her for almost a year before she healed up and debuted with us two months ago at the Great American Bash. It was a long recovery for her, and it seems that during that recovery she became addicted to painkillers. She and Daffney figured to be a big piece of the puzzle as we prepare to launch the new women's show, but her health has to come first. She, like Lex, is being sent to rehab. I assured her that her job will be waiting for her after she recovers, for which she was very thankful and appreciative.

Dealing with those two situations kept me up, and now I'm about to keep myself up even longer by placing a call to GAEA owner Chigusa Nagayo. This can't wait though; losing Hokuto for the foreseeable future is a blow, but this can more than make up for it. Not to mention, I'm sure Vince has caught wind of my grand plans for the women. Who's to say he wouldn't buy GAEA out himself and shut them down just to spite me?

Hall of Champions:

World Heavyweight Champion:

Booker T (5th reign)

Won: May 19th, 2002 from Rob Van Dam at Mayhem in Worcester, Massachusetts

Previous Champions (since March 2001):
Rob Van Dam: December 30th, 2001-May 19th, 2002 (140 days)
Scott Steiner: July 15th, 2001-December 30th, 3001 (168 days)
Booker T: March 26th, 2001-July 15th, 2001 (111 days)

World Women's Champion:

Etsuko Mita

Won: January 9th, 2002 against Zap I during the AJW Glass Grave Yard tour in Annaka, Japan after Aja Kong vacated the title when she left AJW
((Mita was the reigning WWWA World champion when AJW was bought out by WCW. The title was adopted into WCW with its lineage intact, and Mita was recognized as WCW's Women's World Champion.))

Previous Champions (since January 2002):

United States Heavyweight Champion:

Shane Douglas (2nd reign)

Won: April 1st, 2002 from Rey Misterio Jr. at Monday Nitro in Pikeville, Kentucky

Previous Champions (since March 2001):
Rey Misterio Jr (#2): October 14th, 2001-April 1st, 2002 (169 days)
Kanyon: August 5th, 2001-October 14th, 2001 (70 days)
Rey Misterio Jr: May 13th, 2001-August 5th, 2001 (85 days)
Booker T: March 18th, 2001-April 30th, 2001 (44 days)

Cruiserweight Champion:

American Dragon

Won: August 11th, 2002 from AJ Styles and Chavo Guerrro Jr. in a Three Way match at Japan Supershow in Nagoya, Japan

Previous Champions (since March 2001):
AJ Styles: April 21st, 2002-August 11th, 2002 (112 days)
TAKA: December 30th, 2001-April 21st, 2002 (112 days)
Jushin Liger: August 5th, 2001-December 30th, 2001 (147 days)
Shane Helms: March 18th, 2001-August 5th, 2001 (140 days)

World Television Champion:

Fit Finlay (2nd reign)

Won: July 29th, 2002 in a tournament final against Hugh Morrus at Monday Nitro in Bozeman, Montana

Previous Champions (since July 2002):

World Tag Team Champions:

The Hardys (Matt Hardy and Jeff Hardy)

Won: July 14th, 2002 from True Heroes at Bash at the Beach in Melbourne, Australia

Previous Champions (since March 2001):
True Heroes (Lance Storm and CM Punk): December 30th, 2001-July 14th, 2002 (196 days)
The Natural Born Thrillers (Chuck Palumbo and Sean O'Haire): January 14th, 2001-December 30th, 2001 (351 days)

Prediction Scores (out of a possible 13 points):

Dead_Jester: 13

Satyr24: 12

smw88: 11
Gravyb0y: 11
bonnie: 11
Purotastic: 11
shawn michaels 82: 11
crackerjack: 11
Danny H22: 11

Nobby_McDonald: 10
LordofGustav: 10
evileddie10: 10
Crossface: 10
chrismday: 10
jscotty: 10
The Lariat: 10

Kijar: 9
Uncrewed: 9
DGenerationMC: 9
deanohbk: 9
K-Nection: 9
Warhawk8492: 9
Ian carlisle: 9
cbacon87: 9
franticloser: 9
BHK6: 9
Rateddc: 9
GingeyOne: 9

KnowYourEnemy: 8
Happy0wns: 8
SIser187: 8
odan: 8
Wolfman84: 8
sportsfanmas: 8

Beejus: 7
GnarlsFunk: 7
michgcs: 7

Jackets: 5
Current Standings in UFS Prediction Contest after 2 shows:

Warhawk8492: 22
jscotty: 22
Purotastic: 22
shawn michaels 82: 22
Satyr24: 22

chrismday: 21
bonnie: 21
Dead_Jester: 21

Uncrewed: 20
BHK6: 20
The Lariat: 20
crackerjack: 20

odan: 19
sportsfanmas: 19
cbacon87: 19
evileddie10: 19
LordofGustav: 19
smw88: 19

SIser187: 18
Ian carlisle: 18
Rateddc: 18
franticloser: 18
Nobby_McDonald: 18

GnarlsFunk: 17
Happy0wns: 17
Wolfman84: 17
DGenerationMC: 17
deanohbk: 17
Kijar: 17
GingeyOne: 17

Beejus: 16
K-Nection: 16

Jackets: 15

michgcs: 14

Gravyb0y: 11
Danny H22: 11

Crossface: 10
Cro Cop Rules: 10

Greggyb: 9
Briskout: 9

KnowYourEnemy: 8
smartman: 8

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