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WCW Greed
March 18th, 2001
Held at: UIC Pavilion in Chicago, Illinois (Great Lakes)
Announcers: Tony Schiavone, Mike Tenay, and Scott Hudson
Attendance: 6,959 people (sold out!)
PPV Rating: 0.27

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Team Canada (Mike Awesome & “Primetime” Elix Skipper) vs. “The Prodigal Son” Dustin Rhodes and Sid Vicious
Announced Time Limit: 30:00
Official: Billy Silverman
Ringside: No One

After the opening fireworks, we head straight to the ring for tag team action. Commentary talk about how strange it is that Lance Storm and Major Gunns seem to not be around, when you would think he would want to be on hand for this match featuring his charges. The crowd are popping huge for big Sid Vicious, as they always tend to do, but especially at the possibility of seeing him go head to head with the equally big Mike Awesome. The fans don’t really get the chance to see it though, as all four men take equal time to be in and out of the ring, perhaps if they’d had more time then the fans would have gotten what they were looking for in that battle. They do a very fair job of warming up the crowd for the rest of the evening though, as they play their roles in the Rock ‘n Roll forumla well; Rhodes gets worked over in the corner by the turncoats, until Sid gets the hot tag and closes the bout by drilling “Primetime” to the mat with the release Powerbomb. That gets the one, two, three, starting the show off nice and strong.

Match Time: 8:27
Rating: B
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“The Nature Boss” Ric Flair is backstage along with “Mean” Gene Okerlund. Gene hypes that Flair will be back in the internet position on WCWwrestling.com for most of the evening, answering questions from fans online. Flair says that means he’ll be watching the show intently, taking notes of who does what and if they don’t impress him, it may have implications on their future in WCW, whooo! Flair and Gene discuss the rest of the show, but Okerlund stumbles here and there, like saying the wrong Steiner is facing Booker T and throwing it to Tenay back with Booker.

Rating: B


It is actually Stevie Ray backstage with Booker T, as he seems to have become Booker’s personal interviewer for pay-per-views. The brothers Heat discuss Booker’s Falls Count Anywhere match tonight against Rick Steiner, with Booker saying that after the out of the ring brawls he was subjected to thanks to Steiner, he’s happy it was made a match where he can drag Rick by his dog face all around the arena and pin him wherever he wants. He warns Rick to “Save the drama for yo’ mama, be a man and leave Scott out of it, because we may not be in Harlem but it’s gonna be a street fight, sucka. And when it’s over, don’t hate the playa; hate the game.” Stevie has been left far behind his brother in terms of popularity, meaning he looks like he doesn’t belong here. There are plans of changing his role in the near future.

Rating: C+
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WCW World Cruiserweight Championship
Chavo Guerrero Jr. vs. Corporal Cajun

Announced Time Limit: 30:00
Official: Mark Johnson
Ringside: No One

Chavo takes his time getting this match started, stalling a bit outside the ring to irritate his rambunctious opponent. Tony talks over Mike in this one, as Tenay is trying to call the match while Tony speaks over him to talk about the Misfits in Action. Hudson just calls the action with Mike, which is something they do well. It’s not a very long match and these two aren’t exactly the regular high flying luchadors so it’s a pretty grounded regular match-up, which ends when the Cajun thinks he has it won after the Whiplash 2000, but Guerrero got his foot on the rope. While Mark Johnson is informing Lash that he didn’t win, Chavo rolls him up and again, gets his feet on the ropes – this time unseen by Johnson, as he counts the three. What saved Chavo the first time, retains his title for him the second time.

Match Time: 5:58
Rating: C-
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WCW Hardcore Championship
“The Franchise” Shane Douglas vs. Crowbar

Announced Time Limit: 25:00
Official: Scott James
Ringside: Daffney (Crowbar)

We go straight from one title match to another as the Hardcore championship is on the line. There are no pretense of the mentor/student relationship left here, as Crowbar takes it right to Douglas at the opening of the match. Daffney, wearing a red wig and a shirt that says “Weasley”, keeps telling Crowbar to stop and call off the match, but he doesn’t listen to her as he keeps putting more pressure on Shane. “The Franchise” is no pushover though, and he continually fights back, occasionally doing a cheap tactic like jabbing the challenger in the eyes and then getting distance between them. But the experience edge goes firmly to Shane, and despite all the weapons associated with the hardcore division, it is one countermove that spells the end – Crowbar leaps off the middle rope for an axe handle sledge, but Douglas catches him and hits a big belly to belly suplex, making the quick cover and getting the win to retain the championship. Daffney looks disappointed and walks backstage alone.

Match Time: 3:56
Rating: C-

“The Franchise” takes a microphone afterwards and tells Crowbar that “It looks like your final lesson was tonight, when you learned not to mess with ‘The Franchise’!” Douglas says that he put hardcore wrestling on the map, and he will continue to hold that legacy until he decides to pass it down to a worthy successor. Until then, all of the fools who try to take it from him will get their asses Franchised!

“I’m the greatest!”


Surprising Douglas, out comes “The Cat” along with Ms. Jones! Miller tells Douglas that he talks too damn much, but he is right about one thing; that Douglas did help start hardcore wrestling’s rise. However, after giving Shane his props, Ernest says that we will see about if Douglas gives up the hardcore torch willingly or not, because tomorrow on Nitro he had better call his mama because he’s going to be defending the title again! “I have spoken!” Douglas is complaining loudly in the ring, but nobody is listening as Miller and Jones start dancing on the stage.

Rating: C+
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“The Chosen One” Jeff Jarrett is backstage along with the Harris Boys, and he is taking time to cut a promo before heading to the ring. He talks about how Ric Flair was holding him back when he went for the World title at the start of this year, but he won’t be able to keep “The Chosen One” down next when he climbs the ladder of success and regains the US title! Jarrett tells the boys to follow along, but when he opens the door…


Ric Flair is standing in his doorway! Flair tells Jeff that he’s heard him talking about him a lot lately, and he’d been leaving him alone because he didn’t want to hear Jeff’s excuses if he cannot gain the title from General Rection. However, Flair says, Rection is going out there with no backup because his only companion had a match already and won’t be in condition to go help him. So despite the “no rules” way of a ladder match, Flair is banning everyone from ringside during the match, especially including the Harris Brothers! Jarrett is livid, and Flair eggs him on, saying that if he can’t get the match done on his own, then he should just stay back here and forfeit! “The Chosen One” finally relents his complaining and heads to the ring, with Flair wearing a smug grin on his face. These two played off one another very well, Jeff enjoying the rub he gets from working with “The Nature Boy” while Flair stayed on point and got the segment across well. It looks like if Jeff Jarrett is going to win the United States title back, he’ll be doing it all by himself!

Rating: B-



WCW United States Heavyweight Championship – Ladder Match
General Rection vs. “The Chosen One” Jeff Jarrett

Announced Time Limit: 45:00
Official: Charles Robinson
Ringside: No One

All on his own, Jarrett starts the match hot and heavy with fists to General Rection. He wastes little time in trying to work on the legs of his heavier foe, which Tenay calls a smart move given that this match is all about climbing up the ladder. “The Chosen One” is the first to go out for a ladder, but Hugh baseball slides it into Jarrett’s chest and brings it into the ring himself. He starts setting the ladder up, but Jarrett interrupts with a belly to back suplex. Jarrett then uses the ladder to inflict some more damage on the champion’s left knee, but when Jarrett places the ladder on him and goes to the middle rope for a stomp, the General uses the ladder right back by shoving it into Jarrett’s face! Rection gives his challenger a bulldog onto the ladder, before shoving Jeff aside and trying to set it up again. Jarrett turns the tide with a low blow, putting Rection down on the mat with a jumping DDT. When the challenger tries to climb the ladder however, Hugh comes back strong by bringing Jarrett to the mat with a ring shaking powerbomb! After watching Jeff roll to the outside of the ring in pain, the former “Laughing Man” heads up the ladder, and he just starts touching the championship – but a guitar explodes over his back! Jarrett got one of his Acoustic Equalizers out from under the ring! Jeff pulls Hugh down and hits him with the Stroke before starting to climb the ladder himself. Jarrett just barely starts to unhook the title, but the ladder starts shaking – Rection still has life left, and he pushes Jeff and the ladder down, away from the belt! Hugh brings the ladder back up and starts climbing it, but he looks up at the title… and turns away, opting instead to go for the No Laughing Matter off the side of the ladder! The crowd are absolutely buzzing now!

But Jarrett rolls out of the way! Slowly but surely, Jeff makes his way to his feet and up the ladder, as Rection stirs. He begins climbing the other side, but it’s too late, and Jarrett pulls down the title! We have a new champion!

Match Time: 14:06
Rating: C+
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Following that display, we head backstage to “Mean” Gene Okerlund in the dressing room of “Big Sexy” Kevin Nash. Gene is looking for some words from one of the three men in our main event of this evening, and Kevin gives him a few. He says that he and Dallas had a bit of a rocky patch the past two weeks, caused by Scott Steiner mostly, but maybe Scotty wasn’t all that wrong. He and Page do have big egos, and they both want to be World champion again. Tonight, they both get the chance to do so, but only one person can walk out with the strap. He wishes Page the best of luck, but as for Steiner? He wishes him a good rub down from Midajah before the match, because that’s the only happy ending he’s gonna have tonight!

Rating: B-
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Konnan comes to the ring all bowdy-bowdy and rowdy-rowdy, but that’s when he calls out the mystery attacker, saying that he’s gonna make whoever it is “toss his salad” all night long. Tygress seems into it, but when the lights go out, we finally find out who has been taking people out…








No one seems to come out of the entrance… wait…







From behind, Konnan gets attacked!







It’s Chris Kanyon! We haven’t seen him in WCW in months, but it looks like he’s taking Konnan’s challenge!

Rating: C


Konnan vs. Kanyon
Announced Time Limit: 30:00
Official: Mark Johnson
Ringside: Tygress (Konnan)

Konnan tries as he might, but despite how rowdy-rowdy he can get, he never really recovers from the opening attack. Kanyon seems to have a new lease on life, as he eats any offense that “K-Dawg” can muster and fires back more harshly. Tony, Mike, and Scott put over the new gimmick for Kanyon pretty well, that of a crazed Calculating Madman. Tenay broke out his “Innovator of Offense” nickname again, which hadn’t been heard for him in some time. Despite the cheers of Tygress and a late match rally, including a rolling clothesline and the K-Factor, Kanyon is able to pull Konnan by his pants face first into the turnbuckle, stunning him long enough to land the Flatliner and pick up a big return victory.

Match Time: 7:26
Rating: B-
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Backstage, The Steiner Brothers are there along with Midajah. With no Gene Okerlund in sight to hold a microphone and ask questions of them, Rick and Scott just talk to the camera to make threats at their opponents tonight. Scott talks of how he destroyed Page and Nash not long ago on Nitro, and it doesn’t matter that they attacked him on Thunder because he’s “The Big Bad Booty Daddy” and the man with the largest arms in the world and they’re gonna be calling him “daddy” just like all his Chicago freaks. Rick even talks a bit instead of just standing behind his brother, as he tells Booker T that while Booker claimed to be happy about their match becoming a Falls Count Anywhere bout, he should have ran scared because there will be no running or hiding from “The Dog Faced Gremlin” tonight. Rick says that he’s going to prove tonight that Booker T isn’t worthy of facing his brother for the title again, and even if Booker does manage to put a limp hand over top of Rick and get a three count, he’ll be so sore and hurt that he won’t be back to WCW again! Scott pumps his brother up with a slap on the back, telling him to go get it done, as Rick leaves the room. Both brothers did a great job here improvising their promo, as they did a fine job in putting over their matches tonight.

Rating: B-


Falls Count Anywhere Match
Booker T vs. “The Dog-Faced Gremlin” Rick Steiner

Announced Time Limit: 30:00
Official: Charles Robinson
Ringside: No One

Nothing is sacred between these two as the match begins during Booker T’s entrance to the ring, as Rick rushes him from behind with a clubbing forearm to the back of the neck! Steiner takes the early control of the bout by sending Booker off the stage, getting a surprising two count given how early this is into the match. Rick utilizes the arena by throwing Booker into the guardrails, punching on him while he’s tied up in the loose pieces of railing. Booker does all he can to fight back, but each time Rick is able to stomp him back down to the floor. Finally Booker catches a break as Rick whips him toward a wall, but Booker reverses it into a short-arm clothesline! The former World champion starts punishing Steiner for all the things he did to him early in the bout, slamming pieces of guardrail down onto him as they finally head toward the ring. They keep the intensity up as Rick recovers while Booker was dragging him, and he turns it into a belly to back suplex on the concrete floor! Rick hammers Booker into the steel steps, continuing his strategy of damaging Booker’s shoulder and neck again. Booker gets thrown into the ring, which is the first time this match has made it into the ring after ten grueling minutes of brawling around the arena. Rick definitely doesn’t let up now that they are between the ropes, delivering a brutal head-and-arm suplex that folds Booker over. Rick makes a cover, but Booker somehow kicks out at a two-and-a-half count! Rick feels this is over anyways, as he starts lifting Booker onto his shoulders for the Steiner Driver (Death Valley Driver) but Booker wriggles free and hits a Harlem Sidekick that puts both of them down! He drags an arm over Steiner, but it’s again only a two count. Booker is clearly favoring his weakened neck and shoulder, but he still fights on, trying to win the match and prove himself. As both men get to their feet, they begin throwing punches at one another, with Steiner getting the better of that and sending Booker to the ropes. Rick drills a Steiner-line into Booker’s chest, taking him to the mat, but “The Dog Faced Gremlin” feels a little too good about the move and doesn’t see Booker spin-a-roonie back to his feet, before unleashing a leaping sidekick that puts Rick on the mat! He goes immediately for a cover, but Rick gets his shoulder up just in time. As each man shakes loose the cobwebs, Booker pulls himself to his feet, but is barely on them until Steiner is up and forces him out of the ring and down to the floor. As Booker tries to get back onto the apron, Rick kicks him back down. He takes careful aim, and jumps down with a double axe handle onto Booker’s back – no wait, Booker is up and he catches Rick with the Book End! Booker falls on top of Steiner, and Robinson is right there to count the 1...2...3! The Book End came out of nowhere, but the result is the same as if he had telegraphed it: victory.

Match Time: 16:45
Rating: B-
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A recap video airs that shows the Natural Born Thrillers. It starts off with how they joined together last year, but quickly moves to when they have split apart earlier this month. Shawn Stasiak has put Mark Jindrak out for the unforeseen future as of last week’s Nitro, taking him out of the running to be his partner tonight; not that Jindrak seemed interested in pairing with Shawn anyways. Who could it be?
Rating: C
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Tony mentions that this is an odd interruption, as Lance Storm leads Major Gunns down to the ring. Mike and Scott debate about who the mystery partner is, but also what Storm wants, maybe he’s upset that his boys lost in the opening match and felt he has to talk about it. Storm gets on a microphone and says that while he isn’t very happy that Sid and Dustin won over Elix and Mike earlier, there is another day that will see those two get their comeuppance. If Lance can be serious for a moment, he wants to talk about people who have great sense. He tells that he was a triple champion only a few months ago, and since then Team Canada haven’t held much gold; and he plans on changing that. Tony asks if that means Team Canada are challenging the winners of this match, but no – Storm reveals that Shawn Stasiak had the sense to come to him to be his partner, which is the smartest move he may have ever made in joining with the best athlete from Calgary, Alberta, Canada!

Shawn comes down to the ring (with a new entrance theme) wearing a huge smile on his face, as commentary talk about what a coup it is for Stasiak to hook his wagon to a prime competitor such as Lance Storm! They also wonder if that means Stasiak has the backing of all the rest of Team Canada, because they know for a fact that Skipper and Awesome have not left the arena yet. Shawn really isn’t popular enough to hold up his end of this segment.

Sean O’Haire and Chuck Palumbo (not pictured in video) come to the ring with their semi-new Union Underground inspired theme, and they take a moment to stand at the top of the ramp and look down upon their opponents, as it doesn’t look like either of them ever expected Lance Storm. But given Storm is a bigger heel than both of them, they seem to be getting more cheers than before, so with that crowd reaction they rush the ring and start throwing punches at their new enemies! Going against a bigger time heel like Storm is the official face turn for O’Haire and Palumbo, who’s turns were a complete success and pretty well.
Rating: C+



WCW World Tag Team Championships
The Natural Born Thrillers (Chuck Palumbo & Sean O’Haire) vs. “Perfect” Shawn Stasiak and Lance Storm

Announced Time Limit: 45:00
Official: Billy Silverman
Ringside: Major Gunns (Lance Storm)

In a very brisk start, O’Haire and Palumbo do a number on Stasiak and send him from the ring, but the match begins properly when Storm hits a superkick on both of them, one sending O’Haire from the ring to get the bell to sound. Palumbo is really off his game here, and unfortunately he’s in the ring with a consummate professional like Lance Storm which makes it seem more off than usual. Storm connects with a big leg lariat for a near fall, and he gets off a few illegal double team moves behind Billy Silverman’s back along with Stasiak, but Chuck moves out of the way of a charging “Perfect” Shawn and causes him to collide with Storm. That gives Palumbo a chance to tag in O’Haire, finally getting him into the ring with a big head of steam! He takes Stasiak down with a spin kick and power slam before lifting Storm with a military press slam! Major Gunns jumps up onto the apron as O’Haire goes for a Seanton Bomb, taking Sean away from the match and bringing Mike Awesome down to the ring. Stasiak pulls O’Haire away while Silverman is distracted, and Mike hits a running Awesome Bomb on Chuck Palumbo! As Shawn keeps Sean at bay by leading his hot-headed former stablemate on a chase up the ramp, Storm locks the Canadian Maple Leaf onto Palumbo, making sure to use his leg to block that it’s actually not the legal man in the hold, and the ruse works as Billy calls for the bell when Chuck taps out! This match really got the crowd buzzing, as we have new World Tag Team champions!

Match Time: 6:36
Rating: B

As the bell has sounded, Awesome and Skipper hit the ring, and it begins a four on two beating of the former champions! It definitely looks like Shawn Stasiak now has the full backup of Team Canada behind him, and on top of that he has gained the championships alongside Lance Storm! Despite Skipper’s “soft” offense looking out of place, Palumbo does some good selling here, looking good as they try to fight back, but it’s to no avail.

Charging out of the back, albeit with a prominent limp, comes Mark Jindrak, and despite commentary questioning him somewhat, he comes in and tackles Storm to the mat! However, that’s about as far as he makes it, his efforts in vain because now it’s still a four on three situation. The fans reacted pretty well to it though, as Jindrak is now a face along with his teammates. The numbers just don’t go in their favor whatsoever, and it ends with the Thrillers laying flat on the mat as Team Canada and Shawn Stasiak hold the World Tag Team championships above them!

Rating: C+
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We head from there to a good recap video for the upcoming Chicago Street Fight, as Goldberg and Kronik step into the lion’s den against Animal and Totally Buff!
Rating: B-


“Mean” Gene is back behind the curtain with Totally Buff, Animal, and Madusa, who is hanging mostly off of Luger’s arm. Animal raves that for years he was one of the “Masters of the Midway” and the owner of the Chicago Street Fight, and now it’s time to show these young pups that the big bad dog isn’t about to just roll over and play dead! Luger and Bagwell add how they are out to cement themselves by forcing Goldberg to retire by defeating him tonight, as it’s time for him to leave this business its the next stars, Totally Buff!

Rating: B


Chicago Street Fight
Totally Buff and Animal vs. Goldberg and KroniK

Announced Time Limit: No Time Limit
Official: Scott James
Ringside: Madusa (Totally Buff, Animal)

If you’re looking for a catch-as-catch-can classic, you are in the wrong arena right now. These guys just brawl the night away, barely selling anything as they head all around the arena putting on a wild show for the audience. Goldberg really stands out here, putting on a great performance that sees him go toe-to-toe with Animal, who the Chicago crowd are always solidly behind. Tonight is no different, as he receives a smattering of cheers, but the UIC Pavilion is simply unglued for Goldberg. Kronik do most of the fighting with Totally Buff, as the three of them cycle in and out of the ring doing fairly generic punch and kick offensive moves on one another. The tide changes when a steel chair is introduced by Madusa, as Bagwell clubs Bryan Clark with it before choking him to the floor with a nearby camera cable. Totally Buff then double team Adams, putting him down to the mat with a Doomsday Device style Buff Blockbuster. Goldberg is just barely able to break up a three count that would have caused him to be forced out of WCW!

With Kronik mostly down and out, it becomes a four on one assault on Goldberg. Yes, even Madusa is getting a few licks in here and there, as she sneaks a few kicks in anytime “Da Man” is able to power everyone else away. Animal has his thick biker chain, and he gets as close a near fall as anyone may have ever gotten on Goldberg this year, as he had not only punched Goldberg with the chain wrapped around his fist but also choked him with it. Finally Goldberg is able to fight up, as even with the chain hanging around his neck he hits Luger and Bagwell with a double clothesline before forcing Animal down to the mat with a vicious powerslam! Madusa comes in with the chair, but Goldberg hits her with the Spear! She is taken completely out of the equation, just as Clark and Adams re-enter it. They deliver the High Times to Luger, just as Bagwell tastes the Spear. The pendulum has swung completely the other way now, as Goldberg uses the chain to knock Animal’s own lights out! With all the power he has, Goldberg then lifts Animal high into the air before driving him down with the Jackhammer! Scott James is right there, as Kronik and the crowd count the fatal one, two, three, finally giving Goldberg a big pinfall victory over the man who had hounded him for over a month.

Match Time: 13:55
Rating: B
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Before our main event, we go to a video package that details the past month of “Big Poppa Pump” Scott Steiner harassing The Insiders. It shows him working them against one another, and how it seemed as though it was working out for him, until he got too much Greed and attacked them both on this past Nitro. On Thunder, the Insiders turned the tables, delivering a two-on-one attack that left the champion out! Will tonight’s match be another two-on-one, or is Steiner correct that the egos just cannot coexist when the gold is on the line?
Rating: B



WCW World Heavyweight Championship – Triple Threat Match
“Big Poppa Pump” Scott Steiner vs. “Big Sexy” Kevin Nash vs. Diamond Dallas Page

Announced Time Limit: 60:00
Official: Nick Patrick
Ringside: Midajah (Scott Steiner)

The time for talk is over, as the three men (and a little lady) make their way to the ring. Commentary discuss how they’re pretty sure Rick Steiner will have no part in this bout, as he is back in the medical room following the match he had with Booker T earlier. On that note, they mention how Booker is not likely to be seen following that match either.

At the moment the bell sounds, “The Big Bad Booty Daddy” decides that he wants no part of this, sliding to the outside of the ring and leaving Nash and Page standing in the ring. Nick Patrick tells them that they have to lock up, as we need action, leading Mike Tenay to say that while he doesn’t agree with this tactic, Scott certainly seems to be onto something here. The Insiders are forced to lock up with one another, with “Big Sexy” getting the obvious advantage with his size. He forces Dallas back against the ropes, breaking cleanly. They lock up again, but this time DDP is able to put Nash into the turnbuckles by switching on him and using momentum against Nash. The two shake hands, as Scott screams out “This is a load of crap!” The two lock up with one another yet again, but it appears this time there’s a plan – Nash lifts Page up, and surprisingly throws him over the top rope, causing him to land directly on Scott Steiner!

They force the champion into the ring now, and what ensues is a complete two-on-one situation, and the crowd eats it up! They perhaps don’t eat it up as much as they should however, as a lot of them are already emotionally drained following the Chicago Street Fight. Page sends Steiner into the turnbuckles before whipping Nash in as well to deliver a big clothesline, Nash holds Steiner in place for DDP to hit a flurry of jabs, and they deliver a double vertical suplex that shakes the ring! The crowd are absolutely buzzing as they watch the Insiders decimate Scott Steiner, with the two of them laying back over him as Nick Patrick counts one, two…

But that’s where it all falls apart, as they both realize they are pinning him, but only one can win! So the former two-time World Tag Team champions shove one another away, and they begin arguing over who is going to pick up the win and the WCW championship! Scott rolls out toward the sound of Midajah calling to him, leaving the ring to catch a breather as Kevin and Dallas lock up again – but this time with more force, and there is definitely no handshake or clean break when Nash shoves Page into the turnbuckles! “The Big Bad Wolf” fires off a round of knees and framed elbow smashes that threaten to shatter the ribs and jaw of the man who was his partner and friend just eight minutes ago, but is now solidly his enemy. Tony Schiavone says that this is what happens with Greed, as Nash begins choking Page with his long, outstretched leg. Steiner sees an opening there, as Midajah jumps up onto the ring apron to distract Patrick, the champion enters the ring to deliver a low blow to Nash! He dumps Nash out of the ring, and delivers a belly to belly suplex to Page out of the corner, which scores him a near fall.

The next section of the match features Steiner working over Dallas in the ring with a variety of slams and suplexes while doing all he can to keep Nash out of the ring. He continuously knees him back to the floor anytime Kevin tries getting onto the apron, and at points when he feels Page isn’t going to disrupt him, he heads down to the floor to deliver some actual punishment. The match really starts to drift a little aimlessly, as the psychology starts to appear to be all over the place. After he hits a particularly nasty looking smash into the guardrail that sees Scott just driving Nash’s back into it, Steiner feels that he’s done with this bout and locks Page in the Steiner Recliner!

DDP may not exactly be widely known as “The People’s Champion” anymore, but the people still love him as they will him to find his way to the ropes or at least fight out of the hold, anything to keep him from giving up! “Big Poppa Pump” ripples every muscle he has in order to put as much pressure on the submission hold as his battered body will allow. In the background, we start to see Nash getting to his feet and onto the apron, but Midajah tries holding him back! She does anything she can, even jumping onto the seven footer’s back in order to grant Steiner every last second that he has to apply pressure to Page! Finally, Nash is able to get back into the ring, and he breaks the hold, but Scott Hudson starts wondering just how much that extended stay in the hold took out of Dallas.

Steiner now is forced to deal with Nash, but surprises everyone by popping Kevin to the mat with a big belly-to-belly suplex! Instead of capitalize, though, he starts doing push-ups! Tony says that he must be feeling pretty confident at this juncture to be that cocky right now. He drops an elbow onto Nash, laying on him to get another near fall. Page seems to stir a little, but Steiner goes over and stomps him back down to the mat. That confidence gets the better of the champion though, as he slaps Nash across the face, calling him “Kevin Trash” – and Nash fires back with a slew of forearms! Kevin sends Steiner into the ropes, and he comes back with a big sidewalk slam! Nash pulls the leg, after the punishment the champion has taken this could be it!

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Page breaks it up!
DDP seemed to come out of nowhere for that save, nearly leaping over Nick Patrick in order to cause the separation. Nash takes offense to his friend costing him the championship, as he grabs Dallas by the face and shoves him into the turnbuckles. He tells Page to “Wait there!” as he drags Steiner off the mat. He fires Steiner into the opposite turnbuckle, and the Insiders look set to deliver another double team irish whip maneuver. Nash starts sending Page across the ring, but wait – Nash doesn’t let go, and he pulls Dallas into a forearm; no wait again, Page ducks it and turns Nash around into the Diamond Cutter! BANG out of nowhere! He goes for the quick cover!

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NO, “Big Poppa Pump” makes the break this time! That one definitely could have been his title!
Steiner starts pulling Page to his feet, clearly pissed off that this match hasn’t gone his way entirely. He looks to set up another belly to belly suplex on him, but Page is able to escape Steiner’s grip by clapping his hands around Scott’s head, and then he lays the dazed champion out with a discus clothesline!

BUT LOOK OUT, Kevin Nash is on his feet, and as Dallas is rising off the mat, Nash nails Page with a knee lift to the stomach, before pulling him off the ground – he drills his partner down with the Jackknife Powerbomb! Dallas is sprawled out on the mat, flat on his back! Nash makes the cover, and commentary say that you could count to ten and this would be over…

Except Nick Patrick isn’t there to count! He is being held elsewhere by Midajah, not even having seen the Jackknife that did the damage. That’s the cue for “The Big Bad Booty Daddy” as he grabs up his lead pipe and jacks Nash in the back of the head with it! Steiner rolls a dazed Page over and hammers him in the back and ribs with the pipe, before throwing it back out of the ring.

While earlier in the match, the fans were cheering and clapping for Page to fight, when the Steiner Recliner goes on this time, there is no hope in Mudville. Dallas tries as hard as he can, but in the end, he passes out, Kevin Nash unable to make the save as he is left laying in the corner of the ring. It took Midajah and a piece of pipe to do it, but on this night, Scott Steiner showed the full extent of his Greed, and walked out still holding the World’s Heavyweight championship.

Match Time: 22:24
Rating: B-



The sound of the sirens is cut off just as quickly as Scott Steiner’s in-ring celebration is, as “The Nature Boy” joins us in the arena! Flair applauds Steiner for making it through this match successfully, however…

“I watched the match in the back, and while I may not have clean hands as far as World title defenses go, I ain’t never had to resort to beating a man with a pipe! I ain’t never had to do it because ‘The Nature Boy’ walked this aisle each and every night, and no matter who I was in the ring with, we bled, we sweat, and we paid the price! And if sometimes JJ or Arn had to come in and stop the match, we did it, but we did it to your face, not behind your back like a snake in the grass!”

Scott is unimpressed with this, as he calls Ric a “senile old fool” and tells him to either get to the point or get out of his face. Flair is really improvising well in this segment though, as he struts around the top of the stage sending out a few “Woooo! Woooo! Woooo!” toward the crowd, who return in kind.

“In two weeks, pal, you’re gonna be forced to bleed, sweat, and pay the price. In two weeks, on March 26th, on the flagship Monday Nitro, we are going to have a Night of the Champions, where every title in WCW will be up for grabs – and the way this match went down, I’ve found the man who will be taking you on in that match.

“None other…. than the man who you had to bash over the head with a pipe in order to retain the belt here, ‘Big Sexy’ Kevin Nash!

“And this time, pal, there won’t be any funny business. Because in Panama City at the Boardwalk Beach Resort on the series finale of Nitro on TNT, we are going to erect a fifteen foot high steel cage, and you two are gonna be in it, for the Heavyweight title of the world! WOOOOOOOO!”


Scott is livid! His performance is good as he complains loudly about having to defend the title again so soon, and inside a steel cage!

Rating: B+
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With that huge announcement, we go to the commentary booth as another WCW pay-per-view comes to a close. Tony, Mike, and Scott recap some of the huge things we’ve seen happen tonight, such as our new Tag Team champions, Goldberg’s streak still being intact, and the series finale of Nitro on TNT featuring a big World Heavyweight title match, as Scott Steiner and Kevin Nash will battle inside a steel cage! The three openly talk about how they have no information about where WCW on pay-per-view is going from here, but tell fans to watch for news on WCW programming as well as checking on WCW.com for all the latest breaking information. But until then, this is goodnight everybody, and goodbye to Time Warner pay-per-view!

Rating: C+
Show Rating: B
This show increased our popularity in 10 regions.

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