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Default January 2003: Post-Sin News and Notes

Sin was a big success. While Starrcade was slightly better, this was still the second best event we've put on since I bought the company. If this becomes anything close to the new normal for us, Vince better be looking over his shoulder!

I knew Matt Hardy wouldn't be too thrilled about losing to the Jung Dragons, even if it was by DQ. That was why I made sure to set the match up where Matt would be protected and kept as strong as possible, being in control of the match until the chair got introduced. This loss is unfortunately going to do some damage to the Hardys' popularity, but it was where I needed to go in the story.

I heaped plenty of praise on Dustin and Rey for their fantastic main event, and also complimented Jamie Knoble on an awesome performance and told him I'd do my best to come up with something for him to do.

Since being released by New Japan two months ago, young Shinsuke Nakamura has been sitting around waiting for an offer from one of the many other Japanese companies, yet none have contacted him. He hasn't even been able to find work on local independent shows. That's really odd to me, because my international scouts and our NJPW contacts all rave about the kid as a good worker already, to go along with strong natural charisma and star presence. I don't know why he's slipped through the cracks, but I had my people invite him to attend a recent Renaissance taping to discuss the possibility of coming over here and working for us. After a surprising release from New Japan and two months of silence from all the other Japanese groups, I'm optimistic that he'll be willing to make this big jump.

I've had CM Punk give his thoughts on several of the Renaissance women, and now I've had one of our top female workers chime in about one of the guys. Etsuko Mita is really impressed with Bryan Danielson and thinks he's one of the guys I should build the Nitro brand around over the next year or two.

Shane Douglas thinks Cash hasn't connected with the fans at all during his WCW career and has little chance of ever doing so. That's probably my fault as much as anything, because he's a good worker who has had very little to do.

"Nobody likes watching those two little boys dancing, 'specially that Shannon kid! That's a girl's name, and his momma prolly named him that 'cause he looks like a little girl!" -Scott Steiner

5SSW has filled the title vacancy created when we called up Momoe Nakanishi. Kaoru Ito won a triple threat against Cutie Suzuki and Mariko Yoshida for the vacant 5SSW World title. The 31-year old Ito is there under developmental deal and a callup could be imminent, so I have a feeling the title will have to be vacated for a second time.

Right after going on a bit of a hiring spree to at least partially compensate for their massive roster cuts in late 2002, Inoki has turned right around and released a slew of talent. The complete list:

Dr. Wagner Jr.
Hiro Saito
Junji Hirata
Kenso Suzuki
Minoru Tanaka
Naofumi Yamamoto
Super J
Wataru Inoue

I can understand the Inoue firing, since it was a direct result of failing a drug test, but the rest of this has me confused and concerned. This erratic behavior by Inoki isn't good for worker morale or the reputation of the company, and since a lot of these guys were under guaranteed written contracts it makes zero fiscal sense. I don't know what's going on in that office, but I think it might be time for us to terminate our working agreement with New Japan and try to set something up with one of the other major Japanese groups. Preferably NOAH if Misawa is interested.

As for the released wrestlers, I'd love to bring in Dr. Wagner, who is one of the best in the world. Unfortunately I've been given no hint that he's interested in working in the US, so he'll probably be exclusive to CMLL now. I might be able to get Minoru Tanaka though, as he made a couple of appearances for us in August 2001 on a talent trade for New Japan and seemed to enjoy the experience. Minoru isn't overly charismatic but is a super technical wrestler, so it might be worth bringing him in.

Though it was overshadowed by the round of cuts, New Japan has become the latest company to ink a PPV deal with Main Event in Australia. That makes them the fifth company that Main Event has signed up. Perhaps I should follow suit and make WCW the sixth? Our big events currently air on commercial TV via Ten Network Australia. There would be less eyes on the show if I make the switch, but going to PPV would likely bring in more money.

Hall of Champions:

World Heavyweight Champion:

Rey Mysterio Jr.

Won: December 29th, 2002 from Booker T at Starrcade in Sydney, Australia

Previous Champions (since March 2001):
Booker T (#5): May 19th, 2002-December 29th, 2002 (224 days)
Rob Van Dam: December 30th, 2001-May 19th, 2002 (140 days)
Scott Steiner (#2): July 15th, 2001-December 30th, 3001 (168 days)
Booker T (#4): March 26th, 2001-July 15th, 2001 (111 days)

World Women's Champion:

Manami Toyota (4th reign)

Won: October 5th, 2002 from Etsuko Mita on Women's Wrestling Renaissance in Tokyo, Japan
((This was formerly the WWWA World Championship, the top title in All Japan Women's Pro Wrestling. The title was renamed the WCW World Women's Championship upon WCW buying AJW, and its title lineage was kept intact.))

Previous Champions (since January 2002):
Etsuko Mita: January 9th, 2002-October 5th, 2002 (269 days)

United States Heavyweight Champion:

AJ Styles

Won: December 29th, 2002 from Shane Douglas at Starrcade in Sydney, Australia

Previous Champions (since March 2001):
Shane Douglas (#2): April 1st, 2002-December 29th, 2002 (272 days)
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:

"Fallen Angel" Christopher Daniels

Won: September 22nd, 2002 from American Dragon at War Games in Greensboro, North Carolina

Previous Champions (since March 2001):
American Dragon: August 11th, 2002-September 22nd, 2002 (42 days)
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:

Sean O'Haire

Won: January 26th, 2003 from Fit Finlay at Sin in Denver, Colorado

Previous Champions (since July 2002):
Fit Finlay (#2): July 29th, 2002-January 26th, 2003 (181 days)

World Tag Team Champions:

The Hardys (Matt Hardy and Jeff Hardy, 2nd reign for both individually and as a team)

Won: December 29th, 2002 from True Heroes in a ladder match at Starrcade in Sydney, Australia

Previous Champions (since March 2001):
True Heroes (Lance Storm and CM Punk): October 27th, 2002-December 29th, 2002 (63 days)
The Hardys (Matt Hardy and Jeff Hardy): July 14th, 2002-October 27th, 2002 (105 days)
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 10 points):

DavidCorperial: 9
Satyr24: 9
cbacon87: 9
BHK6: 9
Cro Cop Rules: 9
crackerjack: 9
jscotty: 9
GnarlsFunk: 9

Dead_Jester: 8
odan: 8
Happy0wns: 8
Inic: 8
Wolfman84: 8
Rateddc: 8

DGenerationMC: 7
smw88: 7
KnowYourEnemy: 7
evileddie10: 7
JMike: 7
Ian carlisle: 7
deanohbk: 7
tg01: 7

Uncrewed: 6
michgcs: 6
bonnie: 6
Beejus: 6
chrismday: 6
Warhawk8492: 6
K-Nection: 6
GingeyOne: 6
thecoolestjedi12: 6
Destiny: 6

kinnikuniverse: 5
Kijar: 5
2Sweet: 5
The OGI: 5
sportsfanmas: 5

Standings in prediction contest after two shows:

DavidCorperial: 15
Satyr24: 15
cbacon87: 15
GnarlsFunk: 15
jscotty: 15

Rateddc: 14
BHK6: 14

Uncrewed: 13
KnowYourEnemy: 13
Wolfman84: 13
Dead_Jester: 13
odan: 13

K-Nection: 12
bonnie: 12
DGenerationMC: 12
deanohbk: 12
smw88: 12
Ian carlisle: 12
JMike: 12
evileddie10: 12
Happy0wns: 12

Warhawk8492: 11
chrismday: 11
Beejus: 11
tg01: 11

kinnikuniverse: 10
Kijar: 10
GingeyOne: 10
Destiny: 10

2Sweet: 9
michgcs: 9
Cro Cop Rules: 9
crackerjack: 9

Inic: 8

thecoolestjedi12: 6

The OGI: 5
sportsfanmas: 5
Danny H22: 5

This may be a good time to point out that there might be a bit more of a delay in posting over the next two or three months as I will be a bit busy with some other stuff. I don't expect things to grind to a halt or to go a month without posting or anything like that, but just fair warning.

Hopefully my writeups gave a good idea as to the differences between the 3 (!) A rated matches at Sin, but here are the numbers:

Rey vs. Unnatural: 98
Corino vs. Knoble: 91
AJ vs. Douglas: 89

Originally Posted by kinnikuniverse View Post
Awesome show! I love unnatural. I'm actually feeling sympathy for him!
...You shouldn't. He's deranged.

Benoit trainer at ROH? �� but i dunno, I feel like there's no point in ROH existing if all their biggest stars are working for you...
Well, they DO have Jay Lethal, Roderick Strong, Bobby Fish and both Motor City Machine Guns. But yeah, WCW still being around naturally hurts the rosters of ROH and TNA.

Dat Jimmy yang picture tho...
You're supposed to be looking at the Keibler picture!

Who in development you feel is ready to be called soon?
I only call someone up if they fit in one of these three categories:

A) They've reached the point where they start mailing me saying they've learned all they can and want to be called up.

B) They are the tag team partner of someone from A, and both get called up at the same time so I can book them as a team. (I'm pretty sure this happened with Made in Italy and Volador/Aguila.)

or C) I have a specific idea in mind for them. (No one really springs to mind here from this diary, but this is what happened with Undertaker in TGAAB.)

Originally Posted by K-Nection View Post
Fantastic show! I don't want to drop any spoilers but Dustin and Jamie Knoble are diamonds in the rough! You have so many guys now that are way better off than they ever done in RL. Shane and Lance storm come to mind here as well. I'm loving Bret's WCW and can't wait for the Nitro and Renaissance write ups.
I think you could even argue that Rey is better off than at any point in real life. He won the WHC, sure, but it was basically a secondary title by that point, plus he was booked as ineffectively as possible.
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