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World Heavyweight Championship/Ultimate Fan Series (The K-Nections lead 2-1): "Big Poppa Pump" Scott Steiner (Uncrewed's Crew) vs. Booker T (The K-Nections) {©}

United States Heavyweight Championship: Mike Awesome vs. Rey Misterio Jr. {©}

Ultimate Fan Series (Championship Pedigree leads 2-1): "Nature Boy" Ric Flair (Satyr's Hopeful Few) vs. Shane Douglas (Championship Pedigree)

Ultimate Fan Series (Sin-free Society leads 2-1): CM Punk (Sin-free Society) vs. "Sugar" Shane Helms (The Whole F'n Package)

Ultimate Fan Series (The Dead Jesters lead 2-1): Sean O'Haire vs. Dustin Rhodes

Last Man Standing: Diamond Dallas Page vs. Kanyon

No Disqualification: Rob Van Dam vs. Jeff Jarrett

Sting vs. "The Total Package" Lex Luger

AJ Styles vs. Lance Storm

What will be match of the night? Mike Awesome vs. Rey Misterio Jr.

How many championships will change hands? 0
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World Heavyweight Championship/Ultimate Fan Series (The K-Nections lead 2-1): "Big Poppa Pump" Scott Steiner (Uncrewed's Crew) vs. Booker T (The K-Nections) {©}
-Very tough one to pick as it could go either way but seeing as how every Champion is face at the moment I think we are due for a heel Title holder at some point.

United States Heavyweight Championship: Mike Awesome vs. Rey Misterio Jr. {©}
-Another tough call but I need to support my UFS pick even if this isn't a UFS match. I have a bad feeling I have this and the World Title matches mixed.

Ultimate Fan Series (Championship Pedigree leads 2-1): "Nature Boy" Ric Flair (Satyr's Hopeful Few) vs. Shane Douglas (Championship Pedigree)
-Another tough one, was a big Douglas fan in ECW and would like to see him rise up the card but just don't see it happening.

Ultimate Fan Series (Sin-free Society leads 2-1): CM Punk (Sin-free Society) vs. "Sugar" Shane Helms (The Whole F'n Package)
-As much as I don't like Punk (Flame shield up) he is definitely getting a push.

Ultimate Fan Series (The Dead Jesters lead 2-1): Sean O'Haire vs. Dustin Rhodes
-Sticking with my team.

Last Man Standing: Diamond Dallas Page vs. Kanyon

-Kanyon is better in the long term given DDP's age.

No Disqualification: Rob Van Dam vs. Jeff Jarrett
-Feeling Jarrett will take this one and prolong the feud another month.

Sting vs. "The Total Package" Lex Luger
-Luger's time is coming to an end.

AJ Styles vs. Lance Storm
-Storm is the bigger deal at the moment.

What will be match of the night? Booker vs. Steiner.

How many championships will change hands? 1
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World Heavyweight Championship/Ultimate Fan Series (The K-Nections lead 2-1): "Big Poppa Pump" Scott Steiner (Uncrewed's Crew) vs. Booker T (The K-Nections) {©}
It's a close one, but I can't go against my K-Nections pick. Maybe Steiner gets disqualified?

United States Heavyweight Championship: Mike Awesome vs. Rey Misterio Jr. {©}
I think Rey deserves a decently long run with the belt to establish himself among the heavyweights, even at the expense of Awesome.

Ultimate Fan Series (Championship Pedigree leads 2-1): "Nature Boy" Ric Flair (Satyr's Hopeful Few) vs. Shane Douglas (Championship Pedigree)
Just so I can hear Shane yell "F*** RIC FLAIR" in my head.

Ultimate Fan Series (Sin-free Society leads 2-1): CM Punk (Sin-free Society) vs. "Sugar" Shane Helms (The Whole F'n Package)
Another tough one, as I am a Punk mark. Yet I see the champ winning here.

Ultimate Fan Series (The Dead Jesters lead 2-1): Sean O'Haire vs. Dustin Rhodes
Young talent should get the win.

Last Man Standing: Diamond Dallas Page vs. Kanyon
Please push Kanyon, as he was more above average than Mike Sanders

No Disqualification: Rob Van Dam vs. Jeff Jarrett
RVD has the potential to be a world champion by Starrcade.

Sting vs. "The Total Package" Lex Luger
Despite his boydom, Lex doesn't have much left in the tank.

AJ Styles vs. Lance Storm
AJ gets to shine, but Storm gets the win.

What will be match of the night?
I have a sneaking suspicion that AJ vs. Storm might steal the show, but with the A* segment you got with Booker and Steiner, I choose them as match of the night.

How many championships will change hands?
Zero
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World Heavyweight Championship/Ultimate Fan Series (The K-Nections lead 2-1): "Big Poppa Pump" Scott Steiner (Uncrewed's Crew) vs. Booker T (The K-Nections) {©}

United States Heavyweight Championship: Mike Awesome vs. Rey Misterio Jr. {©}

Ultimate Fan Series (Championship Pedigree leads 2-1): "Nature Boy" Ric Flair (Satyr's Hopeful Few) vs. Shane Douglas (Championship Pedigree)

Ultimate Fan Series (Sin-free Society leads 2-1): CM Punk (Sin-free Society) vs. "Sugar" Shane Helms (The Whole F'n Package)

Ultimate Fan Series (The Dead Jesters lead 2-1): Sean O'Haire vs. Dustin Rhodes

Last Man Standing: Diamond Dallas Page vs. Kanyon

No Disqualification: Rob Van Dam vs. Jeff Jarrett

Sting vs. "The Total Package" Lex Luger

AJ Styles vs. Lance Storm

What will be match of the night?
Steiner/Booker

How many championships will change hands?
0
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World Heavyweight Championship/Ultimate Fan Series (The K-Nections lead 2-1): "Big Poppa Pump" Scott Steiner (Uncrewed's Crew) vs. Booker T (The K-Nections) {©}

United States Heavyweight Championship: Mike Awesome vs. Rey Misterio Jr. {©}

Ultimate Fan Series (Championship Pedigree leads 2-1): "Nature Boy" Ric Flair (Satyr's Hopeful Few) vs. Shane Douglas (Championship Pedigree)

Ultimate Fan Series (Sin-free Society leads 2-1): CM Punk (Sin-free Society) vs. "Sugar" Shane Helms (The Whole F'n Package)

Ultimate Fan Series (The Dead Jesters lead 2-1): Sean O'Haire vs. Dustin Rhodes

Last Man Standing: Diamond Dallas Page vs. Kanyon

No Disqualification: Rob Van Dam vs. Jeff Jarrett

Sting vs. "The Total Package" Lex Luger

AJ Styles vs. Lance Storm

What will be match of the night? AJ vs. Storm

How many championships will change hands? 1
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Just heard back a few days ago from a current WWF wrestler. He accepted my contract offer and agreed to join WCW when his current deal expires. Vince made no effort to keep him, which doesn't surprise me considering how little they've done with him from the very beginning. That's Vince's loss and my gain, because he's damn good at his style of wrestling and I think he'll be a nice addition to our roster.

I also signed James Mitchell, who worked in the old WCW under the name James Vandenberg and then was in ECW as the Sinister Minister. This run should go much better than his first go round with WCW because I have plans for him.

Bam Bam Bigelow wrestled wasted, again, in his first match back from suspension. Having a drug problem is one thing, but this was the second time he'd put the guy he was working with at risk of being injured because he couldn't show up to work sober. That just isn't something that can be allowed to continue, so I informed him that we'd be terminating his contract immediately. He wasn't pleased; he called me a sell-out and a backstabber. His friend Shane Douglas was upset by the decision as well, but I had no other option. It's too bad though, because I think Bam Bam's still pretty talented and had some value for us.

I was really impressed with how well the impromptu team of CM Punk and Lance Storm worked together during their tag team match on Nitro. They have all the makings of a great tag team, should I choose to have them work together regularly.

On the flip side, Rey Misterio Jr. and DDP had a bit of a styles clash, and that plus the all-babyface setup made for a match that was well below what both of those guys are capable of.

Sting continues to impart his knowledge to his protégé Johnny Swinger. I saw him giving Swinger some tips on how to generate sympathy from the fans in the event that he turns babyface some day. Perhaps inspired by the Stinger, Ric Flair has taken on a protégé himself in James Storm.

Billy Kidman dropped Chris Candido a bit harder than he'd intended with that sitout spinebuster he likes to do, and the trainers had to tend to Candido's back afterwards. It was nothing serious, thankfully. Candido was back to full health just days later, but Kidman still caught some heat backstage for being at fault.

I've had some conflicting opinions on Steve Corino: Flair thinks his character and style won't catch on with our fanbase, but his old ECW buddy RVD has been putting him over as a natural on the microphone. Praise for Jamie Knoble was more universal, as not only was Flair impressed with a promo he cut on a recent house show, but Dustin Rhodes is apparently a fan of his work in the ring. Booker suggested that there might be more charismatic options for cruiserweight champion than Shane Helms, and Hugh Morrus is not a fan of Kid Romeo in general. The always opinionated Scott Steiner vocally criticized Yang of the Jung Dragons, saying that WCW fans don't want to watch his "flippy crap."

Shawn Stasiak came into my office to complain about his recent booking and requested a bigger role. Good luck with that, Meat.

Lance Storm has to be a popular man in the locker room these days, because in the last few weeks alone he's brought in some Canadian beer for the boys to try, and also prepared homemade pancakes for everyone before a show.

Over in WWF land, my fellow Dungeon trainee Chris Benoit had the biggest night of his career. He beat Rikishi in the first round, reigning world champ Austin in the semis, then Shawn's little buddy Hunter in the finals to win the King of the Ring tournament. For heaven knows what reason, Vince put a lackluster match between Big Show and Christian in the main event spot and it dragged the whole show down.

Chyna has re-signed. That surprised me a bit, after all the drama between her, Hunter and Stephanie. She's not someone I would've had any interest in acquiring even if she had become available, so it doesn't concern me too much.

Vince has put Al Snow and K-Kwik together as a tag team called Bad Habit. I can't say I know Killings too well, but I always liked Al and I think he's been pretty underutilized throughout his career. The WWF tag titles haven't actually been defended on TV since before I relaunched WCW, so I'm not sure what the point in creating new teams is. Vince has let that division fall a long way since the heyday of me and Jim, the Bulldogs, Demolition, etc.

Over in Japan, NJPW's head booker Riki Choshu put the IWGP Heavyweight title on the biggest rival of his own in-ring career, 47-year old Tatsumi Fujinami, making the title reign of Kazuyuki Fujita a short and forgettable one. This is the 7th title reign for Fujinami, who has really dominated that title historically considering no one else has won it more than three times. He's still an elite worker, but I'd personally be looking to get younger on top if I was Choshu.

'Homicide is on the rise' sounds like a terrible headline, but in this case it was an indy worker that journalists were referring to. Randy Orton, son of Bob Jr, also got some positive coverage recently for his work down in WWF's developmental system.






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I think he also mentioned losing the passion for doing that when the mod squad aren't really focusing on that mod, like at all at this point.
That's part of it. The other part was a desire to play as an underdog and try to work my way up.

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I like that Scott Steiner was kept strong, as WCW was pushing him as the top guy near the end. I am hoping for him to say more ridiculously outrageous things, such as the classic "Do you want to be mesmermized by the physical phenomenon?"
"Tony, he's got 'em all mesmermized!"

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Another small adjustment I enjoy is Bobby Heenan playing the Gene Okerlund role. Considering in real life, Heenan was more than fed up with the WCW environment (and working with Schiavone), it makes sense that changing up his duties could possibly re-energize him. He would also be a natural at the position with his quick wit.
That was brought about mostly by Gene doing a pretty poor job on the first show. I do like Heenan in that role though, even if I can't contractually push him as anything other than a color commentator, which seems kind of silly.

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Also, one other quick question: Do you have a figurehead, or are you still trying to find someone that fits the build?
No figurehead. There is one guy that the game thinks would be a good one who isn't overshadowed by anyone, but I've been led to believe that the figurehead is more of a long term position and would prefer to wait until someone a bit younger can reach that level.

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Well since Bret seemed confused by the message and even commented that Savage had an almost equal career to Hogan it is stemming off RL timeline instead of TGAAB universe. This was just a inter universal message that was delivered.....or so I believe lol.
Yeah, it was meant as a fun Easter egg.

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I like your writeup style for TV shows, it looks very quick and easy to handle. It's very easy to follow along too, and that is almost as important as you being able to do it whenever you need. Your portrayal of Bret seems pretty spot-on too, a skill that I wish I could do on command better like you seem able to. The only one I've done well with that is Vince. But I can hear the voice of "The Hitman" while reading this all in my mind, and that's a major skill.
It's definitely much quicker and easier than anything else I've done before. Hopefully I'm still getting the important information across even with the condensed style.

You definitely did a superb job capturing Vince! I'm glad to hear you think I'm doing okay writing Bret.

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There are some really strong teams here, but none quite as strong as they were in TGAAB. Championship Pedigree in that universe were unstoppable no matter how one looked at it. Here, however, the teams seem a lot more balanced. In that vein, I would say that it's tough to overlook K-Nection's team, because it features Booker and Sting together. So that will be my pick.
Yeah, the teams in TGAAB were stacked, mostly because my roster itself was ridiculously stacked. Not nearly as much talent or star power to go around this time.

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Well I kind of have to pick myself to repeat. Beejus is right my team was unstoppable and I was #8 seed back then too.
You were actually #7 the first time around, but still, Hogan and Ted together on the team picking second to last was incredible value.

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Going to have to go with my team: Sin-free Society. Not going to lie, the main reason behind my team is for CM Punk to get a push, and the idea of Lance Storm and Punk being a straight laced arrogant tag team is heaven for me.
As this news post indicated: you were on to something. I didn't have any plans to use them as a team, but I'm rethinking that now.

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#6 all the way!

Sign the Gambler!!!
We've been over this. I would if I could.

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AJ Styles vs. Lance Storm
I'll give the Lance the toss-up -- he needs to win here or he won't be taken seriously.
You picked AJ, though.

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TFC can't believe you had Buff attack his own team mate Hopeful Few need to stick together
That's what you get for drafting a selfish ass like Buff Bagwell.

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World Heavyweight Championship/Ultimate Fan Series (The K-Nections lead 2-1): "Big Poppa Pump" Scott Steiner (Uncrewed's Crew) vs. Booker T (The K-Nections) {©}
Comments: Steiner has 134% chance of winning!
The numbers don't lie! And they spell disaster for you at Sacrifi...uh, Bash at the Beach!

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Ultimate Fan Series (Sin-free Society leads 2-1): CM Punk (Sin-free Society) vs. "Sugar" Shane Helms (The Whole F'n Package)
-As much as I don't like Punk (Flame shield up) he is definitely getting a push.
Them's fighting words!
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I like that the shows come first, now. It flows better.

Fan Scorecard:

World Heavyweight Championship/Ultimate Fan Series (The K-Nections lead 2-1): "Big Poppa Pump" Scott Steiner (Uncrewed's Crew) vs. Booker T (The K-Nections) {©}
Not too hopeful about this pick but I still think Steiner's gonna win the gold... someday.

United States Heavyweight Championship: Mike Awesome vs. Rey Misterio Jr. {©}
I'm not sure if Awesome's ready for the title so if he wins this match it's probably gonna be by count-out. Still think Rey's walking away with the "W"

Ultimate Fan Series (Championship Pedigree leads 2-1): "Nature Boy" Ric Flair (Satyr's Hopeful Few) vs. Shane Douglas (Championship Pedigree)
I think Flair ties it up here.

Ultimate Fan Series (Sin-free Society leads 2-1): CM Punk (Sin-free Society) vs. "Sugar" Shane Helms (The Whole F'n Package)
This could go either way but maybe Kidman gets involved? I doubt Helms'd be too happy with a loss to Punk at this stage

Ultimate Fan Series (The Dead Jesters lead 2-1): Sean O'Haire vs. Dustin Rhodes
I think Dustin's got more to offer right now

Last Man Standing: Diamond Dallas Page vs. Kanyon

No Disqualification: Rob Van Dam vs. Jeff Jarrett
Gonna be cheering for RVD but I think Jeff has something up his sleeve

Sting vs. "The Total Package" Lex Luger
He's on a roll right now

AJ Styles vs. Lance Storm
See the above comment

What will be match of the night? Sting-Luger?

How many championships will change hands? 1

EDIT: Forgot to add in who I think will win the UFS... Gotta go with the K-Nections
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World Heavyweight Championship/Ultimate Fan Series: Booker T (The K-Nections)

United States Heavyweight Championship: Rey Misterio Jr. {©}

Ultimate Fan Series (Championship Pedigree leads 2-1): Shane Douglas (Championship Pedigree)

Ultimate Fan Series (Sin-free Society leads 2-1): CM Punk

Ultimate Fan Series (The Dead Jesters lead 2-1): Dustin Rhodes

Last Man Standing: Kanyon

No Disqualification: Jeff Jarrett

Sting

Lance Storm

What will be match of the night? Booker vs Steiner

How many championships will change hands? 0
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World Heavyweight Championship/Ultimate Fan Series (The K-Nections lead 2-1): "Big Poppa Pump" Scott Steiner (Uncrewed's Crew) vs. Booker T (The K-Nections) {©}

United States Heavyweight Championship: Mike Awesome vs. Rey Misterio Jr. {©}

Ultimate Fan Series (Championship Pedigree leads 2-1): "Nature Boy" Ric Flair (Satyr's Hopeful Few) vs. Shane Douglas (Championship Pedigree)

Ultimate Fan Series (Sin-free Society leads 2-1): CM Punk (Sin-free Society) vs. "Sugar" Shane Helms (The Whole F'n Package)

Ultimate Fan Series (The Dead Jesters lead 2-1): Sean O'Haire vs. Dustin Rhodes

Last Man Standing: Diamond Dallas Page vs. Kanyon

No Disqualification: Rob Van Dam vs. Jeff Jarrett

Sting vs. "The Total Package" Lex Luger

AJ Styles vs. Lance Storm

What will be match of the night? Ric Flair vs Shane Douglas cause Ric Flair's my boy for this series

How many championships will change hands? 1
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World Heavyweight Championship/Ultimate Fan Series (The K-Nections lead 2-1): "Big Poppa Pump" Scott Steiner (Uncrewed's Crew) vs. Booker T (The K-Nections) {©}

United States Heavyweight Championship: Mike Awesome vs. Rey Misterio Jr. {©}

Ultimate Fan Series (Championship Pedigree leads 2-1): "Nature Boy" Ric Flair (Satyr's Hopeful Few) vs. Shane Douglas (Championship Pedigree)

Ultimate Fan Series (Sin-free Society leads 2-1): CM Punk (Sin-free Society) vs. "Sugar" Shane Helms (The Whole F'n Package)

Ultimate Fan Series (The Dead Jesters lead 2-1): Sean O'Haire vs. Dustin Rhodes

Last Man Standing: Diamond Dallas Page vs. Kanyon

No Disqualification: Rob Van Dam vs. Jeff Jarrett

Sting
vs. "The Total Package" Lex Luger

AJ Styles vs. Lance Storm

What will be match of the night? Flair v Douglas

How many championships will change hands? 0
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World Heavyweight Championship/Ultimate Fan Series (The K-Nections lead 2-1): "Big Poppa Pump" Scott Steiner (Uncrewed's Crew) vs. Booker T (The K-Nections) {©}

United States Heavyweight Championship: Mike Awesome vs. Rey Misterio Jr. {©}

Ultimate Fan Series (Championship Pedigree leads 2-1): "Nature Boy" Ric Flair (Satyr's Hopeful Few) vs. Shane Douglas (Championship Pedigree)

Ultimate Fan Series (Sin-free Society leads 2-1): CM Punk (Sin-free Society)vs. "Sugar" Shane Helms (The Whole F'n Package)

Ultimate Fan Series (The Dead Jesters lead 2-1): Sean O'Haire vs. Dustin Rhodes

Last Man Standing: Diamond Dallas Page vs. Kanyon

No Disqualification: Rob Van Dam vs. Jeff Jarrett

Sting vs. "The Total Package" Lex Luger

AJ Styles vs. Lance Storm

What will be match of the night? Book/Steiner

How many championships will change hands? 0

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Scott Steiner - Time for the Steiner reign of terror to begin!
Rey Misterio Jr - This win puts Rey WAY over, even if it ends with a flukey roll-up.
Ric Flair - Face Flair picks up a big win, Douglas will complain about it for years to come how "D*ck Flair" held him down again.
CM Punk - Punk has a rocket on his back whether you intended it or not, so he goes over the Cruiserweight-level competitor.
Dustin Rhodes - There's nothing wrong with a nice little Dustin push.
DDP - Page wins to build him up for a later title match, and to prove that once and for all he's not too old to stand up.
Rob Van Dam - I will be a little disappointed if there isn't a Van Damninator done with the guitar.
Sting - Because Sting.
Lance Storm - Air Paris turn?

MOTN: Steiner vs. Booker
One title changes hands.
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July 15th, 2001

From Arnold Hall in Miami, Florida

Attendance: 7,460

Announce Team: "The Professor" Mike Tenay and Bret "The Hitman" Hart





Official Theme Song: "Fell in Love with a Girl" by The White Stripes


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AJ Styles vs. Lance Storm

There wasn't any hype for this match, but I view both of these guys as key components of the future of WCW and I believed they could have a really good match together, and so they did. It'll be a long process trying to build the likes of AJ up to the point that they can be legitimate draws, but between his exciting aerial moves and Lance's smooth technical wrestling, the in-ring work here was quality.

This match wasn't just about getting the PPV off to a good start; we also advanced AJ's story here. Steve Corino sat in with Mike and I on color for this match, and spent the entire time criticizing AJ's in-ring style as the antithesis of old school, "real" wrestling. That was what he was supposed to do, but I think he went a little too far in that direction to the point that it made AJ and the match itself come across worse to the fans watching at home. Stacy Keibler came out from the back to reprimand Corino for his disparaging comments about not only AJ but his budding association with her, and it distracted AJ just long enough for Storm to catch up to him as he stood on the top rope and give him a superplex for the pin.



Grade: B-
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We did our second Vampiro vignette. Just like the first one this past Monday, he was dressed in a pristine white suit as he sat in a chair in front of a blank background and softly spoke of the spiritual journey he'd embarked on over the past few months.

"For years I cloaked myself in darkness, believing it would protect me. But now I know that I had it wrong all along. No longer will I lurk in the shadows, alone and afraid, because now I have found...salvation."

Two vignettes, both ending with the world 'salvation.' I think our fans can connect the dots from there and figure out that it has some kind of meaning. Vamp did an awesome job here, delivering his promo with conviction and perfectly capturing the tone I was hoping for with his own improvised words.



Grade: B-
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Ultimate Fan Series Opening Round: #4 The Dead Jesters vs. #5 The Loose Killers (The Dead Jesters lead 2-1)
Sean O'Haire (The Dead Jesters) vs. Dustin Rhodes (The Loose Killers)


Mike and I spent a lot of time in this match harping on the fact that even though Dustin's only two years older than O'Haire, he's been wrestling for almost thirteen years while Sean only just celebrated the one year anniversary of his debut. That was the focus of the in-ring storytelling here, with O'Haire's raw athletic gifts being tested by the experience and ring savvy of the grandson of a plumber, who enticed him into making mistakes and capitalized to the fullest. I went back-and-forth on the outcome of this match several times in the days leading up to the event, but ultimately had O'Haire hit the Seanton Bomb to go over and send the Dead Jesters to the semifinals.


Grade: B-
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The rest of the Dead Jesters came out to celebrate the win with O'Haire, and Bobby Heenan interviewed the team in the ring. All four guys got the chance to speak a few lines. O'Haire said he was going to use the UFS as a means to add some singles gold to go along with his tag team title, Rey viewed it as a chance to potentially shock the world all over again by becoming world heavyweight champion, and Candido (with Sytch standing silently by his side but enhancing the segment all the same) knew it was a perfect platform for he and Tammy to claim the power they desired. As for Jindrak, well...he was there.


Grade: C-
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Jeff Jarrett was busy getting ready for his own match with Rob Van Dam, but fellow Championship Pedigree members Chuck Palumbo and Jamie Knoble dropped by the locker room of Shane Douglas to wish him luck as he prepared to try and close out their UFS series with a win over Ric Flair.


Grade: C-
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Sting vs. "The Total Package" Lex Luger

I like Sting, but I don't think it's any secret to Lex that I've never thought much of him inside the ring. He has a great look and he's charismatic, but as a wrestler I think he's average at best. He did nothing to change my mind here. He didn't have an off night by his standards, but his work was still mediocre. He's lucky his buddy Sting is still good enough to carry him to a solid match. It was pretty basic and they focused more on storytelling, with a match built around Luger offering these displays of respect and friendship that Sting wasn't buying. A Scorpion Deathdrop ended the match for Luger.


Grade: B-




Buff was all oiled up and ready to go. He hit the ring to attack Sting. Luger didn't join in and tried to talk Buff out of it, but he made no effort to physically stop him. Maybe we should've had him do that, because Buff's punches and kicks looked like crap.




Ric ran down in his ring gear, ditched his robe in the aisle and came to Sting's rescue. There were chops for Luger and Bagwell alike until they retreated to the back. I asked Sting to try and appear conflicted as he got up, appreciating Ric's help but not fully trusting him, and I thought he pulled it off beautifully. They shared a nod and Sting left, with Flair remaining in the ring for his UFS match.


Grade: B
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Ultimate Fan Series Opening Round: #1 Satyr's Hopeful Few vs. #8 Championship Pedigree (Championship Pedigree leads 2-1)
"Nature Boy" Ric Flair (S.H.F.) vs. Shane Douglas (Championship Pedigree)


Was Ric Flair going to wrestle a cleaner style now that he was working as a babyface? Not a chance. While both of these guys are solid technicians and showed it in certain points here, this match was more about seeing who was going to be able to out-cheat the other. The ref had his hands full, with both guys punching, eye gouging, cheap shotting, using the ropes for leverage, etc. Basically anything you can think of, they did. I was afraid it might cross the line into something more comedic than we were intending, but I think Ric and Shane skirted that line pretty well.

The fans embraced Flair as a face, cheering him on despite (or maybe because of?) his blatant cheating, yet booing whenever Shane did much the same. In the end Flair proved he really is the dirtiest player in the game when he rolled Shane up and grabbed a handful of tights for the pin, forcing a tiebreaker tag team match between Flair/Kanyon and Douglas/Jarrett for tomorrow night.



Grade: B-
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In an interview with Bobby, Chris Candido said that advancing in the UFS earlier in the night was a good step for the power couple, but they weren't putting all their eggs in that basket. He hinted at the idea that they were going to seek allies to bolster their efforts to gather power. Bobby was supposed to unsuccessfully press him for more information, but he did so a little more comedically than I wanted and it hurt the tone of the segment a bit.


Grade: C
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Last Man Standing:
Diamond Dallas Page vs. Kanyon


These two had a lot to live up to after their fantastic falls count anywhere last match. This match was similar to that one in some ways: telling them to engage in an all out brawl worked so well at Great American Bash that I had them do so again. The key difference obviously was the last man standing stipulation, so rather than going for pinfalls throughout the ringside area, they would hit big moves and build drama around whether or not they'd be able to get back up. This match wasn't quite at the level of last month's epic, but it was still very good and the best match on the show to this point.

There were several good finishing teases, including DDP getting up at about 8 and a half after being struck in the face with a steel chair (though he protected himself well), and Kanyon using the ropes to pull himself up just before the referee could finish the count after a Diamond Cutter. Page set up for a Diamond Cutter on the ring steps, but Kanyon blocked, spun him around and delivered his Flatliner finish on the steps instead. That kept DDP down for the count and gave Kanyon a big win, but I thought this feud was a positive for both men. I've got some long-term plans for Kanyon, and DDP is proving to me that he's still got some gas left in the tank and can be counted on as an upper card guy.



Grade: B
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Booker cut a promo about his rematch with Scott Steiner tonight. He made note of the fact that a lot of people were calling him stupid for voluntarily putting his title on the line tonight.

"Call me stupid if you want, but ain't nobody gonna call Booker T a coward! I'm a fighting champion, and so long as I got this belt I'm gonna give it everything I got to prove that I deserve to be on top of WCW! Now can you dig THAT?"

I thought Booker did a very good job in his delivery here, establishing himself as a worthy and courageous babyface champion rather than a moron, which he could easily have fallen into after the way we laid this story out.



Grade: A
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No Disqualification:
Rob Van Dam vs. Jeff Jarrett


As RVD was posing and playing to the fans during his ring introduction, Jarrett jumped him from behind with a steel chair. That set the tone for the entire match. Jeff would do everything he could to try and finish Rob off when he had him at a disadvantage, and would flee and play the coward whenever Van Dam made his comebacks. RVD was really in his element here, as the no dq rules meant that he was able to do a lot of the more intricate spots he was known for in ECW.

RVD had things well in hand until Jeff stopped him cold with a groin shot. That led to Jeff grabbing his trusty guitar and taking a swing, but RVD ducked and hit a modified version of his Van Daminator using the guitar instead of a steel chair. From there he hopped up to the top rope, delivered the Five Star Frog Splash and won the match and the feud. I know Jeff wasn't happy about how he looked coming out of this, but I think RVD can be a real player for us and this was all about elevating him.



Grade: B
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Steiner cut a promo for the main event, and he was his usual unpredictable, almost incomprehensible self.

"I'm the man! I'm the genetic freak! Booker T, they say the truth hurts, but they only say that because they never got in the ring with me so I could show them what REALLY hurts!"

Did that make any sense to anyone watching at home? Probably not, considering I'm running the company and I had no clue what he was trying to say. But the guy is so damn charismatic and entertaining, and the fans are so invested in this feud, that the crowd response to this pre-tape was electric.



Grade: A*
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Mike Awesome vs. Rey Misterio Jr. {©}

David vs. Goliath, Part II. We played off of the ending to the first match early on, with Rey catching some near-falls off of rollups. That angered Awesome, who aggressively threw Rey around with power moves and beat on him with punches. Mike looked a little sloppy with his execution tonight, including very nearly dropping Rey on his head on a gorilla press spot. Luckily Rey came out of the match unscathed, and they put forth a match about on the same level as their first one last month.

The beginning of the end came when Rey dodged a shoulderblock off of the top rope, setting up a realistic-looking ref bump. After putting Rey down with a clothesline, Awesome dragged a table from underneath the ring and set it up inside. He took Misterio up to the top rope and lifted him up for a super Awesome Bomb, but Rey shifted in mid-move to turn it into a hurricanrana off the top, and Awesome crashed through the table! Rey made the cover amidst the debris, and Nick Patrick crawled over to count the pin.



Grade: B
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Ultimate Fan Series Opening Round: #3 Sin-free Society vs. #6 The Whole F'n Package (Sin-free Society leads 2-1)
CM Punk (Sin-free Society) vs. "Sugar" Shane Helms (The Whole F'n Package)


Punk had a much better opponent to work with at this month's PPV as far as in-ring ability goes, and he took advantage of that chance to show off his skills at full-speed. He's not technically a cruiserweight, but he was able to work that style without much difficulty. These guys had the closest thing to a traditional cruiserweight match on the show, with plenty of fast-paced and exciting offense. It wasn't the non stop high spot affair Helms had with Kidman last month, but they still worked a pretty good tempo.

When Helms (accidentally?) poked Punk in the eye during a strike exchange, Kidman came out from the back to argue with Helms, calling him a liar for pretending that last month's low blow had been accidental. Shane insisted that this was all just one big coincidence, and Punk took advantage of the argument to catch Helms with a Devil Lock DDT to win the match and series for the Sin-free Society. The nature of the finish diminished the win somewhat for Punk as we went out of our way to protect Helms, but I still think it was a good night for the newcomer from Chicago.



Grade: C+
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Just like when O'Haire won the series for the Dead Jesters earlier, we had the rest of the Society join Punk in the ring for an interview with Heenan. Rick was the only one who didn't get to talk, instead standing around and just basically looking intimidating. Storm and Finlay got some time on the stick and talked about the technical skill of their team, which they said was second to none, but the focus was on the victorious Punk.

"Cruiserweight, heavyweight, it makes no difference! Anyone who gets in my way, gets in OUR way, will find out why straight edge means I'm better than you!"

Punk continues to get better and better at playing up his real-life straight edge lifestyle and using it to get the desired (negative) reaction from the crowd. I really like this team in general, and as a bonus, it led me to discover what appears to be some great team chemistry between Punk and Storm.



Grade: C
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Ultimate Fan Series: #2 The K-Nections vs. #7 Uncrewed's Crew (The K-Nections lead 2-1)
"Big Poppa Pump" Scott Steiner (w/Midajah) vs. Booker T {©}


Our production team put together a nice pre-match video recapping the Steiner/Booker saga, with emphasis on last month's Great American Bash match and what's happened in the weeks since.


Grade: A


Then it was match time. These two had a great match to close out the Great American Bash, and I was hopeful they'd be able to do the same here. While Scott did mess up several times throughout with some poorly executed moves, I was still quite pleased with the outcome. Part of this was due to some strong work from Booker, especially on the mat. I've never seen him look so sharp in technical wrestling exchanges, and since Scott has his amateur background to rely on, that was a real strong point of this match.

We moved away from the shoulder injury this time, leaving Scott free to focus on his usual array of suplexes and brawling. He worked over Booker's neck quite a bit, and it set up nicely for Booker to make his big comeback. He hit some forearms and elbows, slammed Steiner to the mat and went to the top rope for the Harlem Hangover. The move connected, and Nick Patrick counted once...


twice...




...but Scott got a shoulder up! Booker stared at the ref in shock and frustration for a moment before pulling Steiner up and going for the Rock Bo--err, Book End, but Scott elbowed his way out of that predicament. He did an amateur-style go behind and snapped off a release german suplex, dropping Booker on his neck. Big Poppa Pump gave a little flex, then slapped on the Steiner Recliner.

Thus began a dramatic struggle, with Scotty putting all his strength into pulling and twisting on Booker's neck until he had to quit, and Booker fighting with everything he had to try and make the ropes. After a long struggle, Booker's fingertips were inches from the ropes, but then Steiner repositioned him, dragged him back out towards the center of the ring and reapplied the hold. Booker had used all his remaining strength on that failed escape attempt, but still refused to submit. He eventually became unresponsive, so Nick Patrick did the standard arm check spot. His arm fell once...



twice....






...and a third time! New champion! (Plus a tied UFS series, meaning we'll see Steiner and Awesome against Booker and Sting in a tiebreaker tomorrow.)



Grade: B+



While Steiner celebrated with the title, Arn Anderson led a group of officials out to the ring to check on Booker. The ex-champion was eventually loaded onto a stretcher and taken to the back while Steiner stood on the middle rope and flexed, the belt across his shoulder.


Grade: B+


Show Overall Grade: B+

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MY BOY STEINER LEADING UNCREWED'S CREW TO THE TIEBREAKER! Never should of doubted Steiner!
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Blah! Goody toe shoes Booker may have just blown it!!!!! He better not choke in the tag match tomorrow!

On a side note I'm impressed that Steiner is delivering A* promos.....who cares if nobody understands him win he has a 134% of beating anyone in the locker room.
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