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WWF RAW is WAR


The HSBC Arena is the first stop on the way to SummerSlam, and things are definitely heating up!

Mr. McMahon opened the show to call out Triple H, saying that he and the rest of the Power Trip have talked it over and they will accept his apology for what happened last night. Triple H comes to the ring and tells his father-in-law that there will be no apologizing; he has been playing second fiddle to Steve Austin, and Vince wasn’t even planning to put him in the Elimination Chamber match. Now, he’ll pay for it when “The Game” lays out the golden goose and becomes the next WWF Champion! Mr. McMahon tells him that if he isn’t going to wisen up tonight, then he can leave the arena tonight and try again on SmackDown! Security come to the ring and escort Triple H out of the building!

“Olympic Hero” Kurt Angle returned at Fully Loaded to attack Chris Benoit, and he explains that he did it because the two have unfinished business stemming from earlier in the year. Benoit comes out, but instead of talking, he gets into a brawl with Angle that requires security to break them up!

The Power Trip have more problems later when “Stone Cold” and Debra arrive at the arena, and he is in a very foul mood. He confronts Vince and Stephanie McMahon, telling them that Triple H should never have been trusted because he can’t play ball – so Austin is going to have to do what he does and beat him. Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley urges Austin to let her talk to her husband, as she should be able to find ways to bring him around. Austin gives her until SmackDown! for her to straighten this out, but after that, “he’s fair Game.”

Commissioner Shane McMahon comes to the ring and says that last night was eye opening for him. He knew his father was ruthless, but to hit his own son with a steel chair just to keep a championship on his guy? That brings out Mr. McMahon, who says that Shane should have known what was coming when he decided to back someone who is going against him. Shane tells his father that he is willing to bury the hatchet with him, saying that all he truly wants is Vince’s respect. But when he extends his hand, Vince spits on it, telling him that as far as Mr. McMahon is concerned, he has no son!

In our main event, we saw six man tag team action as the Power Trip team of “Stone Cold” Steve Austin, “Olympic Hero” Kurt Angle, and William Regal taking on “Y2J” Chris Jericho, “Rabid Wolverine” Chris Benoit, and The Big Show. This match could have had huge ramifications for the Elimination Chamber match as five out of six participants took part. But in the end it was that sixth man who made his impact felt as Triple H reappeared and rushed the ring, attacking Steve Austin! That drew a disqualification, but the fireworks won’t over yet as the former WWF Tag Team champions brawled in the center of the ring! The show came to a close with Triple H taking the championship title away from Austin and smashing the champion with it! “The Game” poses over “Stone Cold” while holding up the WWF Championship!

Also on the show: Edge claims that his reign as the Awesome King of Europe will soon lead to his title reign being the greatest reign in the history of the WWF. Scotty 2 Hotty defeats Eddie Guerrero with The Worm. Billy Gunn defeats Rhyno by disqualification when Rhyno goes into a rampage and attacks with a chair; angered at the loss, Rhyno Gores Billy twice before also delivering the Gore to Jack Doan! The Godfather and Val Venis defeat The Island Tribe when Val pins Haku after the Money Shot. Rob Van Dam says that Jeff Hardy had his shot and failed because RVD is the “Whole Dam Show” and will not give Jeff another shot as long as he holds the Hardcore title. Crash Holly upsets Perry Saturn with a quick roll up. The Dudley Boyz brag about being the top of the WWF Tag Team division, but other teams come to ringside to stake their own claims to that trophy. The Undertaker defeats D-Von Dudley by disqualification when Bubba Ray attacks. The Dudleyz seem to want to put Undertaker through a table with the 3D, but Spike Dudley breaks it up; Undertaker then puts both of The Dudley Boyz through the table, before also ruthlessly putting Spike through a table with a chokeslam! Diamond Dallas Page defeats Dean Malenko with the Diamond Cutter. Raven says that he is going to introduce Faarooq to The Raven Effect; Faarooq defeats Raven with a spinebuster. Justin Credible defeats Grand Masta Sexay after Albert hits Sexay with a Baldo Bomb. Trish Stratus says that she will be happy to get Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley into the ring, but Stephanie interrupts her to say that she should be careful what she wishes for!

Show Rating: B+
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WWF SmackDown!


Welcome to the new era in WWF SmackDown!, The Era of The FIST! After last week’s explosive ending to SmackDown!, we have an all new set and an all new intro, all new and all coming to you from Pittsburgh’s Mellon Arena!

Mr. McMahon opened the show by talking about how he has proudly given us all these brand new things, yet here is Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania not appreciating any of what he does for them! He goes on to say that he knows a few more ungrateful people in the World Wrestling Federation, namely Triple H, Chris Jericho, Chris Benoit, and The Big Show! He mentions that Triple H has one final chance tonight to rejoin the Power Trip, but as for the others they will be in action tonight – in the interest of fairness – as Jericho and Benoit will take on The Big Show in a handicap match in our main event!

Chris Jericho was in no mood for fun and games tonight as he talked about last week’s assault at the hands of Rhyno. He calls Rhyno a “little follower” who works for whoever pays him, but says that he crossed the line by coming after “Y2J”. Jericho says he will meet Rhyno next week on SmackDown!, and putting that behind him he will springboard to the WWF title at SummerSlam. As for tonight? He and Benoit held the Tag Team titles as long as they did for a reason, and if Big Show is in their way, he may not make it to the Elimination Chamber!

Pittsburgh were excited to see Paul Heyman come to the ring, greeting him with loud “ECW!” chants when he entered to the sound of “This is Extreme”. Paul played to the crowd and their chants, but had other plans in mind as he turned it around on them to talk about how if they’d have been there for ECW, maybe it would still be around today! Heyman talks down to the fans before telling them that ECW is dead, and it’s all their faults! One other person doesn’t seem very pleased at his words, that being Tazz; but he shakes it off and continues the show. Raven later catches up with Heyman backstage, and tells him that Paul is wrong; ECW had been dead for years, all he did was carry around a lifeless puppet until earlier this year. Heyman doesn’t disagree.

Justin Credible and Albert were trying to get back on track after Fully Loaded by going against The Acolytes, but Faarooq and Bradshaw were up to the task. The match ended up a no contest as the Island Tribe, Val Venis, and The Godfather all came out and added to the fighting. A post match brawl featuring all four teams needed officials to try and break things up!

“Olympic Hero” Kurt Angle made his return to his hometown, but he was met with a very negative reaction. He called Pittsburgh “the house that Angle built!” before going on a tirade about other sports stars who weren’t at his caliber. Chris Benoit came to the stage to cut Angle off, telling him that during the Elimination Chamber, he will find Angle and personally make him snap! Angle told Benoit to keep an eye on him, as he soundly defeated Matt Hardy with the ankle lock.

Commissioner Shane McMahon arrived to the arena to hear the news of the match Mr. McMahon had made, and his exact words were “Are you kidding me with this?” Later, he tried to bring Benoit, Jericho, and Big Show onto the same page, but negotiations broke down during the talking and it nearly erupted right then and there!

Rob Van Dam was at his cockiest ahead of a Hardcore title defense, saying that after Fully Loaded, no one would ever care about Jeff Hardy again. He says that Team Xtreme mean nothing to him anymore, but that attitude would come back to bite him hard. As RVD was facing off with Spike Dudley, Jeff Hardy came out of the back and came down upon both men with a Swanton Bomb, before covering Van Dam to take the Hardcore title under the 24/7 rules! Hardy taunted RVD from the ramp, telling him that he can try to take this back at SummerSlam – in a ladder match!

Right before the main event, “The Game” Triple H came to the ring to answer the burning question of where his loyalties lie. He talked about how he feels like Vince McMahon has been using him ever since WrestleMania in order to prop up Steve Austin, but “The Game” is no prop; he’s the best damn wrestler in this industry today, and at SummerSlam, he plans to show that he’s that damn good! His wife Stephanie comes to the ring, and she begs with him to consider his words carefully, as he knows all too well what happens when people cross her father. But Triple H tells her that it looks like she’s the one who needs to get her priorities straight – it’s either he or Vince, and she better figure it out soon!

In the main event handicap match, all hell broke loose as none of the three men could keep their tempers in check. The bout ended up going to a no contest as Steve Austin and Kurt Angle ran in on the match to attack Big Show, Benoit, and Jericho. But the fun was not over yet, as Mr. McMahon came to the ring to egg things on. When Triple H appeared, he got right in his father-in-law’s face! Shane McMahon tried to come and calm things down, but Vince slapped him out of the way! This edition of SmackDown! ended with the six participants in the Elimination Chamber having to work together to try and hold Vince and Shane McMahon from tearing one another apart!

Also on the show: Too Cool defeated The Radicalz; William Regal successfully defended the Intercontinental title over Test; Rhyno said that he doesn’t care who he hurts, as long as he gets to destroy people; Diamond Dallas Page defeated Eddie Guerrero.

Show Rating: B+

The next World Wrestling Federation PPV Extravaganza will be WWF SummerSlam 2001!
Held on August 19th, 2001 at The Compaq Center in San Jose, California!

Announced So Far
WWF Championship – Elimination Chamber: “Stone Cold” Steve Austin © vs. “The Game” Triple H vs. “Y2J” Chris Jericho vs. “Olympic Hero” Kurt Angle vs. “Rabid Wolverine” Chris Benoit vs. The Big Show
Trish Stratus vs. Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley

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From the desk of Eric Bischoff:
“I still have yet to figure out what I’m going to do about this mole situation. Due to having to tell people what’s happening in their storylines, practically everyone has information that could be getting leaked to the WWF. And at this point, there’s nothing I can even do about it. The plans can’t change drastically, or else it’ll just lead to the same type of backstage confusion that plagued WCW over the past few years. At the same time that it’s eating me alive from inside, I also can’t let it bother me yet; there’s too much other work to do and things to be kept track of. I kind of ignored last week in my paranoia, but there was a lot of news to report about.

Things such as the return of Bam Bam Bigelow from rehab last week. Bam Bam may be getting up there in years, but hopefully his newfound loyalty pledge to me for getting his life back on track will keep him working to the best of his (very high) abilities. I had considered trying to get in touch with Pro Wrestling NOAH to work out an agreement with them in order to bring in Vader for a few shows, but I think now I can be just as well off to just slot Bigelow into the plans that I had been making. He swears that he isn’t drinking or using recreational drugs anymore and that rehab has gotten him to drastically reduce the amount of pain killers he was taking, but The Wall swore much the same thing and now he’s on the unemployment line. I gave him dark matches to see where he was at the past two weeks to see how ready for prime time he is, and he didn’t disappoint; I guess it’s time to swim with the sharks and see how things go.

I also gave out a pay raise last week, as Daffney felt she had earned more as her stock rose as the valet of Dark Eden. I haven’t used her very much, but I gave in and handed her 75% of what she wanted; her pay rises by $900 to creep her up to $2,270 a month.

Jerry “The King” Lawler announced he was hanging up his boots (or perhaps his crown) in three months’ time. I considered the possibility of bringing him in for a big “last hurrah” angle, but in the end decided against it as I felt that he wouldn’t be a good fit for WCW, even in the short term. Also that he likely would have wanted to bring his wife in at his side, and I’m working on clearing away the dead weight, not hiring more. So he can just retire in peace; I’m sure he could book himself to win another Memphis title on his way out. Two of my oldest colleagues in Lance Russell and Verne Gagne have now fully left the business, and I attended the two’s small retirement party in Minneapolis last Wednesday.

Scott Steiner told me during Nitro how “That slanty Jap boy with the hot bitch? He couldn’t get these fans to cheer for him if he ripped her shirt off in the middle of the ring! Get him outta here already, and hey, maybe you could set her up to accompany me to the ring.” I deduced that he was talking about Yang and mostly ignored him.

Word broke that last Friday night, the WWF’s Edge married Alannah Morley, the sister of Val Venis. Apparently the marriage was meant to take place in November, but they decided they didn’t want to wait any longer and got it over with now instead. Pictures showed that Sean was very happy for the two.
[Writer’s Note: It was kinda weird, I had looked up and saw that Edge got married in November, so I changed his outside relationship to “Engaged” and then almost immediately it came up that he married. In order to make it feel right to me, I added a friendship between he and Val.]

In a huge move, New Japan Pro Wrestling announced on Sunday morning that they had bought out AJW. The joshi promotion had apparently fallen on harder times than anyone realized, and now their titles join OZ Academy’s on Inoki’s mantle.

As for this past week, former JCP announcer Bob Caudle left wrestling, and Jimmy Snuka said he was hanging up his boots. I made sure that he would be alright if I wanted to use him in a match or two, as that was something that we’d agreed upon when he signed with us, and with that answered, I had no problems. I found out through some sources that The Warlord was hoping to make a comeback to pro wrestling, and hey, if he wants to come back and make some money, good for him.
[Writer’s Note: Warlord apparently did try to make a comeback in 2001, but he only wrestled two or three matches before getting injured and bowing out again for another few years. I imported him into the game just in case I found something I would want him for anyways.]

Backstage before Nitro, Goldberg claimed that he doesn’t think C.W. can connect with fans and that he has little upside. We will see. Paul Orndorff was seen giving Jindrak and O’Haire some psychology tips and teaching Yang some microphone work. So maybe one day he will be able to get the fans to respond, Scott!

During the show, I noticed that “Big Bill” seems to really be growing into his gimmick quickly. Simon Diamond also looked to be improving at his portrayal. I also felt that Jamie Knoble was showing some better brawling, while Norman Smiley, Kaz Hayashi, Sean O’Haire, and Jeremy Borash were showing off some better performance skills.

In the main event, I don’t know if Sting would have complained about dropping the match to best friend Lex Luger, but I still kept him protected. I don’t really think he should be losing to many people without some reason for the loss at this stage of his career; the aura of Sting is a big selling point in WCW still, and keeping that alive could be the difference between fans buying Sting merchandise or fans shilling out for the new Triple H t-shirt.

Speaking of money (and of Triple H) now that it is August, it looks like Kevin Nash is officially gone from WCW. That is a gut punch all of its own. Not as if Kevin was lighting the ring on fire with matches everyone loved, and his days of carrying the company were long gone. But it’s all about the way he did it. He played me like a fiddle, taking advantage of how I wanted to save some money to keep WCW from going under, and he escaped his contract in order to head back to Vince. His disappearance was explained at the very end of the month by a note from his personal physician, claiming that he had suffered some injury. I definitely did not buy it. I think he just wanted to leave without giving a loss to Goldberg. I don’t even know what to think about Scott Hall, because the bitter taste of what Nash did is in my mouth. The star presence that The Outsiders would have given us would have been a shot in the arm. Instead, I am forced to write them off.

The good thing is that losing Nash gives us more money back in our pocket at the end of next month. We lost $575,294 this past month, with my personal check to Shane McMahon for $5,000. We are left with $1,926,904 left in our corporate bank. We may be bleeding less, but we’re still bleeding. Here’s hoping that it won’t be long until we can finally patch those wounds.”

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Very good edition of Nitro.

I really enjoyed the Lance Storm/Dusty Rhodes segment. Solidly booked/written for some good heat on Storm, and an appearance by a legend like Dusty is always a great addition to the show.
Thanks! I was pretty fond of how the Dusty/Lance segment came out. I think that it would have played out really well in real life, but instead WCW had already left Storm to midcard hell by the time they brought Dusty back on screen in 2001. I look forward to playing this out, as things are definitely going to spring off of this next week when Dustin returns to Nitro.
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I thought this might be fun to share, or boring if you're not interested in the in-game mechanics that are going on, now that we are quite a few months into the game. A look at just how far we've come in terms of finances. I would almost swear something was wrong in the game for that first month, but I dealt with it. Keep in mind that WCW start the New Blood Rises mod with -$1,000,000, and hey, maybe I'm not doing so bad after all?


As you can probably tell (and most of you would likely remember) it was at the beginning of May that I gave WCW a shot in the arm in the form of Shane McMahon's loan. Ever since May, I have gone into the editor and subtracted $5,000 from whatever I have on the first day of the month to allow for "repayment" of the loan. The month of April featured two events on PPV as well as two episodes of Nitro on PPV. The buyrate for Nitro has been pretty consistent ever since it went to PPV, typically about a 0.02 rating. I maybe would have more buyrate on those, but I could only land those deals in the USA and Mexico; other than those, Nitro is shown on commercial networks MTV Europe (UK and British Isles), tv asahi (Japan), and Ten Network Australia. I can't get any coverage in Canada at all, and as for looking into anything new, I'm limited by still being a Cult promotion at this time.

I use a custom merchandise set up, which I feel has actually saved me some money by not producing merch for everyone in the company. Thanks to figurehead Goldberg, I sell 40% more merchandise compared to my output for it.

So yeah, I try not to have Eric Bischoff complain about our debts during my weekly reports... but it is a little difficult to stay upbeat when I've been in the hole technically all year As for how the contracts that are pre-set at the start of the game, I have four of them coming up in about five months. So give or take a few contracts here and there, the finances screen is going to look a lot like this until after Starrcade.
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WCW Friday Nitro
Shown Live on August 3, 2001 (Week 1)
Held at: The Hard Rock Cafe Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada (South West)
Announcers: Mike Tenay, Scott Hudson, and Arn Anderson
Attendance: 2,000 people (sold out!)
PPV Rating: 0.02
TV Rating: 2.38

The fireworks explode as Nitro comes on the air! This week we start off with a very solemn looking “Prodigal Son” Dustin Rhodes standing in the ring, and he starts off by saying that he would indeed like to apologize for his actions as of late; it had started to feel like things were going out of control, and he had started doing anything he could to win, and that’s not the way he wants the fans to see him. And it took one thing for him to see the way back: his father showing up last week, and being disrespected by some loudmouth punk! Rhodes says that he wants Lance Storm to answer for what he said, and he wants it now! To the top of the aisle comes Storm, who says that if he can be serious for a moment, he only told Dusty Rhodes what someone has needed to tell him for the past five years; to leave, and never come back, so that he gets out of the limelight that should be given to people like Lance Storm, and maybe even to Dustin himself. He says that Dustin has lived in the shadow of his father for so long that he probably doesn’t even know what the sun feels like anymore. Dustin responds that the only shadow he cares about is kicking Storm where the sun don’t shine! Lance calls this “pedestrian threats, as expected,” claiming to have a better solution. He explains that he had a good time telling off “The American Dream” last week, and it made him realize how nice it was to tell off the stupid Americans in the audience. He tells Dustin that if he will agree to it, then he will face him in a match at Wrath that deals with both the Pride and Envy matches from earlier this year. Storm’s victory would erase the stipulation of the Pride match, while Dustin’s (very unlikely) victory would give him his father’s prized cowboy boots back! Rhodes says that he has hated every day that he lost those to an undeserving ass like Lance, and so if he gets his hands on him and gets back his heirloom all at once? That sounds like a deal to him! Both men worked the crowd well here, getting them hot for their upcoming match and starting the show off strongly. (Rating: B-)

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Yoshihiro Tajiri vs. “Sugar” Shane Helms
This was a mini-feud that is blown off here, as during this somewhat short bout Helms frustrates the Japanese assassin until he finally snaps, holding his illegal Tarantula submission hold over the ropes beyond the referee’s five count, getting himself intentionally disqualified at 5:29. (Rating: C-)
“Mean” Gene and Jeremy are back in the interview area, with Okerlund hyping that Borash helped him use WCW.com this past weekend in order to view some really great pictures of the ladies of World Championship Wrestling, and urges everyone else to do the same; Jeremy says that he was happy to help, except they were supposed to be writing Gene’s article, not ogling the pictures they found. Gene brushes past him deftly, bringing in their guest at this time, Ernest “The Cat” Miller! Miller shakes his head, telling the duo that they shouldn’t be looking at no damn pictures like that – and shame on Jeremy for getting Gene all worked up! “This man so old, you know one glance from the wrong ho gonna give him a damn heart attack!” Moving on, they ask him why he chose tonight to take on the newly undefeated Goldberg, who just won victory one hundred and sixteen this past weekend. “The Cat” tells them that “It’s time to show that I am the greatest all over again! You microphone stands may not know this, but one-seventeen happens to be my lucky damn number. So it’s gonna be my night, and then everyone’s gonna call me the greatest! Somebody call Goldie’s mama, cause tonight I’ma whoop me some ass!” (Rating: C)

Elsewhere backstage, Chris Lovey is standing by in the dressing room with The Future. After last week’s loss to Goldberg in a handicap match, Chavo Guerrero Jr. and Kaz Hayashi are feeling as though they need to get back some momentum. Chavo says that they don’t have a match tonight, but they need to get back on track, so tonight, they’ll find someone and beat them up! (Rating: D+)

Elsewhere elsewhere backstage, we see Rey Mysterio Jr. prepping for tonight. Mike Tenay cues us in that Eric Bischoff chose he and Mark Jindrak as the men who will challenge Scott Steiner for the World’s Heavyweight championship, and Rey doesn’t look as though he wants to miss this opportunity. His door opens, and he tenses up, but the camera turns around to see Konnan walking over! “K-Dawg” tells Rey that he knows they may not be home boys anymore, but after they rode together for so long, he will still be pulling for him tonight. The two bump knuckles, and Konnan leaves, Mysterio going back to his stretching. What a heartwarming segment between two men who found themselves on the outs so recently! (Rating: B-)

Elsewhere elsewhere elsewhere backstage, we rejoin The Future as it appears they have set their sights. Chavo narrates to the camera that it appears to be two easy marks that they can beat on, thus reaffirming that they are the future of wrestling and they’re unstoppable. As they draw closer, however, the two men that they were looking at stand up and turn around – it’s Kronik! Adams and Clark shout at them, asking them what the hell they think they’re doing in their dressing room?! Chavo and Kaz abort mission immediately, running away as fast as they can! Chavo is heard saying that they’ll find someone else later tonight! (Rating: C)

And we come full circle back to the interview area, as Gene and Jeremy now bring in two guests, this time being the members of Totally Buff! Gene asks them how it feels to be the two men qualified for the Wrath match so far, with “The Total Package” saying that it is great to be back in title contention after being on the sidelines of the World title picture for so long. Buff adds that he qualified first, and that should put him in a strong position to finally get that big gold wrapped around his chiselled waist. He starts to pose, showing off that waist, but Luger cuts him off, saying that it would look better around his waist, what with his only 3% body fat. Bagwell says that it isn’t about body fat, it’s what you do with it, and the two start posing in front of one another, each one trying to get the most of the camera’s view; with Gene saying that there’s nothing that wrong with a little body fat, right? Gene really seems out of his element during this segment, but Luger and Bagwell come across well as it looks as though they remain a team… but will these two egos be able to coexist during Wrath? (Rating: C+)

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Wrath Qualifying Match
Kanyon vs. “Nature Boy” Ric Flair vs. Bryan Clark

Ric himself practically makes this the match of the night, as even in his time decline he is still one of the most popular and talented wrestlers in all of WCW. The crowd get hotter during this match as Kanyon’s innovative offense and Clark’s impressive power displays lead a lot of this bout, but it’s the wily veteran who sneaks in and scores a pinfall on Bryan following a flying body press in 9:15 to advance into the Wrath match. (Rating: B-)

The match over, “The Nature Boy” picks up a microphone and starts bragging about how seventeen is one of his favorite numbers, and it’ll be his best title win when he takes the title from Scott Steiner next Sunday night, Wooo! That point over though, Flair starts rambling about girls, limos, and champagne until the Steiner Brothers appear at the ramp, Scott telling Flair to shut his old trap up before they break it! They enter the ring and circle “The Nature Boy” as Scott tells him that all the people who qualify for that cage match are just lambs being led to the slaughter, because “Big Poppa Pump” will take whoever is lucky enough to win and make them unlucky that they face him! Scott enjoys his freedom to improvise here as he likens them to how all the freaks in Las Vegas have been constantly fighting for his attention ever since Nitro moved here. He says that maybe they should just send a message to everyone else right now, but out of the crowd comes Sting! He points his black baseball bat at the Steiners, causing them to back down, but when Flair makes a move toward them, Sting points the bat at him as well! It looks like with Wrath approaching, there are no friends, only enemies! (Rating: A* / 99)
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The Problem Solvers vs. Rebel Pride
This match set out to calm the crowd after that segment and let the announcers talk about Wrath. But underneath that discussion, Simon, C.W., Kash, and Knoble put on a solid little match to entertain the viewers which ended with Simon coming in off a blind tag and hitting Kash with a low blow while Rudy Charles’s attention was on C.W., leading to the Simonizer at 4:18 for the one, two, three. (Rating: C-)
We head backstage again to find The Future still on the hunt for someone to bounce off of for some momentum. Chavo and Kaz have someone in their sights, and they sneak up from behind on Norman Smiley. But despite that he didn’t see or hear them come in, they look at each other in bewilderment of how to attack a man who is doing a whole lot of Big Wiggle! They make several moves toward him, but he keeps wiggling out of the way. Finally they leave in embarrassment and frustration, with Smiley apparently never even having known they were there. (Rating: D+)

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Challenge of “The Chosen One”
Curt Hennig vs. ???

We may never know exactly where or how Jeff Jarrett pulled off this coup, but Curt’s opponent tonight is none other than Bam Bam Bigelow! Everyone seems taken aback, and Hennig never truly gets out of the gates in this one as he is thrown around by a very rejuvenated Bigelow after his long absence. But it appears that Bam Bam didn’t really care about how this match turned out, as he quickly goes outside and grabs a chair, slamming it over Hennig’s back! Charles Robinson calls for the disqualification, awarding the bout to Hennig at 4:45. (Rating: C)

As Bigelow leaves, trainers start checking on Hennig. But one of the EMTs in the background is seen going under the ring, and he pulls out a guitar – he smashes it over Curt’s head! The EMT takes off his mask, and it was Jeff Jarrett! The trainers are joined by Doug Dillenger and The WCW Security Team, and they are forcing “The Chosen One” to leave, but Scott Hudson claims that perhaps the damage has been done here tonight to Curt Hennig! (Rating: B)
It’s that time, fans; time to head to the greatest team in the history of this sport, The WCW Worldwide Panel! Tony Schiavone says that after our opening segment tonight, he’s found out that Dustin Rhodes and Lance Storm have signed to go one-on-one next Sunday at WCW Wrath in a version of a Flag match, where one side of the ring will stand the boots of Dusty Rhodes and the other side will be a Canadian flag, and the winner gets back the one that he pulls down! The Panel also discuss that Ric Flair has qualified for the Wrath match, joining Lex Luger and Buff Bagwell in those ranks, but it looks as though it doesn’t matter who you are, you shake in your boots when “The Stinger” comes to town with that black baseball bat! Speaking of Sting, Gene notes that he just reported on WCW.com that word has come down from Eric Bischoff; Sting is going to be in the next Wrath qualifying bout, however since he lost to Lex Luger last week, even if he wins, he will enter be forced to enter Wrath first! What a predicament for Sting! It’s time for more action, so the Panel will reconvene later tonight, folks! (Rating: C)

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Disqo vs. AJ Styles
Disqo is a WCW veteran at this point, and his role in the Problem Solvers as Simon’s disciple has given him new purpose in his career. On the other hand, AJ Styles is a hot young prospect who has been making his name in a big way since the start of this year. Their careers both have a lot of upward momentum they want to gain in this match, but it’s another young star in the making who factors into this match as Jimmy Snuka Jr. comes to ringside and starts telling Disqo to send word to Simon that he’s coming for him! This takes Disqo’s mind off the ball, and Styles is able to get him with a springboard forearm smash that wraps this up in 3:27. What a big win for young Styles! (Rating: C-)
We go back to The Future for (see what I did there?) more of them walking backstage. They seem to have found another mark, but as they draw closer the man turns around and it’s Kwee Wee! Kwee Wee catches them in the act and starts going off on them, their attitudes, their clothing, their hair, until finally Guerrero and Hayashi can take no more and run away! It looks like they will have to try again later! (Rating: D-)

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Wrath Qualifying Match
Chuck Palumbo vs. “The Franchise” Shane Douglas vs. Sting

With the lovely Stacy Kiebler cheering Palumbo on from ringside, the crowd really come alive in this match featuring “The Franchise of WCW” and “The Franchise” along with one of the hottest prospects in wrestling today. Douglas plays the heel here perfectly, constantly meddling between Sting and Chuck before leaving the ring and letting them fight among themselves. But once he is finally caught, the two faces make him pay for his deeds. Palumbo takes him out with the Jungle Kick, but before he can make the pin, Sting grabs Chuck and plants him with the Scorpion Deathdrop! He kicks Douglas out of the ring and makes the cover, apologizing to Palumbo but scoring the three count in 10:41. (Rating: C+)

Sting celebrates his win and subsequent re-entry into the Wrath match, though it will be a hard road to climb for him as he will have to enter Wrath first! Stacy enters the ring to tend to Palumbo, but out of the back of the camera’s view comes Shane Douglas! Shane is incensed that he will not be participating in the Wrath match, and he starts taking it out on Chuck! While he stomps on Palumbo’s prone form, Kiebler is telling him to stop it, trying to get him to just leave. But as she yells at him, Douglas turns her around and drills her with the Franchiser! Stacy is down on the mat right next to Palumbo, and Douglas laughs at them! What a heinous human being! (Rating: B-)
We find Jimmy Snuka Jr. backstage, looking pretty confident in himself after his actions earlier. He finds some security standing guard at a door. He gets past them, barging into the room, and it turns out to have been the skybox, and we hear the showers running in another room and Simon is standing on his own! Snuka rushes him, attacking quickly with chops! It looks as though he may finally get his skybox back, but a commotion is heard as C.W. comes out of the showers. He is already in his street clothes and he blasts Snuka from behind with a lamp off one of the end tables of the skybox, shattering it into broken pieces! C.W. holds Snuka up for Simon to get a few shots in on him, before Diamond says that if Snuka wants to fight so bad, if the rich boy wants the skybox back so much, then he can find two partners and take on the Problem Solvers at Wrath in a six man tag! With that, he tells C.W. and the security to get him out of here, and we fade out of this segment. (Rating: C-)

We go back to a dressing room that the Natural Born Thrillers are in. Stacy is sitting next to Chuck, both of them with their heads down as trainers are still making sure she’s alright. Mark Jindrak is on his feet, preparing for his own triple threat match later tonight. And Sean O’Haire comes into the room, telling Chuck that he did a good job out there, but it’s too bad he didn’t make it through. He says that it’s alright though, they will get some gold around all of their waists soon enough! With Mark’s match later tonight and O’Haire’s qualifying bout next week, he could very well face off with him at Wrath next Sunday! However they get some uninvited guests, as Kronik enter the room. Adams does the talking, as he lets them know that they had a meeting earlier with Commissioner Ernest Miller, and so long as the Thrillers don’t find themselves in the Wrath running, then they will have a match at Wrath: defending the WCW World Tag Team titles against Kronik! Clark assures them that they won’t interfere in their matches to steal that shot – but just know that they are the number one contenders, and the Thrillers won’t be too busy searching for singles gold for long before Kronik come after them! (Rating: B-)

The Future are back again, and this time Chavo is looking pretty flustered about this whole thing. Hayashi has already lost interest, but Guerrero is pushing him forward with the mission. Chavo says that he did some looking around, and he thinks they’ve found someone to take down. Chavo leads Kaz along a corridor, and they find… Low-Ki! They go to attack, but Ki turns around and sees them coming. He quickly retaliates with a series of kicks to each of their midsections, and with one final blow, he knocks one into the other with a thrust kick! Chavo finally yells “Screw this, holmes!” and they run away as Low-Ki prepares with a few shadow boxing style kicks into the air. It looks like The Future aren’t getting what they were after tonight! (Rating: D)

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“Da Man” Goldberg vs. Ernest “The Cat” Miller
The biggest takeaway from this match is that “The Cat” needs to re-evaluate what his lucky number is, as it was most certainly not 117. The crowd are left buzzing after this high profile match. He makes a decent showing for a few moments, but Goldberg shines here, we all knew he was never in any danger as he polishes this off with the Spear and Jackhammer at 3:58. (Rating: C-)

The night must be young however, as once Goldberg gets through the curtain, Mike Tenay says that we need a camera backstage, fast! We head backstage, and Bam Bam Bigelow is standing over Goldberg holding a steel chair! Bigelow lays into “Da Man” as he says that he’ll see him at Wrath! Goldberg looked excellent here, staggering back up to his feet once Bigelow was gone and telling him that he’s next! (Rating: B+)
Backstage we see “Big Poppa Pump” Scott Steiner walking backstage with Midajah. The World’s Heavyweight championship is defended, next! (Rating: B-)

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WCW World Heavyweight Championship Match – Triple Threat
“Big Poppa Pump” Scott Steiner vs. Rey Mysterio Jr. vs. Mark Jindrak

Our main event this evening saw two men start off working together to try and handle the biggest threat, that being the champion. It was apparent that Mark and Rey felt they could work together to take out Steiner before concentrating on one another, and they did so with some very remarkable displays of athleticism and lucha libre style high flying which got the crowd buzzing. “Big Poppa Pump” was definitely on the backfoot for a solid chuck of this bout, but there were a lot of times when he came back and fought off both of them simultaneously. Steiner is far bigger than Mysterio and has years of experience over Jindrak, and both of those things came to the forefront at segments. A beautiful dropkick from Jindrak looked to almost score a knockout blow on Steiner, but when Mysterio was to finish him off and write Scott out of the match, that was when the lights go out in the arena! When they come back on, Rey is laid out on the floor, bathed in “red liquid” with Vampiro standing over him! But without having seen interference, Nick Patrick cannot call for the bell; however it gives Steiner a moment to regain his bearings, and he hits a big spinning belly to belly suplex on Jindrak before locking in the Steiner Recliner to subdue this threat and retain the title at 7:22. (Rating: B)
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Not much to hear from The WCW Worldwide Panel to close this show, as they talk about the matches that we saw which were made for Wrath and also the four men who have punched their ticket into the Wrath match: Buff Bagwell, Lex Luger, Ric Flair, and Sting! Tony urges everyone to order next week’s Friday Nitro to find out who else will qualify for Wrath and what other matches will be made to take place at The Mark of the QUAD next Sunday at WCW Wrath! Until next week, good night, folks! (Rating: C-)

Show Rating: B
Kaz Hayashi was used too much. This show has improved our popularity in 34 regions.

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Really good show, Wrath is shaping up nicely (shame Bryan Clarke didn’t make it to the Wrath match at the Wrath event, he would have had the perfect gear to wear ) The Future’s show long escapades were great too, as was The Cat’s promo. As much as I hate to admit it because I couldn’t stand the guy, Miller is pretty entertaining on the mic. Nice to see Bam Bam looking strong too, especially since it gives Goldberg someone to brawl with until he racks up enough wins to get a crack at Steiners belt, who I still think will hold the title until Goldberg beats him.....Starrcade?
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WWF RAW is WAR


Philadelphia, Pennsylvania’s First Union Center is being turned into a war zone when RAW is WAR rolls into town! The sold out arena saw one of the biggest episodes in the show’s history!

There were two common threads throughout this edition, one dealing with “Stone Cold” Steve Austin. The WWF champion opened the show talking about how he plans on decimating everyone in the Elimination Chamber, but also talking about Philadelphia’s history with Extreme Championship Wrestling recently going out of business. His verdict? “That was a long time coming, son, because ECW absolutely sucked!” He makes a challenge that if any former ECW stars want to compete for a real championship, he’ll meet them in the main event tonight!

The second recurring angle dealt with Mr. McMahon, as he entered the ring and talked about how he feels that he may have had a breakthrough. He was looking at some old family pictures from the Philadelphia Spectrum and has felt a change of heart, and he wants to meet his son Shane in the ring later tonight.

“Stone Cold” seemed to have some tactics in his back pocket, as during a match between ECW alumni Al Snow and the enforcer of X-Factor, Albert, Austin tripped up Snow and cost him the bout. The champion followed this by drilling Snow with a steel chair before leaving him laying with the Stunner. Backstage, another of ECW’s big names was being attacked by Austin in Raven, who likely wouldn’t have even come out for the challenge after his words on SmackDown!, but “Stone Cold” wasn’t taking chances. Chris Jericho and Chris Benoit talked in an interview that they didn’t share Austin’s hatred toward ECW because it helped make their careers, but that led to them getting viciously attacked backstage by Austin and Angle!

In a bit of a side story, Rob Van Dam, someone who got a huge cheer for his entrance, said that he didn’t care about what Austin was doing because he was more concerned with Jeff Hardy taking away the Hardcore title. He made his presence felt during Jeff Hardy’s Hardcore title defense against Justin Credible, Austin giving Credible the Stunner while Hardy was down. Of all people, The Brooklyn Brawler hit the ring to try and win the Hardcore title under the 24/7 rule, but RVD attacked him and kept the title on Hardy, thus making sure that he would still get his ladder match for the championship at Summerslam.

Not everyone suffered the same fate from “Stone Cold” however; Austin dressed the Dudley Boyz down, with them admitting that working for ECW was nothing compared to working now for Mr. McMahon. And Austin decided that Rhyno was “a good, fine, upstanding citizen” after seeing him destroying a soda machine. However one person who made a pre-emptive strike on the champion was Spike Dudley, who rushed Austin in his dressing room! But the size difference between the two was bigger than the difference in size of their hearts, and Austin left Spike down after a hit from the WWF title. When the time came, Austin called upon ECW’s faithful to bring him a challenger, with him even saying that they could have a Hardcore match so it’s more like ECW was – with Jim Ross saying that he’s already beaten them all down, no one is left! But there was one left…


It’s Tazz! He comes out and accepts the challenge!

The match ends up leaving most rabid ECW fans rather deflated however, as Tazz is rushed by the champion and never really gets out of the blocks. He nearly comes back and gets Austin in the Tazzmission, but Austin rolls out of it and hits the Stunner to retain the championship.

As for Mr. McMahon, even Stephanie seemed apprehensive about him meeting with Shane. He assured her that everything would be just fine for their family, and Shane himself was also very apprehensive, but he decided that any olive branch was what their dysfunctional family needs. Following the main event, Mr. McMahon approached the ring and called out to his son, who met with him. Vince talked of times in the past when he had been grooming Shane to take over the WWF after he dies, talked of times they had worked together in the Corporation, and also times that he was a wide eyed boy who was the apple of his father’s eye. Vince offers a handshake and a hug, which Shane isn’t sure of, but he takes it – but a massive hand grabs him from behind and drills Shane into the mat with a chokeslam… it’s The Undertaker! Undertaker viciously assaults Shane by picking him up and hitting him with The Last Ride, before turning to Vince… and shaking his hand! Vince says that he wishes he could erase all those so-called “good memories” from his mind forever because as far as he’s concerned, Shane is no son of his! Why would The Undertaker do this?! And just how heartless IS Mr. McMahon?!

Also from RAW: After Edge poked fun at Pittsburgh’s sports teams, he defeated Scotty 2 Hotty to retain the European title; The Island Tribe defeated The Acolytes; Chris Jericho is seen getting medical attention after the attack by Austin when Rhyno rushes and hits him with the Gore, telling him he’ll see him on SmackDown!, William Regal doesn’t want to be in Philadelphia, so he urges Spike Dudley to forfeit their match, but Spike refuses; William Regal retains the Intercontinental title over Spike Dudley when he passes out in the Regal Stretch; Regal and Edge pass by one another, the champions having a tense staredown after some of the things Edge has said lately; The Big Show defeated Kurt Angle by count out when Chris Benoit chases Angle out of the arena.

Show Rating: B-
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WWF SmackDown!


The MCI Center is about to heat up as it is time for WWF SmackDown!

The Undertaker opens the show explaining his actions on RAW is WAR. He says that he is tired of feeling disrespected around here, claiming that he is the big dog in this yard and that anyone who disrespects him from now on, he will make them famous! After that, Michael Cole and Tazz have a carrot to dangle for viewers at home, as later tonight, Linda McMahon says she has an announcement that will shake up the entire foundation of the World Wrestling Federation!

The Elimination Chamber’s participants are on hand as The Big Show, Chris Jericho, Kurt Angle, and Triple H were all in action. “Stone Cold” was here as well, as he and Debra tell Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley that she needs to get her husband on a short leash before Austin faces off with him and puts him out of wrestling permanently! Stephanie keeps trying to explain why she’s stayed out of it, but Austin keeps giving her a barrage of “What? What? What?” constantly cutting her off, until she finally walks away in frustration.

Triple H talked about his opponent tonight, Rikishi, saying that it was only a few short months ago that he and Rikishi were helping one another to take out Steve Austin, and now Rikishi is Mr. McMahon’s pet dog trying to take him out. Hunter defeated Rikishi pretty handily, before having a confrontation with Austin in the ring, with “Stone Cold” telling him that maybe what they need is one final time working together, at Summerslam. Get rid of the other four jackasses, and then they can see who the better man is. Triple H doesn’t give him an answer, but he does seem intrigued by the idea!

Kurt Angle talks on his way to the ring that Chris Benoit is some Canadian wannabe who doesn’t have any gold medals, and that he should be watching tonight to see a look into his future when the two do battle again. Meanwhile, opponent Jeff Hardy is all about wanting to knock Rob Van Dam down a peg. The match between Angle and Hardy saw RVD cause a distraction, as he claimed he could pin Hardy and take the Hardcore title tonight, leading to Angle locking Jeff in the ankle lock and scoring the victory. Feeling embarrassed by Jeff’s performance in the match, Angle worked together with Van Dam to attack Hardy, but Chris Benoit came out to make the save! This led to an announcement of a tag team match to come on RAW is WAR pitting Angle and RVD against Benoit and Hardy!

Trish Stratus is seen at WWF New York, where she reminds Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley that Summerslam is coming very soon, and she hopes that Stephanie can square away her family drama – because she doesn’t want her making excuses when Trish gets her in the ring.

Sparks almost flew when “Stone Cold” met up with The Undertaker near Mr. McMahon’s dressing room, as the two men have been constantly enemies but find themselves with a common companion now. Undertaker still plans to hold the WWF championship sooner than later, while Austin tells him to try it and get dropped; Mr. McMahon has to separate the two, telling them that while they are both on his side, they are a part of two separate plans of his, so they can table this debate and deal with it later.

Chris Jericho comes out for the main event, talking about how he will put Rhyno behind him to concentrate on the Elimination Chamber, but Rhyno attacks him from behind! The match is violent and brutal, with Jericho showing sides of himself that the WWF fans have rarely seen from him. Steve Austin makes a deciding factor in this one by attacking Jericho with a chair, which leads to the Gore! It’s a shocker, Rhyno defeats Chris Jericho! After that, however, it becomes a wild six man fight as the other members of the Elimination Chamber join the ringside area. Everyone starts hitting their biggest moves on people, with a short moment when Triple H and Steve Austin go nose-to-nose before turning and taking out Jericho and Benoit. But the segment comes to a close when Big Show grabs the former Power Trip team and delivers both of them a double chokeslam! The Big Show stands tall, will he do so again at Summerslam?!

Finally as the show is coming to a close, we come to Linda McMahon’s announcement. She says that the ending of RAW is WAR showed her that her estranged husband and their son obviously cannot bury the hatchet, and so she, as a deciding member of the WWF, has decided to step in. She announces that at the beginning of September, the World Wrestling Federation will institute the very first Draft Lottery, which will split the entire roster into Raw and SmackDown!, with Vince and Shane McMahon taking control of one of those sides! To determine who gets which brand, there will be a tag team match at Summerslam between the two, as Vince McMahon teams with The Undertaker to take on Shane McMahon, and, if he will so accept the match when he returns to the WWF this Monday……. The Rock!

Also on this episode: Edge defeated Test to retain the European title; The Big Show defeated D-Von Dudley; Spike Dudley defeated Raven; Justin Credible and Albert defeated The Godfather and Val Venis after interference from X-Pac; The Dudley Boyz confronted Spike Dudley and Molly Holly, with Molly telling them that they’ll find Spike the best partner and defeat them once and for all!

Show Rating: A
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Rob Van Dam says he won’t be without the Hardcore title for long, and followed that up by defeating Billy Gunn. Raven’s sour mood meets his match with the perpetual cheerfulness of Diamond Dallas Page, with Page getting a victory over Raven with the Diamond Cutter, which Cole said was “Vintage DDP!” Finally, William Regal was in WWF New York for Heat, and when asked about Edge, he said that it sounds as though the young man is getting a little too big for his trousers. He claims to not hold anything against him for thinking himself a big deal, but William plans to hold the Intercontinental title with more pride than anyone possibly can – including Edge!

Show Rating: C+

The next World Wrestling Federation PPV Extravaganza will be WWF SummerSlam 2001!
Held on August 19th, 2001 at The Compaq Center in San Jose, California!

Announced So Far
WWF Championship – Elimination Chamber: “Stone Cold” Steve Austin © vs. “The Game” Triple H vs. “Y2J” Chris Jericho vs. “Olympic Hero” Kurt Angle vs. “Rabid Wolverine” Chris Benoit vs. The Big Show
Winning Team Choose Their Brand: Mr. McMahon and The Undertaker vs. Shane McMahon and The Rock?
Trish Stratus vs. Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley
WWF Hardcore Championship – Ladder Match: Jeff Hardy © vs. Rob Van Dam
Tag Team Turmoil for the WWF Tag Team Championships: The Dudley Boyz © vs. Too Cool vs. The Island Tribe vs. Val Venis and The Godfather vs. The Acolytes vs. X-Factor vs. Spike Dudley and ???

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From the desk of Eric Bischoff:
All due to the McMahons, I’ll be honest… an out-in-the-open brand split isn’t a horrible idea. That seems to start making some sense as for a lot of the former ECW signings that they’ve been hiding in HWA and OVW such as Nova, Little Guido, York and Matthews, Chris Chetti, and Tommy Dreamer. Guys who they can call up to the roster as soon as the split happens in order to bolster the rosters. What didn’t work out so well for them was how big Vince’s ego was on display this past week. On Raw, they went all in to make sure and tell people that ECW sucked and was second rate by having Steve Austin run roughshod over anyone who had a name there. They also tried to throw some potshots toward us, mostly through commentators who talked about how the Elimination Chamber was Vince’s biggest and best idea ever and that anything else was second class. I don’t hold a lot of ill will toward Jim Ross, Michael Cole, Paul Heyman, or Tazz – at least no more than anyone else might – as they are just doing their jobs. However, this is getting a little ridiculous to lie so much on air. Fans may be believing it, as the internet went above and beyond on calling out the WWF for a lot of their remarks. It turns out TNN also weren’t very happy with how Raw turned out as they spent so much time criticizing other companies that they forgot to put on a quality show. During SmackDown, Austin and Undertaker both coined some new catchphrases, and Michael Cole came off with a new phrase that may catch on but if he uses it too much it’ll likely become annoying.

X-Pac’s return during SmackDown comes as he is now back from rehab, but the bigger problem for us is the imminent return of The Rock. While Rock was away filming Scorpion King, we probably would have started to gain our footing back once we go national again. But with The Rock back in the WWF actively, there’s no way we can hold up against them. But we aren’t about to give up just yet. I inked a deal to start showing some of our events on Sky Sports 3, working on getting WCW’s name into the British Isles on the subscription network.

At Nitro, I fed Tony Schiavone a few quips about the WWF, namely that “The competition isn’t in your own backyard, it’s right here,” and fans seemed to really gravitate towards that. Backstage, Midajah and Paisley bonded over one of those generic boy bands that we based 3 Count off of. Paul Orndorff was teaching his proteges again, telling Yang some tips on being face and O’Haire and Jindrak learning to be better heels; I guess the three are working on shoring up their faults if I decide to turn them. Ernest Miller picked up a minor hip injury during his match with Goldberg, but he’ll be healed up by next week’s episode. Scott Steiner left Yang alone and instead let me know that he feels “That other yella kid (Kaz Hayashi) ain’t gettin’ no freaks, so send him back across the Specific Ocean on the tuna boat he rode in on!” Light racism aside, at least Goldberg was more cordial when he said that he wasn’t sure if C.W. was going to connect with fans and felt he doesn’t have much of an upside compared to the screen time I’ve been giving him. On the show itself, I noticed Curt Hennig has been improving his performance with a few small touches to his ring psychology, which is impressive for someone of his age to be doing. Chris Lovey also is showing more charisma during his interviews. And Low Ki and Lance Storm seem to be getting better at their gimmicks.

As a last tidbit for this week, I saw on a wrestling news website that Scott Hall has started to look a little more average than toned; maybe I’m actually better off that he and Kevin screwed me over if he’s going to start going downhill? Apparently Shane Douglas’s former ECW valet Francine has started dating former WCW luchador Villano IV while the two have been working in CMLL. And Don Muraco, Butch Miller, Jimmy Golden, and Terry Gordy have all had their final dates as active workers, with Larry Hennig setting himself up to leave the business in a month’s time.

We are one week closer to Wrath, which is coming up on Sunday. Our card is almost finalized, so one more Nitro should wrap things up as we move into the Wrath match!

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Really good show, Wrath is shaping up nicely
As much as I hate to admit it because I couldn’t stand the guy, Miller is pretty entertaining on the mic.
Thanks man! Yeah I'm not really huge on Miller, but he really did show up as one of the more entertaining acts of 2001 WCW, right along with Hugh Morrus, which is why I have really tried to keep the two of them relevant here while it would be really easy to just job them down the card and out of the company.

Also, thanks to everyone who has put a vote in for me in LDOTM! I know I may not be the most consistent writer anymore and probably will never be again, but I am glad to know that I have some of the most consistent readers. I hope to see if the WWF developments can also grab your attentions, because even though this is first and foremost a WCW diary, I'm kinda proud of what I've done in an invasion-less WWF as well!
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WCW Friday Nitro
Shown Live on August 10, 2001 (Week 2)
Held at: The Hard Rock Cafe Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada (South West)
Announcers: Mike Tenay, Scott Hudson, and Arn Anderson
Attendance: 2,000 people (sold out!)
PPV Rating: 0.02
TV Rating: 2.38

The show opens in the aisleway as “Mean” Gene and Jeremy Borash stand by. The two talk about how there are a lot of things going on ahead of WCW Wrath this Sunday, but one of the newest big developments has been what happened last week between Goldberg and their guest at this time, Bam Bam Bigelow! They compare watching Bigelow assault Goldberg to the Planet of the Apes when one violent ape goes after another; which, admittedly, isn’t in that film, but Scott Hudson says that Gene hasn’t seen an ape since the last time he looked in the mirror. “The Beast From The East” comes to the aisle to a chorus of boos as Gene asks him the big question; what is he doing by targeting Goldberg now, when any other time he’s done so in the past has been met with failure? Bigelow responds that yeah, he might have not beaten Goldberg in the past, but those times didn’t have such high stakes. “Goldberg’s career wasn’t on the line the last times I fought him, but it is now. That means everything is different. I don’t care what I have to do to the man – and that’s all he is compared to me, is a regular man – but whether I have to do it by defeating him or hurting him, I will be the man who puts Goldberg out of pro wrestling!” Bigelow isn’t the greatest interview, but this still got the crowd hotter and started the show off strong, despite Gene and Jeremy not really holding up their end of the segment. (Rating: C+)

Mike, Scott, and Arn talk about the show that we have lined up tonight which will feature the final two qualifying matches for the Wrath match as well as another mystery opponent for Curt Hennig lined up by Jeff Jarrett. Mike says that he has word that “The Franchise” Shane Douglas has commandeered a cameraman and is demanding a feed, and apparently the production truck is going to give him a few moments. We cut backstage to Douglas as he says that the eyes of the world are on “The Franchise” as they always should be, but somehow he’s the villain of the story. He says that Booker T is a true villain, because at least when “The Franchise” does horrible things and ruins people’s lives, he does it out in the open and not in private. But Shane has discovered Booker’s private evils, and he will reveal them to the public live in the ring tonight unless certain demands of his are met! We cut back to commentary, who don’t know what that is all about, but we will find out later tonight just what this information may be! (Rating: B-)

“Also Sprach Zarathrusta” brings the fans to their feet as “The Nature Boy” Ric Flair power walks down to the ring, clearly with something on his mind. Still frames are shown from last week where Sting turned his bat toward “The Nature Boy” and Scott Hudson wonders if that may be what’s weighing heavily on his mind. Husdon remarks that it was as surprising an ending to a show as the end of The Princess Diaries, which hit cinemas last Friday; when Mike asks him what was so surprising, Scott answers that the surprise was when he found out he was at Princess Diaries instead of Rush Hour 2. Flair takes some time to talk about how grateful he is to be in the only wrestling company that matters enough to be only on pay-per-view, World Championship Wrestling! And he can’t wait to be a part of the original, the originator, the Wrath match, where he will win and go on to take the World’s Heavyweight championship from Scott Steiner! “The only chamber that matters is ‘The Nature Boy’s’ bed chamber, where he will eliminate everyone until getting the perfect ten! Woooo!” As Flair starts to turn his attention toward Sting and how he certainly doesn’t appreciate a bat pointed in his face, the promo goes awry as The Steiner Brothers come to the ring. As Scott bluntly says, “Cut the crap Flair, nobody wants to hear you flippin’ yer gums about beds, chambers, or how the WWF announced a match three days before Eric Bitchoff did!”

“Big Poppa Pump” enters the ring and tells Flair that it doesn’t matter who wins on any Sunday, the headline at the end of the night is gonna read that “Freakzilla” walked into town, showed off his peaks, beat the hell out of everyone in his way, slept with all the best freaks, and left town still as the WCW champion. “You think it can be your night, because you beat me what, by disqualification? Like that means you can get my shoulders to the mat? ‘Big Poppa Pump’s’ got shoulder bigger’n your scrawny waist, and that’s nothin’ compared to my-” Rick cuts him off, but Flair uses that time to point out that Steiner can talk all he wants, but that disqualification win means that Scott hasn’t defeated “The Nature Boy,” “and that means for all your talk and bragging, you ain’t beat The Man yet, brother!” Steiner snarls, and with a cry of “I ain’t beat the man? Well how about I just beat yer wrinkled old ass right now?!” he and Rick start circling Flair! Ric, to his credit, doesn’t back down an inch, putting up his fists and telling them to come on!

But they don’t have to, as the thunder and lightning breaks out over the arena and Sting marches down the aisle! Tenay questions who’s side Sting may be on here, with Anderson answering that if this goes anything like last week, it’s his own. “The Stinger” enters the ring and stands between Flair and the Steiners, keeping an eye on everyone and keeping his black baseball bat at the ready. He gets a microphone and says “Riddle me this, riddle me that, it looks like everyone is afraid of the big black bat!” Scott, of course, screams that he ain’t afraid, he’ll shove that bat up his ass and break it off! But Sting is vigilant, saying that last week was a warning, that once they enter Wrath, there will be no friends; only men standing between Sting and the World title. All the moments he and Flair, he and Lex have shared over the years, they won’t matter anymore, because it will be all about Sting trying to win his eighth World title, just like it’ll be all about Flair winning his seventeenth, all about Luger winning his third, or Buff or whoever else trying to win their first. He calls Wrath an appropriate name, because by the end of the night, they’re all going to sin, and it’ll all be about who can still look in the mirror the next morning. The Steiners butt in, Scott telling Sting that nobody cares about him waxing poetic out here, “like yer’ some kinda Sigmund Fraud,” he tells Sting that he gave up his chance to walk away last week when he took advantage of Midajah giving Scott a love tap, so now he’s gonna be forced away again, because Scott wants him in the ring, tonight!

“The Cat” comes to the stage, telling everybody to just shut the hell up already! He says that when Eric isn’t in, he’s the man making matches; “That even means you, Big Stupid Poppa Dump! Y’all need ta’ lighten up around here, and I think I know just what everyone likes. We’ll have a tag match!” Scott is quick to point out that he can’t have a tag team match, as Rick is in his qualifying match for Wrath tonight. “Don’t you think I didn’t know that, big booty dummy? Keep yer head chain on, I was just gettin’ to that. Since y’all got started cause Sting got screwed over against Lame-o Lex Luger the other night, then you gonna team up with him. Rub you two together and ya both got about ten percent of body fat and just as much brain juice between ya, so that should be good. And since Sting out here wavin’ his black thing around, he ain’t got nobody to call partner. Well, I know something about wavin’ a big black thing around, it’s my black belts cause I’m the three time karate worl’ champion! I ain’t scared’a y’all, so I’ll be Sting’s partner tonight!” “Whoa!” screams Scott Hudson, as Scott Steiner smiles, saying that sounds good; he’s gonna beat Sting’s ass so bad he gets put out of Wrath, and beat Miller’s ass so bad that he gets put out of being commissioner, all in one match!

Everyone improvised in this (except Rick, who wasn’t given speaking lines) and while Flair, Steiner, and Miller all did exceptionally well on the live mic, Sting didn’t fare as well. But Ernest performed poorly (I guess people would have preferred Eric separating them?) while Flair’s performance was fantastic and Scott came out of this looking excellent. The crowd are definitely hotter after the announcement of our main event! (Rating: A* /97)

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The Future vs. Low Ki and AJ Styles
After The Future’s antics last week, Low Ki apparently requested this bout against them. Being forced to have a partner for the bout, young AJ Styles volunteered for the match, still looking for that big victory that will put him over the top in the fans’ eyes.

The match was full of high flying, hard hitting action as all four men laid it all on the line to pick up the victory. Guerrero gloated just a few seconds too long after hitting his Brainbuster on Low Ki, and when he went for the pin, Ki delivered a hard kick to Chavo’s face, dazing him long enough to wrap him up in the Dragon Clutch and score a submission victory at 5:50. (Rating: B-)
After we cut to the commentators, Lance Storm’s theme brings the competitor to the ring. He doesn’t have a match tonight, as Mike Tenay points out, so they aren’t sure why he decided to come to the ring, but he takes a microphone from David Penzer and tells everyone that he would like to be serious for a few minutes. Storm says that after this Sunday at Wrath, the American fans had better prepare their nerves because he is going to start telling them the truth about them again. “Dustin and Dusty Rhodes are the best fit to extract this prize from, because as the so-called ‘Common Man’ they are the perfect vessel for you people for me to defeat. And when I pull that flag down, I will prove that the American dream, both the one you people all clamor to and the legacy of the Rhodes family, is dead! And when I step foot in this ring next week on Nitro, I will have four things with me. One; an American flag. Two; the prized cowboy boots of Dusty Rhodes. Three; gasoline. And four; a lighter, which I will use to make all your hopes and dreams go up in flames!” Storm really seemed to enjoy the freedom to be off-script here, getting the crowd worked into a patriotic frenzy. Will he get what he wants? You’ll have to watch WCW Wrath to find out! (Rating: C)

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Wrath Qualifying Match
Brian Adams vs. “K-Dawg” Konnan vs. “The Road Warrior” Animal

A crazy brawl breaks out in this match as they try to enter the Wrath match. Konnan nearly scores the victory over Adams with the Tequila Sunrise, but Animal breaks it up. He pulls Brian back to his feet and hits a big powerslam in order to score the pinfall and punch his ticket to Wrath at 6:02 in a match that was hampered by a lack of selling. (Rating: C+)
“Mean” Gene and Jeremy are standing back in the interview area, Gene hyping that those who check out his article on WCW.com will read all about what legendary wrestler and trainer has left his career behind earlier this week. Gene then brings in their guest at this time, the son of the legendary “Superfly,” Jimmy Snuka Jr.! Gene asks him if he has found some partners to take on the Problem Solvers this Sunday at Wrath. Snuka answers that he wasn’t really sure who to choose, but last week he saw an injustice take place at the hands of Simon and his cronies, and that gave him an idea. That idea has led him to find two guys who would like to get some comeuppance, and that’s Rebel Pride! Kid Kash and Jamie Knoble step forward, with Kash saying that he’s known slimy Simon for a while now, and he isn’t about to let him get away with this. Knoble says that he’s gonna ride into Wrath and hook the Problem Solvers up to the back of his truck and show them how they get down in the trailer park! Snuka says that he may not have much personally in common with his partners, but they share one thing: they are gonna solve the Problem Solvers! (Rating: D)

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Buff “The Stuff” Bagwell vs. “Sugar” Shane Helms
A fun, short match that is meant to calm the rowdy crowd down which sees Buff overpower his cruiserweight opponent and score the victory with a Buff Blockbuster at 4:13. (Rating: C-)
We head backstage following the match to find Rick and Scott Steiner patrolling the area. Scott is heard saying “She’s around here somewhere, we gotta get our shit together” when they look down the hallway and spot Midajah. Scott yells at her, telling her to get over here. She says that she was just here talking to Lex, with “The Total Package” Lex Luger coming into frame. Scott tells her that he was just about to go find Luger, all she shoulda been doing is polishing “Big Poppa Pump’s” pipe in the damn dressing room! He tells her to quit wasting time, and tells Lex that he’ll see him in the main event, and he better not blow this one! (Rating: B-)

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Challenge of “The Chosen One”
Curt Hennig vs. ???

Hennig’s opponent this week turns out to be “Primetime” Elix Skipper, who has been trying to find his footing ever since the end of The World. This match really gets the crowd buzzing with some solid action. He gives the veteran his all in this one, but Curt is able to ground Skipper’s flying game and score the pinfall with the Hennig-Plex in 5:55.

In shades of last week, “The Chosen One” Jeff Jarrett sneaks into the ring after the match, but this time Hennig was ready for it! The two have a tense staredown as Jarrett leaves the ring, not wanting a head to head battle when all he came for was an attack from behind. Which one of these talented stars will pick up the victory at Wrath? (Rating: B-)
It’s that time, when we head back to The WCW Worldwide Panel! Rather than just talking about the show, however, they have a special guest who has a few words to share: “The American Dream” Dusty Rhodes! Dusty thanks them for the outlet, saying that he cannot wait for Wrath to see Dustin gettin’ funky like a monkey all up on that loudmouth Canadian, Lance Storm! When Chris asks him about what Storm threatened to do next week if he wins on Sunday, Dusty gets very serious and says that there’s no way he or Dustin will let that happen – this is America, jack, and while we’ll respect your freedom of speech, we have the freedom to punch ya in the mouth! Dusty got the crowd hotter here. (Rating: C-)

The knockoff of “Perfect Strangers” brings out “The Franchise” Shane Douglas, who gets a microphone and tells them to cut his music. Shane struggles with the live microphone though as he starts off by repeating himself from earlier. He talks about how everyone calls him the ultimate bad guy (they actually don’t) but he has nothing on what Booker T has been doing over the past year! Booker T comes out from the back, saying that he isn’t sure what dirt Shane thinks he’s pulled up on him, but it don’t matter; if he wanted a title match, all he had to do was get a time and place and they’d throw down! But since he wants to try and make it personal, then he won’t just get a fighting champion coming after him; he’ll have a man take him on, a man who ain’t gonna let Shane run his good name through the mud! Speaking of things getting personal, the two are joined by Chuck Palumbo and Stacy Kiebler. Palumbo tells Booker that he respects him as a man and a champion, but after last week, the only one who’s gonna give Douglas some wrath this Sunday is gonna be him! He laid his hands on his girlfriend, and he’s not going to let him get away with that! Shane tells Palumbo that he has to wait in line, because if he doesn’t get a US title match, he’ll tell everyone what he knows about Booker. What can we do?

It’s up to “The Cat” to sort this mess out, and he says it looks like we got a weird damn pickle going on here. Miller doesn’t do well with the live microphone on this one either, telling Douglas that if he don’t keep his hands off women, Ernest will personally make him a little bitch! But let’s just give everybody what they want here; “The Cat” says that at Wrath, the United States title will be on the line as Booker T defends against Shane Douglas AND Chuck Palumbo in a triple threat match! Miller underperformed again (he needs to either get more over or we will need to find a new authority figure) but Booker’s performance was good. Another big match is made for Wrath! (Rating: B)

Jeremy Borash is on his own in the interview area, thanking “Mean” Gene for giving him this opportunity to deliver a big scoop on his own. His guest right now is Madusa, with Jeremy asking her about her search for a new client. Madusa says that she does have her eyes on someone special, but she isn’t going to reveal her cards to Borash. She tells him that he will find out who it is the same time anyone else does, this Sunday at Wrath! Jeremy is a little disappointed, but thanks her for her time and can’t wait to find out. (Rating: D)

She leaves Jeremy’s side, but before the cameras stop rolling, Borash is pushed up against the wall by Big Bill! Bill grabs him by his lapels and says that if he wants a scoop, then how about this: Big Bill will be at Wrath, and if he doesn’t have any better opponent, then he’s gonna drag Borash’s sorry carcass to the ring and have a match with him! This gets broken up by an unlukely source, as Konnan steps in and tells Bill to step off! “K-Dawg” tells Bill that he’s been watching him spout off for the past few weeks, and he don’t care what his name is because he’s just being a pandejo! Bill loses his cool (what little cool he had to begin with) and tells Konnan to put his money where his mouth is and Bill will break him in half and ship him back to Mexico in a tortilla! Jeremy didn’t come out of this segment looking good, but Bill’s raging performance was fantastic. It looks like another match for Wrath! (Rating: C-)

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Bam Bam Bigelow vs. Screamin’ Norman Smiley
A very short match as Norman spends most of it trying to run away. Bigelow catches him handily and just decimates him with a powerbomb, before going to the top rope and coming down with a diving headbutt that scores the win in 2:07. (Rating: C-)

As Bam Bam is leaving the ring, a figure comes out and meets him in the aisle – it’s Goldberg! “Da Man” rushes in and starts throwing punches! He is visibly still sore after last week, but he’s here and he is trading blows with his attacker! Finally, Doug Dillinger and The WCW Security Team rush the area to try pulling them apart. Bigelow comes off as very underwhelming here, but Goldberg looks like a real star as the two try to get to one another. These two men may very well rip one another apart at Wrath! (A* / 97)
As things are calming down, Mike Tenay says that he hears there is also a small commotion backstage that we have a camera heading to check out. When we go to that footage, it looks like Totally Buff are in the middle of a conversation. But as the audio comes into focus, it doesn’t seem to be a good discussion as Buff proclaims “This is bullcrap, Lex!” Bagwell doesn’t seem to be very happy that while the two of them haven’t teamed in weeks, all of a sudden tonight he’s teaming with Scott Steiner? While Buff was stuck facing one of the little dancing boys? Luger shrugs and says he didn’t have anything in the decision, but he’s going to make the most of it. “The Total Package” says this is a big shot for both of them, but Bagwell isn’t having it. He tells Luger that he isn’t helping him tonight, and he better not count on him at Wrath either, because it’s all about the winner. As Bagwell storms off, Luger says that he wouldn’t have it any other way. (Rating: B)

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Wrath Qualifying Match
Sean O’Haire vs. “The DFG” Rick Steiner vs. Mike Awesome

The final qualifying triple threat match sees three big brawlers going at it in a crazy match that really gets the crowd buzzing. All three men want in the final slot of the bout, but only one can take it. Rick has quite a few chances to take the match home using his veteran advantages, but in the end he gets knocked down to the mat and O’Haire drills him with the Seanton Bomb! Sean is ready to punch his card for Wrath, but Awesome Splash breaks up the pin! Mike pulls O’Haire off the mat and hits him with a running Awesome Bomb and holds down the shoulders and in what is likely a surprising result, Mike Awesome gets the pin at 14:23 and the final space in the Wrath match! (Rating: B)

After the match is over, we go backstage to the dressing room of the Natural Born Thrillers. They had clearly been ready to celebrate O’Haire’s victory when he got back, but now it’s a somber sight. Chris Lovey is in the room to get some words from them, but just as O’Haire reaches the dressing room, apologizing for failing them and not winning the match, the room gets a little more crowded as the large frames of Kronik barge in! Adams and Clark tell O’Haire not to feel too bad, because they didn’t get into the bout either; but it’s not as if they can’t get a match on the card, because with the four of them out of Wrath, it looks like they are free to defend the World Tag Team titles against Kronik! O’Haire and Jindrak agree to it, and it looks like a respectful room right now, but it definitely will not be so respectful when these two teams clash this Sunday! (Rating: C+)
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Sting and “The Cat” Ernest Miller vs. “Big Poppa Pump” Scott Steiner and “The Total Package” Lex Luger
It’s main event time, and this blockbuster tag team match is just what you would expect from Friday Nitro! All four men are working at their best capacity, but Sting is left stranded on the ring apron when “The Cat” gets caught with one of Steiner’s patented belly to belly suplexes. Luger and Steiner’s power game is unrivaled and the two almost seem to be showing off to one another rather than trying to put the commissioner away. Steiner especially looks excellent in this match, like a true dominant champion. But “The Cat” fights back, getting out of a lax gorilla press slam attempt by Scott and hitting the champion with a jaw rattling martial arts kick! He makes his way over and gets the hot tag to “The Stinger” who cleans house on both Steiner and Luger with alternating chops and punches! Midajah hops up on the ring apron to distract Nick Patrick while kicking the lead pipe into the ring, which Luger picks up. He swings it toward Sting – but Sting dodges, and it nails Steiner instead! Miller comes in and hits Luger with a big swinging kick, taking him out of action, and Sting grabs Steiner to drop him to the mat with the Scorpion Death Drop, going for the cover and getting a big win ahead of Wrath at 8:44! Sting just pinned the World champion, and if he can withstand five other men and do this again on Sunday, he will be the new champion!

As Sting and “The Cat” leave, celebrating their win, Steiner starts coming to again, and – as per his usual – he is very hot under the collar! He holds up the pipe that was his downfall, but his rage doesn’t seem directed solely at Luger, it’s toward Midajah! He is an incoherent, spitting, drooling mess as he starts chewing her out with obscenities that I can’t share here! It’s a good thing he isn’t on the microphone! It must be said though that as a fountain of rage, he definitely comes across well. As Midajah cowers from this verbal assault, it nearly becomes a physical assault, until “The Total Package” steps in! He tells Scott to cool down, but when has that ever worked with Scott Steiner? But size-wise, Luger more than can match up to him, so this is a standoff, all over Midajah! As a shoving match begins to break out, commentary wonder if it will be these two who face off for the World title at Wrath? Or will it be any of the other world class competitors? The only way to find out is to order WCW Wrath! (Rating: B+)
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The Worldwide Live Post Show
We have a very short post show tonight as the Panel – along with a very jovial Dusty Rhodes – go over what we just saw in the main event and run down the card for WCW Wrath this Sunday. Tony says that it could very well be a night that changes the history of our sport, so be sure to call your cable providers and order now! (Rating: C+)
Show Rating: B+
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World Championship Wrestling presents:
Wrath
Three hours of action held Live, only on Pay-Per-View on August 12th, 2001, emanating from The MARK of the Quad Cities in Moline, Illinois!
Card subject to change

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WCW World Heavyweight Championship
“Big Poppa Pump” Scott Steiner © vs. Winner of the Wrath match!

Wrath
Sting vs. “The Nature Boy” Ric Flair vs. Buff “The Stuff” Bagwell vs. “The Road Warrior” Animal vs. Mike Awesome vs. “The Total Package” Lex Luger
A Caged Heat match which opens with two competitors in the ring, with another joining after five minutes. Every three minutes, another joins at random. Once all six men are in the ring, it’s one fall to a finish!
Due to pre-match stipulations, Sting will be the first man in the ring and Lex Luger the last.

Goldberg’s Streak #120
“Da Man” Goldberg vs. “Beast from the East” Bam Bam Bigelow

WCW United States Heavyweight Championship – Triple Threat match
Booker T © vs. Shane Douglas vs. Chuck Palumbo

WCW World Tag Team Championships
Sean O’Haire and Mark Jindrak © vs. Kronik

Curt Hennig vs. “The Chosen One” Jeff Jarrett

Flag Match
“The Prodigal Son” Dustin Rhodes vs. Lance Storm
If Dustin Rhodes wins, he gets back his father’s prized boots; if Lance Storm wins, he can badmouth America again!

Mexican Deathmatch
Rey Mysterio Jr. vs. Vampiro

Konnan vs. Big Bill

Jimmy Snuka Jr. and Rebel Pride vs. The Problem Solvers

Bonus Question: Who will Madusa reveal as her new client?
Said client is already a member of the main roster.
Bonus Question: Who takes the fall in the Wrath match?
Bonus Question: One match does NOT take place as advertised. Which match is it?
This match will not count in the prediction card, but this question does.

Tiebreaker Question: How long does the Wrath match last?
Price is Right rules apply, closest to the right answer without going over!
Twelve points are up for grabs! Who will win this month?!

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WCW World Heavyweight Championship
“Big Poppa Pump” Scott Steiner © vs. Winner of the Wrath match!

Wrath
Sting vs. “The Nature Boy” Ric Flair vs. Buff “The Stuff” Bagwell vs. Mike Awesome vs. “The Total Package” Lex Luger
A Caged Heat match which opens with two competitors in the ring, with another joining after five minutes. Every three minutes, another joins at random. Once all six men are in the ring, it’s one fall to a finish!
Due to pre-match stipulations, Sting will be the first man in the ring and Lex Luger the last.

Goldberg’s Streak #120
“Da Man” Goldberg vs. “Beast from the East” Bam Bam Bigelow

WCW United States Heavyweight Championship – Triple Threat match
Booker T © vs. Shane Douglas vs. Chuck Palumbo

WCW World Tag Team Championships
Sean O’Haire and Mark Jindrak © vs. Kronik

Curt Hennig vs. “The Chosen One” Jeff Jarrett

Flag Match
“The Prodigal Son” Dustin Rhodes vs. Lance Storm
If Dustin Rhodes wins, he gets back his father’s prized boots; if Lance Storm wins, he can badmouth America again!

Mexican Deathmatch
Rey Mysterio Jr. vs. Vampiro

Konnan vs. Big Bill

Jimmy Snuka Jr. and Rebel Pride vs. The Problem Solvers

Bonus Question: Who will Madusa reveal as her new client? Big Bill
Said client is already a member of the main roster.
Bonus Question: Who takes the fall in the Wrath match? Awesome
Bonus Question: One match does NOT take place as advertised. Which match is it? Snuka’s
This match will not count in the prediction card, but this question does.

Tiebreaker Question: How long does the Wrath match last? 25 minutes
Price is Right rules apply, closest to the right answer without going over!

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WCW World Heavyweight Championship
“Big Poppa Pump” Scott Steiner © vs. Winner of the Wrath match!

Wrath
Sting vs. “The Nature Boy” Ric Flair vs. Buff “The Stuff” Bagwell vs. Mike Awesome vs. “The Total Package” Lex Luger
A Caged Heat match which opens with two competitors in the ring, with another joining after five minutes. Every three minutes, another joins at random. Once all six men are in the ring, it’s one fall to a finish!
Due to pre-match stipulations, Sting will be the first man in the ring and Lex Luger the last.

Goldberg’s Streak #120
“Da Man” Goldberg vs. “Beast from the East” Bam Bam Bigelow

WCW United States Heavyweight Championship – Triple Threat match
Booker T © vs. Shane Douglas vs. Chuck Palumbo

WCW World Tag Team Championships
Sean O’Haire and Mark Jindrak © vs. Kronik

Curt Hennig vs. “The Chosen One” Jeff Jarrett

Flag Match
“The Prodigal Son” Dustin Rhodes vs. Lance Storm
If Dustin Rhodes wins, he gets back his father’s prized boots; if Lance Storm wins, he can badmouth America again!

Mexican Deathmatch
Rey Mysterio Jr. vs. Vampiro

Konnan vs. Big Bill

Jimmy Snuka Jr. and Rebel Pride vs. The Problem Solvers

Bonus Question: Who will Madusa reveal as her new client? Big Bill
Said client is already a member of the main roster.
Bonus Question: Who takes the fall in the Wrath match? Luger
Bonus Question: One match does NOT take place as advertised. Which match is it? Jimmy Snuka Jr. and Rebel Pride Vs The Problem Solvers
This match will not count in the prediction card, but this question does.

Tiebreaker Question: How long does the Wrath match last? 21:35
Price is Right rules apply, closest to the right answer without going over!
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Faces Listed First (when applicable)
WCW World Heavyweight Championship
“Big Poppa Pump” Scott Steiner © vs. Winner of the Wrath match!

Wrath
Sting vs. “The Nature Boy” Ric Flair vs. Buff “The Stuff” Bagwell vs. Mike Awesome vs. “The Total Package” Lex Luger
(you forgot to list Animal, btw)

Goldberg’s Streak #120
“Da Man” Goldberg vs. “Beast from the East” Bam Bam Bigelow

WCW United States Heavyweight Championship – Triple Threat match
Booker T © vs. Shane Douglas vs. Chuck Palumbo

WCW World Tag Team Championships
Sean O’Haire and Mark Jindrak © vs. Kronik

Curt Hennig vs. “The Chosen One” Jeff Jarrett

Flag Match
“The Prodigal Son” Dustin Rhodes vs. Lance Storm
If Dustin Rhodes wins, he gets back his father’s prized boots; if Lance Storm wins, he can badmouth America again!

Mexican Deathmatch
Rey Mysterio Jr. vs. Vampiro

Konnan vs. Big Bill

Jimmy Snuka Jr. and Rebel Pride vs. The Problem Solvers

Bonus Question: Who will Madusa reveal as her new client? AJ
Bonus Question: Who takes the fall in the Wrath match? Animal
Bonus Question: One match does NOT take place as advertised. Which match is it? Konnan/Big Bill

Tiebreaker Question: How long does the Wrath match last? 17:49
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Faces Listed First (when applicable)
WCW World Heavyweight Championship
“Big Poppa Pump” Scott Steiner © vs. Winner of the Wrath match!
If Scotty was in the Wrath match, I'd guess he'd drop the strap here. But, since he's not, he keeps it (and might just keep it until Starcade at this point.)

Wrath
Sting vs. “The Nature Boy” Ric Flair vs. Buff “The Stuff” Bagwell vs. Mike Awesome vs. “The Total Package” Lex Luger
A Caged Heat match which opens with two competitors in the ring, with another joining after five minutes. Every three minutes, another joins at random. Once all six men are in the ring, it’s one fall to a finish!
Due to pre-match stipulations, Sting will be the first man in the ring and Lex Luger the last.
Sting goes the distance since I think Flair is the only other guy to be able to hang with Steiner. Like seeing Awesome hang with this bunch though

Goldberg’s Streak #120
“Da Man” Goldberg vs. “Beast from the East” Bam Bam Bigelow

WCW United States Heavyweight Championship – Triple Threat match
Booker T © vs. Shane Douglas vs. Chuck Palumbo
A nice B-show title match to advance the storyline, but I think Book keeps it.

WCW World Tag Team Championships
Sean O’Haire and Mark Jindrak © vs. Kronik

Curt Hennig vs. “The Chosen One” Jeff Jarrett

Flag Match
“The Prodigal Son” Dustin Rhodes vs. Lance Storm
If Dustin Rhodes wins, he gets back his father’s prized boots; if Lance Storm wins, he can badmouth America again!
And we complete the mental breakdown of Dustin Rhodes.

Mexican Deathmatch
Rey Mysterio Jr. vs. Vampiro
Guessing this is the match that changes, and Vampiro sends another towards Rey

Konnan vs. Big Bill
I guess we can build up Bill as fodder for Goldberg.

Jimmy Snuka Jr. and Rebel Pride vs. The Problem Solvers
Simon and C-dub are soft spot guys for me.

Bonus Question: Who will Madusa reveal as her new client? Mike Awesome.
Said client is already a member of the main roster.
Bonus Question: Who takes the fall in the Wrath match? Lex
Bonus Question: One match does NOT take place as advertised. Which match is it? Rey/Vamp
This match will not count in the prediction card, but this question does.

Tiebreaker Question: How long does the Wrath match last? 22:30
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WCW World Heavyweight Championship
“Big Poppa Pump” Scott Steiner © vs. Winner of the Wrath match! (Something tells me Rick Steiner is getting involved in some way, given his failure to qualify for the Wrath match.)

Wrath
Sting vs. “The Nature Boy” Ric Flair vs. Buff “The Stuff” Bagwell vs. Mike Awesome vs. “The Road Warrior” Animal vs. “The Total Package” Lex Luger (Sting is one of the two babyfaces in this match-up, arguably the better in-ring competitor at this stage, and has not challenged Steiner for the title. I think he's a safe bet to win.)

Goldberg’s Streak #120
“Da Man” Goldberg vs. “Beast from the East” Bam Bam Bigelow (Goldberg's trajectory suggests that he will continue getting wins, eventually surpassing his old win streak and challenging Steiner at Starrcade.)

WCW United States Heavyweight Championship – Triple Threat match
Booker T © vs. Shane Douglas vs. Chuck Palumbo (Booker only won his title recently, and Chuck is not there yet in terms of popularity. Also, there is more mileage in the feud between Booker and Shane, given what happened on Nitro.)

WCW World Tag Team Championships
Sean O’Haire and Mark Jindrak © vs. Kronik (O'Haire and Jindrak are the future of WCW, and Kronik will probably slowly be phased out over the next year.)

Curt Hennig vs. “The Chosen One” Jeff Jarrett (Jarrett cheats to win, I guess. I don't think this match will happen, though.)

Flag Match
“The Prodigal Son” Dustin Rhodes vs. Lance Storm (I would pick Storm, but his promo on Nitro seems to suggest he will get his comeuppance from Rhodes.)

Mexican Deathmatch
Rey Mysterio Jr. vs. Vampiro (Rey loses due to interference from Billy Kidman, who is not booked despite being the X-Division Champ.)

Konnan vs. Big Bill (Konnan loses decisively to the newly motivated Big Bill.)

Jimmy Snuka Jr. and Rebel Pride vs. The Problem Solvers (The Snukas take their skybox back from those dastardly Problem Solvers.)

Bonus Question: Who will Madusa reveal as her new client? Mike Awesome, to complement his rise to the main event.
Bonus Question: Who takes the fall in the Wrath match? Lex Luger.
Bonus Question: One match does NOT take place as advertised. Which match is it? Hennig vs. Jarrett. I feel like Jarrett is going to ambush Hennig with a monster heel or two before the match.

Tiebreaker Question: How long does the Wrath match last? 24:56.

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Like seeing Awesome hang with this bunch though
Simon and C-dub are soft spot guys for me.
Yeah I have felt kinda bad about leaving Awesome to rot over the past month or so. I had always been a huge fan of him, but I just haven't found a way to fit him into any current plans until now when Crossface decided for me that the Wrath match would be an Elimination Chamber. This felt like a great chance to elevate him to see what he can do with the big names, and I hope to find him some better forward traction with a feud that doesn't involve Lance Storm.

Simon and CW were also big favorites of mine who I sadly didn't find until after ECW had already gone under. Always felt like they were incredible midcard comedy acts who, if turned serious, could make a nice run toward the top as sneaky, obnoxious heels. So I'm glad nobody minds if I give them a slow burning mega push, right? But of course, first they have to get past the undefeated Jimmy Snuka Jr! As of yet, I haven't decided if I plan on bringing in Swinger to complete the trio or not; I've honestly been having enough fun writing them alongside Disqo to not really have worried about him. He also is still holding a title in BCW, and as a rule I generally opt against signing away champions unless it becomes an absolute certainty that I need this person right away.

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Rey loses due to interference from Billy Kidman, who is not booked despite being the X-Division Champ.)[/i]
In fairness, Kidman is booked; on the pre-show. I have him defending the title against Kwee Wee. Given the match up itself (read: very easy to predict the winner of) and also how I post the pre-show a few days prior to the main show, I left it off the prediction sheet.
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WCW World Heavyweight Championship
“Big Poppa Pump” Scott Steiner © vs. Winner of the Wrath match!

Wrath
Sting vs. “The Nature Boy” Ric Flair vs. Buff “The Stuff” Bagwell vs. “The Road Warrior” Animal vs. Mike Awesome vs. “The Total Package” Lex Luger

Goldberg’s Streak #120
"Da Man” Goldberg vs. “Beast from the East” Bam Bam Bigelow

WCW United States Heavyweight Championship – Triple Threat match
Booker T © vs. Shane Douglas vs. Chuck Palumbo

WCW World Tag Team Championships
Sean O’Haire and Mark Jindrak © vs. Kronik

Curt Hennig vs. “The Chosen One” Jeff Jarrett

Flag Match
“The Prodigal Son” Dustin Rhodes vs. Lance Storm

Mexican Deathmatch
Rey Mysterio Jr. vs. Vampiro

Konnan vs. Big Bill

Jimmy Snuka Jr. and Rebel Pride vs. The Problem Solvers

Bonus Question: Who will Madusa reveal as her new client? Big Bill
Bonus Question: Who takes the fall in the Wrath match? “The Total Package” Lex Luger
Bonus Question: One match does NOT take place as advertised. Which match is it? Sean O’Haire and Mark Jindrak © vs. Kronik
Tiebreaker Question: How long does the Wrath match last? 27:01

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WCW World Heavyweight Championship
“Big Poppa Pump” Scott Steiner © vs. Winner of the Wrath match!

Wrath
Sting vs. “The Nature Boy” Ric Flair vs. Buff “The Stuff” Bagwell vs. “The Road Warrior” Animal vs. Mike Awesome vs. “The Total Package” Lex Luger
A Caged Heat match which opens with two competitors in the ring, with another joining after five minutes. Every three minutes, another joins at random. Once all six men are in the ring, it’s one fall to a finish!
Due to pre-match stipulations, Sting will be the first man in the ring and Lex Luger the last.

Goldberg’s Streak #120
“Da Man” Goldberg vs. “Beast from the East” Bam Bam Bigelow

WCW United States Heavyweight Championship – Triple Threat match
Booker T © vs. Shane Douglas vs. Chuck Palumbo

WCW World Tag Team Championships
Sean O’Haire and Mark Jindrak © vs. Kronik

Curt Hennig vs. “The Chosen One” Jeff Jarrett

Flag Match
“The Prodigal Son” Dustin Rhodes vs. Lance Storm
If Dustin Rhodes wins, he gets back his father’s prized boots; if Lance Storm wins, he can badmouth America again!

Mexican Deathmatch
Rey Mysterio Jr. vs. Vampiro

Konnan vs. Big Bill

Jimmy Snuka Jr. and Rebel Pride vs. The Problem Solvers

Bonus Question: Who will Madusa reveal as her new client? Mike Awesome
Said client is already a member of the main roster.
Bonus Question: Who takes the fall in the Wrath match? Buff “The Stuff” Bagwell
Bonus Question: One match does NOT take place as advertised. Which match is it? Rey vs Vamp
This match will not count in the prediction card, but this question does.

Tiebreaker Question: How long does the Wrath match last? 24min
Price is Right rules apply, closest to the right answer without going over!
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