About Raven winning - I went full "Mayhem" mode there. I already wrote Raven's post title win promo on Nitro, so more sense made there. Doubt anyone even remembers he got the title shot at Halloween Havoc, but to quote the man himself "ah, you get it"
And not to make it a false alarm, I'll pin some confirmed matches for that same Nitro now... and a Paint masterchunk of Raven with the "Big Gold" belt he never held in real life. Suspend your disbelief folks, I'm not a graphic wizard
WCW Monday Nitro Card
Scott Steiner vs. El Dandy
Scott Steiner vs. Juventud Guerrera
Scott Steiner vs. The Naturals (Andy Douglas and Chase Stevens) w/Tammy Sytch
Disco Cats (Disco Inferno and Ernest "The Cat" Miller) vs. Team 3D (Brother Ray and Brother Devon)
Ken Shamrock vs. Jeff Jarrett (c) - WCW World Television Championship match
Scott Hall w/Kevin Nash vs. Kanyon w/Diamond Dallas Page
Goldberg vs. Raven (c) - WCW World Heavyweight Championship matc
WCW Monday Nitro on TNT (Show #100)
Week 1, December 2000
Meadowlands Arena, Tri State (14,974)
We open this special edition of Nitro with Raven already sitting in the corner with the big gold belt on his shoulder and a microphone in his hand.
If you missed Mayhem - this visual will confuse you a lot and then some. You can’t argue that our last pay-per-view event lived up to its name. Announcers recap the pay-per-view to fill in those who was wrong enough to miss our show. And now Raven speaks…
“And the Raven, never flitting, still is sitting, still is sitting
On the pallid bust of Pallas just above the chamber door;
And his eyes have all the seeming of a demon’s that is dreaming,
And the lamp-light o’er him streaming throws a shadow on the floor
Last night I fulfilled my destiny... I became the world heavyweight champion, just like I promised.
Nobody believed in me… nobody!
Back into the chamber turning, all my soul within me burning...
They said Raven wasn’t this and he wasn’t that, he is not "world title material". Well now you can see that I’m not defined by the rules hypocritical society enforced on me since childhood. I am not good enough, not big enough, not serious enough… What about now?
Raven stands up from his corner and shows off the big gold belt.
This oppression only made me stronger, it made me hungry and willing to go an extra mile… and last night… I turned two of my wildest dreams into reality. Firstly I became “the guy”, against all odds… and secondly… I punished Goldberg for pain, grief and suffering he brought to me on 20th of April, 1998.
Deep into that darkness peering, long I stood there wondering, fearing…
I didn’t forget about that day, it haunted me for more than two years. Alcohol, drug abuse, sexual debauchery, violence… nothing could ease the pain. I experienced a perverse conflict between desire to forget and desire to remember... so I forced myself to get pleasure from focusing on that loss.
They say revenge is a dish served cold, and for once they are right. When I stood over Goldberg's cold body with this title, I felt true euphoria and power for the first time in my life… and I’m not giving this title back, not until my last breath.
In just a few seconds I will complete the trifecta of my twisted desires… by freeing Saturn from The Revolution… for costing me that United States title in 1998!
And my soul from out that shadow that lies floating on the floor
Shall be lifted—nevermore!"
Raven drops the mic, throws his hair back and hits the pose with title still in his hand. Announcers discuss Raven’s decision to kick Saturn from “The Revolution” after winning the wager match against Shane Douglas. (B+)
Suddenly, cameras catch Goldberg marching on backstage, looking to get one back on Raven!
Our new world champion decides to leave before it’s too late, that’s why he left Lisa Marie Varon to keep the car warm in the parking lot. But surprisingly, Goldberg is coming not after Raven… he makes a turn and kicks the door into Piper’s office, getting the attention of all New Blood guys! Miss Hancock yelps, Goldberg pushes Roddy Piper to the wall…
“GIVE ME WHAT I WANT!!”
Piper can’t answer, as Goldberg is clutching him too tight around the neck. New Blood guys try to restrain “Da Man”, who snaps back and hits Mike Sanders in the face!
“Calm down, ye animal! I’ll give you what you want!” - Piper says, dusting himself off after that barge in. Telling Bill to calm down is not the brightest idea, as he thinks that Roddy and Raven are in on something together! He was screwed last night! “Hot Rod” tries to laugh it off, saying that’s Bret’s catchphrase, but Billy is not in the playing mood.
“Alright-alright, you will get your title rematch tonight, in the main event!”
Goldberg gazes Roddy, turns around and tells security guys they will be next if they ever touch him again! The group steps away, letting Goldberg leave. SLAM! The door is shut back. What a chaotic first segment, we will be back in a matter of seconds. (B+)
As we return from a brief commercial break, Mean Gene is standing next to Scott Steiner, who anxiously adjusts his beard, waiting for his cue to scream and shout. Okerlund asks Steiner what on Earth happened last night, and where did “Big Poppa Pump” go during the Elimination Chamber?
“WHAT DO YOU MEAN WHAT HAPPENED, WHAT ARE YOU, BLIND!? JEEZUS! THERE WERE FIVE OF THEM! HULK HOGAN, WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE!? NOBODY DOES THIS TO FREAKZILLA… YOU, YOU’RE GONNA DIE, I GUARANTEE I AM GONNA KILL YOU! I’M OUTTA HERE!” (B)
It looks like Goldberg is not the only man who is upset with the outcome of that match. When you think about it, nobody is happy about it. Except Raven! Steiner is making his way out to the ring and calls out Hogan one last time. No response for now. Steiner swears so profusely we don’t get any sound for half a minute… until El Dandy of all people comes out. Why in the world would he do that?
“Scotty Steiner, there’s no need to be upset. Oh wait, maybe there is. Maybe you are secretly mad that you can’t compete with me in terms of raw sex appeal and female magnetism? Maybe you need to blow off some steam?”
“COME HERE AND BLOW SOME OF MY STEAM, YOU HICK-CHICK MAGNET!”
Oh, El Dandy doesn’t like that and he’s oblivious enough to accept this challenge. Ring the bell!
“Finally, The Juice has come back to… it doesn’t matter where he came back to!!”
Juventud Guerrera comes out, pours some water on himself and runs into the ring, right in the Steinerline! Scotty drops his peak on him, makes some push ups and talks some trash like only he can. He tells the official to make this bout official, and who would say no to a man like Scotty Steiner?
Ask, and you shall receive. Tammy Sytch walks out with her newest clients in Chase Stevens and Andy Douglas. Tammy tells them to finish the job right now, but these boys don’t look like they want to share the same ring with former United States champion. Sytch grabs a mic and says that if Big Poppa Pump is so bad, why don’t he take on both of her guys at the same time?
“TAMMY, I WOULD EVEN LET YOU JOIN IN, BUT MY LEEK IS TOO BIG FOR YOUR CHEEK!”
Oof… The Naturals slide into the ring and try to make Steiner pay for his words. They don’t succeed though, Scott germans both of them like they weigh nothing and once again bullies the ref into starting a third consecutive “handicap” bout.
“Ok, enough-enough! You proved yourself Steiner. I made a mistake when I threw you out of the chamber last night. Believe you me, there’s nothing I would like to see more than you beating the living crap out of Hulk Hogan. You will get a chance to do that, next week… because I’m letting you compete for the briefcase with US title shot in it!”
Announcers clue the viewers that Konnan lost his job last night, so now his briefcase is up for grabs. Steiner says it doesn’t matter what the odds are, he will beat anyone who will stand in his way to kicking Hogan’s ass! Steiner ends his night flexing in front of Tammy who checks on her boys there.
“CALL ME, **TCH!”
Let’s take another break, shall we?
Once again we come back to “Mean” Gene standing next to the participant of last night’s Elimination Chamber, now it’s Bret Hart. Okerlund shills the Hotline first, then asks Bret about that embrace with Goldberg he had just last night. Can we say that “The Hitman” and “The Man” buried the hatchet and don’t have any hard feelings between them?
“Mean Gene, I never disliked Bill. We had our battles and our differences, sure, but I always had the respect for him. Last night he proved that he’s indeed “The Man” around here, up until he was screwed out of his title by Raven. I feel for Goldberg and would like him to reclaim the title tonight, and as for me… I think I have some unfinished business with Mr. Triple H. Therefore I challenge him to a singles match at Starrcade... so the best man could win. And trust me Gene, there’s nobody better than "The Hitman"! I am the best there is, the best there wa...”
Bret can’t even finish his catchphrase because Triple H jumps him from behind! “The Game” pushes Hart face first into the interview set behind Gene and punches the proud canadian in the face a couple of times.
“You want some of this, Hart? You’re ON!!”
Just like that folks, we have one of the first matches announced for the Starrcade card. This match brewed for a long time, and it looks like we will see these two collide in singles action at Starrcade! Gene sends us back to the ringside while calling over doctors to aid Bret out here. (B+)
Schiavone and Tenay talk about all the chaos that happened over the last 48 hours, acting like this has never happened before. Bobby Heenan is far more relaxed, he says that he expects thing like that, because he’s “The Brain” after all… that’s when the announce table is greeted with loud pyro! Team 3D is in the house and Bobby jumps in his chair, looking a little unwell.
“DO YOU KNOW WHO WE ARE?” - starts Brother Ray. Of course they do, Bubba. Maybe that was a rhetorical question, I don’t know. “Last night me and Devon got dumped out of this ring by The Road Warriors. The same Road Warriors who snack on danger and dine on death! But if you ask us, last night Hawk dined on a wooden table near that ramp! As my brother likes to say… thou shalt not steal, thou shalt not kill, and thou shalt not mess with... Team 3D!”
“Awww my brotha… TESTIFY!”
Aww, what a rush, Road Warriors come out almost immediately. Tell ‘em, Hawk!
“So you boys want to play with the Road Warriors? Look at us. Do you really think anyone here or back there can beat US in the real fight? Me and Animal could snap your hillbilly necks in a New York Minute, because we are the real men and the real men ain’t playing around!!”
Shouty-shouty we go, oh boy.
- Last time I checked, you played with a Rocco wrestle buddy in the back, so don’t tell us you are real men!
- **** ROCCO! WE’VE BUILT OUR REPUTATION BEATING GUYS LIKE YOU AROUND!
- The reason why you were keeping down for so long is because you have never met anyone like us! We beat you before and we can beat you again!!
- OH YEAH? BE OUR GUESTS! CHOOSE ANY STIPULATION FOR STARRCADE AND WE WILL CRACK YOUR SKULLS OPEN BEFORE YOU WILL FINISH YELLING “WAZZUP”, CHUMPS!
This gets out of control, and this crowd is somewhat unsurprisingly on the side of Team 3D here.
“You want us again - you got us, in a TABLES match!”
Huge reaction from the fans, they are stoked and there’s nothing like a rubber match that involves a pair of tables! Tony Schiavone backs one of the strongest tag team in the history of our great sport to win it, while Heenan chooses Team 3D because they have surprised him once, so they can definitely surprise him twice! Tenay tells us to stay tuned, because Team 3D is wrestling next, against The Disco Cats! (C)
Booker, Buff and Trish watched that match backstage on a TV monitor. Well, Bagwell actually peeked at Trish’s cleavage while Booker wasn’t looking, but who can blame him? Booker says that now Saturn is out of the Revolution, the titles should be vacated. That means they only need to collect the belts from that has been Roddy Piper, and they’re golden once again!
Whoopsie, Roddy heard that Booker called him a “has been” and he’s smirking like a Cheshire Cat. Booker gasps for air like a fish, then tries to joke out of it, saying he meant there has been a lot of title changes, and they need to collect their belts back, that’s all.
Piper rolls his eyes and tells that Booker is right. He is a has been… and tag titles will be vacated effective immediately… but where he’s wrong, is when he says that Buffy T will just “collect” them back.
“Boys, I hate to break it to ya, but you’re not getting squat now. You were pushed of the top just before Starrcade, so now the only way for you to get back is to grab a ladder, hold it real tight, and climb your sorry asses up. I heard The Road Warriors, I’ve heard Team 3D… what can I say, they got a nice reaction, and I’m thinking about giving them their shots. If ya wanna change my mind, you better do it quick, because you might just miss out on the biggest event of the year!”
Trish was about to say something, but Piper left before they could even open their mouthes. Buff took his hat off and sulked his shoulders, looking like all hope was gone. To close the segment, Booker T said they are too big to be ignored, and that “Hot Rod” will surely change his mind very soon. (B-)
A hype video for Jushin Liger interrupts Booker. Yesterday Liger san once again became the WCW Cruiserweight champion, and it seems like Rey Mysterio Jr is destined to get his Starrcade rematch for the title he never lost now that he sent Konnan packing. Rey probably has to thank Billy Kidman for this, because if it wasn’t for Billy, the outcome of that career threatening match would have been very different. (C+)
“Mean Gene” is with us once again, welcoming Billy Kidman back to WCW. Kidman looks better than ever, he even gained some weight! Billy says that he completed his course. Physically he feels great, but mentally… he needs to address a lot of things. Kidman says that while he was in rehab he had a lot of time to really think about his past, get his priorities straight. He also had the chance to keep a close eyes on the competition here in WCW.
“There’s one guy that was running his mouth in my absence, harassing my girlfriend and acting like a total jerk that I really want to beat up, Mean Gene. My hands a scratching for all the different reasons now and I can’t wait to get back into the action.”
“Look who’s back, it’s our old good friend Billy! Back from the dead as I see.” - CM Punk drops. “Such a shame your withdrawals seem to be over, it was so nice to not see you on the cards… Oh, you thought I was talking about other withdrawal? Well, those are not over for you, junkie.”
Kidman loses it and jumps on Punk, trying to get some punches in, and he does! Finlay and Arn Anderson are there to break up the scuffle, with Okerlund following the action. The senior guys calm the young guys, telling them to settle their differences in the ring! Billy says that’s fine with him, he’s cleared to wrestle. Punk says he’s not going to wrestle that drug addict before someone tests him. Guys get separated, with Finlay telling Kidman to keep his cool and ask for a match at Thunder. I guess we’re done here for now, because Kanyon and Diamond Dallas Page make their entrance. (D+)
"Self High Five" hits, "The People's Champion" and "The Innovator of Offense" Kanyon come out. Green pyro strikes, DDP asks for a mic. "Last night me and bud were THIS close to claiming our tickets to Starrcade. Unfortunately, it wasn't our day. Chris Benoit won the match and I can only congratulate him with that. And with all this commotion happening with the tag titles, we feel like we're not done yet. Kanyon, whatcha gonna say?"
Kanyon gets a stick and says they can get another shot only by doing what they do best - wrestling. Kanyon talks about a grueling training they had today, grinding and pushing each other to the limit. That gets a chuckle out of "The Brain", some fans catch Kanyon mid word and react like they could in 2000. Page scratches his head and asks Kanyon to give him the mic back. That's when Outsiders appear on the stage, holding on to their guts, mocking two "partners".
"Spare us with details, Innovator. We don't want to hear how you grinded and pushed each other... somewhere... for some reason..." - Nash remarks. Kanyon is upset, he yells back and ignores Page's pleads to calm down.
Hall takes it from there...
"Ooh, calm down, Kanyon. Listen to your boyfriend, chico! Save your energy for later, maybe you will find the place to stick another training before Kim catches you, mang!" Now DDP is mad. Looks like he's breathing deeply and counts to five, but Kanyon is his usual explosive self.
"At least I am not sucking to the bottle like you do, Bad Guy! Why don't you bring your lazy ass down here!? How do you say it, don't sing it, bring it? Well I'm all ready to go papi, taste some of this champagne!" Hall is smirking, Nash whispers something in his ear and they slowly approach the ring. Hall throws his toothpick in Kanyon, accepting the challenge. One limping referee rolls in and we start the match! (B-)
Hall looked strong here, turning Kanyon's Crossbody into a Fallaway Slam, putting him in a tight Abdominal Stretch and slapping him across the head. Nash looked from the outside, arguing with DDP. Hall picked up Kanyon to lay him out for good with the Outsider's Edge, but instead of landing on his head, Kanyon got on his legs and quickly executed a Flatliner! Nash looked to break up the fall, but DDP caught him with a Diamond Cutter! 1-2-3, and Kanyon picks up a HUGE victory and celebrates, with most of the fans on his side. Hall is gazed, he's glass-eyed and not in that way. Nash is holding his jaw, looking pissed... This is one is not over, folks.
"If I was your age, I wouldn't leave that ring!" New Blood members just sneaker, taking it as a new generation would. "I have a problem with The Revolution, but I also have a problem with guys like you! Guys that collect a paycheck without even lacing a pair of boots, walking in and out, doing it only for fame, money, girls... Don't get me wrong, that's important. But that ring is what you have to think about first time in the morning. I do it to this day, feeling the pain, so you all have no excuse!" Piper tells the boys to clear the room, so Flair could breathe for a second. "Johnny The Bull, that lady is not yours for one simple reason! You're not the man, wooo! And you never will be if you sit around, picking fedoras to wear. Jindrak, you think you're some cute guy that will get the spot because of his looks? HA! I've got bad news for you pal, that's not gonna happen if you look in the mirror more than in that damn TV! Randy... it's good that you have family ties and the star quality, but I'm not sure you will ever become the greatest because you're a LAZY son of a gun! All of you!"
New Blood is not as complacent now, Sanders tells Flair to take a chill pill and leave everything to them, or he will be S.O.L. and you know what that means! Flair doesn't know, and he doesn't care. Piper offers Ric some wine, let's take a commercial break. (B+)
We're back and Shane Douglas and his comrades (except Saturn) take over the squared circle. "Franchise" tells production team to cut the damn music, he has a lot of things he wants to get of his chest. Shane talks about Raven's sneaky ways, first retaining the hardcore title, and then banning Perry Saturn from Revolution. Then he spits truth about Flair getting what he deserves, and anyone getting in the same position if they ever take what they want. Lastly, Douglas overheard that Piper plans to strip them of their tag team titles...
"You're more than welcome to try, old man! Take your bad hip out of that chair and grab your boys with you so they could look how I FRANCHISE your ***!"
New Blood's music hits and the Power Plant guys are looking to tussle it out with Douglas and company! Sanders is staying aback, calling the shots like a point guard. O'Haire and Palumbo are your traditional bigs, they get in first, followed by a bulldozer in Samoa Joe! A big brawl in the ring breaks out, with fists flying and people getting "pampered". Regal knocks Johnny out with his brass knucks, but O'Haire knocks out Candido with ease only using his fists. New Blood has the size advantage, no doubt, but Storm and Malenko use their skills to stuff the rookies. Couple of stomps later they are pushed aside, with Chavo Guerrero being thrown out to the outside with a scary Double Hip Toss! Douglas tries to escape, but Orton stomps on his body parts like Garvin used to. Jarrett is surrounded, asking who wants to choke on his guitar among these slapnuts? Well, Ken Shamrock runs forward and takes Jarrett down from behind. He has lots of pent up aggression in him, and by the looks of things he gets a title shot as well...
Shamrock grounds and pounds Double J, looking to snap the man's ankle. Flair probably had to something with this, but now all eyes are on "The World's Most Dangerous Man". Dustin Rhodes jumped on the apron and was suplexed into the action by Ken, while Regal was wiped with a Leg Lariat. Malenko then slid the trusty guitar to the country singer, who SMACKED the hell out of Shamrock's skull, causing an immediate DQ!
Backstage Hulk Hogan approaches "The Game"! Hulkster says Triple H did a helluva job earlier today, knocking "Hitman" down. Trips sips from his bottle, tolerating our US champion. "You see brother, you have the IT factor, the physique, the character to make it to the top just like I did. I can see a star in you, and I have to tell you bother, Ric Flair is not a good influence on you. But I came here not to talk about that, dude, I wanted to talk business with you... I want you to take Scott Steiner out just like you took out Bret Hart, my man!"
Triple H drinks some more, and simply tells the man he doesn't do jobs. "I'm gonna decline this business offer, I am sure you understand why, Hulk. If you want someone to run your errands - go ask Sid or Mike Awesome to do it. I'm just too damn good for being a hired gun, and that's not good for MY business." Hogan is irritated, but he smoothes it over and leaves, presumably to take some of that spotlight in the ring, jack. (B)
A little hype video announcing that Starrcade is three weeks away. Then a cryptic figure walks into some dark house, with a burning 12/11/2000 graphic lightning up a dark screen. It all comes down to darkness once again as some shadow puts the numbers out...
And then Hulk makes his big entrance, giving people dizzy eyes with his white pyro. Hogan is followed by Mike Awesome, no Sid Vicious in sight. Hulkster picks up a mic and welcomes all the Hulkamaniacs to his show, telling them he's the reason why they bought the tickets. People disagree, wide camera shots catch more Goldberg signs, some people are still wearing nWo shirts, some a loyal to Flair. Hogan fans are there too, and they are loud, but overall Hogan is not the number one in terms of popularity.
"Well let me tell you something, Hulkamaniacs, last night was a disgrace. I, as much as you did, hated how that night ended. That title was stolen by a man who has no fans and no right to be in the main event picture, brother! The man was robbed last night, and I am as disgusted as you are! It should have been different, no doubt. It should have been ME standing with that big gold belt, closing down the show, jack!"
People who thought that Hogan was talking about Goldberg started booing, Mike Awesome silently nodded, agreeing with Hulk. Hogan then said that next week Piper will hold a Battle Royal to determine the new #1 contender for his US title. "Well you don't have to look far, brothers, because the winner is standing right next to me! Mikey will throw everybody out and we will have a real main event at Starrcade!"
"But that wouldn't be box office... Mike, I love you my brother, but there's only one match I can see myself on that Starrcade card. And that's a long-awaited rematch with Goldberg! Champion against champion, two biggest stars in this business clashing one more time! Goldberg, I never had my rematch and you know that a match with me is a money match. So whatcha gonna do, Goldberg? You're gonna beat that no good Raven tonight, get that title back and we will have ourselves the biggest match possible. I know you're a smart man and you know what's best for business, unlike Triple H down there. I'll be watching your match, and I expect you to pick up Raven and Jackhammer him straight to hell, dude! Much love!" (A)
Hogan drops the mic and indeed joins the commentary, trading verbal jabs with Heenan. Schiavone sends us backstage for a second, because Gene Okerlund is conducting an interview with Raven!
“Mean Gene” thanks his partners and introduces the current WCW world heavyweight champion to the viewers. Raven has his hair down, but he picks it up when Okerlund asks him about his nerves heading into his first title defense.
- How afraid are you to lose this title after winning it last night, Raven?
- Afraid? I’m afraid of no one… I’m not losing this title tonight, or any other night… and you, you better watch yourself. You never asked me any questions when I was one of the rest, never acknowledged my existence when I was here for years! And now you want to ask me your ridiculous questions? This interview is over…
- There you have it, ladies and gentlemen, the man that stole the title form “The Man” can’t deal with the pressure. Back to you, Tony!
Hogan sides with Gene-O, Raven is simply not on the level of Hulk Hogan and Goldberg. Speaking of Bill, he makes his entrance first. Cops, golden sparkles, kicks in the air and a roar that fires up the crowd! “That’s bigger than life, dude. That’s who i want to wrestle at Starrcade!”
Raven gets none of that… he walks out alone, with the big gold belt around his waist. He is taking his time, looking at the fans, the official and his opponent. Hogan tells Raven to enjoy his New York minute in the big time, and Hennan says Road Warriors already talked about New York minutes today. Raven demands an introduction, stares at his belt for a long time and only then agrees to fight.
Goldberg has no time to waste, and he SPEARS Raven out of the gate!! But oh no, Raven had a Hardcore title underneath his leather jacket, and that seriously hurt the challenger. Not quite the same effect as compared to Goldberg tackling Hart’s steel plate, but still painful! That would probably take the Jackhammer out of his arsenal too…
We got a very hot brawl, with Raven flying into the crowd a couple of times. Goldberg almost got counted out, but he got back in time, with Raven in his clutches. Stiff knees to the body of Raven, a big Powerslam, a Military Press Slam… Goldberg dictated the whole match, with champion crawling back to the corner, asking for mercy. Advancing challenger missed his target, hitting the ring post with the bad shoulder! Raven hit his pose and was ready to end it with an Evenflow DDT, but Goldberg twisted out of it with a vicious swinging neckbreaker, getting ready for another Spear! And then...
Perry Saturn grabbed Goldberg’s legs and drove Bill crotch first into the damn ring post! Perry jumped in and started stomping on Raven, he wants his revenge! Saturn hits the ribs of Raven very hard, punches him a couple of times too. DVD in the middle of the ring, cover… One, two, three! Saturn pins our world champion clean as a whistle, but wins the Hardcore title instead.
He then tries to do one better, grabbing Goldberg’s injured arm, dragging him over to cover Raven, delusional to the fact that he just helped Raven survive. Ref refuses to count because Perry caused a DQ by his sneak attack… Saturn is not the brightest light bulb in the room, you see. Hogan is livid, Goldberg too. Bill snarls and spears Saturn for the sake of it, then Jackhammers him next to Raven.
Goldberg picks up the title and drops it on Raven who’s cackling to himself. He survived this night, even though he lost the Hardcore championship to Saturn who gets his own title dropped nearby by the referee. Goldberg passes Hogan, as they stare each other down.
On this interesting image we go off air, moving one day closer to Starrcade! (B+)
Final Rating: 84/100 (8.16 on TNT, up from 7.59)
This show increased our popularity in 18 regions. Show number 100 is in the books!
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WCW Thursday Thunder Preview and Standings
WCW Thursday Thunder Preview
Rabid David vs. Psycho Goliath
A match requested by Sid Vicious will headline the upcoming edition of WCW Thunder. "The Master and The Ruler of The World" wanted to get a singles match with the number one contender on the WCW tag team titles, and Piper made it official with a sadistic smile on his face. Can Benoit surprise Sid once again, or will Vicious halt Benoit's momentum heading into the biggest event of the year?
Official Thunder Card
1) Buffy T w/Trish Startus and Big T (Buff Bagwell and Booker T) vs. Berlyn and Norman Smiley
2) CM Punk w/Madusa vs. Billy Kidman
3) Rey Mysterio Jr vs. Super Crazy
4) LAX (Psicosis, Homicide and Hernandez) vs. Big Vito, Wilhelm and Kaz Hayashi
5) Triple H vs. Mystery Opponent From The Revolution (Chavo Guerrero/Dustin Rhodes/Lance Storm/Shane Douglas/Dean Malenko/Steven Rega/Chris Candido/Jeff Jarrett)
6) ??? vs. Lita - WCW Women's Tournamnt 1st Round match
7) Chris Benoit vs. Sid Vicious
I never booked a singles match between Sid and Benoit, and it's a high profile bout, so don't miss it, baybay! I also forgot to update the standings, so there you go...
Prediction Contest Standings
1. crackerjack - 37 (5+3)
2. Beejus - 31 (+4)
3. Destiny - 21 (+4)
4. Kijar - 10
5. Texasrangers13 - 4
Yup, I didn't update it for that long. My bad, that's on me. Crackerjack's activity pays off and he wins the predicition contest... with his 6 correct picks being allocated to the new table, where he is the sole participant.
1. crackerjack - 6
Now that's WCW style! Proper shithousery, ahyessir. The first draft of the show is 70% done, see you soon.
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1) Buffy T w/Trish Startus and Big T (Buff Bagwell and Booker T) vs. Berlyn and Norman Smiley
2) CM Punk w/Madusa vs. Billy Kidman
3) Rey Mysterio Jr vs. Super Crazy
4) LAX (Psicosis, Homicide and Hernandez) vs. Big Vito, Wilhelm and Kaz Hayashi
5) Triple H vs. Mystery Opponent From The Revolution (Chavo Guerrero/Dustin Rhodes/Lance Storm/Shane Douglas/Dean Malenko/William Rega/Chris Candido/Jeff Jarrett) I'm guessing Dean
6) ??? vs. Lita - WCW Women's Tournamnt 1st Round match
7) Chris Benoit vs. Sid Vicious
WCW Thursday Thunder on TBS (Show #101)
Week 1, December 2000
Lawrence Joel Coliseum, Mid Atlantic (12,617)
A cryptic video of a mystery man in a scary house rolls in before the usual Thunder intro takes place. The lights flicker, rain washes down the hut and the shadow passes by in the window. Suddenly the door opens up widely, with 12/11/2K numbers flashing on the wall once again...
We saw this message on Monday, and we will probably find out the meaning behind it next week, because Tony Schiavone overdramatically proclaims it is the day of the next Nitro show!
Tony is spooked, Bobby Heenan asks him how much time did he spend on those calculations? Mike Tenay ignores the bickering and previews the matches for tonight.
But before he can finish, we get a Chris Benoit entrance. "The Rabid Wolverine" missed Nitro, but he looks ready for action tonight!
"I had to miss only one show, and half of this locker room already talks about the tag team title match at Starrcade! I-I-I won the match on Sunday, and that grants ME a title shot. Team 3D, Road Warriors, Booker T and Buff Bagwell... if you think you can take this opportunity from me, come out and try me first!"
Benoit is not much of a talker, but he will not just let others take his spot. Ask - and you shall receive! Sid Vicious slowly stumps down the aisle, with an insane look in his eyes. Looks like he still can’t get over his loss, and “the anger stage” of a loss is still in effect.
- BENOIT! Your win at Mayhem was a FLUKE! You didn't beat me, and you could never beat me! Even when we fought for the world heavyweight title you couldn't take me down! I'm the Master and The Ruler of The World, and I want to fight you again!!
- I am the Rabid Wolverine, and I will make you tap out tonight if you want it so bad!
- Hahahah, I would break you in half if I wanted to, small guy.
- And I would STILL lock your big stupid head in a Crossface! NOW PROVE ME WRONG!
Before they start a fight, Roddy Piper comes out. “Hot Rod” is not exactly a peacemaker, but he’s a matchmaker after all.
"Benoit, you don't make matches around here, and neither do you, Sid. But even then, I can't spoil such a good fight, can I? That's why tonight you two will face off in a singles match! And to make you two maniacs go at it even harder, I will make this a high stakes match! You Benoit will defend your right to go to Starrcade, so that you could prove ME wrong, angry fella! You lose tonight and you have to start all over again! Don't thank me Sid, because if you lose tonight... you won't wrestle at Starcade at all!"
Roddy ups the ante, with both men now in a tough position. Vicious laughed like a maniac, but no he’s not so jolly. He can't miss the biggest show of the year, and Benoit wouldn't take warmly to the bench either, but this is what we get here... Win or go home! Benoit and Sid talk trash to each other and we take our first commercial break. Sid vs. Benoit is set, what a main event that is!
Short but sweet recap from Nitro where Booker got caught calling Piper a “has been”. Roddy parried back through his teeth, wondering why he should protect Buffy T so much… Today they have a match against the unlikely duo of Berlyn and Norman Smiley.
Trish Stratus just wouldn't take the loss of her clients before the defying show of the year.
She was eliminated from the women’s tournament in the first round, so she claws and scratches here, literally. The comedic duo in the opposite corner came short as it was just their first match together, plus german’s heart was not in this bout.
This was a simple tune up match for Booker and Buff. Booker smashed Berlyn with a Scissors Kick for the 1-2-3. During the match we also had a Big Wiggle spot with Norman spanking and harassing Buff, turning him into "Puff Daddy" for a second. Some portions of the crowd even chanted that...
Big T showed up to solve the problem, but got tackled down fairly quickly too. Warriors capped off their beatdown with a Doomsday Device to Smiley, who didn't get any help from Berlyn and screamed until he got dropped. Bagwell couldn't even do that because Hawk dislocated his jaw with one particularly stiff lariat. Hawk & Animal motion the title belts around their waists to make their intentions clear - they want to add the WCW world tag team titles into their collection of accomplishments.
Pre-taped material time! Backstage Rey Mysterio Jr. had a sit-down interview with Mike Tenay, talking about his match with Konnan, Kidman's return and his unfinished business in the cruiserweight division. Mysterio said that now he got rid off Konnan, he can concentrate on his career. Rey mentions that he never lost the cruiserweight title, so he wants a shot at it at Starrcade. Jushin Liger is champion again, so it looks to Rey like wrestling Gods want to see a rematch between them! They should face off once again to determine who the best cruiserweight in the world is at this point. Tenay asked if this can be considered a challenge, and Rey nodded. His eyes are locked in on the gold now, and he's ready to show Liger how much progress he made in the last couple of years. This time he will beat Jushin Liger, he knows it.
Right after that interview Billy Kidman makes his entrance, eager for CM Punk to show up. After a bit of stalling, he stepped out with Madusa following him closely. Before the brawl could start Punk said that nobody is sure if Kidman actually completed his 12-step program and if he's safe to work with.
"If I bust your face and even a drop of your blood touches my body - I'll take you to the court!"
Kidman smirked and said that he will kick Punk's ass in about a minute, and sat on the ropes to "invite the opponent" into the ring. Punk took the stairs instead and appealed to the referee to check on Kidman, he believes that he has something on him. Nope, Billy is "clean" (meaning he has no foreign objects with him) and the bell rings.
Kidman dropkicked Punk and put fists to his face fairly easily, with the "straight edge jerk” rolling out of the ring to escape the flurry. Punk stood behind Madusa, who slapped Kidman and caught Billy on his way back with a stomp. Punk hit Kidman with a knee in the corner and connected with a Bulldog, but didn't get even a one count. After some rolling on the mats and trying to steal a pin, Billy reversed a Powerbomb and was looking to hit the Shooting Star Press, but Psicosis, Homicide and Hernandez jumped the rail and pushed the high flyer down, causing an immediate DQ.
Quick to the rescue, Rey Mysterio Jr and Super Crazy run out and help Kidman fight off the assault! As the fan favorites took the little victory in this scuffle, Vito and Wilhelm attacked LAX from the back, while Kaz Hayashi “zeroed in” on Psicosis. Wilhelm couldn't forgive latinos for dismissing his twin brother and assembled a gang of his own to deal with the latin crew!
Piper interrupts the brawl and makes a tag team match between Kaz Hayashi, Vito and Wilhelm against Psicosis, Hernandez and Homicide. Roddy then says that since Rey and Super Crazy are in the ring already, why don't they have a match? If Mysterio thinks he can take on Liger, why don’t he prove it tonight by beating Super Crazy? Now that’s a curveball from the commissioner. Go grab a popcorn, as this match is coming your way NEXT!
Super Crazy has been really good so far in WCW, picking up a couple of easy wins and giving Jushin Liger a run for his money last Sunday.
Now "The Insane Luchadore" locks up with Rey, who is believed to be the number one cruiserweight in the world. The match is fast-paced and full of crazy spots, with both men throwing everything they have at each other. Super Crazy attempts a Moonsault, lands on his feet, but gets dropkicked in the bum to hang on the middle rope.
One feint kick later Crazy was open to a West Coast Pop finish that proved once again that Rey is the #1 contender and should face Liger at Starrcade.
Tenay says nothing would excite him more than Liger/Mysterio II! Heenan and Schiavone have their own opinions on that matter, hyping up Hart and Triple H match. Heenan also adds that next Monday we will get a new #1 contender for Hulk Hogan's US title, and "Brain" hopes Steiner goes all the way and keeps true to his promise to choke Hulk out!
Heenan gets a signal from "Mean Gene" about a backstage interview, and Bobby does not like that.
Because it’s John Cena! For some reason he doesn't have his eyebrows, but that doesn't affect his confidence. Okerlund holds a smirk and asks the young man about the lack of hair above his eyes…
Cena says while life in the locker room can be tough sometimes, he wouldn't want it any other way. John says The Nasty Boys shaved his eyebrows while he was sleeping in the company bus, just to try and steal his time today.
Cena gets all fired up, shouting that nothing would stop him from appearing today or entering the Battle Royal next Monday! He wants to win the briefcase that would grant him a singles match with Hulk Hogan! That's when Vader pushes his massive body into the frame, telling Cena to keep his mouth shut until he closes it for him!
Vader already did that once, and he will do it again if he needs to... especially with that little briefcase on the line. Cena doesn't back down, instead smirking in the face of "The Mastodon".
- I felt how scared you were after I picked you on my shoulders, Vader, and I can already see how pissed you will be after I'll do that again!
- I'm pretty pissed already, boy. You don't wanna try me again, or bad things will happen... You squeezed past DeMott, but you can't squeeze past me.
- Nobody can squeeze past you anyway, you're a fat piece of **** and you know it!
Oh… only Vader can call himself that. SMASH!
Huge right shot to John's jaw, and one more! Cena somehow manages to hang on and even take Vader down, but Finlay, Arn Anderson and Terry Funk are already there to break it up. To them it looks like Cena took Vader down, and they grab the young guy in the scuffle first.
Vader is mad that nobody believes he is the one that has to be "contained" and throws a wild shot that misses the target. Dizzy Cena is sent walking the other way, Vader argues with the veterans that he almost knocked Cena out. He really pushes that point home, but it doesn't look like Vader is taken seriously even by his peers.
Vader finally shuts up and says he will show them all why he's the baddest man in the building. Now it's time for some gang wars! Konnan-less LAX against Kaz, Vito and Wilhelm.
Nobody expected it to be a wrestling classic, and it wouldn't be, even if Vito had the skills of Bret Hart and the charisma of Hulk Hogan. It was an ugly brawl that spilled out from the ring too often. Psicosis couldn't help himself and wiped out the entire deck with one off his aerial moves! Latinos picked Kaz as the weakest link, but this crafty athlete almost knocked out Homicide!
Mega Bomb from Hernandez and a flashy Psycho Leg Drop on Hayashi sealed the deal for LAX. It doesn't look like these guys will follow their leader out of the company, and if they push on like this they have a very good chance of becoming more than just a stable of thugs here in WCW.
Backstage Lita is following "Hot Rod", trying to finally get a match for herself so she could be a part of the Women's championship tournament. Piper brushes the redhead off, telling her that he will round up the brackets by bringing Manami Toyota and Aja Kong. Lita fights for her right, begging the man in power to give her a chance.
Suddenly a mysterious man in round glasses steps out of the shadows. This man is not that big, but he has some weird aura about him, and a smirk that tells us "he's a pretty big deal"...
- I think I can help you.
- I don't know who are you pal, but you don't look like a woman in the slightest.
- Oh, pardon me... I'm The Fallen Angel, Christopher.
- Yeah, I knew you were a nutjob when I first saw you. Do you want a tryout match or something?
- Hahaha... Christopher is too good for tryouts, he’s not here for that.
- Your role is to stand here and piss me off?
- Not in the slightest. You see, I came here not alone... I have company. One particularly tough woman came here with me, and I am willing to assume that she will make this young girl a favour.
Roddy frowns, finds a flask in his jacket and tells Christopher to do what he wants, he calls it a day. Professional as you like! Lita is not sure how to react, as Christopher stares her down creepily. We’ll have more information about this match after the break!
When we come back, Triple H makes a surprise entrance! “The Game” is on his own today, and he’s not in his usual suit and tie. Instead Triple H has his sports kit on, with his hair pulled up tightly in a classic ponytail. Hunter picks up a mic and cuts a promo on Bret Hart, recapping how he brutalized “The Hitman” this Monday.
The footage rolls, and we witness the assault one more time. HHH smirks and says that’s what happens to you when you cross “The Game”! Triple H wants everybody to know that nobody can challenge him, or ask him to fight anyone else. Only Triple H decides who Triple H will face… A slight dig at Hogan, who asked Hunter to beat up Steiner earlier this week. Triple H continues, saying that it’s just a coincidence that he himself also wants a match with Bret Hart. If it was different - there would be no Hitman vs. Hunter. But here we are, weeks away from Starrcade with the first match locked in. Triple H says he is the real draw in WCW, he’s the real main event! But… WCW wouldn’t let Triple H challenge for the main prize - the world heavyweight title, and therefore he will gun for the next best thing.
"Bret, you call yourself the best there is, the best there was and the best there ever will be… when I’m just saying that I’m that DAMN GOOD! I’ll kick your ass at Starrcade so badly that you will call it quits right after the bell rings! You cost me the world championship, now it’s my time to cost you your pathetic career in this damn business!"
Trips looks right into the camera, he means it. He walks around for a while and says he came here to chew bubblegum and kick ass, and he’s all out of bubblegum. Piper probably doesn’t mind, he just left the building.
"To show you all and Bret Hart that I’m the best thing going in the wrestling business today, I’m calling out any member of The Revolution RIGHT NOW! Shane Douglas, Jeff Jarrett, Dean Malenko... anyone will do! You piss of Ric Flair, you have nuclear hit with me!"
While Triple H is running the ropes, we switch backstage where The Revolution discusses who will accept Triple H’s challenge. Shane asks who wants to teach Triple H a lesson? Funny thing, Douglas was a teacher back in the day, but he doesn’t want to give HHH any lectures now.
Lance Storm volunteers, silence… Shane asks if Chavo wants to prove himself, and he starts simulating an injury all of a sudden. Storm wants Shane to pick him… Douglas comes up to Candido, and asks him if he’s ready? “Hard Knox” tries to look tough and says “yeah, sure” but everyone can see he doesn’t want to fight Hunter. Storm continues to lobby for the spot, when Franchise gets an idea.
"It’s going to be you, comrade!”
The finger points at Steven Regal, who sat on the bench out of the camera’s view. Douglas tells him to prove himself to The Revolution, after he messed up last Sunday. Shane almost laughs in the face of Regal, who has that disgusted aristocrat look on his face. Steve quickly tapes his wrists and walks off, Douglas cackles to himself. Short break, anyone?
When Regal and HHH locked up, it became obvious that both men were only interested in a victory.
Every move in this match had a purpose, and Regal seemed like a real main event player here - showcasing excellent chain wrestling mixed up with some proper british brawling! A nice old school hard nose fight. You might say that when we talk about noses, then Triple H is always a favorite, and you will be correct!
Regal used his knees effectively to undercut Triple H but missed a Knee Trembler. He turned into a lewd "Suck It" taunt and was caught with a High Knee courtesy of "The Game"! The former tag team members (as Tenay pointed out) went home after HHH duced The Power of The Punch and got a clean victory *in the middle of the ring-uh* after a devastating Pedigree.
Bret Hart would appear, pick up the discarded brass knucks and knock Triple H out cold while he was still holding Regal!! Bret gets his revenge and the fans are cheering for him once again! Regal limps backstage with Hart posing over Triple H’s spent body. We get a ton of replays, Bret executed that shot perfectly, but would anyone really expect anything different? Hart posed for a bit and left without saying a word. He only gifted his glasses to the young fan in the front row, officially returning to his good ways.
Sid Vicious is walking around Hogan’s locker room with Mike Awesome pumping the former world champion up for the upcoming main event. “Career Killer” says that he will take care of Eddie Guerrero so he could not screw Vicious tonight! “Latino Heat” stands right behind the door though, eavesdropping on that pep talk, chuckling to himself.
- I’ll find Guerrero and put him through a wall, you know it!
- Good. But I don’t need you help… Stay away from my fight, Mike.
- No problem. We still playing softball this weekends? I enjoyed the last time, and I thought it was for girls!
Sid grunts and leaves without giving Mikey an answer. Eddie hides behind the door to avoid the altercation, then casually pushes the toolbox to block the exit for Mr. Awesome.
"Catch ya later, holmes!"
What a play by Eddie! He scratches his head, then puts a stolen "Janitor Closet" pluck on the trapped door just for the sake of it.
Up next is the match Lita fought for weeks, and we still don't know who her partner will be. She comes out to a lukewarm reception and to some slightly disrespectful commentary from the announce team, who don't take this tournament seriously. Christopher shows up on the ramp with a martini glass filled with green substance, looks at Lita through his red round glasses, takes a sip... and the lights go out. Beep-beep, L7 hits the PA system!
When I get mad and I get pissed,
I grab a pen and I write out a list
Of all the people that won't be missed
You've made my SHІTLIST!
It's Luna Vachon! Lita is surprised, the commentators are looking at each other and build this moment up, but it's too late. Luna doesn't go to the ring, but instead attacks the announcers for bad mouthing and sexualizing women, all while the L7 song is playing. Christopher is enjoying his drink, looking how Luna chokes Tony Schiavone. She then finally slides into the ring and instead of attacking her opponent goes for the ref! Lita looks lost, but Luna just grins back at her, grabs her by the hair and delivers a Flowing DDT! She corners the ring announcer for him to send a message to the crowd and joins "The Fallen Angel" on the stage.
"Ladies and gentlemen... this was Christopher and Luna. The winner of this match following a forfeit... Lita!"
Does that even count? Luna and Christopher don't care and they leave the scene together without batting an eye. Piper can't even punish them, he left early today. Still to come, our high stakes main event. Chris Benoit takes on Sid Vicious! Who will miss Starrcade this year? Find out after the break.
Believe it or not, but Chris and Sid didn't have a single one on one match this year.
They don't waste any time and exchange some heavy and violent shots. Benoit overwhelms Sid with his speed and intensity, while Vicious fights off with pure strength and explosive power. Sid takes a breather, still can't catch a break because of the Suicide Dive! On their way back Benoit meets the steel ring post, and "The Master and The Ruler of The World" takes over the fight.
Sid smothers Chris and busts out a huge Powerbomb that gives him only a two! Vicious loses the cool he didn't have much of in the first place and intimidates the official. When you think about it, they get beat up every show here, so it's not like they are super scared of it. But when you get a threat from Sid, it's special, so Nick Patrick decides to play up to the bigger fighter. Eddie comes out with a chair to present us his own brand of justice after "The Crippler" drives into him in the corner after a toss.
TurnerTron shows us that Mike Awesome is trying to kick the door down backstage, while Eddie is here! "Latino Heat" did not show up empty handed, he has a trusty weapon in his hand.
Guerrero wields a chair and Sid takes a step back after it connects with his face! Eddie helps Chris to his feet, and encourages him to go for the Diving Headbutt... Benoit has none of that, he shoves Eddie so hard he falls of the ring. Chris cranks his neck and puts Sid in the Crossface just as he promised. Patrick comes to senses and awards a victory to Benoit! Sid will miss Starrcade!!
Final Rating: 81/100 (4.30 on TBS)
WCW Monday Nitro Preview and Standings
WCW Monday Nitro Preview
Is it Goldberg's world, and Raven is just living in it?
After we witnessed one of the most controversial title changes in the history of pro wrestling at Mayhem 2000, things didn't settle down at all. When Raven claimed the holy grail in the form of the big gold belt, mayhem and chaos turned up to 11. This Monday the hardcore-seasoned grunge-acting opportunist will meet with "The Man" once again, and his title WILL be on the line! Can Bill Goldberg cut Raven's reign short when there will be no rules in play? Tune in and you will witness WCW history with your very own eyes!
Official Nitro Card
Great Muta vs. Perry Saturn (c) - WCW Hardcore championship match
Amazing Kong vs. Stacy Keibler - WCW Women's tournament 2nd round
Billy Kidman vs. Jushin Liger (c) - WCW Crusierweight championship match
Booker T and Big T vs. The Road Warriors
??? vs. Jeff Jarett (c) - WCW World Television championship match
Manami Toyota vs. Lisa Marie Varon - WCW Women's tournament 2nd round
20 Men Battle Royal for the vacant US championship title match contract
(John Cena, Vader, Finlay, CM Punk, Rey Mysterio Jr, Mike Awesome, Shane Douglas, Scott Steiner, Lance Storm, La Parka, Norman Smiley, The Cat, Rick Steiner, Dustin Rhodes, Berlyn, Disco Inferno, Dean Malenko, Eddie Guerrero, Vampiro, ???)
Goldberg vs. Raven (c) - Raven's Rules match for the WCW World Heavyweight championship
Who will be the mystery Battle Royal entrant?
Who will challenge Jeff Jarrett for the title?
Prediction Contest Standings
1. crackerjack - 13 (+7)
Oh boy, I wasn't kidding when I said I hope to finish this dynasty before the end of 2019. Hope you guys enjoyed Thunder, this upcoming Nitro should be even better. Cheers!
Last edited by Blodyxe : 06-30-2019 at 04:14 PM.
WCW Monday Nitro on TNT (Show #102)
Week 2, December 2000
New England, New Haven Coliseum (10,442)
"... and the NEEEW WCW World heavyweight champion… RAVEN!"
Many wrestling fans already consider Raven's opportunistic cash in to be one of the most shocking world heavyweight title match outcomes in the history of our great sport.
Raven, the enigmatic outcast who spent more time watching the show as a ticket holder, now sits on the proverbial throne of the wrestling business.
For some wrestlers this world heavyweight championship means more money, more prestige, an ultimate accomplishment, but for Raven the title is the validation of his existence within the unforgiving industry, something that proves he belongs somewhere, that he’s not a failure.
That’s why he’s not riding around in limousines, dresses up like a corporate stooge or taking in all the spotlight. No, Raven is in his usual outfit, staying true to his old persona. "Mean" Gene Okerlund tries to stop him in his tracks, asking him about last week. Gene thinks Perry Saturn and Raven are still in cahoots! Champ smirks.
"Saturn is like a dog… he bit the hand that fed him, he wanted freedom from The Flock. Then he joined another group, playing stick with The Franchise… now he’s a stray dog that has no shelter, no owner, and no future. And I don’t feel sorry for him. He can run around and chase others while others will chase him. He doesn’t matter, so don’t ask me about Perry Saturn ever again!"
Okerlund then asks Raven about Goldberg, the rightful champion that was robbed. According to Gene’s sources, Goldberg will get another title shot tonight!
"According to your sources… save that for the Hotline, you machinator. You call me a cheater, but you scam kids out of money every Monday. You are a hypocrite, just like your friend Hulk Hogan, who wants me out of his sight. Well Hogan, I’m not going anywhere… and if Goldberg wants another match, then he will have to BEG me. They gave him everything since his first day here. Me? I had to scratch and claw for everything. Now that I have this power, I will not give him more opportunities..."
Last, Okerlund asks Raven about Piper. How must he feel having such an odd champion?
"Saturn, Goldberg, now Piper… WHAT ABOUT ME? WHAT ABOUT RAVEN!??"
Insulted, Raven cuts the interview short. He walks off and Okerlund drops his catchphrase for him. "Quote The Raven, Nevermore! Back to you, gentlemen!" Time to get the show started.
Nitro is live! Tony Schiavone, Bobby "The Brain" Heenan and Mike Tenay discuss the gossip about the potential implications in the world title picture. Heenan says Raven is a smart individual, almost as smart as him, but he stands no chance against "Da Man"! Bobby adds that he’s fine with them duking it out, as long as Hogan keeps his nose out of main event business.
- Speaking of that, Roddy Piper is organizing a grand Battle Royal to determine a new number one contender for Hogan’s United States championship! Who do you reckon will be the last man standing, Mike?
- Well, you have to think that “Big Poppa Pump” is a favorite to win, but with Sid out of the Starrcade card at the moment, desperation may kick in! I pick Sid Vicious to bounce back tonight!
- What about you, Brain?
- Well, I put my bucks on Vader. He’s back to his old violent self, and with that much experience and sheer mass under his belt, I can’t see how anyone can eliminate him.
- Interesting picks right there! Now let’s turn back to our commissioner, as he specifically requested this time to make a couple of ground-breaking announcements!
Bagpipes kick in, "The Hot Rod" is out! Roddy Piper looks to be in a great mood, but with him you really can’t tell if that’s the case. He’s followed by The New Blood, who form a circle around their boss. Piper grabs a mic and after teasing the crowd for a bit informs us that we are less than 2 weeks away from the biggest event of the year - Starrcade 2000.
"Ya know, I like this time of the year! I chewed through my Advent Calendar already, drank some scotch with your local Hobo Santa, and even prepared some gifts! But nothing comes close to running this company. It felt great to ruin Sid’s big Starrcade plans, and I'm in the mood for more tricks! Hogan, I will not write you a card, but I will put you on one! Because whether you like it or not, someone will be right on your a*s, holding this briefcase up high!"
Piper reveals a briefcase Konnan was forced to give up after losing a wager to Rey Mysterio.
"Now boys, I know you’re all very excited to compete tonight for this prize, but I’m not done here! You see, we have other titles to take care of… Booker T and Buff Bagwell, you will tussle it out with The Road Warriors, for an opportunity to get booked. I hope that warm up serves you right! Anyway… we got a bunch of title matches lined up for tonight. First, Jushin Liger will defend against Billy Kidman. Don’t screw this opportunity up, Billy, or you will never get one again! Now, the TV title. Jeff Jarrett, you picked up quite a few defences lately, but you can’t run away from Shamrock. Ken wants to shoot on you, and quite frankly, I don’t mind that! Keep your eyes peeled, Double J. Now let’s move to some sweet stuff!"
"WCW Women’s championship tournament continues tonight with two BIG matches! First, Kia Stevens takes on my beautiful yet awfully irresponsible assistant, Miss Hancock. Don’t thank me yet, Mikey Awesome, just don’t. And then, we have a semi-main event featuring arguably the greatest female wrestler ever... Lisa Marie Varon will take on Manami Toyota! Out of my respect for her accomplishments, Manami san gets an automatic place in this tournament. Last, but certainly not least… Raven will face "The Man" once again, and this time Perry Saturn will not be a distraction! Because he’s going to defend his hardcore title right now!"
We switch to backstage cameras where Perry Saturn is double teamed by Great Muta and Vampiro! Are they only attacking Perry to taste gold or some personal vendetta also present here? No matter what it is, Perry holds his ground and fights off, suplexing Vamp on the toolbox. Muta then sprays Saturn with some Green Mist and finishes this two on one assault with a Shining Wizard! Muta covers the man and runs away with the title as a thief in the night. Hurt Vamp gets a good bite on Perry, following his luckier partner afterwards.
"I let you down a couple of times before because of my personal issues, but I hope we can have that match on the biggest stage. Ok, better be going!" - Billy adds.
Rey might be happy to see Billy back, but some part of him is still mad that his demands are yet to be satisfied. Jimmy Hart greets Mysterio with loud "how is it, baby?" and tries to talk him into participating in the Battle Royal.
- Rey, baby, this is the biggest match you could get in right now! Fighting Hulk Hogan at Starrcade for the title? That’s HUGE!
- Jimmy, with all due respect I have only one match on my mind. I want to get my rematch, get the title back and prove that I'm the best cruiserweight champion of all time!
- Sweetheart, I like that idea too, but Liger is not too warm to this bout. You know how he is. He refuses to fight you, and that’s not a bad thing - it’s a good thing!! Imagine yourself holding one of the most prolific titles in the history of this company! You against Hulkamania, baby, it’s written in the stars!!
- Jimmy, please calm down. I…
- Please baby Rey, please!! For all the good work I’ve done for your career so far!
After a couple of tense seconds, Rey actually gives in. Jimmy triumphically throws his megaphone in the air and hugs the former cruiserweight champion. "You’re gonna be a star, baby. I guarantee it!"
And now it's time for some hot high flying action…
Billy Kidman did not expect to get in such a big match so quickly after completing his rehab, and it showed there. Kidman is a bit less flashy now, gaining a couple of pounds, but he is still an athletic competitor who will take the flight when the chance presents itself. Liger struck Billy with a Shotei, set him up for a Liger Powerbomb, which was a big mistake, as you can't powerbomb Billy Kidman! Our challenger reverses the move and looks forward to busting out a Shooting Star Press! He gets on the top turnbuckle with people cheering him on, when CM Punk appears on the stage with Madusa and… Torrie Wilson.
"William, I don’t mean to interrupt your title match, but your girlfriend badly wanted to see you..."
Madusa has a fist full of Wilson’s hair, poor Torrie. Punk eggs Billy to be a decent human being and step up for his woman. Kidman can't look at that and he runs forward for the rescue! To the surprise of absolutely nobody this was a trap. LAX hid behind the curtains all this time and jumped on Kidman! After some stomping Homicide set up a table near the announce table, so Hernandez only had to pick up Billy and drive him through the wood with a Border Toss!! LAX flee the scene before Rey Mysterio, Finlay, Arn Anderson, Jimmy Hart and a bunch of road agents can interfere. Torrie is in shambles, while Punk is standing there with a smirk of a prime asshole across his face.
We are back, Triple H and Ric Flair are in Piper’s office once again. "The Game" wants Hart’s head on his plate tonight, and he orders all those rookies to hunt "The Hitman" down.
"You know, uh, why you boys don’t make a name for yourself? Slap Hart around, show him what WCW youth is all about… As far as I’m concerned, you're not very busy, are you? Well, it wouldn’t matter anyway, because I offer a bounty purse that would cover all your expenses for the next year. How does that sound? I got a briefcase of my own, Roddy..."
Ric Flair laughs and passes Triple H a business briefcase. Hunter opens it and we see a stockpile of dead presidents in it. Flair lets out an admiring "wooo" and dances around all that goodness.
"I'm a generous guy... I like to give. I'm offering $100,000 of my own money to anyone within the sound of my voice that will take out Bret Hart. All you have to do is put him on the shelf. I don't care where it is - parking lot, gas station, in the back, in the ring... You put "The Hitman" away and you get this bad boy, no questions asked!"
Sanders and his jocks are whistling and leaning towards the treasure chest, but Flair blocks the way and orders them to walk the walk first. "Looks to me like the game just got a whole lot more interesting, wooooooooo!"
New Blood guys shove each other to the side, trying to get the advantage. They run out of the office so quick that Stacy Kiebler (or Miss Hancock, if you’re into that) gets coffee dumped all over her. "You! Clean this mess up, but don’t take too long, you have a match, next!!" - Piper drops, as we go to commercial.
When we're back, Amazing Kong makes a commanding walk to the ring. She has that heavy yet pompous music which really builds her up as a monster. Stacy timidly walks out next, and she's not looking like a fighter right now, if she ever did. By the virtue of chance she got through Jazz, but this is a very different kind of animal waiting for her in the ring. Speak of the devil! Out of the blue Jazz clubs Stacy to the back! She throws the beautie in the ring and we are set to witness a murder on live TV!
Stacy has long legs, but she can't even run away from Kong, who grabs her by the hair and immediately backfists her into the future. It could have been it, but the woman who calls herself Amazing wanted to make a statement. That's why she picked up Piper's secretary and planted her with authority with The Implant Buster. The three count was purely formal, Stacy had no business being in the ring... and so far Kong looks unstoppable.
- WHERE WERE YOU, HUH?
- Wooooaah, chill Sid, calm down.
- CALM DOWN!?? ARE YOU KIDDING ME? I'LL MISS THE BIGGEST PAYDAY OF THE YEAR BECAUSE YOU DIDN'T HELP ME!!
- Let me explain, bro, I was trapped in the locker room. That punk Eddie Guerrero jammed the door, so I couldn't get out!
- URGH! I'LL CHOKE THAT WEASEL WITH MY BARE HANDS!!
Sid storms out and Mike runs after him, asking "The Master of The World" to wait for him.
Meanwhile Booker T, Trish, Big T and Buff Bagwell all come into Piper's office. The leader of the gang first wants to say that he's sorry that he called Piper a has been last week, he didn't really mean that. Secondly, he would like the general manager to cancel their match with The Road Warriors tonight because Buff has a dislocated jaw! Buff nods, he can't even smile like he usually does. Booker adds that Buff's injury came at the hands of Hawk!
Piper smirks and says he likes Road Warriors even more now. Roddy thinks about it for a second and points at Big T, encouraging him to step up for Buffy. "You don't wrestle much these days, but you should be! You get the spot, now get the hell out of my office!"
Trish once again tries to fix the situation with her bitching, but Booker tells her to keep it down.
- If anyone should shut up, it's you! We're in this situation because of your big mouth, and I will miss this big show because of you!
- Tell me you didn't just say that! Baybeh, you lost your qualifying match in the tournament, so don't hate the Booker, hate the game!
- Do you want me to be destoyed just like that stupid reception girl? I am too good for this wrestling stuff, I am a star!!
Piper tells both of them to get out if they don't want to join Sid Vicious on the sidelines! The awesome foursome leaves, they got a partially good deal out of this altercation anyway, so they don't have to feel that bad.
Jazz is laughing all the way to the bank after jumping poor Stacy before the bell. She high fives to big Kia backstage and then Sid and Mike pass them. Mikey compliments his boo-boo, but has to keep up with his other partner. All that is happening while Hulk Hogan arrives, late, but in style. Commercial break!
When we are back, we see Kevin Nash approach a bored-looking Kimberly Page. Kev asks Kim how's life, finds out that Page and Kanyon are talking to the road agents about being left off the card. "Big Sexy" says luckily he's also free tonight, so he invites Kim for a drink. "Don't worry, I'll find Dallas and we do it together. You can wait in the car for a bit, riiight?" Kim smiles and swallows the bait. Nash looks smug and just kills time instead of looking for Page. He's approached by Johnny Stamboli...
- Hey Nash, did you see Bret Hart today?
- Yeah, he went that way...
Nash sends Bull in the wrong direction just to mess with Triple H's big plan. Kev looks at his watch and says it's dating time!
We return to ringside where Buff Bagwell will play a managerial role today. Trish is nowhere to be seen, her little argument with Booker must have been not so "little". Big T is looking bigger than ever, but sadly muscles have nothing to do with the size of that specimen.
The match itself is fairly slow and surprisingly Booker plays the role of the bumping boy.
Road Warriors "spinaroonie" Book against his will and shut off Big T and Buff Bagwell with ease. The sleazy manager put his nose in the ring once or twice, giving bad boys the chance to strike back. Fans start chanting "Puff Daddy" at him, and he's not loving it.
Eventually Hawk throws Booker on top of Buff and eliminates Big T with a ground-shaking Doomsday Device. Buffy T just can't get back on track... maybe Trish is indeed an X factor?
- Me and Devon could spend all night bashing those chairs against your skulls! Out of our respect to your legacy we WILL stop... because we want to leave just enough of your for Starrcade, so we could retire your painted **ses once and for all!!
- OH MY BROTHA... TESTIFY!!
Team 3D hits their signature pose over The Road Warriors, also motioning title belts around their waists. Warriors went through tables and chairs already, but it seems like the best is saved for last.
Jindrak and O'Haire look for Hart together, rest of The New Blood went their separate ways it seems. So far nobody was able to spot "The Hitman"... Backstage Hogan is getting chatty with Mean Gene. Hulk is asked about the Battle Royal first, but that thing doesn't interest him that much.
"Battle Royal for the briefcase? Well let me tell you something, Mean Gene, good old Hulkster has a big target on his back. Hulkster made a lot of enemies along the way, brother, but that's nothing compared to the number of Hulkamaniacs I have behind my back!! Recently Hulkster realized that those same "fans" overstepped their boundaries and got ON my back... all I see lately is a bunch of marks trying to ride my coattails and shower in my greatness, brother!"
"Whoever wins that Battle Royal doesn't interest me, because I'm challenging the world heavyweight champion for a champ versus champ battle at Starrcade, Mean Gene!! Goldberg, let it be you brother, because I have a score to settle with you. Not only I never had my rematch, but I've had to wait for almost a year for my shot at the big gold belt! All because you speared me through the barricade at Bash at the Beach, jack. Now that Hitman is not a WCW champ, Hulkamania is free to run wild again, brother!!"
"Bill Goldberg vs. Hulk Hogan, everyone knows this is the money match, and let me tell you, we're not doing it on free TV anymore, dude. Starrcade is the place, and Hulk Hogan is the main event, much love."
What an amazing promo by our United States champion! After that fiery interview we switch to Jeff Jarrett who's strutting to the ring with guitar resting on his shoulder. Chavo Guerrero Jr and Chris Candido follow the "Chosen One" who also has something on his mind.
"Cut my music! I'll keep it short and sweet, you sheople. My name is J-E-Double F J-A-Double R-E-Double T, and I'm scared of absolutely nobody! Piper, if you think that your little lap dog Ken Shamrock can intimidate me, than you probably suffered a stroke and I didn't even touch you! Choke on Flair's junk, you slapnut! I'm the greatest TV champ and this network is winning the ratings war once again because I pull this company on my back! I'm so big that even our chairman can't touch me! And let me tell you, if he had the guts to step out here right now, I would bust this guitar right over his stupid head!!"
Holy maracas, it's La Parka's music! Somebody wanted to see "The Chairman of WCW"? Well they have him now. The skeleton fan favorite is in, and his eyes are locked on the prize!
This was arguably the biggest moment of La Parka's career so far. Surely he lent Eddie his costume so he could "win" the cruiserweight title, but now he's fighting for gold himself and he's looking damn good doing so!
He fights Jarrett with his fists, legs and head too. He isn't a mat slouch and he can bounce of the ropes with his sneaky athleticism. Schiavone calls La Parka a lovable fatty, but Heenan says "fatty? This guy is all bones, Tony!" The match ges great, with Parka entertaining the crowd with his own version of the Fargo Strut! Wheel kick connects, but a crazy corkscrew moonsault does not... so Jarrett puts "The Skeleton" in the Figure 4.
Candido and Guerrero both help Jeff apply more pressure on the hold, but eventually they get caught and banned from ringside! Amidst the argument Jarrett strikes Parka with an Acoustic Equalizer and picks up another victory.
New Blood is losing patience looking for Bret Hart, shouting at "colleagues" for not cooperating and helping them. Jocks roll on while La Parka goes through gorilla position, getting some claps from fellow wrestlers. Parka motions that he needs a good shower now, so he leaves. That same crowd of people ask DDP if he's aware that Nash and Kim left together twenty minutes ago? "WHAT!?" - DDP can't believe it, he needs to know where they went! Kanyon says he'll ask makeup girls if they overheard something. Not a bad idea, but DDP needs answers quick!
Where women - there's trouble, am I right? Booker, Buff and extra sweaty Big T are all standing in front of their locker room door, pleading Trish to let them in. Looks like she got offended by Booker's words, someone needs to apologize... that same time Saturn is stumbling down that same corridor, and he doesn't look well, bleeding from his neck and gruntling. Some backstage worker dared to ask if Perry was ok, and then got his face caved in! Saturn goes berserk on some pedestrian and slowly walks by Booker, who has that wide-eyed look on his face.
- What are you looking at!?
- Uh, nothing dawg...
You can the tension between them with a knife. Homicide runs past them with a black and white costume in his hand... what's he up to?? Commercial break.
A short vignette with Luna Vachon and "The Fallen Angel". Christopher, the man in round glasses, wants to apologize for Luna's actions last week. "Her hormones are all messed up... she is in pain... she's waiting for someone to come into this rotten world... and soon everything will be as clear as day. And now excuse me, demon is calling me..." What in the world? Announcers who got beat up last week say this is sickening.
And now it’s time for a Battle Royal! We’ve had a couple of those lately, and it’s fair to say that some guys get an experience advantage just being a part of them so often. People crowd the ring and only a few guys get a special entrance.
First one is Vader, "The Mastodon" is one of the favorites to win the whole thing. Vader has his eyes on Cena, who doesn’t have a lot of allies in the ring. Next up is Rey Mysterio, accompanied by his part-time manager Jimmy Hart. Rey Rey really wants to fight for the cruiserweight title, but if Liger is so dismissive of him, maybe it is time for Plan B.
Somewhat of a surprise, Eddie Guerrero enters the match too! Guerrero always has something up his sleeve, no doubt about that. Mike Awesome comes out next and he's right on Eddie’s heels…
SIRENS! The provisional winner of this match, "Big Poppa Pump" Scott Steiner is ready to throw some pencil-neck geeks over the top rope. He flexes on top of the ramp and does pushups before entering the ring. Finally, the mystery man is about to be revealed…
BAGPIPES! What? Roddy Piper is in his wrestling gear, and he’s looking damn rowdy! "Hot Rod" quickly tells the schmucks in the ring to give hime everything they got, because most of them won't be booked for Starrcade! Roddy gets in the ring and we are good to go! Vader and Cena trade blows, Mikey is chasing Eddie, Finlay and Punk lock up and the rest of guys tussle it out between each other.
First elimination of the match goes to Vader who military presses Disco Inferno out. That goof tried to help Cena get a breather! The Cat tried to shake and bake his way around Vader, but his karate kicks didn’t budge the legendary brawler… That’s when Mike Awesome got him from behind and catapulted Miller out of the ring for another quick elimination. It seems like La Parka is on double duty today (that was a very quick shower), as he tries to eliminate Vampiro! No luck yet. Revolution bands up together to hit Piper in the ribs, Roddy kicks out and bumps Malenko’s head with the mouth of Shane Douglas. Wind up punch to Dustin Rhodes, Steiner lariats "The American Nightmare" out of the action!
Norman hangs on to the bottom rope so nobody could eliminate him, and he tells Berlyn do the same! German refuses to copycat the laughing stock and gets dumped out by Scott Steiner. Freakzilla stomps on Norman while he’s screaming and then throws him out for good with a Belly to Belly suplex. Rick Steiner offers his younger brother to work together, and they tackle Vampiro out! While Rick goes around woofing, Scotty throws him out! No hard feelings, but Scotty is in it for himself and he needs no help! He then clubs Mike Awesome in the back the neck, "Latino Heat" should be grateful for that.
In what could be considered a slight upset, CM Punk roundhouse kicks Finlay from the apron, notching an elimination of his own! Stupidly enough he poses for the crowd, giving Rey a chance to dropkick him out on the floor. Meanwhile Piper is holding "The Franchise" in a sleeper, who gets "saved" by a Superkick from Lance Storm! Piper knew that kick was coming, and he had no trouble leading Shane out of the battle. The leader of The Revolution is out, and he’s royally pissed about it. Regal probably enjoyed that backstage…
Shane doesn’t have to wait for his partners for too long because Rey and Eddie combine their agility and ring trickery to score stereo eliminations of Storm and Douglas! Rey is feeling funky, but then… La Parka uncharacteristically nails the underdog with a steel chair from behind!! Ring contestants are surprised, but one ring crew member knows all about the man behind the costume. Alex Shelley pulls Parka’s mask from behind revealing the angry mug of Konnan!
"WAIT A MINUTE! HE DOESN’T WORK HERE ANYMORE!"
Announcers are having a meltdown, Tenay recalls that LAX warned us that their leader didn’t say his final word yet. Konnan goes berserk, nailing Shelley, Eddie and Piper, who called for security before dropping down.
Konnan is calling everyone in the ring putos, even Scott Steiner. Big Poppa points at Shelley, and tells Konnan that he just took out the son of his finest freak! Steiner Line!! Steiner mounts Konnan and screams that his briefcase now belongs to him! Mike Awesome uses this opportunity to blindside Steiner, but Eddie pulls the rope and Freakzilla sends the giant flying!! Konnan is draped over the second rope, Rey strikes him with a Tiger Feint Kick! Vader looked to push the ropes for Rey, but failed to catch the smaller kid. And that was his downfall, because another young man in John Cena showed us how strong his will and body is, muscling Vader over the top rope!!!
Utter disbelief. Vader shoves people out of his way and takes John down. Mastodon brutalizes the rookie and illegally dumps him out of the match to get some revenge. Konnan is now cuffed and escorted from ringside, so we have our final four. Rey Mysterio, Eddie Guerrero, Scott Steiner and Roddy Piper…
Off to the races we go! Eddie and Piper pull no punches, while Steiner tells Rey to leave the ring and go to bed. Uh-uh, Rey doesn’t listen and kicks Scott with a few stinging low kicks. Meanwhile Mike Awesome grabs a hold of Eddie’s ankle, that gives Roddy a chance to strike and eliminate "Latino Heat"! Sid runs out and together with Mike they start bludgeoning Eddie… where's Benoit? "The Crippler" is nowhere to be seen. Rey ducks Steiner’s lariat and jumps over Piper to hit two big oafs with a Somersault Plancha! Rey just eliminated himself, but saved his friend! What a guy.
We are nearly done here. "Hot Rod" and "Big Poppa Pump" square off and talk trash to each other, with people getting loud. Eye poke and back rake from Roddy, he’s taking a run up to throw Steiner out! Swinging belly to belly from Steiner!! Scott tells Piper he’s gonna break his bad hip now… he military presses the commissioner and marches around the ring with him. Piper with an eye rake! Scott is on the ropes, and he eats some jabs! Piper slowly runs up with a high knee tackle, but gets denied and elevated over the top rope with an Exploder Suplex!
With the most eliminations under his belt Big Poppa Pump wins the briefcase, and a potential match with Hulk Hogan at Starrcade!
Backstage Raven sits on the floor, staring at his world title. He got booked in another title defence tonight, and that seriously concerns the champion. Lisa Marie Varon wants to inform her master that she's about to have a fight of her own, but the man is not listening. After repeating herself twice Ms. Varon simply walks off, and then Raven mutters to himself "My title, my rules, my time", hugging the ultimate prize...
We get a footage from a bar where Kevin Nash and Kimberly have a friendly chatter. "Big Sexy" is a good listener it seems, because Kim never shuts up and bickers about her husband. Kev sips on some wine and bullshits his part of the conversation because uh... women love with their ears? Nash has too much fun with Page's wife. And "The People's Champ" is finally here!! DDP flips some table and asks what the hell Nash is doing!? Kev sips some more and tells Page to relax, they just chatted a bit, that's all. Kim says the same thing, but that makes him even angrier, and then... glass shatters!
No, we don't get to see Steve Austin, but we get Scott Hall glassing DDP in the back of his head! "OH MY GOD, WTF, GUYS?? I THOUGHT WE WERE FRIENDS!??" - Kimberly yelps, falling to her knees to aid Page.
Hall throws his toothpick at DDP and Nash smirks, saying he had a wonderful evening. "We should repeat it some other time, Diamond Doll..." Kev drops some money on the table, Scott sips on some beverage, spits it in the waiter's face and says it's "too sweet". Partners in crime bounce, Kimberly asks for help. Time for us to come back, guys.
Lisa Marie Varon steps in the ring in her leather outfit, looking confident. She looks to keep her emotions under control, but there's no way she can keep her cool when Manami Toyota is out! "The Flying Angel" is out in her traditional black attire and our semi main event is on!
Ms. Varon has a slight size advantage, but Toyota has bags of experience behind her back. The AJW star kicks off with some serious offense, flying around the ring and kicking Raven's assistant, very hard.
Lisa takes over the match after she shoves Toyota from the top rope and to the floor! Back at 9, Manami is now locked in tight chin locks. Toyota drives Lisa in the turnbuckles to break up the hold and hits her head across the pad a couple of times to get fired up!! This time Missile Dropkick connects!
Toyota runs up with a wild lariat, misses! That gives Lisa an opportunity to try an Elevated Hangman's Neckbreaker, but that move is reversed into a Manami Roll! Kick out last second!! Veteran joshi wrestler clutches Lisa's arm, gets a hold of the second one and finishes the job with a Japanese Queen Cyclone Suplex to advance in the tournament… And it looks like Raven will be missing his valet in a couple of minutes.
All seven guys get their shots in, stomping and throwing Hart in the cars. They eventually throw Bret in Ric Flair's limo... and take over the wheel. "Hitman" is in for the ride of his life! BASH!! Palumbo backs down into some 4x4 to give Bret VIP concussion. He speeds up, burns rubber and jams the luxury car into a production truck!! New Blood is loving it, they encourage Bull to go for one more time. He does, and the last collision is by far the worst one - the back of that limo is unrecognizable now. Orton opens the back door and Bret just falls out, barely able to breathe let alone fight back.
"HEY!! WHAT THE HELL ARE YOU IDIOTS DOING!!??" - Ric Flair yelps. You see, it's HIS limo, and now it is destroyed. Flair throws his jacket on the ground and rants about it being a $100,000 vehicle!! "YOU!! GET THE HELL OUTTA MY FACE BEFORE I TAKE YOU PUNKS TO SCHOOL!" Looks like New Blood won't get their reward after all, and Triple H's bounty bag will be spent on the new ride for "The Nature Boy". "The Game" doesn't give a damn, he got what he wanted. Hunter approaches Bret and with a twisted smirk on his face says that the ambulance is on its way... Despicable!
The main event is next, and it will be held under Raven's rules. Goldberg gets a special entrance, he was locked in his locker room for hours and now the beast is unleashed! It's not often that we see Goldberg making his entrance first. The champion gets far less pomp and circumstances, but it is a memorable entrance nonetheless... because Raven walks out with a shopping cart full of weapons! He empties it, throwing stuff at Goldberg before the match starts. We have never seen anything like this, but it's Raven's Rules and we're underway!
Goldberg refused to give any interviews before this match in order to focus on his opponent. Focused Goldberg is a scary man, but he's also angry. Angry fighters are prone to make mistakes, and Raven knows this. DQ or count out won't save him tonight, but this master manipulator knows how to handle himself in extreme situations.
Goldberg follows Raven around the ring, flips the shopping cart over and slides back only to be attacked by the big gold belt! Raven throws everything he has at the challenger, who's not going down. Raven tries a Triangle Lariat but gets shoulder blocked out of the ring! Goldberg is hot on his heels, so Raven sprays him with a fire extinguisher and smacks a "STOP" sign in his head! Now he has a chair that goes straight to Bill's back! Raven sits the chair up in the middle and eventually catches "The Man" with a Drop Toe Hold on it! Cover... Goldberg kicks out almost immediately.
Raven leaves the ring once again, and now he throws the kitchen sink, the trash can and a shopping cart in the squared circle! Superkick from Goldberg knocks the sink out, and now the dominant powerhouse presses out the cart. Raven swiftly puts the trash can in Goldberg's face, so "Da Man" drops the cart on top of himself!! It wheels out to the corner, Raven is not even trying to cover his rival now. Quicks stomps frustrate the juggernaut and he runs wild with a Spear... and misses, ending up inside of the shopping cart! Raven grabs a chair and smashes Goldberg's skull for half a minute or so! He hits his pose, hits the Evenflow DDT and then the lights go out.
Remember those cryptic 12/11/2K vignettes? Well, the third one flickers on the TurnerTron, distracting everyone from the action inside of the ring.
When a man's heart is full of deceit...
It burns up, dies...
And a dark shadow falls over his soul...
From the ashes of a once great man, has risen a curse...
A pitch black house is painted white after the lightning strikes.
A wrong that must be righted...
We look to the skies for a vindicator, someone to strike fear into the black hearts
of the same man who created him... The battle between good, and evil has begun...
Against an army of shadows, lies a dark warrior...
The door shuts wide open and the hooded figure slowly turns to the camera.
The prevailer of good...
With a voice of silence...
And a mission of justice...
This, Is, Sting.
Raven can't believe his eyes, he's frozen and he stares at the tron! The announce team is having a collective orgasm, Sting is back! The real Sting lands right behind the world heavyweight champion... and plants him with a Scorpion Death Drop!! Sting lets out his signature yelp and leaves to let Goldberg finish the job. Groggy Raven gets absolutely annihilated with a hellacious Spear and put out of his misery with a Jackhammer on the trash can! Ref drops down and hits the mat three times to officially end the match and Raven's world title reign.
Final Rating: 86/100 (8.28 on TNT, up from 8.16)
This show has increased out popularity in 16 regions.
Nice to see this back! Dang, I missed the predictions!
That snake! Konnan!
Can totally see the abandoned Saturn find family with a guy like Vampiro - or even CM Punk.
Makes sense to hotshot the title back to Goldberg, but it begs the question - who is next for the champ? Sting/Raven will be great, as will Steiner/Hogan and (I'm guessing) Awesome vs. Sid.
It's so easy to make K-Dawg hated, he does all the work for you. If I ever write another dynasty, it will probably have Konnan in it for some continuity
I can say now that Saturn will stay solo until the end of this diary. I will try and incorporate multiple stories from his real life to his booking, so stay tuned, I guess?
Can't give away clues to Starrcade yet, but I have around 12 matches on the card and they are progressing slowly. Maybe some will be scrapped to keep it realistic, maybe I'll go full WWE 2019 and add 5 more
One thing is for sure - nothing's for sure...
*yelps in Sting*
WCW Thursday Thunder Preview
Two of these lads were knocked out on Monday, but who's gonna have the last laugh?
Nitro brought us a new WCW World Heavyweight champion, Sting's return, and a bar ambush on "The People's Champion". DDP requested a match with Kevin Nash on Thunder, after "Big Sexy" made things personal by flirting with Kimberly Page. We also get to see two more matches in the women's tournament. Also, Ric "The Nature Boy" Flair will call out New Blood, who destoryed his limo while beating down Bret Hart! Two workrate horses in Benoit and Kanyon square off for the first time ever, plus Sting will explain his actions in front of the live crowd...
Official Thunder Card
Shannon Moore and Essa Rios vs. Juventud Guerrera and Dr. Wagner Jr.
Nora Greenwald vs. Nattie Neidhart - WCW Women's Tournament second round match
Crowbar vs. "Fallen Angel" Christopher
Ric Flair vs. Mike Sanders
Team 3D (Brother Ray and Brother Devon) vs. KroniK (Bryan Clarke and Brian Adams)
Terry Funk vs. The Great Muta (c) - WCW Harcore championship match
Chris Benoit vs. Kanyon
Lita vs. Madusa - WCW Women's Tournament second round match
Kevin Nash w/Scott Hall vs. Diamond Dallas Page w/Kimberly
Prediction Contest Standings
1. crackerjack - 13 (+7)
My friend(s), I am on vacation and that means that I will be relatively free for two next weeks... which can only mean that this diary will be pumping out updates like a normal thread. We're super close to Starrcade - the biggest show of the year, and I want as many of you as possible for this ride. Thunder will be posted in a few days, maybe even tomorrow. Have fun y'all!
My Spider-senses were tingling - I had a feeling an update was coming soon!
Shannon Moore and Essa Rios vs. Juventud Guerrera and Dr. Wagner Jr.
Nora Greenwald vs. Nattie Neidhart - WCW Women's Tournament second round match
Crowbar vs. "Fallen Angel" Christopher
Ric Flair vs. Mike Sanders
Team 3D (Brother Ray and Brother Devon) vs. KroniK (Bryan Clarke and Brian Adams)
Terry Funk vs. The Great Muta (c) - WCW Harcore championship match
Chris Benoit vs. Kanyon
Lita vs. Madusa - WCW Women's Tournament second round match
Kevin Nash w/Scott Hall vs. Diamond Dallas Page w/Kimberly
Yay we have some competition
And that's not all, Beejus was kind enough to leave his own predictions, albeit not here
WCW Thursday Thunder on TBS (Show #103)
Week 2, December 2000
ARCO Arena, South West (15,126)
"OH MY GOD, IT'S STING!! THE ICON IS BACK!"
Before the usual Thunder intro we get a recap of Nitro, where Sting played his vigilante card on Raven to help Goldberg regain the world heavyweight title.
WCW even treats its fans with a little "after the show went off air" footage. After Goldberg roared with his title for quite a while, Raven got back to senses and composed himself as much as he could. He crawled back to the ring corner and was about to cry. The fans felt it, and started egging on the opportunist who was comforted by Lisa Marie Varon. Raven brushed the woman off, drilled people with his eyes for a good minute, then got a live mic and blamed people for all the misfortunes he experienced in his life. He also called everyone a hypocrite, as their hero just committed the ultimate sin!
"If that is your hero, your 'Icon', then I don't want to have anything in common with you!! I will never sit in the crowd ever again! You will never be privileged to sit next to me!!!"
Crowd cheers and chants 'looooseeeer' at Raven, just like they chant 'Gooooldbeeeerg'. Raven screams and acts like a spoiled brat, screaming that he's not a loser, but that makes things even worse for him! The crowd is so loud that Raven can't put a word in, he is powerless. He shakes in shock, rage and exhaustion... Lisa gets the mic and asks if they want to see the man cry?? Loud cheers.
"One tear of his is worth more than all of you! You are disgusting!"
Raven just stands behind her like a kid stands behind his mom, sobbing and looking at everyone from under his forehead. Lisa doesn't hold anything back verbally and eventually they leave. Midway Raven collapsed to his knees and started whaling. If anyone felt bad for Raven when he lost, now they don't find him even slightly sympathetic, just pathetic. Time to start the show!
Announcers welcome us to Thursday Night Thunder, discussing the events that happened on Monday. Tony Schiavone says Raven makes him sick, he couldn't take his loss like a man! Bobby Heenan ridicules Tony, reminding everyone that he didn't lose clean!
- Give me a break, Brain!
- It wasn't fair to put Raven in the title defence two weeks in a row, but having Sting come out and screw him over like that is ridiculous!
- Goldberg defended his title on a weekly basis before and we didn't hear "The Man" complain!
- Well, that's because he can't talk!
- Is that so?
- Yes! If I was his manager, he would not have to fight every week like that!
- I'm glad you are not his manager!
- And Sting, why did Sting do that? He's a man of few words, but he has some explaining to do!
- You get what you give and karma caught up with Raven on Nitro.
- Utter nonsense, there's no such thing as karma!
- Gentlemen, let's not speculate and give Sting a chance to do his own talking, we know that he's in the building tonight!
Mike Tenay is right. But you know who else is in the house? The Certified Filthy Animal, The Youth Warrior, The Juicy One - Juventud Guerrera! He's joined by "The Bad Doctor" Dr. Wagner Jr tonight. They had a couple of tag matches together lately, it looks like they stuck together. Juvi probably gets some medical supplies from this shady "Doctor"... And their opponents tonight are Shannon Moore and Essa Rios, who finally have come to terms with their alliance. Not like they had much of a choice!
This match was a great way to open the show, we witnessed some nice spots and the action never stopped from start to finish.
Wagner did not fly nearly as much as the other three guys, one of the reasons why his team picked up a victory here.
Moore missed with a Corkscrew Senton from the top rope, then "Bad Doctor" planted him with a Wagner Driver that lined up Juvi for a beautiful 450 Splash!
"Let "The Juice" do your job, jabroni! Bow down to the juiciest person in the building! When I pour water on myself, it turns to juice, so you thirsty ho*s could lick me.. yeaaaah. I'm feeling loose!! That move you just saw, I call it "The Doctor's Juice", get used to it! Ok enough jabroni interaction for today. I need to talk some business too!
LAX boys, it looks like you need a leader now that K-Dawg has to hide under Parka's mask.. and this beautiful face doesn't have to hide under any mask now! LAX needs a young leader with plenty of experience, and nobody fits that description more than "The Youth Warrior" lalala. The first order of business - take that ungrateful SOB Billy Kidman and break his neck!
He shits on your plate, he shat on mine, and I'm not gonna eat it! Together we will be the juiciest group in wrestling, and that's the bottom line cause "Hot Juice" said so!"
Wagner just stood there, not even nodding to Juvi's words. That was quite a pitch by Guerrera, and only time will tell if LAX like it. The commentators wonder if Guerrera is drunk, stupid, or both. What's funny, he threw orders to LAX without them even agreeing to cooperate first.
Backstage Diamond Dallas Page is pulling his bags, his head is bandaged, and his eyes are full of rage. Mean Gene Okerlund jumps on DDP with questions about the bar brawl he had on Monday.
"Bar brawl? Mean Gene, it wasn't a brawl, that was a double blindside! First Kevin Nash takes my wife on a date, and then Scott Hall glasses me from behind. GOOD GOD! I knew they were a couple of scumbags, but that's a new low! But you know what Gene? When I got back to senses, I called Piper and I kept calling him until he gived me a match with Nash, mano e mano, and it's going to happen here, tonight!! Kev, you got me on Monday, but that's not going to happen again, you jacked up monkey! I have a couple of cards under my own sleeve, and you'll never see "The Diamond Cutter" coming, BANG!"
Gene sends us back to ringside, where Ric Flair is already shaking his Rolex and demands some answers from "The New Blood"! A little video reminds us that Triple H promised anyone who would take out Bret Hart a generous offer of $100,000! New Blood couldn't say no to this, and they actually succeeded in some way. Bret is in hospital with concussion and internal bleeding, but... to do that damage young jocks had to destroy Flair's limo, that incidentally costs as much. As a result, Triple H's purse went to Flair, and Roddy Piper got hot about New Blood going overboard with their attack on his family relative. Rookies are in one hot bed right now, and "Naitch" calls them out, dropping his custom-made jacket in the ring.
Mike Sanders leads the group to the ring. Flair doesn't like to wait for some schmucks, so he tells them to hurry up! "Above Average" gets a stick too and asks why the hell Flair worries so much about losing a limo if he got the moolah to buy another one?
Flair tells Sanders to SHUT UP.
"Listen to me now, boy! It's not about the limo, it's not about the money now... it is about your attitude! You punks had to take Hart out, not attempt to kill him! There's no love lost between me and "The Hitman", but there's a line in the sand nobody can cross! When "The Four Horsemen" jumped people in parking lots, we did it differently. We knew when to stop! But you, you don't know when to leave the man down!"
The footage rolls to refresh the memory of the fans. Bret was cooked, but New Blood did not stop. Flair says at first he got mad about the car, that's true, but when he saw how bad they did Bret, that stopped being such a problem.
- Next time you will hijack my jet and crash it in the Titan Towers!? You're outta your mind!
- Naitch, save you breath, and never compare us to "The Four Horsemen" again. We are faster, better, more violent and athletic than they ever were. We do not have a codex or some stupid "etiqutte" where you have to go around the building and shake hands with everybody. The old times are gone, so if you don't like it - learn to love it, or you will be SOL and you know what that means! Besides, your pal Triple H seemed pleased with our work, so why don't you bust his nuts?
- That's my line! You are in my ring, and in MY company! I can snap my fingers one time and you will be GONE.
- Oh yeah? Then maybe we would make you a favor and place you near Bret Hart on the sidelines? If you weren't pals with our boss, you would be doneskies, old man.
- Who are you calling old, you son of a bi*ch!? I'm Ric Flair! You're not even a man in this business, I AM!
Flair starts stripping in the ring, and he throws threats and clothes at every member, even that "fat boy" Samoa Joe. Flair's words, not mine. You know what they say... to be the man, you've got to beat the man! Ring the bell!
Ric chopped the crap out of Mike's chest. Sanders is more agile than Flair, but he's still a spring chicken inside the squared circle, so he did not get any offense. Chop block, patented kneebreaker, Figure 4! Sanders is outta luck today, he taps out.
"Well-well-well, Ric Flair just beat someone with a Figure 4! New Blood is a load of crap, as if anybody needed another proof of that. I watched this match backstage and I couldn't decide who I hate more... a couple of talentless hacks who think they can cut the line, or a half naked piece of hot garbage Ric Flair! Flair, we don't get our money from Piper, so we can beat you up right here right now. But as your donkey mouth dropped earlier tonight, there's a line in the sand we don't cross. But... I won't spare you just like that, I want something back. A match with your wrinkly a*s at Starrcade!!"
Flair comes up to "The Franchise" and tells him that sharing the ring with the greatest wrestler of all time won't end well for him. A much needed line about Douglas being a big fish in a small pond and bingo halls. Ric says Douglas just bit off more than he could chew. Two men stare each other down, while the rest of The Revolution jump ring to brawl with New Blood! While the fight is happening at the background, Shane says at Starrcade he will do what he wanted to do a looong time... avenge his lost years and take some time off Flair's already failing clock.
"I will beat the sand out of your wrinkly body, and you will be welcome to draw all the lines you want and KISS MY *SS! Look at your Rolex and hear it ticking, because with it, your career runs to an end!"
The brawl in the ring is broken up by WCW security team, Regal managed to bust Palumbo's face with brass knucks. Douglas shows the 4 Horsemen sign to Flair, that becomes a middle finger salute in a second. After the ringside area clears, announcers inform us that Piper is absent today, as he's with Bret Hart. Bret's condition is stable, but his match with Triple H might be off Starrcade. Announcers talk about bad blood between Flair and Douglas, and how they have never squared off before. That will certainly be an interesting match up!
Backstage "Mean Gene" stands with Nattie Neidhart, the niece of Bret hart, and the only female graduate from the Hart Dungeon, and the first third-generation female wrestler in the world. Okerlund is quite careful with his questions tonight, as Nattie has a lot of stressful thoughts on her mind already. However Gene wants to know how is Bret feeling, and if we can expect him back anytime soon.
"Mean Gene, I honestly don't know, but I am sure that he will get through and come back. All I can do to help is to show what the Harts are made off, and beat my opponent tonight."
Despite being only eighteen, Nattie has a bright head on her shoulders, and it's not about the hair color. Her opponent tonight is Nora Greenwald - a female wrestler that is not new to World Championship Wrestling. She's five years older than Nattie, and has three years under her belt. Let's see how well they do here tonight.
DDP is taping fists in his personal locker room, when someone knocks. Page screams that he doesn't want to see anyone right now! The door opens anyway, and in comes Kanyon.
- What do you want?
- Listen, I know you have this "do not disturb" thing and everything, but I want to clear up one thing with you. I am booked to face Benoit later tonight, and that means I will not be in your corner for the main event probably. But if I win, we would probably jump ahead in the tag rankings, and possibly even get a title match for Starrcade.
- Fine. Do as you wish!
- Seriously? You are not mad at me or anything like that?
- No, good luck in your match.
- Are you sure?
- GOOD GOD CHRIS, I AM!! Stop acting like we have some kind of relationship!
Kanyon sulks his shoulders slightly, mumbles "ok" and leaves. DDP is in the bad mood, but now he feels bad for raising his voice. Page throws the tape across the room and says a very dirty word.
Chris Candido who got back with his comrades after a little scuffle with New Blood asked road agents who that blonde woman was. Chris gets a name, then starts talking about how graceful and classy she is. Dean Malenko says that he actually trained her, and she is a capable competitor. Chavo Guerrero asks if Candido fell in love once again, and Chris just snorts. "Hard Knox" says he's done with women, then tries to fix himself when Dustin Rhodes gently rubs his shoulder. Lance Storm doesn't get the joke, while Steven Regal got the joke but did not find it funny. Regal asks why did he let Flair off, but Douglas said "that's none of your business, sunshine". Regal goes off on Shane, and says he's getting sick of Revolution's utter nonsense, and he wants to get one back on bloody Triple H, who beat him last week! Regal reminds his stablemates that nobody came to his aid.
"It was bloody Bret Hart who saved me, and you bunch were just faffing around! Not only that, Perry Saturn is gone and you act like nothing happened!" The tensions rise, but we don't have time for that cack.
Because Terry Funk confronts Great Muta backstage, disturbing the peace of his former tag team partner. Funk says Muta doesn't need a freak like Vampiro on his side, and reminds Muta of the good old J-Tex days, ten years ago maybe? Well, it looks like Muta doesn't remember those times, as he spits in the eyes of Funker, who now screams even louder.
When it comes to hardcore wrestling, not a lot of people can touch Terry Funk. Vampiro showed up seconds after two legends started duking it out, but was taken out by rabid perry Saturn, who relentlessly beat up the white-faced weirdo. Meanwhile Terry beats the paint off Muta, who responds with stiff kicks and even some biting. Did he learn that from Vamp? Anyway, this fight spills out in the crowd! Tired Funker takes a seat to lure Muta for a Shining Wizard. Funk rolls out last second, and Muta's knee hits the hard part of the seat! The old fox still remembers all the tricks. Funk puts Muta in the little Spinning Toe Hold, then finishes the job with a Piledriver in someone’s warm place! We have a new WCW hardcore champion, thanks to Perry Saturn.
"Mr. Tenay, I can only trust you! Please pass this tape to police, because they will come and get me!"
With that Shelley runs away, and LAX gang follows him closely. Homicide and Psicosis have more chances to catch the resident paparazzi, Hernandez - not so much. He just looks at the announcers and flips their table for the sake of it. Konnan would be proud, commercial break.
When we come back, the announce team awkwardly stands there, with Tenay examining the tape he was given by Alex Shelley a few minutes ago. Tony says the show must go on, and the man they call Sting will be here any minute now. Lots of fans stand up to greet their hero, they look at the rafters. It's Showtime, folks! "Seek and Destroy" hits the arena, and fans greet the arrival of their fan favorite. He's making a regular entrance tonight and has a serious expression on his face, although he calmly claps people's hands. Sting drops his first words in two months... The live crowd chants Sting's name, but "The Icon" just shakes his head.
"Your good old Sting is back, but there's no smile on his face. I could have painted one over my face paint, but that wouldn't be honest to you fans. And I want to be as honest as I can...Last Monday I did something that I am not proud of. Something I wouldn't do under normal circumstances, if that's even a thing anymore...
As you may know, Raven put me on the sidelines, he forced my friends out of the company, but worst of all... he besmirched the world heavyweight title, taking it from Goldberg just when the man got through a war. He took the big gold belt, ran away like a thief with it and that's when I knew I had to step in. Lord knows Roddy wouldn't move his finger to do something about it. So someone had to do it... Enter Stinger, and 1-2-3 the world title is back where it belongs. I will say that one part of me did it for selfish reasons, but the other did it to save the company. I could have challenged Raven for the title because I have a verbal agreement with Roddy about a title match, but I chose to right the wrong first. I will challenge for the big gold belt somewhere down the line, but for now... my eyes are locked in on Raven. I'm sure that he won't leave it at that and take full responsibility for his actions like a man would do. So I go ahead and challenge him to a rematch at Starrcade...
Am I doing the right thing? One thing is for sure... nothing's for sure."
Sting puts the mic down and quietly goes to the back. Nobody jumps him... for now. The announce team did not expect such a response from WCW's very own Stinger, but they are intrigued to see what will happen next. "Mean Gene" looks to follow up on Sting's statement, but the man politely denies any questions. In the background Crowbar and Daffney are marking out that their favorite wrestler is back! Daffney can hardly contain her screams, while Crowbar says that he wants a black bat for Christmas to match up with his raincoat! Okerlund tries to avoid that diabolical duo, but bumps into Luna Vachon and Christopher. Luna cracks her knuckles at Gene, who remembers how that ended up for his colleagues a week ago. Christopher gives the senior citizen his green drink, but Gene is not in the mood for that.
- Good God almighty, please don't touch me!
- There's no need to worry, Mean Gene. We are not monsters, right Luna? And we are really sorry for what happened last week. You see, her mood swings can be explained. She's awaiting a child, and that little guy is very impatient. Just like his daddy...
- Are you trying to say that Luna Vachon is pregnant with your child?
- Hahaha. I'm not a father, Mean Gene. I'm Christopher, the friend of this twisted family. You have never seen the actual father, and I suppose you wouldn't want to meet him anyway. Now he... he is a monster. And he wants out of his prison. But now is not....
Christopher is rudely interrupted by Crowbar, who's doing his best Sting yelp impression in the background. Luna screams at the superfan, and where screams - there's Daffney. Okerlund quietly leaves the area, as Vachon throws a punch at Daffney. Crowbar takes the shot instead, but then starts pounding his chest and he asks for more! Irritated Christopher says that's fine, he will solve this little issue, in the ring.
But before that can happen, we get a hype video to advertise Starrcade that will take place in Washington D.C. Not a lot of matches announced yet, and just as we thought the hype video was over, the match graphic revealed a surprise announcement!
Jeff Jarrett will defend his WCW World Television championship against Ken Shamrock in a Lion's Den Match! What in the world? The announce team did not get any notification about this announcement, so they found out together with the fans. That stipulation makes a lot of sense, as Jeff Jarrett ran away from Shamrock not once, but twice now. And it looks like Piper is not leaving his hopes to get Ken back as his enforcer.
Now, onto the impromptu match between Crowbar and Christopher!
Christopher started out slowly, chain wrestling with his opponent and almost getting a roll up victory a couple of times. Luna jumped on the arpon and screamed at the referee, that gave "The Fallen Angel" a chance to sneak attack. Daffney repeated after Luna and screamed too, but that did not help her friend. Christopher picks up a victory with a DVD, and poses on the top turnbuckle. Daff has seen enough she shoves the winner out of the ring, picks up Crowbar's weapon and threatens to attack Luna! Vachon giggles, easily disarms "The Scream Queen" and attacks Crowbar! Ref gets some of that rage too, and nobody can stop that woman. Announcers keep their mouths shut just in case.
Backstage Eddie Guerrero is explaining himself to Chris Benoit. Last Monday Eddie tried to win the US championship title shot, without warning "The Crippler" first. He did not win, and had to get help from Rey Rey to avoid the two on one beating from Sid Vicious and Mike Awesome. Benoit didn't do much to help his partner.
- What's the matter with you, holmes? Are you still mad that I got in that match ese? Come on, vato!
- Let me ask you one thing Eddie. What would happen if you would win that match?
- What do you mean holmes? I would challenge Hulk Hogan at Starrcade, simon!
- And what about the tag team title shot?
- That works too, "Latino Heat" can pull double duty, ese! Chris, one day I will be US champion and tag team champion at the same time! Sooner or later, holmes.
- Yeah, about that. Forget about the tag titles, ese. As far as I remember, only I won that match, and only I can choose who my tag partner will be for Starrcade!
- Woah-woah-woah Chris, calm down, ese!
- Oh, I'm calm, Eddie. And I'm dead serious... last Monday you made yet another wrong choise, and my patience has run its course. I'll see you down the road... amigo.
Eddie is in shock! Benoit just left him out of the biggest event of the year, and he did it in cold blood. Benoit is heading to the ring for his match, and Eddie follows him.
Now this was the best match of the night so far. Kanyon and Benoit can certainly have an interesting match with lots of brawling, flying and rolling around on the mats.
"The Innovator of Offense" has a size advantage over "The Rabid Wolverine", but lacks Benoit's intensity. The odds got even when Eddie talked to Chris mid match, asking him to reconsider. Benoit locks Kanyon in the Sharpshooter after blocking an Enzughiri, and Eddie puts his head between the ropes to get his message across. That distracts the ref, and Benoit, who screams for Guerrero to get off his face! O'Connor Roll by Kanyon always brings us an upset! Benoit stomps Kanyon, suplexes him over the top rope, runs up for a Suicide Dive and... wipes out Eddie with it!
Kanyon sends canadian in the steps, rolls in the ring and almost gets a count out victory! Kanyon sets up a Flatliner, but that move gets reversed into the Crippler's Crossface!! One Chris tells other to tap, but before that can happen, Scott Hall breaks the hold with a chairshot!
"Aww, look at them! Their bond is so tight, nothing can ruin their friendship. Benoit and Guerrero, you need to take an example from those two lovebirds! What did Page say earlier today? That I will feel the bang? Haha, Dallas, save that up for your partner, because I'm not down for that. And I guess, neither is your lovely wife who certainly wanted a piece of this hunk. Kim, don't sweat it, when Dallas gets dropped later tonight, I will personally make sure that daddy drives you home..."
Hall is playing up to every word that comes out of Kev's mouth, and adds that they know that "The Diamond Cutter" is on the menu, so they will be prepared for that.
"Hey yo... Mang, we know you like the back of our hand. And that hand needs to be slapped around, just like your mamacita in the back, chico... Page, you walkin' on the razor's edge between business and personal life. When it's all said and done, you must choose one. I've always said it ain't 'Show Friends' it's 'Show Business'... soon enough you will know what that means..."
Chris Benoit caught those words too, and he walked off deep in thought, without checking on Eddie. Benoit shoved Outsiders out of his way, which made both big guys grin. Page though, he did not grin one second and helped Kanyon get up. The main event will be very interesting!
Backstage Madusa and Nora Greenwald chatter about the tournament. Basically they gossip around other women, and that's where Nora's true colors come out. She acts like goody two shoes in public, but she can talk behind people's back like the heaviest sinner. Nora laughs about pathetic competition they have here in WCW, and asks madusa to punish that skank Lita who can't even hide her panties in those ugly baggy pants! Madusa tells her sweetie to sit back and enjoy. That match is up next!
Lita has fans behind her, she has that natural charisma and damn good looks, plus she's capable of busting out some fancy lucha moves. Madusa is more refined and ground-based in her offense, and she has bags of experience.
Madusa throws Lita around and acts all cocky, and gets some praise from CM Punk, who's standing in the corner. Maybe he should have stayed backstage, because he gets tackled by Billy Kidman, and that brawl is not helping our official to concentrate! Torrie Wilson runs out too to calm her boyfriend down. Madusa tells Torrie to get out, but that gorgeous woman isn't planning to do that just yet.
Second O'Connor Roll of the night, and BINGO! Lita rolls through to the semi finals by rolling up the biggest female star in our company!
It's great that Piper is not at work today, because Revolution are in panic. They just found out that their golden goose Jeff Jarrett will meet Ken freaking Shamrock. Chavito asks Shane if they should tell Jeff now, or... doesn't matter. Benoit is on their doorstep now...
"You need some man power now, right? I'm in."
Benoit walks off without dropping anything else. Most of that locker room is out of words, but with the likes of Malenko and Storm words wouldn't fly anyway. Rhodes whistles, Douglas starts cackling! Regal plays the party pooper role and asks why should they trust him now? Valid point, but nobody is listening.
We're back in the ring, and Team 3D is marching to the ring with a big ladder! They usually carry tables around with them, but today is different. Brother Ray gets a mic, climbs up and loudly asks people "DO YOU KNOW WHO WE ARE!?" A rhetorical question, don't answer that...
"We are the fastest rising tag team in this damn company! We are the only tag team that doesn't have any friction or petty bulls**t going on! We are the best team in the world, and unlike Road Warriors, we are here to stay! We put people we don't like through tables, and lemme tell you, we don't like people period! Not you, moronic fans, not those old hags in the back. We are men on a mission, and that's not a stupid gimmick. Not a stupid gimmick like KroniK, the APA rip off. Those two love to say they're all about breaking necks and cashing checks? Then we're all about breaking tables with your momma, who has a fistful of filthy dolla!"
Of course Brother Devon would say "oh my brother, TESTIFY!" to that.
Bryan Clarke and Brian Adams do not look pleased as they power walk to the ring. Brother Ray throws a ladder down right on the powerhouses. Oh boy, they are in for a warm welcome.
This is a fight! KroniK stiff the hell out of Dudleyville residents, they are not in their usual baked state. A good old brawl that perhaps should have been stopped by the referee continued until Bryan Clarke took an L following a beefy 3D.
Next Monday Bill Goldberg will respond to Hulk Hogan's dream match challenge. Hulkster went to multiple late night shows promoting his rematch with Goldberg without anyone making that match official. Hogan knows best, or is he just putting WCW in a position where they can't leave him out of main event? Either way, Scott Steiner will probably have something to say about that.
In other news, Raven called in earlier tonight and demanded a fair rematch with Goldberg for the big gold belt. It's bizarre that we don't have a clear number one contender yet, but I guess that also makes Nitro must watch TV. Announcers also talk about Booker T and Buff Bagwell asking for one last chance from Piper this Monday. Lastly, Rey Mysterio Jr is scheduled to make a huge announcement in hopes that it will help make Liger/Mysterio an official Starrcade bout. And now it is time for your main event of the evening!
Kevin Nash comes out first, accompanied by his bestie Scott Hall. We've seen "Big Sexy" already, but now he's clothed to wrestle. BAM, Self High Five! DDP's music lives up the crowd and irritates Bobby Heenan, but there's a little delay with DDP's entrance. Page is bickering with Kimberly, who wants to accompany her husband to the ring. Dallas is against it, he is sure that Kim will only distract him. DDP tells Kimberly to stay here with Kanyon, and that's when the bomb goes off.
"I don't want to stay with him! He's your friend, not mine! And last time I stayed with one of your so-called friends, you got attacked! If I don't go with you - you don't go anywhere!"
Wowser, that's a bad look. Page gives Kanyon a sign to be ready if stuff hits the fan and makes his grand entrance with ex-Diamond Doll.
Just like expected, Hall playfully steps up to Kimberly, but she maintains distance. Hall's machismo doesn't work with this woman, but it helps Nash get an extra advantage.
Kev chokes DDP with his boot in the corner and winks at Kimberly, again. Those flirty moments light up a fire under the *ss of "People's Champion", and he explodes just like his pyro before the match. Couple of Diamond Cutter attempts are shrugged off by Nash, who goes for a walk, giving Hall time to play dirty. Charles catches Scott breaking the rules and sends him to the back! Good news? Hardly. Hall smirks and picks up Kim on his shoulder, ready to leave. Page follows that macho, gets his woman back and hits smug Hall in the kisser! Nash offers Charles money to count out his opponent faster, but Lil' Naitch is not Nick Patrick. Kanyon comes out to beat up Hall some more, when suddenly Brian Adams shoves Kanyon away from the ramp!
Page comes back in time, but Nash hits the middle rope to practically low blow Page and finish him off with the Jackknife Powerbomb.
Final Rating: 80/100 (4.29 on TBS)
WCW Nitro Preview and Match Card
WCW Monday Nitro Preview
Who do you want to be Goldberg's opponent for Starrcade!?
Starrcade is getting even closer, and we still don't have a clue who will challenge Bill Goldberg for the WCW world heavyweight championship on the grandest stage of them all! This week's main event will bring some clarity to the world title picture, as we get a three-way dance between Hulk Hogan, Scott Steiner and now former world heavyweight champion Raven, who is eager to get his revenge both on Goldberg and Sting. Hogan keeps beating his own drum, ducking and dodging Steiner at all cost, and running his mouth about a rematch with "Da Man". Scott Steiner wants a lot of things, but one of the most important points on his "to do" list is to make "The Immortal" humble! All three men won't get what they want, and that makes for an explosive TV you don't want to miss!
Apart from the main event drama, two of our bigger stars in Triple H and Bret Hart found themselves in a bitter war. The last word so far belongs "The Game", as his hit on "The Hitman" left the Canadian grappler in a crashed Ric Flair limo. Bret is not cleared to come back, and he will not be 100% for the biggest event of the year, but you can bet that "The Excellence of Execution" won't let the "Cerebral Assassin" bask in glory. Hunter's close friend, "The Nature Boy" Ric Flair has his eyes locked on "The Franchise", as we will see both men settle their differences in singles competition for the first time very soon. "The Revolution" is taking on the suave duo hoping to upset the main eventers and gaining that all-important momentum ahead of Starrcade.
Speaking of that group, "The Rabid Wolverine" Chris Benoit nonchalantly cut his ties with Eddie Guerrero and re-joined the group. That move changed up the tag team division landscape that is rumbling thanks to Road Warriors, Team 3D, and everyone's favorite tag team Buffy T. Booker T and Buff Bagwell are on the verge of missing the event altogether if they don't come up with something brilliant. Can they survive yet another beating from Hawk and Animal, who are eyeing up the vacant tag team titles? And what's next for "Latino Heat", now that he's left behind and in no favor of the boss "Rowdy" Roddy Piper?
The women's tournament continues. We have our first semi-final set - Amazing Kong takes on the fearless Lita! Can Lita's flashy offense surprise the powerhouse sensation, who's ripping through the competition, or will we witness another one-sided beating from the heavy favorite?
WCW's World Television champion Jeff Jarrett is running through the obstacles thrown on his way on a regular basis, but when the "Hot Rod" unleashed his former enforcer Ken Shamrock, Jarrett started running away from "The World's Most Dangerous Man"! With lots of bodies in his corner, Double J shouldn't be THAT worried, but as we've seen, the fire in Shamrock's eyes can scare even the bravest of men. Will Shamrock's fury be his downfall when he meets a crafty competitor in Chavo Guerrero, or will the MMA legend make "The Warrior" cry like a little kid in his ruthless Ankle Lock?
Respect-demanding Vader is back to his worst behavior, and this Monday he will brawl with "The Hardcore Legend" Terry Funk. "The Mastodon" is tough, but there's nobody on God's green Earth who can intimidate The Funker! Tune in for this wild brawl, it will not let you down.
Official Nitro Match Card
Great Muta & Vampiro vs. Chris Benoit & Dean Malenko
Lita vs. Amazing Kong - WCW Women's championship tournament semi-final
Ken Shamrock vs. Chavo Guerrero Jr.
The Road Warriors vs. Buffy T
Vader vs. Terry Funk (c) - WCW Hardcore championship match
Ric Flair & Triple H vs. Steven Regal & Shane Douglas
Hulk Hogan vs. Scott Steiner vs. Raven
Prediction Contest Standings
1. crackerjack - 22 (+9)
2. Beejus - 7 (+7)