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    Re: Death of the New World Order

    WCW World Heavyweight Championship Match:
    Kevin Nash (c) vs. Diamond Dallas Page

    WCW Cruiserweight Championship Match:
    Billy Kidman (c) vs. Dean Malenko

    WCW World Tag Team Championships Match:
    Kanyon & Raven (c) vs. Rick Steiner & Kenny Kaos

    Steel Cage Match:
    Goldberg vs. Randy Savage

    Luchas de Apuestas | Hair vs. Mask Match:
    Eddie Guerrero (w/Chavo Guerrero Jr.) vs. Rey Mysterio Jr.

    Grudge Match:
    Hollywood Hogan vs. Lex Luger

    Singles Match:
    Booker T vs. Bret Hart

    Starrcade Rematch:
    Chris Jericho vs. The Giant

    ~BONUS QUESTIONS~

    Will the nWo gain a new member at Souled Out? If yes, who? No.
    What will be the longest match of the night? Cruiserweight Championship Match.
    What will be the shortest match of the night? Tag Titles Match.
    Which match will close the show? Nash vs DDP




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    Re: Death of the New World Order





    SOULED OUT PREDICTION CONTEST

    WCW World Heavyweight Championship Match:
    Kevin Nash (c)

    WCW Cruiserweight Championship Match:
    Billy Kidman (c)

    WCW World Tag Team Championships Match:
    Kanyon & Raven (c)

    Steel Cage Match:
    Goldberg

    Luchas de Apuestas | Hair vs. Mask Match:
    Rey Mysterio Jr.

    Grudge Match:
    Hollywood Hogan

    Singles Match:
    Bret Hart

    Starrcade Rematch:
    Chris Jericho

    ~BONUS QUESTIONS~

    Will the nWo gain a new member at Souled Out? If yes, who? No
    What will be the longest match of the night? Nash DDP
    What will be the shortest match of the night? Tag Titles
    Which match will close the show? Nash DDP

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    Re: Death of the New World Order

    SOULED OUT PREDICTION CONTEST

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    WCW World Heavyweight Championship Match:
    Kevin Nash (c) vs. Diamond Dallas Page

    WCW Cruiserweight Championship Match:
    Billy Kidman (c) vs. Dean Malenko

    WCW World Tag Team Championships Match:
    Kanyon & Raven (c) vs. Rick Steiner & Kenny Kaos

    Steel Cage Match:
    Goldberg vs. Randy Savage

    Luchas de Apuestas | Hair vs. Mask Match:
    Eddie Guerrero (w/Chavo Guerrero Jr.) vs. Rey Mysterio Jr.

    Grudge Match:
    Hollywood Hogan vs. Lex Luger

    Singles Match:
    Booker T vs. Bret Hart

    Starrcade Rematch:
    Chris Jericho vs. The Giant

    ~BONUS QUESTIONS~

    Will the nWo gain a new member at Souled Out? If yes, who?
    Bret Hart
    What will be the longest match of the night?
    Guerrero vs Mysterio
    What will be the shortest match of the night?
    Kanyon & Raven vs Steiner & Kaos
    Which match will close the show?
    Goldberg vs Savage

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    Re: Death of the New World Order

    SOULED OUT PREDICTION CONTEST


    WCW World Heavyweight Championship Match:
    Kevin Nash (c) vs. Diamond Dallas Page

    WCW Cruiserweight Championship Match:
    Billy Kidman (c) vs. Dean Malenko

    WCW World Tag Team Championships Match:
    Kanyon & Raven (c) vs. Rick Steiner & Kenny Kaos

    Steel Cage Match:
    Goldberg vs. Randy Savage

    Luchas de Apuestas | Hair vs. Mask Match:
    Eddie Guerrero (w/Chavo Guerrero Jr.) vs. Rey Mysterio Jr.

    Grudge Match:
    Hollywood Hogan vs. Lex Luger

    Singles Match:
    Booker T vs. Bret Hart

    Starrcade Rematch:
    Chris Jericho vs. The Giant

    ~BONUS QUESTIONS~

    Will the nWo gain a new member at Souled Out? If yes, who?
    No.
    What will be the longest match of the night?
    Guerrero vs Mysterio
    What will be the shortest match of the night?
    Kanyon & Raven vs Steiner & Kaos
    Which match will close the show?
    Goldberg vs Savage









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    Souled Out Re: Death of the New World Order

    First off, apologies from me as I obviously misread part of Nitro. Was convinced that Piper vs Wrath was added to Souled Out, but having checked back, I was a little off, lol.


    Five man gauntlet looked like it was there to serve as a vehicle to make Finlay look like a badass. Him running the table, only to get caught at the end by Disco is a fine piece of storytelling, adding to their ongoing issue with Inferno stealing another one on Finlay.



    Excellent promo from Rey for some final hype for the Mask vs Hair match, reminding everyone of the issues between the long time rivals.



    Standard win for the Blue Bloods, and I expect them muscling into the title picture in short order. The post match promo was fun too.



    Great line from Piper about the mindset he developed in his era.



    Interesting that Iaukea was being handily disposed with until the help from Meng. It’s obviously still early in this push for TAFKA, so I’m remaining relatively open minded whilst you build him up with these wins and develop the reliance on Meng.



    I guess that vignette highlighted the teamwork between Rick & Kenny?



    So, a clean win for Wrath over Piper? Says a lot about what may be in the works for Wrath, seeing as he just knocked off Jericho and Piper in consecutive weeks here. Tbh, I feel like this might've been better served being on PPV to give Wrath a big win over Piper.

    Great ending to the show, and Bret assaulting Stevie Ray is sure to make a personal issue that little bit more personal. Expecting Booker to come out all guns blazing against Bret after this.


    SOULED OUT PREDICTION CONTEST

    WCW World Heavyweight Championship Match:
    Kevin Nash (c) vs. Diamond Dallas Page
    I ended up going back and forth on this one, as that promo on Nitro really had me thinking of the positives of giving DDP the win. I've ended up sticking with Nash to retain, mainly because I think the chase needs to be a little longer for the pay-off to be that much sweeter for a Page victory, and we just didn't get long enough to build the match. Plus, Nash only won the belt a few weeks ago by ending Goldbergs streak. Wouldn't mean as much if he dropped the belt here already. Shady win for Nash.

    WCW Cruiserweight Championship Match:
    Billy Kidman (c) vs. Dean Malenko
    Another close one to call, as there's positives for both guys to go over. Malenko just strikes me as the far more interesting option, and a title switch could set up a chase for Kidman. With Malenko harping on about how the ladder match wasn't suited to him, him backing up his claims with a win here just feels like the more intriguing angle, rather than Kidman beating him and proving Malenko wrong. New champion.

    WCW World Tag Team Championships Match:
    Kanyon & Raven (c) vs. Rick Steiner & Kenny Kaos
    The challengers aren't interesting. Kanyon and Raven very much are.

    Steel Cage Match:
    Goldberg vs. Randy Savage
    I'd be stunned if Goldberg lost on back to back PPV events. After 179-0, I don't think it'd be a good look to job him out in consecutive months. I do expect the n.W.o to somehow play a part, despite the cage being in play, but for Goldberg to overcome the odds and fuck shit up.

    Luchas de Apuestas | Hair vs. Mask Match:
    Eddie Guerrero (w/Chavo Guerrero Jr.) vs. Rey Mysterio Jr.
    I just cant see you having Rey lose the mask. It was a horrible real-life decision, and I suspect you'll not want to retread those steps. Plus, Eddie bald should make for some great comedy and skits in the coming weeks. Too good an opportunity to turn down. Rey wins.

    Grudge Match:
    Hollywood Hogan vs. Lex Luger
    The Hulkster isn't doing the job to Luger. Run ins from the New World Order help him win this I suspect.

    Singles Match:
    Booker T vs. Bret Hart
    This has been built up superbly, and you've managed to put a lot of heat on this match, with the attack on Stevie Ray a very nice last minute touch. I have to believe Bret wins this in screwy fashion to keep the feud going - maybe even Booker gets himself disqualified in a rage, so determined to get some payback on Bret.


    Starrcade Rematch:
    Chris Jericho vs. The Giant

    Jericho is very much a project in the thread. Him pulling off another win over The Giant should help push Jericho to the next level. I don't see what a loss would achieve for Jericho here.


    ~BONUS QUESTIONS~

    Will the nWo gain a new member at Souled Out? If yes, who? Going to say YES and I'm going to say {randomly} WRATH. It goes against what you've said about this version of the group by adding someone who isn't on their level, but still, just a gut feeling.

    What will be the longest match of the night? REY VS EDDIE

    What will be the shortest match of the night? HOGAN VS LUGER

    Which match will close the show? GOLDBERG VS SAVAGE



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    Re: Death of the New World Order

    WCW World Heavyweight Championship Match:
    Kevin Nash (c)
    vs. Diamond Dallas Page

    WCW Cruiserweight Championship Match:
    Billy Kidman (c)
    vs. Dean Malenko

    WCW World Tag Team Championships Match:
    Kanyon & Raven (c)
    vs. Rick Steiner & Kenny Kaos

    Steel Cage Match:
    Goldberg
    vs. Randy Savage

    Luchas de Apuestas | Hair vs. Mask Match:
    Eddie Guerrero (w/Chavo Guerrero Jr.) vs. Rey Mysterio Jr.

    Grudge Match:
    Hollywood Hogan vs. Lex Luger

    Singles Match:
    Booker T vs. Bret Hart

    Starrcade Rematch:
    Chris Jericho vs. The Giant


    ~BONUS QUESTIONS~

    Will the nWo gain a new member at Souled Out? If yes, who? NO
    What will be the longest match of the night? EDDIE VS. REY
    What will be the shortest match of the night? LUGER VS. HULK
    Which match will close the show? NASH VS. DDP

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    Re: Death of the New World Order

    WCW World Heavyweight Championship Match:
    Kevin Nash (c) vs. Diamond Dallas Page

    WCW Cruiserweight Championship Match:
    Billy Kidman (c) vs. Dean Malenko

    WCW World Tag Team Championships Match:
    Kanyon & Raven (c) vs. Rick Steiner & Kenny Kaos

    Steel Cage Match:
    Goldberg vs. Randy Savage

    Luchas de Apuestas | Hair vs. Mask Match:
    Eddie Guerrero (w/Chavo Guerrero Jr.) vs. Rey Mysterio Jr.

    Grudge Match:
    Hollywood Hogan vs. Lex Luger

    Singles Match:
    Booker T vs. Bret Hart

    Starrcade Rematch:
    Chris Jericho vs. The Giant

    ~BONUS QUESTIONS~

    Will the nWo gain a new member at Souled Out? If yes, who? No
    What will be the longest match of the night? Eddie vs. Rey
    What will be the shortest match of the night? Tag Team Championship
    Which match will close the show? Nash vs. Page

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    Souled Out Re: Death of the New World Order

    World Championship Wrestling
    Souled Out
    Charleston Civic Center in Charleston, West Virginia
    January 17, 1999





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    A beautiful night’s sky is shown, the sounds of people counting down echoing in the background, until fireworks explode into the air.

    Narrator:
    The end of one year and the beginning of another always strikes a cord with people. A chance to start fresh, to build a better future and to succeed where once they had failed.

    In the sky, the fireworks form the shapes of various WCW superstars, beginning with Chris Jericho and The Giant.

    Narrator:
    Some wounds run far too deep to be left in the past.

    More fireworks explode, this time changing into Eddie Guerrero and Rey Mysterio Jr. battling high above. In between the fireworks morphing into shapes, we see live footage of both men wrestling in the ring.

    Narrator:
    Drive becomes lust and lust turns into obsession. The wounds of the past remain open, forever lingering

    Remains from the previous fireworks faded into the night as more are fired into the sky; revealing Hollywood Hogan and Lex Luger.

    Narrator:
    It is those with power that never wish to give it up. Holding back anybody who would challenge them in favour of standing alone at the top of the mountain. That only lasts so long before somebody pulls them down.


    Four separate fireworks are fired into the sky; Kanyon, Raven, Kenny Kaos and Rick Steiner all appear high above. The sounds of people cheering are heard, actual footage of them wrestling is shown – highlighting the dysfunction between the reigning WCW World Tag Team Champions.

    Narrator:
    Past failures can be left behind in the year now gone. Where once you tripped, it is time to rise and claim what is rightfully yours. The new year is a time for coming together, bonding with those you wouldn’t have given a chance before, to form a strong partnership.

    The fireworks display turns to smoke, blowing across the screen and forming the shapes of Bret Hart’s and Booker T’s heads. Cut between the animated sky portion is actual wrestling footage, specifically Bret’s ability to run away from a fight.

    Narrator:
    It’s a time when your hunger for success can be reassessed. Be grateful for what you have. Yet some never are, and it drives them to the edge.

    Drifting down to the water, the smoke disappears as another round of fireworks are shot into the sky. This time, Billy Kidman and Dean Malenko appear, the sparks flying and causing the two to burst as they throw a punch. Footage of their sit-down interview is cut in between, along with Malenko’s attack on Kidman.

    Narrator:
    The new year allows you to strive to be the best you can be. You will set goals for yourself as others will do the same, many will chase the same thing but only one can be called – CHAMPION!

    Speaking of the champion, the video slows down for the final two matches and transitions away from the skyline shot we have had the entire time.

    Narrator:
    It’s not about how you finished last year.

    Kevin Nash appears at the end of a hallway and walks side by side with Randy Savage.

    Narrator:
    It’s about how you start this year.

    On the opposite end of the hallway, Goldberg stands alone. Deep in the background we see Diamond Dallas Page glaring at him but also looking at the nWo members.

    Narrator:
    Make your new years resolutions but remember one thing.

    Cut between Nash laughing, Savage smirking, Goldberg looking focused and DDP standing in the distance.

    Narrator:
    Wounds of the past don’t heal at the tick of the clock.

    Our final shot sees DDP step up beside Goldberg, the two men exchange a look, and then the video cuts out.

    AND NOW – WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP WRESTLING PROUDLY PRESENTS...

    SOULED OUT!



    **PYRO**

    The trio of Tony Schiavone, Mike Tenay and Bobby Heenan welcome us to the very first World Championship Wrestling pay-per-view event of 1999. The building is rocking with thousands of fans cramming into the Civic Center in Charleston, West Virginia. For the fans in the arena, and those watching at home, graphics appear on the screen promoting the upcoming matches for later tonight. Schiavone talks about the news that broke earlier today; Goldberg vs. Randy Savage inside a steel cage will main event Souled Out over the WCW World Heavyweight Championship match between Kevin Nash and Diamond Dallas Page.

    Shocking news for sure, Heenan says that is likely to get under the skin of Kevin Nash. Perhaps it’s a ploy by Arn Anderson and the Board of Directors to rattle the cage of the nWo? The trio discuss the three title matches in depth, and Tenay brings up the decision for WCW United States Heavyweight Champion, Scott Hall, to be given the night off. Finally, the trio touches upon the much-anticipated clash between Hollywood Hogan and a returning to the ring, Lex Luger. Schiavone and Tenay back Luger to get the job done, while Heenan begrudgingly says that he cannot look past the ring rust on Luger and selects Hogan as his pick (it’s like hot iron being pressed against his skin as he makes said pick).


    **ONE CRAZED ANARCHIST **

    The opening contest of Souled Out is sure to be a wild brawl as we kick things off with one of the most heated rivalries in WCW. Stepping out onto the stage, without his friend and personal security guard Ralphus, CHRIS JERICHO is swarmed by a rush of support from this live crowd. Wearing a new shirt which reads “Giant Slayer” on it, and several fans around the arena have purchased this new item, Jericho shows a great deal of glee as he approaches some of them in the front row and yells to the camera that he’ll do again what he did at Starrcade.

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    **ROCKHOUSE**


    Mistakes of the past will either help you learn or doom you in the future. It appears that THE GIANT is thinking of the former as he enters the ring, but unlike at Starrcade where he was alone, tonight he is accompanied by a member of the nWo; SCOTT HALL! The Giant leads the duo, a menacing look on his face, his stare moving around the arena and coming to a stop when he locks eyes with Jericho. Schiavone discusses The Giant screwing Chris Jericho out of the WCW World Television Title two weeks ago and how that could motivate Jericho to be aggressive. Tenay says that the injury to Ralphus is more likely to be a motivator than the title loss, especially for this new Chris Jericho we have seen over recent months. His own selfish interests have fallen to the wayside and he has received much greater fan support for his actions, winning without cheating and his bravery to challenge the nWo. Heenan reputes this, saying that is exactly why Jericho isn’t a champion anymore because he cares too much about what the people think.

    Inside the ring, The Giant and Chris Jericho meet in the middle – both men talking some trash. The Giant is not impressed by the new shirt… which he rips right off the chest of Chris Jericho before throwing it to the ground on the outside. Without a second to spare, the referee calls for the bell and this match is underway. Scott Hall noticeably active around ringside.

    Grudge Match:
    Chris Jericho vs. The Giant

    It’s a stark contrast from their previous match at Starrcade. This time it’s The Giant who comes charging into the fight, his arms swinging wildly at the Canadian. Jericho is forced back into the corner, he tries to claim refuge between the ropes however that’s not to be. Using both hands to grip Jericho by the hair, The Giant yanks his opponent free from the corner and throws him across the ring. A loud thud is heard throughout the arena when Jericho lands, he stumbles to his feet and is clobbered by a chop to the back. Wincing in pain, Jericho staggers towards the ropes, leaning against them and The Giant grabs a handful of hair before headbutting Jericho down to the canvas.

    Keeping his hands in the thick blond locks of Jericho, we watch as The Giant whips him into the ropes and tries a big boot to the face. The move fails as Jericho slips underneath with a baseball slide to the outside of the ring, waving to The Giant to come and get him. With a twinkle in his eye, Jericho blows The Giant a kiss, and that draws the big man to the outside. Around and around they go, Jericho slips back inside the ring – The Giant follows but gets hit with a pair of boots to the face. Jericho connecting with a hard dropkick! Just like at Starrcade, Jericho knows it’s his feet rather than his hands which inflict the most damage on The Giant.

    Striking with his legs, firing off stiff kicks to the back, Jericho works over The Giant. The attacks are working, The Giant showing signs of discomfort on his face but the big man is getting to his feet, pushing up from one knee and chopping at Jericho as he stands. Once again, Chris backs up holding his chest, sensing that he has to battle through, Jericho tucks his head and charges back, looking for an enzuguri.

    The Giant blocks it, swatting the attempted move away like an annoying fly. Quickly, Jericho rolls to the side and charges back, throwing a running knee but again The Giant blocks it and clotheslines Jericho to the floor. Standing over his opponent, a hand around Chris’ throat, The Giant shouts so that everyone can hear as he lifts Jericho off the ground, “Those kicks aren’t going to work this time, Chris!” With ease, The Giant throws Jericho into the corner and drives a knee into his stomach – repeatedly. Five times over, that large knee is driving into the mid-section of Chris Jericho, he struggles to breath and stumbles out of the corner looking for a chance to recover.

    He finds no such sanctuary as The Giant connects with a Sidewalk Slam, leaning back for the cover. ONE! TWO! SHOULDER UP! Where once The Giant would have argued with the referee, he now turns his focus onto his opponent, choking Jericho with his oversized hands that wrap around his opponent’s jugular completely. At a count of four the choke is broken; The Giant stands and roars loudly and gets a round of applause from fellow nWo member, Scott Hall at ringside.

    After dragging Chris Jericho into the corner, The Giant slaps at his chest and tells Jericho that a miracle isn’t happening a second time. He goes to headbutt the Canadian but Jericho ducks out of the way and causes The Giant to slam his own head into the turnbuckle! The crowd pops as Jericho shoves The Giant into the corner, climbing the turnbuckle and hammers away with punches and forearms to the head. He is going for the nose, trying to rebreak it just like he did at Starrcade. This is what worked before and Chris is going right back to it. It’s a way he knows can defeat The Giant.

    Stepping down the corner, The Giant stunned, Jericho sprints into an opposing corner and then charges back – flying forearm to the face! Still on his feet, a rush of adrenaline, Jericho returns to the corner, takes aim, and rushes forward with a double knee strike! It connects, Jericho is unloading kicks to The Giant, this is a huge chance, and the crowd knows it. Jericho ducks a punch, he executes a dropkick which causes The Giant to stumble out of the corner, he rubs his head in a dazed state from the attack. Jericho slips to the outside of the ring, his feet on the apron and he springboards into the ring – FLYING KNEE! No! The Giant catches Jericho, throws him out of the ring – Jericho goes SPLAT!

    On commentary, the announcers state that The Giant has obviously worked on the holes in his game coming into this match. In the previous encounter that would’ve worked; The Giant had no answer for the kicks and knees of Chris Jericho. This time it’s a different story. Stepping over the top rope, The Giant grabs Jericho and tosses him into the side of the ring once. They return to the ring, The Giant steps back and rebounds off the ropes with an elbow drop – all his weight landing on Jericho and a cover is made. ONE! TWO! SHOULDER UP! For a moment, The Giant wants to complain but he thinks better of the situation, that’s a mistake he made last time, and now he focusses on what he can control.

    The Giant whips Jericho into the ropes, he goes for a big boot which connects and then leaps into the air for a splash – Jericho rolls out of the way. Up on his feet, Jericho wipes his face clean of his hair, and charges towards the ropes – sharp kick on the rebound – The Giant catches it in motion and stands up. Jericho is off balance; The Giant controlling his left leg and suddenly jerks him forward and nails a Tilt-a-Whirl Slam! No cover is made as The Giant takes the time to soak in the heat from the crowd, his arms spread wide in the middle of the ring as he points down to the fallen body of Chris Jericho. This is how it should’ve been all along and now, The Giant feeling himself, picks Jericho onto his shoulders and parades around the ring.

    Finally, The Giant drops Jericho onto a turnbuckle and hits Snake Eyes! Stunning Jericho, the big man runs off the ropes, coming back at full speed and smashes into Chris. No move, it’s literally just The Giant running into him and this alone knocks Jericho to the outside of the ring, his head spinning, the fans shook and thoughts of serious doubt now creeping into the mind of Chris Jericho. While he is down on the floor outside the ring, Jericho crawls towards the barricade, his back against the cold cover and fans above him yelling advice on how to defeat the big man. Jericho ponders the question; was it a fluke?

    Time for doubt is over as The Giant follows up, lurching after Chris and smashing him with a forearm to the back. Jericho is sent flying into the barricade with a hard Irish-whip, The Giant charges forward but Jericho dives out of the way. Then, The Giant hits the barricade, not overly hard except for one key point – his right knee. Jericho’s eyes widen, he rushes forward, his body in rough shape after being beaten on for most of the match. The Giant changed his game plan, he had evolved while Jericho came into the match with the same plan as the one he came into the Starrcade encounter with.

    Jericho runs, jumping off the steel steps as a launching pad and he fakes going high, when in reality he aims low with his feet striking the right leg of The Giant. Fans cheer him on, Jericho striking the leg, a new focus, his strategy finally changed. They get back into the ring, Chris continuing to attack the right leg, using his speed advantage to move around the ring and get a few shots here and there. The Giant will not fall though, he is feeling the leg badly, shaking it as best he can, but Jericho is going after it like a shark who smells blood in the water.

    On the outside, Scott Hall begins to pound the mat as he yells instructions for The Giant. The crowd likely drowning those calls out, Jericho ducks a shot and runs off the ropes – he rebounds with a dropkick to the knee! The Giant stumbles back into the ropes, Jericho fakes him out – running directly at him but switching at the last second to slide out of the ring, grab hold of the leg and pull The Giant off his unbalanced feet. Up and down, Chris slams The Giant’s leg into the hard edge of the ring apron and does so until the referee warns of a disqualification.

    Oh how things have turned, Jericho climbing onto the apron and executing a leg drop against The Giant’s own leg. The latter scurries into the middle of the ring, clutching at his leg and pounding the mat in frustration as Jericho prepares to springboard back into the fray. The Giant is screaming out, the referee turns to help him – and Scott Hall grabs Chris Jericho! Yanking him down to the floor, Hall whips Chris into the steel post and hammers away with a few punches to the head. It’s a damn mugging as Hall returns Jericho to the ring, the referee unaware, and The Giant, now on his bad right leg, makes a cover. ONE! TWO! SHOULDER UP!

    Refusing to quit, Jericho crawls towards the ropes, fans around the building thinking that the involvement of Scott Hall may have been the end of Chris. The Giant thought so too, his attention turned to the referee and he berates the official about the count. Back to old tricks, even now The Giant falls into the same trap and his attention is taken away from Jericho, who he had nearly beat. Finally, The Giant follows up, picking up Jericho and lifting him high with a military press. Jericho begins to wriggle free – he escapes and hits a chop block on the bad leg.

    The Giant goes down, Jericho runs off the ropes – LIONSAULT! A huge pop from the crowd, one isn’t enough and Jericho knows it – LIONSAULT! Two in a row but they weren’t on the body, they were targeting the knee. Jericho grabs the legs, he twists and turns The Giant – WALLS OF JERICHO! That’s what Jericho is looking for, his submission move that has won him countless titles all over the world and now, in this rematch, Jericho looks to deliver the ultimate blow to the nWo by making their giant tap out. Scott Hall is going wild, demanding that The Giant fight back and not give in. In an amazing show of strength, The Giant powers out, causing Jericho to stumble through the ropes of the ring but he grabs hold and manages to save himself on the apron.

    The Giant doesn’t know – Hall tries to warn him – but Jericho comes flying back into the ring with a one-handed bulldog! Jericho makes the cover; no legs are hooked. ONE! TWO! KICK OUT! If the match at Starrcade was unlikely for Jericho to win than this has been deemed impossible at various points. The Giant had the new game plan but he fell into old traps, Jericho had to evolve during the contest and now, with a target of the right leg, is on the hunt for the biggest win of his career. Hammering away with punches to the right leg, Jericho is unloading, he grabs the leg and rolls in the opposite direction as to where he was holding it, ripping the joint and muscles.

    With the leg worked over, Jericho grabs The Giant’s legs again, he twists - both men fighting for position as Jericho tries to apply the Walls of Jericho. The entire building is standing now, Jericho is being willed to lock in this hold. Hall is right there, looking into the eyes of his teammate, ordering him to stop this. Jericho has him halfway, the energy sapping from his own body, his arms burning, everything is running on empty. Jericho facing a situation where his moveset is limited due to the size of his opponent. He nearly has him, Jericho straining, trying to get the hold on… suddenly The Giant forces his way back onto his back – he reaches up and grabs Jericho by the throat.

    Squeezing as he stands, The Giant looks directly into the eyes of Jericho, he shoves him back into the ropes and nails him Scoop Slam! The Giant pauses, drops the elbow and then forces himself to stand, shaking the bad leg and roaring loudly as he raises his hand in the air. Once more, The Giant grabs Jericho by the throat – he tries to lift him but the leg is causing an issue. The Giant would usually have no problem lifting Jericho from the canvas all the way to a vertical base, now he can’t and Jericho cracks him with a kick to the face! Shin to jaw – Jericho runs towards the ropes, a neckbreaker takes The Giant off his feet and Jericho covers. ONE! TWO! SHOULDER UP!

    Backing into the corner, his hair pushed back and the crowd on his side, Jericho thinks his next move over. He simply cannot apply the Walls of Jericho. With only a limited supply of energy left, his brow dripping with sweet, Jericho marches forward with a combination of forearms and chops. The Giant fires back, chopping Jericho in the chest with sickening authority. Shaking it off, Jericho fires back – he is standing directly in front of The Giant. Another chop, The Giant fires a third and this one stumbles Jericho a few more steps back. Still, Chris marches forward and goes high with strikes even though that hasn’t worked all night long.

    The Giant strikes again, this time he whips Jericho into the corner and tries to run but the leg won’t allow it. In relation, Jericho charges forward and The Giant thrusts a back kick at him… and Jericho gets what he was waiting for! That kick, Jericho catches it and drives his elbow into the muscle – that drops The Giant since he is off balance and Jericho grabs both legs for the Walls of Jericho. On the outside, Hall is confident that this isn’t a problem as we know for sure Jericho cannot apply the Walls of Jericho onto The Giant.

    Hall tells The Giant to remain calm, it’ll be fine. The crowd are cheering loudly, the chant of ‘Jericho’ echoing throughout the arena as Jericho struggles against the much larger man. Then, swiftly as it sounds, Chris releases the left leg and uses all his strength to target the right. He flips The Giant over and into a SINGLE LEG BOSTON CRAB! Now, Hall is shocked – his eyes popping out of his head as he pushes the bottom rope as far into the ring as he possible can.

    The Giant is fading, the pain far too much for even a man of his size to take. Jericho figured it out, this match has been all about how Jericho solved the puzzle while surviving and The Giant reverted back to his old ways once his new plan didn’t deliver immediate results. Chris is pulling with all his might, his teeth grinding together as the fans beg for The Giant to tap. Two times in two months, The Giant is on the verge of falling to Chris Jericho again. Crawling towards the ropes, The Giant is inching closer, his large body helping him get their but it’s also a drawback as he is so large, the match has taxed his body greatly.

    Jericho will not stop, his eyes closed as he leans back further on the single leg. A brilliant piece of strategy since both legs made the move impossible. With nowhere to go, the building begging for it, Hall unable to do a damn thing on the outside – Jericho does for the second time what nobody thought he could do once. The Giant taps to out, the match is over – Jericho has slayed The Giant for the second time in two months!

    Spoiler:

    Winner: Chris Jericho @ 15:03


    He did it again. The miracle kid has pulled off another stunning victory over a man that people were certain would destroy him inside the ring. With his emotions running high, and those of the fans, Jericho still knows better than to stick around as Scott Hall rushes into the ring in a fury. The look on Hall’s face tells the story, he curses up and down the ring, pointing to Jericho and saying that this isn’t over.

    Bobby Heenan is speechless on commentary, he stutters and says he never thought he’d see The Giant submit like that… and especially not to Chris Jericho. Tenay and Schiavone agree that this has to be the biggest win of Jericho’s career. He just submitted a former World Champion, a key member of the nWo, in the middle of the ring on pay-per-view. If anyone was uncertain about Jericho’s rise to one of the biggest fan favourites in WCW than those questions have been answered tonight.

    Standing at the top of the entrance ramp, Jericho admires his handy work as replays are shown. He raises a fist in the air and smiles, that cheeky grin he so famously displays, and heads to the back.

    Inside the ring, The Giant staggers to his feet and leans against the ropes for support. He shakes his head in disappointment, Scott Hall barely able to look at him after this result. Our trio on commentary wonder what this means for the future as Hall exits the ring, brushing past The Giant and refusing to help him up the ramp.



    Backstage, Gene Okerlund is joined by a very arrogant EDDIE GUERRERO along with his nephew, Chavo. Later tonight Eddie will face off against long-time rival, Rey Mysterio Jr. in what is sure to be an instant classic.


    Guerrero can barely contain his excitement, bobbing his head and grasping his hands together with glee. Wasting no time, Eddie jumps right into the importance of his match later tonight – Hair vs. Mask. Latino Heat claims to have suggested putting his hair on the line first, we know that to be false, Okerlund refutes the claim but Chavo shouts the interviewer down. Eddie says that it’s the chance he has been waiting for long before Rey and Eddie even came to World Championship Wrestling. This is an issue that dates back years, to the root of the culture and tonight, Eddie Guerrero will be the hero that the culture deserves.

    Both Guerrero men are visibly more enthusiastic than usual and it becomes clear why – MIL MASCARAS steps into the frame. Okerlund pays his respect to the wrestling legend, and Eddie states that Mascaras is here to support him. That’s what the American wrestling fans don’t understand, they don’t comprehend the rich luchador culture that Eddie grew up in, that Mysterio Jr. has tainted with his escapades in the mask. However, Mil Mascaras does understand. He is the symbol of greatest and tonight, he’ll be supporting Eddie Guerrero!

    Mascaras speaks in Spanish after Okerlund asks him to confirm if it is true that he’ll be in the corner of Eddie Guerrero. Once he finishes his answer, Eddie translates and tells us that Mascaras said that Rey is a disgrace and if he had any decency he’d remove the mask himself, apologize to all those luchadores he has harmed and lay at the feet of Latino Heat. Okerlund looks suspicious, asking another question to Mascaras about why he’d support a man like Eddie Guerrero who so openly bends the rules.

    Mascaras answers in Spanish again, Eddie translates and says that Mascaras believes that Eddie is the future. An icon of wrestling that could one day be even bigger than Mil Mascaras himself! Guerrero is overly pleased with himself until Mascaras motions for the microphone one more time. This time he addresses the world in English and says that he isn’t supporting Guerrero and he doesn’t appreciate Eddie twisting his words. Tonight, he is here to act as the SPECIAL ENFORCER! He’ll be at ringside to stop any Guerrero tricks and to make sure that Eddie keeps his end of the deal WHEN he is beaten by Mysterio Jr. From his back pocket, Mil Mascaras pulls out an electric razor and turns it on – buzz!

    Eddie stutters, his eyes full of fear – he strokes his mullet and curses before walking away from the seen. Mil Mascaras chuckles, turning the razor off and patting Okerlund on the shoulder.



    **DOG POUND**

    KENNY KAOS and RICK STEINER emerge from the entrance chute, both men ready to compete and they receive a warm welcome from the live audience. As they head to the ring we hear a discussion from our commentary trio; Schiavone talks about how the former champions have been training hard since losing the titles, they’ve refocused and are stronger than ever. Tenay believes that the chaos that follows Kanyon and Raven has to give in at some point, even last Nitro it appeared that Kanyon’s antics couldn’t help Raven through his mental state. The challengers take their place inside the ring, pumping each other up and telling the crowd to make some noise.

    **WHO BETTER THAN KANYON?**

    Ever the man of confidence, KANYON steps out onto the stage with both WCW World Tag Team Championships. One around his waist and the other over his shoulder, and the crowd let him know of their displeasure in seeing such a sight. A few moments later, RAVEN walks out – his head lowered and mind clearly not here. Kanyon just shakes his head, strutting down to the ring while talking some smack to the camera about how he is the best tag team champion of all time. On commentary, Heenan puts Kanyon over as the driving force of this team, but Schiavone points out that Kaos pinned Kanyon last week on Nitro and at Starrcade the match was lost until Raven entered the fray.

    WCW World Tag Team Championships:
    Kanyon & Raven vs. Kenny Kaos & Rick Steiner

    Starting the match is none other than Kenny Kaos, he squares off against Kanyon and the two men meet in the middle of the ring, each surveying the other. Kanyon motions that he is the champion, this match has already happened and the result will be the same. A slap to the face by Kanyon stuns Kaos, he rubs his jaw and fires a hard forearm in return. Kaos fires a combination of punches, backing Kanyon up into the ropes and whips him across the ring, sending him flying high upon the return. Rushing towards the ropes himself, Kaos rebounds and jumps into the air for a splash, hooking the legs for a cover. ONE! TWO! SHOULDER UP!

    The challenger follows up by pounding away with punches as Kanyon stumbles to his feet and backs himself into a corner. With a head of steam, Kaos charges from one corner to the other but Kanyon gets his boot up and slams it into Kaos’ face. A sharp superkick is delivered by Kanyon, he follows up with a swinging neckbreaker and makes a cover. ONE! TWO! KICK OUT! Shaking off the earlier assault, Kanyon picks Kaos up and plants him down to the floor with a DDT. Rolling to the side, Kanyon taunts the crowd about his performance so fair and stomps on Kaos’ hand.

    Kaos is sent into the corner of the champions, Kanyon drives a shoulder into the corner with a spear into the turnbuckle. After delivering a few punches, working Kaos over some more, Kanyon makes the tag to Raven. The wild card enters the match, he kicks Kaos in the stomach and slams him down by yanking his head backwards. No cover is made. Raven stands back a few feet, watching as Kaos stirs and begins to crawl towards his corner. With no movement from Raven or any sign of action at all, Kaos makes it to Rick Steiner and gets the tag. The fresh man comes into the fray, charging at Raven who ducks a clothesline and goes for the Spike DDT! Steiner counters, lifting Raven up and throwing him over his shoulder to the mat below.

    Steiner turns quickly as Raven pops back up – German suplex by Steiner connects! He sprawls over Raven, getting underhooks as they stand before throwing him through the air with an overhead suplex. The mat skills of Steiner are on show as he mounts Raven, applying a headlock on the champion and takes a moment to rest. Working the headlock with a vice like grip, Rick begins to force Raven up to his feet – he whips Raven into the ropes and knocks him down with a shoulder block on the rebound. Steiner bounces off the ropes, stepping over Raven – the champion gets up, he ducks a clothesline from Steiner and boots him in the stomach.

    Raven drives his knee into the head of Steiner once and goes for it again but the challenger catches it, switches behind Raven into a full nelson and nails a Dragon suplex. The referee slides into position as Steiner goes for the cover. ONE! TWO! SHOULDER UP! The challengers now start communicating, Rick pulls Raven over to the corner and tags in Kaos. They both take turns stomping on Raven in the corner, tagging in and out three times before Rick is the legal man again. A few more words are exchanged, Rick slams Raven down to the mat and he climbs onto the second rope. Steiner jumps for leg drop but Raven rolls out of the way, he is far from his corner, he looks up and sees Kanyon ready for the tag. The challengers need to keep Raven in the ring, Rick pulling himself up off the mat and he grabs Raven, pulling the champion back into the corner.

    A hip-toss from Steiner works, he runs back off the ropes and goes for a knee lift but Raven catches it, he rolls forward into a jackknife pin combination. ONE! TWO! KICK OUT! Steiner nearly got caught, he scrambles to his feet and gets a thumb to the eye by Raven! With a blinded opponent, Raven clobbers him in the back of the head with a lariat before sending Steiner into the corner where Kanyon is waiting. The champions make the tag, Kanyon basically shoving Raven out of the way and he begins to work over Rick. It doesn’t last long as Rick powers through, shoving Kanyon away and gets the tag to Kaos who rushes in without thinking, right into Kanyon’s Argentina neckbreaker! He targets the neck, driving the point of his elbow into it and applying a side headlock.

    Kanyon immediately starts talking trash to Rick Steiner on the apron. He asks if Rick likes the look of this, Kanyon squeezing his arms around the neck of Kaos. A struggle ensues, Kaos fighting back to his feet as the crowd begins to rally with him. A punch to the ribs by Kaos creates space, he spins free and throws Kanyon to the canvas with a belly to belly suplex. Up pops Kaos, stomping his feet while rubbing his neck. Steiner calls for the tag but Kaos shakes it off, he wants to get some payback on Kanyon. Kaos whips the champion into the ropes, catches him with a scoop slam on the rebound and goes for the cover. ONE! TWO! RAVEN! Into the ring storms Raven, the referee ordering him out, but not before Raven hits a snap neckbreaker on Kaos, rolling to the outside and returning to his station.

    The pain is sharp as Kaos kicks him feet while holding his neck. He should’ve made the tag but now he is in a world of pain. Steiner is shouting from the apron, trying to get Kaos to roll towards him. Kanyon is the first to get to a vertical base, he grabs Kaos and slams a few forearms into the neck before dropping him hard with a piledriver! Flipping him over and hooking the leg, a cover is made by Kanyon. ONE! TWO! STEINER BREAKS IT! This time it’s Rick Steiner who breaks the count, pulling Kanyon off his partner. He doesn’t get the chance to do any real damage as the referee, now on high alert, is right there to get between the competitors and orders Rick back to the apron. While distracted, Raven and Kanyon double team Kaos with a high low move – Raven with a lariat and Kanyon sweeping with the legs with a kick of his own. All the referee sees upon turning around is Kanyon in a cover on Kaos. ONE! TWO! KICK OUT!

    Kanyon pulls Kaos to his knees, he slaps him in the face again, yelling that this match is over and he cracks a superkick off the jaw of the challenger. Parading around the ring, like he has all the time in the world, Kanyon taunts the crowd and the challengers. On the apron, Raven leans against the ropes not looking at the antics of his partner. Rick Steiner is pleading with Kaos to make the tag, stomping his feet and the crowd clap to the same beat. Kanyon shakes his head as Kaos pushes himself off the mat, the champion rushing off the ropes and drives his knee into the neck (think V-Trigger). Once again, Kanyon rolls Kaos over and looks directly at Rick as the pin is made. ONE! TWO! KICK OUT!

    This match is not over as Kaos refuses to call it quits. Turning to the referee, Kanyon slaps his hand three times and says that the count needs to be faster. Slamming Kaos down to the canvas, Kanyon then ascends the top rope and leaps for a moonsault… KAOS GETS HIS KNEES UP! The crowd cheers as Kanyon holds his mid-section in agony, cursing himself for going high risk when he should’ve kept targeting the neck. He rolls towards the corner, still out of reach, as Kaos does the same but is much slower. Kanyon gets to his corner, tags in Raven and the champion makes his way across the ring – knocking Rick Steiner of the apron! The crowd boos, Raven turning back to the challenger and he eats a dropkick!

    Somehow Kenny Kaos is still fighting after being beaten by the champions for an extended period. He wipes his forehead and pulls down the straps of his attire, the crowd cheering him on as he whips Raven into the ropes and nails a back body drop! Raven pops back up, Kaos lifts him up with a fireman’s carry and slams him down to the canvas. Hook of the leg by Kaos! ONE! TWO! KANYON BREAKS IT UP! Again, Kanyon is there to stop the count, he unloads on Kaos, the challenger fighting back and he drives the champion into a corner. They slug it out, Kanyon going for the neck but Kaos is matching every shot, he is getting the better until Raven attacks from behind – it’s two on one!

    The champions are working together with the titles on the line. Kanyon shouts down the referee as he orders Raven into position. They whip Kaos into the ropes, both looking for a clothesline… RICK STEINER RETURNS and tackles Kanyon down to the ground. Raven gets distracted and is hit with a GUTWRENCH POWERBOMB! It’s mayhem inside the ring, the challengers have taken control, Kaos running on empty as Rick goes to the apron – tag is made! Rick Steiner is legal, he enters the ring again, patting his partner on the back for a good job. They pick up Kanyon, and toss him to the outside of the ring. Kaos exits to the apron leaving Rick to deal with Raven – the two legal men in this situation. Steiner pulls down the straps on his attire, he motions for Raven to bring it as he grabs the double underhooks and hits a POWERBOMB!

    ONE! TWO! KICK OUT! No time is wasted, Rick stands up and points to the Kaos. The latter nods his head. Raven has no clue what is coming, his head still spinning from the two powerbombs in close proximity. Kanyon is nowhere to be seen, the crowd is cheering loudly as it appears that the challengers are calling for the end. Rick grabs Raven, the champion goes to rake the eyes but Rick headbutts him hard. Raven is stunned, Steiner whips him into the corner, he nails him with a splash on Raven, turning away for a moment, as the referee claps his hands together, before coming right back with a hard lariat to the trapped competitor.

    Steiner picks Raven up and onto his shoulders in the electric chair position. In the top right-hand corner, Kanyon sinks below the apron of the ring out of sight. The crowd watches on as Kaos steadies himself on the outside ring apron, the challengers are in position and Kaos leaps with a clothesline – modified DOOMSDAY DEVICE! Raven is out, Steiner hooks the leg but the referee will not count. Rick is shouting, Kaos is confused – he is pulled to the outside by Kanyon who shoves him into the ring post! Rick doesn’t notice, still wondering what the hell the referee is doing by not counting the pinfall. The noise of the crowd, it’s so hard to hear but Rick finally figures it out – “Raven isn’t legal!” But it’s too late, Kanyon slides into the ring, he has taken out Kaos, and now gets Rick from behind, spins him around – FLATLINER! It’s academic at this point, Kanyon counting along with the referee as the count is made. ONE! TWO! THREE!


    Spoiler:

    Winners: And STILL WCW World Tag Team Champions – Kanyon & Raven @ 13:41


    A chaotic finish to the rematch between these two top teams in World Championship Wrestling. It was a tough match but once again, the result remains the same, with Kanyon and Raven retaining their titles against Rick Steiner and Kenny Kaos. Kanyon is presented with both belts, he thinks about giving one to Raven, who is still selling the effects of the Doomsday Device, but in the end claims both from himself. Heenan talks about how this odd couple continues to get the job done in the ring, putting Kanyon over as a great leader and someone who can control the lunatic that is Raven. Tenay and Schiavone disagree, saying most of the success lies with Raven’s willingness to put his body on the line – and they touch upon the finishing sequence where Kanyon allowed Raven to take the Doomsday Device, only acting once the move was hit.

    Inside the ring, the challengers remain as the champions exit. Kanyon carrying both belts while Raven struggles to compose himself, barely walking with the aid of the barricade. Kaos and Steiner look very disappointed, the latter apologizing for not seeing the tag be made. Replays are shown of Kanyon sneakily making the tag after Steiner hit the splash in the corner, he then hides below the apron and waits for his chance to strike without being seen.

    As the announcers wrap things up for this match, the challengers set to leave the ring – THE BLUE BLOODS ATTACK! Blindsiding both men, ‘Lord’ Dave Taylor and ‘Earl’ Bobby Eaton are unloading on Kaos and Steiner. Schiavone is furious, shouting on commentary that these men have just been through a match, they aren’t ready for a fight like this and the Blue Bloods are out for blood. Taylor stomps on Kaos in the corner while Eaton throws Steiner to the outside of the ring and begins to slamming him into the steel steps.

    The crowd is booing loudly as the Blue Bloods, who have sought to enter the title picture since returning to WCW, have now set their sights on the former champions. Taylor whips Kaos into the ropes and slams his knee into his face, a nod to a former member of the group, as ‘Lord’ Taylor sticks up his nose in disgust at the people in Virginia.

    Eaton continues to work over Steiner, he slams him down to the ground before choking him with his bare hands. Eaton then climbs the ring apron, he looks down at Rick and delivers a diving leg drop – TOWER OF LONDON! His finisher, still as dangerous as ever and Taylor executes his own move, the FALLAWAY SLAM on Kaos. The announcers are disgusted, all except Heenan of course, at this vile assault by the two veterans. The Blue Bloods begin to head up the ramp, the camera catching a close up of them and the operator gets shoved for his troubles. Images are captured of Rick Steiner flat on his back, out cold on the outside of the ring, while Kenny Kaos is also down inside the ring – both men destroyed at the hands of this vicious team.



    Cut to the parking lot, “EARLIER TODAY” appears on the screen and we see the arrival of two men who will face off later this evening – WCW Cruiserweight Champion, Billy Kidman and the Ice Man, Dean Malenko. The screen is split in half, showing that they arrived separately, the announcers discuss the upcoming encounter. Schiavone talks about the menacing look that appears on Malenko’s face, he is as technical as they come and can use submission holds unlike anyone else in professional wrestling.

    Heenan brings up the face to face confrontation from Nitro this past week. The world has been talking about the tension in the room with Malenko refusing to look at Kidman until the very end of the interview. Tenay says that it’s pure mind games on Dean’s part, he wants Kidman to rush into this fight without thinking about the consequences of putting himself in a risky situation with the likes of Malenko. They put over Kidman’s heart, his willingness to go for the high risk move and his promise to never run from a challenge.

    Schiavone wraps it up by saying that these two men have had a long history. They’ve been fighting over this title since November. At Starrcade, Kidman got the best of the situation because it was in an environment that suited him. Now, on this night, they will compete in a pure wrestling match – no doubt that favours Dean Malenko. It is the two best cruiserweights on the planet meeting at Souled Out for the most important title in that weight class – that match is coming up shortly but before that, we have a Hair vs. Mask bout to sort out.



    **LA RAZA**

    The appearance of EDDIE GUERRERO draws a comment from Mike Tenay, “take a good hard look at that mullet because it could be the final time we see it.” Everyone in the arena knows it and nobody is more aware of what is at stake than Latino Heat himself. Having grown up inside a wrestling ring, it’s rare to see Eddie look uncomfortable near one, but tonight is one of those rare instances. Guerrero is worried, his walk is slow, the cocky arrogance removed as he enters the ring. CHAVO GUERRERO JR standing on the outside, trying to pump his uncle up however it’s not working.

    **MYSTERIO JR JAM**

    To a huge pop from the crowd, REY MYSTERIO JR comes rushing onto the stage. The excitement for him is at an all-time high. Having thought he was rid of Guerrero after Starrcade, the assaults continued and now, finally Rey has a chance to remove Guerrero from his life. But at what cost? If Rey is beaten than he will lose his mask. The war between these two men will end tonight – regardless of who wins. Schiavone states as much on commentary, this will be the final encounter between Rey Mysterio Jr. and Eddie Guerrero for the foreseeable future. Before entering the ring, Mysterio stops at the end of the ramp and points back towards the entrance chute.

    **SKY HIGH**

    The fans around the arena stand up for the legend – MIL MASCARAS! He will act as the Special Enforcer for this contest and will personally see to the wager being kept by the loser of this contest. Either Eddie Guerrero will be forced to shave his head inside the ring or Rey Mysterio Jr. will be forced to remove his mask. Mysterio Jr. enters the ring and climbs the top turnbuckle as Mascaras takes his place around ringside, Chavo Guerrero Jr. scurrying away from the legend, while the announcers talk about his long history in wrestling.

    While Mysterio is posing on the turnbuckle, Eddie charges at him and blindsides Rey from behind. Pulling Rey off the turnbuckle, Eddie catches him and nails a Dragon suplex! The bell hasn’t even rung, the referee orders Eddie back into his corner and he does so smirking. A sneak attack – classic Guerrero! Mascaras shakes his head in disgust on the outside, climbing onto the apron and sticking a finger in Eddie’s face. Guerrero knocks it away, telling the legend to stay the hell away from him. While Rey fights to his feet, the referee calls for the bell and this match is underway.

    Luchas de Apuestas | Hair vs. Mask:
    Eddie Guerrero (w/Chavo Guerrero Jr.) vs. Rey Mysterio Jr.
    *Mil Mascaras will act as Special Enforcer;
    Eddie will be forced to shave his head if he loses;
    Rey will be forced to remove his mask if he loses*


    Striking while the iron is hot, Guerrero hammers away on Mysterio with vicious punches to the back of his head, driving Rey into the corner. Eddie straightens Rey up, pushing him against the turnbuckle and chops at his chest. It’s like a knife, drawing a red mark instantly before Eddie chops again, the crowd silent as they wait for the skin to skin contact. Rey tries to cover himself up but Eddie is relentless, chopping multiple times before slamming his knee into the mid-section of his opponent. The crowd stirs, booing as Eddie grabs Rey underneath the chin, driving his forearm into the neck and begins to shout in his face that he will not lose.

    Guerrero whips Mysterio across the ring, the latter smacking the turnbuckle with great speed, before Guerrero follows up with a running dropkick. Rey falls forward, Eddie scoots into the cover. ONE! KICK OUT! Staying on the attack, Guerrero applies a chicken wing to the arm of Mysterio, slipping behind him and crouching for leverage. Now, Eddie twists the arm and works Rey into a vertical position, switching his position swiftly and dropping Rey with a back suplex. Eddie picks Rey back up, knowing that he needs to do more, and whips him into the ropes – Eddie goes for a kick to the mid-section but Rey grabs hold of the ropes and never returns.

    Forced to rush his opponent, Eddie falls into a counter by Mysterio who ducks and pushes him over the top rope. To his credit because of his wrestling ability, Eddie is able to maintain control and lands on the apron. Before he can muster an attack, Mysterio runs towards him and springboards off a nearby rope – DROPKICK! Guerrero is knocked from the apron to the floor while Mysterio steadies himself inside the ring. Fans are standing as Guerrero shoves his nephew away, using the barricade to stand, and Mascaras watching from afar. Mysterio launches himself from the top turnbuckle with a senton straight onto Guerrero on the outside of the ring!

    It’s a mess on the outside with both men down on the floor. Mysterio went high risk and it has taken a lot out of his body as both men get to their feet. They strike it out, Rey having an advantage following the move and he is quick enough to dodge a punch and arm-drag Eddie to the floor. Before Guerrero can stand up, Rey climbs the barricade and jumps off it with a leg drop! Chavo Jr. is not impressed, thinking about making a move but Mil Mascaras appears ready to act and this sends Chavo stepping away. Mysterio slips into the ring and breaks the count, he doesn’t want to win by count-out, that won’t finish this feud once and for all.

    As Mysterio pulls Eddie to his feet, dragging him to the apron, Guerrero spins free and shoves his opponent into the side of the ring – back first. Guerrero digs his fingers underneath the mask, slamming Mysterio back first into the apron once again before laying in some stomps. Quickly, Eddie shoves Mysterio back into the ring and follows onto the apron. Waiting for Mysterio to settle, Guerrero launches himself into the ring by springboarding from the apron with a double foot stomp to the lower back! He rolls Mysterio over for a cover. ONE! TWO! SHOULDER UP!

    That’s his target now, Guerrero wraps his arms around the abdomen of Mysterio – squeezing with all his might to put pressure on the lower back. The fans chant for Mysterio, pulling for the smaller man to get the job done – Guerrero transitions into a gutwrench position, lifting Rey up and tossing him overhead. Both men meet in the middle of the ring, Eddie whips Rey across the ring and bends down for a back body drop – Rey baseball slides between the legs and comes out the other – BULLDOG! Rey makes a cover. ONE! TWO! KICK OUT!

    Mysterio rises, ready to inflict some punishment, and he makes a grab for Guerrero – Rey gets punched hard by Eddie! A quick jab to the face gives Eddie a chance, he kicks Rey in the stomach and hooks him for a suplex! Rey escapes, a knee while vertical in the air and he lands behind Guerrero – NECKBREAKER! Leaning back gives Rey a cover. ONE! TWO! SHOULDER UP! Sitting in the ring, Rey takes a moment to regather himself, both men battling hard, not wanting to lose what they have on the line. Mysterio climbs the turnbuckle, watching from his perch as Guerrero stands up, he leaps forward and hits diving hurricanrana.

    His world is spinning, Guerrero has no clue where he is at the moment, and Mysterio looks to take advantage as he rushes forward – TORNADO DDT! Guerrero’s eyes roll back into his head as Mysterio makes the cover. ONE! TWO! SHOULDER UP! Mysterio makes a grab for his lower back, he winces a little but battles through. Mysterio slugs it out on Guerrero, the latter on his knees and he looks to keep it that way with a stiff kick to the side of the head – crack! Down goes Guerrero one more time, face first into the canvas and Mysterio rolls him over. ONE! TWO! KICK OUT!

    These shots both men are taking are stiff, no give in them at all and now Mysterio goes to the outside, returning to the high-risk area as he ascends the top rope. The crowd stand, everyone watching what Mysterio is going to do, he flies high with a… MOONSAULT OFF THE TOP… GUERRERO MOVES! These men know each other so well, Guerrero had that one scouted and he crawls to the ropes, a devilish smile on his face. Guerrero picks Rey up, his head between his hands and Eddie drives a forearm to the face. A second connects, then a third before Guerrero strikes with a running knee to the head. No cover but Guerrero does flip Rey over – elbow to the lower back.

    Guerrero applies a full nelson, lifting Rey back to his feet – DRAGON SUPLEX! For the second time tonight, Eddie Guerrero has pulled out the Dragon suplex and this time he keeps it bridged for the count. ONE! TWO! SHOULDER UP! Guerrero still has the full nelson applied, they roll – Rey struggling to break free but Eddie tightens his grip and spikes Rey right on the top of his head – DRAGON SUPLEX! It’s a master class from Guerrero, he breaks his grip, clapping his hands together like getting rid of dust and stomps right on Rey’s face. Guerrero throws a dirty look towards Mil Mascaras on the outside, shouting this that is his ring and Mascaras should respect him more than this fraud, pointing to Mysterio.

    Eddie returns to working the back, applying a backbreaker, driving his knee across the back while using his hands to push Mysterio against it – one on his throat and the other on a knee. The referee checks on Mysterio, asking if he wants to give it up but of course the answer is hell no. Guerrero is working this lower back problem he created, adjusting a little to apply more pressure and now he sits back and uses both his knees, Eddie is on his back with Rey elevated above him – both of Guerrero’s knees driving into the spine of the masked man. The referee is right there, if he hears a submission he can call it – Mysterio is shaking his head – his arm goes up in the air and begins to shake. Suddenly, Mysterio starts swinging his arm and he punches Eddie in the face multiple times, forcing a break on the submission.

    Both men are standing, Rey throws a kick to the leg which stuns Guerrero slightly – he back peddles. Rey attempts to whip him into the ropes, Guerrero flows with it for a moment until he counters, using Mysterio’s own momentum against him – SPINNING BACKBREAKER! It’s a nasty move, Guerrero shoves his forearm into the face of Mysterio as he covers. ONE! TWO! KICK OUT! A small hint of frustrations is let out by Guerrero, he kicks the bottom rope and shouts, before picking Mysterio up and placing him on his shoulder. Guerrero takes aim, his eyes set on the turnbuckle and he runs forward – LAUNCHING MYSTERIO LIKE A DART! Rey smacks the top turnbuckle, he stumbles out of it and right into a lariat!

    You can see the confidence growing for Guerrero as he slaps his chest. Frustration there might be but it’s because he is now certain he will win this contest. Mysterio has to be in tremendous pain in his lower back, Guerrero continuing to work it over as he hits a German suplex. The arms stay wrapped, a second continues and Guerrero rolls his hips one more time. The third is countered – MYSTERIO TUCKING IT HEAD INTO A PIN! ONE! TWO! SHOULDER UP! Popping straight back up, shock all over his face, Guerrero clobbers Mysterio with a lariat for that counter. Nearly exposing him, Guerrero is shook, he picks Mysterio up and kicks him in the mid-section – folding Rey up now, Guerrero goes for a POWERBOMB! On Eddie’s shoulders, his life in this match on the line, Mysterio hammers away with punches, he is desperate to escape – AND DOES SO! Mysterio and Guerrero stumble towards the ropes, Mysterio grabs the top rope and flings Eddie over and to the outside of the ring, right next to Mil Mascaras!

    Inside the ring, Mysterio rubs his back – surely feeling the effects of Guerrero's well versed offense. Mysterio looks to the outside, a grimace appears on his face, he readies himself – SUICIDE DIVE TO THE OUTSIDE! But, Eddie ducks and pulls Mil Mascaras into the road instead! The area is stunned, Mysterio has crashed into Mil Mascaras after Guerrero pulled him into position to save himself. A down right evil thing to do but Guerrero doesn’t care, he picks the bones, pulling Mysterio from the wreckage and throwing him onto the apron. The referee is still early in the count, Guerrero stands with Rey in position – SUPLEX ON THE EDGE OF THE RING APRON! That sharp edge strikes again, Eddie using it to his advantage, rolling Rey back into the ring now and hooking the leg for the cover. ONE! TWO! SHOULDER UP!

    You can feel the air starting to turn for Guerrero, his eyes lighting up as he sees Mysterio in the current state. Guerrero places a hand underneath Rey’s chin, pulling him up and smashes him with a European uppercut. Walking away, soaking in the attention – his hair on the line and it appears, at least to Guerrero, that it’s the safest bet in the world. He motions to the fans that the mask is coming off, stalking Mysterio while doing it and when the little man stands, Eddie shoves him into the corner and hits a few forearms into the lower back. Guerrero lifts Rey up onto the turnbuckle, he slaps his back a few more times, big things are coming now as Guerrero climbs onto the second rope. Arms are hooked, Mysterio begins to struggle but Eddie says no today – SUPERPLEX!

    Half across the ring, both men are down – Guerrero nails a superplex. Slowly, reaching to end this feud and unmask the man he calls a fraud – Guerrero gets an arm over Mysterio. ONE! TWO! SHOULDER UP! Guerrero punches the mat, he is furious, he pulls at his hair, the same hair that could be removed if he is defeated tonight. Pulling himself up, Eddie rolls Mysterio onto his back, stomping on it, and then he thinks about confronting the referee, he gets close and shoves him aside – onto the top rope he goes – FROG SPLASH! Eddie hits the Frog Splash onto the bad back, the crowd are stunned as Eddie rolls Rey over, sure of victory. ONE! TWO! KICK OUT! A fuse may have broken inside Eddie Guerrero after that kick out. He hit his finisher on the bad back, the back he has been working over all night, he has been on fire – and yet Rey Mysterio Jr. STILL kicked out.

    Red faced and furious, Guerrero shoves the referee and shouts him down. “It’s was three! You’re a freaking idiot! Count three!” Risking a disqualification here, Guerrero backs off and picks Mysterio up – applying an abdominal stretch. It’s all on the line here, Guerrero driving his elbow into the side of Mysterio, working the back against his knee as the referee asks for an answer. If he quits than he must unmasked, fans around the world willing him to survive – the heritage of his culture on the line – everything he has worked for is at risk. Mysterio will not quit, he struggles, breaking free – Guerrero tries a lariat but Mysterio dropkicks his knee. Stumbling away is Guerrero – Mysterio follows with a jaw breaker and then an enzuguri!

    Unable to make a cover after the injury he has sustained, Mysterio gets to his feet and waits for Guerrero to do the same. Mysterio strikes with a forearm to the face, whips Guerrero into the corner, sells his back before running forward and hitting a dropkick. The landing is hard, Rey struggles up and returns to his corner opposite – Guerrero still standing in the corner, though groggy. Mysterio charges away, yelling as he runs – RUNNING DROPKICK! A second connects and now Guerrero slumps down to the lower half of the turnbuckle. Mysterio raises his hand in the air, waving it around and pointing towards Guerrero, he runs – BRONCO BUSTER!

    Mysterio yanks Guerrero from the corner, it’s a mighty effort as he hooks the leg for the pin. ONE! TWO! SHOULDER UP! Schiavone says that these two may be destined to fight forever at this rate. Mysterio sits up, his head in his hands – his back is killing him, his mask on the line and he needs a big shot to put this away. As Guerrero pulls himself up onto all fours, Mysterio dropkicks him in the head. He has to use the ropes to stand, Mysterio unable to support himself and he goes to the outside, climbing the top rope – DIVING HEADBUTT! Right on the money, Mysterio hits it, thinking this could be his big shot, Mysterio hooks the leg. ONE! TWO! KICK OUT! It’s time for Mysterio to show some frustration, falling against the canvas, his arms stretched out in disbelief. How can this continue? They both want it to be over, this feud having taken so much from both men and neither can hit a finishing shot now.

    Mounting Guerrero, grabbing his hair and slamming forearms into the face – it’s aggression rarely seen from Mysterio but Guerrero is threatening to take everything away from him tonight. It’s expected, this is what the mask means – it’ll take Mysterio to that dark place. He stands up, lifting Guerrero by twisting the arm to do so, and he delivers a kick to the body. Mysterio rushes towards the ropes, bouncing back and looking for a bulldog – Guerrero counters… letting Mysterio go forward and then yanking him back with the tights – DRAGON SLEEPER! They fall to the ground, Mysterio struggles to get free – Guerrero wraps his legs around the stomach and squeezes, it’s locked in.

    The arena stands up, this could be the end of this encounter and everyone knows it. On commentary, Mike Tenay is going wild about how the Dragon Sleeper is one of the most feared submission holds in all of wrestling because of how many body parts can be targeted if you know how to apply it correctly. It’s not just the neck, the way the legs are wrapped around the body, the way Guerrero is leaning backwards – it’s a harsh submission on the lower back as well – playing directly into the mindset that Guerrero has been working with.

    The referee is right there, thousands of fans watching on as Guerrero tightens his grip on the Dragon Sleeper. It’s all on the line – mask vs. hair – a battle between two men who hate each other. They want to see the other suffer by losing what means the most in the entire world to them. Guerrero fighting for his hair, Mysterio fighting for his mask – both men struggling, Mysterio rolls to the side but Guerrero rolls back. The ropes are to the left, the closest ones at the least, and Mysterio can see them – his eyes locked on them as he reaches out his arm. Guerrero is feeling himself shift, Mysterio is moving closer – FINGERTIPS BRUSH THE ROPE – Guerrero rolls back into the middle of the ring!

    He had it! Mysterio had his finger on the bottom rope but Guerrero rolled back into the middle of the ring. It’s a huge blow, Mysterio is fading, his mask is about to be removed if he cannot fight. In one last desperate attempt, his world hanging in the balance, Mysterio leans forward… HE FLIPS AND GUERRERO ENDS UP WITH BOTH SHOULDERS ON THE MAT! ONE! TWO! SHOULDER UP! The hold is broken, Guerrero furiously checking that it wasn’t three, he rushes towards Mysterio and tries to apply the submission again but Rey knees him in the stomach – FLIP PILEDRIVER! Cover is made! ONE! TWO! KICK OUT!

    A dramatic shift in the match, Guerrero had a submission but Rey found a way to secure a pinfall and forced Guerrero to escape. Then, in a move of true skill – Mysterio had Guerrero in a piledriver position and flipped forward, spiking Guerrero’s head into the canvas. He is doing this all with a bad back. Mysterio rolls to the apron of the ring, setting himself for the SEATED SENTON! Fans are waiting, Guerrero is stirring in the ring – barely able to stand as he has wobbly legs.

    Digging down deep, reaching within himself, Mysterio springboards into the ring – SEATED SENTON! But Guerrero pulls the referee into the way! The referee goes down, Guerrero safely to the side, Mysterio cannot believe what just happened – LOW BLOW! Guerrero strikes from behind, Mysterio was checking on the referee – Guerrero acts quickly as he hooks the arm – BRAINBUSTER! On commentary, Schiavone is livid about this – “Guerrero is going to lie, cheat and steal his way to keeping his damn hair and removing Rey’s mask!” The crowd are not pleased, many booing loudly as Guerrero pulls Mysterio closer to the turnbuckle.

    Climbing the ropes, Guerrero ascends and we have seen no sign of Mysterio moving at all. He is still down, for the second time in the match – FROG SPLASH! This is over, the fans are disgusted – Chavo Guerrero Jr. is going wild on the outside, cheering his uncle on. Guerrero hooks the leg, the referee slowly coming to and crawling towards the competitors. “Come on! Hurry!” Guerrero is waving the official over, he waits for the count, the count he has been waiting ever since Mysterio turned on him all those months ago. Sweet revenge is near… ONE! TWO! NO! Mysterio did NOT get a shoulder up – the referee was pulled out of the ring… BY MIL MASCARAS!

    The masked legend enters the ring in place of the referee, shaking his head and pointing at Guerrero. He makes the motion of a low blow and pulling the referee in the way, an act which Guerrero also did to him. Guerrero cannot comprehend what just happened – a WCW referee was forced to stop his count, a count that would’ve ended the match, because of Mil Mascaras. Unable to take anymore, Guerrero screams right in Mascaras’ face – “What the hell do you think you’re doing? You stupid old man! I had that won. I DESERVE this, it’s MY RIGHT… not YOUR’S or HIS! I AM LATINO HEAT! YOU ARE NOTHIN’ COMPARED TO ME! I AM A GUERRERO!”

    Mil Mascaras continues to shake his head… Guerrero throws a punch which nails Mascaras in the mouth! The crowd explodes, the masked legend blocks a second punch from Guerrero and nails him with a right hand of his own! Guerrero stumbles backwards into the middle of the ring – HURRICANRANA! Mysterio sends Guerrero into the middle rope, slung over it and he charges forward. Double knees to the face of Guerrero – Heenan saying he has never seen that before (it’s the WCW debut of the 619). Guerrero flies backwards into the middle of the ring – Mysterio points to the heavens and springboards into the squared circle – SPLASH! He hooks the legs, Mil Mascaras making the count. ONE! TWO! THREE!


    Spoiler:

    Winner: Rey Mysterio Jr. @ 23:04


    A huge ovation emanates from the arena – Rey Mysterio Jr. has defeated Eddie Guerrero ONCE AND FOR ALL! He has saved his mask and will not have to shame himself by handing it over and revealing his face to the world tonight. Fans cheers as Mysterio has his hand raised, not by the referee, but by Mil Mascaras himself – who proved to play a vital part in maintaining a fair result at the end of the contest. One person who doesn’t see it that way is Bobby Heenan – he says that Mascaras had no right to screw Guerrero out of the win the way he did. Mysterio would have lost if not for Mascaras pulling the referee out of the ring.

    Schiavone and Tenay put the blame on Guerrero for cheating near the end, pulling the referee into harms way and using a low blow against Mysterio. They say that Mascaras did the right thing not allowing the match to end off that sequence and it was only AFTER Guerrero touched Mascaras that the legend struck back.

    Returning to live action, Chavo Guerrero Jr. is shown hurrying his uncle away from the ring to safety. Mil Mascaras is having none of that, charging after them and pulling Guerrero back into the ring. Chavo pleads for his uncle but Mascaras says that he made his bed and must now lie in it. There is nothing Chavo can do, he flees to the locker-room while Mascaras orders Eddie Guerrero to face his judge.

    Latino Heat spits at the feet of Mascaras, shaking his head and refusing to. He turns to Mysterio and screams that it STILL isn’t over, Rey has heard enough and he shoves Guerrero backwards! Mascaras applies a full nelson, Mysterio is handed a chair from a ringside worker and he places it in the middle of the ring. Heenan says this is unfair, it’s humiliating to Guerrero, his hair means so much to him. Schiavone counters, saying that Guerrero would’ve made Mysterio unmasked immediately, he likely would’ve ripped it off himself.

    Guerrero continues to struggle, pleading for mercy from Mysterio – saying it was a mistake. Let it stay in the past, exactly what Rey wanted all those months ago but Latino Heat refused to let it go. Mysterio is handed an electric razor, he holds it up in the air to a loud cheer – Guerrero’s feet are kicking all over the place. Mascaras keeping Latino Heat in play, the much larger man far too powerful for Guerrero to evade, especially after a long match like he just had.

    The razor edges closer, Mysterio playing to the crowd as Guerrero screams out in angst. The devil must pay his due – MYSTERIO IS SHAVING EDDIE GUERRERO BALD! The mullet begins to fall to the ground, piece by piece the hair falls, Eddie is about to cry, his beautiful hair no more. Mysterio moves around, making sure to get all the right places, he picks some of the hair up and waves it in front of Guerrero.

    Finally, Mysterio removes the final section of hair – it’s a messy job but for all intent and purposes, Eddie Guerrero is bald. Mil Mascaras holds him in position, standing him up as Mysterio is handed a mirror – Eddie begs not to see… but Rey shows him anyway – EDDIE SCREAMS IN HORROR! It is only then that Mil Mascaras releases Guerrero, sending him running from the ring, covering his head with his hands – his hair gone!

    This rivalry that has spanned since October is finally over. Rey Mysterio Jr. has defeated Eddie Guerrero, he has shaved him bald and now it is time for both men to move on. Inside the ring, Mysterio Jr. shakes hands with Mil Mascaras and they both acknowledge each other with a great deal of respect. Mascaras leaves the ring, allowing Mysterio to enjoy his moment with the people cheering for him. Schiavone wonders what the future holds for Mysterio Jr. now that he is free of Eddie Guerrero.



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    Back into the arena for the next match…

    **BLACK KNIGHT**

    Technical, calculated and totally emotionless are all perfect adjectives to describe the Ice Man, DEAN MALENKO– the number one contender to the WCW Cruiserweight Title. Just like he refused to acknowledge Billy Kidman earlier in the week, Malenko powers straight to the ring, his eyes never leaving a straight line of sight towards the place he feels most comfortable in the entire world – the wrestling ring. Entering the ring to a loud rush of boos, Malenko folds his arms and stands in a corner – Schiavone hyping up the kneebar on commentary, talking about how nobody has ever escaped it. A bit of banter between Tenay and Heenan occurs, the former mentioning Kidman’s performance in the ladder match at Starrcade and Heenan responding that there aren’t any ladders for him to flip off tonight.

    **DESTROYER**

    With the title bound around his waist, receiving cheers from the crowd, BILLY KIDMAN walks out onto the stage, ready to do battle with a man who has long stated that he is in fact the best cruiserweight on the planet. Kidman makes his way down to the ring, high fiving some of the fans, he unclips his title belt and climbs the turnbuckle from the outside – holding it up and pointing directly at Malenko. Heenan discusses the bandages around the right knee of Kidman, the same knee that Malenko targeted at Starrcade, and how it hasn’t truly recovered just yet. Tenay and Schiavone agree that the right knee could be a factor – especially with the Ice Man possessing that devastating kneebar that has taken out everyone else except the champion.

    The referee is handed the title belt, he walks into the middle of the ring and holds it up high. Malenko’s attention is raised, he wants the title belt, Schiavone pointing out how Malenko has this twisted notion that the current style of the cruiserweight division – high flying – is a bad thing. This is about Malenko restoring honour to the title, bringing an element of old school back, and for Kidman, this is about proving he deserves to hold the title by beating the best challenger out there. They square off, Kidman and Malenko in the middle of the ring – the referee hands the title to a worker at ringside and returns, both men are holding their ground… the bell sounds.

    WCW Cruiserweight Championship:
    Billy Kidman vs. Dean Malenko

    It’s like both men are frozen in time during the opening seconds of the contest. This is the match they have both been waiting for. The two best cruiserweights in the world, one on one, live on pay-per-view with no time limit to think about. They circle each other, Malenko sticking out a hand to test the water. Kidman swings his leg around, fainting a kick and Dean circles a little quicker out of the way – retracting his hand and smirking. The crowd watches on, the first move is being built up here, neither man wants to make a mistake in a match as important as this one. Already the bright lights are having an effect, Kidman wiping his forehead as he continues circling along with his opponent.

    Malenko bursts forward, grabs the legs and drives his head into the chest of the champion – double leg takedown. They sprawl on the mat, Malenko scooting around to take Kidman’s back and he wraps his legs around the champ’s stomach. Like a back pack, Kidman is forced to wear Malenko – he eats a hard elbow to the side of the head, getting his arm up far too late to block it. Tenay states that this is going to be the strategy for the challenger, Malenko wants to keep it on the ground while Kidman will look for the high-risk opportunities that have seen him keep the title belt for so long – two vastly different techniques; who will come out on top?

    With back control, Malenko grinds his forearm into the face of Kidman as they roll across the canvas. Kidman is seeking the refuge of the ropes, clearly outmatched in a pure wrestling sense against the Ice Man. They near the ropes, Malenko squeezes with his legs and uses his hands to shift himself and Kidman away, creating an opportunity for him to apply a choke! Luckily for the champion, he elbows his way out and spins, ending up on top and unloads with a combination of wild punches – sending Malenko scurrying from the bottom. Kidman grabs the challenger, whips him into the rope and hits a dropkick to the face on the return. Upon landing, Kidman rubs his knee, adjusting the wrapping a little, before standing and sending Malenko into a corner.

    Sprinting across the ring, full speed ahead, Kidman jumps into the air – he lands on the second rope and pounds at Malenko from above with strikes. Malenko blocks one, headbutting Kidman in the stomach, grabs the champion’s legs and drops down – delivering a modified Snake Eyes. Back to his feet quickly, Malenko whips Kidman into the opposite corner and follows up with a clothesline up against the turnbuckle. With a handful of hair, Malenko pulls Kidman out of the corner, turns him around and slams him head first into the top turnbuckle. He continues, slamming Kidman repeatedly before throwing him to the outside of the ring, giving him a kick as he falls for extra measure.

    The referee warns Malenko to be careful with what he is doing on the outside, he cannot win the title via count-out or disqualification, and Dean acknowledges the call by nodding his head. On the outside of the ring, Malenko yanks Kidman to his feet and boots him in the stomach, a chop to the chest echoes around the arena before the Ice Man plants the champion with a European Uppercut. Malenko grabs the wrist, twisting it and forcing Kidman to follow him as he approaches the barricade – the referee up to a count of six. Malenko spends a second to look towards the referee, he needs to get back in the ring to restart the count, and that split-second pause allows Kidman to counter, sending Malenko crashing into the steel steps.

    Not one to take a cheap count-out victory, especially on a stage like this, millions of people watching around the world and the build to this match being so important to both men – Kidman breaks the count. Heenan can’t believe it, calling Kidman an idiot for not taking a count-out victory since Malenko wouldn't have made it back in. Nevertheless, this match continues, Kidman sends Malenko back into the ring and positions himself on the ring apron. Waiting for the perfect moment, Kidman takes his time as Malenko rises to his feet inside the ring – facing away from the champion, and Kidman springboards into the fray – FLYING DROPKICK! We get the first cover of the match, Kidman having to travel a considerable distance after hitting the move since Dean went halfway across the ring. ONE! KICK OUT!

    It was never going to be that easy, Kidman knew but he had to make the cover. It may seem pointless early on, competitors often going for covers off moves that rarely see victories scored off them but it takes a significant amount of energy to shift your shoulder off the mat with another human being on top of you. Kidman whips Dean across the ring, he goes for another dropkick – this time Malenko swats the legs away and grabs them afterwards, looking for a Boston Crab. It’s a fight, Kidman struggling off his back as Malenko tries to get the submission. An up-kick from Kidman catches Malenko, he stumbles back – NIP UP! Kidman jumps up, his knee holding firm, and he executes a headscissors takedown, sending Malenko to the outside once again.

    Fast paced action right now as Kidman runs on the spot, his knee showing no signs of being an issue, his adrenaline pumping through his body as he rebounds off the ropes – PLANCHA! But the Ice Man catches him into a POWERBOMB AGAINST THE APRON! Talk about whiplash, Kidman jumped to the outside, flew through the air and was about to take out Malenko but the challenger caught him and slammed the champ down against the hard edge of the ring apron. Kidman crumbles into a heap, Malenko hurries, picking up the champion and throwing him under the bottom rope. Replays are shown of the sequence, the high-risk offense not paying off for Kidman in that situation – and now Dean Malenko hooks the leg. ONE! TWO! SHOULDER UP!

    Schiavone sells us on the idea that the plancha into a powerbomb could be a major talking point in the outcome of this mat – Kidman selling his back as Malenko throws him against the corner. Malenko chops Kidman hard across the chest, the champion wanting to collapse but Malenko shoves his back and slaps him across the face. He yells at him about the plancha and saying it’ll never work against him. Malenko stomps the canvas, this is his ring and he controls what goes on inside the squared circle. Another chop connects, but Kidman fires one of his own, blocked by Malenko, who pulls Kidman close and nails a belly to belly suplex. ONE! TWO! SHOULDER UP! Now, Malenko is in the zone, he gets up and grabs Kidman quickly. No messing around, he slings Kidman against the ropes… drop toe hold – Kidman pops up to his knees… Malenko hurries to his feet… SPINNING HEEL KICK! The sound of boot to skull is a loud ‘thud’ and Kidman falls face first down to the canvas; Malenko goes for another cover. ONE! TWO! SHOULDER UP!

    Lifting his leg up and bringing his boot down across the back, Malenko works the area that landed on the apron earlier before grabbing wrist control and pulling Kidman towards the ropes. A knee to the kidneys is delivered, Malenko hooks the arms – SNAP SUPLEX! It’s quick, sharp and effective. Malenko keeps the wrist locked, he rolls and lifts Kidman up, Malenko shifts behind the champion – GERMAN SUPLEX! Right onto the head and Malenko keeps his arms locked… they roll… Malenko spikes Kidman again! The champion is in a desperate situation, he reaches out for the ropes… Malenko yanks backwards for a third time… Kidman follows through with the momentum and lands on his feet behind Dean upon the release! Rebounding off the ropes, Kidman delivers a hard knee to the face… he keeps running and delivers a crossbody! Cover by Kidman, no legs hooked. ONE! TWO! KICK OUT!

    Sitting up and looking out towards the crowd, Billy Kidman receives a thunderous ovation as he backs himself into a corner. He adjusts the wrapping around his knee, watching as Malenko gets to his feet – still clearly stunned. Kidman meets him, a few punches are delivered, kicks Malenko in the stomach and then hits a neckbreaker with speed. He doesn’t feel the need to make a cover off that, Kidman instead rolling to the outside where he climbs the turnbuckle… SENTON BOMB! Beautifully flying through the air, Billy Kidman nails the senton bomb and now hooks the leg, leaning back against the Ice Man. ONE! TWO! NO! Malenko shifts his weight, hooking the arms of Kidman like a crucifix and pulls him backwards – it’s a pinning combination! ONE! TWO! SHOULDER UP!

    Both men are up, trading shots in the middle of the ring… neither will to go down. Forearm by Malenko connects, he then eats a right hand from Kidman and blocks an attempted uppercut. Malenko whips Kidman into the ropes, he bends down for a back body drop, but Kidman kicks him in the face… Kidman then jumps into the air, grabs Malenko’s neck and nails him with a second neckbreaker! ONE! TWO! KICK OUT! Kidman rolls to the side, grabbing the ropes and using them to get to a vertical base, his eyes glancing back towards the challenger. Kidman approaches the challenger, placing him in position for a powerbomb… Malenko, ever the veteran, drops down further and grabs the right leg.

    Kidman doesn’t realise the danger before it is too late – Malenko has the injured right leg in his grasp. Right away, the Ice Man strikes by twisting it – holding tight and rolling sharply to the left. Kidman drops, Malenko hammers away with punches and elbows the joint repeatedly. The crowd find it hard to watch, Kidman scratching at Dean’s hands and legs, the only things he can reach off his back, trying to create a break but even as little cuts appear, Malenko only further goes on the attack. Dean yanks the leg, pulling Kidman over to the ropes, he places the right leg against the bottom rope and then jumps into the air, bringing his weight down across the joint.

    The referee is right there, asking Kidman if he wants to quit… no. Malenko, for the first time, appears to be enjoying himself as he takes control of the leg and drives his own knee into it. Kidman is in a world of trouble, clawing at the canvas of the ring – digging his fingernails into it as he tries to move towards the ropes, to seek the safety of the outside, he needs to get away but Malenko is ruthless. The Ice Man stalks the champion, propping him up against the ropes before kicking his right leg out from under him – dropping the champion right back down to the mat. Then, Malenko stops and it appears he has had a thought. Kidman clutches his leg, doing his best to move the padding around to protect it from serious injury.

    Malenko charges forward, in most cases you’d see a wild look in the eye of the competitor but not this man. It’s the Ice Man, the coldest wrestler on the planet, this is business and Dean Malenko will break you apart without even knowing your name. In this case, perhaps horribly for Kidman, we know that Malenko cannot stand what Billy represents. Placing his hands around the knee, Malenko RIPS THE BANDAGES OFF! To the disgust of Schiavone, Dean is exposing the right knee of the WCW Cruiserweight Champion and will likely inflict damage beyond repair if he has it his way.

    Try as he might, Kidman simply cannot stop Malenko from ripping the tape around him his right knee. Malenko parades around the ring with it, holding what remains of the bandages in his hand, the crowd booing, before throwing it to the outside. We are left with a wounded champion, Kidman forcing himself into the corner – Malenko in the middle of the ring. Slowly, Kidman pulls himself up to his feet, unable to put any weight on his right knee. In the middle of the ring, Malenko stands with his arms crossed… and then he opens them, inviting Kidman to come forward. Gritting his teeth together, his title on the line, Kidman tries to walk forward but his knee gives out and the champion collapses in front of Malenko. The challenger picks the champion up, shoves him against the corner and kicks the knee hard.

    Slipping to the outside, Malenko grabs both legs and crotches Kidman. The referee delivers a warning for Dean Malenko, the challenger waves him off. Malenko focuses on the right leg, he brings it out and then slams it back against the steel ring post. Fans watching in horror as Kidman screams out in pain, barely containing his agony, as Malenko wraps the leg around the steel. It’s brutal to watch – the champion is being destroyed, permanent damage could be occurring right now as Malenko pulls the knee against the steel, yanking as hard as he can as he bends it at the wrong angle.

    Malenko enters the ring to break the count, then he returns to the outside… FIGURE FOUR LEG LOCK! Malenko applies one of the most well-known submission holds, and most powerful, on the champion and does so while his legs are wrapped around the steel post. Malenko is upside down, the hold is in tight but it can only last four seconds, the referee counting… it gets to four and with less than a second to spare, Malenko breaks. It might have been brief but it was effective, Kidman crawling into the middle of the ring after having his leg taste the steel.

    Very methodically, Malenko climbs the steel steps, taking his time as he approaches the ring apron. He wipes his feet, the challenger stepping through the middle rope and circling the downed opponent inside the ring. Fans are heated, they are not pleased with what is happening – Malenko is taking his time, perhaps he is enjoying this after all, and if so, then why not extend this? Malenko stands over Kidman, slapping his face repeatedly, yelling at Kidman that this is over now. Suddenly, Kidman pulls Malenko’s tights and rolls him up! ONE! TWO! SHOULDER UP!

    Furiously, Malenko explodes up and grabs Kidman, puts him between his legs… UNDERHOOK POWERBOMB! No cover, that near fall has set Malenko off and now his focus is to beat the hell out of Kidman. Malenko drags Kidman to the corner, he knees in three times, cracks him with two forearms and lifts him onto the top rope. “Go on, then! Do your flippy shit, Kidman! Show me!” Striking the right leg, Malenko hammers away and continues to slap Kidman in the face. Out of nowhere, Kidman boots Malenko in the face with his left leg! Malenko gets caught in the nose, his eyes blur from the shock of it all – Kidman knows his knee isn’t right and this might be his last shot to finish this match. Already on the top rope, Kidman fights against his own body and mind – STAND! The champion is shaking, fans are going wild as Billy Kidman REFUSES to give in. Across the ring, Malenko shakes off the cobwebs, he turns… DIVING CROSSBODY! ONE! TWO! KICK OUT!

    That was it! The look on Kidman’s face tells the entire story. His right knee is exposed, the bandages having been ripped off by Dean Malenko earlier in the match. Thousands of fans willing him on live in the arena tonight, the title on the line but now, Kidman is in the middle of the ring on a busted knee. It’s been ripped to pieces by the best technical wrestler in the world – everything has been done to it. Yet, here we are… Kidman still has a chance, and he knows it, he pushes himself off the canvas. His body shaking, teeth grinding together, his brow is sweating heavily, the knee is… holding. Kidman looks to the crowd, he can feel their emotions and it’s helping him. Kidman grabs Malenko… KNEEBAR! Counter by Malenko, he grapevines the leg and applies the kneebar off his back! Kidman falls, the champion is caught – this is where their story was always going.

    It’s decision time, nobody has ever escaped the kneebar once Dean Malenko decided to lock it in. They are in the middle of the ring, fans around the building are on their feet as the referee slides into position. Malenko is pulling with everything he has in the tank. You could not have asked for a better situation for the challenger, the strapping is off the knee, he has worked it beautifully throughout the course of this match and now, in what might be the final stages – Malenko has the kneebar applied.

    The camera cuts to the champion, Kidman is scratching at the canvas, his left hand in his mouth as he bites down on his own fingers. The pain is piercing his body, many have felt this exact sensation as Dean Malenko sought to claim the title belt. Now, Malenko has the champion in the move that has given him new life, the move that has put Dean Malenko at the forefront of the cruiserweight division as a leading contender rather than a past champion. Kidman’s hand is raised, he never wanted to be in this spot but here he is and the title is on the line.

    Kidman has to make a choice, his hand coming awfully close to the canvas – if he taps the match is over. NOBODY – I REPEAT – NOBODY has ever escaped the kneebar as executed by the Ice Man. The champion’s hand drops… it’s not a tap – Kidman is out! He is unconscious… Malenko is screaming for the referee to check it. The referee grabs Kidman’s arm, he lifts it once and it drops. Once again, for the second time Kidman’s hand drops. Mike Tenay informs the audience if it drops for a third than Dean Milenko will be awarded the victory and the title… IT DOES NOT!

    Kidman blocks it, holding his arm an inch away from the canvas and he sits up, his body shaking – his eyes bloodshot from the pain! Kidman screams out, Malenko is shocked… Kidman turns himself onto his stomach, the hold is still on. But, Kidman pushes himself up and is moving towards the ropes – BILLY KIDMAN IS DRAGGING BOTH HE AND MALENKO! This is incredible… he gets to the ropes! Billy Kidman has become the first person to ever BREAK the kneebar! The crowd are going mental, Kidman is exhausted – totally wrecked as he lay with an arm over the bottom rope. Meanwhile, Dean Malenko is across the ring, his head in his hands, muttering to himself… what does he have to do now?

    In a rage, something we don’t usually see from Malenko and definitely something we haven’t seen during this match, the Ice Man attacks the champion. It’s wild offense, not the usual rhyme and reason attack we see from Dean Malenko. He is just as shocked that the kneebar failed as everyone else is. The referee has to warn him, Kidman trapped in the ropes as Malenko stomps his body. An altercation occurs as the referee pulls Malenko away, warning him again but Malenko goes right back into the fire and pulls Kidman up off his feet. He gains wrist control and twists as he whips Kidman across the ring. Kidman counters with a whip of his own, using Malenko own momentum against him, ducking down on the rebound, Malenko jumps over with a sunset flip… BUT KIDMAN FALLS ON TOP HOOKING THE LEGS! ONE! TWO! THREE!


    Spoiler:

    Winner: And STILL WCW Cruiserweight Champion – Billy Kidman @ 19:45


    Kicking out immediately after the three count was made, Dean Malenko is a moment too late – he looks at the referee and is stunned. The bell sounds, the fans jump up and cheer, on commentary Schiavone is losing his mind. Malenko had it won, the match was dead in the water, but somehow, Kidman pulled off the greatest comeback these people have seen in a long time. Unable to stand on his own accord, Kidman rolls to the outside of the ring, tears filling his eyes as officials come down to ringside and escort him up the entrance ramp. They try to make him leave right away but Kidman refuses until he gets his belt, once it is delivered he holds it close, and then makes his way up the ramp.

    The challenger offers no resistance in the exit after the tightly contested match. Dean Malenko sits in silence, while the entire arena is rocking with applause, it is a world of silence for the Ice Man. He cannot believe it. Malenko is in a world of his own, his hands pressed against his head as he leans up against the corner of the ring. Heenan says the match should’ve been stopped when Kidman was unconscious, it should’ve never got to this point. Tenay counters, explaining that the hand has to hit the ground three times before the referee would make that call – it was too big a match to let it end without giving Kidman the chance to recover.

    Replays are shown of the finish, Kidman falling forward and hooking the legs. We hear Tenay discuss Malenko's sudden change in approach once the kneebar failed, calling attention to the aggression shown instead of his usual methodical tactics. That's what cost Malenko this match, once his best weapon failed, for the first time ever, Malenko didn't know how to recover, and so he rushed in which cost him. Schiavone puts Kidman over as one of the best WCW Cruiserweight Champions ever, and says that with this victory there can be no doubt that BILLY KIDMAN is the best cruiserweight in the world, right now.



    Switching to the backstage area, inside the trainer’s room, we find DIAMOND DALLAS PAGE being attended to by the head trainer of WCW. Page has his ribs wrapped in bandages and shows a significant level of discomfort when the trainer pushes against his ribs with a single hand. The trainer says that they should add another layer but Page tells him to leave it, he doesn’t think it’ll make a difference. Page grabs his shirt, pulling it over his head with a groan, before thanking the trainer for his time.

    After taking a few steps away towards the door, Page clutches his ribs, feeling a sharp pain and he almost drops to the floor. The trainer is right there, telling Page to get back to the table and to remove his shirt. Stubborn as he is, DDP agrees and takes a seat on the table as the trainer examines his ribs further – once again coming to the conclusion they need to add further bandages or Page risks things getting even worse.

    ARN ANDERSON enters the room, knocking first, and tells DDP that he was coming to check on his after what transpired last week on Nitro. Specifically, the spear that Page took from Goldberg. Anderson asks the trainer how bad the situation is after he notices the ribs being heavily bandaged. Before the trainer can answer, DDP stands up and approaches Arn, telling him to his face, emphatically, that he is fine and there is nothing in this world that could stop him from winning the World Title tonight.

    Arn looks DDP up and down, he states that Page needs to think about his future. If anyone knows the temptation to push your body further than it can go it’s Arn, and he tells Page not to risk if it the consequences outweigh the reward. Feeling a shot of pain, Page grits his teeth together, before looking up at Arn and confirming that he will walk into the ring – no matter the cost. They shake hands, Arn wishing Page luck before exiting the room, and then Page returns to the table where the trainer adds another layer of bandages to his ribs.




    **TOTAL PACKAGE**

    It’s been a long time since this man has had the pleasure of making his way down to the ring, knowing full well that he is moments away from wrestling and tonight is the night. LEX LUGER strides onto the stage, dressed in his trunks and boots, his wrists taped, and he receives a thunderous ovation from the crowd. As Luger heads down to the ring, Schiavone details the backstory of Luger vs. Hogan – discussing the betrayal by the nWo, Luger being put on the injured list for months and the war of words that has taken place on Nitro ever since between the two. Standing inside the ring, Luger climbs a turnbuckle and poses, he is hyped up – shouting for the crowd to make some noise as he goes from turnbuckle to turnbuckle, drawing a loud reaction each time.

    N-n-new
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    **VOODOO CHILD**

    He is the icon of wrestling, receiving the loudest boos of the night so far, HOLLYWOOD HOGAN arrogantly steps onto the stage, a huge smirk on his face. With Jimmy Hendricks playing in the background, Hogan plays air guitar at the top of the stage, while Tenay and Heenan discussing the long layoff for both men. While Luger has been injured, Hogan has a clause in his contract allowing him to decide when and where he competes, and Hogan hasn’t deemed the crowds on Nitro worthy since Starrcade. When Hogan gets about halfway down to the ring, he pauses and looks back up the ramp, motioning with his right arm… HORACE HOGAN comes jogging out to greet his uncle – both singing along to the sound of Hendricks’ voice.

    “AND I CHOP IT DOWN WITH THE EDGE OF MY HAND!”

    Nobody on commentary is pleased with this development - Horace Hogan, a man who isn't an active member of the roster, will be at ringside for this contest as his uncle's manager. Hollywood Hogan steps into the ring, pointing at Luger to back off as he takes the middle of the ring and rips his t-shirt off like only he does. The crowd roars with heat, Hogan spits in his ripped-up shirt and bullet passes it towards a fan, smacking them in the face. Hogan turns back to Luger, he puts his hands up like a boxer, daring Luger to come at him, before Hogan laughs and saunters towards his corner of the ring where Horace is standing on the apron, ready to give his uncle some praise.

    Singles Match:
    Lex Luger vs. Hollywood Hogan (w/Horace Hogan)

    Barely able to contain himself, Luger burst out of the corner the moment he hears the sound of the ring bell. Jumping off the apron to the floor, Horace watches on as his uncle is slammed with punches, backing Hollywood into the corner as Luger unloads. The fans are cheering loudly, this feeling hasn’t been with Luger in months, and now he is thriving as each punch takes a pound of flesh from the man who changed the landscape of World Championship Wrestling back in November. Luger knees Hogan in the chest, pulls him into the middle of the ropes and whips him across the ring, knocking Hogan off his feet with a shoulder block on the rebound.

    Rolling to the outside of the ring, not happy with his start, Hogan shakes his head and slams his fist into the ring apron. To the cheers of the crowd, Luger poses and yells at Hogan to get back into the ring, but Hogan sneers and points his finger at Luger. It’s a slow walk for Hollywood as he makes his way around the ring, joining his nephew and they have a discussion. The stalling of time angers Luger, drawing him to the outside to give chase, and Hogan slips back into the ring as Luger exits. Lex climbs onto the apron, Horace grabs his foot, and Hollywood knocks Luger to the floor with a running knee.

    With Luger down on the floor, Hogan follows and lays in the boots. TEN stomps later, Hogan pulls Luger to his feet and slams him head first into the barricade. Wiping his hands clean and sauntering into the ring, Hollywood Hogan does a pose of his own to the hard camera as the referee makes a count of eight – Luger still on the outside of the ring. Schiavone points out that Luger needs to make it back into the ring before a count of ten, at nine he is still on the outside… Luger gets into the ring at the last second – Hogan biting his lip in annoyance.

    Hogan stomps on Luger again, then he grabs the arm and twists it, drawing Luger to his feet where he whips him into the ropes. With an arm raised, Hogan looks for a clothesline; Luger says not today and ducks underneath, he powers forward and rebounds off the opposite ropes – coming at full speed with a clothesline of his own. Hogan is knocked to the canvas, he pops up as quick as he can, only for Luger to drop him again with a snapmare. With Hogan sitting up straight the time is right for Luger, he sprints towards the ropes and comes back with a kick but Hogan leans backwards! Luger’s kick gets nothing but air… Hogan is back on his feet, he charges up behind Luger and clobbers him with a forearm.

    Luger feels the wrath of Hollywood beating down on him, his back smashed with punches and forearms, before Hogan yanks him close and applies a side headlock. Working Luger into the middle of the ring, Hogan squeezes and taunts the Total Package. Hearing the crowd chant his name, Luger begins to stir, he fires off a couple of gut punches before shoving Hogan away and booting him in the stomach. Luger chops Hogan in the chest, sending him stumbling back… another chop by Luger, and then he whips Hogan into the ropes – knocking him down with a double axe handle smash! ONE! TWO! SHOULDER UP!

    On the outside, Horace holds up two fingers to confirm that his uncle kicked out. Letting everyone know that the great Hollywood Hogan is still alive in this match. Luger moves right into his next attack, dragging Hogan over to the corner where he grabs both legs and catapults Hogan into the turnbuckle! Hollywood is knocked silly, falling to the canvas as Luger climbs the second rope from the inside… ELBOW DROP! Lex drops his big elbow off the second rope right onto Hogan, he hooks the leg for the cover. ONE! TWO! KICK OUT!

    With so much built up anger Luger has no issue with this match continuing, in fact, it looks like he is enjoying himself. The sounds of the crowd helping him thrive as he picks Hogan up and pulls him into the middle of the ring. Luger boots him in the mid-section, a vertical suplex attempt is countered by Hogan, he blocks it with his foot and executes one of his own. Hogan gets an arm over for his first cover of the contest. ONE! TWO! SHOULDER UP! The shouts from the crowd are much different for Hogan than Luger, the former having only one supporter in the arena – his nephew who will not shut up at ringside.

    Hollywood gets to his feet, taking his time, he rolls Luger over and drops a knee across the forehead – then he chokes the Total Package with his bare hands. Sweat dripping from Hogan as he looks down at Luger, his hands wrapped around the neck and the referee right there ordering him to break. At a count of four, Hogan breaks. Luger rolls to the side but Hogan follows him and applies another illegal choke! The referee counts once more, Hogan shouting he doesn’t give a damn, but he breaks on four as he did previously. Standing on his feet, Hogan points down at Luger while taunting the crowd, asking them if this is their hero, is this all he has to offer?

    Boos fill the arena as Hogan digs his fingers into Luger’s hair, pulling the fan favourite over to the ropes and begins to rake his face against the ropes themselves. Heenan explains how painful this is, the ropes scratching at the face creating little cuts that begin to burn and will irritate the eyes something vicious. Back and forth he pulls, Hogan then switching over to the turnbuckle where he slams Lex head first three times before sharply throwing him backwards. Luger’s head bounces off the canvas, Hogan drops an elbow across the throat and makes another cover. ONE! TWO! SHOULDER UP!

    Hogan pounds the canvas after the kick out, rambling about something that the audio does not pick up. Back to his feet and in control, Hogan drops an elbow across the back of Lex’s neck while he is standing, then he whips him into the corner. Hogan charges forward, looking for a clothesline, but Luger counters with an STO! Separation is created as Luger rolls towards the ropes, using them to help him stand, as Hogan begins to stir in the middle of the ring. Both men are up, they meet with punches flying – two titans clashing with the crowd cheering Luger on and booing Hogan out of the building.

    With each punch it seems like Luger is getting the better of it, fair and square it favours Luger, but that’s not the game we are playing. With an illegal rake of the eyes, Hogan gains control and he knees Luger in the stomach. Sending Luger into the ropes with a whip, Hogan nails a double axe handle of his own – a receipt for what Luger did earlier. With Luger down on the canvas, Hogan shoots a look to the audience and smirks, nodding his head like a madman, and runs towards the ropes… LEG DROP!

    No, Luger rolls out of the way, he hurries to his feet, Hogan doing the same while clutching his thighs, and they clash. Luger smashes him Hogan with a shoulder block, knocking Hollywood backwards into the ropes. Here comes Luger, he grabs Hogan by the wrist and whips him across the ring – SCOOP SLAM! Cover by Luger as the crowd pops for the move. ONE! TWO! KICK OUT!

    Following the failed pinfall attempt, Luger pushes Hogan into a corner and delivers some more chops. The Total Package stands across the ring, having backed away from Hogan, and he cups his hands around his mouth – “Wooooo!” The crowd pops big as Luger rushes forward and connects with a STINGER SPLASH! A nod to his former tag team partner, the man he won the 1988 Jim Crockett Sr. Memorial Cup Tag Team Tournament with all those years ago. Hogan eats it clean, stumbling to his knees out of the corner, and Luger follows up by nailing Hogan with a belly to belly suplex, right in the middle of the ring. ONE! TWO! SHOULDER UP!

    With his emotions running high, the atmosphere in the building feeding into him, Luger rises back to a vertical base and he slaps his chest. Raising his arms in the air, Luger begins to circle Hogan, he can sense that his chance to gain some revenge is drawing near. Hogan is up, Luger kicks him first, and Luger blocks a right hand, lifting Hollywood high into the air with a MILITARY PRESS! The crowd stand as Luger shows off his strength, holding Hogan in position, but Hogan has no plans to fall straight down – he sticks a thumb into Luger’s left eye, causing the hold to falter. Hogan lands behind Luger, he runs towards the ropes for momentum… striking back with a big boot which knocks Luger through the ropes and to the outside floor.

    Horace Hogan immediately makes his move towards Luger, his uncle distracting the referee to discuss the officiating of this contest, and Horace mounts Luger – delivering multiple punches to the Total Package. The fans are irate about the obvious cheating, Horace picks Luger up and whips him into the steel steps… but Luger counters and pulls Horace towards him – SPINNING SIDE SLAM ON THE FLOOR!

    Horace’s face tells the story, it’s all scrunched up, the floor a cruel mistress to have compared to the canvas of the squared circle. Hogan, having witnessed this and seen his plan to fall to pieces, encourages the referee to hurry up and start the counting – shouting that it should begin at eight because of his lack of attention to it.

    It’s lost cause anyway as Luger slides back into the ring immediately, he tells Hogan that his nephew isn’t here to protect him. Hogan scoffs at the statement, he and Luger get nose to nose, the crowd rising for this clash of the titans. It’s not the prettiest match but these two men are throwing bombs at each other, big shot after big shot, and now they slug it out one more time.

    Hogan backs Luger up, whips him into the ropes – clothesline is blocked, Luger wrapping Hogan up from behind and looking for a German suplex. Hogan blocks it! He elbows free, kneeing Luger in the stomach, he nails a swinging neckbreaker for the cover. ONE! TWO! KICK OUT! The bandana comes off, Hogan throwing it to the outside as he wipes his forehead and stalks Luger. Slowly, he begins to remove the black and white weightlifting belt from around his waist.

    Holding the belt up in the air, Hogan nods and motions that he is about to hit Luger with it. As Hogan steps closer to Luger, the latter on all fours, the referee grabs the belt and rips it away. He refuses to allow this to happen, Hogan grabs the referee by the collar and says that’s bullshit but the referee is holding firm. While the referee gets rid of the belt, Hogan digs into his pants and pulls out… BRASS KNUCKLES! Fans try to alert the referee but he is still handing the belt over to a worker, Hogan rushes towards Luger and swings a wild punch with the foreign object in play… Luger catches the punch! Luger rips the brass knuckles off, throwing him to the outside and he nails Hogan with three stiff forearms in return.

    Sent back into the corner, Hogan is hit with another Stinger Splash in each of the four corners before being flattened with a fall from high up off a – MILITARY PRESS! ONE! TWO! SHOULDER UP! That might be a case of prolonging what is already decided as Luger pops up to his feet, his blood pumping through his veins, the fans chanting his name as Hogan crawls away. Luger has found another gear after the attempted brass knuckle shot, a fire has been lit as he pulls Hogan up and knees him hard.

    Luger whips him into the rings, Hogan catches him and forces Luger forward… catching Luger with a boot to the face. Stunned for a second, Luger is hit with a clothesline and pops right back up but Hogan is there and he slams him down. Looking towards the people, Hogan tries for this again – LEG DROP! He doesn’t get the chance to try as Luger gets back up, reacts and scoops Hogan up, using his own momentum against him – SCOOP SLAM! No cover is made, Luger gets up to his feet and shouts. Every fan in the arena feeling the end is near, Luger points at Hogan and makes a breaking motion with his hands.

    The sound of fans stomping their feet, clapping their hands and shouting consume the arena. Hogan is in major trouble, Luger stalking him and looking for the Torture Rack. He goes in, grabbing Hogan from the side and lifts – TORTURE RACK! Luger has it locked him, Hogan begins to struggle as the pain scatters through his entire body. He has tasted this pain before, it was so bad he gave up the World Title, and now he feels it again. Luger is using everything he has to break Hollywood in half – months of pain, his career shortened, the pain of brotherly betrayal and now he has the receipt he was looking for.

    In the corner of the screen, Horace Hogan jumps into the ring… the referee cuts him off and orders him out. HOGAN TAPS! HOGAN TAPS! Schiavone is yelling for the referee to turn around but he is dealing with Horace, the nephew arguing like only a Hogan can argue. Luger keeps the hold looked in, continuing to push Hogan through the pain barrier until he feels a cold kiss of steel against his own back. The ever present force of the New World Order strikes from the other side. While Horace has the full attention of the referee, Scott Steiner storms the ring to blindside Luger and save Hollywood!

    A member of the nWo, a true Hogan loyalist throughout the various forms of the group, Scott Steiner has struck Lex Luger with a black baseball bat in the spine. Horace keeps the referee distracted, Luger falls, dropping Hogan as Steiner lines up his shot – WACK! Steiner nails Luger in the back of the head with the baseball bat, and then he pulls Hogan on top, before hurrying out of the ring and jumping over the barricade to disappear through the crowd. Once Horace sees the hit has been down, he throws up his hands and steps off the apron, the referee turns and sees Hogan in a pinfall situation, he quickly slides into position – the building about to riot as the call is made.

    ONE! TWO! THREE!


    Spoiler:

    Winner: Hollywood Hogan @ 12:37


    If the announcers could get away with cursing they would absolutely do it right now. Schiavone can be heard slamming his fist into the desk, Tenay is just as mad and Heenan takes the opportunity to remind everyone that he has been saying this since the 80s. The fans are outraged, Hogan and the nWo just committed a hit job on Lex Luger. It was all a setup from the beginning, Hogan had several plans to get the victory tonight and none of them involved winning fairly.

    Horace Hogan pulls his uncle to the outside, wrapping arm around himself to steady Hollywood as they make their way up the entrance ramp. While making their exit, Horace demands the referee raises his uncle’s hand – the referee has to run out of the ring, stopping his assessment of Luger – and joins the Hogan’s halfway up the ramp. The hand is lifted, Hogan laughing afterwards but still needing the support of his nephew – the Torture Rack clearly having a lasting effect on the man who has now tapped TWICE to that move.

    The commentary team discusses the involvement of Scott Steiner, Tenay reminding the audience that nobody has been more loyal than Steiner – perhaps only matched by that of Horace Hogan. The hit is replayed on the big screen, the referee now seeing his error and immediately apologizes to a groggy Luger. The Total Package tries to stand but he falls down, the baseball bat to the head rocking him silly, he is helped by the referee who continues to apologize but it’s pointless – the decision is final and Luger has no clue what arena he is in right now, let alone the referee’s decisions.

    At the top of the ramp, before they make their exit, Hollywood Hogan taps the side of his head before giving his nephew a hug.


    Turning our attention backstage, Gene Okerlund is standing outside the locker-room when BOOKER T comes out, his fist clenched already, a look of intensity on his face. Before Okerlund can even get out his question, Booker stops him, facing the camera directly and pointing at it. He tells Bret Hart that this was between the two of them, tonight they could’ve gone into the ring and wrestled – sorted this out like it should be done.

    He pauses, Booker visibly frustrated, punching the wall with his fist as he yells at the camera – as if he is speaking directly with the Hitman. “You put your hands on MY FAMILY, DAWG!” Booker promises that’s a mistake Bret Hart will never ever forget making, this was business but now it’s personal. You never go after family, Booker would’ve never done that, he kept it between the two of them but what Bret did was over the line. He has ordered his own destruction – tonight Booker isn’t fighting for himself, he’s fighting for his brother – who is sitting in a hospital bed right now!

    Booker reminds us of Bret’s cowardice at Starrcade, running from the match when it got tough, and says that there is no running tonight. Bret will meet him inside the ring and when he does, Booker T is going to take every pound of flesh he can.

    “I may have millions now but never forget where I come from – HOUSTON TEXAS! I’ve been through rough times, I’ve seen a world that you don’t even know exists. I didn’t grow up with a silver spoon in my mouth, Bret. You had everything handed to you, a father who was always there, to guide you – well, it’s been me and my brother since I was a teenager. And you hurt him. That’s all the family I got!”

    Okerlund asks how Booker plans to overcome the technical skill of Bret Hart. All he gets in response is Booker turning to him, his rage at a peak, and saying that tonight isn’t a wrestling match – it’s a fight.



    We return to the announcer’s desk where the trio discuss the implications of Bret Hart’s attack on Stevie Ray on Thunder this past week. Heenan believes that Booker T looks unhinged and that could cost him against a man as skilled as the Hitman. Conveying a similar thought, Tenay mentions that Booker T has spent nearly his entire career in WCW in a tag team with his brother – Harlem Heat. They have always been at each other’s side and Stevie basically raised Booker T from when he was a teenager.

    **HITMAN IN THE HOUSE**

    With shades and a leather jacket on over his normal wrestling gear, BRET HART makes his way down the entrance ramp to a chorus of boos from the audience. He steps onto the apron of the ring, entering the ring and begs the crowd for more – smirking as he hears them curse his name. Schiavone comments on Bret Hart’s recent trend of walking out of matches, and claims that Bret wants no part of Booker T. We see a replay of the attack on Stevie Ray, Tenay disgusted by the assault and explain that he believes it was a clear tactic to get Booker T off his game before this match. Easily one of the top heels not involved in the nWo, Hart climbs a turnbuckle and flips off the crowd, throwing his jacket to the ground and slowly removing his shades. He acts like he’s going to throw them to a fan, going from side to side of the ring, but end ups placing them on the steel steps and leaning up against the ropes as he waits for his opponent.

    **RAP SHEET**

    He might be a fan favourite but BOOKER T has no time for the fans on this night. His focus is purely on the man inside the ring, Booker T quickly hurries down towards the ring, and slides underneath the bottom rope. He charges at Bret, the latter escaping to the outside and shaking his finger back and forth; “Not so fast.” Booker yells at Hart to get into the ring, but Bret takes his time to allow the referee to move Booker into a neutral corner. Only then does Hart climb onto the apron, smirking as he enters the ring, clearly having gotten under the skin of his opponent. While Booker T struggles to control is emotions, pacing in his corner, Schiavone states the referee is going to have a tough job in this match considering how badly Booker wants to get to Bret. Heenan reinforces that point, that’s exactly what Bret Hart wants – he wants Booker to lose control, then he gets sloppy and will make a mistake which opens the door for the Hitman.

    Singles Match:
    Bret Hart vs. Booker T

    Rushing across the ring like he was shot out of a cannon, Booker T unloads with wild punches to Bret Hart. The crowd cheering him on, Booker T backs Bret up into the corner and hammers away, shouting that this is for his brother. The referee jumps in, pulling Booker away but gets shoved to the side as Booker hits a back elbow to knock Hart down to the lower section of the turnbuckle. Booker T grabs the top rope for leverage, stomping Bret right in the face with some of the stiffest kicks you have ever seen, and the referee once again tries to pull Booker away.

    Finally, Booker spins away, he backs up into the opposite corner as Bret Hart wipes his mouth, droplets of blood falling to the canvas. The Hitman stands, he is in for a fight and realises it now. The arrogant attitude is gone, he knows this isn’t going to be a normal match as the two men meet in the middle of the ring. Hart shoves Booker into the ropes, knees him and whips Booker across the ring. Bending down for a back body drop… Booker T counters by grabbing Bret and throwing him through the turnbuckle into the steel post!

    Hart falls to the outside of the ring, clutching his shoulder, as Booker T follows after him quickly. Bret is thrown into the barricade; Booker T continues to stomp on him – asking Bret if his brother pleading for him to stop when he attacked him. Heenan calls this a side of Booker T we have never seen before; Booker picks Bret up and whips him into the steel steps – dislodging them. The referee’s count is broken at eight by Booker, he has no plans to take this inside the ring anytime soon, stalking Bret as he begins to stand.

    The fans offer support as Booker charges forward and nails the Houston Sidekick! Bret’s eyes roll back as he collapses on the floor, he never expected this type of aggression from Booker T. The referee is pleading with Booker to bring this contest back into the ring, Booker throws him a look and shouts that he doesn’t give a shit about the rules. He mounts Bret, hammering his face with forearms before slamming him face first into the ring post – drawing blood from the forehead. The referee checks on Bret, Booker rolls into the ring and back out, shouting at the ref; “there, is that good enough? Get outta my way!”

    Hart crawls towards the apron, his face now feeling the warmth of fresh blood dripping down as Booker T grabs him from behind. In a desperate attempt to save himself, Bret drops and pulls Booker’s tights forward – sending him crashing into the outside edge of the ring apron. Hart rolls into the ring, selling the punishment he has taken thus far as blood pours from his forehead. Hearing footsteps approaching, Bret fires a European Uppercut and nails Booker T! Even while covered in blood, his vision blurred, the Hitman is still as dangerous as ever. Bret kicks Booker in the stomach, he hooks Booker for a piledriver but Booker lifts him up and tosses him over the shoulder! Moments later, to the roar of the crowd, Booker T tackles Bret to the ground and smashes him with more punches. The referee getting involved again as it spills into the ropes, Bret rolling to the outside, begging to get away from this beatdown.

    Booker T stands alone in the ring, breathing fast, his adrenaline at a max – the fans fully behind him as he is warned by the referee not to go any further. He has given him multiple chances, Booker pushing the line further and further in his quest to make Bret pay for putting his hands on Stevie Ray. Schiavone says that few things are more powerful than the love of a family member and tonight we are seeing what someone will do if you hurt the one they love most of all. We cut to a shot of Bret, leaning up against the barricade as he stands, blood covering his face, and the nearby fans taunting him.

    The action begins on the outside yet again, Booker kicking Bret in the stomach and he throws him into the ring post… Bret counters into a back body drop on the outside! Bret scrambles to his feet, rolling into the ring, falling to the canvas and demands the referee start the ten count. He wants to win this match by any means necessary, Hart will take a count out victory – it doesn’t matter how he wins just so long as he gets the job done. Unfortunately for him, Booker T makes it back into the ring at a count of seven, he stands up and eyes Bret from across the ring. The Hitman shakes his head, feeling the blood he has lost and seeing the wild look in the eyes of Booker T.

    Booker T tackles him down to the ground again, punching like a madman – Bret tries to cover up by the punches are getting through. They scramble, Booker and Bret spilling to the outside of the ring. A clothesline by Booker T continues, knocking Bret to the floor and he screams out loud – his anger only building as this fight continues. Booker turns to face Bret… AND GETS SPAT AT! Bret spits right in Booker’s face, drawing the ire of the crowd and sending Booker T off the deep end, he grabs Bret and nails in one motion… NAILS THE RELEASE SPINEBUSTER!

    Before the referee can react, Booker turns to the ringside crew and grabs a steel chair, he raises it above his head… thinking for a moment… before smashing it against Bret Hart’s back! Over and over, Booker as snapped as he drives the steel chair into Bret Hart, no remorse at all, it’s payback for his brother.

    Hart feels the sting of the steel, crawling away as best he can, pulling himself up to his feet between shots – only to be knocked down with a chair shot to the head! Bret crumbles, Booker T throws the chair to the side and throws Bret back into the ring – he isn’t done yet. The referee has no choice, he calls for the bell but the result means nothing to Booker, and will not stop this fight from continuing afterwards.

    Spoiler:

    Winner: Bret Hart @ 07:12


    When the announcement is made to the live crowd they boo loudly, that is cut off by cheers as Booker T follows Bret Hart into the ring and the fight continues. The referee tries to get involved but Booker shoves him to the ground and mounts Bret. It’s a total beatdown as Hart cannot cover up, the steel chair taking a lot from him and Booker T has snapped.

    Tenay calls for help on commentary, saying they need security out here before Booker does something he’ll regret. Schiavone makes the comment that Bret spat in Booker’s face, that sent him over the edge, mixed in with the attack on Stevie Ray and all the built up tension between the two – this was bound to happen sooner of later. Booker T picks Bret Hart, his forearm underneath the throat and shoves him back in the ropes.

    Booker begins to yell at Bret – asking if it was worth it. He punches him, each time asking the same question; “WAS IT WORTH IT?!” Strike after strike connects, Booker T failing to see the large security team forming around ringside that have come to sort this whole mess out. Even Arn Anderson is here, ordering members of security to surround the ring as Bret Hart struggles to even stand at this point.

    With no remorse or sign of stopping, Booker T is pulled out of the ring by security. They swarm, grabbing his hands and holding him back while another few men enter the ring to check on Bret Hart. The Hitman is busted open badly, his eyes barely open after what he has just gone through. Arn Anderson tries to talk some sense into Booker T, pleading with him to relax as the security team drags him up the entrance ramp, away from Bret Hart.

    As they are taking Booker T away, the big screen shows what is happening inside the ring – Bret Hart’s eyes are open and he begins to push himself off the canvas. “Oh no, Booker T is loose!” The call comes from Schiavone, the sight of the man who attacked him brother not staying down ignites Booker to attack. He rushes to the ring, punching out any security member who dares try to stop him, until he comes face to face with Bret Hart.

    Hart tries to swing a punch but all he does is fall into the arms of Booker T, he gets the hook in and turns to face the hard camera; “This is for you, brother!” BOOK END! Booker T crushes Bret Hart with the Book End in the middle of the ring, the crowd going wild as Booker T takes a knee next to the fallen Hitman, security rushing back into the ring and grabbing Booker. Heenan claims that Booker should be arrested for what he just did, he hit security workers, people just doing their jobs but Tenay clarifies that Booker was pushed by Bret Hart to these actions.

    No longer struggling, Booker T is escorted up the ramp and to the back – passing by Arn Anderson who doesn’t know how to react to what he just saw. Inside the ring, Bret Hart is out cold – the security team surrounding him as medical personal enter to work on the Hitman. Schiavone ponders what the consequences could be for this attack by Booker T, and what the future holds for this ongoing feud between these two men.



    Backstage, HOLLYWOOD HOGAN makes his way through the corridors of the arena, pushing anyone who gets in his way to the side. Following behind is his nephew, HORACE HOGAN, carrying a towel for Hollywood to wipe the sweat off his body with. They arrive at a door, marked ‘nWo’ and they enter, Hollywood leading the way but as Horace follows he feels a hand on his shoulder. Scott Hall asks what Horace thinks he is doing, this locker-room is for the nWo and that means it’s nWo only.

    Horace backs up, shaking his head and stuttering, saying that he didn’t mean no disrespect. He holds the door open for Hall and apologizes again, drawing laughter from the WCW United States Heavyweight Champion and a flick of his toothpick. At this point, The Giant lumbers towards the door and Hall sticks out a hand, grabbing Horace by the shoulder, he laughs and claims he was joking. Holding the door open, Hall allows Horace to enter the nWo locker-room but closes it as The Giant attempts to go through.

    The Giant rolls his eyes, peering down at the Bad Guy, and asks what this is all about. Pressing a finger against his chest, Hall circles The Giant and wants to know what the hell happened out there tonight. Frustration looms over the head of The Giant, he tells Hall that he was ‘this close’ to beating Jericho but the weasel snuck away at the last second. The Giant knows he can beat Jericho, but Hall pipes up and shouting that The Giant has now lost TWICE to Jericho.

    The Giant shakes his head, Hall stops in front of him and points to his WCW United States Heavyweight Championship. Tapping the front plate, Hall reminds The Giant that he had one job to do at Starrcade and that was to capture the WCW World Television Title. Sarcastically looking around, up and down, Hall asks where is the title belt he was supposed to get – and before he gets a response, Hall throws his head back and shouts, “That’s right, you never got it!”

    A fist is clenched by The Giant and Hall notices, stepping forward as he drops the title to the floor. They stare at each other, Hall daring The Giant to try it. Suddenly, the locker-room door opens and WCW World Heavyweight Champion, Kevin Nash, walks out with his long blond hair tied up. He throws a quick glance back and forth between the two men, and asks what’s going on.

    A brief silence occurs, The Giant relaxes his hand, Hall nods and smirks – saying that all is well before wishing Nash good luck in his match. After picking up his title, Hall enters the locker-room while Nash tells The Giant to keep his chin up; “We need you to be better. These sheep around here don’t understand that the nWo on top is best for everyone. Don’t let me down again.” The Giant nods and says he won’t, thanking Nash and wishing him luck.



    KEVIN NASH VS. DIAMOND DALLAS PAGE; VIDEO PACKAGE


    - The nWo is reformed under the guidance of Hollywood Hogan. Under one united front the nWo seeks to entice former member Kevin Nash back into the fold.

    - Nash refuses to acknowledge any ties to the nWo up until Starrcade '98, defeating Goldberg and Bam Bam Bigelow for the WCW World Heavyweight Title thanks to the help of returning nWo member, Randy Savage. The show would go off the air with the nWo standing seven strong, having captured the most coveted title in all of wrestling.

    - Earlier in the same night, Diamond Dallas Page was screwed out of the WCW United States Heavyweight Championship by the nWo – Scott Hall walking out of Starrcade with the title.

    - Page is wins a rematch with Hall via disqualification, failing to win the title back. Later in the night, Arn Anderson adds DDP to the twenty man battle royal to decide who will face Nash at Souled Out for the World Title.

    - Overcoming three nWo members, DDP wins the battle royal and secures a chance at payback against the group that sought to destroy him.

    - Clips from the final confrontation between Nash and Page on Monday Nitro. They talk back and forth, Nash telling Page he isn’t a threat otherwise he wouldn’t be standing where he is. Page tells Nash that the nWo made a grave mistake, they only hurt him… they should’ve put him in the ground because now he is coming back to make them pay.

    - The video package comes to an end with Nash and the nWo fleeing the ring as the WCW forces rush the ring… Goldberg spears DDP and leaves him clutching his ribs.

    ...

    We cut back to ringside where the fans are standing for what promises to be a blockbuster encounter.

    **SELF HIGH-FIVE**

    Rushing out from the entrance chute, DIAMOND DALLAS PAGE receives a thunderous ovation from the crowd as he throws up his hands to form the diamond sign. Page goes from one end of the stage to the other, hyping the fans up and receiving his signature hand symbol back in return. As Page nods his head, smiling on his way to the ring, Schiavone points out the heavy layer of bandages around the ribs of the challenger. Those are from the spear he sustained at the hands of Goldberg, it was a violent scene last Nitro, and it has painted a big target on DDP. Page enters the ring, climbing a turnbuckle and takes in the applause from the audience, Tenay putting DDP over and saying that he has been waiting for this chance ever since Starrcade.

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    **ROCKHOUSE**

    Out next, ever so slowly, walking with an air of coolness, is the reigning WCW World Heavyweight Champion – KEVIN NASH. One of the key figures in the New World Order, Nash is bombarded by boos from the crowd, people throwing plastic cups at Nash as he makes his way down the ramp. While approaching the ring, Nash pretends to have hurt ribs, clutching his sides and pretending to fall to the ground. Afterwards, Nash stands up, laughing at his joke, and removes the World Title before entering the ring. Heenan wonders if Nash will target the ribs, and Schiavone is confident that Nash will exploit any advantage he can get to retain his title – just as we saw at Starrcade.

    WCW World Heavyweight Championship:
    Kevin Nash vs. Diamond Dallas Page

    The champion cracks his knuckles in the corner, not making a move as the bell sounds, while the challenger gets in a last-minute stretch. They circle each other during the opening moments, Page brushing his hair out of his line of sight, and Nash daring him to make a move. Both men extend hands, they lock-up in the middle, each man pushing back against the other as the live crowd chants for Diamond Dallas Page. Using his size advantage, Nash begins to take control, pushing Page backwards and up against the turnbuckle. The referee isn’t messing around, jumping right into the fray and calling for a clean break. Of course, he doesn’t get it… Nash taking a few steps backwards before rushing forward and kneeing DDP in his bad ribs.

    Only then does Nash return to a neutral corner, the referee checking on Page, after the illegal move, and the World Champion pats himself on the back for that little tactic. The challenger gets back to his feet, telling the referee that he can continue, and once again the two competitors lock-up. Nash has the advantage again, pushing Page against the ropes surrounding the ring and he draws the attention of the referee. A break occurs, Nash saying he’ll break as the referee begins to make a count, but this time Page nails Nash with a right hand! Page continues to hammer away, falling victim to the illegal break to start, he wasn’t going to end up in the same situation twice.

    Page has Nash backing up, he delivers a kick to the mid-section and attempts to whip the big man across the ring. Nash puts on the breaks, shakes his head and pulls DDP back towards him – big knee to the ribs. Forcing Page to bend down, Nash clobbers him with a double axe handle to the back, sending the challenger to the canvas and a cover is made. ONE! SHOULDER UP!

    Nash gets back up to his feet, taking the time to brush his hair, before pulling Page over to the ropes. They struggle, Nash overpowering Page with a headbutt – stunning the challenger, who is turned around with his chest against the ring ropes. Big Sexy backs up into the ropes across the ring, building up some speed, and returns with a hard forearm to back. Wrapping his arms around the waist of Page, Nash pulls him back into the middle of the ropes and squeezes, working the injured ribs.

    The fans try to will Page back into this match, he is struggling to breath as Nash tightens his grip and brings Page down to his knees. A quick elbow from Page connects, the grips loosens, another connects and now Page gets to his feet – a quick burst of speed frees him and he rebounds off the ropes with a clothesline! Down goes the World Champ! Page has knocked down Kevin Nash! It doesn’t last long, Nash getting to his feet and charging right back, throwing a punch to the ribs – blocked by DDP!

    Returning a combination of punches of his own, DDP unloads on the World Champ before grabbing him – BELLY TO BELLY! ONE! TWO! KICK OUT! Rolling towards the ropes, with a hand place on his heavily bandaged ribs, DDP stands up and takes a moment to recover. At the same time, Nash pushes himself off the canvas, shaking his head in disbelief that he has been knocked down again. Page grabs Nash, dragging him into the middle of the ring, he hears his name chanted by the crowd and loads up a right hand, swinging it around in the air before smashing it into Nash’s jaw.

    A kick to the mid-section follows by DDP, that drops Nash to his knees, and the challenger takes advantage as he rebounds off the ropes – SWINGING NECKBREAKER! ONE! TWO! SHOULDER UP! A dastardly bastard he may be but Kevin Nash isn’t going to hand over the WCW World Title without putting up one hell of a fight. Page sits up, looking at the man he is going back and forth with, even he knows that this is going to be a war between the two of them. Up on his feet, Page slings Nash into the corner – the champion unable to block it this time but does get the boot up to an incoming Page!

    Stumbling backwards holding his jaw, Page is hit in the ribs with a punch, before Nash grabs a handful of hair and slams him face first into the turnbuckle. Page tries to block the second time but Nash fires a knee to the ribs, hitting the side, and that allows him to follow through with multiple head slams into the turnbuckle. Nash tries for the Jackknife but Page escapes, he fires a punch in return but Nash catches him with a sharp elbow. With the challenger groggy, Nash whips him into the ropes and catches him with a SIDEWALK SLAM! Another cover by Kevin Nash to retain his title. ONE! TWO! SHOULDER UP! Lumbering up to his feet, Nash grabs Page by the hair and drives a stiff knee into the ribs – again.

    The challenger coughs violently, dropping to his knees only to be yanked back up by Nash, and hit with a drop suplex! It’s a hard landing for Page, bouncing off the canvas and hitting shoulder first on the mat. Around the arena, as this match has continued and Nash has exploited the injury sustained six days earlier, the fans begin to fear the worst – watching as Nash pushes Page into the corner and assaults the ribs, using a variety of knees and punches. With a hand wrapped around the throat of Diamond Dallas Page, Nash demands that he calls it quits. “You can’t beat me, Page!” Immediately afterwards Nash steps back, takes aim, and hits a big boot to send Page through the ropes to the outside of the ring.

    The action has spilled to the outside, drawing the interest of the fans and the concerns of the commentators. Schiavone worries about the state of Page’s ribs considering he harsh elements surrounding ringside, a fear which is immediately put to the test, as Kevin Nash lifts Page onto his shoulders. Parading around ringside, carrying DDP like he weighs nothing, Nash prepares to launch the challenger into the ring post but DDP escapes out the back. Nash stumbles forward, on a one-way trip for the ring post, however he gets his hands up at the last second and saves himself. Unfortunately, DDP is right behind him, shoving Nash into the post and following up with a jumping DDT on the cold hard floor!

    Both men return to the ring, DDP rolling the World Champion under the bottom rope and making another cover, a hand in the air as the fans count along with him. ONE! TWO! SHOULDER UP! Page returns to his feet, pulling himself up by the ropes, some of his bandages coming loose as a result of this action. With a rocked World Champ, Page chops him across the chest and whips him into the ropes, looking for a clothesline. However, Nash blocks, booting DDP in the bad ribs, ripping some of the bandages off, and hooks him for the Jackknife! Fans scream out as Page is forced to fight for his life in this contest, if Nash hits this than it’ll be over for the challenger, they struggle… Page digs down deep and forces Big Sexy over his shoulder with a BACK BODY DROP!

    The building explodes with cheers, a rush of enthusiasm from the audience now that Page has countered Nash’s best and most powerful move that he has in the chamber. It has taken a large sum of his energy, Page barely able to stay on his feet, dropping to a knee for a split second. His hand feels the bandages coming off, elements of it left upon his hands, and Page does the unthinkable – HE RIPS THEM OFF! Page removes them himself, Tenay pointing out that they were basically already useless but Heenan argues that if those bandages offered even one percent extra protection than he’s an idiot for removing them. Waiting for Nash to rise, Page feeds off the energy given to him from this arena – he rushes forward and takes him out with a flying clothesline! Kevin pops back up fairly quickly and eats a shoulder jawbreaker from Page – this sends the nWo member backwards into the corner.

    Still dazed and confused, Nash charges right back at Page and is hit with a Russian legsweep. Quick cover by Diamond Dallas Page, fans counting along, and he hooks the arm for safe keeping. ONE! TWO! SHOULDER UP! Wasting no time, Page scrambles to the ring apron and ascends the top rope. The crowd stands to attention, Page sticking up his hand and pointing at Kevin Nash; “Come get it, big man!” Nash rises, shaking his hair out of his face before turning around… and ducking out of the way! Crashing and burning down to the canvas, DDP has hit nothing but air and falls victim to a leg drop by Nash. ONE! TWO! KICK OUT!

    Somehow, to the surprise of not just the fans but to Kevin Nash himself, the challenger got his shoulder off the mat. Replays are shown of the rough fall from grace for Diamond Dallas Page, the challenger taking far too long for the theatrics and paid the ultimate price. Nash places a hand on the back of his head, slamming his large forearm into the ribs before slamming Page down to the canvas. With the ribs exposed, Nash steps directly onto the challenger’s ribs!

    The entire weight of the reigning World Champion being held up on what could be broken ribs. As Nash steps off he throws a disgruntled look down at the challenger, it’s as if Kevin is annoyed that Page has dared to challenge him thus far. It’s somehow disgraceful that Page would have the nerve to give it his all. That spirit continues to breakthrough, Page pushing himself off the mat and trying to clothesline Nash but the champion cracks him with an elbow. With wrist control, Nash hits three short armed clothesline in a row before lifting Page onto his shoulders.

    He doesn’t take as long as he did on the outside, Nash turning on the pace now – SNAKE EYES! Page bounces off and stumbles into the middle of the ring, and right into the path of Big Sexy. A huge boot to the face connects, Page bouncing off the ropes and rebounding back into Nash’s arms where he holds him high with a military press! The fans watch in awe as Nash displays great strength, switching as he drops DDP – POWERSLAM! A hook of the leg follows and the referee goes for the count. ONE! TWO! SHOULDER UP!

    Nash is getting frustrated now, this isn’t supposed to be happening – he’s the WCW World Heavyweight Champion. Walking towards the challenger, flicking his own hair back, Nash grabs Page’s head and pulls him up. A knee to the ribs hits hard, that’s the target and Nash applies a bearhug in the middle of the ring. The referee is right there, asking Page about his condition and if he wants to continue. It’s a one word answer; “YES!” The fans are supporting him, Nash maintains a firm grip as Page struggles. Who wants it more? Nash keeps hold, he can feel the ribs underneath cracking as he tightens – Page’s face a mix of pain and adrenaline. Fighting his way free, Page claps the ears of Nash – using the palms of his hands against the ears, smacking them as hard as he possibly can.

    The hold is broken, Nash clutching at his ears and cursing the tactic by Diamond Dallas Page. The challenger feels his mid-section, he grimaces as he stumbles backwards into the corner, looking for a chance to rest. He will not get it now though – Nash rushing forward for a big boot however Page ducks out of the way! Nash gets caught up in the corner, his leg elevated and he cannot get it free. Page takes advantage, grabbing Nash from this position and falling backwards – BACK SUPLEX! Page takes the chance to hook the leg for a cover. ONE! TWO! SHOULDER UP! The ribs are a growing factor, Page immediately grabbing his sides upon landing, likely delaying his ability to make a cover and get the victory.

    The match continues, Page pushing himself to battle on – they slug it out some more in the corner, Nash swinging for the ribs and Page is forced to retreat. This draws Nash forward, he swings a wild arm out and Page grabs it – arm drag! Nash goes tumbling across the ring, he bounces up fairly quickly and eats a clothesline by Page. The fans are getting back into it, Page’s eye are wide – he is feeling something building. Nash is sent into the ropes, back elbow by Page knocks him down! Page pulls Nash halfway up, then he sprints towards the ropes and comes back – however Nash grabs him by the throat! Page is shook, he needs to counter – kick to the gut connects by the challenger but Nash maintains control, he whips DDP into the ropes… Page flows with it and sends Nash instead! On the rebound, Page opens his arms wide – SPINNING SPINEBUSTER! ONE! TWO! SHOULDER UP!

    Fans across the world thought that was it. Kevin Nash just got his shoulder off the mat and it was so close that even Page has to check with the referee. A beautiful counter by Diamond Dallas Page, he must stay on the attack and he forces himself up off the mat, walking towards the apron of the ring. The challenger takes his position, Schiavone commenting that Page is going for broke here to win the World Title, and Nash begins to stir. Once the World Champ stands, Page launches himself into the ring – DIVING CROSSBODY! It connects, Nash goes down to the canvas but Page’s ribs are an issue. The move having a direct impact on his own ribs, it worked however it has come at a significant price for DDP. He struggles on the canvas, kicking his feet in pain as he looks across the ring at Kevin Nash. The World Title is just a feet metres away from him… Page is crawling… the crowd are on their feet – the arm is over!

    ONE! TWO! KICK OUT! Kevin Nash forced his shoulder off the mat and sucked the air out of the arena. This is the time when we find out what a man is made out of, the time when someone is pushed to limit greater than they expected they could survive. Page rolls away from Nash, pushing himself off the canvas and leaning against the turnbuckle. The pain he is suffering because of his broken ribs, Schiavone making that call, yet somehow DDP will not call it quits. He isn’t just fighting for himself, that realization comes through as he hears the fans chanting his name again, he is fighting for WCW! Page turns, he seeks out the World Champ, delivering a chop to the chest of Kevin Nash, using it to stun him for the next big move. A knee to the stomach bends Nash down, Page wraps his arms around the waist and attempts a GUTWRENCH GUTBUSTER! The ribs give out! Page cannot make the lift, Nash weighs too much for him to execute that move considering all he has sustained!

    Nash shoves DDP away, he nails a big forearm and follows it up with a lariat which nearly takes Page’s head off. Nearly falling to the canvas, Nash leans over the ropes, he wipes his face and flicks his hair backwards. Fans boo heavily, Nash spitting at them as he grabs DDP and knees him in the ribs, pulling him into position – JACKKNIFE! There is no stopping it now, the ribs have betrayed him – DDP was betrayed by his own body and Kevin Nash is about to retain his title belt as a result. The referee slides into position at the request of Big Sexy, he runs his hand through those golden locks and drops to his knees for a cover. ONE! TWO! KICK OUT! A stunning turn of events! DDP has kicked out of the Jackknife and this crowd is going wild – Kevin Nash cannot believe it. He makes another cover. ONE! TWO! KICK OUT! Twice in a row, Page has kicked out and Nash responds by grabbing the official by the throat and demanding that it was three. He shoves three fingers into his face, going absolutely ballistic about the call.

    After nearly a minute of arguing and the announcers pointing out that the call isn’t going to be changed; Nash finally grabs DDP and looks to follow up. It’s the same move, Nash is looking for the Jackknife again – he lifts Page up but DDP scoots free! He lands behind Kevin Nash, spins him around – DIAMOND CUTTER! Bang! This crowd cannot believe it, Nash is out cold facing downwards in the ring and Page is right next to him. No cover can be made, Page is trying to crawl as his ribs ache in pain. He has to force Nash over onto his back, pushing with all his might… he makes it! ONE! TWO! SHOULDER UP!

    Stunned faces throughout the arena are captured by the camera as it circles the crowd. A replay is shown of the counter, Nash trying the Jackknife again but once Page was lifted into the air he pushed off the shoulders, landed behind and hit is best shot. The only issue being that Page couldn’t secure the cover straight away. Both men suffering that same fate; Nash through his own arrogance and Page through injury. It’s a reset, the fans can sense that the end is near for this match – champion and challenger both putting everything on the line. They have each taken the best shot from the other and now, both men begin to rise. Page has Nash by the arm, he fires a kick which catches Nash in the shoulder before he stands vertically. He lifts Nash up – INVERTED ATOMIC DROP! Nash stumbles away, DDP rushes off the ropes and catches Nash with a dropkick. ONE! TWO! SHOULDER UP! It’s not as close as the previous two falls but it takes that little bit extra out of the champion, forced to get his shoulder off the mat, against a challenger who will not die.

    Page stands up, he drags Nash to a vertical base and hits him with three solid punches, before slinging the champion into the corner. Running on the spot for a few seconds, building up some speed, Page then charges forward and hits a flying forearm! Right on the jaw, Nash is in big trouble – Page catches him coming out of the corner and sends him across the ring into a different corner. Again, flying forearm! Nash comes walking out again – Page slings him across into the third and then the fourth – hitting a flying forearm on both occasions. With the World Champ on dream street, Page signals for the Diamond Cutter – Nash on his knees in the middle of the ring. He turns Nash around; the Cutter is countered – Nash shoving Page to the side!

    Big boot by Nash is thrown and it glances off Page’s face, allowing Nash to grab him and lift the challenger up for a back suplex. Page escapes, landing over the shoulder and he rushes forward pushing Nash in front of him into the ropes, rolling backwards for a schoolboy pin. ONE! TWO! SHOULDER UP! Both men are right back up, Nash hits first after nearly being upset and hits Page with a headbutt. DDP is whipped into the ropes, Nash looking for lariat but it gets countered on the rebound. Page ducks, he bounces back with an STO! No cover is made, Page throws it hands in the air and calls for it. The camera zooms in on Nash, the World Champion looks fuzzy as Page stalks him.

    Slowly, Nash gets to his feet and is met with the DIAMOND CUTTER! Except Nash rakes the eyes before DDP can get the headlock. Blinded, Nash boots Page in the stomach and clobbers his neck with elbows. Nash then lifts Page onto his shoulders in a fireman’s carry – Page begins to struggle and elbows out of it, landing on the canvas and he scrambles up – DIAMOND CUTTER! No, Nash at the last second strikes the injured ribs – he went for it! The last resort to the stop the Diamond Cutter, and Page collapses. Nash hooks him between the legs, the fans crying out for another counter, and the champion lifts the challenger up high – JACKKNIFE POWERBOMB! It’s an emphatic thud, the ribs too much for the challenger to overcome tonight, he walked into this match with a target for Nash to focus on and it cost him. ONE! TWO! THREE!

    Spoiler:

    Winner: And STILL WCW World Heavyweight Champion – Kevin Nash @ 15:42


    Kevin Nash rolls off Diamond Dallas Page ever so slowly after what was one of the toughest matches of his entire career. The veteran of the sport, and STILL World Champion, is handed the title belt and clutches it close. Giving the title a kiss as Tony Schiavone recounts the finish to the match, highlighting the many different ways that Nash countered the Diamond Cutter and how DDP found multiple ways to stop the Jackknife throughout the course of the match.

    Heenan points to the injured ribs and how that was an existing injury which he was positive would be a major factor; and of course, he was correct. Nash doesn’t care to stick around, he slides out of the ring and begins making his way up the ramp while the referee checks on Page, his mid-section displaying signs of swelling after the match.

    Many in the arena are heartbroken at the result. Page had his chances as detailed by Mike Tenay on commentary as we see replays of Page hitting a big move but being unable to make the cover straight away thanks to, in large part, those damn injured ribs. Inside the ring live, Page is being helped to stand by the referee, however Page tells him to go. Standing on his own two feet, supporting himself like he did many times throughout the match, Page receives a loud round of applause for his efforts against Kevin Nash.

    Page makes his way up the entrance ramp, one arm wrapped around his right side, the pain still piercing his body. The warrior that he is, Page takes the time to turn back to the fans and wave, saying thank you for their support before he disappears into the entrance chute. Schiavone makes the call as it all wraps up for the World Title.

    “Tonight, was not the night for World Championship Wrestling to regain the most prestigious title in all of wrestling. That symbol which brings with it a great deal of power remains with the nWo. Kevin Nash has retained the World Title, defeating Diamond Dallas Page who came into the contest with injured ribs. I thought we had it, ladies and gentlemen. Multiple times, actually. However, it was not meant to be. Kevin Nash is still the WCW World Heavyweight Champion BUT we are not done! It’s a rare occasion, a WCW pay-per-view event where the World Title is not the last match on the card. That’s the case tonight and we’ve got a big one to follow – it’s Goldberg vs. Randy Savage in a Steel Cage – and it’s up next!”



    *VIDEO PACKAGE*

    Shots of the WCW World Heavyweight Championship sitting on a podium, it’s golden plate sparkling under the bright lights as the camera flashes between different angles.

    “The most prestigious championship in all of professional wrestling.”

    Images of the several men holding the WCW United States Heavyweight Championship, all wearing it proudly including; Harley Race, Ric Flair, Ricky Steamboat, Diamond Dallas Page, Konnan and the current champion, Scott Hall.

    “This is what men fight their entire lives for. A chance to hold a title, to know their hard work meant something – for one moment to know that they were the best.”

    Shots of high flying action between the most exciting and unique wrestling division in the entire world, the WCW Cruiserweights. Billy Kidman is highlighted, we see him holding up the title belt.

    “When you reach the top of the mountain, you look down and see that the fight is not over. Once you get there, every other guy is climbing, just as you did, to take that spot from you.”

    Kanyon and Raven are shown defeating Rick Steiner and Kenny Kaos at Starrcade – they are handed the WCW World Tag Team Championships and the feed shows several past champions including the Road Warriors, the Outsiders, Harlem Heat and the Steiner Brothers.

    “The team that holds those belts are the best on the planet.”

    Finally, we see the WCW World Television Champion – Wrath making his way to the ring and smashing opponents.

    “No matter what they say, whether they believed in you or not, to be a champion means you were the best.”

    Shots of former WCW World Television Champions including Lex Luger, Arn Anderson, Disco Inferno, Booker T and Ricky Steamboat.

    “Opportunities are rare to come by in this business.”

    All the current champions are shown holding their respective titles, ending with Kevin Nash holding the WCW World Heavyweight Title.

    “On this night…”

    Pyro goes off as the SuperBrawl IX set is shown.

    “Opportunity presents itself…”

    Shots of Eddie Guerrero hitting a Frog Splash, Chris Jericho applying the Walls of Jericho, Bret Hart executing the Sharpshooter and Kanyon hitting the Flatliner.

    “Not once…”

    Clips of the nWo in action; Randy Savage dropping the Macho Elbow, Scott Hall hitting the Razor’s Edge, Hollywood Hogan connecting with the Leg Drop and a full team beatdown.

    “But five times over.”

    From the World Title to the Television Title; we see all five championship belts lined up in a row on individual podiums.

    “EVERY CHAMPIONSHIP WILL BE DEFENDED!”



    February 21, 1999 - Oakland, California
    World Championship Wrestling Presents
    SUPERBRAWL IX ONLY ON PAY-PER-VIEW



    Back inside the arena, the cage is lowered down to the ring and with it brings a sense of dread for not only the competitors soon to be locked inside but also the fans watching from the outside. “You cannot replicate the danger of being locked inside the steel cage,” Schiavone says. The commentary team discusses some of the horrific injuries they have seen caused by the steel cage. Heenan stating that Goldberg is going to be in for a huge test having never stepped into an environment like this. With the announcers still delivering their thoughts about the main event, the camera cuts to the back where both Goldberg and Randy Savage’s dressing rooms are shown. Outside of Goldberg’s is a large security force, outside of Savage’s stands the nWo – minus Kevin Nash. The lights in the arena dim, the big screen lights up and the final video package of the night kicks in.



    GOLDBERG VS. RANDY SAVAGE; VIDEO PACKAGE

    - Voiceovers of Tony Schiavone, Mike Tenay and Bobby Heenan hyping up Goldberg during his undefeated streak and subsequent World Title reign.

    - Footage is shown of Goldberg wrecking individuals – a counter appearing on the screen building up to 173-0.

    - Starrcade '98, Goldberg makes his way down to the ring and we see him square off against Kevin Nash and Bam Bam Bigelow.

    - Schiavone makes the call that Goldberg is going to retain the title when it goes black and we hear “oh yeah” in the background.

    - Randy Savage attacks Goldberg, costing him the World Title and undefeated streak, while aligning with the New World Order.

    - The next night on Nitro, Savage escapes an attack from Goldberg – the next week the nWo leave Goldberg bloodied inside the ring of the man.

    - The video package ends with Randy Savage yelling directly into the face of a badly beaten Goldberg, promising to bring the ‘madness’ with him.

    N-n-new
    New
    New New
    New
    World
    Order


    **ROCKHOUSE**


    The Charleston Civic Center is on its feet, booing with great passion, as RANDY SAVAGE steps out onto the stage with a hand in the air. Dressed in the red and black, flying the colours of the nWo, and he does so without any backup. The fact that Savage is making his way down to the ring by himself draws the attention of Mike Tenay. “What do you make of this, gentlemen? We saw the nWo all standing around backstage,” he says, “And now the Macho Man is heading down to this cage match without any backup. I don’t buy it!” Disagreeing with that, Heenan pipes up with a view of his own as Savage enters the steel cage. “I’ve seen this guy take the best of all time to the very limits, Tenay. Don’t doubt what Randy Savage can do inside the ring. He’s a lunatic and that’s what the steel cage demands. He won’t need backup – we’re about to see madness!” Thousands continue to boo loudly, Savage spinning around and pointing to the sky, before rushing over to a turnbuckle and shaking the cage wildly.

    **INVASION**

    The biggest hero in the entire company, and the response he gets backs that up more so than ever – with a police escort from his locker-room, GOLDBERG steps into the pyro and smoke. The roar of the crowd is thunderous, Savage watching from inside the cage while pushing his face against the mesh and screaming out, as Goldberg rushes out from within the smoke. It’s a sight that even the commentators struggle to talk over, Schiavone saying that this entrance is unlike anything in professional wrestling today and that the best thing is to just take in the reaction from the crowd. For the most part, that’s exactly what happens – the crowd cheering for the entirety of his walk to the cage. Goldberg reaches the door, feeling the steel with the palm of his hand, before making his way up the steps and entering the sadistic structure. A single referee is inside the cage and will determine the victor.

    Steel Cage Match:
    Randy Savage vs. Goldberg

    The sight of the steel cage is an awe-inspiring sight, even more so with the two men who currently call it home and the tension inside is absolutely at its peak. With the roar of the crowd echoing throughout the arena, a mix of cheers and boos, Randy Savage shakes one side of the cage and shouts incoherently at his opponent. The time for talking is over, Goldberg rushing forward and unloading on Savage with hard forearms to the face, backing the Macho Man into the ropes. The steel cage is right there, Goldberg whips Savage across the ring and swings an arm for a wild clothesline. It’s countered by the Macho Man, the veteran ducking underneath and hooking a choke from behind! The fans boo loudly, Savage applying the choke and demanding that Goldberg show him the respect he deserves.

    In an impressive feat of strength, Goldberg powers up and lifts Savage while the choke is applied – driving the latter into the steel structure. The hold is broken, Goldberg coughing slightly as he turns to follow up. Kick to the stomach connects by Goldberg before he lifts Savage onto his shoulders and plants him with a POWERSLAM! The canvas does not give, leaving Savage to worm around in pain, while Goldberg adds further punishment with a combination of stomps. Picking up Savage by the arm, Goldberg whips the Macho Man into the ropes and connects with a shoulder block. Stepping over him, Goldberg rushes into the opposite ropes and looks for a lariat but Savage catches him with a SCOOP SLAM!

    Rising to his feet, Savage lifts his boot into the air, taunting the audience for a moment, before driving it into the forehead of the fan favourite. The heat for Savage cannot be understated, he draws even more by dropping to his knees and choking Goldberg with two hands. A common tactic of the New World Order, and one that the Macho Man has no moral questions about using himself. Back to his feet, Savage picks Goldberg up and chops him across the chest. A second chop connects, both drawing a ‘woo’ from the crowd, and thereafter Savage slings Goldberg into corner. With a head of steam, Savage charges forward looking to drive his forearm into the face of Goldberg. However, with Savage unable to stop himself at speed, Goldberg ducks out of the way, runs off the ropes and rebounds SPEAR – No! Macho Man executes a drop toe hold, he steps over and applies a CROSSFACE!

    Savage is showing true veteran skill while Goldberg is showing signs of being a fresh talent with under two years of experience on his belt. The cage is often a distracting element that people will focus on, and while Goldberg hasn’t fallen into that trap, he appears to be a step slower than the Macho Man, who hasn’t used the cage at all. The crossface is locked in, Savage pulling back and getting to the ropes will not force a break in this situation. The ropes mean nothing inside the cage for either pinfalls or submissions. Goldberg begins to push his way forward, Savage pulling back even further but the power of the animalistic Goldberg is too much to overcome. Even with the crossface applied, Goldberg gets to his knees and lifts Savage up off the canvas before dropping him square on his head with something resembling a SAMOAN DROP!

    Shaking off the cobwebs, Goldberg pulls Savage towards him and throws a hard knee. A strike across the back sends Savage stumbling away, and Goldberg finally introduces the cage as he whips Savage hard into one of the side panels. As Savage’s head bouncing off the steel, the crowd pops huge, and he returns into the middle of the ring – Goldberg is right there to toss him into the opposite panel. That draws another huge reaction from the crowd, Savage once again returning, refusing to fall to the ground after eating steel twice. Goldberg launches him into another panel, having done so to three out of the four sides, and as you would expect – Savage wobbles backwards into the middle of the ring so Goldberg can launch him into the fourth and final side. Finally, Savage collapses into the middle of the ring, his face having met each side of the steel structure and Goldberg makes the first cover of the match. ONE! TWO! SHOULDER UP!

    No cuts on the forehead even after smacking the steel four straight times for Randy Savage. Crawling towards the ropes, Savage is pulled to his feet by Goldberg and struck in the face with a right hand. The shot wakes Savage up a little, and he fires a punch of his own back – along with a knee to the mid-section. With control, Savage rams Goldberg head first into the steel cage but being the veteran, he knows that significantly more damage is inflicted when you aim for the large metal poles in the middle of the panel. Skull cracks the metal, Savage slamming Goldberg into it multiple times before applying an underhook – UNDERHOOK SUPLEX! ONE! TWO! KICK OUT!

    The atmosphere in the building takes a swift change as Savage begins to punish Goldberg, mounting him and striking his face in an attempt to open up a cut on his head. Standing up and pointing to the sky, Savage does a little spin and lowers is hand – driving a forearm forward as he dives towards the back of Goldberg’s head. It’s right on point for the Macho Man. Goldberg’s head has to be spinning as he moves towards the corner of the ring. Savage will not give the man a break, stomp on him in the corner before slinging Goldberg across into the other corner. A hard clothesline connects by the Macho Man, he then connects with a kick to the stomach and nails a swinging neckbreaker. Putting a forearm in the face, Randy makes yet another cover, trying to put Goldberg away. ONE! TWO! SHOULDER UP!

    The fans in the arena begin to rise with chants of “Goldberg” in an attempt to inspire their favourite. It does not look good for Goldberg right now as Savage tries to blind his opponent. Schiavone is disgusted by the action, “Oh my word, he’s digging his fingers into the eyes of Goldberg!” Indeed, Savage pushes his fingers towards the eyes of Goldberg, screaming as he does so and nodding his head repeatedly. Goldberg fights to escape, elbowing Savage in the chest and delivering a thrust kick! Forcing Savage to retreat backwards, Goldberg rushes towards the ropes… however Savage gets a boot up! Goldberg catches it – DRAGON SCREW! Goldberg rolls viciously, getting back to his feet while still holding the leg and delivers an elbow to it. He must be thinking about slowing Savage down should he attempt to win by escaping the cage and working the leg will surely assist with restricting that.

    Goldberg is back on up feet, he lifts Savage up onto his shoulder and thinks about delivering Snake Eyes in the corner. To the roar of the crowd, Goldberg says no and turns his focus to the cage itself – charging forward and smashing Savage head first into the steel. With his grip still in place, Goldberg turns back into the middle of the ring, Savage still on his shoulder and drives him into the mat with a RUNNING POWERSLAM! Hook of the leg by Goldberg. ONE! TWO! SHOULDER UP! Goldberg forces himself off the canvas, taking a few steps back into a corner as Savage begins to stir. Once Savage stands on his feet, Goldberg throws a head kick but the veteran is right there, dropping to his knees and hitting him below the belt.

    Instant boos from the crowd who are furious about what would normally be an illegal move. In this case, it is completely legal and the referee can do nothing about it. On his knees, Savage spits on the canvas a little bit of blood is mixed with his spit. Savage works a snapmare on Goldberg, kicking him square in the back and dropping a jumping knee across the head. No cover is made, Savage rolling to his feet and climbing a nearby turnbuckle. He isn’t thinking of escaping just yet, this match means more than that – he has a job to do and that’s to send a harsh message to Goldberg in the form of a beating.

    Up on the top rope, Savage rips off his t-shirt and throws it directly at Goldberg. Heat reigns in from the audience, willing Goldberg to move – Savage leaps through the air and nails Goldberg with a double axe handle! Twirling in the ring, rambling like only he can – Savage grabs Goldberg by the head and begins to rake his face against the steel cage. Now, blood is drawn on Goldberg! We have some colour and Savage attacks the wound with some punches before hitting a vertical suplex – not into the ring but towards the steel cage panel! Goldberg is caught between the ropes and the cage itself, falling between the gap and causing himself to fall victim to a sliding dropkick from the Macho Man. It’s all Savage right now, Heenan saying he should be heading for an escape but Savage seems far too driven to leave Goldberg laying than to simply win the contest.

    Pulling Goldberg back into the ring, Savage slaps him across the face before placing Goldberg between his legs. It’s the piledriver position, Savage taunting the fans as he faces the hard camera – he lifts but it’s blocked! Goldberg counters with a back body drop! Blood dripping from the face of Goldberg but he is fired up, he wipes his face clear and smashes Savage with a lariat. He pops back up, Goldberg catching him with an overhead suplex! Right back up again, Savage rushing back and Goldberg lifts him up for a MILITARY PRESS! Savage is thrown through the air and smashes into the steel cage, getting caught just as Goldberg did between the panel and the ropes themselves. Goldberg digs his hand down into the gap, yanking Savage up to his feet and smashing him with forearms. Unable to counter – Savage can only watch as Goldberg sprints backwards, rebounding hard and delivers a SPEAR!

    Savage eats all of it, caught between the cage and the ropes, he crumbles as Goldberg pulls him into the ring for a cover. ONE! TWO! SHOULDER UP! Goldberg looks around the arena, fans cheering him on, before he lifts Savage up into the air, connecting with a slam. As his opponent suffers through the pain of it all, Goldberg backs up into the corner – escape is not an option for Goldberg. He wants to make Savage submit or to pin him. He refuses to even consider escape as an option. In a three-point stance, Goldberg watches as Savage rises to his feet, shaking the cobwebs away and turns. Rushing forward at full speed, Goldberg looks for the spear but Savage gets the knee up! KNEE UP! Goldberg stumbles, holding his jaw and his already busted forehead drips more blood. A quick kick to the stomach by Savage connects and he follows up with a snap DDT! Both men are down in the middle of the ring, Savage moving first and he doesn’t go towards Goldberg… he goes towards the steel cage.

    Savage is attempting to escape the cage, he has had enough of this contest after getting speared once and does not want to feel that again. Savage gets halfway up the inside panel when Goldberg grabs his foot. Kicking wildly, Savage gets further up, Goldberg is forced to follow and he gets a hand on the tights. Fans that were worried about Savage escaping are soon given a chance to relax as Goldberg brings him back down – both men standing on the top rope. Goldberg has a hand on Savage’s head and slams it forward into the cage which sends the Macho Man flying backwards into the ring. Still on the top rope, Goldberg can hear thousands of fans calling for him to escape and get the win. Schiavone says that’s the best move right now, Savage wouldn’t be able to stop him if he wanted to escape, yet Goldberg steps down and returns to the canvas.

    That could prove costly if the result does not favour Goldberg. The two competitors begin to slug it out inside the cage, Goldberg’s cut getting bigger but it will not cause him to stop fighting. Savage is sent into the ropes, Goldberg nails a spinning head kick! ONE! TWO! KICK OUT! The kick out seems to be a gut punch right to Goldberg, he sits up and wipes his hand, blood covering his hand. The cage has taken its fair share from these two men already and now, Goldberg is looking to make Savage pay some more as he lifts the Macho Man onto his shoulder. Once again rushing forward, Savage like a lawn dart, towards the steel cage…Savage rakes the eyes and slips free! Savage gets a grip of Goldberg, including the tights, and shoves him into the steel cage! That’s not all! Savage pulls him up, seething of the punishment he has sustained – PILEDRIVER! Right on the head, Randy Savage hits a sickening piledriver square in the middle of the ring, and now he waves for the door to be opened. An outside referee, one of two, does so.

    Heading towards the door, crawling instead of walking after all that he has felt. Savage is nearly there, he is on his way to victory. On the outside of the cage, a referee opens the door and Savage steps through the ropes… Goldberg clutches at his foot! The fans erupt with cheers as Goldberg hold onto the foot of Randy Savage, he will not give up his grip. Savage shakes his leg in a fury, that’s all that is stopping him from being free of the cage. With wide eyes, his heart beat racing now – Savage can’t break free. Goldberg rushes forward, now on his feet, and grabs Savage around the head. A few forearms connect with Savage trapped halfway in and out of the cage. Goldberg pulls him back in, turning Savage around with his head sticking out of the cage a little before slamming the door shut on it! That cuts Savage open and he begins to bleed, that’s the least of his problems right now as Goldberg rushes forward and boots him in the face.

    Goldberg has an idea, grabbing Savage by the legs and dragging him closer to the steel cage. Blood continues to flow, now from both men, it’s in the eyes of Goldberg, causing him to blink a lot – it has to be stinging. Goldberg grits his teeth and catapults Savage from the canvas up into the cage! But Savage catches himself and begins scaling the steel structure, fans trying to alert Goldberg of what has happened. Goldberg doesn’t know, he is on his knee wipes the blood out of his eyes – Savage reaches the top when Goldberg turns around, he knows! Sprinting up the cage, Goldberg hurries up after Randy Savage, throwing punches to disrupt the climbing process of the Macho Man. They meet at the top of the cage, Savage sitting on top and slamming his foot into the face of Goldberg. It drops him, Savage is onto the other side!

    Goldberg has to do something right now or he is done. He goes back up the cage, reaching over and grabbing Savage by the hair! Savage’s legs are hanging over the other side of the cage, if he could just get his body over than he could fall to the floor and win the match. Goldberg pulls as he climbs himself, reaching the top of the cage and pulling Savage back into a seated position. They fight on the top of the cage, both men sitting and trading their best shots. A hard punch from Goldberg nearly sends Savage falling back into the ring, but he grabs the cage and steadies himself. Savage delivers some hard shots of his own, the fans holding their breath at this sight, these two men risking everything to beat the living hell out of each other. Savage gets rocked with a forearm, he drops to the lower level and lands with his feet on the top rope.

    This gives him an advantage, hammer from the bottom at Goldberg and pulling him down. Savage hooks the arm as Goldberg leans into it… SUPERPLEX! Oh my freaking god! Goldberg was sitting on top of the cage, Savage on the top rope and Goldberg was pulled from that seated position into the cage via a suplex! The thud is hard, the referee is ready and waiting to make the count. Savage took just as much damage, Goldberg far across the ring and the Macho Man is forced to crawl towards him looking for the pinfall. He gets there, an arm over – Heenan is sure this match is done. ONE! TWO! SHOULDER UP! Macho Man cannot believe it – his bloodied face telling the entire story. Eyes are bulging out, his nails digging into his cheeks and hair is being pulled out by the root. Savage is going mental, he thought it was over – Macho Madness is definitely here as Savage pulls himself off the mat and lays in the boots to Goldberg.

    He should be going out the door but Savage has fallen off the deep end after that kick out. He climbs the turnbuckle, points up the heavens and leaps off – MACHO ELBOW! It has to be done, Randy Savage doesn’t even hook a leg as he leans over his opponent. ONE! TWO! KICK OUT! No, it’s not over. Goldberg has kicked out of not just a superplex but he has forced his way out of the elbow drop. The same elbow drop that has won Randy Savage countless world titles. Sitting in the corner, Savage is mumbling to himself about what just happened. Frustration and madness infecting him – he stands up and walks towards Goldberg, chopping him in the chest before slinging him into the ropes.

    Clothesline is ducked, Savage turns… and sees nothing as Goldberg has already rushed past him! Savage turns again and eats a thunderous – SPEAR! The crowd pops, Goldberg falls to the side while Savage clutches his mid-section. Goldberg busted that out of nowhere, he had no right to be able to hit that spear after what he just went through. The man, the myth, the legend – Goldberg reaching further into himself than ever before. Blood covering his face as he stands on his feet, an arm over the top rope – barely able to support him as Randy Savage writhes in pain.

    Goldberg explodes forward, kicking Savage in the stomach and drops an elbow across the back of the neck. After hooking the arm, Goldberg lines up his shot – URA-NAGE! ONE! TWO! KICK OUT! Goldberg pulls Savage up with him, eating a thumb to the eye for his troubles – Savage throws Goldberg against the cage which knocks him down. Stumbling back into the ropes, Savage uses his forearm to wipe some of his own blood clear. He ascends the top rope, not to escape but to attack, leaping off the top rope for a crossbody! Goldberg ducks out of the way, leaving Savage to eat nothing but canvas after coming off the top rope.

    Coughing as he stands, Savage is stumbling around the ring, trying to make for the door when he is nailed by a rampaging Goldberg. SPEAR! He is probably broken in half. Goldberg has hit the spear on Savage yet again, drawing a huge cheer from the crowd as the former World Champion stands up. Slowly, Goldberg raises his head while looking at the hard camera – it’s a terrifying sight to behold. Blood dripping down his face, those cold hard eyes of the myth they call Goldberg. Delivering a primal yell, Goldberg yanks Savage into his grasp and sets himself for the Jackhammer. Fans all rise, Goldberg takes a moment to ready himself for the task ahead. He lifts, Savage blocks and drives him back, knocking the referee inside the cage to the canvas. Goldberg tightens his grip and powers Savage up - JACKHAMMER! It's clean, he hooks the leg and the fans count. ONE! TWO! THREE! FOUR! FIVE! It's not a referee's count as Schiavone shouts. The referee inside the ring has been knocked down, furiously one of the outside referee's opens the cage door and hurries into the ring to make an official count. ONE! TWO! KICK OUT! Goldberg had a visual pinfall on Savage, this match should be over but the referee inside the cage was knocked down.

    Goldberg is forced to carry on, he tells the new referee that he had a three count but nothing can be down. Attempting the Jackhammer again, Goldberg hooks Savage into position and lifts. Savage slips out the back, rushing backwards and returning with a high knee to the back – sending Goldberg crashing against the steel cage. From pure exhaustion, Savage drops to his hands and knees, forced to crawl across the ring as he eyes the cage as a way of escape. With Goldberg between him and the door, Savage decides to climb high and begins to ascend the cage. Savage is on his way to escape, slowly getting to the top of the cage… before Goldberg climbs after him, grabbing Savage and punching him in the face. Savage chops Goldberg and knocks him from the top rope. Looking up at the top of the cage and realizing it’s not going to work right now as a way of escape, not with Goldberg still standing where he is, Savage carefully walks the top rope towards the turnbuckle.

    Upon arrival, Savage is met by Goldberg who tries to hook a superplex but Savage fights it off. The struggle begins, Savage eats a few punches as Goldberg goes for the superplex again, Savage refusing to go for the ride. A hard headbutt by Savage knocks Goldberg down to the canvas and rattles himself silly, crotching himself on the top rope for good measure. Fans don’t know how to react or what is coming next. Savage is still on the top rope, Goldberg is flat on his back inside the ring. Even in his current state, Savage begins to climb the cage and a few moments later, Goldberg begins to crawl for the door. It’s an old-fashioned race, who will reach their element of escape first? Goldberg is halfway towards the door and Savage is reaching the top of the cage. Fans are standing, cheering Goldberg on as he appears to be leading this thing just by an inch or two.

    Savage is at the top of the steel cage, he has a leg over but Goldberg is touching the edge of the ring. Goldberg is going to win this thing, he is halfway out the door – GOLDBERG HAS HANDS ON THE FLOOR! Suddenly, the door is slammed into his face and Goldberg is shoved back into the ring. The camera swings to the side and reveals – DIAMOND DALLAS PAGE! DDP is inside the ring, Goldberg is stunned, fighting up to stand up – he had it won. Rushing forward, Page jumps into the air, his ribs freshly bandaged, DIAMOND CUTTER! Page takes out Goldberg with the Diamond Cutter, he stands up, asking how it feels to have it happen to him (Goldberg).

    While this chaos is happening, Macho Man lands on the outside of the ring – he has won this match!

    Spoiler:

    Winner: Randy Savage @ 16:47


    The match is over, yet that seems like a secondary story now, as Diamond Dallas Page has just attacked Goldberg and in effect, cost him this match. Both Goldberg and Savage were making their way out of the cage, Goldberg reached the door and was out, he had hands on the ground but needed to get his feet there. He would have won, there is no doubt about it had it not been for Diamond Dallas Page. Schiavone even points out that Goldberg had a collective seven count following his Jackhammer on Randy Savage, and would've finished the match on that move had the original in-cage referee not be knocked to the mat.

    The silence that has filled the arena slowly begins to resonate with boos, replays being shown of the finish and the actions of Page. A man, who as Tenay points out, was involved in the World Title match earlier tonight against another nWo member. Could DDP be in the New World Order? Schiavone says he cannot believe that Page would join them, Heenan demands to know why Page would help Randy Savage then?

    Speaking of Randy Savage, he has his hand raised by the referee on the outside and makes his way away from ringside up the ramp. After walking about halfway up the ramp, Savage is joined by several nWo members; Scott Hall, Kevin Nash, Konnan and Scott Steiner. They all help Savage to his feet, blood still oozing from his head after the brutal match. Nash pats Savage on the back, telling him that’s what he expected! The nWo are in a celebratory mood, Nash proudly showing the World Title as the camera pans on them.

    We cut back to the steel cage, Goldberg still out cold from the Diamond Cutter delivered at the end of the match. Page stands over him and mouths, “we're still not even” before exiting the cage and heading up the ramp. The New World Order is right there, they part like the red sea and allow Page the chance to walk right on past as the show fades to black.

    END OF SHOW



    Quick Results

    Spoiler:

    Chris Jericho def. The Giant
    WCW World Tag Team Titles: Kanyon & Raven (c) def. Kenny Kaos & Rick Steiner
    Hair vs. Mask: Rey Mysterio Jr. def. Eddie Guerrero (w/Chavo Guerrero Jr.)
    WCW Cruiserweight Title: Billy Kidman (c) def. Dean Malenko
    Hollywood Hogan (w/ Horace Hogan) def. Lex Luger
    Bret Hart def. Booker T
    WCW World Heavyweight Title: Kevin Nash (c) def. Diamond Dallas Page
    Randy Savage def. Goldberg
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    Re: Death of the New World Order

    SOULED OUT REVIEW

    Jericho and The Giant was a great start to the night. I never doubted that The Giant would lose but he made Jericho work for his win. Not sure if you will let him go as he did in real life but the tension he has built up inside the nWo around him doesn't look good at the moment. As for Jericho I'm hopeful that this win leads towards a feud with Hall over the US Title, a good reason for Jericho dropping the TV Title.

    Kanyon and Raven were obviously going to win this match in my opinion. There's plenty to still develop between them as a team before one snaps on the other. I'm pretty interested in seeing a challenger built up for them in the near future.

    Eddie and Rey was hell of fun. Mil Mascaras was a great idea and it gave the match that real big time feeling that these types of matches receive in Mexico. The aftermath was great too and despite you stating that it's finally over between Rey and Eddie I'm not so sure. I'm hoping Eddie turns up with a mask next time we see him.

    Hogan and Luger finished as expected with interference and it will be interesting to see what happens with Hogan in the coming weeks seeing as though Luger will likely be busy with Steiner. That suits me for Hogan as I think his in ring appearances need to be spread out not just for our benefit but also to keep his 'I wrestle when I choose' statement genuine.

    Kidman and Malenko again put on a masterful match and show once more that the CW division is a highlight of WCW, not a sideshow act. With Kidman, Mysterio and Jericho all winning it looks like several storylines are being phased out as you look to begin your own fresh stories. I can't wait to see what those three ended feuds branch out into.

    Bret and Booker really showed that Booker T has lost it when it comes to Bret Hart. The attack on Stevie Ray on Thunder was always going to be a motivation for Booker against The Excellence Of Execution but it ended up being a hindrance and sending him over the edge. Unlike some other feuds this one is far from over.

    DDP and Nash was a match that I had no question that Nash would walk away with the title but the clean win, albeit thanks to DDP's busted ribs. I expected DDP to still be in the hunt for the title after this defeat but what happens next changed everything.

    Goldberg and Savage had a very good steel cage match. I loved the little details like Savage nearly escaping and the referee being down after Goldberg hit the Jackhammer. The ending was a surprise but a pleasant one. DDP repaying Goldberg for what happened on Nitro was definitely an awesome decision. Not only does it make perfect sense but it moves Goldberg away from the NWO... for now. Second defeat for Goldberg too.

    My big point coming out of this is that Luger and Goldberg, and DDP really have moved out of the NWO feud they were in towards different feuds... I think at least. So that begs the question of what happens with Nash, Hogan and Savage at Superbrawl. I'm hoping The Nature Boy gets the nod to take on Nash, who needs to keep being built up as this project begins.

    As I stated before an excellent showing EZ3... looking forward to more!!!
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    Souled Out 1999 review:

    --- What a damn show. This thing was like a novel man. Clearly a lot better than the actual Souled Out 1999 too.
    --- The opening video package was very well done, I felt like I could easily picture what you were conveying. Nice piece of authenticity to have that at the beginning of the PPV. I would love any form of alliance between Goldberg and DDP, two of the real MVPs of WCW.
    --- First match was awesome. I predicted The Giant for some reason but Jericho is who I wanted to win the match so hell yeah. This has to stand out as Jericho’s signature victory so far in WCW which is what I think you were going for. Great to see he didn't get attacked after the match either so his dominance isn't at all in question.
    --- Tag match was another good one, better than expected even and all the post-match stuff was on point. Blue Bloods made a statement here. The Kanyon-Raven story takes a new turn. Good stuff.
    --- Eddie vs Rey… the little promo earlier was cool. This had to be a classic and I'd say you delivered. My favorite parts were Guerrero throwing Mil Mascaras in harm’s way and the final sequence with the use of the 619.
    --- The Cruiserweight Championship match was a good one which saw an aggressive approach by Malenko. Kidman was clearly the upstart here as Dean played the role of cagey vet. I think you did a good job making Dean look like a methodical technician and Kidman looking like the more explosive, risk taker which is awesome. This is definitely a big win for Kidman and one of the best Cruiserweight matches in a while for WCW I’d imagine.
    --- DDP segment was perfect and added another layer of drama to the match tonight while further selling DDP as the underdog.
    --- Luger vs Hogan you made as good as you would expect. Definitely sounded better than any of their actual bouts. Smart to keep it short and to the point with a classic nWo fucking over.
    --- Doing what you did with Booker and Bret immediately made this possibly the best storyline imo right now. Looks like you're going to take Booker seriously which is great and this aggression will really push him to the next level.
    --- Interesting nWo segment leading into the title match. The Giant I could see defecting from the nWo… he would certainly be a great asset for team WCW.
    --- Nash vs Page was certainly a worthy title match and I think in the end it made Nash look like a million bucks and protected DDP somewhat with him having injured ribs and already being at a disadvantage. You had me thinking DDP was going to win it there for a minute but it's really necessary to get something out of this Nash reign given he ended Goldberg's streak and you don't wanna squander that. I would like a DDP reign at some point though I won't lie.
    --- Crazy main event. Now I can see why you put this after the title match. The end was perfect and has me anticipating the next episode of Nitro to see where this goes. It also has me wondering who will step up to challenge Nash next as it seemingly won't be Page or Goldberg.
    --- All in all a great show, one of the best I've read recently and really impeccable booking. I agree with everything you're doing right now and I honestly feel like you're already turning WCW around.

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    Re: Death of the New World Order

    Im a sucker for a creative opening video, and this one delivered in spades, getting everyone some screen time. The theme of it being a fresh start for a new year really does feel fitting, given the improvement in WCW’s booking since Starrcade.


    Savage vs Goldberg taking the main event slot doesn’t surprise me, but I liked that you addressed it immediately into the show, and also had the commentators speculate as to why that decision was made.


    Jericho vs Giant kicking off the show is an interesting choice. Very much a fan of Jerichos ‘Giant Slayer’ shirt; let’s just hope it doesn’t backfire for him here. Giant being the aggressor this time around makes sense and also changes the dynamic of the contest, but you didn’t make it completely one sided. Jericho still being cocky was nice to see and Giant eventually no selling his offence was a big moment to make the seven footer look monstrous.


    I really enjoyed the story you told with this match, and your writing to emphasise the story you wanted to tell too. Giant coming in with a point to prove, seeking revenge having worked on his weaknesses, whilst Jericho went with what brought him to the dance, and it put him in constant peril.


    Giant then being weakened due to his knee gave Jericho his opening, and I was glad Jericho focused on the bad knee. I wasn’t as keen on having Hall out there for the Giant, but your reasoning for him being ringside did make sense. It just made the Giant look a little weak to need Hall to help him out. More so than anything else, Halls interference led to a near fall, but it had little lasting impact with Jericho getting back in it pretty quickly after the kick out.


    The Lionsaults to the knee were a great idea, and further attention to detail that I appreciated, and Giant being too big to get the Walls locked on too. Jericho then going for it again - at first - seemed puzzling, but you gave us a nice little twist and a show of ingenuity from Jericho, switching to a single leg crab on the bad knee. Jericho drawing the submission from Giant is huge. A huge, signature win for Jericho, and you have yourself a star in the making with this win.


    Excited to see what’s next for Jericho now. A Hall feud over the U.S title would make sense given his involvement out here and Jericho recently losing the TV title. Aftermath for Giant could be interesting too, failing again for the nWo. Halls snub after the match makes me wonder if Giants failures may cost him his spot.


    Nice pre-match promo with Eddie being a delusional fool. The reveal at the end with Mascaras was pretty sweet too, and him producing the hair clipper just made things very real for Guerrero.


    The tag title match was really just all about the Raven/Kanyon dynamic for me. They’ve been a constant highlight since the beginning of the thread. Again, some odd decisions from Raven during the match, letting Kaos make a tag, and later coming to the aide of Kanyon.


    It appeared as if the champs were a well oiled machine here, pulling off some double team moves, which I found surprising, as I’d expected the two to still have some lack of cohesion. That didn’t appear to be the case here.


    The other thing I wanted to note; Rick Steiner definitely shined when he was involved. His series of suplexes and throws to Raven was superbly written, as was his sequence of big moves at the end of the match.


    Kanyon stealing the win for his team fit nicely into the narrative of Kanyon holding both belts; this gives him more reason (in his head at least) to claim ownership of both belts. Post match attack by the Blue Bloods on Kenny & Rick feels like a logical thing to do, giving them a few wins over former champions as they build themselves toward a future shot.


    Good to see more hype for the big time Cruiserweight title match later.


    Mil Mascaras acting as the enforcer is a great idea, and I thought Eddie attacking before the bell just accentuated the fact that he’s clearly concerned about losing his mullet. While the opening stages didn’t quite read as the fast and furious match I’d expected it to be, the action was all pretty hard hitting. Rey taking plenty of high risks, and the frequent focusing on the back without it dominating the story from the get go was nice to see. But I loved the pair of Dragon Suplexes from Eddie, adding to the Dragon suplex from the beginning of the match.


    From there, it looked like Guerrero picked it up a notch, with his offence all focused on the back. Was definitely a surprise to see Eddie busting out the rolling Germans, but I loved Reys counter to the third for the near fall. Thought you almost undersold the fact that Rey kicked out of the Frog Splash, especially after he’d taken a raft of punishment. Just felt you could’ve made a bigger deal of Rey surviving Guerreros finish.


    In contrast, I thought you did a brilliant job of putting over the Dragon Sleeper as a potential match ending submission, and the brush of the ropes before Eddie rolled Rey back into the middle of the ring was awesome. Finishing stretch was all great stuff too, with Eddie playing up to his character by trying to cheat to victory, and the addition of Mascaras on the outside had a great payoff, with him preventing Guerrero from stealing the win.


    Rey debuting the 619 was cool too, and it setting up the finishing splash instantly puts the move over as a difference maker. The post match head shaving was great fun to read too; I could picture Eddies facials whilst getting his hair clipped off. I can’t wait to see where Eddie goes from here as he deals with his baldness - no doubt he’ll say he was screwed by Mascaras. Great finish to this feud, excellent job all round.


    Big matches back to back here, and for my money, the true main event of this show! The tentative opening sequence made this feel like a big fight where no one wants to make a mistake. Very much appreciated just how much better Malenko was when it was pure wrestling, whilst then showing Kidman’s superiority when he picked up the pace.


    Malenko was clearly bringing it here though, with the apron powerbomb out of the plancha being especially rough. Enjoyed that he played up that the plancha and the like wouldn’t work on him with his superior wrestling skill, which fits the angle you’ve built this feud around. Didn’t really like the triple Germans coming out again after Guerrero just did that in the previous match. Plus, I’m both matches they had the same outcome with the third being countered. Bit too much similarity between them for my liking.


    Very much enjoyed the knee work by Malenko, and he looked really vicious, especially the ripping off of the bandages on Kidman’s knee. The figure four around the post is and has always been one of my favourite spots to see and use, so I’m all for that spot here, and it makes perfect sense to use it to after the work on the knee already.


    Kidman needing to try and roll up Malenko shows how bad he’s suffering with the knee. Malenko sitting Kidman up top and mocking him, telling him to jump off at him. The fact that it backfired on him was great, and served to give us a solid near fall for Kidman, pushing through the pain barrier. Honestly felt like the kneebar was going to get it done for Malenko after everything Kidman had taken up to that point, and the hype you gave it while the hold was applied.


    Big, big moment for Kidman being the first man to survive the kneebar too, and the effect that ended up having on Malenko, with the Ice man losing his cool. Finish came a bit out of nowhere, but if Kidman was going over, this was the way to do it after all that work on the knee. You couldn’t have him go on a big comeback without nullifying the knee work, so getting the pin off the sunset flip attempt from Dean was the perfect finish. Also, it’s a dagger to the heart of Malenko with Kidman out manoeuvring him at the end.


    Post match reaction of Malenko and the discussion by the commentators was all great stuff too. Where does Malenko go from here after essentially costing himself by losing his cool.


    DDP getting strapped up for the world title match later was a perfectly fine segment, especially with Double A giving him some words of encouragement and showing concern for Page being less than 100%.


    Luger going right after Hogan makes complete sense. He’s been full of pent up aggression, so of course he’s chomping at the bit. Hulk needing help from Horace to gain the upper hand makes Horace look useful at least. Given the matches this had to follow, it did feel a little tedious at times, but with Hogan and Luger you’re pretty limited with what you can do really, so it’s not a knock on you.


    What I did like though was Hogans cheating and reliance on Horace at times throughout the match. It carried more meaning here too, seeing as the cheating tactics haven’t been over done during the night before this. I got into Lugers comeback, which had some real crowd pleasing moves, especially the Military Press. That would always be impressive to see on Hogan, but The Hulkster wasn’t taking that bump, brother. Lol.


    Was good timing for Luger to put Horace Hogan down after his continued interference. Liked the show of Hogan outsmarting the referee by getting the brass knuckles out after the belt was taken from him. Was surprised Luger tossed them out and didn’t try to use them himself given the chance to hurt Hogan. The Stinger Splashes in all four corners seemed a bit much, but at least this time he delivered with the press slam.


    That said, it seemed like Hogan recovered from that offence a little too quickly to get back in the match, just to tease a leg drop. Would’ve preferred if it went straight to the Torture Rack after the press slam spot. Much like the Dragon sleeper and the knee bar, you did a great job to put over how dangerous the Torture Rack is, and the sight of Hogan tapping gives Lex an out in defeat.


    Typical shenanigans to give Hulk the win, making Horace actually look pretty useful, providing the opportunity for the Steiner run in to help his Uncle to win.


    Obviously this isn’t over for Luger and Hogan, though I suspect we’ll see Lex transition into a feud with Steiner after his interference at the end. Luger loses nothing in defeat; he had the match won with the visual tap, and it took three men to put him down in the end.


    That Booker T promo was tremendous. Intense, and fired up after the angle from Thunder between Bret and Stevie Ray.


    Obviously Booker meant what he said when he said it wouldn’t be a wrestling match but a fight. I actually half expected Booker to jump Hart during his entrance. Booker busting Bret open early and just beating the absolute shit out of the Hitman was fun to read.


    You did a good job of getting across the motivation of both men during the short period that the match lasted. Booker was hellbent on destroying Bret, while Bret just wanted to win in any way he possibly could; count out or DQ, it didn’t appear to matter to him here.


    Never was that more evident than Bret spitting at Booker. Naturally that sent Booker off the deep end, and we got the inevitable DQ finish. Not overly disappointed in the outcome, as there’s been so much else that delivered this far in the show, and this felt more like an angle than anything. Obviously there’s plenty of story left to be told between Booker and Bret going forward.


    Interesting developments between Hall and The Giant. Not a good look for the nWo to be infighting, and despite Giant losing again tonight, I’d dare say they’d rather he be with them than against them.


    Good to see the World Title match getting the big pre-match video package treatment. I liked the story of this match centring around Pages bad ribs, with Nash constantly going back to the ribs every time DDP got in control.


    Page ripping the bandages off himself felt like a badass moment, and Nash later stepping on the ribs was a dick move from the champion. Page pulling off a gut wrench gut buster on Nash would be pretty impressive, but the overarching issue of the ribs came back into play again.


    Page kicking out of the Jacknife was a stunner, and much like the Frog Splash earlier, I didn’t think enough was made out of the kick out, but more so in this instance. The powerbomb is one of the most over and protected moves out there - on the rare occasion someone kicks out of it, it should be a huge deal.


    At least with the kick out from the Cutter, there was a delay in the cover being made, giving Nash a little longer to recover. Fully expected Nash to need interference to see off Page, but the ribs being the decisive factor in DDP downfall tells all the story you need; the nWo would’ve detracted from that, so it was a good move to lay off the interference. Solid win for Nash, solidifying his status as champion.


    The back and forth nature of the cage match struck me by surprise. I had envisioned total dominance from a vengeful Goldberg tbh - at least for the first half of the match - but this was a really 50/50 type affair. If anything, Savage got the best of the offence, drawing blood first, attempting pile drivers, being the more aggressive throughout. Not how I envisaged this playing out at all, with Goldberg on the back foot for long periods.


    I did like Goldberg slamming the open door into the face of Savage to keep him in, and it was a good spot to give Savage colour too. Savage being the one to execute the superplex is another instance of Macho being the one to shine throughout this match, when Goldberg could’ve done with that spot to do something impressive.


    Despite my earlier criticism of the finisher kick outs, Goldberg kicking out of the Savage Elbow isn’t a big issue to me, seeing as it is Goldberg, and pretty much everyone has kicked out of the elbow by now. The second spear was probably unnecessary, given it didn’t lead to anything, and Goldberg hit a third Spear shortly after - and the third meant something, leading into the Jackhammer.


    Again, maybe it’s just me, but Savage appears to have been booked ridiculously strong throughout the match. He got back in offence shortly after that second Spear and the uranage, then here, right after the Jackhammer, he escapes another one and is able to put Goldberg down. Granted, you immediately had him crawling on his hands and knees, but after three Spears and a Jackhammer I’d argue he should be getting peeled off the canvas.


    Finish was my favourite part of the match, and probably the moment of the night. DDP screwing Goldberg was a huge shock, but a great one. And it makes total sense. DDP probably would be champ right now if it wasn’t for his rib injury - so why wouldn’t he want to screw over Goldberg? I’m not thrilled that you’ve beaten Goldberg for the second month straight, but I can’t argue with this booking. Tremendous stuff, and a shocking conclusion to the show.


    Overall, a mighty fine effort. The show probably peaked with the Kidman/Malenko match, but given the talent you’re working with in the main event scene, it’s more about the story’s than the match quality, and for the most part, you delivered in every aspect.


    Not a fan of all the finisher kick outs (even though I guess it was the way of the times) and I was confused by how strong Savage was booked to be in the Cage match, which weakens Goldberg somewhat in my eyes.


    Other than that though, you’ve set yourself a major benchmark already with such an excellent show. Very excited to see what happens next between DDP and Goldberg especially.

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    Re: Death of the New World Order

    I’m always of the opinion that it’s the little things that count in terms of what is a good BTB and what is a great BTB. Awesome way to open up the PPV, with a very well written, well constructed video package. Enjoyed the hell out of it, especially the ending teasing the DDP/Goldberg stuff with old wounds not healing.

    I like the idea of Double A not pushing Nash on last just to irritate him. I’m kind of hoping as WCW slowly gets better at fighting back, that this sort of thing happens a little more often.

    I was expecting Eddie and Rey or Kidman and Malenko to open for a fast Cruiserweight style opening because this is WCW, so I was surprised when Jericho/Giant was the opener. Not a problem or anything though, and this match was a really fun read. Obviously a match between these two is never going to be a classic, but this was great nonetheless. Firstly, the call backs to their previous match at Starrcade were great, really making it easier to feel the psychology of the match. The idea of The Giant having a new plan that worked initially but didn’t get a quick enough win so then he resorted back to the old, failed tactics was great. On the other side of things, Jericho using the same plan and failing only to then change things up and target The Giant’s leg was just as great. It was Jericho’s smarts that won him this one. The only part I didn’t quite feel was Jericho not being able to lock in The Walls of Jericho. Only because he had already locked it in previously, and whilst yes, he may have been a little more tired, so would have The Giant. Regardless of that though, I still dug the single leg Boston Crab ending because it played off of Jericho’s leg work throughout the match. Very good stuff here in the opener.

    LMAO loved this Eddie Guerrero segment here. Eddie translating and blatantly lying about Mascaras’ words only to then be found out was brilliant. I think it’s a very smart booking decision to have MM as the Special Enforcer as well. It’s not lost on me how big of a deal it is considering it’s a match for the Luchador culture. Smart stuff.

    The Tag title match was okay in terms of writing and what occurred but it was a little harder to get into than the other matches on the card. Mainly for the reason that I have no interest whatsoever in the team of Steiner and Kaos. It was interesting early on with Raven being isolated for a bit but then the champs turned it around and isolated Kaos. For a while there, I wasn’t exactly sure who was going to assume the roles of heels for the match, which usually makes things pretty hard for an audience to get into. That part early on in the match where Raven threw Kaos down and stood there to let Rick Steiner get the tag made no sense at all. If I’m honest, I’m also a little shocked that Kanyon and Raven got along so well, considering on the weeklies they still haven’t been, that was definitely unexpected. The ending with Raven not being legal was okay, but I hate that it gives Kaos/Steiner an excuse of some sorts, because I just don’t want them near the title picture. As I mentioned previously, this match was still okay, but expecting this one to be the worst of the night.

    Well, The Blue Bloods just beat the hell out of Kaos and Steiner. This makes me a happy man, let’s have The Blue Bloods go over and then they can feud with the champions next.

    Nice little sell job for Kidman/Malenko. Build for this has been VERY good, can’t wait to get to it a little later on.

    Guerrero/Mysterio up next and this one has the potential to be an absolute show stealer. Considering he is Eddie Guerrero, I thought the pre match attack was perfect. It suits Eddie’s character whilst also putting over his desperation to keep his hair. I thought maybe after this attack and the first couple of big moves Guerrero landed, Mysterio got the advantage back way too quickly. There didn’t feel like there was any real selling. From here though, the match was terrific with both men just THROWING everything at each other. The work on the back from Eddie was particularly brutal; however I must admit trying to really play up whether Rey will submit to the Abdominal Stretch after he just kicked out of the Frog Splash felt really anti climatic… Dragon Sleeper spot was MUCH better. Rey’s resilience was put over amazingly well, and Guerrero still cheated by using Mascaras and the referee to halt Mysterio’s momentum. The ending with Mascaras basically costing Guerrero the win makes sense, but it also leaves this feud open to continue, with a potentially even more determined Guerrero after his hair cut. A really good match here again, although for some strange reason, I think I still preferred the opener.

    The aftermath with the Guerrero’s initially trying to get away was all done pretty well. Guerrero getting shaved bald is amazing, can’t wait to see how that looks. My only downside to this is that it’s presumably the end of the feud. I hate that the feud ends in a match where Mascaras was basically the difference.

    NWO flashback… Cool.

    Two cruiserweight matches in a row? Awesome. I thought both men starting off a little cagey was the perfect way to start this one, as your writing, and the build up really put this over as the two best Cruiserweights in the world going at it. The beginning was smart really establishing that one man wanted to keep things on the mat, whilst the other wanted this to be a high flying, fast paced contest. The match kind of just flowed until that Plancha got reversed into a Powerbomb against the apron. I must admit initially I was a little concerned about the back work, thinking it was going to be too similar to the previous match. Not only that, but I didn’t feel it suited the psychology of the build up and the Knee Bar, so I was glad when Malenko was able to turn his attention towards the knee. The Plancha/Powerbomb spot still was fantastic though! Dean just dominating and working on the leg was great, the only part that rubbed me the wrong way was you have been promoting him as the ‘Ice Man’ so well, yet then when he ripped Kidman’s bandages off, he paraded around the ring with them. That doesn’t seem very ‘Ice Man’ like, in my opinion. Outside of that, the knee work and Kidman’s plucky chances of offense made for a very entertaining contest. The Knee Bar spot and Kidman actually managing to fight out of it puts the champion over huge, and the ending coming not long after because Malenko loses his composure was a clever ending. One thing I will give you regarding this PPV so far, your matches have all had rather interesting, unique endings, enjoying that aspect immensely. This was another really good match anyway and I’m intrigued to see who is next to step up against the best Cruiserweight in the world… Billy Kidman

    DDP’s rib being that bad is really putting over the Spear as beastly… This is great for Goldberg. Considering I’ve skimmed this show previously, this is a very clever segment because it foreshadows what happens later on in the evening. Good stuff.

    Honestly, not a hell of a lot to say regarding Hogan/Luger. Nothing wrong with the match but both are pretty limited in the ring so this was never going to be a show stealer. Considering what happened in the build up to the match, I thought it was a smart move to have Horace out there as well. The early stages was typical heel Hulk with the stalling and what not. I was actually surprised you gave Luger the submission with the ref not able to see, I thought Hogan would just win with some cheating. Still, Steiner’s interference leading to the Hogan win potentially leads Luger on to a new feud. A solid enough match for what it was but considering the NWO has just gotten strong again, Hogan just had to win this.

    Intensity from Booker with the added touch of putting his fist through the wall. A really good promo to hype the upcoming contest; however I wasn’t completely sure about the “I may have millions” line. Just didn’t seem like a very Booker thing to say, especially in the mood he is currently in.

    I think leading in I knew that Bret/Booker wasn’t going to be the end of their situation. After the brutal attack on Stevie, Booker was always going to be on an uncontrollable rampage tonight, and you conveyed that brilliantly. Right from the entrance with him storming to the ring, to immediately drawing blood on Hart after his opening shots in the corner. A real dominant, brutal assault from Booker and that is exactly what this needed to be. Towards the end of the match, I did get a tad confused at one stage. Booker was going to throw Bret into the ring post, but it got reverses into a Back Body Drop? I’m trying to picture exactly how that would happen, doesn’t make sense to me. Outside of that though, this match was perfect for what it needed to be. The audacity of Bret to spit at Booker is crazy, and is enough to send Booker over the deep end and use a chair. Terrific stuff all around.

    The aftermath further puts over the hatred from Booker. The “Was it worth it” question constantly being asked was a nice touch, as was Booker breaking free from security to land the Book End.

    Hmm, very interesting segment here between Scott Hall and The Giant. Could this be the beginning of some in fighting in the NWO? An NWO without The Giant seems like an NWO that could struggle because The Giant would be a huge asset for WCW.. Literally. I could be a little off but this segment leads me to think Giant will eventually get kicked to the curb. Really interesting segment.

    I really enjoyed the World Championship match here as I thought it told a simple yet effective story. The arrogant champion with the advantage in Kevin Nash against the underdog, injured challenger with all the heart in the world. Right from the get go, Nash targeted those ribs as expected. If there is one issue I can touch on, it’s that in every single match, there has been a softened up body part that the heel has focused on. Whilst it does add impact to their offense, it doesn’t need to happen in every single match in my opinion. It makes them all feel a little too similar at times… Anyway, Nash having the advantage early only until DDP was able to hit a desperation DDT on the outside was great. As the match went on, Page got a rush of adrenaline and got better which is fine, and both men kicking out of each other’s finishers was great. This definitely does a lot for DDP considering he was already injured. In the end though, despite the heart of Page, which you put over tremendously well, this was all about the injured ribs and they proved to be the difference. Not exactly a barn burner or show stealer, but did exactly what it needed to. Good stuff.

    Nice video package for Superbrawl!

    When I’ve ever tried to write Goldberg in the past, I’ve struggled to find a way to keep his matches true to his style, yet still be a good main event. I thought you managed to do that pretty well here, although it probably helped that you had Savage to play off. I enjoyed the beginning, playing off the experience factor and allowing Savage to gain the advantage. In regards to the cage spots throughout, they were solid enough. There wasn’t anything overly creative but they all did their job. I thought you did a good job of keeping both men looking strong as well, especially Goldberg by kicking out of the Superplex and the Elbow Drop. There is one thing that irked me a little about this and it’s the Spear. DDP copped one and can barely move his ribs… Which puts over the move as a deadly one, but then Savage takes 3 and is relatively fine. I honestly feel like this discredits the Page injury a little, makes it seem like Page is a little soft. Speaking of Page, the ending was rather shocking but it makes sense for DDP to want one back on Goldberg, I just never thought he’d put that over WCW. Very big win for Savage and the NWO as they end this night on top. A really fun main event as well.

    The aftermath with NWO parting for DDP to walk by interests me as well. I wonder if a potential obsession with Goldberg could lead to DDP’s demise? Either way, looking forward to seeing what occurs next.

    Mate, a sensational PPV. Not a lot to really actually give feedback on, as everything did exactly what it needed to. You continue to impress and I can’t wait to see what comes next. Booking and writing are both on point, keep up the fantastic work, this was a pleasure to read.









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    - MIKE TENAY TO TRANSITION AWAY FROM COMMENTARY FOLLOWING SUPER BRAWL IX.
    - BOBBY HEENAN MAKES FINAL CALL AS COLOUR COMMENTATOR AT SOULED OUT.

    Major changes are on the way for World Championship Wrestling according to the Wrestling Observer’s Dave Meltzer. Following the pay-per-view last night, Souled Out, WCW officials have made the decision to shift Mike Tenay away from the commentary booth and into a backstage role. Word coming out of the company is that Tenay will continue in his current role alongside Tony Schiavone until Super Brawl IX next month. At that point, Tenay will be replaced and Schiavone will have a new partner to call both pay-per-views, Nitro and Thunder. This does not appear to be a breakdown in the relationship between Tenay and WCW. Tenay has been the colour commentator alongside Schiavone for many years now and has become a noticeable figure and representative for WCW.

    As to who will replace Mike Tenay next month is currently unknown. The feeling around WCW is that they want a heel commentator who can support the New World Order in contrast to Schiavone’s pro-WCW stance that he is obligated to take. The lack of support for the nWo on commentary has been a sticking point for WCW management since Starrcade and it would seem that Mike Tenay has been chosen to step aside. The three man booth has not been something that WCW management has been happy with. The talent of all three men is not the issue. Rather, many in management believe it’s a case of too many cooks in the kitchen.

    Speaking of the three man booth, Bobby Heenan has made his final appearance on commentary for World Championship Wrestling. Relating back to the need for a heel commentator to support the nWo, Heenan was told last night that he would be moving away from the announce desk in favour of someone else due to his long running historical tension with Hollywood Hogan. Heenan had remained firm on his stance that he could never support Hogan as it would undercut years of his career and would be very illogical after all they have been through. Hogan agreed, however it has created tension as WCW wanted a heel commentator who could bounce off Schiavone and create some back and forth. The current team for pay-per-view events spent more time in agreement than disagreeing, which has led to the swift changes taking place.

    Bobby Heenan is still employed by World Championship Wrestling and has a contract that runs until the end of the year. The same can be said for Mike Tenay. Neither man is going anywhere outside of the company, and many believe that Tenay will be back in the announce booth once the New World Order angle has run its course. Heenan will be moving back into a managerial role for on-screen talent. Regarded as one of the best managers of all time, WCW wants to get the most out of ‘The Brain’ and do not want him sitting at home doing nothing.

    Reports are coming in as to who Heenan is going to manage but none of them can be verified. It has been made clear that Heenan will be a heel on television and that means he’ll be taken a young heel under his wing. The current concept is to keep Heenan away from the New World Order as Heenan will be rebuilding his own ‘Heenan Family’ consisting of heels and WCW does not want any crossover. Heenan’s group will consist of a maximum of two wrestlers at this time. The plan is to have Heenan with at least one client by Super Brawl IX.



    - EXTREME CHAMPIONSHIP WRESTLING UNDER PURGE BY WCW, AGAIN!

    It is no secret that World Championship Wrestling has an age problem. Those looking towards the main event will find several men approaching or past the age of 40. Recognizing this issue and wanting to trend in a different direction, WCW has set its eyes on the much younger roster held by Extreme Championship Wrestling. For now, the roster of ECW is fine. There are no immediate plans for a mass influx of talent to WCW and they have been conducting workouts at the Power Plant which has seen a variety of results. However, WCW has been known to offer big money to former ECW stars in the hope of bringing them into the fold. Perhaps the biggest example was the defection of Raven, who has found significant success with the company and is in the plans to be a major player heading into the future.

    With ECW’s
    Guilty as Charged taking place just seven days ago, eight if you count that this report is being written at 2 am on a Monday, it has been confirmed that many high ranking WCW officials kept an eye on the show for possible talent they could bring in. Three names are on the radar for World Championship Wrestling as ‘priorities’ with a select few seen as valuable but not on the level as the marked three. We cannot confirm all three names, however I have spoken with a member of World Championship Wrestling who confirmed that one of ‘marked three’ is a current ECW title holder. As was stated earlier, no signings from ECW are set to enter the fold until after the upcoming Super Brawl IX show. World Championship Wrestling does not want a massive influx of talent after the mass releases they did last year to cut the roster in half.





    Here are the results for the prediction contest while we're getting ourselves in order for the build to Super Brawl IX. Everyone seemed to be around the same. Big props to stojy for being the only person to predict a Randy Savage victory. Thank you to everyone who took part in the prediction contest. Glad to see people involved!

    Stojy - 9/12
    Ranthellacious - 9/12
    Jackie Polo – 9/12
    TWG – 8/12
    Sykotic - 8/12
    Wolf Beast – 8/12
    Bigmc123 - 8/12
    Vadermania – 7/12
    DGenerationMC – 7/12
    The EC – 7/12



    No show this week. I’ll have Monday Nitro up this time next week. I’ve got three weeks of shows written so that’s around six weeks IRL. Working on the last two weeks before Super Brawl IX at the moment. Thought I’d drop some news about a couple of major changes that are happening to the company.

    Huge thank you to everyone who left feedback. I'll rep you when I can and try to hit you back.
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    Pretty happy that I got my feedback up before this update. Tenay leaving commentary doesn’t really faze me too much; however Schiavone is going to need a good supporting partner to remain listenable.

    As for Heenan returning as am manager, AWESOME news. Heenan stables should always be a big deal though so I’m intrigued to see how you balance a Heenan Family stable with the NWO still running around. At this stage, I’m thinking maybe Heenan can pick up Wrath as the TV Champ and build him up as the next big thing.

    ECW talent coming in to strengthen the ECW roster could be fun. So many names spring to mind, hoping you go the less obvious as opposed to RVD, Awesome, but we’ll see.

    Looking forward to the next update.









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    Yep, I'm totally feeling Hennan back in the saddle as a manager. No doubt he is among the best to ever do it and anyone he is attached to is going to get an immediate boost in my eyes. It's hard for me to call who he might court but Imma go out on a limb here and say Dean Malenko. He might be a dark horse but I would definitely like to see him paired with Heenan and given a proper singles run outside the CW division.

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    COLD AS ICE


    PREVIEW
    The world knew it was going to be a historic night when the show began but nobody could have expected World Championship Wrestling’s first pay-per-view of the year to stun the wrestling world like it did. Souled Out was a night of fantastic wrestling, inspirational performances and one earth shattering blindside. In the main event of the evening, Goldberg collided with ‘Macho Man’ Randy Savage inside a steel cage to put to rest their bad blood from Starrcade. With both men making their escape, Goldberg had both hands on the ground when Diamond Dallas Page stormed the cage and assaulted his fellow WCW superstar. Fans were stunned, the announcers were unable to justify the actions of DDP and could only watch in stunned silence as Page hit the Diamond Cutter, allowing Randy Savage to escape the cage. This week on Nitro, Goldberg will compete against Perry Saturn. With back to back defeats on pay-per-view, the only two defeats of his entire career, Goldberg is sure to be even more destructive after suffering an ultimate betrayal. Rumour has it that DDP will appear on Nitro as he attempts to clear his name.

    Overwhelming it was a great night for the New World Order at Souled Out. With nWo representation in four matches they were able to secure victories in three out of four, the only loss coming by the way of The Giant to Chris Jericho. That marks the second time in two months that The Giant has fallen to the man now calling himself the ‘Giant Slayer’ and boasting about his victories over the nWo. Meanwhile, Kevin Nash retained the WCW World Heavyweight Title thanks to a pre-existing injury of DDP’s. The final nWo member to compete was Hollywood Hogan, he gained a victory over Lex Luger with a big assist to his nephew and Scott Steiner. How will the New World Order react following their victories and loss? Tensions were high between Scott Hall and The Giant backstage at Souled Out; will this factor into the future of wrestling’s most dominant organization?

    Away from the nWo we saw several significant moments on Sunday. In a shocking turn of events, Mil Mascaras made an appearance in World Championship Wrestling when he acted as the Special Enforcer for the final match between Rey Mysterio Jr. and Eddie Guerrero. It was a rivalry that had been going on for several months, straining at the very heart of Mysterio Jr. as no matter what he did he could not get rid of Eddie Guerrero from his life. With both men putting something on the line at Souled Out, finally we have seen the conclusion to their bitter feud with Mysterio Jr. emerging victorious and shaving Guerrero’s head bald as a consequence. The role of Mil Mascaras cannot be understated as he fought off Guerrero’s attempt at cheating to unmask Mysterio Jr. and without Mascaras’ involvement, Eddie would’ve unjustly removed Rey’s mask forever.

    Another feud that has reached its conclusion was the rivalry between WCW Cruiserweight Champion, Billy Kidman and Dean Malenko. For nearly twenty minutes these two men battled it out in front of the millions watching around the world. With many calling it the best cruiserweight match in several years, Kidman and Malenko left everything they had inside the ring. Both men could barely walk backstage, exhausted from their battle and truly pushing their bodies to the limit. In the end, Kidman became the first man to ever break the kneebar as executed by Dean Malenko. Kidman showed heart, guts and the will of a fighting champion. Tonight, Kidman will address the future of the division and we will find out what is next for the WCW Cruiserweight Title picture.

    Finally, while several feuds reached a point of conclusion, one feud proved to only be heating up. In what many expected to be the match of the night, Booker T and Bret Hart had a brawl that barely contained any wrestling at all. The brawl was over after seven minutes, Booker T left the Hitman a bloodied mess and was then escorted out by security while Hart was seen to by the medical staff backstage. Discussions have been had throughout the company on this display, many arguing Booker T went too far and threats of a lawsuit have been coming in from Hart’s camp. On Nitro, we will find out what the future holds for Booker T and Bret Hart after their controversial match at Souled Out.



    Confirmed Matches:
    Goldberg vs. Perry Saturn

    Juventud Guerrera & The Artist vs. Psicosis & Rey Mysterio Jr.

    Booker T and Bret Hart are confirmed for Monday Nitro

    Diamond Dallas Page is rumoured for the show

    Bam Bam Bigelow will be in action

    WCW Cruiserweight Champion, Billy Kidman will make a statement following his victory over Dean Malenko





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    Monday Nitro | January 18, 1999 | Columbus, Ohio

    "COLD AS ICE"


    **VIDEO PACKAGE**


    **PYRO**

    Ohio may not have the Cleveland Browns but they have Monday Nitro, so that must count for something. Following the large pyro display to open the show, the camera pans around the Value City Arena and we get several audience reactions to graphics which appear on the big screen while our commentary duo provide voiceover. The feed switches between the big screen and the announce desk upon the introduction of the Voice of WCW – Tony Schiavone.

    Tony Schiavone: Hello and welcome to the hottest wrestling program in the entire world, live on TNT, this is W-C-W Monday Nitro! I’m your lead announcer, Tony Schiavone coming to you live from Columbus, Ohio in a sold-out arena, thousands of fans packed into this building for a great night of professional wrestling and millions more watching at home. As always, my broadcast partner to call all the action is the Professor, Mike Tenay.

    Mike Tenay: Thank you for the introduction, Tony. What a night we had just twenty-four hours ago at Souled Out. Talk about game changing events, moments that we will be discussing for many years to come – some shocking results in terms of matches and many questions left unanswered.

    Tony Schiavone: We’ll touch on it later tonight but I’d be foolish to not address it at the start of the show. Tonight, we will hear from Diamond Dallas Page as to what the hell he was thinking last night when he attacked Goldberg. It was shocking, personally it made my stomach turn to see the New World Order celebrate a second victory over Goldberg. A proud man who has fought bravely for World Championship Wrestling. To see one of his own, a brother of WCW, help the nWo… it makes me sick!

    Mike Tenay: We will have answers by the end of the night. That’s something we will all be waiting for, along with Goldberg being in action. I’m sure he has a lot of frustration to get out of his system following the loss to Randy Savage last night. He’ll go one on one with Perry Saturn. I don’t think there is a place I’d rather be less than inside the ring with Goldberg – especially tonight!

    **SUMMER NIGHTS IN SPAIN**

    To start the show off we’re beginning with a cruiserweight tag team match. Out of the tunnel, his hair dripping wet, JUVENTUD GUERRERA quickly stomps his way down to the ring, shouting at fans as he passes them. Juventud has no time for these fans, sneering at them as he climbs the outside turnbuckle and slaps his chest – pushing it out and sticking his nose up at the audience.

    Mike Tenay: Juventud isn’t playing around tonight, Tony! One of the key players in the cruiserweight division he has, like many, fallen victim to Dean Malenko’s championship chase, falling to the background for the past month.

    Tony Schiavone: When you have a consistent champion like Billy Kidman and a clear top contender such as Dean Malenko, it’s often hard for other individuals within the division to get some shine. Our focus shifts to the champion and challenger but now, with the defeat of the Ice Man last night at Souled Out, the division is wide open.

    Mike Tenay: And a guy like Juventud who has held the title previously is going to be thirsty for a chance to reclaim the title.

    Tony Schiavone: None of these guys like to be considered as an afterthought. They all have egos the size of mountains and you can see the way Juventud carries himself, he wants everyone to know he is the top guy.

    **PURPLE RAIN**

    Drawing a decent amount of heat, perhaps for his recent admission of assaulting Psicosis backstage a few weeks ago on Nitro, or perhaps it’s because of his outrageous attire and scary looking bodyguard – MENG! Emerging from the entrance chute, The Artist Formerly Known As PRINCE IAUKEA sizzles his way down to the ring. Wearing circular sunglasses, purple coat, sparkles on his purple pants, a shirt scrunched and tied up in the front and a wide brimmed hat too big for his head.

    Tony Schiavone: This is one strange man. He was once a young upstart in World Championship Wrestling simply known as Prince Iaukea but recently he has embraced a more flamboyant side.

    Mike Tenay: There is nothing flamboyant about his bodyguard, Tony. Just look at the size of Meng! He’s a vicious brute who would rip your head off without giving it a second thought.

    Tony Schiavone: Honestly, I doubt you’d get a first thought out of Meng. We’ve seen him tear cruiserweights apart under the orders of The Artist. For whatever reason, this bond they have formed has allowed The Artist to express himself in the strangest of ways and nobody dares laugh or mock him because you’ve got Meng standing by his side.

    Mike Tenay: It was because of that alliance, resulting in several acts of interference, that caused Arn Anderson to ban The Artist from Starrcade. He’s still furious about that and is no doubt looking to get back into the title picture.

    **GET BECK**

    The first of two masked men to stand opposite our previous competitors. Walking out onto the stage, remaining their as to await his partner, PSICOSIS waves to the fans and points towards the ring, focusing in on The Artist.

    Tony Schiavone: Psicosis is ready to get his hands on The Artist after what has transpired the last few weeks. Remember, it was The Artist who attacked Psicosis backstage since he was one of the four men involved in the WCW Cruiserweight Title Match that he was excluded from.

    Mike Tenay: It’s as petty an act as I’ve ever seen, Tony. Psicosis didn’t have any power in that decision and he didn’t have backup with him backstage. The Artist assaulted him when his back was turned and didn’t acknowledge it until Psicosis outed him as the attacker.

    Tony Schiavone: They met last week on Thunder with The Artist coming away with the win after getting a helping hand from Meng. You can see that Psicosis is ready for a fair fight, hopefully he gets one tonight!

    Mike Tenay: At least this time he won’t be alone. He’s got a partner and I cannot think of a better man to join him.

    **MYSTERIO JR JAM**

    Receiving the biggest reaction out of the four – REY MYSTERIO JR rushes onto the stage and raises his hand in the air. Many fans around the arena have signs sharing his name, and Mysterio makes sure to repay that kindness by high fiving as many fans as he can on the way to the ring.

    Mike Tenay: Finally! That’s the word I think of when it comes to Rey Mysterio Jr. and all the turmoil he has gone through with Eddie Guerrero. Finally, it’s all over and this proud man can move on with his life.

    Tony Schiavone: It was a fantastic match last night at Souled Out in what we believe to be the final encounter between Eddie Guerrero and Rey Mysterio Jr. for the foreseeable future. The count was made by none other than the legendary Mil Mascaras! Mysterio ended a several month-long rivalry, debuting a new finishing move that he is calling the 6-1-9.

    Mike Tenay: The what?

    Tony Schiavone: It’s the area code for where he lives, Tenay. You’ve got to see the irony in all of that considering Guerrero ranted for weeks about Rey being ashamed and a disgrace to the culture. Yet, now when he wins matches we’ll be shouting out his hometown area.

    Mike Tenay: One final jab at Eddie, perhaps? Anyway, this is a huge tag team contest we’ve got to start Monday Nitro. Four of the top contenders for Billy Kidman’s WCW Cruiserweight Title and with the defeat of Dean Malenko, we need to determine who is next in line.

    Match One
    Juventud Guerrera & The Artist (w/Meng) vs. Psicosis & Rey Mysterio Jr.
    In a very competitive match the action started with The Artist and Psicosis. Tension was high between the two, Psicosis unleashing a fury towards the man who attacked him weeks ago. Everyone in this match was made to look as an exciting future challenger for the WCW Cruiserweight Title. Multiple high spots occurred including a tower of terror spot where Juventud superplexed Psicosis while Mysterio Jr. pulled him down for a powerbomb. Another big spot saw Mysterio Jr. arm drag The Artist to the outside of the ring, the crowd jumping to their feet, on the outside Meng checked on his associate – drawing Psicosis into the ring alongside Mysterio. The faces rushed towards the ropes and leaped onto over The Artist and Meg, much to the support of the crowd. As those four men rose to their feet, Juventud would not be left out, climbing the top turnbuckle and hitting a moonsault onto the mass of humanity. The finish of the match occurred with Mysterio Jr. getting the hot tag, running wild and delivering a hurricanrana to The Artist into the ropes, setting him into position for the newly introduced 619. Mysterio connected, sending The Artist backwards and down to the canvas, before he could follow up with a splash – Meng rushes towards Mysterio and makes to grab his ankle. Kicking Meng away, Mysterio dispatches of the wild man however Juventud comes flying through the air with a dropkick off a nearby turnbuckle. Slumped over the ropes, The Artist stumbles up from the canvas and hooks a cradle on Mysterio Jr. while Juventud knocks Psicosis off the ring apron. The referee counted the three, The Artist and Juventud stealing a win here.
    Winner:
    Juventud Guerrera & The Artist @ 07:12

    Tony Schiavone: That damn Meng saved The Artist again! He was knocked silly by the 619, he’s still on wobbly legs but Meng gave him just enough time to hook a cradle on Rey.

    Mike Tenay: Give credit to the assist from Juventud as he come in like a missile from the top rope with that dropkick. Mysterio never saw it coming, hit right in the side of the head.

    Dragged out of the ring and put onto the shoulder of Meng, The Artist celebrates like he has won the lottery. Selling his head, while pumping his fist in the air and having Meng parade him up the entrance ramp, The Artist blows kisses to the fans, all of whom are booing. Juventud walks up the ramp, his hand in the air with that everlasting sneer on his face.

    Tony Schiavone: He was exiled from the title hunt leading into Starrcade and now, twenty-four hours removed from Souled Out, The Artist appears to have pushed himself to the front of the line.

    Mike Tenay: That big man on the outside is a game changer for The Artist, Tony. I don’t see how anyone can beat him with that intimidating force standing on the outside ready to clean your clock if the referee blinks an eye!

    Inside the ring, Mysterio Jr. gets to his knees and puts his hands on his hips, disappointed with the loss tonight. Psicosis joins him in the ring, the two masked men shake hands and depart the ring, both frustrated at the tactics used by The Artist, Juventud and Meng.


    **Commercial Break**


    Nitro returns from the commercial break inside the office of WCW Commissioner, ARN ANDERSON, the man himself sitting at his desk sorting through paperwork.

    After hearing a knock at the door, Anderson looks up and tells says for whoever it is to come in. To a loud cheer from the crowd, BOOKER T enters the office dressed in a pair of jeans and one of his own official licensed WCW t-shirts.

    Arn Anderson: Thank you for taking the time to join me. Please, take a seat. We have a few things to discuss after what happened last night, Booker.

    Booker frowns and waves his hand over the chair, refusing to sit down as he steps closer to the desk.

    Booker T: Watcha mean discussin’ things? What is there to discuss, Arn? I went out and did my job last night. I did exactly what I said I’d do and that was to put a beatin’ on Bret Hart’s punk ass!

    Arn Anderson: Your job is to compete inside the wrestling ring and adhere to a clear set of guidelines which are in place not only for the protection of this company but also for your own safety. Last night, you went beyond what is acceptable under my watch.

    Anderson takes off his glasses and looks sincerely up at Booker.

    Booker T: Go on, Arn. Spit it out. You’ve got somethin’ to say. Let me hear it.

    Arn Anderson: It wasn’t my call to make, Booker. The Board of Directors has ruled, after the chaos of the Bischoff regime, they want to crackdown on behaviour around here.

    Across the desk, Booker begins to pace, shaking his head, sensing what is coming.

    Arn Anderson: I’m sorry but you’re suspended.

    Booker slams his fist into the wall before turning back to Arn.

    Booker T: Suspended! That’s what I get for going into that ring, riskin’ my life for this company every single night and never once – not ONCE – thinkin’ about joining the New World Order.

    Arn Anderson: I know you’re angry, Booker. It’s a one-month suspension. You’ll be cleared in time for Super Brawl 9, and I promise you’ll be on that card.

    Arn stands up and walks towards Booker but Booker shakes his head, sticking an arm out in front of him.

    Booker T: What about Bret? Do they suspend him after he took a lead pipe and attacked my brother?

    Arn Anderson: As the victim…

    Booker T: Victim! That’s some bullshit, Arn. You know it! He isn’t a victim. Bret created all of this himself, he attacked the only family I got left and put Stevie in the freaking hospital! That son of a bitch is lucky he didn’t get worse last night.

    Irate with the decision, Booker turns and heads towards the door. Upon opening it, Booker T is greeted by three security guards, all blocking his way.

    Arn Anderson: Again, I’m sorry. You’ll have to leave the building, Booker. I can’t have you around here for the next four weeks. Please, don’t make this any worse than it already is now.

    Booker stares at the guards, daring them to try something as he puts his hands up and nods.

    Booker T: I see how it is then. Fine, I’ll go. But you best tell Bret to watch his back. I’m not done with this piece of trash just yet.

    Leaving with the security guards surrounding him, Booker T is escorted away from the office and towards the exit of the arena. Arn Anderson takes a seat at his desk, thinking over what he has just done and looking none too pleased about the decision.



    Inside the ring, two local jobbers named JIM SMITH and MICHAEL CRAFTY are pumping themselves up for their big television debut.

    **THE ZOO**

    Marching down to the ring, his famous tattooed scalp looking as menacing as ever, BAM BAM BIGELOW lumbers into the ring, and gets right in the face of the two men he will battle with in a few moments.

    Mike Tenay: How often do we see handicap matches where the team or individual in this case, is considered the favourite?

    Tony Schiavone: It’s a rarity that’s for sure, Mike. Tonight, Bam Bam Bigelow, the Beast from the East, goes up against two young upstarts from the local region of Ohio. They’ve been making waves around the region and this is there big chance with the spotlight on them.

    Mike Tenay: Yeah but they’re stuck against a man who believes he was robbed of a fair World Title opportunity at Starrcade. A man who fell short in the battle royal to decide a number one contender for said title. The same man who went from main eventing Starrcade to not being on the card for Souled Out in the space of three weeks. Blimey!

    Tony Schiavone: When you put it like that… I wouldn’t be rushing to be the one to start the match.

    Match Two
    Bam Bam Bigelow vs. Jim Smith & Michael Crafty
    Total squash match to get Bigelow some shine after not appearing on the pay-per-view last night. Bigelow was at his best, highlighting his strength as he threw both men around the ring, often tossing them into the other. They were several sizes smaller which allowed Bigelow to hold both of them on his shoulders at one time, executing a Samoan Drop with both men in place. There punches did not have any effect on Bigelow, the announcers spent most of the match talking about Bigelow’s goal of being a champion and came to the conclusion that it may not come from the Heavyweight Title but possibly in another division. Bigelow left the two jobbers in a heap, at one point laughing as he held one by the throat while the other moved around his ginormous presence and attempted to defeat him with punches and kicks. Bigelow struck Smith with a single backhand, knocking him unconscious before hitting Crafty with Greetings From Asbury Park for the three count.

    Winner:
    Bam Bam Bigelow @ 02:01

    Rising to his feet and immediately disposing of the two young men he just defeated, throwing them to the outside of the ring, refusing to share his place of dominance with them a moment longer. Bigelow shouts at the referee to raise his hand, and after the act is done, shoves the referee to the floor and orders him to scram. Bigelow marches towards the hard camera, pushing the top rope down as he rants about being unstoppable.

    Tony Schiavone: He had a mission and tonight, Bam Bam Bigelow went out and did what he planned to do. Talk about making a big statement when the opportunity presents itself. Who can stop this man?

    Mike Tenay: It’s going to be a harsh reality check for whoever holds the title that Bigelow decides to go after. We discussed it during the match, Bigelow is smart veteran who I doubt would willing rush into the war that is WCW vs. nWo. As tough as Bigelow has proven to be I cannot see him seeking out a match against Kevin Nash for the World Title.

    Tony Schiavone: I think you’re spot on, Mike. That leaves a few options open and we’ll have to keep an eye on what path Bam Bam Bigelow takes as we move towards Super Brawl 9!



    Nitro switches from ringside to the backstage area. Large boxes of equipment are placed around the hallway and from around the corner appears a set of boots. The camera pans up and reveals DIAMOND DALLAS PAGE, getting a mixed reaction from the crowd, walking with a gym bag over his shoulder.

    Tony Schiavone: There is the most wanted man in all of professional wrestling after what he did last night. I’m still in shock at what I saw at Souled Out, Mike. Diamond Dallas Page will answer the questions we have for him, he has promised to explain himself and I damn sure need to know what the hell he was thinking.

    Mike Tenay: Can we even take Page’s word seriously anymore, Tony? You saw it, we all did, last night DDP broke the heart of every fan who has supported him. I trusted this man as a representative of World Championship Wrestling. He was someone I thought would never stab us in the back but I guess you cannot have faith in anyone in this business.

    Tony Schiavone: If we’re sounding emotional that’s because this whole thing is serious for us, ladies and gentlemen. This is our lives. It’s not just a job. I love what I do and the nWo has been on the verge of destroying this place. They have no sympathy for anyone. They want to craft this company in their image and they claim to be doing what is best for WCW. They will tell you what they are doing will benefit us and that we’re nothing but blind sheep who cannot see the forest through the trees. Nonsense! The nWo wants to have all the power, they want everything to go their way and that’s what they think, in their sick and twisted minds, is best for this company.

    Mike Tenay: Diamond Dallas Page has a lot to answer for. Goldberg had a chance to deliver a serious blow to their group and Page, for whatever reason, put a stop to that. We need to hear why he did that. I need to look into the eyes of a man who I thought would’ve rather fallen on his own sword rather than to betray us.

    Tony Schiavone: I hope we get to DDP first before he runs into Goldberg. We won’t get a chance to hear his explanation if Goldberg finds him first.


    **Commercial Break**


    When Monday Nitro returns from the break, Bret Hart is standing alongside Gene Okerlund at the top of the stage in the arena. The Hitman is dressed in street clothes, selling his injuries with a grimace on his face whenever he takes a step or sways a little to the side, receiving loud heat from the audience.

    Gene Okerlund: Ladies and gentlemen, I am joined by none other than Bret Hart, and you requested this time. What’s on your mind, Bret?

    Bret slowly takes off his shades as he begins to talk.

    Bret Hart: Last night I was assaulted by a violent criminal. A man who has no place in this organization or in that ring ever again.

    Huge boos from the crowd, Hart groans just because of the act of breathing.

    Bret Hart: I would like to applaud the WCW Board of Directors for their decision to suspend Booker T.

    Gaining no friends tonight, Bret draws even more heat from the crowd as he continues.

    Bret Hart: You can boo all you want but that thug is on his way back to the streets and sooner rather than later, Booker T will be in his rightful home… prison!

    Gene Okerlund: Come on now! That’s uncalled for, Bret. The man has been suspended without pay. He’ll be back on day and you better…

    Bret cuts in, interrupting Gene, and talking over him.

    Bret Hart: I didn’t ask for your opinion, Gene! Now, with that piece of garbage on his way back to the big house, it’s time we focus on the future of Bret Hart.

    Gene Okerlund: The future? What do you mean, Bret?

    The Hitman smirks and points to the crowd, selling as he lifts his arm.

    Bret Hart: I beat Booker T last night right in the middle of the ring. That’s a fact. I did it easily. In front of millions around the world. I beat Booker T because I was simply born better than him! That victory puts me at the front of the line for the title that I should’ve never lost – the WCW United States Heavyweight Title. I want what I deserve, Gene. I beat Booker T, I’m standing here while that idiot is suspended, I stepped into the ring with a criminal because this company asked me, I want payment for that! I want a title match!

    From the entrance chute, ARN ANDERSON makes his way out and approaches the two men on the stage.

    Gene Okerlund: Well, here is the man you need to talk to Bret. WCW Commissioner, Arn Anderson, what have you to say about this request.

    Bret pulls the microphone towards himself and repeats his demand.

    Arn Anderson: I heard you the first time, Bret. I’ve heard you making this demand all day from various people backstage. Let me make this clear, Booker T is not fired, he is not a criminal, he will be back and if you were smart you’d watch what you have to say about a man who isn’t here to defend himself.

    Bret Hart: If you had any guts you’d have fired that thug long before he assaulted me after the bell rang! My career, my life, was in danger and your security let Booker T run wild. I want a title match or I’ll sue you and this company for everything it’s worth!

    Arn refuses to back down as Bret gets in his face, knowing full well that Arn cannot get physical due to his medical condition and the crowd reacts with knowledge of that fact.

    Arn Anderson: Listen, Bret. You won last night. Ten years ago, if I was standing in your position, having won a match like that, I wouldn’t have the nerve to come out on national television and demand anything. But that’s the way you operate, fine. I’ll give you a chance, Bret. Tonight, you’re set to face Lex Luger in one on one action.

    Bret Hart: Do you hear yourself, Arn? I’m going to wrestle. After what I went through last night. If I wasn’t born better than you and all these idiots, I wouldn’t be standing right now. If my blood wasn’t wrestling royalty than I wouldn’t be here.

    Arn shakes his head and sticks his finger in Bret’s chest.

    Arn Anderson: You’ve been cleared by the doctors, Bret. Threaten to sue all you want but if you want a WCW United States Heavyweight Title match you’ll get your butt into that ring tonight and face Lex Luger. If you win, then you’ll get the title match next week on Nitro. Go get ready, you’ve wasted enough of all our time.

    With the decision made and the terms set for a major match later tonight, Anderson exits the stage and heads backstage. Bret Hart seems even more annoyed than he was originally. Frustrated at the idea that he has to earn his title match, Bret puts on his shades and gives Okerlund a slight shove to the side before heading backstage.




    With their famous entrance theme playing over various clips from Souled Out, highlighting the success of the New World Order, Konnan and Scott Hall provide voiceover.

    Scott Hall: Hey yo! Take a look at this, man. Hollywood Hogan versus Lex Luger at Souled Out. Ah, it’s beautiful. Look at that clothesline, K-Dawg.

    Konnan: You know I taught him that.

    Clips of Hogan and Lex battling it out inside the ring, all of which show Hogan in control and never taking a single hit.

    Scott Hall: Get outta here, really? They do say you’re the Mexican Hulkster, brother!

    Konnan: Biggest star in all of Mexico. Who holds the attendance record for largest crowd at a wrestling event in Mexico? I do. Who is the biggest crossover star in all of Mexican wrestling? I am.

    The footage switches to the match between Kevin Nash and Diamond Dallas Page. As with the first set of clips, Nash never gets hurt and totally dominates.

    Konnan: You know, I think he was faking those injuries. Page is just old, you know.

    Scott Hall: Man, I wouldn’t put it past DDP. I get letters all the time from people wanting to join the nWo. You’ve seen ‘em, all kinds of pathetic losers out there begging to live the nWo life and I’m pretty sure I saw Page’s name on one of those letters.

    Clips of Nash beating Page continue until the final sequence where he ends it with the Jackknife.

    Scott Hall: Ouch! That’s gotta hurt.

    Konnan: Especially on that old man ass he got. They’ll have to scrape his wrinkled skin off the mat after that one.

    The final section of footage is from the main event; Goldberg vs. Randy Savage. For the third time, the nWo member is never touched and it’s all offense

    Scott Hall: This one right here is a match people will never forget, Konnan. We didn’t even have to be at ringside for Randy to beat the brakes off that wannabe, Goldberg. Look at the Macho Man run wild!

    Konnan: And he did it all by himself. That’s an inspiration! I was sitting in the back next to Hogan when that happened, and I swear too you, I saw a tear in that man’s eye.

    The ending is included but conveniently shows no appearance of DDP in the finish, cutting to Savage escaping the cage and the celebration with his fellow nWo members.

    Konnan: That’s what I call a successful night out. How many times do we have to tell ‘em, Scott. You can’t beat us. This right here, this is nWo country, and we run things the way we see fit. Ya’ll got a problem with us than step up so we can knock your ass right back down!

    Scott Hall: As the Macho Man himself would say…

    Cut to a shot of Hall and Konnan watching the footage on a big screen, smoking cigars as they turn to face the camera from behind.

    Both: Oh yeah!


    **Commercial Break**


    Back to ringside following the commercial break, PERRY SATURN is standing in the corner of the ring with a scowl on his face awaiting his opponent.

    **INVASION**

    To a thunderous reaction from the audience, and coming hot off the heels of a defeating twenty-four hours ago, GOLDBERG walks through smoke and fire, looking as dangerous as ever.


    Mike Tenay: The feeling when this man, Goldberg, enters the arena is unlike anything I have ever felt in all my years in this business.

    Tony Schiavone: It was just last night that Bill Goldberg stepped into a steel cage opposite Randy Savage. You can see the blisters, cuts and bruises on his body from the mayhem that occurred inside the unforgiving steel structure.

    Mike Tenay: It was brutal, Tony. Goldberg was robbed of the victory as we have alluded to all night long. Diamond Dallas Page got involved, he pushed Goldberg back into the cage while he was on the verge of escape and hit that devastating Diamond Cutter. You can see the intensity in the eyes of Goldberg, he’s ready to beat someone up and I guess Perry Saturn drew the short straw.

    Goldberg enters the ring and is immediately jumped by Saturn, trying to get an advantage before the bell even rings.

    Tony Schiavone: Saturn is on the attack! He may live to regret that.

    With one swift burst of aggression, Goldberg shoves Saturn across the ring and yells at the referee to start the match.

    Match Three
    Goldberg vs. Perry Saturn
    Coming off the loss last night it was clear that Goldberg needed to remind the world of just how dangerous he can be inside the ring. Goldberg launched into a total destruction of Perry Saturn, hitting variations a suplex all around the ring and cleaning his clock with hard lariats throughout the opening minute. With ease, and to great applause, Goldberg would knock Saturn down and yank him back up and hit another move. Goldberg displayed his kicking ability, backing Saturn into a corner and unloading with kicks, both high and low, before hitting a sidewalk slam. It took a rake of the eyes for Saturn to create some space for him to work on. He managed to knock Goldberg off his feet at one point but the former World Champion punched his way up while on his back. The finish of the match occurred with Goldberg catching Saturn coming off the top rope for a double axe handle, spearing him down to the canvas before connecting with the Jackhammer for the 1, 2, 3!
    Winner:
    Goldberg @ 03:02

    Pure an utter aggression shown by Bill Goldberg in his destruction of Perry Saturn. It wasn’t even a close match, the fans in the arena live are standing as they cheer for an athlete unlike any other in professional wrestling. Goldberg has his hand raised by the official, not caring for it at all, he soon backs away and heads for the ropes to make his leave.

    Tony Schiavone: You might’ve heard questions about if Goldberg had lost a step inside the ring. Two pay-per-view main events in a row have seen Goldberg come out on the wrong side of the result. Of course, those matches both ended with a large cloud of controversy.

    Mike Tenay: I think anyone questioning what Goldberg has left in the tank can stop right now. That man just dismantled Perry Saturn in a fashion only he could accomplish.

    As Goldberg reaches the ropes, bending down to go through them, the arena comes to a standstill…

    **SELF HIGH-FIVE**

    From the entrance chute, Diamond Dallas Page lunges out onto the stage with a microphone in his head.


    Tony Schiavone: Well hang on a minute, ladies and gentlemen!

    Mike Tenay: It’s the most wanted man in all of professional wrestling – Diamond Dallas Page! I can’t believe he’s out here while Goldberg is standing inside the ring.

    Tony Schiavone: After what he did last night I’d have never believed I’d see Page get this close to the man he screwed over.

    He’s dressed in a pair of jeans and a t-shirt, walking around in a little circle at the top of the stage, while Goldberg peers up at him from inside the ring. Page comes to a stop, looking around the arena, drawing a mixed reaction from the audience who aren’t entirely sure as to how they are supposed to react.

    Diamond Dallas Page: I know I’m not exactly the most popular guy right now. I get it. For the past twenty-four hours I’ve had people coming up to me asking what the hell I was thinking. I’ve been watching the show, I heard how you all reacted when they put my face up on the big screen. Some of you cheered and some of you booed, and I understand why.

    Page nods his head multiple times.

    Diamond Dallas Page: I understand why Tony Schiavone and Mike Tenay have been so passionate about my actions, condemning them as selfish and questioning my loyalty to WCW. I get it. I don’t like it but I understand.

    Lowering his head and then taking a deep breath, Page looks up.

    Diamond Dallas Page: Last night, I hit Goldberg with the Diamond Cutter right in the middle of that ring. And I'd do it all over again.

    Huge heat from the audience.

    Diamond Dallas Page: If it means I lose every fan I got than so be it. I have performed inside that ring for you all every single night, I love each and every one of you people. If this is the end, I’d like to say thank you for all your support. I understand but I’d like you to all try to understand why I did what I did. That man, Goldberg, standing inside that ring is not bigger than WCW.

    The camera cuts to Goldberg, he is emotionless inside the ring as he listens.

    Diamond Dallas Page: Seven days ago I came to help him! And in return he broke my ribs. I rushed into that ring, risking my own safety and the financial security of my family because it was the right thing to do in the name of World Championship Wrestling. The nWo would’ve beaten him bloody again had I not led the charge with Chris Jericho and Roddy Piper. I did that because I love this company, I love these fans and I’ll die before I let the nWo destroy it!

    This time the fans cheer, Page is talking passionately as he paces at the top of the stage.

    Diamond Dallas Page: We fought them off. We had come together because that’s the only way we can beat them, Goldberg. To put aside our differences, to shove the egos to the back and unite not for ourselves but for the fans! To protect what they love to watch. I want to make sure that the kids in this arena right now have a WCW to watch with their children when the time comes, because if things continue the way they are – WCW will be dead before the turn of the century!

    Goldberg remains stone faced.

    Diamond Dallas Page: But you think you’re bigger than us all. That you can do it all on your own. You speared me. You attacked me first, Goldberg. I lost last night because my ribs couldn’t hold up after the spear you gave me. And for what? You wanted to be the big dog in the yard? I may lose all the fans I got but last night, as I sat in the medical bay ready to go to hospital, my ribs broken, I made a choice – I made the only choice I had left!

    Page pauses and removes his shirt, revealing serious bruising around his mid-section.

    Diamond Dallas Page: Look at me! We had a chance to weaken the nWo and you screwed it up with one spear. You threw everything we had going for us out the freaking window because you wanted to prove you could do it all on your own. So, I walked down that ramp and made sure you couldn’t do it on your own. You cost not just me but you cost those fans and everyone working in this company, the best chance to get back the WCW World Heavyweight Title.

    Suddenly, Page begins to walk down to the ring and draws a huge reaction from the crowd. Fans are shocked, many shaking their heads telling DDP to not risk it but Page has no intention of playing games. Page enters the ring and finds himself inches away from Bill Goldberg.

    Diamond Dallas Page: I’m not with the New World Order. I’m not a liar. I’m not many of the things I’ve been accused of since it all went down. I am a man who loves this company and realized the biggest problem in us defeating the nWo isn’t the group themselves, it’s you!

    That gets Goldberg’s attention, his eyes locking with Page’s and they remain silent for a more as the tension builds in the arena.

    Diamond Dallas Page: You’ve put yourself ahead of the interest of everyone else for the last time, Bill. Either join the team or get out of the way. I’m not hiding from you. I’m not afraid of what you might do. I am standing right here, Bill. I’m saying this to your face. I cost you your match with Randy but you cost us the World Title. If you're looking for someone to blame for last night, I suggest you look in the mirror.

    The atmosphere inside the arena is reaching breaking point as two of the biggest stars, and fan favourites, find themselves on opposing sides. Goldberg reaches out and grabs the microphone from Page.

    Goldberg: You should’ve never got in my way. I don’t need you. I never asked for your help.

    Page shakes his head and mutters, “this is exactly the problem.”

    Goldberg: The problem is that you think you’re some kind of leader. That we’re on the same team. I do not answer to you. The nWo stole something from me and I’m going to get back.

    The two stars go forehead to forehead as the arena rises up with noise.

    Goldberg: Stay out of my way, Page! Otherwise, I’ll break more than your ribs.

    Without saying another word, Goldberg shoulder barges past DDP and exits the ring. The fans are split, some chanting for Goldberg while others are on the side of Diamond Dallas Page who gave a clear explanation of his actions last night. Inside the ring, Page looks disappointed, shaking his head and placing his hands on his hips.


    **Commercial Break**


    Backstage, once Nitro returns, BILLY KIDMAN is inside the locker-room having a discussion with REY MYSTERIO JR, and the two men appear friendly. Kidman has the WCW Cruiserweight Title over his shoulder and is standing while Rey removes his boots from wrestling earlier in the night.

    Billy Kidman: That was a great match out there, Rey.

    Rey Mysterio Jr: Thanks, Billy. It’s just frustrating when you’ve got the match won and then the big guy on the outside blindsides me. I had it, man! I had it!

    Kidman pats his friend on the shoulder.

    Billy Kidman: We’ve all been there. Guys like that, the likes of Eddie Guerrero and Iaukea, they don’t know the meaning of a fair fight.

    Mysterio nods his head in agreement, standing up and wrapping a towel around his neck.

    Rey Mysterio Jr: You’re right. They wouldn’t know a fair fight if it smacked them in the head. I’m done with Eddie, though. That’s in the past. I’m moving forward with my career and my future.

    A smile appears on Kidman’s face.

    Billy Kidman: That’s great, Rey. I’m happy for you. We’ve come a long way in the past few months. Both of us had heavy burdens and now, here we are, standing strong both coming out as better wrestlers than before.

    Rey Mysterio Jr: Exactly. I want a fresh start, a new goal and I think I’ve found it.

    Billy Kidman: Cool. What is it? Because I know you, Rey. You can accomplish anything you set your mind to.

    Mysterio Jr. chuckles as points to the title hanging over Kidman’s shoulder.

    Rey Mysterio Jr: I want to become a champion again. Not just any old title, I want the WCW Cruiserweight Championship. That’s my future, Billy.

    Kidman can’t help but laugh, nodding his head and smiling.

    Billy Kidman: I look forward to it…

    From off-screen we hear a shriek, both men turn and groan as The Artist struts into the picture. Of course, his protector, the ever-intimidating Meng, is standing by his side.

    The Artist: Oh, no. This right here isn’t happening. No, if anyone is next in line for a title shot it’s me. Did you already forget little man that I beat you tonight!

    Mysterio is about to speak up when The Artist puts his hand in front of Rey’s face.

    The Artist: Silence! You are in the presence of an artist! My creativity cannot flow with your words creating a think pool of mud to trap my creations from bursting to life before your very eyes.

    Kidman rolls his eyes and adjusts the title.

    The Artist: Do I amuse you, Kidman? Some kind of joke, am I? You think you’re so great prancing around with that title. You say you take on all challengers but here I stand after returning from EXILE! Banished from the title hunt for the past two months and for what? I did only what my brilliant mind brought to life.

    Billy Kidman: You’re a delusional, Iaukea.

    The Artist: Do not call me that name! I am The Artist! You and everyone else in this company will respect my creativity or I shall beat the respect into you. Understand, Kidman! Your time is up. It’s the time of The Artist… and creativity will flow.

    Before making his leave, The Artist brushes his hand against the title belt and sprinkles some glitter from his fingertips onto the shoes of Billy Kidman. The Artist and Meng exit the locker-room, leaving Kidman and Rey to discuss what just occurred.



    Returning to the ring, we scan the crowd for a brief moment until…

    **HITMAN IN THE HOUSE**

    Walking with a sense of contempt, BRET HART makes his way down the entrance ramp and enters the ring, muttering to himself about how unfair his current situation is to him.


    Tony Schiavone: For those who may have missed the announcement earlier, the following match has huge implications for that man you see standing inside the ring. Bret Hart, if he wins this match, defeating Lex Luger, will be granted a WCW United States Heavyweight Championship opportunity next week on Monday Nitro.

    Mike Tenay: That’s a huge ‘if’ partner because Bret Hart isn’t facing newbie. He’s going up against a former World Champion.

    Tony Schiavone: Bret has been on a mission to regain the United States Heavyweight Title for many months. It was a classic match between Hart and DDP that become the first and to this point, only WCW United States Heavyweight Title match to main event a pay-per-view.

    Mike Tenay:
    He’s not lacking drive but that bucket of overconfidence Bret carries with him isn’t likely to help if this match is close.

    **TOTAL PACKAGE**

    Huge pop for the man who fought his heart out last night against Hollywood Hogan, coming up short thanks to inference by the nWo, specifically a black baseball bat to the back of his head. LEX LUGER emerges from the entrance chute, raising a hand in the air to say thanks to the fans for their welcome, before making his way to the ring, stretching out both arms to slap hands with the fans.

    Mike Tenay: He’s putting on a brave face but you know that Luger isn’t in the best condition.

    Tony Schiavone: How could he be? The man was struck by Big Poppa Pump in the back of his head with a baseball bat.

    Mike Tenay: You’ll never see Luger quit though. I’m sure he was offered tonight off but Luger would want to be out in that ring. He has spent months on the sideline already and doesn’t want to sit around any longer.

    Tony Schiavone: Don’t forget that at Starrcade when Bret Hart betrayed Booker T, he was a replacement for Lex Luger who was originally supposed to be in the match but due to a medical clearance issue, was forced out of the bout. Luger wants so revenge on Bret for what he did during that match also. This is big for both men.

    Match Four
    Bret Hart vs. Lex Luger
    *If Bret wins, he receives a WCW United States Heavyweight Title match next week*
    A highly competitive match with a big fight feel to it as presented on Monday Nitro. Being the skilled professional wrestler that he is, along with Luger being such a fan favourite, Bret controlled the action for most of the contest. In the open exchanges we saw bursts of power from Luger which sent Hart scrambling to the outside, rethinking his head on approach. Hart would adjust and turn to his submission game, and when that did not work he went for the head, the back of it to be precise. It was a truly dirty tactic by the Canadian, going after a wound created last night by Scott Steiner, but Hart was on a mission to regain the title he feels should never have left his waist. Luger began to fight back, rallying off the emotion of the fans and he would manage to counter a crossface by lifting Hart off the mat and turning it into side slam. It was an equal opportunity match with both men getting in a good deal of offense. Luger would go on long bursts of attack, big moves only, and would be cut off by a cheap tactic like a thumb to the eye or Hart pulling on his trunks. The finish saw the referee get knocked down, Hart would strike low on Luger and roll to the outside, grabbing a steel chair to use on his opponent. Before he could strike, Booker T jumped the barricade, rushing through the fans, and attacked Bret Hart – ending with an Axe Kick. The referee would recover, Booker T long gone through the fans, and Luger would secure the win off the Piledriver.
    Winner:
    Lex Luger @ 08:01

    Luger is showered with applause as the referee raises his hand in victory. The Total Package ascends a nearby turnbuckle and poses, drawing more cheers and support from this live audience. Replays are shown on the big screen of Booker T’s involvement and that only further sends Bret Hart into a rage as he makes his way away from ringside.

    Mike Tenay: I thought Booker T was suspended, Tony! How in the world did he get back into this building?

    Tony Schiavone: I think he came in through the fans. The people assisted Booker T and what an impact he had on that match.

    Mike Tenay: Booker T cost Bret Hart not just a win but a chance to fight for the United States Heavyweight Title. He isn’t going to be pleased about that at all.

    Tony Schiavone: He may have been suspended earlier in the night however Booker T remains a thorn in the side of Bret Hart. I’m sure we’ll be hearing about this next week on Nitro.

    Bret storms up the ramp, pushing a cameraman out of the way and can be heard cursing Booker T’s name as he disappears into the backstage area.



    Meanwhile, in the busy backstage area, many people rushing by as the show continues, we find EDDIE GUERRERO shouting down a corridor. People hurry to get out of the way as Eddie, wearing a bag over his head with little eye holes cut out, stumbles into walls and struggles to see where he is going.

    Eddie Guerrero: Point me to Arn Anderson’s office, right now! I demand to speak to someone with authority.

    Anyone in the nearby area scatters, Eddie waving his arms around wildly and knocking everything near him over.

    Eddie Guerrero: Where the hell is Chavo? Chavo! I can’t see in this thing.

    As he continues down the hallway, he is joined by his nephew and guided down the hallway to WCW Commissioner, Arn Anderson’s office.

    Arn Anderson: Gentlemen, how can I help you two?

    Eddie Guerrero: No! You listen to me, Arn. I want you to know what happened to me…

    Chavo Guerrero: Uh, uncle. You’re facing the wrong way.

    Eddie throws up his hands and shouts at the top of his lungs.

    Eddie Guerrero: Well turn me around then, Chavo! Come on!

    Being the dutiful nephew that he has come to be, Chavo does as he is asked, and Eddie resumes his tirade.

    Eddie Guerrero: I was humiliated last night. I was cheated. You know me, I uphold all the rules, Arn. I respect the tradition of this business and I would never do what Rey Mysterio Jr. did last night. I want a rematch, tonight!

    Arn Anderson: That’s not happening, Eddie. In fact, I’ve already put in an order which is binding and covers Monday Nitro, Thursday Thunder and any pay-per-view events World Championship Wrestling produces, and it states that unless it falls under championship competition than Eddie Guerrero will be prohibited from facing Rey Mysterio Jr. for the next twelve months.

    The crowd cheers for that announcement; Eddie Guerrero can’t get a match with Rey for twelve months which will well and truly be the final nail in their feud.

    Arn Anderson: As for your complaint about being cheated… I don’t know what you’re talking about. You got hit with the 619 and pinned clean in the middle of the ring.

    Eddie Guerrero: Clean! I had the match won off the Frog Splash and Mil Mascaras pulled the referee out of the ring. He had no right to do that. That masked idiot is just like Rey. He’s jealous of me because my name is Guerrero and no matter how many masks he has, I’ll always be a bigger icon in Mexico!

    Even Chavo shakes his head at that one, of course Eddie cannot see Chavo do that because of the bag over his head, and Arn Anderson has a similar reaction.

    Arn Anderson: Mil Mascaras was the Special Enforcer, he was perfectly within his right to act, and I feel he made the correct decision.

    Eddie Guerrero: Oh, do you? Is this washed up legends sticking together against the real talent. I wish you and him were twenty years younger because I’d beat both of you in that ring. Neither of you can touch me. We don’t have a so-called legend on the roster who can match me in that ring.

    That peaks the interest of Anderson, he laughs and taps his desk.

    Arn Anderson: Fine. We’ll put that to the test, Eddie. I just so happen to need a main event for Nitro. A way to send the people home knowing they have seen a fantastic show. I think, being the big star, you should be involved – it’ll be Guerrero versus Flair! Let’s see how big a legend you truly are, Eddie.

    Suddenly, Eddie pulls up the bag over his head, not revealing his hairline, just his face, and displays a look of outrage. He shakes his head, turns to Chavo and shoves the bag back over. Chavo has to escort his uncle out of the office, Arn making a quip about Eddie trying to wrestle with that thing over his head.

    Tony Schiavone: That’s a main event I can get behind, folks! Tonight, Flair vs. Guerrero one on one here on Monday Nitro.

    Mike Tenay: Did you hear the way Eddie spoke about the legendary Mil Mascaras? Down right disrespect of the highest order.

    Tony Schiavone: For someone who talks about respecting the culture, you’d think Eddie would show a little bit more gratitude to an icon like Mil Mascaras.


    **Commercial Break**


    **DESTROYER**

    Coming out of the break, BILLY KIDMAN makes his way down to the ramp but not to compete. Tonight, he has the night off and is here to scout his next challenger after successfully defeating Dean Malenko last night at Souled Out. The Cruiserweight Champion holds his title proudly, getting a positive response from the fans as he enters the ring, still selling that he has a bad leg after the punishment he took at the hands of the Ice Man.


    Tony Schiavone: He is a fighting champion, no doubt. Billy Kidman has taken on all comers since being crowned the WCW Cruiserweight Champion and last night he overcame what many believed was an impossible situation.

    Mike Tenay: Dean Malenko has been unstoppable with the kneebar, Tony. He has taken multiple superstars out, nobody had ever escaped it until Kidman did last night.

    Tony Schiavone: We started the show with a group of cruiserweights in tag team action, you saw a confrontation between Mysterio Jr. and The Artist, along with Kidman, backstage. The sharks are circling this young champion, I’m excited to hear what he has to say.

    Inside the ring, Kidman is walking around with a microphone in his hand and the title belt over his shoulder.

    Billy Kidman: When I first won this title, I wanted to be a champion that you could all be proud of. I grew up watching wrestling as a kid and my hero, the guy I idolised, was Ric Flair.

    ‘Woo!’

    Billy Kidman: Now, the Nature Boy wasn’t the fairest of men. No. He’d bend the rules like only he could. You’d see him grab the tights, hit a low blow, distract the referee while the Horsemen attacked, I could go on.

    Kidman smiles as he discusses memories from his childhood.

    Billy Kidman: Ric Flair would do things that were against the rules. If someone else did those exact same things than I hated them. I wanted to see Ricky Steamboat beat up Randy Savage. I wanted to see the good guys have their big heroic moment in the end but not Ric Flair.

    Another ‘Woo!’ from the crowd.

    Billy Kidman: Because for all the things that I didn’t like, the things that my father had taught me were wrong, I loved Ric Flair because he was a fighting champion. He went out all over the country and put the World Championship on the line because that was his job. He was the very best in the world, he knew it, and he wanted to make sure that every single person across the globe knew it.

    With a smile on his face, Kidman grabs the title belt and looks at it.

    Billy Kidman: From that point on I was hooked. I wanted to get into this ring and be just like Ric Flair. And when I won the WCW Cruiserweight Title for the second time, I made a promise to myself to all of you, that I would be just like Ric Flair. I have travelled around the world defending this belt, I have never backed down from a challenge and I don’t plan on starting now.

    Big cheer from the crowd.

    Billy Kidman: But before we look to the future, I want to recognize what happened last night and give props to one hell of an athlete.

    Kidman looks down at his leg and smirks.

    Billy Kidman: I know you’re watching this somewhere, Dean. Last night, in front of millions around the world, we set the standard for cruiserweight wrestling. We gave those people a match they will never ever forget.

    The fans cheer as Kidman continues.

    Billy Kidman: For months you’ve been my biggest challenge. The guy I had to beat to know that I deserved to hold this title. At Souled Out, I did just that. I am the WCW Cruiserweight Champion and that makes me the best. You and I stole the show, Dean. We were the talking point when the night was over but our time together is done. I respect you as a competitor, we tore each other to pieces until our tanks were empty. Wrestling you has made me better, Dean.

    Kidman looks into the hard camera, nodding his head and speaking.

    Billy Kidman: Thank you. Now, the future is what we have to discuss. Who is next? As I’ve said, I’ll take on anyone. Whether it’s The Artist, Juventud, Psicosis or even my buddy, Rey Mysterio Jr. Whoever wants a shot consider this your open invitation!

    **BLACK KNIGHT**

    Drawing boos from the crowd, the music of DEAN MALENKO blasts over the arena and Kidman turns towards the stage. The fans await the arrival of the Ice Man but it does not come, at least from the entrance chute…


    Tony Schiavone: Malenko is in the ring! He snuck up behind Kidman!

    Mike Tenay: Look at what’s in his hand, Tony!

    Before he can figure out was is happening, Kidman is smashed in the back with a steel chair by Malenko! The crowd are furious at the sneak attack after Malenko was praised by the champion. Malenko hammers away with the steel chair, slamming it against the bad knee that was his target last night.

    Outrage turns to horror as Malenko mounts Kidman and forearms him in the face multiple times, stunning the champion and sending the title belt spilling across the canvas. Malenko stands back up, and stomps on the bad leg before driving his knee into the joint.

    Rushing across the ring, Malenko picks up the chair again and spikes the edge into the joint. The champion is pounding the canvas with his fist, screaming out in pain, as Malenko twists and turns the leg.

    Getting even more violent, Malenko opens the chair and places Kidman’s leg through it. The fans are screaming in shock as Malenko pulls Kidman towards a corner of the ring. Before ascending the turnbuckle, Malenko punches Kidman in the face a few more times, then he climbs up high and readies himself.

    Fans around the arena are begging him to stop but it’s no use. The Ice doesn’t give a damn, he feels wronged by the loss last night, he is pissed off, and if he cannot beat Kidman he’ll put him on the shelf instead.

    DOUBLE FOOT STOMP ON THE LEG TRAPPED INSIDE THE CHAIR!

    Kidman is in absolute agony, Malenko grabs him and hooks the kneebar with the chair still on the leg. He’s ripping the damn leg to pieces, the muscles have to be tearing, the ligaments snapped, Kidman may never walk again at this point! The emotionless Ice Man has gone too far!


    Tony Schiavone: Get security out here now!

    Mike Tenay: Malenko has snapped, Tony. He couldn’t beat Kidman so he has done this cowardly assault.

    Finally, Malenko releases the kneebar as security rushes down to the ring. The Ice Man scrambles out of the ring, grabbing the WCW Cruiserweight Title and holding it above his head, before throwing it back towards Kidman.



    After the vicious assault we have just seen, possibly seeing one of the top stars in WCW injured, we cut to the back where SCOTT STEINER and KONNAN are walking on one side. On the other, CHRIS JERICHO and RODDY PIPER are shown. It’s the pairs for the upcoming tag team match that will be airing right after the next commercial break.

    We get no commentary from either Tenay or Schiavone as they are both still in shock at what they have just witnessed.



    **Commercial Break**


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    **ROCKHOUSE**


    Their presence has not been as prominent tonight, a noticeable absence for the most dominant force in professional wrestling. With the classic theme airing over the speaks of the arena, SCOTT STEINER, KONNAN and WCW United States Heavyweight Champion, SCOTT HALL, make their way down to the ring for tag team action.

    Mike Tenay: We are back, ladies and gentlemen. As you are all aware, we were caught by surprised at the actions of Dean Malenko, and we are currently trying to get an update on the condition of Billy Kidman.

    Tony Schiavone: He’s been taken to a local hospital. Right now, we turn our attention to a big tag team contest. It was a good night for the nWo at Souled Out, only suffering one loss out of three matches that they took part in.

    **GREEN HILLS OF TYROL**

    Making his way out to the ring, a veteran of the squared circle, his jaw clenched together, fist ready to go, is RODDY PIPER! A true rival of the New World Order, Piper walks about halfway down the entrance ramp, talking trash to the nWo the entire time, before he stops and waits for Jericho.

    Tony Schiavone: It’s great to have Piper back in WCW after he took some time off. He’s a much-needed ally in the fight against the nWo. Never one to hide.

    Mike Tenay: There aren’t many men I’d rather have standing by my side while going to war than the Hot Rod.

    **ONE CRAZED ANARCHIST**

    Wearing his new ‘Giant Slayer’ shirt, CHRIS JERICHO rushes out onto the stage and throws his hands into the air, telling the crowd to make some noise. He heads down the ramp, shaking hands with Piper and together they rush into the ring to challenge the nWo!

    Mike Tenay: They aren’t afraid, ladies and gentlemen. You can try and knock us down by World Championship Wrestling will never ever die, Tony. Not while we have warriors like Jericho and Piper willing to fight the good fight for this company.

    Tony Schiavone: Chris Jericho has upset The Giant twice in the past two months. I’m done questioning what he can do, Mike. He has risen up as one of the fastest rising stars of WCW.


    Match Five
    nWo vs. Chris Jericho & Roddy Piper
    Another competitive match on Monday Nitro, it starts off with Jericho and Konnan battling in the middle of the ring. The nWo, with Hall on the outside, would gain control via the numbers game. Hall tripping up Jericho, allowing Konnan to begin to work him over. Konnan and Steiner would work well, Konnan getting a significant amount of time to shine in the ring since he has been an underrepresented member of the New World Order since Starrcade. Piper would find his way into the match, unleashing a wild combination of offense that ignited the crowd to support the good guys. While on the attack, Piper was doubled teamed, again due to Hall distracting the referee, and the nWo looked to score the victory. However, Jericho made the save and the action would continue. The finish of the match occurred with Jericho being held by Konnan in a full nelson, Jericho would slip underneath as Steiner rushed him for a double team and Steiner would take out his own partner. As Steiner realized his mistake, Jericho hit an enzuguri followed by a Lionsault for the pin, continuing his success against the nWo.

    Winners:
    Chris Jericho & Roddy Piper @ 09:43

    Mike Tenay: What a win for WCW! Jericho pinned Steiner, and keeps up his roll against the New World Order. I don’t think they ever thought Jericho would be the guy to cause them so much trouble.

    Before Schiavone can jump in, chaos erupts at ringside as Scott Hall attacks Roddy Piper! He wasn’t even involved in the match, meaning he is fresh and unharmed, and has a clear advantage over the worn-out veteran.

    Hall nails Piper in the face with a punch and then throws him into the barricade, leaving Konnan to beat him up. Jericho tries to aid his partner but Steiner grabs him and holds him tight as Hall works the body. Scott Hall is taking the fight to Chris Jericho, kicking him in the mid-section positioning Jericho between his legs.


    Tony Schiavone: Come on! This isn’t right. Scott Hall is targeting Chris Jericho because of what Jericho has done to the nWo. He did it inside the ring, fair and square, and Hall is taking a pound of flesh for that action.

    Mike Tenay: It’s obvious the nWo sees Jericho as a major threat to their existence so they have sent Scott Hall to deal with him.

    Hall throws his arms out wide, flicking his head backwards and then lifts Jericho high into the air – RAZOR’S EDGE!

    Scott Hall has flattened Chris Jericho on Monday Nitro, and now stands over him while holding the WCW United States Heavyweight Title high above his head.




    Nitro transition backstage where GENE OKERLUND is standing alongside RIC FLAIR.

    Gene Okerlund: Ladies and gentlemen, standing to my right is a man who needs no introduction, he will be involved in your main event coming up after the break – Ric Flair.

    Dressed in a trademark robe, Flair smiles as the crowd in the arena cheer.

    Ric Flair: That’s what I like to hear, Gene. Main event and Ric Flair. It really just flows right off the tongue. Here we are, career still alive and well, millions of people watching around the world, is this not the life?

    Gene Okerlund: You appear to be in fantastic shape, Ric. I’ve got to ask, what are your thoughts on Eddie Guerrero? Did you hear what he said about legends earlier tonight and how do you match up against him?

    Showing more of his pearly white teeth, Flair widens his smile.

    Ric Flair: I heard. I heard Eddie Guerrero run his mouth, writing cheques that tonight he’ll have to see cashed in when he steps inside the ring with me. He says that WCW doesn’t have a legend to compares to him?

    The Nature Boy chuckles, brushing a hand through his hair.

    Ric Flair: Take a look at me, Gene. I’m not just a legend. I am THE legend! Tonight, Eddie Guerrero is going to experience a masterclass in professional wrestling. A class presented by the greatest of all time.

    A small pause is taken by the Nature Boy.

    Ric Flair: A guy like Eddie Guerrero thinks that because he was born in the wrestling ring that it makes him superior than everyone else. Well, I wasn’t born in it. I fell in love with it and made that walk to the ring because for the thrill of it all. Gold watches, limousines, all the women I want, it all played second fiddle to the rush I got when I stepped between those ropes. It still does, Gene.

    Another pause by Flair.

    Ric Flair: So, Eddie. Before you call yourself a legend get ready to prove it against someone who actually earned that title. I’ve beaten the best to ever do it. I put my career on the line more times than I can count because I trusted in my ability between those ropes. Whether it was Vader or Eric Bischoff, I always stayed one step ahead and came out untouched. Tonight, you get a lesson from best to ever do it.

    The smile returns to his face and Flair ends the interview the only way he knows how.

    Ric Flair: Woo!

    Flair straightens his robe and struts out of the view of the camera as we fade to black for the final commercial break of the night.


    **Commercial Break**


    For the final time tonight, we return from the break, the fans all jumping to their feet when the music hits.

    **ALSO SPRACH ZARATHUSTRA**

    A true legend of the business, RIC FLAIR, receives a giant reaction from the live crowd as he struts his way into the arena. Flair spreads his arms as he does a little spin, showing off his beautiful robe, before making his way down the aisle.


    Tony Schiavone: Ric Flair did not compete at Souled Out last night. I spoke with him earlier today and he said it ate at his very soul. It was like a knife twisting in his back. Ric Flair lives for wrestling and tonight, he’s back in the main event, ready to prove that he still has it.

    Mike Tenay: I don’t think anyone is questioning if Flair still has it. Multiple time World Champion, respected by fans and peers around the world. Nobody does it like Ric Flair.

    **LA RAZA**

    Wearing a mask over his face, EDDIE GUERRERO appears on the stage, alongside his nephew, Chavo Guerrero, holding a microphone in his hand. The music cuts out as Eddie raises the microphone up to his lips.


    Eddie Guerrero: Hold on, slick Ric! You and Arn Anderson don’t get to boss me around. I’m Eddie Guerrero! That name means more than anything you’ve ever done.

    Boos from the crowd.

    Eddie Guerrero: See, when Arn Anderson made this match he said it’d be Guerrero vs. Flair. He never said which Guerrero it would be!

    A slick smile comes over Chavo’s face, he nods and points towards the ring.

    Eddie Guerrero: That’s right, Ric! I’m not wrestling tonight. I’m in no state after being assaulted by Mil Mascaras and his lapdog, Rey Mysterio Jr. last night. I simply cannot do it. However my nephew, Chavo, will wrestle rings around you – FLAIR!

    The announcement is seen as a cheap way out for Eddie, refusing to compete and finding the slimiest loophole possible. With a black mask covering his now bald head, Eddie leads his nephew to the ring and will appear at ringside during this match. Inside the ring, Flair doesn’t seem concerned, he just shrugs his shoulders and tells the Guerreros to bring it on.

    Mike Tenay: Trust Eddie Guerrero to find a way out of wrestling Ric Flair. I thought he was a legend, Tony?

    Tony Schiavone: He doesn’t want to risk that mask being pulled off and his bald head being exposed. We’ll have to see how Chavo Guerrero goes against Ric Flair. It’s a big opportunity for the youngster.

    Match Six
    Ric Flair vs. Chavo Guerrero (w/ Eddie Guerrero)
    The contest was a technical display inside the ring, Flair working over Chavo with a variety of leg holds. Chavo was the quicker of the two, often getting behind Flair and striking the back of his head, and using the heelish tactics which Flair was so well known for. The advantage that Chavo had was obvious, his uncle was standing on the outside of the ring, and on several occasions, made a play to influence the result of the bout. Flair would become frustrated at during the middle of the match, hitting a suplex on Chavo and then rolling to the outside, confronting Eddie Guerrero right to his face. They argued back and forth, Eddie yelling at Flair to get back in the ring before he whacked him. Flair refused to back down, shoving Eddie to the ground and breaking out into a strut. When he returned to the ring, Chavo poked the eye and attempted the Gory Bomb, Flair struggled out of it and tripped Chavo up. The fans all stood, cheering like mad, as Flair applied the Figure Four Leg Lock and secured the submission.
    Winner:
    Ric Flair @ 06:42

    Tony Schiavone: The Nature Boy scores the win in an impressive performance.

    Mike Tenay: Maybe this will cut the ego of Eddie Guerrero in half and stop him from running his mouth against the legends in World Championship Wrestling.

    Ric Flair has his hand raised in the ring by the referee, doing a little strut and receiving a loud cheer from the crowd.

    Tony Schiavone: These people love Ric Flair. He is the true embodiment of what WCW has always strived to be.

    Meanwhile, Eddie and Chavo retreat up the entrance ramp. Eddie still has his face covered with the mask, refusing to expose the humiliation that he sustained last night. Chavo limps to the back, feeling the effects of the Figure Four, and helping protect his uncle’s face from the view of the crowd.

    Mike Tenay: This has been an amazing night, Tony. What a way to cap it off.

    Tony Schiavone: We’d like to say thank you for joining us. This has been Monday Nitro, for Mike Tenay and myself, good night and…

    Mike Tenay: Uh, Tony! I’m getting something fed into my ear.

    Tony Schiavone:
    Hold on folks! We’re going to cut to the parking lot because something is going down.



    Monday Nitro cuts to the parking lot where a cameraman is running to get into position. This wasn’t expected, Schiavone was about to close the show and now everyone is scrambling to get a camera on the chaos taking place in the parking lot.

    Tony Schiavone: Stay with us, ladies and gentlemen. I’m getting word that someone is being attacked by the New World Order.

    Mike Tenay: Those bastards are at it again!

    Finally, the cameraman arrives, holding the camera around a corner so as not to be seen by the nWo. All of them are seemingly surrounding a fallen athlete. Nash is leading the charge, ordering those around him to take turns as they stomp on the fallen man.

    Mike Tenay: Who is that, Tony?

    Tony Schiavone: I can’t see! Whoever it is, they are getting the crap beat out of them by the nWo.

    Mike Tenay: It’s a damn mugging.

    Shouts are heard on camera; the man attempts to fight back to his feet but with seven men surrounding him it’s impossible to overcome the odds.

    Scott Steiner is seen slamming the man’s head into the side of a car, the mass of bodies concealing who the person is for the most part.

    The nWo continue their assault, Nash is the clear leader, he is yelling at the man on the ground, spitting on him as each member of the nWo seeks to draw blood.


    Mike Tenay: Oh my god! Tony, that’s…

    Tony Schiavone: The Giant! The New World Order is assaulting one of their own in the parking lot.

    It’s a shocking scene, The Giant crawling along the concrete floor of the parking lot as the New World Order watch as he begs for mercy. Nash kneels down next to him, the camera picking up his words as he shouts in his face.

    Kevin Nash: You had to be better, Paul. Anything less than perfection is not acceptable. You're finished!

    From within the mass of humanity, CURT HENNIG steps into clear view, wearing an nWo shirt with his long blond hair, while holding a steel pipe.

    The Giant looks up, blood on his face, pleading for them to stop this, screaming that he was their brother.

    Hennig looks at Nash, the latter giving a nod, before Hennig cracks The Giant across the face with the pipe. The Giant is knocked out cold, left laying on the cold parking lot floor, while the nWo stands above him.


    Tony Schiavone: The Giant has been kicked out of the nWo! Curt Hennig has returned to WCW and sided with the nWo once again.

    Mike Tenay: That Giant couldn’t beat Chris Jericho and he has paid the price for it.

    Tony Schiavone: This war just got a lot more complicated, Mike. The New World Order is truly aiming for perfection!

    END OF SHOW



    Quick Results:
    Spoiler:

    Juventud Guerrera & The Artist (w/Meng) def. Psicosis & Rey Mysterio Jr.
    Bam Bam Bigelow def. Jim Smith & Michael Crafty
    Goldberg def. Perry Saturn
    Lex Luger def. Bret Hart
    Chris Jericho & Roddy Piper def. nWo (Steiner & Konnan) (w/Hall)
    Ric Flair def. Chavo Guerrero




    Current Card for Super Brawl IX ~ February 21st, 1999
    *No Matches Confirmed*
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    Re: February BTBOTM - Death of the New World Order

    I like the commentary that you use and how you use it…It really brings a reader up to date with what’s going on. I like the heel team going over and I really am interested in the Meng/Artist partnership.

    I like the suspension to Booker…allows for a few different options for him…he can either keep showing up and messing for Bret or you really do keep him home and allow Bret to gloat for the eventual match up at SuperBrawl

    Nice way to get Bigelow back into the swing of things…interested to see what his next feud is going to be.

    Again your commentary is just so good…like I wouldn’t even have to read your previous shows to be caught up just from the work of the commentators...loved the way u recapped the DDP angle

    Good promo by Bret and I like how he talked about Booker T… I think Booker causes some trouble tonight in the match against Luger…with all the talk of “born better” I wonder if a Hart Foundation is in the works

    Correction…I liked the NWO review of Souled Out much better than the DDP review with the commentators…I loved how you out that over…

    Classic Goldberg squash match, which is needed after the loss last night at Souled Out.

    Great explanation promo from DDP and very logical…I really was hanging on ever word as I read the promo. I liked keeping Goldbergs part to a very small amount.

    Looking forward to see who will challenge Kidman at SuperBrawl…my money is on The Artist with him going over thanks to Meng.

    Yes! I was correct with my thoughts on Booker screwing Hart out of his US Title opportunity. I wonder how you will keep things up for the next 4 weeks with his “suspension”

    I love the comedy with Eddie and not wanting to show his face. I assume he will wear a mask tonight in his match. I would love to see him in a “Mexican Legend Killer” mode.

    Nice angle with Kidman and Malenko…I wonder with all the potential challengers that you have laid out if you write Kidman off for a bit and have a tourney and then Kidman comes back and faces the winner for the belt. This angle def threw a wrench in all the ideas I thought you would explore.

    Continuing the push for Jericho is a plus in my book and a potential Hall/Piper match can be good…the promos will be very good at minimum
    Very nice bait and switch with Eddie vs. Flair…I say save it for the Pay Per View and the unmasking of Guerrero as well…or maybe the go home show…Nice rub for Chavo to be in the main event and I liked that Flair went over clean. Eddie got his heat from the bait and switch so no need for more heat by cheating Flair tonight.

    I think we all saw The Giant being thrown out of the NWO. The part that stuck with me is Nash calling him Paul..i wonder if he comes back as Paul White….also Henning being back is good news for the NWO as it brings another strong worker into the group…I really hope to see henning vs. Jericho

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    Monday Nitro review -

    --- Prince Iaukea is an interesting project for you. He was unquestionably a failure, but the gimmick had some potential, despite being a clone of Prince. In fact, going as The Artist Formerly Known as Prince Iaukea is probably the worst part about him for me, because it lacks originality mostly. Velveteen Dream works a Prince gimmick too but people love him because he has enough of his own personality to stand on his own. I also feel like having Meng be his bodyguard would make more sense if he was just Prince Iaukea. But, I love your booking so I'm not going to over analyze this. It looks like he could be working towards a Cruiserweight title shot, which is cool and refreshing.
    --- Again, the Booker/Bret feud is the best thing going right now, and that was a great segment. The dialogue was killer and the security at the door was a nice touch. I'm not sure if Booker is going to go along with the suspension or not.
    --- Why is Tenay saying blimey? Lmao.
    --- Bigelow coming after the TV or US title possibly? Intriguing.
    --- Well that Bret promo was definitely in the ballpark of racist, it reminded me of the promos Triple H was cutting on Booker leading up to WrestleMania. I'm not complaining about it necessarily but in reality is a bad look on the company to have Bret out there calling your only prominent black wrestler a thug and saying he belongs in prison for things that wrestlers commonly do. It is a good heel tactic though, I'll give you that, it just felt a little off putting to me.
    --- Very enjoyable nWo propaganda segment. Never the biggest fan of Konnan but I liked his involvement in here and could be swayed to like him more with the right booking.
    --- Okay now we talking. Goldberg and DDP had a fucking awesome promo. I haven't the slightest clue how this is all going to end. I can see them eventually learning to work together, but I also suspect Page may join the nWo before all is said and done. Very nice sir.
    --- Kinda iffy about The Artist’s promo. I dig the vibe you're going for but the creativity flowing bit isn't really doing it for me.
    --- Didn't take long for Booker to say fuck it huh? I'm glad Bret didn't get the US Title shot, I'm hoping to see Bam Bam get a run at it. Curious to see what kind of repercussions there will be for Booker T next week.
    --- Eddie promo got things exciting again with the announcement of Flair vs Guerrero later tonight. Great writing too, I think you perfectly captured Eddie’s delivery and cockiness.
    --- What a segment between Malenko and Kidman. First, Kidman gives the speech of his life and then we see the most violent act we've seen out of Malenko with that attack. Good shit. I'm wondering what will become of the CW title after this, and by the way, you're doing a top notch job of keeping the lower card guys feeling important.
    --- Nice call getting some proper WCW vs. nWo action going on the show although it's peculiar that The Giant was nowhere to be seen during all this.
    --- Creative choice pulling the old switcheroo with the Guerreros. Genius.
    --- Very interesting way to close the show. Hard for me imagine The Giant begging for mercy. I mean we've seen Big Show emotional plenty in the past but not until a good ways into his WWE career. To me The Giant was very stoic and emotionless, and even in distress like that, it's hard to imagine. As Bigmc123 mentioned, Nash referred to him as Paul so maybe the vulnerability is a part of you moving away from The Giant character to a more WWE-ish version? Nonetheless he is now out of the nWo and likely to join forces with WCW which is much needed for the good guys. Curt Hennig was forgettable in WCW so let's see how you use him.
    --- Overall, yet another good show. It had its ups and downs for me but nothing that really turned me off from the program, and I must say that most of the promos were really top notch. I'm pretty clueless as to how SuperBrawl is gonna turn out. The only match I can predict for it is DDP vs. Goldberg and even that might not come to fruition. I expect to see Jericho involved in some sort of match against the nWo, but I'm kinda on the fence about whether it will be a singles match against maybe Hall, or teaming with The Giant now that he has been given the boot and will be seeking revenge on Nash and Co.

    Keep it up chief, this is my favorite BTB at the moment and I hope you can keep the hits coming.

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    Re: February BTBOTM - Death of the New World Order

    Opening up with some Cruiserweight tag action is a fun enough way to start the show. I wasn’t really sure which way this was going to go, especially with the idea of the winners putting themselves closer to a Cruiserweight title shot. I’m still not all in on the whole TAFKA gimmick for Iaukea, however Meng as his body guard is something I am enjoying so far. Getting the win thanks to Meng makes sense and Iaukea could be a good challenger for Kidman moving forward. Solid start to the show.

    Booker getting suspended is a nice twist in the scheme of things here. It makes sense for Arn to suspend him after what happened, and I guess this helps you further drag out the Booker/Bret feud which is very high profile. Good stuff all around and security escorting Booker out was a nice touch.

    I know you can’t always have EVERYBODY doing something big, but get Bam Bam a program as soon as possible please. One of the best big men in the business needs to be utilised as such.

    I’m in two minds regarding the whole Bret Hart and Arn Anderson segment here. Initially, I thought Bret’s demeanour was very good, throwing in the standard asshole prison antics about Booker, that was all top notch. I even enjoyed Bret seemingly wanting to move on and look at the US Title. Arn coming out and sort of going back at Bret was fine, but there was a part of the booking that I didn’t like. At the end of the day, Bret attacked Stevie Ray, and his win last night wasn’t a solid victory, so I don’t think Arn, as a baby face authority figure, should be rewarding him with a potential shot at the US Title. I just don’t think that really works doesn’t make sense to me.

    NWO paid announcement? Boy I miss these; they were so much fun back in the day. Typical arrogant NWO stuff, lol at Konnan basically calling himself The Mexican Hulk Hogan, and them insulting DDP about being old. Fun stuff.

    Goldberg was always squashing Perry Saturn after losing last night. Smart booking to get your biggest, most dominant star back on the winners list.

    I really enjoyed the confrontation here between DDP and Goldberg. I love the fact that you’re not necessarily heeling out either man; it’s just two faces that don’t get along. Page’s explanation was actually pretty understandable and I thought you did a tremendous job with that. Goldberg’s stubborn, short response was spot on for him to, and good job on not giving him too much dialogue. I almost feel like Goldberg wanting to be a longer is the problem, not sure if that was the aim… But a heel Goldberg after the NWO die would be awesome. Anyway, a really good segment here, liked it a lot.

    Future Rey/Kidman feud could be fun, so I didn’t mind this little friendly chat here. The aftermath with Iaukea was okay, and obviously sets things up after his win earlier as well. A good start to get some interactions with Kidman and the other Cruiserweights in still got the jury out on Iaukea. Hoping to continue to hear from him a little more like tonight to help me further understand the direction of the character. This segment definitely felt like a step in the right direction.

    Bret/Luger is a good match to have on this episode as we finally have some big names competing. Match seemed like it went along well enough but obviously Booker costing Bret the match and an opportunity at the US Title is what this is all about. Really simple booking but this does exactly what it needs to for the feud, and gets Luger back on the winners list after last night. Good stuff.

    LMAO at Eddie wearing a bag over his head. He’s the kind of guy who can pull this angle off, so happy to see how this goes over the coming month or so. Little things from bumping into walls and facing the wrong way when speaking to Anderson make this more fun. Eddie not having a match with Rey for 12 months is a smart move, and Guerrero/Flair based off of Eddie running his mouth is awesome. Really good stuff.

    Despite it being a pretty generic baby face champion promo in essence, I still thought you did a really good job of making this Kidman promo enjoyable. The comparison to Ric Flair but also their differences, I just thought it was sensationally written. The brutal attack from Malenko was unexpected to me, but it leaves so many questions. When will Kidman be back? Will he need to forfeit the title? So many questions, but definitely a big twist here, good stuff.

    A good tag team match here so we still get some sort of taste of WCW vs. NWO tonight. Another really good win for Jericho as he continues to look amazing in this thread. The aftermath is standard NWO getting the numbers advantage, but more importantly, it continues to build towards Hall/Jericho over the US Title. Good stuff all around.

    Flair promo was all well and good to hype the main event.

    Before I get onto the match itself, I didn’t really enjoy this swerve by having Eddie replaced with Chavo. I just felt like nothing should have stopped Arn from forcing Eddie to wrestle, it doesn’t feel right for a swerve like this to happen if the wrestler doesn’t have the authority figure in their pocket.

    Flair was always beating Chavo here and the interaction with Eddie during the match makes me think these two will continue to feud now. A solid main event on a night where in ring action wasn’t really the focus.

    Holy shit. Did not expect this ending to the show… The Giant being kicked out of the NWO without a big in ring segment was unexpected, but I like it. The follow up with Hennig being back is even better. Really good stuff.

    Thread continues to go from strength to strength mate. Well deserved monthly award and it looks like you should continue to be in the mix in the future. Couple of little things that irked me on this show but nothing that overly soured the reading experience. Keep up the great work.









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