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    I still need to get caught up but, you written a hell of a btb man kudo's really that opening segment to Flair , Anderson, and Nash was great its personal like really personal and I can get behind Flair wanting revenge I love it I feel for him. I also love the Raven story you got going its a different raven then I'm used to and it def keeps me reading.

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    World Championship Wrestling
    Super Brawl IX
    Oakland Arena in Oakland, California
    February 21, 1999





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    The video package opens with a shot of all five WCW titles lined up in a row. Each is on its own podium, red velvet ropes around each as a barricade.

    Arn Anderson:
    What does it mean to be a champion? I’ve asked myself that same question many times throughout my career. That’s why I got into the business; to be a champion.

    Walking from one title to the other, Arn examines the belts with a great sense of pride.

    Arn Anderson:
    From the moment a competitor steps between those ropes in front of millions around the world, they are dreaming of holding one of these titles. It’s not just a belt, it’s not just leather, gold and a collection of diamonds.

    Clips of champions of the past dating back all the way to the days of the NWA. Ric Flair, Ricky Steamboat, Harley Race, Dusty Rhodes, Sting, Lex Luger and many others.

    Arn Anderson:
    No, what makes this mean something to everyone who steps between those ropes is the history behind them. The legends who came before us that hoisted the championship above their heads and shouted that they were the very best in the business.

    The images of the former champions fades and is replaced by the twenty foot high banners of the current guard of champions – Arn Anderson looks around as the banners unroll from high above.

    Arn Anderson:
    Tonight, the men you see pictured behind me will get that same chance. They are the champions. The ones who are hunted by everyone else.


    Quick cuts between all the banners; Kevin Nash, Scott Hall, Wrath, Kanyon and Raven, and a single black banner which represents the WCW Cruiserweight Title.

    Arn Anderson:
    They know the road they all took. The long nights in the gym, travelling up and down the road, the blood they gave up in the ring. These titles were built on history and it’s that history which continues to drive the men who hold them today.

    The camera zooms in on the black banner for the WCW Cruiserweight Title.

    Arn Anderson:
    While we acknowledge the past it’s important to remember that this business always keeps on moving. This evening we will crown a new WCW Cruiserweight Champion. Just like all those who came before either Rey Mysterio Jr. or Dean Malenko will get their chance to make history tonight!

    In the background, the banners of the champions go up in flames and from the ashes arrive the banners picturing their challengers.

    Arn Anderson:
    How badly do you want to be a champion? What would you do to have the world in your hands? Tonight, champions will fight to keep what they hold so dear. Challengers will reach for the stars. The battle of wills begins!

    Spotlights from above burst into light and shine down directly on the title podiums.

    Arn Anderson:
    History will be made tonight!

    Anderson steps in front of the line of podiums and spreads his arms wide.

    Arn Anderson:
    Every title in World Championship Wrestling is on the line.

    Quick cuts between all five titles.

    Arn Anderson:
    I have only one question left to the men involved in these matches.

    The camera zooms in on Anderson’s face.

    Arn Anderson:
    Will you make history or simply be part of history?

    The final shot of is from high above, Arn Anderson turns and walks away while the five title belts shine brightly under the spotlights.



    AND NOW – WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP WRESTLING PROUDLY PRESENTS...

    SUPER BRAWL IX!



    ​**PYRO**


    Inside the packed Oakland Arena thousands of fans are on their feet in anticipation for a wild night of professional wrestling. While the camera pans around the arena, displaying the rabid audience, we hear the voices of our beloved commentary team – Tony Schiavone and Mike Tenay. The former welcomes us to the show with excitement in his voice and immediately dives into hyping up the card with a major focus on the main event of the evening. It has been confirmed, according to Mike Tenay, that Kevin Nash versus Ric Flair is set for the main event. Schiavone and Tenay discuss the potential implications for a victory for either man; Nash gaining ultimate power as WCW President and Flair potentially bringing the World Title back to WCW.

    The duo further addresses speculation surrounding a few of the other matches on the card. The uniqueness of the six-man tag team match for the WCW United States Heavyweight Title is discussed by our commentators. Tenay feels that it will favour Team WCW while Schiavone argues he would’ve loved to see Jericho get a fair one on one shot at the title. The discussion turns to the fact that all five WCW titles are on the line tonight, Schiavone informing the audience that they are guaranteed to see history made tonight.

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    **BLACK KNIGHT**

    Never wanting to start off a pay-per-view slow, it is indeed time to create some history! One of four title matches on the card tonight this one is unique in the fact that it is the only championship without a champion. From the entrance chute, DEAN MALENKO mechanically stomps his way down to the ring, a deathly stare towards the fans for the Ice Man. Schiavone begins to remind the audience about the path Malenko took to get to this point, including the disgusting attack on Billy Kidman, but is cut off by outrage from Tenay. “Oh, come on! Fit Finlay has no right to be out here!”

    The audience shares those thoughts and heavily boo FIT FINLAY as he makes his way towards the ring. The camera gets a shot of the WCW Cruiserweight Title at ringside sitting on a podium. The Irishman has made no secret about his alliance with the Ice Man and Schiavone declares that Finlay isn’t just out here to be a cheerleader for his buddy. Inside the ring, Malenko stands solid as a rock, emotionless in the corner of the ring with his arms folded, waiting for the one final challenge in his way from his ultimate goal.


    **MYSTERIO JR JAM**

    A man of the people for sure is REY MYSTERIO JR! The war of words exchanged in the past month between the two men involved in this match has been well documented. Emotions are high for Mysterio, his usual playfulness with the crowd much more controlled on his way to the ring. Rey makes sure to embrace some of the fans, he is trying to be the hero they need, yet his mind cannot escape what stands solid inside the ring, a battle that is much more personal than professional for the masked man. On commentary we hear Schiavone and Tenay put over the friendship between Rey and former champion Billy Kidman – they were as close as any two members of the roster says Tenay. That’s what this is about for Rey – it’s not just a title match, it’s a match to get redemption for his friend.

    Mysterio Jr. takes a few steps around the ring, his attention on Fit Finlay, and shouts to the Irishman to keep out of this. Finlay throws his hands up, a smirk appearing in the corner of his mouth, replying that he is only here to watch. In response, Rey just shakes his head in distrust and slides underneath the
    bottom rope.

    WCW Cruiserweight Championship Match:
    Dean Malenko (w/Fit Finlay) vs. Rey Mysterio Jr.

    The bell sounds in the background, many in the crowd are still standing, an anxious referee stands to the side while Malenko and Mysterio Jr. glare at each other from opposite corners of the ring. No movement – both men holding their spots. In fact, Malenko hasn’t changed his stance from the moment he entered the ring. A stark contrast for sure; Mysterio Jr. bouncing on his tippy toes waiting and Malenko standing like he was carved out of stone, unmoveable in his haze of intensity. After a minute of no action following the original ringing of the bell, the referee steps forward and signals for both men to fight. The bell is rung a second time by the order of the official, the crowd roaring with anticipation. Malenko slowly unfurls his arms, wiping his hands together before grasping the top ropes on either side of him and stretching out.

    After a few pulls, Malenko steps forward into the middle of the ring and raises a hand in the air. This draws Mysterio Jr. out from the corner, he fakes going high to meet Malenko in a test of strength but strikes with a hard leg kick. The force of the kick sends Malenko stumbling backwards, kicking out his leg trying to get feeling back into it, and is forced to seek refuge from the ropes to create separation from an incoming Rey. The crowd cheers loudly as Mysterio gets in a few more shots, the referee pulling him away and ordering Malenko to come out from the ropes. Slowly, Malenko returns to the battle zone, he offers Mysterio Jr. a test of strength again. This time it’s the Ice Man who has a backup plan, slapping Mysterio Jr. across the face and clobbering him with a short-arm LARIAT! Malenko drives a knee across the throat of Mysterio Jr. before hooking the inner leg and driving his forearm across the face in a pinning combination.


    ……1……

    …KICK OUT…
    !!!


    Transitioning into a mount position and raining punches down across the head, shoulders and neck of his opponent, Malenko shows some unusual emotion which he has seemingly repressed since the beginning of this contest. He yells, much like he did at the end of his match against Billy Kidman at Souled Out. The Ice Man shouts at Mysterio Jr. that he’ll fail just like Kidman did! Where is Billy? These personal attacks backfire on Malenko however, it ignites a fire within Mysterio Jr. and he explodes off the canvas and drives Malenko back into a corner. Punches and kicks are unloaded to the Ice Man, and the crowd fires up at the sight of the luchador getting his fair share of offense in against one of the most hated men in World Championship Wrestling. With a grip on the wrist, Mysterio Jr. whips Malenko across the ring and charges after him – Malenko ducks out of the way but Mysterio climbs the turnbuckle from the inside, launching himself backwards and hits a tornado DDT!

    Sent sprawling across the canvas of the ring, thereafter stumbling to his feet, Malenko hurries towards the ring ropes for a pause in the action. Unwilling to slow the pace, Mysterio Jr. follows up with a running dropkick which knocks the Ice Man through the second rope and to the floor below. The fans cheer as Mysterio Jr. throws his arms up in the air, running on the spot before rebounding off the ropes and faking a dive to the outside. Instead, Mysterio Jr. slings himself onto the outside apron of the ring, keeping his hands gripped on the top rope and then backflips off the second rope onto Malenko!

    Getting back to his feet, Mysterio Jr. keeps an eye on Fit Finlay, the latter inching closer to the competitors on the outside. Mysterio Jr. grabs Malenko by the arm and slings him back into the ring, climbing the top turnbuckle and diving off with a leg drop to the back of Malenko’s head. Turning Malenko over onto his back, Mysterio then hooks the leg for his first cover of the match.


    ……1……

    …KICK OUT…
    !!!

    With the stakes so high in this contest it means there is no time to waste. Mysterio Jr. understands and gets to his feet, adjusting his mask a little before grabbing Malenko by the arm. A kick to the thigh keeps Malenko under control and Mysterio Jr. whips him across the ring into the ropes. On the rebound, Mysterio Jr. attempts a hurricanrana but Malenko blocks it! In a feat of strength, we see Malenko grip Rey’s pants and hold the luchador in position with his legs wrapped around the Ice Man’s neck. It’s a bad spot for Rey, unable to protect himself as Malenko rampages towards the turnbuckle and slams Mysterio Jr. into the corner – then he twists violently and spikes Mysterio Jr. down to the canvas with a POWERBOMB!

    No cover is made by Malenko, he shakes off the cobwebs and then yanks Mysterio Jr. closer to himself. A kick to the stomach connects, bending Rey over and it is followed by with a hard elbow strike across the back of the neck. Malenko digs his fingers underneath the mask, raking at the skin, pulling Rey into the middle of the ring before executing a snap suplex, quick as a cat. It’s fast and deadly, Malenko transitioning immediately into a pinning situation.


    ……1……

    ……2……

    …KICK OUT…

    The shoulder is forced off the canvas by Mysterio Jr. who refuses to lose here tonight. Malenko is back to his feet moments later, punching away at Rey to keep him in agony, thinking over his neck move as the crowd chants for the luchador. After being whipped into the corner, Mysterio Jr. is nailed with a running knee to the stomach. Maintaining control and doing so with a sense of authority, Malenko lifts Rey onto his shoulders and marches into the middle of the ring. A cold look on his face, this match is purely an annoyance for Dean, and he emphasises that point by delivering a fireman’s carry gut buster with DOUBLE KNEES! Mysterio Jr. is left coughing, pounding the mat as Malenko tosses him over to the side of the ring and begins to deliver stomps with assistance from the top rope. Following a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker, Malenko doing so beautifully and gaining applause from Fit Finlay on the outside, the Ice Man makes another cover.


    ……1……

    ……2……

    …KICK OUT…

    The fans pop but the eyes of Malenko hold a much different reaction. Once again he digs his fingers underneath the mask, scratching for the eyes, hoping to blind Rey in the process of winning the title, and then slings him into the ropes. A clothesline attempt is unsuccessful, Mysterio Jr. ducking underneath and continuing his momentum into the other set of ropes. Malenko doesn’t have time to counter, he is hit with a dropkick to the back and stumbles across the ring into the middle rope. Fans around the arena pop up to their feet – Malenko is in position for the 619! Mysterio Jr. rubs his eyes, repositioning his mask, before going for the homerun hit. This time it’s Malenko who ducks, rolling to the side so that Mysterio Jr. hits nothing but air. After the counter, Malenko grabs Rey around the waist and attempts a German suplex – which Rey elbows out of, hitting a dropkick to the knee which drops Malenko down before finishing it off with a spin kick to the skull.


    ……1……

    ……2……

    …KICK OUT…

    Looking to quicken things up, Mysterio Jr. hits a few short punches to Malenko after pulling him to a vertical base. One arm-drag is successful by Rey which sends Malenko across the ring and into the bottom of a turnbuckle. Fans cheer as Rey backs up into the opposite corner, he points towards Malenko and then charges at full speed - BRONCO BUSTER! Mysterio Jr. then pulls Malenko out of the corner by his leg, allowing Malenko to roll a few more inches towards the middle of the ring whilst Rey hurries to the top rope. It’s high risk time for Rey, he can see his shot at the gold before his eyes, and through the air he flies looking for a flying headbutt! It connects on target, Malenko shaking a little after the impact and Mysterio get an arm over his opponent with the referee sliding into position.


    ……1……

    ……2……

    …KICK OUT…

    Fans in the arena are firmly behind Mysterio Jr. as he gets to his feet. Sharing a look towards the title belt sitting just outside the ring, Mysterio Jr. turns his attention back on the dangerous competitor who has just as much fight in him as does Rey. Malenko is forced towards a corner, a kick to the stomach bends him down and Rey follows up by grabbing him by the head. In one quick motion, Mysterio Jr. darts up the turnbuckle, looking for a tilt-a-whirl DDT but Malenko shoves him over and drops Rey across the top rope. Quickly, Malenko fires forward with a knee to the head which flips Rey over, finishing the combination with a snap neckbreaker while Mysterio Jr. was suspended on the top rope!

    Surprisingly there is no cover made by Malenko off that impressive counter. It seems Malenko wants to inflict more punishment to secure the win rather than to trade pinfalls. He stalks Mysterio Jr. on the ground, stomping on his hands and kicking at Rey’s bodying. Malenko drives a knee into the back of Mysterio Jr. and hooks his forearm underneath the chin at the same time, pulling back with great force as the referee asks if Mysterio Jr. wants to call it quits. The harden veteran is yanking back on the neck, his knee being pushed into the spine while using his other hand to open the mouth of Mysterio! “Give up!” That’s what Malenko is shouting at Mysterio, ordering him to surrender but the luchador refuses, digging his hands into the mat and crawling towards the bottom rope.

    After fighting through the pain and reaching the bottom rope, Malenko breaks the hold before the referee even gets a chance to say anything. No rest is given to Mysterio as Malenko throws him from the ring into the steel post and causes Rey to tumble down the ring apron and to the floor below. The referee didn’t like that at all and warns Malenko about that type of action, and while doing so this gives Fit Finlay the chance to blindside Mysterio Jr. with a shoulder charge. Mysterio gets dropped by the Irishman and Finlay unloads with some boots, hammering away as the referee is being distracted by Malenko. It’s a total setup by the veterans, Finlay goes a step further and picks Rey up, driving him face first into the barricade off snake eyes! After receiving a signal from inside the ring, Fit Finlay backs away and returns to his original position.

    No doubt wanting to take advantage of the assist from Fit Finlay, Malenko dives to the outside of the ring and quickly sends Mysterio Jr. back into the squared circle. Fans around the arena are furious, begging Rey to kick out as Malenko hooks a leg.


    ……1……

    ……2……

    …KICK OUT…

    Looking toward the referee in frustration, Malenko shakes his head and holds up three fingers. The referee tells him it was two and stands his ground. Malenko looks to the outside of the ring, locking eyes with Finlay who tells him to finish it. Nodding in approval, Malenko grabs Rey and pulls him back up to a vertical base. Upon delivering a few chops to the chest, Malenko turns it on and hits a cradle suplex right in the middle of the ring. Methodically approaching his opponent, Malenko lifts Rey onto his shoulder with his eyes on the turnbuckle. Rushing toward, ready to launch Rey, Malenko attempts to throw him but Mysterio Jr. pushes off the shoulder and lands behind the Ice Man.

    They proceed to slug it out, both men hitting punches and chops, with Mysterio Jr. adding in some kicks. The crowd are fired up, Mysterio Jr. battling back into the contest after an illegal double team and now he has Malenko on the back pedal. A punch from Rey is blocked, he gets nailed with a headbutt and Malenko whips him across the ring. Mysterio Jr. manages to hold onto the rope and doesn’t return, causing Malenko to rush forward and he eats two boots to the face! The rally is building for Mysterio, sending Malenko stumbling backwards, and he lashes out with a Thesz Press! Slugging away with right hands is the luchador, Malenko tries to cover up and crawls to the side while Mysterio reaches for a limb.

    A wild knee is thrown by Malenko but Rey blocks it! Malenko is dropped by a facebuster and Mysterio Jr. heads to the ring apron. Finlay is looking very concerned, trying to get close but Mysterio Jr. wastes no time – SPRINGBOARD SENTON! Back into the ring comes Mysterio Jr. and he nails Malenko with a senton back into the ring. The latter begins moving fairly quickly, causing Mysterio Jr. to rush towards the ropes and hit a dropkick to the head, not once but TWICE! A dropkick on either side of the head keeps Malenko flat on his back for a moment and draws a cover.


    ……1……

    ……2……

    …FINLAY PUTS MALENKO'S FOOT ON THE ROPE…

    The crowd is outraged but the referee missed the call and Mysterio Jr. refuses to allow himself to be thrown off by it. Shaking his hands in the air, drawing support from the crowd, Mysterio Jr. backs up into the corner. Across the ring he can see Malenko slowly struggling back to his feet, his mind in a daze, the veteran is in a world of trouble. Mysterio Jr. comes forward jumping into the air for the bulldog but Malenko shoves him away and once Mysterio Jr. hits the canvas, Malenko takes out the right leg with a chop block! A huge gasp from the crowd is heard, Mysterio Jr. clutches at his knee and Malenko’s eyes light up with terrible excitement. This is what he has been waiting for – the knee! Malenko pounces, still on wobbly legs, and hammers away with punches, elbows and forearms to the joint. He is an absolute animal in this situation as we have seen so many times before.

    Malenko pulls Mysterio Jr. towards the ropes, placing the leg on the bottom rung before jumping into the air and bringing both his own knee down across the weakened joint. Mysterio Jr. screams in agony, clutching at his knee while Malenko twists and pulls, running back and forth, slamming it down on the canvas. It’s all totally legal, Malenko has entered a zone that only he has, he will stop at nothing until the knee is completely shattered at this point. To further make that point, Malenko smirks and rolls to the outside of the ring. He approaches the steel steps, ripping them from the post and tossing him to the side. The enter outside of the steel post is now exposed. Malenko then returns to the ring, yanking Mysterio Jr. over to the corner and wrapping his knee around the corner post. It’s the same spot from last month – the FIGURE FOUR ON THE STEEL! Malenko is having a little trouble, Rey is fighting him and refuses! Malenko pulls forward, his grip tight but Mysterio Jr. forces his own leg towards him and draws Malenko forward INTO THE STEEL POST!

    Malenko’s face collides with the steel and Mysterio Jr. scurries away from the corner. That move worked last month but it will not work tonight. Malenko drops to one knee on the outside of the ring, clutching at his nose, feeling trickles of blood. He is seething, his teeth grinding together and the Ice Man cannot be controlled as he charges back into the ring. Mysterio Jr. is barely to his feet when Malenko storms towards him. An arm-drag is all Mysterio Jr. can muster at the minute, it works! Malenko is sent spinning across the ring, he pops back up and comes forward again – another arm-drag! Mysterio Jr. is fighting without everything he has, a little slower than usual, his knee in serious pain. Once more, Malenko rushes forward, the arm-drag fails this time and Malenko draws Rey in for a lariat.

    Mysterio Jr. ducks underneath and jumps onto Malenko’s back! The Ice Man is being choked! In an amazing sight, Mysterio Jr. has a sleeper hold applied to Dean Malenko, what a turn of events because many would’ve expected it to be the other way around. The crowd is standing on their feet as Mysterio Jr. tightens his grip, the luchador looking to out wrestle the Ice Man and win the WCW Cruiserweight Title at the same time. In an effort to escape the hold Malenko claws at the arm around his neck. It’s no use, Mysterio Jr. will not release the hold and now the air is starting to drain. Malenko is fading, dropping to one knee, his dream of being the champion is reaching its end. Even the Ice Man needs air to survive! The referee is checking on Malenko, looking to see if the Ice Man can continue. The grit and determination in Malenko cannot be understated. He is glaring at the bottom rope, his air supply down to the feel breath, his eyelids closing but somehow, he is still moving forward on his knees!

    MALENKO GETS THE BREAK! The crowd lets out a groan of disappointment and Mysterio Jr. collapses behind his opponent, once again returning to clutching at his knee. Meanwhile, Malenko is seen coughing heavily as he leans against the second rope. Both men meet up again in the middle of the ring, Malenko being aggressive and kicking Rey’s knee, which drops the luchador to a kneeling stance. In frustration, Malenko pulls Rey into a powerbomb position, he lifts he up but Rey fires off a few punches from the seated position and turns it into a HURRICANRANA! It’s not just any hurricanrana, it’s one that sends Malenko to the second rope and in position for the 619!

    Mysterio Jr. shakes his bad leg, feeling the pain rush through his body, he then digs down deep and runs on it toward Malenko. MYSTERIO HITS THE 619! It's on Fit Finlay thought as he shields Malenko from the move! Down goes the Irishman as Rey ducks back into the ring, Malenko still hung prone over the middle rope - Rey goes for it a second time! NO! Malenko catches the bad leg on the rotation – KNEEBAR! The worst possible scenario, Malenko caught the leg in the rotation of the 619, the match was over, Rey had it won. That sacrifice from Fit Finlay gifted Malenko just enough time to prepare himself for the ultimate counter. The luchador is looking for a way out, tossing and turning around the ring for a chance to cause a break. Malenko is like a snake with his prey locked in position. This is what he has wanted since the very beginning. This is what the match was last month at Souled Out, Billy Kidman became the first man to ever escape the hold but can Mysterio Jr. do the same now?

    The grip is tight by Malenko, he’s a true technical mastermind inside the professional wrestling ring and he has Mysterio Jr. in the worst spot. They roll back and forth, Mysterio Jr. getting closer to the ropes but Malenko shifts the weight and pulls him right back to square one. Rey is pounding the canvas, his agony being told through his screams and his eyes. Those eyes, filled with emotion, anger, frustration and now disappointment because try as he might the inevitable happens. Mysterio Jr. is forced to submit to the kneebar, just like everyone else except for one man.

    Spoiler:

    Winner: And NEW WCW Cruiserweight Champion – Dean Malenko @ 14:21


    The long journey back to the top of the mountain has finally come to its conclusion for the Ice Man. The bell sounds in the background amid a loud silence from the crowd. With no other choice left on the cards, Mysterio Jr. was forced to submit to Dean Malenko. Standing proudly in the middle of the ring, Malenko is handed the title by Fit Finlay and the referee is tossed to the outside of the ring by the Irishman. They stand alone, Mysterio Jr. having been kicked to the curb by Malenko the moment the bell sounded and his victory was secured.

    Schiavone calls this one of the darkest days for the WCW Cruiserweight division because of the way that Malenko went about gaining the title. On one hand both Schiavone and Tenay acknowledge that Malenko is the best cruiserweight in the world who is not injured but both hold their stance that there is one man who will have something to say about this in six months’ time. The image of Malenko with the title belt strapped around his waste draws mega heat from the audience, Fit Finlay demanding the crowd show them the respect they have earned which clutching the back of his head.

    We see Malenko and Finlay make their way up the entrance ramp, both men looking smug that they have accomplished their goal for tonight. Replays of the finish are shown, the pivotal moment where Malenko countered the 619 and the ensuing submission moments later. All eyes are on this brutal duo, champion and Irishman. They set out to conquer the WCW Cruiserweight division and now, Dean Malenko can call himself WCW Cruiserweight Champion after over three months of battling to get it.



    Backstage, LARRY ZBYSZKO is standing by in the interview area with BOBBY HEENAN and his client, the reigning WCW World Television Champion; WRATH. The latter has the title belt around his shoulder, Wrath mean mugging the camera while Heenan and Zbyszko exchange pleasantries to begin the interview. Larry asks Heenan about the title defence coming up later and how Wrath will preform on a big stage like he is tonight? The response from Heenan is mixed with annoyance and dismissal. Heenan laughs at the idea of Wrath being anything less than dominant at Super Brawl just like he is only dominant every other day of the year.

    Zybszko explains his line of thought, bringing up his own experiences in professional wrestling and pointing out that there is a difference in pressure depending on the stage. Heenan shakes his head, pointing at his client, and says that Wrath is a once in a generation talent UNLIKE Larry who is as run of the mill as they come. Raising his voice, Heenan hypes up Wrath further, running down the men who have fallen to his client and says that tonight Stevie Ray will be yet another man who falls to Wrath!



    **LA RAZA**

    The machismo that is accustomed to Latino Heat is on show tonight – it’s so over the top in fact that Schiavone makes the call that perhaps this is all for show considering the challenge that is ahead. Nevertheless, EDDIE GUERRERO struts onto the stage, his head covered by a mask in the colours of the Mexican Flag in reverse order as you’d expect to see them, the same as his tights. Guerrero turns towards the entrance chute and motions with his hand, and out comes CHAVO GUERRERO JR to back up his uncle! Eddie leads his nephew down to the ring, the latter swatting at fans who taunt them and ordering them to shut their mouth. Once in the ring, Eddie slaps his biceps and bares his teeth in a menacing look.

    **SKY HIGH**

    All the confidence on the face of Eddie Guerrero immediately fades, being sucked out like water in a sink, when MIL MASCARAS jogs out onto the ramp. Waving to the crowd while receiving a big cheer, Mascaras plays to the crowd on his way down the ramp until he reaches ringside. Schiavone and Tenay hype Mascaras as the greatest luchador to ever live, they acknowledge his roles in comic books and movies, citing his role as a cultural icon in Mexico. Mascaras enters the ring slowly, climbing the apron and dusting his boots off being entering the squared circle. The camera gets a look at Eddie’s face, his eyes glaring at Mascara with venom. In contrast, Mascaras is still waving to the crowd, excited to be performing for them and ready to put on a show for the crowd.

    !! ONCE IN A LIFETIME !!
    Eddie Guerrero (w/Chavo Guerrero Jr) vs. Mil Mascaras

    The match that is describe as ‘Once in a Lifetime’ is truly a must-see event in professional wrestling. Coming out of the corner is Eddie Guerrero trying to get the jump on Mascaras while he was still focused on the fans. Unloading with rapid strikes to the back of the neck, scratching at the skin and driving his knee into the thighs, Guerrero is going a mile a minute from the opening bell. All this attack drives Mascaras against the ropes and Guerrero sprints in the opposite direction, gaining speed and comes back with a dropkick! Mascaras is rocked, stumbling into the middle of the ring while Guerrero scurries forward, once again using the ropes to gain speed but this time he gets countered by a military press!

    Running right into the grasp of the legendary luchador, Guerrero is lifted high into the sky by Mascaras and held in that position while the fans count out the seconds. At a count of ten the hold comes to an end when Mascaras thrusts upwards, dropping Guerrero back to the canvas with a heavy thud. For all the early attack that Guerrero landed it appears to have been nothing that Mascaras couldn’t handle. The legend looks towards the crowd, raising his fist in the air to a cheer before grabbing Eddie and clobbering him with a stiff right hand which drops him to the canvas. Mascaras bends down and picks Guerrero back up, waving his fist around in the air before bringing it right to the chin of Latino Heat. For the second time, Mascaras drops Eddie with ease and now steps over him to climb the turnbuckle. It’s not a move – Mascaras is playing to the crowd! He is so confident that he isn’t even focusing on Latino Heat!

    Rising from the canvas, outraged by what he has seen, Guerrero charges towards the turnbuckle in a wild fury. Mascaras evades the assault, jumping off the second rope and backflipping into the ring which catches Guerrero by surprise. He turns back, gets him with a dropkick and falls into the turnbuckle. Mascaras rushes forward and sends Eddie flying with a monkey flip through the air. Not bothering to hook a leg, Mascaras makes the first cover of the match.


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    …KICK OUT…

    Perhaps it’s mind games or it may just be the confidence that comes with being the biggest name in all of Mexican wrestling but Mil Mascaras is competing like someone who knows for sure they are untouchable. On the outside of the ring, Chavo is going nuts, shouting encouragement to his uncle while seething at the sight of Mil Mascaras preparing his next attack. Mil Mascaras is in control of this contest, grabbing an arm and working it over as to bring Eddie to his feet. With an arm crank applied, Mascaras whips Eddie across into the ropes and bends down for a back body drop. It’s not meant to be though, Guerrero leap frogging over Mascaras and hitting a sharp neckbreaker which he follows up with a cover.


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    …KICK OUT…

    Sitting up and firing off a few punches to the head of his opponent; Guerrero walks around Mascaras and delivers some stomps to various limbs. The crowd are booing, a chant of Mascaras begins to echo throughout the arena while Guerrero seeks control and payback for the damage he has sustained thus far in this contest. Guerrero pushes Mascaras against the ropes and hits a combination of sharp chops to the chest. They leave red marks on the chest of the legendary luchador, blood vessels broken and that is not all that Latino Heat has in mind. Driving a boot into the stomach, Guerrero pulls Mascaras over to the corner and slams his head into the top turnbuckle. A tight grip on the mask allows Guerrero to get good force behind his slams, smashing the head back and forth, shouting that he is an icon and Mascaras is a traitor.

    Suddenly, Mascaras blocks it by grabbing the top rope and he begins to shake his head. Sensing that the tide is turning, Guerrero becomes frantic in his attempt to slam the head into the turnbuckle. It’s no use, Mascaras will not allow it! An elbow is driven into the stomach of Guerrero, followed by another, until Mascaras is free of the grip and this time it is he who slams the head into the turnbuckle. Once, twice and on the third time Guerrero bounces halfway across the ring after his head hits the turnbuckle. Latino Heat is stumbling back up, adjusting his mask, waving his arms around but he cannot stop a clothesline by Mascaras! The rally begins now, Mascaras hits a snapmare and rushes off the ropes with DOUBLE KNEES TO THE FACE!!


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    …KICK OUT…

    The eyes of Guerrero were glazed over for a moment after his head was smashed between the two knees. Somehow, he found a way to get the shoulder off the mat in the biggest match of his professional career. Mascaras grabs Guerrero by the head and applies a headlock, taking a moment to gather his thoughts and apply some pressure to his fellow masked man. The fans offer a big cheer as Mascaras clamps on the headlock, moving Guerrero around the ring as he may please. While Mascaras is feeding off the energy of the crowd, he brings Eddie Guerrero into the middle of the ring and nails him with a scoop slam to the canvas. No cover is made, Mascaras instead points to the ring apron – he wants to put on a show and silence Guerrero at the same time. The crowd cheers; Mascaras exits the ring and finds himself on the ring apron and prepares to fly. The referee checks on Guerrero and at this point the ever-crafty younger nephew on the outside sprints towards Mascaras!

    Chavo Guerrero Jr. only has a second to act, grabbing Mascaras’ foot while the referee is distracted! Mascaras is forced to kick him away – his eyes taken off Eddie and to his misfortune! Eddie pops up from the canvas and he yanks Mascaras’ throat down across the top rope causing a whiplash effect! Mascaras tumbles to the floor outside of the ring while Guerrero orders Chavo to get away from the scene. Latino Heat steps through the ropes onto the apron, his back pressed against the turnbuckle and then he steps forward with a SENTON! Guerrero sells the pain of the move, clutching at his back, but finds the energy to slap his chest and shout that this is his time! With Mascaras slowly rising to his feet, Guerrero grabs him by the head and transitions behind him – GERMAN SUPLEX! The hands remain locked, Guerrero rolls and hits another GERMAN SUPLEX! Still they are locked, Mascaras reaching for anything that can subdue the assault but nothing is available – A THIRD GERMAN ON THE OUTSIDE! The grip is broken, Guerrero claps his hands together before rolling Mascaras back into the ring where he makes a cover.


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    …KICK OUT…

    Kicking at the mat, Guerrero stands and demands that it was a three count. The referee confirms it was two and that doesn’t sit well with Guerrero. He rubs the back of his mask, and it’s like he realizes that his hair is long gone. Guerrero comes to a stop, his hand running back over the mask and his fist then clenches. Guerrero explodes from the corner, stomping all over Mascaras and driving his knee into the head of the legendary luchador. This is what it is all about. Guerrero was robbed of his hair, his most prized possession, the thing that meant more than anything and Mascaras was vital in taking it from him. Mascaras begins to fight to his feet, blocking a few strikes on his way up before hitting a double axe handle smash! Eddie is caught by surprise, shaking his head and returning fire with a HEADSCISSORS TAKEDOWN!

    Mascaras spills back to the outside of the ring however he does get to his feet rather quickly. The time for recovery is limited though as Guerrero wastes no time in launching himself from inside the ring with a PLANCHA! Down go by both, it’s a mess down on the floor of ringside. If the legend thought that this was going to be a walk in the park then that notion has been thrown out the window now as Eddie Guerrero has turned up the volume to max! Both men are back to their feet, Guerrero remains in control as he whips Mascaras across the floor into the ring apron. A European Uppercut connects from Guerrero, he follows up by slamming Mascaras’ head into the edge of the ring apron before tossing him back into the ring. Guerrero climbs the apron and scurries onto the top turnbuckle, he signals for the homerun – FROG SPLASH! No, Mascaras rolls out of the way but Guerrero tucks his head and rolls forward, protecting himself in the process. Both men are standing, Guerrero charges towards Mascaras and gets SLAPPED IN THE FACE! That stops Guerrero flat in his tracks, Mascaras lifts up Latino Heat and nails a double underhook suplex.


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    …KICK OUT…

    The announcers see a replay of the slap to the face and Schiavone notes that Mascaras is no longer playing to the crowd as he did in the beginning of this contest. It’s a serious fight now for both men. Mascaras is back to his feet, he works Guerrero over in the corner with knees to the mid-section before whipping him across the ring at great speed. Lining up his shot before taking off, Mascaras comes forward with a running splash in the corner but Guerrero evades! Out of the way goes Guerrero, leaving Mascaras to smack the corner alone, he comes bouncing off and Guerrero catches him with a TORNADO DDT! To the surprise of many we do not get a cover, Guerrero instead rolling to the apron of the ring, grasping the top rope and preparing for a further assault.

    Mascaras rolls just out of range of Eddie Guerrero, it’s over halfway across the ring and now Guerrero cannot reach it. Tenay says that Eddie blew a big chance at getting the victory because he wanted to go for the impressive move. It appears that Eddie doesn’t think he is out of range, he prepares to flying and launches up – but he grabs his knee! Eddie comes back down and cries out in pain on the apron. The referee comes over, and on the other side of the ring CHAVO GUERRERO JR springboards into the ring and nails a leg drop! Chavo shoves Mascaras closer to Eddie before sliding out of the ring and returning to his original post. As soon as Eddie sees that Chavo has done the deed, the knee is suddenly healed! Guerrero springboards into the ring with a splash and makes the cover.


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    …KICK OUT…

    Those damn dirty Guerrero’s are trying to screw Mascaras out of this match and they are damn well good at it. Eddie throws a shady look towards Chavo on the outside, looking displeased that the sequence didn’t finish the legend off. Eddie stalks Mascaras, scratching at his mask in a rage, shouting that he needs to stay down. A stomp to the lower back connects, a knee to the side and then Guerrero locks in the CAMEL CLUTCH! It’s a family affair with the Camel Clutch put on by Guerrero – the man who says that the Guerrero family are the masters of the luchador culture. What a sight this is right now, Guerrero with the Camel Clutch applied, reaching back on the hold while Mascaras looks for the ring ropes. The crowd are chanting his name as Mascaras inches towards the bottom rope, the only way to break the hold, but Eddie Guerrero is leaning further back.

    As Mascaras fights his way to the ropes, Chavo Guerrero Jr. comes around on the same side and begins to sneakily pull the bottom rope away! Mascaras is swinging at air, one arm now free but Guerrero still has a good amount of pressure on the back. When Mascaras has the arm all the way free, Guerrero suddenly spins out of the Camel Clutch and yanks Mascaras back into the middle of the ring and applies the STF! The crowd are on their feet, Guerrero has pulled a rabbit out of the hat. He’d love nothing more than to make Mil Mascaras submit in this ‘Once in a Lifetime’ match. Fighting for his life in this match in a sea of support, Mascaras inches forward, his knuckles punishing him the canvas while he drags the weight of Latino Heat on his back. Once again, Chavo pulls the bottom rope, Mascaras would have the break if not for Chavo! In an attempt to keep the STF locked in, Guerrero tries to pull Mascaras back into the middle of the ring but Mascaras rolls onto his back and kicks Guerrero away. It’s a stiff kick to the jaw, Guerrero shakes it off and comes right back looking for the submission but gets caught in a cradle!


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    …KICK OUT…

    Eddie just gets his shoulder off the mat! Both men are up, they trade punches in the middle of the ring, Mascaras kneeing Eddie before whipping him across the ring. On the rebound, Mascaras bends down and hits a back body drop! Eddie flies up and back down, smacking the canvas and then pops up to his feet. Clutching his tailbone while standing up, Guerrero turns and is hit with a chop! Another chop connects followed by a vertical suplex! Mascaras has trouble sitting up after the suplex, grabbing his back after being put in the Camel Clutch and STF for extended periods. The legend pulls himself back to a vertical base, leaning against the ropes to get some energy back in his system while keeping an eye on Eddie Guerrero. Having taken a moment to recover, Mascaras picks Eddie up, pushing Guerrero back into the corner.

    In a burst of speed, Mascaras goes back into a corner and comes flying forward, stepping up onto the middle of the nearby corner and driving his foot into the head of Guerrero – ENZUIGIRI!! Guerrero falls forward, rolling towards the middle of the ring while Mascaras points to the heavens. Now he is playing to the crowd, he can feel that the tide is on his side now, climbing to the top rope. Chavo Guerrero Jr. is frantic on the outside, rushing around ringside, telling him uncle to move but it’s no use! Latino Heat forces himself up off the canvas, still in a haze of confusion, and he turns around into a DIVING CROSSBODY! The move that has finished off many men! Mascaras hits it, he hooks the leg for the cover, the crowd standing as they count.


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    …KICK OUT AGAIN…

    Nobody kicks out of the diving crossbody! The arena is stunned, Schiavone recounts the long list of names that have failed to do what Eddie Guerrero just did and it’s a Hall of Fame list for sure. Even Chavo Guerrero Jr. is frozen in shock, his shouts of desperation silenced by his uncle’s effort to get the shoulder off the mat. Mascaras returns to his feet, backed into a corner with his hands on his knees. That should’ve been it! Mascaras moves forward, grabbing Guerrero and he whips Latino Heat into the ropes. A clothesline connects, knocking Guerrero sideways and Mascaras returns to the top rope! If once it doesn’t work then try it again! However, this time Chavo has to act, rushing onto the apron in clear view of the referee. This forces the official to act, he cuts Chavo off at the pass and the confusion creates enough time for Eddie Guerrero to rush up the turnbuckle! Mascaras was distracted, Guerrero acts fast and hooks the arm – SUPERPLEX!! Guerrero brings Mascaras down to the canvas with a sickening thud, he gets the arm over and the referee slides into position.


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    …KICK OUT…

    The crowd are on their edge of their seats if indeed any of them are still sitting down. Guerrero sits up, pushing himself off the canvas with eyes for the top rope. He climbs the turnbuckle, slapping his chest at the sight of a wounded Mascaras still on the canvas of the ring, and in the same position as he was after the superplex. Guerrero jumps from the top turnbuckle – FROG SPLASH! Right to the back of Mascaras, the spine was the target and Guerrero hit it perfectly since Mascaras was on his stomach. Eddie is forced to roll Mascaras over onto his back, time is wasting, precious seconds of time are evaporating now as Guerrero finally gets Mascaras into pinning position.


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    …KICK OUT…

    Like a child who has had their toy taken away from them, Guerrero begins to kick and punch the canvas in frustration. He scratches at the mask on his head, shouting that it should be over! Guerrero stands up, he stomps around the ring, the crowd booing as Latino Heat yanks Mascaras by the mask. Squatting down in front of his opponent, Guerrero shouts “You’re a traitor! I’ll send you back to Mexico broken! You hear me, old man? You’re dead!” A slap to the face, a likely receipt for the one he received earlier, is given by Guerrero before he pulls Mascaras between his legs. Guerrero attempts a powerbomb but Mascaras BLOCKS! Fear appears in the eyes of Eddie Guerrero, he tries again but Mascaras fights through it and throws Guerrero over his shoulder.

    Mascaras hammers away with three hard punches to the head of Guerrero, backing him up against the ropes and connecting with a dropkick! The dropkick knocks Guerrero onto the ring apron but Eddie gets a hand on one of the ropes and manages to hold on, saving himself from falling all the way to the floor. He begins to crawl towards the corner and is cut off by Mascaras who meets him there. With both hands around the mask, Mascaras pulls Eddie up onto the turnbuckle and plants his backside on the top turnbuckle. Mascaras has his feet on the second rope inside the ring and begins to yank at the mask! The fans pop like mad as the mask begins to give way! The mask of Eddie Guerrero that is covering up the bald head that he received at Souled Out last month. Mascaras pulls the mask, a final yank and he REMOVES THE MASK!

    He holds the mask high in the air to the crowd. Guerrero is UNMASKED… NO HE ISN’T! IT’S A SECOND MASK! Mascaras’ eyes widen as he stares at a second mask on the head of Eddie Guerrero, who has learned a thing or two since Monday! Guerrero rakes the eyes of Mascaras before shoving him off the top rope! Down goes Mascaras, Eddie capitalises with a FROG SPLASH! It connects on the spot but Guerrero shakes his head, he launches himself back up the turnbuckle and soars high for the third time tonight – FROG SPLASH ON THE MONEY! Guerrero hooks the leg for the cover, the second mask he had on lying in the ring to the left as the referee counts.


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    !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Spoiler:

    Winner: Eddie Guerrero @ 14:56


    The count that shocked the world has taken place here at Super Brawl IX! Chavo Guerrero Jr. bursts into the ring and embraces his uncle with an excited hug. It’s stunned silence in the arena. Eddie Guerrero simply rolls to the outside of the ring, his mouth wide open in amazement – Eddie Guerrero just beat Mil Mascaras! The Guerrero’s head for the top of the ramp while the announcers try to make sense of what they just saw. Schiavone calls this the greatest upset in the history of Mexican wrestling. Replays are shown of the unmasking, Mascaras removed the mask but Guerrero had another underneath so he wasn’t effected like he was last Monday when it was removed – that allowed him to knock Mascaras off the second rope and eventually secure the victory.

    Inside the ring, Mascaras rolls towards the ropes and uses them to get to his feet. He looks disappointed in himself, grabbing the second mask still in the ring and scrunching it up in his hand. A shake of the head shows clear frustration for the legendary luchador at the result; he shouldn’t have gone for the mask. In his attempt to humiliate Guerrero it ended up costing him the match.

    The camera cuts back to the top of the entrance ramp where Eddie Guerrero has had time to process what he just did. Latino Heat stretches his arms out wide, soaking in the heat from the crowd and then he slowly unclips the mask around his head. Chavo looks confused as his uncle removes his own mask – revealing his bald head but without embarrassment or shame. In fact, Guerrero has a smile on his face. He has conquered the greatest luchador in history and he did so without his hair! The fans may laugh but Eddie Guerrero stands proudly at the top of the ramp, UNMASKED but also as the WINNER!



    The pay-per-view transitions to a pre-recorded segment from earlier in the day. It’s in the parking lot, mostly vacant, the sun is still up and a car arrives. Out of the car appears the reigning WCW World Tag Team Champions! KANYON and RAVEN, the former holding both titles as they gather their belongings and begin to make their way into the building. Kanyon is walking a few steps behind Raven, giving him a worried look, likely hesitant after the explosion of rage that occurred on Monday Nitro.

    On commentary, Schiavone and Tenay discuss the dynamic between the champions in recent weeks. Tenay explains that Kanyon has pushed Raven so far over the edge that he went from being depressed to being absolutely unstable. Showing some concern in the same manner, Kanyon is uncharacteristically reserved as the duo reach the door of the arena. Raven reaches out to open it but stops, turning his head and looking at Raven. His hair falls over his face, we can see his eyes are still looking at the ground – Raven slowly reaches out and takes back one of the tag titles, and gets no refusal from Kanyon. In fact, Kanyon simply nods his head and forces a smile as Raven places the title belt over his shoulder and enters the arena.

    Kanyon goes to follow but Raven slams the door shut in his face. Left alone in the parking lot, Kanyon frantically runs his hand over his head and can be seen pacing back and forth with worry. While Kanyon shows clear signs of concern, Schiavone makes the call that Kanyon may have realized he has unleashed an inner darkness that he may soon come to regret.



    **MAMA SAID KNOCK YOU OUT**

    Being accompanied by his new tag team partner – collectively known as Harlem Shake – STEVIE RAY makes his way down to the ring along with DISCO INFERNO. On the long walk down the ramp, Disco keeps up the pace with Ray and offers him words of encouragement. Tenay makes comment about how the vicious nature of Wrath has caused these two men to unite and form a bond, each man saving the other in recent weeks from further brutality from the reigning WCW World TV Champion. Stevie Ray gives Disco a fist bump, then he enters the ring and yells for Wrath to bring it on.

    **FEEL THE WRATH**

    Just like his opponent before him, WRATH does not come to the ring on his own for the championship contest. Once Wrath appears on the stage with the title belt around his waist, a black and silver wrestling singlet the attire of choice for him tonight, he is joined by BOBBY HEENAN. The Brain looks very pleased with himself, dressed in a expensive suit and rubbing his hands together as he walks alongside Wrath down to the ring. The situation surrounding Bam Bam Bigelow arises in conversation at the commentary table; Schiavone reminding folks that Bigelow has been given a deadline of tonight to make his decision as to whether or not he’ll join Heenan’s list of clients. It appears, at least for now, that no decision has been made. Heenan takes his place at ringside while Wrath enters the ring, the title is handed to the referee (although Wrath refuses to give it up immediately, holding it tightly while a nervous referee requests it) and he holds it up for the audience to see. Both men go to neutral corners as we await the opening bell.

    WCW World Television Championship Match:
    Wrath (w/Bobby Heenan) (c) vs. Stevie Ray (w/Disco Inferno)

    Both men come out of the corners and meet in the middle of the ring. Both men looked jacked, clearly in great physical shape and they lockup. They are pushing with everything they have right from the get go. Stevie Ray begins to get pushed back, he lowers his leg on an angle in an attempt to keep his strength battling against the champion’s. Wrath is having none of it, he’s stronger, faster and younger than the challenger in this case. With great force and stunning the challenger, Wrath tosses Stevie across the ring! The tag team specialist lands in the corner, a look of shock on his face – he was just manhandled! Back across the ring, Wrath stomps his foot in the middle of the ring and motions for Stevie to come on back.

    In retaliation Stevie Ray charges right back and they lockup again. This time it’s Stevie who gets the better of the situation but not through strength. The veteran never actually locks up, he instead slips behind Wrath and hits a back suplex! Schiavone comments that Stevie’s veteran thinking allowed him to quickly devise a new plan after failing to match Wrath in the strength department. Wrath lands right on his neck and Stevie Ray hooks the leg for the first cover of the match.


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    …KICK OUT…

    Ray isn’t going to give up control by waiting around so he stays on alert by lifting Wrath up and driving him into the corner. A big shoulder to the midsection by Stevie gets Wrath trapped, and the challenger follows it up with several boots to the stomach. After firing off a combination of hard right hands to the face of the champion, Stevie Ray whips Wrath across the ring and comes charging at him with a clothesline. Wrath is able to move out of the way by ducking underneath, he spins Stevie around and knees him in the gut. After a clubbing forearm to the back, working Stevie to his knees, Wrath runs towards the ropes and rebounds with a thunderous big boot to the side of the head – Wrath covers.


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    …KICK OUT…

    With Heenan on the outside giving instructions, Wrath grabs Stevie by the head and proceeds to choke him against the second rope. Driving his knee into the back of the head, Wrath forces the rope to grind against the throat of the challenger while the referee begins a count of five. At four and a half we finally get a break him Wrath but the damage has been done. Wrath then twists the arm, working a crank before whipping Stevie into the ropes – on the rebound Wrath picks Stevie up and nails him with a SCOOP SLAM! Pure power on display for the champion, who is receiving nothing but heat as he backs up into the ropes and leaps into the air with an elbow! Upon landing on his target, we get a cover from the champion.


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    …KICK OUT…

    Once more Wrath looks to the outside for instructions and receives some from Heenan. Wrath picks Stevie up, working the arm crank again to maintain ease of movement, and positions him in the corner. A few hard body shots connect from the champion, he then backs up into the opposite corner and runs at full speed for a splash! Stevie Ray is not home on that call, causing Wrath to smack the turnbuckle and stumble backwards into the hands of the challenger! Stevie has to get something going or he risks this match being a wash. With support from the fans and his tag partner on the outside, Ray hammers away with punches to the champion. The champion is wobbling but Wrath will not go down. He is backing up, a few steps with each punch but Stevie Ray is having trouble knocking the first client of Bobby Heenan to the canvas.

    Sensing a change of pace is needed, Stevie hits a final right hand and then runs off the ropes – connecting with a shoulder block! Wrath still does not go down – he’s in a dazed state though. The fans are calling for Ray to keep going, chanting his name as Heenan orders Wrath to gather himself and fight back. Stevie is charging towards Wrath again – LEAPING CLOTHESLINE! Down goes the champion! Stevie Ray pops back up to his feet, he sees the champion is down and quickly backs into the ropes and returns with a splash!


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    …KICK OUT…

    The challenger turns to the outside where Disco Inferno slaps the canvas to rally the crowd to their side. Wrath is already beginning to roll towards the ropes, using them to stand, while Heenan is shouting orders. With his confidence growing now, Stevie kicks Wrath in the stomach before lifting him up onto his shoulders. Wrath begins to wiggle, he elbows out of the hold and shoves Stevie away. However, Stevie isn’t giving up, he comes right back slugs it out with Wrath again. The man born of the streets is making this a fist fight and it’s turning in his favour. Wrath begins to cover up, looking for a way to escape but Stevie Ray isn’t giving him a chance to think.

    Wrath is back up into the ropes under the pressure of the combinations being thrown by Stevie. He continues to work over the champion with a POWERSLAM! Heenan is having an outer body experience right now. Nobody has taken the fight to Wrath like Stevie Ray has tonight. Off the powerslam we get a cover from Stevie, hooking both legs of the champion.


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    …KICK OUT…

    Stevie gets back to his feet and wipes the sweat from his forehead. For the first time in this contest we see the realm of high risk come into play as Stevie Ray approaches the turnbuckle. He has found success making this a pure street brawl and Tenay comments that this could be a huge mistake going away from that strategy. Ray climbs onto the second rope, removing his elbow pad to expose the pure elbow underneath. He slaps the elbow, the crowd stomping their feet with each slap, as he awaits the champion to rise to a vertical base. Across the ring the voice of Heenan can be heard warning Wrath. It might be for nothing though. Wrath is blinking his eyes, his head still rattled from the numerous punches he has taken to the head.

    Finally, Wrath rises to his feet amidst a sea of cheers for his opponent. This is really the worst he has been tested during his reign as champion. His dominance on the line just as is his title belt. Wrath turns around to face his opponent, Stevie Ray dives through the air with the elbow extended with the head being the target – Wrath COUNTERS with a CLOTHESLINE IN MID-AIR! My goodness what a move by Wrath and he has nearly taken Ray’s head off with that shot. The replay shows Ray’s head smacking the canvas after being nailed with a hard clothesline with nowhere to run. Wrath falls into the cover, rubbing his head, still feeling the affects of the punishment he has sustained.


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    …KICK OUT…

    The anger of the champion has begun to rise after he has been tested. Under the orders of his manager on the outside, Wrath drags Stevie Ray into the corner and hits a back elbow to the face. Placing Stevie Ray on the top turnbuckle in a seated position, Wrath nails a backhanded chop before grabbing Stevie around the throat! The fans stand on their feet as Wrath pulls Stevie Ray from the top rope all the way to the canvas with a CHOKESLAM! But it’s not just a chokeslam! It’s a chokeslam with Ray being launched from the top turnbuckle and crashing all the way down onto the canvas. Disco Inferno can barely even watch as Wrath lumbers over the challenger, receiving an applause from Heenan, to make the cover.


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    …KICK OUT…

    It’s not over! The challenger gets the shoulder up at the last second and Bobby Heenan cannot believe it. The best manager in the game throws a look to the referee and to the fans who are taunting him for celebrating early. Wrath looks just as taken aback as his manager but the kick out of Stevie Ray. Telling his client to continue the assault, Heenan orders Wrath to finish this match now! Wrath twists his hair to the side, pulling down the straps of his wrestling singlet as he approaches the challenger. A punch to the stomach welcomes Wrath and catches him off guard. Wrath stumbles back a little, Ray fighting to his feet with determination as the crowd chants his name.

    Wrath shakes it off – marching forward again and eating a few month shots to the body. He ignores them, nailing Ray with a solid headbutt before powering into a BELLY TO BACK SUPLEX! Wrath rolls over, hooking his arms around the waist of Stevie Ray and he brings the challenger back to his feet. Wrath lines up with the turnbuckle behind him – and fires off an OVERHEAD SUPLEX into the TURNBUCKLE! Stevie Ray crumbles in the bottom of the turnbuckle and is pulled back away from the ropes by Wrath for a cover.


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    …KICK OUT…

    A yell from the reigning champion echoes throughout the arena and frustration is being to build for Wrath. Heenan has thrown his jacket off, loosened his tie and his hair is no longer as neat as it once was. His only client has been unable to put the veteran away. Heenan has no choice but to jump onto the apron, he calls Wrath over and grabs him by the back of the head. With venom in his voice, Heenan points to Stevie Ray and tells Wrath to finish him. “I said finish him! You’re the champion. End this, now!” With that said, Wrath turns to the challenger and grabs him… only to get rolled into a pinfall situation.


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    …KICK OUT…

    It was almost a three count! Just barely getting his shoulder off the canvas, Wrath was surprised by Stevie Ray. The veteran took advantage of the long pep talk between client and manager. Both men get to their feet, the veteran a little slower than Wrath. They lockup just like at the beginning of the contest and once more Wrath gets the best of the situation. Wrath whips Stevie into the ropes, he swings for a clothesline but Stevie ducks and rebounds with a HIGH KNEE! Wrath is stunned, his legs go wobbly – Stevie fights back with right hands to the champion.

    The challenger picks up Wrath and slams him down to the canvas! Heenan’s eyes have gone wide as Ray backs up and begins to wave a hand around in the air. He’s calling for the bicycle kick! The crowd are rising as Wrath begins to push himself off the canvas. Thousands in the arena are willing this to connect – we’ll have a new champion for sure. Ray takes aim and rushes forward, his legs go up… but Wrath pulls back out of the way. Nobody is home – Wrath takes advantage with an GUTWRENCH POWERBOMB! That has sucked the life out of the arena as Wrath makes the cover.


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    …KICK OUT…

    Back to his feet and thinking of the end, Wrath stalks Stevie Ray by circling him in the ring. The champion makes a grab for the challenger, Wrath pulling Ray up onto his shoulder and parading around the ring like he weighs nothing. Wrath begins to make for the corner – Stevie slips out of the way and shoves Wrath into the corner. Quickly now, Stevie knees Wrath in the mid-section, forcing Wrath to bend over – BICYCLE KICK? NO! Stevie hooks the arms – SLAPJACK! Stevie nails the double underhook facebuster. Fighting through the weariness of the contest, Stevie pulls Wrath away from the ropes but before he can make the cover – HEENAN JUMPS ONTO THE RING APRON! The referee turns his attention there, ordering the manager to get off the apron and this draws Disco Inferno ring over. It’s a physical altercation between Heenan and Disco, both men arguing and the referee exiting the ring to separate them.

    Suddenly, BAM BAM BIGELOW comes charging down to the ring! “What the hell is he doing here?” shouts Schiavone as the big man gets into the ring. In a stunning moment, Bigelow clobbers Stevie Ray! Bigelow is beating up Stevie Ray – he’s made his choice! BIGELOW HAS SIDED WITH HEENAN! This match was over – Heenan gave the distraction and Bigelow took the chance to give aid to Wrath. Ray had the damn title won! Bigelow nails a splash after putting Ray down, he then exits the ring and makes his way up the ramp. The damage has been done and now Wrath rises to pick the bones, grabbing the challenger and hitting him with a FOREARM TO THE FACE. Ray’s eyes roll back in his head as Wrath grabs him by the throat. Pulling Stevie into the middle of the ring and hooking the arm, Wrath lifts Stevie back up – PUMPHANDLE SLAM!


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    !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Spoiler:

    Winner: And STILL WCW World Television Champion – Wrath @ 09:41


    It has not be a pleasant night in terms of results for the fans of World Championship Wrestling. Wrath has retained the title and does so with the help of a new member of the Heenan client list. While Bigelow is not there for the post-match celebration his presence is still felt. Heenan enters the ring to join his client, grabbing his jacket and the title belt on his way into the ring. Wrath takes the belt and throws it over his shoulder, rubbing the back of his head – knowing that he was just in one of the toughest fights of his career. It wasn’t pretty – it was simply one tough fight!

    Schiavone and Tenay cannot believe that Bigelow got involved in this match. Both men agree that if he wanted to join Heenan than that was fine but to cost Stevie Ray what looked like a secured victory is pitiful. Replays are shown of the involvement of Bam Bam Bigelow, and back live we see Disco confronting the referee about the missed interference, to which the referee can only apologize because he never saw it.

    Heenan and Wrath make their exit to a chorus of boos. Heenan has a huge smile on his face having retained the title his client holds and securing the services of another big name. Back in the ring, still feeling the effects of the blindsided assault and the match, Stevie Ray sits up and shakes his head at the result. He pats the referee on the back, telling him no hard feelings but frustration is clearly there as Stevie Ray and Disco Inferno exit the ring – half-heartedly acknowledging the fans.




    Backstage in two separate dressing rooms, BOOKER T and BRET HART are preparing for their match later on in the evening. On the left side of the screen, Booker T is shown wrapping tape around his wrists. No doubt that his emotions are running high after months of frustration towards the Hitman. Tenay explains the backstory of the suspension and highlights the various ways Booker T still made an impact over the last month in his goal of getting payback on Bret Hart.

    On the other side of the screen, Bret Hart is pacing around the dressing room in his wrestling gear. The Hitman tries to sit down at one point but immediately stands back up and returns to pacing. He looks concerned and for good reason. This is a match he never wanted to be involved in. Schiavone and Tenay discuss what could be going through the mind of Hart. Schiavone comments that the opportunity for the Hitman to face the WCW United States Heavyweight Champion is a motivating factor for Bret. “Bret wants nothing to do with Booker T. If he could find a way out of this in five minutes he would. Be on the lookout, folks. So long as Bret comes away with the title shot, he’ll win by any means.”

    Our commentators also touch upon the fact that tonight is not just a chance for Booker T to meet Bret Hart in the ring but it’s also a huge opportunity to possibly face the WCW World Heavyweight Champion next month should he be successful tonight. After all that he has been through at the hands of the Hitman, Schiavone argues that Booker T damn well deserves a shot at the big title!



    Elsewhere in the backstage area, GENE OKERLUND standing in a hallway just outside of the trainer’s room. The door suddenly opens and DIAMOND DALLAS PAGE emerges with athletic tape around his ribs and upper arm. Okerlund waves a hand in front of Page, drawing his attention, and signals him over to the side.

    Page nods his head and approaches Gene with an extended hand. They exchange pleasantries – Okerlund then jumping right into questions about the physical condition of DDP after weeks of brutal brawls between him and Goldberg. Never one to admit his own weakness, Page refutes any notion that he is any less capable of winning tonight then he would be if he had a month at home to prepare. He is ready and tonight he plans on teaching Bill Goldberg a lesson in respect!

    Okerlund pushes on the physical condition yet again – pointing out the mass of tape DDP has on his body. Page shakes his head, he says that he cannot deny he is hurting – who wouldn’t after going toe to toe with Goldberg for over a month? However, Page says they’ll have to take him away on a stretcher before the night is finished. He’s walking down to that ring – healthy, injured, crippled or as the walking freaking dead – there is nothing that will stop him from kicking Goldberg’s ass all over Oakland!

    Spoken with true passion and belief in himself – there is no doubt that DDP believes everything he has said not only tonight but also in the weeks prior. Okerlund asks a final question – the same question EVERYONE has thought of – and that’s if this feud with Goldberg has doomed WCW because two of the top stars are fighting each other rather than the New World Order. A long silence follows, DDP taking time to ponder that, it’s clear he has battled with this same issue himself. Ultimately, Page only has three words left to say… “I hope not.”



    **DOG POUND**

    It’s a unique situation for this upcoming championship contest as the former WCW World Tag Team Champions – RICK STEINER and KENNY KAOS – make their way down to the ring. They receive mild cheers from the audience; Kaos is full of energy, slapping his face on the way down to the ring and trying to extend that to his partner. While the challengers enter the ring, Schiavone and Tenay discuss the previous two title matches this team has been involved in. Both of those resulted in defeats and Schiavone states that this could very well be their LAST CHANCE at winning the titles. Kaos bounces around the ring, going from corner to corner and hyping up the crowd while Steiner remains reserved and collected ahead of this match.

    **TRUMPET VOLUNTARY**

    The sound of trumpets echoes over the arena and from the entrance chute appears the villainous BLUE BLOODS! Both men step out onto the stage with a look of contempt of their faces. Taylor leads the duo down to the ring, covering his mouth with a white handkerchief so as to not breath the same air as the common folk! During this time we see clips of the Blue Bloods recent activity including their return, the assault on Kaos and Steiner at Souled Out and the victory over the current champions from Monday Nitro a few weeks ago. Neither Taylor or Eaton enters the ring, both men standing on the outside and for good reason as Kaos tries to get a shot on them in retribution having just seen the footage of the vicious assault once again. Taylor shakes his head, tapping his finger against the side of his head and chuckling.

    **WHO BETTER THAN KANYON**

    The final team to be involved in this match make their arrival – the reigning WCW World Tag Team Champions, KANYON and RAVEN. Breaking from the usual process since winning the titles it’s Raven who comes out first, one half of the titles slung over his back shoulder as he makes his way down to the ring. Coming shortly after is Kanyon, shouting about his greatness and parading down to the ring with his title belt held high above his head. After Raven enters the ring, sinking into the bottom turnbuckle of a corner, Tenay talks about the explosion of violence we saw from Raven last Monday and if that could appear tonight.

    All three teams enter the ring and take a moment to decide who will straight for each team. The champions have no discussion – Raven remains inside the ring and Kanyon looks far too hesitant to even ask. Of course, Kanyon tries to play it off like it was his decision, giving Raven a thumbs up from behind and proclaiming to the fans he has it under control because he is LEADER! Meanwhile, Dave Taylor has elected to start for the Blue Bloods and Kenny Kaos assures Rick Steiner, who was adamant he starts, that the youngster should be the representative for their team. Before the bell sounds it is important to note as Schiavone says that since this is a triple threat tag team match there are NO DISQUALIFICATIONS!

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

    Due to the uniqueness of this match the start is slow after the opening bell. All three legal men exchange looks across the ring at one another. Kaos and Taylor standing while Raven remains slumped in the corner. The fight is on! Kaos and Taylor charge towards each other and begin trading punches. The bad blood between these two teams on display and the younger Kaos is hot-headed to get some payback from the assault last month at Souled Out. Kaos wraps an arm around the back of Taylor’s head and pushes him back into the only corner without a man standing near it. Driving the boot into the mid-section is Kaos, working Taylor over with boots before he whips him into the ropes and knocks the blue blood off his feet with a shoulder block.

    High energy to start for Kaos, clapping his hands together as he lifts Taylor up and runs off the ropes. On the rebound Taylor eats another shoulder block, getting knocked down again but this time he gets up rather quickly and swings a wild punch. Kaos sees it coming and executes an ARM DRAG to the outside of the ring! Taylor is sent spilling to the outside, tumbling through the second rope and ending up with his back against the barricade. Kaos is feeling it right now, the crowd are on their feet – but it’s not for Kaos! Out of the shadows, from the corner of the ring, rises Raven and the twisted soul stands behind Kaos. The youngster turns and eats a forearm from one half of the champions! Backing Kaos up into the ropes, Raven sends him for the ride across the ring and hits a drop toe hold. Raven pops up, takes aim and drops a knee across the back of the neck. Rolling Kaos over onto his back; Raven makes a cover.


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    …KICK OUT…

    Raven continues his work by moving Kaos against the bottom rope near the middle of the ring. He backs up a little bit, his attention grabbed by Kanyon on the apron shouting for the tag – Raven ignores it and rushes forward looking for a boot to the face. Off the slight pause by Raven, Kaos explodes off the mat and hooks Raven’s leg for a PUMPHANDLE SUPLEX! Kaos flattens the champion and scurries into the cover.


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    …TAYLOR BREAKS IT UP…

    Not to be forgotten in this contest, Taylor is back inside the ring and he hammers away on Kenny Kaos. Pulling Kaos free from the cover, Taylor knees him in the mid-section before hitting a neckbreaker. Taylor kicks him towards the apron of the ring and turns his attention to that of Raven. The first tag of the match takes place as Taylor brings in Eaton with Raven trapped in the Blue Bloods’ corner. Eaton wraps a hand around the throat of Raven and begins to choke the life out of him – drawing boos from the crowd and screams of anger directed at Raven by Kanyon. After delivering a combination of chops to the chest, followed by a HAMMERLOCK DDT, Eaton makes a cover of his own.


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    …KICK OUT…

    Before Eaton can react to the kick out, Rick Steiner has been made legal following a tag by Kenny Kaos and now enters the ring. Steiner grabs Eaton and whips him into the ropes – SPINEBUSTER! It’s a hard landing for Eaton who looks visibly shaken, his mouth wide open upon landing, as Rick Steiner turns around to check on Raven’s whereabouts. The champion is up on his feet, leaning against the ropes and is grabbed by Steiner who then hits a BACK SUPLEX! Once again the camera turns to Kanyon and the “leader” of the team is flipping out.

    Steiner returns to Eaton, hitting some forearms to the back before whipping Eaton into the ropes. On his return, Eaton eats a clothesline, he then pops back up and eats another clothesline. Steiner is on a roll, he jabs at Eaton while both are on their feet, and then turns to gain some speed, returning with a third clothesline but Eaton pokes him in the eye! Blinded for a moment, Steiner is grabbed by Eaton and takes a slam to the mat. Eaton pulls him towards the corner, climbs onto the second rope and jumps off with an elbow to the throat! A cover is made by Eaton with his forearm being driven into the jugular.


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    …KICK OUT…

    Eaton mounts Steiner and begins to clear as day choke him in front of the referee. Kaos is livid on the apron, calling for a break but the referee throws up his hands saying it’s legal under the rules of the contest. Across the ring, Raven makes his way over to the corner and gets the tag to Kanyon. The trouble of the triple threat tag team match being that you cannot have everyone covered. In comes Kanyon, striding across the ring and driving his boot into the side of the head of Eaton. Kanyon yanks Eaton to his feet and whips him through the ropes. Going underneath the bottom rope, Kanyon gives Eaton a hard whip face first into the steel steps! That draws Dave Taylor off the apron of the ring and he comes running towards Kanyon. The champion hurries around the ring, sliding back into the squared circle and throws his hands up like he is totally innocent.

    From behind Kanyon eats a dropkick by Kenny Kaos! While Kanyon and Eaton were on the outside that gave Steiner the chance to get the tag to his partner. Kaos and Kanyon are battling back and forth, Kaos kicks his stomach and hooks a DDT. Kanyon spins out of the DDT, knees Kaos in the ribs and then plants him with an INVERTED SITOUT POWERSLAM!


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    …KICK OUT…

    Back on his feet following the pinfall attempt, Kanyon sneers at the crowd as he picks Kaos up and slings him over into the corner shared by Raven. Coming in fast, Kanyon hits a running dropkick and makes the tag to Raven. Kanyon holds Kaos in place, shouting orders in the process, and Raven follows up with a knee to the face and swinging neckbreaker combination. Kanyon steps onto the apron of the ring while Raven hooks the leg for the cover.


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    …KICK OUT…

    Raven backs up into the corner, the crowd sending him some love, and the extremist looks for the DISCUS CLOTHESLINE! However, Kaos catches Raven by surprise and connects with a FIREMAN’S CARRY SLAM! Kaos clutches at his shoulder after sustaining a heavy amount of punishment during his time in the ring. He looks to the corner and sees Rick Steiner extending a hand, ready to give the young man a break, and to get into this match again. Kaos grabs Raven by the hair and brings him over to the corner – a tag is made and Rick Steiner enters the ring.

    Going across the ring and into a free corner, Rick lines up his shot and rushes forward for a splash. It connects! Raven stumbles forward, Rick scoops him up and slams Raven down to the canvas. Thereafter we see Rick make a quick tag to Kaos but he remains in the ring and hits a leg drop on Raven! Kaos climbs the top rope and dives off with a big splash, rolling to the side and tagging Steiner back into the fold. The veteran picks Raven up, hooking an arm and hits an OVERHEAD SUPLEX with a bridge!


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    …THE BLUE BLOODS BREAK IT UP…

    It’s not just one of them either, it’s both men! Eaton and Taylor storm the ring having been on the outside for an extended period. They hammer away at Raven and Steiner, Eaton working the former while Taylor unloads on Steiner. Kaos tries to get into the ring but Taylor rakes the eyes and hits a nasty looking forearm to the head which sends Kaos to the floor. Across the ring, Kanyon comes charging in to lend a hand to his partner but is double teamed by the Blue Bloods. The referee has no power in this situation since it’s no disqualifications. The Blue Bloods can do whatever the hell they want so long as Bobby Eaton, as the legal man, makes the pinfall.

    With the match in complete chaos, the Blue Bloods take control and begin to dismantle both opposing teams at once. Taylor has no intention of returning to the apron of the ring – shoving the referee to the side and booting Kanyon to the outside of the ring. Taylor follows – keeping an eye on Kaos’ movements – as he looks underneath the ring and pulls out a STEEL CHAIR! Wielding the weapon in the air, Taylor cracks Kanyon in the back which sends him stumbling into the barricade. With another strong strike, this time to the skull, Taylor knocks Kanyon into the fans!

    Inside the ring, Eaton executes a hip-toss on Rick Steiner followed by a knee to the spine. Steiner writhes in pain, rolling away as Eaton looks to follow up – CROSSFACE CHICKENWING! The referee is in position as Eaton tries to get the submission on Rick Steiner but the amateur wrestling of the former tag champion allows him to shift his weight and they end up in a position where Eaton’s shoulders are on the mat.


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    …KICK OUT…

    That almost cost Eaton! He gets up to his feet and cracks Steiner with a punch to the jaw. Applying a side headlock, Eaton taunts the crowd and says that the Blue Bloods have this thing wrapped up. Suddenly, Eaton is lifted up and hit with a BACK SUPLEX! Steiner cannot follow up immediately, staying down on the canvas along with Eaton for the time being. When they do get back to their feet, Eaton and Steiner are joined by Raven! It’s a true triple threat taking place, each man taking a punch and then throwing one as the three men go around in a circle. It goes on three times before Kenny Kaos SPRINGBOARDS INTO THE RING! Flying through the air, Kaos hits a FLYING DROPKICK taking out Eaton! To the outside goes Eaton, tumbling into the arms of Dave Taylor!

    Steiner and Kaos unite, whipping Raven into the ropes and then launching him through the air with a DOUBLE BACK BODY DROP onto the Blue Bloods outside of the ring! It’s a mass of humanity on the outside with Raven, Eaton and Taylor all laying in the same spot. Steiner and Kaos have control of the ring. The former tag team champions exchanging a quick nod, both men realizing they are the only team standing right now. On the outside, all three men begin to rise – with Raven and Eaton scratching at each other. Kaos taps his partner on the shoulder and raises his hands in the air – Steiner reacts quickly, moving in front of the ropes near where the three men are. Kaos sprints forward and is flung over the top rope by Steiner and in mid-air Kaos flips turning it into a MOONSAULT TO THE OUTSIDE! It hits two out of the three – Taylor evading, along with the steel chair which he swings at Kaos! CHAIR TO THE SKULL!

    With a sense of urgency, Steiner reaches through the ropes but he gets the same treatment. Taylor wacks him with the steel chair, and then enters the ring. A chairshot to the stomach connects, Taylor drops the chair flat on the canvas and NAILS a bridging floatover double underhook suplex – HOUSE OF LORDS! But the referee will not count! Dave Taylor breaks the bridge and grabs the referee by the collar, demanding a three count but the official reminds him that Eaton is the LEGAL MAN! Taylor gives the referee a shove before hurrying to the outside, lifting Eaton up and rolling him into the ring. With Eaton now draped over Steiner, and with Taylor shouting in his ear, the referee dives to the canvas.


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    …KICK OUT…

    The break in play has to have caused that kick out! That’s what Taylor is thinking right now as he shoves Eaton off Steiner, forcing his opponent into the corner where he unloads with stiff punches. Slowly, Eaton begins to get back to his feet – shaking off any cobwebs he may have had following the moonsault from Kenny Kaos. A camera does a quick check on the outside and both Raven and Kaos are still down. The Blue Bloods have a quick discussion inside the ring, looking at Steiner up against the corner across the ring. They can taste the champagne for their title celebration right now! A tag is made between Taylor and Eaton to make the former the legal man.

    Taylor picks up the steel chair again, flashing it around the arena with a sickening smirk on his face. He charges toward Steiner looking to put his lights out with another chair shot but Steiner gets his boot up! Rick Steiner kicks forward, sending the chair into the face of Dave Taylor. The Blue Blood stumbles backwards, dropping the chair and is grabbed by Steiner – BELLY TO BELLY SUPLEX ON THE CHAIR! The crowd pops as Taylor is in serious pain and is finally getting a taste of the damage he has delivered with that weapon. Steiner doesn’t go for a cover, he pops back up to his feet and clubs Eaton with a lariat. Eaton tries to rake the eyes, Steiner twists the arm and hits a GERMAN SUPLEX! Bouncing across the ring and to the outside, Eaton falls down to the floor. Meanwhile, Steiner scurries across the ring and hooks the leg on Taylor.


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    …RAVEN BREAKS IT UP…

    From the outside of the ring, Raven pulls Rick Steiner away from the pin and then nails him with the EVENFLOW DDT! The champion slides underneath the bottom rope, practically doing this by himself now with Kanyon nowhere to be found. Raven pulls Taylor to his feet and prepares for the Evenflow DDT. However, Kaos comes flying into the ring with a SPRINGBOARD KNEE! It hits on target and rocks Raven, turning him around which allows Kaos to connect with an INVERTED ATOMIC DROP! Kaos then lifts Raven up onto his shoulders and drops him head first with a DEATH VALLEY DRIVER! Unfortunately, Kaos isn’t the leg man so he cannot make a cover.

    With that in mind, Kaos turns his attention to the outside where Rick Steiner is beginning to show signs of life. Kaos goes after Taylor, looking to give his partner an easy pin the moment he is ready to return to the match or possibly make a tag. Kaos pulls Taylor up by the head… and gets hit LOW! No disqualifications and the Blue Bloods have taken advantage of that rule more than anyone else in this contest. Taylor gets back to a vertical base, he hits Kaos in the back a few times before striking with a EUROPEAN UPPERCUT! Working over an illegal man isn’t a way to win the titles, and Taylor knows this so he shouts out to Eaton – who has entered the ring – to work on Raven. The Blue Bloods are in control now, Taylor throws Kaos to the outside of the ring and then exits the ring where he meets Rick Steiner. But Steiner is down? Taylor looks confused as is the commentary team – who took out Steiner? That question is answered moments later as KANYON leaps out of the crowd and tackles Taylor. Protecting himself as best he can, Taylor hurries into the ring as Kanyon chases after him.

    Eaton tries to cut off Kanyon but Raven gives aid! It’s the Blue Bloods versus the champions right now. The crowd is making a lot of noise as both teams are throwing bombs. Raven and Kanyon are fighting for their gold while the Blue Bloods are looking to cement themselves as the best team in the world. The Blue Bloods begin to lose the fair fight so Eaton grabs the chair and swings, hitting Raven in the face! That draws blood, the thick substance dropping onto the hands of Raven. The arena looks towards Raven, he flicks his hair up and a WILD LOOK APPEARS! Just like this past Monday – RAVEN HAS SNAPPED! Raven rushes forward and tackles Eaton, scratching and punching him in a rage. The crowd going wild as Raven gets the chair and swings like a madman! Taylor and Eaton eat multiple chair shots! Raven cannot be stopped!

    Kaos and Steiner rush into the ring together but Raven meets them with the same violence he took out the Blue Bloods with. This is a different zone – it’s pure violence! Raven looks around the ring, it’s a pile of bodies and the only other man standing (other than the referee) is KANYON! The crowd jump to their feet as Raven steps towards Kanyon – all the vile things said, being pushed around, the abuse he has taken – RAVEN LIFTS THE CHAIR! Kanyon is going to eat it… Raven pushes the edge of the chair against Kanyon’s chest, forcing him into the corner – their corner. Kanyon steps onto the apron where Raven TAGS HIM IN! Kanyon looks confused as Raven drops the chair and exits the ring, walking up the ramp and leaving the match. Quickly, Kanyon enters the ring, picking up Kenny Kaos and hits the FLATLINER!!! Kanyon hooks the leg – he barely did anything all match – and the referee slides into position!


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    …3…
    !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    Spoiler:

    Winners: And STILL WCW World Tag Team Champions – Kanyon & Raven @ 12:19


    It was another explosion of anger from Raven tonight that sealed the deal. The Blue Bloods and the champions were clashing and then one hit from a chair sent the title match spinning. Kanyon rolls to the outside of the ring, with a huge smile on his face, and is handed both title belts. He hugs them close, this scene to him feels right, and makes his way up the ramp. Replays are shown while Schiavone and Tenay cover the finishing sequence as well as Raven walking out of the match once the damage was done.

    With Kanyon celebrating at the top of the stage, holding both titles in the air to a chorus of boos, we cut back inside the ring. The Blue Bloods have retreated to the outside while Kenny Kaos and Rick Steiner are on their knees. Steiner is clearly frustrated, pounding the mat with his fist and shouting “DAMN IT” as he stands up. Kaos is in a state of shock, his head in his hands – this was their last chance. Kaos looks over to his partner and extends a hand to be helped up. Steiner approaches and looks down at Kaos… only to turn away and exit the ring without helping him up.


    The show transitions into the locker-room of BILL GOLDBERG with Tony Schiavone and Mike Tenay providing voiceover of a series of clips. The first is a live feed of Goldberg warming up by shadow boxing. His punches are ultra-fast and Goldberg mixes it up with a few kicks and knees while grunting. Clips of the past brawls between Goldberg and DDP are shown with Schiavone and Tenay discussing the frustration they have with these two stars for World Championship Wrestling focusing on each other rather than the larger issue of the New World Order.

    It’s clear that Goldberg is in amazing shape and looks more focused than we have seen him since his reign as WCW World Heavyweight Champion. As we return to the live feed of Goldberg warming up, Tenay predicts that neither DDP or Goldberg will leave anything in the tank tonight. It’s all or nothing for both men, the time to settle their issues has arrived and the highly anticipated encounter between Diamond Dallas Page and Goldberg will happen later on in the evening.




    Elsewhere, among a sea of people backstage, BRET HART pushes through as he approaches the walkway towards the entrance chute. With his match coming up in a few moments Bret Hart is dressed in his full wrestling gear – AND SHADES – for what promises to be a hard-hitting battle against long-time rival Booker T.

    While waiting just outside the entrance chute, a voice from afar calls out to Bret Hart and thereafter he is joined by three members of the New World Order. CURT HENNIG, KONNAN and WCW World Heavyweight Champion – KEVIN NASH! The crowd inside the arena boos at the sight of the nWo, along with the added spite for the Hitman, as Nash and Hart lock eyes. Nash has the World Championship around his waist, his hair tied up in a bun, as he tells Bret that the nWo is highly interested in the Hitman’s match. That draws a smug scoff from Bret, he removes his shades and says that he isn’t surprised. Bret informs Kevin that when he wins he’ll be guaranteed a shot at the WCW United States Heavyweight Title, no matter if it’s Scott Hall or Chris Jericho who holds it.

    Nash chuckles, throwing a look to Konnan and Hennig, before giving Bret a slow clap. With a clear sense of arrogance, Nash reminds Bret that by the end of the night he’ll be the President of WCW. He and the rest of the nWo won’t wait in line – they’ll make the lines. Bret sneers – clearly annoyed by that fact – and asks what it is Nash wants. The Champ replies with that million-dollar smile, telling Bret that the New World Order would very much appreciate it if he was successful tonight. In fact, it would be beneficial for both parties should Booker T fall short in his pursuit of the World Title. Bret shakes his head, “Don’t tell me the all mighty Kevin Nash is afraid of Houston’s most wanted?” Bret assures Nash that his fears are nothing to worry about; tonight, Booker T will find out that he doesn’t belong in the ring with the Hitman.

    Nash nods approvingly and extends a hand to Bret Hart. The Hitman puts his shades back on and walks away WITHOUT shaking hands. As Bret disappears into the entrance chute, Nash pulls his hand back and smirks. Hennig asks if everything went as expected to which Nash replies that everything is going exactly as he planned.



    BOOKER T VS. BRET HART; VIDEO PACKAGE

    - Going into Starrcade it’s Lex Luger who is supposed to team with Booker T against the New World Order, however due to injury Luger is forced out of the match. Bret Hart takes his place because of Scott Hall’s involvement in his failure to recapture the WCW United States Heavyweight Championship.

    - When the match is in the balance, Bret Hart walks out and allows Booker T to be beaten up by the nWo.

    - In the following weeks Booker T demands a match against Hart but the Hitman refuses to acknowledge Booker T’s request. After agreeing out of frustration with Booker’s constant appearance, Hart attacks Stevie Ray with a lead pipe.

    - At Souled Out, Booker T cannot contain his rage and gets disqualified during his match with Bret. In the post-match chaos, Booker T leaves Bret out cold.

    - The following night, Booker T is suspended for his actions and Bret Hart gloats. For four weeks straight, Booker T finds innovative ways to get payback on Bret Hart including wrecking his brand-new car, costing him a title opportunity and assaulting him outside of the arena.

    - In anger, Bret Hart agrees to a second match with Booker T with the sole purpose being to rid his life of this man.

    - Tonight, both men have a chance to seize a major opportunity. Should Bret Hart win he’ll receive a title match for the WCW United States Heavyweight Title. On the other hand, should Booker T emerge as the winner then he shall receive a shot at the WCW World Heavyweight Title.

    Returning to ringside following the video package.

    **HITMAN IN THE HOUSE**

    He was waiting just outside of the curtain down in the entrance chute – BRET HART quickly makes his way onto the stage and down to the ring. With his trademark gear on, a leather jacket over the top and his shades, the Hitman enters the ring and parades around the squared circle shouting at the fans. The heat is loud, thousands inside the arena giving it to Bret Hart. Standing inside the ring, his music cut off, Hart removes his shades and flicks his hair back with a smug look on his face. Schiavone points out that you can just tell that Bret thinks he is better than everyone else in the arena.

    **RAP SHEET**

    That smugness on the face of Bret Hart won’t be there for long if this man has anything to do with it. Running out onto the stage, jumping all the way along it, hyping up the crowd, is BOOKER T! He has been suspended, he is back in the fold and this is the first time Booker T has wrestled since Souled Out. The fans shower Booker with cheers, they understand the hardships he has gone through not only in his professional life but also growing up as a kid. Tonight is the chance for Booker T to realise a dream – a chance to enter the race to be a World Champion. Booker T’s antics come to stop as he looks towards the ring – his eyes locked on the Hitman – and then he begins a slow walk down the ramp.

    The moment Booker T put his focus on Bret he became a different person. Tenay makes that call and Schiavone agrees that Booker T appears more intense than we have ever seen this man. This has been building for months, this is the conclusion we have all been waiting for as Booker T enters the ring. The referee immediately gets between the two men and orders Booker T back into the corner. Booker T nods, not taking his eyes off Bret, as the referee checks that everything is ready – and calls for the bell!


    The Ultimate Grudge Match:
    *If Bret wins, he’ll face the WCW United States Heavyweight Champion.
    If Booker T wins, he’ll face the WCW World Heavyweight Champion.*

    Bret Hart vs. Booker T

    From the start it’s clear which man has been on the hunt from for this contest. Out of the corner comes Booker T, wild punches being thrown as he grabs Bret Hart and drags him into the middle of the ring. It’s a scramble, Hart trying to escape to the outside of the ring but Booker T yanks him back and mounts him. Hard punches smash the face of the Canadian, Booker T unloading and talking smack to the man he has hunted for two months. The referee is right there to make a five count – stopping at four when Booker T breaks. Booker T pulls Bret to his feet and whips him into the ropes, knocking down to the outside of the ring with a stiff clothesline.

    The referee tries to reason with Booker that this should stay in the ring but Booker T shakes his head and pushes past the referee. With eyes only for the Hitman, Booker T rushes forward and tosses Bret Hart into the barricade! Bret smacks the hard edge, groaning out loud and collapsing to the floor as Booker T unloads with stomps. Inside the ring, the referee has started a count which is broken at seven by Booker T – rolling in and out of the ring – before returning to hammer away on Bret Hart. Struggling to protect himself, Bret Hart begins to crawl towards the steel steps while Booker T lumbers over him. Kicks to the body, chops to the back, and a constant verbal reminder of all the pain Bret Hart has caused him – Booker T is taking out every bit of frustration he has ever felt on Bret tonight!

    The action returns to the ring at the discretion of Booker T when he decides it’s time to clean things up a bit. Bret Hart has not hit a single punch or any form of offensive so far! It’s been a total one-sided beat down by Booker T, who drives the Hitman into the corner and grabs him around the throat. As he has previously, Booker T allows his emotions to take control and he begins to shout at Bret. “I told you I’d beat your ass! You hurt my brother and know I’m going to hurt you! You dig that, dawg? Shut up!” A swift right hand from Booker knocks Bret Hart to the canvas and sends him spilling towards the middle of the ring. We get the first pinfall attempt after Booker T picks up Bret and executes a SIDEWALK SLAM! Hook of the leg upon landing as the referee slides into position.


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    …KICK OUT…

    While you’d expect a man like Booker T to be mad about the failed pin attempt, that’s not the case. In fact, it’s the exact opposite, Booker T is smiling and that’s because this match will continue. He doesn’t want the match to end – he wants to take as long as he possible can. With a handful of hair in his right hand, Booker T circles Bret and slowly pulls him to a vertical base. A knee to the stomach keeps Bret in trouble, Booker T then whips him across the ring and attempts a spinning wheel kick but Hart grabs the ropes and never returns! For the first time in the contest Bret Hart shows some life. Booker T rushes forward and gets hit with a boot to the face! Bret acts quickly, grabbing Booker T around the waist and hitting an INVERTED ATOMIC DROP!

    To follow up, Bret Hart fires off a hard lariat which knocks Booker T off his feet for the first time in the contest. Bret lifts his boot and stomps on the face of Booker T before backing up into the ropes and hitting a knee drop across the forehead! Bret grabs both legs and goes for the cover.


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    …KICK OUT…

    Unlike his opponent, Bret Hart is not happy with the call and the prospect of this match continuing. He looks to the official, brushing the hair out of his face and spits towards the side of the ring. Having been beaten for the opening minutes of this match, Bret leans up against the ropes and takes a moment to gather himself while Booker T begins to recover. With Booker T up against the ropes, Bret hits a few punches to the ribs, and then hits a European Uppercut! Booker T is knocked back into the corner where Bret drives hard knees into the mid-section followed by a pair of headbutts! The latter stuns Bret a little, causing him to press his body against Booker in the corner and deliver annoying shoulder thrusts into the chin of the Houston native.

    Coming out of the corner, Bret whips Booker T across the ring at great speed and Booker crumbles to the canvas when he hits the turnbuckle. Bret waits as Booker T pulls himself back to his feet and hits a dropkick! Booker falls through the ropes and ends up on the outside of the ring. Immediately, Bret Hart grabs the referee by the collar and orders a ring out count to begin. The referee has no choice but to start his count but the speed is not what Bret Hart believes is fair! Stomping around the ring, pulling at his hair, Bret Hart is going ballistic as the count reaches seven! Unfortunately, that’s as far as the count will go because Booker T is back in the ring. He charges towards Bret Hart – double leg takedown! The brawl is on – Booker T and Bret Hart roll all over the ring, both men getting into mount and slamming their fists into the face of the other.

    After scrambling all around the ring, they split for a moment – coming back together when Bret kicks Booker T in the stomach. With the arm hooked, Bret hits a vertical suplex and rolls immediately into a pinfall.


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    …KICK OUT…

    The kick out is a defiant one with Booker T rolling away from Bret after kicking out. Bret turns to the referee and shouts at him again. His eyes full of frustration and worry. Shouting as he does it, Bret pulls Booker T back into his grasp and applies a headlock. The headlock is simply to gain control, Bret transitions into a piledriver position but Booker T blocks it! Bret’s eyes go wide – the crowd pop as Bret is flung over the shoulders of Booker T! Feeling the crowd on his side, Booker T charges forward and hits a clothesline on Bret Hart. As Bret pops right back up, Booker T hits the spinning wheel kick that he missed earlier! It doesn’t put Bret on the canvas but a FLAPJACK puts the Hitman flat on the canvas. Booker rolls the Hitman over onto his back and applies a forearm to the face as a cover is made.


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    …KICK OUT…

    Both men are refusing to call it quits in this bitter rivalry with so much on the line for both men. Lying underneath the bottom rope, Bret winces while feeling his jaw which smacked the canvas hard. He doesn’t get much chance to recover as Booker T approaches, pulling Bret up and executing a back elbow followed by a SWINGING NECKBREAKER! It’s a favourite of Bret Hart and now he knows how it feels to have it done to him. Looking to follow up quickly, Booker T delivers a few elbow drops across the chest of the Hitman before climbing onto the top rope! It’s a high risk move, the fans on their feet, Bret flat on his back, as Booker T launches himself for the HOUSTON HANGOVER! Yet at the last second Bret rolls out of the way and Booker T crashes and burns.

    Crawling like a madman, sensing opportunity right before him – a chance to end this match and put all of this behind him. Bret Hart can taste the title shot that he has waiting for him in just three second. Reaching out as he approaches, Hart gets a single hand on the chest of Booker T.


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    …KICK OUT…

    A rush of cheers echoes throughout the arena – Booker T got the shoulder off the mat after nearly costing himself a shot at the richest prize in all of professional wrestling. Both men are back to their feet, although Booker is on wobbly legs as Bret Hart nails him with a closed fist. Another closed fist drives Booker T back a few steps and Bret then whips Booker T across the ring. Ducking down in the middle of the ring, Bret looks for a back body drop… which connects! Rushing forward towards the ropes, Bret rebounds and hits a sliding dropkick to the back of Booker T’s head! With a sense of urgency, Bret hooks Booker T’s arm, gives it a twist and pulls him to a vertical base. Bret transitions behind Booker T, he lifts and brings Booker down upon his own neck! It’s a GERMAN SUPLEX! And Bret keeps the bridge in place – it’s a delayed reaction from the referee though!


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    …KICK OUT…

    Outrage from Bret Hart erupts towards the referee. It was a split-second delay that may have cost the Hitman a shot at the WCW United States Heavyweight Title. The Hitman gets to his feet and shoves the referee into the corner, berating him worse than earlier in the match. Bret shoves a finger in the face of the referee – “How could you miss that?! I had the freaking match won! Do you job!” After shouting down the referee, Bret grabs Booker T and boots him in the stomach. He goes for the swinging neckbreaker but Booker T spins out of it and throws Bret Hart through the turnbuckle into the steel post on the other side!

    Bret stumbles out of it on a trip to Disneyland right now as Booker T hits a leaping forearm to the face! With the crowd beginning to chant his name, Booker T shouts for Bret to get up and the Canadian, clearly on instinct, pops back up and rushes towards his opponent. Knee to the gut connects, Booker T points to the crowd while holding Bret by the head before planting Bret with a RUSSIAN LEGSWEEP! Booker T rolls off Bret, backing up into the corner and raises a fist in the air. The crowd cheers – Booker T ready to strike as Bret Hart slowly begins to rise. Booker T goes for it – SUPERKICK! Bret catches the kick, he sweeps the leg – SHARPSHOOTER! What a counter by the Hitman! He was down and out and now Bret Hart has Booker T exactly where he wants him. The referee is right there, Booker T looking for a way to survive one of the most powerful submission holds in the history of professional wrestling put on by one of the greatest technical wrestlers of all time.

    Hart sits back on the hold, his confidence high and the prospect of challenging for the title he believes should be around his waist is on the verge of becoming a reality. The thousands in attendance are cheering on Booker T, sending him all the inspiration he could need to survive this torture. With fight in his eyes – the thoughts of his brother and the pain that the Hitman has caused him – Booker T fights to the ropes and gets the break against all odds! Bret falls forward, clutching his hands together in disbelief as the referee informs him off the break. Hart backs up, shaking his head at the sight that awaits him across the ring. Booker T has pulled himself up off the canvas – both men are staring at each other – the arena is standing – Booker T waves Bret forward and tells him that this is not finished!

    They clash again, Bret Hart throwing closed fist but this time Booker T is ready to match them and he gains control. After blocking a kick to the stomach, Booker T hooks the arms and fires off a FISHERMAN SUPLEX! He hooks the leg for a cover.


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    …KICK OUT…

    The fact that Booker T survived the Sharpshooter has to be eating away at Bret Hart. This match continues, Booker T working over Bret in the corner for about a minute as the action slows down. Bret and Booker trade a sequence of counters – concluding with Bret raking the eyes and hitting a bulldog for a pinning sequence.


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    …KICK OUT…

    Bret wipes his mouth, spitting to the side as he stands up and pulls down the straps of his wrestling gear. The Hitman is serious – he appears angry and takes out that anger by stomping on the hands of Booker T! It’s a pure act of anger, trying to break the fingers and driving his shin into the spine of his opponent. Pulling Booker T back to his feet, Bret hits a forearm and whips Booker T into the ropes. On the rebound, Bret hits a picture-perfect dropkick to the face. Both feet smacking Booker right in the side of the head and Bret makes a cover.


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    …KICK OUT…

    In the following sequence, Bret drags Booker T over near the corner. Bret drops the point of his elbow across the head of Booker – the fans none to happy at Bret’s control of the contest at this point. He climbs to the second rope, flipping off the crowd before jumping down with a knee drop! It connects and Bret rolls into the middle of the ring, clapping his hands together and looking very impressed with himself. They replay it on the big screen and Bret takes the time to watch his handy work. In the meantime, Booker T rolls onto the outside apron of the ring. Having soaked in all the heat he can, Bret approaches Booker T and tries for a DDT but Booker shrugs him off!

    Booker blocks a punch and cracks Bret with a punch of his own! On the apron of the ring, Booker evades a clothesline attempt and hits a jumping knee to the face! Bret falls to the canvas – the crowd on their feet – as Booker T climbs the top turnbuckle. It failed the first time but on his second effort, Booker T nails the HOUSTON HANGOVER! It’s a flipping leg drop from the top rope and Booker T nails it. The referee is there as Booker T hooks the leg to send himself to the main event next month!


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    …KICK OUT…

    The air in the arena is sucked out of the place after the Hitman somehow got his shoulder off the mat. The crowd thought it was over and that Booker T has signed, sealed and delivered himself to the WCW World Heavyweight Title match next month. That was not the case – Bret Hart refuses to give them that satisfaction. When Booker T gets to his feet, you can see that the Houston Hangover took a lot out of the tank, walking a little slower and having to lean against the ropes. Still, he looks better than Bret who can barely stand. They collide, Booker T slamming Bret onto the canvas and then proceeds to ascend the top rope. Could he be going for the Houston Hangover again? That isn’t the case – Booker T waits as Bret rises to his feet gingerly. Once Bret is stable and turns around, Booker T launches himself for a MISSLE DROPKICK!

    To the surprise of everyone, Bret Hart catches the legs and steps through! Sharpshooter is coming – Booker T has to fight with everything he has but his head smacked the canvas like a basketball on a court. He’s in a world of trouble as Bret Hart works to finish off this contest. The fight to turn Booker over onto his stomach is a tough one, Bret grimacing as he struggles – it’s not working! Suddenly, Hart changes his game plan as any great worker will do and catapults Booker T into the turnbuckle! The head of Booker T smacks the top turnbuckle pad, he stumbles back and Bret hooks him for a small cradle!


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    …KICK OUT…

    Such a close call! Bret almost turned that situation into a victory and is now back on his feet where he catches Booker T coming in with a STO! Both men are down on the canvas for the time being. What will it take for one of these men to finish off the other? They begin to get back to their feet and as expected it’s the Hitman who is the first to a vertical base. He gathers Booker T in his grasp, chopping at his chest before attempting a slam. However, Booker T slips behind and kicks Bret in the mid-section! Backing into the ropes, Booker goes for the SCISSORS KICK but Bret pulls back and locks in a full nelson! Bret tries for the DRAGON SUPLEX but Booker elbows free – SNAPMARE sends Bret over the shoulder and stumbling into the ropes.

    Booker T goes for a clothesline but Bret grabs the arm and twists in the rotation for a stiff DDT in the middle of the ring. It’s counter after counter for both men – they both are finding that little bit extra which they may not have known was inside of themselves. Bret is back on his feet, he grabs Booker T’s leg and tries for the Sharpshooter but Booker wriggles free. Both men are standing, Booker hits a combination of punches before sending Bret into the ropes. He goes for a thrust kick but Bret catches it and sweeps the other leg for the SHARPSHOOTER– UPKICK by Booker T!

    Bret is caught off guard and then – stunning everyone – Booker T KIPS UP! How in the world did he do that with absolutely nothing in the tank? That’s pure will to win right there! Grabbing Bret around the chest, before he even knows what has happened – BOOK END! Booker T plants Bret with the Book End and his keeps the arm hooked! Looking around the arena, Booker T shakes his head and lifts Bret Hart back to his feet – he locks eyes with the Hitman and gives him one final look but it’s not of anger, hatred or disgust. The look is one of finality because Booker T realizes he will get to write the final chapter in his epic rivalry. A second Book End connects – the crowd can feel the three-count coming as Booker T hooks the inside leg for the cover.



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    Spoiler:

    Winner: Booker T @ 15:03 – Number One Contender for the WCW World Heavyweight Title


    The rivalry has come to an epic conclusion on a major stage that is Super Brawl IX! It started two months ago at Starrcade and now, as February reaches its end, the feud between Bret Hart and Booker T has seen its final chapter written. The attention is all on the man on his knees inside the ring, Booker T is showered with cheers from the crowd as his dream of becoming World Champion is now just three seconds away from becoming a reality. Booker rises to his feet, fans chanting his name, and has his hand raised by the referee. A huge smile on his face – Booker T can barely contain the emotions that he is feeling right now. Tears swelling in his eyes as replays are shown of the counter filled finishing sequence which included Booker T kipping up to surprise Bret Hat.

    The announcers are not trying to hide their delight at this at all. Schiavone calls this a great day for WCW because of all the hard work that Booker T has put into getting to this point. Tenay reminds us of the suspension, the attack on Stevie Ray and just how far a scene like this was a month ago. It would’ve been unthinkable but here we stand with two things known for certain. Booker T is the number one contender for whoever leaves Super Brawl as World Champion, and Bret Hart has been defeated by the man he called a street rat – a thug – someone who didn’t deserve to share the ring with him!

    Speaking of Bret, it appears that the Hitman has slithered his way up the entrance ramp during the celebration. Not wanting to stick around or be caught on camera – Bret is long gone when Booker T finishes climbing all four turnbuckles to the applause of the crowd. With a hand raised in the air, Booker T exits the ring and begins to make his way up the ramp. Tonight, his feud against Bret Hart ended but it’s not the end of his journey. While one chapter has ended – another begins and that’s the chapter of Booker T’s chase of the WCW World Heavyweight Championship!




    Backstage, we see CHRIS JERICHO sat on a bench inside the locker-room area. With his wrestling gear on, Jericho looks up at the sound of the door opening and a smile appears on his face. Into the shot appears LEX LUGER and RODDY PIPER – both in their wrestling gear, with Piper looking fired up nodding furiously. Jericho stands up and shakes the hands of both tag partners for later tonight, a quiet confidence about him. In fact, they all seem confident and Luger tells Jericho that tonight is a big moment for not just the three men in the room but for the entire WCW roster.

    Piper agrees, telling Jericho that while they can’t win the WCW United States Heavyweight Title – Jericho can! No matter what happens out in that ring they must bring the title back to WCW. Jericho responds, he tells Luger and Piper that he knows how important this night is for everyone. He has seen people giving him looks all day, people have wished him luck and he can feel the emotions of the people. Everyone is ready to see the New World Order knocked down a peg – and tonight Jericho plans on doing just that.

    Before the segment comes to a close, Jericho pats both men on the shoulder and warns them to keep an eye out for anything suspicious. Luger and Piper exchange a look – “Don’t worry, kid. Let ‘em try and get the jump on us!” comments Piper. The veterans exit the room, leaving Jericho to take a seat back on the bench and wait for his match.




    DIAMOND DALLAS PAGE VS. GOLDBERG; VIDEO PACKAGE

    - The nWo attacked Goldberg on Monday Nitro inside a steel cage following a contract signing with Randy Savage. Nobody from WCW comes to the aid of Goldberg and he is left a bloodied mess.

    - The next week, DDP leads the charge to make the save when the nWo attack Goldberg a second time. However, Goldberg spears DDP for his troubles and tells WCW that he does not need OR want their help.

    - Due to injuries sustained from the spear, DDP fails to win the WCW World Heavyweight Title from Kevin Nash at Souled Out.

    - Later that same night, DDP blindsides Goldberg and costs him a victory over Randy Savage.

    - In the following weeks, DDP and Goldberg are involved in several hard-hitting brawls including Page being speared off the stage and Goldberg being flattened with the Diamond Cutter on the stage.

    Back to ringside...

    **SELF HIGH-FIVE**

    Into the arena walks one of the most controversial figures in World Championship Wrestling. The wrestling world has long debated the actions of DIAMOND DALLAS PAGE during this heated rivalry with Goldberg – and the time for those debates are over. There is far less theatrics on the way to the ring for DDP – Schiavone and Tenay discussing the growing animosity between the two men involved in this match tonight. Upon entering the ring, Page climbs the far-right turnbuckle and glares back towards the ramp as he awaits the arrival of the myth, the legend – the man they call…

    **INVASION**

    It’s an electric atmosphere in the arena! The camera cuts to the back, one of the many hallways in the building, where a group of police officers are standing outside of a door marked ‘GOLDBERG’ on it. One of them knocks on the door and a few seconds later it swings open, slamming against the other side of the wall and nearly coming off the hinges. From within the room, GOLDBERG storms out to a huge response from the live crowd watching the big screen. Schiavone and Tenay discuss the uniqueness of an athlete like Goldberg, pondering the challenges that face DDP in trying to keep this man down for a count of three. Once Goldberg gets to the stage – smoke engulfs the area and Goldberg emerges with a mighty roar. The crowd are all standing as Goldberg strides down to the ring, his fists clenched and nostrils flared.

    The roar from the crowd as Goldberg enters the ring and comes face to face with DDP is louder than everything that has been heard tonight. Page and Goldberg get real close – their noses almost touching and both men are talking. Goldberg shakes his head, Page continuing to talk and talk as Goldberg scoffs. A push from Goldberg sends DDP tumbling across the ring – the referee jumps into position and calls for the bell!


    !! CIVIL WAR !!
    Diamond Dallas Page vs. Goldberg

    A fierce start to the match begins; Goldberg counters Page coming in with a clothesline and turns it into an overhead suplex! Flat on his back for a moment, DDP pops back up and is launched across the ring into the turnbuckle. It’s a mile a minute from the get go as Goldberg charges towards the corner looking for a shoulder tackle – DDP manages to slip free from the corner. Rushing towards the ropes, Page jumps and hits a high knee to the face of Goldberg. The bigger man stumbles back but doesn’t go down.

    Page rebounds back from the ropes and tries a clothesline – Goldberg is like solid rock. He no sells the clothesline – GRABBING PAGE BY THE THROAT. What must be going through the mind of Page right now? Sent flying through the air with a hip-toss, Page is back into the corner where Goldberg drives his shoulder into the mid-section. With Page coming out of the corner, Goldberg lifts him up onto his shoulders and executes a RUNNING POWERSLAM! A quick hook of the leg follows and we get the first pinfall attempt of the match.


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    …KICK OUT…

    Goldberg begins to soften Diamond Dallas Page up a little more with rights and lefts, including a hard kick to the side of the ribs. The same injured ribs that cost Page the World Title just last month! Firing off a quick forearm to the face, Goldberg wraps an arm around the shoulder of Page, looking for the URA-NAGE!! It’s a struggle between the two, Goldberg trying to lift Page up but DDP keeps his feet firmly on the canvas – and fires off multiple ELBOWS! Goldberg is forced to break the hold, taking a few steps away clutching at the side of his face, and Page quickly looks to take advantage as he grabs Goldberg for a RUNNING BULLDOG!

    Page grabs the arm, pulls Goldberg up to his feet and whips him into the ropes at high speed. A misfired discuss forearm by Page misses the mark, Goldberg gathers more speed as he rebounds off the ropes for a second time looking for the SPEAR – but Page gets his boot up for a BIG BOOT! Right on the money, Page takes out Goldberg with a huge boot to the face and now hooks the leg for a cover.


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    …KICK OUT…

    The atmosphere is electric inside the arena for the battle of these two titans. Now, Page is the one looking down upon his opponent. He grabs Goldberg by the head and pushes him up against the corner of the ring, driving a knee into the gut. DDP sends Goldberg sprinting into the opposite corner – SPLASH! NO! Goldberg caught him and quickly rushes forward into the middle of the ring and slams DDP down! It was pure strength that allowed Goldberg to catch Page and that same strength is on show as he pulls DDP up off the canvas and holds him high above his head with a military press.

    The fans are in awe at the sight of Goldberg holding Diamond Dallas Page above his head. Goldberg dumps DDP to the canvas, and begins to run the ropes, gaining speed by the second – SHOULDER TACKLE! Page is knocked from the inside of the ring all the way to the floor on the outside. The referee has a few words as Goldberg exits the ring in hot pursuit. He grabs DDP – AND GETS FLUNG INTO THE BARRICADE! Page grabs the trunks and pulls Goldberg face first against the sharp edge of the barricade. Both men are leaning against the barricade, Page chops at Goldberg before yelling at the fans to back up. With the fans a few steps back, Page hooks Goldberg by the head and hangs him up with a front suplex against the barricade!

    Page breaks the count at a count of eight while Goldberg is up against the barricade with his legs in the crowd and torso hanging over into ringside. Furious strikes to the back are delivered by Page, looking for anything that can take some of the steam out of Goldberg’s endless fuel tanks. After about six strikes to the back, Page backs up and drives his knee into the head of Goldberg and hits an elevated neckbreaker! Back into the ring now, Page makes the cover on Goldberg.


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    …KICK OUT…

    Back in the corner, Page wipes his hands against his long wrestling trunks while Goldberg staggers to his feet. An attempted sidewalk slam by Page is countered, Goldberg twisting out of it and firing off a series of punches to the body, and then he whips Page across ring. A thrust kick to the stomach drops Page to his knees, Goldberg gains momentum off the ropes and comes in full steam ahead – SITOUT JAWBREAKER! Page hits a beautiful counter to an incoming Goldberg and rolls him over for a pinfall.


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    …KICK OUT…

    Clutching at his ribs slightly, DDP gets to his feet and works over Goldberg with some basic strikes to the back. Looking for another whip into the ropes, Page is countered and gets hit with a URA-NAGE!! Goldberg goes down to one knee, shaking off the rust, before getting back to his feet and smacking Page with the stiffest right hand you’ve ever seen. Goldberg lifts Page onto his shoulder, steadying himself for a moment, and then charges towards the turnbuckle where he slams Page back first into the corner! Bouncing off the corner, Goldberg spins around and shifts the weight of Page onto shoulder shoulders for a SAMOAN DROP!


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    First to his feet, Goldberg stalks DDP, the latter beginning to stir on the canvas, while Goldberg gets set across the ring. Once DDP is standing, Goldberg rushes forward and hits a hard clothesline! With a handful of hair, the crowd with duelling chants for both men, Goldberg slams DDP face first into the turnbuckle multiple times, before hitting an OVERHEAD SUPLEX! Goldberg is right back up, he picks DDP up off the mat and launches him overhead once again! That’s two in a row as Goldberg pops back up, stomping on the mat, both hands around the throat of DDP as he throws him over his head for a THIRD time!

    Page is rattled, swinging wildly as he gets back to his feet, trying to stop the assault he is under. This match has been turned on its head by a ura-nage out of nowhere from Bill Goldberg. A kick to the stomach in desperation is all that Page can muster but it’s caught by Goldberg! DRAGON SCREW!! It’s a violent twisting of the leg and Page is in a world of trouble. Goldberg grabs a limb and executes another DRAGON SCREW!! Rolling over on the canvas, Goldberg pulls Page into the middle of the ring, lifting him up high and dumps him down on the canvas with a DELAYED FISHERMEN SUPLEX!


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    …KICK OUT…

    The shoulder gets off the mat and at the same time Page drives his fist into the face of Goldberg. Talk about a statement made by kicking out of a pinfall attempt! That only fires up Goldberg more as he stands, dragging Page into the corner and stomping on him with both hands on the top rope. With no regard for human life – Goldberg is crushing Page underneath his own boot! Sprinting back into the opposite corner, Goldberg lines up his shot and charges forward – looking for a knee – DDP SLIDES TO THE OUTSIDE! He reaches back into the ring and trips Goldberg, climbing onto the apron of the ring, Page slingshots himself over the top rope and drops an elbow against Goldberg’s neck.

    Not going for the cover – Page grabs Goldberg’s wrist and applies a wrist-lock while still on the ground. They struggle to a vertical base with Page maintaining control of the wrist-lock until Goldberg elbows him in the ribs. For a moment the hold is broken but Page applies it again and drives his shoulder into Goldberg, dropping him to his knees and applying more pressure. It’s a pure wrestling move which doesn’t usually work on the likes of Goldberg however Page is pulling out everything he can as he tightens his hold on the wrist – whipping Goldberg into the ropes – SPINNING SPINEBUSTER!


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    …KICK OUT…

    That was so close for Page and he knows it. This would be a statement win for the Master of the Diamond Cutter if he could get the three count. After a classic back in October, Goldberg and Page are pushing each other to new limits. Page is back to his feet, punching away on Goldberg as he drags him up against the ropes. A forearm to the face keeps Goldberg subdued for the moment, he is sent into the ropes again, Page goes for a big boot but Goldberg avoids it – rebounding back again and hits the SPEAR! The same spear that broke the ribs of DDP all those months ago, the spear that cost him the World Title, it has been executed again and Page is clutching at those same ribs.

    Goldberg is slow to get over and make the cover. It was a brilliant counter by the former World Champion to avoid the big boot that he had tasted earlier in the match. He was able to hit the spear – a key move in his arsenal – and now Goldberg is crawling towards DDP… he gets there and hooks the leg.


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    …KICK OUT…

    People are stunned inside the arena, it’s silence from the announcers and even Goldberg’s mouth his wide open in disbelief. Diamond Dallas Page just kicked out of the spear! He’s still writhing in absolute agony, kicking his legs furiously on the canvas and clutching at his sides. Goldberg sits in the middle of the ring, his head in his hands, utter bewilderment at what just happened. He hit the spear perfectly, it should’ve put Page down but somehow, he kicked out.

    Slapping away at the arm, Page is pulled to his feet by Goldberg and hit with a short-arm LARIAT! Goldberg keeps wrist control, pulling Page back to his feet and hits a second lariat. He fakes going for a third – instead he pulls Page in close and nails a BELLY TO BELLY SUPLEX!


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    …KICK OUT…

    Goldberg retreats to the ropes for a moment, leaning over them towards the crowd, their noise filling the arena, everything is a mix of cheers and boos for the competitors inside the ring. It’s impossible to tell who has the support and who does not. Goldberg marches towards Page, with a hand around the throat he lifts Page up to his feet and sets himself for another suplex – but Page wriggles free! Backed into the corner, Page slips out of the way of an incoming Goldberg, he ends up behind him and hits a running knee to the back! Trying to take advantage of the situation, Page grabs Goldberg and plants him with an INVERTED DDT!


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    …KICK OUT…

    Page rises to his feet, brushing the hair out of his eyes and now the intensity is building within himself. He throws his hands up in the air to form the Diamond Cutter sign and yells; “IT’S TIME, BIG BOY!” Waiting for Goldberg to rise, Page stalks him, his eyes only for Goldberg, the arena is silent as the prey is being hunted, Page spins him around – DIAMOND CUTTER! NO! Goldberg shoves him away, Page stumbles across the ring and has to steady himself against the ropes. In response, Goldberg launches himself forward for a second spear – Page gets the knee up!

    Goldberg is stunned, Page hits a RUSSIAN LEGSWEEP to knock the big man off his feet, and then hits a big knee drop. No cover is sought by Page, his attention turned to hitting his most well-known move, the one thing that he believes can put Goldberg away and prove that he was the better man all along. The hands go up once again, the fans await with anticipation as Page hooks the neck of Goldberg but again GOLDBERG COUNTERS! This time it’s a BACK SUPLEX, dropping Page on the back of his head and Goldberg rolls to the side. Goldberg stands up, picking Page off the mat and throwing him against the turnbuckle. After a few punches to the face, Goldberg grabs Page by the throat for the third time tonight and finally Page responds by SPITTING IN GOLDBERG’S FACE!

    Rage takes over for Goldberg, swinging like a mad man as spit drips down onto his lips but this uncontrolled offense has allowed Page to escape the corner. Goldberg isn’t thinking clearly, he has been baited, the announcers know it too and Page is waiting for his moment to strike. Goldberg chases after Page, he does a full sprint into a SPEAR thinking that DDP is trapped – but Page had been waiting for the spear – and he turns it into a DIAMOND CUTTER!!!


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    Page cannot believe what the hell just happened. He baited Goldberg in perfectly, he spat in the face of the most feared man in professional wrestling, showing no fear and absolute disrespect, and despite all that, Goldberg got his damn shoulder off the mat. The building is going wild for this match up – both men having fired their best shot and not been able to put the other away. Page gets to his feet and goes to the referee, he is pleading that it was a three count, he cannot believe that Goldberg found a way to get his shoulder off the mat after the Diamond Cutter. Schiavone tells us on commentary that Page needs to stay on the assault, only two men have ever beaten Goldberg and complaining about the count isn’t going to make that list any longer.

    Sights are set on another spinebuster but Goldberg holds onto the ropes and doesn’t come back on the rebound. Page is forced to go to him, eating a forearm for his troubles and he gets rocked by a backfist! Digging down deep, Page avoids a fireman’s carry – slipping behind and rolling up Goldberg!


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    …KICK OUT…

    Both men get back to their feet fairly quickly, as is quickly at this point in the match, and Goldberg cracks Page in the head with a nasty looking back kick! Page drops and Goldberg falls into the cover.


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    …KICK OUT…

    The crowd can feel the room changing, Goldberg is back on his feet, his face covered in sweat, both men going for big shots now as the match grows longer. This is everything it was supposed to be. It’s hard hitting, not the best technical match but full of huge moves being thrown around. None bigger than the spear, and Goldberg is set for the second of the match. He waits in the corner, ready to strike, begging Page to get up, he does and then Goldberg charges forward. Page leap frogs out of the way, Goldberg stops short of the corner, he turns into the DIAMOND CUTTER! Goldberg counters it again, shoving Page away, back kick by Goldberg is blocked by Page, he slings Goldberg into the ropes – A TRIP TO THE DIAMOND MINE!!


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    …KICK OUT…

    With Goldberg down on the canvas, Page looks around at the crowd, he is shaking, the fans are on their feet. This is his moment now – Page points to the top rope and begins to climb, he can barely contain himself, reaching the perch high above the canvas and waiting for Goldberg. The slumber of the man they call Goldberg ends, he stands back up, shaking his head trying to smarten up, and when he turns around, Page leaps through the air – DIVING CROSSBODY… INTO A FUCKING SPEAR!!!!

    Goldberg caught him in mid-air! That man has been split in half by the spear in mid-air and there was nothing DDP could do once he took flight. Replays are shown of the spear by Goldberg, he pushes off the canvas and smashes through Page, who was coming in off the top rope. Page is cooked, done, call your mother because this thing is over now, as Goldberg sits up. The fans are in awe at what they just saw, an amazing counter by Goldberg, pure power on display and having the sense of urgency to find a way to counter, it may have secured the victory for him. Goldberg steps towards Page… and to the amazement of the entire arena – DDP IS MOVING!!

    Even Goldberg is caught by surprise, Page begins to crawl towards him, grabbing at the boots and slowly climbing up Goldberg’s rigid body. Unable to stand, Page stares into the eyes of Goldberg, this battle is over but the true warrior in Page will not stay down until his last breath has been taken. Goldberg looks down at Page, the latter with nothing left to give, and Goldberg tells him to quit. That’s a none starter from Page, he shakes his head and does the only thing he can do – “FINISH ME, YOU SON OF BITCH!” That’s all Goldberg needed, he hooks the head and lifts Page up high, holding him there for ten seconds before slamming him down to the canvas – JACKHAMMER!


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    Spoiler:

    Winner: Goldberg @ 13:01


    It was a war out there in the ring for both men, neither will come away without ever lasting injuries, but only one can walk away with the victory. On this night it was Goldberg who emerged victories. For the first time since his match with the same man back in October, Goldberg has WON on pay-per-view. It’s a unique feeling inside the arena as Goldberg has his hand raised by the referee while DDP is huddle over in the corner.

    Replays are shown of the finishing sequence including the match winning counter by Goldberg to catch DDP in mid-air with the spear. He has tasted the move before but never like that. Goldberg exits the ring, throwing one final look towards the man he had traded brawls with for well over a month. From the canvas, Page looks up, still in indescribable agony, and he grits his teeth as he begins to pull himself off the canvas.

    Yes, even after all that – Page is back on his feet. He cannot stand without the aid of the ropes but Diamond Dallas Page is standing and more importantly he gives a nod of RESPECT towards Goldberg! In return, Goldberg nods back before heading up the ramp and disappearing inside the entrance chute. Schiavone calls it one of the hardest hitting matches he has seen and says it’s no surprise that those two great competitors have come away with a new-found level of respect for each other after going through that war. Tenay agrees and comments that the New World Order have to be worried about the future of the resistance with both Page and Goldberg squashing their differences. While commenting on that potential alliance, Tenay says; “I bet that Kevin Nash, if he somehow manages to retain the title, will have a tough time beating either of these men if they get on the same page, not to mention Booker T!”




    Walking through the halls of the arena – DEAN MALENKO is done for the night, dressed in casual clothing with the WCW Cruiserweight Title slung over his shoulder. The camera follows Malenko down the hallway, catching the attention of the Ice Man and he immediately halts. Malenko sneers, stepping towards the cameraman and he grabs the camera with his right hand.

    “You there, Billy? Of course, you are. I know exactly what you’re doing right now. You’re sitting at home with your knee in a brace, unable to walk – stuck like a wounded animal. That’s where you are, Billy! Where am I? I’m here – I’m wrestling like the best damn cruiserweight on the planet because that’s what I am!”

    The camera is shaky, Malenko reaches over his shoulder and thrusts the title belt closer to the camera. Malenko reminds everyone that Billy Kidman isn’t sitting on the sideline because of a freak accident. It was by design as is everything Malenko does. It was all part of the plan to get to this point. “I am a master inside that ring playing with students! I can break any cruiserweight in the world – and the funny thing? They said I couldn’t break Billy Kidman but I did. They said I’d lose to Rey Mysterio Jr. because of some greater good. Justice for what I did, they said! Well, where is your justice?

    “You see, Rey Mysterio Jr. FAILED tonight because I’m untouchable in that ring. I’m as real and as dangerous as they come. Let this be a warning to every cruiserweight – they claim what doesn’t kill you only makes you stronger BUT I CAN BRING YOU PRETTY DAMN CLOSE!!” Malenko shoves the cameraman away and is joined by FIT FINLAY - together they exit the arena having made a huge statement tonight.



    N-n-new
    New

    New New
    New
    World
    Order


    **ROCKHOUSE**


    It’s the theme that sends chills down the spines of fans and professional wrestlers across the globe. Strutting out onto the stage – in the red and black of the New World Order – leading the way is the current WCW United States Heavyweight Champion, SCOTT HALL! Wearing his trademark vest, the title belt around his waist, a toothpick in his mouth and SCOTT STEINER as backup. Hall laughs at the fans as they boo, showing their distaste for the Bad Guy, while Big Poppa Pump stands behind him with his arms folded, mean mugging anyone who breaths in his direction. The announcers note the lack of a third man (hehe) and so does Hall; the Bad Guy looking around and throwing his hands in the air in confusion.

    **VODOO CHILD**

    It all becomes much clearer when the music kicks in throughout the arena and HOLLYWOOD HOGAN makes his entrance. With his nephew, Horace Hogan, by his side, Hollywood Hogan parades onto the stage with a huge smile on his face. Singing along to his own entrance music – Schiavone making note of the fact that Hogan simply had to enter via his own tune rather than the collective theme of the nWo – Hogan throws a quick glance to his teammates. Stepping between them, Hogan pats Steiner on the back and brushes past Hall – making sure he is the one to lead the New World Order down to the ring. On commentary, while the nWo makes their walk to the ring, Tenay reminds us that it was supposed to be Randy Savage in this spot but Hogan forced his way into the match because he felt he should be representing the nWo. That decision was not approved by Hall – who is defending his title tonight and is the only member of the nWo with something to lose should this go wrong.

    **TOTAL PACKAGE**

    A big cheer from the crowd greets LEX LUGER as he steps out onto the stage. Waving to the fans, many of whom continue to cheer in support, drawing the ire of the nWo, Luger raises his hands in the air and flexes. Tenay notes that Luger looks confident and Schiavone reminds us of the huge victory that WCW got over the nWo this past Monday in a blockbuster eight-man tag team match. Luger waits on the stage for his partners, pacing back and forth, ready to get into the match and bring the title back to World Championship Wrestling.

    **GREEN HILLS OF TYROL**

    Another fan favourite making his way onto the stage – RODDY PIPER comes charging out with a fist whirling around in the air. He sings from the top of his lungs, shouting down the ramp at the nWo and nearly running towards the ring, only to be held back by Luger. The two veterans of the sport are ready, Piper like a rabid animal who has his next target in his sights.

    **ONE CRAZED ANARCHIST**

    It will not be a long wait as the crowd jumps to their feet for the man who can change the game once again here at Super Brawl IX. A slow walk out onto the stage, CHRIS JERICHO takes a moment to soak in the atmosphere emanating from the fans in this packed out building. Tenay calls this the biggest match of the young man’s career, and he’ll do it with two legends of the game by his side. Jericho approaches his teammates, they shake hands – looking much more cohesive than the nWo – before marching down to the ring together. Fans reach out over the barricade, each member of the team making sure to slap a few hands on their way down to the ring, Jericho looking increasingly nervous with each step. And why wouldn’t he be? This is the biggest match of his life – a chance to bring the WCW United States Heavyweight Title back to WCW and he is the ONLY man who can do it!

    Before entering the ring, Luger and Piper have a quick word with Jericho. Luger reinforces that Jericho is the right man for the job, this is his time to shine, it’s his moment to take that next step up. Piper is more old school, slapping Jericho on the backside, spitting on the ground and shouting “LET’S GO KICK SOME ARSE!!!” Inside the ring, Hall has argued his way into starting the match – showing some disagreement with how Hogan wanted the process to go. For Team WCW it’s much easier – Jericho is starting and the veterans take their spots on the arena without dissent.


    WCW United States Heavyweight Championship Match:
    *Hall retains if ANY member of the nWo scores the victory;
    Jericho wins the title if ANY member of Team WCW secures victory*
    New World Order (Hall, Hogan & Steiner) (c) vs. Team WCW (Jericho, Luger & Piper)

    As you would expect from the opening of this contest – Jericho and Hall lock up in the middle of the ring, testing out the water and quickly breaking. They shake it off, Jericho throwing quick glances to the nWo members of the ring apron. Once again, Hall and Jericho lock up, Hall gaining the advantage, switching into a side headlock and taking Jericho the canvas. With the headlock on tight, Hall delivers a few punches to the top of the head, pressing his weight against the neck and position Jericho’s shoulders onto the mat for a split second. The referee jumps in to make a count but by the time he is ready the moment has passed and Jericho is no longer in a pinning predicament.

    Hall continues to work the headlock as both men rise to their feet. Jericho looks to break the hold, jabbing at the back of Hall and shoving him into the ropes. On the rebound, Hall looks for a clothesline but Jericho ducks underneath. Firing back, Jericho hits a double axe handle smash, knocking Hall down for a second before he gets back up and eats a second! Jericho hits a combination of punches to the head, backing Hall into the corner, he throws him towards the middle of the ring, climbs onto the second rope and jumps – hitting a spinning elbow to a standing Hall. Jericho hurries into a quick cover.


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    …KICK OUT…

    For the next few minutes Jericho and his teammates take control of the contest by moving Hall into their corner. Quick tags between all three men take place, Luger entering and using his strength to press Hall high in the air before dropping him down to the canvas below. Hall would try to make a break for it between tags but Piper hooked a leg and dragged him back to the corner. Piper’s venom towards the nWo was on show, digging his fingernails into the back and clawing at the Bad Guy. It was a bad beating for the champion; Team WCW working extremely well with multiple tags – and the frustration was building in the corner of the New World Order.

    Hogan paces back and forth on the apron, shouting that he should be in the ring, and reaching out for a tag which is nowhere close to happening. Over on the other side of the ring, Hall gets hit with an airplane spin by Piper and then nailed with a running bulldog by Jericho. A cover is made by Jericho, his eyes on the nWo members on the apron of the ring. It has been all Team WCW during this fair fight so far.

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    Hall gets the shoulder up and like a true champion he starts to push himself off the canvas. Jericho helps Hall up, sending him into the ropes and goes for a forearm to the face – Hall counters with a thumb to the eye. The referee doesn’t take kindly to that but Hall shoves him away, grabbing Jericho by the head and planting him with a snap DDT! After several minutes of having the ‘you know what’ kicked out of him, Hall crawls over to the corner and makes the tag to Steiner. That’s a big moment as Hogan’s hand was out stretched, calling for the tag, basically demanding it and Hall went for Steiner instead.

    Big Poppa Pump strides into the ring and clubs Jericho across the back. Trying to rise again, Jericho is on all fours when Steiner brings down a hard forearm to the back which flattens Jericho out on his stomach. Pulling him up by his hair, Steiner throws Jericho into the corner and drives his elbow into the neck. Steiner backs up, placing a hand in the face of Jericho and fires off multiple punches to the head. After delivering a knee to the stomach, Steiner pulls Jericho out of the corner and hits a BELLY TO BACK SUPLEX!


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    …KICK OUT…

    Rolling towards the corner, a hand on the wrist of Jericho, Steiner makes the tag to Hogan. For the first time in this match, Hogan enters the ring and receives huge heat from the crowd. The camera makes sure to get a shot of Scott Hall – leaning against the turnbuckle whilst on the apron, looking aggravated at the sight of Hogan playing to the crowd. Indeed, Hollywood Hogan parades around the ring, waging his finger in the face of Luger and Piper on the apron of the ring. Hogan approaches Jericho and kicks him in the ribs, taking a moment to pose immediately thereafter. With a handful of hair, Hogan lifts Jericho up and slings him across into the ropes – knocking him down with a running clothesline.

    Jericho pops back up and eats multiple punches by Hogan but Jericho fires a few back of his own. A rake of the eyes cuts that off – the nWo seemingly having to cheat to gain an advantage – and Hogan delivers another over the top punch to the head which drops Jericho. Oozing confidence, bordering on arrogance, Hogan lifts Jericho up and carries him on his shoulder. Hogan looks for snake eyes but Jericho slips out the back, taking advantage of Hogan’s pandering and taunting of the crowd, and counters with a DROPKICK! Hogan tumbles into the corner; Jericho rushes to his partners and makes the tag to Luger.

    Here comes the Total Package! Luger charges into the ring with a purpose, he’s looking to put Team WCW back on the right track after Jericho got trapped inside the ring. From one corner to the other, Luger runs at full speed and delivers a SPLASH! Hogan is dazed – Luger lifts him up and SLAMS HOGAN! The crowd goes wild, Luger falls into the cover and hooks the leg.


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    Continuing to work on Hogan, we watch as Luger delivers a few stomps to the body, preparing his next move. With Hogan back on his feet, Luger delivers three back handed chops to the chest, followed by running clothesline rebounding off the ring ropes. Hogan is dropped, Luger points to the corner of the ring and heads towards the turnbuckle where Piper is extending his hand. A tag is made and in comes the Hot Rod! Piper orders Hogan to his feet, trading a jab for a taunt multiple times as he walks the Immortal towards the middle of the ring.

    Piper ducks down and lifts Hogan onto his shoulders and spins him around with an airplane spin! Round and round they go, Piper gritting his teeth together and getting faster and faster – STEINER RUSHES THE RING AND SMACKS PIPER IN THE RIBS! Hogan falls to the canvas, completely confused and stumbling for the ropes with out stretched hands, while Steiner knees Piper in the ribs to force him to the ground. Luger enters the ring, trying to force Steiner out but Big Poppa Pump is already leaving the ring which forces the referee to cut Luger off and order him away. In the confusion, Hogan reaches the nWo and gets the tag to Scott Hall.

    The Bad Guy steps through the ropes and lines up his shot, brushing his hair free before driving his boot into the head of the Hot Rod. Piper clutches for the ropes, Hall continuing to stomp his head, pushing him towards the corner of the ring. Once there, Hall drives his shoulder into the mid-section of Piper, grabs the arm and slings him into the opposite corner. Charging forward towards his target, Hall goes for a clothesline – Piper ducks underneath and tackles him! Rights and lefts are unloaded by Piper, both men brawling on the ground – Piper getting the best of it as the competitors get to a vertical base. INVERTED ATOMIC DROP by Piper; Hall stumbles, Piper clocks him with a vicious DOUBLE ARM DDT!


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    Sitting up across from his opponent – with a sick sort of smile; Piper appears to be getting pleasure out of beating up Hall – Piper gets to his knees and applies a BOSTON CRAB! That gets a pop from Jericho on the ring apron, Piper nodding as Hall begins to search for an escape. Piper leans back on the hold, the crowd cheering for Team WCW, Hall pounding the canvas with his fist in defiance. It would eat at him forever if Scott Hall was forced to submit to the Hot Rod and lose the title at the same time. Through the fear of possibly losing the title, Hall looks to the apron and calls for assistance – drawing in BIG POPPA PUMP! This time however Piper is ready, he releases the hold and fires off right hands to Steiner.

    This wasn’t what Steiner expected – backed up against the ropes and hit with a clothesline to the outside of the ring! Piper is in control, sending Hall into the corner of Team WCW and getting a tag to Jericho. The challenger climbs the top rope, Piper holding Hall in position until Jericho jumps and hits a MISSLE DROPKICK! Jericho crawls into the cover on the champion.


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    …HOGAN BREAKS THE PIN…

    The cheap tactics of the New World Order are getting on the bad side of not only the fans and Team WCW but also the referee. Hogan throws his hands up and claims ignorance as to what he did that was against the rules. He shouts back at the referee – “You don’t tell me what the hell I can and can’t do!” While Hogan is giving the referee an earful, Jericho rushes over and knocks Hogan to the outside of the ring with a HURRICANRANA! Jericho pops up – throwing his hands up and shouting to the crowd for support – before going right back after Hall. The referee still has his eyes on Hogan, checking to make sure the fall didn’t result in serious injury and this is when things take a turn for the worse.

    At the top of the screen, Piper falls from the apron – Steiner having pulled him down and he throws the Hot Rod into the steel steps! The back of Piper’s head smacks the steel and the air in the arena is sucked out. Jericho makes the tag to Luger and quickly joins the fight on the outside to protect his teammate. Jericho jumps off the apron and begins battling it out with Big Poppa Pump on the outside. Jericho gets shoved back into the steel post – Steiner then wraps his arms around Jericho and tosses him overhead with a suplex on the floor. Steiner stands over Piper and Jericho with a smug look on his face; Luger has noticed and leans out of the ring to protect his teammates only for Hall to hit him LOW! Roll-up by Hall for the title!


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    The Total Package gets the shoulder off the mat and keeps this match alive but the future of this contest does not appear to be one of a long tenure. Hall is back in control, twisting the arm of Luger and applying a wrist-lock in the middle of the ring. Working the arm, Hall stands Luger up – meanwhile Hogan and Steiner return to the corner. Hall drives his shoulder into the arm of Luger, then drops him with a FALLAWAY SLAM towards the nWo corner. Rolling over towards his partners, Hall makes the tag to Scott Steiner and the two begin to double team Luger. With Hall holding Luger from behind, Steiner throws punches to the mid-section followed by a headbutt.

    Down goes Luger to his knees – Steiner makes the tag to Hollywood Hogan. Pounding away on the back of Luger with strikes, Hogan whips the Total Package into the ropes and knocks him down with a clothesline. Again, Hogan slings Luger into the ropes and hits a second clothesline back to back. The crowd boos loudly, Hogan shakes his finger and points to Luger on the canvas – motioning breaking him in half. Hogan picks Luger up off the canvas and whips him across the ring for the third time in a row – this time hitting a BIG BOOT! Everybody knows what is coming – Hogan steps towards the ropes to gain momentum – tag is made by Hall – and Hogan stops in his tracks! Hogan cannot believe it, he was going for the leg drop and Hall just forced his way into the match. Things are not running smoothly for the New World Order, Hall stepping into the ring and getting in Hogan’s face!

    Both men are holding their ground – Luger is crawling to his corner where Piper and Jericho are back onto the apron – it’s total chaos. Hall shoves past Hogan and knocks Jericho off the ring apron with a running forearm! It’s too little to late in the big picture as Luger gets to his feet and hits a BACK BODY DROP on Hall! The Total Package makes the tag to Piper, and the Hot Rod enters the ring alongside Luger. Together, Luger and Piper unload punches to the head of the champion, they send Hall into the ropes and it’s a double clothesline followed by a DOUBLE VERTICAL SUPLEX! Luger exits the ring as Piper hooks the leg for a cover.


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    …KICK OUT…

    Back on his feet now, Piper applies a front headlock to move Hall into position for whatever he has planned next. Piper delivers multiple knees to Scott Hall before slamming him down to the mat. Hall on instinct gets to his knees but Piper comes charging back at him and hits a KNEE TO THE HEAD!! Piper rolls Hall onto his back and makes the cover.


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    …KICK OUT…

    Piper laughs after the failed pinfall attempt – he is loving every moment of this – the crowd cheers him on as Piper gets to his feet. Placing his boot underneath the chin of Scott Hall, Piper drops an elbow across the back of the neck and then applies a SLEEPER! Piper has the sleeper locked in trying to drain the life out of the current WCW United States Heavyweight Champion. Fighting back to his feet, Hall stands up and reaches out for a tag from his nWo partners. Steiner has his hand extended – not so much from Hogan – as Hall tries to drag the Hot Rod forward. The grip gets tightened, Piper doing his best but Hall snapmares him forward and breaks the hold. Piper pops back to his feet but is too close to the nWo corner – Steiner reaches out and pulls him back into the corner – Hall rushes forward and hits a big boot in the corner!

    Tag is made to Scott Steiner – Big Poppa Pump enters the ring and immediately throws Piper from the corner into the middle of the ring with an OVERHEAD SUPLEX! Steiner is talking smack as he drops an elbow across the back of Piper. Working over the back for the next few minutes – Steiner drops knees, elbows and hits a BACKBREAKER across his knee.


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    …KICK OUT…

    Even Steiner didn’t expect that to finish the match but he did put a whole lot of weight on Piper which only further impacts the back that has been worked over ever since Steiner entered the match again. With a hand on the wrist, Steiner slings Piper into the ropes and bends down – Piper counters with a kick to the face! Steiner eats a few punches, Piper sends him across into the ropes and ducks a potential clothesline – APPLYING A SLEEPER! Steiner is far too powerful however and immediately begins to break the sleeper. This forces Piper to reach back and he gets the tag to Luger – the closer of the two partners on the apron – and the Total Package comes running in off the ropes – SHOULDER BLOCK! Steiner tumbles to the canvas – Luger meets him on his feet and slams him back down to the canvas. Luger is ready and willing to fight, he slaps his arm and takes arm – rushing forward and hitting a SLIDING FOREARM TO THE BACK OF THE HEAD.


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    …KICK OUT…

    Luger is back on his feet quickly and kicks Steiner in the stomach – placing him between his legs and prepares for the piledriver. The fans cheer as Luger hoists him up but Steiner is fighting back. He gets back to the starting position and HORACE HOGAN JUMPS ONTO THE RING APRON! The referee turns to deal with that and Hollywood Hogan slips into the ring to smack Luger with a BIG BOOT! Steiner was just saved by a Hogan screwjob – uncle and nephew working the referee to perfection. Piper and Jericho are livid – Jericho jumps off the apron and chases after Horace Hogan! On the outside, Jericho grabs Horace as he attempts to escape through the fans. That little pest has been caught, Jericho slams Horace into the barricade – knocking him out cold!

    It’s well noted that Hollywood doesn’t rush to the defence of his nephew – Jericho pointing at Hogan and calling him a coward. Back inside the ring, Steiner drags Luger over into the corner and trades tags with Hogan and Hall. The three members of the nWo work over Luger – having trapped him from his teammates and focus their attacks on the back. Hall works an abdominal stretch and Steiner is powerful with variations of backbreakers. During his time inside the ring, Hogan applies a bearhug which looks to be doing a significant attempt of damage and takes nearly everything Luger has left in the tank to power out and turn it into a FIREMAN’S CARRY DROP!

    It’s been several minutes since Luger has had a chance to make an escape out of the ring. The nWo has beat him down – all three members focusing on the back. While on the canvas, Luger clutches at his back – barely able to stand as he crawls towards the corner. Piper and Jericho are right there, both men ready to enter the match, chants of Jericho are echoing through the arena. The challenger has been cut from this match by tactics from the nWo. And it appears that same tactic is back again as KONNAN JUMPS THROUGH THE AUDIENCE AND PULLS JERICHO OFF THE APRON!!!

    Referee never saw it – Hall faked entering the ring to cause the distraction and Piper is about to explode. He jumps off the apron and clobbers Konnan with right hands, forcing the man back against the barricade. However, Luger is at the corner begging for a tag and Piper is nowhere to be found! Hogan recovers and grabs Luger, hitting a few right hands before sending him into the ropes. Big boot incoming – Luger ducks and throws some right hands! Luger bounces off the ropes and hits a big time SLAM! It hurts like hell for the Total Package, collapsing to the floor and clutching his lower back. This is his chance – Luger turns towards the apron of the ring and Piper is back with a hand extended. Luger is crawling towards the corner… AND HE GETS THE TAG!

    Piper charges into the ring like a man on a mission. Unloading on Hollywood Hogan, Piper hits a back elbow followed by another HIGH KNEE! Hogan falls back into the ropes, kick to the gut by Piper – PILEDRIVER!! Piper hooks the leg.


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    …BIG POPPA PUMP STOPS IT…

    Pulling Piper away from Hogan, Steiner hits him with a clothesline to the canvas. The referee is losing control over this match as Steiner hammers away from the mount position on Piper. Suddenly, JERICHO STORMS THE RING! The place explodes with cheers as Jericho hits a dropkick to the head of Big Poppa Pump, knocking him out of the ring. From the apron, Hall tries to enter the ring but Jericho bounces off the middle rope from inside the ring and hits a STUNNER ON THE TOP ROPE! Hall falls to the outside of the ring, still on his feet however and Jericho runs across the ring and back – SUICIDE DIVE TO THE OUTSIDE!

    Everything has broken down but the legal men in this match are Hogan and Piper. Both men are slow to their feet, leaning against each other and they begin to exchange hard punches. Piper is fired up, gritting his teeth and eating multiple punches from Hogan. The crowd are going nuts – Piper is no selling Hogan’s punches and he fires back like a machine gun! Backing Hogan into the ropes, Piper slings him across the ring – clothesline is ducked by Hogan and he RAKES THE EYES! Piper is blinded, he gets whipped into the ropes, BIG BOOT! Hogan backs up against the ropes – PIPER GETS UP AND SPINS AROUND HOGAN – SLEEPER! This is it!! Hogan is caught in the sleeper hold – everyone else is down on the mat and Piper has the hold locked in. The crowd can sense a submission coming, Hogan is fading to the canvas, down on one knee as Piper is draining the life out of the Immortal. The referee is close, checking the arm.

    In the chaos of the sleeper hold – Hogan begins to get a second wind and shakes his fist in the air. Piper has felt this before, he tightens the hold, his own face going red as is Hogan’s. These two great rivals clashing on this big stage and HOGAN BEGINS TO RISE! Then as if reaching for the rope – later called into question by Schiavone – HOGAN SWING HIS ARM AND CLIPS THE REFEREE!!!

    Moments later – KONNAN jumps into the right and nails Piper with the WCW United States Heavyweight Title to the back of the head. From across the ring, Steiner enters the ring and the two members of the nWo begin to beat up Piper with the referee knocked down. Luger tries to make the save but it’s once again two on one – Steiner and the illegal man, Konnan, use punches and kicks like it’s a street fight. Konnan tells Steiner to hold Luger, he does so and Konnan clocks him with the title to the head – knocking Luger to the outside. Piper is still out on the mat as Hogan is helped to his feet – that’s Konnan, Hogan and Steiner inside the ring! Jericho and Hall still down on the outside. Can this get any worse? Piper is at the mercy of these three animals – Hogan orders Konnan and Steiner to hold him tight as he prepares to hit Piper with his thick weightlifting belt.

    **CHOKESLAM**

    There is hope yet to come it appears as THE GIANT storms down the entrance ramp with the referee still out cold. Hogan’s eyes widen with fear at the sight of the large man coming towards him. Konnan and Steiner try to cut him off – The Giant knocks both men down with chops to the head. Konnan is thrown against the barricade and Steiner eats a chop to the chest which sends him back towards the ring. Hogan quickly tries to wake the referee up, shaking him as The Giant grabs Steiner around the throat and hits a CHOKESLAM ON THE OUTSIDE!

    He does not enter the ring however – Hogan having got the referee to at least open his eyes. The Giant turns his back on the ring and begins DRAGGING KONNAN AWAY! The Giant has given aid to WCW! The Giant has helped Chris Jericho in his title hunt! Still, this isn’t a good situation for WCW as Hogan has a hurt Hot Rod on the canvas. Hogan picks him up and slings Piper into the ropes, big boot connects and Hogan looks to finish this off with a LEG DROP! No, JERICHO PULLS PIPER OUT OF THE WAY!

    Hogan smacks the canvas as Jericho rushes around to the apron of the ring, extending his arm and screaming out to Piper. Hot Rod can hear him – the veteran crawling with everything he has – the title is on the line. Team WCW needs to get Jericho back in this match. Hogan looks towards his corner – Hall is there wanting the tag… BUT HOGAN IGNORES HIM! Hogan wants to do it himself and he tries to grab Piper, pulling him away but Piper rolls him into a cradle.


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    …KICK OUT…

    Amidst the seconds after the kick out, Piper leaps towards the corner and TAGS IN JERICHO! Here comes the Giant Slayer, hammering away with punches to the head of the Immortal. Kick to the mid-section, Jericho rushes off the ropes and ducks a clothesline from an incoming Hall! Jericho hits a dropkick on Hall – knocking him back next to Hogan – Jericho rushes forward and hits a DOUBLE BULLDOG! Slipping to the apron of the ring, Jericho launches himself with a springboard SENTON! It nails Hogan but Hall moves out of the way – looking to take advantage he grabs Jericho and tries for the OUTSIDER’S EDGE! Jericho slips free, he lands behind Hall and tosses him onto the apron. Hall lands clean, holding the top rope and Jericho nails an ENZUIGIRI! Hall is knocked to the floor, Jericho turns his attention to the one man left in the ring – HOGAN!

    Jericho backs into the corner, he lines up his shot – with so much energy since he has kept out of the match for so long – and rushes forward with a BASEBALL SLIDE – FOLLOWED BY A BACKBREAKER! Hogan is down – Jericho looks the fans and realizes this is his chance – running towards the ropes… LIONSAULT! NO! Hogan gets the knees up, Jericho catches them and turns it into a potential WALLS OF JERICHO! Looking for help that will not come, Hogan is in a bad state right now. He inches towards the ropes as Jericho fights to bring the title back to WCW.

    Using his strength advantage, Hogan ends up powering out of the submission – turning onto his back and pushing Jericho away. Jericho rushes back, thumb to the eye, Hogan hits a combination of right hands to the head! A slam plants Jericho on the canvas and Hogan makes a cover.


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    …KICK OUT…

    Returning to his feet, Hogan can hear the boos from the audience as he yanks Jericho to his feet by his hair. Hogan slings him into the ropes, Jericho ducks underneath – DROPKICK! Hogan swats it away, once more Hogan slings Jericho into the ropes for the BIG BOOT! Down goes Jericho, the fans gasp in fear as Hogan rushes off the ropes – LEG DROP! Jericho rolls out of the way… SOCCER KICK! A stiff kick to the face stuns Hogan, Jericho looks towards the fans and then sprints at the ropes – LIONSAULT!! Jericho falls into the cover as the referee begins the count.


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    Spoiler:

    Winners: Team WCW (Jericho, Luger and Piper) @ 20:35 – And NEW WCW United States Heavyweight Champion – Chris Jericho


    Do you believe in miracles is all that Mike Tenay can muster at this point as Chris Jericho rolls off the body of the Immortal. The crowd is absolutely wild right now, it’s a rare state of affairs that everyone in the arena is cheering so loud and everyone is standing. Jericho collapses on the outside of the ring as the title belt is handed to him – Jericho bringing the title close to his chest and falling onto his back. The title has returned to World Championship Wrestling thanks to Chris Jericho in an amazing finish.

    “Ladies and gentlemen, do not adjust your television set! Chris Jericho has become the NEW WCW United States Heavyweight Champion and he did it by pinning Hollywood Hogan.” Schiavone continues to explain the significance of this achievement – noting the power that holding a title brings to the nWo. Replays are shown of the finish and it’s revealed that Scott Hall was diving into the ring and was mere inches away from breaking the count.

    Team WCW gather at the top of the stage, Piper and Luger looking to be in bad shape after the shots to the head with the title. The influence of The Giant on the outcome of this match draws the attention of Jericho when he sees it on the big screen. He smiles and nods his head, looking very pleased with The Giant’s decision to do the right thing. Jericho holds the title belt high in the air before Team WCW make their way down the entrance chute.

    Attention then turns to the ring where Scott Hall is livid about the result. He had the title taken from him without being pinned, Hogan ignored him multiple times throughout the contest and likely should’ve made the tag towards the end of the contest. Hogan is back to his feet, as is Hall, and the two men exchange words inside the ring. It’s heated, Hall shoving a finger in the chest of Hogan and shouting that it was Hogan who screwed everything up. Hall reminds Hogan that it was supposed to be Randy Savage in this spot – not Hogan. The argument ends as Hogan gets right in Hall’s face and Steiner jumps between the two men – the latter still selling the chokeslam he took earlier. Hall storms out of the ring, furious, cursing on his way up the ramp, while Hogan looks just as frustrated.



    For the final time tonight, we head backstage where a long blue robe is shown. It sparkles from head to toe, beautifully made, fully on show as the camera pans up and reveals the Nature Boy – RIC FLAIR! Standing with Flair is veteran interviewer, GENE OKERLUND and the two long-time friends exchange a quick glance. Okerlund opens the interview by asking about the condition of David Flair. Of course, David was assaulted by the World Champion a few weeks ago on Nitro and was put in the hospital. Ric takes a moment, it hurts him to even speak of what happened. Coming from the heart, Ric says that seeing his son like that was one of the hardest things he has ever dealt with. He has had hard times, the plane crash, personal issues, leaving this company and returning but those were HIS issues. This is different – it’s his son and he can’t take the pain away. Ric explains that his son is finally back at home and tonight he’ll be watching from his bed along with the rest of the family.


    Okerlund notes that Ric Flair has been in many big matches throughout his career. After listing several major matchups, Okerlund asks where this match against Nash ranks. Flair responds, telling Okerlund that each match is different. The thing about all those listed was that most of them were strictly business. A fight for the gold, to determine who was the best in the business but tonight is different. It’s about family, it’s about inflicting the same pain that David felt onto Kevin Nash. Flair gets fired up, pointing to his heart – “You wanted to push me over the edge, Kevin? Break me. Put me in a state where I would back down? YOU DON’T GO FOR A MAN’S HEART AND THINK HE’LL HAND IT TO YOU ON A SILVER PLATTER!”

    “The blood that runs through my veins is the same blood that you spilled when you attacked my son. Understand this, Kevin. Tonight, it won’t be Flair blood that is spilled – it’ll be yours!”

    Finally, Okerlund reminds Ric about the stipulation that if Kevin Nash wins he’ll become the President of WCW. The question is only half done when Ric interrupts and tells Okerlund that the stipulation means nothing if Ric wins. With a determined look on his face, Flair says that he has made a career out of winning “the big match” more than anyone else. He’ll find a way to win, Ric will bring the World Title back to WCW because in this business there is the Nature Boy and then there is everybody else.




    KEVIN NASH VS. RIC FLAIR; VIDEO PACKAGE

    - Nash’s reign as World Champion is highlighted, showing clips of several entrances and victories, including a final shot of Nash holding the World Title high in the air alongside his fellow nWo members.

    - Kevin Nash and the nWo gloat about their success at Souled Out and their victories over the likes of Goldberg and Diamond Dallas Page.

    - While Nash is gloating in the ring, Ric Flair interrupts the nWo and goads Kevin into dismissing him as a potential challenger. Through his connection with WCW Commissioner, Arn Anderson, Ric Flair is able to secure a match against Scott Hall for a shot at the World Title. Later on in the evening, Flair and Hall collide, and Flair gets an assist from Chris Jericho – who the nWo had attacked earlier – which sends Flair to Super Brawl IX.

    - The following week, Kevin Nash demands that the result be changed and Ric Flair’s position as number one contender be revoked due to the outside interference of Chris Jericho. The falls on deaf ears until David Flair is shown in the front row – there for his birthday. Nash delivers a verbal tirade on the young man and his father, drawing David out of the crowd and into the ring. Once inside the ring, Nash beats David up and flattens him with a Jackknife Powerbomb.

    - Over the next few weeks, Ric Flair is in an uncontrollable rage towards the man who hurt his son.

    - Nash would reveal that he would only face Flair if the vacant position as WCW President was put up for grabs. Arn Anderson is reluctant at first however after pleas from Flair, the match is made with the added stipulation for Nash.

    - In the final week before Super Brawl IX – WCW and the nWo clash in a major eight-man tag team match. Team WCW would come out on top and stand tall against the New World Order.



    **ALSO SPRACH ZARATHUSTRA**

    A HUGE ovation echoes throughout the arena for the legend of professional wrestling – Nature Boy, RIC FLAIR! The blue robe is spread out wide – Flair walking out onto the stage and taking a moment to listen to the ovation he is receiving. It’s built out of respect for what this man has done and continues to do for this industry. Flair begins to walk down to the ring – Schiavone noting that Flair is in no mode to be strutting right now. Upon entering the ring, Flair removes his robe and places it on the steel steps. Slapping at his chest, Flair bounces off the ropes and stands in the middle of the ring – looking over the crowd and taking a deep breath.

    N-n-new
    New

    New New
    New
    World
    Order


    **ROCKHOUSE**

    Entering the arena for the first time tonight with the WCW World Heavyweight Title around his waist, KEVIN NASH receives ungodly heat from the crowd. The heat continues to grow as Nash receives the middle of the entrance ramp, flipping his long hair back and waving towards the stage – revealing CURT HENNIG! Yes, Nash isn’t coming to the ring by himself. Hennig swipes at some of the fans on his way down the ramp, joining Nash and patting the World Champ on the shoulder. It’ll be a two on one situation here for the Nature Boy. The odds were already stacked against him but Flair shows no signs of concern – he smirks and shakes his head as if to say ‘is that all you got?’

    Nash steps over the top rope to enter the ramp, unclipping the title belt and raising in the air as he steps close to Flair. Peering down at the challenger, Nash looks smug – Hennig on the outside reminding Nash that he is the champion and Flair is a shell of his former self. The Nature Boy has eyes only for the gold – the big gold belt that is so recognized with his image. The referee takes the title belt, both men back up into their corners and we are set to begin. It’s Nash versus Flair for the gold and the Presidency of WCW!


    WCW World Heavyweight Championship Match:
    *If Kevin Nash wins he becomes the President of World Championship Wrestling*
    Kevin Nash (c) vs. Ric Flair

    You would assume it would be a hot start however Nash and Flair hold their spots in their respective corners. Slowly, Nash steps out of the corner and begins bad mouthing the Nature Boy. He’s feeling confident and why wouldn’t he? Hennig is at ringside and Nash is by far the younger athlete in the ring. Across the ring, Flair meets Nash head to head – they trade strikes for a moment until Flair starts unloading lightning fast chops to the chest. Those knife edge chops like only Ric can deliver back Nash into the ropes – the World Champion trying to get between the ropes to break but Flair just keeps hammering away. The referee is forced to pull Flair away, allowing Nash to land a sucker punch!

    Flair stumbles back, eating a knee to the stomach – Nash uses both hands to hold Flair’s head steady before slamming his knee into the side of it. Ric goes to the mat, Nash takes aim and drops an elbow across the back. Seeking to deliver further punishment and embarrass Flair at the same time, Nash pulls the challenger up to his feet, shoving Flair into the corner and then nails a short lariat. Placing a hand in the face of the Nature Boy, Nash shouts that he is the man and this is his ring now.

    Another short lariat in the corner by Nash, followed by pulling Flair out of the corner and dropping him to the canvas with a SIDE SLAM! Nash puts all his weight on the body of the Nature Boy, taking time to celebrate in the heat that is thrown his way. It’s so long that even Hennig calls out for Nash to make the cover – the World Champ looking confident in his chances at the moment.


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    …KICK OUT…

    He might want to cut the chatter because Flair sticks a thumb in the eye, then stomps on Nash’s foot, knocking him to the floor with a CHOP BLOCK! Pulling out the leg work early, Flair grabs the right leg and drives his knees into the joint. On the outside, Hennig looks a little flustered – Flair keeps control of the leg and does a roll forward while holding it, putting the leg at a horrible angle.

    The Nature Boy is on his feet and continues to work the leg, stomping all over the right leg as Nash tries to return to a vertical base. Eventually he is successful – Nash takes another few chops which back him into the corner. Flair is unloading with vicious chops to the chest, they just keep getting faster and Kevin Nash has no answer! Suddenly, Nash swings a punch but Flair ducks underneath and hits a right hand of his own. With control of the wrist, Flair sends Nash into the opposite corner – Nash counters and Flair goes flying instead! Smacking the turnbuckle upon landing, Flair has no time to think, Nash nails him with a running clothesline against the corner, then picks him up and SLAMS Flair to the canvas.


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    …KICK OUT…

    Brushing the hair out of his face, Nash places a foot on Flair’s stomach and STEPS OVER HIM! All the weight of Big Sexy just stepping onto the mid-section of Ric Flair. That sends the challenger into a fit of coughing, grasping at his stomach and trying to get some air into his lungs. Nash pulls Flair up, knees him again, a stiff forearm to the head connects before Nash whips Flair into the ropes. Nash is looking for another slam but Flair holds onto the ropes and fails to return.

    This draws Nash forward, Flair ducks and pulls down the top rope on a rampaging Kevin Nash, sending him over the top and to the floor below. It’s a big mess for the World Champion – Ric Flair standing inside the ring and taking time to recover while the referee begins his ten count. Of course, this favours Kevin Nash since Flair cannot win the title by countout. Nash doesn’t spend much time on the outside, Flair pushing him back underneath the bottom rope and stepping through the second rope to return himself.

    Flair backs up into the ropes, gaining speed with his eyes on target, then he drops the knee across the forehead of Nash! That turns Kevin over onto his stomach, Flair grabbing a handful of hair drives Nash down to the canvas from his knees with a quick BULLDOG!


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    …KICK OUT…

    Turning his attention back to the right leg – Flair drives his elbow into the joint and sticks his knees inside while pulling the leg back against his shins! Nash is in a lot of pain, the sight of this causing Hennig to panic on the outside of the ring. Ric Flair is working the leg, setting up for the Figure Four later on in the contest but right now Kevin Nash has to figure out a way out of this current position. Nash looks around the ring, focusing in on the closest set of ring ropes and he begins to power towards them. Fairly quickly, Nash gets to the ropes and forces a break.

    Standing on a bad leg now, Nash blocks a chop from Flair and shoves him backwards. Flair tumbles onto his back, getting back to a vertical base and charging towards Nash – only to be grabbed around the throat – CHOKESLAM! Nash plants Flair with a chokeslam and he hooks the leg on the Nature Boy for the cover.


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    …KICK OUT…

    Nash is selling the right leg that Flair has been working over as he gets back to his feet. Shaking the leg, trying to get the blood flow into it, easing the pain away, Nash steps towards Ric and pulls him up. With the Nature Boy against the corner of the ring, Nash whips him into the ropes and nails a BIG BOOT! That might not have been the best idea since Nash is forced to use the already hurt leg, it connects but Nash stumbles a little and goes down to one knee.

    Following up, Nash backs into the ropes and jumps into the air – looking for a leg drop. Ric rolls out of the way, he gets back up twisting the right leg again and dives forward. Nash clutches at his leg as Flair grabs it again – this time looking towards the crowd – he gives us a ‘Woo!’ and tries for the FIGURE FOUR LEG LOCK! This could be a huge moment in the match with Kevin Nash on the ground. Flair nearly has it locked in… then HENNIG JUMPS ONTO THE APRON! The referee turns to warn him – Nash pulls the tights and executes a roll up.


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    …KICK OUT…

    Nash pulls himself off the canvas, grabbing Flair by the head and delivering some stiff forearms to the face. The big man appears mad that Flair nearly had the Figure Four applied, the World Title surely would’ve slipped through Nash’s fingers. With both men standing, Nash whips Flair into the ropes and connects with a clothesline. The live crowd booing, Nash ignoring them now and is strictly business. Lifting Flair up off the canvas, Nash holds him on one shoulder – selling the leg by having trouble moving around – and launches him at the top turnbuckle – SNAKE EYES! Rushing as best he can, Nash goes for a clothesline over the top but Flair ducks uses Nash’s own momentum to throw him to the outside.

    Flair steps onto the apron of the ring, looking for an axe handle smash, the appearance of Hennig distracts Flair – allowing Nash to hit him in the stomach. Nash hooks both legs and gets Flair in position for a POWERBOMB! Flair fights back, digging his fingers into the eyes of Kevin Nash, clawing with everything he has to stop this from happening. Flair is able to push himself up, landing behind Nash and gives him a big old push into the steel post! Nash goes to a knee, Flair grabs him in a front face lock – DDT on the outside!

    The only issue is that Ric Flair now has to get Kevin Nash’s body inside the ring. Lifting as best he can, Flair leans Nash against the apron of the ring – working the left leg in first before heaving the right in. Another push gets Nash away from the ropes, Flair scurries into the ring and hooks the leg.


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    …KICK OUT…

    The fans in the arena cheer – supporting Ric Flair as he stands up and slaps his own chest. Breaking out into a strut inside the middle of the ring, Flair is looking to put this match to bed as he grabs Nash’s leg and gives it another twist – FIGURE FOUR? Countered by Nash, he kicks Flair away and sends him towards the ropes – Flair having to brace himself as he hits the corner. Nash gets back to his feet groggily, reaching out and grabbing Flair, pulling him close before lifting him up onto the shoulders.

    Unfortunately for Kevin Nash, the leg work by Flair pays off and the weight of the Nature Boy is too much for Big Sexy to handle. Nash’s right leg buckles, allowing Flair to get behind him and shove Nash into the corner – striking thereafter with a dropkick to the knee! Flair doesn’t stand up, rather rolling to the outside of the ring, pulling Nash’s legs forward and proceeding to slam the right leg against the steel post. The crowd counts the assault, each motion harder than the last, Flair taking out all the aggression he had built up for this past month. After slamming the leg around the post five times, Flair climbs onto the apron of the ring, his eyes on the leg still hanging through, then drops an elbow from the apron onto the leg hanging down by the side of the steel post.

    Nash retreats into the middle of the ring, holding his leg, the big man down on his feet and fear appearing on his face now. Ric Flair has grounded the big man and enters the ring, going for the leg once again, he gets it and drops another elbow across the joint. Up on his feet, Flair stomps the leg multiple times – throwing in a few punches to the face of Big Sexy to really convey how personal this match up is for the Nature Boy. With a spin of the leg and a woo, Flair applies the FIGURE FOUR LEG LOCK in the middle of the ring.

    The time has come for Kevin Nash to pay for his sins and right now it looks like Ric Flair is about to walk out of Super Brawl IX as the new World Champion. While the wrestling hasn’t been overly athletic, both men have worked the other and now Flair has the World Champ on the canvas where he wanted him all along. Thousands in the building are standing as Nash looks for a way to survive, pulling at his hair, grinding his teeth together and swinging wildly at the Nature Boy.

    That smile so often seen on the face of Ric Flair appears – “Tap! Give it up! I’ll break your damn leg!” Ric is yelling across the ring, with a fist in the arm, keeping his leverage on the hold so that Nash cannot reserve the pressure. However, Nash is a champion for a reason – he digs down and shakes his head with defiance. They’ll have to rip the title from his hands, Nash begins to shift his weight and drags the two of them towards the ropes. Flair is arching back, applying more pressure to the leg – Nash is in all sorts of trouble, flopping around on the canvas and begging for help. That’s when Curt Hennig sprints into the shot, he pushes forward on the rope that is inches away from Kevin Nash – making it within reach!

    Outrage fills the arena – Hennig plays innocent, stepping away from the ropes and shrugging his shoulders. It’s not convincing enough to Ric Flair who saw the entire thing, the referee not having it within his eye sight and now Flair is sick of the interference. Stepping through the ropes, Flair ends up on the outside of the ring and confronts Hennig – SHOVING HIM TO THE GROUND! Flair then slides back into the ring where Kevin Nash is waiting, Flair kicks him in the stomach and slings the big man into the ropes. Not so fast – Nash counters it, lifting Flair up and tossing him onto the top turnbuckle – SNAKE EYES! Where once he failed, Nash this time nails a big boot, knocking Flair to the ground.


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    …KICK OUT…

    On one knee, his hair covering his face, breathing heavily, Kevin Nash looks over the ring and takes a moment to formulate a plan. His World Title was in major jeopardy while held in the Figure Four and had it not been for an assist from Curt Hennig, this match might have been over. Nash delivers some punches to Flair as he pulls him to a vertical base for a short-arm clothesline! After whipping him across the ring and looking for a charging forearm, Flair ducks out of the way BUT THE REFEREE ISN’T SO LUCKY! Nash nails the referee on accident – taking the zebra from the ring all the way to the floor. Flair grabs the pants and rolls Nash up!


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    !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    …HENNIG STORMS THE RING…

    It was a damn count of five but the referee was nowhere to be seen. Hennig jumps into the ring and nails Flair with multiple right hands – unleashing a fury for shoving him earlier. A split screen appears which shows the WCW locker-room barricaded by the other members of the nWo – minus Hogan – stopping them from getting involved. Tenay and Schiavone are disgusted by the assault, calling this a total farce that Hennig was even out here and that this cannot be allowed to continue. Having shoved Ric Flair into the corner of the ring, Hennig slaps the taste out of the Nature Boy’s mouth and hooks him in position for the Hennig-Plex! To the surprise of Hennig, the move is block and Flair reverses it into a suplex of his own.

    Both men get to their feet quickly – Flair chops at the chest of Hennig and fights him off as Kevin Nash returns to his feet. Chops are on special right now, Flair is taking on two men by himself and is going from left to right with knife edge chops! The crowd is standing for this legendary moment – Ric Flair fighting for the World Title and for WCW!!! The numbers game does catch up to him, Nash and Hennig swarming the Nature Boy and laying him out on the canvas.

    Nash looks to take advantage of no official – ordering Hennig to the outside where he grabs the World Title. The big gold belt is handed to Nash, he holds it up high in the air to major boos from the crowd. They are planning to nail Flair with the title he made famous and that’ll surely secure the victory for the New World Order. As Nash lines up his shot, Hennig moving to the outside of the ring to pick up the referee as soon as the deed is done, the arena cannot believe this – NASH NAILS FLAIR WITH THE GOLD! BLOOD RUSHING FROM HIS HEAD!

    Into the cover goes Nash, he calls for Hennig to bring the referee back inside the ring – the referee is still out of it but the sound of Nash’s demands causes him to inch closer to the competitors. Blinking, trying to recover, the referee raises a hand and slams it down to the mat.


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    …THE LIGHTS GO OUT…

    The hand never touched the ground! We never saw the referee’s hand touch the ground before the place went dark. This match continues but nobody can see a thing. Schiavone and Tenay are flustered, both men shouting that we’ve got a World Title on the line and the power just went out. What the hell is going on?

    Then a child’s voice begins to speak over the arena – echoing from fan to fan – a chilling sensation that has not be heard for a long time!

    When a man's heart is full of deceit...
    It burns up, dies...
    And a dark shadow falls over his soul...
    From the ashes of a once great man, has risen a curse...

    A wrong that must be righted...
    We look to the skies for a vindicator, someone to strike fear into the black hearts
    of the same man who created him... The battle between good, and evil has begun...
    Against an army of shadows, lies a dark warrior...

    The prevailer of good...
    With a voice of silence...
    And a mission of justice...


    THIS IS STING!!!

    The lights come back on inside the arena and standing right there in the middle of the ring is the ICON! Black trench coat, black baseball bat, white and black face paint – it’s a crow himself – STING IS BACK IN WCW! Having not been seen in months as the New World Order regained ultimate power, Sting – the greatest foe of the nWo – has revealed himself at Super Brawl IX in the final hour. The fans are going ballistic inside the arena, nobody expected this to happen, not on this night, not this man and certainly not before the final count of three to stop this injustice!

    Nash gets to his feet and is shaking with rage – possibly fear as well – at the sight of the Icon. Sting looks down at the bloodied Ric Flair, a fierce rival in years past, but tonight Sting has a different target. He raises the black baseball bat towards Kevin Nash – his face showing no emotion. The crow has returned and he is coming for the nWo!

    Trembling in disbelief, Nash mouths that this cannot be real. The cold steel shoved against his heart is real – Nash is pushed into the corner – stepping back as Sting inches towards him. Suddenly, Hennig rushes into the ring to blindside Sting but the Icon spins around and nails Hennig in the stomach with the baseball bat. It’s a fight between Hennig and Sting – both men battling back and forth with Sting getting the best of it – CLOTHESLINE TO THE OUTSIDE BY STING!

    To the outside goes Sting, beating up Hennig and chasing him up the ramp. Sting came to give Flair the chance to win, he did not come to hand him the victory. The odds have been evened - Sting has removed the numbers advantage but Flair still needs to win it on his own. It’s now a one on one contest but Ric Flair is covered in blood. Nash may have the advantage, stepping closer to Flair – the referee still down on the canvas, not fully recovered – and Nash hooks the Nature Boy for the Jackknife. LOW BLOW BY RIC FLAIR! The cheers are deafening from the crowd! They have seen the return of Sting – evening the odds and stopping the original screwjob earlier in the match – and now Ric Flair has hit Nash low. Down goes the World Champion, Flair grabs his leg and twists it – FIGURE FOUR LEG LOCK!

    “TAP OUT, NASH! You’ve got nowhere to go. There is nobody coming to help you now.” It’s not even hidden the bias that Mike Tenay has for the result of this contest. The WCW Presidency is on the line and Kevin Nash has cheated at every turn. This is what the people have waited for – Ric Flair has the Figure Four locked in and the referee is slowly coming too. It was one hell of a forearm and a fall for the referee, to be fair. If Nash taps out now he’ll lose the contest – the referee is awake enough to recognize that action. Flair is draining every bit of energy he has left – this is the title victory he wants more than any other.

    The wild-eyed look on the face of a crimson masked Ric Flair will remain in the minds of fans everywhere for decades. Flair is baring his teeth, with a fist in the air, arching his back as best as he can. Then, to the right of the screen a WOMAN JUMPS THE BARRICADE! This mysterious woman pulls the referee out of the ring – causing Flair to break the hold and stagger towards her – what the hell is happening? Flair rubs his eyes, the blood dripping into them as the camera zooms in on the woman. It can’t be her?!

    From the other side – the crowd ERUPTING WITH VICIOUS HEAT – SHANE FUCKING DOUGLAS SLIDES UNDERNEATH THE BOTTOM ROPE AND NAILS FLAIR WITH A STEEL CHAIR! The Franchise is in the house – and true to his nature he has fucked with Ric Flair! Douglas nails Flair with SEVEN chair shots before pulling Kevin Nash on top of the Nature Boy.

    The woman – identified now as FRANCINE – helps Shane push the referee back into position. Douglas grabs a bottle of water and pours it over the referee, waking him up and begins threatening him to make the three count. The referee begins the count – fans throwing anything and everything they have into the ring – this is an absolute robbery!


    ……1……

    ……2……

    …3…
    !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Spoiler:

    Winner: And STILL WCW World Heavyweight Champion and NEW WCW PRESIDENT – Kevin Nash @ 14:01


    It is not a pretty sight post-match as Kevin Nash has to use the ropes to stand up. Douglas and Francine show no signs of helping him out – the former coming face to face with Big Sexy for the first time holding the WCW World Heavyweight Title. The heat is insane from the audience, images of the bloodied face of Ric Flair sending fans into a frenzy, while Douglas has both hands on the most important in professional wrestling.

    Nash reaches out and grabs it slowly, allowing Douglas to release his grip and hand it over without a fight. The two men lock eyes, Douglas sneers at the sight of the fallen Nature Boy and extends a hand for Nash to shake. After a moment of thinking about it, Nash accepts and shakes hands with Shane Douglas. It’s a moment that nobody expected they would have seen just an hour earlier.

    Douglas exits the ring and makes his way up the ramp, heading the side way – not throughout the hallway that wrestlers would certainly be waiting. Inside the ring, Kevin Nash nearly crumbles against the ropes, his right leg burning and barely able to sustain any weight put on it at this time. Ric Flair hasn’t moved from his prone position on the canvas. It has been an incredible night but the ending has left a sour end in many people’s mouths.

    Schiavone and Tenay are left speechless, barely able to muster any words to describe what they just saw in the main event. We saw the return of Sting, Ric Flair had the title won until Shane Douglas made his second return to World Championship Wrestling alongside Francine, and now Kevin Nash is the President of WCW. What does this mean for the future of the company? The New World Order have the damn PRESIDENT OF THE COMPANY on their side now. Kevin Nash has the ultimate power and there is nothing anybody can do to stop him.

    The show comes to an end with Kevin Nash stepping out of the ring and heading up the ramp. He turns back once at the top of the stage, looking towards the ring where Ric Flair slowly begins to move – only now recovering from the violent chair shots he took. Nash smirks, raising the title belt high above his head and leaving the entire crowd infuriated.


    END OF SHOW



    Quick Results:

    Spoiler:

    WCW Cruiserweight Title: Tournament Final – Dean Malenko def. Rey Mysterio Jr.
    Once In A Lifetime: Eddie Guerrero (w/Chavo Guerrero Jr.) def. Mil Mascaras
    WCW World Television Title: Wrath (w/Bobby Heenan) (c) def. Stevie Ray (w/Disco Inferno)
    WCW World Tag Team Titles: Kanyon & Raven (c) def. Blue Bloods vs. Kenny Kaos & Rick Steiner
    WCW World Title/US Heavyweight Title Contendership: Booker T def. Bret Hart
    Civil War: Goldberg def. Diamond Dallas Page
    WCW United States Heavyweight Title: Chris Jericho, Lex Luger & Roddy Piper def. nWo (Hall, Steiner & Hogan) (c)
    WCW World Heavyweight Title & WCW Presidency: Kevin Nash (c) def. Ric Flair


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    That opening promo/video package was amazing. Like I would love to see that IRL.

    I love you opening the match with the Crusierweight Title in true WCW late 90s fashion. This match is always going to be a good one and the inclusion of Finlay to Malenko’s act is a great one. I was thinking you were going have them join the Tag division, but I cant complain about the Ice Man being the CW champ.

    Good Heenan Promo…I really look forward to the Heenan Family growing…I love factions.

    I really enjoyed the finish to the mask. I always felt that Eddie had to win this match and you put together a hell of a finish. I hope this means that Eddie is going to stay unmasked and start a nice mid-card feud.

    I enjoyed the vignette with the Tag Champs….I think Raven turns Babyface tonight.

    No big surprise to see Wrath win the match here….continued dominance will be nice to see. Very glad to see Bam Bam join Heenan to get that faction some more depth.

    Big fight feel with the split screen of Hart and Booker…I love that even in a fantasy scenario, DDP still has taped ribs.

    I was expecting the turn tonight for Raven but I can dig a slow burn….there is a lot that is untold with this story. I am glad that Steiner and Kaos lost…I want to see them split up.

    Booker get the win and a WCW World Title match…I don’t think he is going to win…its way to early which is why Im a little surprised Booker got the win. It was the right choice in the overall long term development of Booker…def a marquee win for him. I also wonder where this leaves Bret.

    Goldberg winning was the right call as I think DDP can recover more with his promos. The match was very well laid out and I loved DDP telling Goldberg to end it…really puts it that they are done with there squabble.

    You got Hogan to put over a young guy… You’re a miracle worker….i loved this match…the interference…Hogan’s Ego which I hope leads to the WOLFPAC…b/c the wolfpac is 4-EVA. Jericho will be a future World Champion.

    Holy Shit…that Main Event….STING is back…Francine….Shane Fuckin Douglas….NWO with the presidency….I actually like this b/c I assume Hogan is going to want to have the control and that is going to lead to more decision…I really feel the destruction of the NWO is going to be an internal destruction.

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    SuperBrawl IX Review

    - The opening video package was really badass. I think that's something I noted on your last PPV too and it's one of those things that not everybody thinks about or is willing to put the effort into that can do so much to enhance a show. When you have something special like this to kick things off, it lets the reader know this event is a big deal and not just another show.
    - Couldn't have picked a better way to start the show. After just one match, I feel that's gonna be hard to top. Even while taking the L I think you made sure Mysterio came out of this looking completely legit and showing that heart of a champion he's known for. I feel like you booked this to set Mysterio up for a rematch but I also believe Malenko is about to have a dominant reign until Kidman comes back.
    - Fuck Guerrero vs Mascaras was a doozy as well. My favorite parts were probably the triple Germans on the floor as well as the end sequence with Eddie wearing two masks. Seems like a familiar trick though I can't think of where I've seen it. I might also be thinking of Rick Rude and his two pairs of tights. Still a great match, I think my only critique of it is that it had a lot of similar elements to the opener with the heel having someone at ringside to help him and the audience being stunned after the heel wins.
    - I like where the Raven/Kanyon alliance is going. I can't wait for Raven to be fully unleashed and honestly, hopefully, go solo again.
    - I like the Harlem Shake name for Stevie and Disco. Sounds like a very lower card team though and I don't see Stevie winning the belt tonight.
    - Well Stevie put up a good fight but Wrath retains as he should. Good to see Bam Bam has decided to join Heenan… or is this just a ploy to get closer to Wrath? Perhaps he wants to be the one who defeats Wrath for his title.
    - So the conditions of the Booker/Bret match is if Booker wins he gets a world title shot and if Bret wins he gets a US title match? Seems a little unfair
    - Great DDP promo, especially the part about the “walking freaking dead”. That definitely sounds like him.
    - Wild tag match as expected. Kind of hard for me to imagine Kenny Kaos doing an assisted Moonsault out of the ring but then again I didn't watch much Kenny Kaos so maybe that's something he did. Damn, and a springboard knee? I guess I really underestimated Kaos’ high flying ability. Interesting finish. Good to see that rage in Raven and I'm interested to see how it develops. Also looking forward to finding out of Steiner and Kaos are no more.
    - Intriguing interaction between Nash and Hart.
    - Bret vs. Booker was awesome and it waa great to have a straight up battle of wills here, thankfully there was no nWo involvement or anything. Booker going over is obviously huge and now he's in line for a shot at Nash’s (or Flair’s) belt. Not sure I can see him reaching the peak just yet but this win definitely solifies him as a top star in the promotion.
    - Yeah that backstage segment with Jericho, Piper and Luger has me very suspicious for some reason… feeling like tonight is the night Luger joins the nWo tbh.
    - On a side note, it's gotta be nice booking this era WCW. It's not a bad thing and no offense intended, but if you booked a six man tag match with a singles title on the line in a WWE project it would be very questionable. Since it's WCW it sounds exactly like the kind of the thing they would do. Honestly I sometimes feel like that's the kind of thing I wanna do just to break the cycle of singles matches or whatever, but I'm worried it will be too confusing to the readers.
    - I like the high speed start between Page and Goldberg. It's very fitting as this has become the most heated feud in the company. The multiple Diamond Cutter kickouts by Goldberg were great to show just how tough he is to beat. The mid air spear and the guts displayed by DDP before the ending of the match was really nice too. I always felt like Goldberg was gonna win this because he needed to get back on the winning track but I was kinda rooting for Page. Now I feel like they can put this behind them and focus on the larger issues.
    - I love the Malenko promo as he heads out, sending a message loud and clear and really driving home how cerebral he is.
    - Shiiiiiiittt. You had me in that six man tag until the end. You really expect me to believe Hogan would agree to be pinned by Jericho in 1999??? HULK HOGAN!? PUTTING OVER A YOUNG TALENT IN WCW!? No but seriously I love the booking even if I can't picture it happening lol. Jericho is officially cemented as a main eventer here and the dissension within the nWo is now apparent. Now it seems Team WCW has a pretty strong roster with Jericho, Luger, Piper, Booker, Flair and The Giant as well as Page and Goldberg presumably, and even a dark horse in Bret Hart. I'll take that squad against nWo any day of the week.
    - Damn the main event was quite hectic. I don't wanna say overbooked but it's definitely in that territory. I liked how you had nWo holding off all the WCW stars who could potentially make the save and that kinda gave me the feeling that Sting would be the one to appear. Great to have him back in the fold. He's one of my top five favorites of all times. Shane Douglas is actually another one of my favorites but he played a much different role here. I think bringing him into this and having him potentially join nWo is maybe the most ambitious angle you've pursued yet. I must say, I like the idea, and it sounds like it could have been really awesome in real life. I'm still unsure though if he's going to join the nWo or if there's something else in this for him. At the end of the of the day though I was expecting Nash to keep the belt and gain the presidency and now it'll be interesting to see where that goes.

    So overall, man, I don't even know what to say. Good thing you kept the segments to a minimum because this was a lot to read. Honestly I feel like it could have been kept a little more brief but I can't blame you for wanted to go all out. You put a lot of detail in the matches and told the stories in a very gripping way so kudos on that. It's late 90s wrestling so I can't hold this against you either, but all the run ins and distractions throughout the event did start to bother me a little. Granted, most of them were necessary to the stories but it got to a point where I was a little tired of it. I have to give you big ups for how your PPVs always seem to set up so much more for the future whereas a lot of other's fail to keep stories moving along most of the time. I'm glad there's some closure to Guerrero/Mascaras, Goldberg/Page and seemingly Bret/Booker here. I'm very much looking forward to Uncensored now and I'm really eager to see what Hogan, Sting, Douglas, Hart, Page and Goldberg will be doing this time next month. I really enjoyed the show, which is good, because reading it was quite a lot of work lol. Might be the best event I've read in this section all year bro. Keep it coming, my man, you know I'm your biggest fan.

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    Thanks for the comments and I thought I’d take a few moments to address some of the things coming out of the feedback and some basic points I wanted to hit on after writing the pay-per-view.

    First to Bigmc’s point about a potential Wolfpac return the answer is a firm no. At the beginning of the thread I had Hogan unify the two factions of the New World Order to form the current version of the group. It’ll be one group until the end. What Hogan’s future holds I can’t say at the moment but it is not in any form a splintered form of the nWo.

    The EC, I completely agree with the interference point about the show. That’s something which wasn’t as big a deal until I did a few changes during the proofreading. Originally, I had Malenko winning clean which would’ve changed a lot going forward. You’ve got the first three matches all having outside involvement so if you remove the first it’s not as glaring an issue. The problem with that, and the reason I changed it so Rey didn’t lose clean, was that the CW division isn’t as strong with Kidman out at the moment. Big names like Jericho and Eddie are occupied elsewhere from the division so it didn’t make sense to beat Rey clean in his first match with Malenko. This was really the only match where I thought the interference could be debated, and I did for ages (as I said, only made the change at the last moment), but I think in the long run it’s what is best. Believe me, it’ll be cut down at Uncensored and the following PPVs. It’s one of those things where you write each match in its own little world and then when you group them all together you realize that you’ve used the interference a little more then you should’ve. However, Guerrero/Mascaras had to involve Chavo, Bigelow had to get physical to make his choice clear and The Giant needed to make a stand against the nWo. I totally see the point, believe me I’ll take steps to avoid that next time!

    As for where you’ve seen the double mask trick – it’s completely nabbed from Jericho/Mysterio at The Bash in 2009. The mask was always coming off at Super Brawl but I juggled with the idea of Guerrero either having a second or just being bald underneath. Either way, he was going to beat Mascaras straight after. I went with the double mask trick because I thought the post-match moment of Eddie removing the second mask was so much more powerful. He is deciding to expose his humiliation to the world but it doesn’t matter anymore because Latino Heat just beat Mil Mascaras. All the humiliation he suffered, the bald head – it means zero now because Latino Heat has been vindicated with his victory. That was what I was going for and having Eddie make the decision to expose his bald head I think expressed those thoughts extremely well.

    The main event is an interesting situation since I had no idea what the finish was going to be other than Nash had to win. I didn’t want to beat Flair because I’m in need of strong babyfaces but he had to lose. That caused me to think of bringing someone into the match to screw Flair out of the win. I didn’t want it to be a member of the nWo because that would be so typical and raise questions as to why WCW wasn’t out there. Once I had it in my head that it couldn’t be a member of the nWo I started thinking of who could come into the company and have it make sense that they would go after the Nature Boy. In the end, it came down to two people – Shane Douglas or Rob Van Dam. I actually wrote two versions of the main event; in one version it was Douglas (as posted) and in another it was a heel RVD with Fronzie. I took the time to map out the next couple of PPV events and weekly angles with both people involved with Flair. Ultimately, Douglas’ arrival and future feud with Ric sounded much more appealing than bringing in Van Dam. It was very close for a moment though. One of the reasons I’ve got Douglas into the thread is because a lot of the top heels are all nWo guys. I want to be able to use heels without involving the nWo so bringing in Douglas will suit that need. That’s why you’re seeing the Heenan Family being built up and so on.

    I’ve heard this comment a couple of times now that Booker/Hart was weird because Bret was not getting a World Title shot. Well, if you’ve been following from the start one of the major aspects of Bret in this thread is that he is so obsessed with regaining the WCW United States Heavyweight Title. It’s what is driving him to do everything at the moment. He only took this rematch with Booker T because he would get a shot at the title he believes should be his. In fact, if you go back a few weeks it was Bret Hart that demanded if he beat Booker T that he get that specific title shot. Booker T on the other hand has no emotional attachment to the US Title and clearly would want the World Title. Just thought I’d clear that up since it has been a recurring question from readers. Think of it like when Kevin Owens turned up on Raw and turned down Cena’s US open challenge because he was NXT Champion. While Cena’s title to everyone else is more valuable, Owens didn’t see it that way because he was the NXT Champion and whatever title he held meant the most. Bret is on the same page – he held the US Title late last year and was screwed out of his rematch due to nWo antics against DDP. He truly believes that it’s his title and therefore it is the most important in all of wrestling even over the World Title.

    The six-man tag match is a good discussion to have. I’ll reveal behind the curtain for a moment by saying that Hennig and someone else (might’ve been Hogan but I cannot remember) were supposed to win the WCW World Tag Team Titles at this event. For ages that was the plan and it would’ve been a four-way tag team match with the nWo involved. That changed when I decided Jericho was taking the US Title at Super Brawl. I switched them both at Starrcade and didn’t want a repeat of both titles switching at the same event. Obviously, I didn’t want to beat the nWo again on the same show so they were scrapped from the tag title match. Hennig went to Nash’s side during the main event (more on that later) and Hogan was in need of a role on the show. I can’t get into what is coming for Hogan but the guy is one of my favourites of all time so he’s going to be a major player. Once Hogan was in the tag match I knew he had to take the fall. There are things behind the scenes which mean Hogan not taking the fall simply doesn’t work. As crazy as it sounds for Hogan to put over a young talent just stay with me and I think in a few months you’ll say, “Oh, I see why that had to happen.” It’s a lot like nobody saving Goldberg all those months ago when everyone was confused and didn’t know what to make of it. I got several comments questioning the decision and being unsure about how it worked. That story has played out and I think it’s one of the best received stories from the readers I’ve done inside this thread even though it got a raised eyebrow at the starting point.

    Finally, the return of Sting was never supposed to happen so I can see how the main event might be a bit of a cluster. Sting was never going to be in this project. I had planned on never mentioning his name, nobody would ever speak about Sting and I would simply ignore every question about him from readers. He was going to be the big bad guy in the second phase of the thread if I wanted to continue it straight away after the downfall of the nWo. That’s some fun trivia for you. Things didn’t go that way as I started to need some more credible faces and Sting was signed to the company, it didn’t involve me poaching him from elsewhere (I'm not a fan of threads where 10 new people show up in the first 2 months from other companies), so I had him come back at Super Brawl. The main event was a lot to digest – I can confirm you won’t have anything like that to deal with again. It was a specific set of circumstances which made for a chaotic situation.

    Thanks for the comments so far! I’ve got some news I’ll post in the next couple of days and then I’ll decide on the weekly schedule for shows. The build to Uncensored is complete – it’s in a more recapped form but it is still weekly shows. Nitro is usually 11-13k words per show and this condensed version is about 8-9k. Still a decent amount of content and it just made it a little easier for me to keep the thread going after being so exhausted after Super Brawl IX.

    Nevertheless, the build to Uncensored is 100% complete and I’m going to start working on the next pay-per-view sometime during the week. I want to say thank you to everyone that is reading and all who have taken the time to comment (no matter how big or small). Means a lot to know people are enjoying the shows. We’ve hit over a 100 posts in the thread and are only a few hundred views away from 10k! Couldn’t have done it without all the support.
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    I love that you take the time to respond to your reviews...while I'm sad to hear about the Wolfpac bc they were my favorite I understand..also i wasnt around when you started the thread and didn't go all the way back to reread which I didn't need to bc of the way you write your shows. You can just jump right in and not be lost which is a testament to your writing skills

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    ~BREAKING~
    - EXTREME CHAMPIONSHIP WRESTLING RAIDED BY WCW
    - STEVIE RICHARDS AMONGST THREE INDIVIDUALS WHO SIGN FOR WCW
    - MIKE TENAY MOVING BACKSTAGE AS REPORTED LAST MONTH


    Dave Meltzer from the Wrestling Observer has exclusively reported that the rumoured raid of Extreme Championship Wrestling by World Championship Wrestling has in fact occurred once again. Dating back to last month it was reported by Meltzer that WCW officials had been looking to acquire more talent following their mass exodus of “dead weight” back in November of last year. ECW has been a victim of talent raiding previously by the much larger Turner owned organization having poached Eddie Guerrero, Rey Mysterio Jr. and Chris Jericho. While absent from television since Starrcade, Eric Bischoff is still very much in control over the roster and is said to have enjoyed stripping ECW of their top stars previously. This time around Bischoff has targeted a total of five individuals and has managed to secure three of them. The hiring of an additional three workers is said to have sparked a conversation in the locker-room with several talents finding themselves on the outer with both television time and live event payouts. More cuts are expected to make way for the incoming talents.

    The first name to be confirmed by Meltzer was Stevie Richards. A member of the parody group – bWo – Richards is known for his time as an associate of current WCW World Tag Team Champion, Raven. In 1995 it was Richards who helped Raven debut his new darker character having formerly been known as Johnny Polo. For the next two years Richards would work alongside Raven as part of Raven’s Nest in ECW. Upon his first departure from ECW, Richards would turn on Raven and deliver a superkick for years of mistreatment. Meltzer drew parallels between the Richards/Raven storyline from that time period and the current angle between Kanyon/Raven. Rumours have been circling that the addition of Richards to the roster is directly linked to the ongoing storyline between Kanyon and Raven. Sources within WCW are under the impression that Richards role within the company depends very heavily on how he performs upon his debut. Citing a short-term contract for Richards when compared to the other two deals that have been signed. Meltzer reported that the remaining two talents were given multi-year contracts worth a pretty penny compared to Richards who was a bargain.

    Following the events of Super Brawl IX, it is clear that one of the remaining two talents was Shane Douglas. A long-time professional wrestler with experience across the globe, Douglas reached World Champion status within ECW but has failed to mirror that success anywhere else. Coming into ECW, Douglas is set to work a long program with Ric Flair with whom he has had heat with for years. Douglas has not been shy voicing his displeasure with the way Ric Flair has conducted himself within professional wrestling and the things he has done to remain at the very top. With Douglas coming into WCW he also brings with him a manger – Francine. Speculation has run wild following the ending of Super Brawl IX where Douglas stood in the ring with nWo leader, Kevin Nash. It has been confirmed from multiple sources within WCW and reported by Dave Meltzer that Shane Douglas and Francine are NOT part of the New World Order. The nWo did not add any new members this past Sunday even though extensive discussions were had over the possibility of adding new blood into the group as they continue to gain power within the company.

    As for the third and final talent, Meltzer detailed that the current plan is for the New World Order is focus in on specific targets and to let the rest of the company breath. As the company enters the final run of the nWo they do not want to oversaturate the group and therefore saw great value in adding non-nWo heels to the company like Shane Douglas. With that in mind, Meltzer said he was leaning towards WCW bringing in one more heel to give the company a range of options for potential title challengers and other storylines for top babyfaces that did not include the nWo. Bischoff is said to be thinking long-term and following the end of the nWo there needs to be a bank of heels ready to fill in the shoes of the likes of Kevin Nash and Scott Hall as the will be taken off television for at least a month.

    In two quick additions to the news, Mike Tenay is set to be taken off the broadcasting team this week. It was reported following Souled Out that Tenay would transition away from the desk at least for the remainder of the nWo storyline. The issue of two babyface announcers has been a consistent problem during the past couple of months with Schiavone and Tenay simply agreeing all the time. No word on who the replacement will be but it is expected to be dealt with fairly quickly on Nitro.

    Finally, WCW has signed fitness model Patricia Anne Stratigeas. The Canadian fitness model is said to be coming in as a manager. It will not be for a couple of months with sources pointing towards May or June for her introduction. Sources have been unable to identify who Stratigeas will be managing.

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    I wanted to guess Mike Awesome as the third signee but he wasn't technically out of ECW at this point in time I believe. So, my new guess is Lance Storm. He could be a very solid midcard heel. Really though, there are so many people it could be. But I'm sticking with Storm.

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    When you think of who the final person could be Storm and Awesome immediately spring to mind, as do Taz and Corino. But I would not be surprised it you end up bringing Sid Vicious back into the company. Much like Douglas he ends up in WCW later in the year anyway.


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    I read through parts of Super Brawl, considering my love of WCW and affinity for these projects in my past. Understand that I have no interest in reading full length matches, so while I'm sure you are an incredible writer, my feedback is going to be purely based off my knowledge of WCW and the time you're taking on. So no hard feelings on my end, this is all purely constructive!

    I don't like seeing moves used in the wrong time, it throws me out of the timeline I'm in. I want to believe it's 1999 when I read this, not 2018. So I would not use the 619, the Book End, and Walls of Jericho, especially when Jericho used the Lion Tamer, which was a much better variation anyways.

    I like seeing Heenan back in a managerial role, especially with Wrath, who was getting a great run at the end of 98.

    I don't think a WCW crowd would've known in the least bit, or cared, who Mil Mascaras is, sadly.

    I REALLY did not like the booking of your two main matches, and they were incredibly disappointing. Hogan losing anytime, especially clean, is a big deal. You want to treat it like a big deal, especially to Chris Jericho, a young lion you're trying to get over. That result gets wasted in a six man tag a bit, it's tainted. If you're going to put Jericho over the guy who hardly puts anyone over, I wish you would've fully committed to it. A huge moment for the star you're trying to create loses its luster a bit.

    The main event I thought was really poorly booked. You cannot bring back Sting, like you said, the biggest rival to the nWo, the man who went black to equal the evil of the nWo, and have his huge return be ultimately wasted. Sting's moment means NOTHING at the end of that match because it is overshadowed. That's very poorly executed. You either bring Sting back in that situation to be the conquering hero with Flair, or you don't bring him back there at all. For me, I now think of Sting as weak, ineffective, and worse, inconsequential. I don't have a reason to think the ultimate WCW guy can help fight nWo when he makes a big return, only to see the nWo still win.

    I also think that you completely overestimate the drawing power of Shane Douglas in 1999. Well known ECW guy? Definitely. Main event level guy in WCW? No chance. You can build him up, sure, but no casual WCW fan really knows or understands his beef with Ric Flair. So this former Midcarder coming back to attack Flair, of all people, screw him out of the Title, and give Nash the Presidency isn't going to create intrigue so much as it will create confusion and a distinct lack of reaction. The proverbial wet fart in church, if you will.

    Again, this is meant to be purely constructive to hopefully help you with the time period you're writing, as I do think this show does show some unfamiliarity or a lack of research into it (I recommend using DDT Digest if you ever want to look up old WCW stuff), and to try and offer differing opinions on how your booking decisions went over. I'll definitely want to check back in on this project to see how you go forward, because I would love to see how you try to repair some of the issues I see, i.e. making me care about Sting again, getting me to buy into Shane Douglas as a legitimate rival to Ric Flair. I wish you nothing but the best on that endeavor!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zoom-E View Post
    I don't like seeing moves used in the wrong time, it throws me out of the timeline I'm in. I want to believe it's 1999 when I read this, not 2018. So I would not use the 619, the Book End, and Walls of Jericho, especially when Jericho used the Lion Tamer, which was a much better variation anyways.
    Before I reply to a couple of your points let it be known I appreciate the feedback especially from you. I've read TTO and know you've got a lot of valuable tips to offer. Don't think for a second that I took any of this as anything other than helpful. I've written much harsher feedback for others and myself. Onto the point above, I tend to agree. I would say that for both the 619 and Walls of Jericho I did have storyline reasons as to why they were introduced over the original finishers. You've swayed me on the Jericho point so I'll have him using the Lion Tamer - calling it that directly - from now on but the original point was that he struggled to apply it to The Giant. Thus bringing on the version we know more commonly as the Walls of Jericho. As for Rey, I'll have to disagree since I just think it's a better move and it was introduced during the Eddie Guerrero feud and was addressed as being unlike anything they had seen (the point being that Rey had to produce something amazing to finish off Eddie Guerrero and save his mask). I'd concede the Book End - I've been using both in variation and wanted the finish for Hart/Booker to have Booker T looking into the eyes of Bret with both knowing the match was done before delivering one final stamp of defiance. I also didn't think it was that bad considering Booker ends up using it by at worst June 2000.

    Quote Originally Posted by Zoom-E View Post
    I don't think a WCW crowd would've known in the least bit, or cared, who Mil Mascaras is, sadly.
    I had this mentioned previously by a couple of readers. The Mascaras/Guerrero feud was a dream match for me. I really didn't care if the audience at the time would've been super invested into it. The way I looked at it was that the audience that is reading this will get it and I get it. I thought it would be super fun to include Mascaras in the end of Mysterio/Guerrero, spinning it off into Guerrero/Mascaras. It's something I've never seen done before and ultimately I wanted to do things that were unique to my thread that aren't offered anywhere else. The WCW 1999 crowd might not have cared but someone scanning through the BTB section might see "Mascaras versus Guerrero - Super Brawl 1999" and think that sounds like a fun little feud that they might want to see how it played out. My response to the concern about Douglas/Flair is pretty much identical to this thought process.

    Quote Originally Posted by Zoom-E View Post
    I REALLY did not like the booking of your two main matches, and they were incredibly disappointing. Hogan losing anytime, especially clean, is a big deal. You want to treat it like a big deal, especially to Chris Jericho, a young lion you're trying to get over. That result gets wasted in a six man tag a bit, it's tainted. If you're going to put Jericho over the guy who hardly puts anyone over, I wish you would've fully committed to it. A huge moment for the star you're trying to create loses its luster a bit.
    I'll freely admit the main event was a fucking mess. I get it. Hand up, my bad! The tag match I would push back a little on as I mentioned previously in a few comments. It's part of a much larger story - see thread title - and I didn't view it as a wasted moment for Jericho because that is a star which isn't being made in three months. Jericho is the only person with a path that is clear into the second phase of this thread should I continue once phase one is finished. I'm not worried about seemingly tainting Jericho's moment because on the whole he has a long way to go. I'm adamant that the match had to be a 6 man tag with Hogan taking the pin. I stand by that decision completely and I can see how it's decisive - absolutely can see from your POV and others who have said just as much. From my POV, Hogan had to lose for the larger story. From the outside looking in, Hogan losing in a 6 man tag appears, as you said, like I didn't commit. I would push back and say it's the exact opposite and I've committed far more than can be seen right now because it's coming down the line - the end game has been set by this move and by Hogan taking the pin it has locked in certain things that were flexible if he didn't.

    Quote Originally Posted by Zoom-E View Post
    The main event I thought was really poorly booked. You cannot bring back Sting, like you said, the biggest rival to the nWo, the man who went black to equal the evil of the nWo, and have his huge return be ultimately wasted. Sting's moment means NOTHING at the end of that match because it is overshadowed. That's very poorly executed. You either bring Sting back in that situation to be the conquering hero with Flair, or you don't bring him back there at all. For me, I now think of Sting as weak, ineffective, and worse, inconsequential. I don't have a reason to think the ultimate WCW guy can help fight nWo when he makes a big return, only to see the nWo still win.
    See previous point. I agree 100%. Sting was never supposed to be in the thread and I think that shows from his debut. It was a mess. I would say that I don't think you can have Sting be the conquering hero to defeat the nWo after the mess that was Starrcade 1997. That's a whole other discussion, lol. But you're totally right and so is anyone who has criticism of it. In all honesty, Sting should've shown up on Nitro the next night once the nWo had ultimate power - citing that as what draws him back into the fold. He was rushed into the fold because I needed another big babyface. He was there, I didn't have to sign him from another company, Sting was literally just sitting on the sideline doing nothing. I should've waited a day and it would've addressed the same issue without being a big old mess. Totally my fuck up.

    Quote Originally Posted by Zoom-E View Post
    I also think that you completely overestimate the drawing power of Shane Douglas in 1999. Well known ECW guy? Definitely. Main event level guy in WCW? No chance. You can build him up, sure, but no casual WCW fan really knows or understands his beef with Ric Flair. So this former Midcarder coming back to attack Flair, of all people, screw him out of the Title, and give Nash the Presidency isn't going to create intrigue so much as it will create confusion and a distinct lack of reaction. The proverbial wet fart in church, if you will.
    This is much like Mascaras/Guerrero in that it's purely for my enjoyment. Flair/Douglas is a cool visual for a debut - I've written a few of the promos for the first month and it was a lot of fun. I can totally see it from a realism POV that it might not have worked the way I presented it but at the end of the day it's fantasy booking. I wanted heels outside of the nWo, Douglas was there, he had this personal animosity towards Flair that I thought would make for passionate interviews that I could create my own little spin on. I do address a lot of what you mention about Douglas in the very next show. I do think there is a line where changing the field to much kind of ruins the atmosphere you're trying to create but you have to have some flexibility with doing different things. I have no interest in seeing people book Triple H/Randy Orton in 2009 because that's what actually happened. Be creative and mix it up! Mascaras/Guerrero and Flair/Douglas are different and whether they are entirely realistic within the original context of WCW 1999 really doesn't bother me all that much.

    Quote Originally Posted by Zoom-E View Post
    Again, this is meant to be purely constructive to hopefully help you with the time period you're writing, as I do think this show does show some unfamiliarity or a lack of research into it (I recommend using DDT Digest if you ever want to look up old WCW stuff), and to try and offer differing opinions on how your booking decisions went over. I'll definitely want to check back in on this project to see how you go forward, because I would love to see how you try to repair some of the issues I see, i.e. making me care about Sting again, getting me to buy into Shane Douglas as a legitimate rival to Ric Flair. I wish you nothing but the best on that endeavor!
    I'll admit I'm not the biggest WCW fan. I dig the New World Order and wanted to write its death in the world of professional wrestling. None of what you've written has been taken badly. I respect your opinion so much and am so thankful you took the time to not only read my work but also comment on it. Don't worry about qualifying anything you say - just say what you mean. Thanks for the resource! Big thanks overall once again, mate!

    With that said it's time for a preview!




    EVEN DIAMONDS BURN

    PREVIEW
    A new era begins on this night. World Championship Wrestling has suffered its worst defeat in the war against the New World Order as Kevin Nash has gained ultimate power. Not only does Big Sexy reign as the WCW World Heavyweight Champion but after defeating the legendary Ric Flair, Nash now holds the title of WCW President. The landscape of the entire company has fallen under the control of the nWo and will be shaped by them tonight. It was a dire situation going into Super Brawl IX with everyone recognizing that Kevin Nash could not be allowed to gain such power. All attempts failed. If you think that Nitro will be ordinary than you are in for a huge shock. The New World Order have total control and you can be sure they’ll flex those muscles! The darkest day has come for World Championship Wrestling and it begins tonight!

    Super Brawl IX provided several highlights including title changes, upsets and two returns within the same match. The chaos of the main event of the evening was hard to keep up with but when the dust settled it was Kevin Nash who remained Wold Champion. One of those returns was by the Icon known as Sting. The man of the shadows, dressed in his trademark trench coat, face paint and black baseball bat, appeared from the darkness to even the odds for the Nature Boy. Sting hasn’t been seen since late last year and last night stood as a firm enemy against the New World Order. Questions have been flying around the world of wrestling, many have been wondering if Sting is back for more than just one night or if this was a one and done. On a night with an especially dark end for WCW it was Sting who provided a slight hint of light for their future.

    We crowned two new champions at Super Brawl IX and they will both be in action tonight on Nitro. Having defeated Rey Mysterio Jr. in the tournament final, Dean Malenko captured the WCW Cruiserweight Championship for the fifth time in his career. It brings to an end a several month hunt for the Ice Man who has been chasing the title since November of 1998 against then current champion, Billy Kidman. His opponent will be the man of the hour, Chris Jericho who scored the biggest win of his career when he captured the WCW United States Heavyweight Title for the very first time and in doing so pinned Hollywood Hogan. Backed by his partners, Roddy Piper and Lex Luger, Jericho captained the team to victory with an assist from former adversary The Giant. Both Malenko and Jericho are coming off major victories and are riding the wave of momentum. Who will come out as the winner when the Ice Man meets the Giant Slayer on Nitro?

    Booker T and Bret Hart would meet for the second time on pay-per-view and it was a very different result than the first time. In a back and forth match that saw both men moments away from victory, Booker T ultimately reached the finish line first and put the Hitman down to secure his spot as the next challenger for the WCW World Heavyweight Championship. It’s a huge step forward for Booker T who has been labelled as a tag team specialist for a majority of his career. Now is his chance to break out of that mould and be the inspiration he hopes to be. Tonight, Booker T meets Curt Hennig in a singles match. How will Booker fair against a veteran such as Hennig who has proven he can hang with the best of the best?

    One of the most polarizing feuds in recent years has been the tension between fan favourites Goldberg and Diamond Dallas Page. Last night those two men stood across the ring from each other in one of the hardest fought matches we have ever seen. Neither man wanted to give an inch or show any weakness to the other. In the end, while DDP fought bravely, he was caught in mid-air by a spear from Goldberg. Securing his first victory on pay-per-view since October of last year, against the same man he fought last night, Goldberg can set his sights on whatever he desires. We will see Goldberg compete tonight when he faces the newly acquired client of Bobby Heenan, the man they call Bam Bam Bigelow in the main event of the evening.

    Speaking of tension, none has been rising faster than that between the reigning WCW World Tag Team Champions. Kanyon and Raven were able to successfully retain their titles last night but during the match we saw Raven snap once again into a violent rage as he has done in recent weeks. Many thought that Kanyon would face his punishment for the treatment of his partner, Raven raising a hand to Kanyon, however Raven would instead walk away after making a tag. It is said that Kanyon went off backstage about Raven raising his hand to him and is expected to demand an apology for the way Raven treated him at Super Brawl IX.


    Confirmed Matches:

    Dean Malenko vs. Chris Jericho

    Booker T vs. Curt Hennig

    Goldberg vs. Bam Bam Bigelow

    Kanyon demands an apology from Raven for raising his hand to him at Super Brawl IX

    Reactions from WCW superstars following Kevin Nash gaining the Presidency of WCW

    Eddie Guerrero, Ric Flair, Shane Douglas, Kevin Nash, Scott Hall, Hollywood Hogan are all confirmed for Nitro



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    nWo Nitro | February 22, 1999 | Sacramento, California

    "EVEN DIAMONDS BURN"


    The usual opening for Monday Nitro is not what greets us this week. It’s a cold opening, the sun is down, and we find a large pile of film, canisters and recording devices stacked together in an abandoned lot. There is no commentary during any of this, simply pure silence and a camera slowly panning around the pile. Stepping into the frame from the right, holding the WCW World Heavyweight Title on his shoulder, is the new President of WCW – Kevin Nash! Never one to lack modesty, Nash recaps the events of Super Brawl as it relates to the World Title and the Presidency of the company. His victory over Ric Flair is something Nash is proud of and points to the New World Order as being a key factor behind not only his success but the success of World Championship Wrestling. Furthermore, Nash touches upon the return of Sting last night – stating that the Icon has long made stupid decisions and it’s of no surprise that his ignorance to the bigger picture is still lacking. Nevertheless, Nash believes that Sting will be dealt with in due time if he is indeed back, hinting at the idea that Sting might retreat back into his hiding place since his act of rebellion failed to assist in a victory for Ric Flair. Gloating about his victory at Super Brawl, speaking of dominance and total control, Nash glides his hand over the nameplate on the World Title and gives it a kiss – whispering that he’ll never let it go.

    Focusing on the massive pile in the middle of this lot, Kevin Nash explains that what sits before the viewing audience is original footage. Not just any old footage – it’s the raw and uncut footage, the recording devices holding any trace of footage, digital storage – it’s all there. With a sense of excitement, Nash reveals that the footage is every appearance of the Four Horsemen that is owned by World Championship Wrestling. It’s all here, every last bit of it and if something were to happen to it then the appearances of the Horsemen would be lost forever. Laughing as he speaks, Nash says that there is no comparison between the Four Horsemen and the New World Order. One faction changed the industry while the other has been mutilated more times than a dead pig. Diamonds have turned into coal and this is the furnace that will burn the memory of the Horsemen – FOREVER! With a can of lighter fluid in hand and a look of manic glee, Nash proceeds to spray the pile and continues to bash the impact the Horsemen had on professional wrestling. Stepping in once called – ordered by Nash with spite in his voice – Arn Anderson begrudgingly approaches the pile. His eyes are hard but tears are slowly building – this is the Enforcer’s life work, memories of battling alongside brothers both blood and of the business – and now he is going to watch it burn. Putting on a strong front, Anderson tries to hide his emotion but the walls begin to crumble when Nash hands him a lighter. Yes, Arn Anderson is going to be forced to remove every shred of evidence of the Four Horsemen. Bracing himself, squeezing his fist closed, Arn flicks the lighter and tosses it into the pile, immediately turning away and walking in the opposite direction. Meanwhile, Kevin Nash steps closer to the fire as to feel the heat of the flames upon his skin. There within the flames are the memories of the Four Horsemen, lost forever, and so dies the old era of World Championship Wrestling – and in its place is an era born of red and black.

    NEW OPENING VIDEO PACKAGE!!!



    “Smells Like Teen Spirit” by Nirvana begins to play.

    {whispering}

    Hello?

    The New World Order all standing triumphant in the ring together with Kevin Nash proudly displaying the WCW World Heavyweight Title…

    Hello?

    Shots of Ric Flair, Goldberg, Booker T, DDP, Chris Jericho all being attacked and left laying by the nWo…

    Hello?

    The large Monday Nitro sign above the stage falls to the ground and in its place is raised a large ‘nWo’ logo…

    With the lights out, it's less dangerous

    Curt Hennig throws a towel over his shoulder, catching it without looking – then it transitions into Hennig hitting the Hennig-Plex…

    Here we are now, entertain us

    Konnan slaps his opponent across the back of the head before hitting the K-FACTOR! Spitting on them afterwards and embracing his fellow nWo members…

    I feel stupid and contagious

    Scott Hall’s Outsider Edge leaves several men unable to recover – mixed between are clips of Hall flicking his toothpick at the camera…

    Here we are now, entertain us

    From the top rope, Randy Savage drops the elbow drop and we hear an echoing ‘oh yeah’ throughout the footage of the Macho Man…

    A mulatto

    Scott Steiner bashes numerous WCW superstars backstage, slamming heads against walls and bashing people with a lead pipe – it ends with Steiner applying the Steiner Recliner in the middle of the ring and refusing to break the hold even after the submission…

    An albino

    Hollywood Hogan’s original turn to the dark side is shown – dating back to Bash at the Beach 1996…

    A mosquito

    Hogan’s famous leg drop is highlighted including victories over Roddy Piper, Ric Flair and a confrontation with Sting…

    My libido

    JACKKNIFE POWERBOMB!!!

    Yeah, hey, yay

    OUTSIDER’S EDGE!!!

    A denial!

    MACHO MAN EBLOW DROP – HENNIG-PLEX – HOLLYWOOD LEG DROP – STEINER RECLINER – K-FACTOR!!!

    A denial!

    Kevin Nash appears on screen in a black room – the World Title on his shoulder, a can of spray paint in his right hand and a badge on his suit which reads – WCW PRESIDENT!

    A denial!

    With a smirk on his face – Kevin Nash tags the WCW World Heavyweight Title with the three most hated letters in professional wrestling – N… W… O!!!


    With our first shot of the arena it becomes clear that everything is much different under the new regime of the New World Order. Firstly, the sign that would show WCW Monday Nitro is spray painted over with a large nWo logo. The ring ropes are now red and black to match the colours of the nWo. When the camera pans to the live crowd we can clearly see marked security confiscating signs that are anti-nWo. Most fans hand their signs over and for those who resist, they are escorted from their seats by the security team. It is a total takeover following Kevin Nash’s rise to WCW President – the landscape of World Championship Wrestling has been changed forever. Now, Tony Schiavone speaks for the very first time and it’s not his usual ready to go attitude that greets us. The camera switches to the announce desk – now at ringside instead of on the stage and will remain their permanently – Schiavone is joined by Mike Tenay. They cover the results of last night, including Chris Jericho becoming WCW United States Heavyweight Champion for the very first time, Dean Malenko finally capturing the WCW Cruiserweight Title once again, Eddie Guerrero’s triumphant victory against the legendary Mil Mascaras, and of course – the victory for Kevin Nash over Ric Flair. While Schiavone gives his opinion on the opening segment of the show, it’s one of disgust that Nash would destroy priceless footage and important moments simply to please his own agenda, a team of security approaches the desk.

    Silence falls on commentary, Schiavone takes off his headset and approaches them only to get shoved out of the way. Three men in black suits with headsets – nWo logos on their pockets – grab
    Mike Tenay by the collar and rip him from his seat! Fans are outraged at the sight, Mike Tenay tries to escape but he is dragged up the ramp towards the entrance chute. They are taking him away! Tony Schiavone rushes to the aid of his friend, reaching out and trying to stop this madness. One of the security guards turns and grabs Schiavone by the throat, ordering him to stay the hell back or he’ll get it. Tenay is held captive by the remaining two members of security, he has gone pale, shaking in fear, his words last night were extremely biased towards WCW and this could very well be his punishment. Suddenly, stepping out of the entrance chute, to a massive chorus of heat and stunned faces on both Tenay and Schiavone, is none other than Eric Bischoff! Easy-E is back! Bischoff has a handful of papers rolled up, a black suit on and a huge grin on his face. He waves goodbye to Tenay and twirls his hand in the air before telling the security to, and I quote, “Get that piece of trash out of here! I’m back, baby!” The security drags Mike Tenay away, the announcer frozen in shock, he was given no warning, they have humiliated this man on worldwide television. Back at the announce desk, Schiavone is silent – he is then joined by Bischoff who is smug from the second he sits down. Slapping Schiavone on the back, Easy-E welcomes everyone to nWo Nitro. Nothing from Schiavone in response, he holds his head in his hands, Mike Tenay is gone and in his place is Eric Bischoff. Speaking of Bischoff, he explains that he is the replacement for that hack Tenay. This decision coming directly from the WCW President. Bischoff proceeds to hype up matches for later on tonight, skimming through any match not involving a member of the nWo and showing no real interest in them.



    The opening contest for nWo Nitro is a champion versus champion match. Coming down to the ring first is the new WCW United States Heavyweight Champion, Chris Jericho. It’s a big reaction from the crowd for Jericho inside the arena however for those watching at home the crowd is silent. It is indeed because the audio for the audience has been shut off completely. Jericho is playing to the crowd, receiving a huge ovation but to those watching on TV all they can here are the snarky comments of Eric Bischoff. Being the clear nWo guy on commentary, Easy-E talks over a replay of the six man tag match from Super Brawl and wastes no time in pointing out the illegal involvement of The Giant. Schiavone argues that the nWo used the championship belt as an illegal weapon during the contest – to which Bischoff replies that two wrongs don’t make a right. Next out to the ring is Dean Malenko, along with Fit Finlay, holding the WCW Cruiserweight Title around his waist. This time the audience watching on television can hear the crowd reaction. Huge heat for the Ice Man, he enters the ring and holds up the title belt to the hard camera for even more boos. The show goes to a commercial break before the bell sounds.


    **Commercial Break**


    Match One
    Chris Jericho vs. Dean Malenko
    While it has been a very unique way to start the first edition of nWo Nitro, we are back to basics for the first match of the night with two elite wrestlers clashing inside the ring. Both men are coming off title victories at Super Brawl and want to continue their winning ways. With Fit Finlay on the outside of the ring, Malenko had a considerable advantage over Jericho and it would come into play throughout the match. Fit Finlay had no issue grabbing the foot of Jericho when he ran the ropes, often tripping him, he would climb onto the apron during pinfall attempts by the Giant Slayer and at one point knocked Jericho’s foot off the bottom rope forcing him to power out of a pinfall. Jericho would not be held back however by the interference. With the crowd rallying behind him, Jericho would seize control of the contest and send Malenko head first into Fit Finlay, who was trying to get involved on the apron. The Irishmen was knocked to the floor, Jericho caught Malenko by the legs and applied the Lion Tamer in the middle of the ring. Moments before it looked like the Ice Man was going to tap, having found no way out, he was saved by Scott Hall kicking Jericho in the back of the head for a disqualification.
    Winner:
    Chris Jericho @ 09:42 (DQ)

    Post-Match,
    Scott Hall would hammer away at Chris Jericho with his fists and boots. Pulling Jericho by the hair, Hall drove his fist directly into the side of the head and shouted at him throughout the process that he was never beaten. That fact was stated repeatedly on commentary by Eric Bischoff – arguing that the title change should be stricken from the record since Jericho never pinned the actual title holder. Schiavone fought back on this point, reminding everyone at home that it was Scott Hall who demanded it be a multi-man match instead of a normal singles contest for the title. If anybody is to blame it’s Scott Hall himself. Bischoff scoffed at the idea and continued to say that this assault by Hall was justified because of the way Jericho had carried himself in recent months, bad mouthing the New World Order and accepting help from The Giant last night. Hall would use the WCW United States Heavyweight Title as a weapon, smashing Jericho in the face with the belt, leaving him out cold on the canvas with the Bad Guy standing with a single foot on his back and title belt held up in his right hand. It was clear that Scott Hall was not going to take losing his title belt easily and Chris Jericho still had to deal with the Bad Guy, one on one.



    In the locker-room,
    Lex Luger and Roddy Piper are amongst a group of WCW wrestlers who are discussing the state of the company. Many are concerned about their future, worries about family situations are heard, the atmosphere in the room is sombre. Luger and Piper reassure everyone that the New World Order hasn’t won the war just yet. From across the locker-room, Buff Bagwell calls that bullshit. He says that the nWo is unstoppable now that Kevin Nash is both World Champion and WCW President. He isn’t sticking around on a sinking ship, Bagwell heads for the door and pauses to offer anybody else the chance to come with him to beg Kevin Nash for a spot in the nWo. People seem to be thinking about it when Diamond Dallas Page enters the room, locking eyes with Bagwell and he reinforces the belief that the nWo hasn’t won yet. Bagwell scrunches up his face, calling the rest of the locker-room idiots before exiting the room and shouting for directions to where Nash’s office is located. Back in the locker-room, DDP is confronted by Luger and Piper. Three of the biggest names in the rebellion – Page takes responsibility for all that has happened recently between Goldberg and himself. That is all over according to Page, they stepped into the ring like men and they fought until neither could give any more. Page explains that while he may not like Bill Goldberg, he can respect the man who took him to the absolute limit last night and now it’s time to focus on winning the war – together. Piper and Luger both nod in approval, Page shakes hands with the two of them and is welcomed back into the fold as a member of the WCW rebellion.


    **Commercial Break**


    A pre-taped vignette plays, it’s a segment for
    The Artist where he is sculpting an exact replica of the WCW Cruiserweight Title. Standing behind The Artist is the ever-intimidating force known as Meng. The Artist talks about how every great mind is often put in chains by those who fear to unleash his brilliance. Citing his exile from the title picture at Starrcade, The Artist shouts that he has broken those chains and now stands as a free man. Free to create as he sees fit, to mould the WCW Cruiserweight division in his image and the only way to do that is the capture the title belt. The Artist examines his replica of the title, it’s beautiful, looks almost perfect, but as with any fake, you can tell it is not the real thing. As The Artist traces the replica with a single finger, he pushes it off the stand and to the floor where it breaks into tiny pieces. According to The Artist, those who lack the creative brilliance he has will settle for second best. Not him, The Artist doesn’t want the Birth of Venus, Girl with a Pearl Earring or American Gothic. What he wants is the greatest work of art in the world – the final thing he needs in his revolution – that is the WCW Cruiserweight Title. Looking towards the camera, The Artist says that is exile will spur him onto greatness – he will be the next champion because the Ice Age will end before it ever begins, and in its place will be the Renaissance!



    While preparations for the second match of the night were underway, Bischoff and Schiavone engaged in an argument on commentary. Sticking up for his former partner, Schiavone cannot contain his emotions while denouncing the way Mike Tenay was removed from commentary. Bischoff mockingly sobs, telling Schiavone that it’s such a cruel world out there but that’s the way things go. One day you’re at the top of the world and the next you’re in the unemployment line begging for a dollar to buy a can of soup. Easy-E says that nobody shed a tear from him when he bled inside a steel cage, he isn’t a wrestler and yet both Schiavone and Tenay seemed very cheerful about the brutality he felt at Starrcade. Schiavone counters, telling Bischoff that he caused that himself by running his mouth. Of course, Bischoff replies that Tenay did the exact same thing – he ran down the nWo all of last night, he has been biased for years and finally something he has been done to restore integrity to WCW announcing.

    Match Two
    Scott Steiner (w/Konnan & Savage) vs. Mike Enos
    It’s a quick match here to showcase Big Poppa Pump coming off his part in the defeat last night. With two members of the New World Order at ringside cheating is a dime a dozen and it is done so in front of the referee. This referee seems powerless to do anything, Steiner at one-point throwing Enos to the outside where Konnan and Savage blatantly double teamed him in full view of the referee but no disqualification was called. Schiavone calls this a farce, Bischoff says the referee is doing what he has been told to do and it is clear that anybody facing a member of the nWo is going to have an extremely hard time under the new regime. Steiner is handed a steel chair, the referee thinks about ringing the bell until Steiner shouts him down, causing the referee to lower his hand and close his eyes. With one strong swing Steiner nails Enos in the head and then applies the Steiner Recliner for the submission victory in just over four minutes.
    Winner:
    Scott Steiner @ 04:16

    Entering the ring after the match, Steiner and his fellow New World Order members dispose of Mike Enos to the outside of the ring. Bischoff jumps to his feet and applauds the performance of Big Poppa Pump, calling him one of the top stars in the company and somebody that is destined for greatness in the near future. Schiavone can barely contain his displeasure, through gritted teeth he doesn’t blow up in a fit of rage. Bischoff is laying it on thick for the praise of the New World Order – it’s so over the top. We cut to a commercial as the three members of the nWo exit the ring, Konnan dashing over to the announce desk and fist bumping Easy-E before heading up the entrance ramp.


    **Commercial Break**


    Once Nitro returns from the break, Chris Jericho is leaning up against a wall in a hallway of the arena. Nursing injuries and wounds sustained during the post-match attack by Scott Hall, Jericho shows discomfort as he takes a step away from the wall. Making his way down the hall, passing by a few members of the backstage staff, Jericho is confronted by WCW President – Kevin Nash. Even though he is in a fair deal of pain, Jericho straightens himself up, shifting the title belt onto his shoulder and looks Nash directly in the eyes. Defiant is how’d you described Jericho at this moment. Nash eyes him up and down, telling Jericho that it appears that Malenko really put a beating on him. Not one to let a remark go unanswered, Jericho remarks that Nash must be as blind as he is tall because Jericho had the match won until Hall got involved. Apparently, Kevin Nash missed the finish and claims to have no knowledge of the assault, stating that it doesn’t surprise him though after the way Jericho has so arrogantly paraded around for the past couple of months. Jericho retorts that he has backed up everything he has said – just look upon his shoulder for proof. That sparks a grin on the face of Kevin Nash, he waves a hand towards the title belt and says that he has some news regarding the title. In three weeks at Uncensored, Scott Hall will receive his contractual obligated title rematch in a singles match for the WCW United States Heavyweight Title. Jericho flicks his hair back and says he has no doubt he can beat Hall, this is the match he wanted originally and in three weeks he’ll add another nWo member to his list of defeated foes. Turning his back and beginning to walk away, Jericho is grabbed by Nash and spins back around. Nash wasn’t finished. He informs Jericho that Hall will face whoever is champion at Uncensored because it may not be Jericho. With a distinct sense of arrogance in his tone, Nash announces that next week Chris Jericho will defend the WCW United States Heavyweight Title against Big Poppa Pump – Scott Steiner! Jericho shakes his head, the nWo is going to do everything they can to remove the title from him and judging by what we have seen tonight – this is just the beginning.



    Inside the ring are a team of local jobbers ready for their big break on nWo Nitro. There opponents are Chavo Guerrero Jr. and his uncle, the man who shocked the world last night, Eddie Guerrero. Walking out onto the stage without his mask on – shaved head and all – Eddie drops to a knee and takes in the heat he is receiving from the crowd. He talked a big game and backed it up in the biggest match of his career when he defeated Mil Mascaras at Super Brawl IX. Chavo enters the ring and holds the rope open for his uncle, Eddie ducks underneath and then sprints onto a turnbuckle. Slapping at his chest, Eddie shouts that he is the greatest luchador of all time – a statement that Bischoff makes on commentary also. The way Eddie won last night is covered on commentary – Schiavone and Bischoff both agreeing for the first time tonight and calling Guerrero’s use of a second mask brilliant. Before the match begins, Eddie extends a hand to the jobbers, welcoming them to the ring, as they go to shake he pulls the hand back and slaps them across the face. Latino Heat laughs as he steps towards his corner – calling the jobbers wasted time and arguing that he should be in the main event after last night.

    Match Three
    Jobbers vs. Eddie & Chavo Guerrero Jr.
    Super quick tag team contest which is simply to highlight Chavo and Eddie. Coming off a first round loss in the Cruiserweight Title Tournament, this match saw Chavo Guerrero Jr. fly around the ring and use classic Guerrero tactics whenever he was in a spot of bother. Chavo worked most of the match, allowing Eddie to recover from the night before, working the arm and applying pressure on several joints. The jobbers never stood a chance in this contest – especially when Latino Heat entered the ring with more confidence then we have ever seen him with before. The shaved head means nothing to him now, a victory over Mil Mascaras has restored any loss of faith in himself and Eddie showed that here tonight. Continuing to work the arm that was started by Chavo, Eddie used several arm-drags to move his opponents around the ring and proceeded to do whatever else he wanted. The finish came after Eddie hit the triple verticals, the final one being more of a brainbuster, and then went to the top rope for the Frog Splash. It was a done deal with the referee making the three count.
    Winners:
    Eddie & Chavo Guerrero Jr. @ 05:02

    While the jobbers roll to the outside of the ring and are carried away by medical personnel; Eddie and Chavo Guerrero Jr. exchange a slap of hands in celebration before going from corner to corner to gloat about their success. Their celebrations are cut short however by the arrival of the reigning WCW World Tag Team Champions, Kanyon and Raven. No, it’s not a fight they are looking for with the Guerreros – Kanyon wants what they are occupying – the ring. Eddie takes one look at the solemn soul that is Raven and immediately darts from the ring with Chavo not too far behind him.

    With control of the ring to themselves now, Kanyon gets on the microphone and reminds everyone that he is still the leader of this team and is still holding the gold. Kanyon holds up his title belt and says that for the second pay-per-view in a row he has finished the job for his team, he has put the load on his back and he has carried this duo to heights never seen before. Reminding everyone that the odds were stacked against them, Kanyon gives his version of events from last night which include Kanyon being knocked out cold but somehow fighting through the haze to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat. Kanyon continues, ignoring the chants for Raven from the crowd, and begins to taunt Kenny Kaos and Rick Steiner’s failure to capture the titles for a second time. Not only is that their third straight defeat to Kanyon (never mentioning his partner) but it was their last chance at the gold. Calling the former champions pathetic, Kanyon declares that he alone could have defeated them, and he alone could best the Blue Bloods, Harlem Shake or any other team that wants a piece of the hottest damn champion in all of wrestling. The chants for Raven grow even louder, the man himself sitting in the corner of the ring with his head down and title on his lap. Kanyon tries to continue but the chants drown him out and force Kanyon to acknowledge them. He snaps, shouting at the audience to shut their mouths because he is the leader of this team and he will be respected as such. Raven chants continue – Kanyon paces back and forth, ordering the fans to shut up but they refuse. The image of Raven almost standing up for himself last night, moments away from putting Kanyon in his place has created a buzz in the audience, they want to see Kanyon get his mouth shut by the man he has abused for months.

    Kanyon turns sharply to face Raven sitting in the corner. Stepping towards him, Kanyon says he hasn’t forgot about Raven’s little stunt last night and proceeds to grab him by the jacket, pulling Raven to his feet and shoves him against the turnbuckle. In a raised voice, Kanyon reprimands Raven for raising a hand to him – vowing to make him suffer if that ever happens again. Kanyon reminds Raven, as he is known to do, that Raven came from nothing, he is worthless, if not for Kanyon he’d be on the streets. This life, these people, this job, the title, it’s all because of Kanyon and Raven will obey the hand that feeds him! Striking Raven across the face, Kanyon knocks his partner down to the ground and hammers away with stomps. His title belt goes flying across the ring, Kanyon picking Raven up and screaming in his face that he deserves this for last night. “Never raise your hand to me again! I own you, Raven! I own you… you’re nothing without me.” It appears that the Flatliner is coming but at the last second Kanyon is tackled from behind – it’s Stevie Richards! Raven’s former best friend is in World Championship Wrestling and has come to his aid. Richards unloads with hard punches to the head of Kanyon and forces him to retreat. The fans are cheering loudly as Richards checks on Raven, letting his friend know that he is here, before grabbing a microphone and telling Kanyon that this is over. If Kanyon wants to abuse Raven, bad mouth him or use him as a puppet – then Kanyon will have to go through Stevie Richards. Kanyon storms up the ramp in disbelief, his tag title all the way back at ringside but he has no intention of going near Richards after the wild punches he landed during the scuffle.


    **Commercial Break**


    The crowd erupts in a thunderous wave of heat as ‘the Franchise’ Shane Douglas makes his way out to the ring, breaking out into a little strut when he steps onto the apron of the ring, mocking the Nature Boy. The ropes are held open by Francine, the vixen flicking her hair and sharing a kiss with Douglas in the corner of the ring. For the next several minutes the heat is ruthless inside the arena – Douglas is milking the crowd for everything they are worth, raising and lowering the microphone to draw a reaction from them. The first word he utters is drowned out by the boos; Douglas begins to cackle and asks what all the fuss is about. The crowd continues to give it to the Franchise and Francine while Douglas introduces himself for those unaware of his work elsewhere. Douglas speaks about getting a phone call from Kevin Nash about an opportunity to grab a big money contract and all he had to do was make sure Nash walked out of Super Brawl as the World Champion. “I could leave that dump I was stuck in down in Philadelphia, get my hands on the big money I deserve and to sweeten the pot that little bit extra – I would get to screw Ric Flair at the same time? I said to hell with everyone else this is my time; give me the money!” Douglas continues, telling the crowd that the money wasn’t the only thing that made him jump to World Championship Wrestling. Touching upon the years of animosity held towards Ric Flair, Douglas goes off on Flair’s continued reign as a top star when his skills have long since passed. The legend of Ric Flair lives on but the physical being that stands in this ring is a shell of the man and it’s a disgrace that he taints a legacy that inspired someone like me all those years ago. Ric Flair should’ve stepped aside but he didn’t, he’s a selfish prick who has sucked the life out of professional wrestling for his own gain and has left nothing but crumbs for everyone else. That ends now, that ended last night when Shane Douglas took a steel chair and smashed it into Ric Flair’s lifeless carcass seven times. Douglas points towards the crowd, he tells them that the Nature Boy they knew and loved is going to be put down. He’s on borrowed time because the Franchise is here and he is here to kill the career of Ric Flair once and for all.

    At this point, Ric Flair emerges onto the stage to a warm welcome from the audience and a look of fury from Shane Douglas. Francine has to hold the Franchise back otherwise he would have stormed up the ramp to get his hands on Flair. Back at the top of the stage, Flair has a microphone and has only one question to ask. “Who the hell are you?” That one stings, Douglas shouts into the microphone that Flair knows exactly who he is and that’s the man who cost him the World Title last night, and the man who will end his career. Flair rolls his eyes, shaking his head and says if he had a dollar for every man who said that he’d be a millionaire. Come to think of it, Flair is a millionaire – unlike Douglas who has been wrestling in High School gyms in front of fifty people until last night. Another stinger for the Franchise, he paces around the ring and tells Flair to shut his mouth before he gets a taste of steel just like he did last night. Flair ignores that and instead says he has been listening to what Douglas had to say. To Flair it sounded like a jaded fan – that’s all Shane Douglas is in reality. He’s not a man looking to shock the system, he isn’t one of a kind, all Douglas is in reality is a fan who never got the photograph or the autograph from the Nature Boy.

    For that Ric Flair is truly sorry, he’s sorry that Shane Douglas modelled himself after the Nature Boy and turned out to be a third-rate wrestler pretending to be something he isn’t. Flair is sorry that Shane Douglas came all the way to WCW just to get his ass kicked by a man who according to the Franchise has been damaging his legacy since the early 90s. But what Flair is not sorry for is the multiple World Titles he has won, the pay-per-views he has headlined, the cities he has travelled to, the shows he has stolen and the legacy he has created. Nobody gets to end his career, many have tried and they have all failed! Shane Douglas is just the next in line of a long list of people who wanted to make a name for themselves by being the next Ric Flair – well, sorry but there is only one and he isn’t going anywhere. According to Ric, it's obvious that Douglas made an impact last night. The game has been changed forever and Shane has a spot on the front cover thanks to a steel chair. Millions of people now know your name. They have heard you come out hear and state your case - people who had never heard of you see you standing in the ring calling me out. You may think you cemented your place last night but you didn't. You jumped me when I was covered in blood, halfway through a match and disarmed! Until Douglas proves his worth inside the ring against the Nature Boy he isn't hasn't accomplished anything and these people in the crowd that he can't stand will care just as a little about him as they did two nights ago before he stuck his nose in Flair's business. Flair prepares to drop the microphone when he leans forward and tilts it up to his lips – “I’ll make this really simple, kid. You versus me in three weeks at Uncensored. You want to kill my career? I’ll give you what you’ve been waiting six years for. Win or lose, I'll make you famous!” In response, Shane raises the microphone up to his mouth and thinks it over. He responds with a single word, yes.



    Backstage, in the office of WCW President Kevin Nash, we find Scott Hall and Hollywood Hogan in an argument. It’s over the finish to the WCW United States Heavyweight Title match last night where Hogan was pinned and therefore Hall lost the title. Hall and Hogan are the only two in the office; Hogan sticks his finger in the face of the Bad Guy and rattles off his accomplishments. Hogan brags that he has forgotten more about wrestling than Hall has ever known. That pisses Hall off and he gets in Hogan’s face, pointing out that Hogan screwed everything up at Super Brawl and cost the nWo power in the form of a championship. It was Hogan who inserted himself in the match, Hall throws his hands up in the air, telling Hogan that nobody wanted him involved. The team of Hall, Steiner and Savage had been planning for the match for weeks. They had everything figured out but Hogan is so pigheaded that he failed to see that. Hall raises his voice, blasting Hogan for stealing the spotlight for himself. He should’ve stayed home with his kids and left the wrestling to people who aren’t past their used by date. That doesn’t sit well with Hogan; the Hulkster gives Hall a slight shove and gets just an inch away from his face. This isn’t going well and Hogan begins to yell that he is the reason the New World Order are back where they are. If not for Hogan than the group would still be split into two factions. Which means Hall would’ve never even have got the belt without Hogan leading the way. Nash wouldn’t be World Champion and President of the company if not for Hollywood Hogan. Sticking out his chest, Hogan proclaims that everything the nWo has is because of him. He is the driving force behind the success, they owe it all to him and Hall should recognize who the real leader of the nWo is! Hall shouts back that he’d still be a champion right now if not for Hogan. With that said, Hall tells Hogan to stay the hell away from his match at Uncensored for the title. He’ll prove it was all Hogan’s fault when he recaptures the title from Jericho. The argument ends, Hall exits the room and leaves Hogan to look frustrated that his involvement last night is being questioned.


    **Commercial Break**


    Coming back from the commercial break, Curt Hennig makes his way out to the ring with Konnan by his side. The response for Hennig is louder than usual because of his involvement in last night’s screwjob towards Ric Flair. On his way to the ring, Hennig keeps looking up towards the rafters every couple of steps. Schiavone reminds us of the return of Sting to World Championship Wrestling last night when he attempted to assist Ric Flair in capturing the World Title. On cue, Bischoff shouts that Sting failed and the nWo came out on top even with the interference of that face painted freak. Next out is Booker T – the number one contender for the World Title – and he heads down to the ring with a spring in his step. This is a chance that Booker T has wanted his entire career, from the streets to possibly being a World Champion. It’s a dream come true for Booker and the crowd have embraced him as he begins the journey to his main event in three weeks.

    Match Four
    Curt Hennig (w/Konnan) vs. Booker T
    Chants of ‘Sting’ filled the arena from the opening bell as Hennig and Booker T collided with a lock-up. Hennig puts in a really strong showing especially after not having a match on the card last night. He is a true technician of the craft, working Booker’s limbs and getting him on the ground. Booker T is much more of a brawler and when the match spills to the outside of the ring he takes control. Konnan tries to get involved in the contest at one point but Booker T puts the idea to bed with a thunderous lariat. Back in the ring, Booker and Hennig trade near falls as the nine minute mark approaches. Booker T would counter a neckbreaker and position himself for the Axe Kick. A counter by Hennig would allow him to hook the arm for the Hennig-Plex only for Booker T to counter with a cradle for the three count!
    Winner:
    Booker T @ 09:35

    Popping right back up after the three count, Hennig and Konnan storm the ring and begin to beat on Booker T. It’s two on one and Booker T, having just wrestled, cannot fight off two men. The crowd are willing him on but Booker needs help – people look towards the rafters – chants for the Icon echo throughout the building. The lights go out to the roar of the crowd and from the rafters descends Sting for the first time in months. It’s an enormous cheer from the crowd, Sting unclips himself and nails Konnan with the black baseball bat. Booker T gets back to his feet and he catches Konnan with the Axe Kick, sending him to the outside of the ring.

    That leaves Hennig scrambling to escape the ring, Sting grabs him by the strap on his wrestling gear and pulls Hennig towards him. The crowd are going mad; Sting twists Hennig around and nails the Scorpion Death Drop in the middle of the ring. It has been months since we have seen that move on Nitro. Schiavone may lose his voice, and his job if he isn’t careful, with all the praise he is giving to the Icon. Bischoff is infuriated with the actions of the Icon tonight. He should’ve stayed away, this isn’t his fight anymore according to Bischoff. Doing this will only further cement Sting’s position as a key enemy of the New World Order but tonight isn’t about that. Tonight, is about the fans and the return of Sting to Nitro. Everyone is standing on their feet as Sting looks around the arena and holds the baseball bat up to the roar of the crowd. Turning back to face Booker T, the crowd watching with anticipation, Sting steps closer to him, grabs the wrist and raises the hand of Booker T! Booker has the approval and Sting! What a moment on Nitro – when all hope looked lost for WCW we have seen Sting show that last night was not a one night only appearance, he is back to fight this war and he has shown his support for WCW’s next challenger for the World Title. With the endorsement given, Sting exits the ring and leaves through the crowd while Booker T listens to the ovation that both men are receiving right now.



    Transitioning to the backstage area, Gene Okerlund is joined by Bret Hart and he looks very frustrated. With shades on indoors, because that’s the way the Hitman rolls, Bret interrupts Okerlund’s opening question and begins ranting about the screwjob that took place last night. From the fans, to the referee, all the way to the top of this company, Bret Hart had the world rooting against him last night. Not one person in the business has a shred of respect for anything that the Hitman has done. He has carried companies on his back, been to the very peak of the business and yet he was passed over for a hood rat? That makes Bret absolutely sick that professional wrestling would sooner turn to cheer Booker T than give the Hitman the respect he has earned not just by what he does in the ring but by the pure nature of his birth. It’s his birthright, Bret was born into this business and everyone else needs to remember their place when a member of the Hart family sits at the table. Okerlund states his opinion that Bret was outmatched on Sunday, and Booker T was simply the better man. The mere claim of Booker being better than Bret causes the shades to be ripped off, Bret squinting in outrage. Bret claims that it’s a shame to see a historian of wrestling such as Gene twisted by the ignorant youth with their MTV, ladder matches, hardcore wrestling, and all this other crap. That’s not what wrestling was built on and it certainly wasn’t built for guys like Booker T! At this point, Bret is cut off by Diamond Dallas Page. The crowd cheers as Page tells Bret to just shut up. Everyone is sick and tired of hearing him complain about the system being against him when it was Bret who used the system to keep Booker T at home for a month via suspension. DDP isn’t taking it anymore, he has been preoccupied with his own troubles for over a month but now he’s able to focus in on the bigger picture and it’s about time Bret saw that himself. Bret isn’t having it, he tells Page to back off and mind his own business – mocking the rib injury he sustained last month. Tensions rise as DDP steps closer to the Hitman, challenging him to do all that talk when face to face with a man. Bret opens his mouth to say something only to close it without a retort before walking away, turning back once to look at Page and ultimately disappearing behind a corner.


    **Commercial Break**


    Coming back from the commercial break, we see an advertisement for Thunder this week – note the nWo logo in the corner. Bischoff hypes up the first edition of nWo Thunder, promising it to be better than anything that World Championship Wrestling has ever put on before and quotes tonight’s show as being an example of the innovating programming coming from the collective mind of the New World Order. In the advertisement it states that The Giant will compete against Meng after they collided last week in the battle royal to decide a number one contender for the WCW World Television Title. These two big men will meet in a hard-hitting fight where only one can walk away as the victor. Who will win? Be sure to tune into Thunder to find out along with an opening address from WCW World Heavyweight Champion and WCW President – Kevin Nash!



    Booker T is walking backstage with a purpose, looking at doors as he passes them until he arrives at the door he is seeking. Police are surrounding the door, Booker T pauses for a moment before asking them to move out of the way. They hold their position and Booker responds by shouting out for Goldberg! A few moments later, Goldberg emerges from the other side of the door and immediately approaches Booker T like he would anyone else. There are no friendly gestures, it’s all business for Goldberg and he abruptly asks what Booker T wants. Booker T shows no hesitation in dealing with Goldberg. After offering some congratulations on his win last night, Booker T lets Goldberg know that with the mess between Goldberg and DDP over with, WCW can finally put an end to the New World Order. Booker T nods his head confidently, he believes that with everyone on the same page they can end this thing once and for all, and it’s going to start with Booker becoming the next WCW World Heavyweight Champion. That’s why Booker is here – he wants to know that Goldberg is ready and willing to stand with the rest of WCW. The former World Champion doesn’t give any assurances, rather the opposite. Goldberg tells Booker T that he shouldn’t plan on getting himself fitted for the title belt because the World Title is coming back where it belongs – and that’s around Goldberg’s waist! That’s a very interesting development and one that throws Booker T off a little. As the expected number one contender for Uncensored, Booker T asks what that means and in response gets nothing. Goldberg remains silent, walking past Booker T as his music begins to play inside the arena.


    **Commercial Break**


    In the final match of the night and the closing segment for the first edition of nWo Nitro; Goldberg makes his way down to the ring to a rockstar reception. It’s a glorious ovation for the ultimate fan favourite and lone wolf. Goldberg climbs inside the ring and ascends a turnbuckle, raising his fists in the arm to a loud cheer. Schiavone praises the match between Goldberg and DDP at Super Brawl and the signs of respect shared between both men – calling it a step in the right direction for the downfall of the New World Order. Easy-E jumps in, laughing about the dysfunction displayed by members of World Championship Wrestling and praising the nWo for keeping the company afloat with so many idiots running around trying to cause problems. Out next is Bam Bam Bigelow – alongside Bobby Heenan but minus Wrath. Heenan and Bigelow head down to the ring, our commentary duo discussing the decision made by Bigelow last night to side with Heenan as his manager. Bischoff thinks it’ll bring great fortune to the Beast from the East and Schiavone says that he can't refute that, especially after the success Wrath has had since joining up with The Brain.

    Match Five
    Goldberg vs. Bam Bam Bigelow (w/Bobby Heenan)
    After a hard fought contest the night before it takes Goldberg a minute or two to get into the swing of things tonight. Bigelow is on the attack during the opening section of the match – putting Goldberg in the corner of the ring and delivering stiff shots to the body. The presence of Heenan is felt only through his encouragement and orders at ringside, likely because even Heenan isn’t brave enough to try getting involved with a Goldberg match. The match spills to the outside of the ring, both men battling it out and Bigelow regains control, taking advantage of being on the outside as he slams Goldberg’s head into the announce desk. Bischoff cheers on commentary, jumping to his feet and requesting that Bigelow do it again. Back inside the ring they go for the finishing sequence of the match. Bigelow looks for a splash but Goldberg rolls out of the way, he powers up to his feet and nails a scoop slam on Bigelow – displaying his unmatched power inside the ring. The spear and Jackhammer combination would follow and Goldberg bags his first win post-Super Brawl IX.
    Winner:
    Goldberg @ 06:34

    The first thing pointed out on commentary by Tony Schiavone is that in his first match aligned with Heenan the result is a loss for Bigelow. That cannot mean good things for the working relationship between these two men and is on display when Bigelow rolls to the outside and in frustration pushes Heenan away, exiting ringside by himself with Heenan hurrying after him. Meanwhile, Goldberg remains in the ring to a big round of applause from the crowd. He extends a hand to the ringside crew workers and is given a microphone – it’s a rare sight to see Goldberg wanting to speak.

    Keeping it short and sweat, feeling the effects of the match just minutes ago, Goldberg states that his focus has been draw elsewhere this last month. Well, that has been dealt with – Goldberg and Page fought like warriors in the ring last night and that issue has been put to bed. Big cheer from the crowd as Goldberg confirms the feud with DDP is over. Still standing in the middle of the ring, Goldberg looks up at the stage – his eyes on the nWo sign hanging from the rafters – he points to it and says that this should’ve never happened. It wouldn’t have happened if Kevin Nash wasn’t World Champion – it’s the title that gives him all this power and it’s time to take that power back. Speaking proudly and with aggression, Goldberg calls out Kevin Nash and demands that he receive his obligated rematch for the WCW World Heavyweight Championship! The audience is surprised as is Schiavone because of Booker T’s status as the number one contender being confirmed last night. What does this mean? That’s all we’re getting tonight as Goldberg drops the microphone and makes his way up the ramp. His intentions have been made clear – Goldberg wants his rematch for the title he lost at Starrcade but Booker T is already next in line. Tune in next week to find out! This has truly been a night where World Championship Wrestling’s future changed forever!



    Quick Results:
    Spoiler:

    Chris Jericho def. Dean Malenko
    Scott Steiner def. Mike Enos
    Eddie & Chavo Guerrero Jr. def. Local Jobbers
    Booker T def. Curt Hennig
    Goldberg def. Bam Bam Bigelow



    Current Card for Uncensored ~ March 14, 1999
    WCW World Heavyweight Title: Kevin Nash (c) vs. Booker T
    WCW United States Heavyweight Title: Chris Jericho OR Scott Steiner vs. Scott Hall
    First Time Ever: Ric Flair vs. Shane Douglas
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    Figured considering I’m surprisingly caught up with this thread for a change that I’d drop some feedback on your Superbrawl fallout edition of Nitro. Considering Nash is now the president, I always say it’s the little things that count. I love the fact that your show banner had the NWO logo over the top, brilliant little touch.

    Wow! What a beautiful opening. Honestly, thought this segment was so good. Nash bragging about Superbrawl was fine but wanting to burn the tapes of the Horsemen… And even worse, having Arn Anderson forced to it. Such an awesome way to signify the ‘end of an era’, and the emotion of Double A was written extremely well here. Never expected anything like this but this was awesome and fits in with the episode title perfectly, even diamonds burn. Great start.

    I think somebody mentioned in feedback regarding WCW revolving door when it came to authority figures, but you’ve immediately put those doubts to bed. The new ring set up and commentary position, all things that signal change. You’ve made this Nash thing feel so big. Even the new video package was a nice touch. I’m a little envious that you have these extra details you can use as with booking ECW and The Network taking over, the differences were minimal because the company doesn’t have a budget to make too many changes. You’ve done really well here.

    Whilst the removal of Mike Tenay to allow for an NWO commentator makes perfect sense and is all kinds of awesome, I’m a little disappointed that it’s Bischoff. I’m sure the commentary dynamic will be great but considering the NWO basically kicked Bischoff out of WCW in the beginning of this thread, deserting him, it’s strange that they would bring him back… I’d argue it’s even stranger that he is all smiles and happy to promote the group through his initial spiel back at the desk. I’m hoping there is more to this because at this stage, this just feels like a bit of an oversight on your part, especially considering there was no addressing of what occurred at Starcade either.

    Another awesome touch with Jericho’s crowd reaction being muted. Jericho/Malenko in a champion versus champion match is a huge way to start the show. Finlay’s interference being a key factor makes sense, and Jericho about to get the win only for Hall to cause the DQ is just about right. Obviously sets up that Hall wants his US Title back. I also commend you on going back to the Lion Tamer when Jericho can use it, but definitely handy to have the Walls in his arsenal for when he fights a much bigger man. I think you should keep both in your pocket.

    A nice full stop on the attack with the title belt shot, the whole point of why they’re feuding. I did want to mention that already the chemistry on commentary is much better, even if I’m still not sold on the overall logic behind it.

    I quite enjoy the idea of all of the WCW guys discussing the state of the company together. This is probably something that needed to be explored more often in real life but just wasn’t. It just makes the whole WCW vs. NWO seem that much bigger. Bagwell trying to jump ship is going to be humorous as I’m sure he gets kicked to the curb. DDP aligning himself with WCW now that his issue with Goldberg is over is a smart move also. Good segment.

    The Artist stating his desire in his usual, enigmatic way was a solid read. The fake Cruiserweight title was used as a nice prop here. The Artist continues to get air time so I assume you have something planned for him, but I’m curious as to what it is, because he won’t be getting the belt off Malenko anytime soon.

    Kind of irked me even more that Starrcade incident was mentioned on commentary, but the part where the NWO completely abandoned Bischoff was ignored.

    Steiner was always destroying Enos. Nice win for Steiner to remind us that he’s somewhat relevant though, as he does feel like a bit of a background player at the moment. I don’t mean that like it’s an issue or anything either, more just my live thoughts. Simply where he is at.

    Jericho/Nash segment was great fun here. Despite getting a serious rub, Jericho is still a little while away from challenging Nash, but even just being in this frame, does further wonders for him. Jericho/Hall is the logical destination for this angle and Steiner/Jericho next week should be awesome. The heels stacking the deck against Jericho is booking 101.

    The Guerrero’s beating some jobbers is fine. Eddie is having an amazing run so far. The interesting almost non confrontation between the Guerrero’s and the tag champs leaves me wondering where the Guerrero’s enter the tag title division. That would be a lot of fun and it makes zero sense to have just thrown that little moment in for no reason.

    Kanyon/Raven promo followed the story the angle has for awhile now and it’s still really enjoyable. Kanyon taking all the credit but I loved the aspect of the fans continues chanting for Raven being the thing that pushes Kanyon over the line. Abusing Raven and attacking him was nice, as was the Stevie Richards appearance. Currently watching through ECW 96 and Raven/Stevie is all kinds of fantastic. Would have liked a little more from Raven here but I guess after last night, you can’t give away to much. Really looking forward to seeing how the inclusion of Richards impacts the character of Raven moving forward. Exciting time ahead in my opinion.

    You said you had a lot of fine writing the Douglas/Flair promos in the build up to their match and I can see why here. This first one went down a treat even in the recapped format. I thought it was smart to give Douglas a chance to explain his beef with Flair, as some really wouldn’t know why this is happening. The only thing that was maybe a bit to ECW was when Douglas called Flair a selfish prick. Would WCW have allowed that, probably not? Douglas wanting to kill the career of Flair only for Flair to come out and basically floss and gloat was nice. The digs at Douglas’ third rate wrestling career were very well done as well, and the match being made at Uncensored is awesome. Solid start with this one.

    Scott Hall and Hollywood Hogan argument is very interesting. I feel like this could be the first signs of the infighting which will be a detriment to his faction. Hogan thinking he is the man but then costing the US Title makes me believe eventually he will be discarded from the NWO, not sure when but he will. I feel like this will be a slow build though but for right now, the Hall/Hogan stuff is a lot of fun.

    Hennig/Booker would be a nice little match. I like the idea of Hennig checking the rafters for Sting but if the NWO was so worried, why has nobody else been on the lookout for him? I’m not sure that makes sense. Still, this match was very clever with Booker getting the Cradle win, keeping Hennig strong but keeping Booker’s momentum before his title shot.

    Aftermath continues on that note with the 2 on 1 before STING appears and makes the save. The biggest thing here for me though is Booker getting Sting’s stamp of approval, that’s a big deal… And makes Booker really feel like the big deal. I thought this was very well played.

    Bret Hart continues to be a nag and complain, which is great because that is when he is at his best as a heel. All of the complaints and his family is royalty, standard stuff really. DDP almost sounds like he is trying to recruit Hart before wanting to fight him. I enjoyed the segment and I liked the idea of Page trying to get Hart onside, I don’t like the idea of them fighting. DDP has just apparently realised what is important, if he wastes his time with another non NWO opponent, he’s a liar and he’s not focusing on what is important. Intrigued to see how you book DDP from here now, the jury is out depending on what happens next for me.

    The Giant/Meng should be a great hoss match on Thunder!

    Booker T’s interaction with Goldberg here leaves things really out in the open. Goldberg clearly isn’t fighting for WCW, he’s a lone wolf fighting for himself. Booker asking what that means only for The Berg to give him nothing makes me suspect a Goldberg shock in the coming weeks. More fun stuff here, showing that WCW still doesn’t completely have it’s shit together.

    Honestly, I really dislike the booking of Bam Bam here. He is just paired up with Heenan and Wrath, they are the new heel faction being built, he shouldn’t lose on his first night. I understand you didn’t have a choice considering his opponent, but this is the worst way to build momentum for Bigelow. I’ll never take him seriously as a main event threat after this.

    As for Goldberg, makes sense for him to win and calling for his obligatory rematch explains the earlier interaction with Booker. Looking forward to seeing further developments in the coming weeks.

    A pretty good show coming off of the PPV. Loving the WCW/NWO stuff. A couple of little things I pointed out throughout, but in general, very happy with where this is going… And the first edition of NWO Nitro is definitely a success. Keep up the fantastic work with this thread.









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    Way to do a completely new intro to Nitro…makes me really believe you are all in on Nash being the head guy in charge…I am undecided on how I feel about Eric being the new commentator…I never really enjoyed him on commentary, but I think that it will be worth it to have that NOW voice in the booth.

    Jericho vs. Malenko would be a hell of a match. I like that you went with a no-decision b/c both men shouldn’t be losing after just winning their belts. I look forward to seeing a Hall/Jericho singles match.

    I really do hope that Buff gets into the NWO…I loved the stuff that him and Scott Steiner did…I like Page being a lockerroom leader and putting the match with Goldberg behind him.

    Good vignette for the Artist…I hope that you kinda steal some stuff from Velveteen Dream and put it into the Artist…and them Meng as his enforcer is just a smart thing to do with Meng.

    A squash match with a purpose…it lets us know that the refs have been told to relax the rules with the NWO...also something I noticed is you said Eric was over the top with his praise…I wonder if that’s a hint to something down the line…maybe Eric isn’t as pro-NWO as he says he is.

    Cool little promo with Jericho and a good match set up for next week…I feel a Bagwell interference.

    Decent win for the Guerreros to show that Eddie is back to his old self…Kanyon and Raven are one of my favorite tag teams on this forum…the day that Raven nails Kanyon will be a hell of a deal..i think the Richard debut was ok…I have a feeling that Kanyon will force Raven to hurt Richards…I feel like there is such a reversal of roles between Kanyon and Raven from real life.

    What a promo to set up Flair and Shane…I enjoyed the reasoning behind Shane jumping over and how it happening…Flair’s parts where perfect.

    More desention between Hall and Nash…I really have a feeling that something is going to happen with Hulk and Eric Bischoff destroying the NWO…I just always have thought the destruction of the NWO will be from within.

    Booker T winning is good headed into his big title match….the return of Sting and his endorsement of Booker T is huge. I like this a lot.

    Cranky old man Bret is hilarious…I am all for a DDP/Hart feud…I like the way you transitioned into it…with DDP trying to be the WCW leader and Hart not having any of it.

    I like the Goldberg segments to end the show…I personally feel you should go with Goldberg vs. Nash instead of Booker T…I just don’t know if he is ready at this time…you could always just have him lose and then show his climb back up…but I think him getting screwed out of his chance and that story will get him more babyface interaction..im curious if the Sting deal was a one time thing or if Booker will be taken under his wing…

    Im not sure how I feel about Bigelow upset with Heenan already…im sure Heenan can smooth it over with him..i really think that Thunder should be where the Heenan family stays.

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    Way to do a completely new intro to Nitro…makes me really believe you are all in on Nash being the head guy in charge…I am undecided on how I feel about Eric being the new commentator…I never really enjoyed him on commentary, but I think that it will be worth it to have that NOW voice in the booth.

    Jericho vs. Malenko would be a hell of a match. I like that you went with a no-decision b/c both men shouldn’t be losing after just winning their belts. I look forward to seeing a Hall/Jericho singles match.

    I really do hope that Buff gets into the NWO…I loved the stuff that him and Scott Steiner did…I like Page being a lockerroom leader and putting the match with Goldberg behind him.

    Good vignette for the Artist…I hope that you kinda steal some stuff from Velveteen Dream and put it into the Artist…and them Meng as his enforcer is just a smart thing to do with Meng.

    A squash match with a purpose…it lets us know that the refs have been told to relax the rules with the NWO...also something I noticed is you said Eric was over the top with his praise…I wonder if that’s a hint to something down the line…maybe Eric isn’t as pro-NWO as he says he is.

    Cool little promo with Jericho and a good match set up for next week…I feel a Bagwell interference.

    Decent win for the Guerreros to show that Eddie is back to his old self…Kanyon and Raven are one of my favorite tag teams on this forum…the day that Raven nails Kanyon will be a hell of a deal..i think the Richard debut was ok…I have a feeling that Kanyon will force Raven to hurt Richards…I feel like there is such a reversal of roles between Kanyon and Raven from real life.

    What a promo to set up Flair and Shane…I enjoyed the reasoning behind Shane jumping over and how it happening…Flair’s parts where perfect.

    More desention between Hall and Nash…I really have a feeling that something is going to happen with Hulk and Eric Bischoff destroying the NWO…I just always have thought the destruction of the NWO will be from within.

    Booker T winning is good headed into his big title match….the return of Sting and his endorsement of Booker T is huge. I like this a lot.

    Cranky old man Bret is hilarious…I am all for a DDP/Hart feud…I like the way you transitioned into it…with DDP trying to be the WCW leader and Hart not having any of it.

    I like the Goldberg segments to end the show…I personally feel you should go with Goldberg vs. Nash instead of Booker T…I just don’t know if he is ready at this time…you could always just have him lose and then show his climb back up…but I think him getting screwed out of his chance and that story will get him more babyface interaction..im curious if the Sting deal was a one time thing or if Booker will be taken under his wing…

    Im not sure how I feel about Bigelow upset with Heenan already…im sure Heenan can smooth it over with him..i really think that Thunder should be where the Heenan family stays.

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    Nitro review:

    - Brilliant opening to Nitro, I really admire how you come up with unique situations and skits to use as segments. This was a good call and a huge dick move from Nash to kick off his reign of terror.
    - Like the institution of a new opening and new graphics to accommodate nWo’s regime.
    - Hell yeah, I know I'm supposed to hate Bischoff but I'm glad he's back. I love Easy E and I think every broadcast team needs a bad guy so this is perfect. Just wondering what his role will be further down the line.
    - Pretty standard assault by Hall, though I am glad he's back for retribution and I believe Jericho and Hall would have a pretty good match if The Bad Guy felt like putting in the effort.
    - I enjoyed the WCW group meeting and Buff being a total tool. Buff was never really cut out to be a face I feel, so him joining nWo might be for the best, but I have a feeling the nWo might not be interested.
    - Can't say I'm interested in Malenko vs. The Artist. I sorta think someone is going to cut him off short of his title pursuit again.
    - Jericho vs. Steiner eh? But Hall is facing whoever has the belt at Uncensored? I'm sure Jericho will win, and I'm definitely hoping so, because I don't want another finger poke of doom-style debacle at Uncensored between Hall and Steiner.
    - Well that's kind of an interesting twist in the Kanyon-Raven storyline. Not sure if I like it or not until I see how things play out.
    - I love Shane Douglas and can't wait for his match with Flair at Uncensored. I'm hoping things really escalate throughout the month, as I'm sure they will.
    - Fairly standard Sting appearance here tonight, evening the odds and officially signifying himself as a member of the WCW rebellion.
    - I liked the interaction between Goldberg and Booker. I wasn't really expecting Goldberg to be a team player after SuperBrawl, and it's a lot more interesting in the grand scheme that we still aren't sure who is on which side. Goldberg is still out for himself and I think it's going to stay that way until the end, with nWo finally being crushed once Goldberg comes around to joining the cause. I'm not sure how this whole thing is gonna play out. A triple threat match maybe? Who knows.

    As a whole, this show was good but maybe a little underwhelming to me. That's no big deal though. This show was mostly establishing new feuds and storylines and that can be kind of tedious. I have no doubt that the next month of programming will be very entertaining with these stories heating up and new layers being added. Looking forward to the next show.

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