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    Uncensored Re: Death of the New World Order

    World Championship Wrestling
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    Freedom Hall in Louisville, Kentucky
    March 14, 1999




    THE PREVIEW

    The world as we know it forever changed last month at Super Brawl IX. At that now famous event we saw a shift in power that has allowed the New World Order not only control over the most coveted championship in the sport but now they hold a dominant position of authority. Kevin Nash is the President of World Championship Wrestling and over the past three weeks has used his newly found position to dismantle any opposition that dares to stand against him. At Uncensored the war continues between WCW and the nWo. Who will come out on top?

    At the top of the card is none other than the most powerful man in wrestling; Kevin Nash. The current President of WCW and the reigning nWo World Heavyweight Champion aims to continue his reign of terror that began at Starrcade last year. Having seen off the challenges of Diamond Dallas Page and Ric Flair previously this time Nash will step into the ring against Booker T. It has been made clear over recent weeks that Nash does not view Booker T as his equal. Booker T has never been in this position before. It’s the biggest opportunity of the former tag team specialists’ career. While the champion may not view Booker T as a legit contender the same cannot be said for the fans of WCW. Booker T represents the hopes and dreams of all those who have ever been told they weren’t good enough. He has fought from poverty in the streets of Houston, Texas to stand just one night away from being called World Champion. Only one will walk away with the big gold belt.

    Under unique circumstances Chris Jericho claimed the WCW United States Heavyweight Title last month at Super Brawl IX. Usually contested in a singles match or multi-man encounter the title match was instead held under six-man tag team rules. It saw three representatives from the New World Order take on Jericho and two fellow WCW stars with the belt on the line. Jericho would overcome outside interference from members of the nWo and successfully pin Hollywood Hogan to win his first WCW United States Heavyweight Title. While no doubt a moment to celebrate it has raised a valid argument from the former champion – Scott Hall. He was never beaten. Yes, Hall lost the title even thought Jericho never beat him. At Uncensored all the complaints will be answered as these two men finally collide in he singles match they should’ve had back at Super Brawl IX had it not been for Hall’s refusal to engage Jericho one on one. The nWo has long been unable to defeat Jericho until this past week when Hall finally scored a victory over the Canadian. Is this a sign of things to come?

    Talk is cheap. Actions speak louder than words. We have all heard those phrases before. Well, at Uncensored you will get to see the living embodiment of those exact phrases. Having taken the WCW Cruiserweight Title as his own, Dean Malenko proclaimed that he could defeat both Rey Mysterio Jr. and The Artist at the same time. When those two men squared off in a contenders match it was Malenko and his partner Fit Finlay who interrupted proceedings and caused the match to end without a victor. As a result, WCW Commissioner Arn Anderson used the Ice Man’s own words against him and made a Triple Threat Match for the WCW Cruiserweight Title at Uncensored. Mysterio Jr. seeks to avenge the injury inflicted upon his close friend Billy Kidman, who sits on the shelf because of Malenko, and would love nothing more to take the title away from the Ice Man. Meanwhile, The Artist has returned to the title picture after an exile last year banned him from chasing the gold. He seeks to bring forth a Renaissance to the division crafted in his image.

    This could’ve been the match we saw last month but the Blue Bloods stumbled at the final moment to allow another team into the WCW World Tag Team Title picture. Ever since that moment both Dave Taylor and Bobby Eaton have been furious. Using that anger to their advantage the Blue Bloods have once again gained the position as next in line for a title shot against the highly dysfunctional champions. It has been no secret that Kanyon and Raven are an odd couple. That much has been now since they joined forces. Over the past month things have gotten worse between the pair as Kanyon continues to abuse Raven verbally and has now turned physical in showing his displeasure whenever Raven fails to adhere to a command like a common dog. The relationship continued to evolve when Stevie Richards, a friend from Raven’s past in another organization, appeared on Nitro to defend his long-time friend. Kanyon and Richards would then collide in an Extreme Rules match on Thunder which was highly violent and saw both men draw blood. After the contest was over Kanyon attempted to inflict further damage but was stopped by Raven – he never actually struck Kanyon though. Last week, the Blue Bloods attacked Kanyon and appeared ready to deliver some serious damage until Raven made the save for his partner. It’s a complicated situation. Raven is being pulled in multiple directions. You can be sure that things will hit a boiling point when the titles are on the line!

    Nobody has ever come into a World Championship Wrestling and become hated by so many so quickly. The man who holds this distinction is none other than the Franchise Shane Douglas. It was last month at Super Brawl IX that Douglas made his appearance in WCW when he screwed Ric Flair out of the World Championship and thereby allowed the New World Order to gain the Presidency. Douglas’ reasons for his actions date back many years with him having a deep hatred for the Nature Boy. Douglas believes that Flair has tainted his own legacy by sticking around too long, holding others back so he can soak in the spotlight and refusing to move out of the way for the next generation. A generation that Douglas views himself as the top star of above all else. Ric Flair however argues that Douglas is just jealous that he could never achieve the success he dreams of and wants to blame everyone else for his shortcomings. Shane Douglas has come to WCW to end the career of Ric Flair and the Nature Boy has accepted the challenge. For the first time ever, it will be Douglas versus Flair inside the ring. Can Shane Douglas prove that Flair is past his prime or will the Nature Boy school this arrogant newcomer?

    You know a show is packed when the rematch between Goldberg and Hollywood Hogan is on the card. They fought once before last year when Goldberg defeated Hogan in the Georgia Dome to capture the World Title in front of his hometown fans. This time Goldberg will meet Hogan with a chance to regain that same title. Back at Starrcade, with the help of Randy Savage, Kevin Nash stole the World Title from Goldberg in the main event. Since that night Goldberg has been on the hunt to get it back. Personal issues with DDP saw Goldberg turn away from his ultimate goal for a brief period but now he is back. In his path stands Hollywood Hogan. Depending on who you ask Hogan is either the leader or second in command of the nWo. With what has been called a ‘God contract’ Hogan can request any match he wants. When Kevin Nash announced that Goldberg would only receive a future World Title match if he could beat a member of the nWo it was Hogan who jumped at the chance. Only a small group of men can say that they have beaten Hogan and never lost to him. Goldberg is one of those men. Hogan tends to get his win back. Will that still be true after Uncensored?

    On the same night that Shane Douglas made his appearance in WCW another man returned. This man came from the rafters. It was Sting. Returning and siding with WCW against the nWo, one of the great defenders has helped WCW stand firm against the ever-growing power that Kevin Nash has collected. As a result, the nWo has sent one of their own to deal with the Stinger. You see, on the night Sting returned he chased Curt Hennig to the back. Hennig has never forgotten this embarrassment and over the first two weeks he was again made to look like a fool by the man in the rafters. Six days ago, Hennig finally got payback when he tricked Sting to come down from the rafters and had a team of security waiting dressed as cameramen to jump his opponent. Hennig laughed and crowed that this was what awaited Sting on Sunday. We will find out. Has Curt Hennig figured out how to defeat the mainstay of World Championship Wrestling?

    Not all matches need to involve the New World Order and that is the case with the final two matches listed. Firstly, Bret Hart and Diamond Dallas Page will meet inside the squared circle for the first time since they battled over the WCW United States Heavyweight Title late last year. This rivalry has reignited following Hart’s defeat to Booker T at Super Brawl IX where he complained that he shouldn’t have lost to such an inferior talent. Page, taking issue with the claim, confronted Bret about being so pigheaded that just because he was born into a wealthy family didn’t make him better than anyone else. That notion infuriated the Hitman and resulted in him executing a piledriver on Page through the announce desk in a cowardly assault. Page would return a week later on Thunder to sign the contract for their match at Uncensored and he would get a measure of revenge when he hit a powerbomb on Hart through the table set up inside the ring.

    The final match on the card is a six-man tag team contest. Bobby Heenan has moved from behind the announce desk back to ringside and he has formed a new family of talent under the Heenan Family name. WCW World Television Champion Wrath, Bam Bam Bigelow and Rick Steiner have sided with Heenan and will be guided by him for the foreseeable future. Wanting to test his troops, Heenan has challenged Lex Luger to find two partners. Heenan would claim that Luger had lost so much potential because of his time spent pleasing the crowd. Luger would gain the support of The Giant and Kenny Kaos, the latter joining to get a revenge of his former tag partner Rick Steiner for turning on him a few weeks ago. Will the Heenan Family come out looking strong or will Lex Luger lead his team to victory?

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    UNCENSORED PREDICTION CONTEST

    nWo World Heavyweight Championship Match:
    Kevin Nash (c) vs. Booker T

    WCW United States Heavyweight Championship:
    Chris Jericho (c) vs. Scott Hall

    WCW Cruiserweight Championship Match:
    Dean Malenko (c) vs. Rey Mysterio Jr. vs. The Artist

    WCW World Tag Team Championship Match:
    Kanyon & Raven (c) vs. Blue Bloods

    FIRST TIME EVER:
    Ric Flair vs. Shane Douglas (w/Francine)


    !! THE REMATCH !!:
    *If Goldberg wins he will challenge for the World Championship*
    Goldberg vs. Hollywood Hogan (w/Horace Hogan)

    THE RETURN:
    Curt Hennig vs. Sting

    Singles Match:

    Bret Hart vs. Diamond Dallas Page

    Six-Man Tag Team Match:

    Lex Luger, The Giant & Kenny Kaos vs. Heenan Family (Wrath, Bam Bam Bigelow & Rick Steiner)

    ~BONUS QUESTIONS~
    What will Eddie Guerrero's involvement in Uncensored be?
    Will the New World Order gain a new member? If so, who?
    In the Luger/Heenan tag match which individual will score the victory for his team?

    What will be the longest match of the night?
    What will be the shortest match of the night?


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    UNCENSORED PREDICTION CONTEST

    nWo World Heavyweight Championship Match:
    Kevin Nash (c) vs. Booker T
    Even though this feels like a predictable outcome, I've taken a lot of enjoyment in seeing Booker being positioned in a main event role. You've got me invested in this match thanks to a very solid build, and whilst I obviously see Booker falling short, I think he'll look strong in defeat, with either a bunch of run ins saving Nash, or Nash pulling some shit to change the rules in his role as president.

    WCW United States Heavyweight Championship:
    Chris Jericho (c) vs. Scott Hall
    Makes no sense to switch the belt back, seeing as Jericho only won it. Don't see there being anything to gain by hot potatoing the belt back to Hall, and it'll only strengthen Jerichos position as a rising star to beat Hall. My one criticism remains that Jericho should be winning the belt here, rather than putting the belt on him in that six man last month. But this should be another great win for Jericho, overcoming the odds of the n.W.o and keeping the belt, knocking off a bonafide star in the process.

    WCW Cruiserweight Championship Match:
    Dean Malenko (c) vs. Rey Mysterio Jr. vs. The Artist
    Feels like Malenko is just killing time waiting for Kidman to come back. Much like Jericho, I don't see any positive in switching the belt back after just getting the belt on Malenko. Wouldn't rule out a Mysterio win, as he's cooled off quite a bit since the Eddie feud, but I don't see the benefit of switching the belt here. Malenko makes the Artist tap to protect Rey from having to take the defeat.

    WCW World Tag Team Championship Match:
    Kanyon & Raven (c) vs. Blue Bloods
    Kanyon and Raven keep the belts despite their issues, but something needs to change in this story and for the champions to actual feel under some kind of threat in these matches. The Blue Bloods to me just feel like an afterthought and the challengers of the month.

    FIRST TIME EVER:
    Ric Flair vs. Shane Douglas (w/Francine)

    Via shenanigans. I've really enjoyed this feud, and I feel like you've put across the personal nature of it really nicely. The Flair interview from home was a good read too. But, with Douglas so fresh in the company, he needs the win if you want to make him a credible upper mid/main event level heel. It'll be shady, and may even be a Flair-esque win, but Douglas wins here for sure. Has to.

    !! THE REMATCH !!:
    *If Goldberg wins he will challenge for the World Championship*
    Goldberg vs. Hollywood Hogan (w/Horace Hogan)
    I just don't think you can afford to job out Goldberg again. That said, Hogan winning would certainly set a cat amongst the pigeons, and escalate the in-fighting within the n.W.o. Given that stip, I do lean toward a Hogan win (besides, Hogan has to get his win back, brother) but I fear that with every loss he suffers, Goldberg loses lustre and ends up just being another guy on the roster. Going with what I hope here, rather than the outcome I fear.

    THE RETURN:
    Curt Hennig vs. Sting
    The only question for me is how long this goes. As much as I love Hennig, I think he could be a lamb to the slaughter here and ran over by Sting in super quick time. Worse still, I actually think that would be the best thing to do. Stings return hasn't exactly set the thread alight as yet, but a short, one sided win could help reinvigorate the character. No question for me that Sting wins though. Anything else would be a death knell for his character imo.

    Singles Match:
    Bret Hart vs. Diamond Dallas Page
    Hardest one for me to call. Bret hasn't looked overly great when it's come to getting the job done in these PPV matches, despite some fun promos, and he could really do with a win here ... but so could DDP. I'm leaning toward Hart, just as he's still talking about the U.S Title, and Jericho could be in need of a fresh challenger after this show. But this is a match I'm looking forward to seeing your booking of, as it feels like a match neither guy can really be affording to lose without losing a lot of steam.

    Six-Man Tag Team Match:
    Lex Luger, The Giant & Kenny Kaos vs. Heenan Family (Wrath, Bam Bam Bigelow & Rick Steiner)
    Now, conventional wisdom says the faction goes over ... but I just don't buy the Heenan Family as a serious force, and them beating Luger and Giant would just give me the impression that Luger and Giant are goofballs, rather than taking the Heenan Family seriously. Giant is the reason I've been swayed to go with the makeshift team tbh. He's in the middle of a redemption run, and I'd prefer to see him in the role of the dominant monster right now. Not eating another loss. All that said, Kenny Kaos sticks out like a sore thumb, and the absolute fall guy for a Heenan Family win. Going for the Luger & Giant factor to be the difference though.


    ~BONUS QUESTIONS~
    What will Eddie Guerrero's involvement in Uncensored be?
    I'll be honest, I'm kinda stumped on this. I'll go for Eddie and Chavo targeting Kanyon and Raven after their match, and launch an assault on the tag titles.

    Will the New World Order gain a new member? If so, who?
    I hope not. They don't need anyone. NO.

    In the Luger/Heenan tag match which individual will score the victory for his team?
    Hopefully, THE GIANT.

    What will be the longest match of the night?
    BRET HART vs DDP

    What will be the shortest match of the night?
    HENNIG vs STING

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    Uncensored Re: Death of the New World Order

    World Championship Wrestling
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    Freedom Hall in Louisville, Kentucky
    March 14, 1999

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    AND NOW – WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP WRESTLING PROUDLY PRESENTS...

    UNCENSORED!



    !! PYRO !!

    It is the first pay-per-view of the New World Order run WCW and the changes are distinct from the opening shot of the arena. Hanging from the ceiling all around the arena (think WrestleMania 22) are banners of all the current New World Order members and those who have since left the group. Those no longer with the organization have big black X’s spray painted across their banner. Panning shots of the crowd are shown as Tony Schiavone welcomes us to the show, being backed up by Eric Bischoff – the official mouthpiece for the nWo. Bischoff praises the card tonight and credits Kevin Nash’s role as President of WCW for putting the show together. Schiavone is already annoyed – mocking Bischoff by asking where his banner is as it’s clearly missing from the rest that are hanging around the arena.

    **MYSTERIO JR JAM**

    To a big warm reception from the audience – REY MYSTERIO JR. rushes out onto the stage with a big fist pump into
    the air. There is simply no better way than cruiserweight action to start a pay-per-view. Mysterio Jr. begins to make way down to the ring, slapping hands with fans and thanking them for their support. Schiavone and Bischoff discuss the tournament final from Super Brawl IX where Rey came up short against the Ice Man, falling to the kneebar that has claimed everyone who has been caught in it. That had to be a learning experience and seeing Malenko walk around the company with the title he stole from Billy Kidman must be eating away at Rey, according to Schiavone. Whilst Schiavone is far more positive towards Rey, Bischoff quips that the loss last month might be stuck in the back of the luchador’s mind and it could prove costly if the match is in the balance. Maybe Rey simply cannot defeat Dean Malenko?

    **PURPLE RAIN**

    The lights in the arena dim and begin to spin in circles – a purple light shinning throughout Freedom Hall. You don’t see anything like this in Kentucky on a weekly basis – The Artist emerges from the entrance chute wearing a purple suit and a large brimmed hat. What has been a normality for THE ARTIST draws more heat from the crowd as a large wall of pyro descends from the ceiling behind him – showering the backdrop with golden sparks. A cigar hangs from the fingertips of The Artist as he makes his way down to the ring, carried on the shoulders of his personal muscle – Meng. Yes, The Artist refuses to walk down to the ring and instead is being carried.

    The mere sight of this arrogance draws the ire of the crowd and sends Easy E into the deep end as he laughs. To his credit, Schiavone reminds the audience that while The Artist is unconventional he is certainly deserving of his spot in the title match. He has proven to be a top competitor in the cruiserweight division and holds a pinfall victory over Rey Mysterio Jr. a few months ago. Stepping off the shoulders of Meng, The Artist wipes his feet before entering the ring, blowing a big puff of smoke towards Rey before tossing the cigar to the outside and slowly removing his suit.

    **BLACK KNIGHT**

    The theatrics of the previous entrance are unthinkable to the man who enters third – the final combatant in this contest – the champion, DEAN MALENKO. He has fought to get back to this point and tonight Malenko makes his first title defence since capturing the gold for an impressive fifth time in his career. Out from the entrance chute comes the Ice Man, his eyes focused on the ring and his body showing no emotion as he walks down the ramp. One glaring difference this time compared to his last appearance on PPV, as pointed out by Schiavone, is that Fit Finlay is not with him tonight.

    By order of WCW Commissioner, Arn Anderson, it has been decided that Fit Finlay is banned from ringside due to his involvement last month at Super Brawl IX. Upon entering the ring, Malenko unclips the WCW Cruiserweight Championship from his waist and holds it up in the air, getting into the faces of both challengers – especially that of Rey. There is a bit of chatter between Rey and the Ice Man, tension between the two well known because of the relationship between the luchador and Billy Kidman. The referee backs both men into opposite corners, The Artist already fixed in a corner himself – the match is ready to get underway!


    WCW Cruiserweight Championship Match:
    Dean Malenko (c) vs. The Artist vs. Rey Mysterio Jr.

    From the opening bell it’s a unique start to this contest when The Artist immediately jumps to the outside of the ring and leans against the barricade on the outside. To the confusion of the crowd, The Artist stands alongside Meng and waves for things to proceed. It becomes clear that The Artist has decided to let Mysterio Jr. and Malenko beat the hell out of each other and then he will pick the bones. Malenko and Mysterio Jr. might be best suited to unite and deal with the man on the outside but that isn’t going to happen – not with the history these two men share. They meet in the middle of the ring, Malenko gaining control with a side headlock which he uses to move Rey into a corner. A stiff knee to the stomach connects driving Rey down to the canvas; Malenko fires off another two knees before backing away and motioning for The Artist to get into the ring.

    While his attention is on the outside, Malenko is surprised by Mysterio Jr. who returns fire with a barrage of kicks to the legs. Malenko is trying to cover up and block a few of the incoming strikes however Rey is just too quick. An arm drag across the ring has Malenko spinning, he stumbles to his feet and eats a tilt-a-whirl headscissors takedown! The champion is in major trouble right now, snatching at the ropes to stand and getting nailed with punches by the luchador. This is the nightmare scenario of last month spurring Rey into another level of intensity; he whips Malenko across the ring and into the ropes. Baseball slide by Rey misses, Malenko leap frogs and cracks him with a forearm to the face and into a cradle! ONE! TWO! KICK OUT!

    Both men pop back up quickly, another forearm connects from Malenko which is just as stiff as the one he hit beforehand. A sharp kick to the stomach bends Mysterio Jr. over and it is followed up by the Ice Man sending him into the corner. With Rey propped up and ready, Malenko charges forward – Mysterio gets a foot up but it’s caught by the champion at the last second. Malenko sneers, yanking Rey into his grasp and connecting with a Northern Lights suplex! Before Malenko can make a cover however he is pulled from the inside of the ring by The Artist and tossed to the floor! The Artist scurries into the ring, hooks the leg for the cover and attempts to steal the victory. ONE! TWO! KICK OUT!

    Rey Mysterio Jr. is not one to lose that quickly and soon begins to push himself off the canvas. For the first time in the contest, The Artist stands inside the ring and begins to go to work on the luchador. Sending Mysterio Jr. into the ropes, The Artist leaps into the air and nails a picture-perfect dropkick on the rebound. This time it’s Dean Malenko who pulls The Artist from the ring, clobbering him with hard punches and chops on the outside of the ring. While they are preoccupied with each other, the crowd rises to their feet as Rey Mysterio Jr. steadies himself inside the ring before springboarding from the top rope onto both men!!

    It’s a total mess on the outside after Mysterio Jr. took to the air to remind the world how much of a unique wrestler he truly is in this sport. Rey is the first man to their feet and he grabs The Artist by the arm, sending him back into the ring and stepping over the champion. With The Artist slowly coming too on the inside of the ring, Rey climbs onto the top turnbuckle – a few moments later Rey dives off the top and nails a DIVING SENTON ACROSS THE BACK OF THE ARTIST! Rey turns The Artist onto his back and makes the cover. ONE! TWO! SHOULDER UP!

    The pace begins to quicken in this one fall to a finish triple threat match with all three men getting involved now. Mysterio Jr. maintains control as he works The Artist over in the middle of the ring with more kicks. A solid strike to the body has The Artist waving for mercy but it’s a ploy – thumb to the eye! The Artist got a slight break from the official who wanted to check if The Artist was unable to continue and Mysterio Jr. paid the price. With Mysterio Jr. obstructed with his sight, The Artist ducks down and lifts Rey onto his shoulders – SAMOAN DROP! A cover by The Artist takes place, a hand in the air as a sign of victory from the ever so arrogant flamboyant one. ONE! TWO! MALENKO BREAKS IT UP!

    You cannot forget about the champion who enters the ring to make the save and protect his championship. The crowd deliver chants of “Rey” but the focus is on Malenko and The Artist for the time being. A hard uppercut by Malenko has The Artist backing up, he tries a thumb to the eye only to have Malenko grab the hand and sweep the legs! Malenko keeps control of the hand, he looks towards the crowd as they roar with displeasure at the Ice Man doing so well in his first title defence. After calling for silence, Malenko lowers the hand and STOMPS ON IT! The Artist cries in pain, his fingers possibly broken – Malenko yanks him up by the arm and whips The Artist across the ring with a hard lariat! Not wasting anytime, Malenko continues with more strikes to the body of The Artist.

    Picking the challenger up and driving him back into the corner, Malenko delivers three shoulders into the mid-section of The Artist before backing up. From across the ring, Mysterio Jr. jumps back into the action – hitting a running dropkick on The Artist in the corner which was aimed at Malenko originally. Malenko is able to grab Mysterio Jr. afterwards, sends him into the ropes but Rey slings himself over the top rope and lands on the apron! Malenko rushes forward to knock him off, Rey springboards himself back into the ring from the apron, the crowd jumping to their feet – MYSTERIO JR FLIES OVER MALENKO! He sticks the landing, ending up behind the champion and nails a REVERSE-RANA! Malenko is spiked on his freaking head with that move – Rey hooks the leg for the cover. ONE! TWO! KICK OUT!

    The opening contest is going a mile a minute, Mysterio Jr. is back to his feet and yanks Malenko up to a vertical base before delivering a kick to the stomach. Rebounding off the ropes, Rey attempts a tornado DDT, spinning at high speed, only for Malenko to push him away! Rey lands on his feet – AND EATS A SUPERKICK! The Artist nails the kick right to the side of the head which knocks Rey to the outside of the ring. Meanwhile, the Ice Man shakes off the cobwebs and tries to bargain with the second challenger. Malenko proposes they double team Rey and take him out of the match – The Artist thinks it over for a second and then delivers a second SUPERKICK!

    Still standing but totally dazed, the champion gets hit with combination of chops. The Artist can sense this is a huge chance with Rey down on the outside and is looking to take advantage. With his bodyguard standing on the outside of the ring, The Artist whips Malenko into the ropes and tries another Samoan Drop. Malenko slips free, hooks the arms around the waist and goes for a German Suplex! This time it’s The Artist countering, hard elbows to the head of the Ice Man causing a break. The Artist rushes towards the ropes – SPRINGBOARD CLOTHESLINE! With a grand wave of his arm, The Artist takes in the jeers from the audience before making the cover on the champion. ONE! TWO! KICK OUT!

    Looking towards his muscle on the outside, The Artist shouts that he should’ve had the win right there. Back to his feet, in clear control for the moment, The Artist grabs Malenko by the head and shoves him towards the turnbuckle. After a few punches to the head have connected, The Artist lifts Malenko onto the very top of the turnbuckle and hits a few more back handed chops drawing a red stain across the chest of the champion. The crowd begin to stand as The Artist makes the climb up the turnbuckle, delivering more punches to the champion and preparing for what could be a game changing move.

    Sensing the danger that is coming we see Malenko begin to fight, scratching and clawing at the challenger to escape this dangerous situation. The Artist has one arm hooked, trying for what appears to be a superplex, but is struggling to get full control that would be needed. Malenko grips the top rope, firing off a few punches to the stomach of The Artist – the challenger responds with a hard headbutt! Malenko is stunned – The Artist has both arms hooked when all of a sudden REY MYSTERIO ENTERS THE RING! With a handful of tights which belong to The Artist, Mysterio Jr. pulls from the bottom and brings both men crashing to the floor in a TOWER OF DOOM! Malenko falls victim to the superplex and The Artist is hit with a powerbomb.

    Fans are going wild as Mysterio Jr. hurries into a cover on The Artist. ONE! TWO! KICK OUT! Without wasting anytime Rey scrambles across the ring to the champion and hooks the leg of Malenko. ONE! TWO! KICK OUT! The luchador came back into the fold at exactly the right time and has seized a major opportunity. Both his opponents are down and ripe for the picking with the WCW Cruiserweight Title hanging in the balance. Mysterio Jr. begins to work over The Artist, kicking Malenko to the side beforehand, and whips the other challenger into the ropes. On the return, Rey ducks down underneath The Artist and allows him to rebound for a second time – this time connecting with a MONKEY FLIP! The Artist pops back to his feet rather quickly, eating a few forearms from Rey, and then gets driven to the floor with a wheelbarrow bodyscissors into a bulldog combination! Cover by Rey immediately after the move. ONE! TWO! MENG PULLS REY OUT OF THE RING!

    Outrage from the fans erupts inside the arena as Meng yanks Mysterio Jr. clean out of the ring. The much larger man grabs Rey by the arm and whips him towards the steel steps. Luckily, Rey jumps over them, clearing the steel, he quickly returns and uses the steps to launch himself into the arm – SEATED SENTON ON MENG! The big man’s head hits the outside floor hard, taking him out for the night, and this allows Mysterio Jr. to climb back into the apron. Looking inside the ring, Mysterio Jr. sees that The Artist is still lying prone on the canvas. From the ring apron, Rey slingshots himself back in with a leg drop however The Artist was playing possum! Mysterio Jr. gets nothing but hard canvas, The Artist is back on his feet and rushes off the ropes for some momentum – only he is cut off by Malenko! The champion grabs The Artist while he is sprinting and uses the momentum to assist with an OVERHEAD SUPLEX! Malenko is fired up, grabbing The Artist again and tossing him into a corner of the ring. With his attention back to Rey, Malenko pulls the luchador to a vertical base and places him on his shoulders.

    Connecting with a fireman’s carry gutbuster, Malenko hooks the leg with a forearm in the face of Rey. ONE! TWO! KICK OUT! Climbing into mount, Malenko hammers away on Rey whilst keeping an eye on the second challenger in the corner. When The Artist appears to be making a move, Malenko pounces towards the corner and executes a drop toe-hold. Expert wrestling technique is on show now as Malenko glides over the body of The Artist and grabs hold of the arm, working an OVER THE SHOULDER CROSSFACE CHICKEN WING! Malenko is surely going to be able to break The Artist right here – pulling back on the submission hold with the referee watching very closing. Malenko has entered into the zone right now, his title on the line, two challengers instead of one and Malenko is showing up big time on this huge stage that is his first title defence. The Artist is shouting in pain, his eyes wide, Malenko yanking back on the hold… until Rey launches himself from across the ring and smashes into both men to break the hold.

    It’s a scramble to the feet between Malenko and Mysterio Jr. while The Artist clutches at his arms in a world of pain. A stiff knee to the gut allows Malenko to try for a powerbomb, Rey counters with a headscissors to send the Ice Man spilling across the ring. Back to his feet, Malenko is hit with a dropkick which forces him back into the turnbuckle. Rey continues to bring the pressure, hard flying forearm knocks Malenko down a level – in perfect position for the BRONCO BUSTER! Mysterio uses all of his strength to pull Malenko out of the bottom half of the corner and hooks the leg. ONE! TWO! THE ARTIST BREAKS IT UP! With his arms hanging by his side for the moment, The Artist delivers some of the hardest stomps you have ever seen. He is fighting with both arms in serious pain and yet somehow, he is still going using his feet as weapons. This shows what the WCW Cruiserweight Title means – these men are using every single limb they have.

    The Artist bites through the pain, using his arms to pull Mysterio Jr. from the canvas and slings him into the ropes. A back body drop attempt falls short, Rey landing on his feet and delivering a dropkick to the back of The Artist which sees him positioned for the 619! Rey raises his hand in the air, charging forward for the move but is cut off by Dean Malenko – drop toe-hold into the STF! Malenko has another submission hold locked in and this time Rey is in the middle of the ring and the only hope of saving him is looking the other way by his own doing. Mysterio Jr. will not make the ropes, Malenko has the hold far too deep and in the middle of the ring to allow that. He begins to shout, pleading for The Artist to wake up, to realize that both their hopes of winning the title are slowly draining out right now. Malenko is pulling back, his teeth are bared – the Ice Man is going to pull this win off… when Rey begins to worm forward, freeing his own teeth and then Mysterio Jr. BITES DOWN ON MALENKO’S ARM! It’s do or die! Malenko breaks the hold, clutching at his wrist with huge bite marks and drops of blood filling the indentations!

    Furious, Malenko storms back towards Rey but he gets his knee kicked out from under him! Malenko spills towards the second rope and gets caught hanging there. Thousands inside the arena jump to their feet as Mysterio Jr. rushes forward – SIX ONE NINE! Malenko flies backwards into the middle of the ring but before Rey can take advantage, The Artist pulls him from the apron and tosses him into the steel steps! Shouting that this is his moment and that the world will finally see his genius, The Artist slowly climbs onto the top rope and poses for all to see. He takes arm and dives – THE PURPLE EXPERIENCE – a huge diving headbutt aimed towards Malenko!

    But he took damn well too long! Malenko rolls out of the way, The Artist crashes into the canvas and eats nothing but mat. It’s a bad landing, Malenko pulls himself back to his feet, his wrist bleeding from the bite marks by Rey, and that only further infuriates the champion. He grabs The Artist by the right leg and drives his elbow into the joint. In quick succession, Malenko pulls and tugs at the right knee, dropping elbows and his own knee into it. It’s a pure masterclass of how to destroy a limb within thirty seconds, The Artist has fallen due to his own arrogance. If he had simply climbed to the top and gone for the headbutt without showboating he’d have won the match! Now, Malenko is on the verge of retaining his title, grabbing the leg and giving it one last DRAGON SCREW! An air of confidence has shifted into Malenko, he grabs the leg and tightens his grip for the KNEEBAR right in the middle of the ring.

    Nobody except Billy Kidman has ever escaped this hold. It is time to see if The Artist can join a very exclusive group of men. The focus is on the two men inside the ring, Malenko straining to put this encounter away. It looks bad for The Artist, his hand inches away from the canvas and his muscle on the outside knocked out cold. Then in a moment that has never happened before, Malenko begins to lose his grip, allowing The Artist to inch forward! Confusion comes over the face of the champion, his hands are slippery… it’s the bite mark!

    That damn luchador bit Malenko so hard that his hands are mixed with blood and thus are making it nearly impossible for the kneebar to be applied! Dean Malenko is in a fight for his title WITHOUT HIS BEST WEAPON! Before The Artist can get to the rope, Malenko breaks the hold, keeping the record books clean for Kidman to be the only man to ever break the hold, and he pulls The Artist back to his feet. Going to plan b, Malenko lifts him up for a PILEDRIVER! When Rey comes flying into the ring with a FLYING DROPKICK! Malenko spills to the outside leaving Rey and The Artist.

    The crowd are chanting for the luchador, he battles with The Artist in the middle of the ring. Rey blocks The Artist from sending him into the corner and instead executes an arm drag. The Artist is sent across the ring, Rey pops back up and pounces on his with a SWINGING NECKBREAKER! ONE! TWO! KICK OUT!

    With the crowd firmly behind him, Rey looks for the finish to reclaim the title for his fallen friend. A stiff leg kick by Rey backs The Artist into the corner, he whips him across the ring – LEAP FROG BY REY! The Artist eats a REVERSE-RANA! He is totally out of it and never truly recovered from the missed swan dive. Headscissors by Mysterio Jr. sends The Artist into the middle rope, he raises an arm in the air again – SIX ONE NINE! The Artist falls directly into the middle of the ring. Rey launches himself back with a SPRINGBOARD SPLASH! It’s right on the money but before Rey can make a cover he is NAILED with the title belt!

    Malenko strikes Rey with the WCW Cruiserweight Title, bashing him across the face with it from his blindside. Rey had the match won! Malenko quickly dives into the cover on The Artist, the man Rey put down, and the referee slides into position. ONE! TWO! THREE! It’s a damn robbery by the Ice Man if ever we have seen one in World Championship Wrestling.


    Spoiler:

    Winner: And STILL WCW Cruiserweight Champion – Dean Malenko @ 14:10


    Staggering to his feet, clutching at his bleeding wrist, title belt in hand, Dean Malenko brushes past the referee and immediately rolls to the outside of the ring. He wants no part in a post-match celebration after barely escaping Uncensored with his championship belt. The Ice Man makes his way up the ramp and is soon joined by his ally, Fit Finlay. The Irishman helps support Malenko, allowing the champion to recover as his exploits are shown on the big screen.

    On the live call, Tony Schiavone is adamant that Rey Mysterio Jr. had done all the hard work at the conclusion of the match. It was his 619 that put The Artist down on the canvas, it was his splash which kept him there and Malenko had to resort to using the title belt as a weapon to save his title reign. Bischoff says that might all be true but all that matters is who got the pinfall. Malenko was in the right place at the right time and he took advantage of Rey’s hard work – the basis for a triple threat match. Malenko is at the top with the title belt in his hand, blood dripping from his wrist, looking as hardened by battle as ever. The Artist is picked up by Meng and carried out over his shoulder, fans mocking the creative one as he takes his leave, completely unaware of his situation. Meanwhile, Rey Mysterio Jr. is coming to inside the ring, he looks around and realizes he has fallen short once again, pounding his fist into the canvas in frustration. That sight draws a small smirk from the Ice Man before he exits via the entrance chute.




    Elsewhere, Arn Anderson sits in his office alongside Ric Flair. As has been the trend the office is considerably smaller and shabbier ever since the nWo took ultimate control of the company back at Super Brawl. The two long-time friends discuss what happened last week on Nitro when the New World Order retaliated against the uprising of WCW talent from the previous week. Flair speaks with passion and fire – he wants to put an end to this war before anybody else gets hurt. While Arn agrees, he pleads with the Nature Boy that tonight he needs to be selfish.

    The Enforcer reminds Flair that WCW has people willing to fight for it and tonight they will; Chris Jericho, Goldberg and Booker T are all carrying the banner for World Championship Wrestling. Tonight, Flair needs to focus on himself and he needs to focus on Shane Douglas. The mere mention of the name draws a look of disgust from Ric, he promises Arn that he’ll make Douglas regret spitting in the Commissioner’s face. Arn pats Ric on the shoulder, wishes him luck and reminds him one final time that he needs to be focused on Douglas, let the nWo versus WCW stuff rest for tonight because if there is one certainty it’s that Shane Douglas is one hundred percent zoned in on ending the career of Ric Flair. With a nod of understanding, Flair reassures Anderson that he’s ready and exits the office for his final preparations.




    **KAOS INCOMING**

    The fans give a mild cheer for the arrival of a newly single star in World Championship Wrestling – the man they call Kenny Kaos! Still carrying that enthusiastic energy that he displayed while tagging with his former partner in the tag team division, Kaos hypes up the crowd and embraces fans on his way down to the ring. Schiavone reminds the audience that it was Rick Steiner who turned on Kenny Kaos after they once again failed to capture the WCW World Tag Team Titles at Super Brawl IX three weeks ago. Once in the ring, Kaos climbs a turnbuckle and raises his arms in the air, encouraging the crowd to give him a cheer, and receiving a light response.

    **CHOKESLAM**

    It’s a stark contrast for The Giant in the response he receives compared to the last time he competed on a pay-per-view. Dating back to his time in the New World Order at Souled Out this is the first time that The Giant finds himself competing on the big stage since he was kicked out of the group and replaced by Curt Hennig. Cheers from the crowd are loud for The Giant and are part of the ever-increasing reception he has received since joining up with fellow WCW stars to fight the nWo. The Giant himself doesn’t embrace the fans with interaction, he is still a hard and fierce competitor, focusing on the ring and stepping over the top rope. Bischoff pipes up on commentary, losing his mind about the role The Giant played at Super Brawl in costing Scott Hall the WCW United States Heavyweight Title. It’s clear that the nWo still hold harsh feelings for the way The Giant got some payback on them three weeks ago.

    **TOTAL PACKAGE**

    They have saved the biggest for last and now to a huge roar from the crowd – Lex Luger emerges from the entrance chute. Stepping forward with his hands on his hips the Total Package soaks in the response, he can feel the support echoing throughout the arena and he returns the favour by slapping hands with a few fans on the way down to the ring before joining his teammates inside the ring. Luger is the clear leader, giving some last-minute instructions to The Giant and Kenny Kaos as the veteran of the team. We cover how this match came to be on commentary, Bischoff quipping that Luger should’ve got on his hands and knees to beg Bobby Heenan for a spot in his family. According to Bischoff it’s clear that Luger has fallen from the elite wrestlers in WCW after being dismantled time and time again by the nWo! Schiavone retorts, pointing to Luger’s contribution at Super Brawl which led to a nWo defeat.

    **FEEL THE WRATH**

    In a sign of unity for the bad guys they all come out as one group with Wrath leading the way being that he is the only champion among the three active wrestlers. With the WCW World Television Title around his waist, Wrath marches out onto the stage and immediately points down to the ring with a balled fist! He wants a piece of all three men, the young champion ready to further cement his name in the industry, but he is held back by his manager – Bobby Heenan. The Brain gathers Bam Bam Bigelow, Rick Steiner and Wrath all together to give them a last-minute pep talk. The crowd boo, Heenan is playing mind games by making Team Luger wait inside the ring and it seems to be working as Kaos begins to pace back and forth, shouting for the Heenan Family to bring it on.

    When the huddle breaks, Bigelow and Steiner step up beside Wrath, Heenan following behind, and they begin to make their way down to the ring. It’s an intimidating force, three massive men all ready to fight and the greatest manager of all time supporting them. The Beast of the East and the Hell Hound mean mug the camera, Rick Steiner shoving a cameraman to the ground and throwing off his jacket when he reaches the ring. Finally, all three members of the family step onto the apron, Wrath enters the ring and unclips his title belt, handing it to Heenan through the ropes, while Bigelow and Steiner take their place on the apron of the ring. Across from them it’s The Giant who will start, a rematch from a month ago and one that The Giant has been longing to have ever since he was tackled through a ringside barricade!


    Six Man Tag Team Match:
    Lex Luger, The Giant & Kenny Kaos vs. Heenan Family (Wrath, Bam Bam Bigelow & Rick Steiner)

    Once the bells rings, The Giant moves toward Wrath with his big hands stretched out in front of him, grabbing at the air trying to get a hold on the champion. Being the quicker of the two, Wrath evades during the opening moments of the contest and is able to duck in and out with a few stiff body shots. An attempted whip into the corner by Wrath is blocked and he is sent into the ropes in return. On the rebound, Wrath is sent spinning across the ring with a headbutt! On wobbly legs and stumbling across the canvas, Wrath makes for his corner but The Giant yanks him back and slams him down onto the canvas. It’s a hard landing for the champion which draws the ire of Heenan on the outside, slamming his fists against the apron and shouting at his client; thereafter The Giant drops an elbow across the chest for the first cover of the contest. ONE! TWO! KICK OUT!

    Wrath wouldn’t have been able to go back to the locker-room with his teammates had he given up the match right there. Soon both men are back on their feet, The Giant slaps Wrath across the chest in a neutral corner, then he drives his elbow into the side of the champion’s head before tossing him through the arm with a hip toss. Wrath is stumbling back up, clutching at his chest, he has been dominated by the bigger man for the most part and looks to change his fortune with a hard knee to the stomach! It’s a good shot, Wrath clubs The Giant overhead and backs into the ropes for momentum – jumping knee to the head! The Giant looks stunned, Wrath bounces back off the ropes for a clothesline attempt and instead eats a huge boot to the face! Bouncing off the canvas in a big way the big boot leaves Wrath dazed and allows The Giant to make a tag to Lex Luger!

    The Total Package enters the ring and continues where The Giant left off as he hits a vertical suplex in the middle of the ring. ONE! TWO! KICK OUT! A quick look to the apron shows Bigelow and Steiner growing frustrated and they extend their hands for a tag. Unfortunately for them it’s Luger who is in control applying a chin-lock on Wrath to take a moment to rest. Fans in the arena break into chants of ‘Luger’ to show their support for the veteran. The action begins to pick up as Wrath fights to his feet, elbowing at the ribs and shoving Luger into the ropes. Big shoulder block by Wrath knocks Luger to the ground, he steps over and rebounds off the ropes with a discuss clothesline! Luger tries to shake it off however Wrath is right there to take advantage, picking Luger up and slinging him into the corner occupied by the Heenan Family. Things go from bad to worse now as Wrath gets to take a break after he tags in Bigelow – the latter ready to deliver some pain to the Total Package. This is what Bigelow came to Heenan for and now he is showing off – it’s a big match and Bigelow is on the spot. For the next few minutes Bigelow worked over Luger in the various corners of the ring, using the weight advantage to lean his body against Luger’s and force him to support both men.

    Bigelow would focus on working the back of Luger. Putting pressure on the spine, Bigelow dropped several elbows while Luger was flat on the canvas and hit a DOUBLE UNDERHOOK BACKBREAKER for good measure. With a clear target it was Bigelow who continued to position the Heenan Family into the lead with a RUNNING SOMERSAULT SENTON to the back of Lex Luger! ONE! TWO! KICK OUT! It’s clear that Luger needs to get the tag but Bigelow is a veteran and moves him into the opposite corner where Rick Steiner – the Hell Hound – enters the fray. With quick succession, Steiner hooks Luger from behind and nails a German suplex followed by another and then transitions in front where he throws Luger over his head with an OVERHEAD SUPLEX! The mat-based style of Rick Steiner was on show as he dived onto Luger and applied a front face lock. The crowd would begin chants of ‘Luger’ once again to will their favourite to find a way to his partners.

    Steiner shook his head, shouting back that he was in control, and this little break in concentration was all that Luger needed. Drawing off the energy of the crowd, a fist raised in the air, his body shaking, Luger lifted Rick off the mat and tossed him over his shoulder. Quickly on his feet and rushing to recover from his mental lapse, Steiner eats a combination of right hands, he gets backed into the ropes where Luger slings him across the ring for a clothesline! Bouncing back to his feet, Steiner takes a kick to the stomach before Luger tosses him into the corner and makes the tag to Kenny Kaos! Fired up beyond belief, Kenny Kaos rushes into the ring and sprints into the opposite corner – knocking Bigelow and Wrath off the apron! Kaos then charges back the other way for a SPLASH IN THE CORNER ON STEINER. Former tag team partners going at it as Kaos hammers away with closed fists to the man he saw as his best friend in professional wrestling. An outpouring of emotion is on show as Kaos whips Steiner into the ropes and catches him with a FIREMAN’S CARRY SLAM! Hook of the leg by Kaos for the cover. ONE! TWO! KICK OUT!

    The anger and sadness that has been building in the youngster is flowing right now in his actions towards the man who stabbed him in the back. Kaos mounts Steiner and delivers some awfully stiff strikes before ultimately allowing Steiner to sprawl back to his feet. The fight turns to the corner, Kaos and Steiner jockeying for positions until the former gets control and whips his former partner into the opposite corner. It’s a strong whip across the ring and Steiner smacks the turnbuckle hard. He steps backwards out of it from the impact, Kaos rushes up looking to continue his success and attempts a back suplex but Steiner falls through and lands on his feet behind Kaos. The arms are locked for a GERMAN SUPLEX – elbows by Kaos allow him to break free and he hits a dropkick to the back of Steiner’s head! Down to one knee, Steiner tries to recover but Kaos is right there with a POWERBOMB! ONE! TWO! WRATH BREAKS IT UP!

    The only champion in the contest was not going to allow this match to end right there and put a stop to the pinfall by the orders of the man on the outside of the ring, the greatest manager of all time, The Brain. Kaos is a little dazed after a boot to the temple but he still has control with a hand on the wrist of Steiner. He can hear the calls from the apron of the ring and Kaos manages to get there, tagging in The Giant and returning to the outside for a break. The Giant hits a headbutt to knock Steiner back into a corner and then charges forward for a hip-attack! Luckily, Steiner ducks out of the way and then strikes with a chop-block to the leg of The Giant. A tag is made to Wrath, the champion coming into the ring and stomping on the head of The Giant with great ferocity. Digging both hands into the long hair of The Giant for leverage, Wrath pulls him towards the ropes and connects with a few high knees! A back handed chop wakes The Giant up and he returns fire with an open hand slap. Wrath has to blink his eyes open; The Giant grabs him by the throat and lifts the champion high into the air – Wrath kicks himself free and lands on his feet. Wrath ducks underneath a clothesline, he rebounds of the ropes, makes the tag to Bigelow but continues to charge towards The Giant and flies through the air with SHOULDER BLOCK. That one might not have dropped the big man but Bigelow immediately afterwards doing the same thing knocks The Giant into the ropes and he gets his arms trapped!

    He knows he is in trouble now and The Giant begins to kick with his legs trying to break free. Bigelow has a manic smirk on his face, he has a defenceless opponent, and begins to take advantage with strong punches and forearms to the face of the trapped big man. After beating merciless on The Giant, Bigelow pulls him from the ropes and plants him with a SNAP DDT! ONE! TWO! KICK OUT! Stomping on the mat, Bigelow pulls The Giant towards a corner and place him against the turnbuckle pads. With a solid punch to the face Bigelow turns and slowly makes his way across the ring, tagging in Rick Steiner, before charging at The Giant. BODY AVALANCHE MISSES! The Giant moves out of the way, clothesline over the top knocks Bigelow down to the floor!

    Rick Steiner rushes forward, he tries a double leg takedown but The Giant swats him away. On the apron, Kaos and Luger are begging to get into the contest and The Giant is heading straight for them. Suddenly, Luger is yanked off the apron by Wrath and thrown into the steel steps! The Giant is distracted which allows Rick Steiner to hammer away with punches to the back. He knees The Giant in the stomach and nails him with a swinging neckbreaker! ONE! TWO! KICK OUT! Back to their feet, Steiner listens to the instructions from Heenan and begins to pull The Giant across the ring – thereafter making a tag to Wrath. The champion drops a few elbows and stomps at the body of The Giant as he thinks about his next move. Wrath then moves towards the corner, waving Rick back as he thinks about a tag, before climbing onto the top rope. Fans are standing as Wrath dives off with a FIST DROP FROM THE TOP! It misses! Never really leaving his feet that was a situation where Wrath put all his eggs in an unfamiliar basket! The Giant rolls to the side, stretches out his hand and gets the tag to Kaos!

    The youngster comes into the match again and takes control for his team. Battling against Wrath and holding his own, hitting a sequence which started with a hip-toss, followed by a jawbreaker, into a military press and ending with a leg drop from the second rope and a cover. ONE! TWO! STEINER SAVES THE DAY! The look on Kaos’ face tells the entire story, he is shaking when he shares the ring with Steiner, he pounds his chest and shoves Wrath to the corner – ordering his former partner into the ring. Steiner accepts, giving Wrath a chance to recover, and understanding that this is a foolish mistake by an emotional competitor. They fight it out in the middle of the ring, trading hard punches to the head – Kaos is getting the advantage until Steiner hits a knee that is awfully low but not called by the referee. He slings Kaos into the ropes and hits a double leg takedown. Steiner would work Kaos over as a receipt for the punishment he took earlier in the match. A deep choke was locked in at one point and drew a huge reaction from the crowd as Kaos powered out of it with a snapmare. Kaos needs to make a tag now, edging towards his corner but he is cut down by Steiner and Wrath! The duo both pulling him back into the corner and stomping away. A pair of double team moves – a double suplex and a scoop slam/leg drop combination get a pair of TWO! Counts for the Heenan Family but no victory.

    Entering the final stages of the contest now, Kaos has been isolated by the Heenan Family and needs to get a tag. All three members of the family have taken turns to beat the life out of him – Bigelow now the legal man as he drives his boot into the throat of Kaos. Across the ring, Luger is ready, barely able to contain himself and neither can the crowd. He has been in the match since his opening stint and is ready for some action! Bigelow wags his finger in the air, telling the crowd to give it up as he lifts Kaos onto his shoulders for Greetings From Asbury Park! The crowd gasps as Kaos fights out of it and gets behind for a sunset flip! Bigelow reaches out but misses the rope – falling backwards into a pinning situation! ONE! TWO! KICK OUT! Bigelow is forced to burst up off the mat, creating distance, and allowing Kaos the chance to dive at the corner – HERE COMES LUGER!

    The crowd explodes as Luger charges into the ring and takes out everything in his path. Right hands to Bigelow send him spinning backwards into the ropes – he is whipped across the ring and Luger takes him out with a clothesline! Bigelow scurries to the corner, tag is made to Wrath and the champion looks to put this match away. Luger and Wrath square off in the middle of the ring, the crowd on their feet, both men trading punches with neither backing down. Wrath appears to be getting the best of it but Luger blocks a wild shot, hammers home with a forearm to the face and SLAMS WRATH TO THE CANVAS! In comes Steiner illegally from the apron – Luger catches him and SLAMS STEINER ON TOP OF WRATH! Across the ring, Bigelow charges back into the fold and Luger ducks a punch, nails one of his own and SLAMS BIGELOW ONTO THE PILE! All three members of the Heenan Family have been stacked up like chopped wood by the Total Package.

    Pushing the two illegal members of the team to the side, Luger picks Wrath off the canvas and lifts him high into the air for the TORTURE RACK! This has got to be the end, Luger is causing Wrath to feel pain in every inch of his body and the hold is locked in tight. Heenan is going wild on the outside of the ring, throwing his jacket off and running around ringside to where Bigelow and Steiner are still recovering. When all hope looks lost for Wrath he is saved by an incoming Hell Hound – Steiner finds a way to get back into the ring and he smashes into Luger – preventing a certain submission. Wrath is in a bad way, clutching at his back and telling Steiner he needs a tag right now. The Hell Hound isn’t in the best shape either but he makes the tag and jumps right on Luger. Seeing who is now legal for the other team, Kenny Kaos is back on the apron and he is eyeing his former partner.

    Steiner tries the driver with Luger but the Total Package escapes out the back and kicks him in the stomach – connecting with a BULLDOG! ONE! TWO! KICK OUT! Luger looks towards the apron, he wants something big, Kaos is looking for a tag but Luger tells him it’s not the right time. However, Kaos doesn’t want to hear that, he makes the tag anyway and enters the ring much to the dismay of Luger. With his attention on Kaos, Luger is pulled from the ring by Wrath and tossed into the barricade. At the same time, The Giant and Bigelow begin to brawl on the outside. Meanwhile, Kaos and Steiner collide in the ring! Kaos attempts a POWERSLAM BUT STEINER SHOVES HIM AWAY INTO THE ROPES! On the rebound, Steiner catches Kaos and holds him on his shoulders – Kaos slips free and kicks him in the stomach. Powerbomb again? No, Steiner flips him overhead – Kaos pops back up quickly, he goes for a punch but Steiner knees him in the stomach – Kaos is throwing things way to wildly, it’s all emotion, and Steiner is picking him off. Onto the shoulders now for Kaos – STEINER DRIVER! ONE! TWO! THREE!


    Spoiler:

    Winners: The Heenan Family (Wrath, Bam Bam Bigelow & Rick Steiner) @ 09:24


    The emotions got the best of young Kenny Kaos in this contest and that truly is the story of the night. Lex Luger had positioned his team perfectly to come away with this victory but Kaos had to force himself into the contest to get a piece of his former tag team partner. He fought with emotion and in the end it cost him dearly. After the match is over, Steiner rolls to the outside where the rest of the Heenan Family join him to celebrate. The Brain pats them all on the back and hands Wrath his championship belt, praising his performance specifically while always giving encouragement to his other two clients.

    The camera pans around ringside showing The Giant wiping his mouth as a small trickly of blood comes from his lip – a war wound from the brawl with Bigelow. Luger enters the ring and checks on Kaos – clearly frustrated with the loss after being in such a strong position. Schiavone praises Luger’s leadership and says that you cannot account for something so unpredictable as emotion. The final shot is of the Heenan Family standing triumphant at the top of the ramp; Wrath holding the WCW World Television Title in the air while Luger stares up at him.



    While the remains of the previous match are slowly removed from ringside the camera pans around the front row to reveal Eddie Guerrero sitting eating a bag of popcorn! The crowd boos as Latino Heat kicks his feet up and leans back in his chair – taking up two seats to his left with drinks and other unhealthy goodies! Guerrero shouts at the fans behind him to shut up as the camera lingers. With the camera remaining on Latino Heat some fans want to get close, a chance to get their face on TV, and they accidentally touch Guerrero! That was over the line and draws Eddie out of his seat and right into their faces, Guerrero shouts them down and pushes one of the bigger men to the floor, kicking his beer all over the cement floor below.

    Security has to step in and Guerrero tells them that he is a star and shouldn’t be surrounded by the common American filth. At this point, Chavo Guerrero Jr. arrives with a hotdog and a bottle of Pepsi for himself. To Eddie’s surprise he notices that his nephew has brought nothing for him. Chavo contends that Eddie has a boatload of food on the two seats to his left but Eddie shakes his head – claiming you can never have enough! On commentary, Schiavone talks about how Eddie has obviously embraced the role of a fan tonight since he does not have a match. Bischoff cries that it’s a damn shame that a legend like Guerrero missed out on the action this evening – clearly a holdover from the Arn Anderson era. We get one final look at Eddie before progressing; Guerrero leans over his shoulder and steals a nacho from a fan who was looking the other way – a sly smile comes over his face as the camera finally leaves him be.



    **SELF HIGH-FIVE**

    A big pop from the crowd welcomes DIAMOND DALLAS PAGE into the arena as he rushes onto the stage from the entrance chute with both hands raised in the air for his trademark hand gesture. After playing to the ground, Page rubs the back of his neck – selling the piledriver he took two weeks ago through the announce desk from the man he faces tonight. Page steps through the ropes and approaches a corner, climbing up to the second rope, and ignites the crowd with another Diamond Cutter sign with his hands.

    **HITMAN IN THE HOUSE**

    The camera remains on Page for a second after the music kicks in to show his face going from delighted with the crowd reaction for him to utter contempt for his opponent. Taking his sweet time, BRET HART methodically steps out of the entrance chute taking it one step at a time. Slowly and surely, Hart emerges with his trademark leather jacket and shades on – both pieces now sporting the Canadian Flag on them. Hart is so arrogant that he is chewing gum on the way down to the ring, chomping at the camera and spitting it towards the cameraman as he reaches the steel steps to the side of the ring. Milking his entrance for everything it’s worth we see Hart refuse to enter the ring until the referee backs DDP into the corner on the far end of the ring from the one that he is entering. That draws a laugh and a shake of the head from Page; DDP raises his hands in the air and turns his back to walk to the opposite corner when suddenly Bret Hart rushes into the ring for a blindside attack!

    Singles Match:
    Diamond Dallas Page vs. Bret Hart

    Hart throws off his jacket and shades, kicking and punching at Page who is pressed up against the corner, before executing an arm crank on Page into a single arm DDT! No pinfall off the DDT as Hart rolls up onto his feet where the referee confronts him about attacking before the bell had been rung. That’s not a conversation Bret has any intention of having and he responds with a slight shove to the referee. His attention now back on DDP, Hart has a handful of hair and delivers two knees into the mid-section of his opponent. In the middle of the ring, Hart lines up his shot and nails a quick European Uppercut! Page drops to the canvas and Bret follows up by dropping a knee across the head with added momentum from the ropes! Quick cover by the Hitman with a forearm in the face. ONE! TWO! KICK OUT!

    Back to a vertical base, Hart stalks Page by circling him, slapping at the head and driving a forearm into the back. Both men back to vertical bases now as Hart slings Page into the ropes and knocks him back down with a dropkick to the knee. Bret rolls on top of DDP, hooks both his arms and rolls over to position DDP in a pinning combination. ONE! TWO! KICK OUT! Page manages to get the shoulder up and he fights back to his feet, hammering away at Bret’s head with hard fists to the temple. The crowd rally behind DDP as he blocks a punch by the Hitman, slings Bret into the ropes and hits a back body drop!

    Hart pops back up to his feet quickly and eats a kick to the mid-section. With arm control, Page whips Bret into the corner and proceeds to charge right after him with a clothesline against the turnbuckle. Stumbling out of the corner, Bret is caught by Page and gives up wrist control – eating three hard shoulder blocks while DDP keeps hold of the left arm. Following the three shoulder blocks it’s Page who yanks Bret forward, hooks Bret’s arm around his own neck and nails a NECKBREAKER! DDP rolls over onto the Hitman and hooks the leg. ONE! TWO! THREE!

    It’s DDP doing the stalking now as he gets to his feet, listening to the thousands in the arena chanting his name, and begins to stomp on the body of the Hitman. Page is unleashing weeks of frustration and getting some payback for the vile attack he suffered two weeks ago. Bret is forced to scramble towards the ropes, reaching out with his hand trying to get to the safety that awaits him but Page pulls him back before the Hitman can get there. Forearms to the face keep Bret stunned as he is kneed in the mid-section. DDP then lifts Bret onto his shoulders and moves towards the turnbuckle – drawing a cheer from the fans and causing some of them to rise to their feet. It’s a spot of jeopardy for the Hitman as he is placed on the top turnbuckle and chopped in the chest by DDP. Fans around the world have no idea what is coming – DDP has something on his mind and begins to ascend the turnbuckle. However, Bret begins to fight back kicking Page in the face which knocks him off the turnbuckle and back to the canvas!

    Bret Hart steadies himself, shaking his head, recovering from the onslaught he has sustained. Not off the top rope but rather the second, Bret Hart jumps looking for a double axe handle! It connects to the head of DDP sending him stumbling backwards but he stays on his feet. Hart rushes forward and knocks DDP to the floor. With a hold on the top rope, Hart drives his boot into the various limbs of DDP, stomping as hard as he possibly can. Afterwards, Bret locks his arms around the head of Page, using that grip to pull him to a vertical base, before throwing a single punch into a RUSSIAN LEGSWEEP! Bret rolls over across Page and hooks the leg. ONE! TWO! KICK OUT!

    Wiping his forehead and slapping the mat in frustration after that kick out it’s clear that Bret wants to put this contest away. Bret gets to his feet and grabs a leg of Page, twist it around and hitting an elbow drop across the thigh. Rolling back to his feet, Bret lines up the leg again and delivers double knees. Quick as he can it’s a total clinic for the Hitman right now as he stands back up, fakes a stomp which causes Page to tighten his leg and then Bret drops a forearm across the tense muscles! Fans boo loudly as the Hitman yanks the leg, working it over for his famous finisher, looking to inflict the most damage he can. Page tries to shake the leg to get feeling back into it – Hart follows up by pulling DDP back to his feet and kicking the leg out from under him! Backing into the ropes, Hart jumps into the air for an elbow but Page rolls out of the way. The Hitman smacks the canvas yet he is the first man to his feet, Page struggling on that leg now and Bret strikes first with a BELLY TO BACK SUPLEX! Bret turns Page over and makes another pinfall. ONE! TWO! KICK OUT!

    Firing off a few punches in succession out of pure indignity, Bret violently pulls Page into the corner and knees him again. A combination of kicks to the leg keeps Bret’s end goal in sight now as Page tries to protect himself by checking the kicks. Bret goes high now, right hands to the head, then he whips Page across the ring looking for a dropkick! Page DUCKS OUT OF THE WAY causing Bret to kicking nothing but turnbuckle. The crowd comes alive with cheers as Page hammers away with right hands to the face of the Hitman, slinging him into the ropes and hitting a SIDEWALK SLAM IN THE MIDDLE OF THE RING! Clutching at the leg, trying to get blood flowing to it again after the assault from Bret, DDP slides into the cover on the Hitman. ONE! TWO! KICKOUT! That was a close one and it has positioned DDP into the lead of this contest – he is slow to get to his feet, using the ropes to stand, kicking that leg as he stands.

    Page looks around at the fans showing defiance – his hands got up into the air and crowd explodes with cheers. It’s the Diamond Cutter; Page is looking to put this contest away and the Diamond Cutter would surely put an end to the Hitman. Stepping closer to his opponent, Page pulls Hart to his feet before sending him into the ropes. On the rebound, Page catches Bret on his shoulders BUT BRET SLIPS FREE! Out the backs goes Bret, he rakes the eyes of Page – DROPKICK TO THE LEG! Bret steps over, hooks the legs and turns Page onto his stomach for the SHARPSHOOTER! The crowd are on their feet as the Hitman has one of the most devastating submissions in the history of wrestling locked in right now. Fans around the arena are offering their support as DDP inches towards the surrounding ring ropes, trying his best to keep this match alive, refusing to quit to the vile Hitman.

    Leaning back as far as he can, working that leg that he focused on earlier, Hart is demanding that the referee call for the bell. He refuses; Page has not given up and shows no signs of quit. His face is shaking back and forth, the crowd on their feet, Diamond Dallas Page pushes himself off the canvas and fights towards the ropes where he GETS THE BREAK FROM THE SHARPSHOOTER! Bret is forced to give up the hold falling forward into the canvas. On his knees, his hair against his face, Bret Hart looks to the referee. He wants the match to be over, he had the Sharpshooter locked in, but the referee informs Bret that DDP did in fact get to the ropes.

    Ready to pull his hair out of his head, Bret storms towards Page and yanks him into the middle of the ring. Stiff right hand connects, knee to the mid-section before sending Page into the ropes and executing a PENDULUM BACKBREAKER! Bret forces Page onto his back and makes the cover – shouting at the referee to hurry up. ONE! TWO! KICK OUT! NO, THIS MATCH ISN’T OVER JUST YET! Bret jumps to his feet and forces the referee into a corner.

    “DO YOU KNOW WHO I AM? COUNT THREE, IDIOT! HE DOESN’T GET TO WIN. THIS IS MY RING. IT’S MY DAMN BIRTHRIGHT!”

    After complaining to the referee for a good minute, Bret finally returns to the match but his excessive focus on the official has allowed Page to recover! DDP blocks a suplex attempt by the Hitman, elbowing free and shoving Bret away into the ropes. Page hits an INVERTED ATOMIC DROP AND FOLLOWS IT UP WITH A RUNNING BIG BOOT TWISTING BRET AROUND BUT HE’S STILL STANDING – SO PAGE KEEPS RUNNING AND TAKES HIS HEAD OFF WITH A DISCUS CLOTHESLINE! It’s a quick two shot combination without ten seconds – Page hits a running big boot, sees Bret spin around but remain standing, and then decides to follow it up with a discuss clothesline. That knocks Bret to the canvas and Page makes the cover. ONE! TWO! KICK OUT!

    Bret crawls towards the ropes, his eyes looking glazed over, as Page approaches him from behind. Back to their feet, Page slings Bret into the ropes – TRIP TO THE DIAMOND MIND?! Countered by the Hitman, Bret pushes over and ends up to the side – EUROPEAN UPPERCUT KNOCKS PAGE INTO THE ROPES! Bret rushes forward and hits a clothesline to knock Page over the top and onto the ring apron. PAGE HOLDS ONTO THE ROPE, KEEPING HIMSELF FROM FALLING AND BRET NOTICES. The Hitman comes right back for a forearm but Page shoulder barges the incoming Hitman! Back into the ring, Page fires off a few right hands – DIAMOND CUTTER! Bret counters again! He shoves Page into the corner and jumps into the corner, both feet on the second rope and aims to deliver some punches. Page blocks and GRABS BOTH LEGS TO SNAKE EYES THE HITMAN!

    Sent across the ring this time there is no counter for the Hitman as Page nails the TRIP TO THE DIAMOND MIND! A hook of the leg follows as the crowd counts along with the count of the referee. ONE! TWO! FOOT ON THE ROPE! The veteran thinking of the Hitman keeps him alive in this match. He was within reach of the rope and get his foot onto the bottom one. Fans are fully behind Page right now as he stands up, brushing his face clean from his hair, and motions for the end. Bret is pulled back to his feet, kick to the mid-section connects and Page goes for the DIAMOND CUTTER!

    Bret lifts him up AGAIN AND HITS A GERMAN SUPLEX WITH A BRIDGE! ONE! TWO! KICK OUT! Perhaps the Hitman is just that damn good that DDP cannot hit the Diamond Cutter on him? Nevertheless, fans are still behind their favourite as the Hitman slowly gets to his feet and throws the crowd a dirty look. His eyes glaze over the body of his fallen opponent – Bret wants to end it badly. He steps towards Page, grabs both legs and steps through – SHARPSHOOTER! He cannot turn Page over though – the crowd throwing up chants of ‘DDP’ to turn and give life to the Master of the Diamond Cutter. Page twists and turns it into a CRADLE! ONE! TWO! KICK OUT!

    Both men are back to their feet – Page fires first and cracks Bret with a stunning right hand. DIAMOND CUTTER?! STILL UNABLE TO HIT IT! Bret goes for the German suplex again but Page elbows free, whips the Hitman into the ropes and goes for BACK BODY DROP! Bret catches himself on the ropes – PAGE COMES RUNNING AND EATS A BOOT TO THE FACE! Right hand to the stomach by Bret and he plants DDP with a SWINGING NECKBREAKER. ONE! TWO! KICK OUT! Bret looks towards the referee once more, he is seething, he grabs Page by the head and mocks him about his failure to hit the Diamond Cutter. At every turn Bret Hart has found a way to escape Page’s best weapon.

    Placing Page on the top rope, Bret nails a few more punches to the head before ascending after his opponent. Fans are standing now as Bret hooks the arm and is set for a SUPERPLEX! They struggle on the top rope, Bret attempting to life but Page doesn’t want to go for the ride. Continuing to struggle, Bret loosens his grip and hammers away with a bunch of punches to the ribs of Page.

    Once more he hooks the arm and yanks upwards – PAGE BLOCKS! They continue to fight on the top rope, Page struggle and firing off punches of his own – HART RETURNS FIRE! THEY ARE STANDING AND THERE THEY GO – SUPERPLEX FROM THE TOP ROPE! PAGE LANDS ON TOP AND HOOKS HIS LEG AGAINST BRET’S LEG! The Hitman has his shoulders pressed against the canvas. Quickly the referee slides into position to make the count. ONE! TWO! THREE!

    Spoiler:

    Winner: Diamond Dallas Page @ 12:01


    Fans around the world are sure to be shocked but do not think it is the outcome that has the world off-guard. No, it’s the manner in which DDP scored the victory that has the people buzzing. Our commentators are stunned because anyone who picked Page to win this match would have expected it to come through his signature Diamond Cutter. Instead, DDP has defeated Bret Hart through a wrestling maneuver and a counter to Bret’s own offensive maneuver. The crowd are on their feet as DDP gets to his feet, his hand raised by the referee, whilst Bret Hart sinks to the outside of the ring holding the back of his own head. Replays are shown within the arena – Page countered in mid-air to shift his weight and come down on top of Bret, forcing his weight against Bret’s head, smacking it off the canvas, and basically knocking him senseless.

    The discussion on commentary while Page takes his time to celebrate in the ring is about the failure of DDP to hit the Diamond Cutter. In every situation Bret Hart had a counter to avoid getting hit with the move. Bischoff points to that as evidence that this is a total fluke win and that Bret would win in a rematch. On the other hand, Schiavone praises DDP for finding a way to win without getting flustered by his inability to hit the Diamond Cutter. It’s also worth noting according to Schiavone that DDP is the man who took the WCW United States Heavyweight Title from the Hitman last year – the same title that Bret has been obsessed with regaining ever since. Perhaps for him to reclaim that title he will have to defeat his own personal demon in Diamond Dallas Page? Back to the competitors; Page concludes his celebration and looks towards the entrance ramp where Bret Hart is standing at the top of the ramp – pointing towards Page. “This isn’t done! I know I’m better than you! I know it!”



    Pre-taped footage from earlier in the day airs that shows the arrival of the reigning WCW United States Heavyweight Champion. CHRIS JERICHO arrives at the front of the building, fans gathered near the entrance, and takes the time to interact with those who have shown up to greet him. Posing for pictures and shaking hands with those in the front of the group, Jericho carries the title belt on his shoulder with great pride and Schiavone calls this a great display for the company. In retort, Bischoff pretends to puke – howling that this fanfare will come to an end tonight because Chris Jericho will be defeated by Scott Hall and the New World Order will regain the title they should’ve never lost. With conviction in his voice it’s Bischoff who promises that Jericho’s hot streak against the nWo will finally come to a halt at Uncensored.



    **TRUMPET VOLUNTARY**

    Doom and gloom rises within the arena for the arrival of one of the most hardened tag teams in all of wrestling. BOBBY EATON and DAVE TAYLOR – together they are the Blood Blues and since their return to World Championship Wrestling late last year they have been on a tear seeking to claim tag team gold. Eaton and Taylor make their way down to the ring with their noses stuck in the air, both men sneering at the filth that surrounds them, entering the ring with a look of sanctuary now that they are no longer within arms reach of the common folk. The Blue Bloods looked prepared, exchanging some final words to each other, while Bischoff reminds the audience that this is the match that should’ve taken place last month had it not been for Kaos and Steiner sneaking their way into the title match. Schiavone contends that they earned their way in but that argument falls on deaf ears.

    **WHO BETTER THAN KANYON**

    Mixed reaction for the champions as always because the two men involved invoke such a stark reaction from the other. As always it’s KANYON out first with his half of the WCW World Tag Team Titles – a wag of his head and a spring in his step. He’s as arrogant a man as you have ever seen one. The fans detest Kanyon, his treatment of Raven burning any bridges he had with potential fans out there, many seeing him as a pure bully. Speaking of his partner, when Kanyon is halfway down the ramp we finally get our first glimpse of the only fan favourite in this four-man combination – RAVEN! With his half of the gold around his waist, Raven slowly makes his way down to the ring, his hair fallen across his face, no emotion shown, looking like a broken man.

    Replays of the recent violent outbursts are shown and discussed on commentary – Schiavone warning that the Blue Bloods would do well to not provoke Raven into that dark space we have seen him go. Inside the ring, Kanyon orders Raven to the ring apron, reminding him that he is the leader of this team, and gives him a slight shove. The fact that Raven made the save for Kanyon this past week on Nitro is a topic of discussion before the opening bell; Bischoff calling Raven a total crackpot who cannot make up his mind whether he is on the team or out of it. Raven should be thankful that Kanyon even bothers with him at this point according to Bischoff but Schiavone argues that Raven’s contributions to the team have far outweighed Kanyon’s in regards to retaining the title belts.


    WCW World Tag Team Championship Match:
    Kanyon & Raven (c) vs. Blue Bloods (Taylor & Eaton)

    The contest begins with Kanyon and Taylor locking up in the middle of the ring. A shoving match ensues, Kanyon is the younger of the two and manages to toss Taylor into a corner – posing thereafter to loud jeers from the audience. Bouncing on his feet and motioning for Taylor to bring it on, Kanyon initiates a lock-up for the second time in the match but this time Taylor uses his veteran technique to get behind Kanyon for a modified wristlock. Kanyon winces in pain, waving his free arm about until Taylor switches to a side headlock. Pushing back now, Kanyon shoves Taylor into the ropes and eats a shoulder block by the Englishman!

    Taylor glares down upon his opponent – FOOT STOMP! Kanyon rolls to the left. FOOT STOMP! Kanyon rolls to the right. JUMPING DOUBLE BOOT STOMP! Kanyon rolls clear, gets to his feet and executes a snapmare. Down to the canvas goes Taylor and Kanyon follows it up with a kick to the back. He thinks himself a million bucks does Kanyon and he continues to style his way through this contest, picking Taylor up and sending him into the ropes. On the rebound, Kanyon catches him with a knee to the gut followed by a SWINGING SUPLEX! Kanyon hooks the leg for the cover – glaring at Raven the entire time. ONE! TWO! KICK OUT!

    It has been an impressive showing for Kanyon during the opening minutes of this contest and now he takes the time to gloat. Getting right in the face of his partner, Kanyon shouts that this was all his doing, he has positioned them to win, he is the leader and the titles are HIS AND HIS ALONE. The fans are booing loudly, Kanyon hears them and shouts back for them to shut up. Back into the action, Kanyon picks Taylor up and works him over with a boot to the stomach and a few punches. Into the ropes he goes again, Kanyon ducks down for something but Taylor puts on the brakes and counters with a DDT!

    Taylor makes sure to grab Kanyon and toss him towards the Blue Bloods corner before making a tag to Eaton. The latter a well-known tag team specialist enters the fray, giving Taylor a chance to recover from what was an inspired start by Kanyon to prove to everyone that his own ego deserves to be so large. Eaton keeps Kanyon trapped in the corner for the next several minutes, using tags towards the end with Taylor to cycle in and out. Kanyon eats a bunch of punches, kicks, elbows and the odd choke with both hands around the throat.

    It’s clear to Schiavone that Kanyon went a hundred miles per hour in the opening exchange to prove to the world that he is the best on his team that he has gassed himself out now. Indeed, Kanyon looks a little flustered now as he takes another suplex by Eaton into a cover. ONE! TWO! KICK OUT! That’s not the first pinfall by Bobby Eaton either rather it’s number five and while they haven’t resulted in victory they have resulted in Kanyon being forced to get his shoulder off the mat while supporting the weight of a full-grown man. Eaton is first to his feet, a quick stomp on the forehead turns Kanyon on his back and allows Eaton to drop an elbow across the lower back.

    Continuing on his assault, Eaton yanks Kanyon to his feet and whips him into the corner so hard that Kanyon doesn’t get the chance to twist his body around! Instead, Kanyon smacks the turnbuckle chest first, rebounds out of it backwards and into a SNAP BREACKER BY BOBBY EATON! ONE! TWO! KICK OUT! Eaton immediately gets to his feet, slapping Kanyon in the back of the head, and sends Kanyon into the ropes – on the rebound Eaton executes a DROP TOE HOLD AND PROCEEDS TO DIG HIS FINGERS INTO THE MOUTH AND NOSE OF KANYON TO PULL BACK!

    It’s a disgusting sight, Kanyon is having his face pulled back by a truly sick individual in Bobby Eaton and the referee has to step in as this cannot be legal. At the count of four Eaton releases his grip, wiping his fingers on the referee’s shirt before picking up Kanyon and slinging him back into the ropes. This time it’s a BACK BODY DROP followed by a running knee to the back once Kanyon stumbles to his feet and is knocked towards Dave Taylor in the corner.

    A tag by the Blue Bloods gives Eaton a break after doing a lot of work and placing the Blue Bloods in a strong position. It’s worth noting that at this point Raven has not entered the ring. Taylor shoves a forearm under the throat of Kanyon and grinds back and forth, hitting a headbutt and then a EUROPEAN UPPERCUT! Taylor grabs Kanyon by the wrist and drags him into the middle of the ring, laughing while he does this, drawing heat from the crowd. Watching from the apron, Raven is standing eerily still as Taylor hooks his arm under the throat of Kanyon and mocks Raven. Suddenly, Kanyon begins to fight back with elbows but is cut off by Taylor with a knee to the side of the head. That earns a smirk from the Englishman, he picks Kanyon back up and whips him into the ropes – MILITARY PRESS? No, Kanyon slips free and CRACKS DAVE TAYLOR WITH A SUPERKICK! BOTH MEN ARE DOWN ON THE CANVAS but Kanyon is nearly within reach of the corner.

    The fans have been waiting for Raven all match long and finally Kanyon reaches out and GETS THE TAG TO RAVEN! In comes the depressed soul that has captured the hearts of the nation with his constant abuse at the hands of his vile tag team partner. People all over the world can relate to having someone constantly talk down to you, making you believe you’re nothing, but right now Raven has over ten thousand cheering fans letting him know that anything is possible. Right hands by Raven back Taylor into the ropes, a quick whip across the ring is followed by a CLOTHESLINE BY RAVEN! Another clothesline has Taylor rattled and now Raven kicks him in the stomach – PILEDRIVER! ONE! TWO! KICK OUT!

    Popping back up to his feet, Raven pulls Taylor towards the turnbuckle and slams his head five times against the top turnbuckle pad. The fans are counting alone but it only gets to five when Taylor blocks, elbows Raven in the gut and then slams Raven’s head into the turnbuckle. That creates space and Taylor gets the tag to Eaton, the latter coming into the ring in a hurry. Eaton tries for a sloppy looking suplex but Raven blocks it, sends Eaton into the corner, nails a clothesline against the turnbuckle and follows it up with a RUNNING BULLDOG FROM THE CORNER. Raven hooks both legs for the cover. ONE! TWO! KICK OUT!

    Rolling to the side to get his composure, Raven begins to listen to the crowd and he hears them chanting his name. Schiavone and Bischoff discuss how rare this feeling has to be for Raven considering how he has often been shunned by the mainstream wrestling audience. He was always second fiddle but now the crowd WANT HIM TO WIN, they are supporting him and it appears that Raven is having a moment of realization that he is not some lapdog! Raven is not some broken toy. He is an individual, a free thinker and this is his night!

    Slowly but surely Raven begins to raise his hands for his iconic pose, the pose that has long since been forgotten during his time in WCW, and the crowd begin to react as it’s almost there – UNTIL KANYON MAKES A BLIND TAG! The heat from the audience is very loud, Kanyon just robbed Raven of a moment and he responds by shoving Raven out of the ring and pouncing on Bobby Eaton. Right hands from Kanyon give him the advantage before he picks Eaton up and NAILS THE ARGENTINE NECKBREAKER! ONE! TWO! KICK OUT! Back to their feet, Kanyon fires away with punches and whips Eaton into the corner. A big running knee connects, Kanyon pulls Eaton forward and executes a RUSSIAN LEGSWEEP near the corner of the ring.

    Kanyon then climbs up to the top rope, yelling at the crowd to show him the respect he deserves before DIVING FROM THE TOP WITH A LEG DROP ACROSS EATON’S HEAD! It connects, right on target, and Kanyon hooks the leg for what he believes is the winning pinfall. ONE! TWO! TAYLOR BREAKS IT UP! Taylor would not let that be the end and is forced out of the ring by the referee. Kanyon is back to his feet soon after, he stomps his foot on the mat and nails a CHEAPSHOT ON TAYLOR BY SUPER KICKING HIM WHILE HE’S ON THE APRON! Kanyon mocks Taylor as he falls to the floor on the outside of the ring, the referee asking if that was necessary, but Kanyon doesn’t give a shit. He shoves the referee out of the way and signals for the Flatliner to put this match away.

    FROM THE TOP OF THE RAMP APPEARS STEVIE RICHARDS! The crowd cheers like mad as Richards makes his way down to the ring with a look of fury in his eyes. Kanyon is seething, pushing Eaton to the canvas and heading towards the ropes. They exchange harsh words, Kanyon screaming that Richards has no right to be in the same building as he is while Richards tells Kanyon that he doesn’t deserve to hold the one half of the tag titles since it’s Raven who does all the work. Kanyon waves his arms around the ring and asks where the hell is Raven now then?

    At this point, Kanyon jumps out of the ring and gets in Stevie’s face. They continue to talk trash to each other – Kanyon then goes one step further, pretending to head back in the ring only to SUCKER PUNCH STEVIE RICHARDS! That stuns Stevie and Kanyon STRIKES AGAIN WITH A SUPERKICK KNOCKING RICHARDS TO THE FLOOR. With a smug look on his face, Kanyon climbs back into the ring and admires his handy work. When he turns back around to face Bobby Eaton it’s a much different sight – RAVEN IS IN THE RING!

    The crowd are on their feet as Kanyon has a curious look on his face. He wants to know what the hell is happening. Eaton is down in the corner of the ring, Raven standing in the middle and Kanyon is a few steps across from him. All eyes are on the champions, Kanyon waves towards the apron and orders Raven out of the ring. He refuses – holding his ground. Kanyon is getting angry, he shoves Raven and tells him again to leave. Raven remains unmoved – no words spoken. Kanyon then points to the outside of the ring and shouts, “DO YOU SEE WHAT I DID TO HIM? YOUR LITTLE FRIEND! I PUT HIS BLOOD ON MY HANDS ON THUNDER AND I’LL DO IT AGAIN IF YOU DON’T GET OUT OF THE RING! I’M THE LEADER! YOU ARE NOTHING! YOU HEAR ME, RAVEN? YOU ARE PATHETIC!”

    In what has been a moment building for months and months – RAVEN PUNCHES KANYON RIGHT IN THE FUCKING FACE! The pop from the crowd is the climax we have been waiting for and now Raven hammers away on his CURRENT PARTNER and co-champion. The referee doesn’t know what to do in this situation. Raven tackles Kanyon into the corner and unloads MONTHS OF ANGER on his bully. Out of the corner they come and Raven hooks Kanyon by the head, the crowd are pleading for it, EVENFLOW DDT! EVENFLOW DDT! RAVEN HIT THE EVENFLOW ON KANYON! In front of millions watching around the world, Raven kneels next to the lifeless body of his partner and stretches out his arms in his iconic pose to a massive pop.

    To the outside goes Raven, he helps Stevie to his feet and carries him up the ramp. That will be the end of the night for both those men but the night is not done for Kanyon. Inside the ring, Kanyon is down and out as Bobby Eaton crawls into the cover with a single arm over the champion. ONE! TWO! THREE! That’s it!

    Spoiler:

    Winners: And NEW WCW World Tag Team Champions – The Blue Bloods (Taylor & Eaton) @ 08:23


    You would think that would be enough for the tag team division on this night, right? Well, you’d be wrong. Post-match, Kanyon is removed from the ring rather quickly by a group of officials while the Blue Bloods soak up their victory. Taylor and Eaton hold up the belts they have sought for months and have finally captured. It is the culmination of months of hard work for the two veterans. While Bischoff is praises the efforts of the Blue Bloods and calling Raven a traitor to his own teammate – which Schiavone defends by reminding Easy-E about the countless times Kanyon treated Raven like garbage – the crowd shrieks!

    Taylor and Eaton are both knocked to the ground by two men who came over the barricade. There is some confusion for a second but the audience soon realizes that the attackers are EDDIE GUERRERO and CHAVO GUERRERO JR! Turn about is fair play as they say because it was the Blue Bloods who two months ago jumped the losing team after the tag team title match. This time, Eddie and Chavo have struck the winning team and new champions – making a huge statement at Uncensored. Eddie nails a HURRICANRANA on Taylor while Chavo plants Eaton with a TORNADO DDT! Both men slap hands before climbing to the top rope, opposite corners, the crowd on the edge of their seats as they FLY THROUGH THE SKY AND HIT FROG SPLASHES ON BOTH MEMBERS OF THE CHAMPIONSHIP TEAM!

    The battle lines have been drawn on this night for the future of the WCW tag team division. We have seen the destruction of one team, new champions rise and a new contender step into the forefront. Eddie Guerrero promised to make a statement, he had no match, he felt disrespected, and now Latino Heat has TAKEN OUT THE NEW TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS ALONGSIDE HIS NEPHEW! The final image of the tag team division for tonight is of Eddie and Chavo Guerrero Jr. holding the WCW World Tag Team Titles high in the air over the bodies of the new champions!



    All eyes turn to the interview area where GENE OKERLUND is standing by with the biggest name in professional wrestling – HOLLYWOOD HOGAN. The latter is dressed to compete, his famous bandana in red and black, his gear covered with the nWo logo, thick black shades on and an arrogant smirk on his face. To the left of Hogan is his nephew, Horace, worshipping his uncle’s every move. Gene attempts to ask an opening question but Hogan jumps right into his diatribe. Recapping how he came back to WCW after taking a break, going on the Jay Leno Show to announce his return, bringing the two warring factions of the nWo together and guiding them to heights unseen ever before in wrestling. Hogan gloats about how he has had more of an impact on this business than anyone – be that promoter or wrestler!

    Gene asks about the tension between Hogan and some members of the New World Order that has been brewing since Super Brawl IX when Hogan took the pinfall costing Scott Hall his title. Snapping in the background, Horace warns Mean Gene to watch his tone and to not disrespect a legend by asking stupid questions. Hollywood Hogan calms his nephew down and corrects Gene, informing him that Hogan didn’t cost anybody anything at Super Brawl – if Hall lost the title if was his own fault and tonight he has a chance to prove that. As for Hogan, tonight he will silence all the talking heads who have said that his time is done. Oh, he heard all the whispers from the so-called experts after Super Brawl saying that Hogan couldn’t cut it! The Hulkster scoffs, flexing his arm and declares that these pythons can still go with the best of ‘em. Gene would ask about facing Goldberg, the man he lost the World Title to all those months ago, and what it means to the nWo to keep Goldberg out of the title picture. Oozing confidence, Hogan removes his shades and looks directly into the camera.

    He tells Goldberg that last year in there first encounter it was a fluke. Goldberg was the right guy in the right place at the right time – nothing more. Tonight, Goldberg doesn’t have the advantage of the hometown crowd, he doesn’t have the advantage of three day’s notice and he doesn’t have that undefeated record. Hogan points to the camera and shouts, “You have been beaten before, Goldberg! Make no mistake – if Kevin Nash can figure you out than so can I. I have no equal in that ring and you’re about to find that out, brother!” Hogan would put his shades back on and walk out of the shot, Horace glaring at Gene for a second before following, bringing the segment to an end.




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    **ROCKHOUSE**

    Making his way to the ring for his first pay-per-view match as a member of the New World Order since re-joining the group is CURT HENNIG. He has an elevated level of confidence and why not? Hennig is joined by KONNAN which draws heat from the crowd and a big smile from the former. With a towel in his hand, Hennig strides down to the ring while Bischoff begins to praises the efforts of Hennig in recent weeks against the pest that is Sting. As the pro-nWo announcer, Bischoff claims that Sting had no reason to get involved in the main event at Super Brawl and his actions in recent weeks against the nWo have only further proven he fails to see the bigger picture. The nWo is what is best for this company – anyone who fails to see that must be dealt with. Inside the ring, Hennig tosses the towel behind his back and catches it, smirking to the camera before throwing it to the outside of the ring after dabbing his forehead. Konnan remains on the outside of the ring, parading around ringside, ready to act if needed – his presence raising the ire of Schiavone as being unfair.

    **SEEK & DESTROY**

    The roof just about comes off the building as STING makes his way out of the entrance chute for his first match in over five months. The people are standing and going wild at the sight before their eyes. Sting is back and ready to compete; his gear is the classic black trench coat, black baseball bat, and black and white face paint. The camera follows Sting down the ramp, Schiavone calling him of the strongest enemies of the New World Order and a vital member of the resistance – this is a big night for WCW if Sting can show that he can still hang in the ring after taking months to watch from the shadows. Sting enters the ring, stepping through the ropes and raises the baseball bat towards his opponent. The fans are still standing, watching with focused eyes as Sting spins around and points the bat towards the fans. The arena cheers – Sting drops his coat from his shoulders and places the bat on the steel steps of the ring. Fans are ready for this – it’s the highly promoted match of the night – Sting is back and he is set for action!

    !! THE RETURN !!
    Curt Hennig (w/Konnan) vs. Sting

    The pair meet in the middle of the ring with the crowd refusing to take their seats. Hennig and Sting lock eyes, both men inching forward until they are less than an inch away from the other, the referee standing out of the way. The chants of ‘Sting’ echo throughout the arena as the Stinger lifts his gaze and checks the crowd. Suddenly, Hennig takes his first shot with stuns the returnee. Another punch and a third backs Sting into the ropes, he is then sent across the ring where Hennig goes for a back body drop but Sting counters with a boot to the face! Hennig springs backwards and takes a few back handed chops to the chest until he is pushed against the corner. Sting pushes against Hennig’s body, sends him into the opposite corner and nails him with a clothesline! Out of the corner comes Hennig and he is hit with a HIP TOSS!

    Back to his feet pops Hennig and he rushes at Sting but gets kicked in the stomach. Another chop as Hennig on the back foot and now Sting picks Hennig up only to slam him right back down to the canvas. Quick cover by the Stinger for the first attempt of the match. ONE! KICK OUT! Almost instantly, Hennig looks for a break within the ropes however Sting keeps the pressure with a DROPKICK TO HENNIG WHICH SENDS HIM THROUGH THE SECOND ROPE TO THE FLOOR! The crowd is cheering as loud as they have the entire night for this return match from Sting. After playing to the crowd for a moment, Sting heads to the outside where he punches Hennig a few more times before EXECUTING A SNAP SUPLEX ON THE OUTSIDE FLOOR!

    The referee warns Sting to bring it back to the ring but with a count of ten to work with and the veteran knowledge to restart the count it’s far more likely that Sting takes his time. Hennig writhes in pain on the floor, grabbing at his back, Konnan watching from afar, as Sting climbs onto the apron of the ring and DIVES OFF TO DROP AN ELBOW ONTO HENNIG! It connects and Sting jumps back to his feet, slapping hands with a few members of the front row, before tossing Hennig back into the ring where he makes the second cover of the night. ONE! TWO! KICK OUT! This has not been the way that the New World Order wanted it to go. Sting has shown zero signs of rust on his body after spending so much time on the sideline.

    The action continues as Sting grabs Hennig by the arm and pulls him over into the corner. A few more chops connect, Sting pulls Hennig forward and whips him into the opposite corner. Sting follows at speed, Hennig manages to counter by jumping and pushing back with both arms against the top rope – landing behind an incoming Stinger! Hennig shoves Sting forward into the corner, Sting’s head hitting the top of the turnbuckle, he bounces back, Hennig NAILS A FOREARM TO THE SPINE and then HITS A BELLY TO BACK SUPLEX WITH A BRIDGE! ONE! TWO! KICK OUT! Rolling to the side now, Hennig brushes the hair from his face and stomps the canvas. He has been outmatched in the opening minutes of the contest and he is showing clear frustration with his less than perfect performance.

    Delivering some basic punches and kicks to his opponent, Hennig guides Sting into the middle of the ring and executes a snapmare. Quickly, Hennig backs into the ropes and rebounds with a ROLLING NECK SNAP! Hennig glides into the cover with a hand in the face of Sting plus a leg hooked. ONE! TWO! KICK OUT! On the outside, Konnan slaps the ring apron and tells Hennig to make Sting pay for what he did on the outside. Hennig seems to agree, he grabs Sting by the arm and drags him towards the ring ropes – STRIKING WITH A VICIOUS KNEE LIFT WHICH KNOCKS STING TO THE OUTSIDE FLOOR! The crowd boos loudly as Hennig wipes his hands, smirking at the hard camera, and taking a slight bow.

    On the outside of the ring, Hennig pounds on Sting with stomps against the barricade. Slamming Sting repeatedly against the cold hard floor of the outside, Hennig yanks him close and delivers another knee lift for good measure. The referee’s count is broken by Hennig at a count of eight – he wants to inflict punishment on Sting rather than take a countout victory and no doubt has specific orders from Kevin Nash to put Sting out of commission. Hennig then grabs Sting’s legs, shouting down the crowd as he does so, and CATAPULTS THE STINGER INTO THE NEARBY STEEL POST! Clang! Sting’s head smacks off the steel and Hennig is right there to take advantage, throwing Sting back into the ring and hurrying into a cover. ONE! TWO! KICK OUT!

    Fans cheer loudly because they thought that might’ve been the end of it for Sting. Hennig slaps the mat, looking towards Konnan for a moment, before he goes back on the attack. A stomp to the body keeps Sting wounded as Hennig picks him up and whips the Stinger into the ropes. Dropkick by Hennig is countered, Sting grabs hold of the rope and Hennig hits nothing but air. As Hennig stumbles to his feet he is hit with a clothesline. A second connects and then Sting chops at him once more before sending Hennig into the ropes. Sting ducks down for a back body drop – Hennig puts on the brakes and GOES FOR THE HENNIG PLEX! Sting spins out of it, DEATH DROP! No, Hennig pushes away and slides across the ring to the outside. A very fast sequence right there with both men looking for a potential homerun shot to put an end to the other.

    They reengage when Sting chases after Hennig, exiting the ring and rushing around the ring, only for Hennig to slide back into the ring and jump onto Sting when he attempts to enter. Classic mind games by Hennig as he pulls Sting to a corner, digs his hands into his hair and tosses him across the ring with a hair whip! Hennig follows up by sprinting into the ropes and delivering a stiff kick to the back of Sting. He turns the Stinger onto his back and forces a cover. ONE! TWO! KICK OUT!

    Stepping back to his feet, Hennig grabs Sting by the legs and pulls him towards the corner where he launches him with a catapult! Sting smacks the turnbuckle, stumbling back once more and falls victim to a NECKBREAKER BY CURT HENNIG! Into another cover as Hennig has taken full control over this contest. ONE! TWO! KICK OUT! The fans feel the need to start up chants of ‘Sting’ trying to will him back into this contest. Our commentary team points to Sting’s lack of in-ring work being a key reason why Hennig has been able to survive the early storm and has now taken hold of the contest. Stomping on Sting some more, Hennig brings the fight to the middle of the ring where he goes for a clothesline BUT STING DUCKS UNDERNEATH. Rebounding off the ropes with a purpose, Sting nails a LEAPING CLOTHESLINE WHICH KNOCKS DOWN HENNIG!

    A second leaping clothesline knocks Hennig right back down to the canvas and then Sting digs down deep – LIFTING HENNIG HIGH INTO THE AIR WITH A MILITARY PRESS SLAM! Sting looks to the crowd, his head shaking, his fists raised in the air, and he begins move around the ring, imploring the crowd to rally behind him. With Hennig back to his feet it’s Sting that brings the fight – punches to the face, he boots Hennig in the gut and then hits a ONE-HANDED BULLDOG! Sting backs into the corner, he is fired up, the building is electric as Hennig pulls himself up across the ring and finds himself trapped in the corner. Fans know what is coming – STINGER SPLASH! Sting steps out of the corner, grabs Hennig coming forward and NAILS A TOMBSTONE PILEDRIVER TOWARDS THE MIDDLE OF THE RING! Sting hooks the legs for the cover. ONE! TWO! KICK OUT!

    Slowly to his feet, Sting grabs Hennig by the hair and pulls him towards the middle of the ring. They trade punches for a moment, Sting hitting a knee to the mid-section for control, an eye on Konnan on the outside, and he positions Hennig between his legs. The crowd cheers as Sting lifts Hennig up and plants him on the canvas with a stiff looking POWERBOMB! Sting falls into the cover. ONE! TWO! KICK OUT! Again, Hennig shows why he is in the nWo – he is one of the very best and is showing it with his ability to get his shoulder of the contest. Sting has thrown some heavy shots his way but Hennig keeps on fighting. Sting responds to the kick out by pulling Hennig back to his feet, another kick to the mid-section, and then whips him across the ring. Military press by Sting is countered – Hennig rakes the eyes while in the air and lands right in front of Sting.

    Fireman’s carry turnover by Hennig from his knees drops Sting to the canvas for a second. Both men back to their feet as Hennig hits the inverted atomic drop followed by a DOUBLE KNEE FACEBREAKER! Hennig spills into the cover on Sting. ONE! TWO! KICK OUT! Those two knees to the face are replayed on the big screen and Hennig hit all of it. The camera zooms in on Sting’s face and it looks like he was out of it for a few moments but somehow managed to get his shoulder clear of the canvas.

    Hennig gets back to a vertical base, picks Sting up and slings him into the ropes for a clothesline. Sting has different ideas and counters with a shoulder block that knocks Hennig to the canvas. Stepping over and rushing towards the ropes is Sting, he gets leap frogged by Hennig on the return and runs back into a picture-perfect DROPKICK! Hennig waves the referee over and slaps the mat as he hooks the leg. ONE! TWO! KICK OUT! Now, Hennig rushes up to his feet and kicks the bottom rope. He wants to put this away, brushing the hair from his face, Hennig climbs onto the top rope and waits as Sting begins to push himself off the mat. Konnan tells Hennig to stay on the attack but Hennig wants to try something big. He jumps off for a crossbody BUT STING CATCHES HIM WITH A SCOOP SLAM! IT’S RIGHT INTO A COVER! ONE! TWO! KICK OUT!

    Sting almost had it with the counter and what an amazing counter it was in mid-air. The atmosphere within the arena is one of high tension, the crowd fully behind the Stinger as he gets to his feet, grabbing Hennig by the arm and chopping him in the chest. Sting delivers a knee to the stomach followed by a jumping DDT! No cover, instead Sting gets back to his feet and howls loudly to the crowd. He then grabs Hennig by the head, pulls him to a vertical base and has him in position for the SCORPION DEATH DROP! They struggle for a moment – Hennig spins the wrong way around and shoves Sting backwards KNOCKING THE REFEREE TO THE GROUND!

    Trying to reapply the hold straight away is Sting which allows Hennig to HIT STING BELOW THE BELT WHILE THE REFEREE IS OUT. The boos from the crowd flood ringside but Hennig doesn’t pay them any attention. He was in a bad position and has found a way out of it. He turns to Konnan on the outside and waves him in. Konnan quickly hurries grabbing Sting’s own BASEBALL BAT and enters the squared circle. The nWo members have bad things on their minds right now as Hennig directs traffic. He grabs Sting from behind, holding him in a full nelson, and instructs Konnan to hit Sting.

    Schiavone is outraged by this obvious cheating – the nWo not only want to cheat but they want to embarrass Sting by using his own baseball bat against him. Bischoff claims that Sting shouldn’t have brought the bat with him if he wasn’t prepared to taste its steel himself! Konnan has the bat in his hands, he lines up the shot and swings – STING MOVES! Konnan smacks Hennig in the mid-section with the bat, sending him kneeling over onto the canvas and Sting jumps onto the attack. Right hands by the Stinger crack Konnan in the jaw, he drops the bat and it spills to the outside, then Sting rushes forward and clotheslines Konnan over the top rope – removing him from the ring!

    Fans are standing as Sting slowly turns around to see Hennig still hunched over, coughing, barely able to contain himself after his plan went horribly wrong. Sting moved out of the way, Hennig ate the baseball bat to the stomach, and now Sting has eyes for only one man. Sting grabs Hennig by the head, the referee stirring, thousands on their feet, Sting hooks the head tightly – SCORPION DEATH DROP! The roar from the crowd is loud – Sting makes the cover, the referee begins to inch forward towards the downed shoulders of Curt Hennig and starts the count. ONE! TWO! THREE!

    Spoiler:

    Winner: Sting @ 11:01


    It’s the return that the man himself must have wanted and the one that the fans were praying would happen. Sting has returned to Word Championship Wrestling as an active competitor and on his first night he has defeated a key member of the New World Order. He was back three weeks ago and failed to assist Ric Flair in becoming World Champion but tonight Sting has been utterly successful in his dealings against the nWo. Fans are on there feet, Schiavone is soaking in the victory – asking Bischoff how can he explain this! After months on the sideline, almost forgotten, Sting has made a triumphant return to the ring. The nWo had a plan – they wanted to use his own bat against him but Sting foiled them. He moved out of the way and caused Konnan to nail Hennig with the bat instead which opened the door for Sting to finish the match with the Scorpion Death Drop.

    Inside the ring, Sting has his hand raised by the referee – his face paint almost all evaporated throughout the course of the contest. Sting heads for the ropes to make his exit but pauses about halfway out. Returning back to the middle of the ring, Sting takes the time to look around the arena at the fans who have waited months to see him come back full-time. They have been here, waiting, longing for this man, and now Sting is taking the time to say thank you. He looks at every side of the arena, nodding his head and raising that black baseball bat towards them – his way of giving them recognition they deserve as fans. Sting then exits the ring and makes his way up the ramp – once again to a loud roar from the crowd. Meanwhile, Hennig leans against the barricade on the outside of the ring – groaning as he tries to stand – cursing what just happened and refusing the help from Konnan.



    In the halls of the arena, KANYON is shown going crazy backstage after losing the WCW World Tag Team Titles earlier in the night. While making his way through catering, Kanyon knocks over a table full of food and punches a chef! He screams that he was robbed of what is rightfully his and denounces the name Raven. He wants blood, telling anybody who gets in his way to tell him where the hell Raven is hiding. Kanyon makes his way into a busy section of the arena, many crew workers doing there thing but none of them know where Raven is at the moment. This only further infuriates Kanyon and he proceeds to toss two of them into nearby walls and hits a superkick on a third that tries to rush towards him. Kanyon then turns to the cameraman recording all of this and tells him to back off – storming down the hallway still demanding that someone tell him where Raven went.



    VIDEO PACKAGE; RIC FLAIR VS. SHANE DOUGLAS

    - Ric Flair becomes the number one contender to the WCW World Heavyweight Title at Super Brawl IX.
    - During the title match, the referee gets knocked down and Curt Hennig enters the ring to assist Kevin Nash in retaining the title.
    - Sting returns to World Championship Wrestling to aid his former rival and gives Flair the chance to claim victory.
    - Flair applies the Figure Four Leg Lock in the middle of the ring, he has Nash finished, and the title within his grasp.
    - Francine pulls the referee from the ring while Shane Douglas storms into the ring with a steel chair and assaults Ric Flair.
    - Douglas then places Kevin Nash on top of Flair and forces the referee to count 3 – handing the nWo the victory and giving Nash the role as President of WCW.
    - Douglas would claim that he had come to end the career of Ric Flair – a once proud staple of wrestling that has become a dog that needs to be put down.
    - Flair tells Douglas to try because many have said those same words and yet the Nature Boy still rides high.




    **THE PERFECT FRANCHISE**

    After the conclusion of the video package, SHANE DOUGLAS and FRANCINE make their way out to the ring to a boatload of heat from the crowd. This is the biggest night of Douglas’ career and his walk tells the entire story – long strides, a big smirk and hardened eyes. The Franchise is ready for what is coming and appears to be thriving, at least for the time being. Many fans shout taunts towards Douglas as he passes them, he ignores them until he enters the ring where he plants a big kiss on Francine and reminds the fans that they could never get as good a woman by their side. Inside the ring, Douglas does a little strut – mocking the Nature Boy – before leaning up against the ropes and waving Flair down to the ring, tapping his wrist as if to say hurry up I’ve got better things to do old man.

    **ALSO SPRACH ZARATHUSTRA**

    While the man inside the ring may not respect the Nature Boy it’s clear that everyone else in the arena does as they stand up on their feet when that famous tune hits the speakers. Stepping out of the entrance chute, in a long golden robe, RIC FLAIR makes his appearance with his slick blond hair, pearly white teeth and a smirk that has charmed a thousand women. The Nature Boy does a little twirl at the top of the ramp, showing off his robe, and the camera switches to ringside where Douglas flips out at the showmanship on display. Our commentators have divided opinions on this match; Schiavone strongly backs Flair believing that Douglas could use a lesson in respect while Bischoff praises Douglas for having the guts to speak the truth about how poisonous Ric Flair has become to everyone else. After making the long walk to the ring, Flair climbs the steps, wipes his feet and enters the ring – once again giving a little twirl to show off the robe. Douglas grits his teeth together, his hands clenched against the ropes, he can barely contain himself. Finally, Flair removes the robe and passes it to a crew worker at ringside before turning directly to face Douglas.

    First Time Ever:
    Shane Douglas vs. Ric Flair


    The arena is still making noise long after the bell much to the dismay of Shane Douglas. He hates seeing the love that the people have for the Nature Boy. It’s getting under his skin, driving Douglas close to the edge and he shows it by walking forward and shouting directly in the face of the legend. Douglas tells Flair that he is nothing anymore, he’s washed up and unwanted. In response, Flair slaps the taste out of Shane’s mouth and the crowd cheers. Flair waves Shane over to the corner, Douglas storms in wildly allowing Flair to duck underneath and fire off some punches to the body. Shane swings again with a right hand but Flair grabs it and whips Douglas into the ropes, hitting a back body drop on the rebound followed by a clothesline to the outside of the ring!

    Flair has the ring all to himself right now, strutting for the crowd and he yells back at Douglas for his earlier comments, “I think I’ve still got enough to kick your ass!” On the outside, Douglas slaps the ring apron and pulls the cloth covering the inside of the ring. In an attempt to calm him down Francine rubs his back, whispering words into the ear of the Franchise, and eventually he begins to listen. Back into the ring goes Douglas – they lock-up – Flair twists around and applies a side headlock. Douglas quickly shoves him into the ropes, shoulder block connects and knocks Flair to the canvas. An elbow drop by Douglas fails to hit the mark, Flair moves to the left and comes right back with a knee drop across the top of the head! He’s just that little bit better and this sends Douglas to the outside of the ring again.

    For the second time in the match we see Ric Flair play to the crowd while Shane Douglas rips at the steel steps at ringside. He is ready to start pulling at his hair – his dream debut is not going so well. Seeing Flair openly mocking him drives Douglas back into the ring and he delivers a stiff knee. A few clubbing blows to the back allows Douglas to rebound off the ropes and he hits a running forearm to the side of the head. Quick cover by Douglas as he places a hand around the throat of the Nature Boy. ONE! KICK OUT! Immediately after the kick out we see Douglas turn it into a straight choke with both hands – screaming at Flair that he’s career is over. The referee breaks it up at a count of four; Douglas stands and shoves Flair into the corner of the ring after punching him a few times.

    While holding the top rope Douglas lays into Flair with kicks and stomps – all the while shouting that his time is now and that Flair is a dead man walking. Douglas spins away from the corner after Flair drops to the lower half of the corner, he wipes his face and spits towards the fans before rushing back at the turnbuckle for a KNEE TO THE FACE OF A SITTING FLAIR! Douglas yanks Flair out of the corner and places a single foot on his chest for a cover. ONE! TWO! KICK OUT! The fans did not like that cover and it seems to have awaken Flair a little as he fights back to his feet delivering hard chops. Douglas is on the ropes, sent across the ring and nailed with a HIP-TOSS! Flair grabs a handful of hair, pulling Douglas back to his feet and hits a VERTICAL SUPLEX into a cover. ONE! TWO! KICK OUT!

    The Nature Boy takes a moment to gather his thoughts, brushing back his hair and straighten himself up before he makes his next move. Douglas is on his knees when Flair kicks him in the ribs, turning the Franchise over and dropping his knee across the temple. They both get back to their feet, Flair is in control as he chops at the chest of the Franchise drawing big reactions from the audience whenever of those chops lands. Flair looks for a back suplex but Douglas spills behind him, landing on his feet, hits a knee to the back of the Nature Boy and rushes towards the ropes. On the rebound, Douglas jumps into the air but Flair catches him and falls back towards the ropes catching Douglas’ neck against the top – STUN GUN! Douglas bounces back into the middle of the ring coughing all over the place, clutching at his throat, and Flair slaps on a SLEEPER HOLD!

    The genius of the Nature Boy is on show now – he injured the neck and immediately went to a hold that would exploit that weakness. Douglas can be seen scratching at the arms, trying to force fingers between Flair’s arm and his throat, doing anything he can to get some air into his body. He’s fading quickly, fans on their feet, Flair is working the sleeper to perfect as he leans his weight against Douglas’ neck forcing the Franchise to support both of their massive bodies. Eventually, Douglas begins to fight back, elbowing free of the sleeper and hitting the BACK SUPLEX Flair was aiming for earlier. Douglas then hooks the legs for a tighter cover than he did earlier with the foot. ONE! TWO! KICK OUT!

    Getting back to his feet, Douglas stomps on Flair with a sadistic smile on his face. He continues to talk, a common theme of this match, and taunts Flair with a little strut of his own. Picking Flair up by the arm, Douglas sends Flair into the ropes and ducks down – Flair counters with a kick to the shoulder of Douglas! Flair now backs into the ropes and comes forward – HIGH KNEE LIFT BUT DOUGLAS CATCHES HIM WITH A SPINEBUSTER! It’s the Double A version, insult to injury, Douglas hooks the legs again for the pin. ONE! TWO! KICK OUT! It couldn’t have ended that way but Douglas would’ve loved to beat Flair with the Arn Anderson version of the spinebuster. Douglas pulls himself up by the ropes, he steps forward and does a KNEE DROP just like Ric Flair. Rolling back to his feet, the Franchise does another strut before grabbing Flair by the leg and dropping an elbow across the joint! Another one – a twist of the leg – a knee drop across the leg itself and a crank all are applied in succession before Douglas goes for what he is ultimately setting up.

    FIGURE FOUR LEG LOCK BY SHANE DOUGLAS! The crowd goes up with boos as Shane Douglas has applied the Figure Four Leg Lock on Ric Flair. The ultimate insult by the man who has done nothing but insult the Nature Boy for years. Will this be the moment that Douglas has been dreaming for all his life? The chance to shame the Nature Boy is right at his fingertips. With the referee in position, right near Flair’s hand, watching with great anticipation, the crowd begins to lean forward in their seats. Douglas is gritting his teeth, swinging an arm back and forth at the Nature Boy, demanding that Flair call it quits. Will it be enough? Slowly, Flair begins to shake his head. Raising a single fist in the arm, Flair begins to turn his body – his eyes wide and screaming back at the Franchise that he will never give up! They begin to turn, Douglas tries to shift his weight back but it’s too late. Flair is the master of the hold and knows every counter possible to the move that has made him a legend. To wild cheers from the crowd Flair is able to counter the move – forcing Douglas onto his stomach and REVERSES THE PRESSURE! Now it’s Douglas’ turn to taste the pain. He looks for the ropes right away, kicking his legs free and crawling towards the edge of the ring.

    The atmosphere within the arena begins to build as Ric Flair returns to his feet with a reignited fire about himself. Chops to the chest of the Franchise back him up – Flair whips him with into the ropes and nails a clothesline. That doesn’t keep Douglas down for long as he pops back up and Flair catches him with a beautiful backbreaker drop across the knee. Could that be enough for the Nature Boy to put Douglas away as he makes the cover with a forearm in the face? ONE! TWO! KICK OUT! Wasting as little time as possible which shows a new level of focus for Flair compared to the start of this match; Flair grabs Douglas by the head and pushes him against the middle of the ropes. A few more chops and punches connect, Flair working as best he can before kicking Douglas in the mid-section and connecting with a BUTTERFLY SUPLEX towards the middle of the ring. Once more, Flair slides into the cover and hooks a leg. ONE! TWO! KICK OUT!

    On the outside of the ring, Francine is shown pacing in a state of nervousness after the tide has now turned in favour of the Nature Boy. Returning to the in-ring action we see Flair working Douglas in the corner, it’s a fist fight with the Franchise coming back at Flair – tossing him against the turnbuckle and driving his knee into the gut. This onslaught by Flair has struck a nerve with the Franchise. Kick to the stomach lands for Douglas as he hooks the arm but Flair blocks it! Douglas tries to load up again however Flair stomps on his foot, turning Douglas around and nails a neckbreaker! Could that be enough to give Flair the victory tonight? ONE! TWO! KICK OUT! Once again we see the will power of the Franchise to get his shoulder off the mat. Flair rises to his feet, he grabs Douglas’ leg and begins to work it over. For the next two minutes Flair puts a heavy beating the leg of Douglas in preparation for his famous finishing move. Twisting the leg, placing it on the bottom rope and jumping with all his weight down across the joint, straightening it up vertically and rolling forward, elbow and knee drops, it’s all on show for the Nature Boy.

    Having worked the leg to satisfaction and with Douglas writhing in pain on the canvas, backing him up into the corner and grabbing hold of the two sides of the bottom ropes, Ric Flair struts towards him with a big smirk. With both hands holding a boot, Flair lifts Douglas up and executes an ALLEY OOP! Douglas’ head smacks the canvas, Flair drags him into the middle of the ring now that the grip once held by his opponent is now broken and applies the FIGURE FOUR LEG LOCK! It could be all she wrote right now as Flair has the hold locked it and now a cheap imitation like the one Douglas placed on him earlier in the match. This is the real deal and Ric Flair knows how to work this position better than anyone in the entire world. The attention of everyone in the building is on the left hand of Shane Douglas which is floating just inches from the canvas. He is looking for salvation but none can be found inside the squared circle when Ric Flair has you trapped in the most famous submission hold in the history of professional wrestling.

    Douglas begins to push against the canvas trying to get to the bottom rope for a break. Of course, Flair sandbags his own weight which makes it near impossible for Douglas to effectively move both himself and the Nature Boy from the middle of the ring towards the ropes behind him. The shouts of Douglas echo throughout the arena. His eyes burning a hole through his opponent; Douglas spits back at Flair that he will never tap to the Figure Four. Not now, not ever, and that he’d sooner die than to give Flair the win through submission. Flair takes kindly to the exchange of words as he tightens the hold, leaning back and pumping his fist in the air. Douglas begins to worm, his can feel his leg twist and contorting under the pressure of the Nature Boy. In a last ditched effort, Douglas rolls to the side but Flair keeps on rolling – which plays into Douglas’ hand as it gets him close enough to the ropes to force a break!

    The referee separates the two men but the damage has been done to Shane Douglas. He clutches at the leg, shaking his head in disbelief that he got trapped in that situation, and his overconfidence from the early part of this night is long gone. Both men fight their way to their feet, Douglas forced to use the ropes to stand and that makes him an easy target for a few chops. Eventually, Flair tries a knee breaker to weaken the leg for another Figure Boy but Douglas rakes the eyes. The referee delivers a warning; Douglas shakes it off and clobbers Flair with a stiff lariat! Perhaps on instinct, Douglas hooks Flair in position and attempts a powerbomb but his leg is in no state to perform that move and it almost gives out before he gets Flair vertical. They return to the starting position and Douglas grits his teeth once more and forces Flair up, unable to complete a powerbomb however he does turn it into a PILEDRIVER! A very smart move by the Franchise and could that be enough? ONE! TWO! KICK OUT!

    A continued assault by Douglas takes over the match as he struggles to walk on his leg now. It’s mostly punches for the moment as he is unable to execute anything major while his leg is still in a state of flux. A quick jab to Flair lands before Douglas plants him with a SNAP DDT! Another cover by Douglas, he fails to hook Flair’s leg instead clutching at his own. ONE! TWO! KICK OUT! In frustration at the kick out we see Douglas roll towards the ropes and slam his fist against the canvas. He stands up and makes his next move against Flair, signalling to the crowd that it is all over, and proclaiming himself the victor. A big uppercut connects by Douglas before he sends Flair into the ropes for a clothesline which is ducked, Flair shoots through the other side and hits RUNNING CROSSBODY SENDING BOTH MEN TO THE FLOOR! On the outside of the ring it’s a mess with both Douglas and Flair next to each other. Replays are shown of Flair putting everything on the line, jumping in the air and tossing himself towards Shane Douglas like the kitchen sink.

    Even still, Shane Douglas is the one first back to his feet and he rubs the side of the head as he stands. His head may have clipped the side of the apron drawing a tiny trickle of blood from the side but nothing major. Douglas stomps on Flair with a boatload of anger – he grabs the blond hair and nails Ric in the face a few times with some closed fist punches. After exchanging a look towards the steel steps, Douglas’ face lights up with glee and it appears he has got an evil idea. Walking back towards the Nature Boy, grabbing his wrist and shouting directly in his face, Douglas tries to whip Flair into the steel steps! Luckily, Flair puts on the brakes and turns it into a VERTICAL SUPLEX ON THE OUTSIDE FLOOR! The splat of Douglas’ back on the cold hard floor of the outside area around ringside gets replayed multiple times. Flair gets back to his feet and tosses Douglas back into the ring – he hooks the leg for a cover. ONE! TWO! KICK OUT!

    In response to the kick out, Flair turns his attention to the top rope and begins to climb high. It’s a rare sight to see the legend go high risk but he feels he needs to do something to put this match away now that it has entered what are sure to be the final stages. Douglas has not moved since the kick out and remains flat on his back. The crowd rally around Flair as he jumps for a splash! Unfortunately, Douglas rolls out of the way and the air in the arena gets sucked out! Staggering to his feet with a sinister smirk on his face, Douglas motions to the crowd a throat slit before picking Ric Flair up and bringing him in close. This is what he has been waiting for and now Douglas gets his chance. BELLY TO BELLY SUPLEX BY THE FRANCHISE IN THE MIDDLE OF THE RING! Douglas hooks the leg for the biggest three count of his entire life. ONE! TWO! KICK OUT! Pay no attention to the crowd because the biggest reaction comes from Shane Douglas as he explodes off the canvas and collars the referee! He cannot believe that the Nature Boy kicked out of his finisher. That shouldn’t have happened. Shane Douglas never prepared for a situation where Flair would have the ability to get the shoulder off the canvas. What can he possibly do now?

    Douglas cannot believe what just happened and releases his grip on the referee. Running his fingers through his hair he comes to the realization that the match isn’t over. This thing is still continuing and Douglas is still in the best position possible for a victory. Stepping back towards his opponent, Douglas reaches forward to pick up Flair but he gets cradle! ONE! TWO! THREE! Out of nowhere we’ve just seen Ric Flair score the pinfall over Shane Douglas. The crowd roars with cheers as Flair rolls out of the ring and staggers up the entrance ramp while Douglas remains frozen in time at what just happened – popping straight to his feet the moment the referee’s hand hit for a count of three. This match is over and it ended in the most remarkable way possible.


    Spoiler:

    Winner: Ric Flair @ 14:04


    The ending of this match proves that you must never doubt a veteran. From the jaws of defeat we have seen Ric Flair snatch a victory against Shane Douglas in his debut with World Championship Wrestling since returning to the company at Super Brawl IX. It’s a clear measure of vengeance for the Nature Boy after he was screwed out of the World Title by Douglas last month. Raising his hand in the air, Flair is joined by the referee who anoints him as the victor, drawing huge cheers from the crowd and a look of fury from Shane Douglas. Slicking back his hair with a look of relief on his face, Flair gives one last ‘Woo’ to the crowd before making his exit via the entrance chute.

    Meanwhile, Shane Douglas stomps around the ring tearing at the turnbuckles and the ring ropes, shouting about the result, barely able to be contained by a concerned Francine. He feels like he was robbed tonight by Flair’s cheap trick – cradling him for a three count. Douglas kicks the ropes and pulls at his hair, falling to his knees and striking the canvas with hammer fists. It’s an absolute meltdown at Uncensored for the Franchise having come up short. Fans fill the arena with boos for Douglas, who rolls to the outside and storms up the ramp, Francine following a few steps behind, looking concerned about the mental state of her man following that loss.



    We go backstage to find the number one contender for the nWo World Heavyweight Championship – BOOKER T. Standing in the locker-room he is wrapping his wrists in tape preparing for battle later tonight in the main event of the evening. The crowd take his appearance as a welcome sight and quickly begin chants of ‘Booker T’ towards the big screen inside the arena. While Booker T is fixing himself up he is approached by LEX LUGER; a man who have fought long and hard to protect World Championship Wrestling since the early days of the invasion put forth by the New World Order. Luger is here for one reason and that’s to wish Booker T luck.

    Luger says it has been a long-time coming for Booker T and they believe he has come a long way since his days in the tag team division. Luger brings up that Booker T was his first choice for a partner at Starrcade last year and he would’ve been proud to stand beside the young man had it not been for his injury which forced him out of the contest. Booker T thanks the veterans for his support but tells Luger that this isn’t just about the bigger picture. Sure, he is willing to stand for WCW, he wouldn’t be where he is if he wasn’t, but this whole experience since Super Brawl has taught him that to stand at the top of the mountain you have to earn it. Booker has been disrespected not just by Kevin Nash but by a lot of people, people throwing shade towards him in the halls saying he can’t win, whispering behind his back, people doubting he has a chance because he’s just a tag team guy. Tonight, Booker T is out to prove to himself and the world that he belongs at the top! Win, lose or draw – there will be no doubt about Booker T’s place in WCW’s main event scene.




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    **VODOO CHILD**

    The famous guitar riffs echo throughout the arena to signify the arrival of the biggest star that this profession has ever seen. Emerging from the entrance chute, HOLLYWOOD HOGAN steps out onto the stage with a sneering look upon his face. Yes, this is the biggest name in wrestling and he’ll never let you forget. Singing along with Jimmy Hendrix in the background, Hollywood Hogan makes his way down to the ring with his nephew HORACE HOGAN following closely behind. Upon entering the ring, Hogan poses to loud jeers from the crowd but they cannot help themselves from standing on their feet. The commentary from Bischoff is not what you would entirely suspect in this situation as he is far more neutral. He’s pushing the nWo agenda but always praises the group rather than the individual which cites back to Hogan being a driving force of Bischoff’s removal back at Starrcade.

    **INVASION**

    They were already standing but now they might as well be in the freaking air. The camera switches backstage where a door marked ‘Goldberg’ is surrounded by a security team. A single knock is all it takes for Goldberg to emerge from the private locker-room and begin his long walk to the stage. We follow him all the way through the various hallways he has to take, the crowd chanting his name in the background, the camera including shots of Hollywood Hogan breathing heavily inside the ring, until Goldberg finally arrives. Thousands of people are on their feet as GOLDBERG walks through smoke and fire – a dragon from the pits of hell emerging from beneath and blows smoke from his nostrils. A combination of kicks and punches sets off fireworks in the background before Goldberg zooms in on his target within the squared circle. No more time wasting, no more words – this is Goldberg’s chance to get his rematch for the World Title. The walk to the ring is a quick one, Goldberg sliding underneath the bottom rope and jumping to his feet – eyes locked on Hogan the entire time. This is the moment wrestling fans have been waiting months to see. The rematch has finally arrived – the stakes are high and it is time!


    !! THE REMATCH !!
    *If Goldberg wins he becomes the number one contender for the nWo World Heavyweight Championship*
    Hollywood Hogan (w/Horace Hogan) vs. Goldberg

    Glaring across the ring at his opponent, flexing his muscles and shouting insults, Hollywood Hogan is in his element. This is the big stage that he loves to compete on and there is no bigger match than the rematch between he and Goldberg. They meet in the middle of the ring with a test of strength. Hogan feels the power of the much younger man and is shoved across the ring as the crowd jumps to their feet with cheers. Shaking his head in defiance as he rises to his feet, Hogan yanks the nearby top rope and points a finger at Goldberg. Another test of strength follows and gets the same result for the most part but this time Hogan retreats before he is thrown off balance. Goldberg slaps his biceps, flaring his nostrils and motions for Hogan to try again.

    They begin to circle the middle of the ring, milking the crowd’s reaction to their interactions, getting the most out of what they are doing. Goldberg offers a hand for another test for a strength, Hogan accepts at first but pulls Goldberg closer and strikes with a thumb to the eye. It’s a bad spot for Goldberg as he tries to back away into the corner only for Hogan to crowd him and deliver hard clubbing blows to the back of the neck. Hogan follows up with a knee to the mid-section, mostly blocked, before whipping Goldberg into the ropes across the ring.

    On the rebound, Hogan applies a sleeper hold right in the middle of the ring, pushing his body weight against Goldberg’s neck, applying as much pressure as is possible. Goldberg begins to struggle, working his way up from his knees, the sleeper drains away but Goldberg refuses to give in. He shoves Hogan away into the ropes however on the rebound Hogan responds with a shoulder block to knock Goldberg down! Quickly, Hogan drops an elbow across the chest and makes a cover – the first of the match. ONE! KICK OUT! Rolling to the side of the ring, Goldberg pushes himself off the canvas as Hogan stalks him from behind. A solid kick to the ribs keeps Hogan in control and he grabs Goldberg by the arm, pulling him up, before striking with several punches to the head.

    On the outside of the ring it’s Horace Hogan looking absolutely gleeful at his uncle’s performance so far in the match. Returning to the action, Hogan wraps both his hands around the throat of Goldberg and chokes him against the ropes! The referee steps in and forces a break at a count of four. Hogan steps away for a second only to return with the same choke for yet another four count. With Goldberg staggering towards the middle of the ring, clutching at his throat, Hollywood Hogan gains some momentum off the ropes and hits a clothesline to the back! Down goes Goldberg again! Hogan has been all over him since the eye poke. On his back once more, Goldberg is struck by a stomp to the mid-section.

    Ever the showman of the sport it’s time for Hogan to play to the crowd. He points at Goldberg and laughs, making a breaking gesture with his hands before posing to the hard camera. The boos are loud within the arena and the only hint of support coming from Horace standing on the outside of the ring. Eventually, Hogan turns his attention back on the matter at hand. Hogan shoves Goldberg into the corner of the ring and drives a few punches into the head of his opponent. Coming out of the corner, Hogan slings Goldberg into the ropes again but this time Goldberg doesn’t return! Hogan hurries to regain control however he is met with a kick to the stomach and a combination of strikes by Goldberg! The crowd are on their feet as Goldberg hammers away at Hogan, backing him up from one side of the ring to the other, he has Hogan on the ropes and knocks him to the outside of the ring with a SPEAR!

    The response from the crowd is deafening inside the ring as Goldberg gathers his thoughts inside the ring. On the outside we see the scene of Hollywood Hogan being attended to by his devoted nephew, a towel dabbing the forehead of the Hulkster, Horace checking that his uncle can continue. Goldberg has no time for these games, this is about regaining the World Title and Hogan is the only thing in his way now, he exits the ring and heads straight for the man himself. Horace scrams at the sight of Goldberg. A few strikes subdue Hogan and Goldberg then tosses him back into the ring. Upon entering it himself, Goldberg works Hogan over a belly to belly suplex combination followed by a knee drop! Goldberg hooks the leg for a cover. ONE! TWO! KICK OUT!

    It’s not the most technical of matches and was never going to be. Goldberg is back on his feet and drags Hogan over to the cover. A kick to the stomach lands and Goldberg sets himself for a suplex but Hogan grabs the rope – stopping any elevation. They break, Hogan escaping a punch from Goldberg and returning favour with a knee to the stomach. Hogan has control again – he clubs Goldberg in the back and sends him into the ropes for a BIG BOOT! Hogan charges into the ropes across the ring and comes back with the HOLLYWOOD LEG DROP! Right on the money! Hogan makes the cover, no hook of the leg, his hand raised in the air, Horace Hogan jumping onto the ring apron in celebration. ONE! TWO! KICK OUT!

    Complete shock comes over the face of Hollywood Hogan. We have hit the five minute mark of this contest and Hogan has already found a way to use his biggest weapon, the same weapon that has put down everyone else who has felt its wrath, but on this night the leg drop has failed to defeat Goldberg. The crowd are roaring now with support as Goldberg begins to rise to his feet. Hogan ripping off his weight lifting belt and waving it in the air. The referee warns Hogan not to use it however Hogan points to the colours he is wearing – “Don’t forget we have all the power! You call for the bell and I’ll take your damn head off with this thing, brother!” The referee is powerless to stop this as Hogan whips Goldberg across the back.

    Striking hard with violent lashes across the flesh, breaking the skin, leaving red marks and drawing the ire of the crowd. Hollywood Hogan is sinking to as low as he possibly can to make sure that Goldberg does no advance towards the World Title picture. Perhaps this is more than that for Hogan? His role has been questioned, he has been challenged as the leader of the nWo and defeating Goldberg would surely cement his spot at the top of the food chain. After nearly ten lashes, Hogan stretches the belt out and wraps it around the neck of Goldberg! Hogan wants to end this right now, he is draining the life out of Goldberg, he’ll use that weightlifting belt to secure the victory.

    All of a sudden, as Goldberg looks to be rising, chants of his name arise from the crowd and this spurs the man on. Hogan’s eyes widen with fear, his grip loosening, Goldberg is fighting back and elbows his way free. Hogan tries to use the belt again to whip Goldberg but a takedown sends the belt spilling across the ring. They struggle for a moment, Hogan rushes for the belt and gets there first only for Goldberg to stomp on the hand! Hogan looks up at his opponent, Goldberg is enraged, his foot right on the wrist with the belt laying on the fingertips. Slowly, Goldberg bends down and picks up the belt and proceeds to TOSS IT TO THE OUTSIDE! He will not use it. Hogan pulls his hand free and begs for mercy. Hogan is on his knees praying, asking Goldberg to spare him – WHEN ALL OF A SUDDEN HE GOES FOR A POKE TO THE EYE! This time Goldberg catches the hand, he wasn’t getting caught with it again.

    Goldberg has had enough of this and pulls Hogan into position for the Jackhammer. The crowd are on there feet, Goldberg points to the heavens, his journey back to the title is nearing completion. Horace Hogan jumps onto the ring apron and attempts to enter the ring drawing the attention of the referee and Goldberg. Goldberg tosses Hogan to the side and charges towards the ropes – SLAMMING A FOREARM INTO THE FACE OF HORACE HOGAN KNOCKING HIM OUT COLD!

    Goldberg shakes his head, he turns back to Hollywood Hogan and gets surprised with a chop to the throat. Hogan stumbles to his feet and attempts to slam Goldberg. Luckily, Goldberg slips out the back, he shoves Hogan away and runs towards the ropes – ONE REBOUND, TWO REOUND, THREE REBOUND – Hogan is spinning like a mad man trying to keep up – FOUR REBOUNDS AND NOW THE SPEAR! Goldberg smashes into Hogan at a greater speed than anyone previously. Hogan is writhing in pain on the canvas as Goldberg pops back to his feet, he signals for the end and lifts Hogan up for the JACKHAMMER! Hook of the leg by Goldberg. ONE! TWO! THREE!


    Spoiler:

    Winner: And the number one contender to the nWo World Heavyweight Championship – Goldberg @ 07:06


    The match is over and the future of this company now must go through the man standing proudly on the second rope. The New World Order must contend with Goldberg as the next in line for the nWo World Heavyweight Title if they still hold it at the end of the night. The is the biggest talking point coming out of the match as discussed at the announce desk by Schiavone and Bischoff. While Goldberg has been on a journey to regain the title, he lost at Starrcade it has also been fuelled by the chance to get his hands-on Kevin Nash. At the end of tonight we could very well live in a world where Nash is no longer the World Champion. Bischoff calls it a moot point because Booker T stands no chance against Kevin Nash but Schiavone is far more intrigued by the scenario in which Booker T wins the title and what Goldberg would do then.

    That is yet to be determined. What we do know for sure is that Goldberg is coming for the title. He stands in the ring having defeated Hollywood Hogan for the second time in his career, going 2-0, never been beaten by the legend, and he did so tonight in emphatic fashion. They didn’t have a technical match. It was hard hitting and the end came swiftly once Goldberg had a chance to react. As Goldberg makes his way from the ring up the entrance ramp, the camera throws back to ringside where Hollywood Hogan struggles to stand, clutching at his ribs, meanwhile his nephew looks on with concern.




    It has been expected all night and now is finally the time when we get to hear from the reigning, and soon to be defending, nWo World Heavyweight Champion – Kevin Nash. Dressed to compete he is sitting at a desk in his own personal office as the President of WCW. Nash is by himself, he seeks the spotlight for his own accord, and begins by praising the performances of those who have come before him this evening. He even praises some of the non-nWo athletes like Dean Malenko and the Blue Bloods. Tonight, Nash claims will be a learning experience for everyone. It’s his first pay-per-view as WCW President and he now understands how difficult it is to do the job. That’s what the rest of the world fail to understand. Those sheep who fly the flag of WCW fail to understand just how big the world actually is and they fail to comprehend the difficultly that comes with being at the top of this sport.

    Kevin Nash knows because he has done it for years – he can stand at the top of the mountain and handle the pressure because he is proven! He bares the weight of the world so the sheep can play in the field and all he demands is for the sheep to know their place in the grand scheme of things. Tonight, Booker T thinks that his place is at the top of the mountain. He thinks that he deserves a spot at the table with the likes of the Kevin Nash and the nWo. Booker T thinks this is so easy because he has never gotten close to the top and he never will! In reality, Booker T is just a mindless sheep who has been convinced by the flock that he should climb the mountain. Well, guess what happens to sheep when they climb an unknown mountain? They fall. They fall hard. Tonight, Booker T’s dream is about to come crashing down because he is no champion he is but a simple lost sheep.



    **ONE CRAZED ANARCHIST**

    To the surprise of nearly everyone in the arena it is the champion making his way to the ring first. Several shots of the crowd show people confused and that confusion is thereafter shoved aside when CHRIS JERICHO does indeed make his way out onto the stage. With the WCW United States Heavyweight Title firmly around his waist, Jericho shows some bruises from the assault on Monday but he refuses to let that weakness show as anything more than cosmetic, pumping up the crowd from the stage. Jericho begins to make his way down to the ring and on commentary we hear Bischoff revealing that it is by the order of the New World Order that Jericho make his way out to the ring first. He’s no real champion in the eyes of the nWo and therefore he does not get to come out to the ring second – a position that has been gifted to his opponent this evening. Upon entering the ring, Chris Jericho unclips the title belt and steps towards the edge of the ring where he makes eye contact with Easy E. Jericho smirks, lifting the title high in the air, and shouts that just because he came out first it doesn’t make this any less real!

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    **ROCKHOUSE**

    He should’ve made his way out to the ring first but tonight the nWo is flexing their muscles with two matches to go and some disappointing results so far. SCOTT HALL emerges from the entrance chute oozing confidence after the total destruction of his opponent from Monday. Hall takes his time making his way down to the ring. Holding a toothpick in his hand Hall has a little chat to the camera man; “You see the man in the ring? He is going to get the biggest beating of his life. Right here – I am going to finish this punk.” Hall strides towards the ring, making his way up the steps and waving Jericho away from the ropes before he enters. Taking the centre of the ring, Hall does his famous stomps and extends his hands, slowly spinning back around and flicking his toothpick directly at Jericho.

    The referee has to get between the two men as Jericho lunges forward. Words are exchanged as Jericho shoves the title belt that he took from Hall right in his face – declaring that it isn’t going anywhere. Eventually the referee gets both men to their neutral corners and holds the title belt high in the air. It is the co-main event of the evening – WCW United States Heavyweight Title on the line – Jericho versus Hall!

    WCW United States Heavyweight Championship Match:
    Chris Jericho (c) vs. Scott Hall

    And they come running out of the corners at each other! The tension has been built and both of these men are ready to rip the other to pieces. Jericho and Hall trade bunches in the middle of the ring to a loud response from the crowd. It’s a one on one situation with no members of the nWo involved at all. This can be attributed to Hall’s confidence that he can take care of Jericho without the involvement of anyone else and ties back to his frustrations with Hogan getting involved last month at Super Brawl. Hall and Jericho brawl to the ropes where the Bad Guy lands a knee to the gut, bending Jericho down and then a hard-clubbing strike to the back. Yanking Jericho back to his feet, Hall whips the champion into the ropes and clocks him with a reverse elbow to knock Jericho to the canvas.

    Off the ropes goes Hall and he rebounds looking for an elbow drop but Jericho rolls out of the way. Back on his feet and we see Jericho connect with a few chops to the challenger before whipping him across the ring – but wait! Hall counters and instead whips Jericho into the ropes and looks for a back body drop. The champion gets his wits about him and counters with a stiff kick to the shoulder, knocking Hall a few steps backwards and then Jericho follows up with a dropkick! Hall stumbles into the corner and is nailed by an incoming Jericho with another dropkick! Momentum is building for the champion as he pushes Hall away from the corner, climbs onto the top rope and dives off with a CROSS BODY! It connects and Jericho hooks the leg for the first cover of the contest. ONE! TWO! KICK OUT!

    Hall drives his shoulder off the mat and begins to shake his head to steady himself. Brushing a hand through his hair after the landing it’s Jericho that follows up first as he pulls Hall back to a vertical base. Hooking both arms Jericho pulls Hall back near the middle of the ring and drives him head first into the mat with a TIGER SUPLEX! He keeps the bridge for the cover. ONE! TWO! KICK OUT! Loud chants for Jericho rise from the audience while the champion surveys the ring and his opponent. On one side of the ring Hall pulls himself off the canvas near a corner meanwhile Jericho watches on. Sprinting from one end of the ring to the other, Jericho leaps through the air and lands on the second turnbuckle. Hall ducks out of the way – Jericho keeps his balance and launches himself backwards – SPINNING BACK ELBOW!

    And in response Scott Hall throws a wild big boot which connects with Jericho before the champion can land his blow. Jericho crumbles to the canvas as Hall rushes over, rips him up via his hair and hits a vertical suplex into a cover. ONE! TWO! KICK OUT! Stepping directly onto the body of the champion, Hall plants his weight on the lower back of Jericho and steps over. Back to a vertical base now for both men as Hall delivers a few strikes before locking Jericho into an abdominal stretch! The referee jumps into position where he can hear Jericho’s calls, ready to notify the time keeper of a submission, and he begins to ask if Jericho wants to give it up. The champion shakes his head in response. Leaning back for leverage, Hall lifts an elbow and drives it down into the ribs of the champion. Hall continues to pull back on the stretch, looking towards the ropes and grabbing the top rope for extra leverage! Jericho’s face shows a grimace of pain until the referee catches Scott Hall’s deception.

    Hall ignores the count until it gets to four – at which point Hall breaks the hold – allowing Jericho to collapse to the canvas and slowly crawl away. The referee tries to gain control of the match and argues with Hall but he gets shoved to the side like a child. Hall goes right back on the attack with a few stomps to the body before he gets wrist control and pulls Jericho back to his feet. A kick to the mid-section lands and then Hall delivers a DOUBLE BACKBREAKER DROP across his knee. After the second drop Jericho gets slammed to the canvas and Hall makes a cover with both legs hooked. ONE! TWO! KICK OUT! A big cheer from the crowd echoes throughout the arena after the kick out and Jericho rolls to the side towards the edge of the ring.

    More confident than ever with control of the match at the moment it’s Scott Hall who takes a few moments to taunt the crowd – pretending to flick his toothpick at them like he is known for doing to his opponent’s pre-match. Hall follows up on Jericho with a combination of punches from a kneeling position to the forehead of Jericho. With big plans in mind, Hall applies a side headlock and jerks Jericho into the middle of the ring. Hall smirks as the crowd tries to rally behind the champion. The grip is tight and Jericho begins to feed off the energy from the crowd. A few jabs to the side land, Jericho begins to slip free and he shoves Hall into the ropes but on the rebound Hall nails a shoulder block! Hall jumps over Jericho and looks to rebound off the ropes once again – KICK TO THE GUT! NO, Jericho catches it and sweeps the leg!

    LIONTAMER! Jericho has both legs hooked and only needs to turn the challenger onto his stomach and he’ll have the submission locked in. The battle is fierce between the two men, Hall looks worried on his back but as the bigger man is able to kick from and evade the submission attempt. He’s not out of trouble just yet as Jericho charges forward and knocks Hall to the canvas with a forearm smash. Back up quickly is Hall and Jericho fires another forearm smash again! For the third time Hall is back up and this time Jericho hits an enzuigiri! Third time appears to be the charm as Hall stays down and Jericho scurries into a cover – no legs hooked. ONE! TWO! KICK OUT!

    It has been a rough period for Jericho and it shows in his lack of immediate follow up on the momentum he has built. Jericho is slow to his feet, selling the back that was worked over, and takes a moment to lean against the turnbuckle to recover. Back into the fight, Jericho shouts at Hall to get back to his feet, waving him forward, and strikes with a SPINNING WHEEL KICK TO THE FACE! Jericho rolls right to the outside of the ring onto the apron and uses the top rope to sling himself back into the ring – SLINGSHOT 180 SPLASH! The crowd pops as Jericho lands and grabs a leg for the cover on Hall. ONE! TWO! KICK OUT!

    Brushing his long blond hair out of his face, Jericho approaches Hall and clubs him with punches. Sent across the ring into the corner, Hall lands against the turnbuckle and gets an elbow up on an incoming Jericho. Hall moves out of the corner, hooks Jericho from behind and nails a BELLY TO BACK SUPLEX! No cover from the challenger as he stands up, grabs Jericho by the hair yet again and smashes his shin into the face of the champion! Hall begins to stalk the champion, keeping his eyes locked, and jumps through the air with a LEAPING CLOTHESLINE! Down goes Jericho – it’s not enough for Hall as he picks the champion up and CONNECTS WITH A RUNNING POWERSLAM. That’s what Hall wanted and he hooks the leg for another cover. ONE! TWO! KICK OUT!

    Hall continues his punishment of the champion when he whips Jericho into the ropes. A clothesline by Hall is ducked, Jericho rebounds off the ropes and tries a cross body BUT HALL CATCHES HIM – FALLAWAY SLAM! Hall quickly dives into the cover. ONE! TWO! KICK OUT! It seems that Hall is just a step ahead of the champion. Rolling to the outside of the ring, Hall pulls Jericho to the apron and drives his elbow across the shoulder blades. Backing up against the turnbuckle on the outside of the ring, Hall charges forward with a big boot to the side of the head which knocks Jericho to the floor on the outside. Hall rolls back into the ring to break the count and immediately heads back to the outside. With a hand under the throat of the champion, Hall lifts Jericho up for a POWERBOMB! Just before he brings Jericho down to the floor it’s the champion who reaches out and grabs one of the ropes to block it! Jericho steps onto the apron, kicks Hall in the back which sends him stumbling backwards and then Jericho springboards backwards with a MOONSAULT ONTO HALL!

    Both men are down on the outside of the ring as the referee reaches a count of seven. It’s a close call but they both dive back into the ring at nine – keeping the match alive. Jericho is first to his feet and kicks Hall in the mid-section before hitting a SWINGING NECKBREAKER. ONE! TWO! KICK OUT! After the kick out, Hall rolls across the ring and uses the ropes to help himself stand. Jericho takes a knee and shakes his fist in the air to rally the crowd. Rushing up behind the challenger, Jericho hooks his arms around the head and yanks Hall down for the FLASHBACK! Another cover by Jericho as he hooks the leg. ONE! TWO! KICK OUT!

    You can see the wheels turning for Jericho as he stands up and watches as Scott Hall slowly crawls towards the turnbuckle. Jericho rushes forward and hits a knee to the stomach, Hall bends down and allows Jericho to follow up straight away with a ONE HANDED BULLDOG! The crowd jump to their feet – they know what comes next! LIONSAULT! NO! Hall gets his knees up BUT JERICHO WAS READY! LIONTAMER! Jericho has the Liontamer applied and Hall is in a world of trouble. Schiavone calls this the end for Hall – the nWo are about to lose again on a night that has not favoured the red and black. Hall is screaming out in the pain. He bites down on his thumb, the ropes seem like an eternity away and the champion has his best submission moved applied.

    The people are imploring the Bad Guy to submit. End it now and crown Jericho the winner but Scott Hall is no everyday competitor. He’s one of the best and he digs down and fights towards the ropes. Inching closer and eventually he gets there! That’s a break! Scott Hall made it to the ropes and an exhausted champion falls forward. Time is standing still with both men down on the canvas. Jericho is slow to his feet, this is the biggest match of his career and it’s no doubt his most difficult title defence of this young reign. Jericho grabs Hall and looks to DDT but Hall flips him overhead!

    Hall staggers forward with his weight pressed against the ropes. He’s in total defence mode right now as Jericho comes back at him. Hall winds up and cracks the champion with a LARIAT! That had to hurt! The champion’s head bouncing off the stiff canvas below and now Hall follows up with the OUTSIDER’S EDGE! Hall cannot make the cover as he is still feeling the pain of the Liontamer. It’s a significant period of time waste as Hall finally gets there, a single arm over, for the cover. ONE! TWO! KICK OUT! Jericho gets the shoulder off the cover and Scott Hall is not happy.

    In response, Hall grinds his forearm against the face of the champion before pulling him back to a vertical base. Hall sends Jericho into the corner and nails him with a clothesline. Across the ring to the opposite corner and Hall strikes again with a clothesline. As Jericho stumbles out of the corner, Hall scoops him for a SCOOP SLAM! No cover, instead Hall picks Jericho back up and hits SNAKE EYES! That is followed up with a CHOKESLAM! ONE! TWO! KICK OUT! Both of these men digging down further than they ever have before. Scott Hall wants to regain the title he was never pinned to lose. He was never defeated and he feels that the belt belongs to him.

    A look of anger comes across the challenger’s face as he pulls Jericho close between his legs. The crowd watching on – Bischoff praising the performance of the Bad Guy so far on commentary. Jericho is lifted up high in position for the famous finishing move but the champion refuses to go for a ride. Jericho slips free, he fires off a few punches to the challenger and ducks down to grab the legs. Big moment now as Hall is on his back with Jericho struggling for the Liontamer. Surely if he turns the challenger over it would be the end of the match. Hall battles hard, he kicks away and once more blocks the hold as he did earlier.

    Jericho is still on his feet and comes back with a kick – ONLY FOR HALL TO CATCH IT AND TAKE HIS BLOCK OFF WITH A LARIAT! Hall yanks Jericho back up – for the second time in the contest it’s the OUTSIDER’S EDGE! Scott Hall has hit the move for the second time and he goes right for the cover. No delay this time. It’s a clean cover, one leg is hooked and the ropes are nowhere in sight. ONE! TWO! SHOULDER UP!

    The heart of the champion is on show right now. Make no mistake about it because many a man would have failed to get the shoulder off the mat in that situation. Scott Hall is utterly infuriated as he gets to a vertical base and nearly throttles the referee. Sticking three fingers in the referee’s face it’s Hall who is adamant that the count was slow. Hall cannot believe that Jericho got his shoulder up after a second Outsider’s Edge. He was sure it was over. Jericho struggles to get off the canvas at this point. His head spinning from the devastating finishing move.

    Now, Hall moves towards the champion and yells at him that this match is done. His eyes go to the corner and Hall moves both he and Jericho over there. Jericho appears to be limp as Hall positions him on the top turnbuckle. Hall strikes the chest of the champion before climbing the inside part of the corner. The crowd are on edge as Hall fidgets with Jericho, positioning himself correctly and sets up for what appears to be AN OUTSIDER’S EDGE FROM THE TOP ROPE! Everyone in the arena is on their feet. Bischoff and Schiavone are utterly stunned on commentary. This has the potential to not just end the match but to also break Jericho’s neck.

    Hall struggles to maintain his balance while also having to manage Jericho’s weight behind him. It’s an awkward position for the Bad Guy to deal with especially because he isn’t actually facing his opponent. Nevertheless, Hall prepares for the move but Jericho begins to resist! Jericho elbows Hall in the temple multiple times – the grip not broken! Hall pushes upwards – Jericho fires off more shots. This is it! If Hall can throw Jericho it is over. Suddenly, Jericho breaks free of the grip, hooks an arm under the throat of Hall and slowly begins to turn around on the top turnbuckle. Hall is stuck, Jericho has a grip under his jaw and without taking time to think – JERICHO JUMPS OFF THE TOP ROPE FOR AN AVALANCHE BULLDOG!

    He's out freaking cold when he hits the canvas below. Scott Hall is out cold after the bulldog from the top rope. Jericho isn’t in the best of situations either as he landed awkwardly on his left leg. The champion stumbles up, the crowd on his side, and staggers towards the ropes. LIONSAULT! Jericho falls back into the cover – ONE! TWO! THREE!


    Spoiler:

    Winner: And STILL WCW United States Heavyweight Champion – Chris Jericho @ 14:45


    An incredible finish to one of the most back and forth title matches in recent memory. The doubters have been silenced for Chris Jericho about the validity of his title reign. They said he never beat Scott Hall well tonight Jericho stepped into the ring with one of the best of all time and beat him clean. To a rockstar response from the audience Jericho stands up following the pinfall and is handed the title he won last month. The WCW United States Heavyweight Title will remain with Chris Jericho and out of the hands of the New World Order. Jericho shows the pain of the punishment he has sustained throughout the night as he has to hold the ropes. Moving to the outside, Jericho begins to make his way up the ramp as replays of the amazing top rope finish are shown on the big screen.

    Chris Jericho reaches the top of the ramp and falls down to his knees with the title belt clutched close to his chest. On commentary, Schiavone calls that one of the best performances of Jericho’s career as he came back from suffering the Outsider’s Edge not once but twice. He found a way to overcome the very best that Scott Hall had to offer in what was truly a one on one contest. Bischoff is stark in his contrast – refusing to credit Jericho for his ability to get the shoulder off the match for the second Outsider’s Edge and instead pointing blame at the referee. Inside the ring, Scott Hall begins to come to and he looks up at the ramp to see Jericho standing there with the title belt. The Bad Guy rubs the back of his head still dizzy from his fall meanwhile at the top of the ramp Jericho lifts the gold high in the air to a huge applause.



    **VIDEO PACKAGE**

    “WHERE THE WAR CONTINUES”




    SPRING STAMPEDE 1999 ~ APRIL 11 ~ TACOMA, WASHINGTON
    !! TACOMA DOME !!
    PRESENTED BY THE NEW WORLD ORDER
    AND WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP WRESTLING
    ~ ONLY ON PAY PER VIEW ~



    VIDEO PACKAGE; KEVIN NASH VERSUS BOOKER T
    - A highlight reel of Nash’s previous title defences against DDP and Ric Flair are shown.
    - Booker T’s rivalry with Bret Hart is highlighted.
    - At Super Brawl Booker T defeats Bret Hart to become the number one contender and on the same night Kevin Nash becomes WCW President.
    - Over the course of three weeks Nash dismisses Booker T as a threat.
    - Booker T and members of the WCW alliance unite to send the nWo into retreat – Booker T stands tall with the title belt.
    - The following week the New World Order ambush members of WCW in a premediated assault put together by Kevin Nash.
    - They have one final confrontation on Thunder where Booker T fights off Nash’s hired goons before evading any further damage.



    **RAP SHEET**

    Walking with a purpose on this very important evening Booker T emerges from the entrance chute with a laser focus approach. Stepping onto the stage, classic black trunks and boots on, Booker T slaps his chest and points to the crowd. In the background his pyro bursts and the cheers he receives from the audience only adds to the fire burning in the challenger tonight. Booker T strides down to the ring for what Schiavone calls the biggest match of the young man’s career so far. Once on the apron of the ring, Booker T climbs the outside edge of the turnbuckle and raises his arms in the arm – then he lowers them and signals that he is taking the World Title tonight!

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    **ROCKHOUSE**

    He had promised that he would come alone and Kevin Nash will do just that for the main event of Uncensored. The long blond hair flowing freely, a red and black nWo shirt on display and the nWo World Heavyweight Title around his waist – Kevin Nash could not present himself any better. With each step that the WCW President takes he shows his own arrogance, laughing it up and mockingly waving to the fans in the front row. For a moment we cut to the ring where Booker T is pacing back and forth, his fists clenched, his face showing a heightened level of intensity.

    Making his way around the ring, Nash refuses to enter just yet. Bischoff refers to it as mind games. Nash wants to make Booker T wait a little more. The lights are on bright. It’s the main event of a pay-per-view, a position Booker T has never been in, and yet it’s a situation that Kevin Nash has known from the very beginning. Slowly, Kevin Nash removes his shirt and drops it on the floor outside of the ring, taking a few steps towards the ring apron as he does so. Nash reaches up and pulls himself onto the apron, unclips his belt and hands it to the referee before stepping over the top rope. Booker T is right there, both men face to face, the crowd on edge, it’s nearly time for them to clash. Nash is so confident that he appears to be chewing gum, rolling his eyes in front of Booker T and he gives the challenger a hard shove in the shoulder. A reminder that Nash thinks so little of his challenger for this evening.


    nWo World Heavyweight Championship Match:
    Kevin Nash (C) vs. Booker T


    The contest begins with Kevin Nash openly showing no concern towards his opponent; Nash parades around in his corner of the ring and fixes his hair up to a loud chorus of boos from the crowd. Sick of the disrespect, a total culmination of weeks of frustration, Booker T charges forward and clocks Nash directly in the jaw with a right hand. The gum is sent flying through the air along with a massive pop from the live audience. Pressed against the corner of the ring, Nash eats a selection of punches from the challenger. Booker T is going off like a machine gun firing right now, each shot connecting, Nash unable to block a single thing. This is a total statement for Booker T. He wants the world to know that he isn’t about to let this chance slip through his fingers. Bringing Nash out of the corner, Booker T whips the champion into the ropes and hits a clothesline. The World Champion hits the canvas and rolls to the outside of the ring, waving off the referee, demanding time to recover.

    On commentary Schiavone is joyful in his description of the opening minutes of the match. “Not an equal! That’s about as one sided a beatdown as I’ve seen Kevin Nash take all year. How about it, Eric?” Bischoff offers no response at this time. Back to the action, Nash is down on his knees on the outside of the ring with a hand on the steel steps. He is stunned that Booker T has bested him so far and when told to get back in the ring by the referee he shoots a menacing glare towards the zebra. Having waited around far too long for his liking, Booker T exits the ring and goes back to work on the champion. Nash tries a knee on the incoming challenger however Booker T blocks it, hits an uppercut and then slams Nash head first into the side of the ring apron. For a first timer in this situation Booker T is surely living up to his potential. Attempting to toss Nash back into the ring falls short for the challenger. Nash instead elbows Booker T in the head and tosses him directly into the steel steps. With a fresh count thanks to Booker T only moments ago, Nash works the challenger on the outside with stomps to the body and another Irish-whip; this time sending Booker into the barricade around ringside.

    Nash would enter the ring and raise his hands in the air to loud jeers from the pro-WCW audience. The hatred for Nash only rose when it became crystal clear that the World Champion had no intention of bringing his challenger back into the ring. Nash is willing to win by count-out and that only further sends the fans into an outrage. With the referee at a count of seven, fans on edge, Booker T drags himself from the outside and dives into the ring to beat the count. Nash immediately drops an elbow across the back of Booker T, standing back up and executing another elbow drop to the same region before picking the challenger up for a scoop slam. That’s good enough for the first cover of the match as Nash kneels down to hook a leg. ONE! TWO! KICK OUT! While the early part of the contest hasn’t gone his way, it appears that Kevin Nash is back in control of proceedings. Bringing Booker T back to his feet with control of the wrist; Nash raises his free arm in the air, twirls it around in a circular motion, and then nails Booker T with a hard lariat.

    The arm remains held by the champion. Nash slowly brings Booker T back to his feet and once more waves his free hand in the air. Swing… and a miss! Booker ducks the second clothesline and returns fire with an ARM TWIST SIDE KICK! A famous weapon used by Booker T throughout his career and it knocks the career down to the canvas. Following up, Booker T looks towards the corner of the ring and heads to the very top. Waiting for Nash to rise, perched on the top rope, Booker T then leaps through the air for a missile dropkick that lands! Into the cover goes Booker, looking for his first World Title, and the referee slides into position. ONE! TWO! SHOULDER UP! It won’t come easy as Nash forces that right side shoulder off the mat. Both men return to a vertical base; Booker T fires off some punches, backing Nash into the ropes and slings him into the opposite side of the ring. On his return, Kevin Nash blocks an attempted slam by Booker T with multiple elbows before sending him into the ropes.

    Booker T bounces back, Nash raises a boot aiming for the challenger’s head, and Booker T evades the kick! Catching the boot with both hands it allows Booker T to spin Nash around and grab the underhook for the BOOK END! The crowd comes alive as Booker T prepares for the move… only for Nash to deliver a knee to the mid-section. The grip is broken as Nash wraps both his hands around the throat of Booker T, looking for a double handed chokeslam, his eyes wide with excitement. Up into the air goes Booker but before he can be slammed to the canvas, Booker T chops at the airs of the World Champion and slips free. Backing up into the ropes for momentum; Booker T returns with a SUPERKICK to the head of Kevin Nash. The move doesn’t knock the big man off his feet. It does however stun him, sending Nash up against the ropes, at which point Booker T charges forward and smashes the World Champion with a flying forearm to the face – knocking him to the outside of the ring once more.

    The crowd support for Booker T has only increased given his fantastic performance so far. He stands alone in the ring, both arms raised in the air, telling the crowd to fire up, wanting them to feel this moment with him. To the outside now, Booker T grabs Nash by the hair and tosses him back into the ring – doing so far easier this time around than previously. Booker slides underneath the bottom rope and hooks the leg for a cover. ONE! TWO! KICK OUT! A lot of emotion is running through the challenger now as he stands in a corner of the ring waiting for the World Champion to rise. Booker T extends his arms, framing his shot, ready to strike… Harlem Sidekick! Down goes Nash once again! Booker T hooks the leg again. ONE! TWO! KICK OUT! The champion stays alive much to the displeasure of the challenger and the fans around the world. A win for Booker T will mean that the New World Order has been swept tonight at Uncensored – an unthinkable scenario just six days earlier.

    Once both men are standing, Booker T works Nash over in the corner with a variety of punches a kicks. Weakening him, trying to bring the big man down a little, setting him up for a possible finish when opportunity presents itself. The referee forces Booker T to break on four and this allows Nash is sucker punch Booker from over the referee’s shoulder. The heat from the crowd is very loud. Nash waited until the referee was addressing Booker T and then clocked the challenger without warning. Nash immediately jumps on the attack with stomps. He then picks up Booker T and tosses him into the corner – choking the challenger by sticking his boot under the throat and using the top rope for leverage on the hold. Out of the corner, Nash picks Booker T up and brings him crashing down to the canvas with a SIDE SLAM! Nash leans back into the cover. ONE! TWO! KICK OUT! Continuing to restate his dominance in what he thought would be an easy match; Nash grabs Booker by the head, picks him up and executes a GUTWRENCH SUPLEX. The move causes Nash to stumble a little as he is off balance, edging towards the ropes, so he uses that space to rebound off the ropes and come back with a leg drop. Another cover is made by the World Champion. ONE! TWO! SHOULDER UP!

    Standing back on his feet, clapping his hands together in mocking fashion, Nash proceeds to pat Booker T on the top of his head. “Enough playin’ around. Time to send your ass back to the undercard.” Nash yanks Booker T to his feet and drives a knee into the mid-section before whipping him across the ring. No funny business on this one as Nash hits a strong clothesline off the rebound. To follow up, Nash shoots a look to the audience and sneers at their loud boos. Booker T is placed on his shoulder and the World Champion proceeds to parade around the ring displaying the challenger like some kind of trophy. This costs Nash as Booker T slips free and rushes towards the ropes… but he gets caught with a SIDEWALK SLAM! That was a huge counter by the World Champion and he makes a cover off it. ONE! TWO! KICK OUT! For all the good it seems that Booker T is stumbling now that we are into the championship period of this encounter. Those stretches of a battle when the experienced main eventers shine. Nash rises to his feet and picks Booker T up, no parade this time instead he heads straight for the turnbuckle, and delivers SNAKE EYES! Booker T bounces back, still on his feet, dazed from the move, and eats a big boot which knocks him to the canvas.

    You’d think Nash would cover but you’d be wrong. The World Champion slowly walks towards the challenger, points down, then looks up at the crowd and loudly shouts; “No backup. No security. I don’t need ‘em to beat him.” Feeling supremely confident in his ability, Nash bends down and brings Booker T to a standing position. A knee to the stomach lands, Booker T is hunched over and Nash pulls him in close for the powerbomb. The fans cry out in despair. Schiavone cries that it cannot end this way after the long journey Booker has taken. Up he goes… and fights to stay alive! Booker T is elevated, all Nash has to do is drop him and the title remains with the nWo. But no… Booker T pushes himself off the shoulders and lands behind Nash. It was the time taken to celebrate and taunt the crowd. Nash screwed up. He never took Booker T seriously as a challenger. Booker T spins Nash around, lands a kick to the mid-section… backs up and nails the AXE KICK! Thousands in the arena jump to their feet. There was no hesitation from Booker T. He saw the chance and took it.

    ONE! TWO! FOOT ON THE ROPE! Kevin Nash got his long outside leg onto the rope. The disappointment shows in Booker’s face. That’s an error a veteran like him shouldn’t have made but this is his first big World Title opportunity. The lights are brighter than ever before. Mistakes happen under that pressure. If he had just hooked the leg he’d be World Champion – perhaps. Getting back to his feet, Booker T leans against the corner of the ring with his head in his hands. The pressure is at a fever pitch. Can Booker T take the next big step in his career? Nash is slow to move. Rolling towards the middle of the ring. Booker T lines up his shot and goes for it again – Axe Kick! Counter by Nash, he pulls back and hits a back suplex. Both men are down. Nash rolls towards the ropes and pulls himself back to his feet. His long hair looking a mess right now.

    Nash is slow to move towards Booker T – no help in sight and it appears that will be the case for this contest. If Nash was going to get outside involvement he’d have surely called for it by now. With a hand on Booker T, Nash pulls the challenger up to his feet and executes the two handed chokeslam that failed earlier! Nash drops down into the cover. ONE! TWO! KICK OUT! The World Title is on the line and neither Schiavone or Bischoff is sure how this match is going to end. The momentum is with Nash no doubt; he stands inside the ring with bad intentions as he places a hand around the throat of Booker T and drags him to the corner. Backing up a little, Nash rushes forward for a knee but Booker T evades and unloads with a series of right hands. The crowd explodes with cheers for the challenger. Booker T is showing he belongs in this spot. With Nash backed up against the turnbuckle Booker T climbs onto the second rope and continues to punch the World Champion in the face.

    Suddenly, Kevin Nash grabs hold of Booker T’s tights and steps out of the corner… hitting the JACKKNIFE! Nash got the Jackknife out of nowhere and Booker T has fall to the canvas. Into the cover goes the World Champ for what is sure to be the end. ONE! TWO! KICK OUT! To the stunning surprise of the world it appears that Booker T just got his damn shoulder up. Nash looks to the referee and in stunned silence glares at him demanding answers. All the referee can do is hold up two fingers. Replays are shown and indeed Booker T got the shoulder up. The explanation given by Bischoff is that the full velocity of the Jackknife comes from the motion of bringing the individual up suddenly and then down just as quick. In this scenario, Booker T never experienced the first part and thus was able to survive.

    While that might settle the nerves of Bischoff it is not comforting Kevin Nash who looks like he is able to snap. Ripping the straps down on his gear, Nash slaps Booker T across the back of his head a few times before violently ripping him from the canvas and position him between the legs. Fans all know what is coming as Nash lifts Booker T up… and is meet with a struggle as Booker T shifts his weight! Nash is off balance and stumbles towards the ropes – and they both go over the top. Booker T and Kevin Nash spill to the outside of the ring with both men hitting the ground hard. It’s a mass of confusion inside the arena as the referee checks both men.

    A few moments later both competitors are on their feet with Nash the aggressor. He tries to toss Booker T into the steel post but Booker counters and shoves Nash into it instead. The World Champ stumbles backwards and Booker T follows it up by slamming him head first into the announce desk. Bischoff is disgusted, shouting that this isn’t a street fight. After breaking the count, Booker T tries to bring Nash back to the ring but the champion shoves him towards the edge of the apron. With Booker T clutching at his ribs; Nash rips the top of the announce desk off and then throws his challenger on top. The referee issues a warning, order the match back into the ring, to which Nash waves it off. Standing on the announce desk, Nash prepares for a Jackknife – he’s looking to not just end this match but to seriously hurt Booker T. To the joy of many, Booker T bursts free and gets an underhook – BOOK END!

    The announce table explodes underneath the impact of Booker T hitting the Book End on Kevin Nash. Bits go everywhere as both men lay prone on the outside of the ring. It’s total chaos. Bischoff is on the verge of tears, no doubt seeing the end of the reign in sight. Schiavone sounds like a kid on Christmas morning; “That’s got to be it! Booker T has sent this building into pandemonium. All he has to do is get Nash back into the ring and make the cover.” Everyone in the arena is standing; the fans, Bischoff and Schiavone, and most importantly the referee. Booker T struggles to his feet and begins to tug and pull on the body of the champion. He can barely move him. Nash is out. Struggling to the ring apron, Booker T has Nash nearly there – the referee watching closely but it’s too late. The count, yes I’m about to hit you with it, sorry, has just reached ten.

    It’s all over.

    Spoiler:

    Winner: Both Kevin Nash and Booker T failed to make the referee’s count of ten. Therefore, this match is a draw and on the account of a draw the champion retains. Which means STILL the nWo World Heavyweight Champion – Kevin Nash @ 11:02


    The crowd is not happy with the call from the referee. It was clear to anybody with working eyes that Booker T was about to win the World Title. However, once again it seems that Kevin Nash will leave a pay-per-view as the World Champion. The camera remains on the outside of the ring where Booker T is kneeling with his arms pressed against the edge of the ring apron. His face concealed from view. He begins to pound the apron with his fist in frustration. Suddenly, Booker T stands up and looks down at the World Champion at his feet.

    To a rockstar reception Booker T grabs the World Title from the timekeeper and holds it high in the air. He may not have won the belt but Booker has made a clear statement that he has a place at the very top of the card in World Championship Wrestling. Replays are shown of the finish to the match – Booker hits the Book End through the table, both he and Nash are down, he gets up and can barely move Nash because he is so badly hurt, and the pair end up just seconds from re-entering the ring. The final scene of the night sees Booker T drop the World Title down onto the body of Kevin Nash before walking out of the ring and up the ramp. He is clearly disappointed – he knows how close he was. Fans show their support with cheers and a chant of ‘Booker’ throughout the arena.

    The final call comes from Tony Schiavone; “While he will leave without the belt this has been a coming out part for that man. Booker T went toe to toe with the best big man in professional wrestling. He faced the World Champion and I believe was seconds away from the title. The question I have ladies and gentlemen is simple. How can you deny Booker T a rematch for the World Title after coming so close? Unfortunately for Booker, if he wants another shot, I suspect he’ll have to go through Goldberg.”

    END OF SHOW


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    Feels like we’ve been waiting awhile for this one so really looking forward to it. As you mentioned, not that many better ways to start then with a Cruiserweight Title match, and a triple threat nonetheless. This one was always going to be a terrific contest and it delivered in spades as far as I’m concerned. I thought you towed the line between having it being one on one versus all three men in the ring just right. The one on one spots gave us a breather, and in the beginning put over The Artist as a strategic coward, however on the other side of things, the three way spots were fast paced as expected in a Cruiserweight match. The match flowed pretty well but really picked up towards the end. Rey Rey biting Malenko was awesome and a real show of how desperate he was, and the blood from the bite ruining the Kneebar later was a terrific spot. Brilliant continuation. When the Kneebar failed, it legit felt as if Mysterio could win, only for Malenko to intervene and retain. A great tease, a fun match, a good kick off to the PPV, and booked well to allow Mysterio to continue to chase Malenko well we wait for Kidman to return. Good job.

    Anderson/Flair really was just standard hype for the Flair/Douglas match, and how big of a threat Douglas is. I thought Arn did that well but at the same time, Flair being worried about the WCW/NWO war probably shows just how big of a deal it is. Considering Flair and Anderson have been in WCW forever, it makes sense for them to be concerned. Solid stuff.

    Without even reading the match, I completely expect The Heenan Family to get the win here. I feel like the fact that you sold unity during the entrances with one crew coming out together and one not, is simply a sign of things to come. Obviously I’ll have to wait and see, but that’s the feeling I get heading into this one. I’ll try and keep my comments brief here and not recap the action because for the most part this action was solid, but with the guys involved was never going to be a classic. The calls to Heenan giving constant advice on the outside is a great inclusion though, it puts over just how terrific he is as a manager as far as I’m concerned. The heels had a period of domination which felt awfully long at points, however I guess each face was in peril for different parts of the match. Whilst the ending didn’t completely come down to teamwork, I still thought it was booked well, with Luger killing it, until Kaos wanted to get at Steiner. A nice play on the reaction to his betrayal and a good win for The Family. If I wanted to be really picky, I could say that considering they are a united team, and they got off to a rocky start, it may have been better for them if they won a little more convincingly… But hard to do with Luger and Giant as opponents. Still, solid stuff.

    I love the Guerrero’s being fans, terrific stuff. The visual of Eddie taking up to many seats, and then stealing the fans nacho when he wasn’t looking was hilarious. Smart to notify us that he is here, but I still completely expect him to make a big impact at some point.

    DDP/Hart should be a fun one. I will say right off the bat that I liked Bret just being a douche and attacking to start things on top. Had to read Page coming back and nailing a neckbreaker a few times, because you had a three count written in as opposed to a kick out. Surely it’s not over yet. Once Page got some offense in, it was good to see that he wanted to brawl as opposed to wrestle, pissed with Hart. I thought the match was another solid affair, and the story that was being told with Hart being too good for the Diamond Cutter was an interesting one. Tunnel vision cost him though as the ending was definitely different, but worked for the story you were telling. This one definitely continues perhaps with a slightly unhinged Bret after basically losing everything so far in this thread. An enjoyable match here though, good work.

    Chris Jericho is here and a great representative for the company. Awesome. I know the NWO are Jericho hunting but god I’d love for a Jericho/Eddie feud in this thread.

    I’ve mentioned before that I love the dynamic you’ve created between Kanyon and Raven, and even just during their entrance, the stark contrast of the two is terrific. Let’s be honest, this match wasn’t necessarily about the action, it was about the advancement of the Kanyon/Raven angle. As a match itself, it was okay without being spectacular. Raven about to get his moment, only for Kanyon to steal it was the perfect symbolism of what this whole feud has been about. Richards’ appearance worked here and then Raven finally drops Kanyon. The pay off… Bloody brilliant. And The Blue Bloods win. Kanyon/Raven finally blows up which is awesome, and that angle works, my only issue is the champs, The Blue Bloods are an afterthought. Even with the attack from The Guerrero’s, which I dig, I just can’t help but feel as if the champions are lacklustre, which isn’t a great thing. Eddie and Chavo chasing the gold should be fun though, although your tag division really needs some face teams at this point in time.

    Hogan interview was good, hyping his match with Goldberg, addressing the nay sayers, and most importantly, comparing himself to Kevin Nash. The undertones of that implosion continue, very fun stuff.

    Sting/Hennig is a big time match so having this on so early shows just how stacked your PPV cards are in this thread. Considering who he is, Sting always had to come out and dominate in the early stages so I was happy you went down that path. Sting dominating early on the outside of the ring, only for Hennig to repay the favour later was fun stuff. Holy shit, Hennig took some deadly moves and still managed to keep going. A Tombstone and a Powerbomb and he still kicks out, god damn. The interference costing the NWO after the ref bump, with Konnan accidentally hitting Hennig was a nice spot, and a good way to bring the end of the match. This result was a given but I thought you still managed to make Hennig credible which is important. A fun match here.

    Kanyon being furious is to be expected and I’m quite happy you decided to follow up on that here tonight. I look forward to seeing what happens from here with these guys, and the eventual Raven/Kanyon match.

    Considering it’s a first time ever match, I’m glad that Flair/Douglas got the old video package treatment. The beginning of the contest was smart with Flair getting the better of Douglas and just looking better. It just lets us know that hang on, Flair is the best and Douglas needs to bring his A game. Douglas eventually getting the advance and still being overly confident to be expected, and what a dick move to use the Figure Four. I thought that was brilliant but then the call back later with Flair using it better was smart. Before I get to the parts of this match that I didn’t like, Flair getting out of Douglas’ finish was massive. Now my issues here are the similarities to other matches that have already happened. One, the Suplex on the floor spot was just used in the Sting/Hennig match which didn’t make it that much of a big deal, even if in this match it felt like it was supposed to be. And the pin out of nowhere was basically done in the DDP/Hart match (I know not exactly the same), but I always think one of those “how the hell did he win that” results is enough for a PPV. The match as a standalone match was fine, but because of its position on the PPV and what it was surrounded by, I had a couple of problems. Whilst this feud will continue, I also thought Douglas should win the first one, because now it can come across as if this mid carder/ECW main eventer who has returned just isn’t good enough to beat Flair.

    Luger wishing Booker luck only for Booker to get all passionate was a solid enough segment. Did its job of hyping just how big the main event is.

    Hogan/Goldberg time, and if it wasn’t clear that Hogan was on the outer, Bischoff being pro NWO but neutral for Hogan pretty much confirms it. This match needed to be short and sharp because that’s when both these men are at their best really. Goldberg looked awesome early, however I’m glad you at least gave Hogan some offense. The Berg kicking out of the Leg Drop has him looking unstoppable, and Hogan turning it up a notch with the belt shots was interesting. Goldberg recovers and basically runs through Hogan, fucking up Horace as well. Really short match and made Goldberg look like a bad ass. Writing and booking was perfect for this one, great stuff.

    Kevin Nash’s talking game in this thread has gone up in quality tenfold since he’s become the President. He just has this aura about him now, he truly believes he’s the most powerful man in wrestling and who can blame him? It’s great. Nash mentioning how others don’t know how hard it is to be at the top is an interesting route to take, but one that’s fun and lead perfectly to the Booker T put downs. Great promo.

    A little surprised that we are going to get the US and World Title matches back to back if I’m honest. Nothing wrong with it just doesn’t seem to happen very often. Hall coming out alone shocked me, but I can buy the explanation of Hall being confident, and not wanting another fuck up like what happened with Hogan. The early stages and pretty much the whole match were very back and forth, with both men looking the goods at times. Hall looked really strong and Jericho with the Moonsault and 180 Splash brought out some really good spots as well. I was a little shocked that you allowed Jericho to kick out of two finishers from Hall. Whilst it does put over Jericho’s heart and resilience, I hate the two finisher survival, because now whoever falls to Hall’s finisher later looks a bit weak in my eyes… Or Jericho is just the toughest man in the world. Anyway, enjoyed the ending with this one, with the Avalanche Bulldog. Epic stuff. I was a little surprised to not see any NWO intervention in this one as the match got out of hand, but still enjoyed this. I love everything about Jericho and he has work rate, which probably made this my favourite match so far. Smart booking decision as well, as this was the win Jericho needed with the way he initially won the title.

    Spring Stampede… Geez we’re already almost in April… You write fast… Well, compared to me anyway.

    Main event time. I’m pumped. Good psychology here, which is something I think you ace with most your matches, with Nash not taking Booker seriously, but then paying for it by being on the receiving end. Once Nash got the advantage again, the constant question of Nash’s experience versus Nash’s cockiness and whether one would help/cost him was there. Booker obviously showed plenty of fight as expected, and I was shocked when he kicked out of Nash’s finish. I still thought Booker might win and we’d get the sweep, however not to be. A HUGE spot to finish but definitely a controversial one. From a booking perspective I get it, from a fan perspective, I’d hate it. I am intrigued to see what happens with Booker getting so close, but now Goldberg being the number one contender. WCW were so close to sweeping the NWO here, hopefully in fighting won’t knock them back off the pace. Still, a fun main event here even with the shady finish. My favourite match was Hall/Jericho though.

    A very good PPV here mate. From a booking perspective, most things felt like they progressed well, and the psychology you use throughout your matches continues to be a strong point. WCW dominated the NWO tonight except for in arguably the most important match, and I’m intrigued to see how the NWO/WCW war dynamic changes after a huge night. Can’t wait to read more mate, another great job.









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    Ended up starting this feedback earlier today, expecting to pick it up again but by bit over the weekend. That changed significantly over the course of the day. I’ll have to edit in the feedback for the last two matches shortly- wrote most of this on my phone and then the last two matches on the laptop. EDIT - DONE.


    Considering how strong the opening video was for last months show with Arn talking up champions etc, it was a big disappointment not to get an opening package at all here. Thought there was a few ideas you could’ve ran with, especially with the nWo running roughshod over wcw at this point. I’ll be the only person that’ll make a big deal of it though, because in the grand scheme of things it’s a tiny detail. But it’s a small thing I love to see.


    That said, I really loved the attention to detail for the staging of the arena, and the black X’s over former nWo members was a great touch too.


    As you put it yourself; there’s no better way to kick off a show than with Cruiserweight action. Meng carrying The Artist to the ring is funny too. Does that normally happen? If so, I missed it, but it’s a nice quirk for someone like Artist to have. No Finlay at ringside is a good move, as the triple threat rules are enough without unnecessary distractions, though it begs the question why Meng is allowed to stay out here?


    The Artist hanging out on the outside to start was smart. It plays into his character and allows you to start the match without an awkward third wheel in the way - plus, it’s Malenko vs Rey that everyone came to see. I enjoyed what you did with all three guys, playing to each of their strengths; Artist here with him sneaking through the back door and using cheap heel tactics throughout the match, Malenko targeting body parts and limbs, and Rey keeping things entertaining.


    All three played their part in the match - even Artist, though there might’ve been more Artist in the match than I’d have cared for. Slight criticism though that Artist turned down Malenkos offer to team up. To me, that proposal seemed like it should’ve went down the other way, given Artist is the slimier, more devious heel. If anything, I’d expect Artist to accept that offer.


    Every good triple threat match needs a tower of doom spot, and you didn’t disappoint here. The pin on Artist then Malenko after that is standard fare in these kinds of scenarios, and you made Meng useful by saving the match.


    Felt like business really picked up as the finish neared, and there was a sense of urgency with all three being constantly involved and breaking pins down the stretch, and even some tenacity and fighting spirit out of The Artist too. Favourite spot of the match was Malenko stopping the 619 and applying the STF. Very clever stuff, and as Stojy said the bite by Rey to escape was a great show of desperation.


    The storytelling here at the end was truly excellent. From Artists showboating costing him the headbutt to the call back on the earlier bite costing Malenko the kneebar, along with a sense of desperation/panic almost once he had the kneebar taken away from his arsenal I was really impressed with it all.


    That said, I’d have preferred Malenko pin Rey after the belt shot instead of The Artist. The belt shot is surely more devastating than the splash, and it would’ve been an opportunity for Malenko to try and block Rey out of the title picture by beating him. Rey wouldn’t have lost anything by taking the fall either as he has an out, but I can get why you didn’t pin Rey here, as these two are likely to keep feuding.


    Lol, eventually, Arns office is going to be a storage room, isn’t it? I liked Arns pep talk for Flair, getting him to shift focus off the nWo for one night at least.


    Heenan gathering his troops before the match was a really nice piece of detail to add. He needs to feel like he’s a difference maker for these three and little things like this can do just that. Giant looked dominant early on, as did Bam Bam when he got in, and you did a good job putting across the anger of Kenny when he got in with Steiner, and you surprised be by the amount of offence he got in on the “Hell Hound”. I liked you putting Giant in the old Andre spot of getting the arms trapped in the ropes too, and the finish was pretty interesting with Kaos clearly costing his team by tagging himself in and his emotions making him the weak link.


    I feel like you were in a bit of a lose/lose situation on this one. The Heenan Family have came across as nothing more than a middling faction over the last month, but they’d have been dead and buried if they lost this. Then again, being on the losing side does Giant no favours if you’re trying to rebuild him, and it feels like Luger has fallen badly down the pecking order. Obviously, Kaos was only in this because he was teaming with Steiner and to take the fall, but even by association, Giant and Lex feel significantly lessened by being involved in this. I guess ultimately things may pan out where the strength in numbers helps Heenans boys, whereas in singles competition they struggle somewhat.


    The antics of the Guerreros was gold. Very entertaining visuals you gave us here with Eddie being a dick, kicking a fans beer over and stealing a nacho. Funny stuff.


    DDP vs Bret up early. This is one I was really looking forward to from a booking perspective, as it’s a match I feel both guys need to win and neither could really afford to lose. Surprised by the fast start by Bret, as it’s not something you’d ever really associate with him, but it works in this context, as he’s turned into a complete hypocrite, calling himself royalty etc and then pulling stuff like this.


    I felt you could’ve drawn out Brets dominance at the start a little longer before Page fought back, and as Stojy already noted, there’s an accidental 3 count off the DDP neck breaker. Felt really early for the Sharpshooter, so that caught me off guard, so soon after Bret started his assault on the legs. Harts mini meltdown was funny too, though again, it still felt early in the match for Bret to be getting this agitated.


    The sequence of the atomic drop, boot and discus clothesline was awesome. I’ll have to look it up as I’m not sure what the ‘Trip to the Diamond Mind’ is, but I’m guessing it’s supposed to be called Mine as opposed to Mind? The constant counters by Bret to the Cutter was great, and shows Bret is a student of the game - but I especially loved the German counter towards the end, and the fact DDP learned from it to avoid the German a second time was another nice wrinkle.


    I really bought into this match by the end, and the story that DDP just couldn’t get the Cutter on Bret was terrific imo. Despite Bret losing, it’s not a ‘true’ loss, and he’ll obviously have something to complain about with this finish, whilst also crowing about being able to avoid the Diamond Cutter. Really enjoyed the story you told here.


    Just from the entrance alone, the Blue Bloods feel like a throwback to the 80’s, and I’m not sure if that’s a good thing or bad thing. Once again, I liked the psychology of Kanyon tiring himself after a hot start, trying to do it all himself, and it backfiring. Nice detail too on Eaton pulling at the face of Kanyon, and that’s one aspect of the Blue Bloods that I like; their rough, brutish offence, like that tearing of the face.


    Some really awesome writing with Raven when he came in off the hot tag. You really allowed me, as a reader, to get immersed in the moment. Described the mood in the arena, and Ravens reaction perfectly ... to just take it away with the blind tag by Kanyon. What a dick move, and typical of Kanyon.


    Given the comments I’d made on the last show and my predictions for this one, you can guess that I was delighted you pulled the trigger on Raven snapping on Kanyon. I felt the team angle had ran its course at this point, and now we’re getting the break up, you’ve breathed new life into this feud. The turn by Raven on his ‘partner’ was perfectly written too, you paid this angle off in the best way, and while I don’t care for the Blue Bloods as champions, taking the belts off Kanyon and Raven was the right move.


    Hard to know what to think about the Guerreros attacking afterwards, as it takes away some of the focus that was on Raven/Kanyon, which should’ve been the most important thing going on, but this ends up overshadowing that huge moment for me a little. Also, who’s the faces between the Blue Bloods and the Guerreros?


    Start of this Hennig/Sting match with the stare down really bugged me if I’m honest. Sting should’ve been out here running roughshod, running wild looking for revenge after how things went down last week. Some good offence from Sting though in early going made up for it, particularly the Suplex on the floor, followed by the Cactus elbow. I understand the psychology of Sting maybe being a little rusty, but it just didn’t work for me. The crow character should be above things like ring rust imo, and for me, the match was too evenly contested, considering Hennig is positioned on the lower rung of the nWo.


    One thing that always annoyed me - and this isn’t a criticism of you, just the wrestling business - is rival organisations diluting big finishers of guys in the other promotion. Case in point here was the near fall off the Tombstone. I hate that. I’m assuming through your writing that you had Hennig survive the Piledriver and a powerbomb in order to make him look good in defeat and worthy of his spot in the nWo, but it was a little bit much for my liking.


    There didn’t seem to be much point in Konnan being out there for the whole match either, as bar mentioning he was there, he didn’t do anything until the closing stages. Nice win for Sting in the end, overcoming the odds to get the better of Hennig, but it’s just a win, not the big statement that I felt you needed you do here to heat Sting up.


    Was surprised in the end that Hennig wasn’t just fodder for Sting. Whilst I loved Hennig, I think it would’ve been more beneficial for Sting to steamroller him inside five minutes to give him some much needed momentum. Him winning here is fine, but it doesn’t feel like Sting being ‘back’ is a big deal or any kind of game changer yet.


    I don’t know why, but I got a good laugh out of Kanyon punching a chef and the idea of Kanyon superkicking a crew worker gave me flashbacks of that time HBK randomly kicked people backstage.


    Douglas vs Flair is the match I was anticipating the most coming into this show. I’ve bought into this angle more than any other, so hoping the match equals the hype! Early stages are promising, with the old dog teaching Douglas there’s life in him left, infuriating Shane.


    Being really nit picky, I’d have liked Douglas to gain the upper hand by doing something shady rather than just rushing at Flair. Feels like with the way Flair started the match, he would’ve been expecting that and avoided Shane coming at him, especially when Douglas didn’t take control for a sustained period off that knee, and the momentum swung back to Flair pretty quickly.


    And that seemed to be the story of the first half of the match. Every time Shane found an opening, Flair turned the tide back in his favour. Douglas finally taking control off the Double A Spinebuster was a great spot, and Douglas working the leg like Flair would was another insult to injury.


    An Alley Oop by Flair? Certainly struck me as odd to see him use that move. To borrow again from what Stojy said, Flair showing Douglas how it’s done by doing the Figure Four better was a great touch, and I appreciated he selling of the leg after Douglas escaped for a while. Flair busting out a crossbody to take both of them out of the ring is a big spot.


    Shocked that Flair kicked out of the Belly to Belly. Given that Douglas is still new to WCW, I’d say his finish - especially a pretty weak one at the best of times - should be protected for a while yet. A foot on the rope could’ve sufficed I think, especially with Douglas even losing in the end. I hate just piggy backing off what someone else has already said, but I do agree with Stoj on his assessment of the familiarity between this finish and the DDP/Bret finish.


    I don’t dislike Flair winning, as I think this one continues for a while yet and Douglas can get a win back, but Flair digging into his bag of tricks and being the ‘dirtiest player in the game’ to steal it from Douglas might’ve been a better route to go. Though, I guess you’re playing that up somewhat with the sneaky cradle, but some old fashioned cheating could’ve protected Douglas a little better.


    Another slight issue I’m having is that in all these matches, it feels like there’s a little bit too much back and forth. I don’t recall any match yet have a prolonged period of one person totally dominating. Even with Flair/Douglas, it felt like the match weighed in Flairs favour more than Douglas - not by much- but enough, when I’d argue that Douglas should’ve had a longer period in control toward the end. Also, few trademark Flair sequences were missing too; the flop, the upside down in the corner spot too.


    Very strong stuff from Booker with Luger. You’re doing a splendid job to make Booker feel like a legit main event player. He’s sounding the part right now.


    All typical Hogan shit here with the lock ups and test of strengths, and Goldberg looked pretty darn impressive here, before the thumb by Hulk. At least the early Spear kept things interesting. Very much enjoyed Hogan using his stroke to essentially make it a No DQ match after the kick out from the leg drop. Makes sense, as Hogan would naturally panic if the leg drop didn’t work. Finish worked too, with everything coming full circle and Goldberg stopping the eye poke unlike earlier before putting Hogan away. Short like it should’ve been. Good win for Goldberg, and losing in this fashion should put Hogan further on the outs with the nWo.


    Enjoyed the Nash promo from his office, and a nice little message for Booker for later tonight.


    The nWo making the champ walk first is some fun mind games, and I loved Eric’s reasoning for it. Also, putting the match as the semi-main event makes it feel that much more special and grandiose. It deserves this spot. Have to assume there’ll be some shenanigans later with Hall out here alone. Glad you’ve done that though, because I’d love to have this just be a proper match.

    Jericho starting off hot was the right thing to do. Hall was way too cocky and overconfident on his way out, so it makes sense to have Jericho straighten him out early, and realise he’s in an actual fight here. Despite those early scares, it’s still typical of Hall to be a cocky SOB once he got in control, wasting time to taunt the fans. Early tease of the Lion Tamer was nice for a crowd pop without actually having the hold applied, and it shows that Hall – despite the showboating – might actually have some worries about dealing with Jericho through his desperation to avoid the submission.


    Nice sequence of near falls for Jericho from some flashy, crowd pleasing moves until the Belly to Back suplex by Hall. Pretty telling that Hall didn’t go for a cover off that, and instead felt he had to inflict more punishment first; another telling sign that Hall maybe respects Jericho as an opponent more than he cares to let on. Loved that sequence of Jericho going for the Lionsault, Hall getting the knees up and Jericho still landing on his feet to apply the Lion Tamer. Really good, exciting stuff.


    Sorry, but again, I have to echo the sentiments of Stojy on Jericho kicking out of two Outsiders Edges. Kicking out of one? Fine. Especially the first one, when there was a pause before Hall could get the cover. But the second one was overkill for me and took me out of the match a little. Considering he also just kicked out of a chokeslam in between Outsider Edges, you start to tread a fine line into dangerous ‘Super Cena’ territory with him. Jericho especially doesn’t need to be the guy that kicks out of everything. He gains enough just by competing on this level, and his personality makes up for him not being the unbeatable babyface. It does nothing for Hall either, and the Outsiders Edge is hurt as a finishing move too.


    Finish was spectacular. No doubt about that – the moment of the night so far. I appreciated you detailing the awkwardness of the whole thing, as I struggled slightly to picture it all happening flawlessly, and I’d imagine it’d be a tricky task to pull off, but yeah, hell of a finish, and a BIG, signature win for Jericho, knocking off Scott Hall. Hard to call for me whether it’s this or Bret/DDP leading the way for MOTN honours. Really enjoyable read (bar the multiple finisher kick out bit), and the only thing that would’ve made this better would’ve been if Jericho was winning the belt here, ratherthan last month. Great moment for Jericho, in a semi-main event spot on PPV. He’s on my shortlist for best booked character of the year, and you’re making a great case for him again on this show.


    Slightly surprised Nash is sticking to his word of coming alone after what just happened to Hall, but it plays into his writing off of Booker. Great start to the match with Booker letting it all out. Again though, I thought you could’ve stretched out Booker’s period in total control at the beginning and let that play out a little longer, rather than Nash turning the tables on the outside that soon. Until you mentioned it, I hadn’t actually caught the fact that the nWo had lost every match tonight – so right there, I started buying into the possibility of the nWo being humiliated here, and how much Nash needed to win to save face.


    The line from Nash about sending Booker back to the mid card was classic cocky Nash stuff, as was him crowing about not needing anyone to help him beat Booker too. I really appreciate tiny details like how you described why Booker didn’t hook the leg, and it costing him victory, putting it down to the pressure of the situation, and his inexperience at this level costing him. Also, appreciated Eric covering for Nash by saying Booker only kicked out of the Jack knife because Nash didn’t get all of it, instead of putting over Booker for surviving.


    You don't need me to tell you I didn’t like the finish. Especially for the end of the show, but these things can be a necessary evil, and it didn’t hurtmy enjoyment of the show overall. If anything, I liked that you prevented Booker from losing, and kept him looking strong by actually having Nash beaten if he had been able to get him in the ring. It’s obvious that you didn’t just shift Booker into this spot for a one month run before beating him and shuffling him back down the card. To me, it feels like Booker is here to stay at this level, so I can see why you gave us the unsatisfying finish, and I'm pleased that you're potentially keeping Booker in the main event mix.


    Surprisingly short match for the main event. Curious as to whether you just wanted the show to be done by this point, or if you intended it to be short. With Nash involved, I could see why it wouldn’t be a 20 minute epic, and keeping it short is probably the right call anyway, seeing as Nash isn't exactly a work horse - especially by '99. Lovedthat closing piece of commentary from Tony, putting Booker over big time, and you’ve definitely got an interesting situation brewing around the World title now with Goldberg and Booker both having legit claims for a shot and a rematch. That all plays nicely into their recent uneasy interaction, and there’s going to be some difficult conversations going forward.


    Overall thoughts; another really enjoyable read, despite the flat ending. It takes a tonne of effort to put shows like this together, and I commend you on pumping out four of these types of shows this year. That’s no easy feat and deserves a lot of credit. Your match writing skills are really second to none, and you managed to keep my interest from start to finish, despite some things I didn't quite like, such as Sting going 50/50 with Hennig and the Hogan match - but your hands are tied there, and at least it was short. I still think Souled Out was probably your best show thus far, but every PPV you've put out has been of the highest quality.

    My one complaint was that there wasn’t one match that had any truly long periods of dominance. To me, it felt as if the momentum shifted back and forth in every match way too often. I expect that in say, 75% of matches, as that obviously makes for a more interesting, exciting match, but for the sake of differentiating matches, and telling different stories, I think you need more of an array of match layouts. Everything felt a little too similar. For instance, (I'll beat this dead horse. I'm no fan of Sting, and Hennig is one of my all time favourites, but still) I thought Sting could've ran through Hennig in short order and I thought you could've had Douglas dominate the entire second half of the Flair match until Flair shocked him with the small package.


    But, to end on a positive note, you tell great stories with your matches, and I especially loved the story of DDP not being able to land the Diamond Cutter on Bret, and I suspect that’ll be something you play off as that feud continues. It was close between that and the Jericho/Hall match for Match of the Night, but the negative of Jericho kicking out of Halls finish twice is what swings it in favour of DDP/Bret. In fact, that might be my favourite match I’ve read here in this entire section all year. It feels like a triple threat is the natural direction for the World Title, but there’s no way Nash is putting himself in against those odds. I think Booker and Goldberg will be put up against each other; either on Nitro, or maybe even on PPV for the outright title shot, as the n.W.o try and rip WCW apart from the inside. Could be some fun angles to run with that situation regardless of what you do.
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    Thanks for the comments, lads. Thought I'd take a moment this morning to address some of the stuff.

    Quote Originally Posted by Stojy View Post
    Feels like we’ve been waiting awhile for this one so really looking forward to it. As you mentioned, not that many better ways to start then with a Cruiserweight Title match, and a triple threat nonetheless. This one was always going to be a terrific contest and it delivered in spades as far as I’m concerned. I thought you towed the line between having it being one on one versus all three men in the ring just right. The one on one spots gave us a breather, and in the beginning put over The Artist as a strategic coward, however on the other side of things, the three way spots were fast paced as expected in a Cruiserweight match. The match flowed pretty well but really picked up towards the end. Rey Rey biting Malenko was awesome and a real show of how desperate he was, and the blood from the bite ruining the Kneebar later was a terrific spot. Brilliant continuation. When the Kneebar failed, it legit felt as if Mysterio could win, only for Malenko to intervene and retain. A great tease, a fun match, a good kick off to the PPV, and booked well to allow Mysterio to continue to chase Malenko well we wait for Kidman to return. Good job.
    The Rey biting Malenko spot was something I thought could go either way for people. Either they'd love it or hate it kind of thing. There is a fun challenge with Malenko of keeping the kneebar be this inescapable weapon but if he isn't winning with it than how do I avoid having people break out of it. With only having three weeks to build to this PPV I wanted to save a potential rematch between Malenko/Mysterio Jr. for an event where I had more time to work with. I think the triple threat more than delivered on serving that purpose.

    Quote Originally Posted by Stojy View Post
    Without even reading the match, I completely expect The Heenan Family to get the win here. I feel like the fact that you sold unity during the entrances with one crew coming out together and one not, is simply a sign of things to come. Obviously I’ll have to wait and see, but that’s the feeling I get heading into this one. I’ll try and keep my comments brief here and not recap the action because for the most part this action was solid, but with the guys involved was never going to be a classic. The calls to Heenan giving constant advice on the outside is a great inclusion though, it puts over just how terrific he is as a manager as far as I’m concerned. The heels had a period of domination which felt awfully long at points, however I guess each face was in peril for different parts of the match. Whilst the ending didn’t completely come down to teamwork, I still thought it was booked well, with Luger killing it, until Kaos wanted to get at Steiner. A nice play on the reaction to his betrayal and a good win for The Family. If I wanted to be really picky, I could say that considering they are a united team, and they got off to a rocky start, it may have been better for them if they won a little more convincingly… But hard to do with Luger and Giant as opponents. Still, solid stuff.
    This was a tricky one and it's something Wolfy picked up on in that there is an argument that both teams needed the win. Overall I think that's a good thing because it meant that either side could get the victory and have it make sense. Ultimately this was about giving Heenan and his new clients the shine they have needed since forming up as a group whilst positioning Luger as a potential foil for them in the future.

    Quote Originally Posted by Stojy View Post
    DDP/Hart should be a fun one. I will say right off the bat that I liked Bret just being a douche and attacking to start things on top. Had to read Page coming back and nailing a neckbreaker a few times, because you had a three count written in as opposed to a kick out. Surely it’s not over yet. Once Page got some offense in, it was good to see that he wanted to brawl as opposed to wrestle, pissed with Hart. I thought the match was another solid affair, and the story that was being told with Hart being too good for the Diamond Cutter was an interesting one. Tunnel vision cost him though as the ending was definitely different, but worked for the story you were telling. This one definitely continues perhaps with a slightly unhinged Bret after basically losing everything so far in this thread. An enjoyable match here though, good work.
    My mistake on the three count. I must've missed it on my read through so I'll edit that in very soon. The story about DDP not being able to hit the Diamond Cutter actually came to me whilst I was writing the match itself. If you go back to Thunder Bret gets put through a table and in the original version it with via a Diamond Cutter. Once the story morphed into what it was presented as here I went back and changed what happened on Thunder. You do raise an interesting point about Bret losing everything in this thread so far. We are at the point now where I've done four PPVs and however many television episodes so it's a decent little backlog. You can go back and look at someone like Page being 0-3 on PPV up to this point and Bret being 1-2. It was another case of both really needing a win and I think that helped craft an interesting story which is far from over as expressed by the Hitman post-match.

    Quote Originally Posted by Stojy View Post
    I’ve mentioned before that I love the dynamic you’ve created between Kanyon and Raven, and even just during their entrance, the stark contrast of the two is terrific. Let’s be honest, this match wasn’t necessarily about the action, it was about the advancement of the Kanyon/Raven angle. As a match itself, it was okay without being spectacular. Raven about to get his moment, only for Kanyon to steal it was the perfect symbolism of what this whole feud has been about. Richards’ appearance worked here and then Raven finally drops Kanyon. The pay off… Bloody brilliant. And The Blue Bloods win. Kanyon/Raven finally blows up which is awesome, and that angle works, my only issue is the champs, The Blue Bloods are an afterthought. Even with the attack from The Guerrero’s, which I dig, I just can’t help but feel as if the champions are lacklustre, which isn’t a great thing. Eddie and Chavo chasing the gold should be fun though, although your tag division really needs some face teams at this point in time.
    One of the things that jumping from BTB to BTB screws people out of is seeing their storylines actually progress to a point where there is a real moment of excitement. I'm so glad the Kanyon/Raven angle has captured readers as much as it has honestly. I had originally set it so that Raven would turn at Super Brawl but when I realized it was a three week build to Uncensored I was confident I could stretch the team out for that long. Bringing in Richards helped give the story a shot in the arm and now just seemed like the perfect time for Raven to go face. As you said, the match was nothing. The important bit was the ending and I'm pleased that has come off so well. Blue Bloods being underwhelming I can understand. I've made several tag teams for the booker and the inclusion of Eddie and Chavo to the division is directly linked to Wolfy's complaints about not really having any interesting characters outside of Kanyon/Raven in the division. Eddie has been one of the best received characters in the thread so me sending him to the tag division should in some way help draw more interest now that a key factor in Kanyon/Raven are gone.

    Quote Originally Posted by Stojy View Post
    Hogan/Goldberg time, and if it wasn’t clear that Hogan was on the outer, Bischoff being pro NWO but neutral for Hogan pretty much confirms it. This match needed to be short and sharp because that’s when both these men are at their best really. Goldberg looked awesome early, however I’m glad you at least gave Hogan some offense. The Berg kicking out of the Leg Drop has him looking unstoppable, and Hogan turning it up a notch with the belt shots was interesting. Goldberg recovers and basically runs through Hogan, fucking up Horace as well. Really short match and made Goldberg look like a bad ass. Writing and booking was perfect for this one, great stuff.
    In this world Bischoff hates Hogan after he was a leading force in the events of Starrcade. I thought it would be a cool dynamic considering how IRL they loved each over on Nitro so much. I had this originally at five minutes and all Hogan was going to hit was a few punches to start and immediately hit the Leg Drop within the first minute. I went the other and had it be longer, I then cut it down further until I was happy. I'm still not sure if it needed to be as long as it was. The conclusion coming out of it is that Goldberg is a monster and is ready to kick some ass. That's what we should be coming out of this with and I think the match did it but I did think Hogan looked a little to dominant at times.

    Quote Originally Posted by Stojy View Post
    Kevin Nash’s talking game in this thread has gone up in quality tenfold since he’s become the President. He just has this aura about him now, he truly believes he’s the most powerful man in wrestling and who can blame him? It’s great. Nash mentioning how others don’t know how hard it is to be at the top is an interesting route to take, but one that’s fun and lead perfectly to the Booker T put downs. Great promo.
    Nash as President is a totally unique character that allows me to really play into the power role that I've given. I really want to get across how much power Nash has in the world of wrestling right now. He sees himself above everyone else. The words he uses are important. We're back to full shows from now on and I want people to really look at what Nash is saying because that's your clues for what is next in the thread. Nash has been one of the most carefully constructed characters in this entire thread so far.

    Quote Originally Posted by Wolf Beast View Post
    Considering how strong the opening video was for last months show with Arn talking up champions etc, it was a big disappointment not to get an opening package at all here. Thought there was a few ideas you could’ve ran with, especially with the nWo running roughshod over wcw at this point. I’ll be the only person that’ll make a big deal of it though, because in the grand scheme of things it’s a tiny detail. But it’s a small thing I love to see. That said, I really loved the attention to detail for the staging of the arena, and the black X’s over former nWo members was a great touch too.
    I knew if anybody was going to call me out on a lack of video package it was you. I sat for like an hour trying to come up with something for this opening video package. I went with a full on Sting thing with a crow and church - it was fine I guess. At one point I had Kevin Nash open the show and say that he runs the company so we're going to watch highlights of him instead of a traditional opening video package. I went all over the place trying different ideas but nothing was hitting the way the three previous ones did. Souled Out and Super Brawl especially came to me the moment I started writing them. This was just a no go. I decided to just not have a video package rather than having one I thought was crap.


    Quote Originally Posted by Wolf Beast View Post
    That said, I’d have preferred Malenko pin Rey after the belt shot instead of The Artist. The belt shot is surely more devastating than the splash, and it would’ve been an opportunity for Malenko to try and block Rey out of the title picture by beating him. Rey wouldn’t have lost anything by taking the fall either as he has an out, but I can get why you didn’t pin Rey here, as these two are likely to keep feuding.
    Spot on with the reasoning for Mysterio Jr. not taking the pin. As I explained earlier, I saved the rematch for Malenko/Mysterio due to the three week build. That's a big money match for the division and one that can truly bring the emotion so I didn't want to waste it here. I didn't want to pin Rey twice at the hands of Malenko. The Ice Man stealing a win from Rey furthered the heat for their potential rematch in my view.


    Quote Originally Posted by Wolf Beast View Post
    Given the comments I’d made on the last show and my predictions for this one, you can guess that I was delighted you pulled the trigger on Raven snapping on Kanyon. I felt the team angle had ran its course at this point, and now we’re getting the break up, you’ve breathed new life into this feud. The turn by Raven on his ‘partner’ was perfectly written too, you paid this angle off in the best way, and while I don’t care for the Blue Bloods as champions, taking the belts off Kanyon and Raven was the right move. Hard to know what to think about the Guerreros attacking afterwards, as it takes away some of the focus that was on Raven/Kanyon, which should’ve been the most important thing going on, but this ends up overshadowing that huge moment for me a little. Also, who’s the faces between the Blue Bloods and the Guerreros?
    Given that the show was already written I was pleased when I saw your comments about last show and being ready for the next stage of the story. I think this is something that has been put together really well and the timing of everything has made sense. Perhaps it's my favourite angle with the exception of the Goldberg/DDP feud which I loved writing. I will push back on the Guerrero attack taking away from the Raven turn because I left a significant period between the spots. I allowed Raven to pose, he then exited the ring and helped Richards before they had even lost the titles. That moment had been highlighted and given time to shine and now we're in the next with the Guerreros. Eddie/Chavo are still heels. It was some heel on heel action. That will be sorted very quickly.


    Quote Originally Posted by Wolf Beast View Post
    Start of this Hennig/Sting match with the stare down really bugged me if I’m honest. Sting should’ve been out here running roughshod, running wild looking for revenge after how things went down last week. Some good offence from Sting though in early going made up for it, particularly the Suplex on the floor, followed by the Cactus elbow. I understand the psychology of Sting maybe being a little rusty, but it just didn’t work for me. The crow character should be above things like ring rust imo, and for me, the match was too evenly contested, considering Hennig is positioned on the lower rung of the nWo. One thing that always annoyed me - and this isn’t a criticism of you, just the wrestling business - is rival organisations diluting big finishers of guys in the other promotion. Case in point here was the near fall off the Tombstone. I hate that. I’m assuming through your writing that you had Hennig survive the Piledriver and a powerbomb in order to make him look good in defeat and worthy of his spot in the nWo, but it was a little bit much for my liking. There didn’t seem to be much point in Konnan being out there for the whole match either, as bar mentioning he was there, he didn’t do anything until the closing stages. Nice win for Sting in the end, overcoming the odds to get the better of Hennig, but it’s just a win, not the big statement that I felt you needed you do here to heat Sting up. Was surprised in the end that Hennig wasn’t just fodder for Sting. Whilst I loved Hennig, I think it would’ve been more beneficial for Sting to steamroller him inside five minutes to give him some much needed momentum. Him winning here is fine, but it doesn’t feel like Sting being ‘back’ is a big deal or any kind of game changer yet.
    So I'll be honest it never came into my thought process of having Sting squash Hennig until you mentioned it. That would've been a fine idea but it just never came to me. I think perhaps because I had Goldberg rolling through Hogan that the idea of doing another quick match like that wouldn't have worked. If I had to choose, I'd pick the Goldberg one to be short as that has significant purpose for the stories. I can totally get being underwhelmed by Sting so far. All the stories that he is now involved in weren't part of the big plan I had when I originally started. Things have changed of course but for the most part everything is following an outline that I made nine months ago. Sting was never supposed to be in this thread after AFTER the nWo was defeated. He was going to be the big heel that came in and ruined the celebrations the next night on Nitro. I'm still finding the right way to present Sting in this world. I can definitely understand your feelings towards him so far. The use of Konnan will make sense in a couple days for sure.


    Quote Originally Posted by Wolf Beast View Post
    I don’t dislike Flair winning, as I think this one continues for a while yet and Douglas can get a win back, but Flair digging into his bag of tricks and being the ‘dirtiest player in the game’ to steal it from Douglas might’ve been a better route to go. Though, I guess you’re playing that up somewhat with the sneaky cradle, but some old fashioned cheating could’ve protected Douglas a little better. Another slight issue I’m having is that in all these matches, it feels like there’s a little bit too much back and forth. I don’t recall any match yet have a prolonged period of one person totally dominating. Even with Flair/Douglas, it felt like the match weighed in Flairs favour more than Douglas - not by much- but enough, when I’d argue that Douglas should’ve had a longer period in control toward the end. Also, few trademark Flair sequences were missing too; the flop, the upside down in the corner spot too.
    In my book Flair was always winning the first match. I don't think it's too much of a spoiler to say that Ric Flair and Shane Douglas are going to feud for months. This isn't a quick job it's going to be a big storyline for both men as I've attempted to present nWo angles and things not involving the group. Nothing is more annoying than only having nWo angles to read. I can see Flair losing if the angle is based upon his redemption and coming back to beat the young kid in the end. What I've presented is the story of this arrogant kid coming in and challenging Flair. To me, the value in the first win is all on Flair because the story hits a roadblock if Douglas comes right in and beats the guy. I think that Douglas losing keeps all the attention on him. He's the driving force behind this angle. If Flair is beaten he becomes the big focus and I wanted to keep the spotlight on Douglas. He lost but he lost by a cradle and he is now more motivated than ever to get at Ric Flair. I didn't want to give the big win over Flair to Douglas on day one with three weeks of build.


    As far as dominant stretches in matches I didn't pick up on a lack of that. It'll be something I keep an eye on for sure moving forward. I would point towards the six man tag as having a big period with the heels in control. Thanks for bringing that to my attention though.


    Quote Originally Posted by Wolf Beast View Post
    Sorry, but again, I have to echo the sentiments of Stojy on Jericho kicking out of two Outsiders Edges. Kicking out of one? Fine. Especially the first one, when there was a pause before Hall could get the cover. But the second one was overkill for me and took me out of the match a little. Considering he also just kicked out of a chokeslam in between Outsider Edges, you start to tread a fine line into dangerous ‘Super Cena’ territory with him. Jericho especially doesn’t need to be the guy that kicks out of everything. He gains enough just by competing on this level, and his personality makes up for him not being the unbeatable babyface. It does nothing for Hall either, and the Outsiders Edge is hurt as a finishing move too. Finish was spectacular. No doubt about that – the moment of the night so far. I appreciated you detailing the awkwardness of the whole thing, as I struggled slightly to picture it all happening flawlessly, and I’d imagine it’d be a tricky task to pull off, but yeah, hell of a finish, and a BIG, signature win for Jericho, knocking off Scott Hall. Hard to call for me whether it’s this or Bret/DDP leading the way for MOTN honours. Really enjoyable read (bar the multiple finisher kick out bit), and the only thing that would’ve made this better would’ve been if Jericho was winning the belt here, ratherthan last month. Great moment for Jericho, in a semi-main event spot on PPV. He’s on my shortlist for best booked character of the year, and you’re making a great case for him again on this show.
    I totally get the finisher argument. I think maybe I did go overboard on that one. Originally plans did call for Jericho to win the belt here until I inserted Hogan into the Super Brawl match. One of things that I'm sure you guys have picked up on is a lack of nWo in the last two matches. That was done on purpose. Both Hall and Nash had justification. Hall being that he was screwed out of the belt last month because so many nWo guys were involved and Nash because he views Booker T as less than equal. That covers why I didn't have a bunch of interference at the end of the show. I still think this is a big moment for Jericho getting win over a big name like Hall even though he already had the belt.


    Quote Originally Posted by Wolf Beast View Post
    You don't need me to tell you I didn’t like the finish. Especially for the end of the show, but these things can be a necessary evil, and it didn’t hurtmy enjoyment of the show overall. If anything, I liked that you prevented Booker from losing, and kept him looking strong by actually having Nash beaten if he had been able to get him in the ring. It’s obvious that you didn’t just shift Booker into this spot for a one month run before beating him and shuffling him back down the card. To me, it feels like Booker is here to stay at this level, so I can see why you gave us the unsatisfying finish, and I'm pleased that you're potentially keeping Booker in the main event mix.
    Again, three week build. I think a lot of people reading saw Booker T as a one month guy who was going to be tossed aside afterwards. In reality it was just the restrictions of the three week build that didn't give me the chance to really hammer home that this guy is a contender. Coming into this show I wanted the match to express and I think it did. Booker comes out looking great after battling Nash and the story told throughout is that Booker is fighting not just for the belt but to prove that he belongs. I was never beating Booker once it was decided that he was main event material for the near future at least. It creates a bunch of possibilities with Goldberg being the number one contender but Booker having a really strong claim on the next shot due to the finish. Nash keeping his word was simply because he thought Booker wasn't on his level. Plus, I wanted to have some straight up nWo vs. WCW matches without a bunch of involvement after last month having so much interference in nWo matches.


    Quote Originally Posted by Wolf Beast View Post
    Surprisingly short match for the main event. Curious as to whether you just wanted the show to be done by this point, or if you intended it to be short. With Nash involved, I could see why it wouldn’t be a 20 minute epic, and keeping it short is probably the right call anyway, seeing as Nash isn't exactly a work horse - especially by '99. Lovedthat closing piece of commentary from Tony, putting Booker over big time, and you’ve definitely got an interesting situation brewing around the World title now with Goldberg and Booker both having legit claims for a shot and a rematch. That all plays nicely into their recent uneasy interaction, and there’s going to be some difficult conversations going forward.
    I love Kevin Nash as a character but his moveset is very limited. Match being short was by design also because I knew I was rocking the count out finish. The big thing coming out of the PPV really is what is happening with Goldberg and Booker. At one point neither man was challenging Nash for the title at Spring Stampede. Not to say that either man is currently but just for some fun trivia. The card for Spring Stampede is so stacked that there are guys not on the card who should be on the card but there is no room unless I go to like 11 matches. I'm happy with how this event turned out and seeing a lot of original angles progress into final stages is always fun when writing. Kanyon/Raven I never expected for readers to really dig it as much as people are - that one has been an unexpected find.

    Thanks again for the comments, lads!
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    WCW RELEASES A GROUP OF FIVE TALENTS
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    Big news coming out of World Championship Wrestling following the most recent pay-per-view event Uncensored. Late last year the WCW roster was cut from around eighty wrestlers to fifty and that number has continued to decline with the releases of several talents from their contracts. One rumour for the change is that the television contract for Thunder is in the process of being negotiated with an end date of October 1999 in place should both sides be unable to come to an agreement. While it is suspected that the secondary show will continue past October many within the company are still pushing for cuts to be made to the roster for those who are not featured on television or are simply filling roles as jobbers citing a vast array of independent local competitors who would fill the same role without being on long-term contracts.

    Today the group of talent who received their termination notices included; Mike Enos, Brian Adams, Perry Saturn, Jerry Flynn and Konnan. Out of the five men to be released it comes as no shock for four of the names however the biggest talking point is the release of Konnan. The group of Enos, Adams, Saturn and Flynn had failed to achieve a single victory on television for months between the four men and weren’t in a position where the creative team had anything planned for them in the future. With the addition of Stevie Richards and Shane Douglas to WCW television it became clear that those four men would face an even further reduced role in the program.

    Konnan on the other hand has been a major part of WCW with his inclusion in the New World Order storyline. Back in 1998 when the group reunited under one common banner, Konnan was part of the original group who united and has been with the organization ever since. This past Sunday he joined Curt Hennig at ringside for his match against Sting. In the contest, Konnan was part of the finish when he accidently hit Hennig with a black baseball bat which eventually led to Sting gaining the win. Konnan and WCW management have been in talks for months about a new contract for the Mexican superstar with competing offers coming from his homeland. Eric Bischoff, overseeing talent for World Championship Wrestling, had reduced Konnan’s role within the group during the negotiations for fear of Konnan deciding to walk for a better offer across the border. In the end, Konnan’s run with World Championship Wrestling could have been much more than it turned out to be had he been positioned better.

    While it is just rumours at this point, Konnan’s absence from the nWo is set to be explained on Nitro with the group citing the attack last week on WCW as the driving force behind Konnan’s exit along with his role in Hennig's defeat to Sting. It is suspected that an unseen attack on the luchadores such as Rey Mysterio Jr. will be revealed and that Konnan was under the impression his role within the group would provide some form of protection for the luchadores. The exit of Konnan brings into question the New World Order and their future. They are still a major part of WCW television every week with Kevin Nash appearing as the figurehead both as nWo Champion and WCW President. As of right now the angle is expected to continue on for the next couple of months as the company transitions into what will be an explosive conclusion to one of wrestling’s most historic storylines.



    ADDITIONS TO THE TAG TEAM DIVISION
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    The tag team division has been a major topic of discussion backstage with WCW officials trying to find ways to elevate it from what many see as a struggling group of teams. The latest news is that Kanyon and Raven have dropped the titles at Uncensored which brings to an end a dynamic that has singlehandedly carried the division since December when they won the belts at Starrcade over Rick Steiner and Kenny Kaos. Currently the division is overseen by Dave Taylor and Bobby Eaton as WCW Tag Champions. On Sunday, Eddie Guerrero and Chavo Guerreor Jr. entered the division as new contenders for the title belts however like Taylor and Eaton, collectively known as the Blue Bloods, they are heels. Other heel teams include; Bam Bam Bigelow and Rick Steiner (representing the Heenan Family and expected to transition into the division fairly quickly) and The Artist along with Meng. The Artist and Meng are set to be pushed towards the division but The Artist will be bouncing between both the tag and cruiserweight title scenes also. That brings the total heel teams to four potentially however issues arise when looking at the babyface teams.

    Right now the division has two face teams recognized by World Championship Wrestling. Those teams are Harlem Shake, Stevie Ray and Disco Inferno, and the team of Hugh Morris and Norman Smiley. The latter being among those who feared for their jobs during the recent cut of talent as outlined above. The feeling within the company, and held by Bischoff, is that Morris and Smiley are an easy babyface team to work with so cutting them would only further damage the division which is crying out for good guys.

    Those in the discussion to form new babyface teams include a potential reuniting full-time between Raven and Stevie Richards. Currently Raven is set for a program with former tag partner Kanyon in the coming months. Afterwards, it is suspected that Raven and Stevie Richards may join up to enter the division. That is complete speculation however as reports have come out that the company is very high on a Raven singles run as a face after the work he has done alongside Kanyon. Furthermore, a big name being tossed around to join the tag team division is none other than Lex Luger! Luger has found himself working outside of the major New World Order storyline to provide star power for other angles which the company offers. The feeling being that one of the downfalls of the past has been the focus on the nWo entirely with no storylines branching out into different areas.

    Lex Luger branching out into the tag division comes after a brief feud with the Heenan Family leading into Uncensored. Reports are that original plans were set for Luger to chase Wrath as the first major feud for the WCW TV Champion since winning the belt earlier this year. Plans have now shifted with The Giant reportedly in the spot that Luger was going to be in to make way for Luger to enter the tag team division. Who will be Luger’s partner? That question is still up in the air as is this entire discussion about Luger joining the division. It is by no means a lock but there is a strong movement for Luger to lend his star power to the struggling division. Names being tossed around so far have included Kenny Kaos (who Luger tagged with at Uncensored), Diamond Dallas Page (a big time fan favourite and this would form an absolute super team of WCW babyfaces which they sorely need) and Roddy Piper (off television for the next several weeks selling an injury due to the nWo assault). The heavy favourites are either Piper or Page as it currently stands.



    Throwing a bit of news your way. Looking to address some issues I've had with the tag division and moving toward a move competitive division than the scrapyard I inherited at the start of the thread.

    Cutting some fat from the roster that was so big when this thread started. As I've progressed I've figured out which guys I don't use and have no plans to use so no point in keeping them around. The release of Konnan is really the biggest news. Realistically he wasn't doing anything within the nWo except being a body to be thrown around. He never said anything, he wasn't set for a program and honestly I'm not a big fan of Konnan. I want to write characters that I can have fun with and the nWo as it stands is so much fun but Konnan was always just standing there and I had nothing for him and no desire to give him a bigger role.
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