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    A nice run down from the commentators to begin Saturday Night. I’ve noticed over the past two shows now, Larry Zbyszko has called for law and order, and I wonder if that is hinting towards an eventual authority figure role being introduced soon. Not sure, but either way, a nice start with the commentators recapping everything, and Flair/Savage getting out of jail and confirmed as the main event is all kinds of awesome.

    Hugh Morrus was always going over Kidman here so no issues, as Kidman is a jobber at this point basically. I am interested about the aftermath with Morrus taking out Kidman and Kanyon, only for Konnan to make the save. There is no alliance between these guys as far as I know, but Konnan/Morrus gets set up for the PPV. If I’m honest, I don’t like the US Title match being made official one night before the PPV, it doesn’t exactly give us much to be interested in, due to lack of build up. On any other occasion, would have been a solid angle.

    At this point, the only thing The Nasty Boys/Public Enemy is good for is the occasional Hardcore brawl. I’m glad this was the way you went here, however I hope this is one more match and then done. Even in real life throughout 96, these two teams feuding or just in general never really did anything for me. From a booking perspective though, this is as good as you can get out of them so good job.

    I really like The Dancing Fools getting the win here, as making a new team look somewhat credible is always a smart option. Booking wise this did everything it needed to, with Bagwell accidentally nailing Riggs surely going to further towards The American Males break up, as per the argument they had last week. I’m assuming Buff ‘The Stuff’ will be making an appearance sometime soon which I’m content with. Solid stuff.

    Finally, we got some what I consider proper hype for DDP/Giant. Considering both men are heels, you’re definitely in a tough spot, but I commend you on going through with this and not just forgetting about it like WCW did in real life. Page’s arrogance was fine early, and this benefactor storyline still interests me. I’m still leaning towards Ted DiBiase being the man. On another note, I’m not sure about Giant getting some cheers considering he’s still a member of The Dungeon of Doom. Whilst I thought the teasing of the Chokeslam and then the Diamond Cutter to Sullivan was solid hype, I’m left not sure who to cheer for. I think, even though both are heels, you could have done a better job at some point over the past three weeks of making us want one to win more than the other.

    Regal/Guerrero getting a thirteen minute TV main event? Consider me a happy camper. These two would have put on a clinic, and Eddie getting the win, despite interference from The Bluebloods makes him look brilliant. Getting to share a PPV spotlight with Double A will only do even more for Eddie as well, who suddenly looks to have a big future in this BTB. A great ending to the show.

    Yet to give feedback to a Nitro where MORE stuff happens, but I enjoyed this episode anyway… And I’m enjoying the overall direction of the thread. It feels like I still need to wait for more things to pan out before making complete judgment, but you’re off to a solid start. I’m expecting a huge GAB if I’m honest. Good work.








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    Re: WCW 1996 - The Birth of the NWO

    I've fallen a little behind, so will just comment on the things that stood out, rather than a segment by segment break down.

    What a start to Nitro! That was awesome. Honestly, given where the wrestling world was in 1996, a segment like that would be legendary. Huge, huge kudos for going with something unusual but that totally fits what you should be trying to achieve. Fantastic stuff. You wouldn't be able to do it every show (or probably again for another year!) but as a one off segment it's probably the best I've seen in a BTB this year. Well done.

    And then you do back to back commercials after the run on segment. Brilliant attention to detail.

    Not sure about the decision to have Wright and Disco call themselves "The Dancing Fools", as it'd be hard to take them seriously. I know that was their name in real life, but I'd have thought "The Boogie Knights" name they also used makes them seem less silly.

    If there's one area I'm on the fence in terms of angles, it's Sting/Luger. The potential is there, but I hope you tell the story slowly and organically. At the moment, Luger is being such a prick that I don't see why Sting would possibly put up with it. I'd have thought the story here is that Luger is using Sting and Sting doesn't know it, but as the story stands I can't really tell what Luger is getting out of losing every week, or how Sting doesn't know he's being used. It's not that the story is bad, just that I think the potential is there for something outstanding and it's merely decent at the moment.

    I liked the main event as a stand alone, but in the context of everything else going on I thought there was maybe a little missing. For one thing, Benoit just being handed a title shot was kinda weird. Why wouldn't everyone just challenge Giant if it's that easy? I also don't know if this did much for the World Title match. I LOVE that you're giving DDP's Lord of the Ring thing some meaning by giving him the title shot, but the feud is kind of cold. Giant shouldn't really be taken to the edge by anyone except the elite guys, and as good as Benoit looks going 12 minutes with him, it doesn't exactly make The Giant look like a monster.

    Moving on to Saturday Night, good shout on the Dancing Fools going over the American Males. One team needs a win, the other can easily lose. Good shout to make the most of that.

    Eddie vs. Arn should be a lot of fun.

    Cool that we're already at Great American Bash. Not sure what the card will be as there only seems to be 4 or 5 matches that have been built to, but still, those matches look like a lot of fun.

    Those are all the things that stand out, but it's worth commenting that you actually do a really good job of the small, under the radar bits, like Morrus squashing Kidman and being stood up to by Konnan. Honestly, dude, I'm so glad you're writing an era/company I can get in to. You're smashing it.

    If I have a request, and this is selfish for me rather than anything you can do better... you post shows too quickly! I feel like I fall behind so quickly!

    But yeah, great stuff here, especially that start to Nitro. Keep it up!

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    Re: WCW 1996 - The Birth of the NWO

    Gene Okerlund Hotline Report
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    “Mean Gene” here with a special report just days before the biggest Pay Per View in the history of the WCW, this Sunday from Baltimore, Maryland. I have a rundown of each match with some exclusive information about each match.

    #1 Contenders Match
    Randy Savage vs. Ric Flair

    This match has been brewing for many months dating all the way back to SuperBrawl when Miss Elizabeth turned her back on “Macho Man” Randy Savage by giving her high heel shoe to Ric Flair to give Flair the win and the World Title. Ric would go on to loss the World Title to The Giant, but that did not stop Ric from making the life of Savage a living hell. Macho Man’s money is being spent, courtesy of Elizabeth, and Randy has done everything he can to get at Flair. Just last week, Randy Savage and Ric Flair were both arrested on Monday Nitro after a brawl that some are calling the biggest moment in the history of Nitro. We learned on WCW Saturday Night that both Randy Savage and Ric Flair were released from the custody of the police and will be at the Great American Bash this Sunday as they compete for the #1 contendership.

    Triangle Match for WCW Tag Team Titles
    Harlem Heat vs. The Steiner Brothers vs. Sting/Lex Luger ©

    There is a lot to unravel in this match between three of the best tag teams in the world of professional wrestling. JJ Dillon declared that there would be a #1 contenders match between Harlem Heat and The Steiner Brothers. Lex Luger made sure that there was not a winner in that matchup, so JJ Dillon made a monumental announcement a few short weeks ago that it was going to be a Triangle Match for the tag titles at the Great American Bash. Dillon then made the tag teams work for the right to be the two tag teams to start to match, thus giving them the advantage to win without the third team getting involved. Harlem Heat, with a little help from Sister Sherri, was able to get two points and lock in their spot. The Steiner Brothers were able to earn the spot in the start of the match when Lex Luger left his partner high and dry. When the Great American Bash comes to you live from Baltimore, Maryland will Sting be able to trust his tag team partner? Will Harlem Heat use Sister Sherri to become the tag champions again or will the Steiners use their raw strength to become the new WCW Tag Team Champions?

    World Title Match
    The Giant © vs. Diamond Dallas Page

    DDP won this opportunity by winning the Lord of the Rings battle royal at the last WCW Pay-Per-View, Slamboree. Ever since then, Page has been telling everyone that will listen and most of the fans that don’t want to listen, that he has a new benefactor that will make sure Diamond Dallas Page comes away with the World Title. On the other side of the ring stands the World Champion, the 7 foot tall Giant. Some say that Giant has been distracted with helping Kevin Sullivan eliminate the dead weight from the Dungeon of Doom; however those same people are saying that DDP made a fatal mistake on WCW Saturday Night by Diamond Cutting Kevin Sullivan. At the Great American Bash, it’s the ChokeSlam vs. Diamond Cutter.

    United States Title Match
    Konnan © vs. Hugh Morris

    Konnan has defended his U.S. Title against any and all comers since he won the title in January. In recent weeks, Konnan has taken on the task for standing up against what he deems as bullying from “The Laughing Man” Hugh Morris. After Morris, who has to trying to prove himself to Kevin Sullivan that he deserves to stay in the Dungeon of Doom, continued to attack Billy Kidman and Chris Kanyon after their respective matches. Finally, Konnan had enough and challenged Morris to try to bull him, but after conferring with his manager, Jimmy Hart, challenged Konnan to put his title on the line. Being one not to turn down a challenge, Konnan accepted and the match was set. Will Konnan be able to continue his title run or will Hugh Morris bring some gold to the Dungeon?

    Cruiserweight Open Challenge
    Dean Malenko © vs. ????

    Dean Malenko has been for lack of a better word, a workhorse, in the Cruiserweight Division. Malenko is a man that defends his title on a night-to-night basis. Malenko takes on all challengers and has now decided to put out an open challenge to any Cruiserweight in the world. Will one of the established Cruiserweights on the roster step up to challenge Malenko or will there be a new Cruiserweight to join the talented Cruiserweight Division. Tune in Sunday Night to find out.

    Television Title Match
    Arn Anderson © vs. Eddie Guerrero

    Arn Anderson has been a peacekeeper for the Four Horsemen, especially for the on going saga between Kevin Sullivan and Chris Benoit, but during that time Arn was able to defeat Lex Luger for the Television Championship. Arn has told me that he plans on bringing the prestige back to the Television Championship and he is going to make sure that the Gold stays in the Horsemen’s grasps. On WCW Saturday Night, a #1 Contender was determined when young Eddie Guerrero defeated Lord Steven Regal in a hard fought match that saw Eddie have to overcome the entire collection of Blue Bloods. Eddie is looking for his first taste of gold in World Championship Wrestling whilst Arn Anderson looks to keep the title within the Horsemen.

    No Disqualification Match
    Public Enemy vs. Nasty Boys

    This match is going to be a fight. There is no other way to describe it. The Nasty Boys took out public Enemy on WCW Saturday Night and Johnny Grunge was the recipient of a nasty steel chair shot to the head. I have talked to Rocco Roc and he has told me that Grunge is good to go for the match this Sunday. This is not going to be a catch-as-catch-can classic, but there is going to be lots of action from these four men who will put their bodies on the line for the victory.

    Tag Team Match
    The Road Warriors vs. The Faces of Fear

    In a matchup of four of the toughest men in professional wrestling, The Road Warriors are going to face off against The Faces of Fear. This match is the result of Meng and Barbarian attacking Hawk and Animal after a Road Warriors victory on Monday Nitro. Some fans believe that it was an attempt by the Faces of Fear to prove their worth to Kevin Sullivan and stay in the Dungeon of Doom. The Faces of Fear took it a step further when they cost Hawk and Animal a match against The Blue Bloods on WCW Saturday Night. Now, Sullivan has not told anyone what warrants a dismissal from the Dungeon, so Meng and Barbarian are going to do everything they can to take home the victory against the legendary Road Warriors.

    Special Interview with Eric Bischoff

    Ever since May 27, 1996 Monday Nitro has had interruption after interruption. We learned two weeks ago that the first man to interrupt Nitro was Scott Hall. Last week on Nitro, we learned the identity of the second man, Kevin Nash. These two men are responsible for the wildest moment in the history of Monday Nitro, when they came out with baseball bats and attacked 4 wrestlers in the middle of the ring. This set off a chain of events that will be remembered for years to come. Eric Bischoff has invited these two men to The Great American Bash. The only question that remains is, will Hall and Nash “interrupt” the Pay-Per-View?

    Prediction Contest

    Pick the winners of the match
    Who is the benefactor for Diamond Dallas Page?
    Who accepts the open challenge for the Cruiserweight Title?
    Will any titles change hands? How many?



    Ric Flair vs. Randy Savage
    Harlem Heat vs. The Steiner Brothers vs. Sting/Lex Luger
    The Giant vs. DDP
    Konnan vs. Hugh Morris
    Dean Malenko vs. ????
    Arn Anderson vs. Eddie Guerrero
    Public Enemy vs. Nasty Boys
    Road Warriors vs. Faces of Fear

    **SIDE NOTE - I am not going to be posting shows as quickly as i was after Great American Bash... i had all those shows in the can so i wanted to get through them**
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    Re: WCW 1996 - The Birth of the NWO

    #1 Contenders Match


    Randy Savage vs. Ric Flair
    My prediction here is less about who I think will win, but what I think will happen to whoever does win. I'm guessing that whether it's Savage or Flair, they're going to win the World Title, and then be the leader of WCW when the nWo invasion fully takes force. With that in mind, I'm guessing Flair would be a better choice as the leader of the old guard. Total guess, though.



    Triangle Match for WCW Tag Team Titles


    Harlem Heat vs. The Steiner Brothers vs. Sting/Lex Luger ©
    I'm not sure who is winning, but I know who is not winning. This story seems to be indicating the Sting/Luger relationship is on the verge of breakdown, so losing the belts will push that along



    World Title Match


    The Giant © vs. Diamond Dallas Page
    Kudos for giving DDP something to do, but there's not a chance in hell he wins the belt yet. He was an odd choice of champion in '99, in '96... nah



    United States Title Match


    Konnan © vs. Hugh Morris
    Again, kudos for trying to do something with a total deadzone of a US Title division, but Morrus isn't the guy to win the belt. I have to think Konnan keeps it until you work out what it is you want to do with it



    Cruiserweight Open Challenge


    Dean Malenko © vs. ????
    Given the videos that have been airing, it has to be Rey Rey. And if it is, I see him winning the title to really make an impression. If it's not him, I can't think who else would mean anything as a surprise in 1996. Best I can think of is Pillman, but he's passed that division, or Liger.



    Television Title Match


    Arn Anderson © vs. Eddie Guerrero
    Arn's only just won the belt, so he isn't losing it here. If you wanted Eddie as champ, yopu'd have had him be the one to beat Luger



    No Disqualification Match


    Public Enemy vs. Nasty Boy
    Picking the team I dislike the least. It was a hard decision



    Tag Team Match

    The Road Warriors vs. The Faces of Fear
    There's still value in the Road Warriors, but not so much if they job to the Barbarian

    Pick the winners of the match DONE
    Who is the benefactor for Diamond Dallas Page? TED BIBIASE
    Who accepts the open challenge for the Cruiserweight Title? REY MYSTERIO

    Will any titles change hands? How many? 2 - CRUISER AND TAG



    Should be a great show!

    (For the future, I would recommend providing a predictions template that people can copy and paste. It's not a big deal, but it was a bit of a pain copying and pasting the full review, then having to delete text out...)

    EDIT: Plus it seems to have screwed my spacing up


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    Re: WCW 1996 - The Birth of the NWO

    Ric Flair vs. Randy Savage

    Harlem Heat vs. The Steiner Brothers vs. Sting/Lex Luger

    The Giant vs. DDP

    Konnan vs. Hugh Morris

    Dean Malenko vs. ????

    Arn Anderson vs. Eddie Guerrero

    Public Enemy vs. Nasty Boys

    Road Warriors vs. Faces of Fear

    Pick the winners of the match DONE


    Who is the benefactor for Diamond Dallas Page? TED DIBIASE


    Who accepts the open challenge for the Cruiserweight Title? REY MYSTERIO

    Will any titles change hands? How many? YES. 2.


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    Ric Flair vs. Randy Savage
    I would love to see Ric Flair hold the contendership going through the summer, but I would also love to see more crazy Macho Man! This one could really go either way, but I think for the sake of the story somehow Savage gets screwed in the match leading to more arrests until he eventually gets his hands on Flair in some sort of gimmick match (Cage, Last Man Standing, Falls Count Anywhere)

    Harlem Heat vs. The Steiner Brothers vs. Sting/Lex Luger
    As much as Harlem Heat has come on in the past few weeks in this thread, The Steiners are still the top dogs here. I'd expect we see some sort of Sting/Luger miscommunication that furthers that storyline. Then this sets up The Steiners for all different possible opponents, with Harlem Heat being their first challengers.

    The Giant vs. DDP
    You've really done an awesome job with DDP, as he may be the highlight of the thread besides the chaos on Nitro. However, I don't think you pull the switch just yet. I'm expecting the Dungeon of Doom to get involved so far, and I am very curious to see who the benefactor will be.

    Konnan vs. Hugh Morris
    I don't think Konnan is your long term champion, but I also don't think he will lose it here. I'll stick with Konnan as the champ for now.

    Dean Malenko vs. ????
    You've booked Malenko super strong thus far, and I think it is all leading to Rey Mysterio making his debut. What better way to debut him than to have him win the CW title on his first night? If Mysterio isn't the mystery man, then I suspect some other Cruiserweight or maybe even a surprise from ECW.

    Arn Anderson vs. Eddie Guerrero
    On paper, this match should be awesome. With the way you craft your matches, I am really looking forward to this one, no matter who wins. I think Arn is a credible champion and he retains here.

    Public Enemy vs. Nasty Boys
    This has been a very underrated feud so far. Like I mentioned in the past, your tag team division is absolutely stacked. I like these undercard tag team feuds, and these two teams can brawl with the best of them. I expect this one to be an underrated match of the night.

    Road Warriors vs. Faces of Fear
    Road Warriors have to go over here. Partially because I am biased towards them, but it makes sense. Even though they are not the top team they were in the 80's, they still have plenty of gas in the tank for another run at a potential barn burner with The Steiners.

    Eric Bischoff Interview
    I am really excited for this. I am looking forward to seeing how you differentiate from the real GAB interview that left Bischoff through a table. So many different directions you can take this.


    Who is the benefactor for Diamond Dallas Page? I would say Bischoff, but since he is conducting an interview with Hall and Nash, this is tough. Someone mentioned Dibiase and while that makes perfect sense, I can see you going in a different direction. I'll say Dibiase, but I'm hoping you swerve us here.


    Who accepts the open challenge for the Cruiserweight Title? Rey Mysterio.


    Will any titles change hands? How many? Tag, CW- 2

    I'll be waiting to read this. Tons of potential on the card top to bottom and I am looking forward to Arn/Eddie as a mat classic and Public Enemy/Nastys as an all out brawl. You have something great here. Good luck writing brother!




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    “An American Tradition”

    *A shot of the American Flag takes up the screen*

    “Where battles are fought”

    *Brian Knobbs hits Johnny Grunge in the head with a steel chair*

    “Titles are defended”

    *All the current champions are cycled though on screen*

    “Friendships will be tested”

    *Lex Luger is shown walking away from Sting*

    “A war that will never end”

    *Multiple shots are shown of Ric Flair and Randy Savage fighting*

    “A man fights a Giant”

    *DDP tries to Diamond Cutter The Giant*

    “Four monsters fight to the end”

    *The Road Warriors are attacked by The Faces of Fear*

    “A challenge has been opened”

    *Dean Malenko issues his open challenge*

    “And a Hostile Takeover is here”

    *Scott Hall and Kevin Nash are shown*

    “Tonight, it will be a...

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    “Great American Bash”



    Pyro blasts off as shots are shown of the pyrotechnic display and the jammed packed Baltimore Arena in Baltimore, Maryland. The camera cuts to the announce booth as we are joined by Tony Schiavone, Bobby “The Brain” Heenan, andMike Tenay. The announcers are dressed up for the pay per view as each man is in a suit.


    Tony:Tonight is the night that we have been waiting for since the last time we came into your home for Pay Per View with Slamboree. There will be four title defenses tonight and the main event is going to pit “Macho Man” Randy Savage vs. “The Nature Boy” Ric Flair.

    Bobby:I will tell you one thing Schiavone, that Savage is a mad man and he is even crazier now that Elizabeth has now slapped him twice. I predict that people will be talking about tonight for a very long time.

    Mike:Don’t forget that Eric Bischoff will be interviewing the two men that have been causing all the interruptions on Monday Night Nitro. I, personally, cannot wait for that interview to happen. I want to know why Scott Hall and Kevin Nash are here and what they mean by saying that there will be a war.

    Tony:I think that is the question on everyone’s mind and hopefully we get some answers tonight when Eric Bischoff interviews Hall and Nash.

    Bobby:Times are changing in WCW and I don’t want to miss a moment. I know that I am ready to see what is going to happen next because anything can and will happen in World Championship Wrestling.

    Mike:And with that we head to the ring for our first title defense of the night for the Television Championship.

    “Bad Man” hits as Eddie Guerrero makes his way to the ring. The crowd gives him a decent reaction as Eddie walks down to the ring with a serious look on his face as he prepares to try and win WCW gold. Eddie gets into the ring and plays to the audience as they give him an even bigger reaction.

    “Horseman” plays as the Television Champion Arn Anderson makes his entrance into the arena. The fans in Baltimore give the enforcer of the Horseman a welcome reaction being so close to Horseman Country. Anderson, unlike Guerrero, does not play to the crowd, but simply steps into the ring and gets ready for his title defense.

    Singles Match for the Television Championship
    Arn Anderson © vs. Eddie Guerrero


    Eddie Guerrero looks out onto the crowd and begins to clap as he starts to circle the ring. Arn Anderson moves in a circle away from Eddie as the two competitors are looking for the perfect opportunity to meet in the middle of the ring with a lock-up. Eddie steps forward at the same time as Arn and the champion and challenger meet in the middle with a strong collar and elbow lock-up. A few seconds passes as both men jockey for position and it is Eddie that gets the better of the encounter as he grabs the left wrist of Arn and goes into a full arm drag and twist, controlling the left arm of the champion. Arn draws back looking to land a punch to Guerrero, but Eddie twists the wrist of Arn creating a pressure to the shoulder of Anderson forcing him to stop his attempted punch. Guerrero transitions into a hammerlock as Arn desperately tries to find a way out of the hold. Arn tries reaching between his leg to sweep Eddie off his feet as well as trying to grab Guerrero by the back of the head but all his attempts do not pan out.

    Eddie, sensing that Arn is going to be able to get out of the hammerlock, transitions to a headlock. As soon as Arn is placed in the headlock, he starts to land elbows to the stomach of Guerrero. Three elbows later, Arn is able to pop his head out and puts Eddie into a headlock of his own. Eddie places his hand on the back of Arn and pushes the TV champion off towards the rope. Arn comes running back and Eddie knocks him down with a shoulder block. Eddie takes a moment to look out at the crowd and quickly glances down at Arn to make sure he is still on the canvas before running perpendicular to him and hitting the ropes. Arn dives at the legs of Eddie, who is forced to hop over the body of Anderson. Guerrero runs across the ring and hits the opposite ring ropes as Arn is back to his feet looking for a hip-toss. Eddie blocks the attempt and transitions to go for one of his own. The two competitors continue to trade hip-toss attempts until they get tangled up in the ring ropes all the way across the ring. The referee gets in between the two wrestlers and creates some separation.

    Arn takes advantage of the referee stepping in between them and grabs Eddie in a headlock. Eddie, again, goes to send Arn off into the ropes, but this time Arn is ready for Guerrero and is able turn the send-off around on Eddie and it is Guerrero that gets sent to the ropes. Arn hits a shoulder block on Eddie, knocking him to the canvas much like what just happened to Arn. Anderson quickly goes to hit the perpendicular ropes and Eddie dives at Anderson’s legs, but Anderson is able to hop over his opponent and hit the ropes on the other side of the ring. Guerrero is back to his feet and leapfrogs over Anderson as Arn comes charging at Guerrero. Arn hits the ropes and gets caught in an arm-drag as he comes back to the middle of the ring. Anderson quickly gets to his feet, but Eddie is waiting for him with a second arm-drag. Arn is back up, this time a little slower, and once more Eddie is waiting for the champion. This time, Eddie Guerrero lands the hip-toss he was looking for a few moments ago.

    Arn takes the hip-toss and quickly slides out of the ring grabbing at his lower back. Eddie takes a moment to pump up the crowd before walking over towards Arn, who is still on the outside. Arn starts to slide into the ring and Eddie, seeing Arn’s movements, goes to drop and elbow on the back of the head of the champion. Anderson, very quickly, slides back out of the ring and Eddie’s elbow drop lands only with the ring mat. Eddie grabs his elbow as he is getting to his knee. Arn, from the outside of the ring, grabs the left hand of Eddie and pulls it through the middle ring rope. Arn pulls down on the arm of Guerrero causing Eddie’s arm and shoulder to jerk down very quickly. Eddie grabs at his shoulder as he makes his way to the middle of the ring trying to get away from Arn Anderson. Arn makes his way back into the ring and grabs the arm of Eddie and starts to twist it, thus controlling the body of Eddie. Eddie yells out in pain and grabs for his shoulder as Arn continues to twist and turn the recently hurt shoulder of Guerrero.

    Anderson places his hand on the shoulder of Eddie and presses downwards as he moves his other arm upwards effectively trying to pop the shoulder of its socket. Eddie tries to get out of the hold and starts to make some headway by wiggling and twisting the rest of his body around. Arn sees that he is losing control of Eddie and drops Eddie to the canvas by placing his foot on the back of Eddie’s knee and applying even more pressure to the hurting shoulder. Arn places the arm of Eddie over Arn’s chest and then violently falls to the canvas creating a ricochet effect on the shoulder of Eddie. Arn continues to work over the hurt shoulder of Eddie and is able to flip Guerrero over to his back and gets a two count before Eddie is able to get his other shoulder up off the mat. Arn works his way to his feet but still has full control of Eddie’s arm. Anderson stretches Guerrero’s arm out on the canvas, steps on his hand, and then delivers a knee drop to the shoulder of Eddie. Guerrero rolls over towards the ropes, grabbing his shoulder and yelling in pain.

    Anderson follows Guerrero to the ropes and slowly starts to pick Guerrero up. Eddie is able to hit a few punches to the mid-section of the Television Champion, but is quickly stopped in his tracks when Arn lands a punch to the injured shoulder of Guerrero. Arn places the arm of Eddie around the top ring rope and starts to pull the arm towards the inside of the ring. The referee admonishes Arn for being in the ropes and starts to administer the five-count. Arn lets the count get to four before releasing his hold on Guerrero. Arn pulls Eddie away from the rope by his hurt arm and gives it a good yank, trying to pull it out of socket. Arn drapes the hurting arm over his own shoulder and then drops to a sitting position, again creating a ricochet effect in an attempt to pull the arm out of the socket and forcing Eddie to quit the match.

    Eddie again moves his way to the ropes grabbing at his shoulder, but this time, instead of letting Anderson get him back tangled in the ropes, Eddie comes charging at Anderson attempting to hit a clothesline with his good arm. Arn is able to duck out of the way and Eddie hits the opposite ring ropes. Anderson, who is still in a ducked down position, simply turns himself around and is in position to hit a back body drop on Eddie. Guerrero sees this as he comes flying off the ropes and jumps over Arn and lands a sunset flip pin attempt


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    Arn kicks out...


    Arn is quicker to his feet and after the unsuccessful pin attempt kicks Eddie, who has made it to his knees, directly on the hurt shoulder. Arn picks Eddie up and puts Eddie’s arm into a hammerlock behind Guerrero’s back and executes the vaunted Anderson hammerlock slam. Arn goes down for the cover,


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    Eddie is able to get his shoulder up…


    It can be seen by the look on the face of the champion, that he may be getting a tiny bit frustrated that he hasn’t put Eddie away just yet. Arn grabs ahold of Eddie’s arm and puts him in an arm bar. Eddie tries to free himself from the hold but is unsuccessfully. Eddie places himself into a position on his stomach that seems to elevate some of the pressure from the arm bar. Eddie starts to stomp his foot against the canvas which triggers the fans to start to clap for Guerrero. The fans in attendance begin an Eddie chant as the challenger uses the added motivation from the crowd to work harder to get out of the arm bar. Guerrero transitions from his stomach to a seated position and starts to turn himself towards Arn Anderson, which really breaks most of the pressure on Eddie’s shoulder. Eddie is able to get to his feet as Arn, sensing the tide of the match may be turning, kicks Eddie in the mid-section and whips him towards the turnbuckle. Arn comes following in behind Eddie looking to crush him in the corner, but Eddie is able to somehow muster the strength to push himself up the turnbuckle and go up-and-over Arn landing behind Arn. Eddie quickly rolls up Arn with a schoolboy pin attempt,


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    Arn gets out of the pin attempt…


    Eddie quickly gets to his feet and goes after Arn, grabs him by the arm and tries to whip him off into the other ropes; however, Arn reverses the whip and sends Eddie into the ropes. Eddie comes back and ducks a clothesline attempt from Arn. Eddie bounces off the ropes and ducks a back elbow attempt by Anderson. Eddie bounces off the ropes for a third time and goes for his own clothesline at the same time that Arn Anderson puts him arm out for a clothesline and thus the result is a double clothesline. Both men are down and the referee starts his obligatory ten count. The referee gets to a four count as the men start to stir and by the count of seven both men are to their feet. Eddie is the first competitor up, and seemingly driven by the cheers of the fans, Eddie lands a dropkick on Anderson. Anderson hits the mat and is right back up only to be knocked right back down by a second dropkick from Eddie Guerrero. Anderson hits the mat and is back up to his feet as Guerrero grabs Anderson’s arm and whips him to the ring ropes. Eddie goes for a back elbow, but Anderson ducks the elbow attempt and grabs the unused arm of Eddie and is able to pull Eddie in towards him. Anderson lands a kick to the mid-section of Guerrero, which forces Eddie to bend over and Anderson grabs Eddie by the neck and is looking for the DDT. Eddie is able to pop his head out of the DDT attempt and pushes Arn off onto the ropes.

    When Arn bounces back Eddie hits a third dropkick. Eddie lands slightly on his hurt shoulder when he comes down from the dropkick. Eddie grabs at his shoulder, but is still able to scoot over to Arn and get his arm over him,


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    Arn gets his shoulder up…


    Both men slowly get to their feet and Eddie is first to attack as he lands a vicious elbow strike to the side of Arn’s head. Another elbow lands in the same location as the prior elbow and Arn seems to be staggering. Eddie whips Arn off and when Anderson comes off the ropes, Eddie is finally able to hit the maneuver he was looking for when he whipped Arn off earlier, a hurricanrana. Eddie quickly hops on top of Arn, hooks the leg,


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    Arn is able to kick-out, thus saving his TV title...


    Eddie is undeterred and picks Arn Anderson up and hits a brainbuster on Anderson,


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    No…



    Kick-out at the last possible moment by Arn Anderson…


    Eddie, sensing victory, but still in pain grabs at his shoulder as he just lifted Arn’s entire body up on his shoulders for the brainbuster. Eddie, hearing the cheers from the crowd, starts the climb to the top rope looking for his patented Frog Splash. Eddie looks out to the crowd for a split-second for approval and then comes flying off the top turnbuckle. Arn Anderson begins to roll out of the way as soon as Eddie launches himself off the top rope and Eddie crashes down to the mat. Arn crawls over after a few moments and gets into a pin attempt.


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    Eddie gets his shoulder up just in time…


    Arn gets to his feet and calls for the DDT. Anderson picks up Guerrero by the hurt shoulder and wraps his arm around the head/neck area of Eddie looking for the DDT. Anderson looks down at Eddie and shakes his head at him and then Arn is taken head over heels to the canvas, as Guerrero is able to flip Anderson over into a bridge attempt.



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    Arn kicks out at the last second…


    Anderson is back to his feet and again goes to grab the hurt shoulder of Eddie but this time Eddie is ready and slips behind Arn. Eddie runs “The Enforcer” towards the ring ropes and is trying for an O’Connor roll. Arn is able to roll all the way through and to his feet. Eddie gets to his feet as well and Arn quickly turns Guerrero around, kicks him in his stomach and lands the DDT. Arn slowly turns over Eddie Guerrero, covers him,


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    Spoiler:


    Winner at 13:43 and still Television Champion –
    Spoiler:


    Arn Anderson



    Tony:
    What a performance by Arn Anderson and Eddie Guerrero. That is the way that WCW starts a Pay Per View.

    Bobby:
    I knew that Arn was going to be able to take the belt back to the Horsemen, but Guerrero sure did take “The Enforcer” to the limits.

    Mike: A breakout performance by Eddie Guerrero that is for sure. I seriously doubt that it will be long before we see gold around the waist of Eddie Guerrero.

    Tony: Let’s head back to ringside as Dave Penzer introduces our next match at the Great American Bash.

    Dave Penzer is in the ring as he introduces the first tag team in the next contest. “Faces of Fear” plays over the speakers as Meng and Barbarian make their way to the ring. They are lead to their ring by their manager, Jimmy Hart, as the fans boo the tag team. Meng yells in the face of a few fans at ringside, and they instantly stop booing from pure fright of Meng. Jimmy Hart gets his tag team into the ring and can be heard yelling into his megaphone that the Road Warriors are not ready for his Faces of Fear.

    “Iron Man” plays as the crowd gives a huge pop for the Road Warriors. Hawk and Animal make their way to the ring with their spiked shoulder pads on as the crowd continues to give them a loud ovation. Hawk and Animal smack a couple of fans hands as they walk down to ringside. Hawk and Animal take off their shoulder pads at ringside and drop them at ringside.

    Tag Team Match
    The Faces of Fear w/ Jimmy Hart vs. The Road Warriors

    Hawk and Animal get into the ring, as all four men are now standing in the ring in their respective corners. Jimmy Hart makes his way to the floor as the Road Warriors and the Faces of Fear charge to the middle of the ring. Hawk is the first to land a blow as he connects with a right hand to the side of Meng’s head. Simultaneously, Animal lands a right of his own, connecting with the side of Barbarian’s head. Meng and Barbarian answer back with right hands of their own to the men who first hit them. The Faces of Fear and the Road Warriors start to throw punches at each other at the exact same time as the crowd is cheering the Road Warriors on. Hawk and Animal simultaneously land kicks to the mid-section of Meng and Barbarian. The Faces of Fear get whipped into the ring ropes and when they come back at Hawk and Animal, two vicious clotheslines take them down courtesy of the Road Warriors.

    Jimmy Hart calls his tag team out of the ring, so Meng and Barbarian roll out of the ring and meet up with Hart on the outside of the ring. Animal and Hawk get up on the middle turnbuckle and raise their arms in the air to the approval of the crowd. Hawk drops down from the turnbuckle and walks over to his tag team partner, who has gotten down from the turnbuckle also, as the teammates slap hands and determine that Animal is going to officially start the match. Jimmy Hart gets up on the ring apron and yells into the megaphone to the referee that he needs to back up Animal. The referee obliges Hart’s request and forces Animal back into his corner.

    Meng is on the apron and Barbarian is the man to start the match for the Faces of Fear. Barbarian and Animal stare at each over and Animal is the first to break the standoff as he runs and hits the rope closest to him and comes charging at him with a shoulder block. Barbarian does not move or even stagger backwards. Barbarian looks at Animal and tells him to try again, which is exactly what Animal does. Animal gets a running start, hits the ropes and tries another shoulder block. This attempt is more successful as Barbarian staggers backwards. Animal, sensing that he is close to knocking down Barbarian, quickly hits the ropes for a third time and comes charging at Barbarian who throws out his huge right arm looking for a clothesline. Animal ducks the clothesline attempt and hits the opposite ring rope, bounces back and hits a flying shoulder block, knocking down Barbarian. Animal goes for a pin attempt.


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    Barbarian kicks-out...


    Animal gets back to his feet and grabs Barbarian by the head pulling him up to his feet. Animal scoops Barbarian up above his head and slams him down hard to the canvas. Barbarian is able to get to his feet but is grabbing at his lower back and is working his way to the corner. Animal comes charging in at him, looking to follow up on his run of offense, but Barbarian is able to move out of the way at the last possible second. Animal hits the turnbuckle chest-first and the force that he hits with forces him backwards. Barbarian uses this opportunity to hit an elbow smash to the lower back of Animal, which sends Animal into the turnbuckle again chest-first. Barbarian grabs the arm of Animal and sends him across the ring with a violent whip to the other turnbuckle.

    Animal comes out of the corner and is picked up by Barbarian in a sidewalk slam position. Barbarian holds Animal in the air for a few moments to show off his power and then drops him down to the canvas. Barbarian covers his opponent,


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    Animal is able to kick-out....


    Barbarian grabs Animal by the arm and drags him into the corner of the Faces of Fear. Barbarian tags his partner as “The Monster” Meng gets into the ring. Meng stomps the lower back of Animal continuing the work his tag partner started. Meng gets Animal to his feet and sends him into the ring ropes and when Animal comes back at Meng, Animal is met with a double chop to the chest. Animal does not go down from the chop, actually he seems fired up by the chops to the chest, as he starts to beat his chest and the crowd seems to be just as pumped up as Animal. Animal steps back towards the ropes, bounces off them and uses the momentum to hit a clothesline on Meng. Meng, much like Animal earlier, is undeterred by the blow. Animal looks at him, then hits the ropes again looking for another clothesline, but this time Meng is ready for him and hits a throat thrust as Animal comes after him. Animal is turned around from the force of the blow grabbing at his throat. Animal turns back towards Meng who locks his arms around Animal in position for a belly-to-belly suplex. Meng is able to flip his hips and drive Animal down to the canvas completing the maneuver. Meng goes for the cover,


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    Hawk breaks up the pin…


    The referee is arguing with Hawk to get out of the ring and stay in his corner as Barbarian comes into the ring and the Faces of Fear proceed to double-team stomp Animal. Hawk sees this, gets enraged and tries to get past the referee to help his partner. Jimmy Hart sees this and yells for his men to continue the assault on Animal. Meng picks up Animal, whips him towards the ropes closer to the turnbuckle than normal due to Hawk and the referee being in the middle of the ring. Meng ducks his head down and sends Animal over in a back body drop into the waiting arms of Barbarian who catches Animal’s legs around his neck and uses his arms to lift Animal into a powerbomb position. Barbarian drives Animal to the ground with a vicious powerbomb. Hawk is finally able to get past the referee and goes after Barbarian, knocking him out of the ring through the middle and top rope. Hawk follows after him and lands a forearm to the back of Barbarian. Hawk grabs his opponent by the arm and whips him into guardrail. Inside the ring, Meng covers Animal,


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    Animal just gets his shoulder up…


    Hawk has made his way back to his corner and is back on the ring apron as he is calling for the fans to will Animal on to tag Hawk into the match. Meng picks Animal up and whips him into the ropes, Animal bounces off the ropes, ducks an attempted clothesline from Meng, hits the opposite ropes, ducks another clothesline and hits the ropes again; however, this time before Animal can bounce off the rope, Barbarian lands a knee to the lower back of Animal. Animal stumbles out towards the middle of the ring and is picked up by Meng, who puts Animal on his shoulders and then drills him with a powerslam. Meng covers,


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    Again, Animal is able to kick out…


    Meng gets up and drags Animal towards his corner, then tags in Barbarian who steps into the ring and gets himself up to the middle turnbuckle. Barbarian stands up on the middle rope, looks out towards the crowd as they give him a loud chorus of boos. Barbarian glares at them and then falls forward looking for a headbutt from the middle rope. Animal is able to roll out of the way towards his corner and Barbarian falls face-first onto the canvas. Barbarian looks like he knocked his head really hard when he came down and Animal is working his way to his tag team partner while the crowd is chanting for Hawk. Animal gets to the corner and makes the tag to Hawk at the same time that Barbarian has shaken the cobwebs off from hitting his head against the canvas. Hawk, the freshest man in the contest, comes into the ring and drops Barbarian with a clothesline. Hawk hits a clothesline on Barbarian knocking him to the canvas. Hawk goes towards Meng and hits him in the face with a right hand knocking him off the ringside apron. Hawk turns around and charges at Barbarian, hitting him with a flying shoulder block. Meng slides into the ring, runs at Hawk, but is meet with a flying shoulder block from Hawk. Hawk goes back over to Barbarian, who is still on the canvas, and jumps into the air coming down with a fist drop. Hawk goes for the cover,


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    Meng breaks up the pin...


    Animal comes into the ring and goes after Meng; he lands a hard right hand onto Meng. Meng answers back with a right hand of his own and the two begin to trade blows back and forth. Meng gets the better of the situation and lands punch after punch after punch, eventually knocking Animal back to the ring ropes. At the same time, Hawk has picked Barbarian up and is trading punches with him. Hawk is able to land a knee strike to the mid-section of Barbarian and then tosses him out of the ring. Hawk goes after Meng, who is still fighting with Animal. Hawk hits Meng from behind with a forearm smash to the back of the neck. Meng turns around and screams at Hawk. Hawk grabs Meng around the waist, lifts him off of his feet and throws him over his head with a belly-to-belly overhead suplex. Animal takes some time to recover and then yells for Hawk to go to the top rope signaling to the crowd for the Doomsday Device. The crowd gives a big ovation as Hawk climbs the top rope. Jimmy Hart, seeing that his men are in trouble, hops up on the apron, and gets the attention of the referee.

    Animal, who has already put Meng on his shoulders, drops Meng down to his feet and goes after Hart. Hawk is yelling at Animal to not worry about Hart, who Animal now has grabbed by the jacket collar. Meng gets to his feet and seeing that Hawk is paying attention to what is going on with Jimmy Hart and Animal is able to pull the foot of Hawk, thus forcing Hawk to fall crotch-first onto the top turnbuckle. Barbarian slides into the ring from the side of the ring behind Animal and the referee. Barbarian hits Animal in the back of the head with a vicious big boot to the back of the head. Animal slowly falls to the canvas as Barbarian turns his attention to Hawk is seated on the top turnbuckle. Barbarian climbs up to the middle rope, grabs Hawk and comes off with a belly-to-belly suplex from the middle rope. Meng locks in the Tongan Death Grip as Jimmy Hart drops down from the apron, thus the referee turns around and sees Hawk’s shoulders on the mat and counts them down,


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    Spoiler:



    Winner at 9:13 – The Faces of Fear


    Jimmy Hart
    jumps into the ring and is now directing traffic for the Faces of Fear. Jimmy has Meng pick up Hawk and tells Barbarian to hit Hawk with the Kick of Fear. Barbarian hits the ring ropes and comes flying off with a big boot to the face of Hawk. Animal is slowly making his way back to his feet and Jimmy Hart sees this and yells for Meng to get after Animal. Meng goes after Animal and hits an Asiatic Spike to the throat of Animal. Jimmy Hart goes to the outside of the ring and grabs the shoulder pads of the Road Warriors. Jimmy throws them into the ring and then climbs back into the ring. He directs for Barbarian and Meng to destroy the shoulder pads. Meng grabs one of the pads and Barbarian grabs the other. The Faces of Fear begin to tear apart the shoulder pads, ripping them into two pieces. Not completely done, Meng rips off the spikesthat are on the shoulder pads and throws them down at the Road Warriors that are still on the ground. Jimmy Hart looks down at a defeated Hawk and Animal and begins to laugh as we head back to the announcer’s area.

    Tony: What a hard-hitting match we just witnessed. The Faces of Fear led by Jimmy Hart are certainly going to be a force to be reckoned with.

    Bobby: I think this may be the last team we see Hawk and Animal in WCW, I have never seen someone destroy the Road Warriors quite like that and then the symbolic destroying of the shoulder pads and spikes.

    Mike: I agree with you Tony, Jimmy Hart has these men focused and a focused Faces of Fear is, no pun intended, something to fear.

    Tony: Let’s head back to the ring as we are gearing up for cruiserweight action as Dean Malenko has put up an open challenge to any cruiserweight.

    Mike: I have actually gotten the inside scoop on who the challenger is going to be and I think that many international fans will be very impressed with who has stepped up.

    “Black Knight” hits and the crowd gives a decent reaction for the Cruiserweight Champion as Dean Malenko steps out from the back. Dean with his title around his waist looks out to the crowd and starts to walk to the ring. Dean gets into the ring with a serious look on his face, gives his championship to the referee, stands back in a corner and waits for the man that accepted his open challenge.

    “Mysterio March” plays as the crowd turns to look at who is coming from the backstage area, as they are unfamiliar with whose music it is that is playing. After a 15-second wait, Rey Mysterio Jr. makes his way through the curtain and out into the arena as the crowd gives a relatively big pop for it being his first night in WCW. Mysterio gets fired up and starts to make his way to the ring. Rey slaps hands with fans on both sides of the entranceway before making his way all the way around the ringside area making sure to slap hands with any fans that have their hand out for him at the ringside area. Mysterio slides into the ring and gets into the corner opposite Dean Malenko as the referee shows him what is at stake, the WCW Cruiserweight Championship.

    Cruiserweight Championship Match
    Dean Malenko© vs. Rey Mysterio Jr.

    The referee calls for the bell and the two competitors come out of their respective corners and shake hands before taking a few steps back. Malenko and Mysterio begin to circle each other and then step towards the middle of the ring at the same time meeting with a collar and elbow lock up. Both men jockey for position as Dean seems to get the advantage and starts to push Rey back towards the ring ropes. Mysterio puts his right foot back to stop Dean from pushing him backwards. Mysterio is able to push back on Dean forcing the lock-up to get back into the middle of the ring. Rey, very quickly, lets go of his part of the lock-up, throws his left arm under the shoulder of Dean and takes Malenko over with an arm drag. Dean gets back to his feet very quickly and comes running at Mysterio. The challenger again takes Dean Malenko off of his feet with another arm drag.

    This time it is Mysterio that comes running at Dean, but the champion is able to sidestep his opponent and gives him a lucha shove to the back, making him continue to run the length of the ring. Mysterio bounces off the ring ropes and comes charging back at Malenko. Rey jumps into the air, lands himself on Malenko’s shoulders in position for a hurricanrana and then follows through with the maneuver. The momentum of the hurricanrana sends Dean Malenko to the outside of the ring. Dean stands up once he has landed outside of the ring and takes a moment to collect himself. Malenko takes a few moments too long as when he turns around back towards the ring, Rey Mysterio has taken flight with a diving flip over the top rope and onto Dean Malenko. The champion and challenger are on the floor, and Mysterio is the first to his feet. He gets into the ring and plays to the crowd as the fans in attendance give him a loud reaction.

    On the outside of the ring, Dean Malenko has gotten to his feet and slides into the ring as the referee had gotten to a count of six. Mysterio gives Dean some room to get into the ring and get to his feet. The two competitors again circle each other and meet in the middle of the ring with another strong lock-up. Dean Malenko is able to get the advantage as he breaks the grip of Mysterio’s right hand, grabs the left hand of Rey and spins himself under Rey’s arm and ends up behind Mysterio. Dean bends the arm of Rey into a hammerlock and then Dean stands up on his tiptoes in order to apply more pressure. Dean comes down to being flat-footed and Mysterio is able to drop to his right knee. Rey straightens his left leg out and flips his hips thus tossing Dean over Mysterio’s hip and to the canvas. Dean quickly gets to his feet and comes running towards Mysterio trying to get the advantage back, but is caught with an arm drag from Mysterio.

    Malenko gets back to his feet, turns around right into an arm drag from Rey Mysterio. The challenger for the Cruiserweight championship grabs the left hand of the champion, runs towards the corner, and jumps on the middle ring rope and then up to the top turnbuckle on the opposite side of the turnbuckle. Mysterio, who is still holding the hand of Malenko, jumps off the top rope towards the middle of the ring, thus forcing Malenko to follow him into a third arm drag from Rey. Malenko grabs at his neck as he slides into the corner furthest from Mysterio. Mysterio walks over to Dean and offers his hand to Malenko, but Rey’s hand is slapped away by Malenko. Mysterio backs up and throws his hands up and tells Malenko to come on. Dean comes out of the corner and locks up with Mysterio. Dean Malenko shifts himself behind Mysterio and grabs Mysterio around the waist, picks him up high into the air and slams him face-first into the mat.

    Dean, who is now on top of the back of Mysterio grabs Rey’s arm under his shoulder and begins to stretch it backwards. Mysterio tries to pull his shoulder back to the mat to elevate some of the pressure that is being put on his shoulder. Malenko continues to pull on the shoulder of Mysterio and actually pulls the shoulder so much that Mysterio flips over on his shoulders and to his belly. Malenko quickly transitions to a front face-lock and again has control of his opponent. Malenko controls Rey Mysterio as he lays face down on the mat. Rey tries to wiggle his way out of the hold, but Malenko tightens his grip on the head of Mysterio forcing Mysterio to stop his attempt to get out of the hold. After a few moments on the mat, Rey is able to push himself up off the mat and is able to transition himself to a sitting position, as Malenko has to readjust to a rear chin-lock in order to keep what control of Mysterio he still has left.

    Malenko uses the hand that is not wrapped around the chin of Mysterio to grab hold of the underneath of Mysterio’s left shoulder and rolls him over to a pinning position and barely gets a one count from the referee as Rey Mysterio uses the momentum created by Dean Malenko to finish the roll and ends up out of the grasp of Dean. Rey gets to his feet, quickly grabs the left wrist of Dean Malenko and whips him into the ropes. As Malenko comes back at Mysterio, Rey jumps up into position for a hurricanrana, but Malenko is able to counter the maneuver into a vicious powerbomb. Malenko goes for the pin-fall,


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    Kick-out by Mysterio…


    Malenko rolls Mysterio over to his back and drops a knee to the lower back of Rey Mysterio. Dean drives a second knee into the back of his opponent as Mysterio screams out in pain and grabs his lower back. Malenko, sensing a weakness in Mysterio, puts his knees into the lower back of Rey, grabs the ankles and under the chin of Rey and pulls backwards stretching out Mysterio. Malenko starts to rock back and forth until he gets Mysterio up in the air. Mysterio yells out in pain as the referee asks him if he wants to give it up, but Rey shakes his head back and forth signaling that he does not want to quit. Malenko starts to stretch Mysterio even more in an attempt to win the match via submission, but Mysterio will not quit. Malenko eventually gives up the hold and throws Mysterio forward onto his stomach. Dean gets to his feet, stomps the lower back of Mysterio and then picks him up by his head. Malenko whips Mysterio into the far ring ropes and performs a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker on Rey when he bounces back towards Malenko. The champion looks to retain his title and pins Mysterio,


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    Mysterio just is able to kick-out…


    Malenko gets to his feet and starts to walk slowly over to Rey Mysterio. Malenko bends over to pick up Rey, but gets caught with a small package,


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    Kick-out…


    Dean gets up after kicking out of the small package and starts to kick Rey in the head. Mysterio is able to work his way to his knee as Malenko stepped away from the multitude of kicks he was giving to Mysterio. Mysterio has gotten to the ropes and is using them to pull himself up as Malenko grabs the wrist of Mysterio and sends him across the ring. Rey bounces back, Malenko gets Mysterio up on his shoulders trying to hit a Canadian Backbreaker, but Mysterio is able to twist himself off of Dean’s shoulders and lands an arm drag as he falls to the canvas in front of Malenko. Dean gets sent into the corner and under the bottom turnbuckle.

    Mysterio takes a few moments to recover from the attack on his back as he is seen grabbing at his lower back. Malenko has started to pull himself up as Rey gingerly walks towards him. Dean is able to land a knee to the gut of Mysterio that doubles Rey over. Dean gets in front of Mysterio and proceeds to whip him viciously into the opposite turnbuckle. Mysterio hits very hard and the momentum of the whip forces Mysterio out of the turnbuckle and back into the middle of the ring where Malenko is waiting for him with a backbreaker. Mysterio goes down to the canvas with Malenko on top of him; Dean hooks the far leg,


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    Kick-out by Rey…


    Dean Malenko looks up at the referee and shows a slight amount of frustration at not being able to put Mysterio away in his first match in WCW. Malenko, shaking off the frustration, locks in a Boston Crab. Mysterio yells out in pain as he grabs at his lower back and then puts his hands over his face to empathize the pain he is in. Mysterio is finally able to try to start to crawl towards the bottom rope, but Dean sits down further on the Boston Crab and this causes Rey to stop his crawl towards the ropes. Mysterio tries to stretch his arms out to get to the ropes, but he is too far away. The fans in attendance start to chant “Mysterio” as Rey is seen desperately trying to get to the ropes. Mysterio, inspired by the chants of the fans, uses both his arms to lift himself up off the canvas and starts to move himself towards the ropes. Malenko, feeling himself getting pulled towards the ropes, starts to walk forward thus pulling himself and Mysterio further away from the ropes. Rey tries to get back towards the ring as he grabs out for the rope frantically. The crowd starts to chant “Mysterio” louder than ever before, as Mysterio seems to be rejuvenated thanks to the support of the crowd and is able to quickly crawl to the bottom rope forcing a break. The referee comes over to Malenko and tells him to break to hold and starts his obligatory five count. The referee gets to four before Dean breaks the Boston Crab.

    The referee admonishes Dean about breaking when he is told as Rey Mysterio is getting to his feet very slowly. Dean sees that Mysterio is on his feet and goes towards him. Malenko whips Mysterio across the ring, throws a clothesline as Rey comes back towards him that the challenger ducks. Rey bounces off of the ropes and gets caught in a hip-toss position; however, instead of Malenko taking Mysterio all the way to the canvas, Dean puts his knee out and drops Mysterio onto his knee with Rey’s lower back taking the brunt of the punishment. Malenko quickly covers Mysterio,


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    No…


    Kick-out again by Mysterio…


    Malenko is now showing even more frustration after he is again unsuccessful in putting away his challenger. Malenko, looking desperate, stops to collect his thoughts and figure out what he can possibly do to keep Rey down for a three-count. Dean’s eyes look towards the turnbuckle and his head moves upwards towards the top rope, so Malenko walks over to the corner and starts to climb the turnbuckle. As Malenko gets to the top rope, Mysterio quickly hops to his feet and is able to knock Malenko’s feet from out under Malenko leading to Dean landing crotch first on the turnbuckle. Mysterio grabs at his back, but is showing his determination by starting to climb the turnbuckle.

    Mysterio gets onto the middle rope as Malenko hits a hard right hand to the side of Mysterio’s face. Rey responds with a right hand of his own that forces Malenko to lie down on top of the turnbuckle. Malenko sits up and lands another right hand punch to Mysterio; this punch staggers Mysterio and Malenko follows up with another punch and then another one that knocks Mysterio off the middle rope. Rey is able to land on his feet, albeit his knees crumble as he lands. Mysterio stands up and walks back towards the turnbuckle. Malenko jumps from the top turnbuckle towards Mysterio, but Rey ducks under the leaping Malenko and begins to climb to the top rope with his back facing Dean. The champion walks behind Mysterio and clubs Mysterio in the lower back. Malenko then gets his head underneath of Mysterio and places Rey onto his shoulders. Malenko backs up into the middle of the ring with Mysterio still on his shoulders and then falls backwards into an electric chair drop. The men hit the canvas at the same time and both men seem to be effected by the last maneuver. Malenko is the first to stir as he slowly gets to a knee, seeing that Mysterio is still down, gets a cover,


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    Kick-out by Mysterio…


    Malenko has seemed like he has completely lost his temper as he kicks the bottom ring rope in frustration. Dean takes a second to collect himself before picking Rey Mysterio up off the canvas. Malenko whips Mysterio off towards the ropes and throws a clothesline. Mysterio catches the arm of Malenko and climbs up onto Malenko’s shoulders with his knees on Dean’s shoulders. Mysterio falls forward into a victory roll,


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    Malenko breaks the victory roll…


    Mysterio is back to his feet and comes running towards Malenko, who grabs Mysterio in the arm pits and raises him into the air. Mysterio is able to position himself into a wheelbarrow and grabs the head of Malenko and comes down into a bulldog. Mysterio quickly turns Dean over onto his back and goes for the victory,


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    Kick-out by the Cruiserweight champion…


    Mysterio grabs at his back as he slowly makes his way to his feet while Malenko gets to his feet as well. Mysterio hits an elbow to the side of the face of Dean, which staggers the champion backwards. Rey hits another vicious elbow and then another and another until Malenko is all the way in the corner turnbuckle. Mysterio lifts Malenko up onto the top turnbuckle and Malenko is sitting on the top rope. Mysterio begins to climb the turnbuckle and has made it to the middle rope. Rey jumps into the air and is looking to land a top rope hurricanrana, but Malenko is able to hold onto Mysterio and pull him back up into a powerbomb position. Malenko places Rey over his shoulders in a Samoan Drop position. Malenko then leaps off the top rope and tosses Rey into the air and comes down with a gutbuster to Rey. The fans give a huge ovation to the big move from Malenko as Dean covers his opponent,


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    Malenko has retained his Cruiserweight Championship…



    No…



    Kick-out at the last possible moment by Mysterio.


    Now, Malenko is beyond frustrated as he actually argues with the referee about the three-count. The referee tells him that it was a far count as Malenko starts to yell and can be heard, “What do I got to do.” Malenko then walks over to Mysterio and starts to put on the Texas Cloverleaf, but Mysterio is able to counter into a small package,


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    Mysterio has won the title on his first night…



    No he hasn’t…



    Malenko is able to kick-out at the last second...


    Malenko and Rey are back to their feet and Malenko is near a corner. Mysterio comes charging at Dean, who throws Rey into the air and over his head. Mysterio comes down and hits his head on the top turnbuckle. Rey is slumped in the corner with the top rope holding him up in a standing position. Malenko schoolboys Mysterio and grabs the tights of Rey,


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    Spoiler:



    Malenko has ruined a classic match by cheating to win…


    Spoiler:


    Winner at 20:34 and still Cruiserweight Champion - Dean Malenko ©


    Tony:
    What a match by the Cruiserweight champion and a very game challenger, Rey Mysterio Jr.

    Mike: An amazing debut by Rey Jr. and after the way that Malenko won the match, I believe that Mysterio will be in line to get a rematch.

    Bobby: I don’t think that Mysterio should get another opportunity. Malenko beat him fair and square, 1, 2, 3, in the middle of the ring.

    Mike: How can you sit there and say that Malenko won fair and square. He let his frustration show, which never happens with “The Iceman” and he had to pull the tights to get the victory.

    Bobby: But he still got the victory, Tenay, and that is all that matters in this business. He is still the champion and a very good one at that.

    Tony: Let’s head to the backstage area where “Mean” Gene Okerlund is standing by with the challenger for the WCW World Heavyweight Championship, Diamond Dallas Page.

    We head backstage and see Gene Okerlund standing with a microphone. Diamond Dallas Page is standing next to him with a huge smile on his face.

    "Thank you Tony and I am standing by with Diamond Dallas Page. I have one question for you and that is are you ready for your title shot against The Giant."


    "Am I ready for my title shot tonight, Gene. You best believe I am ready for my title shot. What kind of question is that Okerlund? I am the Lord of the Ring, I am the number on contender, and I am the man that has the benefit of my Benefactor."

    "That is another thing I want to know from you Page. You said that the benefactor would be revealed at the Great American Bash and I have not seen anyone here all day. So, what gives Page? Where you just blowing smoke?"

    "Blowing smoke Gene? The only smoke that Page is blowing is from these Cuban cigars that I have to go along with my $20,000 jacket I had made especially for when I win the WCW World Heavyweight Champion. Now, you want to know where the benefactor is and I say that you just haven’t looked hard enough. I mean, he is right here."

    A man walks into the screen with a handful of dollar bills in front of his face thus preventing himself from being revealed.

    "You see Gene, the benefactor is right here in the flesh and all is about to be revealed."

    "Well, why don’t you have him take those bills away from in front of his face and reveal his face to the millions of people watching right now?"

    "Look here Gene, you don’t tell me what to do, but a promise is a promise."

    The benefactor slowly pulls his hands down from his face revealing himself as
    Spoiler:

    Ted Dibiase.


    "See, I told you that I would surprise everyone and tonight Giant, you are going to feel the BANG!!!"

    Spoiler:

    "Just remember that there’s always a price for Ted Dibiase."


    The camera cuts to the ring as Dave Penzer is in the ring to introduce the next match. Dave Penzer lets us know this match is contested under No Disqualification rules and then introduces Public Enemy first as the crowd gives a big pop for the tag team. Rocco Rock and Johnny Grunge make their way to the ring with their hands in the air waving them back and forth. The fans in the audience join in as they are having a great time with Rocco and Johnny. Public Enemy makes their way into the ring as they prepare for a war with the Nasty Boys.

    Dave Penzer makes his next introduction for the Nasty Boys, but they do not come out as anticipated. The audio technician turns off the entrance music and Penzer re-introduces the Nasty Boys and again they do not make their entrance. This time Public Enemy gets out of the ring and says that they will just go find them then. Rocco and Grunge start to walk to the back and make their way up the entranceway. Public Enemy pulls back the curtains that block off the backstage area from the arena. As soon as the curtain is pulled back, there is a huge puff of smoke that blasts Rocco Rock and Johnny Grunge in the face. The Nasty Boys walk out from the backstage area, fire extinguishers in hand, to a big round of jeers from the fans in attendance. Knobs and Sags make their way down the ring, but before getting into the ring they grab some weapons from underneath the ring and toss them into the ring. Public Enemy walks down the ring after grabbing some bottled water from a fan in the front row and use it to wash their eyes out.

    No Disqualification Match
    The Nasty Boys vs. Public Enemy

    Inside the ring, Jerry Sags and Brian Knobs each grab a steel chair and lift it in the air as the Public Enemy roll into the ring. As Rocco Rock and Johnny Grunge get to their feet, the Nasty Boys swing their chairs at the head of their opponents; however, the chair shots are ducked by Rock and Grunge. Sags and Knobs miss wildly and spin themselves around into double kicks to the gut from their rivals. This causes the chairs to fall out of the grasp of the Nasty Boys as Public Enemy grab the chairs and jab their opponents in the guts with them and then take the chairs to the back of the Nasty Boys causing them to fall flat on their face. The Nasty’s rolls out of the ring to the boos of the fan in attendance that quickly turns to cheers and waving of their arms side-to-side, following the team in the ring, the Public Enemy.

    Outside of the ring, the Nasty Boys huddle together on the side of the ring nearest to the entranceway. Sags and Knobs begin to yell at some fans at ringside and then huddle again. At the same time, Johnny Grunge has bent over near the ring ropes as Rocco Rock comes charging at his tag team partner, who lifts Rock into the air and over the top rope with a back body drop onto Jerry Sags and Brian Knobs, completely taking out the Nasty Boys. Rocco Rock grabs Sags by the back of his hair and around the waist and tosses him back into the ring. Roc rolls into the ring and goes for the pin-fall.


    1…

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    Kick-out


    On the outside of the ring, Brian Knobs reverses an Irish whip attempt into the guardrail by Grunge. With Brian reversing the whip, Johnny Grunge lands hard in the guardrail and a look of pain is shown on Johnny’s face as Brian Knobs smiles at his fallen opponent before sliding back into the ring. Inside the ring are both Nasty Boys and Rocco Rock of the Public Enemy. Knobs sneaks up behind Rock and hits a double-ax handle to the back of Rock’s neck. Grunge spins Rocco around and whips him into the ring ropes. As Rock comes back towards the middle of the ring, the Nasty Boys meet him in the middle of the ring, lift him into the air and then fall backwards landing a double flapjack to Rocco Rock. The Nasty Boys play to the crowd that gives them a huge round of jeers from the audience. Brian notices that Johnny Grunge is making his way to the apron. Brian hurries over to Grunge and goes for a right hand, but the blonde-headed Public Enemy member blocks it. Jerry Sags, seeing that his partner needs some assistance charges over to the ropes only to be hit with a garbage can shot to the head. Sags falls to the canvas as Johnny Grunge throws the trashcan to his partner, Rocco Rock. Rocco takes the can, lifts it in the air and smashes it over the head of Knobs. Rock raises the garbage can above his head and soaks in the cheers of the Baltimore fans.

    On the outside of the ring, Johnny Grunge has flipped the apron skirt upwards and is under the ring looking for something. A big ovation erupts from the crowd when they see that Johnny Grunge has popped his head back up from under the ring. Grunge pulls out a table from under the ring and lifts it into the ring. Rocco Rock, after landing a few stiff kicks to the back of the neck of Knobs, walks over to the table and starts to set it up as Grunge slides into the ring. Public Enemy gets the table fully set up near the turnbuckle. While Public Enemy is taking their time to set up the table perfectly, Jerry Sags has gotten back up and grabbed a steel chair from the canvas. He nails Johnny Grunge in the back and then nails Rocco with a steel chair shot to the head. Rock is able to get his hand up at the last moment, but the chair shot still knocks him down to the mat. Rocco rolls out of the ring from the blast of the chair shot. Brian Knobs has made it to his feet and grabs Grunge by the head and places him on the table after a few stiff punches to the head. Jerry Sags has climbed to the tope rope and is looking his top-rope elbow drop, but Rocco Rock has somehow gotten himself together enough to grab the foot of Jerry Sags to prevent him from coming off the top rope.

    Inside the ring, Johnny Grunge has started to get up, but Knobs does not see this happening because he is focused on Rocco Rock. Sags is able to kick Rock back down to the apron and Brian charges at Rock trying to knock him down to the ringside floor to keep him from stopping Jerry again; However, Rocco Rock is able to pull the top rope down which causes Brian Knobs to go flying over the top rope and to the mats below. Whilst this is happening, Johnny has gotten off of the table and is rushing over to Sags, who is distracted by what just happened to his partner. Grunge hits a punch to the gut of Jerry that causes him to bend over. Grunge grabs the inner thigh and chest area of Sags and sends him flipping off the top rope and through the table. Rocco Rock drops a “Cactus Jack” elbow drop from the apron to the outside onto Knobs as Grunge covers Sags.


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    Spoiler:



    Winner at 9:34 – Public Enemy


    Schiavone:
    That was a hell of a performance by both the Nasty Boys and the Public Enemy, but the Public Enemy where able to take the win.

    Tenay: I don’t think that anyone has seen that much destruction before in a match and trust me; you are only going see that on WCW Pay-Per-View.

    Heenan: Well there was a time that Okerlund went to a Mexican restaurant and you should have seen how he destroyed that bathroom.

    Schiavone: If we could be serious for a minute Brain, we are about to have a match for the United States Championship. As we all saw just last night, Konnan made a challenge to Hugh Morris and Jimmy Hart got the US Champ to put his title on the line.

    Tenay: And don’t forget about Kevin Sullivan’s edict that he will cut weight from the Dungeon of Doom if you do not meet his standards. We have already seen him throw Shark and Big Bubba out of the Dungeon for losing matches recently.

    Heenan: Exactly right, and it’s completely necessary sometime to do that. When I had my family, I always had to cut ties with members that didn’t quite cut the mustard. Speaking of cutting the mustard let me tell you more about Okerlund.

    Schiavone: Brain, we need to get to the ring. Dave Penzer is ready to introduce the United States Championship match.

    “Dungeon of Doom” hits as Dave Penzer lets us know that the following contest is for the United States Championship. The fans give a negative reaction to Hugh Morris as he walks down to the ring. He starts laughing in the face of the fans in the front row that are booing him. “The Mouth of the South” Jimmy Hart is following him down the entranceway on his megaphone the entire time. Before Morris gets into the ring, he grabs the megaphone from Jimmy and laughs into it to the biggest negative reaction from the crowd since he has came out.

    “In Yer Face” plays as the fans let out a big reaction for the United States Champion. Konnan makes his way to the ring as Penzer introduces him to the fans. Konnan slaps some fan’s hands and then rolls into the ring. He hands his title belt to the referee after he shows it off to the crowd by holding it above his head for the fans at the tiptop of the arena to see.

    Unites States Championship
    Konnan © vs. Hugh Morris w/ Jimmy Hart

    The match starts with the two men circling each other on the outside edges of the ring. Konnan is the first man to step forward to the middle of the ring whilst Hugh is also moving forward. The two combatants meet in the middle of the ring with a collar-and-elbow lock up. The two jockey for position before Morris pulls Konnan’s upper body toward him and then backwards sending him to the canvas below. Konnan flips backwards and to his knees as he looks over at Morris. Konnan slowly gets to his feet and shakes his head up and down as if to say, “you got me that time.” Konnan moves forward and ends up locking-up with Morris again. Once again, Morris pushes Konnan to the ground and Konnan takes a moment to reach for his neck before getting to his feet. He charges at Morris, who is looking for another lock-up, but Konnan has other plans and slips behind Hugh Morris. The US champ grabs a waist-lock onto his larger opponent. Morris, showing what some would say is surprising quickness performs a standing switch and gets behind Konnan. Morris lifts Konnan off his feet and slams him face-first to the canvas. Morris hops to his feet as Konnan rolls over to his back. Morris looks down at Konnan and then backs up, hits the ropes and goes for an elbow drop, but Konnan is able to roll out of the way. Morris grabs his elbow as he starts to sit up and Konnan has gotten to his feet, but is quickly back off of him; this time of his own volition because Konnan has hit a basement dropkick to the face of Morris. Konnan quickly gets into a pin attempt.


    1…


    A strong kick-out from Morris that sends Konnan into the air has Konnan with a surprised look on his face from the velocity of the kick-out. Konnan quickly stands up and grabs Hugh Morris as he is working his way to his feet. Konnan grabs the wrist of Morris and goes to whip him into the turnbuckle, but Morris puts the brakes on and reverses the Irish whip and sends Konnan hard into the turnbuckle. Morris, very quickly, runs into the corner after Konnan looking for an avalanche splash, but Konnan is able to slip out of the corner at the last moment and ends up behind Morris. Konnan schoolboys Morris and the referee slides into position.


    1…

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    Kick-Out by Hugh…


    Morris is surprised by the quick pin-attempt but still is able to get out of it. Hugh rolls through the roll-up when he kicks out and is able to get back to his feet. Konnan is also on his feet and comes after Hugh with a double-ax handle attempt, but he is cut off by a stiff kick to the gut. Konnan doubles over and grabs at his gut, but Morris grabs Konnan’s wrist and whips him into the corner. Morris, taking a moment to get in his signature laugh, charges at the champion looking for the avalanche splash that he had just been unsuccessful in hitting a few moments ago. Hugh runs into the corner to the same result as last time as Konnan slips out of the way and goes for the schoolboy, but Hugh has learned a little from the earlier roll-up and this time reaches out and grabs the ropes on each side of the turnbuckle pad; This causes Konnan to not be able to complete the schoolboy. Morris adjusts his body and legs to trap Konnan’s arm between his legs and then drops down to his knees, essentially crushing the US champion’s forearm between the calf and shin of Morris’ legs. Morris gets to his feet and sees Konnan grabbing at his arm, sensing weakness; the challenger grabs the left, hurt arm of Konnan and begins to attack it. Morris starts by stomping the forearm of Konnan and then Morris bends over and grabs the hand of his opponent and lays it knuckles down on the canvas. Morris steps on the hand of Konnan and then drops a knee onto the hurt forearm of Konnan who instantly grabs at it and tries to roll away from the assault of Morris as Bobby Heenan talks on commentary about how Jimmy Hart has to be telling Hugh Morris to focus on the arm of Konnan.

    Morris picks up Konnan, making sure to yank him up by the hurt arm and then works Konnan over to the ring rope nearest Jimmy Hart. Morris takes the arm of Konnan and puts it on the outside of the ring, so that the armpit of the champion is over the top rope. Hugh Morris grabs the wrist of Konnan and pulls it inwards toward the ring, thus causing the hurt forearm to be pulled forward putting pressure on the already injured arm. The referee gets in between Morris and Konnan and starts his obligatory 5-count. Morris breaks at four and then laughs in the face of the referee before grabbing for Konnan again who hits a few, albeit relatively weak, punches to the gut of Morris. Hugh lands a stiff knee to the chest of Konnan and then grabs his wrist and whips him across the ring. Morris steps forward to the middle of the ring and bends over for a back body drop. Konnan hits the ropes and is coming back to Morris just as he bends over and Konnan uses this to his advantage to stop and kick the shoulder of Morris, which brings Hugh to a standing position. Konnan hits the ropes and comes back with a clothesline attempt, but it doesn’t knock Morris to the ground. Konnan grabs at his hurt arm and this gives Morris the time he needs to, once again, grab the hurt arm of Konnan; This time Morris shows off his unusual athleticism for a big man and hits a jumping arm-bar takedown. Morris transitions to an arm-bar and Konnan is in the middle of the ring. The fans in the Baltimore Arena start to get behind their champion and this helps will Konnan to the ropes and after a few moments in the arm-bar, Konnan gets to the bottom rope which forces the break.

    Hugh takes another full four-count before breaking right before the fifth count and the automatic disqualification. Now, Hugh is seen getting a little cocky as he paint-brushes Konnan and yells at him, “Now, I’m going to bully you,” in a call-back to the reason for this match with Konnan challenging Morris due to his bullying of some of the smaller talent on the roster. Morris walks over to the US champ and picks him up. Konnan breaks the hands of Morris and begins to fire up with some punches to the face of Morris. Konnan steps back and bounces off the ropes looking for the clothesline that was not successful in knocking Morris down with earlier. This time, Hugh goes to throw a clothesline of his own, but Konnan is able to roll under it and hit the opposite ropes. Konnan comes flying back towards Morris, does a front roll and hops up quickly to his feet and nails a huge clothesline that finally knocks Morris to the ground. Konnan, looking to finish this match off quickly due to his hurt arm, covers Morris.


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    Kick-Out by Hugh…


    Konnan grabs at his arm, which is still hurting him from all the damage done to it during the match. Konnan slowly gets to his feet and reaches his feet at the same time as Morris, who grabs the wrist of Konnan and whips him to the ring ropes. Morris catches Konnan with a big powerslam that whips Konnan off his feet rather quickly. Morris hooks the leg for the pin.


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    ...


    Konnan gets his shoulder up…


    Hugh Morris shows a slight bit of frustration before Jimmy Hart can be heard on the megaphone to “Focus baby.” Morris, taking the advice of his manager, grabs Konnan and lifts him to his feet in a powerbomb position. Morris grabs the waist of Konnan and lifts him up for the powerbomb, but Konnan hits a few punches to the face of Morris, which stops the powerbomb from being completed. Konnan, showing off his lucha libre skill-set, takes Morris over with a hurricanrana and hooks the leg for the pin attempt.


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    Morris kicks out at the last moment…


    Both competitors are back to their feet and Hugh is the first one to make an offensive move by hitting a knee to the gut of Konnan. Hugh whips Konnan hard into the turnbuckle and as Konnan bounces back towards Morris, he is picked up for a sidewalk slam. Morris hooks the leg,


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    Konnan just gets his shoulder up at the last moment…


    Morris looks at his opponent lying on his back and starts to laugh as he walks over to the corner. Morris, still laughing the entire time, climbs up to the top rope with his head away from Konnan. Morris goes for his No Laughing Matter moonsault looking to win the United States Championship, but Konnan rolls out of the way at the last moment. Morris lands hard on his stomach as Konnan gets to his feet. Ignoring the pain in his arm, Konnan hooks the Tequila Sunrise onto Morris. Hugh tries to fight his way to the bottom rope, but isn’t able to make it their and succumbs to the pain and taps out.


    Spoiler:



    Winner at 10:45 and still US Champion – Konnan ©



    Schiavone:
    The United States Champion is able to get the win and hold onto his US Championship. What a showing from Hugh Morris in defeat though.

    Tenay: Very true Tony, very true. I was very impressed with the Tequila Sunrise from Konnan. Once that was locked on, it was all over for Hugh Morris.

    Heenan: I wonder how the Taskmaster is going to react to Hugh Morris not bringing the gold back to the Dungeon. But the Dungeon of Doom still has the World title in their midst.

    Schiavone: You’re correct Brain and that is the most important championship in the entire WCW. Speaking of the World championship, let’s send it to Dave Penzer as the World title match is up next.

    “Self High Five” hits as the fans let out a tremendous amount of heat for the cocky and brash challenger, Diamond Dallas Page. His benefactor,
    Spoiler:

    Ted Dibiase
    who has a handful of $100 bills, flanks DDP. DDP is smoking on a cigar and has his expensive ring jacket on as he cockily walks to the ring. DDP gets into the ring as the fans boo him out of the building.

    “Dungeon of Doom” hits as most of the fans turn there boos to cheers for the WCW World Heavyweight Champion; however, there are still some boos mixed in with the cheers. The Giant walks down the ring with Jimmy Hart right behind him. The Giant gets to the ring and steps over the top rope and into the middle of the ring. Giant lifts his hand into the air motioning for the chokeslam which draws huge cheers from every fan in the building, even the ones that were booing him earlier.

    WCW World Heavyweight Championship
    The Giant © w/ Jimmy Hart vs. DDP
    Spoiler:

    w/ Ted Dibiase


    The match starts with Giant stepping forward into the middle of the ring. DDP goes to step forward, but then he backs up and steps out of the ring. Page huddles up with Dibiase as the referee starts his ten-count. Inside the ring, The Giant walks towards the ropes on the side of the ring that DDP and Ted are on. The referee backs up Giant based off the suggestion from Dibiase who tells the referee that Page will get back in the ring if The Giant backs up. The champion obliges, mostly due to the fact that he wants to get a chance to beat on Page, and DDP slowly slides into the ring. Page circles the ring away from Giant and as soon as the champion steps towards Page, DDP slides back out of the ring, which irritates The Giant to no end. On the outside of the ring, Dibiase huddles up with DDP again as they talk strategy once again. After the brief meeting of the minds, Page slides back into the ring and The Giant comes charging after him; however, Page is able to use his quickness to slide behind The Giant. DDP hits a kick to the back of the knee of Giant. DDP follows this up with another kick and another kick. After two more kicks to the back of the big man’s knee, The Giant buckles down to one knee. Diamond Dallas goes for the Diamond Cutter as we hear the commentary team talk about how DDP feels that one Diamond Cutter can end the match and earn him the World Championship. The Giant puts the stop to the Cutter attempt by picking DDP up into the air and then tosses him into the corner. The Giant charges into the corner looking to squish his challenger, but DDP uses his overwhelming advantage in the speed department and gets out of the way of the charging big man. The Giant turns around to a barrage of punches from the challenger. Page then tries to whip The Giant across the ring, but that attempt was not wise due to the sheer size of the champion. The Giant puts the stop to the whip attempt by sitting down and then, in a feat of enormous strength, pulls DDP back towards him and to the corner. There is so much force in the whip that Page goes up and over the turnbuckle and to the ring apron.

    The Giant turns around and lands a huge clothesline to Page on the outside of the ring, who ends up taking the bump on the hardest part of the wrestling ring, the apron. The Giant takes a few moments to slowly look at the damage he caused before he grabs DDP by his long, blonde hair and pulls him to his feet. The World Champion lifts DDP into the air and beals him into the ring. Page lands in the middle of the ring, which is quite a feat based on the fact that DDP was on the outside of the ring before the toss. Page slowly makes his way to his feet, grabbing at his lower back as he makes his way to his feet. Giant comes at him and send Page right back to the canvas with a devastating clothesline that knocks Dallas down to the mat. Page rolls to his right and gets back to his feet only to be knocked right back down with another devastating clothesline. DDP, this time a little slower than before, gets to his feet just in time for Giant to grab him for a body slam. The Giant lifts DDP above his head and holds him there for about 15 seconds before dropping him to the mat. Giant goes for a cover as the referee slides into position.

    1…
    2…
    DDP gets his foot on the bottom rope…


    The Giant gets to his feet and looks out to the crowd and then lifts his hand into the air signaling for the Chokeslam. The crowd lets out a huge ovation that The Giant gets hyped up about. The champion walks over to DDP and picks him up in position for the Chokeslam, but once Giant starts to lift Page into the air, he is able to rake the eyes of the champion, which causes Giant to grab at his eyes and break his grip around the throat of Diamond Dallas. DDP hits some rapid-fire punches to the face of The Giant. The Giant is finally able to block a punch and wraps both his hand around the neck of Page, lifts him into the air and then places him onto the top turnbuckle pad. The Giant turns away from DDP, calls for the Chokeslam again and then heads towards Page looking to grab him for a big chokeslam off the top rope, but Page puts his foot out and kicks Giant square in the mouth. The Giant spins around fully and comes back towards DDP who hits another stiff boot to the face of the World Champion. This last boot stumbles The Giant some, which gives DDP time to plan his next move. This next move is an attempted diving Diamond Cutter, but The Giant catches him mid-air. He has Page in his grasp almost cradle-like before slamming him to the mat. The Giant goes for a pin,

    1…
    2…

    Ted Dibiase puts the foot of DDP on the bottom rope…


    The Giant gets to his feet and it can easily be seen that the big man is angry. He walks over to Dibiase and starts to yell at him as DDP has got the attention of the referee by trying to let the referee know what he is hurt. Jimmy Hart yells into his megaphone for Giant to get back onto DDP and Giant follows this advice from his manager as Heenan talks about how important a manager is on the outside of the ring. As Giant turns around, Dibiase grabs the ankle of The Giant and DDP is magically healed as he rushes past the referee and rushes over to the Giant. Ted releases the ankle of The Giant who turns around right into a Diamond Cutter from Dallas Page. Finally, Dallas is able to hit the move that he has been looking for all match long, the move he knows will take anyone down. Page hurries to a pin attempt, but is unable to get the huge leg of the champion in the air to hook it, thus he is not able to get the extra leverage that hooking the leg gives.

    1…
    2…

    The Giant powers his way out of the pin attempt…


    DDP looks over at the World Champion with a look of shock and awe on his face. He just landed his biggest move, the move that has taken everyone down, the move that he knew would earn him the World title, but alas it was not to be. In the time that DDP wastes staring off in the distance trying to think of another game plan, Giant has gotten to his feet. DDP slowly gets his feet and then charges at Giant, who guzzles Page around the neck. Seeing that his client is in danger, Ted Dibiase hops onto the apron and this causes enough of a distraction for The Giant to push DDP down to the canvas. Giant, knowing that Dibiase has already gotten involved in the match outcome earlier, goes over to Dibiase looking to take him out of the match. Ted, sensing that Giant is going to attack him, hops down from the apron and Giant turns around to go back after DDP. Page goes for the Diamond Cutter for the 4th time in the match, but for the 3rd time it is blocked by the champion. This time though, Giant picks DDP up into the air and actually drops him over the top rope onto Ted Dibiase on the outside. The Giant starts to shake his head and the calls for the Chokeslam, which gets another huge reaction from the crowd. Giant steps over the top rope and then drops to the floor below looking to get DDP back into the ring. He grabs Page and tosses him into the ring and then goes to step over the top rope, but Dibiase grabs at the leg of The Giant; however, Dibiase is not at full strength and The Giant is able to easily kick him off. Jimmy Hart comes over and knocks Dibiase down as Giant steps into the ring. Page comes charging at Giant, but he is caught around the neck with by the massive hand of the World Champion. DDP is in the air and Giant holds him for a few moments and then comes crashing to the canvas. Giant covers Dallas as the referee gets into position.

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    Spoiler:



    Winner at 12:30 and still World Champion –
    Spoiler:


    The Giant


    Schiavone: What a dominating performance from the World Champion. He really showed us just what WCW is all about and I tell you one thing, if those two invaders think that they can take over, I think they have a big challenge with guys like The Giant, Sting, Lex Luger, and Macho Man standing in their way.

    Heenan: And don’t forget about the Four Horseman, Tony. They are going to be the ones that take out these Outsiders. I can promise you that.

    Schiavone: I just want to know more about these guys and Eric Bischoff is going to get those answers. He is going to have a very special interview with *shakes head in disgust* Scott Hall and Kevin Nash.

    We cut to the entranceway where we see Eric Bischoff standing with a microphone in his hand. He stares at into the crowd with a small smile on his face as he begins to talk.

    Thank you all for coming here tonight for what has been an action packed night. As you may be aware from watching our recent programing on Monday and Saturday night that we have some invaders, some men that are not welcome in World Championship Wrestling.”


    The crowd starts to stand up and look to the side of the entrance way as Kevin Nash and Scott Hall come out of the non-traditional entrance to meet Bischoff. Scott Hall has a microphone in his back pocket as he walks up to Bischoff. Nash walks up behind Eric as Hall gets in front of him. Bischoff gets on the microphone again.

    Listen here; I am here to conduct an interview. I am not a wrestler but I tell you this, I am not afraid of you two. I am here to get some answers from you guys.”

    Scott Hall grabs his toothpick from behind his ear and slowly puts it his mouth, keeping the toothpick halfway out of his mouth as he begins to talk.

    “Hey, Chico, first off we don’t talk to anyone that we don’t want to talk to and I don’t think we wanna do any talking, do we Big Man?”

    Scott Hall passes the microphone to Nash, who is wearing a huge smirk on his face, flips his hair back and then starts to talk into the microphone.

    You know Scott, I think that maybe we have time for one question. I mean I feel like we owe it to the little fella. We have wrecked his shows the last couple of weeks. So go head, Bischoff you got one question.”

    I would say thank you, but I don’t think you’ve earned that much. You two come in here and try to run all over this company and no one even knows why. So, ‘Big Man’ tell me why you and Scott Hall are here. What are your motivations”

    Kevin Nash looks at Scott Hall and both men begin to laugh. Scott Hall grabs the shoulder of Eric and spins him around. Scott grabs the toothpick out of his mouth and throws it in the eye of Bischoff. Eric gets turned around by Kevin Nash and kicked in the gut. Nash picks Eric up for the Jackknife Powerbomb. Nash sends Bischoff throw a table on the side of the stage as the fans in attendance are in a state of shock. Nash and Hall throw their hands in the air, proud of their work as they head out of the side of the entrance and out of the building. EMT’s run in to get some medical attention to Eric Bischoff. A stretcher is brought out as the camera goes back to Tony Schiavone and Bobby Heenan.

    Schiavone: Wrestling fans, I am at a lost for words. I just don’t know what to say. Eric Bischoff is just a commentator and he was just trying to get an interview.

    Heenan: Schiavone, cut the crap. Eric Bischoff is not just a commentator, he is the Vice President of this company and I know I’m not supposed to say that but it just goes to show you what these men will do. Tony, I am scared for everyone in WCW. This is a hostile takeover and we are not safe anywhere. We don’t know what they will do anymore. Tony, they just powerbombed the headman in WCW through a table from a stage. We all need to be very afraid, very, very afraid.


    Tony looks over at Bobby Heenan and just shakes his head. Mike Tenay stands up and can be heard saying off-mic that he is going go to the hospital with Bischoff.

    Schiavone: Fans, we will try to get you an update on Eric Bischoff. I guess we need to throw it to Dave Penzer for the World Tag Team Championship Triangle match.

    “Rap Sheet” hits as the fans begin to boo tremendously for the team from Harlem, NY. Stevie Ray is out first closely followed by Booker T and Sister Sherri. Sherri is wearing one of her signature low-cut dresses and is looking pretty provocative for it being 1996. Booker T and Stevie Ray get into the face of the fans in attendance and act like they are going to attack the fans, but pull back at the last moment. Harlem Heat gets into the ring as Penzer finishes introducing them.

    “Steiner Line” plays over the speakers as the crowd goes absolutely wild for the Steiner Brothers. Rick and Scott come out in their Michigan jackets and slap hands with the fans as Rick begins to bark to the crowd as they bark back at the Dog-Faced Gremlin. Scott is a ball of energy as he heads into the ring for his team’s introductions.

    “A man called Sting” blares through the arena as the fans go absolutely wild for the Man called Sting. This is the loudest reaction for the night as Sting comes out of the curtain. The pop calms down some when after a few moments Lex Luger makes his way out behind his partner and fellow tag team champion. Luger, once again, has his wrist wrapped up. Sting, after greeting all the children in the front row, steps into the ring. Luger, seeing all his opponents in the ring, is hesitant to get into the ring. Sting is finally able to get Lex into the ring for the introductions of the Tag Team Champions. As soon as the introductions are done, Luger hops to the outside apron, as Harlem Heat and the Steiners will start the match.


    Triangle Match for the WCW Tag Team Championship

    Steiner Brothers vs. Harlem Heat vs. Sting/Luger ©


    The match starts with the referee forcing Sting out of the ring as he wants to be involved in the match; in contrast, Lex Luger just gets out of the ring and tells Sting that it will be ok and they will get their chance at some point. Sting eventually relents and steps out of the ring and onto the apron. Inside the ring, Harlem Heat has decided that Booker T will start for them and Scott Steiner is going to start for the Steiners. Both men circle each other and then Scott steps towards the middle of the ring as Booker T meets him with a collar-and-elbow lock up. Scott gets the advantage by quickly transitioning into a side headlock. The huge arms wrap around the head of Booker T as he looks for a way out of the grip of Scott Steiner. Booker is able to land a few elbows to the ribs of Scott and then sends him off to the ropes. Scott comes flying back at Booker and lands a shoulder block that knocks him down to the mat. Scott looks down at his handy work and then hits the ropes parallel to Booker, who hops in front of Scott looking to trip him up. Steiner is able to hop over Booker and run across the ring. Booker hops to his feet and leaps into the air looking to leapfrog Scotty as he comes back to the middle of the ring; however, Scotty stops in the middle of the ring and catches Booker as he comes down and drops him with a suplex after catching him in mid-air. The fans give a huge reaction to the display of power from Scott Steiner as he plays it up to the crowd. This allows for Booker to slowly make his way to his feet, so Scott grabs the arm of Booker and twists it in a full arm drag and twist. Scott pulls Booker close to his corner and tags in his brother, Rick Steiner.

    Rick steps into the ring and hops to the middle rope before coming off onto the arm of Booker with a double ax-handle. Booker T grabs at his arm and staggers towards the middle of the ropes. Rick shoots Booker off to the other side of the ring and looks for a SteinerLine, but Booker grabs hold of the ropes and stops himself from coming back towards Rick. Booker heads over to his corner and tags in his brother, Stevie Ray. The bigger member of Harlem Heat steps into the ring as Rick Steiner gets ready for his next bit of competition. Stevie moves towards the middle of the ring and locks up with Rick Steiner and this time it is a member of Harlem Heat that gets a headlock onto a Steiner brother. Rick gets a few blows into the ribcage of Stevie before sending him off to the ring ropes. Stevie comes back at Rick looking for a shoulder block to send Rick to the ground, but Steiner stands strong. The Dog-faced Gremlin lets out some of his signature barks and the crowd responds in kind. Stevie Ray does not like it and bounces off the ropes again looking to knock Rick off his feet and, again, Stevie is unable to complete his goal as Steiner just staggers a little. Rick lets out a few more barks as Stevie yells and points at Steiner for him to have a go at trying to not Stevie off his feet. Rick obliges and hits the ropes coming back at Stevie with a full head of steam. Stevie throws his arm out looking for a clothesline, but Steiner ducks, hits the other rope and then comes back at Ray with a huge SteinerLine. This knocks Stevie off his feet, but he is right back up due to not taking too much punishment so far. Rick sees Stevie getting to his feet and sets up and nails another SteinerLine. Stevie falls to the canvas as Rick Steiner gets his fans behind him with some more barking. Stevie slowly gets to his feet and starts to back away from Steiner, but unbeknownst to Stevie, he backs into the corner of the Tag Team Champions. Sting takes advantage to get into the match and blind tags himself into the ring. Sting steps into the ring as the fans go crazy for the Man called STING.

    Lex Luger starts to yell into the ring at his partner, specifically saying, “Why did you do that, I had a plan and you just ruined it all.” Sting turns his attention to Luger and yells back, “We are fighting champions, we can’t keep our belts on the sideline.” While this is going on, Rick looks over at Sting and sensing a chance to win rolls Sting up in a schoolboy.


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    Sting kicks out…


    Sting gets to his feet and comes after Rick who kicks him in the gut and goes to whip him into the rope. Sting is able to reverse the Irish Whip and sends Steiner into the ropes, but a little too close to the corner of Harlem Heat as Booker T reaches out and slaps the back shoulder of Rick thus tagging himself into the match. Rick’s momentum still takes him to the middle of the ring and Sting, not noticing the blind tag, picks Rick up for a military press. Sting drops Rick down onto his back and turns around to get the crowd hyped up only to get hit with a kick to the gut by Booker T. Sting doubles over and Booker lands a hard, stiff club to the shoulder blades of Sting. This causes Sting to fall to his knees and Booker T lands a stomp to the back of Sting. Booker picks Sting up and whips him into the corner of Harlem Heat. Booker charges into the corner with a clothesline that sends Sting’s legs into the air. Sting ends up back on his feet as Booker T tags in Stevie Ray. Stevie gets into the ring and lands some hard right hands to the face of Sting. Stevie continues to land punches as the referee gets to a count of four, in which Stevie tags in his brother. Booker gets into the ring and lands some hard right hands to Sting and, much like Stevie, stops his punches at a count of four and tags in his partner. Stevie and Booker continue this assault for another round until Booker T is the legal man in the ring. Booker brings Sting out of the corner and hooks him for a suplex. Booker takes Sting into the air and down to the canvas. Booker flips over into a pin attempt.


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    Lex Luger breaks up the pin…


    Booker T goes after Luger who very quickly gets out of the ring and all the way to the floor. Luger puts his hands in the air as if to say that he doesn’t want anything to do with Booker T. Booker yells at Luger that he needs to stay on the outside and then turns around to go back after Sting. A quick punch from Sting, then another, and then a third one surprises Booker. Booker gets knocked back some, but is able to rake the eyes of Sting which slows down The Stinger. Booker T picks Sting up for a big body slam that sends him down to the canvas hard. Booker heads over to his partner, Stevie Ray, and tags him into the match. Stevie steps into the ring and heads over to Sting, who is getting to his feet. Stevie sends Sting back down to the mat with a stiff club to the back. Stevie starts to yell to the fans in the Baltimore arena, but then turns his attention back to Sting by picking him up and whipping him into the ropes. Stevie Ray ducks his head and hits a back body drop that sends Sting flying into the air and then down onto his back. Stevie Ray starts yelling out of the ring towards some fans and ends up backing up into Scott Steiner who tags himself into the match. Scott comes into the ring to a big ovation from the crowd. Scott tells Stevie to get out the ring as Steiner goes over to Sting, grabs him by the head and hooks him for a butterfly suplex. Scott lands the suplex and goes for the cover.


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    Stevie Ray breaks up the pin…


    Stevie Ray lands a few more kicks to the back of Scott Steiner, which draws in Rick Steiner to attack Stevie Ray. In turn, this brings in Booker T who goes after Rick Steiner. Stevie Ray turns his attention away from Scott and goes after Rick. This allows Scott to get to his feet and all four men are fighting. Lex Luger has stayed on the ring apron as Bobby Heenan makes a comment that Luger is being a good competitor by staying on the ring apron and waiting to be legally tagged into the match. Sting is crawling his way to his corner, as the referee is distracted with trying to get the illegal members of the match out of the ring. The fans get to their feet as Sting gets closer to his corner. Lex glances at the referee and then extends his hand out for Sting to tag him in; however, the referee doesn’t see the tag to Luger and when he sees Luger get into the ring, he diverts his attention from the wild brawl going on to trying to get Luger out of the ring. Sting tries to let the referee know that there was a tag made and even tries to get the referee to listen to the fans, but it is to no avail. Contrary to Sting, Lex Luger just accepts the referee’s decision. Lex gets out of the ring as Stevie Ray has gotten the better of Rick Steiner and tosses him out of the ring to the floor below. Scott, after knocking Booker to the canvas, takes this time to sneak up behind Stevie and toss him out of the ring. Booker has made his way to his feet, spins Scott around and nails Scott with an Ax kick. The referee finally gets Booker T out of the ring and Lex, seeing that Scott is down, tags himself into the match; however, because the referee is getting Booker out of the ring, the tag from Lex is not seen by the referee. Now, because Lex would have the advantage, he is mad at the referee and tries to stay in the ring. Eventually, it is Sting that has to talk Luger down and get him to get back on the apron. Scotty Steiner grabs Sting, who is exhausted, before he can legally tag Lex into the ring. Scott locks in a Belly-to-Belly suplex and drills Sting with it. Steiner hooks the leg as the referee slides into position.


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    Sting just gets his shoulder up…


    All the men are back in their respective corners as Scott grabs Sting in a double under-hook. Scott looks out to the crowd for approval and it is this small delay that allows Sting to execute a back body drop to Scott. Sting, feeling a rush from the cheers of the crowd, gets to his feet and nails a back-fist to Scott. Sting follows this up with a right hand to the face of Steiner. Sting bounces off the ropes and lands a clothesline that sends Steiner to the ground. Scott is back to his feet only to be sent right back down with another clothesline. Scotty, this time a little slower, gets to his feet and staggers to the corner that is opposite the Tag Team Champions. Sting backs into this corner looking for a Stinger’s Splash, but before he can start his run, Lex Luger tags into the match. Sting looks at Lex and has a confused look on his face. Sting yells at Luger, “Now you wanna fight.” Luger has a smirk on his face as he enters the ring and tells Sting that he told him he had a plan. Lex turns around and goes after Scott, looking for a clothesline, but Scott ducks the clothesline due to Luger taking the time to talk to his partner. Scott grabs Lex around the waist and overhead Belly-to-Belly suplexes Luger into Luger’s corner. Lex immediately reaches up and tags Sting back into the match. Sting reluctantly steps back into the ring as Luger gets to his feet and steps out to the apron. Sting is exhausted as he looks at Luger and shakes his head. Sting turns away from Luger and then turns back to him and slaps him on the chest, tagging him into the match. Luger steps through the ropes into the ring as Sting yells at him “You’re going help me.” Sting steps out of the ring as Scott grabs Luger and sends him off towards the ropes. Stevie Ray pulls the ropes down and this forces Lex to go over the top rope and to the floor below.

    Stevie Ray hops down and goes after Lex on the outside of the ring. Booker T follows his brother in the beat down of Luger as Rick Steiner makes his way over to get in on the action. Harlem Heat is double-teaming Luger as Rick comes over to Stevie and clubs him in the back. Booker turns his attention to Rick and lands a kick to his gut, which brings Scott Steiner to the outside. All five men are brawling and even Sister Sherri is over there near the brawl. Sting gets into the ring and climbs to the top rope. Sting looks out to the crowd and lets out a howl before jumping off the top rope and onto the pile of men on the outside. Sting takes out all the men on the outside and even Sister Sherri has fallen to the ground. Lex, who had barely taken any of the hit, gets to his feet and calls the referee out of the ring to check on Sherri. Lex has a concerned look on his face as does Sting. From behind, Stevie Ray grabs Sting and tosses him into the guard rail rib first. Stevie grabs Sting and tosses him into the ring. Booker T and Stevie Ray pick up Rick and Scott Steiner and run them into the steel steps and the corner turn post. Booker heads to the top rope as Stevie hops into the ring and hits a SlapJack onto Sting. Booker comes off the top rope with a Harlem Hangover that lands hard on the face of Sting. The referee sees the pin attempt from Booker and having lost all control of the match slides into the ring and counts.


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    Spoiler:



    Winner and New Tag Team Champions at 17:20 – Harlem Heat




    Schiavone: I cannot believe Lex Luger just left Sting high and dry. Firstly, he didn’t want any part of being in that match and then he just leaves at the end of it.

    Heenan: I don’t know what you’re talking about Schiavone. Lex Luger was being a gentleman and simply helping a lady to get some medical care.

    Schiavone: I wouldn’t necessarily call Sister Sherri a lady and Lex could have left her for the EMT’s to attend to. I personally think that Luger didn’t want to team with Sting anymore and personally cost them the titles. I mean, he didn’t try really hard to win the round robin to get into the match first and then he wouldn’t tag into the match.

    Heenan: How dare you excuse that man of doing that? Lex Luger has never, not once, done anything but been there for Sting. That man is the best friend of Sting and I’m sure once he sees that Sherri is ok and he finds out he is no longer the Tag Team Champion then Lex will be heartbroken.


    At this time, a stagehand comes into the screen and gives some information to Tony Schiavone.

    Schiavone: Fans, I have been told that Eric Bischoff has been taken to a local medical facility. We will have more updates tomorrow night, live on Nitro. I still am in a state of shock fans. I cannot believe what them Outsiders have done.

    Heenan: And we don’t even know if they have left the building. I didn’t see any security take them out of the building. Mind you, they should be arrested for their actions. I tell you this Schiavone; if I see anything suspicious I am out of here. I’m serious; don’t tell me to leave because your going be talking to yourself.

    Schiavone: I understand Brain and trust me, I will be right behind you. Let’s take it down to Michael Buffer for the introductions for the main event.


    We cut to the ring where we see Michael Buffer standing in the middle of the ring decked out in a tuxedo.

    "
    Tonight, you are going to witness a fight between two of the most decorated superstars in the history of professional wrestling for the right to face the WCW World Champion at a date to be determined in the future. Are your READY? Wrestling fans, are you RRRRRRRRRRRREEEEAAAADDDDDDYYYYYYYYYYY? For the thousands in attendance and the millions watching around the world, from Charm City, Baltimore, Maryland, LLLLLLLEEEEETTTT’SSSS GET READY TO RRRRUUUUUMMMMMMMBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBLLLLEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!"

    “Pomp and Circumstances” hits as the fans go crazy for the Macho Man as he heads to the ring in his customary colorful outfit. Macho Man spins around in the middle of the aisle with his finger in the air. Macho Man heads down the rest of the entranceway and gets into the ring. Macho gets up to the middle rope and plays to the crowd as they cheer him to no end. Macho hops off the ropes and starts to get a crazy look in his eyes as he waits for Ric Flair.

    “Also Sprach Zarathustra” plays over the loud speaker as the fans’ cheers turn to boos as Ric Flair, decked out in a beautiful blue robe, makes his way to the ring. On his left arm is Woman and on his right is Elizabeth. The girls let go of Flair to allow him to strut down the aisle like only the Nature Boy can do. Flair gets to the ring steps as the referee is trying to hold Randy Savage back from going after Flair.


    Number One Contenders Match

    “Macho Man” Randy Savage vs. Ric Flairw/ Woman & Elizabeth


    Ric Flair is still on the outside of the ring as the referee is still trying to keep Macho Man in the ring. The referee is calling for Flair to get into the ring, but Ric is taking his time. The fans start yelling at him to get in the ring and telling Flair that he is chicken. Flair gets into the face of the fans that are yelling at him. Inside the ring, the ref is telling Flair that he needs to get into the ring or he will start to count him out. Ric puts his hands out and tells the referee to give him a few more moments. Ric then points to his cheek and Woman kisses him on the cheek. Ric, looking directly at Savage, points to his other cheek and Elizabeth kisses him on the cheek. This last bit is too much for Randy as he hops out of the ring and goes after Flair. Savage is a mad man as he chases after Flair. Ric runs around the ring post and then slides into the ring. Flair gets to his feet as Randy slides into the ring and the referee calls for the bell. Flair kicks Savage hard in the back of the neck. Flair turns around to take his robe off and lets out a Woo before turning around to see Macho Man on his feet. Randy charges at Flair and clotheslines him to the ground. Randy mounts Flair and begins to throw punch after punch to the unprotected head of Ric Flair. The referee grabs Savage around the chest and pulls him off of Flair. The ref backs Savage into the corner as Macho points at the referee in typical Macho Man fashion. Savage comes running out of the corner to Ric Flair who has gotten to his feet and is in the opposite corner of Macho Man. Randy jumps onto Ric and starts to punch him over and over again. Savage climbs to the middle rope and starts to reign down punches to the Nature Boy. Savage takes a second to play to the crowd by doing his signature hand in the air and finger swirl. Flair takes advantage and grabs Savage around the knees and walks him out a little bit from the corner. Flair then drops Savage face-first onto the top turnbuckle. Macho grabs at his face and grabs at the middle rope to get to his feet.

    Macho Man has made his way to his feet as Flair comes towards him and grabs the wrist of the Macho Man and sends him across the ring. Randy bounces off the ropes and Flair lands a reverse back elbow that knocks Macho to the canvas. Flair drops down and covers Randy.


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    Macho Man kicks out right away…


    Flair gets to his feet and grabs Savage by the head and pulls him to his feet. Ric goes to whip Randy off into the ropes, but Savage reverses the Irish whip and sends Flair to the ropes. Ric grabs onto the ropes and slides out of the ring. Randy runs over to the turnbuckle and climbs to the top rope. Randy sets himself to leap onto Flair, but the Nature Boy grabs Elizabeth and puts her in front of him. Savage, not crazy enough to attack his ex-wife, hops off of the top rope and jumps down to the floor. Savage starts to walk towards Flair, pointing at him the whole time as Flair backs up, still holding onto Liz. Once Randy gets close enough to get ahold of Flair, Ric pushes Elizabeth into Randy. Randy catches her and takes a moment to look into her eyes as the fans start to buzz a little bit. Randy milks to moment for a few moments before putting her to the side and running after Flair. Ric rolls into the ring, breaking the ten count, but Randy slides into the ring and is to his feet before Ric can land a kick. Seeing this, Ric runs out the other side of the ring and Savage rushes right after him. Randy is able to catch Flair by his tights and he pulls Flair back towards him as we see what is almost a Pay-Per-View tradition of seeing Ric Flair’s bare behind. Savage spins Flair around and sends him into the guardrail. Randy goes over to Flair and grabs him by the head before banging Flair’s head off of the guardrail. Tony Schiavone comments that the referee has to be giving this match some leeway due to the high stakes involved. Macho steps up onto the rail as the fans slap hands with the Macho Man. Randy grabs Flair and tosses him back into the ring. As Randy rolls back into the ring, Ric begs off in classic Flair fashion. Randy isn’t having any of it and charges after Flair. Ric grabs the front of Macho’s tights and pulls him into the middle turnbuckle. Flair gets to his feet as Macho is grabbing his head, but working his way to his feet. Flair lands a loud knife-edge chop to the chest of Macho Man. Flair lets out a long Woo before chopping the chest of Randy once more. Randy starts to come out of the corner, so Flair hooks a suplex onto Randy. Ric takes Savage over and then transitions into a pin attempt.


    1…

    Randy gets his shoulder off the mat…


    Flair gets to his feet and backs up into the ropes before he drops a knee onto the chest of Macho Man. Flair bounces off the chest of Randy and rolls forward and to his feet. Macho slowly makes his way back to his feet and Flair takes this time to plan his next move, which is a hard chop to the chest of Savage. Ric lands another stiff hard chop to the now reddened chest of the Macho Man that sends Randy back to the ropes. Flair grabs the arm of Macho and sends him flying across the ring to the other side of the ring. Flair steps towards the middle of the ring looking to take Savage to the ground, but Randy hooks his arms around the ring ropes. Flair, looking to continue his attack on Randy, charges after Randy who bends over and back body drops Flair to the floor below. Savage turns around and sees that Ric is on the floor. Savage grabs the top rope and slingshots over the top rope onto Ric Flair and both men are lying on the floor. Both men get to their feet at the same time and begin to punch each other. Each man is landing hard punches, but it is Ric that gets the advantage. Flair is able to knock Randy back a few steps before he whips him into ring steps. Flair rolls into the ring to break the count and then is right back out of the ring. Flair kicks Macho in the head before he starts to pull back the mat. Randy and Ric are on the entranceway side of the ring and Flair has the mats pulled back to expose the concrete floor. Flair grabs Macho in a piledriver position and is looking to piledrive Savage onto the concrete floor; however, Randy is able to block the piledriver attempt and back body drops Flair onto the protective mats. Randy falls to his knees, but is quickly back to his feet and right after Flair. Macho throws Ric into the ring and starts to climb into the ring, but Liz comes over and stops Randy from getting in the ring. Inside the ring, Ric Flair has the referee distracted as, on the outside, Woman low blows the Macho Man. Flair, seeing the damage done by Woman, lets the referee see that Macho Man is still on the outside. The referee goes over to Macho Man and begins to count him out of the match.


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    Macho slowly gets to his feet…


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    Macho is fully on his feet…


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    Macho rolls back into the ring…


    Flair is upset that he didn’t get the easy count-out victory and shows this by rushing, maybe a little too quickly, towards Macho Man. Randy lands a quick hit to the gut of Flair. Macho makes his way to his feet after a few more punches to the gut. It looks like Savage is about to start his comeback, but Flair rakes the eyes of Randy. Flair grabs the knee of Randy and picks him up in a knee-breaker. Flair grabs the leg of Randy and goes for figure four leg-lock, but Randy grabs the hair of Ric and small packages him.


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    Ric kicks out of the small package…


    Flair gets to his feet at the same time as Randy, who has his arms in the air looking for a double ax-handle. Ric lands a knee to the gut of Randy and then goes to pick him up for a body slam. Randy is able to slip out of the slam attempt and ends up behind the Nature Boy. Ric reaches out and grabs ahold of the referee and then his trust trick leg, as Bobby Heenan calls on commentary, comes into play as Flair low blows Macho Man. The referee doesn’t see the low blow, but as Ric lets go of the referee, the ref sees that Macho Man is on the canvas holding his groin area. The ref turns around to ask Flair if he knows why Randy is on the ground in the position he is and Flair answers with a loud and long, “NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO.” The referee turns around to check on the Macho Man and Flair gets a smirk on his face much like a shark sensing blood in the water. Flair moves in on Randy Savage and pins him.


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    Randy just gets his shoulder up…


    Flair looks over at the referee and then starts to choke Randy Savage. The referee gets to a four count before Ric breaks the hold. Macho Man rolls over to the edge of the ring as the ref starts to tell off Ric. Woman and Elizabeth use this time to their advantage and choke Macho Man. Flair gets away from the referee and pulls Macho into the middle of the ring. Flair locks in the figure four leg-lock and the referee starts to check in on the Randy, seeing if he wants to give the match up. Randy will not give up, but he does lay down on his back, so the referee starts to count the pin.


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    Randy sits up just in time…


    The fans start to get behind Randy Savage as he tries to turn the leg-lock over, thus reversing the pressure. After a few moments, Randy is successful in turning over the figure four and now Flair is the one in pain. Flair has to let go of the move in order to elevate the pain. Macho gets to his feet, albeit he is limping and Ric takes Macho down with a chop block. Ric goes right into putting another figure four leg-lock onto Macho, but Savage is able to block the move by grabbing the leg of Flair before he can lock in the figure four. Randy twists his lower legs and ends up tossing Flair through the middle rope and to the outside. Flair lands on the floor hard as Macho Man gets to his feet. Savage slowly climbs to the top rope and comes off the top with a double ax-handle. Flair falls to the ground as Macho Man plays to the crowd, but then grabs at his leg selling the pain from the figure four leg-lock. Macho Man grabs Flair, tosses him into the ring and then heads up to the top rope. Macho Man comes off with a flying elbow drop. Macho grabs at his leg and is lying next to Flair. Savage goes to crawl over to Flair to pin him, but Randy locks eyes with Elizabeth who blows a kiss at him. This aggravates Randy who climbs to the top rope for another elbow drop. Bobby Heenan is talking on commentary about how Macho should be disqualified for excessive force as Elizabeth slides into the ring and puts herself in between Randy and Ric. The referee tries to get Elizabeth out of the ring as Chris Benoit runs down to the ring. Macho Man turns his attention to Benoit and jumps off with a double ax-handle that knocks Chris to the ground. Macho Man goes to get back into the ring, but is spun around by Arn Anderson who lands a vicious DDT onto the exposed concrete from earlier. Arn rolls Macho Man into the ring as the referee has finally gotten Elizabeth out of the ring. Ric Flair rolls over and drapes an arm over Randy as the referee slides into position.


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    Spoiler:



    Winner and New #1 Contender at 14:56 –

    Spoiler:


    Ric Flair



    Schiavone: Them damn Horsemen steal one again and now Ric Flair is the number one challenger for the World Heavyweight Championship.

    Heenan: That’s right, I thought this night was going to hell, but all is right in the world. Ric Flair is going be the World Champion once again. I can just feel it in my bones, Schiavone.

    Schiavone: I think your forgetting that Flair has to defeat The Giant to win that title.

    Heenan: And you forget that a Giant is nothing to Four Horsemen. Tony, there is a war a-brewing in WCW and there is always strength in numbers.

    Schiavone: That’s one of the only true things you have said all night, Brain. Wrestling fans, thank you for joining us at the Great American Bash. Tune in tomorrow night on Monday Nitro to get an update on Eric Bischoff. For Bobby “The Brain,” “Mean Gene,” and all of us here at WCW, good night!



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  8. #28
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    Re: WCW 1996 - The Birth of the NWO

    Good opener between Eddie and Arn. Eddie came out of this one very nicely by looking like he's on Arn's level, which sets him up well without giving him too much too soon.

    Surprised to see Faces of Fear win clean, but you handled it really well. The post match of them ripping apart the shoulder pads and spikes was really cool, and actually to me makes them feel like the number one team in the company right now. There's a lot of momentum that comes with destroying a team like the Road Warriors, and while I'm sure we'll be moving towards a rematch eventually, I'd love to see FoF takes a real step up from here.

    What I would say based on the first couple of matches is that there is probably a little too much detail in the matches for my liking, as I find it hard to keep my attention up in that much detail. But this is supposed to be a bit of fun, so if you enjoy writing out the full matches, keep going!

    Good Cruiser match, with Malenko looking like a dick-ish leader of the division and Mysterio looks like a star, so good stuff there. Maybe a touch long (would have been fine with 5 mins shaved off to not burn out on a style which would be new to the audience at this point), but still a good step for the division.

    DiBiase was a fairly obvious reveal, but sometimes being obvious is the right way to go. DiBiase is a better fit for DDP than the nWo or the Steiners, that's for sure.

    Fun start to the Nasties/PE match. Very garbage brawl-y, but not in a bad way at all. In fact, I want to commend you on having a mat wrestling opener, tag brawl, cruiser match then a weapons-based garbage match. I'm a bit supporter of a "something for everyone" booking style, and you've done that well here.

    Eh, no real feelings on Konnan/Morrus, but you've heard me say plenty on this in the build up, so I'll move on.

    The world title match was pretty good, but I'm not sure I like your booking of The Giant. Firstly, this is very much a midcard story, and the main event is about two guys who are looking to be number one contender. I don't think that makes Giant look like too big a star. But more importantly than that, Giant's still very young and green at this point, so putting him in 12 minute 50/50s doesn't much for him. This could have been 6/7 mins, with DDP throwing everything he has and it not being enough. Neither was much in the ring in 1996, and I can't help but think both would be exposed in this kind of match, even if the booking was technically sound.

    Taking the Bischoff Powerbomb spot from real life is something I totally understand. As you've said before, so much of the early nWo booking was perfect, even down to the extent that I'd have been fine with you starting post-Hogan turn, so stealing one of the finest moments is absolutely fine by me.

    I liked the character work of Luger and Sting throughout the tag match, even if the "Sting & Luger can't be in the ring at the start" felt a little redundant given how much work went to get there. The match was good, if a little long for what you were going for (sorry, feel like I've said that a couple of times now), but enjoyable. The Heat taking advantage of the Sting dive and Sherri being taken down was a good way to end it.

    If I have a complaint, it's that the story the announcers seem to be telling doesn't align with what I read. Luger didn't leave Sting high and dry, he was Clotheslined out, then stuck around at ringside while Sherri was hurt. You have Schiavone say that Luger could have left Sherri to the EMTs, but there was no reference of the EMTs being there, so surely waiting with her while they come isn't that unreasonable? I kind of liked the subtlety of Luger accidentally costing them by being more concerned with Sherri's injury than Sting, but the announcers argument made it seem like he was a straight up villain.

    Fun match with Flair and Savage, and Savage having it won until Liz gets under his skin is a nice touch. The exposed concrete was maybe a bit excessive, and ending the entire PPV on Flair being the number one contender thanks to Arn's hardwork is a bit of a cold ending, but you pulled it back with the reference to the importance of numbers with a war brewing.

    Overall, this was a decent show. It was a definite step up from what we got in real life, and there's a couple of decent things brewing. Even though it's a minor point, I don't think the time management was great, with things like Flair/Savage only going 2 minutes more than DDP/Giant. That said, Faces of Fear/Road Warriors was unexpectedly great, and you're already starting to put your spin on things, which is really hard to do in the first handful of shows while you pay off the stuff that happened before you. Good effort, and I'm looking forward to where you go from here now you're out of the difficult first PPV cycle. I'll still be reading!

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    Re: WCW 1996 - The Birth of the NWO

    I’m a big fan of bookers giving us an opening package for shows, so I’m glad you wrote this out. The theme makes perfect sense, and highlighted your feuds nicely for the PPV.

    Eddie vs Arn is a solid opener, and given the Cruiserweight match is an ‘Open Challenge’ this feels like a more appropriate match to open the show. IIRC, you’ve said before that you do/did wrestle, and that definitely comes across with the matches you write. There’s not a whole lot I can really comment on, as you’d know a lot more about putting a match together than I ever would. I dug the story of the match here, with Arn relying on his experience to wear the quicker, younger man down, focusing on the shoulder. I commented previously on being confused as to why Anderson is using the DDT as his finish instead of the Spinebuster – could you comment on why this is? Did Arn stop using the Spinebuster irl at this time? Just feels very odd to me. Finish came a bit out of the blue, but no complaints about a clean win for Anderson, though I thought there could’ve been something with the shoulder leading to Eddie’s downfall as that appeared to be the story of the match. Still, enjoyed that as the opener.

    Wasn’t much time for Anderson or Guerrero to get out of the ring before the entrances started for the second match. Slightly disappointing that you didn’t acknowledge anything in the aftermath of that opener. Might’ve been nice to make mention of Anderson looking relieved to have retained his title, or Eddie getting some nice applause for his effort.

    Good HOSS tag team match here, and I’ve got to say, surprising outcome. I had the Road Warriors pegged as winners here without a doubt, but it looks like you’re going to push the Faces of Fear pretty hard. As it involves Meng getting pushed, I’m definitely on board with this push, and given their size, the Faces of Fear can be a legit threat to anyone in the division. Hawk and Animal have a built in excuse for the loss, given Hart provided the distraction, and I wonder if Hawk shouting at Animal to leave Hart could eventually lead to something between Hawk and Animal not being on the same page in the future (I hope not – not a direction I’d like to see). I thought the post match stuff was really neat and creative. Much better than a by-the-numbers post-match attack. By ripping apart the Road Warriors trademark gear like they did, Meng and Barbarian made a much bigger – and more memorable – statement here. Really good, and you’ve got me invested in a rematch in the future.

    Pleased you didn’t swerve us and have the open challenge answered by someone else other than Rey. He felt like the obvious pick, and anything else would’ve been a disappointment. Clearly, this is only the first match in what I suspect (and DEMAND) will be a long series between Malenko and Mysterio. For that reason, I’m surprised it went as long as it did, as I assumed you’d build up to a longer match between the two. Still, I’ll not complain; the prospect of Malenko vs Rey for 20 minutes sounds too good to pass up.

    I’ve always found it difficult to write Mysterio matches, given how unique he is, and trying to describe the lightning quick exchanges and his flips etc are something I’ve always found challenging. I’m not sure this was a great showcase for Rey, as while the match was strong, I didn’t feel we got enough of Rey’s unique style told in the match to introduce him and his spots to the WCW audience. No issues with Malenko winning and cheating to win, as there’s always more interest in the chase, and there’s nowhere to go if Rey wins the title in his debut.

    Again, like the Rey reveal, I’m glad there wasn’t a swerve for the sake of a swerve and we got DiBiase as Page’s benefactor. One general comment, but I don’t get the use of the spoiler tags. I know there’s others that use them around here, but I’ve never understood it. I’ve just read the match, so I know who has won it already. I found it especially strange that DiBiase’s name was wrapped in spoiler tags even after he was revealed as the benefactor.

    Think it was smart to give the Public Enemy the win here. First three matches all went to the heels, so it was a good time to give the fans something to smile about. The No DQ stipulation saved this from being a stinker, but a good match to have right after the Malenko/Rey clinic. Not sure what the ceiling is for Public Enemy as a threat in the tag division, as they don’t feel like a team that’ll be much of a big deal in amongst the likes of the Steiners and Harlem Heat. I have the same complaint here that I did with the opening match, in that there was nothing to break up the action between two matches apart from some brief commentary. When Hugh Morrus came out I was expecting him to be passing Public Enemy and the Nasty Boys on their way to the back.

    Didn’t really enjoy the arm work in the U.S Title match. Felt a little too similar to the shoulder being worked on from the opening match for me. However, I thought Konnan looked really good when he was on offence, and felt like a guy that could potentially be a break out star for you. In the end, this was a pretty decent showcase for him as he’s clearly more valuable right now than Hugh Morrus, so overcoming the arm problems to get a clean win over the challenger was fine usage of Konnan on this show. Hopefully you can find some direction for him now, and something a little juicier to get invested in him and the U.S Title.

    I’d have to echo the comments Keefmoon made regarding The Giant and the way he’s been booked thus far. I think you made the right call in not main eventing the show with this match, and I appreciate you following through with the title shot for Page after the hand you were dealt, but a #1 Contenders match headlining a show over the title match itself is not a good look for your champion. I thought there were points in this match were The Giant looked impressive, and had the typical ‘big man’ spots, but overall, I think DDP got a little bit too much offence in. I did like the fact that DDP only survived for as long as he did by getting his foot on the ropes and having DiBiase put his foot on the ropes on another occasion too. Guessing now that you’ve got this out of the way, the World title will take on a lot more importance moving forward.

    Enjoyed the segment with the Outsiders and Bischoff. There wasn’t a whole lot to it, with very little in the way of dialogue, so there’s still a lot of unanswered questions, but the focus at this point will all be on that Powerbomb spot anyway. Big impact from Hall and Nash, and a memorable moment to put on PPV, giving people their monies worth for buying this to see what the Outsiders got up to. Certainly wouldn’t be disappointed with this.

    Found it a little weird that Sting was trying to start the match when he’s spent the last week wrestling matches that determined who started the match and knew he wasn’t. I would’ve liked a bit more frustration to build up with Sting on the apron before finally becoming the legal man in the match too, given the focus that was put on Sting and Luger not being able to start the match. By being able to tag in as easily as he did in the end, it makes the whole round robin series of matches pointless really. Luger and Sting already at odds sets the tone for their night, and that leading to Sting being beaten down from the minute he got in the ring was a nice touch.

    Luger breaking the count struck me as odd considering he’s been pretty detached from this team, but I thought the missed tags – and his reactions to them – later in the match worked much better, and showed he’s only interested in getting involved in the match when things look good for him. Didn’t quite understand how Sting was seemingly hitting a second wind when Luger tagged himself in, but when Luger tagged back out seconds later, Sting was exhausted again. You pointed it out that the referee lost all control at the end of the match – and the final three count didn’t involve the actual legal man – so I assume that’s going to be used as an excuse for a rematch, or maybe even set up a #1 Contenders match between Sting & Luger against the Steiners. Harlem Heat being the ones to benefit from Sherri going down has a sense of irony about it.

    Obviously the big story is the pending break up between Luger and Sting and that certainly moved another step closer here. I agree with Keefmoon in that the commentary didn’t quite marry up with what happened, and I think it would’ve been best to just focus on Lugers actions throughout the match rather than chewing him out for checking on Sherri at the end. I liked the finish though, as Luger can still claim he’s part of the team with Sting and it wasn’t like he outright walked out on Sting.

    If there’s one match I wished had’ve gotten a good 20 minutes or so, it would’ve been this one in the main event. Really hot start here, with Flair goading Savage and Macho Man giving chase – felt like something we hadn’t seen anywhere else on the show, and it fit the story that’s been told in recent weeks; Savage would absolutely be desperate to get his hands on Flair here. Enjoyed seeing you have Flair use Elizabeth to distract Savage, and also including the obligatory bare ass spot for Flair, lol. Referee showing some leniency is fair enough, and you covered for it with the commentary saying it’s due to the high stakes – I always appreciate that kind of detail to explain things.

    I’d have rather seen the crazed Macho Man be the one to rip away the mats and expose the floor. Feels more like something he’d do, considering how hungry for revenge he is here, whilst Flair should be just weaselling his way to screw with Savage. Had to expect some kind of shenanigans if Flair was going to win, and I definitely liked Liz getting involved to mess with Randy’s head. Benoit and Anderson then interfering was well orchestrated, and Savage splintering off into a feud with either of them would be GREAT!! Savage vs Benoit!? Yes please. Flair vs Giant is going to be odd as a heel/heel program, but it certainly will be interesting to see how you build some heat around that pairing.

    Overall, solid effort. Not a whole lot really that I disliked about this show – my biggest critique is probably the use of the spoiler tags, but that’s not something that made this any less enjoyable; just a preference. I’d really like some explanation why Arn Anderson is using the DDT instead of the Spinebuster though. Also, I think you could do with having something-anything between matches at times. Be it a commercial for Nitro, the next PPV or a backstage interview, there were too many matches were it ended, the commentators spoke for a few seconds, and bang; here’s the next match. No mention of the workers in previous match leaving the ring, or what happened once the match was over, and not enough time passed that they could’ve even left the ring before the next guys were walking out.

    The only other thing I’d say is that I think you could liven up the matches a little more in your writing. The actual body of work is fine, but I think some big spots being in capitals and the use of some exclamation points would help draw attention to people who mainly skim read matches (which is most people) and look for the important points rather than reading every single word. It would also make the matches feel a little more dynamic and dramatic. Like when DDP hit the Diamond Cutter on The Giant. That should’ve felt like a big deal – because it was – but the writing didn’t make it stand out as a big moment. Same goes for the two legal tags Lex made that the referee missed in the tag title match.

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    Much like Wolfy’s No Mercy, I’ve been so busy that I’ve forgotten to leave predictions for the show. Here’s hoping I can make up for it somewhat with some feedback, and I’ll try and remember to let you know who I thought would win heading into the show anyway.

    Video package was solid enough, did its job. If you wanted to write in a bit more detail, I’d recommend you go read Wolfy’s No Mercy’s opening video for a way to take it to the next level. With that being said, that’s not a necessity, and this still very much did what it needed to.

    Opening with Double A and Eddie Guerrero is all sorts of awesome as far as I’m concerned. The chain wrestling was written pretty in the early stages, and Eddie having the advantage makes sense. I love the fact that you played off the way Anderson usually goes about things, as soon as Guerrero made a mistake, Arn focused on that body part. It was very well done. One thing the others mentioned that I’ll just throw out once here is you could look at spacing out your paragraphs a little more, and use capitals and bold to separate moments. As a reader, it comes across so much easier to read, as opposed to like this, where everything just sort of blends into each other. Anyway, I thought the arm work throughout was solid, although it seemed Arn got frustrated he couldn’t put Eddie away, even though he only made one pinfall attempt to that point. I thought that was a little bit strange, to be honest. Surely it would take a few attempts until Anderson would start getting annoyed. Outside of that, Eddie’s come back was good, and the ending with the DDT was fine, even though I was butt hurt we didn’t see the Spinebuster come into play. Still, a solid match to open the show, and the right man probably went over here, whilst Guerrero still gets rub. Solid booking all around.

    Holy crap. I definitely didn’t expect the result we got in the second match, but I don’t necessarily mind it. The match writing throughout was solid, although it followed a basic tag formula and the four men involved are quite limited, so we never expected to see a classic here. I did think that Back Body Drop into a Powerbomb spot from The Faces Of Fear was epic though. Outside of that, hot tag comes from the Road Warriors and then they lose anyway. The interference from Jimmy Hart helps The Warrior’s save face and the aftermath with the spikes being ripped off their gear was awesome. The way this went leads me to believe that these teams will fight again, and I don’t mind it. Despite the result coming out of left field, I quite enjoyed this. Very good job.

    Mysterio accepting Malenko’s challenge seemed to be the most obvious choice, and I’m more than okay with these two doing battle. Firstly, I love the fact that you gave these guys twenty minutes to do what they do best and that’s wrestle. Definitely a terrific decision as far as I’m concerned. Onto the match itself, I don’t think you could have started any better. Mysterio had to fly around and show what he can do on his debut, especially in the early stages, to get the fans behind him. I liked the idea of Malenko getting more and more frustrated as the match went on, from initially being out wrestled and refusing another handshake, to just straight not being able to put Rey away. I dig the effort you put in with some of your chain wrestling descriptions also, not a lot of people do that so my compliments to you sir. The match was terrific anyway although if you are going to do false finishes, I’d recommend removing the spoiler tags for when the match actually ends. Each false finish had no impact on me as a reader because I knew that because there was no spoiler tag to hide the winner, the match wasn’t ending. Outside of that, a pretty good match and the ending will basically turn Malenko and into a fully fledged heel and allow these two to continue to lock horns. Sensational stuff all around here, and Mysterio’s brilliance forcing Dean to turn begins an awesome story. My favourite match so far, and booked perfectly.

    I’m not sure how I feel about DDP revealing his benefactor like this. I knew it was DiBiase from the get go, however I felt this could have had more impact if he showed up during the match, because we wouldn’t know what to expect. With that being said, this is definitely an interesting pairing and I look forward to seeing what these two do together.

    The Nasty Boys and Public Enemy was only ever going to be passable as a quick brawl, and that’s what we got. To my taste, nine minutes might have even been a bit long, but that’s probably me being a little nit picky. I enjoyed the different beginning to the match with the fire extinguisher attack through the curtain, I thought that was brilliant, to be honest. From there, the match itself was just a bunch of incoherent weapons and brawling which again, is exactly what it needed to be. The Public Enemy table spot to finish the match makes perfect sense. I’m not too keen on seeing either of these teams be a big part of the tag division moving forward, but I’m sure they will be. I think you’ve got a real challenge on your hands to make them interesting.

    Konnan/Hugh Morrus really felt like an odd match but at least it got the title on the line on the PPV. I thought in the early stages the action was solid enough, but the issue I had here, was that it felt like this could be a match between anybody. I think the next step for you is getting some characterisation down in your match writing, so when there is just flows of action, it still feels unique, as opposed to just insert name here and it could be anybody. I thought you got better at that when Morrus mentioned “now I’m going to bully you”, and really begun to show his evil side. The near falls between the two was solid enough, although I was surprised to see Jimmy Hart not really get involved, I mean, doesn’t he always? That’s not really a criticism, just something I noticed. A pet peeve of mine is when a wrestler scores a near fall and heads straight to the top rope, without softening up the opponent again. Maybe when they are going for a move where there opponent needs to be standing it’s fine, but when going for a Moonsault, it just made Morrus look silly, in my opinion. A solid defence for Konnan though, and probably the least interesting match of the night, however it was still solid enough.

    A small note before we get to the World Title match, I still find it really odd that The Giant is starting to get cheers here. I feel as if he has done nothing to really endear himself to anybody. I think somebody previously might have already mentioned it, but I also want to commend you on your efforts to make DDP a credible/over title challenger, has been one of the most enjoyable things so far in this BTB. I still find the face/heel dynamic strange, especially with Hart backing The Giant but whatever. The match almost felt like an extended squash, with The Giant’s strength just being to much to handle. DDP got helped by DiBiase to stay in the match early, landed a lucky Diamond Cutter and then got destroyed. I would have liked to see DDP have maybe done a little better, but your champion looks unbeatable right now.

    Considering the hype for this Bischoff/Hall/Nash segment, I was a little disappointed with the outcome. The actual words were fine but it was over very quickly and none of it felt original. I’m sure you will make the angle your own at some point, but for a big time PPV, I was honestly hoping/expecting something a little more. With that being said, I’m intrigued to see if the backlash to Bischoff being taken out will be any different, and am definitely still interested to see how the angle in general pans out.

    Triangle tag match was always going to be interesting as you follow on with the Sting/Luger angle that was inherited in real life. I trust you’ll do a much better job with it then what happened in real life, which is, well, basically nothing. A bunch of build up for no pay off. Anyway, I like the idea of Luger wanting to just have he and Sting standing around on the apron, showing the difference in his attitude as opposed to Sting’s. Considering it was a triangle match, I thought the unexpected tags here and there were used quite well to keep things entertaining. Again, Steiners and Harlem Heat were there to get in some offense, but this whole story was about Sting/Luger. The blind tag when Sting was in control, only to tag straight back out when Steiner showed something was epic from Luger. Brilliant move. Booking wise, I’m all for Sting and Luger to lose the belts to continue their implosion, however I wasn’t completely behind the ending here. It felt a little clunky that Sting took out everybody with a big dive, but then was still easily beaten down straight after. I didn’t quite feel it, but I still think getting the titles off of the champs was the right idea, so props for that. If I’m honest, I would have maybe liked to have seen the reactions from Luger and Sting in the aftermath to the match, not having anything definitely feels like a missed opportunity.

    Nice update on Bischoff going to hospital. Important to make this feel like a big deal because it’s one.

    Flair/Savage is obviously the one we’ve all been waiting for, and I think the early stages were played perfectly. Flair teasing Savage, not getting in the ring and getting a kiss from Elizabeth, only for Savage to snap. I thought the offense of generally brawling from Randy in the early stages was good, sticking to his mood, until he played to the crowd, which allowed Flair to regain the advantage. In the mood he was in, surely Savage wouldn’t be playing to anybody, and instead just focusing on beating the hell out of Flair. We had a few of the Flair cheating spots littered throughout, however my other issue with this was that as the match progressed, it just felt like a normal match. You couldn’t feel the hatred between the two, and Savage, outside of the beginning, didn’t seem overly angry. Anyway, screwy finish means there is legs between these two, a good win for Flair on the night. A nice main event to end the show.

    Honestly, this was a good effort. A few things I mentioned throughout, some regarding match writing, some regarding booking, but overall, I thought the show was quite good. A fun read, and I’ll definitely be back to see what happens in the aftermath to GAB. Safe to say, you’ve set the scene well over this first month.








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    Alright bro, gonna drop some thoughts here. First off, I want to commend you on the improvement from show 1 to the last show. You really took the feedback from everyone and crafted Nitro to be highly entertaining. The build to GAB has been a fun one, so I’m looking forward to this.

    Great opening package to start. It’s the little things like an opening package that will make a show that much better.

    Arn and Eddie was a mat classic, just as I thought it was going to be. You being a pro wrestler really shows, as you add in every little detail that I wouldn’t even think of adding. Arn vs. Eddie is a clash of styles, but you play it off perfectly. For some reason the spoiler tags only work on my computer 50 percent of the time, so I’m glad that you added in some commentary after the bout because the first few times I’ve tried reading it I couldn’t get the winner to pop up lol.

    So we’re right back with match number 2. I love that the Road Warriors are coming back out to “Iron Man.” That’s a nice attention to detail. Faces of Fear go over in a standard tag match. There isn’t much to do with these 4 in terms of crafting a mat masterpiece, but it was a fun brawl. Kinda mad LOD didn’t go over, but that’s just because they happen to be my favorite tag team. However, Faces of Fear needed to go over to keep the Dungeon of Doom strong, plus LOD will always be over no matter how many times they lose.

    I really liked the post-match attack. Very creative to have Meng and Barbarian tear apart the shoulder pads. I’m guessing Faces of Fear will now climb up the tag division ladder. Curious to see who you put them with next.

    So we are right back with match number 3. I don’t mind all the in-ring action, and I definitely didn’t want to hear a generic, boring Dean Malenko promo, but maybe in the future you could put some sort of backstage segment in between matches. Even something as little as Ric Flair or DDP entering the arena. Just something I’ve noticed so far.

    I’m glad that Mysterio is the mystery man. After weeks of vignettes building him up, he’s ready to debut. Another awesome match. There is nothing I need to comment on the match itself, and I really liked the finish. You kept Rey strong falling just short, and Malenko needed to cheat to beat him. I really like how you’ve booked Malenko so far, and I’m sure these two will square off again in the future. I don’t believe this program is done just yet.

    Dibiase as the benefactor was just fine. Like I said in my predictions, he made perfect sense and I’m glad you didn’t swerve us just to swerve. You have a ton of potential for DDP with Dibiase as his manager. I’m really looking forward to this pairing.

    Awesome start to this next match. I said in predictions I thought this match would be the underrated match of the night. I can just picture The Nastys blasting Public Enemy with fire extinguishers. Although it only went 9 minutes, it was 9 minutes of non-stop ass beating from both teams. Glad Public Enemy went over. It was also the perfect time to place this match right after a CW spot fest, so great work on planning that out.

    Heenan has been hilarious on commentary all night. It’s a small thing, but it brings the PPV together.

    On paper Konnan vs. Hugh Morrus seems like a tough task to write, but you’ve pulled it off. Konnan needed to win here, and I am excited to see who you have lined up next to challenge him.

    I have no problem with this DDP/Giant match. Another match that on paper seems like a tough task to write and plan out, but you kept DDP looking strong while keeping The Giant as the champ. Like I stated earlier, I’m pumped for this DDP/Dibiase pairing, and hoping that either Flair or Savage dethrones The Giant soon.

    The Hall/Nash/Bischoff segment IRL was probably one of the most iconic segments I remember from my childhood, so I’m really glad you left it alone. I’m also glad you’re just continuing the storyline that was given to you when you started the project, and I’m still curious if Hogan will be the third man. It takes a lot of discipline on your part to keep the segment the same, so kudos to you on that. It was also perfect placement on the card, breaking up the World title match from the other 2 top matches.

    The main storyline here is Sting and Luger, and I’m glad you progressed it with Luger walking out. I’m also glad that you kept The Steiners looking strong, as Sting takes the pinfall. I’m really curious to see where this all leads, I mean I have an idea that Luger will turn heel but it will be fun to read everything play out in the future. For now, Harlem Heat rule the tag division, but I’m sure The Steiners will want a match all to themselves since they weren’t a deciding factor in the result.

    Adding Michael Buffer for the main event is great. I heard or read somewhere that WCW paid him a shit load of money just to do his piece. It is not done often, and sometimes doesn’t make sense for a #1 contender’s match to go on last, but I really don’t mind it here at all. Flair and Savage are obviously your top 2 guys in the company right now, and given how much time they’ve had on Nitro leading up to GAB, it only makes sense for them to finish out the show.

    I had a feeling the Horsemen wouldn’t let Savage take the victory here, and I guess I was right. It’s a good thing you are booking The Horsemen and Flair so strong, and I’m excited to see how you pull off a heel vs heel program with Flair and The Giant. The way you’ve booked Flair makes me want to root for him as a good guy, so maybe a face turn is in the cards?

    Overall, like I said in the past, it’s always the first set of shows/PPV that is the hardest to get over the hump until your BTB is completely in your hands, and now you have done it. You have a stacked tag division, Rey/Dean, The Horsemen back on top, DDP/Dibiase pairing, plus The Giant still as world champ…not to mention whatever plays out between Sting/Luger. And on top of all that coming out of this show, we still have the biggest angle to look forward to- Hall and Nash. Awesome show man, a job well done. I’m pumped to see where we go from here!

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    Surprised to see Faces of Fear win clean, but you handled it really well. The post match of them ripping apart the shoulder pads and spikes was really cool, and actually to me makes them feel like the number one team in the company right now. There's a lot of momentum that comes with destroying a team like the Road Warriors, and while I'm sure we'll be moving towards a rematch eventually, I'd love to see FoF takes a real step up from here.
    I really, really wanted to push FoF in this thread, so im glad that you guys are enjoying what I am doing with this so far. I thought the shoulder spikes gimmick would be a great way and honestly, the RW were supposed to get written out of the thread from this, but you guys have convinced me to keep this feud going

    Fun start to the Nasties/PE match. Very garbage brawl-y, but not in a bad way at all. In fact, I want to commend you on having a mat wrestling opener, tag brawl, cruiser match then a weapons-based garbage match. I'm a bit supporter of a "something for everyone" booking style, and you've done that well here.
    I am really glad you picked up on that bc that’s going to be my goal in this thread… a 3 ring circus that caters to everyone, so thank you for picking up on that

    The world title match was pretty good, but I'm not sure I like your booking of The Giant. Firstly, this is very much a midcard story, and the main event is about two guys who are looking to be number one contender. I don't think that makes Giant look like too big a star. But more importantly than that, Giant's still very young and green at this point, so putting him in 12 minute 50/50s doesn't much for him. This could have been 6/7 mins, with DDP throwing everything he has and it not being enough. Neither was much in the ring in 1996, and I can't help but think both would be exposed in this kind of match, even if the booking was technically sound.
    So, I know I need to revaluate how I am booking The Giant right now and some of what you guys have been saying about him is going to play into what my NEW plans for him are going to be.

    Taking the Bischoff Powerbomb spot from real life is something I totally understand. As you've said before, so much of the early nWo booking was perfect, even down to the extent that I'd have been fine with you starting post-Hogan turn, so stealing one of the finest moments is absolutely fine by me.
    I thought about doing it from the Hogan turn, but I felt that the first 2 hour Nitro was the better spot bc I could build up to BATB in a better way to build suspense for the third man

    I liked the character work of Luger and Sting throughout the tag match, even if the "Sting & Luger can't be in the ring at the start" felt a little redundant given how much work went to get there. The match was good, if a little long for what you were going for (sorry, feel like I've said that a couple of times now), but enjoyable. The Heat taking advantage of the Sting dive and Sherri being taken down was a good way to end it.

    If I have a complaint, it's that the story the announcers seem to be telling doesn't align with what I read. Luger didn't leave Sting high and dry, he was Clotheslined out, then stuck around at ringside while Sherri was hurt. You have Schiavone say that Luger could have left Sherri to the EMTs, but there was no reference of the EMTs being there, so surely waiting with her while they come isn't that unreasonable? I kind of liked the subtlety of Luger accidentally costing them by being more concerned with Sherri's injury than Sting, but the announcers argument made it seem like he was a straight up villain.
    So, I think what happened here is that on my paper where I do my outline, I had Luger leaving the ringside area, but it didn’t fit into the flow of the match with the writing, so I just need to be more detailed orientated when I reread my shows.

    Eddie vs Arn is a solid opener, and given the Cruiserweight match is an ‘Open Challenge’ this feels like a more appropriate match to open the show. IIRC, you’ve said before that you do/did wrestle, and that definitely comes across with the matches you write. There’s not a whole lot I can really comment on, as you’d know a lot more about putting a match together than I ever would. I dug the story of the match here, with Arn relying on his experience to wear the quicker, younger man down, focusing on the shoulder. I commented previously on being confused as to why Anderson is using the DDT as his finish instead of the Spinebuster – could you comment on why this is? Did Arn stop using the Spinebuster irl at this time? Just feels very odd to me. Finish came a bit out of the blue, but no complaints about a clean win for Anderson, though I thought there could’ve been something with the shoulder leading to Eddie’s downfall as that appeared to be the story of the match. Still, enjoyed that as the opener.
    So, thanks for picking up the details that I put into my matches… I really try to pin it back, but its hard bc I know so much about it and I have to make things logical in my head and I know the transitions are so important. So, the whole DDT vs. Spinebuster thing…. I legit thought that Arn was using the DDT rather than the Spinebuster at this time… and also, I always saw the DDT as more of a finisher than the spinebuster IMO…but I got a surprise for you on WCWSN coming up buddy

    Wasn’t much time for Anderson or Guerrero to get out of the ring before the entrances started for the second match. Slightly disappointing that you didn’t acknowledge anything in the aftermath of that opener. Might’ve been nice to make mention of Anderson looking relieved to have retained his title, or Eddie getting some nice applause for his effort.
    So, the announcers talking was supposed to be the time for them to get out of the ring… I need to fix this issue with my PPVs as I know this also goes back to when I did EWA

    Pleased you didn’t swerve us and have the open challenge answered by someone else other than Rey. He felt like the obvious pick, and anything else would’ve been a disappointment. Clearly, this is only the first match in what I suspect (and DEMAND) will be a long series between Malenko and Mysterio. For that reason, I’m surprised it went as long as it did, as I assumed you’d build up to a longer match between the two. Still, I’ll not complain; the prospect of Malenko vs Rey for 20 minutes sounds too good to pass up.
    Your demands will be granted, I can promise you that… you cant go wrond with Dean vs. Rey, so prepare for a good amount of that in ur near future. I just really wanted to showcase the CWs and make Rey mean something and build the story I got coming for yall

    Didn’t really enjoy the arm work in the U.S Title match. Felt a little too similar to the shoulder being worked on from the opening match for me. However, I thought Konnan looked really good when he was on offence, and felt like a guy that could potentially be a break out star for you. In the end, this was a pretty decent showcase for him as he’s clearly more valuable right now than Hugh Morrus, so overcoming the arm problems to get a clean win over the challenger was fine usage of Konnan on this show. Hopefully you can find some direction for him now, and something a little juicier to get invested in him and the U.S Title.
    This match was the hardest match to write… I thought that there was enough time between it to work the arm here and not be looked at as repeating… also, Konnan was on a challenger of the month status here, so I basically had to throw together something last minute for his challenge..he has something to sink his teeth into next month

    Found it a little weird that Sting was trying to start the match when he’s spent the last week wrestling matches that determined who started the match and knew he wasn’t. I would’ve liked a bit more frustration to build up with Sting on the apron before finally becoming the legal man in the match too, given the focus that was put on Sting and Luger not being able to start the match. By being able to tag in as easily as he did in the end, it makes the whole round robin series of matches pointless really. Luger and Sting already at odds sets the tone for their night, and that leading to Sting being beaten down from the minute he got in the ring was a nice touch.
    So that whole Round Robin didn’t really hit the way I wanted it to… I really was just wanting a reason to do separate tag matches with the three teams

    Luger breaking the count struck me as odd considering he’s been pretty detached from this team, but I thought the missed tags – and his reactions to them – later in the match worked much better, and showed he’s only interested in getting involved in the match when things look good for him. Didn’t quite understand how Sting was seemingly hitting a second wind when Luger tagged himself in, but when Luger tagged back out seconds later, Sting was exhausted again.
    The idea behind him breaking up the pin was that he wants to keep his belts, but to not do any of the work to be champion… also, I think what I was doing with the Sting tag in spot was that he got his adrenaline pumping and then the tag to Luger brought him back down

    Much like Wolfy’s No Mercy, I’ve been so busy that I’ve forgotten to leave predictions for the show. Here’s hoping I can make up for it somewhat with some feedback, and I’ll try and remember to let you know who I thought would win heading into the show anyway.

    Video package was solid enough, did its job. If you wanted to write in a bit more detail, I’d recommend you go read Wolfy’s No Mercy’s opening video for a way to take it to the next level. With that being said, that’s not a necessity, and this still very much did what it needed to.
    Yea, i defiantly will be talking to him about his video package writing skills

    Opening with Double A and Eddie Guerrero is all sorts of awesome as far as I’m concerned. The chain wrestling was written pretty in the early stages, and Eddie having the advantage makes sense. I love the fact that you played off the way Anderson usually goes about things, as soon as Guerrero made a mistake, Arn focused on that body part. It was very well done. One thing the others mentioned that I’ll just throw out once here is you could look at spacing out your paragraphs a little more, and use capitals and bold to separate moments. As a reader, it comes across so much easier to read, as opposed to like this, where everything just sort of blends into each other. Anyway, I thought the arm work throughout was solid, although it seemed Arn got frustrated he couldn’t put Eddie away, even though he only made one pinfall attempt to that point. I thought that was a little bit strange, to be honest. Surely it would take a few attempts until Anderson would start getting annoyed. Outside of that, Eddie’s come back was good, and the ending with the DDT was fine, even though I was butt hurt we didn’t see the Spinebuster come into play. Still, a solid match to open the show, and the right man probably went over here, whilst Guerrero still gets rub. Solid booking all around.
    So, I promise that I will do better on my match writing emotion.. ive talked to Keefmoon about it and have a plan worked out… Also, I feel like when Arn finally uses the SpineBuster its going to get the biggest pop from yall two

    I’m not sure how I feel about DDP revealing his benefactor like this. I knew it was DiBiase from the get go, however I felt this could have had more impact if he showed up during the match, because we wouldn’t know what to expect. With that being said, this is definitely an interesting pairing and I look forward to seeing what these two do together.
    I was going back and forth on how to do the reveal, but I wanted to do an interview in the show (obviously, I need more, thank WOLFBEAST haha) so this was put in

    The Nasty Boys and Public Enemy was only ever going to be passable as a quick brawl, and that’s what we got. To my taste, nine minutes might have even been a bit long, but that’s probably me being a little nit picky. I enjoyed the different beginning to the match with the fire extinguisher attack through the curtain, I thought that was brilliant, to be honest. From there, the match itself was just a bunch of incoherent weapons and brawling which again, is exactly what it needed to be. The Public Enemy table spot to finish the match makes perfect sense. I’m not too keen on seeing either of these teams be a big part of the tag division moving forward, but I’m sure they will be. I think you’ve got a real challenge on your hands to make them interesting.
    So yea, this and the US title picture is going to be hard… I should make this more known but the 9 mins is supposed to be full match time from when they first started with the fire extinguisher spot

    A small note before we get to the World Title match, I still find it really odd that The Giant is starting to get cheers here. I feel as if he has done nothing to really endear himself to anybody.
    Really quickly, the Giant isn’t supposed to be getting cheers… the Chokeslam is supposed to be getting the pop

    Heenan has been hilarious on commentary all night. It’s a small thing, but it brings the PPV together.
    Thanks for laughing at my terrible jokes

    On paper Konnan vs. Hugh Morrus seems like a tough task to write, but you’ve pulled it off. Konnan needed to win here, and I am excited to see who you have lined up next to challenge him.
    You don’t even know how hard this match was to plan out and write

    I have no problem with this DDP/Giant match. Another match that on paper seems like a tough task to write and plan out, but you kept DDP looking strong while keeping The Giant as the champ. Like I stated earlier, I’m pumped for this DDP/Dibiase pairing, and hoping that either Flair or Savage dethrones The Giant soon.
    I really was trying to tell the story of getting over both the Diamond Cutter and Chokeslam as some of the hottest finishers in WCW

    The Hall/Nash/Bischoff segment IRL was probably one of the most iconic segments I remember from my childhood, so I’m really glad you left it alone. I’m also glad you’re just continuing the storyline that was given to you when you started the project, and I’m still curious if Hogan will be the third man. It takes a lot of discipline on your part to keep the segment the same, so kudos to you on that. It was also perfect placement on the card, breaking up the World title match from the other 2 top matches.
    I really didn’t wanna vary too much from the original segment as it was such an iconic moment that would be hard to be without.

    Adding Michael Buffer for the main event is great. I heard or read somewhere that WCW paid him a shit load of money just to do his piece. It is not done often, and sometimes doesn’t make sense for a #1 contender’s match to go on last, but I really don’t mind it here at all. Flair and Savage are obviously your top 2 guys in the company right now, and given how much time they’ve had on Nitro leading up to GAB, it only makes sense for them to finish out the show.
    I really liked doing Buffer here and I think my best feud written out has been Flair/Savage so I went with that as the main event.

    I had a feeling the Horsemen wouldn’t let Savage take the victory here, and I guess I was right. It’s a good thing you are booking The Horsemen and Flair so strong, and I’m excited to see how you pull off a heel vs heel program with Flair and The Giant. The way you’ve booked Flair makes me want to root for him as a good guy, so maybe a face turn is in the cards?
    So, remember that the NWO is coming in, so Heels and Faces are going to be a little hard to determine bc of the NWO vs. WCW story that has to be told
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    I was not expecting the matches to be this long! You got me used to your lovely recap style you big bully!

    Arn going over clean was the right call, but you booked it right with Eddie giving him a fight. That was good stuff. Plus, it was your typical WCW work rate opener.

    LOD are certainly getting jobbed out in this so far, but as a giant Meng mark I one hundred percent love it. Jimmy Hart is the classic heel slime manager, and him assisting is never bad. Give Meng all the pushes.

    You certainly put the effort into trying to get the cruiserweights over here. However, no crowd is probably chanting Mysterio. Rey flows so much better. Curse you for not giving my boy the win off that Avalanche Samoan Drop Gutbuster. Killer spot though mate. Malenko should win this, but you made Rey look like a million bucks in defeat.

    FYI the wheelbarrow into a bulldog spot? That act of the cruiser jumping into that position is called a Quesadora, so the move is a Quesadora Bulldog. WC is really big on spacing in matches, so if I'm you moving forward, look at tweaking your style slightly. Space the paragraphs into more smaller ones, capitalize the beginning of more moves (i.e Backbreaker, Arm Drag), and things like that. Make things stand out more so your hard work gets noticed more. Add drama!

    S soon as I saw the dollars,I knew you had brought Ted into the mix. I love it. Page is so charismatic he doesn't need a manager, but it's great because the story works really well and he can help elevate DDP into the star you desperately want him to be. Here's another one who hopefully looks really good in defeat.

    This was definitely a nothing match for me. A sloppy late 90s brawl. I'm fine with PE winning, but you just know Hulk Hogan is going to be yelling at you for this!

    The US Title match definitely felt like filler, and not something you built up at all. Maybe I'm just absent minded though. This match felt very inconsequential to me, and you have work to do to get me bought into any of these guys haha.

    I thought you sold the story well here. Page is trying, but even with DiBiase's assistance, he is just in over his head. I'm glad Jimmy Hart finally got involved against Ted after all his interference; you could've even done it earlier but the way you did it makes sense. I also like that this match was solidly a mid card match. Sometimes it's cool to see a midcard guy like Page get the title shot, and Giant, despite his World Champion status, is not at the level of your Hogan, Flair, Savage, Sting, etc. This was refreshing booking, honestly.

    I'm all for recreating that spot with Nash. Good stuff here without revealing anything. You definitely could look to proofread a bit better though my man. I've noticed quite a few syntax errors with this show.

    I get what you were going for here, but you missed it a bit. I love Harlem Heat showing focus only on the match and not Sherri, but you didn't put anything in there about Lex actually tending to Sherri until after the match, which just created confusion for me as a reader. I also think, in this case, it makes more sense for Sting to be the one to rush to Sherri and inadvertently leave Lex high and dry.

    Good booking to the main event as well. Elizabeth is able to emotionally manipulate Macho Man, and a classic Horsemen run in gets Flair the victory. I support it.

    I'm loving what I'm reading. This is a fun throwback.

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    Well folks, the Great American Bash is in the books and it was one of the most successful Pay-Per-Views in the history of World Championship Wrestling. We saw “Nature Boy” Ric Flair defeat “Macho Man” Randy Savage to become the #1 contender to The Giant for the World Heavyweight Championship. I can exclusively report that the match will take place at the next PPV extravaganza, Bash at the Beach. Tune into Monday Nitro, where I am sure Ric Flair will be celebrating his latest accomplishment.

    Also, at Great American Bash, the debut of one of the best International sensations in Rey Mysterio Jr. took place, but Rey was unsuccessful in his attempt to win the Cruiserweight Championship. On Monday Nitro, we will see Rey take on a young challenger in Jerry Lynn in a match that will surely be high paced.

    Sting and Lex Luger lost the tag team titles to Harlem Heat last Sunday; however, the match was not without controversy as the referee lost control of the match and counted Sting’s shoulders to the mat when he was the illegal man and, get this, the man that pinned Sting, Booker T, was the illegal man as well. All three teams are scheduled to be in Charlotte this Monday, so I am sure there are going to be fireworks.

    I want to end with this, albeit it is a somber note to end on. As many as you saw, Eric Bischoff was the victim of a Power Bomb from Kevin Nash through a table off the stage where he was conducting an interview with Nash and Scott Hall. There will be an update during Monday Nitro on the condition of Eric Bischoff.

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    Monday Nitro
    June 17 1996
    Richmond Coliseum
    Richmond, Virginia

    We open the show with the usual pyrotechnic display followed by the Nitro opening video package. We go directly to Tony Schiavone, Bobby Heenan, and replacing Eric Bischoff tonight is Mike Tenay. Tony Schiavone opens up with a somber tone as he lets us know that Eric Bischoff is currently recovering at a local hospital in Baltimore. Tony says that Eric is expected to be released from the hospital tonight, but they do not know when Eric will be back on Nitro. Bobby begins to make a joke about Eric, but cannot bring himself to it. Bobby looks at the camera and says, “Hall, Nash… I have done some dastardly things in my career. I know how to make an impact on any company, but you two crossed a line last night. Eric Bischoff isn’t a wrestler. Hell, he isn’t even a manager. Eric Bischoff is an high ranking executive in World Championship Wrestling and I don’t think you understand what you just did.” Tony agrees with Bobby Heenan and then Mike Tenay throws it to the ring for Cruiserweight action.

    Rey Mysterio Jr.’s music hits as the fans cheer for the Mexican Luchador. Mysterio claps hands with the fans up and down the aisle way as he makes his way into the ring. Mysterio slides into the ring as his opponent, Jerry Lynn is already in the ring.

    Cruiserweight Singles Match
    Rey Mysterio Jr. vs. Jerry Lynn


    This match is your typical high-flying cruiserweight match that Nitro is planning to become known for. Mysterio controls the first part of the match and hits a variety of his big time crowd-pleasing moves. Jerry is able to get a run on offense after Mysterio sees that Dean Malenko is coming down to scout the match. Rey gets distracted and Lynn is able to move out of the way of a dive off the top rope. Lynn uses his time on top to mix a ground-based and high-risk attack on Mysterio. Lynn plays out to the crowd, which allows Mysterio to reverse a move and get to the outside for his signature springboard hurricanrana pin for the three.

    Winner at 6:50 – Rey Mysterio Jr.

    After the match, Dean Malenko steps into the ring as Mysterio starts to back up, as he is unsure of Dean’s motivations. Dean tells Rey to not worry and Malenko just extends his hand out, but Rey just steps back and out of the rings, grabbing at his tights as a reminder to Malenko that he had to pull the tights last night to win last night.

    Commercial Break

    The music of the Horseman hits as Ric Flair, Arn Anderson, and Chris Benoit make their way to the ring. Flair has Woman on his left arm and Elizabeth on his right arm. The Nature Boy style and profiles his way to the ring as the Horsemen get into the ring. Arn Anderson is the first to grab the microphone and begins to speak. Arn talks about how he is the Television champion and will defend that belt with pride each time he is asked. Arn talks about how Hall and Nash want to take over WCW, but Anderson has been around the wrestling business for quite a while. Arn says that he knows that “the power lies in who has the gold.” Arn passes the microphone off to Benoit. Chris gets on the mic and tells Arn that he isn’t concerned about gold right now. Arn looks at him with a confused look on his face as Chris continues to talk. “Sullivan, you wanted to sick a Giant after me. You need to fight like a man. I’ve proven that I am a man and all you need to do is look around your 4 walls to see that.” Arn looks at Chris and snatches the microphone from him. Arn passes the microphone to Flair as he begins to talk, but the camera stays on Chris and Arn as Arn can be heard telling Chris, “You need to be very careful with this. You are walking on very thin ice. You needn’t mix business and pleasure.” The camera cuts to Flair as he is bragging about his win over the Macho Man at the Great American Bash.

    The mention of his name brings the Macho Man out to the entranceway. Randy has a microphone and starts by saying that he is going do his best to contain himself. Macho is pacing back and forth as he talks. Macho talks about how it took three men and his ex-wife to beat him last night. Macho says that he wants a rematch right here, right now. Flair says that he would never give Macho Man another shot at him, “Kinda like how Liz is never going give you another shot.” This gets Macho hot as he starts to come down to the ring. Doug Dillinger gets in the way and his security staff gets in the way. Macho backs up and tells Flair, “Anything you want, Flair, you got it. Any stipulation you want, Flair. I’m going get my hands on you one way or another.” Inside the ring Flair says “Your career Savage. Put your career on the line and you got me tonight.” Macho agrees to the match and then charges after the Horsemen. The security tries to get in the way, but Macho is able to break through and slide into the ring. Arn and Flair start to lay the boots to him. Benoit heads over to join in on the beat down, but Kevin Sullivan has came out of the crowd and gotten behind Chris. Kevin attacks Chris from behind and starts to pummel him. The remaining Horsemen are still pummeling on Macho Man, so Women tries to stop Sullivan. She reaches out and grabs on the shoulder of Sullivan. Kevin throws a back elbow that hits Woman in the jaw. Elizabeth lets out a shriek that gets the attention of everyone in the ring. Sullivan turns around and sees Woman on the canvas. Kevin breaks down and falls to his knees and starts screaming, “I’m sorry Nancy, I’m so sorry.” Flair and Anderson see Woman and start yelling at Kevin. Kevin is on his knees just rocking back and forth and we see a tear come down his eye. Anderson sees that Benoit has gotten to his feet and is behind Kevin. Anderson hops in between Chris and Kevin and wrestles Benoit out of the ring. Flair picks Woman up and carries her out of the ring. Benoit comes over to Flair, takes Woman out of Flair’s hands and takes her to the back as we fade to commercial.

    Commercial Break

    Nitro returns with a shot of the announcer’s area. Tony Schiavone apologizes for the scene we just witnessed. Bobby Heenan makes it known that Kevin Sullivan clearly did not mean to hit Woman. Mike Tenay says that he has never seen Sullivan ever show vulnerability like we just saw. Tony throws it to the ring for tag team action.

    The music of the Dungeon of Doom hits as Jimmy Hart leads the Faces of Fear to the ring. Meng and Barbarian in all their ass-kicking glory walk to the ring and you can tell they are not to be messed with tonight. They are holding onto the Road Warrior’s spikes that they tore off of the shoulder pads of Hawk and Animal last night.

    “American Males” hits as some of the girls in attendance give a high shriek scream for the good-looking tag team, but there are some deeper boos from the male fans in attendance. Scotty Riggs is doing the American Males Clap above his head and Marcus Bagwell is just making his way to the ring. Once the team is near the ring, Bagwell shows some tribulation about getting into the ring to face the Faces of Fear.

    Tag-Team Match
    American Males vs. Faces of Fear w/ Jimmy Hart

    This match is a destruction of Scotty Riggs. He barely gets any offense in the match and when he does, he is cut off right away. Riggs is finally able to get away long enough to tag Bagwell into the ring. Marcus doesn’t want to get into the ring and his skittishness allows for Barbarian to hit the Kick of Fear for the three count.

    Winner at 2:45 – Faces of Fear

    After the match, the Faces of Fear attack the American Males. They continue to beat down on the Males until Shark and Big Bubba make their way to the ring looking to make the save; however, they are not successful. Bubba and Shark get a few punches in, but Meng and Barbarian turn it around rather quickly. Jimmy Hart tosses in the Road Warrior spikes that the Faces of Fear brought to the ring. Meng and Barbarian take the spike and drive them into the heads of both Shark and Big Bubba. Jimmy Hart takes his Faces of Fear to the back as they have left everyone lying in the ring. Scotty Riggs, after getting to his feet helps Bagwell up, but Marcus doesn’t want his help. The two American Males bicker as they slowly walk down the aisle to the back. On commentary, Bobby Heenan states that Marcus Bagwell always had potential in his eyes and maybe its time he go out on his own.

    Commercial Break

    Nitro returns with Mean Gene Okerlund in the ring with Sting and Lex Luger. Gene asks for their thoughts on the Triangle match last night where Harlem Heat became the new WCW Tag Team Champions. Sting is fired up about the loss and gets in the face of Lex. “Lex, what happened last night? We are best friends and all, but what you did last not was not cool brother. You cost us the Tag Team Championship.” Luger seems to be offended by these words from Sting as he fires back on the microphone, “I was the reason we lost. I don’t think that I was the one with my shoulders pinned to the mat.” Sting steps into Lex’s face and things look to be getting tense as Gene Okerlund looks to calm things down. “Gentlemen, if we could show some decorum. I wanted to ask you, Sting, about that pin-fall. It was very controversial.” Sting steps back from Luger and talks about how he wasn’t even the legal man in the contest and that he was pinned while “Lex was on the outside doing God only knows what.” This fires Luger back up as he grabs the microphone from Sting. “God only knows what, huh? I was doing what any MAN would have done and trying to help Sister Sherri to the back and making sure she was ok.” Luger then starts to go on about how Sting and Lex deserve the titles back and JJ Dillon needs to make it right and give them their titles back. Sting yells at Luger that they are going have to fight to earn the titles back but Luger is not having any of it.

    The music of the Steiner Brothers hits as the fans go crazy for the Steiner Brothers. After slapping some fan’s hands, Rick and Scott make their way into the ring. Lex is the first one to speak as he asks the Steiners, “How dare you interrupt MY time, I mean Sting and mine’s time?” Scott snatches the microphone from the hands of Luger, which makes Luger show a look of befuddlement on his face. Scott says that he wasn’t the legal man and that the match needs to be restarted, right here and right now. Rick gets the microphone from his brother, “If you wanna see that, let me hear the Dog Pound speak.” Rick starts to bark as the fans follow him in the barking. Sting starts to get ready for the match and even Lex looks like he is ready to go, but the music of the WCW World Tag Team Champions plays over the loud speakers.

    The boos ring out for the Tag Champs as they walk into the arena being lead by Sister Sherri. Booker T has a microphone in his hand as he begins to speak, “Look here Suckas, all four of y’all need to shut your mouths right now and show some respect for *pointing to the fans* YOUR Tag Team Champions.” Harlem Heat starts to walk down to the ring, but do not get into the ring. Booker talks more about how they have won the match “fair and square because the referee’s decision is always final.” Inside the ring, Sting gets on the microphone and talks about how him and Lex deserve a rematch against Harlem Heat. Scott starts to yell that the Steiners deserve to be in the title match as well. Things start to get physical with some pushing and shoving in the ring. Lex is notably behind Sting, just yelling at Rick and Scott, but not getting physical. Harlem Heat is on the outside of the ring laughing at the dissension they have caused. Inside the ring, Sting gets pushed into Luger and that sends Lex to the canvas. Luger hops back to his feet, looks at Sting with an angry look on his face and then starts to leave. Sting watches Luger leave and then pushes Scott back hard. The Steiners and Sting start to tussle in the middle of the ring.

    JJ Dillon starts to come out from the back and he has some security with him. Dillon walks down to the ring and gets the microphone from Booker T. JJ calls for the fighting to stop as he gets louder and louder. Eventually, JJ sends the security into the ring and they are able to settle the brawling down. Dillon gets back on the mic, “I am tired of this bickering and fighting. I have way too much on my plate right now to deal with this. So, this is what we are going to do. When we get back from this commercial, it’s going to be The Steiner Brothers vs. Sting and Lex Luger and the winner will be the automatic challenger for the WCW Tag Team Championship. So I suggest you go find your partner Sting and get him back out here.” JJ turns to the Harlem Heat and Sister Sherri, “And as for you three, you are barred from ringside and if you interfere in this match, you will be stripped of your titles.” Tony Schiavone sends us to commercial telling the fans to not touch their remotes because its Luger and Sting vs. The Steiners when we get back.

    Commercial Break

    Number 1 Contenders Match
    Sting/Lex Luger vs. The Steiner Brothers

    The match starts with Scott Steiner and Sting. The action is back and forth between these two fan favorites. After a few moments of this back and forth, Scott is able to catch Sting with a powerslam for a two count. Scott tags out to his brother, Rick, who comes in and lands some big power moves. On the outside of the ring, Lex Luger is trying to get the fans into the match to show their support for Sting. Inside the ring, Sting is trying to make a comeback, but Rick is able to cut him off with a huge Steiner Line. Scott is tagged into the ring as the beat down on Sting continues with a few high-impact moves highlighted by a butterfly suplex that gets a two count. Lex tries to break up the pin-fall, which causes the referee to be distracted, and the Steiners use this time to double-team Sting. The commentators makes mention that we aren’t used to seeing this side from the Steiners, but they feel like they were screwed over last night and want to win this match at any cost.

    The referee is finally able to get Lex out of the ring, who unlike last night was trying to get into the ring as Mike Tenay speculated if maybe Lex has turned over a new leaf. Lex is back on the apron as the assault on Sting continues. Scott sends Sting off into the ropes and hits a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker for a two count. Sting is desperate to get to his corner as he starts to crawl on his hands and knees to his corner. Scott grabs Sting and brings him back to his corner as the offensive assault continues. Rick is tagged into the ring and hits a belly-to-belly suplex and then goes for a pin. Luger breaks the pin up and pulls Rick off of Sting. This brings Scott into the ring as he starts to punch Lex. Luger fires back as the referee tries to get the two broken up. After a few moments of brawling, the referee is able to get the illegal men out of the ring. Rick had been trying to get after Lex and that allows for Sting to get to his feet. Rick turns around and throws a punch at Sting that is blocked. Sting fires up with a hard right hand followed by a back fist. This knocks Rick backwards and into the ropes. Steiner bounces back into the middle of the ring and Sting military presses him. The Stinger lets out a scream to the delight of the crowd, but then drops to his knees from the pain he has endured.

    Sting starts to crawl to his corner as the crowd is really getting behind him hoping for their favorite to get a well-deserved break from the action. Rick Steiner is back to his feet and stands in the way of Sting and Lex Luger. Sting has slowly made his way to his feet and looks at the task in front of him, getting to his partner with the Dog-Faced Gremlin in his way. Sting takes a running start and leaps into the air trying to leap over the Steiner brother that is in his way. Rick catches Sting, but he is able to stretch his arm out and tags Lex into the match. Luger comes into the ring a ball of fire and knocks Rick in the back of the head. That blow sends Steiner to the canvas as Lex rushes over to Scott, knocks him off the apron and then charges back at Rick, who has gotten into the corner. Lex is throwing some rapid-fire punches. The referee goes over to Luger to get him away from Rick, who is still in the corner. The referee calls for a break and uses his five-count. Luger ignores the count and the referee gets to five as Lex sends Rick off into the other corner. Rick comes flying out of the corner and gets clotheslined to the canvas as the bell rings. Lex looks confused and starts to look at the referee who is motioning for the bell. Luger yells at him, “what happened?” The referee talks to the ring announcer, who begins to make his announcement to the crowd. “The winner of the match via Disqualification for not breaking at the referee's 5 count, The Steiner Brothers.”

    Winner and #1 Contender at 15:50 –
    The Steiner Brothers

    After the match, The Steiner Brothers are celebrating on the outside of the ring as Sting gets into the ring and gets into the face of Luger. Luger tries to explain that he didn’t purposely get disqualified, but Sting is not having it as he just shakes his head at Lex and then walks out of the ring as we fade to commercial with Luger yelling out for Sting.

    Commercial Break

    **Nitro returns with a highlight video of Rey Mysterio. It showcases some of his high-flying moves from his short time in WCW. It is a well-produced package that really shows what the fans can come to expect from Mysterio.**

    We cut to the arena and we see some of the fan’s signs for their favorite wrestlers. The music of Eddie Guerrero plays over the loud speakers as the fans start to cheer for Eddie, who comes out of the backstage area with a look of determination on his face. The commentators make mention of the TV title match last night and how some say that was a coming out party for young Eddie Guerrero. Eddie gets into the ring as Penzer finishes announcing him to the crowd.

    We hear some country rock music play over the speakers as the fans aren’t too sure who to expect to see. From the curtain comes Mike Enos who is accompanied to the ring by Colonel Robert Parker. The fans, recognizing Parker, begin to boo Enos as he gets into the face of some of the fans.

    Singles Match
    Eddie Guerrero vs. Mike Enos

    This match is a showcase match for Eddie Guerrero. Eddie takes control from the start of the match and is able to hit some high-risk, high-impact moves that brings the fans to their feet. Eventually, Rob Parker grabs Eddie’s foot and that allows for Enos to get a momentary advantage. Enos hits a few maneuvers, but then gets cocky and plays out to the crowd, which allows for Eddie to sneak up behind him with a schoolboy for a two count. Eddie lands a big German Suplex to Enos and then heads to the top looking for the Frog Splash, but Colonel Parker hops up onto the apron and grabs the leg of Guerrero. Eddie is able to kick Parker off the apron and comes off with the Frog Splash for the three count.

    Winner at 4:45 – Eddie Guerrero

    Commercial Break

    Nitro returns to the music of Diamond Dallas Page who comes out to a loud chorus of boos from the audience. Ted Dibiase is right behind him with a handful of money. DDP has a smile on his face, which draws a remark from Tony Schiavone wondering why Page is smiling when he lost in the biggest opportunity in his career last night. Heenan comments that money will make a man very happy. Page gets into the ring and is handed a microphone from Ted Dibiase. DDP gets on the mic and starts to talk about last night. Page claims that he was robbed out of the World Title last night, not mentioning that The Giant had to overcome both DDP and Dibiase last night. DDP says that he is living the American Dream because he has all the money in the world due to his benefactor, Ted Dibiase. Page makes reference to all the gold around his neck, around his fingers, and that the only thing missing now is gold around his waist. Page says that The Giant doesn’t deserve the honor to be in the ring with him again, so Page has his eyes set on another championship. Diamond Dallas Page lets everyone know that he is going to finally bring some America to the United States Championship. Page again states that he is living the American Dream because everyone knows that “Money Makes the World go Round.” The music of Bobby Walker hits as the attention of the crowd goes to the entrance for the young upstart.

    Singles Match
    DDP vs. Bobby Walker

    This match is controlled from the beginning by DDP who, even though it wasn’t needed, attacks Walker as he steps into the ring. The referee rings the bell to start the match and DDP plays around with Walker as Page is clearly enjoying himself by beating up on Walker. Page finally hits the Diamond Cutter for the three count.

    Winner at 2:30 – Diamond Dallas Page

    After the match, Ted Dibiase comes into the ring and is laughing at Bobby Walker as he bends over and puts a $100 bill in the mouth of Walker. DDP picks Walker up and goes to hook him for another Diamond Cutter as Konnan runs out to the ring. Page and Dibiase hightail it out of the ring as Konnan enters the ring. Konnan steps over Bobby Walker and starts to yell at DDP, “Your idea of the American Dream is all wrong.” DDP and Ted make their leave as we head to commercial.

    Commercial Break

    Nitro returns to the announcer’s desk as they recap what we just saw between DDP and Konnan. The Brain states that if “I know Ted Dibiase like I think I do, then there is going to be gold around the waist of Diamond Dallas Page very soon.” Tony Schiavone tells us that may just be true and then sets up a vignette for a new tag team that is set to debut soon.

    **The screen cuts and we see static fade in and out as the video feed looks to be interrupted. After the static clears up, we see Kevin Nash and Scott Hall. The screen is set in a black and white hue to it as Nash and Hall are laid out on some staging in a non-descript room. Hall looks into the camera and says, “Looks like you guys need to get your videos right. I mean this was too easy, right Big Guy.” Kevin Nash lets out a huge laugh and agrees with Scott Hall. Kevin makes a few jokes about the quality of WCW production and says that they don’t have to deal with that where they come from. Nash then gets serious and starts to tell us why they have interrupted the show once again. Nash says, “Ya see, we want to apologize to Eric Bischoff.” Hall has a shocked look on his face and seems surprised by Kevin Nash’s statement. “Yea, we wanted to apologize that we didn’t send him through two tables.” Both men get a huge laugh out of this as Hall begins to speak this time. “But you wanted a WAR Eric, and we brought you the war. Now we want you to get your three best men and meet us whenever you want. Eric, you tell us a place and we will be there.” The static starts to come back in and out and then we abruptly cut back to Tony Schiavone**

    We see Tony Schiavone, Bobby Heenan, and Mike Tenay back at the announce table with just a frustrated look on their face. Tony tries to speak, but is unable to get the words out so Bobby Heenan takes over. “Do you two know what this means... there is another one of them out there somewhere and we have no idea who it is. Could they be backstage in the locker room right now? Are they going to show up from another place? Most importantly, when are they coming?” Mike Tenay doesn’t know how to answer the questions as the Brain demands answers. Tony doesn’t know what to say, so he just throws it to the vignette we were supposed to have seen.

    **The scene opens with a shot of the clear blue sky. From the distance, we see an airplane come into the shot. Out of the airplane, come two shapes. We cannot see what the shapes are, but they are starting to come into focus. The camera then shows that there is a big field for the two shapes to land in. The shapes can now be seen and we see a long blonde-haired man and a shorthaired brunette. The men flip their skydiving masks off and look directly into the camera. The blonde starts speaking, “I’m Chris Jericho and this here is my tag team partner, Lance Storm. We just decided that we are going to jump out of that plane because we are thrill seekers; in fact we are The Thrill Seekers. We are coming to WCW in the very near future to seek out all the thrills that the tag team division has. The scene cuts to black as we head back to the arena**

    Commercial Break

    Back in the arena, the music of the Ric Flair hits as the fans start to boo the #1 contender for the WCW World Heavyweight Title. Ric Flair walks down the aisle with Woman and Elizabeth on his arms. Flair is in an elegant robe as he struts down the aisle. The fans are letting Ric have it as Flair just ignores the jeers from the fans. Flair steps into the ring and takes off his robe as Liz and Woman step out of the ring.

    The theme of the Macho Man blares over the loud speakers as the fans give a thunderous ovation for the Macho Man. Randy comes out and charges to the ring, tossing his ring jacket to the ground. The referee steps in between Macho and somehow, is able to stop Randy from attacking Ric before the bell rings. The commentators make mention of how tonight may be the last night that we see Randy Savage in the ring.

    #1 Contenders Match
    Randy Savage vs. Ric Flair

    The match starts with Savage charging at Ric and landing a few quick strikes. Macho Man controls the first portion of the match, but is unable to put Flair away. Macho eventually lets his emotions get the better of him and Flair is able to take over. Ric takes his time on offense to work over the knee of the Macho Man. Randy tries to fight back, but Flair kicks Savage’s knee out from under him. Flair continues to work the knee of Macho and gets some near falls. Ric Flair goes to lock in the figure-four, but Macho is able to block the attempt. Flair lets go of the hold and continues to work on the knee. Macho Man is able to reverse a hold of Flair and starts to fire up again. Macho Man hits a clothesline and then another clothesline. Flair is on the defensive and calls for a time out as he backs into the corner. Macho Man is not having any of this as he attacks Flair with some punches. Macho picks Flair up and sends him to the other corner where Flair goes up and over to the apron. Flair lands on his feet and then rushes over to the other turnbuckle. Flair hops on the turnbuckle and looks to fly off onto Savage, but Randy cuts him off and sends him flipping off the top turnbuckle.
    Macho Man gets a two count and continues his attack. Macho Man comes close to getting a five count on him as Tony Schiavone makes mention that Randy has to make sure that he doesn’t get disqualified like Lex Luger did earlier. After a few moments, Randy Savage knocks down the referee in error. Woman slides a steel chair into the ring to Flair. Savage, who is checking on the referee, doesn’t see the chair entering the ring and turns into a massive steel chair shot from Flair. Ric goes for the cover, but the referee is still out. All of a sudden, the fans in attendance all stand up and we see two figures walking down from the top of the crowd. As the men come into focus, the announcers start yelling to get security because it is Hall and Nash. They step over the guardrail and are trying to get at Flair. The security guards make their way to the ring and get between the ring and Hall and Nash. The Horsemen come flying down to the ringside area and try to get at the invaders. The security is able to stop Benoit and Anderson before they get their hands on Hall and Nash. Sting comes running down to the ring and surprisingly, Lex Luger is right behind him. Sting and Luger are trying to Hall and Nash as inside the ring, Macho Man has started to stir and ends up rolling up Ric Flair. The referee rolls over and counts to three as Flair kicks out right as the three is counted.

    Winner at 12:34 – “Macho Man” Randy Savage

    The fans barely have time to recognize that a three count has been counted as Sting has finally broken through the security and gets his hands on Scott Hall and Kevin Nash. The crowd goes absolutely crazy for the first contact between a WCW wrestler and the invaders. Security quickly grabs Sting as we see Doug Dillinger calling for more security. His request is granted in the form of police officers. Inside the ring, the security has to pull Macho Man and Ric Flair apart as they have began fighting again. The last thing we see on Nitro is security trying to separate all these men as Tony lets us know that we are out of time and we fade to black.

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    Re: WCW 1996 - The Birth of the NWO

    Great that you wrote Bischoff out of this show to recover, would have been disappointed had he been there after what happened at the PPV.

    Good shout on giving Rey Rey a win. I was fine with him not winning at the PPV, especially given how it happened, but he needed to show he's more than just being spectacular pretty quickly, and you did that nicely here.

    I'm slightly on the fence about the Horsemen angle, but for a very specific reason. Flair getting Savage to put his career on the line after the big promo was brilliant. Really awesome stuff. Then the Benoit/Sullivan brawl with Woman being taken out was brilliant as well. What I'm not sure about is that it was all one segment. Randy Savage, one of the biggest wrestlers in history, has promised to put his career on the line, TONIGHT... and it's kind of forgotten about by the end of the segment because something bigger has happened. You've got two incredible angles on your hands there, I'd have loved to have seen one or the other, and then space them out a bit.

    FoF look awesome. When Shark and Bubba came out I was really worried that was going to be their next programme, but luckily it looks as though they were just being used to get FoF even more over. Loved the touch of using the RWs spikes, too.

    I still think the Sting/Luger story is maybe a little too much. It's certainly better as you're slowing it down, but what I think is missing is an indication of why they're still teaming. All they do is bicker and cost each other matches. If things are that bad, why wouldn't one of them say "you know what, we've never really been a team, why don't we go back to singles?" What I mean is, it would be great to see them work well as a team, or have them understand each other's situation, or have one of them apologise, or have Sting think the referee was harsh in DQing Luger, or something like that. Evidence that they're friends at the heart of it all. Because if they aren't friends (and they don't come across as friends), then why are they still together?

    Good to see a couple of squashes in there as we are still in the mid 90s after all, and DDP and Eddie, as losers at the PPV, are good recipients, Actually, there's a few of the matches here where losers at the PPV have gone over. Really smart booking. I'm liking the DiBiase/DDP connection because, even though DDP doesn't need a "manager", he does need something to make him feel like an important part of the show, and that's what DiBiase is for him. DDP as US Champ feels right for around this era, too. Really great stuff.

    I absolutely LOVE that you had the nWo hijack the expected video, which is just awesome. Totally logical place for them to come in, and really adds to the essence of "they could do anything".

    The Thrillseekers video I'm less sure on. On one hand, it's awesome that you've done a super cheesy 90s debut video as that's so classic for the kind of thing you'd see in WCW in the early 90s, and there are still remnants of that hanging around. The two issues I have though, is that firstly putting this straight after the nWo one made this seem so lame in comparison. Unless the plan is to bring them in as cheesy, almost Bo-lieve style NXT Bo Dallas heels, they feel like they're from a complete other era, simply because of what they followed. I also thought Jericho's dialogue was a bit off. "We just decided that we are going to jump out of that plane because we are thrill seekers... We are coming to WCW in the very near future to seek out all the thrills that the tag team division has" makes him sound like a bit of a robot. Almost like what an exec in his 50s would think the "kids" would like, rather than actually being cool.

    Disappointed Woman is now totally fine and there's no more reference to anything that happened earlier in the show. Given Kevin Sullivan was literally crying, seems a shame she's just there on Flair's arm and handing him a steel chair and whatnot an hour later.

    Hmm... Savage steals a victory thanks to Hall and Nash, huh? Interesting... will make sure to keep a mental note of that. Love the carnage of having them come down and unlikely people standing up to them and all that. Makes the threat feel very real. I do think there's an element of Savage winning and not losing his career being totally overwhelmed by everything around it, which seems a little unnecessary. Did his career really need to be on the line here? In fact, since he said he'd put his career on the line, I've not seen any other reference to it, which again, feels like a missed opportunity. It also looks as though the main event of last night's PPV is already redundant, which isn't great 24 hours after the PPV. Especially when it main evented in place of Giant's title defence, which already made him seem fairly insignificant. I also think that all this carnage would have perhaps landed even better without there essentially being a chaotic pull apart earlier in the show, featuring quite a few of the same people. I really liked this segment, and you're doing all the right things with the nWo so far, but I'd encourage you to explore whether you need to have quite so much packed in to every show.

    Speaking of the Giant just now... where is he? Obviously I've said before about him against DDP feeling like a midcard feud, but not appearing at all makes him seem like a total nobody. Couldn't he have joined Luger and Sting trying to confront Hall and Nash or something?

    Overall, a really interesting show. The things I've mentioned are more constructive feedback than criticism, because I really love the idea behind everything you're doing. This so clearly suits you and I'm pumped to see where it goes. This is for sure one of my favourite BTBs to read on here right now, no doubt. I'm really impressed.

    One thing I wanted to bring up is in your "response" post you mentioned about trying to cut the detail down in matches because some people said they were too long. I'd really encourage you to consider if that's for the best. Just because someone reading thinks it's too long for them doesn't make it fact. If you like writing matches out, and you clearly do, keep doing it. As long as you also make it accessible by making the "big moments" stand out, I don't see a problem with it. It's of course important to be open to feedback so you can improve, but if you enjoy doing something, don't stop because others say they'd like to see it a different way. This should be more for your enjoyment than others.

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    Re: WCW 1996 - The Birth of the NWO

    Big fan of you making a big deal of what happened to Bischoff. I’d even be in favour of keeping him off TV for a few more weeks on top of this to really sell the impact of that Powerbomb. The fact that even Heenan is treating this seriously speaks volumes about the severity of this ‘invasion’ with the entire company rallying against Hall and Nash, regardless of their own heel/face alignment. Great stuff.

    And a perfect follow up for Rey after the screwy loss on his debut. Glad this wasn’t a standard squash either, as I don’t think that kind of match would really suit a guy like Rey. Competitive showcase definitely the way to go, and keeps Malenko in our minds too with him coming out to scout what was going on. Pleased Rey was smart enough not to be lulled into the handshake, and referring to what happened last night as a reason not to trust Malenko. Off to a really strong start this week coming out of the Bash.

    I’m enjoying the underlying tension between Arn and Benoit being brought up every know and again, and I liked the two of them seemingly sending out different messages here with Arn all about the title and Benoit all about a personal issue with Sullivan. I’d be careful about throwing around the “retirement” stipulation so arbitrarily like this though for a one night angle, as it cheapens that type of angle when you run it in future. The only pass I can give it is that Savage is a notoriously crazy person that he might just be nutty enough to accept those terms, but really, I’d prefer to keep the retirement angles for big shows with plenty of build up.

    The other problem here for me was that Savage was totally overshadowed by the Woman/Sullivan angle at the end of the segment. Intriguing situation developing by blurring the line between real life and a wrestling angle, with this, coupled with Benoits pointed comments earlier. Big departure from the goofy stuff Sullivan has been mixed up in, so I’m really interested in seeing how you balance the stuff Sullivan already has going on, along with this more reality based angle that’s really kicked into gear.

    Really nice touch of Meng and Barbarian keeping the Road Warriors spikes as memento’s from last night. Faces of Fear dominating the American Males was awesome. If you’re still going down the route of breaking Bagwell and Riggs up, this is a perfect use for them as a team, making Meng and Barbarian look absolutely dominant. And you pulled off a nice surprise by having the Faces of Fear even beat up Bubba and Tenta. Looked like a typical set up for a face team run in to run off the nasty heels. Nice switch up on that old formula and again – the Faces of Fear look tremendous. Give me more of this!!

    Well, I’m glad you’ve addressed the legal man stuff from the Great American Bash and used that to put together a #1 Contender match for the tag titles. Everything else here was fine, and gave you a chance to continue the escalating tensions between Sting and Luger. Thought Sting was a bit harsh for calling out Lex regarding the “outside doing God knows what” when he’d know by now that Luger was tending to Sherri. I think it might’ve been better served for Sting to question if Lex really wants this team to work given his other actions throughout the match before arriving at Lex tending to another teams manager as the tipping point.

    Again, I think there’s enough plausible deniability for Lex here in the DQ loss and getting wrapped up in the moment off his hot tag sequence, so kudos on that for not making things obvious about what Luger is really up to. With the Sting/Luger team out of the picture though now in terms of the title picture, it’ll be interesting to see what actually keeps these two together for much longer – or maybe the break up is coming soon. Have to expect that to be the case, as there’s little other reason for these two to stay together if they’re out of the title hunt.

    Nice showcase for Eddie, and I appreciated the extra little bit of hype you typed up for him on commentary to note that last night was a coming out party for him. Excited to see how he progresses going forward from here with the win over Enos.

    And I’m definitely on board with DDP setting his sights on the U.S Title. Feels like a much more natural spot for him, and it’ll be a good chance to give Konnan something substantial now too. A DDP/Konnan rivalry sounds pretty darn good, especially if DDP is running with this ‘Living The American Dream’ gimmick that you’ve started here.

    This was fun. Hall and Nash hijacking the show and replacing the vignette for a tag team with one for themselves was an excellent way to keep their ‘invasion’ angle going, and at the same time do something different from what they’ve been doing up to now. Got to agree with Keefmoon’s comments on the Thrillseekers vignette that followed. In keeping with the time period, it’s cheesy, which in and of itself is fine, but coming off the back of the Outsiders cool and edgy vignette, it doesn’t do much to make the Thrillseekers feel like a big deal. Along with Keef, I think more could’ve been done to make Jericho sound more animated. A few of the words (like jump or thrills) could’ve been in bold or use of caps might’ve added a little more animation to the dialogue. As an aside though, bringing in Jericho and Storm as their team is awesome.

    The lack of any real follow up on the Woman angle or the fact Savage is putting his career on the line between that earlier segment and the main event is a bit disappointment. Both angles should’ve been referenced at least once more during the show before this main event, especially the fact this could be the last time we ever see Randy Savage.

    Nice touch during the match of referring back to the earlier DQ that cost Luger and Savage needing to keep his composure here. Big impact made by the Outsiders then, and a big moment for them to have their first interaction with the big time WCW stars. Them essentially assisting Savage is obviously going to lead to questions about where Savage’s loyalties lie, which is great. I guess with Sting and Luger getting involved, it answers my earlier question about their direction too. Excellent main event angle, and whilst the retirement angle just being thrown out there irked me, the end result was fantastic with the Hall and Nash angle ramping up. Can’t wait to see the questions Savage will be fielding next week as a result of this. Tremendous closing sequence to the show.

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    Re: WCW 1996 - The Birth of the NWO

    -I liked how you used the ever-heel Brain to slam the nWo to sell how bad they are.

    -Capitalize some of your big moves, it draws a reader to them. Springboard Hurricanrana stands out more than springboard hurricanrana when reading. I would love to see Mr. JL get some love in the cruiserweight division as well. So crisp and exceptional.

    -It was nice to finally see some progression in the Benoit/Sullivan feud. This is a program I hope to see you wrap up ASAP, as it’s just such an awkward feud to book and write now, all things consider. You forgot to highlight Savage as he came out, just a FYI. The Four Horsemen are just really kind of stuck right now, trying to have their individual angles going, but really just waiting to take on the nWo.

    -A lot of good storyline development to keep getting Meng and Barbarian over, Bubba & Shark coming in, and the continued American Males split. I would love to see you do an angle of a Survivors Group for the ex-DOD members :D

    -I’m so ready for the Sting/Luger split already. It needs to happen because it is bogging down the tag division. Definitely disappointing to see a long match on TV when with such a cheesy finish, but I do get it in terms of the storyline. It’s hard to book your way out of a crappy situation haha.

    -I think it is totally smart for DDP to step back down into the US Title scene, but, doing it one night after he just fought for the World Title is just way too quick. I liked the promo in a nut shell, Page living the American Dream now because of DiBiase, but in the grand scheme, too quick.

    -Nice little spotlight for Eddie. I love that you can do this in 1996 and it’s totally in place for the time.

    -The nWo promo was run of the mill. A little too short for my liking, but I do get the need to keep it simple right now, and let it slowly build up over time.

    -Oh man, The Thrillseekers vignette was so cheesy bad hahaha. I love that they are coming in together, but that “in fact we are the Thrill Seekers” stuff was REALLY cheesy man. I would love to see Jericho be a white meat babyface for a while haha

    -You need to space our your paragraphs more, they’re running together in blocks. It will help out your readers a great deal.

    -I’m not a fan of this main event at all. You have Randy Savage putting his career on the line for the World Title shot/another shot at Flair, but that all is overshadowed by the nWo. You have a huge main event, plus the nWo v. WCW fighting for the first time, but it is happening at the same time, so they’re both over shadowing each other. This would’ve been much better if the nWo v. WCW fight happened next week, and you let Savage putting his career on the line get the focus it deserved.

    -Overall, I think this was probably your worst outing for this thread. A lot of the big angles just didn’t hit for me at all. A big tag match ending on a weak DQ spot, Savage putting his career on the line was overshadowed by Sullivan/Benoit early on and then the nWo itself, the Thrillseekers vignette was pretty weak... just a miss. However, I’ve seen your quality, so I’m writing this off as an aberration.

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    I just want to flag right off the bat that opening with the commentators updating us on the condition of Eric Bischoff is certainly the best way to start. This was easily the most noteworthy thing that happened on the pay per view. A very nice touch with Heenan not even able to tell a joke at Bischoff’s expense and then revealing his serious side. Fantastic work.

    Rey Rey gets a nice win over Lynn, which is smart considering he lost his debut last night, but still looked impressive regardless. Continuing on the momentum here was the right move, and I like the idea of Mysterio/Malenko continuing. Solid stuff here with the hand shake rejection.

    Horseman promo time? Awesome. I really enjoyed the initial words from Anderson with the message to the NWO, however the fact that Benoit was on a completely different page continues that angle. Some of Benoit’s comments directed at Sullivan here were straight savage. Speaking of which, Flair/Savage stuff was pretty good as well, and then all of the attacks were fun as well, however it was far to much in one segment. There should nearly always be build to a career stipulation match as opposed to just making it on the night, and these two HUGE/AWESOME events needed to be two different segments. Woman getting knocked by Sullivan and Savage putting his career on the line needed their own moments, as opposed to being blended together to over shadow each other. With that being said, the angles themselves and the writing was great.

    All around good stuff here. The Faces of Fear look terrific with their quick win, and then beat down on two teams afterwards. I also noted Bagwell’s attitude during American Males entrance and after the match, continuing their break up progression nicely.

    Sting/Luger stuff continues to progress nicely here with the back and forth based on what happened at the PPV. Everything from Luger wanting a rematch whereas Sting says they need to earn a shot, to Luger kind of hiding behind Sting when bad mouthing The Steiner’s was awesome. All three teams from last night getting involved was good, and I like the way the match was announced… But for me the main thing here is for Sting/Luger dissention.

    One thing I disliked about this match here was that Luger left, and Sting had to seemingly go get him through the commercial break… But then there was no mention of Luger and Sting having made up or being salty throughout the whole match recap. That didn’t sit right with me, to be honest. Once I look past that, match was fine, and I thought it made sense for The Steiner’s to be a little more aggressive. A good win for them, and Luger’s DQ continues the Sting/Luger dissention angle, however I wasn’t sure about the intentional DQ angle. Maybe would have worked better with a chair shot or something, this just seemed like a really dull ending, and The Steiner’s have done nothing to earn a title shot. Not sure this was the greatest way to book this.

    I like the fact that Eddie is getting some more support after his solid effort against Anderson at the PPV. A solid win here to continue his momentum, no dramas.

    I’m still not completely sold on this DDP/DiBiase relationship if I’m honest. In theory, the whole rich man thing works, but it just seems strange to use a mouth piece on a character as strong as DDP… In which case, Ted is barely being used. It feels like he could maybe be better used elsewhere. I do like DDP focusing on the US Title though, and the win as well as the first confrontation with Konnan afterwards sets that up nicely.

    The NWO angle continues to come along very slowly, and that happened again here. Nash and Hall being arrogant about the Bischoff incident, and then laying down a challenge was all well and good. I just can’t wait for this angle to pick up already to be honest.

    I’m all for Jericho and Storm coming in as a tandem. Sounds bloody awesome!

    Savage/Flair went as basically you would expect it to go, outside of the ending. Hall and Nash providing a distraction and allowing Savage to get the win was a shock, but it sets up things to remain interesting in the title scene. Although it doesn’t feel like the type of win that qualifies Savage for a shot at the title. Outside of that, the aftermath with the first bit of contact between Hall/Nash and Sting was awesome. Terrific ending to the show.

    A few small things here and there but another really good effort. I love your writing style as well, shows are really easy to get through. Keep up the fantastic work.








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    WCW Saturday Night
    June 22 1996

    The show starts with the announcer’s booth as we see the two-shot of Mike Tenay and Larry Zbyszko. Mike Tenay welcomes us to WCW Saturday Night and then recaps the Great American Bash. Larry makes mention of Eric Bischoff being powerbombed through the table and says, “I am absolutely disgusted by what I saw from you two. You have no right to come into this company, a company rich in tradition, and just do what you see fit. You are not wanted here, so you need to just leave.” Mike Tenay thanks Larry for his comments and sends it to the ring for our first contest.

    “Noble Occasion” blares over the loudspeakers as the fans begin to boo the men from England. Tonight, the Blue Bloods consist of Sir Robert Eaton and Squire David Taylor. Lord Steven Regal is leading the two to the ring, clearly showing that he is the leader of the Blue Bloods.

    “American Males” plays through out the arena as we hear some high pitched squeals from the ladies in the audience; however, there is some pretty loud boos coming from the males in the audience. Scotty Riggs seems oblivious to this as he is doing the signature over-the-head clap that the American Males are known for. Marcus Bagwell sees the camera and smirks into it and point at Riggs and then laughs before hopping into the ring.

    Tag Team Match
    Blue Bloods vs. American Males

    The match starts with Riggs and Eaton in which the veteran, Eaton, is able to get the advantage with some slick wrestling moves. Riggs is able to reverse a move and get away from Eaton, tagging Bagwell into the match. Eaton tags in his partner and Bagwell is actually in charge of the match until he gets cocky and plays out to the crowd to a round of jeers from the men in attendance. Taylor gets the advantage and hits a few moves before tagging in Eaton. The Blue Bloods continue the onslaught with quick tags back and forth before Bagwell is able to slip away from Taylor and tag in Scotty Riggs. Scotty comes in a house of fire and knocks Taylor down to the mat and then Eaton down to the floor below. Riggs hits a beautiful Fisherman’s Buster suplex onto Dave Taylor. Riggs pops up to a big ovation from the ladies in the audience, but Marcus Bagwell is not happy on the outside of the ring. Bagwell is yelling at Riggs for “stealing his move.” Riggs comes over to Bagwell and tries to get him to calm down, but while this is going on Dave Taylor rolls up Riggs, pulls the tights and gets the three count.

    Winner at 5:05 – The Blue Bloods

    Commercial Break

    WCW Saturday Night returns with the two-shot of Mike Tenay and Larry Zbyszko as Mike sets up a pre-taped interview that Mike conducted with Cruiserweight Champion, Dean Malenko.

    The scene is your standard sit-down interview set. We open with a wide shot of Mike and Dean Malenko sitting in chairs that are turned inwards so that the two men are looking at each other. Both men are dressed in business casual outfits and Dean has his Cruiserweight Championship Belt sitting on his lap. The camera switches between close up shots of each man as they are speaking.

    “Thank you for joining me tonight Dean,” starts Mike Tenay,“and congratulations on your successful title defense against Rey Mysterio Jr. at the Great American Bash.”

    “Your welcome Mike. It’s always a pleasure talking with someone that is knowledgeable about the sport of professional wrestling.”

    “I try my best, but thank you. Now, I do have a few questions for you, tonight. I’d first like to ask why you issued an open challenge knowing that anyone could answer it.”

    “Well ya see Mike, I know that I am the Elite Cruiserweight in the world of professional wrestling. I am always up for a challenge and I wanted any Cruiserweight in the world to be able to challenge for this title.”

    “Very understandable Dean. How did you feel coming out of your match with Mysterio Jr.?”

    “I felt great, Mike. I came away with my title” Dean holds up his championship belt and shows it to the camera. “I proved that I was the better man that night and I will continue to prove that I am the best Cruiserweight in the world.”

    “Well, some would say that you didn’t fully prove that on Sunday," says Mike. "Some fans are saying that you became frustrated against Rey and almost lost your temper. You even had to pull the tights to secure the victory.”

    Dean starts to get a little more intense with his tone as he answers Mike’s question.

    “That is where you are wrong Mike. I didn’t have to pull the tights; I choose to hold onto the tights of Mysterio. I gave Mysterio the advantage by allowing him to not reveal who my opponent was until the night of the match. So what if I evened up the odds by pulling at the tights of Mysterio. I was going to win the match regardless, I just choose to end it earlier.”

    “I want to ask you what your motivations were when you walked down to the ring on Monday Nitro and offered your hand to Mysterio after his win against Jerry Lynn.”

    “Mike, I simply went out there to congratulate Rey on a hard-fought win and also to shake Rey’s hand because I wasn’t able to shake his hand at the Great American Bash. So, I walk out after the match, like a man, and offer my hand to Rey Mysterio Jr. and what does he do, Mike?”

    Mike Tenay doesn’t answer the question thinking that it was a rhetorical question.

    “Answer the question, Tenay. What did Rey do?”

    Mike starts to answer the question, but is cut off by Dean Malenko.

    “I’ll answer the question, Tenay. He WALKED away. I stood there looking like a goof with my hand held out and Mysterio just walks away from me. He walked away from the greatest Cruiserweight in the world and that is just disrespectful. Mike, I don’t take kindly to be disrespected by anyone.”

    “Dean, last question. If you’re on even footing with Rey Mysterio Jr., who wins the match, you or Rey Mysterio Jr.?”

    Dean starts to speak, but then stands up holding his championship belt to his chest and starts to walk off the set.

    “This interview is over.”
    Commercial Break

    **WCW Saturday Night returns with a highlight video of Rey Mysterio. It showcases some of his high-flying moves from his short time in WCW. It is a well-produced package that really shows what the fans can come to expect from Mysterio**
    We return from the video package to see Dave Penzer in the middle of the ring when all of a sudden, we hear Mike Tenay say that we need to send it to the backstage area where there is quite a disturbance. Larry says, “it better not be them punks, Hall and Nash.”

    **The camera cuts to the backstage area, which is essentially an empty hallway, where we see Public Enemy brawling with the Nasty Boys. Johnny Grunge is paired off with Jerry Sags and Brian Knobs is fighting with Rocco Roc. The Public Enemy seems to have the advantage as Roc knocks Knobs upside the head with a garbage can and Grunge hits Jerry in the back with a steel chair. Rocco Roc grabs the garbage can and starts to head over to Sags, but Knobs is able to knock Roc in the back of the head with a steel chair that he had grabbed from seemingly nowhere. Grunge heads over to get back at Brian Knobs and they start to brawl. Doug Dillinger and his security team rushes in and separates the tag teams as we head back to the arena.**
    Bad Man” plays over the arena speakers as the fans give a big pop for Eddie Guerrero. Eddie comes to the ring with a smile on his face as he slaps hands with some of the fans at ringside. Mike Tenay really puts over Eddie’s matchup with Arn Anderson at the GAB and says that it is the breakout performance that Eddie had been looking for. Eddie gets into the ring and plays to the crowd as he gets a really big ovation from the audience.

    “Noble Occasion” is heard throughout the arena as the fans give a loud round of boos as Lord Steven Regal makes his way down to the ring sans the rest of the Blue Bloods. Larry Zbyszko makes note that the Blue Bloods have been barred from ringside mostly due to their actions the last time these two competitors met. Regal, wearing a pompous smirk has his head held high with his nose in the air as if to say that he smells something bad on the fans in attendance. Regal slowly makes his way into the ring as the fans are just booing him to no end.


    Singles Match
    Eddie Guerrero vs. Lord Steven Regal

    The match is a technical showcase between these two fine technical wrestlers. Eddie is able to get the opening advantage and handles it for the first few moments, using his speed to his advantage. In typical Eddie fashion, Guerrero is the cause of his own demise when he goes to leap up to the top rope and stumbles a little. Regal is able to use this advantage to crotch Guerrero on the top turnbuckle. Regal takes advantage and lands some very stiff strikes to Guerrero. Regal is able to lock on a submission hold, but Eddie is able to use the cheers of the crowd to will him to get to the bottom rope. After a few moments, Eddie is able to start his comeback and looks to put the match away, but Regal is able to get his foot on the bottom rope after a Gory Bomb from Eddie who cannot believe it. Eddie tries to keep the advantage, but gets rolled up in a small package for a two. A few more back and forth counters takes place before Regal is able to get a school boy where he puts his feet on the ropes for the win, albeit by cheating.

    Winner of the match at 12:04 – Lord Steven Regal

    Commercial Break

    We return from commercial to a video package hyping a new tag team coming to WCW.

    **The scene opens with a shot of the clear blue sky. From the distance, we see an airplane come into the shot. Out of the airplane, come two shapes. We cannot see what the shapes are, but they are starting to come into focus. The camera then shows that there is a big field for the two shapes to land in. The shapes can now be seen and we see a long blonde-haired man and a shorthaired brunette. The men flip their skydiving masks off and look directly into the camera. The blonde starts speaking, “I’m Chris Jericho and this here is my tag team partner, Lance Storm. We just decided that we are going to jump out of that plane because we are thrill seekers; in fact we are The Thrill Seekers. We are coming to WCW in the very near future to seek out all the thrills that the tag team division has.” The scene cuts to black as we head back to the arena**
    “Disco Fever” plays as the fans begin to boo the tag team known as the Dancing Fools. Disco and Alex dance their way down to the ring completely oblivious to the fact that the fans are not dancing along and continue to strut their stuff as they get into the ring.

    “Faces of Fear” plays over the loudspeakers as the crowd begins to boo the men that have seemed to take out the legendary Road Warriors. Meng and Barbarian are still holding the spikes from Hawk and Animal. Meng almost gets into an altercation with some stupid fan in the front row, but luckily Jimmy Hart and Barbarian are there to get Meng into the ring.

    Tag Team Match
    Dancing Fools vs. Faces of Fear

    This match isn’t even really a match, but more of a complete annihilation of the Dancing Fools. For reasons that no one can understand, Disco Inferno starts by trying to get Meng to dance. Yes, you read that correctly, Disco Inferno tried to get Meng to dance. Needless to say, this entire exchange does not end well for Disco, even though the fans do get a chuckle out of Disco’s attempt. Meng utterly destroys Disco before tossing him into the corner for Alex Wright to, reluctantly tag into the match. Barbarian yells for a tag into the match and Meng obliges. Disco pumps up Alex Wright before charging at Barbarian, right into the Kick of Fear. Barbarian covers Wright for the three count as he stares Disco down.

    Winner at 3:05 – Faces of Fear

    After the match, Jimmy Hart steps into the ring and starts to celebrate over the top like as the Faces of Fear just stand around looking intimidating. The Dancing Fools slowly roll out of the ring as Kevin Sullivan walks down to the ring with a mean look on his face. Sullivan grabs a microphone from the ringside area and enters the ring.

    “Now, since some things came up on Monday that I WILL NOT BE TALKING ABOUT, We have a little bit of Dungeon business that needs to be taken care of tonight,” Sullivan takes a second to look at the Faces of Fear.Don’t worry boys, you two took care of business at the Great American Bash. The Road Warriors are done, finished, never coming back and its all due to MY Faces of Fear.”

    The fans give Kevin a huge round of boos before starting a chant for the Road Warriors.

    “You can chant that all you want, but they won’t be here. Now for someone that isn’t out here right now, but needs to be. Hugh Morris get out here right now.”

    The Dungeon of Doom music hits as the fans begin to boo for Hugh Morris, who has made his way through the entranceway. Hugh Morris is laughing out loud as he walks down the entranceway. Morris steps into the ring still laughing.

    “What’s so funny, Hugh,. Was it funny when you didn’t bring the gold to the Dungeon? Was it funny that you disrespected the Dungeon and made us look like fools in front of the world? Was it funny when you gave up to Konnan?”

    Hugh Morris stops his laughing as he starts to try to talk to Kevin about what happened at the Great American Bash.

    “Kevin, I -”

    “Don’t even start,” Sullivan cuts off Morris. I told everyone that I was cutting the dead weight from the Dungeon. Shark was cut, Big Bubba was cut, and now Hugh Morris is cut.”

    As soon as Sullivan says this, Meng and Barbarian attack Hugh from behind and knock him to the canvas face-first. The three wrestlers begin to stomp Hugh as Jimmy Hart is yelling into his megaphone at Morris. Meng picks up, sends Morris into the ropes and as Morris comes back, Meng back body drops Morris into Barbarian who catches Hugh with a powerbomb. The Dungeon stands tall as the fans get to their feet and look at the entranceway. Out comes Shark and Big Bubba, both have bandages on their head selling the Spike attack from Monday Nitro. Shark and Bubba hit the ring, but make the unfortunate mistake of sliding into the ring, which gives the Faces of Fear the jumpstart they need. Meng and Barbarian land some rather stiff kicks to the head of Shark and Big Bubba. They basically destroy Bubba and Shark, which has the fans start up the chants for the Road Warriors.

    Kevin Sullivan starts to head up the entranceway backwards as he is laughing at the destruction of his former Dungeon members. Unbeknownst to Sullivan, Chris Benoit has walked out of the entranceway and is stalking Kevin. Eventually, Sullivan backs into Benoit and slowly turns around into a huge right hand from Chris Benoit. “The Crippler” starts raining down punches on Sullivan with an intensity that hasn’t been seen from Benoit before. Benoit starts to yell, “How dare you strike her, you’re a dead man.” Benoit bashes the head of Kevin into the guardrail over and over again. This brings security out and they grab Benoit and start to pull him off of Sullivan. Meng and Barbarian have finally taken notice of what is happening to their leader and make their way up the aisle way. The security guards get in between them and hold them back as we fade to black.

    Commercial Break

    We return to the music of Harlem Heat as the WCW World Tag Team Champions make their way to the ring to a pretty big amount of heat. Sister Sherri is right behind them wearing one of her leather dresses that matches the purple leather gear that Harlem Heat is wearing. The champions have the tag belts around their waist as they yell at some fans in the front row before getting into the ring. Harlem Heat steps onto the middle turnbuckles and hold their belts high in the air to a huge smattering of boos from the audience. Already in the ring are the ring are their opponents, Scott and Brad Armstrong.


    Non-Title Tag Team Match
    Harlem Heat © vs. The Armstrongs

    This match is as you would expect, complete destruction by the new tag team champions. This is clearly a way to showcase the new champions and give them an opportunity to show off their teamwork and signature moves. Brad Armstrong is the only Armstrong to get a small amount of offense, but Booker T is able to cut him off rather quickly. After a few moments, and a quick tag to Scott Armstrong, Booker T lands the scissors kick for the three count.

    Winner at 4:30 – Harlem Heat

    Sister Sherri grabs the Tag Team belts and steps into the ring. She hands the titles to her men and the three of them pose in the middle of the ring soaking in the heat from the crowd. They then step out of the ring and head to the back. Once they walk through the entranceway, the music of Diamond Dallas Page hits to a ginormous amount of heat from the crowd.

    DDP walks out into the arena and the boos from the fans intensify more, but the louder the boos get the more that DDP seems to get cockier. Page is wearing a bedazzled ring jacket and has a Cuban cigar in his mouth. Ted Dibiase is walking right behind his client with a handful of $100 bills spread out like they are a handful of playing cards. Page jaw-jacks with the fans in attendance while Dibiase gets a microphone and has DDP step into the ring. DDP is handed the microphone by Dibiase and he tries to start to talk.

    “All you people need to -”

    The level of boos from the crowd is overwhelming and DDP cannot be heard over the loudness of the crowd.

    “All you people need to -”

    Again the noise from the crowd is too much to be able to hear what Diamond Dallas is trying to say. It can be seen that DDP is starting to get frustrated.

    “SHHHHHHUUUUUUTTTTTTT UPPPPPPP!!!”

    This quiets the crowd down a little bit, enough to give Page time to speak.

    “That’s more like it. The most important man in WCW has something to say and all of your idiots need to shut up and listen to me.”

    The fans give some heat to DDP for his comments.

    “I am out here to once again let it be known that I demand Gold around my waist.” DDP motions for gold around his waist. “I am not one to have to wait for things, so I have demanded a United States Championship match tonight against Konnan.”

    Page takes off his ring jacket and tosses his cigar out of the ring to reveal that he is his ring attire and is ready for a fight.

    “I wanted a chance to win the US title, to give you fans a championship match, but is that going to happen Ted?”

    “No, its not Dallas,” says Ted Dibiase.

    The crowd gives a tremendous amount of heat for the bait and switch by DDP and Ted Dibiase.

    “That’s right,” Dibiase, continues, “Konnan didn’t want to show up to defend his title. He didn’t think it was worthy of being in America tonight.”

    DDP is getting fired up and grabs the microphone from Ted.

    “Exactly, I am simply trying to live the American Dream and Konnan won’t even show up in America because he has prior obligations in Mexico.” DDP has a disgusted look on his face as he finishes up his thoughts. “So, because Konnan doesn’t respect his American fans, you don’t get to see the best damn wrestler in WCW compete tonight.”

    The fans boo for the blatant disrespect to Konnan as Mike Tenay lets the fans watching know that Konnan’s trip to Mexico was planned months ago for some cross-promotional ventures and everyone in WCW knew this.

    “We just wanted to let everyone know that Konnan doesn’t care about you and if you want a real American Hero, then you need to cheer for Diamond Dallas Page because I got more money than any of you can ever dream of and I will do whatever I need to do to become the United States Champion.”

    Ted Dibiase finishes the promo off with his signature line.

    “Everyone has a price for Ted Dibiase. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHA”


    Commercial Break

    WCW Saturday Night returns with our Main Event of the evening. “2x4” plays over the speakers as the fans give a huge ovation for the man that personifies America, Jim Duggan. Jim comes out with his trusty 2x4 and is walking to the ring with a big smile on his face. Duggan steps into the ring and gives his signature “HOOOOOOO” as the fans chant it back to him.

    “Horseman” hits as the Television Champion walks out into the arena. The fans give a round of boos, but oddly enough some of the older fans in attendance are being respectful and give a small clap for Arn Anderson. “The Enforcer” has his title strapped around his waist and has his four fingers in the air displaying the signal of the Four Horsemen. Anderson slowly gets into the ring, as he is about to defend his Television Title.


    Television Title Match
    Arn Anderson © vs. Jim Duggan

    Jim Duggan is able to use his power to get the early advantage and Arn bumps around for the bigger Duggan for the first few moments of the match. Eventually, Arn is able to use his veteran knowledge and dastardly demeanor to cheat to get the advantage. Arn works the shoulder in vintage Anderson style and is somehow able to ground the big man, Duggan. Jim starts a comeback and is able to set up for the three-point stance spear, but Anderson moves out of the way and lifts Duggan up for the Spine Buster (you’re freaking welcome Wolfbeast and Stojy) for the three count.

    Winner at 7:30 and still Television Champion –

    Arn Anderson

    Mike Tenay and Larry Zbyszko sign off for another edition of WCW Saturday Night as we fade out to black.
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