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    WCW 1996 - The Birth of the NWO

    Gene Okerlund’s Hotline Report

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    A very special hotline report this week as WCW Nitro will be becoming a two-hour broadcast starting this week on May 27th 1996. I, Gene Okerlund, will be giving all of my listeners a behind the scenes look at how World Championship Wrestling has gotten to this point. I will be taking you behind the scenes into some of the rumors that are running wild as well as going over some of the high points in WCW history leading to the history making episode of Nitro.

    We start way back in the spring of 1994, when the higher ups in WCW where looking for a new captain to run the ship, so to speak. Many thought that it would be Tony Schiavone or Jim Ross to be the next Executive Vice President of WCW. However, there was a curveball thrown by Ted Turner as a young, some say brash, young man named Eric Bischoff was named Executive Vice President of World Championship Wrestling. The first big move that Eric made was to sign away the top star from the World Wrestling Federation, Hulk Hogan to the biggest contract in the history of WCW.

    Hulk came in and on his first night in the company defeated Ric Flair at Bash at the Beach on July 17 1994 to become the new World heavyweight champion. The next major signing that Eric had was Macho Man Randy Savage, who debuted at Starrcade on December 27 1994. Savage would help Hulk out by fighting off Kevin Sullivan, Avalanche, and The Butcher after the main event of the Granddaddy of them all. The year 1995 was to be a very influential year in the history of WCW.

    Eric Bischoff was on a mission to make WCW the number one wrestling company in the United States and so was Ted Turner. Eric had convinced Turner to open his checkbook up in the signing of Hogan and Savage. Over the beginning of 1995, Eric began to hire more former WWF superstars and they were immediately put into competition with Hulk Hogan. Kevin Sullivan took over as the man in charge of putting together shows and matches, otherwise known as the booker. Sullivan put together the Dungeon of Doom to feud with Hulk Hogan.

    Some wrestling fans did not enjoy this much, due to being used to WCW focusing more on the wrestling abilities rather than the cartoonish characters that came from the World Wrestling Federation. While Hulk Hogan continued to wrestle as if he were still in the WWF, Macho Man began a feud with Ric Flair and the newly formed Four Horseman of Brian Pillman, Arn Anderson, Ric Flair, and Chris Benoit. This feud would lead us into 1996 as the Dungeon of Doom and the Four Horseman would join forces to make the Alliance to End Hulkamania.

    Another major event that took place in 1995 happened on September 23 1995 when Nitro debuted at the Mall of America. This also brought the debut of Lex Luger, the current Television and Tag Team champion with his partner and long time friend Sting. Lex was jus the latest signing of Eric Bischoff from the WWF and if rumors are true, there will be more coming before the end of the year, but more on that later in this report and future reports. Around the same time that Eric was signing talent from WWF, he was also scouting many talents from Philadelphia, PA based Extreme Championship Wrestling. Bischoff was able to sign away Chris Benoit, Dean Malenko, Eddie Guerrero, and Public Enemy. There are rumblings and rumors that more talent from ECW will be headed to World Championship Wrestling. Again, stay tuned to the hotline for all upcoming rumor and news that can only be heard here.

    While Eric Bischoff was all for hiring talent away from the competition, some say that he made a big mistake when he did not see value in employing some of the rising stars in WCW, mainly Stunning Steve Austin and Cactus Jack. Now, we all know that Cactus Jack has signed with the WWF and is portraying the character, Mankind. Steve Austin is currently working in ECW. I can exclusively report that Eric Bischoff saw the error in his ways and has officially re-signed Steve Austin to World Championship Wrestling. You may ask yourself, how is this possible, well the deal was helped along by Brian Pillman, who is currently in ECW teaming with Steve Austin. As previously reported on the hotline, Brian Pillman has taken his “Loose Cannon” gimmick from just being when the cameras are on to living the gimmick all the time, even backstage. This new attitude of Pillman came to a head when Brian Pillman had a Respect Strap match against Kevin Sullivan February 11 1996 at SuperBrawl where Brian ousted Sullivan as the booker of WCW by stating on the live microphone, “I respect you, Bookerman” and then leaving the arena leading to some on-air confusion and Arn Anderson to fill in for Brian Pillman. Eric Bischoff released Pillman immediately after SuperBrawl.

    Pillman would show up at ECW’s event Cyberslam and continue the Loose Cannon gimmick even attacking a fan in the audience. It finally took Steve Austin coming out to stop Pillman from challenging all the fans in attendance. Austin and Pillman would continue to team up from this moment on. While it looked that Brian was released out-right from WCW, it was actually a ploy by Pillman and Eric to get Brian into ECW to further his loose cannon gimmick. Brian also had a different motive. He wanted to bring back Steve Austin to WCW, when it was time for Brian to return. After spending so much time with Brian, Steve had a secret conversation with Eric and I can report exclusively here that Steve Austin has resigned with WCW. Now, when Pillman and Austin will return to World Championship Wrestling is currently unknown.

    Eric Bischoff has been obsessed with beating Monday Night Raw in the ratings. He has gone so far as to begin to release the results of taped episodes of Raw to the audience before Raw goes on the air. This is seen as a dastardly thing to do in the world of professional wrestling, but Eric simply does not care. He was going to be number 1 and if this is the way to do it then he was going to do it. This now brings us to the end of out report and I have some last minute news for you. Eric Bischoff has been able to sign two free agents to multi-year deals with WCW. I cannot release the names of these superstars, but I can say that they are current big time players in the WWF.
    Roster

    Champions
    WCW World Heavyweight Champion – The Giant
    WCW United States Champion – Konnan
    WCW World Tag Team Champions – Sting/Lex Luger
    WCW Television Champion – Lex Luger
    WCW Cruiserweight Champion – Dean Malenko


    Single Competitors
    Diamond Dallas Page
    Alex Wright
    Hulk Hogan
    Bootie Man
    Jim Duggan
    Macho Man
    Dick Slator
    Craig Pittman
    Renegade
    Kurasawa
    Disco Inferno
    Jerry Lynn
    V.K. Wallstreet
    Eddie Guerrero
    Mark Starr
    Pat Tanaka
    Steve Doll
    Bobby Walker
    Mike Winner
    Mike Enos


    Tag Teams/Factions
    Blue Bloods – Lord Steven Regal, Earl Robert Eaton, Squire David Taylor
    Four Horsemen – Arn Anderson, Ric Flair, Chris Benoit, Woman, Elizabeth
    Dungeon of Doom – The Giant, Big Bubba, Hugh Morris, Kevin Sullivan, Shark, Meng, Barbarian, Jimmy Hart
    American Males- Marcus Bagwell & Scotty Riggs
    Harlem Heat – Stevie Ray & Booker T
    Nasty Boys – Brian Knobbs & Jerry Sags
    Public Enemy – Rocco Rock and Johnny Grunge
    The Road Warriors – Hawk & Animal
    The Steiner Brothers – Scott Steiner & Rick Steiner
    Billy Kidman & Chris Kanyon
    Scott Armstrong & Brad Armstrong

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    Monday Nitro
    May 27 1996

    Nitro opens up with some extra pyrotechnics than normal to help celebrate the new two-hour format for Monday Nitro.

    The announce team is shown and Tony Schiavonne welcomes us to Nitro. Eric Bischoff gives us details on the new announce team for the entire two hours of Nitro, which will be Tony Schiavonne, Eric Bischoff, and Bobby Heenan with Mike Tenay taking the spot of Eric Bischoff during cruiserweight competition.

    Eric Bischoff then stands up and hands his headset over to Mike Tenay as we head to the ring for our opening contest for the Cruiserweight Championship.

    Cruiserweight Championship Match
    Dean Malenko© vs. Eddie Guerrero

    A back and forth match between these two cruiserweights. The fans are enthralled by the action and do not take sides at the beginning of the contest. The match is even until Eddie misses a dive outside of the ring and seems to hurt his back. Dean attacks the back of Eddie and even attacks him on the floor, driving Eddies back into the ring apron. Eddie is able to get a few quick pin attempts, but is cut off by Dean with a knee to the back. Eddie works on a comeback by getting a knee up when Malenko charges at him in the turnbuckle. Eddie lands a couple of quick moves slowly due to the punishment he has taken to his back. Guerrero is able to muster up enough strength to hit a powerbomb. Eddie slowly makes his way to the top rope and is looking for the frog splash, but he misses. Dean gets up and locks Eddie in the butterfly suplex, transitions into a Texas Cloverleaf for the submission victory.

    Winner and still Cruiserweight Champion at 12:35 – Dean Malenko

    Commercial Break

    Returning from commercial, we see Gene Okerlund in the entranceway. He welcomes to the arena his guests, the Tag Team Champions, Sting and Lex Luger. The champions make their way to meet Mean Gene and the first thing Luger says to Okerlund is that he forgot to announce that Lex is also the TV champion and is a double champion. The crowd boos Luger as Sting gets on the microphone and talks to Luger about what happened at Slamboree. Sting asks Luger why he hit The Stinger with Jimmy Hart’s Megaphone at the Pay Per View. Lex tries to weasel his way out of the answer, talking about how he was trying to make Sting a double champion, just like himself. Sting tells Lex that he is to leave him alone when he is in singles competition just as he does when Luger defends his Television title. Luger takes umbrage with Sting not being out there to help Luger continue to be a double champion.

    Mean Gene takes over the interview and asks the Tag Champs about the main event of Nitro, which will be The Steiner Brothers vs. Harlem Heat to be the number one contenders. Luger, apparently, was unaware of this matchup, but says that the match will surely be a great match to watch and he may need an up close and personal look at that match as Lex turns to leave the interview. Sting walks after Luger, yelling this is what I was just talking about, “you need to mind your own business.”

    Singles Match
    “Macho Man” Randy Savage vs. Craig “Pitbull” Pittman

    This is a showcase match for Savage as he dominates Pittman from the opening bell. The announcers discuss how crazy Macho Man has been lately due to Ric Flair and Elizabeth spending all of his money and causing him emotional pain and turmoil. Macho Man finishes the Pitbull off with the top rope elbow drop.

    Winner at 3:45 – “Macho Man” Randy Savage

    After the match, Randy is heard screaming in the face of Pittman and it appears that Randy sees the face of Ric Flair in Pittman. Randy goes back to the top and hits another elbow drop. Randy continues to scream at Pittman and goes up top again. Doug Dillenger runs out with his security team trying to stop Macho Man from hitting another devastating elbow drop. Macho Man tells the security to move out of the way, but they do not listen, so Macho Man shrugs his shoulders and leaps off the top rope over the security team and hits the elbow drop on Craig Pittman. The security team grabs Randy Savage and escorts him to the back all the while Savage is yelling, “this isn’t over Flair, this isn’t over.”

    Commercial Break

    Nitro returns with a pre-taped video in the Dungeon of Doom. Kevin Sullivan talks about how The Giant is still the WCW Heavyweight Champion and whilst he is the champion then Hulkamania will never be alive again. Sullivan talks about how he will continue to have his Dungeon of Doom run all over the World Championship Wrestling. Sullivan makes a subtle shot at Chris Benoit stating that if he “continues on his path of destruction, then Kevin Sullivan will be walking from the other direction and will meet him in the middle.” Sullivan also talks about how every member of the Dungeon will have to pull their own weight and if they do not then he has a Giant that will take care of things for him.

    Singles Match
    Jim Duggan vs. Mark Starr

    This is a squash match for Jim Duggan. He gets the fans involved with some USA chants and takes care of Starr with the three-point running clothesline. HOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!

    Winner at 1:54 – Jim Duggan

    Commercial Break

    Returning from commercial, the music of the Four Horseman hits within the arena as the fans lets out a mixed reaction as we are in Georgia and that is near Horseman country. Ric Flair makes his way to the ring leading the way with Elizabeth on his right arm and Woman on his left. Flair enters the ring followed by Arn Anderson and Chris Benoit. Flair gets on the microphone and talks about Slamboree and how that madman Randy Savage ruined Flair from having the opportunity of regaining his WCW World Heavyweight Championship. Flair gets hot as he says that he has taken away everything from Randy and Savage will not take anything else from Flair because “I have your wife and soon I will have my belt back, WOOOOO.”

    Chris Benoit gets on the microphone and talks directly into the camera speaking directly to Kevin Sullivan. Kevin if you think that you really want to meet me on the path of destruction, just remember that I will not be traveling alone. Arn Anderson grabs the microphone from Benoit and puts it down out of the way which only allows us to hear him very quietly say to Benoit, “you need to leave this be Chris, it will not end well for anyone involved.” Chris yells back at Arn that he needs to “mind his own business because he knows what he is doing and can handle things on his own.” Arn says if that is how you want it then that is how it will be.

    Ric Flair, sensing some hostilities between his fellow Horseman grabs the microphone out of Arn’s hand and says off microphone, lets keep Horseman business as Horseman business. Flair, speaking directly into the microphone, talks about how he is going to go out and party all night long because the tab is on Savage.

    Suddenly, Randy Savage rushes the ring with a steel chair. He hits Benoit and Anderson in the gut with the chair and goes after Flair. Bobby Heenan comments on the look that Savage has in his eye and how he is a man possessed.
    Tony Schiavonnereminds us of the repeated elbow drops that Randy dropped after his match on Craig Pittman. Macho Man rears the chair back looking to swing it and hit Flair right in the head. Elizabeth and Woman jump in the way and Randy holds up on his swing. This momentarily distraction allows for Arn and Chris to jump Macho Man from behind. This leads to a three on one beat down of Savage. Macho Man is able to get a few shots in but the odds are just too much to overcome as the Horseman gets Savage on the ground. DougDillengerwith his security team comes out and clears the ring of the Horseman and goes to help Randy up. Macho gets to his feet and tries to lunge at Flair again. This time Doug and his team are able to restrain Savage and place him in handcuffs. The Horseman backs off as security takes a now restrained Macho Man from the ring. Elizabeth gets Doug to stop walking Randy to the back and looks directly into Savage’s face before slapping him across the face. This causes Randy to try to get after Elizabeth. The security team takes Randy to the ground, while Doug yells at the Horseman to get to the back as we fade to commercial.

    Commercial Break

    • Nitro returns with a recap of last week’s Slamboree PPV event.
    • Diamond Dallas Page wins the Lord of the Ring Battle Royal
    • Ric Flair leaves his lethal lottery partner, Randy Savage, to be double-teamed by Public Enemy
    • Konnan defeats Jushin Liger to retain his US Title
    • The Giant defeats Sting after a shot from Jimmy Hart’s MegaPhone shot from his tag team partner, Lex Luger knocks Sting out.

    The newly crowned Lord of the Ring winner, Diamond Dallas Page makes his way to the ring to a loud chorus of boos from the crowd. DDP looks around and has a smug look on his face as he shows the camera his newly won ring, signifying that he is the Lord of the Ring. DDP gets into the ring and grabs a microphone. DDP talks about how he was out of luck and down in the dumps, but now he is at the top of the mountain and is the reigning Lord of the Ring champion. DDP transitions into talking about how he is got his ring jacket back and his jewelry and all of the finer things in life that he has come accustomed to. Page states that he has a benefactor that is making sure that DDP is taken care of for. Page talks about his upcoming title match against The Giant and how he is going to not only be the Lord of the Ring, “but the next WCW World Heavyweight Champion.”

    The music of Diamond’s opponent, Billy Kidman hits to signal the end of DDP’s promo. Kidman makes his way to a decent reaction, mostly due to the hatred the fans have for DDP.

    Singles Match
    Diamond Dallas Page vs. Billy Kidman

    The match is dominated from the beginning by DDP, who has the height and weight advantage over the young upstart in Billy Kidman. Page can put away his opponent many times throughout the match, but his cocky attitude stops him from doing this. Page’s cockiness finally gets the better of him as he has his pancake front slam maneuver reversed into a back body drop. Kidman quickly hops to the top rope, trying for his finishing aerial maneuver, the Shooting Star Press. Kidman misses and clutches his chest as he gets to his feet, but walks directly into the Diamond Cutter for the victory for DDP.

    Winner at 5:56 – Diamond Dallas Page

    Entrances are made for our next match-up between Mike Enos and Steve Doll, which will be taking place after this commercial break.

    Commercial Break

    Singles Match
    Mike Enos vs. Steve Doll

    This match barely gets started, as the crowd is completely silent for wrestlers that they do not seem to care about. All of a sudden, the crowd starts to look up at the top of the building. The camera cuts to a wide shot as a man walks down the steps and steps over the guardrail. This man gets into the ring after grabbing a microphone. The wrestlers in the ring have now rolled out of the ring as well as the referee. The commentators are at a loss for words and evenEric Bischoff is stammering to speak. We finally hear Eric state that this man is not supposed to be in WCW.

    Official Decision – No contest at 1:34

    The man gets on the microphone, now in the middle of the ring, and looks directly at the camera. He states that “you know who I am, but you don’t know why I am here.” He makes light of the skits that have been taking place on the WWF asking where the Nacho Man, the Huckster, and Scheme Gene are. This man then makes mention of the Ken Doll look-alike that calls himself the leader of WCW and ends his spiel by saying “you wanna go to war, you want a war, your going get one.”

    The man gets out of the ring and then proceeds to step over the guard rail and make his way up the stands going back where he came from. Eric Bischoff is speaking for the announce team and tries to cover for what just happened by stating that he apologizes for the interruption and that he does not know where from or why that man came to WCW. Eric rather abruptly throws it to an unscheduled commercial break.

    Commercial Break

    Nitro returns from commercial and we are at the announce desk. Eric Bischoff again apologizes for that interruption and states that during the commercial break, JJ Dillon, the Commissioner of WCW was able to get the next two competitors ready and we are going to move up the match that was originally scheduled for later in the evening to right now. We head to the ring as the combatants are already in the ring.

    Singles Match
    Meng vs. Disco Inferno

    Disco Inferno is able to kill some time at the beginning of the match by trying to get some dance moves to please the crowd. He gets a loud chorus of boos from the crowd. Disco goes to start the match, but then stops and gets himself into the ring ropes and tries to fix his hair. This last bit of stalling finally irritates Meng enough to where he go after Inferno and brings him into the ring over the top rope. Meng controls the rest of the match, with Disco getting no offense in. Meng finishes the match with the Tongan Death Grip.

    Winner at 3:56 – Meng

    Pre-recorded comments are shown from the two tag teams in the main event number one contenders match. Both teams make it clear that they do not want Lex Luger anywhere near the ring during the main event.

    A replay shows of earlier tonight highlighting the Randy Savage situation. It shows the three elbow drops that Savage drops on Craig Pittman, followed by the brawl that Savage has with the Horseman at the end of their in-ring segment. The last image is of Elizabeth slapping Macho Man across the face. Bobby Heenan makes a wisecrack remark that Savage must of grabbed her butt, because that is the only reason she would slap her ex-husband like that.

    Commercial Break

    Alex Wright is shown in the ring as we return from commercial with Television Title action. Lex Luger makes his way to the ring, without his tag team partner, Sting.

    Television Championship Match
    Lex Luger © vs. Alex Wright

    The match is not as one-sided as you would expect, mainly due to Lex’s sheepishness when receiving any offense from Alex. After almost every move from Alex, even a simple punch or kick, Luger backs off into the corner and asks the referee to back Alex into a neutral corner. Alex does eventually get a near-fall, which Luger takes as an insult. This makes Luger turn a corner in the match and he becomes even more aggressive in the match. Luger even resorts to putting his feet on the ropes in a pin attempt, which is caught by the referee. The fans are really giving it to Lex with their boos. Lex begins to yell at the fans before putting Alex in the Torture Rack for the victory.

    Winner and still Television Champion at 6:45 – Lex Luger

    After the match, Lex Luger grabs his belt rather aggressively from the referee then hops on the middle rope and celebrates like he won the World Championship. Luger runs around ringside area looking to slap hands with fans, however only a few fans put their hands out as most disapprove of Luger’s over the top celebration.

    Tony Schiavonne lets us know that the main event will be next when we return to Monday Nitro.

    Commercial Break

    The entrances for the main event take place as Harlem Heat is out first. The crowd, while on their way to the ring boos the team and they do not make it any better for themselves as they yell and scream at the fans all the way to the ring.

    The Steiners are out next to a thunderous applause from the crowd. Rick and Scott slap hands with every fan’s hand, as they get ready for the main event of Nitro.

    Number One Contender’s Match
    Harlem Heat vs. The Steiner Brothers

    The Steiners, who isolate Booker T and land some high impact suplexes to get the crowd even more on their side, control the match early. Booker T is able to swing the momentum in the favor of Harlem Heat by ducking a Steinerline and hitting a flying forearm to Rick Steiner. Booker T tags in to his brother, Stevie Ray, who comes in and starts laying in some hard punches to the face of Rick and some even harder clubs to the back. Harlem Heat tag in and out and control Rick by cutting off the ring and using quick tags. Rick is almost able to get to his brother as Nitro heads to its last commercial break.

    Commercial Break

    Nitro returns with The Steiners in control of the match. A replay is shown of how the tide is turned in the match, which was a missed Harlem Side Kick that gets returned with a stiff Steinerline. Back from the replay, the camera shows the entranceway, which allows us to see that Lex Luger is making his way to the ring. Sting is following his tag team partner to the ring and is trying, unsuccessfully, to get Lex to go to the back and not get involved in this match.

    The camera goes back to the ring, as the men on the outside of the ring are the first to notice Luger and Sting. After a few moves, the participants inside the squared circle see that they have company at ringside. This leads to a small break in the action as both competitors are arguing with Lex and the referee to have him ejected from ringside. Stevie Ray sees this as a good opportunity to take advantage of the match. Harlem Heat now is in charge of the match and Booker T tags in and is able to hit his Harlem Side Kick, but only gets a two count.

    The match continues for a little longer with Harlem Heat in control until the referee is accidently knocked down. There is a big brawl that takes place in the ring between the Heat and The Steiners. The brawl makes its way to the outside and Sting is accidently struck. He begins to brawl and gets an advantage on the competitors, who have just competed for 10 plus minutes already. Luger, who had been staying away from the action, sees that Sting has the advantage comes over hurriedly and nails both legal men, Booker T and Scott Steiner with a double clothesline. The referee had been making his way back to his feet and sees the double clothesline from Lex and calls for the bell.

    The referee speaks with the ring announcer and it is announced that the official decision is a double disqualification.

    Official Decision – Double Disqualification at 12:45

    The commentators speculate on who is going to be the number one contender to the tag team titles. Eric Bischoff signs off by assuring the audience that there will be no more interruptions next week.

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    World Championship Wrestling
    Saturday Night

    WCW Saturday Night opens with our broadcasters, Mike Tenay and Larry Zbyszko welcome us to the new one-hour broadcast of WCWSN. Mike Tenay throws it to the ring, where Jerry Lynn is already in the ring.

    Introductions are made for the Cruiserweight Champion, Dean Malenko, as we are set for our opening contest for the Cruiserweight Championship.

    Cruiserweight Championship Match
    Dean Malenko © vs. Jerry Lynn

    The champion who employs a ground-based offense primarily controls the match. Malenko works on the lower back of Jerry in order to soften him up for the Texas Cloverleaf. Lynn is able to get a small amount of offense in, but Dean quickly cuts him off. Dean lands the butterfly suplex that he transitions into the Texas Cloverleaf for the tap out victory.

    Winner at 5:56 and still Cruiserweight Champion - Dean Malenko

    Commercial Break

    A video package is shown for Rey Mysterio Jr. There is footage shown from his time in Mexico as well as a few clips from ECW. The package ends with a graphic stating COMING SOON.

    Diamond Dallas Page makes his way to the ring for an in-ring interview with Mean Gene Okerlund. Page brings up his benefactor again and when Gene tries to get an answer out of Page, he quickly moves the interview away from giving an answer. Page talks about his upcoming title match against The Giant, which was earned by winning the Lord of the Ring at Slamboree. Okerlund asks how he is going to overcome the size of The Giant, to which Diamond answers by stating that maybe The Giant doesn’t make it to the Great American Bash as the champion if Page has anything to do with it.

    Commercial Break

    Back from commercial and a recap is shown of Nitro’s main event. Mike Tenay states that JJ Dillon will address the Tag Team Championship picture this Monday on Nitro.

    Introductions are made for the next tag team contest. Lord Steven Regal and Earl Robert Eaton come out with Squire Dave Taylor in their corner. The crowd boos them mightily as the group known as the Blue Bloods have their nose high in the air and do not seem to be happy to be in the next match based on who their opponents are.

    The Nasty Boys make their entrance to a decent reaction. They come out and get the crowd more involved in their entrance and finally make their way into the ring to start the contest.

    Tag Team Match – The Blue Bloods vs. The Nasty Boys

    The early part of the match is controlled by the Nasty Boys. They even take Steven Regal to “Pitty City” in which he completely goes crazy over the stench of the armpit of Brian Knobs. The Blue Bloods are able to get control of the match due to an assist from Squire Dave Taylor on the outside. The Blue Bloods control the rest of the match and are able to get the victory thanks to a top rope leg drop from Earl Robert Eaton after the Public Enemy distracts the Nasty Boys.

    Winner at 8:45 – The Blue Bloods

    After the match, Rocco Roc and Johnny Grunge attacks the Nasty Boys from behind. The Public Enemy set up their patented double table set up on the outside of the ring and place Jerry Sags on the bottom table. Johnny Grunge gets on the ring apron as Rocco Roc hits Knobs in the head with an aluminum trashcan. Rocco gets in position for the Drive-By and is in mid flip when Brian Knobs recovers enough to pull Jerry Sags out of the way, thus forcing Rocco Roc to go through both tables. Brian Knobs takes his partner to the back as we head to a replay of the missed Drive-By. After the replay, we head to a commercial.

    Commercial Break

    WCWSN returns with Kevin Sullivan in the ring. The Dungeon of Doom is in the ring with him. This consists of Meng and Barbarian (the Faces of Fear), Hugh Morris, Big Bubba, Shark, Jimmy Hart and the WCW World Heavyweight Champion, The Giant. Kevin talks about his statements from Nitro about how the Dungeon members must start pulling their own weight and that starts tonight with Shark winning the U.S. Championship from Konnan. Kevin also makes a side remark to Chris Benoit, stating, “Speaking of weight, Benoit, you need to drop that dead weight you’re carrying around. It is the best for all three of us.” Kevin Sullivan has the Dungeon go to the back as he tells them that Shark has to do this on his own. Kevin however stays at ringside.

    The music of the United States Champion, Konnan, hits after the Dungeon of Doom has made it all the way to the back. Konnan gets a good ovation from the crowd as he plays to them some before getting into the ring.

    United States Championship Match
    Konnan © vs. Shark

    Shark uses his weight advantage to control the first portion of the match. The match looks to be in the bag for the largest member of the Dungeon of Doom as we head to the last commercial of the evening.

    Commercial Break

    Back from commercial and Shark is still in control of the match up. Shark tries a couple pin attempts but Konnan is able to get his shoulder off the mat each time. The tide of the match turns when Shark misses a splash in the corner. Konnan takes advantage and uses his speed to his advantage employing a stick and move strategy. Konnan hits a rolling clothesline, which staggers his much larger opponent. Konnan goes for a second rolling clothesline and connects. Shark is almost off of his feet, so Konnan goes for a third rolling clothesline and this time is able to hit Shark with enough force to knock him off his feet. Konnan goes to the top rope and hits a big splash onto Shark for the three count.

    Winner at 13:56 and still United States Champion - Konnan

    Konnan celebrates his victory with the fans as he makes his way to the back. Kevin Sullivan gets into the ring and starts to slap the top of Shark’s head and yell at Shark. Sullivan motions to the back for the Dungeon to come to the ring. Shark starts to get to his feet as Kevin continues to hit Shark as he makes his way to his feet. Shark tries to reason with Kevin about what happened, but Sullivan, seeing that the Dungeon is about to enter the ring, slaps Shark across the face. This causes Shark to snap and grab out for The Taskmaster. As soon as Shark grabs Sullivan, the entire Dungeon of Doom attacks Shark. They beat him down in a gang-style beat down. The Dungeon picks up Shark and allows Barbarian to hit the Big Boot on him. Meng then puts the Tongan Death Grip on Shark as Hugh Morris climbs the top rope. Meng releases the Death Grip as Morris comes off the top rope for the No Laughing Matter. The Dungeon kick Shark while he is on the ground until Kevin tells them to stop. He then has the Faces of Fear pick up Shark and calls for The Giant to hit the chokeslam. Giant picks up the 500-pound Shark and slams him to the canvas with a gigantic chokeslam.

    Mike Tenay and Larry Zbyszko close out the show and tell us to tune into Nitro hyping the follow-up on the Tag Team Title situation and Larry says that hopefully no scum will just decide to come out of the audience and try to make a name out for themselves.

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    Re: WCW 1996 - The Birth of the NWO

    Alright my friend, I’ve decided to break these thoughts down into 3 separate parts. Your backstory, Nitro, and Saturday Night. You did great things with your EWA thread, so I’m pumped to see what’s in store with WCW. This time period is awesome and you have so much potential for something great.

    Backstory/Intro Post
    I really enjoy you turning your backstory into a Mean Gene Hotline Special. It’s a very creative way to lay the groundwork. Great backstory, and for anyone not familiar with the behind-the-scenes happenings of WCW/WWF/Brian Pillman at the time, this is a perfect history lesson. Short, summarized and to the point of what Bischoff is looking to accomplish. The roster is loaded with potential, and with your exceptional talent in writing matches, it’s a perfect fit. The Tag Team division is stacked, and the factions are fine too. Hoping you do something different with the Dungeon of Doom, because in real life it was just pure WrestleCrap. I am just thinking right now of some potential tag matches you can play around with, and it’s incredible the amount of talent in the division. Interesting combo of Billy Kidman and Kanyon, curious to see what you do with them.

    Nitro
    So we’re onto a two hour show now. I think you’ve picked the perfect starting point. If I am correct, this was the first Nitro that Scott Hall appeared on. I won’t go through move for move match wise, but this was a great way to kick off the first big Nitro. You have already added meaning behind the Cruiserweight division by showcasing it first. Dean picks up the win which is fine, and I’m hoping the CW division remains a strong point in your thread.

    Tension between Sting and Luger right off the bat. I don’t recall if Lex really hit Sting with Jimmy Hart’s megaphone at Slamboree, but if it did happen, it’s cool that you’re picking up right from the last real life PPV. I’m guessing this will set something up between the two down the line. Steiners vs. Harlem Heat is now set for your main event, and I’m sure we will see the storyline between Sting and Luger progress in some form later tonight.

    We’re right off onto a Macho Man squash. Perfectly fine win for Savage. Savage snaps post-match and security needs to escort him to the back. My only problem with this is I have no idea why Savage is pissed at Flair. I guess you’ll address that later on.

    Dungeon of Doom promo was fine. Like I stated before, I wasn’t a huge fan of them so I’m hoping you either legitimize them as a real threat to the faces on the roster, or you split them up. I like how you made Sullivan put all the other members on notice with the threat of The Giant if they can’t perform. Next is Duggan’s squash. I’m perfectly fine with the squash because who doesn’t love USA Jim Duggan, but maybe in the future you could add in a commentary bit pushing Duggan. There was just a commercial break then Duggan beats the shit out of a jobber, and then nothing else. I’m guessing Duggan is important moving forward if he’s getting a squash match here.

    Four Horsemen time. I don’t know if I missed it in the backstory, but is Pillman the fourth member? If not, I’m curious to see who you plan on adding as the fourth member. Savage is back out like a mad man but the Horsemen beat him down. Now Savage is in cuffs. Man, what a bad night for the Macho Man. I think this should have been slotted a little bit further down the card because Macho Man just got escorted to the back 3 segments ago. Aside from that, I really like the idea of Savage on his own trying to fight all of the Horsemen. Maybe next week we see him bring back up.

    So there is the recap I’ve been looking for. I think if you put this in the beginning of the show it would be a better fit than in the middle. Now that I’m all caught up, I know what to expect moving forward. So DDP is the Lord of the Ring, which is cool. He beats up on Billy Kidman, who at this point was still just a jobber working his way up. I think you could have put a small segment with the announcers telling us why DDP is important, as a Segway into our next match. Mike Enos and Steve Doll next. Bring back Wayne Bloom and give us a WCW version of The Beverly Brothers, please.

    If I’m not mistaken, these two were the actual match when Hall debuted. I like how you never even mentioned who this man was at all. No mention of a toothpick or a Cuban accent, which makes me think that it might not be Scott Hall. Next Meng shits on Disco, which is cool. Hoping you push Meng as a monster.

    Luger gets the win, and with that over the top celebration it makes me believe that a heel turn is in the cards for him. I wonder where Sting was for that match. Main Event time. Great in-ring action, as that was a fun read. I don’t know how I feel about the Double DQ, but I’m guessing you will address it in the future. Overall, not a bad first show at all. It is always hard out of the gate trying to establish who you are planning on pushing and what-not. I’m excited for the next Nitro. One piece of advice I would give you just by reading this show is to break up the in-ring action with a backstage interview or hype video here and there. At times, we were just going from match to match. It would also help you out by telling why guys like Duggan or Meng are in squash matches. A small backstory or a hint at the direction you want to take them would be cool. Now it’s time to take a look at Saturday Night.

    Saturday Night
    Right off the bat Dean Malenko picking up another victory. Very cool to see Jerry Lynn here as himself, and not under a mask. You are putting Malenko over as a fighting champion, as he is 2 for 2 in your thread so far. Pumped to see who you book to challenge him.

    With the placement of this Mysterio video, I’m really hoping he is Malenko’s next feud.

    DDP is now next in line to challenge The Giant for the title. This was a very well done segment, and I personally think you should have added this to Nitro if Nitro is going to be your “A” show. If you are planning on keeping Saturday Night on the same level as Nitro, then I understand you need to split up your segments in between shows. DDP threatens Giant, and I am very curious as to who DDP’s benefactor is.

    As I mentioned earlier, the tag team division is absolutely loaded, and I like that you are adding in a non-title feud. There is so much talent that in theory you could have 3 or 4 different tag team feuds at one time.

    Konnan over The Shark, which sounds like a tall task to write a strong match for, but somehow you do it. If this is how you plan on making the Dungeon of Doom legit, I’m all for it. This makes Sullivan look like a strong leader, willing to cut off the dead weight if they can’t hold up their end. Great angle to end the show.

    So overall, I think you really have something great here. I think the roster is stacked and if you continue to book it great, you will have a successful thread. I’m hoping you add in some sort of Nitro hype preview post, to get us ready for next week. The only glaring thing I’ve read throughout thus far is the lack of backstory. I think a Nitro preview recapping your major storylines while giving us a peak at the next episode would help out this thread tremendously, so we are all not left guessing why this and that is happening without explanation. Other than that, I’m pumped for next week’s Nitro. Good luck writing it brother!

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    Re: WCW 1996 - The Birth of the NWO

    Bit late on the feedback, but here we go! Will be more of a summary as it's too soon for really detailed break down I think.

    Firstly, loved the use of the hotline at the start of the BTB. Very cool and unique.

    Secondly, the Nitro card feels scary authentic, for better or worse. So much so it feels like you've just run the exact card they did at the time. I don't know if you have, but it feels just like something from the time. If that was all you, hugely impressive. I also like that the backstage stuff was kept to something of a minimum, because we weren't quite at that era where backstage took over yet.

    Interesting that you went exactly with the Hall segment as it was. It was obviously brilliant so I can understand wanting to keep things as they were, but I'd love to see you try some of your own twists as we go along. Not mentioning by name, though, was very clever. We all know who he is, so using that knowledge to write it in that way was lovely.

    Lex/Sting is one of my low-key favourite feuds of all time. It's not exactly Cactus Jack/Triple H or whatever, but the dynamic of trusting babyface and conniving heel being best friends was so interesting. It's gutting that it kind of died off as soon as the nWo became a thing, and I'd love to see you run the two things side by side. Lex and Sting teaming against the nWo, with Lex using the chaos from the nWo's debut to his own benefit, could be a lot of fun.

    Nice balance on Nitro vs Saturday Night in terms of content. Nitro is clearly the A-Show, but there's enough on Saturday Night to at least keep me interested. Konnan vs. Shark for 13 minutes is my new version of hell, but I appreciate there is a fair amount of dead weight on the roster. Plus, it would be unrealistic to debut Jericho, Benoit, Mysterio and immediately put them in 20 minute matches, so I like that you're taking your time to get there.

    The bits that I saw of your previous BTB impressed me, but the subject matter just wasn't to my tastes. But now you're writing something that really is to my tastes, I have to say I was super impressed here. The length was good, you did a few bits very creatively, you didn't rush anything, and it all felt true to the era you're writing. Normally I say that I'm looking forward to seeing someone put their own spin on things, but I'm actually enjoying this as it is already. Very promising start, dude.

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    Figured I’d leave some brief comments on Saturday Night. I’m happy for Malenko to damn near defend his Cruiserweight title every night. The Cruiserweight matches were always the work rate highlight in WCW, and there isn’t much of a better work horse then Malenko. Lynn makes a solid opponent, but Malenko was always winning this. Pretty happy with this for an opener.

    Rey Rey coming soon? Awesome. He’ll only strengthen your roster.

    If I remember correctly, DDP winning the Lord of the Ring didn’t really go anywhere in real life. Immediately I commend you on making it a big deal, giving Page mic time on both shows to promote his victory. It’s definitely a step in the right direction. With that being said, at this point in time in their careers and with both men being heels, I’m not sure how you make Giant/DDP fun. I am intrigued by who the benefactor for DDP will be, my money is on Ted DiBiase. Finally, DDP maybe trying to take out Giant could be a decent angle, but no idea how you will run with this. Everything with DDP’s involvement so far has been good, but I don’t envy you for having to make Giant/DDp work.

    I have no real interest in The Nasty Boys but they were a constant part of programming at this time. Safe to say, I’m happy that you put The Blue Bloods over. With that being said, the aftermath and failed attack from Public Enemy felt like a brawl that PE/NB would have in this time period. I have no interest in either team so you’re going need to find a way to spice this one up to keep my attention. Still, I guess this was solid progression.

    Kevin Sullivan promo was solid enough. Over the course of Nitro and this show, enjoying the subtle back and forth between Sullivan and Benoit.

    As Keefmoon mentioned, Shark getting a thirteen minute match with Konnan sounds terrible. With that being said, I’m all for television matches and especially title matches getting a good amount of time to do their thing. Definitely think you made the right call in Konnan retaining as well.

    Aftermath with Dungeon Of Doom turning on The Shark was fine, but just have no interest in seeing Tenta come back for revenge. Another one of those things that you’re just having to follow up with from real life, that if you’re going to continue, will need a real shot of life.

    I think you’re off to a really good start. I’d argue the shows were booked as well as they could be, the only complaints I had are regarding a few angles that you have no choice but to follow on with considering what they did IRL. Outside of those complaints, I’m happy so far. Keep up the good work.








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    Re: WCW 1996 - The Birth of the NWO

    Gene Okerlund Hotline Report

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    The talk of the industry is the disturbance that occurred on Monday Night Nitro last week. People are buzzing in anticipation of next Monday’s Nitro. Will there be more interruptions or will Eric Bischoff’s promise of “no more interruptions” be fulfilled. They only way to find out is to tune in Monday on TNT.

    “Macho Man” Randy Savage has been a man on the edge of sanity as of late. As we all know, Ric Flair has made the life of Macho Man a living hell. First, he took his wife from him who in turn took half of all of Savage’s money. Flair took the World title from Randy Savage, (Flair then lose the title to The Giant) and Savage has been out for revenge ever since. Things came to a head last week as Savage was handcuffed by some local security guards and detained at a local police facility. We have learned that Macho Man was released on his own accord. What will happen when both men are in the same building this Monday night?

    Already confirmed for Nitro is a match between DDP and The Renegade. Dallas Page is the number one contender for the World Title and that match will take place at the next PPV, the Great American Bash. DDP has also been talking about his secret benefactor. When will this benefactor be revealed? Only time will tell.

    Another interesting development is the cutting down on the Dungeon of Doom. Kevin Sullivan has made a decision to strengthen the Dungeon by cutting down on people that do not get the job done as he says. I can exclusively report that there will be about 3 or 4 members of the Dungeon that will be dropped. In regards to the recent feud between Sullivan and Benoit, I am choosing to not get involved in the personal lives of those two competitors.

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    Re: WCW 1996 - The Birth of the NWO

    Glad to see you back at this, man. Your last thread showed a lot of promise in you as a writer. This should be a lot easier to follow. Taking on such an iconic angle is going to be a heck of a challenge, but one I’ll be looking forward to seeing you tackle. This thread should get plenty of traction if you keep up with it, just given the unique period setting you apart alone. The hotline stuff is a great addition too - again; something that’ll set this thread apart from others in the section. I’ll be tuning in for Nitro!

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    Monday Nitro
    June 3 1996

    Nitro opens with the usual pyrotechnic display with the voice of Tony Schiavone welcoming us to another live episode of Monday Nitro on TNT. He lets us know that Macho Man has been released from the police station that he was taken to last week after attacking the Horsemen last week. The camera shows a show of the announcing station, which is away from the ring on its usual structure. Eric Bischoff makes note that there will be no interruptions tonight and that there is a great night of wrestling ahead of us tonight. Bobby Heenan makes a joke about how his mother once interrupted him when he was in his bedroom late at night, but Eric cuts him off before he gets to the dirty party of the joke.

    Entrances take place for the Blue Bloods to a chorus of boos from the WCW crowd. The combination tonight for the Blue Bloods is Earl Robert Eaton and Squire Dave Taylor. They are accompanied at ringside by; some say the leader of the Blue Bloods, Lord Steven Regal.

    Already in the ring is the American Males as we are ready for the first match on Nitro.

    Tag Team Match
    The Blue Bloods vs. American Males

    The American Males have a small amount of offense at the beginning of the match, mostly from Scotty Riggs. Marcus Bagwell calls for the tag once Riggs has the advantage and is able to continue the offense. Bagwell shows a little bit of over-confidence as he has Dave Taylor on the mat, but Marcus chooses to try to start an American Males over-the-head clap from the fans. Taylor uses this lapse in judgment to get the advantage for the Blue Bloods. The Blue Bloods use multiple tags to keep Bagwell grounded. Bagwell get a small comeback, but that is quickly stopped by a simple grab of the leg from Lord Steven Regal from the outside of the ring. Robert Eaton is able to hit a neckbreaker on Bagwell as Dave Taylor runs across the ring to knock Riggs off the ring apron. Eaton sails off the top rope with a huge leg drop to secure the victory for the Blue Bloods.

    Winner at 7:12 – The Blue Bloods

    After the match the Blue Bloods leave the ring to a round of boos due to their smug attitude towards the fans. Scotty Riggs gets back in the ring and goes to get his tag team partner, Marcus Alexander Bagwell. Riggs lifts Bagwell up from the canvas and Bagwell starts to yell at Riggs about how he didn’t save him from the three count. Riggs tells him how he was knocked to the ringside and landed on the safety rail. Bagwell is still upset but Scotty is able to calm him down and the team leaves together as the announcers talk about the animosity that was almost happening between the American Males. The Brain says that tonight they were the American Fails.

    Commercial Break

    Nitro returns to the sound of hoof tracks as the Horseman make their way to the ring. Ric Flair is full of joy as he has two lovely ladies on his side, Elizabeth and Women, as they make their way out in front of Arn Anderson and Chris Benoit. The Horseman gets into the ring as Flair gets a microphone from Dave Penzer. Flair talks about how “his mind is clear, the drinks are fine, the women are finer and everything is A-OK with the horseman. WOOOOOOOOOOOO.” Flair says that this is the case because Randy Savage is not in the building and after what Liz did to him last week, he should never show his face again in WCW because Miss Elizabeth may just have another slap waiting for him if he ever shows his crazy, psychotic face in WCW again. Ric Flair then has second thoughts and talks to Liz about how if Savage isn’t here, then he is not making any money. Liz gets on the microphone and says “O, don’t worry about that Nature Boy, Randy still has plenty of money in the bank account.” Flair responds by saying that the steak, the lobsters, and the drinks are on Macho Man tonight then.

    Arn Anderson gets the microphone and begins to talk, but Benoit snatches the microphone out of his hand. Benoit yells into the microphone to Kevin Sullivan, “Sullivan, how dare you contact her, she has told you where she stands, leave her alone. You had your chance and you dropped the ball. Now, I have came and picked it up.” Arn grabs the microphone and yells at Benoit, off-mic, that he never grabs the microphone out of The Enforcer’s hand again. Chris steps towards Arn looking to exchange words and possibly fists, but Women puts her hand on Benoit’s shoulder and Chris steps back and allows Arn to talk without interruption.

    Arn speaks about how he has a Television Championship Match on WCW Saturday Night and that it is about time the Horseman brings some gold back to the group. Arn turns his attention to Benoit and tells him that he is going to show him how Horseman are supposed to represent themselves and he would like him, if he can get permission from his woman, to join him at ringside the Saturday. Benoit accepts the offer and tells him that he will be more than happy to see Arn bring home the gold.

    Flair gets back on the microphone and tells the world that the Television Title is not going to be the only championship coming to the Horseman, because Ric Flair is going to become the next WCW World Heavyweight Champion because now that the nutcase Savage is gone, he doesn’t have to watch his back, he can have all eyes looking forward. As soon as he says this, Randy Savage comes flying into the ring making a beeline for Flair. The ladies are able to make their way out of the ring as Savage gets a few shots in on Flair before Arn and Benoit subdue him. The Horseman triple team Macho Man and hold his head up. Macho Man is on his knees as Arn and Chris hold Savage’s arms out, whilst Flair helps Elizabeth back into the ring. Elizabeth walks over to Randy and for the second week in a row, slaps him directly across the face. The Horseman celebrate, most notably Chris Benoit hugs Woman rather intimately, and then Ric Flair calls for him to head to the top rope.

    Sting and Lex Luger, who is being dragged down by Sting, make their way to the ring. Sting pushes Benoit off of the top rope and he lands rib-first on the safety railing. Sting gets in the ring and looks over his shoulder at Luger, who is still on the outside of the ring. Sting calls for him to get in the ring, yelling at him “we have to help Macho.” Luger, after a few moments of thought, puts his hand on the middle rope and finally gets up on the apron. Flair, seeing that Lex may enter the ring, tells Arn that they are leaving now. Arn wants to fight Sting and especially Luger, due to his upcoming title match, but Flair goes to leave and Anderson follows him. Sting and Luger, who sees that there is no chance of a confrontation, enters the ring to check on Macho Man as Nitro fades to commercial.

    Commercial Break

    A replay is shown recapping what just happened moments ago with Macho Man. At the end of the replay, there is video shown of during the commercial break, where Macho Man snaps and pushes Sting and Lex Luger to the ground. Randy can be heard yelling for Ric Flair as he runs to the back.

    The announcers talk about what just transpired as Tony Schiavone lets us know that they have received word that the Horsemen have left the arena.

    The music of Alex Wright hits as the crowd gives him a small smattering of boos as Alex dances his way down to the ring. Alex tries to dance in front of a young lady in the audience, but she laughs at him, thus Wright moves on and gets into the ring.

    Dean Malenko is out next as we are due to have a Cruiserweight Championship Match. Malenko gets a decent round of applause as he makes his way to the ring focused on the upcoming match for his title.

    Cruiserweight Championship Match
    Dean Malenko © vs. Alex Wright

    The Cruiserweight Champion, who uses his normal ground-based offense, focusing on the lower back of Alex Wright, controls the beginning of the match. Malenko goes for a couple pin-fall attempts, but is unable to put his challenger away. The tide of the match turns to the way of Alex Wright when Wright rakes the eyes of Dean Malenko when the ref is trying to break up a tie up in the turnbuckle. Wright hits a couple of dropkicks in a row and then stops to dance before going for the pin attempt. Alex continues the assault on the Cruiserweight Champion and gets a few more near falls. Alex allows his success get to his head, after hitting a big missile dropkick, he dances for the crowd and starts to yell at the audience when they do not cheer his dance moves. Malenko uses this time to schoolboy the challenger for a two count. Malenko and Alex make it to their feet at the same time and Malenko hits a big dropkick. Malenko follows up quickly with his double under-hook suplex that he transitions into the Texas Cloverleaf.

    Winner at 7:45 and still Cruiserweight Champion – Dean Malenko

    As Alex Wright makes his way to the back, Disco Inferno meets him in the entranceway and starts to talk to him. The camera tries to get close to pick up on some of the conversation, but Disco pushes the camera away and walks to the back with Alex walking side-by-side.

    A video package is shown for Rey Mysterio Jr. There is footage shown from his time in Mexico as well as a few clips from ECW. The package ends with a graphic stating COMING SOON.

    Commercial Break

    Diamond Dallas Page’s music hits as he comes out to a smattering of boos from the crowd. The number one contender to the WCW Title makes his way to the ring with all the confidence in the world, despise that he will have to fight the 7 foot tall, 500 pound Giant at the Great American Bash. Page gets on a microphone and talks to the crowd about how he has a plan to win the championship at the Great American Bash. Page talks about his secret benefactor and says that he will be revealed in due time. Page tells us that he is going to give us just a sample of what is going to happen to The Giant when Diamond Dallas Page gets his hands on him at the Great American Bash, that is “if your even still the champion then.”

    The music of The Renegade hits and he rushes to the ring to a small reaction from the crowd.

    Singles Match
    Diamond Dallas Page vs. The Renegade

    The match is a glorified squash match. Renegade gets a small amount of offense in the beginning of the match, due to his fast start from rushing the ring on his entrance. Page is able to counter Renegade and picks him up and hits him with a stun-gun maneuver knocking the wind out of Renegade. Page follows up with some chokeholds and other attacks to the throat area of his opponent. Page hits the Diamond Cutter for the relatively easy victory.

    Winner at 4:23 – Diamond Dallas Page

    Commercial Break

    Nitro returns with Tony Schiavone welcoming us back to Nitro and recaps the main event from last week. Eric Bischoff talks about how Luger must have been trying to save himself from having to face either Harlem Heat or The Steiner Brothers. Bobby Heenan gives his opinion that Lex was just defending himself and the referee just happened to catch him in the act. Tony throws it to pre-recorded comments from WCW commissioner, JJ Dillon.

    JJ Dillon is shown sitting at his office desk with a serious look on his face. Dillon speaks on the controversy from last week and tells Lex Luger that he is not going to be able to weasel himself out of defending the tag team titles. Dillon states that at the Great American Bash in Baltimore, Maryland live on June 16th only on Pay Per View; the automatic challengers for the tag team championship will be both Harlem Heat and The Steiner Brothers. There will be a triangle match for the titles.

    Dillon goes on to state that normally there would be a coin flip to determine which teams start the match and get the benefit of getting the victory without allowing the third team into the match, this time around that opportunity will have to be earned. Over the next couple of weeks, each team will face the other two teams in round-robin action. The team with the least victories will be the odd team out to start the match and be placed at the disadvantage of potentially not being tagged into the match. Dillon thanks us for our time and looks forward to seeing a great tag team title match.

    The Dungeon of Doom makes their way to the ring as we are headed for tag team action next on Nitro. Kevin Sullivan yells into the camera, “Chris, how dare you put your hands around her, how dare you.” Sullivan talks to the Faces of Fear and tells them to make him proud as Sullivan leaves them to wait for their opponents. We head to commercial as the Faces of Fear gets into the ring.

    Commercial Break

    The music of the Road Warriors, Hawk and Animal, bring us back to WCW Monday Nitro and are welcomed by a loud reaction from the fans in attendance. Hawk and Animal throw off their signature spiked shoulder pads and get into the ring and start brawling with the Faces of Fear.

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

    This match is not a technical masterpiece. The match consists of a healthy dose of hard punches, kicks, and clubs to the back. Hawk starts the match, after the referee is able to get some semblance of control, and he is fighting with Barbarian. Hawk has control of the match by continuing the advantage that came from the abrupt start to the match. Barbarian is finally able to move out of the way of a charging Hawk, who rams his shoulder into the turnbuckle post. Barbarian tags Meng in, who attacks the injured shoulder of Hawk. Meng locks in a pressure-point grip lock on the shoulder of Hawk to wear him down.

    Hawk is finally able to work his way out of the hold and gets enough separation to get a tag to Animal. Animal, the freshest man in the match, comes in and knocks down Meng and Barbarian. Animal continues his attack on Meng with some high-powered offensive maneuvers. A few pin-fall attempts are unsuccessful from Animal. Barbarian who gets attacked by Hawk breaks up the last attempt, which comes after a big power-slam from Animal. Barbarian and Hawk fight on the outside of the ring and Barbarian gets sent into the steel steps. Animal has gotten Meng on his shoulders as Hawk goes to the top rope for the Doomsday Device, which connects and spells victory for the Road Warriors.

    Winners at 6:10 – The Road Warriors

    After the match, Gene Okerlund makes his way to the ring for a post-match interview with the winners of the match. As soon as “Mean” Gene starts to ask his first question, The Faces of Fear attacks the Road Warriors from behind. The rest of the Dungeon of Doom minus The Giant come down and join in on the attack laying waste to the Road Warriors. After a few moments of the attack, the recently extricated member of the Dungeon, Shark runs down to the ring with a chain wrapped around his fist.

    He lays waste to Hugh Morris and Big Bubba and is looking to get his hands on Kevin Sullivan, the leader of the Dungeon, but “The Taskmaster” quickly gets out of the way and calls The Faces of Fear out of the ring, who after Jimmy Hart talks them down, follows their leaders. Shark goes to check on Hawk and Animal as Tony Schiavone lets us know that tonight it will be The Giant vs. Shark for the WCW World Heavyweight Championship in the main event.

    Commercial Break

    Nitro returns with ring announcer, Dave Penzer announcing that the following contest is the first match in the round-robin tag team series to determine the first two teams to enter the ring in the Triangle Match for the Tag Team Titles at Great American Bash.

    Harlem Heat is the first team out to a round of boos from the fans in the crowd. Booker T and Stevie Ray do not have a problem with the reaction from the crowd, in fact Harlem Heat actually encourage more of the negative reaction by yelling at some of the fans in the front row.

    The music of Sting hits as the fans explode with cheers for the man called Sting. The tag team champions make their way to the ring and Sting slaps hands with all his little Stingers on the way to the ring. Lex follows behind him, but unlike his partner, Luger does not slap any fans hands and keeps his arms to his side, that is until Sting starts to turn around and then Luger quickly slaps the nearest fan’s hand acting as if he was doing it the whole time.

    1st match in the Tag Team Round-Robin Series
    Harlem Heat vs. Sting/Lex Luger

    The match starts with Sting and Booker T. The competition between these two competitors is fairly even, showing that Booker T can keep up with, what some would say is the higher-level wrestler, in Sting. The two men wrestle to a stalemate and then tag in their respective partners. Stevie Ray gets the early advantage on Lex until Luger is able to reverse ducks a clothesline attempt and hits a clothesline of his own. After the clothesline, Lex grabs at his forearm and yells at Sting that he hurt his arm. The commentators question how this can be, especially with the metal plate that is in Lex’s forearm. Luger immediately tags out of the match and Sting, who was just catching a rest, is right back in the match.

    Sting has an early run of offense, but Stevie Ray is able to take over, mostly due to being the fresher man. Stevie tags into Booker T who continues the assault on Sting. This continues for the next few minutes of the match with Sting getting a few glimpses of hope, but Harlem Heat quickly cuts him off. The brother tandem of Stevie Ray and Booker T utilize quick tags in and out of the ring to continue their advantage. Eventually, Stevie Ray makes a critical mistake by ducking his head early and Sting takes advantage by kicking Stevie Ray in the shoulder.

    Sting looks over at Lex looking to move towards a tag, but Lex shakes his head and grabs at his forearm, something that he had not been doing the whole time while standing on the ring apron. Sting reverts his attention back to Stevie Ray but gets clotheslined to the canvas from the bigger member of Harlem Heat as Nitro goes to a commercial break.

    Commercial Break

    We return from commercial match and the match is still in progress. Booker T is now in the ring and is continuing the assault on his opponent, Sting. Sting tries his best to get to his partner and fellow tag team champion, Lex Luger, but he is not able to make it there, even though we are not even sure if Luger would have tagged into the match. Sting is able to move out of the way of the Harlem Side Kick from Booker and hits Booker with some back handed punches and then is able to muster him up into a gorilla press slam. Sting calls for the support of the crowd, bangs his chest, and lands a Stinger Splash onto Booker T.

    Sting is not able to follow up with a pin-fall because of the exhaustion he is feeling due to having to wrestle the entire match basically by himself. Sting falls over into his corner and tags into his partner. Luger gets into the ring and goes after Booker. Luger nails Booker with a big clothesline and begins to yell and scream about his forearm. Luger goes over to Sting, tags him into the match, and then tells him “I gotta go see Coach, something’s wrong.” Lex leaves the match and his tag partner all alone. Booker T has made the tag to Stevie Ray who takes a beaten down and exhausted Sting and hits him with a bicycle kick for the three count.

    Winner at 16:35 – Harlem Heat (1 point)

    Commercial Break

    A video package welcomes us back to Monday Nitro recapping Shark being thrown out of the Dungeon of Doom on WCW Saturday Night. Eric Bischoff lets us know that it is main event time as Shark makes his entrance.

    Shark makes his way through the curtain to an indifference response from the crowd, mostly due to the crowd unsure how to react to this new demeanor Shark. Shark gets into the ring and is ready for his title opportunity.

    The Giant makes his way to the ring followed closely by Kevin Sullivan and Jimmy Hart. The crowd boos the champion as Jimmy Hart antagonizes them by yelling into his megaphone. The Giant makes his way to the ring and the match is underway.

    WCW World Heavyweight Championship Match
    The Giant © vs. Shark

    The match is a slugfest between these two 500 pound men. Shark is the early aggressor in the match, but try as he might he cannot get The Giant off of his feet. Shark tries a few running shoulder blocks, but only is able to get the heavyweight champion to stumble a little backwards. Shark hits the ropes one more time, but Giant throws a clothesline; however, Shark ducks the clothesline and hits the opposite rope. Shark comes back looking to take down The Giant, but is met with a big boot from the champion which sends Shark through the middle rope and to the arena floor. The Giant takes over the contest for the next few minutes of the contest, with an arsenal of kicks, punches and clubs to the back. Giant is not able to get his challenger to stay down for the three count, so he tries for the chokeslam. Shark is able to break the grip of The Giant and kicks him in the mid-section.

    Shark lands a couple more shots to his opponent and hits the rope, hitting Giant with a clothesline. The Giant does not fall off his feet, so Shark hits another running clothesline, which causes The Giant to stumble. Shark looks for a third running clothesline, but Giant throws a line of his own, Shark ducks and comes full force at The Giant and unlike the last time where The Giant nailed Shark with a big boot, Shark is able to use him built up speed to hit The Giant with a massive clothesline, which sends the champion stumbling back to the ropes. Giant bounces off the ropes at the same time Shark comes charging at The Giant and the champion grabs Shark around the neck and picks him up for the chokeslam to retain his WCW World Heavyweight Champion.

    Winner and still WCW World Heavyweight Champion at 8:45 - The Giant

    After the match, Shark has rolled out of the ring and Kevin Sullivan is kicking him and yelling, “you’re not vicious, you’re not worthy of the dungeon, you’re not a shark.” Sullivan calls the Giant to come out of the ring and over to him. Jimmy Hart is working on cleaning off the timekeeper’s table that is at ringside. Sullivan motions for The Giant to chokeslam Shark through the table. The Giant picks up Shark and follows through on what the leader of the Dungeon requested and Shark goes crashing through the table. The Dungeon of Doom leaves the ringside area as medics and WCW personal come to check on Shark.

    The camera cuts to the three-shot of the announcer’s booth as Tony Schiavone tells the fans that we will try to get a word on the condition of Shark next week here on Nitro. Bobby Heenan states that he has to talk to his fish man about the going rate of Shark, because there is 500 pounds of it that he has for sale. Eric Bischoff goes to sign off for this episode of Nitro, when the camera suddenly turns to the left.

    Coming into the shot is the same man that interrupted the show last week with a microphone. He gets into the face of Eric Bischoff and calls him Ken-doll. Eric asks the man what his name is and he replies Scott Hall. Hall tells Bischoff to get his three best men because Bischoff wanted a war and Hall is here to deliver. Hall grabs Eric around the collar as security runs in and tries to separate Scott Hall from Eric Bischoff. The security team is able to get Hall away from Eric, who tells the security to keep them separated.

    Sting runs out from backstage and gets behind Bischoff, looking to get to Hall. Eric holds him off, telling Sting to not even acknowledge him because that is what Hall wants. Scott Hall, who still has the microphone, tells the security to back off, “chicos.” Hall starts to leave but before he leaves he promises, “The big guy will be here next week.” Nitro fades to black as Sting tries to get after Hall and security is trying to keep the two men separated.
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    Off to a nice start here with the commentary team introducing things, setting the scene for what’s in store and alluding to Hall appearing last week without mentioning him by name. Extra marks for Heenan trying to tell an inappropriate joke too.


    Seems like a good idea to start planting seeds to break up the American Males. Not sure if the wheels were already in motion before you started or if you’re setting this in motion now, but feels like a wise choice with Bagwell clearly taking the heel role which is an obvious fit.


    Wasn’t sure what to make of the interaction between Arn and Benoit. Definitely came across as some hostility between the two here, and I’ll be keeping an eye on this progressing in future weeks. Personally, Arn vs Benoit would be awesome, but I like the Horsemen being on the same page too. Thought you scripted Benoit well here, as he’s very much void of personality, and came across as bland with what he said - which is meant as a compliment.


    Segment obviously picked up with the arrival of mad man Savage, and the save from Sting and (kinda) Luger. The direction of Luger is one that intrigues me greatly, not knowing whether he can be trusted or not or what he wants to do. Being a heel, but still having a babyface friend. Having to be dragged to the ring by Sting says a lot about him though for now. Savage shoving them away after could serve to strengthen Lex viewpoint of not wanting to save him in the future too. Good stuff.


    Disco/Wright is a fine alliance to put together to strengthen the tag division. Malenko winning makes the most sense too obviously. Cruiserweight division should be built around him for sure.


    Though the introduction of Rey could put a spanner in the works there. I’d imagine Heyman would make sure WCW didn’t get to show footage from ECW though to hype him.


    DDP as #1 Contender feels like a big jump for him to make, as he was a bit of a joke figure still in my mind at this time. The only thing that gives him any chance to upset The Giant is this secret benefactor angle. I think it was Stojy that mentioned DiBiase, and the timelines would marry up nicely for it to be him. Nice straight forward win here too for DDP.


    Triangle match for the tag titles feels like something new and innovative for the time period, so there’d be plenty of interest in seeing that match at the GAB. The round robin format to determine who starts the match is a concept I like in theory, but obviously in practice it’d be pretty easy for the third team in the match to tag themselves in. That said, going back to the uniqueness of the match for this time period, I think you can get away with hyping that as a potential issue for whoever the third team is, as we wouldn’t have seen a match like it before.


    Giant vs Shark just being announced out of nowhere for the title isn’t something I like. Was this a regular occurrence in the time period? Given its John Tenta and he just lost a week ago, it’s not a match that I’d have much anticipation for. But still, I think you would’ve done the match more justice by announcing it at the beginning of the show, rather than halfway through it.


    Booker keeping up with Sting is a nice nod to where he’d eventually end up in terms of level, but the big takeaway here is the actions of Luger. Quickly tagging back out to Sting every time he got in the match and having his arm ‘injury’ are typical heel mannerisms, and you’d have to wonder how long Sting will put up with that. Given how gullible and forgiving this version of Sting was, I’d imagine you could milk this for a while yet.


    Smart idea to have the video recap of Shark being tossed out of the Dungeon of Doom from the Saturday Night show. The indifference from the fans makes sense too; they’ve no real reason to get behind him at this point.


    The Giant winning was of course the right call. Tenta as a World champ would’ve been bold to say the least! Surprised it went as long as 8 minutes even. Coupled with the 13 minute Konnan match, I’d nearly be mistaken into thinking Tenta is a workhorse!


    Sullivan telling Tenta he’s not a shark gives me reminders of Tentas infamous “I am not a shark” promo. Beat down certainly puts a bit more heat on the Dungeon, and Tenta being a sacrifice is no big deal.


    Closing part of the show was great! I had pretty much expected that there really wouldn’t be any appearances by Hall, so this really did come as a surprise. The hint of Nash coming next week should heat this situation up further. Strong finish to the show and the big hook for next week.


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    This is a really exciting and enticing project here, Bigmc. This is an important time in the wrestling business and perhaps THE most important time in the business' history, and I'm super intrigued to see how you operate here. Will you go the same route as real life did? Will someone ELSE be the third man of the New World Order? Fascinated, really, at how this is going to play itself out. Especially since Hogan isn't even involved right now, since he really showed up sporadically and hasn't even wrestled in a match since April 15, 1996.

    At least from the perspective of this thread so far, your formatting is very good and easy to read and follow. I love the inclusion of the Hotline. Hope you keep that going. The first two shows have been solid and obviously, the seeds are starting to be planted.

    I will absolutely be reading further as time progresses here so best of luck with keeping this thang moving.


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    World Championship Wrestling Saturday Night
    June 8 1996

    WCWSN opens with Mike Tenay and Larry Zbyszko recapping the end of Monday Nitro. Larry, looking dead serious, looks directly into the camera and tells Scott Hall, “I come from a land of tradition, a land where you earn what you get, and if you think that you will come in and ruin my tradition, then you have another thing coming, Scott Hall.” Mike Tenay tells us that we are starting WCW Saturday Night with in-ring action as the music of the Disco Inferno hits and the crowd boos as Disco dances his way to the ring. Tenay talks about what transpired on Monday with Disco and Alex Wright after Wright’s match on Nitro.

    ****** As Alex Wright makes his way to the back, Disco Inferno meets him in the entranceway and starts to talk to him. The camera tries to get close to pick up on some of the conversation, but Disco pushes the camera away and walks to the back with Alex walking side-by-side. ******

    Eddie Guerrero makes his way to the ring to a good reaction from his fans. Eddie slaps some hands of his fans as he gets into the ring for single competition.

    Singles Match
    Eddie Guerrero vs. Disco Inferno

    This match is almost a showcase match for Eddie. He controls the beginning of the match by showcasing his aerial ability and quickness. The match continues with Eddie in charge for the next few minutes of the match. The tide of the match looks to turn when Guerrero, going for a leapfrog, lands awkwardly on his foot and looks to of rolled his ankle. Disco takes a moment to catch his breath and then hits a suplex on his opponent; however, instead of following up on Eddie, Disco chooses to do his little dance to the displeasure of the crowd. Disco goes to pick Eddie up and gets caught in a small package for the three-count.

    Winner at 5:45 – Eddie Guerrero

    Mike Tenay talks about how things look very bright for the future of Eddie Guerrero and Larry Zbyszko talks about how someone needs to smack some sense into Disco Inferno. Alex Wright comes after the match, and much like last week but reverse this time, Alex Wright walks Disco out of the ring and to the back. Tenay and Zbyszko speculate if there is a new team forming in WCW.

    Commercial Break

    WCW Saturday Night returns with Larry Zbyszko and Mike Tenay hyping the remaining matches on the card, including the Television Championship match and the second match in the Round-Robin Series, which will be the main event of the evening. Tenay sends it to ringside as the music of the Blue Bloods starts up.

    The Blue Bloods, consisting this week of Lord Steven Regal and Squire Dave Taylor, accompanied by Earl Robert Eaton. The crowd boos the trio as they continue to have a very smug, we are above you, attitude.

    The Road Warriors are next out to a great reaction from the crowd. Hawk and Animal make it to the ring, discard their spiked shoulder pads, and enter the ring.

    Tag Team Match
    The Blue Bloods vs. The Road Warriors

    The match is controlled by the Road Warriors, especially when Squire Dave Taylor is in the match. Hawk and Animal hit many high-powered on Taylor and almost end the match in just the first two minutes of the match. A distraction from Earl Robert Eaton allows for Dave Taylor to get the tag to the leader of The Blue Bloods, Lord Steven Regal. Regal is able to keep the advantage using some nefarious means. Hawk is able to get a tag out to Animal and he comes into the match and takes over the match after a miscalculation on the part of Regal.

    Animal and Hawk take their high-powered offense to Steven and look to have the match all wrapped up. Animal, who has taken Regal down with a huge body slam, knocks Dave Taylor off the ring apron. Animal tags in Hawk and then picks up Regal for the Doomsday Device. Dave Taylor gets into the ring and the referee tries to get him out of the ring. Animal turns his back to Hawk and goes to get rid of Dave Taylor. Earl Eaton grabs the foot of Animal, which causes Animal to get out of the ring and goes after Eaton. At the same time, The Faces of Fear with Jimmy Hart runs out to ringside. Barbarian distracts Hawk, who is already on the top rope, as Meng hits Hawk in the head with the megaphone and Hawk flips off of the top rope and into the ring. Regal rolls over and puts him across Hawk and Jimmy Hart gets the ref’s attention to count the pin-fall and the victory for The Blue Bloods.

    Winner at 6:34 – The Blue Bloods

    Mike Tenay reminds us about the happenings on Nitro between the Road Warriors and The Faces of Fear and Tenay believes that this is not the last we have heard from these two tag teams.

    Commercial Break

    The music of the United States Champion, Konnan, welcomes us back to WCWSN. Konnan makes his way to the ring to a round of applause from his fan. Konnan is in street clothes, a button down plaid shirt and a pair of baggy jeans. Konnan gets on the microphone and gets the crowd involved by saying “Adela, Arriba la Raza.” Konnan talks about how he is willing to defend his US title against anyone in the WCW or internationally. Konnan tells the fans that where he grew up, you either had to fight back or get beat down and Konnan choose to fight back. He says that he will continue to defend the United States Title with honor and will always fight back against anyone taking advantage of others. Konnan thanks the crowd for their time and walks to the back.

    Introductions take place for our next contest and Chris Kanyon is the first competitor to come to the ring. The crowd is relatively quiet for this newcomer to WCW, but begin to cheer him a little as he works to get the crowd involved in the match.

    His opponent, representing the Dungeon of Doom, is out next with his manager, Jimmy Hart. “The Laughing Man” Hugh Morris is the opponent of Kanyon as the fans give Morris a round of boos.

    Singles Match
    Hugh Morris vs. Chris Kanyon

    This is a complete squash match on Kanyon. Morris hits a few high-impact moves and then a No Laughing Matter for the three-count.

    Winner at 1:20 – Hugh Morris

    After the match, Hugh Morris continues his assault on Kanyon. He gets to the top rope and hits another moonsault as Konnan runs down to the ring. He slides into the ring, steps over Kanyon and gets in the face of Morris. Jimmy Hart gets Morris to back down even though it looks like Hugh wants to fight Konnan.

    Commercial Break

    We return to the Television Title Match. Arn Anderson is making his entrance to a somewhat mixed reaction. Chris Benoit, per the agreement made on Nitro, is out with Anderson; however, Woman is right next to Benoit as they walk slightly behind Anderson. Arn gets into the ring and waits for his opponent as Benoit and Woman stand in his corner.

    Lex Luger, the WCW Television Champion, makes his entrance to a chorus of boos. He looks taken back to the reaction from the crowd. Luger has his wrist wrapped, but Larry Zbyszko makes note that it doesn’t look like a doctor wrapped it properly and Mike Tenay suggests that Luger hastily wrapped it to keep the façade of his hurt wrist up.

    Television Championship Match
    Lex Luger© vs. Arn Anderson

    Arn is able to get the advantage early in the match and keeps it with a ground-based attack focusing on the “injured” wrist of Luger. Arn keeps this up for the first few moments until Luger is able to reverse a whip off and hit a big clothesline. Tenay makes note that Luger did not grab at his wrist after the clothesline. Luger controls the middle part of the match and at one point even unwraps his arm wrap and uses it to choke Anderson. Benoit gets up on the apron to protest the blatant cheating by Luger. Lex takes umbrage with this and goes over to Chris and punches him off the apron. Arn uses this time to recover and ends up with a schoolboy on Luger. Luger kicks out and gets right back on the offensive with three clotheslines in a row and yet again Lex does not show any pain in his wrist.

    The match continues with Lex on the offensive. The referee is eventually knocked down when Lex has Arn up in the Torture Rack and Arn Anderson’s feet knock the referee down. Lex puts down Arn and tries to get the referee back up, but is unsuccessfully. Woman starts to yell at Luger from the outside. Luger goes over towards Woman, who is now on the ring apron. Luger starts to yell at Woman and Benoit hops up to the apron and lands a vicious head-butt on the Television Champion. Luger turns around directly into the DDT from Arn Anderson. Arn covers the champion and the referee slowly counts the three-count.

    Winner and new Television Champion at 10:12 – Arn Anderson

    After the match, Kevin Sullivan runs down to the ring and goes after Chris Benoit. We can hear Kevin yelling at Benoit, “you put her in harm’s way” as he brawls with Benoit. Chris and Kevin are pretty much even when it comes to the brawl. The new Television Champion, Arn Anderson, doesn’t even have time to celebrate, as he has to break up the fight. Arn is finally able to get the two men separated, with some assistance from Woman, who is yelling at Kevin to get off of him. Arn separates the two men and tells Kevin to get to the back. Arn turns around to talk to Benoit and receives a push from Chris Benoit. Arn stops for a second and then turns around, grabs his belt and starts to walk away. Woman tries to stop him and Arn yells at her “I wash my hands of it all.”

    Commercial Break

    A video package plays showing JJ Dillon announcing the Triangle Match for the Tag Team Championship. Further video is shown of the match between Harlem Heat and Sting & Lex Luger. Mike Tenay lets u know that the main event is next and it will be Harlem Heat vs. The Steiner Brothers.

    Harlem Heat is out first to a loud chorus of boos from the crowd. Stevie Ray and Booker T agitate the crowd by yelling at the fans in the front rows as they walk down to the ring.

    The music of the Steiner Brothers hits as the fans go wild for Scott and Rick. The Steiners come out and slap hands with the fans as Rick barks his way to the ring.

    2nd Match in the Round-Robin Series
    Harlem Heat (1 point) vs. The Steiner Brothers

    The Steiners are off to a hot start in their first opportunity to earn a point in the round-robin series. Rick lands a couple of Steiner Lines to Stevie Ray and then gives a few barks, to which his fans respond by barking back at him. Stevie tags in to his brother and Rick tags in his brother as well. Booker T and Scott Steiner give the crowd about 3 minutes of solid back and forth wrestling that the crowd is very responsive to. Steiner hits a quick powerslam on Booker T and gets a two count when he tries to get the victory. Stevie Ray comes into the ring to break up the pin-fall, which causes Rick Steiner to come in to fight Stevie Ray to the outside. The referee is focused on the two illegal men and Booker T uses this opportunity to rake the eyes of Scott.

    Booker T takes over on the offensive due to the eye rake and hits a few maneuvers that almost puts Scott away. Harlem heat utilize quick tags to keep Scott isolated from his brother. Scott is finally able to break free of the attack of Booker T and makes the tag to Rick Steiner. Rick comes in and nails Booker with a Steinerline and Stevie Ray gets the same treatment when he enters into the ring. The team of Harlem Heat gets belly-to-belly suplexes from Rick and then Rick barks to the crowd again. Harlem Heat is able to recover slightly and double-teams Rick. Scott comes back into the ring and starts to brawl with Stevie Ray.

    All four men are fighting and the referee is trying to get the illegal men out of the ring. The referee puts his attention toward Rick and Booker as Scott hits a butterfly suplex on Ray. Scott picks him up and places him on the top rope. Scott goes to the top rope and calls for the Frankensteiner. However, Sister Sherri comes out from under the ring and holds the foot of Stevie Ray, thus preventing him from falling victim to the Frankensteiner. Scott Steiner however goes flying to the canvas and lands hard. Stevie Ray hops down, hits the SlapJack and covers Scott. The referee turns around and in his confusion, counts the pin-fall and the victory for Harlem Heat.

    Winners at 12:34 – Harlem Heat (2 Points)

    After the match, Booker T and Stevie Ray quickly exit the ringside area and starts to celebrate with Sister Sherri as Mike Tenay informs us that Harlem Heat have now guaranteed being one of the first teams in the Triangle match at the Great American Bash. Larry Zbyszko questions if there will be some law and order in WCW due to all of the interference that we have seen tonight. He also discusses the news that ended Nitro with Scott Hall telling Eric Bischoff that the big guy will be coming. Mike Tenay signs off for WCW Saturday Night and tells us to tune in to Nitro.

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    Starting with Nitro, awesome that the whole episode was planned to be non-interference. I do wonder why, if it's that simple, you wouldn't make every card non-interference (from a kayfabe point of view, what's the purpose of allowing people to interfere?) but I won't complain about having a bunch of clean finishes tonight.

    Looks like the American Males, American Males, American Males, American Males (oops sorry, accidentally started singing their theme song there) are splitting up. Aside from their GOAT entrance music, there's little purpose to keep them together. Plus, pre-neck injury Buff Bagwell was a hugely underrated talent who could have really accomplished something. So, yeah, I'm on board for the split and Bagwell becoming someone in his own right.

    I liked the Horsemen promo (even if the Benoit/Woman stuff will take a bit of time to not feel somewhat icky), and Sting forcing Luger in to the save was cool. It seems like we're going to get Benoit vs Arn at some point, and I'm all in on that feud. Arn's not got long left in ring, so getting Benoit over is a mighty fine use of what I think are his last few months.

    Looks like the Disco Knights are about to form, and I'm okay with that. I used to love Alex Wright dancing with the Nitro girls, and Disco forgetting how to apply his own submission was some classic WCW humour. They're total jobbers, but that doesn't mean they aren't allowed to be fun.

    Wait, DDP is the number one contender? When did that happen? DDP was an absolute nobody at this stage, so that seems like a weirdly big jump up. In fact, between unover DDP and The Shark, The Giant's at risk of looking like a total second rate champion if he's not careful, as his fights with that parade of jobbers isn't going to look great in comparison to Sting/Luger or Flair/Savage (or hell, even Benoit/Sullivan).

    Interesting about the triangle match. I feel like this might be the first ever Triangle Match in WCW or WWF at this point, no? The only comparative thing I can think was more of a series of singles matches, which they did in... Starrcade 95 I wanna say? Still, should be fun.

    Man, this Giant/Dungeon of Doom stuff is such an eyesore for the main event scene. That's not on you, you inherited it, but the difference between John Tenta and The Big Show facing off, and what's about to come with nWo, is absolute night and day. Makes you realise how revolutionary the nWo really was.

    Loved the little touch of Lex pretending to slap fans hands when Sting's looking. It's the little touches like that which will win me over. Lovely touch. The match itself was fun, although potentially a little hamfisted. I know that Sting is the ultimate idiot babyface, but would he really put up with Lex leaving him in a handicap match? I actually think the hand slapping stuff at the start did more to further this angle in a way that interests me that the match itself.

    Man, 8 minutes for Shark vs. Giant? Have you seen the Shark wrestle? That dude should not be in 8 minute matches! I'd imagine this would totally expose Giant, too, especially given I can't imagine John Tenta's going to have any real future for you in a couple of weeks. Giant squashing him to be the king of monsters would have done far more for him.

    Not much to say on Scott Hall. Clearly you're following the real life direction for now, and I can't blame you for that. Looking forward to seeing what happens when you put your own spin on things, though.

    Moving on to Saturday Night, I'm surprised you had the Blue Bloods going over the Road Warriors. I know it's '96 and their best days are gone, but to see the RWs as not anything special is always a shame to me.

    I'll never get on board with Hugh Morrus, and a Hugh Morrus/Konnan feud isn't exactly Magnum TA vs Tully Blanchard, but kudos to trying to get people over. I remember planning a 1996 WCW game on TEW once and being blown away by the absence of US Title worthy people, so you're doing the right things as you wait for something real to click in to place.

    Huh, surprised you had Luger lose the TV Title, and not even in the main event. That seems like a big time moment to me that you could do more with. I understand the desire to get the belt off Luger and involved with another rivalry, so no complaints there. Interesting that Arn is already washing his hands of Benoit. Very intrigued as to where you're going to take this.

    Interesting that there was so much interference on WCWSN, especially after Nitro being interference free. Given you had Larry mention it, I have to think this was a conscious choice and you have a plan in mind. Interesting to see what it is...

    Overall, another solid couple of shows. This probably sounds more negative than I intend, because I'm really enjoying what you're doing at the moment and it certainly has me wanting to come back for more. And I know I said this before, but I'm really pleased you are writing an era that I can totally get behind. I always got the sense your old BTB made huge strides from start to finish, but obviously I wasn't able to quite get in to the fantasy nature of it. But this... this is my jam. You've got a reader in me, dude. Keep it up.

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    Thank you so much for the feedback. I wanted to comment on some of your points. Not defending myself, but just so people know where my head is. The DDP thing, he won the Lord of the Ring and IRL was the number 1 contender but WCW just dropped it and when rewatching it i hated that, so i wanted to follow through.

    I promise that there is a plan for Sting being a complete dumbass when it comes to Luger

    Honestly, my idea wasnt Benoit vs. Arn but it seems like it is the talk of the reviews. So things may get adjusted. The idea is the whole Benoit/Sullivan feud with Arn trying to get Benoit to stay focused on Horsemen business.

    The TV title is somethinh i wanna have as a true undercard championship with it being used to elevate the younger talent and honestly i may make it exclusice to Saturday Night.

    The Dungeon was something i just wanted to scrap from jump street but i figured i could make a story out of it. So i figured i could use it to get Giant over by destroying big guys on their way out. Also, i didnt think about Shark being in such long matches i was just doing times based on the slot in the show. So i need to reevaluate that line of thinking.

    Im really glad you guys are enjoying the thread. I know its not as in depth as others but im having fun

    O yea, There are going be small tweaks to the NwO but some stuff was too brilliant not to redo (GAB, and the MGM parking lot beatdown is staying) but there isnt going be a fake sting i can promise that or heel nick patrick

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    And no Giant as an NWO member, please...

    Fake Sting was awful, but it did provide the impetus for Sting's change in look...

    Maybe Steve Austin will be the leader of the NWO here...

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    I've been slowly reading this, and looking forward to the slow build going on with everything. I like the time period, and am curious to see how everything plays out here with your reality vs. the real world history. I love the Mean Gene Hotline to start the thread, although I will say you definitely went too smarky/breaking kayfabe for parts of it, for my tastes. Using the Hotline will certainly be something I'd love to see you use moving forward still, just know the lines between kayfabe and when you're breaking it.

    I REALLY hope we don't see a version of Stone Cold Steve Austin show up in this WCW. That will definitely be a turn off for me, but if you handle it without being a carbon copy, I'm sure I'll be able to find reason to support it. It's WCW, so you have room to bring in a lot of various talent if you want, so that is something I do look forward to seeing.

    You have such an amazing roster to work with, it'll be fun to see how you handle things moving forward. I get blowing up The Dungeon at this point, although there are some fun talents in there, especially Meng. I would LOVE to see some of the useless guys who get thrown out form a little face mini-faction, a Supporters Group if you will, as they recover from the mindwashing of The Taskmaster.

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    Monday Nitro
    June 10 1996

    Nitro opens up with in-ring action in the form of tag team action. We are in the middle of The Armstrongs vs. Billy Kidman and Chris Kanyon. Eric Bischoff tells us that the preliminary matches that take place before the show have ran a little over time and we are getting a little extra Nitro this week. Suddenly, Tony Schiavone starts yelling, “Get him out of here, right now.” The camera cuts to the announcer’s area and we see Scott Hall walking up to the announcer’s stage. Bobby Heenan quickly leaves the area.

    Scott Hall looks directly at Eric Bischoff, who asks Scott “where’s the big guy?” Scott tells him he is right there and points, with a baseball bat, to the ring. The Big Guy climbs over the ringside guardrail and gets into the ring, with a bat of his own. The Big Guy nails Kidman with a bat shot to the gut, he hits Kanyon with a bat shot as well. While this is going on, Scott Hall has made his way to the ring and nails Scott Armstrong in the back with the baseball bat. He gets into the ring and nails Brad Armstrong in the gut with the bat and then throws him into the waiting arms of The Big Guy. He picks Brad up and nails him with a humungous Jackknife powerbomb. The Big Guy yells into the camera, “so this is where the big boys play, well this is now where Scott Hall and Kevin Nash run the damn place.”

    Sting, Lex Luger, Macho Man, and The Horseman run down and try to get into the ring, but Hall and Nash hold them off with the bats. Every time one of the men tries to get in the ring, they are met with a bat hitting the ring rope. Eric Bischoff runs down to ringside, microphone in hand, and is yelling for officers. Armed cops make their way to the ring, batons in hand. Eric tells Hall and Nash that they can either leave or he will have the officers get them out by any means necessary. Eric calls the wrestlers from around the ring to his side. As they start to fall back from the ringside area, Ric Flair bumps into Macho Man and they start to fight.

    The fighting between Flair and Savage now includes Arn Anderson and Chris Benoit. Sting tries to break up the fighting, but ends up getting pushed down. Nash, who is still in the ring, yells to Eric that Hall and Nash are going to “be at the Great American Bash whither they are invited or not and that WCW better get your stuff together before then.” Hall and Nash get out of the ring and walk back up through the crowd and out of the building.

    On the outside of the ring, the brawl continues between the WCW wrestlers that came out to fight Scott Hall and Kevin Nash. Kevin Sullivan makes his way to the ringside area and goes directly for Chris Benoit. Kevin nails Chris in the back of the head with a hard right hand. Arn Anderson comes after Sullivan while Flair is still occupied with fighting with Macho Man. The rest of the Dungeon of Doom, which includes Hugh Morris, Big Bubba, The Faces of Fear, and The Giant come down to ringside. They begin to fight with Arn Anderson. Sting comes over and starts to fight with The Dungeon as Harlem Heat runs down and jumps Lex. The Steiners are next to join the chaos as they go after the Dungeon to try to help their friend, Sting.

    Lex Luger is at a two on one disadvantage against the Harlem Heat. The Steiner Brothers have helped Sting out and he goes after Booker T and Stevie Ray. He hits them from behind and allows for Luger to get some time to recuperate. Lex gets back into the fight and goes to hit Booker T. Booker ducks out of the way and nails Scott Steiner. This causes the Steiners to fight with Luger. Now all three of the tag teams in the upcoming Triangle Match are fighting their way to the back as some security are trying to break them up, albeit unsuccessfully.

    At the same time, the Road Warriors make their way down to finish their business with The Faces of Fear. Hawk and Animal attack Meng and Barbarian from behind and knock them to the ground. Sullivan sees this and directs Hugh Morris and Big Bubba to join in on the fight with the Road Warriors. With the assist from Morris and Bubba, Hawk and Animal are taken down. The Giant finishes the tag team off with a double chokeslam. Arn Anderson and Chris Benoit have taken advantage of Sullivan having the Dungeon focus on the Road Warriors and are now pummeling Kevin Sullivan. Sullivan has started to bleed and Benoit is over top of Kevin punching and punching him. Arn sees that Sullivan is bloodied and tries to get Benoit to pull off of him. Benoit does not get off of Sullivan, that is until Woman runs down ands convinces Benoit to back off. Woman turns around and looks at Sullivan’s bloody face and screams. She runs to the back and Chris follows after her. However, he is stopped by the enormous presence of The Giant, who knocks Benoit down with one shot.

    Kevin Sullivan is slowly making his way to his feet as Arn Anderson is making his way over to help out Benoit. Sullivan calls for the Faces of Fear and the rest of the Dungeon to come over and get after Anderson. The Faces take out Anderson, with Barbarian hitting a Big Boot and then Meng locking in the Tongan Death Grip. Hugh Morris and Big Bubba grab a table from under the ring and set it up ringside. Kevin Sullivan is back directing traffic and has called for The Giant to chokeslam Benoit through the table. Benoit tries to put up a fight to prevent the upcoming chokeslam, but Morris and Bubba stop Benoit before he can even land a punch on Giant. Morris and Bubba hold Chris in place for Sullivan, who yells at him “you must pay for your sins.” Giant grabs him by the throat and picks him above his head, then slams him down through the table. Sullivan takes his dungeon to the back, still battered and bloodied from the attack from Chris Benoit.

    Meanwhile, at the same time Ric Flair and Macho Man are still fighting and have made their way into the ring and are brawling on the canvas. Eric Bischoff has called for policy officers to make there way ringside. The cops get into the ring and try to break up the fight between Flair and Savage. After a few moments, the police have gotten Ric and Randy to separate corners. It looks like the brawl is settled, when Savage breaks away from the officers and makes a dash to Flair. He is unable to reach Flair as the officers stop Savage mid-air when he tries to leap onto The Nature Boy. Flair is able to hit Macho Man with a few right hands before two officers grab Flair. The officers that have Randy are working him back to the corner he came from and place Savage back on his feet in the corner. Randy tries to get back to Flair and is stopped by the cops.

    Savage gets aggravated and punches a police officer. When this happens, the rest of the officers reach for their mace. Savage goes to hit another officer who has grabbed him and gets a face full of mace. Savage starts to scream and grabs at his eyes. The officers take him down to the canvas and put him in handcuffs and escort him to the back. As Macho Man is walked by Flair, he kicks at Ric and lands a couple of kicks. Flair nails Macho with some punches and then accidently hits an officer. Flair stops instantly and tries to backtrack out of what he just did. He begs off when officers come at him with handcuffs. Flair backs directly into another officer who grabs Ric’s arm and places him in handcuffs as Flair goes wild.

    The officers walk out both Macho Man and Ric Flair, in handcuffs, past the carnage of Chris Benoit and Arn Anderson, and to the back to be sent to jail. Arn Anderson has made his way to his feet and is looking at Flair in handcuffs and has a confused look on his face. Arn shakes his head and goes to help Benoit up. Arn gets Benoit to his feet and Chris, holding his ribs, looks pissed off as the show heads to commercial.

    Commercial Break

    We are back from commercial as Tony Schiavone and Bobby Heenan discuss what just happened to open the show. Eric Bischoff finally joins them and tells them that if Kevin Nash and Scott Hall want to come to the Great American Bash then they are welcome to come. Eric states that “this is WCW and we will not back down from any hostile takeover of our company. I have, we have, worked to hard to make WCW happen and this hostile takeover attempt will not be taken lightly. Nash and Hall show up at the Bash and I will give you the opportunity to speak your mind, but don’t be mistaken, your presence will not be taken lightly.” Tony talks about how Hall and Nash has caused utter chaos just by their mere presence and now Macho Man and Ric Flair are on their way to jail. Bischoff throws to another commercial, apologizing about the back-to-back commercials, but talks about how being live calls for quick changes to be made.

    Commercial Break

    The music of DDP hits as the fans boo the number one contender for the WCW World Heavyweight Champion. Page walks out with even more jewelry on and a brand new ring jacket. Page walks with great confidence to the ring as his opponent, Steve Doll is already in the ring.

    Singles Match
    Diamond Dallas Page vs. Steve Doll

    This match is controlled from the very beginning by DDP. He is able to put the match away at many different points within the match, but is just toying with his opponent. Eventually, Page hits a Diamond Cutter on Doll for the victory

    Winner at 2:10 – Diamond Dallas Page

    After the match, Page grabs a microphone and begins talking into the microphone. He begins to talk about how that match was just a preview of what will happen at the Great American Bash. Tony Schiavone tells us that we have to head to another commercial break due to Nitro staying with the chaos at the beginning of the show. Eric Bischoff says that someone needs to tell Page that his time is up and get him out of the ring. Bobby Heenan says that Eric should do it because he was so good at keeping the peace earlier tonight.

    Commercial Break

    Back from commercial and DDP is still in the ring. He has been talking and boasting about himself on the microphone the entire commercial break. Page is now talking about his benefactor and how he will be revealed this Sunday at the Great American Bash when DDP wins the WCW World Heavyweight Championship. Diamond Page talks about how he is one Diamond Cutter away from the gold. He stops Steve Doll who was trying to get out of the ring, turns him around and lands another Diamond Cutter. DDP grabs the microphone and says, “Just in the blink of an eye Giant, your title will be mine.”

    A video recap shows all that happen at the beginning of Nitro. We get clips of the bat shots from Hall and Nash; Nash telling Eric Bischoff that they will be at the Great American Bash; Macho Man and Flair brawling on the outside of the ring; The tag teams in the Triangle Tag Team Title match brawling their way to the backstage area; The Road Warriors attacking the Dungeon of Doom and then getting double chokeslammed; Woman pulling Chris Benoit off of Kevin Sullivan; The Dungeon attacking Benoit and Arn Anderson and Chris being chokeslammed through a table; Ric Flair and Randy Savage being arrested and walked to the back.

    We return to the arena with Gene Okerlund in the entranceway. He hypes the hotline and then introduces his guests, Alex Wright and Disco Inferno. They dance their way to the bottom of the entranceway to meet Okerlund. Okerlund asks Disco if we have a new tag team in WCW. Alex Wright answers that by letting Okerlund that Disco and him are a tag team and they are called the Dancing Fools. They begin to dance around to the boos of the crowd and Chris Benoit walks down the entranceway. He has his ribs taped and Arn Anderson is following him. Benoit gets to Alex Wright and Disco Inferno and proceeds to beat them up. He throws Alex and then Disco into the guardrail, and then grabs the microphone from Okerlund. Arn can be heard telling Benoit to reconsider what he is going to say. Chris tells him that he has to do what he has to do and then challenges The Giant to a fight tonight. Benoit says that he is going to bring Giant down to size and make him tap, tap, tap to the Crippler Crossface.

    Arn tells Benoit that he needs to think rationally and handle things the Horseman way. We could of came up with a plan, but you wanted to be a hot head about it. Now I am about to defend my TV Title against Big Bubba and keep some gold within the Horseman. Now, you get to the back and get them ribs looked at again. Anderson gets into the ring and awaits his opponent.

    Commercial Break

    Big Bubba’s music hits as the fans boo the Dungeon of Doom member whilst he walks to the ring for his title match. Bubba has some words for the crowd as he gets into the ring.

    Television Championship Match
    Arn Anderson © vs. Big Bubba

    Big Bubba is able to take advantage early in the match, mostly due to Anderson not being at one hundred percent due to his earlier beating he took from the Dungeon. Bubba hits a few high-powered moves and gets a couple of two counts on the Television Champion. Arn is able to turn the tide of the match when he moves out of the way of a charging Bubba in the corner. Bubba hits his shoulder on the turnbuckle and that is all that The Enforcer needed to see in order to start his attack. In true Anderson fashion, Arn tries to separate the shoulder of Bubba. He continuously works on the arm including hitting a big hammerlock body slam. Arn tries for a pin fall but only gets a two count. Arn continues to work on the shoulder of Bubba and tries to get a submission victory.

    Bubba is able to counter a DDT attempt by holding onto the top rope and Anderson hits the canvas hard. Bubba starts to put the boots to Anderson and is getting more vicious with his attack. Bubba gets a few more high-impact moves in including a body slam and a suplex. Bubba goes for his patented sidewalk slam, but Anderson is able to punch at the shoulder of Big Bubba. Bubba drops Anderson to the canvas, but not with the impact that would of came from fully connecting on the sidewalk slam. Bubba grabs at his shoulder as Arn makes his way to his feet. Both men meet in the middle of the ring with Arn kicking Bubba in the gut and the dropping him to the canvas with a DDT.

    Winner and still Television Champion at 8:45 – Arn Anderson


    Kevin Sullivan, with a bandage on his head, walks down to the ring. He has with him the Dungeon of Doom including The Giant. Sullivan gets in the ring with Bubba and the Dungeon circles the ring. Sullivan is arguing with Big Bubba and then hits him with a hard right hand. The Dungeon hops into the ring and lays out Bubba in the same fashion that they attacked Shark after he lost his title match. Barbarian hits his big boot; Meng locks in the Tongan Death Grip and Hugh Morris hits the No Laughing Matter. After all of those maneuvers, The Giant grabs Bubba and picks him up for the chokeslam. He drills Bubba to the canvas with the chokeslam as Kevin Sullivan yells at him, “got to cut the dead weight.” Tony Schiavone talks about how Kevin Sullivan is drastically cutting the numbers of the Dungeon of Doom. Bobby Heenan talks about how he has been the leader of a family before and that you cannot have a weak link and Sullivan is doing what is best for the future of the Dungeon.

    A video package is shown for Rey Mysterio Jr. There is footage shown from his time in Mexico as well as a few clips from ECW. The package ends with a graphic stating COMING SOON.

    Commercial Break

    “Mean” Gene Okerlund is in the middle of the ring with a microphone. Okerlund introduces his guest at this time, the WCW Cruiserweight Champion, Dean Malenko. Malenko makes his way to the ring to the cheers of the fans. Dean has a serious look on his face as he walks down the ring, neither agitating nor recognizing the fans. Malenko is in casual clothes and has his Cruiserweight belt over his shoulder. Malenko gets into the ring and walks over to Gene Okerlund. Okerlund talks with Dean about his recent title defenses. Dean says that they were hard-fought contests and he is very proud to defend the Cruiserweight Championship against anyone at anytime. Gene asks about whom Malenko will defend his title against at the Great American Bash. Malenko answers by saying that since he is willing to defend his title against anyone; he is going to have an open challenge. Anyone that feels they are capable of defeating me, then show up at the Great American Bash this Sunday and you will go down to the man of 1,000 holds. Malenko hold his belt up in the air to the cheers of the crowd and makes his way to the back. Gene reiterates what we just heard from Dean, that the Cruiserweight Championship would be defended in an open challenge match this Sunday at the Great American Bash.

    The announce team is shown as Tony Schiavone runs down all the championship matches that have been announced so far for the Great American Bash. There is the WCW World Heavyweight Championship match between Diamond Dallas Page and The Giant, the Triangle Tag Team match between Sting/Lex Luger, Harlem Heat, and The Steiner Brothers, and the newly announced Cruiserweight Open Challenge match. Eric Bischoff also lets us know that he will be conducting a special interview with Scott Hall and Kevin Nash.

    Entrances take place for the Nasty Boys as the fans give them a mixed reaction. The Nasty Boys seem to not care that they are getting some boos and even yell at a fan in the front row that is booing them. The Nasty Boys get into the ring and wait for their opponents.

    Next out to the ring is Rocco Rock and Johnny Grunge, Public Enemy. The crowd gives them a loud reaction and waves their hands back and forth in support of Public Enemy. Rocco and Johnny get into the ring and immediately charge after the Nasty Boys as the referee tries to get the match started with one man in and one man out per tag team.

    Tag Team Match
    Nasty Boys vs. Public Enemy

    The referee is finally able to get a semblance of order when he gets Jerry Sags and Johnny Grunge on the outside apron. Knobbs and Rocco start the match with punches and kicks. This match is not a technical showcase at all. Neither team keeps the advantage for an extended period of time. A couple of tags are made between the two tag teams and the action continues through a commercial break.

    Commercial Break

    After the commercial break the action spills to the outside. There is action between all four men. Rocco Rock whips Brian Knobbs into the guardrail and Jerry Sags sends Johnny Grunge into the steel steps. Rocco comes after Sags and they start punching each other with left and rights. They are locked together while fighting and their respective partners have grabbed steel chairs. Johnny Grunge and Brian Knobs hit their opponents in the back simultaneously and the referee calls for the bell.

    Official Decision – Double Disqualification

    After the match, the two teams fight their way to the back as security tries to separate the two tag teams. Bobby Heenan makes a joke on commentary about how the security needs to ask for extra money tonight due to all the fights that have broken out.

    After the ringside area has been cleared, JJ Dillon makes his way down to ringside. JJ gets into the ring and addresses the crowd. Dillon lets everyone know that he is here to make some announcements about the Pay Per View on Sunday. He runs down the card that has been announced already.
    · WCW World Heavyweight Championship – The Giant © vs. DDP
    · WCW Tag Team Championships – Triangle Match
    o Harlem Heat vs. The Steiner Brothers vs. Sting/Lex Luger©
    · WCW Cruiserweight Championship – Dean Malenko vs. ????
    JJ Dillon announces that the television title will be defended as this Saturday on WCW Saturday Night, Eddie Guerrero will face Lord Steven Regal and the winner will be declared the automatic challenger for the Television Championship. He also states that there will be a no- disqualification match between Public Enemy and the Nasty Boys. JJ Dillon also announces that the main event will be Ric Flair vs. Macho Man Randy Savage as long as they can be released from jail before Sunday night. Dillon lets the crowd know that he is working with local authorities to get both Flair and Savage released as we speak. JJ Dillon tells us to tune into WCW Saturday Night for further updates on the statuses of both Savage and Flair. Before Dillon leaves, he announces that he has granted the request of Chris Benoit and the main event of Nitro tonight will be Chris Benoit vs. The Giant for the WCW World Heavyweight Championship.

    The music of The Steiner Brothers hits as the fans go wild for Rick and Scott Steiner. Tony Schiavone makes note that this match is the last in the round-robin series for the upcoming Triangle Match. The Brain talks about how Harlem Heat with the help of Sister Sherri have already locked up their spot in the start of the Triangle Match. Eric Bischoff tells us that we will be right back with the introductions of the tag team champions after this commercial break.

    Commercial Break

    Back from commercial and the music of Sting hits as the crowd give an enormous reaction for Sting. Sting is out first and Lex Luger is right behind him and as the crowd sees him, they begin to boo at him. Lex still has a terrible wrap job on his wrist from when he supposedly hurt his wrist last week. Tony Schiavone tells us that this is the last chance for Sting and Lex Luger to earn points in the round-robin series. Eric Bischoff makes it known that he is not sure what would happen if The Steiners and Lex Luger/Sting end up tied at one point a piece. Bobby Heenan says that they should just give the belts to Harlem Heat.

    Sting slaps hands with every fan on his way to the ring and when Sting looks over his shoulder at Luger, Lex grabs his wrist and uses that as excuse to why he is not slapping hands with the fans.

    3rd Match in the Round-Robin Series
    The Steiner Brothers vs. Sting/Lex Luger

    Scott Steiner and Lex Luger are the first men in the ring, however Luger immediately tags out of the match. Rick and Scott are both yelling at Sting to tag Luger back into the match. Sting asks the crowd what he should do and they make it evident that they want Lex to start the match. Sting tries to tag out to Luger, but Lex doesn’t accept the tag. Sting shrugs his shoulders and starts the match. Scott and Sting wrestle for a few minutes with neither man getting the advantage. Scott tags into his brother and Sting tags Luger into the match. Lex immediately turns around and tags Sting back into the match. Sting looks frustrated, but gets into the ring. He wrestles with Rick Steiner and Rick is able to maintain the offensive due to Sting not getting any rest when Lex tagged out without doing any damage to his opponent. The Steiners continue the offensive on Sting using quick tags and high-powered offense to beat down the now exhausted Sting.

    Sting is eventually able to make a comeback as Jimmy Hart makes his way to the ring. He starts to talk with Lex Luger and as Sting hits a Stinger Splash and starts to crawl toward Luger. Lex hops off the apron and has a worried look on his face. He rushes to the back and leaves Sting hanging for the tag. Sting is back to his feet and is yelling at Luger to come back. Sting steps backwards and directly into the arms of Scott Steiner, who nails a butterfly suplex. Steiner picks Sting up on his shoulders and his brother, Rick, tags into the match, heads to the top rope and lands the Steiner Bulldog for the victory.


    Winner at 10:20 – The Steiner Brothers (2 points)

    Commercial Break

    Back from commercial and Mean Gene is in the ring with Sting. Okerlund begins to speak to Sting about the previous match. Gene asks Sting how he feels about having to start the Triangle match on the outside. Sting gets on the microphone and talks about how he is always a fighting champion and all he wants to do is defend his tag titles with his best friend, Lex Luger. At t the mention of his name, Lex Luger walks back into the arena. Sting notices Lex and starts to question him about where he went. Lex, soaking in the boos from the crowd, steps into the ring and gets the microphone from Sting. Lex tells Sting that Jimmy Hart told him that he needed to take a very important phone call. Lex states that Jimmy thought it was from Lex’s mother and that she was sick. “Thankfully, she is going to be ok.” Sting gets fired up and tells Luger that he needs to be there for the team, so they can remain the Tag Team Champions. Luger responds back asking Sting, “where were you when I lost my TV title.” Sting stammers back that Luger told him to mind his own business and that was what he was doing. Sting asks Luger what they are going to do about Triangle match now that they have to start on the outside and can lose their title without even getting into the match. Luger shrugs this off and tells Sting to “trust me, I have a plan.” Sting isn’t too pleased as Luger starts to get out of the ring and head to the back. Sting looks out to the crowd and just shakes his head before following Luger to the back.

    Commercial Break

    Back from commercial and it is main event time for the WCW World Heavyweight Championship. Out first is the challenger, Chris Benoit. He is walking gingerly and has his ribs wrapped. Woman is by his side as he has a stern look on his face. The crowd gives him a good ovation, mostly due to his toughness.

    Out next is The Giant with Kevin Sullivan. The crowd boos the Heavyweight Champion as he walks to the ring. Kevin Sullivan sees Woman and walks towards her, but she just backs away from him. Sullivan gets a look on his face that shows a mixture of anger and sadness. Chris Benoit slides out of the ring, in front of Woman, and then tells her to head to the back for her safety.

    WCW World Championship Match
    The Giant © vs. Chris Benoit

    The match starts with Chris Benoit going after the champion. Benoit tries to chop Giant down to size, but is unacceptable. Benoit tries a couple of different ways to go about knocking down The Giant. The heavyweight champion is able to shrug off the attack from Benoit and hits a big head-butt to Chris, knocking him to the canvas. Giant takes over the match and attacks the already hurt ribs of Chris Benoit. Giant lands some knee strikes to Benoit when he is in the corner and follows up with a huge body slam. Giant tries to get the pin, but Benoit is able to sneak out of it. Giant continues to assault Benoit and it looks like he will easily take care of his challenger.

    The match takes a turn in the favor of Benoit when Chris is able to slide out of a body slam attempt down the back of his much larger opponent. Benoit lands a chop block to the knee of Giant and he starts to stumble. Chris Benoit hits a second and then a third chop block to the knee of Giant. The Giant goes down to one knee as Benoit hits the ropes and rushes at The Giant. However, Giant catches Benoit with a hand around the throat and starts to work his way to his feet. Benoit tries to fight his way out of the situation he has found himself in. Benoit is able to kick his way out, but Giant tosses him off and directly into the referee.

    Kevin Sullivan uses this to his advantage and gets into the ring and goes after Chris Benoit. Benoit has completely forgotten about Giant, however as The Giant walks towards Benoit, Diamond Dallas Page makes his way to the ring. DDP slides into the ring with a steel chair and hits The Giant in the back with the chair. He turns Giant around and tries for a Diamond Cutter, but Giant shrugs him off and out of the ring. Chris Benoit has taken care of Kevin Sullivan and has grabbed the chair that DDP dropped. The Giant turns around after tossing Page out of the ring and gets nailed in the head with the steel chair. Chris Benoit falls on top of The Giant as the referee crawls over to count the fall. The referee counts 1…counts 2…and then Kevin Sullivan jumps on top of Chris Benoit and causes the disqualification.

    Winner at 12:34 by Disqualification – Chris Benoit
    Chris Benoit does not win the championship

    Chris Benoit gets up and goes after the man that just robbed him of the WCW World Heavyweight Championship. Benoit grabs the steel chair and hits Sullivan in the head with it, re-opening the wound that occurred earlier in the evening. Benoit is screaming at Sullivan as The Giant makes his way to his feet and grabs Chris Benoit. He lifts him high in the air and drops him with a devastating Chokeslam.

    Tony Schiavone recaps what we just saw and gives us a final rundown on what matches have been announced so far for the Great American Bash. Eric Bischoff tells us to tune in to WCW Saturday Night to get the latest updates on Ric Flair and Randy Savage. Bischoff then looks directly into the camera and tells “the interruption” that he cannot wait for them to show up at Great American Bash because he wants answers and he will get them this Sunday. Bobby Heenan signs off for Nitro as we fade to black.



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    Why do I get the feeling that Steve Austin and Brian Pillman are going to be in the NWO in this diary (that would make this awesome, BTW)?

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    Re: WCW 1996 - The Birth of the NWO

    That was an absolutely crazy opening. Not something I think you could do too often, but as a one off? This was immense. Plays right into the vibe Bischoff was trying to create during this era, and thinking about the ‘Monday Night Wars’ aspect of everything that was going on here, there’s no way anyone would be tuning out of Nitro for Raw, and anyone flipping the channel back and forth would’ve been staying on Nitro. This all stemming from Scott Hall and Kevin Nash being here is a perfect way to encapsulate the chaos the ‘Outsiders’ are bringing to the table, but that you allowed this to splinter off into every major angle you’ve got going is what made this even more memorable. I loved this. Unique. Very unique.

    Gotta commend you on your attention to detail here too. That opening segment was very long, so naturally, you had to make the time up somewhere with a few quick commercial breaks. Another hint at the disorder and the ‘anything can happen’ nature of Nitro too. Nash and Hall being invited to the Bash by Bischoff should be good. No harm is giving DDP a squash win here, as he needs to look as plausible as possible ahead of his title shot. With the benefactor being teased, and the Diamond Cutter being put over, there’s enough there to at least question the possibility that DDP might pull it off, but for me, it’s way too soon for that particular trigger to be pulled.

    Wright and Disco are pretty much confirmed here as comedy jobbers. Any team that calls themselves ‘fools’ aren’t to be taken seriously, that’s for certain. Benoit then taking them both out establishes their role here too. Having seen your comments regarding the feedback for the Arn/Benoit stuff, I’m pumped to see how you handle that relationship now going forward. The contrast in attitudes here alone was a nice way to further their own side issue within the Horsemen. What’s up with Arn Anderson winning with the DDT? He should be able to Spinebuster Big Bubba, surely? Wasn’t even teased here.

    I’ll give you credit for persevering with the Dungeon of Doom for now as a group rather than instantly ripping the stable apart … but the sooner that does happen, I think the better. At least that’s Tenta and Bossman out now.

    Have to wonder about that placement of the Rey vignette being followed directly with Malenko issuing the open challenge for the Bash… would be quite the introduction for Rey if he jumped right into the title picture.

    The Double DQ between the Nasty Boys and Public Enemy is fine, I guess. I’d imagine it’ll give you a reason for a rematch to beef up the undercard for the Bash, as it feels a little light on matches so far.

    And there it is, lol!! The No DQ stipulation makes sense, and should play into both teams strengths too. Just surprised it’s happening on Saturday Night and not on the PPV. Couple of decent hooks for Saturday night too, with updates to come on Flair and Savage. Feels like a show we shouldn’t miss. Not sure how I feel about Giant having to defend the title tonight against Benoit. It’s not like Benoit done anything to earn a shot. In theory, if you could just get a title shot by demanding a match with the champion, why isn’t everyone doing it?

    Had thought Lex might be more keen to compete after getting jumped by Harlem Heat earlier in the night during that opening brawl. That said, nice piece of detail by mentioning that amateur wrap job with the hand. Little pieces like that make a big difference in the grand scheme of things. Using the wrapped hand as an excuse not to slap hands with the fans was funny too. Lex then leaving Sting high and dry furthers that particular issue, and using his mother as the excuse was great. Especially the addition of “she’ll be fine” lol. Found it peculiar that Sting got so defensive when Luger asked where Sting was when Lex lost the TV title. Not sure if that was something to read into or not, but it definitely stood out. There’s no way these two are winning at the Bash.

    Well, at least the main event would’ve been a solid match with Benoit involved. Him getting to spend as long as he did in an even match with the champion is a good sign for his future prospects, and confirms him as ‘one to watch’ going forward. DDP trying to screw Giant made total sense too – of course he’d rather fight the smaller man for the belt as opposed to the literal giant of a man holding the belt, but it’s still a big moment for Benoit to be a second away from winning the World title. Giant ending the show standing tall was a good idea to give him some heat back, though I think some mention of DDP – even if it was him backing off up the ramp – might’ve been a good idea to close the show, rather than focusing on Giant dropping Benoit.

    Anyway, that opening segment was just all kinds of awesome. The rest of the show was fine too, but it’s all a work in progress at this stage. If that opening segment is anything to go by with the future direction though, this thing should really take off.

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    World Championship Wrestling
    Saturday Night
    June 15 1996

    WCW Saturday Night starts off with a two shot of Mike Tenay and Larry Zbyszko. Mike Tenay welcomes us to the show and says that he has an update on the status of Macho Man and Ric Flair for tomorrow night’s Great American Bash. Larry Zbyszko cuts Tenay off and goes on a rant about the chaos that happened at the beginning of Nitro. Larry talks about how he does not like the direction that WCW is going. He says that Eric Bischoff needs to get some law and order in World Championship Wrestling and that starts this Sunday. Larry says he is absolutely disgusted that these two chumps think that they can run WCW. This is World Championship Wrestling and no one runs us.

    Mike Tenay thanks Larry for his comments and tells us that the update that we have been waiting for is that both Ric Flair and Randy Savage will make it to the pay per view and they will compete in the Main Event of the Great American Bash. Tenay says that tonight we will have more matches made official for the PPV. Tenay sends it to the ring, as we are ready for our first match of the night.

    Billy Kidman is already in the ring with his recent tag team partner, Chris Kanyon. Hugh Morris of the Dungeon of Doom makes his way to the ring with his manager, Jimmy Hart. The crowd gives Hugh a good amount of boos and he just laughs in their face as he makes his way to the ring.

    Singles Match
    Billy Kidman vs. Hugh Morris

    This match is completely dominated by Hugh Morris from the ring of the bell. Morris hits a couple of high-powered moves including a big suplex and a corner avalanche splash. Morris is able to put the match away on multiple occasions, but chooses not to. Morris eventually ends it with a No Laughing Matter for the victory.

    Winner at 2:43 – Hugh Morris

    After the match, Kanyon gets into the ring and goes to attend to his tag team partner. Morris attacks him from behind and drops him with a body slam. Morris lands a big splash and goes up top for the No Laughing Matter. He nails Kanyon with it as Jimmy Hart gets into the ring. Hart calls for Hugh Morris to land another moonsault on Kidman, but as Hugh goes to the top rope, Konnan makes his way ringside. Konnan picks Hugh’s ankle from under him and causes Hugh to fall crotch first on the top turnbuckle. Jimmy Hart has gotten out of the ring as Konnan makes his way inside the ring. Morris makes his way off the turnbuckle and out of the ring as Konnan checks on Kidman and Kanyon.

    Konnan grabs a microphone after making sure the two men he saved from further harm are ok and tells Hugh that if he wants to bully people then he will have to pay the price. Konnan challenges Morris to a match at the Great American Bash. Hart says that the only way Hugh will fight him is if Konnan puts up his precious US Title. Konnan agrees and we have another title match set for the PPV.

    Commercial Break

    Back from commercial and the camera is on the ring announcer, Dave Penzer. He goes to start to announce the next match, but the crowd turns their attention to the entranceway as the camera cuts to the entranceway as well. We see Jerry Sags come flying through the entrance way as Rocco Rock comes through the entrance and starts stomping on Jerry. Brian Knobbs is the next to come tumbling out from the backstage area. Johnny Grunge is out next and starts stomping on Brian. The Public Enemy starts to wave their hands in the air and play to the crowd, who responds by waving their hands side by side as well. This allows time for the Nasty Boys to recover and they jump Public Enemy from behind. The two teams start to brawl and are throwing each other into the ring steps and the guardrail. Security and referees make their way to the ring and try to break up the two tag teams.

    Security is able to get Rocco Rock and Jerry Sags separated, but Brian Knobbs has hit Johnny Grunge with a chair to the back. He waits for Johnny to turn around drills him with a chair shot to the head. The remaining security makes their way to Knobbs and gets him away from Johnny Grunge. Brian meets up with Jerry Sags and they start to laugh as they look at Rocco Rock trying to get Johnny Grunge to his feet and he stumbles as he tries to walk. Mike Tenay hypes up the tag team match for Great American Bash. Larry Zbyszko questions if Johnny Grunge will be able to make it to the PPV.

    Dave Penzer is now able to make his introductions for the next match on WCW Saturday Night. Penzer introduces the first tag team to the ring. The music of The Dancing Fools hits as the crowd gives some boos to the newly formed tag team of Alex Wright and Disco Inferno. The team dances their way into the ring as they compliment each other on their dancing skills.

    The music of the American Males hits as the fans give them a moderate amount of cheers. Marcus Bagwell looks to be trying to get the most camera time while the team is walking down to the ring. Scotty Riggs does his clap above his head and some of the fans in the crowd join him.

    Tag Team Match
    Dancing Fools vs. American Males

    Alex Wright and Scotty Riggs start the match for their respective teams. Scotty is able to get the advantage with some chain wrestling. Alex is able to break free and gets a tag into Disco, so Riggs tags in Bagwell. Marcus loses his team’s advantage when Disco uses some underhanded tactics to get the advantage. Dancing Fools isolate Bagwell and work him over in their side of the ring. Bagwell tries to break free and almost is able to tag in Riggs on a couple of occasions. Finally, Marcus is able to get a tag into his partner, after Disco starts to dance a little too much and loses his focus.

    Riggs comes into the match a ball of fire and takes out both of the Dancing Fools. Riggs clears the ring as the fans start to get behind him. Disco gets back up and attacks Riggs from behind. Alex comes in after Disco and they start to double-team Scotty Riggs. Disco goes to clothesline Scotty, who ducks, and Inferno knocks Alex down. Marcus Bagwell heads to the top rope and looks to land the Blockbuster on Disco, however Disco drops out of the way and Bagwell hits his partner with the Blockbuster. Alex is back up and he goes after Marcus and they take their fight to the outside. Disco Inferno gets up, does a dance, and then pins Scotty Riggs for the three count.

    Winners at 7:45 – Dancing Fools

    Commercial Break

    Returning from commercial and Diamond Dallas Page is on the way to the ring. The fans are booing him as he smokes a cigar and is blowing the smoke in the direction of the front row fans. DDP is wearing a lot of gaudy jewelry and has his bedazzled ring jacket on as he gets into the ring after a few moments of yelling at fans. DDP gets the microphone and starts to talk into it, but has to stop as the fans drown him out.

    Page gets mad and starts to throw a temper-tantrum, as he cannot get a word in because of the booing from the crowd. Eventually, Diamond yells into the microphone for the fans to “SHUT UP.” Page says that he has heard all the rumors that have been running wild and he is here to say that he is not afraid of The Giant; in fact he believes that The Giant is afraid of him. Page asks why The Giant has never came out to face him face to face. Page talks about how he almost cost The Giant his title on Nitro and will take his title at the Great American Bash.

    The music of the Dungeon of Doom hits as Kevin Sullivan walks out in front of the WCW World Heavyweight Champion, The Giant. The champion actually gets a few cheers from the crowd and the positive reaction gets louder when The Giant makes it to the ring and raises his hand signaling for the chokeslam. Kevin Sullivan grabs a microphone and starts to talk to Page. He puts over DDP earning his opportunity by winning the Lord of the Ring Lethal Lottery, but tells him that will be the only accolade that he will earn this year.

    Page starts to talk about how he will have his benefactor in his corner; The Giant grabs DDP by his throat and lifts him up for the chokeslam. Giant doesn’t slam Page down to his back, but just throws him into the corner. Sullivan gets on the mic and tells Page that it could be over in just a few moments. Kevin motions for Giant to leave with him. Giant steps over the top rope as DDP grabs Kevin, turns him around and drops him with a Diamond Cutter. DDP hurries out of the ring as Giant is trying to get back into the ring. On the outside of the ring, DDP grabs a microphone and tells Giant that is could be over for him, just that quick. DDP hurries off to the backstage area as we cut to the announcers.

    Larry Zbyszko says that he does not think that Page will be able to hit Giant with the Diamond Cutter. Mike Tenay says we will have to see what happens this Sunday in Baltimore, Maryland at The Great American Bash. Tenay then sends it to the ring as Dave Penzer is set to announce the main event.

    Penzer announces that the following contest is for the number one contendership for the WCW Television Championship this Sunday. He introduces Lord Steven Regal to the ring who has the other members of the Blue Bloods with him. The crowd showers the Englishman with boos and he seems to get more smug with each boo he hears.

    The music of Eddie Guerrero hits as the fans cheer loudly for Eddie. Guerrero comes out and gets the crowd involved by slapping hands with all the fans on the way to the ring. The fans chant “Eddie, Eddie” as Guerrero makes his way into the ring.

    Singles Match - #1 contenders for TV Title
    Lord Steven Regal vs. Eddie Guerrero

    The match starts with a few minutes of back and forth wrestling between Regal and Guerrero. Eddie is able to get the slight advantage and takes over for a few moments. However, the Blue Bloods show that they will not idly stand by on the outside of the ring as they distract Eddie, which allows Steven to take over the match. Regal lands some hard European Uppercuts and locks in a cravat neck-hold as we head to our last commercial break.

    Commercial Break

    Back from commercial and Steven Regal is still in control of the match. Mike Tenay sets up a replay showing that Eddie was almost able to take control of the match, but Regal pulled the hair of Eddie to continue his assault on Eddie. Regal locks in the STF and it seems like Guerrero is going to have to tap out, but the fans will Eddie to get the bottom rope to force the break. Regal waits for Eddie to get to his feet to hit another European Uppercut, but Guerrero is able to catch Regal’s arm and get him into a backslide for a two count. Eddie quickly makes it to his feet and is able to hit a hurricanrana that sends Regal across the ring.

    Eddie makes his way across the ring slowly and goes for a pin-fall attempt, but only gets a two-count. Eddie is able to land a suplex on Regal and goes to the top rope looking for a frog splash. Dave Taylor gets up on the apron and distracts the referee as Robert Eaton gets up on same side of the apron that Taylor is on. Eaton pushes Eddie off the top rope into the ring, but Guerrero lands on his feet and punches Eaton. Guerrero goes after Taylor, who swings at Eddie, but Eddie ducks the punch and lands a right hand of his own. Eddie goes and grabs Eaton by his hair and rams Robert directly into Taylor causing both of them to fall off the apron to the floor. By this time, Regal is back to his feet and grabs Eddie from behind, looking for an O’Connor roll. Eddie is able to switch around on Regal and gets Regal into an O’Connor roll of his own and that earns Guerrero the victory and the date with Arn Anderson for the Television Championship.

    Winner at 13:24 – Eddie Guerrero

    Eddie is shown celebrating as the cameras cuts to the announcing booth. Mike Tenay gives us one last push for the Great American Bash as he signs us off for WCW Saturday Night.



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    Please no predictions yet

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