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    WCW The Fingerpoke... OF DOOM~!

    The following announcement has NOT been paid for by the New World Order:


    "It was the moment that is synonymous with the beginning of the end of World Championship Wrestling. A moment that helped to kill a potentially great story before it could ever truly start. A moment that helped to remind fans and its own employees that the egos of some would always be more valued than the talent and drive of other, younger and less connected, wrestlers in the back. The moment to make sure everyone knew that no matter how much the signs pointed to the idea becoming stale and past its expiration date, the company would always be synonymous with the New World Order. But it's really just a moment that helped put a lot more butts in the seats of WWF shows or butts on couches and remotes in hand to turn on Raw Is War and keep it on over Monday Nitro.

    It is, simply, The Fingerpoke of Doom."




    The following announcement HAS been paid for by the New World Order:

    The band is back together! You have The Elite selection of the nWo Hollywood, and they're in the Black and Red of the Wolfpack. Hollywood Hogan is back and the Heavyweight Champion of the World, The Outsiders are together again, and only The Elite remain. The Wolfpack is in the house, the New World Order is taking over, and you just know that it's... too sweeeeet!"


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    Re: The Fingerpoke... OF DOOM~!

    Good luck.

    Interesting to see how you dig your way out of what was probably the most damaging moment in company history.

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    Re: The Fingerpoke... OF DOOM~!

    Awww yeah

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    Re: The Fingerpoke... OF DOOM~!

    This and announcing that Mick Foley was going to be WWF champion and making fun of it were the most damaging to WCW; the David Arquette title reign pretty much sealed their doom...

    Wonder how you dig your way out of this​...

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    Re: The Fingerpoke... OF DOOM~!

    Interesting to see there are already people on the back of the Fingerpoke. I'm sure I'm in the minority, but I didn't think the Fingerpoke was a problem at all, it was the aftermath. If the fallout from it isn't "the nWo guys are better than everyone, Goldberg doesn't matter, and now Hogan's a face and Flair's a heel", the Fingerpoke isn't the massive middle finger to the fanbase it became. Get the fallout from the Fingerpoke right (actually tell a story about what happened rather than the literal nothing they did) and I don't hate it at all. In other words, perfect time to start a BTB.

    Although I'll totally mark out if you book it like Bischoff on speed and have the Wolfpack and Hollywood split again within a month.

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    Re: The Fingerpoke... OF DOOM~!

    Popped in this place for what feels like the first time in forever and I see this? Could've told me you asshole.

    As much as I get excited for your WWE/WWF BTB's and even your ramblings regarding awesome ECW plans, this (WCW) is your bread and butter. I'm excited as all hell.

    I don't care if you write in a lesser detailed style either. Nobody BOOKS (which is what we're here for after all, right?) as well as you do.

    Good luck, much love.








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    Here is what has happened in World Championship Wrestling the last week and a half, folks! It's like Mean Gene's hotline, but completely different!


    Starrcade 1998


    Spoiler:

    -Kidman def. Rey Mysterio and Juventud Guerrera to retain the WCW Cruiserweight Title

    The result came even after attempted interference from lWo leader Eddy Guerrero to bring the gold back to his camp. Despite competing against one another in the match, Mysterio, technically a lWo member but in it against his will and rebelling against it, and Kidman have had a mutual respect with one another because of the fight against Guerrero and his faction.


    -Kidman def. Eddy Guerrero to retain the WCW Cruiserweight Title

    In an impromptu challenge by Guerrero, Kidman won a second match, this one coming after Mysterio assisted Kidman in victory to counter Juvi's interference on Kidman. Needless to say, these two matches were the best things of the night.



    -Norman Smiley def. Prince Iaukea
    Yes, this match happened, with no build to it, on the biggest PPV of the year for WCW. Get used to that sentence, it gets repeated. The in-progress push of Smiley continued with his Norman Conquest submission hold.



    -Perry Saturn def. Ernest Miller
    In a match with actual build, Saturn finally got his victory over The Cat, giving the obnoxious martial artist the Death Valley Driver after Miller accidently kicked his manager, Sonny Onoo


    -Brian Adams & Scott Norton def. Jerry Flynn & Fit Finlay

    Yes, this match happened, with no build to it, on the biggest PPV of the year for WCW. Norton gave Flynn a Powerbomb for the nWo Hollywood win.



    -Konnan def. Chris Jericho to retain the WCW Television Championship
    Konnan is somehow incredibly over and popular with the crowd. He also beats Jericho via submission with his Tequila Sunrise.


    -Eric Bischoff def. Ric Flair

    You read that right. In what has been the biggest, hottest feud in WCW for months, Bischoff put himself over Flair by pinning him after Curt Hennig used a foreign object like brass knuckles to knock Flair out cold.


    -Diamond Dallas Page def. The Giant

    With Hart seemingly out injured and unable to defend his United States Championship against DDP, the People's Champion instead beat The Hitman's giant sidekick with a flying Diamond Cutter from the top turnbuckle. Hart accidentally plastering The Giant with a steel chair was a big assist for Page.


    -Kevin Nash def. Goldberg to win the WCW World Heavyweight Championship

    The Streak is over. Thanks to Scott Hall disguising himself as one of WCW's event staff, and a taser, Nash was able to pin Goldberg with a Jackknife Powerbomb. Nash didn't see the interference happen. Bam Bam Bigelow and Disco Inferno also interfered in the match; Bigelow because he wants to fight Goldberg and Disco because he wants to be a part of The Wolfpac under Nash. Yes, the Starrcade main event got to feature Disco freaking Inferno.




    Monday Nitro - December 28, 1998

    Spoiler:

    -Ernest Miller def. Shiima Nobumunga (who? Exactly.) with his big Roundhouse Kick

    -Norman Smiley def. Chavo Guerrero Jr. with the Norman Conquest after distracting Chavo with Pepe, his toy horse head on a stick.

    -A vignette airs of Raven going home to his mother's rich mansion in Florida, with Kanyon in tow, and really just whining about everything because he's still depressed and mentally ill.
    -Booker T def. Fit Finlay with his Heat Seeker missile dropkick

    -Ric Flair cuts one of his trademark amazing promos. He ends up taking off all of his clothes, except for his socks and boxers, throws off his watch, rips up the many hundred dollar bills and his pockets, and handcuffs himself to the ring ropes, all while telling Bischoff everything he owns is his, and that he wants another match, but if he wins, he runs the company for ninety days. Flair's craziness works, as he finally goads Bischoff into accepting the match. If you've never seen it, watch it.

    -Barry Windham def. Prince Iaukea with his Running Bulldog

    -Eddy Guerrero & Juventud Guerrera def. Kidman & Rey Mysterio Jr. when Eddy hit a Frog Splash to a prone Kidman. It went 16 minutes, and it was the MOTN.

    -In an in-ring promo with The Wolfpac, Kevin Nash condemns the actions from last night, saying while Hall thought he was helping him, he didn't want to win that way, and challenges Goldberg to a rematch next week so Goldberg gets a fair crack at winning the Belt right back.

    -Bam Bam Bigelow def. Disco Inferno with the Greetings From Asbury Park. It was a squash, and a match Nash himself made happen where if Disco won, he could join The Wolfpac. He naturally made sure the opponent was a monster in Bigelow.

    -Scott Steiner def. Konnan to win the WCW Television Championship with the Steiner Recliner in an overbooked mess. Konnan knocked out the nWo Referee so he couldn't cheat Steiner's way to victory. Buff Bagwell interfered, so Lex Luger came out to seemingly help his fellow Wolfpac man. While he shoved Bagwell, he never actually attacked him, and the whole thing served to distract Konnan to losing the Belt.

    -Scott Hall def. Brian Adams with The Outsider's Edge.

    -Ric Flair def. Eric Bischoff to win the WCW Presidency for 90 days, effective January 1, 1999. Bischoff tried to flee the arena before the match began, but got into the wrong limo, the Four Horsemen limo. Chris Benoit, Dean Malenko, and Mongo McMichael all forcibly carry Bischoff to the ring to match the match happen. All of the nWo Hollywood eventually make their way out, with a brawl breaking out between them and the Horsemen, Arn Anderson, and Diamond Dallas Page. The Giant, however, is able to make his way through the melee and into the ring, attacking Flair. However, a returning Randy Savage, in nWo colors again (and a hot young blonde who is his real life girlfriend) also walks through the melee, into the ring, and after tricking The Giant to think he's here to help, low blows the big man. It means Flair is able to make Bischoff tap out to the Figure Four Leg Lock, prompting wild celebrations with the Horsemen, DDP, Konnan, Booker T, Tony Schiavone, Dusty Rhodes, and Larry Zbyszko. Yes, WCW ended not only a Nitro, but the year as a whole, on a positive feel good moment...

    ...It won't last long.



    Monday Nitro - January 4, 1999
    Spoiler:

    -Hugh Morrus def. Glacier with the No Laughing Matter. It's Morrus' first match back from injury, sporting a new look bald head and goatee, and Jimmy Hart back with him as manager.

    -Ric Flair's Inauguration Speech as President, with The Four Horsemen and his whole family present. After teasing and goading a sullen Eric Bischoff, Flair demotes him back to his old job on commentary, working directly under Tony Schiavone. He rehires senior referee Randy Anderson on double the salary, because Bischoff had fired him before for being essentially a good employee. He books himself in a Handicap Match against Barry Windham and Curt Hennig at Souled Out since Windham betrayed him for Bischoff last month and Hennig helped Bischoff beat him at Starrcade, but David Flair says he wants to tag with his Dad for the match. While Flair says no, Arn Anderson convinces Flair to say yes.

    -Booker T def. Emery Hale with the Heat Seeker missile dropkick in a one minute squash.

    -Chavo Guerrero def. Norman Smiley with a sunset flip in a rematch from last week. Smiley beats Chavo up after the match, and throws Pepe onto Chavo.

    -Chris Benoit def. Horace Hogan with the Crippler Crossface to give the Horsemen a win over nWo Hollywood.

    -Goldberg is confronted by the Atlanta Police Department, because they have a warrant for his arrest. Despite talking about how he stands for good in the community, he pretty much resists arrest until a cop who apparently knows Goldberg convinced him to go with them. Kevin Nash arrives in the parking lot as it happens and is pissed, and Hollywood Hogan appears as well, laughing at what just happened, saying Goldberg is guilty. Miss Elizabeth is shown talking to detectives, saying Goldberg is stalking and sexually harassing her.

    -Chris Jericho def. Perry Saturn with the Liontamer. However, as soon as the submission was applied, referee Scott Dickenson called for the bell, with Saturn having never tapped out. We have ourselves a crooked referee, in part because Saturn previously suplexed Dickenson, and in part because Jericho's probably bribing him to work for him.

    -In Downtown Atlanta, we find out Miss Elizabeth is saying Goldberg follows her to all of the shows, hotels, and gyms. Goldberg finds out he's under arrest for aggravated stalking.

    -Psychosis & Juventud Guerrera def. Kidman & Rey Mysterio Jr. when Psychosis pins Kidman with the Guillotine Leg Drop. The result comes after Mysterio accidentally dropkicks his own partner.

    -Goldberg explains to the cops that he owns the gym Liz goes to, and of course they're at the same hotels and arenas - they work for WCW.

    -A furious Kevin Nash asks Ric Flair to give him a match tonight against Hollywood Hogan since Goldberg is out of the picture, and Hogan is clearly the one behind this all. Flair comes out and agrees.

    -Miss Elizabeth starts giving clear inconsistencies and lies in her stories.

    -Hollywood Hogan comes out dressed in all black. He says he was here tonight to announce his Vice President running mater (because he's running for President, you know), but the sexual deviant Goldberg made him forced to act. He tells the fans he owes them one last retirement match, and accepts the challenge. It's also during this segment that Tony Schiavone makes the infamous comments and spoiler about Mankind winning the WWF Title.

    -Konnan def. Scott Steiner via DQ; Steiner retains the Television Title. Buff Bagwell interfered to end the match, and Steiner then put Konnan in the Steiner Recliner afterwards with the nWo Referee awarding the match to Big Poppa Pump anyways.

    -Bam Bam Bigelow NC. Wrath when they fight their way to the back in a big brawl. It pretty much brings Bigelow down to the level of perennial midcard act Wrath surely, who despite having a big winning streak in the end months of 98 before being fed to Nash, is actually at least pretty over with the crowd.

    -The cops finally catch Miss Elizabeth in her lies, and are charging her with perjury instead of charging Goldberg.

    -Diamond Dallas Page def. Brian Adams with a TKO-style Diamond Cutter, despite attempted interference from fellow nWo Hollywood member Vincent.

    -Atlanta PD release Goldberg and try to rush him back to the Georgia Dome.

    -Hollywood Hogan def. Kevin Nash to win the WCW World Heavyweight Title with, of course, The Fingepoke. Scott Hall comes out to be Nash's second to neutralize Scott Steiner coming out with Hogan, but it's of course all for naught. Goldberg finally arrives, and starts attacking the New World Order members. Lex Luger then arrives to blindside Goldberg, and Hall zaps him with the taser for the nWo to put the beat down on Goldberg. Buff Bagwell and Miss Elizabeth join the five others in the ring, and it's an elite group of the New World Order ending the first show of 1999, having spray painted both Goldberg and the Big Gold Belt in the now red letters, "nWo".

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    Deciphering The News, The Rumors, and The BS of World Championship Wrestling
    The ratings are in for the first Monday Night Wars of the year, and it's yet another victory for Vince McMahon's WWF, 5.7 to 5.0. There is so much to dissect here as it was a taped WWF show, headlined by Mankind finally winning the WWF Title against The Rock, with the result of course spoiled by Tony Schiavone, a move that triggered 600,000 viewers moving to RAW from Nitro. However, that is neither here nor there for this website.


    The biggest news of course is the main event. WCW pulled a bait and switch, promising Goldberg vs Kevin Nash in a Starrcade rematch, only to use an absurd false stalker charge angle by Miss Elizabeth to have Goldberg arrested, allowing a returning Hollywood Hogan to weasel his way into the main event. With a still huge main event in the works as the two nWo faction leaders set to finally collide one on one, we instead saw yet another Hogan-appeasing swerve, pinning Nash with a mere finger poke, turning Nash heel, with Scott Hall and Lex Luger joining with Hogan, Scott Steiner, and Buff Bagwell in a seemingly Elite version of the nWo, albeit in the Wolfpac colors. Not only did the show serve purpose to publicly embarrass Goldberg, the nWo beat down, tasered, and spray painted Goldberg to end the show, with all of this happening on the first show of Ric Flair's Presidency. What many were hoping to be a changing of the guards for WCW, is now being wholly known for what the company has been for the last two and a half years: the nWo trumping all

    While it all hearsay and rumors at this point, there are many reports coming out that many wrestlers are furious with Nitro's booking. While everyone knew Hollywood Hogan's "retirement" was not real and just an in poor taste shot at Jesse Ventura getting elected as Governor, no one knew that he would return on Nitro, replace Goldberg in the main event, and then essentially make a complete mockery of the company's biggest title. Veterans and purists in the company are naturally furious because of how much the main event is seemed as tainting and devaluing the World Title. The two men rumored to be the most upset? No surprise it's Ric Flair and Goldberg. For the Nature Boy, it's not only just how the title he's at times carried to being the most covered World Championship in the wrestling business over the last twenty years, but how foolish and incompetent his character looks having the nWo reunite and dominate on his first night in charge. Goldberg is rumored to be incredibly furious with how the arrest and charges of stalking could affect the public image of his persona that he wants to be seen as clean cut, but he also is not happy that Kevin Nash's booking has made him look week twice now in just eight days.


    It is well known within the online dirt sheets and chatrooms that Nash has been the one in charge of booking WCW the last few months for Eric Bischoff, who has seemingly been more than happy to push off many of his responsibilities onto others. While Nash in charge of creative has led to bigger roles for Konnan, Disco Inferno, and Norman Smiley, it has also led to Nash putting himself over ad nauseum, with the biggest moment of course being the one to end Goldberg's streak at Starrcade in controversial fashion, and in a match that has now seemingly been just to set up yet another Hogan and Outsiders led New World Order.


    The biggest rumors coming out of World Championship Wrestling are that to do with Eric Bischoff. With such a heavily promoted Monday Nitro, and taking place in the home base of Atlanta, head man Ted Turner and Turner Sports President Dr. Harvey Schiller, the direct boss of Bischoff, were both present to watch the broadcast and backstage before and after the show. While Turner was seemingly tickled pink with the show, there's been a lot of chatter that Schiller is not satisfied at all with what he saw. From the malcontent of many of the wrestlers at the show, the mass amounts of wrestlers flown into the show who were not used, the poor production errors, and the overall "organized chaos" of the backstage atmosphere. Much about the show felt unorganized backstage and on the fly. This must be the first time the Turner chiefs have decided to come to a WCW show, because much of these snippets have been reported and leaked for much of the last year now.

    We do know that Eric Bischoff had a meeting on Tuesday morning with Schiller and probably the Turner board. While we again only know probably half truths, at best, it does look like changes could be coming to World Championship Wrestling. While Eric Bischoff is by no means out of a job, with it being widely reported from leaks that he was deeply concerned by what he saw both on screen and backstage at Monday Nitro, Schiller will be expecting changes. It would be one thing if WCW was still beating WWF, but WCW now decisively starting to fall behind the red hot WWF. The nWo Hollywood versus Wolfpac has not worked to keep hold of being number one, the summer of celebrity matches with Dennis Rodman, Karl Malone, and Jay Leno did not move the needle as hoped, and Hogan versus The Warrior only served to drive even more viewers from Nitro to RAW. While WCW is still drawing good PPV buy rates and drawing great attendance numbers, there is clearly a growing disconnect with a portion of the fan base. The fears of many, and now potentially Schiller, is that if changes do not soon happen, WCW could become a clear number two, drop in the ratings further, and start losing money from attendance and PPV numbers.

    Adding to the potential future problems of WCW is the issues with the roster. While even the most ardent WWF fan has to admit that WCW has the stronger and deeper roster, to the point that WCW regularly can't get enough of their talent on TV, there remain multiple issues. The most obvious is the the very stagnant main event scene featuring men on the downhill slide of their careers, or are already there. Ric Flair turns 50 next month, although he has hardly wrestled in the past year and could be transitioning to a non wrestling role depending on the plans of this Presidency gimmick. Hulk Hogan, Randy Savage, Roddy Piper, Lex Luger, Bret Hart, and Diamond Dallas Page are all over 40. Scott Hall just hit that milestone, while Kevin Nash and Sting will join that group this summer. Goldberg is the only true main event talent they have under 40 at this point, as homegrown star The Giant, while a former World Champion, has spent more time in that upper midcard area, fighting over the Tag Titles or being Bret Hart's muscle the last year.


    The actual problem with The Giant? His contract. And it expires in early February. The 7-footer is yet to renew his contract, and is smart enough to know that someone as young, monstrous, but still capable of hitting a Missile Dropkick could win himself a hefty contract with the WWF. Chris Jericho is another young star with a contract expiring (this summer), and after single handily turning a non-existent feud with Goldberg into one of the hottest programs of the Fall, only to have a real match between the two crushed and buried, has definitely heated up the rumor mill that he's heading towards an exit as well. Eddy Guerrero, while out indefinitely after a New Year's car accident, is another young star who was widely reported to be unhappy with his position in the company last year. There are bound to be others, and while they sit by and watch aging veterans continue to feature in the main events, they've seen the WWF create new stars in the last year in Stone Cold Steve Austin, The Rock, Kane, and new WWF Champion Mankind. There is a growing disconnect and schism inside the WCW roster, and if the status quo remains the same, we could soon see their best young talent working for Vince McMahon.



    Changes Coming?
    Thunder is just a few hours away, and we're getting all kinds of leaked reports right now about the backstage mess that has been World Championship Wrestling. We can now confirm that Eric Bischoff was summoned to a Tuesday meeting with Turner Sports President Dr. Harvey Schiller after the most controversial Monday Nitro in the history of the show, to risk sounding all Tony Schiavone. The main rumor going on is that Eric Bischoff's job is on the hot seat. While there have of course been many rumors that he was fired, we don't speculate that to be the case. However, our sources have said that Bischoff needs to fix either a combination, or all, or more, of some of the following: start beating WWF again in the ratings, have more of a grip on the booking and match making, have more of the scripts planned in advance instead of throwing much of it together at the show or even sometime during it, improve on the production, camera, and audio quality of the production crew, and have the show and environment be more organized. We cannot confirm the definite truth to this, or if there are more demands, but this is quite a bit of what we're hearing right now.

    The biggest change Bischoff would have to make with this is clearly who is in charge of the storylines in WCW. Kevin Nash has been the main man in charge of it lately, and well, it's not been very good. We believe Bischoff has been tasked with - or maybe even told! - to have a booking committee to have more voices and ideas on storylines and ideas, while making the final call himself. While it has to be better than Kevin Nash being able to put himself and his friends over, with so many top talent having that hot buzz phrase of creative control, who knows what kind of changes, if any, might actually make its way into the screen.

    The other big rumor floating around as a result? TV time. There are all kinds of stories floating around right now, but the gist of it is that with his job really under heavy scrutiny for the first time ever, Bischoff is barking louder about his dissatisfaction with the amount of programming he has to book and produce. While it's a downright lie if Eric Bischoff tries to say he is the one in control over the 3 hours of Nitro, 2 hours of Thunder, and then the two hour episodes of Saturday Night, plus syndicated shows like Worldwide and Pro, WCW still has 7 hours of weekly cable television, plus syndication. It is a lot. We do know changes are rumored to be coming. We've heard rumors from Nitro cutting to two hours, Thunder cutting to one hour, to Saturday Night getting cancelled, to Bischoff not having to have any control over Saturday Night and give it away completely to another Booker. The biggest news we're hearing leaked is Monday Nitro dropping back to two hours, competing directly with Raw Is War, with WCW running a one hour block before Nitro to recap the last week of events and hype the upcoming Nitro. We probably won't know actual details until tonight's Thunder, at the earliest


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    The Roster

    Main Event

    Faces: Goldberg | Ric Flair | Sting
    Heels: Bret Hart | Hollywood Hogan | Kevin Nash | Scott Hall

    Goldberg was the big star of 1998 of WCW, starting as a relatively unknown character to the World Heavyweight Champion by July, and amassing an iconic undefeated streak that only ended at Starrcade to Kevin Nash, with the assist coming from Scott Hall and a taser. Ric Flair returned to WCW in spectacular fashion in September 1998 with a reunified Four Horsemen, and after spending the rest of the year in a very real feud with Eric Bischoff, the Nature Boy defeated him on the final Nitro of the year to earn the WCW Presidency for 90 days (this coming after the most embarrassing loss of his career to Bischoff the night before at Starrcade, following interference from a returning Curt Hennig). United States Champion Bret Hart has spent his first year in WCW mostly having a loose alliance with the New World Order despite never officially being recognized as part of the group, with the last few months of the year being spent in a feud with Diamond Dallas Page over the US Belt. The Giant has been a right hand man to The Hitman, who has been seemingly avoiding DDP by claiming to be injured. Hart can lay claim to having taken out Sting at Halloween Havoc at least, despite his underwhelming year; Sting hasn't been seen since Hart took out the Stinger's knee. The final three are all once again reunited in the Elite portion of the New World Order. Hogan came out of "retirement" (he was running for President, which really was just him throwing shade at newly elected Govenor Jesse Ventura) for the Fingerpoke of Doom after having spent much of 1998 fighting celebrities in high profile tag team matches or The Warrior in high profile flops. After actually emerging a very popular face with the crowd, Nash is now once again seemingly a lackey for Hogan after laying down for the Fingerpoke, while Hall, after finding himself unwelcomed by both the Hollywood and Wolfpac groups, is once again back with the group.

    Upper Mid Card:
    Faces: Chris Benoit | Diamond Dallas Page | Randy Savage | Roddy Piper
    Heels: Lex Luger | Scott Steiner | The Giant

    Chris Benoit makes up one part of the Four Horsemen, and finds himself in the thick of the reignited war against the nWo. DDP is another man in the thick of it, the People's Champion always one to stand up for what is right. After having become a fan favorite again, Lex Luger once again finds himself as a heel in part of the nWo Black & Red, while TV Champion Scott Steiner has been mainly palling around with Buff Bagwell and talking about his massive arms. While Roddy Piper is current inactive, Randy Savage and The Giant serve as two wildcards. Making his first appearance since the summer when he had his knee destroyed by the New World Order, The Macho Man showed up at the final Nitro in the nWo colors hand-in-hand with his new, young girlfriend (Gorgeous George), only to low blow the final wildcard, The Giant, to help Ric Flair defeat Bischoff and win the Presidency. No one knows what the future holds for Savage, while the future for The Giant remains a mystery for two reasons: despite his massive frame and credible reputation, he was not part of the Fingerpoke nWo team, and he has a contract set to expire in the beginning of February.

    Mid Card:
    Faces: Booker T | Dean Malenko | Jushin Liger | Kidman | Konnan | Madusa | Perry Saturn | Rey Mysterio Jr. | Rick Steiner | Steve McMichael | The Disciple
    Tweeners: Wrath
    Heels: Bam Bam Bigelow | Barry Windham | Brian Adams | Brian Knobs | Buff Bagwell | Chris Jericho | Curt Hennig | Disco Inferno | Eddy Guerrero | Ernest Miller | Fit Finlay | Great Muta | Juventud Guerrera | Kanyon | Masahiro Chono | Norman Smiley | Raven | Stevie Ray

    Dean Malenko and Steve 'Mongo' McMichael make up the rest of the Four Horsemen. Booker T has been busting his butt in the midcard, trying to make a name for himself, and had a great series of matches last year with both Benoit and Hart to boost his stock. Perry Saturn had a high profile feud with Raven and his Flock in 1998, breaking free of The Flock and rescuing the rest of the group, but since then, he's had a feud with Ernest Miller and Sonny Onoo and now is having problems with Chris Jericho and referee Scott Dickinson, while also dressing in a very weird chain sleeveless vest. It's not a good look. Rey Mysterio and current Cruiserweight Champion Kidman have become allies in a fighting against Eddy Guerrero's Latino World Order; Rey has been forced to join the group against his will, while Kidman's title has been a target for Guerrero and his group. Rick Steiner is currently injured after feuding with Scott Steiner and Buff Bagwell in the latter months of 1998, which is a shame since he got to make Judy Bagwell a Tag Team Champion at one point. The titles are now vacant. On the tweener side of things, Wrath had a decent undefeated streak going on, but then he did the job to Nash on a Monday Nitro in December, and is looking for direction.

    Bam Bam Bigelow debuted in WCW in November looking for a fight against Goldberg, and despite having several run ins with each other, an actual one-on-one match is yet to happen. Barry Windham and Curt Hennig find themselves set to take on Ric Flair and his 19-year old son David at Souled Out, both men having helped Eric Bischoff in his feud against the Nature Boy in the past month. Buff Bagwell has hardly wrestled this year as he recovers from a career-threatening neck injury, but is a regular on-screen presence buddying up to Big Poppa Pump, and finds himself in the Elite arms of the nWo. Insanely talented Chris Jericho continues to garner great reactions from the crowd as a heel, but finds his real life future in doubt with an expiring contract and disillusion with a company that refused to let him have a real feud with Goldberg, despite Jericho making it a hot program all on his own. After losing his Flock, Raven has gone into a downward spiral that has resulted in being escorted back home to Florida by Kanyon to his incredibly rich mother's home, where we've so far found out that despite the look of a homeless bum, he comes from a very rich and successful family. The future of the Latino World Order is in doubt following the real life car accident Eddy Guerrero was involved in over the New Years Holiday, as Guerrero will be out for the foreseeable future. Ernest 'The Cat' Miller continues to be an annoying presence in the midcard, but Onoo and himself garner strong reactions from the crowd. A change of attitude (and incredibly over little dance that looks like he's slapping some booty while doing it doggie style, for real) has gotten some increased spotlight for Norman Smiley, and he finds himself in a current mini-feud with Chavo Guerrero Jr. (and his horsehead on a stick, Pepe). Adams and Stevie Ray make up the numbers in the nWo Black & White, while Disco Inferno has been doing his hardest to earn a place in the nWo Wolfpac.

    Low Midcard:
    Faces: Barry Horowitz | Bobby Duncum Jr. | Bobby Eaton | Brad Armstrong | Chavo Guerrero Jr. | Glacier | Hammer | Ice Train | Jerry Flynn | Joe Gomez | Kaz Hayashi | Kenny Kaos | Lizmark Jr. | Prince Iaukea | Scott Armstrong | Steve Armstrong
    Tweeners: Ciclope | El Dandy | Hector Garza | La Parka | Lodi | Silver King | Spyder | Super Calo
    Heels: Alex Wright | Barry Darsow | David Taylor | Greg Valentine | Hiroyoshi Tenzan | Horace Hogan | Hugh Morrus | Kendall Windham | Meng | Mike Enos | nWo Fake Sting | Psychosis | Scott Norton | Scotty Riggs | Sgt. Buddy Lee Parker | The Barbarian | Vincent | Villano V

    Chavo Guerrero Jr. has gone a little loco, and has spent much of the year with a horsehead on a stick, Pepe, who he talks to, and thinks talks back to him. Bobby Duncum Jr. is a newly debuted "rookie" cowboy, a second generation star with a potentially bright future. Jerry Flynn is a martial artist, so that's cool. Horace Hogan finds himself in the nWo Black & White because of his name, but was not included in the Fingerpoke plans by uncle Hulkster. Psychosis has been gaining some more focus as a standout member of the lWo, while Vincent and Scott Norton also round out the nWo Black & White. Most of these other guys lack any sort of direction, but know that Hugh Morrus has just returned from a spell on the sidelines, and Meng will fucking kill you if you look at him wrong.

    Openers:
    Faces: Blitzkrieg | Cassidy Riley | Chase Tatum | Chip Minton | Evan Karagias | Lanny Poffo | Mark LaRoux
    Tweeners: Damien | Emory Hail | Jim Powers | Tokyo Magnum
    Heels: Al Geene | Bobby Blaze | Bull Payne | Johnny Swinger | Lenny Lane | Rick Fuller | Robbie Rage | Scott Putski

    Most of these guys don't even appear on the main shows often, and are Saturday Night enhancement talent, or splitting time in the Power Plant. However, masked cruiserweight Blitzkrieg is highly rated, Chip Minton is an Olympic bobsledder (not lying), Damien makes up the lWo still, Tokyo Magnum is an Ultimo Dragon student who dresses and dances like a Chippendales dancer, and Scott Putski is a second generation star with a great look, despite little success in the industry so far.

    Managers & Personalities:
    Faces: Arn Anderson | David Flair | Dusty Rhodes | Gene Okerlund | Gorgeous George | J.J. Dillon | Kimberly Page | Larry Zbyszko
    Heels: Eric Bischoff | Jimmy Hart | Miss Elizabeth | Ralphus | Sonny Onoo

    Double A is the Enforcer, while 19-year old David is set to fulfill a childhood dream and debut at Souled Out in a tag team match with his dad. Gorgeous George is a stunning blonde and the real life girlfriend of Randy Savage. Kimberly Page is the wife of DDP and head of the Nitro Girls. Dusty Rhodes is doing nothing, while head of the WCW Executive (Championship) Committee, another form of authority in the company, J.J. Dillon was "fired" by Eric Bischoff. Zbyszko is doing a bad job on commentary, while Eric Bischoff is stuck at the mercy of Ric Flair for the first three months of 1999. Jimmy Hart is managing Morrus, Ralphus is the toothless leader of Jericho Personal Security, and Onoo is managing Miller. Miss Elizabeth has been the arm candy for Eric Bischoff, but played a pivotal role in the Fingerpoke of Doom happening by accusing Goldberg of harassment and stalking.

    Tag Teams & Factions:
    Armstrong Brothers: Brad, Scott, and Steve Armstrong
    Fit Finlay and David Taylor
    Barry Windham and Curt Hennig
    Four Horsemen: Arn Anderson, Chris Benoit, Dean Malenko, Ric Flair, and Steve McMichael
    Latino World Order: Ciclope | Damien | Eddy Guerrero | El Dandy | Hector Garza | Juventud Guerrera | La Parka | Pscyhosis | Rey Mysterio Jr. | Silver King | Spyder | Villano V
    nWo Black & White: Brian Adams | Horace Hogan | Scott Norton | Stevie Ray | The Giant | Vincent
    nWo Elite: Buff Bagwell | Eric Bischoff | Hollywood Hogan | Kevin Nash | Lex Luger | Miss Elizabeth | Scott Hall | Scott Steiner
    nWo Japan: Great Muta | Hiroyoshi Tenzan | Masahiro Chono | nWo Fake Sting | Scott Norton

    Roll Call:
    WCW (Acting) President: Ric Flair
    World Heavyweight Champion: Hollywood Hogan
    United States Champion: Bret Hart
    Television Champion: Scott Steiner
    World Tag Team Championships: Vacant
    Cruiserweight Champion: Kidman
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    Re: The Fingerpoke... OF DOOM~!

    Thanks everyone for the love and kind words. This is very much going to be an easy read sort of BTB. I'm focusing on long term progress over short term, trying to just salvage something of the fucking mess this company was becoming at this point. I really just want to write something simple and have some fun with it.

    WCW Thunder

    Richmond, Virginia
    January 7, 1999
    [78%]


    After the opening credits, Thunder is straight into a recap video, extensively covering the main two arcs of World Championship Wrestling since Starrcade - Ric Flair stripping down and challenging Bischoff to a rematch on the last Nitro of 1998, followed by him beating Bischoff to win the WCW Presidency for 90 days; and of course, the Fingerpoke Heard Round The World as after Scott Hall used a taser to end Goldberg’s infamous undefeated streak at Starrcade to hand Kevin Nash the World Heavyweight Championship, only for a unified New World Order to conspire to have Goldberg removed from the heavily hyped rematch on the first Nitro of the year, ending with Nash laying down for Hogan to once again become Champion.

    We then go to the commentary team for the night at the very distant booth - Tony Schiavone, Bobby ‘The Brain’ Heenan, and ‘The Professor’ Mike Tenay. Those three men spend the first several minutes of the broadcast continuing to discuss the huge events of Monday Nitro - Miss Elizabeth falsifying charges against Goldberg to have him arrested, President Ric Flair starting his inauguration by putting Eric Bischoff in the commentary booth, Nash pleading with Flair to make a match between him and Hogan instead, the Fingerpoke of Doom to hand Hollywood Hogan the World Title, and then the reunification of the nWo by taking out, tasering, and tagging Goldberg and also the Title Belt. The commentators all put over not only the power and threat the the nWo possesses, but the absolute disrespect, travesty, sham, and other syllables for the fraud of a Title Match.



    That leads us to ‘Mean’ Gene Okerlund in the ring to kick off the content of the broadcast by again essentially recapping the major events from Monday before introducing the man who we all need to hear from right now - the temporary President of WCW, ‘The Nature Boy’ Ric Flair. While he is still dressed to the nines in all the luxuries, Flair is not his loud, flamboyant self when Okerlund addresses him. Instead, he starts in a soft whisper as he talks about how Monday night was supposed to be the start of the ship being righted for this company. He thought that Nitro would culminate in a great World Title match with no shenanigans, the way it’s supposed to be, and instead we got the greatest, most prestigious Championship in the history of this sport - a title Flair fought the great Harley Race for in this very building! - turned into a mockery.

    That gets Naitch fired up as he names off a host of names of men who have won the World Heavyweight Championship, and that he will not just stand by and allow the legacy of those men be tarnished and spit on by Hulk Hogan and Kevin Nash! Flair admits he should’ve known that Eric Bischoff would find a way to throw a wrench in Flair’s plan as President, but if the New World Order wants to get the band back together to have a war, “then Bischoff, HOGAN… you’ll get a war! All of ya’!”



    While Flair contemplates his rage, Okerlund starts asking for some specific plans for some of the men of the unified nWo. That helps Flair to declare then when it comes to Hogan: “you wanna have that belt so bad, Hogan; you need to feel like a man and have some stroke since your wife since you ain’t got any, pal!? Then Hogan, you can stroke it, baby! You can stroke your power at Souled Out in 10 days! You’re Champion, Hollywood, so you’re gonna prove your worth, and defend it!” Flair also promises that Hogan’s opponent will be picked by him, and dares Hulk to try and Fingerpoke his next opponent and see what happens. When asked about The Outsiders, Flair then says that he shouldn’t be surprised in the least bit that Nash and Hall were in cahoots together. Whenever something ain’t right, it’s probably because they’re manipulating something. However, since The Outsiders want to be together again, Flair wants them to do it, in the ring, on Nitro!

    The President books the two men in a match against two opponents to be decided, and then finally concludes his match making with Lex Luger, the man who seemed to be on Goldberg’s side before revealing to be a part of the nWo as well. “Luger! You got all the talent in the world, pal! You could be World Champion! But you know what you don’t got, pal!? You got no guts! You got no heart! And you got NO! LOYALTY! You’re weak! A COW-WOO-WARD! COWARD!” Flair declares that’s why tonight, he’s gonna have to drag his gutless ass to the ring and meet the man who only knows loyalty and dedication, Diamond Dallas Page! The Nature Boy ends it by telling Okerlund, “Hogan! Bischoff! Nash! I may only have 80 days left, but I’m your Daddy now! I’M YOUR - WOO! - DADDY! I’LL TAKE YA’ ALL ON! N-DUBYA-WOO!-O! YOU’RE ON RIC FLAIR’S TIME NOW BAY-BAY!” [86%]



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    #1 CONTENDERS MATCH: Psychosis (w/Juventud Guerrera) vs. Rey Mysterio Jr.
    Mike Tenay discusses how Psychosis pinned Rey in the tag team match on Nitro, and now the two men will lock it up to determine who will face Kidman in a Cruiserweight Title match next week on Monday Nitro. The two men, needless to say, put on an absolute show stealer, going through many of their excellent chemistry-induced choreography moments of chain wrestling, high speed reversals, and death defying stunts, from Mysterio’s Tope Con Hilo Seated Senton onto Psychosis on the outside to Psychosis using an arm wrench to assist him for a double jump Springboard Spinning Headscissors. The commentators comment on the lWo shirts Psychosis and Juvi are sporting during the contest, as well as Eddie Guerrero’s serious car accident that has the future of the group in doubt, and of course spend far too much time talking Flair, Bischoff, and the New World Order instead of the show stealing contest. While the Luchadores dazzle, it takes over 10+ minutes to find us a winner tonight because of their resiliency and continuous counters. Wanting to steal a victory for his friend, Juventud gets involved by tripping Mysterio up as he runs off the ropes, allowing Psychosis to then knock Mysterio through the ropes with a Dropkick. Juvi has the chance to put the boots to Mysterio further, but help comes in the form of the Cruiserweight Champion himself, Kidman!

    The former Flock member has had a quasi-alliance with Mysterio against the Latino World Order as of late, and he comes sprinting out to provide the assist and rescue mission. However, he’s a Cruiserweight, he only goes full speed, so Kidman’s rescue attempt is running to the turnbuckle and taking flight with an Asai Moonsault to the outside from the second turnbuckle… but it finds Mysterio! Juvi shoves Mysterio right into the flight path! That allows Guerrera to take quick action and roll Mysterio back into the ring, allowing Psychosis to fly from the top turnbuckle, connecting with the Guillotine Leg Drop, and earning himself the victory and right to face Kidman on Nitro for the Cruiserweight Title. [79%]



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    Ciclope, Damian, & Hector Garza vs. Blitzkrieg, Kaz Hayashi, & Mark LaRoux
    The lWo is back out again for another six man tag contest, and if anyone knows anything about World Championship Wrestling the show after a New World Order reunion… you know what’s coming. These poor guys get only a few minutes of action to put on a show, but then the cavalry comes in the form of the New World Order. Looking ridiculous in a flannel shirt and bandana, the leader is Hollywood Hogan, but ‘Big Sexy’ Kevin Nash, ‘The Bad Guy’ Scott Hall, ‘The Total Package’ Lex Luger, ‘Big Poppa Pump’ Scott Steiner, and Buff ‘The Stuff’ Bagwell (plus Miss Elizabeth) are all present, and what follows is the systematic destruction of the six men in the ring. There’s gang styles beat downs, with some Jackknife Powerbombs, Outsider’s Edges, and Torture Racks thrown in for good measure. Plus, just for the piss of it, Scott Hall using his taser on Kaz Hayashi. Bodies get tagged in red spray paint, but also of significance is Scott Steiner making it a point to rip off all of the lWo shirts from the three men, and then shred them in half in front of the camera. [57%]


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    The gang then get on the microphone, Hogan doing his traditional “WELL LET ME TELL YOU SOMETHIN’ BROTHER!” shtick while Nash, seemingly mocking the absent Konnan, adds as he speaks over the lWo trio, “Yo yo yo, lemme speak on dis.” Hogan boasts that while he could be out on the campaign trail right now to become the next President of the United States, when he saw the travesty that was Ric Flair taking Eric Bischoff’s job away from him, he knew that coming back to the Dubya-See-Dubya to prove how wrong of a President Ric Flair was of more importance. Big Sexy adds that Flair seemed really mad tonight about their title match, opining that his anger was actually jealousy because their match on Nitro was more of a five-star classic than all of Flair’s previous title matches combined! Hall, speaking in his trademark slow drawl, mocks Flair’s position about bringing the war to the nWo, adding after his feigned fear, “I don’t know… if you realize who you’re… talkin’ to… but us? We’ve been winnin’ da wars… for years, chico.”

    The Bad Guy adds that they have that extra sizzle in their step now too, firing off the taser in front of the apron camera. The whole group does their whole self-indulgent spiel, with The Total Package making sure to get on the mic to have a rebuttal as well about Flair’s earlier comments about his lack of guts and loyalty. “Just because I’m not loyal to the things that don’t matter in life, Ric, doesn’t mean The Total Package isn’t loyal. I’m loyal to two simple things: money, and being the greatest physical specimen this sport has ever seen!” Luger adds that tonight, he’ll be happy to show DDP what being loyal to WCW and a bunch of penniless rednecks gets him.

    Kevin Nash starts to wrap things up by saying that Monday night marked the reunification of The Elite of professional wrestling, and that this ring is now host to not men, not athletes, but GODS! The New World Order is greater than any tradition, and the nWo will continue to raise the bar by lowering the standards. If they can get Ric Flair and Tony Schiavone and everyone else weeping about a piece of gold, just imagine what they’ll think when they start actually hurting people?? While Nash’s tone becomes much more grave and dark, Hogan’s ending tone doesn’t match that as he ends their long promo with, “and that, now that’s just tooooo sweeeeet, brah!” [94%]



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    Before Thunder gets to a match, the talking heads give us another video recap of the nWo fracas, including not yet seen scenes from Nitro when Goldberg called the nWo back out to the ring to face him, but this time, he wasn’t alone - the Atlanta Falcons joined him in the ring! With his former teammates by his side, there was no second confrontation in the ring, just like there will be no confrontation tonight. Schiavone informs us that the Turner Broadcasting corporate board ordered Goldberg to have the week off because of the turmoil he had to endure on Monday with the arrest on false charges. Da Man WILL be at Nitro next Monday though, so make sure to tune in; it will be live!


    Norman Smiley vs. Perry Saturn
    After a quick recap video plays of the conversation Chris Jericho had with referee Scott Dickinson on Monday Nitro, Tenay points out that it is Dickinson who is the match official tonight, with Tenay trying to talk through Schiavone’s nWo fixation to sell that Jericho is seemingly trying to get Dickinson into his back pocket, both to better Jericho and to discredit Saturn. Dickinson calls it right down the middle, at least initially, where it’s a match of Saturn’s brute strength and harsh suplexes against Smiley using quick attacks to neutralize Saturn’s rough n’ tough offense… and so Smiley can have time to do his wonderful Big Wiggle smack my bitch up style dance that, despite his overall heel ways, still gets a pop from the crowd. The Brit is a heel though, and a big part of that currently is because of his mini-feud with Chavo Guerrero Jr. and how on Nitro he broke poor Pepe clean off his stick. You know, Pepe, Chavo’s toy horse head on a stick because the third generation star is a little coocoo in the brain.

    Guerrero is still fuming about Nitro because he comes storming out from the back midway through the contest, finger waving at Smiley, shouting about how dare he hurt Pepe. Smiley responds by mocking Chavito, pretending to ride a horse around the ring, all the way to smacking his own ass like he’s Black Beauty himself. It creates a chaotic situation, and it only gets more so because as Chavo starts to lose in mind, yelling and almost in tears at the traumatic memory of Smiley hurting his precious Pepe, Chris Jericho runs by him, trying to get in on the clusterfuck as well. Saturn allowed the charade between Smiley and Guerrero to go on without issue, but when Jericho hops onto the apron to talk trash as well, Saturn clobbers him with a nasty right hand that turns Jericho flipping inside out to the mats! While Smiley then blindsides Saturn right afterwards, Chavo still in a near state of mental breakdown because of Pepe’s injury and trauma flashback, the bell is suddenly rung only moments later, much to the confusion of everyone… until it’s recognized that Dickinson is calling for Saturn to be disqualified - for hitting Chris Jericho!?

    The commentators cannot understand why Dickinson is DQing Saturn for striking a man who isn’t even in the match, and tried to attack Saturn first, but Saturn is left frustrated and without answers because Dickinson leaves the ring shortly after the bell rings and announcer David Penzer makes the official result known. Jericho jumps up and down in glee from the safety of the top of the entrance ramp at the sham of a result, laughing as he yells at Saturn, “I got you good, idiot!” A second match this week ruined because of Jericho and the crooked Dickinson, plus having to see the obnoxious celebrations from Jericho at that fact, has a frustrated face on The Gargoyle that surely means he will be seeking revenge on The Ayatollah of Rock n Rolla. [70%]



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    Thunder transitions away from the ring, not to ‘Mean’ Gene Okerlund, but to a newer correspondent for WCW, Scott Hudson, who is at the cheaply designed WCW Internet Booth: your one stop shop for all the exclusive WCW content! After shilling the WCW official website, Hudson then reveals his guest for right now, Booker T! Hudson promises an even further in-depth interview with the Harlem man on the website, but he wants to provide all of tonight’s viewing audience with some soundbytes as well! Internet buzz words are so hip! Hudson starts the interview by asking Booker for his thoughts on the most hot topic event in WCW right now: the World Heavyweight Title match from Nitro between Hogan and Nash. Already shaking his head in disgust, Booker spits that it was a disgrace, dawg. He’s spendin’ his everythang, day in n’ day out right now, ta’ scratch n’ claw his way ta’ becomin’ Worl’ Heavyweight Champion… n’ dats what he’s supposed ta’ be fightin’ for!? A Title Belt ya’ can just win wit’ a Fingerpoke?? Book ain’t havin’ dat, n’ he wants ta’ be da’ man who raises dat Belt high inta’ da sky, make it worth’ somethin’, and inspire everyone ta’ want ta’ fight him n’ take it from him.

    Hudson brings up that the New World Order is understandably a sore topic for him as the reason Harlem Heat are not still together is because of Stevie Ray defecting to the nWo. Booker surmises a smirk as he says da’ one thing dat he does take some happiness from is seein’ dat despite all da’ BS dat went down, Stevie had no parts of it. He quickly adds that he doesn’t think it was like that because Stevie found the error of his ways, but, he ain’t elite enough apparently. Da n-Dubya-o din’t have Stevie Ray out by their side, not Monday n’ not ta’night, n’ dats hopefully karma comin’ back atcha, brotha! Booker tells Hudson that no matter how hard it can be, he always has, n’ always will, fight da’ right fight. “And dat’s why, all dese suckas need ta’ know Booka T ain’t gonna stop raisin’ da’ roof, not until we blow da’ roof off dis joint and Booka T ends up… Champion! It’s comin’, baby! T Time is comin’ up in dis biz-natch! Dig it![77%]



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    Barry Windham & Curt Hennig vs. Scott & Steve Armstrong
    The Professor sells up how Hennig and Windham spit on the legacy and tradition of The Nature Boy when they helped Eric Bischoff in stabbing Ric Flair in the back over the last month, with still photos from Starrcade used to recap how it was Hennig who assisted Bischoff in giving Flair the most humiliating loss of his career. It makes sense that tonight’s opponents are then the Armstrong Brothers, sons of the famed ‘Bullet’ Bob Armstrong. However, the veteran brothers are little more than enhancement talent, and it is exactly why the match is nothing more than a squash victory for Hennig and Windham, the two veterans easily running roughshod through the Armstrongs, Windham grabbing the easy victory after a Running Bulldog, Windham coming off the adjacent set of ropes as Steve before planting him to the canvas. [59%]


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    Mean Gene meets the victors in the ring after the match, meaning one thing and one thing only - impromptu in-ring interview! Okerlund gets right to the chase for this one: Ric Flair has challenged the two to a match at Souled Out, with his son David wanting to be his tag team partner… do they accept? It is with a hearty laugh that Hennig announces they absolutely accept Flair’s challenge for next Sunday, but Naitch, that response comes with a fair warning right now: don’t bring your family into this unless you want to deal with the consequences that follow. Windham promises Flair that they will not be held responsible for their actions at Souled Out… but Flair will be responsible for the hospital bills for his son! Hennig talks about how everyone wants to celebrate this feel good moment of Ric Flair is President of WCW for the next three months, but the fact of the matter is, now that Ric Flair the father wants to be naive and put little Davey in the ring with him, Ric Flair the President is going to spend the the rest of his Presidency taking care of David!

    Windham laughs and interjects that that would mean Ric Flair actually cares about his family more than wrestling. The two men share a laugh, and while Okerlund passionately comes to Flair’s defense, Hennig retorts how if Flair cared so much about his family, he never would’ve came back to WCW. He would’ve stayed at home, raising little Ashley and Reid, teaching David how to become a wrestler… not wanting to come back to the spotlight. Hennig tried to help Mr. Bischoff kick Flair back to his mansions and mistresses, but The Naitcha Boy needs to have the spotlight! Windham speaks over another angry Okerlund protest at their slander, promising everyone not to worry because after Souled Out, Ric Flair will be out of the spotlight again, but this time… he won’t be coming back. [79%]



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    It’s almost time for the main event, and we get our first entry for it - “Self High Five” brings out The People’s Champion, Diamond Dallas Page. After going through his entrance through the crowd, as per usual, Page is greeted by Okerlund, still in the ring. Okerlund wants to know what all The Master of the Diamond Cutter might have to say before this “huge” main event match. After first toying with the crowd to grab the all too easy cheap pop, Page says he knows that he ain’t a Four Horsemen. He don’t got the look, he don’t got the talk, but what he does got: is the heart. This is still his fight, and he stands with Ric Flair, with WCW, and with all of these fans (more cheap pops). The problem right now is you got jabronis like the n-Dubya-o, and cowards like Lex Luger… and Bret Hart. Page tells Mean Gene that he ain’t forgot about his unfinished business with HitScum, and it ain’t gonna be over until that United States Title finally has a worthy Champion wearin’ that belt!

    Okerlund steers Page back to tonight’s main event, with Page saying that Luger ain’t The Total Package because he ain’t got any guts, and he definitely got no balls! Another cheap pop out of the way by Page, DDP finishes it off by declaring he’ll take care of Luger tonight, and come Nitro, he wants Flair to know that he’ll happily be one of his two men to take on The Outsiders too - because all of the nWo is gonna Feel.The.BANG! [88%]



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    Before we get to our featured main event, however, a camera is backstage following Lex Luger on his walk to the ring, the rest of the New World Order all right there. It’s laughs and feel good factor for the group… until nWo Black& White presents as a very noticeable road block! While The Giant is the seven foot behemoth in the middle, Brian Adams, Scott Norton, Stevie Ray, Horace Hogan, and Vincent are all also present, and neither man looks happy. It is surprisingly Vincent who speaks first though, asking the Red and Black what’s going on, and why none of them were made aware of “the plan” on Nitro. Stevie Ray takes it a step further, saying that it seems like they’re being treated like a “cuppa fruit booties,” clearly making it known that the former nWo Hollywood team are not feeling the New World Love. Scott Steiner and Buff Bagwell try to play peacekeepers with the group, saying that it is nothing personal, but Hogan’s ego cannot help himself as he retorts, “but it is.”


    The Black & White team all look around wanting to know how this is apparently personal, with Big Sexy providing the answers as he points at The Giant and says, “you can thank the overgrown Billy Buckner, boys,” with Hall chiming in to complete the reference, dubbing The Giant as, “da one… who dropped… da ball, chico.” Hogan explains that the Black & White can’t be trusted right to now to stick to a plan, and follow through on it. That’s why Ric Flair is President right now, Nash explains, because The Giant failed. Hogan scowls and says he had to come back earlier than planned because the Black and White failed. The Total Package tells the group they can either cry about not being on the team, or step up and prove their worth. Nash tells the group that right now, they belong carrying their luggage, “but hey, trust me! We want you boys with us, standing alongside the GODS of the wrestling business.” Hogan tells the group to take the week to come up with their own plan of how to earn their way back into his good book. The Elite of the nWo then motion for the Black & White to separate so they can go through, the group begrudgingly doing so for the main event to get set up. [88%]


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    Diamond Dallas Page vs. Lex Luger
    Despite the Black and Red all being right there in the back together, the Wolfpac are actually still in the back for the contest, meaning we get to go one-on-one for the main event. Despite an initial hot start from a fired up Page, the match quickly becomes all Lex Luger, allowing the commentators to worry in fear about how dominant this newly reunified Elite version of the New World Order. There’s a whole lot of flexing by The Total Package between his incredibly basic offense of punch-kick combos, slow plodding offense in the corner, and rest holds. DDP sells it like a champion though, as he tends to do, and that just makes his inevitable comeback all the better for the red hot crowd. Page gains a huge head of steam by countering a Luger attacking with his jumping Floatover DDT he calls the Diamond Dream, and that has the Diamond Cutter hand symbol thrown up in the air for all to see, getting a huge pop from the crowd. However, that brings the nWo Black & Red out from the back, the whole group getting ready to start walking down the entrance aisle…


    ...only for The Four Horsemen to roll out from underneath the ring (sans the injured Dean Malenko), each of the four men wielding crowbars! Ric Flair, Chris Benoit, Mongo McMichael, and even Arn Anderson! They’re presenting a literal barrier to the ring, and the Wolfpac are staying put! The whole charade actually distracts Page and allows Luger to turn the tides with a double sledge to his upper back, and with a Running Forearm from Luger, it’s all set to mean nothing anyways, as Luger calls for the Torture Rack! However, as Luger lifts Page up onto his shoulders, DDP squirms and resists, finding his way free… and pulls Luger down to the canvas with a wonderful Diamond Cutter! Page truly can hit it from any position! The acrobatics by Page gets a huge cheer from the crowd, and it gets louder as Page drapes an arm over Luger, securing the victory! The Four Horsemen join Page in celebrations as the Wolfpac rescue Luger from the ring to ensure he doesn’t find himself taken out by Horsemen crowbars. There are no actual fisticuffs in the post match, surprisingly, the New World Order instead left to stand at the top of the entrance aisle, while the Four Horsemen and Page celebrate in the ring. Schiavone sounds the night off by saying that WCW has won a battle tonight, but with the nWo back and badder than ever, the war is truly, back on! [80%]

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    First and foremost...how dare you put El Dandy and La Parka as Lower Midcard. The blatant disrespect is unreal.

    I loved this time period in WCW. Mainly because of all the cruiserweights they had on the roster, it was quite deep in terms of overall talent. I could care less about the rest of the roster, but I look forward to seeing, like others, how you navigate what was arguably the worst thing to happen to WCW, David Arquette not withstanding.

    As for Thunder, BIG win for Psychosis in the opener, but given Kidman is the current champion, I guess it makes the most sense for the Face/Heel dynamic. I'll always be a Mysterio mark and this was pre-roided up Mysterio, which was my favorite. So curse you for having him lose, but nonetheless, probably the right call. Loading up with back tp back cruiserweight matches would have me tuned in. Even if this was only used to have the NWO interfere and destroy everyone for no real benefit but their own heat. My overall recollection of WCW at this time is a bit hazy, but I can't recall too many clean pinfalls from the "marquee" matches on free shows. So to see DDP get the clean win over Luger, I was a bit shocked, maybe just because my memory is shit and it seemed nothing ever happened clean in WCW

    Look forward to more of this in the future though. P.S...push La Parka to the MOON!!

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    Well, fuck me, this is an easy read. Seeing you back doing WCW feels right, and you’ve got the most interesting time period probably to work with, at a point where the company was still right in the fight in the Monday Night Wars. Good idea to kick off with the commentary team being livid at the actions of the nWo on Nitro, and completely shitting all over it.

    Even though you had an error in the sentence by repeating ‘since’ twice, that line from Flair was unabashedly Naitch. STROKE IT BABY~!! So, will Flair be naming the #1 Contender tonight, Nitro, or at the PPV itself? Poor Thunder. Not getting the Hogan title match, or the Outsiders return match, but I love that you’re holding off on both for those for the PPV and Nitro. This is the B show, and Luger vs DDP is big enough, and all these schmucks deserve on Thunder anyway. With Flair only having a limited time as President, it makes me think he’ll have to go all guns blazing into trying to bring down the nWo before he’s out of power.

    Cruiserweights opening the wrestling portion of the show? It’s definitely WCW. Little nuggets, like the announcers spending too much time talking about other things are great additions, because that always happens. Wonder what will become of the lWo in Eddie’s enforced absence too. I know it’s never really been your style, but I’d love to see you make a note of the winner and the match time after the match. You put the 10+ minutes here, which I guess is fair enough, and I guess some kind of description of the aftermath could be helpful too; like, was Rey upset with Kidman after? Did Kidman apologise to Rey? Or did they both realize Juvi just got the better of the situation?

    Hahahahaha, Hall using the taser “just for the piss of it” on Kaz. I guess Steiner ripping up the lWo shirts tells us what’ll be the future for that group then. Again, feels very authentic to WCW for the nWo to bury the undercard cruiserweights, so no complaints from me. Lot’s to like about this promo too. Nash doing the Konnan stuff, Hogan placing the WCW title over the U.S Presidency, and Nash mocking Flairs 5 star classics. Bit surprised at Nash getting more serious at the end, but I still loved the line about raising the bar by lowering the standards.

    Glad you explained why Goldberg isn’t here tonight.

    Okay, so that Pepe the Horse stuff went right over my head, lol, but Smiley mocking riding a horse when Chavo got out there made me laugh. Smiley vs Saturn was essentially just there to continue to separate feuds, and the goal was accomplished here nicely. Not sure how long you’ll be able to get away with having a crooked referee around, especially if Flair is in charge for now, so I’m interested to see how to get around that.

    Enjoyed this Booker promo – shitty setting and all!! I definitely feel it’s important to have guys like Booker coming out strong to put down the way the title changed hands on Nitro, when he’d give everything for a crack at the belt. The talk about Stevie was interesting too, and makes me wonder if a reunion could be on the cards, or if Booker attracts the ire of his brother for the comments here about Stevie not being elite enough for this nWo.

    Push Hennig please. Even if it’s in a tag team with Windham. Push him!! That tag match with the Flairs should be a hoot. Garbage. But a hoot, nonetheless.

    Would’ve liked an extra line from Page here, just commenting on the BS title match on Nitro, just for added attention on the situation, but I guess there was already a good lot you had to cover for DDP. He came across every bit the ‘Peoples Champ’ in this promo, giving his backing to Flair and running down the nWo before sending his message to Hart. I’m guessing ‘HitScum’ was something he was already saying at this point? Or did you come up with that?

    Yeah, the Black & White jobbers aren’t getting into this elite nWo group. They’re getting their asses beat sooner rather than later.

    Main event outcome surprised me, Zoom. Flair and the Horsemen getting the better of the nWo here was great to see, and a genuinely surprising twist. You’d have expected, night one of the reunited group to be them standing tall, selling absolutely nothing … so I appreciated the twist of the Horsemen having a plan, and Flair making the most of his power by putting the plan into motion and assisting DDP in getting a clean win over Luger.









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    Great Flair promo. Loved him referencing beating Race in this building, no good Flair promo is complete without having him reference one of the fellow old timers. Really, you want to get the Fingerpoke over as a slap in the face of tradition (rather than a slap in the face of the fans), call Ric Flair.

    Ah, opening the show with a Cruiserweight match. WCW's the best. Juvi helping Psicosis and Kidman trying to help Rey can only mean one thing, and I'm all over the inevitable tag match. But dissension with Kidman and Rey can help build to a match between them too. Great job at setting up three potential stories in your opening match. Only thing that would have made this better for me, and this is true of all matches, was a clear ending with the winner and match time. I know you've been doing this forever and you have your style, but match lengths go a huge way for me being able interpret what the writer was going for with a match, and I find it hard to tell the difference between a 5 minute and 10 minute match in writing, but the difference in presentation is huge, you know?

    What's more WCW than Flair referencing old wrestlers or a Cruiserweight opener? The stars laying out vanilla midgets, of course. This is like a greatest hits tour of Dub Cee Dub. Lol at the taser being used on Hayashi as well. Great promo from the nWo top dogs, too.

    Poor Thunder not getting Goldberg.

    Between Jericho, Saturn and Smiley, you've got three of my favourite WCW names there. Jericho was possibly never better than in WCW, so the obnoxious celebration at the end got a pop out of me. His "leap in the air with both arms outstretched" celebration is one of the GOAT imo.

    Having Book talk about nWo as well, even though he has a tortured link to them, is great stuff. Will be great to see Booker get a bit of love over the course of the year hopefully.

    Windham & Hennig is a great team for 1999. Ah man, you're putting David Flair in the ring?! Say it isn't so!

    Loving all the simple promos on this show, like the DDP one. Putting over the angle, no shenanigans. Keeps the pace ticking over nicely without burning out. I like. And huge thumbs up for HitScum. It's not a true DDP promo if he isn't crowbarring in a forced, shitty nickname with "scum" in it.

    While I appreciate the effort of the changing colours, the "white" half of "nWo Black & White" doesn't show up for me, as I have a white background. Don't know if everyone else has that issue, but wanted to flag that on first read I thought you'd just accidentally hit the spacebar half a dozen times after "Black". Anyway, given you've got Horace Hogan and Vincent RIGHT THERE and you still chose to blame The Giant for the nWo b-team sucking, I can only imagine he's absolutely on the way to the WWF in this as well. No huge loss at this point, he's not really worth the effort it'd take to reheat him in 99, especially with such a loaded roster that don't need the same effort.

    You know how I said it was like a WCW greatest hits tour with all the classic WCW spots in this show? I take it all back. A finish in the main event? A main event that features someone in the nWo, no less? Gimme a break, that's never happening. Where's the nWo run in and "WE'RE OUTTA TIME, FOLKS!". Unsubscribe.

    Jokes aside, the Diamond Cutter outta nowhere is great, and not wasting the big brawl on Thunder is also what I'd like to see. I did think the Horsemen hiding under the ring all that time was quirky as all hell (you're telling me Flair, Arn, Benoit and Mongo are all under the ring all that time playing cards or something?), and you might have possibly been better served by one of the sides coming in through the crowd or something. But the idea behind it was sound enough, even if it was a slightly squiffy execution.

    But overall, a good, fun show. Obviously the fun is to come once you get it to be truly your show, but as a first step this was actually kinda brilliant. I would have checked back in for the next show even if it was dog shit, but this might have been the most I've enjoyed one of your shows so far, which is hugely promising given it's the first ep. Good work, mate.

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    I'll be checking this out soon dude. Excited to see how you book shows and it looks visually great already.

    Just wanted to say good luck! (Not that you need it of course Haha!)



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    WCW Saturday Night
    January 9, 1999 [67%]


    Are you ready for all of the hottest C-level action that World Championship Wrestling has to offer!? Want to see almost all squash matches, highlights of important moments in the week of WCW, and maybe one competitive main event!? Well then do Scott Hudson and Larry Zbyszko have a treat for you! It’s all of the best taped action WCW has to offer, in front of a live studio audience!


    Hugh Morrus (w/Jimmy Hart) def. Cassidy Riley
    The Mouth of the South leads his newly returned client out for tonight’s opening contest, and it is of course no surprise that the match is nothing but that of a squash. Shaved head and trying to sport a mustache-less goatee may or may not make for an intimidating look, but being 350 pounds certainly helps a brother out with Biel tossing and rag dolling the poor blue chipper. Even better? Being able to back flip through the air with a Moonsault like Morrus does with his No Laughing Matter finish to pick up the easy victory. [50%]


    Fit Finlay & David Taylor def. Joe Gomez & Ice Train
    This match, of course, only takes place after some highlights and recaps, and it is of course all about The Week in nWo, recapping the schemes of January 4th to get Goldberg out of the main event for the Fingerpoke of Doom to happen, and the nWo beating up poor cruiserweights on Thunder. From there, we get the showcase victory for the Irishman and Brit. The hard hitting duo waste little time in playing up any heel chicanery, instead just going about their business with hard hitting and stretching submissions, the victory coming from Finlay’s patented Tombstone Piledriver on the young Joe Gomez. [59%]


    Mean Gene at ringside with Chris Jericho
    ‘Mean’ Gene Okerlund calls out Chris Jericho to join him in the entrance aisle for an interview, prompting The Paragon of Virtue to welcome us all to Saturday Night Jericho. Okerlund spends most of the interview discussing how Jericho is not acting like the self-proclaimed Paragon of Virtue lately, not when he’s going around with a crooked referee to help him win matches and screw Perry Saturn! Jericho naturally scoffs at Okerlund and credits Okerlund’s lies and conspiracy peddling to jealousy of Jericho’s beautiful mane of hair, to which Okerlund of course claims he would rather be bald than have Jericho’s bad hair day - who does he think he is, Weird Al Yankovic!? While probably no one gets that album title reference, it was a joke that happened. Jericho talks about how Perry Neptune and Gene Mean are just a couple of cue balls trying to stick together, but the fact of the matter is, Chris Jericho would never bribe, hoodwink, or corrupt a WCW match official. Any misgivings happening to Perry Neptune are of his own doing, daddie-o. Okerlund asks if that means that Jericho will be staying out of tonight’s main event between Saturn and Disco Inferno, to which Jericho of course rebutts that the only reason why he would get involved in tonight’s main event is to give Neptune some much needed fashion advice, and Inferno some pop culture advice. [92%]


    Wrath def. Bobby Blaze
    Your next recap? How about a retrospective look at the year of Hollywood Hogan! From the nWo splitting into two factions because of Nash’s distrust in him, to teaming up with Dennis Rodman, or a tag team match against Jay Leno, to “retiring” to run for President of the USA, to his inspirational comeback on Monday to win the World Heavyweight Title! Yay!
    Despite being fed to Kevin Nash a month ago to end the run of momentum and victories he had picked up, the 6’6” 290 pound mass of muscles is still getting great responses from the crowd as of late, all thanks to picking dudes up and slamming them down. The Meltdown finisher especially gets the crowd going, and Wrath obliges tonight, utilizing that Pumphandle Powerslam to good use to put Blaze away inside just a few minutes. [61%]


    El Dandy & Silver King nc. Tokyo Magnum & Lizmark Jr.
    The recaps before this match: Raven’s fall from grace in 1998 and going back home with his rich mother to their mansion in Florida! Another cruiserweight tag team contest, another excuse for a New World Order run in. Tonight features just ‘Big Poppa Pump’ Scott Steiner and Buff ‘The Stuff’ Bagwell showing up, but that doesn’t stop the two men from blasting and laying out all four men after doing their best to put on an aerial show for the fans in attendance. Their reward for the efforts? A beatdown, two lWo shirts being ripped up and spit on, and all four men getting the red spray paint treatment. Steiner yells into the corner camera afterwards that there is only one World Order ‘round these parts now, and you’re lookin’ at it. Holler if ya’ hear him! [61%]


    Bobby Duncum Jr. def. Barry Darsow
    You wanted recaps? Well here’s all about Goldberg’s trip downtown on Monday Nitro, losing his title rematch as a result, coming back to the Georgia Dome, only to get beat up and tagged by the new elite nWo! Before the match starts, Mr. Hole In One offers Duncum the night off, but only if he can hit a hole in one on Darsow’s portable green. Duncum’s response to the offer, knowing it’s only a cheap ploy by Darsow to attack him with a putter, is to use his bullrope to sweep the legs out from underneath the veteran! The man, who despite six years of working on the indies, that continues to be hyped as a rookie continues to impress in his matches, although a few rookie mistakes almost hands the match over to Darsow. However, a late burst of strength from the cowboy helps him to reverse a whip from Darsow and catch him with a Big Boot, making way for him to connect with his Full Nelson Front Slam for the victory. [64%]


    Ernest Miller & Sonny Onoo act like buttheads
    Hey this is WCW, we don’t need any stinkin’ curse words! We also don’t need Ernest ‘The Cat’ Miller coming out with his manager for the two men to do their best Rush Hour rip off either, but hey, we get it! We also get Miller reminding us that his feet are lethal weapons, and he is a World Karate Champion. Miller boasts nonstop about how he could beat up any pretendah in this audience, walking around the ringside area and provoking multiple fans into trying to jump the guardrail to find out why they call him The Greatest. Miller does it until one plant fan tries it, and is of course thwarted by security. Miller wants somebody to call his momma, ‘cause he’s the greatest! [65%]


    Disco Inferno def. Perry Saturn
    Our final recap actually features Perry Saturn, and all of the problems he has had with Chris Jericho and referee Scott Dickenson being a clearly corrupt referee and costing him matches. And while referee Billy Silverman is the apparently scheduled referee for tonight’s contest, as per Scott Hudson, somehow we end up with the Saturn-biased Dickenson as our WCW shirt and bow-tied official. So it is naturally no surprise that despite dominating most of the match with his vast array of suplexes, the man with worse fashion sense than Disco can’t quite put Inferno away. Despite having said he would not be getting involved in the contest, Chris Jericho does indeed show up late in the match, diving into the ring to hit Saturn with a Running Low Dropkick - when Saturn was moments away from victory with the Rings of Saturn! Dickenson makes sure to make it seem like he was tying his shoe while this happens, but he has all laces double knotted in time to make the pin once Inferno plants the groggy Saturn with the Last Dance (Stunner), making sure that only the Jericholics (and Disco Babies) are ending the show happy. [79%]

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    Monday Night Nitro's Sudden Change!

    As was announced during the Thunder broadcast and hyped throughout the show, Monday's programming schedule is being changed, starting this week! Eric Bischoff was rumored to be campaigning for an end to the three hour Nitro's to ease his work load, especially with Dr. Harvey Schiller having put the pressure on him to make a change in both WCW's atmosphere and on screen product, and he's getting his wish. The 8 o clock hour will now see WCW: Total Access. Airing from WCW Headquarters, the show will be anchored by lead voice Tony Schiavone, and will have a SportsCenter like feel to it. Matches from the last week will be highlighted and recapped, the upcoming Monday Nitro will be talked about and hyped, wrestlers will be interviewed about current WCW events and their storylines, and other staff will be utilized as special correspondents to discuss current WCW matches and feuds, giving fans an "expert analysis". There is very much a chance that the show could be used to also pull the curtain back and delve into some of the backstage scenes of a WCW show, and use insider terminology to appeal to the increasingly growing "internet crowd" as well. It's not sure who will actually be in charge of producing the show yet though, so no one really knows what to expect yet from the new show.

    Monday Nitro will then go live at 8:50. Why such an odd time? To go live before the WWF of course. The feeling is that with the change from 3 hours to 2, and using Total Access to hype the upcoming Nitro and new start time, they will still be able to pull viewers in to Nitro instead of RAW. Nitro will also still be able to have an overrun as well, so while on a good week, Nitro will cut from around 3 hours and a 5-15 minute overrun, depending on the length of the overrun, Nitro could still run almost 2.5 hours. What it does do, at least, is give Bischoff more flexibility for Monday Nitro, but potentially could just tighten the noose as well.

    While the nWo certainly got plenty of play on Thunder, the broadcast ended with two rare moments: a clean finish and WCW beating the nWo. With all of the backstage heat coming off the ending of Nitro, there was clear pressure to have at least one moment of the nWo looking inferior as a sort of punishment. Luger grabbed the short straw because good luck getting Hogan to even wrestle on TV, let alone on Thunder or just contemplate losing, while The Outsiders were still given protection by Bischoff.

    This is obviously the concern for many wrestlers and staff inside the company. While the mandate is being put out that wrestlers need to not be in the booking committee after the Nash Head Booker debacle, with Eric Bischoff having final say, his inner circle of wrestlers always have the high likelihood of being protected, and that means men like The Outsiders and Hogan, especially with that now well known creative control clause that gets talked about in the chat rooms. It remains to be seen how much change really may happen to the booking of the product when it comes to certain wrestlers.

    We think this is just a false theory and rumor that's gaining traction, in a scenario of art intimidating life, there is apparently a push by some in the company for a new man in charge, and he better be careful it doesn't get to Bischoff to avoid getting sent home again, but the biggest name being floated around on certain websites is that Ric Flair is the man a group of people want to see take over creative control of the company. The fact that it's Flair's name being tauted is what makes it seem like just a fan theory, given his current storyline. However, fact or fiction, there has to be some truth to certain wrestlers wanting a change of power to see the influential forces of Hulk Hogan and Kevin Nash be brought down to size. A man like Flair, a veteran of the business and universally liked by most of the locker room at this point, certainly makes sense, but given his standing with the most powerful men in WCW, it would probably take a literal rebellion to make that change happen.

    While there has definitely been a huge kickback on wrestlers being so directly involved in main booking of overall storylines, expect wrestlers to be given a significant amount of freedom in what they say and do in programming. Whether that means good or bad, one of the biggest pros working for WCW seems to be that on a given night, you could end up being given a live mic with no real outline of what to say. While we hope it leads to El Dandy challenging Hulk Hogan, we will keep our hopes more grounded.

    And we will leave you with our biggest hot rumor of the week, at let's be honest, this is professional wrestling and as this whole internet thing becomes more common, we're seeing more and more wild rumors! Today, it's Bill Goldberg was set to be on Thunder, but refused to show up because of how unhappy he was with Monday Nitro and the presentation of his character. Fact and unprofessionalism being displayed by Da Man!? Or a ridiculous rumor to play off of this past week?? It's the internet, so who really knows!

    You keep visiting the website, and we will keep reporting the news, the rumors, the leaks, the analysis, and everything in between!

    C'mon, any of you really think this old timer would write a 3-hour Nitro?? Grow up, Peter Pan
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    WCW Monday Nitro
    Knoxville, Tennessee
    January 11, 1999
    [74%]

    It’s the brand new start time of 8:55 EST (screw you, Vince McMahon, WCW comes on first!) after the Sportscenter style pre-show hosted by Tony Schiavone and Mike Tenay from WCW Headquarters in Atlanta (featuring highlights from the last week, clips of contests from WCW Saturday Night and Worldwide, hype jobs of what’s to come tonight on Monday Nitro, and all of the expert analysis from the commentators and reporters, including interviews with the WCW roster!), and while Schiavone, Tenay, and ‘The Living Legend’ Larry Zbyszko are in charge for hour one of the night, who needs stinking opening announcing!? This is WCW, and we wrestle!

    Chris Jericho (w/Ralphus) vs. Perry Saturn
    Mike Tenay points out how tonight’s official is not Scott Dickenson, the referee who has seemingly been bribed by Jericho to help him win matches and discredit Saturn (tonight’s ref is Billy Silverman), meaning it seems like we’re going to get a fair fight tonight. That helps Perry Saturn out greatly in beating Jericho from pillar to post, tossing and suplexing The Paragon of Virtue with great pleasure, wanting revenge against the flamboyantly arrogant Canadian. Saturn’s intense and innovative suplexes earn him several near falls, especially a great Capture Suplex when he catches a high-flying Jericho from the top turnbuckle. While Monday Night Jericho tries as many stall tactics as he can to avoid Saturn to little avail, his quick thinking and lack of integrity finally comes through. Jericho intentionally pulls Silverman into harm’s way to take the full blow of a Running Avalanche from Saturn. While that does little to stem the tide of Saturn’s offense, it does allow for a second official to come out to take over… and it’s of course crooked Scott Dickenson.

    Saturn instantly becomes distracted by Dickenson’s presence, allowing Jericho to play even dirtier, decking Saturn with a blatant low blow, uppercut style! That allows Jericho to utilize a Small Package to pin the keeled over Saturn, and Dickenson takes no chances with the pin, fast counting Jericho to victory! It’s no surprise that Jericho (and Dickenson) are out of the ring quickly after the bell ringing, Jericho celebrating with his Jericho Personal Security great Ralphus, shouting into the camera, “Yeahhh bay-bay! I won it for all my Jericholics, fair and square like always, Daddie-O!”

    Winner: Chris Jericho at 7:39 [75%]

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    The Following Announcement Has Been Paid For… By Classic WCW Szumi Subtitles & Georgia Text
    The conclusion of that match is what leads to the Monday Nitro opening credits and theme playing, and all of the fireworks and ballyhoo afterwards. The commentators plug key points of tonight’s show, as they also did during the opening contest, but still, repeat it baby! The Outsiders are reunited and in action against two unknown competitors, we will hear from new World Heavyweight Champion Hollywood Hogan, President Flair is in the house, and you better believe it: Goldberg is in the house too! The familiar sounds of “N-W-O” leads to “Voodoo Child” bringing out said World Champion, Hollywood Hulk Hogan, decked out in a nWo official black suit, bandana, and sunglasses. Thankfully, no feather boas or attempts to be hip tonight! He is out all by himself though, which in and of itself is a surprise. Zbyszko points out how usually Hogan would be surrounded by Bischoff, Vincent, or his nephew Horace, but the first’s status is currently unknown (but we will get an update on the former President from his temporary replacement later tonight, as per Schiavone!) while the latter two’s status is definitely in question after the nWo Wolfpac, and specifically Hogan, made it clear to the Black & White team they cannot be trusted. While The Immortal One is an iconic figure, it is clear that Knoxville isn’t happy to have Hollywood back in WCW: he is showered with boos tonight.

    Hollywood takes time to gloat about the World Heavyweight Title Belt underneath his suit coat, rhetorically asking how happy the crowd is to have Hollywood Hogan here in the ring as the World Heavyweight Champion, brother!? Hogan then shills the fact that last week on Thunder, jack, Puppet President Flair said that he would have to defend the nWo World Title at Souled Out this Sunday, but what Flair has forgot to say is who his challenger will be, allowing Hogan to chide Flair on how a President is supposed to book matches with actual wrestlers in them, jack.

    Hogan, again rhetorically, asks just who is going to step into the ring to get buried into the ground by Hollywood and the n-Dubya-o: is Ric Flair gonna ditch the suit for the robe and lose to Hogan again since it’s been his second job ever since Hollywood Hogan walked into the Dubya-See-Dubya? How about Flair gets one of his vanilla midgets that make up the Four Horsemen to find out the strength of Hollywood and 24 inch pythons, brothers!? Or even better, how about Flair goes into that retirement home he lives in on the weekends and sees if Old Man Piper or Randy ‘Not So Macho’ Savage want to limp down to the ring and lose to him again? Hogan gloats about how he is professional wrestlin’, brother, and there ain’t a man from any generation that can beat him. That’s why he is the Dubya-See-Dubya/n-Dubya-o World Heavyweight Champion, and it’s why he is back in the Dubya-See-Dubya to make sure that Ric Flair’s Presidency ends up just like Bill Clinton: “impeached, brother!”

    The overly long monologue of Hogan is thankfully interrupted, if only briefly, but by men he knows all too well: it’s nWo Black & White. Vincent, Stevie Ray, Horace Hogan, Scott Norton, Brian Adams, and the seven-foot Giant all make their way down to the ring, causing Hogan to very much lose his cool , fearful that his strong words against them on Thunder are going to come back to haunt him, especially with a rare moment of being by himself. Hogan goes right to the political dialogue to try and appease the Black & White, but it’s made clear quick this is a good conversation. Horace explains how the last thing he wants to do is let family down, and that is why all of them having been plotting on ways to make sure they can earn the trust of Hogan back, and be welcomed back into one big New World Order. Vincent declares that in men like Scott Norton, Brian Adams, Stevie Ray, and the seven foot tall freaking Giant… that is a list of bad, baaad men, that nobody can get through. So starting tonight, and at Souled Out, and however long it’s needed for all of them to show Hogan that they are worthy, the Black & White are the Bodyguards & Warriors for the nWo Wolfpac!

    Vincent declares that whatever the Wolfpac needs, they are the soldiers to get it done, to earn their ranks back into the family. A surprised Hogan is clearly thrilled at the news that he has essentially just acquired six bodyguards to do his bidding, and chuckles in delight as he says that is a great idea, and one that, over time, just might get them back into the Elite of the New World Order, brother! However, Hogan catches a sneer out of the corner of his eye from The Giant, prompting him to add though that if anyone wants to play Billy Buckner and drop the ball again (shamelessly stealing Nash’s joke from Thunder), then it’s not going to be nWo 4 Life anymore… it’ll be nWo 4 Life Support, jack! Hogan then does his usual “watcha gonna do” shtick before finally ending the ego-boosting self-masturbatory segment. While there still appears to be some tension between The Giant and Hogan, the commentators are absolutely panicking at the thought of Hogan having just successfully politicked and manipulated his way to securing all of the nWo Black & White as his bodyguards! [92%]

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    WCW CRUISERWEIGHT TITLE: Kidman © vs. Psychosis (w/Juventud Guerrera)
    Commentators discuss how Psychosis defeated Rey Mysterio last week on Thunder to earn this title shot, but of course, The Professor reminds us how it wasn’t without controversy, thanks to the botched interference of Rey Mysterio Jr. These two cruiserweights put on the typical barn burner of a contest, going for broke with incredible aerial and acrobatic maneuvers and counters, constantly dazzling with the back and forth offense. Despite all the near falls, springboard attacks, and slingshot maneuvers, it is yet again not actual wrestling ability that decides the outcome tonight. Psychosis makes the incredible mistake of trying to Powerbomb Kidman, the Champion reversing with his modified Facebuster to down the masked Luchadore. That sets up the Shooting Star Press so well, but Juvi Guerrera is not letting his friend lose that easily. The maskless Luchadore gets up onto the apron to distract referee Charles Robinson, but he is taken out from behind by Rey Mysterio! The two long time rivals start brawling outside the ring… at least until Kidman takes them both out with a Shooting Star Press from the top turnbuckle to the outside! Psychosis then joins in with a Springboard Corkscrew Plancha, taking out all three men, and when a brawl just breaks out further between the four men, Charles Robinson has no choice but to throw the match out, calling it a no contest.

    Result: No Contest at 6:12 [68%]

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    One World Order, Not To Be Confused With One Warrior Nation
    While the four men still throw hands as the bell rings and David Penzer calls it a no contest, there is one easy way to ensure their attention diverts: the music of the New World Order Wolfpac. While it isn’t the whole group that walks out, they’re still three men walking with a purpose: Buff ‘The Stuff’ Bagwell, Television Champion ‘Big Poppa Pump’ Scott Steiner, and ‘The Total Package’ Lex Luger. The four cruiserweights get back into the ring, unaware of what’s about to happen, but the three nWo men don’t make any initial attacks. Instead, they get on the stick, although Steiner’s verbal aggression is clear to all as he berates the three Mexican-based cruiserweights for the lWo shirts all three men have on still. Big Poppa Pump yells how he thought he made it clear last week on Thunder that the lWo oughta be no more when he ripped up dem shirts and beat those midgets up. Bagwell informs the group that there is only one World Order… and it’s the nWo bay-bay!

    Bagwell points out how the the lWo ended the night Eddy Guerrero had himself a little car accident, to which Steiner makes things incredibly classless by shouting that maybe Guerrero is out right now because it was a car accident, or maybe it was no accident at all, clearly insinuating that the New World Order was behind Eddy’s car crash and subsequent critical injuries. The Total Package tells the group that it’s really simple: “take off the shirts willingly, and we’ll let you walk out of the ring, no problem. Or, we beat them off of you, and you end up in the hospital next to your friend.” While Juvi looks furious with the disrespectful comments by the nWo, he swallows any dignity he ever had and takes the shirt off, letting it fall to the floor, and convincing Psychosis to do the same.

    Both men are indeed allowed to leave unharmed, but Rey Mysterio takes his shirt fluffs it out, flashing the lWo colors right in the face of the nWo! Bagwell tells Mysterio they’ll give him one more chance to make the right decision, and also tells Kidman to leave the ring, as this doesn’t concern him. The Cruiserweight Champion shares a look with the man being targeted and intimidated by the three nWo Elite… and they attack! Numbers and size disadvantage be damned! Kidman and Mysterio start throwing hands and feet at Luger, Bagwell, and Steiner like there’s no tomorrow, and even take down Steiner and Bagwell with Tilt-A-Whirl Head Scissors… but Luger runs through both with a clothesline! That allows the three men to start putting the boots to Mysterio and Kidman, setting the two men up to be put in a world of hurting… until Konnan comes rushing out from the back!

    The former Wolfpac member, who hasn’t been seen since the unification of the two nWo factions last week, dives into the ring and immediately starts throwing haymakers at Lex Luger, the man whose character he defended so much amidst rumors over the last month that the Black & White were going to recruit him away. Konnan knocks Luger over the ropes with a clothesline, allowing him to help Kidman and Mysterio clear the ring of Steiner and Bagwell as well! The nWo trio are absolutely furious on the outside of the ring, but this Knoxville crowd is absolutely loving it, especially as Konnan talks all kinds of trash to the group, Luger especially, before standing tall with Mysterio and Kidman. Tony Schiavone naturally has his nightly aneurysm over Konnan coming to the rescue of Mysterio (and Kidman), with Tenay reminding viewers that it was Konnan who played such a crucial role in bringing Mysterio and all the Luchadores to WCW, and is such a big brother to all of them, meaning he could not let that savage attack go down! [74%]

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    Still Trying To Disco Into The Wolfpac
    Because this is World Championship Wrestling and this is 1999, we can never have enough of the nWo, and that is why we’re backstage in the locker room of The Outsiders, Scott Hall and Kevin Nash. Teaming together for the first time in months, The Outsiders are getting prepared backstage while making the kinds of crass jokes one can expect from The Outsiders. The two men are soon interrupted by the unwanted and unplanned arrival though of the man who has been trying like crazy for the last few months to get into the Wolfpac, Disco Inferno! The flamboyant lover of all things disco, Inferno barges in and whines to Nash that he can’t believe he wasn’t made aware of the plans last week to merge the two nWo’s! As Nash and Hall share a bemused look and smirk with each other, Disco immediately says he’s not mad, just disappointed, with the decision, prompting an, “okay, Dad” response from Nash.

    Disco tells the two men that he heard their message from Thunder about people needing to prove their worth, and he wants to let them know that is exactly what he’s going to do! Disco tells the two that he got a match booked tonight, and he knows they’re going to be watching, and they’re going to be impressed when Disco wins, and shows them he belongs with the Elite of the New World Order! Disco leaves afterwards, Nash and Hall at no point actually really talking to him, other than Nash’s lame Dad joke. A bemused Hall looks to Nash and asks afterwards, “did Louie have a brother I din’t know about??” drawing a laugh from Nash, those two men clearly in the minority to understand the joke about the last nWo wannabe lackey, the late Louie Spicolli.

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    Barry Windham & Curt Hennig vs. Barry Horowitz & Bobby Eaton
    Much like on Thunder, this match serves as nothing more than a showcase match for the veteran pairing of Hennig and Windham ahead of their scheduled tag team match against Ric Flair and his son, David, this coming Sunday at Souled Out. Schiavone, Tenay, and Bobby Heenan, who has replaced Zbsyszko on commentary for the latter portion of the night. The commentators discuss Hennig and Windham’s betrayals of Ric Flair, as well as their comments from Thunder when they promised to send David Flair to the hospital, and run Ric out of WCW because he’ll be forced to take care of his son for the rest of his life. The contest is wrapped up inside just a few minutes, with Windham again getting the pin after his Running Bulldog. Hennig is sure to get on the mic quick after the match as he does a quick insert promo to tell the President of WCW, “and THAT… is what little Davey has in store for him on Sunday! Get the hospital bed prepared now, Naitch.

    Winners: Barry Windham & Curt Hennig at 3:45 [51%]
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    Presidential, Stylin’ & Profilin’... It’s All The Nature Boy Now
    It’s not Monday Nitro without ‘Mean’ Gene Okerlund doing an in-ring interview, and it’s always made better if that man in the ring with him is none other than temporary President of WCW himself, ‘The Nature Boy’ Ric Flair! Dressed in Armani’s finest, Flair starts the interview off the only way he knows how: “MEAN - WOOOOOO! - BAH GAWD GEEEEENE!” Okerlund is the man who asks the hot questions, and the first one he wants to know from Naitch: is he willing to reveal who the two men are that will be teaming up to take on The Outsiders in tonight’s main event? A grinning Flair says that he’s feeling in good spirits tonight, so he’s willing to give Mean Gene a few scoops tonight. Flair reveals that he will reveal one man tonight, and it shouldn’t be much of a surprise anyways: one of the men facing The Outsiders tonight will be his right hand man, one of thee best professional wrestlers today, Chris Benoit! Naitch adds one more surprise though: while he will not reveal the second man in tonight’s tag team match, “HOGAN! You better be payin’ close attention to the main event, pal! ‘Cause Benoit’s partner!? That’s your challenger on Sunday, fat boy!”

    Okerlund shills the big reveal by Flair, and asks what else he has planned for some of the other Titles in the company. Flair reveals that with the Tag Team Titles vacant because of an injury to Rick Steiner, he will be working with JJ Dillon and the Executive Committee to draft up a new 16-team Tag Team Tournament, and by SuperBrawl, we’ll have ourselves new Champions! Okerlund brings up the United States Champion and Bret ‘The Hitman’ Hart, and how he has continued to avoid defending the title because of ‘injuries’. Flair says that it’s a situation he’s been all over, Gene baby! While he cannot get Hart to defend the United States Title this Sunday, his sham medical excuse is up after that, “SO HITMAN… the jig is up! I don’t care if YOU’RE HURT! I don’t care if YOU’RE HEALTHY! I don’t care if YOU’RE CRYIN’! OR READY TO FIGHT!” Flair then tells Okerlund to get the Hotline ready because next week’s main event is already booked: Bret Hart defends the US Title against the man who deserves his rematch, Diamond Dallas Page!

    While the mood has been good so far in the repartee between the two longtime acquaintances, Okerlund causes an uncomfortable shift when he brings up the status of the actual President of WCW, Eric Bischoff. Okerlund recaps how he was absolutely horrendous in the commentary booth last Monday on Nitro working for Tony Schiavone, and there are many - “including you, Mister President” - who believe that it was Eric Bischoff who was behind last week’s farce of a main event! Flair is forced to admit that not only does he know that it was Bischoff who played the big role in getting Hogan to show up last week on Nitro, to getting his girl Liz to scheme like THE WITCH… he knows she is, but he is also forced to admit that he doesn’t know what to do with Bischoff.

    He can’t force him back to his old job at the commentary booth because he’ll just suck at it, and he ain’t just gonna let him sit at home in his posh mansion for the next two and a half months, “not when the money that paid for that mansion, came because of RIC FLAIR! I made you money, Bischoff! While you sat back and schemed away like the GUTLESS, HEARTLESS, BASTARD that you are! Ric Flair was in this ring! Sting was in this ring! DDP was in this ring! We were putting butts in the seats, makin’ you millions! You don’t make money off me, pal! Not today!” Flair is forced to admit that come Souled Out, he will have a plan for Eric Bischoff, ordering his quasi-boss to show up to the PPV this Sunday.

    That leads to Mean Gene transitioning back to Souled Out, and Okerlund asks if he has any closing comments about about his tag team match this Sunday with his son again Curt Hennig and Barry Windham. Flair reminds the audience that he made this match because he thought that Hennig and Windham stood for tradition, a concept Okerlund knows very well, and a concept Flair is all about. They spit on tradition, for the money of Eric Bischoff’s greed. At Souled Out, not only is the Naitcha Boy gonna show those two sellouts why tradition and honor will always beat out a couple punks with no heart, and NO GUTS… but he’s gonna get the chance to showcase the tradition of the future Flair legacy by teaming with his son. Mean Gene asks about the two saying they were going to put David in the hospital on Souled Out, prompting a now grinning Flair to say he has heard all about what they had to say on Thunder about having Ric in the hospital taking care of David, but his response to them is this: “if Ric Flair is in the hospital on Sunday night, it’s cause the NAITCHA BOY… had a HEART ATTACK… on top of both of yer wives! At the same! WOO! Time! That’s Ric Flair, baby!” [91%]

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    Chavo Guerrero Jr. (w/Pepe) vs. Hugh Morrus (w/Jimmy Hart)
    Tony Schiavone naturally hypes up the bigger Morrus throughout most of the match, discussing his return from injury last week in an impressive victory, and with having The Mouth of the South by his side, big things are in store for the young man. He certainly manhandles the young third-generation star throughout most of the match with that size advantage, although Chavo still dazzles in rare moments, his best highlight coming when he surprises Morrus off a whip by hitting a Springboard Spinning Cross Body to Morrus, and then immediately following up with a Hurricanrana + Pin combo for a near fall, Morrus still too strong despite Guerrero sitting down on him and grabbing both of the legs. While it’s mainly Morrus dominating, Chavito ends up making a big comeback and run of offense late in the match, again showing some innovation when he hits Morrus with a Tornado DDT, using the turnbuckles and then the ropes to propel him around Morrus as he spikes Morrus to the canvas. However, when Guerrero contemplates going up top to hit the Frog Splash, he is easily distracted by the appearance of Norman Smiley.

    Fearing Black Magic is going to go after Pepe again, Guerrero starts berating him, allowing Morrus to recover and deck Chavo with a hard right. He makes his way up to the top with Chavo, and rattles the ring with a Superplex! The surprisingly agile Morrus finishes the match off with his impressive No Laughing Matter Moonsault, giving him another victory since his comeback. Smiley enters the ring once the imposing Morrus departs, waiting for Guerrero to get back up to his feet… and he brains him with Pepe! Smiley then again straddles the horse head on a stick, doing his sexual dance and slapping motion, acting like he’s slapping some ass, before tossing Pepe down on the fallen Chavo. While Schiavone is totally deadpan and serious about the cruel behaviors of Smiley, the always wise cracking Heenan can’t help himself: “Oh great, now PETA’s gonna be on us. I’m pretty sure what Smiley just did counts as beastiality!”

    Winner: Hugh Morrus at 5:28 [62%]

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    Hey, We Can Do Closure in WCW!
    We need more Mean Gene dammit, and that is why he is in the ring again, and the crowd again absolutely loves his next guest - it’s DA MAN himself, Goldberg! Coming out in a Harley Davidson leather jacket and jeans, there’s no extended entrance and fireworks routine, instead just a very intimidating Goldberg. Mean Gene recaps the last few weeks for Goldberg - losing the World Heavyweight Title and his undefeated streak at Starrcade to Kevin Nash because of Scott Hall’s taser, Miss Elizabeth lying and scheming to have him arrested last week, Hogan and Nash manipulating the world last week in the sham of a Title match to put the belt back on Hogan, and then the nWo again attacking, tasering, and spraypainting Goldberg - and explains that after being given the rest of the week off by President Flair, just what in the world is on Goldberg’s mind. His nostrils already flaring, Goldberg speaks over the chants of his own name by the Knoxville crowd as he says he’s never dealt with more adversity in his life than what he’s encountered the last few weeks. He’s had a damn taser electrocute him repeatedly, he’s had his streak taken away from him, and his name dragged through the mud by the nWo. So now, the war begins. “n-Dubya-o, you wanna get the band back together? Get your little Elite group of boys? Well that’s good, ‘cause I’m gonna break the band up! One… BY ONE!” he snarls.

    Goldberg half-yells in the low, growly voice of his that the New World Order had to knock Goldberg down to get back on top, but now he’s gonna enjoy tearing the nWo apart limb-by-limb. “Lex Luger, you wanna be a back stabbin’ SOB? I didn’t see it comin’, but you’re gonna see me comin’ when I break you in half with the Spear! Scott Hall!? Ain’t gonna need a taser for me to put you in the hospital! You wanna brag about breakin’ The Streak, Nash? I’ll break your whole damn career! And HOGAN! Heh, you’re not next… you’re last on my list!”

    While Goldberg tries to continue his hit list of the New World Order, there is an uptick in noise from the crowd, and it’s clear why: Bam Bam Bigelow is storming out from the back! Bigelow walks out onto the tiny entrance stage, dressed in street clothes, microphone in hand, and he’s got something to say to the man who is the sole reason he came to WCW for! The Beast From The East yells that he don’t give a crap ‘bout Goldberg’s little war with the n-Dubya-o! He din’t come to Dubya-See-Dubya to watch Goldberg fight Kevin Nash or Hulk Hogan! He came to Dubya-See-Dubya to kick Goldberg’s ass, and he’s sick and tired of Goldberg dodging him! While Goldberg chuckles in disbelief at Bigelow’s farcical claim, Bigelow continues as he says that he’s done with the games, it’s time for them to finish their business. At Souled Out this Sunday, he wants Goldberg, one-on-one, in that ring! “And Goldberg! You can forget all about Who’s Next or Who’s Last! I’ll tell you right now: I’M NEXT! And YOU, Goldberg… you’re Who’s Done!”

    Goldberg is quick to accept Bigelow’s challenge, adding that the New World Order can wait ‘till next week. “It’s a whole new year, and you can be sure it’s a whole new Goldberg! So Bigelow… YOU’RE FIRST!” The two men have a heated staredown as Doug Dillinger’s security team quickly rushes out from the back to make sure that Bigelow heads to the backstage instead of down to the ring, considering the repeated wild brawls these two men have had over the last month. Mean Gene, of course, hypes the holy hell out of the challenge as Nitro cuts to a break. [66%]

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    Booker T vs. Disco Inferno
    While it isn’t announced directly in the beginning of the match, Tony Schiavone confirms midway through this contest that President Flair has agreed to the challenge between Bam Bam Bigelow and Goldberg, and that match will take place on Sunday! That helps Schiavone to focus on that match and Goldberg instead of the contest taking place, which is a shame, because well, it’s actually a pretty good one. Booker and Disco have an entertaining back and forth contest, the increasingly utilized Inferno doing everything he can to impress ‘Big Sexy’ Kevin Nash, earning several near falls along the way. However, Disco can never quite hit his patented Chartbuster (Stunner) or the Piledriver he’s used as well, the man from Harlem constantly finding a way to block or reverse every single time.

    Instead, it’s Booker T showing incredible resiliency, and when Disco goes for the Piledriver again, flipping him over with a Back Body Drop. As Disco scurries up to his feet, he does right into the Harlem Side Kick! That allows Book to head up top, and he finishes Inferno off from there with his Heat Seeker Missile Dropkick, giving him yet another victory to start the year! The commentators finally decide to talk about Booker T as a result, pondering the idea that this just perhaps could be the year that Booker T ascends into the next echelon of World Championship Wrestling.

    Winner: Booker T at 6:34 [69%]

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    Something’s Dropping, And It’s Not The Ball
    It’s time for the main event fireworks and match, and while Michael Buffer is out to do the in ring introductions, all he can do is introduce The Outsiders, as the pair come out to the Wolfpac theme, looking happy as can be to be back together again. However, before we can get their opponents, as promised from earlier in the night, nWo Black & White come out from the back, forming a line at the end of the entrance aisle! The Giant, Horace Hogan, Brian Adams, Scott Norton, Stevie Ray, and Vincent are all there, ready and waiting to back up the Elite of the nWo. The Four Horsemen come out in response to this - Ric Flair, Arn Anderson, Mongo McMichael, a no longer on crutches but still injured Dean Malenko, and combatant Chris Benoit - but despite the presence of the nWo army, The President looks incredibly confident. Double A hands a mic to Flair, who says he’s not surprised that Hogan and Nash have been able to whip themselves up a band of merry bodyguards, chiding the Black & White as he says, “how does it feel to be the B-team, boys!?”

    Nash quickly gets a mic of his own, first to tell the Black & White not to buy into any of Flair’s shenanigans, adding they’re evil shenanigans. He then demands Flair get on with the big secret and reveal who Benoit’s partner is and Hogan’s opponent for Sunday. That gets a great laugh from Flair as he responds, “why don’t you just look around and see, FOR YOUR-WOO!-SELF!” As Nash and Hall both look around completely confused by Flair’s message, it quickly becomes apparent: The Giant absolutely drops Scott Norton with a Headbutt! The Giant starts dropping the Black and White with Headbutts and right hands! Mongo McMichael and Chris Benoit rush down the aisle as well, and they all lay waste to the Black and White within seconds! The Giant looks up at the top of the ramp, and nods his head in respect to Flair! He’s the other partner - and he’s facing Hollywood Hogan for the World Heavyweight Title this Sunday at Souled Out! Ric Flair has convinced The Giant to defect from the nWo back to WCW! [87%]

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    Chris Benoit & The Giant vs. The Outsiders
    The crowd is in an absolute frenzy at the revelation of The Giant’s face turn, and that momentum carries over into the match for the 7-footer, as he and The Crippler beat Nash and Hall from pillar to post in the early stages of the contest, while the remains of the Black & White are dragged off to the back by Doug Dillinger and his crack security team. While The Outsiders are able to work their way back into the match and end up dominating throughout large portions of the match, it is solely because of their ability to work so perfectly as a team, according to Tenay; only having to deal with Benoit helps as well. To the trained eye, it is apparent that The Crippler is in this match purely to bump and sell for Nash and Hall, making The Outsiders look every bit as the elite team and pair of individuals that the two men are supposed to be for the nWo. However, tonight’s story is not really at all about The Outsiders teaming up together again, but about the presence of The Giant, and his newfound status as anti-nWo and next number one contender to Hollywood Hogan in just six days.

    It is for that reason that it is The Giant who ends up grabbing the huge victory tonight. The 7-foot 500 pound beast turns the match on its head when he gets the hot tag from Benoit, running roughshod through Hall and proving that he is the bigger giant than Big Sexy. Nash at one points thinks he is going to get the big man up for the Jackknife Powerbomb, but Benoit finally gets in a big moment, preventing it with a Missile Dropkick from the top! That knocks Nash through the ropes, and allows Giant to put Hall down for the count mere moments later with his earth shattering Chokeslam!

    Just one week removed from one of the most depressing moments in the history of Monday Nitro (my words or Tony Schiavone’s, you decide!), it is an absolute feel good factor closing moment for World Championship Wrestling tonight. The Four Horsemen join up with Benoit and The Giant in the ring after the match, while The Outsiders are left to retreat up the entrance aisle, where the rest of the New World Order (Elite) is waiting for them. There is no looks of anger at The Outsiders for their failure, oh no; it’s all about fear. No one looks more afraid than the World Heavyweight Champion, Hogan looking like he’s seen a ghost as he stares down the 7-foot colossus who oh so intimidatingly motions to Hollywood that the belt is going to be around his waist in just six days time.

    “Hollywood Hogan and The Outsiders thought they pulled the rug out from underneath Ric Flair and World Championship Wrestling one week ago, but the shoe just may be on the other foot now, Hollywood! The Giant has defected back to World Championship Wrestling, and now in just six days at Souled Out, the newest acquisition for WCW will go one-on-one with Hollywood Hogan for the World Heavyweight Championship! The belt is coming back to WCW!” Tony Schiavone is all beside himself with glee as we get one final reminder to tune into Thunder on Thursday, only on TBS: The Superstation!

    Winners: Chris Benoit & The Giant at 10:19 [78%]

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    Re: The Fingerpoke... OF DOOM~!

    Starting with something other than a Cruiserweight match? What is this blasphemy!? Clever way to integrate the crooked ref into fray, and I was glad you addressed it at the beginning of the match too. If this was 2019 WWE, I’d expect a shark cage match on PPV to make sure Dickinson couldn’t be screwy, so let’s see what you do...


    There was a lot to like with this Hogan promo, and I could picture haw-haw’ing at himself with that dig at Flair and telling him he needs to book people in matches, and the impeachment line was great too, but Christ let’s wrap this B&W stuff soon. What a pack of geeks. Them bowing to Hogan and sucking up makes a tonne of sense, as they’re pretty much worthless, but I loved the hint that Giant isn’t quite on board.


    Death, Taxes and You can’t powerbomb Kidman. As it’s TV, the no contest isn’t a big deal, and there’s bigger picture stuff going on anyway. Could either go for the tag match or a four way at the PPV, but I’m leaning toward a tag match.


    I hope you do spin the Eddie crash into a storyline and have the nWo be behind it! I’m a little off on my WCW history, so I don’t recall if the Filthy Animals has been a thing by now before or not, but this segment feels like the beginnings of the group formation (or reforming) and I’m digging that direction. Juvi and Psichosis being pussies makes Rey and Kidman look that much better too, and the Konnan save was great. From expecting the midgets to get buried here, I came out of this pleasantly surprised at the outcome.


    Hall and Nash being dicks? You don’t say! It’s Disco Inferno though, so he deserves it.


    Hennig push please. This’ll do!


    Flair calling Hogan fat boy; lmao. A 16 team tournament? Are there 16 teams in the company!? Would’ve expected Bret vs DDP to be on PPV, but I guess with the ‘war’ going on, there’s a lot of sense in having a big main event for TV, where it’d be third or fourth from the top on PPV. The Bischoff situation intrigued me too, and I’m curious what you’ll have Flair do with him. Christ, that final line too; epic Flair craziness. Good segment just to address a bunch of stuff, and if it’s Flair, he’s always going to make it entertaining.


    Oh God, that Heenan line killed me dead. That was amazing. Not terribly into Chavo/Norman, but it’s light hearted mid card stuff, which is inoffensive and light hearted. A nice break from the heavy nWo usage throughout the show too.


    Yes! Give me Goldberg vs Bammers! A few months ago, I was checking out a fair bit of Bam Bam stuff, and only realised then that these two had ever had a feud, but I loved the set up for it at the back end of 99. Glad to see you go back to it, especially to keep Goldberg busy and away from the nWo for the time being.


    Booker over Disco was the required outcome. Probably would’ve liked him to finish Disco a little quicker than he did here, if he really is getting that big push that’s been hinted at, but this’ll do.


    Ultimately, while a well worked twist with The Giant being the mystery partner, this obviously would’ve been much more satisfying if you’d had longer to build toward this moment. As it is, with the earlier tease, it’s still a successful angle, and instantly heats up Giant for Hogan.


    Main event outcome was never in doubt - nor should it have been - after that turn, and Giant looks like a killer here too. He’ll be back looking like a dork after he jobs at Souled Out - or worse, turns back heel, laying down for Hulk, revealing he double crossed Flair - but that’s standard Giant/Big Show booking!


    Nothing I outright disliked about this show, Zoom. There doesn’t seem to be much of a card for Souled Out besides the top two matches, but it’s both a sign of those times and the quick turnaround from the prior PPV working against you. The Giant turn all happened much quicker than you’d ideally like to see it, but it at least gave you a hot angle and hit challenger for Hogan on short notice. Looks like you found your groove again back in the WCW universe.









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    Getting this up early because Szum is going to Jamaica for the next week!



    WCW Thunder
    Knoxville, Tennessee
    January 14, 1999
    [75%]


    Souled Out is just three days away, ladies and gentlemen, and we are at the final stop before the first PPV of the new year! That means this is a night you don’t want to miss and stuff! Tony Schiavone, Mike Tenay, and ‘The Living Legend’ Larry Zbyszko are here to call all of the action for us, and it’s going to be a big one, folks! Schiavone quickly hypes the main matches of tonight’s show - a HUGE six-man tag team match between the nWo Wolfpac versus Konnan, Rey Mysterio Jr., and Kidman, and Goldberg is in action - as well as promising an interview with the man who will challenge Hollywood Hogan this Sunday for the World Heavyweight Championship, The Giant! But this is World Championship Wrestling, and we RASSLE here!


    Blitzkrieg and Chavo Guerrero Jr. (w/Pepe) vs. Juventud Guerrera and Psychosis
    The Professor takes center stage for the play-by-play for this contest, to the absolute surprise of no one, while Schiavone sells the story of Souled Out and the upcoming PPV matches that have been signed by Ric Flair today: Chavo Guerrero Jr. and Norman Smiley will meet in singles action, and Juvi, Psychosis, and Rey Mysterio will ALL challenge Kidman for the WCW Cruiserweight Championship! The four men on curtain jerking duty get 8 minutes tonight to go balls out like they always do, and that means it’s damn near nonstop all thrills, with slingshots, springboards, topes, head scissors & ranas, and all of that good Lucha stuff! Incredibly new and absolutely unknown to the WCW crowd, the masked rookie Blitzkrieg gets a huge opportunity to shine tonight, and he takes his opportunity - with a SPRINGBOARD 540 CORKSCREW to Juvi and Psychosis on the outside!

    While it’s a match of all action, things breakdown towards the end of the match, and it’s all thanks to the presence of one Norman Smiley. The beautiful dancing Brit makes his way out from the back, and he has all the intentions of going right after Chavo’s horsehead on a stick, Pepe. Chavito is ready for it, taking out Mister Smi-lay with a Slingshot Crossbody! Guerrero starts wailing away on Smiley on the outside from there, which while nice for him, crushes his partner’s chances in the match. The rookie goes for a Quesadora influenced attack, but Psychosis holds onto him, and with Blitz literally caught in mid-air, Juvi grabs him, and they plant him with a sick DDT combination! A Juvi Driver and Guillotine Leg Drop follows, giving the two men vying to become Cruiserweight Champion this Sunday the victory.


    Winners: Juventud Guerrera & Psychosis at 8:34 [66%]


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    Giant Intentions For The nWo
    After some commentary talk about Souled Out and then a video recap of The Giant’s huge (pun, intended) Monday Nitro, the 7-footer is welcomed to ringside by none other than the always wonderful ‘Mean’ Gene Okerlund. Dressed in jeans and, to drive the point of his allegiance home, a WCW t-shirt, the crowd greets Giant with a warm round of applause. Mean Gene recaps The Giant “shocking the world” by defecting from the nWo Black & White this past Monday Nitro, and not only being declared the number one contender, but pinning Scott Hall and defeating The Outsiders. The Giant laughs as he reminisces on how much things can change in just one short week. Okerlund asks the question everyone wants to know: why?

    The Giant admits that there are more reasons for Monday than he can even share tonight, purely because the show is only two hours long! However, he lists one important contributing factor first: he is a 7-foot giant. He is way too big to be standing in someone’s shadow - he’s the one casting shadows and throwing shade - and that is exactly what his future was in the New World Order. He was not going to stand in the background and be a freaking glorified security guard for Hogan. “I’ve had to carry Hulk Hogan’s butt for the last 2 and a half years, Gene” he says with a scowl. “Well those days… ARE DONE!”

    The Giant hypes himself up as the greatest athlete in this company, and it’s time he stops being complacent and maximize his talent. “You know any other 500 pounders that can do a leaping dropkick like I can, Gene” he asks. “Most people my size can’t even walk from the bed to the couch. But me? I can do whatever the hell I want… and what I WANT… is to be the World Heavyweight Champion!” Okerlund asks if Giant has any concerns about the rest of the nWo getting involved in Sunday’s title match, but the colossus is clearly not concerned, as he first answers with a smirk and chuckle. The Giant tells Mean Gene that if Big Sexy or anyone else wants to come to Hogan’s aid, he has a plan already set: Hulk Hogan gets Chokeslammed through the canvas, and when the rest of the nWo get down the ramp, he’ll be the athlete he says he is, climb up to the very top turnbuckle, and CRUSH all of the nWo as he jumps onto them! As Okerlund quips that forget about slamming them through the ring, he’ll slam them six feet under if he’s successful, Giant agrees with a laugh.
    The Giant says that he’s done with all of the shenanigans and manipulations of the New World Order. Hulk Hogan wants to think he’s some kind of god in this business, “but what you gotta understand, Hogan, is that while you may have the ego of a god, I’m built like one! All of your BS politics and game lit a fire under me that you ain’t gonna be put out, and this Sunday, bring the Wolfpac, bring the Black and White, bring the damn National Guard! Hogan! At Souled Out, I’ve bought back in, and your title - is MINE!” [76%]


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    Booker T vs. Fit Finlay

    This is one of those classic WCW TV matches that has no build to it, gets a lot of time, and puts on one hell of a contest. Booker and the Irishman have a history going back to last year’s feud over the Television Title, which only serves to add even more flair to this one. Finlay brings all of the hard hitting and stretching submissions, while Booker responds with energy and athleticism, the two going to war and exchanging plenty of near falls. Finlay has a nice highlight moment when he hits a Running European Uppercut to Booker when Book is up against the ring post, while Booker dazzles by acting like a cruiserweight when he scores a near fall with a Slingshot Swinging DDT!

    Finlay thinks he’s close to earning a big submission victory multiple times throughout the contest, but Booker keeps finding a way to dig through each and every submission, his resilience getting him to the ropes or his perseverance persuading Fit to break the submission on his own to try a new approach. That fight by the Harlem Heat man pays off huge because somehow, someway, Booker T finds a way to score the hard earned victory just past the nine minute mark, making sure we have no time limit draw. As the two men start picking up the pace to try and find that key maneuver to get a winner, Booker is able to squirm out of Finlay’s grasp and avoid the Tombstone Piledriver. He ducks and dodges a series of clothesline, the highlight via a break dance drop down, and finally getting Fit to miss enough that he turns right into the Harlem Side Kick! A second Side Kick knocks Finlay down, and when the Irishman tries to pull himself up, he’s right in position for the Harlem Axe Kick!

    Despite picking up a hard earned victory, the celebrations from Booker T are incredibly short in duration. The reason? The massive frame of Hugh Morrus and his mouthpiece Jimmy Hart have everything to do with it. The Mouth of the South shrieks into his megaphone that “Hugh Morrus wants yooouuu, bay-bay!” Morrus, for his part, just intensely stares a hole through Booker T the whole time, focused only on a midcard man who also finds himself on a winning streak. Hart then actually gets a mic as he says that Booker T is getting all the plaudits with wins like tonight, but his client doesn’t need praise from anyone! He laughs in the face of plaudits! His client is here for wins, and he wants his next win to be a big one… by defeating Booker T! Exhausted from his win, Book still has it in him to nod his head vigorously in acceptance - these two men are gonna meet at some point in the near future it looks like!


    Winner: Booker T at 9:19 [77%]


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    It’s Not WCW Without Self Mastubatory nWo Segments
    It doesn’t matter if you want them or not, they take what they want, and tonight, the New World Order is taking over the ring for some hard earned mic time! While it’s all the familiar faces out there tonight, there is one noticeable man missing tonight: Hollywood Hulk Hogan. The group, still coming out to the Wolfpac theme music because hey, they’re cool, man, is looking as relaxed as always, with ‘Big Sexy’ Kevin Nash doing the standard “Wolfpac in DA HOOUUSE!” while ‘The Bad Guy’ Scott Hall adds in his trademark “...Hey yo!” Nash addresses the elephant in the room as he announces that Hogan is not here tonight because he’s getting himself ready for Souled Out this Sunday (as Scott Steiner adds an emphatic, “not like he needs it!”), with Nash going for the comedy as he snorts, “...‘cause that’s the kind of Champ Hollywood is! He takes that Belt seriously folks!” That remark draws the ire of the commentary team for the obvious reason of Nash and Hogan completely defacing the World Heavyweight Title ten days ago with the damn Fingerpoke.

    Nash does address that topic, finally, as he explains why he was so willing to give up the glory of being World Champion. Big Sexy says that being The Champ was cool and all, but at the end of the day, what do you think the nWo really cares about: “making your World Title even better than what guys like Hogan, Lex, and I have already made it? Or treating it like the symbol of FAILURE that this company is!? That belt belongs to the New World Order now, again, and forever, and we got to make it ours while spitting on all of the legacies of the has-beens that this company still has! So Flair, Stinger, Nacho Man… and all you other old fossils like Dusty Rhodes and Harley Race… you’re welcome!”

    As Nash laughs at the jeering crowd, Hall does the Frankenstein finger wiggles and pretends to be scared. He then takes over the mic and speaks in that slow, trademark drawl of his as he admits that while Naitch may have gotten one ovah on the n-Dubya-o on Monday with The Giant… him gettin’ lucky on Da Bad Guy? It don’t mean a thang to him or the The Wolfpac. Hall hypes his best friend up as “The Real...Giant” of WCW, and next time The Giant wants to tango, “I got… da equaliza’.” Hall then flashes the notorious taser, firing it off so the camera can hear the cackles of it, giving a very threatening reminder to the powers of The Elite. Hype man Buff Bagwell then gets on the mic to talk some trash on the crowd to help segue into the focus of tonight (only after adding some more hype for Hogan-Giant by telling the 7-footer that the bigger they are, the easier they fall to Hogan). The Stuff says that tonight is all about teaching a lesson to someone that needs it: Konnan and his mixed jumping beans.

    Bagwell laughs as he says that all that Spanish and talk of for life and forever… “well the n-Dubya-o deports bay-bay!” Big Poppa Pump then talks trash on Konnan while still finding a way to squeeze in all of his catchphrases, adding that he don’t know a damn thing about being bowdy bowdy or rowdy rowdy, but what he does know is that there is only one World Order around here. “I thought I made that pretty frickin’ clear so that even you Mexicans can get it, but yet, Rey Mysterio, you somehow didn’t get it through that stupid little mask of yours!” Nash takes back over on the stick has he goes back to the comedy saying that Konnan can have Mysterio and Kidman’s backs all he wants because K-Dawg’s days in The Wolfpac were numbered for one clear reason: his raps are awful and he couldn’t take it anymore!

    Nash then backs Big Poppa Pump as he says he made the message real clear: that lWo shtick? It’s ova with. If Mysterio wants to hang on to a dead horse, and Kidman wants to tag along so someone learns his name, that’s fine - they can either Kneel Before Zod… or they all can end up in the Phantom Zone with “Little Eddy.” Quiet this whole time until the very end, The Total Package then gets on the mic to ask Steiner and The Outsiders to handle business tonight, but save him some of Konnan - because this Sunday, he wants to finish the leftovers and “Quiero Taco Bell K-Dawg’s butt on out of here!”

    That finally ends the far too long nWo circle jerk, Tenay trying to hype tonight’s six man tag team main event, while Schiavone and Zbyszko fume over the classlessness of the New World Order, from the Fingerpoke to defacing the World Title to the disrespectful comments again about Eddy Guerrero, as well as Konnan. [89%]


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    Ernest Miller (w/Sonny Onoo) vs. Jerry Flynn
    Ernest ‘The Cat’ Miller loves to talk a lot of crap, and you can be darn sure that that’s exactly what Miller and Onoo do before the match with a quick in-ring promo. Onoo hypes his client up as a 3-time Karate World Champion, and a, “baaad mahn!” The Cat then does the usual of challenging anyone from the crowd to try and fight him, but his feet are lethal weapons. He says since no one in the crowd could fight him and survive, he wants to show “dat wannabe” Flynn who the real Ultimate Fighter is. Kickboxing isn’t UFC, but this is 1999 - UFC ain’t crap anyways! Neither is Jerry Flynn, sadly, for that matter. While the ponytailed Flynn almost knocks The Cat out with some big kicks, Miller is able to dodge every time, and use a lot of stall tactics outside with Onoo throughout the five-minute contest. Miller needs no assistance from Onoo tonight to pick up his win either, eventually ducking another Flynn Spinning Crescent Kick, and then dropping him like a bad habit with his Feliner Roundhouse Kick. Queue all of the gloating from Miller and Onoo afterwards as The Cat mugs the ring corner camera - “Ooo, somebody call my momma, ‘cause I’m the The Greatest!


    Winner: Ernest Miller at 4:48 [57%]


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    Hey! Did We Forget About This Next Guy? What About Him?? What About Raven!?
    We get a pre-recorded vignette next, and we finally get to catch up with the goings on of Raven! The depressed sociopath is still at his mother’s fancy mansion in Florida, and while Raven has ditched the ratty jeans and leather jacket, he’s only exchanged it for his bathrobe and socks. Mrs. Levy lectures “Scotty” as he sits dejected on the couch, laying back and trying to ignore his mother. Raven’s Mom tries to convince Scotty that he needs to get dressed, brush his teeth, try showering for a change, and start combing his hair - he’ll feel better if he does! Being clean improves your mental health every day, she lectures, which brings the comedy as she tells Scotty to just look at Chris (Kanyon) as an example… Kanyon looks absolutely thrilled as he is shown vacuuming the floors of the mansion and dusting all the knick knacks, essentially a glorified butler. All of Mrs. Levy’s focus on Kanyon only results in Raven, finally talking, to complain about how his Mother brings him back home to allegedly ‘help’ him, but all she’s doing is talking about his friend. “What about me, Mom!? What about Raven!?” he moans. Mrs. Levy only scolds her son for not using his proper name, resulting in an eye roll and Raven sinking further into the couch, while a grinning, enthusiastic Kanyon asks if there is any other cleaning he can do for. “Do you need me to clean your pipes next!?” he asks with a toothy grin to leave the segment ending on a wonderfully awkward note. [85%]


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    Brian Adams (w/nWo Black & White) vs. Mongo McMichael
    The commentators point out how while Adams has the whole of squad with him at ringside tonight in an effort to remind everyone that the Black and White can still smack & be right, while Mongo is unusually alone because the rest of the Four Horsemen have been spending time training with David Flair ahead of his debut match on Sunday at Souled Out. That means that the odds are clearly against the former NFL star throughout the match, and he has to deal with interference from Vincent and Horace Hogan at points in the match, but Mongo does it successfully, especially when he sends Horace flying off the ramp and into the security guard rail with a Running Shoulderblock!

    However, each distraction just serves to help Brian Adams get back into the match, and despite a spirited effort by Mongo, it’s the big man of the Black and White getting the victory tonight, right around the six minute mark. With so many numbers at ringside for the nWo Elite bodyguards, Stevie Ray is able to serve as a distraction at one point for referee Billy Silverman. That allows Scott Norton to absolutely wallop Mongo from behind with a Running Forearm to the back of the head, giving Adams the opener he needs to pick up the victory with a Chokeslam. While Tony puts over the competitive drive of Mongo, Zbyszko uses it to serve as a reminder that the Black and White are determined to prove they belong in with the rest of the nWo, and what that does is make them very, very dangerous.


    Winner: Brian Adams at 6:13 [64%]


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    The Paragon Of Bribing Officials Ain’t Gonna Fly in Flair’s WCW
    It’s time for another ‘Mean’ Gene Okerlund interview segment in the ring, and Gene’s attitude is nowhere near as exuberant as usual because of who his guest is this time: “the man with obnoxious hair and an even more obnoxious personality” Chris Jericho. Coming out with his Jericho Personal Security goof Ralphus, it is indeed another bad hair day for The Paragon of Virtue, who gets right to giving Gene Mean some stick for having the audacity to bad mouth Jericho’s beautiful blonde locks when Gene Mean is just like Perry Saturn: jealous and embarrassed about being a cue ball! While Okerlund has a quick fire retort about saying the day he’s jealous of Jericho is the day he’s also jealous of Ralphus’ teeth, Mean Gene moves on to the real issue at hand: there is some kind of clear scheme going on between Jericho and WCW official Scott Dickenson, and they have been conspiring to help Jericho and cheat Saturn!

    Jericho naturally scoffs at any sort of scandal Okerlund is accusing him of, loudly justifying that he is a Paragon of Virtue, a man who has nothing but sound moral fiber and true Canadian values, something none of these gutless, vile, heathens in the audience know a thing about! However, Jericho has no real explanation for any of Okerlund’s persistence about the connection between Jericho and the official, and Jericho’s attempts to deflect and name call only get worse when the theme music of a very popular individual plays - “Also Sprach Zarathustra” is bringing out the boss, Ric Flair!

    The (interim) President of WCW walks down the aisle, telling Jericho he can end the charade right now. Flair’s the best liar in the game, so Jericho just sounds like a bad used cars salesman out here. Naitch gets to call the shots now, and he’s callin’ Scott Dickenson a man who’s been gettin’ paid to be on Monday Night Jericho, not Monday Night Nitro. Flair announces he just met with both Dickenson and that ridiculous lookin’ nWo referee and let ‘em both know that it’s real simple: they can both have a job in his company, but they wanna favor somebody and not call it right down the middle, they can join Eric Bischoff in having Ric Flair take their job baby!

    Knowing that the jig is up, Jericho is left whining and stammering attempts at words in response, trying to call foul, to no avail. Flair actually gives Jericho a huge compliment when he tells him that he’s actually kind of a fan of his. “You got all the look and showmanship to be a Horseman one day, kid. But if you’re gonna make it in MY company, you better start focusing on how to get it done inside those ropes you’re in on your own, ‘cause right now? You got NO...heart!”

    Egomaniacal and arrogant, Jericho naturally rolls his eyes at Flair’s backhanded compliments, but that only serves to set a chuckling Flair in motion. The Prez confirms that Scott Dickenson - and every referee in WCW - works for him and only him now, but that doesn’t mean he can quite trust Jericho yet to try and win his next match without bribing the official. So for his next match, Flair is going to give the referee one simple job. He doesn’t have to count any pin falls, he doesn’t have to worry about any disqualifications, he doesn’t even have to worry about any rope breaks. Hell, he won’t have to count for anything! All the referee has to do is stand there and wait for one competitor to either clearly tap out or yell that they quit. The cockiness starts to turn to absolute worry as Flair announces that at Souled Out, Jericho is going to be in the ring with Perry Saturn... and they’re gonna have an I Quit match!

    Jericho looks like he is about to cry at the announcement, and it only gets worse as Flair makes it clear that absolutely ANYTHING goes, and the match will only end when the one man verbally or physically quits the match. As Jericho shakes his head in a delirious denial, Saturn actually does walk out from the back at the conclusion of Flair’s announcement. Saturn joins Flair in the aisle, smirking and shaking hands with The President in complete glee knowing that he’s going to finally not only get his chance at a fair fight with Jericho - but he’s going to be able to do whatever he wants to boot! Saturn has a sadistic grin on his face as he stares down Jericho, who continues to look ready to burst into weeping tears at any moment… [90%]


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    Goldberg vs. Sgt. Buddy Lee Parker
    Da Man gets his elaborate entrance, while his trainer gets the jobber treatment. Parker’s career highlight of training Goldberg is mentioned in the very little time this match lasts because well, it only ends one way: Spear. Jackhammer. Splat. However, the real fun is when after the match, out from the crowd comes Bam Bam Bigelow! The Beast From The East has been creating havoc for the past two months to fight Da Man, and even though he’s finally getting that one-on-one contest in four days, Bigelow isn’t waiting! Goldberg is struck from behind initially by Bigelow, giving the tattoos-for-hair bald big man an early advantage in this impromptu fight, striking with all his force at any part of Goldberg he can land! This is Goldberg though folks, and within moments he is fighting right back, taking it to Bigelow! It’s an old fashioned slug fest, and these two behemoths are going full force!


    The crowd absolutely eats it up, but we have a marquee PPV contest in four days - Doug Dillinger, get your crew out here! The yellow shirts are out in a flash, but you can best believe that’s not stopping them! Bigelow starts hurling out haymakers to the yellow shirts, and Goldberg downs several with elbow strikes! And they start throwing up strikes at each other again! There’s more yellow shirts, and some rent a cops get in there too, and after several false attempts to restrain the two men and break them apart, Doug Dillinger is finally able to restore order and separate the two men from fighting. The commentators of course sell the big match for Souled Out, but also focus on the intensity and aggression of Goldberg, Schiavone acting like it is something he has never seen before… and it’s all because Goldberg has been robbed and ridiculed by the New World Order!


    Winner: Goldberg at 1:14 [65%]


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    David Flair: Future Horsemen. Don’t Make Me Do It You Fuckers
    We have had enough of Mean Gene tonight, and the live audience deserves to suffer just like the viewing audience, and that is why Tony Schiavone is in the ring for this next segment. He hypes the tag team match for Souled Out between Ric and David Flair versus Curt Hennig & Barry Windham, and after reminding fans that this will be young David’s first ever professional match, has the production team play a montage of David Flair in training. It’s not the young Flair earning his chops at the Power Plant, but instead, getting chopped and stretched by the Four Horsemen members Chris Benoit and Dean Malenko… all while Arn Anderson barks out orders like a coach! Flair hitting actual wrestling moves are shown too, and they are clearly very good moves, the best moves, believe me! Schiavone then welcomes David Flair, Chris Benoit, and Dean Malenko to the ring, all three men coming out dressed in gym shorts and tank tops, looking sweaty and making it clear that they were in the back training in a non-ring capacity as well (yay continuity from earlier!).

    Schiavone asks the three about David’s training for Souled Out, with Flair totally jumping a question by answering the question about his training by telling Schiavone he isn’t nervous about this Sunday. Like a deer in the headlights, David says he has Flair blood so the Nature Boy flows through him, and getting the crap kicked out of him by two of the best wrestlers in WCW will only make him stronger for anything Curt Hennig and Barry Windham do to him. He even sends a warning shot, after Schiavone brings up their earlier claims about sending David to the hospital, that Hennig and Windham should be more worried about ending up in the hospital themselves, “when my dad and I break both of your kneecaps!”

    The two veterans come out from the back to join the fracas, interrupting David’s mic time (thankfully). Windham just has a laugh at David’s bravado, while Hennig says how it’s just so cute that a 19-year old with 19 days of training in him, with two guys who just wish they could be real Horsemen like he and Barry were, can stand out there and so confidently flap his gums like he knows something about “our sport.” Barry Windham points out how there is a reason that the two of them aren’t Four Horsemen anymore, and it’s because they outgrew living in Ric Flair’s shadows. Windham says that David’s Daddy is only relevant because of all these idiots who worship him, and because no one has dared to yet do what needs to be done… “and put your Dad exactly where we’re going to put the both of you: in the hospital!”

    Hennig points out how Eric Bischoff came oh so close to having Ric Flair out of everyone’s lives forever, and while Hennig is confident Eric would finish the job if he got the chance again… he regrets to inform The Bisch that he’ll never have that chance, ‘cause he and Barry are gonna do it instead! Hennig tells the men in the ring that having a few Horsemen wannabes ain’t gonna change a thing, just like Ric Flair being President for a few months ain’t gonna change a thing in this company. Windham promises David that his wrestling career will be just one match, but at least he’ll have the nice moment to know that his last match, and his Daddy’s last match… are gonna be one in the same. As Windham and Hennig chuckle and taunt David and the Horsemen, the faces in the ring are left to intensely stare down the rivals of The Flairs, David doing his best to try to act like he knows how to emote anything even resembling anger and focus. [80%]


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    Scott Steiner & The Outsiders (w/Buff Bagwell & Lex Luger) vs. Konnan, Kidman, & Rey Mysterio Jr.
    The commentators spend a fair amount of time discussing the obvious about this match: Konnan wasn’t included in the nWo Elite, and after a week of silence, came out last week to stand with Mysterio and Kidman against The Wolfpac after attacking anyone affiliated with the Latino World Order. We haven’t heard a word from Konnan yet, but Schiavone does confirm one thing, courtesy of Ric Flair: we will see former Wolfpac members collide at Souled Out as Lex Luger will get his match he’s asked for against K-Dawg!

    While K-Dawg is proud to be Raza and stand alongside Mysterio and Rey-Rey’s gringo friend, the three are clearly outmatched in this contest. The cruiserweights provide some spirited high flying and determination early to to try and stun the three big men, and while it is effective to some degree, the fast majority of this match is the Mysterio, about the size of one of Big Sexy’s big sexy legs, being absolutely rag dolled nonstop by the three nWo members. There is nonstop resiliency from Mysterio, even getting some great false hope spots by surprising a Wolfpac man with a sudden display of agility, but the teamwork of the New World Order is succinct, constantly preventing Mysterio from making the hot tag he needs so badly. However, he won’t be denied forever, and after surprising Nash by flinging himself out of the Jackknife attempt, he staggers Nash long enough with the Pop-Up Dropkick (shh, don’t worry that the Pop-Up phrase wasn’t used back then, you visualize it!) to make the hot tag to K-Dawg!

    Konnan explodes into the ring with a ball of fire (kind of, he first has to pull his pants up), knocking down every nWo-ite he can get his hands on. Hall and Big Poppa Pump get the brunt of his big right hands and rolling clotheslines (because Big Sexy ain’t looking weak again!), K-Dawg more than ready to be rowdy rowdy and bowdy bowdy against a group he said wasn’t for life, but forever, only for them to tell him otherwise. When the numbers start to get up against him though, in comes the help of the Cruiserweight Champion, taking out Scott Hall with a Springboard Hurricanrana! Mysterio is able to get Steiner knocked out of the ring with a Head Scissors, and Kidman then hits a Tope Con Hilo to the TV Champion to continue to show the cruiserweights just might be able to hang with the big boys. You know, until The Total Package then completely blindsides Kidman with a Running Forearm to the back of the head, and then tosses him hard into the ring stairs! The helps The Outsiders regain control in the ring, as Nash intercept the legal again Mysterio’s Springboard Cross Body, lawn darting him right at Konnan! Hall clotheslines Konnan out of the ring, allowing Big Sexy to finish the job on Mysterio with the Jackknife Powerbomb.

    Because this is WCW and the nWo reigns supreme, we of course get ridiculous post match shenanigans to make sure you’re all aware of just who is in da house and runs this place. The Bad Guy makes sure that any heat he lost by taking offense he gets back by picking Mysterio up after the match and sending him to the outside mats next to Kidman… with a freaking Running Outsider’s Edge over the ropes to the outside! Big Poppa Pump cheap shots Konnan has he tries to recover on the outside as well, slamming him off the apron and getting him back into the ring. Big Sexy drops Konnan on his head with a Jackknife Powerbomb, making sure that Thunder ends with a good old fashioned nWo circle jerk: Konnan gets tagged with the initials in red spray paint by Lex Luger, giving a clear indication of how The Elite expects that match to go on Sunday. Schiavone, Tenay, and Zbyszko do a shill job in the final moments for the PPV - Hogan vs. Giant, Goldberg vs. Bigelow, Ric Flair and David Flair vs. Barry Windham and Curt Hennig! - and to be sure to call your local pay per view provider!


    Winner: The nWo Elite at 9:36 [80%]





    Current Souled Out Card:
    WCW World Heavyweight Title: Hollywood Hogan © vs. The Giant
    WCW Cruiserweight Title: Kidman © vs. Juventud Guerrera vs. Psychosis vs. Rey Mysterio Jr.
    Barry Windham & Curt Hennig vs. Ric & David Flair
    Bam Bam Bigelow vs. Goldberg
    I Quit Match: Chris Jericho vs. Perry Saturn
    Konnan vs. Lex Luger
    Chavo Guerrero Jr. vs. Norman Smiley

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