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    WCW 2000, A Series of Unfortunate Events




    JANUARY

    The real-life intrigue in World Championship Wrestling was far more compelling than the storylines on television. Among the past week Vince Russo was removed as head of creative and replaced by Kevin Sullivan, prompting backlash within some of the group's most-promising young performers. Benoit, Saturn, Malenko, Douglas, Konnan, Eddie Guerrero and Billy Kidman all asked for their release under the belief Sullivan was going to reduce their roles and promote older wrestlers back to the top spots.

    The problems continued heading into Souled Out 2000 when Jeff Jarrett and Bret Hart were both removed from top matches that led to a last minute change to several prominent matches. In an effort to recoup good grace within the locker room, Chris Benoit won the WCW title Hart vacated by defeating Sid Vicious via submission. However, Benoit's title reign barely lasted a day, as he was stripped of the belt after threatening to quit because of Sullivan's promotion. He, along with Perry Saturn, Dean Malenko and Shane Douglas also were sent home from the subsequent Nitro taping because of concerns about violence after alleged threats from the front-office. By the end of the month Eddie Guerrero joined the trio of Benoit, Saturn and Malenko and jumped ship over to WWF, dealing a huge blow to WCW’s future.


    FEBRUARY

    As the company downplayed the loss of four quality performers, another act that ran its course was the nWo that was hanging on for dear life since its return late last year. With Bret Hart out for a substantial amount of time with a concussion and Scott Hall seemingly done for good following his SuperBrawl title match, the days of nWo seem to be numbered - especially with Ron and Don Harris being newly inducted members. Kevin Nash will also be missing time after having foot surgery, giving WCW even less star power to rely on.

    With the ratings for Nitro continuing to grow worrisome and the companys top faces being out for a foreseeable amount of time, it led to the return of Hulk Hogan sporting his red and yellow once again - an act that has ran its course for the viewing audience. It unfortunately led to a pay-per-view match against Lex Luger; the same pay-per-view that saw Ric Flair take on Terry Funk and a surprise appearance from "The Godfather of Soul" James Brown.


    MARCH

    After the Turner/Time Warner merger a few years ago and the Time Warner/AOL merger in the works right now, Ted Turner no longer has the power he used to have. With this new merger, there will be new eyes on WCW, which is currently losing tens of millions of dollars and plummeting. The good news is that with the merger, they will be a $180 BILLION dollar company, so WCW's losses are just a small drop in the bucket. But WCW has always been allowed to exist because Ted Turner had a loyalty to pro wrestling and with him no longer wielding the power he used to, that could always change. Nitro still does competitive prime time ratings for TNT every Monday compared to other networks, which is good, but it's obviously nowhere close to the numbers they were doing a year ago.

    Uncensored 2000 was a shitshow from start to finish. Brian Knobbs vs. Three Count was as uninteresting as you'd expect and Booker & Kidman vs. Harlem Heat 2000 was forgettably acceptable, but the show went off a cliff shortly after. The dreadful Dustin Rhodes vs. Terry Funk bullrope match started out with Dustin getting attacked by a guy in a chicken suit, before Terry hit him with an actual chicken. The laughs continued with Lex Luger vs. Sting in a horrendously over-booked lumberjack match featuring an abundance of interference, and the predictably bad Sid Vicious vs. Jeff Jarrett WCW Title match ended with a Jarrett guitar shot, before Hogan ran down, booted Jarrett in the face, then draped Sid over him for the win. Scott Steiner, after having not appeared on TV for 2 months, made a surprise return attacking Hogan prior to his match.

    Then the coup de grâce, a Yapapi Strap Match headlined by Hulk Hogan vs. Ric Flair. After the on-going saga of losing several name talents, a company that needs to desperately find some new faces for the future booked yet another Hogan/Flair main event. Neither man looked like they gave a damn at this point, and with the match failing to escalate beyond basic punches and chokes, Hogan curiously won with a pinfall, then suddenly remembered he was in a strap match and touched the fourth corner after the bell.


    What’s worse is that a pay-per-view headlining with Ric Flair and Hulk Hogan failed to outdraw an ECW pay-per-view within the same week - also drawing less than HALF of ECW’s buyrate for their show.

    That's how far WCW has fallen.

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    I’m always here for a WCW BTB

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    Re: WCW 2000, A Series of Unfortunate Events

    Intriguing premise. 2000 was a horrible year for WCW (which goes without saying, I guess) so I'll be here to see how you try to fix that mess.

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    Reads easily and very interesting in general color me intrigued and looking forward to it,

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    March 20th, 2000

    Arena: O’Connell Center in Gainsville, Florida
    Commentators: Tony Schiavone and Mark Madden

    [-] A lively Tony Schiavone promised a jam packed show tonight and an exiting rematch from last weeks Nitro would kick off the action. After replaying footage of their impressive debut last week, The Jung Dragons wasted little time to capitalize on the sore and beaten Three Count after losing the WCW Hardcore Title to Brian Knobbs last night at Uncensored. The action mirrored their outstanding contest last week with high spots being crammed in one after another with little to no breathing room for error. However, the newly formed trio commanded the match late as The Jung Dragons disposed of Karagias and Helms with a pair of beautiful asia moonsaults out to ringside by Yang and Jamie-San! Meanwhile, Kaz Hayashi caught an unsuspecting Shannon Moore with a vicious kick on the ring apron that sent him reeling before leaping over and landing a tornado DDT to seal the victory.

    [-] The cameras cut backstage to a riled up Ric Flair, along with Lex Luger and Elizabeth, as they arrive to the arena. “The Nature Boy” insists that Luger could have easily ended Sting’s career last night at Uncensored if it wasn’t for Vampiro sticking his nose into Team Package’s business. Luger agreed and vowed to break “that little vampire clown” in half, while Flair mocked Vampiro for trying to step up to the big leagues when all he’s got is a wiffle ball bat. “The Nature Boy” promised to take out Sting once and for all in tonights matchup.

    [-] After still shots from Uncensored that saw WCW head of security Doug Dillinger left unconscious, the aggressor Tank Abbott tried to enter the arena but was swarmed by O’Connell Center security. Abbott was informed that he was suspended by WCW officials for his actions, but he failed to leave quietly and instead struck one of the security workers on his way out!

    [-] The action moves back to the ring where “Hard Knox” Chris Candido made his in-ring debut against Psychosis as he was accompanied by the uncomfortably energetic Juventud Guerrera. Mark Madden graciously welcomed the WCW Cruiserweight Champion The Artist and Paisley as they joined commentary to scout their next challenger, particularly garnering the attention of Chris Candido. Psychosis showed he wasn’t merely a stepping stone and held his own against the newcomer Candido. Once the action hit ringside, Candido and The Artist had a brief staredown until Juventud inadvertently started an argument with Paisley that led to The Artist leveling Psychosis unbeknownst to the official! Psychosis felt the affects of The Artist’s attack as the action went back into the ring where Candido finished him off with a swan dive headbutt. After the bout, Mark Madden applauded the effort of Candido and considered him as a credible threat to the WCW Cruiserweight Championship.

    [-] In the back, Scott Steiner sat in-between a bevy of beauties that had once followed the nWo. He touted how he was the reason Hogan could be World Champion in the past because he had guys like him to make sure no one touched him - now “Big Poppa Pump” is in it for himself. The alone time with the ladies were interrupted by Jeff Jarrett and The Harris Brothers, which didn’t sit well with Steiner as he stood nose to nose with the WCW United States Champion. The former members of the nWo had an uneasy conversation about coming together to stop Hulk Hogan in tonights main event, finishing the job Scott started last night at Uncensored. The short-tempered Steiner warned Jarrett to stay out of his way and proclaimed he’s in the drivers seat now. The WCW Tag Team Champions tried to get in-between the two but were ordered back by Jarrett, who bit his tongue and agreed to “break that slapass in two” tonight. Steiner brushed past as with his “hoochies” while Jarrett and The Harris’ couldn’t help but keep an eye on him as he left.

    [-] In a poorly lit corridor somewhere in the O’Connell Center, Vampiro sat on the floor with his head in his hands before he snapped his head back and appeared a bit unhinged. He admitted that he came out of the shadows and into the light as he made himself known to his brother in paint, and in the process, WCW will fear his evident accession.

    [-] Prior to the start of the next bout, still photos of the “last Sting vs. Luger match ever” were shown from Uncensored and ended with a photo of Vampiro leveling Luger with a baseball bat to setup this contest. Mark Madden absurdly compares the new found friendship of Vampiro and Sting to the likes of ICP - “but with possibly more talent”. Vampiro held his own against Lex Luger, as Tony Schiavone mentions his “rise to stardom” of late, taking down The Total Package with an awkward leg lariat. However before Vampiro got too comfortable “The Nature Boy” Ric Flair intervened and ran down with a baseball bat in hand. Despite his best effort, Vampiro vanquished Flair once but ultimately his distraction provided to be too much and allowed Luger to catch Vamp with a baseball bat shot before slapping on the Torture Rack for the formulaic submission win. With the match already won, Team Package looked to inflict more pain on the social outcast until the lights went out - and Sting miraculously appeared in the ring! The dubbed “Brothers in Paint” managed to clear the ring of Luger and Flair as they retreated back up the ramp with Miss Elizabeth, vowing to live another day. “This is far from over, but these Brothers in Paint seem to have forged a tight bond and that’s undoubtedly going to be a problem for Team Package,” Tony explained.

    [-] The new found team of Booker and Kidman were lacing up prior to their scheduled non title match against The Harris Brothers when Booker thanked Kidman for having his back against his brother and Big T of late. Kidman nonchalantly accepted before heading off to find Torrie, agreeing to meet Booker in the ring for their match next. After walking astray throughout a couple of corridors, Kidman was blindsided by Harlem Heat Inc.! Kidman tried to hold his own in the skirmish but the numbers game caught up with him and he was then finished him off with a slapjack to the mid-section! “Don’t get involved in street business unless you want the streets comin’ to you boy!” Big T shouted as the duo escape out to their rental car where their manager J. Biggs awaited for the quick getaway.

    [-] The cameras caught the arrival of Hulk Hogan backstage before he eventually met up with WCW World Champion, and tag team partner for tonights main event, Sid. The duo had mutual respect for one another and congratulated each other over their wins last night at Uncensored. Their conversation led to their match tonight, where Sid emphatically promised to shove Jarrett’s guitar down his own throat while Hogan said he’ll make “Big Poppa Pump” pay for that steel chair shot he laid on him last night.

    [-] The announcers recap the still photos from last nights Uncensored where The Harris Brothers defeated The Mamalukes to capture the WCW Tag Team Championships for a third time. Booker started the match unaware of the attack on Kidman until the Nitro Vision showed Torrie Wilson helping Kidman up as he refused to take medical attention backstage, rather wanted to head to the ring for his scheduled match. The early distraction allowed The Harris Brothers to use the numbers game to their advantage as they toyed with the former Harlem Heat member. However, the WCW Tag Team Champions took too long to close out the match and Billy Kidman came limping out, much to the chagrin of his visibly worried girlfriend. Kidman perched himself on the ring apron and it allowed Booker the confidence to mount a comeback, he countered and connected with a desperation double clothesline to take both big men off their feet! Kidman was tagged in but once his adrenaline ran out the beating from Harlem Heat reared its ugly head, it allowed Heavy D to distract the official and Big Ron to level him with the tag title belt before thwarting an already battered Booker off the ring apron to steal the win. Once the bell sounded Torrie entered the ring and tried to explain the belt shot to the official - but instead got cornered by both Harris Brothers! As the two contemplated their next step, Booker and Kidman recovered and cleared the ring of Heavy D and Big Ron with belt shots to the back of their heads! The champions regrouped up the ramp while Booker and Kidman came to Torrie’s aid.

    [-] The announcers solemnly recapped the devastating chokeslam that sent Crowbar off the Uncensored set through a table at the hands of The Wall, as they confirmed him to be in good spirits as he still is recovering at a nearby facility. A manic David Flair paced in the ring with “Mean” Gene Okerlund as a concerned Daffney cowered in the corner. “Mean” Gene struggled to get a proper interview and instead it resulted into David rambling to himself as he setup a table. Flair managed to get out enough words to demand The Wall come down to the ring - signaling Okerlund’s exit. The Wall wasted little time to answer the request and menacingly made his way out - but was met halfway as a brawl ensued at ringside! The Wall easily disposed of Flair against the steel steps and set his focus to the ring where a distraught Daffney failed to exit. Daffney yelled from the top of her lungs and tried to defend herself, but she was no match for the sheer size of The Wall as he shrugged off any attempts of a fight - Chokeslam through the table! The WCW security finally made their way to the ring but the damage was done and The Wall towered over the fallen Daffney. “What a despicable act from this monster! First he nearly ended Crowbar’s career last night - and tonight he puts Daffney, a defenseless woman, through a table! The Wall needs to be stopped.. but I’m not certain who can stop him,” Tony shouted while medics rush to the aid of Daffney.

    [-] In a prolific matchup between two long time rivals, “The Nature Boy” Ric Flair took on Sting. The crowd awaited the contest but Flair stalled at ringside with Elizabeth before he used her as a shield to gain the advantage early on, living up to his dirtiest player in the game moniker. Flair focused his offense on the leg of Sting to set up for the inevitable Figure Four Leglock, but Sting held his own and it caused Flair to signal for reinforcements. Lex Luger sported a bat as he made his way to ringside - but was attacked from behind by Vampiro as he gained control of the bat and leveled The Total Package! “The Nature Boy” couldn’t believe his plan backfired and it allowed Sting to maintain control and end the match quickly after with a Scorpion Death Drop for the pinfall victory. The two “Brothers in Paint” stood tall in the ring as Sting and Vampiro celebrated together, gaining another measure of revenge on Team Package.

    [-] In a star studded main event, the seemingly reluctant tag team of Jeff Jarrett and Scott Steinerfaced off against the duo of Sid and Hulk Hogan. The match kicked off with a brawl around ringside as soon as the entrances were made. After a brief distraction of the referee from Scott’s “freaks”, it led to a vicious chairshot to the skull of Hulk Hogan from “Big Poppa Pump” himself, seemingly replicated from the steel chair twenty four hours prior at Uncensored. From that point on, Double J and Steiner took turns working over the WCW World Champion, with the referee being distracted enough by Steiner’s lovely ladies, again, to allow The Harris Brothers to come down to ringside and hit the recovering Hogan with an H-Bomb through a table at ringside! With The Hulkster immobilized for the majority of the contest, Sid was basically left on his own merit as he failed to back down from the cunning former members of nWo 2000. A bright spot opened up for Sid when Jarrett went for the pinfall and Steiner brashly pulled the WCW United States Champion off! The two egos continued to clash and ultimately collided when Jarrett caught Steiner from behind! Steiner responded quickly until a ref bump brought The Harris Brothers into the ring after Scott hit Double J with a massive belly to belly suplex! Steiner brawled at ringside with Big Ron and Heavy D, which led to “Big Poppa Pump” incapacitating the WCW Tag Team Champions with a pair of massive suplexes before making his abrupt exit with from the contest with his freaks in tow. The ever opportunistic Hogan recovered in time to tag himself in, “hulk up”, and finish Jarrett off with a leg drop!

    [-] Hulk Hogan celebrated his miraculous comeback victory in the middle of the ring, to the dismay of a visibly annoyed Sid, who stood over his shoulder as Nitro went off the air.
    News and Notes: Former nWo girl Tylene Buck will be sent to the WCW Power Plant to work with Mona, while Midjah and Shakira will continue on television to accompany Steiner as his own personal valets. ... WCW is looking to cut cost after a terrible showing from Uncensored 2000 and the company trending for more losses in the future. Several semi-regular used talents have been informed of their releases affective immediately to make room for cheaper alternatives; Mr. Jones / Vincent, Cash, Tony Marinera and Jerry Flynn. ... It's rumored that Stevie Richards is nearing the end of his current WWF contract and that ECW may be interested in bringing him back in the fold.

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    Sid is most certainly going to turn on Hulk very soon. I hope after the Harris twins drop the belts they’re fired for budget cuts. same with Jarrett. However, they’re alliance to face Hogan and Sid wasn’t too bad. Kidman showed a lot heart despite being attacked. Vampiro and Sting was a unique alliance at the time. Though I’m also looking for inevitable backstabbing by Vamp. I was amused by your description of his horrible Leg lariat to Luger. All in all, not a bad first entry.

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    Welcome to the site, and welcome to BTB'ing at WC! I'm always down for a WCW thread, but this is an era I haven't seen done all that often, so you've immediately got a reader in me.

    I can only imagine you have experience of doing this elsewhere before you signed up here, because this first show felt very polished. The first shows of threads are always a bit of a grind because you haven't had the chance to build up what it's going to be about, but to see this feel as slick as it does is a great sign.

    Formatting is very clean, so I appreciate that. Going forward I'd encourage you to try and maintain that cleanness, but add a little more pizzazz to things. Maybe some more bolding, more paragraph breaks, highlighting dialogue in red, maybe having headers and footers in matches to make it clear when the match has started, stuff like that. I also tend to like match times, because it helps me really picture what a writer is going for, especially when the matches are as abridged as this (which I actually like - I'm not big on play-by-play).

    In terms of the content, I really like how you've tried to give something to everyone. It'd be the easiest thing in the world to immediately give up on, say, Big T, but where's the fun in that? I'm always way more impressed by someone utilising the little they have in a roster than adding in new people or only focusing on the interesting guys.

    The writing is well done as well. I don't love past tense as it feels passive to me, but I understand why you've done it that way. I really like how you get in and out on segments without wasting time. Everything I need to know is in there, and yet it doesn't outstay its welcome. That's a real skill, so kudos on that. Going forward, I wouldn't mind a tiny bit more detail in storytelling, as its the connection to the characters that makes guys like Wolf, BT, Stojy, Zoom etc such entertaining reads.

    my main bit of constructive feedback would be to slow down with the booking. I get this is technically the era of throwing everyone you can at each show to pop a rating, but even so, there was a definite law of diminishing returns here. Stuff like having Sting vs Flair as a throwaway midcard match seems like an unnecessary waste when you could build up to it. Slow it down, tell the stories you want to tell, and trust that if it's good enough it'll get over. Stuff like that, or having two table spots in one show (one of which is Hulk friggin' Hogan going through a table, the other is man on woman violence) is total overkill. One every few weeks would be enough, but in the case of The Wall, I see what you're going for. If you're going to have him put someone through a table every week to get him over, don't also have someone else go through a table later, or it diminishes what you're doing with The Wall. Those are the kinds of things that WCW was getting wrong all over the place during this period, and you don't need to follow it.

    But aside from that bit of constructive feedback, this was a really interesting first show. I loved that Hogan was still the big star because, even though I hate the guy, you don't have a choice but to push him really. There's plenty of signs of potential in here, so I'll definitely be reading. Best of luck!

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    Glad to see this one get a show up, bud Now make it last this time!

    But in all seriousness, this is a good start to the BTB. Obviously this was a very dire time in WCW's history...arguably worse than when they actually went out of business. I am assuming you aren't going the reboot route since you could've just started two months later if you wanted to do that, so it'll be interesting to see it play out without the return of Russo and Bischoff.

    Definitely enjoy an easy to read, breezy format. Like Keef suggested, I wouldn't mind a little more - like especially match headers just to organize things but I also am not going to argue if this is your format forever either. Some bolding of key spots might be most beneficial, but definitely appreciate the red bolded names at least.

    As for the content itself, there's a solid mixture of things that actually happened then night after Uncensored and new twists you've taken to already start to deviate. In reality, Sid turned on Hogan in this match, so it's interesting to see that not happen here and instead we may get more of a slow play on Sid's heel turn. With Hogan soaking up the limelight and Sid's post match reaction, it definitely seems inevitable. Plus Sid is just much more interesting as a heel than he ever was as a face.

    Looking forward to see how you might put your own spin on the Vampiro/Sting pairing and eventual feud.

    Please tell me Tank Abbott's suspension isn't your way of writing him out! :P

    I can also appreciate not immediately changing everything up and like taking the belts off the Harris Twins immediately...but dear Lord I hope it happens soon.

    But yeah, good start and looking forward to more so don't disappoint me, man!

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    March 22nd, 2000

    Venue: TD Waterhouse Centre in Orlando, Florida
    Commentators: Mike Tenay and Bobby “The Brain” Heenan

    [-] The show kicked off with the wrestling icon Hulk Hogan as he entered the ring in all his glory. Hogan basked in the spotlight before he addressed the crowd, declaring Hulkamania being bigger and stronger than ever since his return last month. However, Hogan couldn’t shake the fact that he’s being hunted by Jeff Jarrett and Scott Steiner, two “young guns” trying to stop Hulkamania once and for all. Hogan vowed to keep his momentum going strong through the new millennium and promised to show Jeff Jarrett exactly who’s boss. The segment was cut short by Jeff Jarretthimself, with The Harris Brothers in tow, admitting that trusting Scott Steiner was his problem Monday night but tonight he’ll take care off all three “slapasses” in one shot. Hogan reminds Jarrett about getting one up on him at Uncensored and Nitro and tonight will be no different - even calling all three men down to the ring. The Harris Brothers head halfway down the ramp until Double J called them back, promising by the end of the night he’ll introduce Hogan to his guitar. Slapnuts. “We’ve got a jam packed main event for you tonight, folks! Jeff Jarrett, the WCW Tag Team Champions, Ron and Don Harris going up against one of the most decorated teams put together - “Big Poppa Pump” Scott Steiner, WCW World Champion Sid and HULK HOGAN,” Tenay exclaimed while Bobby Heenan questioned if Scott Steiner could be trusted among his partners tonight - or anyone in general.

    [-] Backstage, in the locker room area, the ever alert “Mean” Gene Okerlund caught up with the lovely Miss Hancock and her newest tag team Los Fabulosos. The long time interviewer was a loss for words after Hancock lightly flirted with him, awkwardly transitioning to promote her new team of El Dandy and Silver King, promising that she will be managing champions sooner rather than later.

    [-] The first bout of the evening pitted the spirited team of Los Fabulosos up against Villano IV and Villano V, in a one-sided contest that saw El Dandy and Silver King showcase their new found confidence with Miss Hancock in their corner. The match itself didn’t last long as Miss Hancock garnered most of the attention from the audience, even dancing on the ring apron to distract all four men in the ring. The distraction allowed Silver King to hit a superkick and gain the hasty cover for the victory in just under four minutes. After the contest, XS came down to ringside and took offence to Miss Hancock jettisoning them for Los Fabulosos, vowing to prove her wrong but ultimately backing down from a fight.

    [-] The WCW Champion Sid could be seen arriving to the arena when a backstage producer informs him on his match tonight, teaming with the unlikely pair of Hulk Hogan and Scott Steiner. An intense look manifested at just the mere mention of Hogan, with Sid determined to to prove he’s champion for a reason - and tonight he’ll make sure he’s the one standing tall when its all said a done.

    [-] An interesting clash of styles paired off in the next contest, La Parka squared up against the man who has been on a rampage of late, The Wall. “The Chairman” put up little to no offense and it resulted into him bringing a chair into the ring, which led to his downfall as the towering Wall disregarded the rules and hit a Chokeslam on the steel chair, for the blatant disqualification at just about the two minute mark. The Wall continued his attack on La Parka after the bell, ignoring the officials pleas and dragging his limp body out of the ring, whipping him face first into the steel ringpost, and finishing his attack off with a Chokeslam on the steel grate. The damage was done and the unrelenting attack left yet another victim of The Wall unresponsive.

    [-] The cameras cut backstage, in the middle of a heated argument between The Mamalukes and their manager, Disco Inferno. The blame was put on Disco for costing them their titles at Uncensored, with him being the one to introduce the titles belts into the match, which ultimately led to their defeat. A distressed Disco attempted to calm the fiery Italians down, insisting he’ll do what it takes to get the belts back and admitted he signed a rematch for the upcoming Nitro, but tonight they have to take care of a couple “fanooks”. The Mamalukes heard enough of his spiel and threatened to break off his thumbs, leaving him left to contemplate his plan of attack to regain the titles.

    [-] In tag team action, the newly impressive Jung Dragons (Jimmy Yang & Jamie-San) were in action against the team of Fit Finlay and The Dog, who was led out to the ring on a leash by Brian Knobbs. The Jung Dragons wasted little time as they kicked off the match with stereo dives out onto their opponents, Kaz Hayashi also joined the fray and caught the WCW Hardcore Champion by surprise! The fast paced offense of the Jung Dragons was slowed down by the hard-pounding fists of the two brawlers, using their bar fight mentality to bring the match out to ringside, throwing both members of the Jung Dragons into the guardrailings, bringing them back into the ring and working over their legs with stiff submissions. Three Count continued their ongoing feud with the Jung Dragons, however their efforts failed when they inadvertently struck Finlay into The Dog, sending The Dog flying out to ringside into the waiting arms of Brian Knobbs! The official was distracted by Evan Karagias and none the wiser when The Jung Dragons cleared the ring of the remaining members of Three Count, and then connecting with a simultaneous diving leg drop / diving splash combination on Finlay for the sudden win at the nine minute mark! As the Jung Dragons victoriously escape through the crowd, the cameras caught Finlay, Knobbs and The Dog, brawling to the back with Three Count, making them regret ever getting involved.

    [-] Backstage, with a disgruntled Dustin Rhodes, he addressed how he dispatched Terry Funk at Uncensored 2000 and sent him out to pasture. “The American Nightmare” promised to continue to lay waste of the wrestlers of the “bygone era” that have held him down under the glass ceiling with their big, inflated egos.

    [-] The battle of two powerhouses was up next, with Tank Abbott getting his suspension lifted for tonights match against The Barbarian. “The Brain” questioned if he could get suspended with pay rather than watch the next bout. It wasn’t the prettiest match on the card, with both men trading some stiff punches and kicks, only for the match to abruptly end when the former UFC fighter landed his deadly right hand for the uneventful three count. While the official attempted to revive The Barbarian, Abbott took exception and instead pulled the official off, garnering a stern response from referee Billy Silverman, and a right hand by Tank! A bevy of security guards were able to avert Abbott to the back as he threatened the fans at ringside on his way out, “I could knock you out if I wanted too, punk!”

    [-] After confronting their former manager earlier in the show, XS looked to prove her wrong with a win tonight against The Mamalukes. The majority of the match was overtaken by Disco Inferno on commentary, talking up his brilliant plan to regain the gold for his team, although failed to reveal his gameplan when questioned numerous times. XS showcased solid teamwork by isolating Johnny The Bull, using quick tags to make sure they weakened him, but were distracted by their former manager Miss Hancock as she sauntered out to the delight of the men in the crowd. The former tag team champions regained their composure and used the brief distraction to their benefit, with Johnny making a hot tag and allowing Big Vito to clean house, finishing Rave off with a brutal Mafia Kick to pickup the pinfall at the eight minute mark. Once the dust settled, a delighted Miss Hancock left to the back, leaving a disgruntled XS to throw a fit in the ring.

    [-] Arriving backstage, an elated Scott Steiner arrived with his troupe of seductresses; now known as Midajah and Shakira, before being informed of his main event match for the evening by a nearby producer. “Big Poppa Pump” barely acknowledged the producer and walked right past him, citing to his girls that he’ll beat the red off the Harris Boys neck and make Jeff Jarrett wish he didn’t bring him back - citing his first step is to getting what he wants is to break Hulk Hogan in half.

    [-] The cameras went back to the ring, where Hugh Morrus was scheduled to face Curt Hennig, who received a generous reception from the fans in Orlando. After being used sparingly of late, Morrus struggled to keep pace with the consummate professional, who was always one step ahead of his larger opponent. Once he got his barrings together, the menacing Morrus did manage to put a sequence of moves together, but was late on a No Laughing Matter attempt, which was easy pickings for a Hennig-Plex to finish him off in eight minutes. In an unexpected turn of events, Dustin Rhodes blindsided Curt almost immediately after the bell sounded, downing the victorious Hennig with an unrelenting attack - capping it off with a devastating piledriver on a steel chair! The damage was done as a sea of medics flooded the ring, all the while “The American Nightmare” fixated on the prone body of his victim with an eerie grin, proud of the work he’s done tonight. “It seems to me that he’s got an axe to grind with all the veterans in the business, but he’s going about it the wrong way. You’ve got to prove your worth in the ring - not like this, this isn’t the way to go about it if you ask me. Despicable,” an offended Bobby Heenan proclaimed, with his long time friend being attended to by EMTs.

    [-] In continuation of the hectic fallout from Nitro, WCW United States Champion Jeff Jarrett and WCW Tag Team Champions The Harris Brotherstook on the all-star team of Hulk Hogan and WCW World Champion Sid, with an improbable partner in Scott Steiner rounding out the trio. The unlikely threesome unraveled early and couldn’t get on the same page throughout the entire match, allowing the heels to work over Sid for a majority of the contest, focusing primarily on the right leg of the big man. When Scott Steiner got involved in the contest he made sure to glance over at his partners, especially Hulk Hogan, after each power move he delivered, signaling he’d do the same with ease to either of the two - with a few expletives inserted in-between. Almost unavoidably, at about the eleven minute mark, the the match spiraled out of control as the tension between Hogan and Steiner reached a boiling point - however, Sid was caught in the crossfire where he was inadvertently leveled by a big boot from Hogan! The action then spilled out to ringside as Jarrett squared off with Big Poppa Pump, while Hulk Hogan held his own against The Harris Brothers, throwing each of them into the guardrailings and whaling them with punches! The referee had no other choice but to declare the match a countout - awarding Sid the victory for being the only man left in the ring, oddly enough gaining the win for his team. Once the dust settled at ringside, Steiner and Hogan found their way back into the ring and were nose to nose - until Sid unintentionally big boots Steiner that was meant for Hogan! Thunder then comes to a close with Sid and Hogan going at it until officials flooded the ring to try and pull them apart! “It’s utter chaos! We’ve got to get this under control - Sid and Hogan are going at it and there is nothing anyone can do about it,” Mike Tenay shouted as Thunder went off air.
    News and Notes: WCW tried to pop a rating for Thunder by not only using Hulk Hogan but also Scott Steiner and WCW Champion Sid in its main event, however results were much of the same. WCW is debating on whether or not to use “big name talent” if they’re still going to get the same rating, possibly using to elevate midcard acts and garner them more air time that they otherwise wouldn’t get on Nitro. ... WCW officials are high on Three Count and Jung Dragons, citing a similar style to WWF’s Hardy Boyz and Edge & Christian, possibly looking to emulate the success of their Wrestlemania ladder match towards the WCW product.

    WCW Saturday Night Results: Fit Finlay, Brian Knobbs and The Dog def. PG-13 and Buzzkill Jim Duggan def. Rick Fuller to retain the WCW TV Title Chavo Guerrero Jr. def. Shark Boy and The Artist def. Sonny Siaki, in a non-title bout.
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    Chaotic finish to the show. Steiner/Sid/Hogan I’m sure will have more heated exchanges on the next Nitro... Jarrett and the Harris Brothers existed. 3 Count and Jung Dragons would be a highlight match wise for any show. Especially in this era of WCW. Love Stacey Keblier’s role right now. Hopefully she’ll get better talent to manage in the future. Poor La Parka didn’t deserve what he got from The Wall. Thunder rating still poor despite the inclusion of top stars is tough.

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    March 27th, 2000
    (“Spring Breakout 2000”)

    Venue: Sheraton Hotel in South Padre Island, Texas
    Commentators: Tony Schiavone and Mark Madden

    [-] The “Spring Breakout” festivities kicked off where tonights host, and former MTV VJ, Riki Rachtman was in-ring while the camera panned the venue, and specifically poolside where several college students were seen heavily enjoying themselves. Rachtman does his best pitch to hype the live audience, running down tonights card that features not one, but two, WCW titles on the line - plus the likes of Ric Flair, Scott Steiner, Sting and most importantly, Torrie Wilson! Also for tonight a special announcement straight from the WCW Board of Directors, the Spring Stampede main event has been set and it will see WCW World Champion Sid defending his title against Jeff Jarrett! … Scott Steiner! … And Hulk Hogan! “Now speaking of four ways, later tonight a bevy of beauties will get a chance to strut their stuff for a miss WCW bikini contest--,” much to Mark Madden’s chargin, Rachtman’s announcement was interrupted by none other than Jeff Jarrett himself. The WCW United States Champion was in no mood for fun and games, obviously annoyed by the fact that his “supposed” one on one match was changed to a four way dance, with Steiner and Hogan sticking their nose into his business! The conversation wasn’t for long as Rachtman tried, and failed, to get on Jarrett’s good side, in the end having a guitar smashed over his head for his efforts. “Jeff Jarrett isn’t in the mood for fun and games tonight, Tony, and Riki Rachtman just got racked for it,” as Mark Madden failed to be amusing.

    [-] Earlier today, a camera captured Buff Bagwell hitting on Midijah and Shakira as they were lounging by the pool. After a moment, the feed goes live to see a WCW producer showing said incident to Scott Steiner himself, who promptly destroys the monitor and demands a match tonight! “He’s a dead man!” An innocent bystander in this fiasco, the unlucky producer repeatedly agreed to Big Poppa Pump’s demands, obviously scared for his life, before scattering away to presumably find Bagwell and inform him of his impending fight.

    [-] In the Team Package locker room, Ric Flair was disappointed he had to suit up against Kidman instead of spending time with the college girls that surrounded the pool outside. All the same, he promised when he’s done whipping Billy’s ass, he’ll take the lovely Torrie Wilson pool side and give her a ride on space mountain that she’ll never forget! An amused Lex Luger and Elizabeth couldn’t help but contain their grins as “The Nature Boy” sauntered around and mimicked a couple of moves he planned on using with Torrie later tonight.

    [-] The WCW Cruiserweight Championship was on the line in tonights first contest, pitting the newcomer “Hard Knox” Chris Candido against The Artist, who made his long-winded entrance accompanied to the ring by the seductress Paisley. The crowd wasn’t firmly in either mans corner as both men showed heelish tendencies during the contest, with The Artist relying on outside distraction to keep momentum, and Candido threatening Paisley to make sure she was no longer a distraction. At roughly twelve minutes in, The Artist had Candido positioned on the top rope, but momentum shifted when Candido used his ring prowess to send the WCW Cruiserweight crash landing awkwardly down to the mat! The referee tended to The Artist after the rough landing, which prompted Paisley to interrupt Candido’s Swandive Headbutt attempt, causing him to plunge from the top rope as well! The Artist was first to recover as he steadied up to the middle rope and planted his challenger with a Jumping DDT, securing the pinfall victory to retain his championship in the process.

    [-] In the ring, the raucous crowd turned up to another level with the announced return of Diamond Dallas Page! After not having been in a WCW arena in quite some time, “Mean” Gene Okerlund dressed in his finest Hawaiian shirt, also welcomed DDP’s wife Kimberly as he congratulates them for wrapping up a “certain future blockbuster motion picture” in Ready to Rumble. A gracious Page thanked the fans for the adoring welcome and vowed to be back in the ring “once all this Hollywood stuff is over with”. “Mean” Gene mentioned several ventures for Page of late; appearing on the Craig Kilborn show, writing a new autobiography in “Positively Page”, as well as starring in Ready To Rumble - opening worldwide April 7th, with the exclusive premiere slated for April 5th. The segment continued as an ego stroke to DDP until Jeff Jarrett cut the celebration short and continued to vent his frustration from earlier in the program, not wanting to hear about all of Page’s success when he’s getting screwed by not having his one on one World title shot - yet again! The two had a back and forth that led to “The King of Badda Bing” mocking Jarrett’s constant failures to secure the World title, and Kimberly to also presume his lack of success in the bedroom, only for a pissed off Double J to promise to visit Page at “Hollywood” to make sure his premiere goes just as smoothly as his night did.

    [-] In a change of attitude, the typically nonchalant Billy Kidman came out more determined for his match against Ric Flair tonight, alongside his girlfriend Torrie Wilson, presumably after hearing his opponents words from earlier. The desire to inflict pain on the former multi-time World Champion was there, however the ability to maintain his adrenaline wore off and the affects of the blindside attack at the hands of Harlem Heat Inc. last week gave way. “The Dirtiest Player in the Game” lived up to his moniker, doing whatever was necessary to work over the injury, even by going as far as ripping off the protective wrap while digging his knee deeper into the tender area. The match plodded with “The Nature Boy” on the offensive, but space mountain reared its head as he got caught distracted by the voluptuous Torrie, who tried to rally her boyfriend from on the ring apron. To his better judgment Flair strutted his way over to Wilson, with his intentions from earlier in mind, he ended up on his back for a sudden roll up by Kidman for a near fall! After gaining his second wind in the contest, Kidman was yet again undermined, this time from a distraction by Elizabeth at ringside that allowed Stevie Ray to enter behind the officials back and double-over Kidman with his slapjack before regrouping with Big T and J. Biggs at ringside! With his opponent unconscious by no means of his own, “The Nature Boy” doesn’t hesitate to quickly apply the Figure Four Leglock, only for the unsuspecting official to indicate the submission victory at the seven minute mark! The commentators argue whether or not Harlem Heat’s attack was timely or cowardly, with Booker not being in attendance tonight to come out to his partners defense.

    [-] The pool action heated up when Miss Hancock, still in her usual short skirt and dress top for some reason, danced alongside the speedo wearing Los Fabulosos. The awkward gyrations of El Dandy and Silver King were interrupted when Miss Hancock’s former tag team, XS shouted down Hancock for being obsessed with them every week, teasing them during their matches with her hypnotic striptease dancing, plus constantly leaving voicemails on their answering machines in the middle of the night. Although some of those accusations may have been exaggerated, Los Fabulosos mock Rave and Lane, claiming that Miss Hancock only likes hot latinos now - “like Ricky Martin - but sexier”, they shouted in unison! As you would imagine a brawl ensues that ultimately ended with XS both getting tossed into the pool for good measure!

    [-] A scattered Disco Inferno walked frantically backstage as he tried to catch up to The Mamalukes, who looked determined and wanted nothing to do with Disco’s “full proof plan” to regain the titles tonight. Simply put, The Mamalukes assured Disco they’ll break his thumbs tonight if he costs them their shot to regain the belts HE lost.

    [-] The second championship match on the night saw the WCW Tag Team titles on the line as the confident Harris Brothers were set for their first title defense against the team they beat at Uncensored in The Mamalukes. The brothers plodded to open up the contest, while also using their many years of experience to effectively cut the ring in half and work over Johnny The Bull with powerful slams and stiff punches. Johnny The Bull managed to tag in his partner Big Vito, which allowed the bigger man to get in some strikes and kicks until the Harris Brothers distracted the official and regained control when they drove Vito shoulder first into the ring post! The commentators began to speculate the absence of The Mamalukes manager until Disco Inferno himself made a timely entrance and distracted the referee on the ring apron, while he simultaneously flagged over for assistance. In a surprising turn of events, The Jung Dragons flooded the ring in an attempt to aid The Mamalukes but their interference backfired when a double dropkick to Ron Harris sent him stumbling into Big Vito on the ring apron - who crashed into the guardrails at ringside! The much bigger Harris Brothers then used their size as they powered off the Jung Dragons crossbody attempt, using Kaz as a lawn dart onto Johnny The Bull, while Yang got thrown out onto Big Vito as he tried to recover! The WCW Tag Team Champions then finished Jamie-San off and sent him into Disco Inferno’s mid-section - with both men crashing out onto Big Vito on the way down. Around the eight minute mark saw the finish, both Harris Brothers yanked Johnny The Bull off the mat before they slammed him back down with a massive H-Bomb for the academic three count. Once they got their barrings, The Mamalukes argued with Disco before they shoved him aside and stormed off to the back, as Disco followed but failed to plead his case.

    [-] Backstage, the WCW corespondent, and tonights now unwilling host Riki Rachtman was being tended to by medics until a concerned Hulk Hogan entered the room to check on him. After being startled since his brutal introduction to Jeff Jarrett earlier, Rachtman was calmed down by Hogan who vowed to give a big boot to Jeff Jarrett during their match at Spring Stampede, specifically gifted from Rachtman as a small taste of revenge. Rachtman wished Hogan luck at Spring Stampede which prompted Hogan to confidently assure Riki that he’ll “get the job done, brother.”

    [-] This next match stemmed from a little flirtation poolside, with a concerned Buff Bagwell as he squared up against Scott Steiner. The former American Male didn’t make his case any better when he professed he didn’t flirt with Midajah and Shakira earlier - because he wouldn’t be caught dead with those two “inbred ring rats” when he has his choice of all the beautiful ladies here tonight at Spring Breakout 2000. “Big Poppa Pump” got into Bagwell from the start and manhandled his former nWo-mate after he insulted his “freaks”. Although his rocky start put him at the wrong end of more than a few suplexes, Buff managed to slip free from a german suplex attempt and put together a brief flurry that scored him a nearfall after a quick neckbreaker. The fun and games were over soon after, at around the six minute mark, Steiner latched on the Steiner Recliner and forced Buff to submit! However, the self proclaimed “Big Bad Booty Daddy” failed to relinquish the hold and demanded a nearly unconscious Bagwell to apologize to his girls! The official couldn’t break the hold and waved for help - but instead of more referees, out came Hulk Hogan for the save! The two stood nose to nose as neither man made the first move and tension filled the air. The WCW World Champion Sid interrupted as he stood stoic atop the ramp and simply demanded a match tonight… with Hulk Hogan! Hogan didn’t hesitate and grabbed a microphone and accepted Sid’s challenge, questioning if Sid had a problem with him as he doubted that big boot he got on Thunder wasn’t meant for him. Before Hogan could receive a straight answer, an impatient Scott Steiner leveled him from behind and put the boots to Hulk! Officials hurried to the ring and were dumped one by one by Scott Steiner as Hogan exited the ring and glared back and forth between Sid and Steiner, with neither man taking their eyes off the Hulkster. “We’ve got the WCW World Champion Sid taking on Hulk Hogan tonight folks! Yeah, that’s right - I mean, this has been coming for some time, but I didn’t not expect this to go down so soon. This is going to be a Nitro for the ages folks, Spring Breakout 2000 will be one Nitro that you will never forget,” Schiavone continued to shill to his hearts desire.

    [-] At poolside for a “Miss Spring Breakout 2000” Bikini Contest, Riki Rachtman recovered just in time to be surrounded by a group of half naked college girls. Like an excited teenage boy, Rachtman drooled over the gorgeous ladies involved as he introduced each contestant one by one. A former “Miss nWo” Tylene Buck, a beautiful set of twins; Diane and Elaine Klimaszewski, and a last minute addition - Rhonda Singh! Singh entered herself in after she easily tossed aside the original contest, strutting herself proudly in an unflattering swimsuit, garnering a disgusted look from Riki and the other contestants involved. All four woman were allowed time to strut their stuff; Tylene decided to rip off her skimpy t-shirt to a loud roar from the frat guys in attendance, while the twins both gyrated around the delighted host to garner brownie points, and lastly, Rhonda doubled down as she ripped her shirt off and rubbed Riki’s face on her chest! A disheveled Rachtman was then interrupted while he tried to poll the audience for tonights winner - by Tank Abbott! Abbott stormed over and snatched the microphone out of Riki’s hand and declared Rhonda the most beautiful woman he’s ever laid eyes on. Rachtman tried to get the segment back on track with a crowd poll that was in favor of Tylene, but Tank wasn’t having any of it and confronted the already bruised and bandaged host. The fear could be seen on Rachtman’s face, not one for a fight and shell shocked from earlier, Riki flinched nearly out of his shoes at the mere sight of Abbott’s right hand and splashed into the pool without even being touched! Tank proceeded to lay a big one on Rhonda before she stripped Tylene of her “Miss Spring Breakout 2000” stash and crowned herself! “Out of respect to Tank Abbott - I have no words,” a cautious Mark Madden stopped in his tracks, most likely saving himself from a future beating.

    [-] In the back, “Mean” Gene Okerlund stood alongside an intense Sid. The WCW World Champion, in a hushed tone, warned Hulk Hogan not to take him lightly and to respect the gold that is around his waist. The conversation moved to Spring Stampede, and even with the odds stacked against him with three other men vying for his championship, Sid assured “Mean” Gene he’d reign supreme!

    [-] The Brothers in Paint were up next, taking on the confident Harlem Heat Inc. in tag team action. Unlike the sneak attack to Billy Kidman last week, the team of Sting and Vampiro were much stiffer competition and took it to the bigger, slower competition as they used their speed and quickness to their benefit. Harlem Heat did use J. Biggs to their advantage, with timely involvement to keep the Brothers in Paint distracted throughout the match. Although it was their first match as a tag team, Sting and Vampiro’s styles meshed quite well and saw a smooth Stinger Splash followed by a flying spinning leg lariat for a near fall. Things took a turn when J. Biggs got into the officials ear and Lex Luger arrived at ringside and attempted to repay the favor from earlier, he tossed Sting’s baseball bat toward Big T - but was intercepted by Sting! Sting pummeled Big T with the bat while Vampiro took Stevie Ray out of the equation, which permitted the Brothers in Paint to secure the win at the six minute mark! “The Total Package” was beside himself and argued with J. Biggs afterwards, meanwhile Vampiro got hold of the bat and clocked Stevie Ray for good measure! “These Brothers in Paint have some instant chemistry here and could change the face of the tag team division in WCW as we know it,” Schiavone proclaimed while the duo stood tall, although Madden was confident Harlem Heat would get back on track sooner than later.

    [-] In a change of course from the rowdy nature of “Spring Breakout 2000”, a prerecorded segment saw a disheveled and unstable David Flair in a back alley. He sat rocking back and forth with his legs crossed while clutching a bent crowbar in his hands. He lost everyone that mattered to him and saw them crash and burn, one by one, but that won’t stop him. The picture rattles and static filled the screen until David Flair was seen bashing away at a brick wall with his crowbar! The camera returns to normal and a calm Flair stated he would get his revenge in due time. “Brick by brick, I will take down THE WALL,” the feed cutout out and left Tony Schiavone guessing. “He certainly has seen his fair share of brutality.. and I believe it’s took a toll on him, as we all could see there.”

    [-] Back in the ring, the pay-per-view caliber main event set the stage for a match that has been brewing for the past week as WCW World Champion Sid took on Hulk Hogan in a non-title affair. Both men didn’t back down as they stood face to face while the crowd anticipated, however Scott Steiner interrupted and came out with a folding chair in hand! The hot headed Steiner managed to tame himself and instead allowed his freaks Shakira and Midijah to unfold the chair so he can get a front row seat. The action kicked off hot and heavy as the two exchanged powerful blows and kicks that saw both men gain the upperhand and caused the other out to ringside, where they both locked in on Scott Steiner and exchanged words with “Big Poppa Pump”. Once the dust settled at ringside, Sid got the upperhand after he attacked Hogan following a rope break, which showed the champion willing to bend the rules to get the upperhand on the Hulkster. The yellow and gold did not let up and Hulk managed to fight his way out of a sleeper hold, “hulking up” in the process as he put the right hands together, and took the massive Sid down off his feet with two back to back clotheslines! Hogan looked poised to setup his patented leg drop until Jeff Jarrett and The Harris Brothers swarmed the ring! Jarrett directed his troops but they failed to hit Hogan with a double clothesline - yet, taking the WCW Champion off his feet instead! The official called for the bell to award Sid the disqualification victory as the attack continued. Hogan rallied against the WCW Tag Team Champions until “Double J” came from behind and the trio put it to the Hulkster. Sid recovered quickly and surveyed the matter at hand, however Jeff Jarrett ordered the Harris Brothers to hold Hogan back as easy pickings for the WCW World Champion. Sid grew intense and pounded his chest while he set his sights on Hogan - but instead took Jeff Jarrett by surprise with a kick to the mid-section and planted him down with a Powerbomb! Heavy D and Big Ron came to the aid of their friend until Sid and Hogan rallied together to clear the ring of the big men with relative ease. The two foes stood undaunted together until Scott Steiner blindsided Sid from behind with a steel chair across the back of the head! “Is this what you want, Hogan?”, Scott Steiner questioned while Hogan looked over the fallen WCW Champion. “Did Hulk Hogan just put a hit out on Sid, Tony? From the looks of it - and it looks obvious enough that Stevie Wonder could see it - “Big Poppa Pump” Scott Steiner just did Hulk Hogan’s dirty work for him,” Mark Madden exclaimed before Tony Schiavone abruptly closed the show after all the chaos ensued.

    News and notes: As rumor has it, Hulk Hogan nixed a potential singles match with Scott Steiner at Spring Stampede, citing a mismatch in styles, but backstage it's thought that Hogan didn't want to do the job so soon from returning. Also it was heard that the new WCW creative team are talking to management about their troubles booking Hogan, but being shut down by the creative control clause in Hogan’s contract, specifically where he has to work six pay-per-view main event matches in a calendar year. WCW officials have been impressed by WCW corespondent Riki Rachtman, which could lead to increasing camera time for the former MTV VJ. The ladies involved in the “Miss Spring Breakout 2000” were several familiar faces to WCW; Tylene Buck (a former nWo girl), Diane and Elaine Klimaszewski; (the former Lolli and Pop, who had a minor role playing the love interests of The Mamalukes late last year), and Rhonda Singh (who has been used sparingly in her time in the company). After not showing up for a scheduled photo shoot, Meng is said to be upset with his lack of use of late and may have protested the photo shoot because of it.

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    Good stuff, I eagerly wait for the next episode.

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    March 29th 2000


    Venue: Astro Arena in Houston, Texas
    Commentators: Mike Tenay and Bobby “The Brain” Heenan


    [-] WCW United States Champion Jeff Jarrett and his goons; Ron and Don Harris, the WCW World Tag Team Champions began the show with Jarrett holding court. Double J ran down Hulk Hogan’s character after the supposed hit he put on Sid this past Monday and compared him to himself, a man that would do anything to become the WCW World Champion. He knew eventually Hulk would show his true colors again and run back to “that jacked-up headcase” Scott Steiner the first chance he got. Jarrett prolonged his rant on Steiner and Hogan until Vampiro made a surprise appearance on the stage to the crowds delight, calling Double J a coward for running Hulk’s name through the mud when he knows full well he isn’t here tonight. After being called “Sting’s makeup artist”, Vampiro repeated they are brothers in paint through and through and share a common bond - wanting to kick the asses of pieces of crap like Jeff Jarrett! Jeff laughed off the challenge until Vampiro responded by questioning his manhood and demanded a US Title shot tonight! After some back and forth, Jarrett got defensive and was talked into putting his title on the line tonight before he vowed to knock the “dollar store paint” off Vampiro. “You heard it, Jeff Jarrett will defend the WCW United States Championship here tonight against Vampiro,” Mike Tenay exclaimed as “The Brain” did his best to get behind Vampiro.

    [-] The WCW Hardcore Championship was on the line as Brian Knobbs defended against Norman Smiley, who had on floaties around his arms and waist before he realized he missed Spring Breakout 2000. Knobbs came prepared as he brought out a wheelbarrow full of hardcore goodies. Norman struggled early on as he couldn’t get free of his pool floaties and limited his range of mobility, which Knobbs gladly took advantage of as he pummeled Smiley to the backstage area. The Hardcore Champion dragged his wheelbarrow along for the journey, even pulling out a pool net to trap Norman as he rammed him back and forth into concrete walls. Smiley broke free of the pool net and the two had a sloppy brawl between the corridors of the Astro Arena, trading momentum each way until they crashed into a production area where Three Count were “rehearsing”. The “match” took a turn when the lights went out, and all that was heard were clangs and bangs. Once the lights turned back on, all three members of Three Count were laid out with an array of weapons by their prone bodies, as they took each other out by accident. The cameras found Norman hidden behind a trash can with a confused Brian Knobbs - armed with a singapore cane - unaware of what happened with the lights off. The scared Norman then popped out with a fire extinguisher in hand and sprayed the Hardcore champion in the face! A frantic Knobbs swung his cane wildly and blindly connected with Smiley right on the skull! Knobbs fell to the floor and inadvertently landed on Norman, while trying to clear his eyes, and ended up with the three count in a wild nine minute brawl to keep his title. Once the dust settled, Three Count regained themselves and immediately put the boots to Brian Knobbs after the contest before they limped off and favored their injuries.

    [-] In a prerecorded telephone interview from earlier this week, cameras showed Mike Tenay in his home office with the hottest independent wrestler and WCW’s newest cruiserweight signee “The Fallen Angel” Christopher Daniels on the other line. “The Professor” ran through Daniels’ list of accomplishments that included winning the ECWA Super 8 Tournament and “several independent championships around the world”, and currently competing in Japan’s NJPW Super J-Cup Tournament. Daniels expressed that signing with WCW one of the proudest moments of his already illustrious career, and once he wins the Super J-Cup, he is coming full force for the WCW Cruiserweight Championship. Tenay contemplated if Daniels’ should set his goal so high when he has yet to take part in a WCW sanctioned match. “The Fallen Angel” proclaimed himself the “best thing going in the business today” and even questioned Tenay’s credentials for conducting this interview. From that point on Daniels grew more and more irritated and cut the interview short on “The Professor” before he lauded WCW on signing one of the hottest free agents, and soon enough he’ll grace the cruiserweight division with his impeccable in-ring prowess that the rest of the world already knew about. "That's the Gospel according to the Fallen Angel." Bobby Heenan noted that may have been one of Tenay’s best interviews yet.

    [-] The second match of the night involved the cruiserweight division, with the odd pairing of The Artist and Chris Candido teamed up against the fun loving Juventud Guerrera and the freshly unmasked Psychosis. The friendship between Juventud and Psychosis was evident, especially when they were pitted up against the two cruiserweight foes, who struggled to put basic double team maneuvers without arguing. Candido managed to hold his own, as he hit a top rope powerbomb on Psychosis, but failed to gain the pinfall and rather argued with the WCW Cruiserweight Champion - citing that would be in The Artist’s future if they ever squared off again. A quick rally by Psychosis led to the hot tag of Juventud Guerrera who cleared the ring with several dropkicks and caused The Artist to fall out onto an awaiting Candido at ringside - followed up by dual suicide dives by Juvi and Psychosis! A welcomed distraction from the vivacious Paisley at ringside allowed The Artist to regain control after she left Guerrera captivated by her presence. The Artist wore out Juventud with several mundane rest holds before Candido emphatically tagged himself in. The two bickered in-ring until Paisley got on the ring apron and added in her two cents, which led to “Hard Knox” putting his hands on The Artist’s prized possession! Before it could go any further, Psychosis and Juventud landed stereo dropkicks, which caused The Artist to fall through the ropes with Paisley! Psychosis followed up with a splash onto The Artist at ringside while his partner connected with a Juvi Driver to secure the pinfall on Candido at the seven minute mark! The two luchadores celebrated up the ramp while Candido was visibly upset afterward and threw a fit in the ring until he stormed his way to the back. “This Candido kid hasn’t had the best luck and it always seems to be someone elses fault. At some point you’ve got to look in the mirror and realize that the problem is you, and stop blaming everyone else for your mistakes,” a wise Heenan believed.

    [-] A distressed Booker manned the ring, he reminisced about the past few weeks and called them one of the worst times of his life. He outlined how he lost his brother after he turned his back on him and brought in Big T to take his place, his music, and his name. However, he realized that he didn’t lose a brother - but he gained one in Billy Kidman. A passionate Booker then changed his tune and called out Harlem Heat Inc, as he was already in his ring attire, he was poised for a fight. The commentators questioned his strategy with Billy Kidman out tonight as he recovered from his injuries at the hands of Harlem Heat themselves. Harlem Heat Inc. didn’t hesitate to answer, but they choose to address Booker from atop the stage in street clothes. J. Biggs diminished Booker of his accomplishments as a tag team and lauded Stevie Ray as the reason for their past success. Big T then got a turn on the mic, regrettably, and overstated his time in the wrestling business before he belittled Booker and called him “an uncle tom that lost his way” - and stated that he “isn’t street enough for Harlem Heat and that’s why he had to run to a white boy for help”. An insulted Stevie Ray snatched the microphone and glared over at Big T after his words. However, Stevie Ray instead said he was insulted by his brothers actions and touted Big T as the perfect replacement for his former partner, and brother. “.. and tonight, Big T is gonna show your fruity booty ass what Harlem Heat is all about,” Stevie shouted as the pompous trio left Booker motivated for action later tonight.

    [-] In the backstage area, “Mean” Gene Okerlund stood alongside Dustin Rhodes, as he proudly displayed the dented steel chair from his attack on Curt Hennig last week. “The American Nightmare” assured that his attacks are far from over and that Hennig was just “the perfect target” to let out his frustrations on. A testy Okerlund questioned Dustin’s motives while he also admonished him for his blindside attack on a consummate professional in Curt Hennig. Rhodes dismissed Okerlund’s comments and stated that Hennig soaked up the spotlight for far too long, and he took it in his own hands to make sure that light was put out. He vowed that his attacks are far from over and they will recognize him for the trail of bodies he’ll leave in his wake. “If I have anything to say about it, from this point on this is the place where dreams end and nightmares begin,” an apathetic Dustin Rhodes stated.

    [-] Back in the ring where singles action was set to take place next, between two unstoppable forces: Tank Abbott and Meng. With seemingly no mention of Rhonda Singh and Monday’s Spring Breakout happenings, aside from a quick quip by Heenan, Tank Abbott returned to his no-nonsense ways as he stood face to face with the powerful Samoan. After a win over The Barbarian on last weeks Thunder, Abbott tried the same plan of attack with his former partner this week, but Meng absorbed most of Tank’s offense with no effect. Meng fought back and connected with a savate kick that left Tank dazed - but walloped him with a headbutt to take the former UFC fighter down! The match then delved into a punch and choke contest with numerous ref breaks for both men. However, without fail, Tank landed his deadly right hand and surprisingly dropped the tough as nails Samoan to his feet to secure yet another dominating victory in under a minute flat. Once the bell sounded, Abbott made his exit before he threatened a 10-year-old in the front row until he finally headed to the back.

    [-] In the locker room area, Sting met up with his protege Vampiro and set the stage for tonight being a big moment for Vampiro’s career. Sting recalled his battles coming into the business with the likes of Rick Rude, Vader, and Ric Flair to name a few. He emphasized the fact that Vampiro can make history and join the likes of Ricky Steamboat, Magnum T.A, himself, and Goldberg if he won the WCW United States Championship tonight. After he absorbed all of Sting’s advice, he thanked his brother in paint but also relied on him to make sure The Harris Brothers don’t get involved in his big match later tonight.

    [-] The WCW Television Championship was defended next, with Lash LeRoux set to challenge champion Jim Duggan. The commentators discussed the legitimacy of the championship after Jim Duggan merely found it after he rummaged through a garbage can a couple of months prior, while “The Brain” questioned the legitimacy of this matchup being on Thunder. Although Lash LeRoux had a spark of energy early on that saw a near fall after a swinging neckbreaker, Heenan could only talk about how Jim Duggan is still dressed as a janitor, even though he was freed of that responsibility months ago. Around the five minute mark, Dustin Rhodes made his presence felt and attacked both Lash LeRoux and Jim Duggan, with the official having no excuse but to throw the match out. “The American Nightmare” easily rid the ring of LeRoux with an unprotected steel chair shot before he focused his attack on the older Duggan. Although he just competed in a match, Duggan held his own after he dodged a steel chair and laid in big right hands - but caught a big boot after he sent Dustin across the ring! A dazed Duggan then walked into a steel chair across the head and was down for the count. However, Dustin Rhodes wasn’t finished and brought the WCW Television Championship belt into the ring and used it to his benefit - as he drove Duggan headfirst onto it with a piledriver! Once again the medics entered the ring after another attack by “The American Nightmare”, however this time he exited the ring with the WCW Television Championship and arrogantly claimed it as his own now.

    [-] After airing out their grievances earlier, it was time for Booker to take on his Harlem Heat replacement, Big T. The commentators discuss Kidman recovering at home with his ribs in worse shape since the attack at the hands of Harlem Heat at Spring Breakout 2000. Stevie Ray at ringside got into a heated argument with his brother that allowed Big T to gain momentum early and wear down the smaller Booker with his size and strength. Big T used a slow and “methodical” offense that combined a mix of punches and kicks, with a power move sprinkled in from time to time. Booker managed to bounce back after a missed clothesline attempt with a desperation clothesline of his own at approximately the three minute mark. He mustered up enough strength to pop up with a spinaroonie and get the crowd back behind him. Booker had a spunky comeback with several chops that were capped off by a Scissors Kick for a near fall! The match wound down and Booker positioned Big T for the Book End until J. Biggs manned the ring apron and distracted the official, which allowed Stevie to sneak in from behind with the slapjack. However, Booker noticed his brothers interference in time and fought him off, which caused Stevie to drop the slapjack before he sent him out of the ring with a big clothesline over the top rope! The momentum was still in Booker’s favor until he turned around and caught a vicious slapjack shot by Big T! Big T quickly dispelled the evidence while J. Biggs allowed the official to notice the cover in time to count the pinfall victory. Once the match was over, Harlem Heat Inc. all entered the ring as Big T towered over the fallen Booker, not done inflicting pain - powering him off the mat as he dropped him down with a dangerous Big T Bomb (Pearl River Plunge). The trio stood tall to the dismay of the fans. “Now I don’t know much about the streets, Mike, but I do know that this version of Harlem Heat is one of the most brutal and powerful tag teams that this business has seen in some time now,” Bobby flattered, while Mike Tenay admonished the attack on the already beaten Booker.

    [-] A video package highlighted The Wall’s recent string of destruction over The Wall’s hard rock entrance theme in the background. A slew of jump cuts of him chokeslamming his opponents of late, before slow motion shots of Crowbar getting chokeslammed off the Uncensored 2000 set and Daffney the following night on Nitro. The video ended with an intense Wall as he gestured for a Chokeslam and yelled into the camera!

    [-] The main event of the evening saw the WCW United States Championship up for grabs, with Vampiro up against the reigning champion Jeff Jarrett. “The Professor” noted Jarrett’s reign as US champion began in December with twelve successful title defenses under his belt, while Bobby mocked Tenay for doing his homework. Once the match started Vampiro was a ball of fire as soon as the bell sounded, taking Sting’s advice to heart and made the most out of his opportunity early with several near falls - which caused Jarrett to back out of the ring and take a breather. Notwithstanding, Vampiro followed Double J out to ringside and continued to bring the fight to him, as he dodged a clothesline attempt and hit a sidewalk slam onto the ringside mats! The United States Champion turned the tides back into his favor after a reversal into the guardrailing and a powerslam at ringside to the plucky challenge! The match shifted back into the ring where Jarrett used his proficient in-ring ability to single out Vampiro’s leg, as he planted Vampiro’s knee first before he locked in the figure four leglock. The Brother in Paint struggled but fought his way out of the hold as he clinched onto the bottom rope - however, Jeff yanked Vampiro off the rope and dropped continuous elbows to the inner leg until he wrenched the knee back some more. The match stayed in Jarrett’s favor as he had worn Vampiro down thoroughly and had a sleeper hold on tight, but Vampiro worked off the crowd to fight back up to his feet and break the sleeper with a jawbreaker which led to an errant flying spinning leg lariat that took down the referee! As per usual, Jarrett delved into his back of tricks and went for his guitar while Vampiro tried to wake the official - yet turned around into a brutal guitar shot! Jarrett cleaned off any guitar shards before he made the cover while the official slowly came to - but Vampiro kicked out at two! An agitated Jarrett signaled for backup and out came The Harris Brothers to the rescue. As soon as the Harris Brothers entered the ring, the lights went out and on - and Sting appeared in the middle of the ring! The Brothers in Paint regrouped as they put the fight to Ron and Don, as the four men brawled around while the referee still tried to shake the cobwebs from earlier. The crowd erupted as Jeff Jarrett was none the wiser and focused on his cohorts doing his dirty work, WCW World Champion Sid entered the ring from the audience and caught Double J by surprise - after a short back and forth, Sid maintained control and landed a vicious Powerbomb in the middle of the ring! Tenay pointed out Sid being attacked at the hands of Jarrett and the Harris’ this past Nitro, while Heenan reprimanded the interference. They then took the Harris Brothers out of commission as they sent man into the guardrail and followed up with stereo Stinger Splashes from both members of the Brothers in Paint. Once the focus was back in the ring, Jeff Jarrett struggled to collect his bearings but Vampiro wasted little time to pull him up off the mat and hit the Nail in the Coffin for the upset win! After a wild eleven minute match, the crowd cheered as Vampiro celebrated his first WCW title win with his brother in paint, Sting, and WCW World Champion Sid to send Thunder to an exciting end.


    News and notes: The decision to move the WCW United States title off of Jeff Jarrett was a last minute move by creative to both, try and pop a rating on Thunder, and also award a younger talent for getting over with the fans organically. The move to give Vampiro the championship has been seen by the rest of the locker room as a commitment to push younger talent after years of ignoring midcard development. However, officials still plan on pairing the newly dubbed “Brothers in Paint” as a tag team act in an effort to keep Sting fresh and new. Many were confused by Tank Abbott pairing with Rhonda Singh at Spring Breakout 2000 with seemingly no mention to it on the following show. Officials saw Spring Breakout 2000 as a way to trial a segment that they normally wouldn’t air on a regular episode of Nitro, trying something new with Tank that ultimately wasn’t going to continue the way his character has been depicted prior. Their have been on-going contract talks with Tammy Lynn Sytch to valet her boyfriend Chris Candido, thinking it would be best to pair him with a mouthpiece that would properly get him over with the WCW fans. Many in the back believe Sytch is in no shape to be working for a major promotion and would be more of a liability than an asset at this point.


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    Re: WCW 2000, A Series of Unfortunate Events

    So the first thing is I'm loving the easy to read style. I miss writing this way and for the life of me just can't seem to get back to it, no matter what I try. It's so easy to get through multiple shows in a sitting. I also think you're doing great to work in the real life shit storm that is WCW around this time period - Hogan refusing to job to Steiner, slotting Hogan into Thunder to try (and fail) to pop a rating, and having a lot of faux big spots happen throughout the show (although I do think the pacing of some hurts you more than it helps as the frequency of some spots makes the more important ones look redundant).

    The biggest thing I'm liking about this is you're already really doing a lot with your roster. You have the obvious big names, but you've already started individual character arcs for a whole bunch of other guys, with Dustin Rhodes, The Wall, and Tank Abbott chief among them. Rhodes especially captured my instead with his booking on Thunder, while The Wall is totally a big goon that could be turned into a decent character for WCW. I'm definitely highly confused by Abbott now though. I was more than okay with him being paired up with big Rhonda Singh because I feel like Abbott never had any of the mystique WCW thought he did, especially by now. Plus, I was going to do something very similar in WCW 00 with her and Norman Smiley. However, going right back to straight laced Tank on Thunder just seemingly killed any bad ass persona left.

    I applaud you for running with the albatross that is Harlem Heat 2000. That's honestly been an entertaining feud so far, even though we know there's only one inevitable winner in it.

    I'm liking the Jung Dragons already being inserted into the tag team title picture, in a way, despite being little cruiserweights. There's a distinct lack of both talent and personality in WCW's tag division, so at least they bring some talent. I'm all for 3 Count joining them in there because everyone goes down for the 3 count, although I did love their comedy spot in the Hardcore match, and that comedy match in general.

    Christopher Daniels coming in is certainly nice to see given the unfortunate near misses of him in WCW IRL, although I honestly didn't like the introduction. It felt too big league, especially for an admittedly no name Cruiserweight. I would rather have seen him come in, win a match or two, and then get to show some personality. The CW scene itself has been decent so far, given the you're stuck with the perennially untalented The Artist as the Champion. Candido has been a fun introduction so far with his bad luck, although Heenan telling him to hold himself accountable for his mistakes instead of telling him to blame everyone else? Very un-Brain like right there :P

    I genuinely always found Vampiro to be an incredibly bland character in WCW, and nowhere near as talented as he thought he was. I just never really understood what his character was supposed to be, but because he has his face painted, he's somehow "unique" when to me, he's just a cookie cutter babyface. So there's work to do with him, and the Sting team, because at no point have I ever thought the two have anything in common. I like the move - and reasons behind it - to give him the US Title, although I thought the booking was very clunky with the referee waking up to do a slow count and then suddenly limp again for all the other stuff that happened.

    While I think it's an obvious hoax that Hogan has a hit out on Sid/is in cahoots with Steiner, I didn't like the very abrupt way that plotline was introduced. It just felt confusing reading that thrown in at the end of Nitro, like it was an already stated thing beforehand. Definitely needs a Hogan promo on Nitro to just nip it in the bud/clear the clunkiness up. Steiner is another guy whose characterization I'm still unsure of. I'm enjoying him, but he feels like one minutes he's being presented as a face - the Bagwell stuff since Buff was definitely a heel at this point, since he had been trying to bang Kimberly - but then he seems like an even bigger heel then Jarrett the next. I'm totally fine if the plan is Steiner's the tweener type who defies face/heel and just wrecks shit. Truthfully my favorite Steiner, but it's the kind of thing where I need just that little bit more from the narrator to help a brother out.

    I think my feedback ended up sounding more negative than intended because on the whole I'm really enjoying this, and if you lean into the wrestle crap that was WCW during this period, or try to make it a halfway decent product. You're so severely hampered since Sid is your World Champion who has zero talent and zero drawing power (despite always getting great live reactions), Sting Flair and Hogan all no longer feel special in any way, and your most talented guy in that scene is somehow Jeff Jarrett. It's such a cluster fuck and I wish you well!

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    April 3rd, 2000

    Venue: Worcester Centrum in Worcester, Massachusetts
    Commentators: Tony Schiavone and Mark Madden

    [-] As soon as Tony Schiavone welcomed the audience to another exciting episode of Monday Night Nitro, a boiling hot Jeff Jarrett stormed onto the scene with The Harris Brothers trailing not too far behind. The former United States Champion wasted little time as he complained about his loss to “that clown faced gremlin” Vampiro at Thunder and demanded the man that cost him the title, WCW World Champion Sid, to come down and face him - right here, right now. Instead, the response came from the leader of Hulkamania himself - Hulk Hogan! Hogan heard Jarrett on Thunder as he ran his mouth and questioned his character, but the fact of the matter is that he didn’t hire Scott Steiner to attack Sid last week because “those days are long behind me, brother”. That didn’t sway Jarrett’s opinion on the matter, and first and foremost Sid is his target before Spring Stampede - not the “orange coated raisin”. Hogan naturally took offense but pointed out Jarrett hiding behind his two goons, as he knew he couldn’t win without them - “but after you lost your title at Thunder, I guess that’s not necessarily true - is it jack?”. The argument furthered and ultimately Double J challenged Hulk Hogan to a match tonight, one on one, without Ron or Don by his side! The Harris’ visibly questioned Jarrett’s bold decision but Hogan interjected in the argument and agreed to a match, and vowed to have Hulkamania run wild on his ass tonight! “We’ve got a marquee matchup here tonight, folks, the former WCW United States Champion Jeff Jarrett against Hulk Hogan!”, an excited Schiavone announced. “This is a one of a kind, Tony, Jeff Jarrett and Hulk Hogan have never shared the same ring, one on one, and I can’t wait for Jeff Jarrett to beat the ever living crap out of that red and yellow bastard,” an over the top Madden stated.

    [-] “Hard Knox” Chris Candido was in singles action next, trying to break his recent string of bad luck up against the man that scored a pinfall on him last week in tag team action. His opponent was Juventud Guerrera, along with his partner Psychosis at ringside, he struggled to overcome Candido’s offense unlike last week aside from a quick flurry early on. However, “The Fallen Angel” Christopher Daniels appeared on the Nitro Vision and warned both men, and the entire cruiserweight division in fact, of his imminent arrival next week on Nitro. "…that's the Gospel according to the Fallen Angel." Once the message was shown, Psychosis distracted Candido as he leaped on the apron - only to receive a dropkick for his effort. The swift disturbance led Guerrera to catch Candido by surprise and plant him with a Juvi Driver for the victory! Once the contest was over, Juvi and Psychosis celebrated the victory up the ramp and left Candido complaining to the ring apron camera over his string of losses thanks to interference.

    [-] In the back, Disco Inferno pleaded to The Mamalukes over their loss last week and put all the blame on The Jung Dragons for not fulfilling his plan. “It always works in the movies with ninjas,” Disco said with a straight face. Big Vito sternly reminded Disco they wanted nothing to do with him - but tonight they have a six-man tag against Three Count and were stuck with him. Disco continued to try and get back on their good graces, but Johnny The Bull warned he’d be “sleeping with the fishes” if he screwed up again. A worried Disco gets shoved aside as his partners walk past, however he wasn’t far behind as he still tried to reason with the fiery Italians.

    [-] The WCW World Champion Sid was backstage, with “Mean” Gene Okerlund as he interviewed him about the ongoing altercations with Jeff Jarrett, Scott Steiner, and Hulk Hogan, leading up to his four way dance at Spring Stampede. In a hushed tone, Sid warned his trio of challengers that he can play mind games with the best of them - just ask Jeff Jarrett this past Wednesday on Thunder. The champion reminded everyone he has been in this business long enough - and has seen it all before - and has beaten them all before; Spring Stampede will be no different.

    [-] Next up was a six-man tag team contest, The Mamalukes and Disco Inferno wasted little time as they jumped the gun and attacked Three Count during their pre-match performance, to the delight of all the non-teenage girls in the Worcester Centrum. The athletic boy band held their own against the paisans, which saw Moore and Helms springboard off the top rope and splash out onto all three opponents at ringside! Disco tried his best to prove his worth, as he constantly looked over for approval after nearly every move. However, Disco grew cocky after he hit a double Chartbuster on Karagias and Moore, but instead of going for a pinfall he bragged to The Mamalukes - who angrily urged him to go for the cover. Before he could make a cover, Disco accidentally leveled the official while he disco danced! The ring filled up quickly as The Mamalukes cornered Disco but were caught by a trio of dropkicks from Three Count! Just then, the Hardcore Wrecking Crew (Brian Knobbs, Fit Finlay, and The Dog) came out with a couple of trash can lids and a cookie sheet and looked to gain a measure of revenge on Three Count after their altercation with Brian Knobbs this past Thunder. However, Three Count synchronized an escape as they used their quickness to avoid the weapon shots - and dropkicked all three of them weapon-first into the Mamalukes and Disco! The plucky trio then cleared the ring of the Hardcore Wrecking Crew and connected with an aided wheelbarrow facebuster on Disco to score the pinfall after the seven minute mark. After the sound of the bell the melee continued, the Hardcore Wrecking Crew and The Mamalukes brawled near the rampway at ringside as the former tag team champions evened the odds when they grabbed singapore canes out from under the ring. The Jung Dragons entered the jumbled mess and went straight for The Mamalukes - but were leveled by the trash can lids of the Hardcore Wrecking Crew! While the three teams brawled among themselves at ringside, Three Count wisely agreed to head out through the crowd and escape unscathed.

    [-] “Mean” Gene Okerlund caught up with an irate Chris Candido backstage. Candido paced back and forth while Okerlund questioned what he seemed to be missing, with his rough start being evident since he signed on with WCW. “Hard Knox” pinned his recent failures on one missing piece - a manager. “… and I’ve got the perfect one in mind, Gene. My ideal manager would be someone who is… ready for action. Let’s say my perfect manager would have a mouth that just won’t -”, Okerlund admonished Candido for his description and warned him that children were watching. “No more of that mister,” Gene sent it back to the commentary team at ringside. “I think, even though it’s late here in Worcester, Massachusetts… I think “Hard Knox” Chris Candido has a lot of “sunny days” in his future. If ya know what I mean, Schiavone,” the not-so-subtle hint registered with Tony as he barely mustered a response.

    [-] One half of the Brothers in Paint, Sting suited up against one half of the WCW Tag Team Champions in “Big” Ron Harris tonight. Schiavone recapped the surprise upset win from Thunder when Vampiro defeated Jeff Jarrett for the WCW United States Championship as Sting eradicated The Harris Boys from the action to assist in the victory. “Big” Ron held his own against the former World Champion as he hit several big boots and slams, but Sting avoided a sluggish corner clothesline and fired himself up to make a spirited comeback that was capped off by a Stinger Splash! The two partners then came into the picture near the end of the contest, “Heavy D” Don Harris attempted to aid his twin brother but the newly crowned WCW United States Champion Vampiro evened the odds and laid Don out at ringside with a title shot across the back of the head! The distraction paid diffidence and allowed Sting to finish Ron off with a Scorpion Death Drop in under four minutes. After the bout, the Brothers in Paint reunite in the ring and celebrated while The Harris Brothers lived to fight another day and regrouped up the ramp.

    [-] In their dressing room, a disgusted Team Package looked on a nearby monitor after Sting defeated “Big” Ron Harris until Harlem Heat Inc. barged in and blamed their loss last week on Luger! “It’s not my fault you can’t catch,” Luger quipped toward Big T - who wasn’t in the laughing mood. The situation grew tense until Ric Flair calmed everyone down and agreed that they both have skin in the game tonight, when Team Package goes up against Booker and Billy Kidman. Stevie Ray told Flair to leave some of his brother for him - but “do whatever you want to that nosey white boy”. The situation seemed resolved for the time being, with a common understanding on what needed to get done. Harlem Heat Inc. then exited as it left Luger to question if he was the “nosey white boy”.

    [-] In the parking lot area, “Mean” Gene Okerlund caught up with a late arriving Scott Steiner and his scantily clad ladies; Midijah and Shakira. The former hotline host tried to get the scoop on a possible connection between Steiner and Hogan, stemming from the attack on Sid last week at the hands of Scott Steiner himself. “Big Poppa Pump” boasted about being in everyone’s head and keeping them guessing with every single thing he does - “But the fact of the matter is, come Spring Stampede I’ll be the one walking out WCW World Heavyweight Champion and that orange piece of [censored] will be gettin’ scraped off my boot,” an explicit Steiner gloated, while Schiavone apologized for the blunt words toward Hogan.

    [-] In a non-title affair, the WCW World Champion Sid was set to go up against The Maestro, who has been rarely seen and now coming out without his manager Symphony by his side. The match itself was a dominant effort by the champion, with Sid not allowing The Maestro to get any offense whatsoever and ended with a Powerbomb for the three count in a matter of seconds. Once the bell sounded, Scott Steiner entered the fray and jawed with Sid - but instead yanked The Maestro off the mat and threw him out of the ring with a massive overhead belly to belly suplex! The brash challenger got in the face of the WCW World Champion and gestured for his title belt - but before Sid could retaliate for last weeks chair shot, officials swarmed the ring and got in between the two! “Scott Steiner is focused here tonight, Tony. And if you told me he was walking out Spring Stampede as WCW Champion - I would’ve said, “I told ya so”, because I’m calling it here tonight,” Mark Madden predicted weeks before Spring Stampede.

    [-] Walking in the backstage area, The Harris Brothers were in mid-argument with Jeff Jarrett because he failed to have their back earlier tonight, after all the number of times they had his. A snarky Jarrett barked back and reminded them he lost the WCW United States Champion just five days ago and they didn’t come through when he needed them! “Tonight, I’m gonna put Hogan six feet deep, and right now, quite frankly, I can’t deal with your “little problems” boys,” an infuriated Jarrett said before he stormed off, leaving Ron and Don fuming.

    [-] In a change of events, a distraught Arn Anderson stood in the ring and addressed The Wall. “Double A” ran down The Wall’s list of destruction and how he laid everyone to waste that stepped in his path. However, Arn was worried over the actions of The Wall, and how it’s effecting David Flair; someone he personally considers to be like a son to him. Arn hasn’t seen or heard from David since his disturbing video appeared at Spring Breakout last week, and even though his father isn’t, he’s worried sick about him and what he could do to someone else - or even worse, himself. The Wall wasted little time as he interrupted Anderson’s plea and came out brandishing a table. Arn tried to reason with the unhinged individual but got no response as Wall violently set up the table at ringside and glared into the eyes of the former “Enforcer” once he entered the ring. Anderson encouraged The Wall to focus on becoming a champion rather than trying to end careers, having all the tools to become “the man” if he put the effort in. The expressionless Wall comprehended Arn’s appeal while Anderson suggested he come under his wing for advice - just then, The Wall grabbed him by the throat and stood in front of the prepared table with malicious intent on his mind! Schiavone cautioned that Anderson retired because of extensive injuries to his neck and back that he still struggles to deal with. However, David Flair appeared for the first time in two weeks and rushed the ring to the aid of his father figure! The Wall disregarded Arn and was met by David Flair - who pulled a crowbar out and went to town on his monstrous nemesis! Despite David’s best efforts, The Wall absorbed the blows from the crowbar and fought back - Chokeslam over the top rope and through the table! A distressed Arn yelled for medics while The Wall just fixated on the crumpled body of yet another fallen victim.

    [-] The backstage interview area saw a perky “Mean” Gene Okerlund as he stood next to the radiant Torrie Wilson, while seemingly have forgotten the team of Billy Kidman and Booker existed. The duo discussed their ongoing feud with Harlem Heat Inc. as Kidman warned them he is here tonight and if they want to go after Booker again, then they’ll have to go through him first. Booker turned his attention toward their opponents for tonight in Team Package, as he called them possibly two of the best in the business, but after what they did to his partner last week, he’ll make sure they regret getting involved in his business. An overeager Okerlund then questioned Torrie about Ric Flair’s constant advances towards her last week and wondered if she would ever date an older man? Torrie simply kissed “Mean” Gene on his bald head before the trio walked off, leaving Okerlund stammering his words.

    [-] After a brutal attack on Jim Duggan just days prior, Dustin Rhodes stood in the ring with the WCW Television Championship he stole from Duggan on the last episode of Thunder. “The American Nightmare” compared the championship to the “relics of yesteryear” and how it has just as much meaning and credibility as the likes of the “wrestlers of the bygone era” have in the year 2000 - none. Rhodes laughed at the former champions to hold the title; “the likes of The Renegade, Jim Duggan, and who could forget, the legendary trash can,” mocked Rhodes. As he droned on, Rhodes exited the ring and vowed to destroy “this piece of crap” once and for all. “The American Nightmare” went to smash the ringsteps onto the championship - but Jim Duggan sluggishly scampered out before it could be demolished! After a quick back and forth, Rhodes easily thwarted Duggan away and sent him face first into the steel turnbuckle post! The commentators noted Duggan not being medically cleared to return to action as of yet, but that didn’t stop Dustin as he poured right hands over the fallen, and now bloodied, wrestling legend. Once the damage was done, Rhodes drove the steel ring steps repeatedly onto the WCW Television Championship belt, shattering its plates completely. Suddenly, Curt Hennig appeared atop the ramp - but with the damage already done, “The American Nightmare” escaped through the crowd to fight another day. Hennig vowed to get his revenge on Rhodes as he yelled from a distance prior to checking on the battered and bloodied Jim Duggan.

    [-] Prior to his main event match, Hulk Hogan was interviewed by “Mean” Gene Okerlund in the back. A relieved Hogan compared himself to those that were wrongfully convicted in the past, and claimed that tonight he was rightfully exonerated of being aligned with Scott Steiner. He reminded the audience that the red and yellow were “back on track, jack” and promised all his Hulkamaniacs he wouldn’t go “back to the dark side, brother”. When questioned about his bout later tonight with Jeff Jarrett, Hogan boasted that he outsmarted Double J when he agreed to keep The Harris Brothers out from ringside before he mocked Jarrett’s struggles of late. Hogan then shifted gears and complimented Sid’s title reign, that he’s been watching real closely, but come Spring Stampede Hulkamania will be champion once again.

    [-] In an anticipated tag team bout, Team Package squared up against the up-and-coming team of Booker and Billy Kidman. The team of Booker and Kidman struggled out of the gate after both were recovering from separate attacks at the hands of Harlem Heat Inc. last week. The more experienced duo used their ring savvy to isolate Kidman on their half of the ring while they zeroed in on his injured ribs. Despite their well-executed strategy, Flair’s libido got the best of him when the tantalizing Torrie Wilson caught his eye at ringside and allowed Kidman to regain control when he bum rushed “The Nature Boy” shoulder first into the ringpost! Once the match moved back into the ring, Kidman and Booker took a page out of Team Package’s playbook and isolated Flair with quick tags in and out, as they worked over the shoulder of the dirtiest player in the game. Miss Elizabeth got involved when she obstructed the official long enough for Flair to mule kick his way out of harm’s way and tag in “The Total Package”, who immediately knocked Booker off the ring apron with a running forearm smash and then ended up getting the better of Kidman as he held onto him with a lazy looking bear hug. The crowd got behind Kidman as he battled out of the bear hug - but Luger countered an enzuigiri attempt and hoisted him onto his shoulders for the Torture Rack! Unbeknownst to Luger, Booker tagged his partner’s boot and went to work! Booker was a ball of fire as he even laid a big right hand to “The Nature Boy” on the ring apron! His attention then turned toward Harlem Heat Inc. as the brash trio asserted themselves into the match. Team Package used the distraction to regain control as they caused an inadvertent collision that sent Booker into his partners injured ribs and led to a double clothesline on Kidman that flung him head over heels over the top rope - and nosedived onto Big T and Stevie Ray at ringside! Team Package were poised to finish off the match as Luger cockily applied the Torture Rack to a helpless Booker as he tapped out in agony - but J. Biggs threw a fit on the ring apron that garnered the attention of both “The Nature Boy” and the official! With the official preoccupied, Luger eventually released the hold and gestured over to a dazed Stevie Ray. The most tenured member of Harlem Heat struggled to clear his head after the collision and overthrew his slapjack to his intended target - and instead into the hands of his brother! The look of shock on the face of “The Total Package” was swiftly smacked away with a slapjack that laid him out in an instant! “The Nature Boy” turned just in time to catch a Harlem Sidekick that sent him spilling out to ringside and allowed Booker to dispose of the evidence and gain the three count on Luger! “These street thugs just cost Team Package the match here, Tony! Luger had the match won, and just because Big T couldn’t catch a baseball bat last week, they go out and come and ruin a perfectly good match,” a pro-Team Package Mark Madden spouted. Despite a hard fought ten minute battle, Booker and Kidman were targeted by both Harlem Heat Inc. and Team Package as they put aside their differences to put the boots on the already battered duo. The arena lights then flickered off and on as the Brothers in Paint appeared in ring and cleaned house of Harlem Heat Inc! However, Team Package wisely escaped out the other end and retreated to the back. The Brothers in Paint then help Booker and Kidman to their feet as the foursome stand tall. “Vampiro and Sting; The Brothers in Paint came to the aid of Booker and Billy Kidman here tonight when they needed it the most. And Mark, whether you like it or not, if you look in that ring right now, you’ve got the past, present and future of WCW,” Schiavone empathically stated.

    [-] The cameras captured Jeff Jarrett as he exited his locker room and ordered The Harris Brothers to stay behind so he can handle Hogan himself. The twin brothers looked disinterested as Jarrett rushed out - however, he did come back in to grab his trustee guitar. Meanwhile, a rather reserved Hulk Hogan marched through the corridor, focused to take on the man that slandered his name.

    [-] In their first ever singles matchup, Jeff Jarrett went up against Hulk Hogan as Tony Schiavone set the scene for this being an epic encounter. The two exchanged words at the sound of the bell until Jarrett broke the tension with an open hand slap across the face! After that blatant sign of disrespect, Hogan became enraged and he unloaded stiff right hands to the former WCW United States Champion, ultimately dropping Jarrett with a bodyslam that sent him on the retreat to rethink his strategy. The match went out to ringside as Hogan failed to back down and came to Double J - which allowed Jarrett to rake the eyes and send Hogan back first into the guardrailing! “The Chosen One” didn’t let up and continued to pummel Hogan at ringside, all the while using his ring savvy to break the official’s ten count before being counted out on several occasions. The official insisted Jarrett move the match back into the ring, which turned the tides in Hogan’s favor, as he used the brief interaction to mount control and send Jarrett shoulder first into the ringside steps! Hulk moved the match back inside and went back to his trusty right hand that sent Jarrett all around the ring before he spun an atomic drop off a desperation kick - big boot! However, Jarrett wisely used his ring awareness and spilled out to ringside before Hogan could go for the cover. After he placated to his faithful fans and undermined Jarrett’s effort tonight, Hogan exited the ring, but toyed with Double J all around ringside to the delight of the fans in the front row! A swift kick between the legs of Hogan garnered the official’s ire, but Jarrett continued to disobey the referees orders and when it was all said a done - “The Chosen One” decked the official for the intentional disqualification!

    [-] The attack continued long after the bell and Jarrett was poised to use his instrument of choice on Hulk as he reeled against the turnbuckle post… but Hogan dodged the guitar and it exploded to shatters against the steel post! Hulkamania then ran wild as Hogan worked Jarrett back into the ring until The Harris Brothers caught his attention from the top of the ramp. An overwhelmed Double J signaled for Heavy D and Big Ron’s help, with the main event stipulation now out the window, as the two large twins plodded down the aisle with cruel intentions. Despite Jeff’s plea for help, the twins wiped their hands clean and left Jarrett to fend for himself! “What are these two idiots doing, Tony? Do they not know that they owe EVERYTHING to Jeff Jarrett,” an insulted Mark Madden shouted. Jeff couldn’t believe it, The Harris Brothers turned their backs and left him for dead! An eager Hulk grinned ear to ear as Jarrett slowly backed toward Hogan, still in disbelief, and was low-hanging fruit for The Hulkster to finish him off… Big Boot! Leg Drop! Hulk Hogan reigned supreme in ring while he gestured for the WCW World Championship, leaving Tony Schiavone in a crazed stupor to send off Nitro!

    News and notes: After a brief stint as an nWo girl earlier in the year, and an ever shorter stint as a WWF development talent, Lisa Marie Varon re-signed with the WCW under a development contract that would see her spend a majority of her time in the WCW Power Plant. A former bodybuilder and a friend of Torrie Wilson, Varon will try and hone her skills as WCW begins to put more emphasis on female talent after watching WWF successfully capitalize on several of their female talents of late. WWF has also released Jacqueline earlier this month, most notable for her feud with Sable last year, as of now WCW does not seem to be interested at the moment. However, with the success of Three Count in the wrestling industry and Destiny’s Child in the music industry, their have been rumors of a potential three woman group similar to the likes of TLC and Destiny’s Child. During a recent house show, La Parka suffered a torn tricep in a match against Lash LeRoux and will need several months to recover.

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    Re: WCW 2000, A Series of Unfortunate Events

    Getting caught up here...still dig the easy to read format. I still contend some bolding of key spots, at least the finish of the match, would be helpful. Also breaking up some of the longer segments into more than one paragraph would be nice. The Team Package/Booker & Kidman match being a huge wall of text, for example, would be easier to read if it was broken down into at least a couple paragraphes.


    Man Tony only calling it "another exciting episode" and not the greatest Nitro in the history of our sport...must be an off night!


    Christopher Daniels is always a good get for this time period, so I'm all for his addition to the cruiser division.


    God, the sooner you get the belt of Sid the better. No way he's walking out of Spring Stampede with the belt...right...right?!


    Poor Fit Finlay being saddled with Brian Knobbs and Al Green. You really do have some shit to work with. 3 Count though, I'll take as much of them as you can give me.


    Damn Sunny days coming, I'd laugh if this was some kind of misdirection but yeah, sounds like Tammy Lynn is on her way to WCW.


    Love me some Wall and love me some David Flair related violence, so this segment definitely checks all my boxes.


    Nice win for Booker and Kidman, again more power to you for continuing to have Harlem Heat 2000 to deal with. Sting and Vampiro is another interesting pairing from this time period, and I do like how you put the US belt on Vamps for now.


    DQ in Jarrett/Hogan isn't surprising, but I was surprised by the Harris Brothers here. I have zero interest in a face Harris Brothers team so hopefully this is just them going away forever.

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    Besides the wrestlers who deserved better and knew it, so actually quit WCW. This sort of reminds me of how WWE is running its shows these days... ruining talent after talent for the past, the past Vinny McMahon can't escape. The talents there, but they sure don't hit the ball with how to use it.

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    Jarrett being pissed off after the way he lost the US Title makes sense. The Hogan interruption was interesting and of course he denies any guilt regarding hiring Steiner. I LOL’d at the orange coated raisin line, I thought that was some good stuff. Back and forth was fine enough, although it seems weird The Harris Bro’s would visibly question Jarrett. Always felt like they were just back up and didn’t have a say in the decision making process. A bit of a WCW move in making a big, first time ever match and giving it away for free, unadvertised on Nitro. Sound familiar? In all honesty, Jarrett/Hogan doesn’t do much for me, but considering they are two of the bigger names in WCW at this time, seems weird to throw this match in here. I assume there will be a non finish or a dusty finish but still.

    A few things to unpack with this opener. Firstly, whilst he’s on a bit of a losing streak, I do like that you’re at least giving Candido something with substance, or at least building towards it. No issues with Guerrera and Psychosis continuing to look strong to enhance your Cruiserweight division, and I’ve enjoyed the Daniels promos over the past few weeks. Good stuff all around for me.

    Disco failing to impress The Mamalukes has been fun to follow, and I expect more of the same in the six man tonight. LOL at Disco thinking The Jung Dragons stuff would have worked because of the ninja movies.

    Why is Sid speaking in a hushed tone but then not randomly yelling certain words for no apparent reason? Solid promo though, hyping the main event of Spring Stampede. Arguably four of your biggest names involved in that one so can’t complain to much.

    The Hardcore Wrecking Crew getting involved in this one made sense after what went down with Knobbs at Thunder, but still, what a clusterfuck this one turned out to be. Maybe a little hard to follow, but the key is Disco dropped the ball again, and he should have won earlier if it wasn’t for his own stupidity. Brawl afterwards was what it was, only thing really fun here is the Disco stuff.

    Candido bringing in Sunny? That’d be fun. LOL at the mouth line being interrupted. Considering the losses lately, would make sense for Candido to do something drastic such as this.

    If Sting lost to Ron Harris, I probably would have petitioned to Wolfy to have you banned from the section. In all seriousness though, booking 101 really, capitalising on the interference and big result from Thunder. Makes sense for the partner’s to get involved as well, although it would be nice to see a match at some point without interference.

    A fine enough way to hype Team Package’s match with Kidman and Booker later. The almost argument with HH Inc, only for Flair to settle it down was solid.

    Minor profanity from Steiner, fuck yeah. He doesn’t seem to fond of Hogan, does he? More intrigue to this situation.

    A fine enough squash for Sid, but the confrontation with Steiner is where the money is. Actually think you’re doing a good job of hyping your main event title feud.

    Trouble in paradise between Jarrett and The Harris Brothers? I’m banking on this being a swerve, just feels like it has all happened far to quickly to be a real thing.

    Anytime Double A has a microphone in his hand is a positive, to be honest. Him trying to talk to The Wall about his David Flair worries was fine, but The Wall’s a badass who doesn’t give a shit. After trying to attack Arn, Wall looks really good fighting off Flair’s sneak attack and killing him with another table. I’ve enjoyed the way you’ve booked The Wall so far.

    Solid enough promo from Booker and Kidman, hyping tonight’s match. Torrie’s kiss to Gene is interesting…
    Enjoying the arc of Dustin Rhodes here, kind of just attacking the relics. Happy for him to beat up Duggan every show. Thought that and the destruction of the title belt was really cool, with Rhodes rightfully running down some of the crappy holders in recent times. Hennig appearing, previously being a victim of Rhodes if I remember correctly, has me looking forward to a feud between those two. Fun stuff here.

    Self promoting Hogan promo, at least he touched on the content that he needed to, such as remaining on the good side.

    I give you credit for at least trying to build a tag division with the Booker/Kidman and Team Package stuff. Booking wise the botched interference was the right way to go, placing the heel teams in opposite roles to last time, but I didn’t like the way the aftermath went down. Surely there should be some issues between Team Package and Harlem Heat after all the bullshit, as opposed to them just double teaming the good guys. I get they have a common enemy, but felt a bit to swept under the rug for my liking. Sting/Vampiro making the save felt a bit random, but I just see that as another team being around in the division.

    Last minute segment to remind us that Jarrett is in it alone. Cool.

    Jarrett/Hogan main event was always going to end in a dirty way, and Jarrett getting himself DQ’ed to protect himself because he has no back up is an angle I really like. The aftermath with Hogan standing strong (what a surprise) was okay, but for me, The Harris Bro’s stuff hasn’t come across well tonight. Way to fast and forced for my liking.

    Mentioned a few little things but I have read everything you’ve posted so far, and it has been a very positive experience. Enjoying you trying to manoeuvre through the mess of WCW 2000, and looking forward to reading more.








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    Re: WCW 2000, A Series of Unfortunate Events

    Hogan's not a raisin, he's a goblin, Jeff! No wonder why Jarrett never drew a dime! It's a good start to the show to set up your main event for the night, and I liked Hogan at least bringing up the hit and denying it.

    Candido continuing to lose is a good arc for him for the eventual payoff, although it's still so weird to see Daniels - a complete unknown - being featured so prominently in the division like this right off the bat. If Juvy can lay off the PCP, I'm all for him getting the push. I'm almost wondering if, given the later Candido promo and Madden Sunny reference, if that's all just a swerve for someone different. Especially given the earlier backstage news on Tammy.

    Oh man, that tag scene is such a giant clusterfuck This match was done well to showcase all four teams, however, and I'm always happy to see Disco go down for the 3 Count.

    I bet that Sting/Harris match was a real MOTY contender

    I liked having Steiner brush the hit stuff off as him being in everyone's head, as I think the sooner that's put in the rearview mirror the better. Him and Sid not actually getting into it was a good way to keep both bad assess strong as well, but the real question is what happened to pretty Ryan Shamrock!?

    I really loved the Arn/Wall/David stuff. Double A is a WCW staple so using him to get Wall over is always a surefire way to succeed, IMO. It makes the big green monster look more like a real deal, especially when right after that, even a crowbar can't slow him down. That's gotta be a great looking spot too, David going over the ropes instead of just from the apron.

    I'm definitely curious in what you're doing with Dustin Rhodes. I'm surprised you brought up the TV Title with Duggan on the main shows (I feel like it wasn't being featured on Nitro often at this point, although I think I'm also totally wrong here haha), but I'm not against you destroying the title, as the roster is so thin now it's not needed. That was also a very creative way to destroy a belt, don't think I've ever seen that before.

    Liked the effort put into the big tag match given the result, although definitely one to break from your format and paragraph a bit so it's not so hard to read. I like the botched interference as it continues the interesting dynamic between HH00 and Team Package. With Booker pinning Luger and Vampiro helping at the end as well, feels like a nice youth movement moment for WCW.

    I'm definitely intrigued by the main event booking at I wasn't expecting the Harris Bros to leave Jarrett truly out to dry. You did great with the segments prior to hype this up, and you handled it great by giving the fans enough of a match to not feel ripped off by the DQ finish, especially with Hogan soundly beating him after the bell. Jarrett is definitely the shit heel who is better with muscle behind him, so curious to see how he moves forward seemingly solo.

    The main event scene for Spring Stampede still isn't setting me up for enthusiasm or much investment, but I'm really liking a lot of the midcard booking and character development here. You're doing a lot with your roster in a short period, which is great to see since prior to this point, there was so much top heaviness to their roster and nWo shit that the midcard couldn't get this kind of development.

    La Parka :'(

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