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    WCW WCW/ECW 2001 And Beyond - The Alliance Lives




    March 23, 2001 may go down as the most important day in North American professional wrestling history. World Championship Wrestling, at the time the 2nd biggest wrestling promotion in North America, shockingly had all its assets sold to the World Wrestling Federation. Vince McMahon wasted no time gloating on WWF RAW. He made one mistake though as he announced he would sign the final agreement that gave him ownership of WCW at Wrestlemania X7. Shane McMahon swooped in and famously said “the name on the contract does say ‘McMahon’, however it reads…’Shane McMahon’!

    As it was the early days of the internet, fans all over the world didn’t get information about WCW’s future immediately. There were rumors that on May 6th, we’d see the first Pay-Per-View of the new WCW: Big Bang. But that date came and went before anything happened. A quick timeline of the next few months:


    • May 28, 2001: Lance Storm shot the first bullet of the not yet named InVasion
    • June 4, 2001: The second man to shoot a shot for WCW was Hugh Morrus, when he attacked Edge
    • June 14, 2001: Shane McMahon brings out Miss Hancock, a.k.a. Stacy Keibler, which distracts Rhyno and costs him the WWF Hardcore Championship against Test.
    • Things took a much more exciting turn on June 18, 2001 when Diamond Dallas Page was revealed to be the stalker of The Undertaker’s wife. DDP received one of the loudest ovations in the history of WWF RAW. He said that he would see Undertaker at King of the Ring
    • At King of the Ring on June 24, 2001, WCW World Heavyweight Champion Booker T attacked WWF World Champion Stone Cold Steve Austin during the night’s main event
    • The next night on RAW during a rematch between Rhyno and Test, Mike Awesome would debut win the WWF Hardcore Championship
    • The same night, Booker T would attack again, this time the victim was Vince McMahon.
    • June 28, 2001: Goaded by Linda McMahon, Vince McMahon announces the InVasion for July 22, 2001

    The next couple of weeks signaled a difference of direction for WCW. Part of the InVasion agreement was that there would be WCW matches on RAW and SMACKDOWN! over the next week. In the most important of those matches, on July 2, 2001 on RAW, The WCW World Champion Booker T and Buff Bagwell wrestled to a no-contest when Stone Cold Steve Austin and Kurt Angle ran in and attacked both guys. Bagwell at first tried to align himself with Austin and Angle, but eventually was beaten down so badly he wouldn’t be seen for the rest of the InVasion. Booker T put up a fight, but stood no chance. This undoubtedly led to Shane McMahon realizing two things. The first one was that he would likely need some reinforcements in this war with the WWF.



    On the July 9, 2001 episode of RAW, Kane and Chris Jericho went up against Lance Storm and Mike Awesome. During the match, Tommy Dreamer and Rob Van Dam, two guys who had no connections to WCW, ran-in from the crowd and attacked Kane and Jericho. A legion of “WWF” guys ran out to take out the invaders. Only those guys all had something in common. Tazz, Rhyno, Raven, Justin Credible and The Dudley Boyz all were legends of Extreme Championship Wrestling. “FEEL IT!” “FEEL THIS MOMENT FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE!” yelled Paul Heyman. There was one more catch, that the ECW organization itself had been bought by Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley. The Alliance was born.

    The second thing Shane McMahon realized was that he had a roster of few veterans but very little megastars. Booker T and DDP were strong sure, but he (and Stephanie) needed a true leader. Someone who had proven night after night that they could take on anyone in the WWF. And this problem was rectified at InVasion. During the Inaugural Brawl, a 10 Man Tag team war between Team WWF (Stone Cold, Kurt Angle, Undertaker, Kane and Chris Jericho) and Team Alliance (Rhyno, DDP, Booker T and The Dudley Boyz), Stone Cold betrayed the WWF and cost Team WWF the match. His hatred of Vince McMahon outweighed his loyalty to the WWF.
    For the next four months the InVasion took place.


    • July 26, 2001: Kurt Angle wins the WCW World Championship from Booker T on Smackdown, but Booker T wins it back on RAW four nights later
    • On that same RAW, July 30, 2001, The Rock returns to the WWF. Shane and Stephanie’s plan to have Austin and Rock lead the Alliance goes badly as Rock chooses to align himself with the WWF
    • At Summerslam 2001, Stone Cold barely holds onto the WWF World Title as Kurt Angle survives three Stunners. The Rock beats Booker T for the WCW World Title
    • Kurt Angle overcomes Stone Cold in his hometown of Pittsburgh at Unforgiven, winning his 2nd WWF World Title
    • Stone Cold regains the WWF World Title when WWF Commissioner William Regal turns on Kurt Angle on the October 8th edition of RAW.
    • During the previous few months, several superstars jumped to the Alliance, including Christian, Test, Steven Richards and Ivory. Also, there were three notable injuries on the Alliance side. DDP suffered several injuries in a cage match at Summerslam against Undertaker and Kane that would sideline him throughout the rest of InVasion. Kanyon would tear his ACL at the end of October. Rhyno, who defected when ECW joined, injured his neck in a match with Kurt Angle on October 22, and would be out for an indefinite period.



    The night after No Mercy, Vince McMahon said that “he had it with this Alliance crap this InVasion crap” and challenged Shane and Stephanie to one final 5 on 5 Survivor Series match to determine whether the WWF stays or the Alliance stays. Vince McMahon put together a formidable team of The Rock, The Undertaker, Kane, Chris Jericho and Kurt Angle…but was shocked on October 29th when Angle defected. Vince asked The Big Show to replace Angle in the match, but Show turned him down, stating that he’s got a big choice to make. Eventually, Vince would add himself to the match. On the Alliance side, Shane McMahon’s initial plan had come together. Thanks to Stephanie, he had ECW reinforcements such as Rob Van Dam. Booker T would still headline the original WCW side. Lastly, the two megastars that made WCW look bad back in July, Stone Cold Steve Austin and Kurt Angle, were now the megastars leading the Alliance into one final battle.


    RESULTS

    WCW Cruiserweight Champion Billy Kidman (Alliance) pinned TAKA Michinoku (WWF)William Regal (Alliance) pinned Tajiri (WWF), w/Torrie Wilson, as a result Tajiri’s contract post-Survivor Series would be owned by RegalEdge (WWF) pinned WWF Intercontinental Champion Test (Alliance) to win the title…Cage Match: WCW World Tag Team Champions The Dudley Boyz (Alliance) w/Stacy Keibler defeated WWF World Tag Team Champions The Hardy Boyz (WWF) to win the title…The Big Show (Undefined) won the Immunity Battle Royal, last eliminating Christian (Alliance), as a result Big Show cannot be fired by the winning side for one year…Five Pack Challenge for the Vacant WWF Women’s Championship: Trish Stratus (WWF) defeated Lita (WWF), Mighty Molly (Alliance), Jacqueline (WWF) and Ivory (Alliance) when she pinned Lita to win the title…Team WWF (WCW World Champion The Rock, Chris Jericho, The Undertaker, Kane and Vince McMahon) and Team Alliance (WWF World Champion Stone Cold Steve Austin, WCW United States Champion Kurt Angle, Rob Van Dam, Booker T and Shane McMahon) fought to a no contest when WWF official Earl Hebner declared the WWF the winner and WCW official Nick Patrick declared Team Alliance the winner (details below).



    Team WWF struck first when The Rock pinned Rob Van Dam after a Rock Bottom. In an ensuring brawl, Kurt Angle smashes Kane’s ankle with a chair against the ring post, and then, for the second time in a month, made the Big Red Machine submit to the ankle lock. Angle continued to dominate for the Alliance as he countered an Undertaker Last Ride attempt into a Triangle Choke. Undertaker fought out and tried a Triangle choke of his own, only for Angle to counter against into a jackknife pin to make it 4-3. Things got worse for team WWF as Rock and Jericho, who had been feuding over the WCW World Title, collided on the apron. Jericho responded by whacking Rock with a chair…and Booker rolled Jericho up right after for the 1-2-3. A battered Rock and Vince were left against Booker, Shane, Angle and Austin. Vince managed to move out of the way of a Coast to Coast from Shane, and a chairshot took him out. Booker T taunted Rock and looked to finish him off with a Book-End, but Rock countered to a Rock Bottom and evened things up. Vince and Rock vs. Austin and Angle. WWF official Earl Hebner was hit with an errant tackle from Angle, leading to WCW official Nick Patrick to take over. Rock nailed Austin with a chair and pinned Austin, but Patrick declared a disqualification, seemingly eliminating Rock. Vince would deck Patrick. The Rock caught Angle with the Rock Bottom, and Hebner made the count. Austin knocked out Rock, then dropped Vince right in the center of the ring with a stunner as Hebner made the count on the ensuing pinfall. Nick Patrick came to and declared Team Alliance the winner, pointing out that he had disqualified Rock earlier. Hebner ignored this, and Rock caught Austin with a Rock Bottom and People’s Elbow and, in Hebner’s mind, Team WWF won the match.




    The Next Night – RAW is WAR, November 19, 2001
    With lawyers in the ring, Vince McMahon, Linda McMahon, Shane McMahon, Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley, and Paul Heyman stood in the ring as they announced that The Alliance would be spun off into their own wrestling promotion, which was rumored back in May. Beginning December 3, 2001, TNN would now have four hours of wrestling in a row Monday Nights, as Nitro would return to cable TV from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM leading to RAW. In addition, UPN would be the home to an unnamed Thursday television show from 10:00 PM to 11:00 PM, after UPN’s SMACKDOWN! This show would begin December 6, 2001. Lastly, there will be a Saturday wrestling show of different importance each week. Most weeks will be Worldwide, but once in a while a Clash of Champions will take place as well. In December, it all leads up to the return of Starrcade on December 26, 2001, live on Pay-Per-View. The main event for that show will be announced on the return of Nitro. As for personnel, WWF competitors will mainly stay that way, with exceptions. Both organizations may use the developmental territories at their discretion.




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    Re: WCW/ECW 2001 And Beyond - The Alliance Lives

    There's plenty in the backstory I'm not completely sold on If I'm honest. Ending the final battle of this angle, the 5 on 5 Winner Takes All match with such a unsatisfying result leaves a lot to be desired. I don't really see why they would look at having Nitro before Raw and the other show after Smackdown as well. Seems like a LOT of wrestling to take in on the same night every week.

    Some of those calls don't really work with me. With that being said, the idea of The Alliance having their own show, which means guys like Booker T, DDP, RVD hopefully get used properly during this time period has me excited. Plus, if the show continues long enough, you can then potentially introduce some of those mega stars that are currently missing once their contracts run out.

    Looking forward to seeing how this progresses. Good luck!!!







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    WCW WCW/ECW Roster



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    (Champions in Red, Women in Blue, Executives in Purple)

    Billy KidmanWCW Cruiserweight Champion, defeating X-Pac on 10/9/01
    Booker TFormer 5x WCW World Champion, competed for Team Alliance in the Winner-Take-All
    Bubba Ray DudleyOne half of the WCW World Tag Team Champions, defeating The Hardy Boyz on 10/23/01 with D-Von Dudley. Relinquishing the WWF World Tag Team Championship won at Survivor Series
    Chavo Guerrero Jr.Former WCW Cruiserweight Champion
    ChristianJoined the Alliance to aid his is feud with Edge
    Chuck PalumboEntered InVasion as one-half of the WCW World Tag Team Champions, has chosen the Alliance over a potential team with Billy Gunn
    Diamond Dallas PageStill recovering from injuries suffered at the hands of Undertaker and Kane at Summerslam, but due back at any moment
    D-Von Dudley - One half of the WCW World Tag Team Champions, defeating The Hardy Boyz on 10/23/01 with D-Von Dudley. Relinquishing the WWF World Tag Team Championship won at Survivor Series
    Hugh MorrusWCW veteran
    IvoryTurned on the WWF during InVasion
    Justin CredibleFormer ECW World Champion was a loyal Alliance soldier during the InVasion
    KanyonSuffered a Torn ACL in October
    Kurt AngleReigning WCW United States Champion, defeating (and injuring) Rhyno on 10/22/01. Turned on the WWF after falling to Stone Cold
    Lance StormWCW/ECW veteran held the WWF Intercontinental Championship during InVasion too
    Mighty MollyThe Hurricane’s trusty sidekick
    Mike AwesomeKnown for betraying ECW by signing a WCW contract, was the first Alliance competitor to win a WWF title (Hardcore)
    Paul HeymanFormer ECW Owner, now the General Manager of Extreme Championship Wrestling
    RavenFormer ECW World and WCW United States Champion who revolutionized the WWF Hardcore Division
    RhynoHad an amazing run in the InVasion until suffering a neck injury against Kurt Angle in October. Was the last ECW World Champion
    Rob Van DamBreakout star for the Alliance during InVasion. Former ECW World Television Champion for 22 months (a title he never lost in the ring)
    Sean O’Haire - Entered InVasion as one-half of the WCW World Tag Team Champions with Chuck Palumbo
    Shane McMahonOwner of World Championship Wrestling
    Shawn StasiakAlliance member with previous WWF experience
    Spike DudleyLooked to be joining the WWF to be with then-girlfriend Molly Holly, ultimately decided he had a better outlook with ECW
    Stacy KeiblerThe former Miss Hancock now reigns as the Dutchess of Dudleyville
    Stephanie McMahon-HelmsleyOwner of Extreme Championship Wrestling
    Steven RichardsBrought in Kronik to get revenge on Undertaker and Kane for destroying Right to Censor
    Stone Cold Steve AustinAs of the InVasion PPV, the leader of the Alliance. Will relinquish the WWF Championship
    TajiriLost to William Regal at Survivor Series, forcing him to keep his contract with Regal, who brought him to the WWF
    TestDefected to the Alliance when he felt that WWF members didn’t trust him
    The HurricaneThe former Sugar Shane Helms has delved into a superhero persona with sidekick Mighty Molly
    Tommy DreamerWhen ECW is involved, Tommy Dreamer will be there
    Torrie WilsonDefected to the WWF when she began a relationship with Tajiri, but due to Tajiri’s loss at Survivor Series will be with the Alliance
    William RegalWas WWF Commissioner until he cost Kurt Angle the WWF Championship on 10/8/01. Is now Alliance Commissioner

    Calendar

    December 3, 2001 (Monday)Monday Night Nitro
    December 6, 2001 (Thursday)Unnamed Second Weekly Show
    December 8, 2001 (Saturday) – Worldwide
    December 10, 2001 (Monday)Monday Night Nitro
    December 13, 2001 (Thursday)Unnamed Second Weekly Show
    December 15, 2001 (Saturday)Worldwide
    December 17, 2001 (Monday)Monday Night Nitro
    December 20, 2001 (Thursday)Unnamed Second Weekly Show
    December 22, 2001 (Saturday) Unnamed Saturday Show
    December 24, 2001 (Monday)Monday Night Nitro
    December 27, 2001 (Thursday)Unnamed Second Weekly Show
    December 29, 2001 (Saturday) Starrcade Preview Show
    December 30, 2001 (Sunday)Starrcade 2001 (Pay-Per-View)

    December 31, 2001 (Monday)Monday Night Nitro

    January 3, 2002 (Thursday)Unnamed Second Weekly Show
    January 5, 2002 (Saturday) – Worldwide
    January 7, 2002 (Monday)Monday Night Nitro
    January 10, 2002 (Thursday)Unnamed Second Weekly Show
    January 12, 2002 (Saturday) – Worldwide
    January 14, 2002 (Monday)Monday Night Nitro
    January 17, 2002 (Thursday)Unnamed Second Weekly Show
    January 19, 2002 (Saturday) Unnamed Saturday Show
    January 21, 2002 (Monday)Monday Night Nitro
    January 24, 2002 (Thursday)Unnamed Second Weekly Show
    January 26, 2002 (Saturday) Revenge Preview Show
    January 27, 2002 (Sunday)Revenge (Pay-Per-View)

    January 28, 2002 (Monday)Monday Night Nitro
    January 31, 2002 (Thursday)Unnamed Second Weekly Show

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    Re: WCW/ECW 2001 And Beyond - The Alliance Lives

    I've always wanted to either try and Invasion thread myself or read one from the beginning, so I am very excited to see this thread pop up here. Good luck with it mate.




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    Re: WCW/ECW 2001 And Beyond - The Alliance Lives

    I love the concept and the detail put into this, I’m always excited to see the InVasion in a project but so few rarely manage to see it out or fully commit, so I hope you’ll break the trend. I like the concept although I do agree you’ve given yourself a lot to work with, two shows straight off the bat seems like a lot and to have those shows feed into Raw/SD is a questionable decision. Nonetheless I look forward to seeing where you go with this next!






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    WCW WCW Monday Night Nitro 12-3-2001


    WCW Monday Night Nitro
    December 3, 2001
    First Union Spectrum
    Philadelphia, PA

    A rabid crowd in Philadelphia is going crazy as Monday Night Nitro returns to worldwide cable television! Shane McMahon, Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley and Paul Heyman stand in the ring, with the Big Gold Belt, the WCW World Championship incased in glass in the center.

    Shane McMahon: “Welcome to the beginning of the NEW World Championship Wrestling! You are all witnesses to a new era of professional wrestling not only in the United States, but all around the world. My sister and I put everything on the line to step out of the shadow of our father. Standing here today, co-owners of the Alliance, myself the owner of all things WCW and my sister ECW, I think we did a damn leap out of that man’s shadow!”

    “And when I’m talking new WCW, I mean it! I’m talking about Booker T. I’m talking about the new cruiserweight division! Kurt Angle! Stone Cold Steve Austin! These are the guys that made all of this happen at Survivor Series. But it’s not just the WCW of things that you should all be excited about. We’re in Philadelphia. You know what I’m talking about!”

    “ECW! ECW! ECW!” The rabid crowd goes wild as they know what Shane’s talking about, but they boo a bit when Stephanie grabs the mic.

    Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley: “I’d like to my brother Shane for inspiring me to purchase ECW and creating this Alliance to ensure that our father didn’t monopolize the business. One thing that I promise all ECW fans will get is opportunity. Not only opportunities for competitors like Rob Van Dam, but opportunity for Extreme Championship Wrestling to thrive. And the way we’ll kick things off, every Thursday Night, 10:00 PM EST, is with a weekly worldwide television show. ECW: RISE! One thing I am very grateful for is that Paul Heyman will continue to work with myself and ECW as General Manager and Director of Talent.”

    Paul Heyman: “Thank you very much Stephanie. AND THAT’S RIGHT PHILADELPHIA! ECW WILL RISE FROM THE ASHES EVERY THURSDAY NIGHT! Now, to get a little plug in on Nitro before we send it back to Shane. This Thursday Night, we will discuss the state of the ECW WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP! It will be the most can’t miss hour of television every week! And you can be damn sure I’m going do what I can to make it better than this show!”

    Shane: “Really Paul, you’re going to start with that?”

    Paul: “Sorry, you know, I just get excited!”

    Shane: "But on that point, despite what Paul just said, this is not a competition. If Rob Van Dam and Steve Austin and The Dudley Boyz want to wrestle on Nitro and RISE, they’re free to. Opportunities will be endless for all competitors and all fans. This is an Alliance.”


    Stephanie and Paul: “That’s right!”

    McMahon-Helmsley and Heyman both leave, as Shane still has WCW matters to address…

    Shane McMahon: “Now, we got a few things to address before we kick this show off. Scott Hudson is our voice of Nitro. And I’d like to introduce his partner in the booth…give it up for DDP, DIAMOND DALLAS PAGE!

    BANG! DDP appears under the video screen and walks over to the announcer desk (up near the top of the ramp, not near the ring like the WWF). He gets set with Hudson before Shane continues.

    Shane McMahon: “In this ring is what I feel is the prestigious wrestling championship in the history of all of wrestling. Since 1905 this championship has been defended all around the world. And tonight, not only will a very deserving individual be awarded this championship for his performance at Survivor Series as well as throughout the InVasion, but we will also determine who the #1 contender and opponent will be at The Grandaddy Of Em’ All, Starrcade 2001! So, with no point to delay, I introduce to you the NEW WCW WORLD CHAMPION…STONE COLD STEVE AUSTIN!

    Stone Cold Steve Austin comes down to the ring, and despite the fact that he was arguably the most hated man in wrestling throughout 2001, the fans can’t help but pop when that glass shatters!

    Stone Cold takes a good hard look at Shane. Shane takes the WCW Title out of the glass case, and Austin grabs it immediately before posing in the corner with it raised above his head. He comes back and stands face to face with Shane.


    Stone Cold Steve Austin: “I’d like to say, that I accept your decision to award me of the WCW World Championship. If you keep making decisions like that son, you and I are going to get along a lot better than I did with your old man. So let’s get right to the point. Starrcade. Stone Cold once again headlines a major Pay-Per-View event. So who ya got for me Shane. Who’s ass am I gonna whip at Starrcade?”

    Shane McMahon: “Well Steve, we’re going to make that announcement at the end of the show…”

    Stone Cold Steve Austin: “What?”

    Shane McMahon: “Well, at…”

    Stone Cold Steve Austin: “What?...Are you already looking to disrespect me?...New WCW World Champion…leader of the Alliance…What?”

    Shane McMahon: “Calm dow…”

    Stone Cold Steve Austin: “Shut up. What’s the problem? Don’t know who it’s gonna be? Is it gonna be Booker T?...What?...Rob Van Dam?...What?...Kurt Angle?...What?...Test?...What?...Lance Storm?...What?...Christian?...What?...William Regal?...What?...Tajiri?...What?...Kidman?...What? What? What? What?”

    Shane tries to speak again, but…

    Stone Cold Steve Austin: “Shut up! Let me get something straight between you and me. You heard what I said about you and me not being me and your old man. So this is what you’re going to do tonight. I’m going to come down to the ring at the end of the show, and you’re gonna bring out whoever the number one contender is. And the first Nitro is going to end with me putting him on his ass! And If you get in the way, I’ll whip your ass too. And that’s the bottom line…WHAT?...Cause Stone Cold Said So!



    ::COMMERCIAL BREAK::


    Scott Hudson tells us that tonight there’s a big tag team match already set, Rob Van Dam and Booker T will face off against Christian and Kurt Angle! Coming up next, the first of many title matches in the new WCW as the Cruiserweight Championship will be on the line. DDP asks Scott when is it his chance to talk.

    WCW Cruiserweight Championship
    Billy Kidman © vs. Chavo Guerrero Jr.

    Kidman and Chavo lock-up, but we get an early clean break. Another lock-up…and another clean break…until Chavo pie-faces Kidman. Kidman swings with a clothesline and Chavo ducks and goes for a belly to back suplex. Kidman lands on his feet and knocks Chavo down with a dropkick. Another dropkick from Kidman! Kidman comes off the ropes and gets a flying headscissors and Chavo retreats to the outside. Kidman keeps the pace though and flies over the top rope and hits a bodypress! Kidman rolls Chavo back in and comes over the top rope again hitting a legdrop. Cover, 1…2…Chavo kicks out. Chavo reverses an Irish whip into the corner, but Kidman avoids Chavo coming in by using the turnbuckles to leap over Chavo. Kidman tries an elbow smash into the corner himself, but Chavo ducks away this time. Springboard bulldog by Chavo stops Kidman in his tracks. Chavo stomps away at Kidman in the corner, then chops away. Kidman reverses this Irish whip this time, causing Chavo to slam face first into the corner. Kidman takes down Chavo with a clothesline. Kidman goes for a backdrop, but Chavo stops and kicks Kidman in the head. Chavo then picks Kidman up over his head and locks him into the Gory Guerrero Special! Kidman refuses to give up and as a result Chavo lets go of the hold and plants Kidman face first! A cover from Chavo, 1…2…Kidman just kicks out to Chavo’s shock! Chavo starts to wear Kidman down, locking him into a chinlock. Kidman fights his way out, getting a jaw breaker. Kidman comes off the ropes, but Chavo gets him with a European uppercut. Chavo comes off the ropes and Kidman takes him out with a Sky High! Kidman whips Chavo off the ropes, but Chavo holds on to them. Kidman runs at him but gets backdropped over the top! Chavo follows him to the outside and whips him into the barricade. Chavo continues to dominate the match now, bring it back into the ring and stomping Kidman all around the ring. Chavo looks to go for a German suplex, but Kidman counters into his own waistlock and hit an atomic drop! Kidman follows with a double springboard bulldog of his own and goes for the cover, 1…2…Chavo just kicks out! Chavo surprises Kidman with a double underhook suplex. He goes to finish Kidman off with a powerbomb, but Kidman counters with a facebuster! Kidman covers, 1…2…Chavo just gets the shoulder up! Chavo retreats to the corner and Kidman charges, only for Chavo to move out of the way. Kidman hits hard and goes down, and Chavo pins with his feet on the ropes…1…2…3…but no, the referee saw Chavo’s feet on the ropes! Chavo celebrates like he’s just won the title. He celebrates on the second rope, demanding the title, and Kidman powerbombs him off! Kidman heads up top…Shooting Star Press! 1…2…3!

    Winner: Billy Kidman pins via pinfall in 12:01.

    Shane McMahon is in his office talking to a production member when Kurt Angle walks in. After a quick hug, Angle makes his case.

    Kurt Angle: “So what’s the deal with the number contender slot. It’s me right. I mean, who else could it realistically be really?”

    Shane McMahon: “It’s being handled and it’ll be announced later Kurt.”

    Kurt Angle: “It’s being handled? Look, you can praise Steve Austin all you want about his leadership during InVasion and all. But let’s not forget I was the one who changed sides when the Alliance needed it. So don’t treat me like I’m second class here. Let’s not forget six months ago I threw you right through the damn set.”


    Shane gets in Kurt’s face, and it looks like the two are going to come to blows…

    Kurt Angle: “You better make the right choice tonight.”


    ::COMMERCIAL BREAK::


    The WCW World Tag Team Champions the Dudley Boyz with Stacy Keibler make their way down to the ring. An “ECW” chant breaks out.

    Bubba Ray Dudley: “At Survivor Series me and my brother D-Von proved once again we are the best damn tag team in the damn world. We dominated ECW and we dominated the WWF when everyone said we didn’t stand a chance. So here’s how this is going to go. We’re going to come out here and challenge the best WCW has to offer and we’ll put these WCW World Tag Team Championships on the line! We plan to kick anyone’s ass who dares to accept this challenge!”

    The Dudleyz wait a few seconds before their half-brother Spike makes his way down to the ring.

    Spike Dudley: “You know the reason I came to the WCW/ECW Alliance side after Survivor Series is because I’m sick of the Dudley name being associated with pushing people around and bullying. No one knows what that’s like more than me.”

    Bubba Ray Dudley: “Spike, nothing makes us happier than kicking the living hell out of our little brother.”


    Spike slowly makes his way down to the ring…and then he’s joined by Tommy Dreamer! Dreamer and Spike run into the ring.

    WCW World Tag Team Championship
    The Dudley Boyz © vs. Spike Dudley and Tommy Dreamer

    All four men brawl in the ring before D-Von and Dreamer spill to the outside. Spike punches away at Bubba, but when he comes off the ropes Bubba gets him with a sky high back body drop. D-Von sends Dreamer into the ring steps and then tags in. The Dudleyz pound away on Spike before tossing him halfway across the ring. D-Von punches away at Spike in the corner. Spike tries to fight back but D-Von cuts him off with more hard rights. D-Von tags Bubba back and Bubba plants Spike with a Bubba Bomb! Bubba heads to the second rope and comes flying down with a senton, but Spike rolls out of the way and makes the tag to Dreamer! Dreamer nails Bubba with some right hands, then knocks D-Von off the apron. Stacy gets up on the apron to try to distract Dreamer with her assets, but Dreamer grabs her by the hair. Before he can do anything though, D-Von runs in and smacks Dreamer in the back with a chair, drawing the DQ.

    Spike attacks D-Von, trying to get him to drop the chair, but Bubba takes him out. D-Von sends Spike off the ropes and they plant him with the Dudley Death Drop. Dreamer takes the chair and is swinging all over the place as the Dudleyz high tail it out of there.

    Winners: Tommy Dreamer and Spike Dudley via DQ in 4:09.

    Shane McMahon is in his office watching Nitro when he’s interrupted by Booker T. Shane seems a little relieved as compared to earlier. The both share a laugh and a hug before getting to business.

    Shane McMahon: “What can I help you out with Book?”

    Booker T: “I’m here for the reason you’re expecting. I want Austin and I want him at Starrcade so I can get back my WCW World Title and become the SIX-TIME…SIX-TIME…SIX-TIME WCW Champion!”

    Shane McMahon: “Look Booker you were instrumental in getting this whole thing going and I got you. I promise I’ll take care of you. Right now, tonight, I just gotta to this in this way.”

    Booker T: “Oh so that’s how it’s gonna be. That’s fine Shane. I’ll tell you one thing. You pick that punk Kurt Angle for this we gonna have a problem. Not only am I going to take back my US Title from Kurt, but last time I fought Angle in that ring I won the WCW Title from him. Don’t forget that and don’t forget who helped you get to this point.”



    ::COMMERCIAL BREAK::


    Shane McMahon is back in his office with WCW Commissioner William Regal, seemingly lamenting tonight’s announcement, mentioning that “both of them aren’t going to like it”. Test walks in, and Shane sends Regal off for the upcoming match.

    Shane McMahon: “If you’re looking for the Starrcade title shot…”

    Test: “Shane, you got me all wrong. I watched tonight and saw Steve Austin trying to intimidate you and then Kurt Angle did the same thing and then Booker too. So I had a thought. You remember how I broke in? You remember what you’re old man used to do? He had back-up. He had someone watching his back. All personals aside Shane, I’m that guy. I’ll walk you to the ring tonight and anytime anyone gets in your face I’m on it.”


    Shane and Test shake on it, and Shane starts to explain to Test what’s going on tonight…

    Tajiri w/William Regal and Torrie Wilson vs. The Hurricane w/Mighty Molly

    Regal sends Torrie to sit down as Tajiri tries to argue with Regal. Hurricane takes advantage by taking Tajiri down with a clothesline. Tajiri backs into the corner, and Hurricane follows up with a 10 punch, only for Tajiri to escape under Hurricane’s legs. Hurricane tries another clothesline but misses, and Tajiri hits him square in the face with a karate kick. Tajiri lands a few more kicks before setting Hurricane up in the tree-of-woe. Tajiri comes flying across the ring with a dropkick right to Hurricane’s face. Tajiri continues to stomp away on Hurricane while Regal scolds Torrie for not cheering Tajiri on enough. Tajiri notices though and tries to tell Regal to leave Torrie alone, and Hurricane uses this to hit Tajiri with a tornado DDT! 1…2…Tajiri kicks out. Hurricane sends Tajiri into the corner and then hits a neckbreaker. Another cover, 1…2…Tajiri just kicks out. Hurricane lands some more shots, then sends Tajiri into the ropes. Tajiri handsprings off the ropes and hits Hurricane with a flying elbow. Mighty Molly gets up on the apron, to which Regal tries to pull her off the apron. Tajiri heads to the outside to see what’s going on. He tries to separate Molly and Regal, but Hurricane takes him out with a flying bodypress over the top! Hurricane gets in Regal’s face. Tajiri comes to and spits the Green Mist…only Hurricane ducks and Tajiri nails Regal! Hurricane gets back in the ring (with Molly) and Tajiri is counted out.

    Hurricane and Molly celebrate the win while Regal yells at both Tajiri and Torrie.

    Winner: The Hurricane via countout in 6:02.


    ::COMMERCIAL BREAK::


    Scott Hudson lets us know that during the break, argument broke out in the locker room with Regal and Tajiri, but that Shane McMahon was on the scene.

    William Regal: “Listen you miserable toerack! Look at what you bloody did! Look at my face! I let you keep that wrench and this is how you repay me…”

    Shane McMahon (with Test) walks in to stop Regal…

    Shane McMahon: “Stop, stop with all of this. Look, I get you got all that green junk in your face right now and yeah, Tajiri, you probably could aim a little better. The way I see all of you are an important part of the new WCW and probably my sister’s ECW too. I don’t know the whole deal here but I know Tajiri, Torrie, I know you both didn’t want to be here. But I’m going be straight with the both of you. I see international stardom for you Tajiri and I want to help you get there. And Torrie, Torrie, I think we all know that you’re a major part in WCW’s plans…”

    Test takes a look at Torrie, who looks disgusted as she notices…

    Shane McMahon: “…Regal, whatever the person beef is here, let’s get past it. Tonight’s match was ruined because of this mess and that’s completely unacceptable. Now I need to take care of tonight’s big business.”

    Regal nods as Shane and Test head out. DDP on commentary mentions that he may have use for a new Diamond Doll.

    Kurt Angle and Christian vs. Rob Van Dam and Booker T

    The Philly crowd goes wild for RVD. RVD gets right in Angle’s face with his taunt, and Angle punches him to get things going. Angle fires away at RVD in the corner. RVD reverses the Irish whip and then monkey flips Angle out of the corner! Angle retreats to the corner and Christian gets the tag. Lockup turns into a Christian headlock. Christian sends RVD off the ropes but misses the clothesline, and RVD gets him with a side jump kick. Dropkick takes Christian down once again. RVD sends Christian over the top rope with a clothesline as the crowd literally hangs on every move he makes. Christian tries to get back in, but RVD hits him with a baseball slide! Christian stumbles back in as RVD takes in Booker T to take over. Booker chops away at Christian. He sends Christian off the topes and hits a flapjack! Booker pops up with a Spin-a-rooni…and Angle illegally runs in and knocks Booker down to the canvas. Referee tries to get Angle back into his corner…and Christian uses that to lowblow Booker. Christian tags in Angle and Angle wastes no time going to work on Booker. Booker manages a counter and Irish whips Angle into the corner, but Angle explodes out with a big clothesline. Double leg takedown from Angle…and he tries to transpose into the Ankle Lock, but Booker gets to the ropes. Angle goes out of his way to knock RVD off the apron, drawing boos there. Booker manages to get some shots in, but Angle ducks a clothesline and hits a German suplex. “You watching Shane?!” yells Angle. Angle tags Christian back in and Christian stomps away on Booker. Booker tries to crawl over to RVD, but Christian cuts off half of the ring with a front facelock. Christian stomps on Booker some more and then sets him up for the Unprettier…but Booker backdrops Christian over his head. Christian lands on his feet, and Booker runs right into a dropkick. Christian does the RVD taught to RVD before tagging Angle back in. Angle sets Booker up for the Angle Slam, but Booker escapes and gets a back kick that knocks Angle down. Booker goes down as well. Angle tries to grab onto the ankle, but Booker kicks him off and makes the tag to RVD! Clothesline knocks Angle down! Christian runs in and gets a kick to the face as a result. Angle catches a RVD kick, but RVD recounters with an enzugiri! Christian tags himself in and runs at RVD, but RVD backdrops him over the top rope! RVD goes out to the apron and goes for a moonsault, but Christian moves out of the way. RVD lands on his feet, but Angle comes from behind and hits RVD with a chopblock. Christian slams RVD into the barricade and then slides back into he ring and asks the referee to get on the count. RVD crawls back in and Christian chokes RVD on the ropes. Christian hooks RVD by the head and hits a reverse DDT onto the knee. A cover, 1…2…RVD kicks out. RVD pops up and nails Christian with a jump kick. He comes off the ropes and hits Rolling Thunder! A cover, 1…2…Angle breaks up the pin. RVD spin kicks Christian back down and then heads to the top rope. Five Star Frog Splash…misses as Christian moves out of the way. Christian and RVD each head to partners…and Christian makes the tag and RVD does as well. Booker this time punches and chops away at Angle. Booker gets a Harlem sidekick. He kicks Angle and comes off the ropes but the Scissors Kick, but Angle quickly counters and catches Booker’s leg for the Ankle Lock! Booker rolls through it and Angle comes off the ropes, and Booker gets a Book-End! 1…2…3!

    Angle is irate as Booker celebrates a huge victory with RVD! Interestingly, when Booker and RVD head up the ramp, DDP makes sure to go out of his way to congratulate him.

    Winners: Booker T and Rob Van Dam when Booker pinned Angle in 15:37.


    ::COMMERCIAL BREAK::


    WCW World Champion Stone Cold Steve Austin makes his way down to the ring. He grabs a mic and stands in the corner.

    Stone Cold Steve Austin: “I’ve been waiting all night so let’s get this damn show on the road. Shane McMahon get your ass out here now and let me know who’s going to get their ass whipped at Starrcade!”

    Shane McMahon and Test make their way to the ring. Shane doesn’t get the first word though…

    Stone Cold Steve Austin: “You’ve got everyone waiting all night for an answer. And don’t tell me it’s gonna be this mealy mouth bastard Test. I might as well whip his ass right now and take Starrcade off.”

    Test gets in Austin’s face, and Shane tells him to back off. But once again before Shane can say a word, Austin cuts him off.

    Stone Cold Steve Austin: “God damn it son make the damn announcement. I’m tired of….”

    Austin quickly shuts up as “Dawn” from “Also Sprach Zarathustra” plays over the arena speakers! That can only mean one thing…Ric Flair appears and makes his way down to the ring.

    Shane McMahon: Stone Cold, your opponent and the number one contender for the WCW World Championship is THE NATURE BOY…RIC…FLAIR!”

    Austin’s jaw is wide open as Flair gets right up to his face He let’s out an audible “woo” as the first Nitro of this new era comes off the air!

    Quick Results

    WCW Cruiserweight Championship
    Billy Kidman(c) pinned Chavo Guerrero Jr. (Retains)

    WCW World Tag Team Championship
    Tommy Dreamer and Spike Dudley defeated The Dudley Boyz(c) by DQ (Retains)

    The Hurricane defeated Tajiri by countout

    Booker T and Rob Van Dam defeated Christian and Kurt Angle when Booker pinned Angle

    Champions

    WCW World Champion
    Stone Cold Steve Austin (Awarded on 12-3-01)

    ECW World Champion
    Rhyno (Defeated The Sandman on 1-7-01)

    WCW United States Champion
    Kurt Angle (Defeated Rhyno on 10-22-01)

    WCW World Tag Team Champions
    The Dudley Boyz (Defeated The Hardy Boyz on 10-26-01)

    WCW Cruiserweight Champion
    ​Billy Kidman (Defeated X-Pac on 10-9-01)

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    Re: WCW/ECW 2001 And Beyond - The Alliance Lives

    I didn't want to unnecessarily bump with a ty post so I'm going to combine it with something here. Thank you all for you feedback thus far. I will say that I struggled to figure out a good finish for Survivor Series, but what can you do, it's already done.

    Something I will be doing between shows is introducing talent that perhaps wasn't in the the opening roster post! Here is the first of it's kind.

    Roster Update - Nitro 12-3-01

    Scott Hudson
    - Despite being employed by WCW since 1995, Hudson is more known for being one of the voices of WCW during it's downfall. With that being said, this has led to him being a tad underrated. He'll be announcing the WCW shows...for now..

    Ric Flair - The 14 Time NWA/WCW World Champion and 2 Time WWF World Champion decided to take InVasion off to see what the wrestling landscape looked like once that war was settled. At 52 years old he still may be the best wrestler in the world, and with the time off it looks like he may have one last big run in him.

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    ECW ECW RISE: 12-6-01



    ECW RISE
    December 6, 2001
    ECW Arena
    Philadelphia, PA

    Earlier today, Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley was speaking to Paul Heyman outside of the ECW Arena. She tells Paul that it’s his night, and that he’s in full control…and lastly, not to mess things up.

    The show kicks off with a rabid crowd chanting “ECW! ECW! ECW!” The voice of ECW, Joey Styles is in the ring.


    Joey Styles: “Hello everyone I’m Joey Styles! And I am here to welcome you all to the RISE OF EXTREME CHAMPIONSHIP WRESTLING! For those of you tuning in for the first time you are in for a wild ride. And if you’re one of our long-term loyal fans we thank you and promise we won’t let you down!”

    The theme of ECW plays as Paul Heyman comes down to the ring. A “thank you Paul” chant breaks out, and Heyman spends a good thirty seconds basking in them.

    Joey Styles: “It’s good to see you boss!”

    Paul Heyman: “I’m not here to waste anyone’s time. We have business to take care of. We need to reestablish the most important and prestigious championship in professional wrestling today, the ECW World Heavyweight Championship! At this time I introduce to you the current ECW World Heavyweight Champion..RHYNO!”

    Rhyno slowly makes his way to the ring, carrying the ECW World Championship. Rhyno just had neck surgery about 3-4 weeks ago, and he doesn’t look happy to be here.

    Paul Heyman: “I want to thank you, Rhyno, for your performance during the InVasion. Without your efforts…”

    Rhyno: “How about you shut the fuck up Paul! I know what you want. I know what you’re about to do. You want me to give this to you right? Well why the fuck should I?”

    Paul Heyman: “As much as I respect your toughness, but you don’t have medical clearance to compete won’t for some time. We need a fighting ECW Champion…”

    Rhyno: “Since when do you give a fuck about medical clearance? Let me guess, it’s because of that skirt you have to answer to now right?! Fine. I’ll be back. Just know that six months, twelve months, whatever it is, whoever holds this title, whoever it is, I’m going to fucking kill him!”


    Rhyno throws the ECW Title at Heyman before walking off. Heyman looks a bit taken aback, but then continues with the ECW World Title in his possession.

    Paul Heyman: “At Starrcade, we will have an ECW World Championship match. We’ll determine half of the equation next week on RISE. But the other half of that equation will be determined TONIGHT! Tonight, for a spot at Starrcade, we will have the greatest and longest reigning ECW World Television Champion Rob Van Dam face of with perhaps his greatest rival…former ECW World Heavyweight ChampionJerry Lynn!”


    ::COMMERCIAL BREAK::


    Joey Styles: “I must tell you all it is great to be back here at the ECW Arena. I never thought I’d say this but I was watching Nitro on Monday and I for one am not willing to tolerate The Dudley Boyz bullying the likes of Spike Dudley and Tommy Dreamer again. We have Spike here in action against perhaps the greatest athlete to ever step foot in an ECW ring…Lance Storm..and…is that Dawn Marie?!

    Spike Dudley vs. Lance Storm (w /Dawn Marie)

    The ECW crowd seeing Dawn Marie basically makes Lance Storm the face here. Spike seems distracted himself, and yells at Dawn to get out of the ring. Storm takes advantage and hits Spike in the back of the head with a springboard dropkick! Storm stomps away. Storm sends Spike into the corner and follows up with a cartwheel into a clothesline. Lance wraps Spike’s own arms around his throat and applies pressure. Spike fights his way out and ducks the clothesline. Spike low bridges Storm and goes for the Dudley Dog…but Storm turns that into a beautiful high angle back suplex! Storm stops to play to the crowd, then asks Dawn Marie to come up on the apron as well. Spike dropkicks Storm into Dawn and she goes flying off the apron! Spike rolls Storm up, 1…2…Storm kicks out. Spike whips Storm off the ropes and goes for a backdrop, but Storm counters and sets up the powerbomb. Spike turns that into a frankensteiner and hooks the leg, 1…2…Storm kicks out…and Justin Credible is waiting there and smacks Spike with a kendo stick! Storm covers Spike up, 1…2…3!

    Winner: Lance Storm via pinfall in 4:02

    Storm
    checks on Dawn Marie while Credible beats Spike down with the kendo stick. The ECW faithful roars through when Tommy Dreamer runs out to save. Dreamer fights off Storm and Credible when Mike Awesome shows up and attacks from behind with a chair! Storm and Credible set up a table on the outside and Awesome sets Dreamer up…and Awesome Bombs him over the top rope through it! Lance Storm grabs a mic.

    Lance Storm: “We’re not players anymore. From now on anything and everything will be done with complete and Total Impact. Do not stand in our way!”


    ::COMMERCIAL BREAK::

    We come back to see Dreamer and Spike being helped back, with Dreamer saying “the more things change the more they stay the same.”

    Joey Styles: “Is this really what we’re coming back to? I think I’ve had enough of the past four years of the Dudleyz and Lance Storm, Justin Credible and Mike Awesome beating the hell out of whomever they wanted with no repercussions. Now what the hell is going on? Is that Shawn Stasiak? Does he know where he is? Why’s he in an ECW ring? This isn’t exactly the change I was looking for.”

    Stasiak works out around the ring and the fans start to mock him…but an opponent arrives that gets another huge ovation…


    Shawn Stasiak vs. Raven

    Raven sits in the corner and allows Stasiak to keep moving around the ring. A moment that Stasiak has his back turned, Raven attacks. He quickly turns Stasiak around and plants him with the Evenflow DDT! Raven kneels on Stasiak, 1…2…3! Raven leaves just as quickly as he walked in.

    Winner: Raven via pinfall in 0:22

    The WCW World Tag Team Champions The Dudley Boyz come down to the ring sans Stacy Keibler. They shove Stasiak out of the ring. A “we want Stacy” chant breaks out.

    Bubba Ray Dudley: “You Philadelphia pieces of trash need to buy tickets to Nitro if you want to get off seeing the Dutchess of Dudleyville! Like hell are we bringing her anywhere near this shithole!”

    D-Von Dudley: “Monday night, Spike forgot the three commandments. Number one, thou shalt not steal. Number two, thou shalt not kill. And number three, the most important one of all, thou shalt not mess with the Dudley Boyz!”

    Bubba Ray Dudley: “We’ve kicked Tommy Dreamer and Spike Dudley’s ass for years and years and If they want to continue to get their ass kicked we have no problem with that at all!”

    A different voice interrupts Bubba Ray

    Steven Richards: “I think I’ve got something a little more interesting for you two!”

    Richards walks down to the ring and shows little hesitancy getting into the ring with the Dudleyz.

    Steven Richards: “Almost more than anybody else you two ruined what I was trying to do. I was trying to make a difference with the Right to Censor

    The mere mention of the Right to Censor gets the biggest boos of the night…

    Steven Richards: “…and maybe that’s fine. Maybe I went about things the wrong way. But deep down I’m a vengeful man. You know who I represent.”

    Bubba Ray Dudley: “Steven if you want to end up like Spike and Dreamer on Monday by all means.”

    Steven Richards: “Oh really? I’ll show you. I’ll show you both, you’ll see! Monday Night on Nitro. My boys will be there.

    Bubba Ray Dudley: “Well here’s something to make sure your boys know what they’re getting into.”

    D-Von picks up Richards and Richards gets planted with the Dudley Death Drop!

    Joey Styles: “I can’t believe I’m going to be rooting for the likes of Steven Richards but if he’s bringing in who I think he is, I hope they give those damn Dudleyz what they have coming to them! Anyway, we have an interview backstage with Rob Van Dam.


    Rob Van Dam: “That’s right, everybody’s favorite wrestler…*Rob…Van…Dam* goes one-on-one with perhaps his greatest rival, Jerry Lynn. Now I’ve beaten Jerry Lynn before, and I plan to beat him again tonight, but he has one thing he can hold over me, that he’s a former ECW World Champion. Well, first step for me to get that is to remind Jerry one more time that…wait, I’m not on Nitro right now so I can say this, I’m gonna remind Jerry Lynn that I’m the whole fuckin’ show!”


    ::COMMERCIAL BREAK::


    Joey Styles goes over the history between Rob Van Dam and Jerry Lynn, dating back to their ECW World Television Championship battles throughout 1999. While RVD has the record advantage over Lynn, Lynn did beat RVD at Hardcore Heaven 2000 and is a former ECW World Champion. Styles also explains RVD’s mainstream potential. We are then shown the music video for Breaking Point’s “One of a Kind”, which not only features Rob Van Dam, but now serves has his new theme song.



    Winner Is Entered Into the ECW World Championship Match at Starrcade
    Rob Van Dam vs. Jerry Lynn

    RVD and Lynn stand face to face in the middle of the ring as a huge “RVD” chant breaks out. RVD taunts right in Lynn’s face, and Lynn goes right on the attack punching away! RVD punches back and they end up in a lock-up. Waistlock by RVD is countered into one for Lynn. RVD flips Lynn over, but Lynn turns it into a headscissors. RVD counters into a bridge for a pin, 1…2…Lynn breaks out and we get to an even stance as both get to their feet. RVD feels the need to pose to the crowd again, and Lynn once again takes advantage and attacks RVD! RVD counters an Irish whip into the corner, but Lynn stops himself and floats over RVD. RVD jumps to the top rope and backflips off as Lynn runs in. Lynn slides under RVD’s kick attempt, then leaps over a sweep. Clothesline misses from Lynn and he goes off the ropes. RVD tries a split, and Lynn stops to legdrop RVD only for RVD to move out of the way. Lynn ducks another kick and trips up RVD. Lynn misses the elbow, RVD misses the somersault legdrop and both end up in a fighting stance once again as the crowd roars! They tie up again and Lynn sends RVD off the ropes. Lynn ducks the spin kick but not the ensuing spinning heel kick! RVD celebrates to the crowd again, and for the third time Lynn takes advantage, dropkicking RVD into the corner! RVD ends up retreating to the apron, and Lynn follows up with a springboard dropkick that sends RVD into the railing! Slingshot somersault plancha by Jerry Lynn! Lynn does a little showboating now. RVD counters a whip and sends Lynn into the railing. RVD crotches Lynn on it, and then hits a jump kick off the railing, sending Lynn into the crowd! RVD gets a full head of steam and flies over the railing into Lynn and the crowd! RVD dumps Lynn back over the railing. He goes for a moonsault off the railing but Lynn bails back into the ring and RVD crashes onto the floor. RVD slowly makes his way back into the ring, and Lynn quickly gets a front facelock and plants RVD with a face first suplex. A cover, 1…2…RVD kicks out. Lynn sets RVD up…Cradle Piledriver right in the center of the ring! Cover, 1…2…RVD kicks out again to the frustration of Lynn. Lynn rolls out and grabs a chair. Lynn is about to blast RVD, but RVD leaps and goes for the Van Daminator…only Lynn ducks and blasts RVD anyway! Another cover, 1…2…RVD kicks out yet again. Lynn props RVD on the top rope, but RVD shoves him off! FIVE STAR FROG SPLASH….misses as Lynn rolls out of the way. Both men struggle to get to their feet but Lynn is the first. Lynn slowly heads to the top rope, and RVD has caught up and crotches Lynn. Springboard jump kick sends Lynn crashing to the arena floor! This gives RVD a chance to regain his composure as well as hot dog to the crowd a little bit again. Lynn manages to roll back in and RVD places the chair on him. Rolling Thunder connects! Cover by RVD, 1…2…Lynn manages to just get the shoulder up! RVD sends Lynn into the corner. He runs after him, but Lynn moves out of the way as RVD leaped for a monkey flip. Lynn turns that into a powerbomb and RVD crashes into he chair! 1…2…RVD manages to kick out once again! Lynn takes the chair, but this time RVD leads up and gets the Van Daminator! RVD heads to the top rope…FIVE STAR FROG SPLASH! 1…2…3! RVD is going to Starrcade!

    Winner: Rob Van Dam via pinfall at 15:38.

    Quick Results


    Lance Storm pinned Spike Dudley


    Raven pinned Shawn Stasiak


    Winner Is Awarded a Spot in the ECW Championship Match at Starrcade
    Rob Van Dam pinned Jerry Lynn

    Champions


    WCW World Champion
    Stone Cold Steve Austin (Awarded on 12-3-01)


    ECW World Champion
    Vacant (Vacated by Rhyno on 12-6-01)


    WCW United States Champion
    Kurt Angle (Defeated Rhyno on 10-22-01)


    WCW World Tag Team Champions
    The Dudley Boyz (Defeated The Hardy Boyz on 10-26-01)


    WCW Cruiserweight Champion
    ​Billy Kidman (Defeated X-Pac on 10-9-01)



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    Roster Update: 12-6-01 RISE

    Roster Update

    Jerry Lynn
    - Lynn was around for the InVasion, in fact he was technically on team WWF. He debuted for the WWF on house shows as early as March 2001 and even won the WWF Lightheavyweight Championship. Notably wrestled ECW rivals Tajiri, Justin Credible and even Rob Van Dam on Heat. He left by August though. Now he's back and ready to make another run in the National spotlight!

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    WCW Re: WCW Worldwide - 12-8-01


    WCW Worldwide
    December 8, 2001
    First Union Spectrum
    Philadelphia, PA

    Scott Hudson and Mike Tenay welcome us to the show as The Hurricane makes his way out to the ring with Mighty Molly.

    The Hurricane w/Mighty Molly vs. AJ Styles

    Lock up leads to a headlock from Hurricane. AJ fights out, but Hurricane runs him over. Hurricane hits the ropes and AJ leapfrogs over, but Hurricane comes back with a big clothesline. Hiptoss by Hurricane. Hurricane hits the ropes again and gets a flying headscissors that sends AJ flying! Cover, 1…2…Styles kicks out. Hurricane punches away at Styles, but when Hurricane goes for the headlock AJ snapmares him over. Styles hooks Hurricane and drops him headfirst with a brainbuster! Could be an upset, 1…2…Hurricane just kicks out. Styles sends Hurricane off the ropes and takes him back down with a shoulderblock, and then locks in the chinlock to add some pressure. After a minute or so of wearing down the Hurricane, Styles sends him back off the ropes, but Hurricane ducks a kick and catches AJ by the throat! AJ fights out of it though and tries a back suplex, only for Hurricane to flip over and land on his feet. Flying neckbreaker from Hurricane! Big back bodydrop from Hurricane! A cover, 1…2…Styles kicks out again. Hurricane sets up the Eye of the Hurricane, but AJ counters, sends Hurricane off the ropes and hits a superkick! AJ heads to the top rope and tries a Shooting Star Press, but Hurricane moves out of the way. Hurricane hooks AJ up and drops him on his neck with a vertibreaker! 1…2…3!

    Winner: The Hurricane via pinfall in 5:45

    Scott Hudson goes over the Starrcade 2001 news thus far, with new WCW World Champion Stone Cold Steve Austin taking on Sixteen Time World Champion Ric Flair for the title. Also, Rob Van Dam will face someone yet to be determined for the ECW World Championship. Starrcade is Sunday, December 30th from the MCI Center in Washington D.C.


    ::COMMERCIAL BREAK::


    Chuck Palumbo and Sean O’Haire vs. Christian York and Joey Matthews

    Palumbo and O’Haire go on the attack right away, attacking before the bell and pounding away on York and Matthews. O’Haire tosses Matthews, then they both stomp away on York in the corner. Palumbo hangs York on the top rope, and O’Haire leaps over his teammate and lands with all his weight on York’s back! O’Haire takes over and hits some big European uppercuts. York drops a dropkick and O’Haire which stuns him for a moment, and he gets the tag to Matthews. Matthews gets a flying headscissors on O’Haire. Matthews comes off the ropes again, but O’Haire catches him with a roundhouse heel kick. Palumbo gets tagged in and O’Haire knocks York off the apron. Palumbo hits a big back suplex on Matthews and tags O’Haire back in. O’Haire comes off the top with a Sean-ton Bomb! 1…2…3!

    Winner: Palumbo and O’Haire when O’Haire pinned Matthews in 3:13

    O’Haire and Palumbo indicate that they’re coming for the titles on Nitro. Scott Hudson says as much, and tells us that after the commercial break we’ll get a Nitro preview.


    ::COMMERCIAL BREAK::


    Scott Hudson and Mike Tenay go over what to expect on Nitro. Sean O’Haire and Chuck Palumbo will receive a WCW World Tag Team Championship match against The Dudley Boyz..but we can’t forget what Steven Richards said on RISE about his boys…and that he’s gotta be talking about Kronik. We will also hear from the #1 Contender for the WCW World Championship, Ric Flair, as well. How will WCW World Champion Stone Cold Steve Austin respond? How will Kurt Angle and Booker T respond to the selection of Flair as the #1 contender?

    Raven vs. Kaz Hayashi

    Raven sits in the corner and announces that he’ll only compete in this match under “Raven’s Rules”, to which Hayashi seems perfectly fine with. As soon as Kaz shakes his head yes Raven pops out of the corner and boots him in the mid section. Kaz surprisingly attacks back, and hits Raven with a spin kick! Cover, 1…2…Raven kicks out. Raven escapes to the floor and Kaz goes for a somersault plancha, but Raven ducks out of the way. Raven takes Hayashi and his a Russian legsweep into the barricade! He sends Kaz back in and takes a chair with him, putting it between the turnbuckles. Raven sends Kaz flying head first into the chair! Raven looks to finish Kaz off, but Kaz shockingly ducks the chair shot, and bulldogs Raven onto the chair! Kaz puts the chair on Raven and heads to the top rope…and he hits a senton bomb on the chair on Raven! Cover, 1…2…Raven just kicks out! Kaz puts the chair on Raven again and goes for a second senton, but this time Raven moves and Kaz crashes onto the chair! Raven quickly drops Kaz with an Evenflow DDT, 1…2…3!

    Winner: Raven via pinfall in 4:30


    ::END SHOW::

    Quick Results

    The Hurricane pinned AJ Styles

    Chuck Palumbo and Sean O’Haire defeated Christian York and Joey Matthews

    Raven pinned Kaz Hayashi

    Champions

    WCW World Champion
    Stone Cold Steve Austin (Awarded On 12-3-01)

    ECW World Champion
    Vacant (Vacated by Rhyno on 12-6-01)

    WCW United States Champion
    Kurt Angle (Defeated Rhyno on 10-22-01)

    WCW World Tag Team Champions
    The Dudley Boyz (Defeated The Hardy Boyz on 10-26-01)

    WCW Cruiserweight Champion
    Billy Kidman (Defeated X-Pac on 10-9-01)

    Roster Updates

    AJ StylesOne-half of the exciting young team Air Raid at the end of the Turner days. Could be a future star perhaps?
    Christian York Got a run at the tail end of the old ECW with teammate Joey Matthews. Could be a nice high flying team for the future.
    Joey MatthewsWith Christian York, fun tag team at the tail end of the old ECW that could be a fun team for the new WCW/ECW.
    Kaz HayashiFun international high flyer who spent time in 2000 as part of the Jung Dragons. Could be a future Cruiserweight Championship contender.
    KronikAlluded to on RISE by Steven Richards and mentioned on Worldwide, one of WCW’s top teams in the 2000s may be coming in to have one more shot on top.
    Mike TenayCommonly the third man for the announce team, WCW’s “professor” returns to the booth.









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    Re: WCW/ECW 2001 And Beyond - The Alliance Lives

    I'm always up for some 2001-era WCW and/or ECW continuation and I'm getting both here so I'm good with that. Backstory was what it was but I'm just interested in seeing where we go from here.


    To start with, I'll hit on the format first. Everything is laid out pretty well and the use of color and bolding is on point to catch the right stuff for me here. My one suggestion would be to seperate the matches a little more with some more paragraphes. While they're not super long or anything, still slightly too blocky and breaking Chavo/Kidman, for example, into 2-3 paraphes instead of 1 would be both easier to look at and easier to read.


    Onto Nitro itself, I get the need to start the show off with a promo to set the lay of the land, but I'm not sure it's super necessary to have it start the show just so we can introduce DDP as the cohost with Scott Hudson. I think it would've been nicer to differentiate it from WWF right away by not having an opening promo and get straight to the action. DDP could've just as easily already been at the booth to start the show and then we could've heard from the McMahons/Heyman/Austin in the 2nd segment of the night.


    I am glad to see the first match is cruiserweight action though because that truly is the WCW style and that I like to see. While my personal preference overall is Chavo and Kidman is a wet noodle to me, it definitely makes sense to have Kidman pick up the win and retain the title since he's who the division is currently built around. Still a good way to kick off the show.


    Like having another title amtch on the first show, would've preferred not to see a DQ in it though. Presumably going to build that into more of a feud between these two which is fine enough.


    Give me more Commissioner Regal and less Shane McMahon, lol. That being said, I'm all for Test being the muscle behind the authority figures. Yes and yes.


    Following up a DQ match without a countout also isn't ideal on this first show. I know it's still the Attitude era or whatnot, so there's an amount of realism going on but getting back to the opening promo, it feels so WWF to rely on those types of finishes. Seeing them back to back made it probably feel worse than it was. I'm a fan of both Tajiri and Hurricane, so while I'm okay with Tajiri being protected here in the loss and am happy to see Hurricane win - I just think it could've been handled differently and avoided another finish like that.


    Lol at the Diamond Doll reference from DDP.


    Huge win for Booker and RVD for sure. Another match that would benefit from some paragraphes breaking it up and I'd add some bolding into the matches as well now that I think about it. Especially would've wanted something to emphasize Angle calling out to Shane during the match to highlight that since it's pretty important to the overall story going on here.


    Big reveal of Flair at the end is definitely pretty cool way to end the show, however. Flair/Austin for Starrcade has the big name appeal to it, so I can definitely get behind that.


    Over to ECW..


    This is going to probably going to sound somewhat hypocritical after what I said about wanting Nitro to feel more like WCW than WWF...I think the opening of ECW, while had the edge of ECW...I don't know how likely UPN is going to be to allow the F-word to be swung around even if it would've been censored on the show. Just a small thing - I'm all for pissed off Rhyno, can't wait for him to be back and wreck some shit.


    I'm a big Lance Storm mark so push this man to the freakin' moon. Reuniting him with Credible makes sense for the time being but hopefully there will be big things for him...oh and Mike Awesome too, that's well, awesome...I love this group actually.


    Speaking of people who deserved more in real life and hopefully has the chance to do somethings in this ECW...hi Raven. Nice squash of Stasiak, lol. Would've loved to see some promo work for him as well.


    Right to Censor in ECW is something that would've been a huge heat magnet in ECW, so Steven Richards showing up makes a lot of sense. Not sure if it's KroniK since he managed them IRL but if so, I'm pretty excited about that.


    Big week for RVD, closing out both Nitro and ECW...which makes sense to start building around him. Ending the first ECW show with another Lynn/RVD classic is also a pretty good way to go. Obviously RVD winning is the right call.


    Hopefully this didn't come off too critical, because I enjoyed a lot of this and think there's a lot of potential moving forward with the building blocks so far.

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    WCW WCW Monday Night Nitro 12-10-2001



    WCW Monday Night Nitro
    December 10, 2001
    Nassau Coliseum
    Long Island, NY

    We begin NITRO backstage with Shane McMahon (with Test), who looks to have an announcement on hand.

    Shane McMahon: “Hello everyone. I hope everyone’s excited about Starrcade in three weeks as WCW World Heavyweight Champion Stone Cold Steve Austin defends against “The Nature Boy” Ric Flair. Tonight, as a bit of a warm-up, Stone Cold will take on Booker T. Now, there’s something sure in it for Booker T. If Booker T can pin or make the WCW World Champion submit, he will be the #1 contender, and will get a title shot at Souled Out against whomever the WCW Champion is at that time. Everyone at home, sit back and enjoy the show!

    Scott Hudson lets us know that we’re going to kick off the action with some of the youngsters of WCW.

    Lash LeRoux vs. Shannon Moore

    LaRoux and Moore circle one another before they lock-up. Armdrag from Moore, but LeRoux quickly comes back with a dropkick. A second dropkick sends Moore to the outside…and suddenly we have Kurt Angle coming out here! LaRoux tries to follow up on Moore, but Angle waistlocks him and slams him down with a German suplex! Moore runs at Angle and takes a shot to the face. Angle calls for a mic.

    Winner: No Contest via interference in 0:58

    Kurt Angle: Booker T huh? He gets lucky in one tag match and suddenly he’s getting shots to be the #1 contender? That doesn’t work for me. I deserve to be the #1 contender and quite frankly I’ll beat the hell out of anyone in front of me to prove it! It’s absolutely ridiculous! It’s absurd!”

    Shannon Moore gets back up and becomes Angle’s target.

    Kurt Angle: “Hey you. Yeah you. You want a chance to be #1 contender? Apparently all that you have to do is get one lucky three count and you’re there! Come on. Let’s go! I’ll even put the [United States] title on the line!”

    Shannon shakes his head yes…

    WCW United States Championship
    Kurt Angle © vs. Shannon Moore

    As soon as Moore accepts Angle ferociously attacks, punching and kicking Moore in the corner, then throwing him across the ring with a belly to belly! Angle starts shoving Moore around, and Moore fires back with some punches. Angle takes him right back down with a vicious headbutt. Angle covers, 1…2…Moore kicks out. Angle whips Moore around and flips him over his head with a fireman’s carry, then locks in the headlock and brings Moore to the canvas. Angle then elbows Moore in the head when releasing. Angle looks out at the crowd, shaking his head and indicating that he wants the WCW World Championship. Angle turns back to Moore, and Moore surprises him with a dropkick! Moore comes off the ropes and Angle misses the clothesline…and Moore gets a flying headscissors! Moore runs at Angle one more time and Angle levels him with a big clothesline! Big release German suplex! Angle quickly locks on the Ankle Lock, and that’s it for Moore, who taps out immediately. Angle holds on for a little while longer before Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley comes out, and she tells Kurt she wants to talk.

    Winner: Kurt Angle via submission in 3:27 (Retains)


    ::COMMERCIAL BREAK::


    We come back to Nitro and a limousine arrives. The crowd erupts though as Arn Anderson opens the door…and it’s Ric Flair! Flair tells Double A that it’s great to see him again, and that he’s here to talk to Shane about Starrcade.

    Stephanie McMahon Helmsley is now backstage with Kurt Angle.


    Kurt Angle: “I hope you have something good for me Stephanie.”

    Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley: “Just an idea here Kurt. You know I’ve always been your biggest fan. Now I can’t do anything about WCW but I know Paul [Heyman] would love to have you around on Thursday for RISE, it’s gonna be right in mid-town Manhattan. He’s going to announce who’s facing off with Rob Van Dam for what I feel will be the top championship in this business, the ECW World Championship!”


    Angle doesn’t directly answer, but gives Stephanie a bit of a positive headshake.

    Mike Tenay joins Scott Hudson and Diamond Dallas Page at the commentary table, as he excitingly talks about Essa Rios, who’s about to make his WCW debut!


    WCW Cruiserweight Championship
    Billy Kidman © vs. Essa Rios

    Kidman and Rios tie-up and move all around the ring before they just start firing at one another. Kidman gets the side headlock, but Rios sends him off the ropes. Leapfrog follows by Kidman leaping over a monkeyflip attempt and rolling through. Kidman goes for the hip toss, but Rios tries his own, only to get blocked. He kicks Kidman instead and then gets a leg on him, but Kidman flips him over, just for Rios to land on his feet! Rios still has Kidman’s arm though and springboards three different times off the top rope, armdragging Kidman on the way down! Rios runs at Kidman and gets a flying headscissors! Cover, 1…2…Kidman kicks out. Essa Rios punches away at Kidman in the corner and tries to Irish Whip him to the opposite corner…only Kidman counters. Kidman runs after Rios, but Rios floats over and goes for a German suplex! Kidman counters though, but Rios tries to go low and roll Kidman up. Kidman uses some surprising strength and dumps Rios with a wheelbarrow suplex as a result! 1…2…Essa Rios just kicks out!

    Kidman tosses Rios to the outside. He picks him up for a powerbomb, but then drops him throat first onto the barricade! Kidman heads onto the apron and flies at Rios, but Rios moves out of the way and Kidman crashes into the barricade. Kidman stumbles right into a backdrop on protective mats. Rios has complete control as he brings Kidman back into the ring. He props Kidman on the top rope and then punches away, but Kidman counters with a top rope spine bomb! Kidman tries for the cover but can’t get his weight on him, 1…2…but Rios just kicks out. Kidman tries a slam, but Rios rolls that into a pinning combination, 1…2…Kidman kicks out, then levels Rios with a dropkick! Kidman heads to the top rope and waits for Rios to get up…but when he comes off the top Rios gets him in the midsection with a dropkick of his own!

    Kidman slowly gets to his feet and Rios knocks him back down with a spinning heel kick. He says that’s it and sets Kidman up for a powerbomb, but Kidman counters that into a facebuster! Kidman covers, 1…2…Rios just kicks out again. Kidman hooks the headlock for the springboard bulldog, only Rios pushes Kidman in midair over the top rope and onto the floor! Rios waits for Kidman to get up, then slingshots over the top rope with corkscrew crossbody to take out Kidman once again! Rios lands on his feet and has the crowd all fired up as he’s looking to put Kidman away. He props Kidman on the top rope and springboards in with a hurricanrana! Rios points to the top rope and heads there…and he goes for Kidman’s own move, the Shooting Star Press…only Kidman moves out of the way! Kidman slowly gets up and heads to the top himself, and he hits his own Shooting Star Press! 1…2…3! An impressive debut, but Essa Rios just falls short of winning the WCW Cruiserweight Championship in his debut.

    Winner: Billy Kidman via pinfall in 12:48 (Retains)

    Essa Rios gets some cheers as he heads off. While Kidman celebrates his victory…he’s attacked by Jerry Lynn! Lynn came from the crowd and stomps away on Kidman before setting him up in the middle of the ring. Cradle Piledriver! Lynn grabs the WCW Cruiserweight Championship, indicates that he wants it, then throws it on Kidman’s fallen body!


    ::COMMERCIAL BREAK::


    Ric Flair and Arn Anderson walk into Shane McMahon’s office, where Shane, Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley and Test welcome them in. Shane tells Test that he can calm down.

    Ric Flair: Shane McMahon baybay! The Nature Boy is here! Kiss-stealing, wheeling-dealing…”

    Shane McMahon: “Ok, ok, we’re excited Ric for sure, but we gotta talk business a little bit.”

    Ric Flair: “Whatever it is, I’m ready! WOO! Give me Austin right now for all I care! Starrcade, 17-time…17-time brother! It’s gonna happen.”

    Shane McMahon: “Again, we’re all definitely excited. But, we have Steve Austin wrestling Booker T tonight, and I think it’s only fair you have a match before Starrcade as well, let’s say next week on Nitro.”

    Ric Flair: “Bring it on! Who ya got for me! Who ya got for the man! Who ya got for the WOOO! NATURE BOY!”

    Shane McMahon: “Well, I think it’ll be more exciting if we reveal it next week on Nitro as well.”

    Arn Anderson: “Now hold on a second there Shane. This is Ric Flair you’re talking to, and there should be more resp….”

    Ric Flair: “Double A, don’t worry about it brother! I waited nine months for this chance. I knew when we made our arrangement you’d come away with a stronger WCW, and boy it doesn’t get any stronger than Stone Cold Steve Austin! Mystery opponent next week! I’m in the best shape of my life! Bring it brother! Now I have a main event to watch, WOOO!”


    WCW World Tag Team Championship
    The Dudley Boyz © w/Stacy Keibler vs. Sean O’Haire and Chuck Palumbo

    Palumbo and O’Haire surprise the Dudleyz by attacking right away. Bubba Ray and Palumbo become the legal men after an early four man brawl, and Palumbo takes Bubba Ray down with a big dropkick. Big discus punch sends Bubba Ray flying once again. Big powerslam and a cover, 1…2…D-Von breaks it up. Palumbo tags in O’Haire and they both slam Bubba Ray into the corner. O’Haire misses the clothesline though, and Bubba Ray takes him out with his own. In comes D-Von and Bubba Ray holds up O’Haire’s legs and D-Von comes flying in with a headbutt off the top! Another kick tag and the Dudleyz hit O’Haire with a double flapjack! Bubba Ray covers, 1…2…Palumbo runs in to break it up.

    Bubba and D-Von pummel O’Haire in the corner. D-Von’s back in and continues those punches, then hits O’Haire with a neckbreaker.D-Von whips him off the ropes and goes for the backdrop, but O’Haire leaps over and gets a sunset flip! 1…2..kickout from D-Von. O’Haire leaps to tag in Palumbo. Palumbo knocks Bubba off the apron to prevent the tag, then whips D-Von off the ropes. Palumbo criss-crosses D-Von as he runs the ropes as well then levels D-Von with a clothesline! 1…2…D-Von just kicks out. Palumbo slams D-Von and then tags in O’Haire, who heads up top! Stacy Keibler gets onto the apron…and has gained the attention of Palumbo…and Bubba Ray shoves O’Haire off the top and he crashes onto the canvas. Palumbo turns around and gets hit with 3D! 1…2…3!

    Winners: The Dudley Boyz when D-Von pinned Palumbo in 6:05 (Retains)

    KRONIK…the fans go wild as Brian Adams, Bryan Clarke and Steven Richards heads down to the ring! The Dudleyz look ready to fight…before they hightail it out of there as soon as Kronik hit the ring. Adams and Clarke make the belt motion at their waists as the Dudleyz head to the back!


    ::COMMERCIAL BREAK::


    Jeremy Borash is backstage with Booker T.

    Jeremy Borash: Booker T, you are minutes away from perhaps the biggest match of your career. Tonight, if you beat the WCW World Champion Stone Cold Steve Austin, you get a chance to fight either him or Ric Flair for the title at Souled Out in January.”

    Booker T: “Josh, for a year, despite that I am the five-time WCW World Champion, people tell me that I beat no one to win those titles. Every night I get into that ring, in the squared circle, in my zone and I beat whoever’s in front of me. Just look at what happened to Kurt Angle last week. He’s out here, telling people he deserves to be #1 contender, well I’m out here earning it. I’ve beaten him for the WCW title and I beat him last week. Kurt Angle, non-factor sucka. People who want to say I beat no-one, even though it’s not true, when I beat Steve Austin tonight, and then when I beat Austin or Flair next month, I will be the six-time WCW Champion, and no one, no one is gonna be able to say nothin. Now can you dig that…SUCKA?!”


    Tajiri w/William Regal and Torrie Wilson vs. Christian

    Christian quickly twists the arm of Tajiri, who counters with his own arm twist and then into an armbar. Christian gets out and gets a headlock, but Tajiri sends him off the ropes and goes for a hip toss. Christian counters into his own, but Tajiri lands on his feet. Christian misses the clothesline and Tajiri decks him with a back kick to the face. Tajiri hooks Christian’s arms under his legs for a pinning combination, 1…2…but Christian kicks out. Christian fights back with forearms to Tajiri before booting him down. Falling reverse DDT from Christian, 1…2…Tajiri just kicks out. Christian goes for a suplex but Tajiri lands on his feet, then back kicks Christian again! Tajiri comes off the ropes and Christian looks to get him up for a powerbomb, but Tajiri gets the frankensteiner instead! 1…2…Christian kicks out as we almost had an upset! Tajiri goes for the Irish Whip, countered by Christian, but Tajiri comes flying back with the handspring back elbow! 1…2..Christian again just kicks out!

    Christian gets a shot to the midsection to slow Tajiri down. Christian sends Tajiri into the corner, but misses the ensuring avalanche…which leads to the Tarantula by Tajiri! William Regal and Torrie Wilson begin arguing on the outside as Regal is telling her to get out of the way, and Tajiri sees this when having Christian locked in! He let’s go and yells at Regal, then hits Regal with the green mist! Christian rams Tajiri into the ringpost and then rolls him back in. Unprettier in the center of the ring, 1…2…3!

    Winner: Christian via pinfall in 5:58

    Regal berates Tajiri despite not being able to see, and yells at Tajiri that this is all Torrie’s fault. DDP on commentary: “If it comes to Torrie Wilson if I were Tajiri I’d kick Regal right in his face!” Dejected and probably angry, Tajiri helps Regal to the back.

    We see Booker T doing some final stretches before his match with Stone Cold.



    ::COMMERCIAL BREAK::


    We come back to Nitro backstage as Regal is still yelling at Tajiri as he (Regal) tries to wash the mist off his face. When doing so, Stone Cold Steve Austin walks right by them (and Torrie) with a disgusted look on his face, to which Regal and Tajiri both comically shut up. Austin takes a quick look, then decides to just continue walking to the ring.

    Scott Hudson and Diamond Dallas Page go over the main event and discuss the importance of the WCW World Championship. Ric Flair and Arn Anderson make their way out as Flair sits besides Hudson at the desk. When Stone Cold makes his way out, he flips Flair off, drawing a laugh from Flair.

    If Booker T Wins, He Gets a WCW World Title Match at Souled Out
    Stone Cold Steve Austin vs. Booker T

    Austin and Booker stand face to face as Austin takes off the vest and title.. Booker unfortunately makes the mistake of turning his back to walk back to the corner, and Austin hits him with the WCW Title, sending him to the outside. Austin continues his attack, heading to the outside and firing away at Booker. Booker fires back to the delight of the crowd, then rolls back in. Austin follows up and Booker is now the aggressive one, hitting and kicking Austin on his back. Booker sends Austin off the ropes and knocks Austin down with a flying forearm! Booker slams Austin into the turnbuckles, and as Austin stumbles out, a savate kick knocks Austin down and out of the ring! Austin uses this to catch his breath as the referee counts.

    Flair: “You see, this is why Austin’s a smart man, he takes his time when he needs to. He just doesn’t realize I know.”

    Austin gets back in and Booker T fires away, but Austin gets the advantage with punches of his own. Austin whips Booker off the ropes and gets the Lou Thesz Press…then punches away at Booker. Booker counters though and ends up punching away at Austin! They roll around to the outside where Booker gets some more chops. Booker tries to whip Austin into the steps, but Austin counters, and leaves Booker lying on the outside. Austin rolls in and tells the referee to count Booker out. Booker makes his way back into the ring, and Austin pounds away. Booker fires back and hits the ropes, but Austin catches him with a sleeperhold. Booker tries to fight out, but slowly loses energy and looks like he may be out.

    Flair: “He’s wearing the man down. Austin’s definitely proving why he’s the best right now, but I got something for this!”

    Austin has Booker on the canvas, but Booker starts to fight back. Booker gets back to a vertical base and elbows his way out! Booker comes off the ropes and runs right into a spinebuster from Austin! Cover, 1…2…Booker kicks out. Austin hits Booker with multiple forearms before locking him back into the sleeper. Booker is quick to fight out this time, and when he goes he punches and chops Austin into the corner. Booker backs up then runs at Austin, who counters by hitting Booker with a stun gun into the top turnbuckle! A cover by Austin, and he puts his feet on the ropes, 1…2…referee sees it and kicks Austin’s feet off! Austin starts yelling WHAT? over and over again at the referee, sending the referee to the outside.

    Flair: “I gotta say I like the move, I wouldn’t be the dirtiest player in the game if I didn’t!”

    Austin turns his attention back to Booker, who pops up and nails Austin with a Harlem Sidekick! Austin gets back up and Booker gets another one! Austin gets up and gets nailed with a third Harlem Sidekick! Austin retreats to the corner and Booker T fires away, alternating chops and punches. He sends Austin across the ring into the turnbuckles, and Austin stumbles out into a flapjack from Booker! Booker T pops up with a SPINAROONI! Booker kicks Austin and comes off the ropes, but misses the Scissors Kick! Booker turns around into an Austin kick and it’s the Stun…no, Booker pushes him off! Austin comes back off the ropes and Booker catches him into the Book-End! 1…2…Austin just kicks out at the very last second and Booker T can’t believe it!

    Flair: “That’s why he’s the best. But keep going Book don’t let him up!”

    Booker picks Austin off the canvas, but Austin fires some shots, still showing some life. Booker gets a kick though and drops Austin with a DDT. Booker drags Austin to the corner and then tries to get the crowd into it. Booker T heads to the top rope, but Austin kicks the referee into the ropes and Booker gets crotched on the top rope while the referee crashes to the floor! Austin hooks Booker up on the top rope…superplex connects! Both men are down but Austin slowly gets to his feet. Austin picks Booker up and goes to for the kick to set up the Stunner, but Booker catches it and roundhouse kicks Austin! There’s a commotion in the crowd…and it’s because Kurt Angle is running down! Booker kicks Austin and again goes for the Scissors Kick…and Angle blasts him with the WCW U.S. Title belt as he came off the ropes!. Austin kicks Booker and drops him with the Stunner as Angle gets out of there through the crowd! Referee slowly makes his way back in, 1…2…3!

    Flair: “That was total bs man! That ain’t gonna happen to me in three weeks I can tell you that!”

    Winner: Stone Cold Steve Austin via pinfall in 17:11

    Austin makes his way up the ramp and stops at the announce desk to face off with Flair. Like last week, Nitro goes off the air with Flair and Austin locking eyes!


    ::END SHOW::

    Quick Results

    Lash LaRoux and Shannon Moore wrestled to a no-contest

    WCW United States Champion Kurt Angle made Shannon Moore submit

    WCW World Tag Team Champions The Dudley Boyz defeated Chuck Palumbo and Sean O’Haire when D-Von pinned Palumbo

    Christian pinned Tajiri

    If Booker T wins, he gets a WCW World Title shot at Souled Out: Stone Cold Steve Austin pinned Booker T

    Champions

    WCW World Champion
    Stone Cold Steve Austin (Awarded On 12-3-01)

    ECW World Champion
    Vacant (Vacated by Rhyno on 12-6-01)

    WCW United States Champion
    Kurt Angle (Defeated Rhyno on 10-22-01)

    WCW World Tag Team Champions
    The Dudley Boyz (Defeated The Hardy Boyz on 10-26-01)

    WCW Cruiserweight Champion
    Billy Kidman (Defeated X-Pac on 10-9-01)

    Roster Updates

    Arn AndersonWhere there’s Ric Flair, there’s likely Arn Anderson watching his back.
    Essa RiosLeft the WWF in August. There’s a new Cruiserweight division to be built making Rios an exciting signing for the new WCW.
    Jeremy Borash Had a run as a Vince Russo stooge late in WCW 2000, will be mostly a backstage interviewer here.
    Lash LaRouxFor former Corporal Cajun was part of the “WCW 24”.
    Shannon MooreAlso a member of the “WCW 24”, former 3 Count member.





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    ECW ECW RISE 12-13-01



    ECW RISE
    December 13, 2001
    Hammerstein Ballroom
    New York, NY

    The Hurricane: “Hello fellow extreme residents and civilians. Tonight, I, The Hurricane, comes to the land of extreme to deal with some evil-doers. Total Impact, your crimes against Tommy Dreamer and Spike Dudley will not go unpunished. And while the Mighty one is not with me here tonight, I warn you now I do not come alone! Lance Storm, Mike Awesome, Justin Credible, your time is almost up!”

    The theme of ECW plays, then we cut to a clearly in disbelief Joey Styles.

    Joey Styles: “Hello everyone welcome to RISE…and did we just open the show with The Hurricane threatening Total Impact? Nonetheless the format does say that Total Impact is in action tonight. They will be facing Tommy Dreamer, Spike Dudley and a third partner yet to be named at Starrcade in an ECW rules six-man brawl! Now speaking of the format I was expecting a match to take place here, we were getting the return of Mikey Whipwreck to kick things off…and, what? That’s…that’s Kurt Angle?!

    Kurt Angle makes his way down to the ring, no music, no nothing. The crowd makes it known he’s not welcome with a “get the fuck out” chant!


    Kurt Angle: “So this is the big time ECW huh? You know all week I heard fans tell me I was being too cocky because I had a chance to work for ECW in 1996 and after one show said screw this and left. And by the looks of things nothing’s changed! No wonder Stephanie wanted me here, this place is piece of garbage! Now if I understand correctly there’s a chance to…perhaps be a #1 contender to a World Championship around here and quite frankly you couldn’t pay me enough otherwise to be here. You know when I joined The Alliance I didn’t do it for the ECW side of things. I certainly didn’t do it for these homeless pieces of trash in New York City that Paul E. probably paid to be here. I mean seriously who wants to be in New York City anyway? Jeff Van Gundy just walked out on you guys! Anyway, I did it for me and to become a World Champion again. I did it because I feel WCW was where the most prestigious championships are. So if I gotta prop up ECW a bit I gladly will clean up the promotion as your World Champion! Man what a joke this place is. I can….”

    The ECW faithful roars though…as the music of Tazz plays! Angle looks bewildered as Tazz approaches the ring. “IT’S TAZZ! IT’S TAZZ!” yells Joey Styles, “I thought he went with the WWF?

    Tazz: Kurt Angle, let me tell you why I came to ECW tonight. I had a feeling you were gonna come here tonight, disrespect the toughest fans here in New York City, and run your mouth. So I came here to shut you up! I choked you out right across the street In Madison Square Garden two years ago, I’d I’m about to do it again!”

    Kurt Angle: “Oh really? Two years ago? Who even cares! This time around I’ll snap your ankle and make you quit like how everyone else quits on ECW and New York City!”

    Tazz: “How about this, you want to fight? You want to go? How about you put that US Title on the line and we’ll go right now!


    Angle says “bring it” and here we go!

    Fuck em’ up Tazz fuck em’ up!”
    Fuck em’ up Tazz fuck em’ up!”


    WCW United States Championship
    Kurt Angle © vs. Tazz

    Tazz slides into the ring but Angle catches him with stomps and kicks. Angle slugs away at Tazz in the corner, then cockily nods to the crowd like Tazz is nothing. Tazz explodes out of the corner with a big clothesline! Angle gets up quickly but walks into a belly to belly suplex! Tazz goes for a T-Bone Tazz-plex, but Angle gets a knee, then hits a bridging German Suplex of his own. 1…2…Tazz kicks out. Angle locks Tazz in a front facelock, wrestling him down to the mat. Angle punches Tazz in the face with the facelock still in, then floats over and starts slapping Tazz in the face in a sign of pure disrespect. They get back to their feet, but Angle wraps Tazz up in a belly to belly suplex. Someone’s coming from the crowd though…it’s Booker T! Angle doesn’t see him…Booker grabs the US Title, runs in and whacks Angle in the back of the head with it! Angle stumbles around and Tazz locks in the Kata ha jime, the Tazz-mission! Angle tries to break free, but it’s only a matter of seconds before he passes out in the hold! The crowd pops huge as we have a NEW US Champion!

    Winner: Tazz when Angle passed out in 4:02 (New Champion)

    Booker T runs through the crowd, and Angle sees him and goes after him! Meanwhile, the new United States Champion grabs a mic.

    Tazz: “What did I say?! I choked Angle out two years ago, and I did it again tonight. For anyone back there, Tazz is back! BEAT ME IF YOU CAN….SURVIVE…”

    …and the crowd finishes…“IF I LET YOU!”


    ::COMMERCIAL BREAK::


    We come back to RISE in Paul Heyman’s office, and owner Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley walks in.

    Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley: “What the hell was that? I invite Kurt here and he gets attacked by someone who I didn’t even know we had under contract?”

    Paul Heyman: Stephanie I had no idea either!”

    Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley: “How can you not know? I’m not even gone one week and already the inmates are running the asylum! You better have something good for tonight…”


    Christian walks in to the surprise of both Heyman and Stephanie.

    Christian: “Am I interrupting? I know Kurt got the personal invite and all and that’s fine, but I think I’m deserving of a main event match at Starrcade if I should say so myself. I for one didn’t get pinned by Rob Van Dam a couple weeks ago nor did I frankly just get beat in 3 minutes earlier tonight, so I think I’m deserving.”

    Paul Heyman: “Christian, you know it…it is somewhat of a bad time. Here is a pass, I’m announcing the ECW World Championship match for Starrcade at the end of the show. This will get you into one of the box seats.”


    Christian smiles, and Stephanie gives Heyman a stern look.

    Joey Styles: “Is Christian getting a free pass for an opportunity for the ECW World Championship? Tonight’s already been insane. We already had a title change. Tazz is back. What else can happen? Oh god..oh god Hurricane’s actually coming out here…


    The Hurricane: “Hello again residents of the extreme! It is time to reveal my partners in fighting for justice. Tonight we will stop the tyranny that is Total Impact. Reveal yourselves!”

    “Intergalactic” by the Beastie Boys plays as Nova and The Blue Meanie make their way out to the ring!

    Joey Styles: “You’ve gotta be kidding me, they’re going to get killed…”


    Total Impact (Lance Storm, Justin Credible and Mike Awesome) w/Dawn Marie vs. The Hurricane, Nova and The Blue Meanie

    Meanie tries to dance with Dawn Marie…and he gets cracked in the head with a kendo stick from Justin Credible as a result! Storm and Awesome attack Hurricane and Nova…and the beatdown is on! Credible grabs a chair and hands it to Awesome, who wallops Meanie and Nova! Hurricane dropkicks the chair into Awesome’s face, sending him to the outside, but Credible and Storm take him down quickly. Storm locks in the Maple Leaf, and Credible continually bashes Hurricane in the head with a kendo stick! Hurricane has no way to protect himself! A dazed Meanie tackles Credible and Nova manages to force Storm to break the hold, but Storm superkicks Nova right in the face as a result. Credible cracks Meanie in the head with a kendo stick, busting him open. Storm smacks Hurricane with a super kick and Hurricane stumbles right into Justin Credible, who lays him out with That’s Incredible! Mike Awesome comes flying off the top rope with a splash, 1…2…3!

    Winners: Total Impact when Awesome pinned Hurricane in 3:59

    The beatdown continues as Awesome grabs Nova and…Awesome Bombs him over the top rope through a table!

    Joey Styles: “OH MY GOD!”

    Storm and Credible continue to beat down Meanie and Hurricane when Tommy Dreamer and Spike Dudley run in for the save! Dreamer gets a DDT on Storm and Spike drops Credible with the Dudley Dog! Dawn Marie tries to get them both to stop, but Dreamer grabs her by the hair and threatens to spike her to the canvas! Unfortunately this allows Awesome to smash both Dreamer and Spike with a steel chair! Storm and Credible come to and get their shots in, and Dreamer, Spike, Hurricane, Meanie and Nova are all left lying!

    Joey Styles: “Damnit! Well I guess we shouldn’t have expected anything less. Total Impact, I may not like them, but their ability can’t be denied. I mean that’s two former ECW World Champions and perhaps the best technical wrestler in the entire world. Anyway, I’m being told now that we have a message from..Raven?”
    Raven: “You know everyone thinks that what’s happening in ECW right now actually matters. But it doesn’t. Sure the likes of Rob Van Dam are contending for the ECW World Championship, and Tazz is back and there are apparent superheroes out there. But it all stands to face the path of irrelevance. All of them feel that they are kings, queens, rooks, knights, bishops in this game. But what about me? What about Raven? Well I’ll tell you about Raven. I’m not a piece at all. I’m the orchestra conductor. All of them are pawns being orchestrated by me. Van Dam, Dreamer, Stasiak, hell even if it’s Paul Heyman or Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley, they will all soon see they are pawns in my brilliancy. It is I who determines who makes it across the board. It is I who determines who becomes a rook or a knight. All of them are a fragment of my bigger masterpiece. Quote the Raven…Nevermore.”


    ::COMMERCIAL BREAK::


    Raven vs. Mikey Whipwreck

    Raven sits in the corner, and Whipwreck shows fire by flying in with a dropkick! Whipwreck stomps away on Raven…getting in some 20 stomps! Raven ends up between the 2nd and 3rd rope, and Whipwreck flies over the top rope and hits a guillotine legdrop! Raven falls lifelessly to the outside and Whipwreck sets up a table! He puts Raven on top then heads to the top rope…but elbowdrop misses and Whipwreck crashes through the table! Raven picks up what’s left of Mikey and his a Russian legsweep into the guardrail! Raven tosses Mikey back in and goes for the cover, 1…2…Whipwreck just kicks out, showing some life! Raven picks Mikey up, and gets caught in a small package! 1..2..Raven just avoids the upset with a kickout! Oklahoma Roll from Whipwreck, 1…2…another kickout from Raven. Backslide attempt from Whipwreck, but Raven counters into his own, 1…2..Mikey kicks out this time!

    Whipwreck fires off a dropkick that takes Raven down. Whipwreck sets a chair up in the middle of the ring. Raven reverses an Irish Whip though and gets the drop toe hold leading to Mikey crashing face first into the chair! Raven goes to finish with the Evenflow, but Mikey pulls out another small package, 1…2…Raven kicks out again! Whipwreck looks to finish off Raven and he comes off the ropes, but he’s tripped up by Shawn Stasiak! Stasiak poses to the crowd, and Whipwreck dives over the top and takes him out! Whipwreck rolls back in, but Raven is waiting with a boot to the midsection and spikes Mikey with the Evenflow DDT! 1…2…3!

    Winner: Raven via pinfall in 6:36

    Raven orders Stasiak to take Whipwreck with him as they head back up the entrance way.


    ::COMMERCIAL BREAK::


    We come back to RISE with Christian taking his seat. ECW fans surprisingly seem positive towards him, even as he mocks them. Christian seems to believe that he’ll be Rob Van Dam’s opponent at Starrcade for the ECW World Championship.

    Paul Heyman then walks out with a huge, unknown blonde wrestler.

    Joey Styles: “Who the hell is that…”


    Paul Heyman: “Ever since I had to tell the assets of Extreme Championship Wrestling I’ve been asked almost every god damn day, ‘Paul, how could you have saved ECW? Paul, could you have gotten back on national TV?’ and so on and so forth. And quite frankly we would have made it. After Vince McMahon and Eric Bischoff raided every star I created I almost made it to the line where a whole new batch of talent awaited. But I needed a bridge, just one star to get me there. So, despite what you may hear on the internet or on the radio or whatever gossip sheet let me set the record straight. ECW fell apart not because of ‘bad management’ or ‘Paul being a bad businessman’. ECW didn’t make it without the help of Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley because Rob Van Dam gave up on us! ECW didn’t make it because Rob Van Dam never pushed himself to be the man! He was a great Television Champion, the greatest we ever had. But we needed him to step up. And then by the end of 2000 he barely even showed up at all and left me hanging. But I can get past that. See while Rob Van Dam was weighing his other options, I started scouting and scouting like I always did to find the most exciting talent out there. And one night I’m watching Ohio Valley Wrestling and I see this one guy throwing the WWF’s Mark Henry around like he’s nothing. A few months later during InVasion at a couple of live events a few weeks before Survivor Series he beat the living hell out of Tommy Dreamer and beat him clean! Hell, he wrestled Kanyon in some events in October and beat him up so badly that Kanyon has been injured ever since! I knew, I knew when ECW was reborn that I needed something better than Rob Van Dam. I’m a fair man, I’ve given Rob Van Dam the opportunity and maybe he’ll prove me wrong and a part of me hopes he does. But truthfully, I don’t think so. Ladies and Gentlemen, at Starrcade for the ECW World Championship, it will be Rob Van Dam one-on-one with the 1998 Junior NCAA Amateur Wrestling Champion and 2000 NCAA National Heavyweight Champion. Six Foot-Four Inches tall, 285 pounds. Making his Extreme Championship Wrestling debut at Starrcade is this man, Brock Lesnar!”


    Fans boo the introduction loudly with a “you sold out” chant, but then erupts as Rob Van Dam makes his way out to the ring! We also get a shot of Christian, who clearly looks disgusted at not being chosen. RVD sizes up Lesnar.

    Rob Van Dam: Brock Lesnar huh? What, was Brakus sick this week Paul?

    Joey Styles: “Don’t give him any ideas Rob!”

    Rob Van Dam: “You say Rob Van Dam gave up on you? Well I gotta be honest with you Paul. First of all, myself and everyone else in that locker room busted our ass to make ECW last as long as it did, and a hell of a lot of us worked for free way longer than we should have. As for grabbing the brass ring? Maybe had I gotten a chance at it I would have won the ECW World Championship. We all know no one was hanging with me and that’s why you tried to push me aside!”

    Joey Styles: “He’s damn right!”

    Rob Van Dam: Brock Lesnar, you better appreciate what you’re getting handed here kid. I worked my entire life to get what you’re getting right now. I’m going to win the ECW World Heavyweight Championship at Starrcade. And you’ll learn Brock that I’m the whole fuckin’ show!”

    Lesnar and RVD stand face to face…and RVD pie faces him! Lesnar immediately tackles RVD and the brawl is on, even knocking down Heyman! Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley runs out with security and officials to loud boos from the crowd to break them up. There isn’t much success…until Lesnar surprises everyone by heaving RVD over the top rope and onto the floor! RVD looks surprised himself, but not fazed, as he’s held back while the show goes off the air!



    ::END SHOW::

    Quick Results

    Tazz made WCW United States Champion Kurt Angle pass out to win the title

    Total Impact defeated The Hurricane, Nova and The Blue Meanie when Awesome pinned Hurricane

    Raven pinned Mikey Whipwreck

    Champions

    WCW World Champion
    Stone Cold Steve Austin (Awarded On 12-3-01)

    ECW World Champion
    Vacant (Vacated by Rhyno on 12-6-01)

    WCW United States Champion
    Tazz (Defeated Kurt Angle on 12-13-01)

    WCW World Tag Team Champions
    The Dudley Boyz (Defeated The Hardy Boyz on 10-26-01)

    WCW Cruiserweight Champion
    Billy Kidman (Defeated X-Pac on 10-9-01)

    Roster Updates

    Brock LesnarAs Heyman said, NCAA 2000 Champion has been working in OVW since late 2000. Uses a Triple Powerbomb and an airplane spin front face slam (called the F5) as finishers. Is said to also be capable of a Shooting Star Press.
    NovaFormer ECW regular.
    Mikey WhipwreckAnother former ECW regular (and ECW World Champion) who also had some shots in WCW.
    TazzChoked out Paul Heyman the SMACKDOWN! before Survivor Series and competed in the Immunity Battle Royal. Clearly, he’s made his decision on where he wants to compete.
    The Blue Meanie Former ECW regular has had a WWF run before.


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    WCW WCW Worldwide 12-15-2001


    WCW Worldwide
    December 15, 2001
    McKenzie Arena
    Chattanooga, TN

    Scott Hudson and Mike Tenay welcome us to the show. Hudson recounts what happened on Nitro between WCW Cruiserweight Champion Billy Kidman and Jerry Lynn.

    Jerry Lynn vs. Christian York w/Joey Matthews

    Lynn gets the early arm ringer, but York quickly rolls through to get his own. Lynn counters with an arm drag. Lynn and York trade hammerlocks, and Lynn gets the better of York again with a fireman’s carry. Headlock by York, but he gets sent off the ropes. York gets a leapfrog, but walks into another arm drag from Lynn. Hiptoss is blocked however, and York gets one of his own on Lynn. Lynn swats away a dropkick and gets a headlock takeover on York. York gets out with a headscissors, but he runs in and Lynn trips him up, 1…2…quick kick out from York. Snapmare takeover from Lynn, but York lands n his feet! York gets some applause from the crowd, but then gets slapped in the face by a frustrated Lynn.

    Lynn hammers away on York. Backbreaker from Lynn. York tries to fire back, but Lynn is in complete control, getting a snapmare successfully this time. Lynn wears York down with a headlock. Lynn goes back to stomping then brings York over to the corner and chops away. Irish Whip is reversed though, but Lynn blocks the impact at the turnbuckles. York goes for a dropkick but Lynn stops short and it misses. Lynn tries to catapult York into the corner, but York lands perfectly on the bottom rope and comes down with a legdrop on Lynn! York sends Lynn off the ropes, but Lynn counters a hip toss again, and sends York face first into the mat with an inverted double leg slam.

    Lynn goes back to punching York, and York still has some life, punching back. Lynn sends York into the corner, but York gets his foot up when Lynn comes charging in. Springboard back elbow off the 2nd rope from York connects! 1…2…Lynn kicks out! York goes for a modified hangman’s neckbreaker, but Lynn kicks his foot back and gets a low blow! No call from the referee, and that draws Matthews to the ring apron. Lynn blasts Matthews and Matthews goes flying into the barricade! Spinning heel kick from York hits the distracted Lynn, 1…2…Lynn just kicks out, we almost had an upset there! York heads to the top rope facing outwards, maybe for a moonsault, but Lynn stops him. Lynn slams York back with an electric chair drop! Lynn makes the cover, 1…2…York just kicks out!

    Lynn sets up for the Cradle Piledriver, but Matthews is on the apron again! Lynn turns his attention to him and York dropkicks Lynn into him (Matthews)! York is momentarily distracted by his partner lying on the floor, but turns back to Lynn. He goes for a frankensteiner, but Lynn counters with a powerbomb! 1….2…York kicks out! Lynn gets a boot, and this time he plants Christian York with the Cradle Piledriver! 1…2…3!

    Winner: Jerry Lynn via pinfall in 11:34


    ::COMMERCIAL BREAK::


    Scott Hudson introduced Joey Styles to the broadcast booth, and they go over what took place on RISE, where Tazz confronted Kurt Angle and walked away with the WCW United States Championship. Styles says that this Tazz looks as dangerous as he’s ever seen him. Hudson tells the fans that Tazz is expected to be at NITRO this Monday Night.

    Hudson then hypes up the main event for Starrcade, WCW World Champion Stone Cold Steve Austin defending against Sixteen Time World Champion Ric Flair. Hudson and Tenay go over what happened on Nitro, and that he’s (Hudson) has heard that Kurt Angle will face Booker T at Starrcade as well. Hudson also hypes up the in-ring return of Ric Flair for the first time since the last TNT Nitro and wonders who the opponent is.

    Lastly, Hudson and Tenay tell the fans that the next two weeks Worldwide will no air, but that ECW Hardcore TV takes over the slot. The week after that is a special Starrcade Preview Show.



    ::COMMERCIAL BREAK::


    Kronik vs. Air Raid (AJ Styles and Air Paris)

    Notably, Kronik is without Steven Richards. Adams and Clarke hit big boots on Styles and Paris, taking them both out right at the start. They grab Paris and send him into the turnbuckles, and take him out again with a double big boot. Styles fires a springboard forearm at Clarke and hits, but Adams grabs him and plants him with a full nelson slam! Clarke recovers and Kronik nail Paris with a Total Meltdown, looking similar to the Doomsday Device. They both grab Paris by the neck and hit High Times, the Double Chokeslam! Clarke pins Paris for the academic 1..2..3.

    Winner: Kronik when Clarke pinned Paris in 1:47

    Scott Hudson has one more hype job left for Nitro, as he tell us that Kronik will take on Sean O’Haire and Chuck Palumbo on Nitro to determine the #1 Contenders for the WCW World Tag Team Championship!


    ::END SHOW::


    Quick Results

    Jerry Lynn pinned Christian York

    Kronik defeated Air Raid

    Champions

    WCW World Champion
    Stone Cold Steve Austin (Awarded On 12-3-01)

    ECW World Champion
    Vacant (Vacated by Rhyno on 12-6-01)

    WCW United States Champion
    Tazz (Defeated Kurt Angle on 12-13-01)

    WCW World Tag Team Champions
    The Dudley Boyz (Defeated The Hardy Boyz on 10-26-01)

    WCW Cruiserweight Champion
    Billy Kidman (Defeated X-Pac on 10-9-01)

    Roster Updates

    Air ParisOther half of Air Raid



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    WCW WCW Monday Night Nitro 12-17-2001



    WCW Monday Night Nitro
    December 17, 2001
    Gaylord Entertainment Center
    Nashville, TN

    Scott Hudson and Diamond Dallas Page welcome us to the show as WCW Cruiserweight Champion Billy Kidman makes his way to the ring! He reminds us what happened last week on Nitro, when Jerry Lynn attacked Kidman after his match with Essa Rios.


    Billy Kidman and Essa Rios vs. Chavo Guerrero Jr. and Jerry Lynn

    Kidman stares down Lynn and wants to start, then gets into a small argument with Rios about starting the match. Lynn and Chavo run at them, and they get a double armdrag! Lynn gets out of there as this naturally causes Rios and Chavo to start. Rios gets a dropkick and then a spinning heel kick on Chavo. Arm wringer from Rios, and then he jumps up to the top rope, does a triple springboard and then jumps back down and powerslams Chavo! Tag to Kidman who knocks Chavo down with a clothesline. Kidman goes for a 2nd one, but Chavo ducks and then goes for the belly to back suplex, but Kidman lands on his feet. A surprised Chavo misses the clothesline and Kidman gets an atomic drop! Chavo falls towards his teammate though and tags in Lynn.

    Kidman and Lynn lock up, and Kidman sends Lynn to the corner. Lynn blocks and tries to jump over a charging Kidman, but Kidman catches up and gets a gutbuster! Kidman follows up with an enzugiri! Kidman comes off the ropes and goes for the frankensteiner, but Lynn slams him straight down with a sit out powerbomb! 1…2…Kidman kicks out. Lynn stomps away then sends Kidman off the ropes and hits a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker. In comes Chavo who locks Kidman in a headlock, before picking him up and locking him into the Gory Special! Chavo releases Kidman’s arms and Kidman slams to the canvas face first. A cover, 1…2…Kidman kicks out again. Chavo hooks Kidman’s head and goes for the Tornado DDT, but Kidman shoves him off, sending Chavo across the ring. Chavo tags in Lynn, but Kidman rags Rios back in as well!

    Rios takes out Lynn with a spinning heel kick then follows up with a dropkick. Flying headscissors! Rios dropkicks Chavo off the apron, then heads to the top rope…and hits a moonsault onto Chavo on the outside! Rios comes back in and goes for another flying headscissors, but Lynn turns that into a tilt-a-whirl facebuster! Kidman gets the tag back in and heads to the second rope, and hits Lynn with a missile dropkick! Cover, 1…2…Lynn kicks out! Crossbody connects into a pin, 1…2…Lynn kicks out again! Kidman misses the avalanche into he corner, crashing into the corner. Lynn pulls Kidman by his hair and gets an inverted DDT. Lynn tags in Chavo, and Kidman tags Rios back in.

    Chavo ducks a dropkick and elbows Rios. Vertical suplex takes Rios down. Chavo heads to the top rope but Rios catches him. Rios tries for the superplex, but Chavo counters and shoves him off. Chavo follows with a Frog Splash, but Rios just moves out of the way! Rios quickly jumps to the top rope, moonsault! 1…2…3! Lynn runs in and he and Kidman go at it, before Rios double dropkicks both of them to the outside, and follows up with a springboard plancha! As Rios walks up the ramp, he indicates he wants the Cruiserweight title!

    Winners: Billy Kidman and Essa Rios when Rios pinned Chavo in 11:29

    Jeremy Borash knocks on Shane McMahon’s door. No one answers, but as Borash is about to leave Shane McMahon, Test and Commissioner William Regal comes out of the office.

    Shane McMahon: “Did I startle you? You alright?”

    Jeremy Borash: “I’m good Shane, we all want to know what your thoughts are on what took place on ECW RISE last week, where Tazz choked out Kurt Angle thanks to some help from Booker T…do you think this Angle/Booker T thing has gotten out of hand?

    Shane McMahon: “Out of hand? Things are fine Jeremy. I think both Angle and Booker have made their points. And, since we don’t have someone set up to face Stone Cold Steve Austin or Ric Flair after Starrcade, I think it’s time to figure out that situation once and for all. At Starrcade, it’ll be Booker T against Kurt Angle, winner will get the WCW World Championship match at Souled Out in January. Now, I’m pretty sure these guys aren’t going to be able to wait thirteen days. So, as I was just discussing with the Commissioner here, it’s going to be Booker T and the new United States Champion Tazz against Angle and Mr. Regal himself. And William, if you want to teach Tajiri something, bring him out there and have him watch.”

    William Regal: “Yes Shane.”

    Jeremy Borash: “How about the opponent for Ric Flair’s return to Nitro tonight? We’ve all been spec…”

    Shane McMahon: “You just want to know everything, don’t you. Don’t worry, you’ll all see the perfect surprise we’ve got cooked up tonight soon enough.”



    ::COMMERCIAL BREAK::


    We come back to Nitro and we’re with Kevin Kelly, who’s found “Nature Boy” Ric Flair and Arn Anderson.

    Kevin Kelly: Ric Flair, perhaps in thirteen days you face perhaps your greatest challenge in WCW World Heavyweight Champion Stone Cold Steve Austin. Ric, are you prepared…”

    Ric Flair: “Am I prepared? Kevin Kelly who do you think you’re talking to? Prepared? WOO! I’m that limousine-ridin’, jet-flyin’, kiss-stealing, wheelin’ son of a gun! Hell yeah I’m prepared! Do you know what happens at Starrcade when The Nature Boy…WOOO! Is in the main event? 1983. First Starrcade. Steel cage. Ric Flair wins the World Title beating Harley Race baby! Ten years later, career on the line..one on one with the monster Vader. And I came out on top again! Two years after that, right here in Nashville, Tennessee! I beat Lex Luger, Sting and Randy Savage all in the same night and became champion. I’ve been at the big matches. I’ve fought the big matches. And I’ve won the big matches. I’m prepared baby!

    Kevin Kelly: “How about tonight? We still don’t know who you will be facing in the main event.”

    Ric Flair: “That’s ok that’s ok that’s ok, it’s the main event! First match on Nitro in nine months! I’ve sweated this business for thirty years Kevin Kelly. Every War Games, every PPV, every Nitro, every Starrcade, I fought, partied and got up and did it all again the next day! A little mystery opponent ain’t going to shake me! But, my o’ my, who is this?”

    A woman catches the eye of Flair mid-promo, and then a familiar voice calls for her.

    Unknown Voice: Alexis, wait up. Come over here for a second.”

    Flair sees who it is and has a smile on his face, shaking his head positively.

    Ric Flair: “Well, well, well, do my eyes deceive me?”

    Curt Hennig walks into the shot, and he’s quick to the point.

    Curt Hennig: “No they don’t “Nature Boy”. You rattled off a list of guys who you beat at Starrcade, all impressive. But let’s talk about another night. Let’s talk about January 25, 1993. That’s right. The reason you had no choice but to go back to WCW was because one night, as great as you were, I was perfect. I beat you then. I’ve beaten you in WCW. And I’m gonna beat you tonight. And then maybe we’re going to talk about a different main event at Starrcade.”

    Ric Flair: “Is that right? I’ll see you out there brother.”


    #1 Contender for the WCW World Tag Team Championship
    Kronik w/Steven Richards vs. Sean O’Haire and Chuck Palumbo

    Adams and Palumbo lock-up, and Adams shoves Palumbo right down. They lock-up again though, and Palumbo sends Adams off the ropes and shoulderblocks him down, evening the score! Palumbo comes wildly off the ropes at Adams, only for Adams to sidestep him and toss him over the top rope! Adams argues with O’Haire, allowing Clarke to flip off the apron and crash right into Palumbo! Clarke sends Palumbo back into the ring, but Adams misses an elbow and Palumbo gets the tag to O’Haire. Adams gets the advantage quickly though, hitting forearms and punches. He sends O’Haire to the corner, but O’Haire jumps to the top rope and backflips off! Adams turns around and O’Haire is waiting for him with a jumping spin kick! O’Haire gets some shots in, but Adams hooks a clothesline and locks in a Full Nelson, turning it into a one arm Full Nelson slam! A cover, 1…2…but O’Haire kicks out.

    Adams tags in Clarke and Clarke pounds and kicks away at O’Haire. Clarke whips him off the ropes but O’Haire puts on the brakes and gets an uppercut before falling back and getting the tag to Palumbo. Big shots from Palumbo, but Clarke fires back and sends Palumbo off the ropes. Clarke plants a boot, then gets a double underhook suplex. Cover, 1…2…kickout from Palumbo. Clarke looks to finish with a Meltdown, but O’Haire runs in to try to break it up. Clarke sees it coming and ducks, then gets a big boot on O’Haire. Palumbo gets a jungle kick on the distracted Clarke though, 1…2..Adams runs in to break it up! A brawl breaks out, and Adams knocks O’Haire out of the ring with some big blows. Palumbo goes for another kick on Adams, but Clarke lays him out with a big clothesline. Kronik sets Palumbo up, High Times double chokeslam! Adams again knocks O’Haire off the apron as Clarke gets the cover, 1…2…3!

    Notably, Kronik leaves Richards hanging when Richards tries to celebrate the win.

    Winner: Kronik in 8:00 when Clarke pinned Palumbo

    Jeremy Borash is with Kurt Angle. Angle is watching last week’s RISE on a monitor, specifically Tazz calling him out.

    Jeremy Borash: Kurt…”

    Kurt Angle: “Let me guess! You’re going to ask me how I feel about that right? How I feel about Tazz using a chokehold that’s illegal anywhere else in the world to take away my United States Championship? Yeah? Listen, Shane McMahon finally did something right here. If I even let Booker T make it out of tonight I’m going to snap his ankle in two at Starrcade! And Tazz? One day you can tell your grandkids you got one on Kurt Angle. You’ll be telling them from your hospital bed after I permanently cripple you tonight!”


    ::COMMERCIAL BREAK::


    We come back to Nitro as Christian is talking to Test outside Shane McMahon’s office when Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley looks to enter. Christian stops her and Test walks into the office (clearly no desire to see Stephanie there).

    Christian: “What was that last week Steph?

    SMH: “…don’t call me Steph. Look, I didn’t know what Paul had planned last week, but to tell you the truth, I thought it was exciting.”

    Christian: “What does that do for me? Why did I come to RISE for? I’m a main event guy and I came to the Alliance for main event opportunities!”

    SMH: “I get it. And I will tell you right now, you got it. I believe in Christian. Come to Starrcade, and I promise you that you’ll have a main event level match.”


    That’s all Christian wanted to hear, as he thanks Stephanie and pretty much giggles as he walks away.

    Kurt Angle and William Regal w/Tajiri and Torrie Wilson vs. Tazz and Booker T

    Angle and Booker T fire away at one another to start the match! Angle is obviously angry, but Booker T isn’t letting up either. Angle wildly misses with a punch and Booker sends him to the outside! Booker follows up and the brawl continues. Regal is watching, and Tazz sneaks up on him and gets him with a T-Bone Tazz-plex! Tazz gets a kick and then punches away at Regal. Tazz tries for a German suplex, but Regal elbows out then catches Tazz with a kneelift. Regal gets form forearms in the corner, but Tazz reverses an Irish whip and then catches Regal with a belly to bello suplex after Regal stumbles out of the corner! Angle slams Booker into the steps, then runs in and levels Tazz!

    Angle drags Regal to the corner and makes the tag, then stomps away on Tazz. Flawless German suplex from Angle with a bridge, 1…2…Tazz kicks out. Angle continues to stomp away at Tazz. He picks Tazz up and just takes him down with a clothesline. He props Tazz up in the corner and fires away, but Tazz counters and has Angle trapped in the corner and kicks away. He whips Angle across the ring into the corner, but Tazz runs into an Angle boot when he runs in. Angle runs at Tazz though and gets caught and catches Angle with a belly to belly suplex! Cover, 1…2..Angle kicks out! Tazz runs at Angle, who catches Tazz with a belly to belly suplex of his own! Angle goes for the Anklelock, only for Tazz to roll through and escape…and tag in Booker T!

    Booker T comes in like a house of fire, knocking Angle down multiple times and knocking Regal off the apron. Harlem sidekick and then a boot to the midsection. Booker misses the Scissors’ Kick and Angle goes for the Angle Slam, but Booker lands on his feet and roundhouse kicks Angle down! Booker sends Angle off the ropes, where Regal makes a blind tag, and catches Angle with the set-up for the Book-End! Regal comes in and breaks it up though with a shot to Booker. Booker falls towards Tazz though and Tazz makes his own tag and he fires away at Regal! Booker and Angle come to blows on the outside as Tazz calls for the Tazz-mission! Regal blocks it though, and almost gets his hook neckbreaker. Tazz counters that though and locks in the Tazz-mission! Regal tries to break out and they fall close to the ropes, but Tazz holds onto the hold as Regal taps out!

    Tazz doesn’t let go of the hold though, and Tajiri catches him with the green mist, surprisingly helping Regal escape!

    Winners: Tazz and Booker T when Tazz made Regal submit in 10:35


    ::COMMERCIAL BREAK::


    Backstage Regal tells Tajiri that he did a good job and makes a match for Starrcade.

    William Regal: “You [Tajiri] and Tazz at Starrcade! Win the title from that miserable toerack Tazz, and I’ll leave you and Torrie Wilson alone!

    Tajiri and Torrie get excited, but Regal has one more thing to add.

    William Regal: “Lose, and I will make sure of it that Torrie Wilson never steps foot in WCW again!”

    We then change things up backstage, where we are with WCW World Champion Stone Cold Steve Austin.

    Stone Cold Steve Austin: “What?”

    What?

    What?

    Here’s a story of a man’s man, a champion among champions, a man named Stone Cold Steve Austin.

    The last few weeks I’ve went to a bar each and every night and every night when the bartender gives me a beer, they mention to me, ‘hey, did you hear that Ric Flair is back? Yeah, Ric Flair’s back and he’s going to be the World Champion again. I’m so excited. I’ve been watching Flair since I was a kid!’ And obviously you know how well that went with Stone Cold Steve Austin. So after I get done beating the bartender’s ass, it’s the same thing the next town. And the next! And the next! What? What? What? What? What?

    So after the fifth or sixth town, I’m sick of hearing about Ric Flair. He done nothing for The Alliance. WCW exists today because of Stone Cold Steve Austin. That is why I am the WCW World Champion. So in the sixth town the bartender tells me about Ric Flair. Apparently Ric Flair parties at this bar. So he’s telling me how Flair was up all night drinking and partying and the next night he was in the ring fighting for an hour. And I told the poor son of a bitch, because he didn’t know he was about to catch an ass whipping, I told him that he needs to remember those days as long as he can, because after Starrcade there will be no more Ric Flair partying. What? No more long nights. What? No more Ric Flair matches. So after I beat this bartender’s ass I remind him that Stone Cold Steve Austin is the new face of WCW and the WCW World Champion, and that’s the bottom line.. What?...Cause Stone Cold Said So!”

    Scott Hudson and DDP talk about the Austin vs. Flair match for Starrcade, when randomly Jamie Noble comes into the ring?

    Jamie Noble: “That’s right we made it to the big time! Everyone told me the last couple months to go it slow and ask for matches for Worldwide and I ain’t about that! I’m the future of WCW and I challenge anyone in the back right now so that I can make a name for myself on Nitro! Come on!”


    Scott Hudson mentions how this was totally unexpected as the main event should be starting soon, but Noble gets his challenge answered as Meng has arrived. Noble looks as scared as you can imagine.

    Jamie Noble vs. Meng

    Noble literally runs into Meng and crashes into the mat, not even moving the monster. Noble tries again, only to get hit with a quick uppercut that sends him flying. A dazed Noble gets up and walk right into the Tongan Death Grip, and that’s it for Noble’s debut.

    Winner: Meng when Noble passed out in 0:32


    ::COMMERCIAL BREAK::


    Shane McMahon: “Ladies and gentlemen, I’m here to excitedly announce that WCW has acquired a major star who was currently officially a free agent after Survivor Series. Myself and Test will personally watch as he makes his re-debut in WCW at Starrcade!”

    Ric Flair w/Arn Anderson vs. Curt Hennig w/Alexis Laree

    Flair starts off aggressively, chopping away at Hennig in the corner. He fires more shots and doesn’t give Hennig a break. Another punch sends Hennig to the apron, and Flair comes off the ropes and knees Hennig off the apron and into the barricade! Flair goes right out after him, firing more chops and then sending Hennig back into the ring. More chops in the corner. Flair sends Hennig to the opposite turnbuckles, but Hennig explodes out of the corner with a clothesline. Flair tries to get up, but Hennig quickly snaps the neck of Flair, folding him like an accordion! Flair gets back to his feet and fires chops at Hennig, but Hennig takes him down with a hard chop of his own. Stone Cold Steve Austin comes out onto the stage and stands at the entranceway, watching the match.

    Hennig has slowed the pace down and in a bit of a reversal of what we expected, goes to work on Flair’s knee. He drops all his weight on it twice, before dragging Flair to the post and slamming his knee against it! Spinning toehold from Hennig, and Flair is in pain. Flair works his way back to a vertical base and gets some chops, but he misses an elbow and Hennig takes him down with an elbow of his own! Hennig sends Flair into he corner and the momentum sends Flair flying over the top rope and onto the floor! Hennig meets Flair on the outside and slams him into the barricade. Hennig comes back in and asks the referee to count Flair out, but Flair makes it back rather quickly. Hennig was ready though, hanging Flair throat first on the top rope. Hennig then hooks Flair and suplexes him back into the ring. Cover, 1…2…Flair kicks out.

    Flair fights his way back up again with punches and chops, and knocks Hennig down with a shoulderblock. Flair comes off the ropes again, but he gets tripped up by Alexis Laree! Flair turns his attention to her for a moment, but then walks right into a sleeperhold from Hennig. Hennig tries to bring Flair to the canvas with the sleeper, but no luck as Flair counters into a back suplex! Now Flair works on the knee, stomping away at it and dropping as his weight on it. Flair hooks Hennig’s legs and catapults him into the turnbuckles, only Hennig goes high enough here it looks like his head hit the post! Flair chops Hennig and Hennig goes down, then he calls for the Figure Four! Figure Four locked in! Hennig is close to the ropes, and Alexis Laree pushes the rope closer to him so he grabs it. Arn Anderson chases Laree off, which distracts Flair. Flair whips Hennig off the ropes and goes for the backdrop, but Hennig puts on the brakes and hits the Hennig-Plex! 1…2…Flair just kicks out to Hennig’s shock! Hennig sets him up for another one, but Flair rolls him up, 1…2…3!

    Winner: Ric Flair via pinfall in 12:15

    Stone Cold Steve Austin attacks Arn Anderson on the outside and slams him into the barricade! Austin stomps away until Flair sees this and chases Austin off through the crowd as Nitro goes off the air!

    Quick Results

    Essa Rios and Billy Kidman defeated Jerry Lynn and Chavo Guerrero Jr. when Rios pinned Chavo

    #1 Contender for the WCW World Tag Team Championship: Kronik defeated Chuck Palumbo and Sean O’Haire when Clarke pinned Palumbo

    Tazz and Booker T defeated Kurt Angle and William Regal when Tazz choked out Regal

    Meng made Jamie Noble pass out

    Ric Flair pinned Curt Hennig

    Champions

    WCW World Champion
    Stone Cold Steve Austin (Awarded On 12-3-01)

    ECW World Champion
    Vacant (Vacated by Rhyno on 12-6-01)

    WCW United States Champion
    Tazz (Defeated Kurt Angle on 12-13-01)

    WCW World Tag Team Champions
    The Dudley Boyz (Defeated The Hardy Boyz on 10-26-01)

    WCW Cruiserweight Champion
    Billy Kidman (Defeated X-Pac on 10-9-01)

    Roster Updates

    Alexis LareeYoung female talent from MCW. In an alternate timeline, the future Mickie James.
    Curt HennigHennig had left WCW back in 2000, but he’s been active on the independent scene and in the fledging XWF. This likely represents one last run at the top for Hennig.
    Jamie NobleA mainstay for the younger guys who were around at the end of the previous WCW.
    Kevin Kelly Has worked for the WWF since 1996, has been moved to WCW.
    Meng Had left WCW back in 2001 when he made a surprise appearance in the Royal Rumble as Haku. Another veteran looking at one last run at the top.



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    ECW ECW RISE 12-20-01



    ECW RISE
    December 20, 2001
    McKenzie Arena
    Chattanooga, TN

    Tazz: Yoshihiro Tajiri, you and I go back my friend. I know more than anyone else, more than McMahon, more than Regal, just how dangerous you are. The way I see things we’re even brother. ECW Heatwave 1999, I choked you out. At InVasion earlier this year, you got me with the mist. It’s rubber match time and while I know you got a lot on the line, I don’t plan on losing this WCW US Championship belt that I choked Kurt Angle out for. But here’s the challenge. You’re an ECW guy, I’m an ECW guy. I know this belt says WCW on it, but for old times sake let’s do it, no rules, anything goes. Let’s see what kind of man you are Tajiri! Beat me if you can…SURVIVE…if I let you!”

    The theme of ECW plays, then we cut it to Joey Styles…but before he says a word we see The Wall beating the hell out of someone in a parking lot, it looks like Shannon Moore, and throwing him into the trunk of a car! The Wall drives off…

    Joey Styles: “Did anyone see that? Hello everyone welcome to RISE, I can’t say I have any idea what the hell was that, hell I don’t even know why we are showing The Wall. He’s not from ECW? Is he? Anyway we have two big matches schedule tonight, assuming no one shows up to ruin them and make their own like last week. Our main event tonight Paul Heyman has decided that Rob Van Dam deserves to be punished for starting the fight last week. I mean are you kidding me Paul? Van Dam will have to take on Total Impact’s monster and former ECW World Heavyweight Champion Mike Awesome. And what we’re about to start here is a match to determine the opponent for WCW Cruiserweight Champion Billy Kidman as we have Chavo Guerrero Jr. against Essa Rios and Jerry Lynn in a triple threat, meaning the first fall will take it.


    #1 Contender for the WCW Cruiserweight Championship
    Chavo Guerrero Jr. vs. Essa Rios vs. Jerry Lynn

    All three men feel each other out, but then Chavo and Lynn attack Rios at the same time. Rios fights out, sending Chavo to the outside and firing away at Lynn. Arm wringer turns into a springboard armdrag on Lynn from Rios. Chavo comes back in and gets a monkey flip on Rios, only for Rios to land on his feet! Rios gets blasted by Lynn though and gets knocked to the outside. Chavo leapfrogs Lynn, only to run into an elbow as Lynn came back at him. Rios tries to get back into the ring, but Lynn guillotine legdrops him on the 2nd rope! Lynn pins Rios, 1…2…Chavo breaks it up. Flying headscissors by Chavo onto Lynn, and then a dropkick sends Lynn to the outside. Rios leaps over Chavo and takes Lynn out with a suicide plancha!

    Essa Rios is back in, but Chavo gets him with an elbow. Rios counterattacks with a backwards jump kick which gets Chavo square in the face! Rios goes for a flying headscissors, but Chavo turns it into a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker! Cover, 1…2…Rios just kicks out. High angle back suplex from Chavo. Another cover, 1…2…another kickout from Rios. Chavo locks in the Gory Guerrero Special, but Rios quickly counters it into a victory roll, 1…2…Jerry Lynn breaks that up with a basement dropkick that gets Rios right in the face! Lynn stomps away at Rios in the corner, and Chavo comes up from behind going for a German Suplex. Lynn blocks and gets a German suplex with a bridge! 1…2…Rios breaks that one up. Spinning heel kick knocks Lynn to the outside again.

    Rios sets Chavo up and powerbombs him in the middle of the ring! He heads to the top rope, but the 450 splash misses as Chavo moves out of the way! Chavo gets an arm on Rios, 1…2…Rios kicks out. Chavo hooks Rios up for a suplex, but Rios counters with one of his own! Rios heads to the top rope again, but Lynn blasts him with a chair and Rios goes crashing into the steel guardrail! Lynn goes for a top rope legdrop on Chavo, but Chavo moves out of the way. Chavo hooks Lynn and goes for the Tornado DDT, but Lynn stops the momentum and turns it into a Northern Lights Suplex! 1…2…Chavo just kicks out. Chavo and Lynn trade rights, and Chavo sends Lynn off the ropes for a backdrop, only for Lynn to put on the brakes this time…which lets him spike Chavo with the Cradle Piledriver! 1…2…3!

    Winner: Jerry Lynn when he pinned Chavo in 10:30


    ::COMMERCIAL BREAK::


    We come back to RISE and Jerry Lynn is about to talk to Joey Styles, but Billy Kidman attacks him from behind with a chair! Retribution for a couple weeks ago on Nitro! Kidman gets a couple of shots in before Paul Heyman and officials break them up, drawing boos from the crowd. Kidman escapes through the crowd!

    Joey Styles: “As you can see anything can happen here in ECW! That was a receipt! That was a receipt for Jerry Lynn showing up on Nitro a couple of weeks back. What the hell is going on now? Oh god, it’s the Dudley Boyz. Who’s that they are dragging along? Is that Steven Richards?!

    Bubba Ray Dudley: “Okay punk (talking to Richards). This is how it’s going to go down. You’re going to get on your hands and knees and beg for those two big goofy pieces of trash to save your ass!”

    Steven Richards: “They, they aren’t here! Please!”


    D-Von Dudley has brought a table into the ring, setting it up. The crowd only seems to care about one thing though…

    “WE WANT STACY! WE WANT STACY!”


    Bubba Ray Dudley: “You pieces of garbage out there in the crowd and in TV land don’t deserve Stacy!” Steven Richards, if your boys aren’t here tonight, then I guess me and my brother D-Von just have a message to send then! At Starrcade, we’re not defending the WCW World Tag Team Championship in any regular match. By god it will be a tables match. Let us provide an example!”

    Steven Richards: “No! No!”


    D-Von pummels Richards and Bubba Ray heads to the 2nd rope. Bubba Ray picks Richards up and powerbombs him through the table! The Dudleyz leave Richards lying and walk off as Richards is helped through the back.

    Joey Styles: “Even though it’s Steven Richards I am sick and tired of the Dudley Boyz bullying whomever they feel like it. It’s ridiculous! I hope Adams and Clarke give them what they deserve!”

    As Styles is talking the car we saw earlier being driven by The Wall is shown in a remote location, where Shawn Stasiak, Mikey Whipwreck and Raven all await. Raven orders Wall, calling him Malice, to pull Shannon Moore out of the trunk. He does so and beats him down a bit.

    Raven: “Very good Malice. All of you need to understand that you’ve all been chosen. As the path goes brighter it also goes darker. I will be your guide down agony’s path. I am the nightmare in your dreams. But do not be afraid. You can take this nightmare, and you can all become stronger with it as you fight beside me in this war. And I promise you, Raven’s War is coming. You are the first fighters. The pawns in my elaborate design. And so it is written, and so it shall come to pass. Any of you that betray the Raven will have to deal with Malice. Quote the Raven…Nevermore!”


    ::COMMERCIAL BREAK::


    Rob Van Dam vs. Mike Awesome w/Lance Storm, Justin Credible and Dawn Marie

    RVD and Awesome lock-up, and Awesome shoves RVD into the corner. RVD cockily shrugs this up and they lock-up again. Awesome pounds away on RVD. He traps RVD in the corner and gets several shoulder thrusts into the gut. He props RVD on the top rope, but RVD kicks Awesome away, then gets a diving jump kick off the top rope! Quick spinning legdrop from RVD, 1…2…Awesome kicks out with power. RVD keeps his distance as Awesome gets back to his feet. Another tieup and RVD sends Awesome off the ropes, but a spinkick misses and Awesome counters with a bridging German suplex! 1…2…RVD kicks out. Awesome gets in several shots, but RVD counters a kick into a windmill kick of his own! Somersault legdrop misses. RVD backs up into the corner and Awesome runs right into him with a vicious avalanche!

    Joey Styles: “Oh my things just got worse for Rob Van Dam as Brock Lesnar has come down to ringside!”

    Awesome throws RVD over the top rope…but when he tries to follow up with a suicide dive RVD moves out of the way and Awesome crashes into the barricade! RVD doesn’t get a moment to rest though as Lance Storm takes him out with a superkick! Storm rolls RVD back into the ring, and Justin Credible helps Awesome back in as well. Credible slides in a chair for Awesome as well. RVD pops up and spin kicks Awesome, who staggers into the corner. RVD takes the chair and places it in the center of the ring. He goes for a monkey flip, but Awesome catches his legs and we get a double leg slam on the chair! Cover, 1…2…RVD just kicks out. Awesome heads to the apron and waits for RVD to get to his feet, and takes him out with an over the top rope shoulder block! Awesome says that’s it and sets RVD up for an Awesome Bomb, but RVD wriggles free and lands on his feet. He hits the ropes, but Awesome sends him flying over the rope…only RVD has complete control of his body and takes out Lesnar with a tope con hilo!

    Awesome comes out to get RVD and they brawl on the outside, and RVD gets a springboard off the railing jump kick right into Awesome’s face. Total Impact get involved again though as Credible and Storm attack RVD and slam him into the steps. They roll RVD in and Mike Awesome heads to the top rope. Awesome Splash! 1…2…RVD kicks out and the crowd goes wild! Awesome takes the steel chair and heads to the top rope, waiting for RVD to get back to his feet. Awesome comes off the top with the chair…and RVD gets the Van Daminator!

    Joey Styles: “OH MY GOD!”

    RVD is about to go for the cover, but Justin Credible tries to hit him with a kendo stick. RVD moves out of the way and Credible nails Awesome! Spinning heel kick knocks Credible out of the ring, and then RVD backdrops the running Storm over the top rope as well. Brock Lesnar is in…he smashes RVD with a clothesline so hard RVD around and lands face first! Lesnar is destroying Rob Van Dam! RVD tries to fight back, but Lance Storm catches him with a superkick. Here comes Tommy Dreamer and Spike Dudley! Dreamer and Spike attack Storm as Lesnar and RVD brawl to the outside and up the entrance aisle!

    Winner: No Contest

    Tommy Dreamer and Spike Dudley are punching away at Lance Storm. Spike goes for the Dudley Dog, but Awesome clotheslines him off of Storm. The Dudley Boyz run in too and Dreamer and Spike are in trouble. What started as a save for Rob Van Dam has turned into a brutal five on two assault! The Dudleyz spike Dreamer with 3D!

    Joey Styles: “Someone needs to stop this damn thing! Every time Tommy Dreamer and Spike Dudley try to help out they get the crap kicked out of them and it’s ridiculous! I’m sick of Total Impact and I’m sick of these damn Dudleyz. Wait a minute! We’ve lost power now. Could this be someone to help? Maybe?”

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    STAND BACK…THERE’S A HURRICANE COMING THROUGH!

    Joey Styles: “Sigh, I guess not.”

    Hurricane, Blue Meanie and Nova hit the ring, and while they do even the odds a bit Awesome levels all three of them with steel chairs. This is a masscare…but the power goes out again!

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    The ECW crowd goes crazy as “ENTER SANDMAN” plays!

    Joey Styles: “IT’S THE SANDMAN! THE HARDCORE ICON! Finally someone has come to put a stop to this!”

    The Sandman makes his way to the ring through the crowd, Singapore cane and all. Storm and Credible seem ready for him, but Dreamer gets a double low blow and the Sandman cracks them both with the cane! The Dudley Boyz bail, leaving Mike Awesome, and he wants to fight! Storm and Credible look to retreat though, and Awesome reluctantly goes with them. It looks like Dreamer and Spike have found their partner! The shows goes off the air with the crowd singing “Enter Sandman”!



    ::END SHOW::


    Quick Results

    #1 Contender for the WCW Cruiserweight Championship: Jerry Lynn defeated Essa Rios and Chavo Guerrero Jr. when he pinned Chavo

    Rob Van Dam and Mike Awesome wrestled to a no contest

    Champions

    WCW World Champion
    Stone Cold Steve Austin (Awarded On 12-3-01)

    ECW World Champion
    Vacant (Vacated by Rhyno on 12-6-01)

    WCW United States Champion
    Tazz (Defeated Kurt Angle on 12-13-01)

    WCW World Tag Team Champions
    The Dudley Boyz (Defeated The Hardy Boyz on 10-26-01)

    WCW Cruiserweight Champion
    Billy Kidman (Defeated X-Pac on 10-9-01)


    Roster Updates

    MaliceBetter known as the Wall in WCW, Jerry Tuite has used the name Malice a few times on the independent scene in 2001…and Raven seems to prefer that
    The SandmanMulti-time ECW World Heavyweight Champion and known as the Hardcore Icon, it was inevitable that the Sandman would return to ECW. Was the previous ECW World Champion before Rhyno



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    ECW ECW Hardcore TV 12-22-01



    ECW Hardcore TV
    December 22, 2001
    Arthur Ashe Athletic Center
    Richmond, VA

    Joey Styles: “Welcome everyone to ECW Hardcore TV! If you were expecting Worldwide do not change the channel as the Alliance provides both WCW and ECW action on Saturdays! Tonight, you will see the WCW United States Champion Tazz in action! Also we do behind the scenes of last Thursday’s RISE to show you what happened with Rob Van Dam and Brock Lesnar. Coming up first, a rivalry that really heated up at the end of the previous version of Extreme Championship Wrestling…”

    Danny Doring and Amish Roadkill vs. Christian York and Joey Matthews

    Doring and Matthews start. Lock-up and they trade hammerlocks and headlocks. Doring takes Matthews down with a shoulderblock. Matthews comes off the ropes and gets a flying head scissors. Matthews comes off the ropes again, but Doring counters by lifting Matthews up by his sides and then low bridging him with a kick! Front Russian Legsweep! Doring tags in Roadkill, but Matthews escapes to get York in. York gets the early advantage with a side headlock, but Roadkill sends him off the ropes and knocks him down with a shoulderblock. York surprises Roadkill with a pair of armdrags, but Roadkill blocks a dropkick. Catapult into the corner, but York catches the ropes and comes down on Roadkill with a legdrop! York gets a little cocky and runs at Roadkill for a bodypress but Roadkill catches him and plants him onto the canvas! Matthews runs in but Roadkill is waiting and catches him with a sidewalk slam! He covers York, 1…2…York kicks out.

    York and Matthews look to recover on the outside. Doring leaps off Roadkill’s back over the top rope, but York and Matthews move and Doring crashes onto the concrete floor! Roadkill goes out to check on Doring, allowing Matthews and York to hit stereo suicide dives! They drag Doring back in and get a modified double powerbomb, but Roadkill is waiting on the top rope and takes them both out with a double clothesline! Barnburner TKO to York and a powerbomb to Matthews. Roadkill tags in Doring, who comes off the top rope onto York with a legdrop. 1…2…3!

    Winners: Doring and Roadkill when Doring pinned York in 6:37


    ::COMMERCIAL BREAK::


    Joey Styles: “Last Thursday on RISE, while we saw the return of the Hardcore Icon, The Sandman; who will be in action later tonight, we missed the fallout between the #1 Contenders to the ECW World Championship Brock Lesnar and Rob Van Dam. As the fight went on in the ring, Lesnar and Van Dam continued to brawl all the way outside. Van Dam found a chair and started whaling away at Lesnar over and over. It looked like Van Dam was going to get the best of Lesnar here, but the rookie monster came out of nowhere to level Van Dam and slam him into a pillar in the parking lot. From there, Lesnar powerbombed Van Dam onto a car before things were broken up. By all accounts Rob Van Dam is okay and will be at the go home RISE before Starrcade!

    We cut away from Joey Styles for a quick interview with Jerry Lynn.

    Jerry Lynn:Billy Kidman, when I got this opportunity to be a part of World Championship Wrestling again, I told myself I was going to take full advantage. First step for that is to make sure I win the gold. It’s nothing personal Kidman, you’re just in the way. At Starrcade I will be Cruiserweight Champion. And when I become champion, I am going to take the Cruiserweight division to new levels. Don’t believe me? Just watch me!”

    Tazz comes out to the ring for his match with his cousin, Chris Chetti. Tazz has something to say though.

    Tazz:What the fuck happened to you? Three years ago I trained you in the House of Hardcore and the moment I left ECW you started to dance your potential away. So tonight Chris, I’ll give you a chance to get serious. Right here, right now, I’m going to slap the shit out of you, but if you can live up to that potential for one damn night, you’ll be able to take home the WCW United States Championship!”

    WCW United States Championship
    Tazz© vs. Chris Chetti

    Chetti looks like he wants no part of his cousin and steps onto the apron. Tazz looks to grab the mic, but Chetti goes for a double springboard moonsault. Only problem is he lands on his feet right in front of Tazz, who locks him into the Tazz-mission! Chetti quickly taps out and Tazz tells him how pathetic he’s become.

    Winner: Tazz when he choked out Chetti in 0:09


    ::COMMERCIAL BREAK::


    We come back to Hardcore TV with “Enter Sandman” playing. Raven and Malice have joined Joey Styles on commentary.

    Raven: “Joey! It’s great to see you!”

    Joey Styles: “Shouldn’t you be paying attention to your guys in there?”

    Raven: “Joey they’re getting their ass kicked either way. Consider it battle training. Come on, relax!”


    The Sandman, Tommy Dreamer and Spike Dudley vs. Mikey Whipwreck, Shawn Stasiak and Shannon Moore

    Whipwreck, Stasiak and Moore all attack right away, but Sandman cracks Whipwreck with the Singapore Cane and Dreamer plants Stasiak with a Death Valley Driver! Moore and Spike trade shots, but Spike goes low…Dudley Dog to Moore! Cover, 1…2…Whipwreck makes the save. Whipwreck throws Spike to the outside, but gets cracked again by a Singapore Cane shot! Dreamer drops him with a DDT, 1…2…3!

    Winners: Sandman, Dreamer and Spike when Dreamer pinned Whipwreck in 0:57

    Raven: “Nowhere else to go but up Joey.”



    ::END SHOW::


    Quick Results

    Amish Roadkill and Danny Doring defeated Christian York and Joey Matthews when Doring pinned York

    WCW United States Champion Tazz made Chris Chetti submit

    The Sandman, Tommy Dreamer and Spike Dudley defeated Mikey Whipwreck, Shannon Moore and Shawn Stasiak when Dreamer pinned Whipwreck

    Champions

    WCW World Champion
    Stone Cold Steve Austin (Awarded On 12-3-01)

    ECW World Champion
    Vacant (Vacated by Rhyno on 12-6-01)

    WCW United States Champion
    Tazz (Defeated Kurt Angle on 12-13-01)

    WCW World Tag Team Champions
    The Dudley Boyz (Defeated The Hardy Boyz on 10-26-01)

    WCW Cruiserweight Champion
    Billy Kidman (Defeated X-Pac on 10-9-01)


    Roster Updates

    Amish RoadkillECW House of Hardcore graduate. Regularly teams with Danny Doring
    Chris ChettiECW House of Hardcore graduate. Cousin of Tazz
    Danny DoringECW House of Hardcore graduate. Regularly teams with Amish Roadkill

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    Re: WCW/ECW 2001 And Beyond - The Alliance Lives

    I've been reading through some of the WCW roster and I've gotta say that I was hoping that wrestlers such as William Regal and maybe even Steve Austin would be reverted to their WCW gimmicks since they switched sides to WCW. It's not that much of a big deal though, just something that I thought would've spiced up the BTB a bit.

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    WCW WCW Monday Night Nitro 12-24-2001



    WCW Monday Night Nitro
    December 24, 2001
    Baltimore Arena
    Baltimore, MD

    As Nitro kicks off on Christmas Eve we see Shane McMahon and Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley arriving to the arena, and they walk into a discussion involving William Regal, Christian and Test.

    Shane McMahon: (To Test): “Don’t you have a match in a minute?”

    Christian: “Hey Steph any hints on my opponent for my main event match at Starrcade?”

    Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley: “Do you want to keep that match? What did I say about you calling me Steph?”

    Shane McMahon: “Look, guys, it’s a busy night tonight. We have the Stone Cold-Ric Flair contract signing tonight. I need to finalize some details with the new signing this Sunday. Test, get out there. William you and Tajiri good to go tonight.”

    William Regal: “We are…but…”

    Shane McMahon: “Not tonight. Me and Stephanie have to get everything set for Sunday. Whatever the problem is, just take care of it. We need to get home for Christmas too you know.”


    Scott Hudson introduces us to some clips from ECW RISE last week featuring Hurricane, Blue Meanie and Nova.

    Test vs. The Hurricane

    Test whacks Hurricane with a back elbow before hitting some more in the corner. Test runs at Hurricane in the corner but Hurricane gets a kick to the face. Hurricane works on the arm, but Test quickly overpowers him with a knee to the midsection. Full nelson turns into a one arm slam! 1…2…Hurricane kicks out. Test continues to fire away and beats Hurricane down. Massive clothesline in the corner has Hurricane gasping for air. Test follows it up with a second one, and Hurricane crumbles to the canvas. Test takes his time, and this lets Hurricane get some shots in. Test stops that with a boot to the midsection and goes for a powerbomb, but Hurricane counters with a victory roll, 1…2…Test kicks out!

    Test gets another boot and sets up another powerbomb, only for it to be countered into a frnakensteiner! Hurricane suddenly has momentum and kicks away at the legs, then gets a jumping clothesline. Test is staggering and Hurricane heads to the top rope! Hurricane went for a blockbuster neckbreaker, but no one was home as Test moved out of the way. Test goes for the Pump Handle Slam, but Hurricane lands behind him…and grabs the throat! No luck though as Test hits a hard elbow to break it…then levels Hurricane with the Big Boot! 1…2…3!

    Winner: Test via pin in 4:57

    William Regal is backstage with Tajiri and Torrie Wilson.

    William Regal: Tajiri, tonight we’re going to take on Chuck Palumbo and Sean O’Haire as a warm up for that miserable peasant Tazz. We need to be focused (Regal shoots a glare at Torrie) and not distracted!”


    ::COMMERCIAL BREAK::


    We come back to Nitro and for the second straight week…Jamie Noble has come out to the ring…

    Jamie Noble: “Ok look, look! Last week was a fluke! I’m trying to make a name for myself here! So I want another chance! Anyone but Meng! I can do it! Come on boy anyone!”

    To Noble’s horror, the same music from last week plays…

    Jamie Noble: “No way! I said anyone but him! I already fought him!”


    The difference is this time it’s not Meng, but his Faces of Fear teammate The Barbarian who makes his way down to the ring (with Meng behind him).

    Jamie Noble: “This isn’t right! I’m trying to make a name for myself here!”

    The Barbarian vs. Jamie Noble

    Noble tries to run, but literally runs into Meng on the outside and falls down as a result. Retreating from Meng, Noble slides back into the ring and ducks a big boot from Barbarian! Barbarian chases Jamie all around the ring, but Noble does everything he can to avoid physical contact. A Noble dive away from a lock-up has him face to face with Meng, which Noble screams and then runs into a Claw from Barbarian. Noble submits immediately and Barbarian tosses him aside.

    Winner: Barbarian by submission in 1:03.

    Jeremy Borash is with Bryan Clarke and Brian Adams.

    Jeremy Borash: “We’re six days away from Starrcade, do you have an answer to the challenge laid out by The Dudley Boyz and is Steven Richards ok?”

    Bryan Clarke: “What about Steven Richards? We don’t care about him. Richards tried to make a big deal out of himself and didn’t realize that it’s all about Kronik. Me and Adams, we’re a well oiled machine. An ass-kicking machine. The Dudley Boyz are gonna find out that it’s all about Kronik 4:19 and they don’t have a minute!”

    Brian Adams:
    “When we showed up a couple of weeks ago, not just the Dudleyz, but the whole locker room was scared. That’s why they want their match, a Tables Match, at Starrcade. Well we’re not just an ass-kicking machine. We’re a table breaking machine. And at Starrcade, and Dudley Boyz, you’re gonna find out why it’s all about Kronik.”

    WCW United States Champion Tazz makes his way on stage and joins Scott Hudson and Diamond Dallas Page on commentary.

    William Regal and Tajiri (w/ Torrie Wilson) vs. Sean O’Haire and Chuck Palumbo

    Tajiri starts with Palumbo. Palumbo misses an early clothesline, and Tajiri gets in a rush of kicks that sends Palumbo to the mat. Palumbo gets back to his feet and Tajiri hits a basement dropkick to the knee. Tajiri comes off the ropes, but Palumbo catches him with the clothesline this time. He sends Tajiri off the ropes and catches him with a big elbow. Palumbo picks him up and slams him down before tagging in O’Haire. O’Haire picks Tajiri up and we get a running scoop slam from O’Haire. Tajiri tries for the tag to Regal…only for Regal to not have his arm out. Regal yells at Tajiri to keep fighting as O’Haire stomps away. Tajiri gets back to his feet and fires back with chops, only for O’Haire to get an elbow and send Tajiri back into the corner. O’Haire comes running in though and Tajiri counters with the Tarantula! But Regal yells at Tajiri that hold is illegal and tells the referee to break it! Tajiri looks frustrated, then asks Regal for the tag, but Regal tells Tajiri to keep going.

    Tazz: “What the hell is Regal doing? If he’s not careful Tajiri’s gonna kick his head in!”

    O’Haire blocks a kick and counters with a leg sweep and a stiff kick to the back. Snapmare leads to another stiff kick to the back, then O’Haire tags in Palumbo. He comes off the ropes and Tajiri leaps at him, only to catch Tajiri and get a powerslam! 1…2…Tajiri kicks out. Tajiri again reaches out for Regal, but Regal still isn’t interested in tagging in. Tajiri tries some defensive kicks at Palumbo, but Palumbo catches one and levels Tajiri with a clothesline. Belly to belly throw sends Tajiri flying across the ring! 1…2…Tajiri kicks out yet again, and Palumbo locks in the headlock. Tajiri fights his way out and Palumbo sends him off the ropes, but Tajiri comes flying back with a springboard elbow! Tajiri again crawls to Regal, but for the third time Regal denies the tag.

    Tazz: “This is bullshit Hudson.”

    Tazz makes his way to the ring and argues with Regal. Palumbo has retaken control of the match and gets…and holds Tajiri up in a vertical suplex, but Tajiri lands on his feet and then kicks Palumbo in the face! Palumbo falls toward his partner and gets the tag into O’Haire…but Tajiri lunges at Regal and tags him in! O’Haire brings Regal in the hardway before both he and Palumbo double team Regal. Tajiri yells at Tazz in Japanese, to which Tazz responds “the hell you mad at me for”. This distracts the referee, allowing Regal to get the “Power of the Punch” (Brass Knuckles) and knock out O’Haire. Referee is fully with Tajiri now and Tazz slides in…and he locks in the Tazz-mission on Regal! Referee turns around and calls for the DQ!

    Winners: William Regal and Tajiri by DQ when Tazz interfered in 11:14

    Tajiri comes into the ring, and once Tazz breaks the hold again he becomes the victim of the Green Mist! Tajiri then brings Tazz to the corner and locks him in the Tarantula! Tajiri refuses to let go and Tazz is screaming in pain (a sight not often seen)! Tajiri let’s up and out of rage almost accidentally buzzsaw kicks Torrie! Tajiri, with a wild look in his eye, grabs the WCW United States title before tossing it at Tazz! Even Regal looks afraid of him!

    Scott Hudson: “What was insane. It looks like Tajiri has lost it!”

    Diamond Dallas Page: “I hope Regal is happy with what he’s done. I think Tajiri’s snapped bro. Had he hit Torrie I would have had to go up there and bro, even I’m not sure I could have dealt with him!”


    ::COMMERCIAL BREAK::


    We come back to Nitro, Kevin Kelly is with Christian.

    Kevin Kelly: Christian you are six days away from a match that may your biggest yet, but you still don’t know your opponent. What strategy do you have coming into Starrcade?”

    Christian: “I know one thing Kevin. My strategy is not to be a loser like the people here in Baltimore. I plan to earn my wins no matter who I’m facing. One thing I don’t plan to do is steal my win from someone else like the Baltimore stole the Browns then pretended to that their Super Bowl win was theirs! I’m not about that. Whomever I’m facing at Starrcade in the main event, just know that I’m going to cap off the greatest breakthrough year for any wrestler ever by winning. And then after that I’m coming for Austin or Flair or whomever. Then after that comes the money! Whoever it is at Starrcade, sorry about your luck. You’re just in the way of greatness!”


    Non-Title
    Kidman vs. Kaz Hayashi

    They lock-up and Hayashi gets an early headlock. Kidman sends him off the ropes, but Hayashi knocks him down. Kidman is quickly back up as Hayashi hits the ropes. Leapfrog from Kidman and then Hayashi tries a spinning heel kick which misses the mark. Kidman gets a flying headscissors and a cover, 1…2…Hayashi kicks out. They lock-up again and Kidman gets a knee to the midsection and goes to work. Forearm to the back knocks Hayashi down and Kidman continues with some stomps to the back. Hayashi reverses an Irish Whip that sends Kidman to the corner, but Kidman catches him with another headscissors when Hayashi tries to charge in. Hayashi runs into an arm drag, then Kidman drops kicks him which sends Hayashi to the outside.

    Kidman doesn’t waste anytime and gets the crossbody block over the top rope. Kidman brings Hayashi back in and comes over the top with a legdrop! 1…2…Hayashi kicks out. Kidman goes onto the apron and looks to suplex Hayashi to the outside. Hayashi counters, but Kidman lands on his feet and gets an elbow. Hayashi though backdrops Kidman over the top rope. Hayashi comes flying over the top rope with a twisting suicide dive, nailing Kidman! Hayashi has control now, looking to upset the Cruiserweight Champion. Hayashi brings Kidman back in and chops away. Kidman fights back, but a hard Hayashi chop knocks Kidman back down. Hayashi sends Kidman off the ropes and gets a knee to the midsection. Hayashi locks in a chin lock but slams his knee into Kidman’s back, wearing him down.

    Kidman fights out, but when both men get to their feet Hayashi knocks Kidman right back down with a clothesline. Hayashi slams Kidman, then comes onto the apron and dives back in right on Kidman. Cover, 1…2…Kidman kicks out. Hayashi continues to kick away, but Kidman fires back and sends Hayashi into the corner! Kidman goes for a big avalanche splash but Hayashi moves out of the way and Kidman slams into the turnbuckles! Backbreaker from Hayashi, and then he heads to the top rope! Moonsault…but Kidman moves out of the way! Kidman sends Hayashi into the corner and then clotheslines him off the ricochet. Kidman hooks the head and we get a tornado bulldog! 1…2…Hayashi just kicks out!

    Kidman sends Hayashi off the ropes and goes for the hiptoss. It’s blocked by Hayashi, but Kidman kicks him and then uses his head to flip backwards. He then grabs Hayashi’s legs and takes him out with a double leg slam. Kidman drags Hayashi to the corner and heads up top for the Shooting Star Press…but Hayashi quickly is up there with Kidman. Kidman punches away and Hayashi falls back, but Hayashi quickly recovers again to stop Kidman. Hayashi gains control and hits a jawbreaker off the top rope! Hayashi says that’s it and sets Kidman up…brainbuster! 1…2…no, Kidman just kicks out! Hayashi heads to the top rope…but when he comes flying off Kidman catches him with a dropkick!

    Both men are slow to get to their feet. Kidman waistlocks Hayashi and goes for a German suplex, but Hayashi backflips and lands on his feet! Frankensteiner from Hayashi, 1…2…so close to the upset there! Hayashi follows up with a bridging German Suplex, 1…2…and another Kidman last second kickout! Hayashi goes for a powerbomb, but Kidman counters into a facebuster! Kidman up top, Shooting Star Press connects! 1…2…3! What looked to be a warm-up for Starrcade ends up being a thrilling back and forth contest! Kidman helps Kaz Hayashi to his feet and they shake hands.

    Winner: Billy Kidman via pin in 14:43

    Kevin Kelly: Kurt Angle, you’ve been pining for weeks to become the #1 Contender to the WCW World Championship and you are just six days away from facing Booker T for that right. Are you ready for not only that match, but tonight’s six man tag with The Dudleyz against Booker T and Kronik?”

    Kurt Angle: “Are you kidding me? Am I ready? What do you think? You think I’m worried about Booker T? You think I’ve forgotten what happened on ECW in New York? I’m sure Booker T is feeling confident but that’s because he can still walk. After tonight he’ll be lucky to make it to Starrcade with both ankles intact. And then you can do ask him if he’s ready. Am I ready? What a joke of a question. Of course I’m ready. I’m a damn Olympic Gold Medalist! I perform in big time situations. Something tells me you wouldn’t know anything about that Kelly. Back to Booker T. We’ll see what he’s got tonight. So yeah, to answer your question, yeah I’m ready.”

    ::COMMERCIAL BREAK::


    Booker T and Kronik vs. Kurt Angle and The Dudley Boyz (w/Stacy Keibler)

    Booker looks ready to start with Angle, but Angle lets Bubba start. They lock-up and jockey for position but get nowhere. Bubba gets a headlock and knocks Booker down with a shoulder block. Bubba comes off the ropes and Booker leapfrogs him, and then gets a side kick to the face on Bubba’s way back. Bubba tags in D-Von who gets some shots in on Booker, but Booker gets him back with an elbow. Big chops and punches from Booker knock D-Von down. Booker points to Angle saying he wants him in. Booker tags in Adams, who punches away at D-Von. He military presses D-Von over his head, but Angle runs in and chopblocks Adams! D-Von comes over and then tags in Angle, who immediately goes to work on the leg of Adams.

    Angle taunts Booker, who tries to come in and the referee stops him. This lets Angle bring Adams over to the corner where he gets triple teamed. Angle belly to belly suplexes Adams out of the corner, then locks in a front chancery. Adams gets back to a vertical base, and then sends Angle flying to break the hold! Adams tags Booker back in, but Angle runs to tag Bubba Ray. Booker and Bubba Ray trade shots and Booker wins the exchange by hitting a knee to the midsection. Bubba reverses an Irish Whip and sends Booker into the corner and follows up with some big shoulder thrusts to the mid section. Booker explodes out of the corner with a clothesline, but Bubba catches it and hits Booker with a Bubba Bomb! Now that Booker is down, Angle wants in, and Bubba obliges.

    Angle disrespects Booker by slapping him in the back of the head, before wrapping his legs around Booker’s hips and squeezing. Angle combines this with a headlock, and yells as Booker “this is the pain you’re looking forward to on Sunday!” Angle lets up just to get Booker with a fireman’s carry. Angle plays to the crowd a bit, and Booker surprises him with a jumping Harlem Sidekick! Booker goes for a roundhouse kick, only for Angle to catch it and turn it into the Anklelock! Kronik runs in to break it up, and the Dudleyz run in as well as a pier six brawl ensues! Referee seems to get control of it and Clarke tags himself in. Clarke sets Angle up for the Meltdown, but Angle escapes and tags in D-Von. Booker pulls Angle off the apron though as the brawl really hasn’t ended. Clarke gets D-Von with a big boot, and Stacy Keibler gets on the apron. Clarke is distracted by her, and D-Von gets a low blow! Bubba runs in and they get Clarke with 3D! D-Von with the cover, 1…2…3!

    Winners: Kurt Angle and the Dudley Boyz when D-Von pinned Clarke in 11:30

    We get a replay of what took place last week on Nitro, where Stone Cold Steve Austin attacked Arn Anderson during the Ric Flair-Curt Hennig match.

    We see Shane McMahon preparing to head to the ring for the contract signing. He gets a phone call and seemingly confirms that the big signing will be at Starrcade.


    ::COMMERCIAL BREAK::


    We come back to Nitro, with the ring set up for a contract signing. Shane McMahon (with Test) introduces WCW World Champion Stone Cold Steve Austin. Austin makes his way to the ring and glares at Shane before taking his seat. Shane introduces Ric Flair next, who comes out without Arn Anderson.


    Shane McMahon: “Gentlemen, you and your lawyers have read the contract and it’s all about the final signature. I’m hoping we can just get this done and we can be on our way.”

    Stone Cold Steve Austin: “Let’s just wait a damn second. Stone Cold has found some problems with the contract and I ain’t signing any piece of paper before they get fixed!”

    Shane McMahon: “Why didn’t you say anything earli…”

    Stone Cold Steve Austin: “Shut up! I am Stone Cold Steve Austin, WCW World Champion, a man’s man and a champion of champions! I do not deserve to have unfair contracts thrown at me to sign! I don’t deserve to be treated like this! What? I said I don’t deserve to be treated like this!”
    Shane McMahon: “So what is it huh? What do you want fixed?”

    Stone Cold Steve Austin: “First thing’s first, what’s the deal with this referee? It says here, referee Charles Robinson. What a load of crap!”

    Ric Flair: (Audible laughing) “Charles Robinson’s always been a fair and impartial referee from what I’ve seen.”

    Stone Cold Steve Austin: “A complete load of crap! The guy changed his hair to look like you! Where’s the referee of the Alliance Nick Patrick?

    Ric Flair: “The man’s a cheat I think we all know that.”

    Shane McMahon: “Ok fine, I’ll fix the referee situation. It won’t be Charles Robinson and it won’t be Nick Patrick.” But we’ll have someone.


    Stone Cold Steve Austin: “Ok fine. Now I want to know how Ric Flair got this title shot in the first place. All summer long Stone Cold Steve Austin led the Alliance! Battle after battle after battle Stone Cold Steve Austin led the Alliance to victory. Now Ric Flair, complete absent during InVasion. What? Man completely no shows the whole damn thing then BOOM, all of a sudden first Nitro and he’s declared to be the #1 contender. It’s a damn conspiracy against Stone Cold Steve Austin.”

    Shane McMahon: “Well Steve…”

    Ric Flair: “I think I’ll answer this one Shane. How do you think Shane and Stephanie got the money to buy WCW and ECW? They came to me and said “Ric, we’ll make you a deal, we will sell you our WWF stock so we can buy WCW and ECW, and when we win, we’ll make sure to do WCW right and put you in on top again”. And I went for it. Not only did I make a lot of money selling the WWF stock back to Vince, but now I’ve got one more chance baby. Wooo! One more chance to become a SEVENTEEN TIME World Champion. Don’t come in here trying to downplay what I’ve done for WCW. You never sat in a room listening to your boss wanting to change your name to Spartacus! You never sat back there when a renegade group let by Hulk Hogan tried to destroy everything you’ve created! You never sat back where getting your pay cut in half when everyone else was getting the big bonuses! So don’t sit there and tell me I did nothing to get WCW where it is today! You had your chance in WCW. And you couldn’t cut the mustard brother. Because I know! I was there! I shared the ring with you! And here’s the difference now brother! I’ve beaten you before, so I know I can do it! But you only think you can beat me!”


    Stone Cold gets up from his chair as does Flair, and both men stand face to face…

    Stone Cold Steve Austin: “One thing that I know is that you’re talking about how Stone Cold couldn’t cut the mustard and all, well something you need to understand son that it’s not 1994 anymore! I ain’t a Hollywood Blonde! And I ain’t Stunning Steve Austin. Yeah you beat those guys, but you never, absolutely ever wrestled anyone like Stone Cold Steve Austin. And when I look at those little beady eyes, you know as well as I do, that I can and I will whip your ass this Sunday at Starrcade! And if you aren’t sure about that, I’d go ask your little friend Arn Anderson.”

    Ric Flair: “You’re lucky I don’t punch you right in the mouth about what you did last week! You know I thought about it, and I wondered, why Arn? Why hasn’t the ‘legendary Texas Rattlesnake’ put a hand on me yet? Why am I so special? And then it hit me! Just as I’m sure when you did all that bar hopping and drinking and had every bartender tell you about Ric Flair. It made you realize something. Yes it’s not 1994. And over the past five years you changed wrestling forever. You became the biggest star in wrestling. But you never did become The Man! Because you know deep in that stone cold heart of yours that you NEVER BEAT THE MAN! WOOO! And that’s why you haven’t laid a finger on me. Because you need to beat me straight up and you know it. For you to be the man, you need to beat me without injury, interference, nothing! Well you’ll have your chance. You think you can beat the Man! But I KNOW I can beat Stone Cold!”

    Stone Cold Steve Austin: “Quite frankly I’ll whip your ass when I feel like it!”


    Flair takes off his sports coat and Austin looks like he’s about to fight…

    Stone Cold Steve Austin: “…just not tonight…”

    Austin slides under the bottom rope, flips off Flair, then heads up the stage with Flair waiting to fight in the ring as Nitro goes off the air!

    Quick Results

    Test pinned The Hurricane

    The Barbarian pinned Jamie Noble

    William Regal and Tajiri defeated Chuck Palumbo and Sean O’Haire by DQ when Tazz interfered

    Non Title: Kidman pinned Kaz Hayashi

    Kurt Angle and the Dudley Boyz defeated Booker T and Kronik when D-Von pinned Bryan Clarke

    Champions

    WCW World Champion
    Stone Cold Steve Austin (Awarded On 12-3-01)

    ECW World Champion
    Vacant (Vacated by Rhyno on 12-6-01)

    WCW United States Champion
    Tazz (Defeated Kurt Angle on 12-13-01)

    WCW World Tag Team Champions
    The Dudley Boyz (Defeated The Hardy Boyz on 10-26-01)

    WCW Cruiserweight Champion
    Billy Kidman (Defeated X-Pac on 10-9-01

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    ECW RISE
    December 27, 2001
    Arthur Ashe Athletic Center
    Richmond, VA

    Jamie Noble comes out to kick off RISE? Noble looks almost afraid coming to the ring.

    Jamie Noble: “Look, look, I’m trying really hard to get myself set up here! I tried this on Nitro and these two monsters just came out and that’s not what I’m about! I just want a real opportunity! A real chance! I can prove myself! I need to stand up for myself. So I’m ready! Come on this is ECW right! I’m ready to get my chance! Come on anyone!”

    To perhaps everyone’s surprise…Luna Vachon comes out to answer the challenge!

    Jamie Noble: “A woman! I can do this! Let’s ring the bell and let’s get extreme! Come on let’s go!”

    Luna Vachon: “I’m sure I could rip you apart if I wanted to right now! Pain! Mayhem! Violence! As much as I want to give it to you right now…I’ve got someone who might be better!”


    “BAM BAM!”

    Joey Styles: “That’s Bam Bam Bigelow! Get out of there Jamie you’re going to get killed!”


    Jamie Noble: “No wait, no..no..not again!”

    Bam Bam Bigelow (w/Luna Vachon) vs. Jamie Noble

    Jamie somehow gets the courage to run at Bam Bam and gets taken out with a dropkick! Bigelow presses Noble over his head and throws him into the steel railing on the outside! Luna takes a steel chair and smashes Noble right in the head, busting Noble wide open! Luna rolls Noble back in and Bigelow is on the top rope…Bam Bam Moonsault squashes Jamie! 1…2…Bigelow picks up Noble himself, wanting to finish him off his way. Greetings From Asbury Park! 1…2…3!

    Winner: Bam Bam Bigelow via pin in 1:11

    The crowd goes wild, chanting Bam Bam” the entire time! We get a cut to the intro of ECW, and then we get to Joey Styles.

    Joey Styles: “Oh my god what a start to the night, I can’t believe that Bam Bam Bigelow was here! There’s helping Noble out now and quite frankly they need to send him to the hospital. My god. Anyway we have two matches tonight on the go home show before Starrcade. Tonight it’s Jerry Lynn vs. Chris Chetti as Lynn prepares for his WCW Cruiserweight Championship match against Billy Kidman this Sunday, and Tajiri takes on Nova!

    One of a Kind” plays through the arena and here comes one of the top two contenders for the ECW World Heavyweight Championship, Rob Van Dam!”


    Rob Van Dam: “Alright, I can call it like it is. Last Thursday night ended up being a bad night for Mr. Pay-Per-View. I had a pretty brutal match against Mike Awesome, and I had it in hand but when Brock showed up I couldn’t just let him stand there to try to intimidate me. I needed to make sure he knew this isn’t some local gym in the Midwest. This is ECW. But, gotta be honest, he surprised me a bit. And, well, I got powerbombed on a windshield and I was picking glass out of my back for days. Gotta admit Paul, this boy, this one’s tough.

    But hey, I’m still ready. He hasn’t broken my spirit. The glass in my back? Nothing a little 420 can’t handle! Yeah, maybe it was a mistake to brawl with you like that. But in this ring? You’re gonna learn that I’m the Whole Fuckin’ Show! You’re going to find out what it’s like to have twenty thousand people raising the spirit of Rob Van Dam and you have no idea what you’re walking into! Everything they’ve invested, everything I’ve invested over the years. It’s coming down on you Brock Lesnar!”


    Brock Lesnar makes his way down to the ring with Paul Heyman begging him to stop! “Think about the match Sunday! Think about the match Sunday!” Lesnar grabs a chair and gets into the ring, but Van Dam doesn’t back up one inch.

    Rob Van Dam: “Are you kidding me right now? Is that supposed to scare me?”

    Brock Lesnar: “Whole fuckin’ show huh? I’m going to tear you apart on Sunday!”

    Rob Van Dam: “Whoa this one talks! That’s cool man. Let me make it clear to you right now to make sure you heard me. I’m gonna kick your fuckin’ ass this Sunday!”


    Lesnar takes a swing with the chair, but RVD ducks and Lesnar nearly hits Heyman! Heyman sighs in relief when Lesnar comes up just short of hitting him…but then yells in horror when RVD hits Lesnar the Van Daminator! RVD up top…Five Star Frog Splash! RVD escapes through the crowd as Lesnar feels the effects of both of RVD’s big moves! Heyman yells to “cut to a commercial!”


    ::COMMERCIAL BREAK::


    Jerry Lynn vs. Chris Chetti

    They lock-up and Chetti gets the headlock. Lynn sends him off the ropes and goes for the hip toss, but Chetti counters it and follows up with a little dancing. Lynn runs in, but Chetti gets a drop toe hold and floats over with a front facelock. Lynn powers out and sends Chetti off the ropes, and Chetti gets a dropkick that sends Lynn to the outside. Chetti comes flying over and gets Lynn as well! Chetti sends Lynn back in, then follows up with a springboard clothesline! 1…2…Lynn kicks out. Chetti comes off the ropes and goes for a flying headscissors, but Lynn counters into a tilt-a-whirl facebuster! Having finally slowed Chetti down, Lynn locks Chetti in a STF, wearing him down and maybe looking for the submission.

    Chetti finds his way out and surprises Lynn with a low kick, and then a high kick to the side of the head! Chetti trips Lynn then hits a running legdrop, 1…2…Lynn kicks out! Chetto climbs up to the 2nd rope, but Lynn has recovered faster than he expected and stops him up there with a shot to the face. More shots, then Lynn climbs up too and gets a bulldog off the second rope! 1..2…Chetti just kicks out to the surprise of Lynn. Lynn quickly sets him up and gets a release Northern Lights suplex where Chetti slams into the turnbuckles upon release! Chetti tries to get through the ropes to create some space from Lynn, but Lynn guillotine legdrops him on the second rope! Chetti falls to the floor and Lynn stays on the apron…cannonball off the apron connects! Lynn gets back into the ring and makes the belt motion at his waist, referring to his match with Kidman at Starrcade surely.

    Chetti makes it back into the ring, and Lynn quickly sets him up for the Cradle Piledriver…but Chetti powers out. Lynn goes for a clothesline, but Chetti counters by lifting Lynn on his shoulders and nails Amityville Horror! 1…2…Lynn kicks avoids a major upset and kicks out! Chetti can’t believe it, but heads to the apron. Double Springboard Moonsault misses! Lynn just moved out of the way. Lynn quickly sets Chetti up for a suplex, but Chetti lands on his feet…only for Lynn to turn that into a neckbreaker! Cover, 1…2…Chetti kicks out yet again! Chetti pops up with a frankensteiner! He sets Lynn up for Amityville Horror once again, but this time Lynn drops back and gets a reverse DDT. Lynn wastes no times and sets Chetti up…Cradle Piledriver! 1…2…3!

    Winner: Jerry Lynn via pin in 10:32

    We quickly kick it to a set of interviews, with quick cuts happening in between each one.

    Luna Vachon: “Hahaha tonight you saw and Jamie Noble felt the wrath and misery I look to spread all over WCW and ECW! No longer am I waiting in the shadows! Many warriors have come, and many will fall as The Beast From the East is back and will destroy them all! You tell them Bam Bam!

    Bam Bam Bigelow: To me it’s not important whoever wants to take on the challenge of Bam Bam Bigelow. I always stand up to whatever challenge is in front of me. Just understand this. Whoever stands in my way. I’m putting your ass through the ring. Someone wants to use Bam Bam Bigelow as a stepping stone? Bring it on. I won’t be satisfied until I rip your heart and smash it in my hand!”

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    Lance Storm (with Dawn Marie, Justin Credible and Mike Awesome): “People are asking who the biggest star will be at Starrcade, but the real question should be who will have the most impact? And you’re looking at Total Impact. The original Impact Players and arguably the most impactful ECW World Champion in history in Mike Awesome. We have so much momentum, that it’s going to take three of ECW’s longest tenured and most loyal and hardcore wrestlers to try to stop us. But there isn’t anybody stopping us. Our momentum started a long time ago. ”

    Justin Credible: That’s not just the coolest. That’s not just the best. That’s justin…credible!”

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    Tommy Dreamer (with Spike Dudley and The Sandman): “This whole resurrection of ECW..the RISE of ECW, it all came together when Rob Van Dam and myself jumped over the guardrail and started the InVasion. I didn’t give up on ECW then, just like I didn’t give up on ECW throughout my career. I’ve broken my back, I’ve broken my neck and I’ve met my wife and I’ve had my kids because of ECW. And then people like The Dudley Boyz, like Mike Awesome. Lance Storm. Guys who jumped for a bigger payday well guess what. I’m not done defending ECW. The name may read Starrcade, but it’s going to be an all out war like old times. And I’m bringing the best damn fighters with me. Myself, Spike and the Sandman, we’re going to beat the impact out of Total Impact and represent ECW on the big stage!”



    ::COMMERCIAL BREAK::


    We come back to RISE and see Raven and his still unnamed group watching the show in the rafters…


    Tajiri (w/Torrie Wilson) vs. Nova

    Tajiri gets the quick advantage with a basement dropkick to the knee. He follows up with a rush of kicks that downs Nova immediately. 1…2…Nova kicks out. Tajiri is showing an aggressiveness we haven’t seen from him in a long time. He continues to kick away at Nova, who escapes to the outside. Tajiri doesn’t let up and flies over the top rope with a somersault senton, taking Nova out! He brings Nova back up to the apron and locks in the Tarantula, and refuses to let go! Nova refuses to submit and after a good fifteen seconds Tajiri finally releases the hold. Tajiri sets Nova up in the Tree of Woe and continues to kick away. He then charges in, but Nova sits up in the Tree of Woe and gets a cutter!

    With Tajiri downed Nova stomps away. He then gets Tajiri back to a vertical base and hits a sledge-o-matic! 1…2…Tajiri kicks out. Tajiri tries a victory roll out of nowhere, but Nova turns that into a face-first powerbomb! 1…2…Tajiri kicks out again. Nova seems a little frustrated and heads to the top rope. Senton bomb misses, and Tajiri comes off the ropes and catches Nova with a handspring back elbow. Tajiri goes for a frankensteiner, but Nova turns it into a sitout powerbomb! 1…2…Tajiri kicks out again. Nova has Tajiri set up for the Kryptonite Krunch, but Tajiri fights out and gets back to his feet and levels Nova with a roundhouse kick! Tajiri gets Nova up and plants him in the middle of the ring with a brainbuster! Tajiri gets Nova back up and hooks the arms for a dragon suplex! 1…2…3!

    Winner: Tajiri via pin in 7:01

    Joey Styles: Tajiri looks ready for this Sunday at Starrcade…oh my god it’s Tazz! Tazz is here!”

    Tazz comes to the ring through the crowd and faces off with Tajiri. The two immediately come to blows as Paul Heyman comes down to try to break it up. Tajiri then accidentally hits the Green Mist on Torrie to his horror! Tazz takes down Tajiri and continues to go at him as the show goes off the air!


    ::END SHOW::


    Quick Results

    Bam Bam Bigelow pinned Jamie Noble

    Jerry Lynn pinned Chris Chetti

    Tajiri pinned Nova

    Champions

    WCW World Champion
    Stone Cold Steve Austin (Awarded On 12-3-01)

    ECW World Champion
    Vacant (Vacated by Rhyno on 12-6-01)

    WCW United States Champion
    Tazz (Defeated Kurt Angle on 12-13-01)

    WCW World Tag Team Champions
    The Dudley Boyz (Defeated The Hardy Boyz on 10-26-01)

    WCW Cruiserweight Champion
    Billy Kidman (Defeated X-Pac on 10-9-01)


    Roster Updates

    Bam Bam BigelowFormer ECW World Heavyweight and Television Champion looks ready to make one more last splash
    Luna VachonDangerous woman who’s wrestled all over the world, in AWA, WWF, WCW and ECW




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