1/2 Finals of $100,000 Dusty Rhodes Invitational Alex Wright vs CM Punk
1/2 Finals of $100,000 Dusty Rhodes Invitational 1/2 Finals Billy Kidman vs Tajiri
$100,000 Dusty Rhodes Invitational Final Alex Wright vs Tajiri
WCW Cruiserweight Championship Jamie Noble (w/ Marty Jannetty) vs Kid Kash
WCW Cruiserweight Tag Team Championship Air Raid (w/ Torrie Wilson) vs Rey Misterio and Juventud Guerrera
"The Band is banned from the ringside" Match Lance Storm vs Kevin Nash
Full Mayhem Match Dark Society vs Sting and Havana Pitbulls
WCW World Tag Team Championship Chuck Palumbo and Sean O'Haire vs "Nature Boy" Ric Flair and "Old School" Steve Corino
Falls Count Anywhere Diadmond Dallas Page vs Chris Kanyon
WCW United States Championship Chavo Guerrero vs Booker T
WCW World Heavyweight Championship Goldberg vs "The World's Most Dangerous Man" Ken Shamrock
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CM Punk Tajiri Tajiri Jamie Noble - I really dig you giving Noble the push as champion. Rey Misterio and Juventud Guerrera - Should be a really good high spots match. Kevin Nash - Storm will pull a good match out of Nash, but I think "Big Kev" gets it in the end. Dark Society - I think the Pitbulls will turn on Sting sooner or later, because doesn't everybody? This would be a time for that to happen. Chuck Palumbo and Sean O'Haire - Unless you're planning to split O'Haire and Palumbo, then I don't think the titles change hands here. Diadmond Dallas Page - Kanyon by all means could use a big win like this, but DDP would make a very good title challenger for Starrcade. Booker T - Like with last PPV, I don't know how long Chavo can stay on this level. Goldberg - Not sure who will be the one to stop Goldberg's reign of dominance, and this is a very cool MMA fight, but Goldberg keeps it here.
We have an opening video that puts a lot of attention on our main event. A few weeks ago, WCW President Eric Bischoff stepped down from full management, entrusting the wrestling part to the famous Dusty Rhodes, the new WCW Commissioner. One of Dusty's first decisions was to bring former UFC champion "The World's Most Dangerous Man" Ken Shamrock to WCW. Tonight at WCW Halloween Havoc, Ken Shamrock will fight Goldberg for the WCW World Heavyweight Championship. (74)
Mike Tenay and Jerry Lawler welcome us at Halloween Havoc 2001 from MGM Grand Arena in Paradise, Nevada.
Match 1, Semifinals for $100,000 Dusty Rhodes Invitational: Billy Kidman vs Tajiri. Famous ECW wrestler Tajiri made his WCW debut just a week ago, takig a spot in the tournament, which is designed to help young talents. Kidman, who has not had the best win-loss stats in the new WCW, sees this tournament as a great opportunity to get back in the fold. However, the match doesn't go as expected due to a total incompatibility of styles between the wrestlers. Despite this, Kidman manages to defeat Tajiri with a Facebuster and a Shooting Star Press. (8:44) (51)
Backstage, Ric Flair, Arn Anderson, Steve Corino, and CW Anderson arrive in a cool limousine. Flair suggests they quickly win WCW World Tag Team Championship, then they can head to a party where luxurious girls are already waiting for them. (54)
Match 2, Semifinals for $100,000 Dusty Rhodes Invitational: Alex Wright vs CM Punk. Wright is determined to deal with the upstart CM Punk quickly, but it doesn't turn out to be that easy. Even though Wright is more experienced, Punk avoids the German Suplex and forces Wright to tap out with an Anaconda Vice. (7:30) (59)
WCW Cruiserweight Champion Jamie Noble backstage interview. Tony Schiavone asks him about the match. Noble stated that he didn't care about the match and would like to talk about other things. He respected Marty Jannetty, who was supposed to be in his corner that day, but it's time to tell the truth: Marty had been drinking and brawling instead of respecting others since he joined WCW. He is not even here tonight. Noble doesn't want to end like him. Tonight he is determined to beat Kid Kash and show everybody what true cruiserweight champion should look like. It sounded like a real shoot… (44)
Match 3, WCW Cruiserweight Championship: Jamie Noble vs Kid Kash. It was a first match tonight with a proper crowd reaction. Kash jumps from the top rope, but Noble kicks him with a dropkick - and accidentally hits him in the groin. Jumping Tombstone, three counts and Noble retains the title. Although after the match Kash claims he got a low blow, with Noble trying to justify that it was unintentional. Some controversy here, but Jamie Noble remains the WCW Cruiserweight Champion. (14:02) (69)
Rey Mysterio and Juventud Guerrera backstage interview. Rey found Juventud in Mexico and believed that a wrestler of his caliber should be in the best league in the world, WCW. Yes, Juventud wasn't the easiest person to work with before, but right now they are determined to become WCW Cruiserweight Tag Team Champions. (41)
Backstage, Air Raid are preparing for the match. AJ Styles is distracted by a few girls wanting autographs from him. (40)
Match 4, WCW Cruiserweight Tag Team Championship: Air Raid (AJ Styles and Air Paris) (w/ Torrie Wilson) vs Rey Mysterio and Juventud Guerrera. It was an excellent match up until a minor injury to Air Paris occurred due to Juventud's botch. Paris and Styles took Rey down with a Double Superkick. Styles goes for a Spiral Tap, but misses. Juvi Driver for AJ... and three counts. We have the NEW WCW Cruiserweight Tag Team Champions! (13:50) (71)
CM Punk backstage interview. "Most wrestlers backstage are drinking, injecting, or taking drugs. Straight-edge lifestyle gives me the edge over them. So it would be easy for me to win tonight and dominate in WCW after that”. (58)
Match 5, $100,000 Dusty Invitational Final: Billy Kidman vs CM Punk. The fans didn't react that well to CM Punk, but he made them pay attention with a few moves. Punk kicked out from a pinfall after Kid Krusher. Kidman did the same after Pepsi Plunge. Punk goes for an Anaconda Vice, Kidman rolls him up into a pinfall, but Punk turns this into a roll-up of his own and grabs Billy's tights. 1-2-3! (12:47) (64) After the match, CM Punk gets his hand raised as the winner, and Kidman is frustrated about the lose, but looks at his young opponent with respect.
Backstage, Kevin Nash prepares for his match against Lance Storm. Nash leaves his partners, Claudio Castagnoli and Chris Hero, as they are banned from the ringside for the next match.
Lance Storm backstage interview. “Nash can do nothing without his partners, so I'm gonna set the record straight with him tonight.” (73)
Match 6: Lance Storm vs Kevin Nash. Not a bad match, and we should thank Lance Storm for that because Nash just wasn't interested. He walked around and didn't even do a lot of damage. Nash tries for Jackknife Powerbomb, Storm blocks it and accidentally hits the referee. Facebuster on Nash. Storm goes for the top rope maneuver... some guy in a cap attacks him! Superplex! Wait... it's... CHRIS CANDIDO! Candido runs away, and Nash finishes Storm with the Jackknife Powerbomb to win. (10:54) (76)
Focused Ken Shamrock arrives at the building.
Dark Society backstage interview. "What is Full Mayhem Match? It's a steel cage. Steel chains. And readiness to kill your opponent if you want to win.” (54)
Sting and Havana Pitbulls backstage interview with Gene Okerlund. Sting praises Pitbulls as a very promising young WCW team. He's happy to be in the same ring and in the same cage with them today. (50)
Match 7, Full Mayhem Match: Sting and Havana Pitbulls (Ricky Reyes and Rocky Romero) vs The Dark Society (Vampiro, Shannon Moore and Christopher Daniels). It was a bloody brawl, but honestly, the match didn't went so good. Sting looked confused as it wasn't his style at all. On the other hand, the cruiserweights didn't manage to show their full arsenal in those conditions either. Vampiro and his Society managed to chain Sting to the cage wall, and then Ricky Reyes got Angel Wings on the chair to lose. (14:51) (49)
Now it's time to arrive for WCW World Heavyweight Champion Goldberg. (74)
Match 8, WCW World Tag Team Championship: Chuck Palumbo and Sean O’Haire vs Ric Flair and Steve Corino (w/ Arn Anderson and CW Anderson). The match was much worse than expected. There was an obvious miscommunication between Flair and Corino. Althrough Arn Anderson tried to bring them to the same page. And CW Anderson's interference with a spinebuster at the ringside on Chuck Palumbo brought an advantage to the contenders. But Corino accidentally knocked Flair down and got Reverse DDT from O'Haire. Sean makes a pinfall for three. (13:16) (62)
Chris Kanyon backstage interview. "Rules are on my side tonight as there is no count outs, DQs and other shenanigans. In fair match DDP has no chances with me. I’m gonna retire him”. (67)
The video highlights of the feud between Diamond Dallas Page and Chris Kanyon. (75)
Match 9, Falls Count Anywhere: Diamond Dallas Page vs Chris Kanyon. Both wrestlers made extensive use of the entire ringside space with all the weapons they could find. After several nearfalls Kanyon counters Diamond Cutter into a Flatliner on the chair and pins for three. (14:03) (76)
The video highlights of the feud between Booker T and Chavo Guerrero. (65)
Match 10, WCW United States Championship: Chavo Guerrero (w/ L.A.X.) vs Booker T. Homicide and Hernandez tried to interfere, but the referee removed them from the arena. While Chavo was complaining, Booker hit him with the Harlem Side Kick for two and took the advantage after that. Chavo goes for Gory Bomb, Booker counters into the Bookend. 1... 2... NO! Booker T picks the champion up, but Chavo performs jawbreaker and piledriver! Only for two. Frog Splash... missed! Booker T immediately goes for a Harlem Sidekick, but misses and takes down the referee. Booker T does Axe Kick, but there is no one to count. Booker tries to wake the referee up... low blow from Chavo! Brainbuster and pin with feet on the rope for three. (14:59) (73)
The video highlights of the events that led up to Goldberg and Ken Shamrock's match for the WCW World Heavyweight Championship. (78)
Match 11, WCW World Heavyweight Championship: Goldberg vs Ken Shamrock. Before the match, the wrestlers were announced in the best traditions of boxing or MMA. The wrestlers started the match slowly, as if studying each other. Each of them knows how dangerous their opponent is. Shamrock consistently breaks from three move attempts of Goldberg, kicking the champion out of the ring every time. Goldberg regroups. Shamrock goes for an Ankle Lock, but Goldberg counters into Cross Armbreaker. Shamrock managed to reach the ropes. Ken fights back with a dropkick, snap suplex and belly-to-belly suplex, but only for two. Hurricanrana from Shamrock! That was cool. But only for two again. Both are pretty exhausted. Goldberg goes for a Spear... and misses. Shamrock immediately takes him down with a German suplex and goes for an Ankle Lock... Goldberg is too close to the ropes, so he grabs it and dodges a dangerous hold. Spear out of nowhere! 1...2... NO! Goldberg goes for a Jackhammer, but Shamrock jumps on his feet behind the champion... rolls him up... into the Ankle Lock in the center of the ring! Long struggle for the champion. He almost reaches the ropes... but Shamrock pulls him back to the center. Somehow the champion rolls Shamrock up into the Cross Armbreaker... and then puts him into Ankle Lock, causing Ken to experience his own pain. After the long struggle, Shamrock rolls Goldberg up into the pinfall, but only for two. Both got up on their feet. Spear from the champion! Jackhammer! Pinfall... 1... 2... 2,5... Shamrock puts his foot on the rope... 3! Wait, the referee didn't see it? (15:40) (71)
After the match, despite the controversy Goldberg was declared the winner and still WCW World Heavyweight Champion. the commentators praise Goldberg for his victory while debating whether Ken's foot was on the rope before or after the referee counted to 3. Ken is too exhausted to argue. Goldberg received the championship belt as the WCW Halloween Havoc event came to an end.
Memo 007: The worst PPV of the new WCW
The event I planned to be awesome was a flake. Absolutely the worst show of the new era. All the matches I counted on to perform great were average at best. Mostly they were just awful.
* Kevin Nash's conduct at work was a disaster. Nash has been unhappy for a while. I told about his brawls, pranks and missed appointments before. Now he failed to attend a meeting with the road agent who was supposed to prepare him for his match with Lance Storm. When he was fined for it, Nash became even angrier and decided to spoil his match. At one point, Nash's botch could have resulted in a serious injury to Lance. After the match, Arn Anderson and half of the locker room calmed Storm down, who was going to kick Nash’s butt. (Not my order, I would let Lance do it, honestly.)
* Juventud Guerrera's shitty attitude and bad performance resulted in a muscle sprain for Air Paris. However, Paris' injury was not severe enough to cause him to miss the Monday Nitro tapes, he will just need to take some time off. And maybe protect himself more in next couple of matches.
* Marty Jannetty was once again unable to make it to the show due to alcohol poisoning. Good ratio: he missed half of his booked appearences. Or showed up for the half. Depends how to look at it (glass half-full?). As a result, his entire plot where he becomes Jamie Noble's mentor was canceled. This plot was already struggling due to Marty's behavior. I prepared on the spot a shoot promo for Noble at Halloween Havoc. And I fired Marty Jannetty next.
* Sean O'Haire performed at the PPV with a neck injury he suffered a few weeks ago. The injury affected the quality of his match, but doctors report that the injury has healed and Sean can return to more active performances. Good news, but tag team match at PPV sucked.
* Chris Candido won't be able to perform fully until seven days later due to commitments to other companies. This means he won't be present for at least the next Monday Nitro.
Last Night: Goldberg secured controversial win against former UFC champion Ken Shamrock and retained WCW World Heavyweight Championship. (76)
Mike Tenay and Jerry Lawler welcomes us to WCW Monday Nitro from Bren Events Center, Irvine, CA. (71)
WCW Commissioner Dusty Rhodes opens the show discussing who should be the next challenger for WCW World Heavyweight Champion Goldberg. Because according to win-loss statistics there are a few people with an equal chance. These include... (67) ... However, he is interrupted by Ken Shamrock, who argues that if Dusty watched the previous night's match, Goldberg's win cannot be considered a sure thing. In the UFC, it would cause doubt and controversy. WCW cannot afford to have a questionable world champion, especially not in these times. Shamrock demands a rematch with Goldberg for the title. Goldberg-Shamrock II. (79) Dusty is about to respond but does not have time...
... because Diamond Dallas Page enters the arena. DDP mentions that he has always believed that if you lose, you lose. And crying says something about Shamrock. He suggests that Shamrock should give way to other contenders like... DDP! (64) ....
.... Chris Kanyon is here! "I deserve a title match more than anyone else since I have never won one before, despite dominating WCW for a long time. And considering that I won over Page at at Halloween Havoc..." (74) ... Before Dusty responds, Sting is here too! He make his own claim for the WCW World Heavyweight Championship. (54) Dusty Rhodes calms everyone down and acknowledges that they are all deserving of a title shot in their own way. That's why next week there will be a fatal-4-way match between all of them. The winner will face Goldberg for the WCW World Heavyweight Championship at WCW Mayhem. And tonight they will have a chance to get a closer look at each other in a tag team match: Sting and Diamond Dallas Paige vs. Chris Kanyon and Ken Shamrock. (68)
The video highlights of Tajiri's career. (26)
Match 1: Tajiri and TAKA Michinoku vs Jung Dragons (Kaz Hayashi and Yang). TAKA and Tajiri, two experienced Japanese wrestlers, decided to try their hand in the tag team division after some setbacks in the $100,00 Dusty Rhodes Invitational. And they did quite well. Their first opponents were the Jung Dragons, who had been performing as a team for quite some time. Tajiri dodges moonsault from Yang, and TAKA catches him with the Michinoku Driver. Kaz Hayashi tries to save the partner, but Tajiri stops him with the Buzzsaw Kick. TAKA and Tajiri wins. (7:49) (62)
Last Night: CM Punk wins the $100,000 Dusty Rhodes Invitational, defeating Billy Kidman in the finals. (43)
Backstage, Billy Kidman congratulates CM Punk on his win last night. "You remind me of me during my early months in WCW". CM Punk points out that Kidman drinks Coke during the conversation, which is full of chemicals and sugar. "This is what makes Americans fat and unable to move. Don't even breathe that sugary drink in my direction". (43)
The Band in-ring promo. Kevin Nash speaks: "I have nothing to do with what happened during my match with Lance Storm. I always play by the rules. I clearly followed them yesterday as Claudio Castagnoli and Chris Hero didn't interfere in the match. And I can't be responsible for every crazy fan who gets in the ring". Mike Tenay and Jerry Lawler point out that it's bunch of lies as everyone saw that it wasn't a random fan, but former WCW Cruiserweight Champion Chris Candido. (46)
Match 2: Claudio Castagnoli (w/ Kevin Nash and Chris Hero) vs Alex Wright. Nash joins the commentators and continies to justify himself. He suggests that WCW management should consider improving security during matches. In the match Hero grabs Wright's leg as he climbed on the top-rope, allowing Claudio Castagnoli to execute the Superplex and the Neutralizer for the win. (7:01) (54) Post match, Lance Storm chases the Band away, grabs the mic and challenges Chris Candido. (57)
Backstage, Air Raid prepare for their rematch for the WCW Cruiserweight Tag Team Championship. Paris urges Styles to focus on team success rather than being a "WCW wonder boy". (37)
Match 3, WCW Cruiserweight Tag Team Championship: Rey Mysterio and Juventud Guerrera vs Air Raid (AJ Styles and Air Paris) (w/ Torrie Wilson). Air Paris hasn't been in the ring much, due to an injury sustained in their PPV match the previous night. This affected the match, making it worse than their previous bout. Nevertheless, Rey and AJ manage to pull out the great show. At the end, Juvi whips Styles into the corner, where Paris prepared a high-risk maneuver. Paris goes down, and Guerrera finishes Styles with the Juvi Driver to retain the titles. (12:17) (56) Post match Air Paris helps AJ Styles up... only to plant him with the Reverse DDT. Paris spits on the lying Styles and leaves the arena as Torrie tries to help AJ. (41)
Booker T in-ring promo. "I have something important to tell you today... You see, I have been in WCW for a long time. I was in the back of this company when it was run by Hogan, Nash, Hall, Savage, Luger, and other guys who, quite frankly, were receiving huge checks even though they were performing at half strength, not going out at all, or only holding a microphone. But that did not stop them from getting the best hotel rooms in the cities where WCW came. However, if my name was on the billboard, you could be sure I'd give it my all in that ring. It was always important to me not to let you, fans, down. You can cheer me, you can boo me, you can see me win or lose, but you will have a good time seeing me in that ring. I was patiently waiting for my chance for my all career. And I got it. WCW World Heavyweight Championship. Everything I dreamed of. Then you all know what happened - a new era, new rules. And those rules brought back everything that was sick in the WCW. Unfairness. Unjustice. I lost to Goldberg and never got my rematch. I got screwed several times during the U.S. title matches. Frankly, I'm sick of it. I want Dusty Rhodes, the WCW Commissioner as management representative, to come out here because I want to say something right to his face."...
A few seconds later, WCW Commissioner Dusty Rhodes comes to the ring. Booker continues, "I'm sick of it. It's no secret that last night at Halloween Havoc was the last day my old WCW contract was in effect. I know that both you and Eric were trying to get me on the phone to sign a new one. I wasn't going to do that, and I see that I was right. WCW is becoming the same hole it was in the days of Hogan, Savage, and others. Talent isn't valued here. It's where politics and guile are starting to be valued. So I decided to seek my fortune elsewhere. Like... Vince McMahon. I think he'll have a decent offer for me. But WCW is my home, and I'm gonna give you one last chance to do the justice. I want what's rightfully mine, a rematch for the WCw World Heavyweight Championship against Goldberg at Mayhem... or I QUIT!"
Dusty Rhodes responds that it pains him to hear that Booker wants out of WCW. But Booker saw for himself what was going on at the beginning of the show - four guys have every right to a title match. They have great stats, and Booker has lost most of his matches. Dusty Rhodes can't give him a title shot. Rhodes can't bypass the rules. Booker T replies: "Then, like I said... I quit!." Booker drops the microphone and leaves the ring. (64)
After a commercial break, we see Booker T leaving the building and taking a last glance at his former home, World Championship Wrestling, before driving away (70).
Backstage, Ric Flair, Arn Anderson, Steve Corino, and CW Anderson are discussing their titles match from the previous night. They have another opportunity to fight for the titles today, but tensions rise as Flair and Corino exchange complaints. Flair suggests that Ric and CW Anderson participate in the match, but Corino stops him and tells that it's not his decision - the Enforcers will be the ones to compete. (64)
Backstage, Glen Gilberti accidentally hits James Mitchell while opening a door. Mitchell wants apologies. Gilberti scoffs at the idea and James' appearance (30).
Match 4, WCW World Tag Team Championship: Chuck Palumbo and Sean O'Haire vs The Enforcers (Steve Corino and CW Anderson) (w/ Ric Flair and Arn Anderson). Steve Corino and CW Anderson almost become the new champions, but in the end, O'Haire uses a unique armbar variation on Corino. Flair has a perfect chance to hit Sean with the championship belt as referee don't see him.... but Flair passes. Corino is forced to tap out. (6:32) (63) Post match, Steve Corino confronts Flair, but Arn Anderson intervenes and calms everybody down (70).
WCW US Champion Chavo Guerrero, accompanied by LAX, in-ring promo. He complains that he has not received the recognition and respect he deserves, even after defeating Booker T for the third time and retaining his title. Chavo brags about being the best U.S. Champion in history and promises that one day, people will tell their grandchildren about seeing him live (70).
Match 5, WCW United States Championship: Chavo Guerrero (w/ LAX) vs Glen Gilberti. Homicide and Hernandez tried to intervene, but even with that Gilberti prevailed and had his chance to become the US champion. However, James Mitchell suddenly appears and throws some powder in his face, allowing Chavo to capitalize with a Brainbuster and pin to retain the title. (6:31) (73)
Match 6: Ken Shamrock and Chris Kanyon vs Diamond Dallas Page and Sting. Both teams had difficulty working together. Chris Kanyon became so frustrated with Ken Shamrock that he shoved him into the corner, prompting Shamrock to retaliate by pummeling him with punches. Diamond Dallas Page then knocked Shamrock out of the ring, leaving Sting to finish Kanyon with the Scorpion Deathdrop for the win. (15:38) (73)
The commentators remind us that next week, these four competitors will compete in a fatal 4-way match to determine the next contender for the WCW World Heavyweight Championship. Who will earn the opportunity to fight Goldberg at Mayhem? Tune in to next week's WCW Monday Nitro to find out!
Last Week: WCW Commissioner Dusty Rhodes was having trouble deciding who would be the next opponent for WCW World Heavyweight Champion Goldberg. As a result, a four-man contender match was scheduled for tonight's event. (72)
Mike Tenay and Jerry Lawler welcome us from United Center, Chicago, IL. (74)
Tonight - Former champions Christopher Daniels and Shannon Moore will get another shot for the WCW Cruiserweight Tag Team Championship against Rey Mysterio and Juventud Guerrera. (38)
Tonight - Ken Shamrock, Chris Kanyon, Diamond Dallas Page and Sting will decide who'll become #1 contender for the WCW World Heavyweight Championship at WCW Mayhem. (72)
Match 1, WCW Cruiserweight Championship: Jamie Noble vs Air Paris (w/ Torrie Wilson). Air Paris was still injured, so match quality was hurt by that. Noble ultimately wins after Jumping Tombstone. (8:56) (68) Post match, AJ Styles attacked Air Paris, until WCW officials intervened. (41)
After a commercial break, Torrie Wilson approaches AJ Styles. She expresses her admiration for him and offers to be his manager, as Air Raid is no longer active. Styles declines, saying that he did not need a manager at the moment. (38)
Backstage, Tony Schiavone interviews WCW Cruiserweight Champion Jamie Noble, asking about his quite long title reign. Kid Kash appears, accusing Noble of winning unfairly at Halloween Havoc. Noble again apologized for an accidental low blow. (39)
Match 2, WCW World Tag Team Championship: Chuck Palumbo and Sean O'Haire vs Havana Pitbulls (Ricky Reyes and Rocky Romero). Everyone initially predicted an easy victory for the current champions. However, it didn't turn out to be that easy, as Palumbo accidentally knocked Sean down several times. In the end Palambo put Reyes down with the Backbreaker, and O'Haire instantly did Senton Bomb to win. (7:40) (65) Post match, Gene Okerlund come to interview the champions. Palambo starts talking about how they've beaten every WCW team. However, O'Haire isn't happy. He angrily remarks that Palambo should have focused better, or their title reign would come to an end. (56)
Last Week: Booker T officially left WCW. (69)
In his office, WCW Commissioner Dusty Rhodes is on the phone, apparently with Eric Bischoff, as he makes excuses for the Booker T situation. Rhodes promises to fix the problem with Booker, so he won't do something stupid and go to WWF. (54)
Last Week: Glen Gilberti had a bit of a backstage spat with James Mitchell, which led to Mitchell later interfering in the match and preventing Glen from becoming the WCW United States Champion. (57)
Glen Gilberti enters the ring and cuts a promo about how last week was the closest he had come to fulfilling his long-held dream of finally becoming the WCW US Champion. He was closest to the peak of his career, but weasel Mitchell got in his way. Gilberti calls him out... James Mitchell enters the arena. "You represent everything wrong with wrestling today. It's supposed to be the sport of real fighters, real monsters. And you? Dancing clown? Disco Inferno? Pathetic. You want to fight me? I'm not a fighter. I can't 'outfight' you. But I can 'outthink' you. So you don't have a problem with me right now, but with someone else." Black Reign attacks Gilberti from behind and performs Blackout to the delight of his manager. (54)
At Halloween Havoc: CM Punk wins the $100,00 Dusty Rhodes Invitational tournament.
WCW Commissioner Dusty Rhodes welcomes to the ring CM Punk and presents him with a $100,000 check. CM Punk takes the mic and talks about how he is already better than everyone else. When everyone in the WCW locker room doing drugs, drinking alcohol, smoking, and engaging in debauchery - Punk locks himself in a hotel to be ready for the next day. He introduces the straight edge era in WCW. Billy Kidman interrupts. Kidman wants a rematch and challenges Punk to a match at WCW Mayhem. Punk accepts, and Dusty Rhodes makes the match official. (53)
Match 3: Lance Storm vs Elix Skipper. In the match between former Team Canada members Storm's experience helped him capture Skipper in a Half-Boston Crab and forced him to surrender. (5:57) (62) Post match, Storm calls for Chris Candido to come out. Candido sneaks from behind and hits him with a chair. WCW Security is here, but Candido escapes.
In his office, Dusty Rhodes tries to call Booker T, but no one picks up the phone.
Match 4, WCW Cruiserweight Tag Team Championship: Rey Mysterio and Juventud Guerrera vs Dark Society (Shannon Moore and Christopher Daniels) (w/ Vampiro). Moore goes for a powerbomb, but Mysterio turns it into a quick Hurricanrana to win. (10:51) (66) Post match, Dark Society attacks the winners. TAKA Michinoku and Tajiri come to save and chase them away. (38)
Backstage, Ric Flair, Arn Anderson, Steve Corino, and CW Anderson grieve over the loss in a tag team titles match. Arn reminds them that their group was formed to help Flair reclaim the gold, and he has a plan to do just that. (60)
Backstage, WCW Commissioner Dusty Rhodes talks to Stevie Ray and asks him to deliver a message to his brother.
WCW US Champion Chavo Guerrero, accompanied by LAX, in-ring promo. He talks about how he finally realized his dream and became U.S. champion. And that's not enough for him. He wants to be the best U.S. champion in history. He's ready to beat every U.S. champion, former or potential, because… Ric Flair, Arn Anderson and The Enforcers interrupt. "To be the man you must beat the man. And to be the greatest US champion you must beat the greatest US champion... like Ric Flair!" Flair challenges Chavo to put title on the line at WCW Mayhem. Chavo accepts. Ric immediately challenges him to a 3-on-3 match right now! (80)
Match 5: Chavo Guerrero and LAX (Homicide and Hernandez) vs Ric Flair and The Enforcers (Steve Corino and CW Anderson) (w/ Arn Anderson). Nice match, but LAX were the weak link due to their lack of experience. At the end all six pour into the ring. Chavo takes down Flair with Three Amigos, but Flair blocks the last one and rolls US champion into Figure-Four Leglock! Chavo taps out. (7:50) (62)
Match 6, #1 Contendership for the WCW World Heavyweight Championship: Ken Shamrock vs Chris Kanyon vs Diamond Dallas Page vs Sting. The match started slowly as all the participants were cautious. Shamrock and Sting were in one corner, while Page and Kanyon were in the other. Kanyon goes for Flatliner... DDP blocks and does Diamond Cutter! Meanwhile, Sting tries to put Shamrock into Scorpion Deathlock, but Shamrock avoids and uses Ankle Lock on Sting! Booker T makes his way to the ring and attacks Shamrock with a Harlem Sidekick. Page pins Kanyon... but Booker T attacks him too. The referee had no choice but to stop the match with no winner declared. (14:00) (76)
Post match, Bookend on Sting! Bookend on DDP! Bookend on Shamrock! Booker T is the last man standing. WCW Commissioner Dusty Rhodes rushes to the ring with WCW Security, and show goes off the air.
Last Week: Booker T intervened in a #1 contendership match for the WCW World Heavyweight Title, so there was no winner. (68)
Mike Tenay and Jerry Lawler welcomes us to WCW Monday Nitro from World Arena, Colorado Springs, CO.
WCW Commissioner Dusty Rhodes opens the show, adressing the issue of not having an opponent for Goldberg at WCW Mayhem, which is only 13 days away. Rhodes expressed his frustration with people who don't have contracts and still attack wrestlers, causing chaos in the matches. From now on everything would be by the rules. And those incident will be fought mercilessly. Decision #1: Chris Candido would receive a WCW contract for one match against Lance Storm at WCW Mayhem. As for Booker T, Rhodes is willing to give him a platform to speak if he had anything to say. Regarding the #1 contender, Rhodes promises to review the previous match to determine who was closest to winning before Booker interfered, and he will announce his decision about who would face Goldberg before the end of the show...
... before Rhodes could leave, Ken Shamrock arrives. He reminds Rhodes that he was close to winning at Halloween Havoc. He would be the champion if not the referee's mistake. Diamond Dallas Page then appears and argues that he should get the title match as he had already taken down Kanyon and could have done the same to Sting had Booker T not interfered. Rhodes promised to take everything into consideration and scheduled two matches for that night: Shamrock vs. Page and Kanyon vs. Sting. The winners of these matches would have a better chance of becoming Goldberg's opponent at Mayhem (62).
Match 1: CM Punk vs Lance Storm. CM Punk goes for Anaconda Vice, but Storm blocks. After leg sweep Lance puts Punk into Half-Boston Crab. Punk is ready to tap out, but fortunately for him Chris Candido attacks Storm again, causing a DQ. (6:26) (69) Post match, Chris Candido does a top-rope legdrop on Storm and offers Punk to continue what he began. Punk puts Storm in Anaconda Vice. Billy Kidman comes to make a save. (33)
Match 2, WCW World Tag Team Championship: Chuck Palumbo and Sean O’Haire vs Bam Bam Bigelow and Crowbar. The hardcore wrestlers performed well, although Bigelow was noticeably slow. It was later revealed that he was under the influence of drugs. Palumbo kicks Crowbar with Jungle Kick. Sean O'Haire goes to finish him with Senton Bomb, but Palumbo uses his new finisher Yokosuka Cutter to pin Crowbar for three himself. O'Haire is standing on the top-rope like an idiot. (5:39) (57) Post match, Sean O’Haire is frustrated. Bobby Heenan stops the argument! He appears on the ramp and announces that he found new clients who are ready to challenge Palumbo and O'Haire for the WCW World Tag Team Championship at Mayhem. The champions accept the challenge. (56)
Last Week: TAKA Michinoku and Tajiri saved WCW Cruiserweight Tag Team Champions Rey Mysterio and Juventud Guerrera from Dark Society.
Match 3, WCW Cruiserweight Tag Team Championship: Rey Mysterio and Juventud Guerrera vs TAKA Michinoku and Tajiri. Tajiri gets the hot tag at the end and hits the champs with a Double Handspring Elbow. He follows up with the Shining Wizard on Juventud, but Rey breaks the pin. Michinoku attacks Rey and sets him up for the Michinoku Driver... but Dark Society attacks everyone in the match. No contest. (11:28) (69)
Booker T in-ring promo. He talks about how he carried WCW through their worst times, but his contributions have gone unrecognized. Booker shares that he has an offer from WWF, but he's willing to return to WCW with one condition: a WCW World Heavyweight Championship match at Mayhem. He is about to leave, but is stopped by...
…. Ted DiBiase! Ted understands Booker T as he also came to WCW full of hope but never got the attention he deserved. DiBiase offers to sign the contract not with WCW or WWF, but with his Million Dollar Corporation. DiBiase assures Booker that he'll be his most valuable asset and is willing to invest in him to make him the new WCW World Heavyweight Champion. Booker hesitates, but ultimately declines. Ted warns that he'll regret this decision and tells that Booker will remain a "mere Harlem trash" if he doesn't take up his offer. Booker T puts his hands on Ted, but Mark Jindrak comes to save and knocks Booker out with Superkick. (61)
Match 4, WCW Cruiserweight Championship: Jamie Noble vs AJ Styles. The commentators hype up the fact, that Styles got his well-deserved title shot. AJ misses with 450 Splash. Noble goes for Jumping Tombstone... block into Styles Clash attempt... block again. AJ kicks Noble with Springboard Dropkick and ready for another 450 Splash... Air Paris comes to the ringside. This distraction enables Noble to knock Styles off the top-rope and execute Jumping Tombstone to retain the title. (11:01) (61) Post match, Torrie Wilson is here to stop the fight between former partners, but accidentally was hit by Paris. She needs help. (40)
Backstage, Steve Corino tells Ric Flair, Arn Anderson and CW Anderson he was at WCW Commissioner's office and got a US title shot tonight! Arn tells him about their plan - to make Flair the US champion at Mayhem. Corino responds that he can become the champ tonight and bring the first gold to the Horsemen. Flair reminds him that there are no more Horsemen and Corino isn’t one of them. (58)
Backstage, Kid Kash again accuses Jamie Noble of winning unfairly at last PPV. Noble challenges him to a title match at WCW Mayhem. (40)
Match 5, WCW United States Championship: Chavo Guerrero (w/ LAX) vs Steve Corino. Corino was accompanied by nobody. That ultimately decides the match result, as Hernandez kicks Corino with a big boot, while Homicide distracted the referee. Chavo finishes the match with a Frog Splash. (7:40) (72) Post match, Homicide performs Gringo Killer. Nobody is here to save Corino.
Chris Kanyon backstage interview. He claims that he should be the #1 contender for the WCW World Heavyweight Championship, because all the other candidates have already lost to Goldberg, and Chris never got his chance. (62)
Match 6: Chris Kanyon vs Sting. A very cool match, worthy of a main event. After two Stinger Splashes Sting applies Scorpion Deathlock. Kanyon screams in pain, but refuses to tap out. He manages to reach the rope. However Scorpion Deathdrop puts an end to the match. Sting wins. (10:41) (81) Post match, Sting celebrates, but Kanyon attacks him and performs Flatliner.
Match 7: Ken Shamrock vs Diamond Dallas Page. In back and forth match Shamrock goes for an Ankle Lock. Page blocks and tries Diamond Cutter, but it's blocked. Double clothesline puts both of them down. Chris Kanyon attacks both of them. Sting immediately comes to save, causing the match to be no contest. (11:52) (68)
Post match, there is a huge brawl in the ring between all four wrestlers. WCW Security is here to stop the chaos. WCW Commissioner Dusty Rhodes comes out onto the ramp. He's thought about it and has made a decision that will satisfy everyone. So, at WCW Mayhem, Goldberg will defend the title... in a six-man match! Goldberg will face Ken Shamrock, Chris Kanyon, DDP, Sting... and Booker T! (72)
Memo 008: One fired, one suspended... for now
Two big news items for today.
How smart do you have to be to initiate a full-scale brawl with Goldberg? Apparently, not much. However, Kid Kash managed to do just that. For real, he started a fight with Goldberg backstage, and this was not his first altercation. When I confronted him about it, he became angry and threatened to resign. And if I won't release him from the contract (fresh one, signed just 2 months ago) Kash also threatened to sabotage the show in any way possible.
As a result, Kid Kash is no longer affiliated with WCW.
The status of the announced match between Kash and Jamie Noble for the WCW Cruiserweight Championship at Mayhem is unclear.
I need to consider my options and to do it fast.
In other news, Kevin Nash has been suspended from WCW without pay for 30 days. This is due to repeated violations of discipline and a general negative attitude in the WCW locker room.
After the departure of my top stars like Scott Steiner, Mike Awesome (who is a big star in Japan), Rob Van Dam (who is taking indy bookings), Shane Helms, and others, I was willing to give everyone a chance, even those who weren't skilled in the ring. I was committed to create a good role for everyone. Unfortunately, it seems that not everyone is ready to take advantage of this.
Now I need to decide what to do with Chris Hero, Claudio Castagnoli, and the entire Band storyline.
There is only one Nitro left before Mayhem, so I need to act fast.
P.S. Booker T’s contract is ending for real. And he has an offer from WWF. Where this will end? Will he stay with us? Or go to Vince like Hulk Hogan (current WWF champion), Scott Steiner (current WWF Tag Team Champion with his brother Rick) and others? We’ll see, but for now I do a storyline with it.
Last Week: WCW Commissioner Dusty Rhodes scheduled a six-man elimination match at WCW Mayhem. Goldberg will defend the WCW World Heavyweight Championship against Booker T, Chris Kanyon, Diamond Dallas Page, Sting, and Ken Shamrock. (66)
Mike Tenay and Jerry Lawler welcome the audience from Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center, Augusta, Georgia with WCW Mayhem only 6 days away.
WCW World Heavyweight Champion Goldberg in-ring promo. "I came back to WCW to dominate and had already defeated anyone who dared to challenge me. No one can take this title from me in a fair match. But in six-man match anyone could pin anyone, and I can lose the title without losing the match." WCW Commissioner Dusty Rhodes is here to agree and offer a compromise. "It will be an elimination match. No one can take the title away from you without pinfall or making you give up." Goldberg: "Then I will leave as the champion, as it is simply not possible". (70)
Tonight - All the contenders for the WCW World Heavyweight CHampionship will come together in a six-man match. Goldberg, Chris Kanyon and Booker T will face off against Ken Shamrock, Diamond Dallas Page and Sting.
Match 1: Black Reign (w/ James Mitchell) vs Alex Wright (w/ Glen Gilberti). The commentators mention that Reign and Gilberti are scheduled to have a match at WCW Mayhem. Alex Wright takes control and knocks Reign down for a couple of times. In the end he is distracted by Mitchell and gets Blackout with following pin for three. (7:10) Post match Black Reign attacks Gilberti and attempts Blackout, but Gilberti kicks with the low blow and does Chartbuster! (53)
WCW Cruiserweight Champion Jamie Noble is here for a promo. "I had to defend the title in 6 days at Mayhem and I was ready to prove that my win over Kash at Halloween Havoc was legitimate. But Kash is not here anymore. He prefers to drink and get in a fights in the locker room. WCW is the place for legitimate fighters. I still want to defend the title. That's why I challenge anyone to face me for this title... tonight! And if I'll still be the champion, I will issue another open challenge at Mayhem". Elix Skipper answers the challenge. (41)
Match 2, WCW Cruiserweight Championship: Jamie Noble vs Elix Skipper. Elix Skipper was struggling lately, but in this match he was good and came closer than ever to reclaiming the WCW Cruiserweight Championship. Skipper managed to put Noble down with the Spicoli Driver for two. But after that Noble blocked an Overdrive attempt and did a Jumping Tombstone to win. (9:29) (65)
Backstage, Steve Corino is not happy that he didn't receive any help during the U.S. title match last week. Arn Anderson explains to him that it was his own fault since he got the match without consulting others. They have a plan and they should follow it as it is. (72)
Ric Flair pre-match promo. "WCW United States Championship has a history. So many great men have carried that title. In 6 days I'll be fighting for it again and intend to become 7-time US champion. WHOOOOOO!" (78)
Match 3: Ric Flair vs Homicide (w/ Hernandez and Chavo Guerrero). Homicide had the biggest match of his career. Despite Flair's experience, Homicide showed that he could perform in big arenas against big stars. He used his speed and youth to gain an advantage over Flair. But in the end Flair blocks Gringo Killer attempt with a low blow and puts Homicide in Figure-Four Leglock to win. (68) (6:01) Post match Hernandez and Chavo Guerrero attack Flair. Steve Corino and CW Anderson come to save. (48)
Booker T in-ring promo. He announces that he has signed a new contract with WCW and intends to become 6-time WCW World Heavyweight Champion at Mayhem. But he has some 'side project': rat DiBiase and his pet Jindrak. Booker T challenges Mark Jindrak to a match tonight. Ted DiBiase is here to respond. "My best asset Mark Jindrak will fight only whey I say so. He is young, talented, and strong, and will be the foundation of my empire. But I have a place for you too." DiBiase again offers Booker T a place in his corporation, promising him money, titles, and the most expensive things. Booker T refuses again and is immediately attacked by Mark Jindrak. Jindrak knocks him out with a Superkick and then throws steel steps on his leg. It seems that Booker T is injured. (67)
Match 4: Rey Mysterio (w/ Juventud Guerrera) vs TAKA Michinoku (w/ Tajiri) vs Christopher Daniels (w/ Shannon Moore). Shannon Moore interferes, leading to a brawl outside the ring. During the chaos, Michinoku executes a Michinoku Driver on Daniels. Rey tosses TAKA out of the ring and delivers a Slingshot Legdrop on Daniels, winning the match. (10:03) (72)
CM Punk and Chris Candido backstage interview. They have a tag team match tonight. CM Punk once again promotes the benefits of living a straight-edge lifestyle and talks about his intention to defeat Kidman at the upcoming PPV. Candido claims that he has always been superior to Lance Storm in both ECW and WCW, and he plans to establish himself as a top player in WCW by defeating Storm. (39)
Match 5: CM Punk and Chris Candido vs Lance Storm and Billy Kidman. Punk and Storm go to brawl outside the ring, but before that Kidman got a blind tag and he finished Candido with a Shooting Star Press, resulting in a pinfall victory. (7:27) (54)
Chris Kanyon backstage interview. "At Mayhem my dream will come true and I'll finally become the WCW World Heavyweight Champion." (57)
Match 6: Goldberg, Chris Kanyon and Booker T vs Ken Shamrock, Diamond Dallas Page and Sting. Each wrestler in the match received roughly equal time. Kanyon and DDP predictably focused on each other, while Shamrock attempted to get to Goldberg. Booker T was the weakest link after being attacked by Mark Jindrak earlier in the show. This determined the outcome of the match, with Booker T receiving a Diamond Cutter from Page and a Scorpion Deathdrop from Sting. He was pinned for three. (14:02) (68) Post match, all six continue to fight. The commentators anticipate the championship match on Mayhem, and the show goes off the air.
WCW Mayhem 2001
WCW World Heavyweight Championship
6-Man Elimination Match
Goldberg vs "The World's Most Dangerous Man" Ken Shamrock vs Diamond Dallas Page vs Chris Kanyon vs Sting vs Booker T
WCW United Stated Championship
Chavo Guerrero vs "The Nature Boy" Ric Flair
WCW World Tag Team Championship
Chuck Palumbo and Sean O'Haire vs Bobby Heenan's Clients
WCW Cruiserweight Championship
Jamie Noble's Open Challenge
WCW Cruiserweight Tag Team Championship
Rey Mysterio and Juventud Guerrera vs TAKA Michinoku and Tajiri vs Shannon Moore and Christopher Daniels
Goldberg - I still don't know who will take the title from him, but it won't be one of these guys. Chavo - Flair is gonna have some other problems. Heenan Family Jamie Knoble - Only one mystery champion at a time. Rey and Juvi Chris Candido - This keeps the Band looking good while Nash is out. CM Punk - I didn't expect it but it looks like we are hitting the fast track push for Pink right out of the gate. AJ Styles Black Reign
WCW World Heavyweight Championship 6-Man Elimination Match Goldberg vs "The World's Most Dangerous Man" Ken Shamrock vs Diamond Dallas Page vs Chris Kanyon vs Sting vs Booker T
WCW United Stated Championship Chavo Guerrero vs "The Nature Boy" Ric Flair
WCW World Tag Team Championship Chuck Palumbo and Sean O'Haire vs Bobby Heenan's Clients
WCW Cruiserweight Championship Jamie Noble's Open Challenge
WCW Cruiserweight Tag Team Championship Rey Mysterio and Juventud Guerrera vs TAKA Michinoku and Tajiri vs Shannon Moore and Christopher Daniels
Lance Storm vs Chris Candido
Billy Kidman vs CM Punk
AJ Styles vs Air Paris
Black Reign (w/ James Mitchell) vs Glen Gilberti
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