Written By: Bob Colling
World Championship Wrestling presents Nitro
From: St. Louis, MO
Stills from WCW Slamboree 2000 open the show. Several matches have their outcome revealed. David Arquette turned heel on DDP and Jeff Jarrett has regained the WCW World Heavyweight Championship. Kanyon was thrown off the second tier of the cage through the entrance way thanks to Mike Awesome.
Diamond Dallas Page is sitting at Kanyon’s hospital until the New Blood attack DDP, which happened earlier on. Mike Awesome, The Cat, Jeff Jarrett and Kimberly are the people involved in the beating. Kimberly dumps urine onto a knocked out DDP.
The Millionaires Club show up together in a bus. Horace Hogan is apart of the stable now apparently.
Tony Schiavone, Scott Hudson and Mark Madden briefly go over what happened at Slamboree last night.
Eric Bischoff, David Arquette and the New Blood make their way down to the ring. Bischoff says that the New Blood had one hell of a night last night. Bischoff puts himself over as a man putting together the greatest swerve ever. Bischoff goes over some footage that shows the stages of the swerve. Bischoff gloats about being able to set DDP up and DDP not even knowing it. Bischoff did all of this to screw DDP over. Arquette grabs the microphone and tells the fans to shut up. Arquette mockingly apologizes to DDP and Kanyon. Arquette says they should have never trusted someone from Hollywood. Arquette says people told him he would get hurt, but DDP got hurt. WCW World Heavyweight Champion Jeff Jarrett talks about being the Chosen One again. Jarrett says that DDP couldn’t beat Jarrett on his worst day. Jarrett isn’t surprised that Kimberly left DDP. DDP shows up at this point and makes his way towards the ring. Kimberly says all of this is about Kimberly. Bischoff agrees. Mike Awesome asks how it is going to feel taking care of Kanyon. DDP music hits and the former champion makes his way down to the ring. DDP hammers away on Awesome and tosses Awesome to the floor. The Cat is sent to the floor as well. DDP grabs Arquette and plants Arquette with the Diamond Cutter! The New Blood storm the ring and attack DDP. However, Sting’s music hits and Sting shows up in the ring cleaning house with DDP! Buff Bagwell and Shane Douglas try to attack but Kronik enters the ring and helps out.
Backstage, Mean Gene is with the New Blood. Eric Bischoff says he is angry about a lot of things. Bischoff books DDP into a stretcher match against Mike Awesome. Bischoff books Sting into a match against Jeff Jarrett and the World Championship will be on the line! Bischoff assures Jarrett that everything will be fine.
Backstage, Norman Smiley is talking to Ralphus telling him they need to beat Terry Funk tonight or they are gone from WCW.
Before the next match, Terry Funk tells the New Blood that they will never get his WCW Hardcore Championship!
Opening Contest: WCW Hardcore Champion Terry Funk defeated Norman Smiley and Ralphus in a handicap match to retain the title: Funk hits both his opponents with a chair on the aisle way. Funk brawls with Smiley in the crowd. Smiley and Funk hit each other with a trash can and Funk tosses traffic sticks at Smiley. Smiley gets in a golf cart and throws water bottles at Funk. Smiley tries to drive away but Funk gets on the golf cart and Smiley crashes into a few trays. They trade a few cooking sheet shots in the kitchen. Ralphus is back and is hit several times with a cooking sheet while hitting his own partner on accident. Funk beats down both men and covers both of them to win the match. DUD
After the match, Smiley and Ralphus cry.
The announcers talk about Chris Kanyon’s injury that occurred at Slamboree. They also talk about David Flair turning on his father, again.
Backstage, Ric Flair tells Lex Luger that he needs to speak to his son by himself.
Ric Flair makes his way down to the ring. As he makes his way to the ring we see more stills from Slamboree. Flair has a few different championships with him in the ring. Flair recalls a day in 1970 when Terry Funk told him to be champion he had to be in St. Louis on a Friday night to be a champion. Flair says that everyone that wanted to be champion gave up everything. Jarrett has a copy of the current championship and tells Jarrett to not listen to Russo. Flair says that his son has a lot of guts to do what he did. Ric wants David to come out to the ring and he his son not the performer. David Flair comes out with Vince Russo and Daffney. Russo says there is a t-shirt being made that says “tradition sucks”. Russo a list of several old timers and puts them down. Russo says he is the father that David never had. Ric tries to convince David that Russo is telling him lies. Ric will talk to David at home if he is mad at him. Russo decides that he is going make a match between Ric and David at Great American Bash. Ric says that David is going to work his way from the bottom to the top. Ric tells David that he will talk to Vince McMahon and David will be on RAW next week. “I didn’t burn a bridge, he did!” David walks over to Ric and hugs his father! Ric goes after Russo and gets his watch back. David comes from behind and nails Ric over the head with the statue. David mounts his father with right hands and struts. Russo repeats that David will wrestle Ric at the Great American Bash!
Backstage, Ric Flair tells Lex Luger that he has had enough and is leaving the business. Luger is surprised.
Lex Luger’s music hits but Chuck Palumbo makes his way down to the ring. Palumbo has a microphone and tells everyone to calm down. Palumbo introduces himself as the “Main Event” Chuck Palumbo. Palumbo claims to have 3% body fat. Palumbo says he is going to finish Luger off tonight. Lex Luger comes down to the ring and attacks Palumbo. Luger connects with a few clothesline and a running forearm smash. Palumbo is dumped to the floor as Elizabeth is grabbed the New Blood security. Luger knocks out the security but Palumbo comes from behind and hits Luger with his exercise equipment.
Backstage, Lex Luger is put into a ambulance. We also go to Vince Russo talking to Elizabeth in his locker room. Russo is trying to help Elizabeth and is getting tired of Elizabeth fighting him at every step. Russo tells Elizabeth she will wrestle Daffney in a match tonight.
Before the next match, Shawn Stasiak says he doesn’t need to put any cork in his bat unlike Mark McGwire.
Second Contest: Shawn Stasiak defeated Hugh Morrus: Stasiak goes for a shoulder block but Morrus doesn’t budge. Morrus clotheslines Stasiak a few times and punches Stasiak ten times in the corner. Morrus connects with a running splash in the corner. Ms. Hancock is scouting the match. Curt Hennig shoves Stasiak out of the corner and allows Stasiak to take Morrus over with a Perfect Plex to win the match. DUD
After the match, Kevin Nash comes down to the ring and big boots Stasiak. Nash sets Stasiak up and drops Stasiak with a power bomb.
Kevin Nash cuts a promo on Vince Russo wondering what Russo was smoking last night to hit him with a baseball bat. Nash calls Russo out saying that since he wasn’t killed last night he must face Nash later tonight. Nash thought he was friends with Russo and notes he was one of the guys who got Russo a job back in WCW. The Filthy Animals music hits and they come out to the aisle way. Billy Kidman tells Nash that he is the low man on the pole and calls Nash a washed up wrestle. Konnan chimes in and threatens Nash. They storm the ring and Rey Mysterio Jr. hits Nash with a baseball bat on the knee. Hulk Hogan runs down to the ring and the Filthy Animals bail from the ring. Nash challenges the Filthy Animals to a handicap street fight. Hogan says they are going to kick the crap out of the Filthy Animals later on.
Third Contest: Mike Awesome defeated Diamond Dallas Page in a stretcher match: DDP gets the early advantage with a clothesline and sends Awesome to the floor with another clothesline. DDP sends Awesome into the announcers table where Bischoff and Kimberly are sitting. Awesome sends DDP into the guard railing and Awesome stomps away on DDP back in the ring. Awesome chokes DDP on the middle rope but DDP quickly drives Awesome down with a Rock Bottom! DDP comes off the ropes and takes Awesome over with a tilt a whirl head scissors. DDP drops Awesome with another clothesline and plants Awesome with a DDT! Kimberly leaves the announcers table and distracts DDP with the divorce papers. Awesome nails DDP with a chair a few times and DDT’s DDP on the chair. Awesome gets a stretcher into the ring but before using the stretcher, Awesome DDT’s DDP onto the chair again! DDP has been busted wide open and Awesome puts DDP onto the stretcher. DDP rolls off the stretcher and goes back to the ring. Awesome has now grabbed a table and sets it up in a corner. Awesome misses a chair shot but recovers and nails DDP with another shot. Awesome is able to power bomb DDP through a table in the ring and Bischoff has the divorce papers. A knocked out DDP signs the papers as Bischoff signs them with DDP’s hand. DDP is put onto the stretcher and Awesome wins the match. *½
Backstage, Vince Russo runs into Scott Steiner. Steiner tells Russo that he doesn’t need to do anything and he does whatever he wants to do. After a commercial, Russo is talking to Tank Abbott.
Backstage, WCW World Heavyweight Champion Jeff Jarrett is interviewed by Mean Gene. Jarrett is going to hit Sting with his guitar later tonight.
Before the next match, Scott Steiner cuts his usual promo about having sex with his freaks. Steiner turns his attention to Booker T and says that Booker doesn’t have any balls for not wrestling him at Slamboree. Tank Abbott comes in from behind and low blows Steiner and knocks Steiner out with one right hand. Steiner is left laying as his freaks check on him.
Backstage, Mean Gene is standing with Sting. Sting says the World Championship being on the line is really good for him and really bad for Jeff Jarrett. Sting knew the New Blood would make a mistake. Sting tells Jarrett it is show time!
Fourth Contest: Kronik defeated Harlem Heat, the Mamalukes and Harris Boys: Kronik is attacked by all three teams who are trying to take out Kronik because Russo wants that to happen. Long story short, eventually Kronik fight off the three other teams and drive Big T down with the High Times. DUD
After the match, Scott Steiner takes out Bagwell and Douglas on the ramp way. Steiner takes Cash over with a exploder suplex. Steiner calls out Tank Abbott. Steiner sits in the middle of the ring waiting for Abbott. Abbott talks to Doug Dillinger that he wants everything to go correctly. Abbott is given a identical Goldberg introduction to the ring.
Fifth Contest: Tank Abbott fought WCW United States Champion Scott Steiner to a no contest:: Steiner with a few knees and takes Abbott over with a exploder suplex. Steiner connects with a belly to belly suplex and tries to get a choke on Abbott but isn’t quite able to get on in. Rick Steiner enters the ring and pulls Scott Steiner off of Abbott. Rick ends up kicking Scott on the back and helps Abbott double team Scott Steiner! Scott Steiner is left laying as Rick Steiner and Tank Abbott leave. DUD
Sixth Contest: Elizabeth defeated Daffney by disqualification: Liz slaps Daffney and whips Daffney down to the mat by the hair a couple of times. Madusa comes down to ring and threatens to kick Liz in the corner. Mona runs down and attacks Madusa saving Liz. Madusa is able to slam Mona down to the mat avoiding a running bulldog. Liz has a chair and hits Madusa over the back! Security comes out to bring Liz back to Russo in the backstage area.
Seventh Contest: Kevin Nash/Hulk Hogan defeated Billy Kidman/Rey Mysterio Jr./Konnan and Mike Awesome in a handicap street fight match: Nash and Hogan manage to fight off their opponents as Juventud Guerrera makes his way down to the ring. Hogan hit’s a few opponents with a chair as Nash tosses Rey across the ring. Hogan chases four guys to the back while Guerrera nails Nash with a missile dropkick. Horace Hogan attacks a few guys in the back while Hulk Hogan chases the Filthy Animals to the backstage area. Hulk is hit with a few pipes by Kidman and Rey and is shoved into a trunk of a car. Horace chases after the car but doesn’t catch up. Nash power bombs Juventud back in the ring and the referee calls for the bell. ½*
Outside, the Filthy Animals try to drive off but the Goldberg monster truck cuts them off! The Filthy Animals run away in fear.
Main Event: WCW World Heavyweight Champion Jeff Jarrett defeated Sting to retain the title: Sting with a few clotheslines to start and arm drags Jarrett a couple times. Sting with ten punches in the corner and goes for the Stinger Splash but Jarrett moves out of the way. Sting manages to send Jarrett to the floor and rams Jarrett chest first into the guard railing. Sting suplex Jarrett onto the ramp way. Sting leaps off the top rope and misses a splash attempt on the ramp way. Jarrett with a few shots before getting a chair. Jarrett hits Sting with the chair a few times in the midsection. Jarrett delivers a shot to Sting’s leg with the chair. Sting is able to clothesline Jarrett back into the ring and both men are down. Jarrett goes for and locks in the figure four leg lock! Sting turns over but Jarrett reaches the bottom rope. Sting blocks a few right hands and hammers away on Jarrett. Sting with the Stinger Splash a couple times and Jarrett falls flat on his face. Sting locks in the Scorpion Death Lock! Vampiro rips through the mat and drags Sting under the ring. Smoke fills up the ring and after a few moments Sting appears back covered in the red liquid. Jarrett covers Sting and picks up the win. *¾
After the match, Sting is beaten down by the New Blood. Kevin Nash and Hulk Hogan make their way down to the ring and take out the New Blood with right hands. The Goldberg monster truck drives over Tan Abbott’s car and gets stuck on top of the car to end the show!
End of show
My Take: David Arquette was terrible in the opening segment. Throughout his promo he made some rather odd sounds and he just came across like a real dope. I know he is obviously not a wrestle but I would have to think someone told him to act the way he did. It was just really annoying.
The hardcore match was just a waste of time. Didn’t really offer much aside from the fact that one of the most over wrestlers in Norman Smiley has been “fired”. I wouldn’t mind Ralphus being fired.
The announcers acting like David Flair turning on Ric Flair is a big deal is just silly. Just over a year ago David did pretty much the same thing and aligned with the Wolfpac for a short time. The whole segment didn’t make sense. David would be working from the bottom to the top? Didn’t Ric use his power back in 1999 to award David the WCW United States Championship? The writers of WCW do not pay attention to their own product!
We get a rip off of Mr. Perfect and now a rip off of Lex Luger with Chuck Palumbo playing the role. Can they not come up with original gimmicks? By the way, Palumbo was horrible on the microphone.
I have no problem with Mike Awesome winning. I hope this mega push he is apparently getting lasts awhile.
Nash & Hogan taking out a handful of guts is just ridiculous. I know there is a size different but five guys should be able to get the upper hand on two older guys.
If the main event was given some more time it could have been a great match as what they did before the lame finish was solid stuff. The fans booed the ending and rightfully so.
Overall, I couldn’t get into the show. Aside from the Mike Awesome push and the main event before the finish everything else was just really lackluster and boring.
Thanks for reading.
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