WCW Nitro 1/24/2000
Credit to: www.pwwew.net
Los Angeles, California
January 24, 2000
As WCW made their return to the West Coast, the fans were ready for some hard and heavy action. And they were not disappointed with what they got. The fans wanted hardcore, they got Funk and Bigelow tearing down the house. They wanted beautiful women; Torrie Wilson graced them with her presence. And they wanted most of all, to see a new WCW World Heavyweight champion crowned. By the end of the night, they got their new champion, and Sid got his long awaited revenge on the New World Order.
The show opened with a three-bell salute to the late Bobby Duncum, Jr.
Backstage, four limousines arrived, carrying the nWo and their bevy of beauties. The group included the returning Scott Hall, as he complained that it wasn’t fun again in WCW.
WCW Cruiserweight Title Tournament Match
Psychosis with Juventud Guerrera d. Kaz Hayashi
Juvi addressed the crowd in Las Vegas … or, Los Angeles. It doesn’t matter! Kaz and Hayashi fought strong in this first round matchup for the WCW Cruiserweight Title. As the Japanese and Mexican styles clashed throughout the match, one thing both men knew how to do was dish out punishment. As Kaz went to the floor, Juvi interfered, throwing Hayashi back into the ring. Back on the outside, Psychosis introduced Hayashi’s back to the metal guardrail. Kaz caught Psychosis with a dropkick as he jumped from the top rope to the floor. Inside the ring, Psychosis rolled up Hayashi for the win, advancing in the Cruiserweight tournament.
Backstage, the nWo watched on the monitor as Terry Funk and Arn Anderson arrived at the arena. Nash told Jarrett that the doctor’s report came back saying that Jeff couldn’t wrestle later in the night.
Backstage, the nWo continued to watch the monitor as Nash booked a hardcore match between Terry Funk and Bam Bam Bigelow for later in the program.
The Wall d. Kid Romeo
In a perfect example of going from the frying pan into the fire, WCW Power Plant graduate Kid Romeo left the training center behind for a match against the massive former bodyguard. The announcer’s stated that Nash had put a $15,000 bounty on the head of Terry Funk. In the ring, The Wall dismantled the young Romeo in his Monday Nitro debut. Although Romeo tried his best, The Wall finished him off with a giant powerbomb for the victory.
Interview: Sid Vicious
Sid told Mean Gene that he would not only veto Kevin Nash’s power, but his career as well.
Backstage, Arn Anderson approached Bam Bam Bigelow, telling him that they needed to stand up to Kevin Nash. Bam Bam told Arn that for $15,000, he would fight his own mother. Arn told Bigelow he was fairly warned.
Backstage, after the nWo beauties said they wanted to see blood and guts, Scott Steiner and Scott Hall told the girls to go out in the hall and get the three guys that were waiting. Hall and Steiner offered one of the men an opportunity to wrestle later in the show. Al Greene accepted the offer and was picked.
“Screamin” Norman Smiley d. Shane Helms with 3 Count
Norman, who seemed to have gained some courage over the past couple of weeks, went to work on Shane, throwing him around the ring. Helms delivered a moonsault bodyblock onto Smiley on the outside. Despite attempts of interference by the other members of 3 Count, Smiley got the win with the chicken wing submission. After the match as 3 Count danced and lip-synched, Norman danced behind them, mimicking them with a victory dance.
Backstage, Steiner and Hall got Greene pumped up for his match as Nash and Jarrett decided which one of the Harris Boys would fight Sid later in the program.
Tank Abbot d. Al Greene
Abbot and Greene locked up like two bulls, with Tank getting the advantage, backing Greene into the corner. Abbot slammed Al down to the canvas, and when he got up, Tank delivered his patented right punch for the TKO win. After the match, Tank had words with a man at ringside.
Backstage, the nWo cheered on Tank Abbot’s victory.
At ringside, Bobby Heenan interviewed the man Tank had words with. The man called Tank a sellout and refused to give his name. The announcers said it was a man who used to second Tank in his UFC fights.
Interview: Ernest “The Cat” Miller
Making his return to WCW after three months of recuperation for his knee, Miller didn’t miss a step: in his dancing or his insulting of the crowd. Miller said he was back and would still “whup” everyone in the building, starting with the “fat guy at ringside.” Heenan said he didn’t understand why Tank didn’t like Doug Dillinger.
Backstage, the nWo snickered as Al Greene was loaded into an ambulance.
Terry Funk d. Bam Bam Bigelow
As Funk made his way down the back hallway to the ring, Bigelow attacked him, starting the hardcore encounter. The two fought into the arena with Bam Bam wrapping a rope around the neck of The Funker. Bigelow delivered a chair shot, sending Funk over the guardrail into the crowd. Back in the ring, the Beast From The East continued his assault on the former commissioner. Funk fired back and, after throwing Bam Bam out of the ring, executed an Asai moonsault on Bigelow. Bam Bam gave Funk a diving headbutt, but was attacked by Fit Finlay and Brian Knobs. Bigelow fought back and on his second diving headbutt attempt, Knobs put a chair on top of Funk and Bam Bam landed on it. Knobs put Funk on top and the referee counted 1-2-3, making The Funker the winner of this hardcore battle. After the match, Funk got the mic and told Kevin Nash that he would have to kill him to get rid of him.
Sid Vicious d. Don Harris
If Harris won this match, then Kevin Nash would automatically become the WCW Champion. If Sid won, he would face Big Sexy later in the show. The Harris Boys came to ringside, both removing their jackets, preparing for battle. Sid, wasting no time, jumped from the apron onto Don Harris. Harris took off his belt and choked big Sid with it. This wore Vicious down as he fought to get out of a front facelock. Sid came back and gave Don a huge chokeslam, but the Harris Boys pulled a switcheroo, with Ron rolling in and Don rolling out. Vicious, not wanting Ron to feel left out, gave him a powerbomb, driving him into the canvas and allowing Sid to take the win, sending him to the title match against Nash.
Billy Kidman with Torrie Wilson d. Vampiro
Kidman came to the ring with the beautiful Torrie Wilson on his arm. Vampiro took Kidman down early, almost suplexing him out of his shoes. David Arquette and Courtney Cox were shown in the crowd. The fans in Los Angeles were not only into Wilson at ringside, but the fast paced, high-energy match as well. Kidman jumped from the top rope onto Vampiro who was on the ringside floor. Kidman got a near fall with a short powerbomb, but Vamp kicked out and delivered a crushing DDT. Vampiro headed to the top rope, but was caught with a dropkick coming off. As Vamp attempted a powerbomb from the second rope, Kidman turned it into a huracanrana for the hard fought win.
Backstage, Arn Anderson confirmed the presence of the person he was talking to on the phone for Thunder in Las Vegas. He didn’t make it known who he was talking to, but referred to the person as “champ.”
Backstage, Jeff Jarrett told Kevin Nash not to take his match with Sid lightly. Nash, continuing to receive his massage, said they had it in the bag.
The Total Package with Elizabeth d. Booker T with Midnight
Package got on the mic and said Sting was a coward for sitting home watching instead of being there. He said that no one in the sport could match what he has done, not even Hulk Hogan. Booker came out and the match was on. T dominated over The Total Package, in and out of the squared circle. Package turned it up a notch, throwing T into the front row of fans. After a big scissor kick and the Harlem sidekick, Booker went for the pin, but was distracted by Liz. Midnight came out, chasing off Liz, but in the ring, Stevie Ray and Big T attacked Booker. This allowed Package to easily put Booker T into the Torture Rack for the underhanded win.
Vampiro told Mean Gene that he was honored to work for WCW and would like a rematch on Thunder against Billy Kidman.
David Flair, Crowbar, and Daffney Unger came to the announcer’s table and chased Tony, Mike, and Bobby away, taking over the commentating duties themselves.
WCW World Tag Team Title Match
The Mamalukes with Disco Inferno d. Fit Finlay and Brian Knobs
Crowbar compared himself and Flair to the Midnight Express. Standards and Practices, along with Miss Hancock came to the ramp. S and P left, but Hancock stayed to take notes. In the ring, The Mamalukes brawled with Finlay and Knobs, with both teams destroying each other. Flair got on top of the announcer’s table and started dancing like crazy … no pun intended. Unger followed Hancock back to the dressing room, but came back to join her men at the table. Disco brought one of the tag team titles in to the ring as a weapon, but Finlay still kicked out of the pin attempt. Knobs threw a chair at Big Vito, but hit Finlay instead, allowing Vito to administer a flying DDT for the win.
WCW World Title Match
Sid Vicious d. Kevin Nash
Before the match, Nash outlawed the powerbomb. Sid came to the ring ready for a battle, sending Nash fleeing to the floor. In the corner, Big Sexy drove his knee into the massive frame of Sid. Vicious took control and, as Nash tried to get a breather on the floor again, Sid followed him out with a double sledge to the back. Inside, Nash clamped on a sleeperhold, but Sid backed Big Sexy into a corner hard, squashing referee Charles Robinson in the process. As Vicious went for the powerbomb, Jarrett came to the ring with a guitar, but was stopped by Sid. Vicious took the six-stringer over the head of the commissioner and, as Robinson recovered, pinned Nash to become the WCW World Heavyweight Champion.