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Nitro opens with stills from last night's Souled Out pay per view. The tag match between Hennig/Windham and David and Ric Flair is featured. Hulk Hogan whipping David Flair with his belt is mentioned.
Backstage, the Horsemen were flipping out earlier in the day. Ric Flair keeps on saying that Hulk Hogan is a dead man. The New World Order are in a limo and they are laughing about their recent dominance in WCW. They are also mocking the Horsemen. Flair breaks a window open with a crowbar but the limo drives away before any more damage happens.
Ric Flair makes his way down to the ring with Mean Gene by his side. Flair flips out and tells Hogan that he said Hogan wasnít going to drift off into the sunset but rather Hogan will work for WCW. Flair announces that Hulk Hogan will wrestle Ric Flair at Superbrawl for the WCW World Heavyweight Championship. Flair says that Hogan will have to kill Flair in order to prevent Flair from killing Hogan! Flair wants to kill Hulk Hogan! Flair mentions that Hogan has kids and a family that ďno one knows aboutĒ. Flair claims that only one man will walk out of Superbrawl. Flair turns his attention to Eric Bischoff. Flair knows that Bischoff was behind the attack on David Flair last night. Flair calls out Bischoff to the arena. Bischoff eventually appears out on the aisle way and tries to convince Flair that he had nothing to do with the attack on David. The censors are canceling out a ďBischoff sucksĒ chant with fake crowd reaction. Flair says that Bischoff will wrestle him tonight! Bischoff laughs at the challenge saying he doesnít need to do that as it isnít in his contract. Bischoff declines the challenge. Flair tells Bischoff that if Bischoff beats him tonight he will shave his head! Flair delivers a elbow drop to canvas but Bischoff continues to decline. Flair also tells Bischoff that he will give Bischoff his company back along with shaving his head! Bischoff turns around and is clearly interested in the contest. David Flair comes from behind and shoves Bischoff before coming into the ring. David enters the ring and tries to do his impression of his father flipping out. David ends up challenging Bischoff and Bischoff accepts that challenge. Ric says that if Bischoff loses they will shave his head now too!
Nitro opening video
More of the same stills shown from the beginning of the show. This time around they actually show stills from the main event between Goldberg and Scott Hall.
After the Nitro Girls dance for a little while, we get more stills from the Goldberg/Scott Hall match. Interference by Disco Inferno and Bam-Bam Bigelow are mentioned, but Goldberg still won.
Mean Gene is with JJ Dillon on the aisle way. Dillon says that he has suspended Scott Dickinson for thirty days. Dillon wants to see Scott Hall vs. Goldberg vs. Bam-Bam Bigelow in a triple threat match tonight. Dillon also talks about the Bischoff/David Flair match-up. Dillon wants to see Bischoff get his head shaved.
Schiavone, Tenay and Zbyszko hype up the Flair/Bischoff match some more.
Backstage, Mean Gene is sitting with Rey Mysterio Jr. Mysterio says he didnít feel like it was time for him to get rid of his LWO colors. Gene mentions the mask and Mysterio says the mask means everything to him. Mysterio will not have his mask taken off. Mysterio talks about Lex Luger and says he will not be intimidated. Mysterio challenges Lex Luger as he isnít scared.
Want more stills from Souled Out? Well, you got it! Pretty much the same stills from earlier centering around the Flair tag match.
After the match, the Horsemen come out to celebrate the win. Bischoff gets his head shaved by Ric Flair. Bischoff wakes up and is upset to find out his head has been shaved. We also find out that the referee, Randy Anderson, gave David the coins to hit Bischoff.
Backstage, Chris Jericho is talking to JJ Dillon. Jericho is sucking up to Dillon and has a dress that he wants Perry Saturn to wear. Jericho tells Dillon to make Saturn wear a dress. Saturn walks over and Dillon tells Saturn that Saturn must wear a dress at all times in the arena. Saturn is pissed off as he goes to put the dress on.
Konnan comes down to the ring for a interview by himself. Konnan with his catchphrases to open up the promo. Konnan calls Kevin Nash and Lex Luger marks. Konnan told them to drop Hulk Hogan but Nash never wanted to do it because he had a plan. Konnan now knows that their was never a plan to get rid of Hogan. Konnan talks about crying in their arms when his son was born and getting back in shape. Konnan gives credit to the fans for helping him get to the spot he is in now. Konnan threatens Nash and Luger telling them they will not know when Konnan will strike.
Stills from the Konnan/Lex Luger match from Souled Out last night. We also get MORE stills from the Flair tag team match at Souled Out.
Kevin Nash has a microphone and lets the fans know that they are in the house. Nash says their will not be a tag team title tournament. Hogan botches his first line but manages to say that this is the end of WCW. Hogan shows off his weight belt that has David Flairís blood on it. Hogan announces that he accepts Ric Flairís challenge to a match at Superbrawl in five weeks. Hogan finishes off by saying ďwhen you mess with the brotherhood, you mess with us for lifeĒ.
A video promoting the Goldberg vs. Bigelow vs. Hall match is shown.
WCW Television Champion Scott Steiner cuts off the Nitro Girls during their dance segment and says he wants some loving. Steiner tells Kimberly that he beat her man to a bloody pulp. The Nitro Girls leave and Steiner eventually walks to the back as well.
After a commercial break, Scott Steiner and Buff Bagwell make their way down to the ring for a promo. Steiner wants a freak for the week and wants a chick who can move all night long. Steiner mentions seeing a someone in the back wearing a dress and puts down the looks of Saturn. A chant of ďsteroidsĒ starts up directed towards Steiner. Steiner calls out Perry Saturn for a match. Steiner calls Saturn a queer and is met with a right hand.
Kevin Nash, Lex Luger and Elizabeth make their way down to the ring for a interview, without Mean Gene! Nash mocks Konnanís catchphrase to start off the promo. Nash says that if it wasnít for him Konnan would still be working the first match on the card. Nash believes that Konnan doesnít have any heart or endurance. Luger chimes in and says that Elizabeth was beautiful last night. Luger makes fun on Mysterioís size and says he is going to rip off Mysterioís mask! Luger also gives Mysterio a option to give them the mask backstage and they can just forget about the match later on. Nash finishes off by saying the Wolfpac is in the house.
Backstage, Scott Steiner enters the Nitro Girls locker room and tries to get one of the dancers to sleep with him. Steiner explains himself to the security guys that the girls want him.
Stills from the WCW Cruiserweight Championship match between Kidman, Juventud, Psychosis and Mysterio are shown. Kidman retained the title.
Before the next match, Lex Luger cuts a promo on Mysterio, again. Luger tells Mysterio that he tried to be nice but Mysterio has came out with the LWO shirt and mask on again. Luger wants both of them and will he let Mysterio walk out of the ring. Mysterio says no and is attacked
A video of Diamond Dallas Page being a part of the opening of WCW Nitro Grill is shown.
Backstage, Scott Steiner is still trying to get with Kimberly. Steiner is telling Kimberly that he is sure DDP is messing around on Kimberly while in Las Vegas. Steiner tells security to back off.
After the match, Goldberg is able to fight off a good portion of the group but the numbers become to much for Goldberg. The Horsemen run down to the ring and the main players of the New World Order run to the back with the Horsemen right behind them. Flair chops Hall on the entrance ramp and continues to chase after Hogan. Flair chases after a limo in the parking lot as the show comes to an end.
End of show
My Take: I must say the opening segment of the show was pretty bad. It seems like after two weeks the Bischoff/Flair angle is already becoming stale and uninteresting. The stipulation of Flair only having power for ninety days really hurts the angle in my opinion. Also, David Flair really looked like a fool trying to do his best pissed off promo. His father is really good at it and when a rookie has to follow that the result is never going to be good. People seemed to be really disappointed that David was going to wrestle instead of Ric. I can say I was too.
Booker/Jericho put on a good match to open the action for the show. This was set up from their interaction on the pay per view last night. Booker winning makes sense considering he is involved in a angle where he isnít going to stop wrestling or whatever until he is the number one contender. Losing to Jericho would hurt that momentum. A solid match all around.
David/Bischoff match was just horrible. Even for the match being two minutes long, if that, it was just horrible. David looked really lost and I would have to think quite embarrassed or nervous considering how red his face gets. Poor kid.
The Konnan promo brings more emotion to his feud with Kevin Nash. Konnan adding the personal touch to the promo made it important and now there is a valid reason for his revenge, not just because he was kicked out of the group. He feels like his family kicked him to the curb. I can live with that approach.
The tag team title tournament match was a complete mess. I donít think any of the four men in the match knew what the hell they were going to do. It didnít come across organized at all.
I understand wanting to push Disco Inferno, but this completely kills any push Wrath was getting. Well actually the lost to Bam-Bam Bigelow the previous night did that but this one seals it for sure.
Steiner/Saturn was a decent match. Steiner is really getting some good heat from the crowd at this point. The guy is a clear main event talent for WCW but yet is stuck wearing a lower mid-card championship.
Lex Luger seemed to be really uncomfortable cutting a promo on this show. Just a horrible job on his part to advance the feud with Mysterio.
Quite surprised that Psychosis went over on Juventud. A decent match as it was pretty much just the usual fast paced high flying cruiserweight match you would expect on just about every WCW show.
At least they are giving Mysterio quite a bit of offense in his matches with the top talent. Looks like Konnan and Mysterio will be teaming up to take out the New World Order.
By the looks of it, Scott Steiner and DDP are not done. Clearly Steiner putting the moves on Kimberly is not going to fly with DDP. I donít mind the angle but it seems lazy to go in this direction.
Another main event without a clear winner. Typical WCW. Why canít Goldberg just go over Bigelow here and then have a beat down? I mean seriously.
On last note, I find myself not caring about Flair/Hogan. They have feuded so many times that their isnít that big match feel between them anymore. It is just the same old crap over the past three years now. WCW needs something fresh and young. Not 50 year old men main eventing their big events.
Overall, it seemed like an average show to me, really. It is good to have several feuds set up for the next pay per view so over the next five weeks it will be interesting if WCW can put together some good momentum heading into one of their bigger pay per views of the year.
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