WCW Monday Nitro (June 26, 2000)


So this past week I discovered an excellent podcast titled Keep It 2000 and binge-listened to all 25 episodes that currently exist. The show reviews episodes of WCW Monday Nitro from the year 2000 and is so utterly hilarious that I decided to start playing along at home and jump on with the episode they will cover in the next installment of their podcast. This is that episode.

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WCW Souled Out 2000 (January 16, 2000)


We’re at some arena in Cincinnati, Ohio for the first WCW PPV of 2000, Souled Out after some fireworks and screaming maniacs with signs are shown we join our broadcast team for the evening: Tony Schiavone, Professor Iron “Mike” Tenay, and Bobby “The Brain” Heenan.

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Survival Tobita vs. Ken the Box (EWF February 27, 2000)

Survival Tobita finally gets one over on his eternal rival, Ken the Box, besting him by countout when Ken is unable to get into the ring for their match, but Survival Tobita is very die hard and challenges Ken to a rematch right then and there. A Texas Deathmatch I suppose.

Tobita heads out to the floor where he is dropped repeatedly by spinning backfists from Ken. Tobita manages to get back to his feet, but is busted open. Ken hits him again, sending him into the crowd. Tobita is unable to answer the ten count and Ken the Box once again emerges victorious.

Winner: Ken the Box

This is a fantastic bit of wrestling as performance art. It is so ludicrous and over the top and Jim Cornette would hate it, but the crowd is more into this the a lot of the stuff I see on Raw or Smackdown circa today. If you’re a person who only cares about “workrate” and stuff like you’ll probably hate this, but I’m not one of those people so this was great! [***]


Terry Funk vs. Vampiro (WCW Monday Nitro May 29, 2000)

Terry Funk defends his WCW Hardcore Championship against Vampiro in a hardcore, no disqualification match that ends in a no contest when Vampiro douses the Funker in gasoline and tries to set him on fire. Sting comes in to make the save and Vampiro fucks off. WCW 2000!


WCW New Blood Rising (August 13, 2000)


We’re in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Outside the arena fans are yelling a bunch of bullshit. The announce team is Tony Schiavone, Mark Madden and Scott Hudson. This is going to be so terrible isn’t it?

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The Rock vs. The Dudley Boyz (WWF Smackdown March 9, 2000)

The Rock takes on the Dudley Boyz in a Handicap Tables Match because of Attitude Era shenanigans.  To win, The Rock must put both Dudleys through tables.  Can the most electrifying man in sports entertainment overcome the odds and triumph?


Scott Steiner vs. Mike Awesome (WCW Thunder June 28, 2000)

Remember when Mike Awesome’s gimmick in WCW was he would end your career?  That was a good gimmick.


Horace Hogan vs. Billy Kidman (WCW Thunder April 26, 2000)

In early 2000, WCW decided that Kevin Sullivan’s booking style was not as successful as they had hoped and so it was decided that former WCW president, Eric Bischoff, and former World Wrestling Federation head of creative, Vince Russo, would be brought back to run WCW together.

On April 10, 2000, Bischoff and Russo appeared on screen and declared all WCW titles vacant and also announced a new stable known as The New Blood that would consist primarily of the younger wrestlers in WCW.  The New Blood claimed that they were being held back by the older, more established talent, the so-called Millionaire’s Club.

Six days later on April 16, at Spring Stampede in Chicago, Illinois, every title was on the line in matches pitting The New Blood against the Millionaire’s Club.  The New Blood won every title save for the WCW Hardcore Championship which Terry Funk captured.

It was a good idea in theory.  WCW hoped that by pushing the younger talent fans who had gravitated towards WWF would return, but the execution was somewhat less than perfect.  The New Blood, the young talent tired of being held back by the establishment were more or less depicted as heels as is evident in this Billy Kidman bout.

Kidman had been feuding with Hulk Hogan due to Hogan’s claim that, “The young guys like Billy Kidman that…if they don’t get the push they’re going their pack their bags up and go elsewhere. I’ll say the say the same thing to him I said before you couldn’t sell out a flea market on your best day.“  On the April 24, 2000 episode of Nitro Kidman and Mike Awesome had hospitalized Hogan after beating him mercilessly in a two on one handicap match.

That week on Thunder, Kidman came out in a Hogan t-shirt which he ripped in a mockery of Hogan’s ring entrance and then bragged about hospitalizing Hogan (Awesome had legitimately done most of the work).  He then issues an open challenge that Hogan’s legit nephew, Horace Hogan answered.  Horace Hogan dominates Kidman and the only reason Kidman wins is because of a distraction from Torrie Wilson and interference from Eric Bischoff because having to cheat to win against a guy who was more or less a jobber is a great way to get the fans behind someone.

WCW management were shocked that fans were cheering the Millionaire’s Club rather than The New Blood decided the experiment was not working and quickly put an end to the feud in early July.