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Nitro disappoints in Kitchener
By BOB KAPUR -- For SLAM! Wrestling
After what I heard was a fantastic "Fall Brawl" Pay-Per-View, I was hoping
that WCW would put on a great show tonight as they presented "Monday Nitro"
from the Kitchener Memorial Auditorium.
Unfortunately, they didn't live up to my expectations. From the general
reaction of the audience, most of the other fans were left wanting as well.
The stadium, not close to being a sold-out crowd, was often quiet, and
appeared detached from the action playing out in the ring. This may have
had something to do with the fact that, being a live-to-air broadcast, the
action was frequently interrupted for commercial breaks. As well, promos
and other backstage vignettes were not always broadcast on the Nitro-Tron
for the fans in attendance.
Frequent changes to the booking resulted in a confusing main event which
saw Vince Russo walk away with a victory in a match he never participated
in, earning the right to face the WCW champion on next week's show.
The major highlight of the show was the reaction to Team Canada featuring
their newest member, Hacksaw Jim Duggan. Duggan received the largest pop
of the night by far for his anti-American promo, and his pinfall of General
Rection of the MIA.
When the crowd did get enthusiastic, it was usually to cheer on the heels,
and deride the company's faces, a reversal from the typical television
audience. It will be interesting to see if the magic of TV editing will be
able to mask the chants favouring top villains Vince Russo, Scott Steiner,
and Jeff Jarrett, and those against the company's number one good guy Bill
Goldberg, who did not make an appearance at the show.
Even if he did show up, however, I'm not sure if it would have made much of
a difference to the apathetic crowd. By that time, it may have been a case
of too little, too late.
Nitro - September 18, 2000
Nick Tylwalk's Monday Night Nitro Report
- I don't mean any disrespect to my Canadian friends -- especially since I'm writing this for Canadian-based web sites -- but when it comes to wrestling fans, it's like Bizarro World up there. Faces booed, heels cheered, cats and dogs living together... total chaos. Expect more of the same as we head to Kitchener for Nitro.
- Match 1 - Filthy Animals vs. Natural Born Thrillers. This is a continuation of the match from last night, which ended prematurely when Paul Orndorff suffered a neck injury. Only Rey Jr. and Tygress are left to face Jindrak and O'Haire, Chuck Palumbo and Mike Sanders, but a few mishaps even the odds in a hurry. A Sean-ton Bomb gone awry and a chair shot from the Kwee-Wee eliminate Jindrak, O'Haire and an interfering Sean Stasiak, then a careless Palumbo gets rolled up by Tygress. The Animals' femme fatale seems overmatched by Sanders, until Rey Jr. returns and kicks Mike into the Stuffbuster (X-Factor) and Tygress gets the pin.
- Tastefully sporting an Indiana University hat, Kevin Nash thinks the Thrillers need a coach. Coach Big Sexy diagrams a play for the NBT, and the X's and O's deliver a clear message: you suck.
- Goldberg's music hits, and to the delight of the Kitchener fans, Vince Russo is the person to emerge from the pyro. Vince has a registered letter that he claims is Goldberg's resignation. Call me crazy, but I doubt its authenticity. To the sound of "Goldberg sucks" chants, Russo brings out Scott Steiner. Big Poppa Pump issues a mock apology for retiring Goldberg, then guarantees he'll win the world title next week. That brings out Jeff Jarrett, then Nash, and pretty soon the testosterone level is soaring. Naturally, Russo has a plan: the person that scores the pinfall in tonight's main event tag team match will get a title shot next Monday. The match will pit Steiner and Jarrett against Nash and... Russo? The eveil trinity of heels looks on in disbelief as Russo heads to the back.
- Back in the locker room, Jarrett and Steiner try to convince Nash to talk some sense into Russo. Too bad Big Sexy has Mondays off.
- Match 2 - The Franchise vs. The Kwee-Wee. Kwee-Wee incurs the wrath of Douglas by planting a kiss on the human taxi, Torrie Wilson. That gets Kwee-Wee a Franchiser, but Douglas pulls up from the pin so Paisley can tag in. She wants a piece of Wilson; all she gets is a Franchiser of her own and a five count with Douglas on top.
- Russo has a plan that involves Jarrett laying down for him. Nash diagrams a new plan with a message for Vinnie Ru: bite me. Elsewhere, a Pamela Paulshock interview with Booker T and Sting that starts with mutual respect degenerates into a fistfight.
- Disqo (better known to us as Disco Inferno) convinces The Cat to put his commissionership on the line in a match. There's just one catch: if Disqo loses, Rey Jr. and Juvi get stripped of their tag team titles.
- Match 3 - The Cat vs. Disqo. It takes less than 20 seconds for Miller to pin Disqo. He takes Disco Duck and hightails it out of the arena with the angry Animals in hot pursuit.
- Tape rolls on the surreal interview between Mike Tenay and David Flair that was shown during Fall Brawl. If you haven't seen it, it's an epic tale of a cold pizza, a jilted groom and an unlucky mailman. Back in the ring, M.I. Smooth offers David a videotape that reveals the identity of the father. David pays the man, then clocks him with a crowbar and runs off.
- Russo asks Steiner and Jarrett what they think of Kronik, and their opinions aren't too complimentary. Is that a tape recorder I see behind Vince's copy of Flex magazine? It must be, because Russo gives a tape to Mike Sanders to deliver to Kronik. Hmm... Elsewhere, a production assistant gets a crowbar shot when he won't play David Flair's videotape.
- Match 4 - Sting vs. Booker T - World Title Match. Now that he's regained his title, it looks like Booker is right back in his 9 pm title defense slot. There's a nice spot where a suplex is reversed into the Scorpion Death Drop, which is reversed into a Bookend, which is reversed into an armbreaker submission. Sting runs wild with Stinger Splashes and sets up for the Scorpion Deathlock. Jarrett interferes and the match is thrown out. Big Poppa Pump also joins the fun, and the segment ends with Booker in the Steiner Recliner and Sting in the Figure Four.
- Sanders delivers the tape to Bryan Clark, who actually can speak if necessary. Kronik storms into The Cat's office, where the commissioner wisely grants them a match with Jarrett and Steiner. Somewhere in-between, Jimmy Hart tells David he should watch the video in Smooth's limo. Young Flair thanks Jimmy for the advice with a little taste of crowbar.
- Team Canada makes its triumphant entrance, and Lance Storm wastes little time bragging about two successful title defenses and the turning of Hacksaw Jim Duggan. A freshly shorn Duggan comes down the ramp, waving (shudder!) the Maple Leaf. That's all the MIA can stands, they can't stands no more. So that brings us to...
- Match 5 - Team Canada vs. MIA. Duggan's first hot tag as a Canadian brings the crowd to its feet and almost spells doom for Lt. Loco. Elix Skipper flies to the floor, where A-Wall promptly deposits him through a table. The ensuing commotion allows Duggan to use his trusty 2X4 to get the pin for the home team.
- The Chosen One smells a rat, and Russo is lucky Jarrett and Steiner don't take care of business right there in the locker room. Out in the parking lot, That 70's Guy and his little friend Gary Coleman pull up in That 70's Bus. The Dark Carnival is doing what it does best, lurking in the background.
- Match 6 - Kronik vs. Scott Steiner and Jeff Jarrett. At least it's supposed to be Kronik versus Steiner and JJ. Nash and the Thrillers come out first, and Big Sexy unleashes all of the youngsters. Adams and Clark wade through all of the NBT but Palumbo, who actually mounts a little offense. Eventually The Event falls victim to the High Time, but when Kronik sets its sights on Jindrak and O'Haire, Steiner and Jarrett attack from behind. Jarrett ends the match with The Stroke.
- Three Count interrupts Mike Awesome's flirting session with Pamela Paulshock to show him the damage Vampiro and the clowns have inflicted on his bus. It's just as well, because if Awesome doesn't have the digits by now, he never will.
- Russo enters Sting's dressing room and begs the Dark Warrior to be his tag team partner. When that doesn't work, he questions the Stinger's heart. That did the trick.
- Match 7 - Mike Awesome vs. Vampiro - Hardcore Match. It's a hard-hitting affair that spills into the crowd. Vamp nails a cross body from the first section of seats off the floor; Awesome rallies back in the ring with a top rope clothesline. Vampiro escapes one attempt at an Awesome Bomb, but the second time's the charm as Awesome sends the Dark Angel through a table on the floor and gets the three count.
- Russo gets more than he bargained for when he runs into an angry Booker in the locker room. And to finish off the night-long saga, David goes nuts when he learns the shocking identity of Miss Hancock's child. Too bad we don't.
- Main Event - Scott Steiner and Jeff Jarrett vs. Sting and Vince Russo
Hey, that guy coming out to Vinnie Ru's music looks an awful lot like Booker T. The world champ and the Stinger start out strong, and pretty soon Jarrett is in the Scorpion and Steiner is about to be Bookended. Midajah rescues her man, then gets taken out by Miss Jones. Booker suplexes his way out of a sleeper and makes the hot tag to Sting. Kronik makes another appearance to help Sting bash the Chosen One, but Big Poppa Pump rallies against Booker. Scott applies the Recliner but releases it when Russo enters the fray. Russo's bat makes its way into the hands of the world champ, who uses it to lay out Steiner. Then Booker throws Russo on top of Big Poppa Pump and orders the ref to make the count. As the show ends, Booker lets WCW's head writer know he'll be looking forward to their meeting in the ring next week in Long Island.
- Final thought: If Canada really is Bizarro World, shouldn't the matches begin with a pin?