So, I started up a WCW 2001 game in TEW 2016, and I actually booked enough interesting stuff that I'd thought I'd put it out there for you guys to read and comment on. The basic gist is Bischoff and friends actually bought WCW, it's now May and I have a two hour show on FX, along with the entire old WCW roster, aside from folks like Goldberg & Hogan. I'm starting out with Eric's idea of starting out in Las Vegas, but I'm going from there. One quick note is for some reason (I forget 2001), Booker starts with an injury, so yes, the World & US Title is vacant.
Also, I came up with the idea of writing this all out before writing down all the exact times of angles & matches, so I'll note if something went real short or long. As a final cherry to this sundae, as kind of a lark, I've put in Piper as the head booker.
Live from The Hard Rock Cafe Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada - 2,000 - SOLD OUT!
In general, a stripped down look for WCW as they 'reboot' for seemingly the 19th time since 1999. There's a smaller TurnerTron (or FXTron now?) near the entrance gate, but that's been clamped down far closer to a lower cost entrance, but there's been a ramp added to give some amount of class to the proceedings. Announcers are still up at the top of the ramp, though.
The first Nitro in six weeks started out with Eric Bischoff coming out to a chorus of boos from the WCW faithful. He told the crowd he deserved those boos, but explained that the last few years had made him humble and made him learn that he had to go back to basics. In this new WCW, there'd be no new orders, no Wolfpack's, no Black & White, but a focus on what made WCW great - great in-ring action and talent that WCW fans cared about. Bischoff then said unfortunately, there was also business to tend too and out came Booker T, with his shoulder taped up and the WCW US Title on his other shoulder and World Title around his waist.
Booker explained that while training for his comeback, he'd injured his shoulder and as a result, would be unable to defend either title at The Big Bang, coming up this Sunday so he was relinquishing both titles. Just as Bischoff was about to announce something, Scott Steiner came out to the ring. He cut a quick promo on Booker T being something that had to be bleeped too, then demanded that Uncle Eric give him his World Title back.
Bischoff responded, "Scotty, this isn't the old WCW. You're going to earn everything, starting tonight. Now, you've earned a chance to become the next WCW World Champion. But, you're going to win an eight man tournament and your opening round opponent in tonight's main event here in Las Vegas will be...Sting!"
Steiner went nuts as the crowd reacted and the show cut to as Schiavone, Hudson, and Heenan welcomes us to the new, improved WCW Monday Nitro. They quickly went over the brackets, then hyped the other matches at The Big Bang, including Shane Helms vs. Chavo Guerrero Jr. for the Cruiserweight Title, The Filthy Animals challenging Kid Romeo & Elix Skipper for the WCW Cruiserweight Tag Titles, and Team Canada looking to defeat Sean O'Haire & Chuck Palumbo for the WCW Tag World Titles. - (85)
In the 1st official match of the new WCW, Diamond Dallas Page defeated Buff Bagwell in about twelve minutes with the Diamond Cutter to advance to the semi-finals at The Big Bang. The prior DDP-Bagwell feud seems to have been dropped, as the announcers largely focused on Bagwell trying to move up to the next level and Page looking for one last run as the top of the promotion. Solid match, but nothing special. (74)
After the match, Page took the mic, welcomed the fans back to WCW, and said that whoever he had to face along the road, whether it was Flair, Sting, Steiner, or even Dustin Rhodes, they'd all feel the BANG! GOOD GAWD! (86)
Backstage, Ernest Miller with M.I. Smooth and Miss Jones was upset Kanyon was in the World Title Tournament, but couldn't get Eric Bischoff to answer his door. (60)
In a tune-up match for the tag title match at The Big Bang, Sean O'Haire pinned Lance Storm in a little over nine minutes with the Senton Bomb after knocking Awesome to the floor as he attempted to interfere. O'Haire & Palumbo were pushed as the possible future of World Championship Wrestling as the match itself was pretty solid. (68)
Coming back from commercials, in the 2nd match of the World Title Tournament, Ric Flair defeated Dustin Rhodes after Jarrett absolutely nailed Rhodes with a guitar after about thirteen minutes of action. As you'd expect, this was a solid old-school style brawl, as Flair is slowly feeling the effects of his age, but can still solidly work in the ring. (66)
After the match, as you'd expect, Jarrett & Flair took the boots to the fallen 'Natural' until WCW Officials could chase the devious duo away. (73)
Backstage, Shane Douglas was very upset with not being in the WCW World Title Tournament, so Bischoff acquiesced and put him in a match for the US Title, but waited until Shane agreed, then announced it'd be a 15 Man Battle Royal! Douglas blew his top about a conspiracy, but Bischoff simply explained that this was an opportunity for Shane to show his worth to the new WCW. (66)
In a wild six-man match focusing largely on a bunch of spots, Chavo Jr., Elix Skipper, and Kid Romeo defeated Shane Helms and The Filthy Animals after about nine minutes of action when Chavo dropped Helms with the brainbuster after a double dive by Skipper & Romeo on to Rey & Kidman on the outside. (63)
In a segment that had to be on TV only to appeal to the horndogs, Stacy Kiebler showed up to Bischoff's office in a very tight skirt and blouse and offered to be Eric's official personal assistant all while dropping enough double entrendes to fill the opening minutes of a particularly clever adult film. Eric seems interested, but explained that she was still Jindrak and Statsiak's manager, it'd be very unprofessional for Stacy to be involved with the boss. Then, Stacy bent over to pick up something from Eric's floor and he suddenly had second thoughts. (65)
In a shockingly good match, Kanyon pinned Konnan in a little over ten minutes with the Flatliner to advance in the title tournament. There was no hints of Positively Kanyon or even 'Champagne' Kanyon, but he's seemed to kept the newer intense look and leather jacket as he came to ringside. Konnan looked oddly motivated as he threw in a few big moves he seemingly hasn't done in years, but still did the J-O-B as Kanyon advanced to The Big Bang. (76)
After the match, Kanyon took the mic and declared that tonight proved, at the Big Bang, "Nobody would be betta' than Kanyon!" (68)
Quick cut to Sting somewhere in the arena where he cut a promo saying how there'd been more change in WCW in the past two years than the previous twenty, but he'd been here for all of it. "Ya' see, little Stingers, I don't bleed black & red, black & white, or even red, white, and blue. The only thing I bleed is WCW, so Scott Steiner, get ready because pal, it's Showtime!" - (89)
In a solid main event. Sting pinned Scott Steiner after the Scorpion Death Drop after a nearly twenty minute bout after Booker T came down to ringside to watch the match. This led to Steiner breaking the Steiner Recliner, which allowed Sting to make his comeback and win the match. - (77)
After the match, as Steiner yelled at the referee, Booker rolled in and absolutely drilled the Big Booty Daddy with the WCW World Title belt! - (92)
The show ended with the trio of announcers hyping WCW's return to Pay Per View, in only six days where new WCW World & US Champions would be crowned.
Show Rating - 82