The nWo has been defeated. The WCW Championship is back in the hands of Sting, and Larry Zbyszko has defended Nitro's honor. In the final Nitro of the year, how will the nWo respond? How will WCW celebrate?
Larry gets his own intro and celebration. Tony is awfully cocky. He should probably be a bit more measured, all things considered.
Glacier vs Bill Goldberg
Yo shit, what a big reaction for Goldberg. Glacier attacks as Goldberg is entering the ring. It did not pay off for him at all. Glacier had no chance. "Who's next?"
TO THE MEAN GENE. The newest member of WCW, Bret Hart! The nWo reminds him of the SCUM he left behind. It was an honor to see the rise of The WCW. Bret puts over WCW as a whole, then specifically Sting, Lex, Giant, and Benoit being examples of guys he'd like to test his skills against. Hulk Hogan has been ducking Bret for years, and his time is finally up.
Raven grabs a mic and cuts a promo about Benoit being a masochist, and he is happy to keep delivering beatings to him if need be.
Hammer vs Chris Benoit
Benoit dives over the guard rail trying to get at Raven. The Flock threw him back over and Hammer went to work. I don't know why a delayed superplex seems stronger than a normal one, but it just does. The Flock hits the ring as soon as the crossface is locked on. Mongo comes out to save Benoit. It's about fucking time. 6 weeks of watching his friend get his ass kicked by The Flock, and it never dawned on him to make the save?
TO THE MEAN BY GOD GENE. "Mr. Starrcade." Who was not on Starrcade, even in promo form. He puts over DDP, but makes it clear that he's not finished with Hennig. He's focused on on Bret Hart. Offended at Bret calling himself the best. And offended that Flair's name wasn't on the list of guys Bret wants to face. The Baltimore Sun wrote an article that quoted Dave Meltzer of The Wrestling Observer as saying Ric Flair is the greatest of all time. LOLOLOLOL. Seriously? RIC FLAIR and BRET HART are going to be feuding over something Dave Meltzer said? Lol.
Ultimo Dragon vs Eddie Guerrero WCW Cruiserweight Championship
Eddie attacks Ultimo before Ultimo could even get in the ring. Ultimo gets the dragon sleeper on OUTTA NOWHERE. NEW CHAMPION! Lol. The fuck? Ultimo got one move on besides the sleeper. And he's going to Japan for the 1/4 dome show to have a match for the IWGP Junior Heavyweight championship.
Hulk Hogan and Eric Bischoff come to the ring. Bischoff seems like he's feeling that match he had, but Hogan is still Hogan. Doesn't seem all that bothered about losing last night. Hulk made a valid point: JJ said that only Nick Patrick was to be the ref in the match last night. Bret Hart wasn't qualified to make the call he made. But Nick Patrick counted the fall and called for the bell, so Hulk was clearly the winner. He's still the champ and WCW better be fixing this.
As hour two begins, Tony says they're only going to have a two man team due to Brain's actions last week. Brain comes out saying that he was the only one who bothered to come out and did what he did for WCW. He sacrificed himself to come out there when no one else would. And then he takes his seat. Lmao. "Now you're a part of WCW?" "Thank you. Roll it!" LOLOLOLOL. Classic Brain.
Mortis vs DDP WCW US Championship
Oh shit. DDP is going to steal Kanyon's move and use it against him tonight. Won't even give him credit it for it, I'm sure. It's really weird how they've been portraying DDP as this blue collar man of the people. He was a strip club owner and is next door neighbors with his boss. Kanyon's gonna shock the whirl. Brain talking nonstop about how he's back home is hilarious. Mortis keeps control of DDP by working the ribs and hitting some big MOVEZ. Kanyon Cutter. OUTTA NOWHERE! BANG! Title retained. Sinister Minister also got decked.
TO THE MEAN GENE. JJ Dillon is out to thank Larry and address the issues Hogan brought up. The decision is final: Sting is the champ! Sting said he'd defend the title against any nWo member...RIGHT HERE TONIGHT!
Disco Inferno vs Booker T WCW TV Championship
Not sure why Booker deserves a title shot, but I'm not sure why Disco got another title shot, either. So, who gives a shit, is what I mean to say, as it were, if you know what I'm saying, sucka, ya feel me, dawg? Booker is way over here in Baltimore. He initially completely controls Disco, but Disco got fired up and gained the upper hand. Then Disco does a lariat and both go over the ropes, with Disco landing tailbone first on the floor. Hurt me just watching. These guys are going at it pretty hard, and this is a pretty good match. They had good chemistry. Booker wins with the Harlem Hangover. NEW CHAMPION! Man, Booker's push has been so weird. Just some random singles matches, then random tags again, then a title shot and now he's a singles guy.
TO THE MEAN GENE. JJ has not been given a response from the nWo about who will face Sting tonight. Bischoff comes out. Bischoff vs Sting! Never mind. Hogan vs Sting will have a rematch tonight!
Curt Hennig vs Chris Jericho
Good luck, Jericho. Speaking of good luck, Jericho was lucky not to Hayabusa himself on the Lionsault. Had Perfect not put his knees up, Jericho would have landed head first. Shit could have been terrible. Hennig quickly defeats jericho and then straight up tea bags him. Jericho throws a tantrum after the match, throwing Dave Penzer and beating the ring post with a chair. "I'm sick of this! I've had enough!" Would you say that enough is enough and it's time for a change?
Scott Hall comes out and cuts a promo that goes absolutely nowhere. It was just doing the survey.
Buff Bagwell vs Lex Luger
OH COME THE FUCK ON. Lex finally beats Buff. It only took him 6 tries. THIS MONTH.
Hulk Hogan vs Sting WCW Championship
Fucking LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOL at Buffer continuing his introductions even as he was diving out of the ring. You can hear him still talking as the mic gets farther away from his face. Hogan attacks Sting with the belt, which has been cleaned and restored. Sting actually gets more offense in this than the match last night, although Hogan still gets the majority of it. Randy Anderson gets pulled into a Stinger Splash and...WE'RE OUTTA TIME!
Yes, they really ended the show before the finish to Hogan/Sting rematch.
The nWo is really on the ropes, as you can see by...Hogan getting an immediate rematch and beating Sting's ass again, plus Bischoff being out there for two promos, plus Hall coming out to do a promo literally for no reason. Having an unannounced Hogan/Sting rematch and then ending the show before the finish is so WCW it hurts. This was arguably the prime year of the Nitro era, and it was pretty hit and miss. The late summer was particularly shitty (although it pretty much always is, and it wasn't nearly as shitty as it'd be in the coming years). The low points where still higher than a lot of the high points of 1998-2001, and the high points were some of the highest points in company history. I'd say it is deserving of the moniker of being Nitro's best year. Although all the cracks in the foundation that will become so evident next year are there if you're willing to look.