WWE Extreme Rules Thoughts & Predictions

Tomorrow night is WWE Extreme Rules, live on pay-per-view and on the WWE Network. I almost forgot about the show. Almost, but not quite. So here are my thoughts and predictions for each match scheduled. Let’s do this.

WWE Extreme Rules Predictions

WWE Tag Team Championship Match
Tyson Kidd & Cesaro (c) w/ Natayla versus The New Day (Big E & Kofi Kingston) w/ Xavier Woods

This will probably be the match to kick off the show and should be pretty decent. I like how the New Day have taken what was (and is) a rather stupid gimmick and turned it into a positive. The fans are crapping (rightfully so) all over the gimmick so play on that and turn heels. Works for me. And it makes Cesaro and Kidd, who you find yourself wanting to cheer despite their “heel antics”, the defacto baby-faces. Should be a decent match, but it’s not time to take the belts off of Cesaro and Kidd yet. They’re really just beginning to find their groove and we still have the other teams like The Colons (I hate the Matador gimmick), the Prime Time Players and J&J Security waiting in the wings. Look for Cesaro & Kidd to retain the titles via pinfall.

Winners & STILL WWE Tag Team Champions: Tyson Kidd & Cesaro

Steel Cage Match – WWE World Championship (Kane is the “Gate Keeper” – Orton is banned from using the RKO)
Seth Rollins w/ J&J Security versus Randy Orton

Just like Cesaro and Kidd, Seth Rollins is really beginning to come into his own as the WWE Champion. They’re in the cage and I have no doubt that Orton will dominate and decimate Rollins for most of the match. I expect to see Noble and Mercury to get involved quite a bit and end up getting choke-slammed to hell by a Big Red Monster, playing the role of gate-keeper. More and more discension and conflict between Kane and Rollins, but in the end, Kane will do what’s “best for business” (albeit reluctantly) and save Rollins from being pinned and losing the title.

Winner and STILL WWE World Champion: Seth Rollins

Russian Chain Match – United States Championship
John Cena (c) versus Rusev w/ Lana

I think that the WWE missed out on an opportunity with this “Chain Match” gimmick. Why not have Ivan Koloff, former WWWF World Champion and WWE Hall of Famer Nikolai Volkoff help “train” Rusev on the finer points of using the Russian Chain? They could have filmed vignettes for the past few weeks and use those legends to help add to the seriousness and danger of the match, as well as promote the WWE Network with their legendary presence. Oh well, more money thrown away and left on the table.

As for this match, it should be brutal and stiff and I really don’t know who should get the winning nod. If it was a normal show and we still had Daniel Bryan doing the open challenge for the IC title, then I’d say shift the belt (U.S. title) back to Rusev. But Cena has been doing a great job as the U.S. Champion and has been working hard to help restore the title back to it’s former place of prestige and I’ve actually gotten to where I like those open challenges and don’t want to see Cena lose the title. Damn, did I say that? I don’t think Bryan will remain the IC Champ and I want at least one of these belts to stay with the “fighting champion baby-face”. Rusev deserves to beat Cena and win the United States Championship. But the title is in better hands (for now) with Cena. A hard call, but I’ll go with Super Cena winning by trickery and retaining the title.

Winner and STILL United States Champion: John Cena

Intercontinental Championship Match (pending)
Daniel Bryan (c) versus Bad News Barrett

I don’t think this match will actually take place. Bryan isn’t cleared to wrestle (so far as we know) and thus, will be forced to forfeit the title.

Winner by Forfeit and NEW WWE Intercontinental Champion: Bad News Barrett

Kiss Me Arse Match
Sheamus versus Dolph Ziggler

I don’t even want to talk about the stupidity of this match. This isn’t the attitude era anymore and a “kiss my ass” match really has no place in the WWE PG market. It’s demeaning and humiliating to both men. Maybe we’ll see the return of “Dusty’s Ass” from the last days of WCW? Dolph gets screwed over by WWE management at almost every turn and yet still manages to get over with the fans and be one of the hot tickets for the company. So if at first they don’t succeed, keep trying. Sheamus wins and Dolph kisses the ass. And Sheamus still looks stupid.

Winner: Sheamus

WWE Divas Championship Match
Nikki Bella (c) w/ Brie Bella versus Naomi

At the moment, the Bellas have a firm grip on that WWE Divas title and I can’t see anyone on the current main roster taking that title away from them anytime soon. Maybe when they meet a favorite daughter of a former 16-time World Champion, but not until then. This match should be okay, but no title switches here.

Winner and STILL WWE Divas Champion: Nikki Bella

Last Man Standing Match
Roman Reigns versus The Big Show

Superman punch and the spear. Roman needs the win and nobody gives a damn about the Big Show at this point.

Winner: Roman Reigns

Chicago Street Fight
Dean Ambrose versus Luke Harper

This could easily be the show-stealing, most fun match of the night. Two mid-card guys who could easily be on top with nothing to lose. Both men have been lost in the shuffle and buried so many times, what’s one more loss, right? Or one big win on a pay-per-view show? Look for this to be stiff and smash-mouth from start to finish. And while I think that Ambrose can handle a loss slightly more than Harper, Ambrose is the fan favorite here and I think that they’ll be wanting to cater to the fans and give them something to cheer about. Both men deserve a big night and a big push, but for Sunday night at Extreme Rules, I think the night belongs to Ambrose.

Winner: Dean Ambrose

And there you go. Am I right? Am I wrong? Am I doing the hokey-pokey and shaking it all about? We’ll find out tomorrow night at WWE Extreme Rules.

And with that, I’m out of here. I have to go to work and sell liquor to the masses. ABC is the place to be. Woo-hoo!

Ubuntu!

Tossing Salt – Worldwide News: Tough Enough

Tossing Salt – Worldwide News
April 8, 2015
Doug Maynard
Welcome to another edition of pro wrestling’s most eclectic column, “Tossing Salt – Worldwide News”.  I’m Doug, your humble host, and I’m going to switch things up a bit today.  Instead of my usual jumping around from topic to topic, with all kinds of rambling and craziness inserted for your pleasure and mine, I’m just going to talk about one subject and try to keep it short, simple and sweet.  Yeah, that’ll be a switch, won’t it?  I’m just trying something new here, for me anyhow.  So let’s just jump to it, shall we?
On the mind this morning is WWE Tough Enough.  It’s the WWE reality show where the stars of today search out and attempt to find the next big WWE Superstar.  Last time the show was in production, we had the team of Bill DeMott, Trish Stratus and Booker T, led by the “Texas Rattlesnake” Steve Austin as the coaches and mentors / judges.  Well, now the WWE is bringing the show back for the WWE Network and word has come down that Austin will not (what?) be returning as the head honcho.  Bill DeMott is no longer with the company, having recently resigned after being accused of essentially being a bully and an assclown.  Booker is working WWE Monday Night RAW as one of the color commentators, along with JBL and Michael Cole (or is it Byron Saxton now?).  And Trish is traveling the world with her bestie, Lita and living life as a wife, mother and yoga instructor.  So the question on my mind is, who will be the judges and mentors for the new season(s) of Tough Enough?  I want to look at the possible candidiates and see if we can figure it out.
It would be nice if the WWE could secure the services of original Tough Enough head trainer, Al Snow and bring him in for this venture, but Al is currently working with TNA as one of their agents and giving up that spot for what would essentially be a temporary, part time gig that would last probably a half year at the best would be crazy.  Other former Tough Enough trainers included Bob Holly, Ivory, Jacqueline, Tori (who remembers her from Season 1?), Tazz, and Chavo Guerrero Jr.
Let’s look at the former trainers and where they are now and analyze if they’d be the proper men or women to make a return.
“Hardcore” Bob Holly certainly has the skills and talent, but he’s been out of the WWE scene for quite a while now and would he be capable of making a return in such a high impact position?  Probably, but I can see a big elephant in the room already.  Holly has a reputation as a bully and a bit of an ass-clown.  With the WWE currently trying to work it’s way through the fallout of the Bill DeMott situation from NXT, I can’t see them willingly bringing in someone who has a similar reputation.
Ivory is next on the list and I personally would love to see Lisa Moretti back in a WWE ring.  But Lisa is older now and retired and is currently running a successful dog grooming business and with the exception of the occasional shoot interview or appearance, I believe she has made that transition from the world of pro wrestling into a happy and productive life outside of the ring.  I have a hard time seeing her giving that up or disrupting her current life for work as a trainer, even if it is for the WWE.
Jacqueline would be great for this role and could easily step back into the WWE scene, never missing a step in the process.  She’s still in tremendous shape and was working with TNA as recently as a year or so ago.  But that being said, I think the politics of WWE and her long time affiliation with Jeff Jarrett might be a problem.  And she’s probably way too stiff and tough for most of the current WWE Superstars, at least those in the Diva’s division.  I would love to see her come back and work with the men and women of NXT.  She has a lot to offer and could be a valuable partner for the WWE in terms of helping to build the future.  Do I think it will happen?  Not really, but she definitely is “tough enough” for the job.
Tori.  Bwah-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha!  Who?  What?  Nah, I just don’t see it at all.  Moving on…
Tazz is the next former trainer on the list and while I think he’s on good terms with the WWE management, he’s also currently employed as an announcer for TNA Impact Wrestling and under contract to that company.  Also, Tazz currently has a podcast deal going on that takes up a great portion of his time.  His reputation as a trainer at the ECW House of Hardcore is impressive and I’m sure he could do a great job, but honestly, he has way too many other things going on and wouldn’t have the time for a project such as Tough Enough.
And finally, we have Chavo Guerrero.  As far as talent and skills goes, Chavito is probably top of the list and would make an excellent choice for the role of a trainer for this show.  But he works for TNA, has bad mouthed the company quite a bit since leaving the WWE a few years ago, and has legit bad blood with current WWE Superstar John Cena.  And there is no chance in hell that he would be considered for such a prominent role on the WWE Network. Chavito has burned quite a few bridges over the past couple of years and while we should never say never about anyone coming back and working the WWE in some capacity when it’s best for business, I think Chavito is right in line with Jeff Jarrett in regards to that ever happening.
So pretty much, with the exception of possibly Jacqueline, that rules out all of the old trainers from coming back.  So who would be good choices to take their spots, make Tough Enough worth watching and help to bring a new generation of superstars into the WWE Universe?  I have a few ideas for who I would pick for these valued roles.  Let’s look at the folks that I would have as the trainers.
Dustin Rhodes, aka “Goldust”.  This one already appears to be in the works as rumors have come from the WWE that Dustin has been approached about this job.  Or maybe the rumor is that he’s campaigning for this job.  Regardless, it looks likely that we’ll see the former multiple-time champion working with the new talent in come capacity.  And who better?  Dustin is a second generation superstar who has worked both WCW and the WWE.  He’s been a main eventer in the pre-attitude era, the Attitude Era and in the more recent “Reality Era” as well.  He knows exactly what the WWE would want in a future wrestler or Diva and he’s probably in the best physical shape of his life, so getting into the ring and showing, as well as teaching, wouldn’t be any kind of problem at all.
Lisa Marie Varon, aka “Victoria” would be my second pick.  Lisa is another great talent who has worked both the WWE and TNA and knows exactly what the WWE would want and look for in a future superstar.  She has great name recognition and was active in the TNA ring until roughly a year or so ago so she would still be current in the minds of most hardcore wrestling fans.  She’s definitely not the lady to mess with and her reputation as a worker in that ring is second to none.  She’s on great terms with the WWE right now and recently gave up her business of running a restaurant in Chicago (and her marriage because her husband is allegedly a cheater and a dumb-ass) so she has the time and most likely desire to do something big right now.  I believe that she’s been down to the Training Center down in Florida a few times to help mentor the talents and work as a guest-trainer and if it’s good enough for NXT, why wouldn’t it be good enough for the Network and Tough Enough?  She would be a great choice in my opinion and would definitely whip those young talents into shape pretty quickly.
Mark Henry.  As far as the physical side of things goes, who would be better than the “World’s Strongest Man”, Mark Henry, to help coach and train the new talents?  While approaching the twilight of his in-ring career, I think that Mark Henry still has quite a bit of gas left in the tank and quite a lot to offer the next generation.  He’s been a part of the WWE for close to twenty years and knows what to look for and what the WWE would want in a future superstar.  And plus, from all accounts, Henry is just a truly nice and good hearted man who could provide motivational support and advice to the trainees from a perspective that they might not get anywhere else.  He would be tough, but fair and could really make an impact on the lives of the people selected to compete for this show.
And finally, who would I have to step in and take the role of the top guy and head trainer, a role previously filled by Al Snow and Steve Austin?  My pick for this spot would be Bubba Ray Dudley, aka “Bully Ray”.  Look at the man’s resume.  Part of arguably one of the greatest tag teams of all time.  A top star in ECW, the WWE and TNA.  A multiple tag team and singles champion.  And he (along with his “brother” Devon) already run a very successful wrestling academy / school.  Bubba is on great terms with the WWE right now, having recently appeared as part of most recent Royal Rumble.  Since that appearance, the fans have been wondering where Bubba will appear next and what role he will play, if any, in the future of the WWE.  This spot, the spot of the head trainer and top dog for the WWE’s “Tough Enough” program, would be a greart place and role for him to fill.
And there you go, my picks for the cast and trainers for the upcoming new season of WWE Tough Enough.  I’m sure that the WWE already has their choices made and knows who they want for these spots, but as “Stone Cold” Steve Austin has shown, they don’t always get exactly what they want, do they?  So, WWE Tough Enough, Season 2, with Bubba Ray Dudley, Victoria, Goldust and Mark Henry as the trainers.  What do you think?  I’d watch… would you?
And with that, I’m going to call it a day. Thanks for reading.  Comments and thoughts are welcome and can be sent to Doug28352@yahoo.com.  I’ll be back at some point… believe that!  Have a great day and always stay a fan.  I’m Doug, I’m down and I’m gone.
Update:  I wrote this early Tuesday morning before I went to work and by the time I came home from a hard day of stocking shelves and selling alcoholic beverages to the fine citizens of Scotland County, I noticed that there has been some news and a few new rumors in regards to the new season of Tough Enough.  Let’s address the news first in regards to former host “Stone Cold” Steve Austin.  Austin says that he was planning on returning to host the new season of TE and was available when the original tapings were planned, from February to March.  But the WWE changed the taping and airing schedules and Austin was forced to drop out due to CMT wanting more episodes of the “Broken Skull Ranch” series.  I was wondering how Austin would be able to find time to do a new Tough Enough when he’s already doing the BSR series, the “Redneck Island” series and two podcasts a week.  If the show had been produced when originally planned, Austin would be there.  But it wasn’t and so he’s not.  End of story on that.
The other rumor that I just heard only moments ago that current plans by the WWE as they currently stand are for Chris Jericho to be the man who does the hosting and acts as the face for the new editions of Tough Enough.  Y2J?  Really?  I like Jericho and he’s a true icon in this sport and one of the top names in this business, but for some reason, I see Jericho as more of an entertainer than a wrestling coach.  But then again, that’s probably what the WWE wants.  No doubt that the WWE is looking at Jericho and thinking he’s got the name recognition and background to really bring the fans and viewers to Tough Enough and that’s true.  He does.  But Tough Enough already has enough name recognition and the WWE brand name going for it and it doesn’t matter if it’s Chris Jericho hosting or Bret Hart (for example) or even Zack Ryder.  At this point, who the host is won’t make nearly as much a difference than the whole WWE package.  I guess what I’m saying is that having Jericho as the host, I’m afraid, will make it all about Y2J.  Will be be seeing new talents and new stars being formed or will it just be a package of “Tough Enough Is Jericho” with everyone and everything else being pushed to the background?  If the rumors are true, it could happen.  I guess we’ll just have to wait and see though.  I still prefer my pick of potential host as being Bubba Ray Dudley.  I just hope that someone in the WWE upper management agrees.
Tough Enough starts their new season on the USA Network on Tuesday, June 23, 2015 at 8:00 pm. I’m looking forward to it and seeing who the trainers are, who the potential WWE superstars are and what the WWE has in store for us.  It should be interesting.  Very interesting indeed.
And that’s the bottom line because I just stole Steve Austin’s catch-phrase and said so.  Now it’s time to really sign off and call it a day.  But before I do, I want to give a quick shout to an old friend of mine, a man who’s been a part of my world for a long, long time and is actually more my crazy-ass brother than just a friend, “Phoenix” Michael Youngblood.  Mike has two big matches coming up in the next few months.  One will be on May 2, 2015 in Laurinburg, NC working for All Pro Classic Wrestling against former WCW / ECW / TNA / WWE star Kid Kash.  These two men have a history going back fifteen or more years and when they get into the ring together, you’re going to see old-school wrestling at it’s very best and a match for the ages.  I only regret that the WWE or TNA is not there filming this match when it takes place because it’s going to be off the charts. Both men are great workers and when they get together, it just moves into the next level.
And the other match will be for All Pro Championship Wrestling in Douglasville, GA on April 17, 2015.  Michael is headlining the card in an Indian Strap Match against the “Nature Boy” Paul Lee.  These two men have split a series at one win apiece and it’s time for the rubber match, a classic match made famous by the legendary Wahoo McDaniel, the Indian Strap Match.  Expect to see pain, agony and blues as these two men tear down the house and take it to the extreme.  This is Michael’s speciality match and I expect him to give Lee a whipping that would make even the most sadistic person cringe, but he can’t take the crafty “Nature Boy” for granted.  Lee’s going to bring the fight and anyone who is able to attend in Georgia that night will see a match for the ages.
So make a note on your calendar and be there if you can, in Douglasville, GA on April 17th and here in Laurinburg, NC on May 2nd.  I’m not sure what my work schedule is yet for that Saturday, but if at all possible, I’ll be at the Laurinburg show and will do a recap for this site.
And now, finally, I’m calling it a night.  Have a great one, please always support your local Indy wrestling group, and always be a fan.  Thank you for reading. I’ll catch you on the flip side.
Ubuntu!

4:00 AM Ramblings

Well,it’s four in the morning and I’m wide awake. That sounds like it should be the beginning of a sad country song more than an intro for a rambling blog, doesn’t it. Let’s see.

It’s four in the morning
and I’m waide awake
the memories of you
playing their games

or maybe last night
I just went to bed too soon
sleeping with the fishies
waking up with the moon

And so on and so on. I could add some more and get all deep with that stuff, but I’ve never claimed to be a songwriter. I don’t want to jump in there and make Bob Dylan jealous and cry. Maybe later.

So what am I here to do? How about just ramble for a bit and touch on several topics that have been in the news lately. Doesn’t that sound like fun? And a few things that are just playing around in my head as well. I have issues – I admit it! And stuff bothers me sometimes and I overthink it until it either rectifies itself or I explode and freak out, going crazy. And sometimes, I just take pen in hand (or keyboard under my hands) and write it out. I think that’s what I’m doing now.

The main thing that’s been bugging me lately is this whole Indiana deal with their new law allowing people to discriminate or whatever if something violates their religious beliefs. I get it, really. If a person doesn’t approve of homosexuality or gay marriage, I think it’s stupid that they should be forced to bake a cake or cater the gay wedding with their pizza deliveries or whatever. But here’s what I dont understand. Businesses are created with one primary purpose in mind and that’s to make money. If you’re running a business and your goal is not to make a profit or make money, then why the hell are you running a business? And so long as it’s legal and helps to increase sales and profit margins, who the hell cares who your customers are?

But I get it. Some people like to take the high ground and if they don’t agree with someone or believe in something, they choose to go with their morals instead of good business sense. It’s a personal decision and not usually a good business one, but more power to them. But what if these same people who refuse to serve gay couples or homosexuals decided all of a sudden that they wouldn’t serve blacks? Is that okay and legal too? How about if they decided that they didn’t want to do business with left handed people? Would that be okay? It seems to me that the small, but loud assortment of people who are claiming that they need to be protected and not forced to do business with anyone outside their comfort zone are pretty selective in who they’re deciding to pick on and protest against. And it’s a shame that they feel they need laws so that they continue with their selective businesses.

But look at the situation. They (the business owners) feel they need laws to protect their prejidices because on the other side, you have the lawsuit happy show-boaters who are determined to push the issue, stir the pot and cause problems for anyone who doesn’t agree with or promote their own choices in life. Let me clarify that I understand their point. They feel, and are correct, that they are being treated unequally and unfairly, because, they’re gay. And it’s true! They are. It’s wrong that a person can single them out and treat them differently because of a conflict between the business owners religious beliefs and the probable customer’s sexual orientation. But why make threats. Why calls lawyers and force the business owner to do something they’re not comfortable with? That’s why I don’t get it.

If a business doesn’t want my money, I’ll just take it to someone who will appreciate it. Maybe it’s just me, but I wouldn’t want something made by someone who was forced to do business with me. I’d go elsewhere, find someone who can do the job I desire, and we all end up happy, me with whatever I wanted and them with my business. I look at these situations and think, I wouldn’t go into a Jewish deli and ask them to cater for a celebration of Adolph Hitler’s birthday. I wouldn’t go into a black-owned bakery and ask for a cake for a KKK rally. I wouldn’t go into a Muslim establishment and order a bacon sandwhich. I know some people that would, just for the hell of it, but I’m not one of them. And I wouldn’t listen to a radio station and get mad when they don’t play AC/DC or Alice Cooper, for example when their format is R&B. And I’m not going into a “Christian” pizza establishment and ordering thirty pizzas to go for my gay wedding if I know that the owners of that resturant don’t agree with and are uncomfortable filling that order.

The bottom line is, no one can be forced to do business with anyone else. And if a business doesn’t want my money, because I’m gay, because I’m a writer, because I like wrestling, because I have a cat, etc… for whatever reason, I’ll just go somewhere else that does appreciate me and my business. And it’s the law of supply and demand, capitalism at it’s best, that will take effect here. If a business keeps losing customers for whatever reason, it’ll eventually end up as part of the bottom line profit margin and they’ll either adapt and change their policies or else go out of business. And if a company or business welcomes and embraces the customers and provides their services without regards to the things that really shouldn’t matter, they’ll do better, make more money and succeed. So I guess it comes down to be nice to the businesses that want your money and business, ignore and boycott the businesses that don’t want to do business with you, and it’ll all come out in the wash. We don’t need special laws – we just need common sense and a little bit of the golden rule about doing unto others. The rest is just people stirring the pot and trying to cause make mountains from a molehill. ‘Nuff said!

Let’s move on.

Damn, I just forgot what I was going to say and talk about next. I think it was more of a personal thing, about friendship and trust and family. But thinking on it now, it’s probably not appropiate for the here and now. So I’ll keep it very short and sweet. Friendship is an amazing thing not to be taken lightly. If you find someone that you feel good and real with, that gets you as you get them, that makes you appreciate the here and now, hold on to them and value that relationship. And don’t betray that trust because while the common bonds and friendship may remain intact and together, things will never be the same again. And family? Well, to me, my friends are family, but some of my family are not necessarily my friends. It is what it is.

I miss my extended family… a lot.

I”m sorry. I don’t feel like writing anymore. I think I’m going to go take a walk around the block or something. Have a good night.

Ubuntu!

No Respect (A WWE Fan Fic Story)

No Respect: Heath Slater and Zack Ryder are tired of not being used regularly on WWE TV. Luckily, Christian has a solution.

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Backstage at RAW in the WWE Locker Room….

“I am so tired of this bro!”, Zack Ryder complained to the man sitting next to him. “Nothing again for me on the show. Not even a match for Superstars!”

“Tell me about it”, Heath Slater agreed. “Here I am, the one man southern rock band, waiting and ready to go into action and steal the show and all I’ve got to shw for it is a night sitting around in catering.”

“But that chicken salad is good”, Zack noted.

“Yeah, it is”, Heath agreed. “But that’s not the point. I remember when we did the Nexus. I was teaming with Gabriel and we were over… big time. And the whole build to RAW 1000 when I was fighting the legends.”

“That was awesome bro!”, Zack agreed.

“It was”, Heath smiled at the memories. “But now… nothing! And the way they did you was even worse!”

“Yeah, I know bro”, Zack said. “They keep saying reach for that brass ring and get yourself over. I did it by myself with the Long Island Iced Z show and the internet. I’m still the Internet Champ. Did you know that?”

“I hear you man”, Heath said.

“I was getting over. The fans chanted my name over The Rock at Madison Square Garden. Remember that?”

“Yeah! That was great!”, Heath laughed.

“I’m the U.S. Champion and then they stick me with Eve and Cena in a crappy storyline. I get used by Eve, betrayed by Cena and Kane kicks my ass and I never even get a chance to get paybacks!”

“That was wrong as hell”, Heath agreed.

“Me against Cena would have blown the roof off of any arena if booked right, but hell, they wouldn’t even book it at all. And Kane… ”

“That could have been a good feud too”, Heath said.

“Hell, even Glenn said that the way they did me was wrong! It just sucks!”, Zack concluded.

“Yeah, I understand now why Justin left the company like he did. They push their favorites and it doesn’t matter if the fans like you or you bust your ass in that ring… it’s all politics and who the writers like.”

“And who kisses Hunter’s and Steph’s and Vince’s ass the most!”, Zack said.

Heath laughed, “Hell, if it’ll get me more tv time, I’ll kiss all the ass they want!”

“I’ve already taken donut filled stinkfaces to get here”, Zack laughed. “Kissing ass would nothing compared to that.”

“Yeah, I saw the video! That was sick!”, Heath said.

“It got us off early from training on a Friday”, Zack noted. “And it made DeMott laugh so…”

Both men got quiet as their conversation was interrupted by the appearance of former 2-time World Champion Christian.

“Hey girls, what are you over here chatting and gossiping about?”, Christian asked as he approached the two men.

“Hey Jay”, Heath said. “We were just talking about how hard it is to get any tv time around here…”

“Or even get used at all”, Zack added.

“Oh yeah, I know all about that”, Christian agreed with the two men. “It’s so political and all about who you can get to work for you on the creative team.”

“The politics suck!”, Zack interjected. “But hell, you know how to play them. You’re a two time World Champion, not to mention all the tag titles and Intercontiental Championship reigns.”

“And there were those multiple NWA Championship reigns down in TNA too”, Heath said.

“I’ve been lucky”, Christian said. “Most of the stuff here though honestly was because of Edge. He knows how to cut through the games and get the attention and push we needed. I was just along for the ride mostly!”

“Nah bro, you earned those World title reigns”, Zack said.

“And now, I can’t even get a match on a house show or any kind of tv spot… not even as a background character.”

“They said that that was because of your injury issues”, Heath said. “They don’t want you to get any more concussions and be liable.”

“So why not use me as a commentator? Or a backstage interviewer? Or even run the Peep Show on the house shows as a bonus for the fans? Instead, I’m sitting back here or at home just riding out my contract.”

“But you did those guest spots on Haven”, Zack noted.

“And again, that was because of Edge”, Christian said. “Adam wanted me there and the producers agreed because it made him happy.”

“I heard it might become a recurring role”, Heath said.

“We’re talking”, Chrstian said. “But there hasn’t been a final decision on that yet. But the thing with that is, I don’t want to be an actor on a tv show. It’s cool and all that, but boring as hell sometimes. I like to wrestle and perform and be out in front of those fans. Can you feel me?”

“Absolutely bro”, Zack answered.

“Definitely”, Heath agreed.

“So anyhow, I’ve got an idea to approach Vince with and I think you guys would be the right ones to work with me on this. It could get us all back on TV and over like cheese on spaghetti.”

“Cheese on spaghetti?”, Heath asked.

“It’s a metaphor bro”, Zack said. “Just go with it.”

Heath nodded and Zack motioned to Christian to continue.

“What I’m thinking is a mid-card heel stable with the two of you, Zack & Slater, and myself as your manager. We could call it the Christian Coalition!”, Christian said.

“I see what you did there”, Zack laughed.

“What?”, Christian said.

“Is Dennis Haskins around?”, Zack laughed again. “You just made a ‘Saved by the Bell’ joke.”

“What?”, Christian asked once more.

“Oh, I get it”, Slater laughed. “Zack and Slater! All we need now is Screech!”

“What are you guy talking about?”, Christian asked.

“Saved by the Bell? The old tv series? The two main characters were Zack Morris and A.C. Slater”, Zack replied.

“I loved that show”, Heath said. “And Lisa was soooo hot!”

“I was in love with Kelly”, Zack admitted.

“What the hell are you two talking about?”, Christian asked. “I’m talking about saving our careers here and you’re talking about an old tv show.”

“But the show was awesome bro”, Zack said.

“You mean you never watched it?”, Heath asked.

“No”, Christian said. “When I was growing up, I was playing sports and chasing women. I didn’t have time for TV.”

“Oh!”, Zack and Heath said at the same time.

“And by the way, Jessie was the hot one”, Christian added with a smirk.

Zack & Heath got a confused look on their face and then broke out with a laugh as they realized that Christian was jerking their chains a bit.

“Of course I watched it”, Chrstian admitted. “Me and Edge used to watch it every Saturday morning at Edge’s house. His mom would fix us pancakes and those little sausages, the long skinny ones, and we watched the show.”

“Cool beans”, Zack smiled.

“But as I was saying, i think we have the makings for a great mid-card heel team and I want to approach Steph and Vince about it. Are you guys interested?”

“Hell yeah”, Heath said.

“What about you, Zack?”, Christian asked.

“Woo woo woo… you know it!”, Ryder said.

“Great”, Christian said. “I’m going to go talk to Steph now and I’ll get back to you guys in a little bit!”

As Christian walked off, Zack looked at Heath.

“Do you really think that his idea will work?”, he asked.

“It can’t hurt and it’s better than spending every Monday and Tuesday night sitting in catering”, Heath replied.

“True on that”, Zack agreed. “Now I’m going to go get some more of that chicken salad. Do you want some?”

“Yeah, that stuff is great”, Heath answered. “Let’s go get some before Ryback eats it all up.”

“Damn, that man can eat”, Zack laughed. “Let’s go!”
~ SsSsSsSs ~

The next week at the Smackdown taping, Christian, Slater and Ryder are backstage talking.

“So you guys know the plan, right?, Christian asked.

“You know it bro”, Ryder said while Slater just nodded.

“I’m heading out there to do the Peep Show. Wait for my cue and then come on out!”

The two men nodded once more as Christian made his way to the Gorilla position. He smiled to himself. After several meetings with Stephanie McMahon, she had finally agreed to go with him to meet with Vince McMahon and present his ideas. And surprisingly, Vince liked the idea. Several “ha ha ha’s” later and they had worked out the details and it was a go. And now, Christian was heading out to the ring to put the plans in motion.

“Maybe I can’t get cleared to wrestle”, he thought to himself. “But I can sure as hell make a major impact!”

Christian went to the ring and got the mic.

“Welcome Peeps, to another Emmy award winning edition of The Peep Show”, he started off. “Lots of craziness going on now in the WWE Universe and especially in an area that I am very familiar with, the tag team division. My guest are the current holders of the tag team titles, and I want to bring them out now, accompanied by Natalya, it’s Tyson Kidd and Cesaro.”

Kidd, Cesaro and Natalya come out and after some bantering back and forth, Christian gets to the point.

“I want to let you know that I have a lot of respect for you two men”, he begins. “And I think that you’re one of the best tag teams ever to hold those titles. Not as good as me and Edge, but still an amazing team.”

“We’re better than you and Edge ever hoped to be”, Kidd interjected. “We are the current and forever WWE Tag Team Champions.”

“Forever? That’s arguable”, Christian noted. “Because I have a team back there that wants to challenge you for those belts.”

“Who is it? The Usos? We already beat them. The Matadores? Two freaks and a miniture cow? They’re a joke!”, Kidd said.

“Is it you and Edge?”, Cesaro asked. “Are you ready to be crippled for life?”

“Who is it Christian?”, Natayla asked. “Who have you got?”

“It’s these men”, Christian said as he waved to the back. “My team!”

And everyone turned to the rampway and here comes two men. Micheal Cole is screaming at the announce table.

“Is it? Who the hell?”

“I know these men”, Booker T says. “That’s Bill and Randy. That’s the Mulkey Brothers!”

“Mulkey Mania is running wild!”, JBL throws in as the two long-time resident WCW jobbers, Bill and Randy Mulkey enter the ring.

“Is this a joke?”, Tyson Kidd screams at Christian. “Who the hell are these two senior citizen clowns!”

Cesaro and Natalya are just laughing.

“These men, the Mulkey Brothers, want to wrestle you for the WWE Tag Team Titles”, Christian said. “It’s not a joke! It’s for real… so what do you say?”

Tyson looks over at Cesaro who just laughs and shrugs his shoulders.

“Whatever”, Kidd laughs. “Get a ref in here and start the match!”

Referee Charles Robinson quickly climbs into the ring as the ring crew move out the Peep Show props. It’s time for a match with the current WWE Tag Team Champions, Tyson Kidd and Cesaro defending the tag titles against the legendary Mulkey Brothers. Christian is at ringside. The ref rings the bell and immediately, Cesaro and Kidd go on the attack. It’s not a match, but more of a mauling. It’s immediately obvious that the champs are too much for their older opponents and are playing with them. Suddenly, Christian gets up and climbs on the ring apron. He’s saying something to Kidd and Cesaro and they are both facing him, arguing with the man once known as “Captain Charisma”.

Suddenly, from seemingly out of nowhere, here is Heath Slater and Zack Ryder hitting the ring. They have chairs in hand and immediately go after the tag team champs, waffling them with the steel chairs. Natalya goes to help her husband and his partner, but Christian grabs her by the hair and nails Natalya with the Kill-Switch. It’s total mayhem as Ryder and Slater continue to beat down Kidd and Cesaro with the chairs. Both men are down and out on the canvas. Natalya is down as well. Christian goes to ringside and gets the WWE Tag Team Championship belts. He hands one to Ryder and the other to Slater and raises both their arms as they stand over the fallen Champions.

“And here you are… the Christian Coalition”, Christian said as he raised the arms of the two men. “The days of smiles and laughing and jokes are over. This is the future of the WWE! These men will get the respect and honor they deserve and so will I… even if we have to lay out every man in the WWE to do it!”

He looked down at the fallen Kidd and Cesaro who were trying to rise up. A nod to Slater and Ryder and they moved in and started stomping away to keep the two men down. Satisfied that neither Kidd nor Cesaro would be able to get up anytime soon, Christian continued talking.

“We will be the next tag team champions of the WWE. And to all the other men holding championship titles, here’s a warning… watch your back because no one is safe.”

And then Christian handed the mic to Ryder.

“Anything you want to say, Zack?”, he asked.

Zack looked directly into the camera and with a wicked smirk on his face, “Woo woo woo… you know it… bitches!”

And then Slater and Ryder grabbed the fallen body of Tyson Kidd and tossed him from the ring to the floor. They then moved over and did the same to Cesaro. And then they looked at Natalya, who was starting to pull herself up.

The fans were booing loudly as they went over and picked up Natalya. As Slater held her, Ryder and Christian talked junk directly in her face. Then Ryder reached over and kissed her on the mouth, laughing as he broke away. Slater let her arms go and she fell to the mat.

Laughing, Christian, Heath Slater and Zack Ryder then left the ring, the arena filled with the sounds of boos and catcalls. Natalya moved from the ring and went to check on her husband and his partner, who were still laying outside the ring, barely moving.

As Christian, Slater and Ryder walked to the back, there was a common thought in all of their heads.

“No one will ever disrespect us again! And if they try, the Coalition will make sure they pay!”

THE END!!@@@zack and heath

Tossing Salt: Wrestlemania XXXI Predictions

Tossing Salt – Worldwide News
Wrestlemania XXXI Predictions
March 28, 2015
Doug Maynard

Here we are, just a few hours from the biggest show of the year, Wrestlemania XXXI. Tonight is the WWE Hall of Fame Class of 2015 Induction Ceremony and then, tomorrow afternoon, it’s time for everyone to put on the tights and pull out their A-game at Wrestlemania. While the build this year for the “grandaddy of them all” (except for Starcade) has been somewhat lacking, the card looks to be a solid one and the show should be good.

And with all of that in mind, it’s time to break out the Tarot cards, put on the gawdy robes, channel the inner Amazing Criswell and do that prediction thing. No time for love, Mr. Jones. Let’s just get to it and do it…

Wrestlemania XXXI Thoughts and Predictions…

WWE World Heavyweight Title Match:
Champion Brock Lesnar vs. Roman Reigns

Brock has signed a new contract and will be around for the next couple of years. So what looked to be an easy pick, with Reigns going over, isn’t quite so easy anymore. No matter who wins, I am sure that this will be a stiff, smashmouth style match. These guys are going to give it everything to have the match of the night and put forth one hell of a show. Reigns has a lot of doubters as to if he really belongs in that main event spot and will be out to prove the critics and haters wrong and I think he’s going to do it. He’s going to give it everything and by the end of the night, the fans will be saying about Reigns that, “damn, he’s good!”. Believe that!!

But with that being said, what about the WWE World Championship, currently held by “The Beast” Brock Lesnar? Well, Brock just signed a new deal and he’s determined to stick around for a while. And I don’t think he signed that new deal only to lose the first match out, if you catch my drift. So look for stiff action and a match for the ages. Look for both Brock and Roman to take beatings that would destroy others. And look for a sneaky, squeak-by win in the end. It won’t be total domination like he did to Cena a few months ago, but it’ll still be a win as Brock scores the pin and retains the gold.

Winner and STILL WWE World Champion: BROCK LESNAR

Sting vs. Triple H

It’s going to be interesting to see if this match can live up to the hype. Sting is not a great wrestler and hasn’t had a real match in quite a while. Add the age factor and he’s going to ber struggling to hold up his end of the match. But that being said, he’s up against Triple H and Hunter, while not a full time wrestler himself anymore, is still capable of putting on a solid match and carrying an opponent when needed. So will this match live up to the hype? If they keep it fairly short (under fifteen minutes), then yes, it can.

I think we’ll see some Authority involvement and maybe have one of the former WCW stars (Booker T?) get involved to counter that. We may even see a cameo by the “Nature Boy” Ric Flair, Sting’s greatest rival, during part of the match. It’ll be sledgehammers, bats and chairs, oh my! And of course, Sting gets the win. Otherwise, what’s the point? HHH carries the match and lots of smoke and mirrors to hide the shortcomings of both men and in the end, the icon of WCW gets the win. And as Scott Hall would say during his classic nWo surveys, “One more for the good guys!”

Winner: STING

Bray Wyatt vs. The Undertaker

This one has me baffled. Bray Wyatt has done all of the work and build for this match and he needs the win. He had his legs cut out from under him at Wrestlemania XXX by John Cena and has never quite recovered. But the Undertaker hasn’t been seen since last year when the Streak ended and it’s hard to imagine him coming back after a whole year only to lose his match. It just baffles the mind and doesn’t make sense. So what will they do?

I think it will be Wyatt dominating most of the match, but in the end, it’s the Taker making that big comeback and snatching victory from the jaws of defeat. Wyatt will have opportunities to rebuild his name and reputation and can destroy someone the next night on RAW to get his mojo back. It’s the Taker and despite what happened last year with Brock, the Taker should NEVER lose again at Wrestlemania. ‘Nuff said!

Winner: THE UNDERTAKER

Paige & AJ Lee vs. The Bella Twins

No titles on the line so I can’t see any kind of reason for the Twin Magic duo to win. AJ and Paige are fascinating as a team and if they do a double-pin on the current Divas Champion, Nikki, there could be trouble and friction for a long time to come. What’s best for business is to have the two top Divas fighting over the chance to be the next Divas Champion and that happens best when the “Frienemies” are foes. So there you go.

Personally, I’d love to see a “Total Divas” tag match with the cast of Total Divas against several past Divas like Eve, Beth Phoenix, Mickie James, Ivory, Lita , Trish, etc. Now that would be a Divas tag match that would generate interest and put butts in the seats. Instead we get this tag match, a match that has been seen a dozen times on RAW and Smackdown. Oh well, it should be okay. Maybe we can get that Total Divas versus Divas Past match at next year’s show. I’ve heard that it’s going to be stacked with old-timers and past stars anyhow so I’ll keep my fingers crossed.

Winners: AJ LEE & PAIGE

Randy Orton vs. Seth Rollins

Another smash-mouthed, slobber knocker of a match that should see both men pulling out all the tricks and trying to steal the show. I’m not even going to get all fancy and detailed here. Orton kicks ass and wins the match. There are other things waiting for Seth most likely on Monday night.

Winner: RANDY ORTON

United States Title Match:
Rusev vs. John Cena

I’m torn on this one. I would really love to see Rusev win and retain the title. He’s getting better and better each match and has grown on me as a true bad-ass performer. But it’s John Cena and it’s Wrestlemania and they’ve put so much into the “proud American” storyline that I can’t see any way that Cena won’t win. Having Cena as the United States Champion isn’t a bad thing and would help rebuild the prestige for the title that it once had. But Rusev doesn’t deserve to lose.

How about this. Cena traps Rusev in the STFU. Rusev refuses to submit and then we see Lana, back from her exile, coming to ringside and throwing in the towel for her man, Rusev. Cena wins and gets the title and the fans (some of them) are happy. Rusev loses the title, but never submitted and was never pinned and can (rightfully) blame his loss on Lana. Works for me. Then Cena can go on as the U.S. Champion and maybe we can see a situation develop with Rusev and Brock Lesnar. Now that would be a match that could be fun to see. Hmmmmm….

Winner and NEW U.S. Champion: JOHN CENA

IC Title Ladder Match:
Bad News Barrett vs. R-Truth vs. Dean Ambrose vs. Luke Harper vs. Dolph Ziggler vs. Daniel Bryan vs. Stardust

One of two things will happen here. Seven is an odd number for a Ladder Match so either we’ll have Sheamus return here and be injected into the match. Or we’ll have Goldust get involved and take out Stardust before or during the match, ala a Matt Hardy. This is going to be the trainwreck, highspot, body aching for a month match of the night. It looks odd to not see Kofi Kingston in the match since he’s such a master of these kind of matches, but we’ve got a great crowd here and this will be a match for the ages that we’ll end up going back and watching over and over.

As for who wins, it’s really anyone’s game at this point. The strong favorite is Daniel Bryan, but I think that’s too obvious, even for the WWE. Stardust won’t win because I expect that he’ll have some sort of altercation with Goldust, leading to a match next month at Extreme Rules. I like Luke Harper, but I can’t see the big man winning it either. And that leaves Dolph, Ambrose, Truth or Barrett. Hmmmm…

Take out Barrett because I’m pretty sure we’ll see a new champion crowned. Dolph doesn’t need the belt and while it would be great to see him get the credit and respect he deserves, it’s the WWE and I doubt that they’ll allow him that moment tomorrow night. So Ambrose or Truth? Ambrose reminds me a lot of Roddy Piper in the way he acts and does things and Piper wouldn’t need the belt so Ambrose won’t either. So, by process of elimination and also just by how awesome he’s been on commentary and the build for this match, let’s give it to Truth. This will be his Wrestlemania moment.

Winner and NEW Intercontinental Champion: R-TRUTH!

Andre The Giant Memorial Battle Royal:
The Miz, Curtis Axel, Ryback, Fandango, Adam Rose, Zack Ryder, Jack Swagger, Titus O’Neil, Darren Young, Big Show, Kane, Damien Mizdow, Sin Cara, Goldust, Heath Slater, Mark Henry, Konor, Victor, Hideo Atami and a couple of others, to be determined.

I love Battle Royals. It’s a great way to make sure that everyone has a spot on the show and give the mid-card and lower-card wrestlers a chance to shine, even if it is just for a brief moment. But where is Christian and where is Bo Dallas? I Bo-Lieve that he should be there. I know that Christian will be doing commentary on the pre-show with Booker. That’s good, but I’d rather see him in the match.

As for the match, look for Kane and Big Show to finally implode. I expect to see Axel-Mania run wild. Curtis won’t win, but I’m looking for a somewhat tainted elimination either through the ropes or under that the referee’s don’t see to allow Axel to claim that he was “never eliminated” from the Battle Royal and is the winner. Keep the gimmick going, brother! And in the end, the final four will be Hideo Atami, The Miz, Damien Mizdow and Jack Swagger. The final two are Miz and Mizdow and Miz orders Mizdow to eliminate himself and give Miz the win. It doesn’t happen and we (finally) see Mizdow turn on and eliminate his employer to take home the win. Yeah, it has to happen.

Winner: DAMIEN MIZDOW

Fatal Four-Way Tag Team Title:
Tyson Kidd & Cesaro vs. The New Day vs. Los Matadores vs. The Usos

I am glad to see that the Usos will be part of this match. I still can’t quite understand why The New Day and Los Matadores are part of the match, but whatever. I actually like Los Matadores, but I would rather see them eventually unmask and become The Colons once more, or even “Primo & Epico”. But whatever. That’s a WWE thing and at least they’re starting to get some time on TV again. Too bad that little bull is with them. I’d love to see some more Torito versus Hornswoggle. Now that was good TV entertainment.

But back to this match. It’s good to see the Usos back and Los Matadores are cool and the New Day is starting to grow on me, despite the stupid and stereotypical gimmick that’s been given to them. I still don’t believe that they belong in this match and would be better suited for a spot in the Battle Royal, while The Ascension would be better for the role in this match. So would the Prime Time Players.

In the end, it will be Kidd & Cesaro and The Usos that matter. Look for Naomi and Natayla to get involved. And it’s too soon for Kidd and Cesaro to lose the belts so I think “Nasty Nattie” will pull out her inner heel and cause the distraction. Pin and win and the team of Tyson Kidd and Cesaro retain the gold.

Winners and STILL WWE Tag Team Champions: TYSON KIDD & CESARO

And there you go with my predictions for Wrestlemania XXXI. Am I right? Am I wrong? Does it even really matter so long as the show is good? I think not. And with that, I’m out of here. It’s time to try and catch two hours of sleep before I have to head out to work. Thanks for reading and I’ll catch you on the flip side. I’m Doug and I’m outta here!

Ubuntu!

Tossing Salt – Worldwide News: March 19, 2015

Tossing Salt – Worldwide News
March 19, 2015
Doug Maynard

Greetings, salutations and how the hell are you? No, I am NOT dead! I know that it’s been quite a while since I sat down in front of this computer screen and did a ranting, rambling, down in the gutter and going crazy column about the world’s greatest sport. It’s been a while and I’ve been totally derelict in my duties as an “internet wrestling journalist” (whatever the hell that is), but it’s almost time for Wrestlemania XXXI… and the mood is about to change. So let’s just get right to it, shall we? I’m Doug, this is “Tossing Salt – Worldwide News”, pro wrestling’s most eclectic column and I wish I had some sweet and sour chicken right now. I’m hungry.

So what’s on the agenda? How about a look at the WWE Hall of Fame Class of 2015. Who’s in and who’s doing the inducting and my thoughts on each individual or team. And with that also comes a look at who’s not there (yet) and should be. Yeah, that might stir the pot a little bit. Maybe do some Q&A’s and add in some random musings to the mix and I think we might just have a full column here. So are you ready?

I said, “ARE YOU READY?”

That never works well in the written medium. I think I’ll save the DX rip-off lines for the podcast or You-Tube videos… if they ever happen. Do you hear me Kenneth? Let’s do this…

Random Musings…

There is so much speculation right now about Brock Lesnar. Will the current WWE World Heavyweight Champion stay with the WWE or will he go back to the UFC? Brock is a beast of a man, but I honestly think that his best options and future lie with the WWE right now. He MIGHT be capable of doing both, but even Brock has his limitations and attempting to do both would probably be too much for any man, even Brock Lesnar. I think they’ll play it up, do some teasing, and we may even see some more cameo shots of Brock at the UFC events, but when push comes to shove, Brock will re-sign with and stay with the WWE. I’m almost 98% sure of that.

Have you checked out the recent back and forth tweets between Adam Rose and Zack Ryder as of late? Even actors William Shatner (Star Trek) and Dennis Haskins (Saved By The Bell) have gotten involved. While I don’t this as a big money feud or what-not, the WWE needs to take advantage and build on this. It’ll give the mid-card guys a chance to shine and show off a bit and since Shatner and Haskins are both big WWE fans, use their star power and presence to help attract fans and get media attention. Could you imagine the coverage on TMZ and in the media if there was a match, maybe pre-show at Wrestlemania or even if it’s just at RAW, with Zack Ryder, accompanied by Mr. Belding taking on Adam Rose, accompanied by Captain Kirk? It’s all about getting eyes on the product and both Zack and Rose are talented, charismatic wrestlers who can put on a hell of a match if they’re allowed to. It could be big and the WWE needs to jump on this and do something with it.

By the way, I had a great idea for a tag team and it involves the previously mentioned Dennis Haskins, aka “Mr. Belding” as well. How about teaming up Zack Ryder with Heath Slater. And have Haskins, in his Mr. Belding character, accompany them to the ring as their manager / principle? That would be worth it just to hear Mr. Belding scream out “Zack & Slater, in my office… now!”. Either make them a tag team or use this as part of a skit on the JBL You-Tube show. Either way, I’d be happy.

I’ve recently listened to some great podcasts by Jim Ross where he talked to and interviewed Lisa Marie Varon and more recently, Melina Perez. It was great to hear these former WWE Divas talk and get an opportunity to get some time in the sun, if you will. But what I want to know is when is “Good Ol’ J.R.”, or Steve Austin, or Jericho, or even Roddy PIper going to sit down and interview the hottest Diva of all time, my beloved, Ivory? With her history, as part of G.L.O.W., P.O.W.W., and the WWE, she would have so much to say. And we all know that Lisa Moretti, aka Ivory, loves to talk. Or as I heard X-Pac say one time in a shoot interview about her, “she never shuts the #@*& up!”. So to all the podcasters out there, book this woman on your show and then sit back and let her go. It would make for great listening for us fans and I know that I, for one, want to see it happen. Actually, she (Ivory) would make a great interviewer as well. Is the world ready for Lisa Moretti having her own podcast? I would think so and Podcast One needs to reach out to her and see if they could make it happen. It would be awesome!

Now, let’s get on to the getting on and talk about the Class of 2015 in the WWE Hall of Fame. Who belongs, who doesn’t belong and who’s doing the inductions and why. It’s time to get busy…

WWE Hall of Fame Class of 2015…

As I just said, I want to speak on who’s going in, who should be going in, but isn’t (yet), and who’s doing the inductions and why. Let’s do this.

Kevin Nash, inducted by Shawn Michaels.

While Nash is not one of my personal favorites, this is a good pick for the WWE, especially with his buddy Scott Hall being inducted last year. Nash is a former WWE and WCW World Champion and one of the original members of the nWo. And we can’t forget his place in the infamous “Kliq” with Hall, Michaels, HHH and X-Pac. The WWE wants a headliner and Nash is the consumate pick for this role. And Shawn Michaels there to do the inducting? It doesn’t get much better than this.

Randy Savage, inducted by Hulk Hogan.

Long overdue to be sure, but it’s good to see Randy Savage finally getting the recognition he deserves. I personally would have put Miss Elizabeth in there along side the “Macho Man” since their careers were so intertwined, but maybe she’ll get there next year. No arguments about Randy getting his well deserved spot. As far as his inductee, Hulk Hogan goes, he’s not really who I would pick. I think I would have gone with Bret Hart or maybe Ricky Steamboat since Bret and Randy were actually friends and since Macho and Steamer made history together with their match at Wrestlemania III. But Hogan is the bigger name and the rivalry he had with Savage, as well as their on and off again friendship, is more in the minds of recent fans, I guess it’s an okay choice. It’s not the one I would have made, but I understand why the WWE did it.

Tatsumi Fujinami, inducted by Ric Flair.

Fujinami is a great wrestler and well deserving of a spot in any professional wrestling Hall of Fame. I like the international flavor his selection gives to the group and I have no arguments here at all. As for Flair doing the induction, it’s Ric Flair. Woooooooooooo!!

Warrior Award: Connor Michalek, inducted by Dana Warrior and Daniel Bryan.

Just watch the videos with Conner and try not to cry. Go ahead and try. I’ve yet to find anyone who can watch that amazing and strong young man and not feel at least a little moisture coming from their eyes. He never wrestled and was never one of “the boys”, but Conner is probably the most deserving Hall of Famer ever. ‘Nuff said!

Larry Zbyszko, inducted by Bruno Sammartino.

A two-time AWA World Champion, a former WCW and WWWF Tag Team Champion, a former WCW World Television Champion, part of the Dangerous Alliance, one of the best talkers in the business and a man who once went 17 minutes in a match before making the first contact with his opponent. There is only one “Living Legend” Larry Zbyszko and does he deserve to be in the WWE Hall of Fame? Looking back on his legacy and “glorious” career, I would definitely have to say “YES!” And as for his inductee, Bruno? Well, okay… maybe there is more than one “Living Legend” after all. Bruno is Bruno and he trained and mentored Zbyszko in the beginning so who better? Nobody!

The Bushwhackers, inducted by John Laurinaitis.

I’ve heard some people complaining about The Bushwhackers going into the Hall of Fame and if it was just for their WWE characters, their time as the Bushwhackers, I’d agree. But when you look at their whole career, before the face licking and crazy strutting, few teams are more deserving. As the “Kiwi Sheepherders” and then as just “The Sheepherders”, Butch and Luke dominated in every territory they wrestled in. Their antics in Puerto Rico are legendary and they have more than most paid their dues. As for their inductee, John Laurinaitis, he started off in this business as the “Flag Bearer” and valet of sorts for this team. He’s the right guy to induct these men.

Alundra Blayze/Madusa, inductor TBA.

Another inductee that I’ve heard criticized and second guessed concerning her spot in the HOF. She was a multiple time Champion in the AWA and the WWF, as well as a top star in Japan. She was part of the Dangerous Alliance in WCW and even had a best-selling album overseas. She’s a former WCW Cruiserweight Champion. She also made a career for herself after wrestling by driving Monster Trucks. If she isn’t deserving of a spot in the HOF, then few people are. The biggest criticism of her is how she dropped the WWF Women’s Championship Belt into a trashcan on a live Nitro when she went to WCW after leaving the WWF. What people forget is that she was told to do so by her boss at the time, Eric Bischoff. She wasn’t happy about doing it, but when the boss says to do it, what was she to do? She did what she was told. Don’t cross the boss, right? But years have passed and the fences have been mended and I’m happy to see her get some of the recognition she’s due. As for who’s doing the inducting, it hasn’t been announced yet, but I would probably pick Paul Heyman, her manager in the “Dangerous Alliance”.

Rikishi, inducted by The Usos.

I like Rikishi. I really do. But, and you knew that there had to be a “but” coming, is he WWE Hall of Fame material? I guess if you figure in his time as part of the Samoan Swat Team and his pre-WWF career, there’s an argument to be made, but I honestly don’t see it yet, not when men like Ivan Koloff, The Midnight Express, The Rock & Roll Express, Wahoo McDaniels, etc, are still waiting. But I don’t make the call and Vince McMahon does. Rikishi is a good guy and on good terms with the company. His sons are two of the top current WWE Superstars and I guess that’s all that really matters. He wouldn’t be my pick for this year’s class, but congratulations to him anyhow. Good for him.

Celebrity Wing: Arnold Schwarzenegger, inducted by Triple H.

And finally, we come to the “Celebrity Wing” and we have former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. Arnold has always been a wrestling fan and on good terms with the company so I understand why he’s getting in. But why he’s getting in before Cyndi Lauper, before Regis Philbin, and before Andy Kaufman, that I don’t understand. Again, he’s probably not who I would have picked as my “Celebrity Inductee”, but whatever, right? And HHH as the man doing the Induction? Well, it’s his company (almost) and I can’t think of anyone else who would be more apppropiate.

And now, let’s move on to who SHOULD be part of the WWE Hall of Fame, but for whatever reasons, is not. I’ll keep it short and just do my five top choices.

The Midnight Express w/ Jim Cornette

Name a better tag team of the past twenty years? It doesn’t matter if it’s Eaton and Condrey or Eaton and Lane, when the Midnight Express was on the card, the fans were assured of seeing a great match. And who is a better talker than Jim Cornette? He’s been a photographer, a manager, an announcer, a booker and promoter and is easily one of the most recognizable and entertaining personalities in this business. I’m sure that Cornette and the Midnight Express will go into the Hall of Fame at some point, but it should have already happened.

Ivan Koloff

Long before Brock Lesnar “beat the streak” of the Undertaker, there was another long streak ended and it was even more shocking to the fans. “The Russian Bear” Ivan Koloff defeated the “Living Legend” Bruno Sammartino to capture the WWWF Championship, becoming only the third man to hold that honored trophy that would eventually one day be known as the WWE Championship today. Add to that all of the other multiple titles this man has held in every company he’s worked for. He’s a class act all the way and a true legend in every sense of the word. There is no excuse NOT to have him in the Hall of Fame alongside his peers like Bruno, Pedro Morales, Bob Backlund, Superstar Graham, Dusty Rhodes, etc. He belongs… period!

Bill Eadie (aka Masked Superstar, Demolition Ax)

How many wrestlers can you name that have totally reinvented themselves three times, into three totally different and seperate characters, and reached the top in each form? From one half of the Mongols to the Masked Superstar to a member of Demolition, Bill Eadie has set a standard in that squared circle that few can ever hope to match. He’s a great talent, a great talker and a true iconic superstar, no matter what name he may be using at the time. If not for personal issues with Vince and the WWE, no doubt that we would have already seen Eadie as part of the Hall of Fame. It’s time for the WWE to set those issues aside and give this talent his just due. He definitely belongs.

The Rock & Roll Express

You can’t do the Midnight Express without including the ying to their yang, their opposites, Ricky Morton and Robert Gibson, the Rock & Roll Express. A great team that has helped to set the standards for what tag team wrestling should be and is all about. They’ve been going strong for over thirty years and it doesn’t look as if they have any intentions of slowing down any time soon. Two iconic legends and true superstars of the mat. Definitely worthy and well deserving of any Hall of Fame.

The WCW Hall of Fame

What do these people have in common? Lou Thesz, Mr. Wrestling II, Eddie Graham, Ole Anderson, The Crusher, Dick the Bruiser, Masked Assassin, Angelo Poffo, and Gordon Solie? They’re all members of the WCW Hall of Fame, but are NOT members of the WWE Hall of Fame. My question is, why not? When the WWE bought out and took control of all that was WCW, they also took control of their Hall of Fame. My thoughts are that since WCW is now technically part of the WWE, then these men deserve a spot and place in the WWE Hall of Fame as well. The rest of the WCW Hall of Fame inductees already have their spot in the WWE Hall of Fame and that’s great for them. But aren’t these men equally as deserving? I think that the WWE should do a special induction ceremony and give these men a WWE Hall of Fame ring and at least acknowledgement as being Hall of Fame members. Maybe put an asterick by their names showing that it’s the WCW Hall of Fame, but still, give these men their place and the credit due. Politics and personalities aside, they earned their spot and don’t deserve to be forgotten.

And now, let’s get random one more time.

More Random Musings…

What is the point behind the Triple H versus Sting match at Wrestlemania XXXI? I get it that it’s a main event match and a dream match and all that, but seriously, why are they wrestling? What does Sting have to gain by beating HHH? What is HHH’s motivation to beat Sting? It’s about ego and… ?? This is the kind of match that needs a stipulation involved. What if HHH was to win and Sting would have to leave the WWE forever? What if Sting was to win and WCW got a fitting “good-bye” as in a “One Night Stand” type show? The WWE has the Network now and it really wouldn’t be hard to throw together a WCW themed show for one night. I even wrote a fiction story as to how it could be done. Read the story here: https://www.fanfiction.net/s/11087298/1/Triple-H-versus-Sting-It-s-Showtime-Folks

No Goldust versus Stardust at Wrestlemania? I hate it that Goldy is being denied his Wrestlemania moment against his brother, but let’s be honest. Their match at Fast Lane kind of sucked. It wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t great either. It was just there. Maybe we’ll have Goldy interfere in the Ladder Match at Wrestlemania, ala Matt Hardy, and cost his brother a chance to be the Intercontinental Champion. And then, at the next pay-per-view, we can have Goldy versus Stardust one more time and Goldy can close out his in-ring career in style in a kick-ass match with his brother.

Vince Russo? Has there ever been a bigger ass-clown in the world of sports-entertainment? I’ve always been somewhat amused by Russo and willing to give him a chance. He is a good writer and when he has the proper filter, aka Vince McMahon, he can do some good stuff. But the recent stuff with his website and the excuses he keeps making, one after the other… my B.S. detector has been working overtime. Most of it is amusing to me, but enough is enough. I’m Russo’ed out! And as Gorilla Monsoon would say, “Give me a break!”

Why is the WWE not using Christian in some way, shape or form? I understand that he’s become kind of injury-prone and they don’t want him wrestling and that’s cool. Actually, it sucks since Christian is one of my favorite WWE Superstars, but I get it. So why not use him as an announcer or a manager or even as a trainer down at NXT? He’s too good a talent to be wasted sitting at home.

Imagine this. Samoa Joe, Chris Masters, Ted DiBiase, Curtis Axel, Charlotte Flair, Tessa Blanchard, Baby Doll and Tully Blanchard as a super-group in the WWE? I know! I know! It would never happen, but a person can dream, right? I did. Read about it here: https://www.fanfiction.net/s/11116118/1/Here-Comes-The-Apocalypse

And finally, let’s go check out and see what’s in the old mailbag.
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Question Time…

Clay Ferguson: Now that Sting is a part of the WWE, who is the greatest competitor to not perform in WWE?

The Great Muta is the first name that comes to mind. Well, him and of course, Disco Inferno.

Steve Collins: If TNA were to go under and sold everything they had, what do you think the likelihood would be of Vince purchasing the video library?

I have no doubt that Vince would snatch it up pretty quickly. For the footage of people like Hulk Hogan, Ric Flair, Booker T, Sting, Christian, The Dudley Boys and Kurt Angle alone, it would be worth it for Vince.

Keith Lawrence: You can have a dream match with one wrestler from each decade. From 1960 to today. Who do you choose?

From the sixties, it would be Bruno Sammartino. From the 70’s, I’d go with Harley Race. The 80’s would be “Nature Boy” Ric Flair. My opponent from the 90’s would probably be Arn Anderson. For the 2000’s decade, it would be William Regal and for the most recent decade, 2010 plus, I would want to step into the ring with CM Punk.

Jason Coolhandluc Lucas: To me, the Road Warriors are the greatest. Can you tell me who you think is a better team and why?

The Road Warriors are a great team, but the greatest? That’s arguable, especially when you have teams like The Anderson Brothers (Ole & Gene) in the mix, not to mention The Midnight Express, The Rock & Roll Express, Arn & Tully or Arn Anderson & Larry Zbyszko (The Enforcers). Why I’d pick any of these teams over the Warriors is that the Warriors were awesome, but they were also kind of one dimensional. All power. These other teams that I mentioned could play the power games or do the wrestling thing. It was either / or and not just one thing. Plus with the Midnight Express, you also had Bobby Eaton who could fly with the best of them. The Road Warriors are tough and bad to the bone, but Arn and Zbyszko could out-wrestle them. Arn and Tully could out-wrestle them. The Rock & Roll Express had the edge in speed and science by a long shot as did the Midnight Express. And Ole & Gene were just bigger and badder and tougher than anyone… period.

And you know what? That’s it for me today. Questions and comments can be sent to Doug28352@yahoo.com. Thank you for reading and I’ll be back in a few days with my take on Wrestlemania XXXI and my predictions for that big show. Until the next time, I’m down and I’m gone. Take care!

Ubuntu!

The Game versus The Vigilante: It’s Showtime Folks!

The Game versus The Vigilante: It’s Showtime Folks!
Doug Maynard

A/N As we all know, Triple H and Sting are scheduled to wrestle against each other at Wrestlemania. As of now, there are no stipulations for this match. It’s just another match. But what if Sting decided to use this match as a means to bring back WCW for a final show. What if…? Well, maybe it’d go something like this…
Triple H is sitting at his desk in WWE Headquarters going over the outline for the upcoming edition of Monday Night RAW when he’s interrupted by a knock at his office door.

“Come in”, Hunter called out.

Looking up from his desk, Triple H saw former WCW Superstar and current head WWE Producer, Arn Anderson standing there.

“Double-A”, HHH smiled. “What can I do for you Arn?”

“Well, I hate to bug you, but I’ve been talking to Sting”, Arn said quietly.

“Sting?”, HHH scowled. “What the hell does he want now?”

“Well, that’s just it”, Arn said. “I don’t know for sure, but I think he’s planning on coming to RAW Monday night and will be calling you out.”

“Calling me out? About what?”, HHH said. “He got his damn match at Wrestlemania 31 and I’m going to kick his ass all over the arena. What more could that Crow-reject want?”

“I don’t know”, Arn said. “I tried to get a heads up on what he’s thinking, but he was very evasive when it came to talking about wrestling and his plans for his career here in the WWE.”

“I hope he’s not making too many plans for his future because after Wrestlemania, he won’t be here anymore. And that’s a fact!”

“Hunter, I have to warn you, don’t take Sting lightly. Ric tried to tell you and I’m telling you. Sting’s best weapon is that people underestimate him and end up on their ass as a result. You’re too smart for that. Don’t fall into that trap.”

“Double A, let me assure you that I am not underestimating anyone”, HHH said. “I appreciate your concern, but I’ve watched the tapes. I’ve watched the history with Sting and yourself, with Sting and Ric, hell with Sting and everyone. I’ve got both my eyes wide open and no matter what Sting’s plans may be or whatever he tries to get into my head or under my skin, it won’t work.”

“Just be careful. That’s all I’m saying”, Arn responded.

“I am”, HHH said. “So Sting is planning to show up at RAW and call me out. Have you heard anything else?”

“Nope”, Arn said. “Like I said, Sting wasn’t very talkative.”

“What were you doing talking to Sting anyway?”, HHH asked suspiciously.

“We talk every few weeks”, Arn said. “Mainly about the families and to relive some of our old stories about the days on the road in WCW. I’ve known the man since 1985 and he’s a good guy. A good friend!”

Noticing the look HHH was giving him, Arn quickly added, “But that’s friendship and this stuff between you and he, that’s business. And I know how to separate the two.”

“I know you do Arn”, HHH said as he reached over and patted Arn on the shoulder. “And I thank you for the heads up about Monday. I guess we’ll just have to wait and see what Sting is up too.”

“Just watch yourself Hunter”, Arn said. “And don’t take Sting for granted or you’ll end up regretting it.”

“I won’t”, HHH smiled. “Is that all?”

“Well, I have some notes from the house shows that I wanted to drop off”, Arn said as he laid a stack of papers on HHH’s desk.

“I’ll look those over later tonight”, HHH said. “Thank you Arn.”

“Okay, I’ll see you later then”, Arn said as he nodded towards HHH. “I promised Reigns I’d work with him on his promos and he’s waiting for me downstairs. I guess I should get on down there.”

“Have fun”, HHH smiled as Arn walked out the door.

As the door closed behind Arn Anderson, HHH’s smile quickly turned into a frown and scowl.

“Sting wants to come to RAW and call me out?”, he thought to himself. “Well, give it your best shot Sting and be prepared for the consequences!”

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Monday night at WWE Monday Night RAW…

HHH and Stephanie McMahon walk to the ring. HHH gets the mic.

“Okay Sting, I’ve been hearing all weekend that you were going to be here. That you were going to call me out. Well, here I am so where are you at? I don’t have all night so let’s get this over with. Come on Sting!”

And the lights began to flash and Sting’s logo came up on the Titantron. The arena goes dark and seconds later, when the lights come on, standing there in the middle of the ring is the Vigilante, the man they call Sting.

“So you’re here!”, HHH said. “I’ve been hearing all weekend that you wanted to call me out. You want something? Well, here we are. What do you have to say Sting? What?”

Stephanie touches her husband on the shoulder and says, “Let me take care of this!”

Walking over to Sting, Steph gets right in his face.

“Who the hell do you think you are, Sting?”, she asks. “This is the WWE. This is the house that McMahon built… my father, my grandfather, my brother, Hunter, me… and I don’t care who you were in WCW or what kind of reputation you had fifteen years ago. This is our house, the WWE and you are nothing here. Do you hear me?”

And with that, Steph rears back and tries to slap Sting, but moving quickly, Sting grabs her hand before it connects. Shaking his head “No”, Sting releases her hand and steps back and pulls a black metal bat from inside his trench coat. Steph and HHH move back across the ring quickly.

“Hold on a second”, HHH says. “Don’t think that bat makes you a big guy. I can snap my fingers and have the entire roster from the back out here in a second and that bat won’t do you a bit of good. State your business and what you want before I decide I’ve had enough and come over there and kick your ass now!”

Sting nods slightly and then points towards the back with his bat. The fans go crazy as we see, for the first time since 1996, the “Total Package” Lex Luger comes out from backstage and walks towards the ring. Luger steps into the ring and shakes Sting’s hand. He reaches out to shake the hand of Triple H, but just gets a glare for his troubles.

“Lex Luger… The Total Package”, HHH says. “Another washed-up WCW piece of crap reject! What do you want here Luger?”

“Well”, Lex replied. “I’m here to act as the spokesman for my long time friend, the man known as Sting.”

“He’s right there. Why can’t he speak for himself?”, Steph screeched.

“He can”, Lex smiled, “But I’m going to do it.”

“So what’s the deal?”, HHH sneered. “What’s the point of all of this?”

“Well, as the fans already know, it’s already been agreed… you agreed to wrestle Sting in a match at Wrestlemania 31.”

“Yeah, we’re going to have a match and I’m going to kick Sting’s ass. What of it?”, HHH said.

“Well, we’re here to up the stakes a notch if you will”, Luger replied. “Sting versus Triple H at Wrestlemania. A match for the ages and a main event anywhere in the world. It’s a dream match brought to reality!”

“Yeah, so…”, HHH said.

“Well, why don’t we up the stakes a bit. You’ve been talking about this match as the last WCW versus WWE battle and talking like it’s a part of the Monday Night Wars…”

“Which the WWE won when we put WCW out of business”, Stephanie interjected.

“True”, Luger smiled once more. “The WWE won and WCW went out of business… But it’s not dead. There are still millions of fans out there who remember WCW, who remember Sting, who remember the ‘Total Package’, who remember the Steiners, who remember The Horsemen, Dusty, The Midnight Express, Buff, Goldberg, and so on… For those fans, WCW is still alive in their hearts and memories.”

“Only because we allow it”, HHH responded. “We have the Network. We own the video library. WCW and it’s legacy, small as it was, is ours to control and is in our hands. We won the war and the people you mentioned only have a legacy because we allow it.”

“Do you really believe that?”, Luger asked.

“I do… because it’s the truth!”, HHH said. “Now what do you want? What does he (pointing to Sting) want?”

“Well, how about a stipulation for your match at Wrestlemania?”, Lex said.

“What kind of stipulation?”, HHH asked.

“Well, if you win, Sting leaves the WWE forever. No questions asked and no complaints. WCW’s last soldier is gone and the WWE… you, Hunter, mark that final notch on your belt. You win!”, Luger said.

“And if by some fluke miracle, I happened to lose… not that it would ever happen?”, HHH asked.

“WCW gets their own show on the Network and operates as a seperate, but equal brand of the WWE.”

“That’s not going to happen”, Stephanie interjected. “WCW couldn’t survive as a brand in today’s market and it would cost millions of dollars to even attempt to do anything with such a spoiled and ruined name.”

“Besides, who would be there to work on the WCW roster even if we did agree to it, Luger? You? Booker? WCW died fifteen years and all the dinosaurs that were roaming the land back then, the so-called WCW Superstars… would all be too old. We’d have to break everyone out of the rest homes. No deal!”, HHH replied.

Luger looked at Sting who nodded with a small smile.

“Well, we figured that would be your answer and truthfully, we didn’t expect that you’d be confident or brave enough to put so much up on just one match. But we have an alternative offer and stipulation for the match, one that as the C.O.O. of WWE, you could easily approve and make happen.”

“And what is that?”, HHH said.

“Well, if you win the match at Wrestlemania 31, then Sting is gone from the WWE forever. He leaves and you put the final nail in the coffin of WCW. You win the war for the WWE and come home the victorious hero.”

“Okay, I’ve got that. I win and Sting is gone”, HHH said. “And…?”

“And if Sting wins, we get one night on the Network… one show to have a special event. We get to have a WCW One Night Stand event.”

“No”, HHH said. “We’re trying to build the Network and the WWE and make money. We do what’s best for business and as much as I’d like to round up all of the old WCW stars and single-handedly go and pedigree every single of one of them, and give them all the beatdown they deserve, it’s not going to happen… not on my watch.”

“I get it”, Lex spoke up. “You’re afraid that when Sting beats you, you’d have to face the truth. That the 83 weeks that WCW decimated the WWE, it wasn’t a fluke. WWE management won the war, but so far as the talent and wrestlers go, the boys, WCW was better.”

HHH bowed up and got into Luger’s face.

“Let me tell you something right now Luger. No one cares about WCW and no one cares about you and no one cares about Sting! WWE was better then and is better now and always will be. And I should beat your ass right now!”

As those words left HHH’s mouth, he felt cold steel as Sting pressed the baseball bat up against his head. Quickly HHH put his arms up and backed away from Luger. Sting moved up and took the mic from Luger.

“Don’t worry about it! HHH is just scared. He’s a coward”, Sting said.

“What the hell!”, HHH snapped. “Nobody calls me a coward! Do you hear me Sting? I’m Triple H. I’m the Game and the C.O.O. of the WWE. And you want your stupid stipulation? You got it! If you win, you get a WCW reunion show and it’ll be on the Network. But when I win… and have no doubt that I’m going to kick your ass and hurt you badly at Wrestlemania, you will be out of here and gone from the WWE back to wherever you’ve been hiding for the last fifteen years. You’re gone forever!!!”

HHH moved towards Sting, but stopped when once again confronted with that black steel bat in his face. HHH backed off and Stephanie grabbed his shoulder, pulling him back even more. The lights flashed off for a moment and when they came back on, both Sting and Lex Luger were gone. HHH and Stephanie looked at each other and Steph whispered something into her husband’s ear. And with that, they left the ring and headed towards the back as RAW went to commercial.

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The night of Wrestlemania 31…

HHH is in his private dressing room getting ready for his match against Sting. Also in the room are Stephanie and his father-in-law, Vince McMahon.

“I’m going to beat his ass!”, Hunter muttered to himself as he warmed up. “There will never be a WCW show again here in the WWE. WCW is dead!”

“Are you okay Hunter?”, Steph asked as she put her hand on HHH’s shoulder.

“I’m fine! I’m just ready to get to that ring and get this over with. It’s time to put an end to this whole Sting thing once and for all!”

“Well”, Vince interrupted. “Even if you do win, that doesn’t necessarily mean that Sting will be gone forever.”

“What do you mean Daddy?”, Steph asked. “That’s the deal tonight. When Hunter wins, Sting is gone from the WWE forever.”

“He won’t be back at the shows or pay-per-views”, Vince noted. “But to do commentary for our DVD’s and maybe in a few years, in the Hall of Fame. That’s all still definitely in the realm of possibility.”

“No!”, Hunter scowled. “When the match is over and my hand is raised in victory, Sting is gone from the WWE forever. No DVD’s and no Hall of Fame. Nothing!”

“But what if Sting wins?”, Vince asked. “Should I go ahead and call Dusty and Eric Bischoff and have them start making plans for a WCW reunion show?”

“That’s not going to happen! I promise you that!”, HHH said bitterly.

“Well, I’m going to hold you to that”, Vince said. “And by the way, you’re on your own tonight. If anyone gets involved, be it on your behalf or on Sting’s, it doesn’t matter. They will have to deal with me. Have you got that?”

HHH glared at his father-in-law.

“Fine!”, he finally said.

“Great”, Vince smiled broadly. “It’s one on one and may the best man win. It’s what’s best for business. Good luck out there Hunter. I’ll see the two of you later.”

And with that, Vince walked and exited the room. As Vince closed the door behind him, HHH grabbed a chair and flung it across the room.

“Damn it! Damn you Vince!”, he snarled.

“Don’t worry about it Hunter”, Steph said. “You can beat Sting on your own. You don’t need any help.”

“I know that”, HHH said. “But it never hurts to have a back-up plan and I had one set and ready to go. Now, thanks to your father, it’s a moot point.”

“What were you planning?”, Steph asked curiously.

“I was planning on having Big Show, Kane, Seth and J&J Security, all of the Authority, with me at ringside to provide a distraction or two and keep any of Sting’s friends from getting involved. Now, I don’t know what to do.”

“Well, I’ll be at ringside”, Steph said. “I’m one of the few people Daddy can’t intimidate or tough. And we’ll take care of Sting… together.”

HHH smiled a small smile.

“Yes, we will Steph. Together! And tonight, Sting and the legacy of what was WCW dies forever.”

Steph and Hunter shared a kiss.

“I’d better finish getting ready”, HHH said.

“Fine”, Steph smiled. “I’ve got some last minute work to do anyhow. I’ll see you in at Gorilla before the match.”

And with another kiss to her husband, Stephanie McMahon Helmsley walked out of the room.

HHH watched her leave and then began to do some more exercises.

“In just a little while”, he thought to himself, “Sting is gone forever!”

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Both men made their way to the ring as the fans screamed and cheered, as many boos as cheers for both Sting and HHH. Michael Cole, Jerry Lawler and JBL are at ringside, ready to call the action. Referee Charles Robinson calls both men to the center to give them their instructions. HHH is talking trash, as he keeps throwing threats and insults at Sting.

“You’re through. No more career and no more WCW. Tonight, I’m taking you down for good!”, HHH says. Sting just remains silent and the intensity is glaring in his eyes as he waits for the referee to call for the bell. Charles Robinson calls for the bell and it’s on.

HHH quickly moves in with punches and kicks. Sting seems to be reeling, but reverses a whip into the ropes and catches HHH with a dropkick to the chest. HHH rolls from the ring, stunned. Stephanie, who is at ringside, quickly moves to HHH’s side to check on him.

“I wasn’t expecting that”, HHH muttered to his wife. “See if you can distract him.”

Steph nodded and moved to the far side of the ring and began to talk trash to the WCW icon. Sting turned to Steph and pointed at her as HHH quickly moved into the ring and tried to attack Sting. Sting turned at the last second and caught HHH with a hip-toss and another dropkick. HHH rolled again to the outside.

“When did Sting start using dropkicks?”, HHH thought to himself. “He hasn’t done that in twenty years.”

HHH yelled at the referee to move Sting back and slowly got back into the ring. As he glared at the Stinger, HHH moved in and quickly locked up with Sting. A forearm shot and several chops by HHH and Sting was finally on the defensive. More punches by HHH and a big suplex. HHH gets a quick two count as Sting kicks out. More punches and kicks by HHH and Sting seems to be dazed. A whip into the ropes by HHH and he catches Sting with a bone-crushing spinebuster. HHH rises and starts to feel confident. Kicks and stomps by HHH and he throws Sting over the top rope to the floor. HHH follows and moves in, preparing to throw Sting into the guard-rail at ringside. Sting manages to block the attempt and HHH is the one to feel the metal rail as he crashes hard into the unforgiving steel. Sting rolls into the ring to break the referee’s count and then rolls back out to the floor. He pulls HHH up and goes to whip Hunter into the ring-post, but HHH reverses and Sting goes head first into the steel pole.

HHH takes Sting and rolls him into the ring. Kicks and stomps at Sting as HHH continues to dominate. A whip into the ropes and a running knee to the face by “The Game”. Sting is down and appears to be out on his feet. The fans are really getting into the match and screaming for Sting. HHH pulls up Sting and delivers another kick to the guy and sets him up for the pedigree. He hesitates for a moment to scream at the fans. “Here is your hero! He’s going down!”, HHH screamed. Pedigree by HHH and he drops down for the pin. Two count and Sting just barely gets the shoulder up. HHH is amazed and the fans are going nuts! HHH reaches down and pulls Sting back up, preparing for another pedigree. As the last second, Sting manages to shift his weight and backdrops HHH to the mat. Sting crumbles to the mat as HHH lands on his back. Both men are down and the referee begins to count.

By the count of seven, both men have made it to their feet and it’s time for the fists to start flying. HHH appears to be getting the best of the exchange, but then it’s time. A chop by HHH and Sting no-sells it. Another chop and another no-sell by Sting. Sting starts beating on his own chest and lets out a big yell to the crowd. “Ooooowwww!”, Sting screams. HHH can’t believe it! More punches by HHH and a whip into the ropes. Sting reverses and HHH goes into the corner hard. A kick by Sting and Sting runs across the ring before coming back, diving in with the Stinger Splash. Another whip across the ring and Sting dives in with another Stinger splash. Sting moves in and grabs HHH by his head, setting him up for the Scorpion Death Drop. Sting drops HHH on the back of his head and goes for the pin. HHH rolls a shoulder up at 2 9/10ths. The match continues.

Sting shakes his head and grabs HHH’s legs, turning him over and moving him into position for the Scorpion Deathlock. HHH screams in agony as Sting bears down and puts all his weight on HHH’s back. HHH is trying and crawling and reaching for the ropes, but he can’t make it. He’s just inches away and it looks as if he’s going to have to tap out when Stephanie is there, reaching in and grabbing HHH’s arms, pulling his hand to the rope. With this bit of help, HHH makes the ropes and the referee orders Sting to break the hold. Sting waits until the very last second and the threat of a disqualification before finally releasing the hold. Kicks and chops by Sting on HHH, who is still favoring his back and trying to pull himself together. A whip into the corner by Sting and he hits HHH with another Stinger-splash. Sting pulls HHH to the center of the ring and once more locks in the Scorpion Deathlock. Sting cinches the hold in as HHH screams in pain.

Suddenly, Stephanie McMahon is up on the ring apron and trying to get into the ring. The referee is trying to stop Steph from entering the ring and goes to get her off the apron. Sting sees Steph and releases the hold on HHH and goes over towards Steph, to make her get off the ring apron and get back on the floor. As Sting and referee Charles Robinson deal with Stephanie, HHH crawls over to the other side of the ring and grabs his sledge hammer that Stephanie had placed on the ring apron before moving to the other side of the ring to provide the distraction. HHH pulls himself up and cradles the sledge hammer in his hands. Sting notices that HHH is back up and moves over to go back after his opponent. HHH sees Sting coming and swings the sledge hammer, but Sting is faster and more observant than HHH had expected and manages to block and catch the sledge hammer before it can hit him. A kick by Sting and HHH drops the hammer to the mat. Sting picks up the hammer and glances over, noticing that Steph still has the referee’s attention. Whammo! Sting nails HHH with the sledge-hammer. HHH is down and out. Sting reaches down and pulls HHH up as Stephanie finally drops to the floor off the ring apron and referee Charles Robinson is back in the match. Sting with the Scorpion Death Drop on HHH and a cover. Steph tries to get into the ring to break the count, but isn’t fast enough. The referee counts three and calls for the bell. The winner: STING

The referee raises Sting’s arm in victory. Steph has entered the ring and is on her knees, trying to console HHH who is sitting there, on the mat, stunned as realization begins to set in.

As they watched from backstage, Vince McMahon turned to Dusty Rhodes, Michael Hayes and Arn Anderson who were standing there watching the action with him.

“Well, I guess that WCW is back at least for one night. Dusty, start making the phone calls and see what you can get started. You too Arn. It’s time to get things going for a WCW One Night Stand event… Damn it!”

“Lord help us all”, Michael Hayes added.

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Things moved quickly from there and personalities from the roster of World Championship Wrestling were contacted and booked. The Phelps Arena in Atlanta, GA was booked and a date was set. Surprisingly, Dusty Rhodes decided to not be the booker of the event and thus, the team of Kevin Sullivan, Terry Taylor and Paul Heyman were given the duties. The line-up for the show and the details were kept under wraps from everyone including Vince, Steph and HHH. Heyman promised them that they would enjoy it more that way and they decided to trust him. Tony Schiavione, Scott Hudson and “The Living Legend” Larry Zbyszko were brought in as the announce team with “Mean” Gene Okerlund and former NWA / WCW valet “The Perfect Ten” Baby Doll handling interviews. The name, after much discussion, was decided upon. It’s WCW Starcade 2015: The Reunion.

The show starts and “Mean” Gene Okerlund is standing in the middle of the ring and welcomes the fans & viewers to the show. And he introduces his guest, Eric Bischoff. Eric comes to the ring, smiling and waving to the crowd. He’s in charge for the evening and mockingly tells some fans in the front row that “I love you too!”. Eric talks for a few moments about the legacy of WCW and how they “kicked the WWE’s ass” before introducing the man that everyone is waiting for. Here is Sting!

Sting comes to the ring and hugs Eric. Before Sting can start talking though, we hear familiar music and WWE C.O.O. Triple H, followed by Stephanie McMahon, The Big Show, Kane, Seth Rollins, Jamie Noble and Joey Mercury come to the ring to confront Sting and Eric Bischoff. Mean Gene quickly departs the ring as it begins to fill up with The Authority.

HHH gets the mic. He may have been forced into allowing this farce of a show to go on the Network, but he’s not going to allow Bischoff and Sting to talk trash about his company, the WWE. He and the rest of The Authority are stopping things right there and are ready to lay out both Sting and Bischoff. Sting remains silent, but quickly produces his baseball bat and is ready to fight. Eric just smiles that big shit-eating smile and steps up to HHH.

“Hunter, this show has already been approved by Vince McMahon and it’s going to happen tonight no matter if you like it or not. And since you’ve decided to make an appearance here in the ring, let me tell you something else. I kind of expected something like this and I’ve got a contract with Vince McMahon that says I’m the boss tonight over all the talent. And tonight, you and the rest of the Authority… you’re talent. If you had stayed in the back and just enjoyed the catering… which is very good by the way. But then again, you already know that since you’re the one paying for it…, if you had stayed back there, I wouldn’t be able to do this, but since you came out here and decided to get involved in the show… my show, you’re going to wrestle tonight.”

“What are you talking about, Eric? You don’t have any kind of authority over me or The Authority. Maybe we should just beat your ass right now!”, HHH scowled.

“But you’re wrong. I have a contract and agreement and if you touch me, I’ll sue your ass so fast, you won’t know what hit you. I think tonight, we’re going to have a match as our main event. I think we’ll have The Authority wrestle in an eight man tag match, no disqualification against four WCW Superstars.”

“That’s fine”, HHH said as he glared at Eric. “But doesn’t that ruin your whole WCW theme having the best of the best from the WWE in your main event against some of your nursing home rejects?”

“Not really”, Eric smiled. “After all, both you and Big Show are WCW alumni. After all, Big Show got his start as The Giant here in WCW and who can forget this?”

Eric pointed to the Titantron that was set up for the show and a pictue of HHH, from the time he wrestled in WCW as Terra Ryzin, popped up on the screen.

“You may claim to be Mr. WWE and all of that, but who can forget the ominous presence that once was… Terra Ryzin?”, Eric laughed.

“Ha Ha. Very funny”, HHH scowled once more. But lets see you smile after The Authority stomps a mudhole in your ass and beats the hell out of all of your WCW retreads.”

HHH moves towards Eric, but Sting is there with the bat and blocks his way. HHH glances at the bat and backs away. The rest of The Authority seem ready to go after Sting anyhow, but HHH signals them to move back and exit the ring. HHH speaks on the mic once more.

“So tonight, it’s the Authority versus your little band of seniors. Who do you have? Who is your team?”

“You’ll see… later tonight”, Eric smiled once more as he stood there next to Sting.

“It doesn’t matter”, HHH said. “Tonight, the legacy that was WCW is gone forever and whoever decides to step into the ring against us, The Authority… well, we’re not responsible for what happens.”

As HHH and the Authority head towards the back, Eric raises Sting’s arm for the cheering fans and we go to Schiavone, Hudson and Zbyszko. The announcers speculate on who will be Sting’s partners tonight and what other kind of surprises can we expect for the night. Things are just getting started and we go to the ring for the first match. It’s time for some madness and craziness as some of the best tag teams in WCW history are here for some four-corners tag team action. Gary Michael Cappetta does the ring introductions.

Four Corners Tag Team Match
The Boogie Knights (Disco Inferno & Alex Wright) w/ Tokyo Magnum versus The West Hollywood Blondes (Lenny Lane & Lodi) versus Three Count (Shannon Moore & Evan Karagias) w/ Shane Helms versus The Faces of Fear (The Barbarian & Meng) w/ Jimmy Hart

Before the match, Disco Inferno gets the mic. He knows that everyone in the live audience of nearly twenty-thousand people… and all the people watching on the WWE Network, just came to see “the Disco Inferno and Alex Wright dance!”. Disco proposes that instead of a match, they have a “dance off” instead. Three Count and The West Hollywood Blondes seem okay with that. Jimmy Hart and the Faces of Fear are not happy though. Disco tells the folks in the back to hit his music and he, Alex Wright and Tokya Magnum do their dance thing as the fans boo. They dance for about a minute and then it’s Three Count’s turn. They take formation and do their boy-band dance routine. The fans boo again. Lenny and Lodi shrug their shoulders and start doing a provacative Miley Cyrus type of twerking. As they begin, the fans really get loud and Jimmy Hart signals his guys to attack. Barbarian and Meng attack and go after the Blondes, tossing them from the ring. The match has began.

It’s a mixture of fast paced action as Shannon Moore and Evan Karagias fly around the ring. Lenny and Lodi do a mixture of power and speed as do Disco and Alex. And Meng and Barbarian just use power and size to get the job done. It’s action personified and lots of back and forth action. Finally, we see Meng lock the Tonga Death Grip on Alex Wright. Karagias and Moore make him break the hold with a double-dropkick to the back that sends Meng to the floor. Lodi hits Moore with a power-bomb as Lenny uses a clothesline to take Karagias to the floor. Barbarian kicks Lodi and sends him flying. Barbarian turns around and Disco hits the “chart-buster” and gets the pinfall.

Winners: Disco Inferno & Alex Wright w/ Tokyo Magnum – The Boogie Knights

We go to the back and Baby Doll is talking to Sid Vicious. Sid is in full psycho-mode and puts out a challenge to anyone to fight him in the ring tonight. We look over and here is the man they call Vader. He looks at Sid and says, “It’s time!”

Back to the ring and we seel Col. Rob Parker, along with Dick Slater and Bunkhouse Buck. Parker starts to talk about his time in WCW and the memories of managing Steve Austin and the battles against Brian Pillman and Harlem Heat. Here comes Madusa to the ring. Parker sees her and starts to sweet talk. “My oh my, you’re still looking so good! How’s my little butter bean?”, he says. Madusa doesn’t say a word, but slaps the taste out of Parker’s mouth. As Slater and Buck try to pull Madusa back, Parker flees to the floor and heads to the back. We go to the announcers who inform us that word has come from the back and that former 5-time WCW Champion has agreed to be one of Sting’s partners tonight against The Authority. We then go back to the ring and announcer Gary Michael Capetta for the next match.

Juventud Guerrera w/ Tygress versus Billy Kidman w/ Torrie Wilson

Juvi and Kidman shake hands. Torrie waves to the audience. And the bell rings, but just as they start to lock up, here comes Silver King and LaParka from the back and they climb into the ring. Juvi asks them what’s going on in spanish and the four men (and two women) gather in the middle of the ring. After a brief conversation with the referee, we see Juvi and Kidman nod. The referee goes down and says something to Capetta. Capetta gets on the mic and says that instead of a singles match, we’re going to have a tag match.

Juvi versus Kidman… NO CONTEST!

Juventud Guerrera & Billy Kidman w/ Tygress & Torrie Wilson versus La Parka & Silver King

The bell rings and it’s fast paced, hard hitting action all the way. Lots of high flying and great wrestling. In the end, La Parka tries to live up to his reputation as the “Chairman of WCW” and brings a chair into the ring. Kidman ducks the chair and lands a great dropkick that sends La Parka back hard into the corner. As Juvi and Torrie distract the referee, Tygress sneaks into the ring and goes charging into the corner and nails La Parka with “a face full of stuff”. Kidman with a DDT and tag off to Juvi who nails La Parka with the Juvi-Driver to pick up the pinfall.

Winners: Billy Kidman & Juventud Guerrera w/ Tygress & Torrie Wilson

To the back again and Baby Doll is with former WCW World Champion Ron Simmons. Before they can talk, we see Col. Robert Parker run into the scene. “You got to hide me! She’s crazy!”, Parker whines. Parker then looks behind him and lets out a yell before running off. In comes Madusa. “Where is that white coat KFC wannabe?”, she scowls at Baby Doll & Simmons. “I’m going to kick his ass!”. Madusa stomps off looking for Parker. Baby Doll looks at Simmons and shrugs. Ron looks at Baby Doll and says the words that are on everyone’s mind. “DAMN!” Baby Doll sends it to the ring and Mean Gene.

Now it’s back to the ring where Mean Gene is with the most elite wrestling organization of all time, The Horsemen. It’s Ric Flair, Arn Anderson, Barry Windham, Tully Blanchard, James J. Dillon and Steve “Mongo” McMichael. Ric and the other members of the Horsemen talk about their legacy, WCW, being the Horsemen and being the best. It’s classic Horseman goodness at it’s finest. And here comes “Above Average” Mike Sanders and the Natural Born Thrillers, Mark Jindrak, Shawn Stasiak, Chuck Palumbo, Johnny the Bull and Reno into the scene. Sanders makes some cracks about a break-out at the old folks home and starts to rag on Ric and the rest of the Horsemen. The Horsemen were old news fifteen years ago and are old news now. It’s all about the Thrillers and they’re ready to make their own history by eliminating the stain on WCW that was Flair and his cronies. It’s getting heated and it looks like tempers will be starting to flare when “The American Dream” Dusty Rhodes comes out.

Dusty talks about the legacy of the Horsemen and his own history with Flair and company. Then he talks about The Thrillers and the impact that they made in pro wrestling and WCW during their short time with the company. Dusty offers a solution to this conflict of interests between the Horsemen and the Thrillers, a match. How about The Horsemen pick two of their members and the Thrillers pick two of their guys and we have a match tonight at WCW Starcade 2015: The Reunion. The wrestlers quickly confer among themselves and agree. It’s on. For the Thrillers, Mike Sanders says that Chuck Palumbo & Mark Jindrak will represent their team. Ric, Arn and the others confer among themselves. It’s going to be Tully Blanchard and Barry Windham as their team. J.J. Dillon waves for a referee to come out and their match is now.

Mark Jindrak & Chuck Palumbo w/ Mike Sanders, Shawn Stasiak, Reno & Johnny the Bull (The Natural Born Thrillers) versus Barry Windham & Tully Blanchard w/ Ric Flair, James J. Dillon, Arn Anderson and Steve “Mongo” McMichael (The Horsemen)

Palumbo takes the early advantage, using his size and power to keep Tully down. Tully manages to side-step a dropkick and moves in with a single-leg takedown. Punches and a suplex by Tully and Windham tags in. Barry and Palumbo match up and Barry goes after the leg. A thumb to the eyes and Palumbo tags out to Jindrak. Windham manages to catch Jindrak as he’s coming in and dominates until a distraction by Stasiak outside of the ring allows Jindrak to take control. Jindrak with a powerslam for two. Jindrak is going up top, but Mongo is on the apron and distracts the ref. Flair nails Jindrak with his shoe and Windham gets a two count. Lots more back and forth inside the ring while tensions outside the ring are getting heated. Flair and Sanders having a shoving match and the referee goes to the floor to keep the Horsemen and The Thriller’s seperate. Meanwhile, as the ref is distracted on the outside. Palumbo is beating on Tully. He turns around and there is Arn Anderson who has climbed into the ring. A whip into the ropes and picture-perfect spinebuster by Double-A. Arn quickly slides out of the ring as Barry is back in and nails a bulldog on Jindrak as he attempts to climb into the ring and help his partner. The referee is back in and we see Tully get Palumbo for the slingshot suplex. A cover and a pin.

Winners: Tully Blanchard & Barry Windham w/ Ric Flair, James J. Dillon, Arn Anderson & Steve McMichael – THE FOUR HORSEMEN!

The referee calls for the bell and the Thrillers storm the ring to go after Tully and Windham. Arn, Flair and Mongo climb into the ring and quickly dispatch the Thrillers, sending them to the floor. James J. Dillon climbs into the ring and the Horseman unit gather in the middle of the ring and in unison, raise their arms (and those infamous four fingers) into the air as the fans scream and cheer and the Thrillers watch from the outside.

As the ring clears and order is restored, we go to the announcers who talk about the stars of WCW who are no longer with us. We get a tribute video for those men and women who have passed away.

We come back to live action and it’s time for another match. Gary Michael Cappetta introduces Mr. Jim Cornette. Cornette comes to the ring and does a classic Cornette promo on WCW, the WWE, the legacy and history of his team, The Midnight Express, in WCW. It’s three minutes of Jim Cornette at his very best and then Jimmy introduces his team, “Sweet” Stan Lane, “Loverboy” Dennis Condrey and “Beautiful” Bobby Eaton… the Midnight Express. After the Midnight Express get into the ring, Capetta starts to introduce the opposing team, but Cornette cuts him off. He’ll introduce the other team too since they’ve been a thorn in his backside for over thirty years and he knows them better than anyone… besides, Capetta would probably mess it up anyhow. Cornette takes the mic and in a strongly praising, but still insulting introduction, calls out their opponents, Ricky Morton and Robert Gibson… The Rock & Roll Express. Both teams get into the ring, trade some trash talking and the referee calls for the bell. It’s on.

The Midnight Express (Dennis Condrey & Stan Lane) w/ Jim Cornette & “Beautiful” Bobby versus The Rock & Roll Express (Ricky Morton & Robert Gibson)

A typical, by the numbers Express match. Stan and Dennis dominate over Morton to start off with and do some beating and greeting. Morton manages to make the hot tag to Gibson who comes in and cleans house. A kick by Lane and Gibson is down. Eaton distracts the ref while Lane holds Gibson and Cornette is up on the apron winding up with the tennis racket. Cornette swings and Gibson ducks and Cornette nails Lane by mistake. Gibson with the pin while Morton stops Condrey from making a save.

Winners: The Rock & Roll Express (Ricky Morton & Robert Gibson)

We go backstage once again and find Baby Doll talking to Ernest “The Cat” Miller, Stevie Ray & “The Laughing Man” Hugh Morris. They all get a few words in about what a great time they’re having and what being a part of WCW meant to them. Lash Leroux & Chavo Guerrero are there are well. They make a joke about Cpl. Cajun and Lt Loco and their roles as part of the Misfits In Action. It’s back now to Mean Gene who has three very special guests.

Mean Gene is in the ring and introduces his guests, Hollywood Hulk Hogan, Scott Hall and Kevin Nash… the nWo. Hall decides to conduct a little survey for the fans. Are they here to see WCW? A mixture of cheers and boos. Or are they here for the nWo? Cheers. Hall says one more for the bad guys. Nash and Hogan talk about the legacy of the nWo and what it meant to them and to WCW. Hogan teases a match for the nWo, but then says, “psyche”. No more matches for Hogan or his team. And now, back to the ring for the next match.

Sid Vicious versus VADER

We start off with the stare-down as Vader and Sid go nose to nose, talking trash. A shove by Sid. A shove by Vader. And then the punches start and it’s on. Sid tries to slam Vader, but the legs go out and Vader comes crashing down for a two count. Vader is up with a slam and he goes to the second rope. A splash by Vader. And now, he’s heading up to the top. Backflip by Vader, but Sid manages to move the last second. The crowd is on their feet with a “Holy Shit” chant. Sid pulls Vader up and goes for the power-bomb. Vader shifts his weight and Sid only manages to get him about half-way up before dropping Vader to the mat. Cover and a two-count as Vader rolls the shoulder at the last second. Punches and kicks by Sid and he’s trying to get Vader up for another power-bomb. Vader counters with the backdrop. Clothesline by Vader and Sid is staggered. Another clothesline by Vader and both he and Sid go over the top rope crash to the floor. The referee starts to count. Both men hit hard and are slow to get up. At the 9-count, Vader manages to roll into the ring. Sid tries to make it, but is just a second too slow as the referee’s count reaches ten and he calls for the bell.

Winner by count-out: VADER

We go back to the announce table where Schiavone, Zbyszko and Hudson inform us that Diamond Dallas Page has agreed to be the third man in Sting’s “Team WCW”, who will be taking on HHH and The Authority at the end of the night in the main event. Larry Zbyszko informs us that he “is not” the fourth man for Sting’s team. Time go go to the ring for another match.

Scott “Flash” Norton & Buff Bagwell (Vicious & Delicious) versus Chris Jericho and Lance Storm

Buff starts off by posing and strutting. Storm gets the mic and introduces himself by asking if he can be serious for a moment and telling everyone that he is from Calgary Alberta Canada. Jericho welcomes everyone to Starcade Is Jericho and Norton just stands there looking like a monster. After all the posturing and flash is over, Buff and Storm lock up and the match is on. It’s move versus counter move and lots of fast paced wrestling. Buff gets outwrestled by Storm and asks for Jericho to tag in. Jericho tags in and he and Buff trade moves and try to out-show the other. Buff is frustrated and tags in Norton who just goes into strongman mode and tosses Jericho around. He tosses Storm around too, but then gets nailed by a double-team by the former Thrill Seekers. Norton goes to the floor in disgust and tags in Buff again. Buff and Storm go at it and Buff gets the advantage off a distraction by Norton. Norton tags in and throws Storm around again. Storm tags off to Jericho and it’s still all Norton. Norton and Buff are getting cocky. Norton powerslams Jericho and tags out to Buff who stalls and takes his time getting back into the ring. Buff goes to the top to set Jericho up for the Buff-buster, but jumps right into a codebreaker by Jericho. Jericho covers as Storm cuts off Norton from making the save. Jericho gets the pin.

Winners: Chris Jericho & Lance Storm

Norman Smiley and Roddy Piper are backstage with Baby Doll. They both talk for a moment about WCW and their careers and time in this company. Hacksaw Jim Duggan comes marching into the interview area. He cuts a typical Duggan promo and closes the segment by hugging up to and posing with Piper and Smiley as they all put their thumbs up and say, “Hoooooooooo!”

We cut to Col. Parker still running around and trying to hide from Madusa. He is in a hallway and trying to open different doors, but they’re all locked. Finally, he gets to one last door and opens it… and there, sitting around a table is “The Taskmaster” Kevin Sullivan, Captain Mike Rotundo, Rick Steiner. The Zodiac (Ed Leslie), James Vandenberg, PN News & Johnny B. Badd. Parker looks at the assembled crowd sitting there, drinking beverages. He gulps, “Excuse me!”, and backs away, slowly closing the door behind him. Sullivan speaks up as the door closes and asks the others, “What’s his problem?”

We go back to the ring. We see a shot of David Arquette sitting at ringside. Gary Michael Cappetta makes the introductions for the next match.

“The Natural” Dustin Rhodes versus Vampiro

More fast paced action as Dustin and Vampiro put on a wrestling clinic for the fans, going back and forth. Dustin is using the power moves and we see a lot of vintage Goldust moves in his actions as well. Vampiro responds with a clothesline and goes after the neck of Dustin, hitting a neckbreaker and then a belly-to-back suplex. Vampiro seems to be in control, but telegraphs a backdrop and Dustin responds by dropping down and nailing Vampiro with a stiff uppercut punch. A whip into the corner and Dustin catches Vampiro with the running bulldog to get the pinfall.

Winner: Dustin Rhodes

It’s back to the back once more and we have Baby Doll talking to “The Total Package” Lex Luger & Magnum TA. Magnum talks about WCW and what it means to him and thanks the fans for keeping it and his legacy alive. Lex talks about his buddy Sting and the main event against The Authority. He wishes he could still wrestle and get in that ring. He can’t but he knows that Sting, Booker and DDP can take care of business and put HHH and The Authority in their place. Baby Doll asks if Lex knows who the partner for Sting’s team will be or are they planning on going in there for a 3 on 4 match. Lex just smiles. He knows and soon the whole world will know… cause Team WCW versus Team Authority… they’re next!

We go now to the ring and Michael Buffer is here to do the introductions for the main event. First, he introduces the WWE Superstars, led to the ring by HHH, its The Big Show, Kane and Seth Rollins, accompanied by J&J Security, Jamie Noble & Joey Mercury. It’s The Authority. And next, it’s Team WCW. Buffer gives each man a seperate introduction: Sting, Booker T and Diamond Dallas Page.

HHH gets the mic.

“So this is it? Just Sting, Booker and Page? Looks like it’s going to be a bad night for you guys!”

Sting holds up a hand and signals HHH to be quiet. Sting has his bad and points to the back. We hear a familiar music. We see the fireworks and smoke. It’s Bill Goldberg as their fourth man. Goldberg is here! HHH’s jaw drops and the fans are going insane. Goldberg and the rest of Team WCW charge the ring and quickly clear it, sending Team Authority to the floor. The referee is here and it’s time for this match to begin.

But before referee Charles Robinson can call for the bell to start the match, Eric Bischoff comes out from the back and he has a mic. Bischoff tells Robinson to leave the ring. Bischoff has a special referee to handle the duties for this match. Eric waves to the back and out comes Bret “The Hitman” Hart wearing a referee’s shirt. HHH is pissed and nobody on the Authority side looks pleased. Eric smiles that big smile of his once more and says to HHH, “I thought you might like this! Have fun!” Hart goes to the ring and after casting some dirty looks at both HHH (and surprisingly) Goldberg, calls for the bell and the match is on.

Team WCW (Sting, Booker T, Diamond Dallas Page & Goldberg) versus Team Authority (HHH, Big Show, Kane & Seth Rollins) w/ Jamie Noble & Joey Mercury

The bell rings, but before anyone can get started, Bret points at J&J Security. He’s sending Noble and Mercury to the back and banning them from ringside. HHH and Rollins complain, but Bret isn’t backing down. It’s going to be fair and four on four and J&J Security have to go. They reluctantly head to the back and finally we have a match. It’s chaos and oingo-boingo action from the start. Kane and Big Show using their power to take early control over Booker T. DDP and Rollins going at it. HHH and Sting exchanging punches, kicks and just going to town. The action starts off hard and heavy and never slows down. Finally, Booker sends Rollins to the floor with a spinning kick, but eats a spinebuster from HHH as a reciept for his efforts. HHH falls victim to the Diamond Cutter as DDP makes him feel the bang! Dallas gets caught by Kane and it’s choke-slam time. Kane turns around Sting is there to deliver a scorpion death-drop to the big red monster. Sting gets leveled by The Big Show and the knock-out punch. And Big Show gets taken down by Goldberg and the spear. Goldberg lifts Big Show up into the air and it’s time for the jackhammer. Cover and pin and Bret Hart counts to three. WCW and Team Sting are the winners.

Winners: TEAM WCW (Sting, Booker T, Diamond Dallas Page & Goldberg)

Here comes J&J Security running to the ring. Noble runs into a spear by Goldberg and he’s quickly jackhammered into the mat. Mercury eats a diamond cutter and he’s down too. Bret Hart raises the arms of Goldberg, Sting, DDP and Booker T for their victory. Rollins is back in the ring and he’s screaming at Hart. Hart with a big punch and Rollins goes to the mat. Bret goes to lock in the sharpshooter on Rollins, but Kane and Big Show pull him back to the floor from outside the ring. Hart raises the arms of Team Sting once more and the fans are going crazy.

As Team WCW and Bret celebrate in the ring, HHH and The Authority quickly vanish and work their ways towards the back. And then we hear the sound of breaking glass. Yes, “Stone Cold” Steve Austin is here and he’s coming to the ring where Team WCW is still standing. Austin gets a mic. Before there was a “Stone Cold” Steve Austin, there was “Stunning Steve Austin” and he had long blonde hair and wore pink tights. And Steve Austin got his start in WCW. Austin didn’t leave WCW on the best of terms, but things worked out and he’s got a lot of good memories and good friends from his days as part of this company. It’s been a helluva show and he thinks they ought to end things with a little beer blast. Austin tells everyone to come out from the back and the locker rooms empty as all of the former WCW stars gathered come to the ring and quickly fill it up. Austin starts calling for beers for everyone and we’re having a regular party gone wild.

And then music hits and there’s “No Chance” that Vince McMahon isn’t coming out to join the party. Everyone quiets down as the Chairman of the WWE climbs into the ring. He gets a mic and talks.

“Is everyone having a good time?”, Vince asks. “Well, enjoy it because it will NEVER happen again. I let you all have your little reunion show, but that’s it. I still own WCW and I am the man who put WCW out of business. And….”

Suddenly, a kick by Austin and Vince is bent over. DDP with the diamond cutter on Vince McMahon. McMahon is down and out.

“I think Vince just felt the bang!”, Austin laughed as he called for another beer. More beer is tossed into the ring and the WCW reunion party continues as we go to the announce table one last time. We see Tony Schiavone standing there with Scott Hudson, Larry Zbyszko, Baby Doll and Mean Gene. Schiavone tells the fans thank you for making this all happen and for giving WCW a chance to go out in style. For everyone at World Championship Wrestling, who ever laced up a pair of boots or held a microphone or worked in the back, this day was for them to say good-bye and again, thank you to the fans.

Zbyszko and Baby Doll say they’re going to the ring to join the party and Gene says to wait for him. Hudson and Schiavone sign off.

The End!!