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  • Colin Vassallo
    Feb 1, 2000
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      R A W & N I T R O R E P O R T S

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      >> RAW IS WAR REPORT
      By WWF.COM

      With the capacity crowd on its feet, RAW IS WAR kicked off live from
      Pittsburgh. The action started immediately, as the New Age Outlaws
      defended their Tag Team Championship against the team of Al Snow and
      Steve Blackman. Prior to the match, Al Snow unsuccessfully attempted to
      give the duo a team name - both Snow Storm and Snow Balls were rejected
      by Blackman.

      Also before the match, Chris Benoit, Perry Saturn, Eddy Guerrero and
      Dean Malenko were spotted sitting in the front row of the arena. Jim
      Ross quickly questioned what the four athletes were doing there, as they
      are not under contract with the World Wrestling Federation.

      Before a decisive winner could be named, Road Dogg took it upon himself
      to attack the four radicals in the front row. In a matter of minutes,
      Benoit, Saturn, Guerrero and Malenko destroyed the Tag Team Champions in
      the middle of the ring. After the assault, the four free agents walked
      up the ramp towards the backstage area. It was later learned that Cactus
      Jack invited them to the show.

      After the break, Pittsburgh's own Kurt Angle, in Rock fashion, announced
      that he had finally returned to his hometown. Needless to say, Angle did
      not get the response in which he was looking for. After berating the
      crowd, the Olympian announced that he would later be taking on the
      People's Champ.

      Backstage, the New Age Outlaws were seen arguing with Triple H and
      Stephanie about what had just happened in regards to the beating they
      had received. Triple H and Stephanie both agreed that the Outlaws were
      on their own on this one.

      D-Von Dudley then took on Christian. The pace was both fast and furious.
      It came to an end when, behind the official's back, Edge delivered a
      devastating kick to the back of D-Von's head. The impact proved to be
      enough, as Christian rolled D-Von up for the pin. After the match, the
      Dudleys attempted to dismember Edge and Christian, but Matt and Jeff
      Hardy hit the ring and absolutely destroyed the unexpecting Dudleys -
      highlighted by a Jeff Hardy centon bomb onto Buh-Buh Ray Dudley, as he
      sat motionless on a table.

      Federation cameras then caught up with the four guests of Cactus Jack as
      they did a number on the Mean Street Posse.

      Next up, the dancing duo - Too Cool - took on the new look Big Show.
      Despite his mammoth size, Big Show had some trouble with the talented
      tandem in the early going. It appeared as though Too Cool would be able
      to score the victory when Show turned it up a notch, and choke slammed
      his way to a win. After the match, The Rock appeared on the TitanTron.
      In typical Rock fashion, the Great One verbally abused both Big Show and
      Kurt Angle, while the sell-out crowd waited on every word.

      Kurt Angle entered the ringside area to a deafening round of boos. The
      jeers quickly turned to cheers, as The Rock's music hit the arena and
      the most electrifying man in sports entertainment made his way to the
      ring. The Rock wasted no time in attacking the supposed undefeated
      superstar. The tide shifted back and forth several times before the
      match finally came to an end. When it was all said and done, it was The
      Rock scoring the victory via pinfall after Tazz threw a runaway Angle
      back into the ring.

      After the commercial break, Chris Jericho, who was accompanied by Chyna,
      battled X-Pac, who was seconded by his new love affair, Tori, in a
      non-title bout. As expected, the pace was lightning quick, and the
      momentum of the match swayed in the favor of both superstars a number of
      times. After nearly 15 minutes of action, X-Pac was able to score the
      victory over Y2J - give the assist to Tori, as she clobbered the champ
      with the Intercontinental Championship belt.

      Next up, The Kat defended the Women's Championship against Intercourse,
      PA, native, Hervina, in the first-ever Lumber Jill Snow Bunny Match.
      With the exception of her manly appearance, not much was know about
      Hervina going into the match. The match, and The Kat's title reign, came
      to an end when Hervina was able to keep The Kat down for the 1-2-3.
      After the match, it was revealed that Hervina was in fact Harvey
      Wippleman.

      Before the next match got under way, Cactus Jack was seen backstage
      asking Triple H and Stephanie if they would be interested in signing
      Benoit, Saturn, Guerrero and Malenko. Both Triple H and Stephanie said
      they would think about it.

      The Holly cousins then took on Viscera in a two on one encounter. The
      one-man advantage proved to be too much for Big Vis, as the Hollys were
      able to defeat the big man via pinfall.

      After that, highlights were shown from Halftime Heat's live interview
      with Stone Cold Steve Austin. The interview could be seen in its
      entirety on StoneCold.com.

      Reporting from the World Wrestling Federation's site based entertainment
      complex - WWF New York - Lilian Garcia broke the news that later in the
      week, the Federation will hold a press conference from the complex
      concerning football. Specifics were limited. WWF.com will keep you
      posted as this situation develops.

      Matt Hardy then took on Buh-Buh Ray Dudley. Buh-Buh Ray was accompanied
      to the ring by the APA - the Acolytes Protection Agency. Earlier in the
      evening, the Acolytes were hired by the Dudleys to make sure they were
      protected. Buh-Buh was awarded the match after Matt was disqualified for
      using a chair. After the match, the APA and the Dudleys outnumbered the
      Hardys. Christain quickly ran to ringside in an attempt to help the
      Hardys. His effort was all for not, as the Dudleys powerbombed Jeff onto
      Matt onto three tables.

      Backstage, Triple H and Stephanie informed Benoit, Saturn, Guerrero and
      Malenko that their services were not wanted by the World Wrestling
      Federation. The quartet was then asked to exit the building.

      In the final match of the evening, Federation Champion Triple H defended
      the title against Kane. Still hurting from his Street Fight with Cactus
      Jack at the Royal Rumble, a heavily bandaged Triple H waited in the
      middle of the ring while Kane's music blared throughout the arena.
      However, Kane was nowhere to be found. The Champion gave Kane 10 seconds
      to come to the ring. Again, Kane was nowhere to be found - but Cactus
      Jack wasn't. As Triple H completed the 10 count, Cactus emerged from
      backstage to confront the McMahon\Helmsley Era. After offering Triple H
      his opinion of him, Cactus attacked. Soon thereafter, so did Chris
      Benoit, Perry Saturn, Eddy Guerrero and Dean Malenko. When it was all
      said and done, the five competitors absolutely decimated Triple H,
      leaving him helpless in the middle of the ring.

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      >> NITRO REPORT
      By WCW.COM

      The fans of Wilkes-Barre were in for a treat. And they knew it. The
      Internet was abuzz all week with the news that Nature Boy Ric Flair was
      making his return to Monday Nitro. Flair hadn't been seen in a long
      time, and the fans as well as WCW wanted to know where he stood. He
      came, he spoke, and in the end, he proved that, without a shadow of a
      doubt, the Nature Boy is still the dirtiest player in the game.

      Backstage, the nWo spoke with Kevin Nash via telephone. Nash told
      Jarrett that he would be the acting commissioner for the night.

      The nWo made their way to the ring with Jeff Jarrett wearing a sport
      coat, dressed for his new role. Jarrett told the crowd that Nash
      wouldn't be in the building and that he, The Chosen One, would be in
      charge. Steiner got on the mic and trashed the crowd. He officially
      inducted The Harris Boys into the nWo, giving them the black and silver
      shirts. Jarrett announced that he would be facing Sid for the WCW
      Heavyweight Title at SuperBrawl. The Chosen One said the main event
      later in the night would be himself and The Harris Boys against Sid and
      two partners he would name later. Jarrett ended the interview by telling
      all the boys in the back that he would be accepting bribes.

      Tony Schiavione, Mike Tenay and Mark Madden (filling in for an under the
      weather Bobby Heenan) talked about the upcoming matches on the show.

      Outside, Nature Boy Ric Flair arrived at the arena in a limousine.

      Backstage, J Biggs spoke with Stevie Ray and Big T.

      Backstage, Terry Funk asked Arn Anderson with concern where Ric Flair
      was. Arn told Funk he didn't know and walked away.

      Cruiserweight Title Tournament
      Lash LeRoux d. Evan Karagias with 3 Count
      Karagias attempted to sing before the match, but LeRoux put a stop to
      it. Evan took exception and attacked Lash with a vengeance. Lash did a
      dive on Moore and Helms on the outside, but took the steam out of
      himself in the process. Back in the ring, LeRoux scored the pinfall
      out of nowhere, advancing in the tournament.

      Backstage, the nWo turned the caterer away, demanding lobster and filet
      mignon.

      Interview: David Flair, Crowbar and Daffney Unger Mean Gene attempted to
      interview David, but Flair just laughed uncontrollably. Gene then turned
      the mic to Crowbar, who did his best Gordon Solie impression. Soon the
      interview was interrupted when Big Vito and Johnny the Bull attacked.

      WCW World Tag Team Title Match
      Bensonhurst Street Fight
      The Mamalukes with Disco Inferno d. David Flair and Crowbar with Daffney
      Unger
      The fight quickly took to the outside as Flair and Crowbar backdropped
      Vito into a snow bank. Once into the arena, Disco Inferno joined the
      announcers at the table as the two teams fought in and out of the ring.
      Miss Hancock from Standards and Practices came to ringside to take
      notes. Tables, chairs, road cones, etc. were introduced into the match,
      and used frequently. As Crowbar attempted a dive off the top, Disco
      pushed his leg off the ropes. Big Vito put Crowbar on a table in the
      ring and, after climbing to the top himself, splashed him through the
      table, scoring the three-count.

      Backstage, Brian Knobs showed up with a handful of money, asking Jarrett
      to book Fit Finlay in a match against The Total Package.

      No Contest: Booker T vs. Big T
      Booker T made his way to the ring, ready for a battle. Halfway down, his
      music stopped. J Biggs came to the ramp and told Booker that the music
      was property of Harlem Heat, who now consisted of Stevie Ray and Big T.
      Biggs then said they had some new music for Booker, proceeding to play a
      cheesy rock instrumental. As if that wasn't bad enough, Booker was told
      that the T in his name and the flames on his pants were also property of
      Harlem Heat. As Biggs continued his tirade, Midnight grabbed him and
      threw him in to Booker, who laid him out. The New Harlem Heat came in,
      dropping Booker and Midnight to the ground.

      Backstage, Norman Smiley was confronted by 3 Count, who attacked Smiley
      until he ran away, screaming down the hall.

      Backstage, Jeff Jarrett told Fit Finlay of Knobs' plan. Jeff said he was
      booking Knobs against Package, and that Fit would be the referee. In
      another dressing room watching on a monitor, Knobs went nuts, throwing
      chairs around the room.

      Backstage, Norman found The Demon's casket to hide in. As he stepped
      inside, it started to close, and Norman screamed on.

      Billy Kidman with Torrie Wilson d. The Wall
      The Wall charged into the ring after Kidman, but the youngster stepped
      aside, sending the big man crashing into the corner. Soon however, The
      Wall's power overtook Kidman, and Billy was in trouble. Kidman threw a
      dropkick from the top rope and followed it up with a huracanrana. The
      Wall stopped the momentum and, as he went for his patented chokeslam,
      Vampiro came out and delivered a leg lariat from the top turnbuckle, as
      Torrie distracted the referee. Three seconds later, Billy Kidman was the
      winner.

      Interview: Ric Flair
      The Nature Boy styled and profiled to the ring as only he can do. He
      named off every pro and college team in the area, said to put them all
      together, and that still didn't equal Ric Flair. Flair said he was
      asked to be the commissioner, but turned it down. He stated Terry Funk
      must have some misconceptions and wanted Funk out to the ring to
      straighten things out. Funk came out, calling Flair a "banana-nosed,
      horse-tooth goof." He said Ric was jealous of him and said he should get
      some control of his son, David. The Nature Boy told Funk he has been
      from Starrcade to WrestleMania back to Starrcade, becoming the 14-time
      champion. As the Funker entered the ring, he and Flair immediately came
      to blows with WCW security quickly breaking up the ruckus.

      Backstage, Jeff Jarrett said it was now clear who Sid's tag team
      partners would be - Funk and Flair.

      Interview: Sid Vicious
      As Mean Gene told Sid who his partners were for later in the night,
      Vicious said he didn't care who it was... someone was getting
      powerbombed straight to hell.

      Backstage, Miss Hancock asked Standards and Practices why they weren't
      wearing their suits again. S&P told her that WCW just dressed them up to
      get her over, and they were going to try to get their names back.

      Backstage, The Total Package and Elizabeth were shown walking down the
      hall, toward the ring.

      Non-Title Match
      No Contest: The Total Package with Elizabeth vs. Brian Knobs
      Fit Finlay served as the special referee for the match. The Hardcore
      Champion went right to work against Package, bringing him to the floor
      and sending him back first into the guardrail. Back inside, Finlay
      nailed Knobs as he was coming in, swaying the advantage in the direction
      of The Total Package. As Knobs went to the second rope for a dive,
      Finlay stood in his way, allowing Elizabeth to come from behind and lay
      Brian out with the baseball bat. Fit left the ring as Package destroyed
      Knobs' arm in the steel chair.

      Backstage, Norman Smiley came out of the Demon casket, dressed in KISS
      makeup.

      Backstage, The Demon told police where his gear was hanging when it was
      stolen.

      "Screamin" Norman Smiley d. Shane Helms
      Norman came to the ring, donned in his full Demon garb. Helms delivered
      a frogsplash early, but Screamin Demon kicked out. Shane applied an
      airplane spin, to which Norman retaliated with a giant swing. Smiley
      nailed both Karagias and Moore off the apron and won the bout with the
      Norman Conquest. After the match, The Demon and Wilkes-Barre's finest
      came out to confront Smiley, who took off into the crowd, with Demon hot
      on his heels.

      Interview: DDP and Kimberly
      As Mean Gene talked with Kim and Dallas, The Mamalukes and Disco came
      down the hallway, with Big Vito pinching the rear end of Kimberly. As
      she turned around, Disco was standing there and was slapped for the
      pinch. DDP attacked Inferno, starting a brawl throughout the backstage
      area and out into the crowd.

      Diamond Dallas Page with Kimberly d. Disco Inferno
      The fight finally made its way into the ring and Disco took control with
      a swinging neckbreaker. He pounded Page around the ring, kicking him
      into the corner. When Disco decided it was time to dance for Kim, DDP
      decided it was time for some revenge. A Diamond Cutter later, and
      Diamond Dallas Page took the win over Inferno.

      Jeff Jarrett and The Harris Boys d. Sid Vicious, Terry Funk and Ric
      Flair
      This pier six brawl started outside the ring and remained for some time.
      Only one problem, Ric Flair didn't come out for the match, making it a
      three-on-two advantage for the nWo. Sid didn't let that stop him as he
      pounded on Ron Harris in the corner. Vicious attempted to powerbomb
      Jarrett, but one of the Harris boys quickly broke it up. The nWo trapped
      Funk on their side of the ring, beating on him relentlessly. The Funker
      fought back against the evil trio, finally making the tag to big Sid.
      Flair made his way to ringside, only to grab Funk, running him into the
      broadcast area. As the referee tried to get Flair and Funk under
      control, Jarrett brought in his sweet six string, drilling it over the
      head of the WCW Champion, and gaining the pinfall win for the nWo.
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