August 9, 2000
With only days until the
big pay per view, tensions were at an all time high as
Thunder hit the airwaves. When Jeff Jarrett found out
that Booker T was not in attendance, he took his rage out
on everyone from wrestlers, to WCW office personnel, all
the way to the ring announcer, David Penzer, sending a
message to the WCW Champion before New Blood Rising.
WCW World Tag Team
Kronic d. The Perfect Event and Mark Jindrak & Sean
The tag team champions came to the ring and
immediately commandeered the microphone. Adams told
Jindrak and O' Haire that their death wish would be
granted tonight, but asked for the Perfect Event to come
out as well for a handicapped match. As Palumbo entered
the ring, all four of the youngsters jumped on Brian
Adams as the referee held Clark in his corner, unaware of
the attack. Adams made a comeback, tagging Clark into the
ring, who worked over the young Jindrak. The tide soon
changed again, as the young lions held Clark in their
corner, making quick tags to wear down the champions.
When Palumbo reached out for a tag from Jindrak, Mark
tagged his partner O' Haire instead, wanting to win the
gold for his team. A shoving match ensued within the
foursome, eventually leaving Stasiak in the ring to go up
for the High Time, giving the champs the hard fought win.
After the bell, Vampiro and Muta slowly made their way
down the aisle, distracting Kronic long enough for Juvi
to run in and swipe the tag belts once again, as he and
Konnan made off through the crowd with Kronic hot on
- The Cat told Mike
Awesome that he would face Lance Storm in a Flag
Match later in the show. After Awesome and Heidi
left, the Jung Dragons appeared for a fight, but
instead had their heads slammed together by the
- Daffney showed
Crowbar her new shirt that read WCW - Watch
Crowbar Wrestle. Crowbar looked smitten with
Daffney, but shied away while talking to her.
- Jeff Jarrett looked
for Booker T as he walked the hallway, guitar in
Prime Time Player d.
Crowbar with Daffney
The Prime Time Player told the crowd that they were
about to witness something they never had before - Prime
Time at his finest. Once the match started, Player stood
his ground against the more experienced Crowbar, showing
some impressive maneuvers in the ring. ML Smooth
delivered a bouquet of flowers to Daffney at ringside.
After missing a sunset flip off the top rope, Player
countered a pick up by Crowbar and drove him to the mat
with the Overdrive for the upset win.
Backstage, Jeff Jarrett
questioned Jimmy hart about Booker T's absence. When Hart
told Jarrett that he would have to wait until the PPV,
The Chosen One took his six-stringer over The Mouth of
the South's head.
Mean Gene Interview:
As Buff and Mean Gene relived Monday Nitro's
happenings, Kanyon appeared and challenged them both to a
tag team match against Kanyon and a mystery partner.
The MIA d. 3 Count and
Tank Abbott sang and danced along with 3 Count,
making their performance all the more entertaining. The
MIA marched down the aisle, Super Soakers in hand, ready
for battle. "Sugar" Shane and Cajun hooked it
up first, flying around the ring before General Rection
tagged in to the action. Loco dropped Shannon Moore
across the top rope, but was soon trapped in to the 3
Count corner, where he was pummeled by the foursome.
David Flair and Ms. Hancock jumped onto the apron,
knocking Major Gunns off and into the arms of Sgt. AWOL.
Tank threw his knockout punch on Cajun, allowing Moore
and Helms time to place a ladder across the top
turnbuckle, climb up, and crash down onto the Corporal
for the win.
Interview: The MIA
General Rection rallied the troops after their defeat.
Major Gunns challenged Hancock and Flair to face her and
AWOL in a mixed Tables Match on the Thunder broadcast.
- Crowbar questioned
Smooth about delivering the flowers. Smooth told
Crowbar that they weren't from him, but he needed
to keep an eye on who did send them.
- Vampiro and his dark
carnival attacked the Jung Dragons until The Cat
arrived, telling the painted ones that he would
face them in a tag team match later on Thunder.
- Buff and Mean Gene
pondered over who Kanyon's mystery partner was
going to be.
- The Cat spoke on the
phone, asking someone to come to the arena and be
his partner against Vampiro and his thugs.
"Screamin" Norman Smiley d. "Above Average"
Sanders told Norman that he wanted a hardcore match
to prove that he was indeed, above average. As Smiley
said he was done with hardcore, Sanders attacked, taking
the fight to the back of the arena to start the contest.
Norman had a trashcan placed on his head, which was
beaten repeatedly with a broomstick. After Sanders put
Norman through a table, Jeff Jarrett argued in the
background with WCW official Ed Ferrara, eventually
slamming a guitar over his head. When Smiley attempted
the big wiggle, Jarrett returned, taking another guitar
over Norman's head. Sanders went for the win, but the ref
reminded him that hardcore matches had to be finished
inside the ring. Above Average loaded Smiley into a
wheelbarrow and hauled him to the ring. Once inside, the
former Hardcore Champion took over, scoring the pinfall
on Sanders to take the victory.
Backstage, Vampiro stood
with his dark carnival, telling the commissioner that he
made a mistake in making a match against them.
Lance Storm d. Mike Awesome with Heidi
Storm told Awesome that their upcoming Flag Match
would be non-title, stating he would have to come to
Vancouver on Sunday to try for the gold. As the Canadian
national anthem played on, Awesome charged the ring,
ready to take the Triple Crown champion to task. Awesome
laid into Storm, throwing him around the ring, before
telling Heidi to go up and retrieve the US flag. After
crashing down with a frogsplash, Awesome was double
crossed, hit with the flag by his own girl. Heidi came
off the second rope with a clothesline, setting Storm up
to apply the single leg crab. Mighty Heidi climbed up,
grabbed the Canadian flag, and gave it to Lance,
declaring him the winner of the contest. She then
proceeded to rip off her shirt, revealing another that
read "Canadian and proud of it!"
Interview: Billy Kidman
Kidman said that he wanted to make his match against
The Franchise a Strap Match at the pay per view. Billy
spoke briefly of Reno, then told the cameraman to follow
him toward the dressing rooms. He approached the Nitro
Girls' room, asking for Reno's girlfriend, Siren. When
she came out, he applied a lip lock, obviously adding
fuel to the fire between him and Reno.
Tygress joined the
announcers at ringside.
David Flair and Ms. Hancock d. Sgt. AWOL and Major Gunns
Sgt. AWOL tore into Flair inside the ring as Tygress
distracted Gunns at the announcer's table. Hancock
attacked from behind, and the catfight was on. Back
inside, Flair set up a table as he and AWOL fought to put
the other through it. Gunns pulled Hancock off the apron
and continued their fight at ringside. In the midst of
the bedlam, Gunns was thrown into a table propped against
the guardrail, breaking it to give Flair and Hancock the
win. Although the match was over, AWOL continued to
fight, driving Flair through the other table in the ring.
- Although we couldn't
see who it was, Kanyon spoke with his partner for
the upcoming tag match.
- Doug Dellinger told
The Cat that his partner had arrived to the
Billy Kidman d. Reno
Reno looked to take some of his anger out on Kidman,
who was in the back moments before swapping spit with his
girlfriend. The powerful newcomer worked Billy over, but
Kidman stayed in the fight throughout. After Reno
delivered his "Roll the dice" move, Siren came
to the apron to distract the referee. When that
backfired, Torrie arrived to do the same. The Franchise
snuck in from the other side of the ring and popped Billy
with a chain to the forehead. The referee called for the
bell as Reno and Douglas continued to beat the stuffing
out of Kidman. Finally, Big Vito made the save, chasing
Shane, Reno, and their girls to the back.
Backstage, The Artist
walked into the dressing room to find Paisley and Papaya
groping at Kwee Wee. The two men exchanged fists before
Interview: Jeff Jarrett
The Chosen One gave David Penzer a note to read to
the crowd, claiming that the slaughter would continue for
the rest of the show. Once finished reading, Penzer was
treated to a guitar shot, courtesy of Jarrett, who blamed
his rampant attacks on Booker T, who was not in
Tony Schiavone Shoot
Interview: Booker T
Booker claimed that July 9th was the greatest day of
his life, finally winning the top prize in his business.
Tony compared the business of today to that of eight
years ago, asking T how he had maintained his sanity
throughout. Booker stated that as he worked in the indies
on the way up, he wrestled against many veterans, who
prepared him for stardom and kept his head level. The
champion said that he is under no pressure in the ring,
feeling at home every time he steps between the ropes.
Although struggling through a knee injury, he feels that
the fans deserve to see the champion every week, and he
will be there, pushing it to the limit every time.
Buff Bagwell and "Mean
Gene" Okerlund d. Kanyon and Mark "Smokey"
Mean Gene strutted to the ring with Buff, as Judy
Bagwell joined Stevie, Tony, and Mike at the ringside
table. Kanyon came down the aisle and introduced his
partner - Mark Madden. As Kanyon went to start the match,
Madden called for the tag, wanting in right away. After
Buff posed, Madden teased taking his shirt off. Gene was
tagged in, but the two just taunted each other before
tagging back out to Buff and DDK. Mark caught Buff with a
cheap shot to the back and was chased around the ring,
leading Bagwell into a Kanyon clothesline. Back in the
ring, as Mark broke up a pin attempt with a boot to
Buff's back, Bagwell finally leveled "Smokey"
with a clothesline of his own. After the hot tags were
made to Gene and Madden, Mark kicked Okerlund low, but
Gene did not sell, revealing a cup inside his pants. He
put the cup on Madden's face, setting up Buff to drop
down with the Blockbuster before Gene scored the pin.
After the win, Kanyon leveled Bagwell with a Cutter and
started choking Okerlund in the corner. Stevie Ray ran in
from the announcer's table for the save.
Sting and The Cat d.
Vampiro and The Great Muta
The Cat introduced Sting as his mystery partner
against Vampiro and The Great Muta. The Stinger came out
with a vengeance, slamming Vamp into the broadcast table.
Muta and Vampiro worked over Sting inside, with the
Japanese legend threatening to spit his green mist into
the referee's face. Cat was finally tagged in and used
his karate background to send the dark carnival to the
mat. As all four entered the melee, The Cat scored the
pinfall to take the win. The Demon entered and the
brothers in paint destroyed Sting and the commissioner as
Thunder faded to black.