–Vince McMahon and Jim Cornette are in the booth and they are live from Stockton, California
–Vince McMahon and Jerry Lawler are calling the action and they are now doing tapings in Augusta, Georgia. These tapings were held on February 21.
–Before the next bout, Jim Cornette tells the crowd that Intercontinental Champion Jeff Jarrett has informed him that he has signed a contract to defend his title against Razor Ramon at WrestleMania. However, Cornette says that Ramon will not make it there because he is facing Mantaur in the next bout. Although many did not know it at the time (and as revealed in James Dixon’s book Titan Sinking: The Decline of the WWF in 1995), the booking of Jarrett and Ramon was a big blow for Ramon, who had filmed some vignettes to turn heel and face the Undertaker. Turning Ramon heel would have done wonders for his character and strengthened the heel side of the roster.
–Vince McMahon and Gorilla Monsoon are doing commentary and they are still taped from West Palm Beach, Florida.
–Vince McMahon and Jim Cornette are in the booth and they are live from Macon, Georgia. Less than 3,000 fans bought tickets to this show, illustrating just how cold the product was at the time.
–Todd Pettengill narrates a video package hyping today’s feature match between the British Bulldog and Bob Backlund.
–Jim Ross and Pettengill are doing commentary and they are at a new taping location in Fort Myers, Florida. These tapings were held on January 25.
–Vince McMahon apologizes to Lawrence Taylor for Bam Bam Bigelow’s conduct at the Royal Rumble and announces that Bigelow has been suspended without pay.
–Vince and Shawn Michaels are doing commentary and they are live from Palmetto, Florida. Vince puts over how Michaels won from the #1 position and Michaels says he is going to put some moves on Pamela Anderson. It is so weird to see the winner of the Rumble not getting a twenty minute promo to start the show.
–A limousine pulls into the backstage area and Pamela Anderson walks out. She goes to her locker room as WWF wrestlers, led by Dink of all people, hoot and holler. What? You expected respectful manners out of a group of wrestlers?
As a side note, when you have been watching tons of television tapings from Liberty, New York in a high school gym for weeks on end it really makes you appreciate the bigger venue that this show is in and it makes everything seem more important.
–Vince McMahon and Jerry Lawler are on the mic and they are live from Tampa, Florida. What is hilarious about the opening is that Vince tries to introduce the Spanish announce team and Hugo Savinovich just stays seated with his back to the camera.
–The intro video package has the old Star Trek theme playing since William Shatner will be in Bret Hart’s corner when he faces Jeff Jarrett in tonight’s main event.
–Vince McMahon and Shawn Michaels are doing commentary and they are still in Houston, Texas. This is the “go home” show for the Royal Rumble.
–Vince McMahon and Jerry “The King” Lawler are doing commentary and they are still in Newark, Delaware.
–Jim Ross and Todd Pettengill are in the booth and they are from various locations since the Action Zone broadcast a collection of matches from different TV tapings. I always fondly remember this syndicated show because it was my go-to viewing after church on Sundays or what I would run to see if going to see my aunt for a family gathering on a Sunday afternoon.
–“Double J” Jeff Jarrett lets us know how great he is going to be in his signing debut on tonight’s RAW.
–Gorilla Monsoon and Shawn Michaels are doing commentary and they are taped from Liberty, New York. This episode was taped on December 12, 1994.
In the solemn words of Jim Morrison: “This is the end…my only friend…the end.”
With the national expansions of both the WWF and NWA, the territorial system, as we knew it, was breathing its last breath. Despite legends like Verne Gagne, the Von Erichs, Jerry “The King” Lawler, Mad Dog Vachon, Chris Adams, among others, the lingering territories during this era tried their best not only to survive but to succeed.
With the conglomeration of the AWA, WCWA, CWA, and POWW, this supercard marks the last stand by the territories in their effort to compete. How much success do they achieve? Let’s find out!
–Boyz 2 Men sing “America the Beautiful” to kick off the show. They receive a Cena-like mixed reaction.
–Michael Cole and Jerry “The King” Lawler are in the booth and they are live from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Date: March 21, 2001
Location: O’Connell Center, Gainesville, Florida
Commentators: Tony Schiavone, Mike Tenay
We’ve arrived at the final shows. We’ll start off the final episode of the corporate mandate that was Thunder, which has somehow gotten even less important over the years. The big story coming out of Monday is Ric Flair’s face being pressed onto the back of a donkey and the upcoming Night of Champions on Monday. Let’s get to it.
Monday Nitro #282
Date: March 19, 2001
Location: O’Connell Center, Gainesville, Florida
Commentators: Tony Schiavone, Scott Hudson
Greed has come and gone and it should be interesting to see where things go with this final real show before next week’s grand (work with me here) finale. Scott Steiner is still World Champion after demolishing Diamond Dallas Page because that’s what Scott Steiner does, though it does raise the question of who is left for him to beat. In theory that would be Booker T., who became US Champion for the first time last night. Let’s get to it.