OSR: WCW Final Nitro Review

Final Nitro

As I sit here and watch this episode of Nitro, I can barely believe it is 15 years ago since I watched this event for the very first time…I remember it like it was yesterday. This could have very very easily being the end of my love of wrestling, but instead it took me down another path. It only seems fitting to close WCW Month, that we go back to where it all drew to a close. Unfortunately, it isn’t on the WWE Network yet but luckily I have found it on Daily Motion. Not the greatest of quality, but with my sentimental coat on here I go with the…

Old School Review: Final Nitro

The show opens with the new owner of WCW, Vince McMahon talking about purchasing his opposition and how the very future of the company remains firmly in his hands. After the opening promo, we then go to Panama City Beach, Florida for the show this evening as Tony Schiavone and Scott Hudson speculate on what is in their future before welcoming us to the Night of Champions. They continue to speculate about the future of WCW and this being the final Nitro.

A familiar sound then hits, and Ric Flair makes his way to the ring and cuts a promo on Vince McMahon bringing up various names from the history of the company. He then goes onto to talk about his time in WCW before going forth to challenge Sting to a final encounter tonight, calling him his greatest opponent ever.

Unification Match: WCW Champion Scott Steiner (w/ Midajah) vs. WCW United States Champion Booker T

Both men make their way to the ring, and Steiner is initially in control of the match using a variety of moves to control Booker, including an attempt to nail him with the lead pipe. Booker is quite good at moving around the moves of Steiner, whilst Steiner looks pretty meh…it almost looks like Booker is working with a plank of wood. Booker eventually picks up the win to become the unified champion. Okay but nothing special match…in reality, Steiner was only ever the champion because they had lost all their stars and someone needed to hold the title.

Match Rating: 1.5 out of 5.0 Stars

Number 1 Contenders Match for the WCW Cruiserweight Tag Team Championship: Billy Kidman and Rey Mysterio vs. Shannon Moore and Evan Karagias vs. Kaz Hayashi and Yun Yang

After seeing Vince McMahon briefly continue his dissing of WCW, we then see each of the teams make their way to the ring which sets off at a very nice pace and is contended under an almost tornado rules. The match is very fast and action paced, but it has nowhere near the time it needed to be something quite good. Eventually, Kidman and Mysterio win the match to become the number one contenders for later in the evening.

Match Rating: 2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

WCW Cruiserweight Championship: Shane Helms (c) vs. Chavo Guerrero

The history between the pair is shown dating back to Sin in the January, before both men make their way to the ring. The match gets underway with Shane initially in control of the match, but Chavo is able to gain some offence. It doesn’t last long though, as Shane is able to nail Chavo with his signature vertebrate-r to pick up the win and ultimately hold the distinction of being the final WCW Cruiserweight Champion. Not much of a match in all honesty, more time would have done it wonders.

Match Rating: 1.5 out of 5.0 Stars

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