The first ever WCW Genesis PPV is just 24 hours away with a number of scores set to be settled. However, with one final roadblock on the journey, will we see any heated grudges bubble over before we can even get to the show?
JANUARY 26, 2002: SATURDAY NITRO #38
Billy Kidman scored a big pinfall a day before his make-or-break Best of Seven encounter vs Shane Helms as he, Super Crazy and Tajiri defeated Helms, Knoble and Kash. Billy finished off Kash with the Shooting Star Press in 13:43.
Triple X hit the ring and Elix Skipper brags about how they proved their dominance as a trio in WCW on AirTime. Dustin Rhodes and AMW, who are now confirmed to face XXX at Genesis, interrupt and Rhodes warns the trio that their clash with the heavyweights will be a different kettle of fish.
Harris adds that XXX’s tricks won’t wash with them, and Black suggests that one of them takes on one of Triple X tonight as a preview. Skipper immediately offers up Low Ki, somewhat sarcastically stating that Ki is the group’s ‘star player’ these days. Ki reacts before quickly shrugging it off. Rhodes then suggests that Black step up to the plate himself and the ‘Cowboy’ readily accepts.
Black fell to Ki, however, after the presence of the other four at ringside proved that XXX are more co-ordinated – and more devious – when it comes to mass ringside presence and orchestrated a play which took out Rhodes and Harris and set up interference for the cheap roll-up win in 4:45.
United States champion Sean O’Haire is interviewed by Mean Gene about his title defence against Mike Awesome only for the challenger to blindside him before he can answer the question, finishing up by hurling him through the backstage set.
Shawn Stasiak looked to win a second straight bout after his losing streak, and a second straight by bullying a smaller opponent. However, Shannon Moore put up far more of a fight than Jorge Estrada and Stasiak ended up striking him low for the DQ to avoid embarrassment after 5:03.
Stasiak attempted to save more face by grabbing a steel chair, but Moore’s buddy Jason Jett ran down to try and prevent further punishment. It earned Jett a shot to the ribcage, but then out of nowhere Rey Misterio arrived ringside and springboarded into a dropkick, putting the chair into Stasiak’s face! Shawn and Stacy retreated as Rey checked on the fallen faces.
Jeff Jarrett and Lance Storm are interviewed backstage by Mean Gene about facing Ric Flair and Sting at the PPV, as both men renew hostilities against the Nature Boy. They promise to prove their superiority over the ‘washed up merch shifters’ at Genesis and say they’ve challenged the duo to find a third man to face Jarrett, Storm and CW Anderson tonight.
‘Dog’ by Fat hits, but it isn’t DDP or Kanyon who come out. Instead, Los Guerreros appear dressed as their PPV title match challengers. Eddie (as DDP) mocks his mannerisms and exaggerated walks and moves, while Chavo (as Kanyon) keeps shouting ‘who better than Kanyon?’ over and over again.
Eddie continues to mock the duo in his promo until the real deals interrupt. Kanyon actually says “parodying DDP? Who would DO that?” light heartedly before Page gets down to business and warns the champs that if they want to keep poking the bears, the bears will rip their heads off.
He then says that since they like physical demonstrations, here’s another. They rush the ring and get the better of a brawl with Eddie and Chavo, forcing them to bail. DDP and Kanyon pose with the belts as the segment ends.
Bam Bam Bigelow brings out backup for his match against Simon Diamond: regular thorn in GGE’s side Johnny B Badd! Badd kept Swinger and Gilbertti at bay as Bigelow beat Simon with Greetings From Asbury Park in 7:12.
Air Paris called out AJ Styles 24 hours before the two former team-mates clash for the cruiserweight title. Styles joined him in the ring and remained silent as Paris ran him down, saying Styles was never a good partner or friend, and how on Sunday he would prove he’s superior to AJ.
He pointed out that the only time they went one-on-one, he beat Styles and that AJ’s flashy new music, new moves and “flash in the pan” title reign will all be exposed. As soon as Styles begins to respond, Paris smacks him across the face and triggers a brawl.
The champ gets the upper hand only for Paris to grab the title belt out of desperation and nail him with it. Paris then completes the physical and psychological damage by hitting AJ’s own Styles Clash, onto the belt.
Sting and Ric Flair arrived to face CW Anderson, Jeff Jarrett and Lance Storm. They then introduced their mystery partner: Rey Misterio Jr! A back-and-forth tag bout ended prematurely as Shawn Stasiak prevented a Rey springboard attack on Jarrett, yanking him off the apron for the DQ after 14:56 and laying him out while the three heels in the match began a 3-on-2 attack on Flair and Sting.
The commentators run down the PPV card and confirm that the pre-show will see Shane Douglas fight Mark Jindrak for Torrie Wilson’s managerial services and York and Matthews facing the Mamalukes in a Sicilian Street Fight.
Finally, RVD heads out and the WCW World champion warns Booker T that his attacks and cheapshots end in 24 hours when they fight one more time for the WCW title with anything goes, no holds barred.
Booker and Sharmell come out and T promises to prove RVD’s Starrcade win was a fluke, and that despite Van Dam’s reputation as being ‘extreme’, he has no idea what Booker is capable of. Sharmell then begins to dress down the champ, but it’s only a distraction to give Booker the chance to cheapshot RVD. The two then brawl outside the ring and into the crowd as the commentators hype how the main event could also get this crazy as the show ends.
WCW Genesis 2002 card so far:
- WCW World title, No Disqualification: Rob Van Dam (c) vs Booker T
- WCW World Tag Team titles: Los Guerreros (c) vs DDP & Kanyon
- WCW United States title: Sean O’Haire (c) vs Mike Awesome
- WCW Cruiserweight title: AJ Styles (c) vs Air Paris
- WCW Cruiserweight tag titles: Tajiri & Super Crazy (c) vs Knoble & Kash
- Ric Flair and Sting vs Jeff Jarrett and Lance Storm
- Best of Seven Series: Billy Kidman vs Shane Helms
- Dustin Rhodes and America’s Most Wanted vs Triple X
- Rey Misterio Jr vs Shawn Stasiak
Next time: The first ever WCW Genesis PPV, and WCW’s first PPV of 2002!