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20 Backstage Details Fans Didn’t Know About The Last Nitro Episode

20 Backstage Details Fans Didn't Know About The Last Nitro Episode

March 26, 2001, was a type of days that no wrestling followers of that period will ever overlook. That was the day that WCW aired the ultimate episode of Nitro. Maybe extra importantly, that was additionally the day that Vince McMahon introduced on RAW that he had bought WCW. After years of preventing for scores and management of the wrestling business in America, WWE had lastly, formally crushed WCW. Whereas the battle between the 2 corporations hadn’t been a lot of a battle in any respect in recent times, March 26, 2001, nonetheless marks the ultimate night of the Monday Night time Wars: a interval in skilled wrestling historical past that many nonetheless say represents the very best of what the medium has to supply. It was a tragic, joyful, and really historic day.

As historic because the final episode of WCW Monday Nitro was, although, there’s fairly a bit about that night time that many individuals don’t find out about. Whereas that’s partly as a result of lots of those that participated within the night have been maybe too apprehensive concerning the future to dwell on the previous, it’s additionally as a result of there was no actual social media in 2001 and there weren’t many who had dependable web entry. As such, the tales that performed out off-screen that night time weren’t correctly revealed till years later when everybody who was a part of that memorable night started sharing tales about an notorious night that change the enterprise ceaselessly. They is probably not the tales that performed out in entrance of the digital camera, however they’re tales you must know. These are 20 backstage details followers didn’t know concerning the final nitro episode

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20 WCW Bought Additional Tickets By Promising Limitless Refreshments

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You in all probability already know that WCW was struggling to promote tickets previous to WWE buying them. Nevertheless, you’d assume that the ultimate episode of WCW Nitro can be historic sufficient to draw fairly the gang. Perhaps that may have been the case, however it appears that evidently WCW didn’t have sufficient religion of their capability to draw sufficient individuals who needed to be a part of wrestling historical past. So, additionally they marketed that followers who paid their $30 to attend would additionally take pleasure in “5+ Hours” of free refills on all refreshments. Provided that the present was run across the time of spring break, the promo appeared to have labored.

19 WCW Spent Approach Too A lot Cash On The Last Present

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Whereas not everybody went into that Nitro understanding it will be the ultimate present (extra on that later), those that did know additionally knew they needed the final Nitro to be a spectacular occasion. So, they determined to spend somewhat extra money than they usually would on the present’s manufacturing values. It’s not completely clear how a lot the ultimate episode of Nitro value (there are conflicting reviews), however we do know that WCW’s crew spent fairly a bit on pyrotechnics, the stage set-up, and a few elaborate mechanisms to make the outside venue work. We guess they figured that they had nothing to lose at that time.

18 The Last Present’s Set Took Virtually a Week To Construct

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The remaining episode of WCW was not solely costly, nevertheless it was fairly elaborate from a logistical standpoint. Whereas WCW had finished outside exhibits earlier than (the ultimate present was truly their conventional outside spring break present), those that have been within the find out about what was going to occur had determined that they wanted to go all out. As such, it took virtually a whole week (5 or 6 days) for the crew to complete the present’s set-up. Apparently, the extended set-up for the present was one of many first indications that WCW was actually shutting down. For this reason a number of the stagehands knew what was occurring earlier than the wrestlers did.

17 Individuals Have been Swiping Tons Of Stuff From WCW Headquarters Main Up To The Present

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The most fascinating factor concerning the last episode of Nitro is how unaware most individuals have been relating to what was about to occur. In truth, most people outdoors of WCW’s workplaces didn’t actually know what to anticipate. Whereas a few of the individuals on the workplaces (which included visiting street crew) have been within the loop, that didn’t precisely imply that they have been dealing with the knowledge nicely. A number of the previous WCW manufacturing group members recall that workplace staff and guests have been taking every part from souvenirs to staplers as soon as it turned clear that the entire firm was going to be shut down in a matter of days.

16 Most Wrestlers Didn’t Consider What Was Occurring…Till Shane McMahon Walked In

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Whereas most of WCW’s wrestlers have been lastly introduced into the loop main as much as the ultimate episode of Nitro, WCW executives nonetheless didn’t hassle to formally inform everybody what was occurring. That info was simply kind of handed round. Even then, most wrestlers did not know if WWE was actually operating issues. The guys within the again have been nonetheless arguing about what was actual and what was an angle earlier than the beginning of the present. Those that didn’t consider they might actually do such a factor have been lastly satisfied it was occurring when Shane McMahon himself walked into the backstage space. For sure, that put an finish to all doubts.

15 Shane Informed WCW Wrestlers That WWE Deliberate To Maintain The Firm Alive

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WWE’s buy of WCW occurred so shortly that the reality of the matter is that most of the particulars have been nonetheless being ironed out after the papers have been signed. As such, Shane McMahon truthfully in all probability didn’t know what the actual way forward for the corporate was when he addressed WCW’s locker room. Nevertheless, he elected to inform everybody there what WWE figured was the absolute best state of affairs for WCW’s performers.

Particularly, he informed them that WWE would proceed to run WCW exhibits beneath the WWE banner. The fact was that this was simply one of many concepts that WWE was floating round on the time. It was additionally probably the most unrealistic.

14 The WWE Crew At The Present Have been Apprehensive About Their Security

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Apart from Shane McMahon, WWE truly despatched fairly a couple of items of backstage expertise to the ultimate episode of Nitro. Whereas this might usually be fairly the honour, the reality of the matter is that WWE’s representatives didn’t actually know what to anticipate. What they did know was that most of the individuals on the WCW aspect of issues didn’t actually know what was occurring.

As such, they noticed themselves because the bearers of some probably actually dangerous information and felt that they could truly be attacked by WCW performers. Nevertheless, some WCW performers stated they have been relieved to see the WWE guys as a result of at the least they knew what they have been doing.

13 WWE’s Individuals Principally Ran The Ultimate Episode Of Nitro

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By the point the ultimate episode of Nitro rolled round, it was clear to only about everybody that no one at WCW truly knew what they have been doing. The firm’s visionaries had lengthy left or given up, the highest wrestlers have been simply treading water, and even the manufacturing crew had began to telephone it in. Perhaps that’s why WWE’s individuals just about ran the ultimate episode of Nitro. The staff Vince despatched to the present instantly assumed the gorilla place (primarily house base for the manufacturing) and even directed the street brokers on tips on how to deal with the reserving of most matches.

12 A Ton of Former WCW Staff Confirmed Up For the Last Episode

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Even earlier than anybody actually knew what precisely was occurring, phrase acquired round shortly that the ultimate episode of Nitro was certainly going to be the ultimate episode of Nitro. Whereas that didn’t essentially appeal to a ton of followers to the present (see the entry about free beer) it did encourage lots of people from WCW’s previous to point out up. Reviews from these backstage on the time say that a parade of former crew, performers, and executives slowly labored their means backstage in an effort to say goodbye and expertise the ultimate present for themselves. It might have been lovely if it wasn’t additionally so unhappy.

11 The Highest Paid WCW Wrestlers Have been Additionally The Most Nervous

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Nobody factor killed WCW, however the absurd contracts that the corporate gave its prime performers definitely didn’t assist their long-term prospects. Guys you’ve in all probability by no means even heard of have been making lots of of hundreds of dollars in the course of the firm’s remaining days. Which may sound candy, however the highest-paid wrestlers throughout WCW’s dying days have been additionally probably the most fearful. WCW’s highest-paid stars figured that there was no means WWE would decide up their ludicrous contracts. They have been proper. WWE confirmed that very night time that they weren’t choosing up contracts over $100,000. The wrestlers with contracts over that mark both waited for his or her contracts to run out or took new offers.

10 Diamond Dallas Web page Knew What Was Occurring (As a result of He Already Signed A WWE Contract)

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Whereas most of WCW’s largest stars have been left to fret about what got here subsequent, a choose few knew what their future can be. That included wrestlers who knew WWE had purchased their contracts, stars who had already opted to sit-out and let their contract journey, and Diamond Dallas Web page. Why is Web page separate from the remaining? Nicely, he was just about the one main WCW star who had agreed to a cope with WWE properly prematurely of WCW closing its doorways. In reality, he needed to hold a straight face about the entire thing as he was one of many few WCW wrestlers who knew what was happening.

9 Scott Steiner Was Satisfied He Wouldn’t Wrestle Once more

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By the top of WCW’s run, Scott Steiner was one of many highest paid performers within the firm. It’s believed that he made about $850,000 throughout his remaining yr with the corporate as soon as his contract and all related bonuses have been accounted for. As we talked about earlier than, meaning WWE wouldn’t routinely decide up his contract. Whereas that was true of many guys, Steiner was notably satisfied that the top of WCW meant the top of his profession. Steiner’s antics, type, and inflated contract left him with critical doubts relating to whether or not or not WWE would ever rent him once more. He spent a lot of the final present moping round backstage.

eight The Jeff Jarrett Firing Scared A Lot Of WCW Staff

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There have been many notorious moments in the course of the remaining episode of Nitro, however few are extra memorable than when Vince McMahon used considered one of his promos throughout that present to namedrop Jeff Jarrett and seemingly hearth him reside on tv. Because it seems, that’s just about precisely what occurred. Whereas nearly everybody, Jarrett included, knew that Vince didn’t like Jarrett, the best way that he so casually let him undergo a comedy promo was seen as an odd transfer contemplating that WWE was privately telling individuals WCW would stay on in some type. This was one of many first indicators one thing else could also be occurring.

7 Ric Aptitude’s Opening Promo Did Not Go Over Nicely

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Talking of awkward promos, let’s speak concerning the one which kicked off the present. Ric Aptitude’s opening promo over the past episode of Nitro might have been a ravishing strategy to start the top of the legendary firm. As an alternative…nicely, Aptitude went on a bizarre rant about Vince McMahon and the way Vince’s dad had agreed to make Aptitude the world champion again within the ‘80s. Much of it made no sense, and the parts that did came across as petty. Some of the production crew backstage at the time confess that the promo wasn’t a bit hit with most people within the again.

6 Shane Helms Was Decided To Steal The Present As a result of He Felt Responsible

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As soon as the final episode of Nitro was truly underway, most people who wrestled on it managed to do their jobs prefer it was another night time. Nevertheless, a couple of of the individuals within the again determined that this was their final probability to be observed and that they needed to exit and provides it their all. Shane Helms was motivated to provide it his all, however for a special cause. The story goes that Helms felt a bizarre sense of duty for what had occurred to the corporate and that he felt that he wanted to have an excellent match so no one would assume much less of him.

5 Chavo Guerrero Spent Most Of The Present Speaking To Eddie

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Shane Helms’ opponent over the past episode of Nitro, Chavo Guerrero, was additionally decided to exit and steal the present with him. We think about that the jiffy Chavo received to spend within the ring truly got here as a aid contemplating that he was apparently extra emotional than most backstage. Stories point out that Chavo spent a great deal of the present speaking to his uncle, Eddie, who was already signed by the WWE at the moment. As neither one in every of them have been actually all that positive what was occurring, the conversations have been little question somber and filled with questions.

four Booker T And Stevie Ray Had an Emotional Parting

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Chavo Guerrero might have spent most of WCW’s ultimate night time speaking together with his uncle, however that was arguably not probably the most emotional household second of the night time. No, that title doubtless goes to the moments that Booker T shared together with his brother Stevie Ray. See, Booker T was younger, gifted, and hadn’t been absolutely corrupted by WCW. He was possible going to be signed by WWE. Stevie Ray was a unique story. Merely put, Booker T knew that WWE wouldn’t signal Stevie Ray. As such, he and his brother have been conscious that this may doubtless be the final night time they acquired to stay their dream collectively and share a locker room.

three WWE Had A number of Backstage TVs Tuned To Monday Night time Nitro

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Let’s flip over to the opposite aspect of this story for a bit, we could? We’ve famous a number of occasions that the majority of WCW’s stars had no concept what was occurring once they walked into the ultimate episode of WCW Nitro, however the identical is true of WWE stars. Lots of them had no concept what was about to occur once they went to work that night time. In truth, Matt Hardy recollects understanding that one thing unusual was occurring when he observed what number of backstage TVs have been tuned to Monday Night time Nitro. Apparently, it was very uncommon for WWE to point out WCW backstage throughout their exhibits. Hardy recollects watching a type of TVs for a lot of the night time.

2 Why Ric Aptitude Wrestled In A Shirt

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Have you ever ever discovered it unusual that Ric Aptitude wrestled the ultimate match in WCW Nitro historical past whereas sporting a t-shirt? Contemplating that it’s arduous to think about one other time Aptitude wrestled in a t-shirt (if it’s ever occurred), it in all probability appears odd that he would decide such a second to take action. Whereas many individuals seemingly assume that Aptitude was out of form or was simply being bizarre, the reality isn’t that straightforward. Because it seems, Aptitude had just lately had surgical procedure and wore a shirt to cover a few of the nonetheless seen work that had been accomplished. So why was he requested to wrestle such an enormous match within the first place? Good query…

1 Vince McMahon Requested That Ric Aptitude vs. Sting Be The Last WCW Match

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Whereas Vince McMahon spent fairly a little bit of time knocking WCW down a number of pegs through the firm’s final night time, the reality of the matter is that he nonetheless revered their achievements and the legacy of the corporate (a minimum of to an extent). That’s in all probability why he personally requested that Ric Aptitude vs. Sting be the final WCW match ever. The story goes that Shane McMahon approached Ric Aptitude the night time earlier than and was capable of persuade him to exit and wrestle this match due to how a lot it will imply to Vince, to WCW, and to everybody watching.

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