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WCW Nitro Final Episode: Matches, Vince McMahon, Shane McMahon and more

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The final episode of WCW Monday Nitro, which aired on March 26th, 2001, marked the end of an era in professional wrestling.

This climactic episode took place in Panama City, Florida, symbolising not just the conclusion of the infamous Monday Night Wars but also the end of a company that had once revolutionized the wrestling world.

WCW’s downfall was a gradual process. Despite outperforming WWE in the ratings for 83 consecutive weeks during the 90s, WCW failed to evolve with the times.

The reliance on established stars like Hulk Hogan, Ric Flair, and Sting, and the prolonged nWo storyline, led to a decline in viewer interest. In contrast, WWE was creating new stars and captivating storylines, which eventually led to WCW’s decline and sale to Vince McMahon in 2001.

WCW Nitro: The Final Matches

The last episode of Nitro was a spectacle of championship defences. Booker T emerged victorious over Scott Steiner to claim the WCW World Heavyweight Championship while retaining the United States Championship.

The Cruiserweight Tag Team Championship saw Rey Mysterio and Billy Kidman defeating Elix Skipper and Kid Romeo. Additionally, Shane Helms retained the Cruiserweight Championship, and Sean O’Haire and Chuck Palumbo kept hold of the World Tag Team Championship.

This episode was pivotal in determining which wrestlers would continue their journey with WWE. Here are the full results from the show:

  • Booker T defeated Scott Steiner (with Midajah) (5:11)
  • Rey Mysterio Jr. & Billy Kidman defeated Shannon Moore & Evan Karagias and Kaz Hayashi & Yang (3:38)
  • Shane Helms defeated Chavo Guerrero Jr. (4:39)
  • Sean O’Haire & Chuck Palumbo defeated Lance Storm & Mike Awesome (3:21)
  • Shawn Stasiak (with Stacy Keibler) defeated Bam Bam Bigelow (1:23)
  • Rey Mysterio Jr. & Billy Kidman defeated Elix Skipper & Kid Romeo (4:43)
  • Sting defeated Ric Flair (7:17)

The McMahon Twist

The episode began with Vince McMahon announcing the acquisition of WCW, a move that shocked many. Throughout the episode, segments featuring Vince McMahon aired, but the real twist came towards the end.

In a surprising turn of events, Shane McMahon appeared live from the Nitro ring, revealing that it was he, not Vince, who owned WCW (in storyline of course).

This dramatic revelation set the stage for future storylines in WWE, including the Invasion angle.

Sting vs. Ric Flair: A Historic Closure

The final match of WCW Nitro fittingly featured two of the most iconic figures in WCW history – Sting and Ric Flair. These two legends had faced each other in the first-ever Monday Nitro, making it a full-circle moment for them to headline the final episode.

The match, while not the greatest in terms of technical wrestling, was filled with emotion and nostalgia. Sting defeated Flair with a Scorpion Deathlock, and the two embraced in the ring, marking a poignant end to an era.

The Legacy of WCW Nitro

The final episode of WCW Monday Nitro can be described as chaotic yet fitting. It was an end to a company that had, at its peak, revolutionised professional wrestling.

The episode not only marked the end of WCW but also set the stage for new beginnings in WWE. However, the subsequent Invasion storyline in WWE did not live up to expectations, primarily because many of WCW’s top stars did not transition immediately.

FAQ

  • When did the final episode of WCW Nitro air?
    • The final episode aired on March 26, 2001.
  • Who won the last match in WCW Nitro history?
    • Sting won the last match against Ric Flair.
  • What was the significant announcement made by Shane McMahon?
    • Shane McMahon announced that he, not Vince McMahon, owned WCW.
  • What was the main reason behind WCW’s downfall?
    • WCW’s inability to evolve with the times and over-reliance on established stars led to its downfall.
  • Did the final episode feature any championship matches?
    • Yes, there were several championship defenses, including Booker T winning the WCW World Heavyweight Championship.

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