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 Posted: Mon Oct 14th, 2019 08:08 pm
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On Labor Day 2000, Raw was preempted by US Open Tennis. WCW had a chance to air Nitro unopposed and had the good idea of having a War Games match on TV. However, the execution was all wrong. The idea to have this big stipulation match came up long after tickets had been sold based on the usual Nitro set up, so they had to make do without the traditional two ring cage. Instead, the triple tower cage was used on the one ring with the cage surrounding the entire ringside area and having two cages above it that could be accessed by ladders and doors. The WCW World Title belt, held by Kevin Nash, was hung in the top of the three cages. Whoever got up there, got the belt, and then made it back down to ground level and out of the cage would win the match for his team and the title for himself.

To make things harder to understand, Vince Russo declared that the babyface team members all had to win qualifying matches throughout Nitro just to be eligible to wrestle in the main event. To my recollection, every single one of the qualifying matches had some sort of screw job or outside interference except for Goldberg beating Shane Douglas. During the War Games itself, the heels were Russo, Nash, Jeff Jarrett, and Scott Steiner. On the babyface side were Goldberg, Sting, and Booker T. Ernest "The Cat" Miller was supposed to be on the babyface side, but lost his qualification match. He did a run in and was active in the bout. Kronik were not supposed to be in the match, but entered the cage and somehow were treated seemingly as actual participants on the babyface side. The Harris Twins were either in the match on the heel side or were just interfering as well. I wasn’t sure then and am not now either.

Goldberg was going to leave with the title belt and win, but Bret Hart came in from the crowd to slam the cage door in Goldberg's face, knocking him out. The story there was that Bret's career was over, but I don't think it was official yet and there was still some hope in WCW that he'd wrestle again. Russo kept running angles with Bret and Goldberg every month or two to set up an eventual match that never happened. Anyway, amidst all of this, Kevin Nash picked up the fallen belt and casually left the cage with it to retain the title and win the bout for his team when Goldberg winning the belt was the obvious way to go for getting fans interested and excited. I don't think Nash ever left the first level of the cage. The show was a critical bust that didn't get a good rating, hammering in another nail on Vince Russo's career there (he was done in less than a month) and WCW as a whole.