Friday July 3rd, 1998 11:46 pm
The Wrestling Booking
The Four Horseman will
be returning, WCW television has made that
clear. What remains unclear is
if the Horseman can make an impact on
wrestling scene. Will they be given victories in
high profile matches at the expense of nWo
Hollywood & nWo
Wolfpac? Does the
care? How does Ric Flair fit into all this?
The Flair answer may be the key.
The current WCW
storyline shows Chris Benoit in the beginning stages
of reforming the Horseman. He gets jumped, Steve
McMichael makes the save and the four fingers are
raised. The crowd pops huge, especially if it's done
in a market where the Horseman once reigned supreme.
Most fans think this may have something to do with
Ric Flair, since most don't know of Flair's legal
situation. As much as some of the fans may love the
idea of the Horseman they are likely in for a huge
Who will make
up the new Four Horseman? Here is the proposed
lineup: Arn Anderson will be their manager, filling
the classic JJ Dillon role. Chris Benoit will
be the leader. The other three members will be Dean
Malenko, Steve McMichael and Fit Finlay. Definitely
the weakest group
They will never
be given victories over the nWo and will not even be
dominant in WCW itself, since DDP, Goldberg, and Booker T will
all be given bigger pushes. How should the formation
of the new Four Horseman be handled? Below, one
possible scenario is outlined:
(Nitro)- Chris Benoit and Steve McMichael are
challenged by Bret Hart and Curt Hennig to a tag
match. Arn doesn't accompany Benoit & McMichael to
ringside; the nWo is accompanied by Rick Rude. The
match ends when
Hart locks Mongo into the Sharpshooter. Hennig &
Benoit are brawling at ringside and Mongo submits
clean. Brian Adams, Hollywood Hogan, Scott Steiner,
The Giant, Vincent, Eric Bischoff, & The Disciple
all storm the ring. They beat the hell out of Benoit
and then the real damage begins. Hart locks Mongo
back into the Sharpshooter and keeps him in it for
several more minutes.
is going crazy; assorted babyfaces try to make the
them all and they finally leave Mongo
for dead in the
middle of the ring. Hogan stands over Benoit,
ranting on and on that the Horseman are dead and
will never be a threat to nWo
Hollywood again. The
announcers comment on the fact
that the entire
NWO Hollywood took part in the attack and all the
guns were out in full force.
For the next
two weeks Benoit is competing in
Japan. The announcers
the future of the elite organization in the history
of WCW. It is announced that Benoit is refusing to
comment on the situation and has cancelled his
bookings for the immediate future. Arn
Anderson is asked to comment and simply holds up the
four fingered salute.
(Thunder)- Booker T defends the TV Title against
Brian Adams. After Booker wins cleanly,
Vincent, Curt Hennig, & The Disciple hit the ring
and team up on Booker T. Stevie Ray tries to make
the save and is immediately destroyed. Out comes
Benoit, a chair wielding Arn Anderson & Dean Malenko.
They quickly take the offensive and most of the NWO
jobbers are thrown from the ring. The Disciple is
the unlucky soul left with the Horseman. Benoit
locks him in the Crippler Crossface and
keeps him in it for several minutes. Hogan & The
Giant finally attempt to make the save and right as
The Giant steps through the ropes he is nailed
squarely on the head with a chair shot wielded by
Dean Malenko. The Giant is knocked out cold. As the
Horseman make their strategic retreat Hogan is shown
in deep emotional pain over the
prone figure of the Disciple.
(Nitro)- It is announced through the commentary that
The Disciple is out of action indefinitely. From the
start of the show it is hyped that Arn Anderson has
asked for interview time later in the program.
Finally, near the end of the second hour, the
Horseman's music begins playing. Benoit, Anderson, &
Malenko make their way to the ring. Tony Shiavonie
is conducting the interview & Arn starts off the
interview. He begins by announcing that Steve
McMichael suffered a cracked vertebrae, and doctor's
aren't sure if Mongo can ever return
to action. He
warns not to bet against McMichael but to be aware
that sometimes injuries can knock the toughest out
of the game. He warns that even though he may be
unable to compete in the ring, he's still prepared
to do whatever it takes to bring The Horseman back
to the top. The microphone is then turned over to
Benoit announces to
the fans that the biggest honor yet of his
career was when he was invited to join The Horseman.
He wants to lead the Horseman into the next
millennium; a group of Horseman has more heart than
the entire nWo combined. Benoit then introduces the
newest Horseman, Dean Malenko. He explains how
Malenko has been an opponent of his for close to a
decade and there are very few opponents he has ever
respected as much as Malenko. He warns that so far,
there are only two and in the weeks ahead the other
two slots will be filled. The mike is then handed to
Malenko thanks Arn &
Chris for the privilege of being a Horseman and
the greatest honor of his career. He proclaims that
there is one thing The Horseman have been known for
above anything else and that's winning titles. All
champions in WCW are on warning: The Horseman
are coming after your belts.
then comments on the nWo Wolfpac. He claims that
while The Horseman have nothing against them they
no allegiance to them. The Wolfpac do not represent
WCW, The Four
represented the best of WCW for the last 12 years.
There is no
mention of Ric Flair.
(Thunder)- Malenko & Benoit team up against Brian
Adams & Curt Hennig. The match ends when Benoit &
Hennig are brawling at ringside and Malenko makes
Adams submit to the
While Arn &
Benoit stand guard with chairs, Malenko keeps
Adams in the
Adams is disabled and
never heard from again.
(Nitro)- The Horseman have interview time. The first
thing they announce is that they want the head of
Bret Hart &
invites Booker T to join them in the ring. Both
members of Harlem Heat enter the ring. Benoit
formally invites Booker T to join the Horseman. He
gets all excited and announces that both him and his
brother would be happy to join. Malenko interrupts
Booker and informs him that
Stevie Ray is
not being asked; the invitation is exclusive to
Stevie Ray loudly
proclaims that him and his brother don't want
anything to do
with The Horseman anyway. Booker T tells him to hold
on. He thanks the Horseman for the offer and asks
that he be given some time to make up his mind. Arn
tells him to let them know next week on Nitro as
Stevie Ray walks away shaking his head.
(Thunder)- Eddie Guerrero is interviewed and
announces that he would like to join The Horseman.
He feels he would be the perfect fit for the group
and he knows they will feel the same way.
Diamond Dallas Page in
interviewed and he is asked about the
joining the Horseman. He says that while he would
consider it he has not yet received an offer.
(Nitro)- Decision time as Harlem Heat joins The
Horseman in the ring for an interview. Booker T
announces that he must
decline the invitation to join The Horseman. His
his blood and he can't leave his brother behind, no
prestigious the career opportunity may be. Booker T
is told that they
decision and they wish him luck. Benoit then
Booker T to a TV Title match at Road Wild.
and they shake hands.
(Thunder)- The Horseman announce that they will
introduce their newest member Sunday at Road Wild.
Benoit proclaims this announcement will electrify
the wrestling world and the rest of WCW will stand
up and take notice.
August 9 (Road
Wild)- The Horseman go to the ring prior to the ring
entrances for the Television Title match. Arn
Anderson introduces the newest member of the
Horseman, US Champion Bill Goldberg. Goldberg enters
the ring and raises the four fingers.
The Horseman return to
the back for Benoit's match against Booker T.
Great back and
forth action. Midway through the match Stevie Ray
ringside. When Benoit is thrown over the top rope,
Stevie Ray starts kicking Benoit. Goldberg rushes
the ringside area and spears Stevie Ray. Booker T is
concerned about his brother and goes to the ropes.
Benoit slaps him in the shoulder and tells him to
wrestle. Although distracted,
Booker T gives it his best shot. Benoit eventually catches him in
the Crossface and forces the submission.
(Nitro)- Benoit, Arn, Malenko, & Goldberg enter the
ring for an interview. Malenko repeats his vision
that The Horseman have always held Championships and
this group of Horseman will be no different. He
points out Benoit & Goldberg as being good examples
of this. No Championship is safe, Malenko declares.
Arn then reminds the crowd that there is still one
more slot to fill in the group. They are
evaluating their options carefully and the man they
fill the spot with will be incredible. Benoit takes
the mike and praises Booker T for a super
performance the night before. He pledges to be a fighting
Champion and challenges Stevie Ray to a TV Title
match later that night on Nitro.
Benoit wins the
match clean when Stevie Ray submits to the Crippler
The focus of the
Horseman will not be on either faction of the NWO
the next month.
The Wolfpac VRS.
will headline Fall Brawl, and most of their angles
against each other for the next month.
(Thunder)- Malenko goes to a 20 Minute Draw with
Champion Chris Jericho.
Goldberg & Benoit
defeat Sick Boy & Scotty Riggs when Benoit makes
Sick Boy submit
to the Crossface.
Eddie Guerrero comes to
the ringside area during the match, and begins
conversation with Arn Anderson. When Kidman tries to
interfere Guerrero wallops him. Arn stands watching,
with a big grin on his face.
(Nitro)- Interview time- Arn comments on the
upcoming War Games. He mentions how he doesn't care
who wins but he hopes both groups beat the living
hell out of each other. He comments that both groups
will have to contend with The Horseman when they
stagger, bloody and bruised from the enclosed cage.
He mentions how he has competed in as many War Games
as anyone and he knows the toll it takes on your
He brings up
when Brian Pillman suffered a separated shoulder at
the hands of The Horseman during a previous War
Games. Arn then comments on the enthusiasm Eddie Guerrerois showing for joining the Horseman.
He comments that Eddie is one of the most promising
young pieces of talent in the world. Still, there is
just one problem. The Horseman can't stand the guy.
Eddie joins the group
in the ring. He acknowledges a few character
decrees that nobody's perfect.
Arn about when the Horseman broke the arm of Dusty
a parking lot with a baseball bat.
he would love to bust up his opponents in that
Benoit & Malenko look at each other and they throw
Eddie over the top
(Thunder)- Dean Malenko & Chris Jericho are signed
to a 2 out of 3 falls, 60 minute time limit match
for Fall Brawl. Chris Benoit signs to defend the TV
Title against Eddie Guerrero.
challenges any two of the Horseman to a tag team
Fall Brawl. Stevie Ray is the aggressor, claiming
there is no way The
defeat them in a tag match, crowing on and on about
seven time tag team champions. Booker T seems
(Nitro)- The four men are assembled for an
interview. Benoit announces how he will enjoy
teaching Eddie Guerreroa lesson in respect for his
elders. Malenko then addresses his need for a
Championship belt and how
Jericho, a man he
hates, is as good a
target as any.
Arn comments on Goldberg's undefeated streak and
decides it's past time for Goldberg to receive a
shot at the WCW World Title. He warns Hogan that his
time as Champion will be short lived.
addresses Harlem Heat's challenge. He accepts, and
ponders out loud which members will fill out the
team. Malenko & Benoit already are signed to
compete; perhaps the 4th member should finally be
unveiled. Goldberg & The mystery Horseman will take
at Fall Brawl.
(Thunder)- Speculation begins on the part of the
announcers as to the identity of the newest
Horseman. Benoit's extensive
Japan are mentioned
and there is speculation that perhaps
will be a Japanese competitor. Mike Tenay thinks DDP
will fill the spot.
squashes Scott Norton.
(Nitro)- Goldberg, Malenko, & Benoit wrestle
Alex Wright in a six man tag. Goldberg pins Wright
to end the affair.
interviewed by Mike Tenay, who comments that DDP is
not signed to wrestle at Fall Brawl. He is asked
point blank if he is the newest Horseman. DDP says
that while he has the utmost respect for Arn
would prefer not to comment on the matter.
claims Jushin “Thunder” Liger will be the newest
Jericho brings a mummy
to the ring and begins
it, calling it Boris Malenko.
Horseman surround the ring.
Jericho was only
only has Alex Wright watching his back.
Wright is destroyed
immediately and Jericho is quickly surrounded in
Malenko pounds him and each time
Jericho attempts to
other Horseman prevent him from leaving. Malenko
Jericho in the
Cloverleaf and a dozen jobbers and WCW security
forcing Malenko to relinquish the hold.
(Nitro)- Malenko & Benoit face off with Jericho &
Guerrero in a
tag showdown. Guerrero pins Benoit clean with
a frog splash.
thinks the new Horseman will be Kevin Green.
comments that being a Horseman may be the one honor
to make him
retire from the NFL.
(Thunder)- Mike Tenay hosts a special segment going
over all the possible new Horseman. Tenay
he feels DDP would be the natural choice. He
Jushin Liger & Shinjiro Otani as options,
Benoit & Malenko have long time associations with
both men. Roddy
Piper is another option.
Tenay mentions Ric
but rejects the
idea, stating that Flair is no longer under contract
to WCW and he
doesn't see that situation as resolving itself. He
UFC Champion Don Frye
as a candidate.
Arn, Benoit, Malenko,
& Goldberg do an interview. Benoit mentions
showed the world Monday night why he is considered
one of the best wrestlers in the world. Malenko
comments on the respect Benoit feels
but remarks that he feels no such respect for
Arn tells the
world that the newest Horseman will not disappoint,
will feel the wait was worth it.
(Fall Brawl)- Benoit & Guerrero go to a 20 minute
draw in their TV Title match. This opens the show
and they are allowed to go all out. Neither man has
a significant offensive advantage.
Dean Malenko defeated
Chris Jericho 2 out of 3 falls to regain the
Title in just over 35 minutes.
Jericho takes the
first fall by forcing Malenko to submit to the Lion
Jericho to submit to
the Texas Cloverleaf to
win the second
fall and he works over
Jericho's back the
reapplies the Cloverleaf and wins the third fall
title) by submission.
Harlem Heat is
introduced first. Arn Anderson walks out alone to
introduce the two Horseman. He begins by introducing
the US Champion, Bill Goldberg. After Goldberg joins
him in the ring Arn introduces the newest Horseman.
The theme from 2001 blares and 13 Time World
Champion Ric Flair walks to the ring.
The match ends when
submit to the Figure Four. Benoit & Malenko enter
and they all pose together for the first time. Flair
microphone and explains how the lawyers for Hogan &
Bischoff kept him
out of action
all these months. Flair explains how it's past time
once again held the WCW World Title and he vows one
would acquire Hogan's prized possession.
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