WCW Monday Nitro
December 22, 1997

[Dark Match]
El Dandy made Blitzkrieg submit to the Cavernaria in 0:11:23.
Rating: ** 3/4

[Dark Match]
Kidman defeated Ultimo Dragon via pinfall in 0:08:29.
Rating: ***

Nitro opens as the announcers welcome us to a special THREE HOUR edition of the show. Tenay, Schiavone, and Zybysko talk about mysterious notes left in the backstage area. Various WCW wrestlers found them in their locker rooms when they arrived at the arena today but nobody knows who left them there. The announcers show one of the notes: a normal sized piece of paper with the WCW and the words "United we stand, divided we fall." Zybysko philosophizes as usual and says he's been calling for WCW unity for a long time.

Rey Mysterio Jr., Juventud Guerrera and Hector Garza defeated
La Parka, Psychosis and Silver King when Juvi pinned Parka with the Juvy Driver in 0:08:21.
Rating: ** 3/4

Booker T pinned Wrath after a flying forearm in 0:04:22.
Rating: ** 3/4
[James Vandenburg and Mortis interfered against Booker T.]

Booker managed to fend of interference and pick up the win, but he took a beating afterwards.

Dean Malenko and Chris Benoit defeated Eddie Guerrero and Saturn when Benoit
defeated Saturn when Saturn passed out in the Crippler Crossface in 0:14:30.
Rating: **** 1/4

The Flock watches from their usual ringside seats. After the match is over, they circle the ring like vultures. Benoit leaves with caution again - last Nitro they let him go. However, this time the Flock actually do attack. Benoit tries to fight them all off but numbers prove too much when Dean Malenko joins the fight and helps Benoit. Raven watches from his seat with his usual grumpy look.

Steve McMichael pinned Fit Finlay with the Tombstone Piledriver in 0:05:45.
Rating: ** 1/2

Mean Gene Okerlund shills his hotline and promises that Bret Hart has signed with WCW and will be at Starrcade! Okerlund then interviews DDP and asks him for his reaction to the mysterious notes and whether he thinks Bret will side with WCW or the nWo. Page says he doesn't know Bret but he knows he's one of the best in the business and respects that. Page has always fought for WCW, often alone. He'll keep fighting the good fight and if Bret joins the nWo he'll feel the bang just like the rest of them.

The Steiner Brothers (Rick Steiner and Scott Steiner) and Ray Traylor defeated
The nWo (Buff Bagwell, Scott Norton and Vincent) when S. Steiner made Vincent
submit to the Steiner Recliner in 0:14:35.
Rating: 3/4*
[Ted DiBiase interfered against Scott Norton.]

Bill Goldberg pinned John Nord with the Jackhammer in 0:02:19.
Rating: 3/4*

Goldberg goes to 17-0. As Goldberg heads back to the locker room after his match, Steve McMichael meets him at the top of the ramp. Goldberg and Mongo have a stare down as we go to a commercial.

In the back, a UPS deliveryman knocks on the nWo locker room door carrying a package. Vincent answers the door and is told the package is for Hogan and he must sign for it. Hogan comes out and signs. He has no idea what it is and opens the box. He pulls out a card and asks "What the hell does 'sic semper tyranus' mean?" then pulls out the rest of the package's contents. He promptly freaks out, drops the package and slams the door to the locker room. The camera shows the contents of the box now laying on the floor: a replica of his Hogan's head but clearly implied to have been severed from its body.

Chris Jericho comes out with renewed confidence after breaking his losing streak last week. He chews out the fans for doubting him then calls out "Prince Naki-maki" to prove to everyone last week was no fluke.

Chris Jericho pinned Prince Iaukea after the Lionsault in 0:10:13.
Rating: *** 1/4

Iaukea does well, but Jericho gets a low blow and hits the Lionsault to win. "Cheat to win! Yeah, baby!"

Lex Luger and Diamond Dallas Page defeated The nWo (Curt Hennig and Randy Savage)
when Page defeated Savage by disqualification in 0:12:50.
Rating: 1/2*
[Rick Rude interfered against Diamond Dallas Page.]

[Main Event]
The nWo (Hollywood Hogan, Kevin Nash and Scott Hall) defeated
Roddy Piper, Ric Flair and The Giant when Hogan pinned Giant with the Big Leg Drop in 0:05:39.
Rating: 1/4*
[Randy Savage interfered against The Giant.]

Syxx (who had accompanied the nWo to ringside) attacked Arn Anderson (who had come out with Flair) distracted the referee while Randy Savage made a run-in. Savage smashed Giant's knee with a chair, allowing Hogan to get the pin while Hall and Nash kept Piper and Flair occupied. Lex Luger came out and went after Savage, but was likewise taken out by the chair. The camera cuts to the back where DDP and the Steiners are fighting with the rest of the nWo. Savage clocks Arn with the chair then everyone gangs up on Flair and Piper. Flair gets an Outsider Edge, Piper gets a Jacknife Powerbomb, and Hogan hits the Big Leg Drop on both of them. But then Sting comes down from the rafters and cleans house with the bat as we fade to black.