DATELINE: APRIL 10, 2000 – THE PEPSI CENTER – DENVER, COLORADO
Eric Bischoff and Vince Russo return to WCW and shockingly join forces to form The New Blood, a faction constructed to take out the company’s more established stars.
Bischoff and Russo had both been brought back in to WCW as part of a joint effort to turn around the company’s rapid and dismal fall. Bischoff had last been seen on WCW programming in September of the previous year. Russo and Ed Ferrara came in a short time after from the WWF, with the plan that they would give the Atlanta company a spark of ‘Attitude’. Unfortunately, the writing duo would be sent home after just three months and replaced with a booking committee. After a few more months of stagnant television, and having very few options, the idea of merging the two former creative forces quickly took shape.
Looking to give the show’s ratings an instant jolt, the strange bedfellows didn’t waste a lot of time: On Nitro that night, all WCW championships were vacated, with new champions to be crowned that weekend at Spring Stampede. Another notable occurrence came when then-reigning ECW World Champion Mike Awesome made a surprise debut, attacking Kevin Nash, as the younger stars took the fight to the veteran faction known as ‘The Millionaire’s Club’.