Booker T recalls the final WCW Nitro

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March 24, 2013

March 26, 2001 is a day that still remains fresh in the minds of those who participated in and witnessed the final edition of WCW Monday Nitro. During the height of the "Monday Night Wars" between WCW and WWE, no one could have predicted that the last episode of the Atlanta-based organization’s flagship program would be simulcast with Monday Night Raw.

On that historic evening, WCW United States Champion Booker T battled WCW World Champion Scott Steiner with both titles on the line. The 2013 WWE Hall of Famer still remembers that spring evening in Panama City, Fla., and to this day finds the entire experience surreal.

“The one thing I remember the most about that night is how antsy everyone in the locker room was,” Booker T told WWE.com. “Everybody was on pins and needles, just wondering what was going to happen next.”

The atmosphere amongst the WCW competitors was emotional. Both seasoned veterans of the organization, as well as young stars weren’t immune from the uncertainty.

“I actually saw tears in the eyes of a lot of the guys, a lot of questions surrounding what was next in life, especially as far as careers go,” Booker recalled. “It was very topsy-turvy, definitely a night I will remember for the rest of my life.”

According to most accounts of the events that transpired in the days before the final episode of Nitro, there were rumors circulating about the future of the promotion and no one knew for certain that WWE had acquired their longtime rival. But as soon as Shane McMahon appeared backstage, the rumors stopped and facts became known, allowing the reality of the situation to take precedence.

"Shane was well-received from my perspective. Everyone was still nervous about their future, though. After all, we all knew he was the son of Mr. McMahon!” The five-time WCW Champion joked.

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