From Asia to America, Scott Steiner has established himself as not only a prominent singles
competitor, but as one of the best tag team wrestlers ever to lace up. With his brother Rick,
Scott has won numerous world titles in the United States and Japan. He was the younger of
the two and also was an amateur wrestler at the University of Michigan. Scott was also the
man who made the “Frankensteiner” famous in the United States.
If you hand Scott Steiner a microphone and he’ll have something to say about everything on
his mind. The comments will definitely revolve about the freaks in the back and in the
audience. He might do a few push-ups before remarking about those he doesn’t like and he
will not hold back. Some promoters may cringe when he steps up to the house mic because
they know with Scott Steiner, no subject is taboo. His speeches are legendary and should be
written into wrestling folklore. The King of talking smack. Steiner has been nicknamed “Big
Bad Booty Daddy” and “Big Poppa Pump.”
In November 2000, he captured the WCW World Heavyweight Title from Booker T and many
believed he should have won it years earlier.
Scott was an All-American in his senior year at Michigan in 1986. Professional wrestling
promoters in the region scouted Steiner out of college and his training began almost
immediately after graduation. He began working for Dick the Bruiser’s World Wrestling
Association, which was holding a majority of it’s shows between Michigan and Ohio. On
August 14, 1986, wrestling under his real name of Scott Rechsteiner, he beat the Great Wojo
and captured the WWA World Heavyweight Title. The victory came in Dearborn, Michigan.
On May 3, 1987, Wojo regained the championship in Toledo. Steiner left the WWA and
traveled southward to the Continental Wrestling Association. He formed a tag team with Jed
Grundy and won the CWA Tag Title. In May 1989, Steiner signed with the National Wrestling
Alliance and watched his brother Rick defend his claim to the NWA United States Tag Title
with Eddie Gilbert. A month later, Gilbert left the organization and the U.S. Tag Title was
stripped. Scott began to team with his brother and the beginning of a legendary wrestling tag
team partnership was initiated.
On June 14th in Fayetteville at the Fort Bragg Army Base, Scott and Rick wrestled the
Varsity Club, Mike Rotundo and Kevin Sullivan. They were defeated. His first pay-per-view
appearance came at the Great American Bash in Baltimore on July 23, 1989. They
competed against Sullivan and Rotundo in a tornado rematch. This time, they won and the
Steiners captured their first major win. The victory propelled them up the ranks and directly
towards a match with the NWA World Tag Champions, The Fabulous Freebirds.
During Fall Brawl ’89, Clash of the Champions VIII in Columbia, the Steiners met the champs
for the belts. Michael Hayes pinned Scott to retain. It was a minor loss to a young team. The
controversy of that match was part of the bigger picture. Robin Green was a woman who had
been picked out of the crowd by Rick Steiner. A love interest of sorts and Green began
appearing with the Steiners. She was ringside for the Steiner’s title match with the Freebirds
and tripped Scott into a Hayes DDT. Rick hadn’t seen her actions, but the world had. In
October, Scott was beaten up by a mysterious duo who turned out to be a masked tag team
named “Doom.” Their manager turned out to be Green, who became known as Woman, with
a slightly new appearance.
The brothers met Doom at Halloween Havoc in Philadelphia on October 28th. Rick was
pinned by one of the masked men. Four days later, the Steiner Brothers avenged their loss
and became the NWA World Tag Team Champions in Atlanta. The Freebirds went down to
defeat and there was nothing Woman or Doom could do about it. It was the biggest win of
either man’s career. Teddy Long’s tag team, The Skyscrapers were the Steiner’s next
opponents at the Clash in Troy, New York. Dan Spivey and Sid Vicious were two of the
largest men in the organization and a devastating tag team. The Steiners won by
In December 1989, the Iron Team competition was apart of Starrcade from Atlanta. Just
because they were the tag team champions did not mean they would be automatically
selected to be the top seed. The Steiners took a back seat to winners of the event, The
Road Warriors, Animal and Hawk. The Steiners won their match with the Warriors by pinfall,
though, and ended with a total of 35 points. The Warriors had 40. Going into the new year,
it seemed that a face-face feud was going to happen. The Warriors vs. the Steiners. The
experienced versus the young. It did not happen. At the same time, the eventual U.S. Tag
Team Champions, Tom Zenk and Brian Pillman began to make waves. Also a fan favorite
team, Pillman and Zenk also wanted a shot at the Steiners.
On February 6, 1990 in Corpus Christi, Texas, Rick and Scott met Doom in defense of their
title at the Clash. It was the NWA World Tag straps vs. the masks of Doom. Speculation had
been circulating on just who were the unknown duo, but not everyone was for sure. By the
end of the night, Doom had been revealed to a national cable audience. The Steiners
retained and Doom were none other than Butch Reed and Ron Simmons. The experience of
another group came to play in early 1990. The Four Horsemen were rampaging opponents
with attacks and verbal threats. The Andersons, Ole and Arn, were a big part of that. Ric
Flair was the World Champion in the singles field. Of course, the Andersons wanted what the
Steiners had. It began with several attacks, and young Scott was the focus. The Andersons
injured Scott’s arm and did not hold back from pinpointing that limb during each encounter.
As they had told Sting, the Steiners had to give up their WrestleWar match with the
Andersons or face dire consequences. On February 25th in Greensboro, the Steiners
appeared to defend their tag title against Arn and Ole. Rick pinned Ole that night. The
Horsemen’s bid at the tag title was scrubbed.
The Steiners were visibly on the side of Lex Luger and the injured Sting. Their group was
the only major opposition to the expanding Horsemen. On May 19th at the DC Armory in
Washington DC, the Steiners met Reed and Simmons. When it appeared that Doom was on
the outs after being unmasked and losing their manager, Woman, Reed and Simmons
stepped it up and took on a new leader in Teddy Long. Their challenge at Capital Combat ’
90 was stiffer than the past and in the end, Reed pinned Rick at the 19:14 mark and the titles
switched hands. The Steiner Brothers were facing their first low point as a team. They had
made it to the top of the Alliance and survived several wars, but Doom was on top. In
Charleston on June 13th at Clash of the Champions XI, the Steiners again lost a title match to
Long’s duo. Simmons pinned Scott.
Around this same time, the Steiners were members of the “Dudes with Attitudes,” a popular
team led by Sting. The group had one mission…break the Horsemen Armor. Also apart of
the group were Brian Pillman, Junkyard Dog and Paul Orndorff. The seven-foot El Gigante
was also a member. After defeating the Freebirds at the Great American Bash on July 7,
1990, the Steiners were two of four men who surrounded the ring during the NWA World
Heavyweight Title Match between Sting and champion, Ric Flair. The Dudes were there to
protect Sting’s chance at the title from outside interference from the Horsemen. It was a good
thing that they were there too. During the bout, the Horsemen did appear and were
stopped. At the end of the bout, Sting pinned Flair to win the NWA World Title. The favorites
celebrated before the cheers of the crowd.
The Steiners had done a good thing for their friend and to the fans, but they were about to
get back on track to establishing themselves as one of the best tag teams of all time. At the
Meadowlands Arena in New Jersey on August 24th, the Steiners defeated Bobby Eaton and
Stan Lane to grab the NWA United States Tag Team Title. The Nasty Boys, Jerry Sags and
Brian Knobbs, entered the organization and a feud instantly began. They successfully
defended their title against the Nasty Boys at Halloween Havoc in October. Scott and Rick
attacked the Boys on November 20th in Jacksonville during their bout with The Renegade
Warriors, and after defeating Magnum Force, they received the same. But Rick and Scott
were ready for the rush, apparently so were the referees, who quickly stopped the fight.
On January 30, 1991 in Gainesville, Georgia, Scott received a rare shot at Ric Flair’s World
Heavyweight Title. The two battled scientifically and many were privy to Scott’s talents. Fans
were awed by his singles abilities and although he was still young, it seemed that he might be
ready to wear a World Singles Championship. After more than twenty-minutes, the match
was called a draw due to television time constraints. Flair remained champ. In an interesting
side note of wrestling history, Scott and Rick beat the Fabulous Freebirds for the WCW
World Tag Title before they even had control of the belts. In February, Doom remained the
titleholders until WrestleWar. During a Montgomery, Alabama television taping on February
18th, the Freebirds were defending the tag title against the Steiners. Rick and Scott
captured their second World Title. Michael Hayes and Jim Garvin beat Doom on February
24th. On March 9th, footage of their win was broadcast.
The Steiners were both the WCW World and U.S. Tag Team Champions. They made even
more history on March 21, 1991 in Tokyo. Over 60,000 fans were in attendance to witness
Scott pin Kensuke Sasaki to capture the IWGP World Tag Team Title. Rick and Scott’s
victory over Sasaki and Hiroshi Hase made them double World Champions, one of the
continent of Asia, one on North America. Could anyone doubt their status as the best team
in the world? They entered a feud with the Hardliners, Dick Murdoch and Dick Slater.
Murdoch and Slater were two veteran tough guys, with the capabilities and mindset to injure.
During the Clash of the Champions 15 in Knoxville, the Steiners beat Hase and Masa Chono
in defense of the IWGP World Tag Title. Immediately afterwards, the two were attacked by
the Hardliners. Scott was injured. He suffered a bicep injury which would keep him out of the
ring for months.
In July, both WCW and NJPW had no choice but to strip the Steiners of both World Tag
Team Titles. At the highest point of tag team achievements, the Steiners were forced to
relinquish control due to injury. Rick went on to challenge for the World Heavyweight Title
while Scott recovered. He returned late in the year.
Scott was pinned by Sting on January 4, 1992 in Tokyo as Scott and Rick battled Sting and
The Great Muta at the Dome in front of 60,000 fans. The Steiners lost to Arn Anderson and
Bobby Eaton, the WCW World Tag Team Champions, by disqualification at SuperBrawl II in
Milwaukee. In Atlanta, they beat Anderson and Eaton on March 8th in a non-title contest.
Almost two months to the day later, Scott and Rick captured their third World Tag Title on
May 3rd in Chicago. In an attempt to repeat what they had done prior to Scott’s injury, the
brothers ventured to Tokyo on June 26th and wrestled the IWGP World Champions, Big Van
Vader and Bam Bam Bigelow. They beat the two Americans and won the belts. Once again,
they had four belts in their possession. Back in WCW, a team from All-Japan had began
appearing. Terry “Bam Bam” Gordy and Steve “Dr. Death” Williams were in Atlanta ready to
make headlines. They were a top contender upon arrival. On June 20th in Mobile, Rick and
Scott met their newfound rivals. The two teams went to a 30-minute draw. Gordy and
Williams got the better of the champs on July 5th at the Omni Coliseum in Atlanta. The belts
Scott and Rick traveled back to the Orient apart of a WCW contingency in August ’92. The
defended their claim to the IWGP World Tag Title against Riki Choshu and Mr. Saito on
August 10th at the Sumo Hall. Scott pinned Saito to retain. On the 12th, Scott pinned Keiji
Mutoh to retain over Mutoh and Kensuke Sasaki. In two matches, the Steiners had defeated
the top stars of New Japan. They would return to the United States with their belts in tow.
Scott gained a second belt when he defeated Rick Steamboat on September 29, 1992 in
Atlanta to capture the WCW World Television Title. Rick had held the NWA World TV Title
years earlier. In November, both Steiners signed with the World Wrestling Federation. The
Television Title was declared vacant by World Championship Wrestling Officials. They
traveled to Japan and dropped the IWGP World Tag Title to Tony Halme and Scott Norton in
Tokyo’s Sumo Hall on November 22nd. The Steiners went overseas again for the annual
Tokyo Dome show on January 4, 1993. Rick and Scott received a chance at the IWGP World
Tag Title against the Hell Raisers, Hawk and the Power Warrior. The match ended in a
By the end of the month, the Steiners set foot on new WWF grounds, winning an important
tag team match against the Beverly Brothers on January 24, 1993 in Sacramento during the
Royal Rumble pay-per-view. Scott pinned Blake to get the victory. They appeared at
WrestleMania on April 4th in Las Vegas and beat the Headshrinkers, formerly known as the
Samoan Swat Team in the NWA. He got the winning pin on Samu. The Steiners didn’t stun
too many on June 14, 1993 in Columbus, Ohio when they beat Money Inc. to win the WWF
World Tag Title. It was just a matter of time before the victory came. The shocker was that
they dropped the title back to Ted DiBiase and Irwin R. Schyster in Rockford two days later.
Finally, on June 19th in St. Louis, the Steiners were able to beat the champions and win their
second WWF Championship. They proved that their first victory was no fluke win. The belts
were going to stay in the brother’s possession, at least for a little while.
On September 13th during a live edition of Raw from the Manhattan Center, the Steiners
defended their World Title Claim against the Quebecers, Jacques and Pierre. The heel
challengers were managed by Johnny Polo, who had signed the bout to be held under
“Province of Quebec” rules, meaning the belts could change hands on a disqualification.
Scott grabbed a hold of a hockey stick and was disqualified by the referee. The Quebecers
walked off as the champs. At the Tokyo Dome before an estimated 58,000, Rick and Scott
beat the Great Muta and Hiroshi Hase on January 4, 1994. It was a big win. They entered
the Royal Rumble on January 22nd at the Civic Center in Providence. Scott was number
one. Samu of the Headshrinkers was number two and Rick was number three. Neither of the
named three survived the contest. In Tokyo on February 17th, the Steiners beat Jushin Liger
and Kensuke Sasaki.
The Steiners eventually left the WWF for an extended journey overseas. They lost to the
IWGP World Champions, Hawk and Kensuke Sasaki on May 1st at the Fukuoka Dome. On
July 8th, Rick and Scott beat Hiroshi Hase and The Great Muta at Nakajima Gym in Sapporo.
Scott pinned Muta. Back in the United States, the brothers joined ECW, but injuries kept
Scott Steiner on the shelf. His brother competed in several matches. Between the late
1980s and 1995, Scott had seen plenty of wrestling achievements, some of which were the
tops in all of the land.
A stunning rumor began circulating through computers across the world in March ’95 that
Steiner had died in a car accident in Japan. No one could immediately confirm or deny the
news, but finally everything was put to waste. Steiner was perfectly fine.
On April 29th, he teamed with Rick to beat Kensuke Sasaki and Hiroshi Hase in Pyongyang,
North Korea before an estimated 170,000 fans, the largest crowd in the history of the game.
Scott got the pin on Hase. On August 26th in Philadelphia, the brothers teamed to beat Chris
Benoit and 2 Cold Scorpio in a tag bout for ECW. Rick and Scott teamed with Taz on
September 16th against Jason Knight and the Eliminators. Knight pinned Taz to win the
bout. Scott and Taz lost to the Eliminators on October 28th in Philly.
The duo returned to World Championship Wrestling on March 11, 1996. They appeared at
the beginning of Nitro and challenged the Road Warriors to a match after attacking the Nasty
Boys in the back. Officials changed the scheduled match and the bell rang once all four
competitors were in the ring. Scott landed his Frankensteiner, but an illegal object was
used. Rick was pinned by Hawk. A loss was marked in the record books, but it was their
return which made heads turn. The feud was far from over.
Going back to 1989-’90, the Steiner had always been chasing Animal and Hawk…and the
tag records they had set. If the AWA was still around and strong in 1996, the Steiners might
have been in Minneapolis battling for the belts, trying to equal the Warrior’s feat. But the
Steiners had the IWGP Belts on their shelves. The Warriors didn’t. Hawk did, but Animal did
not. The Steiners and the Road Warriors were two of the top teams of the last twenty years.
Their matches were going to be historically recorded no matter if the wrestlers were in their
prime or not. March 11th went to the Warriors. Scott teamed with Rick and Scott Norton in
Tokyo on April 29, 1996 in a losing effort against Animal, Hawk and the Power Warrior. He
met Sting in a single’s contest on May 27th. The bout ended in four way brawl between Sting-
Luger and the Steiners. A tag match was quickly signed for June 3rd on Nitro. It was another
wild bout. A no contest. The Giant ran out to interfere. Scott landed a Frankensteiner off
the top rope in the match, a spectacular move.
He received a match against the Giant on June 17th. Steiner lost to the World Champion by
pinfall after being hit with a chokeslam. Earlier in the night, Scott saved his brother from an
attack from both members of Harlem Heat. They lost a three-way match for the WCW World
Tag Title on June 24th in Charlotte. Harlem Heat beat Lex Luger and Sting for the belts. The
Outsiders appeared during the match and provided an unnecessary distraction for all.
The Steiners won their fourth World Tag Title from Heat in Cincinnati on July 24th, but lost
them back on the 27th. Between July and December, the New World Order ran amok in
WCW, basically taking over the promotion. Scott and Rick Steiner never jumped ship despite
the many who did. At NWO Souled Out on January 25, 1997 in Cedar Rapids, the Steiners
ended Scott Hall and Kevin Nash’s run as World Tag Champions. Scott pinned Hall to decide
the match. The following night on Nitro, Eric Bischoff announced that he was stripping the
Steiners of the belts and returning them to the Outsiders. Randy Anderson had counted the
final pinfall, but was not the assigned official. NWO partner, Nick Patrick was.
They lost a six-man tag bout with the Great Muta on May 3, 1997 in Osaka against Masa
Chono and the Outsiders. The Steiners beat Harlem Heat on June 23rd in Macon, Georgia.
They took Ted DiBiase, a former member of Money Incorporated, as their manager. It was a
wise choice. They beat Hall and Syxx, a substitute for Nash, on October 13th in Tampa,
capturing the NWA/ WCW World Tag Title for a seventh time. Former AWA Champ, Larry
Zbyszko counted the winning pinfall. Both Steiners competed in the World War III event on
November 23rd in Auburn Hills, Michigan. They also successfully defended their World Title
against Lord Steven Regal and Squire David Taylor. Scott teamed with his brother and Ray
Traylor at Starrcade before more than 17,000 fans at the MCI Center in Washington DC.
Their opponents were Randy Savage, Scott Norton and Vincent. Savage pinned Scott to win
On January 5, 1998 at the Georgia Dome, the Steiners and Traylor defeated Norton,
Konnan and Buff Bagwell before 26,000 fans. At Souled Out on January 24th in Dayton, the
Steiners teamed with Traylor to beat the same trio. An argument ensued as it seemed that
Scott was getting to be more preoccupied with his strength than the other members of his
team. The brother duo defeated The Outsiders, Kevin Nash and Scott Hall, on the February
9th Monday Nitro in El Paso. Thus, regaining the WCW World Tag Title.
Scott joined the NWO after turning on his brother in San Francisco at SuperBrawl on
February 22nd. Scott attacked Rick, leading to a pinfall victory for the Outsiders and the
brother’s loss of the tag team title. He would also change his appearance to blond hair and
finish the evolving attitude. He made Fit Finley submit to his “Steiner Recliner” in Minneapolis
on April 13, 1998. It would soon be known that the Steiner Recliner was one of the most
vicious moves in the sport, a devastating submission move. Steiner was accompanied by
Vincent, who was carrying his weightlifting trophy. He wrestled Sting on April 22nd in
Columbia and lost by disqualification. Konnan and Scott Norton also got involved. That was
the same night that Buff Bagwell was seriously injured in a tag match with Norton against Lex
Luger and Rick Steiner.
Rick was being interviewed by Gene Okerlund in Indianapolis on May 4, 1998 when Scott
came out on crutches to face his brother. The two spoke with Scott begging his brother to
take him back and renew their tag team fame. A tear came down his eye as the world
watched his tremble. From behind, Brian Adams attacked Rick and Scott dropped the
crutches. He yelled that Rick was the cause of Marcus Bagwell’s neck injury and the two
pummeled the “Dogfaced Gremlin.” Steiner was interviewed by Eric Bischoff on June 24th in
Orlando during a special NWO Segment.
On December 7th in Houston, Steiner was disqualified in his match against Scott Hall on
Nitro. 32,000 plus were in attendance at the AstroDome. Scott won his second WCW TV
Title on December 28th in Baltimore, beating Konnan for the honors. He forced Dallas Page
to submit to his Steiner Recliner in Oakland on February 21, 1999. Steiner received some
help from Buff Bagwell, who had since returned to wrestling. Page was carried from the ring.
He lost the TV Title on March 14th in Louisville, to former Harlem Heat member Booker T. He
met Booker again in the finals of the WCW U.S. Title Tournament on April 11th in Tacoma.
Steiner beat him and captured the vacant championship before an estimated 17,000 fans.
He suffered a serious injury, which led to him being stripped of the title on June 28th by WCW
President, Ric Flair. Flair’s son David was awarded the crown. Into the new year, Steiner
continued to get more and more wild, especially on the microphone. Some fans would just
watch Nitro to see what he was going to say next. He was always accompanied by beautiful
On April 10, 2000, WCW forever changed. Vince Russo and Eric Bischoff formed the “New
Blood.” Steiner was at the forefront of the group opposing the older, more established stars
in the organization. With him were Jeff Jarrett, Shane Douglas, Billy Kidman and dozens of
others. All of the titles in WCW were declared vacant and put up at Spring Stampede.
Steiner entered the United States Title Tournament. He beat Sting in the finals on April 16th
in Chicago. His second United States Title reign began. Steiner dominated opponents with
his strength and finisher. WCW Commissioner, Ernest Miller stripped him of the title on
Sunday, July 9th in Daytona Beach for his use of the Steiner Recliner in his match against
Mike Awesome. The move had been previously banned. Again, he was screwed out of the U.
S. Title and a long reign as the champ.
Later in the show, Booker T defeated Jarrett to capture the WCW World Title and Hulk
Hogan walked away with a controversial claim to the belt. Things were getting more
controversial with each day that passed. Steiner went on a vicious rage during the July 10,
2000 edition of Monday Nitro in Jacksonville. He went to the ring to attack Booker after the
champion’s win over Awesome. Awesome made the save. Steiner participated in a four-way
match with Bill Goldberg, Kanyon and Jarrett to determine who received a World Title shot at
Booker at the August PPV. Jarrett won the match.
Steiner appeared on the cover of “The Iron Man” bodybuilding magazine. He was content
when Vince Russo announced the main event of the October 2nd Nitro in San Francisco. He
was going to compete against Jeff Jarrett in a match for the vacant World Heavyweight Title.
Ernest Miller, the WCW Commissioner, changed the bout to Booker T vs. Sting. Mike
Sanders, a wrestler who had been put in charge by Russo after he departed the arena, then
spoke to Miller about the situation and the two came up with an idea. There would be a
special tag team match between Steiner and Sting and Booker T and Jarrett. The winners
would advance to the main event and wrestle each other. Steiner and Sting ended up losing
their match-up when Jarrett nailed Sting with his guitar. The others went to the finals where
Booker pinned Jarrett and regained the WCW Title.
Steiner appeared with degrading comments for Booker T on October 23rd during Nitro from
the aisleway. Both wrestlers promoted Halloween Havoc and their WCW World Title Match.
The comments quickly turned into fisticuffs before Jeff Jarrett intercepted Booker. Sting ran
out and evened up the contest and all four wrestlers battled each other. Wrestlers from the
back ran out, getting in the mix. Mike Awesome targeted Steiner. The two had words.
Steiner was also known for carrying a metal pipe, which he used on enemies often. At Havoc
on October 29th in Vegas, Booker retained his title over Steiner in 13:33.
He was locked in for a rematch against Booker on November 26th at Mayhem in Milwaukee.
Many wondered if Steiner was ever going to win the World Title. The bout was a special
caged heat, straight-jacket bout. He won the WCW World Singles Title after the champ
passed out in the Recliner. His first ever. Scott Steiner was finally on top of WCW.
The next day, Sid Vicious returned as Steiner’s challenger for Starrcade. It was a special
present from Ric Flair. After Steiner learned that Vicious had been arrested by Mike
Sanders, he made it publicly known that no one was safe during the December 4th edition of
Nitro in Lincoln. He tossed his steel pipe when he heard the news. Steiner had a title
defense against General Rection, the U.S. Heavyweight Champ, later in the night. Rection
told Steiner during an interview not to look past him. The champ retained.
On December 17th in Washington DC, he wrestled Vicious for the World Title in the main
event of Starrcade. Midajah was at his side. After more than ten minutes, Steiner was able
to secure his Recliner and force Vicious to pass out. He retained his championship. Early in
Monday Nitro on December 18th from Richmond, Flair made it known that he would later
announce Steiner’s opponent for the Sin pay-per-view in January. Accompanied by Midajah,
Steiner went to the ring and told Flair to come out and announce “Diamond” Dallas Page as
his next opponent on PPV. He had words for Page prior to Flair’s appearance on the
rampway. The CEO announced that Steiner was going to be involved in a three-way match
To decide one of the two opponents, a four way elimination tournament was going to be
held. The other was going to remain a mystery until Flair revealed the information to the
world. Steiner immediately wanted to know who was in the elimination series of matches to be
held that night. He confronted Jeff Jarrett in the back, who did not tell him that he was one of
the participants. Jarrett ended up winning the event. While chasing after Flair at the end of
the show, Steiner was attacked by a masked man wearing a straight-jacket. The identity
As many learned afterwards, Steiner had an altercation with Dallas Page during Nitro,
backstage. The incident led to Page and Kevin Nash leaving the building and failing to
appear in their scheduled segment. The heat beaten Steiner and Page had grown. Steiner
beat Ernest Miller on the Thunder Taping after Nitro, presented to a national audience on
December 20, 2000. Midajah and Ms. Jones also got into the action. His masked opponent
for Sin appeared on the rampway during the match as a distraction and after the match,
Steiner ran out of the ring rather than perform his ceremonial victory laps. The chase was
on. Ric Flair also gave an interview with Mike Tenay about his feelings about Steiner and if
he was jealous of Steiner’s success. Flair said he wasn’t jealous and that Steiner was the
centerpiece of the organization as the World’s Champ.
Web sites immediately pegged Rick Steiner as the mystery third opponent for Steiner at the
pay-per-view. Whether they were right or wrong, WCW wasn’t going to make immediately
known. When Road Warrior Animal was revealed on January 14, 2001 in Indianapolis, many
were stunned. Steiner pinned Vicious to retain his championship and the latter suffered a
severe injury in the bout. Rick Steiner did return to the organization and captured the U.S.
Heavyweight Title in February. Both Steiners were holding major belts in WCW.
World Championship Wrestling was sold in March 2001 to the World Wrestling Federation
after the organization’s television shows were cancelled from Turner Broadcasting. Steiner
was booked, although injured, in a last WCW World Title defense on March 26th in Panama
City Beach, FL during the final Nitro on TNT. His opponent was Booker T, the reigning U.S.
Champion, in a title vs. title match. Booker beat Steiner and ended his several month reign
on top of WCW.
Steiner’s ability to fight through the pain and appear earned him more respect and many
believed there was a spot open for him in the WWF. WCW closed operations and future of
many of it’s wrestlers were in doubt. Whether Steiner was going to remain in the United
States or travel back to Japan, most knew that he was going to be on top.
During the summer of 2001, reports were made that Jim Ross had spoken with Steiner
about possibly rejoining the WWF. The WCW Invasion was successful with the help from
members of ECW, but many of the big names WCW fans yearned for were still missing in
action. Steiner was among the top tier of that list.
In November 2001, rumors began to circulate about Steiner’s possible appearance for the
World Wrestling All-Stars Organization when the group toured through the United Kingdom.
The notions were right as Steiner and Midajah appeared on the third show of the European
Tour. His antics hadn’t changed.
Steiner dominated the show and urged WWA Commissioner Bret Hart for a World Title
shot. Hart added him to the main event against champion Jeff Jarrett and the Road Dogg.
[Updated through 2001]
-WWA World Heavyweight Title (1986-’87) defeated The Great Wojo
-Co-holder of the CWA Tag Team Title (1989) w/ Jed Grundy
-A seven-time co-holder of the NWA/ WCW World Tag Team Title
w/ Rick Steiner (1989-’90) defeated The Fabulous Freebirds
w/ Rick Steiner (1991) defeated The Fabulous Freebirds
w/ Rick Steiner (1992) defeated Arn Anderson and Bobby Eaton
w/ Rick Steiner (1996) defeated The Harlem Heat
w/ Rick Steiner (1997) defeated The Outsiders
w/ Rick Steiner (1997) defeated Scott Hall and Syxx
w/ Rick Steiner (1998) defeated The Outsiders
-Co-holder of the NWA United States Tag Team Title (1990) w/ Rick Steiner
-A two-time co-holder of the IWGP World Tag Team Title
w/ Rick Steiner (1991) defeated Hiroshi Hase and Kensuke Sasaki
w/ Rick Steiner (1992) defeated Bam Bam Bigelow and Big Van Vader
-A two-time co-holder of the WWF World Tag Team Title
w/ Rick Steiner (1993) defeated Money Inc.
w/ Rick Steiner (1993) defeated Money Inc.
-A two-time WCW World Television Champion
-Defeated Rick Steamboat (1992)
-Defeated Konnan (1998)
-A two-time WCW United States Heavyweight Champion
-Defeated Booker T (1999) tournament final
-Defeated Sting (2000) tournament final
-WCW World Heavyweight Title (2000) defeated Booker T
Research by Tim Hornbaker
|Scott Steiner Wrestling History
|PPV Ring Record TV Ring Record Career Record
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