The New Blood
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The logo of The New Blood.
|Debut||April 10, 2000|
In early 2000, World Championship Wrestling decided that Kevin Sullivan's booking style was not as successful as they had hoped. So, they decided to bring back former WCW president Eric Bischoff and former WWF head of creative Vince Russo, putting them together to run WCW.
On-screen, Bischoff and Russo took over and declared all WCW titles vacant on April 10, 2000. They also declared a new stable with both of them at the helm called The New Blood. It consisted of most of the younger wrestlers in WCW and they would feud with the "Millionaire's Club", the older stars of WCW, whom they claimed held back the younger talent, as well as longtime talent that had never been pushed for years, due to the same reason. The idea was to get the younger talent over and generate more interest among the younger fans that watched the WWF instead of WCW, although it later evolved into an nWo rehash. While Hulk Hogan feuded with the New Blood, he would occasionally wear a black denim vest, with the initials "F.U.N.B." on the back in white. The initials "F.U.N.B." stood for "Fuck U New Blood". During a televised promo, Hogan said "The N.B. stands for New Blood, and you can guess what the F.U. means, brother!"
On April 16, at Spring Stampede in Chicago, Illinois, all of the titles were filled with matches between the New Blood and the Millionaire's Club. The New Blood won all of the vacant WCW titles, with the exception of the WCW Hardcore Championship, which was won by Terry Funk.
The feuds continued for another month or so before the New Blood disbanded due to WCW management making a hasty decision that it was not working, as the Millionaire's Club got most of the positive fan reaction.
The true end of the angle occurred on July 9, after the infamous Vince Russo shoot, which caused Hogan and Bischoff to leave the promotion. However, the New Blood theme continued in WCW coinciding with the "New Blood Rising" pay-per-view in August 2000.
The New Blood was composed of 3 different "stables" within itself: the Filthy Animals, the Natural Born Thrillers, and the other New Blood. The New Blood members were the ones who mostly feuded with the Millionaire's Club, while the other two were more of supporting casts. The Natural Born Thrillers were all rookies (with the exception of Shawn Stasiak), while the rest of the New Blood had already had TV time.
Championships and accomplishments
- World Championship Wrestling
- WCW Cruiserweight Championship (3 times) – Chris Candido (1), Crowbar (1), Daffney (1)
- WCW Hardcore Championship (4 times) – Eric Bischoff (1), Johnny the Bull (1), Big Vito (2)
- WCW United States Heavyweight Championship (1 time) – Scott Steiner
- WCW World Heavyweight Championship (5 times) – Jeff Jarrett (4), David Arquette (1)
- WCW World Tag Team Championship (2 times) – Shane Douglas and Buff Bagwell (1), Chuck Palumbo and Shawn Stasiak (1)