The Giant joined the nWo with delusions of grandeur dancing about his head. Once he asked for a world heavyweight title shot, reality smacked him hard in the face on this date in WCW history.
Long before Hollywood Hulk Hogan ruined his big money match-up against Sting and broke little Geno Mrosko's heart, he was ruling the roost as chief, cook and bottle washer of the New World Order (nWo).
Thanks to "Trillionaire Ted" (DiBiase), the nWo was able to acquire The Giant, real name Paul Wight, back on Sept. 2, 1996, who was so enamored with the lifestyles of the Hulk and famous that he signed on the dotted line, no questions asked.
Which is why he should have never asked for a WCW title shot.
That belt belonged to Hulkster, and there was no way he was going to take time out of his busy schedule of burning down orphanages and starving puppies to let the artist now known as Big Show to get his shot.
Because the Giant "dropped the ball."
It all goes down on the Dec. 30 edition of Monday Nitro, which included a massive beatdown of "Rowdy" Roddy Piper, who defeated Hogan in a non-title bout the night before at Starrcade.
See how it all unfolded:
How did you prefer your "Giant," in the nWo or out?