Souled Out was a professional wrestling pay-per-view promoted by World Championship Wrestling in the month of January from 1997 through 2000. It was originally started as an nWo PPV but it did not generate the revenue hoped for so it was turned into a WCW/nWo PPV until the nWo disbanded. In 2001, it was replaced by WCW Sin. World Wrestling Entertainment have owned the rights to Souled Out since they purchased WCW in 2001, however to date, they have not yet produced their own version of the event.
Souled Out 1997 took place on January 25 1997 from the Five Seasons Center in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. This was an nWo sponsored PPV, all of the matches were nWo vs. WCW. WCW president/nWo member Eric Bischoff and Ted DiBiase provided commentary. The nWo referee, Nick Patrick, officiated all the matches.
The originally scheduled card was heavily changed, due to the serious injuries of Bret Hart and Jeff Jarrett. Hart, who was scheduled to wrestle Sid Vicious, suffered a severe concussion since Starrcade, which forced him to vacate the WCW World Heavyweight title (and end his in-ring career as well). Jarrett, who was scheduled to wrestle Chris Benoit in a Triple Threat Theater series (Dungeon Rules, Bunkhouse, Caged Heat), suffered lingering headaches, from Benoit's diving headbutt off the top of the steel cage on the January 10th edition of WCW Monday Nitro, which forced him to vacate the WCW United States Heavyweight title.