Kick Out At Nitro! – 9/23/1996 – “While WCW’s away, the nWo will play!”

Posted: October 23, 2017 by Kick Out At 2! in Kick Out At Nitro, Shane D
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Hello, wrestling fans!  It’s been way too long, but we’re back with another edition of Kick Out at Nitro, brought to you by GimmicksInc.com!  When last we left the world of Monday Nitro, WCW had lost War Games and the nWo’s ranks had been bolstered by their newest member, Sean Waltman.  WCW has also let it slip that all of it’s main talent, aside from “Macho Man” Randy Savage, will be in Japan, so the nWo has threatened to wreak a little havoc where the big boys play.

I’m still shocked that red and yellow Hulk Hogan is all over the introduction package for Nitro.  The guy turned on your company two months ago!  Let’s do some editing, people!

Larry Zbyszko and Tony Schiavone kick us off from the Benjamin-Jefferson Civic Center in Birmingham, Alabama.  Tony shows us an ad that was run in that day’s edition of the USA Today that shows the Monday Nitro logo with the nWo paint over it, saying “while WCW’s away, the nWo will play.”  Larry calls the nWo parasites and Tony lets us know that everyone but Macho Man is gone tonight before showing us him slamming The Giant at Fall Brawl and reminding us that Savage will be taking on Hulk Hogan at Halloween Havoc.  We cut to a recording from earlier of the nWo flyers being handed out to the fans, but thankfully some of the WCW fans are actually tearing them up tonight.

 

Match #1: Kevin Sullivan and Konnan w/ Jimmy Hart and Big Bubba VS Brad Armstrong and Juventud Guerrera

 

The babyfaces get the jobber entrance as Konnan and Juventud start off with Konnan hitting a hell of a German suplex and an arm drag, going for a pin but getting a two count.  Juventud sends Konnan to the ringside area with a headscissors takeover and then hits a crossbody dive over the top rope to the floor.  Rolling Konnan back into the ring, Juventud comes back into the ring with a flipping leg drop, but Konnan is able to catch Guerrera with a cradle DDT and just spikes him.  Konnan tries to tag out to Sullivan but Sullivan refuses the tag, telling Konnan to keep going.  Konnan again drops Guerrera with a fisherman’s buster and again Sullivan refuses the tag.  Guerrera tags out to Brad Armstrong, who is a house of fire when he comes in, but a dropkick to the knee and a powerbomb sends Armstrong down.  Tag to Sullivan, finally, who comes in and nails a double stomp for the win.

 

Winners: Kevin Sullivan and Konnan

 

Konnan and Sullivan have a few words, then out of nowhere, Big Bubba blindsides Konnan.  Sullivan and Bubba put the boots to Konnan for a few moments while Jimmy Hart tells us that this is Konnan’s initiation into the Dungeon of Doom.  They tell Konnan this, who has a few words with Sullivan, telling him that he’s Dungeon of Doom, and they all celebrate.  I liked this.  It came off awkwardly at the beginning, but Konnan getting into it and celebrating with Big Bubba actually played out nicely.

During the finish of this match as well as right at the end, we see the fans with nWo picket signs walking through the arena.  I like this part of the nWo angle, honestly.  Really does help sell this “outside” organization as being legit.

Commercial Break and we’re back to a replay of the end of last week where the nWo discusses Savage being out of the building.  Of course, you can relive that episode right here.  We go backstage with Mike Tenay and Randy Savage.  Savage says that they can cheap shot him every night and every day and it’s not going to change anything come Halloween Havoc.  He says he’s WCW’s last hope.  He says that everyone was booked in Japan tonight but he pulled himself out of that booking to stay at Nitro.  He doesn’t know if he’ll get beat up or if he’ll beat up the entire nWo tonight.  He then goes off on this very weird moment with Liz saying that the only thing they have in common is that they may be goldfish swimming in the same pond in a hundred thousand lifetimes from now.  He then none of this makes sense, and he’s 100% correct on that.  He says the one thing that does make sense is that Halloween Havoc is scary, but he’s not scared!  Um, I thought you said this would make sense, Savage?!   He says that he takes the responsibility to wipe Hogan out!

 

Match #2: “Mean” Mike Enos VS “Lionheart” Chris Jericho

 

As the match starts, Tony speculates that Ms. Elizabeth may have rediscovered her feelings for Randy, if only for one night.  Larry says that Savage needs to stay away from ideas like that.  Enos gets Jericho to shake hands, but then slaps the taste out of Jericho’s mouth.  Irish whip and Enos goes for a cross body that Jericho just sidesteps, leaving Enos to land flat on his face before getting up and eating a spinning heel kick.  Jericho returns the favor from earlier and slaps Enos.  Tony lets us know that the Outsiders will be taking on Harlem Heat for the WCW World Tag Team Championship at Halloween Havoc as well.

Enos takes control of the match, nailing a good looking belly to belly suplex on Jericho out of the corner and sending him to the floor.  Enos comes off of the ring apron with a diving clothesline and then chokes Jericho out with a cable at ringside before dropping him throat first on the guardrail and slamming his face into the ringpost.  Enos stands up the steel steps and vertical suplexes Jericho onto them!  That’s a really cool spot, honestly!  Back in the ring, Enos punishes Jericho with a few headbutts before locking on a bearhug.  Jericho gets the crowd behind him and boxes Enos’s ears, breaking out of the bearhug, but eats a big powerslam, so it’s for naught.  Two count on the powerslam and Enos lifts Jericho’s legs up like he’s going for a Boston Crab, but he takes forever to take the long step over, so it just looks like he’s forgotten what he’s trying to do.  Larry mentions that the way he’s applying it isn’t very effective, and Enos just drops the hold.

Enos lifts Jericho up for a Canadian backbreaker, but Jericho is able to slip out of it with a sunset flip.  Jericho fires off two jumping kicks and then comes off the ropes with a hell of a clothesline.  Butterfly suplex from Jericho followed with a missile dropkick and we’re on a Jericho offensive.  Jericho goes for a top rope Frankensteiner, but Enos brings him down with a powerbomb!  Enos smirks, knowing he’s got it won, and goes for a cover and only two.  Enos goes for a powerslam on Jericho, but Jericho awkwardly rolls through it into a pin and the win.

 

Winner: Chris Jericho

 

We’re back from Commerical Break as we hear Goldberg’s music!  This is it, ladies and gentlemen…the Man!…wait…no, it’s Pat Tanaka.  Oh.

 

Match #3: Pat Tanaka VS Glacier

 

Not-Sub Zero comes out to his blue light, snowing, laser show.  I don’t understand how anyone can see anything during his entrance.  There’s a spotlight in the center of the ring, but it’s just projecting a spinning circle of light AROUND Glacier.  The arena lights stay dark except for the blue light over the ring.

Tanaka goes for a karate chop and Glacier floors him with a palm strike.  Takana follows with a kick attempt but Glacier does his best Cobra Kai imitation and sweeps the leg.  Irish whip and Glacier goes for a Frankensteiner, but Tanaka powerbombs the crap out of the man in blue.  Two count and Glacier follows up with a spin kick to Tanaka’s head for the win.

 

Winner: Glacier

 

Larry says that he needs to go talk to Glacier before the New World Order has a chance.  You know what, Larry?  I think that you’ve got a bit of time, so don’t rush over or anything.

We get a rundown for Saturday Night that will be Brad Armstrong VS Dean Malenko, Harlem Heat VS Public Enemy, and Randy Savage if he is able to survive tonight.  We cut to a shot of Matt Ghaffari in the crowd.  Ghaffari was silver medalist in the ‘96 Olympics in Greco-Roman wrestling.  Larry calls him a loser since he didn’t win the gold.  Tony asks Larry how many Olympic medals he has, which is zero, but Larry says it’s because they wouldn’t let him compete since he was “too mean.”

 

Match #4: WCW World Tag Team Championship: Public Enemy VS Harlem Heat w/ Sister Sherri & Col. Robert Parker (WCW World Tag Team Champions)

 

Man, Harlem Heat are just such cool looking guys.  Their attire, their attitude…they’re pretty much the total package here.  I miss having them in the WWE video games!  They were in WWE 2K16 as DLC and that was amazing, but they’ve been missing for the last two years, sadly.

The match starts and it’s Harlem Heat coming out strong, sending Grunge out of the ring and hitting a double big boot on Rocco Rock.  Grunge comes back in hard, though, with a flying double clothesline, giving the Public Enemy the control again.  Booker gets a thumb to the eye after a pin, though, and is able to tag out to Stevie Ray.  It’s back and forth until we have to go to commercial break.  As we come back, Tony tells us that during the break it’s been all Harlem Heat.  Booker goes for a Harlem Side Kick, though, but Rocco Rock ducks and Booker crotches himself on the top rope as Rock tags out to Grunge.  Grunge backs Booker T into the corner and gets 10 punches before dancing a bit and drawing the ire of the crow.  Booker comes off of the Irish whip with a kick and a hard clothesline and tags out to Stevie Ray, who comes in with a HUGE leg drop.  Larry says that he has faith in Harlem Heat defending the belts, but now in Savage as “WCW’s last hope.”

We get some arguments and shenanigans on the floor that has referee Nick Patrick distracted.  Larry tells us that they shouldn’t waste time arguing with the referee; just go behind his back!  Stevie has Grunge in the Heat’s corner in a rear chinlock.  Stevie tags out to Booker and Booker comes in with a massive Harlem Side Kick, getting all of it this time.  He goes for the pin but gets two as Rocco Rock breaks it up.

We cut to a split screen backstage and the nWo has arrived in two limos.  Hall, Nash, and Syxx are all in their wrestling gear, as is Hogan and “Sting.”

Grunge tries to take down Booker with a sunset flip but Booker punches his way out of it.  Booker goes for a backdrop off of the Irish whip, but Grunge kicks him and hits a spinning neckbreaker and tags out to Rocco Rock.  Rock comes in with “fists of fire” according to Tony, but Harlem Heat both hit him with a double headbutt.  Booker goes up for the Harlem Hangover, but Rocco Rock moves at the last second.  There’s an awkward moment where Rock gets shoved back into the ring and is pinning Booker but his foot is clearly on the rope, so Patrick stops the count.  Booker rolls Rock up for a small package for the win.  Buuuuuuuut, Rock rolled the small package at the last second and gets the pin for his team.

 

Winners: Public Enemy (new WCW World Tag Team Champions)

 

Booker goes to grab the championship belt from Nick Patrick, but Patrick waves him off and awards the belt to Public Enemy.  The crowd goes crazy, which is odd since it didn’t seem like anyone cared at all during the match.  Public Enemy celebrates their first World Championship win in the crowd as we go to commercial.  Back from commercial break and we’re within 10 seconds of the countdown for Hour #2 as Tony kicks us to Eric Bischoff.

 

Match #5: Greg “The Hammer” Valentine VS “Macho Man” Randy Savage

 

    Bischoff reminds us that the nWo is here in full force and even teases the idea that there might be another man here as a surprise.

Valentine decides that he’s going to try to attack Savage during his entrance, but Savage is able to get the drop on Valentine with a kick to the gut and starts the match off strong.  The Hammer is able to quickly turn the momentum towards his side, though, and takes over the offense, beating down Savage and sending him to the outside.  If there’s one critique I have with Savage at this point, it’s that he takes too much of a beating before he really gets going.

Savage slides back into the ring and is immediately sent back outside where he keeps taking a beating from Valentine.  Savage fires back up and grabs a steel chair from ringside and proceeds to waffle Valentine with it.  Valentine escapes into the ring but Savage follows with the chair and comes off of the top rope with a chairshot to Valentine’s head.  Savage grabs referee Mark Curtis and begins to throw him out of the ring but out come the nWo in force.  They beat him down and Hall nails him with an Outsider’s Edge and Nash follows it with a jackknife powerbomb.  Nash looks into the camera and says “It looks like we’re taking over tonight.”

 

Winner: Greg “The Hammer” Valentine (via DQ)

 

Giant grabs a mic and announces “the man and the myth, the man to be with, the all-time greatest professional wrestler in the world…the man who made professional wrestling what it is today, the man who knows no limits, the financial backbone of the nWo, the largest arms in the world, the one, the only, “Hollywood” Hogan!”  It’s weird hearing Giant fawn over a man he was just feuding with a month ago.  Honestly, it’s still weird seeing The Giant in this form.  He’s dressed up in nice clothes where everyone else is in their wrestling gear.

Hogan mugs for the camera and says “because anything less would be TOO civilized.”  The nWo holds Savage so Hogan can get a cheap shot in and then drops a big leg on him, and then another.  Nash starts whipping Savage with a Slim Jim, much to Hogan’s delight.

Hogan says he’s used to being in Hollywood, but the bright lights shining off of Savage’s head is just too much, so he’s going to fix that.  Bischoff makes a nice crack where he asks what Hogan thinks he sees when he looks in the mirror.  Hogan breaks out his “anything else…” crack again but flubs it this time, saying “uncivilized” instead of his “too civilized” line from earlier.  He uses a can of spray paint to paint the bald patch in Savage’s hair while the rest of the nWo makes a beeline for the announce booth.  Mike and Bobby run away but Bischoff isn’t able to make it away.  Nash grabs him and starts to pummel him but Hall stops him and the Outsiders join Eric at the announce booth.

Hall says they’re going to bring out their newest member: Ted Dibiase’s head of security.  They all start calling for Vincent and Vince, leaving Bischoff to ask incredulously about “Vince” coming out.  Out walks Virgil, Dibiase’s “manservent” from his WWF Million Dollar Man days.  They all shake hands and hug.  Nash says that taking over wrestling wasn’t too hard, they’ve got Hogan, they can take over basketball because they’ve got “Shaq,” as The Giant mimes shooting hoops.  Nash says that his brother-in-law told him that there are only two things worth watching…Alabama Football and NASCAR racing.  It’s a bit of a nonsequitur but it actually will pay off later down the line.  Bischoff sends us to commercial break as Vincent violently slams him down into the chair.

Back from commercial break and they bring up NASCAR again.  Nash says he thinks they can do something about that and bring out an nWo painted race car.  Nash says that they’ve got the best driver…he’s a guy that got in trouble for some fisticuffs, he’s got a ponytail…he’s their kind of guy…Kyle Petty!  Nash says that he’ll be out there next week as they send us to the ring.

 

 

Match #6: Jim Powers VS M. Wallstreet

 

The Giant is in the ring acting as the ring announcer.  Hall and Nash are calling color commentary and the jokes are coming way too fast to transcribe, ladies and gentlemen.  Hall and Nash take off to the ringside area and beat the crap out of Jim Powers at ringside. Referee Randy Anderson takes off his bowtie and says that this isn’t WCW and he’s having on part of it.

 

Winner: No Contest

 

The Giant grabs the mic and announces the next match…

 

Match #7: Jim Powers VS The Giant

 

    As Randy Anderson leaves, Nick Patrick arrives and says that what they need right now is a man who will stand for law and order.  He enters the ring just in time for Giant to beat down Powers and drop him with the chokeslam.  Patrick counts the pin and raises Giant’s hand.

 

Winner: The Giant

 

During the match, Hogan is in the back with a can of paint, tagging every wall he can with the nWo tag.  He knocks on a door and out come the Nasty Boys.  Hogan congratulates  Knobbs on his sister getting married and glad-hands them a bit.  He says that he’s ready to talk some business tonight so he tells the Nasty Boys to take his room key and meet him later at his suite and they’ll talk about anything that they want to talk about.  He even sends the WCW Championship belt with them and tells them to pop the champagne and get it ready for them.

 

Match #8: “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan VS Ron Studd

 

On his way to the ring, Hogan stops Studd on the way to the ring and says that Duggan is their guy and they want to take care of him tonight.  Hogan blindsides Studd and he and Nash beat Studd down.  Hall, on commentary, says “cue the music” and the now famous nWo theme starts.  Is this the first time that we’ve ever heard this?  Hall says that it’s the soundtrack to our favorite adult film, brought to us by the nWo.

Giant says that this match will now be Duggan VS Syxx.

 

Match #8: “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan VS Syxx

 

Hogan says that no one gets in their way.  He has to admire the Macho Man.  Hogan says he was booked in Japan one time and he had a family tragedy, so he turned around and came back.  He says that the entire WCW is about to die, but the rest of WCW all turned tail and ran away but Savage was the only man to stay around and take the butt whipping.

Duggan starts the match by swinging his 2×4 wildly at anyone and anything he can find.    Syxx blindsides Duggan to start off, but Duggan quickly takes over control of the match.  Hogan says that after Syxx takes care of him, they’re going to have to have a talk with Duggan as well.  Duggan goes for a pin on Syxx after a clotheline, but Giant pulls him out of the ring and chokeslams him onto the concrete and rolls him back into the ring.  Syxx quickly covers and Patrick counts the pin.

 

Winner: Syxx

 

Bischoff tries to say that Duggan had the match won, but Vincent just keeps messing with him and bullying him.  He asks what they want so that he can just leave, but Hogan says that he has their demands.  Syxx returns to the announce booth as we go to commercial break for the October issue of WCW Magazine (which I remember buying!).

Back from commercial break and we have Sting’s music playing.  The nameplate actually says nWo Sting, but Hogan says that this is the real Sting despite Bischoff stating that Sting is in Japan.

 

Match #9: “Sting” VS Bo LeDeau

 

According to Bischoff, the nWo brought Bo LeDeau with them.  “Sting” woooos a lot and beats his chest a lot.  He gets Sting’s face crusher, hits the Stinger Splash, and follows with the Scorpion Deathlock as the crowd loudly chants “We Want Sting!”

 

Winner: “Sting”

 

Hogan sneezes in a Macho Man bandanna and tears it apart as he wonders if Liz is tending to Macho Man.  He says that all of his Hollywood friends like Stallone, Arsenio, and Arnold have been hitting him up for tickets as we go to commercial break.

 

Back from break and we have High Voltage come out and cut pretty stupid promos into the camera.  Look, I LOVE High Voltage…but this makes them just look bad.

 

Match #10: High Voltage VS The Amazing French Canadians

 

The French Canadians get instant heat by singing the national anthem and damn near killing the town.  Out comes The Outsiders, thankfully.  The French Canadians leave the ring and head to the back, so it looks like we’re actually getting…

 

Match #10: High Voltage VS The Outsiders

 

Hall and Robbie Rage start the match off and Hall sends Rage into the ropes, but Rage simply falls on his face in a pretty stupid looking display.  Referee Nick Patrick immediately starts asking if Rage wants to quit the match.  I remember that bugging me so much when I watched this back in the day.  Nick Patrick is such a great heel who knows how to just look so slimy in this position.  Hall basically plays with Rage for a bit before paint brushing him in the back of the head and tagging in the big man.  Nash controls the match and drops Rage with a big side slam as we go to a commercial break.

We come back and Hall is in control and Rage is still in the match.  Nash throws him over into Kenny Kaos, who finally gets a tag.  It doesn’t matter, though, because Nash immediately takes control again.  Hogan lets us know that his kids, Nick and Brooke, can’t stand Macho Man either and are at home cheering as he beats him up.  Tag out to Hall and we get a big punch and a fallaway slam.

Bischoff pleads with the nWo to leave and Hogan laughs and wonders why some hero from WCW doesn’t run out and save them.  He asks why Liz doesn’t run out to save them!

Nash takes Kaos up top with a big back suplex off of the top and tags in Nash.  Hall forces High Voltage to tag and feeds Robbie Rage to a Jackknife Powerbomb.  Both men put a foot on Rage for the pin.

 

Winners: The Outsiders

 

The Outsiders rejoin the nWo at the announce booth as Bischoff replays the previous beatdown of Savage by the nWo.  They spend a good amount of time making fun of WCW and Bischoff.  Hall asks Giant if Andre was really his father and Giant simply looks at him and says “oh man, don’t go there.”  Bischoff tries to stand up one more time and Vincent just manhandles him down and shoves him hard a few times.  I’m pretty sure Vincent is taking a few liberties here and it’s actually kind of rough to watch, as absurd as that is.  With that, Monday Nitro goes off the air.

 

This was a very interesting episode, to say the least.  The fact that WCW will randomly have most of the roster in Japan at times definitely throws some things off and it always seems like any time that the main eventers aren’t around that Greg Valentine gets the spotlight rub.  That definitely happened in the July episode where the nWo killed everyone (found here) and we get that tonight with him against Savage.  That being said, with the entire main event scene gone, why was Savage wrestling so damn early?  What did WCW have planned for the second hour before the nWo ran in and took over?  Doesn’t really seem like much, honestly.

One place where this write up doesn’t do the show justice is definitely in the commentary after the nWo takes over.  Hogan is so good in his heel role right now.  He’s so smooth and nonchalant and through most of it doesn’t seem like he’s cutting wrestling promos, which is a breath of fresh air. Honestly, check this out and just watch from where the Savage match happens and the nWo run in.  It’s just a crazy random hodgepodge of a show, but it really does feel like the nWo has completely taken over and is running the show by the seat of their pants.  I really liked it.

I don’t remember them announcing that Kyle Petty was their race car driver, though.  I remember watching the show with my Dad and there’s an episode where the nWo are partying in a hotel room and Kyle Petty is there with them.  I do remember Petty getting into a fist fight around this time after a race, so that does tie in pretty well with them recruiting him into the nWo.  I like that.

Until next time, ladies and gentlemen!

 

Shane

 

Ratings Breakdown

WWF Raw Ratings –2

WCW Nitro Ratings – 3.4

(Raw – 17, Nitro – 30) (Tie Weeks – 2)

(Unopposed weeks – 7)

WWF’s longest Winning Streak (to this point) – 6

WCW’s longest Winning Streak (to this point) – 13

 

Raw Results from this week

 

  • Marc Mero (w/ Sable) defeated Faarooq (w/ Sunny) in a WWF Intercontinental Title Tournament Final Match to win the vacant WWF Intercontinental Championship (14:50)
  • Vader defeated Henry Godwinn
  • The British Bulldog & Owen Hart defeated The Bodydonnas (Skip & Zip)
  • The Stalker defeated Hunter Hurst Helmsley

 

Barry Windham in a main event against HHH?  Hey, at least this show had some name talent and we get former Johnny B. Badd winning the Intercontinental CHampionship, but this is a pretty weak show.  That being said, without the nWo shenanigans, so was Nitro…but it’s very easy to see that the nWo was where the eyes were this week.

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