KoaNitro copyIt’s been a while, ladies and gentlemen, but fear not…our Ko@2 Time Machine is fired up and the time circuits are set to August 19th, 1996.  Almost 20 years ago and coming to you from Huntsville, Alabama.  We’re a few days removed from the Clash of the Champions and we’re going to start off with a return match from that event for our…

Match #1: VK Wallstreet VS Hacksaw Jim Duggan

Really?  This is the match we want to see again?  We get a quick replay of the end of the match at the Clash, where Hacksaw decided to cheat directly in front of the referee, and failed to do that properly, as he got the referee wrapped up in the tape he was trying to use.

Duggan and Wallstreet get into it at ringside, despite “Worst Referee Ever” Nick Patrick trying to keep that from happening.  Back in the ring we get a duo of clotheslines from Duggan, then Wallstreet tries to go for one of his own, prompting Hacksaw to channel future John Cena and duck then allow Wallstreet to spin himself into a side slam.  Wallstreet is able to take over the advantage before being hit with the Five Knuckle Shuffle, however, and begins taking it to Hacksaw, getting a two count and then going for a rear chin-lock.

We find out that later tonight we’re getting The Giant VS Randy Savage.

Some more back and forth from them until Hacksaw gets a vertical suplex and goes to his tights for some tape.  Nick Patrick sees it and stops him from using it, allowing the tape to go to Wallstreet, who wraps his right fist up.  Patrick tries to stop him and Duggan uses the distraction to get another roll out and tape his fist up.  Both men go to swing, Duggan gets the punch first, in full view of the referee, and gets the win, because Patrick is terrible and didn’t bother DQ’ing both men.

Winner: Hacksaw Jim Duggan

Mean Gene, for some reason, decides to ask Jim Duggan what he thinks about the nWo and Hollywood Hogan.  Duggan says he’s not going to bother yelling at Hogan; he just wants him to think about what he’s doing to his friends and family.  The crowd starts going wild and the camera cuts back to the entry way where “Macho Man” Randy Savage is making his way to the ring.  Hacksaw can’t be bothered to turn slightly to his right and see this, however, as he just keeps asking Mean Gene “what’s happening, Gene?!”

Savage gets in the ring, prompting Duggan to bow up in anticipation of an attack.  Savage tells him that they’re on the same wavelength, so calm down.  He says he’s going after Hogan.  Tonight, though, he’s going after The Giant.  He says The Giant told Savage to step aside and that he would take care of everything, but that didn’t happen, and now the WCW World Championship has nWo spray painted on it.

We cut to commercial and come back to our Hour 1 announcers, Tony Schiavone and Larry Zbyszko, running down the last few weeks as they pertain to The Giant.  We get a quick replay of that squash match with Chris Benoit where Giant chokeslammed him out of his boots.  Tony tells us Benoit and Woman are still having some issues and then puts over The Giant a bit more.

Match #2: Earl Robert Eaton VS “The Canadian Crippler” Chris Benoit w/ Woman & Ms. Elizabeth

Eaton comes out by himself, with no Regal, Taylor, or even Jeeves.  The announcers speak of possible dissention in the ranks of the Blue Bloods.

Quick lock up and then punches, headbutts, and savage kicks from Benoit.  We get an Irish whip into an abdominal stretch, but Eaton powers out.  The two wrestle for a moment and then go to the floor where Benoit runs Eaton’s head into a ringpost.  From there, it’s all Benoit on the floor.  He gets into the ring to break up the count out and Woman takes the moment to attack Eaton with a punt.

Tony sells us on Fall Brawl, saying that around this time every year the WCW wrestlers get a bit more violent.  I love Fall Brawl and love War Games, so I’m very excited about this one coming up in a few weeks.  Tony sells us on War Games by saying that more men have been injured in War Games than any other match in WCW.

Eaton takes over the momentum with a swinging neckbreaker and goes up top for the Alabama Jam.  Is it still the Alabama Jam with this Blue Blood gimmick?  Anyway, Benoit moves, clotheslines the crap out of Eaton, then finishes him off with the top rope diving headbutt.

Winner: Chris Benoit

Yet another damn Glacier commercial.  We’re still about 4 weeks from him finally debuting, though, so damn…

Video replay of the triangle match for the WCW Tag Team Championship where “Most Terrible Referee Ever” Nick Patrick ended the match just when the Steiner Brothers had the match won.  He spotted the Outsiders and ended the match before anyone from the outside involved themselves in the match at all.  We then get the ending to the World Championship match where Hall and Nash beat the hell out of Flair.

Tony kicks us to Mean Gene, backstage with Sting and Lex Luger.  Gene says that he heard there may be a surprise tonight.  Lex asks Sting how many time they’ve faced the Horsemen.  Sting says hundreds.  Lex says tonight, they’ve got a plan.  Gene says he wants info about the surprise and asks Sting.  Sting says there’s a surprise then he and Lex bail.

Match #3: Disco Inferno VS Scott Norton

Disco just taking a beating in this match.  Of course, Disco is playing it a bit more comedic than I would like, but Norton spends most of his time getting in a big move and Disco spends his crawling away on the mat and begging off.  Disco tries to get in some offense, but it’s completely no-sold and Disco gets taken out by one back elbow.

Disco finally gets some momentum by going to Norton’s eyes, but, of course, Disco gonna Disco, so he celebrates instead of going for the DDT he has locked on.  Suplex, shoulder breaker, single arm DDT, and an armbar called the Flash Back for the win.

Winner: Scott Norton

I love Norton squashing fools…but I did not like Disco playing it up as much.  This should have been a straight ass beating with no comedy or hope spots, honestly.  Disco is the kind of guy you can do that to, so they should have capitalized.

We’re backstage with Mean Gene, Teddy Long, and a very heavily taped up Ice Train.  Teddy Long apologizes for not being in Ice Train’s corner at Hog Wild due to being chokeslammed by The Giant.  Teddy says that Norton never beat Ice Train at the PPV, though…the referee stopped the match, and since that referee was Nick Patrick, that’s suspect.  Ice Train spits some gibberish about Soul Trains and Rock & Roll Trains, then says that Norton can’t always jump him from behind, eventually they’ll meet face to face.

Match #4: Lord Steven Regal VS “The Man of 1,000 Holds” Dean Malenko

Match starts off with some beautiful catch wrestling between these two masters.  Weirdly, we cut to commercial about a minute into the match.  Really, WCW…we couldn’t have done this two minutes earlier and just started the match once we came back?

Regal is pretty much in control, showing that off with a nice enziguri before locking on a head and arm hold.  Malenko floats over a hiptoss into a pin, which is really cool.  Regallocks down Dean into a hold on the mat but Malenko is able to get out of it, coming back with two nice German suplexes, the second one for two.  Regal butterfly suplexes Malenko into a tri of two counts.  Regal is all over Malenko in this match.  Regal finally goes for one too many, though, as Malenko wraps him up in a cradle package for the win.

Winner: Dean Malenko

Mean Gene comes to the entry way and welcomes the Horsemen and their entourage.  Double A says that he heard Sting and Luger say they didn’t like the Horsemen.  Arn says he doesn’t need anyone to like him as long as he has the Horsemen.  Flair cuts a quick promo on Sting and Luger, grabbing Liz and pulling her close while he does.  Liz STILL looks so uneasy out there with Naitch.  She just doesn’t fit in with this group.  Hour number two starts and the pyro and music kicks off, but Flair just doesn’t care and keeps cutting his promo.  He calls out Hogan to end it off and we finally kick off to our Hour #2 announce team just in time to cut to commercial.

Match #5: The Nasty Boys VS Public Enemy

Back from commercial break to a tag team.  Bischoff tells us that WWF has issued a lawsuit against WCW and assures us that WCW isn’t going anywhere and that they aren’t going to change the way that they do business.  This is more in response to Hogan and the Outsiders, but starting it off with info about a WWF lawsuit shows what that comment was really aimed at.

The WWE Network version of Public Enemy’s song is not good.  I hate that they can’t use the original songs for so many people.

“Don’t sit down with your notebook and try to keep track of a lot of technical wrestling here.”  Thanks, Eric.  He’s not wrong, though, as immediately the two teams separate and we go into split screen.

Johnny Grunge hits this crazy lucha move where he vaults to the top rope, sits out, and backflips out of a top wrist lock.  Surprisingly agile for a big man and unfortunately it wasn’t really played off for what it was due to the split screen and our announce team talking about the Outsiders at the time.

Rocco Rock goes for an elbow drop off of the ring apron to the floor, but Brian Knobbs moves and Grunge eats the concrete hard.  Grunge gets clotheslined in the corner and then kind of staggers out but really just kind of stands there.  Bischoff plays it off as Grunge being out on his feet, but you can clearly tell he’s just not doing anything.  He eats a Saggs clothesline, but then Rock comes in and helps Grunge double team Saggs.  The Public Enemy set up Saggs for a move through the table, but Saggs moves and both members of the Public Enemy crash through the ringside table.  Elbow drop from Knobbs for the win.

Winners: The Nasty Boys

Mean Gene in the ring with the Nastys.  Again, Gene asks them about the nWo for some reason.  Saggs just says they’re out there to be nasty.  Gene asks Brian Knobbs about his “hanging and banging” with Hulk Hogan.  Yes, it sounded that lame.  Knobbs says that one a friend, always a friend, but transitions quickly to saying that they want the tag team belts for the 4th time.

Can we please stop asking Brian Knobbs about hanging out with Hulk Hogan?  Seriously, we do this every week it seems.  They haven’t turned.  They’re never around him.  There’s really no precedent for them hanging out in story line as the Nastys were always heels and Hogan was always a babyface…it’s just annoying and takes up time.

Commercial break and it’s for the August Issue of WCW Magazine.  You can find that issue in PDF form on this site!  I’ll conveniently link you to it right here!

Match #6: Diamond Dallas Page VS Chavo Guerrero, Jr.

We get a quick recap of the recent history of DDP and the Guerreros, going back to Clash of Champions where DDP beat up Eddie Guerrero after their match when Eddie won the Battle Bowl ring.

DDP is taking the fight to Chavo, overpowering him with his weight and height quite nicely.  DDP gets some big moves in, like a big sit out powerbomb and a hell of a side suplex, but pulls Chavo up out of the pin at 2 each time.  He calls for the Diamond Cutter, drags Chavo up by his hair, but Chavo reverses it and gets a win with a backslide.

Winner: Chavo Guerrero, Jr.

DDP answers back immediately with a Diamond Cutter.   He pulls off Nick Patrick’s belt and starts whipping Chavo unmercifully.  Referee Randy Anderson comes running to the ring and stops DDP, then yells at Nick Patrick and asks why he didn’t stop Page.  Patrick says he tried to then leaves.  Bischoff calls for Patrick’s head, saying the WCW Executive Committee is here and that they need to figure this Nick Patrick stuff out.

Mean Gene catches Patrick on the entrance ramp and asks him what the hell.  He says that Patrick had the chance to stop this before it started, but he did nothing.  Nick Patrick says if he was a cop and this was a hostile environment, he wouldn’t charge in by himself, he would wait for backup.  Mean Gene says that Randy Anderson is half of Patrick’s size.  Patrick says that’s what makes them such a great team, they have each other’s back.  Patrick says that his biggest issue is Mean Gene blowing everything out of proportion!  Gene says he couldn’t help but notice that nice new home that Nick bought as we go to commercial.

Match #7: WCW World Tag Team Championship: American Males VS Harlem Heat (WCW World Tag Team Champions) w/ Sister Sherri & Col. Robert Parker

As I write this, WWE 2K16 just released their Hall of Fame Showcase DLC that included Harlem Heat.  I had so much fun yesterday beating down Sting & Luger with the Heat.  They even added in the Harlem Hangover, one of my favorite finishers ever, so I was quite happy!  They come in their default red outfits that they’re in during this match (plus some entrance gear from Halloween Havoc 1996, which is coming up soon) but I also changed them into their black outfits because I always dug those.  I’m slowing turning that game into a WCW game, and it’s awesome.

The tag team champs are taking it to the American Males.  Of course, they’re outmanned by two once you count in the distractions they have with Harlem Heat’s two managers.  Plus, the referee for this match is Worst Referee Ever, Nick Patrick, yet again, so at this point it’s almost five on two.

Booker misses an elbow drop and comes up with the Spinaroonie, then flows perfectly into a jumping side kick, which is how I like my Spinaroonies to end.  I’ve said it before a ton, but I HATE that being a random taunt like it was in WWE.  It’s just so awesome as a transition.  Stevie Ray gets a little more offense in, tags out to Booker, who comes off the top with a missile dropkick but is caught in mid air by a Scotty Riggs dropkick.  Riggs gets the hot tag to Bagwell, who is a house of fire with dropkicks.  He clears the ring until Booker is able to catch him and attempt a pump-handle slam.  Bagwell reverses it for a pin, but it’s broken up.  Bagwell gets a quick rollup, but kick out at two.  Bagwell attempts to go up top, but Booker shoves him off and into the waiting arms of a Stevie Ray powerslam for the win.

Winners:  Harlem Heat (still WCW World Tag Team Champions)

Match #8: “Nature Boy” Ric Flair & “The Enforcer” Arn Anderson w/ Woman & Ms. Elizabeth VS “Total Package” Lex Luger & Sting

In a world where WWE apparently doesn’t own a lot of the WCW music rights, how can they still use “Man Called Sting” for these episodes of Nitro, but we can’t use it for the WWE video games?  Plus, why can’t I get 1996 brown haired Sting in those games?  It’s my hope that one day, WWE will simply put out a WCW video game.  It’s a long shot and I know deep down it’ll never happen, but still, a mark can dream.

Sting gets in the ring and calls for a mic.  He asks what the chances of getting the other two Horsemen in the ring are.  As we go to a quick commercial, Mongo and The Crippler make their way to the ring.

We come back from commercial and Mean Gene is in the ring with everyone.  Sting says that something is going on in WCW.  He says Lex and himself can’t trust the Horsemen, but the one thing they have in common is that they bleed WCW.  Sting says in 30 days, War Games is coming.  He knows that War Games was created by the Horsemen, for the Horsemen.  However, all respect to Benoit and McMichael, there are only four men in the ring that have ever felt War Games.  Sting says he’s not asking, he’s demanding, those other two spots in War Games.  Double A says he doesn’t like them.  He tells Lex that he can’t just bring in his jiggling pecs to War Games.  However, if he brings the determination that made that body, he can work with that.  Luger asks Flair if in their entire history, if they’ve ever left the ring after a match with Sting and Luger and said “they didn’t bring it all.”  Arn asks if for one night, can Sting put aside the Little Stingers and really bring it?  Arn Anderson says War Games is all about submission.  He says the Outsiders will have to kill him because he’ll never say “I quit.”  Sting says WCW hasn’t been a cake walk for Flair and Anderson, but Sting has lived WCW.  Flair says that he knows who Sting is better than anyone.  Flair says that if Mongo and Benoit step aside, he’ll agree.  Flair says the decision goes to the Horsemen first, though.  Mean Gene asks Benoit his thoughts.  Benoit says he’s waited his whole career to be a Horsemen and to get to this.  He’ll stand behind the Horsemen, though.  Mongo says he knows what it’s like to be on a winning team and what it’s like to sacrifice.  If the big men say this is it, he’s for it.  He tells Luger and Sting, though, that he’ll be watching and if they don’t hold up their end, what the nWo have done to them will feel like a walk in the park.

This segment did an amazing job getting War Games over.  It’s kind of funny, though, hearing Double A talk up how ruthless you have to be in War Games as the Horsemen hardly ever win that match.  War Games is almost always a babyface victory.  However, he just does such an amazing job of getting over how it’s a war, literally, and that it’s not about winning, it’s about destruction.

One of the best parts, to me, was Mongo.  Mongo came across as such a badass here.  He defers to the elder statesmen, but the way that he stands up to Sting and Luger, telling them that if they let his leaders down, he’ll personally hand them their ass…that’s awesome.  It’s so funny that I’m a lot more apologetic of Mongo as a Horseman 20 years after the fact, but I am.  He’s growing on me.

Commercial break…to a paid announcement by the New World Order.

Hall and Nash are in Rome…Rome, Colorado?  They’re basically just in a colosseum looking rotunda being overlooked by the Denver Post building.  It’s the same quick cuts, black and white, type of video.  Nash says that they’ve beat up the Booty Man…the Horsemen beat up the Booty Man…so he’s got to be done by now, right?  He does want to know what the Booty Babe is up to, though.  They finish up by talking some trash about Sting and Luger, then say not to call them, they’ll call us.

Match #9: The Giant w/ Jimmy Hart VS “Macho Man” Randy Savage

Savage wastes absolutely NO TIME, attacking The Giant with a chair during the entrance.  He hammers him all the way to the ringside area, where Randy Anderson takes the chair away from him.  The two battle around ringside for a while until Giant press slams Savage into the ring from the floor.

Bischoff says the WCW Executive Committee has approved the main event to Fall Brawl.  Sting, Luger, Flair and Anderson vs the nWo.

Giant attempts the choke slam, but Savage kicks him in the junk, ending that.  Jimmy Hart enters the ring with a chair, but Savage runs him off.  Savage now has the chair, which brings out the Dungeon of Doom.  Savage hits Hugh Morrus, Big Bubba, The Faces of Fear…he’s nailing everyone with a chair.  The numbers get to be too much, though, so Savage bails.  The Giant goes absolutely nuts, though, and bails out of the ring in an impressive feat of athleticism, and books it to the back after Savage.

We kick back to the announcers who run down the events of the match that never got started.  Bischoff says that if the Giant catches Savage, he’ll eat him!

Bischoff ends the show by reiterating that the War Games match is official.  He says he doesn’t believe that the nWo has a 4th man, though, as the show ends.

 

This was a pretty good show for one that started off with Hacksaw VS VK Wallstreet.  I liked the way the last two “matches” went, honestly, as they pushed forward the storyline of WCW VS the nWo in two different ways.  We get enemies coming together to fight for the greater good.  We get Savage, our third man on the frontlines of the initial attacks showing his displeasure at The Giant for letting the company down, in his eyes.  He doesn’t see it as The Giant being swarmed by three men and being taken advantage of.  He sees it as Giant dropping the ball to his hated enemy and he’s going to take it out on the Giant’s head with a steel chair.  This thing is getting hot and heavy and I’m liking it!

That’s it for this episode, folks!  Join me back here soon for another installment of Kick Out at Nitro!

Shane

Ratings Breakdown

WWF Raw Ratings – 2.9

WCW Nitro Ratings – 3.5

(Raw – 17, Nitro – 27) (Tie Weeks – 2)

(Unopposed weeks – 5)

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

WCW’s longest Winning Streak (to this point) – 10

 

10 in a row!  74 more, folks!

 

WWF Raw results from this week

WWF IC Title Tournament Quarter-Finals: Owen Hart defeated Davey Boy Smith via count-out after hitting a spin wheel kick on the floor. (10:00)

Vader (w/ Jim Cornette) defeated Freddie Joe Floyd following two Vader Bombs. (4:35)

Goldust (w/ Marlena) won a 4-man battle royal by last eliminating Savio Vega. (8:55)

WWF World Champion Shawn Michaels (w/ Jose Lothario) defeated Yokozuna in a non-title match with the superkick after avoiding a legdrop. (6:02)

 

Owen and Davey Boy sounds pretty awesome, actually.  Vader and Jobber Joe, though…ugh.  I dislike the amount of enhancement guys getting TV at this point in WWE.  HBK in the main event, though, sounds good.  Interesting that Raw is still only an hour.  I wonder when that changes over.

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Thank you, Daniel Bryan!

Posted: February 9, 2016 by daltonclass in Shane D, Uncategorized
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Let me take you to 2003.

I had been a die hard, dyed-in-the-wool wrestling fan for almost 10 years.  I had liked it for longer, but from September 4th, 1995, I was a wrestling fan.  However, in my junior year of college, I fell out of love with WWE.  My beloved WCW was gone.  HHH was on his reign of terror.  Shane just wasn’t enjoying it anymore.

So, I started looking elsewhere.

Japan was one place and I was enjoying what I was finding there, however, there was another place that I found and that rekindled my love of all things wrestling.  That place was Ring of Honor.  Suddenly, indy wrestling was something that I knew of, something that I began pouring over, and something that started to fill up my DVD shelf.  New wrestlers began to show up on my “favorites” list.  CM Punk, AJ Styles, Christopher Daniels, Low Ki, Samoa Joe…and this other guy…

file_189679_0_champion_danielson(1)This other guy who was a small, white, kinda generic looking guy.  He kind of looked like the default guy in WWE video game creation modes.  But damn, could he wrestle!

Of course, as this is a wrestling blog and it’s the night after Raw, you can guess that this guy was the man who would eventually become Daniel Bryan.  Back then, however, he was the “American Dragon” Bryan Danielson.  He was the main event of the first ever ROH show; competing in a three way match with Christopher Daniels and Low Ki.  I watched matches of his in ROH, Japan…basically anywhere I could find him.

At this time, my favorite wrestler was Chris Benoit.  I’ve made no bones about my love of Benoit at that time, and I legit believed him to be the best technical wrestler in the world.  I would go back through stuff from him in Japan and see that they were heralding him as the successor to Dynamite Kid.  Then, more and more through the grapevine, I begin hearing that they’re starting to refer to Danielson as the successor to Benoit.  There’s nothing that could have put the guy higher in my mind at that point.

Over time, something awesome started happening.  Those guys that I loved in the Indies…they started showing up in WWE and TNA.  Samoa Joe, AJ Styles, and Christopher Daniels spent the better part of a year and a half owning TNA.  CM Punk had been brought into WWE.  Low Ki had bounced around in TNA a bit and would eventually show up in WWE as Kaval.  I wondered, though, if Bryan would be able to make the cut.  He was small and WWE has always been the Land of the Giants.  I just didn’t see it happening.

It did happen, though.  Unfortunately it came during my second great exodus from WWE, so I wasn’t watching wrestling when Bryan showed up on NXT.  I remember hearing about him having his first WWE match against Jericho, though, and making sure that I went back and checked that out because that was one of my dream matches that I only thought could happen on my copy of Fire Pro Wrestling.  I heard about him debuting with the Nexus, and subsequently getting fired for choking out Justin Roberts with his own tie.  I heard about the controversy that surrounded that and then about him getting brought back in grand fashion at SummerSlam.

Bryan-Danielson-CM-PunkAbout a year later, I came back to wrestling.  I was gone for about five years but when I came back, Punk was the talk of the town and we were leading into Money in the Bank.  Imagine my surprise when that night ended with my favorite wrestler as WWE Champion and that other guy I liked a lot had won Money in the Bank.  Fast forward a few months to Survivor Series…and the two of them stood in the ring together, holding the company’s two top prizes.  It was reminiscent of my favorite Wrestlemania moment in 2004 when Benoit and Eddie Guerrero did the same.  Wrestling was changing.  Things were getting awesome and I was loving it.

Bryan suddenly got a personality…or, rather, WWE let him finally use his personality.  He became the cocky champion that had let success go to his head.  He was mean to his ultra hot girlfriend, making the crowd hate him just as much as they were loving him.  He became insufferable.  It was awesome.  He lost his title in 18 seconds at Wrestlemania and became even hotter.  So hot that the crowd the next night couldn’t stop chanting his name.

c3c8e42f2014995520767db2af0a9499_crop_northBryan would go through a few more things over the years, going from my favorite match of 2012 against Punk at Over the Limit (which is currently on while I’m writing this), to joining Team Hell No (showing us his comedy chops) and then through becoming the hottest thing in wrestling as he battled the Wyatts and the WWE itself for his rightful place as WWE World Champion.

Bryan’s place in wrestling history is a very interesting one.  I remember thinking it was so interesting that CM Punk became as big as he did because he’s everything the WWE front man isn’t.  However, Bryan, moreso than Punk, exemplifies that idea.  Bryan is 5’8”, 180 lbs.  Remember, this is a place where Shawn Michaels was small…and he’s got a good four inches and thirty pounds on Bryan, at least.  However, for a time, Bryan was THE MAN in WWE.  I read something on Reddit the other day that said the CM Punk called himself “the Voice of the Voiceless” but it was Bryan who gave the Voiceless their voice back.  When WWE wasn’t using Bryan the way we wanted them to, we made sure we let them know we weren’t happy with it.  Go back and watch the Raw he referenced last night during his speech.  Go back and watch the Royal Rumble from 2014 and the boos that Rey Mysterio got when he came out at #30 and it became apparent that Bryan wasn’t in the plans for that year.  The WWE Universe let WWE know, loud and clear, that Bryan was our guy and that he was who we wanted.  We knew what he could do…just put him in and let him go.

Watch Wrestlemania 30 again.  You see him go through the company’s three top guys not named John Cena in one night.  You see him at the end, hands held high, with the entire world behind him.  He was our guy.

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That’s what has made the last two years so hard, I think.  Knowing that a week after Mania that his father died.  We felt that.  Sure, we didn’t know the man.  We don’t know Bryan himself, for that matter.  But our guy was hurting.  Then the injury.  The rumors that he was finished.  The rumors that he wasn’t healing properly and that we may never see him wrestle again.  The joy that we felt when he came back…and the crushing defeat we felt when he got hurt again…and those rumors started back up.  We would get angry any time someone would tell us that he might not come back.  Hell, the Internet collectively got angry at Bret Hart for saying it when no one else would.

Then last night…

Last night hurt.  Last night hurt in a way that hasn’t hurt since Eddie died.  We had to watch a man come out and stand in the midst of his adoring fans…and tell us that what he loved and has wanted for his entire life has been taken away from him.  That tomorrow (or today), when he woke up, he wouldn’t be Daniel Bryan anymore.  He’d be Bryan Danielson…sans his American Dragon moniker…husband, son, brother…ordinary man.  I can’t imagine that.  I mean, yeah, I’ve been a husband.  I’m a son.  I’m a brother.  I’m an ordinary man.  Those parts are easy to understand…they’re my reality…

However, I’ve never been Superman.  I’ve never been Brad Pitt.  I’ve never been Tom Brady.

I’ve never been Daniel Bryan.

Long ago, I had the dream of being a wrestler.  For better, or worse (who really knows), I gave that dream up a while ago…but the ghost of it still lingers.  Any time I get really excited about wrestling, that wonder comes back.  What if?  What if I had done it?  Where would I be now?  Some little promotion in VA?  ROH?  Japan?  Dare I say, WWE?  I never wanted to regret not going for it, but I do…every time those thoughts come up, I do.  I wish I had done it…hell, I wish I had done it and failed…but I do wish that I had stepped into the ring for at least one time.

CayzrBGUUAAfjOhThat guy…the guy who thinks those thoughts…that’s who watched Daniel Bryan retire last night.  That’s who saw the picture of Bryan and his wife backstage, her comforting Bryan and Bryan knelt down in tears.  That’s who watched one of his heroes get his dream taken away from him.  I felt for him, because as much as that idea hurt me…I knew it was hurting him so much more, and on a level I would never understand.

To finish this off, Bryan repeated a single word throughout his speech.  Grateful.  I’m grateful to have gotten to watch Daniel Bryan wrestle.  I’m grateful to have been able to buy his action figure, pay to see him in person, buy DVDs with him on them, play as him in video games.  I’m grateful to have had the opportunity to be his fan.  I’m grateful that he has ushered in this new wrestling world where WWE and NXT are full of the Indy stars that I love.  Samoa Joe, Kevin Owens, AJ Styles, Sami Zayn, Finn Balor, Hideo Itami, Shinsuke Nakamura…all of these guys are now on the big stage.  These guys will get Wrestlemania matches and moments.  This doesn’t exist without Bryan.  WWE is in an exciting place right now and I can’t help but feel that a lot of that was built off of his shoulders over the last few years.

I’m grateful to have had the opportunity to cheer him.  To buy his merch.  To have my wife suggest that we “YES!” our way into our wedding reception.

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Thank you, Daniel Bryan.  It may not be a lot.  It may never leave the small group of people that run this site and the small group that read it.  It may never reach your eyes or your ears…but you have my gratitude and my support.

Shane

KoaClashIt’s time, WCW fans, for Clash of the Champions!  After this one, there are only two more Clashes ever.  That’s sad, honestly, because getting a big event on TV for free twice a year was always a great thing as a wrestling fan.  Of course, after Clash ends, Nitro goes to 3 hours, which is still to this day way too long for a weekly wrestling show, so it kind of balances out.  As we’ll see in a year or so, 1998 overexposes WCW like crazy.

But, we’re not in 1998 yet.  We’re at August 15th, 1996, and ready to kick off the Clash!

The show starts with a replay of Hogan and the Outsiders beating down the Booty Man at Hog Wild as well as Hogan attacking Savage and cutting his promo on Flair.  Tony Schiavone kicks us off with an aerial shot of Denver, Colorado, where we’re coming from.  Tony is joined on commentary by Bobby “The Brain” Heenan, and they talk about the match that will be our main event…”Hollywood” Hulk Hogan VS “Nature Boy” Ric Flair.  We get another replay of Monday Night, when the Horsemen cleaned house of the Outsiders during the Sting/Luger VS Outsiders match.

Match #1: WCW Cruiserweight Championship Match: “The Man of 1,000 Holds” Dean Malenko VS Rey Mysterio, Jr. (WCW Cruiserweight Champion)

Malenko attacks Mysterio before the bell and immediately goes after him, dropping knee drops on him and then chasing him outside.  Rey is a bit too quick, though, and gets in the ring before Dean, dropkicking him off of the apron and then taking Dean down with a baseball slide head scissors.  Rey runs to the ropes and looks to attempt a suicide dive, but spins in the ropes and flips back into the ring.  I love this way more as a “putting on the breaks” type of thing instead of when he turned it into the 619.  The 619 has too much of a silly, predictable setup for me.

Dean takes momentum back by slingshotting Rey into the top rope off of a powerbomb pickup and follows it up with a brainbuster.  Rey walks up the corner and attempts to tie up Malenko with a sunset flip, but he overshoots it.  Thankfully, Malenko didn’t fall back into the move, but attempted to punch Mysterio.  Mysterio moved, though, so Dean hit the mat.  Dean is able to lock on a chinlock with a leg hooked, wearing down Rey in the center of the WCW crosshairs logo.

We go to commercial break, including one for Hog Wild merch.  It’s interesting that they’re selling PPV specific merch almost two weeks after the event.

After some back and forth, we get some highlight reel stuff from Rey when he hots Dean with a moonsault off of the steel guardrail in the walkway.  Rey follows in the ring with a Frankensteiner for two.  Rey backs dean into the corner, but Dean comes off the top with a HUGE gutbuster from the top.  Dean covers, 1-2-3…Randy Anderson rings the bell!

But, Rey’s foot was on the ropes!

Anderson realizes it, takes the Cruiserweight Championship away from Malenko, just as Rey hits him with a victory roll and a cover for three.

Winner: Rey Mysterio, Jr. (still WCW Cruiserweight Champion)

Commercial break, including the ever present Glacier promo, and we’re back for…

Match #2: V.K. Wallstreet VS Hacksaw Jim Duggan

Ugh.

Standard fare for these two.  I’m just not a huge fan of either of these two guys, so honestly there’s not too much to report.

Duggan tried to wrap up the fist in tape, but the referee gets caught in the tape because Duggan can’t apply tape like a normal person, he’s got to swing it around his hand and let momentum wrap it for him.  Wallstreet capitalizes, roll up, three count.

Winner: V.K. Wallstreet

Hacksaw stares into the camera and yells “it stinks!” three times.  Um, you’re the one who tried to cheat, buddy.

Backstage with Mean Gene and the Nasty Boys, again yelling about how much they dislike WCW and are tired of people asking them about the nWo.  Knobbs yells about not being in the triangle match for the WCW Tag Team Championship like they’ve done something in the last six months to deserve a title shot.

Commercial break and we’re back to Mean Gene.  He says that during the break he was trying to do an interview, but he and Mike Tenay were interrupted by the Outsiders.  Of course, we can call the WCW Hotline to find out about that as this is just a pitch for the hotline.

Match #3: Ultimate Dragon (w/ Sonny Onoo) VS Konnan

Yes, ladies and gentlemen, I know that it’s Ultimo Dragon, but WCW keeps saying it’s Ultimate Dragon right now, so that’s what I’m using.

Konnan is again in his black tights and wearing an ugly green vest.  The commentators mention how Konnan’s attitude has changed since he lost the WCW United States Championship.

Dragon starts off with a beautiful set of kicks that completely miss Konnan, and which Konnan promptly mocks, as Mike Tenay gives us some history background on Dragon.

Konnan locks on a ridiculously convoluted leg lock that gets absolutely no reaction.  It’s basically almost a sharpshooter but with the arm trapped in there, and Konnan doesn’t have his leg grapevined either.  I feel that if you have a move that takes a lot of setup, you have to have a quick and smooth way of locking that on or it just loses steam.  That’s exactly what happened here.

Konnan tries a backdrop but Dragon slips out and dropkicks Konnan out of the ring into the waiting kicks of Sonny Onoo.  Back in the ring, Dragon gets a moonsault and follows with a la majistral cradle for two, but Konnan rolls Dragon up and holds the tights for three.

Winner: Konnan

Backstage, Ice Train is chatting with fans on CompuServe, but is then attacked by Scott Norton as we head on to commercial.

Match #4: Meng w/ Jimmy Hart VS “Macho Man” Randy Savage

Savage’s music plays for a long time but no Savage.  Mean Gene comes to the ring, making this the fourth time we’ve seen him tonight, I think.

After some whispering, we get the announcement from ring announcer David Penzer that due to the injuries suffered on Monday, Randy Savage will not be able to compete tonight.

Winner: Meng (via forfeit)

We get a replay of the attack on Savage and then cut to Mean Gene in the ring with the Dungeon of Doom (Sullivan, Morrus, Meng, Barbarian, Jimmy Hart).  Sullivan says he hates Randy Savage and he has hit tons of people with chairs, but he never praised and built up Hogan.  He told everyone Hogan was two-faced and asked Gene about his buddy Hogan now.  Gene talks up Hogan a bit, saying he was a great man but something snapped.  He does get in a good shot, though, talking about Thunder in Paradise and saying “he was never a great threat to Sir Laurence Olivier there.”  We get the Leprechaun running around being stupid for a little bit as Sullivan calls out Benoit and says that the Dungeon are WCW’s line of defense, not the Horsemen.

Match #5: Bull Nakano (w/ Sonny Onoo) VS Madusa

Nakano starts off by doing here crazy move where she tosses Madusa across the ring by the air.  She does it twice, then Nakano picks up a pair of nunchucks and hits Madusa in the gut a few times.  The announcers say that referee Randy Eller doesn’t see it, but he looks STRAIGHT AT HER at one point and does nothing.

Madusa gets a bad cross body off of the second rope, but follows with a trifecta of slams to the mat by the hair.  She tries a sunset flip but Nakano just sits on Madusa, getting a two count and then just standing up.  Nakano goes to the top but Madusa dropkicks her off of the tope rope, sending her to the floor.  Madusa dives off of the top rope and takes out Sonny Onoo.  Back in the ring, Nakano holds Madusa while Onoo gets ready to break out his kicks again, but Madusa moves and he kicks Nakano in the gut.  Madusa capitalizes with a roll up for the win.

Winner: Madusa

Mean Gene is backstage with Ric Flair, Woman, and Ms. Elizabeth.  Flair says tonight he’ll be 13 time WCW Champion, 1 time nWo Champion.  Flair says he knows that tonight he’ll be the best.  Woman is basically in a bikini top and a jacket, which it pretty nice.  She’s trying to make the moves on Mean Gene, it seems.  Flair says that if the Outsiders get involved, there are Horsemen waiting for them.

Match #6: Battle Bowl Championship: Diamond Dallas Page (Lord of the Ring) VS Eddie Guerrero

“Every airport I’m in, people come up to me and ask about Eddie Guerrero.  Is he really that fast?  Is he really that good?  I just tell them to leave me alone.  I don’t have time to talk about Eddie Guerrero.” – Bobby Heenan

Quick start to the offense with a head scissors by Eddie.  Eddie charges DDP in the corner, but DDP moves and Eddie hits his shoulder hard on the turnbuckle.  DDP comes out with some stomps, then a gutwrench gutbuster, followed by an Irish whip side slam for two.  DDP locks on a side headlock and keeps using the second rope to add leverage to the hold.  Eddie fights out and tries to sweep DDP’s legs, but DDP does a weir back bump out of it and looks to smack his head hard on the mat.  Eddie gets him down and does that nice flipping senton he does over the top rope.  DDP hits a jawbreaker as Eddie tries to lift him up, then hits a hell of a sitout powerbomb.  DDP’s powerbomb is a thing of beauty.  I’ve always liked it.  Especially his spinning one.

DDP gutwrenches Eddie and takes him to the top rope.  Eddie headbutts DDP and knocks him to the mat.  Frogsplash and the 1-2-3!

Winner: Eddie Guerrero (new Battle Bowl Champion)

The referee hands Eddie the Battle Bowl Ring.  DDP gets up, unhappy, but shakes Eddie’s hand.  He holds on, though, and pulls Eddie into the Diamond Cutter.  He throws the referee out of the ring, picks Eddie back up and takes him down with another Diamond Cutter.  Chavo Guerrero runs out to stop this, but he gets tossed out of the ring as DDP sets Eddie up on the top rope and Diamond Cuts him for a third time.

While Eddie is being helped in the ring, “Hollywood” Hogan is dragging Mean Gene from out of the back, demanding Gene to apologize for what he’s said about Hogan.  Hogan says that in all of his glory, Ric Flair couldn’t even lace Hogan’s boots up.  He says that 13 times is an unlucky number and that Flair will never be nWo Champion.  Only one man will be the Babe Ruth of baseball, the Michael Jordan of basketball, and the Hulk Hogan of wrestling.  He says that Flair brags about limos and jets, but in the nWo, that’s just standard procedure.  He again says that once he beats Flair, Flair will be known as “the stupid little man.”

Match #7: “The Canadian Crippler” Chris Benoit w/ Woman & Ms. Elizabeth VS The Giant w/ Jimmy Hart

Woman is trying to help Benoit out of his vest but Giant charges him while his arms are trapped in the vest.  Giant lifts Benoit up for the highest chokeslam I’ve ever damn seen.

Winner: The Giant

Damn…Benoit got the shit squashed out of him here.  One move!  I love Benoit and have been loving his run, so I’m interested in how this came to be.  Hopefully Sullivan will get to it on his podcast soon.

Commercial time.  This time for the WCW Power Plant!  I remember wanting to go to that place so damn bad.  I wanted to wrestle in WCW more than anything in the world when I was in high school, and I knew the Power Plant was how to make that happen.

Match #8: WCW Tag Team Championship Match: The Steiner Brothers VS Sting & Lex Luger VS Harlem Heat (WCW Tag Team Champions) w/ Sister Sherri

No Col. Parker tonight.  Guessing that since the last time we saw them together, Parker was getting the business from Harlem Heat, that he’s not welcome anymore.

Well, speak of the Devil, Parker arrives after the entrances are over.  He walks out with a purpose, though, and immediately takes his place beside Sherri.

After a quick opening with Booker T and Scott Steiner, Lex Luger and Stevie Ray start kicking the living crap out of each other.  Rick Steiner quickly tags himself in when Lex gets Irish whipped and comes in with two massive Steinerlines to both men currently in the ring.  Rick and Lex get into a shoving match until referee Nick Patrick finally forces Lex out of the ring.

We come back from commercial to Rick Steiner catching Booker Tin a powerslam before getting tagged out of the match by Sting.  Sting sends Booker T out of the ring.  Sister Sherri is helping Booker up, but Sting runs out of the ring and grabs her by the hair, moving her away from Booker and sending the big man into the ring.  In the ring, Sting hits a gorilla press on Booker and covers, but Stevie Ray breaks it up.  Sting tags out to Lex, Booker out to Stevie Ray.  Quick exchanges, then Sting and Scott Steiner end up the legal men.

I wonder who had the better mullet in 1996…Scott Steiner or Jaromir Jagr.

A big tiger bomb to Sting and Scott tags out to Rick.  Sting is able to quickly tag out to Lex, though.  Lex takes a weird whip to the corner where it doesn’t really look like Rick whipped him, but Lex comes out of the corner with a nice clothesline, following it with another in the corner.  He tries a second time to the corner, but Rick moves and German suplexes Lex for two.  Scott tags in and gets Lex with a belly-to-belly.  Scotty tries to dive off the top but Lex catches him and moves him to a torture rack.  Rick breaks that up and all six men enter the ring.  Most everyone leaves except for Booker T and Scott Steiner.  Steiner eats an axe kick and the Booker eats a Frankensteiner and covers.  Just before the three count, Nick Patrick sees the Outsiders coming down the entry way and calls for a disqualification.

Winners: Harlem Heat (via DQ)

Scott Steiner jumps up and throws a fit, grabbing Nick Patrick and saying that this is bullshit.  Mean Gene catches up with Patrick in the entry way and asks what the hell.  Patrick says any rule book in existence says that outside interference is a cause for disqualification.  Gene says that the Outsiders didn’t even get in the ring.  Patrick says they didn’t, and that’s a good point, but what makes a “great” referee is the ability to see multiple things at once.  Gene says that Patrick has been looking nice in his new Armani suits and Patrick bounces.

And in case you were wondering, Derick and I decided to actually discuss the mullet challenge…

Special Match: Greatest Mullet of 1996: Scott Steiner VS Jaromir Jagr

 

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Winner: Draw, with both Jagr and Steiner rocking mullets so epic that they can’t compete with each other!

Despite what the next match is, we all know that this is the true main event of the night.

Anyway, on to the main event…

Match #9: WCW World Heavyweight Championship: “Nature Boy” Ric Flair w/ Woman & Ms. Elizabeth VS “Hollywood” Hulk Hogan (WCW World Heavyweight Champion)

Both men start off posturing to each other and to the crowd.  Flair wins with a strut and his “slicking back his hair” move.  They lock up and Flair goes to a side headlock.  Hogan rolls it to a pin and the referee hits a quick two count.  This is Randy Anderson, but until they showed him again I had to wonder if Patrick was doing this match as well.  That two count was FAST!

They go back and forth a bit more and then Flair gets the better of Hogan, causing Hogan to retreat to the floor and get frustrated, kicking the guard rail, getting into it with a fan and drawing back to punch the fan before Flair comes out to get him.  In the ring, Hogan and Flair lock up in a test of strength, which Hogan wins until Flair bites his hands.  Hogan sends Flair into the corner where Flair does the flip over the turnbuckle and goes to the floor.

On the outside, Hogan sends Flair into the ringpost face first.  Back in the ring, Hogan takes it to Flair until Flair gets a thumb to Hogan’s eyes.  Flair hits a vertical suplex and starts putting the boots to Hogan…and Hogan starts…Hulking…Up…

Heel Hulk Hogan, unironically, starts Hulking Up like a freaking babyface.  Complete with the finger point, big boot, leg drop…just like he was in red and yellow.  Really, Hogan?!

Hogan misses the leg drop, though, and Flair immediately goes for the Figure 4.  Hogan reverses it, Flair reverses it back, and out come the Outsiders.  This brings out the Horsemen (minus Benoit, who was destroyed by the Giant earlier), Sting and Luger.  The announcers speculate whether Hogan gave up before the match ended, but we then get an official announcement from David Penzer:

Winner, by DQ, Ric Flair.  Hulk Hogan is still WCW World Champion.

Flair and Sting get a bit into it, with Sting shoving Flair and them squaring off.  Hogan leaves with his championship belt and then everyone in the ring eventually leaves as well, kicking us back to our announcers.

Bobby is getting hot about the situation.  He says that if the nWo wants a fight, stay out here and fight!  With that, Tony kicks us off the air and we end the Clash.

 

I enjoyed the show, but the matches were all too short.  9 booked matches in 2 hours is a bit much, seeing as we usually only get 8 or 9 on a full 3 hour PPV.  Of course, the Savage match didn’t happen, and the Benoit/Giant match was all of one move.  We definitely could have done without Hacksaw VS Wallstreet on this card.  That would have freed a bit of time up.

Tony points out that in the last week or so, WCW has put on 9 hours of live wrestling.  That’s crazy.  Think about it…even with three hour Raws, NXT, Superstars, Smackdown, and Main Event, WWE only puts on 3 hours of live wrestling at any given week.  6 if you count a PPV.  To do a live Saturday night (2), Hog Wild (3), Nitro (2) and now the Clash (2) in less than a week…that’s crazy.  Kudos to the WCW production team and talent on that one.

Until next time, ladies and gentlemen!

Shane

 

KoaNitro copyHello everyone!  I know it’s been a while, but as a teacher taking classes himself, life unfortunately gets in the way of Nitro.  I was hoping to get back on track this year, but it doesn’t look like that will be possible, unfortunately.  However, Nitro isn’t going anywhere and neither is the Internet, so we can just pick up where we left off and keep going!  We’re coming into the 8/12/1996 episode of WCW Monday Nitro, coming to us live from “the middle of nowhere” as Larry Zbyszko puts it, Casper, Wyoming.

Tony Schiavone and Larry join us and let us know that we’re two days removed from a dark day in pro wrestling, when Hulk Hogan took the WCW World Heavyweight Championship and desecrated it.  Larry takes everyone to task, from the Dungeon of Doom, Four Horsemen, Sting and Lex Luger, wondering where they were when the Outsiders hit the ring at the end of the World Heavyweight Championship match.  Tony tells us that Sting and Luger had their own trouble with The Outsiders and we get a photo slideshow of that match, accompanied by Tony speculating whether it was an accident or if Nick Patrick taking out Luger and delivering a fast count was my design.

Match #1: High Voltage (Rage & Kaos) and Rough & Ready (Mean Mike Enos & Dirty Dick Slater) VS The Dungeon of Doom (Kevin Sullivan, Hugh Morrus, Meng, Barbarian) w/ Big Bubba and Jimmy Hart

Interesting pairing here.  Rough & Ready are heels, High Voltage are faces.  Two random teams facing off against a full stable in the Dungeon…weird.

Jimmy and Bubba distract Kenny Kaos and allow Morrus to get the jump on him, taking him out with a big clothesline that gets a hell of a reaction from the crowd.  Rage gets in and they take out Morrus with a double shoulder tackle, but that brings in the Faces of Fear, who are in cool matching gear that I don’t recall.  There are flames above their kneepads and on the back, as well as these cool face tunics on the front.  They’re pretty badass and I like them.  Barbarian ties Rage to the tree of woe and tags in Sullivan, who’s in jeans and a t-shirt.  He nails Rage with the knee to the gut, then attacks Slater, which brings in everyone.

Everyone brawls and they finally settle things down to Rage and Meng.  Meng hits the side kick and Dungeon gets the win.

Winners: Dungeon of Doom

Rough & Ready immediately beat down High Voltage; tossing Kaos outside and giving Rage a hell of a double backdrop driver.  They bounce and leave High Voltage to collect themselves in the middle of the ring as we head to our first commercial break.

Sting and Luger make their way down to the announcers at ringside.  Tony gets them a mic.  Luger says he hates to break the rules and come down here, but he’s tired of following the rules.  He says they’re tired of sleepless nights after what happened at Hog Wild.  Sting says no one is going to have another sleepless night as they’re issuing a challenge right now.  They get in the ring and the crowd is going nuts.  Sting grabs a mic again and says that if the nWo has any guts, they’ll show up to the ring right here, right now.  They wait for a while but nothing happens.  Sting says he’s not surprised.  He says they pick their spots, but right now it’s 2 on 2, so show up!  Bring the baseball bats if you want!  Still nothing, so Luger and Sting bounce as we head back to commercial.

Glacier promo.  We’re still a MONTH from this guy debuting, ladies and gentlemen!

Match #2: Renegade VS Diamond Dallas Page

Renegade is now totally out of his Warrior gimmick, it looks.  He’s looking more like Raven than Warrior.  No paint, just tights with Renegade on them.  Page gets the jobber entrance, which is interesting as things have been heating up for him.  He backs Renegade into the corner, teases a clean break, but goes for a punch that Renegade ducks and armdrags him out of, getting another big pop from the crowd.  Wyoming is a pretty good crowd tonight.

Dallas is still posing and going nuts after every offensive move.  He’s so obnoxious right now, but it does help to get heat and make people hate him.

Beautiful swinging neckbreaker from DDP.  One of my favorite wrestling moves ever.  Page follows with a reverse chinlock, wearing down Renegade.  Renegade begins to fight back but Page grabs a handful of hair and slams him back down to the mat.  Page keeps the chinlock on, staying on Renegade.  Nick Patrick drops Renegade’s arm twice, but on the third one, Renegade fires up and gets a roll up on page for a two.  Page whips him to the ropes, drops, gets kicked in the face and oddly full bumps off of it…it was awkward.  Renegade goes for a suplex, Page reverses it and drops him with a Diamond Cutter.

Winner: Diamond Dallas Page

They mention that if Renegade won, he would have the Battle Bowl ring.  Is this thing up for grabs every time Page wrestles?

We go back to the nWo backstage.  Nash says they’re in their gear, but they’ll do it on THEIR time.  Hall, wearing a WCW shirt with a slash through it, says that they’ve won at Bash at the Beach, they won at Hog Wild…and now WCW is blaming their losses on a referee!  Don’t do that!  Nick Patrick is a great, senior referee!  Hogan starts talking, and it’s so calm, so normal…it’s so different.  I like it.  Hogan says that he’s getting tired of answering his phone, answering his door.  He’s getting tired of the WCW belt.  He says it hurts his shoulder when he’s carrying it through the airport.  Nash says they can melt it down and make a new one.  Hogan says that WCW still hasn’t figured out their 4th and 5th man.  Hall and Nash act like they’re talking to someone off camera and tell them to stay put.  Hogan says that if Hall and Nash beat Sting and Luger again, WCW’s last few fans will jump ship, so he doesn’t want them to do that.  However, tonight, we’ll see the Outsiders take on someone.  Hall ends with asking if there’s any more of that birthday cake left as we head to commercial.

Match #3: Konnan VS Jim Powers

Both men get jobber entrances!  Konnan’s in black trunks and looks kind of plain compared to his normal look.  Jim Powers is getting all of the offense, with slams and clotheslines, and we can see that they’re still heavy on Powers as their new young white-meat babyface.  Konnan heads outside and slows the pace, while Tony tells us that on Saturday, Konnan said that since Hulk Hogan is going to turn his back on everyone, maybe he will too.  That explains the black tights, I guess.  He follows this nicely by slamming down Powers by his hair before applying an awkward looking leg lock.  He lets Powers out of it and gets his head slammed off of the top turnbuckle 10 times for his trouble.  Powers hits a shot to the gut and a high knee before dropping Konnan with a dropkick.  Konnan drops Powers with feet to the face while Powers rushes into the corner, and then pins Powers with his feet on the top rope for the win.

Winner: Konnan

Well, looks like Konnan is officially a heel now.  How far are we from him joining the Dungeon?

Gene gets in the ring and yells at Konnan for the way he won.  Konnan says Gene’s opinion is irrelevant because Gene doesn’t pay his checks.  Konnan says that since the New World Order came in they’ve been running through cruiserweights.  Konnan says he’s sticking behind WCW in this war against the nWo…making him a babyface?  Um, what?

Match #4: Ron Studd VS “The Canadian Crippler” Chris Benoit w/ Woman & Ms. Elizabeth

Ron Studd is create a wrestler #53.  Generic tights, bald, 7 feet tall, beard.

Woman…dear Lord!  Low cut bustier.  Liz even has a lace down leather top.  The cleavage is with the Crippler here!

Benoit starts us off by getting right in Studd’s grill, slapping him in the face twice.  Benoit has no fear at this point and I love it!  Studd finally snaps, choking Benoit into the corner and nailing him with a couple of had chops.  Studd chases Benoit into the corner but Benoit gets the legs up.  As Studd staggers out, Benoit kicks Studd in the back of the knee, taking him down.  From there, Benoit dissects Studd’s knee; stomping it, dropping on it from the ropes, wrapping it around the ringpost.

Larry has said “new world odor” so many times tonight.  Even Konnan said it once.  Ugh.

Benoit tried to get Studd with a kneebreaker, but Studd comes back by elbowing Benoit in the back of the head and slamming him.  Studd goes to the top for some reason, selling the knee the whole way.  Benoit dropkicks Studd’s knee, follows him up, and brings him ¾ of the way across the ring with a giant superplex for the win!

Winner: Chris Benoit

This was an awesome squash match…and I like that because it’s a REVERSE squash.  The little guy beat the living crap out of the giant!

Mean Gene gets in the ring with Benoit and the ladies.  Gene says he’s getting light headed, but can’t talk about why.  Gene says that Benoit will be wrestling Giant on Thursday at the Clash of the Champions.  Before he gets to that, though, he’s going to talk about one of the best matches he’s ever seen from Saturday between Benoit and Malenko.  Benoit cuts a bad promo, rambling around.  They really need to just let Woman do his talking for him.  Seriously, it’s the only thing keeping him from being a huge start at this point.  Yeah, I know that eventually he gets better and goes higher, but still…gotta watch this stuff as it happens, ya know?

Match #5: WCW World Tag Team Championship Match: The Steiner Brothers VS Harlem Heat (WCW World Tag Team Champions) w/ Sister Sherri & Col. Parker

As we go into hour #2, Bobby Heenan finally decides to stick around and do his job for the first time in almost a month.

Match gets off with a bang as the Steiners take it to Harlem Heat quickly and clear the ring, sending Heat down to the floor to slow the pace for a few moments.  Scott and Booker start off the match once everything calms down.  Scott hammers Booker with knees to the gut and a scoop slam before peppering Booker with fists to the head and a belly-to-belly.

Bobby makes a mistake and says that the Steiners are from Michigan St.  That is incorrect, Bobby.  How dare you?

Tag into Rick, who takes over as we head to commercial break.  Coming back, Rick is chasing Booker around the ring and gets his clock cleaned by Stevie Ray.  It doesn’t keep for long, though, as back in the ring Rick hits a belly-to-belly, tags in Scott, who comes in with a tiger driver and again clears the ring.  Rick is chasing Col. Parker around the ring while Scott tries to suplex Booker T into the ring.  Sherri holds Scott’s foot and causes Booker to crash down on him for a pin.  Parker gets chased into the ring by Rick, though, and trips over Booker T, causing Nick Patrick to disqualify the champs and award the match to the Steiners.

Winners: The Steiner Brothers by DQ

Bischoff keeps thinking that Patrick DQ’d them because of the interference by Sherri, but that’s not what happened.  Parker touched an active competitor and interrupted the match, which is why the DQ was awarded.  Bobby tries to tell him, but Bishcoff isn’t hearing it.

Off to commercial and back to Bischoff telling us that we’ll see the video footage of Hog Wild.  He pitches to video footage of the end of the Battle of the Bikes match, which is interesting.  Usually they do the video slideshow thing instead of videos.  I guess they figure the women’s match isn’t going to sell PPV replays.

Match #6: WCW Cruiserweight Championship Match: Rey Mysterio, Jr. (WCW Cruiserweight Champion) VS The Ultimate Dragon (w/ Sonny Onoo)

Dragon comes to the ring and spits a little bit of Muta mist, which will always get a pop from me.  I love spitting the mist!

Bischoff gets to call his favorite move twice…the back leg round kick!

Dragon is taking it to Mysterio hard.  Kicks to start with, airplane spin, running Liger Bomb…Dragon is just kicking his ass here.  Dragon tries to come off the top with a stomp but Rey gets the feet up and Dragon crashes into them hard.  Dragon sends Rey to the ropes, and Rey kind of gets hung up on the top rope, but is able to come off with a Hurricanrana and a dive to the outside, putting the match back in his corner.

Dragon dropkicks Rey out of the air once they get back in the ring, then gets a suicide dive through the ropes to the floor.  Dragon is looking amazing in this match!  Dragon Suplex to Rey for two.  Scoop slam from Dragon followed by a moonsault, again for two.  Dragon sends Rey to the ropes and comes off the opposite ropes with the Asai Moonsault (named for himself) but again only two.  Dragon goes for a powerbomb, but Rey rolls him up with a sunset flip for the win.

Winner: Rey Mysterio, Jr. (Still WCW Cruiserweight Champion)

Rey celebrates and calls out Malenko, saying that if he wants the belt, come and get it.

Match #7: WCW United States Championship Match: “The Nature Boy” Ric Flair (WCW United States Champion) w/ Woman & Ms. Elizabeth VS “Macho Man” Randy Savage

Now that I think about it, it’s very odd that Savage didn’t get a match at Hog Wild.  He’s one of their top draws and wasn’t on PPV.  Interesting.

Savage comes out and makes a beeline for Flair.  From there, it’s all Savage, teeing off on Flair with punches and a running double axe handle, followed by a backdrop and then trying to choke the life out of Flair.  Flair is able to stop the momentum with a thumb to the eye and a quick chop, but Savage comes back up out of nowhere and starts peppering Naitch with lefts.  Naitch heads to the floor, trying to slow it down, but Savage follows.  Flair is able to hit Savage with a low blow, taking control back as we go to commercial.

Back from commercial, Savage gets a big slap in the face from Liz, but it doesn’t seem to faze him as he again takes it to Flair with punches and a back drop.  Savage goes up top and comes down with a double axe handle, going for the pin but getting distracted by the ladies outside.  Back up top and off again, but this time Flair gets a shot to the midsection.  Flair chops Savage’s knee out with a hit from behind, hobbling Savage to a limp when he tries to stand.  Flair sends Savage out to the floor where Woman is able to get a boot to the gut in.  Flair keeps hammering on the knee, putting the boots to it.  Flair finally locks on the Figure 4, using the middle rope as leverage and getting a two count out of it a couple of times.  Savage is able to turn the Figure 4 over, finally causing Flair to reverse it.  Flair is able to follow with a quick side suplex, though, taking both men back to the mat.

Flair goes to the top rope but in normal fashion is sent crashing back to the mat.  After Flair inadvertently levels referee Randy Anderson with a clothesline, Savage and Flair head out to the floor, where Savage clears back the padding, looking to piledrive Savage on the concrete.  Out comes Hulk Hogan, though, and takes Savage out with a steel chair to the back and then one unprotected to the head.   Hogan rolls Savage back in to the ring, where Flair covers with his feet on the second rope for the win.

Winner: Ric Flair (still WCW United States Champion)

Since Hogan only attacked Savage and left Flair alone, the announcers speculate on whether Flair is with the New World Order.  They figure that since the nWo has been leveling everyone with no mercy, Hogan leaving Flair alone is proof positive he’s the fourth man.

The announcers run us through a slideshow of the World Heavyweight Championship match from Hog Wild.  We then get video of them turning on and beating down the Booty Man.

Bischoff kicks us to Mean Gene in the entry way, who calls down Hollywood Hogan.  Hogan says they’re not attacking people for any particular reason, but just because they’re there.  Hogan says he didn’t touch Flair because he wants to excuses when he beats Flair at the Clash on Thursday.  Hogan’s cutting this promo in his normal Hogan style, sadly, instead of the low key way he was doing so backstage.  Hogan says that once they start taking everyone out, they’re going to “catorgize” all of the WCW wrestlers with new nicknames.  Seriously, he tries to say “categorize” TWICE and botches it both times.  He says that after Clash, Ric Flair will be known as the “stupid little man.”

Commerical break and we come back to Wildcat Willie in the ring, hyping the crowd.  We randomly get a replay of the Outsiders attack on WCW backstage at Disney a few weeks ago.  Bischoff randomly says he’s hearing a lot of chatter from the production truck as we’re waiting on the Outsiders.  He says that the info he has is that the Outsiders are somewhere but that they can’t find them.  Heenan gets up to start leaving.  The Outsiders make their way through the crowd, entering the ring.  Out comes Lex with referee Nick Patrick, but no Sting.

Match #8: The Outsiders VS Lex Luger & Sting

Luger comes in, clothesline to Hall and Nash, and Luger is cleaning house.  In comes Sting from the crowd himself, climbing to the top rope and coming off with a beautiful flying clothesline to Nash.  The Outsiders clear the ring, slowing us down a bit.

Bischoff says that we’re going to try to get to Arn Anderson VS The Giant, but we don’t know if we will.

Luger and Sting do not allow the Outsiders into the ring.  Sting dropkicks Nash off of the apron and all four men head back to the floor.  The Outsiders are able to double team Sting and get him back in the ring, but Luger comes running in and starts hammering on Hall, bringing Sting back into the fight as well.

Nash gets a big boot to Sting, though, and sends him over the top rope and to the floor.  Big side slam on Lex from Nash.  Bischoff wonders why Nick Patrick didn’t disqualify the Outsiders for tossing Sting over the top.  Sting comes back in, double clothesline to the Outsiders, facebuster on Hall, backing both men into opposite corners.  Stinger Splash on Nash, but when he attempts it on Hall, Hall moves and the Stinger eats turnbuckle.  Out come the Horsemen, however, and the Outsiders scatter!

No Contest

Bischoff tells us that Nick Patrick bounced out as well.  Heenan mentions how crazy it is that the Horsemen came to the aid of Sting and Luger.  I like that the nWo has united these guys!

We get a quick replay and we clearly see that Nick Patrick pulls Hall out of the corner, leaving Sting to get nothing but turnbuckle on his Stinger Splash.

In the entry way, Gene talks to the Horsemen.  Flair says that he doesn’t like Sting and Luger, but he’s going to play ball with them because they’re WCW.  He tells Hogan that the first rule of fighting is that you don’t outmatch yourself.  He says that Nash is too big for him, so he’ll send the All Pro in Mongo to him.  Hall…Double A’s got your number.  He doesn’t know who the 4th man is, but he’s certain Benoit will take him out.  Hogan…he’s all Flairs!  With that, Gene sends us off the air.

 

Really fun episode, actually!  Some good stuff on here.  The Steiners match was really good.  Ultimo Dragon put on a clinic tonight and really showed the beginnings of what the WCW Cruiserweight Division is going to be through the rest of this year and into next year.  Benoit squashing a dude almost a foot taller than him and probably 100 pounds heavier…that was so badass!  The Outsiders/Sting & Luger stuff was unorganized, but that’s an awesome thing! We’re beyond simple matches with these four now.  Sting and Luger weren’t out for a win…they were out for revenge!

The Nick Patrick stuff was a little heavy handed, but I only REALLY felt so when Mean Gene was talking about it at the very end.  “What is the deal with this guy?  Is he on the take?”  Something about how nonchalant Gene is about stuff sometimes makes it comes across as silly, and that was a big one for me.

We’re heading into the Clash of the Champions next!  Join us back here soon for that!

Shane

Ratings Breakdown

WWF Raw Ratings – 2.0

WCW Nitro Ratings – 3.3

(Raw – 17, Nitro – 26) (Tie Weeks – 2)

(Unopposed weeks – 5)

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

WCW’s longest Winning Streak (to this point) – 9

 

WCW still winning the race here.  Settle in, folks…this number is gonna just keep climbing!

 

WWF Raw results from this week

Farooq (w/ Sunny) defeated Skip with the Dominator. (4:34)

Crush (w/ Clarence Mason) defeated Savio Vega via submission with a full nelson. (7:16)

Henry Godwinn & Phinneas Godwinn (w/ Hillbilly Jim) defeated TL Hopper & Who when Henry pinned Who with the Slop Drop. (5:31)

WWF World Champion Shawn Michaels (w/ Jose Lothario) defeated Owen Hart (w/ Jim Cornette) in a non-title match following two superkicks after dropkicking an interfering Vader off the ring apron. (9:05)

 

HBK VS Owen sounds pretty good.  Sunny is always awesome.  The rest of the card, though…ugh.  TL Hopper…

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