HogWildA little over 19 years ago, I spent my summer mowing yards and saving up for the holiest of grails…a Sony Playstation.  I would count out my money every week and work until I knew that I had enough, just imagining how awesome that new video game console would be when I was finally able to bring it home.  However, something else happened 19 years ago, in the summer of 1996.  Something that would make me put off getting my new gaming awesomeness just a little bit longer, so that I could experience something I had never experienced.

That something, ladies and gentlemen, was WCW Hog Wild.

In the annuals of wrestling history, Hog Wild probably isn’t anything more than a blip on the radar.  However, to 14 year old Shane, it was the event that I just HAD to watch.  Hogan had just sided with the Outsiders, Hall and Nash, and they had been running roughshod over WCW for the last few weeks.  Tonight, though…in Sturgis…WCW was finally going to get its hands on the traitor in the form of The Giant.  It was must see TV for my brother and I, and my Dad was really into Harleys, so I figured that the added appeal of the pay per view being at the Sturgis rally would be enough to push my parents over the edge and let my brother and I pool our money together and order our very first PPV.

$30 dollars later, on an August Saturday Night, I fell down a rabbit hole that I wasn’t about to come back from.  This was the beginning of me being in a world where I could order wrestling PPVs and not have to wait on the pictures to show up two months later in WCW magazine.  In fact, I ordered three of the next four to round out 1996.  The only PPV I didn’t see from this point on to the end of the year was World War 3, and I really can’t remember why I didn’t order that one.

So, sit back, as I reminisce on my very first wrestling pay per view purchase and as WCW and I bring to you…

WCW Hog Wild, live from Sturgis, SD!

Hog WildFirst thing, the promo art for this one must have been done early in the year because the Hogan that’s featured on the poster/box art/etc is red and yellow babyface Hulk Hogan.

The PPV starts with Tony Schiavone narrating a history lesson on South Dakota and the Sturgis rally, showing us pictures of women in bikinis and leather riding motorcycles, ending with the WCW wrestlers coming down the main strip in Sturgis on their own Harleys.  I like that the wrestlers got together in Minnesota and all rode in together.  That’s badass.

Our announcers are in some awesome attire.  Dusty Rhodes is in not only a cutoff denim shirt, but also cutoff denim shorts!  Tony is in slacks, a black shirt, but a WCW Hog Wild denim vest and a leather cap.  He’s also showing off some of his ink on his arm, which was kind of interesting to see.  Heenan is pretty normally dressed, but all in black, which I’m sure is hot as all get out.  They’re all in sunglasses.

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Match #1: WCW Cruiserweight Championship Match: Ultimate Dragon w/ Sonny Onoo VS Rey Mysterio, Jr. (WCW Cruiserweight Champion)

This is ULTIMATE Dragon, not Ultimo Dragon, just to let you know.  Sonny Onoo is in leather, including a big furry hat.

Tony wishes goodnight to those watching WCW Saturday Night on TBS as they’re about to end that feed and go to PPV only.  I wanted to find that episode of Saturday Night but couldn’t, sadly.

The setup is pretty cool.  It’s a basic stage but with camo tarps over it.  There’s a wide dirt walkway and the ring is up on a dirt pile about four or five feet high, so they’re up pretty high.  A lot of the members of the crowd are sitting on their motorcycles and will rev up the engines when they’re excited.

The announce team is joined by “Iron” Mike Tenay, who is there, as always, to provide us with background information on the foreign wrestlers.

Match starts off with some quick mat wrestling, with Dragon mostly leading the charge.

Someone has a blow up sex doll in the crowd.

Rey is in his Spider-Man gear.  I love that Rey will show his comic book fandom in his gear.

We get dueling backflips, dueling leg sweeps, and a standoff that gets a reaction out of the crowd.  The crowd starts chanting USA in a match with a Mexican and a Japanese guy.

Dragon hits a handspring elbow in the corner, shades of the Great Muta.  He follows it with a running Liger-Bomb, showing us that tonight will be a mixtape of the greatest of NJPW in 1994.  Dragon doesn’t go for a pin, though, but wraps on a Figure 4.  Rey is able to get to the ropes and end the hold.  Tenay lets us know that Dragon made it to the end of the J-Crown Tournament, defeating Jushin “Thunder” Liger in 2 minutes.  He also tells us that Liger was just diagnosed with a brain tumor.  I saw something about this in Meltzer’s newsletter, so I need to read into this.

Close-up of Sonny Onoo, who tells us that American fans are so stupid because Mysterio is from Mexico, not the USA.

Rey hits a big missile dropkick that sends Dragon to the ringside area, then a baseball slide dropkick that knocks Dragon off of the platform that the ring is on.  Rey then dives off of the top rope all the way to the ground!  Back in the ring, Rey hits a Hurricanrana, but Dragon takes over and sends Rey to ringside and hits a hell of a body press over the top rope, sending both men to the mat hard.

Dragon takes it back into the ring and hits a picture perfect German suplex for two.  He follows it with a springboard moonsault but doesn’t pin, then goes with a top rope moonsault for two.  Dragon goes back to the well for another Ligerbomb but Rey whips it into a Frankensteiner.  Rey tries for a top rope Frankensteiner, but Dragon shoves him off.  Mysterio flips out of it, jumps up, tries again, hits it and covers for three.

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

We go to Mean Gene, in jeans, white tee shirt, and WCW Hog Wild denim vest.  He tells us to call his hotline (1-900-909-9900) to find out about who may be on the premises and how they may factor into the next members of the New World Order.

We get some shots of Main Street in Sturgis and a little history of the rally, as well as some cool aerial shots of the crowd.

Match #2: Scott “Flash” Norton VS Ice Train

This is billed as a “Special Challenge Match.”  Ice Train is out without Teddy Long, which is odd.  He’s also heavily taped up due to apparently coming out on Saturday Night and getting in the face of the Giant.

Scott Norton’s outfit was made by Mead, apparently, as it looks like a 90s Trapper Keeper.  Red, purple, neon colored text…ugh.

Norton starts beating down on Ice Train’s bandaged arm and shoulder, showing no remorse.  Norton takes Ice Train outside and rams his shoulder into the ring post.

Tony tells us that Teddy Long is out due to being choke slammed on Nitro.  I like that.  Non-wrestlers should be out a long time due to big moves like that, and now he’s been out for almost a week.

Norton is ruling Ice Train in this match.  Train tries to build back but Norton is able to take him back out with one move.

Ice Train is able to hit a powerslam and a few quick clotheslines, but Norton beats him back down and applies an armbar to Ice Train’s injured arm.  The referee ends the match due to this, but Norton has to be persuaded to let Ice Train’s arm go.

Winner: Scott Norton

We get a pre-taped interview from Ric Flair, cutting a promo on the Outsiders and how they took out Double A.  Flair says he had decided that the Horsemen and the nWo could co-exist, but then they jumped the Enforcer, and all of that changed.

“It’s on now.”

Quick commercial for Official WCW Hog Wild merchandise.  We see a black T-shirt and that sweet denim vest everyone’s been rocking lately.  The shirt is $21.95, but the vest will run you $89.95 plus a 10-spot for shipping!

Match #3: Battle of the Bikes: Bull Nakano w/ Sonny Onoo VS Madusa

“I haven’t seen anything here that says Huffy…or Schwynn!” – Bobby Heenan

Bull Nakano comes out in a leather jacket with nunchucks.  Onoo is on a white, red and orange Japanese motorcycle.

“How’d you like to come home late from dinner and have her waiting there on you!?” – Heenan

Madusa comes out riding her pink Harley, to the delight of the crowd.  Tony tells us that Madusa was part of the group riding to Sturgis on their bikes, so she’s the real deal.  She’s also making her money right now driving a damn monster truck, so that’s pretty badass.

Nakano jumps Madusa from behind and then hits her in the gut with the nunchuks, while the referee looks right at her, not giving a damn, apparently.  Nakano whips Madusa across the ring by her hair, twice, before the ref gets involved, too.  What’d Madusa due to this ref?!

When did Madusa become a babyface?  We saw her apparently sleeping with Col. Parker, then beat up Sherri, then disappear for a few months, then show up a few weeks ago on Nitro randomly in red, white, and blue as a full out babyface.

Nakano slams Madusa but Madusa slips up out of the move like she’s from the Matrix, then hits three running clotheslines.  Nakano locks her up in a scorpion bow and arrow that I’m pretty sure Paige uses now…or at least used to…before settling for a side headlock.  The bikers start revving up their bikes, trying to revive Madusa.  It must work because she ducks a clothesline and hits a Frankensteiner for two and we get the loudest pop we’ve had thus far.  Madusa misses a spinwheel kick and gets clotheslined, ending the revving.  Madusa is able to get a nice German suplex for two, firing them back up.  It’s interesting that this is the match they’re popping the most for.  I wonder if it’s more the idea that if Madusa loses, they’re going to smash a Harley, or if they’re really that into her.

The crowd chants USA, appropriately this time, as Madusa hits a sunset flip for two, but is dropped into a belly-to-belly suplex that the referee accidentally counts three on.  Madusa does get her arm up, so that’s all on the referee.  Sonny Onoo starts freaking out, thinking Madusa just lost, so he grabs the sledgehammer and starts trying to smash Madusa’s bike by hitting it in the seat.  The bell rings, ending the match for some reason, as Madusa runs out and takes the sledgehammer from Onoo, chasing him away.  She begins smashing the bike with the sledgehammer, pushing it over and beating on it a bit more.

19960810_madusa_bull_USETony tells us that Madusa was actually pinning Bull Nakano, and that’s what the three count was.  I just went back and rewatched this, and YES…Nakano’s shoulders were down and stayed down for the three count.  However, Madusa was never in an offensive position.  She was the one being pinned.  So…they’ve given this to Madusa based on a screw up by the referee apparently, but Madusa never actually won this match.

Winner: Madusa (but we know she really didn’t win)

Tony tells us that we can chat with the WCW wrestlers on CompuServe and we go backstage to see the Steiner Brothers on laptops.  Rick is clearly playing a video game instead of chatting, prompting Scotty to ask him where he got that game.

Match #4: “The Man of 1,000 Holds” Dean Malenko VS “The Canadian Crippler” Chris Benoit w/ Woman & Ms. Elizabeth

From the looks of it, those fans that aren’t on their motorcycles are just standing in the crowd.  A two hour Saturday Night, three hours of PPV…yeah, that’s gotta get old fast.

Jimmy Hart comes walking out with Dean Malenko, telling him all he needs to do is take Benoit out and he’ll take care of everything else.  Of course, that “everything else” means a Cruiserweight Championship shot.

Woman looking good!  Short shorts, USA top…yep.

I’ve been looking forward to this match for a while.  When I really got into watching technical wrestling, this was a match that I constantly went back to on my old VHS tapes.

Benoit starts off in Malenko’s face with a “come at me, bro” stance, then just attacks, taking Malenko down and hammering on him with fists.  The two beat on each other for a while, then Dean takes over with a suplex and an elbow drop for two, then moving into a headlock.  Tide turns to Benoit, who goes for a pin but Malenko’s leg is on the rope, so referee Nick Patrick refuses the count.  Benoit just grabs Malenko’s leg and hooks it, making Dean kick out.  Just a small moment but I liked it.

We get a pin trade-off, each man moving through some two counts, then Benoit bridges up and attempts a backslide, but Dean jumps out of it and rolls him up, Benoit reverses, Malenko bridges out himself and then pulls off his own backslide for a two count.  Great volley!  Hiptoss by Dean and into a short arm scissors.  Benoit is able to stand Malenko out of the arm scissors and suplex him down in an incredible feat of strength.  He follows with a snap suplex and an abdominal stretch, but Dean is able to get out of it with an arm drag, but Benoit is right back on him with a headlock.

Out of the headlock, the two men fire off punches and meet in the middle of the ring with a double cross body block, taking down both men.  Dean comes off the top with a double axe handle, but Benoit blocks it and snap suplexes the Ice Man before hitting the diving headbutt for two.  The Crippler goes for a tombstone piledriver but Dean is able to reverse it and hit one of his own for two.  Dean pulls Benoit back down three more times for three more two counts, trying to wear out the man with multiple kick out attempts.  I love it when wrestlers try that!  Dean goes for the cloverleaf, Benoit rolls up, two count.  Dean hits a crossbody near the ropes, sending both men toppling over the top rope and to the ringside area.

Coming into the ring, Dean goes up top and Benoit follows, superplexing him down so hard that Benoit flips when he hits the ring.  He gets up after selling the head, though, and hits a scoop slam and a quick cover for two.  Dean hits a beautiful release German suplex for two.  These two are just throwing everything at each other!  A few more suplexes, a Liontamer from Benoit that Bobby calls a “Canadian Crippler Crab.”  Around this time, the announcer starts letting us know that we’re approaching the time limit for this match.

Benoit throws out a snap powerbomb for two.  Haven’t seen that in a while.  Scoop slam to Malenko and Benoit goes up top.  Malenko heads up with him and superplexes him off, crawling over to Benoit for a two count as David Penzer tells us that we have thirty seconds left.  Dean tries a quick roll but again, two.  Dean hits his own powerbomb as the time limit runs out, but again Benoit kicks out at two.

Winner: Draw (time limit)

Nick Patrick tells both men that there must be a winner, so we’re going to go back for five more minutes in an overtime period!

DM10962Benoit attacks Malenko from behind, back suplex, cover and a two count.  Tilt-a-whirl backbreaker from Benoit for another two count.  Benoit then locks Malenko in his own Texas Cloverleaf.  Malenko starts working toward the ropes, but Benoit pulls him back to the center of the Hog Wild logo in the middle of the ring.  Woman is going absolutely nuts encouraging Benoit on.  Benoit finally drops the hold due to Malenko refusing to give up.  Dean gets a measure of revenge with an enziguri, dragging himself to the corner, showing that they’re spent.  The two men knock heads in the corner, taking both of them down.  Malenko hammers on Dean’s knee from behind and then applies a leg scissors.  Benoit pulls Dean over to the ropes and jumps on the leg twice, then drags him back to the middle of the ring and locks on the leg scissors again.  Dean rolls Benoit up in a small package, but Benoit kicks out again just as the time limit runs out.

Winner: Draw (time limit)

Yet again, Nick Patrick calls for a five minute overtime.  The crowd doesn’t really react to this that well.  Bobby covers it nicely, saying that they’re mad that Benoit isn’t the winner, but I really think that this type of match is just lost on this crowd, which is sad because it’s an awesome match.

Chris Benoit Wins Malenko at HoG Wild 1996Benoit hits a dragon suplex for two.  Malenko tries a reversal but Benoit covers, again for two.  The Crippler goes for a dropkick off of an Irish whip, but Dean grabs the rope and Benoit hits the mat.  Dean locks on his own Texas Cloverleaf, but Woman helps Benoit get the ropes.  Dean expertly turns it into an STF, but Woman again gets involved.  Dean lets go of the move to try to run off Woman, but Benoit rolls him up for the win, using the ropes for leverage.

Winner: Chris Benoit

Damn, that was a good match!  Technical clinic right there!

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

At the onset of the match, it seems that Stevie Ray has run afoul of some of the bikers in the crowd as they are begging him to come out into the crowd with them.  I can only imagine what words were said in that exchange.

Strong start off with Scotty and Booker T.  Tiger Driver, snap suplex and a Rick Steiner Steinerline sends Booker to the outside to regroups with his camp.  Crazy to see the first offensive move being a major one like the Tiger Driver.  Booker goes for a spin kick but Scotty ducks, gorilla press slam and the crowd goes nuts!  Into the corner, mounted punches with the crowd counting along loudly, then a hip toss that sends Booker outside again.  Back suplex and a tag to Rick, who comes in firing off punches.

Someone throws in a coke bottle and Randy Anderson kicks it out of the ring in the smoothest motion I’ve ever seen.  He runs over to check on a pin and just effortlessly kicks it with his left foot in mid-step.  It’s awesome.

Rick tags out to Scott, who gets a side slam from Booker as Sister Sherri is having a conniption on the outside.  He tries to follow Scott into the corner, though, but Scott gets a foot to Booker’s face and comes out of the corner with a belly-to-belly.  Tag out to Rick, who also gets a suplex for two.  Sister Sherri starts yelling and Rick counters with a very loud “shut up, bitch!”  Looks like Sturgis brings out the intensity in the Steiners…which I was unaware they could get more intense!  Booker tries to leapfrog Rick, but Rick catches him in a powerslam.  Scott hits a dropkick off of an Irish whip and goes for an STF, but in comes Stevie Ray to break it up.  Scott tags out to Rick, who comes in with a camel clutch.  Randy Anderson didn’t see the tag, though, so he questioned the Steiners about it, but lets it stand.  Booker sends Rick to the ropes and Stevie Ray holds down the top rope, letting Rick fly out to the floor where he can get in some cheap shots.  Back in the ring, Booker goes for a Harlem Side Kick, but Rick ducks and Booker crotches himself on the top rope.  He tags out to Stevie Ray, who is able to keep Steiner down, though.

After being controlled for a while, Rick is able to get the tag to Scott, who clears house with punches and a huge overhead belly-to-belly to Booker T.  Col. Parker tries to throw powder in Scott’s face, but Scott ducks and he gets Booker T with it.  Sherri throws it, too, though, and gets Scott.  Parker takes advantage of the blinded Steiner to hit Steiner over the head with his cane, breaking it.  Booker T gets the pin.

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

The crowd immediately starts pelting Parker with trash.  It’s interesting that the Steiners are the ones that they’ve been the most into in this whole event.

More beauty shots of Sturgis and the surrounding area.

“More shots of the raceway here at Sturgis.” – Tony

“That ain’t the raceway…that’s the track at the high school!” – Dusty Rhodes

Dusty wasn’t wrong…it was clearly the high school track.

We get a video package of the WCW wrestlers riding their bikes from the Mall of America to Sturgis.  Impressive, seeing who all went.  We also get a quick shot of DDP with Kim on his bike, breaking kayfabe!  We’re also seeing a lot of the guys with wives, which is interesting.  Looks like Double A and Big Bubba both have theirs, as well as DDP and Mongo.  We also get shots of a lot of the crazy looking people and bikes at the rally.  It ends with a woman starting to flash us, which is unfortunate that it faded out on that part.

Growing up with a Dad who was into motorcycles, that culture was always somewhat in my life, so seeing this stuff is always cool.  Like I said at the beginning, this is one of the reasons we were able to buy this PPV as it appealed to that aspect of him.

Match #6: WCW United States Championship Match: Eddie Guerrero VS “The Nature Boy” Ric Flair (WCW United States Champion) w/ Woman & Ms. Elizabeth

“These girls got a Harley to ride, right here!  1200 CCs!”  Flair, pointing to himself.

The first sign I’ve seen in the crowd all night…Flair is God.

We start off with a shoving match, Flair shoving Eddie, then Eddie shoving back, each time Eddie shoves, Flair takes a bump.  Finally fed up with it, Flair shoves the referee, who shoves him back.  Guerrero and Flair slap each other, and Flair bails to the ringside area to slow the match down.

Slower paced match, with Eddie working to show he can hang with Flair by being the quicker of the two at times, or coming back right after a move.

As the sun is setting, they don’t seem to have turned on the lighting rig yet as at times during this match, it seems to get really dark in the ring.

Chops from Guerrero in the corner, Flair flop in the center of the ring.  Listen…I love Ric Flair.  He’s arguably the greatest wrestler in history.  However, the flop…stupidest thing in wrestling.  Yes, that includes the People’s Elbow, 5 Knuckle Shuffle, Worm, and Stink Face.  Yeah…I said it.

Ric Flair Retains WCW US Title At Hog WildEddie tries a sunset flip, Flair goes for a fist drop, Eddie moves and Flair hits the mat.  Eddie gets a drop toehold off of an Irish whip, then puts Flair in the Figure 4!  Eddie follows up with a nice headscissors that he walked up the ropes to get, gets a two count, then follows with a few chops and a tornado DDT out of the corner, again for two.  Eddie struts a little, mocking Flair, and we get a small look at Eddie later in years.  He’s so good, but so vanilla right now…hard to believe that in the future he’ll be one of the most charismatic wrestlers ever.

Sunset flip from Eddie again, this time he pulls Flair’s tights down to get the roll up.  He only gets 2, though, so sadly we all had to see Flair’s ass for nothing.  Eddie goes to the eyes, then goes for a frog splash, hitting it, but coming down on his knee and selling the injury.  Flair goes for a kneebreaker, but Eddie gets out, rolls backwards, and Rick hits him with a hell of a clothesline.  Figure 4 from Flair, grabbing the top rope and then Woman for leverage.  Eddie lays down, referee counts the pin, and it’s Flair’s victory.

Winner: Ric Flair (still WCW United States Champion)

Mean Gene is with Jimmy Hart and The Giant.  Hart isn’t wearing his trademark jacket, but he does have a tie with his face as well as Sullivan’s and The Giant’s.  Quick promo on how Hogan betrayed the fans.  He’s going to chokeslam him.  Short and sweet.

Match #7: Grudge Match: The Outsiders (Scott Hall & Kevin Nash) VS Sting & Lex Luger

Debut of the nWo music as entrance music!  We’ve heard it in the paid promos, but this is the first time someone’s come to the ring to it.

My only complaint thus far is that Sting and Luger come to the ring much too happy and calm for this to be a grudge match.  I would have liked to see them fired up and pissed.

Hall starts it off for his team, Luger for his.  Tony reminds us that this is really one of the first times that Luger gets to get his hands on the Outsiders since he got knocked out of the match early at Bash at the Beach.  Hall throws his toothpick at Sting then locks up with Luger and is backed up into the corner where Nick Patrick forces a break.  They lock up again, Hall bests Luger with an armdrag and mocks Luger’s pose.  Hall attempts a hip toss out of the corner, but Luger blocks it twice, comes out with his own hip toss, and follows with a scoop slam.  Hall tags out to Nash and the big man saunters into the ring to the awaiting flexing pecs of Luger.

Nash waves Luger away and points at Sting.  He spits in Sting’s face.  Sting no-sells it, wipes it off casually, and Luger tags out to him.  Sting walks in and spits back in Nash’s face, then jaw jacks with him a bit, staring him down.  Nash sends him to the mat with a big right hand, though.  Sting comes up from the mat with a big right of his own, though, rocking Nash back to the ropes.  Nash runs in with a clotheslines, Sting ducks and tries a scoop slam, but the big man is just too much.  Sting swings rights and lefts, bobbing and weaving away from Nash’s punches.  Nash sends him to the ropes, but Sting ducks, thumb to the eyes and scoop slams Nash this time, firing up the crowd and then nailing Hall with a right for good measure.  Nash gets back up and hits a snake eyes in the corner on Sting, who staggers into the waiting punch of Hall as the Outsiders tag out.

Now it’s time to beat up Sting over in the Outsiders corner.  Sting tries to stagger over to Luger, but Nash stops him short with a big clotheslines before tagging back out to Hall.  Hall catches Sting’s cross body block attempt with a fallaway slam, pinning with his feet on the ropes for two.  From then on, it’s the “beat down Sting” show.  Sting and Nash collide off of an Irish whip, knocking Nash down and Sting loopy.  He basically Flair-flips, but it’s way more casual and he falls head first into Nash’s junk.  I always liked that spot.

At one point, Heenan yells “C’mon Hall!” and the other announcers rake him over the coals as Bobby backtracks over what he really meant.

Outsiders vs Sting & Luger Hog Wild 1996Irish whip from Hall, tag out, big boot from Nash.  A really smoot transition and it came off really nice.  Nash calls for the Outsider’s Edge and tags out to Hall.  Hall sets up for his finisher but Sting backdrops him out of it and gets the hot tag to Luger.  Bobby again roots for the wrong team.  Luger cleans house, knocking Nash into the corner while he’s hammering Hall in another.  Sting comes flying in with the Stinger splash, taking Nash outside and locking him in the Scorpion Deathlock.  Inside, Luger hits a powerslam to Hall and goes for the rack.  There’s a really bad attempt at hitting referee Nick Patrick with Hall’s feet, sending Patrick to his knees once, then, we deliberately see him come down and chop block Luger while he’s got Hall up.  Fast count later, and the Outsiders are our victors.

Winners: The Outsiders

The announcers argue about whether it was a fast count or not, and honestly it’s not too bad, but Patrick definitely didn’t “stumble,” as Tony says he did.  He took aim and dropped his best Ric Flair forearm to the knee of Luger.  We’ll deal with Patrick a bit more in the future, ladies and gentlemen.

Match #8: WCW World Heavyweight Championship: “Hollywood” Hulk Hogan VS The Giant (WCW World Heavyweight Champion) w/ Jimmy Hart

We go to Michael Buffer and his milliondy-word-long intro that probably netted him a small fortune.

It’s now fully night time and the dark setting outdoors looks so badass.  Outdoor arenas always look so much better at night than they do through the day.

Hogan has new tights and boots that look way better than the solid black ones he was sporting in 95 and a few weeks ago.  He’s got an airbrushed Terminator/nWo shirt that’s pretty awesome as well.  He’s also got HOLLYWOOD on his tights, officially going by “Hollywood” Hogan now.  The change to the dark side is complete.  His intro wasn’t overly heelish, though, which was interesting.

Hogan heads to the ringside area as Giant enters the ring, and Giant is holding him off from getting into the ring while Jimmy taunts him with “come on in, big boy!”  Hogan tries a few times and isn’t able to get in, so he waves it off and heads to the back.  Halfway down the aisle, he thinks better of it and is able to finally get into the ring, to the cheers of the crowd.  I wonder if the crowd is siding with the nWo or if they’re just ready to see Hogan get his ass kicked.

Hogan fires off some rights on Giant, but they don’t faze him, so he bails to the ringside area again.  Irish whip to Hogan, shoulder block by The Giant, and Hogan’s back on the floor.  Back in, back suplex, and Hogan again heads out.  Hogan tries to draw Giant into the corner but Giant stands in the center of the ring and tells Hogan to come out to him.  Giant reaches out to lock up with him but Hogan pulls back, taunting Giant.

“Hogan has slowed the pace of this match down to a crawl.” – Tony Schiavone

That’s why I can pretty much offer full play by play on this one.  This match is crawling by.  Hogan locks up with Giant in a Greco-Roman lock, but Giant overpowers him until Hogan fires off kicks to the Giant’s gut.  Hogan is able to reverse it at that point, driving Giant to his knees while yelling “I’m going to break him in half.”  Giant tries to fire back up but Hogan is able to cut it off with a knee to the gut.  Giant is able to come back, getting to a full vertical base and driving Hollywood to HIS knees.  He breaks the hold and applies a top wrist lock to the arm of Hogan.  Hogan mimics like Giant is pulling his hair, leading Randy Anderson to check on it, and Hogan uses the distraction and pulls Giant down by the hair and takes over with a wrist lock of his own.  The crowd goes nuts for it, truthfully, so I’m guessing the bikers are fully nWo.

screen-shot-2014-05-08-at-7-37-49-amHogan controls the top wrist lock for a while, Giant comes back, Hogan grabs the hair again and pulls him back down.  Giant fires back up, Hogan tries the “he grabbed my hair” gimmick again, but Giant doesn’t go down and then pulls Hogan down by the hair.  A couple of headbutts later and Hogan is on the floor.  Giant follows him out, raking Giant’s back a few times and then attempting to run his head into the ring post.  Giant stops it and ram’s Hogan’s head into it and then sends him back into the ring.  Irish whip into the corner, kick to Hogan’s gut, whip into the opposite corner and another kick in the gut.  Whip to the ropes and Giant comes down with a big backbreaker to Hogan.  Two count and Hogan gets his foot on the ropes.  Scoop slam from the Giant and the big man goes for a jumping elbow drop but Hogan rolls out of the way.  Hogan makes it to his feet, selling the back, and then tees off on Giant with a few right hands.  After the second one, Giant is done selling them.  Giant starts Hulking up, complete with the finger point and the “You!” after the 5th punch.  Hogan goes for another punch and gets a trio of chops for his trouble.  Giant sends him for an Irish whip, big boot, then calls for the chokeslam.  Hall comes to the ring, climbing the top rope, and Giant sends him to the mat, then picks him up with a big chokeslam.  Kevin Nash sneaks in with Jimmy Hart’s megaphone, but Giant kicks him in the gut and then chokeslams Nash!  Hogan sneaks in with the belt, though, and nails Giant from behind with it.  1…2…3…

Winner: “Hollywood” Hulk Hogan is the new WCW World Heavyweight Champion

The crowd goes nuts, presumably due to the bad guy victory, because that match was slow and bad.  Watch it back with my writing…I’m pretty sure I got EVERY move in my writeup.  It was that slow.

Hogan hugs Hall and Nash in celebration.  Coming down the walkway are two crew members with a birthday cake, followed by The Booty Man in the same shirt Hogan was rocking earlier.  E tu, Booty?

hqdefaultHogan says that Booty Man knows it’s Hogan’s birthday, so now he’s going to wish himself a happy birthday.  Booty Man congratulates Hogan on being the new nWo World Heavyweight Champion.  Dusty goes off, saying he’s the WCW champion!  Booty Man wishes Hogan a happy birthday, then shakes Hogan’s hand for being there for him for 22 years.  He tells Booty Man that he loves him like his own blood.  He says that to have him there with an nWo shirt on is something special.  Hogan says now that he’s champion, in Denver, Colorado, Ric Flair is going to get a beating.  Hogan says the thing that makes the nWo so powerful is that they never mix business with friendship or pleasure.  He says they attacked WCW with no regard for whether or not Arn Anderson was there.  Hogan says Flair showed his soft spot.  He again says that they don’t mix business with friendship, but this is a special occasion.  He says he’ll make an exception.  He whispers in Nash’s ear.  Nash grabs Booty Man from behind and they wail on him, sending him out to the floor.  He tells Flair that Booty Man is his best friend, so if he’ll do that to his best friend, imagine what he’ll do to him.

Nash gets the present that was with Booty Man’s cake.  Hogan unwraps it and it’s a can of spray paint.  Hogan then spray paints “nWo” on the WCW World Championship.  He plays to the camera a bit more and they leave the ring, leaving Giant and Booty Man laying in broken heaps.

We cut back to our announcers and Dusty talks about how hard it was to see a championship title that he has worn be spray painted.  He asks where WCW was when Giant needed him at the end.  With that, we go off the air.

Hogan Marcs Title With Spray

That was it, ladies and gentlemen…WCW Hog Wild.  We end with the World Heavyweight Championship firmly in the grasp of the New World Order.  I think, honestly, looking back, I would have waited just a BIT longer to give him the title, but with the next few months being setup like they are, it’s not terrible that he has it right now.  He’ll only defend it two times through the rest of this year if I’m correct, though…once at Clash of Champions coming up in two weeks and once at Halloween Havoc.

We have the beginnings of the evil referee gimmick with Nick Patrick.  I’m not really looking forward to this, fans.  This takes forever to play out if I remember correctly, so we’ve got a while to deal with it.  Plus, I’m not a fan of Patrick at all.  He’s easily the worst referee WCW has at this point, so I hate that he basically gets a starring role coming up over the next few months.

Watching it again, fully, for the first time since August 10th, 1996, I actually really enjoyed this show.  There was some good wrestling, some good story line stuff, and it had a great atmosphere.  The main event was slow as cold pudding, but that’s kind of what defines this era of WCW going forward…a fantastic undercard compensating for big name main events that aren’t as great wrestling-wise.  Together, it works out to this interesting package that makes WCW so special for the next year and a half.

Join me soon as we head into the next episode of Monday Nitro to see how this all falls out.  Until next time!

Shane

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KoaNitro copyHello, everyone, and welcome back to another installment of Kick Out at Nitro!  I apologize for the wait between updates, but life outside of 1996 goes on, unfortunately.

Red and yellow Hulk Hogan is still all over the opening of this show, which is silly.  C’mon, guys, let’s get this updated.

Nitro comes to us yet again from Disney/MGM Studios in Orlando, FL.  Is this now the 5th episode from the same place?  Don’t get me wrong, it’s pretty sweet, but I’m actually wondering how they escaped rain in 5 weeks in Florida.  It’s like clockwork down here in the summer…it will rain every day and it will rain hard.

Tony and Larry start us off, pointing out an interesting bit of coincidence in showing four empty seats at ringside and speculating that they were seats for the nWo.  Larry lets us know that tonight, the wrestlers will take care of security.  Out come the mid-carders in street gear, encircling the ring and apparently there as enforcers.  Interestingly enough, the first two out are Big Bubba and Scott Norton…two future members of the New World Order.

Match #1: WCW World Tag Team Championship Match: Rock and Roll Express VS Harlem Heat (WCW Tag Team Champions) w/ Sister Sherri & Col. Robert Parker

Harlem Heat are going to be included as DLC in the new WWE video game in a match against The Outsiders (which I would imagine is from Halloween Havoc of this current Nitro year).  I’m super excited about this!

Tony tells us that tonight we’ll see The Booty Man take on Ric Flair!  Where the hell did they find the Booty Man?!

The match almost starts off with Morton and Stevie Ray, but Stevie quickly tags out to Booker as Larry tells us that was due to Morton being the quicker of the two R&R Express, so they wanted to match speed since Booker is the faster of Harlem Heat.

Harlem Heat pretty much controls the match through the first commercial break and a while more once they come back from it, tagging out with quick tags and beating down Ricky Morton, as is usual in a Rock and Roll Express match.

This is the go-home show to Hog Wild, which really makes me excited.  I am going to have to try to track down WCW Saturday Night from that night as well, as it was also live from Sturgis, but Saturday Night has proven a bit harder to track down than other WCW shows, sadly.

Booker T is yelling at his managers for not concentrating on the match and fawning over each other.  Booker misses an elbow drop but spins back to his feet and nails the Harlem side kick.  That’s how I like Booker doing that move…not as a stand-alone taunt, but as a transition.  It’s so much smoother and less “fake” than the way WWE made him do it.  Morton gets the hot tag to Gibson, who comes in and takes it to Harlem Heat.  They get a double dropkick on Booker, which brings in Sister Sherri to try to break it up.  Gibson grabs her and shoves her away, which brings up Parker to defend his lady’s honor.  Gibson nails him, but Stevie Ray hits Gibson from behind and Booker is able to roll him up for the win.

Winners: Harlem Heat

Mean Gene is at the entry way with the Nasty Boys.  Brian Knobbs says they’re Hulk Hogan’s friend, but Hogan’s doing what he wants to do and they do what they want to do.  Luger and Sting (their opponents tonight) come out and Sting wants to know if they’re going to be with WCW or with the Outsiders.  Saggs says they’re going to stand right here in Nastyville, not giving us an answer at all, and says it’s none of their business.  Luger says they’re going to make it their business and they leave as we go to commercial break.

Yet another Glacier commercial.  Getting comical at this point.  We’re going on two months of these.  This dude is never going to debut.

Match #2: Malia Hosaka w/ Sonny Onoo VS Madusa

I have no idea who Malia Hosaka is, but she’s hot!

Pretty back and forth, hard hitting match, honestly.  Hosaka takes forever applying a Figure 4, which I don’t know if she was trying to go for a spinning toe hold beforehand or if it was just taking her a long time to get the move locked on.  Hosaka let’s go of the hold and locks Madusa’s leg for a legbreaker in a way that I’ve never seen it applied.  Usually that move is done with the other person facing down, but Hosaka does it with Madusa on her back and it looked brutal.

Tony tells us that a limo has arrived at Nitro.  We see it just outside the ring area with its blinkers on.  Clear day, parked, blinkers on…yep, they’re definitely in Florida.

Madusa superplexes Hosaka off the top, then running dropkicks Sonny Onoo off the apron.  Hosaka pins Madusa for the win.

Winner: Malia Hosaka

Um…what?  Check out the finish to this match.  It’s random.  Madusa is clearly on the offensive and Hosaka just pins her for the win.  So random.

Commercial break, advertising Chris Benoit and WCW Saturday Night.  John Tenta VS Big Bubba…um, maybe I will hold off on trying to find this episode after all.

We get a replay of three weeks ago when Malenko attacked Benoit during his match with Eddie Guerrero, costing Benoit the match via count out.  Tony tells us that Malenko said that he and Jimmy Hart have a business arrangement.  If Malenko takes Benoit out, he’ll get another shot at the Cruiserweight Championship.  Now, Hart has nothing to do with the Cruiserweight title, so I have no clue how he would pull this off, but we’re then told that Rey Jr. will defend the title against Malenko on WCW’s Saturday morning show.

Match #3: “Das Wunderkind” Alex Wright VS “The Canadian Crippler” Chris Benoit w/ Woman & Ms. Elizabeth

Woman is looking good!  She’s in a white halter top kind of deal with a leather jacket and black leather pants.

Benoit takes it to Wright in the corner from the offset, just hammering him with kicks.  Nick Patrick pulls Benoit off of Wright, chastising him, and allowing Wright to capitalize with a European uppercut and a barrage of his own.  Benoit escapes to the floor to slow things down as the announcers bring up the limo again.  Benoit takes Wright’s head off with a clothesline and then slaps Wright in the face hard a few times before they starts chain wrestling a bit.  Wright hits a duo of smooth headscissor dropkicks and then taking Benoit down with an armdrag and starting to work on the arm a bit.  Wright whips Benoit to the opposite corner and tries to dive in after him, but Benoit moves and Das Wunderkind eats turnbuckle.

Benoit controls the match from this point and out comes Jimmy Hart to get in Woman’s face, telling her that Benoit will never win her a World Championship.  Hart says that Woman has someone in the back that she needs to be with, so I’m sure he’s talking about Sullivan.  Out comes Dean Malenko, who grabs Woman by the arm and tries to pull her backstage.  Benoit dives out of the ring and onto Malenko and the two brawl to the back, including Benoit Irish whipping Malenko into a palm tree, into the commercial break.

Winner: Alex Wright (via countout)

For those of you who saw my review on the Mattel Elite 37 Dean Malenko action figure, it does appear that Malenko wears his socks a bit higher than his boots.  I guess I just never paid attention to it until I saw it on the action figure.  I stand corrected.

Match #4: Lord Steven Regal w/ Jeeves VS “Macho Man” Randy Savage

As Tony tells us that Randy Savage is a man to trust here in WCW, Savage comes to the ring decked out in black and white.  Um, maybe a different outfit now that the nWo had taken over those two colors, Randy?

“Macho Man is insane.  He tried to tackle a limosine last week!” – Larry Zbyszko

Regal wins the opening mat wrestling volley and tries to show off, but Savage gets the better of him off of that exchange.  The two men trade the match back and forth as we hit Hour # 2 and Tony tells us that there is no Bobby Heenan or Eric Bischoff to trade off to, so Larry and Tony will be our Hour #2 announcers.

Savage fires back as we head into Hour #2 and out walk Sting and Lex Luger.  They have a seat with the fans in two of the four empty seats at ringside that Tony has been speculating may be for the nWo.  Somebody tries to shake Lex’s hand but Lex doesn’t see him, so the guy walks off.  The guy sitting beside Sting is totally no-selling the entire deal, which is funny.

Savage takes Regal outside and slams him into the seats that Sting and Luger are sitting in.  He takes him back in, scoop slam, and flying elbow for the win.

Winner: Randy Savage

Right before Savage hit, Regal does this super interesting thing where it’s like he can see that Savage is going to his and he just has no way of stopping it, so he flails his arms and tries to move but it’s just too late.  Such a cool little moment and shows how good Regal is.

The moment the match is over, Sting and Luger make a beeline for the limo.  They open the doors and Sting pulls out a flower arrangement.  It says “Condolences on the Death of WCW.”

Mean Gene is in the ring with Macho Man and tells us that Savage cut a deal and he’ll be the first man to face either the Giant or Hogan, whichever wins, for the Championship.  I’m guessing that’s at Halloween Havoc, but I’m certain that Flair gets a title shot at Clash of Champions, so I’m interested to see how this plays out.

Sting comes in and says no one was in the limo, but tells us what they found in the limo.  Savage says this is the style of the nWo, no face-to-face, always cheap shots.  He says the Outsiders want no part of the Stinger and his friend Lex.  Funny how Lex is now his friend when the two hated each other just a few months ago.  Sting says the Outsiders aren’t bad guys…these are some nice flowers…he just hopes they can get their money back since WCW is alive and well.  Sting holds the bouquet while Savage kicks a field goal with it and we’re off to a commercial headed by a quick video of the Booty Man dancing.

We get a recap of WCW Saturday Night and we see Ric Flair beating up the Guerreros, then Eddie cuts a promo on the nWo while Rey Jr. tries to name the guys who jumped him, still able to only name 3 of them.

Match #5: WCW United States Championship Match: The Booty Man w/ The Booty Babe VS “The Nature Boy” Ric Flair (WCW United States Champion) w/ Woman, Ms. Elizabeth, and Debra McMichael

Kim is still looking pretty damn good!  Sorry if this is turning into the “Shane lusts after WCW valets” edition of Ko@Nitro, but damn, this one is pretty good for the eye candy.  She makes a comment about everyone looking “Bootyful” and apparently doesn’t feel that it landed, so she does it again.

Double A walks to the ring with a folding chair and pulls up a seat at ringside, joining the impromptu WCW Security Staff.  We see Mongo and Benoit hanging out back at the palm tree in the entry way as well.

Flair is beating down Booty Man and all is well.

Meng is standing at ringside in normal attire.  A WCW crew shirt, pants, and his hair pulled back.  Meng, looking normal, is odd…but still pretty damn scary.

Bobby Heenan makes his way to ringside, showing us that this match is going to be more about who shows up at ringside instead of what’s happening between the ropes.  They ask Heenan what’s going on, he says last week they couldn’t guarantee his security, so he bounced.  He says this week all of the WCW guys are around so he’s feeling better, but he’s been standing backstage waiting on Bischoff and he just wants someone to give him some direction.  Bobby says no one can guarantee him any security, so he’s bouncing again.

Flair locks on the Figure 4 with his hands on the top ropes.  In come the Horsemen and they beat the crap out of the Booty Man.  Larry makes a good point in that now isn’t a good time to be a friend of Hulk Hogan.  The Horsemen beat down Booty Man some more.  Arn takes his folding chair to Booty Man’s leg and the Horsemen continue to attack the leg as Flair applies the Figure 4 again and Mongo chokes Booty Man out.

Gene gets in the ring and yells at Double A, which is not a good idea.  He says that last week Arn was a victim but now he’s a perpetrator.   Double A says last week when he saw all of the WCW guys together, he knew that they were to be brought together by necessity.  He says he tried to remember where he heard the term “New World Order,” and he heard it in the Good Book.  When the New World Order comes to pass, that’s the end of the world.  WCW is their world and they’re going to defend it.  Arn says that if you’re going to attack a Horseman with a baseball bat, you finish the job.  The nWo want to learn about gang fighting?  Well, the Horsemen are the ORIGINAL gang!  You send one of theirs to the hospital, they’ll send one of yours to the morgue.  Benoit and Mongo cut one line promos.  Flair grabs a mic and says “Hogan…watch this!”  He kicks Booty Man a few more times and yells “tell Hogan!”  Flair tells Hogan that he can wake up one day and pretend he’s bad, but when he laid his hands on Flair’s best friend, he messed up.  He tells Hogan “any time, any place.”

Man, as much as WCW’s babyfaces rally against the Outsiders, the Horsemen should have been the first line of defense and a much bigger deal than they were in this angle.  I love them beating up Booty Man, who is a babyface, just because he’s a friend of Hogan.  They’re showing that they’re sending a message and they’ll hurt anyone.  The Horsemen should have ended up being the Black Ops of WCW…the guys who aren’t afraid to get blood on their hands to do what needs to be done.

We get a commercial break and a replay of last week’s attack backstage.  It’s pretty much played in it’s entirety.  We come back and Larry goes super biblical on Hogan, telling him he’s the Antichrist, says to shave the rest of his head and he’ll find the 666 and that the only thing left for him is the lake of fire!  Damn, Larry, no need to go straight hellfire and brimstone on the man.

Commercial break.

“The following announcement has been paid for by the New World Order.”

The Outsiders are joking about taking out Sting on Saturday Night and then taking out the guys backstage.  Hall wonders if Billionaire Ted’s Atlanta Braves need some more homerun hitters since they’re two guys who can swing bats.  Hogan says that the day after Hog Wild is his birthday.  Hall says it’s just business, nothing personal.  The tape stops out of nowhere and we hear someone from the production truck in the headsets of very surprised announcers.  We hear that it’s Craig Leathers, the producer, and that Sting and Luger are in the production truck telling them to stop the tape.

Leathers is arguing with Sting, telling him that it was a paid spot.  Sting says who cares and asks him where the nWo letters are on his shirt.  Someone is on the phone telling the person on the other end what is happening.

“Free pot pie and soda in our trailer.” – Sting

“Oh really?!  That sounds nice!” – Lex Luger

Yes, that exchange happened.

Match #6: WCW World Heavyweight Championship Match:  Sgt. Craig “Pitbull” Pittman w/ Teddy Long VS The Giant (WCW World Heavyweight Champion) w/ Jimmy Hart

WHY IS THIS A TITLE MATCH?!

I get the idea that The Giant is a fighting champion and, honestly, every singles match he’s been in thus far since winning the title has been a championship match, but damn.  If Pittman were able to win, are they really thinking they’ll sell Hog Wild on Pittman VS Hogan?

That being said, kudos to Teddy Long for being the type of manager that can get his man a title match with no build up within just a few weeks of taking on a client.  Teddy really is a damn good manager, apparently, and no one is touching on this!

Random bouts of Pittman hitting Giant, including a flying headbutt with no effect, chokeslam, three count.

Winner: The Giant (still WCW Champion)

Giant goes to chokeslam Pittman again, but T-Lo begs him not to.  Giant relents…then sends T-Lo to the mat.  Sorry, playa.

Mean Gene is in the ring with the Champion.  Jimmy Hart starts cutting a promo on Hogan, but Gene cuts him off and says that the limo is back.  Jimmy says that at Hog Wild, Giant will be ready for Hogan, before running behind Giant’s back.  Hart also looks terrified and his voice goes even higher (yes, it’s possible), which is cool because he’s showing he’s freaking terrified of being attacked and is hiding behind his Giant.  Giant says he was born to be champion and that he doesn’t feel sorry about any of the people he’s destroying.  He tells Hogan his fifteen minutes of fame are up.  He says if Hogan has any guts at all, show up in Sturgis and he’ll show them to him.

Back from commercial we hear that last week, Savage was able to get the briefcase with his money in it back from the Horsemen, but during a match on Saturday Night, out came Debra and Mongo to steal it back.

Match #7: The Nasty Boys VS Sting and Lex Luger

The Steiners come out to help provide security for Sting and Luger.

Nastys are controlling he match, keeping Sting in their corner and working him over with quick tags.  While I understand where they’re going and it’s honestly a normally laid out tag match, with Sting and Luger fired up, WCW on a roll, Horsemen kicking the shit out of known Hogan associates, then Sting and Luger should be destroying these guys so that we get fired up for Hog Wild and their match with the Outsiders.

Hot tag to Luger and Luger follows my advice and destroys the Nastys.  Luger goes for the torture rack but is attacked from behind by the other Nasty Boy, spilling everyone outside.  Saggs tries to piledrive Luger on the floor but is met with a hell of a Steinerline by Rick Steiner.  In the ring, Sting locks Saggs in the Deathlock for the win.

Winners: Sting and Lex Luger

Tony: “If he hooks it on Hall or Nash this Saturday, I hope he keeps it on until Sunday.”

Larry: “Make it Monday.”

Tony: “Yeah, why not!”

Larry: “Then we’ll be back on Nitro!”

Tony: “We’ll take a shot of it in the center of the ring.”

I liked this exchange.

Back from break and Gene is in the ring with Luger, Stinger, and two little kids.  The kids do Luger’s pose, to a pop from the crowd, and the guys show them out.  Gene mentions the match at Hog Wild, but Sting asks if Gene mentioned a limo.  Gene says yeah.  Lex goes “again?!”  Sting asks if the crowd things the Outsiders will be in it this time.  Sting asks if they should go check it out and the crowd says yeah.

Luger’s snide comments are killing me tonight.  I love this.

“Are you kidding me?  Is this a rib?”  Gene asks.  Sting leads the WCW guys to the limo.  A leather “TURNER” briefcase is hurled out of the door at Sting as the door slams shut and the limo drives off.  The show goes off the air here.

BUT…we’re we apparently get exclusive footage after the show that I don’t remember ever seeing before.  They open the briefcase and it’s a flyer with the nWo logo that says “Rey was right, there were four guys…or were there five?”  Luger and Sting make fun of this and our bonus footage comes to an end.

 

The extra footage at the end was cool.  I really don’t remember ever seeing this.  I’m certain that it’s about to show up on the next seven shows and I’ll look like an idiot for not remembering it, but still…pretty cool.

I liked this show!  WCW banded together and made a strong effort after getting their asses kicked last week.  The nWo was nowhere to be seen, which was also good.  Don’t kill your crowd with them over and over again.  They made their point last week, now let WCW shine as we go into Hog Wild.

The Horsemen kicking the living hell out of the Booty Man was awesome.  I loved everything about that segment.  I’m telling you, I’m not one to go back and retroactively fantasy book, but like I said before, The Horsemen should have played a MUCH larger part in all of this.  That segment was the most pumped up I have been in a while.  Seriously, check it out.  So good.  Arn Anderson can be the scariest man in the world sometimes.  He’s like you’re Dad when he’s angry.  Not at you, mind you, but you KNOW that anger because you’ve seen him when he’s upset…so you just have to stand back in awe of what vengeance is about to be laid down on someone due to this.  So amazing.

Good in ring stuff, honestly.  Glad that Giant/Pittman was two minutes long because it shouldn’t be any longer than that.  Giant is killing fools left and right to show he’s ready to kill Hogan and that’s exactly what he should be doing.

Our next installment is Hog Wild, ladies and gentlemen!  I’m very excited about this.

Be sure to check out my video review of Mattel’s new Dean Malenko figure.  I also plan on having a new issue of WCW Magazine uploaded sometime this week as well, so be on the lookout for that.

Until next time!

Shane

Ratings Breakdown

WWF Raw Ratings – 2.8

WCW Nitro Ratings – 3.0

(Raw – 17, Nitro – 25) (Tie Weeks – 2)

(Unopposed weeks – 5)

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

WCW’s longest Winning Streak (to this point) – 8

 

A close victory, but a victory nonetheless!

WWF Raw results from this week

Jerry Lawler pinned Aldo Montoya after hitting two piledrivers. (2:34)

The Body Donnas (Skip & Zip) defeated The New Rockers (Marty Jannetty & Leif Cassidy) via disqualification when the Smoking Gunns interfered. (8:48)

WWF Intercontinental Champion Ahmed Johnson won an 11-man battle royal by last eliminating Goldust. (16:03)

 

Ugh!  A squash match, two midcard tag teams, and a battle royal.  This should be nowhere near this episode of Nitro, much less .2 away from it.  I believe this is the episode where Lawler pours Jack Daniels down Justin Credible’s throat, though, since Jerry’s currently trying to call out Jake the Snake, so at least that segment is entertaining.

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KoaNitro copyWelcome, everyone, to another awesome episode of WCW Monday Nitro and another edition of the Web’s greatest Nitro chronicle, Kick Out at Nitro!  Tonight, we’re back yet again at Disney MGM Studios, ready to bring you some awesome WCW action!

We start off with Larry and Tony running down the card.  Larry drops his “new world odor” line that I’ll learn to hate but that Larry will not stop trying to get over.

Tony takes us to some video footage of the Outsiders in Cincinnati.  Luger and Sting are walking out of the arena when Luger is called away for a phone call.  As Luger is called away, the Outsiders jump Sting and beat the crap out of them.  It’s really grainy and shot on a handheld camera (we assume by Syxx…but we’ll get to that later on in the next few months), but it does a great job at getting the Outsiders over as thugs.  It’s also something we haven’t seen in wrestling since the Horsemen did this to Dusty back in the day.  I liked it.

Match #1: Mike Enos VS Hacksaw Jim Duggan

WCW Saturday Night is leaking out into Nitro, it seems.

“Oh, not Hacksaw!” – Larry Zbyszko

We’re told that our main event will be Benoit, Mongo, and Flair (who they make a big deal of mentioning WILL be here this week) versus Sting, Luger, and Savage.

Generic, boring match, honestly.  I hate not writing detailed rundowns of every match, but honestly, as we’ve gone to two hours, I’ve learned that these write-ups can hit the upper side of five and six thousand words, so some of these matches are going to get pretty basic write-ups…especially if the match itself isn’t very good.  Which, truthfully, this one wasn’t.  It wasn’t terrible…but just not evenful.

That being said, Hacksaw takes a weird bump off of an offensive shoulder block from the Irish whip…it was odd.  Hacksaw goes for a sunset flip that Enos stops, causing Hacksaw to reach up and pull the tights, showing us more of Mike Enos than we ever wanted to see.  Especially since it only resulted in a two count.  Enos follows with a Rude Awakening and goes for a splash, but Hacksaw moves.

Referee gets in Enos’s face, Hacksaw uses the opportunity to tape his fist and get the win with a sucker punch.

Winner: Hacksaw Jim Duggan

In an odd move, Tony decrys Hacksaw for using a foreign object and Larry acts like it’s cool.  Sure, Larry would defend heel behavior, but he’s doing so for the babyface, especially Hacksaw, who he’s not a fan of.

Mean Gene is in the ring with Hacksaw and Gene asks him about the New World Order.  I’m guessing Gene’s new deal is to just ask everyone in the roster what they think about the angle that they’re not involved in.  Hacksaw cuts a promo on Hogan letting down the kids, but then follows it up with this:

“Hulk Hogan…you’re a great technical wrestler.”

Not gonna lie, I think Hacksaw just lost what credibility he had with me…

Commerical break and promo for WCW Saturday Night where we’ll get Flair VS Chavo, Giant VS Knobbs, and Benoit VS Savage.

Match #2: “Nature Boy” Ric Flair, “The Crippler” Chris Benoit, & Steve “Mongo” McMichael w/ Woman, Debra, & Ms. Elizabet VS Sting, “Total Package” Lex Luger, & “Macho Man” Randy Savage

I thought this was the main event.

The babyfaces hit the ring hard, with Savage attacking people on the Floor, Luger following suit, and Sting going for the punches in the corner on Flair.  People aren’t even out of their entrance gear as we go to a commercial break and obligatory Glacier promo.

Back from the break and we’re finally calmed down.  Babyfaces are in one corner and Benoit is in the ring to start the match.  He’ll be facing off with Sting.  Benoit backs him into the corner and gets in some hard hits, but Sting fires back with a back bodydrop and a clothesline.  Benoit tags in Flair, who makes a beeline for Savage.  Sting backs Flair into the corner, punches, whips him opposite side where Flair does his flip over the turnbuckle.  Luger punches him off of the apron and Savage attacks on the floor, using Flair to destroy the Horsemen’s VIP section.  Flair runs to the ring to escape but is met with a gorilla press slam.  Sting tags out to Savage.

Savage points at Liz, prompting Flair to jump outside and kiss her on the mouth, further pissing off Savage.  They brawl for a bit before tagging out to Mongo and Luger.  These two bulls basically just lock up and roll around for a bit before Mongo tags out to Flair.  Flair chops Luger, Luger fires up, gorilla press slam, and Flair head to the floor but is caught with a vertical suplex on the apron for a two count.  Flair tags out to Benoit, who backs Luger into the corner and takes it to him with about fifteen stomps to the corner.  Savage jumps in to take out Benoit.  As the referee takes care of Savage, Flair gets a cheap shot in on Luger.  Benoit tags out to Flair, Luger tags to Sting, and Sting goes on the offensive.  Sting gets a superplex for two before it’s broken up by Benoit.

Sting gets a sunset flip over the ropes, but Flair tags out to Mongo, who drops an elbow and nails Sting with a massive clothesline in the corner, followed by a backbreaker and a tag to the Crippler.  Back clothesline for two and a back suplex as the crowd chants for the Stinger.  Two count off of the back suplex and Benoit yells at Sting and slaps him in the face for good measure before tagging back out to Flair.

Sting tries to win with a backslide but Benoit stops that.  The announcers sing Benoit’s praises, which is a theme since Great American Bash.  That event really was Benoit’s turning point as a performer in this company.  It’s like everyone knew he was good, but after that night, we’ve all agreed he’s on another level.  Flair puts on the Figure 4 but Sting is able to reverse it.  Flair tries it again but Sting rolls him into a small package for two.  Flair tags out to Benoit, who attacks the legs of Sting and then hits a beautiful snap suplex for two.  Benoit follows that up with a Liontamer that Luger breaks up.  It’s always interesting to see Benoit use the high angle Boston Crab long before Jericho made it his main move.

Nitro_7-29-96_5Jimmy Hart runs out and starts pleading with the camera man to follow him because the Outsiders are in the back.  A cameraman leaves with him as Jimmy Hart tries to get Lex Luger to stop kicking Flair’s ass and follow him.  He finally convinces the babyfaces and they start to exit the ring.  We cut to the back where Hall and Nash are taking out Marc Bagwell and Arn Anderson with baseball bats.

“They’ve got baseball, the coward jerks!” – Larry Zbyszko.

Out comes Scotty Riggs and he gets the business as well.  Rey Mysterio, Jr. tries to jump off of some railing on the trailer onto Nash, but Nash catches him and throws him like a lawn dart into the side of the trailer.  Hall and Nash get into a waiting limo and start to go, but Savage runs into frame, jumps on top of the limo, and is frantically punching the occupants through the sun roof as the limo leaves the arena.  Suddenly every WCW babyface is in the back as we hear the bell ring.

Winner: No Contest, double count out

Eddie Guerrero is checking on Rey Jr, the Horsemen are around Double A and Woman is crying her eyes out over it.  Trainers are seeing to the injured talent as a firetruck comes in with full sirens wailing.

This scene is awesome.  It’s chaos.  People are talking over everyone.  Babyfaces are checking on babyfaces.  Rey Jr is screaming that there were four men when there were only actually two, leaving us to wonder if he saw two more men before the camera got there or if Nash tossed him so hard that he’s seeing double.  Larry makes that comment the moment that I type it, showing that great minds think alike.

The story behind this is that the local Orlando fans thought this was a legit attack so they called the cops, which is why we have firetrucks showing up and cops on the scene.  They’re doing an amazing job of selling this, too, which is amazing.  The fact that this show is now in pure chaos and you have everyone back there is just a touch of realism that we really haven’t seen in a long time.  Rey keeps shouting that there were four men and Eddie keeps telling him that there are only three.  The EMTS are trying to take off Rey’s mask but he’s doing his damnedest to keep that from happening.  They finally get his mask off and Rey has his hands covering his face.  Benoit is watching them see to Arn and it looks like he’s legit about to cry.

The hushed tones everyone’s speaking in coupled with the yells from the wrestlers is just such an awesome scene.

Rey won’t shut up about there being four men, though.

Larry mentions how much Benoit looks up to Double A, which is nice that they’ve pointed out Benoit’s emotions here.

Nitro_7-29-96_20Riggs is on a stretcher and wearing a neck brace.

Meng comes in and gets in Benoit’s face, while Jimmy Hart tries to keep storyline from happening during this.  It’s odd, honestly, and it’s the one thing that’s kind of broken up the seriousness of the issue that’s happening.

We cut back to Larry and Tony, who speculate on Rey’s phantom fourth man as we go to commercial break.

We come back and it’s now the second hour, so Tony and Larry are joined by Bobby and Bischoff.  Heenan apparently shops in the same place as Zbyszko.  Bobby says he’s not going to cut a wrestling promo, he’s going to speak to Eric man-to-man.  He says he has a history of neck issues.  He shows us a trembling in his right hand to highlight this.  He says this job isn’t worth it to him and if Bischoff can’t guarantee his safety, he’s not doing the broadcast.  Bischoff says he’s not going to argue with him right now and that Heenan can do what he needs to do.  Heenan throws down his headset and papers and bounces.

Our backstage area is now overrun with uniforms.

The crowd is now chanting “boring, boring” and apparently they do not have any monitors or any way to show the fans what is happening backstage.  That’s a bold move.  We’ve not spent about twenty minutes with no in-ring product to show these fans and now way to show them what’s happening to the wrestlers to cause this.  I honestly feel that it would have played off a lot better if the fans could be seeing this.

Nitro_7-29-96_13Fans start chanting “n-W-o, n-W-o!”

They load up Arn Anderson into an ambulance as Flair and Woman get in with him.  Bagwell is on a stretcher, surrounded by Sting, Luger, Doug Dillinger, and some of the EMTs.  There’s some confusion as it looks like the EMTs were trying to load up Bagwell into the ambulance that Double A is already in.

Bischoff says that he’s heard from the back that they do have standby matches ready to go.  They’ve now moved Double A to the side of the ambulance so that they can both now be loaded in.  Sting gets in the ambulance as well and the announcers sell the gravity of this as it has caused Flair and Sting to ride together.  Bischoff sends us to another commercial break.

Match #3: High Voltage VS The Steiner Brothers

The Steiners come out visibly distraught.  Rick looks like someone just killed his best friend and Scott almost seems like he’s wiping away tears.  We get another quick look backstage where Scotty Riggs is finally being put on the ambulance while Lex Luger looks on.

It’s Singlet City in the ring for this match.  So much bright colored spandex!  Match starts off with a Scott Steiner hip toss, arm lock, then into a fireman’s carry and a key lock on the arm.  The announcers mention that this is very unlike the Steiners that we’re used to seeing since they’re usually very high energy and really take it to them.  Rick isn’t even on the ring apron.  He’s pacing around the ring, refusing to get up on the apron.  Scott keeps taking it to Kaos and finally coaxes Rick into tagging in.  Kaos takes over and tags in Rage, allowing the two to hit a double dropkick before another quick tag out to Rage for a double suplex in the center of the ring.  High Voltage definitely have their head in the game whereas the Steiners clearly do not.  I wonder if it’s due to the fact that the ones hurt were more mid to upper carders and that’s where the Steiners hang out, where High Voltage are more used to the Saturday Night crowd.  Maybe if the Outsiders took out The Mauler and Bobby Eaton, High Voltage would be more shook up.

Rick tags out to Scott, who comes in kicking ass.  Clotheslines and a tiger driver and a tag out to Rick, who rushes Rage into the corner and hits a giant damn Steinerline.  Quick tag out to Scott, Steiner Screwdriver for the win!

Winners: The Steiner Brothers

Holy crap, the Steiner Screwdriver!  For those of you who have never seen it, it’s a vertical suplex that Scott drops into a seated tombstone piledriver.  It looked like it killed Robbie Rage.  Scott Steiner is one of my favorite wrestlers ever because of stuff like this.  Look up the innovative moves that dude has.  This, the Frankensteiner, the moonsault fallaway slam…freaking amazing stuff!

Commercial break, back to our new replacement match.

Match #4: Big Bubba w/ Jimmy Hart VS Eddie Guerrero

We get this match instead of what would have been an amazing Eddie VS Rey Jr. match…thanks, Outsiders, ya jerks!

Bubba slaps Eddie and sends him to the floor, then celebrates.  Eddie comes back in, pays him back, and almost dives out of the ring onto him on the floor but thinks better of it.  Bubba sends him high into the air and he falls back down hard, allowing Bubba time to slap Eddie around on the mat.

Eric tells us that the Giant is here and will wrestle, but he clearly won’t defend the title against Arn Anderson as he was scheduled to.  I wonder what Hogan thought, in kayfabe, about WCW giving title shots out when he has a match already scheduled for two weeks from now.  Would he want someone other than The Giant to be champ?  What if Double A won?  Double A kind of has Hogan’s number, as we saw at the beginning of the year when he got two wins in a row over Hogan.

Hold on…

Is that why this attack happened?!  I think I finally figured it out!  Hogan has beaten the Giant.  He knows he can do it.  However, Anderson has Hogan’s number, so he has Hall and Nash take out Anderson so that he doesn’t have to potentially face him at Hog Wild!  The logic is sound!

Sadly, Big Bubba takes control of this match, beating down Eddie and keeping him grounded.

Bischoff says that they have the national news calling to find out what’s going on backstage.  He says now that “a number” of people are now reporting four men.  Four men to take out one of the FOUR HORSEMEN!

Yes, I know it’s a stretch…but, don’t tell me the logic isn’t there, because I know it is.

I’m guessing the 4th man would be Syxx…despite him being the sixth man in the nWo.  We already saw that someone was filming the Outsiders when they beat down Sting and Luger, and we later see that Syxx is kind of their cameraman, so theoretically he’s already hanging out with them, he just isn’t public yet.

Eddie begins to go on offense and Jimmy Hart tries his best to shut that mess down.  He distracts the referee and throws Bubba his megaphone.  Eddie is able to get a sunset flip for the win, though.

Winner: Eddie Guerrero

Oh, I forgot to mention, Eddie was in the black singlet.

Commercial break:

“The following announcement has been paid for by the New World Order!”

Black and white, quick cuts, crazy promo from the nWo.  I love the idea that they had to pay for airtime.  It would be silly for WCW to allow them promo time during Nitro, but them paying for airtime on TNT…so it HAS to be shown…that’s brilliant.

Is this the debut of the nWo logo?  I love that logo.  So simple, but just so awesome.  I need to find my nWo shirt and start rocking that thing again.

The promo is full of quick cuts of promo, mostly Hall and Nash just joking around, asking Lex Luger how much he benches.  It’s so different from anything wrestling related we’ve seen before, and that’s brilliant.  Hogan says that he forgot that he’s wrestling the Giant on the 10th.  This is just so cool!

Nitro_7-29-96_23We come back from that to Tony and Larry, mentioning that Eric has left the broadcast booth due to the stuff that’s going on.  There’s a pretty long period where no one is in the ring, which, again, this has to be a really damn boring show for those in attendance.  We get a video recap of what’s happened earlier in the night, taking more time from the in-ring product.  This is a great show on TV, but it has to be awful live.

Match #5: WCW World Heavyweight Championship Match: Greg “The Hammer” Valentine VS The Giant (WCW World Heavyweight Champion) w/ Jimmy Hart

Damn, Greg Valentine just stepped into a huge opportunity in kayfabe terms.  He’s just randomly handed a WCW World Championship opportunity due to the fact that the nWo killed everyone.  Imagine if he were to win the title tonight!

The crowd is kind of dead for this one, but I think I would have been too if I had been watching an empty ring for 1/3 of this show and then got a title match with a guy that was never that big of a draw even in WWF.  At least they had the good sense to put the big stars all together earlier in the night so that everyone basically got to see the entirety of that match before they left.

Valentine rocks Giant with some clotheslines and tries to go up top.  Giant chokeslams him off of the top, then picks him up and chokeslams him again in the center of the ring for good measure.  That’s literally the match, folks.

Winner: The Giant (still WCW World Champion)

Giant looks in the camera and says “Listen really close, Hulk Hogan.  Listen really close.”

We end the show with Mean Gene in the ring with Jimmy and The Giant.  The Giant is posing, mocking Hulk Hogan.  Giant starts off with a Hogan promo, with “Lemme tell ya something Mean Gene, I’ve been to the top of the mountain, brother.  I’ve walked through the valley of the shadow of death…”  Gene asks him what’s he on about and Giant says that it’s easy to fall into the con.  Hogan made everyone believe in him, but he never believed in himself.  Giant says while Hogan was making movies, Giant was beating the best talent in the world.  He tells WCW that if they don’t all hang together, they’ll hang separately.  He tells Hogan that he has a chokeslam noose that’ll fit just fine around Hogan’s neck.

For some damn reason, Gene asks Jimmy Hart his opinion, and Jimmy spends a ton of time running his mouth, but ends it nicely with “I promise you this, Hulk Hogan…we’ll take you out.”  With that, we get a slo-mo replay of Kevin Nash darting Rey Jr. into the side of the production truck and we go off the air.

 

This episode!  I’ve been waiting for this episode for a while.  I’ve lovingly referred to it as “the episode where the Outsiders kill everyone.”  In reality, they only got four people…but they upset the entire WCW lockerroom and basically killed the show.  In a world where they’re trying to take over WCW, they just ruined its flagship show.  That’s good booking!

The nWo promo is amazing and a great thing to change their look just enough to really sell that they’re a separate organization.  Really great touches there.

The main event was originally a letdown, but when it played out with Giant being pissed and just chokeslamming Valentine to hell, that made up for it.  Giant gets two offensive moves, and they’re both his finisher…so good.  The second one was just him driving the point home that he’s coming for Hogan in Sturgis.

That Pay Per View is in a little under two weeks in Nitro time, but I’m going to do my best to get it to you within one.  Look for it soon!

Until next time!

­-Shane

 

Ratings Breakdown

WWF Raw Ratings – 2.1

WCW Nitro Ratings – 3.1

(Raw – 17, Nitro – 24) (Tie Weeks – 2)

(Unopposed weeks – 5)

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

WCW’s longest Winning Streak (to this point) – 7

WCW takes over the longest winning streak of the Monday Night War!

WWF Raw results from this week

Psycho Sid defeated Justin Bradshaw (w/ Uncle Zebakiah) via disqualification when Zebakiah hit Sid with a cowbell. (0:45)

Vader pinned Marc Mero (w/ Sable) with a powerslam as Mero came off the top rope.

Davey Boy Smith (w/ Owen Hart) pinned Henry Godwinn (w/ Hillbilly Jim) with the running powerslam after Henry became distracted by Owen at ringside.

Steve Austin defeated the Undertaker (w/ Paul Bearer) via count-out after Mankind came ringside and Taker stalked him backstage.

KoaNitro copyIt’s time, once again, for Monday Nitro!  Tonight we’re coming from Disney MGM Studios in Orlando, FL, for the third week in a row and we’re heading towards Hog Wild, WCW’s outdoor PPV at the Sturgis Biker Rally in Sturgis, SD.  Last week we had a Nitro where most of our star power was in Japan, allowing the nWo to show up at the end and decimate Lex Luger.  Let’s see where tonight’s episode takes us.

Our Hour #1 announcers, Tony Schiavone and Larry Zbyszko, talk about the opening ceremonies of the Olympic Games and mention Muhammad Ali lighting the torch.  They replay video of them honoring Ali with an award and a donation to his foundation at Halloween Havoc 1994.  Tony says that tonight we’ll get an answer from The Giant as to whether he’ll be defending his WCW World Heavyweight Championship against Hulk Hogan at Hog Wild.  Tony replays last week when the Outsiders were hanging out at their rooftop party central, covering the WCW letters with the nWo.

Match #1: Squire David Taylor w/ Jeeves VS Scott Norton

We’re told that Norton walked out on Ice Train on Saturday Night, which makes me sad.  I thought these guys were a tag team for a bit longer than they were.  How long were they a team?  Like two months?  That long?  I’m sure I’ll footnote this later when I actually look it up, but damn, I really liked them and now they’re gone.

Taylor tries to start off by shoulder blocking Norton, but Norton is having none of it and Taylor bounces off of the brick wall.  Taylor nails Norton with a couple of European uppercuts, but Norton derails that with a stiff clothesline.

Quick ending to the match as Norton tosses Taylor over the top rope, showing us that evidently that is still a disqualification in WCW.

Winner: David Taylor (via DQ)

Norton keeps brawling on the floor, attempting to powerbomb Taylor but he’s not really able to do it and just kind of drops him on the mat.  The referee is eventually able to run Norton off as we go to commercial and a promo from VK Wallstreet.  In an era of more reality based wrestling and the Outsiders, a gimmick like Wallstreet just sticks out like a sore thumb.

Mean Gene is with the Horsemen (sans Flair) and the ladies at the VIP section.  Mean Gene mentions Flair’s absence.  Arn says the Horsemen aren’t worried.  He says Flair likes to make an entrance and he’ll be here right on cue.  Gene asks Mongo about the match tonight and Mongo says he’s happy to finally get a shot at the big boys; Sting, Savage, and Luger.  Gene tells Benoit that those guys are really frustrated by the Oustiders, so they may take that out on the Horsemen tonight.  Benoit says that tonight the babyfaces will get a feel for the Crippler first hand.  Mean Gene asks Mongo for a banana and we cut to…

Match #2: VK Wallstreet VS Konnan

Konnan’s gear is so odd.  I guess it makes sense in a lucha atmosphere, but in WCW it’s just so random and odd and pink.  Wallstreet’s isn’t any better, truthfully, since it’s just a black singlet with a giant gold $ on the back.

Decent back and forth match, with Wallstreet controlling most of it and getting a decent amount of heat, but I’m not sure it’s heel heat or just Wallstreet Heat.  Crowd starts building up for Konnan, chanting his name, causing Larry to say “this isn’t Mexico!”  Konnan rushes into the corner, Wallstreet reverses, brings him down into an armlock and Konnan never quite realizes he is near the ropes and the hold lasts about twenty seconds longer than it should.  Off of the break, Konnan fires up a bit more, hitting a running lariat, a back kick and an X-Factor.  Wallstreet hits Konnan with the Wallstreet Crash fireman’s carry slam, but Konnan rolls it through and wins with a crucifix.

Konnan is constantly referred to as the Mexican Heavyweight Champion, but isn’t carrying a belt.

Winner: Konnan

Konnan, off camera, apparently walks by the Horsemen’s VIP section, causing Larry to ask if Konnan has his green card!  Stay classy, Legend.

Mean Gene is at the entry way with Sting, Luger, and Macho Man.  He mentions that they’ll be wrestling the Horsemen and Gene tells Luger that he still doesn’t know where Flair is.  Lex says Flair is probably in a hotel or a limo, but the babyfaces are here.  He says they’re here to make a strong statement and passes it to Sting.  Sting says that there is only one man around here in a limo, and he can stick it!  Savage says he wants the Horsemen, Hogan, and the Outsiders all at once!

New Glacier commercial.  This one isn’t just quick cuts of a logo, it’s Glacier doing martial arts katas.  Glacier was a dud, but still, I like his look.

Tony says we’re going to get an 8 man tag with some of WCW’s young guys and we go to a video of them.  It’s the exact same thing for each guy…Joe Gomez, Jim Powers, Alex Wright, and Renegade.  Each man walks down the beach and takes off his generic white WCW shirt.  It’s silly beefcake stuff.

Match #3: Jim Powers, Joe Gomez, Renegade, & Alex Wright VS The Dungeon of Doom (Kevin Sullivan, Hugh Morrus, Barbarian, & The Leprechaun) w/ Jimmy Hart

What the living hell, WCW?!  This is why I hate the Dungeon of Doom.  Good guys in there, don’t get me wrong.  I love the Faces of Fear and I really like Sullivan, but damn, man.  DoD is hokey 90s wrestling at its worst.  The Leprechaun is actually Sgt. Buddy Lee Parker, future trainer at WCW’s Power Plant facility.

As the match begins we’re told that there is a disruption at the control room.  A camera goes to the back and the Outsiders have broken into the control room and start messing with the controls, fading everything to black and making fun of the production staff.  Tony is super worried about the Outsiders taking them off the air and is calling for security.  Nash puts on a headset and immediately says “Ground Control to Major Tom.”  Hall puts one on and tells the control room to stop filming the match and to start panning the crowd because they’re looking for a buddy of theirs.  Finally a bunch of yellow shirted WCW security shows up to try to kick Hall and Nash out of the truck.  Our favorite security head, Doug Dillinger, shows up to finally boot the men from the production truck.

So, WCW wants to put these young guys over and cuts from their match to show super bored crowd members for the first five minutes of it.  Interesting.

Back in the match, Jim Powers gets booted from the ring and apparently decides to just sit out there for about thirty seconds as the camera man stays on him, still refusing to shoot this match.  Teddy Long shows up and gives him a pep talk and Powers hits the ring like a house of fire.  All Teddy said was “you’re doing a good job” basically.  Plus, didn’t he see how well his encouragement did for Fire & Ice?  They’re not even a damn team anymore!  Anyway, our young studs all follow suit and start beating the living crap out of the Dungeon until The Giant comes out and it’s a chokeslam party and the young guns all have invitations.

Winners: No Contest

Mean Gene risks a chokeslam and gets in the ring to ask Giant about the challenge from Hogan.  Giant says when he came to WCW, his mission was to win the WCW Championship, and he did that.  He says he swore an oath to defend the belt wherever it needs defending, and he’s done that.  Apparently no one told Giant he is a heel as that’s a pretty babyface move.  Giant says that WCW came up to him and asked him what they’re going to do about Hogan.  He says at Sturgis, he’s going to chokeslam Hogan in the center of the ring and the crowd eats it up.

We get a WCW Saturday Night Promo and apparently it’s tag team night all over TBS as Sting & Luger, The Steiners, Rough & Ready, and the Nasty Boys will all have matches.  Also, apparently the Booty Man has been hiding on Saturday Night as he’ll have a match as well.

Match #4: Diamond Dallas Page VS Prince Iaukea

Super quick match.  Some back and forth wrestling for about a minute and DDP hits the Diamond Cutter off of an Irish whip for the win.

Winner: Diamond Dallas Page

I was watching this one for a few moments just to get a feel for it before I started typing and suddenly, BANG, it’s over.  Nice squash match, gets the Diamond Cutter over…I like it.

We go to commercial and get a promo from Chavo Guerrero, Jr., and we find out he’ll be wrestling Dean Malenko later tonight.  When we come back, we get a look at the war between Sullivan and Benoit, including footage of their falls count anywhere match and their match from Bash at the Beach.

Match #5: Chavo Guerrero, Jr. VS “The Man of 1,000 Holds” Dean Malenko

I always liked Chavo.  He’s bland as all get out for most of his career, but I always enjoyed his stuff.  He’s still going strong on Lucha Underground as well, which everyone should check out.

As Dean comes out we get a replay of the end of the Eddie VS Benoit match that Dean was instrumental in.

Chavo starts off fast and strong, flipping over Malenko and hitting a quick headscissors, but Dean stops that with a knee to the gut off of the ropes and follows with a gutbuster, showing that he had no regard for Chavo’s midsection and what he may have had for lunch.  Dean sends Chavo high off of an Irish whip and just lets him fall to the mat, but Chavo retaliates with a dropkick, sending the Iceman to the floor to slow the pace.  Dean again goes to Chavo’s stomach with a knee and then suplexes him, keeping control of the match.  Dean’s been vicious since losing the WCW Cruiserweight Championship a few weeks ago and Tony points out that he’s shifted into high gear since then.  Dean sets Chavo on the top rope, going for a superplex that Chavo fights off as we go to fireworks and our Hour #2 announcers.  Chavo fights Dean off and gets two off of a sunset flip.  Dean snapmares Chavo, drops a knee and gets two before clamping on a headscissors.

Audio issues like crazy with our new announcers but Bischoff plays it off nicely by blaming the Outsiders.  Heenan’s first comments are inaudible, but apparently they get it fixed and he’s able to jump in and start complaining about the Outsiders.

The fans sitting at ringside for this match are mimicking wrestling each other.  It aggravates me.

Dean locks on an STF in the center of the ring and then pulls it back into a surfboard that Chavo kicks out of.  Dean is having none of it, though, and kicks Chavo in the chest and elbows him in the head as the ringside fans continue to piss me off.

Dean drops Chavo with a  brainbuster and a powerbomb as Jimmy Hart comes out to cheer Malenko on.  Dean questions him and Chavo rolls him up for two.  Chavo again almost catches Malenko with a small package.  Chavo comes off the top rope, Dean catches him and locks on the Texas Cloverleaf for the win.

Winner: Dean Malenko

Dean flashes a 4 Horsemen sign, which this time is meant as a mocking thing, but in just two years he’ll flash it for real and I’ll mark out like crazy.

Match #6: Ice Train VS Meng w/ Jimmy Hart

“Did you know that just 100 years ago, these people were cannibals?” – Eric Bischoff

“I’d have believed it if you said just last Thursday.” – Bobby Heenan

This should be a nice hoss fight.  Meng starts off viciously but Ice Train gets a nice crossbody block in that sends a ton of weight down to the mat.  Teddy Long is standing at ringside watching Ice Train, so I guess Teddy is going to add Ice Train to this terrible jobber stable he’s building with Craig Pittman and Jim Powers.  Is Teddy just trying to manage the WCW Saturday Night roster?

Meng takes control with a barrage of headbutts, even able to capitalize when Ice Train tries to slam him as he shifts his weight and comes down in a crossbody for two.  Ice Train gets a bit of momentum from a flying clothesline off of an Irish whip but Meng gets a jab to the throat and a headbutt to the chin, sending Ice Train back down to the mat.

What the hell is an Ice Train anyway?

Whatever it is, he fires up, splashes in the corner, powerslam for two.  Ice Train goes for a double axe handle but Meng kicks him right in the face.  Meng takes Ice Train to the floor and out comes Scott Norton to beat down Meng.

Winner: Meng (via DQ)

Norton yells into the camera that Ice Train doesn’t have anything to worry about because he’s got his back.  He says that he wants him to have no excuses at Hog Wild.

Bischoff sends us to a video replay of Hogan turning on WCW and joinging the nWo.

Match #7: Psicosis VS Eddie Guerrero

This crowd is hot for Eddie.  It’s crazy to think that as good as Eddie is here, he isn’t anywhere near his peak.  In a year he’ll be even better, having arguably the best match ever with Rey Jr., then he’ll get even better later down the line when he joins WWE.

Eddie starts off fast with a quick armdrag and they take it to the mat as we go to a commercial break.  Back from break, Psicosis has Eddie in the corner, whipping him to the opposite one and following him in, but Eddie moves.  Eddie flies around the ring a bit before eating a dropkick from Psicosis.  Eddie clotheslines Psicosis out of the ring, heads up top and flies off with a dive to Psicosis on the floor.  Backdrop from Eddie for two.  He goes for it again but Psicosis moves and nits him with an enziguiri to the back of the head.  Psicosis slams Eddie and goes up top, presumably for his top rope legdrop, but Eddie stands up, so Psicosis adjusts and takes him out with a spinwheel kick.  He follows with a suicide dive through the ropes to the floor.  Psicosis rolls Eddie back into the ring and comes off the top with that awesome legdrop, but doesn’t go for the cover.  He whips Eddie into the ropes, but Eddie rolls him up for two.  Flip up to a Frankensteiner and immediately into a backbreaker for two from Guerrero.  Psicosis gets two off of his own Frankensteiner, then hits a nice powerbomb.

“Unfortunately, I can speak from experience…that hurts.” – Bischoff

Senton off the top for two by Psicosis.  Eddie takes him to the top, top rope Frankensteiner and immediately follows with the frog splash.

Winner: Eddie Guerrero

Match #8: Steve “Mongo” McMichael, “The Cripper” Chris Benoit, & “Nature Boy” Ric Flair w/ Woman, Ms. Elizabeth, and Debra McMichael VS Sting, “The Total Package” Lex Luger, and “Macho Man” Randy Savage

Ric Flair is announced as being with the group, but doesn’t come to the ring with them.  There is speculation as to what that means as we go off to commercial break.  We come back and Arn Anderson is looking into the windows of a long white limo, presumably for Flair.  Anderson, dejected, makes his way to the ring and joins his fellow Horsemen as their third man.

Sting comes out channeling his inner Bret Hart, dressed all in pink and black.  His hair is getting long, too.  Looks like he shaved that big of goatee off of his face from the week before, though, which is good as it just looked weird.  Macho Man is wearing one of his outfits with the top, which I never liked.  I hated that look in WWF and I still hate it now.

Sting and Double A start off and Sting is a house of fire.  Clothesline city for Double A, a press slam for Benoit and a punch for Mongo, but Mongo comes back with a diving shoulder block from the second rope that knocks out Sting’s momentum.  The babyfaces chase the heels around the ring a bit as Double A goes to work on Sting and tags out to the Crippler.

Benoit chops the living shit out of Sting in the corner and apparently Benoit’s chops are more effective against Sting than Flair’s because Sting didn’t no-sell anything there!  Benoit takes him down, slaps him around, and tags out to Mongo to keeps up the punishment.  He tags out to Benoit again, who takes it to Sting, picking right up where he left off.  Sting gets a moment of hope but the Crippler shuts that down and tags out to the Enforcer.  Arn puts it on Sting some more, keeping him in place with a leg lock and tagging out to Mongo.  Sting fires back up a bit but is again taken down by Mongo, who very awkwardly slams him in the corner before tagging out to Benoit.  Really, it was odd…like Mongo didn’t have any clue where to go.  Plus, Sting was holding the top rope, so he came down weird.

Quick tags between the Horsemen brings Arn back in.  Sting gets a sleeper hold, Arn reverses it, Sting drops him in a backdrop, finally getting the tag to Luger as Arn tags in Benoit.  House of fire and clothesline city from Luger, taking out all three Horsemen.  In come Sting and Savage, beating all three men back into corners.

On the outside, it looks like Debra wants to send in the briefcase but she and Woman end up fighting over it.  Savage runs out, grabs it, and uses it to waffle Benoit.  Luger pins him for the win.

Winners: Sting, Luger, and Savage

We to go commercial and come back to Mean Gene in the ring with the babyfaces.  Gene randomly says “Young lady, don’t throw your underwear into the ring,” to which Savage grabs the mic and says “it’s okay!”

Gene says that Sting and Luger will be taking on the Outsiders at Hog Wild.  Sting says that last week, Luger was feeling a little down, but now with the news that they’ll get the Outsiders at Hog Wild, they’re just feeling mean.  Sting says he never paid much attention to the horoscopes, but he thumbed through the paper and it looks like Hog Wild is going to be a real bad day for them.  Luger cuts generic wrestling promo #234, but he’s pretty damn intense about it, so that’s cool.  Savage cuts his promo to Hulk Hogan.  He says the Giant accepted the title match, but he’ll never make it because he’s going to ambush him in the aisle before he can make it and no one is going to stop him!  With that, Gene sends us off the air.

 

Pretty good show tonight.  The main event was fast paced and full of excitement, which was awesome.  Best main event in a good while, honestly.  Some good technical matches with Eddie/Psicosis and Dean/Chavo.  Some intrigue with Flair missing.  I wonder what was up with that.

I still find it funny that during the match where you can tell WCW wanted to show off their young studs that they cut away from the match for so long, dealing with The Outsiders in the production truck.  It’s also interesting that the few moments of that segment was the only time that we saw the nWo this entire show.  As we’re in a time now when you have wrestlers showing up in four or five segments of a TV show, it’s refreshing to see that WCW could take the hottest thing they had going at the time and only give us five minutes of it.  They’re doing a great job of making the nWo a presence, like the shark from Jaws.  You don’t always have to see it to know it’s around, lurking, waiting to strike.  Great stuff there.  I wish they could have kept it up as we head further into the year, but still, what can you do?

We’ve still got pissed off, intense Sting, which is great.

Pretty good show this week and they keep setting the stage for Hog Wild, which I’m very excited for.  Until next time, WCW fans!

Shane

Ratings Breakdown

WWF Raw Ratings – 2.2

WCW Nitro Ratings – 2.6

(Raw – 17, Nitro – 23) (Tie Weeks – 2)

(Unopposed weeks – 5)

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

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

 

All tied up now, as far as winning streaks go!  Six more wins than WWF in total!  Looking good, Nitro!

 

WWF Raw results from this week

Mankind defeated Freddie Joe Floyd via submission with the Mandible Claw.

Goldust defeated Barry Horowitz with the Curtain Call.

During the bout, Brian Pillman did guest commentary.

Marc Mero (w/ Sable) defeated the Goon with a legdrop over the top rope into the ring.

Shawn Michaels & Ahmed Johnson defeated The Smoking Gunns (w/ Sunny) via disqualification in a WWF Tag Team Championship

 

Three squash/job matches and a decent main event that I kind of want to go back and watch…when does this show turn the corner, man?