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KoaNitro copyWelcome back, everyone, to another edition of Kick Out at Nitro!, the Internet’s only chronological journey through the WCW side of the Monday Night War!  This week I am joined by my friend and long-time wrestling buddy, Phillip.  He’s trying his hand at re-living WCW, just as I am, with the possibility of becoming somewhat regular in this segment.  With that, I will let him get to it and I will catch up at the end with my thoughts and the normal week wrap-up! – Shane

First, let me introduce myself and tell you about my lack of qualifications for writing this article. I am a wrestling fan, and this era of wrestling, is the era I watched with my dad. He always went for the good guy, I always went for the anti-hero. My real inner fan boy is and always will be a mark for wrestlers from this era (and especially about 2 years from here in the WCW-verse…I was an ECW fan boy around this time and I am in no way the WCW-pedia that “Sugar” Shane Dalton is).

This will certainly be in my voice, which is a little different from Shane’s, and hopefully you enjoy it.

Show pops off, and Bischoff is welcoming me to the “WAR ZONE”… and oddly the first thing I notice is that the Road Warriors are schedule to face The Nasty Boys, odd since I know this is a Steiner Bros. match, in fact marking their return to the World of World Championship Wrestling. I’m marking to the music that marked the opening to WCW/NWO Revenge (N64) which happens to be the greatest game EVER!!  Also an announcer note, I’m so glad that Steve McMichael will be replaced with Tony Schiavone, because I really don’t like the dude.

Match #1: Hacksaw Jim Duggan VS The Giant

Hacksaw making his way down with Ol’ Glory and a 2×4.

It’s evident when Giant is on his way down that this is the era where he still has the mystique, and he’s wearing the Andre singlet, I think they’re not talking about it but still playing that angle.

This is a lot of bear hugs and some no selling from the Giant to impress upon you his mystique, with that little psycho human cartoon Jimmy Hart yelling through his megaphone. But look out Duggan is an “Irish taped hand boxer” and pulls tape from around the ring, and lays into giant, and fells the mighty beast…

There’s some commotion regarding Flyin’ Bryan on the outside and he gets the Bischoff boot, which is the most exciting moment of this match, at least I got to mark for Pillman.

Hart grabs the tape, gets booted out of the ring, but Duggan gets the chokeslam for his trouble, and that’s a wrap.

“Mean” Gene interviewing Steve Grissom, the WCW Nitro car driver. Who apparently started 43rd and ended up in 4th, and is now 3rd in points.

Match #2: The Steiner Brothers VS The Road Warriors (Originally Nasty Boys VS Road Warriors)

The Steiners roll out on Harleys, as we learn the Nasty Boys are on their way to the hospital. Bischoff doesn’t know who did it the Steiners or the Road Warriors.

I mark for the bulldog Rick Steiner, and have a hard time caring about Scott Steiner for all the “Big Poppa” pain that is to come in the future. He looks like a human being in this match. That mullet though… wow.

Some nice back and forth, some really great Steiner suplex work in this match, which is of course what they’re known for. Everyone manages to get their signatures out, some shoulder block action from Hawk, a power slam by Animal. On the shoulder off the top clothesline by the RW. A faulty attempt by the Steiners. A really nice Frankensteiner (I forgot all about this big guy sorcery).

The drama of both guys in a tag match fighting their way to the tag, even though 50% of the match everyone is in the ring, in this instance in a tag match, the rules become insanely important. I bought this hook, line and sinker as a 12 year old kid.

A few odd things, Animal gets a 2 count with Hawk in the ring, even though Hawk is the legal guy. Heenan let’s “Legion of Doom” slip. The crowd gets behind an “LOD” chant.

Ricky hits the bulldog off the top, but Animal nails him with the spiked shoulder pad, and Hawk gets the pin.

“Mean” Gene talking to Scotty Steiner, talking about chasing the Road Warriors, talking a little crazy. Maybe I was wrong about Scotty Steiner, he is starting to look a little roided out. Ricky letting us know “This isn’t the end” Looks like a Steiner Bros/Road Warriors feud getting things going.

Match #3: WCW Television Championship Match: “Das Wunderkind” Alex Wright VS “The Total Package” Lex Luger (WCW TV Champion)

I am annoyed by Alex Wright, because 12 year old me hated Alex Wright. I think to the later run this guy has, and the fact that great guys like Malenko and Benoit get categorized with this dude.

We get some inference that Johnny B. Badd couldn’t handle the heat in WCW and is out.

Luger looking like Luger looks. Some running through Wright, who I don’t remember being this agile and athletic. He’s actually making this match worth watching.

A lot of talk about Luger letting Sting down, and him having half the Tag belts and the TV Title.

WCW trying to sell me some WCW Hotline, also known as “A parent’s worst nightmare.” I made that mistake ONCE as a child.

/Rant Bischoff let’s me know that the “Immortal one” Hulk Hogan is coming up, and I can barely contain myself… from vomiting. I really hate Hogan’s non gimmick, and his no sell, his creative control, and the fact that he main events EVERYTHING, and steals the light from the real stars… /Rant

Hart intervenes, and this match is over, it was pretty clear this was not Wright’s time.

Hart and Luger share a weird moment in the ring. Luger looks annoyed, and Hart looks like a jealous Ex-Girlfriend. The most interesting thing about this match is the drama of Sting being partnerless for UnCensored. I REPEAT: The most interesting thing about this match is Sting WHO ISN’T IN THIS MATCH.

 

Match #4: Lumberjack Match – “Nature Boy” Ric Flair (WCW Champion), “The Enforcer” Arn Anderson & “The Taskmaster” Kevin Sullivan VS Hulk Hogan, “Macho Man” Randy Savage & The Booty Man

 

Flair/Double A/TaskMaster come out, there is a lot of talk about Loch Ness/Giant being on the outside during this Lumberjack match, which used to be a thing. I have a feeling that’s going to feed this match coming up.

Chaos ensues, the “there’s too much to watch so you’ll forget that no one in this ring really does ring work” trick. Some whipping, some hitting, some choking, and not a single wrestling move happened…

Loch Ness clobbers Giant getting after it on the outside, and the war begins… Have to say this was a shock.

Flair makes a run for it, and Animal drags him back, this being the highlight of this match.

Lots of “Hogan is great”, a high kick and a leg drop. This train wreck rests at the station.

If I hear Bischoff call Hogan “The Immortal One” again, I’m inventing a time machine to go back to ’96 and slap him in the mouth. Leg Drop and closes out another win for the BM/Savage/Hogan trio.

“Hogan is back, and in great form!” – Bischoff ’96

We come back from commercial to the aftermath of the Lumberjack 6 man tag. I get to watch a slow mo of the Leg drop from Hogan.

Interview with Taskmaster, and the crew. Kevin Sullivan in his Sam Kinison voice telling us about this 4 man cage match at uncensored. Double A giving us a “Until death do us part” marriage metaphor. Swearing that it won’t be over with Savage until death do them part.

Flair giving a “Flair interview” about touching a woman, running the ropes, and holding Elizabeth. Taskmaster falls to his knees looking like a wild eyed psycho. A few “woo’s” and the show is winding down.

Flair getting all crazy in the booth.

This is the Hogan/Savage era of WCW which is sad, because they have better talent, just not bigger names.

Steiner/Road Warriors stole this show. Honestly it was theirs to steal, this is a pre-PPV Nitro, and has no real impacting matches, everything is already set up, and the show felt phoned in. I’m glad to see some tag action on this card. This is the cartoon era. I liken this to the pop of the late ‘80’s. It was great until grunge came in and wiped it out. No one knew that cartoon characters and make up wouldn’t always be the center of wrestling. It’s a bubble that needs to, and in this period of the WCW Verse, is about to pop.

That’s a wrap on 3/11/96.

Phillip

 

First off, I am extremely jealous that I handed Phillip this week’s episode, for one major reason.  I remember this episode very clearly from my teenage years.  Earlier this night, on 3/11/1996, my father and I were talking wrestling.  When I really got into wrestling at this time, I would always ask my Dad about wrestling when he was younger.  He grew up on NWA Mid Atlantic, so he had the history of what would eventually become WCW.  He always stuck with WCW.  I remember watching the syndicated Saturday morning shows and then getting the PPV’s on Mondays because he worked with a woman who ordered them and taped them for us.  Anyway, that night he was talking about his favorite tag team…the Steiner Brothers.  He was really talking them up, especially Scott, and his finishing move, the Frankensteiner.  This fascinated me.  Just the explanation of the move blew my mind.

Well, cut to later that night and we’re thinking we’re going to get a Nasty Boys VS Road Warriors match and suddenly we hear Harley Davidson’s revving up.  Dad was a Harley guy so he was excited to know who was coming out on the Harleys when suddenly out come the Steiners!  It was one of the only times I saw my Dad mark out over wrestling and I’ll always remember that.

As for the rest of the show, I’m with Phillip in saying it was pretty forgettable outside of the tag match.  The tag match was just so hard hitting, despite it falling completely apart as far as reffing goes.  Of course, it was Nick Patrick, worst ref ever, so it’s not hard to imagine it falling apart.  That Scotty Steiner mullet was freaking glorious, though.  Seriously, check this episode out so you can see this thing!

Hacksaw VS Giant was useless.  I usually don’t like to crap on matches, but since I’m just doing my thoughts and not a full recap, hell with it.  It wasn’t good.

The Television title thing was a little weird, but when they mentioned that Johnny B Badd was throwing a fit and decided not to come to the ring I realized that he’s going to WWF in a few weeks, so this must have been his exit.  Giving the title to Luger on Saturday Night was interesting.  I remember this time and him having two belts.  I really loved the way that Luger took the victory but then tried to play it off when Jimmy tried celebrating.  Jimmy was so damn annoying, though.  I’m intrigued by how this leaves Sting without a partner coming into UnCensored, though.  I like that Luger wrote a check that now Sting’s ass has to cash and Luger himself isn’t even in the match anymore.  That adds a nice wrinkle to their angle.

The Main Event was a clustermuck (credit Steve Austin) but, like Phillip said, I think it was due to wanting to hide how bad an actual match between these six was going to be.  It’s odd that the main event to UnCensored is still Hogan VS 4 others in the Doomsday cage when it ends up being Hogan and Savage VS about six or eight people.  I guess all that is coming next week.

Pillman randomly showing up was interesting.  I kept seeing the signs that said “Talk to Brian” and had the phone number and was wondering if that had anything to do with Pillman, then I randomly saw him walking by.  I actually said aloud, “was that freaking Brian Pillman?!”  Then, sure enough, it was!  Pillman was definitely not under WCW contract at this point.  Hell, he had been in ECW for the last few weeks up to this.  That was nuts and I wonder if it was worked out with Bischoff or if Pillman just crazied his way into the building.

Well, that’s all I’ve got for this week, fans!  Thanks to Phillip for jumping in and helping out this week.  Hopefully he enjoyed it enough to jump in more going forward.  We’ll be back next week (on Wednesdays now since 1996 was a leap year) with the UnCensored go-home show!  Take care, everyone!

-Shane

Ratings Breakdown

WWF Raw Ratings – 2.9

WCW Nitro Ratings – 3.2

(Raw – 10, Nitro – 12) (Tie Weeks – 2)

(Unopposed weeks – 4)

WWF’s longest Winning Streak (to this point) – 2

WCW’s longest Winning Streak (to this point) – 2

 

WCW getting the second win in a row since Raw went unopposed last week!  They’re also edging out a little farther into the win column as this is the first time in a while we’ve had a margin larger than 1 in the win column.

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WWF Raw results from this week

Savio Vega fought Steve Austin (w/ Ted Dibiase) to a double count-out.

Henry Godwinn & Phinneas Godwinn (w/ Hillbilly Jim) defeated Jerry Meade & Alex Porteau (1:52)

Hunter Hearst Helmsley defeated Vin Grier (1:53)

The Undertaker (w/ Paul Bearer) & Yokozuna defeated Owen Hart & Davey Boy Smith via disqualification (5:19)

 

Savio and Austin was probably pretty good, although it ended in a double count out.  Godwinns in a squash sounds bad.  Same with HHH.  Taker & Yoko teaming sounds interesting.  Not sure why that happened.  Honestly, I’d say these two episodes sound pretty neck-and-neck so it’s not surprising they were pretty close in ratings. I’m going to give the Steiners the credit for pushing Nitro into the win column because, hey, it’s my blog and I’m going to do what I want to.

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KoaSuperBrawlIt’s February in WCW so that means it’s time for SuperBrawl!  SuperBrawl VI to be exact!  WCW comes to you live from St. Petersburg, FL, and it’s bringing two cage matches with it.  WWF’s In Your House PPV this month features a cage match, so it’s time for WCW to up the ante and bring the noise hard with two, featuring its two biggest stars, the Mega Powers.

The show opens with a rundown of the card.  We’ve got Savage vs Flair for the title.  We’ve got Hulk Hogan VS The Giant in a non-sanctioned match.  Sting & Luger take on Harlem Heat, with the Road Warriors getting the winner.  Johnny B Badd puts up the TV Title and The Diamond Doll against DDP, who’s putting up $6 million dollars.  We’re getting Konnan vs One Man Gang for the US title.  A street fight between Public Enemy and the Nasty Boys.  Finally, we’re getting a Respect Match between Brian Pillman and Kevin Sullivan.

Our announce booth tonight is the normal PPV line up of Bobby Heenan, Tony Schiavone and Dusty Rhodes.

If Flair wins tonight, he’ll be 13 time champion.  Does he get it tonight?  I seem to remember The Giant winning it from Flair, so I believe so, but we’ll see.

Match #1: Street Fight – Public Enemy vs The Nasty Boys.

There are two women randomly dancing at ringside during the Public Enemy entrance.

The match starts off with all four men brawling in the ring.  I don’t imagine we’ll see too many wrestling holds in this match.  Very quickly all four men end up at ringside.  Knobbs pairs off with Grunge while Saggs pairs off with Rocco Rock.  Rock runs to the back to get a chair only to be met with about seven chair shots from Saggs before getting his head slammed into the table.  Grunge ends up with the chair and starts teeing off on Saggs while Rock sets up the table at ringside before brawling with Knobbs.

Rock goes to splash Knobbs through the table but Knobbs throws him through the table instead.  He covers for two before Grunge breaks the pin up with a chair.

Saggs goes off to get a trash can to beat Grunge with.  As the other two brawl at ringside, Saggs gets a piledriver on Grunge onto the trashcan but only gets 2 when Grunge puts his foot on the ropes.  Up near the entrance, Knobbs suplexes Rock through another table.  It’s interesting that tables are Public Enemy’s deal but both of them have been put through tables tonight.  All four men end up near the entrance.  Rock beats Knobbs with a trash can lid while Grunge bulldogs Saggs into a chair.

The PE setup a table near a concrete wall and lay Knobbs on it.  Rocco Rock goes into the crowd an does his flip onto the table, but Knobbs gets up and Rock goes through the table hard to the concrete floor.  Knobbs covers for the win.

Winner: The Nasty Boys

The announcers kick us off to Mean Gene backstage.  Gene pitches the hotline and a rumor that 2 WWF “former champions” could be on their way to WCW.  He says it may even come as a surprise to the office in the “New York area.”  I can only imagine that he’s talking about Hall and Nash!

Gene introduces Konnan, telling us that he’s both the Mexican and the United States Champion.  In comes Konnan with the US Championship for some damn reason!  When did this happen?!  Looks like I have to go off to Wikipedia to find this out.  Konnan cuts a promo on One Man Gang.  It’s been so long since I’ve seen this version of Konnan that it seems really weird not seeing him in his gang style clothes.  Gene pitches us back to the ring for…

Match #2: Special Challenge Match – WCW Television Championship – Johnny B Badd (WCW TV Champion) w/ the Diamond Doll VS Diamond Dallas Page

This match, we’re told, will be the TV Championship and Kimberly up against the remainder of DDP’s money, which is $6,600,000.  I’m gonna go ahead and say it…DDP’s kind of an idiot.  That’s a LOT of money to put on an undercard match.

Kim is full of energy in this entrance.  She’s jumping, dancing, doing splits, etc.  We’re getting a quick glimpse of the Nitro Girls version of Kim I guess.

Apparently Kim won her fortune playing Bingo and DDP stole the money.  DDP comes out with a bouquet of roses.  His hair is also possibly the smallest I’ve ever seen it.  Page had pretty high hair back in the day, but this is laying down pretty low.  Page tries to talk to Kim and give her the flowers but she’s having none of it.  Johnny B Badd, our babyface, jumps DDP from behind.  Tony tells us that Johnny is angry and disgusted with Page, though, so I guess stuff is playing out on Saturday Night that I wasn’t familiar with.  Man, I really wish I had access to Saturday Night.  I don’t think I’d do full write-ups on it because, hell, that’s a lot of wrestling and I’ve got more than my share of work cut out for me in the next few years when we get to 2 and 3 hour Nitros and 2 hours of Thunder, so I don’t need more to write about…but still, I’d like to watch it to keep up with this stuff.

I really wish there had been a follow up to that Johnny B Badd / Eddie Guerrero match from Nitro a few months ago.

Johnny and DDP put together a really good damn match, honestly.  This is the year that Page really gets hot and I’m really anxious to see it play out.

DDP hits a big gut buster and calls for Kimberly to give him the “10” sign.  She isn’t going to, though, and tells the camera as much.  DDP jaw jacks with Kim a few more times.  Johnny B Badd goes for a sunset flip but Page doesn’t go down for the pin.  He tries again and still nogo.  Finally, JBB gets the pin but Page kicks out at 2.  Off an Irish whip, Johnny goes for a hip toss but DDP reverses it into a nice DDT.  He yells for Kim to give him the 10 again instead of going for the pin.  He backs up and falls over JBB, who rolls him up for 2.

Page gets a side headlock on JBB and keeps using the ropes for leverage.  Kim yells for the ref to check it each time JBB goes for the ropes but DDP always gets away with it.  Heenan comments that Kim is going to take the money and leave both men…then he stops talking for a moment and says “She’s going to have $6 million dollars and won’t have a man…” and starts getting excited about trying to be her new man.

Konnan apparently won the WCW US Championship on 1/29 on Main Event, which was the Saturday morning syndication show I believe.

Johnny makes his comeback and starts really taking it to Page but he just can’t get the 3 count.  He hits a sunset flip from the top and then a big sit-out powerbomb, getting a 2 on both.  Johnny is getting frustrated.  Page gets a big flapjack off of an Irish whip and gets 2, getting frustrated himself.  DDP puts on a sleeper hold.  Johnny’s arms drop twice and on the third one he grabs Page’s head and drops him down in a jaw breaker.  JBB puts on his own sleeper hold but Johnny gets to the ropes and breaks it up.  DDP goes for another flapjack but JBB reverses it into a tombstone piledriver for the win.

Winner: Johnny B Badd, still WCW Television Champion.  Kimberly wins $6,600,000

I just noticed the giant check that represents DDP’s money is made out to Cash.  That cracked me up.

The announcers kick us backstage to Mean Gene and Harlem Heat.  Harlem Heat cut a promo on Sting & Luger, saying that Luger pulled grand larceny and they stole the titles.  Tonight, they’ll get them back, yadda yadda yadda, can you dig that, sucka!?  Gene says that if they win, they’ll have to take on the Road Warriors.  Booker T says this is 1996, not 1976.

Heenan says that you have to go with the Road Warriors tonight since they’ll be fresh and either team they face will have already had a match.

Match #3: WCW World Tag Team Championship – Harlem Heat vs Sting & Lex Luger (WCW Tag Team Champs)

Sting comes out very determined.  He holds the title up but he doesn’t look happy.  Luger, behind him, is all smiles.  I think that helps put over their run as tag champs.  Sting is mad about how Luger keeps winning these matches, but Luger is happy with it and happy to be champion.  The two of them really don’t even look at each other.  Sting starts off in the ring and Luger spends his customary few moments on the floor.  Sting looks to be unhappy with that, though, and calls for Luger to get up on the apron.

The two teams are in different corners than they normally are.  Think about it…tag teams are almost always in the top left corner and the bottom right corner.  In this match, Luger and Sting are in the bottom left and Harlem Heat are in the top right.  It’s a little odd, honestly, since it’s so against what I’m used to.

Apparently during the pre-show Loch Ness debuted for the Dungeon of Doom.

Luger tags in, gets hit hard and gets sent to the floor where Sting starts giving him crap.  Luger climbs in, tags out and Sting shakes his head, giving Luger a disgusted sort of look.  They’re really playing up this dissention between the two men very well.  Sting comes in and cleans house a bit, eventually hitting his face buster bulldog and tagging out to Luger after “whooooooo-ing” and seeming a bit more like himself.  Luger comes in and puts the pressure to Booker T, looking a little more like he’s on the same pages as Sting now.  He goes for a big jumping elbow drop but Booker moves, letting Luger eat canvas.  Booker goes for a jumping elbow drop but Luger moves.  Booker T does the spinaroonie the way I like it…as a transition back to standing, not as a damn taunt…and gets Luger with a big side kick before tagging out to Stevie Ray.  Harlem Heat spend the next few moments taking it to Luger.

Tony tells us that we will have two more matches before the Road Warriors get their shot at the winners.

Speaking of The Road Warriors, while Sting is knocked outside and Stevie Ray has Luger up for a big move, out come the Road Warriors.  They nail Luger with the weight that he hit them with the other night, causing Luger to fall back on Stevie Ray for the win.

Winners: Sting & Lex Luger (still WCW Tag Team Champions)

Sting is pretty happy despite winning the match in a crappy way.  I guess that the Road Warriors interfering aren’t really Luger’s problem, so there’s no reason for Sting to be that unhappy.  Luger says he held up his end and Sting says he’s on the program so now everything’s cool.

Match #4: WCW United States Championship Match – One Man Gang VS Konnan (WCW US Champ)

The US Championship has to be one of the worst booked titles in WCW right now.  We’ve had two off-TV title changes since October.  We’ve had a title change hands on WCW Main Event with no fanfare.  From what I remember of the runs, though, I think it becomes a little more high profile going forwards, but still…this is WCW’s second highest ranking singles title and it’s being booked like absolute garbage.

One Man Gang starts off with a cheap shot to Konnan while his back is turned and then goes off into a beat down of Konnan.  Konnan finally gets some momentum, though, hitting Gang with some fast moves and eventually getting him with a cross body block through the ropes that sends them awkwardly out onto the steel steps and to the floor.  Konnan follows up with a dive from the apron before they head back into the ring.

Once back in the ring, One Man Gang pretty much runs the show.  Of course, running the show means bringing the match to a damn crawl, which is bad.

Konnan looks to have a small square patch of hair on the very back of his head.  It looks weird.  Did he just miss that spot?

Randomly the camera cuts to Steve Grissom, the driver of the WCW car in NASCAR’s Busch Grand National circuit.  I remember looking all summer for the Racing Champions die cast WCW car.  I even had a WCW Racing license plate…two years before I could drive.  I just figured I would keep it until I could put it on my car.  I was an odd kid.

Konnan fires back with punches and then goes up top for a terrible looking hurricanrana.  He flipped over the top rope, barely got Gang with his legs and then awkwardly flips him over.  Gang comes back and hits the 747, his big splash but he pulls Konnan up at 2 instead of going for the win.  Gang goes up to the second rope for a splash but Konnan rolls out of the way…before Gang jumps…but Gang still does anyway.  Konnan goes up top and hits another jumping senton for the win.

Winner: Konnan (still WCW United States Champion)

This match was bad.  It was awkward.  It didn’t flow well.  Ugh.

We go backstage with Mean Gene, who again pitches the Hotline and tells us about the two WWF guys coming to WCW.  He also tells us that there’s a toilet leaking on the 2nd floor and every time someone flushes there is a leak behind him.  That’s gross, Gene.  He calls in the Road Warriors, who cut a promo on Sting & Luger.  Hawk didn’t say “Welllllllll” so I am disappointed.

Match #5: Respect Match – “Taskmaster” Kevin Sullivan w/ Jimmy Hart VS Brian Pillman

Pillman makes a beeline to the ring, strap already in his hand.  He and Sullivan mix it up the moment Pillman gets into the ring.  Between this and last week, these two are amazing at selling how much they hate each other.  It’s pretty awesome.

Sullivan hits Pillman hard in the jaw and it looks like Pillman gets rocked.  He runs over to the referee, grabs a microphone and says “I respect you…booker man.”  He smiles and then leaves the ring.  Sullivan looks confused as all hell.  The referee begins to unwrap the leather strap that the two are supposed to be tied together with, but Pillman is long gone.

Arn Anderson comes out in a pair of red khaki shorts and a long sleeved shirt.  It’s a very weird combination.  Anderson looks to be wanting to talk to Sullivan, but Sullivan hits him with the strap.  Anderson looks pissed now and pulls off his shirt.  He grabs the second side of the leather strap and commences to beating Sullivan on the back with the strap. He beats Sullivan down pretty well, but Sullivan pulls this interesting move where he escapes through Anderson’s legs, leaving Arn straddling the strap.  He jerks it hard, pulling it into Anderson’s crotch.  It was an interesting move.  Anderson retaliates by simply stomping Sullivan in the junk.  He grabs the mic and it sounds like he wants to say “you say it, you son of a bitch,” but he kind of stops at the last part and it just comes across as random mumbles.

Anderson throws Sullivan over the top ropes and hangs him with the strap.  Sullivan refuses to say he quits, though.

Out comes Flair.  Hart is running with him…and Hart came out with Anderson…I guess Hart is trying to play peace maker.  Flair jumps in the ring and tries to make peace.  He says everyone needs to get together and kick Hogan and Savage’s butts.  The crowd starts giving Naitch crap and he says “if I want to talk to you, I’ll take your wife home and make a woman out of her!”  I love Flair!  Flair says tonight he’s taking the belt AND Liz!  Anderson and Sullivan take off their straps so it seems like Flair’s made peace.  Anderson says to get what he wants, which is Hogan and Savage, he’ll get in the bed with the Devil himself.

I’m very interested to listen to Sullivan’s podcast about SuperBrawl and find out what was up with this match.  They pulled it off nicely, but you can tell it was definitely not supposed to go that way.  I wonder how much longer Pillman has left in WCW at this point.

We go backstage again to Mean Gene with Jimmy Hart and The Giant.  Man, Hart must be run ragged over the last five minutes.  They cut a promo on Hogan.  I know he’s only been in wrestling for about six months at this point, but damn, Giant’s promos are terrible.  I think it’s the yelling and the random crazy stuff he’s saying.  They’re completely forgettable.  Jimmy says that after tonight there’s no more B-grade movies, no more Thunder in Paradise, and no more Hogan in WCW!  Gene starts to wrap up everything and The Giant makes his way back out but we pitch back to…

Match #6: WCW Tag Team Championship Match – The Road Warriors VS Sting & Lex Luger (WCW Tag Team Champs)

Although last match it seemed like they were on the same page, Sting comes out way ahead of Luger again.  Sting usually stops and waits on Luger and they walk together, but in both matches tonight he’s made it to the ring well before Luger.  A lot of it seems to be Luger wanting nothing to do with the Warriors.  They jump out of the ring and start heading towards Luger, who backs up and makes it all the way back to the entrance before Sting runs out and talks him into heading back toward the ring.

This run is quite possibly Luger’s best run.  He’s playing this character so well.  You can tell he’s loyal to Sting…but he’s still playing that chicken heel.  He’s terrified of the Road Warriors and it shows.  Really cool character development.

Luger still refuses to get into the ring, though, for a few more minutes, causing Sting to come out to the floor and try to convince him again.  I wish I had a stop watch to calculate how much time Luger has spent on the floor since he arrived in WCW versus the amount of time in the ring.  That’s how in depth I wish I was going into this.  Maybe some other time.  I am trying to become the world’s foremost WCW expert, so stuff like this is stuff I need to know!  The Road Warriors try to go out after Luger again and Luger bolts back up the entry way.  Sting’s starting to really show his frustration.

The bell rings and Luger finally climbs up onto the apron.  Sting starts the match off and is pretty much taken down by Hawk from the start, including being locked in a version of the Regal Stretch.  It was kind of weird seeing one of the Road Warriors with a submission hold on.  Hawk tags out to Animal, who comes in and wears Sting down with an arm bar.  The commentators mention that they think that when Luger finally makes it into the match, they’ll be less liberal with the wrestling holds and be a bit more mean.

Sting reverses the hold and tags out to Luger, which immediately fires up the Warriors.  Luger gets into the ring but is really apprehensive to lock up until he kicks Animal in the gut and starts beating him down.  It doesn’t last long, though, as Animal retaliates, ending with a big power slam.

Animal takes Luger out to the floor and sends him hard into the guard rail.  Sting comes out and helps Luger back into the ring.  Luger gets some fire in him and starts taking it to Hawk pretty hard, getting a big clothesline for a two count before tagging out to Sting.  Sting hits a big clothesline, knocking Animal down, then staggering into the ropes and falling forward, head-butting Animal between the legs inadvertently.  The moment that Animal is down, Luger wants in.  Sting tags out and Luger starts taking it to Animal hard before tagging out again to Sting.  Sting hits his face buster bulldog and goes up top for a splash but Animal gets the legs up and Sting takes two knees to the gut.  Both men tag out and Hawk catches Luger as he’s coming into the ring, sending him to the ropes with an Irish whip and hitting a massive shoulder block.  He leg drops Luger and pins him with his leg for a 2 count.  Hawk puts Luger in a sleeper but Luger drops him with a jawbreaker and both teams tag out.

Sting sends Animal to the corner and hits a big Stinger Splash, locking on the Scorpion Deathlock but Hawk breaks it up with a giant clothesline.

The match goes back and forth for a bit more until Animal has Sting in a reverse chin lock.  Luger comes in and just starts beating Animal down.  Sting and Animal start no-selling each other’s moves until Hawk makes his way into the ring and they double team Sting.  The two teams separate and make it to the floor, with Animal beating Luger down and Hawk fighting Sting.  The two teams keep beating each other on the floor until they are counted out.

Decision: Double Count out – Sting and Luger still WCW Tag Team Champs

All four men brawl all the way back to the backstage area as we get sent once again to Mean Gene who is with Ric Flair and Woman.  Woman tells us that what Woman wants, Woman gets.  Flair says that none of Hogan’s plans have been working.  They tried to separate Anderson and Sullivan but Flair didn’t let them.  Flair says that Savage is telling Liz “tonight I’m going to bleed…I’m going to sweat…and Flair might take you home!”  Woman is looking good!  14 year old Shane was dumb.  Gene asks if Flair wins if there will be a little ride on Space Mountain.  Flair says it’ll be interesting…he’ll have Woman on his left, Liz on his right, but he won’t tell us who he’ll be with tonight!  Whoooooo!

The announcers start building up the match and the crowd starts going nuts.  The cage starts lowering, so I guess that was what got them all riled up.  Tony pitches Uncensored, the March PPV, and we get a commercial for it.  It’ll be coming our way on March 24th.  That’s a lot of Nitro between now and then, truthfully.  I like those long build ups to PPVs.  Of course, I remember what the main event of the next PPV is, so….ugh.

We go back to Gene who is standing with Liz.  Liz looks a little worried.  Gene starts talking to her but Savage busts in and starts telling us that the match is going to be “complete mental insanity.”  Savage says they’ve united the forces and it’s infinity and beyond!  “The Mega Powers…we are cool!”  Thanks, Randy.  Savage says “what it is what it is, and I’m the WCW World Heavyweight Champion and I’m going to go beat up Ric Flair!”  He grabs Liz and heads out off-screen.  Gene kicks us back to the announcers.

Heenan is turned around facing the opposite direction and doesn’t turn around until Tony pokes him a few times.  When Heenan does turn around he looks like Tony bothered him.  Heenan is so good.  It’s just sad no one can play off of him the way they should be able to.  Heenan says that there is a top on the cage.  I didn’t know that they were going to do that.  Interesting.

Match #7 – WCW World Heavyweight Championship Match – “The Nature Boy” Ric Flair w/ Woman VS “Macho Man” Randy Savage (WCW World Champ) w/ Ms. Elizabeth

Again…a WCW Championship match…and Hogan’s in the main event!  Seriously!  They’ve been building to this match for a good while, and the Giant/Hogan stuff has seemed like an afterthought…yet it gets top billing and a title match again fails to go on last.  WCW is really starting to frustrate me with this garbage.

Freaking Hogan.

I seriously didn’t expect to be the one raging on Hogan as much as I have over the last two months.  Of course, I guess I’m just picking up where Derick normally would.

There’s no top on this cage.  I feel let down.

Savage just throws colors together like it’s nobody’s business.  He’s in this really cool blue and yellow jacket and hat, but his pants are a mix between blue and yellow and rainbow and yellow.

Flair doesn’t get into the ring.  He calls for the mic and tells Liz that before he gets in there and hurts Savage really bad, he’ll give her one more chance to walk over there and kiss a real man.  Liz refuses and Flair finally makes his way into the ring.  Tony reminds us that Flair and Savage have been against each other here in WCW ever since Flair beat up Angelo Poffo, Savage’s father.  Flair gets into the ring and Savage immediately starts beating Flair down.  Flair takes over soon, though, gaining the upper hand.  Flair runs Savage into the cage and knocks him down, drawing the ire of referee Randy Eller.  Flair punches him in the face, knocking him down, and then stomping him in the head for good measure.  Flair is caught in a backslide but there’s no referee there to count the pin so Flair easily escapes and takes the match back over.

Flair goes up top and Savage regains his wits and tosses him from the top rope to the middle of the ring and puts Ric Flair in the Figure 4!  This causes Woman to start screaming at Flair very loudly!  Flair attempts to roll the move over but fails, getting a 2 count with his shoulders on the mat.  Flair makes it to the ropes and grabs the bottom one but Anderson starts kicking the hand away from the rope since the rope doesn’t break the hold in this match.  Savage breaks the hold and he and Flair slug it out for a moment, with Savage getting the better and going for a pin, getting a 2 count.  He slams Flair and goes up to the top of the cage, presumably for the diving elbow.  Flair gets up so Savage jumps off for a double axe handle but Flair hits him in the gut on the way down, taking him out.  Flair lifts him for a vertical suplex, holding him for a long time before dropping him.  The moment they hit the mat, Flair clutches his knee and sells the Figure 4. He goes for a pin and gets 2, so he repeats the pin three more times, getting a 2 count each time.  Flair runs Savage into the cage and Savage just crumples on the top rope, laying there wedged between it and the cage.  It was a cool way to sell it and really put it over as a brutal shot.  Flair puts on his own Figure 4 now, grabbing the second rope for leverage, which is absolutely legal in this match.

The referee starts pulling Flair off of Savage for no reason.  He even at one point grabs Flair’s hair and starts pulling.  There’s no legit reason to break the hold except for potentially being pissed off that Flair decked him earlier.  Savage now has an opening to fight back a bit and he rams Flair’s head into the cage a few times, then scraping Flair’s head against the cage for good measure.  Woman is now screaming even louder.  She’s not really even saying anything…she’s just making wailing noises.  Savage slams Flair’s head into the cage two more times and now Flair is busted open.  You knew there wasn’t going to be a Flair cage match without the red showing up.  Flair tries to go up top and Savage basically pulls Flair’s trunks all the way down, showing his whole ass before dragging Flair back down to the mat.  Savage covers and gets 2 but the bell rings like the match is over.  The referee makes certain to show that it was only two and the match continues with Flair in control now.  He tries to go up top again and Savage grabs the trunks again and makes sure both sides of the arena get to see Flair’s ass.  Savage takes some time slamming Flair’s head into the cage so that he can’t pull his trunks up before they both tumble to the mat.

Savage starts slamming Flairs head into the cage and the door to the cage opens up.  It looks like this would be a great time for some interference from Arn Anderson or Pillman or someone, but no, the referee just latches it back up.  The hard camera stays zoomed out for a good while, though, in a bad view.  Woman tries to throw powder into Savage’s eyes, but he ducks out of the way.  Liz takes off her shoe and hands it into the cage to Flair.  Savage rolls Flair up but he gets out of it, but Flair then slams the heel of the shoe into Savage’s face and covers for the win.

Winner: Ric Flair, new WCW World Heavyweight Champion for the 13th time!

Liz is celebrating with Woman and out comes Arn Anderson into the ring to celebrate with Flair.  Out comes Hulk Hogan with a chair.  He chases Liz away before making his way into the ring and slamming Arn in the back with the chair.  Flair, Arn and the women make their way to the back while Hogan is there attending to Savage.  The announcers recap the end of the match while Doug Dillinger, Hogan and the referee help Savage to the back.

In the back, Mean Gene is joined by Hulk Hogan.  Hogan has his eye covered by a patch and he’s cutting a promo about Liz and how he never saw this coming and doesn’t know where it came from.  Hogan says a week ago Liz’s shoe came off pretty darn easy when Flair jabbed Hogan himself in the eye.  Hogan wraps up and we Gene kicks us off to Michael Buffer for the entrances of…

Match #8: Unsanctioned Cage Match – The Giant w/ Kevin Sullivan & Jimmy Hart VS Hulk Hogan

“His wrestling skills place him among the all-time greats in professional wrestling…”  That hurts, Buffer…that hurts.  He also announced The Giant as “the man who literally came back from the dead last October,” which confirms that Hogan did commit murder at Halloween Havoc.

With this being an unsanctioned match, the referee will be on the floor and the way to win will be to escape the cage, which is interesting since WCW really never did escape cage matches.  I wonder if this is Hogan wanting to make the match more WWF-like since that was more their thing.  The match starts and it’s punches and kicks, so I don’t expect to be calling many wrestling moves in this match.  Hogan has his fists taped up, which is actually a nice touch.  I like it when wresters do things a little differently for no-holds-barred matches or street fights.  Hogan hits a trifecta of heel moves as he bites The Giant, chokes him with his shirt and then rakes him in the eyes.  Man, we should have seen this heel turn coming.  He really didn’t have to even change his wrestling style much as Hollywood, did he?

The Giant beats down Hogan until he tries to go for a big jumping elbow drop and Hogan is able to get out of the way.  He asks the crowd if he should try to press slam him…which is silly.  Hogan is never going to press slam The Giant.  He tries to body slam him (which is NOT a press slam) but Giant is too big and falls backwards onto him for a two count.  Giant takes over again after this, slamming Hogan’s head into the cage a few times while Sullivan instructs from the floor.

Giant tries to leave the cage through the door, AKA the lamest way to win a cage match ever, but Hogan is able to keep him from going out of it.  Giant picks Hogan up and gives him a big backbreaker, though.  It looks like the cage shots have busted Hogan open as well.

Giant locks Hogan up in a bear hug and holds it for a few minutes in the middle of the ring.  Hogan starts drawing from the chants of the fans and starts firing back up, punching Giant in the head until he gets out of the bear hug.  He tries to hit a clothesline and is met with a kick to the gut and an elbow to the back of the head for his trouble.  Giant hits Hogan with a mediocre choke slam which Hogan no-sells and Hulks up.  Hogan slams Giant into the cage over and over, busting him open.  He jabs Giant in the throat, sends him to the ropes, big boot and he calls for the press slam again.  He rakes the eyes and hits a BIG scoop slam.  Leg drop, leg drop, leg drop and Hogan goes to escape the cage by climbing over but Giant no-sells the crap out of the leg drops and sits up like he’s the Undertaker.  Hogan and Giant brawl on the ropes, chopping each other repeatedly.  Hogan punches The Giant, who falls to the ring, and he climbs over the top of the cage for the win.

Winner: Hulk Hogan

Immediately after hitting the floor, Hogan is hit in the back with a chair by Sullivan.  Of course, after this grueling match, Hogan just no-sells it and chases Sullivan into the cage where he’s now outnumbered as Giant is still in there.  Out comes Meng and the Barbarian, Hugh Morrus, Shark, Zodiac, One Man Gang…everyone is in the ring and they’re all eating chair shots as Hogan systematically takes out the Dungeon of Doom by himself.  Hogan slams them into the cage, slams their heads into each other, and eight giant men all cower in fear of Hulk Hogan.  Dear Lord, this is terrible.  Out comes the Loch Ness Monster, which is just a really heavy man, nothing special to him, and he attempts to get into the cage but the entire Dungeon of Doom holds him back, which I don’t understand.  Hogan’s music plays and he celebrates being the most powerful man in WCW, taking out an entire 9 man heel faction by himself.

Now, I know that I’m going to mark out in about a year and a half when Sting does the exact same thing…but still!

Tony pitches Nitro to us, telling us we’ll see Devon Storm, hear from Steve Grissom, and hopefully find out what the deal is with Elizabeth as we go off the air.

 

Ladies and Gentlemen, I hate to be THAT guy.  Especially since Derick is usually THAT guy.  However, this Hogan stuff is killing me.  Main eventing shows that he has no reason to be main eventing.  Going on last in on PPV when there is a title match.  Going on last on Nitro when there are title matches.  The title not going on last always pisses me off in any setting except for the Royal Rumble, and I’m still not entirely sure about that, honestly, so seeing a good solid two months of Hogan headline shows in matches that mean nothing…absolutely nothing…when there are World Title matches on the same card really upsets me.  If I recall, Uncensored is the end of this Hogan/Savage VS the Dungeon of Doom nonsense and it can’t come soon enough.  I’m not even certain what Hogan needs Savage for at this point, honestly, since he was able to take out every single member, at once, singlehandedly.

Man, I cannot wait for July when I can start hating Hogan and it be reflected from the crowd as well.  At least at that point the story will be fresh and it won’t be Hogan VS random heels all the time.  He’ll be wrestling the top babyfaces which should be exciting.  It’s going to be a rough road getting there if this stuff continues, though.

All in all a good show.  I liked the tag matches and I think that Luger really stuck out as doing great in those.  The Pillman/Sullivan match got off to such an amazing start and then took a turn into Odd-ville, but I know there’s a lot going on behind the scenes that goes along with that.  DDP losing his money should start the broke DDP angle that I remember, which will lead to him getting his money back from a “mysterious benefactor” and starting on a roll with the Diamond Cutter come about May, I believe.  I’ve been waiting on this angle ever since he lost Kimberly a few months back.  Elizabeth turning on Savage was pretty big stuff, though, and I’m always happy when Naitch is champion, so we’ve got that going for us.  I’m ready to head into the rest of February and into March…I’m just not that excited for Uncensored, which is generally WCW’s weakest PPV of the year.

Join me here tomorrow, folks, as we continue the journey with WCW Monday Nitro.  It’s nice to be caught up again and hopefully I can stay this way for the foreseeable future.  I’m looking into recruiting some new blood to help along with these write-ups so I’m excited to hopefully bring you a few new voices into this WCW foray soon.  Until next time!

-Shane

Hello fellow WCW fans!  I want to start off with an apology, of sorts.  I had been taking great pride in getting these posts out on the day that the events actually happened, but due to some major changes and the passing of a loved one, my last few weeks have been shot to crap, so I haven’t been able to keep up with these.  Therefore, until I get back in the rhythm and real-time of these posts, they’re going to just come sporadically and out of nowhere.  Today’s will cover 11/20, the next will be World War 3, and then we’ll finish up with 11/27 and 12/4 sometime soon.  My plan is to hopefully be back in rhythm by 12/11, but we’ll see.  If nothing else, I should be back in real time for the start of 2015/1996.  Thank you for your patience and I hope that the time off hasn’t made you run away from the website.

-Shane

 

 

KoaNitro copyHello again everyone and welcome to Kick out at Nitro, our weekly look into the past and long ago times of 1995 where we bring you goodness from the bygone era of WCW.  Tonight’s episode of Nitro comes to us from Macon Georgia.  We open on our announcers where we see Pepe dressed as a cowboy matching Mongo’s shirt tonight. Bischoff lets us know that we’re in for the “Super Bowl” of wrestling tonight as they hype Sting vs Hogan.  Heenan says he’ll be rooting for Sting tonight.  After Sting wins, though, he hopes that he falls down the stairs, hits his head and they take each other out.

Match #1: Scott Norton vs The Shark – Special Rematch

Shark attacks Norton from behind during his entrance.  Hoss fight in the entrance way.  They brawl at ringside for a while before they finally get into the ring and start the match properly.  Shark locks up a bearhug into a belly-to-belly suplex and follows with a big elbow drop.  WCW seems to do a lot of heel vs heel matches.  It’s odd that this one is a feud that has been building for weeks between two heels. Norton comes back after some no-selling, Shark runs into the turnbuckle, Norton follows with a big scoop powerslam for the win.  Bischoff references Grandma Bee’s from the Road Warriors doc.

Winner: Scott Norton

With that we go to commercial break.  Up next, Eddie Guerrero vs Ric Flair.
November_20,_1995_Monday_Nitro.00007We come back to Mene Gene in the entrance way with Kevin Sullivan and Jimmy Hart.  Jimmy says that tonight is Sting’s night.  He can beat the Immortal Hulk Hogan.  Jimmy won’t be at his side…he’s lost the Hulkamaniacs.  When Hogan came into WCW Sting was the one that gave him the stamp of approval.  Sting was the one he called when he needed a co-star for Thunder in Paradice.  However, now Hogan has a new best friend in Macho Man, and Macho Man got the episode of Baywatch, not Sting.

Sullivan puts over World War 3, saying that this is the first time Hogan will be in the ring with a lot of the Dungeon of Doom at once.  Gene ends the interview by calling them “two of the biggest pieces of human garbage” he’s ever met.

Back to the announcers and Bobby puts over that when Savage came to WCW, he said that he had one plan, and that was the WCW title.  How much can Hogan really trust him?

Disco’s music starts instead of Eddie’s.  Eddie comes out and interrupts Disco, who is trying to sell copies of his new CD.

Match #2: Eddie Guerrero vs Ric Flair

Flair comes out in street clothes with Brian Pillman, who is dressed to wrestle.  Pillman is in his 4H tights!  Flair grabs a mic and says that apparently there was a mistake made in the wrestling world as people actually thought he was going to come out here and wrestle Guerrero.  He says he’s so focused on Sting that he’s going to let Pillman have the honors of pounding Guerrero through the mat.  He says that as they speak, Double A and Benoit are gassing up the jet and getting the Hooters girls ready.  He tells Pillman to take care of his light work and he’ll hold the jet.

Match #2: Eddie Guerrero vs Flyin’ Brian Pillman

Match starts and Pillman taunts Eddie with his jacket like he’s a matador.  Eddie gives him a death stare and goes after him, hitting a flying head scissors and smacking the taste out of Pillman’s mouth.  Eddie is taking it to Pillman until he goes for a dive off the top and Pillman hits him with a dropkick.  Pillman takes back over, raking Eddie’s eyes on the top rope, going for an eye gouge and then choking Eddie against the bottom rope.  Back to a pretty even match but with Pillman controlling the pace.  Pillman reverses a suplex attempt into the ring and suplexes Eddie to the floor, heading up to the top afterwards.  He goes for a dive off onto Eddie, who moves and Pillman eats the guardrail.  As Pillman gets his bearings, Eddie dives off the top onto him, taking him out.  Back in the ring, Pillman begs off but Eddie gets control and nails a brainbuster, going up top for the frog splash, but Pillman hits the ropes, crotching Eddie.  Pillman goes for a superplex but Eddie shoves him off and hits a beautiful Frog Splash for the win!

Winner: Eddie Guerrero

Up Next: Hawk vs Big Bubba

Saturday Night – Luger in the Main Event, Hugh Morrus, VK Wallstreet and Disco Inferno

Replay of the Dungeon of Doom from last week attacking Randy Savage and injuring his arm.  The announcers talk about how it may cost him at World War 3.

November_20,_1995_Monday_Nitro.00010Match #3: Big Bubba Rogers vs Road Warrior Hawk

Hawk and Bubba go at it on the floor then carry into the ring with Hawk hitting a back body drop and a big clothesline.  Hawk goes up top for a body splash but Bubba moves and then takes control.   Match continues with Bubba in control.  Hawk goes up top for a clothesline but Bubba brings him down to the mat.  Bubba tapes his fist up and goes to his Hawk but out comes Hacksaw Jim Duggan and trips up Bubba, causing him to land on his own fist.  Hawk covers for the win.

Winner: Road Warrior Hawk

As Hawk is heading to the back he says “I told you I was back…”  Um, you didn’t win that one yourself there, Hawk.

We head to commercial with the Up Next graphic showing us Hogan vs Sting.

Match #4: Sting vs Hulk Hogan

Sting comes out wearing the red and yellow.  He also comes out not wearing the WCW United States Championship.  Did he lose that recently?

Nov 1We come back from commercial break to Hogan’s music but Savage coming out with his arm in a sling, motioning to the back for Hogan to come out.  Hogan comes in from the crowd, wearing a mask as the crowd boos the crap out of him.  He taps Sting on the shoulder and the two get in each other’s face and jaw jack until Hogan pushes Sting.  Sting kicks and takes it to Hogan off the bat.

My Google-Fu also shows me that Sting lost the WCW United States Championship to Kensuke Sasaki in Japan at a house show.  Good job referencing that, WCW.

I really like Sting in red and yellow.  It first him.  It’s also neat watching this knowing what the big feud will be coming into this time next year.

Hogan takes control for the most part, taking it to the outside and hitting Sting with a suplex to the floor.  Back in the ring, Sting hits a cross body off of an Irish whip.  Bischoff talks about how this turns his stomach because Sting was such a big part of why Hogan came to WCW.  While Hogan has Sting down, Savage is on the outside yelling at Hogan to “find out if he’s with us or against us…lean on him and find out what he’s all about.”  Hogan pulls out a rolling Fujiwara Armbar that looks like Alberto Del Rio’s in slow motion.  Sting powers out and the two do some chain wrestling leading to a full nelson that Sting powers out of and then into a headlock.  Why hasn’t Hogan grown his mustache back?

I remember the black Hogan stuff being over right after Halloween Havoc, so this is almost like it’s new to me.  I forgot that they started gunning for Sting.

November_20,_1995_Monday_Nitro.00018Stinger Splash but Hogan catches and bear hugs him, throwing Sting down.  Hogan still in control after that, hitting a few more suplexes to Sting.  Heenan calls these two the biggest names in the industry a few times.  Nice to see him including Sting in that, especially with Savage outside.  Sting powers back and gets Hogan in the Scorpion Deathlock.  Hogan powers out of it and starts his Hulk Up routine.  Big Boot…goes for leg drop, Sting moves.  Back to the Scorpion Deathlock.  “He’s gonna break my leg, Macho!”  Hogan is grabbing the ref and pleading for his life as the Dungeon of Doom hits the ring and destroys everyone.  Sting is fighting them off, Hogan joins in.  They clear the ring as The Giant comes in and goes to chokeslam them both, but Savage hits Giant with a chair as he lifts them.  Savage goes up for the chokeslam but his friends don’t save him so he eats a chokeslam.  Sting and Hogan grab a chair and clothesline Giant with it, sending him to the floor as we go to commercial.

We come back from commercial to Kevin Sullivan straight up throttling Bobby Heenan as Jimmy Hart yells into his megaphone.  Heenan’s headset is broken and he looks like he’s seen some stuff, man.

“And they LIKE me!  What do you think they’re going to do at World War 3 to Sting, Hogan, Savage, etc!?”

We’re only 6 days from World War 3 and the crowning of a new World Champion!  Bischoff apologizes for running over and we go off the air.

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Not a bad episode, but not really the episode you want to send you into the Pay Per View.  The Hogan/Sting stuff was pretty cool as I liked seeing Sting stand up for himself and work to prove that he’s with Hogan, but also that he’s not going to take any of Hogan’s crap as we see with him straight kicking Hogan in the gut after Hogan shoved him.  Guerrero / Pillman was a good match as well and I wonder if they’re going to carry any of that over into WW3.  I kind of figured they’d wait for the PPV to blow off Shark vs Norton as well, but no dice.

The weirdest thing, I think, is that outside of the battle royale, I don’t know any of the matches for World War 3 and it’s only six days away.  As a normal episode of Nitro, this is okay, but as the blow off show for World War 3, this is terrible.  The only thing hyped up is the main event for the title, which, don’t get me wrong, is huge, but you still have 5-6 other matches that you have to fill that card with and unless they started making matches on Saturday Night and I’m just not getting them, I gotta say that this PPV has been setup for failure.

Then again this is a company that lets one of their biggest names lose a championship at a house show and then doesn’t reference it at all…

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Ratings Breakdown

WWF Raw Ratings – 2.3

WCW Nitro Ratings – 2.5

(Raw – 5, Nitro – 4 ) (Tie Weeks – 2)

WWF’s longest Winning Streak (to this point) – 2

WCW’s longest Winning Streak (to this point) – 2

 

WCW gets another win!

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WWF Raw results from this week

The 1-2-3 Kid defeated Hakushi

Skip & Savio Vega fought to a No Contest

Owen Hart & Shawn Michaels fought to a No Contest when Shawn Michaels collapsed in the ring

This one took place in Richmond, VA, so close to my old hometown.  It’s also the episode that started HBK’s lead into Wrestlemania that year, so this is a pretty significant Raw.  I could see where Hogan/Sting beat it, though, as it really only because relevant after the fact, so Hogan/Sting promoted for a week I could definitely see besting Owen vs Shawn, despite how good that match could be on paper.  Kid vs Hakushi looks like a pretty good match, too.  I may have to track down this Raw as it honestly seems like the best one on paper since I started following this time.

Well, that will do it for this week, folks…join us here soon for World War 3!

Shane

KoaNitro PPVIt’s time once again along our WCW journey to plunk down our $29.99 and watch a WCW Pay Per View!  WCW has been building up to this one for six weeks of Nitro and this is where we find out if it was all worth it.  My first impression, right off the bat…I like that they had six weeks of buildup.  Fall Brawl came just two Nitros into the journey, so it seemed like I missed everything leading up to it…because I did.  This one, however, we got a good amount of time for things to build.  As stupid as the Hogan/Giant stuff has been, we got enough time for us to really understand where the story is and why we’re going that way.  Same with the Flair/Sting vs Pillman/Anderson story.  In a world now where it feels like WWE is throwing us a PPV ever three weeks, having a month and a half to get to this point was pretty cool.  It really has me wondering how next year is going at points since WCW still only runs 10 PPVs a year at this point.  They won’t get to 12 until 1997.

Of course, the big build up to this PPV has been Hulk Hogan and the Giant.  We have seen the replays multiple times by now, starting back in the summer when the Giant arrived and threw his Andre the Giant shirt in Hogan’s face.  From there we go to Fall Brawl where the Giant runs over Hogan’s brand new Harley Davidson then later that night snaps his neck.  A month and a half later we’ve gotten one more neck snap and a Hogan that now dresses in black (but isn’t nWo quite yet) and works without a mustache.  Our main events are going to be Hogan vs the Giant in a Monster Truck Sumo Match, followed by the two going at it in the ring for the WCW World Heavyweight Championship.  Tied for second on our big story list is the Flair/Anderson/Pillman/Sting angle and the Luger/Savage angle.  I’m digging both of these and I feel that both come out in pretty interesting and satisfying ways by the end of the night.

Our show starts with a quick promo video of the Giant/Hogan feud which ends with a picture of the two of them head to head.  Nothing out of the ordinary except for the fact that Hogan is eye-to-eye with the Giant in this one.  Really…Hogan’s ego can’t allow him to be a head shorter than a man who is actually a head taller than him in real life?  We go to our announce team which is Bobby Heenan and Tony Schiavone.  Looks like this is our PPV team at this point as this was our team for Fall Brawl as well.  I know that eventually Tony ends up on Nitro as well, but that may not happen until a year or so from now when Nitro goes two hours.  I can’t really remember, honestly.  We cut to Hogan and Giant grab assing on the rooftop of Cobo Hall, which is next door to the Joe Louis Arena where our PPV is taking place.  Back to our announcers, we find out that Arn Anderson and Brian Pillman attacked Ric Flair earlier tonight.  Sting isn’t at the building yet so he doesn’t know and this may put the match in jeopardy.  Heenan laughs and says that this is what Flair gets…he’s not playing around with friends from Friends, which dates us right smack dab in the 90’s.  We also see Heenan randomly eating at this nice table where Schiavone tells us he’s been having sushi all night.

Video CoverWe go to a replay of the 9/30 WCW Saturday Night, which if you’ll remember is where Johnny B Badd was supposed to cash in his WCW United States Championship shot that he won at Fall Brawl against Brian Pillman.  Sting is in the ring, ready to go, but no JBB.  They postpone the match until later that night, but the same thing happens.  Due to two no shows, Pillman gets a title shot instead.  Later that night, apparently, JBB arrived; dirty, saying he had a flat tire and couldn’t get here.  He had no phone so he couldn’t call in either.  Wow, this is an angle that couldn’t be run today.  Diamond Dallas Page interrupts this interview, saying JBB is stupid for missing his title shot and that it should have went to him.  Max Muscle says it’s hard getting here with four flat tires, to which DDP tries to shut him up, but JBB reacts saying he only said he had “a” flat tire, how did Max know he had 4!?  He punches DDP, which set us up for Nitro a few weeks ago where DDP jumped JBB from behind before the match and stole his glitter gun.

Match #1: WCW Television Championship Match: Johnny B Badd vs Diamond Dallas Page (C) w/ Max Muscle and the Diamond Doll

As they make their entrances we see that DDP still has Johnny’s glitter gun and we see that Kimberly is not happy to be a part of this team.  We’ve been seeing Kim get more and more disgusted with DDP over the last few weeks, and I know that she eventually leaves DDP for JBB (and then for The Booty Man), so you can definitely tell that is coming.

We get an update on Flair, saying he does have an injury but we have no information on the severity yet.  Also, Sting still isn’t at the arena yet so he has no idea.  Heenan tells us that this is proof that Sting and Flair don’t gel as a team because they aren’t even in the arena at the same time.

Page is in the ring waiting as Johnny B Badd makes his entrance.  He comes out facing away from the camera so we can all read the back of his cape…but no, it’s a decoy JBB!  The real Johnny B Badd makes his way through the crowd and pays DDP back for his Nitro waylay.

All through this match there is a running commentary and speculation on DDP winning 13.7 million dollars recently.  I didn’t really start following DDP until after the whole “benefactor” angle that’s coming up through the first half of 1996, but I do remember there being a time when the angle was that he was poor as all get out, so that ties in pretty well to the next speculation point which is that the rumor is that the Diamond Doll actually won the money and that DDP is just along for the ride.

We get a pretty funny spot in this match when JBB pulls DDP’s hair while he’s in an armbar.  DDP complains to the ref and the ref questions JBB about the hair pull, to which he replies “Yeah, I pulled his hair!  Like this!” as he pulls it again.  I thought that was pretty funny and really showed that JBB was out for payback instead of just winning a match or the title.

Heenan tells us another story about a pilot leaving the cockpit to ask him questions about what was going on in WCW, leaving him to reply “Who’s flying this bird?”  I like to see it not as a joke being used twice, but that pilots all around the world want the scoop from Heenan and he’s getting annoyed and worried for his safety!  Pilots should pay attention to their planes and get their scoops by calling 1-900-909-9900 instead.

We find out that the Sheik will be here with Sabu later tonight.

Two things really run through this match as we go along.  One is that the announcers are constantly putting over the changes in DDP since he “won” the money.  The second is that as this match goes on, Kim becomes more and more disgusted with DDP.  She moves pretty much from distraught at the match to plain out pissed off with Page.  This really takes off when DDP unwraps his wrist tape and uses it to choke JBB.

JBB comes back though, giving Page a duo of atomic drops, moving to punches and then rocking him with a tilt-a-whirl headscissors.  We get a double axe handle from the top rope by JBB that Kim scores a 10.  She’s moved on from upset with DDP to actively cheering JBB.  JBB gives us an ugly sit out powerbomb for a two count.  DDP goes for the Diamond Dream (which is apparently a DDT out of a hip toss, which is odd having signature move that depends on someone else hitting you with an offensive maneuver, but whatever).  DDP goes for a Diamond Cutter, but JBB blocks it by using the top rope to hold himself up, and then covers DDP for a two count for no apparent reason.  That’s one of the logic flaws in the Diamond Cutter.  I’ve always liked the move…but you do as much harm to yourself as the opponent when you hit it.  When Page missed it, technically he did just as much to himself as he would have if he had actually hit the move, so JBB covering him for a two kind of shines a light on that.

Havoc_19951029_0004bMax Muscle grabs JBB from behind and DDP goes for a clothesline, but JBB moves.  Thankfully DDP stops short from hitting Max, but then JBB dropkicks DDP from behind and the two collide.  JBB picks up the win when Max Muscle accidentally clotheslines DDP.


Winner and new WCW Television Champion, Johnny B Badd!

We cut really quickly back to our announcers to find out that this is the first time that we’ll see The Giant in an actual match.  Sure, he’s been choke slamming folks and snapping necks for a few weeks now, but tonight will be his first official match.  Heenan tells us that they may not get to it as they may both end up going off the roof in the Monster Truck match, though.

Match #2: Zodiac vs “Macho Man” Randy Savage

Yep, I was as confused as you when Zodiac came out to the ring…and for the same two reasons.  1) Why is it Zodiac and not Kamala, as we were told it would be for the last few weeks?  2) Why is Zodiac employed?

Zodiac, however, apparently comes out to what will become Rey Mysterio Jr.’s entrance music.  It’s always odd to me to see entrance music get recycled.  It’s like when I realized Kurt Angle came out to The Patriot’s music and my mind exploded.

Randy makes his way to the ring and stops to kiss some random woman.  It looked like it made both of their days, so all is well, I suppose.

Savage’s arm is taped up, still selling his match against Kurasawa from the previous Nitro.

At the start of the match a fan jumps into the ring only to be wrangled by Randy Anderson.  For the most part, Savage and Zodiac ignore him, which is probably a good thing.  I think out of all of the wrestlers you could randomly jump, Randy Savage would be near the top of the list of the ones most likely to seriously injure you.

Heenan says that Kamala said he was afraid of Savage, so Kevin Sullivan beat him and sent him back to Uganda.  Guess this is cover up for Kamala leaving the company, kind of like Vader going AWOL before Fall Brawl.  Seriously, WCW, you have two guys leave the company after building them into PPV matches…gotta keep a better watch on that stuff.

Savage wins with the top rope elbow at the end of a very quick match.  Now, as long as Lex Luger wins his match, Savage and Luger will happen later on tonight.

Winner: Randy Savage

We go to the back where Mean Gene is standing by with Johnny B Badd.  We get a quick Hotline plug from Gene in which he tells us that Jimmy Hart has been talking with a man he used to manage in “another federation.”  Johnny arrives to tell us that there’ll be a celebration in Detroit tonight and that dreams do come true.  Gene talks him into taking him out for some Greek food later.

Match #3: Kurasawa (w/ Col. Robert Parker) vs Road Warrior Hawk

This is a Revenge Match coming from Clash of the Champions in Daytona Beach earlier this year.  In that match, Kurasawa broke Hawk’s arm, which we’ve heard a lot about over the last few weeks.

Where is Animal at this point?  We’ve seen Hawk a few times, but is he the only one in WCW at this point?

Early in the match Hawk hits his shoulder on the ring post and Kurasawa goes straight for his arm.  Nice to see WCW playing up continuity here.  Hawk shoves Kurasawa off, though.

We see a “Bobby for Mayor” sign that Schiavone points out, leaving Bobby to respond with “That’s just what I need…to take a pay cut and live in a bad neighborhood.”  Nice to see Bobby get a dig at Detroit in.

Kurasawa hits a Samoan drop, puts his legs on the ropes (which Parker holds) and gets the win.

Winner: Kurasawa with a dirty pin and assistance from Col. Parker.

We go backstage with Mean Gene again, this time with Randy Savage pacing the floor in front of him.  He said he heard what Hogan said and he didn’t like it.  He doesn’t think Hogan can separate business and pleasure.  He’s Hogan’s friend…but when they meet together in the ring, he’s going to win.

He tells Gene that his mustache is crooked; causing Gene to fire back that Savage’s beard is sideways.  Savage shakes it off with a “that’s alright.”  Savage says he’s going to make sure Luger wins his match.

Match #4: JL vs Sabu (w/ the original Sheik)

For some reason, JL has been demoted from Mr. JL to just JL over the course of the last few weeks.  Sabu comes out to what will eventually be La Parka’s music, giving us our random music shift #2 for the evening.  Instead of a chair like La Parka, though, the Sheik comes to the ring with a damn sword!

Sabu hits an asai moonsault that takes out both JL and the Sheik.  I’d watch it a little more closely if I were Sabu, though, with Sheik wielding a damn sword out there.  Sabu also continues to prove he doesn’t give a damn about anyone’s safety as he goes for a flipping leg drop from the apron to the ring that lands his ass straight onto JL’s face.  Sabu wins with the Arabian press.  Afterwards, however, Sheik throws a fireball in JL’s face for no reason other than to do it.

Winner: Sabu

Very quick matches tonight, honestly.  We must be making sure that Hogan gets as much time as he wants later tonight.  And trust me…he’s all over the last hour of this show.

We get a quick rundown video of the history of the Giant in WCW, followed by Kevin Sullivan and The Master in the entrance way.  The Master decides that despite Sullivan being right beside him, he’s going to yell at him like he’s across the room.  Also, I still don’t know why The Master refers to him as “Sullivan” every time he addresses him.  It’s his father, apparently…just call him Kevin or “son,” for goodness sake.  Maybe that’s why Sullivan is evil as all hell…his father is just a loud, impersonal jerk.  Despite getting yelled at directly into his ear, Sullivan spends this entire segment looking bored as crap.

Sullivan is also in his gear…for no reason.  He has no match tonight.  The Master says that Sullivan, The Giant and the Yeti (pronounced throughout this pay per view as “Yeh-Tay”) will destroy Hulkamania.  Sullivan says that Hogan’s evil is out of control.  He says Hogan has no friends and that Sting, Luger and Savage are just vultures at his heels.  He makes a good point here, finally.  He’s way off the mark with his “Hogan is evil now” shtick, but this whole thing about his friends all wanting the gold and not caring about him is pretty accurate.  This is what should have been played up more.  It’s been mentioned once or twice, but this should have been part of Hogan turning “evil.”  He should have felt alienated.  Have his friends be more vocal to him about wanting the title, not just to each other.  Then, Hogan would feel like he was backed into a corner and had no one to rely on.  I think that would have been a lot more compelling story than “Hogan is evil now!” when he really hasn’t done a single evil thing.  The most he’s done is tell a couple people to keep their mouths shut.

We go backstage again with Mean Gene along with Hulk Hogan, Jimmy Hart, and the winners of the Hulkamania Harley Davidson giveaway.  Front and center is this scared girl who looks about 12 years old but we find out that she’s the winner’s fiancée!  Of course, they are from Alabama, so the fact that there seems to be about a fifteen year age difference between the two of them and that she doesn’t look more than 15 maybe isn’t so out of the ordinary.  I apologize to anyone reading this from Alabama…but my blue and orange Florida blood couldn’t help but take a dig at you.  Hogan is putting over the winner and the bike and tells Gene “that he’s already told me how he’s getting it back to Alabama, dude, but you can ask him about that later.”  Way to keep us in suspense, Hulkster.  I’d imagine he’s going to ride the damn thing.  Either that or tow it.  Now, I’m hoping he’ll surprise me and tell me that he’s going to fly the thing home.  That would be a real shocker.  Mike, the winner, wins even more stuff, including some shirts and a new exhaust that he has to go pick up at the shop.  Gene says that he could use an extra exhaust pipe.  55682828Hogan spoils the surprise by telling us Mike is going to ride the bike back to Alabama, but Mean Gene asks him anyway, prompting Mike to tell us that he and the fiancée are going to “straddle it and ride home.”

We get an ad for World War 3 on November 26th.  This is actually the first WW3 PPV, so that’s exciting.  The main event will be a 3 ring battle royal, 20 mean in each ring, and a giant in each ring!  The winner will get a title shot.

We cut back to our commentators and Bobby gives us another zinger by saying that Mike’s new bike will look nice in his trailer park, beside all of the other cars up on blocks and the small $4 swimming pool.  The only thing that kept it from being as sharp as it could have been was the fact that it took Heenan roughly a minute to come up with the words “swimming pool,” leaving him to just try to make a circle his hands in the most terrible game of charades ever.  After the segment, Tony mocks him by making the circle with his hands.  I wonder if these two actually like each other.  There’s gotta be something somewhere that has some candid info on this relationship.


Match #5: Meng vs Lex Luger

As Luger comes out, we get a quick glimpse of a tombstone that’s part of the entryway set with the name Crockett.  Gotta believe that’s a shout-out to Jim Crockett, the man you used to run Mid-Atlantic before it became WCW.

We find out that on Saturday Night, Meng kicked The Shark in the back of the head so that Luger would win the match.  Kevin Sullivan apparently then told Luger that he would “see him tomorrow,” building up more of the is he/isn’t he between Lex and the Dungeon of Doom.

We get info that Ric Flair has been attended to and that Sting is finally in the building.  Way to wait until the very last moment to get here, Sting.  For a guy that’s supposed to be “the franchise,” getting here 2/3 of the way through the PPV is a little lame.  Whatever happened to being the guy who was the “first to arrive, last to leave?”

Havoc_19951029_0001bWe get a nice shoulder breaker from Meng to Luger and referee Nick Patrick asks Luger if he wants to stop, despite him not being in a submission hold currently.  I always thought that was more of a trope when Patrick turned heel and went with the nWo…asking WCW wrestlers if they wanted to stop the match despite not being in a predicament where they might need to, but apparently it’s just how Patrick rolls.  Rewatching this stuff really does show me that he was a terrible referee way before the nWo stuff.  Meng follows his shoulder breaker with a nice old-school piledriver as Heenan gets worried that the Yeti may be in the building.  The Master told us that he was here, but Heenan took that to mean that he was “here” in a spiritual sense alongside the Dungeon of Doom.  He didn’t realize that he was physically in the building.

We’re told that this match is full of “close physical contact…man on man competition.”  Reuse the Mean Gene meme from earlier and apply it to Schiavone if you don’t mind.

Luger is in this match way longer than Randy was in his so there is the question of what sort of toll will that take out on Lex.  Sullivan also keeps talking to Luger randomly through the match and Heenan makes a point that Sullivan isn’t attacking Lex at all despite there being multiple opportunities.  Anyone else turns their back on Sullivan and he’s going to destroy them, but Lex is basically allowed to have a clean match with Meng.  He’s not really out there directing Meng to attack Luger or anything like that, truthfully.  He’s just out there observing more than anything.

Heenan is asked about the man he was having sushi with earlier and Heenan says that’s just one of his Japanese business associates and that it has nothing to do with WCW.  Is Sonny Onoo around at this point?  Didn’t he and Heenan have a kayfabe partnership?  This may be how they bring him in, especially since we’re seeing more Japanese stars show up.  Or, at least wrestlers who were stars in Japan like Benoit, Malenko and Guerrero.  We’ve also got the Cruiserweight division coming up, so that would be a good time to bring all of this together, if it actually has a purpose and isn’t just something they’ll drop.

Luger starts hitting clotheslines like they’re going out of style and Heenan puts over the fact that there’s a steel plate in Luger’s arm due to a motorcycle accident.  This may be the first time this run that they’ve mentioned the Bionic Forearm.

Meng hits Luger with the golden spike and pins Luger, but Sullivan jumps in and kicks Luger, causing him to win via DQ.  Meng isn’t happy about this.

Winner: Lex Luger via Disqualification

We cut to Mean Gene again who is with The Giant in a racing flame suit, but nothing of importance is said, honestly.  He’ll destroy Hogan, etc.

Match #6: Arn Anderson and Flyin’ Brian vs Ric Flair and Sting

Havoc_19951029_0005bAfter the 2 Horsemen enter, Sting enters alone.  They announce him and Flair together, but no Flair.  This does bring me back to something I always liked with WCW.  If the team is two singles stars together, they’ll usually still come out together.  I liked that.

The crowd chants “We Want Flair” a lot but we still get Sting starting off strong and cleaning house through most of the early parts of this match, including one moment at makes him look like a total badass.  Pillman tries to bait Sting in with a handshake, but Sting kicks him in the gut for good measure then picks him up in a gorilla press slam.  He drops Pillman nonchalantly and as he’s falling beckons Arn into the ring.

We get some old Anderson tactics later as Arn rams Sting’s head into an unsuspecting Pillman’s head.  Tony lets us know that Gene and Ole Anderson would sacrifice their own bodies as long as it hurt their opponents, so this is just Arn calling back to that.  The match then swings to the Horsemen controlling Sting.  After a few moments, though, the crowd explodes as Ric Flair makes his way out, in slacks and with a big Havoc_19951029_0003bbandage on his head.  He hits the ring and tries to attack but the ref moves him back to his corner.  The rest of the match runs with Sting taking a beating from Anderson and Pillman and Arn doing a great job of keeping Sting from being able to reach the corner and tag out.  Sting is finally able to tag out; Flair hits the ring, hits the ropes, and punches Sting in the face.  From then on it’s a 3 on 1 beat down on Sting.  Flair pulls off his bandage, revealing that there’s no injury underneath.  They beat Sting down and then head out to meet Mean Gene at the top of the ramp.

Flair is happy and says that “now we go to school!”  Double A tells us to be careful what we wish for.  A lot of bloodthirsty fans asked for it and now they have it.

Winners: Sting and Ric Flair via DQ

We go back to Mike Tenay in the back with Lex Luger.  He asks about Kevin Sullivan’s interference.  Lex says that ever since he came here to “the W…” and you can tell he ALMOST says WWF, but catches it later.  He says that more than one person out there seems to want the Luger/Savage match, so maybe that’s why Sullivan helped him.

We go to our announcers and Heenan goes on a tirade against Hulk Hogan.  He says that Hogan doesn’t deserve to be the champion.  He’s desecrating something that Bobby believes in and does, that being WCW.

We get a recap of the feud yet again, leading us to:

Match #7: Monster Truck Sumo Match – Hulk Hogan vs The Giant

We come back and Schiavone is gone and replaced by Eric Bischoff and Bob Chandler, the builder of both Monster Trucks.  Chandler runs down the specs of both trucks, letting us know how powerful they are.  We then go to the roof for the official rules.

Monster TrucksOn the roof, Hogan and the Giant are in each other’s faces as they get the rules explained.  The two trucks will be welded together and will have to push each other around the circle until one of the trucks is completely out of the circle.  There are also two random explosive charges that could potentially disable the trucks.  We see the trucks get welded together, but I seriously doubt that is happening.  I’m no welder, but I’d imagine welding two giant monster trucks together would take longer than a few seconds to do.

Heenan grabs a quick jab at Hogan with “We always expect Hogan to be slow and he never lets us down.”

The match starts and is basically just ten minutes of the two trucks pushing each other around with quick cuts inside of the cabins so we see both men driving the trucks.  They hit one of the explosive charges but the truck no-sells it, leading to what could have been a really cool wrinkle in the match being a useless throwaway firework.  Eventually Hogan wins.

Winner: Hulk Hogan

After the match, The Giant exits his truck and goes after Hogan.  He charges Hogan and he moves out of the way like he’s Batman fighting Bane in one of the Arkham games, but Giant grabs him by the throat and lifts him up onto the ledge, then follows him up.  Hogan is being choked but he throws his arms up and breaks the choke, causing Giant to lose balance and fall off the roof back first.  Hogan leaps for the ledge, looks down and then yells “Oh no!  Help!  Help!”

From there we cut back to the announcers who are freaking out.

Match #8: Lex Luger vs “Macho Man” Randy Savage

We start the match among Tony and Heenan freaking out about the Giant’s apparent death.  Heenan more so.  Tony tells us that he’ll “be honest with you…we may not have a World Title match.”  Yes, Tony…that’s the important takeaway from this.  Your #1 contender may be dead.  But, the big thing is that the match won’t happen.  Sheesh.

The match starts with Luger trying to make peace, but Savage booting him in the guts and starting the match.

We get info from Heenan telling us that they’re not allowing cameras outside so that’s obviously bad news.

Jimmy Hart makes his way to ringside for no reason.  He’s still wearing his black outfit, but he’s just standing outside of the ring on the floor.

Heenan tells us that Eric Bischoff has left the building with Mean Gene.

In the match the ref tries to stop Randy at one point and Randy takes a swing at him.

Heenan goes apeshit about not getting info about The Giant.  He raises his voice and starts yelling at some off air assistant or camera woman and asks how they can’t just go get info for him.

The fans in the match are booing Lex Luger all while Heenan is doing a great job at selling the Giant’s “death.”  He comes across as genuinely troubled, which is cool.  Savage starts gaining momentum in the match and Jimmy Hart jumps up on the apron and distracts the ref, costing Lex a possible win.  Savage Irish whips Lex towards Hart and Patrick.  Patrick moves, his Spidey-Sense tingling apparently, and Luger barrels into Jimmy Hart.  He falls, elbow drop, and gets the win.

Winner: “Macho Man” Randy Savage

We go back to the announcers who are talking about the Giant again and Tony gets info that Michael Buffer is going to the ring.  Heenan explodes again, tells Tony to forget about Buffer and to go find out what is happening outside.  Tony tells Heenan to do it himself, and Heenan throws down his headset and storms off.  He’s only gone a moment, though, as he comes back and says that there are 500 people in the doorway and it would take him two hours to get outside.  Tony looks like he gives absolutely zero #*%#s.  Heenan says that Tony doesn’t understand how serious this is to him.  He doesn’t know how far back he and the Giant’s father go.    We get a quick replay of what went down on the roof and Heenan again asks why we can’t get any information about what happened.  Tony looks at the camera this entire time with a look that says “This crap again?”  I do have to say that I absolutely love how much Heenan is selling all of this, though.  It’s amazing.

We go to the ring where Michael Buffer begins introducing The Giant, but Hogan’s music comes on and he and Jimmy Hart walk out in total seriousness.  Heenan says that Hogan isn’t dressed to wrestle, despite the fact that he’s in his wrestling gear.

Hogan gets in the ring and takes the mic, saying he’s sorry for killing the Giant.

And out walks the Giant.

Seriously, it was meant to be a shock, but it happened so quickly that the shock was kind of lost.  I would have liked to see it drag out a bit, but it didn’t.  Hogan is scared as hell as Giant gets in the ring for his first official match…ever.

Match #9: WCW World Heavyweight Championship – Hulk Hogan (C) w/ Jimmy Hart vs The Giant w/ Kevin Sullivan

Hogan slowly takes off his black bandana, revealing that his forehead is painted up like Kevin Sullivan’s usually is.  This is supposed to show how evil he is, I guess.  If only Hogan had done anything evil for the last month, it would have made sense.  If they had been slowly making Hogan do more evil and devilish stuff, this being the final expression of that anger and evil would have been a really cool idea.  But, he never did anything.  Hell, he gave a guy a motorcycle earlier…how evil can the guy be?

Hogan starts trying to take down the Giant but can’t.  He hits some clotheslines that do nothing to rattle him and then tries to slam him.  The Giant says no and takes over, clubbing Hogan over the back and going on the offense.  Heenan lets us know that tomorrow on Nitro he’ll be able to tell us what happened to The Giant between his fall and he walking to the ring like nothing was bothering him.

Halloween_Havoc_1995_002The Giant controls the match and goes for Hogan’s leg drop, but Hogan moves and you can just imagine him internally monologue “No one steals my move, brother!”  Hogan takes over now as Back-rakeamania returns from Fall Brawl and Hogan rakes Giant’s back over and over.  You could almost argue that Hogan is wrestling like a heel so the evil may have actually taken over…but this is how babyface Hogan wrestles too.  Seriously, watch his matches over…babyface Hogan always did the most heel stuff.  Heenan really did have a point all these years.  In this match, though, Hogan is definitely more of a heel than the Giant, wrestling wise.

Giant locks Hogan in a bear hug and we spend the better part of three weeks here.  Ref checks the arm, we get two drops, then on the third Hogan starts to Hulk up, leading him into a choke slam but a two count.  Of course Hogan is the first man to barely sell the choke slam…the move that everyone has been taken out by.  Hogan Hulks up again, big boot, hits the leg drop and suddenly the ref hits the floor.  Hogan has the match won, but the ref is out.  Hogan and Jimmy Hart talk a bit; Hogan lifts the ref up and hands him to Hart to get him ready to make the count.  Hogan turns his back; Hart shoves the ref and nails Hogan with the WCW Championship.  Hogan no-sells it, turns on Hart and goes to beat him when the Giant gets up and we’re back to the bear hug.

What was funny is that during the whole Hogan/Hart/ref gimmick, The Giant would randomly look up and around, and then drop his head down.  I don’t know if this was inexperience on The Giant’s part, or if he was playing possum knowing what was coming.  It just cracked me up.

19951029_gianthogancroppedKevin Sullivan attacks at this point, making Jimmy Hart motion to the entrance, presumably for the rest of the Dungeon of Doom.  What he gets, however, is Luger and Savage.  They hit the ring and Savage goes to help Hogan, which brings out the Yeti.  As soon as the Yeti hits the ring, though, Luger turns on Savage.  The Yeti joins the Giant in bear hugging Hogan, but it looks like the most useless, stupidest thing ever.  The Giant has a legit bear hug, but the Yeti, who is a good four or five inches taller than The Giant, just puts his arms around the two of them and looks to apply no pressure.  Luger puts Hogan in the Torture Rack while the Giant and Yeti go to hug on Randy Savage for a while.  Luger drops Hogan and then racks Savage for good measure.

Winner: The Giant by DQ (Hulk Hogan still Champion)

The referee hands The Giant the belt, but we get an announcement that the match ended on a DQ and the title didn’t change hands.  Doesn’t faze Giant, though, as he leaves with the belt held high.

We go off the air with Hogan and Savage in the ring after the beat down.  Heenan is happy at this, but at the end of the day, Hogan is still champ.

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Wow, three major heel turns on this PPV.  Flair betrayed Sting, but that was inevitable. Flair will always betray Sting.  I have no idea why Sting even bothered with this one.  Luger was pretty expected, but still, a top babyface joining the Dungeon of Doom is pretty out there, so that part is definitely a bit odd.  Jimmy Hart, though…that was pretty major.  Maybe he got really upset that one time Hogan told him to keep his mouth shut and held that grudge.  It’d be funny if the one tiny thing that Hogan did to show his “dark side” was what caused his buddy to turn.  I honestly can’t wait until Nitro to find this out.

All in all, this did what a good PPV should…despite having some garbage matches in it at times.  It ended a feud in Hawk/Kurasawa.  It got us to new or interesting places with a few feuds, like Sting/Flair and DDP/Johnny B Badd as well as how the world title scene being left with a new top heel in Luger.  Plus now Savage has definite beef with Luger, as does Hogan…and presumably as does Sting.  Remember, it was Sting who was the only man vying for Luger this whole time, so now that Luger is a heel, how does that reflect on Sting?  Some pretty good stuff going forward into World War 3.

The bad, though…the monster truck match was awful.  The Yeti is one of the dumbest things I’ve seen in wrestling.  Ever.  So this PPV has THAT going for it.

I’m hoping our next PPV has more cruiserweight action, though.  That’s what this one was missing.  Too much slower action and reliance on old WWF star power.  Time to start making those new midcard stars.

Until tomorrow, wrestling fans!

Shane