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

Match #1: VK Wallstreet VS Hacksaw Jim Duggan

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

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

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

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

Winner: Hacksaw Jim Duggan

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Chris Benoit

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

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

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

Match #3: Disco Inferno VS Scott Norton

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

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

Winner: Scott Norton

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Dean Malenko

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

Match #5: The Nasty Boys VS Public Enemy

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

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

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

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

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

Winners: The Nasty Boys

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Chavo Guerrero, Jr.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

Shane

Ratings Breakdown

WWF Raw Ratings – 2.9

WCW Nitro Ratings – 3.5

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

(Unopposed weeks – 5)

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

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

 

10 in a row!  74 more, folks!

 

WWF Raw results from this week

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

But, Rey’s foot was on the ropes!

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

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

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

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

Ugh.

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

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

Winner: V.K. Wallstreet

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Konnan

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

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

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

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

Winner: Meng (via forfeit)

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

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

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

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

Winner: Madusa

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Eddie Guerrero (new Battle Bowl Champion)

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

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

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

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

Winner: The Giant

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winners: Harlem Heat (via DQ)

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

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

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

 

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

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

Anyway, on to the main event…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

Until next time, ladies and gentlemen!

Shane

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winners: Harlem Heat

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Malia Hosaka

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Alex Wright (via countout)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Randy Savage

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Flair is beating down Booty Man and all is well.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Commercial break.

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

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

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

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

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

Yes, that exchange happened.

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

WHY IS THIS A TITLE MATCH?!

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

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

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

Winner: The Giant (still WCW Champion)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winners: Sting and Lex Luger

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

Larry: “Make it Monday.”

Tony: “Yeah, why not!”

Larry: “Then we’ll be back on Nitro!”

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

I liked this exchange.

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

Until next time!

Shane

Ratings Breakdown

WWF Raw Ratings – 2.8

WCW Nitro Ratings – 3.0

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

(Unopposed weeks – 5)

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

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

 

A close victory, but a victory nonetheless!

WWF Raw results from this week

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

Match #1: Mike Enos VS Hacksaw Jim Duggan

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

“Oh, not Hacksaw!” – Larry Zbyszko

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

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

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

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

Winner: Hacksaw Jim Duggan

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

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

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

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

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

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

I thought this was the main event.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: No Contest, double count out

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Our backstage area is now overrun with uniforms.

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

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

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

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

Match #3: High Voltage VS The Steiner Brothers

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

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

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

Winners: The Steiner Brothers

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

Commercial break, back to our new replacement match.

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

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

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

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

Hold on…

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Eddie Guerrero

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

Commercial break:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: The Giant (still WCW World Champion)

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

Until next time!

­-Shane

 

Ratings Breakdown

WWF Raw Ratings – 2.1

WCW Nitro Ratings – 3.1

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

(Unopposed weeks – 5)

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

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

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

WWF Raw results from this week

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

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

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

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

KoaNitro copyIt’s me, it’s me, it’s that good ole S to the D, and we’re back with another episode of WCW Monday Nitro!  This week comes to us yet again from Disney in Orlando, FL.  Last week, Kevin Nash promised us that we’ll hear from Hulk Hogan (who, oddly enough, is still in the intro video for Nitro), so tonight we should find out what made him turn his back on all of the Hulkamaniacs.  Being at Disney means we’re still at that awesome outdoor arena.

The show kicks off with our Hour One announcers Tony Schiavone and Larry Zbyszko, and Tony hypes this up as potentially the biggest night in WCW history.  That will happen A LOT in the future, so it’s interesting to see it start up.  Tony tells us that the New World Order will be here tonight as we rewatch the footage from Bash.  Actual footage this time, not just the pictures, since I guess they’ve sold all of the replays that they’re going to get in the last week.

Larry mentions that now the question is who is the next member, but from what I remember, we don’t get another member for just about two months.  Tony says that the last time Hogan was at MGM Studios was the day he signed his WCW contract and they had the big tickertape parade for him.

Match #1: Fire and Ice VS The Steiner Brothers

Tony says that the nWo has done a good job at picking their shots since they decide to show up tonight when Sting, Flair, and Savage aren’t here.  Those are three big names to keep off of the show.  Could you imagine a Raw without Seth Rollins, John Cena, and Randy Orton?  Crazy.

Norton and Scotty Steiner start us off with Norton kicking Steiner around the ring.  A lot slower moving match than I’m used to from these two.  Norton controls most of the match until Scott suplexes Norton out of the ring and Norton takes a few moments to collect his thoughts while we go to commercial break.

Back from the break, out comes Teddy Long to watch the match.  One can only guess that he couldn’t resist the allure of a tag team match, playa!  Ice Train gets a big powerslam but Rick retaliates by dropping him on his head with a belly-to-belly suplex.  Rick gets a two count off of a reverse DDT as well.  The Scotts tag back in and Norton again goes to controlling Steiner until Rick gets tagged back in and hits a massive Steinerline and then catches Norton in mid air with a suplex.  Ice Train and Norton try to doubleteam the Steiners by having Norton hold down Scott so Ice Train can splash him.  This gets messed up and Ice Train splashes Norton, Rick Steiner rolls up the non-legal man in Ice Train and gets the win.

Winners: The Steiner Brothers

Mean Gene takes us to the entry way with Kevin Sullivan, Big Bubba, and Jimmy Hart.  Fire & Ice walk past, arguing with each other over the end of the match.  The Dungeon cut a promo on the Horsemen, with Jimmy saying he’ll recruit the worlds best athletes to take them out.  Big Bubba cuts one on Lex.  He says that Lex has a concussion and a detached retina.  The Faces of Fear join the men as we go to a Glacier commercial.

Mean Gene is backstage with Fire & Ice.  They’re yelling at each other when Teddy Long comes up and says he doesn’t want to get into their business, but they’re a great team and he wants them to stay together.  Norton pie-faces Long and shoves him down, saying it began with them and it’ll end with them as he storms off.  Ice Train says that if he keeps it up, it’ll end sooner than he thinks.

Match #2: Billy Kidman VS “The Man of 1,000 Holds” Dean Malenko

Jimmy Hart is talking to Dean Malenko as he makes his entrance.  Malenko calls out the Horsemen, telling Benoit to pay attention.  Malenko and Benoit will wrestle at Hog Wild in a 30 minute clinic, so I’m VERY excited about that coming up.

Dean starts off with a vicious short arm clothesline and immediately goes to the floor with Kidman, attempting a piledriver on the floor but Kidman reverses it into a backdrop.  Dean controls the match for the most part but Kidman’s quickness gets him some occasional hope spots, including reversing a victory roll into a sunset flip for two.  Dean isn’t having any of that, though, and takes it to Kidman.  He hits a very nice side suplex and then pulls Kidman’s legs to the ringpost and wraps his left leg around it.  Dean’s a bit more vicious than normal since losing his Cruiserweight Championship, it seems.  Dean hits an Alabama Slam into a roll up that Kidman rolls through, then Dean reverses and rolls through into a volley of pins.  Kidman goes for a shooting star press that Tony calls a “backflip somersault.”  Dean moves, Kidman eats canvas, and then Dean goes into full Beast Mode.  He hits a brainbuster, powerbomb, tiger bomb, and then ends with a Texas Cloverleaf for the win.

Winner: Dean Malenko

Mean Gene is at the entry way with Kevin Greene.  Greene cuts a promo on Hogan, saying he grew up watching Hogan and saying his prayers, eating the vitamins, and then he finds out that Hogan never believed any of it.  He turns towards Mongo and says that if anyone in the back sees Mongo, to send him his way.

We go to commercial, preceeded with a promo from Harlem Heat talking to Col. Parker and saying that he better get his priorities taken care of.  Not sure what that’s about.  Commercials include one for WCW Magazine.  It’s for Issue 18, which you can find on this website!

Match #3: WCW World Tag Team Championship: Rough & Ready (Mike Enos & Dick Slater) w/ Col. Robert Parker VS Harlem Heat (WCW Tag Team Champions) w/ Sister Sherri & Col. Robert Parker

Ahhhhh, so now I get the whole Col. Parker thing.  He’s basically managing both teams.  Apparently he’s the “promoter” of Harlem Heat and the manager of Rough & Ready.

Honestly a pretty back and forth match, but these two teams just are not gelling with each other.  A few spots get botched, or at least are so awkward that they look botched.  This one should honestly be a squash match.  Harlem Heat are the champions and these two other guys are basically jobbers, so Heat should have just destroyed them.  There are quite a few spots with some good heat between the two teams, though. The story is basically that everyone is upset that Parker is with the other team, especially Dick Slater, who doesn’t trust Sherri anyway, dating all the way back to before their “wedding” in January at Clash of the Champions.  Slater tries to take swings at both members of Harlem Heat a few times.

Parker distracts the referee and Sherri runs over and kisses Slater.  He jumps up and starts wiping his mouth, allowing Booker T opportunity to roll him up for the win.

Winners: Harlem Heat (still WCW Tag Team Champions)

Back from commercial, Kevin Greene comes out, rips his shirt off and says he wants Mongo now!  Gene says that’s probably not going to happen because Mongo is going to avoid him like the plague. Greene says he’s got to go catch a plane back to training camp, but after the season, it’s on!

Match #4: Madusa VS Malia Hosaka

Both women are in the ring when the match starts, so neither get entrances.

Tony tells us that Madusa will face Bull Nakano in a “Destroy the Bike” match where Madusa will have her Harley Davidson and Nakano will have a Japanese motorcycle and the winner gets to destroy the other’s motorcycle.

We’re told that Hosaka has been sent here by Nakano and Sonny Onoo to take Madusa out before Nakano can get to her.

Hosaka is definitely controlling the match, including a cool spot where she snapmares Madusa by the hair about four times in a row.  Madusa fights back, getting kicks in the corner and capping it off with 1-2-3 Kid’s spin kick in the corner and then doing the hair snapmare a few times herself.  Tony tells us that the opening ceremonies for the 1996 Olympics are on Friday.  Two future WWE World Champions will compete at those Olympic Games, folks.

Hosaka goes for a dive out of the corner but misses, Madusa capitalizes with a bridging German suplex for the win.

Winner: Madusa

It’s weird that we’re not getting really any buildup for our Hog Wild matches.  We’re told about two matches that will happen but there’s no angle to them…they’re just booked.  At least with the tag team match we got to see the Steiners win their title shot against Harlem Heat by beating the Nasty Boys.

nWoAs Madusa celebrates, the timer goes off and we’re now in Hour #2.
Bischoff starts off immediately asking “where are they and what are they going to say when they get here?”

They go to commercial and bischoff mentions that something is going on behind them.  We see Hall and Nash in the background, placing giant sheets with N, W, and O over the big metal WCW letters on the set.  The crowd chants “Diesel” as Bischoff wonders where Hogan is.

Match #5: Meng w/ Jimmy Hart VS “The Enforcer” Arn Anderson

Yet again, a Horseman without the ladies.

Hall and Nash are sitting in beach chairs and drinking umbrella drinks while the match goes on.

Meng keeps Double A in the corner for the first few moments by kicking at his head.  Double A finally gets a waist lock but Meng gets out of it and again backs The Enforcer into the corner.

Meng is pretty much controlling Arn through this match, keeping him grounded and punishing him with kicks.  The Barbarian comes out and stands at ringside with Jimmy Hart as Meng boots Arn in the side of the face and gets a two count.  With that, we go to commercial while the Outsiders enjoy their drinks.

Back from break, it seems that Double A is back in control.  Meng sends him out to the floor and Jimmy Hart takes the opportunity to put the boots to Arn a few times and mock him.  Meng comes out and rams Anderson’s spine into the ring apron a few times.  The Enforcer is taking a beating here.  Jimmy Hart distracts the referee, Barbarian hits Arn from behind, and Meng hits a mafia kick for the win.

Winner: Meng

Back from commercial and Mean Gene is at the entry way with Mongo, Debra, and Pepe.  Mongo says that Pepe wanted to chase the big rat around, so they’ve been doing that and counting some more money.  Mongo acts surprised that Kevin Greene isn’t there anymore.  Debra says that the Carolina Panthers is a farm team for B players.  She runs off Mongo’s records and asks Greene what records he has.  Mongo flashes the 4 with the Super Bowl ring as we head off into our next match.

Match #6: “The Crippler” Chris Benoit VS Eddie Guerrero

Horseman #2 tonight with no accompaniment.

Black outfit Eddie!  I remember having a pair of shorts back when I was in high school that had roughly the same design on the sides as Eddie’s outfit.  I loved those shorts because they reminded me of Eddie.

Benoit asks the referee to check Eddie’s boots and immediately cheap shots him with a kick to the gut.  Benoit turns it on immediately, throwing Eddie around the ring and going hard with chops and kicks.  He grabs Eddie by the throat and throws him down with violence before tying Eddie up in the top rope and choking him.

Bischoff says that the WCW main eventers are all in Japan.  Nice to finally know where they are, since thus far all we’ve had to go on is that they’re not here.

Benoit goes for a powerbomb but Eddie armdrags Benoit out to the floor and then comes off the top onto him.  Bischoff tells us that Eddie will get a shot at the WCW United States Championship against Ric Flair at Hog Wild.  Benoit hits a back suplex as we get a shot at the set and see that the Outsiders have gone missing.  Eddie fights back with a snap side suplex but Benoit is immediately back on him with headbutts and chops before snapping off a suplex for two.

Bischoff tells us that about 15 WCW guys will be leaving the Mall of America on Harleys and heading to Sturgis.  Benoit locks on a Liontamer and then drops Guerrero with a massive powerbomb that only gets two.  Benoit bodyslams Eddie and goes up top for the flying headbutt, but Eddie jumps up and superplexes Benoit down hard.  The two men get into a chop battle in the center of the ring, really just teeing off on each other.  Benoit catches Eddie off of an Irish whip with an attempted pop up powerbomb, but Eddie is able to headscissors him over the top rope.  Benoit slams Eddie’s head into the steps, which draws out Dean Malenko.  Malenko bounces Benoit’s head off of the ringpost, sending him down.  Eddie is able to answer the 10 count and Benoit is counted out.

Winner: Eddie Guerrero (via countout)

As we go to commercial it looks like the nWo banners have been pulled down.  Big Bubba has a quick promo telling Lex Luger not to worry about Sting, Hogan or the Outsiders, but to worry about Big Bubba.

Match #7: Big Bubba w/ Jimmy Hart VS “The Total Package” Lex Luger (WCW Television Champion)

Bischoff says that Luger’s doctors wanted him out for 60 days but he refused.

Bubba is beating down Luger for the most part, outside of some early offense from Luger.  Bubba hits a nasty punch on Luger from the outside as we cut to the black limo and see Hall and Nash emerge.  Bubba continues the onslaught.  Bischoff calls the second “back leg round kick” of the evening.

Jimmy Hart is in a completely different jacket from earlier.  He was in a Taskmaster one earlier, now he’s got one with himself on the back.

Bischoff says that he heard people talking about Hogan for years but didn’t believe it.  Heenan says he’s been saying it for years.  He’s not wrong.

Nitro_7-8-96_6Both men are down as The Outsiders begin to make their way to the ring.  Jimmy Hart tries to distract the referee and throw something to Bubba.  Luger takes it and clocks Bubba and then goes after Jimmy, asking him what the hell.  The Outsiders hit the ring and beat down Luger.  As they do, out comes Hogan, dressed all in black.  Nash jackknife powerbombs Luger as Hogan shakes Hall’s hand.  Hogan slaps Luger around a bit while he’s down.  Hogan helps Big Bubba up and shakes his hand.  Heenan and Bischoff speculate if Bubba is the fourth member of the group.  Hogan signals to Hall and Nash and they jump Bubba, beating him down and sending him out of the ring.

Mean Gene jumps in the ring and says that Hogan and the Outsiders have led us down the primrose path.  Hogan says he wishes he had done this two years ago.  He says he’s bigger than pro wrestling.  Gene says that the children are all disgusted with Hogan.  Hogan says that after he had spent years leading those children down the right path, the parents had the gall to boo Hogan one more time.  Hogan cuts a promo on Sting and on Savage as the fans pelt the ring with trash.  Gene asks where the nWo is going and who is going to be in it.  Hogan says Hall and Nash are just the foundation.  He says that what the people don’t realize is that when he builds his empire, it could be more outsiders…or it could be people close to Ted Turner and Eric Bischoff.  He says there have been double loyalties in the locker room for years, and those people know what where Hogan goes, that’s where the money goes.

July_15,_1996_Monday_Nitro.3Gene is spending way too much time stretching this out.  Hogan’s talking a lot of crap, but it’s just not meshing yet with what Hall and Nash are all about.  He’s pulling down their cool.  Hogan calls out The Giant at Hog Wild then calls out anyone from the back, saying they’ll destroy the entire WCW.

Just as it seems we’re going to go off the air with no answer, out come the Steiners, Faces of Fear, and Arn Anderson.  Bischoff says we’re out of time as he leaves Bobby Heenan alone in the broadcast booth.

 

This wee’s Nitro had about the same feel as last week’s, with the exception of having a Benoit VS Eddie match.  I like this ever-present threat of the nWo a lot.  Them coming out when no one was around and destroying Luger was nice.  It gave them the dominance of beating down a top guy, but showed them to be cowardly heels in the process because they only struck when the timing was right and WCW was weak.  I liked Hogan almost siding with Big Bubba and then ordering his goons to drop him.  Shows that Hogan is a backstabbing kind of guy now, even to people who were his friends.

I’m liking the Benoit / Malenko program.  I absolutely love the match they have at Hog Wild, so I like seeing the build up, with Jimmy Hart possibly paying off Malenko go to after one of the Horsemen on behalf of the Dungeon of Doom.

Hogan’s promo at the end was a little rough.  He went on for about two minutes too long.  I partly blame Mean Gene on that one as he just kept asking questions and stretching it out.  Hogan’s cutting an old school wrestling promo and that’s a bit below where Hall and Nash are right now.  Their promos work because they add a sense of realism to this whole thing.  They just come out and talk normally.  I always loved Nash’s “lay on the top rope and just talk” style and it really sets them apart.  Watching Hogan cut a five minute heel promo was a bit rough.  Hopefully that’ll get better with time.

I’ve got a bit of a plan for catching up now, so hopefully you’ll be seeing these things a bit more regularly.  I hope you enjoyed seeing the issue of WCW Magazine earlier this week.  If you have any copies of magazines that you want to part with, please let me know as I do not have a line on getting every one at the moment.

Until next time, fans!

-Shane

 

Ratings Breakdown

WWF Raw Ratings – 2.6

WCW Nitro Ratings – 3.4

(Raw – 17, Nitro – 22) (Tie Weeks – 2)

(Unopposed weeks – 5)

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

WCW’s longest Winning Streak (to this point) – 5

 

WCW’s longest official win streak thus far!  5 wins in a row.  Only one more win and they’re tied with WWF.

 

WWF Raw results from this week

WWF IC Champion Ahmed Johnson defeated WWF Tag Team Champion Bart Gunn (w/ Sunny) with a spinebuster and the Pearl River Plunge. (11:28)

Marc Mero (w/ Sable) defeated TL Hopper with a right jab and left hand punch. (11:30)

WWF World Champion Shawn Michaels (w/ Jose Lothario) pinned WWF Tag Team Champion Billy Gunn (w/ Sunny) with an elbow drop off the top and the superkick. (14:00)

 

Wow…those matches all go over 11 minutes?  A TL Hopper match went 11?  What the hell?