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KoaNitro copyIt took a while, but we’ve hit a pretty big milestone here at Kick Out at Nitro.  Tonight’s episode is Nitro number 50.  That makes this the 50th installment of Kick Out at Nitro!  That’s pretty awesome, if I do say so myself.

When I first sat down to start this process, back on September 4th, 2014, I mapped out every episode of Nitro, Thunder, and the PPVs, so that I would have a roadmap for where I was going.  That list is daunting, to say the least.  At times I wondered where I would start getting tired of doing it, to be quite honest.  It’s also kind of interesting how my process changed.  Originally I watched the episode and just did the write-up the next day out of memory.  Then, I started taking notes and then just expanding them during the write-up.  Later, I found it easier to just sit down with the laptop in my lap and go with the flow as the show went on.  That’s when you saw them start to get upwards of 3,000 and 4,000 words for a Nitro, if you hadn’t guessed that already.  With this being Episode 50, that means that when I close down “Volume 3” of this blog, there will be 52 episodes included.  Due to them skipping an episode one week, this makes it slightly longer than one year of episodes.  Of course, it’s been about a year and a half of me doing the write-ups due to some family issues and my own schedule getting busy.  However, myself and my crack team of fellow WCW historians will continue to get these cranked out for your enjoyment!

Now, enough lollygagging and on to the show!

WCW Monday Nitro comes to us tonight from Palmetto, FL.  My first reaction is that we’re now almost two months past the Bash at the Beach, but yellow and red Hulk Hogan is still all over the intro video.  He turned his back, people!  Get him out of the opening!  It only took three weeks to get Vader out after he went AWOL!

The show starts and we’ve already got the competitors in the ring for…

Match #1: Juventud Guerrera VS Billy Kidman

Pre-Flock and Pre-wifebeater/shorts Billy Kidman always seems odd to me.  This is Juventud’s debut, though, so that’s interesting.  Larry makes sure to differentiate between Guerrera and Guerrero.  Tony tells us that his name means “young warrior.”

Quick moves, including a nice slam from Kidman.  Guerrera gets rough with a sunset powerbomb to the floor from the ring apron.  He hits a crazy twisting dive into the ring to follow that.  He tries another, but Kidman catches him with a powerbomb of his own for two.

Tony tells us that Guerrera will face Konnan for the Mexican Heavyweight Championship at Fall Brawl.

Kidman with a slam and a shooting star press for two.  He goes up top again but Juvi catches him and takes him off the top with a twisting hurracanrana for the win.

Winner: Juventud Guerrera

THIS, to me, is the beginning of the first hour WCW Cruiserweight spectaculars that we’re going to get.  Don’t get me wrong, Dean VS Rey has been awesome, but Dean is a ground based wrestler, so we get two different styles.  This was two high flyers, two young guys, and they’re tearing the house down.  This is what we’ve been waiting on, ladies and gentlemen!

Mean Gene joins Juvi in the ring and tells him that he doesn’t “comprendo Español.”  Juventud proceeds to cut the worst promo ever.  His mask is in his mouth and pushing his nose up and you can tell he’s having a hard time talking through it.  He also can’t speak English for crap, so this is just awful.  The crowd starts booing him and Mean Gene just gets tired of it and walks away mid-sentence.

Commercial break, Glacier promo…this is getting old.

Back from commercial and our announcers run down last week’s crazy meeting between the Horsemen, Sting and Luger.  We get a replay of that meeting for good measure.

Match #2: Marcus Bagwell & Jim Powers w/ Teddy Long VS “Taskmaster” Kevin Sullivan & Big Bubba w/ Jimmy Hart

The babyfaces are announced as also being joined by the “injured” Scotty Riggs, but he’s nowhere to be seen.

Powers and Sullivan start it off on the floor, and Powers is not showing any fear of the leader of the Dungeon of Doom.  Powers takes Sullivan down with a dropkick, which brings in Bubba, but he’s met with a dropkick from Bagwell.  The babyfaces clear the ring and celebrate for a moment.  They’re working pretty well together, but at this point, Bagwell is on his 19th tag team partner, I think, so he can work with anyone.

Bagwell and Bubba mix it up for a bit, resulting in a Bagwell 1 count before getting the crap powerbombed out of him by Bubba.  Bubba ties Bagwell up in the tree of woe and tags out to Sullivan, who rushes him with the knee and quickly tags back out to the big man.  Buff-to-be gets the hot tag to Powers, who takes the opportunity to slam Bubba’s head into the turnbuckle 10 times before turning that same attention to both Sullivan AND Jimmy Hart.  Not gonna lie, Powers is impressing here.  Crossbody block, Powers pins, gets what he THINKS is 3, but “worst referee ever” Nick Patrick waves it off and restarts the match.  The heels rush the babyfaces while they’re celebrating.  Bossman Slam for the win.

Winners: Kevin Sullivan & Big Bubba

Teddy Long gives Patrick a piece of his mind on the outside now as we get the replay.  The shoulder comes up about a second after the three count, showing us that Patrick really did screw over the babyfaces in this one.

Mean Gene joins the Dungeon in the ring.  Bubba says this shows he should be in the main event, getting the title shots.  Dear God, please no.  Bubba asks “what about this Glacier character?!”  He calls out the fact that Glacier’s promos have been on for three months now.  He says if he’s coming, to bring it this way.  Sullivan says he saw Mean Gene on a boat with Hogan three weeks ago.  Gene says that wasn’t him, that was Bischoff!  This little segment goes nowhere, but Sullivan calls out Benoit at the tail end as Gene pitches us to commercial break.

Back from break and we get Mean Gene, again, with Luger and Sting.  Maybe there’s a bit too many interview segments here.  I’m getting a bit tired of seeing Gene.  We’re only 20 minutes in and I’ve seen him three times now.  Sting and Luger say they thought everything was cool after last week, but here they are tonight wrestling the Horsemen.  They talk a bit about the Horsemen, about the nWo, and we go back to the announcers for our third match.

Match #3: Mike Enos VS Chavo Guerrero, Jr.

Mean Mike looks a bit derpy as he makes his way out from the back.  He starts off by saying everyone there is a bunch of idiots, but dude looks short a few wits himself.

Chavo takes it to Enos quick and hard.  That comes to a halt, though, when he dives over the top rope to the floor and is simply caught by Enos and fallaway slammed for his trouble.

Chavo will take on DDP at Fall Brawl, we’re told.

Enos shoulders Chavo and casually walks him up the steps and into the ring, then tossing him over the top rope.  Backbreaker and a stretch in the center of the ring now as Enos’s tag partner, Dick Slater, makes his way to ringside.  For some reason, though, Slater has a towel over his head.

Quick cut to the crowd and we get Konnan in flannel, sunglasses and a hat.  This has already happened?!  Damn, I hate not having Saturday Night.  Last we saw Konnan, he had gotten a bit more aggressive, which the commentators mention, but I didn’t know he had already gone full K-Dawg.

Chavo’s getting beat down in the ring for the most part until getting some kind of move done to Enos’s knee.  He capitalizes by locking on a Figure 4.  As Enos struggles to get out, he clocks referee Randy Anderson.  This brings in Slater, who elbow drops Chavo.  Slater wraps Slater’s head in the towel and rolls him to the floor, taking his place.  This is stupid since the two of them don’t look a thing alike.  Slater goes for a spinning toe hold, Chavo wraps up a small package for the win (on the wrong man).

Winner: Chavo Guerrero, Jr. (even though, technically, he didn’t…but whatever)

Mean Gene again…Chavo cuts him off and challenges DDP, saying he can’t wait to take on DDP at Fall Brawl.  Chavo really doesn’t come off very charismatic here.

Quick commercial for a WCW Monday Nitro t-shirt featuring…guess who…effing Mean Gene!  5 times now in 30 minutes.  We’re getting Gene an average of ever six minutes at this point.

Match #4: WCW Cruiserweight Championship Match: J.L. VS Rey Mysterio, Jr. (WCW Cruiserweight Champion)

One thing WWE does now that I really like is the graphics telling us that this match is for a championship.  I really had no idea that this was a championship match until the referee held the Championship up at the beginning of the match.

Very interesting flow to this match as opposed to the opening match of the night.  This is a little slower, more methodical, where that opening match was balls out.

We cut away from the match to see Hulk Hogan and the Outsiders headed toward the production truck.  Hogan spray paints NWO 4 LIFE on the side of the truck and Tony sells it like they’ve killed Rey Jr again.  He calls it disgusting.  It’s simple graffiti, Tony, calm the hell down.

“There are going to be some bills coming down from Turner for this!”

Ooooooo, they’re going to have to pay tens of dollars to clean the truck.  That’ll bankrupt these upstart rapscallions but good!

We go to commercial as Rey locks on a camel clutch and come back to JL locking on an ab stretch.  Rey is able to get out of it, flipping out to the apron and coming back in with a slingshot.  He sends JL to the floor and goes over the top, taking him out with a seated senton.  We cut to the entry way where the Ice Man is scouting Mysterio.

JL and Mysterio do some mat wrestling, slowing this match down a bit.  It’s hard to believe that under that crappy purple hood is Jerry Lynn, a man who in a few years will tear down houses with Rob Van Dam.  He’s just so boring as this character.  JL plays dirty during the mat wrestling bit, attacking Rey while he was down in referee’s position, and follows up with a seated powerbomb.  He goes for it again but Rey sunset flips him out of it for two.  JL takes the momentum back over, though, with a Boston crab that he turns into a ¾ bow and arrow lock.  JL’s outfit seems to be torn on the left side.  Quick rollup from Mysterio for two.  JL brings Rey down with a heck of a vertical suplex as we kick into Hour #2 of Nitro.

Bischoff and Heenan bring up the nWo spray painting the truck and apparently they see it as a whole lot less interesting than Tony did.  Bischoff plays it off like it was laughable, which it was, and that it was no big deal.

Springboard Frankensteiner from Rey for the win.

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

It’s Mean Gene for the sixth damn time tonight as he’s backstage with Benoit, Mongo, and the full entourage of ladies.  Gene says he heard Chicago wanted Mongo back, but Mongo says he’s not helping Gene’s hotline out with any news.  Woman asks Gene how his boat trip was with Hogan.  Benoit says they didn’t step out of War Games, that was a decision made by the two men who made them Horsemen.  Tonight they’ll take it to Sting and Lex.  With that, we go to commercial.

Bischoff lets us know that Macho Man will get his title match at Halloween Havoc in Las Vegas, setting up the return back from way earlier this year.  We get a replay of Hogan attacking Savage at the Clash of Champions as well as Savage’s promo from last week where Hacksaw randomly wandered around in the background.  We get the end of the Giant/Savage match as well.

Back to…you guessed it…Mean Gene…for the seventh damn time tonight…with Macho Man.  Gene brings up that Savage will be facing Hogan for the title at Halloween Havoc.  Savage is in this cool blue and neon yellow outfit.  He’s wearing one of the tops that he used to wear in WWF, though, which is always a bit random when they show up in WCW.  I never liked the tights + shirt combo, so I usually don’t like it when it shows up now.  Savage cuts a quick promo on Hogan and bounces.

Match #5: Hacksaw Jim Duggan VS The Giant w/ Jimmy Hart

Bischoff tells us that Savage will be taking on The Giant at Fall Brawl.  That’s only the third match from the PPV that I can recall being set in motion right now, and we’re only two more episodes away from the show.

Jimmy Hart starts off by grabbing Hacksaw’s foot, sending Hacksaw out to chace Hart around the ring.  Giant and Duggan brawl a bit outside until Giant tries to shoulder-block Duggan, but Duggan moves and Giant hits the ringpost hard.  Duggan punches Giant once, then just gets back into the ring.  Giant locks on a bear hug and holds it for a bit.  Duggan tries to slam Giant but nothing doing, so Giant locks on the bear hug again.

The crowd starts to look back toward the back and we see Ted Dibiase calmly walking down through the crowd.

Hacksaw wraps up his fist with tape and nails the Giant, but Giant no-sells.  Hacksaw wraps it up a bit more and tries again, but still nothing.  Jimmy goes for the 2×4 and Duggan tries to grab it from him, but Giant choke slams Hacksaw in the center of the ring for three.

Winner: The Giant

We quickly cut to Ted Dibiase who holds up one finger, then two, three, four…and mouths “next week” and holds up the 5th.  Looks like Dibiase is the 4th member of the nWo and we’ve got number 5 to look forward to next week.

Mean Gene, for time number freaking 8, meets with Giant at the entry way.  Giant says Savage better watch out if he’s going to call him out for letting WCW down.

Commercial break for Fall Brawl.

Match #6: Rock & Roll Express VS “Nature Boy” Ric Flair & “The Enforcer” Arn Anderson w/ Woman & Ms. Elizabeth

Bischoff asks if next week Dibiase is going to come out of retirement to become the 5th Horseman.  Granted, when he held up the 4 fingers, he did it in the 4 Horsemen sign…but damn, Bischoff, that’s a stretch.  As the match starts, he finally comes around and says “maybe he’s the 4th member of the nWo and next week we’ll get the 5th.”  Of course, he then calls back and says no, it’s more reasonable to think he’s going to be a Horseman since he came out before the Horsemen’s match.  Bischoff might be an idiot.

Some good, classic wrestling going on here.  It’s basically 1986 in the ring here.  Sure, everyone’s a little older and a little heavier, but still, the R&R are on point, hitting their double dropkick and playing good foils to the Horsemen.

End of the match is a thing of double-team beauty, though.  All four men are going at it, with Ricky Morton punching Flair in the corner.  Flair brings him off with a reverse atomic drop and Double A snaps off a quick and devastating DDT.  Flair covers for the win.

Winners: Arn Anderson and Ric Flair

Gene.  Ringside with the Horsemen.  Double A is intense and is telling the nWo that previously they’ve been picking their spots, but at Fall Brawl, when they lock the cage, then it’s on.  He says the Horsemen were in the first War Games and they’ll be in the last one.  Oh, how I wish that were true.  Gene asks Flair about the match at the Clash and we see the end of that match in replay.  Gene says that there is speculation that Hogan gave up during that match.  Flair says he heard it.  He says Hogan looked in his eyes and said he gave up, Nature Boy was too much man for him!  Flair says at Fall Brawl, the Outsiders and Hogan are in for it because they’re not in New York, they’re not in Chicago, they’re in Winston-Salem, NC, home of the by-God Four Horsemen!

Match #7: “Lionheart” Chris Jericho VS “Das Wunderkind” Alex Wright

Chris Jericho’s WCW debut!  It’s crazy to believe that I’m still watching him on Monday Nights 20 years later.

The two men shake hands at the beginning of the match and go at it.  Some beautiful arm drags from each man, followed by an amazing headscissors from Wright, and a double dropkick that brings them to the Indy-Standoff pose that you get in the opening of so many technical matches.  Jericho transitions out of an arm wrench into a turning northern lights suplex.

Bischoff calls a “back leg side kick” again.  Been a while since I heard that one.

Spinning wheel kick from Jericho.  Wright goes to the ring apron but Jericho dropkicks him off of it and then suplexes him back into the ring for two.  Jericho goes up top but is met in midair with an Alex Wright dropkick and a wheel kick of his own.  Wright comes off with a weird crossbody / headbutt combo but no.  Jericho gets some chops in the corner, then a heavy clothesline in the opposite corner.  He tries again but Alex moves and Jericho takes the tumble to the floor.  Alex tries to come off the top rope onto Jericho on the floor, but Jericho moves and Das Wunderkind eats guardrail.

The referee starts counting Wright out but Jericho says he doesn’t want the win that way, so the referee calls the match a no contest.

Winner: No Contest

For the TENTH TIME TONIGHT, we get Mean Gene at ringside.  Alex Wright says he came to WCW to fight to the best of his ability, but to beat a man like that is not to the best of his ability.  He says a man who would have taken that victory, though, is Hulk Hogan.  Jericho says he and Alex Wright are going to fight for WCW.

Well, that was random.  Very interesting to see Jericho try to throw himself into the nWo story from the get go.  Alex Wright goes to say something but Gene cuts him off and we go to commercial.

Back from commercial and we’re right into our next match.

Match #8: The Steiner Brothers VS The Blue Bloods (Earl Robert Eaton and Squire David Taylor)

Rick starts the match off for the Steiners, but the Blue Bloods have a bit of a discussion on who is going to start.  Both men go to the floor and argue for a bit about it before Rick runs over and slams their heads together.  Finally, Eaton gets in the ring but gets a powerslam and some Steinerlines for his trouble, sending the Blue Bloods back to the floor.

We get two more Fall Brawl matches as Bischoff mentions DDP VS Chavo Guerrero, Jr, as well as Chris Benoit VS Chris Jericho.

Dave Taylor accidentally drills Bobby Eaton with a punch when Rick Steiner moves, but this fires up Taylor.  He lifts Taylor up on his shoulders and Bobby goes up to the top for a diving cross body block.  Rick Steiner reverses it by rolling through it, thankfully not injuring himself since he did spike his head on the mat, but Steiner is able to roll it into a pin.

Winners: The Steiner Brothers

Mean Gene is interviewing the Steiners when the Blue Bloods start beating on each other.  The Steiners start calling color commentary over it in Gene’s mic.  Gene says that the Steiners are taking on Harlem Heat at Fall Brawl for the tag team championship.  Rick cuts a promo on Halloween Havoc, which Scotty has to remind him they’re talking about Fall Brawl.  With that, we go to commercial.

Bischoff is still stuck on the idea that Dibiase is a 5th Horsemen because he’s an idiot.

Match #9: “The Crippler” Chris Benoit & Steve “Mongo” McMichael w/ Woman, Ms. Elizabeth, & Debra McMichael VS Sting & “Total Package” Lex Luger

We start off with a straight brawl.  Everyone is beating on everyone else.  Benoit and Sting pair off as the two former football players take it to each other.

Sting is in one of my favorite looks.  Red tights, white scorpion, white boots, and that longer brown hair.  Where’s that action figure, Mattel?!

Benoit and Sting head to the floor and let Mongo and Luger have at it.  Mongo tags out to Benoit, who gives it to him for a few moments, then quick tag back out to Mongo.  Not gonna like, I like these two as a team.  Mongo comes in with a backbreaker and taunts a bit, showing off for Benoit.  Quick tag again out to Benoit, who hammers Luger with head butts and kicks before they drop each other with a double clothesline.

Sting gets tagged in and goes after Benoit.  He face slams Benoit and goes for the Scorpion Deathlock, which brings in Mongo.  Sting ducks the clothesline and dropkicks Mongo to the floor.  Mongo rams Lex into the ringpost as Sting dives off of the top rope and into the knees of Benoit.

Out comes Hogan.  Mongo sees him and chases him around ringside, Hogan backing off and away from Mongo.  This puts Mongo over nicely.  I actually really dug it and wanted Mongo to get his hands on Hogan!  Out comes Hall with the Pearl Harbor job, though, as he and Nash take out Mongo, spray painting the nWo letters on Mongo’s back.  They go to the ring and Hall gives Sting the Outsider’s Edge and paint him as well.  In comes the rest of the Horsemen, but Hogan sprays paint in the eyes of both Anderson and Flair, taking them out, then spraying a black streak in Flair’s hair.  The nWo kills everyone and is showered in beer and trash in the ring.  Hogan threatens to beat up and spray paint the camera man as they exit the ring and leave the babyfaces in the ring covered in trash.

The nWo heads to the announce booth, running Bischoff off.  Heenan had bolted the moment Hogan showed up.  Nash and Hogan grab headsets and start making jokes about the show, with Hogan spray painting the WCW Nitro logo.  The show goes off the air with a slow motion shot of Dibiase teasing next week.

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Really good show!  Tons of cruiserweight action as we get the debuts of both Juventud Guerrero and Chris Jericho.  Like I said earlier, this is the start of the Cruiserweight division that I fell in love with.  We’ve got tons of high flyers now and the first hour of Nitro is about to get pretty badass.

I wish that I had access to Saturday Night to see how this whole Robert Eaton / David Taylor thing plays out.  I know it’s not going to play out on Nitro because we so rarely see the Blue Bloods on Monday Nights, but this match and the way it ended intrigued me so much and I want to see what happens.  I’m hoping for a Fall Brawl match, but from what I remember, there isn’t one, although it’s been a long time since I watched that show, so I may be wrong.

The main event tag match did a great job at putting over the young Horsemen.  Benoit is a badass, no questions there, and this match did so much to put over Mongo.  Him taking it to Luger and Sting and holding his own…backing down Hulk Hogan…it was actually really awesome.  One thing that I did not expect through this retrospective trip is to enjoy Mongo.  I hated him on commentary, but ever since he took to the ring, I’m seeing him in a new light and I really enjoy his stuff.  Of course, we’re not too far away from his feud with Jeff Jarrett…ugh…I had forgotten about that for the most part.

Hogan, Hall and Nash killing everyone at the end was awesome.  Such a great way to lead into Fall Brawl.

See you again soon, fans, as we head into September of 1996.  Next week’s episode is being handled by Benny, a new face to our Nitro replays.  We’ll see you then!

Shane

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Ratings Breakdown

WWF Raw Ratings – NA

WCW Nitro Ratings – 4.2

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

(Unopposed weeks – 6)

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

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

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WWF Raw results from this week

There was no Monday Night Raw this week.

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.

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

 

KoaUCHello wrestling fans and welcome to this special edition of Kick Out at Uncensored!  Tonight we’ll travel back in time to March 24th, 1996 (sorry for the late post) and find out if the Mega Powers have the ability to escape the combined wrath of the Dungeon of Doom and the Four Horsemen in the confines of the Doomsday Cage!  Tonight’s event comes to us from Tupelo, Mississippi, and we’re joined by our announce team; the usual suspects of Tony Schiavone, Dusty Rhodes and Bobby Heenan.

Tony asks Bobby why he’s wearing a leather jacket and Bobby says it’s because he doesn’t want to ruin his suit…with leather, he can just wash any gore off of it.  Eddie Guerrero’s music starts up and the announcers kick us over to our first match.

Match #1: WCW United States Championship Match – Eddie Guerrero VS Konnan (Champion)

It looks like the Doomsday Cage is actually setup at the entrance in a completely separate cage.  The cage and scaffolding are basically the entrance here as both of our wrestlers walk past it to get into the match.

We’ve got the UnCensored logo adorning the mat.  I don’t remember seeing too many event names on the mats.  They usually just have the crosshairs WCW logo for PPVS.

This is the only title match we’re getting tonight, it seems.

Konnan starts the match off with a slow, methodical pace, which is more to Konnan’s strength.  Eddie is able to hang with him, though, so we see some good mat wrestling at the beginning, working to Eddie getting a Figure 4 locked on until Konnan hits the ropes, causing the clean break.

Konnan goes into a bit more mat wrestling and just looks sloppy as all get out through the entire exchange.  I know we’re not many matches into his WCW career, but I’m just not sold on Konnan yet.

The pace quickens and we get a nice series of arm drags from both men, allowing Konnan to finally start looking good.  Tempers get a bit heated in this exchange, though, resulting in Konnan slapping Eddie and Eddie returning the favor.

Tony tells us that JL had an upset victory over Dean Malenko in the first round of the Cruiserweight Championship match.  Nice of them to announce something like that was starting.  When did that happen, also?  Dark match?

Eddie tries a quick roll up victory but Konnan fights back and gives Eddie a little taste of his own medicine as he hits him with a Black Tiger Bomb.  Man, I love that move.  I wish Eddie would have used it a lot more, especially in WWE.

Eddie goes to the floor hard and Konnan goes for a suicide dive that’s more of a push as he just shoves Eddie into the guardrail gingerly.  Konnan tries to suplex him into the ring but Eddie reverses but it’s for naught as Konnan clotheslines him down.  Konnan covers but gets 2.  He goes up top but Eddie follows him up and hits a nice superplex.  He finally gets a cover but took too long as Konnan kicks out at 2.  Eddie tries again but gets the same result.

Eddie goes up top but Konnan tries to throw him off of the top rope a la Ric Flair, but Eddie holds on and rolls him into a small package for 2.  Konnan Irish whips Eddie to the ropes and Eddie tries to leapfrog him but Konnan grabs him and pulls himself down hard, headbutting Eddie in the junk, effectively.  The crowd boos, Tony tells us it’s a low blow, but Eddie rolls him up for the win.

Winner: Konnan (still WCW United States Champion)

After the match, Konnan tries to raise Eddie’s hand but Eddie shrugs him off, looking pissed.

Tony kicks us to Mean Gene, who is joined by Col. Robert Parker.  Gene tells us that we can chat with the wrestlers on CompuServe and we get a clip of The Giant online with fans.  I wish they’d have picked another wrestler for that.  Seeing The Giant surf the web kind of humanized him in a way I didn’t like.

Gene brings in Col. Parker and Dick Slater.  It looks like Parker is going to wrestle Madusa.  Parker says he’s going to fight for all of us and he’s going to beat down a woman for all of those of us out there who are too afraid to do it.  When did this storyline happen?  Last I remember, Parker was banging Madusa.  When did they start having trouble?

Anyway…

Match #2: Lord Steven Regal w/ Jeeves VS The Belfast Bruiser

imagesMullet & stache Finlay walks out and smacks Jeeves in the face for no good reason.  He gets in the ring and nails Regal with his jacket…half of which is a football shoulder pad.  These two start hard and fast and it’s pretty damn awesome.  Both of these guys have a mean streak a mile wide and it’s interesting to get to see it.

This match is a mix of holds and stomps and punches, honestly.  They’ll take each other down and hold onto an arm or the head and even those look more painful than you’re used to seeing.  These two guys are really working some old school holds but they’re adding that intensity and meanness into everything.

Finlay slams Regal and Tony exclaims “everything with definite force!”  That’s the best way that I can explain this match.  I know I’m not doing a lot of move-by-move calling on this match, and in some ways that’s because this is one of the harder ones I’ve tried to type up.  I think that’s because it’s mostly “Regal slams Finlay hard and grabs an arm bar…Finlay punches Regal, hard…”, so on and so forth.  Tony’s definitely right, though…this is a fight!

Finlay tries to grab a chair from the first row but they’re linked together so he has to abandon that idea.  Regal suplexes Finlay off of the ring apron to the floor and follows it with a running elbow drop.  Tony says that Regal is normally so prim and proper and tonight we’re seeing a different Regal but we’ve never seen him in a match like this.  Heenan says that it’s because they must know each other, have a history with each other, and their native lands are so close to each other…which causes Dusty to erupt in anger and talk about how they weren’t near each other.  Um…yeah, they are, Dusty.  That’s like saying Texas and Arkansas aren’t close to each other.

Out on the floor, Finlay punches Regal hard in the face and the next time we see Regal, he’s covered in blood.  Between that punch and the crack and the immediate blood, I believe Finlay broke Regal’s nose!

Finlay stomps Regal a few times and goes for a diving splash but Regal gets his legs up and just pushes Finlay over the top rope to the floor.  Regal grabs Finlay and runs him up the entrance ramp and slams him into the Doomsday cage.  Out come Robert Eaton and David Taylor and they start beating down Finlay, causing the DQ.  Um…I thought this was Uncensored…where everything was non-sanctioned and with no rules.  Guess not.

Winner: The Belfast Bruiser by Disqualification

I was just about to type that this match and the Guerrero/Konnan match were kind of disproving the point about Uncensored always being WCW’s worst event, but then this finish comes out and ruins the match.  This was such a hard hitting match that it shouldn’t have ended this way.

The announcers kick us back to Mean Gene, Jimmy Hart and The Giant.  I guess Giant got tired of talking to people on CompuServe.  Gene tells us that tomorrow Giant will wrestle Flair for the World Championship.  Man, they really just hand out title matches in this place.  Giant hasn’t even had a damn match since the Hogan match at SuperBrawl if I am remembering correctly.  What’s he done to get a title shot?  Also, so another Nitro title shot on free TV instead of on this PPV with some buildup?  Ugh!

There’s a really awkward transition where the announcers are talking about Robert Parker and Madusa and Tony randomly goes “Isn’t that right, Gene?”  Gene immediately appears on the TV and picks up the transition.  He didn’t fumble it, but he never randomly kicks to Gene like that.  There was no build up to it, no real kick off…just boom, there’s Gene.

Anyway, Gene brings in Loch Ness.  Remember, folks…Loch Ness was originally supposed to wrestle Hogan in the main event to this PPV.  Loch Ness cuts a terrible promo, showing us that all he has to him is the size, since we also know he can’t wrestle worth a damn.  He talks about how much he hates Jimmy Hart because Jimmy won’t let him wrestle Hogan…which I really thank Jimmy for…but he doesn’t mention The Giant at all.  Oh well.

We go from there to match #3.

Match #3: Special Woman VS Man match: Col. Robert Parker VS Madusa

Madusa is in her red, white, and blue attire that I’m used to her being in.  She runs out in total babyface mode, leaving me to wonder where this came from.  Last time we saw her she put the beat down on Sherri, still looking like a heel.

Parker locks up with Madusa and the announcers pop like crazy.  Dusty and Heenan can’t believe it.  They lock up a few times, shoving each other around the ring, until Madusa pulls him down in an arm drag.

Random side point, but Madusa goes into the WWE Hall of Fame this weekend…and 19 years later, she still looks good!

Parker picks her up and airplane spins her around until Madusa slips loose and sunset flips Parker.  She gets 2 and Madusa follows by body-slamming Parker.

See, this match works because Parker is a manager.  In about two years, Mark Mero has roughly this same match with his wife and it ruins his career.  Interesting.

Madusa hits a few second rope dropkicks, sending Parker to the floor.  She dives off of the top rope to the floor, but Parker kind of catches her, which is good, but he basically lays her down and it looks really weak.  Madusa hits a nice German suplex but during the count Dick Slater pulls her leg, allowing Parker to roll over top of her and get the win.

Winner: Col. Robert Parker

Honestly, I would normally hate this match, but it was quick, well done, and did what it needed to do.  Sadly, Slater causing the screwy finish means we’re going to see this again sometime down the road, which is one more time than we need to see it.

We see some replays and Tony pitches us backstage to Lee Marshall.  Marshall brings in the Road Warriors.  Hawk says they’re going to remove the medulla oblongata from Booker T and Sting, so it’s nice to know we’re back to basically just talking about plain out murder in WCW now.  This entire primo is done in front of a chalk board that has the Doomsday cage outlined on it in the back.  There are triangles beside the names of Hogan and Savage, so I’m guessing triangles mean victories in WCW land.

The announcers speculate on the finances of Diamond Dallas Page.  Bobby says that if DDP messes up the Booty Man’s face, Kim won’t want anything to do with him.  Tony pitches Slamboree in May as we go to a commercial for the event, letting us know that we’re getting the Lethal Lottery.

Match #4: I Quit Match: Diamond Dallas Page VS The Booty Man w/ The Booty Babe

ddpbrody_zpsacbc1edaNow THIS is the DDP run that I remember from around this time.  DDP comes out with no ring jacket, no glitz or glamour…just a pair of rough looking tights with rips and holes in them.

Man, Booty Man is the biggest tool in this company.  The stupid dancing…the ripped gear…ugh…WTF 96 Shane?

If DDP loses this match, he has to quit wrestling.  If he wins, he gets his money and Kimberly back.

DDP is looking rough in this match.  Scraggly beard, worse hair than normal…he looks like he’s been living in a dumpster for a while.  Good job at selling this whole deal.  I must have seen most of this play out on Saturday Night, though…I remember this being a BIG deal, but I haven’t seen any of this play out on Nitro.

Not much happens in the early parts of this match.  A lot of punches back and forth, then Booty Man puts DDP in an arm hold and stomps the arm.  DDP Irish whips him but Booty Man grabs the ropes, dances to the corner and shakes his ass.  DDP tries to attack and Booty Man sends him outside.  As DDP tries to climb back into the ring, he’s arguing with Nick Patrick, who shoves him off of the ring apron and back down to the floor.  DDP decides to leave, despite the fact that if he loses, he has to leave wrestling, but Booty Man goes up the ramp and brings him back.  That’s dumb, though, because if Booty Man has DDP as a thorn in his side, if DDP takes the low road out, he has to leave…problem solved.

Booty Man slams DDP’s head into the turnbuckles, causing DDP to bump out of the ring…then into the ring post, then over the guardrail.

As DDP is dealing with all of this, Kimberly comes out in a ballerina costume in the Booty Man’s colors.  Kim, as always, is looking amazing.

“What’s she wearing?  A feather duster?” – Bobby Heenan

vlcsnap-2014-07-17-17h36m38s10_zpsffbd0635Booty Man brings DDP back into the ring, but DDP grabs a side healock that Booty Man gets out of.  They criss-cross the ropes and DDP grabs the top rope and dances like Booty Man did earlier, but to a chorus of boos.  They then do this spot twice where DDP drops to the ground and Booty Man either falls on him or dives over top of him.  Both times it worked out awkwardly.  DDP takes control out of this and Kimberly tries to climb up on the ring apron but DDP gives her some lip.  He hits a nice back suplex but doesn’t go for the cover immediately so he only gets a 2 count.  DDP grabs a side headlock again on the ground and the referee drops Booty Man’s arm twice, the third time the crowd brings Booty Man back into the match.  DDP keeps the headlock on, though, using the ropes a few times for leverage.

Kim keeps looking at the camera and saying stupid things.  “Oh my God, he’s so cute.”  “I don’t want him to get hurt, I want him to be my boyfriend.”

Kim gets up on the apron and DDP kisses her.  Kim is shocked, slapping DDP, and allowing Booty Man a moment to hit the High Knee for the win.

Winner: The Booty Man

After the match, Booty Man grabs Kim and kisses her, making Kim swoon.  DDP is irate, trying to get out of the ring to the lovely couple, but is being held down by Nick Patrick while Doug Dillinger comes out to escort Page to the back.

We go to the back with Mean Gene, Lex Luger and Jimmy Hart.  Gene tells us that Hart is the one that pulled Lex Luger out of the Chicago Street Fight and put him in the Loch Ness spot in the Doomsday match.  Jimmy Hart says that tonight is the last night he will walk Luger to the ring.  He hands Luger his Lex Luger jacket so that Lex can put it into this trophy case.  He runs out crying and Mean Gene yells “blow it out your…” before he’s cut off.

Luger says that this is the hardest part of his wrestling career as he has to leave his Tag Team Partner in a Chicago Street Fight without Lex Luger, FROM CHICAGO!  Then, tonight, he’ll have to go into the cage whether he wants to or not.

We go from there to our next match.

Match #5: Loch Ness VS The Giant w/ Jimmy Hart

dungeon_of_doom_loch_ness_vs_the_giant_wcw_uncensored_96_fXBc9SpK.sizedLoch Ness comes out to what will later this year become Rey Mysterio, Jr’s music.  Seems like he’s the second person to use that music since this started.  Gonna have to go back through my archives and find out if I’m right with that one.

This match should be freaking terrible.  Giant is still green as all get out.  Loch Ness is terrible and can’t move.  Also, the winner of this match gets a title shot against Ric Flair tomorrow night on Nitro!

Giant and Loch Ness bash each other into the corner for a while before The Giant runs at Loch Ness with a diving elbow into the corner.  Loch Ness moves and Giant flies over the top rope in a pretty nasty spill!  It’s crazy to believe how athletic Giant is.  Giant comes back into the ring and Loch Ness hits the elbow drop.  He goes for a second one but Giant moves.  Giant gets Loch Ness down, hits a leg drop, and puts a mercy killing to the match in quick order.

Winner: The Giant – new #1 contender to the WCW World Heavyweight Championship

Giant says that the leg drop was for Hogan and that tomorrow he’s coming for Flair.

We get a quick replay and then they take us to Lee Marshall.  Marshall is still in front of that diagram of the Doomsday cage.  Marshall brings in Sting and Booker T.  He asks Sting about this partnership but Booker T starts talking first.  He says that he’s doing it to go after the Road Warriors.  After they go down 110th Street, it’s a Harlem Street Fight and it’s on like neckbone.  Sting fires Booker T up, saying that he wants him mean and angry.  We leave this and go to our street fight.

Match #6: Chicago Street Fight: The Road Warriors VS Sting (WCW Tag Team Champion) & Booker T

The Road Warriors jump the babyfaces during their entrances.  They end up in the ring with Booker squaring off with Hawk and Sting taking it to Animal.  Sting goes for a Stinger Splash but gets a boot to the face for his trouble.  He and Animal say in the ring while Booker & Hawk take it to the floor.

Animal goes for a splash but Sting moves, but Hawk comes in and cuts Sting off before he can capitalize.  In comes Booker T and hits his axe kick on Animal as the four trade opponents and places.

This one is going to be hard to follow since it’s a tag match in name only.  All four men are going at all times.

Sting gets crotched on the ringpost by Animal.  Booker T piledrives Hawk on the outside and then hits a big superkick and follows it by a jumping side kick.  In the ring, Sting gets his facebuster bulldog but in comes Hawk to cut him off as the opponents trade out again.

Booker is getting the shine, here, honestly.  He’s hitting the big moves and Sting is taking most of the beatings.

Up the entrance ramp, Hawk hits a dropkick to Sting.  That’s on the concrete floor, though, so I’m not too sure how smart that was.  Back in the ring, Animal hits a dropkick to Booker as well.  Partners trade again as Sting heads to the back and gets a chair.  He takes out Animal with it then makes it to the ring and hits Hawk with it as well.  Booker holds Hawk up and Sting hits an unprotected chair shot to Hawk.  Animal comes in, grabs the chair and starts hitting fools with it.  Booker gets a big spin wheel kick and Sting piledrives Hawk, who no-sells it and then powerbombs Sting.

On the outside, Animal chokes Booker T with a cable and Hawk puts a headlock and then an armlock on Sting in the middle of the ring.

Sting goes for the Stinger Splash again but Hawk moves and Sting eats turnbuckle.  The Warriors go for the Doomsday Device but Booker T knocks Animal off of the top rope.  Booker goes up top for a big diving knee for a two count before Hawk gets to the ropes.  Sting and Animal collide in mid ring, dazing both, but Sting falls dazed and headbutts Animal in the junk.  I forgot Sting had that move, but now that I’ve seen it again, I remember I always liked it.

Booker goes to try to do his Spinaroonie up but Animal gets in his way and stops it.  Sting goes up top for a big splash but Animal moves.  Hawk goes to the top but Booker T dropkicks him in midair.

Sting suplexes Hawk and crotches him on the top rope then grabs the leg and shakes him up and down.  Booker suplexes Animal in the ring.  Booker goes for the side kick but Animal moves and Booker crotches himself on the top, so Animal gives him the up and down shake.  Hawk goes up top and hits a diving clothesline to Booker T but he goes down as well and can’t capitalize on it.

Sting goes for a diving splash but Animal gets up and powerslams him out of it.  Sting gets the shoulder up at the very last second, resulting in a 2 count.  Booker goes for a pin on the outside while Sting and Animal hit each other with a double clothesline in the ring.  As Animal and Sting brawl outside, Booker hits his axe kick, Spinaroonie and then the side kick.  Animal tries to clothesline Sting against the ring post but Sting moves and Animal clotheslines the post before being clobbered by Sting and a steel chair.  Hawk tries to take the chair from Sting, leaving Booker to dive over the top to try to get Hawk, but he takes a chair to the gut for his efforts.  Sting heads to the back again, looking for something.  Sting makes his way back to the ring with a pair of brooms.  He hits Animal with both before heading into the ring and beating Hawk with them as well.  Animal takes the brooms from Sting, clotheslines him with them and then hits Booker with the broom handles.  Animal breaks the broom in half and chokes Sting with the shortened handle before Booker T breaks it up.  Booker Grabs the handle from the ref and chokes Animal with it.

Booker T heads outside, waves his hands in disgust, and heads to the back, seemingly leaving Sting to fend off the Road Warriors by himself.  The cameras follow Booker and Animal backstage where they pass Lex Luger.  Luger is primping in the mirror, content to not enter it, before Animal runs into Luger and knocks him into the trash can.  Luger attacks Animal, as does Stevie Ray.  They beat down Animal and tape him around a post, taking him out of the match.

Sting backs Hawk up against the guardrail and goes for the Stinger Splash but Animal moves and Sting hits the steel hard.  Booker T comes back out and runs Hawk into the steel steps hard before bringing him into the ring and slamming him.  He goes for the Harlem Hangover but Hawk moves out of the way.  Out comes Stevie Ray with a chair, slamming it into Hawk hard.  Booker goes for the pin and the win.

Winners: Sting & Booker T

The moment the match is over we see Animal, who is actually handcuffed, screaming.  Stevie Ray takes a chair to him and tells the camera “We want our titles back, sucka!”

This match, honestly, went on too long.  There was so much going on that it was almost too much.  I think it could have gotten away with being about five minutes shorter.  This match, though, did live up to the Uncensored name.  It was a hard hitting match where anything was allowed and they did a good job building up the craziness…especially with that finish.

The announcers wonder how they’re going to follow that and then start putting over the Doomsday Cage.  Bobby says all the thieves and lowlifes are going to be in that cage, trying to take out Hulkamania.  Tony says that Hogan and Savage start at the top and go gauntlet style through the cages.  They have to beat the men in the first cage before they can advance to the second one, so on and so forth.  Hogan and Savage can be beaten at any time.  With that, Tony sends us to Michael Buffer.

Match #7: Doomsday Cage Match: The Mega Force (Hulk Hogan & “Macho Man” Randy Savage) VS The Alliance to End Hulkamania: “Nature Boy” Ric Flair (WCW Champion) w/ Woman & Ms. Elizabeth, “The Enforcer” Arn Anderson, “Taskmaster” Kevin Sullivan, “Total Package” Lex Luger w/ Jimmy Hart, Meng, The Barbarian, Z-Gangsta, The Ultimate Solution

Meng is announced as being from “some unknown part of the planet.”  I liked that.

The announcers ask where Brian Pillman is.  Guess Pillman decided he wasn’t having any part of this.  It’s also interesting to see that everyone is in gear except for Arn Anderson, who is in sweats, obviously giving zero &$*#s about this match.  Hogan and Savage are announced constantly as the Mega Force.  I guess Vince got sue happy over the whole Mega Powers thing.  Gonna have to read up on my Meltzer newsletters to see if he acknowledges that at all.

So, here’s the breakdown of this match.  This cage is 3 stories tall.  The top story is the size of the ring and features Arn Anderson and Ric Flair.  Right below them is the second story, and the cage is cut in half.  In one side, the Faces of Fear.  In the other side, Sullivan and Luger.  The bottom section contains the ring and SHOULD contain Z-Gangsta and Ultimate Solution, but at the start of the match, it’s empty.

wcw-uncensored-doomsday-cage

There’s a part of me that wants to look at this match and say it’s the stereotypical WCW match…but then again, we have things like the Elimination Chamber, which honestly isn’t MUCH different than this match.

The booking of this match is odd…why is Flair the first one to be conquered?  I would think that the final cage should be Flair and Sullivan, since they’re the masterminds of this.  Guess Hogan wanted to show Flair that he felt that all of the other people in the match were more important…especially the two main guys whose biggest claims to fame to date are being in crappy movies.

There’s very little wrestling in this match.  It’s just beating each other and putting them into the cage or the steel beam running through the center of the cage.  At one point, both Arn and Flair get Hogan and Savage in the Figure 4, but both babyfaces reverse.  Flair tries to drop something down to the cage below him, but it looks like Sullivan drops it and it just goes through the bottom of the cage.  It shows all four men in the second story looking down as if searching for it.

Hogan and Savage toss powder into the faces of Arn and Flair and escape to the second story through the trap door.  I didn’t realize that they could just leave…I thought they had to actually beat the people in each cage.  Guess not.  When Hogan and Savage get to the second story, they arrive in the Meng and Barbarian cage, but Luger opens the door between the two and he and Sullivan attack the babyfaces.  Jimmy Hart runs up to the second level and gives Sullivan whatever Flair passed to him.  Hogan also apparently has a chain and starts beating the heels down with it.  Hogan takes the chain and uses it to lock the door between the two cages, locking away the Faces of Fear from he and Savage.

“I can hear that woman screaming from here.” – Dusty Rhodes.

“That’s Jimmy Hart.” – Tony Schiavone.

Hogan and Sullivan battle outside of the second cage and onto the scaffolding that runs up the sides of the cage.  They tease Hogan knocking Sullivan off of the scaffolding and down to the floor, but Hogan and Sullivan eventually battle to the floor.  Luger and Savage follow and they end up battling out to the regular ring in the center of the area.

Soooo, what’s the point of the bottom cage with the ring in it?  There’s no one in it.  Z-Gangsta, Brian Pillman or Ultimate Solution never showed up.  Wow…this match…

Hogan and Sullivan brawl in the regular ring while Luger and Savage brawl up at the Doomsday cage and scaffolding.    Hogan takes Sullivan up to the Doomsday cage and rams his head into it before attacking Luger and cleaning him off of Savage.  Savage takes it to Sullivan now.  They had shown the Faces of Fear coming down from the cage but apparently they just bounced backstage…same with the Horsemen.

Hogan makes it to the ring with Luger while Sullivan starts dismantling the scaffolding.  He simply drops the wood he’s working with and starts to run to the ring, though.  Savage picks up the wood and runs to ringside with it, hitting Sullivan with it.  Sullivan runs Savage into the ring steps, though, and joins Luger in the beatdown of Hogan.

There’s really no psychology to this match.  One guy will be beaten down then come back, then get cut off, then come back…

Hogan and Luger start trading off chair shots on the floor while Sullivan crotches Savage on the guard rail and clotheslines him off.

It’s funny how a 10 man match has degenerated into just a 4 man match.  Of course, as I type that, out comes Jimmy Hart with Z-Gangsta and Ultimate Solution.  It’s interesting to note that these two guys have the distinction of both being in Batman movies.

The newcomers take Hogan and Savage up to the Doomsday Cage and throw them into the bottom section with the ring.  I’d love to know the paydays of these two versus everyone else in the match.

I’d hate to watch this live in the arena.  It looks like it’s lit terribly and there are times when it’s even hard to see on TV, so I can imagine that the guy sitting in the last row in the arena is getting pissed at not being able to see what’s going on THROUGH a cage, badly lit, at the entrance.

It’s more garbage brawling in this ring but intermittently we have Sullivan poking Savage with a steel pole from the outside.  Hogan finally faces off with Zeus, though, who chokes him and takes him to the mat.  Savage goes off the top but Ultimate Solution grabs him and slams him.  In come Arn Anderson (in ring gear now) and Ric Flair.

You know, it’s hard to believe this company is two months away from revolutionizing the wrestling world and changing the business forever.

Booty Man gets Hogan and Savage some powder and frying pans.  The Megan Powers start beating everyone with these pans, denting them and showing us all that they’re fake as all hell.  In comes Luger for the save, attacking Hogan and Savage.

“Luger obviously the fresh man…he hasn’t been hit with a frying pan!” – Tony Schiavone.

Luger pulls on a glove, which the announcers speculate is loaded, and goes to hit Savage.  Savage moves, Luger takes a beat and punches Flair.  Hogan takes the moment to try to escape, but Savage covers Flair, gets the win, and the two of them literally hightail it out of the arena.  No celebrating, no playing to the crowd…they run away.  The announcers speculate as to whether Luger knew that he was going to hit Flair or not.  They state that he saw Savage duck but still followed through with the punch.  I had to go back and watch it again, but that’s exactly what it seems like happened.  Lex gets out of the ring first, leaving Anderson with his arms wide and wondering what the hell.

So, there we have it, folks…Hulk Hogan and Randy Savage have beaten 8 men in one night.  Those 8 men include the top two heels, one of which is the World Champion.  They include Arn Anderson, The Faces of Fear, Lex Luger (a main eventer and double champion at the moment) and two giants.  They literally destroyed everyone in the company, basically.

Heenan says he’s going to go talk to the guys in the back right now and say let’s start tomorrow, let’s get together and do something to end this virus that is Hulkamania.  He throws off his headset and storms to the back as Tony takes us off the air.

Uncensored has the reputation of being the worst show of the year in WCW.  There are definitely things I can point to in this show that has made it that thus far.  This cage match at the end was an atrocious clustermuck.  There’s no two ways about it…it just was.  It made no sense.  It didn’t have many prescribed rules and it broke the ones that it did have. It put two nobodies over most of the established WCW locker room and it let Hogan and Savage prove that no 8 men in this company can defeat them.  It was a giant Hulkamania jerkoff session and the show suffered for it.  I’m done with this Hogan garbage.  I seem to remember him being off the air during the initial Invasion, so I’m hoping he takes a hike here very soon and stops showing up on Nitro.

I just realized that the “poster” that WWE Network has for this event has Hogan and Savage in the center with the 8 men that are wrestling them as floating heads above them.  Ultimate Solution’s “floating head” is the Bane mask from Batman & Robin!  Wow…

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The Chicago Street Fight was very hard hitting, but it was a mess as well and went on a few minutes too long.  The DDP VS Booty Man match was rough…but I’m putting that all on Booty Man.  I’m anxious for DDP to come back in a few months, though, and start his major rise to the top.  I love me some DDP and we’re going to start getting into the time when I really started liking him as we move through 1996.  Regal VS Finlay was a pretty good match.  Loch Ness and Giant was bad, but thankfully it was quick, as was Madusa and Parker.

Was it the weakest show thus far…probably.  Was it terrible?  There were parts of it that were pretty bad, but the overall show, no, not really.  I’m just hoping this FINALLY puts the end to the Hogan / Dungeon stuff as I’m so tired of it.  Tomorrow on Nitro we’re getting Flair VS Giant for the title and I remember distinctly how that match works out, so that’ll be interesting to see where we go from there.

Until next time, wrestling fans!

Shane

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Winner and new WCW Television Champion, Johnny B Badd!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Randy Savage

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Sabu

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

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

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

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

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

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


Match #5: Meng vs Lex Luger

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Lex Luger via Disqualification

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winners: Sting and Ric Flair via DQ

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Hulk Hogan

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: “Macho Man” Randy Savage

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

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

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

And out walks the Giant.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Until tomorrow, wrestling fans!

Shane