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Welcome back to another exciting edition of Kick Out at Nitro!  This week the reigns are being taken over by Benny, giving us our newest addition to the Nitro review family.  As always, I’ll be back at the end (in italics) with my thoughts, but for now, I hand you off to him.

Last week was a really good episode. The wrestling was better and the arrival of DiBiase will finally give him something better to do rather than being rudderless in the WWF. Having the nWo pick and choose its spots rather than flooding Nitro with it was smart thinking. It keeps the audience tuned in, wondering when they will arrive and what will happen next. Sometimes the wrestling is mediocre but often it is serviceable and even enjoyable when given time. The only downside is that few of the other angles are compelling. DDP and Eddie Guerrero have potential but the Cruiserweight Division is filled with wrestling and not much more as Malenko and Rey have cooled off. I am not complaining but I wish they were given a little more to do to allow the division to be fleshed out more.

Match #1: Diamond Dallas Page VS “Das Wunderkind” Alex Wright

They lock up and DDP twists the arm and takes him down and pulls him down by the hair again. Wright comes right back with a spinkick to the head and clotheslines him to the floor. He connects with a crossbody over the top. Back in the ring he flips over the top and gets a two count. DDP though hits him by the ropes and pulls his mouth apart. DDP hits him in the gut and nails him with a side suplex and he gets a nice pop from the crowd. He takes too long making the cover and only gets two. He powerbombs Wright and holds him down for a two count. He grabs him for the Cutter but DDP is shoved off and now Wright takes him down with a belly to belly and gets a two count. He hammers him in the corner and kicks off him and lands on his feet only to feel the Diamond Cutter and DDP gets the pin.
Winner: DDP
Short but action packed.

Gene is with Nick Patrick again and Gene thinks some of the counts were slow. Patrick claims that WCW has reviewed all the tapes and he is fine. Nick calls Gene a liar and tired of him spreading them. Nick will enforce the law!

Col. Parker and Sherri, whom he calls “Twinkle Eyes,” and Gene and he gets her some presents like a leather vest.

Match #2: WCW World Tag Team Championship: Greg “The Hammer” Valentine and Buddy Valentino VS Harlem Heat (WCW Tag Team Champions)

DiBiase strolls down the steps and the fans erupt for him! Greg knocks down Booker and gets a two count and applies a chinlock. Ted gets to sit by small children….good times! Meanwhile, the Hammer elbows Booker and connects with an elbow drop for a two count. Buddyis in and looks rather doughy as he gets pounded by Heat but he does elevate with a nice dropkick but runs right into a kick to the back of the head from Booker. Stevie chokes him and tags in Booker who takes off his head with a Harlem Sidekick and almost gets the fall. Ray holds Buddy as Booker clearly misses a side kick to the head but he sells it anyway. Stevie strikes with a side salto and Booker finishes Buddy off with the Harlem Hangover.

Winners: Harlem Heat (still WCW Tag Team Champions)

Squash. At least the Hammer got in some offense.

Gene is with Heat and Ray is upset with the beer drinking fatsos that are the Nasty Boys. Booker says they finished them off a long time ago and will do it again. The Nasty Boys must not have liked being called names so they run out and attack Heat and ram Booker into the steps and destroy him with a super piledriver. Ray tries to fight them off but cannot as they walk away….

Match #3: “The Man of 1,000 Holds” Dean Malenko VS “Lionheart” Chris Jericho

Jericho takes him down and points to the crowd and they respond nicely. Malenko trips him up but Jericho grabs the arm and twists it into a hammerlock. Dean is able to reverse it but gets flipped over. Jericho applies a side headlock and Malenko is free but runs into an enzuguri as an ECW chant starts. Malenko connects with a belly to back suplex. Dean hits him with a nice looking brainbuster and keeps after him and gets a two count. Dean kicks him in the head and drives his elbow into the back of it and snaps him over. Meanwhile DiBiase gets up and leaves the ring area. Malenko has Jericho stuck in a bodyscissors and uses the ropes for leverage as Nick Patrick gets suspicious and they do their normal gamemanship with that. Jericho stands up and drops him back. Malenko pounds on Jericho and a double underhook suplex for another two count andn now twists Jericho around by hooking the arm and pulling the head down and into an ab stretch and uses the ropes for leverage. Jericho armdrags him over and Jericho heads after him but gets driven head first into the second buckle. Jericho reverses a whip but runs into a boot and bulldogs him for a two count. Malenko charges him and they both fly over the top and onto the floor. He rolls Jericho back in but is stuck on the apron and baseball slides into his knees and then flies from the top and lands on Malenko to the appreciation of the crowd. Back in the ring he heads upstairs and gets a two count after a missile dropkick. He sets him up for a piledriver and it is reversed and we get another two count. He goes behind Malenko and hits a German suplex for two and now a spinkick. He and Malenko exchange holds and switches and Jericho rolls him up for two and Malenko is shocked as Jericho celebrates with the fans.

Winner: Chris Jericho

Pretty solid match. Got plenty of time and showcased what Jericho can do and the fans really dug him.

Match #4: Brad Armstrong vs The Giant w/ Jimmy Hart
Brad tries to dropkick but cannot budge him and grabs him only to the Giant’s ass rammed into him. Giant shoves him into the corner and blasts him with a couple of shots. Giant chokes him with his boot and a Limo is back into the arena or somewhere. Giant is still choking him with the boot and tosses him across the ring. He picks up Brad who unwisely tries to sunset flip him over but gets picked up by his neck and just throws him and then to the floor. Brad is up on the apron and bounces his neck off the ropes and hits a missile dropkick but gets grabbed after and destroyed with a chokeslam.

Winner: The Giant

Gave Brad some offense and played it off that the Giant was acting distracted.

A “paid” announcement from the nWo and Hogan is bragging about beating the Giant and Flair and how WCW is a bunch of crybabies. Sting will be stung and Luger will, well he is doing a bunch of rhyming as he talks about beating what WCW has left. He knows what needs to be done thanks to his friends as he just takes it now. Hogan makes fun of the Horsemen and Sting and Lex talking about their old times and that the nWo will destroy them and anything else would be civilized.

They recap nWo spraypaint shenanigans from last week on the truck and DiBiase and the end.

Match #5: Ron Studd VS “Macho Man” Randy Savage

Studd pounds on Savage and picks him by the neck and just drops him. He throws him back into the corner and….

They pan to the back as the nWo gets out of the Limo and Hogan tells the cameraman to beat it and shoves him away.

Meanwhile Studd bodyslams Savage. Savage knocks him to the floor and hits him with the double axe and bodyslams him and finishes him off with the big elbow.

Winner: Randy Savage

Squash.

Gene tells Randy that he seem to be real focused and it will be against his old pal Hogan at Havoc. But first he has to face the Giant whom he felt did not do his job. Savage wishes that Havoc was tonight. He promises everyone in the universe that he is going to beat up Hogan. Gene questions his mental state and Savage admits that he is living on the edge and so is everyone else now due to what is going on. Savage says he is taking over seeing as the Giant failed and Gene wants to place a bet in Vegas (Havoc is there too).

Match #6: Steiner Brothers VS Sting & “Total Package” Lex Luger

They all stare at each other….

Horsemen run out to the Limo but no one is there.

Commercial.

Luger and Rick lock up and Rick is shoved into Nick Patrick and he calls for the bell and the fans are about to riot and the four combatants are pissed as he backs away and heads to the back as Sting and Luger head after him.

Winners: The Steiner Brothers (via DQ)

Clear, angle advancement and Nick Patrick is getting a lot of heat. Fans are disappointed that they are not getting an uppercard match but that is the beauty of it.

Match #7: Dungeon of Doom (“Taskmaster” Kevin Sullivan, Big Bubba, Meng & The Barbarian) VS The Four Horsemen (“Nature Boy” Ric Flair, “The Enforcer” Arn Anderson, “The Canadian Crippler” Chris Benoit and Steve “Mongo” McMichael w/ Woman, Ms. Elizabeth and Debra McMichael

Sullivan and Mongo begin and Sullivan takes him down but Mongo comes back and looks awkward in climbing up and jumping off the ropes and he lands that way too as Sullivan moves. Bubba is taggedin and after an initial flurry and Mongo hammers him and connects with a back body drop. Benoit gets a nice ovation as he pushes Bubba to the other corner and the Barbarian is tagged in and they exchange chops and Benoit back suplexes him and goes up but Sullivan pushes him, but he recovers and hits the flying headbutt but Meng makes the save and Flair is in.

Patrick is running away from Sting and Luger and DiBiase gets into the Limo and Sting throws a cement block through the window and get in a cop car and chase after them!

Meng throws some blows but misses and Flair wants a test of strength and he nuts Meng and all the Doom and the fans love it.

Cop is in the back reporting the stolen car. AA is in and he DDT’s Meng but only gets two as the count is broken up. Barbarian kicks him in the head and bodyslams him and hangs him for the Tree of Woe and Sullivan does his thing and tags in Bubba who drops his knee onto his head. He gets a two count and pounds on his head. AA comes back with some blows but it does not last and Meng is tagged back in. Meng tries for a piledriver but gets back dropped but he recovers and stomps on Arn.

Commercial.

Sullivan is choking Benoit after he was belted by Bubba. Meng is in the ring and catches him with an inverted atomic drop and powerbombs him straight through the canvas but Arn makes the save and Bubba is in and Flair runs in and pounds on Bubba’s head. Benoit is on the floor but Flair has a chair and tries to go after the the Dungeon. Benoit is back in the ring and Sullivan is in charge and Benoit runs into a knee and Bubba is back in and goes to the second rope and jumps right into a boot. Both are down but Bubba is able to tag Sullivan and he smack him and Benoit tries to fight back but loses and the Barbarian is tagged in and gets a two count. Now it is Meng and Benoit nails him with a cross body block but he cannot make the tag and Bubba makes sure to cut him off. Arn runs in and spinebusts Bubba and Barbarian comes in and drops his head into Benoit’s ribs to stop him from making the tag. Meng and Barbarian go up top and go for the flying headbutt but Benoit moves and tags in Flair who unloads on the Dungeon and now it is chaos and the Figure is applied on Sullivan and Woman refuses to help but she finally does after much cajoling from Benoit and they get the win….the nWo runs down and attacks the Horsemen and they clear out the Dungeon too.

Winners: No Contest

The Giant runs down and the fans erupt and he grabs the Barbarian and chokeslams him and does it to Meng. Hogan starts spraypainting and the fans are fired up and now Savage comes down with a chair and belts everyone and now he and Hogan are in a scrum but Nash makes the save and Hulk has the chair and he is hammering Savage with it. The Giant chokeslams and the Horsemen and Dungeon continue getting punished. Hogan lands four legdrops. Arn has a chair only to get kicked by Nash as does Flair and Mongo. Savage is now getting painted with a yellow streak up his back. The nWo slowly saunter away from the carnage as Arn gets back in the ring to check on Flair. They head back to the announce table and Hogan wants to know if there is any question about who is the most powerful organization in the world. The Giant says he got a call from DiBiase and he walked into Hogan’s 25,000 square foot home when Hogan interrupts him to have them all spit on the WCW sign. Giant brings up all the Harley’s and cars and now the Horsemen and Dungeon head up and attack and chairs and bodies are flying around as they hammer each each other. Hogan barely gets hit as they go back to the announce table and the Giant continues his story. Hogan says he gave the Giant a part in the new Arnold movie and that the nWo is the best thing going as they up end the table and leave.

Another hot crowd. A couple of decent matches but this was used more for angle advancement. They are making the situation look bleak for the faces and they are doing a great job. Of course eight got wiped out by four and then five. Wait, there were nine. Sure, the Horsemen and Dungeon of Doom were tired from fighting and it was a sneak attack. Still they looked pretty weak. They did make a valiant comeback but Hogan barely caught a blow and dominated. I do like how the heels are not cowardly but you do not want to book their opponents, not really faces, too weakly. All in all the ending was classic, a chaotic brawl that topped off the show and makes you look forward to seeing what happens next. It may have been better to save the Giant swerve until Fall Brawl but it does add an invincible aura to the nWo and it makes the PPV that much more bleak for WCW. The nWo is consistently out smarting WCW as they lured Sting and Luger away and so far it is paying dividends as it is so entertaining right now.

-Benny

I quite enjoyed this episode.  As it headed into the final section with the breakdown between the Horsemen, nWo, and the Dungeon, it reminded me of how much fun I used to have on Monday nights sitting around watching this stuff.  It was exciting and action packed and you had no idea what was coming next.  I loved it!

Bischoff messes up and says this is the 53rd episode of Monday Nitro.  He’s off a bit.  One, it hasn’t even been a year since the debut, so it can’t be any more than 52.  Two, they’ve missed a few weeks, so his count is off.  It’s episode 51.

DDP and Alex Wright put on a pretty decent early match with Das Wunderkind showing some great heart and fire, but ultimately being brought down by two of my favorite DDP moves; the devastating sit out powerbomb and the beautiful Diamond Cutter.  Both moves looked amazing tonight so I was quite happy.  I’m pretty excited for the continuation of this feud Page has with the Guerreros as we lead into Fall Brawl.

The tag team match was interesting since it was Harlem Heat VS 1983.  Seriously…Greg Valentine and this other guy looked like they were straight out of Mid-Atlantic wrestling from the mid 80s and it was just a weird contrast with the new set and Harlem Heat.  Heat get the win with my favorite of Booker’s moves, the Harlem Hangover, as if it was any surprise.  Seriously, did anyone believe that Greg Valentine and this random dude were going to get the titles?  

Malenko VS Jericho…so good.  WCW’s Cruiserweight action is firing on all cylinders right now and I can’t be more excited for it!

We get a duo of squash matches, but it’s interesting because they’re from the two men that are going to face each other at Fall Brawl; Randy Savage and The Giant.  I’m okay with a squash match.  I know my recaps of Raw at the end of these things usually comes across pretty hard on WWF’s squashes…but that’s mostly because they’ll fill an entire wrestling show with squashes against jobbers.  When they use it randomly and to get a guy over, squash matches fill their purpose and I have no problem with them.

Steiners & Luger/Sting…I’ve never been so angry at Nick Patrick!  I really wanted to watch this match.  I’m a huge fan of all four of these guys and they never fail to excite.  However, we have to further this Nick Patrick garbage, so we get a BS call on Luger.  I wish this was going to end sometime soon.  I really do not like Nick Patrick.  He’s a terrible referee outside of this nonsense, so this just makes it worse.

The stuff with Dibiase and the limo was interesting, especially Sting throwing the rock through the window (I really hope Dibiase moved quickly!) and then them stealing the cop car and giving chase.  It’s silly, but I love that it was a “heat of the moment” thing and I really liked Bischoff making comments like “if Sting and Luger get out of jail in time for Fall Brawl.”

According to the Saturday Night preview, the Blue Bloods are no more as we’re going to get Robert Eaton VS David Taylor on that show.  I was really hoping they were going to go at it on Fall Brawl, but alas.

Just last night I was praising Mongo to Derick.  Basically I was reiterating my thoughts from last post, but damned if Mongo didn’t make me eat my words tonight.  The first few moments he’s in the ring are a damn trainwreck.  He’s missing moves, missing timing, screwing stuff up.  It just looked so bad.  I wish my new-found enjoyment of him had lasted more than a week.

The end of the show degenerating into an all out brawl made me happy.  Then, out came The Giant, and the nWo now has a 5th member!  I liked Giant cutting his promo at the end and talking about how he saw how much better life could be on the money end of things, but he was just going too long with it.  Him trying to continue cutting the promo at the end of the show was a bit rough due to this.  However, he was more natural and it came across as believable.  This is a young man who has been at the top of the card and he got his first chance to see what real money looks like, so he wants in.  I buy it.  It’s a legit reason for him to jump.

Enjoyable episode and I can’t wait to see what we get next week and as we go into Fall Brawl.

Shane

Ratings Breakdown

WWF Raw Ratings – NA

WCW Nitro Ratings – 4.3

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

(Unopposed weeks – 7)

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.  A “Friday Night Raw” was held on 9/6, however.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winners: Dungeon of Doom

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

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

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

Match #2: Renegade VS Diamond Dallas Page

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

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

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

Winner: Diamond Dallas Page

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

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

Match #3: Konnan VS Jim Powers

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

Winner: Konnan

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Chris Benoit

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winners: The Steiner Brothers by DQ

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Ric Flair (still WCW United States Champion)

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

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

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

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

Match #8: The Outsiders VS Lex Luger & Sting

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

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

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

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

No Contest

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

Shane

Ratings Breakdown

WWF Raw Ratings – 2.0

WCW Nitro Ratings – 3.3

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

(Unopposed weeks – 5)

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

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

 

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

 

WWF Raw results from this week

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

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

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

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

 

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

KoaNitro copyWelcome back WCW fans!  We’re here for another week of WCW Monday Nitro, coming to us from Landover, Maryland!  Taking the reigns of Nitro this week is Phillip!

Open of show, Zbyszko and Schiavone, talking about the takeover.

DDP is pissed because someone snaked his ring. No one can beat him, so they are going to steal it.

Flashback to The Outsiders showing up during the tag team championship match. Zbyszko calling The Outsiders cowards, and talks about the upcoming “New World Order”, interesting to look back at a time where this wasn’t 100 percent a part of the lexicon of every wrestling fan.

Match #1: WCW World Tag Team Championship: The Steiner Brothers VS Harlem Heat (WCW World Tag Team Champions)

Steiner looks like the man who later become Big Poppa Pump, juiced to the gills! Harlem Heat, which is a real staple of this era, and possibly one of my favorite tag teams of all time. I really liked the dynamic; it’s interesting that you have a big and bigger man tag team. But damn is Booker athletic.

Good action to open up this tag match. Some pacing to set up the break, this is a thing that is really common now, but I think was fairly new for this time in Nitro, the commercial break during a match.

Steiners are running this with counts, but this match is not the potential of these two teams, a really transparent double axe handle. We have a lot of action outside the ring, there is a lot of focus on the nWo and Rob Parker outside the ring, but the action in the ring is still moving. Zbyszko calls out a “slow count”.  Really pretty belly to belly off the top. Side slam, a really big guy off the top, it looked really good, way to go Booker T, and a really stiff double clothesline. Frankensteiner, this one looked pretty good, but Scott Steiner took a back of a head to the apron.  Bulldog from Ricky, Parker interferes, and smacks Ricky with a walking stick.

Winners: Harlem Heat

Mean Gene talking to the Horsemen, selling this 8 man tag that’s main eventing this Nitro. I have to say that seeing Benoit in Horsemen gear, and this opening up of the Wolverine is really exciting for me. “Silent but Violent,” he was one of my favorites around this time, he represents the archetype that I generally fall for.

Glacier promo, this guy was hyped to death around this time, and really no one ever cared once he was in the ring… Turns out no one wanted a discount Sub Zero in WCW. It’s interesting, because they were playing both sides, this was before “reality” mattered and they are selling us a cartoon. Although I have to say the upcoming Mortis run is memorable.

Match #2:  Disco Inferno VS Kurasawa

Disco asking if the crowd wants to see him dance, I personally don’t want to see him… anything. This match seems like something to watch while they sell storyline. Kurasawa is wrestling like a beast. Disco Inferno calls up his music, which apparently is tied to the Disco Ball, and smacks Kurasawa with the disco ball. Thanks to the distraction of… Spandex, and disco music.

Winner: Disco Inferno

Match #2: Scotty Riggs VS Diamond Dallas Page

It’s odd to see Buff and Scotty as the American Males, I mean I think of Buff as nWo and Scotty Riggs as a part of the Flock… Hacksaw Jim Duggan talking crazy, typical Duggan.

Page wrestling really physical during the open of this match, yelling about his ring. DDP yelling at the crowd, it’s odd that later in this run, DDP instead of yelling at the crowd will have literally everyone behind him. Page grabbing the ropes while stretching out Scotty Riggs, a little “Flair” for the stretch, pun absolutely intended. A really stiff clothesline. Riggs turning the tides, roll up splash over the top. Diamond cutter off the block. The move you can hit from anywhere.

Winner: DDP

Interview with Mean Gene – Let’s talk about the ring… Taped fist bought with the bare fist brawler that is Jim Duggan. DDP frisking Mean Gene.

Match #4: Greg “The Hammer” Valentine VS “Macho Man” Randy Savage

Macho in war paint, throwing stuff off of the Horsemen table, that was paid for with his money.

Selling the 6 man tag, to prevent the hostile takeover.

The match moving pretty slow, the action taken outside, and throwing Savage on the rail. Savage going savage on the ground with punches, Savage slams him down, gets caught coming off of the ropes. 30 second countdown to hour 2. Valentine KO’s himself from a back suplex? Savage lays the elbow down as we reach hour number 2.

Second Hour:

Bischoff and Heenan kicking off our second hour. Bischoff talking about the show of support. Bischoff addressing The Outsiders, calling out Nash (oddly naming him for the first time) for picking on poor lil’ Bischoff. Heenan is scared for his safety. The crowd going nuts behind Bischoff as Hall and Nash make their way down through the crowd. Hall and Nash apparently have tickets. These interruptions I think really help the format, pushing time so that you don’t get pulled too far away from the big story.

Another Glacier commercial and surprisingly I still don’t care..

Match #5: WCW World Heavyweight Championship: John Tenta VS The Giant (WCW World Heavyweight Champion) w/ Jimmy Hart

They are selling the shave job on Tenta, so much so that he may just beat Giant… Me thinks probably not.

This thing moving slow as snail snot, while Bischoff desperately tries to convince me to care.
Tenta avoids the charge of the Giant, a dropkick, as Tenta really pushes for the finish, Sullivan with the distraction, chokeslam and el fin. This is a match no one should rewatch…

Big Bubba comes out and shaves the beard of Tenta. Why this gimmick requires him to not just go all in and shave is beyond me. I mean this dude has a life, and I’m sure got no tail looking like a half shaved, overweight deranged homeless man.

Dungeon of the Doom promo. We’re coming for the Horsemen, Giant is a lifelong champion, you don’t cross the Dungeon, Giant screaming with his incoherent giant voice. I mean really, just spitting, and screaming complete and TOTAL nonsense.

Rey Mysterio Promo, which highlights why I wanted to be a cruiserweight in ‘96 interrupted by Hall and Nash. Nash taunting Bischoff. Calling Macho, Sting and Luger clowns. The crowd chanting “Diesel” while Nash chants “Attica”. I love that Hall and Nash really poke a finger in the chest of what wrestling is at this point.

Jim Duggan found DDP’s ring. In the bathroom… umm, ok. But a man like Duggan, he wouldn’t wear this girly piece of jewelry. Page storms to take it and gets laid out by a taped fist. I don’t think WCW understands what tape does for hands. Apparently it gives you +5 KO power, and DDP’s taped ribs to come later give you +10 special, so that he can hit the cutter from anywhere.

Mean Gene slips out a “King of the Ring” and Bischoff has to clarify so McMahon doesn’t sue the multicolored tights off of WCW.

Match #6: Joe Gomez, The Renegade, & The Rock & Roll Express VS The Four Horsemen w/ Woman, Ms. Elizabeth, & Debra McMichael

We get going, Gomez cleaning the ring. Enzuigiri takes down Arn. Benoit comes in to do some work, and Gomez works on Flair. These large team tags are usually just mayhem, and this one isn’t moving so quick. There’s some tags, and some light action that is just making sure the match moves. Benoit comes in to work over Gomez, looking a little violent, it works. Tags in Mongo, who’s laying a beating, tags in Flair, who beats on Gomez, and tags in Double A. Gomez, sunset flip with some help from Morton on Double A. Double A, nice spinebuster, and gets booted from the pin by literally the entire corner of Gomez. Benoit going a little crazy in the ring, looking rabid, they are really pushing Benoit into that role of  the Enforcer. Gomez reverses the Figure Four, Gomez catches wind, and reaching for the tag, no go, gets choked on the ropes. McMichael throws the briefcase, hits nothing and no one, and somehow still throws off the Renegade and wins the match for the Horsemen.

WCW, please stop trying to sell me a start up for a Create a Character in Joe Gomez. No one needs anymore of this Generic Wrestler A.

Horsemen shoot a promo on Dungeon and Konnan, and a general promo for the Horsemen body count.

Bischoff closes the show to remind us about the 3 man Tag.

Phillip

 

For the go-home show going into the Bash at the Beach, this one, honestly, was a bit weak.  No Sting.  No Luger.  The only one of our main event that we see in action is Savage, and he’s in a throwaway match against Greg Valentine.  Why couldn’t we see them working as a team in a six man tag?  That would have been good.  Six man tag between them and, say, three of the Horsemen.  Sting/Luger/Savage VS Flair/Anderson/Benoit would have been a great setup for this.  Or, if they still wanted to work the Horsemen/Gomez/R&R gimmick, have our three babyfaces take on any three random members of the Dungeon.  Them VS Meng, Barbarian, and Hugh Morrus would have been a decent match that would have let them run roughshod over three heels, show their teamwork and WCW passion, and set the stage for them beating the living crap out of the Outsiders.  Hell, give me that match and set it right after the Outsiders make their way to ringside, so they can get a little taste of what they have coming to them.  Let the babys play off of that, getting into an altercation, maybe…

I hate to second guess booking, but I just feel THAT would have set the stage for this gigantic match much more than not having two of the main stars of the thing even in the ring.

Hacksaw is a crazy person who spent much of his time on air tonight thinly calling DDP gay.  Seriously, what was with the “I wear real man clothes!” spiel.  If you add that to the stuff Stinger was saying to Regal before the Great American Bash, the fact that these two PPVs have the word “bash” in them is starting to not look so coincidental.

I definitely mirror Phillip’s thoughts on Joe Gomez.  Sullivan said on his podcast that he basically hired the guy because he had a great standing in the community in Florida and was hoping to use that for relations with the Native American tribes down here.  That’s why we’re seeing so much of the guy.  I’d be okay with that if it wasn’t for the fact that he’s just a generic whitemeat babyface.  He’s literally Create A Wrestler #5 with half of an Antonio Bandaras gimmick.  I get it, not everyone can be Glacier, but still…gimmick this kid up a bit if you’re going to put him over as much as you do.

Steiners VS Harlem Heat was good as always. 

This Tenta angle, however…can we just kill this thing already?  He’s only getting the push because he’s Hogan’s buddy, but damn…he draws absolutely no fan reaction.  For some reason we give X-Pac crap for having “I don’t want to watch you heat” when that dude was always entertaining and putting on great matches.  Can we rename it to Tenta heat, please?

I liked the Outsiders interaction this week.  Had to bar them from the building if they’re paying customers.  I like the crowd chanting “Diesel” and Bischoff trying to play it off like they’re chanting “Weasel” at Heenan.  Everything the Outsiders are doing right now is gold and I’m loving it.

Well, that’s it for today.  Tomorrow we’ll be celebrating our ONE YEAR anniversary with a reflection write-up and the write up for the Bash at the Beach!

-Shane

 

Ratings Breakdown

WWF Raw Ratings – 2.6

WCW Nitro Ratings – 3.3

(Raw – 17, Nitro – 20) (Tie Weeks – 2)

(Unopposed weeks – 5)

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

WCW’s longest Winning Streak (to this point) – 4

 

Four in a row!  WCW looking good!

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WWF Raw results from this week

WWF World Champion Shawn Michaels (w/ Jose Lothario) pinned Marty Jannetty (w/ Leif Cassidy & Jim Cornette)

Mankind defeated Duke Droese via submission

Goldust (w/ Marlena) defeated Marc Mero (w/ Sable)

 

Still weird seeing an hour Raw against a two hour Nitro.  HBK VS Jannetty could have been a pretty good match.   I remember the New Rockers and Al Snow’s whole “stuck in the sixties” gimmick.  I didn’t realize they were managed by Cornette, though.  I’ll have to go back to that one.  Odd that the champ is opening the show and not main eventing, though.

KoaNitro copyWelcome back, everyone, to another thrilling installment of Kick Out at Nitro!  We’re a day removed (in 1996 time) from The Great American Bash.  We have four Horsemen again.  We saw the debut of the phenomenal Rey Mysterio, Jr.  We have a time and a place for the 3 on 3 match with WCW and the Outsiders.  We’ve got Randy Savage reinstated.  Things are getting hot in WCW as we push three weeks forward to the Bash at the Beach, when history is made and the face of WCW is changed forever.

Tonight’s Nitro is being broadcast from Richmond, VA.  Always exciting to see Nitro coming from my home state.  We’re joined by Tony Schiavone and Larry Zbyszko but they’re up at the full announce booth in the back instead of their normal ringside seats.  Tony also tells us that he’ll be with us during the second hour, apparently taking the place of the injured Eric Bischoff.  Look at that…Bischoff does a better sell job at being hurt than John Cena.  The announcers put over the Outsiders, who still do not have names, powerbombing Bischoff off of the stage.  Larry says it doesn’t impress him because Bischoff isn’t a big dude or a wrestler.  They need to realize they’re taking on WCW.  Tony says that tonight we’ll find out who WCW’s three men are.  Tony runs down the events from last night, ending with Mongo joining the Horsemen.  Larry is now fully behind Mongo, making a point not to call him Dumbo this week.  Tony finishes the segment off with a replay of Hall and Nash beating up Bischoff and powerbombing him.  Man, I love this clip.

Match #1: Stevie Ray VS Rick Steiner

WCW rarely has tag wrestlers in single matches, so this is interesting.  Stevie Ray starts off strong, clotheslining Rick, kicking him down and gouging his eyes before choking him against the bottom rope.  As Rick tries to stand, Stevie Ray gets him with a big right hand and another clothesline.  Stevie Ray follows with a scoop slam and an elbow drop for a quick pin but Rick is able to kick out.  Rick reverses an Irish whip but Stevie Ray hits him with a shoulder block.  Rick is able to get a belly-to-belly suplex, though, followed by a clothesline and a top rope bulldog for two.  Rick rushes Stevie Ray, but Stevie powerslams him.  Stevie Ray doesn’t follow up quickly, taking his time to try a fist drop from the second rope.  Rick moves and hits a Steinerline for the win.

Winner: Rick Steiner

The moment Rick gets the win, in comes Booker T with a superkick.  Harlem Heat begin double teaming Rick, culminating with Booker T going for a move from the top rope.  In comes Scott Steiner to cover his brother and take the brunt of the hit.  I wonder what that’s going to do to Scott’s match tonight against The Giant.

We go to a commercial break and a quick video from the American Males.  Bagwell says that there has been trouble with the 4 Horsemen, but tonight, the American Males are going to solve it.  Um…apparently Buff didn’t watch Bash at the Beach or he would have seen that while there has been trouble, the Horsemen are now stronger than ever.  Good luck fixing that trouble there, guys.

Match #2: Disco Inferno VS Joe Gomez

Before his opponent enters, Disco grabs a mic and says that he knows that everyone came to see Disco Inferno dance.  Tony immediately says “Um, no we did not!” and that is followed by Larry asking Tony if he wanted him to go break Disco’s legs.  Disco tries to dance and the music for Joe Gomez starts.  Gomez was going to debut last week but got his ass kicked by the Horsemen, so that was pushed to this week.

Tony tells us that Hulk Hogan called in earlier and says that if there’s going to be a war, throw his name in the hat.

Gomez is generic wrestler #255 with the exception that he’s Hispanic.

Disco goes outside and gets in David Penzer’s face and Tony freaks out about how everyone wants to beat up announcers now.

Gomez gets Disco in the ring and hits a dropkick and goes for a crossbody block but Disco moves and he goes face first into the ropes.  Gomez is able to whip Disco into the corners a few times, but is hit by Disco’s swinging neckbreaker.  Instead of covering, Disco dances and goes for a nonchalant cover, but Gomez rolls him over into a crucifix pin for the win.

Winner: Joe Gomez

Disco shows that losing means nothing to him as he says his hair is still in place and he’s the best dancer in WCW.

Commercial break and we’re with Mean Gene, Ric Flair, Woman, Liz, and Debra McMichael.  Gene is disgusted with the ladies and asks Debra what the hell.  Debra says it was all about the money.  Flair says this shot looks like a Vogue cover.  Flair says that Mongo, with that Super Bowl ring flashes the 4 Horsemen sign.  He cuts a promo on Savage and how much better he is than Savage in every way.  Flair says everyone keeps talking about what is going to happen when Savage gets ahold of him.  Nothing!  Flair is going to stand his ground.  Gene kicks us back to our next match.

Match #3: “The Enforcer” Arn Anderson & “The Crippler” Chris Benoit VS The American Males

The Horsemen are whole once again!  Benoit’s right side of his face is jacked up as a result of the match last night.  It’s swollen and purple.  The Males come out flashing downward facing 4H signs, which is probably a bad idea.

Tony says that WCW put six names together representing the best win/loss records in WCW and they will draw three to face The Outsiders.  We’re told explicitly that Sting, Luger, and Hogan’s names are in there.

Riggs starts off mocking the Horsemen again.  Arn kicks Bagwell off of the apron, ducks a Riggs clothesline and slips out to the floor.  Unfortunately he forgot Bagwell was out there and gets rolled back into the ring and quickly rolled up for a two count.  Arn heads back to his corner and slows down the pace, coming back out with a side headlock to Riggs and then a kick in the gut after some rope running.  Arn goes for a piledriver but Riggs backdrops him out of it and is able to tag out to Bagwell.  Bagwell tires to wrench Arn’s arm but Arn just knees him in the back to break it and tags out to Benoit.

Benoit kicks Buff in the gut and chops him hard twice.  Bagwell gets an enziguri when Benoit catches his foot and goes on a bit of offense, trying a standing splash but Benoit gets his knees to the guts of Buff and tags out to Arn.  Bagwell attempts a backslide and there is some miscommunication where Benoit is waiting on Riggs to double team Arn, but the referee is in the wrong place.

Arn tags out to Benoit after Benoit breaks up a pin attempt and Benoit goes postal on Bagwell, backing him into the corner and kicking the crap out of him for a while, then hitting a back suplex to setup for Benoit’s diving headbutt.  Benoit covers, Riggs breaks up the pin, but Arn comes in and takes the Males out.  Bagwell is able to get the tag to Riggs and the Males hit their move, the double dropkick, but Arn breaks that up.  Benoit gordbusts Buff on the top rope and then rolls him up for the win.

Winners: Arn Anderson & Chris Benoit

Mean Gene hits the ring with Arn and Benoit, saying that now the Horsemen are whole again.  Arn says that everyone in the building is in shock.  He says they like Arn and Flair at their worst and they like someone who says what they’re going to do and then do it.  He says Mongo made the right decision.  He says he and Sullivan had a business deal but it went south.  Benoit says that every action has a reaction, and Sullivan’s desire to nullify the Horsemen got the reaction it got last night.  He says the Horsemen are about guts, glamor and glory.

As we go to commercial, we get a quick promo from John Tenta.  Apparently we’re getting this match again after this.  Oh boy…

Match #4: Big Bubba w/ Jimmy Hart VS John Tenta

Tenta still doesn’t have entrance music.  Every now and again they’ll try to get someone over as a badass by not needing entrance music, but I’m going to go on record and say that EVERYONE needs entrance music.

No one asked for this match the first go round, so here we go with round three.  Tenta clotheslines Bubba and hits a nice dropkick for a dude his size.

The half of Tenta’s head that is shaved kinda makes him look badass.  The other side, not so much.  Dude should just shave his head fully.

Bubba crotches Tenta on the ring post then goes in swinging at Tenta’s head with a few punches, going for a cover and getting two.  He covers again, two again.  Tenta is finally able to get up and the two swing away at each other, Tenta getting the better, then basically getting a Stinger splash in the corner, then doing it again.  Jimmy Hart jumps in and hits Tenta from behind with the megaphone and then atomic drops him.  Big Bubba goes for a crossbody block and Tenta catches him and powerslams him but doesn’t cover.  Tenta picks him up again, hits a second powerslam, and then, for no damn reason at all, covers Bubba with his feet on the ropes.

Winner: John Tenta

Um…what?  Why in the living hell did Tenta have to cheat to win?  Isn’t Tenta supposed to be a babyface here?  What?  Jimmy comes in and gives Bubba a loaded sock and Bubba starts wailing on Tenta with it, knocking him “out.”  He then swings down and hits Tenta in the face, hard, and Tenta sells it like it was legit.  Then, we find out that the sock was full of coins, so we realize that Tenta wasn’t selling, he legit just got hit in the damn face with a sock full of quarters!  Wow, Bubba’s a dick!

Gene is in the entry way with Jimmy and Bubba.  He was supposed to be speaking with Tenta, but Tenta’s being seen to in the ring.  Bubba cuts a promo on Tenta and how he always wins when they wrestle.

A quick commercial break and we come back to Gene backstage with Randy Savage.  He asks Savage what his plan is.  Savage says normally he doesn’t have a plan, but tonight he’s going to take his time.  He says Flair is preoccupied with the women.  Savage says he’s going to stay in WCW forever and ever because there’s no man that can put him down.  Gene asks Savage if he sought any psychological help while he was gone.  Savage says he did, a woman psychologist, and he was diagnosed OCD…one cool dude!

Match #5: “Macho Man” Randy Savage VS “Nature Boy” Ric Flair w/ Woman, Ms. Elizabeth, and Debra McMichael

Savage heads towards the announce booth during his entrance, just as Bobby Heenan is doing the same.  Savage chases Heenan down to the ring, into the ring, and Heenan is able to give Savage the slip and make it back up to the announce booth.

Flair comes out with Kevin Greene’s T-shirt from last night and says “Kevin Greene, where are you now?”  Flair asks for the mic before getting in the ring.  He says every man in life must experience the agony and pain of defeat.  In Savage’s case, he’s experiencing the pain and agony of defeat and divorce!  Savage responds simply with “I’m going to kick your ass!”

Savage attacks Flair at ringside and then is able to get him into the ring.  Savage starts strong with a backdrop, clothesline, and he sends Flair to ringside again.  Flair takes advantage as we go to commercial, though, backing Savage into the guardrail and chopping him.  Back from commercial and Flair immediately sends Savage back to the floor and holds him from behind, allowing Elizabeth to slap Randy.  Randy takes Flair up to Flair’s ringside VIP section and slams his head into the table and then stuffing his face with food.  Savage shakes up the champagne and pours it all over Flair, then hits him in the head with the bottle, albeit VERY softly.  Heenan covers by saying that Savage doesn’t want to break the bottle or he’ll be suspended.

Back in the ring, Savage drops a knee to Flair’s face, then backs him into the corner and gets off four punches before Flair tries an atomic drop.  Savage blocks, hits Flair, and Flair staggers off and flops.  Randy sends him to the floor again, then punches him to keep him from getting in the ring.  Randy goes for a double axe handle but Flair moves and Randy eats guardrail again as we go to commercial again.

Tony says that all of WCW is volunteering to help take out the Outsiders.  He names The Giant, Big Bubba, John Tenta, and a few others.  Yeah, I’m sure Tenta and Bubba would LOVE to get involved in this angle.  I have a feeling they’ll be passed over, though…call me crazy.

Savage has gotten the upper hand again, bouncing Flair all over the ring and then hitting a double axe handle.  Flair grabs an illegal object from his trunks and nails Savage with it, but struts off and elbow drops him before covering.  Of course, this means Savage kicks out at 2.  Flair shoves the referee and argues with him while Savage pushes Flair from behind, taking out the ref.  Savage hits Flair in the junk and goes up top for the flying elbow drop.  He immediately pops up and goes for as second one, bringing the ladies in to stop Savage from doing it.  Savage jumps off again, despite the women.  In comes Benoit, but he eats a piledriver.  In comes Anderson and he gets sent out.  Lastly, Mongo comes in with the briefcase, nails Savage twice, and puts Flair on Savage for the cover.

Winner: Ric Flair

After the match, the united Horsemen stomp and slap Randy Savage as we go to replay of the finish of the match.

Mean Gene is in the back with The Giant, Kevin Sullivan, and Jimmy Hart.  Gene says that there are cliques building in WCW.  There are even Outsiders coming into WCW.  He asks how everyone here is going to be involved.  Jimmy says “I told you so” to Kevin about the Horsemen deal.  Sullivan’s eye and nose look like shit, so apparently Benoit kicked his ass last night as much as Sullivan kicked Benoit’s.  Sullivan says in the last days there will be wars all over the place.  He talks about how Arn was the only man he respected in wrestling and he sided with Benoit instead of Sullivan.  Giant says that the problem started with the Horsemen said they were the elite.  If they’re the elite, why isn’t one of them Heavyweight Champion?  Giant says he’s the best to come out of the Dungeon of the Doom and that anyone from the DoD is better than ANY Horseman.  Um, really?  Big Bubba?  Giant challenges any of the Horsemen.  Gene asks about Bash at the Beach and Sullivan says that WCW comes first and he’ll deal with that before he deals with the Horsemen.

Glacier promo with shots of Glacier actually in this one!  Coming July 1996!  Get hyped, folks!

We go back to Tony and Heenan and Tony mentions that Bischoff isn’t there and we get a replay of why Bischoff isn’t there.  Of course, it’s in still images because they’re not going to show the video when there are replays to be sold tomorrow night.  Bischoff is still in the hospital, we’re told, so apparently Nash’s powerbomb did its job.  We get a recap and pictures of the Horsemen/Football match and how Mongo became a Horseman.  They follow that with the Falls Count Anywhere match as well.

Tony pitches us to Mean Gene at the entry way with Rey Mysterio, Jr.  Gene puts over Mysterio and mentions that Malenko used the ropes to get the win.  Rey says that was crap and he’s going to prove tonight what he can do because he wants the Cruiserweight Championship around his waist.

Match # 6: WCW Cruiserweight Championship: Rey Mysterio, Jr. VS “The Man of 1,000 Holds” Dean Malenko (WCW Cruiserweight Champion)

I knew this was going to be a match at Bash at the Beach, but I didn’t expect it to happen the next night.  For some reason, I was thinking that the Nitro after Bash at the Beach was the first time I had seen Mysterio, but I guess not.

Mysterio gets a lot more time to highlight his high flying ability tonight, with offense leaning very heavily on backflips.  Mysterio gets a 2 count out of a quick roll up early on, but Dean gets out of it.  Rey flips his way out of an arm wrench but Dean clotheslines the crap out of him the moment he touches the floor.  Dean follows with a backbreaker and a back suplex and then wraps up a half crab right in the center of the ring.  Dean lets him up but drops him back down hard with a brainbuster as Bobby Heenan tells Tony that he’s thinking of punching Tony in the mouth.

Dean goes up top but Rey crotches him on the top rope and attempts a superplex, but Dean holds on.  Rey backflips off, Dean jumps down, Rey tries to go up, Dean gets under him and falls backwards, driving Rey down for a two count.  Dean takes control of the match on the ground for a while, then delivers an amazing powerbomb to Rey for two.  It was reminiscent of those awesome Benoit Bombs that I love.  Dean follows up with a fallaway slam, also for two.  He rolls seamlessly into a camel clutch, then pulls it back into a rear naked choke and then sends Rey outside.  Rey sends Dean into the guard rail, runs in and goes back down to the floor with a springboard top rope Frankensteiner to the floor!  Rey gets a two count with a sunset flip from the top rope and another from a quick rollup.  Rey tries to go for a reverse rollup and Dean flips him back up and then drops him with a reverse DDT for the win.

Winner: Dean Malenko (still WCW Cruiserweight Champion)

Damn, that was a good match.  I know there are a few more coming in the next few weeks, so I’m very excited about that.  Thus far, the Cruiserweight division has basically just been Malenko and Scott Armstrong, so now we’re finally getting into the version of that division that I loved.

Match #7: WCW World Heavyweight Championship: Scott Steiner VS The Giant (WCW World Heavyweight Champion) w/ Jimmy Hart

Tony runs down the next few WCW live shows, and one of them intrigued me.  They’re going to be at the theater at Madison Square Garden.  I know that’s now MSG proper, but still…WCW ran MSG?!

Steiner is heavily taped up from the beatdown by Harlem Heat earlier in the night.  Scott tries to take the fight to Giant up front, going for a scoop slam, but buckling under the weight.  Giant immediately starts stomping Steiner and dropping knees to his taped midsection.  Steiner escapes to the floor but Giant follows, again attacking the ribs, and running Steiner into the ringpost before standing on Steiner’s throat.

We go to commercial very quickly and come back to Giant still destroying Steiner’s ribs.  Giant controls the match for a good while, really putting the hurt to Steiner, when he decides he’s going to repay Steiner for last week and brings in a chair.  Steiner crotches Giant with the top rope as he tries to enter, then applies a sleeper hold.  Giant ends that by crashing back first into the corner.  Giant tries to squash Steiner in the corner, but Steiner moves and gets a really nice looking back suplex to Giant for two.  That suplex really brought the crowd into the match.  Steiner kicks and clotheslines Giant as he’s trying to stand, trying his best to keep him from standing up.  Steiner, for some weird reason, grabs the chair, but Jimmy Hart stops him from using it.  I’m not sure why, since the moment Steiner used it, that’s a DQ and Giant keeps the title.  Scotty shrugs off Jimmy hart and nails Giant with the chair, reducing it to splinters.  Giant no-sells it and chokeslams the hell out of Steiner for the win.

Winner: The Giant (still WCW World Heavyweight Champion)

We go to commercial break and come back to Mean Gene and the announcement of the three men who will take on Hall and Nash at Bash at the Beach.  Gene says he just came out of a meeting with high level officials.  He says that the top six men in the company were compiled and three of them will take on the Outsiders.  Gene says the six names were Hulk Hogan, The Giant, Ric Flair, Lex Luger, Sting, and Randy Savage.  The names of the men we will get, though, are Lex Luger, Macho Man, and Sting.  Those three will take on The Outsiders and their unknown third man in the main event of Bash at the Beach on July 7th.

Gene pitches it to Tony and Heenan.  Heenan says that in Desert Storm, WE were the outsiders and we kicked their butts, so not to sell these outsiders short.  With that, the show comes to a close.

 

All in all, pretty good show.  No Hall and Nash, but their presence was definitely felt as they kept talking about the powerbomb to Bischoff through the whole show.  Bischoff being off of the show selling the injury was nice, too, since it really added that little bit of credibility to it.  Of course an announcer would still be off of the show after taking that beating just the night before.

We got a second Rey/Dean match, which was awesome.  I could have done without Tenta/Bubba, though, but whatever.  It was almost worth it to see Bubba bean Tenta with the sock full of change.  You know Bubba got a receipt for that later in the dressing room.  I’m loving the Horsemen stuff and really liked how beat up Sullivan and Benoit looked.  I don’t know if those were legit shiners or if it was makeup, but damn, they did a great job selling that they were in a war last night.

I’m going to take the backseat for the next two episodes.  Next episode, we’ll hear from The Champ, followed the next episode by Phillip.  I’m certain myself and Robbie will be in there somewhere as well.

Until next time!

­-Shane

 

Ratings Breakdown

WWF Raw Ratings – 2.3

WCW Nitro Ratings – 3.4

(Raw – 17, Nitro – 18) (Tie Weeks – 2)

(Unopposed weeks – 5)

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

WCW’s longest Winning Streak (to this point) – 4

 

Nice strong lead for WCW in the ratings this week!

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WWF Raw results from this week

KOTR Quarter-Finals: Steve Austin defeated Savio Vega with the Stunner. (10:30) :*After the bout, Austin joined the commentary team for the next match.  This match debuted “Stone Cold” Steve Austin!

KOTR Quarter-Finals: Marc Mero (w/ Sable) defeated Owen Hart with a reverse victory roll.

Hunter Hearst Helmsley fought Aldo Montoya to a no contest when Jerry Lawler, anxious to show off the tactics he planned to use on the Ultimate Warrior at the King of the Ring, attacked Aldo before Helmsley made his entrance.

Jake Roberts defeated WWF IC Champion Goldust (w/ Marlena) via reverse decision.

 

I’m not going to lie…this really looks like a good card.  I kind of want to sit down and watch this one.  Especially since this is the debut of Stone Cold Steve Austin as opposed to The Ringmaster.

KoaNitro copyWelcome back, everyone, to the Internet’s one and only incredible journey through the world known as WCW Monday Nitro!  Join us as we work our way across the years and bear our ring toward the eventual Mount Doom that is March 21, 2001 and the final episode ever.  That’s still a long ways away, however, as tonight’s episode is from January 21st, 1996, and comes to us from Las Vegas,Nevada.  This is our “go-home” show for Clash of the Champions as there’s no PPV this month in WCW.

This show is coming to us from Caesar’s Palace!  Bobby Heenan is in a black shirt and blazer, Bischoff is in a red and orange Letterman’s jacket, apparently.  Mongo is in a full out tux, it seems.  The announcers are interrupted by Konnan, saying he will defend the Mexican Championship tomorrow against Psychosis.  The lucha libre invasion has arrived in WCW, ladies and gentlemen!

Macho Man’s music starts up and a parade of beautiful women make their way out towards Mean Gene.  Looks like someone hit the strip clubs and flashed a little cash.  One of them, however, is Woman (Nancy Sullivan/Benoit).  This is the only one that the announcers make a deal over.  Hulk Hogan runs out, wishing Savage luck and saying that when Savage wins the title, he wants the first shot then storms off.  Savage says “what it is is what it is,” and then says that first they have to “strip” Ric Flair of the title.  He really emphasizes the word strip, adding a bit more fuel to the comment I made earlier.

Match #1: WCW World Heavyweight Championship – “Macho Man” Randy Savage VS “The Nature Boy” Ric Flair (WCW Champion) w/ Jimmy Hart

Flair makes his entrance and makes a bee-line to Woman, grabbing her arm and starting to try to dance her away.  She slaps him for his trouble and Savage jumps him.  They brawl a bit on the floor, eventually making it into the ring.

Bischoff tells us that tomorrow night Hogan and Savage will have Kevin Greene from the Pittsburgh Steelers watching their back.  Heenan tells us that the Road Warriors are back together and Bischoff says we’ll see them tomorrow at the Clash.

We go to our first commercial break as Savage goes for a double axe handle off the top to the floor, but Savage moves out of the way and Savage eats the guardrail.

Our commercial is for WCW Magazine.  I miss WCW Magazine.  I’ve tried to find copies of it so that I can review them for the site, but unfortunately eBay feels that they’re worth $14.99 a pop and I don’t.  If anyone has them for a reasonable price or has PDF’s or something like that, please let me know.  I’d love to read along.

Coming back from break and Savage has the upper hand, sending Flair out of the ring and bouncing his head off of the guard rail on the outside.  In the ring Flair begs off as Savage starts hammering with rights.  Referee Randy Anderson stops Savage due to the closed fists, giving Flair an opening to get into the eyes of Savage.  He takes him down and wraps up the Figure 4, using the ropes for leverage.

Bischoff lets us know that the cat is out of the bag and tomorrow at the Clash Hogan and Savage will have Ms. Elizabeth in their corner!  Those of you who haven’t run across her, she was Savage’s manager/wife in WWF.

Flair is made to break up the Figure 4 due to him grabbing the ropes and he gets in the face of the referee, who shoves him back.  Savage goes after Flair, hitting three consecutive double axe handles from the top.  Savage goes for Jimmy Hart and out comes Arn Anderson.  Flair grabs Savage from behind and Anderson swings with the brass knucks but nails Flair hard.  Out comes Hogan, chasing off Arn Anderson, while Savage nails the flying elbow from the top.  While Savage is on the top rope, though, it sounds like the bell rings, calling the match off, but Savage pins Flair after the elbow and the referee counts three for the win.

Winner: “Macho Man” Randy Savage – New WCW Heavyweight Champion

Hogan is celebrating like crazy as the referee gets the belt and hands it to Savage.  I guess the bell ringing wasn’t the end of the match or a DQ like I thought it was.  Damn, I don’t remember this Savage title reign at all.  I have a feeling that bell is going to have something to do with this in the future, though.  Savage looks pissed and tells them to cut his music.  He tells Hogan that he’s jumping around and celebrating like he won the match himself.  He says no, HE won the match and HE’S the new champion!  Hogan says that he wants the first title shot and Savage says sure, he wants it right here in Caesar’s Palace.  He’s not Nick Bockwinkle, though, he’s just the Champ.  He says if Hogan can beat him, he’ll shake his hand.  If…and when…he beats Hogan, though, he wants Hogan to shake HIS hand.

We go to commercial break and come back for…

Match #2: Dean Malenko VS Brian Pillman

Haven’t seen Malenko in a while.  The match starts off with some back and forth, Malenko hitting a good hip toss and a drop kick but then Pillman’s mean streak takes over, slamming Malenko’s head into the mat and rubbing his face in it before hitting a hard vertical suplex.  The announcers put Pillman’s whole crazy gimmick over, talking about how he’s the thing that’s making the Horsemen come unglued.

Pillman slaps Malenko in the face and wakes the dragon as Malenko turns it on.  He whips Pillman into the corner and follows him in with a big clothesline before hitting him with a hard brainbuster.  It looks like Pillman was out but he kicks out at two and a half.  Malenko takes Pillman up top but Pillman comes back with a tornado DDT.  Malenko kicks Pillman in the gut and hits a Tiger Bomb for two, following with a drop kick that sends Pillman to the floor.  On the floor, Pillman gets the better of Malenko, taking him to the guardrail and sending him into the ring.  Pillman enters the ring and climbs up to the top and Malenko goes up after him, getting knocked down once but then sending him down.  Malenko hits Pillman with a gutbuster that gets a good reaction from the crowd and then goes for a knee lock but Pillman gets the ropes.

Pillman gets Malenko tied up in the ropes, his foot locked between the bottom two ropes and goes for the pin.  Nick Patrick, WCW’s worst referee ever, doesn’t check for the ropes despite the fact that Malenko is laying right beside them and counts the pin.  Seriously, if they’re that close, you check the ropes first.  That’s refereeing 101.  I’m telling you, I knew Patrick was terrible back when he was an nWo stooge, but this is bad.  He’s just plain terrible even without being a heel.

Winner: Brian Pillman

We go to commercial and come back to our WCW Saturday Night rundown.  Sting and Luger, Johnny B Badd VS Meng, American Males VS Harlem Heat and Ric Flair VS Alex Wright.  They make a big deal about whether or not Harlem Heat or Sting & Luger will be Tag Team Champions since that match is our…

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

Conspicuous by her absence is Sister Sherri.  Mongo says that they told her to take a hike.  I guess they’re not happy about her marrying their former manager tomorrow at the Clash.

Sting and Luger enter together as the announcers ask whether Luger has cost Sting the WCW World Championship twice now…at Starrcade and last week on Nitro.

We go to a quick commercial break for SuperBrawl on 2/11.

Our referee is Nick Patrick, yet again.  I just hate him so much now.  He’s got heel heat with me and he isn’t even a heel yet.

Luger and Stevie Ray start the match off and Stevie Ray hammers the crap out of Luger.  I liked Harlem Heat a lot.  You had Booker T, one of the most talented guys in the entire WCW locker room, along with Stevie Ray who was just a power house.

Luger gets the upper hand off of a Harlem Heat double-team and tags out to Sting, who gets both men into opposite corners and hits a total of four Stinger Splashes.  Sting starts to lock on the Scorpion Deathlock to Stevie Ray but Lex tries to get into the ring for some reason, distracting the ref, allowing Booker T to get a kick to the back of Sting’s head, breaking the hold.  Booker comes in and starts hammering on Sting, Lex in his corner trying to complain about it and just distracting the ref further.

Apparently Booker T is going to get a documentary DVD release later this year.  I’m excited about that.

Harlem Heat are beating Sting down and the crowd starts chanting for him so much that the hard camera starts shaking.  It was a weird visual but you could see it bouncing along with the “Let’s go Sting” chant.

Booker goes up top for my favorite of his moves, the Harlem Hangover, but Sting moves and Luger gets the hot tag.  Terrible ref doesn’t see it, though, and sends Luger back outside.  Jimmy Hart comes out and gives Sting something that he puts in his right hand, though, as Harlem Heat takes it to Sting on the outside.  Sting and Booker have a cross body collision that Sting gets the better of, and Sting can finally tag out.  Luger nails Booker T with a fist loaded with a roll of silver dollars and gets a pin.

Winners: Sting and Lex Luger – New WCW World Tag Team Champions!

The silver dollars exploded all over the ring and the replay shows that Patrick is looking right at them with no wonder about why there is suddenly change in the ring.  Sheesh.

Off to commercial and back again.

Match #4: One Man Gang (WCW United States Champion) vs Hulk Hogan

What the actual hell!?!?!?  Two weeks in a row that a match with the WCW World Championship…and on a week with TWO title matches…a NON-TITLE match with Hogan vs Random Dungeon of Doom Guy #41 gets the Main Event spot!!!!!!!  I’m starting to get to Derick levels of Hulk hatred here.  There is no sense in this!  This match isn’t even for the title because I have a feeling the US Championship was below Hogan in his mind.

Hogan bounces the One Man Gang around the ring for most of the match, cause Hogan, until OMG hits a few moves.  Of course, Hulk immediately Hulks up and puts a stop to that nonsense.

Bischoff asks what if Elizabeth has something going on with Ric Flair…effectively ruining any surprise when that happens.

Big boot, body slam, leg drop.

Winner: Hulk Hogan

Out comes Zodiac since it’s the Hogan show and his buddies gotta get some time.  Benoit comes out and eats a Hogan fist.  Anderson comes out and out comes Savage and the two of them clean house of the Horsemen/DoD.  Giant wants to come out and beat ass but OMG and Zodiac are keeping him out of the ring.  I wonder why they keep holding Giant back.  All 52 combined members of the DoD/Horsemen contention cower back to the back away from two old men in the ring.

Dear Lord, this angle runs until at least March…

Back in the ring, Hogan and Savage are with Mean Gene.  Hogan ways the One Man Gang was the first step and he will do whatever he can to get to the number one contender spot and have the match right here in Caesar’s Palace.  Um, Hogan, if the US Championship wasn’t below you, that would have given you a number one contender’s spot as the WCW US Champion gets an automatic WCW World Title shot.

Hogan says the “secret weapons” are going to help them destroy Flair and the Giant.  Of course, Bischoff ruined the surprises and Hogan then tells us who they were yet again.  It’s not a damn secret if you tell the opponents a day before the event.

We kick to the announcers who sell us on Clash of Champions.  Bobby goes off, storming off of the set saying that Mongo has interrupted him all night.  Bobby is giving Eric an earful as Eric closes out the show.

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Okay…I know that we here at Kick Out at 2 give Hulk Hogan a proverbial ton of crap.  However, it’s stuff like this that makes me feel he deserves it.  Two events in a row…TWO…where a garbage Hogan squash match was billed as more important than the WCW World Heavyweight Championship.  Last week it was bad…but this week, a week with TWO title changes, and they pull this.

The table is set for the Clash tomorrow, though.  We know the secret weapons.  We know the players.  Savage is now champion yet again.

That’s something that I was talking to my friend Jamie about last night…a friend that I hope to eventually have start doing some of these write ups…the things that I run across that I don’t remember.  I do not remember Savage getting another title win.  I thought Giant took it from Flair, who then loses it to Hogan…but apparently somewhere between now and then Fair gets it back, sending him to thirteen times.  That’s intriguing as I have no idea when that happens.  That’s the stuff I like doing this for…not just reliving the stuff I remember, but rediscovering the stuff I’ve forgotten.

That takes us out of this week of Nitro, ladies and gentlemen.  I’ll see you back here soon for Clash of the Champions!

-Shane

Ratings Breakdown

WWF Raw Ratings – 2.9

WCW Nitro Ratings – 2.7

(Raw – 9, Nitro – 8) (Tie Weeks – 2)

(Unopposed weeks – 2)

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

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

 

WWE wins this week, but I love that the two are pretty much neck and neck around this time.  That all changes very shortly, so it’s cool to see the rivalry pretty even at the moment.

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WWF Raw results from this week

Vader (w/ Jim Cornette) defeated Savio Vega (3:00)

Hunter Hearst Helmsley defeated Razor Ramon via count-out (8:01)

WWF World Champion Bret Hart defeated WWF IC Champion Goldust (w/ Marlena) (10:58)

 

Wow, Raw actually sounds pretty good tonight.  It also featured a Billionaire Ted skit, so we’re getting down into the mudslinging when it comes to the Monday Night War!