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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

But, Rey’s foot was on the ropes!

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

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

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

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

Ugh.

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

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

Winner: V.K. Wallstreet

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Konnan

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

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

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

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

Winner: Meng (via forfeit)

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

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

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

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

Winner: Madusa

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Eddie Guerrero (new Battle Bowl Champion)

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

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

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

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

Winner: The Giant

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winners: Harlem Heat (via DQ)

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

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

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

 

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

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

Anyway, on to the main event…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

Until next time, ladies and gentlemen!

Shane

 

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

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

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

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

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

WCW Hog Wild, live from Sturgis, SD!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Someone has a blow up sex doll in the crowd.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Scott Norton

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

“It’s on now.”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Draw (time limit)

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

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

Winner: Draw (time limit)

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

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

Winner: Chris Benoit

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

More beauty shots of Sturgis and the surrounding area.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Ric Flair (still WCW United States Champion)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winners: The Outsiders

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hogan Marcs Title With Spray

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

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

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

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

Shane