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GAB96It’s Pay Per View time once again, ladies and gentlemen out there in WCW world!  We’ve been building to it for a while and it’s finally here…the Great American Bash!  We open to a quick montage of promos for the big matches.  We get Heenan alone, looking a bit scared.  We get Mongo, Greene, and Savage.  We get Arn, Flair and the ladies.  We then finish off with Lex Luger saying he’s already got two titles, he’s coming after the third and then the rebuttal from The Giant.

From there, we go into the National Anthem and the presentation of the flag, which they’ve never done before in the PPVs that I’ve been watching.  I guess since it’s the Great AMERICAN Bash, that’s why.  Sgt. Craig Pittman is the man presenting the colors.  We go to our announce team of Tony Schiavone and Dusty Rhodes.  We’re minus Bobby Heenan due to him being the “coach” of the Horsemen team tonight.  They open the show running down some of the issues we’ll see tonight, including telling us that we’ll find out if WCW will accept the challenge from Hall and Nash.  Of course, they’ve yet to be named, so they’re still just referred to in a roundabout way.

Tony tells us that Dick Murdock has died recently. Dusty says that he would have loved a night like tonight when you can smell a fight in the air.  Odd to see Dusty talking about his departed best friend just a month or so after his own death.

Match #1: Fire & Ice VS The Steiner Brothers – There Must Be a Winner

These two teams have apparently been having a lot of matches on Saturday Nights where there hasn’t been definitive winners, bringing us this match.  The only one I know of is the Monday Night match from a few weeks back, which makes me sad that I don’t have access to Saturday Night.

Scott and Ice Train start off, looking pretty even until Scott gets a quick burst off offense, bringing in Norton, who gets a hip toss.  This brings in Rick Steiner and the Steiners hit their classic pose while Fire & Ice regroup on the outside.  After regrouping, both teams tag out and we get Norton vs Rick.  Rick hits a massive Steinerline and follows with a belly-to-belly suplex before tagging out to Scott.  Norton sends Scott to the ropes and surprises him with a massive Samoan drop.  Damn, I love a Samoan drop.  This derails Steiner enough for Norton to tag back out to Ice Train, who takes over, getting a two count out of a side belly-to-belly suplex.

We get our first inclinations of heelishness out of one of our teams when Norton attacks a downed Scott Steiner while the referee is distracted.  Until this point, Fire & Ice had been presented as a babyface team, so it’s interesting to see a heel move there.  Of course, Norton does come across as the more heelish of the two, so it kind of works.

Scott comes back with an overhead suplex and a Steinerline to Ice Train.  He tags out to Norton and Steiner gets an ugly suplex and dumps Norton on his head.  Norton and Ice Train do come back and begin to control the match, though, with quick tags.  Norton picks Scott Steiner up and drops him hard with a shoulder breaker, but instead of going for a pin like normal, he goes for a submission.  Rick comes in and starts kicking Norton in the face to get him to break up the hold, but Norton refuses to release, even after five or six kicks.  Norton gets another shoulder breaker, but Rick was able to tag in.  He Steinerlines Norton hard, then dumps him with a German suplex.  He follows up with a Steinerline/suplex combo to Ice Train as well before going back to Norton.  Ice Train sends Scott to the floor and they hit a powerbomb/splash combo bit the pin is broken up by Scott.  They send Scott back outside and attempt a Doomsday Device but Scott Steiner is able to knock Ice Train off the top rope.  The Steiners get their top rope bulldog off of Scott’s shoulders, but Ice Train breaks it up at two.  Scott hits Norton with a bad looking Frankensteiner for the win.

Winners: The Steiner Brothers

Another good match between these two.  I just wish Scott could have hit that Frankensteiner better, though.  I love that move and I hate seeing it messed up.

We go to the back with Mean Gene, Jimmy Hart and Kevin Sullivan.  Jimmy tells Sullivan that they don’t need to be messing with the Horsemen.  Sullivan says this isn’t about the Horsemen.  This is about showing Arn Anderson and Ric Flair that Benoit doesn’t deserve to be a Horseman.  He says he ran off the last guy who didn’t deserve to be a Horsemen and he’ll do the same to Benoit, and he’ll do it for Double A.

Match #2: WCW United States Championship: El Gato VS Konnan (WCW United States Champion)

El Gato looks like he’s wearing a pair of black dress slacks and a Tiger Mask mask.  This guy is a superstar?  Konnan comes out with the US title as well as the Mexican Championship.  He’s also wearing the Mexican flag as a poncho.

I can’t tell if El Gato is Mexican or Japanese.

We get a volley of armdrags followed each time by El Gato adjusting his mask and going into a martial arts pose.  Konnan connects with a nice flippy armdrag off of the ropes, then charges El Gato and they have an awkward exchange ending with Konnan sitting on the top rope.  El Gato goes to setup for a movie but Konnan pulls him down to the mat by his mullet.  Granted, El Gato is under a mask, so I don’t know for certain it’s a mullet…but this guy is so bad thus far that I’m going to go ahead and call it a mullet.

Konnan comes off the Irish whip and attempts a Frankensteiner but El Gato does his first good move and drops him with a sitout powerbomb.  El Gato and Konnan trade crappy looking arm and leg holds before Konnan whips El Gato to the corner, does a reverse roll and a weird looking bulldog.  Konnan does his rolling clothesline, which I always like, but El Gato kicks out at one.  Konnan goes to the floor, El Gato tries to do a baseball slide dropkick but Konnan moves and El Gato simply slides out of the ring and hits the floor.  They go to move back into the ring and Konnan surprises El Gato with a sunset flip powerbomb to the floor.  Konnan whips El Gato to the corner, El Gato tries to jump backwards out of it but Konnan catches him and Alabama Slams him for the win.

Winner: Konnan (still WCW US Champion)

Wow…this was bad.  Konnan has yet to impress me during this run and El Gato looks like a guy that they just grabbed from backstage.  This was bad.

Backstage, Mean Gene is joined by Sting and they talk about Lord Steven Regal being prissy and a sissy, drinking his tea with a little pinky out.  Sting questions his masculinity through most of the promo, saying he’s a little “iffy,” and that he’s “not too sure about him.”  Damn, Stinger, just come out and call him gay already…we know that’s what you’re hinting at.

Match #3: Battle Bowl Ring on the line – Diamond Dallas Page (Lord of the Ring) VS Marcus Alexander Bagwell

DDP says that once the women in Baltimore get a load of him, they’ll forget all about “Carl” Ripken.  Ugh.  Man, it takes Page a while to really get running, doesn’t it?

Bagwell hits the ring running but Page takes the low road and comes from behind him while Bagwell has his back turned.  Bagwell is able to pull him to the floor and whips him into the crowd.  Page gets into the ring first and cuts Bagwell off when he enters.  Bagwell gets a two count off of a crossbody block and starts working the arm.  Tony gives us a bit of history of Page and his fall and subsequent rise back to the ranks of WCW.

Bagwell sends Page to the ropes, but Page grabs the ropes with his arms and legs, hanging between the top and second rope.  Bagwell dropkicks him in the gut through the ropes and follows with a dive over the top to the floor.  Marcus goes up top but Page is able to knock him off the top rope and take over.

Bagwell fires back while Page is jawjacking with the crowd. Page goes to punt Bagwell but Buff-to-be moves and Page eats the mat.  Bagwell hits an atomic drop and a revere atomic drop, then they do this thing where Page kicks, Buff grabs his leg, spins him, ducks under a clothesline, then clotheslines Page himself…when he could have just pulled Page’s leg and clotheslined him from there.  Really some odd wasted movement that could have been way better by just clotheslining him right off.  DDP gets his own clothesline and tries to get a pin twice with his legs on the ropes.  He tosses Bagwell to the ropes and goes for a tilt-a-whirl slam but Buff gets him in a headscissors.  Bagwell goes for a suplex, DDP grabs the ropes to stop it and then hits the Diamond Cutter for the win.

Winner: Diamond Dallas Page (still possesses the Battle Bowl Ring)

We go backstage with Mean Gene, Jimmy Hart, and The Giant.  Mean Gene asks Jimmy about his alliance with both The Giant and Lex Luger.  Jimmy gives a non-answer, saying everyone’s worried about it, but Jimmy isn’t.  Jimmy irritates me.  He’s stuck in the 1980s and he really sticks out like a sore thumb in these interviews.  Giant cuts a promo talking about all the stuff he’s done to Luger and his buddies, puts down the Torture Rack and puts over the choke slam.  Gene says that Luger may use the choke slam and his memories of being choke slammed to fuel him in this match.  Giant says he should be scared and they leave it at that.

Match #4: WCW Cruiserweight Championship: Rey Mysterio, Jr. VS “The Man of 1,000 Holds” Dean Malenko (WCW Cruiserweight Champion)

Rey comes out to no fanfare, which is going to change very quickly.  It’s interesting to see Rey not get any real pop, since from the moment I saw him, he was very popular.  Of course, this is his first match in WCW, so he’s essentially an unknown (despite spending a little time in ECW before this).

Mike Tenay joins the commentary booth since we’re watching a huge international star.  Glad he came out here instead of for El Gato.

Match starts with a feeling out process, with some arm wrenches, reversals, etc.

I apologize if this match writeup is lacking because I have a feeling a lot of this is going to be hard to transcribe.

20130205_Playlist_JPGGreat volley of moves from Rey springing from the mat to Dean’s shoulders and then getting a quick sunset flip powerbomb that Dean rolls out of and then slingshots Rey to the outside.  Dean heads outside to get Rey but Rey slides quickly back into the ring.  Dean begins attacking the arm and slowing the pace down a bit.  Dean applies an armbar and holds it for a bit until Rey is able to escape by getting to the ropes.  Rey heads to the floor, but Dean wraps his arm in the guardrail and kicks it, further injuring it.

Back in the ring, Rey is in a knuckle lock but walks up the ropes and hits a dropkick.  He charges into the corner and trying to hit a hurracanrana, but Dean pushes him off and Rey flips to his feet to be met with a devastating clothesline from Dean,

Mike tells us that Eddie Guerrero defeated Jushin Liger to win the Super J Cup in NJPW this year.

Dean hits a beautiful hammerlock northern lights suplex, which is the first time I’ve ever seen a move like that.  Dean is soooo good.  It’s too bad he doesn’t have much of a personality, though, or he could have been a big star.  That being said, I am suddenly reminded of the Dean Malenko they tried out in WWF where he was a ladies man, and I’m a bit more okay with his Ice Man, no personality, character that I was at the beginning of this paragraph.

Dean has been controlling this match for a good while now, controlling the arm of Rey Jr.  Dean pulls Rey back into a Romero Special, then drops it and goes into a bridging pin for two.

Rey is able to reverse an Irish whip and send Malenko to the floor.  He hits a springboard somersault to the floor, jumping PAST the mats and taking Malenko down on the concrete and it gets a huge pop.  Back in the ring, Rey gets a springboard dropkick for two and the crowd is now firmly behind Mysterio.  Rey reverses two more moves into near falls, then goes out to the apron and gets a top rope Frankensteiner for two.  Now it’s easy to see why Rey Jr became such a big deal.  We haven’t seen wrestling like this before in WCW.  He goes up top, but Dean follows, and it seems like Dean is trying to do his top rope gutbuster, but Rey turns it into another top rope Frankensteiner.  Dean tries a tilt-a-whirl slam but Rey reverses it into a crossbody block for another two count.  Rey rushes Dean and tries another Frankensteiner, but Dean reverses into a powerbomb and a pin with his feet on the ropes for the win.

Winner: Dean Malenko (still WCW Cruiserweight Champion)

x240-UkZThis was a great match.  The finish worked well, too.  The story of the match was that Dean could barely control Rey, so when Rey got on a roll, Dean did what he needed to do to win the match.  The crowd loved Rey, so this will definitely be a rivalry for the summer if they keep following through with it.

We go to the backstage area with Mean Gene and Lex Luger.  Luger cuts a really subdued promo on The Giant.  He says his mind isn’t on the interview and he’s only there out of respect to WCW and Mean Gene.  He says he’s thinking about the match and that’s where his focus is.

Match #5: Big Bubba w/ Jimmy Hart VS John Tenta

Jimmy and Bubba come out with what we are to believe is John Tenta’s hair.  Why they still have this is beyond me.  It’s also kinda nasty, if you think about it.

Tenta comes out to no music and no crowd reaction.  Listening to Kevin Sullivan’s podcast, they were really trying to get Tenta over on his own but it’s not happening.

The two start brawling on the floor before the match.  Jimmy is running around holding scissors, and I can only assume that’s not safe at all.

Big Bubba goes down and pulls something out of his pants, nails Tenta with it with an uppercut, then throws it to Jimmy Hart.  Bubba covers and gets two.  Bubba kicks Tenta, who grabs his foot and then is hit with a surprising enziguri from Big Bubba.  Bubba goes for a cover with his feet on the ropes but referee Nick Patrick realizes it at two.  Tenta goes for a scoop slam and then falls down so Bubba can cover him for two again.  Bubba then starts trying to get his hands in Tenta’s mouth, apparently.  I have no idea what was happening there, but it looked like Bubba was trying to force Tenta’s mouth open.

Dusty keeps calling Bubba “Bubber” and it’s annoying.  I wish Heenan was there, as I feel he would make a “Bubber” VS “Blubber” joke.

Bubba controls the match some more and then gets a big belly-to-back suplex.  Bubba goes to the top rope and dives off, but Tenta catches him and powerslams him for the win while Jimmy Hart is dancing on the apron.

Winner: John Tenta

Tenta grabs the scissors from Hart and goes to cut Jimmy’s hair, but Bubba charges them, Tenta moves, and Bubba hits Hart.  Tenta cuts a bit of hair from the goatee of Big Bubba as the heels retreat.  This match was terrible, and Big Bubba controlled every bit of it, which is dumb booking if they’re trying to get Tenta over.

Backstage, Mean Gene has Mongo, Kevin Greene, and their wives.  They cut a quick promo and in comes Macho Man, in ring gear for some reason.  Of course, every time we see Savage, he’s in ring gear…even coming into the arena.  I’m going with the idea that Savage is just ALWAYS in gear.  He cuts a promo, fires everyone up and they all head out to the ring.

Match #6: Falls Count Anywhere: “The Crippler” Chris Benoit VS “Taskmaster” Kevin Sullivan

During the entrances, Tony brings up the point that this feud is interesting because of how Arn Anderson seems to be siding more with Kevin Sullivan than he is fellow Horseman, Benoit.

Sullivan makes a beeline for the ring, walking with a purpose, but Benoit meets him halfway with a clothesline.  They starts brawling immediately, slamming each other into the guardrail, then the ring apron, the steel steps…

Benoit chops Sullivan three times, but Sullivan no-sells all three and the two of them brawl into the crowd.  They punch and slap each other as they brawl up the steps and head out into the concession area.  They brawl into the men’s room, Sullivan slamming Benoit into the stall doors, then slamming the door on Benoit’s head a few times.  You see the crowd start to spill into the bathroom on the opposite sides with just Randy Anderson and Doug Dillinger to try to stop them.  Sullivan slams Benoit’s head in the door another time for good measure, then double stomps him on the bathroom floor.  Benoit starts teeing off on Sullivan’s head with big right hands, but Sullivan is able to break it off, attempting to put Benoit’s head in the urinal.  Benoit fights that off, slams Sullivan’s head in the door, then they slam each other into the wall.

Dusty goes nuts when a woman appears in the men’s room.

Sullivan slams Benoit’s head into the metal door of the utility closet, then slams Benoit with a plastic bag full of toilet paper.  Benoit tries to suffocate Sullivan with the plastic bag, then they start brawling out into the hallway again, with tons of people lining the way and making it hard for security to keep the crowd from the wrestlers.

Sullivan pushes Benoit down the steps and Benoit takes a spill for about ten steps or so before Sullivan picks him up and tosses him down a few more.  Sullivan stomps Benoit in the crotch for good measure.  Benoit gets back to his feet and starts firing off rights again as they hit the arena floor.  They begin to trade blows at the guardrail, then Sullivan picks Benoit up and crotches him on the steel guardrail and clotheslines him off.  Sullivan grabs a chair and throws it at Benoit’s head.  Benoit returns the previous favor and crotches Sullivan on the guardrail, then goes under the ring for a table.  Benoit seems to have some trouble getting the table from under the ring, so he whips Sullivan into the guardrail and then tosses him into the crowd.

Benoit is able to get the table, finally, and tosses it into Sullivan to buy some more time.  Benoit gets the table into the ring and sets it up in the corner.  Sullivan whips Benoit into the table, tries to jump into Benoit, but Benoit moves and Sullivan hits the table.  Benoit bridges the table over the top ropes in the corner.  Sullivan backdrops Benoit onto the table, then follows him up.  Benoit stands, pulls Sullivan to the top and hits a superplex off of the table for the win.

Winner: Chris Benoit

“He didn’t win, he survived!” – Tony Schiavone

Benoit slaps Sullivan around for a bit more, and out comes Arn Anderson.  Anderson pulls Benoit off of Sullivan forcefully and Benoit gets in his face.  Anderson motions for him to hold on a moment, then Anderson punts Sullivan and the crowd erupts as Benoit and Anderson double team Sullivan.  Out comes the Dungeon of Doom, but the Horsemen retreat, arms in the air, 4 fingers held high!

Good match, brutal and violent, and put the Horsemen back together with Benoit firmly cemented.  This is basically Benoit’s real “introduction” into the Horsemen, since we haven’t really seen him be too involved since he became one.  I like it.

We go back to Mean Gene, who is in the locker room alone with Woman and Liz.  I’m going to set a timer to see how long it takes Gene to make an inappropriate or sexually suggestive comment.

In comes Double A and Ric Flair.  Arn brings in Benoit.  Arn says there have been wannabes who have wanted to be Horsemen, but they’re out of here.  He says Benoit proved himself as a Horseman.  Arn says Benoit severed the head of the snake and earned his stripes.  He says that the Horsemen and the DoD are now officially at war.  Benoit says he warned Sullivan not to mess with the Horsemen.

“Football players…you want a visual aid?  You just got it!” – Arn Anderson

Flair puts over everyone, ending with Bobby Heenan.  Heenan says that Gene has been insinuating that Heenan is terrified about Macho Man, Heenan says he’s not scared.

“There’s a lot of things that Macho Man would like to do that he can’t do anymore.  Right, Liz?  Wooooo!” – Ric Flair

They finish their promo and head out.  Damn, I loved this!  Benoit legitimized as a Horseman, Flair’s final line…damn, I loved this!

Match #7: Lord Steven Regal w/ Jeeves VS Sting

Sting starts off strong with a right hand and then more chops and punches in the corner before sending Regal to the floor.  He sends him to the guardrail and then back body drops him as Regal makes a rush at him.  Back in ring, Regal nails a quick succession of European uppercuts, rocking Sting and sending him to the mat.  Sting comes back with a Japanese armdrag off of an Irish whip and Regal heads to the floor to jaw with the crowd in the front row.

Coming back into the ring, Regal apologizes for the slap and offers his hand to Sting.  Sting shakes his pelvis at Regal and then acts like he’s about to charge, freaking Regal out for a few moments.  It was a very weird exchange, honestly.

x240-l4nRegal takes over with a full nelson until Sting breaks out and is able to get a sunset flip.  Regal overacts fighting to stay standing during this way too much.  I really like Regal, but this match he’s looking like a bit of a buffoon when WCW should be using this to make him an uppercarder.  Regal ties Sting up in a side headlock and fires off a European uppercut and some punches again, then does this weird dance around to celebrate.  I’ve never seen Regal act this weird.

Tony reminds us of the two matches Regal had with the Belfast Brawler at Uncensored and the next night on Nitro, and I am immediately wishing for THAT Regal to show up in this match.  That Regal, against Sting, would be amazing.

Regal has been controlling this match basically since right after Sting’s opening attack.  It really is interesting that Regal never really made it out of the midcard.  He’s super charismatic. He’s a great wrestler.  He could have been the total package, honestly.  Maybe it’s due to the silliness in this match that he never got taken seriously.  Yeah, that’s what I’m going to go with.  It’s the ONLY explanation I can offer as to why he shouldn’t be a megastar and former World Champion.

Sting sends Regal into the corner, Regal jumps out and eats an awesome Sting dropkick and then two running clotheslines!  Sting goes up top but Regal follows him with a dangerous looking top rope butterfly suplex for two.  Regal follows with the Regal Stretch right in the center of the WCW crosshairs.  For some reason, Regal just lets go and stands up because Sting hasn’t given up in ten seconds.  Damn, Regal, just stay in the thing until he does!

Regal backs Sting into the corner and fires off chops and punches, which shows Regal hasn’t watched too many Sting matches.  Sting gets pissed off and starts firing off punches.  By this point, Sting’s facepaint is completely gone, which is actually pretty cool.  I almost would have liked to see Sting start wrestling without the facepaint as it’s an interesting look, truthfully.  Sting goes for a Stinger Splash but Regal gets his knees up.  Sting is able to take Regal down with a backdrop as Regal comes out of the corner.  He locks on the Scorpion Deathlock for the win.

Winner: Sting

Tony sends us to a promo for Bash at the Beach, coming up in three weeks (AKA whenever I am able to actually get to the thing).

Match #8: Grudge Match: “Nature Boy” Ric Flair and “The Enforcer” Arn Anderson w/ Bobby “the Brain” Heenan, Woman & Ms. Elizabeth VS Kevin Greene & Steve “Mongo” McMichael w/ “Macho Man” Randy Savage, Debra McMichael, Tara Greene & Pepe

During the entrances, Flair and Anderson keep turning around and looking to the entrance for Heenan, but he is finally introduced on his own at the very end of the Horsemen entrance.

Mongo & Greene apparently get their own WCW entrance music.  I couldn’t tell exactly what it was saying, but I did make out something about “WCW tag team” and “Mongo and Kevin Greene.”

Tony tells us that due to requests from the fans of WCW, tomorrow we will see Macho Man reinstated into WCW.

Greene & Mongo start off doing dropdown drills before we start off the match with Mongo and Double A.  Tony calls Mongo & Greene the “athletes of the 90s.” Tony lays down some foreshadowing here when he talks about asking why Mongo finished his career with the Green Bay Packers when they’re the rivals of the Chicago Bears, which is the team Mongo is most associated with.  Mongo’s answer?  Money.  Remember that, folks.

Mongo’s first offensive move is a clothesline from a three point stance.  This is preceded and followed by a lot of standing around and posing.  Mongo and Double A both go down into three point stances again, but when Mongo charges, Arn drops him with a drop toehold and an elbow to the back of the head.  Mongo does surprise Double A with a fling shoulder block from the second rope, though.  Arn and Greene stomp Arn until he’s able to escape the ring, but he’s then punched by Macho Man.  Bobby hits the apron to complain but is chased off by Savage.

After some more gaga, Mongo tags out to Kevin Greene.  Greene does some drop down drills in the middle of the ring for no damn reason, but it fires up the crowd.  Double A tags out to Flair, who comes in stylin’ and profilin’.  Flair wants to get down in three point stance, Greene goes down and Flair stomps him in the top of the head.  He backs Greene into the corner and hits some chops, but Greene shoves him off and shoulder blocks Flair out of his boots.  Arn comes in and gets some of the same. Flair hits the ground and heads to the back as Kevin Greene starts strutting in the ring.  Macho Man nails Flair from behind and sends him back into the ring into the waiting arms of Kevin Greene.  Greene whips him into the far ropes, body drops him, then hits a pair of flying clotheslines before tagging out to Mongo.  Flair runs to Double A, but Mongo rushes Arn and cuts off the tag.  Flair begs off, then finds his confidence, wooo’s, and tries a shoulder block and eats canvas twice as a result.  Flair lures Mongo into the corner and kicks him in the gut.  He follows with a chop and Mongo channels the Stinger, no-sells them, asks for more, fires up and chases Flair into the opposite corner for a trifecta of chops and a hiptoss.

Flair is finally able to cut Mongo off with a thumb to the eyes, then, as usual, forgets he’s Ric Flair and goes up top.  Mongo sends him crashing off the top and then applies the Figure 4 to Ric Flair.  Arn rushes in, Kevin Greene meets him with a shoulder block and applies his own Figure 4 to Arn!  Woman rakes the eyes of Mongo, breaking up that hold, and all four of the women get in each other’s faces as Woman and Liz back Debra & Tara towards the entrance.

Flair breaks Double A out of the Figure 4 he’s in and then Arn and Mongo get into it, despite the fact that Arn never got tagged in.  Nice heel tactics to use the confusion to their advantage.  Arn tags Flair in and he kicks Mongo in the gut and then chops him, punches him in the gut and sends him to the floor to the waiting boots of Arn Anderson.  Macho Man chases Arn off, but like Dusty says, it’s too late, the damage has been done.  Flair sends Mongo to the floor and, as he casually walks by, Heenan gets a kick in on Mongo.  Savage chases him off and rolls Mongo back into the ring.  Mongo is throttling Flair but the referee’s back is turned and Flair gets in a low blow, followed by a knee drop before tagging out to Arn.  Arn comes in with a kick to the lower abdomen and a choke on the second rope to Mongo.

Arn and Flair double suplex Mongo and both go to choke him, but Greene comes in to knock Arn off of the pile. Flair sends Mongo to the corner but Mongo comes out with a nice hook clothesline.  Flair tags out to Arn, who comes in with a stomp to Mongo.  Arn goes for a clothesline, Mongo ducks, atomic drops Arn and sends him into an incoming Flair, and is finally able to get a very weak hot tag to Greene.  Greene comes in with two low tackles to Arn, a powerslam and a backdrop to Flair, but he doesn’t follow up any of his moves with a cover.  Greene sends Flair to the corner, Flair flips over it, runs down the apron into an awaiting big boot from Mongo.  Greene suplexes Flair back into the ring but again doesn’t capitalize with a cover, so Arn comes in with a chop block and takes out Greene.  Flair and Arn double team him, cutting off the tag, and Flair goes for a Figure 4 but is rolled up by Greene for two.  Greene applies a side headlock but Arn drops him with a knee breaker and then finally locks in the Figure 4 well into the Horsemen territory.  Arn is helping Flair add leverage to the Figure 4, but is attacked by Macho Man.  This brings out Benoit and Savage is double teamed by Arn and Benoit.

We cut to the entry way and out comes Debra McMichael, dressed in a beautiful pink dress, flanked by Woman and Liz.  She’s holding a silver briefcase and approaches her husband, opening the briefcase to reveal a Horseman shirt and a lot of cash.  Greene reaches out for the tag, Mongo shuts the briefcase and nails Greene with it.  Flair covers for the win.

Winners: Ric Flair and Arn Anderson

After the match, Mongo gets in Savage’s face and Savage is attacked from behind by Flair.  The Horsemen, a true foursome now, attack the downed Savage.  Mongo puts on the Horsemen shirt, shakes hands with Flair and Arn, and the Horsemen celebrate in the ring with the ladies and Heenan.

Tony reiterates the story about why Mongo jumped ship to the Packers for money, making sure we know that Mongo is a sellout.

I’ve given Mongo a lot of shit in the past about being a bad Horseman, but after this match, I’m honestly not against it.  I like it.  I’m interested to see Mongo’s wrestling career in this new light.

Tony sends us to Eric Bischoff at the entry way and says we’re going to hear about the attacks on WCW.  Bischoff mentions the “interruptions” starting on 5/27, and says that he mentioned last week that WCW would give them an answer.  He doesn’t call them by name, saying “I know who they are” and calls them out.  Out comes Hall and Nash to the stage.

The two flank Bischoff.  Bischoff says he’s got some questions that need to be resolved.  He says he was in the WCW offices, says if they want a war in the ring, they’re going to get it.  Hall says “they fell into the trap, big man!”  Bischoff says it’ll be at Bash at the Beach, in July, in Daytona.  Hall says he’s free.

Bischoff asks if they work for the WWF.  Both men say no.  Hall says to forget about the past.  They’re here now.  He wants to know who the three men are.  Is it the Macho Man?  The “Huckster?”  Hall says the “big man” and the “medium size man,” and their surprise buddy will carve WCW up.  Hall asks for the three men, Bischoff says he’ll tell them tomorrow on Nitro.  Hall says you don’t jack them around, punches Bischoff in the gut, and turns him to Kevin Nash who jackknife powerbombs him off of the stage.  Hall grabs the mic and says “the real big boys…they just left the building.”

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This is probably the biggest image of the invasion (before Bash at the Beach) outside of Hall arriving the first night.  Bischoff had only been an announcer at this point.  We didn’t even know he ran WCW right now unless you read the dirtsheets, but now these outsiders have attacked an announcer.  They’ve set this up so nicely thus far.  I can’t wait for the Bash!

We go back to Tony and Dusty, and Tony looks concerned and goes off camera, leaving Dusty alone.  Dusty cuts a promo on the Outsiders, saying that WCW will be ready.  He mentions McMichaels and the Horsemen again, then sends it off to Michael Buffer, after mistakenly sending it to David Penzer.

Match #9: WCW World Heavyweight Championship Match: “The Total Package” Lex Luger (WCW Television and Tag Team Champion) VS The Giant (WCW World Heavyweight Champion) w/ Jimmy Hart

Luger stops during his entrance and checks on Bischoff.  This is actually a bit more of a babyface move than Luger has been pulling off recently, which is interesting.

There is also no ring announcing during the entrances.  Buffer waits until they’re in the ring.  I was starting to wonder if they had forgot.

Luger starts the match off running towards Giant, but eats a big boot and some stomps for his trouble.  Luger fires back, clotheslining Giant and sending him out of the ring.  Giant pulls Lex out of the ring, press slams him and sends him back between the second and top rope.  Luger tees off on the Giant as he tries to get into the ring, kicking and punching him.  Luger has Giant staggered, then dives off of the second rope into what I can assume will be a sleeper, but he doesn’t get it, then has to jump back up and apply the sleeper.  Giant backs Lex into the corner where Jimmy Hart is poised to strike with the megaphone.  As Hart draws back, out comes Sting.  He grabs the megaphone and chases Jimmy to the back.

Giant is able to get Luger off of him, tying him in the tree of woe and kicking him in the gut, eliciting the loudest grunts from Luger imaginable.  Luger is a lot like Foley in that he yells and grunts with each move, offensive and defensive.  Giant chokes him with his boot in the corner and yells at Nick Patrick for trying to break it up.  Giant sends Luger to the corner and drops him with a backbreaker and then pushes down on Luger across his knee.  Giant keeps on Luger’s back with a surfboard.  Luger tries a bodyslam but Giant is too much and Luger crashes to the mat.

There is an interesting spot where Luger is on the apron, Giant rushes trying to knock him off, and Luger ducks, pulling down the top rope.  This would normally result in Giant tumbling to the floor, but Giant takes the ropes gut first and bounces back.  I don’t’ know if Giant didn’t know what he was supposed to do, or if he just called an audible.  Lex jumps into the ring with a dropkick and then staggers Giant, sending him down to one knee at one point, then in the corner.  Giant goes to splash Luger in the corner, but Luger moves and Giant ends up laying on the top ropes in the corner.  Luger kicks him a few times, turning him from his stomach to his back, and then Luger picks up The Giant in the Torture Rack.  Giant’s weight seems to finally be too much and Luger crashes down, Giant dropping on top of him.  It was actually really convincing looking.  Giant picks Luger up, chokeslam, and the win.

Winner: The Giant (still WCW World Heavyweight Champion)

Tony tells us that we’ll have the information about the Bash at the Beach as well as the information about Eric Bischoff on Nitro tomorrow and then sends us off the air.

 

Honestly, pretty humdrum PPV until the last half.  Mysterio made a nice debut and had a great match with Malenko, one I know for a fact we’ll see in three weeks at the Bash at the Beach.  Benoit and Sullivan ignited their war and a war between factions and cemented himself as a true Horseman.  Mongo was added to the Horsemen in what was actually a really good match and a really cool ending.  Sure, they had to have Savage and Heenan and the ladies out there to cover for the shortcomings of the two football players, but I liked the way it played out, especially bookended by Tony talking about Mongo leaving to Green Bay for money.  It gave us a reason for him joining the Horsemen out of nowhere and made him an instant heel.

The Outsiders taking out Bischoff is one of those moments that will be burned into my memory.  I didn’t get to see it live…this is actually the first time I’ve watched this PPV, but I remember seeing it on Nitro and actually being shocked by it.  I wasn’t used to wrestlers beating up announcers.  It just wasn’t done.  I can’t wait until they get into the stuff over the next few weeks, including jumping everyone backstage and ruining Nitro in a few weeks.

The Main Event was whatever and if it hadn’t featured the Championship, I would have argued that the football match should have gone on last.

We’ll be back soon with a recap of Nitro on the following night as we march towards Bash at the Beach as well as towards finally catching up.  You’re going to be hearing from Derick and Phillip over the next few weeks, so get ready for that!

Until next time, WCW fans!

Shane

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Konnan (still WCW United States Champion)

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

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

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

Anyway…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: The Belfast Bruiser by Disqualification

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

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

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

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

We go from there to match #3.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Col. Robert Parker

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: The Booty Man

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

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

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

We go from there to our next match.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winners: Sting & Booker T

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Uncensored Logo

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

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

Until next time, wrestling fans!

Shane

KoaNitro copyHello, everyone, and welcome back to another edition of Kick Out at Nitro, the Internet’s favorite WCW retrospective as voted by our moms.  Today we’re taking a look at the March 18th episode of Nitro, the go-home show to WCW UnCensored.

The show starts off with a bang with The Giant and Loch Ness beating down each other in the entrance way.  This is interesting as Nitro has NEVER started off already in progress like this.  Bischoff tells us that we’re supposed to see Loch Ness VS Lex Luger but Giant is out beating the crap out of Loch Ness while Jimmy Hart cheers on.  Luger’s music starts up and Luger nonchalantly walks out and poses with his two title belts, totally ignoring the bedlam on his right.  He walks by, nods at it, and walks off lifting his belts and smirking.  This was awesome.  I’m loving Luger here recently, as I’ve stated multiple times over the last few weeks, but him no-selling this and just posing was awesome.

Match #1: Loch Ness VS “The Total Package” Lex Luger

Referee Randy Anderson starts the count, counting Loch Ness out.

Winner: Lex Luger via count out

Luger celebrates like he just won the title.  Jimmy Hart runs into the ring and jumps into Luger’s arms, but Luger shrugs him off and looks to still not be all about celebrating with Hart.  The announcers are giving Luger crap and Luger comes up to the announce booth, saying he just won WCW’s shortest title defense ever.  He tells Mongo this is like a football game ending on the coin toss.  Luger looks for a high five from Mongo but gets nothing.  Bobby Heenan is happy to oblige, however.

Bischoff tells us that we’ll get a replacement match and we go to commercial.

Back from commercial break we hear the voice of Tony Schiavone, which threw me off a bit since we never hear Tony on non-PPVs.  Tony brings out Hulk Hogan and Randy Savage.  Tony says that the Mega Powers are on a roll, not only in tonight’s Texas Tornado tag team match, but that Savage will also be in the Doomsday Cage Match.  Tony says that Hogan announced this last week on Nitro, but that didn’t happen.  Hogan & Savage cut a promo on the match, including Hogan saying that the good thing about the match is that “no stinkin’ titles are on the line.”  Um…you mean that title you have been bitching about for three months now, Hogan?

Out of nowhere, this promo really seemed out of place.  I don’t know if that’s 2015 me looking at it through an awkward lense or if it really seems out of place in the context…but it really just came across as hokey out of nowhere and not reflective of WCW at the time.  It stuck out as really 80’s WWF to me…which is what it was…and that just didn’t play right in my mind.

We go to another quick break and back to…

Match #2: Public Enemy VS The Steiner Brothers

“Here’s the story of two brothers, Rick and Scott…”  WCW’s music was so silly at times.  Although, Steinerized always had a place on my PS3 and in my WWE games every single year.  The Steiners are my absolute favorite tag team of all time so there’s going to be a lot of fanboy gushing over the next few months.

Bischoff starts off telling us that there won’t be any textbook wrestling in this match, however, the match starts with some decent chain wrestling from Scotty Steiner and Rocco Rock.  Steiner gets a good tilt-a-whirl slam and a gorilla press, showing us how freakishly strong he is.

Bischoff randomly tells us that Dennis Rodman just got suspended for six games and fined for using a headbutt, so he must be getting ready for UnCensored.  He says maybe we’ll see Rodman hooking up with Hogan at the PPV!  Oddly enough, he’s right…just a little over a year too early.  Rodman starts showing up around this time next year.  We also find out that Sting will be joined by Booker T against the Road Warriors at the Chicago Street Fight on Sunday.

This has been a really good match, truthfully.  Bischoff states that Public Enemy are “wrestling up” to the Steiner Brothers’ level, and that’s kind of true.  They’ve been really competitive.

Bischoff mentions the Cruiserweight Championship tournament, taking place over two continents, including a former Olympic athlete.  I’m not sure who this is.

All four men start going at it.  Rick gets laid out on a table at ringside which Rocco attempts to dive through.  Scott pulls his brother out of the way and Rock goes through the table.  In the ring, Scott lifts up Johnny Grunge and Rick hits the top rope bulldog off of his shoulders for the win.

Winners: The Steiner Brothers

We go to commercial break and get the Up Next graphic for or next match, which is…

Match #3: “The Enforcer” Arn Anderson w/ Woman VS The Booty Man

Bischoff tells us that at UnCensored, Booty Man will be wrestling DDP.  If DDP loses, he loses his career.

Booty Man starts off with a headlock on Arn, wrenching it and then dancing his way out of an Irish whip.  Wow…’96 Shane was an idiot.  I’m just saying.

Booty Man rams Arn’s head into the top turnbuckle for a 5 count then the middle for 5 more.  I feel bad for Arn.

Arn does this really cool thing after a whip to the corner.  He staggers out and looks to almost feed into a move from Booty Man but he grabs the top rope, falls to the mat and rolls himself out of the way in one motion.  Booty Man follows him out and he’s immediately met with a knee to the gut for his trouble.

Kim comes out, wearing white again, cheering on Booty Man.

Booty Man has Arn in the corner and Woman takes off her shoe.  She goes after Kim, though, which brings out Booty Man to defend her.  Arn hits a double axe handle and sends Booty Man back into the ring, though, but he’s met with a high knee (get it?  Hiney?) as he tries to enter himself.

Winner: The Booty Man

We get the Saturday Night rundown.  Road Warriors VS Public Enemy.  Sting VS Sir Robert Eaton.  Luger defending the TV Title against Brad Armstrong.  Eddie Guerrero VS Alex Wright.  Ric Flair…the champion…wrestling Sgt. Craig Pittman.  Wow.  That’s very interesting.

Match #4: The Road Warriors VS The Nasty Boys

Wow, are we going to get our first 5 match Nitro?  Granted, one of them was the Luger gimmick at the beginning, but still…Nitro has went from 3 matches to 4 and now to 5.

According to Meltzer, the Nastys had been let go to free up money to bring in the Steiners.  That’s why the whole “beat down in the back” thing happened last week.  Looks like they’re back, though.

Bischoff yet again tells us that we’re not going to get scientific wrestling in this match and this time I’m inclined to believe him.  All four men start brawling as we go to commercial break, including one for UnCensored.  Bischoff said earlier that we would not get replays or pictures from this event on Nitro since it is unsanctioned and uncensored.  I like the selling point to this PPV…it’s just that UnCensored is almost always the worst PPV of the year.

The Nastys are tapes up, selling the injuries from their off screen beat down last week.  Knobbs gets knocked off of the apron onto the guardrail, bringing out Animal to start hitting both Nastys with a chair.  Not a folding chair, mind you…just a blue plastic chair like you would see in a classroom.  He does so right in front of referee Nick Patrick…actually OVER Nick Patrick, but the match is not called DQ and continues on.

Heenan says that there have been no legal tags in this match and that it has been like a Chicago Street Fight, but Bischoff cuts that off quick and says “No, no it hasn’t!”  Funny that he doesn’t want this to come across like something we’d possibly see at the PPV when they give away PPV main events all the damn time.  He’s true, though…Nick Patrick continues his run as terrible ref in this match as he absolutely loses control in this match.

Out come the Steiners, distracting everyone long enough for Animal to replay what he did last week and nail Knobbs with his spiked arm pad for the win.

Winners: The Road Warriors

The Road Warriors and Steiners brawl to the back as we go to commercial.

Match #5: Texas Tornado Match: “Taskmaster” Kevin Sullivan & “Nature Boy” Ric Flair (WCW Champion) w/ Woman VS Hulk Hogan & “Macho Man” Randy Savage

So…a Texas Tornado match, we’re told, has no tags and no rules.  This follows a tag match with no tags and no rules.  Leading into a PPV with no rules…

The match starts and everyone beats down everyone.  Hogan has Flair on the outside, sending him into the guard rail and attacking him with someone’s foam Macho Man hat.

Climbing back into the ring, Flair comes in on the top rope and Hogan sends him to the mat.  He backs him into the corner, bites him, then sends him into the corner again.  The Mega Powers double team Sullivan, then split back off, trading opponents.  Hogan, on the outside, wraps a cord around Sullivan’s neck and choking him.  What the serious hell, Hogan?!  I know there are no rules and that the babyfaces are coming back after months of beatdowns, but still, I think we should draw the line at strangling your opponent, don’t you think?  As a babyface, that’s a little too heelish for my tastes.

The announcers mention Rodman for the third damn time on this show, talking about how much they hope he shows up to UnCensored.  It’s gonna be really awkward if he doesn’t.

Flair locks on the Figure 4 on Savage while Hogan puts the same move on Sullivan.  Hogan always looks so awkward when he’s putting the move on, though.  He doesn’t do the turn…he steps through the leg and lays down.

Savage reverses the Figure 4 and Flair breaks out of it.  Flair stands up and shoves Randy Anderson who returns by shoving the crap out of Flair, who bumps out of it.

Hogan sends Flair to the corner, following him in with a clothesline and then a few chops and punches while Savage is fighting with Sullivan on the floor.  Bischoff tells us that we’re approaching 10 PM but they’re going to stay with the show as long as they can.  Flair gets Hogan in the corner, gives one chop and it’s a one way ticket to No-Sell Town, population Hogan.  They end up on the floor and Flair hits a low blow, which Hogan does sell.

Woman pitches Flair her shoe and he blasts Hogan in the face with ityet again.  Flair goes for the pin and gets 2 before Hogan bench presses him Flair off of him and Hulks up.  This brings out Arn Anderson as Hogan hits some punches and a big boot.  Hogan this the ropes for the leg drop but Arn grabs his foot and trips him up.  Hogan follows Anderson around the ring to where Brian Pillman is beating down Randy Savage.  Yes, that’s right…Brian Pillman is back and beating down the babyfaces at ringside!

Out comes Booty Man to help even the odds.

We look up the entrance ramp at Zeus!  Yes, ladies and gentlemen, the star of No Holds Barred and Friday is making his way down the ramp!  He’s followed by a big white dude in face paint as well.  The heels gather in the ring and run the babyfaces off.

Winners: No Contest

Flair grabs the mic and says “Hogan! Hogan!  Do something about it!”  Hogan is freaking out about Zeus as the babys bail.

Tony Schiavone gets in the ring with Flair, Anderson, Woman, Sullivan, Hart, Zeus and Big White Dude.  Sullivan says that when Hogan invited in Savage to this match, he upped the ante and now he’s found the biggest threats he can to end Hulkamania.  Jimmy Hart says that earlier Hogan said he and Savage were like Butch and Sundance, but in reality they’re more like “Dumber and Dumber.”  Yep, he screwed it up.  Arn refers to Booty Man as “Big Brother Booty.”  That makes me sad.  Sullivan says that “everybody in the world knows this man and what he did to you in the late 80s” as he points to Zeus.  At this time, no, no I didn’t.  I didn’t watch WWF and had never seen No Holds Barred, so I had no damn idea who this dude was.  Tony pitches the cage match at UnCensored and we go back to the announcers.

Heenan is happy and yelling that we’re almost through with Hulk Hogan!  Bischoff ends the show and pitches Saturday Night and UnCensored.

 

I remember them giving the two big dudes names on this show.  I guess it didn’t happen, since I just watched it and it clearly didn’t happen, but Zeus is known as Z-Gangsta because WWF isn’t about to let them have that trademark.  The other guy, The Final Solution (which will get changed because having a wrestler named after Hitler’s plan for genocide isn’t cool), is a guy named Jeep Swenson.  Jeep would later find glory playing Bane in fellow staffer and resident champ Derick’s favorite movie, Batman & Robin.  Arn also randomly says “the wolverine his back.”  I’m guessing this refers to Pillman, but after years of Benoit being the “Rabid Wolverine” in WWE, it’s weird hearing that in reference to someone else.

All in all, not a bad show.  The tag team division was the big star tonight as we saw 4 teams really go at it and that doesn’t even include the Tag Team Champions.  We got a clustermuck (copyright Steve Austin) of a match in the main event but it’s all build around setting up the big cage match coming soon, so it wasn’t that big of a deal.  Presumably we’ll see the finish to that angle at UnCensored.  Dear Lord, I hope we do.  I can’t take much more of this.

That’s going to be it for today, ladies and gentlemen.  Join us back here in six days as we take a look at WCW UnCensored!

Shane

 

Ratings Breakdown

WWF Raw Ratings – 2.9

WCW Nitro Ratings – 3.6

(Raw – 10, Nitro – 13) (Tie Weeks – 2)

(Unopposed weeks – 4)

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

WCW’s longest Winning Streak (to this point) – 3

 

Not counting the week that Raw ran unopposed due to the Civil War movie (3/4), this is Nitro’s 3rd win in a row!  We’re on a roll, folks!  This is officially the longest winning streak in the Monday Night Wars thus far!

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WWF Raw results from this week

Davey Boy Smith defeated Jake Roberts via count-out (4:52)

Goldust (c) defeated Fatu to retain the WWF Intercontinental Championship (4:39)

Diesel defeated Barry Horowitz (2:09)

Bret Hart (c) defeated Tatanka to retain the WWF Championship (8:48)

 

A Raw where I know everyone involved!  How quaint!  Not a bad looking show, honestly, and I could see it standing even with this episode of Nitro.  That’s high praise if you check back over the course of my Raw results feedback, folks!

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

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

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

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

Match #1: Hacksaw Jim Duggan VS The Giant

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Flair getting all crazy in the booth.

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

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

That’s a wrap on 3/11/96.

Phillip

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

-Shane

Ratings Breakdown

WWF Raw Ratings – 2.9

WCW Nitro Ratings – 3.2

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

(Unopposed weeks – 4)

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

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

 

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

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WWF Raw results from this week

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

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

Hunter Hearst Helmsley defeated Vin Grier (1:53)

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

 

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

KoaNitro copyWelcome back, ladies and gentlemen, to another week of Kick Out at Nitro!  Tonight’s show comes to us live from Knoxville, TN.  Tonight, we’ll see a big six man main event featuring everyone’s newest favorite wrestler…The Booty Man!  It’s very quickly mentioned that Booty Man was a spy that Hogan had in the Dungeon of Doom, explaining to us why Zodiac suddenly became Booty Man.  The announcers talk about Booty Man for a bit and kick us to our first match.

Match #1: Big Bubba VS Sting

Bischoff tells us that at the “World Whining Federation,” here’s how it goes down:  Yokozuna via DQ in a handicap match, Jake Roberts over Isaac Yankum and Diesel over Bob Holley.  Been a while since we got a full card run down from Bischoff.  It’s interesting that they are doing this now since WCW and WWF are in the middle of yelling at each other due to the Billionaire Ted skits and the match coming up at Wrestlemania XII.

Bischoff says that Sting has been hanging out a lot with Steve Grissom, the driver of the WCW race car in the Grand National series.  Apparently Grissom is doing well for himself.

For those of you keeping track on the Stinger Blond VS Brunette watch, we’re almost completely brunette now.  There’s a small bit of blond highlight right at the front of Sting’s hair, but that’s it.  Next haircut he gets, that’s gone and it’s full brunette from here on out.

It’s kind of nuts that Sting is a bit more of a bigger deal as far as place on the card in the year 2015 than he is at this point in 1996.  WCW right now is definitely the Hogan/Savage show, despite Sting being their biggest home grown star and arguably the face of WCW.  However, in WWE right now, he’s getting a high profile Wrestlemania match.

Wow…14 year old me just read that and can’t believe it.  A Sting match at Wrestlemania!  Those of us who were hardcore WCW fans have to find that amazing!

The match is a pretty back and forth match, honestly.  Sting does a really good job of looking vulnerable when he needs to and then turning it on when the time calls for it.  Bubba gets the best of him after a while and starts beating him down pretty hard.  Bubba sends him to the floor and we see this old lady in the front row checking on Sting and then getting up in Bubba’s face.  I believe this is the same lady that gets in Hogan’s face not too long from now once he goes Hollywood.  Bubba gets Sting back in the ring and we see a security guard in the front row telling Granny to have a seat.  Pretty cool to see people get THAT invested in a match.

Sting hits a nice piledriver on Big Bubba.  I miss that move.  They start trading right hands.  Sting’s face paint is almost completely gone.  How is his always gone in just a few moves yet Goldust’s stays on the entire match?  Sting goes for a Vader Bomb but Bubba gets the legs up and puts his knees in Sting’s gut, sending him to the floor.  Bubba attempts to go for something off of the top rope to the floor but Sting trips him up and sends him to the mat.  Sting goes up top and hits a cross body block for the win.

Winner: Sting

We go to commercial and are reminded that Hogan has lost twice in a row to Arn Anderson.  We get an Up Next graphic stating that Luger will be in action against Renegade.

They run a commercial for the March issue of WCW Magazine which gives us a review of Starrcade and will run down the Madusa / Sherri angle.  Interesting that they’re going to push this since, according to Meltzer, Sherri has been fired for showing up to shows in no shape to work.  This makes since after Sherri looked drunker than all hell at the Clash.

The show comes back to Mean Gene with Sting and Luger, who are interrupted by the Road Warriors.  The Road Warriors talk about how they’re cool with Sting but that they’re not cool with Luger.  Luger and the Warriors argue about whether or not Luger is actually from Chicago, to which Sting replies “Lex, you’re from the white collar section, they’re from the streets!”  Hawk challenges them to a Chicago Street Fight for the belts at Uncensored and Luger accepts, much to Sting’s dismay.  The Warriors head out and Luger looks at Mean Gene and goes “What’s a Chicago Street Fight?”  Man, Luger is so awesome right now.  I love that he let his mouth write a check his ass can’t cash yet he has no idea what he’s just done.  Sting looks at him in disbelief and Luger says “I’m from Chicago…but I’ve never heard of a Chicago Street Fight.”  Sting says “Maybe you should think before you talk next time!” and storms off as we go to another commercial break.

Luger is so damn good in this role right now.  It makes me unhappy that as we head into the summer he’s going to become more of the big WCW babyface against the nWo.  This character is the best that Luger has ever been.  Seriously, look up this interview, it’s funny.  (Hint…click the Kick Out At Nitro logo on this post for assistance)

Match #2: Renegade VS Lex Luger

Renegade runs out to no music.  Thankfully they fix this halfway down the aisle.

Mongo mentions that during the interview earlier that Luger had both tag belts and Sting didn’t have his on…what does that say about how Sting feels about being champs?  Bobby makes sense and actually says exactly what I was thinking at the moment…Sting just had a match, why would he have his belt?  Of course, Luger walks out for this match with his belt, but Sting didn’t for his…Hmmm, maybe there’s something to what Mongo has to say.

Tell me I didn’t just say that!

Holy hell, a Luger match that starts with him in the ring!  Of course, they went to commercial during Luger’s entrance, so maybe it was during that time he did his normal little walk.

The two start out fast and Renegade sends Luger out to the floor.  There it is!  Luger takes his time and gets back into the ring, catching Renegade as he is coming in to the ring.  Renegade gets Luger with a clothesline and backs him into the corner for the 10 punches, but Luger walks him out and gives a big atomic drop that Renegade no-sells and gives a clothesline.

Renegade goes for a clothesline but Luger moves and Renegade eats the ropes.  Luger clinches on a headlock and rakes Renegade’s eyes into the rope.

The announcers sell Uncensored by bringing up the worst match in the history of that event…the Blacktop Rumble!  Dustin Rhodes and the Blacktop Bully had a match in the back of a truck while it went down the road.  Yep, it was bad.  THAT’S how you sell a PPV!

Luger goes for a pin and Renegade bench presses Luger off of him, sending Luger about four feet off the mat.

Man, Luger is loud in the ring.  Not “John Cena calling moves in the ring” loud…but he grunts with EVERY move…whether he did it or not.  Renegade hits a big power slam for two, sending Luger to the corner for a clothesline, then sending him to the opposite one for Muta’s elbow in the corner.  He hits a bulldog and then goes to the top rope.  Out comes Jimmy Hart, who pushes Renegade off the top rope to the floor.  Luger goes out and grabs him, sends him into the ring and picks him up in the Torture Rack for the win.

Winner: Lex Luger

Jimmy Hart runs around the ring like Luger just won the Gold Medal and jumps into Lex’s arms to celebrate.  Out come Sting with a “WTF” look on his face and chases Hart out of the ring.  Sting tells Luger that Hart helped him and says he thought he told Luger it was Hart or him.  Luger downplays it, which, truthfully he didn’t see it, so he’s kind of innocent.  Sting is PISSED!  He gets in Luger’s face and starts yelling about the crap that Luger’s been doing, asking him what’s up with him.  Luger looks confused and concerned and slinks out of the ring like a scolded dog.  Again…good stuff from Luger.  It really looks like he’s upset with Sting being mad at him and is trying to make it right.

We go to break and come back to our next match.

Match #3: Harlem Heat VS The Road Warriors

The match starts with both teams in each other’s faces.  Pretty hard hitting and even but the Road Warriors get the upper hand with a neck breaker from Hawk and a big elbow to Booker T before both teams tag out.

Stevie Ray gets Hawk with a big powerbomb and starts stomping him before tagging out to Booker.

Bischoff says that there is extra security around the announce booth to stop all of the shenanigans that have been happening after the shows for the last few weeks.

Booker hits some kicks, tags out to Stevie Ray who just floors Hawk with a big right hand before cinching on a headlock.  Stevie tags out to Booker and Booker hits a big jumping side kick before they tag back out and double suplex Hawk.  Hawk finally gets the tag to Animal, who comes in and cleans house.

Bischoff says that the winner of this match will be #1 contenders to the Tag Team Championship.  Ummm, didn’t Luger and Sting just sign for a tag title match at Uncensored?  So, what happens if Harlem Heat wins tonight?  Will that match be non-title?

Animal and Stevie Ray fight to the floor, taking the ref with them.  Booker hits the Harlem Hangover but there’s no ref to count the pin.  Animal kicks Booker in the head, letting Hawk score the win.

Winners: The Road Warriors (new #1 contenders to the WCW Tag Team Titles)

Off to commercial and back to our Main Event.

Match #4: Arn Anderson, “Taskmaster” Kevin Sullivan and Ric Flair (WCW World Heavyweight Champion) w/ Woman & Ms. Elizabeth VS Hulk Hogan, “Macho Man” Randy Savage and The Booty Man

Everyone comes out to Flair’s music.  I miss this.  WCW basically always had the guys in a tag match come out together, even if it was just a thrown together hodge-podge.  WWE always has them come out separately.

Hogan and Savage are in red and yellow and apparently Booty Man missed the memo and is in white and lime.  The babyfaces clear the ring, sending the heels to the floor.  Hogan sends in Anderson to Savage and Booty Man before it finally settles down to Anderson and Booty Man.

Randomly, out comes Kimberly with a yellow rose.  Kim is looking good!  Bischoff says that on Saturday night there was a little rift between her and Johnny B Badd.  Now that Kim has her 6.6 million dollars, maybe she’s on the market “for some beef,” as Mongo so eloquently puts it.

Close up of Flair’s back and that weird melon baller section missing out of his shoulder.  Freaky.

14 year old me LOVED The Booty Man.  14 year old me wasn’t the absolute smartest guy.  I don’t remember if 14 year old me realized Booty Man and Zodiac were the same guy, though.

Anderson tags out to Flair, who gets a drop toe hold and gets his hair rustled before locking up in a test of strength with Booty Man.  Booty Man tags out to Savage.  Savage ends up in the heel corner and is throwing fists at everyone there.  They all charge him, sending him back to the babyface corner, though, before he and Flair get back to one on one.

Bischoff lets us know that next week there will be no Nitro.  TNT is showing a Civil War movie, apparently, so we get our first week of the Monday Night Wars with no Nitro.

Savage goes for the double axe handle but Flair gets a hit to the gut, sending Savage down, and he starts to taunt and pose.  Savage gets the tag to Hogan, though, who comes in and starts beating on Flair.  Flair backs him into the corner and chops him because that ALWAYS works.  Hogan no-sells, takes out all of the heels, then backs Flair into the corner for 9 punches and a bit to the face.  Hogan tags to Booty Man and they hit a double team big boot to Flair.  Booty Man covers but it’s broken up at two.

“I just figured out where The Booty Man got his name…it’s not from kicking booty, it’s from shaking his own!” – Eric Bischoff, 1996

Booty tags out to Savage.  Savage hits the rope but both Woman and Liz grab his feet, trying to trip him.  Savage grabs both of them by the hair and gets set for some straight domestic violence before the heels step into the babyface role and stop Savage from beating two women.

Tag out to Anderson while Flair beats down Savage on the floor.  The heels work him over in the corner as Anderson tags out to Sullivan, bringing him into the match for the first time.  Savage sends Sullivan to the corner, following him in but eating a boot to the face for his troubles.  Quick tags from Sullivan to Anderson and back to Sullivan.

The babyfaces take over, Hogan posting up in the corner and Booty Man sending him all three heels to eat a big boot.  After all three, Hogan hits the big leg to Anderson and gets his win back.

Winners: Hulk Hogan, Randy Savage and The Booty man.

Immediately after the match Flair kicks Hogan from behind and sends him into the corner face first, knocking him out.  Liz handcuffs Hogan to the corner and the heels start whipping Hogan with a belt until the babyfaces run them off.  Of course, Hogan wakes up IMMEDIATELY, with full cognition, as we go off the air.

 

Not gonna lie…the best part of this show was Luger.  The Main Event was what it was and worked to setup the feud as well as “introduce” Booty Man as a part of the Hogan/Savage regime.  However, Lex stole the show.  Him getting worked up about being told he wasn’t from the “real” Chicago and accepting a match he knows nothing about was priceless.  His work after the Renegade match was really good too because it was setup so well.  On the replay, you can tell that Luger did not see Hart push Renegade.  All he does is goes outside and brings him back in to rack him for the win, so you can easily argue that Lex was just celebrating with Hart because he won and had no idea why in the hell Sting came out and got in his face.  It was how he played that off, though, that was the golden part…he looked hurt and confused.  Luger’s playing this nice angle right now where he’s an opportunistic guy and has no qualms about being one, but you can really tell he wants to make Sting happy.  He’s there for Sting, despite being somewhat of a douche, and I think he’s really upset that Sting is unhappy with him.  I’m interested to see where this goes from here.

Well, this is where I would normally say I’ll see you next week, but I won’t.  Nitro is taking its first break ever during the Monday Night Wars, so we have a week with no Monday Nitro.  We’ll be back on March 11th, though.

Two fun/interesting things happen with that March 11th post.  First…1996 was leap year, so when we return, new posts will now go up on Wednesday since that’s how the dates align now based on a February 29th that didn’t exist this year.  So, Nitros will go up on Wednesdays now, PPVs on Tuesdays.  Secondly…the plan is that the March 11th post will come to you from a new face to those long time readers of Kick Out at 2.  He’ll get his proper welcome at the beginning of his post but I’m welcoming in some new blood into my little WCW recap project, so that’s something to get excited for.  I get a week where I don’t have to drop 3000 words!

Anyway, see you in 2 weeks, fellow WCW-ites!

-Shane

 

Ratings Breakdown

WWF Raw Ratings – 3.1

WCW Nitro Ratings – 3.2

(Raw – 10, Nitro – 11) (Tie Weeks – 2)

(Unopposed weeks – 3)

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

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

 

WCW returning to the win column!  We’re still running pretty neck and neck through this section of the War.  It seems like it’s back and forth every week, which is pretty cool.  

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WWF Raw results from this week

Jake Roberts defeated Isaac Yankem DDS (3:32)

Diesel defeated Bob Holly

Ahmed Johnson defeated Shinobi

Yokozuna defeated Owen Hart & Davey Boy Smith (w/ Jim Cornette) via disqualification in a handicap match

 

Looks like Bischoff forgot about Al Snow jobbing out to Ahmed Johnson.  I’m pretty sure Al would like to forget that as well.  This show featured a Mankind vignette as well as acting President Roddy Piper being asked by young fans to bring back the Ultimate Warrior.  

This is also the episode where Piper announces that Hart VS Michaels will be an Iron Man match.