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Hello, ladies and gentlemen, and welcome to another edition of the Internet’s only chronological expose on WCW Nitro history!  I’m joined, once again, by the Colorado Kid himself, Phillip.  He’s taking a look into this episode, coming to us live from Cleveland, Ohio.  I’ll be back at the end for my thoughts as well as for the ratings and Raw thoughts, but for now, I leave you in Phillip’s hands.

-Shane

Match #1: The Giant VS Sting

Show opens and it’s actually a really exciting open, Stinger is out there working over the Giant. Of course the action is slowing down as it does when The Giant is wrestling. Seeing this brightly colored Sting, no matter how much I see it makes me a child again, and I mark. The story line that’s playing out here is that the Harlem Heat was supposed to be a tag vs Giant and Sting, and Jimmy Hart has paid everyone off. There’s a huge spot where he dropkicks giant off the apron, and Lex comes out to save the day. Giant sprays some screaming into the camera letting Sting know that the only reason he survived is because Lex is there…

Winner: The Giant (via DQ)

Show officially opens, and we’re getting backstory on this Jimmy Hart payoff. I think I mentioned this in my last post, but Mongo needs to go, it’s like he and Heenan are trying to work the same angle, and they are both annoying.

Match #2: Triangle Tag Team Match: The Steiner Brothers VS The Road Warriors VS The Nasty Boys

Onto this 3 way Triangle Tag.. This was all set up with the Steiners Debut where the Nasty Boys went to the Hospital and no one knew who did it. Some athletic action in this match. Scott still has that beautiful mullet. For a 6 man event, this match is beautifully paced. A lot of these matches work as distractions to avoid showing a lack of action or ring work. There’s a chaotic everyone brawling outside the ring moment, but overall some really good, well paced action. Bischoff throws a mention to the Steiners debut, and that setting up this match. Animal grabs a heel of Knobbs, but somehow even though every other touch of a man is a tag, this one doesn’t count… I love the suspension of disbelief that I clearly had as a young man. Watching this match, I’m sure this is going to be the highlight again. A really nice spot, Rick sets up a belly to belly on the top, and Hawk pushes them both over the top. Public Enemy comes out and runs some interference. Johnny Gunge dressed as Knobbs runs in the ring and takes the pin. It looks like Public Enemy mugged the Nasty Boys.

Winner: The Steiner Brothers 

They make a spot showing Luger defending the TV title, and Flair defending the Heavywieight title… Makes you wonder how that main event’s going to turn out…

Match #3: “The Enforcer” Arn Anderson & “Taskmaster” Kevin Sullivan w/ Woman and Ms. Elizabeth VS Hulk Hogan & The Booty Man w/ Kimberly

Double A and the Taskmaster come out with Elizabeth and Woman. Elizabeth and woman come out looking like a walking 80’s glamour shot.  The walking cartoon duo of Hulk and BM come out for the match. I think WCW’s April Fools joke is pushing BM as a star, and trying to sell Hulk as someone who still wrestles. The physique differences are pretty hilarious, it’s two stocky, chubby, pale dudes wrestling two bodybuilders, who spend half their day in the tanning booth turning their skin into tanned leather with a ton of bright colors. Woman digging into BM’s face. All of the offense is really BM and Hogan, but finally there is a shift, watching Double A job to Hogan and BM makes me feel a little ill. A couple of boots to the face, and Hogan has yet to take a bump. Hogan uses Booty Babe’s heel to take out Taskmaster. I have to say typing Booty Babe, makes it near impossible to not cringe, what a god awful gimmick.

Post match there’s a little action. They tag BM, but Hogan still taking no bumps.

Winners: Hulk Hogan & The Booty Man

Hulk and BM doing some tough Mic work. BM has a plan to get the “last laugh” there’s a lot of “brother’s” and “booty” and some threat to “kick a can”, won’t take bumps, can’t cut a promo… This is their star.

Match #4: WCW World Heavyweight Championship: “The Total Package” Lex Luger (WCW TV/Tag Team Champ) VS “Nature Boy” Ric Flair (WCW World Champion) w/ Woman & Ms. Elizabeth

Ric Flair in there Ric Flair’ing giving a “WOO!” and a strut. Flair taking some bumps, a big overhead slam. Another big overhead slam. I forgot how many of these matches were only slow ring movement and signature moves. Flair goes up top, and… Overhead slam. Clothesline, and clothesline over the top. Flair chops, and a Luger overhead slam, this time onto the ropes followed by… clotheslines. This match is like going to see Chumbawumba open for Alien Ant Farm and they only play “I get knocked down” and “Smooth Criminal” over and over. Knee block chop and Figure Four… Luger turning the figure four over… Flair grabs a rope and throws luger out, woman rakes the eyes. Luger clotheslines Flair. Sunset flip pin by luger, Flair kicks out at 2, missed hip toss and backslide pin, flair kicks out at 2, Luger catches Flair off the top, sets him up for a superplex. The Luger power slam, Torture Rack, Liz distracts the referee, and woman throws coffee in Lugers face, and Flair leans on the rope for the pin.

Winner: Ric Flair (still WCW World Champion)

Sting comes out to save Luger, while Flair celebrates.

The highlight of this Match was the reminder that Flair is the dirtiest player in the game. Which is a part he plays well.

Match of the night: Triangle Tag

Storyline implications:

Hart paying everyone off to try to let Giant take out Sting

Public Enemy duping the Nasty Boys, likely attacking them

BM coming up with some mystical match to get the last laugh on Double A and Taskmaster

Luger and Sting against the villainy of WCW, playing the hero part well.

 

Overall impressions, This was a set up show to get some storylines started, the next few weeks will see these stories play out. Not a bad Nitro, but definitely more about story than wrestling. The ring work for the most part was ho hum, but you can see that they are trying to set a foundation leading to the next PPV.

Thanks for your time, and I’m out!

Phillip

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All in all I thought this was a pretty solid show.  I’m not EXACTLY sure why Jimmy Hart is trying to take out Sting now, though, since Sting hasn’t featured in any of the main story lines for a long time.  He’s busy with the tag team stuff, so there’s really no reason to pay off Harlem Heat to let the Giant beat him down.  Plus, damn, Booker T, that’s cold.  You and Sting were temporary buddies just two weeks ago!  Nice to see Luger rush to Sting’s aid, though.  Luger is pretty much going full babyface in the next few months, so we’re seeing that turn towards that here.  Plus, Luger, even in his tweener role, does seem to genuinely care about Sting, so it’s not too much of a stretch.  It’s nice to know that Luger has Sting’s back when it counts, though.

Man, WCW’s tag team division is stacked!  The Steiners, Road Warriors, American Males, Nasty Boys, Public Enemy, Harlem Heat…it’s so awesome to get to see a company where full tag teams are a thing.  I’m so used to fifteen years of Midcarder A and Midcarder B being thrown together to be a tag team that I forgot what having a full roster of tag teams was like.  This match, like most of the tag matches in the last few months, was pretty hard hitting.  Phillip seems to constantly get Steiner Brothers matches on his write-ups, though, which makes me sad.  I want to call some suplexes!  The Steiners are, legit, my favorite tag team ever, so I’m loving them here.  I know I don’t get but about a year of them…but I’m going to cherish it while I’ve got it!

The Hogan/Booty match…ugh…I’m so damn sick of the Booty Man, I want to scream.  Him trying to say the word “satisfaction” with this weird emphasis failed twice.  It’s like he did it the first time, no one reacted, so he wanted to make sure that people heard him so he did it again!  Thing is, he says it differently both times!  Also, I don’t want to hear Hogan say “booty” anymore.  I don’t want to hear ANYONE say it anymore.  Sadly, we’ll get this match again next week.  I also don’t want anyone to hit anyone else with a shoe anymore.  I’m sick of this gimmick.

The main event…yet another free World Championship defense.  I understand defending the Television title every time you have a television show…but the World Championship is something you should pay to see.  This goes for every company…then, and now.  In a world where you can get access to ANY type of media you want, it sometimes seems like it makes sense to give the title away because you have to draw in viewers.  However, that’s how you tarnish a title.  They do title shots on Nitro every week and none of them feel special anymore.  Title matches should be built up to, PPV main events, with Michael Buffer announcing.  That’s one thing I can say about the time we’ve got coming up when Hogan gets the title…from what I remember, he only defends on PPV.  Granted, he’s a heel and only defends in the mandatory 30 days, but still…he makes it feel special.  But, I digress.  

Bobby Heenan seriously got me with his April Fools joke about this being his last night.  I started wracking my brain (no pun intended) to try to remember if he took time off around this time…but then he gets to the end and I have to admit, he got me.

All in all, decent show.  Not stellar, but not terrible.  Nitro takes a week off next week, so fortunately we’re not as behind as it looks like we are here.  I hope to get the next two episodes up this weekend sometime and then go from there.  See you all next time, fans!

-Shane

 

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Ratings Breakdown

WWF Raw Ratings – 2.9

WCW Nitro Ratings – 2.8

(Raw – 11, Nitro – 14) (Tie Weeks – 2)

(Unopposed weeks – 4)

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

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

 

Back to a WWF win…but we’re about to turn the corner here into May.  Those wins won’t be something we see too much of once that happens.

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WWF Raw results from this week

Mankind defeated Bob Holly

Marc Mero defeated Isaac Yankem DDS

Skip & Zip (c) (w/ Sunny) defeated Aldo Montoya & Barry Horowitz to retain the WWF Tag Team Championship

The Undertaker defeated Justin Bradshaw via disqualification

 

Hey, look, it’s Johnny B Badd!  Is this his official debut?  I may have to watch that to find out as this is a decent sized ship-jump.  It’s not as big as Vader’s was, but still.  Doesn’t look like a terrible Raw, aside from Isaac Yankem being on TV, but still.  I can see how this competed closely with this episode of Nitro.

KoaNitro copyHello, everyone, and welcome back to Kick Out At Nitro!  I apologize for the fact I’m a few weeks late on these posts, but we’re in the swing of Stanley Cup Playoff and my Tampa Bay Lightning are fighting against Derick’s Detroit Red Wings, so I haven’t had a lot of time to sit down and post.  That being said, we’re here now, so let’s get into this thing!

We’re coming off of WCW Uncensored and quite possibly the dumbest cage match that I’ve ever witnessed.  It was just a hair more organized than TNA’s Clockwork Orange House of Pain match that featured Raven and ICP…which currently rates as my “worst match ever seen.”  Seriously, track the thing down…it was a train wreck.

This episode comes to us live from Hunstville, AL.  The announcers hype up the Flair VS Giant match tonight for the WCW World Championship.  Very interesting heel VS heel match for the main title.  They speculate as to whether Flair is 100% after being popped by Luger in the Doomsday Cage match.  Bischoff hypes up the card and kicks us off to our first match.

Match #1: The Belfast Bruiser VS “Macho Man” Randy Savage

Bischoff puts over Finlay messing up Regal’s face last night.  That match was stiff as all get out and I would definitely say to go back and check it out.

During Savage’s entrance, Bischoff puts over Hogan for winning last night, despite the fact that it was Savage who got the pinfall after Hogan seemingly forgot he was supposed to pin to win the match.

Finlay starts this match off in the driver’s seat, wrestling Savage and taking him down and keeping him grounded.  He lights the announcers and crowd up when he starts nailing Savage with European uppercuts; the same ones that messed up Regal’s face, it seems.  Savage gets some fire, though, and turns the tides, but just momentarily as Finlay takes control on the outside, dropping Savage jaw first into the guard rail before clotheslining him over it and into the crowd.

Back in the ring, Finlay hits a nice short-arm clothesline and Savage starts to fire back with rights to the midsection.  Finlay charges into Savage in the corner, but Savage moves and Finlay eats turnbuckle.  Savage climbs to the top and comes off with the flying elbow drop for the win.

Winner: “Macho Man” Randy Savage

I like how Savage can take a beating and then seemingly pull the elbow drop out of nowhere.  It really puts over the move as devastating.

With that, we go to commercial and our Up Next graphic of Konnan VS  JL.

The show comes back to Mean Gene at the entry way as he calls out WCW World Heavyweight Champion, Ric Flair.  Flair comes out with Woman and Elizabeth.  It’s interesting…in WWF, Elizabeth was the princess…but now, Woman dresses in the more sophisticated attire and Elizabeth dresses more likea cocktail waitress.

For some reason, Liz has a stack of cash in her hand.

Flair says he’s going to beat the Giant and then starts singing “I’ve got the whole world in my hands.”  Gene brings up Luger punching Flair last night, calling it intentional.  Flair says over the last few months he’s been flying so high that he hasn’t even been paying attention to Luger.  He says that Luger is a guy that wants to be where Flair is…then he tells Gene to stop staring at Woman.  Flair says that due to Lex’s error in judgement, he joins the list of people who can’t style and profile with the Nature Boy.  Flair asks Liz who is the bigger man, him or Lex.  She says Flair.  He asks Woman who has the better body.  She says Flair.  Mean Gene agrees.

Match #2: WCW United States Championship – JL VS Konnan (Champion)

During the entrances, Bischoff says that last night, Brian Pillman called in and said that he didn’t want anything to do with Kevin Sullivan.  He didn’t want to be on his team in the main event, so he just didn’t show.

JL starts quickly, taking down Konnan with a quick head scissors and sends him to the floor.  Konnan and JL run through some armdrag spots before Konnan gets the upper hand.

Bischoff tells us that backstage they’re getting word that Savage is going ballistic and trying to attack Ric Flair.  Stuff like this is super easy to do since there’s nothing to actually show the crowd and you can get the issue over without having to even show anything, but it all depends on whether they mention it again.  Flair has Giant tonight, so if they simply never mention this again, it was a useless thing to throw out there.

JL goes for a crashing ocean suplex but Konnan armdrags him out of it.  JL follows with a reverse sunset flip but Konnan lifts him up, trying for a front facebuster from a lifting double chickenwing, but Konnan armdrags JL back out of that.  Konnan goes for a hip toss but it’s blocked, so he gutwrenches JL into a nasty looking powerbomb for two.

We’re told that next week we get Hulk Hogan and Booty Man in a tag team match.  Ugh.

Body slam by Konnan, who then goes up top and is brought off with a nasty DDT from JL.  JL covers with Konnan under the ropes like crazy, then gives a slow count that gets the announcers all riled up.  See, it wasn’t just when the nWo showed up…he’s always been terrible.  Konnan Alabama-Slams JL off the top rope for the win.

Winner: Konnan

They go to break and come back with…

Match #3: Disco Inferno VS The Booty Man

Disco comes out pitching his CD and wearing DDP’s big gawdy diamond D-D-P rings.  Apparently Page had to pawn them so he got them cheap.

“The crowd really reacting to The Booty Man!” – Eric Bischoff.  Um, no…no, they’re not, sir.

Man…can I NOT watch this one?  I’m all for completion and whatnot, but damn…

Kim comes out.  At least this is watchable.  Brutus sits on the bottom rope and calls for Kim to slap him on the ass.  She does, Brutus sells it and gets the win with the High Knee.  After the win, Booty Man gets a big kiss again, much to my chagrin.

Winner: The Booty Man

Seriously, though, it’s bad enough that Kim and Brutus have ZERO chemistry…but he gets to make out with my first wrestling love?!  Not cool.

We go to break and come back to our Saturday Night rundown.  I love that they do this.  At a time when we’re supposed to believe that Raw is kayfabe “booked” every week with no discernable main event until the first 20 minutes of the show happen, I like having things actually given to us and being able to know what matches are coming up.  It’s comforting and, again, makes this seem more like a legit sporting event.  Anyway, on the Muthaship on Saturday Night we’ll be getting Luger and Shark for the TV title, Sting vs Malenko.  We’ll see Flair.  We’ll see Earl Robert Eaton vs the Belfast Bruiser as well as The Giant VS Big Bubba Rogers.

Match #4: WCW World Tag Team Championship – The American Males VS Sting & Lex Luger (Champions)

Bischoff says that this summer Bagwell will get a movie opportunity and transition to Hollywood.  I don’t remember what movie this is supposed to have been.  I wonder if they’ll bring it back up.

Heenan tells us that Sting brought Bagwell into WCW.  Didn’t Sting also bring Johnny B Badd in, according to our announcers?

Luger is in full babyface, hand-slapping mode…as long as Sting is looking at him.  Whenever Sting turns his back, Luger has a scowl and doesn’t mess with the crowd.  Man, I love this Luger.

We go to commercial for the WCW Magazine, pitching us a Road Warriors story, a story about Luger and Sting, and coverage of Clash of the Champions.

Luger starts the match off and when he gets a little too physical, Sting talks him down.  Bagwell goes after Luger, who tags out to Sting.  Sting and Bagwell go at it, Sting getting the better of it, getting a few big slams in.  Bagwell concedes and tags out to Riggs.

I just realized this is going to be a five match Nitro!  Those don’t happen often.  I think this may be only the second one.  I’ll have to look that up.  Expect a footnote here when the book copy comes out.  Those are the things you can expect when you get the physical copies of Kick Out at Nitro…I actually take my time and follow up on my research!  Can’t get that for free!

Sting tags out to Riggs, who tags back out to Bagwell, and Luger goes off!  Luger starts beating on Bagwell, kicking him and stomping him and hammering elbows into him.  Sting looks on in concern as our announcers have spent a ton of time building up the Sting/Bagwell relationship.  Luger tags out, Sting beats down Riggs for a bit.  Sting gets a pin, Luger comes in, Bagwell takes out Luger and Sting gets the win with a cross body block.

Winners: Sting and Lex Luger (still Tag Team Champions)

After the match, Luger grabs the tag belts and start celebrating.  Sting yells at Luger and tells him to give him HIS belt.  Sting has to wrench it from Luger’s grasp, but he gets a hold of it and celebrates with the American Males.

We go to break and see the Up Next graphic for Giant and Flair.  Bischoff says “you know Hogan is watching this one!”  Hogan has reached full Poochie status here.  If he’s not on the screen, the other characters are asking “hey, where’s Hogan!?”

Match #5: WCW World Heavyweight Championship – The Giant w/ Jimmy Hart VS “Nature Boy” Ric Flair w/ Woman & Ms. Elizabeth (WCW World Champion)

As Flair comes to the ring, Woman and Liz start giving Savage’s money out to the crowd.  Savage comes out, going crazy, and security restrains him and removes him from the entry way.

Bischoff shouts out someone for having a Nitro Party!  I remember those!  Never got to go to one, but I remember when they were a thing.

Bischoff creams his jeans again over Hogan showing up next week.

Flair starts the match off in Giant’s face.  Giant shoves him across the ring and Flair heads to the floor to gather his thoughts.

Bischoff says that Savage is in handcuffs and has been ejected from the arena.

Flair hits the ropes and shoulder blocks Giant twice, hitting the mat hard both times.  After the second one he stands up and give Giant a big chop, which Giant no-sells, and then Giant press slams him over his head.  Giant gives him a second one for good measure.

Eric says that Flair defeated a “much larger man” in Vader.  Is Vader really “much larger?”  I think it may be a wash.  Vader is more massive, but Giant is being billed at 500 lbs, which is more than I think Vader was being billed at.  Since Vader definitely wasn’t 7’4”, how is Vader a much larger man than Giant?

Flair tires to make a run for it but Giant bring him back to the ring and gives him a BIG vertical suplex in the center of the ring.

Bischoff tells us that on August 11th, we’ll be getting a first…WCW Hog Wild, live from Sturgis, SD!  This was my first wrestling PPV that I ever purchased.  My brother and I used our allowance and I used money from mowing grass that was being saved for a Playstation to get that event.  Pretty excited to see it again when we get to it in 4 months.

Giant comes off the top rope, which is ALWAYS a crazy feat.  Giant goes for a splash but Flair moves and Giant takes a nasty spill over the top rope.  Woman sends Flair a piece of steel cable.  He chokes Giant with it a few times, including one bending him backwards over the top rope.  Flair follows it with double thumbs to the eyes, taking Giant down to his knees.  On his knees, Giant is only about eight inches shorter than Flair.  Flair tees off on Giant with rights and lefts, but Giant keeps slugging him off.  Flair backs up and soccer kicks Giant in the junk, finally taking him down.

Flair distracts the ref and Woman attacks Giant with the steel cord, choking him. Flair tries to seize the opportunity and goes up top, but that NEVER works out for Ric Flair, so Giant tosses him off the top.  Giant goes for the choke slam and gets all of it.  In comes the ladies, trying to distract the ref.  Out comes Arn Anderson with a steelchair and cracks Giant in the back.  Kevin Sullivan comes out and grabs the chair from Arn, but Giant turns around and sees Sullivan with a chair.  Putting 2 and 2 together and getting octopus, Giant choke slams the ever loving crap out of Sullivan.  Anderson doubles over with laughter, prompting him to eat a choke slam as well.  The referee has lost all control so he calls for the bell.

Winner: No Contest

Next week, Anderson and Sullivan are teaming against Hogan and Booty Man, so how are they going to get along, asks Bobby Heenan.  Bischoff tells us ONCE AGAIN about Hogan coming next week and we go off the air.

 

I really thought Giant won the title on this show.  I know it happens sometime soon!  That’s the crazy thing about rewatching all of this stuff…I remember bits and pieces but my timeline is off on so many things.

Good stuff.  5 matches, all of which were pretty decent…except for that damn Booty Man and Disco match.  Booty Man really is pretty damn insufferable at this point.

Well, I guess we’ll have to wait until next week and see how all this turns out.  I don’t know how we’ll be able to contain ourselves with Hogan all over the place, though!  Thankfully, I won’t have to pull full duty on that one as we’ll be getting our first ever repeat guest host for the next episode when Phillip returns.

Until next time!

-Shane

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Ratings Breakdown

WWF Raw Ratings – 2.8

WCW Nitro Ratings – 3.1

(Raw – 10, Nitro – 14) (Tie Weeks – 2)

(Unopposed weeks – 4)

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

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

 

Officially 4 weeks in a row!  We’ve just extended the longest winning streak thus far in the Monday Night War!

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WWF Raw results from this week

Shawn Michaels defeated Leif Cassidy (w/ Marty Jannetty) (11:14)

Hunter Hearst Helmsley defeated Aldo Montoya (4:42)

Ahmed Johnson defeated Owen Hart via disqualification (5:32)

 

Not a terrible night.  I’d actually like to go back and watch that HBK VS Al Snow match.  I may do that later tonight.  The rest of the card doesn’t look bad at all.  WCW got it, I think, with the big title matches and coming off of the PPV.  This actually sounds like a pretty decent Raw.

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…

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

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

Until next time, wrestling fans!

Shane

KoaNitro 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.