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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winners: Harlem Heat (still WCW Tag Team Champions)

Squash. At least the Hammer got in some offense.

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

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

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

Winner: Chris Jericho

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

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

Winner: The Giant

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Randy Savage

Squash.

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

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

They all stare at each other….

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

Commercial.

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

Winners: The Steiner Brothers (via DQ)

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

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

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

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

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

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

Commercial.

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

Winners: No Contest

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

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

-Benny

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Shane

Ratings Breakdown

WWF Raw Ratings – NA

WCW Nitro Ratings – 4.3

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

(Unopposed weeks – 7)

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

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

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WWF Raw results from this week

There was no Monday Night Raw this week.  A “Friday Night Raw” was held on 9/6, however.

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

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

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

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

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

WCW Hog Wild, live from Sturgis, SD!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Someone has a blow up sex doll in the crowd.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Scott Norton

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

“It’s on now.”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Draw (time limit)

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

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

Winner: Draw (time limit)

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

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

Winner: Chris Benoit

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

More beauty shots of Sturgis and the surrounding area.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Ric Flair (still WCW United States Champion)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winners: The Outsiders

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hogan Marcs Title With Spray

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

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

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

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

Shane

KoaNitro copyHello, everyone, and welcome back to another installment of Kick Out at Nitro!  I apologize for the wait between updates, but life outside of 1996 goes on, unfortunately.

Red and yellow Hulk Hogan is still all over the opening of this show, which is silly.  C’mon, guys, let’s get this updated.

Nitro comes to us yet again from Disney/MGM Studios in Orlando, FL.  Is this now the 5th episode from the same place?  Don’t get me wrong, it’s pretty sweet, but I’m actually wondering how they escaped rain in 5 weeks in Florida.  It’s like clockwork down here in the summer…it will rain every day and it will rain hard.

Tony and Larry start us off, pointing out an interesting bit of coincidence in showing four empty seats at ringside and speculating that they were seats for the nWo.  Larry lets us know that tonight, the wrestlers will take care of security.  Out come the mid-carders in street gear, encircling the ring and apparently there as enforcers.  Interestingly enough, the first two out are Big Bubba and Scott Norton…two future members of the New World Order.

Match #1: WCW World Tag Team Championship Match: Rock and Roll Express VS Harlem Heat (WCW Tag Team Champions) w/ Sister Sherri & Col. Robert Parker

Harlem Heat are going to be included as DLC in the new WWE video game in a match against The Outsiders (which I would imagine is from Halloween Havoc of this current Nitro year).  I’m super excited about this!

Tony tells us that tonight we’ll see The Booty Man take on Ric Flair!  Where the hell did they find the Booty Man?!

The match almost starts off with Morton and Stevie Ray, but Stevie quickly tags out to Booker as Larry tells us that was due to Morton being the quicker of the two R&R Express, so they wanted to match speed since Booker is the faster of Harlem Heat.

Harlem Heat pretty much controls the match through the first commercial break and a while more once they come back from it, tagging out with quick tags and beating down Ricky Morton, as is usual in a Rock and Roll Express match.

This is the go-home show to Hog Wild, which really makes me excited.  I am going to have to try to track down WCW Saturday Night from that night as well, as it was also live from Sturgis, but Saturday Night has proven a bit harder to track down than other WCW shows, sadly.

Booker T is yelling at his managers for not concentrating on the match and fawning over each other.  Booker misses an elbow drop but spins back to his feet and nails the Harlem side kick.  That’s how I like Booker doing that move…not as a stand-alone taunt, but as a transition.  It’s so much smoother and less “fake” than the way WWE made him do it.  Morton gets the hot tag to Gibson, who comes in and takes it to Harlem Heat.  They get a double dropkick on Booker, which brings in Sister Sherri to try to break it up.  Gibson grabs her and shoves her away, which brings up Parker to defend his lady’s honor.  Gibson nails him, but Stevie Ray hits Gibson from behind and Booker is able to roll him up for the win.

Winners: Harlem Heat

Mean Gene is at the entry way with the Nasty Boys.  Brian Knobbs says they’re Hulk Hogan’s friend, but Hogan’s doing what he wants to do and they do what they want to do.  Luger and Sting (their opponents tonight) come out and Sting wants to know if they’re going to be with WCW or with the Outsiders.  Saggs says they’re going to stand right here in Nastyville, not giving us an answer at all, and says it’s none of their business.  Luger says they’re going to make it their business and they leave as we go to commercial break.

Yet another Glacier commercial.  Getting comical at this point.  We’re going on two months of these.  This dude is never going to debut.

Match #2: Malia Hosaka w/ Sonny Onoo VS Madusa

I have no idea who Malia Hosaka is, but she’s hot!

Pretty back and forth, hard hitting match, honestly.  Hosaka takes forever applying a Figure 4, which I don’t know if she was trying to go for a spinning toe hold beforehand or if it was just taking her a long time to get the move locked on.  Hosaka let’s go of the hold and locks Madusa’s leg for a legbreaker in a way that I’ve never seen it applied.  Usually that move is done with the other person facing down, but Hosaka does it with Madusa on her back and it looked brutal.

Tony tells us that a limo has arrived at Nitro.  We see it just outside the ring area with its blinkers on.  Clear day, parked, blinkers on…yep, they’re definitely in Florida.

Madusa superplexes Hosaka off the top, then running dropkicks Sonny Onoo off the apron.  Hosaka pins Madusa for the win.

Winner: Malia Hosaka

Um…what?  Check out the finish to this match.  It’s random.  Madusa is clearly on the offensive and Hosaka just pins her for the win.  So random.

Commercial break, advertising Chris Benoit and WCW Saturday Night.  John Tenta VS Big Bubba…um, maybe I will hold off on trying to find this episode after all.

We get a replay of three weeks ago when Malenko attacked Benoit during his match with Eddie Guerrero, costing Benoit the match via count out.  Tony tells us that Malenko said that he and Jimmy Hart have a business arrangement.  If Malenko takes Benoit out, he’ll get another shot at the Cruiserweight Championship.  Now, Hart has nothing to do with the Cruiserweight title, so I have no clue how he would pull this off, but we’re then told that Rey Jr. will defend the title against Malenko on WCW’s Saturday morning show.

Match #3: “Das Wunderkind” Alex Wright VS “The Canadian Crippler” Chris Benoit w/ Woman & Ms. Elizabeth

Woman is looking good!  She’s in a white halter top kind of deal with a leather jacket and black leather pants.

Benoit takes it to Wright in the corner from the offset, just hammering him with kicks.  Nick Patrick pulls Benoit off of Wright, chastising him, and allowing Wright to capitalize with a European uppercut and a barrage of his own.  Benoit escapes to the floor to slow things down as the announcers bring up the limo again.  Benoit takes Wright’s head off with a clothesline and then slaps Wright in the face hard a few times before they starts chain wrestling a bit.  Wright hits a duo of smooth headscissor dropkicks and then taking Benoit down with an armdrag and starting to work on the arm a bit.  Wright whips Benoit to the opposite corner and tries to dive in after him, but Benoit moves and Das Wunderkind eats turnbuckle.

Benoit controls the match from this point and out comes Jimmy Hart to get in Woman’s face, telling her that Benoit will never win her a World Championship.  Hart says that Woman has someone in the back that she needs to be with, so I’m sure he’s talking about Sullivan.  Out comes Dean Malenko, who grabs Woman by the arm and tries to pull her backstage.  Benoit dives out of the ring and onto Malenko and the two brawl to the back, including Benoit Irish whipping Malenko into a palm tree, into the commercial break.

Winner: Alex Wright (via countout)

For those of you who saw my review on the Mattel Elite 37 Dean Malenko action figure, it does appear that Malenko wears his socks a bit higher than his boots.  I guess I just never paid attention to it until I saw it on the action figure.  I stand corrected.

Match #4: Lord Steven Regal w/ Jeeves VS “Macho Man” Randy Savage

As Tony tells us that Randy Savage is a man to trust here in WCW, Savage comes to the ring decked out in black and white.  Um, maybe a different outfit now that the nWo had taken over those two colors, Randy?

“Macho Man is insane.  He tried to tackle a limosine last week!” – Larry Zbyszko

Regal wins the opening mat wrestling volley and tries to show off, but Savage gets the better of him off of that exchange.  The two men trade the match back and forth as we hit Hour # 2 and Tony tells us that there is no Bobby Heenan or Eric Bischoff to trade off to, so Larry and Tony will be our Hour #2 announcers.

Savage fires back as we head into Hour #2 and out walk Sting and Lex Luger.  They have a seat with the fans in two of the four empty seats at ringside that Tony has been speculating may be for the nWo.  Somebody tries to shake Lex’s hand but Lex doesn’t see him, so the guy walks off.  The guy sitting beside Sting is totally no-selling the entire deal, which is funny.

Savage takes Regal outside and slams him into the seats that Sting and Luger are sitting in.  He takes him back in, scoop slam, and flying elbow for the win.

Winner: Randy Savage

Right before Savage hit, Regal does this super interesting thing where it’s like he can see that Savage is going to his and he just has no way of stopping it, so he flails his arms and tries to move but it’s just too late.  Such a cool little moment and shows how good Regal is.

The moment the match is over, Sting and Luger make a beeline for the limo.  They open the doors and Sting pulls out a flower arrangement.  It says “Condolences on the Death of WCW.”

Mean Gene is in the ring with Macho Man and tells us that Savage cut a deal and he’ll be the first man to face either the Giant or Hogan, whichever wins, for the Championship.  I’m guessing that’s at Halloween Havoc, but I’m certain that Flair gets a title shot at Clash of Champions, so I’m interested to see how this plays out.

Sting comes in and says no one was in the limo, but tells us what they found in the limo.  Savage says this is the style of the nWo, no face-to-face, always cheap shots.  He says the Outsiders want no part of the Stinger and his friend Lex.  Funny how Lex is now his friend when the two hated each other just a few months ago.  Sting says the Outsiders aren’t bad guys…these are some nice flowers…he just hopes they can get their money back since WCW is alive and well.  Sting holds the bouquet while Savage kicks a field goal with it and we’re off to a commercial headed by a quick video of the Booty Man dancing.

We get a recap of WCW Saturday Night and we see Ric Flair beating up the Guerreros, then Eddie cuts a promo on the nWo while Rey Jr. tries to name the guys who jumped him, still able to only name 3 of them.

Match #5: WCW United States Championship Match: The Booty Man w/ The Booty Babe VS “The Nature Boy” Ric Flair (WCW United States Champion) w/ Woman, Ms. Elizabeth, and Debra McMichael

Kim is still looking pretty damn good!  Sorry if this is turning into the “Shane lusts after WCW valets” edition of Ko@Nitro, but damn, this one is pretty good for the eye candy.  She makes a comment about everyone looking “Bootyful” and apparently doesn’t feel that it landed, so she does it again.

Double A walks to the ring with a folding chair and pulls up a seat at ringside, joining the impromptu WCW Security Staff.  We see Mongo and Benoit hanging out back at the palm tree in the entry way as well.

Flair is beating down Booty Man and all is well.

Meng is standing at ringside in normal attire.  A WCW crew shirt, pants, and his hair pulled back.  Meng, looking normal, is odd…but still pretty damn scary.

Bobby Heenan makes his way to ringside, showing us that this match is going to be more about who shows up at ringside instead of what’s happening between the ropes.  They ask Heenan what’s going on, he says last week they couldn’t guarantee his security, so he bounced.  He says this week all of the WCW guys are around so he’s feeling better, but he’s been standing backstage waiting on Bischoff and he just wants someone to give him some direction.  Bobby says no one can guarantee him any security, so he’s bouncing again.

Flair locks on the Figure 4 with his hands on the top ropes.  In come the Horsemen and they beat the crap out of the Booty Man.  Larry makes a good point in that now isn’t a good time to be a friend of Hulk Hogan.  The Horsemen beat down Booty Man some more.  Arn takes his folding chair to Booty Man’s leg and the Horsemen continue to attack the leg as Flair applies the Figure 4 again and Mongo chokes Booty Man out.

Gene gets in the ring and yells at Double A, which is not a good idea.  He says that last week Arn was a victim but now he’s a perpetrator.   Double A says last week when he saw all of the WCW guys together, he knew that they were to be brought together by necessity.  He says he tried to remember where he heard the term “New World Order,” and he heard it in the Good Book.  When the New World Order comes to pass, that’s the end of the world.  WCW is their world and they’re going to defend it.  Arn says that if you’re going to attack a Horseman with a baseball bat, you finish the job.  The nWo want to learn about gang fighting?  Well, the Horsemen are the ORIGINAL gang!  You send one of theirs to the hospital, they’ll send one of yours to the morgue.  Benoit and Mongo cut one line promos.  Flair grabs a mic and says “Hogan…watch this!”  He kicks Booty Man a few more times and yells “tell Hogan!”  Flair tells Hogan that he can wake up one day and pretend he’s bad, but when he laid his hands on Flair’s best friend, he messed up.  He tells Hogan “any time, any place.”

Man, as much as WCW’s babyfaces rally against the Outsiders, the Horsemen should have been the first line of defense and a much bigger deal than they were in this angle.  I love them beating up Booty Man, who is a babyface, just because he’s a friend of Hogan.  They’re showing that they’re sending a message and they’ll hurt anyone.  The Horsemen should have ended up being the Black Ops of WCW…the guys who aren’t afraid to get blood on their hands to do what needs to be done.

We get a commercial break and a replay of last week’s attack backstage.  It’s pretty much played in it’s entirety.  We come back and Larry goes super biblical on Hogan, telling him he’s the Antichrist, says to shave the rest of his head and he’ll find the 666 and that the only thing left for him is the lake of fire!  Damn, Larry, no need to go straight hellfire and brimstone on the man.

Commercial break.

“The following announcement has been paid for by the New World Order.”

The Outsiders are joking about taking out Sting on Saturday Night and then taking out the guys backstage.  Hall wonders if Billionaire Ted’s Atlanta Braves need some more homerun hitters since they’re two guys who can swing bats.  Hogan says that the day after Hog Wild is his birthday.  Hall says it’s just business, nothing personal.  The tape stops out of nowhere and we hear someone from the production truck in the headsets of very surprised announcers.  We hear that it’s Craig Leathers, the producer, and that Sting and Luger are in the production truck telling them to stop the tape.

Leathers is arguing with Sting, telling him that it was a paid spot.  Sting says who cares and asks him where the nWo letters are on his shirt.  Someone is on the phone telling the person on the other end what is happening.

“Free pot pie and soda in our trailer.” – Sting

“Oh really?!  That sounds nice!” – Lex Luger

Yes, that exchange happened.

Match #6: WCW World Heavyweight Championship Match:  Sgt. Craig “Pitbull” Pittman w/ Teddy Long VS The Giant (WCW World Heavyweight Champion) w/ Jimmy Hart

WHY IS THIS A TITLE MATCH?!

I get the idea that The Giant is a fighting champion and, honestly, every singles match he’s been in thus far since winning the title has been a championship match, but damn.  If Pittman were able to win, are they really thinking they’ll sell Hog Wild on Pittman VS Hogan?

That being said, kudos to Teddy Long for being the type of manager that can get his man a title match with no build up within just a few weeks of taking on a client.  Teddy really is a damn good manager, apparently, and no one is touching on this!

Random bouts of Pittman hitting Giant, including a flying headbutt with no effect, chokeslam, three count.

Winner: The Giant (still WCW Champion)

Giant goes to chokeslam Pittman again, but T-Lo begs him not to.  Giant relents…then sends T-Lo to the mat.  Sorry, playa.

Mean Gene is in the ring with the Champion.  Jimmy Hart starts cutting a promo on Hogan, but Gene cuts him off and says that the limo is back.  Jimmy says that at Hog Wild, Giant will be ready for Hogan, before running behind Giant’s back.  Hart also looks terrified and his voice goes even higher (yes, it’s possible), which is cool because he’s showing he’s freaking terrified of being attacked and is hiding behind his Giant.  Giant says he was born to be champion and that he doesn’t feel sorry about any of the people he’s destroying.  He tells Hogan his fifteen minutes of fame are up.  He says if Hogan has any guts at all, show up in Sturgis and he’ll show them to him.

Back from commercial we hear that last week, Savage was able to get the briefcase with his money in it back from the Horsemen, but during a match on Saturday Night, out came Debra and Mongo to steal it back.

Match #7: The Nasty Boys VS Sting and Lex Luger

The Steiners come out to help provide security for Sting and Luger.

Nastys are controlling he match, keeping Sting in their corner and working him over with quick tags.  While I understand where they’re going and it’s honestly a normally laid out tag match, with Sting and Luger fired up, WCW on a roll, Horsemen kicking the shit out of known Hogan associates, then Sting and Luger should be destroying these guys so that we get fired up for Hog Wild and their match with the Outsiders.

Hot tag to Luger and Luger follows my advice and destroys the Nastys.  Luger goes for the torture rack but is attacked from behind by the other Nasty Boy, spilling everyone outside.  Saggs tries to piledrive Luger on the floor but is met with a hell of a Steinerline by Rick Steiner.  In the ring, Sting locks Saggs in the Deathlock for the win.

Winners: Sting and Lex Luger

Tony: “If he hooks it on Hall or Nash this Saturday, I hope he keeps it on until Sunday.”

Larry: “Make it Monday.”

Tony: “Yeah, why not!”

Larry: “Then we’ll be back on Nitro!”

Tony: “We’ll take a shot of it in the center of the ring.”

I liked this exchange.

Back from break and Gene is in the ring with Luger, Stinger, and two little kids.  The kids do Luger’s pose, to a pop from the crowd, and the guys show them out.  Gene mentions the match at Hog Wild, but Sting asks if Gene mentioned a limo.  Gene says yeah.  Lex goes “again?!”  Sting asks if the crowd things the Outsiders will be in it this time.  Sting asks if they should go check it out and the crowd says yeah.

Luger’s snide comments are killing me tonight.  I love this.

“Are you kidding me?  Is this a rib?”  Gene asks.  Sting leads the WCW guys to the limo.  A leather “TURNER” briefcase is hurled out of the door at Sting as the door slams shut and the limo drives off.  The show goes off the air here.

BUT…we’re we apparently get exclusive footage after the show that I don’t remember ever seeing before.  They open the briefcase and it’s a flyer with the nWo logo that says “Rey was right, there were four guys…or were there five?”  Luger and Sting make fun of this and our bonus footage comes to an end.

 

The extra footage at the end was cool.  I really don’t remember ever seeing this.  I’m certain that it’s about to show up on the next seven shows and I’ll look like an idiot for not remembering it, but still…pretty cool.

I liked this show!  WCW banded together and made a strong effort after getting their asses kicked last week.  The nWo was nowhere to be seen, which was also good.  Don’t kill your crowd with them over and over again.  They made their point last week, now let WCW shine as we go into Hog Wild.

The Horsemen kicking the living hell out of the Booty Man was awesome.  I loved everything about that segment.  I’m telling you, I’m not one to go back and retroactively fantasy book, but like I said before, The Horsemen should have played a MUCH larger part in all of this.  That segment was the most pumped up I have been in a while.  Seriously, check it out.  So good.  Arn Anderson can be the scariest man in the world sometimes.  He’s like you’re Dad when he’s angry.  Not at you, mind you, but you KNOW that anger because you’ve seen him when he’s upset…so you just have to stand back in awe of what vengeance is about to be laid down on someone due to this.  So amazing.

Good in ring stuff, honestly.  Glad that Giant/Pittman was two minutes long because it shouldn’t be any longer than that.  Giant is killing fools left and right to show he’s ready to kill Hogan and that’s exactly what he should be doing.

Our next installment is Hog Wild, ladies and gentlemen!  I’m very excited about this.

Be sure to check out my video review of Mattel’s new Dean Malenko figure.  I also plan on having a new issue of WCW Magazine uploaded sometime this week as well, so be on the lookout for that.

Until next time!

Shane

Ratings Breakdown

WWF Raw Ratings – 2.8

WCW Nitro Ratings – 3.0

(Raw – 17, Nitro – 25) (Tie Weeks – 2)

(Unopposed weeks – 5)

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

WCW’s longest Winning Streak (to this point) – 8

 

A close victory, but a victory nonetheless!

WWF Raw results from this week

Jerry Lawler pinned Aldo Montoya after hitting two piledrivers. (2:34)

The Body Donnas (Skip & Zip) defeated The New Rockers (Marty Jannetty & Leif Cassidy) via disqualification when the Smoking Gunns interfered. (8:48)

WWF Intercontinental Champion Ahmed Johnson won an 11-man battle royal by last eliminating Goldust. (16:03)

 

Ugh!  A squash match, two midcard tag teams, and a battle royal.  This should be nowhere near this episode of Nitro, much less .2 away from it.  I believe this is the episode where Lawler pours Jack Daniels down Justin Credible’s throat, though, since Jerry’s currently trying to call out Jake the Snake, so at least that segment is entertaining.

KoaNitro copyAlright, people. Gather around as The Champ continues the weekly episodic story of love, lies, invasions and shenanigans that is WCW Nitro!

Tonight starts with the 2 man team of Larry Zbyszko and Tony Schiavone as they welcome us to a sold out arena in Charlotte, North Carolina. Hour 2 we will be joined by Bobby “The Brain Heenan, as Eric Bischoff is still in recovery.

Hyping Bash at the Beach as per the last few weeks. Larry Z makes some odd comparison about “conquering worlds”, complete with “This is where the big boys play” catchphrase. Recap of the Great American Bash with Scott Hall and Kevin Nash calling out WCW with their surprise 3rd member. Jack knife to Eric, hence the recovery. Personally I love when Tony just says “Please get him!” Not sure if someone needs to get Bischoff, or someone needed to get Nash. But Schiavone says it with absolutely no emotion. I love how the just read the script, and that was all you’re gonna get. By the way, Hall was money on the mic.

We shoot to Gene Okerlund with the 3 men WCW has chosen to step up to face The Outsiders in 2 weeks: Sting, Luger and Randy Savage. Everyone has Sting’s face paint on. Savage just flat out leaves. Guessing he just got excited. Sting hypes not knowing who the 3rd man is. Mr. Bad interview Lex Luger says “WWWCW will stand tall”…..way too many W ‘s. Oh! The Steiners! They got the back of WCW! Straight to hyping the triangle match between The Steiners/Harlem Heat/”Team face paint”. Booker T says “Suckas” 42 times. Everyone is yelling…

Match #1: The Blue Bloods (Lord Steven Regal & Squire David Taylor) w/ Earl Robert Eaton & Jeeves VS Public Enemy

Dear LORD. I’m not doing play by play on this. You can’t make me. I’ve tried that on a P.E. match before. I gots the brain pain. On a side note: the Network crashes as soon as the bell rang. Even my Xbox One knows!

Anyways, Rocco Rock fights off both members of the BB’s. Security in the building is at an all-time high because of Hall/Nash, Kevin Greene looking for Mongo, etc. 3 minutes into this match and 2 botches. Just saying. The Outsiders are here in the parking lot. No camera shot, etc. Just an announcement. Grunge hot tagged in. Grunge thankfully ends this quickly with the cast shot to Dave Taylor. Replay courtesy of 1-800-COLLECT and shooting to commercial.

Winners: Public Enemy

And we’re back!
Match #2: “Taskmaster” Kevin Sullivan w/ Jimmy Hart VS Kip Abee

Immediately the action goes outside the ring and to a random Subway stand. Nice plug there. Now, heading back to the ring. Sullivan loses by DQ. Confusion.

Winner: Kip AB (via DQ)

Gene Okerlund with Jimmy Hart. Hart needs to control his volume. Think he busted a speaker. Never mind, Kevin Sullivan just busted it. Why is everyone yelling? Sullivan talks about his match with The Giant vs. Arn Anderson and Benoit. Commercial break before more of my home equipment gets shattered.

MF’ing Glacier vignette!!! Coming July 1996! 11 year old me freaked out hard. Mortal Kombat with my WCW?? Book that!

Back from commercial and straight to match #3.

Match #3: “Hardwork” Bobby Walker VS “The Man of 1,000 Holds” Dean Malenko (WCW Cruiserweight Champion)

Good back and forth chain wrestling. Bobby Walker so far holding his ground, if not momentarily. Dean gets the advantage and starts breaking Walker down. What I love about Malenko is the little things. Constantly going for the pin. Staying on top of his opponent. Very under rated talent. “Hold #498, a variation of the Camel Clutch”. Zbyszko actually said that haha. DISCO INFERNO!! Distraction almost costs Malenko the match. Disco hits his music in the middle of the match! and starts dancing on the turnbuckle! Dean Malenko does not give a single F and keeps wrestling, knocking Walker into Disco (who is still dancing). Northern Lights suplex Bridge pin and win by Malenko.

Winner: Dean Malenko

Gene talks to Malenko and Disco. Setting up the match at the Bash. Commercial.

We’re back.

Match #4. Barbarian vs. Eddie Guerrero

Eddie is giving up a bunch of size against Barbarian. Eddie makes Barbarian look good by wrestling circles around his opponent. Barbarian gets back on top by brute strength. Suplex, pin attempt, Kick out at 2. More suplexes, pin attempts and more kick outs. Electric chair attempt into a weird Hurricanrana. Barbarian throws Eddie literally 12 feet, including the momentum getting Eddie to the outside. Looked harsh. Eddie barely gets in before the 10 count. Back to the top. Eddie reverses it into a cross body for the pin!

Winner: Eddie Guerrero

Gene making his money tonight with yet another interview. Recap of the ending of the match with Konnan at Uncensored. Eddie wants another shot at the US title. The products are trying to play Gene off by starting the music for the commercial.

Hour 2 starts hot with The Horsemen coming out to the ring! Bobby Heenan now in at commentary, as promised earlier.

Match #5: “The Enforcer” Arn Anderson & “The Crippler” Chris Benoit w/ Steve “Mongo” McMichael VS The Rock and Roll Express

Arn Anderson and Chris Benoit in action tonight against the Rock and Roll Express.

Pleasant surprise! Apparently, this is an issue with this episode on the Network, so it has skipped a few minutes into the match. Benoit in the ring with Ricky Morton. Flair’s VIP section sits empty because Savage is in the building, selling their storied rivalry. Morton on top, tags in Robert Gibson. Tag at Double A, and in perfect Enforcer fashion, takes over. Horsemen working over Morton with beautiful tag team work. Gibson gets the hot tag against Arn. All 4 men in the ring. Mongo hits Gibson with the briefcase and Benoit gets the pin. Gomez does a run in, and immediately gets shut down. Kevin Greene and Savage save Gomez from a worse beating.

Winners: Arn Anderson & Chris Benoit

Gene again with an interview. This time with Flair, flanked by Woman/Debra McMichael and Elizabeth in a “secured area”. Flair talks about the Horsemen being reunited and stronger than ever. All the Horsemen now in this “secured area”. Mongo tells incoherently and Gene yells “GIVE IT A REST!”

Schiavone and Heenan talking about the importance of the 6 man match at the Bash being possibly the change of direction of WCW by the Outsiders.

Match #6: “Das Wunderkind” Alex Wright VS Diamond Dallas Page

Alex FREAKING Wright vs. DD FREAKING P! This Nitro was made specifically for me!

DDP, clad in pink while smoking a cigar, gets the earlier advantage, until Wright tries 2 quick roll-ups. Very good back and forth with no one getting over without it evening back out. Alex Wright off the top, quick 2 count. AW back up top, drop kick to DDP. The action spills outside momentarily, until DDP reverses. Diamond Cutter out of nowhere it seems, pin and your winner: DDP.

Winner: Diamond Dallas Page

Jesus Christ… Gene…again with the interview. DDP hypes his match against Hacksaw in a “taped fist” match for Lord of the Ring.

Commercial featuring Glacier again!

Gene interviews Kevin Greene. Talks about Mongo turning on him. Panthers are going to “kick ass this year” (Nope) and then he’s hunting Mongo. Blah blah blah. I love Mean Gene, but damn. I guess there isn’t anyone else to do interviews since Bischoff isn’t there.

Match #7: “Macho Man” Randy Savage w/ Kevin Greene VS VK Wallstreet

Macho attacks before the bell, taking matters into his own hands. Savage continues the beating. Wallstreet throws savage outside and half over the barricade. Back inside quickly, Wallstreet still going over. Savage finally gets momentum after a top rope reversal. Elbow misses by Savage, but quickly hits it for the win.

Winner: Randy Savage

WCW magazine commercial. I proudly still have a few of those.

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

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Scott Steiner, Sting, and Harlem Heat all in one match. Jesus, I love this job.

Coin toss to find out who starts this match off. It’s going to be….. Booker T and Scott Steiner! YES! Scott Steiner invented “Suplex City”. Brock doing suplexes good and all, but Scott made it look great. Plus, Scott can do more than 2 different suplexes.

A couple of suplexes, and the tag to Rick Steiner and Stevie Ray. Rick Steiner going strong with a suplex and clothesline. Steiner tags in Sting, like you do. Harlem Heat with the double team on Sting, ending with Booker T getting tagged. Sting with the pin attempt, only gets a 2. Stevie Ray tagged in and he goes to work on Sting. Sting getting the heat because let’s face it, Luger couldn’t do it. Commercial during the match

Nitro_6-24-96_29We come back to see Sting on top now over Booker T. Booker tags in Stevie Ray. Lateral press into a pin, only gets 2. Sting getting worked over. Comeback by Sting, only to get cut off. Rick Steiner makes the save on the pin so the match continues. Sting with the inadvertent crotch shot to Stevie Ray. Tags made to Booker T and Luger, respectively. Luger gets fired up and cleans house. AND HERE COMES HALL AND NASH THROUGH THE CROWD! Outsiders, armed with baseball bats, jump the barricade and head for the ring. Inside the ring however, all 3 teams turn their attention to the Outsiders and unite in the name of WCW.

Winners: Harlem Heat (New WCW Tag Team Champions)

Security storms the ring to stop the run in, and Harlem Heat steal the victory AND the Tag Team belts. New Champs! Hall and Nash think better of coming in the ring. Replay of Harlem Heat winning the titles from a different angle.

We cut to Schiavone and Heenan wrapping up the show. Heenan is great as commentator. He can take any angle and make it matter. So having him come in for the second hour just to do commentating was a very smart move. Schiavone talks about July 7th (Bash at the Beach) while Heenan leaves, fearing for his life. End of show.

Quick Final thoughts:

Overall, great wrestling from top to bottom. I’m not going to recap every match. However, I will tell you to please look this episode up on the Network if you have it. Commentary was solid, wrestling was solid and every angle progressed nicely. THIS is how a wrestling program should be.

Alright guys, that’s all.  Like what I have to say? Wanna cuss me out so I lay awake at night over your profanities? Wanna send me free Merch? Follow me on twitter @DerickBody.

 

Following up on Derick’s thoughts here, this was a pretty good episode of Nitro and did a pretty good job setting up for Bash at the Beach, which is coming up quickly, with only three Nitros between both Bashes.

Nitro_6-24-96_32The Outsiders stuff at the end was pretty good, especially after they had been talked about the entire night, coming off of just a little over a week ago powerbombing Eric Bischoff through the stage.  Their presence was felt and it was very interesting to see all of the cops jump into the ring so quickly.  It was even more interesting to see a few of them going for their guns, ready to cap the Outsiders should they feel the need to try to enter the ring.  The guerilla warfare from the Outsiders at this point is pretty awesome and I’m really loving it.

The fact that the last match ended with a pin is pretty interesting.  Derick and I spoke about this and came to the idea that Nick Patrick is either the best referee ever for ignoring the Outsiders and counting the pin when Booker T rolled up Lex Luger, or the WORST referee ever for ignoring the fact that ten people suddenly entered the ring, throwing the match into chaos.  It should have been a no-contest at that point, but whatever.  Apparently they needed the belts off of Sting and Luger going into the rest of the Outsiders angle, so this allowed that to happen and, I guess, allowed Hall and Nash to get one over on their competition at the PPV.  Luger no-sells losing the titles and just immediately jumps up and mean mugs the Outsiders, so apparently being tag champs didn’t excite him that much.  Oh well, he still has the Television Championship, so maybe that’s why he’s not too worked up about it.

I liked the Horsemen interactions here.  Benoit is a made man after that Sullivan match at the Bash.  He’s just being shown in a completely different light and it’s really exciting.  I like it.

Our next episode will be coming to you from Phillip, so get ready for that. Then, we’re off to Bash at the Beach 1996, which, as of RIGHT NOW, the plan is for the normal write-up as well as an audio commentary track from myself, Derick and Robbie, which will hopefully be interesting.  If it works out, PPV’s may become podcasts, so we’ll see.

Until next time!

-Shane

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Ratings Breakdown

WWF Raw Ratings – 2.7

WCW Nitro Ratings – 3.3

(Raw – 17, Nitro – 19) (Tie Weeks – 2)

(Unopposed weeks – 5)

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

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

 

The beginning of the win-streak for WCW.  This is two in a row.  It only gets higher from here.

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WWF Raw results from this week

WWF IC Champion Ahmed Johnson defeated Hunter Hearst Helmsley with the Pearl River Plunge in a non-title match.

Skip & Zip (w/ Kloudy) defeated the Brooklyn Brawler & Jerry Fox when Fox was pinned.

Vader, Owen Hart, & Davey Boy Smith (w/ Jim Cornette & Diana Hart Smith) defeated Aldo Montoya, Savio Vega, & Barry Horowitz when Montoya submitted to Hart’s Sharpshooter.

The Undertaker (w/ Paul Bearer) defeated Steve Austin via disqualification when Goldust, who came ringside moments earlier along with Marlena to do guest commentary, interfered.

 

Two matches sound good.  Ahmed and HHH sounds pretty good and Taker/Austin sounds pretty good.  WWF is still putting too many jobber matches on TV for my liking though.  Who the living hell is Jerry Fox?  And Barry Horowitz?!  He lost like 500 matches in a row!  You can pretty much guarantee if he’s wrestling, he’s losing.  Oh well.  

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!