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

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

Match #1: Stevie Ray VS Rick Steiner

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

Winner: Rick Steiner

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

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

Match #2: Disco Inferno VS Joe Gomez

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Joe Gomez

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winners: Arn Anderson & Chris Benoit

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: John Tenta

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Ric Flair

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Dean Malenko (still WCW Cruiserweight Champion)

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: The Giant (still WCW World Heavyweight Champion)

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

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

 

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

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

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

Until next time!

­-Shane

 

Ratings Breakdown

WWF Raw Ratings – 2.3

WCW Nitro Ratings – 3.4

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

(Unopposed weeks – 5)

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

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

 

Nice strong lead for WCW in the ratings this week!

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WWF Raw results from this week

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winners: The Steiner Brothers

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Konnan (still WCW US Champion)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Dean Malenko (still WCW Cruiserweight Champion)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: John Tenta

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Chris Benoit

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Sting

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winners: Ric Flair and Arn Anderson

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: The Giant (still WCW World Heavyweight Champion)

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

 

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

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

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

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

Until next time, WCW fans!

Shane

 

KoaNitro copyLadies and gentlemen, WCW-ites, we are back after a bit of a hiatus with another week of WCW Monday Nitro!  This week we will see if the invading outsider will make good on his promise to have a “big surprise” for all of us!

Nitro comes to us this week from Wheeling, WV, and we’re joined by our Hour #1 announce team of “The Living Legend” Larry Zbyszko and Tony Schiavone.  This is the go-home show for Great American Bash.  Tony tells us that Ric Flair and Arn Anderson will warm up against Renegade and a debuting Joe Gomez as they head into the big match on Sunday against Mongo and Kevin Greene.  We also hear that Scott Norton will take on The Giant, apparently as retaliation against him beating down Ice Train last week.

Tony reminds us about our invader and shows us a replay of the confrontation with Hall and Sting.

Match #1: Booker T VS Scott Steiner

Very interesting to see two tag team wrestlers in singles competition.  Both of these men will carve out singles runs for themselves, and will actually wrestle for the World Championship on the final episode of Monday Nitro, but at this time, WCW really didn’t have tag wrestlers have singles matches very often, so this is a bit of a treat.

Booker does a really good job during the opening part of this match at blocking suplex attempts, which is roughly 85% of Steiner-based offense, so he’s doing well for himself.  He isn’t able to stop a kick to the gut and subsequent tiger bomb, though, which allows Scott to get the upper hand.  Booker derails that, though, with a back kick as Scott chases him into the corner after an Irish whip.  Booker is able to hit a scissor kick for two out of that.

Tony tells us that the Steiners have been having a bit of a feud with Fire and Ice on Saturday Night, leading to a match at the Great American Bash.

Booker hits a nice cross body from the top, but Scott is able to get the momentum again with a back body drop, four punches in the corner and a belly-to-belly suplex.  He calls for the Frankensteiner, but Booker holds on to the top rope off of the Irish whip and follows through with an a side kick.  He goes up for a splash from the top rope but Scott moves, Irish whip, overhead belly-to-belly suplex for the win.

Winner: Scott Steiner

Commercial break and we come back to Mean Gene with Scott Steiner on the entrance ramp.  Gene brings up the match at the Bash with Fire & Ice.  Scott says that they’ve always prided themselves on being the best team, that’s why they’re here in WCW.

Out of nowhere, Debra McMichael shows up and says she’s very sorry to interrupt, but she needs to talk to Mean Gene about her husband.  Scotty seems to understand, so he bounces.  Man, in a few years, Big Poppa Pump wouldn’t let a woman take his interview time.

Debra says that she’s worried that this Sunday, Mongo is going to freak out and hurt someone permanently.  She wants to ask Mean Gene if he’ll set up a meeting between them, Flair and Anderson and see if they can get this match shut down.  Gene says he’s going to talk to Bobby Heenan and see what he can do.  Gene makes sure to get him a shot in and tells Debra that she’s looking good tonight.  Damn, Gene, the woman is worried and scared…why are you trying to hit on her?

Zbyszko says this is just Mongo trying to weasel his way out of this match.

Match #2: Jim Powers VS Diamond Dallas Page

Tony calls Jim Powers a “great name in our sport.”  Um, what?

The early part of the match is DDP ducking away from Powers’ offense and getting caught in two school boy rollups for two counts.  Powers gets a nice cross body for two, goes for a backdrop off of an Irish whip but DDP grabs his head and slams it to the mat off of the rebound.  Page takes a few moments to put the boots to Powers before bringing him up in a gutwrench gutbuster, which gets a nice applause from the crowd.  I guess DDP’s getting the face reaction since no one knows who Powers is.

DDP rushes into the corner but Powers gets a boot up, then crashes Page’s head off of the top turnbuckle 9 times, then does it one more time to get the 10th and the crowd popping for him.  Powers gets a high knee and a dropkick for two since he didn’t hook the leg.  DDP stops an Irish whip with a back elbow and nails the Diamond Cutter for the win.

Winner: Diamond Dallas Page

Man, that Diamond Cutter is a wicked move.  I’ve always loved it, but you can see that DDP really seems to have gotten it down to a smooth science very early after adopting it.  It really does come out of nowhere.

We get a video recap of the issues with Benoit, Sullivan, and the Horsemen.  Benoit is played off like an undeserving Horseman who is questioning Anderson.   Sullivan is played off like a hero for getting rid of Pillman.  It looks like Double A has washed his hands of Benoit, siding with Sullivan and saying that the truth of everything will come out soon.  Benoit will face Sullivan in a Falls Count Anywhere match at the Great American Bash.

We come from that to a video recap package of Konnan, the WCW United States Champion.  I’m about ready for Konnan to turn heel.  This version of him does nothing for me.  After the package, Konnan is backstage with Mean Gene, who says that Konnan will wrestle El Gato, a South American legend, at the Bash.  Konnan puts El Gato over, but says he’ll have to come to the US to prove himself, just like he did.  Konnan cuts the rest of the promo in Spanish and Gene puts over the match at the PPV.

Larry asks who El Gato is a legend to, a bunch of boa constrictors?  He goes all xenophobic and says that he feels that all contenders to the US Championship should at least have a green card!

Match #3: Meng VS Sting

Meng starts off a house of fire, beating down Sting with clubbing fists for a good twenty to thirty seconds.  Sting gets a backdrop to temporarily stop it, but crashes hard off of a failed dropkick attempt when Meng grabs the top rope.  Meng takes over again and puts the boots to Sting for a while.  He sends him to the ropes, but Sting ducks a clothesline and comes off the opposite ropes with a hell of a cross body block.  He fires off some clotheslines but Meng gets a small package for two.  Sting sends him to the corner and goes for a school boy for two.  Meng lifts Sting like a feather and brings him down with a shoulder breaker.  Meng goes to the top but Sting cuts him off with a headbutt, bringing him down.  Sting locks on the Scorpion Deathlock while Meng is on his belly for the win.

Winner: Sting

Coming out of the commercial break, Mean Gene is in the back with Debra McMichael and Bobby Heenan.  Heenan says that McMichael has been talking to Flair all week long and all night.  He says if you want to talk to Flair, follow him.  Heenan takes her into the locker room of the horsemen and slams the door with force.  We hear Debra screaming then she runs out, chased by Woman and Liz.  Renegade and Joe Gomez just happen to be walking past them, so Flair and Anderson jump them and beat them down.

Match #4: Squire Dave Taylor w/ Jeeves VS Hacksaw Jim Duggan

Hacksaw fires off a trifecta of clotheslines, sending Taylor to the floor.

Tony tells us that Sting and Luger have stepped up to take the place of Joe Gomez and Renegade and will wrestle Arn Anderson and Ric Flair for the WCW World Tag Team Championship tonight.  So, the Horsemen beat down their opponents and get rewarded with a tag title shot?  Interesting.

More clotheslines, three point stance clothesline, a couple punches and some elbows…damn, there’s not a single wrestling hold in this match.  Hacksaw grabs his tape from his trunks, tapes up the first, right hand punch for the win.

Winner: Hacksaw Jim Duggan

I use to love Hacksaw at this time…but these matches just aren’t good.  This match was seriously just punches and clotheslines.

After this match, we get a highlight video of Dean Malenko tearing it up in WCW and Rey Mysterio Jr tearing it up in Mexico.  I’m very excited about this match at the Bash.

We go backstage with Mean Gene, Big Bubba, and Jimmy Hart.  We get a replay of Big Bubba cutting Shark’s hair, then last week when Shark renounced the name and called himself by his real name, John Tenta.  Big Bubba says Tenta is a half a man and that the whole world has been laughing at him for years.  Bubba says he’ll leave him laying like a beached whale at the PPV.  Gene randomly ends the segment with “Big Bubba, nice beard!”

Match #5: Scott “Flash” Norton VS The Giant (WCW World Heavyweight Champion) w/ Jimmy Hart

Before Giant’s entrance, we get the countdown to Hour #2 and our new announce team of Eric Bischoff and Bobby “The Brain” Heenan.

Norton starts off strong, hammering Giant, but Giant gets a big power slam.  Norton fires off two body splashes in the corner, but gets a boot to the face on the third one.  Both men go to the floor.  Norton backs Giant up to the corner posts and fires off some forearms, but when he moves to try to do a splash, Giant moves and Norton eats the steel post.  Giant chokeslams Norton on the concrete floor, then rolls him in for the pin.

Winner: The Giant

That chokeslam was amazing!  I’d imagine it hurt like all hell, too, because even though it was on the padding, Norton took the crap out of it.

As Giant celebrates, Lex Luger hits the ring.  Giant attacks him, sending him to the floor, and attempts to chokeslam him through Flair’s VIP table.  Luger gets out of this and the Dungeon of Doom run Luger off.  Giant screams and runs off, chasing Luger, who oddly enough is at the announce booth.  He cuts a little promo on Giant and we go to commercial.

Match #6: Billy Kidman VS Lord Steven Regal w/ Jeeves

It’s weird to see Kidman without his Flock look or his jeans/wifebeater look.  I don’t like it.

Kidman starts off very strong in this match until he misses a 450 splash.  Regal does a little dance, suplexes Kidman on his head, then locks on a weird hold for the win.

Winner: Lord Steven Regal

Sting runs into the ring and bitch slaps Regal, paying him back for the one he got a few weeks ago.  Regal sells it like a champ as we go to commercial.

Match #7: The Nasty Boys VS Public Enemy

This is not going to be a match at all.  The brawl starts off the moment the teams hit the ring and we’re given this match in split screen as one duo brawls on the floor and the other in the ring or on the opposite side of the floor.  It kinda works, since at this point, they’re pretty much the same team.

Out of nowhere, a tag team match devolves out of the bedlam.  Johnny Grunge, apparently wrestling with a broken hand, is being double teamed in the corner.  He is able to get the tag to Grunge, they kick Saggs in the gut and attempt a double clothesline, but Saggs ducks and clotheslines both members of Public Enemy.

Heenan says that the moment that the door shut in the Flair/Anderson locker room, Debra attacked Woman and Liz.  Bischoff says that in all of Heenan’s years, he has never seen Mongo really really really mad.

We go to commercial, including one for Glacier…it’s the same commercial we saw last week, with the voice over.  Still no actual footage of Glacier, though.

Back from commercial, the brawl continues.  Johnny Grunge leaves the ringside area and the announcers act like he’s left the building.  He comes out with a garbage can but is kicked in the gut and drops it, reducing this spot and speculation to absolutely nothing.

Grunge goes up top but Saggs hits him with the garbage can, causing a DQ.

Winners: Public Enemy (via DQ)

The Nasty Boys celebrate this, because they’re dumb.

Bischoff introduces that damn Hulk Hogan video clip YET AGAIN!  This is three weeks in a row, damn it!  Sullivan mentioned on his podcast that they did this to have good ole’ Hogan in our minds so that the heel turn means more, which makes sense…I am just tired of seeing him.

We get a video after that of Mongo and Greene training and getting crazy advice from Randy Savage.  It’s scored with some weird generic country music, though, which is odd.

Match #8: WCW World Tag Team Championship Match – Sting & Lex Luger (WCW World Tag Team Champions) VS “Nature Boy” Ric Flair & “The Enforcer” Arn Anderson w/ Woman and Ms. Elizabeth

Flair starts off by backing Luger into the corner and giving him a few chops.  Luger powers out, gorilla press slams Flair and nails him with a few clotheslines.  Anderson tries to break it up but Luger fends him off.  Flair and Anderson take to the floor to buy some time.  Flair looks like he’s heading over to the VIP section, but it’s empty due to The Giant trying to slam Luger through it earlier.

Back in the ring, Luger gorilla presses Flair again and then sends him to the corner.  Flair flips over it and runs down the apron, but Sting nails him.  Lex suplexes Flair back into the ring but comes up empty on an elbow drop when Flair moves.  Flair tags out to Double A and Luger takes an opening to tag out to Sting.

Bischoff says he has been hearing about Nitro Parties and next week he’ll give us an address so that people can send him pictures and videos.  Man, I remember Nitro Parties.  I never went to one, but I remember them being a big deal through this time.  I always wanted to have one, though.

Sting being in the ring has thrown Double A off of his game.  He brings Sting down twice by the hair, but Sting no-sells it.  He hits his bulldog facebuster on Arn, sending him out and then runs Flair back to the floor.

Heenan goes out of his way multiple times in this show to say that Dennis Rodman might show up at the Bash. There’s no reason for this, but he does it two or three times.

Back from a quick commercial break and Sting and Luger are controlling Anderson, who tags out to Flair.  Flair stares a hole through Sting and comes into the ring, backing Sting into the corner and firing off chops.  Flair has forgotten that this is Sting, apparently, so he no-sells it and sends Flair to the opposite corner.  Flair moves out of the way of the Stinger Splash, though, but Sting is able to throw Flair off of the top rope.  Sting takes Flair up top for a big superplex.  Heenan is doing a great job of feeling distraught at his team taking a beating like this only six days away from their big match at the Bash.

Sting almost gets a roll up victory but Double A stops it and Bobby starts freaking out that Anderson had a great opportunity to get a DDT.  He says he needs to go to ringside but Bischoff refuses to let him.

Sting rolls Flair up but the ref is too busy getting Lex out of the ring to notice it as we go to commercial break yet again.

Sting and Flair are brawling outside and Flair gives him a chop.  It’s funny how ONE chop will work, but anything after one will have no effect.  Sting and Flair have a battle of backslide attempts before Flair tags out to Double A.  Anderson tries to come off the ropes but Sting gets a knee to Arn’s gut and tags out to Luger.  Luger hits gorilla press slam number 3 to Flair!  The Horsemen try to double team Luger, but Luger sends them both over the top rope with a clothesline.

Out comes The Giant.  Luger immediately attacks Luger and the referee calls for the bell.

Winner: No Contest

Scott Steiner comes out with an old school wooden folding chair and starts beating The Giant with it.  Sting joins in and the three babyfaces beat down on Giant until he retreats.

Mean Gene meets Giant and Hart on the ramp.  Giant says that he wants the match with Luger to have no rules, just the way he likes it.  If Luger wants to bring a chair, he can.

Back to the announcers, Bischoff starts talking but Heenan goes ballistic!  He starts yelling at Macho Man, saying that he hasn’t taken money from Flair, he shouldn’t be touched!  Heenan goes white and throws his headset down and bolts.  Bischoff looks to his right and there’s Scott Hall.

Bischoff asks where is the “big surprise.”  Behind him is Kevin Nash.  Nash claps Bischoff on the shoulder and takes the microphone.  Now Bischoff looks like he’s a bit scared.

“You’ve been sitting here for six months running your mouth.  This is where the big boys play, huh?  Look at the adjective…play.  We’re not here to play. Now he said last week that he was going to bring somebody out here.  I’m here.  You  till don’t have your three people, and you know why?  Because nobody wants to face us.  This show is about as interesting as Marge Schott reading excerpts from Mein Kompf.”  Bischoff says he doesn’t want any trouble here tonight.  “Yeah, no trouble because you know I’ll kick your teeth down your throat. Where’s your three guys?  What, you couldn’t get a paleontologist to get a couple of these fossils cleared?  You ain’t got enough guys off of a dialysis machine to get a team?  Where’s Hogan?  Where’s Hogan?  Out doing another episode of Blunder in Paradise?  Where’s the Macho Man?  Out doing another Slim Jim commercial?  We’re here.”

Bischoff says that tomorrow at 9, he’ll be in the offices of WCW, and he’ll see if he can get them the fight.  Bischoff says they can show up at the Great American Bash and he’ll see if they can get their fight.  Nash says they love them in Baltimore and then finishes off with “The measuring stick just changed around here, buddy.  You’re looking at it.”

Bischoff, at a loss for words, calls for the show to end.

 

As a go-home show, this one wasn’t that great.  We got a nice build up to Luger/Giant and a lot from the Horsemen/Football match, but other than that, not a lot going on.  We are simply told about the Steiners/Fire & Ice match, as well as a DDP VS Marcus Bagwell match.  Maybe it’s having to fill the two hour slot now that makes it seem less compact, but it just feels like the go-home shows used to be a bit better.

Nash showing up is still cool after all this time.  I love Kevin Nash, so seeing him scare the crap out of Bischoff is cool.  I do think that him calling the show boring was a bit much.  So far, they’ve done nothing but make fun of the WCW talent for being old.  Well, if you win, you’ve done nothing but beat old men.  If you lose, you lost to a bunch of old men.  You can say that you’re better, but simply burying the company is a little silly in my opinion.  But, we’ll have months and months to talk about how the nWo reduces WCW to a very minimal fight.

And now, for the third week, here’s Robbie’s thoughts on the formation of the New World Order.

This week Scott Hall is back to confront Eric at the commentator booth and Bobby quickly runs off. Eric says he dosen’t want any trouble but does ask where is the “big” surprise? A few seconds later Kevin Nash strolls up behind him. Kevin begins to speak to Eric telling him that for 6 months WCW is where the big boys play but they aren’t there to play. Like Hall the weeks before be begins running down members of the WCW roster. “Where’s the Macho Man? Doing some Slim Jim commercial? Where’s Hogan? Doing “Blunder in Paradise?” Eric says that he doesn’t have the authority to make a match until he is in the office in Atlanta but the groundwork is closer to being laid out for The Bash. Nash says the measuring stick in WCW has changed as they walk off. Clearly Hall and Nash were ready to play their part in turning WCW around and this was only just the beginning. 

 

We’ll see you back here next time for the Great American Bash!

-Shane

 

Ratings Breakdown

WWF Raw Ratings – 2.7

WCW Nitro Ratings – 2.6

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

(Unopposed weeks – 5)

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

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

 

A one-tenth victory for Raw, tying us up at wins at a very important time in this history.  You see, for the next 84 weeks, Raw will not win.  So, it’s quite cool that it worked out to a 17/17 tie (with two ties) before Nitro takes off on it’s run.

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WWF Raw results from this week

Owen Hart (w/ Jim Cornette) defeated Yokozuna in a KOTR Qualifying Match

Marc Mero (w/ Sable) defeated Skip in a KOTR Qualifying Match

Davey Boy Smith (w/ Jim Cornette, Owen Hart, & Diana Hart Smith) defeated the Undertaker (w/ Paul Bearer) via count-out

 

Davey VS Taker looks pretty good, but the rest of the card looks kinda “meh.”  WCW deserved this win.

KoaNitro copyOnce again, welcome back to another exciting edition of Kick Out at Nitro, the Internet’s only journey through the rise and fall of WCW Monday Nitro.  We’re one week removed from the bombshell appearance of Scott Hall, who interrupted a match and challenged WCW to a war.  Who is on his side?  Who does he represent?  Hopefully we’ll get more answers tonight.

We open with our Hour One announce team of “The Living Legend” Larry Zbyszko and Tony Schiavone.  Tony tells us that the main event will be for the World Tag Team Championship and will be the Steiners getting a shot against Sting and Lex Luger.  Nice to see this play off of last week, although it’s interesting that they didn’t wait two weeks for the Great American Bash.  We find out that Ric Flair and Arn Anderson will be taking on a returning Rock & Roll Express!  There’s also speculation that Bobby “The Brain” Heenan will be the manager of the Horsemen at the Bash.

We get a quick rundown of what happened last week when Big Bubba shaved half of Shark’s head.  Mean Gene is at the entrance ramp and calls out Shark, who walks out , facing to his left, so we don’t see the shaved side of his head.  Shark is not painted up with the Shark teeth paint, either.  Big Bubba and Jimmy Hart are in the ring with some of Shark’s hair, making fun of him.  Shark says that he hasn’t shaved the rest of his head because he wants to remember the embarrassment.  He says that he’s not a shark, he’s not an avalanche, he’s a man…John Tenta.  He’s going to take out Big Bubba and then he’s going to take out The Giant and shave his head.

Match #1: John Tenta VS Big Bubba w/ Jimmy Hart

Tenta starts off strong, taking it to Big Bubba and getting a big slam.  Tenta’s hair is all over the ring and they should probably get a broom.

Tenta grabs the pair of scissors that Big Bubba had and starts to chase Bubba around the ring.  Bubba bails and stays at ringside.

Winner: John Tenta via count out.

Big Bubba is wearing a Confederate Railroad tour shirt.  I like it.

Off to commercial and back to our second match.

Match #2: High Voltage VS The Faces of Fear

high-voltage-wcwHIGH VOLTAGE!  I absolute love High Voltage!  They’re one of my favorite obscure WCW teams.

Interesting that Jimmy Hart isn’t managing Meng & Barbarian.

Barbarian starts off with Kaos and is getting controlled until Kaos is able to tag out to Ruckus (I remember his name being Rage, but whatever…guess that changes later).  They hit a double shoulder tackle and seem to have the match under control until Barbarian hits Ruckus with a power bomb and is able to tag out to Meng.  Meng comes in and takes over, getting a drop kick and a big scoop slam before tagging back out to Barbarian.  Barbarian comes in with a pump-handle slam.  Barbarian walks Ruckus up to the top rope and nails a HUGE belly-to-belly suplex.  Barbarian tags in Meng, they go to opposite corners and come down with a tandem of top rope headbutts.  Kaos comes in to try to even things up, but he’s sent outside.  Ruckus is given a superkick, erroneously called a Mafia kick, from Meng for the win.

Winners: The Faces of Fear

Tony sends us to the locker room with Mean Gene and the WCW Tag Team Champions, Lex Luger and Sting.  It’s interesting that any time they’re in a locker room, there is always a WCW shirt hanging randomly over the top of an open locker door.  Always.  Gene asks what is going on with them and the Steiners, Luger says he came down to cheer on Sting, the Steiners double teamed him, and things went on from there.  Lex says he’s always being painted as the bad guy here.  Sting says that all the footage wasn’t shown, he points out Scott trying to suplex him to the floor, and Luger kicked Scott Steiner in the gut.  Luger says that they’re all friends, but do friends suplex friends on the floor.  In come the Steiners and Rick demands to know why Luger jumped Scott.  Luger asked if friends suplex friends on the floor.  Rick says Scott was trying to win.  Sting says that if someone was trying to suplex Lex on the floor, he’d have to kick someone in the gut too.  The two teams get into a shouting match and then a shoving match before it finally gets broken up.

Before commercial we get an odd commercial for Hulk Hogan.  What it’s selling or advertising, I couldn’t tell you.

Match #3: Disco Inferno VS Sgt. Craig “Pitbull” Pittman w/ Teddy Long

Pittman is coming to the ring with no less than five medals around his neck.  I’ve never seen him with these and I fully expect the announce team to neither acknowledge them nor give an explanation for what they are.

Disco goes for an early armdrag and it looks like Pittman just falls on him.  Disco gets a good right hand but Pittman follows up with a waistlock takedown and a crazy dead weight gutwrench powerbomb.  Disco runs to the corner and Teddy Long tussles his hair, pissing off Disco. Pittman quickly goes for the Code Red and Disco immediately gives up.

Winner: Craig Pittman

Disco says that if he had let Pittman get him in the Code Red, he wouldn’t be able to do any of his disco moves anymore.  The crowd generally craps all over this match, and I tend to agree.  As much as I love WCW at this time period, they’ve got a lot of guys on their roster that lend to matches like this, where no one cares.  This is a WCW Saturday Night match, now a Nitro match.

We go to a commercial break and we get a quick video replay of a meeting between Steven Regal and Sting, presumably based around Regal’s request for a match against Sting last week.  Regal mouths off, Sting starts to stand up and Regal backhands Sting with a pimpslap that would make Black Dynamite take notice.

Match #4: Lord Steven Regal w/ Jeeves VS Hacksaw Jim Duggan

It’s announced that Regal will get his wish and will face Sting at the Great American Bash.  It seems that the slam we saw before was from the contract signing on Main Event.

Zbyszko’s commentary is almost as rough as Mongo’s, but for completely different reasons.  He has to find ways to make common phrases into other stupider phrases, like saying that Kevin Greene lost the Stupid Bowl, or referring to Hacksaw as Jim DUUUHH-gan.

Hacksaw gets the momentum quickly with a few shoulder tackles, sending Regal out to the ringside area.  When he comes back in, Hacksaw nails him with a good volley of punches, sending him down again, but Regal cuts him off with a kick after Hacksaw ducks for a back body drop.  Hacksaw fires off three more punches but is cut off by a thumb to the eye.  Regal goes for some weird flipping senton but Duggan moves and starts in with more punches, a whip to the corner and a back body drop.

Squire David Taylor and Earl Robert Eaton make their way to ringside and distract the referee.  Hacksaw hits his 3 Point Stance clothesline and immediately goes for his 2×4, but David Taylor takes it away from him.  Hacksaw wraps up his fist and punches Eaton, Regal grabs a school boy rollup and the win.

Winner: Lord Steven Regal

Why was Hacksaw going for his 2×4?  Larry says that he was going to hurt a defensive Regal, and I’m inclined to agree with him.

In the ring, Mean Gene is with the Blue Bloods.  Regal says he was fined by WCW, but he paid double the fine so now he’s got credit, so time to listen to him.  Gene shows us the footage from earlier where Big Daddy Regal lays down some learnin’ on Sting, letting us know this is where the fine came from.  Regal says he did it to piss Sting off.  He wants him mean and angry.  With that, we go to commercial break.

Back from commercial, we get a video package explaining the history of the feud with Benoit and Sullivan.  Apparently it started back in April when Benoit asked about the relationship and Sullivan got in his face.  Back to the next week on Saturday night, Benoit is in Arn’s face again and out comes Sullivan yet again.  Apparently this entire feud has taken place on Saturday Night except for the tag match at Slamboree.  On June 1st, Sullivan said that he was going to take care of Benoit before he wants to turn on the Horsemen down the line and try to become the Enforcer.

Match #5: “Taskmaster” Kevin Sullivan w/ Jimmy Hart VS Prince Iaukea

Sullivan hits the ring with a vengeance and just starts demolishing the future Prince Nakamaki (thanks, Jericho!), sending him to the floor, crotching him on the guardrail, clotheslining him twice, bringing him back into the ring, tree of woe, double stomp, and the win.

Winner: Kevin Sullivan

Man, matches like this should come back.  Take a man, let him face a jobber, kick his ass and let us see why we should be worried about this guy.

We go to the ring with Mean Gene, Sullivan and Jimmy Hart.  Gene brings up the match at the Bash.  Jimmy Hart asks Sullivan why they keep dealing with Arn and Flair.  They have a lot of stuff going on and don’t need it.  Sullivan says there are two wars going on in WCW.  Let the Legal Department finish the first one (the Hall situation, I guess), but the second one…Hulkamania still isn’t dead.  UUUUUGGGGHHHHHH!  He says that Hogan will come back for everyone  and they need to be ready.  Sullivan says that he told Anderson about Pillman and he was right.  He says that Benoit is a serpent, and the best way to kill a serpent is to crush it in the egg.  He’s going to get rid of Benoit as an ally so that they’ll be ready for Hogan.

Quick commercial break and we’re back for our next match.

Match #6: Rock & Roll Express (Ricky Morton and Robert Gibson) VS “The Enforcer” Arn Anderson & “Nature Boy” Ric Flair w/ Woman and Ms. Elizabeth

Flair and Double A come down in the jerseys of Greene and McMichael, mocking them as Flair runs out for passes and goes into three point stances.

The audio on the copy that I’m watching drops the announcers out.  I’m going to have to check on the Network and see if theirs does the same, since I’m still using my old DVD copies from years ago.

Woman and Liz have to almost rip the jersey off of Arn.  I wonder if it was just too tight or what.  It was weird.

Arn starts off with Ricky Morton and suddenly it’s 1985.  A countdown appears, counting us down to Hour number 2 of Monday Nitro.  Fireworks go off during the match.  Flair runs out to the VIP section and checks on the champagne before heading back into the ring.

Switched to the Network…apparently their copy has the actual announcing on it.  Chalk one up for modern technology, I guess.  Now I’m wondering what the original broadcast was, haha.

Double A tags in Flair.  Flair dances around a bit and Morton gets him with a quick jab.  Flair backs him into the corner and the two let loose with a volley of chops and punches.  Morton tags out to Gibson, but Flair drags him into their corner, letting Arn get a few punches in before Flair can escape.  Flair heads to the floor, slowing down the pace.  We get a quick cut to the ladies, sharing champagne at the VIP table before heading back to ringside.  Flair comes back up, tags in Arn, who controls the match for the most part until tagging back out to Flair.  Morton takes down Flair and puts on the Figure 4!  Double A runs in but is caught by Gibson, who puts Arn in the Figure 4 as well!  Flair is able to get out and shoves the referee, who shoves back.  Flair bumps hard.  He gets up, does it again, gets shoved again and bumps hard one more time, heading to the floor.  On the floor, he shoves the ref again, rinse, repeat, bumping hard on the concrete!  With that, we go to commercial.

A little before that exchange, Bischoff mentioned that Heenan had a silver briefcase with him and asks him if he’s going to manage the Horsemen.  Heenan says he’ll says when he feels the time is opportune.

Bischoff: We’ll be waiting with bated breath.

Heenan: If you didn’t eat minnows, that wouldn’t happen.

Heenan cracks me up.

Back from commercial and we get another great Heenan quip.  Bischoff mentions that Greene is in minicamp for the Carolina Panthers right now, so he’s double training.  Heenan then explains minicamp.

“You have to understand something.  He may be in minicamp, but you know what minicamp for the Carolina Pussycats is like?  It’s grueling.  For the first six weeks they just show them what a ball is and which side the seams are.  That’s all they do.  They’ll have it easy!”

Most times, I feel that Heenan’s genius is wasted on the WCW announce team.

Arn goes to work on Morton’s arm, locking it behind him and slamming him, then dropping a knee on it a few times.  He locks down an armbar and uses Flair for momentum, but the referee starts getting wise.  Arn and Flair pretend to tag, Flair comes in and goes to work on Morton’s arm himself.  Morton gets free, but can’t make it to the corner before Arn comes in and goes to work again.  Morton fires off, backing Arn into the corner and going for some more offense before Arn catches him in a Spinebuster.  Flair comes in and picks Morton up for a delayed vertical suplex for a two count.

Bischoff says that Randy Savage was told that he couldn’t wrestle on WCW TV or PPV.  If he can get booked by a promoter, though, then have at it.  Man, too bad there was bad blood (for whatever reason) between Savage and WWF, or that would be a great time to suddenly have Randy Savage show up on WWF TV.  I wonder if playing those words from WCW’s Vice President would have held up in court.

Flair tries to get the Figure 4 on Morton but is rolled into a small package.  In comes Arn, holding Morton off from the hot tag.  Morton gets him near his own corner, but Arn turns around and nails Gibson, preventing the tag.  At that time, Heenan leaves the announce booth, leaving Bischoff to yell for him.  Heenan makes his way to the ring and whispers in the ear of Woman and Liz, then heads back to the announce booth.  Arn goes for a tag, Morton gets the hot tag to Gibson, who comes in and cleans house, slamming the heads of the Horsemen together, getting a pair of body slams, then an enziguiri to Arn.  Flair breaks up the pin but the R&R Express get a tandem of double dropkicks to both men.  We’re told that Heenan is sitting at the VIP section.  Woman and Liz come in, distract the ref, Arn hits Gibson with a DDT and Flair covers for the win.

Winners: Ric Flair & Arn Anderson

bobby-heenan-all-madden-trophyMean Gene is at the VIP table.  He asks Arn the meaning of the Steve McMichael jersey.  Arn says apparently he’s too big and thick to play football, because he could barely fit in it.  Not only are they tougher, better athletes, they’re apparently way too big.  Gene asks where Flair got a Kevin Greene jersey, apparently never having heard of NFL shop.  Flair says he got it as a gift from Debra because “Debbie loves the Nature Boy…not Dallas.”  Gene calls over Heenan, says he called over Woman and then there were shenanigans, so he’s to blame.  Heenan says that he merely told Woman where she can get her diamonds cleaned.  Gene asks Heenan about managing.  Heenan says he promised himself he’d never manage again.  He apologizes and leaves.  Flair seems upset, as one could imagine he would be.

Heenan comes back, though, with the silver Haliburton.  He opens it up and pulls out a trophy.  He says that in 1988 he was on the All Madden Team.  He says that he said he would never manage again…but in Baltimore…he will COACH!  The Horsemen hand him a glass of champagne.  Heenan hands off his champagne to Gene and the Horsemen head off.

We get a quick commercial break with The Giant talking, then Hulk Hogan running his mouth about Nitro, and then a new Glacier promo, this time with audio!  It’s the first time they’re revealed his name as well.  Pretty cool.

glacier-is-coming-to-wcw

At the announce booth, Heenan says that he’s doing this to show the two football players who have had 18 coaches telling them exactly what to do their entire lives that this is a different game.  It’s his life and his profession and he’s not going to just take it.  I like this.  Heenan’s acting legit upset at non-wrestlers coming into his sport and he’s going to do something about it.

We get yet ANOTHER freaking Hulk Hogan promo!  Ugh!

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

What the living hell is Ice Train doing with a title shot?  See, this is why I don’t like this type of title run coupled with WCW’s new idea of having to have a title match on every Nitro.  You eventually get to weird matches like this.  You also get the WCW World Championship lower on the card than the Tag Team Championships, which is what is going to happen tonight since our main event is Sting & Luger VS the Steiners.  It’s silly.

Ice Train starts off shaking with rage.  He backs up into the ropes and Jimmy Hart grabs his legs.  With the distraction, Giant grabs Ice Train with the chokeslam and covers, posing his biceps as he does.

Winner: The Giant (still WCW World Heavyweight Champion)

After the match, in comes Scott Norton to complain about the match.  Giant chokeslams him twice for his trouble.

Mean Gene meets up with Giant at ringside to ask the question that I’ve been asking for weeks.  “Why are you running video packages about Hulk Hogan?!”  Preach, Giant!  “I’m the man who defeated Hulk Hogan.  I don’t want to see any more of Hulk Hogan.”  I think Giant just turned babyface to me!  He tells Luger to watch out come next Sunday and heads to the back as we go to commercial.

Coming back from commercial, Scott Norton is still flat on his back in the ring.  There’s a trainer and Nick Patrick there with him.  Hugh Morrus’s music starts as he heads down for his match against Norton.

Match #8: Hugh Morrus VS Scott “Flash” Norton

Morrus comes in, hits the ropes, and drops a big leg on Norton. He covers him with one finger for a count of 1 then pulls back.    He runs over to him and asks if he’s okay.  He drops three more elbows on Norton and starts yelling at him.  Morrus gets up and drops yet another elbow.  “Now it’s time to say goodbye,” he says into the camera.  He goes up top for his moonsault, but Norton gets to his feet.  He tries to catch Morrus, and the announcers say that he does, but he doesn’t.  He has absolutely no control over Morrus.  He drops two quick forearms and gets the win.

Winner: Scott Norton

Norton botching the finish there ruined this match.  He had the opportunity to become a badass and really seem cool, but dropping Morrus killed all of that.  Now, I understand that it’s gotta be really damn hard to catch a 300 pound man in midair, but still, don’t attempt it then.  Morrus should have just covered him and got the win.

We get a quick video of Mongo and Kevin Greene training.  Apparently the weight training has been going well, but apparently the wrestling part hasn’t been going so well.  We see Kevin and Steve trying to put together a gameplan, where Mongo clearly understands wrestling but Kevin Greene keeps thinking everything is football.  Mongo realizes that they’re at odds, and Kevin says maybe they need a coach.  Greene is eating a Slim Jim, so they decide to call Macho Man!

Match #9: WCW World Tag Team Championship Match: The Steiner Brothers VS Sting & Lex Luger (WCW World Tag Team Champions)

Man, the entrance songs for the Steiners and Sting is REALLY similar.  I didn’t realize they had even switched songs until I saw Sting coming out.

Bischoff says we have a phone call from Randy Savage and we’re going to hear.  Savage says he has a piece of paper saying that he can’t wrestle on TV, PPV, or have any title matches.  He says it doesn’t say anything about not coaching.  He says of Mongo & Greene need a nut that knows the game, then he’ll be head cashew.  Bischoff hands the phone over to Heenan.  Heenan says that he has no issues with Savage.  Savage’s issue is with Flair and Liz and what they’ve done to him shouldn’t be done to any human being, so he asks Savage to not come to the ring with them and just let him do his thing.  Savage says that’s the weakest thing he’s ever heard and he’ll be there, much to Bobby’s dismay.

In the ring, we start off with Sting and Scott.  Steiner starts strong with a knee to the gut and a side suplex.  He follows with an Irish whip and a tilt-a-whirl slam.  Sting whips Steiner to the ropes and picks him up with a hot shot, then getting a couple of his facebusters in before tagging out to Luger, who immediately puts the boots to a downed Scott Steiner.  Luger whips Steiner, goes down for a back body drop but is met with a Scott Steiner tigerbomb as we head out to commercial.

This episode of Nitro is brought to us by Sony Playstation, and I am officially old.

Back form commercial, Rick Steiner is controlling Lex Luger in an arm wrench before sending him to the ropes and taking him down with a Steinerline.  Steiner takes Luger to the top rope and comes off with a big suplex, then goes up top for his top rope bulldog.  He gets a two count before Sting breaks it up.  Sting comes in and hits a Stinger Splash and then locks on the Scorpion Deathlock but it’s broken apart by a bit Scotty Steiner clothesline.  The Steiners tag and Scott sends Sting across the ring with a suplex, then takes him to the top for a top rope Frankensteiner!  He gets two before Lex breaks it up.  Luger takes Sting up for a vertical suplex (or maybe the Steiner Screwdriver) but Sting slips away and brings Steiner down with a reverse DDT.  Man, I love seeing Sting use that move now, knowing that he’ll really start using it a lot more in a few months.

Heenan is now freaking out about managing…ahem…COACHING…across the ring from Randy Savage.

Lex Luger gets Scott Steiner into the Torture Rack but it’s broken up by a kick to the gut from Rick.  They roll to the floor and Lex decides he’s going to try to vertical suplex Scott on the floor.  Rick breaks it up, much like Lex did last week, and the two teams start brawling in the ring after Rick hits a big Steinerline on Lex.  Sting and Rick brawl to the floor where Sting attempts to piledrive Rick on the floor!  This is a pretty big departure for Sting!  Steiner backdrops him but out comes The Giant, who chokeslams Steiner on the concrete floor.  Giant gets in the ring and attacks Luger, who fights him off, then in come Sting and Steiner, and all three men join forces against The Giant.  Steiner and Sting whip Lex into the Giant, who clotheslines him out of the ring.  The Giant hightails it after this.

We go to the broadcast booth and Heenan shows his All Madden award.  He says this means the world to him but Savage can have it if he just doesn’t show up.

Off to the side of the booth comes Scott Hall.  Heenan drops the headset and bolts.  Bischoff tries to stand up to Hall but Hall sits him back down forcefully.  Hall says he had such a good time last week that he came back for more.  Bischoff tries to stand again, is sat down again.  Hall is interrupted by Sting.  Bischoff gets up and tells Sting “not here, not now…don’t even dignify it, man.”  Sting says “you came here last week and said some real horrible things about WCW…about the Hulkster, about Macho Man, about the Stinger.  Somewhere along the way, you got lost.  You have any idea where you are?  You’re in the jungle, baby!  You’re in WCW!”  Sting says that Hall keeps asking for three of the best, but Sting doesn’t see two other men with Hall.  All he sees is Hall and Sting, so why not do it now.  Hall says no one tells him what to do or where to do it.  He says next week, he has a BIG surprise for Sting before flicking his toothpick at Sting.  Sting slowly moves Bischoff out of the way and slaps the taste out of Hall’s mouth.  Those few moments are some of my favorite moments in the whole invasion story line, actually.  Hall bucks up but security comes between the two of them, breaking it up as we go off the air.

 

Wow, this two hour stuff is going to make these posts super long.  I’m at almost 4400 words right now!  Volume 3 of the book is going to be a damn coffee table book, apparently!

The Steiners/Sting/Luger stuff was pretty cool.  I like babyface VS babyface matches where the start escalating the violence.  Seeing Sting almost piledrive his friend on the concrete…damn!  Looks like Lex is rubbing off on him.

I remember wondering what the “big surprise” thing was going to be after this episode aired.  This one, though, my whole family was pretty certain it would be Big Daddy Cool.  He had lost to Shawn Michaels at the April ‘In Your House’ and hadn’t been seen since.  Plus, if one WWF guy shows up, you’re pretty sure a “BIG” WWF guy is gonna be Diesel.

The stage is being set pretty nicely for Great American Bash.  You’ve got the Horsemen VS Mongo & Greene, Lex VS Giant, Sting VS Regal, Malenko VS Mysterio, Steiners VS Fire & Ice…some good stuff coming.  This might be the most I’ve anticipated a WCW PPV since I started this thing!

To finish us off, here’s Robbie with his thoughts on this week’s nWo implications:

“This week Scott Hall returns to confront Bischoff telling him he had a good time and came back for more. Hall repeats a bit of what he said last week about starting a war. Shortly, Sting confronts Scott over his comments about WCW, Hogan, Macho Man and himself. Sting comments about Hall being part of the three but only sees him there at the moment so he challenges him to a one on one match. “You want a fight you got one, only nobody tells me what to do or when to….” Another Hall segment ending with a signature toothpick to the face, this time to Sting. Sting answers with a slap to the side of the face. As Hall looks at Sting he promises a “big” surprise before walking off set.

Unlike last week this time Scott Hall interacted with an actual wrestler and storyline wise it seems like they had legit beef with each other. Again I’m sure during this time when the lines were still blurred fans were not 100% sure what they were seeing taking shape before them. They probably had no idea what this build would eventually lead to or the huge amount of success that WCW would garner from the beginning of the nWo era but one thing is for sure, people were taking notice.”

Until next time, fans!

-Shane

 

Ratings Breakdown

WWF Raw Ratings – 2.3

WCW Nitro Ratings – 3.0

(Raw – 16, Nitro – 17) (Tie Weeks – 2)

(Unopposed weeks – 5)

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

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

 

Here we go!  Getting some Nitro victory up in this piece!  Say goodbye to your wins, WWF…gonna be a long time before you see them again.

 

WWF Raw results from this week

KOTR Qualifying Match: Steve Austin defeated Bob Holly via submission with the Million $ Dream.

Mankind defeated Barry Horowitz with the Mandible Claw.

Henry Godwinn & Phinneas Godwinn (w/ Hillbilly Jim) defeated Techno Team 2000 after Henry hit the Slop Drop.

KOTR Qualifying Match: Jake Roberts defeated Hunter Hearst Helmsley with the DDT.

 

Raw definitely doesn’t sound too good this week, that’s for sure.  Jake Roberts and HHH sounds pretty good, but that’s about it.