Welcome back, ladies and gentlemen, to another week of Kick Out at Nitro! Tonight’s show comes to us live from Knoxville, TN. Tonight, we’ll see a big six man main event featuring everyone’s newest favorite wrestler…The Booty Man! It’s very quickly mentioned that Booty Man was a spy that Hogan had in the Dungeon of Doom, explaining to us why Zodiac suddenly became Booty Man. The announcers talk about Booty Man for a bit and kick us to our first match.
Match #1: Big Bubba VS Sting
Bischoff tells us that at the “World Whining Federation,” here’s how it goes down: Yokozuna via DQ in a handicap match, Jake Roberts over Isaac Yankum and Diesel over Bob Holley. Been a while since we got a full card run down from Bischoff. It’s interesting that they are doing this now since WCW and WWF are in the middle of yelling at each other due to the Billionaire Ted skits and the match coming up at Wrestlemania XII.
Bischoff says that Sting has been hanging out a lot with Steve Grissom, the driver of the WCW race car in the Grand National series. Apparently Grissom is doing well for himself.
For those of you keeping track on the Stinger Blond VS Brunette watch, we’re almost completely brunette now. There’s a small bit of blond highlight right at the front of Sting’s hair, but that’s it. Next haircut he gets, that’s gone and it’s full brunette from here on out.
It’s kind of nuts that Sting is a bit more of a bigger deal as far as place on the card in the year 2015 than he is at this point in 1996. WCW right now is definitely the Hogan/Savage show, despite Sting being their biggest home grown star and arguably the face of WCW. However, in WWE right now, he’s getting a high profile Wrestlemania match.
Wow…14 year old me just read that and can’t believe it. A Sting match at Wrestlemania! Those of us who were hardcore WCW fans have to find that amazing!
The match is a pretty back and forth match, honestly. Sting does a really good job of looking vulnerable when he needs to and then turning it on when the time calls for it. Bubba gets the best of him after a while and starts beating him down pretty hard. Bubba sends him to the floor and we see this old lady in the front row checking on Sting and then getting up in Bubba’s face. I believe this is the same lady that gets in Hogan’s face not too long from now once he goes Hollywood. Bubba gets Sting back in the ring and we see a security guard in the front row telling Granny to have a seat. Pretty cool to see people get THAT invested in a match.
Sting hits a nice piledriver on Big Bubba. I miss that move. They start trading right hands. Sting’s face paint is almost completely gone. How is his always gone in just a few moves yet Goldust’s stays on the entire match? Sting goes for a Vader Bomb but Bubba gets the legs up and puts his knees in Sting’s gut, sending him to the floor. Bubba attempts to go for something off of the top rope to the floor but Sting trips him up and sends him to the mat. Sting goes up top and hits a cross body block for the win.
We go to commercial and are reminded that Hogan has lost twice in a row to Arn Anderson. We get an Up Next graphic stating that Luger will be in action against Renegade.
They run a commercial for the March issue of WCW Magazine which gives us a review of Starrcade and will run down the Madusa / Sherri angle. Interesting that they’re going to push this since, according to Meltzer, Sherri has been fired for showing up to shows in no shape to work. This makes since after Sherri looked drunker than all hell at the Clash.
The show comes back to Mean Gene with Sting and Luger, who are interrupted by the Road Warriors. The Road Warriors talk about how they’re cool with Sting but that they’re not cool with Luger. Luger and the Warriors argue about whether or not Luger is actually from Chicago, to which Sting replies “Lex, you’re from the white collar section, they’re from the streets!” Hawk challenges them to a Chicago Street Fight for the belts at Uncensored and Luger accepts, much to Sting’s dismay. The Warriors head out and Luger looks at Mean Gene and goes “What’s a Chicago Street Fight?” Man, Luger is so awesome right now. I love that he let his mouth write a check his ass can’t cash yet he has no idea what he’s just done. Sting looks at him in disbelief and Luger says “I’m from Chicago…but I’ve never heard of a Chicago Street Fight.” Sting says “Maybe you should think before you talk next time!” and storms off as we go to another commercial break.
Luger is so damn good in this role right now. It makes me unhappy that as we head into the summer he’s going to become more of the big WCW babyface against the nWo. This character is the best that Luger has ever been. Seriously, look up this interview, it’s funny. (Hint…click the Kick Out At Nitro logo on this post for assistance)
Match #2: Renegade VS Lex Luger
Renegade runs out to no music. Thankfully they fix this halfway down the aisle.
Mongo mentions that during the interview earlier that Luger had both tag belts and Sting didn’t have his on…what does that say about how Sting feels about being champs? Bobby makes sense and actually says exactly what I was thinking at the moment…Sting just had a match, why would he have his belt? Of course, Luger walks out for this match with his belt, but Sting didn’t for his…Hmmm, maybe there’s something to what Mongo has to say.
Tell me I didn’t just say that!
Holy hell, a Luger match that starts with him in the ring! Of course, they went to commercial during Luger’s entrance, so maybe it was during that time he did his normal little walk.
The two start out fast and Renegade sends Luger out to the floor. There it is! Luger takes his time and gets back into the ring, catching Renegade as he is coming in to the ring. Renegade gets Luger with a clothesline and backs him into the corner for the 10 punches, but Luger walks him out and gives a big atomic drop that Renegade no-sells and gives a clothesline.
Renegade goes for a clothesline but Luger moves and Renegade eats the ropes. Luger clinches on a headlock and rakes Renegade’s eyes into the rope.
The announcers sell Uncensored by bringing up the worst match in the history of that event…the Blacktop Rumble! Dustin Rhodes and the Blacktop Bully had a match in the back of a truck while it went down the road. Yep, it was bad. THAT’S how you sell a PPV!
Luger goes for a pin and Renegade bench presses Luger off of him, sending Luger about four feet off the mat.
Man, Luger is loud in the ring. Not “John Cena calling moves in the ring” loud…but he grunts with EVERY move…whether he did it or not. Renegade hits a big power slam for two, sending Luger to the corner for a clothesline, then sending him to the opposite one for Muta’s elbow in the corner. He hits a bulldog and then goes to the top rope. Out comes Jimmy Hart, who pushes Renegade off the top rope to the floor. Luger goes out and grabs him, sends him into the ring and picks him up in the Torture Rack for the win.
Winner: Lex Luger
Jimmy Hart runs around the ring like Luger just won the Gold Medal and jumps into Lex’s arms to celebrate. Out come Sting with a “WTF” look on his face and chases Hart out of the ring. Sting tells Luger that Hart helped him and says he thought he told Luger it was Hart or him. Luger downplays it, which, truthfully he didn’t see it, so he’s kind of innocent. Sting is PISSED! He gets in Luger’s face and starts yelling about the crap that Luger’s been doing, asking him what’s up with him. Luger looks confused and concerned and slinks out of the ring like a scolded dog. Again…good stuff from Luger. It really looks like he’s upset with Sting being mad at him and is trying to make it right.
We go to break and come back to our next match.
Match #3: Harlem Heat VS The Road Warriors
The match starts with both teams in each other’s faces. Pretty hard hitting and even but the Road Warriors get the upper hand with a neck breaker from Hawk and a big elbow to Booker T before both teams tag out.
Stevie Ray gets Hawk with a big powerbomb and starts stomping him before tagging out to Booker.
Bischoff says that there is extra security around the announce booth to stop all of the shenanigans that have been happening after the shows for the last few weeks.
Booker hits some kicks, tags out to Stevie Ray who just floors Hawk with a big right hand before cinching on a headlock. Stevie tags out to Booker and Booker hits a big jumping side kick before they tag back out and double suplex Hawk. Hawk finally gets the tag to Animal, who comes in and cleans house.
Bischoff says that the winner of this match will be #1 contenders to the Tag Team Championship. Ummm, didn’t Luger and Sting just sign for a tag title match at Uncensored? So, what happens if Harlem Heat wins tonight? Will that match be non-title?
Animal and Stevie Ray fight to the floor, taking the ref with them. Booker hits the Harlem Hangover but there’s no ref to count the pin. Animal kicks Booker in the head, letting Hawk score the win.
Winners: The Road Warriors (new #1 contenders to the WCW Tag Team Titles)
Off to commercial and back to our Main Event.
Match #4: Arn Anderson, “Taskmaster” Kevin Sullivan and Ric Flair (WCW World Heavyweight Champion) w/ Woman & Ms. Elizabeth VS Hulk Hogan, “Macho Man” Randy Savage and The Booty Man
Everyone comes out to Flair’s music. I miss this. WCW basically always had the guys in a tag match come out together, even if it was just a thrown together hodge-podge. WWE always has them come out separately.
Hogan and Savage are in red and yellow and apparently Booty Man missed the memo and is in white and lime. The babyfaces clear the ring, sending the heels to the floor. Hogan sends in Anderson to Savage and Booty Man before it finally settles down to Anderson and Booty Man.
Randomly, out comes Kimberly with a yellow rose. Kim is looking good! Bischoff says that on Saturday night there was a little rift between her and Johnny B Badd. Now that Kim has her 6.6 million dollars, maybe she’s on the market “for some beef,” as Mongo so eloquently puts it.
Close up of Flair’s back and that weird melon baller section missing out of his shoulder. Freaky.
14 year old me LOVED The Booty Man. 14 year old me wasn’t the absolute smartest guy. I don’t remember if 14 year old me realized Booty Man and Zodiac were the same guy, though.
Anderson tags out to Flair, who gets a drop toe hold and gets his hair rustled before locking up in a test of strength with Booty Man. Booty Man tags out to Savage. Savage ends up in the heel corner and is throwing fists at everyone there. They all charge him, sending him back to the babyface corner, though, before he and Flair get back to one on one.
Bischoff lets us know that next week there will be no Nitro. TNT is showing a Civil War movie, apparently, so we get our first week of the Monday Night Wars with no Nitro.
Savage goes for the double axe handle but Flair gets a hit to the gut, sending Savage down, and he starts to taunt and pose. Savage gets the tag to Hogan, though, who comes in and starts beating on Flair. Flair backs him into the corner and chops him because that ALWAYS works. Hogan no-sells, takes out all of the heels, then backs Flair into the corner for 9 punches and a bit to the face. Hogan tags to Booty Man and they hit a double team big boot to Flair. Booty Man covers but it’s broken up at two.
“I just figured out where The Booty Man got his name…it’s not from kicking booty, it’s from shaking his own!” – Eric Bischoff, 1996
Booty tags out to Savage. Savage hits the rope but both Woman and Liz grab his feet, trying to trip him. Savage grabs both of them by the hair and gets set for some straight domestic violence before the heels step into the babyface role and stop Savage from beating two women.
Tag out to Anderson while Flair beats down Savage on the floor. The heels work him over in the corner as Anderson tags out to Sullivan, bringing him into the match for the first time. Savage sends Sullivan to the corner, following him in but eating a boot to the face for his troubles. Quick tags from Sullivan to Anderson and back to Sullivan.
The babyfaces take over, Hogan posting up in the corner and Booty Man sending him all three heels to eat a big boot. After all three, Hogan hits the big leg to Anderson and gets his win back.
Winners: Hulk Hogan, Randy Savage and The Booty man.
Immediately after the match Flair kicks Hogan from behind and sends him into the corner face first, knocking him out. Liz handcuffs Hogan to the corner and the heels start whipping Hogan with a belt until the babyfaces run them off. Of course, Hogan wakes up IMMEDIATELY, with full cognition, as we go off the air.
Not gonna lie…the best part of this show was Luger. The Main Event was what it was and worked to setup the feud as well as “introduce” Booty Man as a part of the Hogan/Savage regime. However, Lex stole the show. Him getting worked up about being told he wasn’t from the “real” Chicago and accepting a match he knows nothing about was priceless. His work after the Renegade match was really good too because it was setup so well. On the replay, you can tell that Luger did not see Hart push Renegade. All he does is goes outside and brings him back in to rack him for the win, so you can easily argue that Lex was just celebrating with Hart because he won and had no idea why in the hell Sting came out and got in his face. It was how he played that off, though, that was the golden part…he looked hurt and confused. Luger’s playing this nice angle right now where he’s an opportunistic guy and has no qualms about being one, but you can really tell he wants to make Sting happy. He’s there for Sting, despite being somewhat of a douche, and I think he’s really upset that Sting is unhappy with him. I’m interested to see where this goes from here.
Well, this is where I would normally say I’ll see you next week, but I won’t. Nitro is taking its first break ever during the Monday Night Wars, so we have a week with no Monday Nitro. We’ll be back on March 11th, though.
Two fun/interesting things happen with that March 11th post. First…1996 was leap year, so when we return, new posts will now go up on Wednesday since that’s how the dates align now based on a February 29th that didn’t exist this year. So, Nitros will go up on Wednesdays now, PPVs on Tuesdays. Secondly…the plan is that the March 11th post will come to you from a new face to those long time readers of Kick Out at 2. He’ll get his proper welcome at the beginning of his post but I’m welcoming in some new blood into my little WCW recap project, so that’s something to get excited for. I get a week where I don’t have to drop 3000 words!
Anyway, see you in 2 weeks, fellow WCW-ites!
WWF Raw Ratings – 3.1
WCW Nitro Ratings – 3.2
(Raw – 10, Nitro – 11) (Tie Weeks – 2)
(Unopposed weeks – 3)
WWF’s longest Winning Streak (to this point) – 2
WCW’s longest Winning Streak (to this point) – 2
WCW returning to the win column! We’re still running pretty neck and neck through this section of the War. It seems like it’s back and forth every week, which is pretty cool.
WWF Raw results from this week
Jake Roberts defeated Isaac Yankem DDS (3:32)
Diesel defeated Bob Holly
Ahmed Johnson defeated Shinobi
Yokozuna defeated Owen Hart & Davey Boy Smith (w/ Jim Cornette) via disqualification in a handicap match
Looks like Bischoff forgot about Al Snow jobbing out to Ahmed Johnson. I’m pretty sure Al would like to forget that as well. This show featured a Mankind vignette as well as acting President Roddy Piper being asked by young fans to bring back the Ultimate Warrior.
This is also the episode where Piper announces that Hart VS Michaels will be an Iron Man match.