Hello everyone! I know it’s been a while, but as a teacher taking classes himself, life unfortunately gets in the way of Nitro. I was hoping to get back on track this year, but it doesn’t look like that will be possible, unfortunately. However, Nitro isn’t going anywhere and neither is the Internet, so we can just pick up where we left off and keep going! We’re coming into the 8/12/1996 episode of WCW Monday Nitro, coming to us live from “the middle of nowhere” as Larry Zbyszko puts it, Casper, Wyoming.
Tony Schiavone and Larry join us and let us know that we’re two days removed from a dark day in pro wrestling, when Hulk Hogan took the WCW World Heavyweight Championship and desecrated it. Larry takes everyone to task, from the Dungeon of Doom, Four Horsemen, Sting and Lex Luger, wondering where they were when the Outsiders hit the ring at the end of the World Heavyweight Championship match. Tony tells us that Sting and Luger had their own trouble with The Outsiders and we get a photo slideshow of that match, accompanied by Tony speculating whether it was an accident or if Nick Patrick taking out Luger and delivering a fast count was my design.
Match #1: High Voltage (Rage & Kaos) and Rough & Ready (Mean Mike Enos & Dirty Dick Slater) VS The Dungeon of Doom (Kevin Sullivan, Hugh Morrus, Meng, Barbarian) w/ Big Bubba and Jimmy Hart
Interesting pairing here. Rough & Ready are heels, High Voltage are faces. Two random teams facing off against a full stable in the Dungeon…weird.
Jimmy and Bubba distract Kenny Kaos and allow Morrus to get the jump on him, taking him out with a big clothesline that gets a hell of a reaction from the crowd. Rage gets in and they take out Morrus with a double shoulder tackle, but that brings in the Faces of Fear, who are in cool matching gear that I don’t recall. There are flames above their kneepads and on the back, as well as these cool face tunics on the front. They’re pretty badass and I like them. Barbarian ties Rage to the tree of woe and tags in Sullivan, who’s in jeans and a t-shirt. He nails Rage with the knee to the gut, then attacks Slater, which brings in everyone.
Everyone brawls and they finally settle things down to Rage and Meng. Meng hits the side kick and Dungeon gets the win.
Winners: Dungeon of Doom
Rough & Ready immediately beat down High Voltage; tossing Kaos outside and giving Rage a hell of a double backdrop driver. They bounce and leave High Voltage to collect themselves in the middle of the ring as we head to our first commercial break.
Sting and Luger make their way down to the announcers at ringside. Tony gets them a mic. Luger says he hates to break the rules and come down here, but he’s tired of following the rules. He says they’re tired of sleepless nights after what happened at Hog Wild. Sting says no one is going to have another sleepless night as they’re issuing a challenge right now. They get in the ring and the crowd is going nuts. Sting grabs a mic again and says that if the nWo has any guts, they’ll show up to the ring right here, right now. They wait for a while but nothing happens. Sting says he’s not surprised. He says they pick their spots, but right now it’s 2 on 2, so show up! Bring the baseball bats if you want! Still nothing, so Luger and Sting bounce as we head back to commercial.
Glacier promo. We’re still a MONTH from this guy debuting, ladies and gentlemen!
Match #2: Renegade VS Diamond Dallas Page
Renegade is now totally out of his Warrior gimmick, it looks. He’s looking more like Raven than Warrior. No paint, just tights with Renegade on them. Page gets the jobber entrance, which is interesting as things have been heating up for him. He backs Renegade into the corner, teases a clean break, but goes for a punch that Renegade ducks and armdrags him out of, getting another big pop from the crowd. Wyoming is a pretty good crowd tonight.
Dallas is still posing and going nuts after every offensive move. He’s so obnoxious right now, but it does help to get heat and make people hate him.
Beautiful swinging neckbreaker from DDP. One of my favorite wrestling moves ever. Page follows with a reverse chinlock, wearing down Renegade. Renegade begins to fight back but Page grabs a handful of hair and slams him back down to the mat. Page keeps the chinlock on, staying on Renegade. Nick Patrick drops Renegade’s arm twice, but on the third one, Renegade fires up and gets a roll up on page for a two. Page whips him to the ropes, drops, gets kicked in the face and oddly full bumps off of it…it was awkward. Renegade goes for a suplex, Page reverses it and drops him with a Diamond Cutter.
Winner: Diamond Dallas Page
They mention that if Renegade won, he would have the Battle Bowl ring. Is this thing up for grabs every time Page wrestles?
We go back to the nWo backstage. Nash says they’re in their gear, but they’ll do it on THEIR time. Hall, wearing a WCW shirt with a slash through it, says that they’ve won at Bash at the Beach, they won at Hog Wild…and now WCW is blaming their losses on a referee! Don’t do that! Nick Patrick is a great, senior referee! Hogan starts talking, and it’s so calm, so normal…it’s so different. I like it. Hogan says that he’s getting tired of answering his phone, answering his door. He’s getting tired of the WCW belt. He says it hurts his shoulder when he’s carrying it through the airport. Nash says they can melt it down and make a new one. Hogan says that WCW still hasn’t figured out their 4th and 5th man. Hall and Nash act like they’re talking to someone off camera and tell them to stay put. Hogan says that if Hall and Nash beat Sting and Luger again, WCW’s last few fans will jump ship, so he doesn’t want them to do that. However, tonight, we’ll see the Outsiders take on someone. Hall ends with asking if there’s any more of that birthday cake left as we head to commercial.
Match #3: Konnan VS Jim Powers
Both men get jobber entrances! Konnan’s in black trunks and looks kind of plain compared to his normal look. Jim Powers is getting all of the offense, with slams and clotheslines, and we can see that they’re still heavy on Powers as their new young white-meat babyface. Konnan heads outside and slows the pace, while Tony tells us that on Saturday, Konnan said that since Hulk Hogan is going to turn his back on everyone, maybe he will too. That explains the black tights, I guess. He follows this nicely by slamming down Powers by his hair before applying an awkward looking leg lock. He lets Powers out of it and gets his head slammed off of the top turnbuckle 10 times for his trouble. Powers hits a shot to the gut and a high knee before dropping Konnan with a dropkick. Konnan drops Powers with feet to the face while Powers rushes into the corner, and then pins Powers with his feet on the top rope for the win.
Well, looks like Konnan is officially a heel now. How far are we from him joining the Dungeon?
Gene gets in the ring and yells at Konnan for the way he won. Konnan says Gene’s opinion is irrelevant because Gene doesn’t pay his checks. Konnan says that since the New World Order came in they’ve been running through cruiserweights. Konnan says he’s sticking behind WCW in this war against the nWo…making him a babyface? Um, what?
Match #4: Ron Studd VS “The Canadian Crippler” Chris Benoit w/ Woman & Ms. Elizabeth
Ron Studd is create a wrestler #53. Generic tights, bald, 7 feet tall, beard.
Woman…dear Lord! Low cut bustier. Liz even has a lace down leather top. The cleavage is with the Crippler here!
Benoit starts us off by getting right in Studd’s grill, slapping him in the face twice. Benoit has no fear at this point and I love it! Studd finally snaps, choking Benoit into the corner and nailing him with a couple of had chops. Studd chases Benoit into the corner but Benoit gets the legs up. As Studd staggers out, Benoit kicks Studd in the back of the knee, taking him down. From there, Benoit dissects Studd’s knee; stomping it, dropping on it from the ropes, wrapping it around the ringpost.
Larry has said “new world odor” so many times tonight. Even Konnan said it once. Ugh.
Benoit tried to get Studd with a kneebreaker, but Studd comes back by elbowing Benoit in the back of the head and slamming him. Studd goes to the top for some reason, selling the knee the whole way. Benoit dropkicks Studd’s knee, follows him up, and brings him ¾ of the way across the ring with a giant superplex for the win!
Winner: Chris Benoit
This was an awesome squash match…and I like that because it’s a REVERSE squash. The little guy beat the living crap out of the giant!
Mean Gene gets in the ring with Benoit and the ladies. Gene says he’s getting light headed, but can’t talk about why. Gene says that Benoit will be wrestling Giant on Thursday at the Clash of the Champions. Before he gets to that, though, he’s going to talk about one of the best matches he’s ever seen from Saturday between Benoit and Malenko. Benoit cuts a bad promo, rambling around. They really need to just let Woman do his talking for him. Seriously, it’s the only thing keeping him from being a huge start at this point. Yeah, I know that eventually he gets better and goes higher, but still…gotta watch this stuff as it happens, ya know?
Match #5: WCW World Tag Team Championship Match: The Steiner Brothers VS Harlem Heat (WCW World Tag Team Champions) w/ Sister Sherri & Col. Parker
As we go into hour #2, Bobby Heenan finally decides to stick around and do his job for the first time in almost a month.
Match gets off with a bang as the Steiners take it to Harlem Heat quickly and clear the ring, sending Heat down to the floor to slow the pace for a few moments. Scott and Booker start off the match once everything calms down. Scott hammers Booker with knees to the gut and a scoop slam before peppering Booker with fists to the head and a belly-to-belly.
Bobby makes a mistake and says that the Steiners are from Michigan St. That is incorrect, Bobby. How dare you?
Tag into Rick, who takes over as we head to commercial break. Coming back, Rick is chasing Booker around the ring and gets his clock cleaned by Stevie Ray. It doesn’t keep for long, though, as back in the ring Rick hits a belly-to-belly, tags in Scott, who comes in with a tiger driver and again clears the ring. Rick is chasing Col. Parker around the ring while Scott tries to suplex Booker T into the ring. Sherri holds Scott’s foot and causes Booker to crash down on him for a pin. Parker gets chased into the ring by Rick, though, and trips over Booker T, causing Nick Patrick to disqualify the champs and award the match to the Steiners.
Winners: The Steiner Brothers by DQ
Bischoff keeps thinking that Patrick DQ’d them because of the interference by Sherri, but that’s not what happened. Parker touched an active competitor and interrupted the match, which is why the DQ was awarded. Bobby tries to tell him, but Bishcoff isn’t hearing it.
Off to commercial and back to Bischoff telling us that we’ll see the video footage of Hog Wild. He pitches to video footage of the end of the Battle of the Bikes match, which is interesting. Usually they do the video slideshow thing instead of videos. I guess they figure the women’s match isn’t going to sell PPV replays.
Match #6: WCW Cruiserweight Championship Match: Rey Mysterio, Jr. (WCW Cruiserweight Champion) VS The Ultimate Dragon (w/ Sonny Onoo)
Dragon comes to the ring and spits a little bit of Muta mist, which will always get a pop from me. I love spitting the mist!
Bischoff gets to call his favorite move twice…the back leg round kick!
Dragon is taking it to Mysterio hard. Kicks to start with, airplane spin, running Liger Bomb…Dragon is just kicking his ass here. Dragon tries to come off the top with a stomp but Rey gets the feet up and Dragon crashes into them hard. Dragon sends Rey to the ropes, and Rey kind of gets hung up on the top rope, but is able to come off with a Hurricanrana and a dive to the outside, putting the match back in his corner.
Dragon dropkicks Rey out of the air once they get back in the ring, then gets a suicide dive through the ropes to the floor. Dragon is looking amazing in this match! Dragon Suplex to Rey for two. Scoop slam from Dragon followed by a moonsault, again for two. Dragon sends Rey to the ropes and comes off the opposite ropes with the Asai Moonsault (named for himself) but again only two. Dragon goes for a powerbomb, but Rey rolls him up with a sunset flip for the win.
Winner: Rey Mysterio, Jr. (Still WCW Cruiserweight Champion)
Rey celebrates and calls out Malenko, saying that if he wants the belt, come and get it.
Match #7: WCW United States Championship Match: “The Nature Boy” Ric Flair (WCW United States Champion) w/ Woman & Ms. Elizabeth VS “Macho Man” Randy Savage
Now that I think about it, it’s very odd that Savage didn’t get a match at Hog Wild. He’s one of their top draws and wasn’t on PPV. Interesting.
Savage comes out and makes a beeline for Flair. From there, it’s all Savage, teeing off on Flair with punches and a running double axe handle, followed by a backdrop and then trying to choke the life out of Flair. Flair is able to stop the momentum with a thumb to the eye and a quick chop, but Savage comes back up out of nowhere and starts peppering Naitch with lefts. Naitch heads to the floor, trying to slow it down, but Savage follows. Flair is able to hit Savage with a low blow, taking control back as we go to commercial.
Back from commercial, Savage gets a big slap in the face from Liz, but it doesn’t seem to faze him as he again takes it to Flair with punches and a back drop. Savage goes up top and comes down with a double axe handle, going for the pin but getting distracted by the ladies outside. Back up top and off again, but this time Flair gets a shot to the midsection. Flair chops Savage’s knee out with a hit from behind, hobbling Savage to a limp when he tries to stand. Flair sends Savage out to the floor where Woman is able to get a boot to the gut in. Flair keeps hammering on the knee, putting the boots to it. Flair finally locks on the Figure 4, using the middle rope as leverage and getting a two count out of it a couple of times. Savage is able to turn the Figure 4 over, finally causing Flair to reverse it. Flair is able to follow with a quick side suplex, though, taking both men back to the mat.
Flair goes to the top rope but in normal fashion is sent crashing back to the mat. After Flair inadvertently levels referee Randy Anderson with a clothesline, Savage and Flair head out to the floor, where Savage clears back the padding, looking to piledrive Savage on the concrete. Out comes Hulk Hogan, though, and takes Savage out with a steel chair to the back and then one unprotected to the head. Hogan rolls Savage back in to the ring, where Flair covers with his feet on the second rope for the win.
Winner: Ric Flair (still WCW United States Champion)
Since Hogan only attacked Savage and left Flair alone, the announcers speculate on whether Flair is with the New World Order. They figure that since the nWo has been leveling everyone with no mercy, Hogan leaving Flair alone is proof positive he’s the fourth man.
The announcers run us through a slideshow of the World Heavyweight Championship match from Hog Wild. We then get video of them turning on and beating down the Booty Man.
Bischoff kicks us to Mean Gene in the entry way, who calls down Hollywood Hogan. Hogan says they’re not attacking people for any particular reason, but just because they’re there. Hogan says he didn’t touch Flair because he wants to excuses when he beats Flair at the Clash on Thursday. Hogan’s cutting this promo in his normal Hogan style, sadly, instead of the low key way he was doing so backstage. Hogan says that once they start taking everyone out, they’re going to “catorgize” all of the WCW wrestlers with new nicknames. Seriously, he tries to say “categorize” TWICE and botches it both times. He says that after Clash, Ric Flair will be known as the “stupid little man.”
Commerical break and we come back to Wildcat Willie in the ring, hyping the crowd. We randomly get a replay of the Outsiders attack on WCW backstage at Disney a few weeks ago. Bischoff randomly says he’s hearing a lot of chatter from the production truck as we’re waiting on the Outsiders. He says that the info he has is that the Outsiders are somewhere but that they can’t find them. Heenan gets up to start leaving. The Outsiders make their way through the crowd, entering the ring. Out comes Lex with referee Nick Patrick, but no Sting.
Match #8: The Outsiders VS Lex Luger & Sting
Luger comes in, clothesline to Hall and Nash, and Luger is cleaning house. In comes Sting from the crowd himself, climbing to the top rope and coming off with a beautiful flying clothesline to Nash. The Outsiders clear the ring, slowing us down a bit.
Bischoff says that we’re going to try to get to Arn Anderson VS The Giant, but we don’t know if we will.
Luger and Sting do not allow the Outsiders into the ring. Sting dropkicks Nash off of the apron and all four men head back to the floor. The Outsiders are able to double team Sting and get him back in the ring, but Luger comes running in and starts hammering on Hall, bringing Sting back into the fight as well.
Nash gets a big boot to Sting, though, and sends him over the top rope and to the floor. Big side slam on Lex from Nash. Bischoff wonders why Nick Patrick didn’t disqualify the Outsiders for tossing Sting over the top. Sting comes back in, double clothesline to the Outsiders, facebuster on Hall, backing both men into opposite corners. Stinger Splash on Nash, but when he attempts it on Hall, Hall moves and the Stinger eats turnbuckle. Out come the Horsemen, however, and the Outsiders scatter!
Bischoff tells us that Nick Patrick bounced out as well. Heenan mentions how crazy it is that the Horsemen came to the aid of Sting and Luger. I like that the nWo has united these guys!
We get a quick replay and we clearly see that Nick Patrick pulls Hall out of the corner, leaving Sting to get nothing but turnbuckle on his Stinger Splash.
In the entry way, Gene talks to the Horsemen. Flair says that he doesn’t like Sting and Luger, but he’s going to play ball with them because they’re WCW. He tells Hogan that the first rule of fighting is that you don’t outmatch yourself. He says that Nash is too big for him, so he’ll send the All Pro in Mongo to him. Hall…Double A’s got your number. He doesn’t know who the 4th man is, but he’s certain Benoit will take him out. Hogan…he’s all Flairs! With that, Gene sends us off the air.
Really fun episode, actually! Some good stuff on here. The Steiners match was really good. Ultimo Dragon put on a clinic tonight and really showed the beginnings of what the WCW Cruiserweight Division is going to be through the rest of this year and into next year. Benoit squashing a dude almost a foot taller than him and probably 100 pounds heavier…that was so badass! The Outsiders/Sting & Luger stuff was unorganized, but that’s an awesome thing! We’re beyond simple matches with these four now. Sting and Luger weren’t out for a win…they were out for revenge!
The Nick Patrick stuff was a little heavy handed, but I only REALLY felt so when Mean Gene was talking about it at the very end. “What is the deal with this guy? Is he on the take?” Something about how nonchalant Gene is about stuff sometimes makes it comes across as silly, and that was a big one for me.
We’re heading into the Clash of the Champions next! Join us back here soon for that!
WWF Raw Ratings – 2.0
WCW Nitro Ratings – 3.3
(Raw – 17, Nitro – 26) (Tie Weeks – 2)
(Unopposed weeks – 5)
WWF’s longest Winning Streak (to this point) – 6
WCW’s longest Winning Streak (to this point) – 9
WCW still winning the race here. Settle in, folks…this number is gonna just keep climbing!
WWF Raw results from this week
Farooq (w/ Sunny) defeated Skip with the Dominator. (4:34)
Crush (w/ Clarence Mason) defeated Savio Vega via submission with a full nelson. (7:16)
Henry Godwinn & Phinneas Godwinn (w/ Hillbilly Jim) defeated TL Hopper & Who when Henry pinned Who with the Slop Drop. (5:31)
WWF World Champion Shawn Michaels (w/ Jose Lothario) defeated Owen Hart (w/ Jim Cornette) in a non-title match following two superkicks after dropkicking an interfering Vader off the ring apron. (9:05)
HBK VS Owen sounds pretty good. Sunny is always awesome. The rest of the card, though…ugh. TL Hopper…