KoaNitro copyHello 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.

Winner: Konnan

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!

No Contest

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!


Ratings Breakdown

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…

Kick out at 2 WCW Toy Review! Basic 2 Pack Hall & Nash!

Posted: October 26, 2015 by Kick Out At 2! in Uncategorized

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

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

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

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

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

WCW Hog Wild, live from Sturgis, SD!

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

Someone has a blow up sex doll in the crowd.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Scott Norton

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

“It’s on now.”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Draw (time limit)

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

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

Winner: Draw (time limit)

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

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

Winner: Chris Benoit

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

More beauty shots of Sturgis and the surrounding area.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Ric Flair (still WCW United States Champion)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winners: The Outsiders

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hogan Marcs Title With Spray

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winners: Harlem Heat

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Malia Hosaka

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Alex Wright (via countout)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Randy Savage

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Flair is beating down Booty Man and all is well.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Commercial break.

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

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

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

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

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

Yes, that exchange happened.

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


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

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

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

Winner: The Giant (still WCW Champion)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winners: Sting and Lex Luger

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

Larry: “Make it Monday.”

Tony: “Yeah, why not!”

Larry: “Then we’ll be back on Nitro!”

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

I liked this exchange.

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

Until next time!


Ratings Breakdown

WWF Raw Ratings – 2.8

WCW Nitro Ratings – 3.0

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

(Unopposed weeks – 5)

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

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


A close victory, but a victory nonetheless!

WWF Raw results from this week

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

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

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


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

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