Hello everyone, and welcome to another edition of Kick Out at Nitro! Tonight’s episode comes to us from Monroe, Louisiana, and is the fall out show from Slamboree, 1996! It is also the first episode of what will be considered Volume 3 of this project. The show kicks off with Eric Bischoff and Bobby Heenan, sans Steve McMichael! Finally…a Nitro with NO MONGO! Bischoff explains that Mongo’s disappearance is due to him answering Ric Flair’s challenge last night and we’re taken to video from the altercation last night between Flair, Anderson, Mongo and his partner, Kevin Greene.
Match #1: Fire & Ice VS The Steiner Brothers
Oh man! The last time this match happened, awesome things happened!
Bischoff tells us that since WCW officials know Ric Flair will be here tonight in a match against Eddie Guerrero, Randy Savage has been barred from the building tonight as a result from last night at Slamboree.
Scott Steiner starts the match off against Ice Train. Scott and Ice Train start off very hard hitting and competitive, with some big slams and clotheslines, just like last time. Scott finishes the volley off with a belly to belly suplex off of an Irish whip and both teams tag out, bringing in Rick Steiner and Scott Norton. Norton gets Rick down and hits a big top rope splash, followed by a series of massive clotheslines. Since clotheslines are normally a Steiner thing, Rick takes exception to them and nails Norton with a German suplex and a Steinerline of his own. He tags out to Scott who gets a few kicks in and then a Tiger Suplex. Scott sends him out of the ring and comes off of the top rope with a double axe handle from the top rope to the floor. Steiner is hit by a Samoan drop off of an Irish hip and Norton tags out to Ice Train. Steiner is able to get a back body drop on Ice Train and tags out to Rick. Rick and Ice train take each other out with a double clothesline, Ice Train tags out to Norton and the two hit Rick Steiner with a tandem shoulder block. At this point, all hell breaks loose as all four men end up brawling around the ring. As Rick and Ice Train brawl, Norton lifts Scott Steiner into a shoulder breaker, but Scott answers with a German suplex to the floor. Referee Nick Patrick calls for the bell as both teams continue to brawl.
Winners: Double Count Out
Quick commercial for the June issue of WCW Magazine, which will have coverage of UnCensored, showing that WCW Magazine is only three months behind in their coverage now, apparently.
Match #2: Eddie Guerrero VS “Nature Boy” Ric Flair w/ Woman & Ms. Elizabeth
Bischoff tells us that Mongo is training for the match with Flair and Anderson. Bobby asks if their training involves sitting on wooden benches and waiting for the water boy.
Bischoff reminds us that last night Arn Anderson DDT’d his partner for Battle Bowl, Eddie Guerrero, then was covered by Ric Flair to eliminate him.
Damn, there are some rough looking people in the arena and they’re all being highlighted in this match.
The match starts off with a lock up and Eddie taking it to a headlock take over, then springing off of the ropes with another. Flair attempts to roll Eddie into a cover for two, but Eddie rolls back out. Flair is finally able to break the headlock and the two bounce off the ropes for a moment until Eddie hits him with a dropkick and takes him back over with another headlock take over.
They’ve put Eddie with Flair quite a few times over the last few months. I wonder if Flair saw something in Eddie and requested to keep working with him or if it’s just coincidence.
Eddie and Flair get into a chop/punch fest in the corners that heats the match up. Eddie gets about five good punches and some chops in before they volley back and forth a few more times. Eddie is really looking good here. They go back and forth a bit more and Eddie gets a quick succession of drop kicks that sends Flair out to the floor. Flair makes a bee-line for his “VIP section” and grabs a chair, heading back to the ring but running afoul of Referee Randy Anderson, who is having none of Flair’s nonsense.
Bischoff says that Flair was bragging last night that all he wanted to accomplish was costing Savage a shot at the World Championship, which he did.
Flair comes back into the ring and Eddie gets a shoulder tackle and fires off a bunch of ground and pound punches before heading to the floor and strutting, mocking Flair. Eddie’s chest is visibly red from Flair’s chops. Eddie gets Flair down and begging off but is caught with a thumb to the eyes as Nitro goes on commercial break. Back from break, Flair is in charge with a reverse headlock but Eddie is able to fight out of it and shoulder tackle Flair down and get him with a trio of quick clotheslines before going up to the top rope for a sunset flip. Flair fights it off but Eddie pulls him down by his trunks but only for a two count. Flair backs off and Eddie goes for a few mounted punches in the corner but Flair drops him with a reverse atomic drop, taking the lead again.
Flair is making Eddie look like a million bucks. Take note guys…this is how you elevate mid-card talent up to main event status. Flair is letting us see that Eddie is able to hang with him and it’s looking great. Eddie gets a quick roll up but only for two. Flair answers with some punches and a back suplex that puts both men on the mat for a while.
Heenan says that Mongo and Kevin Greene are going to have a hard time coming to WCW and pretending they can do what Flair and Double A do, but Flair and Anderson could put on the helmet and pads and lead the NHL in tackles and sacks.
Flair goes for the Figure 4 but Eddie gets out and puts Flair in his own Figure 4 until Flair gets to the ropes. Flair heads to the floor and Eddie tries to come off the top to the floor, but Flair moves and Eddie hits the guard rail hard, coming down holding his knee. Flair follows with a vertical suplex to the floor and heads back into the ring.
Bischoff mentions the Great American Bash in Baltimore, saying that Baltimore is also going to get an NFL team. Wow, we’re in a world where the Ravens don’t exist yet.
Bischoff comments on Flair being a 13 time champion and Heenan says “well, 15 if you count those two in…” before being cut off by Bischoff saying “We don’t count THOSE two championships!” So, this answers my questions from previous installments about Flair’s title reigns. He’s currently at 15 of his 16 titles.
Eddie and Flair continue their back and forth with a big spot including Eddie dropkicking Flair to the floor. Flair chops Eddie in the corner but Eddie gets a thumb to Flair’s eye and gets a tornado DDT out of the corner, following it with a head scissors that he walked the top rope to hit. Eddie slams Flair and nails a big Frog Splash, but Eddie bounces off of Flair holding his knee. Flair oddly flops around, but is able to stand up and pulls on Eddie’s injured knee before, of course, pulling him into the Figure 4 with Eddie’s back in the center of the ring. Flair stretches back, getting leverage from Woman, while Eddie’s shoulders lay on the mat for a three count.
Winner: Ric Flair
After the replay of the match, we go to the VIP table with Flair, Woman, Liz, and Mean Gene. Gene says he’s heard that Savage is in the arena. Flair says Savage is in jail for trying to break up an evening with Flair and the ladies. Flair says he’s teaching Savage’s wife a new way of life. Flair says Mongo’s wife follows him around like he owes her money. He says the reason Mongo isn’t here is because Arn Anderson ran him off. He says Kevin Greene made two mistakes…coming into North Carolina without his permission and thinking he can cross-train football and wrestling like he cross-trains the girls. At Baltimore, there will be TWO former NFL stars because Greene isn’t going to make minicamp this year. He grabs a bottle of champagne and heads off.
After a commercial break, we come back to the announce booth where Flair is sitting there with candles, two plates of food, and champagne. Flair is lighting the candles for Flair and making sure everything is going okay. Flair says Ted Turner saw him at the both twice and wants him there more often. He says Jane (Foster) loves Naitch, just ask around Atlanta.
Match #3: WCW Tag Team Championship Match: The Faces of Fear (Meng & The Barbarian) VS Sting & Lex Luger (WCW World Tag Team Champions)
Luger starts off with Meng and is quickly taken down by Meng with a quick drop toehold.
Bischoff asks if Flair has ever been in the ring with an NFL great like Steve McMichael. Flair says he’s the man who tamed Wahoo McDaniel and retired the “Big Cat” Ernie Ladd. They go to commercial as Flair sings “Debbie does the Nature Boy.”
We come back from commercial break to Sting powering out of being double teamed, but he’s quickly taken back down and getting beaten down by Meng, who tags out to Barbarian to take over. Barbarian quick tags back to Meng after a few stomps and a choke. Meng gets a few chops and tags back out to Barbarian, for a double-team of an Atomic Drop and a mafia kick. Barbarian covers but Luger is able to make the save. Sting is slammed down hard off of the top rope by Barbarian, who tags out to Meng and both men go up top and come off with flying headbutts to Sting. Meng makes the cover, but Luger takes his time getting out of the ring, allowing the ref to make the count late and Sting to kick out.
Flair and Heenan are constantly bothering Bischoff at the announce booth, eating and passing around champagne. Bischoff asks how they can sit here and eat and drink during a match and Flair asks how he can sit here anyway when there are parties to get to just around every corner.
Barbarian goes for another Splash, but Sting moves and is able to get the tag to Luger, who comes in and cleans house. Sting covers Barbarian for two but it’s broken up. Barbarian takes Sting up to the top rope while Meng and Luger battle on the floor. Luger grabs Barbarian’s legs and allows Sting to punch him off the top rope and follow him with a top rope splash. Luger rolls in and gets the three count.
Winners: Sting & Lex Luger (Still WCW World Tag Team Champions)
Bischoff tells Flair that Savage is here and we’re going to hear from him next. Flair says he’s already checked with security and he’s not allowed in. Bischoff kicks us back to Mean Gene, Randy Savage and some security.
Savage is kicking the doors and saying he wants in. He’s also in wrestling gear. I love the idea that Randy Savage shows up to the arena in his gear. Gene says there are high level meetings in the WCW Championship Committee about the future of Randy Savage. Savage says to tell them to be real careful about what decisions they make about his future. They need to make the right decision. He says he could go through the door and take Flair apart. Gene says he can’t get through the door and Savage asks if that’s a challenge. Savage attempts to get through the security but is turned away as we go to break again.
Match #4: Brad Armstrong VS Diamond Dallas Page
This is the first episode I’ve watched in a while that wasn’t on WWE Network, but on an old DVD that I burned years ago. That means I get to hear DDP’s “Self High Five” music again. I like it. I’ve always loved that song.
DDP will apparently get his title shot in June. I wonder if that will be at Great American Bash or on an episode of Nitro or Saturday Night. Guess we’ll find out.
Bischoff reminds us that next week, we’ll start going to two hours for every Nitro! Looks like my work load has doubled, folks! I wonder how much longer Volume 3 will be as opposed to Volumes 1 and 2.
Back from break and we see Brad Armstrong get a two count off of a back slide, but he’s met with a DDP clothesline afterwards. Page whips Armstrong to the corner and charges in but Armstrong moves, letting Page take the turnbuckle shoulder first before getting a reverse atomic drop (wow, lots of that move tonight) and getting his face pounded off of the turnbuckle pads. Page reverses a move into an elbow and nails a Diamond Cutter out of nowhere. They say the RKO comes from nowhere, but Randy has DDP to thank for that. The best part of DDP’s gimmick around this point was just how many different ways he could find to pull off the Diamond Cutter.
Winner: Diamond Dallas Page
DDP is joined in the center of the ring by Mean Gene. Page says last night he shocked the world by winning Lethal Lottery. He names off all of the people in the tournament, saying that at the end of the night, there could only be one and that was DDP. He says that he has one person to thank…himself! He gives himself a self high five and calls out The Giant. Gene says he just got off the phone with the Championship Committee and they’ve viewed the video footage from last night. We see that DDP had gotten his foot on the floor early in the match. Gene says that they won’t reverse the decision, he’ll stay Lord of the Ring, but he will not get the title match at Great American Bash. Instead, that will go to Lex Luger.
Wow, that was quick. Why give it to Page if they’re not going to go with him? Luger was in the damn tournament…why not just have him win it? Hell, it would have made more sense in the title match if Luger had won the tournament and was going to get the shot. That would have made some interesting situations with Luger “costing” Sting the match in his tug-of-war with Jimmy Hart.
Match #5: WCW World Heavyweight Championship Match: “The Enforcer” Arn Anderson w/ “Taskmaster” Kevin Sullivan VS The Giant w/ Jimmy Hart
What the hell? I was pretty sure Giant was still in the Dungeon of Doom, despite his little fall out with Loch Ness…so why is Sullivan out there with Anderson?
Jimmy goes up to Sullivan and asks “what the hell?” Sullivan says Anderson has never failed him so he’s just out to make sure Anderson gets a fair shot.
Flair says tonight Arn takes the title and next month he and Arn will take over the NFL.
Arn locks up with a waist lock on The Giant, who simply shrugs him off. Arn backs Giant into the corner and shoulder blocks him and punches him, but Giant just shoves him off. Giant scoop slams Anderson. He sends Anderson into the turnbuckle hard twice before back body dropping him off of an Irish whip, sending him to the floor. Giant follows him out, but Double A gets back into the ring first. As Giant is getting back into the ring, Anderson jerks the rope and crotches Giant with it. He comes off the turnbuckle with a couple of double axe handles, then goes for the DDT. Giant stands him up and choke slams him down for the win.
Winner: The Giant (still WCW World Heavyweight Champion)
Giant says he is the champion and will always be the champion. Jimmy pins the belt back on him and Giant stares down Sullivan before leaving the ring. Sullivan goes over to check on Anderson as we go back to our announcers, now sans Flair. They wrap up the ending of the match and Bobby storms off, saying he’s going to the party. He grabs the candelabra and champagne and heads off as Bischoff pitches us to next week’s Nitro and the NBA Conference Finals.
I’ve said it before, but damn, this is a much better show without Hulk Hogan.
We get a little bit of fallout from Slamboree, mostly involving Ric Flair, which is cool. I’m actually looking forward to the Flair/Anderson VS Greene/Mongo match at the Great American Bash. Flair has done a great job of selling that match.
Well, next episode is the big moment. I’m planning to have not only my thoughts, but the thoughts of some of my colleagues here at the site as well. I want the birth of the nWo to be a more inclusive thing here at Ko@2, so that way you get to hear a bit more than just my voice…although I know you all love it so much!
Until next time, fans!
WWF Raw Ratings – 2.3
WCW Nitro Ratings – 3.1
(Raw – 16, Nitro – 15) (Tie Weeks – 2)
(Unopposed weeks – 5)
WWF’s longest Winning Streak (to this point) – 6
WCW’s longest Winning Streak (to this point) – 4
WCW fighting back up from that six week losing streak. Hope you liked it, Vince…that’s the longest streak you’re going to get for a good, long time!
WWF Raw results from this week
Steve Austin (w/ Ted Dibiase) defeated Marc Mero (w/ Sable) via disqualification
Savio Vega defeated the 1-2-3 Kid (w/ Ted Dibiase)
Davey Boy Smith (w/ Jim Cornette, Clarence Mason, & Diana Hart Smith) fought Jake Roberts to a no contest
This Raw actually doesn’t sound too bad. Austin and Mero could be a pretty good match. Same with Savio and Waltman. Davey Boy together with the entourage, though, doesn’t do anything for me. I remember that Raw is going into the HBK vs Cornette summer that ends with HBK and Vader, so we’re going to be seeing a lot of Davey Boy, Owen and Vader in our future.