Welcome, everyone, to another awesome episode of WCW Monday Nitro and another edition of the Web’s greatest Nitro chronicle, Kick Out at Nitro! Tonight, we’re back yet again at Disney MGM Studios, ready to bring you some awesome WCW action!
We start off with Larry and Tony running down the card. Larry drops his “new world odor” line that I’ll learn to hate but that Larry will not stop trying to get over.
Tony takes us to some video footage of the Outsiders in Cincinnati. Luger and Sting are walking out of the arena when Luger is called away for a phone call. As Luger is called away, the Outsiders jump Sting and beat the crap out of them. It’s really grainy and shot on a handheld camera (we assume by Syxx…but we’ll get to that later on in the next few months), but it does a great job at getting the Outsiders over as thugs. It’s also something we haven’t seen in wrestling since the Horsemen did this to Dusty back in the day. I liked it.
Match #1: Mike Enos VS Hacksaw Jim Duggan
WCW Saturday Night is leaking out into Nitro, it seems.
“Oh, not Hacksaw!” – Larry Zbyszko
We’re told that our main event will be Benoit, Mongo, and Flair (who they make a big deal of mentioning WILL be here this week) versus Sting, Luger, and Savage.
Generic, boring match, honestly. I hate not writing detailed rundowns of every match, but honestly, as we’ve gone to two hours, I’ve learned that these write-ups can hit the upper side of five and six thousand words, so some of these matches are going to get pretty basic write-ups…especially if the match itself isn’t very good. Which, truthfully, this one wasn’t. It wasn’t terrible…but just not evenful.
That being said, Hacksaw takes a weird bump off of an offensive shoulder block from the Irish whip…it was odd. Hacksaw goes for a sunset flip that Enos stops, causing Hacksaw to reach up and pull the tights, showing us more of Mike Enos than we ever wanted to see. Especially since it only resulted in a two count. Enos follows with a Rude Awakening and goes for a splash, but Hacksaw moves.
Referee gets in Enos’s face, Hacksaw uses the opportunity to tape his fist and get the win with a sucker punch.
Winner: Hacksaw Jim Duggan
In an odd move, Tony decrys Hacksaw for using a foreign object and Larry acts like it’s cool. Sure, Larry would defend heel behavior, but he’s doing so for the babyface, especially Hacksaw, who he’s not a fan of.
Mean Gene is in the ring with Hacksaw and Gene asks him about the New World Order. I’m guessing Gene’s new deal is to just ask everyone in the roster what they think about the angle that they’re not involved in. Hacksaw cuts a promo on Hogan letting down the kids, but then follows it up with this:
“Hulk Hogan…you’re a great technical wrestler.”
Not gonna lie, I think Hacksaw just lost what credibility he had with me…
Commerical break and promo for WCW Saturday Night where we’ll get Flair VS Chavo, Giant VS Knobbs, and Benoit VS Savage.
Match #2: “Nature Boy” Ric Flair, “The Crippler” Chris Benoit, & Steve “Mongo” McMichael w/ Woman, Debra, & Ms. Elizabet VS Sting, “Total Package” Lex Luger, & “Macho Man” Randy Savage
I thought this was the main event.
The babyfaces hit the ring hard, with Savage attacking people on the Floor, Luger following suit, and Sting going for the punches in the corner on Flair. People aren’t even out of their entrance gear as we go to a commercial break and obligatory Glacier promo.
Back from the break and we’re finally calmed down. Babyfaces are in one corner and Benoit is in the ring to start the match. He’ll be facing off with Sting. Benoit backs him into the corner and gets in some hard hits, but Sting fires back with a back bodydrop and a clothesline. Benoit tags in Flair, who makes a beeline for Savage. Sting backs Flair into the corner, punches, whips him opposite side where Flair does his flip over the turnbuckle. Luger punches him off of the apron and Savage attacks on the floor, using Flair to destroy the Horsemen’s VIP section. Flair runs to the ring to escape but is met with a gorilla press slam. Sting tags out to Savage.
Savage points at Liz, prompting Flair to jump outside and kiss her on the mouth, further pissing off Savage. They brawl for a bit before tagging out to Mongo and Luger. These two bulls basically just lock up and roll around for a bit before Mongo tags out to Flair. Flair chops Luger, Luger fires up, gorilla press slam, and Flair head to the floor but is caught with a vertical suplex on the apron for a two count. Flair tags out to Benoit, who backs Luger into the corner and takes it to him with about fifteen stomps to the corner. Savage jumps in to take out Benoit. As the referee takes care of Savage, Flair gets a cheap shot in on Luger. Benoit tags out to Flair, Luger tags to Sting, and Sting goes on the offensive. Sting gets a superplex for two before it’s broken up by Benoit.
Sting gets a sunset flip over the ropes, but Flair tags out to Mongo, who drops an elbow and nails Sting with a massive clothesline in the corner, followed by a backbreaker and a tag to the Crippler. Back clothesline for two and a back suplex as the crowd chants for the Stinger. Two count off of the back suplex and Benoit yells at Sting and slaps him in the face for good measure before tagging back out to Flair.
Sting tries to win with a backslide but Benoit stops that. The announcers sing Benoit’s praises, which is a theme since Great American Bash. That event really was Benoit’s turning point as a performer in this company. It’s like everyone knew he was good, but after that night, we’ve all agreed he’s on another level. Flair puts on the Figure 4 but Sting is able to reverse it. Flair tries it again but Sting rolls him into a small package for two. Flair tags out to Benoit, who attacks the legs of Sting and then hits a beautiful snap suplex for two. Benoit follows that up with a Liontamer that Luger breaks up. It’s always interesting to see Benoit use the high angle Boston Crab long before Jericho made it his main move.
Jimmy Hart runs out and starts pleading with the camera man to follow him because the Outsiders are in the back. A cameraman leaves with him as Jimmy Hart tries to get Lex Luger to stop kicking Flair’s ass and follow him. He finally convinces the babyfaces and they start to exit the ring. We cut to the back where Hall and Nash are taking out Marc Bagwell and Arn Anderson with baseball bats.
“They’ve got baseball, the coward jerks!” – Larry Zbyszko.
Out comes Scotty Riggs and he gets the business as well. Rey Mysterio, Jr. tries to jump off of some railing on the trailer onto Nash, but Nash catches him and throws him like a lawn dart into the side of the trailer. Hall and Nash get into a waiting limo and start to go, but Savage runs into frame, jumps on top of the limo, and is frantically punching the occupants through the sun roof as the limo leaves the arena. Suddenly every WCW babyface is in the back as we hear the bell ring.
Winner: No Contest, double count out
Eddie Guerrero is checking on Rey Jr, the Horsemen are around Double A and Woman is crying her eyes out over it. Trainers are seeing to the injured talent as a firetruck comes in with full sirens wailing.
This scene is awesome. It’s chaos. People are talking over everyone. Babyfaces are checking on babyfaces. Rey Jr is screaming that there were four men when there were only actually two, leaving us to wonder if he saw two more men before the camera got there or if Nash tossed him so hard that he’s seeing double. Larry makes that comment the moment that I type it, showing that great minds think alike.
The story behind this is that the local Orlando fans thought this was a legit attack so they called the cops, which is why we have firetrucks showing up and cops on the scene. They’re doing an amazing job of selling this, too, which is amazing. The fact that this show is now in pure chaos and you have everyone back there is just a touch of realism that we really haven’t seen in a long time. Rey keeps shouting that there were four men and Eddie keeps telling him that there are only three. The EMTS are trying to take off Rey’s mask but he’s doing his damnedest to keep that from happening. They finally get his mask off and Rey has his hands covering his face. Benoit is watching them see to Arn and it looks like he’s legit about to cry.
The hushed tones everyone’s speaking in coupled with the yells from the wrestlers is just such an awesome scene.
Rey won’t shut up about there being four men, though.
Larry mentions how much Benoit looks up to Double A, which is nice that they’ve pointed out Benoit’s emotions here.
Meng comes in and gets in Benoit’s face, while Jimmy Hart tries to keep storyline from happening during this. It’s odd, honestly, and it’s the one thing that’s kind of broken up the seriousness of the issue that’s happening.
We cut back to Larry and Tony, who speculate on Rey’s phantom fourth man as we go to commercial break.
We come back and it’s now the second hour, so Tony and Larry are joined by Bobby and Bischoff. Heenan apparently shops in the same place as Zbyszko. Bobby says he’s not going to cut a wrestling promo, he’s going to speak to Eric man-to-man. He says he has a history of neck issues. He shows us a trembling in his right hand to highlight this. He says this job isn’t worth it to him and if Bischoff can’t guarantee his safety, he’s not doing the broadcast. Bischoff says he’s not going to argue with him right now and that Heenan can do what he needs to do. Heenan throws down his headset and papers and bounces.
Our backstage area is now overrun with uniforms.
The crowd is now chanting “boring, boring” and apparently they do not have any monitors or any way to show the fans what is happening backstage. That’s a bold move. We’ve not spent about twenty minutes with no in-ring product to show these fans and now way to show them what’s happening to the wrestlers to cause this. I honestly feel that it would have played off a lot better if the fans could be seeing this.
They load up Arn Anderson into an ambulance as Flair and Woman get in with him. Bagwell is on a stretcher, surrounded by Sting, Luger, Doug Dillinger, and some of the EMTs. There’s some confusion as it looks like the EMTs were trying to load up Bagwell into the ambulance that Double A is already in.
Bischoff says that he’s heard from the back that they do have standby matches ready to go. They’ve now moved Double A to the side of the ambulance so that they can both now be loaded in. Sting gets in the ambulance as well and the announcers sell the gravity of this as it has caused Flair and Sting to ride together. Bischoff sends us to another commercial break.
Match #3: High Voltage VS The Steiner Brothers
The Steiners come out visibly distraught. Rick looks like someone just killed his best friend and Scott almost seems like he’s wiping away tears. We get another quick look backstage where Scotty Riggs is finally being put on the ambulance while Lex Luger looks on.
It’s Singlet City in the ring for this match. So much bright colored spandex! Match starts off with a Scott Steiner hip toss, arm lock, then into a fireman’s carry and a key lock on the arm. The announcers mention that this is very unlike the Steiners that we’re used to seeing since they’re usually very high energy and really take it to them. Rick isn’t even on the ring apron. He’s pacing around the ring, refusing to get up on the apron. Scott keeps taking it to Kaos and finally coaxes Rick into tagging in. Kaos takes over and tags in Rage, allowing the two to hit a double dropkick before another quick tag out to Rage for a double suplex in the center of the ring. High Voltage definitely have their head in the game whereas the Steiners clearly do not. I wonder if it’s due to the fact that the ones hurt were more mid to upper carders and that’s where the Steiners hang out, where High Voltage are more used to the Saturday Night crowd. Maybe if the Outsiders took out The Mauler and Bobby Eaton, High Voltage would be more shook up.
Rick tags out to Scott, who comes in kicking ass. Clotheslines and a tiger driver and a tag out to Rick, who rushes Rage into the corner and hits a giant damn Steinerline. Quick tag out to Scott, Steiner Screwdriver for the win!
Winners: The Steiner Brothers
Holy crap, the Steiner Screwdriver! For those of you who have never seen it, it’s a vertical suplex that Scott drops into a seated tombstone piledriver. It looked like it killed Robbie Rage. Scott Steiner is one of my favorite wrestlers ever because of stuff like this. Look up the innovative moves that dude has. This, the Frankensteiner, the moonsault fallaway slam…freaking amazing stuff!
Commercial break, back to our new replacement match.
Match #4: Big Bubba w/ Jimmy Hart VS Eddie Guerrero
We get this match instead of what would have been an amazing Eddie VS Rey Jr. match…thanks, Outsiders, ya jerks!
Bubba slaps Eddie and sends him to the floor, then celebrates. Eddie comes back in, pays him back, and almost dives out of the ring onto him on the floor but thinks better of it. Bubba sends him high into the air and he falls back down hard, allowing Bubba time to slap Eddie around on the mat.
Eric tells us that the Giant is here and will wrestle, but he clearly won’t defend the title against Arn Anderson as he was scheduled to. I wonder what Hogan thought, in kayfabe, about WCW giving title shots out when he has a match already scheduled for two weeks from now. Would he want someone other than The Giant to be champ? What if Double A won? Double A kind of has Hogan’s number, as we saw at the beginning of the year when he got two wins in a row over Hogan.
Is that why this attack happened?! I think I finally figured it out! Hogan has beaten the Giant. He knows he can do it. However, Anderson has Hogan’s number, so he has Hall and Nash take out Anderson so that he doesn’t have to potentially face him at Hog Wild! The logic is sound!
Sadly, Big Bubba takes control of this match, beating down Eddie and keeping him grounded.
Bischoff says that they have the national news calling to find out what’s going on backstage. He says now that “a number” of people are now reporting four men. Four men to take out one of the FOUR HORSEMEN!
Yes, I know it’s a stretch…but, don’t tell me the logic isn’t there, because I know it is.
I’m guessing the 4th man would be Syxx…despite him being the sixth man in the nWo. We already saw that someone was filming the Outsiders when they beat down Sting and Luger, and we later see that Syxx is kind of their cameraman, so theoretically he’s already hanging out with them, he just isn’t public yet.
Eddie begins to go on offense and Jimmy Hart tries his best to shut that mess down. He distracts the referee and throws Bubba his megaphone. Eddie is able to get a sunset flip for the win, though.
Winner: Eddie Guerrero
Oh, I forgot to mention, Eddie was in the black singlet.
“The following announcement has been paid for by the New World Order!”
Black and white, quick cuts, crazy promo from the nWo. I love the idea that they had to pay for airtime. It would be silly for WCW to allow them promo time during Nitro, but them paying for airtime on TNT…so it HAS to be shown…that’s brilliant.
Is this the debut of the nWo logo? I love that logo. So simple, but just so awesome. I need to find my nWo shirt and start rocking that thing again.
The promo is full of quick cuts of promo, mostly Hall and Nash just joking around, asking Lex Luger how much he benches. It’s so different from anything wrestling related we’ve seen before, and that’s brilliant. Hogan says that he forgot that he’s wrestling the Giant on the 10th. This is just so cool!
We come back from that to Tony and Larry, mentioning that Eric has left the broadcast booth due to the stuff that’s going on. There’s a pretty long period where no one is in the ring, which, again, this has to be a really damn boring show for those in attendance. We get a video recap of what’s happened earlier in the night, taking more time from the in-ring product. This is a great show on TV, but it has to be awful live.
Match #5: WCW World Heavyweight Championship Match: Greg “The Hammer” Valentine VS The Giant (WCW World Heavyweight Champion) w/ Jimmy Hart
Damn, Greg Valentine just stepped into a huge opportunity in kayfabe terms. He’s just randomly handed a WCW World Championship opportunity due to the fact that the nWo killed everyone. Imagine if he were to win the title tonight!
The crowd is kind of dead for this one, but I think I would have been too if I had been watching an empty ring for 1/3 of this show and then got a title match with a guy that was never that big of a draw even in WWF. At least they had the good sense to put the big stars all together earlier in the night so that everyone basically got to see the entirety of that match before they left.
Valentine rocks Giant with some clotheslines and tries to go up top. Giant chokeslams him off of the top, then picks him up and chokeslams him again in the center of the ring for good measure. That’s literally the match, folks.
Winner: The Giant (still WCW World Champion)
Giant looks in the camera and says “Listen really close, Hulk Hogan. Listen really close.”
We end the show with Mean Gene in the ring with Jimmy and The Giant. The Giant is posing, mocking Hulk Hogan. Giant starts off with a Hogan promo, with “Lemme tell ya something Mean Gene, I’ve been to the top of the mountain, brother. I’ve walked through the valley of the shadow of death…” Gene asks him what’s he on about and Giant says that it’s easy to fall into the con. Hogan made everyone believe in him, but he never believed in himself. Giant says while Hogan was making movies, Giant was beating the best talent in the world. He tells WCW that if they don’t all hang together, they’ll hang separately. He tells Hogan that he has a chokeslam noose that’ll fit just fine around Hogan’s neck.
For some damn reason, Gene asks Jimmy Hart his opinion, and Jimmy spends a ton of time running his mouth, but ends it nicely with “I promise you this, Hulk Hogan…we’ll take you out.” With that, we get a slo-mo replay of Kevin Nash darting Rey Jr. into the side of the production truck and we go off the air.
This episode! I’ve been waiting for this episode for a while. I’ve lovingly referred to it as “the episode where the Outsiders kill everyone.” In reality, they only got four people…but they upset the entire WCW lockerroom and basically killed the show. In a world where they’re trying to take over WCW, they just ruined its flagship show. That’s good booking!
The nWo promo is amazing and a great thing to change their look just enough to really sell that they’re a separate organization. Really great touches there.
The main event was originally a letdown, but when it played out with Giant being pissed and just chokeslamming Valentine to hell, that made up for it. Giant gets two offensive moves, and they’re both his finisher…so good. The second one was just him driving the point home that he’s coming for Hogan in Sturgis.
That Pay Per View is in a little under two weeks in Nitro time, but I’m going to do my best to get it to you within one. Look for it soon!
Until next time!
WWF Raw Ratings – 2.1
WCW Nitro Ratings – 3.1
(Raw – 17, Nitro – 24) (Tie Weeks – 2)
(Unopposed weeks – 5)
WWF’s longest Winning Streak (to this point) – 6
WCW’s longest Winning Streak (to this point) – 7
WCW takes over the longest winning streak of the Monday Night War!
WWF Raw results from this week
Psycho Sid defeated Justin Bradshaw (w/ Uncle Zebakiah) via disqualification when Zebakiah hit Sid with a cowbell. (0:45)
Vader pinned Marc Mero (w/ Sable) with a powerslam as Mero came off the top rope.
Davey Boy Smith (w/ Owen Hart) pinned Henry Godwinn (w/ Hillbilly Jim) with the running powerslam after Henry became distracted by Owen at ringside.
Steve Austin defeated the Undertaker (w/ Paul Bearer) via count-out after Mankind came ringside and Taker stalked him backstage.