KoaNitro copyWelcome, 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.

Nitro_7-29-96_5Jimmy 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.

Nitro_7-29-96_20Riggs is on a stretcher and wearing a neck brace.

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.

Nitro_7-29-96_13Fans start chanting “n-W-o, n-W-o!”

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.

Hold on…

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.

Commercial break:

“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!

Nitro_7-29-96_23We 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!



Ratings Breakdown

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.

KoaNitro copyIt’s time, once again, for Monday Nitro!  Tonight we’re coming from Disney MGM Studios in Orlando, FL, for the third week in a row and we’re heading towards Hog Wild, WCW’s outdoor PPV at the Sturgis Biker Rally in Sturgis, SD.  Last week we had a Nitro where most of our star power was in Japan, allowing the nWo to show up at the end and decimate Lex Luger.  Let’s see where tonight’s episode takes us.

Our Hour #1 announcers, Tony Schiavone and Larry Zbyszko, talk about the opening ceremonies of the Olympic Games and mention Muhammad Ali lighting the torch.  They replay video of them honoring Ali with an award and a donation to his foundation at Halloween Havoc 1994.  Tony says that tonight we’ll get an answer from The Giant as to whether he’ll be defending his WCW World Heavyweight Championship against Hulk Hogan at Hog Wild.  Tony replays last week when the Outsiders were hanging out at their rooftop party central, covering the WCW letters with the nWo.

Match #1: Squire David Taylor w/ Jeeves VS Scott Norton

We’re told that Norton walked out on Ice Train on Saturday Night, which makes me sad.  I thought these guys were a tag team for a bit longer than they were.  How long were they a team?  Like two months?  That long?  I’m sure I’ll footnote this later when I actually look it up, but damn, I really liked them and now they’re gone.

Taylor tries to start off by shoulder blocking Norton, but Norton is having none of it and Taylor bounces off of the brick wall.  Taylor nails Norton with a couple of European uppercuts, but Norton derails that with a stiff clothesline.

Quick ending to the match as Norton tosses Taylor over the top rope, showing us that evidently that is still a disqualification in WCW.

Winner: David Taylor (via DQ)

Norton keeps brawling on the floor, attempting to powerbomb Taylor but he’s not really able to do it and just kind of drops him on the mat.  The referee is eventually able to run Norton off as we go to commercial and a promo from VK Wallstreet.  In an era of more reality based wrestling and the Outsiders, a gimmick like Wallstreet just sticks out like a sore thumb.

Mean Gene is with the Horsemen (sans Flair) and the ladies at the VIP section.  Mean Gene mentions Flair’s absence.  Arn says the Horsemen aren’t worried.  He says Flair likes to make an entrance and he’ll be here right on cue.  Gene asks Mongo about the match tonight and Mongo says he’s happy to finally get a shot at the big boys; Sting, Savage, and Luger.  Gene tells Benoit that those guys are really frustrated by the Oustiders, so they may take that out on the Horsemen tonight.  Benoit says that tonight the babyfaces will get a feel for the Crippler first hand.  Mean Gene asks Mongo for a banana and we cut to…

Match #2: VK Wallstreet VS Konnan

Konnan’s gear is so odd.  I guess it makes sense in a lucha atmosphere, but in WCW it’s just so random and odd and pink.  Wallstreet’s isn’t any better, truthfully, since it’s just a black singlet with a giant gold $ on the back.

Decent back and forth match, with Wallstreet controlling most of it and getting a decent amount of heat, but I’m not sure it’s heel heat or just Wallstreet Heat.  Crowd starts building up for Konnan, chanting his name, causing Larry to say “this isn’t Mexico!”  Konnan rushes into the corner, Wallstreet reverses, brings him down into an armlock and Konnan never quite realizes he is near the ropes and the hold lasts about twenty seconds longer than it should.  Off of the break, Konnan fires up a bit more, hitting a running lariat, a back kick and an X-Factor.  Wallstreet hits Konnan with the Wallstreet Crash fireman’s carry slam, but Konnan rolls it through and wins with a crucifix.

Konnan is constantly referred to as the Mexican Heavyweight Champion, but isn’t carrying a belt.

Winner: Konnan

Konnan, off camera, apparently walks by the Horsemen’s VIP section, causing Larry to ask if Konnan has his green card!  Stay classy, Legend.

Mean Gene is at the entry way with Sting, Luger, and Macho Man.  He mentions that they’ll be wrestling the Horsemen and Gene tells Luger that he still doesn’t know where Flair is.  Lex says Flair is probably in a hotel or a limo, but the babyfaces are here.  He says they’re here to make a strong statement and passes it to Sting.  Sting says that there is only one man around here in a limo, and he can stick it!  Savage says he wants the Horsemen, Hogan, and the Outsiders all at once!

New Glacier commercial.  This one isn’t just quick cuts of a logo, it’s Glacier doing martial arts katas.  Glacier was a dud, but still, I like his look.

Tony says we’re going to get an 8 man tag with some of WCW’s young guys and we go to a video of them.  It’s the exact same thing for each guy…Joe Gomez, Jim Powers, Alex Wright, and Renegade.  Each man walks down the beach and takes off his generic white WCW shirt.  It’s silly beefcake stuff.

Match #3: Jim Powers, Joe Gomez, Renegade, & Alex Wright VS The Dungeon of Doom (Kevin Sullivan, Hugh Morrus, Barbarian, & The Leprechaun) w/ Jimmy Hart

What the living hell, WCW?!  This is why I hate the Dungeon of Doom.  Good guys in there, don’t get me wrong.  I love the Faces of Fear and I really like Sullivan, but damn, man.  DoD is hokey 90s wrestling at its worst.  The Leprechaun is actually Sgt. Buddy Lee Parker, future trainer at WCW’s Power Plant facility.

As the match begins we’re told that there is a disruption at the control room.  A camera goes to the back and the Outsiders have broken into the control room and start messing with the controls, fading everything to black and making fun of the production staff.  Tony is super worried about the Outsiders taking them off the air and is calling for security.  Nash puts on a headset and immediately says “Ground Control to Major Tom.”  Hall puts one on and tells the control room to stop filming the match and to start panning the crowd because they’re looking for a buddy of theirs.  Finally a bunch of yellow shirted WCW security shows up to try to kick Hall and Nash out of the truck.  Our favorite security head, Doug Dillinger, shows up to finally boot the men from the production truck.

So, WCW wants to put these young guys over and cuts from their match to show super bored crowd members for the first five minutes of it.  Interesting.

Back in the match, Jim Powers gets booted from the ring and apparently decides to just sit out there for about thirty seconds as the camera man stays on him, still refusing to shoot this match.  Teddy Long shows up and gives him a pep talk and Powers hits the ring like a house of fire.  All Teddy said was “you’re doing a good job” basically.  Plus, didn’t he see how well his encouragement did for Fire & Ice?  They’re not even a damn team anymore!  Anyway, our young studs all follow suit and start beating the living crap out of the Dungeon until The Giant comes out and it’s a chokeslam party and the young guns all have invitations.

Winners: No Contest

Mean Gene risks a chokeslam and gets in the ring to ask Giant about the challenge from Hogan.  Giant says when he came to WCW, his mission was to win the WCW Championship, and he did that.  He says he swore an oath to defend the belt wherever it needs defending, and he’s done that.  Apparently no one told Giant he is a heel as that’s a pretty babyface move.  Giant says that WCW came up to him and asked him what they’re going to do about Hogan.  He says at Sturgis, he’s going to chokeslam Hogan in the center of the ring and the crowd eats it up.

We get a WCW Saturday Night Promo and apparently it’s tag team night all over TBS as Sting & Luger, The Steiners, Rough & Ready, and the Nasty Boys will all have matches.  Also, apparently the Booty Man has been hiding on Saturday Night as he’ll have a match as well.

Match #4: Diamond Dallas Page VS Prince Iaukea

Super quick match.  Some back and forth wrestling for about a minute and DDP hits the Diamond Cutter off of an Irish whip for the win.

Winner: Diamond Dallas Page

I was watching this one for a few moments just to get a feel for it before I started typing and suddenly, BANG, it’s over.  Nice squash match, gets the Diamond Cutter over…I like it.

We go to commercial and get a promo from Chavo Guerrero, Jr., and we find out he’ll be wrestling Dean Malenko later tonight.  When we come back, we get a look at the war between Sullivan and Benoit, including footage of their falls count anywhere match and their match from Bash at the Beach.

Match #5: Chavo Guerrero, Jr. VS “The Man of 1,000 Holds” Dean Malenko

I always liked Chavo.  He’s bland as all get out for most of his career, but I always enjoyed his stuff.  He’s still going strong on Lucha Underground as well, which everyone should check out.

As Dean comes out we get a replay of the end of the Eddie VS Benoit match that Dean was instrumental in.

Chavo starts off fast and strong, flipping over Malenko and hitting a quick headscissors, but Dean stops that with a knee to the gut off of the ropes and follows with a gutbuster, showing that he had no regard for Chavo’s midsection and what he may have had for lunch.  Dean sends Chavo high off of an Irish whip and just lets him fall to the mat, but Chavo retaliates with a dropkick, sending the Iceman to the floor to slow the pace.  Dean again goes to Chavo’s stomach with a knee and then suplexes him, keeping control of the match.  Dean’s been vicious since losing the WCW Cruiserweight Championship a few weeks ago and Tony points out that he’s shifted into high gear since then.  Dean sets Chavo on the top rope, going for a superplex that Chavo fights off as we go to fireworks and our Hour #2 announcers.  Chavo fights Dean off and gets two off of a sunset flip.  Dean snapmares Chavo, drops a knee and gets two before clamping on a headscissors.

Audio issues like crazy with our new announcers but Bischoff plays it off nicely by blaming the Outsiders.  Heenan’s first comments are inaudible, but apparently they get it fixed and he’s able to jump in and start complaining about the Outsiders.

The fans sitting at ringside for this match are mimicking wrestling each other.  It aggravates me.

Dean locks on an STF in the center of the ring and then pulls it back into a surfboard that Chavo kicks out of.  Dean is having none of it, though, and kicks Chavo in the chest and elbows him in the head as the ringside fans continue to piss me off.

Dean drops Chavo with a  brainbuster and a powerbomb as Jimmy Hart comes out to cheer Malenko on.  Dean questions him and Chavo rolls him up for two.  Chavo again almost catches Malenko with a small package.  Chavo comes off the top rope, Dean catches him and locks on the Texas Cloverleaf for the win.

Winner: Dean Malenko

Dean flashes a 4 Horsemen sign, which this time is meant as a mocking thing, but in just two years he’ll flash it for real and I’ll mark out like crazy.

Match #6: Ice Train VS Meng w/ Jimmy Hart

“Did you know that just 100 years ago, these people were cannibals?” – Eric Bischoff

“I’d have believed it if you said just last Thursday.” – Bobby Heenan

This should be a nice hoss fight.  Meng starts off viciously but Ice Train gets a nice crossbody block in that sends a ton of weight down to the mat.  Teddy Long is standing at ringside watching Ice Train, so I guess Teddy is going to add Ice Train to this terrible jobber stable he’s building with Craig Pittman and Jim Powers.  Is Teddy just trying to manage the WCW Saturday Night roster?

Meng takes control with a barrage of headbutts, even able to capitalize when Ice Train tries to slam him as he shifts his weight and comes down in a crossbody for two.  Ice Train gets a bit of momentum from a flying clothesline off of an Irish whip but Meng gets a jab to the throat and a headbutt to the chin, sending Ice Train back down to the mat.

What the hell is an Ice Train anyway?

Whatever it is, he fires up, splashes in the corner, powerslam for two.  Ice Train goes for a double axe handle but Meng kicks him right in the face.  Meng takes Ice Train to the floor and out comes Scott Norton to beat down Meng.

Winner: Meng (via DQ)

Norton yells into the camera that Ice Train doesn’t have anything to worry about because he’s got his back.  He says that he wants him to have no excuses at Hog Wild.

Bischoff sends us to a video replay of Hogan turning on WCW and joinging the nWo.

Match #7: Psicosis VS Eddie Guerrero

This crowd is hot for Eddie.  It’s crazy to think that as good as Eddie is here, he isn’t anywhere near his peak.  In a year he’ll be even better, having arguably the best match ever with Rey Jr., then he’ll get even better later down the line when he joins WWE.

Eddie starts off fast with a quick armdrag and they take it to the mat as we go to a commercial break.  Back from break, Psicosis has Eddie in the corner, whipping him to the opposite one and following him in, but Eddie moves.  Eddie flies around the ring a bit before eating a dropkick from Psicosis.  Eddie clotheslines Psicosis out of the ring, heads up top and flies off with a dive to Psicosis on the floor.  Backdrop from Eddie for two.  He goes for it again but Psicosis moves and nits him with an enziguiri to the back of the head.  Psicosis slams Eddie and goes up top, presumably for his top rope legdrop, but Eddie stands up, so Psicosis adjusts and takes him out with a spinwheel kick.  He follows with a suicide dive through the ropes to the floor.  Psicosis rolls Eddie back into the ring and comes off the top with that awesome legdrop, but doesn’t go for the cover.  He whips Eddie into the ropes, but Eddie rolls him up for two.  Flip up to a Frankensteiner and immediately into a backbreaker for two from Guerrero.  Psicosis gets two off of his own Frankensteiner, then hits a nice powerbomb.

“Unfortunately, I can speak from experience…that hurts.” – Bischoff

Senton off the top for two by Psicosis.  Eddie takes him to the top, top rope Frankensteiner and immediately follows with the frog splash.

Winner: Eddie Guerrero

Match #8: Steve “Mongo” McMichael, “The Cripper” Chris Benoit, & “Nature Boy” Ric Flair w/ Woman, Ms. Elizabeth, and Debra McMichael VS Sting, “The Total Package” Lex Luger, and “Macho Man” Randy Savage

Ric Flair is announced as being with the group, but doesn’t come to the ring with them.  There is speculation as to what that means as we go off to commercial break.  We come back and Arn Anderson is looking into the windows of a long white limo, presumably for Flair.  Anderson, dejected, makes his way to the ring and joins his fellow Horsemen as their third man.

Sting comes out channeling his inner Bret Hart, dressed all in pink and black.  His hair is getting long, too.  Looks like he shaved that big of goatee off of his face from the week before, though, which is good as it just looked weird.  Macho Man is wearing one of his outfits with the top, which I never liked.  I hated that look in WWF and I still hate it now.

Sting and Double A start off and Sting is a house of fire.  Clothesline city for Double A, a press slam for Benoit and a punch for Mongo, but Mongo comes back with a diving shoulder block from the second rope that knocks out Sting’s momentum.  The babyfaces chase the heels around the ring a bit as Double A goes to work on Sting and tags out to the Crippler.

Benoit chops the living shit out of Sting in the corner and apparently Benoit’s chops are more effective against Sting than Flair’s because Sting didn’t no-sell anything there!  Benoit takes him down, slaps him around, and tags out to Mongo to keeps up the punishment.  He tags out to Benoit again, who takes it to Sting, picking right up where he left off.  Sting gets a moment of hope but the Crippler shuts that down and tags out to the Enforcer.  Arn puts it on Sting some more, keeping him in place with a leg lock and tagging out to Mongo.  Sting fires back up a bit but is again taken down by Mongo, who very awkwardly slams him in the corner before tagging out to Benoit.  Really, it was odd…like Mongo didn’t have any clue where to go.  Plus, Sting was holding the top rope, so he came down weird.

Quick tags between the Horsemen brings Arn back in.  Sting gets a sleeper hold, Arn reverses it, Sting drops him in a backdrop, finally getting the tag to Luger as Arn tags in Benoit.  House of fire and clothesline city from Luger, taking out all three Horsemen.  In come Sting and Savage, beating all three men back into corners.

On the outside, it looks like Debra wants to send in the briefcase but she and Woman end up fighting over it.  Savage runs out, grabs it, and uses it to waffle Benoit.  Luger pins him for the win.

Winners: Sting, Luger, and Savage

We to go commercial and come back to Mean Gene in the ring with the babyfaces.  Gene randomly says “Young lady, don’t throw your underwear into the ring,” to which Savage grabs the mic and says “it’s okay!”

Gene says that Sting and Luger will be taking on the Outsiders at Hog Wild.  Sting says that last week, Luger was feeling a little down, but now with the news that they’ll get the Outsiders at Hog Wild, they’re just feeling mean.  Sting says he never paid much attention to the horoscopes, but he thumbed through the paper and it looks like Hog Wild is going to be a real bad day for them.  Luger cuts generic wrestling promo #234, but he’s pretty damn intense about it, so that’s cool.  Savage cuts his promo to Hulk Hogan.  He says the Giant accepted the title match, but he’ll never make it because he’s going to ambush him in the aisle before he can make it and no one is going to stop him!  With that, Gene sends us off the air.


Pretty good show tonight.  The main event was fast paced and full of excitement, which was awesome.  Best main event in a good while, honestly.  Some good technical matches with Eddie/Psicosis and Dean/Chavo.  Some intrigue with Flair missing.  I wonder what was up with that.

I still find it funny that during the match where you can tell WCW wanted to show off their young studs that they cut away from the match for so long, dealing with The Outsiders in the production truck.  It’s also interesting that the few moments of that segment was the only time that we saw the nWo this entire show.  As we’re in a time now when you have wrestlers showing up in four or five segments of a TV show, it’s refreshing to see that WCW could take the hottest thing they had going at the time and only give us five minutes of it.  They’re doing a great job of making the nWo a presence, like the shark from Jaws.  You don’t always have to see it to know it’s around, lurking, waiting to strike.  Great stuff there.  I wish they could have kept it up as we head further into the year, but still, what can you do?

We’ve still got pissed off, intense Sting, which is great.

Pretty good show this week and they keep setting the stage for Hog Wild, which I’m very excited for.  Until next time, WCW fans!


Ratings Breakdown

WWF Raw Ratings – 2.2

WCW Nitro Ratings – 2.6

(Raw – 17, Nitro – 23) (Tie Weeks – 2)

(Unopposed weeks – 5)

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

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


All tied up now, as far as winning streaks go!  Six more wins than WWF in total!  Looking good, Nitro!


WWF Raw results from this week

Mankind defeated Freddie Joe Floyd via submission with the Mandible Claw.

Goldust defeated Barry Horowitz with the Curtain Call.

During the bout, Brian Pillman did guest commentary.

Marc Mero (w/ Sable) defeated the Goon with a legdrop over the top rope into the ring.

Shawn Michaels & Ahmed Johnson defeated The Smoking Gunns (w/ Sunny) via disqualification in a WWF Tag Team Championship


Three squash/job matches and a decent main event that I kind of want to go back and watch…when does this show turn the corner, man?

KoaNitro copyIt’s me, it’s me, it’s that good ole S to the D, and we’re back with another episode of WCW Monday Nitro!  This week comes to us yet again from Disney in Orlando, FL.  Last week, Kevin Nash promised us that we’ll hear from Hulk Hogan (who, oddly enough, is still in the intro video for Nitro), so tonight we should find out what made him turn his back on all of the Hulkamaniacs.  Being at Disney means we’re still at that awesome outdoor arena.

The show kicks off with our Hour One announcers Tony Schiavone and Larry Zbyszko, and Tony hypes this up as potentially the biggest night in WCW history.  That will happen A LOT in the future, so it’s interesting to see it start up.  Tony tells us that the New World Order will be here tonight as we rewatch the footage from Bash.  Actual footage this time, not just the pictures, since I guess they’ve sold all of the replays that they’re going to get in the last week.

Larry mentions that now the question is who is the next member, but from what I remember, we don’t get another member for just about two months.  Tony says that the last time Hogan was at MGM Studios was the day he signed his WCW contract and they had the big tickertape parade for him.

Match #1: Fire and Ice VS The Steiner Brothers

Tony says that the nWo has done a good job at picking their shots since they decide to show up tonight when Sting, Flair, and Savage aren’t here.  Those are three big names to keep off of the show.  Could you imagine a Raw without Seth Rollins, John Cena, and Randy Orton?  Crazy.

Norton and Scotty Steiner start us off with Norton kicking Steiner around the ring.  A lot slower moving match than I’m used to from these two.  Norton controls most of the match until Scott suplexes Norton out of the ring and Norton takes a few moments to collect his thoughts while we go to commercial break.

Back from the break, out comes Teddy Long to watch the match.  One can only guess that he couldn’t resist the allure of a tag team match, playa!  Ice Train gets a big powerslam but Rick retaliates by dropping him on his head with a belly-to-belly suplex.  Rick gets a two count off of a reverse DDT as well.  The Scotts tag back in and Norton again goes to controlling Steiner until Rick gets tagged back in and hits a massive Steinerline and then catches Norton in mid air with a suplex.  Ice Train and Norton try to doubleteam the Steiners by having Norton hold down Scott so Ice Train can splash him.  This gets messed up and Ice Train splashes Norton, Rick Steiner rolls up the non-legal man in Ice Train and gets the win.

Winners: The Steiner Brothers

Mean Gene takes us to the entry way with Kevin Sullivan, Big Bubba, and Jimmy Hart.  Fire & Ice walk past, arguing with each other over the end of the match.  The Dungeon cut a promo on the Horsemen, with Jimmy saying he’ll recruit the worlds best athletes to take them out.  Big Bubba cuts one on Lex.  He says that Lex has a concussion and a detached retina.  The Faces of Fear join the men as we go to a Glacier commercial.

Mean Gene is backstage with Fire & Ice.  They’re yelling at each other when Teddy Long comes up and says he doesn’t want to get into their business, but they’re a great team and he wants them to stay together.  Norton pie-faces Long and shoves him down, saying it began with them and it’ll end with them as he storms off.  Ice Train says that if he keeps it up, it’ll end sooner than he thinks.

Match #2: Billy Kidman VS “The Man of 1,000 Holds” Dean Malenko

Jimmy Hart is talking to Dean Malenko as he makes his entrance.  Malenko calls out the Horsemen, telling Benoit to pay attention.  Malenko and Benoit will wrestle at Hog Wild in a 30 minute clinic, so I’m VERY excited about that coming up.

Dean starts off with a vicious short arm clothesline and immediately goes to the floor with Kidman, attempting a piledriver on the floor but Kidman reverses it into a backdrop.  Dean controls the match for the most part but Kidman’s quickness gets him some occasional hope spots, including reversing a victory roll into a sunset flip for two.  Dean isn’t having any of that, though, and takes it to Kidman.  He hits a very nice side suplex and then pulls Kidman’s legs to the ringpost and wraps his left leg around it.  Dean’s a bit more vicious than normal since losing his Cruiserweight Championship, it seems.  Dean hits an Alabama Slam into a roll up that Kidman rolls through, then Dean reverses and rolls through into a volley of pins.  Kidman goes for a shooting star press that Tony calls a “backflip somersault.”  Dean moves, Kidman eats canvas, and then Dean goes into full Beast Mode.  He hits a brainbuster, powerbomb, tiger bomb, and then ends with a Texas Cloverleaf for the win.

Winner: Dean Malenko

Mean Gene is at the entry way with Kevin Greene.  Greene cuts a promo on Hogan, saying he grew up watching Hogan and saying his prayers, eating the vitamins, and then he finds out that Hogan never believed any of it.  He turns towards Mongo and says that if anyone in the back sees Mongo, to send him his way.

We go to commercial, preceeded with a promo from Harlem Heat talking to Col. Parker and saying that he better get his priorities taken care of.  Not sure what that’s about.  Commercials include one for WCW Magazine.  It’s for Issue 18, which you can find on this website!

Match #3: WCW World Tag Team Championship: Rough & Ready (Mike Enos & Dick Slater) w/ Col. Robert Parker VS Harlem Heat (WCW Tag Team Champions) w/ Sister Sherri & Col. Robert Parker

Ahhhhh, so now I get the whole Col. Parker thing.  He’s basically managing both teams.  Apparently he’s the “promoter” of Harlem Heat and the manager of Rough & Ready.

Honestly a pretty back and forth match, but these two teams just are not gelling with each other.  A few spots get botched, or at least are so awkward that they look botched.  This one should honestly be a squash match.  Harlem Heat are the champions and these two other guys are basically jobbers, so Heat should have just destroyed them.  There are quite a few spots with some good heat between the two teams, though. The story is basically that everyone is upset that Parker is with the other team, especially Dick Slater, who doesn’t trust Sherri anyway, dating all the way back to before their “wedding” in January at Clash of the Champions.  Slater tries to take swings at both members of Harlem Heat a few times.

Parker distracts the referee and Sherri runs over and kisses Slater.  He jumps up and starts wiping his mouth, allowing Booker T opportunity to roll him up for the win.

Winners: Harlem Heat (still WCW Tag Team Champions)

Back from commercial, Kevin Greene comes out, rips his shirt off and says he wants Mongo now!  Gene says that’s probably not going to happen because Mongo is going to avoid him like the plague. Greene says he’s got to go catch a plane back to training camp, but after the season, it’s on!

Match #4: Madusa VS Malia Hosaka

Both women are in the ring when the match starts, so neither get entrances.

Tony tells us that Madusa will face Bull Nakano in a “Destroy the Bike” match where Madusa will have her Harley Davidson and Nakano will have a Japanese motorcycle and the winner gets to destroy the other’s motorcycle.

We’re told that Hosaka has been sent here by Nakano and Sonny Onoo to take Madusa out before Nakano can get to her.

Hosaka is definitely controlling the match, including a cool spot where she snapmares Madusa by the hair about four times in a row.  Madusa fights back, getting kicks in the corner and capping it off with 1-2-3 Kid’s spin kick in the corner and then doing the hair snapmare a few times herself.  Tony tells us that the opening ceremonies for the 1996 Olympics are on Friday.  Two future WWE World Champions will compete at those Olympic Games, folks.

Hosaka goes for a dive out of the corner but misses, Madusa capitalizes with a bridging German suplex for the win.

Winner: Madusa

It’s weird that we’re not getting really any buildup for our Hog Wild matches.  We’re told about two matches that will happen but there’s no angle to them…they’re just booked.  At least with the tag team match we got to see the Steiners win their title shot against Harlem Heat by beating the Nasty Boys.

nWoAs Madusa celebrates, the timer goes off and we’re now in Hour #2.
Bischoff starts off immediately asking “where are they and what are they going to say when they get here?”

They go to commercial and bischoff mentions that something is going on behind them.  We see Hall and Nash in the background, placing giant sheets with N, W, and O over the big metal WCW letters on the set.  The crowd chants “Diesel” as Bischoff wonders where Hogan is.

Match #5: Meng w/ Jimmy Hart VS “The Enforcer” Arn Anderson

Yet again, a Horseman without the ladies.

Hall and Nash are sitting in beach chairs and drinking umbrella drinks while the match goes on.

Meng keeps Double A in the corner for the first few moments by kicking at his head.  Double A finally gets a waist lock but Meng gets out of it and again backs The Enforcer into the corner.

Meng is pretty much controlling Arn through this match, keeping him grounded and punishing him with kicks.  The Barbarian comes out and stands at ringside with Jimmy Hart as Meng boots Arn in the side of the face and gets a two count.  With that, we go to commercial while the Outsiders enjoy their drinks.

Back from break, it seems that Double A is back in control.  Meng sends him out to the floor and Jimmy Hart takes the opportunity to put the boots to Arn a few times and mock him.  Meng comes out and rams Anderson’s spine into the ring apron a few times.  The Enforcer is taking a beating here.  Jimmy Hart distracts the referee, Barbarian hits Arn from behind, and Meng hits a mafia kick for the win.

Winner: Meng

Back from commercial and Mean Gene is at the entry way with Mongo, Debra, and Pepe.  Mongo says that Pepe wanted to chase the big rat around, so they’ve been doing that and counting some more money.  Mongo acts surprised that Kevin Greene isn’t there anymore.  Debra says that the Carolina Panthers is a farm team for B players.  She runs off Mongo’s records and asks Greene what records he has.  Mongo flashes the 4 with the Super Bowl ring as we head off into our next match.

Match #6: “The Crippler” Chris Benoit VS Eddie Guerrero

Horseman #2 tonight with no accompaniment.

Black outfit Eddie!  I remember having a pair of shorts back when I was in high school that had roughly the same design on the sides as Eddie’s outfit.  I loved those shorts because they reminded me of Eddie.

Benoit asks the referee to check Eddie’s boots and immediately cheap shots him with a kick to the gut.  Benoit turns it on immediately, throwing Eddie around the ring and going hard with chops and kicks.  He grabs Eddie by the throat and throws him down with violence before tying Eddie up in the top rope and choking him.

Bischoff says that the WCW main eventers are all in Japan.  Nice to finally know where they are, since thus far all we’ve had to go on is that they’re not here.

Benoit goes for a powerbomb but Eddie armdrags Benoit out to the floor and then comes off the top onto him.  Bischoff tells us that Eddie will get a shot at the WCW United States Championship against Ric Flair at Hog Wild.  Benoit hits a back suplex as we get a shot at the set and see that the Outsiders have gone missing.  Eddie fights back with a snap side suplex but Benoit is immediately back on him with headbutts and chops before snapping off a suplex for two.

Bischoff tells us that about 15 WCW guys will be leaving the Mall of America on Harleys and heading to Sturgis.  Benoit locks on a Liontamer and then drops Guerrero with a massive powerbomb that only gets two.  Benoit bodyslams Eddie and goes up top for the flying headbutt, but Eddie jumps up and superplexes Benoit down hard.  The two men get into a chop battle in the center of the ring, really just teeing off on each other.  Benoit catches Eddie off of an Irish whip with an attempted pop up powerbomb, but Eddie is able to headscissors him over the top rope.  Benoit slams Eddie’s head into the steps, which draws out Dean Malenko.  Malenko bounces Benoit’s head off of the ringpost, sending him down.  Eddie is able to answer the 10 count and Benoit is counted out.

Winner: Eddie Guerrero (via countout)

As we go to commercial it looks like the nWo banners have been pulled down.  Big Bubba has a quick promo telling Lex Luger not to worry about Sting, Hogan or the Outsiders, but to worry about Big Bubba.

Match #7: Big Bubba w/ Jimmy Hart VS “The Total Package” Lex Luger (WCW Television Champion)

Bischoff says that Luger’s doctors wanted him out for 60 days but he refused.

Bubba is beating down Luger for the most part, outside of some early offense from Luger.  Bubba hits a nasty punch on Luger from the outside as we cut to the black limo and see Hall and Nash emerge.  Bubba continues the onslaught.  Bischoff calls the second “back leg round kick” of the evening.

Jimmy Hart is in a completely different jacket from earlier.  He was in a Taskmaster one earlier, now he’s got one with himself on the back.

Bischoff says that he heard people talking about Hogan for years but didn’t believe it.  Heenan says he’s been saying it for years.  He’s not wrong.

Nitro_7-8-96_6Both men are down as The Outsiders begin to make their way to the ring.  Jimmy Hart tries to distract the referee and throw something to Bubba.  Luger takes it and clocks Bubba and then goes after Jimmy, asking him what the hell.  The Outsiders hit the ring and beat down Luger.  As they do, out comes Hogan, dressed all in black.  Nash jackknife powerbombs Luger as Hogan shakes Hall’s hand.  Hogan slaps Luger around a bit while he’s down.  Hogan helps Big Bubba up and shakes his hand.  Heenan and Bischoff speculate if Bubba is the fourth member of the group.  Hogan signals to Hall and Nash and they jump Bubba, beating him down and sending him out of the ring.

Mean Gene jumps in the ring and says that Hogan and the Outsiders have led us down the primrose path.  Hogan says he wishes he had done this two years ago.  He says he’s bigger than pro wrestling.  Gene says that the children are all disgusted with Hogan.  Hogan says that after he had spent years leading those children down the right path, the parents had the gall to boo Hogan one more time.  Hogan cuts a promo on Sting and on Savage as the fans pelt the ring with trash.  Gene asks where the nWo is going and who is going to be in it.  Hogan says Hall and Nash are just the foundation.  He says that what the people don’t realize is that when he builds his empire, it could be more outsiders…or it could be people close to Ted Turner and Eric Bischoff.  He says there have been double loyalties in the locker room for years, and those people know what where Hogan goes, that’s where the money goes.

July_15,_1996_Monday_Nitro.3Gene is spending way too much time stretching this out.  Hogan’s talking a lot of crap, but it’s just not meshing yet with what Hall and Nash are all about.  He’s pulling down their cool.  Hogan calls out The Giant at Hog Wild then calls out anyone from the back, saying they’ll destroy the entire WCW.

Just as it seems we’re going to go off the air with no answer, out come the Steiners, Faces of Fear, and Arn Anderson.  Bischoff says we’re out of time as he leaves Bobby Heenan alone in the broadcast booth.


This wee’s Nitro had about the same feel as last week’s, with the exception of having a Benoit VS Eddie match.  I like this ever-present threat of the nWo a lot.  Them coming out when no one was around and destroying Luger was nice.  It gave them the dominance of beating down a top guy, but showed them to be cowardly heels in the process because they only struck when the timing was right and WCW was weak.  I liked Hogan almost siding with Big Bubba and then ordering his goons to drop him.  Shows that Hogan is a backstabbing kind of guy now, even to people who were his friends.

I’m liking the Benoit / Malenko program.  I absolutely love the match they have at Hog Wild, so I like seeing the build up, with Jimmy Hart possibly paying off Malenko go to after one of the Horsemen on behalf of the Dungeon of Doom.

Hogan’s promo at the end was a little rough.  He went on for about two minutes too long.  I partly blame Mean Gene on that one as he just kept asking questions and stretching it out.  Hogan’s cutting an old school wrestling promo and that’s a bit below where Hall and Nash are right now.  Their promos work because they add a sense of realism to this whole thing.  They just come out and talk normally.  I always loved Nash’s “lay on the top rope and just talk” style and it really sets them apart.  Watching Hogan cut a five minute heel promo was a bit rough.  Hopefully that’ll get better with time.

I’ve got a bit of a plan for catching up now, so hopefully you’ll be seeing these things a bit more regularly.  I hope you enjoyed seeing the issue of WCW Magazine earlier this week.  If you have any copies of magazines that you want to part with, please let me know as I do not have a line on getting every one at the moment.

Until next time, fans!



Ratings Breakdown

WWF Raw Ratings – 2.6

WCW Nitro Ratings – 3.4

(Raw – 17, Nitro – 22) (Tie Weeks – 2)

(Unopposed weeks – 5)

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

WCW’s longest Winning Streak (to this point) – 5


WCW’s longest official win streak thus far!  5 wins in a row.  Only one more win and they’re tied with WWF.


WWF Raw results from this week

WWF IC Champion Ahmed Johnson defeated WWF Tag Team Champion Bart Gunn (w/ Sunny) with a spinebuster and the Pearl River Plunge. (11:28)

Marc Mero (w/ Sable) defeated TL Hopper with a right jab and left hand punch. (11:30)

WWF World Champion Shawn Michaels (w/ Jose Lothario) pinned WWF Tag Team Champion Billy Gunn (w/ Sunny) with an elbow drop off the top and the superkick. (14:00)


Wow…those matches all go over 11 minutes?  A TL Hopper match went 11?  What the hell?

KoaNitro copyHello WCW fans! We are now one day removed from Bash at the Beach and the greatest heel turn of all time!  I refuse to believe that anyone watching WCW at that point in time saw it coming.  It was so perfectly done and it’s always going to be one of the big things that I point to when I talk about WCW and how much they did right.  WCW gets so much bad tossed its way for the latter part of the company’s tenure, but those first few years running through Nitro were some of the best ever!

Tonight’s episode is one I remember watching so vividly.  I was at my uncle’s house in South Carolina and we were all stunned to find out just that morning that Hulk Hogan had become the 3rd man in this hostile takeover.  This episode will always stick in my mind since it’s the first outdoor event I had ever seen.  I had only really been following wrestling hardcore since the night Nitro began, so this was something very new to me.

The show starts with Tony Schiavone and Larry Zbyszko coming to us live from Disney/MGM Studios.  Tony gives us a bit of a hint of what happened the night before but we’re told that we’ll get pictures during the second hour.  Tony puts over Rey Mysterio, Jr. VS Psichosis as well as Disco Inferno VS Dean Malenko.  He tells us that our first match will be…

Match #1: WCW Cruiserweight Championship Match: Rey Mysterio, Jr. VS “The Man of 1,000 Holds” Dean Malenko (WCW Cruiserweight Champion)

I have to go back to last episode to see if the padding around the ring had the flames on it.  It seems like this is the debut of those, but I’m not entirely sure.

Dean tries to start off on the mat but Mysterio is able to move the match towards his momentum, hitting some high moves and sending Dean to the floor to try to slow down the pace.  Rey attempts a springboard moonsault but Dean is able to catch it, but Rey slips behind him and sends Dean into the turnbuckle.  Rey hits a missile dropkick but then there’s a weird spot where Dean goes for a move and just kind of loses Mysterio.  He turns back towards him quickly and tries to cover him, but for a moment, Rey was just laying there on his back awkwardly.

Dean uses that opening, though, to go back to his ground game, applying a surfboard stretch as we go to our first commercial break.  Back from break and Malenko is controlling the match, sending Rey high into the air off of an Irish whip and just letting him fall down flat on his face.  Dean follows with a powerbomb for a two count and immediately transitions into a camel clutch.

Tony apologies for some things he said the night before and says it was all his emotions that got the better of him.  I’m guessing this is in regards to telling Hogan he can go to Hell.

Dean moves from a crossface chicken wing to dumping Rey outside and dropping him on his head with a brainbuster on the floor.  Tony tells us that they’ve never received as many phone calls, telegrams, etc, as they have over the last 24 hours.

The miscommunications continue, unfortunately, as Rey hits a very awkward Frankensteiner and follows it by totally wiffing on a suicide dive.  Rey is down for a good while but back in the ring Rey hits a Frankensteiner and it seems as if the momentum is his until Dean drops him with that crazy top rope gutbuster.  Damn, that move never doesn’t look absolutely devastating.  Belly-to-belly suplex for two, but Dean pulls Rey off of the mat, ending the pin.  Dean goes for a tilt-a-whirl slam but Rey is able to wrap him up quickly with a Frankensteiner for the win.

Winner: Rey Mysterio, Jr (new WCW Cruiserweight Champion)

We watch the replay as Larry tells us that it wasn’t so much Rey winning as Dean losing due to the mistake of ending the pin.  Weird for Dean to do that, I must say.

We go backstage with Mean Gene, The Steiner Brothers, and The Nasty Boys.  We find out that these two teams will wrestle tonight to see who gets a title shot against Harlem Heat at Hog Wild in August.  Scott starts talking and Knobbs interrupts him, which gets a pre-Big Poppa Pump response of calling Knobbs “fatso!”  Even back in 1996, it seems that Scott Steiner hates “fat asses!”

Glacier commercial.  It now just says “Coming to WCW” instead of “Coming in July.”  I did a little research and it seems that the nWo angle was just so big that they decided to hold off on Glacier’s debut for a while.  Apparently he doesn’t debut until September!  I’ll definitely make sure that we cover that when it happens, though.

Match #2: Big Bubba & Hugh Morrus w/ Jimmy Hart VS Lord Steven Regal & Squire David Taylor w/ Earl Robert Eaton & Jeeves

A heel VS heel tag match…really, WCW?  There is entirely too much heel VS heel stuff in WCW.  While on one hand I like that it’s something more than just babyface VS heel all the time, and it really does make it seem like WCW is a legit sporting event where wrestlers will have to go against each other, regardless of alignment, but from a fan standpoint…who do you root for?  The fans hate everyone involved in this match.

The fans decided that they’re going to cheer for the Dungeon of Doom, oddly, by chanting “USA!”  Weird.

“Apparently being originally from Alabama [Eaton] doesn’t know how to treat a butler the right, proper way. Butlers do all the dirty work.  We have the same arrangement over here…we just call them wives.” – Larry Zbyszko

Regal attempts a clothesline and Bubba catches him for the Bossman Slam, and Regal just yells during the move like it caught him straight by surprise.  That, coupled with the fact that the Bossman Slam is such a badass move, was the highlight of this match.

John Tenta shows up at ringside and brawls with Big Bubba, allowing the Blue Bloods to hit Morrus with a double back suplex for the win.

Winners: The Blue Bloods

Quick commercial for WCW Magzine, including fitness tips from The Booty Babe.  Where the hell has she been?  Granted, I’m all for Booty Man being gone, but Kim missing is something that makes me sad.

Match #3: Psicosis VS Eddie Guerrero

Neither men get an entrance as the match just starts as soon as we get back from commercial.  We oddly cut away from that to Rey Mysterio backstage apologizing to everyone for Hulk Hogan being the third man.  It was odd and half of it was in Spanish.

Very quick pace with these two.  Quicker than Dean/Rey, honestly.  Psicosis flips out of a monkey flip and Eddie catches him in a crazy arm drag, sending the masked man to the floor to slow the pace.

Tony tells us that last night saw the return of Sister Sherri as she and Col. Parker came back together and are now managing Harlem Heat.  This must have happened on a dark match or something along those lines.

Psicosis sends Eddie to the floor and goes for a crazy top rope twisting dive.  Eddie has to quickly step into the oncoming path, but it’s not too bad.  Move looked devastating.

Tony tells us that next week we’ll hear from Hulk Hogan.  Can you imagine…a major angle and they’re going to just let the fans sit on it for a week!  Larry calls Hogan’s actions “unmanly” for the fiftieth time tonight.

Eddie gets a two count off of a quick head scissors, then catches Psicosis in an atomic drop as he comes off of the top rope with a double axe handle.  Eddie charges into the corner but Psicosis moves and Eddie rams the post with his shoulder.  Psicosis hits a top rope Frankensteiner for two, then goes back up top, but Eddie races up after him.  It’s all for naught, though, as Psicosis sunset flips him off of the top rope for two.  Psicosis goes up top again, Eddie chases again, but this time is able to hit a superplex.  Eddie follows with a frog splash for the win.

Winner: Eddie Guerrero

Pretty good match.  Faster paced than the earlier cruiserweight match and the crowd popped nicely for Eddie winning.

Tony sends us to Mean Gene in the entry way with Kevin Sullivan, The Giant, and Jimmy Hart.  Gene asks Jimmy about Hogan since he’s been with him for years.  Jimmy cuts the first promo in a year that didn’t involve him yelling in his annoying ass voice, but he basically just says “I’m speechless, no comment.”  Sullivan is pissed because he’s been trying for so long to end Hulkamania and Hogan came along and ripped that away from him.  Sullivan says the sins of his past have come back to visit him since now all he can see when he closes his eyes is Chris Benoit.  Giant says that as long as he has the World Championship, nothing in WCW can go wrong.  He’s the one that took the belt from Hogan, so he’s gonna make sure everything’s good.  Giant says that last night the Horsemen may have won the battle, but he and Sullivan won the war since he doesn’t have to wrestle tonight.

Match #4: The Nasty Boys VS The Steiner Brothers (Winner gets a title shot against Harlem Heat)

90’s hair mom in a Beetlejuice dress dancing during the Nasty Boys entrance.

Tony pitches us Hog Wild, coming Saturday, August 10th.  I can’t wait for this one!

Scott and Saggs start off and Saggs hammers off on Steiner’s head with back elbows before hacking him into the corner where both Nastys club him.  Saggs keeps the momentum until Scotty catches him with a boot and a HUGE tiger bomb, followed up with an “out of nowhere” Steinerline by Rick.  Rick gets the tag in but is decimated in the corner by a tandem of Nasty clotheslines, followed by a whipped cross body in the corner by Knobbs.  Rick rebounds with a powerslam and another teeth-rattling Steinerline for two.  Scott comes in and gets an expoloder suplex and tries for the Frankensteiner, but Knobbs is wise to it and blocks it, allowing him to tag out to Saggs.

Saggs grabs a chair from a little boy at ringside (where oddly there’s no barrier) and just straight waffles Scotty with it in the face as we kick off to hour #2.  As always, our hour #2 commentators are Eric Bischoff and Bobby “The Brain” Heenan.  Scott gets a belly-to-belly out of the corner but the pin is broken up.  Suddenly, everyone stands up and looks to the entry way where we see Col. Robert Parker and Sister Sherri.  Sherri rushes to the ring and jumps up to distract referee Nick Patrick.  Parker hits Saggs with his cane and allows Scotty Steiner to get the pin.

Winners: The Steiner Brothers (win a title shot at Hog Wild)

Mean Gene joins the Nasty Boys in the ring where Jerry Saggs yells about Col. Parker hitting him.  He says something is going to need to change because it’ll be a long time before that happens to the Nasty Boys again.  Knobbs says he didn’t know what Hogan was going to do, but he doesn’t see anything wrong with it either.  He says it seems the nWo does whatever they want to do, just like the Nastys used to do.  With that, there are fireworks and we go to commercial.

Match #5: Jim Powers VS “Nature Boy” Ric Flair (WCW United States Champion) w/ Woman, Ms. Elizabeth, & Debra McMichael

Eric Bischoff says that the reason that he wasn’t able to be at the PPV last night was due to the fact that he was in WCW meetings until late into the night.  He then mentions that when he came in today he asked about the general feelings around the office and there were many calls in from families saying their kids were crying and that they were destroying their Hogan merchandise.  Heenan says that he has been telling us for twenty years that Hogan is no good, but people called him a buffoon.

Woman is looking good tonight!

Bischoff says that they’re going to update us on Lex Luger’s situation later tonight.

Normal match, Powers getting good offense but Flair cutting it off.  Flair dumps Powers outside and Woman goes to the eyes.  Powers comes back in the ring strong, though, grabbing and keeping a side headlock on Flair until Flair gets a thumb to the eyes in the corner, followed by some chops and a punch to the face.

Powers frustrates Flair, so he heads to the floor, heads around the ring like he’s pissed, grabs Woman, spins her and starts dancing back into the ring.  He tries to go up top, Powers reminds him he’s Ric Flair and sends him to the mat.  He follows it with a duo of clotheslines and gets a duo of two counts.

Flair regains control, Figure 4 for the win.

Winner: Ric Flair

Mean Gene meets up with the ladies, Flair, Double A, and Mongo.  Gene asks about last night and Anderson says last night made him puke.  He says that The Horsemen never claimed to be role models but Hogan had.  He says it wasn’t supposed to end like that.  Hogan was supposed to stand for something.  Mongo says the Apocalypse is upon WCW, but it has to do with the Four Horsemen.  Flair pours the ladies some champagne, cuts a promo on the Horsemen, and tells the Giant that there’s a new champion, one that can go all night!  He ends by dancing and singing La Cucaracha as we go to commercial.

Man, this outdoor Nitro is awesome.  I love outdoor wrestling and there’s just something so cool about this set.

Bischoff says that we still don’t know the status of Luger.  He was supposed to be here to take on Benoit, but instead we’re getting…

Match #6: Sgt. Craig “Pitbull” Pittman w/ Teddy Long VS “The Cripper” Chris Benoit

Bischoff says that he heard Benoit described as a “wolverine.”  Is this the first WCW reference to Benoit as such?  I believe so.

90’s hair mom doesn’t like Benoit as she gives him the thumbs down.

Pittman and Benoit start off mat wrestling; Pittman getting a big slam and a duo of gigantic suplexes.  Pittman is looking better than he has since this whole thing started for me.  However, all he’s done now is piss off “The Crippler,” who starts stomping the ever-loving crap out of him.

Benoit goes after Teddy Long, which brings out Pittman to cut him off.  Benoit rolls Pittman back in the ring and locks on the Crippler Crossface.  Within seconds, Teddy Long comes in to throw in the towel.

Winner: Chris Benoit

Match #7: “The Enforcer” Arn Anderson VS Sting

It’s odd, thus far, Flair is the only Horseman to come out with the entourage of ladies.  Benoit nor Double A get accompaniment.  Interesting.

Stinger shows class, slapping the hands of the little Stingers at ringside.  Nice to show kids that despite Hogan being a jerk, he’s still a good guy and there is still a hero.

Arn extends his hand, seemingly looking for an even contest.  Sting just stares him down, leaving Arn to shake his head and start the match off.  Bischoff mentions that Sting is focused and it does show.  This isn’t a Sting that’s out here to mess around.  I like it.  Everyone else tonight has talked about Hogan and what happened, but Sting is the first one to really make it look like he’s changed up his game after last night.

Arn sends Sting to the floor and goes for a piledriver, but Sting backdrops him to the mat.

Biscoff says that we will have “visitors” tonight as we go to commercial.

Glacier promo.  Do they run this for another two months?

Back from break, Sting tries to leapfrog Double A but is caught by that beautiful Arn Anderson Spinebuster.  As both men are down, Bischoff tells us that there is a black limo pulling up outside.  Double A turns it up, choking out Sting and then locking him in an abdominal stretch.  He gets a few two counts, but Sting is firing back.  Sting catches him in a leg scissors as we see the aforementioned black limousine.

Sting starts firing back with kicks as Hall and Nash make their way out of the limo.  Sting hits a big clothesline from the top rope and goes down for the pin but only gets two.  Sting and Arn start firing off on each other as Hall and Nash try to get into the ring.  Sting and Arn finally see the Outsiders and stop the match, daring them into the ring.  Out comes Randy Savage to join in.  While distracted, Double A tries to get the win with a DDT, but Sting wraps on the Scorpion Deathlock while staring the Outsiders down.

Winner: Sting

Savage and security back Hall and Nash up as Sting jumps to the turnbuckles and continues staring them down.  Man, I love this pissed off, intense Sting.  I love surfer Sting and I love Crow Sting, but honestly, THIS is my favorite version of Sting.  Pissed off, at war, dark haired Sting.

hqdefaultMean Gene asks Sting about last night.  Sting says he should have known.  He should have known when Hogan was taking a limo to all the events.  When he was staying away and showing up for cameos.  When he referred to Sting, Luger, and Savage as “three little dogs” waiting to wrestle the great Hulk Hogan.  He says Hogan told the kids to believe in themselves, and it’s a good thing he did because they sure as hell can’t believe in HIM.  He says Hogan finished off by telling the kids to “stick it.”  No, Hogan, you stick it!  I’m loving it!  Sting is fired up and pissed!

Gene asks Savage what he thinks since they’re so close.  Savage says that he has a message.  But what he wants to say and what he wants to do to Hogan, he can’t say, especially at Disney.  He says if Hogan takes the worst thing he can imagine, then multiplies it by 9,000,000…then multiplies that by “infinity and beyond,” that’ll be like a grain of sand to what he’s got in mind.

Gene wraps us out of the interview as we go to commercial.  Coming back, Mena Gene is hanging out at the limo with Hall and Nash.  What the hell?!  Gene getting all chummy with the Outsiders?  Nash says that last night WCW and the fans took a beating.  He says Hulk built pro-wrestling and these people can’t appreciate that, but he can.  He says next week the third man, Hulk Hogan, will be here.  Gene says he doesn’t know if they coerced Hogan or if he did it out of his own volition.  Hall says this portion has been brought to us by The Outsiders and Hulk Hogan.  Hall is now speaking sans accent, so I guess that WWF lawsuit has already happened.  Gene asks where Hogan is.  Nash says he’s on set, doing a movie.  Hall says he heard Savage talking about Hogan and asks if he’s jealous.  He says Luger didn’t get hurt, he saw them and fainted.

With that, we go to commercial and come back to Bischoff and Heenan at the announce booth.

Bischoff says he told the fans they would show us what happened last night, and he does the normal slideshow of images that they do the night after a PPV.  Can’t be showing video because there’s that replay to sell…especially after something as big as this one!  Bischoff and Heenan wrap up and send us off the air.


Good stuff here.  Rey winning the cruiserweight Championship was awesome and is going to usher in an era of cruiserweight wrestling that is going to be amazing.  The Steiners are going to go against Harlem Heat for the titles at the next PPV, which is always a good match.  Sting is riled up and pissed off, which is amazing.  Bash at the Beach changed a lot in WCW, but now it’s all about getting WCW together to fight off this new menace.  I’m loving it right now.


Ratings Breakdown

WWF Raw Ratings – 2.5

WCW Nitro Ratings – 3.5

(Raw – 17, Nitro – 21) (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 has now tied their longest winning streak in the war to this point.  21 wins, four of them consecutive now…WCW is on fire; especially when you consider that they beat Raw by a full point this week!  


WWF Raw results from this week

The Ultimate Warrior defeated Owen Hart (w/ Jim Cornette) via disqualification

Savio Vega defeated Justin Bradshaw (w/ Uncle Zebakiah)

Davey Boy Smith & Vader (w/ Jim Cornette & Diana Hart Smith) defeated Henry Godwinn & Phinneas Godwinn (w/ Hillbilly Jim)


Eh.  Not to say this Nitro was anything amazing, because it was kind of run of the mill, but that is just not a great card.

WCW Magazine – Issue 18 – August 1996

Posted: September 7, 2015 by Kick Out At 2! in Kick Out At Nitro, WCW Magazine

WCW Magazine - Issue 18 - August 1996-1Hello, WCW fans!  To celebrate one year of our giant project entitled Kick Out at Nitro, I have decided to start trying to acquire and upload WCW Magazine.  When I was watching one of the most recent episodes that I’ve reviewed, I noticed that the magazine being advertised was Issue 18, the first wrestling magazine I ever purchased.  I remember buying it at Wades one hot summer day and it started a huge collection that, unfortunately, I do not have anymore.  I’ve been on the lookout for issues, however, and I believe I’ve found a few sources to start procuring these from, so when I get one, I’ll scan it and put it up.  They’ll be in PDF format and I’ll post the pin-ups as JPEGS in case anyone wants to print.

Happy Anniversary Ko@Nitro!

WCW Magazine – Issue 18 – August 1996




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