KoaNitro copyWelcome back, ladies and gentlemen, to another week of Kick Out at Nitro!  Tonight’s show comes to us live from Knoxville, TN.  Tonight, we’ll see a big six man main event featuring everyone’s newest favorite wrestler…The Booty Man!  It’s very quickly mentioned that Booty Man was a spy that Hogan had in the Dungeon of Doom, explaining to us why Zodiac suddenly became Booty Man.  The announcers talk about Booty Man for a bit and kick us to our first match.

Match #1: Big Bubba VS Sting

Bischoff tells us that at the “World Whining Federation,” here’s how it goes down:  Yokozuna via DQ in a handicap match, Jake Roberts over Isaac Yankum and Diesel over Bob Holley.  Been a while since we got a full card run down from Bischoff.  It’s interesting that they are doing this now since WCW and WWF are in the middle of yelling at each other due to the Billionaire Ted skits and the match coming up at Wrestlemania XII.

Bischoff says that Sting has been hanging out a lot with Steve Grissom, the driver of the WCW race car in the Grand National series.  Apparently Grissom is doing well for himself.

For those of you keeping track on the Stinger Blond VS Brunette watch, we’re almost completely brunette now.  There’s a small bit of blond highlight right at the front of Sting’s hair, but that’s it.  Next haircut he gets, that’s gone and it’s full brunette from here on out.

It’s kind of nuts that Sting is a bit more of a bigger deal as far as place on the card in the year 2015 than he is at this point in 1996.  WCW right now is definitely the Hogan/Savage show, despite Sting being their biggest home grown star and arguably the face of WCW.  However, in WWE right now, he’s getting a high profile Wrestlemania match.

Wow…14 year old me just read that and can’t believe it.  A Sting match at Wrestlemania!  Those of us who were hardcore WCW fans have to find that amazing!

The match is a pretty back and forth match, honestly.  Sting does a really good job of looking vulnerable when he needs to and then turning it on when the time calls for it.  Bubba gets the best of him after a while and starts beating him down pretty hard.  Bubba sends him to the floor and we see this old lady in the front row checking on Sting and then getting up in Bubba’s face.  I believe this is the same lady that gets in Hogan’s face not too long from now once he goes Hollywood.  Bubba gets Sting back in the ring and we see a security guard in the front row telling Granny to have a seat.  Pretty cool to see people get THAT invested in a match.

Sting hits a nice piledriver on Big Bubba.  I miss that move.  They start trading right hands.  Sting’s face paint is almost completely gone.  How is his always gone in just a few moves yet Goldust’s stays on the entire match?  Sting goes for a Vader Bomb but Bubba gets the legs up and puts his knees in Sting’s gut, sending him to the floor.  Bubba attempts to go for something off of the top rope to the floor but Sting trips him up and sends him to the mat.  Sting goes up top and hits a cross body block for the win.

Winner: Sting

We go to commercial and are reminded that Hogan has lost twice in a row to Arn Anderson.  We get an Up Next graphic stating that Luger will be in action against Renegade.

They run a commercial for the March issue of WCW Magazine which gives us a review of Starrcade and will run down the Madusa / Sherri angle.  Interesting that they’re going to push this since, according to Meltzer, Sherri has been fired for showing up to shows in no shape to work.  This makes since after Sherri looked drunker than all hell at the Clash.

The show comes back to Mean Gene with Sting and Luger, who are interrupted by the Road Warriors.  The Road Warriors talk about how they’re cool with Sting but that they’re not cool with Luger.  Luger and the Warriors argue about whether or not Luger is actually from Chicago, to which Sting replies “Lex, you’re from the white collar section, they’re from the streets!”  Hawk challenges them to a Chicago Street Fight for the belts at Uncensored and Luger accepts, much to Sting’s dismay.  The Warriors head out and Luger looks at Mean Gene and goes “What’s a Chicago Street Fight?”  Man, Luger is so awesome right now.  I love that he let his mouth write a check his ass can’t cash yet he has no idea what he’s just done.  Sting looks at him in disbelief and Luger says “I’m from Chicago…but I’ve never heard of a Chicago Street Fight.”  Sting says “Maybe you should think before you talk next time!” and storms off as we go to another commercial break.

Luger is so damn good in this role right now.  It makes me unhappy that as we head into the summer he’s going to become more of the big WCW babyface against the nWo.  This character is the best that Luger has ever been.  Seriously, look up this interview, it’s funny.  (Hint…click the Kick Out At Nitro logo on this post for assistance)

Match #2: Renegade VS Lex Luger

Renegade runs out to no music.  Thankfully they fix this halfway down the aisle.

Mongo mentions that during the interview earlier that Luger had both tag belts and Sting didn’t have his on…what does that say about how Sting feels about being champs?  Bobby makes sense and actually says exactly what I was thinking at the moment…Sting just had a match, why would he have his belt?  Of course, Luger walks out for this match with his belt, but Sting didn’t for his…Hmmm, maybe there’s something to what Mongo has to say.

Tell me I didn’t just say that!

Holy hell, a Luger match that starts with him in the ring!  Of course, they went to commercial during Luger’s entrance, so maybe it was during that time he did his normal little walk.

The two start out fast and Renegade sends Luger out to the floor.  There it is!  Luger takes his time and gets back into the ring, catching Renegade as he is coming in to the ring.  Renegade gets Luger with a clothesline and backs him into the corner for the 10 punches, but Luger walks him out and gives a big atomic drop that Renegade no-sells and gives a clothesline.

Renegade goes for a clothesline but Luger moves and Renegade eats the ropes.  Luger clinches on a headlock and rakes Renegade’s eyes into the rope.

The announcers sell Uncensored by bringing up the worst match in the history of that event…the Blacktop Rumble!  Dustin Rhodes and the Blacktop Bully had a match in the back of a truck while it went down the road.  Yep, it was bad.  THAT’S how you sell a PPV!

Luger goes for a pin and Renegade bench presses Luger off of him, sending Luger about four feet off the mat.

Man, Luger is loud in the ring.  Not “John Cena calling moves in the ring” loud…but he grunts with EVERY move…whether he did it or not.  Renegade hits a big power slam for two, sending Luger to the corner for a clothesline, then sending him to the opposite one for Muta’s elbow in the corner.  He hits a bulldog and then goes to the top rope.  Out comes Jimmy Hart, who pushes Renegade off the top rope to the floor.  Luger goes out and grabs him, sends him into the ring and picks him up in the Torture Rack for the win.

Winner: Lex Luger

Jimmy Hart runs around the ring like Luger just won the Gold Medal and jumps into Lex’s arms to celebrate.  Out come Sting with a “WTF” look on his face and chases Hart out of the ring.  Sting tells Luger that Hart helped him and says he thought he told Luger it was Hart or him.  Luger downplays it, which, truthfully he didn’t see it, so he’s kind of innocent.  Sting is PISSED!  He gets in Luger’s face and starts yelling about the crap that Luger’s been doing, asking him what’s up with him.  Luger looks confused and concerned and slinks out of the ring like a scolded dog.  Again…good stuff from Luger.  It really looks like he’s upset with Sting being mad at him and is trying to make it right.

We go to break and come back to our next match.

Match #3: Harlem Heat VS The Road Warriors

The match starts with both teams in each other’s faces.  Pretty hard hitting and even but the Road Warriors get the upper hand with a neck breaker from Hawk and a big elbow to Booker T before both teams tag out.

Stevie Ray gets Hawk with a big powerbomb and starts stomping him before tagging out to Booker.

Bischoff says that there is extra security around the announce booth to stop all of the shenanigans that have been happening after the shows for the last few weeks.

Booker hits some kicks, tags out to Stevie Ray who just floors Hawk with a big right hand before cinching on a headlock.  Stevie tags out to Booker and Booker hits a big jumping side kick before they tag back out and double suplex Hawk.  Hawk finally gets the tag to Animal, who comes in and cleans house.

Bischoff says that the winner of this match will be #1 contenders to the Tag Team Championship.  Ummm, didn’t Luger and Sting just sign for a tag title match at Uncensored?  So, what happens if Harlem Heat wins tonight?  Will that match be non-title?

Animal and Stevie Ray fight to the floor, taking the ref with them.  Booker hits the Harlem Hangover but there’s no ref to count the pin.  Animal kicks Booker in the head, letting Hawk score the win.

Winners: The Road Warriors (new #1 contenders to the WCW Tag Team Titles)

Off to commercial and back to our Main Event.

Match #4: Arn Anderson, “Taskmaster” Kevin Sullivan and Ric Flair (WCW World Heavyweight Champion) w/ Woman & Ms. Elizabeth VS Hulk Hogan, “Macho Man” Randy Savage and The Booty Man

Everyone comes out to Flair’s music.  I miss this.  WCW basically always had the guys in a tag match come out together, even if it was just a thrown together hodge-podge.  WWE always has them come out separately.

Hogan and Savage are in red and yellow and apparently Booty Man missed the memo and is in white and lime.  The babyfaces clear the ring, sending the heels to the floor.  Hogan sends in Anderson to Savage and Booty Man before it finally settles down to Anderson and Booty Man.

Randomly, out comes Kimberly with a yellow rose.  Kim is looking good!  Bischoff says that on Saturday night there was a little rift between her and Johnny B Badd.  Now that Kim has her 6.6 million dollars, maybe she’s on the market “for some beef,” as Mongo so eloquently puts it.

Close up of Flair’s back and that weird melon baller section missing out of his shoulder.  Freaky.

14 year old me LOVED The Booty Man.  14 year old me wasn’t the absolute smartest guy.  I don’t remember if 14 year old me realized Booty Man and Zodiac were the same guy, though.

Anderson tags out to Flair, who gets a drop toe hold and gets his hair rustled before locking up in a test of strength with Booty Man.  Booty Man tags out to Savage.  Savage ends up in the heel corner and is throwing fists at everyone there.  They all charge him, sending him back to the babyface corner, though, before he and Flair get back to one on one.

Bischoff lets us know that next week there will be no Nitro.  TNT is showing a Civil War movie, apparently, so we get our first week of the Monday Night Wars with no Nitro.

Savage goes for the double axe handle but Flair gets a hit to the gut, sending Savage down, and he starts to taunt and pose.  Savage gets the tag to Hogan, though, who comes in and starts beating on Flair.  Flair backs him into the corner and chops him because that ALWAYS works.  Hogan no-sells, takes out all of the heels, then backs Flair into the corner for 9 punches and a bit to the face.  Hogan tags to Booty Man and they hit a double team big boot to Flair.  Booty Man covers but it’s broken up at two.

“I just figured out where The Booty Man got his name…it’s not from kicking booty, it’s from shaking his own!” – Eric Bischoff, 1996

Booty tags out to Savage.  Savage hits the rope but both Woman and Liz grab his feet, trying to trip him.  Savage grabs both of them by the hair and gets set for some straight domestic violence before the heels step into the babyface role and stop Savage from beating two women.

Tag out to Anderson while Flair beats down Savage on the floor.  The heels work him over in the corner as Anderson tags out to Sullivan, bringing him into the match for the first time.  Savage sends Sullivan to the corner, following him in but eating a boot to the face for his troubles.  Quick tags from Sullivan to Anderson and back to Sullivan.

The babyfaces take over, Hogan posting up in the corner and Booty Man sending him all three heels to eat a big boot.  After all three, Hogan hits the big leg to Anderson and gets his win back.

Winners: Hulk Hogan, Randy Savage and The Booty man.

Immediately after the match Flair kicks Hogan from behind and sends him into the corner face first, knocking him out.  Liz handcuffs Hogan to the corner and the heels start whipping Hogan with a belt until the babyfaces run them off.  Of course, Hogan wakes up IMMEDIATELY, with full cognition, as we go off the air.

 

Not gonna lie…the best part of this show was Luger.  The Main Event was what it was and worked to setup the feud as well as “introduce” Booty Man as a part of the Hogan/Savage regime.  However, Lex stole the show.  Him getting worked up about being told he wasn’t from the “real” Chicago and accepting a match he knows nothing about was priceless.  His work after the Renegade match was really good too because it was setup so well.  On the replay, you can tell that Luger did not see Hart push Renegade.  All he does is goes outside and brings him back in to rack him for the win, so you can easily argue that Lex was just celebrating with Hart because he won and had no idea why in the hell Sting came out and got in his face.  It was how he played that off, though, that was the golden part…he looked hurt and confused.  Luger’s playing this nice angle right now where he’s an opportunistic guy and has no qualms about being one, but you can really tell he wants to make Sting happy.  He’s there for Sting, despite being somewhat of a douche, and I think he’s really upset that Sting is unhappy with him.  I’m interested to see where this goes from here.

Well, this is where I would normally say I’ll see you next week, but I won’t.  Nitro is taking its first break ever during the Monday Night Wars, so we have a week with no Monday Nitro.  We’ll be back on March 11th, though.

Two fun/interesting things happen with that March 11th post.  First…1996 was leap year, so when we return, new posts will now go up on Wednesday since that’s how the dates align now based on a February 29th that didn’t exist this year.  So, Nitros will go up on Wednesdays now, PPVs on Tuesdays.  Secondly…the plan is that the March 11th post will come to you from a new face to those long time readers of Kick Out at 2.  He’ll get his proper welcome at the beginning of his post but I’m welcoming in some new blood into my little WCW recap project, so that’s something to get excited for.  I get a week where I don’t have to drop 3000 words!

Anyway, see you in 2 weeks, fellow WCW-ites!

-Shane

 

Ratings Breakdown

WWF Raw Ratings – 3.1

WCW Nitro Ratings – 3.2

(Raw – 10, Nitro – 11) (Tie Weeks – 2)

(Unopposed weeks – 3)

WWF’s longest Winning Streak (to this point) – 2

WCW’s longest Winning Streak (to this point) – 2

 

WCW returning to the win column!  We’re still running pretty neck and neck through this section of the War.  It seems like it’s back and forth every week, which is pretty cool.  

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WWF Raw results from this week

Jake Roberts defeated Isaac Yankem DDS (3:32)

Diesel defeated Bob Holly

Ahmed Johnson defeated Shinobi

Yokozuna defeated Owen Hart & Davey Boy Smith (w/ Jim Cornette) via disqualification in a handicap match

 

Looks like Bischoff forgot about Al Snow jobbing out to Ahmed Johnson.  I’m pretty sure Al would like to forget that as well.  This show featured a Mankind vignette as well as acting President Roddy Piper being asked by young fans to bring back the Ultimate Warrior.  

This is also the episode where Piper announces that Hart VS Michaels will be an Iron Man match.

Well here we are. Fresh off the events of what seemed like a lackluster PPV. WWE had a big chance to make an impact with the debut of a new PPV but I can’t help but fell that overall it missed the mark. Sting/Triple H was cool, although not nearly as cool as Triple H/Undertaker setup for WM27. Bray Wyatt officially challenging Taker was awesome but for me the match of the night was Cesaro and Kidd winning the Tag team titles from The Usos. Literally it was the only prediction I got right. Looks like Derick is still in the lead, Shane takes second and I’m dead last. Hopefully Wrestlemania will be better….

Derick – 9/13

Shane – 7/13

Robbie – 5/13

Hey we are at the second PPV of the Year, WWE’s Fast Lane. Fast Lane as you know by now has taken the place of Elimination Chamber which overall we think will be a good idea. Elimination Chamber has always seemed out of place and logically I think this PPV will fit more with the “Road to Wrestlemania” theme. Hopefully its debut will not be a disappointment and go over a bit better witht he fans than The Royal Rumble did. Let’s take a moment and look at our predictions for WWE’s newest PPV…

WWE World Heavywight Championship No. 1 Contenders Match: Daniel Bryan vs Roman Reigns

Robbie’s Pick: Daniel Bryan – I truly and honestly want to believe WWE has realized that the fans simply just do not want Roman Reigns as their top guy at this time. Daniel is apparently the money maker on the roster right now. Hopefully WWE likes money.

Shane’s Pick: Roman Reigns – I just see this match existing to shut up the fans who don’t like Reigns, but only for a moment because Reigns is the guy right now and there’s no way he’s not going to Mania.

Derick’s Pick: Roman Reigns – Roman Reigns wins this match but somehow someway Daniel Bryan will be in the Main Event of Wrestlemania.

United States Championship match: Rusev vs John Cena

Robbie’s Pick: John Cena – I know right!? You’re probably shocked but I see this as a good thing. Cena going after the secondary titles will be overall good for multiple reasons. It can help give some more credibility to them, it will keep Cena away from Ric’s 16 time record, allow the kids to have their winning hero and honestly I just don’t care about Rusev at all. Like Shane has said on multiple occasions “This isn’t 1983 anymore.” That being said I wouldn’t be surprised if this story leads into Wrestlemania with Hogan in Cena’s corner… AMERICA!

Shane’s Pick: John Cena via shenanigans – They really couldn’t wait until Mania?  That’s the worst part of WWE’s booking right now…they build up to a match by giving you the same match over and over again.  Cena wins but doesn’t get the belt, setting up the same match at Mania.

Derick’s Pick: Rusev – I don’t even know enough about about this big Russian bastard but I’m sticking to my guns. I hate Cena and said I’m not picking him so there!

Intercontinental Championship Match: Bad New Barrett vs Dean Ambrose

Robbie’s Pick: Dean Ambrose – Dean lost enough of his matches during the Bray Wyatt feud. Time for him to be like his former Shield brother and “look strong” Giving him the IC strap is the thing he needs at this time. 

Shane’s Pick: Wade Barrett – As much as I want Ambrose to win this, I just figure Barrett retains.

Derick’s Pick:  Dean Ambrose – I like them both so this was a literally a coin toss decision.

WWE Tag Team Championship Match: The Usos vs Cesaro and Tyson Kidd

Robbie’s Pick: Cesaro and Tyson Kidd – It’s long overdue for Cesaro to be wearing some gold again in WWE. I’m really digging this team and Cesaro knows a thing or two about being a tag team wrestler. If they are not going to push him as a single competitor let him do what he does best! Maybe Tyson will get the recognition he deserves as well.

Shane’s Pick: The Usos – Giving Kidd & Cesaro makes too much sense, so I figure we’ll go the other way.  Plus, we’ll get to see how much heat Cesaro got for his Twitter being hacked and it saying that he wishes Vince would die already.  Yeah, I know it wasn’t HIM, but still…

Derick’s Pick – Cesaro and Tyson Kidd – You know why? I hate The Usos…. USO DUMB!!!!! STUPID!!!! STUPID!!!!

Dolph Ziggler, Ryback & Erick Rowan vs The Authority

Robbie’s Pick: Dolph Ziggler, Ryback and Erick Rowan – Seems like this match was randomly thrown together and Seth may be in a little bit of hot water for his little “Social Media incident”

Shane’s Pick: Team Babyfaces – Because logic.

Derick’s Pick: Dolph Ziggler, Ryback and Erick Rowan – Big Show is trying to tie Rey Myeterio’s knee injuries with Face/Heel Turns. Go get ‘em Big guy!

Goldust vs Stardust

Robbie’s Pick: Stardust – Maybe Goldust will drop the paint and just be Dustin after this match blows over. Leaving Cody in the paint and the “Crazy one” of the family.

Shane’s Pick: Stardust – Again, why do this before Mania?  Ugh!  Cody as Stardust is killing it right now, so I like him sticking around a little longer.

Derick’s Pick: Goldust – Why you even asking me that? You know where my allegiance lie. I’d follow that guy to the gates of Hell and carry him back! LOVE THAT GUY!

WWE Diva’s Championship Match: Nikki Bella vs Paige

Robbie’s Pick: Paige – Despite the on again off again Bella feud the past year I still think we are getting a Nikki vs Brie match at Wrestlemania.

Shane’s Pick: Nikki Bella – I’m taking Robbie’s logic, and applying the fact that the Nikki VS Brie match will be for the title, so Nikki retains.  Gotta get the story line for Season 19 of Total Divas worked in there somehow!

Derick’s Pick:  Paige – Not picking Nikki anymore either….stupid Cena!

KoaNitro copyLadies and gentlemen, welcome back to the Internet’s favorite WCW walk-through, Kick Out at Nitro!  We’re coming to you this week from 2/19/1996, where WCW Monday Nitro was held in Salisbury, MD.  Bischoff tells us that if we love wrestling, there is only one place to be.  Tonight we’ll get a rematch for the WCW Championship when Flair takes on Randy Savage, yet again giving us a free world title match.  We’ll also get a return match in Arn Anderson VS Hulk Hogan.  They make a point of telling us that Hulk Hogan has never been beaten by the same man twice, so let’s see how this goes.

Match #1: “The Enforcer” Arn Anderson w/ Woman VS Hulk Hogan

Bischoff says congratulations to Steve Grissom, who won the Busch Grand National Race in Daytona the previous weekend.

It looks like a camera goes out during Hogan’s intro.  The screen goes black and Bischoff stops talking until we see Hogan again when it cuts to a different shot.  Interesting.  He also says that he hears a lot of whining coming from the North East section of the building…then says “never mind.”  What the hell was that about?  North East being a WWF reference?  Hmmm.

Hogan starts out taking it to Anderson, beating him around the ring and then back into it.  Hogan gets Anderson with a clothesline as Anderson jumps off the second rope, then immediately goes for a blatant choke and then starts biting Anderson’s nose, then starts raking the eyes of Anderson while he’s tied up in the ropes.  I don’t mean to keep beating a “Hogan is the biggest heel in this company” gong, but damn, I want to keep pointing it out because it’s so ridiculous.  Hogan’s a dirtier wrestler than Flair.

On the outside, Hogan furthers my point by raking Arn’s eyes and then getting a Hogan shirt from one of the ringside fans and choking Anderson with it.  See, there’s a time and a place for a babyface to act like this.  In an unsanctioned cage match, like at SuperBrawl, or the Doomsday Cage match coming up at Uncensored…yeah, fight fire with fire.  However, in a normal, sanctioned match with rules, your biggest babyface should act like a damn babyface.

Sadly, Arn has spent this entire match taking an ass kicking.  The crowd starts chanting “Hogan sucks” though, which is nice.

1Bischoff says that The Belfast Bruiser (Fit Finlay) is here to take on Brad Armstrong, which is hoping to get a shot at the Cruiserweight title.  We’re getting very close to the Cruiserweight title being a thing!

Anderson goes for the DDT, but Hogan blocks it and Hulks up.  Irish whip, big boot, and then Hogan spends 30 seconds posing before locking on the Figure 4.  Hogan does the Figure 4 very weird.  He doesn’t do the turn with the leg that everyone else does…he just steps into it.  Out comes Kevin Sullivan, but then out comes Savage, to take out Sullivan.  The referee calls the match and Savage starts celebrating with Hogan, but the referee says that via disqualification, the winner is Arn Anderson because he didn’t see Sullivan but did see Savage.

Winner: Arn Anderson

So, Anderson now holds two wins over Hulk Hogan.  Kevin Sullivan said that Hogan had no problem putting Anderson over, even offered to do it clean in the ring, just because he knew that it would bug Flair since he didn’t get the win.  Oh well, Anderson has two over Hogan, so that’s cool with me.

Match #2: “Das Wunderkind” Alex Wright VS Loch Ness w/ Jimmy Hart

I imagine this match will be terrible.  Seriously, there’s nothing to distinguish him as a wrestler…it just looks like a fat dude who just got off from his construction job.

2Yup, it’s bad.  Alex spends most of his time rolling away from Loch Ness who just stands there.  Wright goes up to the top rope and locks on a sleeper hold.  Wright snap mares him over and jumps into Loch Ness’s arms.  Loch Ness locks on a bear hug until Wright slaps him in the ears, losing the hold.  Wright hits those patented Bischoff “back leg round kicks” which were just normal kicks to the gut, then spends his time kicking and splashing Loch Ness who just spends the whole match leaning in the corner.  Wright runs at Loch Ness, who sticks up a leg and kicks Wright in the gut, who sells it beautifully.  Big elbow drop…which looks effective as all hell!…for the win.

Winner: Loch Ness

Yeah, this guy is bad.  Useless and bad.  He’s about fifteen years too late to be really effective in wrestling.  Stick this guy against Hogan in the early 80s, we’ve got something, but in 1996…not so much.

We go to commercial and come back to our Saturday Night rundown.  We’ll have Johnny B Badd VS Chris Benoit.  Konnan VS Scott Armstrong.  The Road Warriors in tag team action.  Sting & Luger VS Public Enemy.

Bischoff tells us that most of what happens on Monday comes from the fallout of Saturday Night.  Honestly, that’s not far from the truth.  I sent a question to Sullivan’s podcast asking him when the major switch over to Nitro being the A show came in, but I that hasn’t been answered yet.

Match #3: The Belfast Bruiser VS Brad Armstrong

Road Dogg’s brothers all over this episode.  Finlay with a mullet and a mustache…weird.  We’re told that Finlay is here for Steven Regal.  Damn, Finlay has gray hair here.  It’s hard to believe that he’s going to be in the WWE ten years from this point!

Finlay wears his knee pads down around the top of his boots.  This is even lower than Flair does.  Kinda useless at that point.

Back and forth action through this match until Finlay’s mean streak kicks in and he starts beating Armstrong into the ring apron.  He starts slamming Armstrong’s knee into the edge of the ring and then around the ring post.  Armstrong crawls into the ring and is met with a Finlay half crab, then an STF and pulling it into a reverse toe hold before going back to the STF.  Armstrong breaks it up with a back elbow.

Bischoff says that Eddie Guerrero is getting a US Title shot against Konnan at Uncensored.  Hopefully Eddie can pull a good match out of Konnan because it hasn’t happened yet.

Armstrong gets a little momentum as he gets fired up, hitting a big bulldog and back suplex but is taken out by a hip toss with a follow through slam by Finlay.

Winner: The Belfast Bruiser

We go to commercial and come right back to:

Match #4: WCW World Heavyweight Championship Match – “The Nature Boy” Ric Flair w/ Woman & Ms. Elizabeth VS “The Macho Man” Randy Savage

Bischoff and Mongo tell us that Savage has a bulletin board in the back with the things he needs for momentum, including pictures of the house he lost, the cars he lost, etc., when Liz left.  I’m pretty sure he lost all that stuff years back, guys.  Granted, a guy like Savage is still probably pissed about all that, so I guess it would work.

Bischoff says this is the shot that Savage “has been waiting for.”  Do you mean the shot that Savage gets every other week?  Randy Savage has had more title shots since Nitro started than any other wrestler.  It’s kind of crazy.

Flair pulls the ladies over to him and starts singing “I’ve got the whole world in my hands.”  Sure, it’s creepy when you do it, Bray Wyatt…but when you’re wearing the gold and have two beautiful ladies on your arm, it just takes on a whole new meaning.

Savage’s arm is still taped up.  He’s nearing DDP’s ribs territory at this point…but we’ll get to that in a few years.  We’re shown the title belt and it still has Randy’s name on it.  This makes sense because it’s a big F-you to Savage by Flair.  I’m just shocked they finally took Hogan’s name off of it long enough to put Savage’s on.  Last I remember seeing the thing it had Hogan’s on it…and he hasn’t had it since October.

3These two men start off in a brawl, starting hard and going outside, where Flair sends Savage into the crowd, then chops him a few times against the guard rail.  Savage starts chasing Woman down the entrance ramp but Flair blindsides him with an elbow before beating him down a few more times.  Nick Patrick sends Flair back into the ring and Woman comes back with a rake to Randy’s eyes while the ref is distracted.

Randy fires back quickly but is cut off by an elbow to the face from Flair, who then flops to the ground.  I love Flair, but I hate the Flair Flop with an unbridled passion.  Flair goes up top, Savage reminds him that he’s Ric Flair and that crap ain’t gonna happen and sends him to the mat hard.  Savage then locks on the Figure 4 to Flair!  Flair almost gets his shoulders counted down twice before finally making it to the ropes.

Heenan says that Savage is going after the legs so Flair can’t apply the Figure 4 to its “maximus.”  When questioned, Heenan says that “maximum” is to the nth degree…and “maximus” is three more.  This has been theoretical mathematics with Professor Bobby Heenan.

The announcers keep saying “the wrath of a woman scorned” when they speak about Liz.  What the hell as Randy done to her to scorn her?!  She turned on him, not the other way around.

Flair gets Savage in a Figure 4 of his own.  The announcers keep talking about how Flair took everything from Savage…in reference to a relationship that ended years ago that Flair had nothing to do with.  Or did he?!  Maybe now, despite them not ever tying them together, maybe we know that Flair’s pictures from around Wrestlemania 8 weren’t doctored and he was really nailing Liz back then.  Hmmmmm.

Savage reverses the Figure 4 and gets out.  Flair cuts him off pretty quickly, though.  Savage always seems to fight from the bottom.  Savage starts no-selling chops, backing Flair into the corner and getting 4 punches in before Flair tries to take him out and give him an atomic drop.  Savage stops it and takes Flair out again.  Savage goes up for the double axe handle, hitting it nicely.  Liz distracts the referee and allows Woman to toss her shoe into the ring.  Savage catches it and nails Flair, covering.  Before Nick Patrick can count, though, out comes Sullivan and Hogan, so the referee starts worrying about them.  While he’s distracted, out comes Arn Anderson, who hits Savage with a DDT and rolls Flair over him.

Winner: Ric Flair (Still WCW World Heavyweight Champion)

The heels all start beating down the babyfaces until out comes Ed Leslie in white and green and starts cleaning house.  The announcers have no idea who the hell he is…the fans know he looks a lot like Brutus Beefcake, who looks a lot like Zodiac…who was a heel…huh?!

4The Mega Powers and Leslie celebrate in the ring as the heels make their way to the announce booth and Flair starts cutting a promo.  The babyfaces storm the arena, scaring the crap out of Bischoff, and Hogan tells us that the man we’re seeing is called The Booty Man.  Savage has the title, Bischoff tries telling him he’s not the champion and Savage says “I’ll knock you out!” and then Hogan starts getting in Bischoff’s face.  Heels!

Hogan mentions The Booty Man about nineteen times, pushing him into Poochie the Dog territory.  Hogan constantly says the word Booty…he says stuff like “Booty Booty Booty Booty Man!”  Gene comes up and puts words into Hogan’s mouth, making the main event for next week; a six man tag match with Hogan, Savage and The Booty Man VS Flair, Anderson and Sullivan.  Bischoff says he’ll make the match happen and then we go off the air.

 

Can this angle end already?!  This was a pretty lousy episode because of all of the garbage associated with this angle.  Plus, the two matches we got that weren’t this angle weren’t good at all…especially the Loch Ness match, which was outright terrible.  This may be the worst episode I’ve watched thus far.

I’m going to make a confession, though…

1996 me…loved…I mean LOVED…The Booty Man.  I have nothing to say about that.  All I can do is admit it.  I’m sure that I’m going to watch these next few weeks and cringe at how terrible it is and what an idiot 1996 Shane was…but let’s cut him some slack.  This show happened the day after his 14th birthday.  Plus, he eventually ends up with Kimberly, so that’s a selling point.  Booty Man, that is; not 14 year old Shane.  Oh…oh this would be a completely different blog if that was the case.

Anyway, from 33 year old Shane, the day after HIS birthday, thank you for joining us here for another Nitro write-up.  We’ll see you next week!

-Shane

 

Ratings Breakdown

WWF Raw Ratings – 3.1

WCW Nitro Ratings – 2.9

(Raw – 10, Nitro – 10) (Tie Weeks – 2)

(Unopposed weeks – 3)

WWF’s longest Winning Streak (to this point) – 2

WCW’s longest Winning Streak (to this point) – 2

 

C’mon!  Can’t a guy get a nice birthday gift in a Nitro win?  Soon, WWF…soon…

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WWF Raw results from this week

Razor Ramon defeated WWF IC Champion Goldust (w/Marlena) via count-out

Skip & Zip (w/ Sunny) fought Barry Horowitz & Aldo Montoya to a no contest

Steve Austin (w/ Ted Dibiase) defeated Marty Jannetty

The Undertaker (w/ Paul Bearer) defeated Tatanka (w/ Ted Dibiase)

 

I don’t hate this episode.  Of course, the first two matches go to no winner, but still, Razor & Goldust could be good.  Austin getting a win is always good as well.  Honestly, I’m half tempted to watch this episode of Raw to see if it was better than Nitro, because I felt this Nitro was just not very good.

KoaNitro copyWe’re back, ladies and gentlemen, with another exciting issue of Kick Out at Nitro!  We’re one day removed from SuperBrawl VI, where we saw the WCW World Heavyweight Championship change hands and Ms. Elizabeth leave Macho Man’s side and style & profile to the side of the Nature Boy.  We got the introduction of the Loch Ness Monster, a silly gimmick that will absolutely go nowhere despite being hyped up like crazy.  We saw Hogan destroy the entire Dungeon of Doom by himself, thus reducing a huge gang of monster heels to cannon fodder.  We also saw Brian Pillman’s final run in WCW.  What could possibly happen tonight?!

WCW comes to us live from Tampa, FL, from the Florida State Fair.  Man, to have been a WCW fan during that first year of Nitro and living in Florida like I do now.  I would have had two Nitros in Miami, PPVs just four hours up the road in Tampa, a Nitro in Lakeland…it would have been great.  Bischoff starts the show off running down what went on last night, including Ric Flair’s 13th World Championship.  Their big story is Liz leaving Savage.  We get a slideshow recap of the Respect Match from last night, including Bischoff saying that Pillman is “history.”  They run down the rest of the matches, including the main events, ending with them talking about Loch Ness before kicking us to the ring.

Match #1: Hugh Morrus VS “Macho Man” Randy Savage

Bischoff tells us that Savage was planning on defending his title tonight but now he won’t be since he’s not champion.  So, Morrus was going to get a title match?  Are we already in Goldberg territory?

Savage did just what I wanted him to do here…he didn’t come out with a big extravagant entrance.  He’s rattled.  He’s a little pissed.  He’s more serious and not as playful.  He’s really doing a good job of selling what happened to him last night.  That carries over nicely into the moment the match starts.  Savage enters the ring, slams Morrus with a double leg takedown and starts raining blows.  Morrus cuts him off quick, though, with some punches and a clothesline in the corner.  Savage fires back, raking Morrus’s eyes across the top rope.  Morrus takes the match back over pretty quickly, though.

Nitro 1Bischoff says that this entire situation dates all the way back to the time when they were taping an episode of Baywatch, which will air on February 19th he says.  That taping happened around Bash at the Beach so this has feud has been happing for a good while.

Savage gets some fire back under him as he gets a back elbow in the corner and works the crowd a bit for the first time in the match.  Morrus takes Savage down and goes for the No Laughing Matter, but Savage moves.  Savage answers with a body slam and then follows with a big elbow drop.  He goes up top for a second one, nailing it just as nicely.  Savage’s elbow drop is a thing of beauty.  He hits that thing perfectly every time.  He pins Morrus on the second one for the win.

Winner: Randy Savage

Savage goes up top again immediately after getting his arm raised but Morrus saves himself and rolls out of the ring.  Savage gets a mic and says “You’re right, I don’t want him…I want the ‘Nature Boy’ Ric Flair.”  Bischoff says that Savage will get him next week in the return match for the title.

We go to commercial, including the WCW Magazine ad that we’ve seen a few times, and we come back to Mean Gene at the entrance with Steve Grissom.  I inaccurately wrote last night that they would be speaking with Gus Grissom, which was incorrect.  Steve Grissom has never been in space, as far as I know.  Gene talks to him a bit about the WCW race car in the Daytona race this weekend.  They show the car, which I always thought was pretty cool.  Grissom says qualifying for the Daytona race is tomorrow.

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Match #2: Scotty Riggs VS Loch Ness w/ Jimmy Hart

 Nitro 2           Loch Ness is just a massive man.  He’s billed at “nearly 700 pounds,” which could be legit.  He’s a very rotund dude.  However, he’s just a giant bearded dude with jacked up teeth wearing gray camo pants and a matching vest.  Riggs starts off with dropkicks and punches, including a dropkick from the top, but nothing is effecting Loch Ness.  Riggs goes for a cross body off the top, but Loch Ness grabs him and just falls.  He doesn’t slam…he just falls…and it looks like garbage.  Loch Ness hits him with two elbow drops for the win.

Winner: Loch Ness

I really hope they didn’t hire this guy thinking they’re going to get a main event against Hogan out of him.  Main event on WCW Pro, maybe…but I have a feeling they think this is going to Main Event Uncensored.  Ugh…

Nitro 3Gene is up at the entrance ramp with Woman and Elizabeth, pulling out a hospital bed with a body covered in a sheet.  Elizabeth says that last night Savage promised that someone was leaving on a gurney, and it took them all night but they delivered.  Flair jumps up from under the sheet and starts his promo.  I’m guessing Liz is implying that it took them all night of banging to finally tire out Flair.  Gene brings up the title match next week and Flair says he can’t wait.  He goes arm in arm with the ladies and says that any time he has the opportunity to style and profile, to walk the aisle, to fly in Leer jets and ride in limos and talk to the girls about Space Mountain…you gotta love it.  Flair says that sometimes only a woman can say things as eloquently as they need saying before he turns the mic over to Liz.  Liz says that for seven years she walked behind Randy, sat in the corner and never said anything.  When she left Randy, she took half of the money, half of everything…but last night, she took it all.  She knew that the belt was everything to Randy, so she took that last night.  Flair is in rare form tonight and I’m loving it!

We go to commercial with an Up Next graphic showing Konnan and Devon Storm, who in about three years we’ll know as Crowbar.

Match #3: “Dangerous” Devon Storm VS Konnan (WCW United States Champion)

Damn, Storm looks goofy as all get out.  Bright lime green and black, mullet…wow.  Konnan comes out in hot pink and looks better than Storm does.  Konnan walks out to the ring holding the title very loosely towards the crowd and it looks like someone almost grabs it from his hand.  That would be some crap if someone took the US title from Konnan.  We go to commercial and come back to Konnan standing still, looking out into the crowd.  Has he been there the entire time?  Storm blindsides Konnan with a dropkick, sending him to the floor.  Storm runs outside, grabs a chair and sets it up in the ring, running towards it, jumping up on it and diving off of it to the floor with a senton.  He goes outside, sits Konnan in the chair, grabs the steel steps and sets them up in front of Konnan and runs at him, diving off the steps.  Konnan jumps up and catches him, though, giving him an awkward power bomb onto the floor.

Back in the ring, Konnan hits Storm with a big running clothesline, goes to the apron and hits a flipping hurricanrana.  Konnan’s offense comes from weird flips and grabbing people with his legs.  It’s very hard to describe.  Storm tries one of Konnan’s moves but Konnan catches him in a Crashing Ocean suplex, one of my favorite moves.  Bischoff says that Konnan is to wrestling what Talladega is to cars.  Umm…so Konnan is a wrestling venue?  Talladega is just a track where the cars race.

Bischoff mentions the 4 Horsemen, then corrects himself and says the “3 Horsemen.”  I’m guessing Pillman really is gone.  I read this really interesting story in the Wrestling Observer from around this time talking about this guy getting arrested in a hotel that some of the WCW talent was staying at.  Everyone was watching the guy get arrested by the SWAT team and apparently Pillman was in gimmick the entire time, including rubbing the 4 Horsemen handsign into the guy’s face as they were taking him away.  That was one of the funniest things I had heard in a long damn time.

Storm sits Konnan on the top rope and goes for a Frankensteiner, but Konnan stalls it and falls forward with a very damaging looking power bomb for the win.

Winner: Konnan

We go to commercial with a Hulk Hogan VS Arn Anderson graphic.

Match #4: “The Enforcer” Arn Anderson w/ Woman VS Hulk Hogan

Now this is the Horsemen I remember!  Granted, as Bischoff yet again tells us, there are only 3 of them, but still…when I really got into the Horsemen, it was with Woman and Liz at their sides.  Double A comes out with Woman, wearing that black leather vest and his black trunks, looking like a badass.  I love me some Arn Anderson.

Hogan still has the patch on his left eye.  Mongo says that knowing Arn, he’s going to go for the eye first.

Anderson gets the first move or two and the Hogan starts his nonsense, backing Double A into the corner and biting him.  Anderson eats two clotheslines and is sent into the corner for a third.  This match is gonna be hard since everyone knows Arn could eat Hogan’s lunch in the ring, but we gotta sit through the normal Hogan chicanery.

Hogan sends Arn outside and they wander around the ring a bit before Arn kicks Hogan in the gut and goes for a piledriver on the floor.  Hogan blocks it and slingshots Arn into the ring post.  Hogan rips the patch off of his eye, then decides to be a heel a bit more as he runs Arn’s shoulder into the ring post, then wraps his arm around it twice before raking Arn’s back, punching him in the head and choking him with his freaking wrist tape.  Yes…WCW’s biggest babyface just did all that.  Not Arn, one of the most vicious heels in WCW history.  Not Ric Flair, the “Dirtiest Player in the Game.”  Hulk Hogan…the biggest babyface in history.  What the serious hell?

Nitro 4Hogan stomps Arn a few times as we cut to George Steinbrenner laughing it up in the crowd.  Hogan clotheslines Arn again and then punches him back into the corner.  Arn got the first two moves in and it’s been the Hogan show ever since.  Arn goes up top and Hogan tosses him off, crotching him on the top rope.  Arn gets a shot to the gut as Hogan is lifting him up, then goes to the eyes with punches and rakes.  See…this is okay, since Arn is the heel.  The crowd goes nuts as out comes Ric Flair and Liz.  Flair is strutting and dancing at ringside, cheering on Arn.  Arn sends Hogan to the ropes and hits that beautiful Spinebuster that Hogan powers out of and tosses Arn halfway across the ring at the count of two.  Arn forgets he’s in the ring with Hogan so he starts punching him, but Hogan starts Hulking up, punches, Big Boot, strut making fun of Flair, then locking Arn in the Figure 4.  Flair comes into the ring, tries to attack Flair but Hogan rolls Flair up in the small package.  Mongo says “he’s taken care of the Dungeon of Doom, now he’s taking care of the 4 Horsemen.”  God, I hope not.  Although, that’s a total Hogan thing to do…run through the two dominant groups in WCW singlehandedly.  Woman throws powder in Hogan’s eyes, blinding him.  Flair slips Liz’s shoe into the ring to Arn, who nails Hogan with it and covers for the win.

Winner: Arn Anderson

We don’t get to celebrate too long, though, as Hogan comes in and starts beating people down.  Anderson gets a big boot and is sent to the floor.  Out comes Savage and a chair.  Hogan and Savage attack Flair, hitting him with a chair and the heels scatter.  They make a beeline for the announce booth, though.  Flair grabs a headset, saying that Hogan just got his ass kicked again.  They’ve got the women, they’ve got the belt…they’re on a roll.  Arn grabs the mic and says it’s not the end of time, Arn Anderson just beat the unbeatable Hulk Hogan!  He’s doing this on the house mic, though, where Flair was using the headset, so the babyfaces can hear the promo.  They run for the announce booth and clear out the heels and everyone else.  Hogan says that next week, we’ll have Flair VS Savage for the title and Hogan VS Anderson in a rematch.  They finish out the show cutting a promo on the Horsemen, pitching next week’s show.

 

Not the greatest show to follow up a PPV with, truthfully.  The Loch Ness match was useless and showed how useless Loch Ness is himself.  The Devon Storm/Konnan match was kind of a mess.  That’s three matches that we’ve seen of Konnan now and they’ve all been rough.  I don’t know if it’s just him needing help adjusting to the American style or not, but he’s got to start looking smoother in the ring.  His stuff is just really rough.  I liked the Flair segment a lot and I really liked seeing Anderson go over Hogan, but I would have liked to have seen Anderson get a little more offense in the match first.  It was presented as Anderson being clearly outclassed by Hogan until the outside interference became a factor, which doesn’t paint Double A in the best light.  He should have taken it to Hogan.  I’m not saying it should have been a squash, but it should have been a bit more even, with Anderson getting the best of Hogan in a few spots by being underhanded or just more vicious.  That doesn’t work, though, when Hogan as the babyface runs through a spot of heel moves.  If you had reversed that entire set I explained and had Arn doing that stuff to Hogan, it would have come across way better.  I’m not certain why I should cheer for Hogan at this point, since he’s basically a jerk.

The Pillman mentions have been interesting and I’m not certain that we ever see Pillman again, to tell you the truth.  We may have seen the end of Brian Pillman and the 4 Horsemen…at least until May, but that’s another story.

Join me next week, ladies and gentlemen, for another exciting trip to the past for Kick Out at Nitro!

-Shane

Ratings Breakdown

WWF Raw Ratings – NA

WCW Nitro Ratings – 3.7

(Raw – 9, Nitro – 10) (Tie Weeks – 2)

(Unopposed weeks – 3)

WWF’s longest Winning Streak (to this point) – 2

WCW’s longest Winning Streak (to this point) – 2

 

Nitro runs unopposed this week.

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WWF Raw results from this week

There was no episode of Monday Night Raw this week.