KoaNitro copyHello everyone, and welcome to another edition of Kick Out at Nitro!  Tonight’s episode comes to us from Monroe, Louisiana, and is the fall out show from Slamboree, 1996!  It is also the first episode of what will be considered Volume 3 of this project.  The show kicks off with Eric Bischoff and Bobby Heenan, sans Steve McMichael!  Finally…a Nitro with NO MONGO!  Bischoff explains that Mongo’s disappearance is due to him answering Ric Flair’s challenge last night and we’re taken to video from the altercation last night between Flair, Anderson, Mongo and his partner, Kevin Greene.

Match #1: Fire & Ice VS The Steiner Brothers

Oh man!  The last time this match happened, awesome things happened!

Bischoff tells us that since WCW officials know Ric Flair will be here tonight in a match against Eddie Guerrero, Randy Savage has been barred from the building tonight as a result from last night at Slamboree.

Scott Steiner starts the match off against Ice Train.  Scott and Ice Train start off very hard hitting and competitive, with some big slams and clotheslines, just like last time.  Scott finishes the volley off with a belly to belly suplex off of an Irish whip and both teams tag out, bringing in Rick Steiner and Scott Norton.  Norton gets Rick down and hits a big top rope splash, followed by a series of massive clotheslines.  Since clotheslines are normally a Steiner thing, Rick takes exception to them and nails Norton with a German suplex and a Steinerline of his own.  He tags out to Scott who gets a few kicks in and then a Tiger Suplex.  Scott sends him out of the ring and comes off of the top rope with a double axe handle from the top rope to the floor.  Steiner is hit by a Samoan drop off of an Irish hip and Norton tags out to Ice Train.  Steiner is able to get a back body drop on Ice Train and tags out to Rick.  Rick and Ice train take each other out with a double clothesline, Ice Train tags out to Norton and the two hit Rick Steiner with a tandem shoulder block.  At this point, all hell breaks loose as all four men end up brawling around the ring.  As Rick and Ice Train brawl, Norton lifts Scott Steiner into a shoulder breaker, but Scott answers with a German suplex to the floor.  Referee Nick Patrick calls for the bell as both teams continue to brawl.

Winners: Double Count Out

Quick commercial for the June issue of WCW Magazine, which will have coverage of UnCensored, showing that WCW Magazine is only three months behind in their coverage now, apparently.

Match #2: Eddie Guerrero VS “Nature Boy” Ric Flair w/ Woman & Ms. Elizabeth

Bischoff tells us that Mongo is training for the match with Flair and Anderson.  Bobby asks if their training involves sitting on wooden benches and waiting for the water boy.

Bischoff reminds us that last night Arn Anderson DDT’d his partner for Battle Bowl, Eddie Guerrero, then was covered by Ric Flair to eliminate him.

Damn, there are some rough looking people in the arena and they’re all being highlighted in this match.

The match starts off with a lock up and Eddie taking it to a headlock take over, then springing off of the ropes with another.  Flair attempts to roll Eddie into a cover for two, but Eddie rolls back out.  Flair is finally able to break the headlock and the two bounce off the ropes for a moment until Eddie hits him with a dropkick and takes him back over with another headlock take over.

They’ve put Eddie with Flair quite a few times over the last few months.  I wonder if Flair saw something in Eddie and requested to keep working with him or if it’s just coincidence.

Eddie and Flair get into a chop/punch fest in the corners that heats the match up.  Eddie gets about five good punches and some chops in before they volley back and forth a few more times.  Eddie is really looking good here.  They go back and forth a bit more and Eddie gets a quick succession of drop kicks that sends Flair out to the floor.  Flair makes a bee-line for his “VIP section” and grabs a chair, heading back to the ring but running afoul of Referee Randy Anderson, who is having none of Flair’s nonsense.

Bischoff says that Flair was bragging last night that all he wanted to accomplish was costing Savage a shot at the World Championship, which he did.

Flair comes back into the ring and Eddie gets a shoulder tackle and fires off a bunch of ground and pound punches before heading to the floor and strutting, mocking Flair.  Eddie’s chest is visibly red from Flair’s chops.  Eddie gets Flair down and begging off but is caught with a thumb to the eyes as Nitro goes on commercial break.  Back from break, Flair is in charge with a reverse headlock but Eddie is able to fight out of it and shoulder tackle Flair down and get him with a trio of quick clotheslines before going up to the top rope for a sunset flip.  Flair fights it off but Eddie pulls him down by his trunks but only for a two count.  Flair backs off and Eddie goes for a few mounted punches in the corner but Flair drops him with a reverse atomic drop, taking the lead again.

Flair is making Eddie look like a million bucks.  Take note guys…this is how you elevate mid-card talent up to main event status.  Flair is letting us see that Eddie is able to hang with him and it’s looking great.  Eddie gets a quick roll up but only for two.  Flair answers with some punches and a back suplex that puts both men on the mat for a while.

Heenan says that Mongo and Kevin Greene are going to have a hard time coming to WCW and pretending they can do what Flair and Double A do, but Flair and Anderson could put on the helmet and pads and lead the NHL in tackles and sacks.

Flair goes for the Figure 4 but Eddie gets out and puts Flair in his own Figure 4 until Flair gets to the ropes.  Flair heads to the floor and Eddie tries to come off the top to the floor, but Flair moves and Eddie hits the guard rail hard, coming down holding his knee.  Flair follows with a vertical suplex to the floor and heads back into the ring.

Bischoff mentions the Great American Bash in Baltimore, saying that Baltimore is also going to get an NFL team.  Wow, we’re in a world where the Ravens don’t exist yet.

Bischoff comments on Flair being a 13 time champion and Heenan says “well, 15 if you count those two in…” before being cut off by Bischoff saying “We don’t count THOSE two championships!”  So, this answers my questions from previous installments about Flair’s title reigns.  He’s currently at 15 of his 16 titles.

Eddie and Flair continue their back and forth with a big spot including Eddie dropkicking Flair to the floor.  Flair chops Eddie in the corner but Eddie gets a thumb to Flair’s eye and gets a tornado DDT out of the corner, following it with a head scissors that he walked the top rope to hit.  Eddie slams Flair and nails a big Frog Splash, but Eddie bounces off of Flair holding his knee.  Flair oddly flops around, but is able to stand up and pulls on Eddie’s injured knee before, of course, pulling him into the Figure 4 with Eddie’s back in the center of the ring.  Flair stretches back, getting leverage from Woman, while Eddie’s shoulders lay on the mat for a three count.

Winner: Ric Flair

After the replay of the match, we go to the VIP table with Flair, Woman, Liz, and Mean Gene.  Gene says he’s heard that Savage is in the arena.  Flair says Savage is in jail for trying to break up an evening with Flair and the ladies.  Flair says he’s teaching Savage’s wife a new way of life.  Flair says Mongo’s wife follows him around like he owes her money.  He says the reason Mongo isn’t here is because Arn Anderson ran him off.  He says Kevin Greene made two mistakes…coming into North Carolina without his permission and thinking he can cross-train football and wrestling like he cross-trains the girls.  At Baltimore, there will be TWO former NFL stars because Greene isn’t going to make minicamp this year.  He grabs a bottle of champagne and heads off.

After a commercial break, we come back to the announce booth where Flair is sitting there with candles, two plates of food, and champagne.  Flair is lighting the candles for Flair and making sure everything is going okay.  Flair says Ted Turner saw him at the both twice and wants him there more often.  He says Jane (Foster) loves Naitch, just ask around Atlanta.

Match #3: WCW Tag Team Championship Match: The Faces of Fear (Meng & The Barbarian) VS Sting & Lex Luger (WCW World Tag Team Champions)

Luger starts off with Meng and is quickly taken down by Meng with a quick drop toehold.

Bischoff asks if Flair has ever been in the ring with an NFL great like Steve McMichael.  Flair says he’s the man who tamed Wahoo McDaniel and retired the “Big Cat” Ernie Ladd.  They go to commercial as Flair sings “Debbie does the Nature Boy.”

We come back from commercial break to Sting powering out of being double teamed, but he’s quickly taken back down and getting beaten down by Meng, who tags out to Barbarian to take over.  Barbarian quick tags back to Meng after a few stomps and a choke.  Meng gets a few chops and tags back out to Barbarian, for a double-team of an Atomic Drop and a mafia kick.  Barbarian covers but Luger is able to make the save.  Sting is slammed down hard off of the top rope by Barbarian, who tags out to Meng and both men go up top and come off with flying headbutts to Sting.  Meng makes the cover, but Luger takes his time getting out of the ring, allowing the ref to make the count late and Sting to kick out.

Flair and Heenan are constantly bothering Bischoff at the announce booth, eating and passing around champagne.  Bischoff asks how they can sit here and eat and drink during a match and Flair asks how he can sit here anyway when there are parties to get to just around every corner.

Barbarian goes for another Splash, but Sting moves and is able to get the tag to Luger, who comes in and cleans house.  Sting covers Barbarian for two but it’s broken up.  Barbarian takes Sting up to the top rope while Meng and Luger battle on the floor.  Luger grabs Barbarian’s legs and allows Sting to punch him off the top rope and follow him with a top rope splash.  Luger rolls in and gets the three count.

Winners: Sting & Lex Luger (Still WCW World Tag Team Champions)

Bischoff tells Flair that Savage is here and we’re going to hear from him next.  Flair says he’s already checked with security and he’s not allowed in.  Bischoff kicks us back to Mean Gene, Randy Savage and some security.

Savage is kicking the doors and saying he wants in.  He’s also in wrestling gear.  I love the idea that Randy Savage shows up to the arena in his gear.  Gene says there are high level meetings in the WCW Championship Committee about the future of Randy Savage.  Savage says to tell them to be real careful about what decisions they make about his future.  They need to make the right decision.  He says he could go through the door and take Flair apart.  Gene says he can’t get through the door and Savage asks if that’s a challenge.  Savage attempts to get through the security but is turned away as we go to break again.

Match #4: Brad Armstrong VS Diamond Dallas Page

This is the first episode I’ve watched in a while that wasn’t on WWE Network, but on an old DVD that I burned years ago.  That means I get to hear DDP’s “Self High Five” music again.  I like it.  I’ve always loved that song.

DDP will apparently get his title shot in June.  I wonder if that will be at Great American Bash or on an episode of Nitro or Saturday Night.  Guess we’ll find out.

Bischoff reminds us that next week, we’ll start going to two hours for every Nitro!  Looks like my work load has doubled, folks!  I wonder how much longer Volume 3 will be as opposed to Volumes 1 and 2.

Back from break and we see Brad Armstrong get a two count off of a back slide, but he’s met with a DDP clothesline afterwards.  Page whips Armstrong to the corner and charges in but Armstrong moves, letting Page take the turnbuckle shoulder first before getting a reverse atomic drop (wow, lots of that move tonight) and getting his face pounded off of the turnbuckle pads.  Page reverses a move into an elbow and nails a Diamond Cutter out of nowhere.  They say the RKO comes from nowhere, but Randy has DDP to thank for that.  The best part of DDP’s gimmick around this point was just how many different ways he could find to pull off the Diamond Cutter.

Winner: Diamond Dallas Page

DDP is joined in the center of the ring by Mean Gene.  Page says last night he shocked the world by winning Lethal Lottery.  He names off all of the people in the tournament, saying that at the end of the night, there could only be one and that was DDP.  He says that he has one person to thank…himself!  He gives himself a self high five and calls out The Giant.  Gene says he just got off the phone with the Championship Committee and they’ve viewed the video footage from last night.  We see that DDP had gotten his foot on the floor early in the match.  Gene says that they won’t reverse the decision, he’ll stay Lord of the Ring, but he will not get the title match at Great American Bash.  Instead, that will go to Lex Luger.

Wow, that was quick.  Why give it to Page if they’re not going to go with him?  Luger was in the damn tournament…why not just have him win it?  Hell, it would have made more sense in the title match if Luger had won the tournament and was going to get the shot.  That would have made some interesting situations with Luger “costing” Sting the match in his tug-of-war with Jimmy Hart.

Match #5: WCW World Heavyweight Championship Match: “The Enforcer” Arn Anderson w/ “Taskmaster” Kevin Sullivan VS The Giant w/ Jimmy Hart

What the hell?  I was pretty sure Giant was still in the Dungeon of Doom, despite his little fall out with Loch Ness…so why is Sullivan out there with Anderson?

Jimmy goes up to Sullivan and asks “what the hell?”  Sullivan says Anderson has never failed him so he’s just out to make sure Anderson gets a fair shot.

Flair says tonight Arn takes the title and next month he and Arn will take over the NFL.

Arn locks up with a waist lock on The Giant, who simply shrugs him off.  Arn backs Giant into the corner and shoulder blocks him and punches him, but Giant just shoves him off.  Giant scoop slams Anderson.  He sends Anderson into the turnbuckle hard twice before back body dropping him off of an Irish whip, sending him to the floor.  Giant follows him out, but Double A gets back into the ring first.  As Giant is getting back into the ring, Anderson jerks the rope and crotches Giant with it.  He comes off the turnbuckle with a couple of double axe handles, then goes for the DDT.  Giant stands him up and choke slams him down for the win.

Winner: The Giant (still WCW World Heavyweight Champion)

Giant says he is the champion and will always be the champion.  Jimmy pins the belt back on him and Giant stares down Sullivan before leaving the ring.  Sullivan goes over to check on Anderson as we go back to our announcers, now sans Flair.  They wrap up the ending of the match and Bobby storms off, saying he’s going to the party.  He grabs the candelabra and champagne and heads off as Bischoff pitches us to next week’s Nitro and the NBA Conference Finals.

 

I’ve said it before, but damn, this is a much better show without Hulk Hogan.

We get a little bit of fallout from Slamboree, mostly involving Ric Flair, which is cool.  I’m actually looking forward to the Flair/Anderson VS Greene/Mongo match at the Great American Bash.  Flair has done a great job of selling that match.

Well, next episode is the big moment.  I’m planning to have not only my thoughts, but the thoughts of some of my colleagues here at the site as well.  I want the birth of the nWo to be a more inclusive thing here at Ko@2, so that way you get to hear a bit more than just my voice…although I know you all love it so much!

Until next time, fans!

-Shane

 

Ratings Breakdown

WWF Raw Ratings – 2.3

WCW Nitro Ratings – 3.1

(Raw – 16, Nitro – 15) (Tie Weeks – 2)

(Unopposed weeks – 5)

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

WCW’s longest Winning Streak (to this point) – 4

 

WCW fighting back up from that six week losing streak.  Hope you liked it, Vince…that’s the longest streak you’re going to get for a good, long time!

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WWF Raw results from this week

Steve Austin (w/ Ted Dibiase) defeated Marc Mero (w/ Sable) via disqualification

Savio Vega defeated the 1-2-3 Kid (w/ Ted Dibiase)

Davey Boy Smith (w/ Jim Cornette, Clarence Mason, & Diana Hart Smith) fought Jake Roberts to a no contest

This Raw actually doesn’t sound too bad.  Austin and Mero could be a pretty good match.  Same with Savio and Waltman.  Davey Boy together with the entourage, though, doesn’t do anything for me.  I remember that Raw is going into the HBK vs Cornette summer that ends with HBK and Vader, so we’re going to be seeing a lot of Davey Boy, Owen and Vader in our future.

SlamboreeTonight is the Season Finale of Kick Out at Nitro!  Of course, you’re not going to have to wait long to get the next installment, because that’ll come within the next few days.  No, I’m speaking of how the blog posts are combined into the books we’re releasing.  Slamboree brings Volume 2 to a close.

We come from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and we’re joined by our announce team of Tony Schiavone, Bobby “The Brain” Heenan…and the “American Dream” Dusty Rhodes.

As I’m writing this, Dusty Rhodes just passed away yesterday.  Calling color commentary on Pay Per Views and WCW Saturday Night was my first introduction to Dusty.  His trademark lisp coupled with phrases like “going to the pay window” and “the Mothership” made me instantly like him.  It wasn’t until a while later that I discovered Dusty the wrestler.  I always enjoyed Dusty Rhodes and, through DVDs and the WWE Network, will continue to enjoy Dusty Rhodes.  Here’s a drink to the workin’ man, the son of a plumber!

We go to the first match of Round One of the Lethal Lottery!

Match #1: Lethal Lottery – 1st Round – Road Warrior Animal & Booker T VS Road Warrior Hawk & “Total Package” Lex Luger

I wish they had set this tournament up a bit more random.  We’ve got too many tag team partners having to face each other in the first round. They should have built it to where some of these things happen later down the line in the later rounds.  That would have made it a bit more organic.

Hawk and Booker T get riled up and start fighting each other before the bell rings.

Apparently this isn’t a normal tournament with brackets.  Tony tells us that after Round 1, Mean Gene will have another random drawing where the new matchups are made.  I wonder if this will just be matches or if partners will change.  I’m intrigued.

Luger and Animal start it off.  Luger gets a good power slam but fails to cover, simply letting Animal stand right back up.  Luger sends Animal to the ropes and ducks down, then tries to leap frog and Animal clotheslines Lex in the gut.  I don’t know if that was supposed to happen.  Animal hits a slam and a shoulder tackle before sending Lex to the ropes again and getting a double axe handle and a vertical suplex, which Animal no-sells and dropkicks Luger.  Animal tags out to Booker T, who takes control of the match.  Booker hits most of his key moves and goes for the cover but Hawk breaks it up.  This causes Hawk and Luger to start shoving each other, which brings in Booker and Animal.  Animal and Hawk start double teaming Luger, then everyone starts brawling out to the floor.  Nick Patrick calls for a double count out.

Winner: Double Count Out – Neither team advances

Match #2: Lethal Lottery – 1st Round – Public Enemy (Rocco Rock and Johnny Grunge) VS “Taskmaster” Kevin Sullivan w/ Jimmy Hart & “Canadian Crippler” Chris Benoit

Looks like Public Enemy gets to wrestle as a team instead of being split up.  I remember liking Public Enemy as a teenager, but I’m honestly not a fan re-watching all of this.

Looks like despite the tension with Benoit and Sullivan at this point, they’re seemingly on the same page as they high five at the beginning of the match.  Benoit and Rocco Rock start off the match.  Benoit goes for a tilt-a-whirl slam out of a whip to the corner but Rock takes him over with a head scissors.  Thus far the pacing is off on this match and Rock and Benoit aren’t gelling.  Rock gets a hurracanrana on Benoit, goes for a stomp and falls the hell over, prompting Dusty to ask Bobby if he’s ever stomped a rock and fell over.  Rock goes for another hurracanrana but Benoit powerbombs him out of it.  He gets in some ground and pound and slaps Rock in the face before tagging out to Sullivan.  Sullivan takes Rock to the floor as Benoit gets into it with Johnny Grunge.  Sullivan starts beating Rocco with a chair but Rocco lays Sullivan on a table that’s conveniently placed at ringside.  Grunge holds down Sullivan and Rock goes for a dive but Benoit nails him with a clothesline.    Rock suplexes Benoit from the ring to the floor while Sullivan and Grunge are brawling.  Public Enemy stacks Benoit and Sullivan onto the table, with Sullivan on top.  As Public Enemy start getting ready for the “Big Poppa,” Sullivan is CLEARLY holding Benoit down on the table.  He moves when Public Enemy come crashing down, sending them into Benoit and through the table.  Sullivan starts saying his knee is messed up and gets Jimmy to help him hobble to the back.

Winners: Public Enemy – Advance to Round 2

So THIS is where the big feud really picks up steam.  Interesting.  I remember them hating each other, but never really remembered the reason why.

Match #3: Lethal Lottery – 1st Round – SGT. Craig “Pitbull” Pittman (w/ Teddy Long) & Scott Steiner VS The Booty Man (w/ The Booty Babe) & Rick Steiner

Of freaking course T’Lo is involved in a whole PPV built around impromptu tag team matches!  Lethal Lottery, playa!

Really, we couldn’t have left Booty Man wherever he’s been for the last few weeks?  Ugh.  Oh well, at least we get to see Kim!

“You’ve got four men that basically the fans respect and like and cheer for.” – Tony Schiavone.  Um, I’m not quite certain that’s true for two of the men in this match, Tony.

Booty Man and Pittman start the match off, making me yawn.  Let’s just get to the damn Steiners!  Booty Man and the Pitbull start off in a borefest involving some headlocks.  Pittman headbutts Booty Man in the stomach and tags out to Scott Steiner, who is quickly hiptossed and hit with the knee lift.  Steiner ain’t taking Booty Man’s shitty finish, though, and promptly Tiger Bombs him for his trouble before tagging back out to Pittman.  Booty Man tags out to Rick Steiner and he and Pittman start barking at each other.  Steiner hits a shoulder block and then that nasty looking catch suplex he does.  Pittman German Suplexes Rick, which is odd seeing a Steiner get suplexed.  Rick pays him back, though, with a nasty Steinerline that nearly decapitates Pittman.  Pittman falls back into his corner and tags Scott Steiner.

Yes, ladies and gentlemen, we have Steiner VS Steiner on deck.

“You know what is going through Rick’s mind right now?  Who is this guy?” – Heenan

The Steiners lock up, Scott arm wrenches Rick and hits a nice fireman’s carry.  They lock up again and Rick gets a side headlock and a slam, taking Scott to the mat.  Rick Irish whips Scott and lays down but Scott doesn’t jump over him, he goes into a behind clutch and the two wrestle for a bit.  Scott back suplexes the living crap out of Rick, but Rick retaliates with a vicious Steinerline.  Rick is slow on the cover and Scott plays possum, rolling Rick up for a pin and 2.  Scott ties up for a full nelson, which Rick reverses and Dragon Suplexes Scott.  Rick goes up top for his bull dog but Scott runs up and side suplexes Rick to the mat.  Rick tags out to Booty Man, who charges Scott in the corner, but Scott moves and Booty Man hits the corner hard.  Scott tags out to Pittman, who is able to lock on the Code Red armbreaker.  Booty Man gets to Rick and Tags, though, and Rick gets a German Suplex onto Pittman for the win.

Winners: Rick Steiner & The Booty Man – Advance to Round 2

Match #4: Lethal Lottery – 1st Round – The Blue Bloods (Lord Steven Regal & Squire David Taylor) w/ Jeeves VS Hacksaw Jim Duggan & VK Wallstreet

Wow, I can’t care less about this match.  This was originally supposed to be Regal & the Belfast Bruiser teaming, which would have been interesting.  With it being the Blue Bloods now, though…there’s no reason to care about this match as it’s just a random tag team match.

Hacksaw tries to attack Regal with his 2×4 and Regal gives such a great reaction facially.  Regal’s facial features are so awesome and always have been.  I really wish Regal would have gotten a bigger shot through his career.

Random quick match stuff until Hacksaw tapes his fist and hits Dave Taylor for the win.

Winners: Hacksaw Jim Duggan & VK Wallstreet – Advance to Round 2

Match #5: Lethal Lotter – 1st Round – Dirty Dick Slater (w/ Col. Robert Parker) & Earl Robert Eaton (w/ Jeeves) VS “Das Wunderkind” Alex Wright & Disco Inferno

Disco and Wright are a pretty ingenious tag team, not gonna lie.  Disco and Slater start the match off.  They wrestle around a bit until both men tag out.  Eaton and Wright is a much better match as we up the tempo.  Eaton allows Wright to fly around the ring and really lets the kid show off.  He tags out to Slater, though, who gets a punch to the gut and a swinging neckbreaker.  Man, I love the swinging neckbreaker.  One of my all time favorite moves.  Alex tags out to Disco who comes in cleaning house.

I just realized that Alex Wright is the only babyface in this whole match.  Odd.

While wright is occupied with Eaton, Slater nails Disco in the head with his cowboy boot behind the referee’s back for the win.

Winners: Dirty Dick Slater & Earl Robert Eaton

At the end of the matches, they play some generic music instead of the winner’s music.  It’s interesting.

Match #6: Lethal Lottery – 1st Round – Diamond Dallas Page & The Barbarian VS Hugh Morrus & Meng

DDP comes out to new music and with new gear.  Sadly, WWE Network must be more lawsuit conscious than WCW was as DDP’s ripoff version of “Smells Like Teen Spirit” has been replaced.  Which sucks, as I LOVE DDP’s music.

Page & Morrus start off with DDP getting the upper hand with a side headlock.  Morrus sends Page to the ropes and hits a big shoulder tackle, sending Page to the floor.  Morrus dives over the top rope but Page moves and Morrus eats floor.  Page kicks, Morrus catches and spins him around but DDP catches him with a discus clothesline and tags to The Barbarian.  Morrus tags out to Meng and the Faces of Fear start going at it with each other with absolutely no hesitation.  Where we saw the Road Warriors join forces and the Steiners hesitate before locking up, the Faces of Fear just start beating the shit out of each other from the word go.  I like it.

Barbarian gets Meng down.  DDP enters the ring, Barbarian picks DDP up and slams him onto Meng.  It’s interesting to see those two have some teamwork AGAINST Barbarian’s normal partner.  Meng tags out to Morrus, who hits an elbow drop off the top.  He goes up for a second one but DDP crotches him on the top rope and Barbarian tosses him off the top rope to the mat for 2 before Meng breaks up the pin.  Meng slams Barbarian, setting him up for Morrus’s moonsault, the No Laughing Matter.  DDP breaks up the pin, keeping his team in the match.  Tony says this is one of the better tag team matches we’ve seen, which is right.  Meng hits a superkick to DDP, Barbarian takes out Morrus, and both men cover their opponents.  The referee counts 3, but he was counting Barbarian covering Hugh Morrus since DDP’s foot was under the ropes.

Winners: Diamond Dallas Page & The Barbarian – Advance to Round 2

Match #7 – Lethal Lottery – 1st Round – Big Bubba & Stevie Ray VS Fire and Ice (Scott Norton & Ice Train)

During Stevie Ray’s entrance, they cut to a white ginger dancing badly.  It was odd.

Big Bubba is now in the Dungeon of Doom for…some reason.  He’s dressed like a biker now.

Fire and Ice got paired as a normal team.  I figure it’s since they just debuted these guys and are wanting to get them over.  They always were over with me, especially after that match with the Steiners from a few weeks ago.

Norton and Stevie Ray start us off.  Norton gets a big clothesline and some big shoulders to the gut to Stevie Ray in the corner.  Stevie Ray tags to Bubba (or Big Bubber, according to Dusty), who controls Norton for a bit before tagging out to Ice Train.  Ice Train gets a slam and then jumps up and sits on Bubba’s chest.  Ice Train’s a big damn dude, so this looked painful.  Double clothesline and both men are down.

Ice Train tags out to Norton, who takes the match back over until Stevie Ray comes into the ring and starts beating on him.  Norton whips Bubba into Stevie Ray on the apron, then they double clothesline Bubba for the win.

Winners: Fire and Ice – Advance to Round 2

Match #8 – Lethal Lottery – 1st Round – Eddie Guerrero & “The Enforcer” Arn Anderson VS “Nature Boy” Ric Flair & “Macho Man” Randy Savage

Flair’s music plays, but no Flair.  Savage’s music plays and out comes Randy Savage.  After Savage’s entrance, they play Flair’s music again.  Anderson attacks Savage as Ric Flair comes running down the ramp.  Eddie pulls Anderson off of Randy but Flair is putting the boots to his partner.  Guerrero gets upset and goes after Flair.

Woman and Ms. Elizabeth begin to come down to ringside very sheepishly.

 

Eddie gets a few good moves in on Flair, but Flair gets the better of him.  Flair tags out to Randy but immediately starts beating on him.  He walks Eddie over to Anderson and makes him tag out and the two of them beat down on Savage.  Anderson takes the beating to Savage, hitting a great Spinebuster for a two count.  Savage tags out to Flair and Flair immediately chops Savage and starts kicking him.  Double A tags to Eddie, who gets Flair’s attention and puts a thumb in his eyes.  Eddie gets a tornado DDT and is cut off when Savage flies into the ring and attacks Flair.  Double A comes in and DDT’s Eddie, taking out HIS partner before he joins Flair in beating down Savage.  Flair crawls over and covers Guerrero for the win.

Winners: Ric Flair & Randy Savage – Advance to Round 2

After the match, they continue to beat down Savage.  Flair carries Liz over and she slaps Randy in the face before Arn DDT’s him onto the floor.  The Horsemen pose with the ladies and head to the back.

This match did a great job advancing this feud.  It was savage (no pun intended) in the way that the Horsemen dealt with Randy and I really liked the way it came off.

With that, we are finished the first round.  Tony tells us since the first match was thrown out, one team in the second round will get a bye.  Tony pitches a commercial for Great American Bash.  It’s a pretty funny commercial with the Steiners and Sting at a back yard barbeque.

We come back from that to Mean Gene and 3 Hooters girls.  They’re here to draw the second round.

“Believe me, sweetheart, I’m looking at your nametag.” – Mean Gene

Receiving the bye is Fire and Ice.  They will go directly to Battle Bowl.

Dick Slater and Robert Eaton will take on Hacksaw & VK Wallstreet.  Ugh.  Apparently Hacksaw is going to run a double header of matches I couldn’t care less about.

Match #9 – WCW Cruiserweight Championship – Brad Armstrong VS Dean Malenko (WCW Cruiserweight Champion)

Damn, they got that belt off of Otani quickly, didn’t they!?

Malenko and Armstrong start off with a lot of cool mat wrestling.  Armstrong had a good look to him…he just has no personality other than being a decent wrestler.  I guess Road Dogg got all the charisma in that family.

A volley of attempted armdrags sends Dean Malenko out of the ring to the Lex Luger position.  Whereas Luger seems to be trolling or running away from the fight when he does it, though, you can tell that Dean is doing it deliberately to bring the match back down to his pace.  I like stuff like that; how you can see two wrestlers do the same thing and how their gimmick plays it off two different ways.

Unfortunatley the crowd just is not into this match.  It’s pretty much silent.  I think Mysterio shows up next month at the Great American Bash, so that will be when these Cruiserweight matches really start to get noticed.

Dean starts moving in on Armstrong’s knee, starting with a standing toe hold and then hanging Armstrong in the tree of woe and dropkicking the knee.  Armstrong gets a quick sunset flip for two, but Dean kicks out and immediately goes back to work on the knee.

Bobby asks Tony what time they go on the air tomorrow and Tony answers 7 PM and they go for 90 minutes.  I guess they’re going to get to two hours by increments.  An hour last week, 90 minutes this week, 2 hours next week.

Malenko goes for a Vader Bomb type of maneuver on to Armstrong’s knee but Armstrong gets his foot up and drives it into Malenko’s jaw.  The tide turns and Armstrong gets Dean locked in the Texas Cloverleaf, Dean’s finisher.  Dean gets out of it by getting to the ropes.  He comes back into the ring, takes Armstrong up top and hits the tossing gutbuster for the win.

Winner: Dean Malenko (still WCW Cruiserweight Champion)

Glacier commercial!

We come back to Mean Gene and the Hooters girls.  Gene says that they’ve been changing their nametags to troll him…not that he was looking, mind you.  Gene draws the final four teams for Battle Bowl.

Public Enemy will take on Randy Savage and Ric Flair.  When Gene drew the name, he opens the envelope and says “Oh my goodness!” before saying “Ladies and Gentlemen, Public Enemy will take part in the event!”  Um…yeah, Gene, we know.  They won their match, so they move on.  Apparently Gene can’t be bothered to watch the product.

DDP and the Barbarian will take on The Booty Man and Rick Steiner.

Gene asks the ladies where they’re going after the show.  Hooters, of course.  To do what?  Drink beer and eat chicken wings.  Gene finishes off saying he can’t wait for the event to be over.  Wow, way to crap all over the PPV, Gene.

Match #10: Lethal Lottery – Round 2 – Dirty Dick Slater (w/ Col. Parker) & Earl Robert Eaton VS Hacksaw Jim Duggan & VK Wallstreet

My journalistic integrity wants me to sit here and do a play by play on this match.  My wrestling fan side wants me to ignore the match and just tell you who won.  Ugh…

Interesting wrinkle, the match starts off and Duggan and Wallstreet start brawling.  The other team just watches, but eventually they start trying to beat on their opponents.  Duggan and Wallstreet clear the ring and seemingly are on the same page, but then as Duggan is exiting the ring, Wallstreet boots him.  Eaton and Slater take over on Wallstreet at that point, but Wallstreet is eventually able to get the upper hand, sending Eaton out to ringside to get beat on by Duggan for a bit.  Wallstreet puts Eaton in an abdominal stretch and reaches out for the tag but Duggan refuses it.  Slater comes in to break up the ab stretch and Duggan finally tags in.

Duggan hits a terrible looking clothesline to Slater and Tony freaks the hell out.  “What competition!”  Really, Tony?  This match is not good.

Duggan hits a diving tag that you would imagine would be reserved for a Ricky Morton hot tag, but Wallstreet gets taken out after only getting off one punch.  Wallstreet backs Eaton into the corner and goes to punch him but twice Eaton moves and Wallstreet nails Duggan.  Duggan shoves back, Eaton grabs him in a schoolboy for the win.

Winners: Dirty Dick Slater & Earl Robert Eaton – Advance to Battle Bowl

Duggan and Wallstreet brawl after the match.

Match # 11: Lethal Lottery – Round 2 – Public Enemy VS “Macho Man” Randy Savage & “Nature Boy” Ric Flair w/ Woman & Ms. Elizabeth

Savage’s music plays yet no Savage. Flair’s music plays and out comes Flair and the ladies.  Liz starts tossing Randy’s money out into the crowd and out comes Randy.  He jumps Flair and is then besieged on by Security, policemen, the American Males and Sgt. Pittman.  Eddie Guerrero comes out to help them as well.

Why are the American Males dressed for a match?  Was there a dark match?  My normal place for results doesn’t show that there was one.

In the ring, the referee rings the bell for a count out.

Winners: Public Enemy – Advance to Battle Bowl

So, two full tag teams are now in Battle Bowl, where it’s every man for himself.

Match # 12: Lethal Lottery – Round 2 – Diamond Dallas Page & The Barbarian VS The Booty Man (w/ The Booty Babe) & Rick Steiner

Let’s see how far back into their history they can remember since DDP and Booty Man are in the ring with each other for the first time in a few months.  DDP starts off jawing with Kimberly and Dusty does call them “the exes.”  DDP starts off with Booty Man and, yes, they do remember to say that Booty Man was the guy who took him out of WCW.

I really hate typing “Booty Man.”

Anyway, he tags out to Steiner who gets a nice power slam on DDP for two.  Bobby asks if he hit a fireman’s carry or a backdrop there.  Dusty and Tony don’t really have an answer for him, which makes me shake my head at this announce team…especially since two of them were wrestlers.

DDP tags out to Barbarian.  Steiner gives him a German suplex and a stiff Steinerline.  Barbarian follows it with a powerbomb and a pin for two.

Apparently there’s also going to be a US Championship match tonight.  So, we’ve still got the Battle Bowl, the World Title match, the US title match.  15 matches on this PPV!?

Booty Man hits a High Knee on Barbarian but DDP breaks it up.  Booty Man follows it with an O’ Connor roll and DDP breaks it up again.  Barbarian pins for the win.

Winners: Diamond Dallas Page & The Barbarian – Advance to Battle Bowl

So, that sets our 8 man Battle Bowl up to be DDP, Barbarian, Scott Norton, Ice Train, Rocco Rock, Johnny Grunge, Earl Robert Eaton and Dirty Dick Slater.  Not exactly a start studded event for a potential shot at the WCW World Championship, is it?

Match #13: WCW United States Championship Match – Jushin Thunder Liger (w/ Sonny Onoo) VS Konnan (WCW United States Champion)

Tony starts the match off by saying that the WCW United States Champion is considered the #1 contender to the WCW World Heavyweight Championship…which is true.  However, this very rarely gets used.

Konnan has two X’s and  K on his head in hair while the rest of his hair is shaved.  Bobby makes a joke, saying he sees Konnan got his hair cut at K-Mart again.  Mike Tenay responds with “There’s an interesting story behind that.” Heenan immediately cuts him off with “I don’t care to hear it.”  That got me to genuinely laugh out loud.

I’m not entirely certain that the little patches of hair above Konnan’s ears are X’s…they may be K’s.  That means Konnan has KKK on his head.  Odd.

This match has been way more mat wrestling than I would have imagined.

Yep…they’re K’s…stay classy, Konnan.

Liger locks on a camel clutch while Tenay tells us that Liger is a huge Ric Flair fan and has recently put together his own Four Horsemen in Japan.  Bobby says that unlike Flair, who travels in a stretch limo, Liger’s Horsemen travel in a stretch rickshaw!

Liger and Konnan trade flurries of palm thrusts before Liger gets a big impact with a diving splash.  He sends Konnan out to the floor and dives out onto him, but Konnan meets him with a dropkick to the knee.

Back in the ring, Liger hits a fisherman’s buster for two.  Konnan gets a quick pin that the announcers all think gets 3, but doesn’t.  Konnan sets Liger up for what Tenay calls his finisher, the Power Drop, but Liger slides out and pins him for two.  Liger gets a Ligerbomb for two.  Liger goes for another splash but Konnan gets his feet up and gets Liger in the chin.  Konnan hits his finisher, which is a Black Tiger Bomb, for the win.

Winner: Konnan (still WCW United States Champion)

Tony pitches us to Mean Gene who calls out Ric Flair, Woman, Liz, and Arn Anderson.

Flair says that Randy Savage has been locked up tonight.  He says to celebrate, he’s throwing a combination pajama / lingerie party.  He then calls out Mongo, saying that he’s a great athlete, but he made the mistake of calling out Flair.  Mongo comes out and gets in Flair’s face.  Flair says last week he didn’t have The Enforcer, who has knocked over more football players on the way to the bathroom than Mongo has on the football field.  Flair says to get one of Mongo’s old teammates and to come after Flair and Double A.  Mongo asked if Flair said “anyone I want?”  Mongo says he figured this might happen tonight, so he has his first round draft choice here tonight.  He calls out Kevin Greene.

Flair says “I said retired players!”  Greene gets fired up and goes after Flair, but the heels bounce.  Mongo says he and Greene will take on the Horsemen anytime, anywhere.

Match # 14: Lethal Lottery – Final Round – Battle Bowl – Scott Norton, Ice Train, Dirty Dick Slater (w/ Col. Parker), Earl Robert Eaton, Rocco Rock, Johnny Grunge, Diamond Dallas Page, The Barbarian

“Did you ever think it would be these eight men?”  No, Tony, I damn sure didn’t.  Especially in a tournament that involved Lex Luger, Randy Savage and Ric Flair.  You would think ONE big name would make it in, but no, 8 low to mid-carders.  Dusty does save some grace for this match, though, by saying this will give someone who normally may not get a title match a shot.

Recapping Battle Royals is hard, so forgive me if I fall apart on trying to figure this thing out.

Barbarian gives DDP a big boot that sends him over the top and he touches the floor with one foot, causing Tony to yell that DDP should be eliminated.  They never said that this was a “two foot” rule, like the Royal Rumble, so maybe he has a point.  Anyway, the referee (who is Nick Patrick) doesn’t see it (shock!), so DDP remains in the match.

I’ll give this match one thing…there’s no way to figure out who is going to win it.  Unfortunately, that’s because there’s no one in this match that the fans should be able to see challenging for the World Championship.

Rocco Rock is eliminated first.  Dick Slater pulls off his boot and hits Eaton with it, eliminating him.  Col. Parker starts bothering Eaton, causing Eaton to pop him in the mouth for good measure.

Scott Norton is eliminated.  Ice Train goes on a power slam frenzy, hitting about three of them.

Somehow we’re down to four…I didn’t even notice Slater getting eliminated.

DDP hits a trifecta of Diamond Cutters on Barbarian, Johnny Grunge and Ice Train.  He pins both Grunge and Ice Train, eliminating them.  He pins Barbarian, but Barbarian kicks out.  Page yells at the ref, who shoves him away.  Barbarian goes on the offensive for a moment, culminating with him hitting a nasty looking tombstone piledriver on Page for two.  Barbarian puts DDP in a sleeper hold but Page kicks his leg back and nails Barbarian between the legs, breaking up the sleeper.  Barbarian gets a nice powerbomb for two.  Barbarian goes up top for a dive but Page moves at the last minute.  Diamond Cutter and the pin.

Winner: Diamond Dallas Page – Lord of the Ring

Page is given an actual ring and will now apparently get a shot at the WCW World Heavyweight Championship.  I’m very interested to see when this will actually happen.

Tony kicks us off to Mean Gene who is backstage with The Giant and Jimmy Hart.  Gene lets us know that Jimmy Hart will be at ringside, handcuffed to Lex Luger.  Jimmy says they don’t have to do this and looks pretty freaked out.  Giant cuts a promo on Sting and then on DDP.

Match # 15:  WCW World Heavyweight Championship Match: Sting w/ Lex Luger VS The Giant (WCW World Heavyweight Champion) w/ Jimmy Hart

The graphic on the screen at the entry way announces this as the United States Championship Match.  Good to know.

Sting starts off fast and hard, going for a clothesline but he simply bounces off of The Giant.  Giant shoves Sting away, who comes back with a sleeper hold that brings the fans to life.  Giant crashes back into the turnbuckle, shaking Sting off, but Sting fires back with clotheslines.  Giant no-sells them for a bit and Sting heads to the floor.

Sting kicks Giant in the gut and hits an enziguri, getting fired up, and goes to slam Giant, who simply falls backwards and crushes Sting under his weight.  Giant covers for two, then steps across Sting, putting his weight on his chest and then dropping a big elbow.

Giant is totally running this match.  Giant takes Sting out to the floor and sends him down the entry way.  Giant drags Sting over to a table to chokeslam him through it, but Luger lays Jimmy Hart on the table so that Giant doesn’t send Sting through it.  Giant catches Sting as he starts to come into the ring and clubs him in the chest.  Giant goes for a dropkick but Luger grabs Sting and pulls him out of the way.  Referee Randy Anderson goes to check on Sting but Sting throws a back elbow and nails Anderson, taking him out of the ring.  Back in the ring, Giant goes for a splash in the corner but Sting moves, hanging Giant in the corner on the top ropes.  Sting hits a Stinger Splash.  Luger and Hart climb up to the ring apron and Giant grabs Luger by the throat.  Sting hits three Stinger Splashes to no effect, finally wedging himself between the turnbuckle and The Giant and shoving him away with his feet.  Sting looks to be going for the Scorpion Deathlock when Jimmy Hart climbs to the top rope.  Sting goes to Stinger Splash Hart but Luger pulls him and he falls off the top, leaving Sting to hit the turnbuckle.  Sting staggers out of the corner and falls, headbutting Giant in the crotch on the way down.  Sting gets up, hits a splash from the top, and goes for the Scorpion again.  Jimmy Hart has his megaphone and Luger starts to try to wrestle it away from him.  He does, but the momentum cause him to hit Sting in the head with it.  Giant gets the chokeslam for three.

Winner: The Giant (still WCW World Heavyweight Champion)

Our announcers bicker over whether Luger meant to hit Sting with the megaphone or not.  They say the unexpected happened with DDP winning the Lord of the Ring.  Tony reminds us to watch Nitro tomorrow and sends us off the air.

 

With the exception of the title matches, honestly, this PPV was a bust.  There just wasn’t enough going on in the Lethal Lottery to keep my interest.  The Steiners wrestling was pretty good and the Flair/Savage stuff was good, but that was over in the first round, leaving us a second round and a Battle Bowl with second and third tier stars and it just didn’t come off as awesome as it could have.  That battle royal needed more stars in it, it’s as simple as that.  I’m anxious to see DDP’s push from here, though.  This is the time when I became a fan of him, so I’m excited to relive that.

Sting and Luger continue their stormy relationship, at least for a few more weeks, so that’s interesting.  We got the major start of the Benoit/Sullivan angle that’s going to lead us through the next few months, so that’s pretty cool.

Don’t get me wrong, there are things coming from this PPV that will be cool to watch.  However, when your main deal is this gimmick tourney…and it takes up 12 matches on something you expected people to pay $30 for…that’s a little rough.  This was not a good show.  They call UnCensored the worst WCW shows of the year…well, Slamboree thus far has taken that prize in 1996.

Well, ladies and gentlemen, that wraps up this volume of Kick Out at Nitro.  This will be the last entry in the Volume 2 book when it comes out later this summer.  I picked this one because in 8 days (in 1996 time), WCW changes in a major way.  I want the summer of 1996 to be Volume 3, essentially.  I hope you’ve enjoyed the ride thus far and I hope you’re excited to see it continue as we get into the next few months.

Until next time!

Shane

 

KoaNitro copyIt’s time, once again, for another WCW Monday Nitro recap from your friends here at Kick Out at 2! This episode comes from Nashville, TN, and is the go home show to Slamboree.

Eric Bischoff starts the night off telling us that Luger will get a THIRD title shot tonight.  He missed last week and apparently missed one on Saturday Night the week before.  We go to footage showing that Lex camped out last night in Nashville so that he wouldn’t miss the match tonight.

Pepe is in a cape, sunglasses and Elvis wig.

Match #1: Public Enemy VS The Steiner Brothers

Public Enemy gets the jobber entrance with no music during the opening of the show.  You can see them walking past the announcers during the opening.

The Steiners are almost in matching gear tonight, something that usually doesn’t happen.  Scott is wearing a two-tone single that is half patterned, half solid, or they would be matching.

Bischoff says that Savage has been fined $50,000 for slapping and elbow dropping the referee last week and has also been barred from the building.  Heenan reminds us that in six days, we’ll see the Steiners go against each other at Lethal Lottery.  Tonight, though, they’re in tandem, as Scott starts off with Rocco Rock, gorilla pressing him into Grunge and setting them both up for a giant double Steinerline from Rick.  Public Enemy regroup outside and Scott tags out to Rick.  Grunge gets a few punches in but Rick catches him on an Irish whip and carries him over with a suplex.  I love that Rick Steiner catch suplex.  Scott tags in, Irish whip, belly to belly suplex!

All four men go to the floor.  Public Enemy bring Rick back in, trying to set him up for a double team, but Rick moves and Rocco nailes Grunge.  Rocco goes up top but Rick hits the rope, crotches him on the top and suplexes him off before tagging out to Scott.  Scott hits a tilt-a-whirl slam and takes Rocco Rock up top.  Grunge slams Steiner down and Rocco hits a dive off of the top before tagging out to Grunge.

Bischoff says that Mongo had a run-in with Ric Flair backstage last week.  Mongo starts to talk about it but just plays it off, saying there’s something in the works.

Grunge goes for a flipping senton to Scott Steiner, but Scotty moves and Grunge eats canvas.  Scott tags out to Rick, who gets the hot tag with two clotheslines to both members of PE and then two belly to belly suplexes.

Bischoff tells us that on May 27th, Nitro will start at 8 PM and go for TWO hours!  My work load doubles in just a few days it seems.

Back in the ring, Scott Steiner sends Rocco Rock to the ropes, FRANKENSTEINER!

Winners: The Steiner Brothers

Commercial break and back for our next match.

Match #2: Squire David Talyor w/ Jeeves VS “The Canadian Crippler” Chris Benoit

Bischoff mentions that on Saturday Night, we saw the return of Diamond Dallas Page.  They mention that now he has a “benefactor.”  He got an attorney, a limo, a new outfit, and thanks to a loophole, he’s back!  This is the DDP angle I remember, finally!

Benoit and Taylor start off locked up and going all the way around the ring.  Taylor goes for the leg but Benoit rolls out.  Heenan tells us that Benoit is a bit pissed at Arn Anderson now and he’s really angry at Kevin Sullivan, who he blames for the breakup of the Horsemen.  Heenan says that Benoit got in the faces of both Anderson and Kevin Sullivan and even Anderson took a step back.

Bischoff pulls a Poochie the Dog and says hello to Hulk Hogan.

In the ring, Benoit has turned the match towards his pace, taking over, slamming Taylor into the turnbuckle and hitting a hard chop.  Whip to the corner and Benoit charges in, but Taylor moves and meets Benoit with a European uppercut, sending Benoit to the floor.  Taylor follows and beats down Benoit on the floor a bit.

Bischoff lets us know that “Hard Work” Bobby Walker was injured and now DDP is in the Lethal Lottery.

Benoit goes up top but Taylor catches him, dropping him to the mat and then following up with a fall-away slam for two.

We hear that Randy Savage is outside.  Mongo says he wants to talk to him and bolts.

Benoit hooks a full nelson…Dragon Suplex for the win.

Winner: Chris Benoit

Back from commercial, we’re outside with Mean Gene, Doug Dillinger, Mongo, and Macho Man.  Macho is angry that he can’t get into the arena, but Mongo runs out and says that Flair has another enemy.  He tells Savage to chill out because he’s got a plan.

Gene tells Savage that he’s lost his mind.  Savage says he’s going to take WCW and turn it upside down.  Savage says he doesn’t care about the money.

“Don’t tell me where I’m going because you don’t know where I’ve been!  YOU DON’T KNOW WHERE I’VE BEEN!”

Gene tells Savage that he’s got to partner with Flair at Slamboree.  Savage says he has no problem dragging a dead tag team partner to the ring and winning the Lethal Lottery by himself.  Gene says that WCW has advised Savage to seek professional help.

Commerical break.  “Our world is about to change.  Blood Runs Cold!”

Match #3: VK Wallstreet VS “Nature Boy” Ric Flair w/ Woman & Ms. Elizabeth

Bischoff says that he’s heard a lot of talk about Mongo and Kevin Green, formally of the Green Bay Packers, now of the Carolina Panthers.  Mongo says that there’s a plan, but he’s not going to tell us about it where Flair can hear about it.

Flair and Wallstreet start off pretty evenly matched.  Wallstreet pretty much takes over the match, though, although through means that aren’t super impressive.  This isn’t a bad match in any way, but it’s one of WCW’s weird heel VS heel matches that no one can really get into.  If anything, Flair’s probably more over since it’s in Nashville.  Wallstreet just has no damn charisma as this character.

Wallstreet hits the Samoan drop he uses as a finish but only gets two when Woman puts Flair’s foot on the ropes.  Wallstreet is wrestling like a babyface, honestly.  Clean, scientific, and only on the losing end due to the ladies in Flair’s corner.

Wallstreet goes for a kneelift outside while Flair is leaning on the post, but Flair moves and Wallstreet takes the post knee first.  Flair wraps Wallstreet’s knee around the ring post a few times and then locks on the Figure 4, with Woman giving him leverage.

Winner: Ric Flair

Gene meets up with Flair and the ladies over at the VIP section.  Gene says Flair isn’t doing much to endear himself to Nashville.  Flair says Nashville hasn’t seen him since he made Dolly Parton ride Space Mountain.  Flair says he heard Savage say he would drag a dead man to the ring.  He started kissing Liz up and down her arms, making her visibly uncomfortable.  Woman plays this role SO much better than Liz.  Liz just looks like a deer in the headlights during these segments.  Gene brings up Debra McMichael.  Flair says he stayed up all night, throwing touchdown passes, then grabs the ladies and says “look at my wide receivers!”  I love the constant idea that Ric Flair is banging these women nightly.

Off to commercial and back to our Main Event.

Match #4: WCW World Heavyweight Championship – “Total Package” Lex Luger VS The Giant (WCW World Heavyweight Champion) w/ Jimmy Hart

Both men get the jobber entrance as we start with referee Nick Patrick raising the title and starting the match.  Giant starts off clotheslining the crap out of Luger.  Luger ducks a third clothesline and attempts to bodyslam The Giant, but Giant shoves him off and sends him out to the floor.

It’s been a while since we’ve seen Lex hang out on the floor for most of the match, hasn’t it?  Guess we’re getting ready to turn him full babyface soon so we gotta stop that.

Lex comes off the top but Giant catches him and slams him into the corners a few times.  Giant sends him into the corner and chokes him with his boot.  Lex ducks a couple of clotheslines and fires him back with the bionic forearm to no avail.  Bischoff says that was the forearm that took out Yokozuna and left him laying for ten minutes.  Interesting to hear Bischoff talk about a WWF guy by name and it not involve ruining Raw results.

Quick cut to the VIP section, which is a table setup off of the ring, where Flair and the ladies are eating and drinking.  Lex tries the forearm again to no avail again.  Giant takes Lex over to the VIP section, clears the table, and choke slams Lex through the table while Flair goes ballistic.  He and the ladies hightail it, though.  Nick Patrick calls for the bell to end the match while Jimmy Hart tries desperately to reign in The Giant.  Sting runs out to help Luger as The Giant finally heads to the back.

Winner: Double Count Out

Gene tries to go over to where Luger is and Sting yells at him and tells him “not now!”  The end of the match is replayed to absolute silence.

“Well, I’ll talk if no one else is!” – Bobby Heenan

Heenan asks when the last time we saw Lex Luger manhandled like this.  Bischoff says that if Sting needed motivation for the title match at Slamboree, he has it now.  Heenan says that Sting can’t go into the match thinking about Luger.  He needs to go in thinking about his own body.  Bischoff sends us off the air selling Slamboree.

 

Another really good episode.  Slamboree, and more importantly the Lethal Lottery, is a hard sell since none of the teams are normal partners.  The only match they can really sell is Giant VS Sting, so they spend the Luger match building up to that.  They’re pushing certain story lines through the Lethal Lottery, like DDP, Benoit and Sullivan, Flair and Savage, and the Steiners wrestling each other for the first time, but they didn’t spend a lot of time really building up to the Lethal Lottery itself.  I would have liked to see some more interactions between these makeshift teams.  Or, if you’re not going to let them wrestle before Lethal Lottery, just toss out a throwaway line mentioning that the WCW Championship Committee has ruled that none of the teams can partner up BEFORE the Pay Per View.  There, taken care of.

I’m interested in Slamboree because of the Lethal Lottery concept, but that’s about it.  I’m certain Sting VS Giant will be an okay match.  I am interested to see the Cruiserweight title match to see who is getting the shot.  All in all I’m intrigued, but in all honesty, I’m mostly intrigued for what is coming in two short weeks (in 1996 time) on 5/27.  I’m gearing everyone up for that so I’m getting excited to see what my fellow Ko@2 members have to say about that show.

Join me back here soon (within the next day or so) for Slamboree!  Until next time!

Shane

Ratings Breakdown

WWF Raw Ratings – 3.5

WCW Nitro Ratings – 2.3

(Raw – 16, Nitro – 14) (Tie Weeks – 2)

(Unopposed weeks – 5)

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

WCW’s longest Winning Streak (to this point) – 4

 

Nitro up a little, Raw down a little, but still a full point+ victory for Vince. 

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WWF Raw results from this week

Ahmed Johnson defeated Zip (w/ Sunny & Skip)

Vader (w/ Jim Cornette) defeated Duke Droese

Justin Bradshaw (w/ Uncle Zebakiah) defeated Aldo Montoya

Shawn Michaels (w/ Jose Lothario) defeated Hunter Hearst Helmsley (20:00)

HBK and HHH looks like it could be a really good match, especially going 20 minutes.  Interesting to see HHH getting the main event on a Raw after the Curtain Call at the Garden, though.  Of course, he loses to the champ, but that’s to be expected, de-push or no.

KoaNitro copyIt’s Nitro time again, ladies and gentlemen!  Welcome back as we continue along our journey into 1996 and as we move towards the end of our first volume of 1996.  Recently, Kick Out at 2 released Kick Out at Nitro! Volume 1 to Amazon, chronicling all of our Nitro reviews from 1995.  This summer, Volume 2 will arrive, covering January to Slamboree, which is just a few short weeks away (in 1996 time…in 2015 time, it’s just a few days away).

This episode of Nitro comes to us from Daytona Beach, Florida!  It is a 7PM show time instead of the normal 9PM show time due to the NBA Playoffs. Pepe is dressed as a sailor because, and I’m not making this up, Mongo says Pepe heard that a sailor can get lucky in this town.  Hopefully Pepe has better luck than I had last time I was in Daytona, but that’s another story for another time.  Bischoff tells us that Jushin Thunder Liger VS Dean Malenko!  Holy crap!  Bischoff kicks us to ring announcer David Penzer to bring us into our first match.

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

Morrus is without anyone else from the Dungeon of Doom.  Interesting.

Bischoff mentions Hog Wild, which I’m looking quite forward to.  I’ve mentioned it before (and will again) but that was my first wrestling Pay Per View purchase ever.

Morrus jumps Savage before he can even get to the ring. Morrus slams him into the side of the ring and bodyslams him onto the floor, putting the hurt on Savage before the match itself can really start.  Savage finally pulls himself into the ring and the referee calls for the start of the match.  Morrus mocks Savage by dressing in Savage’s entrance gear and mimicking his taunts but Savage fires back with a kick to the gut and a thumb to the eyes which he refuses to let go of until the referee pulls him off of Morrus.

Savage grabs his entrance coat and begins choking Morrus with it, tossing him over the top rope and hanging him with it as well.  Referee Mark Curtis calls for the bell, disqualifying Savage.

Winner: Hugh Morrus (by disqualification)

After the match, Savage hits a flying elbow for good measure.  Savage tries to cover Morrus and the referee shoves him away, resulting in Savage slapping the taste out of the referee.  He bodyslams the ref, climbs to the top and delivers a flying elbow drop to the referee.  Randy Anderson tries to stop him but Savage runs him off.

I love this crazy ass version of Savage!  Flair has driven him insane.  If I remember correctly, Savage spends a lot of the next few weeks getting arrested and barred from arenas.

Out comes Doug Dillinger, Nick Patrick, Randy Anderson, and three rent-a-cops to remove Savage from the ring.  We go to commercial as they clear the ring.

Out of the commercial we’re told about the passing of Ray Stevens (the wrestler, not the musician).  Donations can be made to Cauliflower Alley Club.

Match #2: Dean Malenko VS Jushin Thunder Liger w/ Sonny Onoo

We’re told that we’ll see Otani, the WCW Cruiserweight Champion on WCW Worldwide on 5/18 and then we’ll see the title up for grabs at Slamboree.

Liger in a cool black, silver and yellow outfit.  I like it.  Liger and Malenko trade quick holds and reversals to open the show, ending with a leapfrog and then Liger hitting an enzuigiri, sending Malenko to the outside.

We go to split screen and see Ric Flair, Woman and Liz coming out to sit in the “VIP section.”  Back in the ring, Liger hits a big brainbuster to Malenko and locks on a seated abdominal stretch that he rolls to a pin just as we go to break.

Back from commercial, Flair and the ladies are at a table with champagne, candelabras, etc, spending Savage’s money.

Malenko locks on a kneebar as Heenan talks up Malenko, saying he has ice water in his veins, showing no emotion as he wrestles.  Malenko looks to be going for the Texas Cloverleaf but is rolled into a small package for two.  Liger sends Malenko to the corner and hits his rolling kick.  He lifts Dean to the top rope, looks to go for a brainbuster or something, then decides to just dropkick Malenko to the floor.  Liger dives off the top rope to Malenko on the floor to follow up.  Rolling back to the ring, Liger sends Dean to the ropes and goes for a handspring back elbow, but Dean catches him and rolls to a pin for 2.  Liger goes up top, Malenko follows, then throws him off the top rope and catches him with a gutbuster.  Bischoff marks and says he’s never seen it before, which is garbage because I know for a fact I’ve mentioned that move a few times on this blog.  Dean goes for a powerbomb but Liger rolls his weight and crashes down for a two count.  Dean hits a tiger bomb for the win.

Winner: Dean Malenko

This was a realy good match.  Man, I love Dean Malenko!  We go to commercial with an Up Next graphic for Sting VS Steven Regal.

Back from break and Mean Gene is with Flair and the ladies.  Gene asks what this is all about and says Robin Leech would be envious.  Flair says that Leech couldn’t get invited to a Nature Boy party.  Flair says they flew to Daytona in a Leer jet and decided to go across the street and see what the normal people have going on.  Flair says that people tell him he should be upset about The Giant.  Flair says that Giant got lucky and when his time comes back around, he’ll get his.  Gene asks if he can have a drink and Flair gives him some champagne.  Flair says at Slamboree, he and Savage will be going against Arn Anderson and Eddie Guerrero.  He warns Anderson not to make the wrong choice again.  Woman says that she predicts that Naitch will end up on top.  Flair says that he feels Debra McMichael would love a drink, so he sends her some champagne.  She pours out the drink and smiles.  Liz says not to worry about the champagne because Randy has plenty of money.

Commercial…

“Our world is about to change…Blood Runs Cold…Coming to WCW…”

Match #3: Lord Steven Regal w/ Jeeves VS Sting (WCW Tag Team Champion)

Bischoff apologizes for Flair and Mongo says it’s cool.  Bobby says what he thinks happened is that Debra has never had champagne before and was so excited that Flair sent it over that her hand shook and she spilled it on accident.  Bobby trolling Mongo always makes me happy.

Regal has tape over his left eye and has his right thigh wrapped up.  Looks like he’s still selling the match from last Monday.  Of course, that match was so damn brutal he may actually be tore up from it still.  Sting starts off fast, sending Regal to the corner, hitting a back body drop and going for the Scorpion Deathlock.  Regal gets to the ropes and heads to the floor as we go to commercial.

Sting’s tights are in the color scheme of the WCW race car.  He’s even got the number 29 on the side instead of the normal “STINGER” text.

Bischoff says that since the Bellfast Bruiser got injured last week, Regal will be teaming with Dave Taylor in their match in the Lethal Lottery.  I believe that Finlay is actually just at the end of his current agreement and is going back overseas.

Regal struts around the ring, prompting Sting to grab the rope and give a very limp wristed pose, mocking Regal.  The crowd digs it, Regal hates it, and the two start trading head locks and chin locks.  Sting gets some momentum with a drop kick, a pair of Japanese arm drags, an hip toss, and goes for a Stinger Splash but Regal moves and Sting hits the turnbuckle hard.  Regal goes for a butterfly suplex but Sting lifts him out of it and falls back into a pin.

Winner: Sting

I love when wrestlers don’t win with their finishers.  Yes, wrestling is choreographed, but the idea that one move will always end a match can get a little silly.  Having a wrestler win a match with a random move really makes it look like they capitalized on an opening and shows their ingenuity.  I like it.

We go to commercial and come back and we’re still playing Sting’s entrance music for some reason.  The announcers say that Luger has a World Championship match tonight and he reportedly isn’t in the building.  Sting’s music stops and out comes Hacksaw Jim Duggan.  The announcers are baffled and the crowd is silent.  Randy Anderson and David Penzer ask Duggan “what the hell?”  Penzer then announces that Lex Luger hasn’t arrived yet and Hacksaw has offered to take his place.

Wait…so any wrestler can just show up and offer to wrestle for the WCW World Championship?  Shouldn’t there be a hierarchy?  Why didn’t Flair get a rematch?  Why didn’t the US Champion Konnan, who is technically the #1 contender, get the match?  Maybe this is how Jerry Flynn and Ernest Miller get so many damn title matches in mid-1998.

Match #4: WCW World Heavyweight Championship Match: Hacksaw Jim Duggan VS The Giant (WCW World Heavyweight Champion) w/ Jimmy Hart

Hacksaw tries to start off strong but Giant puts a stop to that mess.  No real scientific stuff here…just beating down, kicking, punching, etc…most of it coming from The Giant.

Giant finally ends it with a pretty rough looking choke slam.

Winner: The Giant (still WCW World Champion)

Giant choke slams Duggan one more time after the match for good measure.  Out comes Cobra.  Yes.  Cobra.  Cobra gets his ass choke slammed as well.  Next out is The Cuban Assassin.  Choke slam.  Alex Wright.  Choke slam.  The Giant makes his way through a few of the roster of WCW Saturday Night, apparently, before Flair runs down and cracks Giant with a chair.  Giant is about to choke slam Flair when Sting runs out and hits a top rope dropkick to Giant and begins attacking the back of Giant’s legs.  Sting starts rocking Giant with right hands, staggering him, before heading back up top and coming down with a double axe handle that puts Giant on his back.  Sting begins to go for the Scorpion Deathlock, finally getting him turned before getting cracked in the back of the head by Jimmy Hart’s megaphone.  Sting no-sells the hell out of it and out comes Lex Luger.  Luger is in his pinstripe Zubaz and tanktop attire, holding a silver Haliburton briefcase and threatening The Giant.  Jimmy Hart calls off Giant and they head to the back.

Sting asks Luger where the hell he’s been.  Luger asked Sting if he’s ever missed a flight as Mean Gene kicks us off the air.  I’m guessing they hit the time limit and TNT wasn’t about to let wrestling move into their NBA timeslot.

 

Wow, this show is so much better without Hulk Hogan.  Now, not gonna lie, I’m kind of on an anti-Hogan kick right now (aren’t we always here at Ko@2?) due to the fact that he’s representing my Tampa Bay Lightning and doing things like calling John Cooper “John Conner,” but still, compare the last few shows to the ones running through March and April.  They’re night and day.  This show is just better without Hogan and his friends taking up the main event spot.  There’s been no Hogan, no Booty Man…and it’s been glorious.  I like knowing we’ve got a few more months of this before Hogan comes back…and knowing what’s coming up at the end of May…Oh man, I’m loving it.

I’m going to try to run through a lot of Nitro this week and a half, so be ready.  I do have class and hockey, so fitting it in is going to be a chore, but I want to be near caught up before I head to Virginia for a few weeks, so you’re going to be getting one of these nearly every day for the next little bit.

Until next time, ladies and gentlemen!

-Shane

Ratings Breakdown

WWF Raw Ratings – 4.1

WCW Nitro Ratings – 1.9

(Raw – 15, Nitro – 14) (Tie Weeks – 2)

(Unopposed weeks – 4)

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

WCW’s longest Winning Streak (to this point) – 4

 

Holy crap what an ass kicking!  A 4.1 is the highest rating that either of these shows have gotten since the War began, aside from a 4.7 a few weeks back when Raw ran unopposed.  Crazy to see such a lopsided victory.  We’ve never had one show DOUBLE the other’s score.  Sad day for Nitro fans.   I’m really hoping this is due to the fact that Raw ran unopposed, practically, and Nitro was two hours out of its normal time slot.

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WWF Raw results from this week

Marc Mero (w/ Sable) defeated 1-2-3 Kid (w/ Ted Dibiase)

Davey Boy Smith (w/ Jim Cornette & Diana Smith) defeated Fatu (10:30)

Skip & Zip (w/ Sunny) defeated Techno Team 2000 (9:15)

The Undertaker (w/ Paul Bearer) defeated Owen Hart (9:15)

This show did a 4.1?  Interesting.  Tonight’s Nitro was a damn good show.  

KoaNitro copyWelcome, everyone, to another exciting issue of Kick Out at Nitro!  We are the only website dedicated to walking with you through the world that was WCW Monday Nitro!  Tonight’s episode comes to us from Albany, GA.  Bischoff lets us know that after tonight’s episode there will be the NBA Playoffs, but that won’t happen until after The Giant goes after Ric Flair’s WCW World Championship.  We’re also going to see Sting and Lex Luger defending their Tag Team titles against Harlem Heat.  Steven Regal will also take on The Belfast Bruiser in a match that will start in the parking lot.

Match #1: WCW World Tag Team Championship – Harlem Heat VS Sting & Lex Luger (WCW Tag Team Champions)

As Harlem Heat comes to the ring, Bischoff talks up the new tag team of Fire and Ice, Scott Norton and Ice Train.  They’ll be taking on the Steiner Brothers later tonight, which makes me happy.  I really liked Fire and Ice back in the day and I really liked Scott Norton when he debuted on Nitro, so I’m excited to get to see this tag team again.

Luger still has his Television Championship.  I like seeing Luger with two belts.  I always like seeing a wrestler with multiple championships.

Bischoff runs down the Lethal Lottery again, letting us know that it will be 16 teams, randomly comprised of 32 wrestlers, then the final 8 in a battle royal.  We’ll apparently see Benoit and Sullivan taking on Public Enemy in that tournament.

Sting and Booker T start the match off and the crowd is pretty fired up.  Sting and Booker trade off arm wrenches until Booker hits a back hook kick and takes Sting down.  Sting ducks a couple of running clotheslines and hits a big shoulder tackle before getting a scoop slam and an elbow drop for a count of 1.  Sting tags in Luger, they hit a double back elbow and Lex gets cut off so Booker can tag out to Stevie Ray, who proceeds to beat down Luger and stomp him in the corner.

Bischoff reminds us that Savage and Flair are a tag team in the Lethal Lottery, taking on Arn Anderson and Eddie Guerrero.

Both teams tag out and Booker starts off with the better of Sting, but Sting fires up and hits a nice dropkick before Sting tags out to Luger again, who is in control as we go to commercial.  Coming back from commercial, Sting is fighting out of a side headlock from Booker T but is cut off by a side slam and an elbow drop.  Booker spins up out of it (back with this was a transition and not a taunt…man, I hate the WWE spinaroonie) and hits a massive jump wheel kick.  Luger and Sting get overpowered by Harlem Heat, allowing them to set up for a nice double team move where Stevie Ray powerbombs Luger and Booker T comes down on the guy with an elbow drop mid move.  After the move, out comes Jimmy Hart and throws in the towel, which apparently happened on Saturday Night. Booker grabs the towel and tosses it out of the ring as Stevie Ray grabs Jimmy Hart and tosses him into the ring.  Sting comes in, roll up for the win.

Winners: Sting & Jimmy Hart

Really, was Jimmy trying to cost Sting & Luger the belts?  What good would throwing in the towel do?  They would lose.

Commercial break, which brings us back to…

Match #2: Fire and Ice VS The Steiner Brothers

Fire and Ice are huge!  It’s hard to be bigger than the Steiners, but these guys pull it off.

The Steiners will be facing each other for the first time in their careers at Slamboree.

Ice Train and Rick Steiner start off, Steiner taking it slow and then Ice Train exploding into offense.  He leap frogs Rick and clears him by a good foot and a half, then hits a beautiful powerslam.  Rick ducks past a rushing Ice Train, grabbing him from behind in the corner and hitting a German suplex.  Both teams tag out and Scott and Norton go at each other in the hoss fight of the week!  Scotty hits a big belly to belly suplex and dives off the top into the arms of Norton, who slams him.  The teams tag, Ice Train gets a hip toss on Rick and immediately clotheslines an entering Scott Steiner.  Scott sets Ice Train up for a tiger bomb but Norton clotheslines him out of it, sending him out to the floor.  Rick hits Ice Train with a big Steinerline for the win.

Winners: The Steiner Brothers

Holy crap, this match!  I loved it!  Quick, explosive, powerful!  Check this match out!

We go to commercial and come back to Mean Gene who announces the WCW World Champion, “Nature Boy” Ric Flair!  Flair is proceeded by Woman and Elizabeth.  Gene asks Flair about the title defense tonight against The Giant.  Flair says to look at the ladies and ask if he looks worried.  He calls Elizabeth “the former Mrs. Macho Man” quite a few times.  He asks Woman if the Giant is half the man Flair is, and she says the Giant is a small man compared to Ric Flair.  He asks Liz the same and gets the same.

We go to commercial…to a portal, that opens up to snow…Blood Runs Cold…HOLY CRAP IT’S A GLACIER PROMO!!!!!!!

Back from commercial, we’re in the parking lot and Regal and Finlay are slamming each other into cars.

Match #3: Parking Lot Brawl – Lord Steven Regal VS The Belfast Bruiser

Finlay gets run through the window of a car, then tries to attack regal with a brick!  Finlay slams Regal into the hood of a car, then beats him with the spare tire.  Finlay gets a few good swings in with a bumper.  Regal lays Finlay up on the hood of a bronco and hits a nice elbow drop.  Finlay follows it by choking Regal with the seatbelt.  Finlay hotshots Regal onto the guardrail, but Regal clotheslines Finlay into the bed of a truck.  They brawl all over the truck before jumping off of it.  Someone is busted up because Regal has blood on his shirt and Finlay has it on his quad.

Bischoff goes full wuss as he says it’s getting too graphic and he’s going to ask the cameraman to go so wide that all we see is skyline.  Regal slams Finlay’s head through another glass window.  Bischoff says he’s going to petition the WCW committee to put a stop to this.  He asks them to pull wider and, sadly, they do.  Regal takes Finlay up onto the hood of a car and sets up for a piledriver but gets hit with a back body drop onto the roof of the car.  He pulls Finlay up to the roof and hits a piledriver for the win!

Winner: Lord Steven Regal

Wow!  This was brutal as all hell!  Sadly Bischoff was a wuss about the whole thing, but still, this was a damn crazy match!

Commercial break and we’re off to our main event.

Match #4: WCW World Heavyweight Championship Match – The Giant w/ Jimmy Hart VS “Nature Boy” Ric Flair (WCW World Champion) w/ Woman and Ms. Elizabeth

Flair hits on Deborah McMichael yet again.  Can this be over soon?  That match is at the Great American Bash, right?

Mongo talks about how The Giant should leave wrestling and be a football player.  Ugh.  Way to put over the sport of wrestling there, Mongo.

Flair starts off well but chops Giant in the corner, which pisses him off.  Giant rushes Flair, though, so Flair moves and Giant eats corner.  Flair goes up top and gets slammed off of it for his trouble, though.  Giant hits a big vertical suplex.  I love a vertical suplex, but coming from Giant, that’s a big damn deal.  Giant goes for the chokeslam but Flair holds onto the top rope, stopping it and eventually nailing Giant in the balls while Woman is on the apron distracting the ref.  Giant is on his knees and is almost as tall as Flair.  Flair tees off on Giant with punches, which Giant keeps shrugging off.  Jimmy Hart distracts the ref and Flair hits Giant with a pair of brass knucks.  Instead of covering, Flair stomps on him a bit and puts him in the Figure 4.  Giant reaches over and grabs Flair around the throat, stands up out of the Figure 4 and chokeslams Flair for the win!

Winner: The Giant (NEW WCW WORLD CHAMPION!)

Giant says this is HIS belt…always has been, always will be.  He’s got a point.  It never should have been taken from him in the first place, but now, he’s the legit champion.

Mean Gene hits the ring to present the new WCW World Heavyweight Champion.  Hart says that tonight Flair gets to go home with the women and he gets to go home with the WCW World Champion.  I feel that says a lot about Jimmy Hart right there, ladies and gentlemen.  Giant says the belt has been his since Halloween Havoc and he’s going to be a fighting champion.  Gene makes sure to tell us that Hulk Hogan is watching tonight from home.  Gotta get that Hogan mention in there.

The announcers run down the end of the match and Bischoff tells us that it will be Sting VS The Giant for the title at Slamboree.  I can’t believe they’re waiting until the Pay Per View to do that.  I seriously expected him to say the match was happening next week on Monday Nitro.  Bischoff says that they’ll be back next week at 7 PM (due to the NBA playoffs) and sends us off the air.

 

This was a damn good episode of Nitro!  Two amazing matches in the middle of the card.  The Tag Title match was pretty good and we finished with a new champion.  There was no Hogan, either.  Man, looking back, I should have given this episode to Derick as an apology for his last episode.  Sorry, man.  It’s crazy how much better this show is without him, though.  I’m almost certain he’s gone from now until July, so maybe that’s a good sign for the next few episodes.

I’m sorry for the lateness in this blog, ladies and gentlemen.  I really wanted to be current last week with the anniversary of Scott Hall appearing, but unfortunately I wasn’t able to get caught up.  Blame hockey season, if you need something to blame.  I’ve got some time coming up, though, so I’m going to try to get these things cranked out over the next few weeks.

Until next time!

 

-Shane

Ratings Breakdown

WWF Raw Ratings – 2.9

WCW Nitro Ratings – 2.1

(Raw – 14, Nitro – 14) (Tie Weeks – 2)

(Unopposed weeks – 4)

WWF’s longest Winning Streak (to this point) – 4

WCW’s longest Winning Streak (to this point) – 4

 

The longest winning streaks are tied…as are the lead weeks.  14 a piece!  So, after 30 episodes and 34 weeks running, we’re basically tied up.  Interesting that this is happening right at the cusp of Scott Hall jumping ship.

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WWF Raw results from this week

Mankind defeated Bart Gunn via submission with the Mandible Claw.

Steve Austin (w/ Ted Dibiase) defeated Scott Taylor via submission with the Million $ Dream.

Marty Jannetty & Leif Cassidy fought Henry Godwinn & Phinneas Godwinn (w/ Hillbilly Jim) to a double count-out when the legal men were unable to return to the ring.

The Ultimate Warrior defeated Isaac Yankem DDS with the flying shoulder block and splash.

This episode also featured the start of the Shawn Michaels / British Bulldog angle where Davey and his wife Diana started trying to say that HBK was trying to sleep with Diana.  Kind of a crap sounding Raw, to me, but, eh.