Kick Out at Nitro! – 9/16/1996

Posted: February 19, 2017 by Kick Out At 2! in Uncategorized

KoaNitro copyWelcome back, ladies and gentlemen!  It’s been a long time since we last spoke, and we’re coming from TWO (count ‘em, TWO) homes now, both at our old stomping grounds of www.kickoutat2.com and our NEW home over at www.gimmicksinc.com!

We kick off episode 53 of WCW Monday Nitro from Asheville, NC, and we’re one night removed from Fall Brawl where the nWo claimed a victory in the War Games match.  Tony Schiavone takes us to still images from the event while Larry Zbyszko tells us that WCW should have trusted Sting.  Since it’s been a while, to recap this, the nWo brought in a fake Sting to make it seem as if the Stinger had jumped to the black and white side, but the real Stinger did come out and clean house, but left his WCW teammates high and dry, allowing the fake Sting to make Lex Luger submit to the Scorpion Deathlock.  After the match, the nWo beat down everyone, including Randy Savage and Ms. Elizabeth.

Tony apologizes to Sting, trying to mend fences, but of course Larry does his best to widen the gap by saying that if Sting was sensitive and had his feelings hurt, then he needs to get a job with Mother Theresa instead of being in the wrestling business.  We then go to a clip of people in nWo shirts handing out flyers to the people as they enter the ring.

Match #1: WCW Cruiserweight Championship Match: Juventud Guerrera VS Rey Mysterio, Jr. (WCW Cruiserweight Champion)

                Juventud is able to enter the ring this time without tripping over the ring steps, so he’s doing way better than he did last night.  He does keep with a bit of oddness, though, when referee Mark Curtis shows him the belt, Juvi kisses it.

Tony again apologizes to Sting, saying it’s from him and the entire broadcast team.  I’m pretty sure Larry stated that he didn’t apologize, Tony…

Back and forth between the two cruiserweights, but Mysterio is taking the momentum with a quick spin kick to Juventud, but Juventud wins a chop battle that sends Rey to his knees.  Rey monkey-flips Juventud to the ring apron, prompting Juventud to try a springboard move into the ring, but Rey catches him with a dropkick that sends him to the floor.  As Tony pitches us to commercial break, Rey hits a big springboard dive from the ring to the floor.  This did a great job of showing that WCW is so “can’t miss” that even going to commercial is a dangerous thing!

Back from the break and Juventud is in control, sending Rey to the floor and hitting him with a great baseball slide dropkick and then an Asai moonsault to the floor.  Guerrera sends Rey into the ring and comes in with a springboard 450 that was quite impressive but didn’t result in the pinfall.

Tony pitches us to the outside area where it looks like a bunch of college guys are having an nWo tailgate party.  We cut back to Juventud attempting a top rope powerbomb to Rey, but Rey reverses it into a top rope Frankensteiner for the win.

Winner: Rey Mysterio, Jr. (still WCW Cruiserweight Champion)

We go backstage with Steve McMichael, Debra, and Chris Benoit.  Mongo says that he told Sting and Lex that if they let WCW down, they’d have to deal with the rest of the Horsemen.  Debra says that Mongo made a 15 year living in the NFL beating up punks like Sting and Lex.  Benoit cuts a terrible promo and Mongo wraps it up by oddly screaming into the air.

We get a promo piece on Glacier since Glacier will make his Nitro debut tonight against Big Bubba.

Match #2: Ice Train w/ Teddy Long VS Diamond Dallas Page

DDP gets the jobber entrance, which is indicative of WCW not catching the fact that DDP is the rising star between these two.

Larry insults Sting a few more times, just to make sure he gets the feeling across that WCW turned against him.

A couple of lock ups in the ring and Ice Train is overpowering DDP, eventually sending him to the floor.  He sends him a second time, but DDP is able to catch Ice Train with a neck shot to the ropes.  DDP then comes off of the top rope with a big shoulder block and takes over the match, putting the boots to Ice Train.  Page follows with a nice swinging neck breaker, but only gets two when Ice Train shoves Page off of him.  Ice Train catches a kick from Page and spins him away, but Page spins it into a lariat and takes Ice Train down.  Page tries to pick Ice Train up with the Diamond Cutter but he’s shoved out of it and caught with a powerful belly-to-belly suplex.  DDP kicks Ice Train a few times and fires him up, resulting in a Spinebuster to DDP that’s followed with a powerslam for two.  Big splash from Ice Train for two, which brings Teddy Long up to the ring apron and the announcers talk about how much Teddy is getting involved in the match.

We cut to the WCW merchandise table where the nWo guys from earlier are barricading themselves around it with caution tape so that no one can get them a Fall Brawl t-shirt!  While we’re watching this, though, the bell sounds.  Um…seriously…did WCW just end a match with it not on TV?

Yes…yes they did.

Not only did they end a match while not showing the action, they did a screwy finish.  Ice Train had DDP in the full nelson but apparently DDP had grabbed Teddy Long’s towel and pulled it into the ring, causing referee Nick Patrick to call the match for DDP via forfeit.

Winner: Diamond Dallas Page

We go back to the WCW nWo merchandise table to see that it’s now setup with nWo shirts and hats.  When we come back from commercial, we see Sean Waltman, the 1-2-3 Kid, sitting at ringside wearing a Jim Morrison t-shirt.  Tony speculates as to why he may be there, even calling him by his WWF name and mentioning the WWF, but Larry isn’t stupid and says he’s there for the nWo.

Match #3: Super Calo VS Konnan (Mexican Heavyweight Champion) w/ Jimmy Hart

Konnan still has the AAA belt and is calling himself the Mexican Heavyweight Champion, despite Kevin Sullivan telling us via his podcast that the belt had no real prestige at the time.

Super Calo nails a crazy dive from the ring to the floor, but isn’t able to follow it up as he’s brought back into the ring with a superplex and is immediately locked into a submission hold and drops him with a sitout powerbomb.  Calo kicks out at 1, though, which is odd.  Konnan fires up, sending Konnan to the floor and hitting a springboard plancha to the floor.  Super Calo pins Konnan but he’s way too close to the ropes and it’s broken up.  Konnan catches Super Calo with a reverse DDT that will be stolen by Sting in a few months, but again gets about a 1 ½ count as Calo kicks out WAY too early.

Rolling clothesline and Konnan locks on another arm submission before letting go and body-slamming Super Calo.  Konnan goes up top but Calo gets him with a dropkick and a top rope headscissors that sees Super Calo land, then Konnan land completely on top of him!  Calo then just goes nuts with a flip to Konnan ON THE FLOOR and then hits another dive that sends him crashing down on Konnan in a way that makes you wonder who took the brunt of it.  Calo follows Konnan into the corner, but Konnan moves and Calo crashes hard.  Konnan hits him with a cradle DDT and covers, then seemingly ends the pin himself at 2.  Black Tiger Bomb for the win from Konnan.

Winner: Konnan (still Mexican Heavyweight Champion)

This match was both crazy due to the bumps that Calo was taking and sloppy due to the crappy pins and the way the two kept falling over each other, both with the top rope move and with the cradle DDT.

Mike Tenay goes to ringside to talk to Waltman, asking him why he’s there.  Kid says he’s been in Japan, but he hears that Nitro is the hottest show going today, so he wanted to check it out.  He says he wanted to come last night to see the match, but he was on the plane while that was happening.  He asked who won the match.  Tenay says everyone in the building knows who won the match, telling Kid that the nWo did.  Kid says “oh they did?  Darn it!” while snapping his fingers.

This did a really good job of making Waltman a condescending jerk who is CLEARLY on the side of the nWo.  It also painted Tenay as a jerk.  He is immediately on Waltman’s case and is really condescending to him.  It’s no wonder Kid would want to jump to the nWo if this is how WCW’s C-level announcers treat him.

Match #4: Hugh Morrus VS Brad Armstrong

Match goes pretty much exactly how you would imagine it would.  Morrus with the momentum through the entire match, then hits a beautiful moonsault to the center of the ring and goes for a nonchalant cover.  Armstrong pulls him over with a crucifix pin for the win, however, making him pay for his nonchalance as Nitro goes to its second hour.

Winner: Brad Armstrong

Nitro’s second hour starts off with Macho Man coming to the ring, adorned in a WCW Monday Nitro t-shirt.  Mike Tenay meets him at the bottom of the ring and has the same damn stink-face and calls last night the most embarrassing moment in Savage’s career.  Apparently Tenay is here to piss off everyone in the building.  Hey, Mike, I think you forgot to insult the old lady in row 23 A.  Tenay tells us that Savage will get the chance to take the belt back from Hollywood Hogan at Halloween Havoc.  Tenay keeps looking at the camera while Savage is talking and giving a weird look.  Tenay is definitely the worst interviewer in the company at this point.  Savage says he’s down to one marble and if he loses that, he’s not nothing left to lose.

Savage heads to the ring as we head outside to a black limo and the nWo hanging out with red solo cups, talking about how there’s no one left to beat up and that nWo Nitro has a good ring to it.  The imposter Sting is also hanging out with them, still trying to pass himself off as the real deal.

Match #5: “Macho Man” Randy Savage VS Scott Norton

Norton comes running out but Savage meets him head on, taking the fight to him.  He sends Norton to the floor and comes off the top rope with a big double axe handle.    Norton slows Savage’s pace with a Samoan drop as Bischoff lets us know that most of the WCW roster will be in Japan next week.  Bischoff tops his hand a bit and says “when I created the working relationship with New Japan…”  I think this is the first time he’s made a mention about having any power outside of being an announcer.  Bischoff does lament that this Japan trip is going to leave Randy alone next week, though.

Norton drops Savage with a hell of a powerbomb.  Savage tries to fight back a bit but is nailed with a powerslam for two.  Norton tries to follow Savage into the corner, but Savage moves and Norton eats the turnbuckles hard, allowing Savage to fight back a bit before Norton ends that momentum with an inverted atomic drop.  Savage ducks a clothesline and follows back with a devastating one of his own before sending Norton to the floor and bouncing him off of the guardrails a bit.  Randy brings him back into the ring only to send him out again and bodyslam him on the floor.  Norton gets a DDT for two as the announce team again call last night the most embarrassing moment of Savage’s career.

Huge shoulder-breaker from Norton sends Macho Man rolling to the floor.  Norton tries to ram Savage into the ring post but Savage reverses it, sending Norton hard into the steel.  Savage shoves ring announcer David Penzer to the floor and grabs his chair.  Macho Man waylays Norton with three unprotected headshots with the chair before shoving Nick Patrick to the ground and heading towards the back.

Winner: Scott Norton (via DQ)

As we go to commercial, we get a little promo from Big Bubba where he calls Glacier “karate man” and tells him that “wax on/wax off and the crane” won’t work in WCW.

Match #6: Glacier VS Big Bubba

                We get Glacier’s blue lighted snowy intro again, just as we got during his debut (which was covered here at KickOutAt2 a while back).  Bubba looks somewhat unimpressed.

Glacier bows to Bubba, who takes advantage with a kick but Glacier scouted that and trips him up.  Glacier goes for a super kick but Bubba side steps it.  Glacier gets some kicks and an arm takedown.  Bubba catches a kick and potatoes Glacier with a pair of slaps to the face, but Glacier sends Bubba to the corner.

Bischoff is calling his favorite “back leg round kicks” tonight like they’re going out of style.

Bubba rolls to the floor and comes back in with a hard uppercut and a heavy Spinebuster.  Glacier slides up from a split, gets Bubba with a sweep and then a combo of kicks, including Bischoff’s BLRK.  Spinning super kick for the win.

Winner: Glacier

Weird match, honestly, because it was mostly martial arts, which always melds oddly with pro wrestling.  Glacier and Bubba really just didn’t gel.  Plus the blue light over the ring the entire match was just strange.  I can’t wait until they get rid of that.  It never works.  Didn’t work for Glacier, didn’t work for Kane, didn’t work for Sin Cara.

Commercial break and we’re back to the announcers as Sting walks out to the ring.  Sting comes out and grabs a mic, turning his back to the hard camera.  Sting says that last Monday, he was on a plane.  He says that when he was watching the replay of Nitro, he thought it was a rerun.  He watched WCW run their mouths about him, so he decided to wait and see what happened.  He says at Fall Brawl, he told his friends that it wasn’t him, but he got disbelief.  Sting says that he has been mediator, babysitter, and advocate for Lex Luger for the last year.  He’s carried the WCW banner and given his blood, sweat, and tears for WCW.  He says for all of the fans and wrestlers that never doubted the Stinger, he’ll stand by them if they stand by him.  But for all of the people, wrestlers, commentators, and best friends who doubted him, they can stick it.  From now on, he considers himself a free agent, but that doesn’t mean you won’t see him.  He’s going to pop in from time to time when you least expect it.  With that, he exits the ring, leaving the announce crew to wonder what that meant.

Bischoff makes a point that Sting turned his back on everyone.  The announcers talk about whether or not Sting will even wrestle tonight.

Match #7: Chris Jericho and Marcus Bagwell VS  “Nature Boy” Ric Flair &  “The Enforcer” Arn Anderson w/ Woman

                The Horsemen’s music plays but no one comes out.  We go backstage and see that Ric is trying to convince Elizabeth to come out with them, but after Fall Brawl and the way she was attacked, she’s not having any of it.  They decide to leave her behind.

Woman looking AMAZING tonight.

Sean Waltman stands up at ringside and pushes a button on a box in his hand.  Suddenly flyers start falling out of the ceiling.  They’re all nWo flyers.  The wrestlers in the ring all tear them up as they catch them and throw them out of the ring as we go to commercial.  The nWo now has it’s sixth (Syxxth?) member!

Back from commercial and we still have flyers falling from the sky.  Bischoff has a few of them that say “We beat you, now you pay all the bills” and “We’ll do TV our way.”

Double A and Chris Jericho start off the match.  Double A takes the low road with a kick to the gut and some shoulders in the corner.  Jericho blocks a whip to the corner and comes off the top rope with a big drop kick for a two count.  He follows that up with a spinning wheel kick that sends Arn to the floor in frustration.

Bischoff runs down the things he had to give the nWo for them to get into the ring the night before.  He admits that he’s the Executive VP for WCW and goes into the fact that WCW must not only give the nWo their own segment on TV, but their own show.

Bagwell has Flair in the corner and nails him with a barrage of punches, ending with a back body drop and a dropkick before Flair pulls one over on him and sends him to the floor.  On the floor, Double A takes over and lays a beating on Bagwell.  Anderson rolls him back into the ring, but Bagwell goes back on the offensive, getting two quick rollups for two counts.  Flair gets sent to the floor and the nWo flyers drive him into a rage.  The balled-up flyers laying around the laying around the floor really add something to this match, honestly.  That’s why I really liked WCW…it just felt different when compared to WWF at the time.  Stuff like this is why.

Tag out to Jericho and the Horsemen take over again.

Bischoff says that the production truck is saying to go to the back.  We see a black limo where the nWo all get out, now including Waltman and the imposter Sting.  The Giant has a boom box where he plays a recording of what we heard Sting yelling from the limo last week.  They’re laughing and having a good time while the announcers are disgusted by it.

Back into the match and Bagwell is back up and running.  He’s clotheslining both Double A and Flair, and hits Double A with a fisherman’s suplex but the pin is broken up by Flair before referee Nick Patrick even gets into position.  Bagwell rolls Flair up but Woman rakes his eyes and then distracts Patrick.  Anderson spikes Bagwell with a DDT.  Flair locks on the Figure 4 for the win.

Winners: Ric Flair and Arn Anderson

Back from commercial and into our Main Event.

“The Canadian Crippler” Chris Benoit & Steve “Mongo” McMichael w/ Debra VS “The Total Package” Lex Luger and Sting

Luger comes out to the ring alone.  He’s also wearing black boots when I’m more used to him wearing white.  The only reason that sticks out to me is because the new Mattel action figure box set from the Bash at the Beach 96 match (which you can read about right here) has him in black boots when it should have been white boots.

We go to quick commercial and come back to Bischoff telling us that it’s official, Sting isn’t in the building so he’s not coming out for this match.

Benoit starts the match kicking the crap out of Luger and totally taking control.  He tags out to Mongo, who goes for a piledriver but Lex is able to stop it and come back with some clotheslines.  Mongo tags back to Benoit, who comes in with a barrage of kicks to the guts of Luger.  He gets hit from behind by Mongo and nailed with a snap suplex from Benoit.  Benoit tags out to Mongo, who gets some ground & pound in on Luger.

Luger is just taking a beating in this match.  The crowd starts to look around the arena and Bobby Heenan freaks out and starts to leave the broadcast area until Bischoff calms him down.  Luger gets some fire power slams Benoit and grabs him in the Torture Rack.  Flair and Anderson hit the ring, and now it’s Luger against the Horsemen.  Press slam to Flair, but a shoulder block from Mongo takes Luger out and the Horsemen dissect him.  Double A nails him with a DDT and the rest of the Horsemen put the boots to the Package.

Bischoff says that he has been told that the newest member of the nWo is to be referred to as “Syxx.”

We go back to the limo where the nWo is watching Nitro in the limo.  Hogan says it’s a good thing that they’ve been watching the show because now they know that everyone but Savage is going to be in Japan.  Syxx says that Savage is his favorite and asks Hogan if he can get him tickets.  Hogan says since he’s in good with “Billionaire Ted,” he can get everyone tickets and maybe even backstage passes.

We cut back to the ring where Luger is laying in a broken heap.  The show goes off the air with Bischoff apologizing, saying “I’m sorry, Lex.  We doubted Sting too.”

Overall, great show following the PPV.  Sting coming out and telling off WCW but saying he was loyal to his fans was awesome, especially with him turning his back to hard camera as an FU to WCW.  It shows that he’s jaded and upset at what they did to him.  The main event was great even if it was a beat down because it shows just how much WCW needs Sting.  Without him, it’s open season on everyone.  This is the beginning of a year and a half build that I still, to this day, think is the best build to a match in pro wrestling history.  I’m so excited to be on this ride now!

Until next time, fans!

-Shane

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Derick’s quick thoughts…

Posted: April 21, 2016 by Kick Out At 2! in Derick B

People and journalists who have an opinion and express it about a subject they know little to none about piss me the hell off:
Former professional wrestler Chyna (real name Joanie Laurer) passed away a couple hours ago. It’s sad for a couple of reasons. 1) Any time a life is lost, obviously it’s sad. Whether you know the person, or saw them on TV during the best time in wrestling, you make an emotional connection. And it hurts. 2) Her life after being in the WWE could either make for one hell of a movie, or a book on “how to distance yourself from the best thing you’ve ever done”. The last few years of her life were a veritable roller coaster of good to horrific, and it seemed to ultimately take its toll. 3) She genuinely paved the way for a lot of what you see today in the women’s division. From the wrestling, to the look (minus the physique), she stood out in the women’s division in a heavily populated time in the Attitude Era. 

But this is what gets me. I see post after post about how “Now WWE wants to acknowledge Chyna and her legacy after that basically blacklisted her for years!! Fuck you WWE, you guys are hypocrites”. What these morons apparently don’t understand is that the WWE is a publicly traded company on Wall Street that caters to anyone of any age. And that’s especially including children. Let’s say WWE put Chyna in the Hall of fame this year. A little girl, any kid basically, gets curious and wants to either find her Wikipedia page or wants to find out more information in general. They fire up the family laptop or anything with internet access and search for “WWE Chyna”. I guarantee you on the first page of the results would be a link to pornography. Now, the was a choice that she decided to do AFTER her time with the WWE. I’m sure she weighed the pros and cons of this decision and the rest is history. However, the link can be made between the WWE and porn pretty easily. Now, the kid is probably scarred for life, the parents feel like crap because they didn’t know and inadvertently allowed it to happen and parents are grabbing pitchforks and picket signs to Damn the WWE off the planet. 

Would you want that with your company? Nah, me neither. So please all you “smart journalists” and “internet cool peoples”, shut your fucking mouths. You instantly lose credibility when you report only what makes you look good. 

Sad Champ has spoken..

FallbrawlIt’s time, wrestling fans, for Fall Brawl: War Games!  Tonight we’ll see Team WCW, a man down after the betrayal by Sting, take on Team nWo, seemingly now a man up with that defection.  It will be settled in the War Games, a two ring cage match that has no pinfall, no count out, no DQ…the only way to win is to force your opponent to submit!

I am SUPER excited about this!  This is the thing that I’ve been looking most forward to, I believe, since I started Season 3 of Kick Out at Nitro!  This is the second PPV that I ever purchased and I remember liking it so much more than Hog Wild.  I know a few of the matches on this card so I’m chomping at the bit to get to cover those.

Fall Brawl takes place in Winston-Salem, NC; right in the heart of Horsemen country!

Our announcers are Tony Schiavone, Bobby “The Brain” Heenan, and “The American Dream” Dusty Rhodes.  They’re dressed in black tuxes.  They run down the last few weeks, talking about the War Games match and who will be both teams’ respective fourth man.

Match #1: Diamond Dallas Page VS Chavo Guerrero, Jr.

DDP swaggers out to the ring whereas Chavo comes out determined and intense.  Chavo starts off with a dropkick to DDP, which DDP sells a bit too much, launching himself backwards and through the ropes to the floor.  Chavo takes it to DDP on the floor, though, showing an intensity that we haven’t seen from him before.  He’s doing a great job showing that frustration from the beatings that DDP has been giving the Guerreros as of late.  Chavo takes a belt and starts whipping DDP, surprisingly not getting DQ’d.  Tony says that he doesn’t think Chavo would be worried about being DQ’d because he’s just there give DDP back the beating he’s been giving Chavo and his uncle Eddie.

Back in the ring, Chavo is still in control, holding onto DDP’s arm and wearing him down.  Heenan says that DDP should have an easy time with Chavo because that anger will make him make mistakes and all DDP has to do is wait.  Tony gives us a rundown of how this started; with DDP losing the Battle Bowl ring to Eddie but attacking him and keeping it.

wwef_31376843_th_64Dropkick to DDP again and we again get that weird sell from DDP, but this time he holds onto the ropes and drops when Guerrero tries another dropkick.  On the floor, now it’s DDP with the control.  He chokes Chavo with his foot for a bit and sends him into the ring again.  DDP comes off the top with a flying clothesline that gets a surprisingly big pop from the crowd.  Page throws up the “10” sign and the crowd pops again.  DDP keeps control, rolling a front headlock into pin for two.

Tony says that this is the first PPV that he’s been to where no one was in a good mood.  He says that he doesn’t want to side with the nWo but they did the right thing by taking Sting away as it’s killed everyone’s mood.

DDP goes for a vertical suplex, again getting a pop from the crowd, but Chavo rolls it into a small package for two.

Page slams Chavo into the corner and then goes for a side suplex but just tosses Chavo backwards like a sack of laundry.

Chavo starts getting fire under him, coming off the top with a missile dropkick and getting two.  He follows it with a springboard hurracanrana, again for two.  He follows Page into the corner but is met with a back elbow.  DDP covers with his feet on the second rope but only for two.

DDP throws Chavo over the top rope and into the second ring.  The referee and Page follow and DDP hits Chavo with a side slam for two.  He goes for a tilt-a-whirl slam but Chavo reverses it into a head scissors.  DDP charges Chavo in the corner but CHavo moves and DDP hits hard.  Chavo covers for two.  DDP catches Guerrero off of an Irish whip with a HUGE spinning sitout powerbomb.  This thing is beautiful, folks!  Of course, it’s only for two, though.

DDP tries for the Diamond Cutter, but Chavo reverses into a backslide attempt.  Page stops it, spins Chavo into the Diamond Cutter for the win.

Winner: Diamond Dallas Page

Tony tells us that we can talk to WCW personalities by going to CompuServe.  We see Harlem Heat, Col. Parker and Sister Sherri giving a tech guy a hard time as he’s answering questions.

Tony sends us to a video package about “The Attack” that’s been happening since 5/27/96.

Match #2: Submission Match: Scott “Flash” Norton VS Ice Train w/ Teddy Long

Tony runs down the list of demands that the New World Order has put on WCW if they win War Games.  These include a limo, a jet, a TV show, a Tag Team Tournament, and WCW picking up the tab for the nWo’s expenses.

Ice Train has a pretty cool entrance.  T’Lo is walking out first, with Ice Train behind him, a towel draped on his head, and his arms on Teddy’s shoulders.  It looks like he’s coming out for a fight and it’s pretty badass.

The referee has a microphone so that we can hear them say “I quit.”  Dusty says that there’s no way you can get out of having to say “I quit” unless you’re a good ventriliguiss…

Tony and Brain both ask Dusty what the hell he just said.  Dusty tries to say ventriloquist a few more times, but to no avail.

This is a big hoss fight, with a lot of clotheslines back and forth.  Norton takes Ice Train down with a big clothesline and slaps on an arm breaker that Tony points out is reminiscent of the Code Red, the finishing move of Sgt. Craig Pittman, another of Teddy’s wrestlers.  Teddy jumps up and almost throws in the towel but decides better of it.

Ice Train fires back a bit, getting a slam and taking Norton down with a Japanese armbar.

Norton slams the absolute crap out of Ice Train with a catching Spinebuster/Alabama Slam type of move and then immediately goes to a Boston crab.  He doesn’t hold it long and then goes to his own Japanese armbar.  He lets go of this when Teddy jumps up on the apron, but then goes to another type of armbar.

Teddy goes up to the apron again and Norton grabs him, bringing him into the ring.  Ice Train grabs Norton from behind in a full nelson.  He wrestles Norton to the mat and Norton taps out.

Winner: Ice Train

Match #3: Mexican Heavyweight Championship: Juventud Guerrera VS Konnan (Mexican Heavyweight Champion) w/ Jimmy Hart

Juvi straight up trips over the ring steps as he walks around the ring backwards.  Between this and his weird ass promo the other night, Juvi isn’t getting too many good first impressions.

Konnan starts off with a fist bump but then follows immediately with a knee to the gut.  He tosses Juvi around with a German suplex and then tosses him out of the ring.  Bobby mentions Konnan becoming more Americanized in his dress, since he’s wearing jeans and a wife-beater now, but Mike says he’s actually dressing more along with his heritage now.  Juvi comes into the ring via the second ring, jumps to the top rope, skips over three sets of ropes, and comes off with a spin kick to Konnan.  He dives outside the ring onto Konnan, sending Konnan to the guardrail.  He tries to springboard off of the guardrail, but Konnan goesn’t go down to the Hurricanrana, but instead powerbombs him down onto the floor.

Back in the ring, Konnan hits his rolling clothesline to a big pop.  I love that move.  He dropkicks a seated Juventud and then locks on a seated stretch.

Juvi runs the ropes and Konnan kicks him while running, sending him awkwardly through the ropes and between the two rings.  Juvi traps Konnan in the two sets of ropes and comes off with another springboard, breaking Konnan in half.  He follows with a spinning jump kick and then a dive to Konnan on the floor.  He sends Konnan back into the ring and comes in with a springboard dropkick.  He rushes at Konnan, but Konnan back body drops him over one set of ropes and hangs him out to dry on the second set.  Konnan then powerbombs him over the ropes and back into the first ring.  These two are using the two rings to an awesome advantage and it’s making this match pretty damn awesome.

Powerbomb to Juventud and a dropkick to the knee is followed by two rolling German suplexes.  Juventud rolls to the floor and tries to walk it off.  Back in the ring, Juventud gets a leg drop.  Juventud tries to sunset flip Konnan off of the ring apron, but Konnan punches him and blocks it, then hits a diving dropkick on the floor.  Back in the ring, Konnan goes up top, but Guerrera stops him.  Juventud looks like he’s going for a Frankensteiner, but he just backflips off, doing nothing.  Konnan comes off onto him for two.  They then do an awkward run of pins and reversals that look like crap, including Tony getting super excited about “WE CAN HAVE A NEW CHAMPION!”  The Mexican Heavyweight Championship isn’t even a real championship, much less a WCW one, Tony.

Springboard spinning kick to Konnan for two.  Irish whip and a crashing ocean suplex from Konnan.  Konnan goes to pin but Juventud is in the ropes.  Leg drop to a Konnan tied in the ropes.  He then hits a big 450 splash that Brain marks out for but none of the other announcers even break stride for.  Juvi goes back up to the top for some stupid spin move.  He literally just spins 360, but not laying down…it’s hard to explain but it was garbage…trust me.  Konnan gets an Alabama Slam off the turnbuckle for two.  Konnan Power Drop off the top rope for the win.

Winner: Konnan (still Mexican Heavyweight Champion)

This match was a mix of awesome and sloppy.  Juventud should be way better for how long he’s been in the business.  These two threw everything at each other, though, and it was a very fast paced match.  Quite enjoyable, despite the slop.

Match #4: Chris Jericho VS “The Canadian Crippler” Chris Benoit

The announcers talk about the demands the New World Order have madeon WCW.  Apparently they want Steve McMichael’s dog.

Benoit starts off in Jericho’s face, then goes in hard.  They slap each other a few times, but Benoit takes Jericho down quick by the hair, sending him into the turnbuckles and then just slamming him to the mat by his hair.  Irish whip, back drop, and the crowd is hot for Benoit.  The Crippler hits a back suplex for two.  Irish whip and an Alabama Slam from Benoit, followed by a Liontamer.  It’s interesting to see Benoit using Jericho’s finisher BEFORE Jericho adopted it.

Benoit goes for a powerbomb but Jericho rolls through with hit, ducks a clothesline and hits a spinning wheel kick.  Jericho wraps up Benoit with a  quick cover for a two count.  He sends Benoit to the corner and follows with a dropkick to the back of the head.  Benoit rolls out to the apron, but Jericho does his springboard dropkick, sending Benoit off the apron.  He tries to do a springboard back elbow, but crashes hard on the ring apron, only getting some of the elbow to Benoit.  Back in the ring, Jericho gets a missile dropkick to Benoit.  He ducks a Benoit clothesline and gets a double underhook suplex for two before Benoit gets to the ropes.  The two men launch into a forearm and chop fest in the corner that Jericho gets the best of.  Benoit rolls out of a suplex and to the apron, then back suplexes Jericho out of the ring and to the floor.

Irish whip to Jericho and a knee to the gut, followed by a front suplex that hangs Jericho out to dry on the top rope.  Benoit flashes the 4H sign and the crowd loves it.  Back clothesline for two.  Chop fest in the center of the ring is cut short by a thumb to the eyes from Benoit.  Benoit locks on an abdominal stretch.  Slam to Jericho and Benoit flies off the top with the diving headbutt.  He covers for two but Jericho kicks out.  Benoit throws Jericho out of the ring and slams him into the side of the apron.

Back in the ring, Jericho gets a two count with a backslide but after that it’s back to Benoit taking him to school.  Jericho gets a few moments, with a flipping pin and a northern lights suplex, but neither get the job done.  Jericho gets in a run of chops in the corner, but Benoit goes for a tombstone suplex.  Jericho reverses and nails his own.  Instead of covering, he goes for the Lionsault, but Benoit moves.  Jericho nearly decapitates Benoit with a clothesline, then takes him up top for a Frankensteiner for two.  Jericho goes up top but Benoit hits him, crotching him on the top rope.  Benoit follows him up for a back superplex for three.

Winner: Chris Benoit

Holy crap, this was a war!  Jericho showed up and hung with Benoit, showing why we should take a look at him after just debuting a few weeks ago.  Benoit shows why he’s the young buck of the Horsemen and why he’s not to be ignored.  Such a great match!  Jericho’s fire VS Benoit’s intensity made for a hell of a show.

Match #5: WCW Cruiserweight Championship: Super Calo VS Rey Mysterio, Jr. (WCW Cruiserweight Champion)

Calo and Rey start off trading some holds, then Calo turns up the juice with a running power slam and an elbow drop off the second rope.

Super Calo apparently takes his name and ring attire from Mexico’s top rap group, Calo.  Thanks, Mike Tenay.

For the most part, the opening couple minutes is all Super Calo, until Rey hits a springboard Hurricanrana.  He goes to dive through the ropes, but Calo moves, so Rey just slings himself back into the ring.  Back in the ring, Calo dropkicks Rey, then hits a springboard powerbomb like he’s a Mexican Tully Blanchard for two.  He follows this up by clotheslining Rey out of the ring and then coming off with a crazy missile dropkick from the top to the floor.  Calo continues to step up the crazy game by coming out of the ring with a flipping senton to Rey on the concrete.  He rolls Rey back into the ring and cover, but Rey gets the rope at 2.

Irish whip from Calo and a tilt-a-whirl slam in the center of the ring from two.  Rey is getting dominated here.  Calo sends Rey into the second rope, takes him up top, and gets him with a springboard headscissors for two…and then recovers again for another two count.  Calo is taking it to Rey here.

Calo flips Rey and locks on a short arm scissors in the center of the WCW crosshairs, getting a couple of near falls and then nearly dropkicking Rey out of the ring.  Irish whip again and Calo nearly takes Rey’s head off with a clothesline.  Snapmare and a seated abdominal stretch.  Calo locks on an inverted surfboard, dropping it for a two count.  Rey rolls to ringside for a moment, then starts to come into ring but is cut off by Calo.  Rey finally hits a quick dropkick, then tries to crossbody Calo over the top rope.  Calo gets hung up, though, so Rey straight up seems to try to hang Calo and pull him over.  Once Calo’s on the floor, Rey hits a dive from the ring, taking out Calo.  Springboard into the ring but Calo dropkicks Rey out of the air and gets a two count.  Super Calo sends Rey hard into the turnbuckles and starts to work on the arm.  He drops Rey’s arm over the top rope as Calo jumps to the floor, then he slams Rey into the steel guardrail.

They start to fight on the ring apron, then Rey jumps to the top rope, bounces off of it off of his butt, then grabs a Frankensteiner, twists, and does the move out to the floor.  Rey goes back into the ring and dives out onto Calo again.  Back in the ring, Rey gets a springboard sunset flip for two, then a springboard kick for two.  Rey goes up for a victory roll but Calo drops backwards, getting a pair of two counts.  Frankensteiner for two, followed by a spinning wheel kick.  Calo goes dropkick, Rey moves, and Calo hits the ropes and drops hard.  Rey jumps to the rope where the two rings meet, backflips off of the one ropes, over the other ropes, then jumps up, jumps off of both sets of ropes, Frankensteiner for the win.

Winner: Rey Mysterio, Jr. (still WCW Cruiserweight Champion)

Wow…again, another good match.  Calo showed up in this match like crazy and really took it to Rey Mysterio.  Mysterio looked like he was fighting for his life in there.

Match #6: WCW World Tag Team Championship Match: The Nasty Boys VS Harlem Heat (WCW World Tag Team Champions) w/ Sister Sherri & Col. Robert Parker

Starting off this match will be Stevie Ray and Jerry Saggs.  Stevie starts off strong with a kick to the gut, backing Jerry into the corner and unloading on him with punches.  He whips Saggs into the far corner but Saggs comes out with a clotheslines.  Saggs heads to the floor after Sister Sherri due to her pulling his leg, which stalls everything as everyone gets tense and in each other’s face over this.

Knee to Stevie’s gut and a tag out to Knobbs and the two Nastys commence to “clubberin” on Stevie Ray in the corner, much to the delight of Dusty Rhodes.  Stevie is able to tag out to Booker.  Tag to Saggs again and they double-team Booker with a drop toehold / elbow to the back of the head combo.  Knobbs floors Booker with a big clothesline, then calls for Saggs to raise his arm so he can rub Booker’s face in Saggs’s armpit.  Sister Sherri jumps up on the apron and stops this, allowing Harlem Heat to double-team Knobbs for a bit.

Irish whip to Knobbs from Stevie Ray and a big jumping boot to the face on the rebound.  Stevie tags out to Booker, who takes over with a headlock.  Jerry Saggs gets preoccupied with Col. Parker and Sherri, drawing the referee’s attention, and thus allowing Sherri to get a kick or two into Knobbs.  Back in the ring, we get some quick tags between Harlem Heat and a little double-teaming on Knobbs.  Booker tries the Harlem Side Kick while Knobbs is leaning on the ropes, but Knobbs moves and Booker crotches himself on the top rope.  Knobbs tags out to Saggs, who comes in with a facebuster to Booker and a corner clothesline to Stevie Ray.  Scoop slam to Booker and that brings Sherri to the ring apron.  Saggs brings Sherri into the ring and then rolls up Booker for a two count.  Saggs hits a piledriver on Booker and pins, but Stevie Ray comes in to make the save.  This brings in Knobbs, who again distracts the referee.  While the ref is distracted, Saggs goes up top and is pushed off the top rope by Col. Parker.  Stevie Ray takes Saggs out on the floor, leaving him in a pile in the corner.  Stevie rolls him into the ring where Booker nonchalantly covers for two.  Booker this an axe kick that sends Saggs back to the ringside area where Stevie Ray, Sherri and Parker all jump him while the ref is distracted again by Knobbs.

After a bit, Harlem Heat try to take Saggs out with a double clothesline, but Saggs ducks it and takes them both out with a double facebuster.  He gets the tag to Knobbs, who cleans house.  He gets a back body drop on Booker and then hits the Nasty Splash, but Stevie is able to break it up.  Knobbs hits Booker with a splash in the corner and then take out Stevie with a double shoulder tackle.  The Nastys go for a pumphandle slam followed by a splash from the top, but Col. Parker again distracts the ref while Sherri sneaks in with Parker’s cane and hits Knobbs so that Booker can get the win.

Winner: Harlem Heat (still WCW Tag team Champions)

This match was a damn mess.  Plus, the Nastys were the babyfaces, which was odd.  I know Harlem Heat never really had a big run as babyfaces, but neither have the Nastys.

We get a quick commercial for the official Fall Brawl t-shirt, as pitched by Ric Flair.  We then go to the backstage area, as always littered with random WCW t-shirts, with Mike Tenay and Randy Savage.  Savage says he’s going to take out The Giant, then go to Halloween Havoc and rip Hollywood Hogan’s black heart from his chest.

Match #7: Grudge Match: “Macho Man” Randy Savage VS The Giant

The sound guy apparently gets Giant’s music wrong, sending him out to the Dungeon’s theme for a moment, then changing it to the nWo’s theme.  Giant takes off running for the ring, but Savage is able to keep him out by hitting him with a few forearms.  The announcers point out that the referee in the ring is Nick Patrick as Giant pulls Savage out of the ring.  Savage tries to slam Giant on the floor, but Giant’s weight is too much and Savage collapses under it.  Giant tosses Savage into the ring, over the top rope from the floor.  Back in the ring he chokes Savage with his foot, then tosses him into the corner and levels him with a clothesline.  Irish whip into a backbreaker to Savage.  Giant pushes down on Savage, bending him backwards over his knee.

Bobby mentions that everyone in the crowd is looking the other way, causing the announcers to speculate as to whether there is about to be nWo interference.  Giant lets go of the backbreaker and does a headbutt to Savage’s groin before locking on a Boston crab.  Savage gets to the ropes and the hold is broken, causing the announcers to agree that Nick Patrick made the right call.  Giant picks Savage up in a bear hug, draining all of Savage’s energy.  Savage is finally able to get to the eyes, though, breaking the hold and putting him on the offensive.  He goes up top and comes off with the double axe handle, but Giant catches him in mid-air and slams him right in the center of the C in the WCW logo.  Giant attempts a knee drop but Savage moves, leaving Giant to limp around the ring.  Savage gets up and starts hammering on the knee with kicks.  He goes back up top and comes down with a bulldog off the top.  He covers, gets two, then Giant press slams him off of him.  Giant gets up, wobbly, and Savage is able to body slam Giant.  Savage goes up top for the flying elbow, hits it, and out comes Hollywood Hogan.  Savage follows Hogan down the aisle and right into an ambush from The Outsiders.  Hall goes for a punch, which Savage ducks, but Nash nails him from behind with a steel chair.  They put the boots to Savage while Nick Patrick is jaw jacking with The Giant in the ring.  Hall and Nash roll Savage into the ring where Giant pins him for the win.

Winner: The Giant

While Randy is getting medical attention, we go to a commercial for Halloween Havoc, oddly enough featuring Savage.

Match #8: War Games: The New World Order (Scott Hall, Kevin Nash, “Hollywood” Hulk Hogan, & ?) w/ Ted Dibiase VS WCW (“The Enforcer” Arn Anderson, “Total Package” Lex Luger, “Nature Boy” Ric Flair, & ?)

 

While the cage lowers, we go to Mike Tenay in the locker room with Flair, Anderson, Luger, Woman, and Liz.  Tenay asks which member of the Horsemen is going to replace Sting.  Flair says the Horsemen have stepped aside, so it’s just them.  Flair asks if we can hear the ambulance coming to get the nWo.  He says very soon, the Horsemen kick ass!  Double A says that he knows Luger lost a friend, they lost a partner, but Luger was a Horseman once so they’ll get the job done.  Out of nowhere, Sting enters the locker room.  Oddly enough, he’s in black and white paint.  Luger says he’s been waiting six days for the explanation, so Sting better make it good.  Sting says it wasn’t him on Monday night.  Luger says he knows it was him.  Sting says he’ll see them in a little while.

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We go to Michael Buffer who explains the rules.  The first round is one on one, 5 minutes.  Then, every two minutes, a new man comes in, one from each team, until everyone is in.  Then, that starts The Match Beyond, which can only be won by submission.

Buffer says that the nWo has 4 men, but have only released 3 names.  One will remain secret until the end.  He says that the 3 men are Hall, Nash, and the Giant.  He says that WCW only has 3 men, and it’s not known if there will even be a 4th member.

Our first man from the New World Order is Scott Hall, who comes to the ring with Ted Dibiase.  WCW’s first man is Double A.  The crowd is hot for The Enforcer.  I’m not going to lie, if there’s one man I wouldn’t want to be locked in the War Games cage with during that first 5 minute period, it’s The Enforcer.

Hall takes it to Double A first, nailing him with right hands, but Double A turns the tieds quickly, and the crowd explodes.  He slams Hall’s head into the cage and then stomps Hall in the crotch.  Hall fires back with a whip to the corner and a clothesline, then drags Anderson’s head across the top rope.  Anderson goes to slam Hall’s head into the cage, but Hall holds off and then slams Arn’s head off the cage three times.

At this point, it’s pointed out that the referee in the ring is…shock…Nick Patrick.

Anderson starts working on Hall’s knee and then goes for a spinning toe hold, which makes Schiavone mark out like crazy thinking he’s going for a Figure 4.  Hall slinks away, sliding into the second ring.  Double A follows but is met with a big right hand from Hall.

Dusty mentions that he doesn’t remember seeing a referee in the War Games match.  I’m not too familiar with them, honestly, as I’ve really only seen about three or four of the matches, so I can’t comment on that, but I’ll defer to Dusty, who created the thing.  It makes sense, though, to not have one, as there’s no pinfall…only submission…and that doesn’t happen until The Match Beyond.  There’s no need for one.

We’re told the nWo has won the coin toss for the man advantage, so out comes Kevin Nash.    Arn has Hall down, so he goes to meet Nash.  He is able to duck a clothesline and get a few moves off to Nash, but eventually Hall grabs him and holds him so Nash can nail him with a kick to the head.  The Outsiders double-team Double A and send him head first into the cage.  Nash crashes Arn into the top turnbuckle with Snake Eyes, and Hall follows with a big clothesline.  They put the boots to Arn as the announcers mention that Flair made it sound like there wouldn’t be a 4th man for WCW.  Dusty says that they can’t do that…they’ll need the 4th man.

8362337_origOut comes Lex Luger, about 15 seconds early, but once he enters the ring, he’s a house of fire, taking out the Outsiders with a myriad of clotheslines and forearms.  He slams Hall’s head into the cage tice before Nash is able to cut him off, but The Enforcer is back up so he takes out Nash, leaving Hall to Luger.  The Outsiders get the upper hand again, though, as Hall sends Anderson into the cage hard.  Luger sends Nash into the ropes and Double A takes him out with a DDT as “Hollywood” Hulk Hogan enters the fray.

Hogan comes in but is immediately taken to the corner by Luger and Anderson, beating him down as the crowd is loving it.  The Outsiders are able to build back up, though, so they isolate Luger in one ring while Hogan takes Double A to the other one.  Hogan tries to send Anderson to the cage, but Double A reverses and bounces Hogan’s bald head off of the steel as the crowd chants “We Want Flair!”

Everyone ends up in one ring again and it’s beatdown city on the babyfaces.  Hogan drops a leg on Double A as the Outsiders take out Luger.

It’s time to bring in the Nature Boy!  Flair comes in and stands in the empty ring, daring Hogan into his ring.  Hogan puts up and upside down 4H sign, which Flair humps the air at.  Hogan gets a few punches in, but Flair turns the tides, bringing out a pair of brass knuckles and nailing anything that moves.  Hall tries to grab him from behind but Flair mule kicks Hall in the junk, taking him out.  The babyfaces join them in that ring and now the tides have turned.  Flair locks on the Figure 4 in the center of the ring as the countdown for the nWo’s fourth man starts.

It’s Sting.

Sting enters an starts beating down the babyfaces, kicking them in the gut and taking down Luger with a facebuster.  Now it’s the heels in power as Sting “woooos” and beats his chest.  The crowd starts chanting “We Want Sting!”

Hogan bounces Flair’s head off the cage as we go to one minute left in the period.  The New World Order is standing tall in the ring as Hogan slams Flair and drops the big leg.  Sting hits the Stinger Splash in the corner on all three babyfaces as we go to the 10 second countdown for WCW’s 4th man.

IT’S STING!

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Sting enters the ring and gets right in the face of “Sting,” who we see clearly for the first time.  It’s definitely not Sting on the nWo side.  Sting starts beating down everyone.  Stinger Splash to Hogan…to Hall…to Nash…to “Sting!”  Big face buster to Scott Hall and it’s Sting standing in the center of the ring, staring down the babyfaces.  Sting looks at Luger and asks “is that good enough for you?  Is that truth enough?”  He then flips Luger off and leaves the cage.

Hogan is taking out Luger in one ring by himself as Flair is chopping the living hell out of Flair.  “Sting” applies the Scorpion Deathlock to Luger while the Outsiders take out the Horsemen.

Nick Patrick and Randy Anderson announce that the War Games have ended with the surrender of Lex Luger to the Scorpion Deathlock.

Winners: New World Order

Tony says that had the wrestlers trusted Sting, they’d have won this match.  Tony says he doesn’t think Luger gave up, but that he passed out from the pain.  As the nWo cleans up, Luger crawls out of the ring and up the entry way, yelling “Stinger!”  The nWo catch up to him and put the boots to him, unfortunately.  Here come the Horsemen!  Flair and Anderson take care of the Outsiders, leaving Hogan to Randy Savage, who enters the picture from out of nowhere!  Savage grabs Hogan and makes a beeline to the ring.  Savage backs Hogan from one ring to another as Hogan cowers…but Savage is grabbed from behind by The Giant.  Giant chokeslams Savage in the center of the ring as the rest of the New World Order surround him.

Ms. Elizabeth enters from the back, pleading with Hogan to stop.  Hogan grabs a can of spray paint and threatens Liz as Giant choke slams Savage again.  Liz covers Savage, trying to protect him, as Hogan sprays the N W O letters on Liz’s dress.

“Hogan, you’ve dropped to new levels.  You’re the lowest form of life I’ve ever seen.” – Bobby Heenan

Hogan gets a microphone as the crowd chants “Hogan Sucks!”  Hogan says that “these two losers…these two lowlifes…they made a sacred vow that they would be together until the end of their lives.  Well, courtesy of the nWo and courtesy of Hulk Hogan, we’re going to make that happen!”  He spits on Liz and drops the mic.  Did Hogan just say he was going to kill Liz and Randy?  That’s how I took that.

Heenan says he’s done things in wrestling he wasn’t proud of, but nothing like this.  The nWo pose for a picture at ringside as Savage sells in the center, still covered by Liz.  Randy Anderson is now trying to send the nWo away, but Giant and Hogan get Savage and paint the N W O letters on Savage’s back before putting the boots to him a bit more.  Giant says he thinks he’s Michelangelo or Da Vinci…the greatest artist alive today.  Hogan and Giant mug for the camera and use Flair’s line, saying “whether you like it or you don’t, it’s the best thing going today.”  Giant choke slams Savage one more time.  Nash shoves Randy Anderson out of the ring, leaving Liz to the wolves.

We cut back to the announcers who ask if there’s someone who could get Liz out of the ring.  The announcers are clearly disgusted.  Tony says that hindsight is 20/20, and if they had trusted Sting, things may have turned out differently.  Bobby says that we saw what Sting did by himself.  If Sting had been there from the beginning, we’d have beaten them.

Hogan comes to the announce booth and Heenan bolts.  Dusty and Tony leave as Hogan cuts a promo.  Giant says this has been brought to us by the Ric Flair Retirement Fund.  Dibiase says that they had some demands that are going to be met.  No more “Outsiders,” it’s nWo for life!

We close out of the PPV on Randy being helped to the back by Liz and a trainer, then head to credits.

 

Pretty damn good PPV!  We had some great wrestling from Benoit and Jericho.  We had some amazing cruiserweight action from Juvi & Konnan as well as Rey & Super Calo.  DDP took out a Guerrero.  We forwarded our nWo storyline with the last two matches.  Good stuff!

1996 me was PISSED right now!  I really thought that WCW would come back and this would be the end of Hogan and his goons.  I remember being so excited when Sting told the babyface camp that it wasn’t him on Monday.  I remember watching the War Games match and realizing something was up when “Sting” started beating his chest.  “That’s not him,” I told my Dad, and was proven right a few moments later when the real Sting made his way down the aisle.  I marked out like crazy as Stinger beat that nWo ass from pillar to post, culminating in four Stinger Splashes! Then…he left.

I understood…but damn, man…you’re the Stinger.  You ARE this company’s heart and soul.  Get out there and beat them down!  Disagree with your teammates later, but right now beat some ass!

It was for naught, though, as the nWo ended the night victorious.  I love what happens afterwards because it does such a good job at showing how much this loss meant.  You get Savage destroyed so much that it brings out Liz, who has been with Flair for almost nine months now, to protect her man.  It was so real.  It made me hate Hogan and the rest and made me want to see them get destroyed.

Sure, there were some things on this show I’m not really that big on, namely the tag team championship match, but my overall impressions are very high, so I can honestly say I really enjoyed this show!  Can’t wait to tune into Nitro for the fallout!

Until next time, ladies and gentlemen!

Shane

KoaNitro copyHello and welcome back everyone to another wonderful edition of Kick Out at Nitro!  This is the final episode of Nitro for what I’ve dubbed “Season 3.”  Basically, Seasons/Volumes are how I’m breaking these posts up into books, so this book ends with Fall Brawl 1996.  This is the go-home show to Fall Brawl, so it’s our close out Season Finale type of episode as far as Nitro goes.

This is episode 52!  If Nitro hadn’t been preempted back in March, this would have made a full year to the debut, but alas, that happened, so we’re one off.  Of course, that didn’t stop Eric Bischoff from getting the numbers incorrect a few episodes ago, now did it?

This episode comes to us from Columbus, GA, and opens with Tony Schiavone and Larry Zbyszko going over last week’s goings-on involving the nWo, Ted Dibiase, and The Giant.  Larry calls The Giant the biggest traitor since Benedict Arnold, which begs the question “is Giant a bigger traitor thank Hulk Hogan…or is Hulk Hogan a bigger traitor than Arnold?”

Match #1: Pat Tanaka VS Super Calo

Oh, you were looking for star power?  Yeah, not in this match.

We’re joined by Mike Tenay due to Super Calo making his Nitro debut here.  Super Calo has the distinction of having his sunglasses and backwards motorcycle hat integrated into his mask.  Tanaka is dressed as a stereotypically racist foreigner from the “orient,” in an outfit looking like he should be in a Kung Fu flick.  Kung Fu masters also wear ASICS wrestling shoes, in case you were wondering.

We quickly cut outside to see a group of teenagers in nWo shirts each holding a huge stack of flyers.

Calo flips around a lot and throws Tanaka off his game a bit, until Calo goes for a Frankensteiner and Tanaka sit-out powerbombs the crap out of him.  We’re told this happened due to Takana’s “martial arts skills.”  The sit-out powerbomb is a huge staple in jeet kun do.  It is.  Look it up.

Don’t look it up.

Tanaka goes up top with Calo and looks like he’s going for a waist-lock suplex but Calo just oddly falls on him for the win.

Winner: Super Calo

We’re backstage with Mean Gene and Rick Steiner.  Rick Steiner says that last week he almost had Lex Luger beat.  We get a quick replay of the match where we see referee Nick Patrick end the match due to being bumped by Lex Luger after Steiner shoved Luger away.  Luger shows up and gives Steiner props for being a great tag team wrestler, but now they’re going to be wrestling in a singles match and Luger is in War Games, so he’s amped and prepared.  Steiner says that Lex’s partner, Sting, saw that Rick almost beat him.  Rick starts calling for Sting and seems just oddly confused.  I know this is to set up for a match later tonight, but this made Steiner seem mentally challenged.  First off, the match hadn’t been going for more than a minute.  The DQ came right off of the opening lockup, basically, so for Steiner to claim that he had Luger beat is laughable as the match hadn’t progressed to a single move yet.  Secondly, Rick seems really whiney and unsure of himself here.  It makes Luger come off as condescending and it makes Steiner come off like he’s got something wrong with him.  Very odd promo.

“The following announcement has been paid for by the New World Order.”

We get the first ever ad for the nWo shirt!  This is such an awesome shirt.  Just the black shirt with the white logo on it.  Nothing else.

We get a quick rundown of the debut of Glacier on WCW Pro!  After 5 months, Glacier is here!  You can read our thoughts on his debut here.

“Glacier; certainly a man who is going to make a big impact here in WCW.” – Tony Schiavone

Match #2: The Amazing French Canadians (Jacques Rougeau & Carl Ouellet) VS The Nasty Boys

This is the debut of the French Canadians (formerly the Quebeccers in WWF).  Rougeau wants us to stand up as they sing the national anthem.  We get a few bars of it in terrible voices before the Nasty Boys destroy them, much to the delight of the crowd.

We cut to the crowd to see the guys from earlier handing out the nWo flyers.  Larry calls for them to be thrown out.

As they’re talking about this, the referee is distracted with Jerry Saggs while Brian Knobbs gets hit from behind with the Canadian flag by Rougeau.

Tony sends Larry to grab one of the nWo flyers.  It’s just the nWo logo with “You haven’t seen bad…but it’s coming.”

Since the hit with the flag, this match is all French Canadians.  Rougeau helps Ouellet with a cannon ball from the top onto Saggs.  Knobbs goes out and gets the Quebec flag and nails Carl Ouellet with it while Ouellet is perched on the top rope.  Quick cover for the win.

Winners: The Nasty Boys

Mean Gene comes in to talk to the Nasty Boys and says that Jerry Saggs took a few lumps from the Rougeau Brothers.  Good job there, Gene.  That’s Carl Ouellet, not Raymond Rougeau.  Saggs says that everyone here has been pointing the fingers at the Nasty Boys, asking whether they’re nWo or WCW.  Saggs says the tag team championship belts are all that they care about, and they’re in WCW.

Commercial break and we’re back with:

Match #3: Hold VS Hold Match:  Sgt. Craig “Pitbull” Pittman w/ Teddy Long VS Scott “Flash” Norton

Tony talks up the fact that both of these men have submission holds that focus on the upper body.  Due to that, those holds are the only way the match can be won.  He also mentions that Teddy Long also manages Ice Train, so maybe this is Long trying to get Norton softened up before Fall Brawl.

Pittman gets the early offense with a hiptoss, but Norton squashes that nonsense with a falling arm breaker.  We go to the outside where Pittman runs Norton into the guardrail, but Norton runs Pittman’s shoulder into the turnbuckle post.  Back in the ring, Norton puts on his armbar submission.

Pittman is telling manager Teddy Long not to throw in the towel.  Out comes Ice Train, who grabs the towel and throws it in himself, ending the match.

Winner: Scott Norton

Norton doesn’t release the hold for a long time, but he finally does, then he and Ice Train stare each other down for a bit.  Finally the ring clears and we get a quick replay of the end of the match.

We go back to the locker room with Mean Gene, Lex Luger, Arn Anderson, and Ric Flair.  Everyone’s asking where Sting is.  Luger says that he’s been a Horseman, he’s been in War Games…he knows what’s at stake.  Luger says he heard the Steiners say Sting was here, so he’s here.  Flair gives Luger the business until Mongo and Benoit walk in.  Mongo gives Luger crap over Sting not being here, saying that’s what they get for trying to take their spots.  Benoit asks where Sting is as well.  Luger says they know that there’s no one they can trust to be there for WCW more than Sting.  Double A says that he’s already called ahead to Winston-Salem for a hospital room because he knows he’s going to need it.  He says Hogan already too a bat to him and tried to put his eyes out with paint.  They should have used battery acid, because that’s what he would have done!  They argue with Luger a bit more as we go to commercial.

Panning crowd shots are now completely being taken over by people holding up their nWo flyers.

Quick recap of DDP VS Eddie Guerrero at the Clash of the Champions and the three Diamond Cutters DDP gave to Eddie.  We see Chavo Guerrero beat DDP three weeks ago and eat a Diamond Cutter for his troubles, then taking Nick Patrick’s belt and beating Chavo down with it.

Match #4: Joe Gomez VS Juventud Guerrera

Juvi hits this weird springboard flip that looks like he only got a piece of it.  As Joe Gomez gets sent to the floor, the announcers talk about Konnan and the changes he’s been going through.  They state he’s dressing more like a Mexican gang member now.

Both men are on the apron in the corner.  Juvi jumps in and tries to bring Gomez in with a head scissors, but Gomez times it terribly and jumps well after the move.  Juvi takes him up top then backflips off and stands there in the ring, effectively doing nothing.  Gomez comes off the top and Juvi dropkicks him out of the air…badly.  Juvi comes off the top with a hilo con plancha (Tony calls this a “flippy move”) that looks just as bad as everything else in this match for the win.

Winner: Juventud Guerrera

This match was awful.  The crowd agreed, as well.  They’re booing every time a move gets botched.

Mean Gene calls in Nick Patrick, asking about the DQ of Lex Luger last week.  Patrick says that Luger intentionally struck him and that anyone can see it.  Patrick calls out Gene for starting all this crap about him and while we were all looking at Patrick, Giant snuck in and put one over on us.  Gene says that Patrick has a nice car, a nice Rolex, a house…Patrick says Gene is going to keep pushing his buttons and they’re going to wind up in court.

We go outside and we see the same flyers from earlier being put on cars by the nWo themselves!  They’re out in the rain doing this, which is some dedication.  Dibiase is clearly talking to someone in a limo as well.  We see the four known members of the New World Order clearly in frame, so this leads us to believe that the 6th man is in that limo tonight!

Commercial break, including the Saturday Night breakdown.  DDP will take on Jim Duggan.  Rick Steiner will take on Kurasawa.  Shane will not be watching.  Of course, in 1996, Shane probably was watching, I’m not going to lie.

Match #5: Rick Steiner VS “The Total Package” Lex Luger

Tony speculates that Luger and Patrick were in cahoots and that they conspired to throw out the tag match last week.  Wow, what the hell, Tony?!  Larry doesn’t follow that logic, though, and says that WCW needs to look to Luger to be the man and take the title back from Hogan.

Quick commercial break and we’re back to the start of the match.  Rick Steiner is wearing two different boots.  Luger makes a show of shaking Steiner’s hand.  Steiner takes him down with a headlock takeover and from there for a while it’s all Steiner and a ground based game.  I’m so used to watching the Steiners toss fools around that it’s odd to watch one of them wear someone down with mat wrestling.

Luger tries to get up but Steiner’s right back on him with a takedown.  Luger gets away but is met with a big Steinerline for his trouble as we kick off to Hour #2 and our Hour #2 announcers.  Bischoff mentions that Nick Patrick is not the referee for this match so that there’s no controversy.  Big powerslam from Steiner and the crowd is liking that.  Rick follows with an elbow drop for two.

Heenan starts off by asking where Sting is.  Bischoff isn’t worried.

Luger rushes Steiner and runs right into the loving arms of an overhead belly-to-belly suplex.  Rick beats Luger around the ring a bit and goes for a German suplex but Lex grabs the top rope for dear life.  Irish whip and another Steinerline for two.  Lex is sent into the corner and explodes out of it with a jumping clothesline that turns Steiner inside out.  Irish whip again and a powerslam from Luger.  Luger calls for

Lex goes to pick him up and out runs referee Nick Patrick.  Patrick is motioning Lex Luger to follow him, saying come out back.  Luger takes off.

We cut out to the limo and Ted Dibiase arguing with someone in the limo.  We can clearly hear that it’s Sting’s voice.  Out comes Luger, asking “where is he?”  Dibiase asks what Sting would be doing with him.  The limo door opens and out comes Sting.  He kicks Luger in the gut and the rest of the nWo jumps in, helping with the beatdown.  Sting runs off and jumps in a car as Hogan and Dibiase get a few more kicks in.  Luger fires back up a bit, sending their limo driver flying off into the parking lot.  Dibiase and Hogan take off running in opposite directions as well as Luger starts checking the limos, finding nothing.

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We’re back to our announcers who run down what just happened.  Heenan says that it looked like Nick Patrick set Luger up.  Bischoff says forget about Patrick, who cares about him.  Bischoff says he’s hearing from security that they don’t know where the nWo scattered to.  Mike Tenay is just sitting there silently, looking like his puppy just ran away.  Bischoff kicks us off to video from last week of Ted Dibiase coming into the arena, as well as the Giant’s turn.  This is narrated by Tony Schiavone for some reason.  This promo goes on for a good five minute or so, basically recapping the entirety of last week’s episode.  When it’s done, we cut back to our announcers, still looking like they’ve lost their kittens.  Don’t get me wrong, when this happened, I was beside myself that Sting could possibly turn on WCW and join the nWo, but damn, man.

They end the promo with the line “WCW…more unified than ever before” however, which isn’t really apropos for the situation.  Bischoff forlornly kicks us back to the footage of Sting and the now jumping Luger in the parking lot then cuts to commercial, including another nWo shirt ad.  Talk about kicking a company when they’re down.

Back from commercial and we have Lex Luger, Big Bubba, Rick Steiner, Brian Knobbs, Scott Norton, the French Canadians., and a few others looking through the parking lot for Sting.  Nice to see the French Canadians jump in quickly seeing as how they just got here.

Match #6: WCW Cruiserweight Championship Match: Billy Kidman VS Rey Mysterio, Jr. (WCW Cruiserweight Champion)

Bobby mirrors my sentiments by saying “Eric, it sounds like you just lost your best friend.”  There’s no response from Eric, so after a beat, Bobby goes “Obviously you did.”

Tenay starts off by telling us that due to the influx of Mexican wrestlers, Billy Kidman has been kind of lost in the cruiserweight shuffle.  He’s not wrong.  Rey starts of with a hurracanrana that sends Kidman to the floor.  He hits another one on the floor and sends Kidman back into the ring.  He goes for a springboard move but Kidman dropkicks him out of the air, slams him, then hits a big top rope splash for two.  Irish whip to the ropes, shoulder to the gut to Kidman, then flipping springboard senton for the win.

Winner: Rey Mysterio, Jr. (still WCW Cruiserweight Champion)

Damn, that was quick!

Rey was wearing a black and neon green outfit that looked pretty badass.  I liked it.

Match #7: The Faces of Fear w/ Jimmy Hart VS Public Enemy

This one degenerates into a brawl pretty quickly.  I’m not gonna lie, I’m kind of getting tired of Public Enemy.  Their matches are super hard to watch because they never work like actual tag matches and always end up split screened.

Rocco Rock tries to hit a springboard moonsault but lands all kinds of awkwardly on Barbarian.

The match finally turns into a normal tag team match and the first thing I notice is the damn Leprechaun running around ringside.  This is one of the stupidest things WCW has ever come up with.  In a world where we’re moving into reality type storylines, this just looks very stupid and makes me wonder who thought this would be a good idea.

For some reason we cut to a promo in the middle of a match.

Yes, let me repeat that…a backstage promo in the MIDDLE OF A DAMN MATCH!

It’s Mean Gene with the Horsemen and Luger.  Gene asks what’s going on with Sting.  Double A says he’s not upset that Luger lost a friend.  He’s not upset that he lost a teammate.  He’s upset because for the last 10 years, the only thing that has been constant is Sting.  Arn says he wants answers from Luger.  Luger says he has no answers.  He’s just been stabbed in the back by his best friend.  He leaves, saying he’s going to go try to get answers.  Flair says that if Luger wants to ride with the Horsemen, he’s in.  Flair says four of them will walk in and four will walk out.  Double A says that if Sting isn’t going to be in the spot, he’s got two men that are chomping at the bit for it and wanted it to begin with.  Mongo ends the promo screaming “gimme the ball!”

Through the second half of the promo they splitscreen the match, but honestly, the promo is way more interesting so I hate to say it, but I didn’t catch what was going on.

Back to the match, the Faces of Fear are in control.  Barbarian sends Rocco into the corner but is met by a boot.  Rocco goes for the tag but Barbarian cuts him off.  This brings in Grunge, who draws the referee’s attention and lets the Faces of Fear double team Rock in the corner.

Bischoff says that people have been saying that War Games should have originally been the Four Horsemen and he’s inclined to agree.  He then calls Nick Patrick an nWo protégé.

The tables get setup right off of the corner and Barbarian puts Rocco Rock on it and dives from the top to the floor.  At the last moment, though, Rocco Rock moves so Barbarian crashes through the table and to the floor!  Rock brings in another table.  Public Enemy sets Meng on it, Grunge holds him down and Rocco hits a moonsault through the table.  Barbarian comes back in and it’s a brawl.  Meng locks on the Tongan Death Grip on Grunge, prompting Nick Patrick to FINALLY end the match.  One would think the moonsault through the table would be enough.

Winners: Faces of Fear (via DQ)

During the recap, Bobby calls Meng “Haku.”

We’re in the ring with Mean Gene and the entirety of the Dungeon of Doom.  Konnan is now standing with them.  Wonder when that happened.  Jimmy Hart says he’s upset that people keep blaming him for creating The Giant.  Big Bubba calls out Glacier again.  Gene asks Konnan about Fall Brawl.  Konnan says that Kevin Sullivan has led the biggest gang wars from California to Miami.  He challenges the nWo to come to the ring right now.  Konnan has now ditched his colorful clothes and is dressed like a stereotypical Latino gang member now.  Pretty drastic change in looks.  Sullivan, who is dressed in jeans and a WCW t-shirt oddly enough, says that they helped Savage to the back last week, and if he wants to pay them back, take out Tenta tonight.

Commercial, including a new nWo add that isn’t for the t-shirt.  They’re posing behind a chainlink cage.  Hogan is talking about being the champion.  They talk about Ted Dibiase having more money than Ted Turner.  They talk about Giant joining and no one believing there was a 5th man despite Dibiase telling them.  Pretty cool promo.  These things are so awesome.  Ted says that WCW wants them in this match, well they want some things too.  They want their own segment on a WCW TV show and they want their own tag team tournament to showcase their talent.  Hall holds up the 4 Horsemen sign and says they’re going to turn it over and now it’s “nWo 4 life.”

Match #8: John Tenta VS “Macho Man” Randy Savage

Tenta is coming out to Jericho’s future WCW music.  It was odd hearing that.  I actually started writing “Lionheart” Chris Jericho until Tenta walked out and I had to erase it.  So odd how music gets recycled sometimes.

Tenta takes it to Savage immediately.  Clothesline, sends him into the corner, then nailing him with shots.  Tenta wrestling like a heel here, which is odd because last time we saw him he was a babyface, feuding with Big Bubba.  Tenta still has half of his head shaved, too, which is dumb.  How long ago was that angle?  Three months?  At least two?

Savage tries a scoop slam but Tenta just weighs too much and comes crashing down on him.  They end up outside where Savage takes a steel chair to Tenta a few times before sending him back into the ring.  Double axe handle and then TWO flying elbow drops.  Out comes Teddy Long and he’s begging Savage to follow him, yelling “they’re back, they’re back.”  Savage leaps from the ring and to the floor and follows Teddy out.

Winner: No Contest

The moment Savage shows up, the limo speeds off.  We also see the Horsemen, Rick Steiner, and the Dungeon of Doom are there as well.  They find another limo and Savage searches it, coming out with a box of spray paint.  The WCW guys spray WCW on the limo, in the rain, so it doesn’t show up at all and won’t stay there.  That’s not intelligent, but emotions are running high, so I’ll give it to them.  They pull back and basically everyone who was on this show is out there now.

We kick back to the announcers to finish off the show.  They’re joined by Double A, who is soaking wet, but he grabs a headset.  He says the world’s in shock and outraged, but there’s no one hotter than the Horsemen.  He says everything started 10 years ago with Flair, Anderson, Tully Blanchard and Ole Anderson.  He says they showed Hogan the way.  He says Hogan wants to be a Horseman but he just don’t know how, so he’s surround himself with every cutthroat he can find.  Now he’s even taken Sting, which he says he never thought would happen.  He tells Sting that if he shows up as the 4th man at War Games, though, they’ll take his head off and that’s the God’s honest truth.  Flair says they shouldn’t have the Horsemen locked up backstage.  They should be out here up front.  He says that the nWo will not leave Winston-Salem alive.

Eric says that maybe it was a mistake to ever bring Hulk Hogan to WCW and that maybe they haven’t given the Horsemen their due.  I’m sure that hurt Eric to say.

We end the show with another replay of Sting and the nWo beating down Luger.

 

Damn.  This show!  Emotions running rampant.  Sting has betrayed WCW.  The Horsemen are hot about it and they’re ready to kill.  WCW is pissed.  Bischoff is admitting that Hogan shouldn’t be in the company.  It’s awesome!

Some good wrestling throughout the show, honestly, but a few too many no contests and DQs for my liking, unfortunately.  I liked Savage just wrecking shop on Tenta, though.  I also really liked seeing Bobby Heenan standing with the Four Horsemen at the end.  It made me realize how much I would have loved to see Heenan manage them.  We got a quick glimpse of that in June at Bash at the Beach, but him managing the full group would have been awesome and really helped guys like Mongo and Benoit who can’t cut promos for anything.

Sting, though…turning his back on WCW and on his best friend.  Like Double A has said multiple times, Sting was my constant, so watching this in 1996, seeing my favorite wrestler turn and join the nWo, who I still hated because they were the heels…that one was rough.  I couldn’t believe it.  Why would he do it?

We’re in a very interesting place going into Fall Brawl, though, so in that regard, this show was an amazing go-home show.  It turned the entire main event on its head.  We went in knowing who all four of WCW’s guys were, but not knowing who the 4th man in the nWo was.  Then Giant jumped ship, but we knew it wouldn’t be him because he’s wrestling Savage that night.  But now…all signs point to Stinger being the 4th man…and now we’re without a 4th man for team WCW.  This set everything into chaos and now the idea of Flair, Arn, and Luger getting to lock themselves in the steel War Games cages and beat the hell out of the nWo and the traitorous Sting…that’s something that sells tickets and PPV buys, friends.  Trust me, I know.  I sacrificed $30 of my money I had saved for a Sony Playstation because I just HAD to see this.

Join us next time for the Finale of Kick Out at Nitro Vol. 3…Fall Brawl: War Games!

Shane

 

Ratings Breakdown

WWF Raw Ratings –2.4

WCW Nitro Ratings – 3.7

(Raw – 17, Nitro – 28) (Tie Weeks – 2)

(Unopposed weeks – 7)

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

WCW’s longest Winning Streak (to this point) – 11

At this point, we’re one full year into this war.  Nitro ran unopposed its first night, so it wasn’t until the next week (9/10/1995) that the Monday Night War officially kicked off.  So, at this point, we stand 28-17 in Nitro’s favor, with two tie weeks and 7 weeks that the two shows ran unopposed.  It’s interesting to look back and see that the two shows were tied the week before WCW’s 11 week win-streak (at this point) began, but that really shows that the audience was there for both shows equally until the summer of the New World Order.  While WCW isn’t running away with the war and the victories are usually only about a point away from each other, it’s clear to see that The Outsiders and Hogan have started something in Turner-land that really brought in the viewers.  Looking back, I was still 100% into WCW at this time.  While I knew what was going on over on Raw, WCW was my main viewing pleasure.  They definitely had me hooked, and it looks like they had a lot of others as well.

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WWF Raw results from this week

Faarooq (w/ Sunny) defeated Savio Vega in a WWF Intercontinental Title Tournament Quarter Final Match (13:37)

The Stalker defeated TL Hopper (3:28)

Crush (w/ Clarence Mason) defeated Freddie Joe Floyd (2:41)

The Undertaker defeated Salvatore Sincere (9:55)

Three enhancement matches.  Why did Taker VS Sal Sincere go 10 minutes?!  That’s insane.  On paper, it’s no wonder why Nitro decimated Raw this week.