Kick Out at Nitro PPV SPECIAL! Fall Brawl – 9/17/1995

Posted: September 17, 2014 by Kick Out At 2! in Kick Out At Nitro, Shane D, Special Features
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KoaNitro PPV  Welcome, ladies and gentlemen, to the most important night in the history of our website!  On our journey from the first episode of WCW Monday Nitro, we come to our first Pay Per View event.  Granted, this one came a bit quickly as we only got two weeks of Nitro leadup for this one and we really only set the table for two matches (Flair vs Anderson and the War Games match), but we’re here, so let’s take a look at what we’ve got coming up.

This is WCW Fall Brawl: War Games from Ashville, NC.  It came to us on Sunday, September 17th, 1995.  Fall Brawl is one of my favorite PPVs because of the double ring setup.  I always thought there was something so cool about seeing the two rings side by side.  The rings are also adorned with my favorite WCW ring mat ever…the cross-hairs around the WCW logo!  We open on a quick hype video building up both of our main event matches then are kicked over to the announce team of Bobby Heenan and Tony Schiavone.  I can honestly say I have missed Schiavone the last two episodes.  Bischoff is an okay commentator, but he has a bad tendency to overact; Mongo is just plain terrible…so finally pairing Heenan with someone else that can play off of him a bit more was a welcome change.  Tony informs us that earlier in the day the Giant ran over Hulk Hogan’s new Harley Davidson, given to him by the fans, with a monster truck, thus setting up the monster truck war that we’re going to have going into Halloween Havoc (not to jump too forward).  Bobby tells us that The Giant was sorry that Hogan wasn’t on the bike when he ran it over, leading us to realize that not only is this where the big boys play, it’s where the big boys commit attempted murder.

FallbrawlMatch #1: Flyin’ Brian vs Johnny B Badd

I remember being a big JBB fan back in the day, so I was quite happy to see him show up here.  The odd thing, however, was seeing Michael Buffer announce both men.  This was at a time when Buffer was getting paid huge sums PER WORD, so having him do the first match of the night was interesting.  Buffer was always a WCW staple to me but I only really remember him doing the PPV main events with an occasional Nitro thrown in, never the early matches on the card.  JBB comes out tossing frisbees and teasing shooting the glitter gun and is way more over than I figured he would be.  Johnny was getting a ton of crowd reaction on this show.  We’re told that this match is to determine the #1 contendership to Sting’s WCW US Championship in a match that will be held on WCW Saturday Night on 9/30.  I was upset that this wasn’t announced for Nitro, as I don’t have access to Saturday Night at the moment, so it won’t end up on the journey we’re on.  Oh well.

Pillman really starts laying the groundwork for a heel turn in this match.  The last time we saw him he was opening the show in a great match with Jushin Liger, so the heel tactics kind of start coming out of nowhere, honestly.  Our first inclination of this was Tony saying that Pillman hadn’t been around all day.  He had been distant and hadn’t been talking to anyone in the arena before the match.

We’re told that Sting trained Johnny B Badd.  What?!  Was this in kayfabe or did Sting really have a hand in Mero’s training?  What wrestling I did follow as a kid was always WCW, bt I really didn’t get a chance to watch a lot of it until WCW Nitro started, honestly, so my Johnny B Badd knowledge is a bit lacking.  This did lead us to a funny joke from Heenan asking “So, basically, Johnny B Badd is Sting’s pet?”

The match gets a bit more intense as JBB gets busted open.  Pillman drops a Boston Crab and punches JBB, grabs him bu the hair and yells “Who’s a bad man now?!”  Really starting to push Pillman into heel territory here.

The match goes to a 20 minute draw, causing referee Nick Patrick to order the match to go to Sudden Death.  Heenan remarks “I’ve never heard of this before!”  That’s probably because wrestling isn’t a sport that sudden death really works in.  This isn’t an iron man match…the first pinfall is going to win the match no matter what!  Anyway, we’re treated to a beautiful JBB top rope Frankensteiner and a tornado DDT from Pillman, leading into a double cross body block that Johnny B Badd rolls into a pinfall.

A small takeaway that I have with this match, oddly enough, is that as they played JBB’s music after he won, I noticed there’s a lyric that actually says “He looks just like Little Richard.”  Sometimes that WCW music just came right out and stated the obvious.  What can you ask for, though, from a company where the Steiner Brothers’s music literally starts with “Here’s the story of two brothers, Rick and Scott…?”

After the match our commentators talk a bit with Heenan again blaming Hogan for throwing Flair off of his game, leading to this match with Arn Anderson.  Just as we lead back to Mean Gene who will be speaking with Flair, Heenan straight goes off on some kid in the crowd, leaving me to wonder whether or not that was kayfabe or if the kid really said something that pissed him off.

Backstage, Flair runs down his history with AA and their bond.  They’re best friends, but Flair is going to have to offer some tough love.

Match #2: Cobra vs Craig “Pittbull” Pittman

This match was a throwaway match where not a lot happens.  Cobra is apparently the babyface in this match, which while I barely remember Cobra, I really don’t remember Pittman being a heel, so this threw me off a bit.  We’re informed that Cobra isn’t a marine…he’s CIA!  Apparently the CIA doesn’t pay well enough, so he’s got to moonlight in WCW.  They didn’t really blow open the coffers for good entrance music for Cobra, though, as his entrance music is just Morse Code playing over and over.  And we all thought Cesaro’s siren music was bad!  Cobra goes to the ring and waits for Pittman, who no shows.  A random guy who looks a lot like Low Ki comes out to distract Cobra as Pitman repels from the ceiling over a year and a half before Sting started doing it!  Pittman wins with an arm bar and yells some gibberish into the camera.

spiveyWe kick back to our announce team who talk a bit about how Paul Orndorff is going through some hard times.  This leads us to the biggest WTF moment we’ve had thus far along the journey!  We see Orndorff backstage flipping out during this crazy edited video, wondering if he’s still “Mr. Wonderful” or not since he lost the match to Randy Savage.  In walks Gary Spivey from the Psychic Network!  I always thought this was just a WCW gimmick, but apparently Spivey was around outside of WCW, which leads me even further into this WTF rabbit hole.  Spivey got a vision that Orndorff wasn’t doing so well.  Orndorff says that he’s held so many belts…but, of course, Spivey knows these things!  Whether his psychic knowledge told him this or whether he just happened to be a fan of Mr. Wonderful, we’ll never know.  Spivey asks Orndorff who he sees in the mirror and Orndorff says “Mr. Wonderful.”  He then proceeds to make out with his wrist…then his elbow…then his biceps…then the mirror…

This was one of the most terrible wrestling oriented things I’ve ever seen…

Oh, WCW…

Match #3:  Television Title Match between Renegade (C) and Diamond Dallas Page (w/ the Diamond Doll and Max Muscle)

This match opens with a small moment that really makes you appreciate Bobby Heenan’s comedic timing.  The announcers are talking about how badly DDP treats the Diamond Doll, and Schiavone makes a comment about how in high school all of the girls always seemed to date douchebags.  Heenan says nothing.  He just leaves Schiavone for a few moments to sit with that in the air.  It really made me laugh out loud.

The match starts with DDP jumping Renegade.  DDP headbutts Renegade, who doesn’t sell crap, leading DDP to sell the severity of Renegade’s no sell!  We’re treated to an innovative Hangman’s side headlock, then Renegade diving for a clothesline, DDP moving and Renegade eating the ropes.  Kim starts jawjacking to the camera about how much DDP sucks, to which DDP makes her hold up a sign with “10” on it.  I forgot all about this part of the DDP schtick.  It made sense after I thought about it because he always held the 10 fingers high, then formed them into the diamond sign.  Lot of stuff I find going through this stuff the second time around, apparently.  Heenan tells us that we don’t know Page’s side of things regarding how he treats Kim…maybe Kim burnt the toast!  This shows us that Heenan will apparently condone some domestic abuse over some breakfast food.  One of the most surprising moments is when Not Warrior hit the Great Muta’s corner handspring elbow!  I really wasn’t prepared for that!  Match ends with Max Muscle grabbing Renegade’s foot and DDP hitting the Diamond Cutter for the win, taking the TV championship!

This part threw off my timeline a lot.  I don’t remember DDP using the Diamond Cutter until into the Benefactor angle.  I always remembered it as the Benefactor brought him back from poverty and then taught him the Diamond Cutter, leading to Page’s rise in late 96.  I was pretty surprised to see the move almost a year before this.  I guess my memory isn’t as good as I thought it was.

Match #4: WCW World Tag Team Championship Match between Bunkhouse Buck and Dick Slater (C) w/ Col. Parker and Harlem Heat (w/ Sister Sherri)

I have no idea why Slater and Buck are tag champs in 1995.  If this was 1993 in WCW and you told me this, I’d understand.  I wouldn’t be okay with it, but I’d understand.  Anyway, entrances bring back my favorite Harlem Heatism of all time, “It’s on like neckbone, sucka,” so I’m happy.  Schiavone plugs the WCW hotline (1-900-909-9900…burned into my memory forever) and talks about how if you call you will get information on a wrestler who has potentially defected to another wrestling organization.  They’re talking about the A-W-O-L Vader, of course.

Booker T and Slater start, Booker gets the upper hand and does something that really impresses me in regards to Harlem Heat’s ring awareness.  Stevie Ray goes to congratulate Booker, but instead of high fiving, which would be considered a tag, they bump forearms.  It’s a simple little thing, but it impressed me nonetheless.

The big story of this match is the fact that at Bash at the Beach in July, Sherri hit her head and fell in love with Col. Parker.  Since then she hasn’t been all that attentive in Harlem Heat’s matches.  She’s even wearing a yellow flower that Parker gave her tucked nicely into her cleavage.

HH work way better as a tag team than the champs do, but that’s to be expected.

Parker starts straight creeping on Sherri about halfway through the match.  He starts to leave his side of the ring, saying “It’s hard for me to stay here in this corner” while wiping sweat away from his brow.

Since when were Harlem Heat faces?  I remember them as heels more through the time I was watching it until Booker T went solo.  I guess I remember 1996 way more than I do 1995.

Nick Patrick is still sluggish as all hell.

Tony tells us that in a few weeks Dusty Rhodes will be joining the commentary team.

Bobby starts straight creeping on Bunkhouse Buck out of nowhere!  “You ever in the men’s locker room when Buck takes that long underwear top off and gets in the shower?  Mmmmm…mmmmm.”  WTF, Bobby!?

The heels swap out without tagging leading Nick Patrick to ASK them if they tagged.  He really is the worst ref in history.

While the match wraps up in ring one, Sherri and Parker meet across ring two.  They end up in the middle and start making out.  During this, the Nasty Boys come out and hit Slater with a boot, costing them the match and the tag team championship.  Sherri and Parker split apart as Buck shows up pissed, leaving with Parker.  Harlem Heat ask Sherri what’s up and she says it’s her psychology and says they got the belts back didn’t they?  We follow Buck and Parker up to the top of the ramp where Mean Gene awaits.  Buck says Parker is lovesick and asks where he was when they needed him.  Parker says he’s serious about Sherri, sends Slater and Buck off and says they’ll get the belts back eventually.  Gene gives Parker some crap about all of this, to which Parker responds he’s conflicted, he’s never felt like he feels tonight.  He’s got to have Sherri!  He feels 20 years old!

We take a quick break as Tony pitches Halloween Havoc, coming to us from Detroit on 10/29 (which is when the write up for that event will be here at Ko@2!).

The show goes to the back where Mean Gene is standing with Arn Anderson.  He says we’re going to get a little history lesson and we get a video package about the developments that lead us to this feud.  An important thing to mention is that even the voice over announcer for this segment blames Hogan for Flair being off lately, just like Heenan.  Anderson says he loves Ric Flair, that his stomach is in knots just thinking about having to fight his brother, but at the end of the day he has to answer to Double A and that tomorrow, he’ll respect Double A, just as Flair will.

Match #5: Ric Flair vs Arn Anderson

One of the funniest parts of the beginning of this match is during the entrances.  Bobby Heenan says that “piece of human sewage Hulk Hogan” came between Flair and Anderson!  Human sewage!  One of my favorite parts of this is Heenan’s nonstop hatred and distrust of Hogan, but human sewage is a new one.  I like it.  To this, Tony responds saying that isn’t true, despite the WCW voice over guy just stating that it was.

Wrestlers start filling up the stands to watch this match, giving us our first glimpses of the American Males and Eddie Guerrero!

Even at this point, Flair’s body is looking rough.  There’s the ever present knot on his lower back from a torn muscle…but there looks to be a hole in his shoulder as well!  There’s a very visible depression in his shoulder that looks like someone just scooped a section out with a melon baller.  Odd.

One of my favorite segments came early when Flair is still trying to gingerly feel AA out, leading Anderson to full force smack Flair in the face.  Flair sells it wonderfully, a mix of both surprise and fear.  Through the early part of the match, Flair is very halfhearted in his offense, but Anderson is really taking it to Flair.  They’re doing a great job telling a story of Anderson wanting to make Flair respect him.

At this point, we’re told Flair is an 11 time champion.  I need to check my totals later, but that seems way off.  I know they hotshotted the title around in WCW between now and the end of the company, but does Flair really get 5 more title reigns in that time?

I never realized that Anderson wears his kneepads the same way that Flair does…around his shins…until this match.

Commentary alludes to these two men being cousins.  Always love it when that continuity is brought up.

Flair hits his once in a blue moon move off of the top in a big way, as he hits a double axehandle from the top to ringside!

We get a great run from both men towards the end of the match as AA goes for the DDT and Flair blocks, allowing him to start turning the tables.  He puts Double A in the Figure 4, which Anderson fights.  Flair has enough of this, though, and spits in Anderson’s face.  Anderson gets pissed!  He rallies back, reverses the move back onto flair.  Flair gets out, hits Anderson with a chop block and goes for the Figure 4 again, which Anderson rolls into a small package.  Kickout, they stand, Flair takes out the leg again.

At this time, out comes Brian Pillman.  He jumps to the ring apron and nails Flair with a punch.  Flair goes to hit back, Pillman kicks Flair in the back of the head, causing him to stagger into an Arn Anderson DDT for the win!

We go to the announcers telling us that War Games is next!

It’s crazy build up video night in WCW as we get a very weird video hyping the Hulk Hogan / Dungeon of Doom feud.  We see tons of oddness from Sullivan, including him in numerous shots holding posies as well as beating a Hulk Hogan action figure with a shovel.  We then get a video replay of the Giant running over Hulk Hogan’s Harley.  Apparently the Harley was given to him by the fans.  Why the fans are buying things for a millionaire, I’ll never know, just like I’ll never know where the Giant got a damn monster truck!

Seriously…the Dungeon of Doom is effing terrible!  Really…just bad.  It’s hard to believe I have almost a year of this nonsense on the horizon!  The nWo will be a blessing by that point, I think.

We get some banter from the commentators that sews the seeds for some Lex Luger dissension.  From what I remember, that’s pretty much a running Lex Luger gimmick up until the nWo arrive…no one in WCW trusting Luger except for Sting.  Interested to see where this goes as it seems like I remember him being with the Dungeon of Doom for a while…maybe even when he was tag champs with Sting.  Guess we’ll see.

Mean Gene is in the back with the four babyfaces, all dressed in camo pants, camo Fall Brawl t-shirts, and camo war paint.  Everyone’s excited, even Luger.  Luger says he’s in, they’re together, and everyone’s ready to fight!  Hogan says all he had to do was look Lex in the yes to see he was red, white and blue!  I’m guessing he probably saw Lex’s WWF zubaz pants in the back and was brought to that conclusion.  One really odd part of this is near the end, Hogan points at Jimmy Hart and says “We’re gonna use him as bait, Brother!”  Poor Jimmy!

Out we go to Michael Buffer with the rules and introductions as the cage lowers to really bad, random fireworks.

War Games was always a really cool match.  It starts with two men in the cage for five minutes.  Then, at the end of the five minutes, there’s a coin toss that the heels always win.  The winner of the coin toss…aka the heels…send in one man, making it 2 on 1.  Then, after two minutes, the babyfaces send in one, evening it up.  This alternates until all eight men are in the ring.  Once that happens, the cage is locked and thus begins The Match Beyond, which can only be won on submission or surrender.  There’s a special stipulation tonight, though.  If the babyfaces win, Hogan gets Sullivan in the cage tonight!  Very odd of the Dungeon of Doom not to ask for a stipulation in return.  Maybe they all get to run a beat down train on Jimmy Hart or something like that?  Way to aim for the middle, Sullivan!

Match # 6: War Games!  The Dungeon of Doom (Shark, Zodiac, Kamala and Meng w/ Kevin Sullivan) vs The Hulkamaniacs (Sting, Randy Savage, Lex Luger and Hulk Hogan w/ Jimmy Hart)

The DoD are out first, followed by a very cool looking Hulkamaniacs team!  Honestly, they all really looked pretty cool matching and in the camo.  Hogan looks like he didn’t need to apply a brown base coat, though.  Seriously, that MF’er is tan!

Sting and Shark start off first, which Heenan says is a bad idea.  He thinks the DoD should have left their big man until the end.  Sting starts off with this awesome diving clothesline from one ring into the other.  This may not sound that awesome if you’ve never seen a War Games setup.  There’s one set of ropes, then about a foot of ring apron, then another foot of ring apron and another set of ropes.  Jumping from one to the other always looks so badass!  Sting tries to bodyslam Shark and that doesn’t work out so well.  Really, lifting big guys around this time is the sole property of Hogan…only to be given to Luger once Hogan turns heel.  Shark tries Sting’s dive himself, only to not make it and end up stuck on the two sets of ropes, leading Sting to kick the crap out of him a few times and then attempt a diving slash, but he gets caught by Shark, who tosses him into the ring.  Heenan makes a joke about Shark being a taxedermist’s dream, to which Schiavone replies with the wanted “Will you stop!?”  Thank you, Tony!  Sting clamps on the Scorpion Deathlock as the first round ticks to the end, bringing in Zodiac.  Sting fends him off a bit, puts him in the Scorpion, but is jumped by Shark, leading to the 2 on 1 until Savage comes in.

Savage cleans house.  While he’s preoccupied, Meng is able to grab Sting’s arm from under the cage and holds him there as Savage starts getting a doubleteam ass whooping.  Sting is finally able to break free and starts his comeback.

Heenan says he wouldn’t be shocked if the DoD start using flamethrowers!  Well, we’ve already seen that Heenan is just waiting on domestic violence and murder, so this is just par for the course.

DoD gets Savage’s leg under the cage and all of the outside heels start kicking his ass.

Kamala comes in next and the heels dominate.  Nothing much else happens until Lex Luger comes in and then it’s Clothesline City, population Dungeon of Doom!  There’s even a double clothesline to Shark and Kamala.

Clothesline City has it’s first major city wide crisis as he goes for clotheslines on Zodiac, who ducks it and causes Lex to hit Savage.  Savage gets up, realizes who hit him, and they start brawling.  Sting tries to break up the fight as Meng comes in and the DoD start beating them down.

Finally, Hogan comes in and we move into The Match Beyond!  Hogan’s first action is to hit everyone of the heels in the eyes with white powder!  Heenan says that the powder smells like napalm or gunpowder!  No, Bobby, it doesn’t, but we’re still glad to see you think that Hogan will murder the heels in this match tonight.  Hogan traps Zodiac in the middle ropes between the two rings and bounces him around.  It’s actually quite interesting how much play that Hogan makes sure that Ed Leslie gets some major play in this match.

Hogan starts moving back through the heels, moving on from Clothesline City to their next town over neighbor Back-rakeville!  It’s always interested me how much Hogan acts like a heel as a babyface.  Powder, back rakes, eye rakes, he’s used chairs before…it’s nuts.

Hogan starts sending everyone face first into the cage, including Shark, who makes the entire cage move.  It was a very interesting visual.  Hogan grabs Zodiac in the camel clutch in the middle of the ring and Zodiac gives, giving the match to the Hulkamaniacs.

Realizing he’s got to get into the cage, The Taskmaster bails, but is stopped at the top of the ramp by WCW’s oldest official in a suit who proceeds to very sheepishly tell him he has to go back to the ring.  When that doesn’t work, a random Latino man from backstage helps the old man gingerly shove Sullivan back to the ring.  Thankfully, Sting shows up and takes Sullivan back himself, tossing him into the cage and locking it.

Hogan bounces Sullivan off the cage quite a few times, to which Heenan says that he’s “dribbling him like Dennis Rodman dribbles a basketball!”  It’s always fun to look at WCW predict future involvements or storylines years before they happen.  In about a year and a half, Rodman will align himself with Hogan and all will be right with the world.  Wait, I mean all will be terrible.  Yes, terrible is the right word.

They exit the cage for a moment, then go back in, Hogan kicking Sullivan’s ass every step of the way.  Hogan even starts choking Sullivan with his wrist tape, going back to those heel tactics that I was talking about earlier.  It really goes to show you that even though he’s traditionally a heel, Heenan’s anti-Hogan rhetoric is pretty spot on the money.

Out comes the Giant.  He picks up Randy Anderson and moves him, grabs the top of the cage and vaults himself over the top rope in a damn impressive feat of athleticism from a man who’s 7’4″.  Hogan attacks him, but nogo.  Giant grabs Hogan, chokes him, then snaps his neck just like you’ve seen happen to every underling ever in a Steven Segal movie.  Heenan is pretty much selling that The Giant is the second coming of Andre…stating he “remembers those boots…those tights…”

Michael Buffer calls for an EMT to ringside as Bobby Heenan laughs maniacally as they go off the air.

“I’ve been waiting for this day!  The Immortal Hulk Hogan…bwahahahahahahahaha!”

I feel you, Bobby, I really do!

With this, we go off the air.

—–

So, the first PPV is off the air.  I really like how some groundwork was laid for Pillman’s heel turn and eventual joining of the Four Horsemen.  We got to see his mean streak come out in the match with Johnny B Badd and we saw him align himself with Arn Anderson against Ric Flair, so we know that big things are coming for him.  We saw the odd situation with Col. Robert Parker and Sister Sherri, which I really don’t care about, but I do seem to recall both of them managing Harlem Heat for a while until Parker splits off with the Quebeccers…but that’s a while down the road I think.  We also saw the ends of these chapters between Flair and Anderson as well as Hogan and the Dungeon of Doom, leaving us to wonder where we’re going next.  With Hogan, I know that pretty soon we’re getting the pre-nWo Black Hogan with no mustache, but I think that’s still a few episodes away.  I also know that we’re getting the monster truck match between him and Giant, followed by the World Championship match between the two coming at Halloween Havoc.

Of course, we have six weeks of Monday Nitro to get through before that, though!

See you back here tomorrow for the fallout episode of Nitro!

-Shane

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