Kick Out At Nitro! – 9/25/1995

Posted: September 25, 2014 by Kick Out At 2! in Kick Out At Nitro, Shane D
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Ladies and Gentlemen, we’re back for another trip on the Way-back machine to the land of 1995.  September 25, 1995 to be exact.  The destination: the Florence Civic Center in Florence, South Carolina!  Yes, it’s time for another installment of KICK OUT AT NITRO, with your host Shane!

The show opens with one of my favorite Mongo/Heenan quips to date.  Mongo has Pepe with him and has the dog dressed up with a cowboy hat and a saddle.  Bobby refers to it as a four pound tarantula wearing a saddle, prompting Mongo to respond with “You now you wanna ride him!”  Heenan takes a moment and replies with “I don’t want to ride that crap!”  For some reason, the outright dissing of Mongo’s dog and referring to it as “that crap” cracked me up.  I hate Mongo, but I love listening to Heenan go at him.  Reliving Nitro has honestly given me a lot more of an appreciation for Heenan than I had in the past.  I always knew he was good, but never really let it sink in how good.  To see him saddled up with a terrible commentator like Mongo and to hear him still be able to run verbal circles around him, most times going over Mongo’s head…that’s good stuff.

We go from there right into:

Match #1: “Das Wunderkind” Alex Wright vs Disco Inferno

This is Disco’s Nitro debut.  He debuted a few weeks back on WCW Saturday Night (Saturday, 6:05 on the Superstation TBS!) and now we get to see him in prime time.

I love seeing Alex Wright flip into the ring as part of his entrance.  My brother was a huge Alex Wright mark at this time, so his matches were always Must See stuff in our house, and even looking back now, the kid can work his ass off.  Good stuff.

Bischoff tells us that we’ll be hearing from Hulk Hogan later in the day.  I’m not sure if this is just going to be a replay of his message from Saturday Night or not, though…

Bischoff says he’s going to ask someone in the production truck to lose Disco’s entrance music, but Bobby pretty much says this is his jam and to back the hell off.

This was actually a really good match.  I’ve never been that big on Disco, honestly, and in my opinion Alex Wright does most of the heavy lifting, but damn if Disco doesn’t know how to work that character.  Stopping randomly to dance/pose/fix his hair instead of getting the pin or following up on moves is a small little thing but it really does flesh out the character.  Match starts off with Disco getting the upper hand but he poses and Wright gets his comeback.  We get to see a beautiful dive over the top to the floor by Wright as well.

Mongo keeps up his habit of referencing everything to football by telling us there’s no reason to switch over to Monday Night Football because San Francisco is going to win so don’t bother.  Hopefully he didn’t have money on that game as Detroit beat San Fran 27-24.

As we go to close out the match, we get a spot that sees Disco take forever to get to the top rope.  Seriously, it’s like a 30 second climb, it’s nuts.  Wright has plenty of time to get up and hit a drop kick, taking back the momentum of the match.  Disco goes for a spinning neckbreaker, but Wright seamlessly transitions it into a backslide (seriously, it’s one of the cleanest transitions I’ve seen) for the win.  I’m just gonna stop right there and say that someone won a match with a backslide!  To steal Derick’s line, this is the last time in recorded history someone won with a backslide.

September_25,_1995_Monday_Nitro.00004We cut from there to Hulk Hogan and Jimmy Hart in the backstage area/generic WCW locker room.  Hogan has a neck brace on, Jimmy has the World Heavyweight Championship positioned over Hogan’s head and Hogan is doing neck lifts like this.  Hogan cuts his promo about how the Giant messed his neck up but didn’t kill him, etc, but at the time, Hogan thought it was over.  This may also be our first time hearing Hogan refer to him as the “no good stinky giant” as well.

Hogan says he’s building a bigger, better, stronger Hulkamania monster truck.  He challenges The Giant to the monster truck match and then, if he survives that, he’ll put the title on the line at Halloween Havoc.  He says he’ll pick the Giant up over his head (much as he now thinks he did to Andre) and slam him then bury him next to where he beat his father all those years ago.  I forgot that they kept the ‘Andre’s son’ thing up for this long.  I thought they acknowledged it once or twice and dropped it, but it looks like that’s the Giant’s gimmick, so they’re going to refer to it as many times as they can, I guess.

We get our Up Next graphic telling us that we’re going to see Kurasawa vs Sgt. Craig Pittman later.

September_25,_1995_Monday_Nitro.00008We get a WCW hotline plug commercial then come back with the man behind the hotline, Mean Gene Okerlund, in the ring.  He mentions the Randy Savage interview from last week and then they replay it.  Looking around that set I really don’t see any video screens or anything like that, so I wonder if the fans in the arena got to see it.  We come back from the replay with Savage in the ring, who calls out Luger.  Luger comes out and tells Savage that all he’s gotten from him is a severe lack of respect and that Savage has given him the thumbs down ever since Lex arrived here and he’s sick of it.  He says that sometimes you get respect by going to war with someone, and that worked for Hogan and Sting, but not for Savage, so maybe if he goes to war against savage, he’ll get his respect.  He proposes a match next week on Nitro in Denver, CO.  savage is game for it.  Luger says not only will he put his title shot on the line, he’ll leave WCW if he loses the match.  Savage, on the other hand, doesn’t put up crap, leaving Lex looking like a jackass because Savage had already agreed to the match without either stipulation.  Good going, Lex.  Savage says that’s how he likes it, all on the line.

Match #2: Kurasawa (w/ Col. Robert Parker) vs Sgt. Craig “Pittbull” Pittman.

Seriously, is Pittman a babyface or a heel?  I can’t make heads or tells out of this.  Granted, WCW did sometimes rock lower card heel vs heel matches, but still…no one in this match is getting cheered.  Plus, Pittman definitely came across as the heel at Fall Brawl…but then again, so did Cobra…you’re playing a dangerous game with my thought process here, Pittman, and I don’t like it.

Pittman goes on offense first, hitting two lunging headbutts to Kurasawa’s midsection.  Bobby Heenan says that Kurasawa may be the finest wrestler he’s ever seen from Japan, leaving me to believe that Bobby has never watched anything from Japan.  Seriously…this is 1995…New Japan is reinventing the light heavyweight style at this point…trade some tapes, Bobby!

This match was surprisingly hard hitting, truthfully.  They did a good job at kicking each other’s ass through this one.  Kurasawa hits a backdrop suplex to Pittman on the exposed concrete at one point as well.

Pittman tosses Kurasawa over the top and the announcers make a deal of the fact that the ref didn’t stop the match and DQ Pittman.  I didn’t realize that WCW’s over-the-tope-rope rule was still in effect.  For those of you who are saying “Wait…what?!” right now, in the 90s, it became illegal to throw your opponent over the top rope to the floor in WCW.  Why?  Because Bill Watts.   When this was first introduced, it was also illegal to jump off of the top rope, too.  Go figure.

We’re told that Kurasawa apparently broke Road Warrior Hawk’s arm at some point in the past as well.  Speaking of breaking arms, Pittman goes for his finish, the Code Red armbreaker, but Kurasawa gets a ropebreak.  Pittman gets a good gutwrench suplex, Kurasawa hits a German suplex that Eric calls a belly-to-back suplex.  Pittman does this weird thing where he’s trying to kick out, but his shoulders never leave the mat and he just ends up scooting backwards.  It’s almost like he’s trying to get to the ropes instead of kicking out.  It’s for naught, though, as Kurasawa gets the win.

Coming Up graphic: Kevin Sullivan

September_25,_1995_Monday_Nitro.00015We come back from commercial again to Mean Gene in the ring, which is basically becoming the recurring thing, but this time he’s with Arn Anderson and Brian Pillman.  Pillman says that since Double A walked that aisle and beat the man, Flair has been pathetic.  In the meantime, Pillman and AA have been exercising their rights to bear arms, assemble (he flashes the 4 Horsemen sign), and hospitalize anyone who gets in their way.  They talk about Flair not being able to recruit a partner, saying he tried going to Savage and tried going to Sting, but that Flair and AA spent fifteen years screwing over everyone, and now he doesn’t have Arn to back him up anymore and no one is coming to help.  I’m wondering if this stuff was happening on Saturday Night or if it was just to be taken as happening backstage in kayfabe, because thus far it’s not played out that way on Nitro.

We get a plug for WCW Saturday Night that will include the arrival of Dusty Rhodes to commentary, the Johnny B Badd vs Sting match that he won the title shot for at Fall Brawl, new tag team champs the American Males (I guess Nick Bockwinkle upheld the decision from last week) and that Kevin Sullivan will respond to Hulk Hogan’s challenge.

The announcers remind us why we’re going to see Kevin Sullivan vs Randy Savage tonight by showing the beatdown on the set of Baywatch again.

Match #3: “The Taskmaster” Kevin Sullivan vs “Macho Man” Randy Savage

I have always LOVED the WCW mix of Savage’s entrance music.  Hearing that song done with electric guitar is just so cool.

We’re told that our main event will be Lex Luger vs Meng, giving us what I believe is our first four match Nitro!

Apparently sometime during this Pepe takes a crap on Bobby Heenan’s shoe.

Zodiac comes out to aid Sullivan.  Sullivan distracts the referee while Zodiac waylays Savage, slamming him into the ring post.  Sullivan takes the match over, beating Savage down pretty well until they take it outside again.  Sullivan goes for a clothesline but Savage ducks and backdrops him on the floor.  Savage takes over at this point, hits the double axe handle off the top rope, brings Zodiac into the ring and beats him down.  Referee Randy Anderson gets between them and Savage shoves the ref out of the way, causing a DQ.  Savage slams Zodiac, then slams Sullivan on top of him and goes up for the elbow drop.  Sullivan moves, leaving Zodiac to take that devastating looking top rope elbow.  Out comes the Giant to chokeslam the crap out of Savage, which was cool.  I love the Giant’s chokeslam.  I always thought Undertaker’s looked bad compared to the Giant’s around this time.  It was the fact that Giant jumped and came down with his instead of just dropping them that always put it over the top for me.

At this point the WCW job squad comes out to save Savage, including one unnamed guy and another called Mark Star, whoever he is.    They get chokeslams for their trouble.  Alex Wright comes out and dives off the top, but Giant catches him in a bear hug and slams him.  Out comes Luger.  Bischoff says that Luger is out to finish Savage off.  Luger stands over the prone Savage and reaches for him, but then the Giant attacks Luger.  Luger tries to slam the Giant, but he’s too big, and Lex gets a chokeslam of his own.  Sullivan seems upset at the Giant for taking Luger out, though.

We go to commercial and get a promo for Halloween Havoc including the monster truck and World title matches, amazing me how fast WCW’s production team must be, kayfabe wise.

We also find out that after Nitro on TNT is the movie Karate Cop!

Match #4: Lex Luger vs Meng

Luger is still down from his chokeslam as Meng runs to the ring and proceeds to beat him down.  Bischoff tells us that this isn’t fair.

Heenan says that he managed Andre the Giant at the height of his career and that he’s never seen anyone lay more destruction that he just sat The Giant do.

We get word that Hulk Hogan will be in Denver next week.

Luger is taking an ass kicking in the ring, including a piledriver from Meng.  They mention that the Taskmaster is nowhere to be seen and that he’s never not in Meng’s corner.  The announcers talk about how Sullivan was smiling when Lex was coming to the ring.  They’re really sowing that thread for Lex to be affiliated with the DoD hard.

Mongo says that Pepe isn’t allowed to wear his cape and devil horns anymore because that’s evil incarnate.  The fact that Pepe is a closet DoD fan kills me.

Meng goes for a move off the top and Luger brings him down in some type of side X-Factor or something.  At this point I wonder if Lex still does the loaded forearm gimmick.  I remember that happening around this time, so he’s got to…but my timelines have been off before…especially with DDP, so who knows.

Luger his Meng with a clothesline in the corner that he sells more than Meng does.  Meng takes the time to grab a spike from his boot and nail Lex in the throat with it for the win.

September_25,_1995_Monday_Nitro.00026We go to commercial and come back to the announcers.  I like how Nitro ends with a quick wrap-up segment with the commentary team.  It makes it seem more like a legit sport when they do that.

Mongo tells us that “something is rotten in Denmark and it smells worse than what Pepe left on Bobby Heenan’s shoe.”  Heenan says that Luger left the WWF to play with the big boys.  I believe this is our first real reference to the WWF at this time.  They’ve mentioned “the other show” and “I’ve been where you’ve been” and junk like that, but this was the legit name of the company.  Pretty cool.  Heenan cleans his shoe as wel go off the air with our “Next Week” graphic showing us we’ll see the American Males, Nasty Boys, Dean Malenko and the Savage/Luger match.

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This episode was interesting for advancing the Luger/Savage/DoD plot, but not for much else.  We did get the reveal of the Halloween Havoc main event, though, so that’s something.  The Alex Wright/Disco match was pretty good, but the other matches were pretty ordinary, which is sad for the first four match Nitro to this point.  Looking forward to seeing Dean Malenko next week, though!

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WWF Raw Ratings – 1.9

WCW Nitro Ratings – 2.7

(Raw 2, Nitro 1)

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

WCW’s longest Winning Streak (to this point) – N/A

A reversal of last week’s ratings, but giving us WCW’s first win of the Monday Night Wars.

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WWF Raw results from this week

Marty Jannetty defeated Skip (w/ Sunny) (7:39)

The Smoking Gunns (c) defeated Owen Hart & Yokozuna to win the WWF Tag Team Championship(10:09)

The Undertaker (w/ Paul Bearer) defeated The British Bulldog (w/ Jim Cornette) by DQ (7:29)

 

From an on paper standpoint, WWF may have had the better show tonight.  If nothing else, they did have Sunny, which is always a few bonus points.  Really hoping for a good show next week as the in ring action was a little lackluster this week.

Speaking of next week, the October 2nd, 1995, episode will be brought to you by Ko@2’s resident Champ, Derick!  Finally someone decides to let me have a break from the heavy lifting!  The idea is that we will all eventually be giving you Nitro and PPV recaps…and maybe even debuting a new face or two into the Ko@2 world through this…so it’s exciting to be able to sit back and watch next week while someone else takes the reigns.

Until next time…

-Shane

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