Kick Out At Nitro! 11/13/1995

Posted: November 13, 2014 by Kick Out At 2! in Kick Out At Nitro, Shane D
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KoaNitro copyHello all you WCW-ites out there!  Welcome back to another exciting edition of Kick Out at Nitro, the Internet’s only weekly journey through the world of WCW starting from the first episode of Nitro and going to the last.  This week’s episode comes to us from Jacksonville, FL, yet again.  It took me a few moments to realize that I hadn’t chosen the wrong episode when I saw that Jacksonville tag come up at the head of the episode, but we are in fact in a new week and getting our first back-to-back Nitros from the same city, as well as our first repeat host city.

I’m also going to throw this out there…after finishing this episode, I texted Derick and let him know that I had just watched the best episode of Nitro that had been aired, from a wrestling standpoint.  This show has four matches, the final three of which are all really good.  This has been my favorite episode of Nitro since I started off on this journey, so if you’re following along with this blog, I highly suggest you check it out.

We open to Pepe in a Superman (Superdog) outfit because this is where superheroes have it out.  Bischoff reiterates the closing remarks from last week’s Nitro, letting me know without a doubt that we have, in fact, traveled a week forward in time, and tells us know that the winner of the 60 man battle royal at World War 3 will be crowned the new WCW World Heavyweight Champion.  He says Jimmy Hart thought that he had it all figured out, but in reality he didn’t.  This is normal show opening stuff here, but this is the first time I really found it odd that our announcers have their backs to the ring.  Granted, they’ve got monitors, I know that…but still, you would think that if they’re commenting on the show, they should be watching the show live and then be supplemented by the monitors.  Maybe that’s just because I’m so used to Raw’s setup…or literally any other wrestling show I’ve ever watched’s setup, but still, it just struck me as odd out of nowhere.

November_13,_1995_Monday_Nitro.00001We go to a video from Hulk Hogan playing Dungeon Master for his local D&D group.  He’s dressed all in black, including a hood and Dread Pirate Roberts mask and says he’s been drawing off the dark power of the training, prayers and vitamins.  Really dark there, Hogan.  Really…darkness coming from those things?  Hogan says that the Dungeon of Doom are afraid and the power of the training, power and vitamins is immortal.  Hogan starts swinging around a giant sword, making this the oddest crap ever.  He mentions Sting and says that he doesn’t know where Sting’s head is after last week with Lex Luger.  Hogan says that he and Savage are taking the Dungeon of Doom down one man at a time and that tonight Savage is going to bring him the head of Meng on a silver platter.  Man, I love thinly veiled talks of murder in WCW at this time.  He says if Sting is with the Dungeon of Doom then that skyrockets his name to the top of their list.

We cut back to our announcers where Bobby Heenan says that he predicts that Hogan will be the first eliminated from World War 3.

Match #1: Meng (w/ Kevin Sullivan) vs “Macho Man” Randy Savage

Meng is announced as coming down with both Sullivan and Jimmy Hart, but Hart is nowhere to be seen.

Savage is announced from “The Dark Side of Venice Beach, CA” instead of his normal Sarrasota, FL, which struck me as odd.  Meng and Sullivan wait in the ring for Savage, who doesn’t come through the entrance.  He arrives from the crowd, jumping into the ring and taking out Sullivan before moving on to Meng.  Savage is in black and white, showing he’s in solidarity with Hogan.

I really don’t know if I’ve seen Savage wear the same gear twice.  I’m talking through his entire career.  This guy has spent a fortune on gear, as none of it is really simple and hasn’t been since his old trunks with the stars days.

November_13,_1995_Monday_Nitro.00005Savage takes it to Meng until he goes for the double axe handle and takes a punch to the gut.  Out comes Jimmy Hart and Meng takes over, beating Savage on the outside.  Bischoff talks about the injury to Savage’s ribs that Lex Luger caused at Havoc.  Meng backs Savage into the corner and rips his shirt open so that his chops and punches get that much more contact.  We get a ton of chops and we go to commercial, where we see that coming up we have Kensuke Sasaki vs Chris Benoit.

Back from break and Savage is still taking a beating at the hands of Meng.  Meng goes for a diving headbutt but Savage rolls out of the way.  Savage takes Meng and Jimmy Hart out, goes for the elbow, and gets the win.

Winner: Randy Savage

After the win, out comes Shark to beat down on Savage.  Lex Luger comes out as well, wearing what looks like a zubaz and tanktop combo made out of a pinstriped zoot suit.  Anyway, Lex in his Zubaz Suit Riot gear beats down Savage into the commercial break.

We come back from commercial to:

Match #2: Kensuke Sasaki vs Chris Benoit

First off, let me just mention that Kensuke Sasaki will always have a special place in my heart because his alter ego, Power Warrior, was the basis for Area 51, my favorite wrestler in Power Move Pro Wrestling, the Americanized version of Touken Retsuden, the NJPW video game for Playstation.  I loved this game and have made Area 51 in quite a few different video games since then, and that all came from this man.

November_13,_1995_Monday_Nitro.00009Benoit and Sasaki start off nose to nose, getting in each other’s face, before we get a stiff clothesline and a hard snap suplex from Sasaki.  He follows with a power slam and we’re seeing Benoit get dominated in a way we haven’t seen since his debut on Nitro.  Benoit really gets no offense in until the finale of the match.  Sasaki goes for a tilt-a-whirl slam, but Benoit reverses but Sasaki stops him and hits a back suplex for a kick out at 1.  Benoit hits two rolling German suplexes followed by a dragon suplex for the win.  Benoit only had one offensive burst consisting of three moves and gets the win.

Winner: Chris Benoit

It’s mentioned after the match that Benoit is the newest member of the IV Horsemen!  When did this happen?!  WCW Saturday Night?  I was really wanting to see this, but it happened out of nowhere.

Our Up Next graphic lets us know that we’ll be getting Johnny B Badd vs Eddie Guerrero when we come back from break.

Match #3: WCW Television Championship Match – Johnny B Badd (C) vs Eddie Guerrero

Eddie gets a jobber entrance, sadly.

We get a quick run down of WCW Saturday Night showing us we’ll get Benoit vs Eddie (man, I really need to track down the matches in this rivalry), Sting vs Bunkhouse Buck and we’ll see Dean Malenko.

Mongo mentions that Johnny B Badd doesn’t have his confetti gun and Bobby tells us that DDP has that now.  Bischoff asks Bobby who paid him (referencing the Sonny Onoo stuff from the last few weeks) and Bobby tells him to mind his own business.  He says that the Japanese wrestlers in WCW are treated poorly and he made a deal to fix that.

Bischoff lets us know that he thinks that Johnny’s plan in this match is to keep his distance and stay as far away from Eddie as possible.  That’s impossible in a wrestling match, Eric.  This is where the big boys play, not where the big boys run away from their opponents.

This match honestly will be hard to recap because a lot of it happened so quickly.  This was a very fast paced match and is one of the top 5 matches I’ve seen on Nitro since it started.  Probably up there for #1, contending with Benoit vs Eddie from a few weeks ago, truthfully.  There were a ton of two counts in this match, starting off with a slingshot legdrop from JBB to Eddie and then from a step up headscissors from Eddie to JBB.  Eddie sets JBB up for a superplex but JBB pushes him off then hits a diving sunset flip over halfway across the ring.  Eddie reverses it.  Eddie goes for a crossbody block off of an Irish whip but JBB blocks it, sending Eddie to the floor where he is hit with a diving flip from JBB.  Heenan lets us know that he thinks Johnny is stupid for that because he’s the champ; Eddie has to beat him but Johnny doesn’t have to beat Eddie.

From this point we go into reversal after reversal.  Eddie goes for a victory roll that JBB rolls into a sunset flip, JBB runs, Eddie hits a drop toehold into a la majistral cradle for two.  JBB nails Eddie with two right hooks, flooring Eddie for a bit.  The referee admonishes JBB for punching Eddie, but Eddie grabs JBB with a double leg takedown and starts pummeling JBB.  They start brawling at that point.  The referee separates them but then JBB dives over the ref to keep brawling with him.

Finally the two of them calm down and lock up.  JBB brings that into a head lock and we get back to a wrestling match.

November_13,_1995_Monday_Nitro.00013Eddie’s diving senton that he does from the apron rules.  It always has, it always will.

We get a two minute warning, letting us know that we are under a ten minute time limit in this match.

JBB hits Eddie with a tombstone piledriver and the referee has to dive over the two of them to count the two.  Eddie hits a tornado DDT with 45 seconds left for two.  A double crossbody block takes both men out at the 15 second mark.  They make it to their knees at 5 seconds left and finish the match with a brawl.

Winner: Time Limit Draw – Johnny B Badd remains WCW Television Champion

The referee breaks up the brawl but the two continue to push and shove each other.  Finally they shake hands and embrace.  I REALLY hope that these two get a rematch at World War 3!

November_13,_1995_Monday_Nitro.00015We go back to our announcers and Bischoff tells us that Hogan has said he wants Sting next week on Nitro.  We can see that The Giant and Jimmy Hart are in the ring behind the announcers mocking Hogan’s “hand to ear” pose.

With that, we cut to Mean Gene in the ring with The Giant, Jimmy Hart and Kevin Sullivan.  Gene bitches at Jimmy again for turning on Hogan.  Jimmy says the only thing he hates now is the fact that he has over 200 Hulkamania jackets that he doesn’t know what to do with.  Jimmy is so much better as a heel.  He’s so irritating and it’s awesome.

Kevin Sullivan says that he’s laid away for over ten years planning ways to beat Hogan.  That’s interesting since they weren’t in the same company during those 10 years, so he really had no reason to do so, but whatever, at least it gives us some character motivation. He says that World War 3 is going to be the biggest match ever and that the Giant is going to be the winner so we might as well hand him the belt now.  He asks Gene if he would bet against The Giant and Gene agrees that he’s the odds on favorite.  Giant says that they’re can be only one, so he gets props from me for the Highlander reference, then says he’ll win and be WCW Champion forever.  After that we go off to commercial and an Up Next graphic promising us Sting vs Dean Malenko.

Match #4: Sting (WCW United States Champion) vs Dean Malenko

Man, it’s really apparent how short Dean is in this match.  He gets Sting in a waistlock but Sting powers out, showing us he will have the definite strength advantage in this match.  The announcers put over Dean’s movelist and talk up him being the Man of 1,000 Holds.  Dean goes for a leapfrog off of an Irish whip but Sting catches him with a gorilla press slam out of it.  After Dean stands up, Sting shakes his hand, though, so we know we’re getting a good babyface vs babyface match and that Sting is still an honorable man despite his conversation with Luger last week.  Dean Irish whips Sting and then responds with a dropkick to Sting’s knee, setting him on the offensive against Sting’s knee for the rest of the match.  Dean grabs a kneebar as we go to commercial.

Back from the break and Sting is still down.  Dean puts on the kneebar again as we get a replay from the commercial break showing us that Sting had Dean down and went for the Scorpion Deathlock but Dean got to the ropes and broke the hold.  Sting powers back into the mach, Irish whips Dean who reverses and dropkicks his knee again.  He then hits a standing splash to his knee.

November_13,_1995_Monday_Nitro.00021Bischoff tells us that Dean devotes every match to his father, The Great Malenko as Dean locks on a version of an Indian Deathlock.  He wrenches the knee a bit as he stands up and falls backwards with the hold.  They make it to their feet and Dean hits a beautiful bridging German suplex.  Dean goes for a dropkick to Sting as he rebounds from an Irish whip, but Sting grabs the top rope, stopping himself as Dean falls to the mat.  Dean goes up top for a missile dropkick.  He tries to follow up with a Texas Cloverleaf but Sting rolls him up for the win.

Winner: Sting

Nitro goes to commercial and comes back as the announcers go over the Sting/Hogan situation again.  We go to the ring where Mean Gene is with Sting.  Gene mentions Hogan and brings up the Luger thing from last week.  He pitches the match next week and asks Sting what’s up.  Sting says there are no issues with Hogan.  He says he could let it slide when Hogan called him a little dog waiting on the porch.  In WCW, he’s a big dog and he’s got a long list of people he’s put down.  He’s looking forward to the match.

The announcers do a final pitch for Nitro next week and take us off the air.

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This was, without a doubt, the best Nitro since I started.  The Sasaki/Benoit, Eddie/JBB and Sting/Malenko matches were all great.  The Sasaki match shows us that we’re going to get a lot more NJPW involvement, which is great.  JBB and Eddie sets up for what could be an amazing match at World War 3 if they follow up on it.  I really hope it’s at the PPV and not on a random Saturday Night that I can’t watch.  That would make me unhappy.  I’m excited about Sting vs Hogan next week, too.  Sting has been playing too much of a second tier role in WCW behind Hogan and even Savage, so I’m happy to see Sting brought back up into the main event and not against Flair.  That being said, Sting has a lot on his plate right now.  We’ve got issues with the new Horsemen, with Hogan, and with Luger, so Sting is in the middle of some stuff right now.  I’m interested to see where he goes.

Can’t wait to see you all here again next week!

Shane

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Ratings Breakdown

WWF Raw Ratings –2.6

WCW Nitro Ratings – 2

(Raw 5, Nitro 3 ) (Tie Weeks – 2)

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

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

 

Hate to see Nitro lose this week.  This was an amazing show, so I really wish it would have gotten it’s due.  Oh well.

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WWF Raw results from this week

Henry O. Godwinn vs. Hunter Hearst Helmsley ended in a no contest

Ahmed Johnson defeated Jake Steele

King Mabel (w/ Sir Mo) defeated Roy Raymond

Sid (w/ Ted DiBiase) defeated Razor Ramon (with The 1-2-3 Kid as Special guest referee)

 

This beat this particular episode of Nitro?!  I know that I don’t really do this fairly because I actually watch Nitro and I just weigh Raw on paper, but really?!  Two job matches beat this great show?

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