Kick Out at Nitro! – 11/20/1995

Posted: November 20, 2014 by Kick Out At 2! in Kick Out At Nitro, Shane D
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Hello fellow WCW fans!  I want to start off with an apology, of sorts.  I had been taking great pride in getting these posts out on the day that the events actually happened, but due to some major changes and the passing of a loved one, my last few weeks have been shot to crap, so I haven’t been able to keep up with these.  Therefore, until I get back in the rhythm and real-time of these posts, they’re going to just come sporadically and out of nowhere.  Today’s will cover 11/20, the next will be World War 3, and then we’ll finish up with 11/27 and 12/4 sometime soon.  My plan is to hopefully be back in rhythm by 12/11, but we’ll see.  If nothing else, I should be back in real time for the start of 2015/1996.  Thank you for your patience and I hope that the time off hasn’t made you run away from the website.

-Shane

 

 

KoaNitro copyHello again everyone and welcome to Kick out at Nitro, our weekly look into the past and long ago times of 1995 where we bring you goodness from the bygone era of WCW.  Tonight’s episode of Nitro comes to us from Macon Georgia.  We open on our announcers where we see Pepe dressed as a cowboy matching Mongo’s shirt tonight. Bischoff lets us know that we’re in for the “Super Bowl” of wrestling tonight as they hype Sting vs Hogan.  Heenan says he’ll be rooting for Sting tonight.  After Sting wins, though, he hopes that he falls down the stairs, hits his head and they take each other out.

Match #1: Scott Norton vs The Shark – Special Rematch

Shark attacks Norton from behind during his entrance.  Hoss fight in the entrance way.  They brawl at ringside for a while before they finally get into the ring and start the match properly.  Shark locks up a bearhug into a belly-to-belly suplex and follows with a big elbow drop.  WCW seems to do a lot of heel vs heel matches.  It’s odd that this one is a feud that has been building for weeks between two heels. Norton comes back after some no-selling, Shark runs into the turnbuckle, Norton follows with a big scoop powerslam for the win.  Bischoff references Grandma Bee’s from the Road Warriors doc.

Winner: Scott Norton

With that we go to commercial break.  Up next, Eddie Guerrero vs Ric Flair.
November_20,_1995_Monday_Nitro.00007We come back to Mene Gene in the entrance way with Kevin Sullivan and Jimmy Hart.  Jimmy says that tonight is Sting’s night.  He can beat the Immortal Hulk Hogan.  Jimmy won’t be at his side…he’s lost the Hulkamaniacs.  When Hogan came into WCW Sting was the one that gave him the stamp of approval.  Sting was the one he called when he needed a co-star for Thunder in Paradice.  However, now Hogan has a new best friend in Macho Man, and Macho Man got the episode of Baywatch, not Sting.

Sullivan puts over World War 3, saying that this is the first time Hogan will be in the ring with a lot of the Dungeon of Doom at once.  Gene ends the interview by calling them “two of the biggest pieces of human garbage” he’s ever met.

Back to the announcers and Bobby puts over that when Savage came to WCW, he said that he had one plan, and that was the WCW title.  How much can Hogan really trust him?

Disco’s music starts instead of Eddie’s.  Eddie comes out and interrupts Disco, who is trying to sell copies of his new CD.

Match #2: Eddie Guerrero vs Ric Flair

Flair comes out in street clothes with Brian Pillman, who is dressed to wrestle.  Pillman is in his 4H tights!  Flair grabs a mic and says that apparently there was a mistake made in the wrestling world as people actually thought he was going to come out here and wrestle Guerrero.  He says he’s so focused on Sting that he’s going to let Pillman have the honors of pounding Guerrero through the mat.  He says that as they speak, Double A and Benoit are gassing up the jet and getting the Hooters girls ready.  He tells Pillman to take care of his light work and he’ll hold the jet.

Match #2: Eddie Guerrero vs Flyin’ Brian Pillman

Match starts and Pillman taunts Eddie with his jacket like he’s a matador.  Eddie gives him a death stare and goes after him, hitting a flying head scissors and smacking the taste out of Pillman’s mouth.  Eddie is taking it to Pillman until he goes for a dive off the top and Pillman hits him with a dropkick.  Pillman takes back over, raking Eddie’s eyes on the top rope, going for an eye gouge and then choking Eddie against the bottom rope.  Back to a pretty even match but with Pillman controlling the pace.  Pillman reverses a suplex attempt into the ring and suplexes Eddie to the floor, heading up to the top afterwards.  He goes for a dive off onto Eddie, who moves and Pillman eats the guardrail.  As Pillman gets his bearings, Eddie dives off the top onto him, taking him out.  Back in the ring, Pillman begs off but Eddie gets control and nails a brainbuster, going up top for the frog splash, but Pillman hits the ropes, crotching Eddie.  Pillman goes for a superplex but Eddie shoves him off and hits a beautiful Frog Splash for the win!

Winner: Eddie Guerrero

Up Next: Hawk vs Big Bubba

Saturday Night – Luger in the Main Event, Hugh Morrus, VK Wallstreet and Disco Inferno

Replay of the Dungeon of Doom from last week attacking Randy Savage and injuring his arm.  The announcers talk about how it may cost him at World War 3.

November_20,_1995_Monday_Nitro.00010Match #3: Big Bubba Rogers vs Road Warrior Hawk

Hawk and Bubba go at it on the floor then carry into the ring with Hawk hitting a back body drop and a big clothesline.  Hawk goes up top for a body splash but Bubba moves and then takes control.   Match continues with Bubba in control.  Hawk goes up top for a clothesline but Bubba brings him down to the mat.  Bubba tapes his fist up and goes to his Hawk but out comes Hacksaw Jim Duggan and trips up Bubba, causing him to land on his own fist.  Hawk covers for the win.

Winner: Road Warrior Hawk

As Hawk is heading to the back he says “I told you I was back…”  Um, you didn’t win that one yourself there, Hawk.

We head to commercial with the Up Next graphic showing us Hogan vs Sting.

Match #4: Sting vs Hulk Hogan

Sting comes out wearing the red and yellow.  He also comes out not wearing the WCW United States Championship.  Did he lose that recently?

Nov 1We come back from commercial break to Hogan’s music but Savage coming out with his arm in a sling, motioning to the back for Hogan to come out.  Hogan comes in from the crowd, wearing a mask as the crowd boos the crap out of him.  He taps Sting on the shoulder and the two get in each other’s face and jaw jack until Hogan pushes Sting.  Sting kicks and takes it to Hogan off the bat.

My Google-Fu also shows me that Sting lost the WCW United States Championship to Kensuke Sasaki in Japan at a house show.  Good job referencing that, WCW.

I really like Sting in red and yellow.  It first him.  It’s also neat watching this knowing what the big feud will be coming into this time next year.

Hogan takes control for the most part, taking it to the outside and hitting Sting with a suplex to the floor.  Back in the ring, Sting hits a cross body off of an Irish whip.  Bischoff talks about how this turns his stomach because Sting was such a big part of why Hogan came to WCW.  While Hogan has Sting down, Savage is on the outside yelling at Hogan to “find out if he’s with us or against us…lean on him and find out what he’s all about.”  Hogan pulls out a rolling Fujiwara Armbar that looks like Alberto Del Rio’s in slow motion.  Sting powers out and the two do some chain wrestling leading to a full nelson that Sting powers out of and then into a headlock.  Why hasn’t Hogan grown his mustache back?

I remember the black Hogan stuff being over right after Halloween Havoc, so this is almost like it’s new to me.  I forgot that they started gunning for Sting.

November_20,_1995_Monday_Nitro.00018Stinger Splash but Hogan catches and bear hugs him, throwing Sting down.  Hogan still in control after that, hitting a few more suplexes to Sting.  Heenan calls these two the biggest names in the industry a few times.  Nice to see him including Sting in that, especially with Savage outside.  Sting powers back and gets Hogan in the Scorpion Deathlock.  Hogan powers out of it and starts his Hulk Up routine.  Big Boot…goes for leg drop, Sting moves.  Back to the Scorpion Deathlock.  “He’s gonna break my leg, Macho!”  Hogan is grabbing the ref and pleading for his life as the Dungeon of Doom hits the ring and destroys everyone.  Sting is fighting them off, Hogan joins in.  They clear the ring as The Giant comes in and goes to chokeslam them both, but Savage hits Giant with a chair as he lifts them.  Savage goes up for the chokeslam but his friends don’t save him so he eats a chokeslam.  Sting and Hogan grab a chair and clothesline Giant with it, sending him to the floor as we go to commercial.

We come back from commercial to Kevin Sullivan straight up throttling Bobby Heenan as Jimmy Hart yells into his megaphone.  Heenan’s headset is broken and he looks like he’s seen some stuff, man.

“And they LIKE me!  What do you think they’re going to do at World War 3 to Sting, Hogan, Savage, etc!?”

We’re only 6 days from World War 3 and the crowning of a new World Champion!  Bischoff apologizes for running over and we go off the air.

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Not a bad episode, but not really the episode you want to send you into the Pay Per View.  The Hogan/Sting stuff was pretty cool as I liked seeing Sting stand up for himself and work to prove that he’s with Hogan, but also that he’s not going to take any of Hogan’s crap as we see with him straight kicking Hogan in the gut after Hogan shoved him.  Guerrero / Pillman was a good match as well and I wonder if they’re going to carry any of that over into WW3.  I kind of figured they’d wait for the PPV to blow off Shark vs Norton as well, but no dice.

The weirdest thing, I think, is that outside of the battle royale, I don’t know any of the matches for World War 3 and it’s only six days away.  As a normal episode of Nitro, this is okay, but as the blow off show for World War 3, this is terrible.  The only thing hyped up is the main event for the title, which, don’t get me wrong, is huge, but you still have 5-6 other matches that you have to fill that card with and unless they started making matches on Saturday Night and I’m just not getting them, I gotta say that this PPV has been setup for failure.

Then again this is a company that lets one of their biggest names lose a championship at a house show and then doesn’t reference it at all…

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Ratings Breakdown

WWF Raw Ratings – 2.3

WCW Nitro Ratings – 2.5

(Raw – 5, Nitro – 4 ) (Tie Weeks – 2)

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

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

 

WCW gets another win!

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WWF Raw results from this week

The 1-2-3 Kid defeated Hakushi

Skip & Savio Vega fought to a No Contest

Owen Hart & Shawn Michaels fought to a No Contest when Shawn Michaels collapsed in the ring

This one took place in Richmond, VA, so close to my old hometown.  It’s also the episode that started HBK’s lead into Wrestlemania that year, so this is a pretty significant Raw.  I could see where Hogan/Sting beat it, though, as it really only because relevant after the fact, so Hogan/Sting promoted for a week I could definitely see besting Owen vs Shawn, despite how good that match could be on paper.  Kid vs Hakushi looks like a pretty good match, too.  I may have to track down this Raw as it honestly seems like the best one on paper since I started following this time.

Well, that will do it for this week, folks…join us here soon for World War 3!

Shane

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