Kick Out at Nitro! – 12/18/1995

Posted: December 29, 2014 by Kick Out At 2! in Kick Out At Nitro, Shane D
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KoaNitro copyHello everyone and welcome to another episode of WCW Monday Nitro and another installment of Kick Out at Nitro, the Internet’s premier walkthrough of WCW History starting at WCW Monday Nitro episode one and going forward.

Nitro comes to us from Augusta, Georgia, for what seems like the second or third time since Nitro started back in September.  I know that WCW is based out of Atlanta, but damn, Georgia is getting some play as it comes to Nitro.  Bischoff lets us know that we’ve got The Giant vs Macho Man tonight…and suddenly Madusa arrives on TV.  December_18,_1995_Monday_Nitro.00001This is the big gimmick where she throws the WWF Women’s Championship in the trash.  She says she is Madusa and has always been Madusa.  She drops the belt into the trash, saying that’s what she thinks about the WWF Women’s Championship.  Now she’s in WCW, where the big boys play…and now where the big girls play.  Mongo says that he’s getting tired of all of these wrestlers charging up to the stage and bothering them, so tonight he’s got a surprise for that…William “the Refrigerator” Perry!  Perry shakes Heenan’s hand, crushing it, as they kick us off to…

Match #1: “Nature Boy” Ric Flair vs Eddie Guerrero

Eddie is already in the ring as Flair makes his entrance.  I wonder if the match will happen this time as last time Pillman took on the match since it was “beneath” Flair.

The bell rings and this match is on!

They really have strapped the rocket to Eddie at this point.  Of course, that rocket fizzles out around the mid card, as all WCW rockets not named Goldberg do.

December_18,_1995_Monday_Nitro.00004Bischoff tells us that whoever wins the WCW Championship match tonight will face Ric Flair next week on Nitro.  World title matches two weeks in a row…and the one next week goes to someone who is in the triangle match at Starrcade.  That just seems dumb to me.  Why is Flair getting a title shot before he gets his #1 contendership match?  Why is WCW giving away two title matches on free TV before a PPV?

Flair and Eddie go back and forth with Eddie eventually getting the better of Flair and taking a moment to strut and “whooo,” much to the dismay of Flair.  Eddie takes Flair down with two dropkicks, going for a third off of an Irish whip but Flair grabs the top rope and Eddie takes the bump.  Flair goes for the Figure 4 and Eddie rolls him into a small package for a quick count.  They are doing a great job in this match showing that Eddie can hang with Flair.

Eddie goes up top and Flair hits the ropes, knocking Eddie to the outside where he hurts his knee.  Flair leans the knee against the guard rail and kicks it hard before sending Eddie back into the ring. He stomps the leg a few times for good measure as well before locking on the Figure 4.  Flair reaches back to the top rope to get some leverage on the hold but Eddie is refusing to give up.  I love old school heel tactics.  At the risk of sounding like Jim Ross, stuff like this needs come back!  Eddie passes out from the pain and the ref counts his shoulders for three.

Winner: Ric Flair

Flair is joined by Arn Anderson immediately after the match, prompting Mean Gene to climb into the ring as well.  As the trainer is trying to get Eddie out of the ring, Flair keeps stomping him.  Anderson says it sounds like they’re on a roll.  Tonight it was Eddie, Saturday Night it was Johnny B Badd and last Monday it was Paul Orndorff.  There are two ground rules to being a Horseman: you don’t put personal achievement ahead of the group and if you jump on one of us, you jump on all of us.  Flair starts talking and out comes Kevin Sullivan and Jimmy Hart.  Sullivan says he respects both Flair and Anderson but they have a loose cannon on their ship.  He says that he doesn’t care about Paul Orndorff, but when Pillman knocks the Dungeon of Doom, he knocks every member of his team.  He tells Anderson that as the Enforcer, he better keep Pillman on a short leash or he’s going to come look for him.  Flair says there’s no problem.  Anderson says there IS a problem…if he comes looking for Pillman, he’ll find all of them.  I love Anderson standing up for Pillman here.

As the announcers are talking, Craig “Pit-bull” Pittman comes to the announce booth.  So much for William Perry helping out with this.  Pittman says he’s there to ask Bobby Heenan to be his manager so he can win the world title.  Heenan says that he doesn’t manage anymore, he’s a broadcast journalist.  He says, however, he would be happy to put him with someone else like Jimmy Hart.  Pittman says if he doesn’t get some help soon, he’s not going to take any prisoners.

We go to commercial and come back to…

Match #2: Lex Luger w/ Jimmy Hart vs Marcus Alexander Bagwell

Luger spends almost half of his matches wandering around outside the ring, it seems.  They start the match off with Bagwell evading Lex a good bit, finally dropkicking him off of the ring apron to the floor.  Lex comes back into the ring with a vengeance, though, until going for a clothesline in the corner that Bagwell moves out of the way of, allowing him to come back and get a few clotheslines of his own.  Bagwell hits a flying clothesline and goes for a splash but Lex gets the knees up and into Buff’s gut they go.  Luger takes the opportunity from that and hits a slam then gets Bagwell into the Torture Rack for the win.December_18,_1995_Monday_Nitro.00012

Winner: Lex Luger

Mean Gene is waiting at the entrance ramp for Luger and Hart.  I like this about WCW.  All WWF interviews seem to happen as pre-tapes backstage…I like that Gene will catch a wrestler immediately after a match or a big thing that happens.  Really gives it more of a real sports flair.  Hart calls Luger the uncrowned WCW Champion.  Luger says he’s going to show some video footage that proves it…however no video footage is shown.

Up Next – Sting vs Earl Robert Eaton

Coming back from commercial we get the run down for WCW Saturday Night.  Arn Anderson vs Johnny B Badd, VK Wallstreet vs Alex Wright, Craig Pittman vs Cobra, Lex Luger will be there and a “very interesting” interview with Sting.

Match #3: Earl Robert Eaton w/ Jeeves vs Sting

Heenan asks if Sting is a good guy or a bad guy and Mongo says he’s a good guy with a bad friend.

I love that they somehow got Bobby Eaton, from Alabama, to act as a proper British gentleman.

Back and forth match through most of this with some great ground wrestling by Eaton.  Eaton goes for a knee drop off the top, Sting moves and Sting is on the warpath.  Stinger Splash, Scorpion Deathlock for the win.

Winner: Sting

December_18,_1995_Monday_Nitro.00015Mean Gene is in the ring with Sting.  Say that five times fast!  Gene says they need to talk about the triangle match at Starrcade.  Sting says the entire world knows what Sting thinks about the Nature Boy.  He’ll never forget about Flair parading out the kids to get him on his side.  Even after two Scorpion Deathlocks, he hasn’t forgotten.  As far as Luger, Sting is upset at Luger saying he’s going to run through all of WCW.  Sting says he’s been WCW Champion five times and he’d love to make it six!

Up Next – Savage vs The Giant.  We come back from commercial to Bischoff pitching WCW Halloween Havoc on VHS tomorrow.

Match #4: WCW World Championship Match – The Giant w/ Kevin Sullivan and Jimmy Hart vs “Macho Man” Randy Savage (Champion)

The announcers are still playing up Savage’s injured arm, saying it’s Savage’s disadvantage.

When was the last time Sullivan wrestled?  The Renegade match?

The Giant charges Savage a few times with Savage ducking out of the way each time, eventually jumping on his back and grabbing a sleeper hold.  Giant flips Savage over his head, slamming him down.  Giant regroups on the apron with Hart, but Savage attacks from behind, knocking Hart to the floor.  He attempts to slam The Giant to no avail, allowing The Giant to take over.  Giant whips him into the corner and responds with a kick twice, and then body slams Savage.  Mongo says that Giant picks up Savage like he picks up Pepe.  Giant picks up Savage in a bear hug as they go to commercial.

Back from commercial to The Giant slamming Savage again in the center of the ring.  Giant grabs Savage for the chokeslam, but Savage fights it off, going after Giant’s eyes.  He goes for a two running clotheslines, then on the third Giant catches him and gives him a big back breaker, carrying him around, according to Bischoff, “like a child.”  Giant picks Savage up with both hands around his throat and just tosses him, causing Savage to roll to the floor.  He throws Savage back into the ring then goes up to the top and dives off with a splash.  Thankfully, Giant moves, and Savage hits a big elbow drop for the 1…2…

December_18,_1995_Monday_Nitro.00017The Giant bench-press throws Savage off of him!  He jumps up and dropkicks Savage out of the ring to boot.  Man, Savage can take a beating.  Giant has Savage on the floor and begins to peel up the padding at ringside.  He goes to vertical suplex Savage but Savage grabs the ropes and climbs back into the ring.  Giant hits Savage with the chokeslam and then drops a leg on Savage.  Giant goes to cover and out comes Hulk Hogan with a steel chair.  He hits Giant, causing the DQ, then hits Sullivan, then Giant again with a nasty chair uppercut.  He hits Nick Patrick with one for good measure then hits Giant a few more times.  Mongo, William Perry and Doug Dillinger.  Hogan hits Dillinger with a chair as well.  Hogan’s probation is really going to play into this.

Seriously, Hogan…WTF?  Granted I’m sure he wanted to help his friend, but that’s total heel crap right there, Hogan.

Off to commercial, and we come back to Mean Gene with Savage and Hogan.  Hogan says that next week Flair gets a title match next week…what about Hogan?!  Out comes Giant, being held back by Craig Pittman and Sullivan.  Hogan runs out with the chair again and beats everyone down with the chair again.  He runs back, says by hook or by crook, everything is going crazy in WCW.  Hogan says he’s tired of this probation…his name is on that title…and Savage owes him a title shot!  Savage says Hulk Hogan has gone Looney Tunes…which is the put calling the kettle black right there.  Savage says next week he has to defend the title against Flair.  Hogan says he wishes Savage all the luck next week and he knows that Savage can beat Flair.  Savage says when he beats Flair, he has to get past Starrcade…the winner of the triangle match as well as Tenzan.  After that, though…the match the World has been waiting for…and Jupiter, Saturn, Venus…”Macho Man” Randy Savage vs Hulk Hogan.  Hogan asks the Hulkamaniacs if they want Savage vs Hogan which everyone yells yes.  Hogan says that he has a ton of respect for Mongo on the football field…but if Mongo wants to play in Hogan’s world, he’ll get hurt.  Savage asks Hogan if he can have his chair…because when he gets Sullivan and Giant to autograph it, he’s going to make a lot of money.

We go to the announcers to close out the show.  Bischoff asks Mongo what’s going on in Hogan’s head.  Mongo says that he’s not trying to get into Hogan’s arena, he’s just trying to keep him from being hurt by himself.  Heenan says he’ll knock out William Perry.

Bischoff pitches Starrcade a week too early as we close out the show.

 

Ratings Breakdown

WWF Raw Ratings –2.3

WCW Nitro Ratings – 2.7

(Raw – 6, Nitro – 7 ) (Tie Weeks – 2)

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

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

 

WCW takes another two in a row that puts them back into the win column for the overall battle at 7-6.

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WWF Raw results from this week

Jeff Jarrett defeated Fatu via DQ (5:47)

Buddy Landel defeated Bob Holly (6:51)

Razor Ramon (c) defeated Yokozuna by Count Out to retain the WWF Intercontinental Championship (8:46)

 

Not the best Raw on paper.  That being said, as much as I have considered watching the competing Raw as I go through this Nitro journey, I’m glad I don’t because more often than not I look at the results and think “man, what a bad show!”  I think there has only been about one episode of Raw so far that I’ve considered going back to watch since I started this.  Nitro is definitely the better show and I’m ready for the ratings to start really showing that.

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