Kick Out at Nitro! – Starrcade! – 12/27/1995

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Great Muta sadly is not on this event.

Great Muta sadly is not on this event.

Hello ladies and gentlemen and welcome to Starrcade!  We’re at the culmination of 1995 and our journey through WCW and Nitro thus far.  Starrcade has always been presented as WCW’s biggest show of the year.  This year’s comes from Nashville, TN, and comes to us on a Wednesday instead of a Sunday.  According to Kevin Sullivan’s podcast on MLW, this was due to a potential strike by the Writer’s Guild that would have also involved the cameramen and crew, so they needed to get the show underway before that happened.

We get an opening pitching the WCW/NJPW World Cup and then go to our announcers, which is the normal PPV crew of Bobby Heenan, Tony Schiavone and Dusty Rhodes.  They run down the card and Dusty predicts that Ric Flair will be the new WCW World Heavyweight Champion.

Match #1: WCW vs NJPW – “The Crippler” Chris Benoit vs Jushin Thunder Liger w/ Sonny Onoo

Benoit is out in full Horsemen gear.  Tony mentions that Benoit is well versed in the Japanese wrestling style.

All of the NJPW guys will be managed by Sonny Onoo.  From what Sullivan’s podcast has said, NJPW didn’t really like Onoo, so I wonder how they feel about him being so linked to their wrestlers.

Schiavone tells us that Benoit and Liger competed earlier in the year in Europe for a Light Heavyweight championship.

This match gets off to a quick start with some back and forth wrestling, the opening culminating with Benoit being sent outside and Liger hitting rolling flip off of the apron to the floor.  Benoit and Liger engage in the test of strength, with Benoit taking him all the way down to the mat but Liger pushing Benoit off with his feet and pulling himself into a head scissors.  Benoit goes for his powerbomb but is reversed out of it with an armdrag.

Tony tells us that the World Cup is a Best of 7 series, but regardless of the wins and losses, there will be 7 matches, so it’s possible WCW can sweep.  Dusty says that’s highly unlikely.

Benoit hits a hard clothesline and locks Liger in a Liontamer a year before Jericho is able to use it.  He lets go and starts chopping the crap out of Liger, who retaliates with a palm strike rush.  Benoit side steps it and hits a German Suplex for two.  Liger pulls Benoit into an inverted surfboard that he pulls into a Dragon Sleeper and then rolls into a camel clutch.  Benoit is able to stand out of it and drop Liger to the mat.  Benoit goes for a side suplex but Liger rolls and falls into a cover.  Benoit goes for a Tombstone but Liger reverses into a pancake.  Liger goes up top and Benoit follows and superplexes him and the crowd erupts.  Tony mentioned that normally the fans wouldn’t cheer Benoit, but since it’s WCW vs NJPW, even the heels will get cheers for this.  Benoit slams Liger and goes for the diving head-butt however Liger moves and Benoit eats canvas.  Liger sends Benoit to the corner and hits his rolling kick then follows with a Liger Bomb but wasn’t able to lock the legs over Benoit’s shoulders so it resulted in a two count.  Liger follows with a brainbuster but Benoit kicks out again by two.  Benoit hits a hard clothesline and follows with a pair of rolling Germans and hits that nasty snap powerbomb before heading to the top rope again for the diving head-butt.  Out comes Kevin Sullivan, running his mouth at Benoit, who drops a potential Tiger Suplex to go get into Sullivan’s face.  As he turns, Liger hits an ugly Frankensteiner for the win.

Winner: Jushin Thunder Liger (NJPW 1 / WCW 0)

Schiavone makes a point to tell us that Sullivan is out there due to Brian Pillman, which is a weird way to show your frustration with a man who is not even in the match.

We go backstage to Mean Gene and Eddie Guerrero.  Eddie says that Sullivan had to reason to be out there in that match.  Eddie is glad that he was chosen as one of the seven as he sees it as an honor.  He puts over Otani and says that he’s going to do his best to win it for us.

Gene pitches us back to the ring for…

Match #2: WCW vs NJPW – Koji Kanemoto w/ Sonny Onoo vs “Das Wunderkind” Alex Wright

Kanemoto is the current IWGP Light Heavyweight Champion at this point.  He loses it at the January 4th Tokyo Dome show to Jushin Liger, so he won’t have it for but about another week.

The announcers tell us Hulk Hogan is in the final week of his suspension.  He’ll be reinstated at the beginning of January.

Heenan again reiterates to us that the NJPW wrestlers have been here for two weeks training.  He says they went into the Smokey Mountains to train and wrestle, which draws a scoff from Tony, saying “Nobody wrestles in the Smokey Mountains!”  I’m certain Jim Cornette loved that.

The announcers put over the fact that the pressure is on Alex Wright to keep WCW from going 0-2.

This match is pretty back and forth.  Alex Wright gets an upper hand as he hits a dive from the ring to the floor.  Kanemoto gets in a fan’s face after he stands up, though, which was funny.  Kanemoto takes over the match at this point, though.  At one point he gets Wright laying in the corner on the top rope and chopping him in the stomach before hitting a big dropkick to Wright’s midsection.  Wright finally escapes the ring but Kanemoto hits a dive from the ring to Wright.  Wright tries to suplex Kanemoto into the ring but Kanemoto reverses it into a Tiger Suplex for a one count as Wright gets into the ropes.  Kanemoto hits a beautiful moonsault but pulls up off the pin.  Wright ducks a clothesline and hits his German Suplex for two.  He whips him into the corner and hits a slam before heading outside to do a vaulting body press.  Kanemoto gets his foot on the ropes at 1, though.  Wright goes for a missile dropkick and Kanemoto tries to dropkick him out of the air but the result just looks dumb.  Kanemoto whips Wright into the corner but Wright jumps and dives out with a body press for two.  Kanemoto slams him and hits a second rope twisting senton for two.

Kanemoto goes up top for a diving splash but Wright dropkicks him in the stomach then goes back up top for his own missile dropkick and hits it this time.  He lifts Kanemoto up to for a superplex for two.  Kanemoto throws Wright into the corner and Wright goes to vault back over him but Kanemoto catches him and drops him with a snake-eyes into the corner.  Wright stands up, Kanemoto grabs his legs and takes him down then rolls him up for the win.

Winner: Koji Kanemoto (NJPW 2 / WCW 0)

Mean Gene is going to speak with Sonny Onoo, but first he needs to pitch us the WCW Hotline (1-900-909-9900).  Apparently this week a large sum of money was offered to a superstar and Mark Madden will have the news for us later.  Sonny Onoo is very happy.  He says that soon they’ll be 5-0, but Gene says it’ll never get to that because at 4-0 they’ll close up shop, which isn’t true and directly contradicts what Schiavone said earlier.  Sonny says after they win, they’ll buy WCW and then maybe Iowa.  Gene says WCW isn’t for sale, but Onoo says that this is America…everything is for sale.

Match #3: WCW vs NJPW – Masahiro Chono w/ Sonny Onoo vs Lex Luger w/ Jimmy Hart

Luger comes out to a nice round of cheers, showing that this Tennessee crowd really is going to cheer the heels against NJPW.  As Luger makes his entrance Tony runs down the major feuds in WCW, mentioning Orndorff.  He says that he’s still nursing a neck injury and hasn’t been cleared.  WCW still hasn’t announced his retirement it seems.

Tony points out that both of these men have held the Big Gold belt that Savage currently holds.  I wasn’t watching wrestling when Chono was WCW International Heavyweight Champion but I do remember that it happened, so that was a cool thing to throw out there.  Luger starts off strong, taking Chono out and lifting him with a gorilla press slam.  If it’s one thing that Luger and Sting can guarantee, it’s that they’ll gorilla press someone before the night is over.  Chono fires back a bit, though, hitting Luger with a Mafia kick that sends Luger to his favorite place of late…the ringside floor.  Seriously, Luger spends as much time on the floor as he does in the ring during his matches anymore.

I wonder if this agreement between NJPW and WCW is what brought about Virtual Pro Wrestling (aka WCW vs the World) for PlayStation.  If nothing else, I know this match is where they got part of their cover as a shot of this match adorns it.

I am actually really surprised that WCW had seven different Japanese sounding music choices for these wrestlers.  I’m actually more surprised they used different ones.  I figured they would just use the same one seven times, honestly.

Chono locks on his signature STF but Luger gets out.  Luger also eats a Mafia Kick, causing Dusty to go postal and wonder why it’s called the Mafia Kick.  Chono comes off the top rope but Lex hits Chono with a back elbow and then picks him up for the Torture Rack for the win.  The crowd goes nuts for Luger.

Winner: Lex Luger (NJPW 2 / WCW 1)

We go to Mean Gene who tells us it’s beginning to look a lot like…December 27th.  Way to drop off there, Gene.  Mean Gene brings up that Sting will wrestle Sasaki tonight but that the WCW US Championship will not be up for grabs.  Sting says that was a bad day, asks Gene why he brought it up, and then tells us that Sonny Onoo will buy WCW over his dead body.  Gene brings up the triangle match and Sting says “I bet you’re going to ask me your favorite question, aren’t you?”  Gene of course follows with “What’s the deal with Luger!?”  Sting says he’s busy sorting out everything.  He mentions everyone involved in the triangle match and Macho Man as well.

Match #4: WCW vs NJPW – Johnny B Badd w/ Diamond Doll vs Masa Saito w/ Sonny Onoo

Kimberly comes out dressed as a cheerleader in JBB’s colors and does a one armed cartwheel, so that was pretty awesome.  She definitely seems happier to be with JBB than with DDP.  Johnny has not one but TWO glitter guns!  He gives one to Kim and they both glitter the front row.

Heenan mentions that he used to manage Saito in AWA.

Sonny Onoo starts yelling at the referee and trying to get Kim sent backstage.  Kim goes super racial and calls Sonny “Hop Sing” and tells him that this “ain’t no Japanese bath house,” and that she “ain’t no Geisha girl” and asks if this sport is meant for men, why is HE here?  Sonny looks at Johnny and very seriously says “control your woman.”

Johnny and Saito go through a bit of a feeling out process before starting to just all out chop the living crap out of each other!  You definitely get that 90’s NJPW feel from that exchange.  Saito gets the upper hand with a thumb to the throat, though.  Saito chokes JBB against the ropes and then we get our first interaction from Onoo in this event as he chokes JBB out with the Japanese flag he’s been carrying.

Heenan brings up Craig Pittman asking him about being his manager and Tony tells us that he also asked Col. Robert Parker and was turned down.  I like this running gag of no one wanting to manage Pittman and am wondering where it’s going.  Knowing WCW, probably nowhere and it’ll just stop being acknowledged.  I have a feeling a lot of it will end up playing out on Saturday Night, though.

Johnny starts hitting some top rope moves, including a sunset flip for two before wailing on Saito with his left hands, knocking him down and following with a vertical suplex.  JBB finally gets his hands on Sonny Onoo, but Saito hits him and throws him over the top rope, causing the disqualification.  Kimberly gets into the ring and is stared down by Saito, but she is saved by JBB.

Winner: Johnny B Badd via DQ (NJPW 2 / WCW 2)

After the match Johnny does his flip to the floor onto Saito and just catches him in a glancing blow before posing with Kim and the belt, encouraging Eddie and Sting into the camera.  Sullivan mentioned on his podcast that he wishes Saito had gone over.

We cut to the announcers where Heenan is cheering for NJPW and Tony and Dusty are giving him crap.  Dusty even says “I should go get my rope,” as apparently liking NJPW is a hangable offense.

We get a quick ad for SuperBrawl in February as WCW doesn’t have a January PPV at this point.

We go back to Mean Gene with Lex Luger and Jimmy Hart.  Gene asks Jimmy about Sullivan and Hart says that Sullivan interfered in the match with Benoit but he has a short fuse.  Gene asks Luger about the triangle match.  Luger runs down the upper card in WCW and puts everyone over.  He says everyone is gunning for the champ and that everyone knows that Luger owns Savage.  He says he’s a pathetic, one-armed champ and he’s had him in the rack.  He says that every time that he faces Savage, he beats him.  Luger says that Jimmy can’t come to the ring with him because of his history with Sting.

Match #5: WCW vs NJPW – Shinjiro Ootani w/ Sonny Onoo vs Eddie Guerrero

Tony says that Ootani has only been wrestling for three years.

They mention Eddie’s Japanese tours and says that he has feuded with Ootani in the past.

Apparently when Ootani was wrestling in high school he would go to the NJPW shows dressed as Jushin Liger to get noticed.

Great wrestling match thus far with Eddie and Ootani trading holds.

Tony mentions the WCW race car being sponsored in NASCAR this year and driven by Steve Grissom.  I remember waiting to find this car in the 1/64th die cast Racing Champions cars and being so happy when I finally found one at our local flea market in the summer of 1996.

Eddie gets the momentary upper hand with a snap head scissors that sends Ootani to the floor.  Coming back they feel each other out and start the test of strength before Eddie just dropkicks him, slams him and then does his springboard senton into the ring.  Eddie locks on a Boston crab.  Eddie then picks him up and folds him with Benoit’s snap powerbomb, covering for two then following with a brainbuster that gets a two count before Ootani gets to the ropes.

Tony puts over 1995 in WCW and all of the arrivals in the company, ending with Craig Pittman.  Must have been scraping the bottom of the barrel at that point.

Ootani takes control over again by ducking a clothesline in the corner from Eddie and then hitting a springboard dropkick, sending Eddie outside, then following with a dive to the floor.  Back in the ring he hits a dropkick off of an Irish whip.

Heenan asks Dusty “Let’s say you’re Eddie Guerrero…what are you thinking right now?”  Dusty responds with “I’ve lost a lot of weight, brother!”

Ootani hits a nice German suplex with causes Dusty to freak out again and tell Tony to stop calling it a German suplex, despite the fact that it was a German suplex.  I have no idea where this craziness with Dusty not liking to hear the names of moves called correctly comes from.

Eddie hits a big top rope Frankensteiner for two.  Eddie hits the Black Tiger Bomb for two as well.  I love seeing Eddie use that move.  I wish he had used it more when he got to WWE.  We get a few standing switches and Ootani wraps Guerrero up with an ankle lock but Eddie gets to the ropes, breaking it up.  Heenan says that the Japanese wrestlers don’t understand English that well so they deserve a grace period of 30-35 seconds to break a hold.

Eddie takes the match outside, slamming Ootani into the guard rail a few times before hitting a nice Asai moonsault to the floor.  Eddie tries to suplex Ootani to the floor from the ring apron but it’s reversed and Ootani suplexes Eddie into the ring.  He goes outside for a springboard dropkick to the back of Eddie’s head.  Ootani sends Eddie to the ropes, Eddie hits a Frankensteiner and pins, Ootani reverses the pin, Eddie reverses, Ootani reverses again for the win.

Winner: Shinjiro Ootani (NJPW 3 / WCW 2)

We go to Mean Gene in the back with Randy Savage.  He mentions Tenzan and then says after that there’s the triangle match and Savage freaks out, saying one thing at a time.  First he’s got Tenzan.  He says Tenzan can’t understand what he’s saying, but he’s coming to get him.  Gene says he just got off the phone with Hogan, prompting Savage to reply with “WHAT DID HE SAY?!”  Gene says Hogan asked what Savage’s frame of mind was and Savage responded that he’s in the Zone!

Match #5: WCW vs NJPW – Tenzan w/ Sonny Onoo vs “Macho Man” Randy Savage (WCW World Champion)

It’s cool to see that the WCW World Champion is involved in this WCW vs NJPW angle.  It adds more legitimacy to the whole deal as it runs people from the entire card, from Alex Wright to top level talent like Sting, Luger and Savage.  Especially since all three of those guys will be pulling double duty tonight.

Sullivan mentioned in his podcast that he would have liked to have had Savage drop the title to Tenzan and have NJPW and WCW trade matches for the title for the next few months.  While that would have definitely been revolutionary, I’m glad that didn’t happen as I don’t right now like the fact that the US Championship is held by someone in another company.

Savage is taking a beating in this match, but that’s pretty par for the course for a Savage match from what I’ve seen thus far in WCW.  He does a great job at getting a beating laid down on him and seeming like he takes the first opening and grabs a win.  Really makes him come across as a veteran while making his opponents look good.

Tenzan beats Savage down for most of the match until he misses a moonsault and Savage takes the opportunity to hit a gut first suplex onto the ropes.  He climbs to the top, hits the elbow and gets the win.  Other than a few things at the beginning, those were Savage’s only offensive moves in the match.

Winner: Randy Savage (NJPW 3 / WCW 3)

Has there ever been a “best of” anything in wrestling where it didn’t come down to the final match?  I’d love to see one go 4-1 one time.

Bobby Heenan is now visibly disheveled at the fact that the World Cup is tied up.  Gene says that there is a “gigantic meltdown” elsewhere in the wrestling world as we end 1995 and we’ll find out about it from Lee Marshall and Mike Tenay if we call 1-900-909-9900!  I wish there were old tapes of these hotlines available.

Gene welcomes in Ric Flair.  Flair says he’ll style and profile and he tells Sting and Luger that “to be the man, you gotta beat the man.”  When they meet tonight, Luger and Sting will have already wrestled and he’ll be fresh.  Then, tonight, with Dolly Parton to his left and “some other lovely lady” to his right, he’ll win the WCW World Heavyweight Championship.

Match #7: WCW vs NJPW – Kensuke Sasaki w/ Sonny Onoo (WCW US Champion) vs Sting

I get that Sasaki was going under his own name at this time, but how cool would it have been if he would have feuded with Sting like this as Power Warrior?  I think it would have been a cool contrast to Sting and that fans would have eaten it up.

Sasaki takes it to Sting the moment the match starts.  He kicks and punches and chokes him against the middle rope.  Sting gets a momentary burst, though, and hits a Stinger Splash early in the match but is then met with Sasaki hitting Sting with a bulldog that was pretty similar to Sting’s own.  Sting hits a clothesline that sends Sasaki to the floor and then tries to suplex him into the ring from the apron but it’s blocked and Sasaki power slams Sting hard, following up with a big brainbuster.

How does Golddust’s makeup make it through the entire match and Sting’s can’t make it through the opening lockup?

Sasaki locks Sting in the Scorpion Deathlock, instantly bringing back memories of Power Move Pro Wrestling for me.  Man, Area 51 was my jam!

Sting powers out of the Scorpion Deathlock and makes it back to his feet, kicking out but getting caught with a dragon screw.  Sasaki goes for it again but Sting pulls off an enzigiri.  Sasaki goes for a running power slam but Sting slides off his back, clotheslines him, hits a bulldog/face buster and locks on his own Scorpion Deathlock!  Sasaki tries to make it to the ropes but Sting pulls him back right to the middle of the “C” in the WCW logo as the referee calls for the bell.

Winner: Sting (WCW 4 / NJPW 3 – WCW wins the World Cup of Wrestling)

All of the babyfaces involved in the World Cup flood the ring, congratulating Sting.  Heenan says that Luger is making his way out but I never saw him get in the ring.  Everyone is in t-shirts commemorating the event but Benoit, who is in a Horseman shirt and jeans.

Back into the ring with Mean Gene and it looks like Luger did come out.  Savage, however, is now nowhere to be seen.  I guess he couldn’t stand to be around Luger.

Johnny B Badd has on Luger’s Zubaz pants from a few weeks ago, however.

Mean Gene says that he hopes this becomes a staple every year because it’s become a major thing in sports like the Ryder Cup, the Stanley Cup and the World Series.  Oversell much, Gene?

Sullivan mentioned wishing he could have put NJPW over, which would have been interesting.  He said he would have used a Japanese ref and had the finish be controversial so that it could kick off a bigger feud with WCW and NJPW.  That would have been cool.  I wonder how it would have went over in this Tennessee crowd, though.

We get a quick recap video going over the Sting/Flair/Luger/Savage feud and what has built to our top two matches tonight.

Match #8 – Triangle Match for #1 Contendership for the WCW Championship

Lex Luger vs Ric Flair vs Sting

This match will have two men in the ring at any time with the competitors able to tag out at any time.  The match is one fall to a finish, however, so it’s not in your best interest to be on the apron during this match.

Flair is in black trunks, red knee pads and yellow boots.  Usually he’ll be matching or coordinating in some way…tonight it’s like he just said “screw it” and went with it.

There is a bit of confusion over who is going to start the match, despite the fact that during the promo video it ended saying there would be a coin toss.  Luger eventually steps out, though, leaving Sting and Flair to start the match.  Sting starts off strong, with a big clothesline, gorilla press slam and an attempt at the Scorpion Deathlock all within the first few minutes of the match.  Flair escapes the Deathlock attempt, though, and heads to the floor, bringing the match back to his own pace.  The match goes through the normal Sting/Flair pace, with Flair controlling most of the match and then Sting powering back up due to a few chops in the corner.  He hits his bulldog, then he and Flair head to the floor where Sting sells nothing, powering back up until Flair begs off back in the ring.  Big hip toss, then Sting goes for a dropkick and Flair ducks away.  Flair takes over again from there, though, with Luger on the sidelines completely out of this match for all of it up to this point.

Sting nails a big superplex to Flair, covering, but that brings in Lex.  At a one count Sting turns on Luger and sends him back out of the ring.  Nice to finally see some dissention there.  Flair knees Sting in the back and sends him into Luger, who tags in.  Luger is too much for Flair, though, who powders to the floor.  Luger chases him, though, and carries him back to the ring.  Flair does a really good job of coming across as scared of being in the ring with Luger.  After a cheap shot, though, he feels more confident and attempts a shoulder takedown, but is bounced off of Luger hard.  Luger gets a gorilla press slam off of an Irish whip, making that about the third or fourth time that has happened to Flair tonight.  Luger and Sting really do like those press slams!  Luger gets a 10 punch in the corner, causing a Flair Flop.  Luger goes for the cover, gets two, and gets a thumb to the eye when he stands up.  Flair starts setting up for the Figure 4, though, by chop blocking Luger twice and then stomping his knee.  Flair takes a chair to Luger’s knee as the referee was distracted by Sting who was trying to keep that from happening.

I love seeing Flair really take apart the knee and set up the Figure 4.  He got to the point in WWE when he would hit one chop block and then put the move on.  Watching him here, spending five minutes attacking Luger’s knee…it’s awesome!

Flair finally puts on the Figure 4, positioning Luger in the middle of the ring, but with Flair near the ropes so he can grab it and put on leverage.  Flair is such an old school heel.  I wish WWE wrestlers could do this stuff now.  Give me a heel that cheats and grabs the ropes.  That’s what I love about Flair…he’s unapologetic about being a heel.  He’ll point blank tell you he’s the dirtiest player in the game.  Cheating is what he does.  He’s not like John Cena, who character-wise is a douche but thinks he’s the hero.  Flair is a douche and knows he’s the villain.  He’s cool with it.

Luger reverses the Figure 4 and takes over the match, forcing Flair into a corner with both Sting and Luger.  He starts off acting like he wants them both, but then tags out to Sting, putting best friends in the ring for the first time since Luger came back to WCW.

Heenan asks when the last time that Sting and Luger locked up was.  Tony responds with SuperBrawl 2 in 1992, where Sting beat Luger for the WCW Championship.

Sting and Luger take a long time to really get into wrestling each other, but then Luger kicks Sting in the gut and goes from there.  Damn, Luger is so easy to hate at this point.  Sting gets Luger with an atomic drop and a couple of clotheslines, causing Lex to beg off and ask for a time out.

From that point, Luger pretty much controls the match but, as the announcers mention a lot, he never goes for the Torture Rack.  Sting, however, goes for a couple of pins off of a small package and a sunset flip, though.  Sting gets a kick to the guts and his bulldog, then hits a Stinger Splash.  He goes for a second one, though, and Lex moves, giving Lex the opening for the Torture Rack.  The referee gets hit with Sting’s let from the Rack, though, which brings in Flair to break it up and kick them both outside.  Flair wakes up Nick Patrick to begin his 10 count.  Patrick gives the quickest 10 count I’ve ever seen him give, though.  At 9, Sting was trying to get into the ring but Lex grabbed his arm and pulled him back down, giving Flair the win.

Winner: Ric Flair via count out.  Flair is new #1 contender to the WCW World Championship.

Luger immediately says he’s sorry when Flair is announced the winner and Sting looks at him like he’s stupid.  Luger is down and holding his knee, asking for Sting’s help, but Sting is having none of it.  Jimmy Hart runs to the ring and starts hanging out with Flair, building him up, and totally ignoring Lex Luger on the ground.

Match #9: WCW World Heavyweight Championship Match – “Nature Boy” Ric Flair vs “Macho Man” Randy Savage (Champion)

We get an insanely expensive ring introduction from Michael Buffer, as always.  It always did make WCW matches feel super important, but damn, how much money do they spend on these things?  Especially since it always seems like his WCW intros are ridiculously long.

Savage tries to end the match early, going for a backslide as his first move, but only getting a two count.  Savage takes it to Flair, though, pelting him with big punches.

Paul Orndorff comes out to ringside wearing a neck brace.  He doesn’t do anything, though, just stands there.

Randy has Flair up for the punches in the corner but Flair comes off with an atomic drop, then goes for the Figure 4 but Savage pushes him off.  Savage throws Flair into the corner, who flips over it to the floor.  Savage goes off the top with an axe handle but Flair hits him in the stomach, taking him down.  Savage falls directly into Johnny B Badd’s glitter, apparently.  Security comes out to escort Orndorff back to the backstage area as well.  On the outside, Flair takes over, sending Randy into the guard rail and then beating him down.  When everyone’s back is turned, even Jimmy Hart gets a shot in.

Back in the ring, Flair starts in on Randy’s arm and works it for the next few moments.  Tony says that when Flair lost the title to Hogan last year that he snapped and hasn’t been the same since.  Randy gets some momentum back by punching Flair while Flair is working his arm.  He sends him to the ropes but Flair gets him in a sleeper, which Randy is able to throw Flair off of him.  Randy tries a couple of pins and gets two counts.

Randy goes up top for the elbow drop but Flair stands up so he goes for the axe handle.  Flair hits him in the gut again and picks up Jimmy Hart’s megaphone.  Savage gets the megaphone and cracks Flair with it, busting him wide open.  He hits the elbow drop and out comes Benoit and Pillman.  Savage throws Pillman into Benoit, taking them out.  Out comes Arn Anderson, who nails Savage with a pair of brass knuckles, then pulls Flair on top of him for the pin.

Winner, and new WCW World Heavyweight Champion, Ric Flair!

The Horsemen celebrate with Jimmy Hart.  Pillman grabs the WCW title from Flair and starts whipping Savage with it.  Flair grabs a towel and starts trying to clean the buckets of blood from off of his face, which is a Herculean task in itself.

The announcers REALLY start pushing the “loose cannon” name for Pillman as they have called him that no less than fifteen times tonight.

The Horsemen leave the ring and leave Randy laying in the ring behind them.  Due to Flair’s “medical condition” AKA major blood loss, Gene will not be able to talk to Flair.

We go to the announcers and Heenan is super happy.  He had picked Flair at the beginning of the night and said he would be champion, so he came out correct.  At least he’s happy about that since he spent most of the night unhappy about NJPW’s loss and the fact that he was going to have to give back a lot of money and his new Lexus.

The announcers send us off the air and we leave Starrcade and 1995 behind.

 —–

While I really enjoyed this PPV, I feel that the NJPW vs WCW thing took a bit too much time away from what we had been building up to.  I feel that a lot of this NJPW vs WCW stuff must have happened on Saturday Night or on the non-Nitro shows, because just watching Nitro I really have no major feelings for it.  It just kind of came out of nowhere if you just go by Nitro.  I’d rather have seen them build up this over the last month, having matches on Nitro, then have 5 matches on the PPV.  That would have given a lot more exposure to these guys and then allowed two more WCW matches on the card instead of just the two last matches.

Flair winning the belt, while always something that I find cool, isn’t something I’m totally behind right now.  I was digging Savage as champion.  I liked the whole power struggle between the babyfaces over the title and I was actually looking forward to him and Hogan having a throw down over it.  With Flair holding it, I just am not as excited about it anymore, but apparently Hogan wanted to win it again and wanted to win it from Flair, so Flair gets the belt.

I’ve brought it up a few times, but listening to Kevin Sullivan’s podcast has been pretty eye opening as he spent an entire episode just going over December 1995.  Apparently the fact that we got three main events in December on Nitro with crap DQ finishes was due to the fact that Hogan didn’t want anyone to get pinned and look weak why he was gone.  If someone was going to get pinned, he wanted to be the one to do it.  If you’re following along with this blog, I would highly suggest checking it out.  I plan on going forward with it.  I also plan on checking out his Year in Review video from Kayfabe Commentaries where he runs through WCW 1996.  I just don’t know if I want to watch it BEFORE I get through those shows or if I can hold off another year and watch it after I’ve seen everything.  We’ll see.

I plan to do another write up of 1995 in review that I’ll do tomorrow as I don’t want to tack it at the end of this write up as this one is pushing 6,000 words as it is.  That being said, thank you for following along with me thus far and we’ll see you in 1996!

 

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