Kick Out At Nitro! – 1/22/1996

Posted: January 27, 2015 by Kick Out At 2! in Kick Out At Nitro, Shane D
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KoaNitro copyWelcome back, everyone, to the Internet’s one and only incredible journey through the world known as WCW Monday Nitro!  Join us as we work our way across the years and bear our ring toward the eventual Mount Doom that is March 21, 2001 and the final episode ever.  That’s still a long ways away, however, as tonight’s episode is from January 21st, 1996, and comes to us from Las Vegas,Nevada.  This is our “go-home” show for Clash of the Champions as there’s no PPV this month in WCW.

This show is coming to us from Caesar’s Palace!  Bobby Heenan is in a black shirt and blazer, Bischoff is in a red and orange Letterman’s jacket, apparently.  Mongo is in a full out tux, it seems.  The announcers are interrupted by Konnan, saying he will defend the Mexican Championship tomorrow against Psychosis.  The lucha libre invasion has arrived in WCW, ladies and gentlemen!

Macho Man’s music starts up and a parade of beautiful women make their way out towards Mean Gene.  Looks like someone hit the strip clubs and flashed a little cash.  One of them, however, is Woman (Nancy Sullivan/Benoit).  This is the only one that the announcers make a deal over.  Hulk Hogan runs out, wishing Savage luck and saying that when Savage wins the title, he wants the first shot then storms off.  Savage says “what it is is what it is,” and then says that first they have to “strip” Ric Flair of the title.  He really emphasizes the word strip, adding a bit more fuel to the comment I made earlier.

Match #1: WCW World Heavyweight Championship – “Macho Man” Randy Savage VS “The Nature Boy” Ric Flair (WCW Champion) w/ Jimmy Hart

Flair makes his entrance and makes a bee-line to Woman, grabbing her arm and starting to try to dance her away.  She slaps him for his trouble and Savage jumps him.  They brawl a bit on the floor, eventually making it into the ring.

Bischoff tells us that tomorrow night Hogan and Savage will have Kevin Greene from the Pittsburgh Steelers watching their back.  Heenan tells us that the Road Warriors are back together and Bischoff says we’ll see them tomorrow at the Clash.

We go to our first commercial break as Savage goes for a double axe handle off the top to the floor, but Savage moves out of the way and Savage eats the guardrail.

Our commercial is for WCW Magazine.  I miss WCW Magazine.  I’ve tried to find copies of it so that I can review them for the site, but unfortunately eBay feels that they’re worth $14.99 a pop and I don’t.  If anyone has them for a reasonable price or has PDF’s or something like that, please let me know.  I’d love to read along.

Coming back from break and Savage has the upper hand, sending Flair out of the ring and bouncing his head off of the guard rail on the outside.  In the ring Flair begs off as Savage starts hammering with rights.  Referee Randy Anderson stops Savage due to the closed fists, giving Flair an opening to get into the eyes of Savage.  He takes him down and wraps up the Figure 4, using the ropes for leverage.

Bischoff lets us know that the cat is out of the bag and tomorrow at the Clash Hogan and Savage will have Ms. Elizabeth in their corner!  Those of you who haven’t run across her, she was Savage’s manager/wife in WWF.

Flair is made to break up the Figure 4 due to him grabbing the ropes and he gets in the face of the referee, who shoves him back.  Savage goes after Flair, hitting three consecutive double axe handles from the top.  Savage goes for Jimmy Hart and out comes Arn Anderson.  Flair grabs Savage from behind and Anderson swings with the brass knucks but nails Flair hard.  Out comes Hogan, chasing off Arn Anderson, while Savage nails the flying elbow from the top.  While Savage is on the top rope, though, it sounds like the bell rings, calling the match off, but Savage pins Flair after the elbow and the referee counts three for the win.

Winner: “Macho Man” Randy Savage – New WCW Heavyweight Champion

Hogan is celebrating like crazy as the referee gets the belt and hands it to Savage.  I guess the bell ringing wasn’t the end of the match or a DQ like I thought it was.  Damn, I don’t remember this Savage title reign at all.  I have a feeling that bell is going to have something to do with this in the future, though.  Savage looks pissed and tells them to cut his music.  He tells Hogan that he’s jumping around and celebrating like he won the match himself.  He says no, HE won the match and HE’S the new champion!  Hogan says that he wants the first title shot and Savage says sure, he wants it right here in Caesar’s Palace.  He’s not Nick Bockwinkle, though, he’s just the Champ.  He says if Hogan can beat him, he’ll shake his hand.  If…and when…he beats Hogan, though, he wants Hogan to shake HIS hand.

We go to commercial break and come back for…

Match #2: Dean Malenko VS Brian Pillman

Haven’t seen Malenko in a while.  The match starts off with some back and forth, Malenko hitting a good hip toss and a drop kick but then Pillman’s mean streak takes over, slamming Malenko’s head into the mat and rubbing his face in it before hitting a hard vertical suplex.  The announcers put Pillman’s whole crazy gimmick over, talking about how he’s the thing that’s making the Horsemen come unglued.

Pillman slaps Malenko in the face and wakes the dragon as Malenko turns it on.  He whips Pillman into the corner and follows him in with a big clothesline before hitting him with a hard brainbuster.  It looks like Pillman was out but he kicks out at two and a half.  Malenko takes Pillman up top but Pillman comes back with a tornado DDT.  Malenko kicks Pillman in the gut and hits a Tiger Bomb for two, following with a drop kick that sends Pillman to the floor.  On the floor, Pillman gets the better of Malenko, taking him to the guardrail and sending him into the ring.  Pillman enters the ring and climbs up to the top and Malenko goes up after him, getting knocked down once but then sending him down.  Malenko hits Pillman with a gutbuster that gets a good reaction from the crowd and then goes for a knee lock but Pillman gets the ropes.

Pillman gets Malenko tied up in the ropes, his foot locked between the bottom two ropes and goes for the pin.  Nick Patrick, WCW’s worst referee ever, doesn’t check for the ropes despite the fact that Malenko is laying right beside them and counts the pin.  Seriously, if they’re that close, you check the ropes first.  That’s refereeing 101.  I’m telling you, I knew Patrick was terrible back when he was an nWo stooge, but this is bad.  He’s just plain terrible even without being a heel.

Winner: Brian Pillman

We go to commercial and come back to our WCW Saturday Night rundown.  Sting and Luger, Johnny B Badd VS Meng, American Males VS Harlem Heat and Ric Flair VS Alex Wright.  They make a big deal about whether or not Harlem Heat or Sting & Luger will be Tag Team Champions since that match is our…

Match #3: WCW World Tag Team Championship – Harlem Heat (WCW Tag Team Champions) VS Sting & Lex Luger

Conspicuous by her absence is Sister Sherri.  Mongo says that they told her to take a hike.  I guess they’re not happy about her marrying their former manager tomorrow at the Clash.

Sting and Luger enter together as the announcers ask whether Luger has cost Sting the WCW World Championship twice now…at Starrcade and last week on Nitro.

We go to a quick commercial break for SuperBrawl on 2/11.

Our referee is Nick Patrick, yet again.  I just hate him so much now.  He’s got heel heat with me and he isn’t even a heel yet.

Luger and Stevie Ray start the match off and Stevie Ray hammers the crap out of Luger.  I liked Harlem Heat a lot.  You had Booker T, one of the most talented guys in the entire WCW locker room, along with Stevie Ray who was just a power house.

Luger gets the upper hand off of a Harlem Heat double-team and tags out to Sting, who gets both men into opposite corners and hits a total of four Stinger Splashes.  Sting starts to lock on the Scorpion Deathlock to Stevie Ray but Lex tries to get into the ring for some reason, distracting the ref, allowing Booker T to get a kick to the back of Sting’s head, breaking the hold.  Booker comes in and starts hammering on Sting, Lex in his corner trying to complain about it and just distracting the ref further.

Apparently Booker T is going to get a documentary DVD release later this year.  I’m excited about that.

Harlem Heat are beating Sting down and the crowd starts chanting for him so much that the hard camera starts shaking.  It was a weird visual but you could see it bouncing along with the “Let’s go Sting” chant.

Booker goes up top for my favorite of his moves, the Harlem Hangover, but Sting moves and Luger gets the hot tag.  Terrible ref doesn’t see it, though, and sends Luger back outside.  Jimmy Hart comes out and gives Sting something that he puts in his right hand, though, as Harlem Heat takes it to Sting on the outside.  Sting and Booker have a cross body collision that Sting gets the better of, and Sting can finally tag out.  Luger nails Booker T with a fist loaded with a roll of silver dollars and gets a pin.

Winners: Sting and Lex Luger – New WCW World Tag Team Champions!

The silver dollars exploded all over the ring and the replay shows that Patrick is looking right at them with no wonder about why there is suddenly change in the ring.  Sheesh.

Off to commercial and back again.

Match #4: One Man Gang (WCW United States Champion) vs Hulk Hogan

What the actual hell!?!?!?  Two weeks in a row that a match with the WCW World Championship…and on a week with TWO title matches…a NON-TITLE match with Hogan vs Random Dungeon of Doom Guy #41 gets the Main Event spot!!!!!!!  I’m starting to get to Derick levels of Hulk hatred here.  There is no sense in this!  This match isn’t even for the title because I have a feeling the US Championship was below Hogan in his mind.

Hogan bounces the One Man Gang around the ring for most of the match, cause Hogan, until OMG hits a few moves.  Of course, Hulk immediately Hulks up and puts a stop to that nonsense.

Bischoff asks what if Elizabeth has something going on with Ric Flair…effectively ruining any surprise when that happens.

Big boot, body slam, leg drop.

Winner: Hulk Hogan

Out comes Zodiac since it’s the Hogan show and his buddies gotta get some time.  Benoit comes out and eats a Hogan fist.  Anderson comes out and out comes Savage and the two of them clean house of the Horsemen/DoD.  Giant wants to come out and beat ass but OMG and Zodiac are keeping him out of the ring.  I wonder why they keep holding Giant back.  All 52 combined members of the DoD/Horsemen contention cower back to the back away from two old men in the ring.

Dear Lord, this angle runs until at least March…

Back in the ring, Hogan and Savage are with Mean Gene.  Hogan ways the One Man Gang was the first step and he will do whatever he can to get to the number one contender spot and have the match right here in Caesar’s Palace.  Um, Hogan, if the US Championship wasn’t below you, that would have given you a number one contender’s spot as the WCW US Champion gets an automatic WCW World Title shot.

Hogan says the “secret weapons” are going to help them destroy Flair and the Giant.  Of course, Bischoff ruined the surprises and Hogan then tells us who they were yet again.  It’s not a damn secret if you tell the opponents a day before the event.

We kick to the announcers who sell us on Clash of Champions.  Bobby goes off, storming off of the set saying that Mongo has interrupted him all night.  Bobby is giving Eric an earful as Eric closes out the show.


Okay…I know that we here at Kick Out at 2 give Hulk Hogan a proverbial ton of crap.  However, it’s stuff like this that makes me feel he deserves it.  Two events in a row…TWO…where a garbage Hogan squash match was billed as more important than the WCW World Heavyweight Championship.  Last week it was bad…but this week, a week with TWO title changes, and they pull this.

The table is set for the Clash tomorrow, though.  We know the secret weapons.  We know the players.  Savage is now champion yet again.

That’s something that I was talking to my friend Jamie about last night…a friend that I hope to eventually have start doing some of these write ups…the things that I run across that I don’t remember.  I do not remember Savage getting another title win.  I thought Giant took it from Flair, who then loses it to Hogan…but apparently somewhere between now and then Fair gets it back, sending him to thirteen times.  That’s intriguing as I have no idea when that happens.  That’s the stuff I like doing this for…not just reliving the stuff I remember, but rediscovering the stuff I’ve forgotten.

That takes us out of this week of Nitro, ladies and gentlemen.  I’ll see you back here soon for Clash of the Champions!


Ratings Breakdown

WWF Raw Ratings – 2.9

WCW Nitro Ratings – 2.7

(Raw – 9, Nitro – 8) (Tie Weeks – 2)

(Unopposed weeks – 2)

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

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


WWE wins this week, but I love that the two are pretty much neck and neck around this time.  That all changes very shortly, so it’s cool to see the rivalry pretty even at the moment.


WWF Raw results from this week

Vader (w/ Jim Cornette) defeated Savio Vega (3:00)

Hunter Hearst Helmsley defeated Razor Ramon via count-out (8:01)

WWF World Champion Bret Hart defeated WWF IC Champion Goldust (w/ Marlena) (10:58)


Wow, Raw actually sounds pretty good tonight.  It also featured a Billionaire Ted skit, so we’re getting down into the mudslinging when it comes to the Monday Night War!


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