Kick Out At Nitro! – 2/19/1996

Posted: February 19, 2015 by Kick Out At 2! in Kick Out At Nitro, Shane D
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KoaNitro copyLadies and gentlemen, welcome back to the Internet’s favorite WCW walk-through, Kick Out at Nitro!  We’re coming to you this week from 2/19/1996, where WCW Monday Nitro was held in Salisbury, MD.  Bischoff tells us that if we love wrestling, there is only one place to be.  Tonight we’ll get a rematch for the WCW Championship when Flair takes on Randy Savage, yet again giving us a free world title match.  We’ll also get a return match in Arn Anderson VS Hulk Hogan.  They make a point of telling us that Hulk Hogan has never been beaten by the same man twice, so let’s see how this goes.

Match #1: “The Enforcer” Arn Anderson w/ Woman VS Hulk Hogan

Bischoff says congratulations to Steve Grissom, who won the Busch Grand National Race in Daytona the previous weekend.

It looks like a camera goes out during Hogan’s intro.  The screen goes black and Bischoff stops talking until we see Hogan again when it cuts to a different shot.  Interesting.  He also says that he hears a lot of whining coming from the North East section of the building…then says “never mind.”  What the hell was that about?  North East being a WWF reference?  Hmmm.

Hogan starts out taking it to Anderson, beating him around the ring and then back into it.  Hogan gets Anderson with a clothesline as Anderson jumps off the second rope, then immediately goes for a blatant choke and then starts biting Anderson’s nose, then starts raking the eyes of Anderson while he’s tied up in the ropes.  I don’t mean to keep beating a “Hogan is the biggest heel in this company” gong, but damn, I want to keep pointing it out because it’s so ridiculous.  Hogan’s a dirtier wrestler than Flair.

On the outside, Hogan furthers my point by raking Arn’s eyes and then getting a Hogan shirt from one of the ringside fans and choking Anderson with it.  See, there’s a time and a place for a babyface to act like this.  In an unsanctioned cage match, like at SuperBrawl, or the Doomsday Cage match coming up at Uncensored…yeah, fight fire with fire.  However, in a normal, sanctioned match with rules, your biggest babyface should act like a damn babyface.

Sadly, Arn has spent this entire match taking an ass kicking.  The crowd starts chanting “Hogan sucks” though, which is nice.

1Bischoff says that The Belfast Bruiser (Fit Finlay) is here to take on Brad Armstrong, which is hoping to get a shot at the Cruiserweight title.  We’re getting very close to the Cruiserweight title being a thing!

Anderson goes for the DDT, but Hogan blocks it and Hulks up.  Irish whip, big boot, and then Hogan spends 30 seconds posing before locking on the Figure 4.  Hogan does the Figure 4 very weird.  He doesn’t do the turn with the leg that everyone else does…he just steps into it.  Out comes Kevin Sullivan, but then out comes Savage, to take out Sullivan.  The referee calls the match and Savage starts celebrating with Hogan, but the referee says that via disqualification, the winner is Arn Anderson because he didn’t see Sullivan but did see Savage.

Winner: Arn Anderson

So, Anderson now holds two wins over Hulk Hogan.  Kevin Sullivan said that Hogan had no problem putting Anderson over, even offered to do it clean in the ring, just because he knew that it would bug Flair since he didn’t get the win.  Oh well, Anderson has two over Hogan, so that’s cool with me.

Match #2: “Das Wunderkind” Alex Wright VS Loch Ness w/ Jimmy Hart

I imagine this match will be terrible.  Seriously, there’s nothing to distinguish him as a wrestler…it just looks like a fat dude who just got off from his construction job.

2Yup, it’s bad.  Alex spends most of his time rolling away from Loch Ness who just stands there.  Wright goes up to the top rope and locks on a sleeper hold.  Wright snap mares him over and jumps into Loch Ness’s arms.  Loch Ness locks on a bear hug until Wright slaps him in the ears, losing the hold.  Wright hits those patented Bischoff “back leg round kicks” which were just normal kicks to the gut, then spends his time kicking and splashing Loch Ness who just spends the whole match leaning in the corner.  Wright runs at Loch Ness, who sticks up a leg and kicks Wright in the gut, who sells it beautifully.  Big elbow drop…which looks effective as all hell!…for the win.

Winner: Loch Ness

Yeah, this guy is bad.  Useless and bad.  He’s about fifteen years too late to be really effective in wrestling.  Stick this guy against Hogan in the early 80s, we’ve got something, but in 1996…not so much.

We go to commercial and come back to our Saturday Night rundown.  We’ll have Johnny B Badd VS Chris Benoit.  Konnan VS Scott Armstrong.  The Road Warriors in tag team action.  Sting & Luger VS Public Enemy.

Bischoff tells us that most of what happens on Monday comes from the fallout of Saturday Night.  Honestly, that’s not far from the truth.  I sent a question to Sullivan’s podcast asking him when the major switch over to Nitro being the A show came in, but I that hasn’t been answered yet.

Match #3: The Belfast Bruiser VS Brad Armstrong

Road Dogg’s brothers all over this episode.  Finlay with a mullet and a mustache…weird.  We’re told that Finlay is here for Steven Regal.  Damn, Finlay has gray hair here.  It’s hard to believe that he’s going to be in the WWE ten years from this point!

Finlay wears his knee pads down around the top of his boots.  This is even lower than Flair does.  Kinda useless at that point.

Back and forth action through this match until Finlay’s mean streak kicks in and he starts beating Armstrong into the ring apron.  He starts slamming Armstrong’s knee into the edge of the ring and then around the ring post.  Armstrong crawls into the ring and is met with a Finlay half crab, then an STF and pulling it into a reverse toe hold before going back to the STF.  Armstrong breaks it up with a back elbow.

Bischoff says that Eddie Guerrero is getting a US Title shot against Konnan at Uncensored.  Hopefully Eddie can pull a good match out of Konnan because it hasn’t happened yet.

Armstrong gets a little momentum as he gets fired up, hitting a big bulldog and back suplex but is taken out by a hip toss with a follow through slam by Finlay.

Winner: The Belfast Bruiser

We go to commercial and come right back to:

Match #4: WCW World Heavyweight Championship Match – “The Nature Boy” Ric Flair w/ Woman & Ms. Elizabeth VS “The Macho Man” Randy Savage

Bischoff and Mongo tell us that Savage has a bulletin board in the back with the things he needs for momentum, including pictures of the house he lost, the cars he lost, etc., when Liz left.  I’m pretty sure he lost all that stuff years back, guys.  Granted, a guy like Savage is still probably pissed about all that, so I guess it would work.

Bischoff says this is the shot that Savage “has been waiting for.”  Do you mean the shot that Savage gets every other week?  Randy Savage has had more title shots since Nitro started than any other wrestler.  It’s kind of crazy.

Flair pulls the ladies over to him and starts singing “I’ve got the whole world in my hands.”  Sure, it’s creepy when you do it, Bray Wyatt…but when you’re wearing the gold and have two beautiful ladies on your arm, it just takes on a whole new meaning.

Savage’s arm is still taped up.  He’s nearing DDP’s ribs territory at this point…but we’ll get to that in a few years.  We’re shown the title belt and it still has Randy’s name on it.  This makes sense because it’s a big F-you to Savage by Flair.  I’m just shocked they finally took Hogan’s name off of it long enough to put Savage’s on.  Last I remember seeing the thing it had Hogan’s on it…and he hasn’t had it since October.

3These two men start off in a brawl, starting hard and going outside, where Flair sends Savage into the crowd, then chops him a few times against the guard rail.  Savage starts chasing Woman down the entrance ramp but Flair blindsides him with an elbow before beating him down a few more times.  Nick Patrick sends Flair back into the ring and Woman comes back with a rake to Randy’s eyes while the ref is distracted.

Randy fires back quickly but is cut off by an elbow to the face from Flair, who then flops to the ground.  I love Flair, but I hate the Flair Flop with an unbridled passion.  Flair goes up top, Savage reminds him that he’s Ric Flair and that crap ain’t gonna happen and sends him to the mat hard.  Savage then locks on the Figure 4 to Flair!  Flair almost gets his shoulders counted down twice before finally making it to the ropes.

Heenan says that Savage is going after the legs so Flair can’t apply the Figure 4 to its “maximus.”  When questioned, Heenan says that “maximum” is to the nth degree…and “maximus” is three more.  This has been theoretical mathematics with Professor Bobby Heenan.

The announcers keep saying “the wrath of a woman scorned” when they speak about Liz.  What the hell as Randy done to her to scorn her?!  She turned on him, not the other way around.

Flair gets Savage in a Figure 4 of his own.  The announcers keep talking about how Flair took everything from Savage…in reference to a relationship that ended years ago that Flair had nothing to do with.  Or did he?!  Maybe now, despite them not ever tying them together, maybe we know that Flair’s pictures from around Wrestlemania 8 weren’t doctored and he was really nailing Liz back then.  Hmmmmm.

Savage reverses the Figure 4 and gets out.  Flair cuts him off pretty quickly, though.  Savage always seems to fight from the bottom.  Savage starts no-selling chops, backing Flair into the corner and getting 4 punches in before Flair tries to take him out and give him an atomic drop.  Savage stops it and takes Flair out again.  Savage goes up for the double axe handle, hitting it nicely.  Liz distracts the referee and allows Woman to toss her shoe into the ring.  Savage catches it and nails Flair, covering.  Before Nick Patrick can count, though, out comes Sullivan and Hogan, so the referee starts worrying about them.  While he’s distracted, out comes Arn Anderson, who hits Savage with a DDT and rolls Flair over him.

Winner: Ric Flair (Still WCW World Heavyweight Champion)

The heels all start beating down the babyfaces until out comes Ed Leslie in white and green and starts cleaning house.  The announcers have no idea who the hell he is…the fans know he looks a lot like Brutus Beefcake, who looks a lot like Zodiac…who was a heel…huh?!

4The Mega Powers and Leslie celebrate in the ring as the heels make their way to the announce booth and Flair starts cutting a promo.  The babyfaces storm the arena, scaring the crap out of Bischoff, and Hogan tells us that the man we’re seeing is called The Booty Man.  Savage has the title, Bischoff tries telling him he’s not the champion and Savage says “I’ll knock you out!” and then Hogan starts getting in Bischoff’s face.  Heels!

Hogan mentions The Booty Man about nineteen times, pushing him into Poochie the Dog territory.  Hogan constantly says the word Booty…he says stuff like “Booty Booty Booty Booty Man!”  Gene comes up and puts words into Hogan’s mouth, making the main event for next week; a six man tag match with Hogan, Savage and The Booty Man VS Flair, Anderson and Sullivan.  Bischoff says he’ll make the match happen and then we go off the air.

 

Can this angle end already?!  This was a pretty lousy episode because of all of the garbage associated with this angle.  Plus, the two matches we got that weren’t this angle weren’t good at all…especially the Loch Ness match, which was outright terrible.  This may be the worst episode I’ve watched thus far.

I’m going to make a confession, though…

1996 me…loved…I mean LOVED…The Booty Man.  I have nothing to say about that.  All I can do is admit it.  I’m sure that I’m going to watch these next few weeks and cringe at how terrible it is and what an idiot 1996 Shane was…but let’s cut him some slack.  This show happened the day after his 14th birthday.  Plus, he eventually ends up with Kimberly, so that’s a selling point.  Booty Man, that is; not 14 year old Shane.  Oh…oh this would be a completely different blog if that was the case.

Anyway, from 33 year old Shane, the day after HIS birthday, thank you for joining us here for another Nitro write-up.  We’ll see you next week!

-Shane

 

Ratings Breakdown

WWF Raw Ratings – 3.1

WCW Nitro Ratings – 2.9

(Raw – 10, Nitro – 10) (Tie Weeks – 2)

(Unopposed weeks – 3)

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

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

 

C’mon!  Can’t a guy get a nice birthday gift in a Nitro win?  Soon, WWF…soon…

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WWF Raw results from this week

Razor Ramon defeated WWF IC Champion Goldust (w/Marlena) via count-out

Skip & Zip (w/ Sunny) fought Barry Horowitz & Aldo Montoya to a no contest

Steve Austin (w/ Ted Dibiase) defeated Marty Jannetty

The Undertaker (w/ Paul Bearer) defeated Tatanka (w/ Ted Dibiase)

 

I don’t hate this episode.  Of course, the first two matches go to no winner, but still, Razor & Goldust could be good.  Austin getting a win is always good as well.  Honestly, I’m half tempted to watch this episode of Raw to see if it was better than Nitro, because I felt this Nitro was just not very good.

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