Kick Out At Nitro! – 3/11/1996

Posted: March 11, 2015 by Kick Out At 2! in Kick Out At Nitro, Phillip R, Shane D
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KoaNitro copyWelcome back, everyone, to another edition of Kick Out at Nitro!, the Internet’s only chronological journey through the WCW side of the Monday Night War!  This week I am joined by my friend and long-time wrestling buddy, Phillip.  He’s trying his hand at re-living WCW, just as I am, with the possibility of becoming somewhat regular in this segment.  With that, I will let him get to it and I will catch up at the end with my thoughts and the normal week wrap-up! – Shane

First, let me introduce myself and tell you about my lack of qualifications for writing this article. I am a wrestling fan, and this era of wrestling, is the era I watched with my dad. He always went for the good guy, I always went for the anti-hero. My real inner fan boy is and always will be a mark for wrestlers from this era (and especially about 2 years from here in the WCW-verse…I was an ECW fan boy around this time and I am in no way the WCW-pedia that “Sugar” Shane Dalton is).

This will certainly be in my voice, which is a little different from Shane’s, and hopefully you enjoy it.

Show pops off, and Bischoff is welcoming me to the “WAR ZONE”… and oddly the first thing I notice is that the Road Warriors are schedule to face The Nasty Boys, odd since I know this is a Steiner Bros. match, in fact marking their return to the World of World Championship Wrestling. I’m marking to the music that marked the opening to WCW/NWO Revenge (N64) which happens to be the greatest game EVER!!  Also an announcer note, I’m so glad that Steve McMichael will be replaced with Tony Schiavone, because I really don’t like the dude.

Match #1: Hacksaw Jim Duggan VS The Giant

Hacksaw making his way down with Ol’ Glory and a 2×4.

It’s evident when Giant is on his way down that this is the era where he still has the mystique, and he’s wearing the Andre singlet, I think they’re not talking about it but still playing that angle.

This is a lot of bear hugs and some no selling from the Giant to impress upon you his mystique, with that little psycho human cartoon Jimmy Hart yelling through his megaphone. But look out Duggan is an “Irish taped hand boxer” and pulls tape from around the ring, and lays into giant, and fells the mighty beast…

There’s some commotion regarding Flyin’ Bryan on the outside and he gets the Bischoff boot, which is the most exciting moment of this match, at least I got to mark for Pillman.

Hart grabs the tape, gets booted out of the ring, but Duggan gets the chokeslam for his trouble, and that’s a wrap.

“Mean” Gene interviewing Steve Grissom, the WCW Nitro car driver. Who apparently started 43rd and ended up in 4th, and is now 3rd in points.

Match #2: The Steiner Brothers VS The Road Warriors (Originally Nasty Boys VS Road Warriors)

The Steiners roll out on Harleys, as we learn the Nasty Boys are on their way to the hospital. Bischoff doesn’t know who did it the Steiners or the Road Warriors.

I mark for the bulldog Rick Steiner, and have a hard time caring about Scott Steiner for all the “Big Poppa” pain that is to come in the future. He looks like a human being in this match. That mullet though… wow.

Some nice back and forth, some really great Steiner suplex work in this match, which is of course what they’re known for. Everyone manages to get their signatures out, some shoulder block action from Hawk, a power slam by Animal. On the shoulder off the top clothesline by the RW. A faulty attempt by the Steiners. A really nice Frankensteiner (I forgot all about this big guy sorcery).

The drama of both guys in a tag match fighting their way to the tag, even though 50% of the match everyone is in the ring, in this instance in a tag match, the rules become insanely important. I bought this hook, line and sinker as a 12 year old kid.

A few odd things, Animal gets a 2 count with Hawk in the ring, even though Hawk is the legal guy. Heenan let’s “Legion of Doom” slip. The crowd gets behind an “LOD” chant.

Ricky hits the bulldog off the top, but Animal nails him with the spiked shoulder pad, and Hawk gets the pin.

“Mean” Gene talking to Scotty Steiner, talking about chasing the Road Warriors, talking a little crazy. Maybe I was wrong about Scotty Steiner, he is starting to look a little roided out. Ricky letting us know “This isn’t the end” Looks like a Steiner Bros/Road Warriors feud getting things going.

Match #3: WCW Television Championship Match: “Das Wunderkind” Alex Wright VS “The Total Package” Lex Luger (WCW TV Champion)

I am annoyed by Alex Wright, because 12 year old me hated Alex Wright. I think to the later run this guy has, and the fact that great guys like Malenko and Benoit get categorized with this dude.

We get some inference that Johnny B. Badd couldn’t handle the heat in WCW and is out.

Luger looking like Luger looks. Some running through Wright, who I don’t remember being this agile and athletic. He’s actually making this match worth watching.

A lot of talk about Luger letting Sting down, and him having half the Tag belts and the TV Title.

WCW trying to sell me some WCW Hotline, also known as “A parent’s worst nightmare.” I made that mistake ONCE as a child.

/Rant Bischoff let’s me know that the “Immortal one” Hulk Hogan is coming up, and I can barely contain myself… from vomiting. I really hate Hogan’s non gimmick, and his no sell, his creative control, and the fact that he main events EVERYTHING, and steals the light from the real stars… /Rant

Hart intervenes, and this match is over, it was pretty clear this was not Wright’s time.

Hart and Luger share a weird moment in the ring. Luger looks annoyed, and Hart looks like a jealous Ex-Girlfriend. The most interesting thing about this match is the drama of Sting being partnerless for UnCensored. I REPEAT: The most interesting thing about this match is Sting WHO ISN’T IN THIS MATCH.

 

Match #4: Lumberjack Match – “Nature Boy” Ric Flair (WCW Champion), “The Enforcer” Arn Anderson & “The Taskmaster” Kevin Sullivan VS Hulk Hogan, “Macho Man” Randy Savage & The Booty Man

 

Flair/Double A/TaskMaster come out, there is a lot of talk about Loch Ness/Giant being on the outside during this Lumberjack match, which used to be a thing. I have a feeling that’s going to feed this match coming up.

Chaos ensues, the “there’s too much to watch so you’ll forget that no one in this ring really does ring work” trick. Some whipping, some hitting, some choking, and not a single wrestling move happened…

Loch Ness clobbers Giant getting after it on the outside, and the war begins… Have to say this was a shock.

Flair makes a run for it, and Animal drags him back, this being the highlight of this match.

Lots of “Hogan is great”, a high kick and a leg drop. This train wreck rests at the station.

If I hear Bischoff call Hogan “The Immortal One” again, I’m inventing a time machine to go back to ’96 and slap him in the mouth. Leg Drop and closes out another win for the BM/Savage/Hogan trio.

“Hogan is back, and in great form!” – Bischoff ’96

We come back from commercial to the aftermath of the Lumberjack 6 man tag. I get to watch a slow mo of the Leg drop from Hogan.

Interview with Taskmaster, and the crew. Kevin Sullivan in his Sam Kinison voice telling us about this 4 man cage match at uncensored. Double A giving us a “Until death do us part” marriage metaphor. Swearing that it won’t be over with Savage until death do them part.

Flair giving a “Flair interview” about touching a woman, running the ropes, and holding Elizabeth. Taskmaster falls to his knees looking like a wild eyed psycho. A few “woo’s” and the show is winding down.

Flair getting all crazy in the booth.

This is the Hogan/Savage era of WCW which is sad, because they have better talent, just not bigger names.

Steiner/Road Warriors stole this show. Honestly it was theirs to steal, this is a pre-PPV Nitro, and has no real impacting matches, everything is already set up, and the show felt phoned in. I’m glad to see some tag action on this card. This is the cartoon era. I liken this to the pop of the late ‘80’s. It was great until grunge came in and wiped it out. No one knew that cartoon characters and make up wouldn’t always be the center of wrestling. It’s a bubble that needs to, and in this period of the WCW Verse, is about to pop.

That’s a wrap on 3/11/96.

Phillip

 

First off, I am extremely jealous that I handed Phillip this week’s episode, for one major reason.  I remember this episode very clearly from my teenage years.  Earlier this night, on 3/11/1996, my father and I were talking wrestling.  When I really got into wrestling at this time, I would always ask my Dad about wrestling when he was younger.  He grew up on NWA Mid Atlantic, so he had the history of what would eventually become WCW.  He always stuck with WCW.  I remember watching the syndicated Saturday morning shows and then getting the PPV’s on Mondays because he worked with a woman who ordered them and taped them for us.  Anyway, that night he was talking about his favorite tag team…the Steiner Brothers.  He was really talking them up, especially Scott, and his finishing move, the Frankensteiner.  This fascinated me.  Just the explanation of the move blew my mind.

Well, cut to later that night and we’re thinking we’re going to get a Nasty Boys VS Road Warriors match and suddenly we hear Harley Davidson’s revving up.  Dad was a Harley guy so he was excited to know who was coming out on the Harleys when suddenly out come the Steiners!  It was one of the only times I saw my Dad mark out over wrestling and I’ll always remember that.

As for the rest of the show, I’m with Phillip in saying it was pretty forgettable outside of the tag match.  The tag match was just so hard hitting, despite it falling completely apart as far as reffing goes.  Of course, it was Nick Patrick, worst ref ever, so it’s not hard to imagine it falling apart.  That Scotty Steiner mullet was freaking glorious, though.  Seriously, check this episode out so you can see this thing!

Hacksaw VS Giant was useless.  I usually don’t like to crap on matches, but since I’m just doing my thoughts and not a full recap, hell with it.  It wasn’t good.

The Television title thing was a little weird, but when they mentioned that Johnny B Badd was throwing a fit and decided not to come to the ring I realized that he’s going to WWF in a few weeks, so this must have been his exit.  Giving the title to Luger on Saturday Night was interesting.  I remember this time and him having two belts.  I really loved the way that Luger took the victory but then tried to play it off when Jimmy tried celebrating.  Jimmy was so damn annoying, though.  I’m intrigued by how this leaves Sting without a partner coming into UnCensored, though.  I like that Luger wrote a check that now Sting’s ass has to cash and Luger himself isn’t even in the match anymore.  That adds a nice wrinkle to their angle.

The Main Event was a clustermuck (credit Steve Austin) but, like Phillip said, I think it was due to wanting to hide how bad an actual match between these six was going to be.  It’s odd that the main event to UnCensored is still Hogan VS 4 others in the Doomsday cage when it ends up being Hogan and Savage VS about six or eight people.  I guess all that is coming next week.

Pillman randomly showing up was interesting.  I kept seeing the signs that said “Talk to Brian” and had the phone number and was wondering if that had anything to do with Pillman, then I randomly saw him walking by.  I actually said aloud, “was that freaking Brian Pillman?!”  Then, sure enough, it was!  Pillman was definitely not under WCW contract at this point.  Hell, he had been in ECW for the last few weeks up to this.  That was nuts and I wonder if it was worked out with Bischoff or if Pillman just crazied his way into the building.

Well, that’s all I’ve got for this week, fans!  Thanks to Phillip for jumping in and helping out this week.  Hopefully he enjoyed it enough to jump in more going forward.  We’ll be back next week (on Wednesdays now since 1996 was a leap year) with the UnCensored go-home show!  Take care, everyone!

-Shane

Ratings Breakdown

WWF Raw Ratings – 2.9

WCW Nitro Ratings – 3.2

(Raw – 10, Nitro – 12) (Tie Weeks – 2)

(Unopposed weeks – 4)

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

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

 

WCW getting the second win in a row since Raw went unopposed last week!  They’re also edging out a little farther into the win column as this is the first time in a while we’ve had a margin larger than 1 in the win column.

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WWF Raw results from this week

Savio Vega fought Steve Austin (w/ Ted Dibiase) to a double count-out.

Henry Godwinn & Phinneas Godwinn (w/ Hillbilly Jim) defeated Jerry Meade & Alex Porteau (1:52)

Hunter Hearst Helmsley defeated Vin Grier (1:53)

The Undertaker (w/ Paul Bearer) & Yokozuna defeated Owen Hart & Davey Boy Smith via disqualification (5:19)

 

Savio and Austin was probably pretty good, although it ended in a double count out.  Godwinns in a squash sounds bad.  Same with HHH.  Taker & Yoko teaming sounds interesting.  Not sure why that happened.  Honestly, I’d say these two episodes sound pretty neck-and-neck so it’s not surprising they were pretty close in ratings. I’m going to give the Steiners the credit for pushing Nitro into the win column because, hey, it’s my blog and I’m going to do what I want to.

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