Kick Out at Nitro! 4/29/1996

Posted: May 31, 2015 by Kick Out At 2! in Kick Out At Nitro, Shane D
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KoaNitro copyWelcome, everyone, to another exciting issue of Kick Out at Nitro!  We are the only website dedicated to walking with you through the world that was WCW Monday Nitro!  Tonight’s episode comes to us from Albany, GA.  Bischoff lets us know that after tonight’s episode there will be the NBA Playoffs, but that won’t happen until after The Giant goes after Ric Flair’s WCW World Championship.  We’re also going to see Sting and Lex Luger defending their Tag Team titles against Harlem Heat.  Steven Regal will also take on The Belfast Bruiser in a match that will start in the parking lot.

Match #1: WCW World Tag Team Championship – Harlem Heat VS Sting & Lex Luger (WCW Tag Team Champions)

As Harlem Heat comes to the ring, Bischoff talks up the new tag team of Fire and Ice, Scott Norton and Ice Train.  They’ll be taking on the Steiner Brothers later tonight, which makes me happy.  I really liked Fire and Ice back in the day and I really liked Scott Norton when he debuted on Nitro, so I’m excited to get to see this tag team again.

Luger still has his Television Championship.  I like seeing Luger with two belts.  I always like seeing a wrestler with multiple championships.

Bischoff runs down the Lethal Lottery again, letting us know that it will be 16 teams, randomly comprised of 32 wrestlers, then the final 8 in a battle royal.  We’ll apparently see Benoit and Sullivan taking on Public Enemy in that tournament.

Sting and Booker T start the match off and the crowd is pretty fired up.  Sting and Booker trade off arm wrenches until Booker hits a back hook kick and takes Sting down.  Sting ducks a couple of running clotheslines and hits a big shoulder tackle before getting a scoop slam and an elbow drop for a count of 1.  Sting tags in Luger, they hit a double back elbow and Lex gets cut off so Booker can tag out to Stevie Ray, who proceeds to beat down Luger and stomp him in the corner.

Bischoff reminds us that Savage and Flair are a tag team in the Lethal Lottery, taking on Arn Anderson and Eddie Guerrero.

Both teams tag out and Booker starts off with the better of Sting, but Sting fires up and hits a nice dropkick before Sting tags out to Luger again, who is in control as we go to commercial.  Coming back from commercial, Sting is fighting out of a side headlock from Booker T but is cut off by a side slam and an elbow drop.  Booker spins up out of it (back with this was a transition and not a taunt…man, I hate the WWE spinaroonie) and hits a massive jump wheel kick.  Luger and Sting get overpowered by Harlem Heat, allowing them to set up for a nice double team move where Stevie Ray powerbombs Luger and Booker T comes down on the guy with an elbow drop mid move.  After the move, out comes Jimmy Hart and throws in the towel, which apparently happened on Saturday Night. Booker grabs the towel and tosses it out of the ring as Stevie Ray grabs Jimmy Hart and tosses him into the ring.  Sting comes in, roll up for the win.

Winners: Sting & Jimmy Hart

Really, was Jimmy trying to cost Sting & Luger the belts?  What good would throwing in the towel do?  They would lose.

Commercial break, which brings us back to…

Match #2: Fire and Ice VS The Steiner Brothers

Fire and Ice are huge!  It’s hard to be bigger than the Steiners, but these guys pull it off.

The Steiners will be facing each other for the first time in their careers at Slamboree.

Ice Train and Rick Steiner start off, Steiner taking it slow and then Ice Train exploding into offense.  He leap frogs Rick and clears him by a good foot and a half, then hits a beautiful powerslam.  Rick ducks past a rushing Ice Train, grabbing him from behind in the corner and hitting a German suplex.  Both teams tag out and Scott and Norton go at each other in the hoss fight of the week!  Scotty hits a big belly to belly suplex and dives off the top into the arms of Norton, who slams him.  The teams tag, Ice Train gets a hip toss on Rick and immediately clotheslines an entering Scott Steiner.  Scott sets Ice Train up for a tiger bomb but Norton clotheslines him out of it, sending him out to the floor.  Rick hits Ice Train with a big Steinerline for the win.

Winners: The Steiner Brothers

Holy crap, this match!  I loved it!  Quick, explosive, powerful!  Check this match out!

We go to commercial and come back to Mean Gene who announces the WCW World Champion, “Nature Boy” Ric Flair!  Flair is proceeded by Woman and Elizabeth.  Gene asks Flair about the title defense tonight against The Giant.  Flair says to look at the ladies and ask if he looks worried.  He calls Elizabeth “the former Mrs. Macho Man” quite a few times.  He asks Woman if the Giant is half the man Flair is, and she says the Giant is a small man compared to Ric Flair.  He asks Liz the same and gets the same.

We go to commercial…to a portal, that opens up to snow…Blood Runs Cold…HOLY CRAP IT’S A GLACIER PROMO!!!!!!!

Back from commercial, we’re in the parking lot and Regal and Finlay are slamming each other into cars.

Match #3: Parking Lot Brawl – Lord Steven Regal VS The Belfast Bruiser

Finlay gets run through the window of a car, then tries to attack regal with a brick!  Finlay slams Regal into the hood of a car, then beats him with the spare tire.  Finlay gets a few good swings in with a bumper.  Regal lays Finlay up on the hood of a bronco and hits a nice elbow drop.  Finlay follows it by choking Regal with the seatbelt.  Finlay hotshots Regal onto the guardrail, but Regal clotheslines Finlay into the bed of a truck.  They brawl all over the truck before jumping off of it.  Someone is busted up because Regal has blood on his shirt and Finlay has it on his quad.

Bischoff goes full wuss as he says it’s getting too graphic and he’s going to ask the cameraman to go so wide that all we see is skyline.  Regal slams Finlay’s head through another glass window.  Bischoff says he’s going to petition the WCW committee to put a stop to this.  He asks them to pull wider and, sadly, they do.  Regal takes Finlay up onto the hood of a car and sets up for a piledriver but gets hit with a back body drop onto the roof of the car.  He pulls Finlay up to the roof and hits a piledriver for the win!

Winner: Lord Steven Regal

Wow!  This was brutal as all hell!  Sadly Bischoff was a wuss about the whole thing, but still, this was a damn crazy match!

Commercial break and we’re off to our main event.

Match #4: WCW World Heavyweight Championship Match – The Giant w/ Jimmy Hart VS “Nature Boy” Ric Flair (WCW World Champion) w/ Woman and Ms. Elizabeth

Flair hits on Deborah McMichael yet again.  Can this be over soon?  That match is at the Great American Bash, right?

Mongo talks about how The Giant should leave wrestling and be a football player.  Ugh.  Way to put over the sport of wrestling there, Mongo.

Flair starts off well but chops Giant in the corner, which pisses him off.  Giant rushes Flair, though, so Flair moves and Giant eats corner.  Flair goes up top and gets slammed off of it for his trouble, though.  Giant hits a big vertical suplex.  I love a vertical suplex, but coming from Giant, that’s a big damn deal.  Giant goes for the chokeslam but Flair holds onto the top rope, stopping it and eventually nailing Giant in the balls while Woman is on the apron distracting the ref.  Giant is on his knees and is almost as tall as Flair.  Flair tees off on Giant with punches, which Giant keeps shrugging off.  Jimmy Hart distracts the ref and Flair hits Giant with a pair of brass knucks.  Instead of covering, Flair stomps on him a bit and puts him in the Figure 4.  Giant reaches over and grabs Flair around the throat, stands up out of the Figure 4 and chokeslams Flair for the win!

Winner: The Giant (NEW WCW WORLD CHAMPION!)

Giant says this is HIS belt…always has been, always will be.  He’s got a point.  It never should have been taken from him in the first place, but now, he’s the legit champion.

Mean Gene hits the ring to present the new WCW World Heavyweight Champion.  Hart says that tonight Flair gets to go home with the women and he gets to go home with the WCW World Champion.  I feel that says a lot about Jimmy Hart right there, ladies and gentlemen.  Giant says the belt has been his since Halloween Havoc and he’s going to be a fighting champion.  Gene makes sure to tell us that Hulk Hogan is watching tonight from home.  Gotta get that Hogan mention in there.

The announcers run down the end of the match and Bischoff tells us that it will be Sting VS The Giant for the title at Slamboree.  I can’t believe they’re waiting until the Pay Per View to do that.  I seriously expected him to say the match was happening next week on Monday Nitro.  Bischoff says that they’ll be back next week at 7 PM (due to the NBA playoffs) and sends us off the air.

 

This was a damn good episode of Nitro!  Two amazing matches in the middle of the card.  The Tag Title match was pretty good and we finished with a new champion.  There was no Hogan, either.  Man, looking back, I should have given this episode to Derick as an apology for his last episode.  Sorry, man.  It’s crazy how much better this show is without him, though.  I’m almost certain he’s gone from now until July, so maybe that’s a good sign for the next few episodes.

I’m sorry for the lateness in this blog, ladies and gentlemen.  I really wanted to be current last week with the anniversary of Scott Hall appearing, but unfortunately I wasn’t able to get caught up.  Blame hockey season, if you need something to blame.  I’ve got some time coming up, though, so I’m going to try to get these things cranked out over the next few weeks.

Until next time!

 

-Shane

Ratings Breakdown

WWF Raw Ratings – 2.9

WCW Nitro Ratings – 2.1

(Raw – 14, Nitro – 14) (Tie Weeks – 2)

(Unopposed weeks – 4)

WWF’s longest Winning Streak (to this point) – 4

WCW’s longest Winning Streak (to this point) – 4

 

The longest winning streaks are tied…as are the lead weeks.  14 a piece!  So, after 30 episodes and 34 weeks running, we’re basically tied up.  Interesting that this is happening right at the cusp of Scott Hall jumping ship.

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WWF Raw results from this week

Mankind defeated Bart Gunn via submission with the Mandible Claw.

Steve Austin (w/ Ted Dibiase) defeated Scott Taylor via submission with the Million $ Dream.

Marty Jannetty & Leif Cassidy fought Henry Godwinn & Phinneas Godwinn (w/ Hillbilly Jim) to a double count-out when the legal men were unable to return to the ring.

The Ultimate Warrior defeated Isaac Yankem DDS with the flying shoulder block and splash.

This episode also featured the start of the Shawn Michaels / British Bulldog angle where Davey and his wife Diana started trying to say that HBK was trying to sleep with Diana.  Kind of a crap sounding Raw, to me, but, eh.

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