Kick Out at Nitro! 5/6/1996

Posted: June 10, 2015 by Kick Out At 2! in Kick Out At Nitro, Shane D
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KoaNitro copyIt’s Nitro time again, ladies and gentlemen!  Welcome back as we continue along our journey into 1996 and as we move towards the end of our first volume of 1996.  Recently, Kick Out at 2 released Kick Out at Nitro! Volume 1 to Amazon, chronicling all of our Nitro reviews from 1995.  This summer, Volume 2 will arrive, covering January to Slamboree, which is just a few short weeks away (in 1996 time…in 2015 time, it’s just a few days away).

This episode of Nitro comes to us from Daytona Beach, Florida!  It is a 7PM show time instead of the normal 9PM show time due to the NBA Playoffs. Pepe is dressed as a sailor because, and I’m not making this up, Mongo says Pepe heard that a sailor can get lucky in this town.  Hopefully Pepe has better luck than I had last time I was in Daytona, but that’s another story for another time.  Bischoff tells us that Jushin Thunder Liger VS Dean Malenko!  Holy crap!  Bischoff kicks us to ring announcer David Penzer to bring us into our first match.

Match #1: Hugh Morrus VS “Macho Man” Randy Savage

Morrus is without anyone else from the Dungeon of Doom.  Interesting.

Bischoff mentions Hog Wild, which I’m looking quite forward to.  I’ve mentioned it before (and will again) but that was my first wrestling Pay Per View purchase ever.

Morrus jumps Savage before he can even get to the ring. Morrus slams him into the side of the ring and bodyslams him onto the floor, putting the hurt on Savage before the match itself can really start.  Savage finally pulls himself into the ring and the referee calls for the start of the match.  Morrus mocks Savage by dressing in Savage’s entrance gear and mimicking his taunts but Savage fires back with a kick to the gut and a thumb to the eyes which he refuses to let go of until the referee pulls him off of Morrus.

Savage grabs his entrance coat and begins choking Morrus with it, tossing him over the top rope and hanging him with it as well.  Referee Mark Curtis calls for the bell, disqualifying Savage.

Winner: Hugh Morrus (by disqualification)

After the match, Savage hits a flying elbow for good measure.  Savage tries to cover Morrus and the referee shoves him away, resulting in Savage slapping the taste out of the referee.  He bodyslams the ref, climbs to the top and delivers a flying elbow drop to the referee.  Randy Anderson tries to stop him but Savage runs him off.

I love this crazy ass version of Savage!  Flair has driven him insane.  If I remember correctly, Savage spends a lot of the next few weeks getting arrested and barred from arenas.

Out comes Doug Dillinger, Nick Patrick, Randy Anderson, and three rent-a-cops to remove Savage from the ring.  We go to commercial as they clear the ring.

Out of the commercial we’re told about the passing of Ray Stevens (the wrestler, not the musician).  Donations can be made to Cauliflower Alley Club.

Match #2: Dean Malenko VS Jushin Thunder Liger w/ Sonny Onoo

We’re told that we’ll see Otani, the WCW Cruiserweight Champion on WCW Worldwide on 5/18 and then we’ll see the title up for grabs at Slamboree.

Liger in a cool black, silver and yellow outfit.  I like it.  Liger and Malenko trade quick holds and reversals to open the show, ending with a leapfrog and then Liger hitting an enzuigiri, sending Malenko to the outside.

We go to split screen and see Ric Flair, Woman and Liz coming out to sit in the “VIP section.”  Back in the ring, Liger hits a big brainbuster to Malenko and locks on a seated abdominal stretch that he rolls to a pin just as we go to break.

Back from commercial, Flair and the ladies are at a table with champagne, candelabras, etc, spending Savage’s money.

Malenko locks on a kneebar as Heenan talks up Malenko, saying he has ice water in his veins, showing no emotion as he wrestles.  Malenko looks to be going for the Texas Cloverleaf but is rolled into a small package for two.  Liger sends Malenko to the corner and hits his rolling kick.  He lifts Dean to the top rope, looks to go for a brainbuster or something, then decides to just dropkick Malenko to the floor.  Liger dives off the top rope to Malenko on the floor to follow up.  Rolling back to the ring, Liger sends Dean to the ropes and goes for a handspring back elbow, but Dean catches him and rolls to a pin for 2.  Liger goes up top, Malenko follows, then throws him off the top rope and catches him with a gutbuster.  Bischoff marks and says he’s never seen it before, which is garbage because I know for a fact I’ve mentioned that move a few times on this blog.  Dean goes for a powerbomb but Liger rolls his weight and crashes down for a two count.  Dean hits a tiger bomb for the win.

Winner: Dean Malenko

This was a realy good match.  Man, I love Dean Malenko!  We go to commercial with an Up Next graphic for Sting VS Steven Regal.

Back from break and Mean Gene is with Flair and the ladies.  Gene asks what this is all about and says Robin Leech would be envious.  Flair says that Leech couldn’t get invited to a Nature Boy party.  Flair says they flew to Daytona in a Leer jet and decided to go across the street and see what the normal people have going on.  Flair says that people tell him he should be upset about The Giant.  Flair says that Giant got lucky and when his time comes back around, he’ll get his.  Gene asks if he can have a drink and Flair gives him some champagne.  Flair says at Slamboree, he and Savage will be going against Arn Anderson and Eddie Guerrero.  He warns Anderson not to make the wrong choice again.  Woman says that she predicts that Naitch will end up on top.  Flair says that he feels Debra McMichael would love a drink, so he sends her some champagne.  She pours out the drink and smiles.  Liz says not to worry about the champagne because Randy has plenty of money.

Commercial…

“Our world is about to change…Blood Runs Cold…Coming to WCW…”

Match #3: Lord Steven Regal w/ Jeeves VS Sting (WCW Tag Team Champion)

Bischoff apologizes for Flair and Mongo says it’s cool.  Bobby says what he thinks happened is that Debra has never had champagne before and was so excited that Flair sent it over that her hand shook and she spilled it on accident.  Bobby trolling Mongo always makes me happy.

Regal has tape over his left eye and has his right thigh wrapped up.  Looks like he’s still selling the match from last Monday.  Of course, that match was so damn brutal he may actually be tore up from it still.  Sting starts off fast, sending Regal to the corner, hitting a back body drop and going for the Scorpion Deathlock.  Regal gets to the ropes and heads to the floor as we go to commercial.

Sting’s tights are in the color scheme of the WCW race car.  He’s even got the number 29 on the side instead of the normal “STINGER” text.

Bischoff says that since the Bellfast Bruiser got injured last week, Regal will be teaming with Dave Taylor in their match in the Lethal Lottery.  I believe that Finlay is actually just at the end of his current agreement and is going back overseas.

Regal struts around the ring, prompting Sting to grab the rope and give a very limp wristed pose, mocking Regal.  The crowd digs it, Regal hates it, and the two start trading head locks and chin locks.  Sting gets some momentum with a drop kick, a pair of Japanese arm drags, an hip toss, and goes for a Stinger Splash but Regal moves and Sting hits the turnbuckle hard.  Regal goes for a butterfly suplex but Sting lifts him out of it and falls back into a pin.

Winner: Sting

I love when wrestlers don’t win with their finishers.  Yes, wrestling is choreographed, but the idea that one move will always end a match can get a little silly.  Having a wrestler win a match with a random move really makes it look like they capitalized on an opening and shows their ingenuity.  I like it.

We go to commercial and come back and we’re still playing Sting’s entrance music for some reason.  The announcers say that Luger has a World Championship match tonight and he reportedly isn’t in the building.  Sting’s music stops and out comes Hacksaw Jim Duggan.  The announcers are baffled and the crowd is silent.  Randy Anderson and David Penzer ask Duggan “what the hell?”  Penzer then announces that Lex Luger hasn’t arrived yet and Hacksaw has offered to take his place.

Wait…so any wrestler can just show up and offer to wrestle for the WCW World Championship?  Shouldn’t there be a hierarchy?  Why didn’t Flair get a rematch?  Why didn’t the US Champion Konnan, who is technically the #1 contender, get the match?  Maybe this is how Jerry Flynn and Ernest Miller get so many damn title matches in mid-1998.

Match #4: WCW World Heavyweight Championship Match: Hacksaw Jim Duggan VS The Giant (WCW World Heavyweight Champion) w/ Jimmy Hart

Hacksaw tries to start off strong but Giant puts a stop to that mess.  No real scientific stuff here…just beating down, kicking, punching, etc…most of it coming from The Giant.

Giant finally ends it with a pretty rough looking choke slam.

Winner: The Giant (still WCW World Champion)

Giant choke slams Duggan one more time after the match for good measure.  Out comes Cobra.  Yes.  Cobra.  Cobra gets his ass choke slammed as well.  Next out is The Cuban Assassin.  Choke slam.  Alex Wright.  Choke slam.  The Giant makes his way through a few of the roster of WCW Saturday Night, apparently, before Flair runs down and cracks Giant with a chair.  Giant is about to choke slam Flair when Sting runs out and hits a top rope dropkick to Giant and begins attacking the back of Giant’s legs.  Sting starts rocking Giant with right hands, staggering him, before heading back up top and coming down with a double axe handle that puts Giant on his back.  Sting begins to go for the Scorpion Deathlock, finally getting him turned before getting cracked in the back of the head by Jimmy Hart’s megaphone.  Sting no-sells the hell out of it and out comes Lex Luger.  Luger is in his pinstripe Zubaz and tanktop attire, holding a silver Haliburton briefcase and threatening The Giant.  Jimmy Hart calls off Giant and they head to the back.

Sting asks Luger where the hell he’s been.  Luger asked Sting if he’s ever missed a flight as Mean Gene kicks us off the air.  I’m guessing they hit the time limit and TNT wasn’t about to let wrestling move into their NBA timeslot.

 

Wow, this show is so much better without Hulk Hogan.  Now, not gonna lie, I’m kind of on an anti-Hogan kick right now (aren’t we always here at Ko@2?) due to the fact that he’s representing my Tampa Bay Lightning and doing things like calling John Cooper “John Conner,” but still, compare the last few shows to the ones running through March and April.  They’re night and day.  This show is just better without Hogan and his friends taking up the main event spot.  There’s been no Hogan, no Booty Man…and it’s been glorious.  I like knowing we’ve got a few more months of this before Hogan comes back…and knowing what’s coming up at the end of May…Oh man, I’m loving it.

I’m going to try to run through a lot of Nitro this week and a half, so be ready.  I do have class and hockey, so fitting it in is going to be a chore, but I want to be near caught up before I head to Virginia for a few weeks, so you’re going to be getting one of these nearly every day for the next little bit.

Until next time, ladies and gentlemen!

-Shane

Ratings Breakdown

WWF Raw Ratings – 4.1

WCW Nitro Ratings – 1.9

(Raw – 15, Nitro – 14) (Tie Weeks – 2)

(Unopposed weeks – 4)

WWF’s longest Winning Streak (to this point) – 5

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

 

Holy crap what an ass kicking!  A 4.1 is the highest rating that either of these shows have gotten since the War began, aside from a 4.7 a few weeks back when Raw ran unopposed.  Crazy to see such a lopsided victory.  We’ve never had one show DOUBLE the other’s score.  Sad day for Nitro fans.   I’m really hoping this is due to the fact that Raw ran unopposed, practically, and Nitro was two hours out of its normal time slot.

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WWF Raw results from this week

Marc Mero (w/ Sable) defeated 1-2-3 Kid (w/ Ted Dibiase)

Davey Boy Smith (w/ Jim Cornette & Diana Smith) defeated Fatu (10:30)

Skip & Zip (w/ Sunny) defeated Techno Team 2000 (9:15)

The Undertaker (w/ Paul Bearer) defeated Owen Hart (9:15)

This show did a 4.1?  Interesting.  Tonight’s Nitro was a damn good show.  

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