Kick Out at Nitro! – 6/10/1996 – “A big surprise.”

Posted: July 25, 2015 by Kick Out At 2! in Kick Out At Nitro, Robbie C, Shane D
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KoaNitro copyLadies and gentlemen, WCW-ites, we are back after a bit of a hiatus with another week of WCW Monday Nitro!  This week we will see if the invading outsider will make good on his promise to have a “big surprise” for all of us!

Nitro comes to us this week from Wheeling, WV, and we’re joined by our Hour #1 announce team of “The Living Legend” Larry Zbyszko and Tony Schiavone.  This is the go-home show for Great American Bash.  Tony tells us that Ric Flair and Arn Anderson will warm up against Renegade and a debuting Joe Gomez as they head into the big match on Sunday against Mongo and Kevin Greene.  We also hear that Scott Norton will take on The Giant, apparently as retaliation against him beating down Ice Train last week.

Tony reminds us about our invader and shows us a replay of the confrontation with Hall and Sting.

Match #1: Booker T VS Scott Steiner

Very interesting to see two tag team wrestlers in singles competition.  Both of these men will carve out singles runs for themselves, and will actually wrestle for the World Championship on the final episode of Monday Nitro, but at this time, WCW really didn’t have tag wrestlers have singles matches very often, so this is a bit of a treat.

Booker does a really good job during the opening part of this match at blocking suplex attempts, which is roughly 85% of Steiner-based offense, so he’s doing well for himself.  He isn’t able to stop a kick to the gut and subsequent tiger bomb, though, which allows Scott to get the upper hand.  Booker derails that, though, with a back kick as Scott chases him into the corner after an Irish whip.  Booker is able to hit a scissor kick for two out of that.

Tony tells us that the Steiners have been having a bit of a feud with Fire and Ice on Saturday Night, leading to a match at the Great American Bash.

Booker hits a nice cross body from the top, but Scott is able to get the momentum again with a back body drop, four punches in the corner and a belly-to-belly suplex.  He calls for the Frankensteiner, but Booker holds on to the top rope off of the Irish whip and follows through with an a side kick.  He goes up for a splash from the top rope but Scott moves, Irish whip, overhead belly-to-belly suplex for the win.

Winner: Scott Steiner

Commercial break and we come back to Mean Gene with Scott Steiner on the entrance ramp.  Gene brings up the match at the Bash with Fire & Ice.  Scott says that they’ve always prided themselves on being the best team, that’s why they’re here in WCW.

Out of nowhere, Debra McMichael shows up and says she’s very sorry to interrupt, but she needs to talk to Mean Gene about her husband.  Scotty seems to understand, so he bounces.  Man, in a few years, Big Poppa Pump wouldn’t let a woman take his interview time.

Debra says that she’s worried that this Sunday, Mongo is going to freak out and hurt someone permanently.  She wants to ask Mean Gene if he’ll set up a meeting between them, Flair and Anderson and see if they can get this match shut down.  Gene says he’s going to talk to Bobby Heenan and see what he can do.  Gene makes sure to get him a shot in and tells Debra that she’s looking good tonight.  Damn, Gene, the woman is worried and scared…why are you trying to hit on her?

Zbyszko says this is just Mongo trying to weasel his way out of this match.

Match #2: Jim Powers VS Diamond Dallas Page

Tony calls Jim Powers a “great name in our sport.”  Um, what?

The early part of the match is DDP ducking away from Powers’ offense and getting caught in two school boy rollups for two counts.  Powers gets a nice cross body for two, goes for a backdrop off of an Irish whip but DDP grabs his head and slams it to the mat off of the rebound.  Page takes a few moments to put the boots to Powers before bringing him up in a gutwrench gutbuster, which gets a nice applause from the crowd.  I guess DDP’s getting the face reaction since no one knows who Powers is.

DDP rushes into the corner but Powers gets a boot up, then crashes Page’s head off of the top turnbuckle 9 times, then does it one more time to get the 10th and the crowd popping for him.  Powers gets a high knee and a dropkick for two since he didn’t hook the leg.  DDP stops an Irish whip with a back elbow and nails the Diamond Cutter for the win.

Winner: Diamond Dallas Page

Man, that Diamond Cutter is a wicked move.  I’ve always loved it, but you can see that DDP really seems to have gotten it down to a smooth science very early after adopting it.  It really does come out of nowhere.

We get a video recap of the issues with Benoit, Sullivan, and the Horsemen.  Benoit is played off like an undeserving Horseman who is questioning Anderson.   Sullivan is played off like a hero for getting rid of Pillman.  It looks like Double A has washed his hands of Benoit, siding with Sullivan and saying that the truth of everything will come out soon.  Benoit will face Sullivan in a Falls Count Anywhere match at the Great American Bash.

We come from that to a video recap package of Konnan, the WCW United States Champion.  I’m about ready for Konnan to turn heel.  This version of him does nothing for me.  After the package, Konnan is backstage with Mean Gene, who says that Konnan will wrestle El Gato, a South American legend, at the Bash.  Konnan puts El Gato over, but says he’ll have to come to the US to prove himself, just like he did.  Konnan cuts the rest of the promo in Spanish and Gene puts over the match at the PPV.

Larry asks who El Gato is a legend to, a bunch of boa constrictors?  He goes all xenophobic and says that he feels that all contenders to the US Championship should at least have a green card!

Match #3: Meng VS Sting

Meng starts off a house of fire, beating down Sting with clubbing fists for a good twenty to thirty seconds.  Sting gets a backdrop to temporarily stop it, but crashes hard off of a failed dropkick attempt when Meng grabs the top rope.  Meng takes over again and puts the boots to Sting for a while.  He sends him to the ropes, but Sting ducks a clothesline and comes off the opposite ropes with a hell of a cross body block.  He fires off some clotheslines but Meng gets a small package for two.  Sting sends him to the corner and goes for a school boy for two.  Meng lifts Sting like a feather and brings him down with a shoulder breaker.  Meng goes to the top but Sting cuts him off with a headbutt, bringing him down.  Sting locks on the Scorpion Deathlock while Meng is on his belly for the win.

Winner: Sting

Coming out of the commercial break, Mean Gene is in the back with Debra McMichael and Bobby Heenan.  Heenan says that McMichael has been talking to Flair all week long and all night.  He says if you want to talk to Flair, follow him.  Heenan takes her into the locker room of the horsemen and slams the door with force.  We hear Debra screaming then she runs out, chased by Woman and Liz.  Renegade and Joe Gomez just happen to be walking past them, so Flair and Anderson jump them and beat them down.

Match #4: Squire Dave Taylor w/ Jeeves VS Hacksaw Jim Duggan

Hacksaw fires off a trifecta of clotheslines, sending Taylor to the floor.

Tony tells us that Sting and Luger have stepped up to take the place of Joe Gomez and Renegade and will wrestle Arn Anderson and Ric Flair for the WCW World Tag Team Championship tonight.  So, the Horsemen beat down their opponents and get rewarded with a tag title shot?  Interesting.

More clotheslines, three point stance clothesline, a couple punches and some elbows…damn, there’s not a single wrestling hold in this match.  Hacksaw grabs his tape from his trunks, tapes up the first, right hand punch for the win.

Winner: Hacksaw Jim Duggan

I use to love Hacksaw at this time…but these matches just aren’t good.  This match was seriously just punches and clotheslines.

After this match, we get a highlight video of Dean Malenko tearing it up in WCW and Rey Mysterio Jr tearing it up in Mexico.  I’m very excited about this match at the Bash.

We go backstage with Mean Gene, Big Bubba, and Jimmy Hart.  We get a replay of Big Bubba cutting Shark’s hair, then last week when Shark renounced the name and called himself by his real name, John Tenta.  Big Bubba says Tenta is a half a man and that the whole world has been laughing at him for years.  Bubba says he’ll leave him laying like a beached whale at the PPV.  Gene randomly ends the segment with “Big Bubba, nice beard!”

Match #5: Scott “Flash” Norton VS The Giant (WCW World Heavyweight Champion) w/ Jimmy Hart

Before Giant’s entrance, we get the countdown to Hour #2 and our new announce team of Eric Bischoff and Bobby “The Brain” Heenan.

Norton starts off strong, hammering Giant, but Giant gets a big power slam.  Norton fires off two body splashes in the corner, but gets a boot to the face on the third one.  Both men go to the floor.  Norton backs Giant up to the corner posts and fires off some forearms, but when he moves to try to do a splash, Giant moves and Norton eats the steel post.  Giant chokeslams Norton on the concrete floor, then rolls him in for the pin.

Winner: The Giant

That chokeslam was amazing!  I’d imagine it hurt like all hell, too, because even though it was on the padding, Norton took the crap out of it.

As Giant celebrates, Lex Luger hits the ring.  Giant attacks him, sending him to the floor, and attempts to chokeslam him through Flair’s VIP table.  Luger gets out of this and the Dungeon of Doom run Luger off.  Giant screams and runs off, chasing Luger, who oddly enough is at the announce booth.  He cuts a little promo on Giant and we go to commercial.

Match #6: Billy Kidman VS Lord Steven Regal w/ Jeeves

It’s weird to see Kidman without his Flock look or his jeans/wifebeater look.  I don’t like it.

Kidman starts off very strong in this match until he misses a 450 splash.  Regal does a little dance, suplexes Kidman on his head, then locks on a weird hold for the win.

Winner: Lord Steven Regal

Sting runs into the ring and bitch slaps Regal, paying him back for the one he got a few weeks ago.  Regal sells it like a champ as we go to commercial.

Match #7: The Nasty Boys VS Public Enemy

This is not going to be a match at all.  The brawl starts off the moment the teams hit the ring and we’re given this match in split screen as one duo brawls on the floor and the other in the ring or on the opposite side of the floor.  It kinda works, since at this point, they’re pretty much the same team.

Out of nowhere, a tag team match devolves out of the bedlam.  Johnny Grunge, apparently wrestling with a broken hand, is being double teamed in the corner.  He is able to get the tag to Grunge, they kick Saggs in the gut and attempt a double clothesline, but Saggs ducks and clotheslines both members of Public Enemy.

Heenan says that the moment that the door shut in the Flair/Anderson locker room, Debra attacked Woman and Liz.  Bischoff says that in all of Heenan’s years, he has never seen Mongo really really really mad.

We go to commercial, including one for Glacier…it’s the same commercial we saw last week, with the voice over.  Still no actual footage of Glacier, though.

Back from commercial, the brawl continues.  Johnny Grunge leaves the ringside area and the announcers act like he’s left the building.  He comes out with a garbage can but is kicked in the gut and drops it, reducing this spot and speculation to absolutely nothing.

Grunge goes up top but Saggs hits him with the garbage can, causing a DQ.

Winners: Public Enemy (via DQ)

The Nasty Boys celebrate this, because they’re dumb.

Bischoff introduces that damn Hulk Hogan video clip YET AGAIN!  This is three weeks in a row, damn it!  Sullivan mentioned on his podcast that they did this to have good ole’ Hogan in our minds so that the heel turn means more, which makes sense…I am just tired of seeing him.

We get a video after that of Mongo and Greene training and getting crazy advice from Randy Savage.  It’s scored with some weird generic country music, though, which is odd.

Match #8: WCW World Tag Team Championship Match – Sting & Lex Luger (WCW World Tag Team Champions) VS “Nature Boy” Ric Flair & “The Enforcer” Arn Anderson w/ Woman and Ms. Elizabeth

Flair starts off by backing Luger into the corner and giving him a few chops.  Luger powers out, gorilla press slams Flair and nails him with a few clotheslines.  Anderson tries to break it up but Luger fends him off.  Flair and Anderson take to the floor to buy some time.  Flair looks like he’s heading over to the VIP section, but it’s empty due to The Giant trying to slam Luger through it earlier.

Back in the ring, Luger gorilla presses Flair again and then sends him to the corner.  Flair flips over it and runs down the apron, but Sting nails him.  Lex suplexes Flair back into the ring but comes up empty on an elbow drop when Flair moves.  Flair tags out to Double A and Luger takes an opening to tag out to Sting.

Bischoff says he has been hearing about Nitro Parties and next week he’ll give us an address so that people can send him pictures and videos.  Man, I remember Nitro Parties.  I never went to one, but I remember them being a big deal through this time.  I always wanted to have one, though.

Sting being in the ring has thrown Double A off of his game.  He brings Sting down twice by the hair, but Sting no-sells it.  He hits his bulldog facebuster on Arn, sending him out and then runs Flair back to the floor.

Heenan goes out of his way multiple times in this show to say that Dennis Rodman might show up at the Bash. There’s no reason for this, but he does it two or three times.

Back from a quick commercial break and Sting and Luger are controlling Anderson, who tags out to Flair.  Flair stares a hole through Sting and comes into the ring, backing Sting into the corner and firing off chops.  Flair has forgotten that this is Sting, apparently, so he no-sells it and sends Flair to the opposite corner.  Flair moves out of the way of the Stinger Splash, though, but Sting is able to throw Flair off of the top rope.  Sting takes Flair up top for a big superplex.  Heenan is doing a great job of feeling distraught at his team taking a beating like this only six days away from their big match at the Bash.

Sting almost gets a roll up victory but Double A stops it and Bobby starts freaking out that Anderson had a great opportunity to get a DDT.  He says he needs to go to ringside but Bischoff refuses to let him.

Sting rolls Flair up but the ref is too busy getting Lex out of the ring to notice it as we go to commercial break yet again.

Sting and Flair are brawling outside and Flair gives him a chop.  It’s funny how ONE chop will work, but anything after one will have no effect.  Sting and Flair have a battle of backslide attempts before Flair tags out to Double A.  Anderson tries to come off the ropes but Sting gets a knee to Arn’s gut and tags out to Luger.  Luger hits gorilla press slam number 3 to Flair!  The Horsemen try to double team Luger, but Luger sends them both over the top rope with a clothesline.

Out comes The Giant.  Luger immediately attacks Luger and the referee calls for the bell.

Winner: No Contest

Scott Steiner comes out with an old school wooden folding chair and starts beating The Giant with it.  Sting joins in and the three babyfaces beat down on Giant until he retreats.

Mean Gene meets Giant and Hart on the ramp.  Giant says that he wants the match with Luger to have no rules, just the way he likes it.  If Luger wants to bring a chair, he can.

Back to the announcers, Bischoff starts talking but Heenan goes ballistic!  He starts yelling at Macho Man, saying that he hasn’t taken money from Flair, he shouldn’t be touched!  Heenan goes white and throws his headset down and bolts.  Bischoff looks to his right and there’s Scott Hall.

Bischoff asks where is the “big surprise.”  Behind him is Kevin Nash.  Nash claps Bischoff on the shoulder and takes the microphone.  Now Bischoff looks like he’s a bit scared.

“You’ve been sitting here for six months running your mouth.  This is where the big boys play, huh?  Look at the adjective…play.  We’re not here to play. Now he said last week that he was going to bring somebody out here.  I’m here.  You  till don’t have your three people, and you know why?  Because nobody wants to face us.  This show is about as interesting as Marge Schott reading excerpts from Mein Kompf.”  Bischoff says he doesn’t want any trouble here tonight.  “Yeah, no trouble because you know I’ll kick your teeth down your throat. Where’s your three guys?  What, you couldn’t get a paleontologist to get a couple of these fossils cleared?  You ain’t got enough guys off of a dialysis machine to get a team?  Where’s Hogan?  Where’s Hogan?  Out doing another episode of Blunder in Paradise?  Where’s the Macho Man?  Out doing another Slim Jim commercial?  We’re here.”

Bischoff says that tomorrow at 9, he’ll be in the offices of WCW, and he’ll see if he can get them the fight.  Bischoff says they can show up at the Great American Bash and he’ll see if they can get their fight.  Nash says they love them in Baltimore and then finishes off with “The measuring stick just changed around here, buddy.  You’re looking at it.”

Bischoff, at a loss for words, calls for the show to end.

 

As a go-home show, this one wasn’t that great.  We got a nice build up to Luger/Giant and a lot from the Horsemen/Football match, but other than that, not a lot going on.  We are simply told about the Steiners/Fire & Ice match, as well as a DDP VS Marcus Bagwell match.  Maybe it’s having to fill the two hour slot now that makes it seem less compact, but it just feels like the go-home shows used to be a bit better.

Nash showing up is still cool after all this time.  I love Kevin Nash, so seeing him scare the crap out of Bischoff is cool.  I do think that him calling the show boring was a bit much.  So far, they’ve done nothing but make fun of the WCW talent for being old.  Well, if you win, you’ve done nothing but beat old men.  If you lose, you lost to a bunch of old men.  You can say that you’re better, but simply burying the company is a little silly in my opinion.  But, we’ll have months and months to talk about how the nWo reduces WCW to a very minimal fight.

And now, for the third week, here’s Robbie’s thoughts on the formation of the New World Order.

This week Scott Hall is back to confront Eric at the commentator booth and Bobby quickly runs off. Eric says he dosen’t want any trouble but does ask where is the “big” surprise? A few seconds later Kevin Nash strolls up behind him. Kevin begins to speak to Eric telling him that for 6 months WCW is where the big boys play but they aren’t there to play. Like Hall the weeks before be begins running down members of the WCW roster. “Where’s the Macho Man? Doing some Slim Jim commercial? Where’s Hogan? Doing “Blunder in Paradise?” Eric says that he doesn’t have the authority to make a match until he is in the office in Atlanta but the groundwork is closer to being laid out for The Bash. Nash says the measuring stick in WCW has changed as they walk off. Clearly Hall and Nash were ready to play their part in turning WCW around and this was only just the beginning. 

 

We’ll see you back here next time for the Great American Bash!

-Shane

 

Ratings Breakdown

WWF Raw Ratings – 2.7

WCW Nitro Ratings – 2.6

(Raw – 17, Nitro – 17) (Tie Weeks – 2)

(Unopposed weeks – 5)

WWF’s longest Winning Streak (to this point) – 6

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

 

A one-tenth victory for Raw, tying us up at wins at a very important time in this history.  You see, for the next 84 weeks, Raw will not win.  So, it’s quite cool that it worked out to a 17/17 tie (with two ties) before Nitro takes off on it’s run.

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WWF Raw results from this week

Owen Hart (w/ Jim Cornette) defeated Yokozuna in a KOTR Qualifying Match

Marc Mero (w/ Sable) defeated Skip in a KOTR Qualifying Match

Davey Boy Smith (w/ Jim Cornette, Owen Hart, & Diana Hart Smith) defeated the Undertaker (w/ Paul Bearer) via count-out

 

Davey VS Taker looks pretty good, but the rest of the card looks kinda “meh.”  WCW deserved this win.

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