Kick out at Nitro! – June 17, 1996 – “WCW Answers the Challenge”

Posted: August 5, 2015 by Kick Out At 2! in Kick Out At Nitro, Shane D
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KoaNitro copyWelcome back, everyone, to another thrilling installment of Kick Out at Nitro!  We’re a day removed (in 1996 time) from The Great American Bash.  We have four Horsemen again.  We saw the debut of the phenomenal Rey Mysterio, Jr.  We have a time and a place for the 3 on 3 match with WCW and the Outsiders.  We’ve got Randy Savage reinstated.  Things are getting hot in WCW as we push three weeks forward to the Bash at the Beach, when history is made and the face of WCW is changed forever.

Tonight’s Nitro is being broadcast from Richmond, VA.  Always exciting to see Nitro coming from my home state.  We’re joined by Tony Schiavone and Larry Zbyszko but they’re up at the full announce booth in the back instead of their normal ringside seats.  Tony also tells us that he’ll be with us during the second hour, apparently taking the place of the injured Eric Bischoff.  Look at that…Bischoff does a better sell job at being hurt than John Cena.  The announcers put over the Outsiders, who still do not have names, powerbombing Bischoff off of the stage.  Larry says it doesn’t impress him because Bischoff isn’t a big dude or a wrestler.  They need to realize they’re taking on WCW.  Tony says that tonight we’ll find out who WCW’s three men are.  Tony runs down the events from last night, ending with Mongo joining the Horsemen.  Larry is now fully behind Mongo, making a point not to call him Dumbo this week.  Tony finishes the segment off with a replay of Hall and Nash beating up Bischoff and powerbombing him.  Man, I love this clip.

Match #1: Stevie Ray VS Rick Steiner

WCW rarely has tag wrestlers in single matches, so this is interesting.  Stevie Ray starts off strong, clotheslining Rick, kicking him down and gouging his eyes before choking him against the bottom rope.  As Rick tries to stand, Stevie Ray gets him with a big right hand and another clothesline.  Stevie Ray follows with a scoop slam and an elbow drop for a quick pin but Rick is able to kick out.  Rick reverses an Irish whip but Stevie Ray hits him with a shoulder block.  Rick is able to get a belly-to-belly suplex, though, followed by a clothesline and a top rope bulldog for two.  Rick rushes Stevie Ray, but Stevie powerslams him.  Stevie Ray doesn’t follow up quickly, taking his time to try a fist drop from the second rope.  Rick moves and hits a Steinerline for the win.

Winner: Rick Steiner

The moment Rick gets the win, in comes Booker T with a superkick.  Harlem Heat begin double teaming Rick, culminating with Booker T going for a move from the top rope.  In comes Scott Steiner to cover his brother and take the brunt of the hit.  I wonder what that’s going to do to Scott’s match tonight against The Giant.

We go to a commercial break and a quick video from the American Males.  Bagwell says that there has been trouble with the 4 Horsemen, but tonight, the American Males are going to solve it.  Um…apparently Buff didn’t watch Bash at the Beach or he would have seen that while there has been trouble, the Horsemen are now stronger than ever.  Good luck fixing that trouble there, guys.

Match #2: Disco Inferno VS Joe Gomez

Before his opponent enters, Disco grabs a mic and says that he knows that everyone came to see Disco Inferno dance.  Tony immediately says “Um, no we did not!” and that is followed by Larry asking Tony if he wanted him to go break Disco’s legs.  Disco tries to dance and the music for Joe Gomez starts.  Gomez was going to debut last week but got his ass kicked by the Horsemen, so that was pushed to this week.

Tony tells us that Hulk Hogan called in earlier and says that if there’s going to be a war, throw his name in the hat.

Gomez is generic wrestler #255 with the exception that he’s Hispanic.

Disco goes outside and gets in David Penzer’s face and Tony freaks out about how everyone wants to beat up announcers now.

Gomez gets Disco in the ring and hits a dropkick and goes for a crossbody block but Disco moves and he goes face first into the ropes.  Gomez is able to whip Disco into the corners a few times, but is hit by Disco’s swinging neckbreaker.  Instead of covering, Disco dances and goes for a nonchalant cover, but Gomez rolls him over into a crucifix pin for the win.

Winner: Joe Gomez

Disco shows that losing means nothing to him as he says his hair is still in place and he’s the best dancer in WCW.

Commercial break and we’re with Mean Gene, Ric Flair, Woman, Liz, and Debra McMichael.  Gene is disgusted with the ladies and asks Debra what the hell.  Debra says it was all about the money.  Flair says this shot looks like a Vogue cover.  Flair says that Mongo, with that Super Bowl ring flashes the 4 Horsemen sign.  He cuts a promo on Savage and how much better he is than Savage in every way.  Flair says everyone keeps talking about what is going to happen when Savage gets ahold of him.  Nothing!  Flair is going to stand his ground.  Gene kicks us back to our next match.

Match #3: “The Enforcer” Arn Anderson & “The Crippler” Chris Benoit VS The American Males

The Horsemen are whole once again!  Benoit’s right side of his face is jacked up as a result of the match last night.  It’s swollen and purple.  The Males come out flashing downward facing 4H signs, which is probably a bad idea.

Tony says that WCW put six names together representing the best win/loss records in WCW and they will draw three to face The Outsiders.  We’re told explicitly that Sting, Luger, and Hogan’s names are in there.

Riggs starts off mocking the Horsemen again.  Arn kicks Bagwell off of the apron, ducks a Riggs clothesline and slips out to the floor.  Unfortunately he forgot Bagwell was out there and gets rolled back into the ring and quickly rolled up for a two count.  Arn heads back to his corner and slows down the pace, coming back out with a side headlock to Riggs and then a kick in the gut after some rope running.  Arn goes for a piledriver but Riggs backdrops him out of it and is able to tag out to Bagwell.  Bagwell tires to wrench Arn’s arm but Arn just knees him in the back to break it and tags out to Benoit.

Benoit kicks Buff in the gut and chops him hard twice.  Bagwell gets an enziguri when Benoit catches his foot and goes on a bit of offense, trying a standing splash but Benoit gets his knees to the guts of Buff and tags out to Arn.  Bagwell attempts a backslide and there is some miscommunication where Benoit is waiting on Riggs to double team Arn, but the referee is in the wrong place.

Arn tags out to Benoit after Benoit breaks up a pin attempt and Benoit goes postal on Bagwell, backing him into the corner and kicking the crap out of him for a while, then hitting a back suplex to setup for Benoit’s diving headbutt.  Benoit covers, Riggs breaks up the pin, but Arn comes in and takes the Males out.  Bagwell is able to get the tag to Riggs and the Males hit their move, the double dropkick, but Arn breaks that up.  Benoit gordbusts Buff on the top rope and then rolls him up for the win.

Winners: Arn Anderson & Chris Benoit

Mean Gene hits the ring with Arn and Benoit, saying that now the Horsemen are whole again.  Arn says that everyone in the building is in shock.  He says they like Arn and Flair at their worst and they like someone who says what they’re going to do and then do it.  He says Mongo made the right decision.  He says he and Sullivan had a business deal but it went south.  Benoit says that every action has a reaction, and Sullivan’s desire to nullify the Horsemen got the reaction it got last night.  He says the Horsemen are about guts, glamor and glory.

As we go to commercial, we get a quick promo from John Tenta.  Apparently we’re getting this match again after this.  Oh boy…

Match #4: Big Bubba w/ Jimmy Hart VS John Tenta

Tenta still doesn’t have entrance music.  Every now and again they’ll try to get someone over as a badass by not needing entrance music, but I’m going to go on record and say that EVERYONE needs entrance music.

No one asked for this match the first go round, so here we go with round three.  Tenta clotheslines Bubba and hits a nice dropkick for a dude his size.

The half of Tenta’s head that is shaved kinda makes him look badass.  The other side, not so much.  Dude should just shave his head fully.

Bubba crotches Tenta on the ring post then goes in swinging at Tenta’s head with a few punches, going for a cover and getting two.  He covers again, two again.  Tenta is finally able to get up and the two swing away at each other, Tenta getting the better, then basically getting a Stinger splash in the corner, then doing it again.  Jimmy Hart jumps in and hits Tenta from behind with the megaphone and then atomic drops him.  Big Bubba goes for a crossbody block and Tenta catches him and powerslams him but doesn’t cover.  Tenta picks him up again, hits a second powerslam, and then, for no damn reason at all, covers Bubba with his feet on the ropes.

Winner: John Tenta

Um…what?  Why in the living hell did Tenta have to cheat to win?  Isn’t Tenta supposed to be a babyface here?  What?  Jimmy comes in and gives Bubba a loaded sock and Bubba starts wailing on Tenta with it, knocking him “out.”  He then swings down and hits Tenta in the face, hard, and Tenta sells it like it was legit.  Then, we find out that the sock was full of coins, so we realize that Tenta wasn’t selling, he legit just got hit in the damn face with a sock full of quarters!  Wow, Bubba’s a dick!

Gene is in the entry way with Jimmy and Bubba.  He was supposed to be speaking with Tenta, but Tenta’s being seen to in the ring.  Bubba cuts a promo on Tenta and how he always wins when they wrestle.

A quick commercial break and we come back to Gene backstage with Randy Savage.  He asks Savage what his plan is.  Savage says normally he doesn’t have a plan, but tonight he’s going to take his time.  He says Flair is preoccupied with the women.  Savage says he’s going to stay in WCW forever and ever because there’s no man that can put him down.  Gene asks Savage if he sought any psychological help while he was gone.  Savage says he did, a woman psychologist, and he was diagnosed OCD…one cool dude!

Match #5: “Macho Man” Randy Savage VS “Nature Boy” Ric Flair w/ Woman, Ms. Elizabeth, and Debra McMichael

Savage heads towards the announce booth during his entrance, just as Bobby Heenan is doing the same.  Savage chases Heenan down to the ring, into the ring, and Heenan is able to give Savage the slip and make it back up to the announce booth.

Flair comes out with Kevin Greene’s T-shirt from last night and says “Kevin Greene, where are you now?”  Flair asks for the mic before getting in the ring.  He says every man in life must experience the agony and pain of defeat.  In Savage’s case, he’s experiencing the pain and agony of defeat and divorce!  Savage responds simply with “I’m going to kick your ass!”

Savage attacks Flair at ringside and then is able to get him into the ring.  Savage starts strong with a backdrop, clothesline, and he sends Flair to ringside again.  Flair takes advantage as we go to commercial, though, backing Savage into the guardrail and chopping him.  Back from commercial and Flair immediately sends Savage back to the floor and holds him from behind, allowing Elizabeth to slap Randy.  Randy takes Flair up to Flair’s ringside VIP section and slams his head into the table and then stuffing his face with food.  Savage shakes up the champagne and pours it all over Flair, then hits him in the head with the bottle, albeit VERY softly.  Heenan covers by saying that Savage doesn’t want to break the bottle or he’ll be suspended.

Back in the ring, Savage drops a knee to Flair’s face, then backs him into the corner and gets off four punches before Flair tries an atomic drop.  Savage blocks, hits Flair, and Flair staggers off and flops.  Randy sends him to the floor again, then punches him to keep him from getting in the ring.  Randy goes for a double axe handle but Flair moves and Randy eats guardrail again as we go to commercial again.

Tony says that all of WCW is volunteering to help take out the Outsiders.  He names The Giant, Big Bubba, John Tenta, and a few others.  Yeah, I’m sure Tenta and Bubba would LOVE to get involved in this angle.  I have a feeling they’ll be passed over, though…call me crazy.

Savage has gotten the upper hand again, bouncing Flair all over the ring and then hitting a double axe handle.  Flair grabs an illegal object from his trunks and nails Savage with it, but struts off and elbow drops him before covering.  Of course, this means Savage kicks out at 2.  Flair shoves the referee and argues with him while Savage pushes Flair from behind, taking out the ref.  Savage hits Flair in the junk and goes up top for the flying elbow drop.  He immediately pops up and goes for as second one, bringing the ladies in to stop Savage from doing it.  Savage jumps off again, despite the women.  In comes Benoit, but he eats a piledriver.  In comes Anderson and he gets sent out.  Lastly, Mongo comes in with the briefcase, nails Savage twice, and puts Flair on Savage for the cover.

Winner: Ric Flair

After the match, the united Horsemen stomp and slap Randy Savage as we go to replay of the finish of the match.

Mean Gene is in the back with The Giant, Kevin Sullivan, and Jimmy Hart.  Gene says that there are cliques building in WCW.  There are even Outsiders coming into WCW.  He asks how everyone here is going to be involved.  Jimmy says “I told you so” to Kevin about the Horsemen deal.  Sullivan’s eye and nose look like shit, so apparently Benoit kicked his ass last night as much as Sullivan kicked Benoit’s.  Sullivan says in the last days there will be wars all over the place.  He talks about how Arn was the only man he respected in wrestling and he sided with Benoit instead of Sullivan.  Giant says that the problem started with the Horsemen said they were the elite.  If they’re the elite, why isn’t one of them Heavyweight Champion?  Giant says he’s the best to come out of the Dungeon of the Doom and that anyone from the DoD is better than ANY Horseman.  Um, really?  Big Bubba?  Giant challenges any of the Horsemen.  Gene asks about Bash at the Beach and Sullivan says that WCW comes first and he’ll deal with that before he deals with the Horsemen.

Glacier promo with shots of Glacier actually in this one!  Coming July 1996!  Get hyped, folks!

We go back to Tony and Heenan and Tony mentions that Bischoff isn’t there and we get a replay of why Bischoff isn’t there.  Of course, it’s in still images because they’re not going to show the video when there are replays to be sold tomorrow night.  Bischoff is still in the hospital, we’re told, so apparently Nash’s powerbomb did its job.  We get a recap and pictures of the Horsemen/Football match and how Mongo became a Horseman.  They follow that with the Falls Count Anywhere match as well.

Tony pitches us to Mean Gene at the entry way with Rey Mysterio, Jr.  Gene puts over Mysterio and mentions that Malenko used the ropes to get the win.  Rey says that was crap and he’s going to prove tonight what he can do because he wants the Cruiserweight Championship around his waist.

Match # 6: WCW Cruiserweight Championship: Rey Mysterio, Jr. VS “The Man of 1,000 Holds” Dean Malenko (WCW Cruiserweight Champion)

I knew this was going to be a match at Bash at the Beach, but I didn’t expect it to happen the next night.  For some reason, I was thinking that the Nitro after Bash at the Beach was the first time I had seen Mysterio, but I guess not.

Mysterio gets a lot more time to highlight his high flying ability tonight, with offense leaning very heavily on backflips.  Mysterio gets a 2 count out of a quick roll up early on, but Dean gets out of it.  Rey flips his way out of an arm wrench but Dean clotheslines the crap out of him the moment he touches the floor.  Dean follows with a backbreaker and a back suplex and then wraps up a half crab right in the center of the ring.  Dean lets him up but drops him back down hard with a brainbuster as Bobby Heenan tells Tony that he’s thinking of punching Tony in the mouth.

Dean goes up top but Rey crotches him on the top rope and attempts a superplex, but Dean holds on.  Rey backflips off, Dean jumps down, Rey tries to go up, Dean gets under him and falls backwards, driving Rey down for a two count.  Dean takes control of the match on the ground for a while, then delivers an amazing powerbomb to Rey for two.  It was reminiscent of those awesome Benoit Bombs that I love.  Dean follows up with a fallaway slam, also for two.  He rolls seamlessly into a camel clutch, then pulls it back into a rear naked choke and then sends Rey outside.  Rey sends Dean into the guard rail, runs in and goes back down to the floor with a springboard top rope Frankensteiner to the floor!  Rey gets a two count with a sunset flip from the top rope and another from a quick rollup.  Rey tries to go for a reverse rollup and Dean flips him back up and then drops him with a reverse DDT for the win.

Winner: Dean Malenko (still WCW Cruiserweight Champion)

Damn, that was a good match.  I know there are a few more coming in the next few weeks, so I’m very excited about that.  Thus far, the Cruiserweight division has basically just been Malenko and Scott Armstrong, so now we’re finally getting into the version of that division that I loved.

Match #7: WCW World Heavyweight Championship: Scott Steiner VS The Giant (WCW World Heavyweight Champion) w/ Jimmy Hart

Tony runs down the next few WCW live shows, and one of them intrigued me.  They’re going to be at the theater at Madison Square Garden.  I know that’s now MSG proper, but still…WCW ran MSG?!

Steiner is heavily taped up from the beatdown by Harlem Heat earlier in the night.  Scott tries to take the fight to Giant up front, going for a scoop slam, but buckling under the weight.  Giant immediately starts stomping Steiner and dropping knees to his taped midsection.  Steiner escapes to the floor but Giant follows, again attacking the ribs, and running Steiner into the ringpost before standing on Steiner’s throat.

We go to commercial very quickly and come back to Giant still destroying Steiner’s ribs.  Giant controls the match for a good while, really putting the hurt to Steiner, when he decides he’s going to repay Steiner for last week and brings in a chair.  Steiner crotches Giant with the top rope as he tries to enter, then applies a sleeper hold.  Giant ends that by crashing back first into the corner.  Giant tries to squash Steiner in the corner, but Steiner moves and gets a really nice looking back suplex to Giant for two.  That suplex really brought the crowd into the match.  Steiner kicks and clotheslines Giant as he’s trying to stand, trying his best to keep him from standing up.  Steiner, for some weird reason, grabs the chair, but Jimmy Hart stops him from using it.  I’m not sure why, since the moment Steiner used it, that’s a DQ and Giant keeps the title.  Scotty shrugs off Jimmy hart and nails Giant with the chair, reducing it to splinters.  Giant no-sells it and chokeslams the hell out of Steiner for the win.

Winner: The Giant (still WCW World Heavyweight Champion)

We go to commercial break and come back to Mean Gene and the announcement of the three men who will take on Hall and Nash at Bash at the Beach.  Gene says he just came out of a meeting with high level officials.  He says that the top six men in the company were compiled and three of them will take on the Outsiders.  Gene says the six names were Hulk Hogan, The Giant, Ric Flair, Lex Luger, Sting, and Randy Savage.  The names of the men we will get, though, are Lex Luger, Macho Man, and Sting.  Those three will take on The Outsiders and their unknown third man in the main event of Bash at the Beach on July 7th.

Gene pitches it to Tony and Heenan.  Heenan says that in Desert Storm, WE were the outsiders and we kicked their butts, so not to sell these outsiders short.  With that, the show comes to a close.

 

All in all, pretty good show.  No Hall and Nash, but their presence was definitely felt as they kept talking about the powerbomb to Bischoff through the whole show.  Bischoff being off of the show selling the injury was nice, too, since it really added that little bit of credibility to it.  Of course an announcer would still be off of the show after taking that beating just the night before.

We got a second Rey/Dean match, which was awesome.  I could have done without Tenta/Bubba, though, but whatever.  It was almost worth it to see Bubba bean Tenta with the sock full of change.  You know Bubba got a receipt for that later in the dressing room.  I’m loving the Horsemen stuff and really liked how beat up Sullivan and Benoit looked.  I don’t know if those were legit shiners or if it was makeup, but damn, they did a great job selling that they were in a war last night.

I’m going to take the backseat for the next two episodes.  Next episode, we’ll hear from The Champ, followed the next episode by Phillip.  I’m certain myself and Robbie will be in there somewhere as well.

Until next time!

­-Shane

 

Ratings Breakdown

WWF Raw Ratings – 2.3

WCW Nitro Ratings – 3.4

(Raw – 17, Nitro – 18) (Tie Weeks – 2)

(Unopposed weeks – 5)

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

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

 

Nice strong lead for WCW in the ratings this week!

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WWF Raw results from this week

KOTR Quarter-Finals: Steve Austin defeated Savio Vega with the Stunner. (10:30) :*After the bout, Austin joined the commentary team for the next match.  This match debuted “Stone Cold” Steve Austin!

KOTR Quarter-Finals: Marc Mero (w/ Sable) defeated Owen Hart with a reverse victory roll.

Hunter Hearst Helmsley fought Aldo Montoya to a no contest when Jerry Lawler, anxious to show off the tactics he planned to use on the Ultimate Warrior at the King of the Ring, attacked Aldo before Helmsley made his entrance.

Jake Roberts defeated WWF IC Champion Goldust (w/ Marlena) via reverse decision.

 

I’m not going to lie…this really looks like a good card.  I kind of want to sit down and watch this one.  Especially since this is the debut of Stone Cold Steve Austin as opposed to The Ringmaster.

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