Kick Out at Nitro! – July 8th, 1996 – “The Fallout”

Posted: September 11, 2015 by Kick Out At 2! in Kick Out At Nitro, Shane D, Uncategorized
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KoaNitro copyHello WCW fans! We are now one day removed from Bash at the Beach and the greatest heel turn of all time!  I refuse to believe that anyone watching WCW at that point in time saw it coming.  It was so perfectly done and it’s always going to be one of the big things that I point to when I talk about WCW and how much they did right.  WCW gets so much bad tossed its way for the latter part of the company’s tenure, but those first few years running through Nitro were some of the best ever!

Tonight’s episode is one I remember watching so vividly.  I was at my uncle’s house in South Carolina and we were all stunned to find out just that morning that Hulk Hogan had become the 3rd man in this hostile takeover.  This episode will always stick in my mind since it’s the first outdoor event I had ever seen.  I had only really been following wrestling hardcore since the night Nitro began, so this was something very new to me.

The show starts with Tony Schiavone and Larry Zbyszko coming to us live from Disney/MGM Studios.  Tony gives us a bit of a hint of what happened the night before but we’re told that we’ll get pictures during the second hour.  Tony puts over Rey Mysterio, Jr. VS Psichosis as well as Disco Inferno VS Dean Malenko.  He tells us that our first match will be…

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

I have to go back to last episode to see if the padding around the ring had the flames on it.  It seems like this is the debut of those, but I’m not entirely sure.

Dean tries to start off on the mat but Mysterio is able to move the match towards his momentum, hitting some high moves and sending Dean to the floor to try to slow down the pace.  Rey attempts a springboard moonsault but Dean is able to catch it, but Rey slips behind him and sends Dean into the turnbuckle.  Rey hits a missile dropkick but then there’s a weird spot where Dean goes for a move and just kind of loses Mysterio.  He turns back towards him quickly and tries to cover him, but for a moment, Rey was just laying there on his back awkwardly.

Dean uses that opening, though, to go back to his ground game, applying a surfboard stretch as we go to our first commercial break.  Back from break and Malenko is controlling the match, sending Rey high into the air off of an Irish whip and just letting him fall down flat on his face.  Dean follows with a powerbomb for a two count and immediately transitions into a camel clutch.

Tony apologies for some things he said the night before and says it was all his emotions that got the better of him.  I’m guessing this is in regards to telling Hogan he can go to Hell.

Dean moves from a crossface chicken wing to dumping Rey outside and dropping him on his head with a brainbuster on the floor.  Tony tells us that they’ve never received as many phone calls, telegrams, etc, as they have over the last 24 hours.

The miscommunications continue, unfortunately, as Rey hits a very awkward Frankensteiner and follows it by totally wiffing on a suicide dive.  Rey is down for a good while but back in the ring Rey hits a Frankensteiner and it seems as if the momentum is his until Dean drops him with that crazy top rope gutbuster.  Damn, that move never doesn’t look absolutely devastating.  Belly-to-belly suplex for two, but Dean pulls Rey off of the mat, ending the pin.  Dean goes for a tilt-a-whirl slam but Rey is able to wrap him up quickly with a Frankensteiner for the win.

Winner: Rey Mysterio, Jr (new WCW Cruiserweight Champion)

We watch the replay as Larry tells us that it wasn’t so much Rey winning as Dean losing due to the mistake of ending the pin.  Weird for Dean to do that, I must say.

We go backstage with Mean Gene, The Steiner Brothers, and The Nasty Boys.  We find out that these two teams will wrestle tonight to see who gets a title shot against Harlem Heat at Hog Wild in August.  Scott starts talking and Knobbs interrupts him, which gets a pre-Big Poppa Pump response of calling Knobbs “fatso!”  Even back in 1996, it seems that Scott Steiner hates “fat asses!”

Glacier commercial.  It now just says “Coming to WCW” instead of “Coming in July.”  I did a little research and it seems that the nWo angle was just so big that they decided to hold off on Glacier’s debut for a while.  Apparently he doesn’t debut until September!  I’ll definitely make sure that we cover that when it happens, though.

Match #2: Big Bubba & Hugh Morrus w/ Jimmy Hart VS Lord Steven Regal & Squire David Taylor w/ Earl Robert Eaton & Jeeves

A heel VS heel tag match…really, WCW?  There is entirely too much heel VS heel stuff in WCW.  While on one hand I like that it’s something more than just babyface VS heel all the time, and it really does make it seem like WCW is a legit sporting event where wrestlers will have to go against each other, regardless of alignment, but from a fan standpoint…who do you root for?  The fans hate everyone involved in this match.

The fans decided that they’re going to cheer for the Dungeon of Doom, oddly, by chanting “USA!”  Weird.

“Apparently being originally from Alabama [Eaton] doesn’t know how to treat a butler the right, proper way. Butlers do all the dirty work.  We have the same arrangement over here…we just call them wives.” – Larry Zbyszko

Regal attempts a clothesline and Bubba catches him for the Bossman Slam, and Regal just yells during the move like it caught him straight by surprise.  That, coupled with the fact that the Bossman Slam is such a badass move, was the highlight of this match.

John Tenta shows up at ringside and brawls with Big Bubba, allowing the Blue Bloods to hit Morrus with a double back suplex for the win.

Winners: The Blue Bloods

Quick commercial for WCW Magzine, including fitness tips from The Booty Babe.  Where the hell has she been?  Granted, I’m all for Booty Man being gone, but Kim missing is something that makes me sad.

Match #3: Psicosis VS Eddie Guerrero

Neither men get an entrance as the match just starts as soon as we get back from commercial.  We oddly cut away from that to Rey Mysterio backstage apologizing to everyone for Hulk Hogan being the third man.  It was odd and half of it was in Spanish.

Very quick pace with these two.  Quicker than Dean/Rey, honestly.  Psicosis flips out of a monkey flip and Eddie catches him in a crazy arm drag, sending the masked man to the floor to slow the pace.

Tony tells us that last night saw the return of Sister Sherri as she and Col. Parker came back together and are now managing Harlem Heat.  This must have happened on a dark match or something along those lines.

Psicosis sends Eddie to the floor and goes for a crazy top rope twisting dive.  Eddie has to quickly step into the oncoming path, but it’s not too bad.  Move looked devastating.

Tony tells us that next week we’ll hear from Hulk Hogan.  Can you imagine…a major angle and they’re going to just let the fans sit on it for a week!  Larry calls Hogan’s actions “unmanly” for the fiftieth time tonight.

Eddie gets a two count off of a quick head scissors, then catches Psicosis in an atomic drop as he comes off of the top rope with a double axe handle.  Eddie charges into the corner but Psicosis moves and Eddie rams the post with his shoulder.  Psicosis hits a top rope Frankensteiner for two, then goes back up top, but Eddie races up after him.  It’s all for naught, though, as Psicosis sunset flips him off of the top rope for two.  Psicosis goes up top again, Eddie chases again, but this time is able to hit a superplex.  Eddie follows with a frog splash for the win.

Winner: Eddie Guerrero

Pretty good match.  Faster paced than the earlier cruiserweight match and the crowd popped nicely for Eddie winning.

Tony sends us to Mean Gene in the entry way with Kevin Sullivan, The Giant, and Jimmy Hart.  Gene asks Jimmy about Hogan since he’s been with him for years.  Jimmy cuts the first promo in a year that didn’t involve him yelling in his annoying ass voice, but he basically just says “I’m speechless, no comment.”  Sullivan is pissed because he’s been trying for so long to end Hulkamania and Hogan came along and ripped that away from him.  Sullivan says the sins of his past have come back to visit him since now all he can see when he closes his eyes is Chris Benoit.  Giant says that as long as he has the World Championship, nothing in WCW can go wrong.  He’s the one that took the belt from Hogan, so he’s gonna make sure everything’s good.  Giant says that last night the Horsemen may have won the battle, but he and Sullivan won the war since he doesn’t have to wrestle tonight.

Match #4: The Nasty Boys VS The Steiner Brothers (Winner gets a title shot against Harlem Heat)

90’s hair mom in a Beetlejuice dress dancing during the Nasty Boys entrance.

Tony pitches us Hog Wild, coming Saturday, August 10th.  I can’t wait for this one!

Scott and Saggs start off and Saggs hammers off on Steiner’s head with back elbows before hacking him into the corner where both Nastys club him.  Saggs keeps the momentum until Scotty catches him with a boot and a HUGE tiger bomb, followed up with an “out of nowhere” Steinerline by Rick.  Rick gets the tag in but is decimated in the corner by a tandem of Nasty clotheslines, followed by a whipped cross body in the corner by Knobbs.  Rick rebounds with a powerslam and another teeth-rattling Steinerline for two.  Scott comes in and gets an expoloder suplex and tries for the Frankensteiner, but Knobbs is wise to it and blocks it, allowing him to tag out to Saggs.

Saggs grabs a chair from a little boy at ringside (where oddly there’s no barrier) and just straight waffles Scotty with it in the face as we kick off to hour #2.  As always, our hour #2 commentators are Eric Bischoff and Bobby “The Brain” Heenan.  Scott gets a belly-to-belly out of the corner but the pin is broken up.  Suddenly, everyone stands up and looks to the entry way where we see Col. Robert Parker and Sister Sherri.  Sherri rushes to the ring and jumps up to distract referee Nick Patrick.  Parker hits Saggs with his cane and allows Scotty Steiner to get the pin.

Winners: The Steiner Brothers (win a title shot at Hog Wild)

Mean Gene joins the Nasty Boys in the ring where Jerry Saggs yells about Col. Parker hitting him.  He says something is going to need to change because it’ll be a long time before that happens to the Nasty Boys again.  Knobbs says he didn’t know what Hogan was going to do, but he doesn’t see anything wrong with it either.  He says it seems the nWo does whatever they want to do, just like the Nastys used to do.  With that, there are fireworks and we go to commercial.

Match #5: Jim Powers VS “Nature Boy” Ric Flair (WCW United States Champion) w/ Woman, Ms. Elizabeth, & Debra McMichael

Eric Bischoff says that the reason that he wasn’t able to be at the PPV last night was due to the fact that he was in WCW meetings until late into the night.  He then mentions that when he came in today he asked about the general feelings around the office and there were many calls in from families saying their kids were crying and that they were destroying their Hogan merchandise.  Heenan says that he has been telling us for twenty years that Hogan is no good, but people called him a buffoon.

Woman is looking good tonight!

Bischoff says that they’re going to update us on Lex Luger’s situation later tonight.

Normal match, Powers getting good offense but Flair cutting it off.  Flair dumps Powers outside and Woman goes to the eyes.  Powers comes back in the ring strong, though, grabbing and keeping a side headlock on Flair until Flair gets a thumb to the eyes in the corner, followed by some chops and a punch to the face.

Powers frustrates Flair, so he heads to the floor, heads around the ring like he’s pissed, grabs Woman, spins her and starts dancing back into the ring.  He tries to go up top, Powers reminds him he’s Ric Flair and sends him to the mat.  He follows it with a duo of clotheslines and gets a duo of two counts.

Flair regains control, Figure 4 for the win.

Winner: Ric Flair

Mean Gene meets up with the ladies, Flair, Double A, and Mongo.  Gene asks about last night and Anderson says last night made him puke.  He says that The Horsemen never claimed to be role models but Hogan had.  He says it wasn’t supposed to end like that.  Hogan was supposed to stand for something.  Mongo says the Apocalypse is upon WCW, but it has to do with the Four Horsemen.  Flair pours the ladies some champagne, cuts a promo on the Horsemen, and tells the Giant that there’s a new champion, one that can go all night!  He ends by dancing and singing La Cucaracha as we go to commercial.

Man, this outdoor Nitro is awesome.  I love outdoor wrestling and there’s just something so cool about this set.

Bischoff says that we still don’t know the status of Luger.  He was supposed to be here to take on Benoit, but instead we’re getting…

Match #6: Sgt. Craig “Pitbull” Pittman w/ Teddy Long VS “The Cripper” Chris Benoit

Bischoff says that he heard Benoit described as a “wolverine.”  Is this the first WCW reference to Benoit as such?  I believe so.

90’s hair mom doesn’t like Benoit as she gives him the thumbs down.

Pittman and Benoit start off mat wrestling; Pittman getting a big slam and a duo of gigantic suplexes.  Pittman is looking better than he has since this whole thing started for me.  However, all he’s done now is piss off “The Crippler,” who starts stomping the ever-loving crap out of him.

Benoit goes after Teddy Long, which brings out Pittman to cut him off.  Benoit rolls Pittman back in the ring and locks on the Crippler Crossface.  Within seconds, Teddy Long comes in to throw in the towel.

Winner: Chris Benoit

Match #7: “The Enforcer” Arn Anderson VS Sting

It’s odd, thus far, Flair is the only Horseman to come out with the entourage of ladies.  Benoit nor Double A get accompaniment.  Interesting.

Stinger shows class, slapping the hands of the little Stingers at ringside.  Nice to show kids that despite Hogan being a jerk, he’s still a good guy and there is still a hero.

Arn extends his hand, seemingly looking for an even contest.  Sting just stares him down, leaving Arn to shake his head and start the match off.  Bischoff mentions that Sting is focused and it does show.  This isn’t a Sting that’s out here to mess around.  I like it.  Everyone else tonight has talked about Hogan and what happened, but Sting is the first one to really make it look like he’s changed up his game after last night.

Arn sends Sting to the floor and goes for a piledriver, but Sting backdrops him to the mat.

Biscoff says that we will have “visitors” tonight as we go to commercial.

Glacier promo.  Do they run this for another two months?

Back from break, Sting tries to leapfrog Double A but is caught by that beautiful Arn Anderson Spinebuster.  As both men are down, Bischoff tells us that there is a black limo pulling up outside.  Double A turns it up, choking out Sting and then locking him in an abdominal stretch.  He gets a few two counts, but Sting is firing back.  Sting catches him in a leg scissors as we see the aforementioned black limousine.

Sting starts firing back with kicks as Hall and Nash make their way out of the limo.  Sting hits a big clothesline from the top rope and goes down for the pin but only gets two.  Sting and Arn start firing off on each other as Hall and Nash try to get into the ring.  Sting and Arn finally see the Outsiders and stop the match, daring them into the ring.  Out comes Randy Savage to join in.  While distracted, Double A tries to get the win with a DDT, but Sting wraps on the Scorpion Deathlock while staring the Outsiders down.

Winner: Sting

Savage and security back Hall and Nash up as Sting jumps to the turnbuckles and continues staring them down.  Man, I love this pissed off, intense Sting.  I love surfer Sting and I love Crow Sting, but honestly, THIS is my favorite version of Sting.  Pissed off, at war, dark haired Sting.

hqdefaultMean Gene asks Sting about last night.  Sting says he should have known.  He should have known when Hogan was taking a limo to all the events.  When he was staying away and showing up for cameos.  When he referred to Sting, Luger, and Savage as “three little dogs” waiting to wrestle the great Hulk Hogan.  He says Hogan told the kids to believe in themselves, and it’s a good thing he did because they sure as hell can’t believe in HIM.  He says Hogan finished off by telling the kids to “stick it.”  No, Hogan, you stick it!  I’m loving it!  Sting is fired up and pissed!

Gene asks Savage what he thinks since they’re so close.  Savage says that he has a message.  But what he wants to say and what he wants to do to Hogan, he can’t say, especially at Disney.  He says if Hogan takes the worst thing he can imagine, then multiplies it by 9,000,000…then multiplies that by “infinity and beyond,” that’ll be like a grain of sand to what he’s got in mind.

Gene wraps us out of the interview as we go to commercial.  Coming back, Mena Gene is hanging out at the limo with Hall and Nash.  What the hell?!  Gene getting all chummy with the Outsiders?  Nash says that last night WCW and the fans took a beating.  He says Hulk built pro-wrestling and these people can’t appreciate that, but he can.  He says next week the third man, Hulk Hogan, will be here.  Gene says he doesn’t know if they coerced Hogan or if he did it out of his own volition.  Hall says this portion has been brought to us by The Outsiders and Hulk Hogan.  Hall is now speaking sans accent, so I guess that WWF lawsuit has already happened.  Gene asks where Hogan is.  Nash says he’s on set, doing a movie.  Hall says he heard Savage talking about Hogan and asks if he’s jealous.  He says Luger didn’t get hurt, he saw them and fainted.

With that, we go to commercial and come back to Bischoff and Heenan at the announce booth.

Bischoff says he told the fans they would show us what happened last night, and he does the normal slideshow of images that they do the night after a PPV.  Can’t be showing video because there’s that replay to sell…especially after something as big as this one!  Bischoff and Heenan wrap up and send us off the air.

 

Good stuff here.  Rey winning the cruiserweight Championship was awesome and is going to usher in an era of cruiserweight wrestling that is going to be amazing.  The Steiners are going to go against Harlem Heat for the titles at the next PPV, which is always a good match.  Sting is riled up and pissed off, which is amazing.  Bash at the Beach changed a lot in WCW, but now it’s all about getting WCW together to fight off this new menace.  I’m loving it right now.

Shane

Ratings Breakdown

WWF Raw Ratings – 2.5

WCW Nitro Ratings – 3.5

(Raw – 17, Nitro – 21) (Tie Weeks – 2)

(Unopposed weeks – 5)

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

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

 

WCW has now tied their longest winning streak in the war to this point.  21 wins, four of them consecutive now…WCW is on fire; especially when you consider that they beat Raw by a full point this week!  

 

WWF Raw results from this week

The Ultimate Warrior defeated Owen Hart (w/ Jim Cornette) via disqualification

Savio Vega defeated Justin Bradshaw (w/ Uncle Zebakiah)

Davey Boy Smith & Vader (w/ Jim Cornette & Diana Hart Smith) defeated Henry Godwinn & Phinneas Godwinn (w/ Hillbilly Jim)

 

Eh.  Not to say this Nitro was anything amazing, because it was kind of run of the mill, but that is just not a great card.

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