Kick Out at Nitro! August 26th, 1996 – The 4th Man

Posted: March 6, 2016 by daltonclass in Kick Out At Nitro, Shane D
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KoaNitro copyIt took a while, but we’ve hit a pretty big milestone here at Kick Out at Nitro.  Tonight’s episode is Nitro number 50.  That makes this the 50th installment of Kick Out at Nitro!  That’s pretty awesome, if I do say so myself.

When I first sat down to start this process, back on September 4th, 2014, I mapped out every episode of Nitro, Thunder, and the PPVs, so that I would have a roadmap for where I was going.  That list is daunting, to say the least.  At times I wondered where I would start getting tired of doing it, to be quite honest.  It’s also kind of interesting how my process changed.  Originally I watched the episode and just did the write-up the next day out of memory.  Then, I started taking notes and then just expanding them during the write-up.  Later, I found it easier to just sit down with the laptop in my lap and go with the flow as the show went on.  That’s when you saw them start to get upwards of 3,000 and 4,000 words for a Nitro, if you hadn’t guessed that already.  With this being Episode 50, that means that when I close down “Volume 3” of this blog, there will be 52 episodes included.  Due to them skipping an episode one week, this makes it slightly longer than one year of episodes.  Of course, it’s been about a year and a half of me doing the write-ups due to some family issues and my own schedule getting busy.  However, myself and my crack team of fellow WCW historians will continue to get these cranked out for your enjoyment!

Now, enough lollygagging and on to the show!

WCW Monday Nitro comes to us tonight from Palmetto, FL.  My first reaction is that we’re now almost two months past the Bash at the Beach, but yellow and red Hulk Hogan is still all over the intro video.  He turned his back, people!  Get him out of the opening!  It only took three weeks to get Vader out after he went AWOL!

The show starts and we’ve already got the competitors in the ring for…

Match #1: Juventud Guerrera VS Billy Kidman

Pre-Flock and Pre-wifebeater/shorts Billy Kidman always seems odd to me.  This is Juventud’s debut, though, so that’s interesting.  Larry makes sure to differentiate between Guerrera and Guerrero.  Tony tells us that his name means “young warrior.”

Quick moves, including a nice slam from Kidman.  Guerrera gets rough with a sunset powerbomb to the floor from the ring apron.  He hits a crazy twisting dive into the ring to follow that.  He tries another, but Kidman catches him with a powerbomb of his own for two.

Tony tells us that Guerrera will face Konnan for the Mexican Heavyweight Championship at Fall Brawl.

Kidman with a slam and a shooting star press for two.  He goes up top again but Juvi catches him and takes him off the top with a twisting hurracanrana for the win.

Winner: Juventud Guerrera

THIS, to me, is the beginning of the first hour WCW Cruiserweight spectaculars that we’re going to get.  Don’t get me wrong, Dean VS Rey has been awesome, but Dean is a ground based wrestler, so we get two different styles.  This was two high flyers, two young guys, and they’re tearing the house down.  This is what we’ve been waiting on, ladies and gentlemen!

Mean Gene joins Juvi in the ring and tells him that he doesn’t “comprendo Español.”  Juventud proceeds to cut the worst promo ever.  His mask is in his mouth and pushing his nose up and you can tell he’s having a hard time talking through it.  He also can’t speak English for crap, so this is just awful.  The crowd starts booing him and Mean Gene just gets tired of it and walks away mid-sentence.

Commercial break, Glacier promo…this is getting old.

Back from commercial and our announcers run down last week’s crazy meeting between the Horsemen, Sting and Luger.  We get a replay of that meeting for good measure.

Match #2: Marcus Bagwell & Jim Powers w/ Teddy Long VS “Taskmaster” Kevin Sullivan & Big Bubba w/ Jimmy Hart

The babyfaces are announced as also being joined by the “injured” Scotty Riggs, but he’s nowhere to be seen.

Powers and Sullivan start it off on the floor, and Powers is not showing any fear of the leader of the Dungeon of Doom.  Powers takes Sullivan down with a dropkick, which brings in Bubba, but he’s met with a dropkick from Bagwell.  The babyfaces clear the ring and celebrate for a moment.  They’re working pretty well together, but at this point, Bagwell is on his 19th tag team partner, I think, so he can work with anyone.

Bagwell and Bubba mix it up for a bit, resulting in a Bagwell 1 count before getting the crap powerbombed out of him by Bubba.  Bubba ties Bagwell up in the tree of woe and tags out to Sullivan, who rushes him with the knee and quickly tags back out to the big man.  Buff-to-be gets the hot tag to Powers, who takes the opportunity to slam Bubba’s head into the turnbuckle 10 times before turning that same attention to both Sullivan AND Jimmy Hart.  Not gonna lie, Powers is impressing here.  Crossbody block, Powers pins, gets what he THINKS is 3, but “worst referee ever” Nick Patrick waves it off and restarts the match.  The heels rush the babyfaces while they’re celebrating.  Bossman Slam for the win.

Winners: Kevin Sullivan & Big Bubba

Teddy Long gives Patrick a piece of his mind on the outside now as we get the replay.  The shoulder comes up about a second after the three count, showing us that Patrick really did screw over the babyfaces in this one.

Mean Gene joins the Dungeon in the ring.  Bubba says this shows he should be in the main event, getting the title shots.  Dear God, please no.  Bubba asks “what about this Glacier character?!”  He calls out the fact that Glacier’s promos have been on for three months now.  He says if he’s coming, to bring it this way.  Sullivan says he saw Mean Gene on a boat with Hogan three weeks ago.  Gene says that wasn’t him, that was Bischoff!  This little segment goes nowhere, but Sullivan calls out Benoit at the tail end as Gene pitches us to commercial break.

Back from break and we get Mean Gene, again, with Luger and Sting.  Maybe there’s a bit too many interview segments here.  I’m getting a bit tired of seeing Gene.  We’re only 20 minutes in and I’ve seen him three times now.  Sting and Luger say they thought everything was cool after last week, but here they are tonight wrestling the Horsemen.  They talk a bit about the Horsemen, about the nWo, and we go back to the announcers for our third match.

Match #3: Mike Enos VS Chavo Guerrero, Jr.

Mean Mike looks a bit derpy as he makes his way out from the back.  He starts off by saying everyone there is a bunch of idiots, but dude looks short a few wits himself.

Chavo takes it to Enos quick and hard.  That comes to a halt, though, when he dives over the top rope to the floor and is simply caught by Enos and fallaway slammed for his trouble.

Chavo will take on DDP at Fall Brawl, we’re told.

Enos shoulders Chavo and casually walks him up the steps and into the ring, then tossing him over the top rope.  Backbreaker and a stretch in the center of the ring now as Enos’s tag partner, Dick Slater, makes his way to ringside.  For some reason, though, Slater has a towel over his head.

Quick cut to the crowd and we get Konnan in flannel, sunglasses and a hat.  This has already happened?!  Damn, I hate not having Saturday Night.  Last we saw Konnan, he had gotten a bit more aggressive, which the commentators mention, but I didn’t know he had already gone full K-Dawg.

Chavo’s getting beat down in the ring for the most part until getting some kind of move done to Enos’s knee.  He capitalizes by locking on a Figure 4.  As Enos struggles to get out, he clocks referee Randy Anderson.  This brings in Slater, who elbow drops Chavo.  Slater wraps Slater’s head in the towel and rolls him to the floor, taking his place.  This is stupid since the two of them don’t look a thing alike.  Slater goes for a spinning toe hold, Chavo wraps up a small package for the win (on the wrong man).

Winner: Chavo Guerrero, Jr. (even though, technically, he didn’t…but whatever)

Mean Gene again…Chavo cuts him off and challenges DDP, saying he can’t wait to take on DDP at Fall Brawl.  Chavo really doesn’t come off very charismatic here.

Quick commercial for a WCW Monday Nitro t-shirt featuring…guess who…effing Mean Gene!  5 times now in 30 minutes.  We’re getting Gene an average of ever six minutes at this point.

Match #4: WCW Cruiserweight Championship Match: J.L. VS Rey Mysterio, Jr. (WCW Cruiserweight Champion)

One thing WWE does now that I really like is the graphics telling us that this match is for a championship.  I really had no idea that this was a championship match until the referee held the Championship up at the beginning of the match.

Very interesting flow to this match as opposed to the opening match of the night.  This is a little slower, more methodical, where that opening match was balls out.

We cut away from the match to see Hulk Hogan and the Outsiders headed toward the production truck.  Hogan spray paints NWO 4 LIFE on the side of the truck and Tony sells it like they’ve killed Rey Jr again.  He calls it disgusting.  It’s simple graffiti, Tony, calm the hell down.

“There are going to be some bills coming down from Turner for this!”

Ooooooo, they’re going to have to pay tens of dollars to clean the truck.  That’ll bankrupt these upstart rapscallions but good!

We go to commercial as Rey locks on a camel clutch and come back to JL locking on an ab stretch.  Rey is able to get out of it, flipping out to the apron and coming back in with a slingshot.  He sends JL to the floor and goes over the top, taking him out with a seated senton.  We cut to the entry way where the Ice Man is scouting Mysterio.

JL and Mysterio do some mat wrestling, slowing this match down a bit.  It’s hard to believe that under that crappy purple hood is Jerry Lynn, a man who in a few years will tear down houses with Rob Van Dam.  He’s just so boring as this character.  JL plays dirty during the mat wrestling bit, attacking Rey while he was down in referee’s position, and follows up with a seated powerbomb.  He goes for it again but Rey sunset flips him out of it for two.  JL takes the momentum back over, though, with a Boston crab that he turns into a ¾ bow and arrow lock.  JL’s outfit seems to be torn on the left side.  Quick rollup from Mysterio for two.  JL brings Rey down with a heck of a vertical suplex as we kick into Hour #2 of Nitro.

Bischoff and Heenan bring up the nWo spray painting the truck and apparently they see it as a whole lot less interesting than Tony did.  Bischoff plays it off like it was laughable, which it was, and that it was no big deal.

Springboard Frankensteiner from Rey for the win.

Winner: Rey Mysterio, Jr. (still WCW Cruiserweight Champion)

It’s Mean Gene for the sixth damn time tonight as he’s backstage with Benoit, Mongo, and the full entourage of ladies.  Gene says he heard Chicago wanted Mongo back, but Mongo says he’s not helping Gene’s hotline out with any news.  Woman asks Gene how his boat trip was with Hogan.  Benoit says they didn’t step out of War Games, that was a decision made by the two men who made them Horsemen.  Tonight they’ll take it to Sting and Lex.  With that, we go to commercial.

Bischoff lets us know that Macho Man will get his title match at Halloween Havoc in Las Vegas, setting up the return back from way earlier this year.  We get a replay of Hogan attacking Savage at the Clash of Champions as well as Savage’s promo from last week where Hacksaw randomly wandered around in the background.  We get the end of the Giant/Savage match as well.

Back to…you guessed it…Mean Gene…for the seventh damn time tonight…with Macho Man.  Gene brings up that Savage will be facing Hogan for the title at Halloween Havoc.  Savage is in this cool blue and neon yellow outfit.  He’s wearing one of the tops that he used to wear in WWF, though, which is always a bit random when they show up in WCW.  I never liked the tights + shirt combo, so I usually don’t like it when it shows up now.  Savage cuts a quick promo on Hogan and bounces.

Match #5: Hacksaw Jim Duggan VS The Giant w/ Jimmy Hart

Bischoff tells us that Savage will be taking on The Giant at Fall Brawl.  That’s only the third match from the PPV that I can recall being set in motion right now, and we’re only two more episodes away from the show.

Jimmy Hart starts off by grabbing Hacksaw’s foot, sending Hacksaw out to chace Hart around the ring.  Giant and Duggan brawl a bit outside until Giant tries to shoulder-block Duggan, but Duggan moves and Giant hits the ringpost hard.  Duggan punches Giant once, then just gets back into the ring.  Giant locks on a bear hug and holds it for a bit.  Duggan tries to slam Giant but nothing doing, so Giant locks on the bear hug again.

The crowd starts to look back toward the back and we see Ted Dibiase calmly walking down through the crowd.

Hacksaw wraps up his fist with tape and nails the Giant, but Giant no-sells.  Hacksaw wraps it up a bit more and tries again, but still nothing.  Jimmy goes for the 2×4 and Duggan tries to grab it from him, but Giant choke slams Hacksaw in the center of the ring for three.

Winner: The Giant

We quickly cut to Ted Dibiase who holds up one finger, then two, three, four…and mouths “next week” and holds up the 5th.  Looks like Dibiase is the 4th member of the nWo and we’ve got number 5 to look forward to next week.

Mean Gene, for time number freaking 8, meets with Giant at the entry way.  Giant says Savage better watch out if he’s going to call him out for letting WCW down.

Commercial break for Fall Brawl.

Match #6: Rock & Roll Express VS “Nature Boy” Ric Flair & “The Enforcer” Arn Anderson w/ Woman & Ms. Elizabeth

Bischoff asks if next week Dibiase is going to come out of retirement to become the 5th Horseman.  Granted, when he held up the 4 fingers, he did it in the 4 Horsemen sign…but damn, Bischoff, that’s a stretch.  As the match starts, he finally comes around and says “maybe he’s the 4th member of the nWo and next week we’ll get the 5th.”  Of course, he then calls back and says no, it’s more reasonable to think he’s going to be a Horseman since he came out before the Horsemen’s match.  Bischoff might be an idiot.

Some good, classic wrestling going on here.  It’s basically 1986 in the ring here.  Sure, everyone’s a little older and a little heavier, but still, the R&R are on point, hitting their double dropkick and playing good foils to the Horsemen.

End of the match is a thing of double-team beauty, though.  All four men are going at it, with Ricky Morton punching Flair in the corner.  Flair brings him off with a reverse atomic drop and Double A snaps off a quick and devastating DDT.  Flair covers for the win.

Winners: Arn Anderson and Ric Flair

Gene.  Ringside with the Horsemen.  Double A is intense and is telling the nWo that previously they’ve been picking their spots, but at Fall Brawl, when they lock the cage, then it’s on.  He says the Horsemen were in the first War Games and they’ll be in the last one.  Oh, how I wish that were true.  Gene asks Flair about the match at the Clash and we see the end of that match in replay.  Gene says that there is speculation that Hogan gave up during that match.  Flair says he heard it.  He says Hogan looked in his eyes and said he gave up, Nature Boy was too much man for him!  Flair says at Fall Brawl, the Outsiders and Hogan are in for it because they’re not in New York, they’re not in Chicago, they’re in Winston-Salem, NC, home of the by-God Four Horsemen!

Match #7: “Lionheart” Chris Jericho VS “Das Wunderkind” Alex Wright

Chris Jericho’s WCW debut!  It’s crazy to believe that I’m still watching him on Monday Nights 20 years later.

The two men shake hands at the beginning of the match and go at it.  Some beautiful arm drags from each man, followed by an amazing headscissors from Wright, and a double dropkick that brings them to the Indy-Standoff pose that you get in the opening of so many technical matches.  Jericho transitions out of an arm wrench into a turning northern lights suplex.

Bischoff calls a “back leg side kick” again.  Been a while since I heard that one.

Spinning wheel kick from Jericho.  Wright goes to the ring apron but Jericho dropkicks him off of it and then suplexes him back into the ring for two.  Jericho goes up top but is met in midair with an Alex Wright dropkick and a wheel kick of his own.  Wright comes off with a weird crossbody / headbutt combo but no.  Jericho gets some chops in the corner, then a heavy clothesline in the opposite corner.  He tries again but Alex moves and Jericho takes the tumble to the floor.  Alex tries to come off the top rope onto Jericho on the floor, but Jericho moves and Das Wunderkind eats guardrail.

The referee starts counting Wright out but Jericho says he doesn’t want the win that way, so the referee calls the match a no contest.

Winner: No Contest

For the TENTH TIME TONIGHT, we get Mean Gene at ringside.  Alex Wright says he came to WCW to fight to the best of his ability, but to beat a man like that is not to the best of his ability.  He says a man who would have taken that victory, though, is Hulk Hogan.  Jericho says he and Alex Wright are going to fight for WCW.

Well, that was random.  Very interesting to see Jericho try to throw himself into the nWo story from the get go.  Alex Wright goes to say something but Gene cuts him off and we go to commercial.

Back from commercial and we’re right into our next match.

Match #8: The Steiner Brothers VS The Blue Bloods (Earl Robert Eaton and Squire David Taylor)

Rick starts the match off for the Steiners, but the Blue Bloods have a bit of a discussion on who is going to start.  Both men go to the floor and argue for a bit about it before Rick runs over and slams their heads together.  Finally, Eaton gets in the ring but gets a powerslam and some Steinerlines for his trouble, sending the Blue Bloods back to the floor.

We get two more Fall Brawl matches as Bischoff mentions DDP VS Chavo Guerrero, Jr, as well as Chris Benoit VS Chris Jericho.

Dave Taylor accidentally drills Bobby Eaton with a punch when Rick Steiner moves, but this fires up Taylor.  He lifts Taylor up on his shoulders and Bobby goes up to the top for a diving cross body block.  Rick Steiner reverses it by rolling through it, thankfully not injuring himself since he did spike his head on the mat, but Steiner is able to roll it into a pin.

Winners: The Steiner Brothers

Mean Gene is interviewing the Steiners when the Blue Bloods start beating on each other.  The Steiners start calling color commentary over it in Gene’s mic.  Gene says that the Steiners are taking on Harlem Heat at Fall Brawl for the tag team championship.  Rick cuts a promo on Halloween Havoc, which Scotty has to remind him they’re talking about Fall Brawl.  With that, we go to commercial.

Bischoff is still stuck on the idea that Dibiase is a 5th Horsemen because he’s an idiot.

Match #9: “The Crippler” Chris Benoit & Steve “Mongo” McMichael w/ Woman, Ms. Elizabeth, & Debra McMichael VS Sting & “Total Package” Lex Luger

We start off with a straight brawl.  Everyone is beating on everyone else.  Benoit and Sting pair off as the two former football players take it to each other.

Sting is in one of my favorite looks.  Red tights, white scorpion, white boots, and that longer brown hair.  Where’s that action figure, Mattel?!

Benoit and Sting head to the floor and let Mongo and Luger have at it.  Mongo tags out to Benoit, who gives it to him for a few moments, then quick tag back out to Mongo.  Not gonna like, I like these two as a team.  Mongo comes in with a backbreaker and taunts a bit, showing off for Benoit.  Quick tag again out to Benoit, who hammers Luger with head butts and kicks before they drop each other with a double clothesline.

Sting gets tagged in and goes after Benoit.  He face slams Benoit and goes for the Scorpion Deathlock, which brings in Mongo.  Sting ducks the clothesline and dropkicks Mongo to the floor.  Mongo rams Lex into the ringpost as Sting dives off of the top rope and into the knees of Benoit.

Out comes Hogan.  Mongo sees him and chases him around ringside, Hogan backing off and away from Mongo.  This puts Mongo over nicely.  I actually really dug it and wanted Mongo to get his hands on Hogan!  Out comes Hall with the Pearl Harbor job, though, as he and Nash take out Mongo, spray painting the nWo letters on Mongo’s back.  They go to the ring and Hall gives Sting the Outsider’s Edge and paint him as well.  In comes the rest of the Horsemen, but Hogan sprays paint in the eyes of both Anderson and Flair, taking them out, then spraying a black streak in Flair’s hair.  The nWo kills everyone and is showered in beer and trash in the ring.  Hogan threatens to beat up and spray paint the camera man as they exit the ring and leave the babyfaces in the ring covered in trash.

The nWo heads to the announce booth, running Bischoff off.  Heenan had bolted the moment Hogan showed up.  Nash and Hogan grab headsets and start making jokes about the show, with Hogan spray painting the WCW Nitro logo.  The show goes off the air with a slow motion shot of Dibiase teasing next week.

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Really good show!  Tons of cruiserweight action as we get the debuts of both Juventud Guerrero and Chris Jericho.  Like I said earlier, this is the start of the Cruiserweight division that I fell in love with.  We’ve got tons of high flyers now and the first hour of Nitro is about to get pretty badass.

I wish that I had access to Saturday Night to see how this whole Robert Eaton / David Taylor thing plays out.  I know it’s not going to play out on Nitro because we so rarely see the Blue Bloods on Monday Nights, but this match and the way it ended intrigued me so much and I want to see what happens.  I’m hoping for a Fall Brawl match, but from what I remember, there isn’t one, although it’s been a long time since I watched that show, so I may be wrong.

The main event tag match did a great job at putting over the young Horsemen.  Benoit is a badass, no questions there, and this match did so much to put over Mongo.  Him taking it to Luger and Sting and holding his own…backing down Hulk Hogan…it was actually really awesome.  One thing that I did not expect through this retrospective trip is to enjoy Mongo.  I hated him on commentary, but ever since he took to the ring, I’m seeing him in a new light and I really enjoy his stuff.  Of course, we’re not too far away from his feud with Jeff Jarrett…ugh…I had forgotten about that for the most part.

Hogan, Hall and Nash killing everyone at the end was awesome.  Such a great way to lead into Fall Brawl.

See you again soon, fans, as we head into September of 1996.  Next week’s episode is being handled by Benny, a new face to our Nitro replays.  We’ll see you then!

Shane

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Ratings Breakdown

WWF Raw Ratings – NA

WCW Nitro Ratings – 4.2

(Raw – 17, Nitro – 27) (Tie Weeks – 2)

(Unopposed weeks – 6)

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

WCW’s longest Winning Streak (to this point) – 10

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WWF Raw results from this week

There was no Monday Night Raw this week.

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