Kick Out at Nitro! – September 9th, 1996 – Betrayal

Posted: April 7, 2016 by daltonclass in Kick Out At Nitro, Shane D
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KoaNitro copyHello and welcome back everyone to another wonderful edition of Kick Out at Nitro!  This is the final episode of Nitro for what I’ve dubbed “Season 3.”  Basically, Seasons/Volumes are how I’m breaking these posts up into books, so this book ends with Fall Brawl 1996.  This is the go-home show to Fall Brawl, so it’s our close out Season Finale type of episode as far as Nitro goes.

This is episode 52!  If Nitro hadn’t been preempted back in March, this would have made a full year to the debut, but alas, that happened, so we’re one off.  Of course, that didn’t stop Eric Bischoff from getting the numbers incorrect a few episodes ago, now did it?

This episode comes to us from Columbus, GA, and opens with Tony Schiavone and Larry Zbyszko going over last week’s goings-on involving the nWo, Ted Dibiase, and The Giant.  Larry calls The Giant the biggest traitor since Benedict Arnold, which begs the question “is Giant a bigger traitor thank Hulk Hogan…or is Hulk Hogan a bigger traitor than Arnold?”

Match #1: Pat Tanaka VS Super Calo

Oh, you were looking for star power?  Yeah, not in this match.

We’re joined by Mike Tenay due to Super Calo making his Nitro debut here.  Super Calo has the distinction of having his sunglasses and backwards motorcycle hat integrated into his mask.  Tanaka is dressed as a stereotypically racist foreigner from the “orient,” in an outfit looking like he should be in a Kung Fu flick.  Kung Fu masters also wear ASICS wrestling shoes, in case you were wondering.

We quickly cut outside to see a group of teenagers in nWo shirts each holding a huge stack of flyers.

Calo flips around a lot and throws Tanaka off his game a bit, until Calo goes for a Frankensteiner and Tanaka sit-out powerbombs the crap out of him.  We’re told this happened due to Takana’s “martial arts skills.”  The sit-out powerbomb is a huge staple in jeet kun do.  It is.  Look it up.

Don’t look it up.

Tanaka goes up top with Calo and looks like he’s going for a waist-lock suplex but Calo just oddly falls on him for the win.

Winner: Super Calo

We’re backstage with Mean Gene and Rick Steiner.  Rick Steiner says that last week he almost had Lex Luger beat.  We get a quick replay of the match where we see referee Nick Patrick end the match due to being bumped by Lex Luger after Steiner shoved Luger away.  Luger shows up and gives Steiner props for being a great tag team wrestler, but now they’re going to be wrestling in a singles match and Luger is in War Games, so he’s amped and prepared.  Steiner says that Lex’s partner, Sting, saw that Rick almost beat him.  Rick starts calling for Sting and seems just oddly confused.  I know this is to set up for a match later tonight, but this made Steiner seem mentally challenged.  First off, the match hadn’t been going for more than a minute.  The DQ came right off of the opening lockup, basically, so for Steiner to claim that he had Luger beat is laughable as the match hadn’t progressed to a single move yet.  Secondly, Rick seems really whiney and unsure of himself here.  It makes Luger come off as condescending and it makes Steiner come off like he’s got something wrong with him.  Very odd promo.

“The following announcement has been paid for by the New World Order.”

We get the first ever ad for the nWo shirt!  This is such an awesome shirt.  Just the black shirt with the white logo on it.  Nothing else.

We get a quick rundown of the debut of Glacier on WCW Pro!  After 5 months, Glacier is here!  You can read our thoughts on his debut here.

“Glacier; certainly a man who is going to make a big impact here in WCW.” – Tony Schiavone

Match #2: The Amazing French Canadians (Jacques Rougeau & Carl Ouellet) VS The Nasty Boys

This is the debut of the French Canadians (formerly the Quebeccers in WWF).  Rougeau wants us to stand up as they sing the national anthem.  We get a few bars of it in terrible voices before the Nasty Boys destroy them, much to the delight of the crowd.

We cut to the crowd to see the guys from earlier handing out the nWo flyers.  Larry calls for them to be thrown out.

As they’re talking about this, the referee is distracted with Jerry Saggs while Brian Knobbs gets hit from behind with the Canadian flag by Rougeau.

Tony sends Larry to grab one of the nWo flyers.  It’s just the nWo logo with “You haven’t seen bad…but it’s coming.”

Since the hit with the flag, this match is all French Canadians.  Rougeau helps Ouellet with a cannon ball from the top onto Saggs.  Knobbs goes out and gets the Quebec flag and nails Carl Ouellet with it while Ouellet is perched on the top rope.  Quick cover for the win.

Winners: The Nasty Boys

Mean Gene comes in to talk to the Nasty Boys and says that Jerry Saggs took a few lumps from the Rougeau Brothers.  Good job there, Gene.  That’s Carl Ouellet, not Raymond Rougeau.  Saggs says that everyone here has been pointing the fingers at the Nasty Boys, asking whether they’re nWo or WCW.  Saggs says the tag team championship belts are all that they care about, and they’re in WCW.

Commercial break and we’re back with:

Match #3: Hold VS Hold Match:  Sgt. Craig “Pitbull” Pittman w/ Teddy Long VS Scott “Flash” Norton

Tony talks up the fact that both of these men have submission holds that focus on the upper body.  Due to that, those holds are the only way the match can be won.  He also mentions that Teddy Long also manages Ice Train, so maybe this is Long trying to get Norton softened up before Fall Brawl.

Pittman gets the early offense with a hiptoss, but Norton squashes that nonsense with a falling arm breaker.  We go to the outside where Pittman runs Norton into the guardrail, but Norton runs Pittman’s shoulder into the turnbuckle post.  Back in the ring, Norton puts on his armbar submission.

Pittman is telling manager Teddy Long not to throw in the towel.  Out comes Ice Train, who grabs the towel and throws it in himself, ending the match.

Winner: Scott Norton

Norton doesn’t release the hold for a long time, but he finally does, then he and Ice Train stare each other down for a bit.  Finally the ring clears and we get a quick replay of the end of the match.

We go back to the locker room with Mean Gene, Lex Luger, Arn Anderson, and Ric Flair.  Everyone’s asking where Sting is.  Luger says that he’s been a Horseman, he’s been in War Games…he knows what’s at stake.  Luger says he heard the Steiners say Sting was here, so he’s here.  Flair gives Luger the business until Mongo and Benoit walk in.  Mongo gives Luger crap over Sting not being here, saying that’s what they get for trying to take their spots.  Benoit asks where Sting is as well.  Luger says they know that there’s no one they can trust to be there for WCW more than Sting.  Double A says that he’s already called ahead to Winston-Salem for a hospital room because he knows he’s going to need it.  He says Hogan already too a bat to him and tried to put his eyes out with paint.  They should have used battery acid, because that’s what he would have done!  They argue with Luger a bit more as we go to commercial.

Panning crowd shots are now completely being taken over by people holding up their nWo flyers.

Quick recap of DDP VS Eddie Guerrero at the Clash of the Champions and the three Diamond Cutters DDP gave to Eddie.  We see Chavo Guerrero beat DDP three weeks ago and eat a Diamond Cutter for his troubles, then taking Nick Patrick’s belt and beating Chavo down with it.

Match #4: Joe Gomez VS Juventud Guerrera

Juvi hits this weird springboard flip that looks like he only got a piece of it.  As Joe Gomez gets sent to the floor, the announcers talk about Konnan and the changes he’s been going through.  They state he’s dressing more like a Mexican gang member now.

Both men are on the apron in the corner.  Juvi jumps in and tries to bring Gomez in with a head scissors, but Gomez times it terribly and jumps well after the move.  Juvi takes him up top then backflips off and stands there in the ring, effectively doing nothing.  Gomez comes off the top and Juvi dropkicks him out of the air…badly.  Juvi comes off the top with a hilo con plancha (Tony calls this a “flippy move”) that looks just as bad as everything else in this match for the win.

Winner: Juventud Guerrera

This match was awful.  The crowd agreed, as well.  They’re booing every time a move gets botched.

Mean Gene calls in Nick Patrick, asking about the DQ of Lex Luger last week.  Patrick says that Luger intentionally struck him and that anyone can see it.  Patrick calls out Gene for starting all this crap about him and while we were all looking at Patrick, Giant snuck in and put one over on us.  Gene says that Patrick has a nice car, a nice Rolex, a house…Patrick says Gene is going to keep pushing his buttons and they’re going to wind up in court.

We go outside and we see the same flyers from earlier being put on cars by the nWo themselves!  They’re out in the rain doing this, which is some dedication.  Dibiase is clearly talking to someone in a limo as well.  We see the four known members of the New World Order clearly in frame, so this leads us to believe that the 6th man is in that limo tonight!

Commercial break, including the Saturday Night breakdown.  DDP will take on Jim Duggan.  Rick Steiner will take on Kurasawa.  Shane will not be watching.  Of course, in 1996, Shane probably was watching, I’m not going to lie.

Match #5: Rick Steiner VS “The Total Package” Lex Luger

Tony speculates that Luger and Patrick were in cahoots and that they conspired to throw out the tag match last week.  Wow, what the hell, Tony?!  Larry doesn’t follow that logic, though, and says that WCW needs to look to Luger to be the man and take the title back from Hogan.

Quick commercial break and we’re back to the start of the match.  Rick Steiner is wearing two different boots.  Luger makes a show of shaking Steiner’s hand.  Steiner takes him down with a headlock takeover and from there for a while it’s all Steiner and a ground based game.  I’m so used to watching the Steiners toss fools around that it’s odd to watch one of them wear someone down with mat wrestling.

Luger tries to get up but Steiner’s right back on him with a takedown.  Luger gets away but is met with a big Steinerline for his trouble as we kick off to Hour #2 and our Hour #2 announcers.  Bischoff mentions that Nick Patrick is not the referee for this match so that there’s no controversy.  Big powerslam from Steiner and the crowd is liking that.  Rick follows with an elbow drop for two.

Heenan starts off by asking where Sting is.  Bischoff isn’t worried.

Luger rushes Steiner and runs right into the loving arms of an overhead belly-to-belly suplex.  Rick beats Luger around the ring a bit and goes for a German suplex but Lex grabs the top rope for dear life.  Irish whip and another Steinerline for two.  Lex is sent into the corner and explodes out of it with a jumping clothesline that turns Steiner inside out.  Irish whip again and a powerslam from Luger.  Luger calls for

Lex goes to pick him up and out runs referee Nick Patrick.  Patrick is motioning Lex Luger to follow him, saying come out back.  Luger takes off.

We cut out to the limo and Ted Dibiase arguing with someone in the limo.  We can clearly hear that it’s Sting’s voice.  Out comes Luger, asking “where is he?”  Dibiase asks what Sting would be doing with him.  The limo door opens and out comes Sting.  He kicks Luger in the gut and the rest of the nWo jumps in, helping with the beatdown.  Sting runs off and jumps in a car as Hogan and Dibiase get a few more kicks in.  Luger fires back up a bit, sending their limo driver flying off into the parking lot.  Dibiase and Hogan take off running in opposite directions as well as Luger starts checking the limos, finding nothing.

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We’re back to our announcers who run down what just happened.  Heenan says that it looked like Nick Patrick set Luger up.  Bischoff says forget about Patrick, who cares about him.  Bischoff says he’s hearing from security that they don’t know where the nWo scattered to.  Mike Tenay is just sitting there silently, looking like his puppy just ran away.  Bischoff kicks us off to video from last week of Ted Dibiase coming into the arena, as well as the Giant’s turn.  This is narrated by Tony Schiavone for some reason.  This promo goes on for a good five minute or so, basically recapping the entirety of last week’s episode.  When it’s done, we cut back to our announcers, still looking like they’ve lost their kittens.  Don’t get me wrong, when this happened, I was beside myself that Sting could possibly turn on WCW and join the nWo, but damn, man.

They end the promo with the line “WCW…more unified than ever before” however, which isn’t really apropos for the situation.  Bischoff forlornly kicks us back to the footage of Sting and the now jumping Luger in the parking lot then cuts to commercial, including another nWo shirt ad.  Talk about kicking a company when they’re down.

Back from commercial and we have Lex Luger, Big Bubba, Rick Steiner, Brian Knobbs, Scott Norton, the French Canadians., and a few others looking through the parking lot for Sting.  Nice to see the French Canadians jump in quickly seeing as how they just got here.

Match #6: WCW Cruiserweight Championship Match: Billy Kidman VS Rey Mysterio, Jr. (WCW Cruiserweight Champion)

Bobby mirrors my sentiments by saying “Eric, it sounds like you just lost your best friend.”  There’s no response from Eric, so after a beat, Bobby goes “Obviously you did.”

Tenay starts off by telling us that due to the influx of Mexican wrestlers, Billy Kidman has been kind of lost in the cruiserweight shuffle.  He’s not wrong.  Rey starts of with a hurracanrana that sends Kidman to the floor.  He hits another one on the floor and sends Kidman back into the ring.  He goes for a springboard move but Kidman dropkicks him out of the air, slams him, then hits a big top rope splash for two.  Irish whip to the ropes, shoulder to the gut to Kidman, then flipping springboard senton for the win.

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

Damn, that was quick!

Rey was wearing a black and neon green outfit that looked pretty badass.  I liked it.

Match #7: The Faces of Fear w/ Jimmy Hart VS Public Enemy

This one degenerates into a brawl pretty quickly.  I’m not gonna lie, I’m kind of getting tired of Public Enemy.  Their matches are super hard to watch because they never work like actual tag matches and always end up split screened.

Rocco Rock tries to hit a springboard moonsault but lands all kinds of awkwardly on Barbarian.

The match finally turns into a normal tag team match and the first thing I notice is the damn Leprechaun running around ringside.  This is one of the stupidest things WCW has ever come up with.  In a world where we’re moving into reality type storylines, this just looks very stupid and makes me wonder who thought this would be a good idea.

For some reason we cut to a promo in the middle of a match.

Yes, let me repeat that…a backstage promo in the MIDDLE OF A DAMN MATCH!

It’s Mean Gene with the Horsemen and Luger.  Gene asks what’s going on with Sting.  Double A says he’s not upset that Luger lost a friend.  He’s not upset that he lost a teammate.  He’s upset because for the last 10 years, the only thing that has been constant is Sting.  Arn says he wants answers from Luger.  Luger says he has no answers.  He’s just been stabbed in the back by his best friend.  He leaves, saying he’s going to go try to get answers.  Flair says that if Luger wants to ride with the Horsemen, he’s in.  Flair says four of them will walk in and four will walk out.  Double A says that if Sting isn’t going to be in the spot, he’s got two men that are chomping at the bit for it and wanted it to begin with.  Mongo ends the promo screaming “gimme the ball!”

Through the second half of the promo they splitscreen the match, but honestly, the promo is way more interesting so I hate to say it, but I didn’t catch what was going on.

Back to the match, the Faces of Fear are in control.  Barbarian sends Rocco into the corner but is met by a boot.  Rocco goes for the tag but Barbarian cuts him off.  This brings in Grunge, who draws the referee’s attention and lets the Faces of Fear double team Rock in the corner.

Bischoff says that people have been saying that War Games should have originally been the Four Horsemen and he’s inclined to agree.  He then calls Nick Patrick an nWo protégé.

The tables get setup right off of the corner and Barbarian puts Rocco Rock on it and dives from the top to the floor.  At the last moment, though, Rocco Rock moves so Barbarian crashes through the table and to the floor!  Rock brings in another table.  Public Enemy sets Meng on it, Grunge holds him down and Rocco hits a moonsault through the table.  Barbarian comes back in and it’s a brawl.  Meng locks on the Tongan Death Grip on Grunge, prompting Nick Patrick to FINALLY end the match.  One would think the moonsault through the table would be enough.

Winners: Faces of Fear (via DQ)

During the recap, Bobby calls Meng “Haku.”

We’re in the ring with Mean Gene and the entirety of the Dungeon of Doom.  Konnan is now standing with them.  Wonder when that happened.  Jimmy Hart says he’s upset that people keep blaming him for creating The Giant.  Big Bubba calls out Glacier again.  Gene asks Konnan about Fall Brawl.  Konnan says that Kevin Sullivan has led the biggest gang wars from California to Miami.  He challenges the nWo to come to the ring right now.  Konnan has now ditched his colorful clothes and is dressed like a stereotypical Latino gang member now.  Pretty drastic change in looks.  Sullivan, who is dressed in jeans and a WCW t-shirt oddly enough, says that they helped Savage to the back last week, and if he wants to pay them back, take out Tenta tonight.

Commercial, including a new nWo add that isn’t for the t-shirt.  They’re posing behind a chainlink cage.  Hogan is talking about being the champion.  They talk about Ted Dibiase having more money than Ted Turner.  They talk about Giant joining and no one believing there was a 5th man despite Dibiase telling them.  Pretty cool promo.  These things are so awesome.  Ted says that WCW wants them in this match, well they want some things too.  They want their own segment on a WCW TV show and they want their own tag team tournament to showcase their talent.  Hall holds up the 4 Horsemen sign and says they’re going to turn it over and now it’s “nWo 4 life.”

Match #8: John Tenta VS “Macho Man” Randy Savage

Tenta is coming out to Jericho’s future WCW music.  It was odd hearing that.  I actually started writing “Lionheart” Chris Jericho until Tenta walked out and I had to erase it.  So odd how music gets recycled sometimes.

Tenta takes it to Savage immediately.  Clothesline, sends him into the corner, then nailing him with shots.  Tenta wrestling like a heel here, which is odd because last time we saw him he was a babyface, feuding with Big Bubba.  Tenta still has half of his head shaved, too, which is dumb.  How long ago was that angle?  Three months?  At least two?

Savage tries a scoop slam but Tenta just weighs too much and comes crashing down on him.  They end up outside where Savage takes a steel chair to Tenta a few times before sending him back into the ring.  Double axe handle and then TWO flying elbow drops.  Out comes Teddy Long and he’s begging Savage to follow him, yelling “they’re back, they’re back.”  Savage leaps from the ring and to the floor and follows Teddy out.

Winner: No Contest

The moment Savage shows up, the limo speeds off.  We also see the Horsemen, Rick Steiner, and the Dungeon of Doom are there as well.  They find another limo and Savage searches it, coming out with a box of spray paint.  The WCW guys spray WCW on the limo, in the rain, so it doesn’t show up at all and won’t stay there.  That’s not intelligent, but emotions are running high, so I’ll give it to them.  They pull back and basically everyone who was on this show is out there now.

We kick back to the announcers to finish off the show.  They’re joined by Double A, who is soaking wet, but he grabs a headset.  He says the world’s in shock and outraged, but there’s no one hotter than the Horsemen.  He says everything started 10 years ago with Flair, Anderson, Tully Blanchard and Ole Anderson.  He says they showed Hogan the way.  He says Hogan wants to be a Horseman but he just don’t know how, so he’s surround himself with every cutthroat he can find.  Now he’s even taken Sting, which he says he never thought would happen.  He tells Sting that if he shows up as the 4th man at War Games, though, they’ll take his head off and that’s the God’s honest truth.  Flair says they shouldn’t have the Horsemen locked up backstage.  They should be out here up front.  He says that the nWo will not leave Winston-Salem alive.

Eric says that maybe it was a mistake to ever bring Hulk Hogan to WCW and that maybe they haven’t given the Horsemen their due.  I’m sure that hurt Eric to say.

We end the show with another replay of Sting and the nWo beating down Luger.

 

Damn.  This show!  Emotions running rampant.  Sting has betrayed WCW.  The Horsemen are hot about it and they’re ready to kill.  WCW is pissed.  Bischoff is admitting that Hogan shouldn’t be in the company.  It’s awesome!

Some good wrestling throughout the show, honestly, but a few too many no contests and DQs for my liking, unfortunately.  I liked Savage just wrecking shop on Tenta, though.  I also really liked seeing Bobby Heenan standing with the Four Horsemen at the end.  It made me realize how much I would have loved to see Heenan manage them.  We got a quick glimpse of that in June at Bash at the Beach, but him managing the full group would have been awesome and really helped guys like Mongo and Benoit who can’t cut promos for anything.

Sting, though…turning his back on WCW and on his best friend.  Like Double A has said multiple times, Sting was my constant, so watching this in 1996, seeing my favorite wrestler turn and join the nWo, who I still hated because they were the heels…that one was rough.  I couldn’t believe it.  Why would he do it?

We’re in a very interesting place going into Fall Brawl, though, so in that regard, this show was an amazing go-home show.  It turned the entire main event on its head.  We went in knowing who all four of WCW’s guys were, but not knowing who the 4th man in the nWo was.  Then Giant jumped ship, but we knew it wouldn’t be him because he’s wrestling Savage that night.  But now…all signs point to Stinger being the 4th man…and now we’re without a 4th man for team WCW.  This set everything into chaos and now the idea of Flair, Arn, and Luger getting to lock themselves in the steel War Games cages and beat the hell out of the nWo and the traitorous Sting…that’s something that sells tickets and PPV buys, friends.  Trust me, I know.  I sacrificed $30 of my money I had saved for a Sony Playstation because I just HAD to see this.

Join us next time for the Finale of Kick Out at Nitro Vol. 3…Fall Brawl: War Games!

Shane

 

Ratings Breakdown

WWF Raw Ratings –2.4

WCW Nitro Ratings – 3.7

(Raw – 17, Nitro – 28) (Tie Weeks – 2)

(Unopposed weeks – 7)

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

WCW’s longest Winning Streak (to this point) – 11

At this point, we’re one full year into this war.  Nitro ran unopposed its first night, so it wasn’t until the next week (9/10/1995) that the Monday Night War officially kicked off.  So, at this point, we stand 28-17 in Nitro’s favor, with two tie weeks and 7 weeks that the two shows ran unopposed.  It’s interesting to look back and see that the two shows were tied the week before WCW’s 11 week win-streak (at this point) began, but that really shows that the audience was there for both shows equally until the summer of the New World Order.  While WCW isn’t running away with the war and the victories are usually only about a point away from each other, it’s clear to see that The Outsiders and Hogan have started something in Turner-land that really brought in the viewers.  Looking back, I was still 100% into WCW at this time.  While I knew what was going on over on Raw, WCW was my main viewing pleasure.  They definitely had me hooked, and it looks like they had a lot of others as well.

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WWF Raw results from this week

Faarooq (w/ Sunny) defeated Savio Vega in a WWF Intercontinental Title Tournament Quarter Final Match (13:37)

The Stalker defeated TL Hopper (3:28)

Crush (w/ Clarence Mason) defeated Freddie Joe Floyd (2:41)

The Undertaker defeated Salvatore Sincere (9:55)

Three enhancement matches.  Why did Taker VS Sal Sincere go 10 minutes?!  That’s insane.  On paper, it’s no wonder why Nitro decimated Raw this week.

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