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Posted: April 21, 2016 by Kick Out At 2! in Derick B

People and journalists who have an opinion and express it about a subject they know little to none about piss me the hell off:
Former professional wrestler Chyna (real name Joanie Laurer) passed away a couple hours ago. It’s sad for a couple of reasons. 1) Any time a life is lost, obviously it’s sad. Whether you know the person, or saw them on TV during the best time in wrestling, you make an emotional connection. And it hurts. 2) Her life after being in the WWE could either make for one hell of a movie, or a book on “how to distance yourself from the best thing you’ve ever done”. The last few years of her life were a veritable roller coaster of good to horrific, and it seemed to ultimately take its toll. 3) She genuinely paved the way for a lot of what you see today in the women’s division. From the wrestling, to the look (minus the physique), she stood out in the women’s division in a heavily populated time in the Attitude Era. 

But this is what gets me. I see post after post about how “Now WWE wants to acknowledge Chyna and her legacy after that basically blacklisted her for years!! Fuck you WWE, you guys are hypocrites”. What these morons apparently don’t understand is that the WWE is a publicly traded company on Wall Street that caters to anyone of any age. And that’s especially including children. Let’s say WWE put Chyna in the Hall of fame this year. A little girl, any kid basically, gets curious and wants to either find her Wikipedia page or wants to find out more information in general. They fire up the family laptop or anything with internet access and search for “WWE Chyna”. I guarantee you on the first page of the results would be a link to pornography. Now, the was a choice that she decided to do AFTER her time with the WWE. I’m sure she weighed the pros and cons of this decision and the rest is history. However, the link can be made between the WWE and porn pretty easily. Now, the kid is probably scarred for life, the parents feel like crap because they didn’t know and inadvertently allowed it to happen and parents are grabbing pitchforks and picket signs to Damn the WWE off the planet. 

Would you want that with your company? Nah, me neither. So please all you “smart journalists” and “internet cool peoples”, shut your fucking mouths. You instantly lose credibility when you report only what makes you look good. 

Sad Champ has spoken..

KoaNitro copyLadies and gentlemen, welcome to a very special edition of Kick Out at Nitro!  Oddly enough, this one isn’t from WCW Monday Nitro…it’s from WCW Pro, WCW’s weekly syndicated show.  Now, why are we bringing you this random installment of Kick Out at Pro, you may ask?

Well…this is something that’s five months in the making!

This, WCW fans, is the debut of Glacier!

Yes, our blood is currently running cold, ladies and gentlemen!

Glacier promos started back in April of 1996 and ran all through the summer and into the tail end of it before the frozen martial arts master finally made his WCW in-ring debut.  Until this point, all we’ve seen of the man is him in vignettes running through his bevy of martial arts katas.  Originally he was supposed to debut pretty quickly after the vignettes started, but as WCW moved into the debut of the Outsiders and the formation of the New World Order, the cartoony character was left off to a later date.  That date…September 8, 1996.

I remember watching this one live.  It was a Sunday and, although I thought it was odd that this highly hyped character that had been speculated at for months was going to debut on WCW’s third tier show, there was no way I was going to miss it.  I’m sure my mother loved that as I usually didn’t watch Pro, so Sunday was one of the few days that wrestling was on that she wasn’t subjected to it…but I wasn’t going to be deterred.

So, what we’re going to do here, fans, is have a quick review by each member of Ko@2 that you’ve seen in the WCW write-ups.  They took five months to hype him so this write-up will take no less than 5 men to get it done!

With that, I take you to…

The Gambler VS Glacier

The Gambler looks to be about 120 years late to his own party.  Dude is dressed up like a wild west gambler but with short black trunks.

The arena goes black except for a blue light being shown over the ring.  It also starts snowing in the ring!  At the entry way, out comes Glacier, dressed in a metal warrior’s armor.  He does some martial arts moves, removes the armor, and enters the ring.  He removes his face covering, flips off into the center of the ring, and finishes off doing some kata that Larry Zbyszko calls “a mix of styles.”  We’re told his goal is to become the greatest martial artist in history.  We’re also told that his entire family, basically, are cops.

Glacier bows to the ref, bows to the Gambler, but is sucker punched by Gambler.

This blue light is going to shine over the ring the entire match, apparently.  Think early Sin Cara, folks.

We get some kicks, arm drags, and a hip toss from Glacier, showing us he’s the scourge of unknown enhancement talent everywhere.  Glacier leapfrogs Gambler, back kicks him in the gut, then powerbombs him for good measure.  He doesn’t cover him, though, which is silly.  He goes up top and comes off with a flying side kick to Gambler for the win.

Winner: Glacier

Glacier goes back to the center of the ring to his spotlight and goes through his kata again.  Larry gives us some information about how hard that side kick was.  Dusty Rhodes tells us that the entire universe just watched this debut, so Big Bubba, who recently called out Glacier, was sure to have seen it.  Chris Cruz tells us about Nitro coming up and kicks us off the air as this was the main event.

Man, I can’t wait for Bischoff to call this guy’s matches.  He’s going to be calling so many back leg round kicks!

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Okay, there was the match.  Now, our thoughts.

First off, for me, Shane.  I think the fact that they debuted this guy on Pro is very telling.  They knew they had a dud on their hands, so why not debut it, after FIVE MONTHS of hype, on probably their least rated show outside of Main Event, which ran on Saturdays in syndication…so whenever my local NBC affiliate decided they had no informercial to run.  Seriously, that show couldn’t be tracked down with any regularity.  This, you would have imagined, would have been on Nitro, in front of the largest live audience they could get and the largest TV audience they could get.  But no…Sunday at 5 PM.

The match was a typical squash match but it showed us that Glacier really can’t work that well.  He’s trying to be too Mortal Kombat so we’re just getting kicks and throws, so basically except for that one powerbomb, everything was either a kick or an arm drag.  Not very exciting.  Grappling and submission can help someone create an MMA type of character, as we’ve seen with Samoa Joe, Kurt Angle, Taz, and even Goldberg to a degree…and with Brock Lesnar now…but straight martial arts with kicks and whatnot seems out of place.  There’s nowhere for the other guy to work as they have no basis with that type of offense.  It came off sloppy and hokey.  Seriously, dude’s entrance and exit were about as long as the match!

On paper, the idea of wrestling and video games should work together, but this Sub Zero clone just didn’t work here.  I’m way more interested in Wrath and Mortis showing up than I am watching this dude get many singles matches, honestly.

Robbie:

Was that real!? Did that really happen!? I was seriously under the impression that Shane had sent me the wrong link until I recognized Dusty Rhodes’ voice on commentary. I had only ever seen pictures of Glacier and had never watched anything with him in it until now. All I had ever been told was he was a wrestling version of Sub-Zero from Mortal Kombat… yep that’s the truest statement ever! With his 90’s look and his 8-bit entrance music it looks like WCW was really trying to create the perfect mash-up of popularity from that time. I guess this isn’t the most outrageous thing from the 90’s but come on … The announcers talking him up were excited about him then as much as Sony is now about the new Ghostbusters reboot. Fans of what has come before simply know this shouldn’t be happening. Man, wrestling is really weird sometimes!

Derick:

12 year old Champ loved Glacier. It was the prefect mix: A character from Mortal Kombat (my love for video games) is now “invading” my other love, Personal Wrestling. There were awesome vignettes and a smoke of mystery surrounding this guy. Throw in the tagline “Blood runs cold” and Man, this was great.

After months, literally months, of these vignettes, he made his debut. He comes out, and it all seemed worth it. The arena goes black, snow falls, and techno starts pumping the speakers. His outfit was flat stolen from the MK movie set. The ENTIRE time he comes to ring and performs his kata, all 3 announcers are pouring information and praises about this man. Apparently knowing 385 different types of martial arts and everyone in his family was/is a cop, Glacier was a force to be reckoned with now in WCW. Oh, and when he wrestles, the ring turns blue!!!!

…..Then the match started. Honestly, his entrance is longer than the match itself. Trust me, I timed it. Obviously his martial arts needs fine tuning, because all he knows how to do are kicks and arm drags. Oh, and the all important chop. He ends the match with his Cryonic Kick (by the way, that’s a kick too) and the match is quickly over. And thankfully too. Because, Damn.

All in all, little Champ loved everything about Glacier. Little Champ thought he was cool and presentation was everything. Adult Champ hates Shane a little for destroying another great part of my childhood. There was no wrestling at all. Lesson here kids, that cool stuff you love now is probably going to suck when you reminisce. Thanks a lot, Shane……

The now suddenly sad Champ has spoken

Phillip:

The fact that I find this absurd, is like absurd-ception. Let’s reflect on the fact that this was a time when the Dungeon of Doom was still a stable and Booty Man was just killed off. Just let that sink in. Wrestling was as much a Saturday morning cartoon come to life. Bright colors, easy to see hero/villian narratives. When a heel turn involved a man in brightly colored tights putting on a black gimmick with lightning, and growing dark stubble under his iconic mustache to let us know, he’s dark, he’s the bad guy.

Why wouldn’t Bischoff see that this product was selling and think, next level is video games come to life! It’s a sensible next step. With the benefit of hindsight, we all know the attitude era is coming in WWE, and the nWo era is really taking off in WCW. Gritty, real, antihero stories with more complex ideas around who the “good guy” is, but all of that was really more organic. This is a WCW, and even WWE creative was about larger than life. None of those guys could have predicted  or created Austin 3:16 or “Sweeeeeet!” they weren’t in touch with what was happening.

Just like all great, and game changing moments, you can’t craft them. They just…are. Without that organic explosion of real life taking over wrestling, WCW may have made a killing off of this gimmick. The problem is while Kevin Nash was leading the Wolf Pack, Glacier was a crow left of the murder.

Wrestling was swelling, begging for a revolution. Smarks will tell you that this vignette style of introduction is to keep someone on the DL for a while so they can clean off the image, erase their existence, so that they can be born anew. No one had these style of entrances, lasers, snow, low light. Glacier recalled this on a podcast, and made note that Double A told him “you’d have to walk on water to live up to that entrance”. He’s right, and let’s be honest, it could have worked, but why? Why in the name of all things holy didn’t they get a guy who could throw a kick? Or knew anything about any martial art, EVER! Bischoff was more convincing! I’ve defended (how?) the idea behind Glacier, but the execution, well… left a lot to be desired. I think it was really insulting to the audience, and if they tried that now, we’d burn Bischoff at the stake!

I mean imagine if we took some of the skills of a martial artist that did works later, even guys like Syxx at least looked like he could throw a kick. This looks like kicking someone was a foreign concept, like he didn’t have 5 months to do any research or train. It’s like they grabbed a Sub Zero halloween costume on his way out, and said “go kick people, and do karate stuff” and he was like “ummm….ok, I guess” and then they dropped the lights, cued the lasers and let the fake snow fall, bringing a winter of hate in our hearts!

After 5 months of Sub Zero trailers, I get a less athletic version of what I looked like pretending to be a ninja in my bedroom as an adolescent. Facing the incomparable competition of professional jobber The Gambler on WCW Saturdays… I appreciate this is a special event, but not even dimming the lights to Marvin Gaye levels, and tinting it blue can hide that what Glacier was supposed to be, is not what was delivered. Zbysko is really trying to convince me that this is special martial arts, and oh, it is special, like a little short blue bus on its way to the last stop at character station. It’s like MK3 and UFC1 were involved in a West Virginia romance, and and conceived a brand new chromosome damaged brand of WTF?! The vignettes looked good, the hype was there, but this was the beginning of the “real” era of wrestling. My final word on this dollar tree budget Sub Zero… Finish Him

Benny:

Ok so I’ve been given the task of reviewing the WCW Glacier debut,UGH. So we get like 6 months of video promos with the tagline “Blood Runs Cold” and this guy shows up dressed like sub-zero from Mortal Combat, with what seems like a 10 minute entrance. And his first match is against The Gamber, really they were ready to bury this gimmick from day 1.

Two things wrong with the Glacier character:

1. Too much hype. Glacier was destined to be a mid-card novelty act, and they built him up as the next big thing. It’s no surprise that he was a bust from day one. If you are expecting The Empire Strikes Back, and you get the Phanton Menace, of course you’re going to be disappointed.

2. He debuted a few years too late. First off, Mortal Kombat was big in 1992-1993. By 1997, people had moved on to other games. More importantly, the wrestling industry had moved on from those cheesy gimmicks from the early 90’s. The nWo had changed everything, and Glacier’s character was essentially a step backwards.

So that’s all I have to say about that guy.

 

KoaNitro copyAlright, people. Gather around as The Champ continues the weekly episodic story of love, lies, invasions and shenanigans that is WCW Nitro!

Tonight starts with the 2 man team of Larry Zbyszko and Tony Schiavone as they welcome us to a sold out arena in Charlotte, North Carolina. Hour 2 we will be joined by Bobby “The Brain Heenan, as Eric Bischoff is still in recovery.

Hyping Bash at the Beach as per the last few weeks. Larry Z makes some odd comparison about “conquering worlds”, complete with “This is where the big boys play” catchphrase. Recap of the Great American Bash with Scott Hall and Kevin Nash calling out WCW with their surprise 3rd member. Jack knife to Eric, hence the recovery. Personally I love when Tony just says “Please get him!” Not sure if someone needs to get Bischoff, or someone needed to get Nash. But Schiavone says it with absolutely no emotion. I love how the just read the script, and that was all you’re gonna get. By the way, Hall was money on the mic.

We shoot to Gene Okerlund with the 3 men WCW has chosen to step up to face The Outsiders in 2 weeks: Sting, Luger and Randy Savage. Everyone has Sting’s face paint on. Savage just flat out leaves. Guessing he just got excited. Sting hypes not knowing who the 3rd man is. Mr. Bad interview Lex Luger says “WWWCW will stand tall”…..way too many W ‘s. Oh! The Steiners! They got the back of WCW! Straight to hyping the triangle match between The Steiners/Harlem Heat/”Team face paint”. Booker T says “Suckas” 42 times. Everyone is yelling…

Match #1: The Blue Bloods (Lord Steven Regal & Squire David Taylor) w/ Earl Robert Eaton & Jeeves VS Public Enemy

Dear LORD. I’m not doing play by play on this. You can’t make me. I’ve tried that on a P.E. match before. I gots the brain pain. On a side note: the Network crashes as soon as the bell rang. Even my Xbox One knows!

Anyways, Rocco Rock fights off both members of the BB’s. Security in the building is at an all-time high because of Hall/Nash, Kevin Greene looking for Mongo, etc. 3 minutes into this match and 2 botches. Just saying. The Outsiders are here in the parking lot. No camera shot, etc. Just an announcement. Grunge hot tagged in. Grunge thankfully ends this quickly with the cast shot to Dave Taylor. Replay courtesy of 1-800-COLLECT and shooting to commercial.

Winners: Public Enemy

And we’re back!
Match #2: “Taskmaster” Kevin Sullivan w/ Jimmy Hart VS Kip Abee

Immediately the action goes outside the ring and to a random Subway stand. Nice plug there. Now, heading back to the ring. Sullivan loses by DQ. Confusion.

Winner: Kip AB (via DQ)

Gene Okerlund with Jimmy Hart. Hart needs to control his volume. Think he busted a speaker. Never mind, Kevin Sullivan just busted it. Why is everyone yelling? Sullivan talks about his match with The Giant vs. Arn Anderson and Benoit. Commercial break before more of my home equipment gets shattered.

MF’ing Glacier vignette!!! Coming July 1996! 11 year old me freaked out hard. Mortal Kombat with my WCW?? Book that!

Back from commercial and straight to match #3.

Match #3: “Hardwork” Bobby Walker VS “The Man of 1,000 Holds” Dean Malenko (WCW Cruiserweight Champion)

Good back and forth chain wrestling. Bobby Walker so far holding his ground, if not momentarily. Dean gets the advantage and starts breaking Walker down. What I love about Malenko is the little things. Constantly going for the pin. Staying on top of his opponent. Very under rated talent. “Hold #498, a variation of the Camel Clutch”. Zbyszko actually said that haha. DISCO INFERNO!! Distraction almost costs Malenko the match. Disco hits his music in the middle of the match! and starts dancing on the turnbuckle! Dean Malenko does not give a single F and keeps wrestling, knocking Walker into Disco (who is still dancing). Northern Lights suplex Bridge pin and win by Malenko.

Winner: Dean Malenko

Gene talks to Malenko and Disco. Setting up the match at the Bash. Commercial.

We’re back.

Match #4. Barbarian vs. Eddie Guerrero

Eddie is giving up a bunch of size against Barbarian. Eddie makes Barbarian look good by wrestling circles around his opponent. Barbarian gets back on top by brute strength. Suplex, pin attempt, Kick out at 2. More suplexes, pin attempts and more kick outs. Electric chair attempt into a weird Hurricanrana. Barbarian throws Eddie literally 12 feet, including the momentum getting Eddie to the outside. Looked harsh. Eddie barely gets in before the 10 count. Back to the top. Eddie reverses it into a cross body for the pin!

Winner: Eddie Guerrero

Gene making his money tonight with yet another interview. Recap of the ending of the match with Konnan at Uncensored. Eddie wants another shot at the US title. The products are trying to play Gene off by starting the music for the commercial.

Hour 2 starts hot with The Horsemen coming out to the ring! Bobby Heenan now in at commentary, as promised earlier.

Match #5: “The Enforcer” Arn Anderson & “The Crippler” Chris Benoit w/ Steve “Mongo” McMichael VS The Rock and Roll Express

Arn Anderson and Chris Benoit in action tonight against the Rock and Roll Express.

Pleasant surprise! Apparently, this is an issue with this episode on the Network, so it has skipped a few minutes into the match. Benoit in the ring with Ricky Morton. Flair’s VIP section sits empty because Savage is in the building, selling their storied rivalry. Morton on top, tags in Robert Gibson. Tag at Double A, and in perfect Enforcer fashion, takes over. Horsemen working over Morton with beautiful tag team work. Gibson gets the hot tag against Arn. All 4 men in the ring. Mongo hits Gibson with the briefcase and Benoit gets the pin. Gomez does a run in, and immediately gets shut down. Kevin Greene and Savage save Gomez from a worse beating.

Winners: Arn Anderson & Chris Benoit

Gene again with an interview. This time with Flair, flanked by Woman/Debra McMichael and Elizabeth in a “secured area”. Flair talks about the Horsemen being reunited and stronger than ever. All the Horsemen now in this “secured area”. Mongo tells incoherently and Gene yells “GIVE IT A REST!”

Schiavone and Heenan talking about the importance of the 6 man match at the Bash being possibly the change of direction of WCW by the Outsiders.

Match #6: “Das Wunderkind” Alex Wright VS Diamond Dallas Page

Alex FREAKING Wright vs. DD FREAKING P! This Nitro was made specifically for me!

DDP, clad in pink while smoking a cigar, gets the earlier advantage, until Wright tries 2 quick roll-ups. Very good back and forth with no one getting over without it evening back out. Alex Wright off the top, quick 2 count. AW back up top, drop kick to DDP. The action spills outside momentarily, until DDP reverses. Diamond Cutter out of nowhere it seems, pin and your winner: DDP.

Winner: Diamond Dallas Page

Jesus Christ… Gene…again with the interview. DDP hypes his match against Hacksaw in a “taped fist” match for Lord of the Ring.

Commercial featuring Glacier again!

Gene interviews Kevin Greene. Talks about Mongo turning on him. Panthers are going to “kick ass this year” (Nope) and then he’s hunting Mongo. Blah blah blah. I love Mean Gene, but damn. I guess there isn’t anyone else to do interviews since Bischoff isn’t there.

Match #7: “Macho Man” Randy Savage w/ Kevin Greene VS VK Wallstreet

Macho attacks before the bell, taking matters into his own hands. Savage continues the beating. Wallstreet throws savage outside and half over the barricade. Back inside quickly, Wallstreet still going over. Savage finally gets momentum after a top rope reversal. Elbow misses by Savage, but quickly hits it for the win.

Winner: Randy Savage

WCW magazine commercial. I proudly still have a few of those.

Match #8: WCW World Tag Team Championship Match: Harlem Heat VS The Steiner Brothers VS Sting & Lex Luger (WCW World Tag Team Champions)

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Scott Steiner, Sting, and Harlem Heat all in one match. Jesus, I love this job.

Coin toss to find out who starts this match off. It’s going to be….. Booker T and Scott Steiner! YES! Scott Steiner invented “Suplex City”. Brock doing suplexes good and all, but Scott made it look great. Plus, Scott can do more than 2 different suplexes.

A couple of suplexes, and the tag to Rick Steiner and Stevie Ray. Rick Steiner going strong with a suplex and clothesline. Steiner tags in Sting, like you do. Harlem Heat with the double team on Sting, ending with Booker T getting tagged. Sting with the pin attempt, only gets a 2. Stevie Ray tagged in and he goes to work on Sting. Sting getting the heat because let’s face it, Luger couldn’t do it. Commercial during the match

Nitro_6-24-96_29We come back to see Sting on top now over Booker T. Booker tags in Stevie Ray. Lateral press into a pin, only gets 2. Sting getting worked over. Comeback by Sting, only to get cut off. Rick Steiner makes the save on the pin so the match continues. Sting with the inadvertent crotch shot to Stevie Ray. Tags made to Booker T and Luger, respectively. Luger gets fired up and cleans house. AND HERE COMES HALL AND NASH THROUGH THE CROWD! Outsiders, armed with baseball bats, jump the barricade and head for the ring. Inside the ring however, all 3 teams turn their attention to the Outsiders and unite in the name of WCW.

Winners: Harlem Heat (New WCW Tag Team Champions)

Security storms the ring to stop the run in, and Harlem Heat steal the victory AND the Tag Team belts. New Champs! Hall and Nash think better of coming in the ring. Replay of Harlem Heat winning the titles from a different angle.

We cut to Schiavone and Heenan wrapping up the show. Heenan is great as commentator. He can take any angle and make it matter. So having him come in for the second hour just to do commentating was a very smart move. Schiavone talks about July 7th (Bash at the Beach) while Heenan leaves, fearing for his life. End of show.

Quick Final thoughts:

Overall, great wrestling from top to bottom. I’m not going to recap every match. However, I will tell you to please look this episode up on the Network if you have it. Commentary was solid, wrestling was solid and every angle progressed nicely. THIS is how a wrestling program should be.

Alright guys, that’s all.  Like what I have to say? Wanna cuss me out so I lay awake at night over your profanities? Wanna send me free Merch? Follow me on twitter @DerickBody.

 

Following up on Derick’s thoughts here, this was a pretty good episode of Nitro and did a pretty good job setting up for Bash at the Beach, which is coming up quickly, with only three Nitros between both Bashes.

Nitro_6-24-96_32The Outsiders stuff at the end was pretty good, especially after they had been talked about the entire night, coming off of just a little over a week ago powerbombing Eric Bischoff through the stage.  Their presence was felt and it was very interesting to see all of the cops jump into the ring so quickly.  It was even more interesting to see a few of them going for their guns, ready to cap the Outsiders should they feel the need to try to enter the ring.  The guerilla warfare from the Outsiders at this point is pretty awesome and I’m really loving it.

The fact that the last match ended with a pin is pretty interesting.  Derick and I spoke about this and came to the idea that Nick Patrick is either the best referee ever for ignoring the Outsiders and counting the pin when Booker T rolled up Lex Luger, or the WORST referee ever for ignoring the fact that ten people suddenly entered the ring, throwing the match into chaos.  It should have been a no-contest at that point, but whatever.  Apparently they needed the belts off of Sting and Luger going into the rest of the Outsiders angle, so this allowed that to happen and, I guess, allowed Hall and Nash to get one over on their competition at the PPV.  Luger no-sells losing the titles and just immediately jumps up and mean mugs the Outsiders, so apparently being tag champs didn’t excite him that much.  Oh well, he still has the Television Championship, so maybe that’s why he’s not too worked up about it.

I liked the Horsemen interactions here.  Benoit is a made man after that Sullivan match at the Bash.  He’s just being shown in a completely different light and it’s really exciting.  I like it.

Our next episode will be coming to you from Phillip, so get ready for that. Then, we’re off to Bash at the Beach 1996, which, as of RIGHT NOW, the plan is for the normal write-up as well as an audio commentary track from myself, Derick and Robbie, which will hopefully be interesting.  If it works out, PPV’s may become podcasts, so we’ll see.

Until next time!

-Shane

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Ratings Breakdown

WWF Raw Ratings – 2.7

WCW Nitro Ratings – 3.3

(Raw – 17, Nitro – 19) (Tie Weeks – 2)

(Unopposed weeks – 5)

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

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

 

The beginning of the win-streak for WCW.  This is two in a row.  It only gets higher from here.

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WWF Raw results from this week

WWF IC Champion Ahmed Johnson defeated Hunter Hearst Helmsley with the Pearl River Plunge in a non-title match.

Skip & Zip (w/ Kloudy) defeated the Brooklyn Brawler & Jerry Fox when Fox was pinned.

Vader, Owen Hart, & Davey Boy Smith (w/ Jim Cornette & Diana Hart Smith) defeated Aldo Montoya, Savio Vega, & Barry Horowitz when Montoya submitted to Hart’s Sharpshooter.

The Undertaker (w/ Paul Bearer) defeated Steve Austin via disqualification when Goldust, who came ringside moments earlier along with Marlena to do guest commentary, interfered.

 

Two matches sound good.  Ahmed and HHH sounds pretty good and Taker/Austin sounds pretty good.  WWF is still putting too many jobber matches on TV for my liking though.  Who the living hell is Jerry Fox?  And Barry Horowitz?!  He lost like 500 matches in a row!  You can pretty much guarantee if he’s wrestling, he’s losing.  Oh well.  

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Kick Out at Nitro fans…The Champ…is…here!  For an unprecedented two weeks in a row, you get a bit of a different flavor of commentary than that usually provided by myself.  Derick makes his long awaited return to us here in WCW-land, so I leave you in his loving arms.

-Shane

Ladies and gentlemen, The Champ is back with a review of Monday Nitro. It’s been awhile, but Shane tapped me for this one, so here we go. On a side note, Hogan starts this episode, so I may have made Shane mad at some point, and this is retribution. I’m not sure.

Nitro kicks off with it’s normal video package of ridiculous sound effects and buildings exploding. Eric B reminding us for the millionth time that we are LIVE.

Uh oh……

And here comes Hogan. Heenan with a dated plug about Greg Norman choking at the Masters. And we go straight into the handicap Match.

Match #1: Handicap Match: Hulk Hogan VS “The Enforcer” Arn Anderson & “Taskmaster” Kevin Sullivan w/ Woman, Ms. Elizabeth and Jimmy Hart

Originally a tag team match. However, The Booty Man got hurt 2 weeks ago at Saturday Night Main Event. Basically, if Hogan wins, he gets his choice with a manager of his choice for 5 minutes. Same for Sullivan/Anderson. Hogan goes for back to back figure 4 leg locks. God, those look terrible. I’ve always thought that Sullivan stole Hogan’s tights and painted lightning bolts on the rear. Typical handicap match going back and forth. Heels using their numbers to beat down Hogan, but every single one of you knows what is going to happen. Hogan goes into his “shaking man” status, hits the leg drop and wins. Shocking, people. Absolutely shocking. After the match, Hogan corners Woman and Kimberly. Not going to lie, this looks weird. By weird, I mean creepy. Finally, Hogan goes after Jimmy Hart. Atomic drop that Hart sells like he landed on spikes in Hogan’s knee. The Giant comes out and chokeslams Hogan. Hogan IMMEDIATELY no sells it (stupid) and takes out Giant.

Winner: lolHoganwins

After the match: Gene interviews Hogan. Not going to lie here, I don’t really care what Hogan is talking about. A whole bunch of “Brother Brother, Mean Gene, climbing a ladder brother”. Hogan poses like he is deaf.

Back from commercial, commentators talking about Flair teaming with The Giant taking on Luger and Sting in the main event. Damn Mongo has his dog still. I don’t get it.

Match #2: Streetfight – Public Enemy vs. The Nasty Boys.

Nasty Boys were awesome back in the day. And Public Enemy were ok I guess. There is literally a trash can in the ring. Not your standard trash can. A legit “made of hard plastic that feels like concrete” trash can. Basic hardcore match. Seems the weapon of choice is trash cans and trash can accessories. A table is introduced and broken instantly. I’ll give WCW this, WCW didn’t mess around when it came to tables. They didn’t look gimmicked. I’m not sure if budgeting caused the hard takes or what, but I’m a fan. Nitro utilizing the “side by side” camera technique they were famous for. Bischoff begged for a “camera shot of the crowd because they are going crazy”. Nope. The shot they showed was the opposite. Heenan thinks someone has a chainsaw. Made me look, but unfortunately none to be found. Wow. Pinning attempt by Knobbs, broken up by a foot in the ropes. I thought this was a streetfight? Finally…..Knobbs rolls up Grunge for the win. Forgettable match. And now the beatings continue after the bell. Saggs gets an “Enemy sandwich” through a table.

Winners: The Nasty Boys

Match #3: Earl Robert Eaton w/ Jeeves VS “Macho Man” Randy Savage

Commercials, and out comes Earl Robert Eaton. I forgot about this guy! Probably for good reason. Most generic “European” music ever. OUT COMES SAVAGE!!! Thank God this is picking up. Commentators talking about the hatred between Savage and Flair. Bell rings and we’re off. Savage dumps Eaton to the outside, throwing Eaton into the ring post and back inside for the pin. 2 count. Fred Flintstone in the crowd promoting “Dial M for Monkey”. Eaton thinks he is Ric Flair complete with taunt and figure 4. Savage reverses it, cancelling the hold. Savage back on top. Action spills outside again briefly. Back inside the ring, Savage up top. Nails the elbow and this one is in the books. Savage goes for another elbow. Gets it!!. Appearance by Dillinger. Randy is now handcuffed and escorted to the back. Oh my!  Alex Wright and Hacksaw sighting. I guess security was given the night off, so they were asked to play enforcers. Plug for WCW magazine.

Winner: Randy Savage

Match #4: WCW World Tag Team Championship – “Nature Boy” Ric Flair & The Giant w/ Woman, Ms. Elizabeth and Jimmy Hart VS Sting & Lex Luger (WCW Tag Team Champions)

Flair’s music hits and out comes the champion and Giant. Woman and Kimberly escort them out. Sting and Luger out next, and its main event time. The tag titles are on the line? Okay then. Sting and Flair start the match with classic back and forth. These 2 together were truly great. Sting with the Gorilla press to Flair and drop kick to Giant. Tag to Luger and another gorilla press to Flair to the outside. Both times Flair is caught by Giant who tosses him back inside. Flair has had enough of this. He slaps the taste out of the Giant’s mouth, and books it to the back. After the break, Flair and Luger are in the ring. Tag to Giant. Giant commences to throw Luger around the ring and uses his weight to his advantage. Impressive suplex by Giant to Luger. Flair back in and Luger needs a tag badly. Giant and Flair taking turns now beating Luger and keeping him away from the fresh Stinger. Figure 4 by Flair. Luger is selling his heart out. Ric with the extra leverage by Woman and the ropes. Flair lets off the hold and pushes Nick Patrick the ref. Giant tagged in and Gorilla press to Luger. Right back to Flair. Luger fights back, but only momentarily. Flair to the top rope, but it never works (surprisingly). Hot tag to Sting! Sting slams Flair and Irish whip into the corner. Second time tonight a cameraman takes a fall. Sting with the death lock. Woman gets on the apron with hot coffee and attempts to hit Luger with it. He ducks and it goes straight into the face of Sting. Luger and Sting win by DQ, but this is far from over! Chokeslams for everyone courtesy of Giant.

Winners: Sting & Luger by DQ (still Tag Team Champions)

We go to commentary to discuss the final thoughts from tonight’s episode. And that’s the end, everyone

Final thoughts:
You could split this episode in half, literally. The first half, not that good. Second half however was a major improvement.

Hogan is going away soon. Shane and I are certain that Hogan leaves (probably to film some Z-grade celebrity flick) and comes back later on this year. So to waste time, he’s stuck inside the storyline with Sullivan and Anderson.

Public Enemy and the Nasty Boys was a very typical hardcore match. Didn’t really expect much so I wasn’t disappointed.

The Randy Savage match was a squash match. Basically used to get Randy on TV. It worked. Served its purpose and I’m not going complain to see Savage on my TV.

Main event was good. It pushed the storyline forward without going too far. Luger and Sting were great together. Flair and Sting were always money.

I gotta say this. Steve “Mongo” McMichael is absolutely terrible on commentary. He doesn’t bring anything to commentary and is constantly shown up by Bobby Heenan. If I could mute him and only him, I would.

-The Champ

While I don’t exactly mirror Derick’s sentiments that this is the worst Nitro ever…it wasn’t particularly amazing either.  The Hogan match was a particular point with me…and not for the normal “Derick and I can’t stand Hulk Hogan” reasons.  First off, what a let down.  After the tag match two weeks ago, we were lead to believe that there would be this “never before seen” match that featured all four men.  Then, after a two week buildup, we find out that Booty Man was injured on an episode of WCW Saturday Night, so that’s that.  Do we get the Mega Powers as a replacement?  Nope.  We get Hogan dominating two of the top heels in the company, single-handedly.  When you throw in everyone involved, I think we come to 1 VS 6 (Sullivan, Anderson, Woman, Liz, Hart, Giant) and Hogan still comes out on top.  That’s pretty ridiculous.  

What I figured the match would end up being is a tag match with maybe the women in as mixed partners, so that way Kimberly could get her hands on Woman or Elizabeth…that would have been new…or NEW-ISH for WCW…but no, regular handicap match with no fanfare.  Not only that, but the reward was they get the manager of the other team alone in the ring.  That was a little nuts, since the heels have never really shown violence towards women, so them beating up Kimberly would have been a little out of place…although dastardly and would have probably gotten heat for sure.  The odd part, though, was Hogan…the biggest babyface in the company at this time…agreeing to beat a woman in the middle of the ring.  Sure, he picked Hart after the fact, but before that, he teased some good ole fashioned domestic violence for a long time.  One has to think that if Giant and Jimmy Hart hadn’t made their way in, Hogan would have commenced to beating a woman in the center of the ring.  Wow…think that one through for a moment.  

Hulk Hogan is a dick.  I’m beginning to think Hollywood was less of a heel than this version of Hogan.

Tag match was interesting, but forgettable.  Public Enemy’s style doesn’t really work in WCW, I feel.  These bedlam brawls are getting old and it just feels like there’s too much going on.  It’s odd, the older I get, the less that ECW style appeals to me.

I kind of marked out for the Dial M For Monkey plug since I remember watching that episode!  Savage played Wres-lor, an intergalactic wrestler.  It was pretty cool.

Tag match was cool…definitely better than the rest of the show, but the whole “Woman hits someone with something” shtick is getting old fast.  It’s like they come up with one thing and then just recycle it over and over.  Between shoes and coffee, Woman is starting to get on my nerves.

Cool plugs for the Lethal Lottery, which I’m interested to get into.  We’re also starting to setup for Mongo’s in-ring debut as we have had Flair wooing Debra McMichaels for two weeks now (pun intended).  Not overly excited to see him in the ring, but I’m willing to give him another shot, 19 years later.  Just happy to have him off of commentary at this point!  I’ll take some throw away matches to not have to hear him anymore.

Well, that’s it for this week.  Join us here next time as we continue to move through April and into May, when everything changes!

-Shane

Ratings Breakdown

WWF Raw Ratings – 3.1

WCW Nitro Ratings – 2.8

(Raw – 12, Nitro – 14) (Tie Weeks – 2)

(Unopposed weeks – 4)

WWF’s longest Winning Streak (to this point) – 2

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

 

From the looks of it, WWF runs April and the first half of May.  With this show, yeah, I can see it.  This one just wasn’t good enough to claim that top spot.

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WWF Raw results from this week

Marc Mero defeated Leif Cassidy

Steve Austin defeated Bart Gunn

Savio Vega defeated Goldust (c) (w/ Marlena) to win the WWF Intercontinental Championship

 

Moments thereafter, another referee disputed the call and WWF President Gorilla Monsoon vacated the title and ordered that the two compete in a rematch to be held the following week.

 

Not a terrible card.  Not one I’m running to check out, mind you, but still, not a bad card.  I’m okay with this episode of Ntiro losing to this card.

Kick Out At Nitro! – 10/2/1995

Posted: October 2, 2014 by Kick Out At 2! in Derick B, Kick Out At Nitro

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The weight of the WCW world (brother!) is taken off of my shoulders this week by Kick Out at 2’s resident Champ, Derick.  I want to take this moment to apologize for putting Derick through more Hulk Hogan than his doctor has recommended, but, in the end, Derick, it’s all for a good cause! – Shane

Random thoughts while being drunk on nostalgia and Bud Light Platinums

Double main event! Luger/Savage and Flair/Arn. Kicking off on commentary is Eric Bischoff, Bobby Heenan and Mongo McMichael.

Random Flair sighting! Full on robe status and yelling about “coming right for Arn tonight”. Strong presence out of the gate.

Recap from Luger/Savage from last week. I miss Randy….

October_2,_1995_Monday_Nitro.00001Luger and Savage starting contest. Longest collar elbow tie up ever. And it went everywhere. In the ring, in the corner, through the ropes, the stairs, etc. All the way to commercial. 10 minutes in and already 2 Hogan mentions….great. You know what I miss? Back slides.. It’s never done anymore. Why?!? Torture Rack for the win with the big assist by The Giant.

October_2,_1995_Monday_Nitro.00004Disco Inferno dancing interrupted by Eddie Guerrero. Young Eddie looks like Josh Wolfe. It’s a true story. I miss Eddie too… Wow, this nostalgia trip is getting to my feels. Oh what’s this? Hogan (with neck brace) pulls up in a limo and they cut away from a match showcasing talent? Hogan couldn’t do ANY of the moves that Malenko and Guerrero were pulling off!

Guerrero/Malenko up next. Should be a solid technical match.  They are not disappointing at all. Ends with Guerrero with the quick pin. Very fast-paced and technically sound. Take notes, Vince!

October_2,_1995_Monday_Nitro.00007Mean Gene interviews Hulkster. Hey Shane. There has to be an exemption for me not to watch Hogan segments. I got heart issues. I can’t take this. I got a family to think about. Anywho, lots of “Let me tell you something”, “Brother”, and “Whatcha gonna do”. Shenanigans followed by Hogan losing his mustache via the Taskmaster. Ugh…

October_2,_1995_Monday_Nitro.00012Arn/Flair time!! No one, and I damn mean no one, can sell pain like Ric Flair. And Arn will always be the Pippen to Flair’s Jordan. As much as I like Ric, Arn will always have a special place in my childhood heart. Oh! Nick Patrick with a mullet! Spinebuster by Arn. Damn Bischoff just said “vintage Arn”.. Commentators talking about the O.J. trial. For a moment, I forgot this was 19 years ago. Pillman off the top rope causing causing the DQ win for Flair. Double team on Flair. Announcement of Flair/Arn cage match next week.

Look, I know I was all over the place. It’s what happens when your body had a little alcohol, childhood memories and fun at once. Stay tuned for the next update!

– The Champ

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First off, I share Derick’s anger at being cut away from the Guerrero/Malenko match just to show us Hulk Hogan arriving at the arena.  Granted, I understand that Hogan is their champ and in the biggest angle going on right now, but still, it’s Malenko/Guerrero!  They started off with a cut screen showing both segments, and that would have been okay, but then it cuts full away from the match, which is unforgivable.  It was a damn good match, too.  Can’t wait for the Cruiserweight division to really get going as that was always the best part of WCW.  This segment did include Hogan using the line “I’m not the big picture now” 

Derick was definitely right about the lock up in the Savage/Luger match being the longest lock up ever.  It was almost comical, honestly.  I’d expect to see it in a Colt Cabana match more than a match with these two main eventers.  I like the teasing of Luger being somehow aligned with the Dungeon of Doom and can’t wait to see that play out to see if I have that exactly right in my memory.  The whole “is he/isn’t he evil” aspect with Luger is pretty cool and a nice way to shake up the main event that’s basically full of babyfaces.

The Flair/Double A feud is getting hot and Pillman is playing his part perfectly.  I can’t wait to see how this turns out…especially once they bring Sting in.

All in all, pretty good episode with some good matches and good story line advancement.  I enjoyed.

-Shane

 

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WWF Raw Ratings – 2.5

WCW Nitro Ratings – 2.5

(Raw 2, Nitro 1) (Tie Weeks – 1)

WWF’s longest Winning Streak (to this point) – 2 weeks

WCW’s longest Winning Streak (to this point) – N/A

 

Wow, a tie!  First time that’s happened!

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WWF Raw results from this week

Razor Ramon defeated The 1-2-3 Kid

Hunter Hearst Helmsley defeated Barry Horowitz

PG-13 defeated Al Brown & Sonny Rogers

Bret Hart deafeated Jean-Pierre Lafiette

 

Raw was the weaker show again this week.  Razor vs Kid was probably good but on paper, the other three matches just all look weak.

Anyway, join us back here next week for another episode of Kick Out at Nitro!