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FallbrawlIt’s time, wrestling fans, for Fall Brawl: War Games!  Tonight we’ll see Team WCW, a man down after the betrayal by Sting, take on Team nWo, seemingly now a man up with that defection.  It will be settled in the War Games, a two ring cage match that has no pinfall, no count out, no DQ…the only way to win is to force your opponent to submit!

I am SUPER excited about this!  This is the thing that I’ve been looking most forward to, I believe, since I started Season 3 of Kick Out at Nitro!  This is the second PPV that I ever purchased and I remember liking it so much more than Hog Wild.  I know a few of the matches on this card so I’m chomping at the bit to get to cover those.

Fall Brawl takes place in Winston-Salem, NC; right in the heart of Horsemen country!

Our announcers are Tony Schiavone, Bobby “The Brain” Heenan, and “The American Dream” Dusty Rhodes.  They’re dressed in black tuxes.  They run down the last few weeks, talking about the War Games match and who will be both teams’ respective fourth man.

Match #1: Diamond Dallas Page VS Chavo Guerrero, Jr.

DDP swaggers out to the ring whereas Chavo comes out determined and intense.  Chavo starts off with a dropkick to DDP, which DDP sells a bit too much, launching himself backwards and through the ropes to the floor.  Chavo takes it to DDP on the floor, though, showing an intensity that we haven’t seen from him before.  He’s doing a great job showing that frustration from the beatings that DDP has been giving the Guerreros as of late.  Chavo takes a belt and starts whipping DDP, surprisingly not getting DQ’d.  Tony says that he doesn’t think Chavo would be worried about being DQ’d because he’s just there give DDP back the beating he’s been giving Chavo and his uncle Eddie.

Back in the ring, Chavo is still in control, holding onto DDP’s arm and wearing him down.  Heenan says that DDP should have an easy time with Chavo because that anger will make him make mistakes and all DDP has to do is wait.  Tony gives us a rundown of how this started; with DDP losing the Battle Bowl ring to Eddie but attacking him and keeping it.

wwef_31376843_th_64Dropkick to DDP again and we again get that weird sell from DDP, but this time he holds onto the ropes and drops when Guerrero tries another dropkick.  On the floor, now it’s DDP with the control.  He chokes Chavo with his foot for a bit and sends him into the ring again.  DDP comes off the top with a flying clothesline that gets a surprisingly big pop from the crowd.  Page throws up the “10” sign and the crowd pops again.  DDP keeps control, rolling a front headlock into pin for two.

Tony says that this is the first PPV that he’s been to where no one was in a good mood.  He says that he doesn’t want to side with the nWo but they did the right thing by taking Sting away as it’s killed everyone’s mood.

DDP goes for a vertical suplex, again getting a pop from the crowd, but Chavo rolls it into a small package for two.

Page slams Chavo into the corner and then goes for a side suplex but just tosses Chavo backwards like a sack of laundry.

Chavo starts getting fire under him, coming off the top with a missile dropkick and getting two.  He follows it with a springboard hurracanrana, again for two.  He follows Page into the corner but is met with a back elbow.  DDP covers with his feet on the second rope but only for two.

DDP throws Chavo over the top rope and into the second ring.  The referee and Page follow and DDP hits Chavo with a side slam for two.  He goes for a tilt-a-whirl slam but Chavo reverses it into a head scissors.  DDP charges Chavo in the corner but CHavo moves and DDP hits hard.  Chavo covers for two.  DDP catches Guerrero off of an Irish whip with a HUGE spinning sitout powerbomb.  This thing is beautiful, folks!  Of course, it’s only for two, though.

DDP tries for the Diamond Cutter, but Chavo reverses into a backslide attempt.  Page stops it, spins Chavo into the Diamond Cutter for the win.

Winner: Diamond Dallas Page

Tony tells us that we can talk to WCW personalities by going to CompuServe.  We see Harlem Heat, Col. Parker and Sister Sherri giving a tech guy a hard time as he’s answering questions.

Tony sends us to a video package about “The Attack” that’s been happening since 5/27/96.

Match #2: Submission Match: Scott “Flash” Norton VS Ice Train w/ Teddy Long

Tony runs down the list of demands that the New World Order has put on WCW if they win War Games.  These include a limo, a jet, a TV show, a Tag Team Tournament, and WCW picking up the tab for the nWo’s expenses.

Ice Train has a pretty cool entrance.  T’Lo is walking out first, with Ice Train behind him, a towel draped on his head, and his arms on Teddy’s shoulders.  It looks like he’s coming out for a fight and it’s pretty badass.

The referee has a microphone so that we can hear them say “I quit.”  Dusty says that there’s no way you can get out of having to say “I quit” unless you’re a good ventriliguiss…

Tony and Brain both ask Dusty what the hell he just said.  Dusty tries to say ventriloquist a few more times, but to no avail.

This is a big hoss fight, with a lot of clotheslines back and forth.  Norton takes Ice Train down with a big clothesline and slaps on an arm breaker that Tony points out is reminiscent of the Code Red, the finishing move of Sgt. Craig Pittman, another of Teddy’s wrestlers.  Teddy jumps up and almost throws in the towel but decides better of it.

Ice Train fires back a bit, getting a slam and taking Norton down with a Japanese armbar.

Norton slams the absolute crap out of Ice Train with a catching Spinebuster/Alabama Slam type of move and then immediately goes to a Boston crab.  He doesn’t hold it long and then goes to his own Japanese armbar.  He lets go of this when Teddy jumps up on the apron, but then goes to another type of armbar.

Teddy goes up to the apron again and Norton grabs him, bringing him into the ring.  Ice Train grabs Norton from behind in a full nelson.  He wrestles Norton to the mat and Norton taps out.

Winner: Ice Train

Match #3: Mexican Heavyweight Championship: Juventud Guerrera VS Konnan (Mexican Heavyweight Champion) w/ Jimmy Hart

Juvi straight up trips over the ring steps as he walks around the ring backwards.  Between this and his weird ass promo the other night, Juvi isn’t getting too many good first impressions.

Konnan starts off with a fist bump but then follows immediately with a knee to the gut.  He tosses Juvi around with a German suplex and then tosses him out of the ring.  Bobby mentions Konnan becoming more Americanized in his dress, since he’s wearing jeans and a wife-beater now, but Mike says he’s actually dressing more along with his heritage now.  Juvi comes into the ring via the second ring, jumps to the top rope, skips over three sets of ropes, and comes off with a spin kick to Konnan.  He dives outside the ring onto Konnan, sending Konnan to the guardrail.  He tries to springboard off of the guardrail, but Konnan goesn’t go down to the Hurricanrana, but instead powerbombs him down onto the floor.

Back in the ring, Konnan hits his rolling clothesline to a big pop.  I love that move.  He dropkicks a seated Juventud and then locks on a seated stretch.

Juvi runs the ropes and Konnan kicks him while running, sending him awkwardly through the ropes and between the two rings.  Juvi traps Konnan in the two sets of ropes and comes off with another springboard, breaking Konnan in half.  He follows with a spinning jump kick and then a dive to Konnan on the floor.  He sends Konnan back into the ring and comes in with a springboard dropkick.  He rushes at Konnan, but Konnan back body drops him over one set of ropes and hangs him out to dry on the second set.  Konnan then powerbombs him over the ropes and back into the first ring.  These two are using the two rings to an awesome advantage and it’s making this match pretty damn awesome.

Powerbomb to Juventud and a dropkick to the knee is followed by two rolling German suplexes.  Juventud rolls to the floor and tries to walk it off.  Back in the ring, Juventud gets a leg drop.  Juventud tries to sunset flip Konnan off of the ring apron, but Konnan punches him and blocks it, then hits a diving dropkick on the floor.  Back in the ring, Konnan goes up top, but Guerrera stops him.  Juventud looks like he’s going for a Frankensteiner, but he just backflips off, doing nothing.  Konnan comes off onto him for two.  They then do an awkward run of pins and reversals that look like crap, including Tony getting super excited about “WE CAN HAVE A NEW CHAMPION!”  The Mexican Heavyweight Championship isn’t even a real championship, much less a WCW one, Tony.

Springboard spinning kick to Konnan for two.  Irish whip and a crashing ocean suplex from Konnan.  Konnan goes to pin but Juventud is in the ropes.  Leg drop to a Konnan tied in the ropes.  He then hits a big 450 splash that Brain marks out for but none of the other announcers even break stride for.  Juvi goes back up to the top for some stupid spin move.  He literally just spins 360, but not laying down…it’s hard to explain but it was garbage…trust me.  Konnan gets an Alabama Slam off the turnbuckle for two.  Konnan Power Drop off the top rope for the win.

Winner: Konnan (still Mexican Heavyweight Champion)

This match was a mix of awesome and sloppy.  Juventud should be way better for how long he’s been in the business.  These two threw everything at each other, though, and it was a very fast paced match.  Quite enjoyable, despite the slop.

Match #4: Chris Jericho VS “The Canadian Crippler” Chris Benoit

The announcers talk about the demands the New World Order have madeon WCW.  Apparently they want Steve McMichael’s dog.

Benoit starts off in Jericho’s face, then goes in hard.  They slap each other a few times, but Benoit takes Jericho down quick by the hair, sending him into the turnbuckles and then just slamming him to the mat by his hair.  Irish whip, back drop, and the crowd is hot for Benoit.  The Crippler hits a back suplex for two.  Irish whip and an Alabama Slam from Benoit, followed by a Liontamer.  It’s interesting to see Benoit using Jericho’s finisher BEFORE Jericho adopted it.

Benoit goes for a powerbomb but Jericho rolls through with hit, ducks a clothesline and hits a spinning wheel kick.  Jericho wraps up Benoit with a  quick cover for a two count.  He sends Benoit to the corner and follows with a dropkick to the back of the head.  Benoit rolls out to the apron, but Jericho does his springboard dropkick, sending Benoit off the apron.  He tries to do a springboard back elbow, but crashes hard on the ring apron, only getting some of the elbow to Benoit.  Back in the ring, Jericho gets a missile dropkick to Benoit.  He ducks a Benoit clothesline and gets a double underhook suplex for two before Benoit gets to the ropes.  The two men launch into a forearm and chop fest in the corner that Jericho gets the best of.  Benoit rolls out of a suplex and to the apron, then back suplexes Jericho out of the ring and to the floor.

Irish whip to Jericho and a knee to the gut, followed by a front suplex that hangs Jericho out to dry on the top rope.  Benoit flashes the 4H sign and the crowd loves it.  Back clothesline for two.  Chop fest in the center of the ring is cut short by a thumb to the eyes from Benoit.  Benoit locks on an abdominal stretch.  Slam to Jericho and Benoit flies off the top with the diving headbutt.  He covers for two but Jericho kicks out.  Benoit throws Jericho out of the ring and slams him into the side of the apron.

Back in the ring, Jericho gets a two count with a backslide but after that it’s back to Benoit taking him to school.  Jericho gets a few moments, with a flipping pin and a northern lights suplex, but neither get the job done.  Jericho gets in a run of chops in the corner, but Benoit goes for a tombstone suplex.  Jericho reverses and nails his own.  Instead of covering, he goes for the Lionsault, but Benoit moves.  Jericho nearly decapitates Benoit with a clothesline, then takes him up top for a Frankensteiner for two.  Jericho goes up top but Benoit hits him, crotching him on the top rope.  Benoit follows him up for a back superplex for three.

Winner: Chris Benoit

Holy crap, this was a war!  Jericho showed up and hung with Benoit, showing why we should take a look at him after just debuting a few weeks ago.  Benoit shows why he’s the young buck of the Horsemen and why he’s not to be ignored.  Such a great match!  Jericho’s fire VS Benoit’s intensity made for a hell of a show.

Match #5: WCW Cruiserweight Championship: Super Calo VS Rey Mysterio, Jr. (WCW Cruiserweight Champion)

Calo and Rey start off trading some holds, then Calo turns up the juice with a running power slam and an elbow drop off the second rope.

Super Calo apparently takes his name and ring attire from Mexico’s top rap group, Calo.  Thanks, Mike Tenay.

For the most part, the opening couple minutes is all Super Calo, until Rey hits a springboard Hurricanrana.  He goes to dive through the ropes, but Calo moves, so Rey just slings himself back into the ring.  Back in the ring, Calo dropkicks Rey, then hits a springboard powerbomb like he’s a Mexican Tully Blanchard for two.  He follows this up by clotheslining Rey out of the ring and then coming off with a crazy missile dropkick from the top to the floor.  Calo continues to step up the crazy game by coming out of the ring with a flipping senton to Rey on the concrete.  He rolls Rey back into the ring and cover, but Rey gets the rope at 2.

Irish whip from Calo and a tilt-a-whirl slam in the center of the ring from two.  Rey is getting dominated here.  Calo sends Rey into the second rope, takes him up top, and gets him with a springboard headscissors for two…and then recovers again for another two count.  Calo is taking it to Rey here.

Calo flips Rey and locks on a short arm scissors in the center of the WCW crosshairs, getting a couple of near falls and then nearly dropkicking Rey out of the ring.  Irish whip again and Calo nearly takes Rey’s head off with a clothesline.  Snapmare and a seated abdominal stretch.  Calo locks on an inverted surfboard, dropping it for a two count.  Rey rolls to ringside for a moment, then starts to come into ring but is cut off by Calo.  Rey finally hits a quick dropkick, then tries to crossbody Calo over the top rope.  Calo gets hung up, though, so Rey straight up seems to try to hang Calo and pull him over.  Once Calo’s on the floor, Rey hits a dive from the ring, taking out Calo.  Springboard into the ring but Calo dropkicks Rey out of the air and gets a two count.  Super Calo sends Rey hard into the turnbuckles and starts to work on the arm.  He drops Rey’s arm over the top rope as Calo jumps to the floor, then he slams Rey into the steel guardrail.

They start to fight on the ring apron, then Rey jumps to the top rope, bounces off of it off of his butt, then grabs a Frankensteiner, twists, and does the move out to the floor.  Rey goes back into the ring and dives out onto Calo again.  Back in the ring, Rey gets a springboard sunset flip for two, then a springboard kick for two.  Rey goes up for a victory roll but Calo drops backwards, getting a pair of two counts.  Frankensteiner for two, followed by a spinning wheel kick.  Calo goes dropkick, Rey moves, and Calo hits the ropes and drops hard.  Rey jumps to the rope where the two rings meet, backflips off of the one ropes, over the other ropes, then jumps up, jumps off of both sets of ropes, Frankensteiner for the win.

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

Wow…again, another good match.  Calo showed up in this match like crazy and really took it to Rey Mysterio.  Mysterio looked like he was fighting for his life in there.

Match #6: WCW World Tag Team Championship Match: The Nasty Boys VS Harlem Heat (WCW World Tag Team Champions) w/ Sister Sherri & Col. Robert Parker

Starting off this match will be Stevie Ray and Jerry Saggs.  Stevie starts off strong with a kick to the gut, backing Jerry into the corner and unloading on him with punches.  He whips Saggs into the far corner but Saggs comes out with a clotheslines.  Saggs heads to the floor after Sister Sherri due to her pulling his leg, which stalls everything as everyone gets tense and in each other’s face over this.

Knee to Stevie’s gut and a tag out to Knobbs and the two Nastys commence to “clubberin” on Stevie Ray in the corner, much to the delight of Dusty Rhodes.  Stevie is able to tag out to Booker.  Tag to Saggs again and they double-team Booker with a drop toehold / elbow to the back of the head combo.  Knobbs floors Booker with a big clothesline, then calls for Saggs to raise his arm so he can rub Booker’s face in Saggs’s armpit.  Sister Sherri jumps up on the apron and stops this, allowing Harlem Heat to double-team Knobbs for a bit.

Irish whip to Knobbs from Stevie Ray and a big jumping boot to the face on the rebound.  Stevie tags out to Booker, who takes over with a headlock.  Jerry Saggs gets preoccupied with Col. Parker and Sherri, drawing the referee’s attention, and thus allowing Sherri to get a kick or two into Knobbs.  Back in the ring, we get some quick tags between Harlem Heat and a little double-teaming on Knobbs.  Booker tries the Harlem Side Kick while Knobbs is leaning on the ropes, but Knobbs moves and Booker crotches himself on the top rope.  Knobbs tags out to Saggs, who comes in with a facebuster to Booker and a corner clothesline to Stevie Ray.  Scoop slam to Booker and that brings Sherri to the ring apron.  Saggs brings Sherri into the ring and then rolls up Booker for a two count.  Saggs hits a piledriver on Booker and pins, but Stevie Ray comes in to make the save.  This brings in Knobbs, who again distracts the referee.  While the ref is distracted, Saggs goes up top and is pushed off the top rope by Col. Parker.  Stevie Ray takes Saggs out on the floor, leaving him in a pile in the corner.  Stevie rolls him into the ring where Booker nonchalantly covers for two.  Booker this an axe kick that sends Saggs back to the ringside area where Stevie Ray, Sherri and Parker all jump him while the ref is distracted again by Knobbs.

After a bit, Harlem Heat try to take Saggs out with a double clothesline, but Saggs ducks it and takes them both out with a double facebuster.  He gets the tag to Knobbs, who cleans house.  He gets a back body drop on Booker and then hits the Nasty Splash, but Stevie is able to break it up.  Knobbs hits Booker with a splash in the corner and then take out Stevie with a double shoulder tackle.  The Nastys go for a pumphandle slam followed by a splash from the top, but Col. Parker again distracts the ref while Sherri sneaks in with Parker’s cane and hits Knobbs so that Booker can get the win.

Winner: Harlem Heat (still WCW Tag team Champions)

This match was a damn mess.  Plus, the Nastys were the babyfaces, which was odd.  I know Harlem Heat never really had a big run as babyfaces, but neither have the Nastys.

We get a quick commercial for the official Fall Brawl t-shirt, as pitched by Ric Flair.  We then go to the backstage area, as always littered with random WCW t-shirts, with Mike Tenay and Randy Savage.  Savage says he’s going to take out The Giant, then go to Halloween Havoc and rip Hollywood Hogan’s black heart from his chest.

Match #7: Grudge Match: “Macho Man” Randy Savage VS The Giant

The sound guy apparently gets Giant’s music wrong, sending him out to the Dungeon’s theme for a moment, then changing it to the nWo’s theme.  Giant takes off running for the ring, but Savage is able to keep him out by hitting him with a few forearms.  The announcers point out that the referee in the ring is Nick Patrick as Giant pulls Savage out of the ring.  Savage tries to slam Giant on the floor, but Giant’s weight is too much and Savage collapses under it.  Giant tosses Savage into the ring, over the top rope from the floor.  Back in the ring he chokes Savage with his foot, then tosses him into the corner and levels him with a clothesline.  Irish whip into a backbreaker to Savage.  Giant pushes down on Savage, bending him backwards over his knee.

Bobby mentions that everyone in the crowd is looking the other way, causing the announcers to speculate as to whether there is about to be nWo interference.  Giant lets go of the backbreaker and does a headbutt to Savage’s groin before locking on a Boston crab.  Savage gets to the ropes and the hold is broken, causing the announcers to agree that Nick Patrick made the right call.  Giant picks Savage up in a bear hug, draining all of Savage’s energy.  Savage is finally able to get to the eyes, though, breaking the hold and putting him on the offensive.  He goes up top and comes off with the double axe handle, but Giant catches him in mid-air and slams him right in the center of the C in the WCW logo.  Giant attempts a knee drop but Savage moves, leaving Giant to limp around the ring.  Savage gets up and starts hammering on the knee with kicks.  He goes back up top and comes down with a bulldog off the top.  He covers, gets two, then Giant press slams him off of him.  Giant gets up, wobbly, and Savage is able to body slam Giant.  Savage goes up top for the flying elbow, hits it, and out comes Hollywood Hogan.  Savage follows Hogan down the aisle and right into an ambush from The Outsiders.  Hall goes for a punch, which Savage ducks, but Nash nails him from behind with a steel chair.  They put the boots to Savage while Nick Patrick is jaw jacking with The Giant in the ring.  Hall and Nash roll Savage into the ring where Giant pins him for the win.

Winner: The Giant

While Randy is getting medical attention, we go to a commercial for Halloween Havoc, oddly enough featuring Savage.

Match #8: War Games: The New World Order (Scott Hall, Kevin Nash, “Hollywood” Hulk Hogan, & ?) w/ Ted Dibiase VS WCW (“The Enforcer” Arn Anderson, “Total Package” Lex Luger, “Nature Boy” Ric Flair, & ?)

 

While the cage lowers, we go to Mike Tenay in the locker room with Flair, Anderson, Luger, Woman, and Liz.  Tenay asks which member of the Horsemen is going to replace Sting.  Flair says the Horsemen have stepped aside, so it’s just them.  Flair asks if we can hear the ambulance coming to get the nWo.  He says very soon, the Horsemen kick ass!  Double A says that he knows Luger lost a friend, they lost a partner, but Luger was a Horseman once so they’ll get the job done.  Out of nowhere, Sting enters the locker room.  Oddly enough, he’s in black and white paint.  Luger says he’s been waiting six days for the explanation, so Sting better make it good.  Sting says it wasn’t him on Monday night.  Luger says he knows it was him.  Sting says he’ll see them in a little while.

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We go to Michael Buffer who explains the rules.  The first round is one on one, 5 minutes.  Then, every two minutes, a new man comes in, one from each team, until everyone is in.  Then, that starts The Match Beyond, which can only be won by submission.

Buffer says that the nWo has 4 men, but have only released 3 names.  One will remain secret until the end.  He says that the 3 men are Hall, Nash, and the Giant.  He says that WCW only has 3 men, and it’s not known if there will even be a 4th member.

Our first man from the New World Order is Scott Hall, who comes to the ring with Ted Dibiase.  WCW’s first man is Double A.  The crowd is hot for The Enforcer.  I’m not going to lie, if there’s one man I wouldn’t want to be locked in the War Games cage with during that first 5 minute period, it’s The Enforcer.

Hall takes it to Double A first, nailing him with right hands, but Double A turns the tieds quickly, and the crowd explodes.  He slams Hall’s head into the cage and then stomps Hall in the crotch.  Hall fires back with a whip to the corner and a clothesline, then drags Anderson’s head across the top rope.  Anderson goes to slam Hall’s head into the cage, but Hall holds off and then slams Arn’s head off the cage three times.

At this point, it’s pointed out that the referee in the ring is…shock…Nick Patrick.

Anderson starts working on Hall’s knee and then goes for a spinning toe hold, which makes Schiavone mark out like crazy thinking he’s going for a Figure 4.  Hall slinks away, sliding into the second ring.  Double A follows but is met with a big right hand from Hall.

Dusty mentions that he doesn’t remember seeing a referee in the War Games match.  I’m not too familiar with them, honestly, as I’ve really only seen about three or four of the matches, so I can’t comment on that, but I’ll defer to Dusty, who created the thing.  It makes sense, though, to not have one, as there’s no pinfall…only submission…and that doesn’t happen until The Match Beyond.  There’s no need for one.

We’re told the nWo has won the coin toss for the man advantage, so out comes Kevin Nash.    Arn has Hall down, so he goes to meet Nash.  He is able to duck a clothesline and get a few moves off to Nash, but eventually Hall grabs him and holds him so Nash can nail him with a kick to the head.  The Outsiders double-team Double A and send him head first into the cage.  Nash crashes Arn into the top turnbuckle with Snake Eyes, and Hall follows with a big clothesline.  They put the boots to Arn as the announcers mention that Flair made it sound like there wouldn’t be a 4th man for WCW.  Dusty says that they can’t do that…they’ll need the 4th man.

8362337_origOut comes Lex Luger, about 15 seconds early, but once he enters the ring, he’s a house of fire, taking out the Outsiders with a myriad of clotheslines and forearms.  He slams Hall’s head into the cage tice before Nash is able to cut him off, but The Enforcer is back up so he takes out Nash, leaving Hall to Luger.  The Outsiders get the upper hand again, though, as Hall sends Anderson into the cage hard.  Luger sends Nash into the ropes and Double A takes him out with a DDT as “Hollywood” Hulk Hogan enters the fray.

Hogan comes in but is immediately taken to the corner by Luger and Anderson, beating him down as the crowd is loving it.  The Outsiders are able to build back up, though, so they isolate Luger in one ring while Hogan takes Double A to the other one.  Hogan tries to send Anderson to the cage, but Double A reverses and bounces Hogan’s bald head off of the steel as the crowd chants “We Want Flair!”

Everyone ends up in one ring again and it’s beatdown city on the babyfaces.  Hogan drops a leg on Double A as the Outsiders take out Luger.

It’s time to bring in the Nature Boy!  Flair comes in and stands in the empty ring, daring Hogan into his ring.  Hogan puts up and upside down 4H sign, which Flair humps the air at.  Hogan gets a few punches in, but Flair turns the tides, bringing out a pair of brass knuckles and nailing anything that moves.  Hall tries to grab him from behind but Flair mule kicks Hall in the junk, taking him out.  The babyfaces join them in that ring and now the tides have turned.  Flair locks on the Figure 4 in the center of the ring as the countdown for the nWo’s fourth man starts.

It’s Sting.

Sting enters an starts beating down the babyfaces, kicking them in the gut and taking down Luger with a facebuster.  Now it’s the heels in power as Sting “woooos” and beats his chest.  The crowd starts chanting “We Want Sting!”

Hogan bounces Flair’s head off the cage as we go to one minute left in the period.  The New World Order is standing tall in the ring as Hogan slams Flair and drops the big leg.  Sting hits the Stinger Splash in the corner on all three babyfaces as we go to the 10 second countdown for WCW’s 4th man.

IT’S STING!

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Sting enters the ring and gets right in the face of “Sting,” who we see clearly for the first time.  It’s definitely not Sting on the nWo side.  Sting starts beating down everyone.  Stinger Splash to Hogan…to Hall…to Nash…to “Sting!”  Big face buster to Scott Hall and it’s Sting standing in the center of the ring, staring down the babyfaces.  Sting looks at Luger and asks “is that good enough for you?  Is that truth enough?”  He then flips Luger off and leaves the cage.

Hogan is taking out Luger in one ring by himself as Flair is chopping the living hell out of Flair.  “Sting” applies the Scorpion Deathlock to Luger while the Outsiders take out the Horsemen.

Nick Patrick and Randy Anderson announce that the War Games have ended with the surrender of Lex Luger to the Scorpion Deathlock.

Winners: New World Order

Tony says that had the wrestlers trusted Sting, they’d have won this match.  Tony says he doesn’t think Luger gave up, but that he passed out from the pain.  As the nWo cleans up, Luger crawls out of the ring and up the entry way, yelling “Stinger!”  The nWo catch up to him and put the boots to him, unfortunately.  Here come the Horsemen!  Flair and Anderson take care of the Outsiders, leaving Hogan to Randy Savage, who enters the picture from out of nowhere!  Savage grabs Hogan and makes a beeline to the ring.  Savage backs Hogan from one ring to another as Hogan cowers…but Savage is grabbed from behind by The Giant.  Giant chokeslams Savage in the center of the ring as the rest of the New World Order surround him.

Ms. Elizabeth enters from the back, pleading with Hogan to stop.  Hogan grabs a can of spray paint and threatens Liz as Giant choke slams Savage again.  Liz covers Savage, trying to protect him, as Hogan sprays the N W O letters on Liz’s dress.

“Hogan, you’ve dropped to new levels.  You’re the lowest form of life I’ve ever seen.” – Bobby Heenan

Hogan gets a microphone as the crowd chants “Hogan Sucks!”  Hogan says that “these two losers…these two lowlifes…they made a sacred vow that they would be together until the end of their lives.  Well, courtesy of the nWo and courtesy of Hulk Hogan, we’re going to make that happen!”  He spits on Liz and drops the mic.  Did Hogan just say he was going to kill Liz and Randy?  That’s how I took that.

Heenan says he’s done things in wrestling he wasn’t proud of, but nothing like this.  The nWo pose for a picture at ringside as Savage sells in the center, still covered by Liz.  Randy Anderson is now trying to send the nWo away, but Giant and Hogan get Savage and paint the N W O letters on Savage’s back before putting the boots to him a bit more.  Giant says he thinks he’s Michelangelo or Da Vinci…the greatest artist alive today.  Hogan and Giant mug for the camera and use Flair’s line, saying “whether you like it or you don’t, it’s the best thing going today.”  Giant choke slams Savage one more time.  Nash shoves Randy Anderson out of the ring, leaving Liz to the wolves.

We cut back to the announcers who ask if there’s someone who could get Liz out of the ring.  The announcers are clearly disgusted.  Tony says that hindsight is 20/20, and if they had trusted Sting, things may have turned out differently.  Bobby says that we saw what Sting did by himself.  If Sting had been there from the beginning, we’d have beaten them.

Hogan comes to the announce booth and Heenan bolts.  Dusty and Tony leave as Hogan cuts a promo.  Giant says this has been brought to us by the Ric Flair Retirement Fund.  Dibiase says that they had some demands that are going to be met.  No more “Outsiders,” it’s nWo for life!

We close out of the PPV on Randy being helped to the back by Liz and a trainer, then head to credits.

 

Pretty damn good PPV!  We had some great wrestling from Benoit and Jericho.  We had some amazing cruiserweight action from Juvi & Konnan as well as Rey & Super Calo.  DDP took out a Guerrero.  We forwarded our nWo storyline with the last two matches.  Good stuff!

1996 me was PISSED right now!  I really thought that WCW would come back and this would be the end of Hogan and his goons.  I remember being so excited when Sting told the babyface camp that it wasn’t him on Monday.  I remember watching the War Games match and realizing something was up when “Sting” started beating his chest.  “That’s not him,” I told my Dad, and was proven right a few moments later when the real Sting made his way down the aisle.  I marked out like crazy as Stinger beat that nWo ass from pillar to post, culminating in four Stinger Splashes! Then…he left.

I understood…but damn, man…you’re the Stinger.  You ARE this company’s heart and soul.  Get out there and beat them down!  Disagree with your teammates later, but right now beat some ass!

It was for naught, though, as the nWo ended the night victorious.  I love what happens afterwards because it does such a good job at showing how much this loss meant.  You get Savage destroyed so much that it brings out Liz, who has been with Flair for almost nine months now, to protect her man.  It was so real.  It made me hate Hogan and the rest and made me want to see them get destroyed.

Sure, there were some things on this show I’m not really that big on, namely the tag team championship match, but my overall impressions are very high, so I can honestly say I really enjoyed this show!  Can’t wait to tune into Nitro for the fallout!

Until next time, ladies and gentlemen!

Shane

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KoaClashIt’s time, WCW fans, for Clash of the Champions!  After this one, there are only two more Clashes ever.  That’s sad, honestly, because getting a big event on TV for free twice a year was always a great thing as a wrestling fan.  Of course, after Clash ends, Nitro goes to 3 hours, which is still to this day way too long for a weekly wrestling show, so it kind of balances out.  As we’ll see in a year or so, 1998 overexposes WCW like crazy.

But, we’re not in 1998 yet.  We’re at August 15th, 1996, and ready to kick off the Clash!

The show starts with a replay of Hogan and the Outsiders beating down the Booty Man at Hog Wild as well as Hogan attacking Savage and cutting his promo on Flair.  Tony Schiavone kicks us off with an aerial shot of Denver, Colorado, where we’re coming from.  Tony is joined on commentary by Bobby “The Brain” Heenan, and they talk about the match that will be our main event…”Hollywood” Hulk Hogan VS “Nature Boy” Ric Flair.  We get another replay of Monday Night, when the Horsemen cleaned house of the Outsiders during the Sting/Luger VS Outsiders match.

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

Malenko attacks Mysterio before the bell and immediately goes after him, dropping knee drops on him and then chasing him outside.  Rey is a bit too quick, though, and gets in the ring before Dean, dropkicking him off of the apron and then taking Dean down with a baseball slide head scissors.  Rey runs to the ropes and looks to attempt a suicide dive, but spins in the ropes and flips back into the ring.  I love this way more as a “putting on the breaks” type of thing instead of when he turned it into the 619.  The 619 has too much of a silly, predictable setup for me.

Dean takes momentum back by slingshotting Rey into the top rope off of a powerbomb pickup and follows it up with a brainbuster.  Rey walks up the corner and attempts to tie up Malenko with a sunset flip, but he overshoots it.  Thankfully, Malenko didn’t fall back into the move, but attempted to punch Mysterio.  Mysterio moved, though, so Dean hit the mat.  Dean is able to lock on a chinlock with a leg hooked, wearing down Rey in the center of the WCW crosshairs logo.

We go to commercial break, including one for Hog Wild merch.  It’s interesting that they’re selling PPV specific merch almost two weeks after the event.

After some back and forth, we get some highlight reel stuff from Rey when he hots Dean with a moonsault off of the steel guardrail in the walkway.  Rey follows in the ring with a Frankensteiner for two.  Rey backs dean into the corner, but Dean comes off the top with a HUGE gutbuster from the top.  Dean covers, 1-2-3…Randy Anderson rings the bell!

But, Rey’s foot was on the ropes!

Anderson realizes it, takes the Cruiserweight Championship away from Malenko, just as Rey hits him with a victory roll and a cover for three.

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

Commercial break, including the ever present Glacier promo, and we’re back for…

Match #2: V.K. Wallstreet VS Hacksaw Jim Duggan

Ugh.

Standard fare for these two.  I’m just not a huge fan of either of these two guys, so honestly there’s not too much to report.

Duggan tried to wrap up the fist in tape, but the referee gets caught in the tape because Duggan can’t apply tape like a normal person, he’s got to swing it around his hand and let momentum wrap it for him.  Wallstreet capitalizes, roll up, three count.

Winner: V.K. Wallstreet

Hacksaw stares into the camera and yells “it stinks!” three times.  Um, you’re the one who tried to cheat, buddy.

Backstage with Mean Gene and the Nasty Boys, again yelling about how much they dislike WCW and are tired of people asking them about the nWo.  Knobbs yells about not being in the triangle match for the WCW Tag Team Championship like they’ve done something in the last six months to deserve a title shot.

Commercial break and we’re back to Mean Gene.  He says that during the break he was trying to do an interview, but he and Mike Tenay were interrupted by the Outsiders.  Of course, we can call the WCW Hotline to find out about that as this is just a pitch for the hotline.

Match #3: Ultimate Dragon (w/ Sonny Onoo) VS Konnan

Yes, ladies and gentlemen, I know that it’s Ultimo Dragon, but WCW keeps saying it’s Ultimate Dragon right now, so that’s what I’m using.

Konnan is again in his black tights and wearing an ugly green vest.  The commentators mention how Konnan’s attitude has changed since he lost the WCW United States Championship.

Dragon starts off with a beautiful set of kicks that completely miss Konnan, and which Konnan promptly mocks, as Mike Tenay gives us some history background on Dragon.

Konnan locks on a ridiculously convoluted leg lock that gets absolutely no reaction.  It’s basically almost a sharpshooter but with the arm trapped in there, and Konnan doesn’t have his leg grapevined either.  I feel that if you have a move that takes a lot of setup, you have to have a quick and smooth way of locking that on or it just loses steam.  That’s exactly what happened here.

Konnan tries a backdrop but Dragon slips out and dropkicks Konnan out of the ring into the waiting kicks of Sonny Onoo.  Back in the ring, Dragon gets a moonsault and follows with a la majistral cradle for two, but Konnan rolls Dragon up and holds the tights for three.

Winner: Konnan

Backstage, Ice Train is chatting with fans on CompuServe, but is then attacked by Scott Norton as we head on to commercial.

Match #4: Meng w/ Jimmy Hart VS “Macho Man” Randy Savage

Savage’s music plays for a long time but no Savage.  Mean Gene comes to the ring, making this the fourth time we’ve seen him tonight, I think.

After some whispering, we get the announcement from ring announcer David Penzer that due to the injuries suffered on Monday, Randy Savage will not be able to compete tonight.

Winner: Meng (via forfeit)

We get a replay of the attack on Savage and then cut to Mean Gene in the ring with the Dungeon of Doom (Sullivan, Morrus, Meng, Barbarian, Jimmy Hart).  Sullivan says he hates Randy Savage and he has hit tons of people with chairs, but he never praised and built up Hogan.  He told everyone Hogan was two-faced and asked Gene about his buddy Hogan now.  Gene talks up Hogan a bit, saying he was a great man but something snapped.  He does get in a good shot, though, talking about Thunder in Paradise and saying “he was never a great threat to Sir Laurence Olivier there.”  We get the Leprechaun running around being stupid for a little bit as Sullivan calls out Benoit and says that the Dungeon are WCW’s line of defense, not the Horsemen.

Match #5: Bull Nakano (w/ Sonny Onoo) VS Madusa

Nakano starts off by doing here crazy move where she tosses Madusa across the ring by the air.  She does it twice, then Nakano picks up a pair of nunchucks and hits Madusa in the gut a few times.  The announcers say that referee Randy Eller doesn’t see it, but he looks STRAIGHT AT HER at one point and does nothing.

Madusa gets a bad cross body off of the second rope, but follows with a trifecta of slams to the mat by the hair.  She tries a sunset flip but Nakano just sits on Madusa, getting a two count and then just standing up.  Nakano goes to the top but Madusa dropkicks her off of the tope rope, sending her to the floor.  Madusa dives off of the top rope and takes out Sonny Onoo.  Back in the ring, Nakano holds Madusa while Onoo gets ready to break out his kicks again, but Madusa moves and he kicks Nakano in the gut.  Madusa capitalizes with a roll up for the win.

Winner: Madusa

Mean Gene is backstage with Ric Flair, Woman, and Ms. Elizabeth.  Flair says tonight he’ll be 13 time WCW Champion, 1 time nWo Champion.  Flair says he knows that tonight he’ll be the best.  Woman is basically in a bikini top and a jacket, which it pretty nice.  She’s trying to make the moves on Mean Gene, it seems.  Flair says that if the Outsiders get involved, there are Horsemen waiting for them.

Match #6: Battle Bowl Championship: Diamond Dallas Page (Lord of the Ring) VS Eddie Guerrero

“Every airport I’m in, people come up to me and ask about Eddie Guerrero.  Is he really that fast?  Is he really that good?  I just tell them to leave me alone.  I don’t have time to talk about Eddie Guerrero.” – Bobby Heenan

Quick start to the offense with a head scissors by Eddie.  Eddie charges DDP in the corner, but DDP moves and Eddie hits his shoulder hard on the turnbuckle.  DDP comes out with some stomps, then a gutwrench gutbuster, followed by an Irish whip side slam for two.  DDP locks on a side headlock and keeps using the second rope to add leverage to the hold.  Eddie fights out and tries to sweep DDP’s legs, but DDP does a weir back bump out of it and looks to smack his head hard on the mat.  Eddie gets him down and does that nice flipping senton he does over the top rope.  DDP hits a jawbreaker as Eddie tries to lift him up, then hits a hell of a sitout powerbomb.  DDP’s powerbomb is a thing of beauty.  I’ve always liked it.  Especially his spinning one.

DDP gutwrenches Eddie and takes him to the top rope.  Eddie headbutts DDP and knocks him to the mat.  Frogsplash and the 1-2-3!

Winner: Eddie Guerrero (new Battle Bowl Champion)

The referee hands Eddie the Battle Bowl Ring.  DDP gets up, unhappy, but shakes Eddie’s hand.  He holds on, though, and pulls Eddie into the Diamond Cutter.  He throws the referee out of the ring, picks Eddie back up and takes him down with another Diamond Cutter.  Chavo Guerrero runs out to stop this, but he gets tossed out of the ring as DDP sets Eddie up on the top rope and Diamond Cuts him for a third time.

While Eddie is being helped in the ring, “Hollywood” Hogan is dragging Mean Gene from out of the back, demanding Gene to apologize for what he’s said about Hogan.  Hogan says that in all of his glory, Ric Flair couldn’t even lace Hogan’s boots up.  He says that 13 times is an unlucky number and that Flair will never be nWo Champion.  Only one man will be the Babe Ruth of baseball, the Michael Jordan of basketball, and the Hulk Hogan of wrestling.  He says that Flair brags about limos and jets, but in the nWo, that’s just standard procedure.  He again says that once he beats Flair, Flair will be known as “the stupid little man.”

Match #7: “The Canadian Crippler” Chris Benoit w/ Woman & Ms. Elizabeth VS The Giant w/ Jimmy Hart

Woman is trying to help Benoit out of his vest but Giant charges him while his arms are trapped in the vest.  Giant lifts Benoit up for the highest chokeslam I’ve ever damn seen.

Winner: The Giant

Damn…Benoit got the shit squashed out of him here.  One move!  I love Benoit and have been loving his run, so I’m interested in how this came to be.  Hopefully Sullivan will get to it on his podcast soon.

Commercial time.  This time for the WCW Power Plant!  I remember wanting to go to that place so damn bad.  I wanted to wrestle in WCW more than anything in the world when I was in high school, and I knew the Power Plant was how to make that happen.

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

No Col. Parker tonight.  Guessing that since the last time we saw them together, Parker was getting the business from Harlem Heat, that he’s not welcome anymore.

Well, speak of the Devil, Parker arrives after the entrances are over.  He walks out with a purpose, though, and immediately takes his place beside Sherri.

After a quick opening with Booker T and Scott Steiner, Lex Luger and Stevie Ray start kicking the living crap out of each other.  Rick Steiner quickly tags himself in when Lex gets Irish whipped and comes in with two massive Steinerlines to both men currently in the ring.  Rick and Lex get into a shoving match until referee Nick Patrick finally forces Lex out of the ring.

We come back from commercial to Rick Steiner catching Booker Tin a powerslam before getting tagged out of the match by Sting.  Sting sends Booker T out of the ring.  Sister Sherri is helping Booker up, but Sting runs out of the ring and grabs her by the hair, moving her away from Booker and sending the big man into the ring.  In the ring, Sting hits a gorilla press on Booker and covers, but Stevie Ray breaks it up.  Sting tags out to Lex, Booker out to Stevie Ray.  Quick exchanges, then Sting and Scott Steiner end up the legal men.

I wonder who had the better mullet in 1996…Scott Steiner or Jaromir Jagr.

A big tiger bomb to Sting and Scott tags out to Rick.  Sting is able to quickly tag out to Lex, though.  Lex takes a weird whip to the corner where it doesn’t really look like Rick whipped him, but Lex comes out of the corner with a nice clothesline, following it with another in the corner.  He tries a second time to the corner, but Rick moves and German suplexes Lex for two.  Scott tags in and gets Lex with a belly-to-belly.  Scotty tries to dive off the top but Lex catches him and moves him to a torture rack.  Rick breaks that up and all six men enter the ring.  Most everyone leaves except for Booker T and Scott Steiner.  Steiner eats an axe kick and the Booker eats a Frankensteiner and covers.  Just before the three count, Nick Patrick sees the Outsiders coming down the entry way and calls for a disqualification.

Winners: Harlem Heat (via DQ)

Scott Steiner jumps up and throws a fit, grabbing Nick Patrick and saying that this is bullshit.  Mean Gene catches up with Patrick in the entry way and asks what the hell.  Patrick says any rule book in existence says that outside interference is a cause for disqualification.  Gene says that the Outsiders didn’t even get in the ring.  Patrick says they didn’t, and that’s a good point, but what makes a “great” referee is the ability to see multiple things at once.  Gene says that Patrick has been looking nice in his new Armani suits and Patrick bounces.

And in case you were wondering, Derick and I decided to actually discuss the mullet challenge…

Special Match: Greatest Mullet of 1996: Scott Steiner VS Jaromir Jagr

 

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Winner: Draw, with both Jagr and Steiner rocking mullets so epic that they can’t compete with each other!

Despite what the next match is, we all know that this is the true main event of the night.

Anyway, on to the main event…

Match #9: WCW World Heavyweight Championship: “Nature Boy” Ric Flair w/ Woman & Ms. Elizabeth VS “Hollywood” Hulk Hogan (WCW World Heavyweight Champion)

Both men start off posturing to each other and to the crowd.  Flair wins with a strut and his “slicking back his hair” move.  They lock up and Flair goes to a side headlock.  Hogan rolls it to a pin and the referee hits a quick two count.  This is Randy Anderson, but until they showed him again I had to wonder if Patrick was doing this match as well.  That two count was FAST!

They go back and forth a bit more and then Flair gets the better of Hogan, causing Hogan to retreat to the floor and get frustrated, kicking the guard rail, getting into it with a fan and drawing back to punch the fan before Flair comes out to get him.  In the ring, Hogan and Flair lock up in a test of strength, which Hogan wins until Flair bites his hands.  Hogan sends Flair into the corner where Flair does the flip over the turnbuckle and goes to the floor.

On the outside, Hogan sends Flair into the ringpost face first.  Back in the ring, Hogan takes it to Flair until Flair gets a thumb to Hogan’s eyes.  Flair hits a vertical suplex and starts putting the boots to Hogan…and Hogan starts…Hulking…Up…

Heel Hulk Hogan, unironically, starts Hulking Up like a freaking babyface.  Complete with the finger point, big boot, leg drop…just like he was in red and yellow.  Really, Hogan?!

Hogan misses the leg drop, though, and Flair immediately goes for the Figure 4.  Hogan reverses it, Flair reverses it back, and out come the Outsiders.  This brings out the Horsemen (minus Benoit, who was destroyed by the Giant earlier), Sting and Luger.  The announcers speculate whether Hogan gave up before the match ended, but we then get an official announcement from David Penzer:

Winner, by DQ, Ric Flair.  Hulk Hogan is still WCW World Champion.

Flair and Sting get a bit into it, with Sting shoving Flair and them squaring off.  Hogan leaves with his championship belt and then everyone in the ring eventually leaves as well, kicking us back to our announcers.

Bobby is getting hot about the situation.  He says that if the nWo wants a fight, stay out here and fight!  With that, Tony kicks us off the air and we end the Clash.

 

I enjoyed the show, but the matches were all too short.  9 booked matches in 2 hours is a bit much, seeing as we usually only get 8 or 9 on a full 3 hour PPV.  Of course, the Savage match didn’t happen, and the Benoit/Giant match was all of one move.  We definitely could have done without Hacksaw VS Wallstreet on this card.  That would have freed a bit of time up.

Tony points out that in the last week or so, WCW has put on 9 hours of live wrestling.  That’s crazy.  Think about it…even with three hour Raws, NXT, Superstars, Smackdown, and Main Event, WWE only puts on 3 hours of live wrestling at any given week.  6 if you count a PPV.  To do a live Saturday night (2), Hog Wild (3), Nitro (2) and now the Clash (2) in less than a week…that’s crazy.  Kudos to the WCW production team and talent on that one.

Until next time, ladies and gentlemen!

Shane

 

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.  

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

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

Match #1: Stevie Ray VS Rick Steiner

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

Winner: Rick Steiner

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

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

Match #2: Disco Inferno VS Joe Gomez

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Joe Gomez

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winners: Arn Anderson & Chris Benoit

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: John Tenta

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Ric Flair

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Dean Malenko (still WCW Cruiserweight Champion)

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: The Giant (still WCW World Heavyweight Champion)

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

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

 

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

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

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

Until next time!

­-Shane

 

Ratings Breakdown

WWF Raw Ratings – 2.3

WCW Nitro Ratings – 3.4

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

(Unopposed weeks – 5)

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

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

 

Nice strong lead for WCW in the ratings this week!

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WWF Raw results from this week

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

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

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

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

 

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

KoaNitro copyWelcome back, ladies and gentlemen, to another week of Kick Out at Nitro!  Tonight’s show comes to us live from Knoxville, TN.  Tonight, we’ll see a big six man main event featuring everyone’s newest favorite wrestler…The Booty Man!  It’s very quickly mentioned that Booty Man was a spy that Hogan had in the Dungeon of Doom, explaining to us why Zodiac suddenly became Booty Man.  The announcers talk about Booty Man for a bit and kick us to our first match.

Match #1: Big Bubba VS Sting

Bischoff tells us that at the “World Whining Federation,” here’s how it goes down:  Yokozuna via DQ in a handicap match, Jake Roberts over Isaac Yankum and Diesel over Bob Holley.  Been a while since we got a full card run down from Bischoff.  It’s interesting that they are doing this now since WCW and WWF are in the middle of yelling at each other due to the Billionaire Ted skits and the match coming up at Wrestlemania XII.

Bischoff says that Sting has been hanging out a lot with Steve Grissom, the driver of the WCW race car in the Grand National series.  Apparently Grissom is doing well for himself.

For those of you keeping track on the Stinger Blond VS Brunette watch, we’re almost completely brunette now.  There’s a small bit of blond highlight right at the front of Sting’s hair, but that’s it.  Next haircut he gets, that’s gone and it’s full brunette from here on out.

It’s kind of nuts that Sting is a bit more of a bigger deal as far as place on the card in the year 2015 than he is at this point in 1996.  WCW right now is definitely the Hogan/Savage show, despite Sting being their biggest home grown star and arguably the face of WCW.  However, in WWE right now, he’s getting a high profile Wrestlemania match.

Wow…14 year old me just read that and can’t believe it.  A Sting match at Wrestlemania!  Those of us who were hardcore WCW fans have to find that amazing!

The match is a pretty back and forth match, honestly.  Sting does a really good job of looking vulnerable when he needs to and then turning it on when the time calls for it.  Bubba gets the best of him after a while and starts beating him down pretty hard.  Bubba sends him to the floor and we see this old lady in the front row checking on Sting and then getting up in Bubba’s face.  I believe this is the same lady that gets in Hogan’s face not too long from now once he goes Hollywood.  Bubba gets Sting back in the ring and we see a security guard in the front row telling Granny to have a seat.  Pretty cool to see people get THAT invested in a match.

Sting hits a nice piledriver on Big Bubba.  I miss that move.  They start trading right hands.  Sting’s face paint is almost completely gone.  How is his always gone in just a few moves yet Goldust’s stays on the entire match?  Sting goes for a Vader Bomb but Bubba gets the legs up and puts his knees in Sting’s gut, sending him to the floor.  Bubba attempts to go for something off of the top rope to the floor but Sting trips him up and sends him to the mat.  Sting goes up top and hits a cross body block for the win.

Winner: Sting

We go to commercial and are reminded that Hogan has lost twice in a row to Arn Anderson.  We get an Up Next graphic stating that Luger will be in action against Renegade.

They run a commercial for the March issue of WCW Magazine which gives us a review of Starrcade and will run down the Madusa / Sherri angle.  Interesting that they’re going to push this since, according to Meltzer, Sherri has been fired for showing up to shows in no shape to work.  This makes since after Sherri looked drunker than all hell at the Clash.

The show comes back to Mean Gene with Sting and Luger, who are interrupted by the Road Warriors.  The Road Warriors talk about how they’re cool with Sting but that they’re not cool with Luger.  Luger and the Warriors argue about whether or not Luger is actually from Chicago, to which Sting replies “Lex, you’re from the white collar section, they’re from the streets!”  Hawk challenges them to a Chicago Street Fight for the belts at Uncensored and Luger accepts, much to Sting’s dismay.  The Warriors head out and Luger looks at Mean Gene and goes “What’s a Chicago Street Fight?”  Man, Luger is so awesome right now.  I love that he let his mouth write a check his ass can’t cash yet he has no idea what he’s just done.  Sting looks at him in disbelief and Luger says “I’m from Chicago…but I’ve never heard of a Chicago Street Fight.”  Sting says “Maybe you should think before you talk next time!” and storms off as we go to another commercial break.

Luger is so damn good in this role right now.  It makes me unhappy that as we head into the summer he’s going to become more of the big WCW babyface against the nWo.  This character is the best that Luger has ever been.  Seriously, look up this interview, it’s funny.  (Hint…click the Kick Out At Nitro logo on this post for assistance)

Match #2: Renegade VS Lex Luger

Renegade runs out to no music.  Thankfully they fix this halfway down the aisle.

Mongo mentions that during the interview earlier that Luger had both tag belts and Sting didn’t have his on…what does that say about how Sting feels about being champs?  Bobby makes sense and actually says exactly what I was thinking at the moment…Sting just had a match, why would he have his belt?  Of course, Luger walks out for this match with his belt, but Sting didn’t for his…Hmmm, maybe there’s something to what Mongo has to say.

Tell me I didn’t just say that!

Holy hell, a Luger match that starts with him in the ring!  Of course, they went to commercial during Luger’s entrance, so maybe it was during that time he did his normal little walk.

The two start out fast and Renegade sends Luger out to the floor.  There it is!  Luger takes his time and gets back into the ring, catching Renegade as he is coming in to the ring.  Renegade gets Luger with a clothesline and backs him into the corner for the 10 punches, but Luger walks him out and gives a big atomic drop that Renegade no-sells and gives a clothesline.

Renegade goes for a clothesline but Luger moves and Renegade eats the ropes.  Luger clinches on a headlock and rakes Renegade’s eyes into the rope.

The announcers sell Uncensored by bringing up the worst match in the history of that event…the Blacktop Rumble!  Dustin Rhodes and the Blacktop Bully had a match in the back of a truck while it went down the road.  Yep, it was bad.  THAT’S how you sell a PPV!

Luger goes for a pin and Renegade bench presses Luger off of him, sending Luger about four feet off the mat.

Man, Luger is loud in the ring.  Not “John Cena calling moves in the ring” loud…but he grunts with EVERY move…whether he did it or not.  Renegade hits a big power slam for two, sending Luger to the corner for a clothesline, then sending him to the opposite one for Muta’s elbow in the corner.  He hits a bulldog and then goes to the top rope.  Out comes Jimmy Hart, who pushes Renegade off the top rope to the floor.  Luger goes out and grabs him, sends him into the ring and picks him up in the Torture Rack for the win.

Winner: Lex Luger

Jimmy Hart runs around the ring like Luger just won the Gold Medal and jumps into Lex’s arms to celebrate.  Out come Sting with a “WTF” look on his face and chases Hart out of the ring.  Sting tells Luger that Hart helped him and says he thought he told Luger it was Hart or him.  Luger downplays it, which, truthfully he didn’t see it, so he’s kind of innocent.  Sting is PISSED!  He gets in Luger’s face and starts yelling about the crap that Luger’s been doing, asking him what’s up with him.  Luger looks confused and concerned and slinks out of the ring like a scolded dog.  Again…good stuff from Luger.  It really looks like he’s upset with Sting being mad at him and is trying to make it right.

We go to break and come back to our next match.

Match #3: Harlem Heat VS The Road Warriors

The match starts with both teams in each other’s faces.  Pretty hard hitting and even but the Road Warriors get the upper hand with a neck breaker from Hawk and a big elbow to Booker T before both teams tag out.

Stevie Ray gets Hawk with a big powerbomb and starts stomping him before tagging out to Booker.

Bischoff says that there is extra security around the announce booth to stop all of the shenanigans that have been happening after the shows for the last few weeks.

Booker hits some kicks, tags out to Stevie Ray who just floors Hawk with a big right hand before cinching on a headlock.  Stevie tags out to Booker and Booker hits a big jumping side kick before they tag back out and double suplex Hawk.  Hawk finally gets the tag to Animal, who comes in and cleans house.

Bischoff says that the winner of this match will be #1 contenders to the Tag Team Championship.  Ummm, didn’t Luger and Sting just sign for a tag title match at Uncensored?  So, what happens if Harlem Heat wins tonight?  Will that match be non-title?

Animal and Stevie Ray fight to the floor, taking the ref with them.  Booker hits the Harlem Hangover but there’s no ref to count the pin.  Animal kicks Booker in the head, letting Hawk score the win.

Winners: The Road Warriors (new #1 contenders to the WCW Tag Team Titles)

Off to commercial and back to our Main Event.

Match #4: Arn Anderson, “Taskmaster” Kevin Sullivan and Ric Flair (WCW World Heavyweight Champion) w/ Woman & Ms. Elizabeth VS Hulk Hogan, “Macho Man” Randy Savage and The Booty Man

Everyone comes out to Flair’s music.  I miss this.  WCW basically always had the guys in a tag match come out together, even if it was just a thrown together hodge-podge.  WWE always has them come out separately.

Hogan and Savage are in red and yellow and apparently Booty Man missed the memo and is in white and lime.  The babyfaces clear the ring, sending the heels to the floor.  Hogan sends in Anderson to Savage and Booty Man before it finally settles down to Anderson and Booty Man.

Randomly, out comes Kimberly with a yellow rose.  Kim is looking good!  Bischoff says that on Saturday night there was a little rift between her and Johnny B Badd.  Now that Kim has her 6.6 million dollars, maybe she’s on the market “for some beef,” as Mongo so eloquently puts it.

Close up of Flair’s back and that weird melon baller section missing out of his shoulder.  Freaky.

14 year old me LOVED The Booty Man.  14 year old me wasn’t the absolute smartest guy.  I don’t remember if 14 year old me realized Booty Man and Zodiac were the same guy, though.

Anderson tags out to Flair, who gets a drop toe hold and gets his hair rustled before locking up in a test of strength with Booty Man.  Booty Man tags out to Savage.  Savage ends up in the heel corner and is throwing fists at everyone there.  They all charge him, sending him back to the babyface corner, though, before he and Flair get back to one on one.

Bischoff lets us know that next week there will be no Nitro.  TNT is showing a Civil War movie, apparently, so we get our first week of the Monday Night Wars with no Nitro.

Savage goes for the double axe handle but Flair gets a hit to the gut, sending Savage down, and he starts to taunt and pose.  Savage gets the tag to Hogan, though, who comes in and starts beating on Flair.  Flair backs him into the corner and chops him because that ALWAYS works.  Hogan no-sells, takes out all of the heels, then backs Flair into the corner for 9 punches and a bit to the face.  Hogan tags to Booty Man and they hit a double team big boot to Flair.  Booty Man covers but it’s broken up at two.

“I just figured out where The Booty Man got his name…it’s not from kicking booty, it’s from shaking his own!” – Eric Bischoff, 1996

Booty tags out to Savage.  Savage hits the rope but both Woman and Liz grab his feet, trying to trip him.  Savage grabs both of them by the hair and gets set for some straight domestic violence before the heels step into the babyface role and stop Savage from beating two women.

Tag out to Anderson while Flair beats down Savage on the floor.  The heels work him over in the corner as Anderson tags out to Sullivan, bringing him into the match for the first time.  Savage sends Sullivan to the corner, following him in but eating a boot to the face for his troubles.  Quick tags from Sullivan to Anderson and back to Sullivan.

The babyfaces take over, Hogan posting up in the corner and Booty Man sending him all three heels to eat a big boot.  After all three, Hogan hits the big leg to Anderson and gets his win back.

Winners: Hulk Hogan, Randy Savage and The Booty man.

Immediately after the match Flair kicks Hogan from behind and sends him into the corner face first, knocking him out.  Liz handcuffs Hogan to the corner and the heels start whipping Hogan with a belt until the babyfaces run them off.  Of course, Hogan wakes up IMMEDIATELY, with full cognition, as we go off the air.

 

Not gonna lie…the best part of this show was Luger.  The Main Event was what it was and worked to setup the feud as well as “introduce” Booty Man as a part of the Hogan/Savage regime.  However, Lex stole the show.  Him getting worked up about being told he wasn’t from the “real” Chicago and accepting a match he knows nothing about was priceless.  His work after the Renegade match was really good too because it was setup so well.  On the replay, you can tell that Luger did not see Hart push Renegade.  All he does is goes outside and brings him back in to rack him for the win, so you can easily argue that Lex was just celebrating with Hart because he won and had no idea why in the hell Sting came out and got in his face.  It was how he played that off, though, that was the golden part…he looked hurt and confused.  Luger’s playing this nice angle right now where he’s an opportunistic guy and has no qualms about being one, but you can really tell he wants to make Sting happy.  He’s there for Sting, despite being somewhat of a douche, and I think he’s really upset that Sting is unhappy with him.  I’m interested to see where this goes from here.

Well, this is where I would normally say I’ll see you next week, but I won’t.  Nitro is taking its first break ever during the Monday Night Wars, so we have a week with no Monday Nitro.  We’ll be back on March 11th, though.

Two fun/interesting things happen with that March 11th post.  First…1996 was leap year, so when we return, new posts will now go up on Wednesday since that’s how the dates align now based on a February 29th that didn’t exist this year.  So, Nitros will go up on Wednesdays now, PPVs on Tuesdays.  Secondly…the plan is that the March 11th post will come to you from a new face to those long time readers of Kick Out at 2.  He’ll get his proper welcome at the beginning of his post but I’m welcoming in some new blood into my little WCW recap project, so that’s something to get excited for.  I get a week where I don’t have to drop 3000 words!

Anyway, see you in 2 weeks, fellow WCW-ites!

-Shane

 

Ratings Breakdown

WWF Raw Ratings – 3.1

WCW Nitro Ratings – 3.2

(Raw – 10, Nitro – 11) (Tie Weeks – 2)

(Unopposed weeks – 3)

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

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

 

WCW returning to the win column!  We’re still running pretty neck and neck through this section of the War.  It seems like it’s back and forth every week, which is pretty cool.  

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WWF Raw results from this week

Jake Roberts defeated Isaac Yankem DDS (3:32)

Diesel defeated Bob Holly

Ahmed Johnson defeated Shinobi

Yokozuna defeated Owen Hart & Davey Boy Smith (w/ Jim Cornette) via disqualification in a handicap match

 

Looks like Bischoff forgot about Al Snow jobbing out to Ahmed Johnson.  I’m pretty sure Al would like to forget that as well.  This show featured a Mankind vignette as well as acting President Roddy Piper being asked by young fans to bring back the Ultimate Warrior.  

This is also the episode where Piper announces that Hart VS Michaels will be an Iron Man match.