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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

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

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

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

Match #1: Pat Tanaka VS Super Calo

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

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

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

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

Don’t look it up.

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

Winner: Super Calo

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winners: The Nasty Boys

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

Commercial break and we’re back with:

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

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

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

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

Winner: Scott Norton

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

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

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

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

Match #4: Joe Gomez VS Juventud Guerrera

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

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

Winner: Juventud Guerrera

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Damn, that was quick!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winners: Faces of Fear (via DQ)

During the recap, Bobby calls Meng “Haku.”

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: No Contest

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

Shane

 

Ratings Breakdown

WWF Raw Ratings –2.4

WCW Nitro Ratings – 3.7

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

(Unopposed weeks – 7)

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

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

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

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WWF Raw results from this week

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

The Stalker defeated TL Hopper (3:28)

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

The Undertaker defeated Salvatore Sincere (9:55)

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

KoaNitro copyHello everyone!  I know it’s been a while, but as a teacher taking classes himself, life unfortunately gets in the way of Nitro.  I was hoping to get back on track this year, but it doesn’t look like that will be possible, unfortunately.  However, Nitro isn’t going anywhere and neither is the Internet, so we can just pick up where we left off and keep going!  We’re coming into the 8/12/1996 episode of WCW Monday Nitro, coming to us live from “the middle of nowhere” as Larry Zbyszko puts it, Casper, Wyoming.

Tony Schiavone and Larry join us and let us know that we’re two days removed from a dark day in pro wrestling, when Hulk Hogan took the WCW World Heavyweight Championship and desecrated it.  Larry takes everyone to task, from the Dungeon of Doom, Four Horsemen, Sting and Lex Luger, wondering where they were when the Outsiders hit the ring at the end of the World Heavyweight Championship match.  Tony tells us that Sting and Luger had their own trouble with The Outsiders and we get a photo slideshow of that match, accompanied by Tony speculating whether it was an accident or if Nick Patrick taking out Luger and delivering a fast count was my design.

Match #1: High Voltage (Rage & Kaos) and Rough & Ready (Mean Mike Enos & Dirty Dick Slater) VS The Dungeon of Doom (Kevin Sullivan, Hugh Morrus, Meng, Barbarian) w/ Big Bubba and Jimmy Hart

Interesting pairing here.  Rough & Ready are heels, High Voltage are faces.  Two random teams facing off against a full stable in the Dungeon…weird.

Jimmy and Bubba distract Kenny Kaos and allow Morrus to get the jump on him, taking him out with a big clothesline that gets a hell of a reaction from the crowd.  Rage gets in and they take out Morrus with a double shoulder tackle, but that brings in the Faces of Fear, who are in cool matching gear that I don’t recall.  There are flames above their kneepads and on the back, as well as these cool face tunics on the front.  They’re pretty badass and I like them.  Barbarian ties Rage to the tree of woe and tags in Sullivan, who’s in jeans and a t-shirt.  He nails Rage with the knee to the gut, then attacks Slater, which brings in everyone.

Everyone brawls and they finally settle things down to Rage and Meng.  Meng hits the side kick and Dungeon gets the win.

Winners: Dungeon of Doom

Rough & Ready immediately beat down High Voltage; tossing Kaos outside and giving Rage a hell of a double backdrop driver.  They bounce and leave High Voltage to collect themselves in the middle of the ring as we head to our first commercial break.

Sting and Luger make their way down to the announcers at ringside.  Tony gets them a mic.  Luger says he hates to break the rules and come down here, but he’s tired of following the rules.  He says they’re tired of sleepless nights after what happened at Hog Wild.  Sting says no one is going to have another sleepless night as they’re issuing a challenge right now.  They get in the ring and the crowd is going nuts.  Sting grabs a mic again and says that if the nWo has any guts, they’ll show up to the ring right here, right now.  They wait for a while but nothing happens.  Sting says he’s not surprised.  He says they pick their spots, but right now it’s 2 on 2, so show up!  Bring the baseball bats if you want!  Still nothing, so Luger and Sting bounce as we head back to commercial.

Glacier promo.  We’re still a MONTH from this guy debuting, ladies and gentlemen!

Match #2: Renegade VS Diamond Dallas Page

Renegade is now totally out of his Warrior gimmick, it looks.  He’s looking more like Raven than Warrior.  No paint, just tights with Renegade on them.  Page gets the jobber entrance, which is interesting as things have been heating up for him.  He backs Renegade into the corner, teases a clean break, but goes for a punch that Renegade ducks and armdrags him out of, getting another big pop from the crowd.  Wyoming is a pretty good crowd tonight.

Dallas is still posing and going nuts after every offensive move.  He’s so obnoxious right now, but it does help to get heat and make people hate him.

Beautiful swinging neckbreaker from DDP.  One of my favorite wrestling moves ever.  Page follows with a reverse chinlock, wearing down Renegade.  Renegade begins to fight back but Page grabs a handful of hair and slams him back down to the mat.  Page keeps the chinlock on, staying on Renegade.  Nick Patrick drops Renegade’s arm twice, but on the third one, Renegade fires up and gets a roll up on page for a two.  Page whips him to the ropes, drops, gets kicked in the face and oddly full bumps off of it…it was awkward.  Renegade goes for a suplex, Page reverses it and drops him with a Diamond Cutter.

Winner: Diamond Dallas Page

They mention that if Renegade won, he would have the Battle Bowl ring.  Is this thing up for grabs every time Page wrestles?

We go back to the nWo backstage.  Nash says they’re in their gear, but they’ll do it on THEIR time.  Hall, wearing a WCW shirt with a slash through it, says that they’ve won at Bash at the Beach, they won at Hog Wild…and now WCW is blaming their losses on a referee!  Don’t do that!  Nick Patrick is a great, senior referee!  Hogan starts talking, and it’s so calm, so normal…it’s so different.  I like it.  Hogan says that he’s getting tired of answering his phone, answering his door.  He’s getting tired of the WCW belt.  He says it hurts his shoulder when he’s carrying it through the airport.  Nash says they can melt it down and make a new one.  Hogan says that WCW still hasn’t figured out their 4th and 5th man.  Hall and Nash act like they’re talking to someone off camera and tell them to stay put.  Hogan says that if Hall and Nash beat Sting and Luger again, WCW’s last few fans will jump ship, so he doesn’t want them to do that.  However, tonight, we’ll see the Outsiders take on someone.  Hall ends with asking if there’s any more of that birthday cake left as we head to commercial.

Match #3: Konnan VS Jim Powers

Both men get jobber entrances!  Konnan’s in black trunks and looks kind of plain compared to his normal look.  Jim Powers is getting all of the offense, with slams and clotheslines, and we can see that they’re still heavy on Powers as their new young white-meat babyface.  Konnan heads outside and slows the pace, while Tony tells us that on Saturday, Konnan said that since Hulk Hogan is going to turn his back on everyone, maybe he will too.  That explains the black tights, I guess.  He follows this nicely by slamming down Powers by his hair before applying an awkward looking leg lock.  He lets Powers out of it and gets his head slammed off of the top turnbuckle 10 times for his trouble.  Powers hits a shot to the gut and a high knee before dropping Konnan with a dropkick.  Konnan drops Powers with feet to the face while Powers rushes into the corner, and then pins Powers with his feet on the top rope for the win.

Winner: Konnan

Well, looks like Konnan is officially a heel now.  How far are we from him joining the Dungeon?

Gene gets in the ring and yells at Konnan for the way he won.  Konnan says Gene’s opinion is irrelevant because Gene doesn’t pay his checks.  Konnan says that since the New World Order came in they’ve been running through cruiserweights.  Konnan says he’s sticking behind WCW in this war against the nWo…making him a babyface?  Um, what?

Match #4: Ron Studd VS “The Canadian Crippler” Chris Benoit w/ Woman & Ms. Elizabeth

Ron Studd is create a wrestler #53.  Generic tights, bald, 7 feet tall, beard.

Woman…dear Lord!  Low cut bustier.  Liz even has a lace down leather top.  The cleavage is with the Crippler here!

Benoit starts us off by getting right in Studd’s grill, slapping him in the face twice.  Benoit has no fear at this point and I love it!  Studd finally snaps, choking Benoit into the corner and nailing him with a couple of had chops.  Studd chases Benoit into the corner but Benoit gets the legs up.  As Studd staggers out, Benoit kicks Studd in the back of the knee, taking him down.  From there, Benoit dissects Studd’s knee; stomping it, dropping on it from the ropes, wrapping it around the ringpost.

Larry has said “new world odor” so many times tonight.  Even Konnan said it once.  Ugh.

Benoit tried to get Studd with a kneebreaker, but Studd comes back by elbowing Benoit in the back of the head and slamming him.  Studd goes to the top for some reason, selling the knee the whole way.  Benoit dropkicks Studd’s knee, follows him up, and brings him ¾ of the way across the ring with a giant superplex for the win!

Winner: Chris Benoit

This was an awesome squash match…and I like that because it’s a REVERSE squash.  The little guy beat the living crap out of the giant!

Mean Gene gets in the ring with Benoit and the ladies.  Gene says he’s getting light headed, but can’t talk about why.  Gene says that Benoit will be wrestling Giant on Thursday at the Clash of the Champions.  Before he gets to that, though, he’s going to talk about one of the best matches he’s ever seen from Saturday between Benoit and Malenko.  Benoit cuts a bad promo, rambling around.  They really need to just let Woman do his talking for him.  Seriously, it’s the only thing keeping him from being a huge start at this point.  Yeah, I know that eventually he gets better and goes higher, but still…gotta watch this stuff as it happens, ya know?

Match #5: WCW World Tag Team Championship Match: The Steiner Brothers VS Harlem Heat (WCW World Tag Team Champions) w/ Sister Sherri & Col. Parker

As we go into hour #2, Bobby Heenan finally decides to stick around and do his job for the first time in almost a month.

Match gets off with a bang as the Steiners take it to Harlem Heat quickly and clear the ring, sending Heat down to the floor to slow the pace for a few moments.  Scott and Booker start off the match once everything calms down.  Scott hammers Booker with knees to the gut and a scoop slam before peppering Booker with fists to the head and a belly-to-belly.

Bobby makes a mistake and says that the Steiners are from Michigan St.  That is incorrect, Bobby.  How dare you?

Tag into Rick, who takes over as we head to commercial break.  Coming back, Rick is chasing Booker around the ring and gets his clock cleaned by Stevie Ray.  It doesn’t keep for long, though, as back in the ring Rick hits a belly-to-belly, tags in Scott, who comes in with a tiger driver and again clears the ring.  Rick is chasing Col. Parker around the ring while Scott tries to suplex Booker T into the ring.  Sherri holds Scott’s foot and causes Booker to crash down on him for a pin.  Parker gets chased into the ring by Rick, though, and trips over Booker T, causing Nick Patrick to disqualify the champs and award the match to the Steiners.

Winners: The Steiner Brothers by DQ

Bischoff keeps thinking that Patrick DQ’d them because of the interference by Sherri, but that’s not what happened.  Parker touched an active competitor and interrupted the match, which is why the DQ was awarded.  Bobby tries to tell him, but Bishcoff isn’t hearing it.

Off to commercial and back to Bischoff telling us that we’ll see the video footage of Hog Wild.  He pitches to video footage of the end of the Battle of the Bikes match, which is interesting.  Usually they do the video slideshow thing instead of videos.  I guess they figure the women’s match isn’t going to sell PPV replays.

Match #6: WCW Cruiserweight Championship Match: Rey Mysterio, Jr. (WCW Cruiserweight Champion) VS The Ultimate Dragon (w/ Sonny Onoo)

Dragon comes to the ring and spits a little bit of Muta mist, which will always get a pop from me.  I love spitting the mist!

Bischoff gets to call his favorite move twice…the back leg round kick!

Dragon is taking it to Mysterio hard.  Kicks to start with, airplane spin, running Liger Bomb…Dragon is just kicking his ass here.  Dragon tries to come off the top with a stomp but Rey gets the feet up and Dragon crashes into them hard.  Dragon sends Rey to the ropes, and Rey kind of gets hung up on the top rope, but is able to come off with a Hurricanrana and a dive to the outside, putting the match back in his corner.

Dragon dropkicks Rey out of the air once they get back in the ring, then gets a suicide dive through the ropes to the floor.  Dragon is looking amazing in this match!  Dragon Suplex to Rey for two.  Scoop slam from Dragon followed by a moonsault, again for two.  Dragon sends Rey to the ropes and comes off the opposite ropes with the Asai Moonsault (named for himself) but again only two.  Dragon goes for a powerbomb, but Rey rolls him up with a sunset flip for the win.

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

Rey celebrates and calls out Malenko, saying that if he wants the belt, come and get it.

Match #7: WCW United States Championship Match: “The Nature Boy” Ric Flair (WCW United States Champion) w/ Woman & Ms. Elizabeth VS “Macho Man” Randy Savage

Now that I think about it, it’s very odd that Savage didn’t get a match at Hog Wild.  He’s one of their top draws and wasn’t on PPV.  Interesting.

Savage comes out and makes a beeline for Flair.  From there, it’s all Savage, teeing off on Flair with punches and a running double axe handle, followed by a backdrop and then trying to choke the life out of Flair.  Flair is able to stop the momentum with a thumb to the eye and a quick chop, but Savage comes back up out of nowhere and starts peppering Naitch with lefts.  Naitch heads to the floor, trying to slow it down, but Savage follows.  Flair is able to hit Savage with a low blow, taking control back as we go to commercial.

Back from commercial, Savage gets a big slap in the face from Liz, but it doesn’t seem to faze him as he again takes it to Flair with punches and a back drop.  Savage goes up top and comes down with a double axe handle, going for the pin but getting distracted by the ladies outside.  Back up top and off again, but this time Flair gets a shot to the midsection.  Flair chops Savage’s knee out with a hit from behind, hobbling Savage to a limp when he tries to stand.  Flair sends Savage out to the floor where Woman is able to get a boot to the gut in.  Flair keeps hammering on the knee, putting the boots to it.  Flair finally locks on the Figure 4, using the middle rope as leverage and getting a two count out of it a couple of times.  Savage is able to turn the Figure 4 over, finally causing Flair to reverse it.  Flair is able to follow with a quick side suplex, though, taking both men back to the mat.

Flair goes to the top rope but in normal fashion is sent crashing back to the mat.  After Flair inadvertently levels referee Randy Anderson with a clothesline, Savage and Flair head out to the floor, where Savage clears back the padding, looking to piledrive Savage on the concrete.  Out comes Hulk Hogan, though, and takes Savage out with a steel chair to the back and then one unprotected to the head.   Hogan rolls Savage back in to the ring, where Flair covers with his feet on the second rope for the win.

Winner: Ric Flair (still WCW United States Champion)

Since Hogan only attacked Savage and left Flair alone, the announcers speculate on whether Flair is with the New World Order.  They figure that since the nWo has been leveling everyone with no mercy, Hogan leaving Flair alone is proof positive he’s the fourth man.

The announcers run us through a slideshow of the World Heavyweight Championship match from Hog Wild.  We then get video of them turning on and beating down the Booty Man.

Bischoff kicks us to Mean Gene in the entry way, who calls down Hollywood Hogan.  Hogan says they’re not attacking people for any particular reason, but just because they’re there.  Hogan says he didn’t touch Flair because he wants to excuses when he beats Flair at the Clash on Thursday.  Hogan’s cutting this promo in his normal Hogan style, sadly, instead of the low key way he was doing so backstage.  Hogan says that once they start taking everyone out, they’re going to “catorgize” all of the WCW wrestlers with new nicknames.  Seriously, he tries to say “categorize” TWICE and botches it both times.  He says that after Clash, Ric Flair will be known as the “stupid little man.”

Commerical break and we come back to Wildcat Willie in the ring, hyping the crowd.  We randomly get a replay of the Outsiders attack on WCW backstage at Disney a few weeks ago.  Bischoff randomly says he’s hearing a lot of chatter from the production truck as we’re waiting on the Outsiders.  He says that the info he has is that the Outsiders are somewhere but that they can’t find them.  Heenan gets up to start leaving.  The Outsiders make their way through the crowd, entering the ring.  Out comes Lex with referee Nick Patrick, but no Sting.

Match #8: The Outsiders VS Lex Luger & Sting

Luger comes in, clothesline to Hall and Nash, and Luger is cleaning house.  In comes Sting from the crowd himself, climbing to the top rope and coming off with a beautiful flying clothesline to Nash.  The Outsiders clear the ring, slowing us down a bit.

Bischoff says that we’re going to try to get to Arn Anderson VS The Giant, but we don’t know if we will.

Luger and Sting do not allow the Outsiders into the ring.  Sting dropkicks Nash off of the apron and all four men head back to the floor.  The Outsiders are able to double team Sting and get him back in the ring, but Luger comes running in and starts hammering on Hall, bringing Sting back into the fight as well.

Nash gets a big boot to Sting, though, and sends him over the top rope and to the floor.  Big side slam on Lex from Nash.  Bischoff wonders why Nick Patrick didn’t disqualify the Outsiders for tossing Sting over the top.  Sting comes back in, double clothesline to the Outsiders, facebuster on Hall, backing both men into opposite corners.  Stinger Splash on Nash, but when he attempts it on Hall, Hall moves and the Stinger eats turnbuckle.  Out come the Horsemen, however, and the Outsiders scatter!

No Contest

Bischoff tells us that Nick Patrick bounced out as well.  Heenan mentions how crazy it is that the Horsemen came to the aid of Sting and Luger.  I like that the nWo has united these guys!

We get a quick replay and we clearly see that Nick Patrick pulls Hall out of the corner, leaving Sting to get nothing but turnbuckle on his Stinger Splash.

In the entry way, Gene talks to the Horsemen.  Flair says that he doesn’t like Sting and Luger, but he’s going to play ball with them because they’re WCW.  He tells Hogan that the first rule of fighting is that you don’t outmatch yourself.  He says that Nash is too big for him, so he’ll send the All Pro in Mongo to him.  Hall…Double A’s got your number.  He doesn’t know who the 4th man is, but he’s certain Benoit will take him out.  Hogan…he’s all Flairs!  With that, Gene sends us off the air.

 

Really fun episode, actually!  Some good stuff on here.  The Steiners match was really good.  Ultimo Dragon put on a clinic tonight and really showed the beginnings of what the WCW Cruiserweight Division is going to be through the rest of this year and into next year.  Benoit squashing a dude almost a foot taller than him and probably 100 pounds heavier…that was so badass!  The Outsiders/Sting & Luger stuff was unorganized, but that’s an awesome thing! We’re beyond simple matches with these four now.  Sting and Luger weren’t out for a win…they were out for revenge!

The Nick Patrick stuff was a little heavy handed, but I only REALLY felt so when Mean Gene was talking about it at the very end.  “What is the deal with this guy?  Is he on the take?”  Something about how nonchalant Gene is about stuff sometimes makes it comes across as silly, and that was a big one for me.

We’re heading into the Clash of the Champions next!  Join us back here soon for that!

Shane

Ratings Breakdown

WWF Raw Ratings – 2.0

WCW Nitro Ratings – 3.3

(Raw – 17, Nitro – 26) (Tie Weeks – 2)

(Unopposed weeks – 5)

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

WCW’s longest Winning Streak (to this point) – 9

 

WCW still winning the race here.  Settle in, folks…this number is gonna just keep climbing!

 

WWF Raw results from this week

Farooq (w/ Sunny) defeated Skip with the Dominator. (4:34)

Crush (w/ Clarence Mason) defeated Savio Vega via submission with a full nelson. (7:16)

Henry Godwinn & Phinneas Godwinn (w/ Hillbilly Jim) defeated TL Hopper & Who when Henry pinned Who with the Slop Drop. (5:31)

WWF World Champion Shawn Michaels (w/ Jose Lothario) defeated Owen Hart (w/ Jim Cornette) in a non-title match following two superkicks after dropkicking an interfering Vader off the ring apron. (9:05)

 

HBK VS Owen sounds pretty good.  Sunny is always awesome.  The rest of the card, though…ugh.  TL Hopper…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winners: The Blue Bloods

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

Match #3: Psicosis VS Eddie Guerrero

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Eddie Guerrero

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Woman is looking good tonight!

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

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

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

Flair regains control, Figure 4 for the win.

Winner: Ric Flair

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Chris Benoit

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Sting

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

Shane

Ratings Breakdown

WWF Raw Ratings – 2.5

WCW Nitro Ratings – 3.5

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

(Unopposed weeks – 5)

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

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

 

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

 

WWF Raw results from this week

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

Savio Vega defeated Justin Bradshaw (w/ Uncle Zebakiah)

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

 

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

BashLadies and gentlemen…boys and girls…WCW fans all over the world…

This is the night we’ve all been waiting for!

Tonight is huge.  Tonight is arguably the top night in WCW history.  Tonight is when this whole nWo thing kicks off in earnest!

Tonight, my friends…is Bash at the Beach!

It’s July 7th, 1996, in Daytona, Florida, and we’re at the head of the Hostile Takeover of WCW by the Outsiders, two men who have yet to be named on WCW television, but we know them as Diesel and Razor Ramon from the WWF.  The show opens with a quick video highlighting the Hostile Takeover and playing music that is synonymous with the Outsiders and the Takeover itself.  I’m pretty certain The Outsiders use it tonight as their entrance music.  It was used as their entrance music in their DLC on the WWE2K14 video game, I know that for sure.

We go from the video package to our announcers tonight; Tony Schiavone, Bobby “The Brain” Heenan, and Dusty Rhodes, as well as a cadre of security guards surrounding them.  Tony is a bit overdressed compared to the other two, but that usually happens.  The announcers are all anxious for tonight’s main event and want to skip all of the other matches to get to that match.

Match #1: Psicosis VS Rey Mysterio, Jr.

Oh snap!  At this point in American pro wrestling, this is the first real taste of lucha libre to hit the airwaves.  These two have been tearing it up in ECW for a few months at this point, but this is their first major showcase in one of the big two companies.  As always with lucha matches, forgive me if I can’t keep up.

The announce team is joined by “Iron” Mike Tenay since we’re getting two international stars.  He lets us know that these two men have had a professional rivalry for the last 8 years, since they went to the same wrestling camp.

We start off with ground game, with Psicosis with a bow and arrow stretch which Rey reverses into a cross arm breaker.  Mike lets us know that both men had a match last night in Mexico, so they’ve had a bit of travel to get here.  He also lets us now that the masked wrestler is huge in Mexico and that masks are the biggest piece of fan merchandise down there.  Bobby says that he’s pretty sure that you can’t get one at a bank or a 7-11, which no one really capitalizes on.

Our first big dive spot comes from Rey diving out of the ring onto Psicosis and crashing both of them into the guardrail.  Psicosis brings Rey back into the ring and gets a two count off of a leg drop.  Tony mentions that we’re seeing more of the masked Mexican wrestlers due to WCW having the Cruiserweight Championship.  I like the idea that WCW has something that everyone in other countries wants, so that’s why they’re coming in.  It adds some legitimacy to the company and the title.

Psicosis gets another two count off of a huge top rope legdrop.  I’m pretty sure that’s his finish, so I don’t know why he hit it three minutes into the match.

An ongoing thing with the announcers is that Eric Bishcoff isn’t in the building yet.

maxresdefaultMike lets us know that Rey Jr. grew up idolizing Scott Steiner and as a result has perfected the Frankensteiner.  I wonder if that’s legit.  It’s interesting to see Rey’s body frame in 1996 VS the last time he was in WWF.  He got HUGE!  Wonder if that was also from idolizing Big Poppa Pump.

Rey shows off more of that Frankensteiner based offense, which Mike tells us is known as a hurracanrana, by hitting one off of the ring apron and then another off of an Irish whip in the ring for two.  I always considered a hurracanrana one that goes off to the side or one that wraps up for the pin and then a Frankensteiner is done like Steiner does, straight down, no pin.  I always liked them as two different moves, myself.

Psicosis has Rey Jr on the mat at ringside, goes up top and hits a senton that looks devastating to himself.  Why try that one?  That’s all tailbone to concrete there.

Tony is actually really good at coming up with talking points and allowing Tenay to run with it.  It’s a nice contrast to Bobby and Dusty’s incoherence in a match like this.

Rey hits yet another hurracanrana by reversing himself on Psicosis’s shoulders and hitting one, then hitting another off of the top rope to Psicosis on the apron, sending them crashing to the floor!  I think every bit of offense in Rey’s arsenal thus far has involved a Frankensteiner, haha.

Rey proves me wrong by hitting a slingshot press off of the ropes for two, then hitting a duo of springboard dropkicks, followed by a twisting asai moonsault to the apron.  Rey goes to the well one more time with a springboard Frankensteiner, but Psicosis drops him with a sitout powerbomb for two.  Psicosis follows this up by running Rey gut first into the corner and going for a Splash Mountain powerbomb, but Rey is able to pull yet another Frankensteiner out of it for the win.

Winner: Rey Mysterio, Jr.

We go backstage with Mean Gene and Konnan, the current United States champion.  Mean Gene asks Konnan for an explanation of the finish to the match, which Konnan reiterates Tenay and says Psicosis was going for a top rope Splash Mountain and Rey caught him with a top rope Frankensteiner.  Konnan cuts a pretty damn good promo on the Horsemen, actually, showing he’s grown a bit in the last few months there.

Match #2: Carson City Silver Dollar Match: Big Bubba w/ Jimmy Hart VS John Tenta

During the entrances we get a good shot of the entrance.  I always love the Bash at the Beach entry way.  It’s done up with sand, beach furniture, etc.  WCW didn’t do elaborate stages many times, but when they did, I always liked it.

John Tenta still only has half of a haircut and has no beard, making him look absolutely terrible.  He also still has no entrance music, which is not great at making him seem interesting at all.

41NFqeRWhVLThis match is basically a “sock full of coins on a pole” match.  The pole is REALLY damn high, too!  There’s no damn way in this world that John Tenta is going to scale this pole and get that sock.  It’s legit 12+ feet in the air.  Big Bubba gets on the top rope and you can tell it’s at least another person taller than he is.  So, they expect 500 pound John Tenta to scurry his large self up there…yeah.  I’ll go so far as to say that Bubba isn’t going up there, either.  Pretty sure Jimmy Hart gets involved in this one.

Tenta goes up twice and looks at the sock, but Bubba is able to get him down.  Bubba tries himself a few times, involving Tenta finally crotching him on the top rope and backdroping him, sending him out of the ring.  Tenta then tries to go to the top but realizes there’s NO damn sense in that, so he starts to try to undo the ties that have ratchet strapped the pole to the corner.  Bubba comes back in with a belt and begins to choke Tenta, in full view of the referee.  Um, this shouldn’t be legal.  The stipulations of the match are that whoever gets the sock first can use it.  Why allow other foreign objects in the match if the WHOLE point of the match is to get the one on the pole?  No thought in this one.

Bubba pulls out a roll of tape (that I can only guess he got from Hacksaw as he gets ready for his match with DDP tonight) and tapes Tenta to the ropes and proceeds to whip him with the belt.  Jimmy hands Bubba a pair of surgical scissors and Bubba begins to cut Tenta’s hair.  Tenta stops that and uses the scissors to free himself from the ropes and then begins to cut the ratchet straps holding the pole before Bubba stops him.  Since weapons are legal, apparently, why not just stab Bubba with the scissors?

Bubba sends Jimmy Hart up the pole, since there’s no way either one of these hosses are climbing that thing.  Hell, after Tenta cut one of the straps, I’m not certain that I would have climbed the thing if I were Jimmy.  While Jimmy goes up the pole, Tenta hits Bubba with a big slam.  When Jimmy comes down, Tenta grabs the sock, nails Bubba, and gets the win.

Winner: John Tenta

If I were Tenta, I’d have tee’d off on Bubba a few times as a receipt for that shot to the face from a few weeks back.  Tenta dumps the contents of the sock and places two coins over Bubba’s eyes before heading to the back.  I actually liked that touch.  Only thing I’ve liked in this entire program.

The announcers again comment on Eric Bischoff not being there and also speculate on the identity of the third man.  They kick us back to Mean Gene, Sting, Lex Luger, and Randy Savage.  Everyone is painted up in Sting paint, solidarity showing.  Everyone’s actually in colors that match their gear, and I really like that.  Savage says he doesn’t care who the third man is.  Luger says it’ll be hard to prepare but he’s proud to be on this team.  He says it’s time for actions to speak louder than words.  Sting says that the unknown gives him a dry mouth, makes him a nervous wreck, gives him goosebumps…and it does the same thing to Savage and Luger.  They’re a team and they’re ready.  I like it!

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Match #3: Taped Fist / Lord of the Ring Match: Diamond Dallas Page (Lord of the Ring) VS Hacksaw Jim Duggan

DDP’s in blue, which I like better than the lime green/pink gear he’s been wearing recently.

Tony straight up accuses Duggan of stealing the Ring on the last Nitro instead of finding it in the bathroom like he says he did.  Damn, Tony, that’s cold.

DDP comes off of the ropes and Hacksaw hits a shoulderblock and DDP takes a wonky bump out of the ring.  It just wasn’t natural and you could tell that he had to take a step backwards.

DDP trips Duggan, pulls his legs around the ringpost and tapes Duggan’s legs together, trapping him.  While referee Nick Patrick is freeing Duggan, DDP puts the boots to Hacksaw and cuts the tape off of Hacksaw’s hands, giving himself an advantage now.  Duggan gets back up, hits Page again, resulting in yet another wonky fall to the ropes.  DDP gets trapped in the ropes, lower body in the ring, upper body out, and Hacksaw seesaws him with punches for a while before taking it to the outside.

“If Duggan wins, he’ll get the ring…one of the most prized possessions in our sport.”  Um…sure, Tony.  Sure.

DDP takes over for a while after blocking a takedown by holding the ropes, but when he goes up top, Hacksaw crotches him and sends him to the mat face first before bouncing him DDP’s head off of the turnbuckle for a 10 count.  Hacksaw follows it up with a clothesline to the floor.  Hacksaw rolls him into the ring, DDP kicks the ropes while Hacksaw is trying to come in, effectively crotching him, then hits the Diamond Cutter for the win.

Winner: Diamond Dallas Page

So…in a taped first match, the finish in no way involves a taped fist.  Interesting.  Duggan rolls up his fist in tape and nails DDP after the match, leaving the Lord of the Ring laying after his victory.

Fun Fact: I will never not mark out for the Diamond Cutter.  I love that move.

Backstage, in a locker room this time instead of just in front of a random Bash at the Beach banner, Mean Gene joins with The Giant, Kevin Sullivan, and Jimmy Hart.  Gene makes a mention of Kevin Sullivan being the weak link of the Dungeon of Doom and Sullivan says to ask the Giant if he’s the weak link.  Giant puts over Sullivan and says Sullivan brought him there to reclaim his birthright and put an end to Hulkamania.  So, they’re still saying Giant is the son of Andre.

Gene kicks us to Lee Marshall, Arn Anderson, and Chris Benoit.  Marshall says that if one of the Horsemen win, one of the Horsemen get a title shot at the Giant.  Double A says before that, he’ll address the Outsiders.  He says they picked on Bischoff, but they’ll have a harder road with Luger, Sting, and Savage.  He then says they’ll take out the Dungeon of Doom and cut the Giant in half.  Benoit starts off by saying “silent but violent” for the second week in a row.  As much as I like Benoit at this point, you can’t start off a promo saying you’re going to be silent.

Match #4: Dog Collar Match: Public Enemy VS The Nasty Boys

Interesting…I’m watching this on the WWE Network, which will every now and then result in music being dubbed over.  On Nitro, the last time we saw the Public Enemy, their entrance music was dubbed over.  Here, though, it’s playing just fine.  Wonder what’s going on there.

19960707_nasty_enemy_USEIn this match, Rocco Rock is collared up to Jerry Saggs and Rocco Rock is chained to Brian Knobbs.  Knobbs and Grunge start with a tug of war while Saggs and Rock simply stand there awkwardly.  Both teams finally start brawling out on the floor.  I have a feeling that’s going to be the majority of this writeup.  “All four men fight on the floor and occasionally hit each other with a weapon.”  Rocco tries to climb the guard rail, but falls.  He finally gets up there and gets crotched for his trouble.  Knobbs and Grunge are brawling in the sand at the entrance, culminating with Knobbs beating Grunge with an inflatable shark.  Not sure that’s going to do a lot.

Saggs finds a surfboard to beat Rock and Bobby says “he’s hanging 10,” resulting in Dusty marking out and saying “I was just going to say that!”

Rock jumps off of the lifeguard chair with a senton, but Saggs is up before Grunge, which is kind of silly.  Over on the boardwalk, Knobbs gets a two count.  The entire match has been presented in split screen, kind of like they did at World War 3.

“I think it’s against the law to walk your dog on the beach in Florida.”  Dusty Rhodes

Heenan: They’re gonna have sand where they didn’t think they could get sand tomorrow.

Tony: Well, believe you me, when you go to the beach you always do.

Dusty: Do what?

Tony: Get sand…nothing.

This played off so funny, with Tony just refusing to try to explain it to Dusty.  I honestly don’t give Tony a lot of crap for his announcing because he’s easily the best guy that WCW has.

Saggs drops Rock with a piledriver on the concrete but doesn’t cover.  Knobbs and Grunge fight near a table, and for a few moments, all four men are in the same place so we leave split screen.  Rock puts Saggs on the table and jumps through it.

I didn’t realize how many gimmick matches were on this show.  This is three in a row now.  Crazy.

Both groups end up in the ring together, so we again leave split screen.  There’s also a table in the ring, now.  They’ve already went through one table, though, so is another really all that special?  Rock tries to put Saggs through the table, so Grunge holds Knobbs in the corner.  Rock goes up top, Saggs gets off of the table and pulls Rock off the top rope with the dog collar, but the table doesn’t break and there’s an odd crack that Bobby and Tony comment was Rock’s back.  Saggs puts Rock on the table now, goes up and drops a chain-wrapped forearm, but the table AGAIN doesn’t break.

Knobbs hangs Grunge on the outside, stretching the chain across the ring, and Saggs sends Rock into it, letting it clothesline him, then covers for the win.

Winners: The Nasty Boys

Immediately after the match, Rock jumps up and attacks Saggs with the chain.  Heenan sums this up nicely with “and this match solved nothing between them.”  There was really no reason for the match beforehand, and nothing solved afterwards, so it was just random filler between two teams that can’t work.  Nice.

More speculation on the third man.  Gene is backstage outside the Outsiders locker room, which is surrounded by security.  Gene says if one of the Outsiders touched him, he’d get sue happy and go to a lawyer, which was random.  Gene says he wishes he could get an interview, but that’s not happening.

Match #5: WCW Cruiserweight Championship: Disco Inferno VS “The Man of 1,000 Holds” Dean Malenko (WCW Cruiserweight Champion)

Disco is in orange tonight instead of white.  Disco stops the music and says that everyone came to see him dance.  After he beats “Mr. Personality” and wins the title, everyone is invited to his disco dance party.

Uncharacteristically, Malenko starts off jawing with Disco and slaps him in the face before taking him to the floor and brawling.  Back in the ring, Dean backs Disco into the corner, still giving him the riot act, causing Disco to shove him.  Dean rolls backwards, flips forward, and goes right back on the attack.  Dean is in rare form tonight and I’m liking it.  Dean follows with a dropkick and a brainbuster for two. Heenan calls it a piledriver, for some reason, though.  Dean locks on a headscissors but Disco gets to the ropes and breaks it up.  Malenko bashes Disco into the corner, follows with a back suplex, then locks on a leglock.

Disco sends Dean to the corner and rushes in, but Dean jumps him and rolls him up for two.  The announcers point out that Disco has yet to have any offense, which is accurate.  As if he heard it, Disco finally unleashes a barrage of punches.  Oddly, the announcers jump all over it like Disco was the babyface.

Dean controls most of the match from that point until yet another little offensive burst.  Dean goes up to for a double axe handle but Disco is able to block it and hit a Rude Awakening.  He also gets a swinging neckbreaker but dances before making the cover, costing him.  Disco rolls Malenko up for two, then follows with a hell of a clothesline, also for two.  Dean blocks a hiptoss with a clothesline of his own and goes for a dropkick off of an Irish whip, but Disco hooks the ropes and blocks it.  They jockey for positioning, but Dean hits a Tiger Driver and follows with the Texas Cloverleaf for the win.

Winner: Dean Malenko (still WCW Cruiserweight Champion)

Match #6: “The Desperado” Joe Gomez VS Steve “Mongo” McMichael w/ Debra

I’ve never heard that Gomez had a nickname.  Interesting.

They make a big deal about Joe Gomez being a big football fan and McMichael fan and it being a terrible thing that Mongo attacked Gomez.  Debra comes to the ring with a poodle and the announcers mention that the moment they got some money, they got rid of Pepe.

Gomez starts off getting in Mongo’s face, but Mongo retaliates with kicks and some chops in the corner before whipping Gomez into the opposite corner and going into a three point stance clothesline.  Mongo runs his mouth to Gomez and it fires Gomez up, allowing him to get a crossbody block for two.

Mongo is now wearing black and white instead of the blue and orange he wore at the Great American Bash.  I wonder if they were told he can’t wear his football colors or something, or if he just decided black was better as a heel.

Mongo gets Gomez down on all fours, tests the wind, and kicks a field goal complete with throwing his arms up afterwards.  The announcers have fun at Bobby’s expense after he says that he always liked McMichael.  They tell him that they have tons of footage saying differently.  Mongo locks on a side headlock but Gomez is able to get out of it, although Mongo locks on a sleeperhold.  Gomez drops in a jawbreaker to get out of the hold.  Mongo hits a swinging neckbreaker for two and attempts a Figure 4 but Gomez rolls him into a small package for two.

In all honesty, Mongo isn’t looking bad for someone in his third match.

Gomez gets on a roll firing off dropkicks, going for a sunset flip that Mongo just screws all up.  Looks like I spoke too early on my last statement.  Mongo catches Gomez in a Tombstone piledriver for the win.

Winner: Steve McMichael

We’re sent to Mean Gene in the locker room with Ric Flair, Woman, and Liz.  Gene looks longingly into Woman’s eyes for a weird, awkward second.  It was kind of creepy and he chastises her for commanding his attention.  Flair says that Mongo started it, Arn and Benoit will continue it, and tomorrow Flair will be US Champion with a shot at the World Championship.  Gene says that they call Konnan a man of 1,000 holds, which makes me wonder if Flair forgot about who future Horseman Dean Malenko is.  Gene asks the women about money and parties and Liz invites Gene to a party and Woman pours it on a little more, saying that they can tap into the source of Liz’s money and get a private party.  Gene stutters over his words as Flair finishes the promo.  Gene finishes it off by telling Woman that she’s very attractive but he doesn’t care for the people she hangs out with.  Flair says if Woman makes one more pass ag Gene, he won’t be able to make it to Sarasota and he’ll be across the street partying with the Nature Boy.

Match #7: WCW United States Championship: Konnan (WCW United States Champion) VS “The Nature Boy” Ric Flair w/ Woman and Ms. Elizabeth

Even after all this time, Liz just still looks so awkward.  It’s seriously like she’s embarrassed to be hanging out with Flair.  It’s odd.  Woman just fits him so much better.

Glad to see Konnan no longer has KKK carved in his haircut.

Flair and Konnan start off pretty slowly, mostly staying on the ground and moving in and out of a few basic holds.  Konnan really cranks it up pulling Flair from a Surfboard into a bow and arrow type maneuver, resulting in both Flair and Woman screaming the entire time he’s in the move.  When Flair is able to escape he’s met with a bodyslam off of an Irish whip, followed by some chops in the corner.  Flair tries to give Konnan one back but Konnan decks him, sends him to the ropes and gorilla press slams him.  Konnan sends Flair to the floor with a clothesline, then dives off of the apron onto Flair, taking Liz with them.  Liz doesn’t really sell it at all, though.  Konnan goes up top to dive off on Flair, but Woman hits the ropes and sends Konnan back down to the canvas.

Flair pokes Konnan in the eyes and draws the ire of Nick Patrick, who backs him into the corner to give him the rules.  While this is happening, Woman enters the ring and kicks Konnan right in the junk.  Flair calls for Liz to jump to the apron to distract Patrick while he tosses Konnan over the top rope, which is still a disqualification in WCW, into the waiting choke of Woman.  Flair suplexes Konnan back into the ring for a trio of two counts.  Konnan fires back up, though, with a barrage of chops and punches in the corner.  Flair gets Konnan off of him long enough to flop to his face.  Konnan sends him to the corner and dropkicks him over the top rope, down to the floor.  Konnan attempts a sunset flip but Flair punches him in the face to end that.  Flair attempts the Figure 4, but just like Joe Gomez, Konnan rolls Flair into a small package for two.  Konnan drops Flair with a drop toe hold and applies his own Figure 4.  It seems like anyone who wrestles Ric Flair tries to beat him with the Figure 4.  It’s an interesting wrestling trope.

Flair gets out by going to the ropes.  He goes up top, again forgetting that he’s Ric Flair, and Konnan sends him off the top and follows with a bulldog for two.  Konnan hits his rolling clothesline for two as well.  Konnan locks Flair in an abdominal stretch that he rolls over into a pin but Liz jumps to the apron and stops that.  Woman climbs the opposed apron and pulls off her shoe, which she nails Konnan with after Flair hits a slam.  Flair rolls Konnan over and pins him with his feet on the top rope for leverage.

Winner: Ric Flair (new WCW United States Champion)

I always like putting the lower card titles on main players as it elevates the title.  Flair as US Champ is pretty cool.

We go back to Gene in a hallway, evesdropping on the door of the Outsiders.  He says that they’ve been joined by a third man whose voice sounds familiar but it’s muffled by the door.  Gene asks Tony if he has any idea who the third man might be.  Tony says no, but asks Gene if has any idea based off of the voice.  Gene says no.  Heenan says to offer the policemen some cash to find out if they know anything.  Gene starts but then yells at Heenan for trying to get him in trouble.  Gene says he hasn’t heard from Bischoff either.

Match #8: “The Enforcer” Arn Anderson & “The Crippler” Chris Benoit VS “Taskmaster” Kevin Sullivan & The Giant (WCW World Heavyweight Champion) w/ Jimmy Hart – If the Horsemen win, one of them will get a title shot on Nitro

Giant and Sullivan attack the Horsemen right off the gate, during their entrance.  Mongo runs out and nails The Giant with his briefcase.  The Giant runs off after McMichael, leaving Arn and Benoit to put the boots to Sullivan.

Benoit and Sullivan start the match off while Jimmy Hart runs to the back to bring The Giant back out for the match.

Man, I love Arn and Benoit as a team.  I know that later they start tagging Benoit and Mongo, but Arn and Benoit work so well as a mentor/protégé relationship.

The Horsemen keep on Sullivan with quick tags, keeping him from being able to tag out to The Giant.  Arn gets a little too close to Sullivan’s corner when he calls for the DDT, though, and The Giant nails him with a clothesline.  Arn is able to hold onto Sullivan, though, and drag him over to their corner so he can tag out to Benoit.

I like how everyone knows that the title shot will go to Flair.  One of my favorite parts of the Four Horsemen is the idea that they’re there to keep the belt on Flair.  I think that’s one of Arn’s most endearing qualities through his history.  He never had to go for the title.  He never wanted to.  It’s almost like he knew that he could take it at any time, but he was loyal to Flair, knew the company drew more money with Flair as Champion, so that’s what his move was.  It’s a great added dynamic to his character through the years.

There’s a really bad spot, unfortunately, as Sullivan attempts to slingshot Anderson into Benoit, who is on the top rope.  Arn just isn’t able to make the move work and it looks bad.  It, however, allows Sullivan to make the tag to The Giant.  Giant and Anderson square off in the ring while Benoit and Sullivan immediately brawl all over the arena.  They brawl up into the stands, which allows Giant to hit Double A with a chokeslam for the win.

Winners: The Giant and Kevin Sullivan (a member of the Horsemen does NOT get a title shot)

Sullivan goes to head back to the ring and Benoit comes flying into the frame, taking Sullivan out and covering the two of them with sand.  Benoit brings Sullivan back to the ring and sets him up on the top rope, crashing him down with a top rope back suplex.  Benoit puts the boots to Sullivan and Woman comes down to the ring, shouting that she’s going to hurt Sullivan, yelling for him to stop.  Benoit ignores that nonsense and keeps putting the boots to Sullivan until The Giant comes out to run the Horsemen off.

The announcers speculate as to why Woman would be asking Benoit to stop, which is a really good question.  I thought that as of the Great American Bash that the Dungeon/Horsemen alliance was over.  Now, Woman is Sullivan’s wife around this time, so there’s the idea that they’re going to play into that, but I honestly don’t remember any of that coming out on TV.  Maybe that’s 19 years of memory that I’m just foggy about, but still, I honestly don’t remember their real life stuff coming out, just that eventually Woman starts hanging out with Benoit.  I’m very intrigued as to where this goes now.

The announcers take us to a video package about the Hostile Takeover, giving us the history of what has been going down since May 27th.  After that, we go to Michael Buffer who announces our main event:

Match #9: The Outsiders (Kevin Nash, Scott Hall, and an unknown third man) VS “Macho Man” Randy Savage, “Total Package” Lex Luger, & Sting

Outside of seeing the ending to this match on TV many times, I’ve never seen this match before.  I’m very excited to see how it plays out!

The Outsiders come to the ring alone, without their third man.  Michael Buffer even apologizes during their entrance for the fact that there are only two.  The announcers blow a gasket at the fact that there are only two.  Mean Gene even comes down the ramp with a “what the hell” look on his face.  He gets in the ring and basically asks “what the hell!?”  Hall says that Gene knows too much already and that all he needs to know is that the third man is here and he’s ready.  Gene asks Nash for confirmation and Nash says don’t worry about it, they’ve got all they need right here.

All three men come out to Sting’s music, which is cool since they’re all in Sting paint.  Sting is the only guy in the trio that has never wrestled anywhere but WCW since the company started, so it makes sense to rally behind Sting for a match like this.

Hall and Luger start off with a shoving match so they start the match as the first two legal men.  Hall throws his toothpick in Luger’s face, so Luger responds with a smack.  Hall starts putting the boots to Luger, but Luger answers an Irish whip with a clothesline and takes out Nash on the apron.  Nash grabs Lex in the corner, though, so as Savage and Sting come in, Lex is trapped and succumbs to a Stinger Splash, sending him to the floor knocked out.  Savage and Sting check on him as the EMTs come out with a gurney for Luger.  It’s actually very interesting that Sting accidentally nailed Luger this time since we’ve had months of Luger accidentally nailing Sting in matches.  Of course, no one is bringing this up, so point for me.  Shane 1, WCW announce team 0.

The EMTs strap Luger to the stretcher and Hall starts trying to beat on him while he’s tied down.  Sting and Savage run him off, though.

I really like the fact that they took Luger out so early.  It evens the match up and makes the ending a bit more believable.  But, I’ll get to that later.

Hall slaps Sting in the face and Sting goes into Beast Mode, spearing Hall and putting the boots to him with a vengeance.  The announcers mention that we’ve never seen Sting act like that and they do a great job of pointing out the stakes of the match and the fact that he just saw his best friend taken out.  Sting tags out to Savage, who goes for a double axe handle, but Hall nails him in the gut and Nash comes in and drops him on the top turnbuckle with snake eyes.  Savage fires back, though, and Hall tags out to Nash.  Nash drops Savage and starts dropping elbows.  Savage goes to roll out of the way of one, but Nash hits him anyway in a really awkward botch.  It works, though, because the announcers are now able to start worrying about whether Savage is out of the match as well.

Tony says that there was a random drawing for the three men in this match…if one is out, bring one of the others out here!

Savage tags out to Sting and Sting is unable to deal with the big man in the ring.  Nash drops him with a slam out of a choke (as opposed to a choke slam) and tags back out to Hall.  Heenan mentions that he never thought he would hear himself cheer for Savage, which is a cool touch since it shows that the announcers are invested in WCW, not their own individual issues.  Hall hits a fallaway slam on Sting and Nash follows up with a big boot before taunting Savage.

Sting hits a dropkick to Nash’s knee that Tony thinks is Nash’s gut for some reason, but Hall is able to cut Sting off from tagging out to Savage.  Sting is able to roll Hall into a small package but the ref is dealing with Savage, unfortunately, so it only comes out to a one count.

“Sure, take them out. Hey, I’m never for an injury in this great sport.  I’m for great competition.  For here, though, I’ll make an exception. HURT SOMEBODY RIGHT NOW!” – Tony Schiavone

I love a quote like that!  If Tony is resorting to the same calls as Bobby Heenan, it adds so much to this match.  So good!

The Outsiders are able to take over the match at this point, though, and hold it for a while beating down on Sting.  Nash is able to hit that big side slam that I love from him as well.

Sting is finally able to fire back and gets the hot tag to Savage and the crowd goes crazy!  Savage is a house of fire, taking out both men, nailing Hall with a double axe handle to the floor and another one in the ring.  Nash hits Savage in the junk, though, and out comes Hulk Hogan!

eDdtcG50MTI_o_wwe-extras-bash-at-the-beach-1996-the-outsiders-vs-randy-300x225Tony: Hulk Hogan!  Hulk Hogan is here!

Dusty: Hulk Hogan is in the building!

Tony: You’re damn right he is!

Dusty: Go get ‘em, Hulkster!

Bobby: Big whose side is he on?!

An awesome call, but I want to put it there to come back to it.

Hogan enters the ring, tears the shirt off and the Outsiders scatter!  Hogan backs up…

…and drops the big leg on Macho Man!

Then he does it again!

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In come the Outsiders and Hogan shakes hands with them.  Hall pulls Savage to the center of the ring and Hogan sends referee Randy Anderson to the floor before dropping a THIRD leg on Savage.  He goes down for the cover, Hall counts it, and Hogan celebrates with the Outsiders as the announcers are stunned.

“Well, I told you so…” – Bobby Heenan

The fans start littering the ring with trash as Mean Gene comes to the ring.

BATB96Gene Okerlund: Hulk Hogan, excuse me. Excuse me. What in the world are you thinking?

Hulk Hogan: Mean Gene the first thing you gotta do is to tell these people to shut up if they want to hear what I’ve gotta say.

Gene Okerlund: I have been with you for so many years for you to join up with the likes of these two men absoulutely makes me SICK to my stomach! And I think that these people here and a lot of people around the whole wrestling world have had just about enough of this man and this man and you want to put yourself in this group? You’ve gotta be…kidding me!

Hulk Hogan: Well the first thing you’ve gotta realize brother is that this right here is the future of wrestling. You can call this the New World Order of wrestling brother. These two men came from a great big organization up north and everybody was wondering about who the third man was. Well who knows more about that organization than me brother?

Gene Okerlund: I’ve been there and done that. You have made the wrong decision in my opinion.

Hulk Hogan: Well let me tell you something, I made that orgainization a monster! I made the people rich up there. I made the people that ran that organization rich up there, brother. And when it all came to pass, the name Hulk Hogan, the man Hulk Hogan, got bigger than the entire organization brother! And then Billionaire Ted, amigo, he wanted to talk turkey with Hulk Hogan. Well Billionaire Ted promised me movies, brother. Billionaire Ted promised me millions of dollars. And Billionaire Ted promised me world caliber matches. And as far as Billionaire Ted goes, Eric Bischoff and whole WCW goes, I’m bored brother. That’s why these two guys here, these so called Outsiders, these are the men I want as my friends. They are the new blood of professional wrestling, brother, and not only are we going to take over the whole wrestling business, with Hulk Hogan, the new blood, the monsters with me. We will destroy everything in our path Mean Gene.

Gene Okerlund: [refering to the increasing garbage being thrown in the ring] Look at all of this crap in this ring! This is what’s in the future for you if you want to hang around the likes of this man Hall, and this man Nash.

Hulk Hogan: As far as I’m concerned, all this crap in this ring represents these fans out here. For two years brother! For two years, I held my head high. I did everything for the charities. I did everything for the kids. And the reception I got when came out here, you fans can stick it, brother. Because if it wasn’t for Hulk Hogan, you people wouldn’t be here. If it wasn’t for Hulk Hogan, Eric Bischoff would still be selling meat from a truck in Minneapolis. And if it wasn’t for Hulk Hogan, all of these “Johnny come latelys” that you see out here wrestling wouldn’t be here. I was selling the world out, brother, while they were bumming gas to put in their car to get to high school. So the way it is now brother, with Hulk Hogan and the New World Organization of wrestling, brother, me and the new blood by my side. Whatcha gonna do when the New World Organization runs wild on you? Whatcha gonna do?

[Grabs Mean Gene]

Hulk Hogan: What are you gonna do?

Gene Okerlund: Hey, don’t touch me! Don’t touch me, I’m going to see the lawyers! Tony, Dusty, Bobby, Dammit let’s get back to you!

Tony Schiavone: All right. We have seen the end of Hulkamania. For Bobby “The Brain” Heenan, for Dusty Rhodes, For Gene Okerlund, I don’t know…I’m Tony Schiavone. Hulk Hogan, you can go to hell! We’re outta here. Straight to hell.

 

With that, we finish out Bash at the Beach 1996!  I’ll go so far to say that this was the biggest heel turn in the history of professional wrestling.  I honestly think it’s the biggest that there will ever be.  Even if John Cena finally turned heel, it wouldn’t get this big.  Hulk Hogan spent almost fifteen years at this point as the ultimate good guy.  He was Superman.  He conquered evil…it’s just what he did.  He almost took over Sting’s role as the face of WCW.  Then, boom.  He’s the third man.

I remember hearing this news the next morning.  My family was visiting my Dad’s brother in South Carolina during this week.  We had been talking about who the third man might be all weekend since my other family members had been watching wrestling as well.  Our whole train of thought was to try to figure out why hadn’t been seen in WWF for a while, since that matched what had happened with Razor and Diesel.  We were all pretty sure it was going to be Bret Hart since Bret hadn’t been seen since being beaten by Shawn Michaels at Wrestlemania in March.

I get up that Monday morning and my aunt Sandy had the paper out, which had a write up about it.

“Do you want to know who the third man was?”

My guts went icy.  Did I want to know?  I knew I would find out when we watched Nitro that night, but here the information was…right in front of me…could I handle it?

“Who was it?” 14 year old me asked, timidly.

“It was Hulk Hogan.”

What?  How?  Hulk Hogan?  The ultimate good guy?  The guy I cheered for?  Yes, even though I’m pretty far in the opposite corner when it comes to Hulk Hogan right now, at the time, I was a fan.  My brother was a fan.  Hulk Hogan…?

“Do you want me to tell your dad, or do you want to tell him?”

That question froze me.  I didn’t want to be the one to tell Dad.  I have no idea why, but at the time I didn’t want to be the guy to have to drop what I felt was the worst news ever.

I eventually did tell Dad and we later watched Nitro to see the fallout.

This, without a doubt, was WCW’s finest moment.  Don’t get me wrong…I love the stuff coming up with Sting, but this is the moment orchestrated and pulled off flawlessly.

One of the things I hear a lot about from this moment is that Bobby Heenan ruined the surprise.  Him asking “But whose side is he on,” they say, gave away the gimmick.  I honestly believe that anyone who feels this way only watched this moment by itself and didn’t watch any of WCW beforehand.  I’ve tried to do a good job of pointing out through the last 10 months that Bobby Heenan has been distrustful of Hulk Hogan for years.  This goes back into their time in WWF, not just the WCW run.  Of course Bobby was going to question Hogan…because that’s what Bobby does!  Not even in the midst of the most jingoistic moment of WCW pride that he’s ever had could Bobby not question Hulk Hogan.  That’s why I also added in the last quote…”I told you so.”  Bobby has been against Hogan the entire time and trying to warn us of this.  Sure, it seems odd if you haven’t been watching, but anyone who had been watching wrestling up to this point knows that Heenan is going to question Hogan’s motives and, honestly, disregarded it.  It just happens that at this point he was right.

Thank you, ladies and gentlemen, for coming on this journey with me.  It’s been 10 months and about 200,000 words thus far, and there’s tons more to come, but this is one of the big key moments that I’ve been waiting to get to since I started this in September of last year.  Thank you for coming along with me.

For Derick, Robbie, and Phillip…this is Shane…Hulk Hogan, you can go to hell.  Straight to hell.

-Shane