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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Diamond Dallas Page

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Ice Train

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Konnan (still Mexican Heavyweight Champion)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Chris Benoit

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Harlem Heat (still WCW Tag team Champions)

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: The Giant

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

It’s Sting.

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

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

IT’S STING!

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

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

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

Winners: New World Order

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

Until next time, ladies and gentlemen!

Shane

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KoaNitro copyIt’s been a while, ladies and gentlemen, but fear not…our Ko@2 Time Machine is fired up and the time circuits are set to August 19th, 1996.  Almost 20 years ago and coming to you from Huntsville, Alabama.  We’re a few days removed from the Clash of the Champions and we’re going to start off with a return match from that event for our…

Match #1: VK Wallstreet VS Hacksaw Jim Duggan

Really?  This is the match we want to see again?  We get a quick replay of the end of the match at the Clash, where Hacksaw decided to cheat directly in front of the referee, and failed to do that properly, as he got the referee wrapped up in the tape he was trying to use.

Duggan and Wallstreet get into it at ringside, despite “Worst Referee Ever” Nick Patrick trying to keep that from happening.  Back in the ring we get a duo of clotheslines from Duggan, then Wallstreet tries to go for one of his own, prompting Hacksaw to channel future John Cena and duck then allow Wallstreet to spin himself into a side slam.  Wallstreet is able to take over the advantage before being hit with the Five Knuckle Shuffle, however, and begins taking it to Hacksaw, getting a two count and then going for a rear chin-lock.

We find out that later tonight we’re getting The Giant VS Randy Savage.

Some more back and forth from them until Hacksaw gets a vertical suplex and goes to his tights for some tape.  Nick Patrick sees it and stops him from using it, allowing the tape to go to Wallstreet, who wraps his right fist up.  Patrick tries to stop him and Duggan uses the distraction to get another roll out and tape his fist up.  Both men go to swing, Duggan gets the punch first, in full view of the referee, and gets the win, because Patrick is terrible and didn’t bother DQ’ing both men.

Winner: Hacksaw Jim Duggan

Mean Gene, for some reason, decides to ask Jim Duggan what he thinks about the nWo and Hollywood Hogan.  Duggan says he’s not going to bother yelling at Hogan; he just wants him to think about what he’s doing to his friends and family.  The crowd starts going wild and the camera cuts back to the entry way where “Macho Man” Randy Savage is making his way to the ring.  Hacksaw can’t be bothered to turn slightly to his right and see this, however, as he just keeps asking Mean Gene “what’s happening, Gene?!”

Savage gets in the ring, prompting Duggan to bow up in anticipation of an attack.  Savage tells him that they’re on the same wavelength, so calm down.  He says he’s going after Hogan.  Tonight, though, he’s going after The Giant.  He says The Giant told Savage to step aside and that he would take care of everything, but that didn’t happen, and now the WCW World Championship has nWo spray painted on it.

We cut to commercial and come back to our Hour 1 announcers, Tony Schiavone and Larry Zbyszko, running down the last few weeks as they pertain to The Giant.  We get a quick replay of that squash match with Chris Benoit where Giant chokeslammed him out of his boots.  Tony tells us Benoit and Woman are still having some issues and then puts over The Giant a bit more.

Match #2: Earl Robert Eaton VS “The Canadian Crippler” Chris Benoit w/ Woman & Ms. Elizabeth

Eaton comes out by himself, with no Regal, Taylor, or even Jeeves.  The announcers speak of possible dissention in the ranks of the Blue Bloods.

Quick lock up and then punches, headbutts, and savage kicks from Benoit.  We get an Irish whip into an abdominal stretch, but Eaton powers out.  The two wrestle for a moment and then go to the floor where Benoit runs Eaton’s head into a ringpost.  From there, it’s all Benoit on the floor.  He gets into the ring to break up the count out and Woman takes the moment to attack Eaton with a punt.

Tony sells us on Fall Brawl, saying that around this time every year the WCW wrestlers get a bit more violent.  I love Fall Brawl and love War Games, so I’m very excited about this one coming up in a few weeks.  Tony sells us on War Games by saying that more men have been injured in War Games than any other match in WCW.

Eaton takes over the momentum with a swinging neckbreaker and goes up top for the Alabama Jam.  Is it still the Alabama Jam with this Blue Blood gimmick?  Anyway, Benoit moves, clotheslines the crap out of Eaton, then finishes him off with the top rope diving headbutt.

Winner: Chris Benoit

Yet another damn Glacier commercial.  We’re still about 4 weeks from him finally debuting, though, so damn…

Video replay of the triangle match for the WCW Tag Team Championship where “Most Terrible Referee Ever” Nick Patrick ended the match just when the Steiner Brothers had the match won.  He spotted the Outsiders and ended the match before anyone from the outside involved themselves in the match at all.  We then get the ending to the World Championship match where Hall and Nash beat the hell out of Flair.

Tony kicks us to Mean Gene, backstage with Sting and Lex Luger.  Gene says that he heard there may be a surprise tonight.  Lex asks Sting how many time they’ve faced the Horsemen.  Sting says hundreds.  Lex says tonight, they’ve got a plan.  Gene says he wants info about the surprise and asks Sting.  Sting says there’s a surprise then he and Lex bail.

Match #3: Disco Inferno VS Scott Norton

Disco just taking a beating in this match.  Of course, Disco is playing it a bit more comedic than I would like, but Norton spends most of his time getting in a big move and Disco spends his crawling away on the mat and begging off.  Disco tries to get in some offense, but it’s completely no-sold and Disco gets taken out by one back elbow.

Disco finally gets some momentum by going to Norton’s eyes, but, of course, Disco gonna Disco, so he celebrates instead of going for the DDT he has locked on.  Suplex, shoulder breaker, single arm DDT, and an armbar called the Flash Back for the win.

Winner: Scott Norton

I love Norton squashing fools…but I did not like Disco playing it up as much.  This should have been a straight ass beating with no comedy or hope spots, honestly.  Disco is the kind of guy you can do that to, so they should have capitalized.

We’re backstage with Mean Gene, Teddy Long, and a very heavily taped up Ice Train.  Teddy Long apologizes for not being in Ice Train’s corner at Hog Wild due to being chokeslammed by The Giant.  Teddy says that Norton never beat Ice Train at the PPV, though…the referee stopped the match, and since that referee was Nick Patrick, that’s suspect.  Ice Train spits some gibberish about Soul Trains and Rock & Roll Trains, then says that Norton can’t always jump him from behind, eventually they’ll meet face to face.

Match #4: Lord Steven Regal VS “The Man of 1,000 Holds” Dean Malenko

Match starts off with some beautiful catch wrestling between these two masters.  Weirdly, we cut to commercial about a minute into the match.  Really, WCW…we couldn’t have done this two minutes earlier and just started the match once we came back?

Regal is pretty much in control, showing that off with a nice enziguri before locking on a head and arm hold.  Malenko floats over a hiptoss into a pin, which is really cool.  Regallocks down Dean into a hold on the mat but Malenko is able to get out of it, coming back with two nice German suplexes, the second one for two.  Regal butterfly suplexes Malenko into a tri of two counts.  Regal is all over Malenko in this match.  Regal finally goes for one too many, though, as Malenko wraps him up in a cradle package for the win.

Winner: Dean Malenko

Mean Gene comes to the entry way and welcomes the Horsemen and their entourage.  Double A says that he heard Sting and Luger say they didn’t like the Horsemen.  Arn says he doesn’t need anyone to like him as long as he has the Horsemen.  Flair cuts a quick promo on Sting and Luger, grabbing Liz and pulling her close while he does.  Liz STILL looks so uneasy out there with Naitch.  She just doesn’t fit in with this group.  Hour number two starts and the pyro and music kicks off, but Flair just doesn’t care and keeps cutting his promo.  He calls out Hogan to end it off and we finally kick off to our Hour #2 announce team just in time to cut to commercial.

Match #5: The Nasty Boys VS Public Enemy

Back from commercial break to a tag team.  Bischoff tells us that WWF has issued a lawsuit against WCW and assures us that WCW isn’t going anywhere and that they aren’t going to change the way that they do business.  This is more in response to Hogan and the Outsiders, but starting it off with info about a WWF lawsuit shows what that comment was really aimed at.

The WWE Network version of Public Enemy’s song is not good.  I hate that they can’t use the original songs for so many people.

“Don’t sit down with your notebook and try to keep track of a lot of technical wrestling here.”  Thanks, Eric.  He’s not wrong, though, as immediately the two teams separate and we go into split screen.

Johnny Grunge hits this crazy lucha move where he vaults to the top rope, sits out, and backflips out of a top wrist lock.  Surprisingly agile for a big man and unfortunately it wasn’t really played off for what it was due to the split screen and our announce team talking about the Outsiders at the time.

Rocco Rock goes for an elbow drop off of the ring apron to the floor, but Brian Knobbs moves and Grunge eats the concrete hard.  Grunge gets clotheslined in the corner and then kind of staggers out but really just kind of stands there.  Bischoff plays it off as Grunge being out on his feet, but you can clearly tell he’s just not doing anything.  He eats a Saggs clothesline, but then Rock comes in and helps Grunge double team Saggs.  The Public Enemy set up Saggs for a move through the table, but Saggs moves and both members of the Public Enemy crash through the ringside table.  Elbow drop from Knobbs for the win.

Winners: The Nasty Boys

Mean Gene in the ring with the Nastys.  Again, Gene asks them about the nWo for some reason.  Saggs just says they’re out there to be nasty.  Gene asks Brian Knobbs about his “hanging and banging” with Hulk Hogan.  Yes, it sounded that lame.  Knobbs says that one a friend, always a friend, but transitions quickly to saying that they want the tag team belts for the 4th time.

Can we please stop asking Brian Knobbs about hanging out with Hulk Hogan?  Seriously, we do this every week it seems.  They haven’t turned.  They’re never around him.  There’s really no precedent for them hanging out in story line as the Nastys were always heels and Hogan was always a babyface…it’s just annoying and takes up time.

Commercial break and it’s for the August Issue of WCW Magazine.  You can find that issue in PDF form on this site!  I’ll conveniently link you to it right here!

Match #6: Diamond Dallas Page VS Chavo Guerrero, Jr.

We get a quick recap of the recent history of DDP and the Guerreros, going back to Clash of Champions where DDP beat up Eddie Guerrero after their match when Eddie won the Battle Bowl ring.

DDP is taking the fight to Chavo, overpowering him with his weight and height quite nicely.  DDP gets some big moves in, like a big sit out powerbomb and a hell of a side suplex, but pulls Chavo up out of the pin at 2 each time.  He calls for the Diamond Cutter, drags Chavo up by his hair, but Chavo reverses it and gets a win with a backslide.

Winner: Chavo Guerrero, Jr.

DDP answers back immediately with a Diamond Cutter.   He pulls off Nick Patrick’s belt and starts whipping Chavo unmercifully.  Referee Randy Anderson comes running to the ring and stops DDP, then yells at Nick Patrick and asks why he didn’t stop Page.  Patrick says he tried to then leaves.  Bischoff calls for Patrick’s head, saying the WCW Executive Committee is here and that they need to figure this Nick Patrick stuff out.

Mean Gene catches Patrick on the entrance ramp and asks him what the hell.  He says that Patrick had the chance to stop this before it started, but he did nothing.  Nick Patrick says if he was a cop and this was a hostile environment, he wouldn’t charge in by himself, he would wait for backup.  Mean Gene says that Randy Anderson is half of Patrick’s size.  Patrick says that’s what makes them such a great team, they have each other’s back.  Patrick says that his biggest issue is Mean Gene blowing everything out of proportion!  Gene says he couldn’t help but notice that nice new home that Nick bought as we go to commercial.

Match #7: WCW World Tag Team Championship: American Males VS Harlem Heat (WCW World Tag Team Champions) w/ Sister Sherri & Col. Robert Parker

As I write this, WWE 2K16 just released their Hall of Fame Showcase DLC that included Harlem Heat.  I had so much fun yesterday beating down Sting & Luger with the Heat.  They even added in the Harlem Hangover, one of my favorite finishers ever, so I was quite happy!  They come in their default red outfits that they’re in during this match (plus some entrance gear from Halloween Havoc 1996, which is coming up soon) but I also changed them into their black outfits because I always dug those.  I’m slowing turning that game into a WCW game, and it’s awesome.

The tag team champs are taking it to the American Males.  Of course, they’re outmanned by two once you count in the distractions they have with Harlem Heat’s two managers.  Plus, the referee for this match is Worst Referee Ever, Nick Patrick, yet again, so at this point it’s almost five on two.

Booker misses an elbow drop and comes up with the Spinaroonie, then flows perfectly into a jumping side kick, which is how I like my Spinaroonies to end.  I’ve said it before a ton, but I HATE that being a random taunt like it was in WWE.  It’s just so awesome as a transition.  Stevie Ray gets a little more offense in, tags out to Booker, who comes off the top with a missile dropkick but is caught in mid air by a Scotty Riggs dropkick.  Riggs gets the hot tag to Bagwell, who is a house of fire with dropkicks.  He clears the ring until Booker is able to catch him and attempt a pump-handle slam.  Bagwell reverses it for a pin, but it’s broken up.  Bagwell gets a quick rollup, but kick out at two.  Bagwell attempts to go up top, but Booker shoves him off and into the waiting arms of a Stevie Ray powerslam for the win.

Winners:  Harlem Heat (still WCW World Tag Team Champions)

Match #8: “Nature Boy” Ric Flair & “The Enforcer” Arn Anderson w/ Woman & Ms. Elizabeth VS “Total Package” Lex Luger & Sting

In a world where WWE apparently doesn’t own a lot of the WCW music rights, how can they still use “Man Called Sting” for these episodes of Nitro, but we can’t use it for the WWE video games?  Plus, why can’t I get 1996 brown haired Sting in those games?  It’s my hope that one day, WWE will simply put out a WCW video game.  It’s a long shot and I know deep down it’ll never happen, but still, a mark can dream.

Sting gets in the ring and calls for a mic.  He asks what the chances of getting the other two Horsemen in the ring are.  As we go to a quick commercial, Mongo and The Crippler make their way to the ring.

We come back from commercial and Mean Gene is in the ring with everyone.  Sting says that something is going on in WCW.  He says Lex and himself can’t trust the Horsemen, but the one thing they have in common is that they bleed WCW.  Sting says in 30 days, War Games is coming.  He knows that War Games was created by the Horsemen, for the Horsemen.  However, all respect to Benoit and McMichael, there are only four men in the ring that have ever felt War Games.  Sting says he’s not asking, he’s demanding, those other two spots in War Games.  Double A says he doesn’t like them.  He tells Lex that he can’t just bring in his jiggling pecs to War Games.  However, if he brings the determination that made that body, he can work with that.  Luger asks Flair if in their entire history, if they’ve ever left the ring after a match with Sting and Luger and said “they didn’t bring it all.”  Arn asks if for one night, can Sting put aside the Little Stingers and really bring it?  Arn Anderson says War Games is all about submission.  He says the Outsiders will have to kill him because he’ll never say “I quit.”  Sting says WCW hasn’t been a cake walk for Flair and Anderson, but Sting has lived WCW.  Flair says that he knows who Sting is better than anyone.  Flair says that if Mongo and Benoit step aside, he’ll agree.  Flair says the decision goes to the Horsemen first, though.  Mean Gene asks Benoit his thoughts.  Benoit says he’s waited his whole career to be a Horsemen and to get to this.  He’ll stand behind the Horsemen, though.  Mongo says he knows what it’s like to be on a winning team and what it’s like to sacrifice.  If the big men say this is it, he’s for it.  He tells Luger and Sting, though, that he’ll be watching and if they don’t hold up their end, what the nWo have done to them will feel like a walk in the park.

This segment did an amazing job getting War Games over.  It’s kind of funny, though, hearing Double A talk up how ruthless you have to be in War Games as the Horsemen hardly ever win that match.  War Games is almost always a babyface victory.  However, he just does such an amazing job of getting over how it’s a war, literally, and that it’s not about winning, it’s about destruction.

One of the best parts, to me, was Mongo.  Mongo came across as such a badass here.  He defers to the elder statesmen, but the way that he stands up to Sting and Luger, telling them that if they let his leaders down, he’ll personally hand them their ass…that’s awesome.  It’s so funny that I’m a lot more apologetic of Mongo as a Horseman 20 years after the fact, but I am.  He’s growing on me.

Commercial break…to a paid announcement by the New World Order.

Hall and Nash are in Rome…Rome, Colorado?  They’re basically just in a colosseum looking rotunda being overlooked by the Denver Post building.  It’s the same quick cuts, black and white, type of video.  Nash says that they’ve beat up the Booty Man…the Horsemen beat up the Booty Man…so he’s got to be done by now, right?  He does want to know what the Booty Babe is up to, though.  They finish up by talking some trash about Sting and Luger, then say not to call them, they’ll call us.

Match #9: The Giant w/ Jimmy Hart VS “Macho Man” Randy Savage

Savage wastes absolutely NO TIME, attacking The Giant with a chair during the entrance.  He hammers him all the way to the ringside area, where Randy Anderson takes the chair away from him.  The two battle around ringside for a while until Giant press slams Savage into the ring from the floor.

Bischoff says the WCW Executive Committee has approved the main event to Fall Brawl.  Sting, Luger, Flair and Anderson vs the nWo.

Giant attempts the choke slam, but Savage kicks him in the junk, ending that.  Jimmy Hart enters the ring with a chair, but Savage runs him off.  Savage now has the chair, which brings out the Dungeon of Doom.  Savage hits Hugh Morrus, Big Bubba, The Faces of Fear…he’s nailing everyone with a chair.  The numbers get to be too much, though, so Savage bails.  The Giant goes absolutely nuts, though, and bails out of the ring in an impressive feat of athleticism, and books it to the back after Savage.

We kick back to the announcers who run down the events of the match that never got started.  Bischoff says that if the Giant catches Savage, he’ll eat him!

Bischoff ends the show by reiterating that the War Games match is official.  He says he doesn’t believe that the nWo has a 4th man, though, as the show ends.

 

This was a pretty good show for one that started off with Hacksaw VS VK Wallstreet.  I liked the way the last two “matches” went, honestly, as they pushed forward the storyline of WCW VS the nWo in two different ways.  We get enemies coming together to fight for the greater good.  We get Savage, our third man on the frontlines of the initial attacks showing his displeasure at The Giant for letting the company down, in his eyes.  He doesn’t see it as The Giant being swarmed by three men and being taken advantage of.  He sees it as Giant dropping the ball to his hated enemy and he’s going to take it out on the Giant’s head with a steel chair.  This thing is getting hot and heavy and I’m liking it!

That’s it for this episode, folks!  Join me back here soon for another installment of Kick Out at Nitro!

Shane

Ratings Breakdown

WWF Raw Ratings – 2.9

WCW Nitro Ratings – 3.5

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

(Unopposed weeks – 5)

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

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

 

10 in a row!  74 more, folks!

 

WWF Raw results from this week

WWF IC Title Tournament Quarter-Finals: Owen Hart defeated Davey Boy Smith via count-out after hitting a spin wheel kick on the floor. (10:00)

Vader (w/ Jim Cornette) defeated Freddie Joe Floyd following two Vader Bombs. (4:35)

Goldust (w/ Marlena) won a 4-man battle royal by last eliminating Savio Vega. (8:55)

WWF World Champion Shawn Michaels (w/ Jose Lothario) defeated Yokozuna in a non-title match with the superkick after avoiding a legdrop. (6:02)

 

Owen and Davey Boy sounds pretty awesome, actually.  Vader and Jobber Joe, though…ugh.  I dislike the amount of enhancement guys getting TV at this point in WWE.  HBK in the main event, though, sounds good.  Interesting that Raw is still only an hour.  I wonder when that changes over.

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, everyone, and welcome back to another installment of Kick Out at Nitro!  I apologize for the wait between updates, but life outside of 1996 goes on, unfortunately.

Red and yellow Hulk Hogan is still all over the opening of this show, which is silly.  C’mon, guys, let’s get this updated.

Nitro comes to us yet again from Disney/MGM Studios in Orlando, FL.  Is this now the 5th episode from the same place?  Don’t get me wrong, it’s pretty sweet, but I’m actually wondering how they escaped rain in 5 weeks in Florida.  It’s like clockwork down here in the summer…it will rain every day and it will rain hard.

Tony and Larry start us off, pointing out an interesting bit of coincidence in showing four empty seats at ringside and speculating that they were seats for the nWo.  Larry lets us know that tonight, the wrestlers will take care of security.  Out come the mid-carders in street gear, encircling the ring and apparently there as enforcers.  Interestingly enough, the first two out are Big Bubba and Scott Norton…two future members of the New World Order.

Match #1: WCW World Tag Team Championship Match: Rock and Roll Express VS Harlem Heat (WCW Tag Team Champions) w/ Sister Sherri & Col. Robert Parker

Harlem Heat are going to be included as DLC in the new WWE video game in a match against The Outsiders (which I would imagine is from Halloween Havoc of this current Nitro year).  I’m super excited about this!

Tony tells us that tonight we’ll see The Booty Man take on Ric Flair!  Where the hell did they find the Booty Man?!

The match almost starts off with Morton and Stevie Ray, but Stevie quickly tags out to Booker as Larry tells us that was due to Morton being the quicker of the two R&R Express, so they wanted to match speed since Booker is the faster of Harlem Heat.

Harlem Heat pretty much controls the match through the first commercial break and a while more once they come back from it, tagging out with quick tags and beating down Ricky Morton, as is usual in a Rock and Roll Express match.

This is the go-home show to Hog Wild, which really makes me excited.  I am going to have to try to track down WCW Saturday Night from that night as well, as it was also live from Sturgis, but Saturday Night has proven a bit harder to track down than other WCW shows, sadly.

Booker T is yelling at his managers for not concentrating on the match and fawning over each other.  Booker misses an elbow drop but spins back to his feet and nails the Harlem side kick.  That’s how I like Booker doing that move…not as a stand-alone taunt, but as a transition.  It’s so much smoother and less “fake” than the way WWE made him do it.  Morton gets the hot tag to Gibson, who comes in and takes it to Harlem Heat.  They get a double dropkick on Booker, which brings in Sister Sherri to try to break it up.  Gibson grabs her and shoves her away, which brings up Parker to defend his lady’s honor.  Gibson nails him, but Stevie Ray hits Gibson from behind and Booker is able to roll him up for the win.

Winners: Harlem Heat

Mean Gene is at the entry way with the Nasty Boys.  Brian Knobbs says they’re Hulk Hogan’s friend, but Hogan’s doing what he wants to do and they do what they want to do.  Luger and Sting (their opponents tonight) come out and Sting wants to know if they’re going to be with WCW or with the Outsiders.  Saggs says they’re going to stand right here in Nastyville, not giving us an answer at all, and says it’s none of their business.  Luger says they’re going to make it their business and they leave as we go to commercial break.

Yet another Glacier commercial.  Getting comical at this point.  We’re going on two months of these.  This dude is never going to debut.

Match #2: Malia Hosaka w/ Sonny Onoo VS Madusa

I have no idea who Malia Hosaka is, but she’s hot!

Pretty back and forth, hard hitting match, honestly.  Hosaka takes forever applying a Figure 4, which I don’t know if she was trying to go for a spinning toe hold beforehand or if it was just taking her a long time to get the move locked on.  Hosaka let’s go of the hold and locks Madusa’s leg for a legbreaker in a way that I’ve never seen it applied.  Usually that move is done with the other person facing down, but Hosaka does it with Madusa on her back and it looked brutal.

Tony tells us that a limo has arrived at Nitro.  We see it just outside the ring area with its blinkers on.  Clear day, parked, blinkers on…yep, they’re definitely in Florida.

Madusa superplexes Hosaka off the top, then running dropkicks Sonny Onoo off the apron.  Hosaka pins Madusa for the win.

Winner: Malia Hosaka

Um…what?  Check out the finish to this match.  It’s random.  Madusa is clearly on the offensive and Hosaka just pins her for the win.  So random.

Commercial break, advertising Chris Benoit and WCW Saturday Night.  John Tenta VS Big Bubba…um, maybe I will hold off on trying to find this episode after all.

We get a replay of three weeks ago when Malenko attacked Benoit during his match with Eddie Guerrero, costing Benoit the match via count out.  Tony tells us that Malenko said that he and Jimmy Hart have a business arrangement.  If Malenko takes Benoit out, he’ll get another shot at the Cruiserweight Championship.  Now, Hart has nothing to do with the Cruiserweight title, so I have no clue how he would pull this off, but we’re then told that Rey Jr. will defend the title against Malenko on WCW’s Saturday morning show.

Match #3: “Das Wunderkind” Alex Wright VS “The Canadian Crippler” Chris Benoit w/ Woman & Ms. Elizabeth

Woman is looking good!  She’s in a white halter top kind of deal with a leather jacket and black leather pants.

Benoit takes it to Wright in the corner from the offset, just hammering him with kicks.  Nick Patrick pulls Benoit off of Wright, chastising him, and allowing Wright to capitalize with a European uppercut and a barrage of his own.  Benoit escapes to the floor to slow things down as the announcers bring up the limo again.  Benoit takes Wright’s head off with a clothesline and then slaps Wright in the face hard a few times before they starts chain wrestling a bit.  Wright hits a duo of smooth headscissor dropkicks and then taking Benoit down with an armdrag and starting to work on the arm a bit.  Wright whips Benoit to the opposite corner and tries to dive in after him, but Benoit moves and Das Wunderkind eats turnbuckle.

Benoit controls the match from this point and out comes Jimmy Hart to get in Woman’s face, telling her that Benoit will never win her a World Championship.  Hart says that Woman has someone in the back that she needs to be with, so I’m sure he’s talking about Sullivan.  Out comes Dean Malenko, who grabs Woman by the arm and tries to pull her backstage.  Benoit dives out of the ring and onto Malenko and the two brawl to the back, including Benoit Irish whipping Malenko into a palm tree, into the commercial break.

Winner: Alex Wright (via countout)

For those of you who saw my review on the Mattel Elite 37 Dean Malenko action figure, it does appear that Malenko wears his socks a bit higher than his boots.  I guess I just never paid attention to it until I saw it on the action figure.  I stand corrected.

Match #4: Lord Steven Regal w/ Jeeves VS “Macho Man” Randy Savage

As Tony tells us that Randy Savage is a man to trust here in WCW, Savage comes to the ring decked out in black and white.  Um, maybe a different outfit now that the nWo had taken over those two colors, Randy?

“Macho Man is insane.  He tried to tackle a limosine last week!” – Larry Zbyszko

Regal wins the opening mat wrestling volley and tries to show off, but Savage gets the better of him off of that exchange.  The two men trade the match back and forth as we hit Hour # 2 and Tony tells us that there is no Bobby Heenan or Eric Bischoff to trade off to, so Larry and Tony will be our Hour #2 announcers.

Savage fires back as we head into Hour #2 and out walk Sting and Lex Luger.  They have a seat with the fans in two of the four empty seats at ringside that Tony has been speculating may be for the nWo.  Somebody tries to shake Lex’s hand but Lex doesn’t see him, so the guy walks off.  The guy sitting beside Sting is totally no-selling the entire deal, which is funny.

Savage takes Regal outside and slams him into the seats that Sting and Luger are sitting in.  He takes him back in, scoop slam, and flying elbow for the win.

Winner: Randy Savage

Right before Savage hit, Regal does this super interesting thing where it’s like he can see that Savage is going to his and he just has no way of stopping it, so he flails his arms and tries to move but it’s just too late.  Such a cool little moment and shows how good Regal is.

The moment the match is over, Sting and Luger make a beeline for the limo.  They open the doors and Sting pulls out a flower arrangement.  It says “Condolences on the Death of WCW.”

Mean Gene is in the ring with Macho Man and tells us that Savage cut a deal and he’ll be the first man to face either the Giant or Hogan, whichever wins, for the Championship.  I’m guessing that’s at Halloween Havoc, but I’m certain that Flair gets a title shot at Clash of Champions, so I’m interested to see how this plays out.

Sting comes in and says no one was in the limo, but tells us what they found in the limo.  Savage says this is the style of the nWo, no face-to-face, always cheap shots.  He says the Outsiders want no part of the Stinger and his friend Lex.  Funny how Lex is now his friend when the two hated each other just a few months ago.  Sting says the Outsiders aren’t bad guys…these are some nice flowers…he just hopes they can get their money back since WCW is alive and well.  Sting holds the bouquet while Savage kicks a field goal with it and we’re off to a commercial headed by a quick video of the Booty Man dancing.

We get a recap of WCW Saturday Night and we see Ric Flair beating up the Guerreros, then Eddie cuts a promo on the nWo while Rey Jr. tries to name the guys who jumped him, still able to only name 3 of them.

Match #5: WCW United States Championship Match: The Booty Man w/ The Booty Babe VS “The Nature Boy” Ric Flair (WCW United States Champion) w/ Woman, Ms. Elizabeth, and Debra McMichael

Kim is still looking pretty damn good!  Sorry if this is turning into the “Shane lusts after WCW valets” edition of Ko@Nitro, but damn, this one is pretty good for the eye candy.  She makes a comment about everyone looking “Bootyful” and apparently doesn’t feel that it landed, so she does it again.

Double A walks to the ring with a folding chair and pulls up a seat at ringside, joining the impromptu WCW Security Staff.  We see Mongo and Benoit hanging out back at the palm tree in the entry way as well.

Flair is beating down Booty Man and all is well.

Meng is standing at ringside in normal attire.  A WCW crew shirt, pants, and his hair pulled back.  Meng, looking normal, is odd…but still pretty damn scary.

Bobby Heenan makes his way to ringside, showing us that this match is going to be more about who shows up at ringside instead of what’s happening between the ropes.  They ask Heenan what’s going on, he says last week they couldn’t guarantee his security, so he bounced.  He says this week all of the WCW guys are around so he’s feeling better, but he’s been standing backstage waiting on Bischoff and he just wants someone to give him some direction.  Bobby says no one can guarantee him any security, so he’s bouncing again.

Flair locks on the Figure 4 with his hands on the top ropes.  In come the Horsemen and they beat the crap out of the Booty Man.  Larry makes a good point in that now isn’t a good time to be a friend of Hulk Hogan.  The Horsemen beat down Booty Man some more.  Arn takes his folding chair to Booty Man’s leg and the Horsemen continue to attack the leg as Flair applies the Figure 4 again and Mongo chokes Booty Man out.

Gene gets in the ring and yells at Double A, which is not a good idea.  He says that last week Arn was a victim but now he’s a perpetrator.   Double A says last week when he saw all of the WCW guys together, he knew that they were to be brought together by necessity.  He says he tried to remember where he heard the term “New World Order,” and he heard it in the Good Book.  When the New World Order comes to pass, that’s the end of the world.  WCW is their world and they’re going to defend it.  Arn says that if you’re going to attack a Horseman with a baseball bat, you finish the job.  The nWo want to learn about gang fighting?  Well, the Horsemen are the ORIGINAL gang!  You send one of theirs to the hospital, they’ll send one of yours to the morgue.  Benoit and Mongo cut one line promos.  Flair grabs a mic and says “Hogan…watch this!”  He kicks Booty Man a few more times and yells “tell Hogan!”  Flair tells Hogan that he can wake up one day and pretend he’s bad, but when he laid his hands on Flair’s best friend, he messed up.  He tells Hogan “any time, any place.”

Man, as much as WCW’s babyfaces rally against the Outsiders, the Horsemen should have been the first line of defense and a much bigger deal than they were in this angle.  I love them beating up Booty Man, who is a babyface, just because he’s a friend of Hogan.  They’re showing that they’re sending a message and they’ll hurt anyone.  The Horsemen should have ended up being the Black Ops of WCW…the guys who aren’t afraid to get blood on their hands to do what needs to be done.

We get a commercial break and a replay of last week’s attack backstage.  It’s pretty much played in it’s entirety.  We come back and Larry goes super biblical on Hogan, telling him he’s the Antichrist, says to shave the rest of his head and he’ll find the 666 and that the only thing left for him is the lake of fire!  Damn, Larry, no need to go straight hellfire and brimstone on the man.

Commercial break.

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

The Outsiders are joking about taking out Sting on Saturday Night and then taking out the guys backstage.  Hall wonders if Billionaire Ted’s Atlanta Braves need some more homerun hitters since they’re two guys who can swing bats.  Hogan says that the day after Hog Wild is his birthday.  Hall says it’s just business, nothing personal.  The tape stops out of nowhere and we hear someone from the production truck in the headsets of very surprised announcers.  We hear that it’s Craig Leathers, the producer, and that Sting and Luger are in the production truck telling them to stop the tape.

Leathers is arguing with Sting, telling him that it was a paid spot.  Sting says who cares and asks him where the nWo letters are on his shirt.  Someone is on the phone telling the person on the other end what is happening.

“Free pot pie and soda in our trailer.” – Sting

“Oh really?!  That sounds nice!” – Lex Luger

Yes, that exchange happened.

Match #6: WCW World Heavyweight Championship Match:  Sgt. Craig “Pitbull” Pittman w/ Teddy Long VS The Giant (WCW World Heavyweight Champion) w/ Jimmy Hart

WHY IS THIS A TITLE MATCH?!

I get the idea that The Giant is a fighting champion and, honestly, every singles match he’s been in thus far since winning the title has been a championship match, but damn.  If Pittman were able to win, are they really thinking they’ll sell Hog Wild on Pittman VS Hogan?

That being said, kudos to Teddy Long for being the type of manager that can get his man a title match with no build up within just a few weeks of taking on a client.  Teddy really is a damn good manager, apparently, and no one is touching on this!

Random bouts of Pittman hitting Giant, including a flying headbutt with no effect, chokeslam, three count.

Winner: The Giant (still WCW Champion)

Giant goes to chokeslam Pittman again, but T-Lo begs him not to.  Giant relents…then sends T-Lo to the mat.  Sorry, playa.

Mean Gene is in the ring with the Champion.  Jimmy Hart starts cutting a promo on Hogan, but Gene cuts him off and says that the limo is back.  Jimmy says that at Hog Wild, Giant will be ready for Hogan, before running behind Giant’s back.  Hart also looks terrified and his voice goes even higher (yes, it’s possible), which is cool because he’s showing he’s freaking terrified of being attacked and is hiding behind his Giant.  Giant says he was born to be champion and that he doesn’t feel sorry about any of the people he’s destroying.  He tells Hogan his fifteen minutes of fame are up.  He says if Hogan has any guts at all, show up in Sturgis and he’ll show them to him.

Back from commercial we hear that last week, Savage was able to get the briefcase with his money in it back from the Horsemen, but during a match on Saturday Night, out came Debra and Mongo to steal it back.

Match #7: The Nasty Boys VS Sting and Lex Luger

The Steiners come out to help provide security for Sting and Luger.

Nastys are controlling he match, keeping Sting in their corner and working him over with quick tags.  While I understand where they’re going and it’s honestly a normally laid out tag match, with Sting and Luger fired up, WCW on a roll, Horsemen kicking the shit out of known Hogan associates, then Sting and Luger should be destroying these guys so that we get fired up for Hog Wild and their match with the Outsiders.

Hot tag to Luger and Luger follows my advice and destroys the Nastys.  Luger goes for the torture rack but is attacked from behind by the other Nasty Boy, spilling everyone outside.  Saggs tries to piledrive Luger on the floor but is met with a hell of a Steinerline by Rick Steiner.  In the ring, Sting locks Saggs in the Deathlock for the win.

Winners: Sting and Lex Luger

Tony: “If he hooks it on Hall or Nash this Saturday, I hope he keeps it on until Sunday.”

Larry: “Make it Monday.”

Tony: “Yeah, why not!”

Larry: “Then we’ll be back on Nitro!”

Tony: “We’ll take a shot of it in the center of the ring.”

I liked this exchange.

Back from break and Gene is in the ring with Luger, Stinger, and two little kids.  The kids do Luger’s pose, to a pop from the crowd, and the guys show them out.  Gene mentions the match at Hog Wild, but Sting asks if Gene mentioned a limo.  Gene says yeah.  Lex goes “again?!”  Sting asks if the crowd things the Outsiders will be in it this time.  Sting asks if they should go check it out and the crowd says yeah.

Luger’s snide comments are killing me tonight.  I love this.

“Are you kidding me?  Is this a rib?”  Gene asks.  Sting leads the WCW guys to the limo.  A leather “TURNER” briefcase is hurled out of the door at Sting as the door slams shut and the limo drives off.  The show goes off the air here.

BUT…we’re we apparently get exclusive footage after the show that I don’t remember ever seeing before.  They open the briefcase and it’s a flyer with the nWo logo that says “Rey was right, there were four guys…or were there five?”  Luger and Sting make fun of this and our bonus footage comes to an end.

 

The extra footage at the end was cool.  I really don’t remember ever seeing this.  I’m certain that it’s about to show up on the next seven shows and I’ll look like an idiot for not remembering it, but still…pretty cool.

I liked this show!  WCW banded together and made a strong effort after getting their asses kicked last week.  The nWo was nowhere to be seen, which was also good.  Don’t kill your crowd with them over and over again.  They made their point last week, now let WCW shine as we go into Hog Wild.

The Horsemen kicking the living hell out of the Booty Man was awesome.  I loved everything about that segment.  I’m telling you, I’m not one to go back and retroactively fantasy book, but like I said before, The Horsemen should have played a MUCH larger part in all of this.  That segment was the most pumped up I have been in a while.  Seriously, check it out.  So good.  Arn Anderson can be the scariest man in the world sometimes.  He’s like you’re Dad when he’s angry.  Not at you, mind you, but you KNOW that anger because you’ve seen him when he’s upset…so you just have to stand back in awe of what vengeance is about to be laid down on someone due to this.  So amazing.

Good in ring stuff, honestly.  Glad that Giant/Pittman was two minutes long because it shouldn’t be any longer than that.  Giant is killing fools left and right to show he’s ready to kill Hogan and that’s exactly what he should be doing.

Our next installment is Hog Wild, ladies and gentlemen!  I’m very excited about this.

Be sure to check out my video review of Mattel’s new Dean Malenko figure.  I also plan on having a new issue of WCW Magazine uploaded sometime this week as well, so be on the lookout for that.

Until next time!

Shane

Ratings Breakdown

WWF Raw Ratings – 2.8

WCW Nitro Ratings – 3.0

(Raw – 17, Nitro – 25) (Tie Weeks – 2)

(Unopposed weeks – 5)

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

WCW’s longest Winning Streak (to this point) – 8

 

A close victory, but a victory nonetheless!

WWF Raw results from this week

Jerry Lawler pinned Aldo Montoya after hitting two piledrivers. (2:34)

The Body Donnas (Skip & Zip) defeated The New Rockers (Marty Jannetty & Leif Cassidy) via disqualification when the Smoking Gunns interfered. (8:48)

WWF Intercontinental Champion Ahmed Johnson won an 11-man battle royal by last eliminating Goldust. (16:03)

 

Ugh!  A squash match, two midcard tag teams, and a battle royal.  This should be nowhere near this episode of Nitro, much less .2 away from it.  I believe this is the episode where Lawler pours Jack Daniels down Justin Credible’s throat, though, since Jerry’s currently trying to call out Jake the Snake, so at least that segment is entertaining.

KoaNitro copyWelcome, everyone, to another awesome episode of WCW Monday Nitro and another edition of the Web’s greatest Nitro chronicle, Kick Out at Nitro!  Tonight, we’re back yet again at Disney MGM Studios, ready to bring you some awesome WCW action!

We start off with Larry and Tony running down the card.  Larry drops his “new world odor” line that I’ll learn to hate but that Larry will not stop trying to get over.

Tony takes us to some video footage of the Outsiders in Cincinnati.  Luger and Sting are walking out of the arena when Luger is called away for a phone call.  As Luger is called away, the Outsiders jump Sting and beat the crap out of them.  It’s really grainy and shot on a handheld camera (we assume by Syxx…but we’ll get to that later on in the next few months), but it does a great job at getting the Outsiders over as thugs.  It’s also something we haven’t seen in wrestling since the Horsemen did this to Dusty back in the day.  I liked it.

Match #1: Mike Enos VS Hacksaw Jim Duggan

WCW Saturday Night is leaking out into Nitro, it seems.

“Oh, not Hacksaw!” – Larry Zbyszko

We’re told that our main event will be Benoit, Mongo, and Flair (who they make a big deal of mentioning WILL be here this week) versus Sting, Luger, and Savage.

Generic, boring match, honestly.  I hate not writing detailed rundowns of every match, but honestly, as we’ve gone to two hours, I’ve learned that these write-ups can hit the upper side of five and six thousand words, so some of these matches are going to get pretty basic write-ups…especially if the match itself isn’t very good.  Which, truthfully, this one wasn’t.  It wasn’t terrible…but just not evenful.

That being said, Hacksaw takes a weird bump off of an offensive shoulder block from the Irish whip…it was odd.  Hacksaw goes for a sunset flip that Enos stops, causing Hacksaw to reach up and pull the tights, showing us more of Mike Enos than we ever wanted to see.  Especially since it only resulted in a two count.  Enos follows with a Rude Awakening and goes for a splash, but Hacksaw moves.

Referee gets in Enos’s face, Hacksaw uses the opportunity to tape his fist and get the win with a sucker punch.

Winner: Hacksaw Jim Duggan

In an odd move, Tony decrys Hacksaw for using a foreign object and Larry acts like it’s cool.  Sure, Larry would defend heel behavior, but he’s doing so for the babyface, especially Hacksaw, who he’s not a fan of.

Mean Gene is in the ring with Hacksaw and Gene asks him about the New World Order.  I’m guessing Gene’s new deal is to just ask everyone in the roster what they think about the angle that they’re not involved in.  Hacksaw cuts a promo on Hogan letting down the kids, but then follows it up with this:

“Hulk Hogan…you’re a great technical wrestler.”

Not gonna lie, I think Hacksaw just lost what credibility he had with me…

Commerical break and promo for WCW Saturday Night where we’ll get Flair VS Chavo, Giant VS Knobbs, and Benoit VS Savage.

Match #2: “Nature Boy” Ric Flair, “The Crippler” Chris Benoit, & Steve “Mongo” McMichael w/ Woman, Debra, & Ms. Elizabet VS Sting, “Total Package” Lex Luger, & “Macho Man” Randy Savage

I thought this was the main event.

The babyfaces hit the ring hard, with Savage attacking people on the Floor, Luger following suit, and Sting going for the punches in the corner on Flair.  People aren’t even out of their entrance gear as we go to a commercial break and obligatory Glacier promo.

Back from the break and we’re finally calmed down.  Babyfaces are in one corner and Benoit is in the ring to start the match.  He’ll be facing off with Sting.  Benoit backs him into the corner and gets in some hard hits, but Sting fires back with a back bodydrop and a clothesline.  Benoit tags in Flair, who makes a beeline for Savage.  Sting backs Flair into the corner, punches, whips him opposite side where Flair does his flip over the turnbuckle.  Luger punches him off of the apron and Savage attacks on the floor, using Flair to destroy the Horsemen’s VIP section.  Flair runs to the ring to escape but is met with a gorilla press slam.  Sting tags out to Savage.

Savage points at Liz, prompting Flair to jump outside and kiss her on the mouth, further pissing off Savage.  They brawl for a bit before tagging out to Mongo and Luger.  These two bulls basically just lock up and roll around for a bit before Mongo tags out to Flair.  Flair chops Luger, Luger fires up, gorilla press slam, and Flair head to the floor but is caught with a vertical suplex on the apron for a two count.  Flair tags out to Benoit, who backs Luger into the corner and takes it to him with about fifteen stomps to the corner.  Savage jumps in to take out Benoit.  As the referee takes care of Savage, Flair gets a cheap shot in on Luger.  Benoit tags out to Flair, Luger tags to Sting, and Sting goes on the offensive.  Sting gets a superplex for two before it’s broken up by Benoit.

Sting gets a sunset flip over the ropes, but Flair tags out to Mongo, who drops an elbow and nails Sting with a massive clothesline in the corner, followed by a backbreaker and a tag to the Crippler.  Back clothesline for two and a back suplex as the crowd chants for the Stinger.  Two count off of the back suplex and Benoit yells at Sting and slaps him in the face for good measure before tagging back out to Flair.

Sting tries to win with a backslide but Benoit stops that.  The announcers sing Benoit’s praises, which is a theme since Great American Bash.  That event really was Benoit’s turning point as a performer in this company.  It’s like everyone knew he was good, but after that night, we’ve all agreed he’s on another level.  Flair puts on the Figure 4 but Sting is able to reverse it.  Flair tries it again but Sting rolls him into a small package for two.  Flair tags out to Benoit, who attacks the legs of Sting and then hits a beautiful snap suplex for two.  Benoit follows that up with a Liontamer that Luger breaks up.  It’s always interesting to see Benoit use the high angle Boston Crab long before Jericho made it his main move.

Nitro_7-29-96_5Jimmy Hart runs out and starts pleading with the camera man to follow him because the Outsiders are in the back.  A cameraman leaves with him as Jimmy Hart tries to get Lex Luger to stop kicking Flair’s ass and follow him.  He finally convinces the babyfaces and they start to exit the ring.  We cut to the back where Hall and Nash are taking out Marc Bagwell and Arn Anderson with baseball bats.

“They’ve got baseball, the coward jerks!” – Larry Zbyszko.

Out comes Scotty Riggs and he gets the business as well.  Rey Mysterio, Jr. tries to jump off of some railing on the trailer onto Nash, but Nash catches him and throws him like a lawn dart into the side of the trailer.  Hall and Nash get into a waiting limo and start to go, but Savage runs into frame, jumps on top of the limo, and is frantically punching the occupants through the sun roof as the limo leaves the arena.  Suddenly every WCW babyface is in the back as we hear the bell ring.

Winner: No Contest, double count out

Eddie Guerrero is checking on Rey Jr, the Horsemen are around Double A and Woman is crying her eyes out over it.  Trainers are seeing to the injured talent as a firetruck comes in with full sirens wailing.

This scene is awesome.  It’s chaos.  People are talking over everyone.  Babyfaces are checking on babyfaces.  Rey Jr is screaming that there were four men when there were only actually two, leaving us to wonder if he saw two more men before the camera got there or if Nash tossed him so hard that he’s seeing double.  Larry makes that comment the moment that I type it, showing that great minds think alike.

The story behind this is that the local Orlando fans thought this was a legit attack so they called the cops, which is why we have firetrucks showing up and cops on the scene.  They’re doing an amazing job of selling this, too, which is amazing.  The fact that this show is now in pure chaos and you have everyone back there is just a touch of realism that we really haven’t seen in a long time.  Rey keeps shouting that there were four men and Eddie keeps telling him that there are only three.  The EMTS are trying to take off Rey’s mask but he’s doing his damnedest to keep that from happening.  They finally get his mask off and Rey has his hands covering his face.  Benoit is watching them see to Arn and it looks like he’s legit about to cry.

The hushed tones everyone’s speaking in coupled with the yells from the wrestlers is just such an awesome scene.

Rey won’t shut up about there being four men, though.

Larry mentions how much Benoit looks up to Double A, which is nice that they’ve pointed out Benoit’s emotions here.

Nitro_7-29-96_20Riggs is on a stretcher and wearing a neck brace.

Meng comes in and gets in Benoit’s face, while Jimmy Hart tries to keep storyline from happening during this.  It’s odd, honestly, and it’s the one thing that’s kind of broken up the seriousness of the issue that’s happening.

We cut back to Larry and Tony, who speculate on Rey’s phantom fourth man as we go to commercial break.

We come back and it’s now the second hour, so Tony and Larry are joined by Bobby and Bischoff.  Heenan apparently shops in the same place as Zbyszko.  Bobby says he’s not going to cut a wrestling promo, he’s going to speak to Eric man-to-man.  He says he has a history of neck issues.  He shows us a trembling in his right hand to highlight this.  He says this job isn’t worth it to him and if Bischoff can’t guarantee his safety, he’s not doing the broadcast.  Bischoff says he’s not going to argue with him right now and that Heenan can do what he needs to do.  Heenan throws down his headset and papers and bounces.

Our backstage area is now overrun with uniforms.

The crowd is now chanting “boring, boring” and apparently they do not have any monitors or any way to show the fans what is happening backstage.  That’s a bold move.  We’ve not spent about twenty minutes with no in-ring product to show these fans and now way to show them what’s happening to the wrestlers to cause this.  I honestly feel that it would have played off a lot better if the fans could be seeing this.

Nitro_7-29-96_13Fans start chanting “n-W-o, n-W-o!”

They load up Arn Anderson into an ambulance as Flair and Woman get in with him.  Bagwell is on a stretcher, surrounded by Sting, Luger, Doug Dillinger, and some of the EMTs.  There’s some confusion as it looks like the EMTs were trying to load up Bagwell into the ambulance that Double A is already in.

Bischoff says that he’s heard from the back that they do have standby matches ready to go.  They’ve now moved Double A to the side of the ambulance so that they can both now be loaded in.  Sting gets in the ambulance as well and the announcers sell the gravity of this as it has caused Flair and Sting to ride together.  Bischoff sends us to another commercial break.

Match #3: High Voltage VS The Steiner Brothers

The Steiners come out visibly distraught.  Rick looks like someone just killed his best friend and Scott almost seems like he’s wiping away tears.  We get another quick look backstage where Scotty Riggs is finally being put on the ambulance while Lex Luger looks on.

It’s Singlet City in the ring for this match.  So much bright colored spandex!  Match starts off with a Scott Steiner hip toss, arm lock, then into a fireman’s carry and a key lock on the arm.  The announcers mention that this is very unlike the Steiners that we’re used to seeing since they’re usually very high energy and really take it to them.  Rick isn’t even on the ring apron.  He’s pacing around the ring, refusing to get up on the apron.  Scott keeps taking it to Kaos and finally coaxes Rick into tagging in.  Kaos takes over and tags in Rage, allowing the two to hit a double dropkick before another quick tag out to Rage for a double suplex in the center of the ring.  High Voltage definitely have their head in the game whereas the Steiners clearly do not.  I wonder if it’s due to the fact that the ones hurt were more mid to upper carders and that’s where the Steiners hang out, where High Voltage are more used to the Saturday Night crowd.  Maybe if the Outsiders took out The Mauler and Bobby Eaton, High Voltage would be more shook up.

Rick tags out to Scott, who comes in kicking ass.  Clotheslines and a tiger driver and a tag out to Rick, who rushes Rage into the corner and hits a giant damn Steinerline.  Quick tag out to Scott, Steiner Screwdriver for the win!

Winners: The Steiner Brothers

Holy crap, the Steiner Screwdriver!  For those of you who have never seen it, it’s a vertical suplex that Scott drops into a seated tombstone piledriver.  It looked like it killed Robbie Rage.  Scott Steiner is one of my favorite wrestlers ever because of stuff like this.  Look up the innovative moves that dude has.  This, the Frankensteiner, the moonsault fallaway slam…freaking amazing stuff!

Commercial break, back to our new replacement match.

Match #4: Big Bubba w/ Jimmy Hart VS Eddie Guerrero

We get this match instead of what would have been an amazing Eddie VS Rey Jr. match…thanks, Outsiders, ya jerks!

Bubba slaps Eddie and sends him to the floor, then celebrates.  Eddie comes back in, pays him back, and almost dives out of the ring onto him on the floor but thinks better of it.  Bubba sends him high into the air and he falls back down hard, allowing Bubba time to slap Eddie around on the mat.

Eric tells us that the Giant is here and will wrestle, but he clearly won’t defend the title against Arn Anderson as he was scheduled to.  I wonder what Hogan thought, in kayfabe, about WCW giving title shots out when he has a match already scheduled for two weeks from now.  Would he want someone other than The Giant to be champ?  What if Double A won?  Double A kind of has Hogan’s number, as we saw at the beginning of the year when he got two wins in a row over Hogan.

Hold on…

Is that why this attack happened?!  I think I finally figured it out!  Hogan has beaten the Giant.  He knows he can do it.  However, Anderson has Hogan’s number, so he has Hall and Nash take out Anderson so that he doesn’t have to potentially face him at Hog Wild!  The logic is sound!

Sadly, Big Bubba takes control of this match, beating down Eddie and keeping him grounded.

Bischoff says that they have the national news calling to find out what’s going on backstage.  He says now that “a number” of people are now reporting four men.  Four men to take out one of the FOUR HORSEMEN!

Yes, I know it’s a stretch…but, don’t tell me the logic isn’t there, because I know it is.

I’m guessing the 4th man would be Syxx…despite him being the sixth man in the nWo.  We already saw that someone was filming the Outsiders when they beat down Sting and Luger, and we later see that Syxx is kind of their cameraman, so theoretically he’s already hanging out with them, he just isn’t public yet.

Eddie begins to go on offense and Jimmy Hart tries his best to shut that mess down.  He distracts the referee and throws Bubba his megaphone.  Eddie is able to get a sunset flip for the win, though.

Winner: Eddie Guerrero

Oh, I forgot to mention, Eddie was in the black singlet.

Commercial break:

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

Black and white, quick cuts, crazy promo from the nWo.  I love the idea that they had to pay for airtime.  It would be silly for WCW to allow them promo time during Nitro, but them paying for airtime on TNT…so it HAS to be shown…that’s brilliant.

Is this the debut of the nWo logo?  I love that logo.  So simple, but just so awesome.  I need to find my nWo shirt and start rocking that thing again.

The promo is full of quick cuts of promo, mostly Hall and Nash just joking around, asking Lex Luger how much he benches.  It’s so different from anything wrestling related we’ve seen before, and that’s brilliant.  Hogan says that he forgot that he’s wrestling the Giant on the 10th.  This is just so cool!

Nitro_7-29-96_23We come back from that to Tony and Larry, mentioning that Eric has left the broadcast booth due to the stuff that’s going on.  There’s a pretty long period where no one is in the ring, which, again, this has to be a really damn boring show for those in attendance.  We get a video recap of what’s happened earlier in the night, taking more time from the in-ring product.  This is a great show on TV, but it has to be awful live.

Match #5: WCW World Heavyweight Championship Match: Greg “The Hammer” Valentine VS The Giant (WCW World Heavyweight Champion) w/ Jimmy Hart

Damn, Greg Valentine just stepped into a huge opportunity in kayfabe terms.  He’s just randomly handed a WCW World Championship opportunity due to the fact that the nWo killed everyone.  Imagine if he were to win the title tonight!

The crowd is kind of dead for this one, but I think I would have been too if I had been watching an empty ring for 1/3 of this show and then got a title match with a guy that was never that big of a draw even in WWF.  At least they had the good sense to put the big stars all together earlier in the night so that everyone basically got to see the entirety of that match before they left.

Valentine rocks Giant with some clotheslines and tries to go up top.  Giant chokeslams him off of the top, then picks him up and chokeslams him again in the center of the ring for good measure.  That’s literally the match, folks.

Winner: The Giant (still WCW World Champion)

Giant looks in the camera and says “Listen really close, Hulk Hogan.  Listen really close.”

We end the show with Mean Gene in the ring with Jimmy and The Giant.  The Giant is posing, mocking Hulk Hogan.  Giant starts off with a Hogan promo, with “Lemme tell ya something Mean Gene, I’ve been to the top of the mountain, brother.  I’ve walked through the valley of the shadow of death…”  Gene asks him what’s he on about and Giant says that it’s easy to fall into the con.  Hogan made everyone believe in him, but he never believed in himself.  Giant says while Hogan was making movies, Giant was beating the best talent in the world.  He tells WCW that if they don’t all hang together, they’ll hang separately.  He tells Hogan that he has a chokeslam noose that’ll fit just fine around Hogan’s neck.

For some damn reason, Gene asks Jimmy Hart his opinion, and Jimmy spends a ton of time running his mouth, but ends it nicely with “I promise you this, Hulk Hogan…we’ll take you out.”  With that, we get a slo-mo replay of Kevin Nash darting Rey Jr. into the side of the production truck and we go off the air.

 

This episode!  I’ve been waiting for this episode for a while.  I’ve lovingly referred to it as “the episode where the Outsiders kill everyone.”  In reality, they only got four people…but they upset the entire WCW lockerroom and basically killed the show.  In a world where they’re trying to take over WCW, they just ruined its flagship show.  That’s good booking!

The nWo promo is amazing and a great thing to change their look just enough to really sell that they’re a separate organization.  Really great touches there.

The main event was originally a letdown, but when it played out with Giant being pissed and just chokeslamming Valentine to hell, that made up for it.  Giant gets two offensive moves, and they’re both his finisher…so good.  The second one was just him driving the point home that he’s coming for Hogan in Sturgis.

That Pay Per View is in a little under two weeks in Nitro time, but I’m going to do my best to get it to you within one.  Look for it soon!

Until next time!

­-Shane

 

Ratings Breakdown

WWF Raw Ratings – 2.1

WCW Nitro Ratings – 3.1

(Raw – 17, Nitro – 24) (Tie Weeks – 2)

(Unopposed weeks – 5)

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

WCW’s longest Winning Streak (to this point) – 7

WCW takes over the longest winning streak of the Monday Night War!

WWF Raw results from this week

Psycho Sid defeated Justin Bradshaw (w/ Uncle Zebakiah) via disqualification when Zebakiah hit Sid with a cowbell. (0:45)

Vader pinned Marc Mero (w/ Sable) with a powerslam as Mero came off the top rope.

Davey Boy Smith (w/ Owen Hart) pinned Henry Godwinn (w/ Hillbilly Jim) with the running powerslam after Henry became distracted by Owen at ringside.

Steve Austin defeated the Undertaker (w/ Paul Bearer) via count-out after Mankind came ringside and Taker stalked him backstage.