Posts Tagged ‘Scott Hall’

Hello, wrestling fans!  It’s been way too long, but we’re back with another edition of Kick Out at Nitro, brought to you by GimmicksInc.com!  When last we left the world of Monday Nitro, WCW had lost War Games and the nWo’s ranks had been bolstered by their newest member, Sean Waltman.  WCW has also let it slip that all of it’s main talent, aside from “Macho Man” Randy Savage, will be in Japan, so the nWo has threatened to wreak a little havoc where the big boys play.

I’m still shocked that red and yellow Hulk Hogan is all over the introduction package for Nitro.  The guy turned on your company two months ago!  Let’s do some editing, people!

Larry Zbyszko and Tony Schiavone kick us off from the Benjamin-Jefferson Civic Center in Birmingham, Alabama.  Tony shows us an ad that was run in that day’s edition of the USA Today that shows the Monday Nitro logo with the nWo paint over it, saying “while WCW’s away, the nWo will play.”  Larry calls the nWo parasites and Tony lets us know that everyone but Macho Man is gone tonight before showing us him slamming The Giant at Fall Brawl and reminding us that Savage will be taking on Hulk Hogan at Halloween Havoc.  We cut to a recording from earlier of the nWo flyers being handed out to the fans, but thankfully some of the WCW fans are actually tearing them up tonight.

 

Match #1: Kevin Sullivan and Konnan w/ Jimmy Hart and Big Bubba VS Brad Armstrong and Juventud Guerrera

 

The babyfaces get the jobber entrance as Konnan and Juventud start off with Konnan hitting a hell of a German suplex and an arm drag, going for a pin but getting a two count.  Juventud sends Konnan to the ringside area with a headscissors takeover and then hits a crossbody dive over the top rope to the floor.  Rolling Konnan back into the ring, Juventud comes back into the ring with a flipping leg drop, but Konnan is able to catch Guerrera with a cradle DDT and just spikes him.  Konnan tries to tag out to Sullivan but Sullivan refuses the tag, telling Konnan to keep going.  Konnan again drops Guerrera with a fisherman’s buster and again Sullivan refuses the tag.  Guerrera tags out to Brad Armstrong, who is a house of fire when he comes in, but a dropkick to the knee and a powerbomb sends Armstrong down.  Tag to Sullivan, finally, who comes in and nails a double stomp for the win.

 

Winners: Kevin Sullivan and Konnan

 

Konnan and Sullivan have a few words, then out of nowhere, Big Bubba blindsides Konnan.  Sullivan and Bubba put the boots to Konnan for a few moments while Jimmy Hart tells us that this is Konnan’s initiation into the Dungeon of Doom.  They tell Konnan this, who has a few words with Sullivan, telling him that he’s Dungeon of Doom, and they all celebrate.  I liked this.  It came off awkwardly at the beginning, but Konnan getting into it and celebrating with Big Bubba actually played out nicely.

During the finish of this match as well as right at the end, we see the fans with nWo picket signs walking through the arena.  I like this part of the nWo angle, honestly.  Really does help sell this “outside” organization as being legit.

Commercial Break and we’re back to a replay of the end of last week where the nWo discusses Savage being out of the building.  Of course, you can relive that episode right here.  We go backstage with Mike Tenay and Randy Savage.  Savage says that they can cheap shot him every night and every day and it’s not going to change anything come Halloween Havoc.  He says he’s WCW’s last hope.  He says that everyone was booked in Japan tonight but he pulled himself out of that booking to stay at Nitro.  He doesn’t know if he’ll get beat up or if he’ll beat up the entire nWo tonight.  He then goes off on this very weird moment with Liz saying that the only thing they have in common is that they may be goldfish swimming in the same pond in a hundred thousand lifetimes from now.  He then none of this makes sense, and he’s 100% correct on that.  He says the one thing that does make sense is that Halloween Havoc is scary, but he’s not scared!  Um, I thought you said this would make sense, Savage?!   He says that he takes the responsibility to wipe Hogan out!

 

Match #2: “Mean” Mike Enos VS “Lionheart” Chris Jericho

 

As the match starts, Tony speculates that Ms. Elizabeth may have rediscovered her feelings for Randy, if only for one night.  Larry says that Savage needs to stay away from ideas like that.  Enos gets Jericho to shake hands, but then slaps the taste out of Jericho’s mouth.  Irish whip and Enos goes for a cross body that Jericho just sidesteps, leaving Enos to land flat on his face before getting up and eating a spinning heel kick.  Jericho returns the favor from earlier and slaps Enos.  Tony lets us know that the Outsiders will be taking on Harlem Heat for the WCW World Tag Team Championship at Halloween Havoc as well.

Enos takes control of the match, nailing a good looking belly to belly suplex on Jericho out of the corner and sending him to the floor.  Enos comes off of the ring apron with a diving clothesline and then chokes Jericho out with a cable at ringside before dropping him throat first on the guardrail and slamming his face into the ringpost.  Enos stands up the steel steps and vertical suplexes Jericho onto them!  That’s a really cool spot, honestly!  Back in the ring, Enos punishes Jericho with a few headbutts before locking on a bearhug.  Jericho gets the crowd behind him and boxes Enos’s ears, breaking out of the bearhug, but eats a big powerslam, so it’s for naught.  Two count on the powerslam and Enos lifts Jericho’s legs up like he’s going for a Boston Crab, but he takes forever to take the long step over, so it just looks like he’s forgotten what he’s trying to do.  Larry mentions that the way he’s applying it isn’t very effective, and Enos just drops the hold.

Enos lifts Jericho up for a Canadian backbreaker, but Jericho is able to slip out of it with a sunset flip.  Jericho fires off two jumping kicks and then comes off the ropes with a hell of a clothesline.  Butterfly suplex from Jericho followed with a missile dropkick and we’re on a Jericho offensive.  Jericho goes for a top rope Frankensteiner, but Enos brings him down with a powerbomb!  Enos smirks, knowing he’s got it won, and goes for a cover and only two.  Enos goes for a powerslam on Jericho, but Jericho awkwardly rolls through it into a pin and the win.

 

Winner: Chris Jericho

 

We’re back from Commerical Break as we hear Goldberg’s music!  This is it, ladies and gentlemen…the Man!…wait…no, it’s Pat Tanaka.  Oh.

 

Match #3: Pat Tanaka VS Glacier

 

Not-Sub Zero comes out to his blue light, snowing, laser show.  I don’t understand how anyone can see anything during his entrance.  There’s a spotlight in the center of the ring, but it’s just projecting a spinning circle of light AROUND Glacier.  The arena lights stay dark except for the blue light over the ring.

Tanaka goes for a karate chop and Glacier floors him with a palm strike.  Takana follows with a kick attempt but Glacier does his best Cobra Kai imitation and sweeps the leg.  Irish whip and Glacier goes for a Frankensteiner, but Tanaka powerbombs the crap out of the man in blue.  Two count and Glacier follows up with a spin kick to Tanaka’s head for the win.

 

Winner: Glacier

 

Larry says that he needs to go talk to Glacier before the New World Order has a chance.  You know what, Larry?  I think that you’ve got a bit of time, so don’t rush over or anything.

We get a rundown for Saturday Night that will be Brad Armstrong VS Dean Malenko, Harlem Heat VS Public Enemy, and Randy Savage if he is able to survive tonight.  We cut to a shot of Matt Ghaffari in the crowd.  Ghaffari was silver medalist in the ‘96 Olympics in Greco-Roman wrestling.  Larry calls him a loser since he didn’t win the gold.  Tony asks Larry how many Olympic medals he has, which is zero, but Larry says it’s because they wouldn’t let him compete since he was “too mean.”

 

Match #4: WCW World Tag Team Championship: Public Enemy VS Harlem Heat w/ Sister Sherri & Col. Robert Parker (WCW World Tag Team Champions)

 

Man, Harlem Heat are just such cool looking guys.  Their attire, their attitude…they’re pretty much the total package here.  I miss having them in the WWE video games!  They were in WWE 2K16 as DLC and that was amazing, but they’ve been missing for the last two years, sadly.

The match starts and it’s Harlem Heat coming out strong, sending Grunge out of the ring and hitting a double big boot on Rocco Rock.  Grunge comes back in hard, though, with a flying double clothesline, giving the Public Enemy the control again.  Booker gets a thumb to the eye after a pin, though, and is able to tag out to Stevie Ray.  It’s back and forth until we have to go to commercial break.  As we come back, Tony tells us that during the break it’s been all Harlem Heat.  Booker goes for a Harlem Side Kick, though, but Rocco Rock ducks and Booker crotches himself on the top rope as Rock tags out to Grunge.  Grunge backs Booker T into the corner and gets 10 punches before dancing a bit and drawing the ire of the crow.  Booker comes off of the Irish whip with a kick and a hard clothesline and tags out to Stevie Ray, who comes in with a HUGE leg drop.  Larry says that he has faith in Harlem Heat defending the belts, but now in Savage as “WCW’s last hope.”

We get some arguments and shenanigans on the floor that has referee Nick Patrick distracted.  Larry tells us that they shouldn’t waste time arguing with the referee; just go behind his back!  Stevie has Grunge in the Heat’s corner in a rear chinlock.  Stevie tags out to Booker and Booker comes in with a massive Harlem Side Kick, getting all of it this time.  He goes for the pin but gets two as Rocco Rock breaks it up.

We cut to a split screen backstage and the nWo has arrived in two limos.  Hall, Nash, and Syxx are all in their wrestling gear, as is Hogan and “Sting.”

Grunge tries to take down Booker with a sunset flip but Booker punches his way out of it.  Booker goes for a backdrop off of the Irish whip, but Grunge kicks him and hits a spinning neckbreaker and tags out to Rocco Rock.  Rock comes in with “fists of fire” according to Tony, but Harlem Heat both hit him with a double headbutt.  Booker goes up for the Harlem Hangover, but Rocco Rock moves at the last second.  There’s an awkward moment where Rock gets shoved back into the ring and is pinning Booker but his foot is clearly on the rope, so Patrick stops the count.  Booker rolls Rock up for a small package for the win.  Buuuuuuuut, Rock rolled the small package at the last second and gets the pin for his team.

 

Winners: Public Enemy (new WCW World Tag Team Champions)

 

Booker goes to grab the championship belt from Nick Patrick, but Patrick waves him off and awards the belt to Public Enemy.  The crowd goes crazy, which is odd since it didn’t seem like anyone cared at all during the match.  Public Enemy celebrates their first World Championship win in the crowd as we go to commercial.  Back from commercial break and we’re within 10 seconds of the countdown for Hour #2 as Tony kicks us to Eric Bischoff.

 

Match #5: Greg “The Hammer” Valentine VS “Macho Man” Randy Savage

 

    Bischoff reminds us that the nWo is here in full force and even teases the idea that there might be another man here as a surprise.

Valentine decides that he’s going to try to attack Savage during his entrance, but Savage is able to get the drop on Valentine with a kick to the gut and starts the match off strong.  The Hammer is able to quickly turn the momentum towards his side, though, and takes over the offense, beating down Savage and sending him to the outside.  If there’s one critique I have with Savage at this point, it’s that he takes too much of a beating before he really gets going.

Savage slides back into the ring and is immediately sent back outside where he keeps taking a beating from Valentine.  Savage fires back up and grabs a steel chair from ringside and proceeds to waffle Valentine with it.  Valentine escapes into the ring but Savage follows with the chair and comes off of the top rope with a chairshot to Valentine’s head.  Savage grabs referee Mark Curtis and begins to throw him out of the ring but out come the nWo in force.  They beat him down and Hall nails him with an Outsider’s Edge and Nash follows it with a jackknife powerbomb.  Nash looks into the camera and says “It looks like we’re taking over tonight.”

 

Winner: Greg “The Hammer” Valentine (via DQ)

 

Giant grabs a mic and announces “the man and the myth, the man to be with, the all-time greatest professional wrestler in the world…the man who made professional wrestling what it is today, the man who knows no limits, the financial backbone of the nWo, the largest arms in the world, the one, the only, “Hollywood” Hogan!”  It’s weird hearing Giant fawn over a man he was just feuding with a month ago.  Honestly, it’s still weird seeing The Giant in this form.  He’s dressed up in nice clothes where everyone else is in their wrestling gear.

Hogan mugs for the camera and says “because anything less would be TOO civilized.”  The nWo holds Savage so Hogan can get a cheap shot in and then drops a big leg on him, and then another.  Nash starts whipping Savage with a Slim Jim, much to Hogan’s delight.

Hogan says he’s used to being in Hollywood, but the bright lights shining off of Savage’s head is just too much, so he’s going to fix that.  Bischoff makes a nice crack where he asks what Hogan thinks he sees when he looks in the mirror.  Hogan breaks out his “anything else…” crack again but flubs it this time, saying “uncivilized” instead of his “too civilized” line from earlier.  He uses a can of spray paint to paint the bald patch in Savage’s hair while the rest of the nWo makes a beeline for the announce booth.  Mike and Bobby run away but Bischoff isn’t able to make it away.  Nash grabs him and starts to pummel him but Hall stops him and the Outsiders join Eric at the announce booth.

Hall says they’re going to bring out their newest member: Ted Dibiase’s head of security.  They all start calling for Vincent and Vince, leaving Bischoff to ask incredulously about “Vince” coming out.  Out walks Virgil, Dibiase’s “manservent” from his WWF Million Dollar Man days.  They all shake hands and hug.  Nash says that taking over wrestling wasn’t too hard, they’ve got Hogan, they can take over basketball because they’ve got “Shaq,” as The Giant mimes shooting hoops.  Nash says that his brother-in-law told him that there are only two things worth watching…Alabama Football and NASCAR racing.  It’s a bit of a nonsequitur but it actually will pay off later down the line.  Bischoff sends us to commercial break as Vincent violently slams him down into the chair.

Back from commercial break and they bring up NASCAR again.  Nash says he thinks they can do something about that and bring out an nWo painted race car.  Nash says that they’ve got the best driver…he’s a guy that got in trouble for some fisticuffs, he’s got a ponytail…he’s their kind of guy…Kyle Petty!  Nash says that he’ll be out there next week as they send us to the ring.

 

Match #6: Jim Powers VS M. Wallstreet

 

The Giant is in the ring acting as the ring announcer.  Hall and Nash are calling color commentary and the jokes are coming way too fast to transcribe, ladies and gentlemen.  Hall and Nash take off to the ringside area and beat the crap out of Jim Powers at ringside. Referee Randy Anderson takes off his bowtie and says that this isn’t WCW and he’s having on part of it.

 

Winner: No Contest

 

The Giant grabs the mic and announces the next match…

 

Match #7: Jim Powers VS The Giant

 

    As Randy Anderson leaves, Nick Patrick arrives and says that what they need right now is a man who will stand for law and order.  He enters the ring just in time for Giant to beat down Powers and drop him with the chokeslam.  Patrick counts the pin and raises Giant’s hand.

 

Winner: The Giant

 

During the match, Hogan is in the back with a can of paint, tagging every wall he can with the nWo tag.  He knocks on a door and out come the Nasty Boys.  Hogan congratulates  Knobbs on his sister getting married and glad-hands them a bit.  He says that he’s ready to talk some business tonight so he tells the Nasty Boys to take his room key and meet him later at his suite and they’ll talk about anything that they want to talk about.  He even sends the WCW Championship belt with them and tells them to pop the champagne and get it ready for them.

 

Match #8: “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan VS Ron Studd

 

On his way to the ring, Hogan stops Studd on the way to the ring and says that Duggan is their guy and they want to take care of him tonight.  Hogan blindsides Studd and he and Nash beat Studd down.  Hall, on commentary, says “cue the music” and the now famous nWo theme starts.  Is this the first time that we’ve ever heard this?  Hall says that it’s the soundtrack to our favorite adult film, brought to us by the nWo.

Giant says that this match will now be Duggan VS Syxx.

 

Match #8: “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan VS Syxx

 

Hogan says that no one gets in their way.  He has to admire the Macho Man.  Hogan says he was booked in Japan one time and he had a family tragedy, so he turned around and came back.  He says that the entire WCW is about to die, but the rest of WCW all turned tail and ran away but Savage was the only man to stay around and take the butt whipping.

Duggan starts the match by swinging his 2×4 wildly at anyone and anything he can find.    Syxx blindsides Duggan to start off, but Duggan quickly takes over control of the match.  Hogan says that after Syxx takes care of him, they’re going to have to have a talk with Duggan as well.  Duggan goes for a pin on Syxx after a clotheline, but Giant pulls him out of the ring and chokeslams him onto the concrete and rolls him back into the ring.  Syxx quickly covers and Patrick counts the pin.

 

Winner: Syxx

 

Bischoff tries to say that Duggan had the match won, but Vincent just keeps messing with him and bullying him.  He asks what they want so that he can just leave, but Hogan says that he has their demands.  Syxx returns to the announce booth as we go to commercial break for the October issue of WCW Magazine (which I remember buying!).

Back from commercial break and we have Sting’s music playing.  The nameplate actually says nWo Sting, but Hogan says that this is the real Sting despite Bischoff stating that Sting is in Japan.

 

Match #9: “Sting” VS Bo LeDeau

 

According to Bischoff, the nWo brought Bo LeDeau with them.  “Sting” woooos a lot and beats his chest a lot.  He gets Sting’s face crusher, hits the Stinger Splash, and follows with the Scorpion Deathlock as the crowd loudly chants “We Want Sting!”

 

Winner: “Sting”

 

Hogan sneezes in a Macho Man bandanna and tears it apart as he wonders if Liz is tending to Macho Man.  He says that all of his Hollywood friends like Stallone, Arsenio, and Arnold have been hitting him up for tickets as we go to commercial break.

 

Back from break and we have High Voltage come out and cut pretty stupid promos into the camera.  Look, I LOVE High Voltage…but this makes them just look bad.

 

Match #10: High Voltage VS The Amazing French Canadians

 

The French Canadians get instant heat by singing the national anthem and damn near killing the town.  Out comes The Outsiders, thankfully.  The French Canadians leave the ring and head to the back, so it looks like we’re actually getting…

 

Match #10: High Voltage VS The Outsiders

 

Hall and Robbie Rage start the match off and Hall sends Rage into the ropes, but Rage simply falls on his face in a pretty stupid looking display.  Referee Nick Patrick immediately starts asking if Rage wants to quit the match.  I remember that bugging me so much when I watched this back in the day.  Nick Patrick is such a great heel who knows how to just look so slimy in this position.  Hall basically plays with Rage for a bit before paint brushing him in the back of the head and tagging in the big man.  Nash controls the match and drops Rage with a big side slam as we go to a commercial break.

We come back and Hall is in control and Rage is still in the match.  Nash throws him over into Kenny Kaos, who finally gets a tag.  It doesn’t matter, though, because Nash immediately takes control again.  Hogan lets us know that his kids, Nick and Brooke, can’t stand Macho Man either and are at home cheering as he beats him up.  Tag out to Hall and we get a big punch and a fallaway slam.

Bischoff pleads with the nWo to leave and Hogan laughs and wonders why some hero from WCW doesn’t run out and save them.  He asks why Liz doesn’t run out to save them!

Nash takes Kaos up top with a big back suplex off of the top and tags in Nash.  Hall forces High Voltage to tag and feeds Robbie Rage to a Jackknife Powerbomb.  Both men put a foot on Rage for the pin.

 

Winners: The Outsiders

 

The Outsiders rejoin the nWo at the announce booth as Bischoff replays the previous beatdown of Savage by the nWo.  They spend a good amount of time making fun of WCW and Bischoff.  Hall asks Giant if Andre was really his father and Giant simply looks at him and says “oh man, don’t go there.”  Bischoff tries to stand up one more time and Vincent just manhandles him down and shoves him hard a few times.  I’m pretty sure Vincent is taking a few liberties here and it’s actually kind of rough to watch, as absurd as that is.  With that, Monday Nitro goes off the air.

 

This was a very interesting episode, to say the least.  The fact that WCW will randomly have most of the roster in Japan at times definitely throws some things off and it always seems like any time that the main eventers aren’t around that Greg Valentine gets the spotlight rub.  That definitely happened in the July episode where the nWo killed everyone (found here) and we get that tonight with him against Savage.  That being said, with the entire main event scene gone, why was Savage wrestling so damn early?  What did WCW have planned for the second hour before the nWo ran in and took over?  Doesn’t really seem like much, honestly.

One place where this write up doesn’t do the show justice is definitely in the commentary after the nWo takes over.  Hogan is so good in his heel role right now.  He’s so smooth and nonchalant and through most of it doesn’t seem like he’s cutting wrestling promos, which is a breath of fresh air. Honestly, check this out and just watch from where the Savage match happens and the nWo run in.  It’s just a crazy random hodgepodge of a show, but it really does feel like the nWo has completely taken over and is running the show by the seat of their pants.  I really liked it.

I don’t remember them announcing that Kyle Petty was their race car driver, though.  I remember watching the show with my Dad and there’s an episode where the nWo are partying in a hotel room and Kyle Petty is there with them.  I do remember Petty getting into a fist fight around this time after a race, so that does tie in pretty well with them recruiting him into the nWo.  I like that.

Until next time, ladies and gentlemen!

 

Shane

 

Ratings Breakdown

WWF Raw Ratings –2

WCW Nitro Ratings – 3.4

(Raw – 17, Nitro – 30) (Tie Weeks – 2)

(Unopposed weeks – 7)

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

WCW’s longest Winning Streak (to this point) – 13

 

Raw Results from this week

 

  • Marc Mero (w/ Sable) defeated Faarooq (w/ Sunny) in a WWF Intercontinental Title Tournament Final Match to win the vacant WWF Intercontinental Championship (14:50)
  • Vader defeated Henry Godwinn
  • The British Bulldog & Owen Hart defeated The Bodydonnas (Skip & Zip)
  • The Stalker defeated Hunter Hurst Helmsley

 

Barry Windham in a main event against HHH?  Hey, at least this show had some name talent and we get former Johnny B. Badd winning the Intercontinental CHampionship, but this is a pretty weak show.  That being said, without the nWo shenanigans, so was Nitro…but it’s very easy to see that the nWo was where the eyes were this week.

Advertisements

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.

wcw.fall.brawl.1996_7556

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!

sting-fake-sting-war-games

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

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

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

Winners: New World Order

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

Until next time, ladies and gentlemen!

Shane

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

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

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

Match #1: Pat Tanaka VS Super Calo

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

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

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

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

Don’t look it up.

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

Winner: Super Calo

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winners: The Nasty Boys

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

Commercial break and we’re back with:

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

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

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

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

Winner: Scott Norton

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

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

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

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

Match #4: Joe Gomez VS Juventud Guerrera

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

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

Winner: Juventud Guerrera

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Nitro_9-9-96_8

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Damn, that was quick!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winners: Faces of Fear (via DQ)

During the recap, Bobby calls Meng “Haku.”

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: No Contest

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

Shane

 

Ratings Breakdown

WWF Raw Ratings –2.4

WCW Nitro Ratings – 3.7

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

(Unopposed weeks – 7)

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

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

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

—–—

WWF Raw results from this week

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

The Stalker defeated TL Hopper (3:28)

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

The Undertaker defeated Salvatore Sincere (9:55)

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

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

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

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

Tonight, my friends…is Bash at the Beach!

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

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

Match #1: Psicosis VS Rey Mysterio, Jr.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Rey Mysterio, Jr.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: John Tenta

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

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

Sting2

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Diamond Dallas Page

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dusty: Do what?

Tony: Get sand…nothing.

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

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

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

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

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

Winners: The Nasty Boys

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Dean Malenko (still WCW Cruiserweight Champion)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Steve McMichael

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Ric Flair (new WCW United States Champion)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dusty: Hulk Hogan is in the building!

Tony: You’re damn right he is!

Dusty: Go get ‘em, Hulkster!

Bobby: Big whose side is he on?!

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

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

…and drops the big leg on Macho Man!

Then he does it again!

download

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

“Well, I told you so…” – Bobby Heenan

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

[Grabs Mean Gene]

Hulk Hogan: What are you gonna do?

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

“It was Hulk Hogan.”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

-Shane

GAB96It’s Pay Per View time once again, ladies and gentlemen out there in WCW world!  We’ve been building to it for a while and it’s finally here…the Great American Bash!  We open to a quick montage of promos for the big matches.  We get Heenan alone, looking a bit scared.  We get Mongo, Greene, and Savage.  We get Arn, Flair and the ladies.  We then finish off with Lex Luger saying he’s already got two titles, he’s coming after the third and then the rebuttal from The Giant.

From there, we go into the National Anthem and the presentation of the flag, which they’ve never done before in the PPVs that I’ve been watching.  I guess since it’s the Great AMERICAN Bash, that’s why.  Sgt. Craig Pittman is the man presenting the colors.  We go to our announce team of Tony Schiavone and Dusty Rhodes.  We’re minus Bobby Heenan due to him being the “coach” of the Horsemen team tonight.  They open the show running down some of the issues we’ll see tonight, including telling us that we’ll find out if WCW will accept the challenge from Hall and Nash.  Of course, they’ve yet to be named, so they’re still just referred to in a roundabout way.

Tony tells us that Dick Murdock has died recently. Dusty says that he would have loved a night like tonight when you can smell a fight in the air.  Odd to see Dusty talking about his departed best friend just a month or so after his own death.

Match #1: Fire & Ice VS The Steiner Brothers – There Must Be a Winner

These two teams have apparently been having a lot of matches on Saturday Nights where there hasn’t been definitive winners, bringing us this match.  The only one I know of is the Monday Night match from a few weeks back, which makes me sad that I don’t have access to Saturday Night.

Scott and Ice Train start off, looking pretty even until Scott gets a quick burst off offense, bringing in Norton, who gets a hip toss.  This brings in Rick Steiner and the Steiners hit their classic pose while Fire & Ice regroup on the outside.  After regrouping, both teams tag out and we get Norton vs Rick.  Rick hits a massive Steinerline and follows with a belly-to-belly suplex before tagging out to Scott.  Norton sends Scott to the ropes and surprises him with a massive Samoan drop.  Damn, I love a Samoan drop.  This derails Steiner enough for Norton to tag back out to Ice Train, who takes over, getting a two count out of a side belly-to-belly suplex.

We get our first inclinations of heelishness out of one of our teams when Norton attacks a downed Scott Steiner while the referee is distracted.  Until this point, Fire & Ice had been presented as a babyface team, so it’s interesting to see a heel move there.  Of course, Norton does come across as the more heelish of the two, so it kind of works.

Scott comes back with an overhead suplex and a Steinerline to Ice Train.  He tags out to Norton and Steiner gets an ugly suplex and dumps Norton on his head.  Norton and Ice Train do come back and begin to control the match, though, with quick tags.  Norton picks Scott Steiner up and drops him hard with a shoulder breaker, but instead of going for a pin like normal, he goes for a submission.  Rick comes in and starts kicking Norton in the face to get him to break up the hold, but Norton refuses to release, even after five or six kicks.  Norton gets another shoulder breaker, but Rick was able to tag in.  He Steinerlines Norton hard, then dumps him with a German suplex.  He follows up with a Steinerline/suplex combo to Ice Train as well before going back to Norton.  Ice Train sends Scott to the floor and they hit a powerbomb/splash combo bit the pin is broken up by Scott.  They send Scott back outside and attempt a Doomsday Device but Scott Steiner is able to knock Ice Train off the top rope.  The Steiners get their top rope bulldog off of Scott’s shoulders, but Ice Train breaks it up at two.  Scott hits Norton with a bad looking Frankensteiner for the win.

Winners: The Steiner Brothers

Another good match between these two.  I just wish Scott could have hit that Frankensteiner better, though.  I love that move and I hate seeing it messed up.

We go to the back with Mean Gene, Jimmy Hart and Kevin Sullivan.  Jimmy tells Sullivan that they don’t need to be messing with the Horsemen.  Sullivan says this isn’t about the Horsemen.  This is about showing Arn Anderson and Ric Flair that Benoit doesn’t deserve to be a Horseman.  He says he ran off the last guy who didn’t deserve to be a Horsemen and he’ll do the same to Benoit, and he’ll do it for Double A.

Match #2: WCW United States Championship: El Gato VS Konnan (WCW United States Champion)

El Gato looks like he’s wearing a pair of black dress slacks and a Tiger Mask mask.  This guy is a superstar?  Konnan comes out with the US title as well as the Mexican Championship.  He’s also wearing the Mexican flag as a poncho.

I can’t tell if El Gato is Mexican or Japanese.

We get a volley of armdrags followed each time by El Gato adjusting his mask and going into a martial arts pose.  Konnan connects with a nice flippy armdrag off of the ropes, then charges El Gato and they have an awkward exchange ending with Konnan sitting on the top rope.  El Gato goes to setup for a movie but Konnan pulls him down to the mat by his mullet.  Granted, El Gato is under a mask, so I don’t know for certain it’s a mullet…but this guy is so bad thus far that I’m going to go ahead and call it a mullet.

Konnan comes off the Irish whip and attempts a Frankensteiner but El Gato does his first good move and drops him with a sitout powerbomb.  El Gato and Konnan trade crappy looking arm and leg holds before Konnan whips El Gato to the corner, does a reverse roll and a weird looking bulldog.  Konnan does his rolling clothesline, which I always like, but El Gato kicks out at one.  Konnan goes to the floor, El Gato tries to do a baseball slide dropkick but Konnan moves and El Gato simply slides out of the ring and hits the floor.  They go to move back into the ring and Konnan surprises El Gato with a sunset flip powerbomb to the floor.  Konnan whips El Gato to the corner, El Gato tries to jump backwards out of it but Konnan catches him and Alabama Slams him for the win.

Winner: Konnan (still WCW US Champion)

Wow…this was bad.  Konnan has yet to impress me during this run and El Gato looks like a guy that they just grabbed from backstage.  This was bad.

Backstage, Mean Gene is joined by Sting and they talk about Lord Steven Regal being prissy and a sissy, drinking his tea with a little pinky out.  Sting questions his masculinity through most of the promo, saying he’s a little “iffy,” and that he’s “not too sure about him.”  Damn, Stinger, just come out and call him gay already…we know that’s what you’re hinting at.

Match #3: Battle Bowl Ring on the line – Diamond Dallas Page (Lord of the Ring) VS Marcus Alexander Bagwell

DDP says that once the women in Baltimore get a load of him, they’ll forget all about “Carl” Ripken.  Ugh.  Man, it takes Page a while to really get running, doesn’t it?

Bagwell hits the ring running but Page takes the low road and comes from behind him while Bagwell has his back turned.  Bagwell is able to pull him to the floor and whips him into the crowd.  Page gets into the ring first and cuts Bagwell off when he enters.  Bagwell gets a two count off of a crossbody block and starts working the arm.  Tony gives us a bit of history of Page and his fall and subsequent rise back to the ranks of WCW.

Bagwell sends Page to the ropes, but Page grabs the ropes with his arms and legs, hanging between the top and second rope.  Bagwell dropkicks him in the gut through the ropes and follows with a dive over the top to the floor.  Marcus goes up top but Page is able to knock him off the top rope and take over.

Bagwell fires back while Page is jawjacking with the crowd. Page goes to punt Bagwell but Buff-to-be moves and Page eats the mat.  Bagwell hits an atomic drop and a revere atomic drop, then they do this thing where Page kicks, Buff grabs his leg, spins him, ducks under a clothesline, then clotheslines Page himself…when he could have just pulled Page’s leg and clotheslined him from there.  Really some odd wasted movement that could have been way better by just clotheslining him right off.  DDP gets his own clothesline and tries to get a pin twice with his legs on the ropes.  He tosses Bagwell to the ropes and goes for a tilt-a-whirl slam but Buff gets him in a headscissors.  Bagwell goes for a suplex, DDP grabs the ropes to stop it and then hits the Diamond Cutter for the win.

Winner: Diamond Dallas Page (still possesses the Battle Bowl Ring)

We go backstage with Mean Gene, Jimmy Hart, and The Giant.  Mean Gene asks Jimmy about his alliance with both The Giant and Lex Luger.  Jimmy gives a non-answer, saying everyone’s worried about it, but Jimmy isn’t.  Jimmy irritates me.  He’s stuck in the 1980s and he really sticks out like a sore thumb in these interviews.  Giant cuts a promo talking about all the stuff he’s done to Luger and his buddies, puts down the Torture Rack and puts over the choke slam.  Gene says that Luger may use the choke slam and his memories of being choke slammed to fuel him in this match.  Giant says he should be scared and they leave it at that.

Match #4: WCW Cruiserweight Championship: Rey Mysterio, Jr. VS “The Man of 1,000 Holds” Dean Malenko (WCW Cruiserweight Champion)

Rey comes out to no fanfare, which is going to change very quickly.  It’s interesting to see Rey not get any real pop, since from the moment I saw him, he was very popular.  Of course, this is his first match in WCW, so he’s essentially an unknown (despite spending a little time in ECW before this).

Mike Tenay joins the commentary booth since we’re watching a huge international star.  Glad he came out here instead of for El Gato.

Match starts with a feeling out process, with some arm wrenches, reversals, etc.

I apologize if this match writeup is lacking because I have a feeling a lot of this is going to be hard to transcribe.

20130205_Playlist_JPGGreat volley of moves from Rey springing from the mat to Dean’s shoulders and then getting a quick sunset flip powerbomb that Dean rolls out of and then slingshots Rey to the outside.  Dean heads outside to get Rey but Rey slides quickly back into the ring.  Dean begins attacking the arm and slowing the pace down a bit.  Dean applies an armbar and holds it for a bit until Rey is able to escape by getting to the ropes.  Rey heads to the floor, but Dean wraps his arm in the guardrail and kicks it, further injuring it.

Back in the ring, Rey is in a knuckle lock but walks up the ropes and hits a dropkick.  He charges into the corner and trying to hit a hurracanrana, but Dean pushes him off and Rey flips to his feet to be met with a devastating clothesline from Dean,

Mike tells us that Eddie Guerrero defeated Jushin Liger to win the Super J Cup in NJPW this year.

Dean hits a beautiful hammerlock northern lights suplex, which is the first time I’ve ever seen a move like that.  Dean is soooo good.  It’s too bad he doesn’t have much of a personality, though, or he could have been a big star.  That being said, I am suddenly reminded of the Dean Malenko they tried out in WWF where he was a ladies man, and I’m a bit more okay with his Ice Man, no personality, character that I was at the beginning of this paragraph.

Dean has been controlling this match for a good while now, controlling the arm of Rey Jr.  Dean pulls Rey back into a Romero Special, then drops it and goes into a bridging pin for two.

Rey is able to reverse an Irish whip and send Malenko to the floor.  He hits a springboard somersault to the floor, jumping PAST the mats and taking Malenko down on the concrete and it gets a huge pop.  Back in the ring, Rey gets a springboard dropkick for two and the crowd is now firmly behind Mysterio.  Rey reverses two more moves into near falls, then goes out to the apron and gets a top rope Frankensteiner for two.  Now it’s easy to see why Rey Jr became such a big deal.  We haven’t seen wrestling like this before in WCW.  He goes up top, but Dean follows, and it seems like Dean is trying to do his top rope gutbuster, but Rey turns it into another top rope Frankensteiner.  Dean tries a tilt-a-whirl slam but Rey reverses it into a crossbody block for another two count.  Rey rushes Dean and tries another Frankensteiner, but Dean reverses into a powerbomb and a pin with his feet on the ropes for the win.

Winner: Dean Malenko (still WCW Cruiserweight Champion)

x240-UkZThis was a great match.  The finish worked well, too.  The story of the match was that Dean could barely control Rey, so when Rey got on a roll, Dean did what he needed to do to win the match.  The crowd loved Rey, so this will definitely be a rivalry for the summer if they keep following through with it.

We go to the backstage area with Mean Gene and Lex Luger.  Luger cuts a really subdued promo on The Giant.  He says his mind isn’t on the interview and he’s only there out of respect to WCW and Mean Gene.  He says he’s thinking about the match and that’s where his focus is.

Match #5: Big Bubba w/ Jimmy Hart VS John Tenta

Jimmy and Bubba come out with what we are to believe is John Tenta’s hair.  Why they still have this is beyond me.  It’s also kinda nasty, if you think about it.

Tenta comes out to no music and no crowd reaction.  Listening to Kevin Sullivan’s podcast, they were really trying to get Tenta over on his own but it’s not happening.

The two start brawling on the floor before the match.  Jimmy is running around holding scissors, and I can only assume that’s not safe at all.

Big Bubba goes down and pulls something out of his pants, nails Tenta with it with an uppercut, then throws it to Jimmy Hart.  Bubba covers and gets two.  Bubba kicks Tenta, who grabs his foot and then is hit with a surprising enziguri from Big Bubba.  Bubba goes for a cover with his feet on the ropes but referee Nick Patrick realizes it at two.  Tenta goes for a scoop slam and then falls down so Bubba can cover him for two again.  Bubba then starts trying to get his hands in Tenta’s mouth, apparently.  I have no idea what was happening there, but it looked like Bubba was trying to force Tenta’s mouth open.

Dusty keeps calling Bubba “Bubber” and it’s annoying.  I wish Heenan was there, as I feel he would make a “Bubber” VS “Blubber” joke.

Bubba controls the match some more and then gets a big belly-to-back suplex.  Bubba goes to the top rope and dives off, but Tenta catches him and powerslams him for the win while Jimmy Hart is dancing on the apron.

Winner: John Tenta

Tenta grabs the scissors from Hart and goes to cut Jimmy’s hair, but Bubba charges them, Tenta moves, and Bubba hits Hart.  Tenta cuts a bit of hair from the goatee of Big Bubba as the heels retreat.  This match was terrible, and Big Bubba controlled every bit of it, which is dumb booking if they’re trying to get Tenta over.

Backstage, Mean Gene has Mongo, Kevin Greene, and their wives.  They cut a quick promo and in comes Macho Man, in ring gear for some reason.  Of course, every time we see Savage, he’s in ring gear…even coming into the arena.  I’m going with the idea that Savage is just ALWAYS in gear.  He cuts a promo, fires everyone up and they all head out to the ring.

Match #6: Falls Count Anywhere: “The Crippler” Chris Benoit VS “Taskmaster” Kevin Sullivan

During the entrances, Tony brings up the point that this feud is interesting because of how Arn Anderson seems to be siding more with Kevin Sullivan than he is fellow Horseman, Benoit.

Sullivan makes a beeline for the ring, walking with a purpose, but Benoit meets him halfway with a clothesline.  They starts brawling immediately, slamming each other into the guardrail, then the ring apron, the steel steps…

Benoit chops Sullivan three times, but Sullivan no-sells all three and the two of them brawl into the crowd.  They punch and slap each other as they brawl up the steps and head out into the concession area.  They brawl into the men’s room, Sullivan slamming Benoit into the stall doors, then slamming the door on Benoit’s head a few times.  You see the crowd start to spill into the bathroom on the opposite sides with just Randy Anderson and Doug Dillinger to try to stop them.  Sullivan slams Benoit’s head in the door another time for good measure, then double stomps him on the bathroom floor.  Benoit starts teeing off on Sullivan’s head with big right hands, but Sullivan is able to break it off, attempting to put Benoit’s head in the urinal.  Benoit fights that off, slams Sullivan’s head in the door, then they slam each other into the wall.

Dusty goes nuts when a woman appears in the men’s room.

Sullivan slams Benoit’s head into the metal door of the utility closet, then slams Benoit with a plastic bag full of toilet paper.  Benoit tries to suffocate Sullivan with the plastic bag, then they start brawling out into the hallway again, with tons of people lining the way and making it hard for security to keep the crowd from the wrestlers.

Sullivan pushes Benoit down the steps and Benoit takes a spill for about ten steps or so before Sullivan picks him up and tosses him down a few more.  Sullivan stomps Benoit in the crotch for good measure.  Benoit gets back to his feet and starts firing off rights again as they hit the arena floor.  They begin to trade blows at the guardrail, then Sullivan picks Benoit up and crotches him on the steel guardrail and clotheslines him off.  Sullivan grabs a chair and throws it at Benoit’s head.  Benoit returns the previous favor and crotches Sullivan on the guardrail, then goes under the ring for a table.  Benoit seems to have some trouble getting the table from under the ring, so he whips Sullivan into the guardrail and then tosses him into the crowd.

Benoit is able to get the table, finally, and tosses it into Sullivan to buy some more time.  Benoit gets the table into the ring and sets it up in the corner.  Sullivan whips Benoit into the table, tries to jump into Benoit, but Benoit moves and Sullivan hits the table.  Benoit bridges the table over the top ropes in the corner.  Sullivan backdrops Benoit onto the table, then follows him up.  Benoit stands, pulls Sullivan to the top and hits a superplex off of the table for the win.

Winner: Chris Benoit

“He didn’t win, he survived!” – Tony Schiavone

Benoit slaps Sullivan around for a bit more, and out comes Arn Anderson.  Anderson pulls Benoit off of Sullivan forcefully and Benoit gets in his face.  Anderson motions for him to hold on a moment, then Anderson punts Sullivan and the crowd erupts as Benoit and Anderson double team Sullivan.  Out comes the Dungeon of Doom, but the Horsemen retreat, arms in the air, 4 fingers held high!

Good match, brutal and violent, and put the Horsemen back together with Benoit firmly cemented.  This is basically Benoit’s real “introduction” into the Horsemen, since we haven’t really seen him be too involved since he became one.  I like it.

We go back to Mean Gene, who is in the locker room alone with Woman and Liz.  I’m going to set a timer to see how long it takes Gene to make an inappropriate or sexually suggestive comment.

In comes Double A and Ric Flair.  Arn brings in Benoit.  Arn says there have been wannabes who have wanted to be Horsemen, but they’re out of here.  He says Benoit proved himself as a Horseman.  Arn says Benoit severed the head of the snake and earned his stripes.  He says that the Horsemen and the DoD are now officially at war.  Benoit says he warned Sullivan not to mess with the Horsemen.

“Football players…you want a visual aid?  You just got it!” – Arn Anderson

Flair puts over everyone, ending with Bobby Heenan.  Heenan says that Gene has been insinuating that Heenan is terrified about Macho Man, Heenan says he’s not scared.

“There’s a lot of things that Macho Man would like to do that he can’t do anymore.  Right, Liz?  Wooooo!” – Ric Flair

They finish their promo and head out.  Damn, I loved this!  Benoit legitimized as a Horseman, Flair’s final line…damn, I loved this!

Match #7: Lord Steven Regal w/ Jeeves VS Sting

Sting starts off strong with a right hand and then more chops and punches in the corner before sending Regal to the floor.  He sends him to the guardrail and then back body drops him as Regal makes a rush at him.  Back in ring, Regal nails a quick succession of European uppercuts, rocking Sting and sending him to the mat.  Sting comes back with a Japanese armdrag off of an Irish whip and Regal heads to the floor to jaw with the crowd in the front row.

Coming back into the ring, Regal apologizes for the slap and offers his hand to Sting.  Sting shakes his pelvis at Regal and then acts like he’s about to charge, freaking Regal out for a few moments.  It was a very weird exchange, honestly.

x240-l4nRegal takes over with a full nelson until Sting breaks out and is able to get a sunset flip.  Regal overacts fighting to stay standing during this way too much.  I really like Regal, but this match he’s looking like a bit of a buffoon when WCW should be using this to make him an uppercarder.  Regal ties Sting up in a side headlock and fires off a European uppercut and some punches again, then does this weird dance around to celebrate.  I’ve never seen Regal act this weird.

Tony reminds us of the two matches Regal had with the Belfast Brawler at Uncensored and the next night on Nitro, and I am immediately wishing for THAT Regal to show up in this match.  That Regal, against Sting, would be amazing.

Regal has been controlling this match basically since right after Sting’s opening attack.  It really is interesting that Regal never really made it out of the midcard.  He’s super charismatic. He’s a great wrestler.  He could have been the total package, honestly.  Maybe it’s due to the silliness in this match that he never got taken seriously.  Yeah, that’s what I’m going to go with.  It’s the ONLY explanation I can offer as to why he shouldn’t be a megastar and former World Champion.

Sting sends Regal into the corner, Regal jumps out and eats an awesome Sting dropkick and then two running clotheslines!  Sting goes up top but Regal follows him with a dangerous looking top rope butterfly suplex for two.  Regal follows with the Regal Stretch right in the center of the WCW crosshairs.  For some reason, Regal just lets go and stands up because Sting hasn’t given up in ten seconds.  Damn, Regal, just stay in the thing until he does!

Regal backs Sting into the corner and fires off chops and punches, which shows Regal hasn’t watched too many Sting matches.  Sting gets pissed off and starts firing off punches.  By this point, Sting’s facepaint is completely gone, which is actually pretty cool.  I almost would have liked to see Sting start wrestling without the facepaint as it’s an interesting look, truthfully.  Sting goes for a Stinger Splash but Regal gets his knees up.  Sting is able to take Regal down with a backdrop as Regal comes out of the corner.  He locks on the Scorpion Deathlock for the win.

Winner: Sting

Tony sends us to a promo for Bash at the Beach, coming up in three weeks (AKA whenever I am able to actually get to the thing).

Match #8: Grudge Match: “Nature Boy” Ric Flair and “The Enforcer” Arn Anderson w/ Bobby “the Brain” Heenan, Woman & Ms. Elizabeth VS Kevin Greene & Steve “Mongo” McMichael w/ “Macho Man” Randy Savage, Debra McMichael, Tara Greene & Pepe

During the entrances, Flair and Anderson keep turning around and looking to the entrance for Heenan, but he is finally introduced on his own at the very end of the Horsemen entrance.

Mongo & Greene apparently get their own WCW entrance music.  I couldn’t tell exactly what it was saying, but I did make out something about “WCW tag team” and “Mongo and Kevin Greene.”

Tony tells us that due to requests from the fans of WCW, tomorrow we will see Macho Man reinstated into WCW.

Greene & Mongo start off doing dropdown drills before we start off the match with Mongo and Double A.  Tony calls Mongo & Greene the “athletes of the 90s.” Tony lays down some foreshadowing here when he talks about asking why Mongo finished his career with the Green Bay Packers when they’re the rivals of the Chicago Bears, which is the team Mongo is most associated with.  Mongo’s answer?  Money.  Remember that, folks.

Mongo’s first offensive move is a clothesline from a three point stance.  This is preceded and followed by a lot of standing around and posing.  Mongo and Double A both go down into three point stances again, but when Mongo charges, Arn drops him with a drop toehold and an elbow to the back of the head.  Mongo does surprise Double A with a fling shoulder block from the second rope, though.  Arn and Greene stomp Arn until he’s able to escape the ring, but he’s then punched by Macho Man.  Bobby hits the apron to complain but is chased off by Savage.

After some more gaga, Mongo tags out to Kevin Greene.  Greene does some drop down drills in the middle of the ring for no damn reason, but it fires up the crowd.  Double A tags out to Flair, who comes in stylin’ and profilin’.  Flair wants to get down in three point stance, Greene goes down and Flair stomps him in the top of the head.  He backs Greene into the corner and hits some chops, but Greene shoves him off and shoulder blocks Flair out of his boots.  Arn comes in and gets some of the same. Flair hits the ground and heads to the back as Kevin Greene starts strutting in the ring.  Macho Man nails Flair from behind and sends him back into the ring into the waiting arms of Kevin Greene.  Greene whips him into the far ropes, body drops him, then hits a pair of flying clotheslines before tagging out to Mongo.  Flair runs to Double A, but Mongo rushes Arn and cuts off the tag.  Flair begs off, then finds his confidence, wooo’s, and tries a shoulder block and eats canvas twice as a result.  Flair lures Mongo into the corner and kicks him in the gut.  He follows with a chop and Mongo channels the Stinger, no-sells them, asks for more, fires up and chases Flair into the opposite corner for a trifecta of chops and a hiptoss.

Flair is finally able to cut Mongo off with a thumb to the eyes, then, as usual, forgets he’s Ric Flair and goes up top.  Mongo sends him crashing off the top and then applies the Figure 4 to Ric Flair.  Arn rushes in, Kevin Greene meets him with a shoulder block and applies his own Figure 4 to Arn!  Woman rakes the eyes of Mongo, breaking up that hold, and all four of the women get in each other’s faces as Woman and Liz back Debra & Tara towards the entrance.

Flair breaks Double A out of the Figure 4 he’s in and then Arn and Mongo get into it, despite the fact that Arn never got tagged in.  Nice heel tactics to use the confusion to their advantage.  Arn tags Flair in and he kicks Mongo in the gut and then chops him, punches him in the gut and sends him to the floor to the waiting boots of Arn Anderson.  Macho Man chases Arn off, but like Dusty says, it’s too late, the damage has been done.  Flair sends Mongo to the floor and, as he casually walks by, Heenan gets a kick in on Mongo.  Savage chases him off and rolls Mongo back into the ring.  Mongo is throttling Flair but the referee’s back is turned and Flair gets in a low blow, followed by a knee drop before tagging out to Arn.  Arn comes in with a kick to the lower abdomen and a choke on the second rope to Mongo.

Arn and Flair double suplex Mongo and both go to choke him, but Greene comes in to knock Arn off of the pile. Flair sends Mongo to the corner but Mongo comes out with a nice hook clothesline.  Flair tags out to Arn, who comes in with a stomp to Mongo.  Arn goes for a clothesline, Mongo ducks, atomic drops Arn and sends him into an incoming Flair, and is finally able to get a very weak hot tag to Greene.  Greene comes in with two low tackles to Arn, a powerslam and a backdrop to Flair, but he doesn’t follow up any of his moves with a cover.  Greene sends Flair to the corner, Flair flips over it, runs down the apron into an awaiting big boot from Mongo.  Greene suplexes Flair back into the ring but again doesn’t capitalize with a cover, so Arn comes in with a chop block and takes out Greene.  Flair and Arn double team him, cutting off the tag, and Flair goes for a Figure 4 but is rolled up by Greene for two.  Greene applies a side headlock but Arn drops him with a knee breaker and then finally locks in the Figure 4 well into the Horsemen territory.  Arn is helping Flair add leverage to the Figure 4, but is attacked by Macho Man.  This brings out Benoit and Savage is double teamed by Arn and Benoit.

We cut to the entry way and out comes Debra McMichael, dressed in a beautiful pink dress, flanked by Woman and Liz.  She’s holding a silver briefcase and approaches her husband, opening the briefcase to reveal a Horseman shirt and a lot of cash.  Greene reaches out for the tag, Mongo shuts the briefcase and nails Greene with it.  Flair covers for the win.

Winners: Ric Flair and Arn Anderson

After the match, Mongo gets in Savage’s face and Savage is attacked from behind by Flair.  The Horsemen, a true foursome now, attack the downed Savage.  Mongo puts on the Horsemen shirt, shakes hands with Flair and Arn, and the Horsemen celebrate in the ring with the ladies and Heenan.

Tony reiterates the story about why Mongo jumped ship to the Packers for money, making sure we know that Mongo is a sellout.

I’ve given Mongo a lot of shit in the past about being a bad Horseman, but after this match, I’m honestly not against it.  I like it.  I’m interested to see Mongo’s wrestling career in this new light.

Tony sends us to Eric Bischoff at the entry way and says we’re going to hear about the attacks on WCW.  Bischoff mentions the “interruptions” starting on 5/27, and says that he mentioned last week that WCW would give them an answer.  He doesn’t call them by name, saying “I know who they are” and calls them out.  Out comes Hall and Nash to the stage.

The two flank Bischoff.  Bischoff says he’s got some questions that need to be resolved.  He says he was in the WCW offices, says if they want a war in the ring, they’re going to get it.  Hall says “they fell into the trap, big man!”  Bischoff says it’ll be at Bash at the Beach, in July, in Daytona.  Hall says he’s free.

Bischoff asks if they work for the WWF.  Both men say no.  Hall says to forget about the past.  They’re here now.  He wants to know who the three men are.  Is it the Macho Man?  The “Huckster?”  Hall says the “big man” and the “medium size man,” and their surprise buddy will carve WCW up.  Hall asks for the three men, Bischoff says he’ll tell them tomorrow on Nitro.  Hall says you don’t jack them around, punches Bischoff in the gut, and turns him to Kevin Nash who jackknife powerbombs him off of the stage.  Hall grabs the mic and says “the real big boys…they just left the building.”

bischoff-and-the-outsiders-o

This is probably the biggest image of the invasion (before Bash at the Beach) outside of Hall arriving the first night.  Bischoff had only been an announcer at this point.  We didn’t even know he ran WCW right now unless you read the dirtsheets, but now these outsiders have attacked an announcer.  They’ve set this up so nicely thus far.  I can’t wait for the Bash!

We go back to Tony and Dusty, and Tony looks concerned and goes off camera, leaving Dusty alone.  Dusty cuts a promo on the Outsiders, saying that WCW will be ready.  He mentions McMichaels and the Horsemen again, then sends it off to Michael Buffer, after mistakenly sending it to David Penzer.

Match #9: WCW World Heavyweight Championship Match: “The Total Package” Lex Luger (WCW Television and Tag Team Champion) VS The Giant (WCW World Heavyweight Champion) w/ Jimmy Hart

Luger stops during his entrance and checks on Bischoff.  This is actually a bit more of a babyface move than Luger has been pulling off recently, which is interesting.

There is also no ring announcing during the entrances.  Buffer waits until they’re in the ring.  I was starting to wonder if they had forgot.

Luger starts the match off running towards Giant, but eats a big boot and some stomps for his trouble.  Luger fires back, clotheslining Giant and sending him out of the ring.  Giant pulls Lex out of the ring, press slams him and sends him back between the second and top rope.  Luger tees off on the Giant as he tries to get into the ring, kicking and punching him.  Luger has Giant staggered, then dives off of the second rope into what I can assume will be a sleeper, but he doesn’t get it, then has to jump back up and apply the sleeper.  Giant backs Lex into the corner where Jimmy Hart is poised to strike with the megaphone.  As Hart draws back, out comes Sting.  He grabs the megaphone and chases Jimmy to the back.

Giant is able to get Luger off of him, tying him in the tree of woe and kicking him in the gut, eliciting the loudest grunts from Luger imaginable.  Luger is a lot like Foley in that he yells and grunts with each move, offensive and defensive.  Giant chokes him with his boot in the corner and yells at Nick Patrick for trying to break it up.  Giant sends Luger to the corner and drops him with a backbreaker and then pushes down on Luger across his knee.  Giant keeps on Luger’s back with a surfboard.  Luger tries a bodyslam but Giant is too much and Luger crashes to the mat.

There is an interesting spot where Luger is on the apron, Giant rushes trying to knock him off, and Luger ducks, pulling down the top rope.  This would normally result in Giant tumbling to the floor, but Giant takes the ropes gut first and bounces back.  I don’t’ know if Giant didn’t know what he was supposed to do, or if he just called an audible.  Lex jumps into the ring with a dropkick and then staggers Giant, sending him down to one knee at one point, then in the corner.  Giant goes to splash Luger in the corner, but Luger moves and Giant ends up laying on the top ropes in the corner.  Luger kicks him a few times, turning him from his stomach to his back, and then Luger picks up The Giant in the Torture Rack.  Giant’s weight seems to finally be too much and Luger crashes down, Giant dropping on top of him.  It was actually really convincing looking.  Giant picks Luger up, chokeslam, and the win.

Winner: The Giant (still WCW World Heavyweight Champion)

Tony tells us that we’ll have the information about the Bash at the Beach as well as the information about Eric Bischoff on Nitro tomorrow and then sends us off the air.

 

Honestly, pretty humdrum PPV until the last half.  Mysterio made a nice debut and had a great match with Malenko, one I know for a fact we’ll see in three weeks at the Bash at the Beach.  Benoit and Sullivan ignited their war and a war between factions and cemented himself as a true Horseman.  Mongo was added to the Horsemen in what was actually a really good match and a really cool ending.  Sure, they had to have Savage and Heenan and the ladies out there to cover for the shortcomings of the two football players, but I liked the way it played out, especially bookended by Tony talking about Mongo leaving to Green Bay for money.  It gave us a reason for him joining the Horsemen out of nowhere and made him an instant heel.

The Outsiders taking out Bischoff is one of those moments that will be burned into my memory.  I didn’t get to see it live…this is actually the first time I’ve watched this PPV, but I remember seeing it on Nitro and actually being shocked by it.  I wasn’t used to wrestlers beating up announcers.  It just wasn’t done.  I can’t wait until they get into the stuff over the next few weeks, including jumping everyone backstage and ruining Nitro in a few weeks.

The Main Event was whatever and if it hadn’t featured the Championship, I would have argued that the football match should have gone on last.

We’ll be back soon with a recap of Nitro on the following night as we march towards Bash at the Beach as well as towards finally catching up.  You’re going to be hearing from Derick and Phillip over the next few weeks, so get ready for that!

Until next time, WCW fans!

Shane