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    Monday Nitro Jim Reviews WCW Monday Nitro

    WCW Monday Nitro
    September 4, 1995


    Eric Bischoff and Steve 'Mongo' McMichael opens up the first ever Nitro from the Mall of America. They're quickly interrupted by Bobby Heenan, now acting super polite to Mongo despite all of the trash talking on recent editions of WCW TV. Mongo gets a laugh over Heenan by zapping him with one of those buzzers that you where on a finger for hand shakes. To think, WCW could have signed Matt Borne and have yet another surprise return AND still do the clown pranks.

    Jushin Liger vs Brian Pillman
    I like the idea of starting Nitro with this sort of match. Not only are you spotlighting this new Cruiserweight style that would eventually become one of the signature acts of Nitro, but it also hypes New Japan Pro Wrestling, which you will be seeing a lot of NJPW guys for the rest of the year. It's a less high flying version of their Superbrawl II match, but they both get in a couple of high spots nonetheless. Pillman countered a top rope diving palm strike by catching Liger with a mid air dropkick. There is some sloppiness from Pillman, but considering he's just getting back to wrestling on a full time schedule after a broken leg, it's excusable. Pillman picked up the win with a wacky and surprising roll-up that didn't have the same neat creative twist that their Superbrawl II finish had. A very simple and modest match, but it's all they needed for the opener. ** 3/4

    A classic taped interview is shown with Eric Bischoff with Hulk Hogan outside of Hogan's Pastamania stand. Man, nothing makes your World Champion look any cooler than shilling his own Pasta.

    After Sting and Flair make their entrances for their match, Lex Luger surprises everyone by showing up on WCW TV. But I thought he was a WWF guy?!

    Sting (c) vs Ric Flair - WCW US Title
    While the first match was about showcasing the new style, this is a match for the old school WCW fans. It's mostly just Sting hitting the usual high impact moves while Flair has to cheat here and there. Midway in the match, Arn Anderson walks out to the ring, eying both men. Despite the fact that Flair has already signed on to wrestle Anderson at Fall Brawl, Heenan tries to claim that Anderson and Flair have made up. As Sting no sells a delayed vertical suplex that was quite un-Flair like, Flair managed to slap on the Figure Four while holding the ropes. The referee tries to get him to break, but Flair refuses. The referee is forced to call for the bell. For a match that was just there to get these two on the card, it felt fairly important thanks to the Luger appearance and involvement from Anderson. Fun stuff even if it was just a compact version of their better ones. ***

    After the match, Scott Norton comes out to yell at Bischoff for not booking him on this show despite having a new contract. He and Mongo get into an argument before Randy Savage runs out to challenge Norton to a future match. WCW really dropped the ball on Norton.

    A video package is shown promoting the new talent of Sabu.

    Bischoff hypes this week's edition of WCW Saturday Night. The double main event will see Johnny B. Badd vs Dick Slater and the team of Sting and Randy Savage vs The Blue Bloods. Tune in to TBS this Saturday at 6:05!

    In a backstage promo, Michael Wallstreet puts down the New Generation as the Few Generation. He's in WCW because it's where the best in the world are at. It's a promo against the WWE without specifically saying it's an anti-WWE promo~! Really though, when IRS was one of the worst wrestlers during the New Generation era, I don't know if he should really be insulting the WWE. If anything, IRS leaving the WWE helped the roster quality of the WWE.

    Hulk Hogan (c) w/Jimmy Hart vs Big Bubba Rogers - WCW World Title
    A main event catered to old WWF fans. Bischoff even admits that these two have a history. Hogan dominates the match with his flurry of honorable, babyface offense like punches and eye rakes. The few times Bubba does get in some offense, he gains the advantage from eye rakes. A Boss Man Slam gets Bubba a two count before Hogan Hulks Up. One big boot and leg drop later, Hogan successfully defends his World Title by pinfall. The sort of near squash you'd expect from a small house show where Hogan wasn't in the mood to put in much effort. It was fine though. * 3/4

    After the match, The Dungeon of Doom runs out to try and rough Hogan up before their War Games match at Fall Brawl. Coming to Hogan's rescue is Lex Luger. Once Hogan and Luger clear the ring, Hogan thanks Luger the only way an honorable babyface can, "Why don't you go back where you came from?!" Randy Savage and Sting have to run out to hold both men back. Hogan is such a fucking dick in this segment with his claims that WCW is his backyard and acting like Luger is an outsider. Meanwhile, Luger was in the WWE for two and a half years compared to Hogan's year and three months that he's been in WCW. Not to mention if there's anyone that can be considered Mr. WWF, it's Hogan. Luger cuts a promo on Hogan where even though he's challenging Hogan to a title match, he's still putting Hogan over as the best and the only true World Champion in wrestling. Again, Hogan's a dick in return. In the end, it's agreed that next week's main event will be Hogan defending the WCW World Title against Lex Luger.

    Overall
    Despite 1995 being a rather rough year for WCW, quality wise, I feel as if this is a pretty great show. The action isn't anything amazing, but the show felt big, you had variety and one big surprise in the return of Lex Luger. Meanwhile, with the exception of the run in from the Dungeon of Doom, WCW did their best to hide all of their terrible wrestlers that were in the company at the time. You didn't have to see talent like The Renegade, Dave Sullivan or Sgt. Pitbull Pitman. They also did their best to showcase as many talents as they could with brief spotlights on new/returning talents like Mr. Wallstreet, Sabu and Scott Norton. It felt as if WCW was drastically changing and it was pretty exciting after a dull year thus far. Unfortunately, the poor booking and terrible wrestlers were still in WCW, so this new change wasn't a legitimate reality. A noteworthy change that did happen is that for the first time, fans could see Hogan on a weekly TV show. Since coming to WCW in July 1994, I believe Hogan only worked a few non PPV/Clash shows. Not only did you see Hogan defend the title on tonight's show, but he's being hyped for a second match the following week. Overall, the first ever Nitro is a rare example of WCW's good booking during the Hogan era. Not only did they keep things interesting in the show, but they've booked a gigantic dream match for the next week to properly give McMahon a fight in their first head-to-head battle.
    Last edited by Jim; 03-17-2015 at 04:48 PM.

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    WCW Monday Nitro
    September 11, 1995


    The second edition of Nitro sees the debut of the classic Nitro set. It's in a much smaller building than usual, so it's a bit cramped though. The ring apron has a different logo for Nitro, perhaps being the original logo before they switched it to the superior one?

    The commentating team opens the show with a brief recap of the Hogan/Luger segment at last week's edition of Nitro. The big news though is that Vader is A.W.O.L. and has been pulled from War Games. What will Team Hogan do now that they're down one member?!

    Sabu vs Alex Wright
    Sabu's WCW TV debut. Wright earned this match by defeating DDP on WCW Main Event. It's a total spotfest, but it's perfect as it was. It's all about Sabu showing off his crazy moveset with Wright being unable to do anything for the first half. Once Wright takes over after moving out of the way of an Air Sabu on the outside, Wright fights fire with fire by going off with a series of spotty high flying moves. It's a fun match with Sabu eventually winning with a victory roll when Wright was sitting on the top turnbuckle. ** 1/2

    After the match, Sabu continues the attack on Wright ending with a closeline through a table to Wright, who was sitting on the table. The referee reverses his decision, awarding the match to Wright by DQ.

    Ric Flair comes out for an interview with Mean Gene. He mocks Arn Anderson for rather staying home with his family then coming out to party with the Nature Boy. During the interview, Lex Luger came out to the ring. Flair, being Ric Flair, started hyping Luger, putting him over big time. Luger can't even keep a straight face and just utters the line of "Some things never change" before leaving the ring before he can laugh any more.

    It's during the entrances for the next match that Eric Bischoff shocks the wrestling world by revealing that Shawn Michaels beats the big guy (Sycho Sid) with a super kick to keep fans from switching over to Raw.

    Sting (c) vs VK Wallstreet - WCW US Title
    In just the week since the first episode of Nitro, WCW has already changed Wallstreet's name from Michael to VK. Hmm, I wonder what VK stands for. Wallstreet starts off the match with a nice looking fireman's carry take down, but then he begins showing why he was one of the worst members of the WWE rosters for the last few years. Wallstreet refuses to sell anything. Wallstreet would drop to the mat, but would then pop right up. He's not selling any damage and the popping up is getting ridiculous. Sting wins after a Stinger Splash (Wallstreet popped right back up) and a top rope cross body (Which Wallstreet popped back up after the three count). Sting was fine in this, but I don't understand why Wallstreet was so unwilling to sell for the Stinger. **

    Eric Bischoff promotes this week's episode of WCW Saturday Night. You'll see Disco Inferno's debut, Maxx Muscle vs The Renegade, Dave Sullivan vs Big Bubba Rogers and Brian Pillman vs Alex Wright. I'm sure Wright/Pillman was fine, but the rest sounds awful.

    Randy Savage vs Scott Norton
    This was some really fun stuff. Norton jumped Savage before the bell before Savage quickly recovered. As Savage jumped off of the top rope, Norton caught him in mid air with a bear hug. This would begin a long sequence where Norton just hits one more after another focusing on the back. It's great action and Norton was showing that he could be a serious player in WCW. As Savage makes his comeback, the Dungeon of Doom tries running out. Savage causes Norton and the Shark (Who Bischoff kept calling him by his old name of Avalanche) to collide with Norton falling on his back and Shark landing on Norton's legs. A trapped Norton is an easy target for a Savage top rope elbow drop for the victory. I don't like the finish, but Norton's great. ***

    Hulk Hogan (c) w/Jimmy Hart vs Lex Luger - WCW World Title
    It's the match you never thought would ever happen~! This gives Bischoff yet another chance to put down the WWE, this time focusing on their World Champion. There's a flaw in this. You're acting like Luger was a big deal and he was sick of playing with kids in the WWF, but uh...he never won a belt in the WWE. He failed at virtually everything he did in the WWE. Anyways, this is a bit of a mirror image type match. Hogan would give Luger a suplex that the Total Package would no sell. Then Luger would give The Hulkster a suplex that would be no sold as well. Early on, Hogan impressed the fans by stringing together a series of holds just to remind fans that he does know how to wrestle. As Luger locks in the Torture Rack, it looks as if he's just about to get the win with Hogan's arm by lifted up by the referee a third time when Luger foolishly lets Hogan down, thinking he already won. The confusion causes Luger to waste too much time going for the pinfall attempt. Once Hogan Hulks Up, it looks as if Hogan's about to win after a Big Boot and a Leg Drop when the Dungeon of Doom run in the ring and attack Hogan for the DQ. Luger's first match back in WCW sees him choking just like the old days. Not bad for a match without a proper finish. ** 1/2

    After the match, a down Luger remains against the ropes while the Dungeon of Doom focuses on Hogan. Sting and Randy Savage rushes out to make the save for their War Games captain. Once the ring is cleared, Nitro heads to it's final commercial break.

    Back from the break, Mean Gene is in the ring with Hogan, Hart, Sting, Savage and Luger. For the second straight week, Hogan's a gigantic dick to Luger. Hogan questions why the Dungeon of Doom never touched Luger, as if Luger and the Dungeon of Doom have a secret pact going. Uh, newsflash, Hulkster, Luger helped you one week ago in fighting the Dungeon. Why would they need to attack Luger when he was already down? Furthermore, they're not facing Luger at War Games. They're facing you. You're their biggest rival. Savage acts even more paranoid when he questions why the Dungeon of Doom didn't fight Sting or Jimmy Hart. WTF? Hart wasn't even in the ring for the fight and the Dungeon did fight Sting! Sting, apparently still stupid enough to want to team with a couple of paranoid assholes comes up with the bright idea of Luger being their replacement partner for War Games due to Vader's disappearance. Savage votes no since he doesn't trust him. Why? Hogan utters a few more dickish lines to Luger before agreeing to let Luger join. Fuck Hogan, you're just a straight up douchebag. If I was Luger, I wouldn't want to help Hogan any more than I already have.

    The commentators close out the show by hyping WCW Main Event, which will feature a tag match between The Nasty Boys and The American Males with the winners facing The Blue Bloods next week on Nitro. That's...random. The Blue Bloods aren't even champions or anything. In addition, next week's Nitro will see Paul Orndorff vs Johnny B. Badd.

    Overall
    While the first episode of Nitro had some solid booking, this second one exposes WCW for how poorly booked they could be. All four matches featured new/returning talent in action against WCW regulars. The new guys failed to win all four matches. I don't understand the purpose of devoting your entire show to these new talents, yet fail to pull the trigger on any of them. You could have easily had Norton go over Savage with some outside interference from the Dungeon of Doom. The asshole personalities of Hogan and Savage makes WCW's top two babyfaces unlikable. I don't understand how we're supposed to follow the logic of Luger being untrustworthy this early on. From a match quality perspective, things were fine though. Norton and Savage had a good match before the finish. Sabu and Wright had some fun stuff going on in theirs. Hogan vs Luger felt big and it's not as if Sting/Wallstreet sucked. I do feel as if they should have spent more time hyping Fall Brawl though. With this being the go home show, the only matches I'm aware of is the War Games match, Flair vs Anderson and a #1 contender's match for the US Title between Johnny B. Badd and Brian Pillman. The last one was just mentioned in passing without any backstory told. Thus far on Nitro, I haven't a clue what's going on with the WCW Tag Team Titles or the TV Title. The ironic thing is that there's a tag title change planned for the PPV in six days. If all you watch is Nitro, you wouldn't even be aware of such a match. Finally, this was the first week of WCW really going crazy with their anti-WWE comments and I'm already tired of it. I liked the idea of spoiling the Raw main event since that was really shocking for that time, but to keep going on and on and on about the WWE, it's too much.

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    WCW Monday Nitro
    September 18, 1995


    As the commentators open up the show, they soon hear the sound of an ambulance arriving.

    In the back, Mean Gene is outside of the ambulance as The Taskmaster and the Giant jump out from the back. Sullivan brags about what the Giant did to Hulk Hogan last night.

    The American Males vs The Blue Bloods
    The American Males earned this all important first tag match in Nitro history by defeating the Nasty Boys last night on The Main Event. As the Blue Bloods' music hits, Robert Eaton falls through the entrance way. Harlem Heat quickly follow and finish beating up Eaton. As Eaton gets thrown back to the back, the commentators assume that Lord Steven Regal was already attacked in the back. Harlem Heat and Sherri make their way to the ring and demands that if any team is going to be involved on Nitro, it's going to be the WCW Tag Team Champions. With that, they offer The American Males a tag team titles match right now.

    Harlem Heat (c) w/Sister Sherri vs The American Males - WCW Tag Titles
    First official tag match in Nitro history and it's an important one in establishing Nitro's gimmick in being the show where anything can happen and that you must tune in every week. Despite Bagwell and Riggs being a pretty lame match, this match was pretty fun thanks to Booker T killing Riggs with some kicks. Booker destroyed that poor kid. Bagwell would get a hot tag and would fire away with a couple of poor looking drop kicks that look very Marty Jannetty like (AKA it barely touches his opponents). Late in the match, Col. Robert Parker comes out to the ring. As the referee is busy with the fighting on the outside, Sherri climbed on the apron to try and interfere, but Parker swooned her into falling into her arms. Bagwell countered a Booker T pump handle slam into causing Booker to fall backwards. Bagwell somehow got the surprise pinfall there to crown your NEW WCW Tag Team Champions. And with that, Nitro has delivered a surprising title switch in a match that wasn't advertised as having the tag champions in it. Fun little match that kept things simple. ** 1/2

    Out in the ring, Mean Gene talks with Ric Flair. Flair's upset at Arn Anderson for breaking the code. He dared to involve an outsider in Horsemen family business! Flair's going to kick Anderson's ass! "You can't say that!" - Mean Gene.

    Eric Bischoff shills this week's WCW Saturday Night with matches including Sting vs Lord Steven Regal and Sgt. Craig Pitbull Pitman vs Cobra in a rematch from Fall Brawl. One of those matches sounds great, the other not so much. Can you guess which is which?

    During Paul Orndorff's entrance, we get to hear his NEW theme song:


    My God...it's beautiful.

    Johnny B. Badd vs Paul Orndorff
    The debut of the new Mr. Wonderful gimmick. Orndorff has ditched his old robe that he had been rocking since the 80's in favor of a short jacket version. Along with the so bad that it's fun theme song, Orndorff now comes out to the ring with a mirror and he kisses cards that he hands to the fans. Match was pretty dull though as the only thing I found interesting was trying to figure out how would go over since you can't have Orndorff lose in the debut of his new gimmick, but you also can't have Badd lose since he's preparing for a big US Title shot on WCW Saturday Night in a couple of weeks. The answer turned out to have Orndorff counter a sunset flip and kneel down deep for a British Bulldog Summerslam '92 pinfall to beat Badd. You seriously couldn't find a different face to job to Mr. Wonderful? **

    We're shown highlights of behind the scenes at a taping of Baywatch. Randy Savage is busy impressing the babes with his bench pressing skills. The Taskmaster runs up and attacks Savage and even throws sand in his eyes! That bastard. A couple of the male stars of the show and Ric Flair rushes to Savage's aid by pulling Sullivan off. Sullivan is shocked that Flair is helping Savage while Flair tells the Taskmaster that he's going down a different route now.

    Out in the ring, Mean Gene called out Randy Savage. First things first, Savage doesn't want anything to do with Flair. Thanks, but no thanks. Second, Savage wants a piece of the Taskmaster. Finally, due to the mistimed closeline last night, Savage is now convinced that he was right about Lex Luger not being trustworthy. Mean Gene is quick to point out that everyone he's talked to believe it was an accident. Savage dismisses it since Mean Gene only talked to Sting and Jimmy Hart. The paranoid Savage even predicts that Luger, Sting and Hart will be the next three members of the Dungeon of Doom. Hmm, he was 66% right. That brings out Lex Luger to call Savage out on his BS. Luger gets a good one over Savage as he points out that he (Luger) isn't the only one with his eyes on the WCW World Title. Savage eventually comes clean and admits that he does want the belt as well. Before a fight can break out, we go to commercial. Something's brewing here!

    We're shown some replays from last night. Up first, on The Main Event, The Giant in a monster truck runs over the motorcycle that was given to Hulk Hogan by the fans in July. Later in the night on Fall Brawl, The Giant came out and choked Hogan out and twisted his head off. Will we ever see Hogan again?

    Ric Flair vs Brian Pillman
    There's no denying it now. Pillman's acting like a full fledged heel during his entrance. There was a great sequence of the trading of the chops in the corner while Pillman decided to counter Flair going to the top rope in a different manner. Rather than throwing Flair off, Pillman let Flair jump off so he could hit The Nature Boy with a drop kick in mid air. Fun match that the commentators decided wasn't important enough to focus on, instead they keep talking about various other topics. Come on, guys. This is a significant angle! Flair wins with a Figure Four. Good for a five minute match. ** 3/4

    After the match, Flair gets on the mic to promise that if he can't do it this week, he'll do it next week. He's going to kick Arn Anderson's ass!

    As the show gets wrapped up, Eric Bischoff hypes next week's Nitro. Lex Luger vs Meng, Disco Inferno vs Alex Wright, Col. Robert Parker's Kurasawa will be in action, and Randy Savage will wrestle The Taskmaster!

    Overall
    After a frustrating episode last week due to booking, this one was a lot more enjoyable even if it didn't have as high of quality match as the first two episodes. The only WrestleCrap on the entire show was just the enjoyable sort with Mr. Wonderful's new theme music. Ric Flair has seemingly turned face based on his actions by trying to save Randy Savage and Anderson bringing someone into their feud. I doubt anyone would try and claim the American Males were a good tag team, but it's another example of Bischoff trying to make Nitro feel exciting and that anything can happen on every edition. The lack of Hogan was appealing even if Savage picked up the slack in the Mega Powers attempt at being the biggest asshole babyfaces ever with their paranoia. Fun show based on '95 standards.

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    Orndorff came out to that theme during the Hogan celebration a month ago. I marked.

    I love this 1995 WCW groove you're in right now.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nicky Talent View Post
    Orndorff came out to that theme during the Hogan celebration a month ago. I marked.
    Did he? Nice. I suppose that's one of the benefits of not having a theme/having a memorable one for your entire career that most people just remember your theme from the final few months of your career.

    I came to the conclusion last night that had I ever been a heel wrestler, I would have fought to use that theme song. It's a perfect pompous song that just makes you want to see the heel get his ass kicked.

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    Re: Jim Reviews WWE Weeklies

    WCW Monday Nitro
    September 25, 1995


    The Nitro opening has now replaced shots of Vader with Lex Luger. So long, Vader. You will be missed in WCW.

    The commentating team opens up the show and Mongo continues to be baffling absurd by having his chihuahua wear a tiny saddle. After all of these years, has it ever been explained why Mongo even had a tiny dog out with him while he would commentate?

    Alex Wright vs Disco Inferno
    The future Dancing Fools explode~! For some inexplicable reason, Bobby Heenan is really positive about the Disco gimmick. I imagine if JBL was the color commentary, he'd spend the entire match tearing Disco a new one. It's a nothing special match as Wright tries to entertain with some nice moves while I can't determine if Disco sucks because he's playing the role of an awkward wrestler or if he just really sucks at this point. Wright countered a swinging neck breaker into a backslide for the victory. It early in the match that Mongo tried to talk fans out of turning to Monday Night Football since "Everyone knows the 49'ers are going to win." Looking up the results and I see that Barry Sanders and the Detroit Lions actually defeated the 49'ers. Suck it, Mongo! **

    In the back, Hulk Hogan and Jimmy Hart cuts a promo on the Giant. Hogan is wearing a neck brace, but it hasn't deterred him from working out every day. Hogan threatens the Giant by announcing that he's going to have an even bigger and meaner monster truck built. After they battle with their monster trucks, Hogan will even be willing to defend his WCW World Title against the Giant. Hogan promises to slam the Giant hard enough that he'll be lying next to his father. Uh...did Hogan just threaten to kill the Giant? In all of these years, it never occurred to me that WCW waited until they could go to Detroit (Where Halloween Havoc was taking place) to run the first Giant/Hogan match. To battle Andre's son, Hogan's returning to the city he had his biggest fight with Andre. It's a rare intelligent move by WCW. Granted, it was an intelligent move coupled with the WrestleCrap idea of having a monster truck sumo match, but I'll still give WCW credit for having it in Detroit!

    In the ring, Mean Gene is with Randy Savage. Mean Gene shows highlights of last week's confrontation between Savage and Luger. With that, he brings out Luger. Luger is now sick of everyone doubting his intentions and demanding a little respect. Luger's idea is to challenge Savage to a match next week, he'll even put his future World Title shot on the line. For reasons only understood by the insane logic of Luger, he even sweetens the deal by adding the extra stipulation that if he loses, he'll leave WCW. And with that, a big dream match has an incredibly predictable result. Savage agrees and the match is signed.

    Eric Bischoff officially announces a couple of Halloween Havoc matches. Hulk Hogan and The Giant will meet in a monster truck vs monster truck contest. Later, they'll battle again in a wrestling match for the WCW World Title!

    Kurasawa w/Col. Parker vs Sgt. Craig Pitbull Pittman
    Heel vs heel~! It's the master of the cross arm breaker known as Code Red vs the man who's biggest claim to fame is breaking the arm of Road Warrior Hawk at Clash of the Champions. On paper, I wasn't looking forward to this at all since Pittman sucked something fierce. Yet, I LOVED this. The match began with Pittman throwing himself at Kurasawa, delivering headbutt's to the mid section. Kurasawa fired back with some kicks to the legs. On the outside, Kurasawa pulled up the mats so he could hit a modified Samoan Drop on the exposed concrete. That's when the arm work begins with Kurasawa trying to break the arm, but Pittman fires away with some arm shots of his own. Kurasawa got out of the Code Red, but Pittman slammed his way out of another arm break attempt by Kurasawa. Kurasawa, now realizing that Pittman is an equal when it comes to various arm work, changes up his game plan and surprises Pittman with a bridging German Suplex to get the victory. It's a hard hitting match that just watching it will put hair on your chest. Way better than I could have ever expected this to be. *** 1/4

    Mean Gene is in the ring with Arn Anderson and Brian Pillman. Anderson mocks Flair for being unable to find a partner to battle Anderson and Pillman. The idea is that Flair's screwed in finding a partner since he's spent a career turning on friends and doing dastardly deeds to enemies. All of that used to be fine since Flair had Anderson by his side, but now Flair is all alone. Even though they don't specifically say so, Pillman and Anderson are acting as if they're the Four Horsemen. While it obviously didn't go down that route, it would have been interesting for Anderson to add two more men (Benoit and Malenko?) to have a new full Four Horsemen to battle Flair. Being the leader of the New Horsemen could have even resulted in Anderson getting a WCW World Title shot on PPV. I would have liked to see that play out. If it failed, just have the Horsemen turn on a member and bring Flair back into the group.

    Bischoff hypes this week's WCW Saturday Night. The big main event will see Sting defend the WCW US Title against Johnny B. Badd. New WCW Tag Team Champions, The American Males, will also be in action.

    Randy Savage vs The Taskmaster w/The Zodiac
    Zodiac came out after the entrances to attack Savage behind the ref's back. It's all Sullivan here as he slowly works over Savage before Macho Man finally makes a come back at the end. That can really sum up every Savage match. The interference from the Zodiac becomes too much for Savage as he throws Zodiac into the ring after he climbed on the apron. When the referee tried to pull Savage away from the Zodiac, Savage pushed the referee to the mat to draw the DQ. This match is just a means for a fantastic post-match segment though. **

    After the match, Savage continues his assault on Sullivan and the Zodiac. Zodiac would eat a flying elbow drop from Savage. After awhile, The Giant makes his way out to the ring and easily destroys Savage with a choke slam. A couple of jobbers rush out to help Savage, but they too are given choke slams. Alex Wright next ran out for the save, but The Giant killed him with a massive bear hug. Finally, Lex Luger would then come out. Rather than go after The Giant, he stood over Savage and looked as if he was going to say something to Savage before the Giant attacked Luger. Luger is laid out with a choke slam. Meanwhile, a now angry Taskmaster orders The Giant out of the ring. This is the first Luger segment where you could actually buy the idea that there's something going on with the Dungeon of Doom. It's as if The Giant was riled up so much that he attacked Luger when he wasn't supposed to do so.

    Meng vs Lex Luger
    Meng ran out to immediately start his match with Luger. It's a very one sided match with Luger only getting in a couple of hope spots. As it looked as if Luger was making his come back, Meng pulled out his golden spike and slips it on his thumb (The golden spike is mostly just a taped up thumb, but instead it's made of metal) and delivers a Samoan Spike to pick up the victory. Hey, Meng actually won. Nice. SQUASH.

    Bischoff hypes next week's edition of WCW Monday Nitro. Main event will be Lex Luger vs Randy Savage. While Bischoff doesn't mention the other wrestlers signed for the show, we do see graphics for the American Males, The Nasty Boys and Dean fuckin' Malenko.

    Overall
    And thus begins The Giant's push in WCW. This episode was all about getting over the fact that he's an unbeatable monster with his easy manhandling of five wrestlers. Great segment even if it was just redoing what Andre used to do when he was a heel. With Luger finally standing up for himself when it comes to the bitching about him, it makes his program with Savage more tolerable. The big surprise of the night was Pittman vs Kurasawa. It's a hard hitting match and one that I have to admit, I feel it's the best Nitro match of September '95. It's a little disappointing that they began the "Flair looking for a partner" angle on WCW Saturday Night instead of Nitro, but I really dig the angle of Flair's outlook being hopeless due to his past actions against the babyfaces. Years later, Ring of Honor would run a similar angle with Alex Shelley. As the new Nitro era is starting to become clear and define, WCW is finally starting to become interesting some after a horrendous year thus far.

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    WCW Monday Nitro
    October 2, 1995


    The commentators open up the show and I'm immediately distracted by the fact that Mongo's dog is wearing a pair of googly glasses. Mongo is a moron. Ric Flair runs up and screams that he wants a piece of Arn Anderson tonight. Bischoff reminds viewers that tonight will have a special double main event as Randy Savage battles Lex Luger with Luger's WCW career on the line and Anderson/Flair II.

    We're shown a video package detailing the feud with Randy Savage and Lex Luger including the Giant giving both men choke slams.

    Lex Luger vs Randy Savage
    As a reminder, since I haven't reviewed a Nitro since September 2014, Luger got Savage to accept this match by putting up his World Title shot and his WCW career. Whatamoron. They lock up and immediately fall through the ropes where they keep the lock up going and we go to the first commercial break so we can catch a Halloween Havoc promo. It's Hogan vs Giant in a monster truck match and then the two will wrestle for the WCW World Title! Back from the commercial and the action never gets interesting. It's physical, but there isn't any drama nor is there much of a story. The match should be exciting though. Savage was still good, it's only Luger's second match since returning to WCW and it's a fairly huge first time ever match. Yet, everything fell flat. After a ref bump, Savage had the match won with a top rope elbow drop, but the Giant ran out to give him a choke slam. Luger recovered and rather than doing the smart thing in picking Savage up first to set up the Torture Rack, he instead tries to do it while both are kneeling on the mat. It takes forever and it looks bad. Finally, Luger manages to lift Savage on his shoulders and he stands up. The referee raises Savage's arm three times, but it falls each time. Luger wins to keep his future title shot and his WCW career. * 1/2

    Eric Bischoff hypes WCW Saturday Night. Scheduled for this week is Brian Pillman and Arn Anderson vs Bunkhouse Buck and Dick Slater (Uhh...that's random), Jim Duggan vs Big Bubba and we'll learn more about why Johnny B. Badd missed his WCW US Title match last week. How about telling us a bit about what happened, Bisch?

    Before the next match, Disco Inferno comes out dancing on the entrance way until Eddie Guerrero scares him off.

    Eddie Guerrero vs Dean Malenko
    In another weird move, Guerrero earned this Nitro match against Malenko by beating Jushin Liger on WCW Main Event yesterday. WCW sure did love having wrestlers earn Nitro matches. It's pretty damn random. The early going of this is truly awesome as they kept a fast pace and going through complicated sequences that you certainly didn't see in the first match. Since I'm clearly enjoying the match too much, the camera cuts to Hulk Hogan arriving in the arena. Jimmy Hart runs up and tells him about what The Giant did to Savage. Hart begged Hogan to leave, but Hogan demanded to get a piece of the Giant tonight. I DON'T CARE ABOUT HOGAN! GET ME BACK TO THE MATCH! Once we do cut back to the match, I'm completely deflated. The crowd is pretty silent, the commentators won't shut up about Hogan and Malenko/Guerrero are just going through the motions. With Malenko on the outside, Guerrero hit an awesome top rope splash to the outside. Back in the ring, Guerrero nailed the brainbuster, but Malenko got his knees up during a Frog Splash attempt. A bunch of grappling and counters occur with Guerrero countering with a pin attempt to sneak the victory. This should have been the best Nitro match thus far in the five episode run, but they ruined it by cutting back to Hogan and then not even talking about the match. With both men working their Nitro debut and working a fresh style, this should have been an easy way to get the fans into these newcomers. Instead, WCW made it clear that they didn't matter. **


    After the match, Malenko challenges Guerrero to a rematch, which Guerrero accepts.

    When we return from a commercial break, Mean Gene is in the ring and he brings out a neck brace wearing Hulk Hogan. Hogan talks about a recent visit he had with a sick fan with the fan telling him to get revenge against the Giant. Since the Giant isn't coming out, Hogan's going to go find him! While Hogan is slapping hands around ringside, an old time stereotypical Eastern European woman throws salt in his eyes and jumps the steel railing to hit Hogan with her cane. As the Giant and Zodiac heads out to the ring, the Eastern European granny is revealed to be Kevin Sullivan. Hogan's neck brace is remove and Giant cranks his neck once again. While Kevin Sullivan pulls out clippers to shave off Hogan's trademark mustache and supposedly some of his hair (We're never shown that, but Bischoff claims that's what happens), The American Males and Nasty Boys run in for the failed save. Both Bagwell and Riggs take a choke slam by the Giant. THE DUNGEON OF DOOM MAY HAVE ENDED HULKAMANIA~!!!!!!1!

    Bischoff makes the announcement that the originally scheduled WCW Tag Titles match of American Males vs Nasty Boys will now not happen due to both teams being beat up by the Giant. Shame, I'm sure that match would have been really great. Bischoff also questions where Lex Luger was during the Giant's attack. Savage has an excuse for not coming out since he was already injured by the Giant, but what about Luger?! Uhh...why would Luger want to help Hogan? Ever since he returned to WCW, Hogan has been a giant douchebag to him. Even when Luger did run out to help Hogan in the past, Hulk has still questioned Luger's loyalty. Fuck Hogan.

    Ric Flair vs Arn Anderson
    A match made to show fans what they missed if they didn't order Fall Brawl. The reality of the situation is that if you didn't order Fall Brawl, but watched this free match, you wouldn't have thought you missed anything special with Fall Brawl. Their Fall Brawl match was 4 stars, but this never found it's groove. Part of the problem was that the commentators again kept talking nonstop about Hogan. I realize it's the #1 program in the company at the time, but could we stop talking about it at least during the Flair/Anderson match? Unlike Malenko/Guerrero, this match actually means something and it's safe to say it's the #2 program in the company at the time. Unlike the Fall Brawl match, which they had over twenty minutes, they weren't even given nine full minutes for this. So it felt like we were watching the first several minutes of a long match, but rather than continuing and getting really good, Flair randomly just forces Anderson to submit to the Figure Four moments before Brian Pilliman rushes out and lands a top rope splash on Flair. It's not a bad match, but with it being Flair and Anderson, you expect so much more rather than this crash TV style segment. ** 1/4

    After the match, Anderson and Pillman continue their attack on Flair.

    Back from the final commercial break and Bischoff announces that next week will see Ric Flair vs Arn Anderson in a steel cage match! Other matches will include Sting vs The Shark, Sabu vs Mr. JL, and Big Bubba vs Road Warrior Hawk!

    Overall
    WCW Monday Nitro is starting to feel like such a weird show to me. If you only watch Nitro, you're only being exposed to a small percentage of the current happenings of WCW. Mind you, that's not necessarily a bad thing since WCW in 1995 wasn't good at all. Yet, I find it odd that they would mention Johnny B. Badd missing his US Title match from Saturday Night, without actually talking about it to truly inform their viewers what was happening. We've seen five episodes of Nitro now and the TV champion has yet to have a match. That particularly seems odd since the original gimmick of the TV Title is that it gets defended on TV on a regular basis. Instead, Nitro is centered entirely around the current happenings of the most important things going on in WCW right now. Even then, everything takes a backseat to Hogan's angle. As someone who was such a fan of Hogan as a kid, I find him to be so insufferable at this point in WCW. The commentators won't stop talking about him, we're interrupting matches to feature him, Hogan's a dick to everyone and he hardly comes across as a good babyface. This was a particularly weak episode of Nitro with none of the matches connecting with me. It's the weakest Nitro thus far with the best match only reaching 2 1/2 stars, the debuts of Guerrero and Malenko came off as being fairly unimportant and Hogan dominating the show based on the commentary. The one matter of importance was the act of Sullivan shaving Hogan's mustache. It was a meaningful beat down of Hogan. Considering Raw had Bret Hart vs Jean-Pierre Lafitte in the main event, what are you doing watching WCW Monday Nitro?

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    WCW Monday Nitro
    October 9, 1995


    As we open up to Nitro from Chicago, Sting interrupts the commentators by insisting that he's here tonight to fix the problems between Lex Luger and Randy Savage. Will Sting be successful?!

    Sting (c) vs The Shark - WCW US Title
    This match made me sad. Shark has been in WCW for nearly a year and what has WCW done with him? Quake was never given a World Title match against Hogan on PPV or a Clash, which even Kamala received. The big battle of the monsters with Quake vs Vader was never teased. WCW virtually just signed Quake because of his name value and then ignored him. Shame. Anyways, this was really short, it didn't even last two minutes. Both men get in some shots to start the match before Sting hits some Stinger Splashes and finishes Shark off with a top rope cross body to win the match. I enjoyed it for what it was. **

    We're shown a replay of last week's major event of Kevin Sullivan attacking Hulk Hogan under disguise of being an old Eastern European woman. With the help of the Giant and The Zodiac, Sullivan shaves off Hogan's trademark mustache.

    Sabu vs Mr. JL
    Sabu is super over here tonight. I believe this is the TV debut of Mr. JL. Looking back, I'm not sure what WCW was hoping to achieve by putting Jerry Lynn under a mask and booking him as a mysterious lowcarder. Admittedly, this match doesn't have a story. It's simply a spot fest. However, it's a really fun spot fest. Lynn actually gets in some offense as he completes a dive to the outside, the commentators shockingly focus on the match instead of talking about Hogan, the crowd is into everything and Sabu manages not to botch. When it comes to these pointless undercard matches, there's not much else you can hope to see. Unless I'm mistaken, I seem to hear a "Hogan sucks" chant. The crowd isn't mic'd up too well though. Anyways, after failing to get the submission with the Camel Clutch the first time, Sabu manages to counter a top rope dive by JL into a power bomb, which he turned into the Camel Clutch for the victory. Fun stuff and it blows my mind that WCW allowed Sabu to slip through their fingers. The appeal of Sabu in 1995 is that he was so much different from everyone else in WCW. While I would have made a ton of changes to '95 Nitro era WCW if I was doing a BTB, few things would have been as important as protecting Sabu. *** 1/4


    Mean Gene is out with Sting and Lex Luger. Sting asks Randy Savage to come out as well. Since the start of the show, we've been waiting to hear Sting's idea to fix the problems between Savage and Luger. His solution? Have them wrestle again at Halloween Havoc! That is provided both men win their already booked matches against Kamala (Savage) and Meng (Luger). Luger isn't into the idea of wrestling twice in one night, which I imagine every fan shares the same thought, but Sting goads him into accepting the match. How is another Savage/Luger match supposed to fix their problems? I will give WCW credit for booking Meng vs Luger since Meng still holds a singles victory over Luger from a September Nitro.

    Out in front of the building, a limo pulls up with Chris Benoit stepping out. Benoit has returned to WCW~! YES!

    Before the next match, Disco Inferno comes out to dance for the fans again. When his music is turned off to begin Big Bubba's, Disco pulls out a boombox to play his theme from there. Ha. Big Bubba doesn't seem to care about Disco, but Disco decides to have some fun with Road Warrior Hawk when he grabs a fan's hat and lays it on one of Hawk's spikes on his shoulder pads. Hawk doesn't notice until he gets on the ring apron.

    Road Warrior Hawk vs Big Bubba Rogers
    This is Hawk's first TV match since Clash of the Champions 31 where Kurasawa broke his arm. Not much happens as Disco Inferno quickly comes out to dance on the ring apron. Hawk has enough of Disco's shenanigans, so he attacks Inferno. Hawk pummels Disco up the entrance way until he gets counted out. So you're in Chicago and you book Hawk to lose by count-out in a match that didn't even last two minutes? That makes perfect sense... ANGLE.


    JUSTIN ROBERTS~!

    Mean Gene is back out to introduce mustache less Hulk Hogan and Jimmy Hart. Both Hogan and Hart debut their all black look. If I had any doubt that the Chicago crowd was chanting "Hogan sucks" during the Sabu/JL match, it was erased as they booed the hell out of Hogan from the moment he was announced to come out. Mean Gene, ever the professional, tries to claim that the fans are booing Hogan's new look, not Hogan himself. Hogan gives a brief history lesson on Hulkamania, designed entirely around just burying Vince McMahon and claiming the WWE is on it's death bed. In the middle of the interview, we're shown outside of the arena as a monster truck pulls up with The Giant, Kevin Sullivan and The Zodiac all inside. They're refused entry into the building. Upset that the Giant won't be allowed in the building, Hogan cuts the interview short. He wants him a piece of the Giant!

    For whatever reason, Eric Bischoff never bothers to hype WCW Saturday Night. How will I know what I'm missing?! *Goes to look up the card* Looks like the only non-squash match is Alex Wright vs Disco Inferno. Oh boy. There's even more from the Ric Flair/Sting angle where Flair is trying to talk Sting into being his partner in his feud against Arn Anderson and Brian Pillman. That angle is a perfect example of the WCW Monday Nitro bubble. You have this big angle that has been going on other WCW shows for awhile, but it hasn't even been mentioned on Nitro.

    Ric Flair vs Arn Anderson - Cage Match
    While it may not seem like a big deal in 2015, having a cage match on a weekly show in 1995 was a huge deal. Other than SNME, which doesn't really count, there had never been a cage match shown on free TV before. Funny enough, magically, WWE Night Raw would have their first cage match the following week. Bischoff flat out admits that this was a PPV match shown for free. There's some early enjoyment with Flair beating up Anderson before we go to the commercial. When we come back, it's more of the same before Brian Pillman runs out. He tries to scale the cage, but Flair punches him off. While Flair is distracted, Anderson slips on a pair of brass knuckles. He attempts to use them a couple of times, but Flair keeps avoiding while nailing moves. It's when Flair spins for the Figure Four that Anderson finally connects with the foreign object. Flair is knocked out and Anderson is easily able to pin him for the victory. The match didn't even last five minutes. Pity. Fun for what it was though. ** 1/2

    We head over to the commentators one last time as they talk about some of the big events of Nitro. Ric Flair interrupts them and challenges Arn Anderson and Brian Pillman to a match next week. Either Flair will have a partner or he'll go at it alone. Bischoff then hypes the announced matches for next week's Nitro. We'll see DDP defending the WCW TV Title (HOLY SHIT!) vs Johnny B. Badd, Chris Benoit makes his in ring debut against Eddie Guerrero and Jim Duggan battles Meng.

    Overall
    When comparing this to last week's episode, it's pretty similar, yet my overall feelings are a lot more positive. Ultimately, the biggest difference here is the Lynn/Sabu match. The match is on equal ground as last week's Guerrero/Malenko match, but they stayed with the action the entire time and the commentators didn't waste time talking about Hulk Hogan instead of calling the action. Sabu was super over and he and Lynn came off like they meant something to the company, unlike Guerrero and Malenko. The Flair/Anderson feud continues with more of the same, although they are now hyping the fact that Flair needs an ally in this feud if he wants any chance of not always being laid out by Anderson and Pillman. The Hogan/Dungeon of Doom feud still sucks something fierce. Hogan's black look gimmick was bizarre and failed in it's debut due to the anti-Hogan crowd. Somehow, this episode did make me want to see a match between Road Warrior Hawk and Disco Inferno. It's probably the only time in twenty years that I've ever wanted to see a Disco Inferno match. Literally all they have to do is have Hawk beat the holy hell out of Disco, blooding him up in a squash and I'd LOVE it. With Halloween Havoc still a few weeks away, the card is starting to come together, even though it's clear few things in WCW matters beyond Hogan vs Dungeon of Doom and Lex Luger vs Savage.

    Halloween Havoc '95
    (Announced Matches)

    Hulk Hogan (c) vs The Giant - WCW World Title
    Hulk Hogan vs The Giant - Monster Truck Match
    Lex Luger vs Meng
    Randy Savage vs Kamala
    Lex Luger vs Randy Savage (If both men win their other matches)

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    WCW Monday Nitro
    October 16, 1995


    We open up with footage from WCW Pro where Sting finally accepts Ric Flair's request of being his partner against Arn Anderson and Brian Pillman due to Flair getting all of the Little Stingers to beg Sting to do it. Sting makes it clear that if this is a swerve, he'll kill Flair. Awesome to see Nitro actually show what's going on elsewhere on the other WCW weekly shows. Bobby Heenan claims this will be the first time that Sting and Flair have teamed up since 1990. In reality, Sting and Flair had teamed up as recently as late 1993 and early 1994 for some Clash of the Champions matches. Come on, Heenan, they teamed on literally your first night with the company!

    DDP (c) w/Diamond Doll and Maxx Muscle vs Johnny B. Badd - WCW TV Title
    During the entrances, we're shown footage of WCW Saturday Night where an interview segment with Badd, DDP and Maxx revealed that DDP and Maxx were responsible for Johnny B. Badd missing his US Title shot against Sting. Holy shit, it's yet another "Events on Nitro aren't the only things going on in WCW" admittance. Great! Also during the entrances, Eric Bischoff has a bonehead moment where he announces that regardless of the outcome, DDP and Badd will be wrestling at Halloween Havoc as well. Why would you say that before the match?! Before the bell, DDP knocks Badd out with a belt shot and then covers the challenger. The referee refuses to count and simply DQ's Page. So after all of these weeks, we finally get a WCW TV Title match on Nitro and it's not a match at all. Eh, at least we got to see the belt on Nitro. Good angle progression segment despite Bischoff foolishly telling the fans about the Halloween Havoc match too soon. ANGLE.

    Chris Benoit vs Eddie Guerrero
    YES! Benoit is back in WCW to become the savior of the company. All it takes is this one match and it's already clear that Benoit is fucking amazing. First match on Nitro and Benoit already produces the best match in Nitro history up to this point. Both guys had a clear role. For Benoit, he carried the workload, working a physical match while focusing on Guerrero's arm. Everything Benoit did looked like it hurt. For Guerrero, he was about the flashy moves and after he missed Benoit and his arm hit the ring post on the outside, he sold the arm for the rest of the match. If he was on offense, the arm affected him in that he couldn't follow up on big moves quick enough or he noticeably had to do moves with only one arm. It's all great stuff and the commentators actually focus on the match, although their attention was mostly just on hyping Benoit, not Guerrero too. Finish is great as Guerrero gets caught up in the moment and accidentally punches Benoit with his bad arm. He grabs it in pain and that allows Benoit to hit his Dragon Suplex for the victory. Benoit may be a murdering bastard, but fuck is he amazing in the ring. *** 1/2



    Eric Bischoff drops gossip for the WCW audience. It seems as if the International Committee is considering creating a Cruiserweight Division. It'd take nearly six months, but we would finally see a Cruiserweight Division created in WCW.

    Mean Gene is out in the ring for an interview. Before his guests come out, he hypes the WCW Hotline. Which WWE high ranking official (Bill Watts) has left the company? Which WWE superstar (Shawn Michaels) got in a fight with a fan and was bested? I did get a chuckle out of the dispersion between the WWE and WCW's accounts of what happened to Michaels. WCW makes it seem like Michaels got his ass kicked by one regular fan while WWE made it seem as if Michaels was blindsided by a gang of thugs. Once Mean Gene finishes hyping the Hotline, he brings out Kevin Sullivan and The Giant. Sullivan talks about how he's pure evil and after last week, we found out that Hogan has some evil in himself too. It seem as if wearing black suddenly makes you evil. The Giant and Sullivan are confident that Hogan's days as WCW World Champion are numbered.

    Eric Bischoff hypes WCW Saturday Night after missing last week. We'll see Jim Duggan vs VK Wallstreet (Yikes), Disco Inferno vs Alex Wright (Yikes), Randy Savage vs Hugh Morris and Hulk Hogan will be there as well!

    Before the next match, Disco Inferno again comes out and dance.

    Meng vs Jim Duggan
    Did you know these two had a fairly important WWE feud in 1989? Duggan originally became the King after winning the crown from then King Haku. This was a short fight with both men getting in a lot of offense while the commentators talked about the Lex Luger/Randy Savage feud instead. At least in this case, it makes some sense as Meng is scheduled to wrestle Lex Luger at Halloween Havoc. Meng wins after Duggan turns around right into a super kick and Meng then slaps on the Spike the throat for the submission. Not the train wreck you might expect. **

    We're then shown a tape promo with Hulk Hogan and Jimmy Hart. It's hilarious stuff with Hogan claiming that when he came out in black last week, everyone were shaking in their boots. Hogan compares himself to Don Corleone due to his new look. Hogan threatens anyone if they try to stop him from destroying The Giant at Halloween Havoc. The randomness continues as Hogan says he'll kill The Giant and then bury the Giant next to his father in Detroit. Uh...not only was Andre the Giant not buried in Detroit, but he was actually cremated. Hulk "Don Corleone" Hogan is hilariously bad.

    Ric Flair and Sting vs Arn Anderson and Brian Pillman
    Sting is nowhere to be found at the start of the match, leaving Flair to contend on his own. Flair manages to do just fine though, chopping the hell out of both men. The commentators openly speculate whether this was all just a plan by Flair to double cross Sting, virtually detailing exactly what will happen at Halloween Havoc. One fun spot saw Anderson whip Flair into the corner. Flair does his trademark flip over and lands on the ring apron, chopping Pillman off of the ring apron too. There's another good spot as Flair has Anderson in the Figure Four as Pillman climbed to the top rope for the splash. However, since this is literally what Pillman did after the cage match, Flair this time moves out of the way, causing Pillman to crash and burn. Finally, a kick to the back of Flair's head by Pillman gives the heels the advantage. The crowd is chanting for Sting and after a few moments of Flair in trouble, Sting rushes out, seemingly convinced that he can trust Flair. Sting gets the hot tag and it's another unofficial handicap match as Flair is resting on the outside, allowing Sting to plow through both Pillman and Anderson. The crowd is loving everything and there's a good amount of excitement. With Pillman and Anderson thrown to the outside, the referee quietly counts them out as the commentators are too focus on the stand off between Flair and Sting to notice what's happening. Flair and Sting wins by count-out. Lame finish, but this was a hot little match to help set-up the real match at the PPV. ***

    After the match, Mean Gene comes into the ring to interview Sting and Flair. Sting admits that he missed the first half of the match because he was unsure if he could trust Flair or not. However, Sting reminds Flair that he didn't allow Flair to get into too much trouble before he saved him. Mean Gene officially announces Flair/Sting vs Anderson/Pillman for Halloween Havoc. Flair is giddy at finally having a partner in this feud against Pillman and Anderson.

    Bischoff wraps up the show by hyping next week's episode of Nitro. We'll see Sting and Lex Luger battle Harlem Heat, Chris Benoit and Dean Malenko vs Alex Wright and Eddie Guerrero, and Hulk Hulk will be in attendance as well!

    Overall
    Hey, this was pretty great and possibly the best episode of Nitro thus far. It began on such a high note with WCW finally popping the Nitro bubble and discussing some of the happenings that are shown on the other WCW weekly TV shows. It wasn't a real match, but we got to see the WCW TV Champion in action as they progress his current feud with Johnny B. Badd. As I said, Benoit's debut (In reality, return) match is the best Nitro match to date. Sting/Flair vs Anderson/Pillman was also the best main event on Nitro thus far in it's run. Hulk Hogan has always been one of the biggest negatives on these Nitros, but it's gotten to a point where it's so bad that it's entertaining. We were able to see some advancement in the Flair/Anderson program after a few weeks of Flair being out numbered week after week by the addition of Pillman. All in all, this was a fun hour of wrestling.

    Halloween Havoc '95
    (Announced Matches)

    Hulk Hogan (c) vs The Giant - WCW World Title
    Hulk Hogan vs The Giant - Monster Truck Match
    Ric Flair and Sting vs Arn Anderson and Brian Pillman
    Lex Luger vs Meng
    Randy Savage vs Kamala
    Lex Luger vs Randy Savage (If both men win their matches)
    DDP (c) vs Johnny B. Badd - WCW TV Title
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    Benoit may be a murdering bastard, but fuck is he amazing in the ring. *** 1/2
    See? This is what I've been trying to tell everyone all along.

    Might have to watch this episode of Nitro on the ole Network.
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    The commentators open up the show and I'm immediately distracted by the fact that Mongo's dog is wearing a pair of googly glasses. Mongo is a moron
    I saw an episode after Halloween Havoc where Mongo had dressed his dog up as a witch. That poor dog.

    You know that Benoit and Guerrero look pretty good, I can't wait to see what they get up to at Halloween Havoc.............

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    You know that Benoit and Guerrero look pretty good, I can't wait to see what they get up to at Halloween Havoc.............
    Benoit had a great tag match with Dean Malenko against Steven Regal and Bobby Eaton on The Main Event, the pre-show for the PPV.

    Poor Eddie was stuck working Disco Inferno on the Main Event.

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    Oo Jim, I am close to you in the WCW timeline right now.

    Question though - will WCW make sense if its just Nitros I watch? as well as PPVS?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Shake View Post
    Oo Jim, I am close to you in the WCW timeline right now.

    Question though - will WCW make sense if its just Nitros I watch? as well as PPVS?
    As I've been talking about, there's a Nitro bubble, where they don't really acknowledge what's happening outside of Nitro. You still hear about the biggest programs, but you spend far more time on Hogan's angle than learning about what else is happening. That's again why I liked the October 16th episode of Nitro so much - they popped that Nitro bubble.

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    WCW Monday Nitro
    October 23, 1995


    Randy Savage vs Kurasawa w/Col. Robert Parker
    Kurasawa is God to me now ever since he got that *** 1/4 match out of Sgt. Craig Pitbull Pittman. While the commentators do keep bringing up the fact that Kurasawa was the man who broke Road Warrior Hawk's arm, they don't bother announcing Kurasawa vs Road Warrior Hawk at Halloween Havoc. Wouldn't want the fans to realize there were other things going on in WCW besides the Hogan stuff, would we, Bischoff? Anyways, this was a typical Savage match as his opponent was in charge for 95% of the match before Savage made his comeback and quickly won with the flying elbow drop. While the commentators are unsure of how it happened, Savage went into this match with an injured arm. Kurasawa killed Savage with a bunch of kicks before he accidentally kicked the ring post on the outside. Back in, Savage dropped Kurasawa neck first on the top rope to set up the elbow drop finish. Certainly not bad. ** 1/4

    First chance of seeing the commentators as the trio talks about Hogan (Of course) and the main event of Sting and Lex Luger vs Harlem Heat. The big question is, "Can Sting trust Luger?" Why wouldn't he? Good God, WCW was trying so hard to create drama where there isn't any. Since Luger returned, Sting hasn't had a single reason to distrust him.

    The lights go out and I shit you not, The Master (King Curtis Iaukea) appeared high up in the air sitting on his Dungeon of Doom throne. The Master begins spouting out some rubbish, but I have a hard time understanding anything he's saying and he just won't shut up. He goes on for ages while the camera pans to a giant block of ice with a purple glow in the middle. This is some legit WrestleCrap.

    Mean Gene is then joined by Kevin Sullivan and the Giant. Sullivan helps explain what the Master was talking about. Inside of the giant block of ice is the Yeti, the Dungeon of Doom's insurance policy that the Giant will win the WCW World Title this Sunday at Halloween Havoc. The Giant again predicts victory in between rubbing his hands and laughing.

    Back from commercial and Mean Gene brings out Jimmy Hart and Hulk "Don Corleone" Hogan. "The only thing to fear is evil itself" - Hogan. Uh...that's not the right quote, Hulkster. Hogan flat out makes a reference to OJ Simpson, as he ponders what to do with his black gloves after killing The Giant. Hogan bashes Lex Luger, Sting and Randy Savage for bailing out on him. Uhh...how exactly did they bail out on you? Luger and Savage are wrestling members of the Dungeon of Doom at the PPV, just like you. Sting wrestled The Shark only last week. Hogan mocks Sting for wearing red and yellow tonight while also sporting a mustache. While most of Hogan's Don Corleone gimmick promos were complete nonsense, his verbal attacks on Luger, Sting and Savage is quite interesting considering what Hulk will do to them at Bash at the Beach '96. It's almost as if Don Corleone Hogan was a brief glimpse in the real Hollywood Hogan that Hogan wouldn't reveal for another several months.

    Bischoff hypes this week's edition of WCW Saturday Night. The American Males will defend the WCW Tag Titles against Harlem Heat, Lex Luger battles The Shark (Oh, but Luger totally bailed on Hogan in the feud against the Dungeon of Doom ) and Hulk Hogan will also be in attendance.

    Chris Benoit and Dean Malenko vs Eddie Guerrero and Mr. JL w/Alex Wright
    Wow, after several segments of WrestleCrap, this is a huge contrast. Wright, Guerrero's original scheduled partner, is walking out on crutches, so Lynn is taking his place. That's fine by me. If anything, that's a nice upgrade. As expected, this was a really fun match and the easy MOTN. Also expected, the commentators only paid attention half of the time, devoting the rest of the time talking about Hulk Hogan. They even do a split screen to show a random brawl in the back between Scott Norton and The Shark. That feud began on the Sept. 11th edition of Nitro and they're just now playing up to it. Was Norton in Japan for the past month or something? On the plus side, they didn't cut to the back unlike the previous Guerrero/Malenko match, so you could still see what was happening in this match. None of the guys are quite over yet, but the fans are appreciative of some of the flashier spots. There's a great Lynn dive to the outside that was set up with Guerrero throwing him into the air. With Benoit and Guerrero fighting on the outside, Malenko hits the ropes, but Wright trips him with his crutch to allow Lynn to roll Malenko up for the victory. Well, that's bullshit. Bischoff tries to explain it away as if Malenko and Benoit had been cheating all throughout the match, but they really hadn't. Good match, but odd finish. ***



    *Goes to look up some NJPW 1995 results* Looks like Scott Norton had been on a New Japan tour as late as late September '95. I'm not sure why they had to interrupt the previous match to show that random fight between Norton and Shark though. If they already waited a month and a half to kick the feud off after it was set up, surely they could have waited a bit longer.

    During Harlem Heat's entrance, Eric Bischoff and Mongo poke fun at WWE In Your House 4.

    Sting and Lex Luger vs Harlem Heat w/Sister Sherri
    As Hogan claimed, Sting is wearing red and yellow gear and is sporting some facial hair. For whatever reason, the commentators speculate on what this means. Uhh...it's Sting. He tends to wear a bunch of different colors. Why does it have to mean anything? The early going was a back and forth match before Luger resorted to playing the face-in-peril for awhile. Sherri is shown looking at a photograph of her and Col. Parker. She pulls out a second photo from her ass. No, seriously. She was actually keeping pics in her ass. Booker T even breaks out a super early Harlem Hangover attempt, but Sting managed to move out of the way and get the hot tag to Sting. Sting easily cleans house all by himself before Stevie Ray broke up a Scorpion Death Lock attempt on Booker. Luger ran in for the save, but Sting is tossed to the outside. That actually helps the babyfaces as Sting dives off of the top rope for a closeline on Booker for the pinfall while Stevie is too busy beating on Luger to notice. Typical uneventful Nitro main event. ** 1/4

    After the match, Kevin Sullivan and The Giant run out to attack the faces. We're shown an example of how the WCW commentators try to create drama where there isn't any. As Luger is given a choke slam by the Giant, Heenan tries to bring up how odd it is that the Dungeon of Doom pulled Sting out of the ring so he wouldn't need to be attacked. Literally as soon as Heenan finishes saying that, The Giant gives Sting a choke slam as well. Randy Savage runs out for the save and we get a big stand off between Savage and The Giant. Naturally, since he's not the center of attention, Hulk Hogan chooses this moment to come out as well. Other Dungeon of Doom members, The Shark, Zodiac and Meng runs out, but the Mega Powers dismisses them. Hogan then orders Savage out of the ring so it's one-on-one with the Giant. Hogan and the Giant fight it out some until an earthquake goes off in the arena. We cut to the giant frozen block of ice as it begins breaking apart revealing...THE YETI~!

    Overall
    The go home edition of Nitro wasn't as good as the previous week. Other than set up the debut of The Yeti, the show didn't do anything to add more interest in Halloween Havoc. After the big announcement of Sting/Flair vs Pillman/Anderson for Halloween Havoc last week, the match was never even referenced on this show, including when Sting wrestled in the main event. There's been six episodes of Nitro between Fall Brawl and Halloween Havoc. In all of that time, every single PPV ad promoted solely the two Hogan/Giant matches. That's it. The feud has quickly fallen into WrestleCrap levels of absurdity after starting off decent enough. Hogan has turned from an asshole babyface into a a fake heel who every time he speaks, he doesn't say anything that makes any sense. The fact that he's now claiming his Fall Brawl teammates have deserted him when they're still feuding with the Dungeon of Doom is hilarious. Forget about whether you like or dislike Hogan as a wrestler. The Hogan that we've seen on Nitro is not likable in the slightest. He's a paranoid drama queen who overreacts to every little thing and has a interesting twist on the past. Week 2 of Benoit back in WCW is another success. His matches are a breath of fresh air on a show with a lot of WrestleCrap. Kurasawa puts on another good undercard match, even if he is fighting an uphill battle in being booked as he should be. They did this great booking with him back at Clash of the Champions by breaking Road Warrior Hawk's arm, but since then, they hadn't followed up on it. After an angle like that, he should have been pushed into a World Title match, even if it's just an one off. Overall, it's a decent episode of Nitro, but it's a failure in being a proper go home edition.

    Halloween Havoc '95
    (Announced Matches)

    Hulk Hogan (c) vs The Giant - WCW World Title
    Hulk Hogan vs The Giant - Monster Truck Match
    Ric Flair and Sting vs Arn Anderson and Brian Pillman
    Lex Luger vs Meng
    Randy Savage vs Kamala
    Lex Luger vs Randy Savage (If both men win their matches)
    DDP (c) vs Johnny B. Badd - WCW TV Title

    Bonus Match

    WCW Saturday Night - October 28, 1995

    The American Males (c) vs Harlem Heat w/Sister Sherri - WCW Tag Titles
    Since apparently we just have to have two Giant/Hogan matches and that stupid mini-tournament with Luger/Savage against two members of the Dungeon of Doom, there isn't time on Halloween Havoc to show a tag team titles match. Since winning the tag titles on the third episode of Nitro, The American Males haven't done anything. They hadn't worked Nitro again and their only significant match was against Bunkhouse Buck and Dick Slater on an episode of WCW Main Event. Funny enough, this match originally was taped in late September, but apparently it was so bad that they retaped it in mid October. While I'd hardly call Harlem Heat good, the American Males were a lousy team. When in the match, Bagwell suffered a couple of poorly timed spots while Riggs doesn't do anything of interest. Looking back at their Nitro match, the reason why that worked is because of the surprise factor. From the attack of the Blue Bloods by Harlem Heat to create a titles match to the title switch, everything was unexpected and helped Nitro feel like a show you can't miss. This was just a match. Riggs played the face-in-peril for a bit before Bagwell got the hot tag. Bagwell went for a roll-up Stevie Ray, but Sherri manages to scratch his eyes behind the ref's back. That allows Booker to nail a Harlem Side Kick to pick up the victory and the titles. It wasn't good, but this still should have found a place on Halloween Havoc. There's absolutely no reason for the Luger/Meng and Savage/Kamala matches to be booked when the match that mattered was just Savage/Luger. Nice to see the belts back around Harlem Heat's waists. **

  16. #16

    Re: Jim Reviews WWE Weeklies

    WCW Monday Nitro
    October 30, 1995


    The Nitro commentating crew open up the show with talk of the major events at Halloween Havoc. By talk, I mean they allude to something big happening, but reveal that they won't actually say what happened. Instead, fans will be able to see the SHOCKING events for themselves! But...first the video footage needs to arrive in the building. Wait...what? What do you mean the tape needs to arrive in the building? How do you not have a single copy of portions of Halloween Havoc anywhere in the building or the production trucks? Do all video footage get transported by Evad Sullivan or something?

    Eddie Guerrero vs Sgt. Craig Pitbull Pittman
    Last night on WCW Main Event, Pittman defeated VK Wallstreet to earn himself a Nitro match against Randy Savage. Since Savage is injured "We can't tell you why, but we'll show you what happened as soon as the footage arrives~!", Guerrero is taking his place. These random qualifying matches to earn Nitro matches are pretty wacky, but it's sorta making wrestling on Nitro feel like a big deal. Pittman continues to surprise me on Nitro by putting on another good match. The match began with Pittman throwing Guerrero around until Eddie could return the favor. Pittman then went after Guerrero's arm when Eddie began selling the injury that he received from Chris Benoit a few weeks ago. Guerrero remains really over with the crowd which is pretty cool since it's not as if WCW is giving him some big push or something. Guerrero just came into the company and the fans were all "Hey, we like this guy." After several cool looking spots by Guerrero, the future Latino Heat would surprise Pittman with a victory roll variation to get the pinfall victory. Bischoff claims it's a "Huge upset". Ehh, let's not go that far, Easy E. Good match though. ** 3/4


    We're shown a replay from way back on September 11th where Shark accidentally cost Scott Norton a match against Randy Savage. Last week, a talk between Shark and Norton broke out into a brawl. Boy, it sure is a good thing that the guy who transports the Nitro tapes arrived on time, unlike that slacker who transports the PPV video tapes.

    Scott Norton vs Shark
    Poor Shark comes out all by himself, not a Dungeon of Doom member in sight. Where's The Shockmaster when you need him? Another pleasant surprise as these two just beat the shit out of each other in a power vs power match. Norton was so much better than his spot on the card. He should have been pushed in the same respect as the other newcomers like Benoit, Malenko, Guerrero and Sabu. Norton keeps trying to knock the big men off of his feet, but he won't go down. A top rope shoulder block causes Shark to stumble, but he falls back into the corner. Channeling his inner Hulkamaniac, Norton finds the strength to body slam Shark to finally drop him to the mat. The fans actually cheer and jump at that spot. Norton's so awesome. After both men fall to a double closeline spot, the camera cuts to Bobby Heenan having dinner with a rich Japanese guy. The commentators have no idea who this man is despite the fact that Sonny Onoo was the guest referee for a match at Uncensored '95. Norton and Shark continues their fight on the outside until both men are counted out. Weak finish, but I really enjoyed this simple match. Norton is the man. ** 1/2


    Tony Schiavone is in the ring for a special interview. This would be Schiavone's debut on Nitro. If Mean Gene isn't here to do the interview, it must mean that the guy who transports the PPV video tapes, but not the Nitro video tapes, is also Mean Gene's driver! Schiavone wants to show the fans what happened to Sting last night at Halloween Havoc, but the video tape hasn't arrived yet. God damn you, Mean Gene's driver! Instead, Schiavone shows still photos of the Pillman/Anderson vs Sting/Flair match. Whew, thank God the photographer hitched a ride with the Nitro video tapes driver and not Mean Gene's driver. Schiavone then brings out Ric Flair, Arn Anderson and Brian Pillman. All three men are holding up four fingers. Pillman talks first about how the Horsemen are back. Anderson brings up the fact that fans have been asking him for two years, "When are the Horsemen coming back? Be careful what you wished for..." Finally, Flair doesn't offer any insight on why he turned on Sting, but announced that there will soon by a fourth man to complete this new Four Horsemen. Flair dares Sting to show up next week.

    Eric Bischoff hypes this week's episode of WCW Saturday Night. We'll see Chris Benoit vs Alex Wright, Ric Flair and Arn Anderson vs The Renegade and Cobra, and WCW Tag Team Champions Harlem Heat vs The Blue Bloods. I'm glad the guy who makes the graphics for WCW Saturday Night is responsible enough to show up on time.

    Sabu vs Disco Inferno
    Sadly, this is Sabu's final match in WCW. His Nitro career began against a dancing fool, it only makes sense that it ended with one too. Sabu does his usual stuff at the start of the match, but Disco takes over with a Bull Nakano hair whip. Just as I'm fearing that Disco may go over Sabu, Sabu makes his comeback and ends up winning with a springboard leg drop. Obviously, Disco isn't anywhere near as good as Jerry Lynn or even Alex Wright, so this is comfortably Sabu's weakest WCW match. **


    After the match, Sabu throws Disco out of the ring and throws himself over the top rope to land on Disco. Sabu runs to the back to bring out a table. Disco is thrown on the table, but he moves out of the way to cause Sabu to crash and burn thro...oh, the table didn't break. Literally, Sabu's final moment in WCW is him botching a move. Disco runs off and Sabu takes out his frustrations on the table while some kid laughs at him. Man, talk about a humiliating exit.

    Just as we're about to head into the main event, Eric Bischoff announces that the Halloween Havoc video tape has shown up!!!! I sure hope Eric Bischoff gave Mean Gene's driver a stern talking to during the commercial break.

    Lex Luger and Meng w/Jimmy Hart and Kevin Sullivan vs The American Males
    Whaaaaaa?! What is Jimmy Hart and Lex Luger doing with the Dungeon of Doom? If only we had seen the Halloween Havoc footage earlier, this wouldn't be so confusing! Despite the fact that the American Males only lost the WCW Tag Titles two nights ago on WCW Saturday Night, the commentators do not mention it a single time. Instead, they're treated as complete jobbers. It only makes the Nitro tag titles change several weeks ago feel all the more pointless. Riggs plays the face-in-peril for the vast majority of the match. The sequences with Luger and Riggs are the things that nightmares are made of. Not since the days of Marcus Alexander Bagwell and Erik Watts teaming have I wanted to see Bagwell tag himself in more. Finally, Bagwell gets the tag and I'm quickly reminded that while Bagwell is better than Riggs, he's still Bagwell. Luckily, I'm put out of my misery soon as Jimmy Hart distracts the referee to prevent the cover by Bagwell on Luger. Meng kills Bagwell with the kick to the back of the head. That allowed Luger to pick Bagwell up in the Torture Rack. This is the same combo that helped Luger beat The Shark on WCW Saturday Night. For now on, I shall call it the Shark Killer Combo~! Watch...Meng and Luger will never team again. Bagwell submits and the Dungeon of Doom picks up the virtual squash win. Long match for a squash, but the American Males didn't get to do much. SQUASH.

    Now that the final match is over and Mean Gene's driver finally arrived, Bischoff is now able to show the fans what happened last night at Halloween Havoc!!!

    The recap began with Hogan having the match won with the leg drop, but Jimmy Hart knocked out the referee. Hart would then turn on Hogan while Giant locks in a bear hug on Hogan. Randy Savage and Lex Luger runs out for the save, but Luger attacks Savage. The Yeti makes his debut and he and The Giant double humps Hogan. Giant walks off with Hogan's WCW World Title.

    In the ring, Tony Schiavone is with the Dungeon of Doom's Kevin Sullivan, The Giant, Jimmy Hart and Lex Luger. Sullivan reveals that all of this time that he's been talking about Hogan having evil in his house (Uhh...I thought he's been saying there's been evil inside of Hogan himself?), Sullivan has actually been talking about Hart. Luger drops the ball by only bringing up Hogan's claims that he's a dog and a vulture circling him for his title. How about all of the dickish attitude Hogan has been giving you since you've returned? Hart claims that he's the only manager that Kevin Sullivan has ever had, which isn't true at all, so Sullivan is Hart's past. The Giant and Luger are Hart's future. The Giant announces that he'll defend his WCW Title next week on Nitro against anyone. At this point, it's important to note that they haven't even revealed that the Giant is the legitimate WCW World Champion yet.

    Before we wrap this review up, all throughout the night, Bischoff and Schiavone have been hyping Nitro Interactive. It's a night where you, the fans, decide what match you will get to see. By calling in on the WCW Hotline, you'll able to pick one wrestler from the blue locker room (Randy Savage, Sting, Jim Duggan, Johnny B. Badd, The Nasty Boys) to wrestle a guy from the red locker room (Ric Flair, Shark, The Blue Bloods, Big Bubba, Scott Norton, Meng and DDP). This Taboo Tuesday/Cyber Sunday like idea wasn't even something new for WCW either. They ran a similar campaign on an episode of WCW Main Event in late 1994 (Fans picked Sting vs Avalanche). WCW really doesn't receive enough credit for some of their legitimately clever ideas that they had prior to the creation of the nWo. I suppose that's the problem with creating a billion different ideas and the vast majority of them are WrestleCrap worthy. Hidden in all of that crap were some great ideas, this being one of them.

    Overall
    As we close out the second month of Nitro, this episode had a clear different feel from the others. This was heel episode filled with heels with barely any babyface additions. Not only is this the first episode of Nitro without WCW's main three babyfaces (Hogan, Savage and Sting), but two of their other recent big babyfaces in Ric Flair and Lex Luger just turned heel. Solid midcard babyfaces of Johnny B. Badd and Jim Duggan are nowhere to be found. Sabu is a tweener. Norton is a Bad News Brown-like heel where he hates everyone. The American Males have been treated as such a non-entity since winning the titles that even getting to see them didn't feel special. On this episode, the biggest babyface was actually Eddie Guerrero. Guerrero was a great pick up by WCW and the fans are already treating him like he's a star. I do think this episode does expose the fact that WCW could really use a couple more babyfaces. With all of the recent heel turns (Including Brian Pillman last month) and new heels coming in (Yeti, Benoit, Malenko, Wallstreet, ect), there's so many more heels than there are babyfaces. The Dungeon of Doom alone makes up enough heels that nearly outnumbers every main event and midcard babyface in WCW. Still, I liked this episode. Guerrero/Pittman was fun, it's the last time we get to see Sabu, there was some clear angle progression with the three heel turns at Halloween Havoc and Scott Norton continues to show why he's the most underpushed star in WCW. But Mean Gene's driver? Fuck that guy.

    World War 3 '95
    (Announced Matches)

    3 Rings, 60 Man Battle Royal
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  17. #17

    Re: Jim Reviews WCW Monday Nitro

    WCW Monday Nitro
    November 6, 1995


    The show opens up with the commentators hyping Nitro Interactive where the fans will be able to vote on who they want to see wrestle here tonight. Just since last week, there's already been some changes. Bischoff announces the red locker room as being Ric Flair, Meng, DDP, The Blue Bloods, Big Bubba, Shark and Scott Norton. The blue locker room is Sting, Johnny B. Badd, Jim Duggan, Dave Sullivan, Alex Wright, The Nasty Boys and JL. So first, they realized that they didn't have enough guys in the blue locker room, but they also had to get rid of Randy Savage in order to convince the fans to vote for who they wanted to see wrestle tonight. If stacking the deck wasn't enough, the commentators remind the fans about the issues between Sting and Ric Flair.

    The Giant (c) w/Jimmy Hart vs Cobra - WCW World Title
    Wow, that's quite a first Nitro opponent for The Giant. The bell rings and both men walk to the center of the ring where The Giant grabs Cobra by the throat and delivers a choke slam to immediately win the match. Bischoff rants about how The Giant isn't really the World Champion despite having the title in his possession. SQUASH.

    Mean Gene is in the back in the red locker room with Flair, DDP, Shark, Norton, Big Bubba and The Blue Bloods. So they've already forgotten about Meng. Tony Schiavone is in the blue locker room with all of the babyfaces. Sting demands that he's given Ric Flair tonight.

    A World War 3 promo airs with the hype of it being one giant in each ring.

    In a taped segment, Hulk Hogan and the now dressed in black Hulk Hogan is hanging out with a Jimi Hendrix rip off while a drunk homeless guy is sitting between the two of them. It's a crazy segment with Hogan claiming they've replaced Jimmy Hart with the drunk hobo. Savage insists on flying out to Nitro to find out who is enemy and who is on their side. If the last two months are any indication, Savage is going to think everything is on the Dungeon of Doom side. The best part of the entire segment isn't the guitar player, the drunken hobo that keeps yelling things out or even the over dramatic Savage and Hogan, but rather the look on the faces of the regular people behind them. They have no idea what's going on. Do yourself a favor and watch the segment for yourself.


    Kevin Sullivan w/Jimmy Hart vs The Renegade
    Had this match happened a couple of months ago, it would have been fairly important. Don't get me wrong, it would have still sucked, but it would have mattered. Renegade runs in and closelines Sullivan some until they end up on the outside. Renegade's former manager, Hart, distracts him to allow Sullivan to take over. Hart keeps yelling "You could have been Hogan!" at the Renegade during Sullivan's dull time on offense. Renegade tries to make a comeback, but it fails. Sullivan hits a running knee while Renegade is trapped in a tree of woe. Finally, Sullivan wins after a middle rope double stomp, that has to be one of the weakest finishers around. Not a good match and it only reenforces the belief that WCW is in need of some new babyface midcarders. * 1/2


    After the match, Sullivan holds the Renegade while Hart dumps a cup of water on his face. Hart scrubs Renegade's "R" paint off of his face while screaming "You're not the Renegade, you're just Rick!" Not only are they killing off the Renegade character, but they are burying so far that even Triple H is thinking that they're taking it too far. Had it happened a couple of months ago, it would have felt like a big angle. However, by November '95? You're just kicking a guy when he's already been down for ages. A brutal burial.

    Mean Gene is in the red locker room. Shark and Scott Norton gets in a shoving fest until they run off together. Ric Flair is given a chance to cut a promo and he obviously talks about Sting. Remember folks, you can call the WCW Hotline to vote for ANY match with one wrestler from the blue locker room (voteforsting) and one from the red locker room (voteforflair).

    Bischoff hypes this week's WCW Saturday Night. We'll see Arn Anderson vs Kurasawa, we'll see the debut of a Disco Inferno music video and catch the zany adventures of Jim Duggan's vacation in Ireland! Anderson vs Kurasawa has some serious potential to be good.

    Chris Benoit vs Eddie Guerrero
    A rematch from the October 16th edition of Nitro. Since then they've been wrestling on a lot of the B shows against each other. Here, Benoit controlled the majority of the match and he just completely destroys Guerrero. Everything Benoit does looks like it hurts. During this extended heat sequence, Guerrero does manage to get in a near fall with the same victory roll variation that he used to beat Pittman last week. It's a small spot and one that wouldn't stand out if you weren't watching these in consecutive order, but it's a way to play on past events to create a far bigger picture. Guerrero was in trouble, so he went for a move that he knew worked in the past. I like it. Benoit has probably the best power bomb in all of wrestling. The snap style of it is so fast and it looks brutal. It's in the middle of the match that Bischoff again talks about the upcoming Cruiserweight division. Kind of ironic since other than the finals of the tournament, Benoit was never involved in the tournament and Guerrero wouldn't be involved in the division for the first year+ of it's existence. We then cut to Sonny Onoo, again watching the action at a table. This time, he's joined by some of the stars of New Japan including Masahiro Chono, Jushin Liger, Kensuke Sasaki and Masa Saito. Poor Koji Kanemoto is forced to sit behind them, not enjoying and food or drink. Finish saw Guerrero countering a suplex from the apron back into the ring with a crossbody. Guerrero gets the three count despite the referee not seeing Benoit's feet in the ropes. Not as good as their Oct 16th match due to not having as much of a story, but the finish means we have to see another Benoit/Guerrero Nitro match. Sounds good to me. ***


    Back to Tony Schiavone in the blue locker room with the babyfaces. Sting gets to cut a promo to Flair. He's not mad about Flair turning on him, he's pissed because Flair used the Little Stingers to get Sting to team with him in the first place. Sting promises to leave Flair for dead. A hilarious moment follows as once Sting finishes talking, Sags takes this brief chance to say into the mic, "And the same goes for the Blue Bloods!" Sags barely gets in the line before Schiavone pulls the mic away. No, Jerry, you're not allowed to talk on the mic. We don't want to continue the fans as to what they should vote for. Besides, at least Sting realizes that the fans are voting on a singles match, not a tag match. Poor Jerry. All he wants is a fighting chance to get votes.

    Be sure to head out and buy your copy of WCW Fall Brawl '95, available in stores near you on November 7th! Wait...why is Vader on the cover? I can understand having a poster that advertises Vader instead of Lex Luger, but the VHS cover too? Come on WCW, that's just being lazy. I bet Mean Gene's driver is somehow responsible for this oversight. Fucking slacker.

    Eric Bischoff reveals the results of the Nitro Interactive. The fans have voted to see Ric Flair vs Sting!

    Sting vs Ric Flair
    Who would have ever believed that these two would have been voted into the match?! This would be a rematch from the first episode of Nitro. This time around, they're given more time and a proper finish. So right away, the match is already better especially since there's an actual backstory attached to this as well. Sting is pissed early on, but makes the mistake of missing Flair and accidentally hitting the steel railing during a Stinger Splash attempt. This led to a long Flair heat sequence, but Sting's anger is enough to keep him in the match and no sell a Figure Four. Mongo is completely blown away by a simple turning of a Figure Four that he claims he's never seen that done before. Uhh...doesn't Flair get turned over in every Flair PPV match? Finally, Flair becomes completely overwhelmed by Sting's anger and refusal to sell that he falls prey to the Scorpion Death Lock. Stinger wins by submission. A good free TV match. *** 1/4


    After the match, Sting refuses to break the Death Lock. A bunch of babyfaces that were involved in Nitro Interactive runs out, but they can't talk Sting into stopping. Finally, Jim Duggan pulls Sting off. When Sting gets half way up the entrance, he turns around and runs back into the ring to slap the Scorpion Death Lock back on. This leads to Lex Luger casually walking down to the ring and once he gets in the ring, he says a few things that the camera doesn't pick up and Sting immediately lets go. The commentators and the babyface wrestlers are shocked and confused as Sting leaves with Lex Luger. WHAT DOES THIS MEAN?!

    Back in the ring, Mean Gene is with the Dungeon of Doom's Kevin Sullivan, Jimmy Hart and The Giant. Hart reveals that since Hogan was so busy making crappy B movies, doing charity work, ect, he was given power of attorney to sign his contracts. What Hogan doesn't know is that before Hart signed the Halloween Havoc contract, Hart added in some fine print that stated that the title could change hands by DQ. Now, since Hogan technically lost the match by DQ since Hart was still his manager at the time of attacking the referee (Still mad stupid), the Giant is now officially the WCW World Champion! Mean Gene then brings out a member of WCW's legal staff. The jabroni confirms that the contract was legal and binding, but because of all of the wacky antics that went down at Halloween Havoc, the WCW World Title has been declared vacant. The title will now be decided in the sixty man, three rings battle royal at World War 3. The Dungeon of Doom are livid as the legal schmuck leaves with the title. Who doesn't love a legal angle in wrestling? They're so much fun. This only made the Halloween Havoc main event even worse. If all you wanted to do was vacate the title, why not just declare a no contest and force Hogan to give up the title instead?

    As we wrap things up, Eric Bischoff hypes next week's edition of WCW Monday Nitro. Scheduled for action are Randy Savage vs Meng, WCW TV Champion Johnny B. Badd vs Eddie Guerrero, and Sting vs Dean Malenko. Whoa...we're finally getting a TV Title match on Nitro!!!

    Overall
    Just when you thought Hulk "Don Corleone" Hogan wasn't crazy enough, he has gone even more off of the deep end after being screwed out of the WCW World Title and Jimmy Hart turning on him. Think about it, all of the wackiness with Hogan began after he had his mustache shaved off. That's all it took for Hogan to go crazy. Looking back, they should have had Hart turn on him sooner to help explain why Hogan was being so over dramatic. I have no idea what Bischoff was hoping to accomplish with this character change in Hogan. This episode saw some big happenings in the WCW World Title picture. The fact that it took the WCW bookers over a week to figure out what to do with the title, whether the Giant was really a champion or not, points to the fact that the booking was done on the fly. What wasn't booked as it was happening is the Flair vs Sting main event. Even though it was an interactive match with the fans deciding who was to wrestle, WCW did everything in their power short of rigging the polls to ensure that we'd see Sting vs Flair. They're the only two that were given time to cut promos, the commentators flat out stated that they wanted to see the match and they loaded the rest of the choices up with so many jokes like DDP, Dave Sullivan and the Nasty Boys that you know Sting and Flair were the only ones the fans would have ever voted for. In fact, I'm sure that's why Randy Savage was really removed from contention. Keeping Savage as a choice in the blue locker room was the only thing standing in the way of seeing Sting vs Flair. Despite a rough start of the show with the severely weak babyface star power in the first two matches, things really improved in the second half. Benoit and Guerrero continues to shine as new members of the roster. Lastly, the weird angle with Luger and Sting finally provides Hogan and Savage with a reason to doubt Sting. Right now in WCW, you either have the things that are great (Sting vs Horsemen, rise of newcomers) or the stuff that sucks (Anything with Dungeon of Doom and Hogan). There really isn't anything in the middle.

    World War 3 '95
    (Announced Matches)

    3 Rings, 60 Man Battle Royal - WCW World Title

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    Re: Jim Reviews WCW Monday Nitro

    The best part of these Nitro review so far is your reactions towards the Hogan promos. What has been the most sane/normal Hogan promo during this Dungeon of Doom feud?
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    Re: Jim Reviews WCW Monday Nitro

    That mofo hasn't had a sane promo since Nitro began. His closest to normal promos were just his early Nitro ones when he acted super duper paranoid about Lex Luger for no good reason.

    This is the same guy who legitimately began his time on Nitro by cutting a promo about his Pastamania.

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    Re: Jim Reviews WCW Monday Nitro

    WCW Monday Nitro
    November 13, 1995


    The show opens up with the commentators talking about the big reveal at the end of last week's episode of Nitro. In just two weeks at World War 3, the sixty man battle royal will decide a NEW WCW World Champion!

    We're then shown a taped segment with Hulk Hogan in a graveyard (?), wearing a Zorro mask and a black cape. Somehow, Hogan has become even crazier than he was last year. He begins talking about how everyone in the Dungeon of Doom fears him. Savage is at Nitro to determine who is friend and foe. Hogan wants Savage to bring him Meng's head on a silver platter. How do I know this? Hogan literally repeats the silver platter line about three more times. Hogan is then concerned about where Sting's allegiances are due to leaving with Lex Luger last week. Uhh...how is this any different than how you've been feeling about Sting ever since Luger returned? Hogan ups his craziness even more by pulling out a giant sword. What the fuck is going on? Hogan threatens Sting by claiming he'll put Sting at the top of his hit list if Sting has joined the Dungeon of Doom. Who knew one man's mustache was so necessary to keep someone's sanity?!


    Randy Savage vs Meng w/Kevin Sullivan
    Savage is now billed from the dark side of Venice Beach. Good God. Savage surprises Meng by running out through the crowd rather than down the aisle. Savage gets in some offense before he turns his attention to Sullivan, who had climbed up on the top rope. Despite taking care of the Taskmaster, Savage gets overwhelmed by Meng. Meng destroys Savage with a bunch of awesome chops. Jimmy Hart eventually comes out, but this additional form of distraction is counterproductive. As Sullivan distracted the referee, Hart climbed on the other side of the ring. Savage instead whipped Meng into Hart, causing Meng to hit head first against Hart's mega phone. That knocks Meng out long enough for Savage to hit the flying elbow drop to get the victory. Fun match, which is the norm for Meng. ** 1/4

    After the match, Shark runs out to attack Savage. With Savage down, a cocky Lex Luger walks down and goes after Savage's arm. After several whips against the ring post, the commentators are sure that they heard something snap. You know, all of this could have been avoided had Savage have been just a bit nicer to Luger.

    Chris Benoit vs Kensuke Sasaki
    This is Sasaki's first WCW match since June 1993. Since then, Sasaki stayed busy as a member of the Hellraisers with Road Warrior Hawk in New Japan, being elevated up the card. Speaking of which, I'm surprised WCW never booked the Hellraisers to wrestle together. Sure, it's not the same thing as the Road Warriors, but it would have been bigger than anything else you could have done with Sasaki. At the start of the match, Bischoff announces that Sasaki will be challenging for the WCW US Title later in the week in Japan. This was super short, not even going three full minutes. It's enjoyable for what it was though. Sasaki got in some offense to show the fans what he could do. Both guys aren't afraid to get physical, so it benefits Benoit to be able to wrestle someone who isn't afraid to work Benoit's usual formula. Benoit then fires off the three rolling German Suplexes with the third one being switched into a Dragon Suplex to surprise Sasaki for the victory. While I completely understand why Benoit beat Sasaki cleanly, more on that later, beating him so quickly isn't the best way to make Sasaki look strong. As Benoit leaves the ring, Bischoff casually mentions that he's the newest member of the Four Horsemen. WHAT?! Why weren't the commentators talking about it throughout the match? ** 1/2


    Bischoff hypes the next edition of WCW Saturday Night. We'll see Chris Benoit vs Eddie Guerrero, Sting vs Bunkhouse Buck and Dean Malenko will also be in action!

    Johnny B. Badd (c) vs Eddie Guerrero - WCW TV Title
    I'll let Bobby Hill show I feel about seeing a TV Title match finally being shown on WCW Monday Nitro here. Do you know why this match ruled? First time the match is properly getting defended on Nitro and they've already done an amazing job at making it feel super important. Before the bell, both guys looked ready to kill each other. Guerrero held out his hand to shake Badd's, but Badd took awhile before finally agreeing to shake hands. Both guys clearly care about the TV Title more than anything else. When it came to the match, the early going was all about both men showing the other the sort of high flying spots they're capable of hitting. They're a lot of counters to show that neither man is much better than the other. Which is great since this is basically past vs future. Badd represents the last few years of WCW stars that are high flyers. Guerrero represents the new class of high flyers that are capable of hitting even crazier shit that Badd and company used to do. The frustration rises enough that Badd loses his cool and just slugs Guerrero. Guerrero, having that Latino Heat, is all "You wanna fuck, bitch? I'll fucking fight you!" Guerrero runs at Badd and tackles him. The two goes through a bunch of nearfalls as the ten minute time limit comes close to expiring. Finally, Guerrero KILLS Badd with a Tornado DDT, but it takes Guerrero so long to get a cover that Badd manages to kick out. The final few seconds of the match sees Guerrero and Badd just punching each other again. The time limit expires, so Badd retains. Awesome match that made Guerrero look good, added far more credibility to Badd's reign than the last two TV Champions had and the belt comes off feeling important. The only downside to this was that this didn't set-up a series of matches between Badd and Guerrero. Instead, the WCW bookers decided to keep booking Badd against the unover DDP for the next few months. *** 1/2


    After the match, Guerrero and Badd regains their composure and embrace in a sign of good sportsmanship.

    Over at the commentator's table, Bischoff drops a bombshell. Hogan will be at Nitro next week and he's demanded a match against Sting!

    In the ring, Mean Gene is with the Dungeon of Doom's Jimmy Hart, Kevin Sullivan and The Giant. Jimmy Hart holds up one of his old Hulk Hogan jackets and wonders what he's supposed to do with his 200 Hogan jackets. Sullivan mentions how he's been plotting on how to kill Hulkamania for the last ten years. That makes complete sense since Hogan has only been in WCW for a year and a half. The Giant promises to win the big battle royal at World War 3 to regain the WCW World Title.

    Sting vs Dean Malenko
    Sting is apparently a Time Lord as he's battling a future member of the Four Horsemen. This was a nice treat. After a brief period on offense, Sting falls victim to a low drop kick to the knee by Malenko. Malenko then simply keeps hitting low drop kicks to the knee and other means to work over the knee. Malenko came off looking like a star thanks to being able to dominating Sting and doing so in a rather smart strategy. During a commercial break, Sting managed to attempt a Scorpion Death Lock, but Malenko shows his ring savvy by fighting enough until he could get to the ropes. Later, Sting misses a Stinger Splash. Despite being a far bigger star, Sting just can't get anything going against the newcomer. Finally, instead of out wrestling Malenko, Sting gets lucky as he surprises Malenko with a small package for the victory when Malenko is trying to lock in the Texas Cloverleaf. Super fun and this more than made up for Malenko's lackluster Nitro debut weeks ago. ***

    The commentators once again hype the WCW World Title happenings. Who will win the WCW World Title in the giant battle royal at World War 3?

    Mean Gene is then in the ring with Sting. Sting isn't happy that Hogan called him (And Savage and Luger) a little dog waiting on the front porch several weeks ago. Sting calls himself a big dog in WCW and brags about taking out a ton of stars in his time in WCW. Sting is more than willing to work out these problems with Hogan next week in a match.

    Since apparently Sting vs Hulk Hogan is a big enough match, Bischoff doesn't bother to hype anything else for next week's edition of Nitro. Since this was a rare taped episode of Nitro, Bischoff probably didn't even know what else would be happening on that Nitro.

    Overall
    Oh Hogan...you really do miss your mustache, don't ya, buddy? You can't even say the Hogan character and angle is bad. It's so over the top and loaded with WrestleCrap that it's hard to believe it's hard to believe it's happening to a main eventer. This is the guy WCW is relying on to draw them money and they're having him dress up like Zorro, brandishing a sword and being the biggest drama queen. At the same time, the angle is incredibly faithful to the Hogan character. Hogan has always been this egomaniac that has been so over dramatic when it comes to his success. The big thing is that Hogan is normally able to control his mood swings so that he doesn't go off of the deep end and he's typically clueless in how he acts. It's why he never understands why every friend he's ever had has ended up turning on him. So as horrific as this angle is, it doesn't feel like they're being untrue to the Hogan character. We've just never seen Hogan fall apart like this before. The fact that this all began because of a mustache being shaved only further points to the fact that Hogan actually is this weak and over dramatic figure. With only one more Nitro to go before World War 3, we still know exactly one match that will be on the show. It's not to say they haven't been building things up though. Another big angle development in the Luger/Savage feud is setting up a third match between the two. Flair/Sting program is leading to another match. Then there's the explanation behind the Benoit clean win against Sasake. Sasake would defeat Sting in New Japan, ironically in a match taking place on the day this taping played. So that would set up Benoit challenging for the US Title at World War 3 as well. I do think that if WCW wanted to give a New Japan talent a WCW Title to help with the talent exchange, they should have given NJPW the WCW Tag Titles. WCW's tag division has practically been nonexistent since Nitro began and giving a couple of New Japan guys the belts would allow for a tag match for Starrcade. As for the rest of the show, I loved Badd/Guerrero. It was nice to finally see the TV Title on the line on Nitro. The main event was beneficial for Malenko. Savage/Meng was fun for what it was. At this point in time, WCW is actually doing more good than bad, it's just that WCW spends 3x as much time dedicated to the bad than the good.

    World War 3 '95
    (Announced Matches)

    3 Rings, 60 Man Battle Royal - WCW World Title
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