WCW Monday Nitro
Live from Augusta, GA
Airdate: December 18, 1995
Attendance: 8,100 (3,000 paid)
Hosted by Eric Bischoff, Bobby “The Brain” Heenan, and Steve “Mongo” McMichael
Whoa! Wait a minute! Alundra Blayze (current WWF women’s champion) invades the broadcast table. She changes her name back to Madusa then holds up the WWF Women’s championship belt. In what can be described as a SERIOUS shot in the Monday Night War she dumps the belt into a trash can. Goodbye, WWF Women’s division. Hello WCW Women’s division? Madusa thinks so.
(Historical note: Madusa “pulled” the WWF women’s belt out of the trash at the 2015 WWE Hall of Fame ceremony.)
So let’s put this in perspective: Debrah Miceli’s contract expired while she was still champion. Instead of having her lose at Survivor Series or the RAW taping thereafter they left the title on her, and this occurred. Ramifications of this incident were felt from this point forward in the Monday Night War.
Meanwhile former Chicago Bear #72 William “Refrigerator” Perry acts as security for the broadcast team. Methinks the Monday Night War is becoming a “thing” to watch.
Match 1: Eddie Guerrero versus “Nature Boy” Ric Flair
Summary: Give these guys fifteen more minutes and watch that star rating soar!
After the match “the Enforcer” Arn Anderson comes to the ring to be interviewed by “Mean” Gene Okerlund. According to Arn the Horsemen are on a roll. We revisit the highlights of last week when they gave Orndorff a spike piledriver on the concrete floor.
All of a sudden the Taskmaster and Jimmy Hart interrupt. The Taskmaster questions the Horsemen regarding Pillman’s trashing the Dungeon of Doom. Like a true man’s man Arn stands up for the Horsemen.
Sergeant Craig “Pitbull” Pittman invades the broadcast booth and asks Heenan to manage him. Due to his being a broadcast journalist Heenan turns him down but will refer him to another manager.
Before the next match ring announcer David Penzer was either trying to incite the crowd coming out of commercial or he needs rotator cuff surgery. You make the call!
Match 2: “The Total Package” Lex Luger (w/ Jimmy Hart) versus Marcus Bagwell (w/ Scotty Riggs)
Summary: Considering Bagwell was a tag team wrestler at this point in his career the ending wasn’t in doubt.
Back at the entrance Gene interviews Luger and Hart. Both men claim Luger is the uncrowned champion.
On WCW Saturday Night Johnny B. Badd defends the World TV title against Arn Anderson (aired 12/23, taped 11/29). In addition “Das Wunderkind” Alex Wright faces VK Wallstreet. Also Cobra takes on Pittman (taped 11/30). Luger and Sting will also be there.
Match 3: Sting versus Earl Robert Bobby Eaton (w/ Jeeves)
Summary: Another showcase match in a series of them tonight. Just like Luger Sting is ready for the triangle match at the PPV.
In the ring Gene interviews Sting. He wants to become a six-time World champion while Gene clamors for egg nog.
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Match 4 for the WCW World title: “Macho Man” Randy Savage (champion) versus the Giant (w/ the Taskmaster and Jimmy Hart)
Summary: I’m truly amazed that the Giant could do some aerial maneuvers. On top of that he had the title victory firmly in hand until the screwjob finish.
As Heenan and Mongo mention Hogan’s probationary status Hulk nails the Taskmaster who was on the apron then drills the Giant in the head with a chair. Referee Randy Anderson tries to stop him and eats a chair shot. Two more chair shots send the Giant to the floor. Hogan nails the Taskmaster again as the crowd loses their minds. William Perry and Mongo, of all people, come to the ring to calm the crazed Hulkster. Doug Dillenger gets involved and eats a chair shot to the back. Add one more chair shot to the Giant to Hogan’s total before order is restored. The crowd chants for Hogan. Even the Hogan impersonator who sits in the front row is ecstatic.
In the ring Gene interviews Hogan and Savage. He brings up the subject of suspension while the Giant tries to return to the ring but was being restrained by the Taskmaster and Pittman. Hogan then runs and nails him with a chair AGAIN. Make that twice. He then nails the Taskmaster with the chair and hits the Giant yet again. Add another shot to the Taskmaster and a final one to the Giant before Hogan is finally satisfied. I believe his goose is cooked.
Back in the ring Hogan wants a title shot. Savage mentions his title defense next week against Flair as Hogan expresses his confidence in him. Next Savage mentions his commitments at Starrcade but ultimately promises a date against Hogan. The Hulkster begs the crowd for their reaction for a potential match to large approval.
Eric promotes next week’s main event and the World Cup at Starrcade before signing off for the evening.
Conclusion: If Hogan wanted a Christmas vacation so badly NINE chair shots to the Giant alone never mind the shots to Anderson, Dillenger, and the Taskmaster ought to put him on the shelf for a while. The positivity you can derive from tonight’s show is that Hogan can be exciting in WCW when he’s called upon to do so.
As far as the rest of the program is concerned it was a huge showcase for Starrcade with some controversy mixed in with it. The ending was extremely non-family-friendly and quite violent. All in all, it was an exciting episode that shouldn’t be missed. But how did it fare against RAW?
TV Rating: 2.70
WWF Monday Night RAW
Live from Newark, DE
Airdate: December 18, 1995
Attendance: none listed (and ZERO sales tax!)
Hosted by Vince McMahon and Jerry “The King” Lawler
Prior to our first match we revisit the THUD heard ‘round the world as Jeff Jarrett HAMMERED Ahmed Johnson with his plaque last night at IYH.
Match 1: “Double J” Jeff Jarrett versus Fatu
Summary: Not a bad match, but it was no competition against Flair/Guerrero.
After the match Johnson set Jarrett up for the spinebuster, but Jarrett hit the high road.
In the stands Dok Hendrix interviews interim commissioner Gorilla Monsoon. Dok mentions that the Royal Rumble will take place on January 21 only on PPV. WWF champion Bret “Hitman” Hart will defend his title against the Undertaker much to Diesel’s chagrin. Monsoon states that Jarrett will face Johnson instead of participating in the Rumble. A list of Royal Rumble participants will be disclosed on Superstars.
Goldust cuts a pre-taped promo on Razor Ramon.
RAW is sponsored by Levi’s.
We revisit the interview from last night of Paul Bearer and the Undertaker that was interrupted by Diesel.
Before the match Dok shills Akklaim’s WrestleMania the arcade game. There’s still time before Christmas to order yours today!
Match 2: “Nature Boy” Buddy Landel versus “Sparkplug” Bob Holly
Summary: ZERO redeeming value for this match. Considering RAW was usually taped this match should not have been LIVE. Adding some audio-sweetening does wonders to matches such as these. Next!
Promotional consideration paid for by the following: Milton Bradley’s Hot Shots, Karate Fighters, and Ricochet.
Brother Love interviews the “Million Dollar Man” Ted DiBiase. Unlike Santa Claus DiBiase introduces us to Xanta Claus. According to DiBiase Xanta Claus resides at the South Pole rather than the North Pole. Additionally DiBiase predicts that Sid and the 1-2-3 Kid will become WWF tag team champions. What he doesn’t predict is that he may have a new recruit coming soon that was quite the master of the ring.
The Freddie Blassie promo for the RAW Bowl on 1/1 is shown again.
According to Vince next week’s show is pre-empted for Christmas so Nitro will air unopposed. Well, he didn’t mention that last part.
Goldust and his usher sit near the entrance but are largely ignored by Ramon. Instead of his customary fireworks Ramon receives gold dust from above. Insert popular powdered narcotic joke at your own discretion.
Match 3 for the WWF Intercontinental title: Razor Ramon (champion) versus Yokozuna (w/ Jim Cornette and Mr. Fuji)
Summary: Utter dreck. Ramon could barely do anything with the barely mobile Yokozuna.
After the match a very politically incorrect sign is held up by a fan denigrating Goldust.
Promotional consideration by Akklaim’s WrestleMania the arcade game, NFL Quarterback Club ’96, and Erector.
By the entrance Dok interviews Ramon. According to Ramon he only prefers the ladies. He dodges the question about the contents of the letter for the sake of the younger viewers. In spite of not revealing its contents Lawler states he’s “embarrassed” by the letter.
In anticipation of Shawn Michaels’ imminent retirement (*cough*BS*cough*) a video highlighting his career is shown. “Tell Me A Lie” by Fonda Feingold is playing behind the video. I wonder how long his “retirement” will last.
Conclusion: I truly get the feeling that once Vince was notified that Madusa dumped the WWF Women’s belt in a trash can the program went off the rails. This episode is 99% WORTHLESS and awful. Stay as far away from it as you can.
TV Rating: 2.50
Who won? Is there even a question? The ratings were close, but the quality was VASTLY different as Nitro won the final battle of 1995. Next week’s unopposed so I wonder if Nitro was taped. Stay tuned!
See you next time for the Monday Night War week 16!
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