WCW Monday Nitro
Live from Florence, SC
Airdate: October 2, 1995
Attendance: 9,000 (3,700 paid)
Hosted by Eric Bischoff, Bobby “The Brain” Heenan, and Steve “Mongo” McMichael
A recurring trend is born as Ric Flair interrupts the announcing team and calls out Arn Anderson. We then see the face-to-face confrontation from two weeks ago between Savage and Luger. Afterwards we see the Giant’s rampage from last week.
Match 1: “The Total Package” Lex Luger versus “Macho Man” Randy Savage
Summary: So last week the Giant chokeslammed Luger. This week he helped him win. Collusion? You make the call!
Check out WCW Saturday Night as Arn Anderson and Brian Pillman face “Dirty” Dick Slater and Bunkhouse Buck (taped 8/30). In addition more on Johnny B. Badd and why he missed his US title shot. Also, “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan will face Big Bubba Rogers (taped 9/20). Check out those taping dates!
Disco Inferno dances by the entrance until Eddie Guerrero’s music plays. Eddie chases Disco away then heads to the ring. He must be a new wave fan.
Highlights from the Main Event between Eddie Guerrero and Jushin “Thunder” Liger are shown (taped 9/7).
Match 2: Dean Malenko versus Eddie Guerrero
Summary: Too short with an unnecessary interruption to be spectacular; however, these guys are like bread and butter. They certainly know how to make things exciting in the ring. Bravo!
After the match Malenko stops Guerrero from exiting the ring and challenges him to a rematch. Eddie accepts. Excellent!
“Mean” Gene Okerlund is in the ring and interviews Hulk Hogan. The Hulkster wants to rip the Giant apart then walks around the ring shaking hands. A “woman” throws powder in the eyes of Hogan. “She” climbs the rail then nails both Hart and Hogan with a cane.
Meanwhile the Giant and Zodiac make their way to the ring. The “woman” reveals herself to be the Taskmaster. The Giant rips the brace off Hogan then twists his neck again. The Taskmaster then shaves Hogan’s mustache off. Oh the humanity! The American Males try to save Hogan, but the Giant chokeslams Scotty Riggs then Marcus Bagwell. The Nasty Boys hit the ring, but the Giant chokeslams Brian Knobbs. As the Giant chokeslams Jerry Sags Zodiac has a pair of scissors for Hogan’s head. Methinks Warrior watched this episode back in the day.
Don’t forget to watch Halloween Havoc on October 29 only on PPV!
Match 3: American Males versus the Nasty Boys
REAL MATCH 3: “Nature Boy” Ric Flair versus “The Enforcer” Arn Anderson
Summary: In spite of the poor announcing during the match these guys brought it again. That finish, albeit awful, lets us know that this feud is far from over. Woohoo!
After the match Pillman and Arn attack Flair. It would appear that Arn had some clairvoyance with his remarks last week as no one comes to rescue Flair.
According to Eric WCW Commissioner Nick Bockwinkel has sanctioned a cage match next week between Flair and Arn in Chicago. Also, Sting will face Shark, and Sabu will face Mr. JL. Lastly, Road Warrior Hawk will face Big Bubba Rogers.
Conclusion: As opposed to last week there was much better action this week although the length of the Guerrero-Malenko match was criminally short. I like the appetizer of the Flair-Arn match this week to set up next week’s cage match as well as the build of the Giant-Hogan feud. I wonder how this Nitro stacked up against RAW.
TV Rating: 2.50
WWF Monday Night RAW
Taped from Grand Rapids, MI
Airdate: October 2, 1995 (taped 9/25)
Hosted by Vince McMahon and Jerry “The King” Lawler
We see the replay of the Smoking Gunns winning the tag titles as the WWF tries extremely hard to make you forget what transpired at the PPV. We then see the finish to the match between Lawrence Taylor and Bam Bam Bigelow at WrestleMania: The Special last Saturday on FOX. According to Meltzer the show scored an amazing 3.8 rating; therefore, I smell more WWF programming on FOX in ‘95/’96.
We revisit the incredible 5/17/1993 episode of RAW where the 1-2-3 Kid pulled off the huge upset over Razor Ramon. From there we see what happened two weeks ago as Dean Douglas enabled the Kid to beat Razor again.
Next we see highlights from the nefarious In Your House 3 PPV where Jean-Pierre Lafitte tried a somersault plancha on Bret Hart but hit nothing but concrete. His Regal roll and cannonball are shown. Next we see highlights from the Ramon-Douglas match where Ramon delivered the Razor’s Edge with the referee down. We then see the big shove by Razor to the Kid that ended up costing him the match.
Match 1: Razor Ramon versus the 1-2-3 Kid
Summary: While the second and third “falls” of the match were one-sided this exhibition proved the point that while Ramon was the superior wrestler the Kid deserved some respect.
After the match they confer and seem to agree to a resolution. However, the Kid schoolboys Razor one more time just to prove he was still ripe for the pickin’. Finally they shake hands and call it quits. There’s that buddy system of the Clique that gets mentioned quite a bit.
Vince and Jerry run down the card for In Your House 4 on October 22. Diesel defends the WWF title against the “British Bulldog” Davey Boy Smith. Shawn Michaels defends the Intercontinental title against Dean Douglas. Also, the Undertaker will face King Mabel. Lastly Goldust finally debuts against Marty Jannetty.
Prior to the next match we get highlights from Summerslam where Barry Horowitz upset Skip of the Bodydonnas. From there we revisit last week’s main event where Undertaker was sent into the waiting arms of King Mabel for a belly-to-belly suplex followed by the combination of Bulldog’s patented powerslam and King Mabel’s leg drop.
Vince begs the question: “Can Horowitz defeat Helmsley?” Hunter’s response is “fat chance.”
In the most egregious act of tackiness the WWF promotes a pair of 900 numbers asking for you to vote on the outcome of the O.J. Simpson trial supposedly in the name of charity. Gee, and I thought the end of the PPV was disgusting. This is a new low. Yuck!
Match 2: Hunter Hearst Helmsley versus Barry Horowitz
Summary: A Helmsley squash with a taste of drama from the upset-minded jobber. Not awful, but never in doubt.
To prove that RAW is taped we see a highlight of the upcoming main event.
Match 3: PG-13 versus Al Brown and Sonny Rogers
Summary: The match may have been over, but PG-13 certainly wasn’t. The highlight of the match was listening to Jerry correct Vince on the particulars of PG-13 since they came from Memphis. They should have stayed there too.
Vince then shills the dueling 900 numbers just to sicken us some more. Dirty scoundrel!
Next week on RAW: Diesel, Shawn Michaels, and the Undertaker face off against Owen Hart, Yokozuna, and the British Bulldog.
Prior to the main event we see highlights of their match at In Your House 3. Meanwhile Dok Hendrix shills the latest Bret Hart t-shirt for only $16. What if he loses? Is it cheaper?
Match 4: Jean-Pierre LaFitte versus Bret “Hitman” Hart
Summary: Say what you want about WCW throwing the baby out with the bath water with PPV main events on Nitro, but the WWF basically insulted their PPV audience by giving this match away one week after begging them for their PPV money. Extremely good match though. Bret did everything he could to get Ouellet over, but unfortunately the pirate gimmick didn’t help him very much.
After the match Bret came over to the announcing table chastising Lawler. Bret and Lawler fight until Isaac Yankem interferes. Yankem then delivers a DDT to Bret on the floor. Vince promises us a cage match between Bret and Yankem “in several weeks.” According to historyofwwe.com the match took place at this taping. Talk about having a match already in the can!
Next week is that tremendous six-man tag match. We then get a promo by the heels along with Jim Cornette. After the commercial we get a promo by the faces.
Accoring to their 900 number poll asking about O.J.’s guilt 51% said NO. Interestingly they would be right. Regardless it was still a disgusting gesture put forth by the WWF.
Conclusion: With a good “match” to begin the show and a PPV-quality main event this show was much better than I thought it would be. On the other hand the middle wasn’t very meaty and would have caused me to flip to Nitro.
TV Rating: 2.50
Who won? Kiss your sister, ‘cuz it’s a tie! So both promotions throw PPV-quality main events at one another and neither wins this week. I wonder how the cage match will fare against that top-heavy six-man tag next week. Stay tuned!
See you for week 5 of the Monday Night War!
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