Hosted by Tony Schiavone, Larry Zbyszko, “Iron” Mike Tenay, & Bobby “The Brain” Heenan
How will WCW set the table for Spring Stampede? Will Savage and DDP add some spice to it? Read on!
As the program begins, we revisit the main event from last week’s program as Savage did everything but win the World TV title from Iaukea. The nWo then destroyed both Iaukea and DDP.
The nWo exits a black limousine minus Hogan, Bischoff, and Hall.
Match 1: The “Total Package” Lex Luger & Giant versus Roadblock & Rick Fuller
After a cross corner whip, Giant gave Fuller a corner clothesline.
Luger tagged in, mounted the second turnbuckle, and lowered the boom on Fuller.
As Fuller gave Luger a cross corner whip, not only did the Roanoke faithful chant “Lug-er” but also Fuller came up empty on his follow-through.
Luger then delivered a belly-to-back suplex followed by a clothesline.
When Roadblock tagged in, he gave Luger a cross corner whip and an avalanche. I mean he SQUISHED Luger.
Roadblock then hit an elbow drop but missed a clothesline.
After Luger nailed Roadblock with a forearm, Fuller distracted him so that Roadblock could nail him.
Roadblock then put a knee into Luger’s midsection followed by a clothesline.
As Roadblock hit a leg drop, he got 2.
Shortly after, Roadblock slammed Luger, mounted the second turnbuckle, but missed an elbow drop.
Hot tag Giant.
After Giant gave Roadblock a big boot, Fuller came in and ate one too.
Giant then double-clotheslined Fuller and Roadblock to a raucous ovation.
Upon signaling for it, Giant chokeslammed Roadblock while Luger stopped Fuller.
Giant then pinned Roadblock as Luger hooked Fuller in the Torture Rack.
Luger and Giant won.
Summary: Showcase match for Luger and Giant.
After the match, Harlem Heat hits the ring as Zbyszko yells “Hey! It’s the heat!” C’mon, Larry, they’re not cops. Regardless, Booker T knocks Luger out of the ring as Harlem Heat double-teams Giant. Luger returns and a four-way brawl erupts as the segment ends. Good stuff!
After a commercial break, “Mean” Gene Okerlund interviews Harlem Heat with Sister Sherri by the entrance. While they claim that they receive zero respect, Stevie Ray cuts a promo on Luger and Giant. He finishes with “It’s all like an eight ball.” Gotta love Stevie Ray for that. Finally, Sherri offers sound strategy for her team although she probably should keep it classified.
Match 2 for the vacant WCW women’s cruiserweight title (first round): Meiko Satomura versus Toshie Uematsu
Tenay joined the broadcast table for this match.
Whose brilliant idea was this? Who ARE these women?
Tenay clarified that the weight limit for the men’s cruiserweight division was 230lbs while the women’s division was 130lbs.
Uematsu hit a dropkick at the onset, but Satomura worked on her arm.
After Satomura gave Uematsu a cross corner whip, she followed with a corner forearm smash.
She then slammed Uematsu, mounted the top turnbuckle, attempted a frog splash, but ate knees. OUCH!
It should be noted that Zbyszko intentionally didn’t call the women by name so that Schiavone could point out their names and outfits on the format sheet. That was a dig at the WWF for not calling the cruiserweight match last week.
When Satomura mounted the top turnbuckle, Uematsu caught and arm-dragged her down to the mat.
Uematsu then mounted the top turnbuckle, hit a splash, and pinned Satomura.
Summary: The combined age of these women was 43 at the time, and their lack of experience showed. Also, the Roanoke faithful couldn’t care less about them.
Match 3: Psicosis versus Villano IV
Tenay remained at the broadcast table for this match and corrected Vince McMahon by calling them “luchadores” and not “matadors.”
After a flying headscissors by Villano IV, Psicosis clotheslined him.
He then crotched Villano IV on the top rope, mounted the top turnbuckle, and hit a spinning heel kick that sent Villano to the floor.
Next, he mounted the adjacent top turnbuckle and delivered a corkscrew moonsault. Wow!
Psicosis then tossed him back in, mounted the top turnbuckle, leaped, but Villano IV caught and dropped him like a bad habit for 2.
He then hooked a sunset flip for another 2.
Meanwhile, Nash held a discussion backstage with Syxx, Norton, and Wallstreet while supposedly drinking coffee. Wallstreet walked away due to Nash’s poor leadership skills.
In the ring, Villano IV accidentally kicked Psicosis south of the border and gave him an inverted fisherman’s suplex.
He then mounted the top turnbuckle but missed a moonsault.
After Psicosis hit a superkick, he mounted the top turnbuckle and delivered a guillotine leg drop.
Summary: Showcase match for Psicosis.
In the ring, Okerlund interviews “Nature Boy” Ric Flair, and the Roanoke faithful EXPLODES. When Okerlund mentions his name, Piper comes to the ring. As the Roanoke faithful chants his name, Piper tells a bad joke about Flair. While Flair appreciates Piper’s being on Nitro, he questions Piper’s lack of days on the nightclub circuit. Flair then drops the names of “Maniac” Mark Lewin and the Nasty Boys then mentions the latter’s disappearance. Mutually, they agree to work together. After stopping Piper’s music, Flair offers Piper a date with a Roanoke beauty as the three of them dance until the segment ends.
We then revisit last week’s main event when Savage humiliated Iaukea.
Match 4 for the WCW World TV title: Prince Iaukea (champion) versus La Parka
As La Parka made his entrance, he wore a garment bearing his skeletal face.
La Parka missed a dropkick and fell victim to a back elbow.
When Iaukea whipped La Parka in the corner, he ate boot on his follow-through.
La Parka then delivered a spinning heel kick but got reversed on a cross corner whip.
Not to be outdone, he climbed the turnbuckles and moonsaulted onto an unaware Iaukea.
He then powerslammed Iaukea, mounted the top turnbuckle, and hit a senton splash.
Do we have a new champion?
He then mounted the second turnbuckle, jumped to the top, and hit a moonsault for another 2.
After he gave Iaukea a cross corner whip, La Parka came up empty on his follow-through.
With La Parka on the floor, Iaukea hit a springboard cross body block.
La Parka then reversed an Irish whip and sent Iaukea back-first into the steel railing.
After La Parka set up a chair on the floor, he rammed Iaukea face-first into the steps.
He then placed Iaukea in the chair, returned to the ring, and hit a tope suicida. Woohoo!
Back in the ring, Iaukea grazed La Parka with a superkick, mounted the top turnbuckle, but whiffed on a flying body press.
With Iaukea on the floor, La Parka placed the chair on the apron and hit a baseball slide with it.
The bell then rang erroneously as La Parka hit a springboard double axe handle with the chair.
When they returned to the ring, Iaukea hit the superkick and mounted the top turnbuckle.
La Parka grabbed the chair, but as Iaukea dove, the chair knocked La Parka silly.
Summary: GET THE DADGUM BELT OFF THE ROOKIE! Enough said.
Valvoline sponsors the replay.
On WCW Saturday Night, your warmup matches for Spring Stampede simmer with lots of SQUASH.
At the entrance, Okerlund interviews Lord Steven Regal who refers to his boss as “J. Edgar Bischoff.” He then calls Rey Mysterio a “dopey dwarf” and promises to win the World TV title at Spring Stampede. Following that, he offers the first title shot to Mysterio.
Match 5: “Lionheart” Chris Jericho versus Lord Steven Regal
While the Roanoke faithful chanted “U-S-A,” Jericho clotheslined Regal.
He then hit a spinning heel kick causing Regal to seek refuge outside the ring.
With Regal on the apron, Jericho delivered a springboard dropkick that returned Regal to the floor.
As Regal returned to the apron, Jericho suplexed him back in, hit a Lionsault, and got 2.
He then placed Regal atop the top turnbuckle, joined him, but Regal shoved him down to the mat.
Next, Jericho gave Regal a superkick, rolled him up with a bridge, and pinned him.
Summary: From a non-kayfabe point of view, Regal knew how to elevate someone.
After the match, Regal nails Jericho, places him atop the top turnbuckle, and hits a top rope superplex. As Regal gives Jericho a piledriver, he applies the Regal Stretch. Renegade comes out, considers helping Jericho, but backs away. Nice heel turn, jerk.
“Desperado” Joe Gomez hits the ring, but Regal piledrives him too. When Billy Kidman tries to save Jericho, Regal dumps him over the top rope to the floor. Lastly, Lenny Lane gives it a try, but Regal boots him down near West Hollywood. YEE-OUCH!
We then revisit moments from the first hour.
Wallstreet exits the Roanoke Civic Center as the broadcast team smells dissension in the nWo.
Match 6 for the WCW Women’s title: Akira Hokuto (champion w/ Sonny Onoo) versus Debbie Combs
As Hokuto made her entrance, she referred to Combs as a “kuso baba” which is Japanese slang for old bitch. Yikes!
When Hokuto distracted referee Scott Dickinson, Onoo guillotined Combs using the top rope. How dastardly!
Combs then almost botched a gutwrench suplex for 2.
After Hokuto reversed an Irish whip, Combs hit a cross body block for another 2.
Hokuto then delivered a German suplex with a bridge.
Summary: Showcase match for Hokuto who will face Madusa at Spring Stampede.
At the entrance, Okerlund interviews Madusa, but Hokuto attacks her. When Madusa makes her comeback, more Japanese women restrain Hokuto. Combs tries to restrain her, but Madusa further attacks Hokuto. Officials finally separate them as Madusa chases Onoo right by Wildcat Willie on the way backstage.
Video airs featuring Sting.
We then revisit the High Voltage-Public Enemy match from last week when the Four Horsemen helped High Voltage score a major upset much to Mongo’s chagrin.
Match 7: Jeff Jarrett & Steve “Mongo” McMichael (w/ Debra) versus the Amazing French Canadians (w/ Colonel Parker)
Jarrett tagged in, mounted the second turnbuckle, and lowered the boom on Ouellet.
As heel miscommunication transpired between the Canadians, Mongo DROPKICKED Rougeau out of the ring. Holy flying defensive tackles, Batman!
Jarrett responded with a dropkick and tagged in Mongo.
After clotheslining both Canadians consecutively, Mongo gave Ouellet a back drop.
Suddenly, Public Enemy hit the ring and swiped the Haliburton from Debra.
When Johnny Grunge tried to part Jarrett’s hair with the Haliburton, Parker stole it from him.
After Parker tossed the Haliburton into the ring, Rougeau WALLOPED Mongo with it.
The Canadians won.
Summary: That ½* was solely for Mongo’s dropkick.
Okerlund then interviews Jarrett, Mongo, and Debra. As you’d expect, Mongo and Jarrett argue about the Haliburton.
Lee Marshall then delivers the 1-800-COLLECT road report from “Huntsville, AL.” Methinks he doesn’t have a standing reservation for dinner at Bobby Eaton’s house.
Match 8: The “Crippler” Chris Benoit (w/ Woman) versus Hugh Morrus (w/ Jimmy Hart)
This was a return match from last week.
As Benoit made his entrance, we revisit the previous match via split-screen.
After a snap suplex by Benoit, Morrus gave him a cross corner whip followed by an avalanche.
He then hit a powerslam, but Benoit responded with a German suplex with a bridge.
Summary: Very quick match, but I bet there’s more.
Aha! After the match, the Dungeon of Doom hits the ring to attack Benoit. When Jacqueline tries to enter the ring, Woman pulls her by the legs. Jacqueline then shoves her down with ease. After Jacqueline and Sullivan pummel Benoit, Jacqueline mounts the top turnbuckle and splashes him. When she mounts the top turnbuckle again, Woman shakes the top rope crotching Jacqueline. OUCH!
After Woman nails Hart, Flair runs in, performs the second act of the “Nutcracker Suite,” and clears the ring. After Arn Anderson allows Sullivan to walk past him, Okerlund interviews the Horsemen in the ring. Benoit then cuts a promo on Sullivan and Malenko. Ultimately, Flair touts Benoit’s ability to capture the US title on Sunday.
Once again, we revisit the main event from last week’s show.
Match 9: Diamond Dallas Page versus Lance Ringo
For those unaware, Lance Ringo, portrayed by Robert Scott Vick, became Sick Boy later in his WCW tenure.
While Ringo made his entrance, he revealed the nWo “censored” version of Playboy’s Nude Celebrities. That won’t win him any favors in the Falkenberg residence.
According to Tenay, the Savage-DDP match at Spring Stampede will be no-DQ.
DDP gave Ringo a cross corner whip followed by an inverted atomic drop.
After another cross corner whip, DDP delivered a belly-to-back suplex.
Ringo then escaped to the apron and guillotined DDP using the top rope.
Upon re-entering the ring, Ringo hit a springboard dropkick.
DDP came back, placed Ringo in a fireman’s carry, and hit the Diamond Cutter.
Summary: Showcase match for DDP.
In the ring, Okerlund interviews DDP who advocates Kimberly’s appearance in the magazine. On the other hand, he’s PISSED OFF about Savage’s treatment of Kimberly at Uncensored. Abruptly, Savage and Elizabeth interrupt him from the bleachers. As the Roanoke faithful chants “Macho sucks,” Savage questions if DDP is a gemologist and has any “family jewels.” Ooh. DDP then describes Kimberly as a lady and Elizabeth as a “tramp.” This feud is NUCLEAR!
Match 10: Steiners versus High Voltage
Scott gave Kaos a pumphandle slam and tagged in Rick.
After Rick gave Kaos a Steinerline, he delivered a release German suplex.
Kaos then sought refuge outside the ring, but Rick joined him.
To save his partner, Rage leaped from the apron, gave Rick a double axe handle, and made him HIT THE POLE.
While Rick distracted referee Mark Curtis, Kaos rammed Rick face-first into the apron.
Rage tagged in as High Voltage gave Rick a drop toehold/springboard leg drop combo.
When Kaos tagged in, he gave Rick a swinging neckbreaker for 2.
After an elbow drop by Kaos, Rage tagged in but missed a springboard senton.
Scott tagged in and gave Kaos an overhead belly-to-belly suplex.
Next, he gorilla-press-dropped Rage and delivered the Steiner Screwdriver.
Summary: Showcase match for the Steiners. The Screwdriver is something to behold.
After the match, Nash and Syxx invade the broadcast table as Heenan struggles to flee thanks to headset wiring. Nash then gives his “state of the nWo address.” With respect to Hall, Nash states that he’s “taking care of business more important than professional wrestling…” Afterward, he subtly reveals that Hogan, Bischoff, DiBiase, and Vincent are attending the premiere of Double Team.
A “pissed off” Nash then tells the “guys in Chicago” not to mess with him. Regarding Spring Stampede, he promises to face the Steiners with or without Hall. He then vows to fight WCW “by (himself).”
Conclusion: With a hot crowd for most of the night, WCW does everything it could with what it has to push Spring Stampede. Since the PPV doesn’t have a Hogan match on it, it makes sense that Hogan doesn’t appear during this show. I wonder what will happen at the PPV. What’s on RAW is WAR?