WCW Clash of the Champions XXXIII

Live from Denver, CO

Airdate: August 15, 1996

Attendance: 8,304 (5,931 paid)

Hosted by Tony Schiavone and Bobby “The Brain” Heenan

We begin the program with the aftermath of Hog Wild as NEW WCW World Champion Hollywood Hogan beats up his best friend, the Booty Man. Next, we revisit Hogan’s chair shot to Savage from last Monday. Afterward, promos from both Hogan and Flair from Nitro are shown.

After Tony and Heenan open the show, we revisit the ending to the main event of Nitro.

Match 1 for the Cruiserweight title: Rey Mysterio Jr. (champion) versus Dean Malenko


Rating: ****

Summary: Excellent match between these two. Definitely seek this match out.

Promotional consideration paid for by the following: Slim Jim featuring “Macho Man” Randy Savage, Absorbine, Jr., and Dentyne gum.

Yet another Glacier promo. Perhaps he’s stuck on Pike’s Peak since he’s so COLD.

Match 2: “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan versus VK Wallstreet


Rating: *

Summary: At least Wallstreet won for a change.

Back in the locker room, “Mean” Gene Okerlund interviews the Nasty Boys. Obviously, they’re frustrated that they’re not involved in the triangle match later on.

After a commercial break, Okerlund shills the hotline.

Match 3: Konnan versus Ultimo Dragon (w/ Sonny Onoo)


Rating: **

Summary: I think I liked Konnan’s work as a face better because he actually gave a shit.

Tony shills Compuserve with Ice Train at the controls. All of a sudden, Norton runs him over like a Mack truck. Perhaps he wasn’t thrilled that Ice Train was cybering with someone other than him.

Match 4: “Macho Man” Randy Savage versus Meng (w/ Jimmy Hart)


Rating: NONE

In the ring, Okerlund interviews the Dungeon of Doom. While Hart yammers about his men, the Leprechaun bounces around the ring like a superball.

REAL Match 4: Bull Nakano (w/ Sonny Onoo) versus Madusa


Rating: *

Summary: How do you spell this match? T-R-A-I-N-W-R-E-C-K.

Back in the locker room, Okerlund interviews Flair (with Woman and Elizabeth) who cuts a promo on Hogan. He actually referred to Hall as “Chico.”

Promotional consideration paid for by the following: Dentyne, Super Soaker, and Hot Pockets.

Match 5 for the Battlebowl ring: Diamond Dallas Page versus Eddie Guerrero


Rating: ***1/2

Summary: While DDP brought the wrestling moves, Eddie supplied the underdog drama and tenacity. Good match!

After the match, DDP shakes Eddie’s hand then delivers the Diamond Cutter. While crafty, it is somewhat expected for a heel to get his heat back like that. Upon choking Eddie, DDP tosses referee Randy Eller over the top rope to the floor then gives Eddie a second Diamond Cutter. Chavo comes in to rescue his uncle, but DDP shoves him down and gives Eddie Diamond Cutter #3 from the top turnbuckle.

Afterward, Hogan drags Okerlund out from behind the curtain in an effort to “shut up all these chumps out here.” He then puts himself in the same company as Babe Ruth and Michael Jordan. Wow! What an ego!

Does anyone have a snowmobile to rescue this poor soul named Glacier? His arrival has turned quite COLD.

Match 6: The Giant (w/ Jimmy Hart) versus the “Crippler” Chris Benoit (w/ Woman & Elizabeth)


Rating: *

Summary: The star alone is for that dropkick. I knew Benoit stood no chance here. Can someone please get out the spatula to remove him from the ring?

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COTC is sponsored by Slim Jim.

Match 7 for the WCW World tag team titles (triangle): Harlem Heat (champions w/ Sister Sherri & Colonel Parker) versus the Steiners versus the “Total Package” Lex Luger & Sting


Rating: ****

Summary: Great match involving these teams with a crappy storyline finish.

In the ring, Okerlund interviews Patrick who claims to be a great referee due to his peripheral vision.

Match 9 for the WCW World title: Hollywood Hogan (champion) versus US Champion “Nature Boy” Ric Flair (w/ Woman & Elizabeth)


Rating: **

Summary: Not even close to what these guys have done in the past together.

Conclusion: With the opener, the Battlebowl ring match, and the triangle match, this is a good show. If you’ve never seen Giant chokeslam Benoit, you also need to see that to believe it. Frankly, this seemed like just another Nitro. I don’t see the purposes of these shows other than to flood the TV market the week of Summerslam in order to kill its buyrate.

TV Rating: 3.50

Stay tuned for WWF Summerslam ‘96!

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