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
“Iron” Mike Tenay joined the broadcast team for this match.
Malenko attacked immediately and hooked a snap suplex.
After Mysterio psyched Malenko into being outside the ring, Malenko got up on the apron but received a springboard dropkick sending him back to the floor.
Mysterio then took him down with a baseball slide into a flying headscissors.
After a leapfrog by Malenko, Mysterio delivered an Asai moonsault for 2.
Upon giving Mysterio a stungun, Malenko delivered a brainbuster but only got 2.
Match 5 for the Battlebowl ring: Diamond Dallas Page versus Eddie Guerrero
To begin, Eddie countered a backbreaker attempt with a flying headscissors.
After delivering a dropkick, Eddie gave DDP a cross-corner whip but came up empty on his follow-through.
DDP then converted an over-the-shoulder backbreaker into a gutbuster.
Following that, he gave Eddie a tilt-a-whirl slam for 2.
Like a good heel, DDP put his foot on the ropes while applying a rear chin lock.
After giving DDP a back elbow, Eddie delivered a somersault senton for 2.
DDP retaliated with a jawbreaker then followed with a sit-out powerbomb for 2.
Frustrated, DDP placed Eddie on the top turnbuckle but took too much time.
Eddie then delivered a head butt sending DDP down to the mat.
He followed with a frog splash and got the pin.
WE HAVE A NEW BATTLEBOWL…ahh, never mind. That’s not really a title.
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)
In spite of Benoit’s awesome wrestling skills, I don’t like his chances here.
Holy flying 747’s, Batman! While Woman accidentally got caught assisting Benoit out of his vest, Giant delivered a dropkick to Benoit! Awesome!
He then gave Benoit a HUGE chokeslam way above his head down to the mat.
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?
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
Parker came to the ring quite a few steps behind Harlem Heat.
Booker T began the match with a Harlem sidekick to Scott.
He then mounted the top turnbuckle, got caught, and then was crotched on the top rope. OUCH!
Luger then ran over and clotheslined Booker T down to the mat.
Shortly after, he tagged in and gave Stevie Ray a clothesline.
Rick tagged in and gave both Stevie Ray and Luger Steinerlines.
He then mounted the top turnbuckle and gave Stevie Ray a super bulldog.
That only got 2 thanks to a save by Luger.
While Rick was distracted with Luger, Stevie Ray gave him a Mafia kick.
After a commercial break, Rick gave Booker T a powerslam.
Upon an elbow drop delivered by Rick, Sting tagged in, mounted the top turnbuckle, and nailed Booker T for 2.
He then reversed a hip toss with one of his own that sent Booker T over the top rope to the floor. Referee Nick Patrick did not call for the DQ.
After a leapfrog, Sting gave Booker T a gorilla press slam for 2 thanks to a save by Stevie Ray.
According to Tony, Sting and Luger will face Flair and Arn in the main event of Nitro this coming Monday. Woohoo! Also, Savage, if healthy, will face the Giant. In addition, Duggan will face Wallstreet in a return bout due to the chicanery earlier in this show.
Nevertheless, Luger tagged in, mounted the second turnbuckle, and delivered a double axe handle to Booker T’s back.
He then gave Booker T a vertical suplex, but Stevie Ray disrupted the impending count.
Shortly after, Sting leapfrogged over Scott then gave him a stungun.
Following that, he mounted the top turnbuckle, hit a flying clothesline, but Rick stopped the pin attempt.
Scott then countered a vertical suplex attempt with the Scorpion death drop.
Next, he hooked a butterfly bomb but only got 2 thanks to another save by Luger.
Afterward, Rick gave Luger a cross-corner whip but ate a clothesline on his follow-through.
After a second clothesline, Luger whipped Rick into the corner again but came up empty.
Immediately, Rick hooked a release German suplex and tagged in Scott.
Upon giving Luger a belly-to-belly suplex, Scott mounted the second turnbuckle.
He got caught by Luger, held in a fireman’s carry rather than the Torture Rack until Rick saved him.
While Sting, Rick, Luger, and Stevie Ray fought on the floor, Booker T gave Scott a Harlem sidekick.
After Scott gave Booker T a Frankensteiner, the Outsiders ambushed the four men on the floor.
Instead of calling the easy pin, Patrick called for the DQ.
The Steiners got screwed!
Harlem Heat retained.
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)
After ducking a clothesline, Flair chopped and nailed Hogan until the latter fled the ring to regroup.
Flair then leaped from the apron and gave Hogan a double axe handle.
Back in the ring, after some miscommunication, Hogan gave Flair a cross-corner whip resulting in a Flair flip to the floor.
Hogan then made Flair taste the steel railing. It must have tasted like the Athens sub at Cherry Cricket.
Next, Hogan rammed Flair face-first into the ring post.
Upon returning to the ring, Hogan gave Flair another cross-corner whip resulting in Flair flip #2.
However, Flair landed on the apron, ducked a clothesline, and then nailed Hogan.
After giving Hogan a vertical suplex, Hogan apparently Hulked up.
He then hit the big boot but missed the leg drop.
Immediately, Flair hooked the figure-four leg lock.
Will Hogan submit? Do we have a new champion?
No, because Hogan, in lieu of submitting, tossed referee Randy Anderson down.
The Outsiders then ran in and put the boots to Flair until the rest of the Horsemen along with Luger and Sting chased them away.
Ring announcer David Penzer announced the decision as a DQ.
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.