Live from Winston-Salem, NC

Airdate: September 15, 1996

Attendance: 11,300 (10,714 paid)

Hosted by Tony Schiavone, Bobby “The Brain” Heenan, and the “American Dream” Dusty Rhodes

“Oh what a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to deceive.” – Sir Walter Scott

Prior to the first match, we revisit Nitro when Sting attacked Luger in the rain. We then revisit WCW Saturday Night when the nWo destroyed Luger’s Cadillac as payback for their limo.

Match 1: Diamond Dallas Page versus Chavo Guerrero, Jr.


Rating: ***

Summary: Really good opener as DDP gave Chavo a lot of offense but ultimately succeeded using his size advantage.

Harlem Heat with Sister Sherri and Colonel Parker are chatting on Compuserve. Log on now! Of course, the Compuserve typist has a Nitro denim shirt that I want.

SPECIAL REPORT: “Mean” Gene Okerlund runs down the history of the Outsiders then the unfolding and upgrading of the nWo.

Match 2 (submission): Scott “Flash” Norton versus Ice Train (w/ Teddy Long)


Rating: **1/2

Summary: Good power match with some decent submission moves mixed in. I thought this would be bad, but I was mistaken.

Match 3 for the AAA Mexican title: Konnan (champion w/ Jimmy Hart) versus Juventud Guerrera


Rating: ***1/2

Summary: Great match as Konnan walked Guerrera through both of their spots beautifully.

Match 4: The “Crippler” Chris Benoit (w/o Woman) versus “Lionheart” Chris Jericho


Rating: ****1/2

Summary: Encore! Encore! Put these guys on PPV every month! Awesome match with awesome sauce! Seek this match out STAT. This was one botch away from being perfect.

Match 5 for the WCW Cruiserweight title: Rey Mysterio, Jr. (champion) versus Super Calo


Rating: ***

Summary: Winston-Salem was not ready for this in ’96. A hotter crowd reaction boosts this higher.

Match 6 for the WCW World tag team titles: Harlem Heat (champions w/ Sister Sherri and Colonel Parker) versus the Nasty Boys


Rating: **

Summary: Messy, convoluted match with too much interference for my tastes. If only Scott Steiner’s hip had been healthy, the Steiners could have gotten some gold.

Promo for the Fall Brawl t-shirt. Get yours for only $19.95.

In the locker room, Tenay interviews “the evil necessity” Savage who cuts a promo on Giant and Hogan. He wants to “cut the Giant in half” and make him only “44 feet tall.” Now THAT’S hyperbole!

Match 7: The Giant versus #1 contender to WCW title “Macho Man” Randy Savage


Rating: **

Summary: Essentially, this was more angle than match as the nWo wanted to soften Savage up for the next PPV. Does that make Giant the #1 contender?

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Back in the locker room, Tenay interviews Flair, Arn, and Luger with Woman and Elizabeth. Flair’s so tuned into his promo that he refers to Tenay as “Gene.” Where is he, by the way? I realize his “special report” was taped beforehand, but was he in contract negotiations? According to Meltzer, his contract was up. Will he return? Could there be other front office moves as well?

Suddenly, Sting shows up and interrupts the interview as Flair, Arn, and Luger are trepidatious. He claims that it wasn’t him on Nitro, but Luger doesn’t believe him.

Match 8 (WarGames): Hollywood Hogan, Kevin Nash, Scott Hall & ???? (w/ the “Million Dollar Man” Ted DiBiase) versus “Nature Boy” Ric Flair, the “Enforcer” Arn Anderson, the “Total Package” Lex Luger, & ????


Rating: ***

Summary: This was certainly an angle-driven match rather than a feud-settling bloodbath. What’s going to happen to Sting after this?

After the match, Luger crawls toward the back yelling “Stinger!” As the nWo beats down Luger, Arn and Flair attack them. Savage comes out, grabs Hogan, and tosses him into the ring. As Savage saunters after Hogan, Giant, Hall, and Nash ambush him. Giant then gives Savage the chokeslam.

Surprisingly, Elizabeth comes to the ring to check on Savage. As Hogan intimidates her, Giant chokeslams Savage again. As she covers him to protect him, Hogan proceeds to spray-paint her dress. While the crowd chants “Hogan sucks,” Hogan gets on the microphone and runs down both Savage and Elizabeth. After Giant and Hogan sing to the camera, Giant gives Savage yet another chokeslam. Referee Randy Anderson tries to protect Elizabeth, but Nash tosses him down.

Finally, the nWo take over the broadcast table as Hogan holds up a sign that reads “This is nWo country” with nWo in spray-paint. DiBiase wants all of the nWo’s demands met as Elizabeth and a WCW trainer assist Savage backstage.

Conclusion: Well, the nWo storyline is certainly center-stage as they dominated WCW partially due to Sting’s early exit. As for the rest of the card, the Konnan-Guerrera, Benoit-Jericho, and Mysterio-Calo matches deliver in spades making this a must-see show. Questions lingering into Nitro are:

  1. Will Savage be physically ready by Halloween Havoc to seriously challenge Hogan for the title?
  2. Where do Sting’s allegiances lie?

Those questions and more will be answered, just…

Stay tuned for week 52 of the Monday Night War!

Buyrate: 0.65

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