WCW Monday Nitro 9-29-97

Live from Worcester, MA

Airdate: September 29, 1997

Attendance: 11,078 (9,533 paid)

Hosted by Tony Schiavone, Larry Zbyszko, “Iron” Mike Tenay, & Bobby “The Brain” Heenan

Can Giant halt Hennig’s momentum and become US champion? Who is El Caliente? Can Disco retain his newly-won TV title? Let’s find out!

Opening montage.

Nitro Girls dance at the entrance wearing white.

Prior to the opening match, we revisit the feud between DDP and Savage. They will have their third encounter at Halloween Havoc ‘97.

Match 1: Diamond Dallas Page (w/ Kimberly) versus “Buff” Bagwell (w/ Vincent)


Rating: **½

Summary: Great opener that electrified the crowd. Tonight’s show ought to be exciting.

When DDP tries to exit through the Worcester faithful, he comes face-to-face with Raven.

After a commercial break, Tenay provides an inside look at the luchadores of WCW.

Match 2: Rey Mysterio, Jr. versus El Caliente


Rating: ****

Summary: Fascinating chapter in the Mysterio-Guerrero story, but how does the chapter end?

After the match, Mysterio removes El Caliente’s mask to reveal Guerrero.

At the entrance, “Mean” Gene Okerlund interviews Giant who cuts a promo on Hennig. Giant informs Hennig that “paybacks are hell.”

Before going to commercial, Sting stands among the Worcester faithful.

On WCW Saturday Night, Hennig defends the US title against Chris Benoit. Feel the heat!

Match 3: Barbarian versus Bill Goldberg


Rating: *

Summary: Another impressive win for the slightly less lost Goldberg.

At the entrance, Okerlund attempts to interview him, but Goldberg dismisses him entirely. Okerlund then interviews Zbyszko who wants to be “fair” instead of biased during the Luger-Hall match at the PPV.

In the ring, the Nitro Girls dance while wearing silver. Schiavone then shills the Nitro Party contest.

Match 4 for the WCW World TV title: Disco Inferno (champion) versus Juventud Guerrera


Rating: ***

Summary: While Wright wanted the match to go in one direction, Jacqueline purposely caused it to go in the opposite direction. Dare I say, Disco’s just a monkey-in-the-middle.

HOUR #2!

Savage and Elizabeth emerge through the entrance. As Savage uses Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein to illustrate his point, Elizabeth chimes in. Furthermore, Savage challenges Sting.

Match 5: Steve “Mongo” McMichael versus Jeff Jarrett (w/ Debra)


Rating: **½

Summary: The Jarrett-Mongo soap opera continues as Debra cost her estranged husband the match.

TV Rating: 3.9

After the match, Mongo chased Debra backstage.

The Nitro Girls dance in jeans and green at the entrance.

We then revisit last week’s episode when Hall ANNIHILATED referee Mark Curtis. According to Meltzer, the reason Curtis was put on the shelf was because he needed surgery for stomach cancer.

Prior to the next match, Hall performed another survey. Since Worcester is WWF territory, a heavy contingent of nWo fans permeated throughout the arena. Hall then cuts a promo on Zbyszko.

Match 6: “Lionheart” Chris Jericho versus Syxx (w/ Scott Hall)


Rating: ***

Summary: Jericho accomplished a lot but succumbed to nWo influence in the end.

TV Rating: 4.4

“Nature Boy” Ric Flair calls in from Charlotte, NC and actually thanks Hennig and the nWo for the “wake-up call.” When he heals, Flair will be “in (Hennig’s) face.” He then informs Hogan that “(Hogan) can’t fill his shoes or wear his robe.” Following that, he thanks Chris Benoit and Mongo yet sets them free to dismantle the Horsemen. Finally, he promises that the Horsemen will ride again soon.

After a commercial break, the very first Nitro Party tape airs care of a group of PhD and MD candidates at Brown University. Heenan jokes the Ivy league school is named after James Brown. HA!

Eric Bischoff comes to the ring, runs down Sting, and alludes to collusion between “Rowdy” Roddy Piper and Sting.


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Match 7: The “Total Package” Lex Luger versus Wrath (w/ James Vandenberg)


Rating: *½

Summary: Showcase match for Luger.

TV Rating: 3.8

At the entrance, the Nitro Girls dance in shiny outfits.

Match 8 for the WCW US title: Curt Hennig (champion) versus Giant


Rating: **

Summary: One of those stars is purely for that Hennigplex.

After the match, Giants fights off the nWo until Norton CROWNS him with the US title belt. Suddenly, Sting comes to the ring and clears the nWo out.

TV Rating: 3.7

Conclusion: Another exciting ending puts the cherry on top of a worthwhile episode. Check out that Mysterio-El Caliente match if you’ve never seen it. What’s on RAW is WAR?

Final TV Rating: 4.0

Stay tuned for RAW Is WAR 9-29-97!

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