WCW Monday Nitro 10-13-97

Live from Tampa, FL

Airdate: October 13, 1997

Attendance: 12,000 (9,139 paid)

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

Can the Steiners finally get over the hump and win the tag titles? Will DDP supplant Hennig as the next US champion? What’s new with Sting this week? Just how sneaky IS Eddie Guerrero? Let’s find out!

To begin the program, “Hollywood” Hogan, Eric Bischoff, and an injured “Macho Man” Randy Savage emerge through the entrance minus the World title belt. Bischoff then shills Assault on Devil’s Island and dares the fans to advertise it on next week’s RAW is WAR. While he’s miffed that Piper scheduled a tag title defense TONIGHT, he’s also perturbed about what happened to Savage last week. Hogan then runs down Piper and vows to wreak havoc all over Tampa. He should probably call Jameis Winston to do just that. Ahem...

We then revisit last week’s show when DDP FLATTENED Savage followed by the nWo response.

Match 1 for the WCW Cruiserweight title: Eddie Guerrero (champion) versus Psicosis (w/o Sonny Onoo)


Rating: **

Summary: Good high-flying opener as Eddie prepares for his title defense against Mysterio at the PPV.

After the match, Eddie tries to remove the mask, but Psicosis hightails it before he succeeds. I smell shenanigans.

Video airs about the sacred masks of the luchadores.

In the ring, “Mean” Gene Okerlund interviews “Rowdy” Roddy Piper who put the World title belt in a safe place. Piper then confirms the tag title match scheduled for tonight.

We then revisit last week’s show when Piper swung the World title overhead to fend off the nWo.

Nitro Girls dance at the entrance, but no wardrobe malfunctions occur.

Prior to the next match, we revisit last week’s episode when Jarrett got between Mongo and Debra, but Mongo told him to MYOB.

Match 2: Lord Steven Regal versus Steve “Mongo” McMichael


Rating: *

Summary: Showcase match for Mongo. I wonder what color Regal painted his doghouse.

At the entrance, Okerlund interviews Debra. He mentions that Jeff Jarrett is no longer affiliated with WCW, and Debra confirms it. Mongo interrupts and calls Jarrett a “quitter.” When Mongo acts misogynistically toward her, Debra responds that she has a “plan.”

On WCW Saturday Night, Rey Mysterio faces Buff Bagwell. I wonder if one of them will succumb to a small package. Double ahem.

Prior to the next match, Onoo cuts a pre-recorded promo on Ultimo Dragon in split-screen. He then notes that Dragon will face Nagata at the PPV.

Match 3: “Lionheart” Chris Jericho versus Yuji Nagata (w/ Sonny Onoo)


Rating: *½

Summary: Jericho’s pulling job duty doesn’t enhance his career prospects. He needs to freshen up his character ASAP.

Video featuring Raven in a baby nursery airs. Perhaps this was a snippet of his time at that age:

Match 4: Scotty Riggs versus Bill Goldberg


Rating: DUD

Summary: Showcase match for Goldberg. Schiavone states that Goldberg’s 4-0.

Submit tapes of your Nitro Party to WCW!

Nitro Girls dance at the entrance wearing silver.

HOUR #2!

Prior to the next match, Hall grabs the microphone to take a survey. Tampa is definitely nWo country. Hall then discusses Nash’s knee injury and gets popped in the mouth by a flying concession. D’oh!

Match 5 for the WCW World tag team titles: Scott Hall & Syxx (champions) versus the Steiners (w/ Ted DiBiase)


Rating: **½

Summary: Monumental victory for the Steiners.

On a platform, the Nitro Girls dance in black.

Match 6: Rey Mysterio, Jr. versus Dean Malenko


Rating: *

Summary: While Malenko gets the hometown victory, Eddie disgraces Mysterio.

Pre-recorded video featuring DDP airs.

In the ring, Okerlund interviews Piper again. Piper declares that Zbyszko is a sanctioned referee, and the decision in the tag title match stands. When Piper turns his attention to Hogan, Bischoff and Savage come to the ring. Bischoff demands the World title back as well as the tag titles. All of a sudden, the nWo makes their presence felt. Not to be outdone, “Sting” emerges and heads to the ring.

When “Sting” stands alongside Piper, he motions for the nWo to disperse. Next, he HAMMERS Piper with the bat. “Sting” then removes his mask and wig to reveal himself as Hogan. As the nWo beats up Piper, the Tampa faithful chants “We Want Sting.”

Promo airs for Halloween Havoc ‘97 LIVE on PPV on 10/26. Featured is Flair versus Hennig.

Match 7: Scott Norton (w/ Vincent & Buff Bagwell) versus Ray Traylor


Rating: DUD

Summary: More nWo shenanigans. Move along.

After the match, Bagwell sprays Traylor’s back with paint.

Promo for Nitro Party contest airs.

Match 8 for the WCW World TV title: Disco Inferno (champion) versus “Das Wunderkind” Alex Wright


Rating: *

Summary: More storyline than match as the Jacqueline factor played a part in the outcome.

After a commercial break, the Nitro Girls distract Schiavone from announcing properly. Can you blame him?

Match 9 for the WCW US title: Curt Hennig (champion) versus Diamond Dallas Page


Rating: *½

Summary: Controversial match with its outcome still pending.

After a commercial break, Piper and Anderson discuss the match while DDP awaits the decision in the ring. Piper then raises DDP’s hand. WE HAVE A NEW CHAMPION! Immediately, they turn their attention to an incoming Hogan. The nWo then fills the ring and outnumbers DDP and Piper. Despite wearing a neck brace, Savage mounts the top turnbuckle and delivers the big elbow to DDP. What a ruse! Hogan then leg-drops DDP, and Savage drops another big elbow. When Hogan replaces DDP with Piper, Savage hits another big elbow.

Suddenly, Sting appears among the Tampa faithful. He then makes his way to the ring through them. In the meantime, several other “Sting” imposters permeate the arena. While the nWo pummels each imposter, a trio of them enter the ring. The nWo destroys the first two, but the third no-sells a shot from Bagwell.

Sting then delivers the Scorpion death drop to Bagwell, and the Tampa faithful ERUPTS. When Hogan realizes what’s in front of him, he panics and probably soils his underwear. Piper then receives the World title belt from Sting, stands alongside him, and swings the it overhead again as the nWo backpedals to end the show.

Conclusion: Blazing hot ending to an episode with one and possibly two title changes. With Nash out with a knee injury, it made sense to remove the tag titles from the nWo. The controversy at the end of the main event causes us to want to watch the next episode to find out the result. With RAW is WAR being taped, I doubt they can even touch the quality of this episode. What’s on RAW is WAR?

TV Rating: 3.8

Stay tuned for RAW Is WAR 10-13-97!

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