Live from Lakeland, FL

Airdate: February 5, 1996

Attendance: 7,000 (4,000 paid)

Hosted by Eric Bischoff, Bobby “The Brain” Heenan, and Steve “Mongo” McMichael

Opening montage.

Match 1 for the WCW World title: “Macho Man” Randy Savage (champion) versus the “Crippler” Chris Benoit


Rating: ***1/2

Summary: Gimme more! While there was a portion of the match where Savage was in mega-sell mode, and the match seemed one-sided the rest was really good…besides Benoit’s crash on the cement.

After the match Arn joins Flair in stomping the guts out of Savage. Hogan runs in wielding a chair and nails Arn in the head along with one for Benoit. Did anyone really think that Woman would be anything but a heel manager? She’s so dastardly!

“Mean” Gene Okerlund enters the ring, but Savage is removed from the ring by Dillenger and a trainer. Once order is restored Hogan attempts to cut a promo on the Giant for SuperBrawl. In the meantime Flair returns and wallops Hogan in his injured eye. A fan’s sign reads “Bring Back Ultimate Warrior.” Well, he was in the dirt sheets around this time.

Meanwhile Flair beats on Hogan as the Giant and Zodiac come to the ring. Hogan tries to come back but gets demolished by a chair shot to the back by the Giant. For what seems like the millionth time the Zodiac implores the Giant not to touch Hogan as Savage runs back in and swipes the chair away. Intelligently the Giant heads for safer ground.

Savage tells Gene “what I do to Flair cannot be said on TV. Trust me.” I fear for Flair’s life. He then questions Elizabeth’s loyalty to the Monster Maniacs. Hmm. Hogan’s wound has reopened and blood is seen once again. That was a great segment!

Ad for the WCW Magazine.

Prior to the next match we see the melee between Arn/Pillman and Sullivan/Morrus.

On WCW Saturday Night VK Wallstreet faces Craig “Pitbull” Pittman. Also Pillman and Arn compete in a tag team match together. In addition the Giant will be there while Sting and Lex Luger also appear. Finally Savage-Benoit Part 2 will be the main event (aired 2/10, taped 1/17).

Match 2: The “Loose Cannon” Brian Pillman and the “Enforcer” Arn Anderson versus the Taskmaster and Hugh Morrus (w/ Jimmy Hart)


Rating: *

Summary: There are two key points to this match. First is the heel-heel dynamic which KILLED the crowd. Didn’t these guys agree to disagree not too long ago? Anyways, my second point being it was obvious Pillman was going off-script against the Taskmaster, and Sullivan acted appropriately. Sunday’s match-up ought to be very interesting.

After the match Morrus mounts the top turnbuckle and hits the No Laughing Matter (moonsault). Subsequently Taskmaster whips Pillman’s back until he escapes.

In case you didn’t already know, SuperBrawl VI happens this Sunday at 7pm EST only on PPV!

Brandon, FL native “Mr. Wonderful” Paul Orndorff, in a neck brace, interrupts the broadcast team and subtly tells them that he gave Arn a receipt with that broom shot. Way to go, Mr. Wonderful!

Match 3: “Nature Boy” Ric Flair (w/ Woman) versus Marcus Bagwell


Rating: ***

Summary: Showcase match for Flair as he dominated the American Male. Better days were on the horizon for Mr. Bagwell.

After the match Flair refuses to release the hold and nails referee Jimmy Jett. Back from the hospital Savage runs in to chase Flair away.

Match 4 for the WCW World tag team titles: Sting and the “Total Package” Lex Luger (champions) versus the Road Warriors


Rating: ***

Summary: Decent main event with Luger working heel while Sting wasn’t looking.

After the match Sting appears to be nonplussed about the situation.

Gene enters the ring and interviews Hawk and Animal. Hawk demands a match against the winner of Sting-Luger versus Harlem Heat at SuperBrawl.

Conclusion: Wow! That was a hot show. Three of the four matches delivered while the fourth told a unique story that was unfolding behind the scenes. Let’s see how RAW was counter-programmed.

TV Rating: 2.90

WWF Monday Night RAW

Taped from Stockton, CA

Airdate: February 5, 1996 (taped 1/22)

Attendance: 2,904

Hosted by Vince McMahon and Jerry “The King” Lawler

No opening montage as RAW prepares to bring us a huge tag team main event.

Prior to the match we see the leg drop that helped to defeat Smith last week against Diesel. Following that we see an accidentally mistimed spinning heel kick that was supposed to hit Michaels but instead hit Yokozuna causing him to lose.

Match 1: Diesel and the “Heartbreak Kid” Shawn Michaels versus “The British Bulldog” Davey Boy Smith and Yokozuna (w/ Jim Cornette)


Rating: ***

Summary: Hot tag match with a crappy ending. Yokozuna’s tenure in Cornette’ s stable may be in jeopardy here.

After the match Cornette takes Yokozuna to task for losing yet again. After finally being fed up with Cornette’s berating, Yokozuna pushes Cornette down. As he strikes Cornette, Smith and Owen attack Yokozuna from behind. Yokozuna shrugs them off scattering the brothers-in-law. We have a face turn, ladies and gentlemen.

Mankind vignette featuring the lack of his right ear.

Be sure to catch In Your House VI live from Louisville, KY on February 18 on PPV!

Match 2: The 1-2-3 Kid (w/ the “Million Dollar Man” Ted DiBiase) versus Hakushi


Rating: ****

Summary: Excellent showcase match for the Kid. He and Hakushi mesh very well in the ring.

Clarence Mason and Jim Cornette argue for Vader’s reinstatement in a pre-taped interview.

Interim WWF President Gorilla Monsoon provides a detailed medical analysis of his condition. Next he apologizes for his conduct against Vader and appreciates the well wishes he has received. He then states that having Piper as his temporary replacement will be good for the WWF.

Ad for the WWF Slammy Awards coming WrestleMania weekend.

Prior to the match Vince informs us that RAW will be pre-empted next week. The USA Network always pre-empted RAW for the Westminster dog show. Only God knows why. He also noted that the Undertaker will face Goldust on RAW on 2/19.

Promotional consideration paid for by Edge (the shave gel not Adam Copeland) and the US Army.

We see highlights from the end of the title match of the Royal Rumble where Diesel interfered causing Bret to lose by disqualification.

Match 3 for the WWF Title: Bret “Hitman” Hart (champion) versus the Undertaker (w/ Paul Bearer)


Rating: *

Summary: This match was worse than their Royal Rumble encounter. Its only saving grace was the angle involving Diesel.

“Despite the threat of legal action” here is the rest of Billionaire Ted’s press conference:

  1. The question of WCW losing millions of dollars wasting stockholder funds was asked. Ted referred to WCW as a “play thing.” That wouldn’t be too far from the truth actually.
  2. Regarding the Time-Warner merger Ted’s all about having fun no matter what the consequences bring. That’s a stretch.
  3. What’s Ted’s motivation? MONEY! POWER!
  4. Meanwhile the Nacho Man snapped into a Slim Jim.
  5. Ted closed the press conference with the famous line from Looney Tunes.
  6. So the WWF’s the victim here? While I understand the heavy deck that WCW was stacking against them the victim role (rather than the underdog) did not befit the WWF at this point in time. Their show (while stale) had been on the air for three years by this point and was the flagship for wrestling on Monday nights. Unfortunately I’m sure these skits will continue until WrestleMania. Sigh.

Conclusion: The first two matches on the show are good if not great and worth seeking out, but please stop after the Kid-Hakushi match as the rest of the program went downhill.

TV Rating: 2.70

Who won? With the realism of Nitro this week it was a no-brainer that WCW won. Considering RAW is pre-empted next week both shows are considered to be go-home shows for their respective PPVs. With that being said WCW did a much better job promoting their special than the WWF.

Anyways, see you next time for SuperBrawl VI!

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