Do you remember back at SuperBrawl when “Mean” Gene Okerlund stated that a former WWF titleholder may be headed to WCW? On 3/5/1996, Kevin Nash, a.k.a. Diesel, gave his 90-day notice to the WWF and signed a lucrative contract with WCW similar to Scott Hall’s contract. I wonder how that affects the live RAW this week.

In other news, Marc Mero (a.k.a. Johnny B. Badd) quit WCW on 3/11 and will sign with the WWF immediately. I wonder how this will be described on Nitro. Additionally, Dwayne Johnson as well as Mankind made their WWF debuts in Corpus Christi on 3/10.

Let’s return to our regularly scheduled program:

WCW Monday Nitro

Live from Winston-Salem, NC

Airdate: March 11, 1996

Attendance: 6,899

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

Opening montage.

Match 1: The Giant (w/ Jimmy Hart) versus “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan


Rating: ½*

Summary: If Duggan didn’t knock the Giant down with the tape, this match would earn zip and like it.

PEPBOYS sponsors the power pin of the week.

Match 2: The Road Warriors versus…


Rating: ****

Summary: Extremely hard-hitting powerful high-impact match that you would expect from these guys. Encore! Encore!

In the ring “Mean” Gene Okerlund interviews the Steiners. He calls the LOD victory a “disgrace.” Rick chimes in with “this ain’t the end.”

Be sure to order Uncensored on March 24 at 7pm ET only on PPV!

Prior to the beginning of the next match, a nifty commercial for the 900 airs.

Match 3 for the World TV title: Lex Luger (champion) versus Johnny B. Badd “Das Wunderkind” Alex Wright


Rating: **1/2

Summary: Wright gave Luger his money’s worth, but Luger’s featured on the PPV so he wasn’t going to lose.

After the match, Luger is perplexed by Hart’s presence.

Match 4 (lumberjack double strap): WCW World champion “Nature Boy” Ric Flair, the “Enforcer” Arn Anderson, and the Taskmaster (w/ Woman and Elizabeth) versus Hulk Hogan, “Macho Man” Randy Savage, and the Booty Man


Rating: *

Summary: Chaotic mess with a finish no one wanted in Flair country. Sigh.

In the ring, Gene interviews Flair, Arn, and the Taskmaster. While the Taskmaster sets the stage for the main event at the PPV, Arn earns his contract with his promo. That’s money! A crazed Flair grabs Elizabeth and says “Look what I’ve got here” in Savage’s direction. Woo! Flair’s got the whole world in his hands again at least according to him. He may want to take that up with Bray Wyatt.

Flair interrupts the broadcast team to end the show.

Conclusion: Action! Excitement! Wrestling! This is the kind of Nitro I can sink my teeth into each and every week. Get a biscuit and mop this one up for yourselves. It’s delicious!

TV Rating: 3.20

WWF Monday Night RAW

Live from San Antonio, TX

Airdate: March 11, 1996

Attendance: 9,364

Hosted by Vince McMahon and Jerry “The King” Lawler

Match 1: The Ringmaster Stone Cold Steve Austin (w/ Ted DiBiase) versus Savio Vega


Rating: **

Summary: With more seasoning between these guys, better encounters will occur.

After the match, both men brawl in the ring until Vega hits a spinning heel kick.

Earlier tonight, Lawler interviewed Mark Henry. As a result of either talking too much or saying the wrong thing (Lawler’s trademark weaknesses), Henry military-pressed him then dropped him face-first to the mat.

Over the weekend on Superstars, Vega and Ramon won their first round match (taped 2/20). I’m betting they won’t win their second. Next weekend the Bushwhackers will face the Bodydonnas.

Goldust and Marlena make their spectacular entrance.

Dok Hendrix in the WWF Store shills WrestleMania XII denim jackets for only three payments of $22.95. Sans shipping and handling, that would cost you $68.85. I’d rather buy a ticket than pay all that for a denim jacket. Sorry, Dok.

When we return from commercial break, the entrance music of “Rowdy” Roddy Piper is overheard. Piper questions Goldust’s motives and calls him a “fruitcake.” When Vince mentions mind games to Piper, the acting WWF President recounts his demolition of Adrian Adonis. When Piper brings up the subject of sexuality, he refers to himself as a lesbian. Wow!

In response, Goldust uses seductive language and invites Piper to his “back lot.” When Goldust gets too close, Piper calls him off. As Goldust uses more provocative body language, Piper pushes him away. To retaliate, Goldust slaps him then shakes mimicking fear. Piper floors him with one shot then accepts his challenge. Great segment! RIP Piper.

Match 2: The Godwinns (w/ Hillbilly Jim) versus Jerry Meade and Alex Porteau


Rating: DUD

Summary: Thank goodness it’s over. Next!

WrestleMania XII is sponsored by Tyco Maximum Heat:

For the WWF title, Bret defends against Shawn Michaels. A video of Shawn Michaels in San Antonio is shown. Jose Lothario makes his WWF debut here as Michaels’ trainer. An exhibition of training exercises by Michaels are shown including his upside-down push-ups.

Next, a video of Bret, also narrated by Jim Ross, is shown. Bret stretching with Stu along with Bret jogging on the ice highlight this package. If I had to compare segments Bret didn’t come off well here.

In the Milton Bradley Karate Fighters Slam of the Week, Yokozuna SQUISHES two jobbers with the Banzai drop.

Ultimate Warrior package to hype his return at WrestleMania XII.

Match 3: Hunter Hearst Helmsley versus Vin Grier


Rating: DUD

Summary: Showcase match for the guy “in the ring to my left” at WrestleMania.

Geriatric Match Control Center: Scheme Gene notes that the match will take place on the Free For All. **THIS JUST IN** No handcuffs or ladies’ shoes allowed at ringside. Sigh. A training segment featuring the aging Huckster is shown. The Nacho Man’s training video shows stylists covering up his bald spot. How gauche! Scheme Gene’s hotline is 1-900-LYING BALDY.

Next week Bret faces Tatanka.

Match 4: Yokozuna and the Undertaker (w/ Paul Bearer) versus Owen Hart and the “British Bulldog” Davey Boy Smith (w/ Jim Cornette)


Rating: DUD

Summary: This was all angle with barely any match. I can’t believe they tried to put this match up against the strap match on Nitro.

After the match, Ahmed Johnson runs in to assist Yokozuna. He delivers a powerslam to Owen then takes down Smith. Vader nails him until Johnson takes him down with a flying clothesline. Jake Roberts runs in to even the odds. With Cornette in the ring, Smith hammers Johnson with the tennis racquet. As officials attempt to break up the melee, the faces all get the upper hand. Still in denial, Vince shills the one-on-one confrontation between Vader and Yokozuna at WrestleMania. Seriously? The six-man match was set on a silver platter with the situation here.

Conclusion: What in the blue hell happened? Last week’s show was so much better than this. Did they really expect people to watch this instead of Nitro? I guess we’ll have to see the tale of the tape.

TV Rating: 2.90

Who won? Yep, I was right. More viewers chose Nitro as WCW won 3.2 to 2.9. The surprise factor with the Steiner Brothers along with their match against the Road Warriors puts everything shown on RAW to shame. I truly hope next week’s RAW can do a better job of competing.

Stay tuned for week 28 of the Monday Night War!

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