Live from Huntsville, AL

Airdate: March 25, 1996

Attendance: 3,300

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

Opening montage.

Since only one title was on the line last night, three titles will be defended tonight.

Match 1: “Macho Man” Randy Savage versus the Belfast Bruiser


Rating: **

Summary: The Bruiser made it a match, but Savage stayed on top.

1-800-COLLECT sponsors the replay.

Ad for the WCW hotline.

At the entrance, “Mean” Gene Okerlund interviews Flair. Woman and Elizabeth (holding Savage’s money) join the champ. “What’s causin’ all this” preceded Flair’s “having the whole world in (his) hands” again. Flair informs Luger he’s no longer part of his clique. He then asks Elizabeth who is more man: Flair or Luger. She picks Flair, but that wouldn’t last long behind the scenes. Flair then asks Woman who has the better physique. Woman sides with the “champ.”

Match 2 for the US title: Konnan (champion) versus Mr. JL


Rating: ***

Summary: Konnan didn’t win…he survived. As did Mr. JL. On the other hand, since Mr. JL beat Malenko last night on the Main Event doesn’t his loss here make the cruiserweight tournament look weak?

At the entrance, Disco Inferno wore DDP’s rings and shilled his disco CD.

Match 3: The Booty Man versus Disco Inferno


Rating: DUD

Summary: Showcase match for the Booty Man. Poor Disco.

After the match, the Booty Man planted another one on the Booty Babe.

On WCW Saturday Night, Luger defends the TV title against Shark (aired 3/30, taped 3/27). Sting faces Dean Malenko Hugh Morrus. Flair will square off against “Dirty” Dick Slater, and the Belfast Bruiser will tangle with Earl Robert Eaton. Lastly, the Giant will oppose Big Bubba Rogers. But who will be the champion?

Prior to the next match, Eric mentions Bagwell’s transition onto the silver screen. Bagwell played the Warrior in Day of the Warrior.

Also prior to the next match, an ad for the WCW Magazine aired.

Match 4 for the WCW World tag team titles: Sting & Lex Luger (champions) versus the American Males


Rating: **1/2

Summary: Fast-paced tag match, but the outcome was never in doubt.

After the match, Luger grabs the tag belts and celebrates like he won the NBA title. Meanwhile, Sting shows sportsmanship toward the Males.

Match 5 for the WCW World title: “Nature Boy” Ric Flair (champion w/ Woman and Elizabeth) versus the Giant (w/ Jimmy Hart)


Rating: **1/2

Summary: Creative finish considering it is difficult to book a loss without a title change. The highlight of the match definitely is the Giant mounting the top turnbuckle. It’s a sight to behold.

Did the Giant just do a face turn?

Conclusion: Lots of action this week with an intriguing main event that did NOT include Hogan. Thank God. The main story of the program that manifested was the Flair-Savage money angle. We’ll see how that progresses as the weeks go by. I wonder how the go-home show for RAW was counterprogrammed.

TV Rating: 3.10

WWF Monday Night RAW

Taped from San Antonio, TX

Airdate: March 25, 1996 (taped 3/11)

Attendance: 9,364

Hosted by Vince McMahon and Jerry “The King” Lawler

Prior to the first match, Michaels made his entrance with the Kliq Cam. It reminds me of the “cam” footage on ECW Hardcore TV although not as violent.

Opening montage.

Match 1: The “Heartbreak Kid” Shawn Michaels versus Leif Cassidy


Rating: ***1/2

Summary: Despite the botch, this was Snow’s best match in the WWF. Nevertheless, he never stood a chance of winning here.

After the match, Michaels confronts Jannetty. Immediately Bret turns Michaels around to face him. Lothario gets between them before any fisticuffs could transpire.

Match 2: Aldo Montoya versus Hunter Hearst Helmsley


Rating: *

Summary: For a minute there, I thought we’d see an upset. Wishful thinking. Helmsley moves on to lose to face the Ultimate Warrior at WrestleMania.

On the backlot, Goldust stands next to a Piper mannequin. Of course, with no repercussions, he lays on the suggestive language extra thick. He then tosses the mannequin into the wall demolishing it.

The Undertaker’s music plays in the arena as he and Paul Bearer make their way to the ring.

Before the Undertaker interview, Dok Hendrix shills a jacket from the WWF Store for 3 monthly installments of $59.95. Yikes!

Next week on RAW, Mankind debuts!

In the ring, Vince interviews the Undertaker with Paul Bearer. Highlights from both the Royal Rumble and IYH VI are shown. Following that, the casket gets destroyed, Diesel nails Bearer, and finally the casket for Diesel is revealed. Undertaker refers to his fans as “creatures of the night.” Solid promo.

Cast your ballot for the Slammy Awards.

Hendrix sings “Badstreet USA” to the live crowd in San Antonio.

Another training video of Michaels is shown. Um, do I have to ask what’s on Nitro?

Another training video of Bret is shown. Seriously, this is change-the-channel type of programming.

RAW is sponsored by Burger King and Starburst.

Match 3: Ahmed Johnson versus Owen Hart (w/ Jim Cornette)


Rating: DUD

Summary: Too short to mean anything. The match resembled what was transpiring on the other channel, but it didn’t come off as well.

After the match, Johnson ducks a clothesline then delivers a double clothesline to both Owen and Smith. Vader runs in and hammers Johnson. As Cornette held referee Jack Doan, Owen and Smith hit running clotheslines in the corner on Johnson. Vader hits the running body block as Yokozuna comes to aid Johnson. He’s followed by Roberts. Yokozuna clotheslines Vader over the top rope to the floor as the faces clear the ring.

Bret Hart video closes out the show. Stuff like this doesn’t quell the rumors of Bret’s retirement.

TV Rating: 2.80

Who won? RAW definitely had the hard-sell for WrestleMania going strongly; however, Nitro eked out the victory as I’m certain viewers were curious how they would follow the debacle that was Uncensored. Next week the post-WrestleMania RAW opposes a Hogan/Booty Man versus Taskmaster/Arn tag match main event on Nitro. The ratings war is definitely heating up.

Stay tuned for WrestleMania XII!

Comments? Suggestions? Send them to me at rsg@rockstargary.com and follow me on Twitter (@rockstargary202).

Custom Search

web counter
web counter