WCW Monday Nitro

Live from Florence, SC

Airdate: September 25, 1995

Attendance: 5,000 (2,000 paid)

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

Match 1: “Das Wunderkind” Alex Wright versus Disco Inferno


Rating: ***

Summary: Decent opening match with some good workrate, but is Disco a flop? Or will he be a one-hit wonder?

Back in the locker room WCW World champion Hulk Hogan is wearing a neck brace as Jimmy Hart helps him rehab his neck. Hogan challenges the Giant to a monster truck battle as well as a title match. I kindly ignore Hogan’s reference to the Giant as Andre’s son.

Slim Jim ad featuring “Macho Man” Randy Savage.

“Mean” Gene Okerlund is in the ring and has us revisit the Luger-Savage confrontation from last week. Savage joins him and calls out Luger. “The Total Package” runs out calling for some respect. He then challenges Savage to a match next week on Nitro. Savage accepts. To add some incentive Luger puts his title shot on the line as well as his WCW career. Considering his burnt bridge with the “guys up north” Luger is seriously rolling the dice here.

Halloween Havoc will take place on October 29 only on PPV.

Match 2: Kurasawa (w/ Colonel Parker) versus Sergeant Craig “Pit Bull” Pittman


Rating: **

Summary: This was better than it had any right to be; however, this is genuine WCW Saturday Night rather than Nitro material.

Gene is in the ring with “The Enforcer” Arn Anderson and “Flyin’” Brian Pillman. While Pillman exercises his inalienable rights Arn tells Flair that he’s turned the tables on him and good luck finding a partner.

Check out WCW Saturday Night as Johnny B. Badd challenges Sting for the US title. Also, the NEW World tag team champions the American Males are in action. Additionally the Giant and the Taskmaster give their rebuttal to Hogan’s challenges.

We see the video of Taskmaster attacking Savage on the beach again.

Match 3: The Taskmaster (w/ the Zodiac) versus “Macho Man” Randy Savage


Rating: *

Summary: Waste of time as nothing was settled.

After slamming Taskmaster atop Zodiac Savage mounts the top turnbuckle and delivers the big elbow to Zodiac. Taskmaster escapes at the last moment. The Giant makes his way to the ring and gives Savage a chokeslam. Frankie Lancaster comes to Savage’s aid and eats a chokeslam too. Mark Starr arrives and receives the same medicine. Hearing the call for the cavalry, Alex Wright runs in, mounts the top turnbuckle, and gets caught in a vicious bear hug. As the Giant delivers another chokeslam to Savage Luger charges, stands over Savage, and then fights with the Giant. He eats a chokeslam for dinner too. Your main event monster is born.

Halloween Havoc will be October 29 only on PPV!

Match 4: “The Total Package” Lex Luger versus Meng


Rating: *1/2

Summary: I hope Luger never goes into used car selling because he can’t sell water to thirsty people.

Next week Hogan will be in Denver. The American Males will face the Nasty Boys. Dean Malenko will be in action along with the main event of Savage versus Luger.

Conclusion: The two latter matches were completely sculpted around the Giant’s rampage. Unfortunately from the time the Kurasawa match started until the Giant rampage began was 15-20 minutes where the audience had the opportunity to check out football or RAW. I hope, for WCW’s sake, it didn’t ruin their chances of winning.

TV Rating: 2.70

WWF Monday Night RAW

Live from Grand Rapids, MI

Airdate: September 25, 1995

Attendance: 1,500

Hosted by Vince McMahon and Jerry “The King” Lawler

Earlier today WWF President Gorilla Monsoon met with Jim Cornette along with his lawyer and declared that Owen Hart and Yokozuna were still the WWF tag team champions (*cough* Dusty finish *cough*), but they had to defend the titles tonight against the Smoking Gunns.

Let me get this straight…you sell a PPV guaranteeing a title change and then reverse the decision the following day? If I had spent money on this PPV back in ’95 I would demand a REFUND. That’s bad business, and I hope the WWF doesn’t try that again.

Opening montage.

Lawler refers to Cornette’s lawyer as Clarence Mason.

Match 1: Bodydonna Skip (w/ Sunny) versus Marty Jannetty


Rating: ***

Summary: Fast-paced opener to aid the removal of the horrible taste of the tag title situation from my mouth.

We then recount the events of last night with Monsoon’s “integrity.” Clarence Mason finds a technicality to return the titles back to Owen and Yokozuna.

Dok Hendrix shills the t-shirt for last night’s PPV. It costs $20 but it’s worthless to me.

Match 2 for the World tag team titles: Owen Hart and Yokozuna (champions w/ Jim Cornette and Mr. Fuji) versus the Smoking Gunns


Rating: ***1/2

Summary: To further quell the bad taste in my mouth the WWF delivers a title change here. While Owen made this match very entertaining Billy Gunn did a good job as well.

After the match the “Two Dudes with Attitude” hit the ring and congratulate the Smoking Gunns.

Next week on RAW Jean-Pierre LaFitte gets a rematch against Bret “Hitman” Hart. Also Razor Ramon takes on the 1-2-3 Kid one more time.

Dok Hendrix interviews Monsoon and shills WWF In Your House 4 on October 22 live on PPV from Winnipeg, Manitoba. Monsoon announces that Diesel will defend the WWF title against “the British Bulldog” Davey Boy Smith. In turn Bret Hart will face the winner of said match at Survivor Series. Also, Shawn Michaels will defend the Intercontinental title against Dean Douglas.

Match 3: “The British Bulldog” Davey Boy Smith (w/ Jim Cornette) versus the Undertaker (w/ Paul Bearer)


Rating: **

Summary: Not a great effort by the #1 contender here. Perhaps we’ll see something between the Undertaker and Mabel soon.

After the match Bulldog gives the Undertaker the running powerslam, and Mabel gives him a leg drop. Michaels and Diesel chase Mabel and Bulldog from the ring. Owen and Yokozuna join Mabel and Bulldog to surround the faces in the ring. Without a hitch the Smoking Gunns even up the odds and jump in the ring.

WrestleMania: The Special this Saturday at 11pm ET on FOX!

The Undertaker looks stunned that these four guys would come to help him. With the “Two Dudes with Attitude” in the ring and Vince dancing along he gives us some shorts from last night’s PPV. The first is the match between Razor Ramon and Dean Douglas. According to Lawler the 1-2-3 Kid has been “negotiating” with the Million Dollar Man.

Shawn tossed his t-shirt to Lawler and McMahon. Lawler then tossed it on top of the camera.

Conclusion: The old adage of “two wrongs don’t make a right” applies to this episode. That tag title crap stunk, and Vince McMahon knew it. Additionally the timing of this episode is terrible. The main event ended with at least ten minutes left in the show. Someone fire the director!

TV Rating: 1.90 (Wow! That’s low!)

Who won? As the ratings dictate WCW won by crushing the WWF 2.7-1.9. I’m sure a lot of people were pissed off by the bait-and-switch tactics pulled by the WWF. In 1995 only the smark crowd would truly enjoy Jannetty/Skip and avoid an Alex Wright match. In turn they’d watch the tag title match over the Kurasawa match.

I would be remiss if I did not mention the introduction of “Superstar” Steve Austin to ECW during this week in wrestling history. In the midst of a backstage clip “the Stevester” made an appearance. The rocket ship to shoot Steve Austin to the moon had been constructed.

See you for week 4 of the Monday Night War!

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