Ahh…no more Hogan. How refreshing!

Live from Albany, GA

Airdate: April 22, 1996

Attendance: 8,040 (6,381 paid)

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

Opening montage.

Match 1: American Males versus Public Enemy


Rating: ***

Summary: Just when it was getting interesting, the Public Enemy gave us that crappy finish. But what else will they do to the American Males?

On the floor, Grunge rams Riggs face-first into the ring post. He then places Riggs on the table they set up earlier. Rocco then delivers a somersault plancha into Grunge SQUISHING Riggs.

PEPBOYS “Power Pin of the Week” sponsors the replay.

Ad for the WCW Magazine. You gotta check it out for that exclusive Madusa piece.

By the entrance, “Mean” Gene Okerlund along with Emily and Cherry shill Slamboree on May 19 only on PPV. Gene states that during Battlebowl at the PPV Hugh Morrus and Meng will face Barbarian and “Hardwork” Bobby Walker. Also, Stevie Ray of Harlem Heat teams with Big Bubba against Fire’n’Ice (Scott “Flapjack” Norton and Ice Train). Gene then draws Flair and…Savage as a team. Wow! They will face Arn Anderson and Eddie Guerrero. I’m sure that’s worth your $24.95 right there.

Match 2: Eddie Guerrero versus the “Crippler” Chris Benoit


Rating: ***

Summary: With all of this talk about a cruiserweight title, I want to see these two vie for it with an hour time-limit.

By the entrance, Gene interviews Rob Garner, vice-president of media and broadcasting sales at WCW. Before he can utter a syllable, Savage comes out. Garner informs Savage that his actions are “unacceptable.” If these actions continue, the “ramifications” could be severe. Savage disses the guy for wearing a tie. As for Flair being Savage’s partner at Slamboree, Savage is “the tag team partner from hell.” Garner tells Savage that he might need professional help. Savage rebuts by calling him a “little, stupid person.” He then leaves extremely perturbed.

On WCW Saturday Night, Lord Steven Regal faces the Belfast Bruiser (aired 4/27, taped 4/17). Also, Savage will be there. On top of that, the Giant will face “Dirty” Dick Slater, and Chris Benoit will face Alex Wright. And, if Sting and Luger keep the tag belts, they’ll defend them against Harlem Heat.

Match 3: “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan versus Meng


Rating: *1/2

Summary: This crowd LOVED Duggan, but this was the popcorn match for me.

Gene, Emily, and Cherry are back at the entrance again. Gene informs us that Alex Wright will team with Disco Inferno to face “Dirty” Dick Slater and Earl Robert Eaton. Gene has the gall to ask what the ladies’ plans after the show are while being on live national TV; however, their response is in Gene’s favor. Oh my! Gene then states that Lord Steven Regal will team with the Belfast Bruiser against VK Wallstreet and Duggan. That ought to be interesting.

Match 4 for the WCW World, World TV, and World tag team titles: World TV champion the “Total Package” Lex Luger & Sting (champions) versus WCW World champion “Nature Boy” Ric Flair and the Giant (w/ Woman, Elizabeth, & Jimmy Hart)


Rating: ***

Summary: The coffee finish again? This has to lead to something.

After the match, the Giant is IRATE as Flair hightails it to the back. Flair returns with a towel but can’t convince the Giant to forgive him. Gene enters the ring and interviews the Giant. As Flair made his way to the broadcast table, the Giant wants a shot at the World title. Flair wants Giant’s apology by the end of the show or next week he’ll kick the Giant’s ass. That sends the Giant immediately after Flair. According to Eric, Rob Garner has authorized the match for the World title next week. I guess you’ll have to read my next report to see what happens.

Conclusion: Nuclear hot show with only one exception (Duggan/Meng). Considering what happened on this show, I definitely want to watch the show next week. I wonder how this show performed against RAW.

TV Rating: 2.70

WWF Monday Night RAW

Taped from San Bernardino, CA

Airdate: April 22, 1996 (taped 4/1…have the NoDoz kicked in yet?)

Attendance: 3,663

Hosted by Vince McMahon and Jerry “The King” Lawler

Prior to the match, Vega swears in Spanish. Could you translate it any better?

Match 1 for the vacant WWF Intercontinental title: Goldust (w/ Marlena) versus Savio Vega


Rating: *1/2

Summary: This matchup still doesn’t do much for me. Perhaps Austin can do better with Vega. Is it possible that Warrior can get a 30-second job out of Goldust since he blew out his MCL?

Don’t miss In Your House: Good Friends, Better Enemies this Sunday only on PPV!

Before the next match, previous destruction by Vader is shown.

Match 2: Fatu versus Vader (w/ Jim Cornette)


Rating: **1/2

Summary: Convincing victory for Vader. I don’t like Ramon’s chances on Sunday.

On the tour in Germany, just as Roberts hit the DDT on Owen, the “British Bulldog” Davey Boy Smith attacked Roberts. Vince noted that they will square off in Omaha this Sunday on PPV. Roberts made a comeback and put the snake on Smith.

RAW is sponsored by Wrigley’s Winterfresh gum, ‘cuz we need to get the taste of the Godwinns out of our mouths STAT!

Prior to the next match, Sunny and the Bodydonnas cut a pre-taped promo on the Godwinns.

Match 3: The Godwinns (w/ Hillbilly Jim) versus Yoshihiro Tajiri and Ken Patterson


Rating: DUD

Summary: Showcase match for the #1 contenders.

After the match, the tag team champions run into the ring to attack the Godwinns. Skip rams Henry face-first into the ring post. They then give Phineas a double slingshot suplex. Next they put the Godwinns’ slop in Phineas’ face.

Prior to the next match, we see the highlights of Mankind destroying the Undertaker three weeks ago.

Match 4: Mankind versus Aldo Montoya


Rating: DUD

Summary: Showcase match for the newest upper-midcard monster.

Promo for the main event of the PPV. What’s on Nitro?

Diesel interview from Germany. After he runs down Michaels, he threatens Vince.

Conclusion: RAW took the Saturday Night’s Main Event approach to their timeslot by showing the main event first. One of two things can happen. Either it can boost their audience and win the ratings battle or it can shoot them in the foot. I wonder which situation happened.

TV Rating: 3.30

Who won? Oh. Take a gamble and it pays off. While RAW didn’t win the last quarter hour, they certain won the others. Nitro will need a new strategy after the NBA playoffs to compete on Monday nights.

In other news during this week in wrestling history, ECW presented its first adult angle. To say their sponsors and distributors were not happy about it is putting it EXTREMELY mildly.

Stay tuned for WWF In Your House: Good Friends, Better Enemies!

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