WCW Monday Nitro

Live from Lake Buena Vista, FL

Airdate: August 5, 1996

Attendance: 450 (0 paid)

Hosted by Tony Schiavone, Larry Zbyszko, Eric Bischoff, and Bobby “The Brain” Heenan

Opening montage.

Tony mentions the four empty chairs at ringside from last week’s show. Once again, there are four black chairs empty in the front row. Those would be prime $$$$ if WCW actually charged admission. According to Zbyszko, the wrestlers will provide their own security tonight.

Match 1 for the WCW World tag team titles: Harlem Heat (champions w/ Sister Sherri & Colonel Parker) versus the Rock’n’Roll Express


Rating: **

Summary: The days when the Rock’n’Roll Express were tag team champions had long since passed. Booker T looked really good here.

1-800-COLLECT sponsors the replay.

At the entrance, “Mean” Gene Okerlund interviews the Nasty Boys. Almost immediately, Sting and Luger interrupt their interview and question their allegiance. According to Sags, their allegiance is to Nastyville. I didn’t know they love Newark, NJ. Actually, Knobbs declares they are neutral.

Glacier promo. Perhaps when WCW returns to indoor arenas, this COLD man can debut.

Match 2: Madusa versus Malia Hosaka (w/ Sonny Onoo)


Rating: **1/2

Summary: Considering Madusa had the PPV match on Saturday, I didn’t expect her to lose here.

On WCW Saturday Night, live from Sturgis, John Tenta will face Big Bubba Rogers. Also, Arn Anderson squares off against Hugh Morrus. Lastly, a one-on-one interview with Flair will happen in what Tony referred to as the 2-hour pre-game show for Hog Wild. Don’t miss it!

Next, we revisit Eddie versus Benoit from three weeks ago when Malenko bounced Benoit’s head off the ring post like a basketball.

Tony shills WCW Pro this coming Saturday morning as a “shaken” Rey Mysterio, Jr. defends the Cruiserweight title against Dean Malenko (aired 8/10, taped 8/5).

Match 3: The “Crippler” Chris Benoit (w/ Woman & Elizabeth) versus “Das Wunderkind” Alex Wright


Rating: **

Summary: More angle than match here as both Benoit and Malenko are ready for one another at the PPV.

After the bell rings signaling the end of the match, Malenko rams Benoit head-first into a metal trash container. Then, finally, after four weeks of having a palm tree in the middle of the entrance, Benoit whips Malenko back-first into it. OUCH! Palm trees are coarse!

Match 4: Lord Steven Regal (w/ Jeeves) versus “Macho Man” Randy Savage


Rating: **1/2

Summary: While Regal can out-wrestle anyone, he cannot outwrestle a glass ceiling.

After the match, Luger and Sting walk to the limousine and open the door. Inside the limousine, they find a wreath that says “Condolences on the death of WCW.” Meanwhile, Okerlund rebuffs a heckler regarding Matlock jokes due to Okerlund’s seersucker jacket then interviews Savage. According to Okerlund, Savage is the #1 contender to the winner of Saturday’s match at Hog Wild as Sting and Luger join him in the ring with the wreath. To prepare for the upcoming football season, Savage kicks a field goal with the wreath with Sting as the placeholder.

In the meantime, the whereabouts of Bischoff and Heenan are still unknown at this point.

Next, we revisit last Saturday’s WCW Saturday Night when Flair faced Chavo Guerrero, Jr. Since Flair would not release the figure-four leg lock, Eddie ran in to save his nephew. Upon confronting Flair, Eddie turned his back only to get walloped. Afterwards, Eddie and Chavo’s interview was shown followed by a dizzy Rey Mysterio who was still selling the human javelin injury from Nitro.

Match 5 (non-title): WCW US Champion “Nature Boy” Ric Flair (w/ Woman, Elizabeth & Debra) versus the Booty Man (w/ the Booty Babe)


Rating: *1/2

Summary: It would appear that Flair’s ready for his title defense on Saturday.

Obviously, the Booty Man’s friendship with Hollywood Hogan doesn’t sit well with the Four Horsemen, because, after the Horsemen toss Eller over the top rope, Arn nails the Booty Man’s leg with a chair. As Okerlund gets into the ring, Flair reapplies the figure-four leg lock. Simultaneously, Arn cuts an excellent promo then Benoit cuts an intense promo. While this transpires, Woman hits on Okerlund. She must love seersucker. When Flair gets interviewed, he goes outside the ring and continues the punishment to the Booty Man then informs Hogan that he “crossed the line and…will pay the price.”

We then revisit the chaos from last week.


While Nash pantomimes Luger, Hogan screams in delight about last week’s mugging. Meanwhile, Hall wants to join the Atlanta Braves due to his hitting ability. Afterward, Hogan states that he will beat the Giant at Hog Wild and that August 11 is his birthday. Somehow I don’t think the Giant will give Hogan a gift he will like. Anyway, the Outsiders sing “Happy Birthday” to him. According to Hall, “it’s only business” just like Michael Corleone from The Godfather.

Abruptly, the video stops, and director Craig Leathers informs Tony that Sting and Luger are in the control room and want the video stopped. We then see Sting and Luger in the control room. As you can imagine, Leathers loses the argument that WCW was compensated for the announcement already. As Sting leaves, he mimics Nash with the potpie and Mountain Dew comment.

During the commercial break, an ad for Hog Wild aired. Order now!

Match 6 for the WCW World title: The Giant (champion w/ Jimmy Hart) versus Craig “Pitbull” Pittman (w/ Teddy Long)


Rating: DUD

Summary: Showcase match for the World champion.

After the match, Giant wants to chokeslam Pittman again, but Long enters the ring and says “NO MORE!” So, instead of chokeslamming Pittman, Giant chokeslams Long. Well, you get what you pay for.

Okerlund then interviews Giant with Hart in the ring. Hart cuts a promo on Hogan mentioning his former oartnership. Meanwhile, as the limousine returns, Giant cuts a Charles Barkley style promo.

It’s too humid in Central Florida to debut a human weather event, so hopefully this guy shows up in an arena soon.

On WCW Saturday Night (aired 7/27, taped 7/23), Knobbs nailed Sting “right in the belly-welly” with the Haliburton according to Dusty Rhodes. Afterward, Sags rammed Savage face-first into the ring post. Meanwhile, as referee Randy Eller was occupied with them, Sting leveled Knobbs with the Haliburton. After Savage returned the favor to Sags, he mounted the top turnbuckle and hit the big elbow. In the meantime, Mongo and Debra reclaimed the Haliburton.

Match 7: Sting & the “Total Package” Lex Luger versus the Nasty Boys


Rating: **

Summary: Involving the so-called security outside the ring to help with the finish was certainly clever.

In the ring, Okerlund interviews Sting and Luger who have a pair of young boys with them. After the kids exit, Sting and Luger question the reappearance of the limousine. Sting then went to the limousine and pulled out a Turner bag. Inside, in an “after the show exclusive,” A piece of paper with the nWo logo on it reads:

“Rey was right. There are four guys…or are there five? See ya in Sturgis!”

Sting had no comment, but where is Eric Bischoff?

Conclusion: Well, the bodyguard episode of Nitro netted a wreath and a Turner bag. Otherwise, it netted a pretty mediocre show. This was the final Nitro from Disney as it will emanate from Casper, WY next week. The outdoor setting was a nice change of pace, and I hope to see other outdoor Nitros in the future. What’s on RAW?

TV Rating: 3.00

WWF Monday Night RAW

Taped from Seattle, WA

Airdate: August 5, 1996 (taped 7/22)

Attendance: 6,755 (sold out but barely standing)

Hosted by Vince McMahon and Jim Ross

Opening montage.

Prior to the first match, we revisit the upset where Montoya beat Lawler on Superstars.

Match 1: Aldo Montoya versus Jerry “The King” Lawler


Rating: *

Summary: Montoya was a Clique member, so being a JTTS was a step up from jobbing on syndication.

After the match, Lawler nails Montoya. With his opponent prone on the apron, Lawler opens the pint of whiskey and pours it into Montoya’s mouth. The latter spits it out immediately to keep from choking. Relentlessly, he continues to pour the whiskey into Montoya’s mouth to spite Roberts. Shortly afterward, officials finally get him away from Montoya.

RAW is sponsored by FootAction USA and Coliseum Home Video. In order to sell both Beware of Dog #1 and #2, they changed the name to WrestleFest ’96. Avoid at ALL costs, ladies and gentlemen.

Match 2: The Bodydonnas versus the New Rockers


Rating: *

Summary: That was a long, drawn-out, boring match with a shitty finish. Since Faarooq’s now on the roster, I’ll offer his sentiments.

After the match, the Gunns and Rockers pummel the Bodydonnas…until the Godwinns finally show up to even the odds. Skip clotheslines Cassidy over the top rope so hard that he rams himself into the broadcast table. OUCH!

Once again, we revisit the finish to the main event of IYH9. Afterward, we revisit Mankind’s manhandling of Michaels from last week.

Earlier today, Kevin Kelly interviewed Michaels. With regards to Bret Hart, Michaels stated that “the WWF without (him) was like peanut butter without jelly.”

We then see highlights from Montreal, Quebec from last Friday. Vince then shills the upcoming show at MSG this Friday.

Match 3 (battle royal):


Ahmed Johnson, Davey Boy Smith, Goldust, Justin “Hawk” Bradshaw, Mankind, Marc Mero, Owen Hart, Savio Vega, Stone Cold Steve Austin, Sycho Sid, and Undertaker.


Rating: NONE

Summary: Nice feather in the cap for Johnson, but his kidney injury might affect his future plans.

After the match, Vince interviews Johnson in the ring who is torn about who his opponent will be. Suddenly, Faarooq runs in and brawls with Johnson to end the show.

Conclusion: Once again, fifty-five minutes of garbage followed by five minutes of excitement doesn’t thrill me. The drama of the battle royal was the only good portion due to the odd elimination schedule.

TV Rating: 2.80

Who won? Nitro won for the eighth week in a row but only barely. The nWo storyline continued to outdraw the meandering of RAW here in the summer of ’96. Next week, the fallout from Hog Wild occurs on Nitro while RAW has some interesting match-ups.

Stay tuned for WCW Hog Wild!

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