WCW Monday Nitro

Live from Savannah, GA

Airdate: October 7, 1996

Attendance: 4,300

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

Opening montage.

Prior to the first match, we revisit the ending to last week’s show when Savage was yelling at a distraught Elizabeth.

We then revisit the previous WCW Saturday Night when Harlem Heat regained the World tag team titles from Public Enemy. If you want to relive it, the link to the match is in last week’s reflection.

Match 1: WCW World tag team champions Harlem Heat (w/ Sister Sherri & Col. Parker) versus Public Enemy


Rating: *1/2

Summary: Suspension of disbelief is a huge characteristic of any wrestling fan. With that being said, when something is so blatantly obvious, it’s hard to maintain that suspension. I understand Patrick’s penchant for allowing heels to cheat, but this went well beyond that.

Outside the arena, a limousine pulls up and Jeff Jarrett enters the arena.

On the previous WCW Saturday Night, Nick Patrick fined Savage $1 million. He also wanted Savage suspended then subtly pointed fingers at the MIA “Mean” Gene Okerlund.

Match 2: Diamond Dallas Page versus Jim Powers (w/ Teddy Long)


Rating: *

Summary: Another showcase match for DDP.

After the match, when Long checks on Powers, DDP kicks him. How dastardly!

At the entrance, Tenay interviews Savage who actually shows up this week. Accompanying him is Jason Keller who drives the Slim Jim vehicle in NASCAR. Savage asks Keller how the nWo car fared in Charlotte over the weekend. Keller said it “hit the wall” while Keller finished tenth. He vows to do even better in Rockingham. Savage then proclaims that he will make Hogan “crash and burn” at Halloween Havoc. Suddenly, Elizabeth confronts Savage, but he walks away from her.

Match 3: Faces of Fear (w/ Jimmy Hart) versus High Voltage


Rating: *

Summary: Showcase match for Faces of Fear.

On WCW Saturday Night, Eddie Guerrero faces Disco Inferno while Rough & Ready wrestle against Harlem Heat.

Match 4: Glacier versus Mike Wenner


Rating: ½*

Summary: Wrestling-wise, Glacier needs some improvement although the plancha was a good move for him.

As Hour #2 begins, Bischoff speculates that Jarrett is affiliated with the nWo.

Match 5: Jeff Jarrett versus Hugh Morrus


Rating: *1/2

Summary: Even with the video wall installed, the Savannah faithful didn’t respond well to Jarrett’s debut. On another note, since Flair is the master of the figure-four, I’m curious as to why WCW would allow Jarrett to use the hold as well.

After the match, Tony interviews Jarrett by the entrance. In response to being a member of the nWo, Jarrett tells Hogan to “stick it.” The pro-nWo crowd boos him.


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Match 6: The “Enforcer” Arn Anderson (w/ Woman) versus Renegade


Rating: **

Summary: Showcase match for Arn as he tunes up for Luger.

After the match, Arn ties Renegade to the Tree of Woe with assistance from Woman and puts the boots to him until Luger chases him away.

Match 7: The “Total Package” Lex Luger versus “Squire” David Taylor (w/ Jeeves)


Rating: ½*

Summary: Showcase match for Luger.

After the match, Arn attacks Luger with a steel chair in the aisle until referee Randy Anderson forcibly removes the chair from him.

Match 8: The “Crippler” Chris Benoit (w/ Mongo & Debra) versus Rick Steiner (w/ Scott Steiner)


Rating: ****

Summary: In spite of the rest holds to make up for nWo plotlines, these guys performed tremendously better here than during their match last week. I truly feel sorry for the Cleveland faithful since these guys could have given this to them with more time.

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Before the next match occurred, Hogan walked with Brian Knobbs of the Nasty Boys backstage. With Sags and DiBiase also involved, Hogan wants the Nasty Boys to watch his back. Whilst they do that, DiBiase has their nWo paperwork ready.

Flair’s entrance music plays, but the nWo beat him up with an aluminum baseball bat while Nash yells “thug life.” As Flair screams in agony, Giant menaces Elizabeth toward the ring. As Savage holds off Giant with a steel chair, Hogan nails him from behind. Giant then tosses referee Randy Anderson down on the concrete floor as Hogan makes Savage taste the steel railing. It must have tasted like the Texas Hold ‘em Porker sandwich at Wet Willie’s.

When Hogan uses the chair on Savage, Elizabeth pulls him off. As Hogan makes her watch the chicanery, Giant carries Savage to the ring over his shoulder. However, as Giant walks up the steps, he trips and drops Savage on the floor in the process. OUCH! To make up for his gaffe, Giant tosses Savage over the top rope into the ring. Before Giant can chokeslam him, Hogan stops him so he can nail Savage. While Giant holds Elizabeth, Hogan destroys Savage. In the meantime, Hogan tells her “I own you.”

Next, Hogan delivers the leg drop to the back of Savage’s neck twice and grabs the can of spray paint. After a third leg drop, Hogan sprays around Savage like a chalk outline. While Hogan drops a fourth leg, Giant gets pelted with a full beverage. Hogan then drops a fifth leg and sprays nWo rules on the mat.

As Hall and Nash come to the ring, Hogan grabs the microphone. It would seem that by signing the contract, Elizabeth has sold her soul to the nWo but isn’t thrilled about it. Hogan then threatens to take over the broadcast table just as the nWo monster truck comes through the curtain wih Syxx in the passenger seat.

Conclusion: This week, WCW does a good job of not overexposing the nWo. Additionally, the Benoit-Steiner match is a hidden gem not to be missed. What’s on RAW?

TV Rating: 3.50

WWF Monday Night RAW

Taped from Hershey, PA

Airdate: October 7, 1996 (taped 9/23)

Attendance: 3,923 (barely receptive)

Hosted by Kevin Kelly and Jerry “The King” Lawler

Opening montage.

Match 1: WWF Intercontinental champion “Wildman” Marc Mero (w/ Sable) versus Diesel (w/ Jim Ross)


Rating: *1/2

Summary: Jacobs performs a much better Diesel than Bognar does Ramon.

After the match, with a distraught Sable on the apron, Diesel gives Mero a jackknife powerbomb.

We then go to the graveyard where Undertaker digs a grave and cuts a promo on Mankind.

Prior to the next match, in split-screen, Sid cuts a promo on Goldust.

Ad for denim shirts featuring the man Shawn Michaels, the myth Undertaker, and the legend Bret Hart for only $49.00. That was the style of the promo, not my musings.

“Nobody beats Mr. Perfect” claims Hennig while mostly old clips of him are shown. How’s that Lloyd’s of London policy going, Curt?

RAW is sponsored by Playstation who also sponsors the PPV.

Earlier tonight, in split-screen, the Gunns cut a promo on Owen and Smith.

Sunny is on the phone and will rejoin the Gunns should they regain the titles. Also, Ahmed Johnson will be live on LiveWire this Saturday. Hopefully, closed-captioning will be available.

Match 2: The Smoking Gunns versus the New Rockers


Rating: *

Summary: Who exactly is the crowd supposed to cheer or boo? The Smoking Gunns are out of ammunition in my opinion.

Meanwhile, Jim Johnston plays guitar as Jesse James sings “With My Baby Tonight.” As Pettengill once again exposes Jarrett as a fake, James then runs down Jarrett while discussing the IC title match at IYH II. I believe the Jarrett match was simultaneously taking place on Nitro.

In the locker room, Goldust with Marlena cuts a promo on Sid.

On LiveWire this past Saturday, Vince McMahon answered questions as Sunny and Vic Venom looked on. Believe it or not, Paul Heyman called in to wreak havoc.

In the ring, Ross interviews Vader with Jim Cornette. During the promo, we revisit the tag match from last week where Vader pinned Michaels. Ross then mentions that the winner of the Sid-Vader match at IYH XI will face Michaels for the title at Survivor Series. Rightfully, Cornette questions why Vader needs to win a match since he has already pinned Michaels. Regardless, Cornette cuts a promo on Sid.

Ad for the WWF Hall of Fame ceremony on 11/16 and Survivor Series on 11/17 in New York City.

Next week on RAW, Austin faces Michaels in a non-title match. Wow!

Match 3: The Sultan (w/ Mr. Bob Backlund & the Iron Sheik) versus Aldo Montoya


Rating: DUD

Summary: Showcase match for the Sultan.

Back in the graveyard, Paul Bearer comforts a hysterical Mankind.

The Playstation slam of the week shows several Perfectplexes from Mr. Perfect in preparation for Helmsley.

Match 4: Sycho Sid versus Goldust (w/ Marlena)


Rating: DUD

Summary: While Sid advances up the card, Goldust descends down it. This paled in comparison to Nitro’s main event.

After the match, Vader nails Sid from behind and slams him. Next, he mounts the second turnbuckle and delivers a tremendous splash. Unfortunately, Sid no-sells it and gives Vader the chokeslam. Sigh.

Conclusion: Yuck! What an awful show! From the “returns” of former gimmicks portrayed by different wrestlers to “exposing” a former superstar who now works for WCW to awful matches throughout the show, this is NOT worth your time. Avoid at all costs.

TV Rating: 2.10 (deservedly so)

Who won? Another solid butt-whooping by Nitro by almost a point and a half here as WCW showed Jarrett’s debut, the nWo, and an excellent Benoit-Steiner match. Hopefully, the Michaels-Austin match improves RAW by leaps and bounds next week.

Stay tuned for week 56 of the Monday Night War!

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