WCW Monday Nitro 3-31-97

Live from Roanoke, VA

Airdate: March 31, 1997

Attendance: 8,709 (8, 175 paid)

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

How will WCW set the table for Spring Stampede? Will Savage and DDP add some spice to it? Read on!

As the program begins, we revisit the main event from last week’s program as Savage did everything but win the World TV title from Iaukea. The nWo then destroyed both Iaukea and DDP.

Opening montage.

The nWo exits a black limousine minus Hogan, Bischoff, and Hall.

Match 1: The “Total Package” Lex Luger & Giant versus Roadblock & Rick Fuller


Rating: *

Summary: Showcase match for Luger and Giant.

After the match, Harlem Heat hits the ring as Zbyszko yells “Hey! It’s the heat!” C’mon, Larry, they’re not cops. Regardless, Booker T knocks Luger out of the ring as Harlem Heat double-teams Giant. Luger returns and a four-way brawl erupts as the segment ends. Good stuff!

After a commercial break, “Mean” Gene Okerlund interviews Harlem Heat with Sister Sherri by the entrance. While they claim that they receive zero respect, Stevie Ray cuts a promo on Luger and Giant. He finishes with “It’s all like an eight ball.” Gotta love Stevie Ray for that. Finally, Sherri offers sound strategy for her team although she probably should keep it classified.

Match 2 for the vacant WCW women’s cruiserweight title (first round): Meiko Satomura versus Toshie Uematsu


Rating: *

Summary: The combined age of these women was 43 at the time, and their lack of experience showed. Also, the Roanoke faithful couldn’t care less about them.

Match 3: Psicosis versus Villano IV


Rating: *1/2

Summary: Showcase match for Psicosis.

In the ring, Okerlund interviews “Nature Boy” Ric Flair, and the Roanoke faithful EXPLODES. When Okerlund mentions his name, Piper comes to the ring. As the Roanoke faithful chants his name, Piper tells a bad joke about Flair. While Flair appreciates Piper’s being on Nitro, he questions Piper’s lack of days on the nightclub circuit. Flair then drops the names of “Maniac” Mark Lewin and the Nasty Boys then mentions the latter’s disappearance. Mutually, they agree to work together. After stopping Piper’s music, Flair offers Piper a date with a Roanoke beauty as the three of them dance until the segment ends.

We then revisit last week’s main event when Savage humiliated Iaukea.

Match 4 for the WCW World TV title: Prince Iaukea (champion) versus La Parka


Rating: -*


Valvoline sponsors the replay.

On WCW Saturday Night, your warmup matches for Spring Stampede simmer with lots of SQUASH.

At the entrance, Okerlund interviews Lord Steven Regal who refers to his boss as “J. Edgar Bischoff.” He then calls Rey Mysterio a “dopey dwarf” and promises to win the World TV title at Spring Stampede. Following that, he offers the first title shot to Mysterio.

Match 5: “Lionheart” Chris Jericho versus Lord Steven Regal


Rating: *1/2

Summary: From a non-kayfabe point of view, Regal knew how to elevate someone.

After the match, Regal nails Jericho, places him atop the top turnbuckle, and hits a top rope superplex. As Regal gives Jericho a piledriver, he applies the Regal Stretch. Renegade comes out, considers helping Jericho, but backs away. Nice heel turn, jerk.

“Desperado” Joe Gomez hits the ring, but Regal piledrives him too. When Billy Kidman tries to save Jericho, Regal dumps him over the top rope to the floor. Lastly, Lenny Lane gives it a try, but Regal boots him down near West Hollywood. YEE-OUCH!


We then revisit moments from the first hour.

Wallstreet exits the Roanoke Civic Center as the broadcast team smells dissension in the nWo.

Match 6 for the WCW Women’s title: Akira Hokuto (champion w/ Sonny Onoo) versus Debbie Combs


Rating: DUD

Summary: Showcase match for Hokuto who will face Madusa at Spring Stampede.

At the entrance, Okerlund interviews Madusa, but Hokuto attacks her. When Madusa makes her comeback, more Japanese women restrain Hokuto. Combs tries to restrain her, but Madusa further attacks Hokuto. Officials finally separate them as Madusa chases Onoo right by Wildcat Willie on the way backstage.

Video airs featuring Sting.

We then revisit the High Voltage-Public Enemy match from last week when the Four Horsemen helped High Voltage score a major upset much to Mongo’s chagrin.

Match 7: Jeff Jarrett & Steve “Mongo” McMichael (w/ Debra) versus the Amazing French Canadians (w/ Colonel Parker)