WCW Monday Nitro 4-7-97

Live from Huntsville, AL

Airdate: April 7, 1997

Attendance: 6,058

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

Will the nWo splinter tonight? What will be the aftermath from last night’s main event? Read on!

As the program begins, we revisit the ending to Spring Stampede when Savage grabbed Kimberly followed by tension between Savage and Bischoff.

Opening montage.

We then revisit stills of the main event from last night.

Match 1: Hugh Morrus & Konnan versus “Das Wunderkind” Alex Wright & Psicosis


Rating: *

Summary: Showcase match for Konnan and Morrus with some great high-flying from their opponents.

After the match, Konnan delivers the 187 to Psicosis and demands that Mickey Jay count his pin too.

We then revisit stills from the God-awful women’s match last night.

Match 2: Lord Steven Regal versus Rey Mysterio, Jr.


Rating: **

Summary: Short big man-small man match that furthered the heel characterization of Regal.

After the match, Iaukea hits the ring and dropkicks Regal to a raucous ovation. That’s a switch! As Iaukea misses a second dropkick, Regal hooks him in a Regal stretch injuring the World TV champion. Officials come to the ring to remove Regal.

Outside the arena, Savage arrives on crutches with the rest of the nWo.

We then revisit stills of the World TV title match from last night.

After a commercial break, we revisit stills of the macing of Scott Steiner followed by the Nash squash of Rick Steiner.

Match 3: The “Crippler” Chris Benoit (w/ Woman) versus Ice Train (w/ Teddy Long)


Rating: *

Summary: Showcase match for Benoit. The DDT finish must have been a tribute to fellow Horseman Arn Anderson.

We then revisit stills of the US title match from last night.

After a commercial break, a video of the premiere of Double Team airs. The less said the better, but I will note that Rodman wore golden glitter.

Match 4: Kevin Sullivan (w/ Jacqueline and Jimmy Hart) versus Hector Guerrero


Rating: DUD

Summary: Showcase match for the bookerman.

Valvoline sponsors the replay.

We then revisit stills of the Public Enemy-Horsemen match from last night.

After a commercial break, the nWo hits the ring in two separate groups minus Nick Patrick. Hogan then confronts Nash regarding the movie premiere last week. When Nash rebuts, he states that he has no problem with Rodman. Next, he apologizes for being “grouchy” last week. Hogan then questions Hall’s whereabouts so Nash confirms that Hall’s “nWo 4 life.”

Hogan either wants Nash to stick together or get it on. After Hogan removes his jewelry, Nash says he’s “nWo 4 life.” When the Huntsville faithful chants “We Want Sting,” Hogan rebuffs them and asks Savage to “bury the hatchet” with Bischoff. As Savage conveys that Bischoff is on probation with Ted Turner, they’re on probation with one another. Isn’t harmony great?


In the ring, “Mean” Gene Okerlund interviews “Nature Boy” Ric Flair. After Flair requests his presence, “Rowdy” Roddy Piper comes to the ring. Sensing dissension in the nWo, Flair and Piper are ready to “strike” them. As they mention his name, Carolina Panthers linebacker Kevin Greene appears. We have a six-man WCW team ready for the nWo.

Prior to the next match, we revisit last week’s show when Jericho beat Regal but got decimated afterward.

Match 5 for the WCW US title: Dean Malenko (champion) versus “Lionheart” Chris Jericho


Rating: **

Summary: Abrupt ending due to the legitimate injury.

On WCW Saturday Night, we got lots of squash.

Prior to the next match, we revisit the previous encounter between Public Enemy and High Voltage.

Match 6: Public Enemy versus High Voltage


Rating: *

Summary: There has to be an angle attached to this.

After the match, Okerlund interviews Public Enemy who challenges High Voltage to a Philadelphia street fight next week on Nitro. They “might” have to get “extreme.”

We then revisit stills of the Mysterio-Ultimo Dragon classic from last night.

Backstage, the injured Iaukea gets taped up in preparation for his upcoming title defense. I don’t like his odds.

Match 7: Jeff Jarrett & Steve “Mongo” McMichael (w/ Debra) versus Harlem Heat (w/ Sister Sherri)


Rating: **

Summary: More angle than match as the Horseman drama continues.

In the ring, Okerlund interviews the disgruntled Horsemen. When Jarrett questions Mongo’s whereabouts, Mongo avoids the question by cutting an egocentric promo.

Lee Marshall then delivers the 1-800-COLLECT road report from “Philadelphia, PA.” Methinks Lee’s idea of “extreme” is mortadella instead of turkey on rye.

Match 8 for the WCW World TV title: Prince Iaukea (champion) versus Ultimo Dragon (w/ Sonny Onoo)


Rating: DUD

Summary: FINALLY! Whew! I can’t believe it! The TV title is real again.

We then revisit stills of the Harlem Heat versus Luger versus Giant match from last night.

Match 9: Giant versus Scott Steiner


Rating: NONE

Afterward, Morrus WALLOPS Giant with a steel chair in the back, but Giant no-sells it. Scott then makes Konnan taste the steel railing. It must have tasted like the Wegulator at the West End Grill. Giant and Scott then shoo Konnan and Morrus backstage to a chorus of boos.

We then revisit stills from the one-on-one squash for the tag titles from last night.

After a commercial break, DDP comes to the ring while wearing an ice pack on his shoulder. Upon touting Savage, he notes that even two years ago no one thought DDP would become a main event talent. True. He then calls himself an anomaly. When he found out last night that Savage strong-armed Kimberly, he says he “would have killed (him).” Next, he challenges Savage to a match RIGHT NOW.

Savage walks out on crutches by himself until Hogan catches up to him. With the nWo behind them, Hogan wants to confront DDP on Savage’s behalf. Sting then rappels from the ceiling and lands in the aisle. As he points his bat at Hogan, he tosses it to DDP. But he has another one! Sting then enters the ring standing side-by-side with DDP. It’s a stand-off on Nitro, but WE’RE OUTTA TIME!

Conclusion: First, let’s discuss the elephant in the room. Why didn’t the nWo break up? Well, look at their catchphrase—for life. It would be meaningless if they broke up less than a year after uniting. The stare-down between Nash and Hogan lays a foundation for a future storyline, and an immediate return on investment would be unwise.

Second, the end of the show solidifies DDP as a main event player. With his standing next to Sting along with his main event victory at the PPV, DDP has been MADE. The only question remains—when will he get a rematch with an apparently quite injured Savage?

Third and finally, the Kevin Greene appearance, the Horsemen dysfunction, and the title change make this show worthwhile. What’s on RAW is WAR?

TV Rating: 3.65

Stay tuned for RAW is WAR 4-7-97!

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