WCW Monday Nitro 4-28-97
Live from Norfolk, VA
Airdate: April 28, 1997
Attendance: 9,467 (8,761 paid)
Hosted by Tony Schiavone, Larry Zbyszko, & Bobby “The Brain” Heenan
It’s the 60-minute version of Nitro! How much fun can WCW pack into it? Read on!
As the program begins, we revisit Starrcade ’93 when Flair defeated Vader to win the WCW World title. Gee, where does Vader work again?
As Schiavone opens the show, Piper and Flair emerge to join them at the broadcast table. Piper then challenges the nWo as Flair is either ready to fight, dance, or use the facilities.
Match 1 for the WCW US title: Dean Malenko (champion) versus Prince Iaukea
Summary: Showcase match for Malenko.
Match 2 for the WCW Cruiserweight title: Syxx (champion) versus Juventud Guerrera
Summary: Sloppy high-flying by Guerrera, but each wrestler got to kick the other in the mouth. OUCH!
Lee Marshall then delivers the 1-800-COLLECT road report from “Lakeland, FL.” If Marshall discovered the Silver Moon Drive-In Theater, he’d probably go looking for Fonzie.
Scott Hall, Kevin Nash, and Syxx take over the broadcast table. As Scott Hall grabs a microphone and tells Piper and Flair “whatever,” Nash demands “75% of the gate” in Charlotte for Slamboree. In kayfabe, that makes a lot of sense. In actuality, WCW wrestlers were under guaranteed contracts to WCW and did not receive any portion of the gate. Hogan, however, may be the only exception.
Match 3: The “Crippler” Chris Benoit (w/ Woman) versus Lord Steven Regal
Summary: More angle than match as the Sullivan-Benoit feud continues.
As Benoit and Sullivan brawl toward the aisle, Benoit kicks him down near Bonita Springs. Jacqueline jumps on Benoit’s back, but Woman pulls her down. Abruptly, Meng arrives and hooks the Tongan Death grip on Benoit. Regal returns to aid Benoit to no avail.
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Actually, it’s a promo by Savage and Elizabeth about DDP and Kimberly.
Prior to the next match, we revisit Uncensored when the nWo punked Luger with help from Dennis Rodman.
Match 4: Amazing French Canadians (w/ Col. Parker) versus the “Total Package” Lex Luger & Giant
Summary: Showcase match for Luger and Giant.
Prior to the next match, we revisit last week’s show when Reggie White stopped Mongo’s attempt to interfere in Jarrett’s match.
Match 5: Steve “Mongo” McMichael (w/ Debra) versus the Barbarian
Summary: Showcase match for Mongo. Schiavone covered for them by calling it a second Haliburton. Methinks some wires got crossed when planning this match.
After a commercial break, Piper and Flair come to the ring as Schiavone mentions that Nitro will air at 7pm again next week. Flair then calls out the nWo and focuses on Syxx, especially with “I’ve been the world champion more times than you’ve had pieces of ass, pal.” Wow! Suddenly, thousands of pieces of paper shower the Norfolk Scope. The papers read “Tradition Bites! nWo 4 Life.
The nWo then emerges, and Flair and Syxx brawl in the aisle. When Nash tries to interfere, he meets Flair’s trick knee. YEE-OUCH! Flair then helps Hall join Sullivan DOWN SOUTH. Meanwhile, Piper stands in the ring by himself. Flair then hooks the figure-four leg lock on Syxx, but Hall and Nash pummel him. As Flair pleads for Piper to help him, Piper finally joins the fray before the show goes off the air.
Conclusion: This was more of a plug for Slamboree than anything else. The one good thing I can say about the show is that Glacier wasn’t booked. On another note, RAW is WAR has to be better than this. What’s on RAW is WAR?
TV Rating: 2.7
Stay tuned for RAW Is WAR 4-28-97!
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