WCW Monday Nitro 5-12-97

Live from Baltimore, MD

Airdate: May 12, 1997

Attendance: 8,058

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

With this being the third one-hour Nitro in a row, what will WCW do to entice buys for Slamboree? Read on!

Astonishingly, Michael Buffer opens the program to get the Baltimore faithful “ready to rumble.” Without crutches, Savage comes to the ring with Elizabeth. Having declared himself “healed,” Savage remarks about DDP’s injury yet challenges him nonetheless. In fact, he’ll “slap him Hollywood style.”

Prior to the opening match, Lord Steven Regal cuts a promo in split-screen challenging Dragon for the World TV title at Slamboree.

Match 1 for the WCW World TV title: Ultimo Dragon (champion w/ Sonny Onoo) versus Juventud Guerrera


Rating: ***

Summary: Fast, energetic opener with some shenanigans by Onoo to help Dragon retain his title.

Castrol sponsors the replay.

In the ring, “Mean” Gene Okerlund interviews “Nature Boy” Ric Flair, “Rowdy” Roddy Piper, and Carolina Panthers linebacker Kevin Greene. A perturbed Greene tells the nWo that he’s “going to break (his) foot off in (their) ass.” To keep the excitement going, Flair ensures the caffeine level of Baltimore is high. Next, Piper compares himself to a Tyrannosaurus Rex and will be “starving” at the PPV.

Suddenly, the nWo appears on the Turnertron as Scott Hall informs Piper of his all-you-can-eat buffet. As Syxx delivers a crotch chop, he cracks jokes on Flair’s then-wife Beth. Ooh. Nash then states that the PPV match will be no-DQ and no-countout.

Match 2 for the WCW US title: Dean Malenko (champion) versus Steve “Mongo” McMichael (w/ Debra & Jeff Jarrett)


Rating: DUD

Summary: More outside interference and shenanigans than match.

Afterward, the Baltimore faithful chants “Reg-gie.” In the aisle, Okerlund interviews White who stands up for the fans.

Lee Marshall then delivers the 1-800-COLLECT road report from “Asheville, NC.” If someone asked Lee if he liked Hole donuts, he’d probably wonder where Courtney Love was.

Prior to the next match, Vandenberg reveals “the Wrath” who was formerly Adam Bomb in the WWF.

Match 3: Wrath (w/ James Vandenberg & Mortis) versus Scotty Riggs


Rating: DUD

Summary: Showcase match for Wrath.

After the match, Glacier emerges from the entrance to stare down his foes.

Match 4: Hugh Morrus & Konnan (w/ Jimmy Hart) versus “Das Wunderkind” Alex Wright & Ice Train (w/ Teddy Long)


Rating: DUD

Summary: More angle than match as Wright has made a HEEL TURN. This was also Ice Train’s final Nitro appearance until 2000.

According to a graphic, Nitro will air again at 7pm next Monday. Dammit! I’m running out of blank videocassettes.

We then revisit last week’s show when Hogan nailed DDP with a crutch. Suddenly, we return to Baltimore and go backstage. Syxx and Nash briskly leave an area where a Piper lays injured on the floor. How dastardly!

After a commercial break, Eric Bischoff is in the ring ready to interview Sting. As Sting’s music plays, nWo Sting emerges from the entrance. Boo! The Baltimore faithful then chant “We Want Sting” while Bischoff conducts an interview. Mimicking the real Sting, nWo Sting nods but doesn’t talk. Abruptly, the real Sting emerges and gives nWo Sting a Scorpion death drop. Bischoff then runs away scared.

Conclusion: Easily skippable show even though the PPV was hyped well. Let’s hope Slamboree isn’t as skippable. What’s on RAW is WAR?

TV Rating: 2.8

Stay tuned for RAW Is WAR 5-12-97!

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