WCW Monday Nitro 5-26-97

Live from Nashville, TN

Airdate: May 26, 1997

Attendance: 6,484

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

OK, WCW, after a month, you're going head-to-head with the WWF again. Let's see what ya got. Read on!

As the show begins, Eric Bischoff and Hollywood Hogan emerge through the entrance and enter the ring. When a fan holds out his Hogan wrestling buddy, Hogan kisses it. He then cuts a promo on Sting and calls him out. After Sting doesn't appear, Hogan poses for the his nWo-ites.

Match 1 (lucha libre): Juventud Guerrera, Super Calo, & Hector Garza versus La Parka, Damien, & Ciclope


Rating: ****

Summary: Incredible action-packed match that showcased Garza extremely well.

Match 2: “Das Wunderkind” Alex Wright versus Psicosis


Rating: *1/2

Summary: Showcase match for Psicosis as Wright was too cocky for his own good.

At the entrance, "Mean" Gene Okerlund interviews Sonny Onoo who's ready to surprise Chono. Onoo then has a "deal" for Psicosis to which Psicosis replies "yes, of course." No language barrier there, folks.

As Onoo continues to gab with Okerlund, Madusa emerges and challenges Akira Hokuto for the WCW Women's title at Great American Bash '97 on 6/15.Onoo accepts on the condition that if Madusa loses, she must retire. Madusa reluctantly accepts. Methinks she's reconsidering her choice to join WCW back in '95.

After a commercial break, a video of Ernest Miller airs.

Match 3: Wrath (w/ Mortis & James Vandenberg) versus Mark Starr


Rating: DUD

Summary: Showcase match for Wrath.

Prior to the next match, Schiavone shills Great American Bash '97 LIVE on PPV on 6/15. As part of the show, DDP and Savage have a rematch.

Match 4: Konnan versus Villano IV


Rating: DUD

Summary: Showcase match for Konnan.

After the match, Okerlund interviews Konnan in the ring who runs down Sullivan for spending a year to take down Benoit. When Okerlund asks about Morrus, Konnan states he'll take care of him.

On WCW Saturday Night, prepare your meats and carbs because WCW's bringing the squash!

Match 5: Masahiro Chono versus ???? (w/ Sonny Onoo)


Rating: NONE

After the "match," Chono bestows an nWo t-shirt upon Muta.

HOUR #2!

Supposedly, Okerlund interviews DDP with Kimberly, but the WWE Network didn't air it.

Match 6: Barbarian (w/ Jimmy Hart) versus Jim Powers (w/ Teddy Long)


Rating: DUD

Summary: Showcase match for Barbarian.

After the match, Benoit, accompanied by Woman, interrupts Barbarian's interview with Okerlund and requests the return of "the real Kevin Sullivan" so that he can finish him off. Hart replies with a challenge with Barbarian. As Benoit jumps in the ring, Hart tells him the match will occur next week.

Match 7 (handicap): Giant (w/ the "Total Package" Lex Luger) versus Jerry Flynn, Rick Fuller, & Johnny Swinger


Rating: DUD

Summary: Showcase match for Giant.

Valvoline sponsors the replay.

After the match, Okerlund interviews Giant with Luger in the ring. According to Okerlund, Hogan and Dennis Rodman signed an open contract for Bash at the Beach '97 on 7/13. Luger then cuts a promo on Rodman while Giant does the same for Hogan.

Lee Marshall then delivers the 1-800-COLLECT road report from “Dayton, OH." Methinks if Lee went to the Oregon district of Dayton, he'd head south to return to California.

Syxx emerges from the entrance and runs down Nick Patrick for his actions at Slamboree. Next, he refers to Flair as "fluff boy" as we revisit last week's show when the nWo Wolfpack attacked Flair. He then introduces the rest of the Wolfpack—the Outsiders. After Scott Hall calls Flair "an old drag queen," Kevin Nash besmirches Piper's acting resumé. Regardless, they want to face Piper and Flair at the Great American Bash for the WCW World tag team titles so they can finally retire Piper. Good luck with that.

We again revisit last week's show when Greene nailed Mongo costing the Horsemen the match. We then witness the locker room brawl afterward. According to Schiavone, Kevin Greene will face Mongo at Great American Bash '97.


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Match 8: Jeff Jarrett & Steve “Mongo” McMichael (w/ Debra) versus Harlem Heat (w/ Sister Sherri)


Rating: **

Summary: More angle than match with the Greene-Mongo feud involved.

After the match, Jarrett and Debra act confused about Mongo's actions.

Hogan and Bischoff return to the ring, and Hogan challenges Sting to an impromptu title match. All of a sudden, Sting appears through the ring again. When Bischoff instructs him to kneel, Sting obliges. OK, this is a ruse. In fact, the Sting imposter wears a bad wig and a Sting mask. According to Meltzer, Bagwell portrays the imposter.

From the ceiling, Sting drops into the ring, grabs Bischoff, and gives him the Scorpion Death drop. Hogan tries to back away, but falls over the Sting imposter. When the imposter tries to strike, Sting blocks the bat shot with his own bat. He then gives the imposter the Scorpion death drop. Here comes the nWo! Will they get Sting? Instead of WCW leaving the air before the angle ends, they stick with it. Whew! Before they can get him, Sting repels back to the ceiling to end the show.

Conclusion: According to Meltzer, Terry Taylor replaced Sullivan as the booker; therefore, it must have been his idea to have an international flavor to the first hour of Nitro. While I thoroughly enjoyed the lucha libre opener, the rest of the hour felt flat. The second hour was an improvement but not by much as angles were furthered and matches were announced for the PPV. Although this is the first Nitro in five weeks to air head-to-head with RAW, did they realize what the WWF was doing on the other channel? Let's find out! What’s on RAW is WAR?

TV Rating: 3.2

Stay tuned for RAW Is WAR 5-26-97!

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