WCW Monday Nitro
Live from Jacksonville, FL
Airdate: November 6, 1995
Attendance: 9,500 (3,500 paid)
Hosted by Eric Bischoff, Bobby “The Brain” Heenan, and Steve “Mongo” McMichael
“You Call The Shots” as WCW wants you, the viewer, to choose tonight’s main event. Members from the red (heel) locker room are as follows:
Members of the blue (face) locker room are as follows:
According to Eric the doctors won’t clear Savage to wrestle tonight yet Savage wants a piece of Luger REAL BAD.
Match 1 for the WCW World title?: The Giant (supposedly champion w/ Jimmy Hart) versus Cobra
Summary: Fastest “World title” match ever! The Giant looks unstoppable.
“Mean” Gene Okerlund is in the red locker room. The main highlight is seeing Eaton sip tea with his pinky in the air. HA!
Meanwhile Tony (I now work on Mondays?) Schiavone is in the blue locker room. Sting wants “the Nature Boy BAD” as the signal gets distorted.
World War III will be on November 26 only on PPV! Catch the 60-man battle royal!
Hulk Hogan and Randy Savage are in Venice Beach, CA sitting alongside either a drunk or a homeless man. I think their “brother” made more sense than they did. This was AWFUL!
Match 2: The Renegade versus the Taskmaster (w/ Jimmy Hart)
Summary: When the bookerman pencils himself over you on TV your career isn’t going in the right direction.
After the match Hart gets in the ring and throws a beverage into Renegade’s face. After wiping the face paint off Renegade’s face Hart refers to him as “plain old Rick” and demoralizes him. Considering the fate of Rick Wilson this was scarring and shameful. RIP Rick.
Back in the red locker room Gene badmouths Art Modell for moving the Browns to Baltimore while Regal sports a monocle. HA! The lights flicker as Ric Flair acts like a pro by continuing to cut a promo on Sting. Gotta love live TV!
On WCW Saturday Night “The Enforcer” Arn Anderson will face Kurasawa (aired 11/11, taped 10/25).Disco Inferno’s “hit” video will be shown, and “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan will be in action.
Match 3: Chris Benoit versus Eddie Guerrero
Summary: When two wrestlers can create a story just by stringing their moves together, you get a fantastic match like this one. Unfortunately neither Heenan nor the crowd was hip to the room with this match as this was legendary stuff for 1995. Check it out while you can!
Back in the blue locker room Tony shills the number to call to book the main event. Sting is FUCKING LIVID with Flair. I wonder if ANYBODY wanted to see Evad Sullivan (w/ bunny) against Mr. JL.
Promotional consideration paid for by Slim Jim featuring “Macho Man’ Randy Savage. Also the video cassette of WCW Fall Brawl 1995 will be available tomorrow (11/7/1995) in video stores everywhere!
Eric notifies us that Sting will face Flair tonight in the main event while Heenan drinks sake.
Match 4: “Nature Boy” Ric Flair versus Sting
Summary: If PBS ever produced a special on WCW they’d have to use Masterpiece Theater for Sting and Flair. These guys never have a boring match together.
After the match Sting maintains the hold as referees Eller and Patrick run in to help remove Flair from the grasp of Sting. Eric then SAYS he sees Luger coming to the ring, but the “Total Package” is nowhere to be seen on camera. Bartender, I’ll have what he’s having.
Mr. JL and Eddie Guerrero run in to break it up and Luger still hasn’t shown up. In the meantime Evad uses rabbit persuasion to try to convince Sting to release the hold. Lo and behold Duggan comes into the ring, and Sting breaks the hold.
Sting runs back into the ring to attack Flair when Luger FINALLY shows up. While Sting has Flair in the Scorpion death lock again Luger alarms him of the falling profits of Main Event Fitness to get his full attention. Amazingly Sting follows Luger back to the dressing room.
SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT (as promised by Eric): Back in the ring Gene interviews the Giant who has the Taskmaster and Jimmy Hart with him. Using his power of attorney Hart inserted a clause into the contract for the World title match at Halloween Havoc stating that if Hogan got disqualified he would lose the World title. By proxy the Giant is the World champion.
Nick Lambros, Junior VP of WCW, enters the ring and notifies us that the Giant is NOT the World champion. According to WCW Commissioner Nick Bockwinkel the title will be held up and contested in the 60-man battle royal at World War III. To no one’s surprise the Taskmaster besmirches Lambros and hails the Giant as the favorite to win the battle royal.
Next week Savage will face Meng, and Eddie Guerrero will face the new World television champion Johnny B. Badd. Lastly, Sting will face Dean Malenko. But I wonder…WCW is pretty certain of the matches scheduled for next week. I’ll bet that the show is already in the can. You’ll have to stay tuned for my next report to find out.
Conclusion: Much better effort from WCW in the wrestling department this week. This is a must-see episode for wrestling fans.
Now let’s discuss that “special announcement.” Hulk Hogan, who had been the face of WCW for the past year, was in contract negotiations with WCW by this point in time. WCW, not wanting to besmirch Hogan in any way whatsoever, didn’t ask Hogan to drop the belt (nefariously or legitimately) prior to the fulfillment of his contract. So, in order to save face for both WCW and Hogan, they created a loophole to remove the title from him. Like it or not, THAT’S called stroke.
Let’s see how this show fared against RAW.
TV Rating: 2.30
WWF Monday Night RAW
Taped from Brandon, Manitoba, Canada
Airdate: November 6, 1995 (taped 10/23)
Hosted by Vince McMahon and Jerry “The King” Lawler Dok Hendrix
We open with the replay of the SLAM HEARD ‘ROUND THE WORLD by Ahmed Johnson. Lex who?
Match 1: Marty Jannetty versus “the British Bulldog” Davey Boy Smith (w/ Jim Cornette)
Summary: Purposefully I ignored the numerous chin locks applied by Smith during the match. One can see flashes of the heel character that he became later on, but he was still a work-in-progress here.
The Bill Clinton impersonator makes a pre-recorded promo for Survivor Series at the Washington Monument.
Smith and Cornette appear happy about the main event of IYH 5. Cornette then hypes the wild card match at Survivor Series.
Back in the locker room Barry Horowitz gives speech #462 from the coaches’ handbook to both Hakushi and Bret Hart in preparation for the main event.
On Superstars Lawler interviews Goldust. During the interview Bam Bam Bigelow interrupts and challenges Goldust to a match. It will take place at Survivor Series.
Also on Superstars Hunter Hearst Helmsley almost gets slopped by Godwinn.
Match 2: Henry Godwinn versus Terry Richards
Summary: Truly the only highlight was seeing the pre-ECW Rhino in jobber mode here.
After the match Helmsley attacks Godwinn from behind. He then gave him a pedigree on the floor. After putting on gloves he grabs the slop and drops it on Godwinn. Nice touch with the gloves. These two will face one another next week.
Promotional consideration paid for by WrestleMania the arcade game.
Survivor Series Slam Jam by Todd Pettengill:
Barry Didinsky shills 1000 mad caps for only $21. This must have been a 90s thing. Back then the only caps I had came off the top of my Miller High Life.
Before the next match we see THE SLAM HEARD ROUND THE WORLD in super slow-mo.
On the Superstar line Razor Ramon describes his title match next week against Sycho Sid. Something tells me he didn’t defend the title twice in one taping cycle. Stay tuned for my next report to find out!
Match 3: Kama (w/ “The Million Dollar Man” Ted DiBiase) versus Tony Roy
Summary: Would you like butter or margarine on your squash? Take your pick ‘cuz this was Kama’s tune-up for the Survivor Series.
Next week the 1-2-3 Kid will be the special referee for the match between Sycho Sid and Ramon. The title can change hands on a disqualification or countout. I smell a cop-out.
Bart Gunn faces Billy Gunn in Milton Bradley’s Karate Fighters. Billy wins!
Match 4: Jerry “The King” Lawler and Isaac Yankem versus Bret “Hitman” Hart and Hakushi (w/ Barry Horowitz)
Summary: Tag formula worked here but that finish stunk up the arena.
WWF World Tour de Force:
Next week Henry Godwinn faces Hunter Hearst Helmsley. Also, Ramon defends the Intercontinental title against Sycho Sid with the 1-2-3 Kid as special referee. A face-to-face confrontation between Diesel and Bret will be shown. Lastly Ahmed Johnson will be in action.
Previews of next week’s action just to prove that next week’s show is taped.
Conclusion: If there was ever an episode of RAW to skip it’d be this one. P-U! Also, the middle of the show screamed “let’s watch Nitro!” with the two squash matches.
TV Rating: 2.10
Who won? Not surprising to me as it was the better show this week, but Nitro won with the interactive match. Next week’s shows have some promise. Let’s hope they live up to it.
See you for week 10 of the Monday Night War!
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