WCW Monday Nitro 7-14-97

Live from Orlando, FL

Airdate: July 14, 1997

Attendance: 10,515 (8,398 paid)

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

How does WCW follow up on Rodman's wrestling appearance from last night? What's up with Kevin Nash? Can Flair regain the US title against Jarrett? Let's find out!

This show is sponsored by Cricket Wireless. Thanks, WWE Network!

As the program begins, Michael Buffer rumbles while introducing the Nitro Girls who make their Nitro debut. Kimberly emerges from the entrance, but her microphone doesn't work. She then introduces Spice, AC Jazz, Chae, Fire, and Tayo. As all six women enter the ring, they perform with steel chairs for props.

Prior to the opening match, we revisit stills from last night. Afterward, the broadcast team doesn't believe the real Sting attacked Giant.

Match 1: “Das Wunderkind” Alex Wright versus Prince Iaukea


Rating: NONE

Summary: Angle development for Giant who seeks revenge against the nWo for last night.

Afterward, Giant chokeslams six security guards, grabs the microphone, and is fed up. He then singles out Nash by calling him a "goon" and calls him out RIGHT NOW. WCW Security Director Doug Dellinger, with some backup, subsequently remove Giant from the building.

Prior to the next match, we revisit last week's show when Eddie left Chavo to the wolves.

Go State!

Match 2: Eddie Guerrero versus Chavo Guerrero, Jr.


Rating: ***1/2

Summary: Fantastic match where Eddie proved who the veteran wrestler was.

After the match, Eddie mounts the top turnbuckle and hits a second frog splash. Before he attempts a third one, Eddie's brother, Hector, comes to the ring to check on Chavo. When Hector admonishes him, Eddie shoves him down before leaving.

At the entrance, "Mean" Gene Okerlund interviews DDP with Kimberly. Although he previously believed Hennig was a "stand-up guy," DDP was proven wrong last night. He then states that he'll get even with Hennig. When he mentions surprises, he tells Hennig to ask Savage about La Parka. Hmmm...

As we return from a commercial break, the Nitro Girls have changed costumes and dance at the entrance. Okerlund then interviews Harlem Heat. When Okerlund mentions Vincent's involvement in their matches, Booker T screws up his American history by associating Lee Harvey Oswald and 1962. Concurrently, Stevie Ray's ready for an "old-fashioned ghetto street fight" tonight against Hall and Nash.

Match 3: Steiners versus Vicious & Delicious (w/ Vincent)


Rating: ***

Summary: Good match with a crappy ending. The nWo limo segment should have occurred after the match.

During the aftermath, Chono gives Rick a Yakuza kick while the nWo quintuple-teams the Steiners. Scott comes back with some Steinerlines and gives Muta a gorilla press slam. As Rick clotheslines Bagwell, he delivers a German suplex to Norton. They then clear the ring. Don't mess with the Steiners!

On WCW Saturday Night, chairman of the WCW Executive Committee James J. Dillon will make an announcement. Don't miss out!

At the entrance, Okerlund reviews his previous interaction with Raven. We then revisit Raven's interview from last night. According to Meltzer, ECW sued WCW for breach of contract based upon this appearance. Nonetheless, Okerlund interviews Raven at ringside and asks about the impending announcement. Raven then decries that "there is no announcement." When Stevie Richards interjects, Raven spits in his face. Ew.

Match 4: The “Crippler” Chris Benoit versus Mike Enos


Rating: *1/2

Summary: Showcase match for Benoit, but, once again, Enos had his working boots on.

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Yet another Nitro Girls segment after yet another costume change happens.

Prior to the next match, we revisit last week's episode when DDP disguised himself as La Parka and fooled Savage.

Match 5: Super Calo versus La Parka


Rating: NONE

After referee Mark Curtis throws the match out, Savage manhandles La Parka until DDP emerges through the Orlando faithful. He then attacks Savage until Hennig hits the ring. Upon spinning DDP around, Hennig CLOCKS him with brass knuckles. He then leaves as Savage regains his composure. When Savage mounts the top turnbuckle, he hits the big elbow.

At the entrance, Okerlund interviews Hennig who calls DDP "the biggest mark in the business." He then runs down both DDP and Kimberly. In fact, he refers to Kimberly as a "hosebag." Suddenly, Flair comes out, shares both a handshake and hug with Hennig, and invites him out for fun at Pleasure Island after the show.

HOUR #2!

Lee Marshall then delivers the 1-800-COLLECT road report from “Jacksonville, FL." Methinks Lee believes Chris Mullin played basketball in the St. Johns River.

As the nWo emerges through the entrance, Nash sits in a wheelchair. Eric Bischoff then mentions that Nash is injured and refutes the notion of Nash's Sting impersonation last night. Nash also refutes the accusation, struggles to stand up, yet welcomes Konnan to the group. While yelling "Arriba la raza," Konnan reveals an nWo t-shirt. Nash then refers to him as "K-dog."

Prior to the next match, we revisit Nitro from 6/16 when Harlem Heat demolished Vincent.

Match 6: Harlem Heat versus Scott Hall & Syxx (w/ the nWo)


Rating: **1/2

Summary: While the ending seems telegraphed from Tampa, that's what makes pro wrestling what it is. Good heel work by Nash.

After a commercial break, the Nitro Girls entertain us in summer wear.

Match 7: Public Enemy versus the Great Muta & Masahiro Chono (w/ Vincent)


Rating: **1/2

Summary: Did anyone give Public Enemy a chance against these guys? Did anyone truly believe these guys would fly from Japan to Florida to lose two straight matches?


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Match 8 for the WCW US title: Jeff Jarrett (champion w/ Debra) versus “Nature Boy” Ric Flair


Rating: ***

Summary: What a difference a day makes. When Flair faced Piper, he wrestled Piper's match which was slower-paced and less workrate-heavy. Conversely, Flair and Jarrett provided an entertaining wrestling match but with a crappy finish. This was due to the title shot belonging to Mongo rather than Flair.

After the match, Mongo beat up Jarrett like he'd been cuckolded.

In the ring, Okerlund interviews the "Total Package" Lex Luger who sarcastically welcomes Dennis Rodman to WCW. When Okerlund switched the topic to Road Wild '97, Luger's ready to face Hogan for the WCW World title.

Abruptly, the nWo comes out to surround the ring. Next, a long-haired Sting imposter emerges and enters the ring. When he removes the wig and mask, it's the real Sting! WE'RE OUTTA TIME!

Conclusion: Good storytelling as the Nash impersonation from last night led to Sting's disguise tonight. In addition, the Flair-Jarrett, Steiners-Vicious & Delicious, Eddie-Chavo matches make this show worthwhile. What’s on RAW is WAR?

TV Rating: 3.5

Stay tuned for RAW Is WAR 7-14-97!

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