WCW Monday Nitro 7-28-97

Live from Charleston, WV

Airdate: July 28, 1997

Attendance: 9,575 (8,769 paid)

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

With the two main wrestling juggernauts head-to-head again, what will Nitro do to offset Ki>RAW is WAR's momentum from last week? Let's find out!

Opening montage.

The Nitro Girls, in workout gear, open the show by dancing in the aisle.

Match 1: “Nature Boy” Ric Flair & Curt Hennig versus Vicious & Delicious (w/ Vincent)


Rating: **

Summary: From a heat perspective, this match SIZZLED; otherwise, it was just OK. At least, the Flair-Syxx drama at the end didn't affect the outcome.

TV Rating: 2.8

After the match, Flair makes both Syxx and Norton taste the steel railing. It must have tasted like the Laura at Sam's Uptown Café.

If you're missing a gold-glittered jacket, the Nitro Girls have six of them for you.

In the ring, "Mean" Gene Okerlund interviews the "Total Package" Lex Luger who's "peaking for Sturgis." Luger also mentions "mandatory title defenses every thirty days" with regards to the WCW World title. Next Monday, Luger will challenge for said title LIVE on Nitro. Woohoo!

Prior to the next match, we revisit Dragon's victory to win the TV title last week.

Match 2 for the WCW World TV title: Ultimo Dragon (champion) versus Prince Iaukea


Rating: **

Summary: The match was decent despite the lack of crowd involvement and Iaukea's botch.

TV Rating: 3.1

On WCW Saturday Night, Public Enemy faces the Outsiders. Or do they? Check it out!

At the entrance, Okerlund interviews Flair who affirms that Hennig is a Horseman. Hennig emerges but contradicts Flair's assertion while Benoit and Mongo join the party. Speaking of party, Flair's ready to go to Joey's Bar & Grill while having a female ring attendant under his arm. Hennig continues to declare that he's a free agent.

Match 3: The “Crippler” Chris Benoit & Steve “Mongo” McMichael versus the Texas Hangmen


Rating: **

Summary: Showcase match for Mongo and Benoit.

TV Rating: 3.3

Don't adjust your TV because the Nitro Girls are just testing the color palette in neon.

Match 4 for the WCW Cruiserweight title: “Lionheart” Chris Jericho (champion) versus “Das Wunderkind” Alex Wright


Rating: ***

Summary: This was all Alex Wright as Jericho put him over strong.

TV Rating: 3.4

At the entrance, Okerlund interviews Dean Malenko. While Malenko emerges, Jeff Jarrett and Debra join him. Wright walks by them with his new belt, and Debra shares a private conversation with him. Jarrett then vows to put the Horsemen "out to pasture" as Malenko joins forces with Jarrett.

HOUR #2!

Prior to the next match, we revisit last week's episode when DDP delivered the Diamond Cutter to Hennig.

Match 5: Diamond Dallas Page versus Syxx


Rating: **

Summary: More angle than match as the Hennig-DDP feud continues.

TV Rating: 3.3

Prior to the next match, we revisit Nitro from 6/9 when Eddie Guerrero frog-splashed Malenko allowing Jarrett to win the US title.

Match 6: Dean Malenko versus Hector Guerrero


Rating: *

Summary: Showcase match for Malenko.

TV Rating: 3.3

After the match, Chavo Guerrero checks on his uncle, but Jarrett distracts him. Malenko then nails Chavo from behind, and he and Jarrett double-team him.

Without warning, K-Dogg drags Okerlund through the entrance and cuts a promo on Rey Mysterio, Jr. He then promises to take down La Parka tonight.

Lee Marshall then delivers the 1-800-COLLECT road report from “Detroit, MI." Since he's probably hanging out with the Outsiders, they'll probably leave him up on blocks.

Prior to the next match, Savage and Elizabeth stand among the Charleston faithful, and Savage cuts a promo on Giant. Not to be outdone, Giant rebuts from the ring. They'll face one another at the PPV.

Match 7: Giant versus the Great Muta


Rating: *

Summary: Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me. Giant learned his lesson and made Muta pay for it.

TV Rating: 3.4

After the match, Giant grabs the microphone while Zbyszko returns to the broadcast table to confront Bischoff. When Bischoff challenges him, Zbyszko hooks a front face lock and takes him to the ring. As Zbyszko tosses Bischoff into the ring, Giant grabs and chokeslams him. Wow! The Charleston faithful ERUPTED!

Prior to the next match, we revisit last week's episode when K-Dogg bullied a one-legged Mysterio until other luchadores came to Mysterio's rescue.

Match 8: K-Dogg versus La Parka (w/ Sonny Onoo)


Rating: ½*

Summary: Showcase match for K-Dogg.

TV Rating: 3.7

After the match, Psicosis hits the ring, but K-Dogg exits the ring to avoid him.

We then revisit the chokeslam of Bischoff.


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Via telephone, chairman of the WCW Executive Committee James J. Dillon states the committee is trying to get Sting to return to the ring by September.

Match 8: “Macho Man” Randy Savage (w/ Elizabeth) versus Scott Steiner (w/ Rick Steiner)


Rating: ***1/2

Summary: Decent brawl that also incorporated Scott's wrestling style very well. Savage did a great job keeping Scott at his level.

TV Rating: 3.8

After the match, Savage hits the big elbow from the top turnbuckle to Scott. When he gives Scott a second big elbow, Giant hits the ring to scatter the nWo. He then grabs the microphone and calls out Nash. As Nash mentions that he's "not fighting through (security)," WCW Security director Doug Dellinger steps aside. As you might expect, no contact is made before the show leaves the air.

To punctuate the highlight of the night, the chokeslam of Bischoff is shown again.

Conclusion: So...what happened? First, Hennig acts as Flair's colleague but not Horseman. Second, he still has a vendetta against DDP. Third, Alex Wright wins the Cruiserweight title from Jericho. Fourth, Malenko aligns himself with Jarrett and Debra. Fifth, Giant learns his lesson against Muta. Sixth, he PLANTS Bischoff with a chokeslam that sent tremors throughout West Virginia. Seventh, the Outsiders play "we're not here-yes, we are" with the Steiners. Eighth and most importantly, Luger will face Hogan for the title next week.

All in all, it was a good episode with a lot of excitement. I certainly cannot wait for next week's show. What’s on RAW is WAR?

Final TV Rating: 3.4

Stay tuned for RAW Is WAR 7-28-97!

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