WCW Monday Nitro 09-08-97

Live from Milwaukee, WI

Airdate: September 8, 1997

Attendance: 8,596 (7,810 paid)

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

Will the Horsemen have a response for the nWo? With Dillon out of the picture, who will replace him? Will DDP and Luger resolve their differences? If so, how? Let's find out!

Opening montage.

To begin the program, the Nitro Girls dance in the ring wearing black and glitter.

When Schiavone mentions that the nWo parody will not be shown again, Eric Bischoff sprints to the broadcast table and claims to have some serious "stroke."

The parody plays, and my cheesesteak starts to rise up. As "Hennig" emerges, Mongo yells out "cut that crap off RIGHT NOW." We then return to the broadcast table where the Four Horsemen stand. Mongo then calls out the nWo, and the Horsemen head to the ring. While the Horsemen stand tall, the nWo fails to appear.

Next, "Mean" Gene Okerlund enters the ring to interview them. When Mongo begins to talk, the Milwaukee faithful boo him due to his Bears jacket. Benoit then states "it's time to stand and deliver." As Flair mentions his embarrassment about the parody, he refers to Arn as a "legend" and cuts a passionate yet awesome promo on the nWo.

After a commercial break, Mongo has ditched the Bears jacket so that the Milwaukee faithful will cheer him. Suddenly, WCW Security Director Doug Dellinger informs them that they must exit the ring. BOOOOOOOOOOOOO! Before he leaves, Flair calls out the nWo again.

Match 1: Eddie Guerrero versus Rey Mysterio, Jr.


Rating: ***1/2

Summary: Really good match that makes me want to see more. Care to do this on PPV, gentlemen?

Valvoline sponsors the replay.

While Schiavone runs down the upcoming Nitro tour, the Nitro Girls dance in the ring wearing black t-shirts and white short-shorts. They then remove the t-shirts to reveal halter tops and swirl the t-shirts overhead. Next, Schiavone shills the Nitro Party contest.

At the entrance, Okerlund interviews DDP who wants to earn some respect against Luger in the ring. Luger emerges, stares down DDP, and accepts his challenge.

On WCW Saturday Night, Mongo defends the US title. Also, Uncle Eddie and nephew Chavo go one-on-one. Lastly, Scott Hall wrestles Luger in the main event. Check it out!

Prior to the next match, we revisit last week's show when Disco interfered during Morrus' match against Alex Wright.

Match 2: Disco Inferno versus Hugh Morrus


Rating: *½

Summary: Despite the interference from Wright, Morrus persevered.

After the match, Wright retrieves his belt and wraps it around his waist. As he assists Disco to his feet, Disco shoves Wright. The love-hate relationship continues.

Members of the nWo parody team emerge through the entrance, and Syxx insults the Four Horsemen. As Nash states he's too busy to deal with the Horsemen, Bagwell stops sipping coffee long enough to volunteer, and K-Dogg also submits his name. Methinks Bagwell's got a cup of Kickapoo.

Prior to the next match, Eddie tells Brad that he wants tonight's shot at Jericho.

Match 3 for the WCW Cruiserweight title: “Lionheart” Chris Jericho versus Brad Armstrong


Rating: *½

Summary: It seems that Eddie can't wait until the PPV on Sunday.

After the match, Eddie gives Jericho a cross corner whip, but Jericho powerbombs him. He then hooks the LionTamer, but Brad saves Eddie's bacon.

HOUR #2!

Nitro Girls dance at the entrance wearing silver and white.

Prior to the next match, we revisit the destruction of Dillon by Hogan last week.

Bischoff leads Hollywood Hogan to the ring. As Hogan dismisses Flair as "the man," he notes that no one attacks Bischoff any longer. He then challenges Sting to a title match TONIGHT. Following that, Sting repels from the ceiling and crumbles upon hitting the floor. Interestingly, the nWo helps him into the ring. Relax! It's just a mannequin, and Hogan humiliates and leg-drops it. While Bischoff dons a referee's shirt, Hogan delivers another leg drop and pins it. Oh, brother.

Lee Marshall then delivers the 1-800-COLLECT road report from "Charlotte, NC." Knowing Lee, he'd take a right turn into the NASCAR Hall of Fame.

Match 4: The Steiners (w/ Ted DiBiase) versus Faces of Fear


Rating: **

Summary: Convoluted finish meant to serve as an appetizer for the PPV because Harlem Heat squares off against the Steiners while Faces of Fear face Wrath and Mortis.

Match 5: Scott Hall versus Super Calo


Rating: ½*

Summary: Showcase match for Hall.

After the match, Ray Traylor comes to the ring and brawls with Hall. He then gives Hall a spinebuster, and Vincent hits the ring. While Vincent eats some Traylor Trash, Traylor dumped him over the top rope to the floor. Hogan comes to the ring and distracts Traylor. As you might expect, that allowed Hall to nail Traylor from behind and deliver the Outsider Edge. Hogan and Hall then spray-paint and mock him.

At the entrance, the Nitro Girls dance in their silver and white outfits again.

Match 6: Dean Malenko versus Psicosis (w/ Sonny Onoo)


Rating: *

Summary: Showcase match for Malenko.

After the match, Jarrett and Debra emerge, and Jarrett challenges Malenko. When Malenko chases after him, Jarrett heads for the hills. Debra then gets in Malenko's face and refers to him as a "little troll." Debra then cuts a promo on him.

In the ring, Okerlund interviews the NEW acting Chairman of the WCW Executive Committee--"Rowdy" Roddy Piper. He then congratulates Piper on his new position, and Piper makes an Animal House reference. While Piper mentions his previous tenure as WWF interim President, he decrees three things:

  1. Before the end of the year, Hogan will defend the World title against Sting.
  2. Piper challenges Hogan to a steel cage match at Halloween Havoc '97.
  3. Luger and DDP will be removed from WarGames and replaced by the Four Horsemen.


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Match 7: “Nature Boy” Ric Flair & Curt Hennig versus Buff Bagwell & K-Dogg


Rating: **

Summary: Albeit at times sloppy, the Milwaukee faithful enjoyed a Horseman victory.

After the match, Mongo and Benoit embrace their fellow Horsemen.

Promo airs for the Nitro party contest.

Match 8: The “Total Package” Lex Luger versus Diamond Dallas Page (w/ Kimberly)


Rating: NONE

Summary: A decent tease by WCW to see if either wrestler would change his stripes.

After the match, DDP and Luger fight the nWo 2-on-5 until Giant joins them. Cheeseheads fill the ring while Giant chokeslams Vincent. After Giant clotheslines him over the top rope to the floor, he brawls with Norton on the floor.

As Luger and DDP stand tall, Hall and Savage retreat wearing cheeseheads. Luger and DDP screw up a handshake but embrace instead.

Conclusion: Are you ready for the PPV? Nitro performed its job properly by advertising and/or teasing the match-ups for the PPV. Seeing the Horsemen gain a minor victory over the nWo provides a little comfort after the heartbreaking parody nonsense. Also, the Luger-DDP pissing contest is over, and all is well again. If this show is notable for anything, however, it's the Miller High Life-infused moron who becomes a victim to the diminutive yet scrappy Mark Curtis.

What’s on RAW is WAR?

TV Rating: 4.3

Stay tuned for RAW Is WAR 09-08-97!

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