Live from Chattanooga, TN

Airdate: September 2, 1996

Attendance: 5,893 (5,180 paid)

Hosted by Tony Schiavone, Larry Zbyszko, Eric Bischoff, and Bobby “The Brain” Heenan

Opening montage.

It’s the one-year anniversary for Nitro! Let’s pop the champagne!

Prior to the first match, we revisit last week’s episode when the nWo spray-painted Turner Broadcasting’s trucks. Afterward, the “Million Dollar Man” Ted DiBiase showed up in the Palmetto crowd.

Match 1: Diamond Dallas Page versus “Das Wunderkind” Alex Wright


Rating: ***

Summary: Good opener as both men showed off their repertoires. DDP is ready for Chavo at Fall Brawl.

In the aisle, “Mean” Gene Okerlund interviews referee Nick Patrick who questions why people are challenging his integrity. He even pointed out Randy Anderson’s gaffe at the Clash.

Ad for the WCW Monday Nitro denim button-down shirts. I WANT ONE!

In the locker room, Okerlund interviews Sister Sherri and Colonel Parker. Sherri then opens a present from Parker--a leather vest. The second present is leather chaps for riding Parker’s horse. Uh…I question the validity of that story. Sherri is ecstatic!

Match 2 for the WCW World tag team titles: Harlem Heat (champions w/o Sister Sherri & Col. Parker) versus Greg “The Hammer” Valentine & Buddy Valentino


Rating: *

Summary: Showcase match for the tag champs.

1-800-COLLECT sponsors the replay.

In the aisle, Okerlund interviews Harlem Heat. Unlike last week, Harlem will defend the tag titles against the Nasty Boys rather than the Steiners. After Harlem Heat calls them out, the Nasty Boys ambush them. As the crowd chants “Nasty,” they deliver a spike piledriver to Booker T.

Dear Lord, the doggone Glacier promo airs. C’mon, Bubba, remove this guy like a grease spot.

Match 3: Dean Malenko versus “Lionheart” Chris Jericho


Rating: ****

Summary: Wow! I didn’t expect that outcome. These guys did a phenomenal job of wrestling while keeping the crowd involved.

Video on both Mysterio and Super Calo to promote their upcoming match at Fall Brawl.

On WCW Saturday Night, the Blue Bloods explode as Eaton faces Taylor. Mongo versus Tenta was advertised but did not occur.

Match 4: Giant (w/ Jimmy Hart) versus Brad Armstrong


Rating: *1/2

Summary: Crowd was very supportive of Giant here. But I wonder why he was so out of character here.


More black and white footage of a Hogan promo. He cuts a promo against WCW for WarGames then parodies his own Right Guard commercial with “anything less would be…civilized.”


The second hour begins with fireworks! Once again, we revisit the graffiti by the nWo followed by DiBiase’s appearance then wrap it up with the nWo ambush at the end of the program.

Match 5: “Macho Man” Randy Savage versus Ron Studd


Rating: *

Summary: Showcase match for Savage.

After the match, Okerlund interviews Savage in the ring who wishes tonight was Halloween Havoc because he wants to hurt Hogan really badly. He then guarantees victories against both Giant and Hogan in the upcoming PPVs. That’s NEVER a safe bet.

Prior to the next match, the Four Horsemen run out to the limousine, but it’s empty. Evidently, the nWo must be in the building!

Ad for Fall Brawl on September 15 only on PPV.

Match 6: The Steiners versus the “Total Package” Lex Luger & Sting


Rating: NONE

Summary: The evil Nick Patrick controversy continues. Scott’s hip wouldn’t be ready anyway.

After the match, Sting and Luger chase Patrick backstage.

Match 7 (eight-man): “Nature Boy” Ric Flair, the “Enforcer” Arn Anderson, the “Crippler” Chris Benoit, & Mongo McMichael (w/ Woman, Elizabeth, and Debra) versus the Taskmaster, Bubba Rogers, Meng, & Barbarian (w/ Jimmy Hart)


Rating: ***

Summary: Exciting match that actually had an outcome. Where’s the nWo?

Oh, there they are! Hall rams Barbarian face-first into the steps then nails Flair. Hogan then nails Flair too as Nash hammers Rogers. Hogan then nails Anderson to a babyface reaction. Here comes Giant! Tenay exclaims “Thank God for the Giant!” As he looks at each member of the nWo, Giant then chokeslams Barbarian! WE HAVE A HEEL TURN! Next, he chokeslams Meng.

Afterward, Giant hugs Nash. But before he can chokeslam Rogers, Savage comes out with a chair and nails Nash and Hall, Hogan tackles Savage, and the numbers catch up to him. Hogan then nails Savage with the chair. To cement his turn, Giant chokeslams Savage and gets booed. Following that, Hogan delivers a series of leg drops to Savage. Later, he spray-paints a yellow streak down Savage’s back.

Once again, they take over the broadcast table as Giant explains his turn. Hogan destroys the set and spits on it. The Horsemen and Dungeon return to fight but still lose the battle. That seems a little hard to believe. Giant and Hogan then sing Flair’s tagline but associate with the nWo. They then destroy the announce table. Savage actually receives assistance from the Dungeon back to the locker room as the program ends. What an incredible ending!

Conclusion: According to Meltzer, WCW was seeking to duplicate last year’s feat of signing away a WWF wrestler at the final hour, but the wrestler in question, Davey Boy Smith, signed another contract with the WWF. With the promise of a fifth member, the nWo was augmented with Giant instead of Smith so that they kept their televised promise. Since the announcers had been saying that Savage thought that Giant dropped the ball at Hog Wild, the turn makes sense. Yet again, I’m truly excited to see what happens next!

TV Rating: 4.30

Stay tuned for WWF RAW Championship Friday!

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