Taped from Augusta, GA

Airdate: December 25, 1995 (taped 12/18)

Attendance: 8,100 (3,000 paid)

Hosted by Eric Bischoff, Bobby “The Brain” Heenan, and Steve “Mongo” McMichael

Opening montage.

In celebration of the Christmas episode Nitro is brought to you by Totino’s. Thanks WWE Network!

Match 1: “The Total Package” Lex Luger (w/ Jimmy Hart) versus Scotty Riggs


Rating: *

Summary: Luger’s lack of enthusiasm during the match didn’t help his being showcased here.

By the entrance “Mean” Gene Okerlund interviews Sting with some unexpected fireworks. He infuriates Sting regarding Luger. While the World Cup tournament at Starrcade was mentioned what wasn’t mentioned was that Sting was going to face US Champion Kensuke Sasaki.

Match 2: Sting versus Big Bubba Rogers


Rating: *

Summary: That star is simply for the innovative finish.

By the entrance Gene interviews Luger with Hart. While Luger again claims to be the uncrowned WCW World champion Sting looks on incredulously. Meanwhile Sergeant Craig “Pitbull” Pittman interrupts and requests Hart to be his manager. Hart turns him down making a Marines joke.

Match 3: Dean Malenko versus Mr. JL


Rating: ***

Summary: Encore! Encore! Give me more of that stuff! Check this out! As a matter of fact Lynn did break his arm here. What a shame! In his shoot interview Lynn expressed that he didn’t want to take the move, but Dean and Eddie Guerrero were insistent.

By the entrance Gene interviews Flair and flubs his lines. Hart interrupts Flair in mid-promo and apologizes to him. Next he requests to be his manager tonight, and Flair accepts.

Be sure to catch Starrcade ’95 this Wednesday only on PPV!

Match 4 for the WCW World title: “Macho Man” Randy Savage (champion) versus “Nature Boy” Ric Flair


Rating: ****

Summary: I could watch these guys wrestle all day long. I wonder if this match is merely a template for the main event of the PPV. Hmmm.

After the match as Savage and Luger are brawling Sting runs in, Subsequently Flair attacks him. In retaliation Sting hits a Stinger splash on Flair then gives him a gorilla press slam. Savage and Sting dispatch Luger and Flair then bump into one another. Savage strikes first then shoving and slapping transpires. The show ends with both men staring eye-to-eye and nose-to-nose.

Conclusion: Um…I realize there’s a PPV in a couple of days, but highlighting just the triangle match that leads up to the main event is only part of the show. I don’t have high hopes for a good buyrate for this Wednesday night show.

With that being said, the second half of this show was very exciting. The fans in Augusta got way more than their money’s worth with the two Nitro telecasts they witnessed. Check this out!

TV Rating: 2.50

In other news during this week in wrestling history:

  1. Do you recall my saying something about Missy Hyatt’s lawsuit against WCW back around Starrcade ’93? Well, it finally settled in December 1995. According to Missy Hyatt: First Lady of Wrestling, she could not disclose the confidential elements but said the money was more than satisfactory.
  2. Would “Mean” Gene lie? On the WCW hotline he reported that a Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat retirement ceremony would take place on 1/1 at the Omni in Atlanta. Due to legal pressure Gene retracted this story stating that Steamboat was no longer affiliated with WCW. Tsk, tsk, Gene.
  3. Do you remember that “Nature Boy” Buddy Landel wrestled on last week’s RAW? Well, the next night he wrestled Bret “Hitman” Hart for the WWF title and lost. Unfortunately upon exiting the arena he either blew out his knee or tore his quad knocking him out of action.
  4. Also a certain “Superstar” was making some serious waves doing promos in ECW. Check one of them out! Who knows? He may make an appearance again in the Monday Night War very soon.

See you next time for Starrcade ‘95!

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