PHOENIX, AZ (America West Arena)
MONDAY NITRO (12/4/95)
Bobby “The Brain” Heenan
Steve “Mongo” McMichael
WCW Tag Team Title Match
The American Males are Buff Bagwell and Scotty Riggs with the worst theme music of ALL-TIME. Riggs and Stevie Ray start things off with Stevie pounding on the little prettyboy. Riggs uses a couple of dropkicks for a 1 count and then wrenches on the arm but Ray pretty much no-sells it and gets a side slam. Booker is in now and gets taken down with a forearm. Tag to Bagwell as the challengers do some decent double-teaming on both members of the Heat. Booker soon gets the upper hand though … and gets rolled up for two. Now it’s Bagwell’s turn to go to work on the arm while Col. Parker appears in the aisle with a present, presumably for Sherri. Riggs now plays face-in-peril (even though the crowd could give a shit about him) as Stevie powerslams him. Back to the outside of the ring as Parker gives Sherri the present and I guess it’s a ring! Back in the ring, Booker gets a side kick for two. To the arm we go. And back to the dumb shit as Parker and Sherri walk away arm-in-arm. Stevie gets a back suplex on Riggs for two. Booker is back in with some kind of spinning pump kick and the crowd is CLEARLY behind Harlem Heat. Riggs gets an out-of-nowhere cradle for a one count. Sunset flip gets two. Harlem Heat continue double-teaming Riggs and Booker gets a horrible side slam on him. Top-rope move hits Scotty’s knees and the hot (?) tag is made to Bagwell. HOUSE O’ FIRE! Bagwell gets a fisherman suplex for two and now all four guys are in. The champs take over again and Booker gets the Harlem Hangover for the win at 7:47. It was okay… **.
WINNERS by PINFALL (Booker over Bagwell) AND STILL Tag Team Champions: Harlem Heat
“Mean” Gene chats with Sting and Luger in the aisle as apparently Sting, Luger, and Flair are gonna have a triangle match at Starrcade. Sting tells Luger that he has a good shot at becoming the World Champion tonight and that when Sting wins the triangle match, he’ll have the shot at potential new champion, Lex Luger. The Total Package announces that he WILL win the title tonight and re-iterates that the triangle match will be every man for himself.
Sting vs. Kurosawa
Parker is not with Kurosawa because he’s making out with Sherri somewhere, I assume. Ew. Sting starts off quick with a dropkick and knocks Kurosawa to the outside. Sting gets dragged to the outside though and takes a pounding before getting thrown back into the ring. Kurosawa kicks Sting and screams a lot. Yep. He tries to break Sting’s arm for a while and then chops him in the corner but Sting fights back and rams him into opposite turnbuckles. Stinger Splash connects and then the Scorpion Death Lock is applied for the submission in 2:38. ½* for what was barely even a match.
WINNER by SUBMISSION: Sting
Starrcade promo which will feature New Japan stars going up against WCW guys in some of the matches.
Scott “Flash” Norton vs. The Giant [w/Jimmy Hart & the Taskmaster]
Well, this should be quick. Stalemate to start as no one can get the power advantage right away until Giant shoulderblocks Norton down. Norton gets slammed down with ease and then Giant clubs away in a very Andre-like manner. To the shock of everyone, Norton actually gives the Giant an atomic drop and delivers a headbutt and a few right hands but the Giant just seems to be absorbing the blows. Clotheslines do nothing so Norton heads up top… and jumps right into the chokeslam for the pin in 2:44. Well, Norton lasted longer than I thought he would last. DUD
WINNER by PINFALL: The Giant
For some reason, Charles Barkley (WOW, he was skinny back then!) shows up with Ric Flair and seems to be having a ball watching Flair just be Flair. Once they get in the ring, “Mean” Gene asks Barkley if he’ll be a new tag team partner. Well, he can’t be any worse than Rodman. Barkley praises Flair to some heel heat and then Ric does his usual great rant of a promo.
WCW World Heavyweight Title Match
“Macho Man” Randy Savage © vs. Lex Luger [w/Jimmy Hart]
These guys have faced each other like four times since Nitro began. Luger begs off to start and then asks for a handshake but Macho is all “fuck you” and chokes him. Luger comes back with a clothesline that knocks Savage to the outside and he is clearly already favouring the injured arm. Savage catches Luger with a shot to the gut on the outside and takes over, nailing the challenger with a double axehandle back in the ring for two. Lex reverses a suplex but misses that elbowdrop that never hits, which causes Savage to work over *Luger’s* arm. We go to a break and when we come back, Savage is working over Luger’s arm outside the ring. Savage rolls him back in and applies an armbar to the now-injured arm of Luger. I like the psychology here with Savage avenging his injured arm by attempting to cause Luger the same amount of pain by going after his arm as well. Savage gets an inside cradle for two and then goes right back to the arm again. Back to the outside they go and this match has been basically all Savage. Luger finally gains control after the Macho Man misses a dive and hits the guardrail. Luger rolls Savage back in and stomps away but Savage fights back with right hands and a choke on the top rope. Luger goes to the eyes and Savage slaps the ref thinking that it’s Luger but thankfully we don’t go to a DQ over that as the finish. Clothesline puts Savage down for two as Luger continues to sell the arm fairly well for Luger’s standards. A bunch of elbowdrops get Luger a near fall and a big knee lift takes him down as well. More elbows and another two count. Savage makes a comeback and we get a double knockout spot with both men colliding with each other. Savage gets a two count. The announcers are putting over the fact that the wrestlers still wrestle whether they hurt or not, which is definitely something we are MUCH more aware of now… and not necessarily in a good way. Anyway, Savage takes control again and clotheslines Luger down for 2 as we see that Jimmy Hart took off a turnbuckle. Savage sends Luger to the exposed steel as well, which somehow takes the ref out. Flying Elbowdrop connects but there’s no ref. Savage goes after Jimmy Hart but here comes Flair with a brass knucks shot to Savage. Jimmy drags Luger on top of Savage all the while Hulk Hogan arrives and chases after Flair back into the ring. The ref finally gets back in but Hogan breaks up the count for the DQ at 13:56. Hulk then smacks Luger and Jimmy Hart’s heads together but Sting runs in the way of a right hand meant for Lex, which causes some tension. *** ¼, I liked this one quite a bit despite a slow pace because the psychology was real good.
WINNER by DISQUALIFICATION: Lex Luger
Hogan asks if Sting has got his back next week in their big tag match against Arn Anderson and Ric Flair and wants to know what the deal is with Sting and Luger’s friendship. Sting tells Hogan that he’s on their side and he’s just trying to straighten out Lex right now because they are best friends. Savage mentions that he’s the one that warned everyone about Luger in the first place and Sting does his best to defend Lex’s actions in the most logical way possible. Hogan tells Sting to keep Luger out of his face and the Stinger says he will do his best to keep him out of Hogan and Savage’s way.
OVERALL: The main event really had a big hand in making this a decent episode. Much like Hogan/Sting a while back, this main event had an ‘epic’ feeling to it and was easily the best of the Luger/Savage WCW series thus far.
TOTAL WRESTLING TIME: 27:05