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Monday Nitro (12/11/95)

Posted: August 30, 2013 by Brendan Wahl in Wrestling Reviews
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PHOENIX, AZ (America West Arena)

 

MONDAY NITRO (12/11/95)

Commentators:

Eric Bischoff
Bobby “The Brain” Heenan
Steve “Mongo” McMichael

 

Eddy Guerrero vs. Mr. J.L. 

J.L. is Jerry Lynn, by the way. My tape joins this match in progress for some reason with Eddy hooking an an abdominal stretch. Lynn hiptosses out of it but Eddy catches him with a modified atomic drop. JL then catches him with a headscissors takedown to the outside but Eddy comes back in with an impressive armdrag takedown. JL takes Eddy out again with a dropkick and a big sommersault plancha takes him down. Back in, he gets a two count. Suplex gets two. Eddy goes for a victory roll but JL reverses and Eddy reverses THAT for the pin at 2:55. I can’t really rate it since I didn’t have the entire match but I liked what I DID see.

WINNER by PINFALL: Eddy Guerrero

Lex Luger & Jimmy Hart chat with “Mean” gene as Jimmy sings Luger’s praises and guarantees him victory at Starrcade in the triangle match while Luger talks about all the victories he has over the World Champion.

Disco Inferno vs. Mr. Wonderful

Okay, so who’s the face here? Both of them have “annoying” theme songs, which actually makes the entrances hilarious to watch. Orndorff’s theme is so ridiculously obnoxious, which I guess makes him slightly more heel. Disco is all over Wonderful to start off and takes him to the buckles. Paul fights back though with right hands, an inverted atomic drop and elbow to the head. Boogie woogie elbowdrop is oversold by Disco followed by a VICIOUS-looking back suplex for the win at 2:22. Wow, he squashed poor Disco. ¼*

WINNER by PINFALL: Mr. Wonderful

“Mean” Gene interviews three of the four Horsemen in Arn Anderson, Ric Flair, and Flyin’ Brian to chat about the big tag team main event against Hogan & Sting tonight. Mr. Wonderful interrupts the interview to tell Flair and Arn he respects them but calls Pillman a snot-nosed punk and that he’s only a horseman because Orndorff is NOT one. Brian slaps Orndorff across the face for calling him an errand boy, thus forcing Flair and Arn to have to separate them. Of course, Flair and Arn take some shots at Orndorff as well. Flair and Arn even give Orndorff a spike piledriver onto the floor. OUCH.

“Hacksaw” Jim Duggan vs. Lex Luger [w/Jimmy Hart]

Oh God, I forgot about Hacksaw still being around at this time… and in fact, he would remain with WCW for years after this as well. Lex stalls but Duggan is all over him. He takes the Total Package to the buckles a couple of times as we take a look at Paul Orndorff getting tended to by EMTs in the aisle after that nasty piledriver. Back in the ring, Duggan hiptosses Luger and clotheslines him down, followed by a pair of elbowdrops. Front facelock is applied but Lex fights out with right hands and gets clotheslined again. Jimmy Hart distracts the ref and grabs Duggan’s 2X4 and of course Hacksaw stupidly goes over to him… and gets nailed from behind by Lex. Torture Rack and sayonara at 2:43. DUD of course.

WINNER by SUBMISSION: Lex Luger

“Mean” Gene interviews World Heavyweight Champion “Macho Man” Randy Savage regarding his match against Tenzan at Starrcade and his title defense against the winner of the triangle match along with facing the Giant next week on Nitro.

Hulk Hogan/Sting vs. Ric Flair/Arn Anderson

Sting and Arn start things off as the Enforcer grabs a headlock. He gets a fireman’s carry and then the two square off again to a number of “WOOOOOO” chants and cheers. Arn goes to work on Sting’s back but the Stinger military press slams Anderson and Hogan gets a cheapshot on him. Wow, this crowd does NOT like Hulk. Arn tags Flair and the crowd goes nuts. These fans rule. Hulk takes over to start and then no-sells some chops from Flair as per usual. Hogan then gets a backdrop on Ric and Sting claps Flair’s ears after he does his Flair Flip spot. Arn comes in but Hogan chokes him and clotheslines him in the corner. Flair is back in now and gets an eyerake to take over followed by a tag to Anderson. They go to work on the Hulkster’s arm but he takes Ric down with a clothesline and tags in Sting, who press slams Flair right away. Big dropkick puts Flair down for two. They go through a nice little wrestling sequence and Sting backslides Flair for two. Sting goes for the ten punches in the corner but Flair comes out of the corner with an atomic drop and in comes Arn. Sting quickly slams him off the top and it’s Scorpion Death Lock time! Flair comes in to break it up but Sting catches HIM in the hold… and then Arn DDTs the Stinger! Sweet spot there. Suddenly, Luger shows up and attacks Hogan, putting him in the Torture Rack outside the ring before leaving again.Back in the ring, Flair and Arn work over Sting’s leg. Flair drops a knee on it and then brings Arn in for more punishment. Sting valiantly fights back but Hogan is still out as a result of Luger’s attack. Finally, Hulk gets to the apron but the heels continue to work over Sting’s leg. Flair gets the Figure Four locked on but Sting eventually drags him over to Hogan and makes the hot tag but of course the referee didn’t see it. Flair continues to work on the knee and then hammers away on Sting but he starts to no-sell it and then slams Ric off the top rope for a two count. Flair tags Arn but Sting doesn’t make it to his corner. Sting comes back with a facebuster though and FINALLY makes the tag to Hogan. BAHAHAHA, Hogan comes in and immediately takes the spinebuster. He no-sells it of course though and boots Arn, drops the leg, and gets the win in 13:27. *** ½, solid tag match here.

WINNERS by PINFALL (Hogan over Anderson): Hulk Hogan/Sting

Luger makes the save for Sting but Sting shoves him away so HE can make the save for Hogan. And now here’s Savage, who Sting decks with a right hand. Hogan acts as peacemaker and the “Hogan sucks” chants start up. Haha, fuck Hulk Hogan. Cue “Mean” Gene to interview all three of them as Sting apologizes for hitting Savage in the heat of the battle. Hogan backs up Sting and notes that the Stinger saved Hulk’s rear end tonight. They all agree to stick together.

OVERALL: Another darn good main event saves this one from mediocrity. This Starrcade PPV coming up actually looks pretty promising as they’re taking the time during the matches to mention which WCW guys are taking on which New Japan guys and we also have the triangle match and subsequent World Title match coming up as well.

TOTAL WRESTLING TIME: 21:27

Monday Nitro (12/4/95)

Posted: August 28, 2013 by Brendan Wahl in Wrestling Reviews
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PHOENIX, AZ (America West Arena)

 

MONDAY NITRO (12/4/95)

Commentators:
Eric Bischoff
Bobby “The Brain” Heenan
Steve “Mongo” McMichael

WCW Tag Team Title Match

Harlem Heat © [w/Sister Sherri] vs. American Males

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