WCW Monday Nitro 09/10/95

WCW Monday Nitro 09/10/95:

We open Nitro with footage of Hogan getting his moustache shaved off last week at the hands of Kevin Sullivan and The Giant.

Eric Bischoff welcomes us to this weeks edition of Nitro, like always he is joined by Steve McMichael and Bobby Hennan. Sting comes out the announce desk and he wants the issue between Randy Savage and Lex Luger to be resolved. He lets us know later in the night he will have an answer to the issue.

Sting vs. Shark

Shark attacks Sting at the bell with clubbing blows. Shark hits a bodyslam followed by an elbow drop and a leg drop for a 2 count. Shark whips Sting to the corner but misses a splash, Sting hits two Stinger Splashes followed by a flying cross body block off the top rope for the 3 count.

Match Thoughts: Nothing match, only used to get the crowd warmed up. 1/2*

We get a replay of what went down last week with Hulk Hogan, Kevin Sullivan and The Giant.

Sabu vs. Mr. J.L.
Mr. J.L is Jerry Lynn from ECW.

Sabu jumps Lynn before the bell. Sabu bodyslams Lynn to the mat and hits a somersault leg drop from the apron into the ring. Sabu sits Lynn up and comes off the middle rope with a flying leg lariat for 2. Sabu locks in a headlock on Lynn, Lynn gets up and reverses an irish whip and connects with a flying back elbow. Lynn whips Sabu off the ropes and kicks him to the outside, Lynn follows up a flying plancha to the outside. Lynn gets back into the ring, Sabu climbs to the apron and flips into the ring over Lynn and comes off the ropes with a spinning wheel kick that sends Lynn to the outside. Sabu nails Lynn with a summersault plancha, Sabu throws Lynn into the guardrail and sets up a chair. Sabu leaps off the chair and hits Air Sabu on Lynn who is against the guardrail. Lynn gets onto the apron, Sabu attempts to suplex him into the ring but Lynn is able to float over and hit a nice bridging german suplex for a 2 count. Lynn whips Sabu into the corner and follows up with a dropkick. Sabu whips Lynn to the corner and hits a clothesline off the ropes. Sabu turns Lynn over and hits a springboard moonsault across the back and locks in the Camel Clutch. Sabu gets crotched on the top rope and Lynn hits a rope assisted DDT for 2. Lynn climbs up to but gets caught with a punch by Sabu, Sabu tries for a hurricarana but Lynn holds on to the top rope, Lynn jumps off the top rope and gets caught in a powerbomb, Sabu locks in the camel clutch and gets the tap out victory.

Match Thoughts: Very good match between to future ECW legends. Good back and forth match with some great highspots. ***

After the match Sabu throws Lynn to the apron and hits a sunset flip powerbomb from the apron to the floor!

We head to the ring with Gene who is with Sting and Lex Luger. Gene wants to know what Stings solution is to the problem between Savage and Luger. Sting says that he needs the Macho Man to be out here first. Out comes Randy Savage to join Sting and Luger in the ring. Sting says that they need to listen to him as The Giant is winning everything at the moment. Savage wants to know why The Giant hasn’t gotten his hands on Sting yet. Sting says that Savage is paranoid, he says that all three of them want to be the Heavyweight Champion. Sting tells Savage to shut up and just listen. Sting says at Halloween Havoc Luger is facing Meng and Savage is facing Kamala. Sting says that if Luger and Savage win their respective matches they should go at it. Savage says he likes it, Luger says he wants a rematch with Savage but not at Halloween Havoc as he has a big match with Meng and tells Sting to stop putting words in his mouth. Sting says that he is tired of babysitting Luger and wants an answer if Luger is up to the match or not. Luger says that he will accept the match.

We get a shot of a limo arriving to the arena and we see Chris Benoit get out!!!!! Oh yeah, thats who i’ve been waiting for. Awesome.

Back inside the arena we see Disco Machine dancing in the aisle way. Suddenly Big Bubba Rogers music starts playing, Disco pulls out a boom box playing his music and he continues to dance. Hawk comes out and scares Disco. Disco grabs someones hat and puts it on one of the spikes on Hawks gear.

Hawk vs. Big Bubba Rogers

Bubba attacks before the bell while Hawk was looking at Disco. Bubba hits a big splash in the corner and follows up with punches. Bubba continues to punch away at Hawk, Hawk whips Bubba to the corner but he slides out of the ring. Bubba comes straight back in and misses a clothesline but connects with a big boot. Bubba runs right into a powerslam from Hawk. Disco is now dancing on the apron, Hawk grabs at Disco ripping his shirt off. Hawk goes after Disco in the aisle way slamming him against the guardrail. Hawk realises to late and gets counted out giving Big Bubba Rogers the win.

Match Thoughts: Not very good at all. I don’t really enjoy Hawk or Animal in singles matches. Very lame ending as well. 1/4*

Mean Gene is in the ring again and introduces Hulk Hogan to some very loud boos. Hogan comes out in all black gear as opposed to his usual Yellow and Red. Hulk says that he is in all black as the games are over and he now knows the rules. Hulk says that he beat up Andre and he will also beat up his son (The Giant, a very lame angle WCW used). Hulk says that The Giant wants to knock down all of the little Hulkamaniacs, Hulk says that he wants The Giant right now. We get live footage outside the arena and we see The Giant, The Zodiac and Kevin Sullivan in a monster truck! Hogan says if The Giant cant get into the arena then he will go to The Giant. Hogan leaves the ring.

Eric Bischoff hypes Halloween Havoc and the Monster Truck match followed by the WCW World Heavyweight Title Match.

Steve McMichael, Bobby Hennan and Eric Bischoff continue to hype Halloween Havoc. Two police officers whisper something into Bischoffs ear, Eric lets us know that the police are keeping Hogan and The Giant separated.

Ric Flair vs. Arn Anderson (Cage Match)

Lock up to start and Arn catches Flair with a knee. Flair comes back with chops and punches that knock Arn down to the mat. Arn reverses a whip to the corner and catches Flair with a back body drop. Arn sends Flair head first into the cage, he kicks and chokes away at Flair. Arn throws Flair into the cage again as we head to a commercial. Oh come on.

Back from break and we see Flair in control with chops, Arn is able to reverse a whip and catch Flair in a spinebuster for a 1 count!!. Arn rakes Flair across the top rope, Flair with a big chop that knocks Arn down. Flair throws Arn into the cage twice and then rakes his face across the cage. Flair punches away at Arn who is stuck between the ropes and the cage. Flair goes to throw Arn into the cage but Arn is able to reverse and throw Flair to the cage. Arn now rakes Flairs head against the cage, Flair knocks Arn down with a right hand. Flair hits a nice delayed suplex on Arn. Brian Pillman comes out from the back and climbs to the top of the cage, Flair catches him there and punches him off the cage. Flair hits an axe handle on Arn followed by a shin breaker. Flair goes to lock on the figure four but Arn punches him in the face and covers for the 1-2-3. We see a replay of the finish which shows Arn had some brass knuckles on when he punched Flair.

Match Thoughts: Criminally short match for these two, especially give it was a cage match. Nevertheless, it was still excellent. I don’t think these two can have a bad match together. ***

Flair goes to the announce booth and takes Bischoffs headset. Flair says that he wants to fight both Arn and Pillman next week, he says that he will try and find a partner.

Show Thoughts: A very up and down show this week. Two very good matches and two very bad matches. Its good to see the Flair vs. Arn and Pillman storyline continues on and even better to see Chris Benoit debut. The Hulk Hogan vs. The Giant feud just keeps dragging on. Thumbs in the middle.

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WCW Monday Nitro 04/09/1995

So here it is, the first review in what will be the most comprehensive coverage of the Monday Night Wars. I will be starting the reviews with WCW Nitro on September 4th 1995 and working my way through the good and the bad (in some cases, extremely bad) and ending on the final WCW Nitro, March 26th 2001.

WCW Monday Nitro September 4th 1995.

We open up the debut episode of Nitro with some aerial shots of the Mall of America.

We head inside the Mall of America where Eric Bischoff opens the show and introduces us to his co-hosts Steve McMichael and Bobby Hennan.

Jushin Liger vs. Brian Pillman

Great way to start the debut episode of Nitro. The cruiserweight division was and still is something the WWF couldn’t get a grasp off.

Lock up to start, Pillman with an arm wringer, which liger rolls through on and kips up into his own arm wringer. Liger grabs a headlock on Pillman, irish whip sends Pillman into the corner and Liger charges with a rolling wheel kick. Liger chops Pillman in the corner, irish whip reversal sends Liger to the corner who floats over Pillman and runs to the opposite corner and comes off the ropes with a moonsault for a 2 count. Liger grabs a headlock on the mat on Pillman, Pillman fights out the the headlock. Both guys end up in the corner again, and Liger chops away on Pillman. Liger whips Pillman into the opposite corner, but Pillman catches Liger with a headscissors take over. Pillman with chops to Liger in the corner. Irish whip by Pillman is reversed and Pillman gets sent into the corner, Pillman gets his foot up into the face of a charging Liger, Pillman climbs to the top rope, and hits a botched headscissors for a 2 count. Snap mare by Pillman, who applies a seated abdominal stretch, which he rolls into a 2 count. Irish whip by Pillman is reversed, Liger hits a drop toe hold, and locks in the surfboard on Pillman. Liger whips Pillman into the ropes, but Pillman reversers into a headscissors, Liger is groggy against the ropes, Pillman charges and Ligers back drops Pillman over the top rope and onto the floor. Liger heads out onto the apron, and hits a somersault plancha onto Pillman. Pillman back onto the apron, Liger attempts to suplex Pillman into the ring, but Pillman reverses that into a suplex from the ring to the floor. Pillman heads up to the top rope and hits a cross body on Liger on the floor. Pillman throws Liger into the ring, Pillman heads to the top but gets crotched on the top rope by Liger. Liger hits a suplex off the top rope for a 2 count. Liger now heads up top and comes off with a cross body attempt but Pillman hits a dropkick in mid air for a 2 count. Chops by Pillman, Liger hits a big powerbomb for a 2 count. Liger takes Pillman unto the top rope and hits a hurricarana off the top for 2!! Liger signals for one more and puts Pillman up top again, Pillman fights back and hits a tornado DDT for 2. Pillman picks Liger up for a German, Liger reverses into a German suplex attempt of his own, which Pillman reverses into a roll up for the 3 count.

Match Thoughts: A great choice to open the show. The match had some awkward moments as well as a couple of blown spots. Overall it was a very entertaining match and not something seen on RAW during this time. **

Sting promo. Sting says he is coming for Flair and nobody can lock on the Scorpion Deathlock like he can. YEAH!!!

INT- Hulk Hogan. We head to a pre-taped interview with Hulk Hogan. Hogan is standing in front of Pastamania, a pasta shop that was in the Mall of America. Hulk asks the crowd who the greatest wrestler in the world is, the crowd screams that he is. Hogan says that he is putting the WCW title on the line in the main event.

Ric Flair vs. Sting

Once Sting and Ric Flair are in the ring, Lex Luger strolls out from the crowd to make his return to WCW.

Lock up to start, both guys end up in the corner. Another lock up which leads to a Flair headlock, Sting sends Flair off the ropes, Flair takes Sting down with a shoulderblock. Flair off the ropes, Sting drops down, and the leapfrogs over Flair, Flair off the ropes once more straight into a Gorilla Press Slam from Sting. Irish whip by Sting leads to another gorilla press slam. Hiptoss out of the corner by Sting, Sting then hits a big dropkick which sends Flair to the outside.  Flair comes back into the ring, and pokes Sting in the eye to take advantage. Chops by Flair in the corner, WOOOO! Sting no-sells Flairs chops and strikes, irish whip by Sting and he hits a 3rd gorilla press slam. Flair suckers Sting in and gets a cheap kick to the stomach, Irish whip by Flair, Sting ducks a chop attempt and gets caught up in the ropes, Flair charges and hits a cross body on Sting which sends both guys out over the top rope and to the floor. Flair tries to chop Sting, which doesn’t work, so Flair pokes Sting in the eye again. Flair charges at Sting only to get caught in another gorilla press, this time Sting throws Flair into the ring through the second rope. Whip by Sting into the corner, Sting goes for the Stinger Splash, but Flair moves out of the way, Sting catches himself in the corner. Sting gets a bulldog onto Flair. Sting attempts the Stinger Splash again, but this time Flair hits a back elbow which knocks sting to the mat. Back from commercial, Flair is in control. Flair heads to the top rope but Sting catches him up to and slams him off the top rope. Irish whip by Sting, leads to a 5th gorilla press slam for a 2 count. Arn Anderson comes out from the back, and Sting misses a splash off the top rope. Flair gets Sting up for a delayed suplex, Sting gets straight up and takes Flair down with a clothesline. Flair does his flip out of the corner onto the ring apron, and Sting knocks him down with a clothesline. Stings sets Flair up in the corner and hits the 10 punches in the corner, Sting then hiptosses Flair out of the corner all the way across to the opposite side. Sting puts Flair onto the top, but Flair fights back. Sting climbs up to the top rope too, but gets knocked off by Flair. Flair irish whips Sting and goes for a hiptoss, Sting blocks into his own hiptoss which Flair also blocks, Flair takes Sting down with a headlock takeover, which Sting transitions into a headscissors, Flair rolls through that into a 2 count, which Sting powers out of and gets a backslide onto Flair for 2. Sting lifts Flair onto the top rope, and heads up to. Sting hits a big suplerplex off the top rope. Sting turns his attention to Arn Anderson, Flair chops out Stings leg and locks in the figure four leg lock. Sting hypes himself and the crowd up and tries to turn the figure four over. Flair holds onto ropes and refuses to break the hold. Flair gets DQ for not breaking the hold.

As soon as the bell rings Arn gets into the ring and breaks the figure four. Flair and Anderson stare at each other while Arn takes off his jacket, Flair with a cheap shot. Arn knocks Flair down and both guys brawl all the way down the aisle.

Match Thoughts: Great TV match between two excellent wrestlers. This match could have easily hit 4* with a proper finish but i understand why they did the DQ finish. ***1/2

INT- Scott Norton comes out the through the crowd and gets in the face of Eric Bischoff, Bobby Hennan and Steve McMichael. Randy Savage comes out and gets in Scott Nortons face. Macho Man challenges Norton to a match right now. Security breaks this up before the match can start.

Sabu hype video. Sabu will be on Nitro NEXT WEEK!

INT- VK Wallstreet. VK says nothing of real importance, he does mention that IRS will be watching him. VK Wallstreet was IRS in the WWF.

Hulk Hogan vs. Big Bubba Rogers

The first main event in Nitro history. Smart idea by WCW to have Hogan wrestle as he was still quite over with the fans at this stage.

Lock up to start, Hulk overpowers Bubba and sends him into the corner. Another lockup, Bubba grabs a headlock and Hulk is down to one knee. Hogan sends Bubba off the ropes and hits a shoulderblock, Bubba goes flying and gets caught up in the ropes. Bubba with a kick to the guts, a punch to the face that sends Hogan into the corner. Bubba whips Hogan to the opposite corner and hits a big splash on Hogan. Bubba tries to slam Hogans head into the turnbuckle but Hogan blocks it, Hogan then slams Bubbas head into the turnbuckle a few times before connecting with punches to Bubba in the corner. Hogan comes at Bubba in the corner, but gets poked in the eyes. Bubba picks Hogan up and hits a backbreaker. Hogan back into the corner and Bubba starts working over Hogans midsection, Bubba charges at Hogan in the corner and gets hit with two big boots. Bubba falls to the mat, and Hogan mounts him with some punches. Bubba with a throat thrust that sends Hogan falling across the middle ropes, Bubba hits a splash on Hogans back. Bubba turns his attention to Jimmy Hart on the outside, Hogan takes over with punches on the outside, he sends Bubba back into the ring and chokes Bubba with Jimmy Harts jacket. Hogan puts the jacket over Bubbas head and hits the 10 punches in the corner. Hogan whips Bubba into the corner and follows through with a big clothesline. Hogan hits a bodyslam on Bubba and drops 2 elbows. Bubba fights back with punches to the stomach, Bubba hits knee lifts on Hogan and then slams Hogan down. Bubba slams Hogans head into the top turnbuckle, Bubba charges for a splash, but Hogan moves out of the way. Hogan punches at Bubba, and then charges but Bubba hits the Boss Man Slam for a 2 count. Hogan starts to Hulk up, Irish whip followed by the Big boot. Leg drop by Hogan leads to the 3 count.

Match Thoughts: Well that was a very boring main event. The match only consisted of punching, kicking and a couple of bodyslams. Very standard Hogan match. *

Hogan celebrates in the ring with some poses, but the Dungeon of Doom run out from the back. Its 3 on 1, but Hogan is handling them with ease. Luger runs into the ring and clears house. Hogan and Luger back into each other and a big stare down occurs. Sting and Macho Man hit the ring to try and pull them apart.

INT- Hulk Hogan/Lex Luger. Mean Gene gets in the middle of Hogan and Luger. Hogan wants to know why Luger is in his back yard. Luger says he is here from one reason and one reason only, to take the title from Hogan. Lex Luger says he is sick and tired of playing around with kids, and he is here to get it on with the big boys. Luger says he doesn’t care when but he wants his title shot. Hogan says he is going to be the World Champion forever and a day. Hogan offers Lex Luger a WCW World title shot on Nitro next week.

Show Thoughts: Good debut episode for Nitro, WCW showed why being Live was a good thing. The return of Luger was a good surprise, and with 2 very good matches this show gets an easy thumbs up.