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Chairshot Classics: WCW Monday Nitro Episode 3 (9/18/95)

Here we come to the fallout episode after Fall Brawl 1995. The show saw Johnny B. Badd (Marc Mero) and Brian Pillman go nearly 30 minutes, DDP claim the WCW World Television Championship from The Renegade, Harlem Heat win the WCW Tag Team Championship from Bunkhouse Buck and Dick Slater, Arn Anderson defeat Ric Flair after a 20 minute bout and The Dungeon of Doom lose to Hulk Hogan, Randy Savage, Sting and Lex Luger in WarGames. Let’s see where the show goes forward!

Monday Nitro Episode 3
September 18, 1995

The show opens to an ambulance pulling up, with Taskmaster and The Giant exiting. The Giant talks about choking out Hulk the night before, sending him to the hospital.

The American Males vs. The Blue Bloods

This match doesn’t even start as Harlem Heat jump The Blue Bloods and give The American Males a title shot for some reason. Funny that the tag teams are in opposite corners from WWE as it relates to the hard camera position, it threw me off for a bit. Booker hits an Axe Kick on Scotty Riggs and Riggs opted to try and flip over to sell the kick, but he landed right on the back of his head, scary spot. The Colonel comes to ringside and takes Sherri in his arms, which causes a distraction for Bagwell to reverse a pump handle into a crossbody on Booker T to win the match via pin. In less than 24 hours, Harlem Heat lose the Tag Team Belts. I am surprised to see this, considering it was basically Harlem Heat dominating that match. It worked in a sense because Booker and Stevie still look strong off the distraction, but it did seem a bit telegraphed once the Harlem Heat just through down a title shot with no explanation behind it.

Winner: The American Males (new champions) via Bagwell pin on Booker T

Mean Gene is in the ring and welcomes down the 11 time (as of 1995) World Champion, Ric Flair. They recap the previous night and the possible collusion between Arn Anderson and Brian Pillman. Ric is upset that someone outside of the Four Horsemen was brought in to intervene. Ric throws a warning to Brian Pillman for the main event and then to Anderson himself for after the match.

“Mr. Wonderful” Paul Orndorff vs. Johnny B. Badd

Mr. Wonderful’s music and entrance are just awful….and it’s perfect. Johnny got pyro on his entrance, I didn’t expect that, but I don’t know what his gimmick is exactly. Johnny is wrestling with 9 stitches in his eye (per Eric Bischoff) from the night before. Major clash in styles and work pace here. Johnny B. Badd keeps wanting to move faster but is seemingly always waiting for Mr. Wonderful to be ready for the transition. It makes the match very difficult to watch. Johnny tries to roll up Paul, but is reversed for the pin. This match was not good, it seemed so clunky. It makes me wonder what Johnny would have been like in today’s era with the faster pace.

Winner: Mr. Wonderful via pin

We see a video from the “set of Baywatch” where Macho man is bench pressing while the girls cheer him on. Kevin Sullivan comes and attacks him before Flair breaks it up. Back in the ring, Gene welcomes Savage to discuss the events. Randy expresses his displeasure for Sullivan and says he’s going to cut his head off. He addresses the “cheap shot” from Luger the night before and says people are either with him, or against him. Luger comes out to the ring and accuses Savage of being jealous and wanting the WCW Heavyweight Championship. Savage challenges Luger to a match but Mean Gene cuts to commercial to prevent that. Savage is just amazing to listen to on the mic.

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We go to a video from before Fall Brawl that sees Mean Gene talking to Hogan after he rolled up on his motorcycle. A monster truck comes up and runs down Hulk’s bike and we see The Giant is driving and laughing as he does it. Then during the WarGames match, The Giant comes out and chokes Hogan and makes a motion as if he twisted his neck.

Flyin’ Brian Pillman vs. Ric Flair

Early on, Flair actually came off the top rope to the floor to hit a double ax handle on Pillman. How many times did he do that in his career? Flair tries to come off the top rope, but Brian hits him with a nice looking dropkick for a near fall. Pillman works Flair’s arm around the ring post and ringside barricade but there is no further selling, Ric just goes right back to using it as if nothing happened. Not exactly the best storytelling by one of the greatest of all time. Ric Flair locks on the Figure 4 and Pillman taps out pretty quickly.

Winner: Ric Flair via submission to Figure Four Leglock

Flair stays in the ring and is calling out Arn Anderson. Anderson doesn’t come out but Flair says he’ll get him next week.

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