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Chairshot Classics: WCW Monday Nitro Episode 14

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Welcome back wrestling fans to another episode of WCW Monday Nitro, coming to you on December 4, 1995 from the America West Arena in Phoenix, Arizona.

A week removed from World War 3, working towards Starrcade. The show was advertised to feature Macho Man Randy Savage defend his WCW World Heavyweight Championship against Lex Luger. Let’s see how it all plays out!

Bischoff, Heenan and McMichael on commentary to break down all of the action. Ric Flair, Sting and Luger are all vying for a shot at the title leading into Starrcade. Bischoff says that Hogan, The Giant and Ric Flair are all on “probation” as of 48 minutes before the broadcast per WCW legal team.

American Males vs Harlem Heat (With Sister Sherri) – WCW Tag Team Championship Match

How long has it been since we’ve seen any true tag team match? Lots of singles pairings, but no true tag matches. Let’s solve that by having a title match! Riggs and Stevie Ray start us off and Bischoff says Stevie is nursing a sore ankle, we’ll see if that comes into play. Booker T in, but the Males fight back to gain the upper hand. During the match, we see Colonel Parker at the ramp holding a gift, presumably for Sherri. Harlem Heat in control as Sherri is given the gift from Parker and they kiss before Parker takes her from ringside and Sherri shows the camera a ring. Riggs is still getting worked over, a German suplex from Stevie Ray, knees and a kick from Booker T. Phoenix Suns star, AC Green is shown at ringside, cheering on the Males. Riggs gets his knees up for a Booker T splash and gets the hot tag to Bagwell. Fisherman suplex to Ray for a near fall, and Bagwell eats a Harlem Hangover from Booker T before eating the pinfall.

Winners: Harlem Heat via pinfall

Mean Gene Okerlund on the ramp to interview Sting who brought out Lex Luger as well. Sting says that friendship is one thing, but he’s gunning for the World Heavyweight Championship and that if Luger wins tonight and Sting wins the triangle match at Starrcade, friendship doesn’t matter. Luger agrees with the predictions but he’s just as hungry.

Sting vs Kurasawa

Colonel Parker is not ringside which is interesting per the announcers. Sting is in control early with a big dropkick and clothesline to the outside. Kurasawa regains control with some strikes before getting back in the ring and hitting a big knee to the midsection. Sting deals with multiple standing arm breakers and chops before trying to fight back. Sting hits a big Stinger Splash and locks in the Scorpion Death Lock and Kurasawa quickly taps out.

Winner: Sting via submission

A Starrcade commercial advertises WCW facing off with stars of New Japan, I am intrigued!

Scott Norton vs The Giant (with Kevin Sullivan and Jimmy Hart)

WCW really played up The Giant being Andre’s son, down to the gear. Giant takes control early with a knee and a big bodyslam followed by clubbing blows to Norton’s back. Norton counters with a big atomic drop and he held The Giant up for a few seconds which was very impressive. Norton bounces Giant’s head into the turnbuckle and goes for some clotheslines and off the top rope, but The Giant catches him and hits the chokeslam to pick up the victory. Surprising that they let Norton get that much offense in.

Winner: The Giant via pinfall

Mean Gene is in the ring and brings out Ric Flair who is brought to the ring by the Phoenix Suns’ own, Charles Barkley. Flair says him and Barkley are going to tear the town down, I can only imagine the party those two could create. Charles says they have the best basketball fans in the world and they should respect the Nature Boy. Flair issues a challenge to Luger, Sting, Hogan and Savage to watch out, because Flair is coming for that title.

Lex Luger (with Jimmy Hart) vs Randy Savage – WCW World Heavyweight Championship

Savage is rocking some great bright green and red with white on his tights, and I will admit that I’m partial. Savage is in control early, keeping Luger in the corner, but Lex catches a rebound clothesline to gain control before taking it outside the ring. Macho hit s a big double axe handle from the top rope for a near fall. Luger counters a suplex with one of his own before missing a standing elbow drop and Savage takes advantage, working over the arm. As we come back from the break, Savage is still working over Lex’s arm outside the ring and brings him inside to do more of the same. Nice old school psychology here, keep working over a limb. Randy wraps it around a ring post and continues the attack until missing a double axe handle, crashing into the guardrail. Luger is back in control, favoring that left arm heavily. Luger goes to pin Savage and hook the leg with that arm but quickly switches while grimacing, great job by Lex. Savage whips Luger into the guardrail to regain control and we see Hart removed a turnbuckle pad, but Savage puts Luger’s head into it, who inadvertently bumps the referee who is unable to count after a Savage elbow drop. Ric Flair comes out with brass knuckles and hits Savage. Hart rolls Luger on top as Flair goes up the ramp, only to be stopped by Hulk Hogan. Hogan stops Flair from leaving the ring, but stops the ref from counting a pin. The ref throws the match out with a DQ. Hogan accidently hits Sting and they come face to face as Savage tries to stop them from fighting.

Winner: Lex Luger via DQ(no title change)

Mean Gene is in the ring with Hogan, Savage and Sting. Hogan questions Sting about his relationship with Luger. Sting says Luger is his best friend, but he is on Hogan’s side. Hogan and Savage talk about Savage calling Luger’s motives. Sting says he is with Hogan, they shake hands and Hogan asks Sting to keep Luger out of his face. Sting says he will do everything in his power to keep Luger out of their faces.

Fun show, the main event was given over 20 minutes which was great. The main event players keep seeing their storylines progress further but there still isn’t much of the undercard developing which is annoying in my opinion with the talent they have. We will see how this all continues next week!


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Chairshot Classics: WCW Monday Nitro Episode 18 (1/1/1996)

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Happy New Year folks….in 1996. We are a matter of days removed from Starrcade 1995 which saw Ric Flair defeat Lex Luger and Sting for a shot at the WCW Heavyweight Championship. It also saw Flair defeat Randy Savage for said title, new year, new champion. This episode is promoted with Hulk Hogan stepping in the ring against Ric Flair(advertised as a battle for the ages) as well as Randy Savage taking on Arn Anderson while the show is said to feature Lord Steven Regal and The Four Horsemen(which is funny because we know 2 of them are already in the ring). January 1st, 1996 saw WCW Nitro from The Omni in Atlanta, GA. Let’s see what happened!

Arn Anderson vs Randy Savage

This match was requested by Savage based on the events of Starrcade. Savage felt his title had been stolen due to Arn Anderson’s interference. Anderson starts the match before Randy can even remove his jacket. Savage tosses Anderson out of the ring and takes control. Savage hits a top rope double axe handle for a near fall and maintains his control. Anderson rakes the eyes and starts working on Savage’s arm with a single arm DDT and wraps it around a ring rope. They spill to the outside and Savage puts Anderson head first into the barricade but Arn gets back on track in the ring, continuously working over that injured arm. Savage comes back for a moment but Anderson counters with a feint punch and hits a DDT for a near fall with Randy in the ropes. Savage pushes Anderson into the ref and Anderson immediately goes for brass knuckles. Savage grabs them and hits Anderson with them and shoves them back in Arn’s trunks and scores the pinfall win. Brian Pillman and Chris Benoit hit the ring and argue with the ref, but to no avail.

Winner: Randy Savage via pinfall

Chris Benoit vs Lord Steven Regal

Now this, this is a match that is chock full of potential and is right up my alley I hope. Regal goes for a headbutt, but that only incenses Benoit who takes brief control until Lord Regal grabs another neck crank hold. Benoit hits a nice german suplex and Regal lands high, looked a little scary. Benoit was in control until Regal works his technical magic and transitions into a butterfly suplex for a near fall. Benoit fights back and hits Regal with an electric chair drop before missing a big diving headbutt attempt. Interesting, considering the future implications. Regal goes for a piledriver, Benoit flips through and hits one of his own but misses a dive over the top rope. Regal rolls Chris in the ring and gets the pinfall win.

Winner: Lord Steven Regal via pinfall

Mean Gene in the ring with Pillman, Anderson and Benoit. Pillman berates both Benoit and Anderson for losing their previous matches. Anderson comes after Pillman for starting more wars than are necessary. Kevin Sullivan and The Zodiac come down by the ring but The Giant and Jimmy Hart stop them.

Super Assassins vs Sting and Lex Luger

Sgt. Craig Pittman is at commentary trying to gain a manager in Steve McMichael. Mongo declines but tells him to follow his Marine Corps training. In the match(which was double screened), we see the Assassins in control over Sting. Double shoulder tackle from the Assassins gets a near fall as they partake in quick tags to keep a fresh man in the ring. Sting does get the tag to Luger, but the ref didn’t see it so doesn’t allow it. A suplex/cross body combo yields another near fall as Luger loses his mind on the apron. Sting eats a big powerbomb but avoids a top rope splash. Luger finally gets in the ring and goes to work on an Assassin, locking in the torture rack as Sting puts the scorpion death lock on the other, yielding a submission.

Winner: Sting and Lex Luger via submission

Mean Gene is on the entrance ramp talking with Jimmy Hart and The Giant. Hart is running down Hogan, talking about switching his clients is part of his plan. The Giant talks down Hogan after what Hulk did to him in December with a chair.

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Ric Flair (c) vs Hulk Hogan

New champion Flair has a bandage on his forehead, I wonder if he’ll get bloody. As usual, the match starts with Hogan power moves, like a big shoulder block, a big shove out of a tie-up, standard fare for the Hulkster. Flair gains control with some big chops, Hulk no sells the last few but eats a back elbow before tossing Flair off the top rope(has he ever hit whatever he goes for?). Hulk sends Flair over the top rope but Flair pokes Hogan in the eyes before tossing him into the barricade. Hulk bounces off and clotheslines Ric, sends him over the turnbuckle and hits a clothesline on the apron. Back in the ring, Flair gets a cheap chop block on Hogan’s knee, going to work on the left leg and knee. Flair locks on the figure four with Hogan stuck in the middle of the ring, but Hulk rolls over and reverses the pressure. Jimmy Hart comes down and starts distracting the ref while Flair kicks Hogan in the back of the leg to regain control. Ric Flair hits a big stalling suplex, not sure I’ve ever seen him throw that. Ric gets a near fall and Hogan Hulks up. Big boot and a leg drop, but Hart distracts the ref as Arn Anderson hits Hogan with the brass knuckles. Hogan kicks out, and shows the ref the brass knuckles, so the ref DQ’s Flair??? Not sure he saw the actual act but ok. The Horsemen come down as does the Dungeon of Doom, and The Giant tries to hit Hulk with a wooden stool. Randy Savage comes in out of nowhere to make the save as the heels powder out.

Winner: Hulk Hogan via DQ-no title change

Mean Gene is talking in the ring with Hogan and Savage. Hulk comments on how Savage’s business and his business seem to intersect. Hogan challenges Flair and Anderson to take him and Savage on next week. Savage hints at a secret weapon but Hogan tells him not to share too much. Hogan continues to berate the Four Horsemen to end the show.

An interesting show. Some good matches, which could have been great. This whole Horsemen/Dungeon of Doom vs Hogan and now Savage is so convoluted and confusing, but it takes up 50% of the air time of the show. It’s somewhat annoying considering the talent on the undercard of the WCW at this time. Now, once the show moves to 2 hours, that will improve. Until then, we will deal! See you next week!!


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Chairshot Classics: WCW Monday Nitro Episode 17

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Monday, December 25th, 1995. Merry Christmas…er…in 1995. Nitro came to us from the Richmond Civic Center in Augusta, Georgia as the go home show for Starrcade 1995. This episode was advertised to feature Sting versus Big Bubba. Dean Malenko is in action against Mr. JL in what should be a great match. The big draw for this show is Ric Flair battling WCW World Heavyweight Champion, Randy Savage. Let’s see what happens!

Lex Luger vs Scotty Riggs

No entrance for Riggs here, that’s never a good sign! Luger has Jimmy Hart at ringside making all sorts of noise. Luger is in control early with strikes and power moves, but Riggs comes back with a pair of dropkicks, sending Lex to the outside. Riggs starts working over Luger’s left arm with a couple of arm ringers and arm drags. Riggs  misses a dropkick but scores a running crossbody for a near fall. Luger reverses a suplex with one of his own, leaving Riggs draped over the top rope before clotheslining him off the apron. A big vertical suplex brings Riggs back in the ring the hard way but he starts to come back with a back body drop and an inside cradle for a 2 count. Luger dodges a top rope dropkick and hits a big powerslam before locking on the Torture Rack for the submission victory. This was an alright match, nothing to write home about though.

Winner: Lex Luger via pinfall

Mean Gene is on the ramp with Sting asking about the situation with Lex Luger. Sting says that Luger is a friend and he’s trying to bring him back but he doesn’t hold Ric Flair in the same regard. He’s ready to lock on the Scorpion Death Lock and never let it go. Sting also warns the contingent from New Japan that at Starrcade, they will be on WCW’s turf.

Sting vs Big Bubba

Big Bubba is in control early, using big power moves and strikes. Sting battles back and hits a facebuster that forces Big Bubba to roll out of the ring. Sting gives chase and hits another facebuster, this time outside the ring. Bubba comes back in the ring and rakes Stinger’s eyes to gain the upper hand before a big splash into the corner. Sting goes up to the top, but Bubba pokes him in the eyes and goes to toss him off the turnbuckle, but Sting counters it with a roll up for the pin victory. This was a bit of a plodding match that just didn’t seem to flow well.

Winner: Sting via pinfall

Mean Gene is on the ramp with Jimmy Hart and Lex Luger. Luger says there is nothing between him and Sting besides their friendship. Luger says he is the uncrowned champion. Jimmy Hart starts talking but Sgt. Craig Pittman comes out and asks Hart if he’ll manage him. Hart has him to take off his shirt and that’s why he won’t manage Pittman.

Dean Malenko vs Mr. JL

Malenko is in control early and hits an amazing snap capture suplex and seemlessly floats over for the near fall. Mr. JL comes back with a flying headscissors and a running cannonball from the apron. JL brings Malenko back into the ring with a suplex but Malenko counters a monkey flip. JL hits a nice sitout powerbomb for a near fall. Malenko appears to return the favor but turns it into a hot shot across the top rope. Both climb to the top rope, but Malenko brings JL down into a gut buster from the second rope. JL looks like he may have injured his arm, and Malenko locks in what commentary calls the “Malenko Leg Lock” and gets the victory. This match was fast paced and a lot of fun to watch. Both of these guys are absolute studs in the ring and deserve every accolade they get.

Winner: Dean Malenko via submission

Mean Gene is on the ramp again, this time with Ric Flair. Flair is interrupted by Jimmy Hart who apologizes for Kevin Sullivan interrupting him last week but says he owes Ric Flair one for saving his life. Jimmy asks if he can be at ringside for Flair tonight and Ric agrees to have him.

Ric Flair vs Randy Savage – WCW World Heavyweight Championship

This is a dream match for me, can’t wait for this one! Ric is in control early, poking the eyes but gets his knee wrapped around the ring post by Savage. Randy locks in a figure four leglock of his own but Ric makes it to the ropes. Ric hits an atomic drop and looks for a figure four, but gets rolled up by Savage for a near fall. Ric sends Savage to the outside and distracts the ref while Jimmy Hart kicks Randy repeatedly. Flair hangs Savage up over the top rope and then brings him back in the ring and hits a big back elbow. Savage starts a comeback with a big clothesline and a backslide for a near fall. Savage has Flair in the corner, and behind the ref’s back.

Flair hits Savage below the belt and hits a big vertical suplex. Savage starts coming back, but misses a top rope double axe handle to the outside. Savage puts Ric in the sleeper hold, but Flair counters out with a shin breaker. Randy is having a hard time standing after that attack and Flair goes to work on the leg. Flair locks in the figure four leglock and uses the ropes for leverage but Randy gets to the ropes himself to break the hold. Flair goes to the top rope and in typical fashion, he gets tossed from the top rope. Randy looks to be mounting a comeback but again Flair goes to the eyes and locks on the sleeper hold. Savage counters it and counters a piledriver attempt. Luger comes into the ring and attacks Savage to cause the disqualification. Sting comes out as well and is working over Flair while Savage sends Luger out of the ring. Sting and Savage come face to face and trade some shoves as the show goes off the air.

Winner: Ric Flair via DQ

So, there’s our build to Starrcade! This was an episode of good matches and subpar segments between. Too many of WCW’s top talent have the 1980’s style of promos. Yell into the mic and threaten to beat someone up. It will be interesting to watch how that develops over the next year or so.


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Chairshot Classics: WCW Monday Nitro Episode 16

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As we are nearing Starrcade 1995, story lines look to intensify and become more evident. Hulk Hogan looks to remove the Dungeon of Doom from WCW. In this episode, we have been told that The Giant will face Macho Man Randy Savage in the main event. Will Savage make it to Starrcade? Let’s find out!

December 18th, 1995 brought us Nitro from the Richmond County Civic Center in Augusta, Georgia. The usual suspects of Bischoff, Heenan and McMichael are on commentary and interrupted by Madusa showing up with the WWF Women’s Championship belt which she drops into a trash can and stakes her claim in WCW. This has always been portrayed as a huge ordeal, and I agree that it certainly caused giant waves in the business. The fact of the matter is that Madusa was not comfortable with her lines or delivery. It created a somewhat awkward exchange. Interesting to see it play out though as it was originally broadcast.

Mongo McMichael comments about how he’s sick of people rushing up to commentary, so he found a way to prevent that and introduces us to the Chicago Bears’ William “Refrigerator” Perry as some sort of bodyguard.

 

Ric Flair vs Eddie Guerrero

On paper, this match looks PHENOMENAL and is one that I was not aware of. The two circle a bit and take in the hot crowd and Flair does a bit of taunting. Eddie is chain wrestling and escaping Flair’s holds like an absolute champ, he definitely is being portrayed as the quicker of the two. Flair rolls outside and circles the ring to gain some space before coming back in and going to work on Guerrero with strikes. Flair eats two dropkicks but dodges the third. Eddie comes back with a big tornado DDT and springboard head scissors for a near fall. Eddie goes up top, but Flair bumps the ropes and Guerrero falls to the outside. Ric takes it to Eddie outside before rolling him in the ring, attacking an apparently injured knee and locks on the figure four leglock. Ric uses the ropes for extra leverage and the ref doesn’t see and Eddie eventually passes out and ref counts the three for a pinfall. Good match, but it feels like it could have been so much more.

Winner: Ric Flair via pinfall

Mean Gene is in the ring with Flair and Arn Anderson. Anderson addresses how the horsemen took out Paul Orndorff from the previous week. Flair goes to cut a promo but Kevin Sullivan and Jimmy Hart interrupt. Sullivan warns the horsemen that Pillman’s disdain for the Dungeon of Doom can cause trouble for them. Anderson tells Sullivan that the Dungeon of Doom may not like what they find if they come looking for Pillman.

Bischoff, Mongo and Heenan discuss the interview. Sullivan had said that there are no allegences in WCW and Bischoff wonders if that applies to Luger and Sting. Sgt. Pittman joins the commentary team and asks Bobby Heenan to manage him. Heenan says he is no longer managing talent and Pittman says he needs help soon or he will stop taking prisoners. Definitely not super intimidating.

 

Lex Luger vs Marcus Alexander Bagwell

Bagwell is in control early with a monkey flip and a couple of big dropkicks that send Luger outside. After gathering himself, Luger comes back in the ring and slows down the pace, taking advantage with strikes. Bagwell comes back with strikes of his own and a big back body drop. Luger counters a splash with his knees and hits a powerslam before putting Bagwell in the Torture Rack. Bagwell quickly submits to end the match. This was a lackluster match.

Winner: Lex Luger via submission

Mean Gene talks with Luger and Jimmy Hart on the ramp. Hart calls Luger the uncrowned champion, Luger claims that if it hadn’t been for Hogan, he’d be champion via pinfall. Lex on promo was so cringeworthy.

 

Earl Robert Eaton vs Sting

Earl Robert Eaton? Interesting gimmick for Bobby I suppose. Eaton works a headlock but Sting fights out and works over the left arm with an arm wringer. Eaton battles back with some strikes and a choke across the ropes. Sting fights back with a hip toss but eats a back breaker. Sting dodges a splash from the top rope and hits a stinger splash before locking in the Scorpion Death Lock to gain a submission victory. Bobby Heenan says Bobby Eaton and then refers to him as The Earl a few times quickly, covering his tracks.

Winner: Sting via submission

Mean Gene is in the ring with Sting, talking about Starrcade and Lex Luger. Sting is focused on becoming a six time world champion, despite Lex Luger being in the match at Starrcade.

 

The Giant vs Randy Savage-WCW World Heavyweight Championship

The Giant goes for ax handle strikes but Savage dodges them and jumps up to lock on a sleeper hold. Giant tosses Savage off, but Savage tries a bodyslam to no avail. Giant is in control with strikes and a big bodyslam of his own. The Giant locks in a bearhug as we go to commercial, but coming back we see The Giant bodyslamming Savage again before going for a chokeslam. Savage counters it with fingers in Giant’s eyes. Two clotheslines have no effect and Savage is caught in a back breaker by The Giant. A blatant standing choke and toss by The Giant sends Savage rolling outside the ring and The Giant comes after him to military press Savage back over the top rope into the ring. The Giant goes for a top rope splash and Savage moves and hits his elbow drop. Savage goes for a pin, but The Giant kicks out and hits a standing dropkick. Savage rolls outside, and The Giant follows him to peel up the protective padding, exposing concrete. The Giant goes for a suplex, but Savage grabs the rope to counter it. The Giant hits Savage with a chokeslam in the ring and hits a leg drop and goes for the pin. Hogan rushes down with a chair and clears the ring for Savage. Hogan is hitting everyone with the chair and Mongo and Perry come down to stop him.

Winner: The Giant via disqualification-Savage retains belt

Mean Gene is talking to Hogan and Savage in the ring about the situation. The Giant comes out, Kevin Sullivan and Pittman holding him back. Hogan goes wild with the chair, clearing them all out. Hogan says he is owed a title shot from Savage. Randy Savage says he has a match next week on Nitro with Flair for the belt, but then he has to get passed Starrcade too. After that, Savage says that he accepts the challenge of the Hulkster. The crowd is very receptive of this and Hogan threatens Mongo and Perry if they get in Hogan’s way again. Mongo says he was just trying to stop Hogan from getting in further trouble and Heenan says Mongo should mind his own business.

A decent episode here. Some stories were furthered, but there are lots of questions still heading into the go home show next week. Join me again as we see what Christmas brings WCW’s way!


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