Another big episode of WCW Nitro is on tap from December 11th at the Independence Arena in Charlotte, NC. Sting is slated to team with Hulk Hogan to face off against Ric Flair and Arn Anderson, but Bischoff, McMichael and Heenan speculate about the Stinger and Hulkster being able to coexist.
Eddie Guerrero vs JL
Guerrero jumps in control early, hitting a tilt a whirl backbreaker and slingshot senton. Eric Bischoff says that Eddie is part of the “World Cup of Wrestling” at Starrcade and that the Japanese might think he’s “a piece of cake-well rice cake.” That does not age well. JL comes back with a head scissor takedown but Eddie comes back with a top rope lucha arm drag. JL hits a dropkick to Guerrero to send him outside the ring and follows it up with a cannonball from the apron. Eddie counters a roll up attempt with one of his own to garner the pinfall. This was a good match but the crowd didn’t seem sure on how to react for most of it.
Winner: Eddie Guerrero via pinfall
Mean Gene Okerlund is on the ramp with Jimmy Hart and Lex Luger. Luger talks about how he’s had the upper hand on Randy Savage and he will take that belt from him. He acknowledges the other competitors but says that Sting and him are friends, but may the best man win. Luger stumbled and got lost here a few times, it was somewhat comical.
Disco Inferno vs “Mr. Wonderful” Paul Orndorff
Disco jumps Paul to start the match and stays in control with all sorts of strikes. Wonderful comes back with strikes of his own followed by a standing elbow drop after some mocking dance moves. Disco takes a rough looking belly to back suplex, landed high on his back. That ends the match, as Mr. Wonderful picks up the pinfall win. Scary spot and abrupt finish make me nervous about that ending.
Winner: Paul Orndorff via pinfall
Mean Gene is joined by Ric Flair, Arn Anderson and Brian Pillman on the ramp. Brian talks about how great it is to be a horseman, and how Hogan threw it all away because he couldn’t hang with the rest of the Horsemen. Pillman runs down the American Males, Dungeon of Doom and Paul Orndorff before Ric Flair starts talking but Paul Orndorff comes out to confront Pillman. Pillman slaps Paul and a brawl ensures between Orndorff and the horsemen. They beat down Mr. Wonderful and hit a spike piledriver on the concrete. After the commercial break, we see Orndorff being put on a stretcher with a neck brace.
Lex Luger vs Hacksaw Jim Duggan
Hacksaw in control early with his strikes. We leave the match to see Orndorff being carted out on a stretcher. Back in the match, Duggan hits a hip toss, clothesline and a pair of elbow drops. Again we cut away to see Orndorff being loaded into an ambulance. Back at the match, Jimmy Hart is up on the apron holding the 2×4. Duggan is distracted, and Luger pushes him into the 2×4 and locks on the torture rack. Duggan submits shortly after to eat the loss.
Winner: Lex Luger via submission
Mean Gene is talking with Randy Savage about his upcoming schedule. Savage isn’t thinking about Starrcade or the matches there. He’s thinking about next week’s match with The Giant. Macho Man is confident and says he’s walking out with the belt.
Ric Flair and Arn Anderson vs Hulk Hogan and Sting
Anderson and Sting start us off, leaving the big 2 on the apron for hot tags. Arn is in control early with some slick moves and a fireman’s carry. Sting comes back with a big military press slam and Anderson says he wants Hogan. Sting obliges, and Flair is tagged in. Flair’s chops and forearms are no sold by Hogan before giving Flair a back body drop. Flair back in control with a poke of the eyes and start the frequent tags with Arn Anderson. Hogan fights back and tags in Sting who drops Flair with a military press slam and dropkick before eating a knee to the midsection. Flair hits a reverse atomic drop and tags in Arn. Arn hits Sting with a big DDT. Luger and Jimmy Hart come out, Hart distracts the ref while Luger puts Hogan in the torture rack. Flair and Arn are tearing Sting apart while Hogan has been left laying thanks to Lex Luger. Flair and Anderson are working over the knee of Sting, but Sting tries to come back against Arn but Flair tags in and chop blocks Sting. Ric locks in the figure 4 on Sting but Sting fights back and tags in Hogan but the ref was distracted by Anderson. The ref doesn’t allow it and Sting has his knee worked over more. Sting comes back and throws Flair off the top rope but can’t make the tag to Hogan. Anderson is tagged in and Sting hits a big face buster but gets Hogan tagged in. Anderson hits a spine buster but Hulk no sells it and comes back with the three punches, big boot and leg drop for the victory. Pillman, Jimmy Hart and Luger come down and beat down Hulk and Sting but Macho Man comes down. Sting hits Savage and Hulk tries to stay between them.
Winners: Hogan and Sting via pinfall
Mean Gene talks to the three faces, they all confront Sting about his relationship with Luger. Sting says he’s on their side, Savage wants them all to chill out and stick together. They all agree and are focused on the matches ahead. After the break, Bischoff, Mongo and Heenan discuss the fallout, including the possibility of The Giant being the WCW Champion after next week. Heenan thinks The Giant is guaranteed to win next week. Mongo is concerned that Hogan, Sting and Savage don’t have their heads together but the Horsemen and Dungeon of Doom all do.
That’s another episode down! Stories are building and taking shape as we approach Starrcade 1995 and it will be interesting to see how they pan out as the face of World Championship Wrestling is going to drastically change in the next calendar year.