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Chairshot Classics: WCW Nitro Episode (1/22/96)

Savage vs. Flair and more in Las Vegas!

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WCW Monday Nitro

January 22, 1996 brings us WCW Monday Nitro from Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada!

This show is touted as featuring Hulk Hogan facing off against One Man Gang from the Dungeon of Doom. We are also slated to see Randy Savage take on Ric Flair and Dean Malenko battle Brian Pillman plus, Harlem Heat take on Sting and Lex Luger. Eric Bischoff, Steve McMichael and Bobby Heenan are on the call as usual. Konnan sighting as well as he interrupts the commentators to announce himself defending his belt against Psychosis.


Quick Results

  • Randy Savage defeated Ric Flair to capture the WCW World Heavyweight Championship
  • Brian Pillman defeated Dean Malenko
  • Sting & Lex Luger defeated Harlem Heat to win the WCW World Tag Team Championship
  • Hulk Hogan defeated One Man Gang

The Details

WCW Heavyweight Championship
Ric Flair (c) vs. Randy Savage

These two brawl outside the ring to begin the match and Savage is tossed into the guardrail. Back in the ring, Savage regains control with a big clothesline. Flair comes back and tosses Savage over the top rope and distracts the referee while Jimmy Hart gives a kick for good measure. Fair tosses Savage over the rail at ringside and both trade strikes before Flair eats a big back body drop on the floor before sidestepping Savage’s top rope double axe handle to the outside. Back inside the ring, Savage battles back as the two trade more strikes.

Flair is back in control, hitting a shin breaker and the figure four leglock, using the ropes for leverage until the ref notices and breaks the hold. Flair goes to the top rope, and surprise, Savage catches him. Savage hits a pair of top rope axe handles and Jimmy Hart distracts the ref. Arn Anderson inadvertently hits Ric Flair with a foreign object and Savage hits the top rope elbow drop. The bell rings before the pinfall for some reason, but the ref counts and awards the WCW Heavyweight Championship to Randy Savage.

Hogan is out with Savage and Mean Gene in the ring, Randy calls Hulk out for celebrating as if he won the belt himself. Hogan says he’d like the first shot at the belt, Savage says he’s no Nick Bockwinkel, but tells him he wants to do it in Caesar’s Palace. Hulk says he’s going to do whatever it takes to get to the number one contender position (probably just some politics in the back). This heavyweight title picture is already feeling stale.

Winner: Randy Savage via pinfall (new WCW Heavyweight Champion)

Brian Pillman vs Dean Malenko

The match opens with some chain wrestling before Pillman is caught with a hip toss and dropkick by Dean. Dean fires up and hits a big clothesline and a nice brainbuster quickly followed by a neckbreaker for a near fall. In the corner, Pillman fights back and hits a tornado DDT but refuses to cover. Dean hits a nice tiger driver and the action goes outside the ring then back in with Pillman in control. Malenko comes back again with a big pop up gut buster. Dean gets a leg caught up in the ropes, Brian covers him and the ref doesn’t see it, so we get the pinfall. I feel like these two guys could really put on solid matches if they were given a good amount of time.

Winner: Brian Pillman via pinfall

WCW Tag Team Championship
Harlem Heat (c) vs Sting and Lex Luger

They go to commercial and we get an ad for SuperBrawl that features only Hogan, Savage, Flair, Sting and Luger. Just sad and depressing. Luger gets worked over until Booker T is tagged in. He hits a double clothesline and gets a tag to Sting. Multiple Stinger splashes on both Harlem Heat and we see a Scorpion Death Lock attempt from Sting. Luger distracts the ref for reasons and Booker T hits a big ax kick to break up the hold.

Sting continues to get beat down as Booker T hits a top rope facebuster on Sting. Harlem Heat are utilizing quick tags in and out, keeping Sting dealing with a fresh man. Booker T misses the Harlem Hangover and Sting gets to Luger for the tag but the ref doesn’t see it. Jimmy Hart is down and hands Luger a foreign object. Luger is tagged in, hits Booker T with the object for the pinfall victory. Commentary says it looks like a roll of silver dollars from the casino. We have new tag champs and it all happened behind Sting’s back. It’ll be interesting to see how this develops. Mediocre tag match here.

Winners: Sting and Lex Luger(new WCW Tag Team Champions)

One Man Gang vs Hulk Hogan

One Man Gang is announced as the United States Champion, but I’ve never seen that belt defended on Nitro. One Man Gang gets control with a clothesline and bodyslam before hitting a splash that Hulk no sells and comes back. Hogan kind of hits a powerslam before hitting the big boot and leg drop for the win. The Dungeon of Doom and Four Horsemen come out and Hogan holds them off until Savage comes down to help. Hogan and Savage stand tall in the ring as literally 9 other wrestlers leave, unable to take down Hulk and Savage. Back in the ring, Hogan previews their Clash of the Champions tag match for the following night but they keep bringing up an upcoming title match.

Winner: Hulk Hogan via pinfall


A fairly good show (minus that last match) that helped build some more more stories and we saw 2 title changes on free television which is always fun. I’m really looking forward to when Nitro expands to 2 hour shows so we can see more of this amazing undercard I’m always hearing about. I know the names are there, and they’re impressive. It just seems like they’re an afterthought right now on WCW Nitro. Here’s to hoping it improves!


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Chairshot Radio: Classic Shane Douglas Interview [072721]

ECW icon “The Franchise” Shane Douglas joins Greg DeMarco and Patrick O’Dowd for this classic interview!

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Shane Douglas ECW Interview

ECW icon “The Franchise” Shane Douglas joins Greg DeMarco and Patrick O’Dowd for this classic interview!

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Today’s hosts Greg DeMarco (@chairshotgreg) & Patrick O’Dowd (@wrestlngrealist) sat down with ECW legend Shane Douglas for an amazing 2012 interview that was slated for 10-15 minutes and went 45, all thanks to the engaging attitude of “The Franchise.”

  • Shane talks about his relationship with Ric Flair and how it got there.
  • A discussion around Shane Douglas throwing down the NWA Worlds Heavyweight Championship, how it came to be, and how he really didn’t want to do it.
  • Shane provides the background and details for his ECW reunion events (at the time).
  • All this and more with legendary wrestling figure “The Franchise” Shane Douglas!

About Chairshot Radio

The rebirth of Chairshot Radio will see a rotating cast of hosts delivering you a new show EVERY WEEK DAY. Sports, Entertainment and Sports Entertainment is the umbrella under which we seek to invade your earballs. So sit back, relax and LET US IN…

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  • Monday – Patrick O’Dowd & Big Dave Ungar
  • Tuesday – Greg DeMarco and/or PC Tunney
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WWE’s Top 50 Tag Teams – Was it Right?

Rob applies some of his genius in breaking down the hits, misses and which one WWE got exactly right on their Top 50 Tag Teams list. Check it out!

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A few weeks ago the WWE began releasing their Top 50 tag teams in history, and now that the full list is out there I thought it would be a good time to reflect on it a bit.  Lists are subjective of course, but as is usually the case there were some choices made here that were flat out head scratchers.  Some too high and some too low.  And there was one in particular that was just right.  So to sum it all up in one question:

Who got robbed, who got hooked up, and who was just right?

Robbed:  The Usos

How could the number seven spot be a disservice?  Well, let’s see.  Jimmy and Jey have been together longer than Edge & Christian (4), The Hart Foundation (3), and even the New Day (1).  They were in the WWE longer than The Legion of Doom (6), and the Dudleys (5).  And they have more titles than the LOD or the Harts.  They also have more memorable matches than the Harts or LOD did in the WWE.  And they assuredly faced stiffer competition than the LOD did during their time there.  When you add all that up you can definitely make a case for them being as high as number 2, and I’d say they should be no lower than 4th behind New Day, the Dudleys, and the Hardys.

Hooked Up:  The Legion of Doom 

Hawk and Animal are to this day my favorite tag team ever.  That being said, there is no way on God’s green earth that their time in the WWF can be considered anything close to their best years.  By the time they arrived in the WWF in 1990 they were already past their peak as their best years were spent in the AWA, NWA, and Japan.  The only thing they did more in the WWF was win world titles (two vs one apiece in the NWA and AWA).  Putting them at number 6 is clearly a pander to old guys like me who saw them in their prime but trust me, I would have totally understood if they’d been like number 20 instead.

Speaking of guys who wore facepaint and all black…..

Robbed:  Demolition

As much as Hawk and Animal were my favorites, Demolition was the opposite.  Look, they were obvious knockoffs of the Road Warriors and as a big Road Warrior mark I was not here for them.  But that doesn’t mean they didn’t have the better WWF career.  In four years together they had three title reigns, which was unheard of at that time, including the longest reign ever until New Day broke it in 2016.  From WrestleMania IV through Summerslam 1990 Demolition held the tag team titles for 698 out of 883 days, 79 percent of the time.  But once Hawk and Animal finally came to the WWF their usefulness ended and they’ve been cast into the dustbin of history.  And while that was kind of the point of their whole existence it’s not fair to these guys who beat every team in the division over a three years period to treat them as if they were together for six months or something.  Number 11 is just too low.

Hooked Up:  The Rockers

Putting them at 14 is clearly a nod to Shawn Michaels and his post Rockers career, because it damn sure can’t be about what they did as a team.  In three and a half years they officially won zero championships and were basically a .500 team who were there to put over the top teams of the moment while getting enough wins to stay relevant.  Yes they were the most talented team of their time but they were never booked as more than guys to make someone else look good then lose.  Is that worthy of recognition?  Sure.  Is it good for being in the top half of the top 50?  Yeah.  But number 14, ahead of teams who won multiple championships?  Nope.

Speaking of which….

Robbed:  The Smoking Gunns

Billy and Bart Gunn were together for three years and won the tag titles three times, and they’ve seemingly been banished to the Shadow Realm because Billy went on to bigger and better things as part of DX and Bart made the mistake of winning the Brawl for it All.  They’re listed at number 47 behind multiple teams who had fewer reigns and/or weren’t together as long.  Should they be ahead of the Rockers?  I don’t know about that but the gap should definitely be a lot smaller than 33 slots for sure.

Hooked up:  The Mega Powers

Another reward for two guys for their singles careers.  Hulk Hogan and Randy Savage are of course two of the biggest icons in wrestling history, but they teamed up in a proper tag team match a whopping two times.  That’s it.  Need I say more?  To be honest they shouldn’t even be on the list at all.

Robbed:  The Bar

In a little over two years Sheamus and Cesaro were champions 4 times between Raw and Smackdown, worked three WrestleManias and beat a Murderers Row of opponents – New Day, the Usos, Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose, the Hardys – so putting them at 28 behind several teams that did less like the Steiners or teams that never really competed in the tag division like the aforementioned Mega Powers is a joke.

Just Right:  The New Day

Number one was correct.  Over ten times as champions across both Raw and Smackdown and they’ve faced everyone along the way from the Usos to the Bar to Harper and Rowan to the Hurt Business to Gallows and Anderson to the Lucha Dragons and more.  They’ve been in some of the most spectacular matches ever with those guys and the other teams like the Street Profits, Cesaro and Tyson Kidd, and the Shield.  They’ve been together for almost seven years now and became a big enough act to launch one of their members to a World Title victory at WrestleMania 35.  No tag team has accomplished more at any level as a unit in wrestling history, let alone the WWE.  When you sit down and really think about it there is no debate whatsoever.  This was the most important pick of the list and they nailed it.


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