The Way We Was: 1996 Week 4 Pt.2 WCW

The Way We Was

Jamie Lithgow

There was so much wrestling this week that today we bring you part 2 of the fourth instalment of ‘The Way We Was‘. Jamie has spent the night in his DeLorean to bring us the latest happenings from a busy few days down in WCW with all the action from an eventful Monday Nitro and Clash of the Champions XXXII…

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Macho Man Randy Savage is the new WCW Champion, he defeated Ric Flair in the opening bout. It was an okay match, but the finish was a complete clusterfuck. Arn Anderson missed Macho Man with a punch and instead nailed Flair, in full view of the referee. Although he jumped around a lot, the ref did not signal for the bell and a DQ finish, which the rules say he probably should have. The bell did ring at this point though, several times. Undeterred, Savage continued and hit his top rope elbow drop for the three and the title. Of course, Hogan was there to celebrate with Macho and share the spotlight. Savage – justifiably – called him out on this. After being called out for hogging the spotlight, Hogan then had the gall to ask for a title shot, to which Savage responded by telling him to get in line and earn it. It’s amazing to me that not only is this Hogan chap a babyface but he and Savage are still on good terms and still very much a team…

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Title matches? No way brother, this is what the people want to see!

In Other News From Nitro –

  • Pepe was dressed to the nines in a tuxedo and matching top hat
  • Last week Harlem Heat were pictured with their tag title belts when Eric Bischoff ran down the card for WCW Saturday Night. This week they were not pictured with the belts…
  • Guess what? Sting & Lex Luger defeated Harlem Heat to become the new WCW Tag Team Champions. Luger cheated by using a roll of silver dollars to deck Booker T. Good guy Sting was oblivious
  • Konnan – making his first WCW appearance since 1990 – wandered into shot when the commentators were talking to the camera to announce that he would defend his “Mexican Heavyweight Title” at tomorrow’s Clash of The Champions. Thanks for that mate…
  • Hogan and Savage (and thus WCW) had a couple of surprises up their sleeve for tomorrow’s Clash, and they spoiled both of them. Apparently Miss Elizabeth will be in the Mega Powers corner. Also Kevin Greene of the Superbowl bound Pittsburgh Steelers. No idea what he’ll be doing, but Savage and Hogan kept saying his name…
  • Despite Nitro hosting a WCW Title and Tag Title matches – both of which resulted in new champions – Hulk Hogan main evented the show, against US Champion The One Man Gang… in a non-title match

Full Results

  • Randy Savage defeated Ric Flair (c) (w/ Jimmy Hart) to win the WCW World Heavyweight Championship
  • Brian Pillman defeated Dean Malenko
  • Sting & Lex Luger defeated Harlem Heat (c) to win the WCW World Tag Team Championship
  • Hulk Hogan defeated One Man Gang

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I guess the main storyline development was the show long wedding angle between Colonel Robert Parker and Sister Sherri. In order to eek this tedious storyline out over several segments both the groom and the bride were late. Despite arriving at the venue by taxi, the Colonel’s trailer was parked right outside. Why is this obvious plot hole significant? Because Madusa burst out of said trailer and broke up the wedding. Apparently she is the Colonel’s bit on the side. Apparently The Colonel did not think to A not invite her to his trailer on his wedding day, and B not lock the door.

In Other News from The Clash –

  • Tony Schiavone and Bobby Heenan were the commentators, and were 100 times better than Bischoff, Mongo and Heenan were on Nitro
  • However, Heenan did drop an F-bomb! This was the infamous incident where – without prior agreement – Brian Pillman roughed up Heenan and grabbed his neck during a match with Eddie Guerrero. Unaware that it was Pillman and not a fan behind him, Heenan yelled “what the fuck are you doing?!” while still on commentary. Heenan briefly removed himself from the commentary table but did apologise upon his return. The reason for Heenan’s reaction is because of his long-standing neck and throat problems, which he kept largely private back in 1996. Pillman was unaware of Heenan’s issues and that he was regarded as off-limits by management. Pillman apologised to Heenan afterwards. Although WCW censored Heenan’s remarks in subsequent use of the footage, WWE have mostly not bothered. I watched the event on the Network and could hear Heenan swearing loud and clear.
  • The Road Warriors – with blue shoulder pads, which was strange to see – are back in WCW. They want a tag title shot straight away. Lex Luger – a heel – told them to get in line, and quite right too.
  • Disco Inferno no-showed his match Kevin Sullivan. He sent an Elvis impersonator instead. It was as bad as it sounds, but still better than if Disco had actually showed up
  • Miss Elizabeth was in the Mega Powers corner, but you would never have known
  • Konnan vs. Psychosis looked like the beginning of something significant with regards to luchadores in WCW…
  • In a largely pointless interview, Paul Orndorff is still upset with The Horsemen for breaking his neck. Did anyone think he would have any other feelings regarding them?
  • Ric Flair used brass knucks to KO Randy Savage and win the main event. Hogan and pals claimed the high ground after the bell though, with Kevin Greene helping to rid the ring of bad guys. I found it astonishing that not only did he show up but he physically participated in a wrestling angle just days before playing in the Superbowl. Fair play to you lad
  • This match is also significant because rumour has it Ric Flair threatened to quit the company if the original finish was not changed. Flair – who dropped his WCW Title to Savage the previous night – was originally scheduled to do the job for his team by succumbing to Hogan’s Leg Drop of Doom. Flair got his way, obviously, with the ends somewhat justifying the means

Full Results

  • The Nasty Boys (Brian Knobbs & Jerry Sags) vs. The Public Enemy (Johnny Grunge & Rocco Rock) ended in a Double DQ
  • Dean Malenko defeated Alex Wright
  • The Taskmaster (w/ Jimmy Hart) defeated Disco Inferno by forfeit
  • Brian Pillman defeated Eddie Guerrero
  • Lex Luger & Sting (c) defeated The Blue Bloods (Earl Robert Eaton & Lord Steven Regal) to retain the WCW World Tag Team Championship
  • Konnan (c) defeated Psicosis to retain the Mexican Heavyweight Championship
  • Ric Flair & The Giant (w/ Jimmy Hart) defeated Hulk Hogan & Randy Savage (w/ Kevin Greene & Miss Elizabeth)

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Ratings
Raw bounced back from last week’s spanking to claim victory with a 2.9 over Nitro’s 2.7. Clash of The Champions XXXII drew a very healthy 4.5. The Royal Rumble drew 260,000 buys, which was up 35,000 from last year. To put this into perspective the 2002 Rumble is the most successful Rumble PPV to date with 670,000. 1989 is the lowest of the pre-Network era with 165,000. FYI, the 2015 Rumble drew 145,000 buys.

You can read all previous ‘The Way We Was’ pieces here.

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2 thoughts on “The Way We Was: 1996 Week 4 Pt.2 WCW

  1. Pingback: This Week in Wrestling 2016 week 5 | Ring the Damn Bell

  2. See, this is why WCW was always such a clustermuch to me. You have a world title match between Flair and Savage (22 world titles between them) AS THE OPENING BOUT?! And the US Title match is the main event? (Hoganitis at its best). Did not know that George Gray aka the One Man Gang, was a former United States Champion, thanks for dropping a little knowledge down to me.

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