The Way We Was: 1996 Week 6

The Way We Was

Jamie Lithgow

In week 6 of ‘The Way We Was‘ Jamie is still living in the past, because he just can’t bring himself to watch Raw for three hours. At a combined running time of just two hours, let’s hear about the latest happenings from WCW Monday Nitro and WWF Monday Night Raw, from 20 years ago…

I guess we know where Lana got her look from...

Now we know where Lana gets her look from…

The big news on this side of the pond was an end to the IRA’s ceasefire. The terrorist group detonated a truck bomb in the Docklands area of London. In brighter news from the American side of the pond; Michael Jordan scored 20 points in 22 minutes to claim MVP in the NBA All-Star Game, and Marge Simpson found a beautiful Chanel suit at the outlet store in Ogdenville. That’s all well and good, but what were the men in spandex getting up to this week…

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After appearing to turn heel at the Royal Rumble but portraying a babyface ever since, Diesel has given this bad guy stuff another shot. Tagging with Shawn Michaels to face the British Bulldog and Yokozuna at the start of the show, Big Daddy Cool was very much a babyface. However, during the main event – a WWF Title match between Bret Hart and The Undertaker – Diesel battered both men. The undertaker was on the receiving end of a chair shot and two Jacknife Powerbombs.

The really thought people would care...

They really thought people would care…

In Other News From Raw –

  • Vince McMahon and The King got plenty of mileage out of the “Dudes with Attitudes” name for Michaels and Diesel. Six times they mentioned it, and it sounded lame every time
  • Michaels was dressed like a candy cane
  • Apparently there will be no Raw next week because of a dog show. Seriously?!
  • Yokozuna has turned babyface. He got counted out in the opening match, and Jim Cornette was not pleased. Sick of being belittled the 600lb beast snapped and gave Cornette a good slapping before scaring him, Bulldog and Owen to the back
  • After Diesel had attacked Taker and The Hitman during the main event, Raw went to an ad break with Vince questioning if the match would continue. When we returned the match had ended. Apparently the ref threw it out and declared it a draw. Yup, we missed the end of the match
  • Speaking of the ref, Timmy White took his bump a full two minutes before Diesel bothered to interfere. King appeared to cue Big Daddy Cool – who was commentating – to get his ass up and interfere
  • Vader’s lawyer, Clarence Mason, used some big words before saying he is going to sue WWF if his client is not reinstated
  • Gorilla Monsoon also used big words to describe his injures at the hands of Vader. He apologised to fans for his part in the scrap, but not to Vader
  • There was another mysterious promo from a one eared chap wanting to “have a nice day”…
  • This week’s Billionaire Ted skit took a shot at WCW’s finances. Raw ended with Vince telling us that a WWF newspaper ad taking a shot at Ted Turner had been rejected by the Wall Street Journal and New York Times, but an edited version would be published in the financial section of the latter publication
  • On a show that featured Bret Hart vs. The Undertaker for the WWF and two significant character turns, the show closing segment was saved for the WCW parody
  • Quote of the night, from Vince: “Diesel pummelling The Undertaker from behind”

Full Results

  • Shawn Michaels & Diesel defeated Davey Boy Smith & Yokozuna (w/ Jim Cornette) via count-out
  • The 1-2-3 Kid (w/ Ted DiBiase) defeated Hakushi
  • WWF World Champion Bret Hart fought the Undertaker (w/ Paul Bearer) to a no contest

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With Superbrawl this Sunday, Nitro focussed on the Hulk Hogan and Randy Savage vs. Ric Flair and The Giant feud. During the opening match, pitting Savage against Horseman member Chris Benoit, Woman turned heel on Macho Man. Flair and Arn Anderson came out to commence a beat down until Hogan made the save. As he was about to commence a promo with Mean Gene, Hogan was sneak attacked by Flair. Giant came out to join in the beating. Oddly, Zodiac called Giant off Hogan by saying “no” repeatedly. Flair opened up Hogan’s eye injury from last week, throwing The Hulkster’s condition for Superbrawl into question. This was quite an eventful segment, and totally forgotten about was a good little match between Savage and Benoit.

And to think, this match was a total after thought

And to think, this match was a total after thought

In Other News From Nitro –

  • Pepe was dressed as a maid, I think. Either way, our androgynous friend was dressed as a lady this week…
  • In their second ever Nitro match, and third match since returning to WCW, the Road Warriors were granted a Tag Team Title match…
  • Sting and Lex Luger retained after heel Luger used a chunk of metal supplied to him by Jimmy Hart to strike Animal’s back. Good guy Sting – who clearly doesn’t watch his matches back – looked confused again. Post-match Hawk demanded another title shot
  • Eric Bischoff’s promotion of Superbrawl was abysmal compared to Vince’s shilling of the next In Your House. The vibe I get from WCW is to catch Superbrawl if I can, but not to worry because next week’s Nitro will be just as good, if not better
  • Arn Anderson and Brian Pillman of The Horsemen had an entertaining brawl with Kevin Sullivan and Hugh Morrus of The Dungeon. Mid match Anderson was clocked by a broom handle. We never saw who delivered the blow from behind the curtain…
  • Here’s how unclear WCW have been about Superbrawl; there will be a strap match between Kevin Sullivan and Arn Anderson or Brian Pillman, not sure exactly which one it will be though. Sting and Luger will defend the Tag Titles against Harlem Heat, with The Road Warriors possibly facing the winners. Then there’s the only other match I’ve been made aware of…
  • A double cage match involving Hogan, Savage, Giant and Flair for the WCW Title. I honestly don’t know if it’s a tag match or a four corners match. The term “two cage matches” was also banded about, so I have no idea what to expect…

Full Results

  • Randy Savage (w/ Miss Elizabeth and Woman) (c) defeated Chris Benoit by DQ to retain the WCW World Heavyweight Championship
  • Arn Anderson & Brian Pillman defeated Hugh Morrus & The Taskmaster via DQ
  • Ric Flair (w/ Woman) defeated Marcus Alexander Bagwell
  • Lex Luger & Sting (c) defeated The Road Warriors (Road Warrior Animal & Road Warrior Hawk) to retain the WCW World Tag Team Championship

Pepe's Fashion Corner

Ratings

Nitro made it two wins in a row with a 2.9 share over Raw’s 2.7. ‘The One Where Ross and Rachel… You Know’ scored a 21.7 for Friends though. E.R. was the biggest winner of the week with a 25.9 share.

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

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2 thoughts on “The Way We Was: 1996 Week 6

  1. As ridiculous as Pepe looked in that maid outfit (poor pup), he was still far better looking than Asya or Nicole Bass on any given day.

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  2. Pingback: This Week in Wrestling 2016 week 7 | Ring the Damn Bell

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