The Way We Was: 1996 Week 8

The Way We Was

Jamie Lithgow

It’s been a busy week in the past. Having covered WWF’s most recent PPV in yesterday’s post – In Your House 6: Rage in a Cage – today Jamie covers events from the subsequent Raw and Nitro. he also found the time to swing by an eventful Brit Awards and went to the cinema to see Rumble in the Bronx. All this and more in week 8 of ‘The Way We Was‘ …

Take that, Michael Jackson!

Take that, Michael Jackson!

The Brit Awards were this week. The UK’s biggest music awards ceremony was dominated by the bitter rivalry between Brit-Pop bands Oasis and Blur. Oasis ran out as clear winners with three awards while Blur left empty handed. However, it was a member of another Brit-Pop band that made all the headlines. Jarvis Cocker, lead singer of Pulp, crashed Michael Jackson’s performance by appearing to moon the ‘King of Pop’. I wonder if next week’s Grammy Awards can top this? I know what does top a geek waving his bum at a popstar though; Monday Night Raw and Monday Nitro! Let’s get involved…

90s Raw Logo

If you read yesterday’s post covering In Your House 6 then you will be aware that Wrestlemania XII is now starting to take shape. WWF Champion Bret Hart will defend his title against Shawn Michaels. This has actually been the case since the Royal Rumble, but we’ll ignore the apparent pointlessness of this most recent pay per view. Roddy Piper announced Yokozuna vs. Vader for ‘Mania and Diesel vs. The Undertaker now seems inevitable. Based on one of the main angles from Raw, we can now add another potential match to this list too.

Goldust vs. Razor Ramon for the Intercontinental Title is now looking likely. Goldust defended the belt against Razor at the start of Raw, but the champ took a hike with his belt and got counted out. A pissed off Razor took to the mic and pleaded with “Roddy Rowdy Piper” to book the match. Sick of Goldust’s advances and innuendos, Razor said he doesn’t want little kids “watching that kind of stuff on TV”.

Sounds like a strong line-up for Wrestlemania so far, I hope none of these potential matches get scrapped…

"a stone cold individual"

“a stone cold individual”

In Other News From Raw –

  • The Ultimate Warrior is returning! Well, I assume so. Nothing was definitively said, but promos were aired and references were made
  • Vince McMahon has started describing The Ringmaster as “stone cold”
  • Speaking of The Million Dollar Champion, he has now shaved his head, grown a goatee and now wears black trunks
  • A reinstated Vader battered Aldo Montoya and Barry Horowitz for no apparent reason
  • There are still tickets available for Wrestlemania. Imagine that these days…
  • Diesel appeared during The Undertaker’s match with Tatanka wielding an axe before kidnapping a cameraman. A few minutes later we saw Big Daddy Cool destroying Taker’s casket in the backstage area. This footage was shown on the big screen, but Taker did not appear to notice as he was busy wrestling. After he had dispatched Tatanka the incident was replayed, at which point The Undertaker got angry and Paul Bearer became hysterical
  • Apparently Marty Jannetty has found a new tag partner and the team will be called ‘The New Rockers’. I can’t wait…
  • The weirdo in the weird promos who was rumoured to be called ‘Mankind’ was officially named as Mankind. He was hanging out with rats and upset that God created him on the eighth day, after everyone else. This guy is both creepy and interesting in equal measures…
  • The Billionaire Ted skits just keep coming, and once again Raw ended with one. Ted was interviewed by Larry Fling – get it? – with the theme once again set on his finances. I did actually laugh at one gag, which is a first for these skits. The Hukster phoned in to ask Ted for the night off because he had been hit by a lady’s shoe. It was a size seven.

Full Results

  • Razor Ramon defeated WWF IC Champion Goldust (w/ Marlena) via count-out
  • Skip & Zip (w/ Sunny) fought Barry Horowitz & Aldo Montoya to a no contest
  • Steve Austin (w/ Ted Dibiase) defeated Marty Jannetty
  • The Undertaker (w/ Paul Bearer) defeated Tatanka (w/ Ted Dibiase)

Nitro Logo

Loch Ness does not exactly help to dispel the stereotypes about British teeth

Loch Ness; not exactly dispelling the stereotypes about British teeth

Nitro was almost entirely centred around the Hogan/Savage vs. Flair/Anderson/Sullivan feud. For the third week in a row Randy Savage faced Ric Flair in a WCW Title match and for the second week in a row Hogan faced Arn Anderson.

First up, It was claimed that Anderson became the first man to ever defeat Hogan twice. Of course this is nonsense. We don’t even need to go down the Andre The Giant, Antonio Inoki route either. Ric Flair has beaten Hogan twice since The Hulkster joined WCW, the last time being a couple of weeks ago. Anderson’s win wasn’t clean, obviously. It was a DQ after Randy Savage stopped Kevin Sullivan from interfering. Yup, not a hand was laid on Hogan or Anderson but the ref still threw the match out. Showing dedication, Hogan was still selling his eye injury three weeks on from receiving it. Surely it should have healed by now?

The state of that hair, fella!

State of that hair, fella!

In the show’s main event, Ric Flair pinned Savage to retain his title in a complete clusterfuck of a finish. Firstly Flair used Liz’s shoe to nail Savage, but that didn’t keep him down. Sullivan then appeared and ran around the ring, chased by Hogan. While this was happening Arn Anderson appeared in the ring and nailed Macho with a DDT to allow Flair to make the pin. Afterwards the three baddies laid into Hogan and Savage before Brutus The Barber Beefcake made the save. After brushing himself down Hogan made it abundantly clear that his new friend was called “The Booty Man” and that he would join him and Savage in a six man tag against Flair, Anderson and Sullivan next week. Someone really does not want to get sued. “Booty, Booty, Booty Man, brother!”

In Other News From Nitro –

  • Pepe was wrapped up in a lovely woolly hat and jumper ensemble
  • Loch Ness has been given some less than menacing theme music. It sounded a bit like the music Sky Sports use for their Ryder Cup coverage
  • The Belfast Bruiser made his Nitro debut against Brad Armstrong. If you like mullets then watch this match
  • That was Nitro, nothing else happened!

Full Results

  • Arn Anderson (w/ Woman) defeated Hulk Hogan by DQ
  • Loch Ness (w/ Jimmy Hart) defeated Alex Wright
  • The Belfast Bruiser defeated Brad Armstrong
  • Ric Flair (w/ Miss Elizabeth and Woman) (c) defeated Randy Savage to retain the WCW Title

Pepe's Fashion Corner

Ratings

Raw Nitro 19 feb

A fourth victory in a row for Nitro. Their 3.7 saw off Raw’s 3.1. Again, for perspective, on Thursday of this week Friends drew a 20.0 (30.2 million viewers) when Chandler got a new room mate called Eddie.

That’s all for this week, see ya pals!

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

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2 thoughts on “The Way We Was: 1996 Week 8

  1. Pingback: This Week in Wrestling 2016 week 9 | Ring the Damn Bell

  2. Pepe, once again, looked just too damned cool. And I remember seeing that David Findlay (okay, Belfast Bruiser, whatever) match, strange to see him with long hair, but if you see him when he’s wrestling back in England, that was pretty much his normal look. The Mankind vinettes were pretty cool, but most of us already knew t was Mick Foley/Cactus Jack anyway. And those WCW matches were god-awful. Yuch!

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