It’s Friday, so that must mean we’ve travelled back to 1996. Remember a few weeks ago when 2-Pac was caught with an illegal firearm in his car? Well this week a judge sentenced him to 120 days in the jail for violating the terms of his parole. Another silly boy appears to be MC Hammer. The dancing rapper made over $32 million in 1990, but this week it was revealed that he is $10 million in debt. On this side of the pond, Aston Villa beat Leeds United 3-0 in the Coca-Cola Cup Final at the old Wembley Stadium. Speaking of Wembley, it hosted Summerslam ’92, which was a wrestling show. So without further ado let’s take a look at a couple of other wrestling shows from the 90’s in this week’s ‘The Way We Was‘ …
There is no specific big news from Raw this week as it was the final show before Wrestlemania XII on Sunday. While there are signs of slightly more adult orientated material on WWE television, we are still a far cry from the ‘Attitude Era’ when almost all PPVs were treated as raging climaxes and the wrestlers could barely contain themselves in the build-up – or should that be foreplay? As an example, Bret Hart and Shawn Michaels – who will headline Wrestlemania in a one hour Ironman match – exchanged words and harsh looks after HBK’s defeat of Leif Cassidy. This came about after Hart provided guest commentary for the match. As he was doing so Cassidy’s tag partner, Marty Jannetty, tried to interfere in the match. Not one to tolerate injustice, The Hitman put a stop to this but HBK was no less annoyed to see Hart getting involved in his match. While it wasn’t quite the same as Triple H smashing Roman Reigns’ face in, one could argue that it was more effective.
In Other News From Raw –
- Shawn Michaels had his ‘Kliq Cam’ with him i.e. a very 90’s looking camcorder he occasionally uses during his entrance. Any illusion that Raw might be live – it was the fourth week of tapings in San Antonio – was shattered by footage from the battery powered ‘Kliq Cam’ being spliced into the broadcast
- Michaels also introduced his mentor and trainer; Jose Lothario. The old boy – whose nickname appears to be ‘Super Sock’, for some reason – came out to HBK’s ‘Sexy Boy’ theme. How inappropriate
- “Pound him into the ground” was the message Bret Hart seemed keen for us to hear regarding his upcoming match with HBK
- Paul Bearer and The Undertaker cut a promo on Diesel. Bearer recapped the last four weeks of the feud, for a live audience who had just sat through all of it
- For the third week in a row we got the exact same angle. Owen Hart, The British Bulldog and Vader had a scrap with Yokozuna, Ahmed Johnson and Jake Roberts. The only difference was the order in which the wrestlers ran in to make saves
- There was another weird segment from Goldust, who cut a promo on a mannequin dressed as Roddy Piper
- No Billionaire Ted segment this week. Instead Raw ended with a tribute music video to Bret Hart. Part of it sounded a bit like The Texas Tornado’s old theme…
- Shawn Michaels defeated Leif Cassidy (w/ Marty Jannetty)
- Hunter Hearst Helmsley defeated Aldo Montoya
- Ahmed Johnson defeated Owen Hart via disqualification
The big news from WCW is that Nitro was a Hogan free zone this week. This made room for something a little different in the main event for a change. After defeating Loch Ness at Uncensored, The Giant earned a shot at Ric Flair’s WCW Title on Nitro. I know Flair is ‘the dirtiest player in the game’ but his consistent cheating – choking, low blows, interference from Woman and Liz – seemed a bit out of place considering he and fellow heel The Giant had formed an alliance of late. Ultimately Arn Anderson came out to hit Giant with a chair and save the title for Flair. However, the main issue arose when Kevin Sullivan followed Anderson out to stop this happening. Having shorter legs, Sullivan was a step or two behind and grabbed the chair from Double A a little too late. By the time The Giant turned around it was The Taskmaster holding the makeshift weapon. Cue the big guy to go ape shit on Sullivan, Anderson and everybody within a ten yard radius. So, all is not well once again between The Horsemen and The Dungeon…. and within The Dungeon itself
In Other News From Nitro –
- Pepe was definitely a cowboy this week…
- There was no explanation given for Jimmy Hart’s absence in the main event, but he did show up at the end when The Giant went nuts on everybody
- Fit Finlay was just ‘The Belfast Bruiser’ on this show
- Mongo managed to find a gap for an inappropriate Irish famine joke
- Booker T fought with The Road Warriors for 30 minutes at Uncensored to earn Harlem Heat a WCW Tag Team Title shot. On Nitro The American Males challenged for the titles having not been seen on TV for weeks
- A decent match between Konnan and Mr JL was played out on front of near silence from the live crowd while the commentators talked about everything other than what was happening in the ring
- In a match from my worst nightmares, The Booty Man wrestled The Disco Inferno
- Liz was holding a massive wedge of cash during Ric Flair’s promo. No reference was made to it so afterwords Bischoff had to tell us that it was Macho Man’s money. Should we call the police?
- After retaining the Tag Titles against The American Males, Lex Luger celebrated in the aisle while Sting celebrated with Bagwell and Riggs. This was supposed to make Luger look selfish, but considering nobody – Sting included – celebrates with their defeated opponents this just made Sting look a bit weird… and a lot lame
- Randy Savage defeated The Belfast Bruiser
- Konnan (c) defeated Mr. JL to retain the WCW United States Championship
- The Booty Man (w/ The Booty Babe) defeated Disco Inferno
- Lex Luger & Sting (c) defeated The American Males to retain the WCW World Tag Team Championship
- Ric Flair (w/ Miss Elizabeth & Woman) (c) vs. The Giant ended in a no contest in a WCW World Heavyweight Championship Match
Another victory for WCW, but by a closer margin this time. Nitro’s 3.1 beat Raw’s 2.8. On Thursday Friends drew a 20.0 when Chandler’s mental room mate, Eddie, refused to move out until he was tricked. J-Man and Channy are back together!
You can read all previous ‘The Way We Was’ pieces here.