The Way We Was: 1996 Week 16

The Way We Was

Jamie Lithgow

It’s Friday which means it must be 1996 again. There was a lack of news this week, unless you count Bobby Brown being arrested again as news?! However, there was one significant story from this week that will jog some memories. This one is for the football – or soccer – fans out there; this past weekend marked 20 years since the Manchester United players blamed their awful grey kit for their even worse performance against Southampton. Apparently they fell 3-0 behind in the first half because the players couldn’t see each other due to the camouflaging nature of the kit against the backdrop of the fans. Sounds like a lame excuse for a crap performance to me, but they did get a goal back after changing into a blue and white kit for the second half. Let’s see if Hulk Hogan blames his outfit for his performance in this week’s ‘The Way We Was‘ …

90s Raw Logo

The main development from Raw this week involves Savio Vega. No, seriously, it does. The Caribbean Superstar challenged Goldust for the Intercontinental Title, and won. Well, not really. After referee Earl Hebner took a bump, Marlena handed Goldust the IC Title to thump Savio with. However, the challenger managed to duck and ended up using the belt himself. Ref Hebner regained consciousness immediately after babyface Savio had struck Goldust with the belt, and was thus able to count the three. Unfortunately for Savio, another referee – Timmy White – had come to ringside after Earl’s bump and was having none of it. This prompted Gorilla Monsoon to come out and declare the IC Title vacant and book a rematch between Goldust and Savio for next week. I found myself agreeing with Jerry Lawler regarding how harsh Goldust had been treated here; he didn’t actually do anything wrong. Surely Goldust – as the heel – should have been the one found guilty of cheating?

This image seems to confirm Marc Mero's fate in WWE, and it's only his second match

This isn’t Mero and Sable circa 1998. The writing was on the wall for poor Marc back in early 1996

In Other News From Raw –

  • We saw exclusive footage of Bret Hart immediately following the Wrestlemania XII main event. In a scene reminiscent of Wrestling With Shadows, a pissed off Hitman told the cameraman to get lost before being filmed driving away topless and still wearing his wrist tape.
  • We also caught up with The Hitman for the first time since ‘Mania. In an interview conducted in Germany, he made a point of saying that he had signed up for a 60 minute match, not a 62 minute match. He also reiterated his point about it being Shawn’s job to beat him and not his job to beat Shawn – HBK did not beat The Hitman within the 60 minutes. He did, however, lament his decision to pause in the aisle and not continue towards the dressing room after the 60 minutes had expired. Also, despite distancing himself from rumours regarding WCW – whom he did not mention by name – Hart did cast doubt over a WWF return due to feeling “betrayed”. This very much sounded like a man on the verge of a heel turn…
  • The WWF Title match between Shawn Michaels and Diesel at the next In You House will now be a No Holds Barred Match
  • Stone Cold Steve Austin has now completely ditched The Ringmaster nickname, but is still The Million Dollar Champion
  • Sable accompanied Marc Mero to ringside for the first time
  • Speaking of Sable, here’s a quote from Vince McMahon as she made her entrance: “There it is!”
  • There was an uncomfortably long Sunny promo video, which lasted the entire length of her theme song. The same footage of her on the beach must have looped at least three times
  • For seemingly no reason Vader will face Razor Ramon at the next In Your House. Jim Cornette – possibly knowing something we don’t – said: “Razor Ramon may soon cease to exist”

Full Results

  • Marc Mero defeated Leif Cassidy
  • Steve Austin defeated Bart Gunn
  • Savio Vega defeated Goldust (c) (w/ Marlena) to win the WWF Intercontinental Championship. The result was rendered null and void shortly afterwards though

Nitro Logo

After a week without Nitro, finally The Booty Man will reveal his plan to get the better of Kevin Sullivan and Arn Anderson once and for all! Erm, not quite. In fact, his “plan” wasn’t even mentioned. Worse still, he wasn’t even on Nitro this week. He was supposed to team with Hulk Hogan against Anderson and Sullivan, but was taken out by the dastardly duo on WCW Saturday Night. Thus Hogan went solo in a handicap match against the pair, and won… clean. As per the stipulation Hogan was permitted 5 minutes in the ring alone with either Liz or Woman. The live crowd were rightly baffled – as was I – until Hogan spotted Jimmy Hart, and gave him a beating instead. The Giant made the save for his manager, but Hogan no-sold his offence too. Good old Hulk…

Heads up Stinger, there's a man posing there

Heads up Stinger, there’s a man posing there

In Other News From Nitro –

  • Pepe was dressed in orange camouflage and a cowboy hat. I’m not sure that look ever took off…
  • Randy Savage snapped after his match with Bobby Eaton – who was imitating Ric Flair at times during the bout – and repeatedly hit him with his Elbow Drop. Doug Dillinger, Hacksaw Jim Duggan and Alex Wright restrained Savage and handcuffed him for his own good.
  • The Nasty Boys and The Public Enemy had that same match, again…
  • Sting was looking decidedly uncool as he was clearly between hairstyles
  • The main event saw Ric Flair and The Giant – who fought each other in an ill-tempered match a few weeks ago – challenge Sting and Lex Luger for the Tag Titles. The match was thrown out after Woman threw hot coffee at Lex Luger again. However, Luger ducked and it was Sting who got scalded this week. The bizarre part of this angle came from the commentary desk. Bobby Heenan suggested that Luger knew Sting was behind him and that it was no accident. However, Bischoff and Mongo disputed this and appeared to stick up for Luger. This stance from the babyface commentators was in direct contradiction to their constant suspicion of Luger of late. In fact, prior to the match Mongo called him “a snake in the grass”.

Full Results

  • Hulk Hogan (w/ The Booty Babe) defeated Arn Anderson & Kevin Sullivan (w/ Miss Elizabeth and Woman)
  • Falls Count Anywhere Street Fight: The Nasty Boys defeated The Public Enemy
  • Randy Savage defeated Earl Robert Eaton (w/ Jeeves)
  • WCW Tag Team Title Match: Lex Luger & Sting (c) defeated Ric Flair & The Giant (w/ Jimmy Hart) by DQ

Pepe's Fashion Corner


Raw is holding firm. WWF’s 3.1 saw off Nitro’s 2.8 to give Vinnie Mac a third win in a row over Easy E. Still no new episodes of Friends for comparison, but over the weekend 22 Short Films About Springfield did a 10.5 for The Simpsons. I love that episode.

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


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