The Way We Was: 1996 Week 19

The Way We Was

Jamie Lithgow

It’s Friday which means it’s 1996 and unfortunately I must begin today’s flashback with some bad news. After 12 seasons and 264 episodes ‘Murder She Wrote’ has been cancelled. Looks like Jessica Fletcher got away with all those murders after all – come on folks, she was the common factor in every episode! Also, the LA Lakers are out of the NBA Playoffs and Magic Johnson’s career appears to be over, again. Now that we are suitably up to speed, let’s take a look at this week’s Raw and Nitro in ‘The Way We Was‘ …

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This woman’s life has been ruined by Shawn Michaels’ penis…

Shawn Michaels’ alleged womanising – as far as we know he is single, by the way – was the focus of Raw for the second week in a row. Last week he was accused of trying to seduce the wife of Davey Boy Smith – Diana Boy Smith – and this week the finger of blame came from an anonymous silhouette. With the interview footage also provided anonymously the only information we received about the woman was that she is purportedly the ex-wife a WWF wrestler. According to her, HBK ruined her life by seducing her into bed and thus cheating on her husband.  Apparently it is somehow Michaels’ fault that she was unable to resist and say no. Even if this turns out to be true and the WWF Champion did knowingly have sex with a colleague’s wife, she did say that he was “the best I’ve ever had”. Every cloud, eh Shawn?

In Other News From Raw…

  • You know how for the last few weeks Goldust has been feuding with The Ultimate Warrior and Mankind has targeted The Undertaker? Well, fuck it; WWF’s next PPV will feature Goldust vs. The Undertaker in a Casket Match. No explanation was given as to why these two feuds have crossed over, but Goldust wasn’t happy about the Casket Match stipulation. The show ended with him running away from a gold coffin
  • Vince McMahon seemed to be under the impression that Goldust and Taker would be wrestling either in or on a casket…
  • Sable was wearing her PVC catsuit, as per her last few appearances. However this week she had a whip…
  • The 1-2-3 Kid is trying to grow a goatee
  • Ted DiBiase accepted Savio Vega’s challenge for a Caribbean Strap Match with Stone Cold Steve Austin, under one condition; should Savio lose he will become The Million Dollar Man’s chauffeur
  • Speaking of Austin, check out his clobber…
  • A couple of Fatu’s “family members” stood in the aisle and watched him lose to The British Bulldog. One of these men was Matt ‘Rosey’ Anoaʻi aka Roman Reigns’ big brother. After a brief exchange of words Fatu could be heard saying “you’re not my family… the WWF is my family”
  • This match featured a very confused “USA” chant. Firstly, The British Bulldog – the heel – was wearing his old stars and stripes gear from his Allied Powers days. Secondly, Fatu is supposed to be from Samoa. Were the fans cheering Bulldog for wearing stars and stripes or trying to inspire Fatu who is actually American in real life?
  • Tekno Team 2000 are a real team! I’d heard the term before but figured it was just a silly name or in-joke from a podcast. But no, Travis and Troy are real and they wrestled the WWF Tag Team Champions on Raw. Having since read up on the dynamic duo, apparently The Bodydonnas were asked to make the Tekno lads look good in defeat, which they did. Sadly, all this hard work was undone by Jerry Lawler who quipped “The New Rockers are a lot better than this Tekno team”

Full Results

  • Marc Mero (w/ Sable) defeated 1-2-3 Kid (w/ Ted Dibiase)
  • Davey Boy Smith (w/ Jim Cornette & Diana Smith) defeated Fatu
  • Skip & Zip (w/ Sunny) defeated Techno Team 2000
  • The Undertaker (w/ Paul Bearer) defeated Owen Hart

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It makes no sense to place this picture here, but nothing on Nitro made sense this week anyway

It makes no sense to place this picture here, but nothing on Nitro made sense this week anyway

Okay, I shall do my best to explain another confusing Nitro main event: It was supposed to be WCW Champion The Giant vs. Lex Luger, but Luger no-showed. Hacksaw Jim Duggan seized this opportunity and took the match instead. This may sound straight forward but Luger was scheduled to make his entrance first, so Jim Duggan’s appearance seemed to indicate one more match before the main event – this confused the commentators too. Duggan also came out while Sting’s music was still playing from the previous match. The Giant won this match, obviously, but continued to batter Hacksaw after the bell. This brought out a stream of jobbers to get flattened by the big man. Eventually Ric Flair – whom The Giant won the WCW Title from last week – appeared with a chair and got in a few good shots. With The Giant apparently under control, Sting then came out to give Flair a hand. The Stinger battered The Giant and put him in the Scorpion Death Lock. It was at this point when Luger finally showed up, in street clothes and holding a briefcase for some reason. He avoided all questions about where he was. It is worth noting that The Giant’s manager is Jimmy Hart, who has been told that he is not allowed to manage Luger anymore, but is still clearly in his ear. I like not being spoon fed information during wrestling angles, but help me out here WCW…

In Other News From Nitro…

  • He’s Pepe the sailor man…
  • Eric Bischoff announced a new PPV for July. It’ll be called ‘Hog Wild’ and will feature thousands of motorbikes. No word on exactly why though…
  • We saw another one of those Mortal Kombat-esque ‘Blood Runs Cold’ promos. Whatever it is it’s coming to WCW
  • Some guy called Otani has been crowned WCW’s first Cruiserweight Champion. There was no match and we did not even see the new champ, we were just told this on commentary
  • As I mentioned, Jim Duggan came out while Sting’s music was still playing. Well, The Stingers’s music must have looped for an entire ad break too
  • Just like the WWF, WCW also acknowledged the passing of Ray Stevens. In a genuine show of class, instead of sending flowers Eric Bischoff – on behalf of Stevens’ family – encouraged fans to use this money as a donation to The Crippler’s favourite charity instead. Nice touch
  • Ric Flair watched the Dean Malenko vs. Jushin ‘Thunder’ Liger match in his own VIP section along with Liz and Woman. Watching wrestling probably doesn’t get much better than that…
  • Having finished his VIP dinner, Flair offered Mean Gene a drink which he accidentally spat out when trying not to laugh. Flair also offered a drink to Debra McMichael – Mongo’s wife – who just happened to be sat at ringside. She accepted, but poured it out. The silhouetted woman from Raw would do well to learn from Debra’s handling of Flair’s advances
  • Macho Man hanged Hugh Morrus with his jacket. Considering the emphasis that has been placed on Savage’s mental state and the speed with which security restrained him last week, it took an age for him to be subdued this time around. It took so long that Savage went with them voluntarily

Full Results

  • Hugh Morrus defeats Randy Savage by DQ
  • Dean Malenko defeats Jushin Thunder Liger (w/ Sonny Onoo)
  • Sting defeats Lord Steven Regal (w/ Jeeves)
  • WCW World Heavyweight Title Match: The Giant (w/ Jimmy Hart) (c) defeats Jim Duggan

Pepe's Fashion Corner

Ratings

If Last week was a comprehensive victory for Raw then this week’s 4.1 – 1.9 could be considered a total humiliation. However, it’s not that simple. As the NBA Playoffs have started Nitro is on earlier, and thus not head-to-head with Raw. For the time being Nitro will have a crappy timeslot (7pm) and Raw will have the monopoly over America’s wrestling fans

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

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2 thoughts on “The Way We Was: 1996 Week 19

  1. Pepe looked soooo cute! And say what you want about Bischoff (everyone else has), but it was a great jesture mentioning Ray Stevens and directing the fans to Steven’s favorite charity. This is something you just don’t see anymore. Certainly as hell wouldn’t see it in WWE.

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