The Way We Was: 1996 Week 23

The Way We Was

Jamie Lithgow

Welcome once again to 1996. It’s been a while since we heard from our old friend 2-Pac, but he’s back in the news this week. It appears our rapper friend may escape jail because he has been granted bail while he appeals his latest conviction. Elsewhere, the NBA Finals have started and the all-conquering Chicago Bulls have been dealt a wake-up call by Shawn Kemp’s Seattle Supersonics. Let’s see if Razor Ramon’s appearance on Nitro last week provided a wake up call for WCW or the WWF in this week’s ‘The Way We Was‘ …

90s Raw Logo

A week after Razor Ramon appeared on Nitro, what did the WWF have to say about this apparent invasion of their competition? Absolutely nothing. Come to think of it, we’ve not seen Razor on Raw for the best part of two months. I’m starting to think that the WWF aren’t invading WCW after all, and perhaps Da Bad Guy has just signed for WCW instead…

Say goodbye to Da Bad Guy

Say goodbye to Da Bad Guy

In Other News From Raw –

  • After providing Ahmed Johnson with mouth-to-mouth resuscitation last week, a naked Goldust discussed how much he likes the taste of chocolate in his mouth. Oooh matron!
  • Oh, it will be no surprise to learn that the pair will face each other at The King of The Ring. Please let there be a stipulation for this match…
  • Another match for the June PPV will be The Ultimate Warrior vs. Jerry ‘The King’ Lawler. Why, I hear you ask? This was not made particularly clear last week – in fact it was barely mentioned – but the reason Goldust AND Warrior were counted out in their KOTR qualifier was because The King prevented Warrior from getting back into the ring. I watched this happen, but thought nothing of it due to how quickly Vince and King moved on from it
  • Has anyone heard this rumour that The King is actually a really good artist/illustrator? Well, it’s not a rumour. Unlike The Ultimate Warrior, he draws his own comics…
  • A promo for Superstars very clearly used Lex Luger’s WCW theme. I wonder if Eric Bischoff was watching?
  • Clarence Mason was still sporting a neck brace and crutches while claiming that Gorilla Monsoon assaulted him during an angle last month. Mason’s video evidence shows Monsoon tapping the lawyer on the back with minimal force. Damn blood sucking lawyers!
  • The Bodydonnas are looking for a new manager after Sunny ditched them in favour of following the Tag Titles to their new owners. On that note; no title switch this week, The Smoking Gunns are still champions
  • The King of The Ring PPV is really taking shape because a third match was announced on Raw. The Undertaker will face Mankind in a their long awaited first match. Mankind paraphrased Mark Twain in an excellent promo to hype the match: “of all the things in life I’ve lost, I miss my mind the most”
  • Stone Cold Steve Austin – now flying solo since Ted DiBiase’s departure – advanced to The King of The Ring quarter finals after defeating Bob Holly
  • My pick to win the tournament – Hunter Hearst Helmsley – has fallen at the first hurdle. Jake ‘The Snake’ Roberts picked up the win with his patented DDT

Full Results

  • KOTR Qualifying Match: Steve Austin defeated Bob Holly
  • Mankind defeated Barry Horowitz
  • The Godwinns (w/ Hillbilly Jim) defeated Techno Team 2000
  • KOTR Qualifying Match: Jake Roberts defeated Hunter Hearst Helmsley

Nitro Logo

I know you, aren't you The Diamond Studd?

I know you, aren’t you The Diamond Studd?

WCW are still getting to grips with Nitro’s new two hour format. As they looked to fill the extra hour there was a heck of a lot going on this week, and much of it was new. As is usually the case in WCW, some of this new stuff was good and some of it was not so good. With that in mind, the most interesting new part of Nitro happened right at the very end. Razor Ramon showed up again – dressed exactly the same as last week – and reiterated his challenge to Bischoff and WCW. Sting then got in Razor’s face which prompted Da Bad Guy to promise “a big surprise” next week. So, as if we needed confirmation, this angle – or whatever it is – involving Razor Ramon is a big one because Sting is getting involved…

In Other News From Nitro –

Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice...

Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice…

  • After being linked with Flair and Anderson on WCW Saturday Night, Bobby Heenan announced that he will never manage again… but he will coach!
  • On the back of this – and despite it being a pre-recorded segment – pro footballers Steve ‘Mongo’ McMichael and Kevin Green finally had the idea to get a coach of their own – Macho Man Randy Savage
  • While the football idiots – the pair come across like The Hype Bros – have been preparing for their wrestling match in the gym, Arn Anderson and Ric Flair have been preparing by having wrestling matches. This week they defeated a returning Rock n’ Roll Express
  • Speaking of whom, Robert Gibson appears to have turned into Beetlejuice…
  • Those ‘Blood Runs Cold’ promos have a new tag line; Glacier. Who or what is Glacier?
  • Under normal circumstances the answer to that question would be John Tenta being repackaged as another aspect of nature. However, this week the former Earthquake and Avalanche ditched his Shark gimmick and told Mean Gene that he is a man, not a fish, and would seek revenge on The Dungeon of Doom for cutting his hair last week
  • Incidentally, Tenta is keeping his half-shaved head because it reminds him of the embarrassment he felt. Yes, apparently he wants to be reminded of that…
  • Lex Luger justified his blatant interference during Sting’s match with Scott Steiner last week in quite a convincing way. Luger kicked Steiner in the gut causing a DQ, but he claimed it was to prevent Steiner – who is supposed to be friends with Sting – suplexing The Stinger on the concrete floor. The Total Package made a fair point…
  • Scott Norton took two Chokeslams from The Giant and still bounced back to defeat Hugh Morrus directly afterwards
  • Two jacked dudes collectively known as High Voltage made their TV debut. They were rubbish
  • Lord Steven Regal has been fined for chopping Sting in a backstage segment on WCW Prime. Regal said that he paid double the fine so is now in credit…
  • Kevin Sullivan vs. Chris Benoit is booked for The Great American Bash. The pair have been exchanging heated words on WCW Saturday Night for the last few weeks. Benoit – a member of The Horsemen – doesn’t trust Sullivan –leader of The Dungeon of Doom. Meanwhile Sullivan keeps calling Benoit a serpent. Arn Anderson, who recently made a truce with Sullivan, has been keeping out of it. Probably for the best Arn…
  • Apparently Johnny B. Badd and Vader were advertised for Nitro in several listings. WCW’s PR department are clearly on the ball…
  • The Giant interfered in the Steiners vs. Sting & Lex Luger main event. The champ was sent packing when both tandems teamed up to send him packing

Full Results

  • John Tenta defeated Big Bubba via count out
  • The Faces of Fear defeated High Voltage
  • Sgt. Craig Pittman defeated Disco Inferno via submission
  • Lord Steven Regal pinned Jim Duggan
  • Kevin Sullivan pinned Prince Iaukea
  • Ric Flair & Arn Anderson defeated The Rock ‘n’ Roll Express
  • The Giant pinned Ice Train
  • Scott Norton pinned Hugh Morrus
  • Sting & Lex Luger fought The Steiner Brothers to a no contest

Ratings

Nitro have bucked the trend and jumped back into the lead with a 3.0 – 2.3 victory. I wonder how long it will last though?

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

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