The Way We Was: 1996 Week 26

The Way We Was

Jamie Lithgow

It’s Friday which means it’s time to relive events from 20 years ago. In the world outside of wrestling not much is different, with England crashing out of the European Championships. Gareth Southgate missed a penalty to send Germany into the final and Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland into fits of laughter. Little did we know that we would get an even bigger chuckle 20 years later! Anyway, let’s find out what happened on Raw and Nitro in this week’s ‘The Way We Was‘ …

90s Raw Logo

Austin showing the scars of war from his match with Marc Mero

Austin showing the scars of war from his match with Marc Mero

This was a funny episode of Raw, because not a lot happened. I know I know, the last few episodes have followed a similar pattern, but this was the live episode following a very eventful and enjoyable King of The Ring (we’ll have a standalone post on that next week) pay per view. I suppose the most significant news – in hindsight at least – is the continued rise of Stone Cold Steve Austin. After becoming King of The Ring and cutting his famous ‘Austin 3:16’ promo the previous night, Stone Cold main evented Raw… against The Undertaker. The finish was inconclusive due to outside interference. Hmmm, I wonder if we’ll see anything like this again…?

In Other News From Raw –

  • The aforementioned interference came from Goldust, who threw, erm, gold dust, in Taker’s eyes for the disqualification finish. Prior to this we learned that Goldust would face The Undertaker at the next In Your House. The Bizarre One was booked against The Deadman for no apparent reason at the last In Your House too. The Undertaker has been feuding with Mankind while Goldust has been opposing Ahmed Johnson, so I’m confused…
  • Speaking of Ahmed, the new Intercontinental Champion – and first ever African American IC champ – vowed to defend the belt for all fans regardless of race; “black, white, red or green”. Ahmed also called Dok Hendrix “Mike”. Ooops
  • We saw another weird, inspirational Warrior promo thing. Is he starting his own religion or something?
  • When you watch old shows on the WWE Network they hide phone numbers with a sign that says ‘Number No Longer Active’. However, apparently they only give a shit about WWE numbers because the Ticketmaster number is always displayed
  • In more somewhat nonsensical booking, The Smoking Gunns will face The Bodydonnas at the next In Your House, but this will not be a Tag Title match. Why?
  • Speaking on Skip and Zip, their new manager, Cloudy, chased Sunny around the ring and generally freaked her out. We also saw photos and videos from fans who had applied to be The Bodydonnas new manager. If you remember how cringeworthy some of the old Tough Enough and Diva Search entries are then you are in for a treat here!
  • Next week on Raw Shawn Michaels will face Marty Jannetty. It is being hyped as somewhat of a rubber match. I wonder who might win?!
  • Brian Pillman made his Raw debut and was just as angry as last night. He appeared to be complaining to Vince McMahon about money, I think. Speaking of last night, Vince reiterated his apologies for Pillman’s comments at King of The Ring
  • Following on from Owen Hart the previous night, Jerry Lawler ended the show by questioning Paul Bearer’s loyalty to The Undertaker…

Full Results

  • Ahmed Johnson defeated Hunter Hearst Helmsley
  • The Bodydonnas (w/ Cloudy) defeated the Brooklyn Brawler & Jerry Fox
  • Vader, Owen Hart, & Davey Boy Smith (w/ Jim Cornette & Diana Hart Smith) defeated Aldo Montoya, Savio Vega, & Barry Horowitz
  • The Undertaker (w/ Paul Bearer) defeated Steve Austin via disqualification

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Is it just me or does Luger suit face paint?

Is it just me or does Luger suit face paint?

Like Raw, Nitro was also bereft of significant developments. However, WCW packaged their show in such a way that it seemed like a lot more was happening than actually was. The big news is of course The Outsiders and the upcoming Bash at The Beach PPV. At the start of Nitro we got a promo from Team WCW (Sting, Macho Man & Lex Luger) who are all united because they were wearing Sting’s face paint. After the commentators speculated and recapped this story for almost the entire show, The Outsiders finally showed up. During the show’s main event – a triangle Tag Title Match between Harlem Heat, The Steiners and Sting & Luger – The Big Mang and The Medium Sized Mang entered via the crowd carrying baseball bats. Security – in the form of what looked like real police officers – immediately swamped the ring as a tense stand-off closed the show. Despite The Outsiders only carrying baseball bats one of the cops repeatedly motioned towards his gun. They must have been carrying loaded baseball bats…

In Other News From Nitro –

  • As a result of The Outsider’s distraction, Booker T managed to roll Sting up for the pin and Tag Titles. There’s a fair chance that many fans in attendance would have had no idea the titles changed hands due to how full the ring was and everyone’s attention being drawn elsewhere
  • This show was in Charlotte, North Carolina, home town of The Nature Boy Ric Flair. After several very loud “we want Flair” chants who did he face, how loud was the pop? No idea. All TV viewers got was a backstage promo, where he appeared to make reference to Konnan for some reason. Of course Flair did wrestle, but it was a dark match after the cameras had stopped rolling. He beat Macho Man.
  • Quote of the night came from Lex Luger; “WWWWCW stands tall”
  • The Public Enemy’s music is now dubbed over on the Network, as is Diamond Dallas Page’s. I am sure their themes are just WCW rip offs, there’s no need to dub them
  • Eddie Guerrero got some mic time and set his sights on another shot at the US Title
  • Glacier is still ‘coming in July’, apparently
  • The Giant & Kevin Sullivan vs. Chris Benoit and Arn Anderson is confirmed for Bash at The Beach
  • Speaking of The Taskmaster, he appears to have developed a fetish for toilets after his brawl at The Great American Bash. He dragged some poor jobber up to the concession stand, but could not actually access the toilets. Doh!
  • The main event at Bash at The Beach has been dubbed ‘The Hostile Takeover Match’
  • Tony Schiavone tried to convince us that “hundreds of thousands” of people attended last year’s event
  • Another match set for Bash at The Beach is DDP vs.Hacksaw Jim Duggan in a taped fist match, which is Hacksaw’s speciality. No rhyme or reason was given, but DDP feels that there is conspiracy against him. His point is hard to argue…
  • Here’s how over The Horsemen are in Charlotte; after Benoit and Anderson defeated The Rock n’ Roll Express, rookie Joe Gomez ran down to get a measure of revenge for the beat down he received a few weeks ago. He failed miserably, obviously. However, Macho Man and Kevin Greene of The Carolina Panthers – who play in Charlotte – made the save, but received massive heat from the crowd
  • On the subject Greene, he’ll be back next year to get his revenge on Mongo and The Horsemen. He’s got a training camp to get to in the meantime
  • Disco Inferno interrupted Dean Malenko’s match with Hardwork Bobby Walker by dancing to his theme music in the ring, which has allegedly sold enough copies to get go ‘gold’. The best part of this angle was Malenko ignoring him and continuing the match until he picked up the win. From what was said afterwards we might be seeing these two fight at Bash at The Beach

Full Results

  • The Public Enemy defeat The Blue Bloods (w/ Earl Robert Eaton & Jeeves)
  • Kip Abee defeats Kevin Sullivan (w/ Jimmy Hart) by DQ
  • WCW Cruiserweight Title Match: Dean Malenko (c) defeats Bobby Walker
  • Eddie Guerrero defeats The Barbarian
  • Arn Anderson & Chris Benoit (w/ Steve McMichael) defeat The Rock ‘n’ Roll Express
  • Diamond Dallas Page defeats Alex Wright
  • Randy Savage (w/ Kevin Greene) defeats VK Wallstreet
  • WCW Tag Team Title Match: Harlem Heat defeat Lex Luger & Sting (c) and The Steiner Brothers


Is Raw fighting back? Don’t count on it…

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


4 thoughts on “The Way We Was: 1996 Week 26

    • Neither have I. He was the random jobber Sullivan tried to drag into the women’s toilet, which was locked! It’s very rare you see random jobbers in WCW because they’re roster was so loaded, even at this point.


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