This week 20 years ago Will Smith and Jeff Goldblum defeated a race of invading aliens after listening to a rousing speech from Bill Pullman. Elsewhere, Prince Charles and Princess Diana announced their divorce, Shaq signed for the LA Lakers and Germany won Euro ’96. A busy week then, so let’s see if Raw and Nitro could continue this trend in this week’s ‘The Way We Was‘ …
Most of this week’s Raw – and I’m not kidding – was taken up by the Shawn Michaels vs. Marty Jannetty match which opened the show. Not that I’m complaining, it was a very good match. Billed as a rubber match between the former tag partners, Michaels claimed the clean win using his Superkick. I may be wrong here, but I think this is the only Michaels vs. Jannetty match where Marty played the heel. That said, I still found it difficult to view him as the bad guy. Jannetty will always be the sympathetic figure in this rivalry, no matter how big a dork he tries to be.
In Other News From Raw –
- Shawn Michaels brought his ‘Kliq Cam’ to the ring for his match. Ironically, the last time we saw his camcorder was against Marty’s tag partner, Leif ‘Al Snow’ Cassidy
- As well as Cassidy, Jim Cornette was also at ringside for this match. The reason for this became evident afterwards, as he provided a face for Jose Lothario to punch
- Yes, old boy Lothario is still hanging around with HBK. A clear reason for his continued presence has not been divulged as of yet
- The main event for In Your House 9: International Incident was confirmed as a six man tag pitting Shawn Michaels, Ahmed Johnson and The Ultimate Warrior against The British Bulldog, Owen Hart and Vader. That’s a big main event, hope nobody pulls out…
- Jake ‘The Snake’ Roberts vs. Mankind has also been confirmed for In Your House. No, I don’t know why either
- In order for the pair to have some kind of storyline heading into their match, Mankind attacked Jake after Roberts had provided commentary during his match with Duke ‘The Dumpster’ Droese. Jerry Lawler had initially goaded Jake with jibes about his alcohol and drug problems, which prompted a reaction and thus Mankind’s subsequent involvement in the brawl
- The sadly ironic quote of the night came from Jake as he defended himself against Lawler’s barbs : “My drum beats to the sound of beaten drum … uiahuehuw….aeouiaaoowho…. so upset”
- Marc Mero’s push may be coming to an end. The Wildman suffered his second televised defeat in as many matches in this week’s main event against Goldust
- We also saw footage from Superstars of Sunny being slopped by Phineas. That’s not a euphemism for her present day antics. Poor Phineas finally snapped and emptied the contents of his slop bucket over her face. Again, not a euphemism
- Shawn Michaels (w/ Jose Lothario) pinned Marty Jannetty (w/ Leif Cassidy & Jim Cornette)
- Mankind defeated Duke Droese via submission
- Goldust (w/ Marlena) defeated Marc Mero (w/ Sable)
This week saw the go-home episode of Nitro before ‘The Hostile Takeover Match’ at this Sunday’s Bash at The Beach pay per view. I cannot say enough good things about the build to this match, with the focus this week shifting towards who the third man will be. No clues were given by Nash – who was named by a returning Eric Bischoff – or Hall – who has not yet been named – but they were in confident mood after interrupting Nitro to take their front row seats. The increased security tried to eject them, but the pair had legally purchased tickets and were – at this point anyway – behaving themselves. As you may have guessed, they were not sat at ringside solely to “watch the big boys play”. The pair ultimately jumped the barricade to provoke the WCW locker room, which consisted of The Steiner Brothers, Diamond Dallas Page, Kevin Sullivan, Lex Luger, Macho Man and Sting. Security eventually forced The Outsiders to leave with Nash shouting “Attica” as he went. Right at the very end of the show we saw the duo leave the arena in their car. For uninvited guests they sure managed to get a good parking space…
In Other News From Nitro –
- DDP lost his ‘Lord of The Ring’ ring…
- We got more contradictory wrestler quotes when Chris Benoit called himself “silent but violent”. So much for being silent, eh Chris?
- Away from the forthcoming ‘Hostile Takeover Match’ the big news in WCW is still the reformation of The Four Horsemen with this week marking their first match since returning to full strength. The group flattened Jo Gomez, The Renegade and The Rock n’ Roll Express in an 8 man tag.
- The end of this match was botched in a very noticeable way. Mongo threw his Halliburton briefcase at The Renegade, who was perched on the top rope. Showing why he was not a quarterback, Mongo completely missed, but The Renegade sold it anyway. Flair then capitalised to lock in the Figure Four. Yes, The Horsemen cheated to beat a team of glorified jobbers
- Despite getting less promo time than both Debra – can’t speak – and Liz – won’t speak – Chris Benoit was put over strong by his Horsemen team mates. Arn Anderson also kept saying that heads would roll now that they are at full strength…
- Quote of the week comes from The Giant, and it is a good piece of general advice too – “Never trust a horse”
- Big Bubba continued to bully John Tenta by shaving half of his beard to match his half-shaved head. The pair will contest a ‘silver dollars on a pole match’ at Bash at the Beach
- Colonel Parker interfered to help Harlem Heat retain the Tag Titles against The Steiner Brothers
- An Elvis impersonator distracted Kurosawa to allow The Disco Inferno to hit the Japanese youngster in the back with a giant disco ball which had been lowered from the ceiling. This was possibly the worst wrestling angle I’ve ever seen. Disco hit him with all the force of a mild fart, making the previously credible looking Kurosawa look like a wimp. Also, since when is Elvis associated with Disco music?
- Hacksaw Jim Duggan ‘found’ DDP’s ring in the toilet. When confronted, babyface Duggan threw the ring at DDP before decking him with a taped-fist sucker punch. I really hate Hacksaw Jim Duggan, how is he a babyface?!
- WCW World Tag Team Title Match: Harlem Heat (c) defeat The Steiner Brothers
- Disco Inferno defeats Kurasawa
- Diamond Dallas Page defeats Scotty Riggs
- Randy Savage defeats Greg Valentine
- WCW World Title Match: The Giant (w/ Jimmy Hart) (c) defeats John Tenta
- The Four Horsemen (Arn Anderson, Chris Benoit, Ric Flair & Steve McMichael) defeat Joe Gomez, The Renegade & The Rock ‘n’ Roll Express
Nitro continues to consolidate it’s deserved lead. If you are wondering why I’ve stopped the Friends and Simpsons ratings comparisons it’s because we are between seasons
You can read all previous ‘The Way We Was’ pieces here.