The Way We Was: 1996 Week 36

Jamie Lithgow

This week in 1996 played host to the MTV Music Awards. The big winners of the night were The Smashing Pumpkins, who won seven of the nine awards they were nominated for. Billy Corgan’s group were also the emotional favourites of the evening due the recent passing of their keyboard player. Alanis Morissette and Coolio were the other big winners with three awards apiece. That’s all well and good, but who were the winners and losers on Raw and Nitro in this week’s ‘The Way We Was‘ …

Nitro Logo

Ever wondered who does Finn Balor's body paint?

Ever wondered who does Finn Balor’s body paint?

As promised, The nWo’s fifth member was revealed this week. Hot on the heels of Ted DiBiase’s addition last week, The Giant turned on The Dungeon of Doom following the show’s main event to join the even badder guys. Can a heel turn heel? I guess so…

With the three active members of the nWo attacking the eight combined members of The Four Horsemen and Dungeon Doom, it appeared as if The Giant was headed to the ring to sway the balance back in WCW’s favour – as if an 8 on 3 advantage wasn’t enough. This was not the case. Instead he chokeslammed his stable mates and embraced The Outsiders and Hollywood Hogan. The gang then hijacked the announce position where The Giant didn’t get to finish his promo about doing it for the money. I assume that’s where he was going with his anecdote.

As an aside, remember a couple weeks ago I mentioned that The British Bulldog’s WWF contract was set to expire? Well apparently he was being earmarked as the nWo’s fifth man. Bulldog’s signing of a new five year deal with the WWF put an end to that though. Sean ‘123 Kid’ Waltman was also considered, but he hasn’t quite managed to negotiate his WWF release yet. It is expected that Waltman will join WCW – and probably the nWo due to his friendship with Hall and Nash – as soon as he is legally free to do so. Looks like The Giant was far from plan ‘A’ then…

In Other News From Nitro –

  • The surprise of The Giant’s heel turn was partially spoiled in an earlier segment. Upon exiting their limo, Scott Hall suggested they “get the Big Man out”. As soon as Hogan noticed the cameras he told the mystery man to get back inside. In the company if Kevin Nash, Scott Hall called someone else “Big Man”? Hmmm
  • Ted DiBiase inexplicably appeared in the audience during Chris Jericho’s match with Dean Malenko but then left during Harlem Heat’s match. We later saw him leave the arena in the nWo’s limo. However, this was not before Sting threw a brick through the vehicle’s window and – along with Lex Luger – commandeered a police car to chase the limo. All this after Luger and Stinger just wanted to have a word with Nick Patrick after his dodgy refereeing. That shit escalated quickly!
  • During the nWo’s show closing attack, Hogan sprayed painted a yellow streak down Macho Man’s back. Savage had earlier run-in to get involved in the fight
  • Nick Patrick continues to look very crooked, and continues to strongly deny any wrong doing. He threw out a match between The Steiners, Sting and Lex Luger after The Total package accidentally bumped into him while in a collar and elbow tie up with Rick Steiner
  • The Nasty Boys will face Harlem Heat for the Tag Titles at Fall Brawl
  • Colonel Parker presented Sister Sherri with a leather jacket and chaps and a promise to let her ride his horse. She was delighted, and we were left confused
  • Chris Jericho cleanly defeated Dean Malenko. Not bad for his third match in the company
  • Diamond Dallas Page continues to mirror WWF’s Steve Austin as mid-card heel who continues to gain popularity with fans largely due to acting like a dick and having a cool finisher

Full Results

  • Diamond Dallas Page defeated Alex Wright
  • WCW Tag Team Champions Harlem Heat defeated Greg Valentine & Buddy Valentino
  • Chris Jericho defeated Dean Malenko
  • The Giant defeated Brad Armstrong
  • Randy Savage defeated Ron Studd
  • Rick Steiner & Scott Steiner defeated Sting & Lex Luger via disqualification
  • Ric Flair, Arn Anderson, Chris Benoit, & Steve McMichael defeated Kevin Sullivan, Big Bubba, The Barbarian, & Meng

90s Raw Logo

Are these guys coming back?

Are these guys coming back?

Raw returned this week, albeit on Friday. Billed as ‘Raw Championship Friday’ the main event saw Shawn Michaels defend his WWF Championship against Goldust following The Bizarre One’s victory in a battle royal a few weeks ago. This, however, is not the main news to come from the show; JR made sure to claim that accolade with some quite outrageous claims. The usually reserved commentator cited his “very reliable sources” when he claimed that Diesel and Razor Ramon are on their way back to the WWF. Given that Kevin ‘Diesel’ Nash and Scott ‘Razor Ramon’ Hall are currently under long term contracts to WCW it will be interesting to see where the WWF are going with this angle. Either way, I’m sure such comments will have caught the attention of WCW’s backroom staff…

In Other News From Raw –

Mr Perfect looks happy with his evening's work

Mr Perfect looks happy with his evening’s work

  • In reference to the aforementioned WWF Title match; Shawn Michaels won. There was a half-hearted attempt to hype the match via a short intro package with epic music at the start of the show, but nobody gave Goldust a prayer. Incidentally, Mankind – HBK’s opponent at the forthcoming Mind Games PPV – failed in his attempt to attack the champ after the match
  • We got an injury update from Ahmed Johnson. All being well we should see him back in the ring by the end of the year
  • The Intercontinental Title tournament continued. Sid flattened Hunter Hearst Helmsley and Marc Mero claimed a disqualification victory over Steve Austin after Stone Cold manhandled the referee. The feud that appeared to be over looks set to rumble on as the pair had to be separated after the match
  • Not only did the future Triple H lose in convincing style to Sid, he lost his girl to Mr Perfect. Mr P has been making a habit of poaching Hunter’s lady friends from ringside with some smooth talk and a slick ponytail
  • Jerry Lawler challenged Mark Henry to a wrestling match. The Olympic weightlifter initially declined citing his lack of formal training, but King goaded him into agreeing by using the Marty McFly technique i.e. he called The World’s Strongest Man a “chicken”
  • Speaking of Lawler, he cracked a particularly tasteless joke about the Atlanta Olympics bomb. This wasn’t just tasteless in hindsight, the crowd quite clearly did not approve of King’s comments so soon after the incident which directly killed one person and injured over a hundred
  • Bob Backlund introduced the man who defeated him for the WWF Championship 13 year previously; The Iron Sheik. Backlund made very little sense and Sheik was completely unintelligible. I’ll keep you posted as to what the hell this was about…
  • The ‘feud’ between Goldust and The Undertaker will finally come to end in a ‘Final Curtain Match’ at Mind Games. We don’t know what that means yet…
  • Brian Pillman claimed that Bret and Owen Hart have reconciled and that he has the inside scoop on The Hitman’s return to the WWF. He will reveal the details at – you guessed it – Mind Games
  • We saw footage of Sid challenging an elephant to a tug o’ war at live appearance. The elephant was initially successful, but after a few of Sid’s special Olympian friends helped out, the Master of The Powerbomb claimed the victory. Yes, this really happened

Full Results

  • WWF IC Title Tournament Quarter-Finals: Psycho Sid pinned Hunter Hearst Helmsley
  • WWF IC Title Tournament Quarter-Finals: Marc Mero (w/ Sable) defeated Steve Austin via disqualification
  • Mankind (w/ Paul Bearer) defeated Alex Porteau
  • WWF World Champion Shawn Michaels (w/ Jose Lothario) pinned Goldust (w/ Marlena)

Ratings

Raw’s continued absence on Monday ensured that Nitro equalled it’s best ever rating, which they set the previous week. A couple of 4.3 shares in a row, has the nWo rocket finally blasted off?

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

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