The Way We Was: 1996 Week 37

Jamie Lithgow

There’s only one story on everybody’s lips in 1996 and it concerns events from last Saturday. Yes, pay per view boxing fans are outraged that Mike Tyson destroyed Bruce Seldon within two minutes of round one. I jest, because the actual big story on this week 20 years ago was the shooting of Tupac Shakur, who attended the Tyson bout. The actor/rapper extraordinaire died six days later in hospital. Despite the incident taking place on Las Vegas Boulevard just minutes after a Mike Tyson fight the police managed to arrest absolutely nobody. Let’s see if incompetence of this standard was prevalent on Raw or Nitro in this week’s ‘The Way We Was‘ …

90s Raw Logo

'Sup Barry, almost didn't see you there...

‘Sup Barry, almost didn’t see you there…

As the WWF limp towards In Your House 10 – Mind Games, the big news from Raw was nothing a wrestler did, rather it was something a commentator said. JR continued to claim that the WWF are locked in negotiations to bring Razor Ramon and Diesel back to the company. He confessed to his mention of the situation causing a snag in the negotiations with Razor, but claimed that things were firmly on-track with Big Daddy Cool. JR brought this subject up several times during the show and each time referred to “Diesel” and “Razor Ramon” but never Kevin Nash or Scott Hall. I have a feeling that if these gimmicks do return it will not necessarily be with Nash and Hall. Well, if it’s good enough for Max Moon and Doink The Clown…

In Other News From Raw –

  • The Undertaker returned to action for the first time since Paul Bearer turned on him at Summerslam. His main event match with Salvatore Sincere was far too competitive for my taste
  • Speaking of Sal, someone needs to tell him how to sell a tombstone. Rather than play dead and sell unconsciousness, the phoney Italian rubbed his head and waved his legs around
  • The Stalker made his debut. Clearly Kevin Kelly was not supposed to call him “Barry Windham” the other week because he was very clearly treated as a man of mystery
  • Apparently the Intercontinental Title is still Ahmed Johnson’s. According to the voice over man the wrestlers left in the tournament for the vacant title “will battle for Ahmed Johnson’s Intercontinental Championship”
  • Sid got in Faarooq’s face after The Modern Day Gladiator had defeated Savio Vega. These two will meet in the semi-finals of the aforementioned tournament
  • WWF are launching a new, interactive show on Saturday mornings called Livewire. They say it will “revolutionise sports entertainment”. That’s quite a claim…
  • Owen Hart backed up Brian Pillman’s claims from last week regarding a reconciliation with his brother, Bret. According to Owen and Pillman, The Hitman will confirm all this and more at Mind Games…
  • For some reason one of the Spanish announce team conducted an in-ring interview Shawn Michaels. The result of which saw Jose Lothario challenge Jim Cornette to a match at Mind Games. Go figure…
  • Tasteless quote of the night did not go to Jerry Lawler this week, step forward Jim Ross with this gem: “He (Savio Vega) is going to end up looking like Tupac Shakur”

Full Results

  • Faarooq (w/ Sunny) defeated Savio Vega in an Intercontinental Title Tournament Quarter Final Match
  • The Stalker defeated TL Hopper
  • Crush (w/ Clarence Mason) defeated Freddie Joe Floyd
  • The Undertaker defeated Salvatore Sincere

Nitro Logo

THAT'S GOTTA BE STING..... right?!

THAT’S GOTTA BE STING….. right?!

Sting has done the unthinkable; he has turned heel and joined the nWo… I think. Arn Anderson and Ric Flair vented their frustration at Lex Luger over Sting’s apparent absence from Nitro just days before their WarGames match against the nWo at Fall Brawl. For his part, Luger did insist that while he did not know specifically where his partner was that he was in the building. Fast forward to Luger’s match with Rick Steiner and dodgy referee Nick Patrick ushered The Total Package to the back because the nWo had showed up. We then heard Ted DiBiase – who was in shot – speaking to Sting – who was not in shot. The Stinger’s words did sound familiar, but surely any sign of a hoax was extinguished when Sting jumped out of the Limousine and (along with the rest of the nWo) attacked Luger in the pouring rain. The rest of the show fell fairly flat with wrestlers, announcers and fans all totally bummed with Sting’s apparent defection to the nWo.

In Other News From Nitro –

  • The nWo has begun campaigning. Several young men – who all looked like mini versions of Kevin Nash – handed out flyers in the arena while the group themselves put flyers on windshields in the car park
  • Since April we’ve seen hype and promos for a guy called Glacier. Well this week he finally made his debut. Not on Nitro though, on WCW’s C show; WCW Pro. We did see brief highlights of the Sub-Zero lookalike’s debut on Nitro though. Worth the wait…
  • Prior to inadvertently (or was it?) leading Lex Luger into a trap, referee Nick Patrick again claimed not to be crooked and insisted that he was “a WCW guy”
  • The Nasty Boys also got off the fence and pledged their allegiance to WCW
  • The entire Dungeon of Doom was on hand and apparently Konnan has joined the group. That passed me by…
  • Ice Train threw in the towel for Craig Pitman – they’re both in Teddy Long’s stable – against Scott Norton. Train and Norton will face off again at Fall Brawl
  • Pat Tanaka’s entrance music sounded familiar. It sounded for better suited to a large, bald, ex-footballer with an undefeated streak…
  • With Scott absent, Rick Steiner came across as, well……… have you ever seen Rain Man with Tom Cruise and Dustin Hoffman? Yeah, that…
  • We saw an advert for nWo t-shirts. Bad guy’s merchandise, who’s gonna buy that?!
  • The Amazing French Canadians made their debut. Who are they I hear you ask? Mean Gene will tell you that they are The Fabulous Rougeaus, but he’d be wrong. They are Jacques Rougeau and Pierre Ouellet aka former WWF Tag Champions The Quebecers
  • Juventud will face Konnan for the Mexican Heavyweight Championship at Fall Brawl
  • Nitro ended with the WCW locker room spray painting one of the nWo’s limousines after the group made a sharp exit when mad man Randy Savage ran directly at them. The Four Horsemen then took to the announce position with Flair insinuating that he wants to kill Hollywood Hogan at WarGames. Blimey!

Full Results

  • Super Calo pinned Pat Tanaka
  • The Nasty Boys defeated Jacques Rougeau & Carl Ouellet
  • Scott Norton defeated Sgt. Craig Pittman (w/ Teddy Long)
  • Juventud Guerrera pinned Joe Gomez
  • Rick Steiner defeated Lex Luger via count-out
  • WCW Cruiserweight Champion Rey Mysterio Jr. pinned Billy Kidman
  • The Barbarian & Meng (w/ Jimmy Hart) defeated The Public Enemy
  • John Tenta defeated Randy Savage via count-out

Ratings

The sizeable gap between WWF and WCW does not appear to be closing any time. The 1996 fall season starts next week, so we can judge then just how well WCW are doing in the wider world of TV

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

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