Meanwhile, in WCW: 1997 Week 2

Jamie Lithgow

Green Bay will face New England at Superbowl XXXI. They both ran out comfortable winners in their respective NFC and AFC finals against Carolina and Jacksonville. What does this have to do with wrestling? Well, our old friend Kevin Greene plays for Carolina. The Superbowl’s loss could be WCW’s gain…if that is the correct term to describe Big Kev?! Anyway let’s hear about the latest wrestling action from 1997 with this week’s ‘Meanwhile, in WCW’…


He's 'Buff' and shortly he'll discover that it rhymes with 'stuff'

He’s ‘Buff’ and shortly he’ll discover that it rhymes with ‘stuff’

  • The Giant cut another nWo style promo on Hollywood Hogan, who he called a “rotten apple”. He also referred to the WCW Title as “the nWo Title”. Mixed signals from a the former nWo member there…
  • The “paid for by the nWo” tagline after nWo promos has been replaced by “paid for by WCW on behalf of the nWo”. Eric Bischoff strikes again
  • Rumoured new nWo member, Diamond Dallas Page, apparently refused to do an interview with Lee Marshall
  • Marcus Alexander Bagwell has a new nickname; ‘Buff’. His first match under this new persona will be at Souled Out against his ex-partner; Scotty Riggs
  • Lord Steven Regal caused his own disqualification against Psychosis by grabbing the referee, thus retaining his TV Title. Post-match he said he is the heavyweight champion of WCW because he is the only member of the roster with a heavyweight title. This would have been a good point, but he forgot that nWo member Syxx is not actually the US Champion; he merely stole the belt from Eddie Guerrero
  • Laughing Man Hugh Morrus was rather serious, in fact he barely mustered a chuckle
  • We saw “The World According to Debra” promos. It was basically Debra at a prep school talking about herself. I think anyway, I tuned out because it’s easier than listening to her voice
  • The new rumour on Mean Gene’s hotline is a possible defection from WCW to “another wrestling organisation”. I assume he meant the WWF, because his other nugget was about a potential new member of the nWo

Full Results

  • Alex Wright defeated Super Calo
  • Ice-Train defeated Tombstone
  • Hugh Morrus defeated The Cheetah Kid
  • Diamond Dallas Page defeated Bobby Eaton
  • Psychosis defeated Lord Steven Regal (c) by DQ in a WCW World Television Championship
  • Mike Enos defeated Disco Inferno
  • La Parka defeated Scott Armstrong
  • Bobby Walker & Jim Powers defeated Joe Gomez & The Renegade
  • Rey Mysterio Jr. defeated Chavo Guerrero Jr.
  • Harlem Heat defeated The Amazing French Canadians


Hogan hovered too close to The Giant enclosure...

Hogan hovered too close to The Giant enclosure…

A pissed off Giant started the show by charging into the New World Order’s locker room to confront Hollywood Hogan after getting word that the champ does not intend to defend his title against the number one contender. Apparently, a contract was never signed for a match at Souled Out, thus Hogan is ducking The Giant. The problem is; The Giant won the World War 3 battle royal so is guaranteed a title shot at some point. After The Giant invaded Hogan’s locker room for a second time, the mysterious WCW Executive Committee declared that not only should Hogan defend his title against The Giant but he should do so in the main event of Nitro. After some stalling from a reluctant Hogan, The Giant dragged the champ into the ring to start the match with just a few minutes to spare on the broadcast. No, WCW hadn’t foolishly run out of time. The rest of the match was broadcast during Robin Hood’s commercial breaks, which premiered directly after Nitro. Anyway, there wasn’t much to report because just as The Giant was about to hit the chokeslam the nWo foot soldiers hit the ring to cause the disqualification.

In Other News From Nitro –

  • The back and forth regarding DDP’s rumoured membership in the nWo can now stop. After Eric Bischoff claimed his membership in the group during Page’s squash win over Mark Starr, The Outsiders hit the ring armed with a nWo t-shirt for their buddy. Page gave Kevin Nash a hug and put the shirt on to the delight of Bischoff and Ted DiBiase on commentary. However, almost immediately DDP nailed Scott Hall with a Diamond Cutter, low-bridged an on-rushing Nash and ran away through the massive crowd to an equally massive pop
  • Syxx again scouted Eddie Guerrero from atop a ladder
  • Lex Luger – who’s slow burning push continues – had a stare down with The Giant as he exited the arena and the big man entered
  • Ahead of their scheduled match at Clash of The Champions next Tuesday, Kevin Sullivan said he is coming for Chris Benoit next Monday…
  • There was more chaos within The Horsemen ranks. Chris Benoit was accompanied by the entire crew (minus Ric Flair) for his match with wannabe Horseman Jeff Jarrett. Benoit lost the match after Mongo accidentally nailed The Crippler with his briefcase instead of Jarrett. The reason Mongo accidentally hit Benoit was because he had to wrestle the briefcase from his wife, Debra, and thus took his eye off the ball momentarily. This left Benoit and Woman angry, Arn Anderson stressed and upset, Mongo in apologetic mood and Debra – who actually likes Double J – delighted with herself. Benoit was less than gracious upon receiving Mongo’s apology and told him to “shape up or ship out”. This got Mongo’s back up and thus increased Double A’s blood pressure. The segment ended with Arn entering full ‘stressed dad’ mode ahead of his match with Rick Steiner
  • Double A was counted out after becoming even more stressed and upset that no other Horsemen came out to watch his back. According to Tony Schiavone they were having a shouting match in the locker room instead
  • Jim Duggan told Sting to be a man. Less than a minute later Hacksaw was unconscious after Sting hit him with a reverse DDT. The move has now been dubbed the Scorpion Death Drop

Full Results

  • Chavo Guerrero Jr. pinned Mr. JL
  • Jim Duggan fought Super Calo to a no contest
  • Chris Jericho pinned Sgt. Craig Pittman
  • Harlem Heat (w/ Sister Sherri) defeated High Voltage
  • Diamond Dallas Page pinned Mark Starr
  • Dean Malenko pinned WCW US Champion Eddie Guerrero in a non-title match
  • Konnan (w/ Jimmy Hart) (sub. for Jim Duggan) pinned Super
  • Jeff Jarrett pinned Chris Benoit (w/ Woman)
  • Scotty Riggs pinned Billy Kidman
  • Lex Luger defeated Rick Fuller
  • Rick Steiner (w/ Scott Steiner) defeated Arn Anderson via count-out
  • The Giant defeated WCW World Champion Hulk Hogan (w/ Ted Dibiase) via disqualification


“Viva la raza”

Jimmy Hart


  • The working relationship between NJPW and WCW has hit a little turbulence. After Ric Flair, Arn Anderson and Lex Luger all put Kensuke Sasaki over in a tournament back in September, WCW figured they were due a favour from Sasaki and New Japan. Problem is, they wanted him to job to Hugh Morrus, obviously, NJPW were having none of that…
  • UFC fighter Ken Shamrock attended a WWF live event in Stockton, California. Interesting…
  • A rematch between Hollywood Hogan and Rowdy Roddy Piper is being rumoured for Superbrawl in February
  • Speaking of Superbrawl, this was scheduled to be the original culmination of Sting’s mysterious ‘is he/isn’t he’ angle. However, the recent turn of The Giant has pushed this back

You can check out what Craig made of the corresponding episode of Raw from January 13th 1997 here. It just so happens to be the go-home episode before the Royal Rumble, so well worth a look.


Raw 2.3 – 3.4 Nitro

Raw can no longer blame the holiday period or Monday Night Football; Nitro is opening a gap…or is that a can?!

You can read all previous ‘Meanwhile, in WCW’ posts here



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