It’s Monday, which means we’re heading back to 1997 again. No Doubt are top of the charts in the UK with probably Gwen Stefani’s least annoying song; Don’t Speak. On the other side of the pond, The Spice Girls are riding high with Wannabe. Speaking of riding high, President Clinton won’t be doing that for a while. He’s on crutches after falling down the stairs after a golf game. Anyway, we don’t care about golf – or Bill Clinton – so let’s get up to speed with this week’s ‘Meanwhile, in WCW’…
- The main event for Uncensored was clarified, albeit using three full screens of stipulations and a lot of explanation from Tony Schiavone. Okay, here goes; the rules of the bout can most closely be related to those of a WarGames match in that a member of each team will start, with the other wrestlers joining the match at timed intervals. However, unlike Wargames, whatever the match at Uncensored will be called will be an elimination match, so last man standing will win it for their team. Other differences to Wargames are the lack of a cage (I think), just one ring (I think) and three teams. Should a member of Team Piper be the last man standing, Rowdy Roddy will be granted a cage match against Hollywood Hogan ‘in the near future’. Should the NWO win they will receive a title shot of their choice at any WCW held championship – even though the NWO hold all the good ones already. Now to discount a Team WCW victory, because if they win the NWO will be stripped of all their titles and all members will be banned from wrestling for 36 months. From an objective standpoint, this doesn’t sound very fair if you’re in the NWO.
- We met a couple of new characters; James Vandenberg, a “collector of curious oddities”, and Mortis. The masked Mortis – who I assume is one of Vandenberg’s ‘oddities’ – was said to be a have trained as a Malaysian pit fighter and competed in blood sports in the far east. He looked and sounded a lot like Skeletor from He-Man. Mortis will face his “arch-rival”, Glacier, at Uncensored.
- Luna Vachon cut a promo straight out of The Ultimate Warrior’s playbook on Madusa
- Galaxy – random Mexican luchador – looks a lot, and I mean a lot, like Jushin ‘Thunder’ Liger.
- Diamond Dallas Page contradicted himself by first saying that he has lost all respect for Macho Man Randy Savage before saying he respects how dangerous he can be.
- There was plenty of incompetent refereeing. Firstly, the ref in Hacksaw Jim Duggan’s match stood and watched him tape his fist and punch Dave Taylor square in the face. No DQ was called, instead he counted the three for Duggan. It was a similar story when The Public Enemy powerbombed Galaxy through a table; the referee just stood and let it happen before counting the three.
- Duggan claimed that Hogan and the NWO are ducking him. I doubt that, it’s actually more likely that they have no idea Hacksaw is still employed by WCW never mind issuing them challenges.
- Jim Duggan defeated Squire David Taylor
- Road Block defeated Larry Santo
- Ice-Train defeated Buddy Lee Parker
- Prince Iaukea (c) defeated Super Calo to retain the WCW Television Championship
- Glacier defeated Mr. JL
- Harlem Heat (w/ Sister Sherri) defeated Bobby Walker & Jim Powers
- Diamond Dallas Page defeated Billy Kidman
- Kevin Sullivan (w/ Jacqueline) defeated Tim Cheeks
- The Public Enemy defeated Galaxy & La Parka
- Lex Luger defeated Maxx
Dennis Rodman, the basketballer, is the newest member of the New World Order. Tony Schiavone acknowledged the rumour at the start of the broadcast, but later in the show Hollywood Hogan confirmed the acquisition of ‘The Worm’ by showing a pre-taped meeting where Hogan presented Rodman with his NWO colours i.e. a t-shirt. WCW where able to get Rodman on board because he is in the midst of an 11 game suspension and is having knee problems, so he won’t be near a basketball court any time soon. Speaking of receiving their NWO colours, Sting was officially presented with his t-shirt. He didn’t put it on though, in fact he didn’t even react when it was draped over his shoulder. This Sting chap sure is a bundle of fun…
In Other News From Nitro –
- To celebrate spring break, Nitro was broadcast from the gardens of a hotel in Panama City Beach with the ring situated on a platform in the middle of the swimming pool. As it was spring break, the crowd mainly consisted of drunk morons. Thus, the biggest pops of the night were reserved for a random lady in a bikini and Debra, the detectable heel manager who also happens to be blonde and attractive.
- Roddy Piper has upgraded his Team for Uncensored. Arn Anderson and Ric Flair offered the Horseman’s services, and after a little bit of persuasion the Canadian Scotsman from Carolina accepted. The random gentlemen whom Piper selected for his team last week will still have his back though.
- As a result of this, The Public Enemy will now face Harlem Heat instead of Jeff Jarrett and Steve McMichael at Sunday’s pay per view. Getting some rare promo time, Johnny Grunge ripped into The Horseman in a passionate performance that was met with zero reaction from the crowd. Rocco Rock then recited lyrics from It Takes Two by Rob Base and DJ E-Z Rock, for some reason.
- Kevin Sullivan, leader of The Dungeon of Doom, backed Piper’s decision to recruit The Horsemen.
- Prior to all this, Piper initially began his promo by taking shots at Howard Stern and the WWF. Piper didn’t pull any punches either. He was not shy in mentioning the WWF by name, although it was censored out. He was reacting to a recent comment on WWF TV about them not booking “one hip” wrestlers in matches. Hot Rod made the point that he underwent hip replacement surgery while under contract to the WWF, and still managed to kick Goldust’s ass at Wrestlemania XII, a matter of months later. Touché.
- As the ring was surrounded by water it was inevitable that somebody would go for a swim. During Kevin Sullivan’s demolition of Hardbody Harrison he dunked the jobber into the pool.
- Echoing the assault on Big Bubba from a few weeks ago, Michael Wallstreet was mysterious KO’d as the New World Order entered the arena this time. Well, it really was more of a hotel, but you know what I mean.
- Team WCW, who everybody appears to have forgotten about heading into Uncensored, had some promo time. Lex Luger forgot what he was supposed to say and to stall for time until Mean Gene realised that he needed help and Rick Steiner is now even more mental since The Steiners’ car accident.
- Buff Bagwell, who has been feuding with his former partner, Scotty Riggs, raised the ire of Chris Jericho by interfering in his match with Riggs
- Madusa appeared again, and cut the same promo as last week about other women joining WCW claiming to be number one.
- An extremely 90s looking guy from MTV introduced us to Miss Monday Nitro i.e. the aforementioned lady in a bikini. He appeared to be plugging some kind of show on MTV that will feature Kevin Nash, Scott Hall and Syxx. I’d suggest that all three of these men are old enough to know better, but hey ho.
- There was a legit power failure as Diamond Dallas Page was cutting a promo on Randy Savage. He and Mean Gene had to repeat the segment after the commercial break. Page referred to himself as “DDP” for the first time.
- Jeff Jarrett and Mongo actually won a match together for the first time since Double J officially became a Horseman.
- Dean Malenko joined the commentary team for Eddie Guerrero’s match with Jim Powers. He accused Guerrero of cheating in his recent bouts and right on cue, Eddie appeared to pull Powers into his manager, Teddy Long, which facilitated the end of the match. Afterwards, Eddie said he was getting annoyed with people suggesting that he has changed. This feud continues to be interesting because Malenko, who appears to have the more heelish attitude, is correct in what he is saying about Guerrero; he’s benefitted from a lot of ‘accidents’ lately, and now he’s getting angry when denying it.
- Jeff Jarrett & Steve McMichael defeated High Voltage
- Prince Iaukea (c) defeated Dave Taylor to retain the WCW Television Championship
- Eddie Guerrero (c) defeated Jim Powers (w/ Teddy Long) to retain the WCW United States Championship
- Diamond Dallas Page defeated Sgt. Craig Pittman (w/ Teddy Long)
- Rey Mysterio Jr. defeated Galaxy
- Lex Luger, The Giant, Rick Steiner & Scott Steiner defeated Greg Valentine, Road Block, Jacques Rougeau & Pierre
- The Ultimo Dragon defeated Juventud Guerrera
- Scotty Riggs defeated Chris Jericho via disqualification
- Kevin Sullivan vs. Hardbody Harrison ended in a Double Count Out
“Big blocks of ice have to be made into little-bitty sunshine”
- Syxx has been nursing a shoulder injury, hence why he hasn’t defended his recently acquired Cruiserweight Title
- Jacqueline’s challenge to the male locker room last week was not just an off-the-cuff remark. Disco Inferno is being mentioned as probably the only guy who could off being beaten by a woman.
- Yugi Nagata, a relatively high profile signing from Japan, made his debut in a dark match at last week’s Nitro. He jobbed to Ernest Miller; a Powerplant trainee with three matches under his belt.
- The Diamond Dallas Page/Macho Man feud is set for a slow build as WCW hope to run it through Summer and Autumn. The plan is to write Kimberly – who is still absent from TV – and Liz into the storyline too.
- Speaking of Kimberly and DDP, they appeared in Playboy Celebrities magazine recently. There was no full-frontal nudity… this time.
- Hollywood Hogan is currently filming another movie, hence his briefer than usual appearances on TV lately.
- Chris Benoit’s absence from TV is purely to sell injuries incurred at SuperBrawl. He’s been fairly active on the house show circuit and was actually scheduled to return to TV this week, but that has been pushed back to sell his injuries a bit more. I don’t know why because Benoit defeated Kevin Sullivan at the PPV by splashing him (and Jacqueline) through a table, yet The Taskmaster and his lady friend only missed a week of TV to sell their injuries.
- Mortis is the former Chris Kanyon, who was last seen in the jobber tag team Men At Work with Mark Star
Another milestone for the WWF as they try to compete with the juggernaut that is WCW Monday Nitro. This week we saw the first episode of ‘Raw is War’. You can hear all about the makeover here.
Raw 2.3 – 3.5 Nitro
The Raw re-branding has had no initial effect on the ratings. Elsewhere, Friends scored a massive 18.7 with The One with the Hypnosis Tape. That was only good enough for second place this week though. As ever Seinfeld was the big winner
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