Meanwhile, in WCW: 1997 Week 30

Jamie Lithgow

Back to 1997 we go and the end is nigh for Beavis & Butthead. This week MTV announced that no new episodes will be created beyond October. Elsewhere, Tupak Shakur – who is still dead – is being sued by some silly woman who took offence to a couple of his songs. Anyway, let’s see who was being silly and who was causing offence in this week’s ‘Meanwhile, in WCW’…

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White La Parka = reverse skeleton?

White La Parka = reverse skeleton?

  • Remember way back at last year’s Fall Brawl when the nWo won control of WCW Saturday Night as per the stipulations of the War Games match? Don’t worry if you don’t, few people do. Well, 10 months on we got our very first nWo group promo on the show. The gang was all present, apart from Hollywood Hogan and Eric Bischoff, with Kevin Nash stating that they are actively recruiting and intend to takeover Saturday afternoons. Apparently the nWo themselves have even forgotten that they already run the show. Macho Man then took the opportunity to cut a promo on Diamond Dallas Page and The Giant, whom he said could not fill his boots. The Giant must have been watching because at the end of the show he called out the nWo, with Savage answering the call. Nothing happened because Macho Man was restrained by his stable mates as a surprisingly eventful Saturday Night went off the air.
  • La Parka has now been christened “the chair-man of WCW”, due to his fondness for hitting people – usually Super Calo – with chairs. To emphasise this new gimmick, La Parka attacked his skeleton rival, Mortis, after the green skeleton had defeated Psychosis, who also happens to be Parka’s tag partner. Wrath made the save and Dusty Rhodes was very excited about a potential feud between the two teams. I wouldn’t go that far, but I’m certainly interested…
  • Curt Hennig reiterated that he is still a free agent but acknowledged that Ric Flair’s offer for him to join The Horsemen is a good one. Hennig vs. DDP is now official for Road Wild.
  • Joey Maggs watched Bobby Eaton lose for a third time. Not even the commentary team have any clue what this angle is all about, thus it’s hard to be interested in any way.
  • Ric Flair vs. Syxx at Road Wild is also official. If Flair sees Syxx before this match he has promised to knock his teeth out.
  • Eddie Guerrero tried, and failed, to hit Chris Benoit with a frog splash. His subsequent interference did cause a disqualification though, handing Benoit the victory – but not the title – over Jeff Jarrett in a US Title match. This was a strange one because Eddie is feuding with Dean Malenko, who may or may not have formed an alliance with Jarrett.

Full Results

  • Juventud Guerrera & Super Calo defeated La Parka & Silver King, Hector Garza & Lizmark Jr and Los Villanos in a four corners tag team match
  • Greg Valentine defeated Tim Cheeks
  • Mortis defeated Psychosis
  • Alex Wright defeated Doc Dean
  • Steve Regal defeated Chad Fortune
  • Dave Taylor defeated Bobby Eaton
  • Scotty Riggs defeated Julio Sanchez
  • The Faces of Fear defeated The Southern Posse
  • Chris Benoit defeated Jeff Jarrett by disqualification

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Flexy Lexy took Hogan’s advice and hit the gym

The mystery of Lex Luger’s unwavering popularity with WCW fans continued this week when, not content with booking him against Hollywood Hogan at Road Wild, the WCW executive committee decided to bring their match forward to next week’s Nitro. Luger, alongside Mean Gene, was on hand to break the news, citing the lesser-spotted 30 day rule for champions to defend their titles. It has literally been months since Hogan defended his WCW Title, yet the executive committee just remembered about this rule now?! Anyway, JJ Dillon spoke over the phone to confirm this news later in the show. In between these announcements was Eric Bischoff claiming that the match will not happen, as he usually does with things of this nature.


In Other News From Nitro –

  • While on the phone, JJ also announced that he – and the mysterious executive committee – are putting together a deal to get Sting back in the ring by September. It has been just over a year since Sting last fought in an actual match. Surely he must have breached his contract by essentially not doing his job?
  • Once again, Ric Flair said that Curt Hennig was a Horseman but Hennig played coy by stating that he’s still a free agent, despite tagging with Flair to open the show. Later, Hennig nailed Diamond Dallas Page with a mystery object to cost DDP his match against Syxx. Of course, the announcers immediately theorised that Hennig was in cahoots with the nWo and not just attacking Page, whom he will face at Road Wild. On this occassion – at least – Schiavone and co were not just jumping to conclusions because rather than just cheap shot Page, Hennig also placed Syxx on top of him to facilitate the pinfall. Thus, Hennig actively helped a member of the nWo win, albeit against DDP.
  • We have a new Cruiserweight Champion. Alex Wright cleanly defeated Chris Jericho with a German Suplex.
  • Dean Malenko agreed to form an alliance with Jeff Jarrett. Double J and Debra told Dean not to worry about Eddie Guerrero, despite Eddie appearing to help Jarrett on Saturday Night. Later, a Jarrett distraction helped Malenko defeat Hector Guerrero. Chavo came to check on his uncle, but he got battered by Malenko and Jarrett too.
  • Konnan was on hand to take credit for introducing Rey Mysterio Jr, and the rest of luchdors to WCW. In typical heel fashion, Konnan is correct, he just said it in a way that made him sound like a dick. Later he refused to release La Parka from the Tequila Sunrise, Psychosis made the save.
  • The Outsiders attacked The Steiner Brothers during the main event between Scott and Macho Man. Nash and Hall had previously phoned into the show during a match to cut a promo about nothing in particular to illustrate that they apparently were not present at the arena. What a swerve, huh? The Giant made the save for the brothers Steiner before calling out Nash as Nitro went off the air.
  • Eric Bischoff decided to bump Bobby Heenan and Mike Tenay from the announce desk to do commentary on The Giant vs. Great Muta match. Don’t worry, Tony Schiavone was still there to hold shit together. Bischoff was his usual obnoxious self and repeatedly called Giant “a goof”. The big man defeated Muta in a spirited encounter where Muta was able to outsmart The Giant for much of match, until he got caught in a chokeslam. Afterwards The Giant called out the nWo, specifically looking for Kevin Nash. Instead, Larry Zbyszko reappeared at the announce desk to get in Bischoff’s face and drag him to the ring to get chokeslammed. This went over huge withe the live audience.

Full Results

  • Curt Hennig and Ric Flair defeated Vicious and Delicious
  • Ultimo Dragon (c) defeated Prince Iaukea to retain the WCW World Television Championship
  • Chris Benoit & Steve McMichael defeated The Texas Hangmen
  • Alex Wright defeated Chris Jericho (c) to win the WCW World Cruiserweight Championship
  • Syxx defeated Diamond Dallas Page
  • Dean Malenko defeated Hector Guerrero
  • The Giant defeated The Great Muta
  • Konnan defeated La Parka (w/ Sonny Onoo)
  • Scott Steiner (w/ Rick Steiner) defeated Randy Savage (w/ Miss Elizabeth) by DQ

quote-of-the-week

“It’s you and me, woo, at Road Wild and there’s nobody wilder on the road that The Nature Boy”

Ric Flair to Syxx


  • Rey Mysterio Jr’s time off to repair his knee injury will likely be cut short as he is scheduled to face Konnan in a grudge match at Road Wild. Although strongly hinted at, nothing has been announced yet.
  • Apparently plans for another lucha match – a four corners tag match – at the PPV have been shelved. Road Wild will be held at the Sturgis motorcycle rally and last year Harlem Heat – despite being heels – received more than your average level of heat from an audience who mostly did not previously know them. Bikers, racist? Who knew?!
  • There is talk of Jacqueline becoming Harlem Heat’s manager now that Kevin Sullivan has apparently retired and Sister Sherri has left the company.
  • Rumoured matches for Halloween Havoc in October are Hogan vs. Roddy Piper, The Giant vs. Kevin Nash and Macho Man vs. DDP. That’s quite a card and it’s worth remembering that Starrcade in December, not Halloween Havoc, is WCW’s big show.
  • The Steiner Brothers are in line for a tag title run, so expect them to defeat The Outsiders when they finally face each other.
  • High Voltage may be about to receive a push.
  • WCW have purchased the rights to use Voodoo Child (Slight Return) by Jimi Hendrix, but only for the next 12 months.
  • There is talk of WCW hosting a Nitro in New York at Yankee’s Stadium. Now that would be quite a significant shot to fire in the Monday Night Wars, should it ever be fired.

This week’s Raw was the last before Summerslam, where The Undertaker will defend his WWF Championship against Bret Hart. Elsewhere, The Truth Commission made their Raw debut.


ratings

Raw 2.9 – 3.4 Nitro


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