WCW Monday Nitro 9/11/95
Nitro emanates this week from Miami. Big show with Hogan vs Lex, Savage vs Norton, and SABU! This is the actual debut of the rad WCW set, with the giant letters and steel EVERYWHERE. Bischoff already flubs, calling Sabu "Samu".
Recap of the Lex/Hogan confrontation. Vader has gone AWOL and is out of the War Games. Hogan's team is now at a 3 to 4 disadvantage.
Sabu vs Alex Wright
YO Sabu comes out to La Parka's theme! Das Wunderkind is all serious tonight. No dancing. Sabu immediately goes for a single leg dive, does a spring board leg drop, then a rana over the top to the floor. He follows it up with a tope. Bischoff calls it a moonsault. He's got a chair! Air Sabu into the guard rail misses. Crash and burn. Steven Wright's baby boy throws uppercuts and a dropkick on the floor. Yo, Bischoff brings up Steve as I was typing it, including his time in NJPW. Worlds colliding. Alex gets STUPID air on a missile dropkick. He hits his own dive. Superplex. It's amazing how pained Sabu looked all the time even in 1995, yet he's still doing crazy shit TWENTY YEARS LATER. Sabu wins with a top rope victory roll. Standing ovation from the first few rows. Sabu, being Sabu, puts Alex through a table after the match. Due to those actions, the decision was reversed. Alex Wright wins and gets booed for it. That's kind of bullshit. Sabu won the match completely clean. The match was over.
TO THE MEAN BY GOD GENE. This, indeed, is Nitro. Ric shits on Arn for staying in his hotel room, calling his wife and kid instead of partying and banging bitches. During this, Lex Luger comes to the ring. Ric gets a boner over him. It's weird. What the hell, that's all he came out there for? For Flair to talk about his muscles and say he was going to beat Hogan? Lol.
Sting vs VK Wallstreet WCW US Championship
Now, he was Michael last week, and now he's VK. WHAT'S UP WITH THAT, BOBBY? Somehow this is supposed to be an insult towards Vince. Bischoff gives away the Raw results: HBK over Sid. Mongo makes fun of the show being named after uncooked eggs. IRS now wears a singlet instead of dress shirt and pants. We'll see if that helps his hypersweating. The answer is: not really. Bischoff full on says that Lex was wrestling for the WWF and wanted to jump ship. Mongo says, "He LITERALLY came out of the bush leagues to come play with the big boys, didn't he." Shots fired. Sting gets sent to the floor. Sting comes back in with a flying clothesline. IRS kind of no sold it. Which is okay, because Sting kind of missed it and looked like he landed on his face anyway. Stinger Splash. Sting wins with a top rope cross body. Title retained.
Renegade/Maxx Muscle and Big Bubba/Dave Sullivan for Saturday Night. And Pillman/Wright.
Scott Norton vs Randy Savage
Norton attacks as Macho hits the ring. Short arm lariat. A Macho lariat sends Norton to the floor. Flying ax handle. Macho hits an apparently huge lariat. Sent Norton flying like it was Stan Hansen throwing it. Norton's power comes into play when he catches Randy coming off the top in an attacking bear hug. Bischoff tries to proclaim that Macho might have a broken spine. POWERBOMBUUUUUUUUUUU. God damn. That's probably the reason he never got a title run in WCW. Awfully stiff to throw on a main eventer. Back breaker into a press slam. Norton is just hanging around, being big and scary. God damn again with the powerslam. LOL at Bischoff doing the "Guys, I think he's hurt, guys. This is serious, guys." in the Owen Voice. Jumping shoulder block sends Macho to the floor. Norton grabs him by the throat up to the apron, then drags him across the ropes and SPIKES him with a rope hanging DDT. Fuck. He comes off the top with a shoulder block, but Savage catches him and sends him into the mat. As he fires up, the Dungeon of Doom come out. He throws Norton into Earthquake, who then falls on Norton's legs. Savage hits the elbow and gets the pin with Quake still on Norton. I'm not sure how that was allowed, but whatever. The whole group backs down from Norton after the match. Macho gave him a TON and Norton beat the shit out of him like he was facing a young lion in Japan.
Lex Luger vs Hulk Hogan WCW Championship
Bischoff again mentions Lex leaving the WWF, but this time the WWF is muted. Lex has one of the best random production themes WCW ever used. We get word that Macho is injured and we'll try to get some update before the show ends. Hulk is down 3-4 for War Games, and now with Macho hurt, things aren't looking good for the Hulkster. The feeling out process lasts a few moments until Hulk brings his Japan war crate to the match. Lex no sells a suplex and Hulk is SHOOK. Lex hits his own suplex, which is no sold. Mirror images!!! A loud Hogan chant breaks out, but you can hear boos in it. Bischoff acknowledges it, saying Lex has his contingent of fans. They weren't really cheering for Lex. Just against Hogan. Bischoff full on buries the WWF and Nash in particular, saying their champion never made it past mid card level when he was in WCW and Lex isn't used to this kind of competition. Such an asshole. So smarmy. Somehow he's supposed to be the face announcer, too. I kind of like it. Powerslam from Lex. Torture Rack! Lex thinks he won, as Hulk's arm dropped 3 times. It totally did. I don't know how that wasn't a win. Pee Wee stopped the count and restarted after the first one for some reason. Hulk is HULKING UP to not a very positive reaction. Big boot. Leg drop. The Dungeon of Doom return and attack Hulk. Macho and Sting make the save. Hulk wins via DQ. Title retained. The DoD didn't attack Lex and Hulk seems upset about this.
TO THE MEAN GENE. Gene was in the ring after the break to get the SCOOPS. They're really into saying that Vader has gone AWOL. It's been said about 8 times tonight. Hulk and Savage wanna know where Lex is coming from. Sting is the voice of reason and suggests they have a replacement for Vader. Macho says fuck no to that shit. He'd rather have 3 on 4 than have a team mate he can't trust. Macho suggests it is fishy that Sting and Jimmy Hart also weren't attacked. Hulk gives into Sting and asks Lex to join the team. Lex agrees, as long as he gets a title shot.
Make sure to order Fall Brawl this Sunday night! Next week, we'll have Paul Orndorff vs Johnny B. Badd and the Blue Bloods vs either the American Males or the Nasty Boys.
Really good show. Stuck to the formula, had some hot matches, some interesting angles. SABU! Norton beat the every loving dog shit out of Savage. I've never seen a main event guy get roughed up so much by a mid carder. I'm not even sure I've seen any match where Macho got stiffed so much. And then the DoD backed off from him. All of them. When just Norton was in the ring. Dude got put over huge. Lex/Hogan wasn't really not bad at all while it lasted. Surprisingly not bad, although the crowd didn't care about Lex and wasn't super into Hulk, either. Fall Brawl is Sunday and the only announced matches on Nitro are Hogan/Savage/Lex/Sting vs Dungeon of Doom, Ric Flair vs Arn Anderson, and Johnny B. Badd vs Brian Pillman. I would have thought they'd try to promote more matches on the card, but instead focused on taking pot shots at WWF, which on this show went from pot shots to full on burying.