WCW Monday Nitro 4/29/96
Let's see if they can keep up the momentum from the Hoganless show last week. This is a special early edition of Nitro, leading into the NBA playoffs.
Harlem Heat vs Sting/Lex Luger WCW Tag Team Championships
These teams had a match on Saturday Night where apparently Jimmy Hart somehow threw in the towel for Harlem Heat. Sting and Booker begin, as always. Crowd is hot tonight. Book hits a big kick. Sting responds with a lariat that sends Book flying in the air like a helicopter. Stevie BEATS THE BREAKS off that sucka Lex Luger. Lex gives it right back. Bischoff has finally turned around on Lex and thinks he's a stand up guy. Not quite a jam up guy, though. Booker hits a side slam on Sting as we come back from break. SPINAROONI! Right into the Harlem Jump Wheel Reverse Back Leg Front Kick! My god, Slamboree is on MAY 19th. Hot tag to Lex. Harlem Heat hit a powerbomb/elbow drop thing. Jimmy Hart runs out and throws in the towel. Book catches it this time and says HELL NAH. They go after Jimmy. Sting runs in and rolls Booker up despite not being the legal man. God damn, I don't think I've seen a Nick Patrick tag match where the finish didn't have the guy who tagged out 30 seconds before get the pin in about 2 months. Titles retained.
Fire & Ice vs Steiner Brothers
SMOOV and Rick start the match. Ice Train does a crazy leap frog and then power powerslam. Rick gives him a German suplex and tags are made. SHOOT t-bone to Norton. Then a belly to belly. Big dudes getting thrown around is always rad. Ice Train is murdering fools in there. Lariatoos, big boots, press slams. Steinerline OUTTA NOWHERE puts Ice Train down. Bullshit. Way too short. That needed to go on for 3 more minutes of bomb tossing.
TO THE MEAN BY GOD GENE. Ric Flair ain't worried about no ignoramus named The Giant. Ric has been almost 1999 levels of ridiculous over the past month. It's pretty rad.
My god, the first GLACIER PROMO!
Steven Regal vs Belfast Bruiser Parking Lot Brawl
Yes. Yes. YES. Finlay misses a kick and his leg goes through a window. Then he gets thrown into it. HE'S GOT PART OF CINDER BLOCK! Why isn't Dusty calling this? We got tires. We got bumpers. We got bricks. We got trucks. We call that mother fucking plundah around these parts. Finlay gets a seat belt and tries to MURDER Regal. Oh shit I thought we were about to see the Finlay Roll in a parking lot. Fighting in a truck bed. Bischoff is being a real bitch about this, wanting wide shots in case the fans can't handle it. Finlay takes out a window and mirror. Regal wins after a piledriver on the roof of a car.
Ric Flair vs The Giant WCW Championship
Ric throws a chop and then runs away. This is the REAL Giant now. Holy shit, he was only 24 during this. Can you imagine a 24 year old wrestling with Hogan/Flair/Macho/Sting every week? Press slam. He gets Giant to chase him all around the ring, but doesn't attack when Giant comes back in the ring. It was all to poke him in the eye. Vertical suplex. Low blow! It'd be great if Giant had normal sized balls. The international object puts Show down. God damn, Show's leg is almost as tall as Flair. Figure four. Giant sits up, grabs Ric by the throat, chokeslams him. New champion!
TO THE MEAN GENE. Gene gets words with the new champion of the world. "Come one, come all, at the hands of the Giant, you're dog-gone sure gonna fall! ARAHAHARARHGHGARAH!"
Sting vs Giant was going to happen at Slamboree anyway, but now it is a title match. WE'RE OUTTA TIME, FOLKS, STAY TUNED FOR THE NBA PLAYOFFS!
Fun ass show. Hot crowd. A title change. Fun tag matches. Finlay and Regal hitting each other really hard in a parking lot. Two weeks without Hogan, and the two best shows since January. I don't think it can be considered a conincidence because the lack of Hogan also means lack of Beefcake and Sullivan. I support it 100%.