WCW Monday Nitro 4/28/97
A special hour long edition of Nitro. Also an hour earlier. The show starts with clips of Flair beating Vader are shown to start the show, proving that he isn't afraid of a bigger man.
Roddy Piper and Ric Flair come to the announce booth. Brain sounds SLOSHED. Piper rants and raves about the lazy current generation who just want to skateboard and collect checks. Lol.
TAFKATAFKAPI vs Dean Malenko WCW US Championship
Come on. You only have an hour. Why are you putting Prince on the show? A PIP promo has Jeff Jarrett challenging TMF to a title match at Slamboree. Cloverleaf gets the win. Title retained. GTFO, Prince.
Juventud Guerrera vs Syxx WCW Cruiserweight Championship
Syxx is so sleazy. He looks like walking VD. Juvi slips running up the ropes and Syxx tries to take his fucking head off as a response. Had Syxx connected fully with that kick, it would have killed da Juice. The receipt for that was a dope as shit springboard flipping dropkick right in the mouth. Buzzkiller gets the win in a pretty fun little match. This Norfolk crowd is hot as fuck for everything. Title retained.
The Wolfpac comes to the announce booth. Good to see Hall back. Ain't no one giving no shits about those two old fucks bitching. They're happy to face Piper/Flair/Greene at Slamboree...as long as they get 75% of the gate. Lol.
Chris Benoit vs Steven Regal
Oh shit. I expect some headbutts and German suplexes. These fuckers just working knuckle locks for like 3 minutes, knocking the shit out of each other while doing it. Regal gets busted open by one of the headbutts. Of course. I think that happens just about every time they wrestle. That means the cameras have to stay wide. Kevin Sullivan comes in and throws Regal off the ropes so he can go at Benoit. Benoit fights back. Then Meng shows up to put him in the Tongan Deathgrip. Regal tries to help Benoit and gets put down. Nancy screams at Sullivan to make Meng let go. It looks like Meng broke it when Nancy got in his face.
THE FOLLOWING ANNOUNCEMENT HAS BEEN PAID FOR BY THE NEW WORLD ORDER. Macho just saying crazy shit about DDP.
Lex Luger/Giant vs Amazing French Canadians
Da Mounties. What a dope double Flapjack Norton onto the ropes from them. Mounties are dominating Lex. Just dominating. Then Giant gets the hot tag and REKS those Quebecers. Mountie gets smashed with the chokeslam while CARL is put in the torture rack.
Steve McMichael vs Barbarian
Mongo cheats to win. Again. At least Jeff Jarrett wasn't involved.
Ric Flair and Roddy Piper come to the ring in street clothes. It was being hyped that Piper and Flair would wrestle the nWo tonight, but there are only a few minutes left before the NBA Playoffs start, so I wouldn't count on it happening. Flair calls out Syxx in particular. The nWo music hits, but instead of them coming out, the arena fills with papers from the rafters. The Wolfpac does eventually come out and Flair beats the shit out of Syxx on the aisle. Then he low blows both Outsiders. THEN they all gang up on him while Piper just stands in the ring, watching, not doing anything like a piece of shit. Even the announcers are calling him out on it. WE'RE OUTTA TIME.
One hour is always going to be the sweet spot for wrestling shows. Always and forever.