Welcome to the Retro Express. This is where we’re taking a stroll down memory lane at wrestling history. This post is part of an ongoing series where we’re reviewing every episode of WCW Nitro from start to finish. Links to the previous posts are at the bottom of this post. We hope you enjoy.
It’s time for WCW Monday Nitro in Charlotte, North Carolina which was typically a big city for WCW. This show in particular felt like a big show with the returns of Rowdy Roddy Piper, Ric Flair and Kevin Greene in “Horsemen country”. This was also the first time in a long time where the New World Order was mostly hated by the fans. They booed the heels of the nWo and cheered for the heroes of WCW as intended during this show. It just felt like the stars were aligned for a big WCW day where they can get the upper-hand on the heels for a change.
The crowd was hot, the big segments were hot and there were fabulous promos up and down the show. There were good matches baked in with some horrible matches which is typical WCW at this point. There was hardly any follow up on the big Sting angle from last week so it’s not really worth me doing a recap of that show. That show felt like filler when compared to this show.
Date: December 9th 1996
City: Charlotte, North Carolina
Commentators (First Hour): Tony Schiavonie and Larry Zbyszko
Commentators (Second Hour): Tony Schiavonie, Bobby Heenan and Mike Tenay
Rowdy Roddy Piper started off the show with a long promo to set up the rest of Nitro. This felt so strange because this was indeed a change to the formula of these Nitros. Usually they would cut to the announcers for a brief intro and then go right into the action. Instead, we just cut to Piper coming out as if this was modern day WWE. I groaned because I watched this kind of stuff on RAWs on a weekly basis for years growing up and it was so formulaic. On WCW in 1996, this was different.
Not only was it different, it actually worked in making you get invested in this program with Piper and Hogan. Piper was beloved in this area, he called out Hogan and there was the tease of a confrontation with Piper and the nWo later. Now granted, Hollywood Hogan didn’t come out even though Piper challenged him. However, Piper was such a good talker that it made you really want to see and Hogan fight at a pay-per-view. In other words, this was a money promo.
Piper was wearing a Carolina Panthers shirt, a day after they secured a place in the playoffs apparently. There was a massive reaction for Piper coming out. Piper said it was nice to be home. Even a dude in a nWo shirt was shown chanting “Rowdy” as he had come out. There were other nWo fans in the crowd which we’ll come to later.
It was a typical homecoming promo about North Carolina. He eventually switched gears to the New World Order. He mentioned a whole bunch of big guys in the nWo pounded on his leg at World War III which the fans booed. He hopped around on one leg. Piper said they wanted him to fight Hogan at Starrcade. He mentioned how he’s got 6 kids and he’s got to win this fight. There was massive “Hogan Sucks” chants in North Carolina. At least during this promo, they all loved Piper and hated the nWo.
He admitted he’s had some things he was ashamed. He said his son said maybe he shouldn’t go out and fight Hollywood Hogan as Hogan was younger. Piper went on a random tirade about how he ashamed that he boxed Mr T at WrestleMania and “they” wanted him to take a dive for Mr T. He said he doesn’t take a dive and he doesn’t do windows. He called it the most shameful thing he’s ever done. Piper said: “I’ll be damned if I take a dive for anybody anywhere.” They got a fan with a nWo country sign. He admitted that he doesn’t have a problem with nWo but he’s not with WCW as he’s Rowdy Roddy Piper. He made fun of the nWo all wearing leather but with no women. He said Hogan has been in the lead for years and is truly a superstar. He’s not taking this fight lightly. Piper called out Hogan for a fight right now…. and then Piper left the ring! Mixed messages! “I wanna fight Hogan now but I’ll see you later guys!” Then the segment ended.
This was an absolutely solid promo from Piper. The Mr T stuff was odd but the idea I guess was he’s not gonna follow an agenda and he’s his own man which is not a bad angle to go with here. As a means to make me wanna see this fight, Piper did his job fabulously. It was long but if there was anyone that could make a long opening promo work like this, it was Hot Rod.
Last note, it’s funny Piper brought up that his son didn’t want him to fight Hogan because Hogan was younger than him. I can confirm that Hollywood Hogan was in fact OLDER than Rowdy Roddy Piper! It’s incredible that they played up Piper as this old man and battered veteran of wrestling and Hogan is apparently this cool hipster youngster in response! It’s an amazing dichotomy.
Mike Enos vs M. Wallstreet
WCW had to be daring the fans to turn over to RAW at this point. Wallstreet vs Enos was your opening match for a big episode of Monday Nitro? Remember when the whole point of an opening match was to get your excited for the rest of this show? WCW’s idea was to put on Enos vs Wallstreet. Take out the fact that it’s Mike Enos vs M. Wallstreet, two heel unpopular wrestlers started off this “hot” show and they put together a horrible short match.
Tony Schiavonie said this was gonna be a great match-up… HA. Wallstreet did a fireman’s carry slam. The nWo’s Ted DiBiase walked out. Enos threw a horrible clothesline at Wallstreet. Enos did a powerslam which Larry Zbyszko claimed was “a good snap”. Ted had a contract in his hands which Enos appeared to like. Wallstreet took advantage and hit a Samoan Drop for the win. Bad match.
DiBiase handed the contract to Wallstreet, which made sense as DiBiase and Wallstreet had worked together in the WWF previously with Wallstreet being I.R.S.. It make sense that DiBiase had hired help that he could trust and did business with in the past. With that being said, Larry I think brought up a point on commentary that Wallstreet already had money. I guess with the nWo, he could improve his financial wellbeing even more. You could never have too much money in wrestling and the IRS can be a valuable ally to some people! So I wasn’t that bothered by the motivations of Wallstreet.
This also felt like the first time we’ve seen Ted DiBiase since the Nitro where Eric Bischoff turned heel.
There was a video with Woman and Chris Benoit from WCW Saturday Night. I’ve seen this video before and this was another bit of bad taste this feud is putting into my mouth. Woman said she was a woman of her word when she said if Taskmaster kicked “him” (Benoit) one more time it was over, referencing the “Baltimore incident” that we covered last week. Woman talked about how women have rights and they could vote. Woman said she could do what she wanted and when she wanted to do it. I had no idea if Woman was supposed to be a babyface or a heel but more on that later.
Benoit said he made no mistake. He talked about being the best chess player in this game and finishes by saying: “my bishop takes your queen. Checkmate.” A morally confusing line but it was a great line from Benoit. They drunk wine together and this was shown to Taskmaster who walked away. Again, more on this later….
Hugh Morrus vs The Renegade w/Joe Gomes
“Dear god, where are all the good talent at?” was my first note when I realised this match was happening. It was almost as if WCW weren’t aware there was a Monday Night War going on or they didn’t care! Hugh Morrus vs The Renegade to follow-up a “riveting match” between Wallstreet and Mike Enos. This match was also no good just like the opener.
Renegade did a hip toss. Hugh did a spin wheel kick. Renegade did a powerslam. Hugh started no selling punches which led to Renegade just punching him down! It’s not even like when Sting would no-sell punches and start firing back with punches of his own and make a comeback. Hugh started no-selling Renegade’s offense and got punched down anyway by Renegade!
Renegade did a cartwheel elbow smash. Hugh reversed a bulldog into a belly to back suplex which was not a bad spot. Hugh did the moonsault off the rope and got the clean pin which Tony claimed was called the “No Laughing Matter”. He tried another one but Joe moved Renegade out of the way.
No good’s an apt way to describe this match. I won’t say this was bad but it certainly was not good.
Taskmaster walked down and grabbed the mic. He said he just saw that video WCW played on WCW Saturday night. He understood this was a ratings game but asked why they didn’t ask Taskmaster about playing the video? He talked about having a personal life. He doesn’t care about ratings and he demanded they give it to him first next time.
This was another crazy dichotomy which will be my word of the review. Woman cut what appeared to be an equal rights female promo about how women have rights and Taskmaster can’t tell her what to do. Chris Benoit is cutting a promo about taking Taskmaster’s wife and he’s bragging about taking “his queen.” Taskmaster, who was an evil villain that raised monsters to fight Hulk Hogan, is suddenly a sympathetic, cheated-on husband where he’s talking about his personal life. It’s just… bonkers.
I think Woman and Benoit are supposed to be babyfaces even thought they’re doing something morally wrong. They’re flirting together and cutting this promo into a camera towards Sullivan about how Benoit took his queen. I think Taskmaster is supposed to still be a heel even though his woman cheated on him with another man. If the angle was that Benoit was rescuing Woman from Kevin Sullivan, then that’s fine. I mean nothing about this storyline was particular fine when you know the destination of pretty much everybody involved.
The point is, you can do a storyline where a woman leaves her man to be with someone else who treats her like a human being rather than property. If the storyline was strictly that Benoit was trying to save Woman from Kevin Sullivan, that’d be one thing. However, Benoit is cutting a promo about “taking Taskmaster’s queen” I guess because he’s still a Horsemen even though the Horsemen are good guys right now. It’s totally screwed up. Because Benoit is bragging about this and Woman is flaunting her affairs on television directly to her ex-husband, it makes Benoit and Woman come off as the bad guys expect there’s nothing good guy about Taskmaster who is coming off as a control freak.
Is this a terrible storyline? Yes and no. The storyline they are trying to tell isn’t terrible although it’s terrible because of the long-term implications in real life for everybody. The issue I have with this storyline is there was nobody to root for in any of this. At least when Kimberly left DDP to be with Johnny B Badd in an earlier storyline as we’ve covered, Johnny saved Kimberley from DDP who was a kayfabe horrible person at the time. Kimberley was shown to be happier and the aresehole heel got what he deserved. This storyline doesn’t tell that story. We’ve got these crazy love triangle where none of them come off as justified in their actions. That’s my speech about this Chris Benoit, Woman and Taskmaster storyline.
Mean Gene Okerlund interviewed #91 for the Carolina Panthers, Kevin Greene. Greene was well-beloved as expected by this crowd. The Panthers team was doing great and he was a part of that so hometown pride was on full display here!
Greene talked about Steve “Mongo” McMichael being a foe, referencing to when Mongo betrayed him at The Great American Bash. He said the Panthers were gonna kick a lot of ass and he was gonna come after Mongo. He told everyone that the Panthers were gonna surprise some people and they did that. He said the nWo was a bunch of crap. Greene had a line I loved where he said: “If I ever get a hold of Hogan he’s gonna be called Choking Hogan because he’s gonna be choking when I shove my fist down his throat!” This was a pretty solid promo. G
reene being allowed to cut this promo about he’s gonna kick Hogan’s ass. Kevin Greene, each time he’s on WCW, demonstrates so much charisma even though he’s not a wrestler but he was just allowed to have a good time and be a hero in his hometown. This was solid television for a few minutes!
Dean Malenko © vs Jimmy Graffiti for the WCW Cruiserweight Championship
I didn’t like this match, mostly due to Jimmy Garffiti. This guy got so blown up that it became such a chore and struggle for Malenko to carry him through this match.
The Ultimate Dragon was now just Ultimo Dragon as they mentioned on commentary. Dean and Jimmy wrestled for a bit. Dean eventually clotheslined him down. Larry called “real men” an endangered species in the 1990s. Sonny Onoo came out after the break and kept distracting Dean.
Jimmy did a belly to back suplex. Grafitti headbutted Dean in the gut a few times but Dean eventually slammed him with a back suplex of his own. Graffiti seemed to be gassed as he got Dean on his shoulders and damn near killed Malenko dropping him on the guard rail.
Dean hit a superplex. Grafitti did the most sloppy looking super kick ever. Vince McMahon could have a pulled off a better super kick than this guy. Grafitti hit a powerbomb. Dean hit a powerbomb of his own for a 2 count. Malenko reversed a suplex into a small package for the win which was a pretty well executed spot.
Dean did the best he could but Grafitti was just not able to keep up with him on this night. However, although this is not saying much, this was the best match on the show by this point.
EDITOR’S NOTE: This was Jimmy Graffiti’s last appearance on WCW Monday Nitro. He had a match on WCW Saturday Night against Chris Jericho just over a week later. He was forced to retire from a knee injury in 1997. He died of a heart attack in 2014.
Mean Gene interviewed Sonny Onoo. Sonny lost his accent for a bit and Mean Gene called him out on him. Sonny brought this up and he talked about how great America is and you can stay home and get money in this country. He said Ultimo Dragon was gonna destroy the wannabe Dean Malenko. Mean Gene said you know what you can do with the camera? After a brief pause, Mean Gene follows this up with: “I’ll tell you in just a second.” I felt this was great. Mean Gene berating heel managers is never not funny on Nitros!
“The Nasty Boys” Brian Knobbs and Jerry Sags vs “Faces of Fear” The Barbarian and Meng w/Jimmy Hart
What a load of crap this match was. An absolutely cluttered mess. This was a vintage Nasty Boys match in the sense that they just seemed to do what they want. They got blown up. It looked horrible and it provided nothing positive in this tag team division which is looking miserable right now. The tag team division’s saving grace is that the champions The Outsiders are so over that all of this is kinda irrelevant as long as they remain over as the champions.
The team started fighting. The Nastys did a double shoulder tackle. The Outsiders came out with the belts as they watched on. The fans all reacted. Some boos, a lot of cheers but everyone was making noise for Kevin Nash and Scott Hall.
Sags did a horrible looking World’s Strongest Slam. Sags did a leg drop. Barbarian hit Sags with a chair which was not a disqualification. A favourite spot of mine was Barbarian grabbing the arms of Jerry Sags and then Meng slapping Sags’s belly repeatedly! That I enjoyed!
Meng used the chair as the referee’s back turned apparently to all of this. The referee had his back to the action for a solid minute and a half. Imagine if during a UFC fight, referee Herb Dean just distracted himself with the corner men for 90 seconds while the fighters just did whatever they wanted? Then he turns around and he just had to pretend like nothing happened? This referee didn’t hear loud chair shots that the fans clearly reacted to.
That’s one of my most hated things about wrestling. I know the explanation in wrestling is that the referee cannot call what they cannot see but shouldn’t referee do his best to watch everything that’s going on? This referee has his back turned to the other competitors who are just outside doing whatever they wanted. It makes the referees look so incompetent, it makes the rules seem irrelevant and it doesn’t look authentic as a “sport” or something competitive.
Never mind sports. Imagine if in a game of Countdown, Susie Dent in Dictionary Corner just started showing some of the contestants the answers while everyone’s backs was turned. Would this not count as cheating as the judges can only judge based on what they see? This rule is absolutely moronic in wrestling and I hate it.
Barbarian missed a big top rope splash. Sags got the hot tag I think. Everybody started fighting. Knobbs hit a middle rope diving clothesline which I was stunned he was able to do. Knobbs did a top rope splash but the referee was following Sags out of the ring. The referee just left the ring to follow other action not including the legal men in the match! Knobbs grabbed Jimmy. Then Jimmy tired to hit Knobbs with the megaphone but hit Barbarian instead. Jimmy got thrown to the outside. I think Barbarian hit Knobbs with a megaphone and won.
This was some of the dirt worst of wrestling. I feel I say that for every Nasty Boys match but the word wrestling doesn’t even apply here. These dudes just brawled and brawled. The brawling from the Nasty Boys looked miserable because they were blown up. Thank god that Dean Malenko was there to provide some “decent” wrestling I guess. Everything on this show up until this point, in the wrestling department, was misery.
All I could think was that the Outsiders was standing on the ramp watching the match. What were the Outsiders thinking when they were watching this? “Thank god we’re wrestling the Faces of Fear?” Wrestling the likes of Meng sounded like a picnic compared to having to wrestle the Nasty Boys. You’d probably get beat up but at least you’d be wrestling someone decent in the ring as opposed to the just doing blatant and miserable-looking brawling.
Mean Gene interviewed hometown boy Ric Flair coming out to Four Horsemen music. Ric bowed down to Kevin Greene. Ric said he may not like him “brother” but he was the man. That’s always something about Ric Flair which I always loved. If Hulk Hogan used the word “brother” more than anyone in wrestling, then Ric Flair was second on that list of “brother usage” in promos. In literally every other promo, he dropped the word “brother”. Here, he’s taking about how he doesn’t like Greene but he’s the man and calls him a brother! Even his biggest enemies he will call brother as just a wrestling thing! That is something that only Ric Flair could pull off!
Ric wanted Piper to come out to a great Charlotte welcome. Piper came out and the two hugged. Ric said Piper was truly an icon to the sport of professional wrestling. He said Piper came to Charlotte in 1981 in a greyhound bus but 3 weeks later, after travelling with Flair, there were women all over calling him Hot Rod! He put over Piper like a million bucks while he’s out there with him! He called Piper a big time player as Piper was just laughing his ass off at this promo.
Flair said Hogan sucked. This felt like a child learning to swear for the first time. Because afterwords, Flair just kept repeating: “Hogan sucks” because he had the opportunity to says the word “sucks” as much as he likes now as they’re leaning towards more crash television! Ric said Piper was here to rectify the situation and whatever he needed, it was his with the Four Horsemen. He wanted to see Piper kick Hogan’s ass brother.
Piper was just howling during this promo. Piper said they don’t come no finer than Ric Flair. Piper said this was his last shot. Piper said they’re calling him a gimp and he appreciated Flair’s assistance, but he doesn’t want anyone’s help. If he can’t do it by himself, he won’t be able to live with himself. They all left. This was absolutely fabulous. Every moment of that promo was such a joy. Piper looked like he was having the time of his life. Ric was going nuts putting over Piper. The fans were going nuts. This is true professional wrestling in the sense that you had two larger than life personalities out there cutting promos, putting each other and themselves over and being wacky enjoying themselves! This was tremendous.
Bobby Eaton vs Chris Jericho
A very short match. Jericho hit a lionsault for a 2 count which felt so weird against Bobby Eaton of all people. Jericho hit this move as just a regular move in his arsenal when it would become almost a finisher for him in the WWE. Actually, I’m pretty sure the Lionsault was the move he hit when he “beat” Triple H for the WWF title on a historic episode of RAW in 2000!
Eaton dropped Jericho with an electric chair drop. Eaton missed an “Alabama Jam” leg drop from the top rope. Jericho did a super kick and a top rope dropkick for the clean victory. I would have liked for them to get more time to see what they can really do together.
Jericho cut a insert promo saying he’s not done with Nick Patrick. The announcers hyped up Jericho as becoming a superstar some day and… they were pretty much spot on with that prediction!
They recapped Sting dropping Rick Steiner a few weeks ago and then what happened last week, when Rick and Sting had their fight,
Mean Gene interviewed the Steiner Brothers. Rick said the Steiners are sick of waiting to see what’s Sting was gonna do next. Scott said we’re waiting on you. Scott looked massive during this promo. His left arm looked absolutely massive as physically he’s on his way to becoming Big Poppa Pump.
Sgt Craig Pittman vs Arn Anderson w/Steve “Mongo” McMichael and Debra McMichael
Lex Luger vs The Giant was booked for Starrcade. Pittman appeared to randomly be a heel again although it was never particularly explained why. They just mentioned a change in attitude as announcers are prone to do when someone turns heel. Taskmaster called out Arn during an insert promo and said Arn and him were gonna heat up his life next week. What a weird way to put it. Arn and Taskmaster are gonna “heat up his life” by having a wrestling match?… OK.
Arn and Pittman wrestled and then Arn knelt down in the corner to ask STEVE MCMICHAEL for advice on wrestling! Unreal!
Arn wrapped Pittman’s leg around the ring post. Pittman went for the code red armbreaker but Arn got the ropes with his legs. Mongo hit Pittman with a briefcase as the ref was distracted with Debra. Arn hit the DDT for the win. A nothing match which only led up to the Horsemen cheating anyway.
Mean Gene interviewed Arn, Mongo and Debra. Arn talked about Benoit being in Germany but where is Woman… did you not hear the promo from WCW Saturday Night? I thought it was abundantly clear that Woman was still in Germany WITH BENOIT as they are cheating on Taskmaster!
Debra screeched about telling Arn about “this tramp” and girls in the beauty pageant for some reason. She talked about being the most powerful horsemen because she was the most beautiful or something. Mongo cut a promo about Arn beaten Pittman all by himself. I actually liked that line because if the heel contradicted himself, it’s even better. Mongo knew full well he helped Arn win but still put over Arn by saying he did it by himself! Arn told Benoit to come home and he had a bone to pick with Woman.
Diamond Dallas Page vs Jeff Jarrett in the first round of the United States Heavyweight Championship Tournament
OK, so allow me to quickly explain the bracket for this tournament. We’ve never seen the bracket so I had to Google what was going on with this bracket because this really confused me. They claimed Diamond Dallas Page vs Jeff Jarrett was the semi-final of this tournament. I thought this was bullshit because I seemed to recall three first round matches on Nitro already for this tournament, which neither DDP or Jeff Jarrett was apart of. Therefore, how was it possible that this was semi-final featured Page and Jeff?
I had to look this up and this wasn’t TECHNICALLY a semi-final match but this was treated as a semi-final match. On one side of the bracket, Chris Benoit and Eddie Guerrero both qualified and will face each other later in their semi-final match. The other side of the bracket saw Arn Anderson and Lex Luger both eliminated following a double count out and this match with Page and Jarrett. Therefore, whoever won this first round match would proceed to the final and get a bye past the semi-final because of double count-out. Only problem? They never explained any of this. I had to look this up! If you were watching at the time, this would have taken you completely off guard. If they could have just shown a bracket at any time during this tournament, it would have made it a lot easier for fans to keep up with what was going on.
As a match, this was actually a pretty good match. You’ve got DDP who was a heel but becoming a fan favourite and Jeff Jarrett who was a babyface but hated by the fans. Therefore, why not switch it up? Jeff was playing the heel and DDP was the babyface in this match. It worked and it played into the finish really well which we’ll get to.
DDP did a back suplex. DDP did slick look tilt-a-whirl side slam. Jarrett knocked DDP down with the enziguri. Jeff did the Flair strut and the fans booed which Tony actually acknowledged.
DDP did a sunset flip for a 2 count with Jeff exploding out of it with a clothesline. Jeff did a fist drop. DDP tried a small package. DDP tried to fight back but Jeff dropped him with a face slam. Jeff continued to get the heat. Jeff tried a sleeper hold with DDP fighting back to his feet. DDP hit a big lariat to a big pop.
DDP ran wild with some punches. DDP did a flying lariat. The Outsiders showed up to distract Jeff. As Jeff got on the middle rope, Hall grabbed him and dropped him with the Outsiders Edge as DDP capitalised with the pin.
I would have preferred that DDP got the clean pin but this progressed the DDP/nWo storyline, because DDP was unaware of the Outsiders interfering, so I’ve got no problem with it. This was a fine main-event match for this episode of Nitro although there is more to come.
Mean Gene interviewed DDP. He said he doesn’t need the Outsiders as he has the mostly deadly finisher with the Diamond Cutter in his arsenal. He told the Outsiders to do their thing while he does his. DDP brought up being most improved wrestler in the PWI which I was stunned that WCW actually acknowledged on air! DDP talked about being with a girl and he would tell the broad to stop calling him, so he told the Outsiders to stop calling him. He said nobody wanted the US title more than DDP.
Taking into account Piper’s promo, talking about how there’s no women with the nWo (except Elizabeth I guess), Ric Flair’s comments and DDP comparing the nWo to a “broad” that won’t stop calling him, this was quite an attempt to get the fans to turn on the nWo! They did everything in their power to get the fans to think the nWo was uncool and this strategy worked in North Carolina!
It was supposed to be Rick Steiner vs Scott Norton as the main-event. Instead, Rowdy Roddy Piper came out walking “with a purpose” as the announcers said. Piper grabbed a chair and sat down on it. He said the time for talking is over and it’s time to do some fighting. Piper told Hogan to get his “big bum” out of here. Eric Bischoff showed up instead of Hogan.
Piper rocked his chair back and forth and growled as Bischoff sauntered his way down to the ring. Piper threw trash at Bischoff. Piper slapped Bischoff on the ass and told him to get Hogan. I love the irony of Piper calling out the nWo for not having any women with them earlier and here, he’s slapping Bischoff’s ass and wearing a skirt. With this in mind, I’m not exactly sure what Piper was trying to imply with that earlier promo.
Eric Bischoff said the nWo was not here. Eric claimed he was Piper’s friend as he tried to protect Piper from himself by keeping him away from WCW. Bischoff circled Piper as he was cutting this promo. Bischoff said the 14 inch pythons are gonna crush him. Eric called Piper a gimp and walked with a pretend limp. Piper smacked Bischoff on the back of the head which the fans buzzed over. Piper grabbed a chair but the nWo surrounded the ring.
Piper kept kicking at Bischoff as the fans are going NUTS FOR THIS. Kevin Greene came out to help Piper as the fans are going even more crazy for this. Piper was just kicking away at Bischoff whenever he could during this! The nWo did the two sweet and left.
They showed an “after show exclusive” on the WWE Network as Mongo and Arn both come out and kick away the Outsiders. THE GOOD GUYS WINNING IN THE HOMETOWN OF NORTH CAROLINA! Bischoff held his head as was led to the back. Nash told them to suck it as the nWo and WCW had a showdown. DiBiase watched on as the nWo fell back. Piper and Arn hugged as WCW win the day! I was hoping Greene was gonna clothesline Mongo or something to play into that storyline. That didn’t happen but Greene did point at Mongo saying he had something for him. So at least this was not a complete derailment of that storyline!
I enjoyed this episode of Nitro. Not majorly great on the wrestling side of things but the non-wrestling segments involving Piper, the nWo and the interviews were all real slam=dunks. It made it seem like a hot wrestling show even if the matches weren’t so hot. The main-event match was good and this was a show where the crowd more than anyone made the show great. If this was just a regular crowd, it probably wouldn’t have worked. In North Carolina, this WORKED. This show gets a thumbs up from me!
WCW Nitro Reading Order
- #1 – September 4th 1995
- #2 – September 11th 1995
- WCW Fall Brawl 1995 – September 17th 1995
- #3 – September 18th 1995
- #4 – September 25th 1995
- #5 – October 2nd 1995
- #6 – October 9th 1995
- #7 – October 16th 1995
- #8 – October 23rd 1995
- WCW Halloween Havoc 1995 – October 29th 1995
- #9 – October 30th 1995
- #10 – November 6th 1995
- #11 – November 13th 1995
- #12 – November 20th 1995
- WCW World War III 1995 – November 26th 1995
- #13 – November 27th 1995
- #14 – December 4th 1995
- #15 – December 11th 1995
- #16 – December 18th 1995
- #17 – December 25th 1995
- WCW Starrcade 1995 – December 27th 1995
- #18 – January 1st 1996
- #19 – January 8th 1996
- #20 – January 15th 1996
- #21 – January 22nd 1996
- #22 – January 29th 1996
- #23 – February 5th 1996
- WCW Superbrawl VI – February 11th 1996
- #24 – February 12th 1996
- #25 – February 19th 1996
- #26 – February 26th 1996
- #27 – March 11th 1996
- #28 – March 18th 1996
- WCW Uncensored 1996 – March 24th 1996
- #29 – March 25th 1996
- #30 – April 1st 1996
- #31 – April 15th 1996
- #32 – April 22nd 1996
- #33 – April 29th 1996
- #34 – May 6th 1996 (Nitro)/May 6th 1996 (RAW)
- #35 – May 13th 1996
- WCW Slamboree 1996 – May 19th 1996
- #36 – May 20th 1996
- #37 – May 27th 1996
- #38 – June 3rd 1996
- #39 – June 10th 1996
- WCW The Great American Bash 1996 – June 16th 1996
- #40 – June 17th 1996
- #41 – June 24th 1996
- #42 – July 1st 1996
- WCW Bash At The Beach 1996 – July 7th 1996
- #43 – July 8th 1996
- #44 – July 15th 1996
- #45 – July 22nd 1996
- #46 – July 29th 1996
- #47 – August 5th 1996
- WCW Hog Wild 1996 – August 10th 1996
- #48 – August 12th 1996
- WCW Clash of the Champions #33 – Hulk Hogan vs Ric Flair
- #49 – August 19th 1996
- #50 – August 26th 1996
- #51 – September 2nd 1996
- #52 – September 9th 1996
- WCW Fall Brawl 1996 – September 15th 1996
- #53 – September 16th 1996
- #54 – September 23rd 1996
- #55 – September 30th 1996
- #56 – October 7th 1996
- #57 – October 14th 1996
- #58 – October 21st 1996
- WCW Slim Jim’s Halloween Havoc 1996 – October 27th 1996
- #59 – October 28th 1996
- #60 – November 4th 1996 (Nitro)/November 4th 1996 (RAW)
- #61 – November 11th 1996
- #62 – November 18th 1996
- WCW World War III 1996 – November 24th 1996
- #63 – November 25th 1996
- #64 – December 2nd 1996