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The W - Pro Wrestling - On This Day: WCW Monday Nitro - February 12, 1996
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#1 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.72
Hey, there was a pay-per-view last night (17 years ago). Ric Flair is your new World Heavyweight Champion after Miss Elizabeth turned her back on her ex-husband who is now officially as dumb as Sting, DDP is $6.6 million lighter, Hulk Hogan is still terrible, and the Dungeon of Doom gained another 600 pounds. All this, tonight. But first...
 
dionysus: At this point is the Television title more prestigious than the United States title?
 
I’ll need to defer to this guy:
 
 
ekedolphin: How come Luger and Sting had to defend the tag-team titles twice on one show?
 
Because Harlem Heat didn’t win the first match, duh.
 
SKLOKAZOID: WCW seemed to be picking up steam creatively in 1996.
 
Let’s NOT start sucking Bischoff’s kneecaps until we get through Uncensored, I can’t bear it. Oh god, Uncensored is looming. I’m losing all feeling in my fingertips.
 
THE ROAD TO UNCENSORED STARTS TONIGHT!
 
Light the pyro – dear god how is that rat PEPE still alive? ERIC BISCHOFF, MONGO MCMICHAEL, and BOBBY HEENAN are on hand, and tonight – George Steinbrenner is here! Perhaps HE can end Hulkamania.
 
We get some still shots of the Respect match, and Bischoff blows it off as “Pillman left the building right away, he’s history”, before getting into the newfound alliance between the Dungeon of Doom and Four Horsemen. Liz’s turn is given lots of press, and as Bischoff calls it a “big night”, we’re shown stills of Loch Ness. Well then.
 
HUGH MORRUS vs. RANDY SAVAGE
 
With the mood Savage is in, this cannot possibly end well for Morrus at all. Savage doesn’t give us his usual hokey entrance, opting instead for raw intensity as he walks towards Morrus. Morrus strikes first, hitting a running avalanche. A throat jab sends Savage to the mat, but Savage gets up and levels Morrus with a double axehandle. Savage takes Morrus to the outside, and slams his face into the ringpost. Back in, Morrus hits a vertical suplex. Savage slams an elbow in his face, and Morrus Flair flops. Still, as Savage moves in, Morrus slams him and heads up. No Laughing Matter misses, and Savage finishes with two Big Elbows at 4:51. That went about 4 minutes longer than I would have given it, what with Savage getting screwed over by his ex-wife. Savage takes the mic and tells the world he wants Ric Flair. Don’t we all. *
 
“MEAN” GENE OKERLUND interviews STEVE GRISSOM. Who, you might ask? Well he drives the WCW Nascar. We learn things like “it runs real good” and “we got a big weekend ahead of us”.
 
SCOTTY RIGGS vs. LOCH NESS (with Jimmy Hart)
 
Apparently Loch Ness has gained 100 pounds since last night, because Bischoff is touting him at 700 pounds now. Riggs tries a missile dropkick that doesn’t even budge him. Riggs comes off the top with a crossbody, and it’s clear Loch Ness is SUPPOSED to catch and slam him, but he doesn’t, letting Riggs basically turn in mid-air and slam himself, as Loch Ness trips over himself. A pair of elbowdrops give Loch Ness the win at 1:08. If you were expecting more from a 50 year old fat man, well, I’ve got a Best Of Golga DVD to sell you for $49.95. DUD
 
WOMAN and MISS ELIZABETH wheel out a gurney, which contains a stylin and profilin Ric Flair, presumably dead from all the sex he’d been having with the ladies all night. Liz: “For 7 years, I had to walk behind Randy, sit in the corner and never open my mouth. Well when I left, I took half of everything. Half the money, half the property. Well that’s nothing because last night, I took it all. I know, that that belt was the most important thing to Randy, and he prides himself on living on the edge. Well, he’s over the edge.”
 
“DANGEROUS” DEVON STORM vs. KONAN (for the WCW United States title)
 
This is NOT the Storm I know; sporting a blonde mullet, and lime green tights with tassels? Where is the insanity? Where is the crowbar? Where is David Flair? Now, showing some flash, Storm dives at Konnan using a chair to assist with a tope con hilo! He uses the ringsteps to dive at Konnan with headscissors, but Konnan holds on and powerbombs him on the floor. Heenan provides the laugher of the night by stating: “History will show this Konnan is the only man who’s ever held both the US Title and the Mexican Title at the same time.” I should certainly friggin’ hope so considering the title had only just come into existence on February 2nd, and Konnan was the only champion through 2004! In the ring, Konnan hits a pair of headscissors takeovers, and throws Storm with an overhead wheelbarrow suplex. Rock Bottom sets up a reverse Figure Four, while we take a look at GEORGE STEINBRENNER for no apparent reason. Storm must have escaped while the Boss was mugging, and hits a springboard spinning heel kick. A vocal group of fans chant for Konnan, as Storm tries a slingshot sunset flip to the outside, which Konnan rolls through and hits a rana. Bischoff takes this time to accuse the WWF of being responsible for the blackout suffered last week; before calling a couple of “back leg round kicks” from Storm on Konnan. Konnan reverses a super Frankensteiner into a top rope powerbomb for the win at 5:21. Good match. **1/2
 
ARN ANDERSON (with Woman) vs. HULK HOGAN (with eyepatch)
 
Fans chant for Hogan, which sends Arn into a an irate rage. Anderson punches Hogan in the back of the head, but that just enrages Hogan who bites him. ENOUGH OF THAT! Arn fires back with a clothesline, which fires Hogan up. Be careful Arn, he might bite you again. Instead, he uses the back rake, because he fights like a 4 year old. Maybe next he’ll pull hair and scream. Arn tries to piledrive Hogan on the concrete, which would have been the most amazing thing in the history of the world, but Hogan catapults his way out sending Arn into the ringpost noggin first. Hogan drives Arn’s shoulder to the ringpost repeatedly, rakes the back again, and heads up. Arn is choked out with the athletic tape from Hogan’s fist, while Heenan rants about Hogan’s true colors. That he’s been a lousy cheater for years, who’s done a lot of rotten things to a lot of people but everyone’s to afraid to call him out on his BS, and he’s upset because the Horsemen aren’t afraid to. “I don’t like the man Mongo, and I never will.” AMEN. Arn is clotheslined which he sells like a gunshot. Hogan whips him to the corner, and Arn throws an elbow to stop the Hogan momentum. Arn heads up, but like Flair, he gets caught. Hogan botches the slam, and Arn improvises by crotching himself across the top rope. My man. Arn starts clawing at the eye of Hogan, as RIC FLAIR and MISS ELIZABETH come strutting down to ringside. Arn destroys Hogan with a spinebuster, but Hogan emphatically kicks out at 2 and Hulks Up. Big boot, pose, strut like Flair, and Hogan puts on the Figure Four right in front of Flair. Ric attacks, but Hogan rolls HIM up at the exact same time, pinning him for about a 20 count. Woman grabs some rat poison and gets on the apron, tossing it in Hogan’s bad eye. The referee sees the giant cloud of dust, but doesn’t call for the bell, because I guess that could be anthing. Anderson then drives Liz’s shoe into Hogan’s eye, and GETS THE PIN AT 9:15!!!! UP YOURS HULK! **
 
Okay, even though I knew it was coming seeing as how I’ve watched the “Best Of Nitro” special on more than one occasion, it’s still a beautiful thing.
 
As Arn celebrates the biggest win of his life, Hogan breaks up the party by slamming him and Ric head to head, and clears the ring of them. RANDY SAVAGE enters the fray, beating Flair over the head with a chair.
 
Flair rushes the announce booth and rips the headset off Bischoff’s head. “HOGAN – YOU JUST GOT YOUR ASS KICKED AGAIN! YOU LIKE IT? SAVAGE – WE GOT THE BELT, WE GOT THE GIRLS, WE GOT HOGAN ON THE RUN! WE GOT THE WRESTLING WORLD WHERE WE WANT IT!” Mongo takes off, while Heenan happily hangs around with his friends. Hogan rushes Arn at the announce booth, and rips the headset off Heenan. Heenan disgustedly gives Hogan a look, and leaves. “MEAN” GENE OKERLUND is on the scene. Hogan wants a rematch with Anderson, next Monday. Hogan reminds Savage his life sucks, and tells him to go get that Alimony back. And with that fine message, Nitro goes off the air.




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#2 Posted on | Instant Rating: 8.01
I forgot how magical it when Arn beat Hogan. Of course Hogan had to try and get his heat back after that, which probably led to me forgetting about it, but no one thought that was possible. It was pretty much WCW's way of trying new things and going "Please watch our show instead of the other one!" But it was working on me at the time.


    Let’s NOT start sucking Bischoff’s kneecaps until we get through Uncensored, I can’t bear it. Oh god, Uncensored is looming. I’m losing all feeling in my fingertips.

Yeah, I mean the upcoming cage match at Uncensored is absurd and the PPV as a whole was kinda bad, but still, at this point the bar was set only by Uncensored '95 which was one of the most insulting PPVs WCW ever produced, and 1996's installment was actually an improvement.

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#3 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.12
I watched the Anderson-Hogan match on you tube a few weeks ago and the match is really good, but man Hogan's figure four is a sight to behold, as it's somehow worse than the the Miz's figure four. It was definitely around this time that I started favoring WCW as WCW was giving away some big matches on Nitro while over on Raw the Main Event was something like a heartless HHH vs Duke the Dumpster Droese. Vince soon got a hint and started giving away big matches on Raw a few months later. I would say from around this time until Bret returned to feud with Austin I was watching more WCW than WWE. The Bret Hart-Steve Austin feud drew me back into the WWE and by early 1997 I was getting tired of the NWO.

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#4 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.76
    Originally posted by SKLOKAZOID
    I forgot how magical it when Arn beat Hogan. Of course Hogan had to try and get his heat back after that, which probably led to me forgetting about it, but no one thought that was possible. It was pretty much WCW's way of trying new things and going "Please watch our show instead of the other one!" But it was working on me at the time.




This is important, especially if you missed out on it the first time around.

I grew up a WWF fan. I taped every WWF show growing up starting with the Monday night show Gorilla Monsoon and Jesse Ventura would host and watched them throughout the week. I owned all the big ass rubber figures, read the magazines watched the shitty cartoon. I'd rent every PPV at the video store as soon as they came out, hell I even would listen to them live through the PPV scramble, because the audio was perfect. I was a Bobby Heenan guy and hated Hogan as much as he did. The packaging was slick, the characters were larger than life, the workrate ... was spotty at best. Then the 90's happened I grew older and the product seemed to get younger, but not in a good way. There were lots of guys in neon, and they had weird day jobs, and jockstrap heads, but it was what I knew. It was what I grew up with.

WCW/NWA was this other wrestling program. I watched it if I had nothing to do on a weekend. The packaging was a lower quality, a lot of the guys looked like construction workers or barflys, Marlboro Men, and regular people, they did outlandish gimmicks poorly. They'd get thrown over the top rope and get DQ'd, have epic workrate matches that always ended in draws. When you grow up in the world of the WWF you miss the finer points of a well worked match. WCW was there, but it was always known as the Minor Leagues in my circles. JYD went there when he got old and fat, Barry Windham would get called back up and have a cup of coffee in the majors as the Widowmaker before going back.

Then we got to where we are now. Vince got distracted and lazy. You started to wonder why so many of the guys on the WWF roster were so lame. WCW Nito was new. WCW Nitro was LIVE, Eric was spilling the beans on the taped Raw episode (which would come backfire terribly down the road when he tried it again), so even if I taped Raw I could tell if it was lame. They had the WWF's big names against their own big names ... EVERY WEEK! They had new guys that could work like Benoit and Guerrero. A guy who was going batshit every week. An actual Giant ... and one of the most underrated pieces that tied the whole thing together and made it seem legit, Bobby Heenan.

The changing of the guard was happening. I like reliving the lesser shows now, because they are still more fun and are a better reflection of what WCW was before Nitro, but these Nitros took a wrestling fan on his way out like me and sucked me back in with it's big names, new faces, huge roster and unpredictability. Konan and Regnegade sucked shit, but so did Tatanka, Sparky Plugg and Kona Crush. The difference is one company was relying on those pieces of crap more than the other. Vince had taken a big hit to the jaw and was reeling. Times were a changin.





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#5 Posted on | Instant Rating: 8.01
    Originally posted by graves9
    I watched the Anderson-Hogan match on you tube a few weeks ago and the match is really good, but man Hogan's figure four is a sight to behold, as it's somehow worse than the the Miz's figure four. It was definitely around this time that I started favoring WCW as WCW was giving away some big matches on Nitro while over on Raw the Main Event was something like a heartless HHH vs Duke the Dumpster Droese. Vince soon got a hint and started giving away big matches on Raw a few months later. I would say from around this time until Bret returned to feud with Austin I was watching more WCW than WWE. The Bret Hart-Steve Austin feud drew me back into the WWE and by early 1997 I was getting tired of the NWO.

Yeah, I really started to get disinterested the WWF around this time. As a Bret Hart fan, I could just feel them shoving Bret out the door to make room for Michaels. I think Bret even said, and I felt this way at the time, that his entire third run with the belt was just to warm it up for Michaels at WrestleMania, which is fine, but Bret deserved better, and I think he got it with his heel run the next year.

That's not to take away from their WM12 match which, objectively speaking, is a great match, but it wasn't really until Bret returned later in the year and the Austin feud began (coupled with the end of HBK's reign) that the WWF was offering a decent alternative to WCW, which was really shaking things up.
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#6 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.87
    Originally posted by BigDaddyLoco

    Then we got to where we are now. Vince got distracted and lazy. You started to wonder why so many of the guys on the WWF roster were so lame. WCW Nito was new. WCW Nitro was LIVE, Eric was spilling the beans on the taped Raw episode (which would come backfire terribly down the road when he tried it again), so even if I taped Raw I could tell if it was lame. They had the WWF's big names against their own big names ... EVERY WEEK! They had new guys that could work like Benoit and Guerrero. A guy who was going batshit every week. An actual Giant ... and one of the most underrated pieces that tied the whole thing together and made it seem legit, Bobby Heenan.


My story was kind of similar. I was a huge WWF guy during the Hogan boom. Still followed it for years after, but not all that closely. Especially when I was in grad school and back living with my parents, who hated wrestling with a passion.

Then I got a new job and a new apartment, and happened to be looking for something to watch one Monday night, and there was this wrestling show from the Mall Of America. I think it was actually the very first Nitro. Pretty soon I was hooked. I remember those Arn-Hogan matches as a huge deal.
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#7 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.92
    Originally posted by cfgb

    Flair rushes the announce booth and rips the headset off Bischoff’s head. “HOGAN – YOU JUST GOT YOUR ASS KICKED AGAIN! YOU LIKE IT? SAVAGE – WE GOT THE BELT, WE GOT THE GIRLS, WE GOT HOGAN ON THE RUN! WE GOT THE WRESTLING WORLD WHERE WE WANT IT!”


This Four Three Horsemen group is rather impressive. Taking the Megapowers' world title, wife, and having the sidekick of the champ pin Hogan, all while the group is at less than full manpower? Unheard of! I want to see more of this faction of amazing competence. 2013 needs villains like that.
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