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The W - Pro Wrestling - On This Day: WCW Saturday Night - August 10, 1996
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We are rounding the bend into the busiest week of the entire year. SIX shows over the next 5 days, between the regulars plus the PPV today and a Clash airing on the 15th. 11 hours of WCW either sounds like the greatest week of my life, or the worst torture I could possibly come up with against my worst enemy. Also, this might be the root cause for my inevitable divorce. “Your honor, he couldn’t stop watching VHS quality mid 90’s wrestling.”
 
CYBORGS ENERGIZE! THIS IS WCW SATURDAY NIGHT. LIVE … from Sturgis, South Dakota in front of thousands and thousands of bikers.
 
Now – let’s address THIS for a second. No, not THIS:
 
 
I’m talking about hosting a professional wrestling show, during the world famous Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. Sturgis is a sleepy town of roughly 7000 residents, except for a week in August where upwards of a half million bikers congregate to celebrate hogs, leather, denim, and beards. Events include racing, hill climbing, and various stunts.
 
So why on earth is the usually lame WCW hosting a pay-per-view, outdoors, in the middle of this display?
 
Because Eric freakin’ Bischoff and a couple of his cronies (DDP and the Steiners amongst others) loved to ride motorcycles – so why not do it with Turner money? And that’s what happened, as the boys rode across half the country on their bikes, to put on a professional wrestling show.
 
The trouble is, you’re not getting a traditional crowd here, no sir. It is taking place in front of the bikers, on their motorcycles – which would petrify your average wrestling fan so these folks literally have no idea what they’re about to watch, and you can be damn sure they’re not going to have any patience for your traditional white bread babyface teams.
 
Disaster coming in 3 … 2 … 1.
 
So, our hosts are the AMBIGUOUSLY GAY DUO of TONY SCHIAVONE and DUSTY RHODES as pictured above. Dusty’s been beamed down from The Mothership of TBS.
 
ROUGH & READY vs. THE PUBLIC ENEMY
 
And right away, we send out a couple of so-called tough guys in the form of The Public Enemy, who at LEAST had the smarts to trade in their tie-die for black to maintain some credibility. I guess that’s what happens when you gotta get up to get down. Enos delivers a neckbreaker to Rocco which sadly doesn’t live up to its name. Dirty Dick works a spinning toe hold, but it is not 1976 so nobody cares. Somehow everyone winds up in the ring despite the fact I don’t recall seeing a hot tag of any kind. They try some sort of melee, but both teams get confused on who’s reversing which whip, and they wind up sending the wrong guys in to each other. Rocco goes for a top rope moonsault, but he hits Grunge. Enos hits whatever his finisher is, but the referee is distracted, and Rocco hits the Drive By for the win at 3:48. The fans boo because they assumed the tough Southern boys were the good guys, hah! This was atrocious. –**
 
I can’t even begin to describe “MEAN” GENE OKERLUND’S choice of clothing, as he interviews TPE. The fans boo everything they say. Rocco wants everyone in WCW to watch each other’s backs, like he and Johnny do. “The greatest wrestling in the world, WCW!” Mad boos. Great start.
 
CHAVO GUERRERO JR. vs. KONAN
 
MIKE TENAY joins the announce booth, because “Cruiserweights”? This is apparently the first meeting of Chavo and Konan – which would be interesting if I gave a damn about Konan. Announcers continue to play up the fake Mexican Heavyweight title. Chavo hits a nice swinging rana that sends Konan to the floor. He gets back in, and they keep shaking hands after each set of moves for some reason. Is this a thing in Mexico, or WCW’s interpretation of what a foreign wrestler would do? Chavo works the leg, but it’s promptly forgotten about when Konan starts throwing dropkicks so whatever. Then Konan goes to shake hands again, but Chavo’s mad for some reason, and Konan throws a clothesline. I guess Chavo wasn’t up for 3 handshakes. Splash Mountain wins for Konan at 4:00. I give this match no handshakes. DUD
 
“MEAN” GENE OKERLUND calls to hear those Harleys “one time”. Folks, he said ONCE, let’s remember that later. Konan tells Chavo never to turn his back on an opponent. He figures it doesn’t matter who wins between Eddie and Flair, he’s the number one contender. Also, he has a new “out lick” to go along with a new attitude. He says in Mexico, he’s Hulk Hogan, and he’s learning from him. May I suggest he return to his Hulkamaniacs and spare me? I guess this is a personality turn or something, but I couldn’t tell you if he’s a heel or a face.
 
HIGH VOLTAGE vs. THE NASTY BOYS
 
Nastys are dressed in Viking helmets to appeal to this crowd. I wasn’t aware that Harley Davidson was a Norse brand, but I guess you learn something every day. We pan the crowd to check out a pile of smokers. This is ridiculous. Of course, this is also ridiculous:
 
 
Fans chant “NASTY” because they’ve finally found someone who appeals to their good taste. In the off chance someone booked High Voltage to go over, and audible is required here. I’m kidding, nobody ever books High Voltage to go over. We get a clubberin’ spot that sends Dusty into orgasmic bliss, and I HOPE he is not standing too close to Tony because this is 1996 and that would not be socially acceptable yet. Knobbs wins with a splash off the second rope onto Kaos at 3:22. I’m dangerously close to getting drunk, and I do not drink. DUD
 
“MEAN” GENE OKERLUND needs a word, because that’s the format and lord knows we HAVE to hear what Jerry Saggs has to say. Spoiler: Involves the word “nasty”. Knobbs screams a lot about his friendship with Hulk Hogan. Somehow this is supposed to make you buy the PPV, because Gene uses it to pitch the show at 8pm.
 
ALEX WRIGHT vs. “EARL” ROBERT EATON (with Jeeves)
 
This is a whole lot of bad idea in front of this crowd. Yes, Alex wears a leather jacket, but that’s about the only thing he has in common with the fans. Missile dropkick misses by 18 feet, which is enough to get the pin at 0:32. Match of the night! DUD
 
If there was ONE thing this show was missing, is the Dungeon of Doom taking a trip back to their lair. I wonder if the water is still NOT HOT. JIMMY HART knocks on the Taskmaster’s door, with MAXX in tow. KEVIN SULLIVAN emerges from his purple haze of a room, carrying a Four Horsemen shirt. He says if everyone in WCW had listened to him years ago, they wouldn’t have Hogan around today. Valid point. Sullivan offers a number of his stable-folk to do battle with … god knows who. BIG BUBBA shows up from the shadows, and wages war on the Horsemen and the nWo. Everyone laughs maniacally. THE LEPRECHAUN pops out from behind an orange smoke and runs away, and is renamed Ron. Finally THE GIANT comes out of a house that appears far too small, and tells Hogan he lives in the Valley of Death, so, something something something. What … the … bloody … fuck? Here, YOU suffer:
 

 
This show is somehow ONLY half-way done. I am seriously contemplating finding a new hobby.
 
KEVIN SULLIVAN and THE FACES OF FEAR (with Jimmy Hart and Big Bubba) vs. MARK STARR, JIM POWERS, and JOE GOMEZ
 
Of course, RON THE LEPRECHAUN runs around ringside, with his trademark, thrashing his teeth and saying “NAW NAW NAW NAW NAW”. Barbarian beats the holy hell out of Joe Gomez which makes me happy, but then he turns it over to Kevin Sullivan who really needs to go. Mark Starr kicks Barbarian in the face and heads up, so Barbarian with like no effort kicks him off the buckle and superplexes him across the ring. I’m totally feeling the Barbarian tonight. Meng delivers a superkick for the win at 3:08. The good news is that after 4 matches, we finally have positive stars. *
 
RIC FLAIR talks about Hogan. He thinks Hogan’s on another planet, because even through his ego, he never once thought he was bigger than any promotion (which I’m willing to bet would get an argument from Jim Herd). Flair admits Hogan’s the best-selling wrestler of all time, but he’s never been the best wrestler. He’s furious about the attack on Arn 2 weeks ago. He promises that the Horsemen have evolved, and are better than ever.
 
J.L. vs. “SQUIRE” DAVE TAYLOR (with Jeeves)
 
Taylor enters to Psychosis’ music, because this is WCW. But, I could actually get used to this, I would like to see more wrestlers change up their music. The idea of a disgusted Steven Regal having to enter to Voodoo Child makes me kinda giddy. Fans chant USA, because I guess they’re chanting for the mysterious guy under the hood. Taylor gets dropkicked to the floor and looks ready to fight everyone in the audience. I wouldn’t advise it, ONLY because they’re likely packing heat. So instead, he enters the ring, and YES, throws a European uppercut! Neckbreaker sets up the rest of his arsenal, the European uppercut. Officially out of moves, Lynn takes over with a top rope bulldog. A crossbody off the top gets 2. Taylor then finishes with a fallaway slam at 2:42. Taylor dedicates the match to his queen. That’s enough to push this match all the way up to a fair rating of *.
 
So “MEAN” GENE OKERLUND decides to interview someone other than the winner of the match, and has tracked down THE DUNGEON OF DOOM:
 
 
Of course, I am kidding, these freaks are SONNY ONOO and BULL NAKANO. Sonny is as racially offensive as possible here.
 
Back from break, Gene has tracked down STING and LEX LUGER. Luger says he was headed to a dark place about a year ago, but Sting brought him home and that WCW will remain his home for the rest of his career. He says he’s never been more ready for a match in his career than tonight against the Outsiders. Sting says he was born and raised in WCW, and is considered the rock of the company. As long as he is living and breathing, WCW will be alive. Sting has fewer than 5 years left to live in that case. RIP Sting.
 
DIAMOND DALLAS PAGE vs. THE RENEGADE
 
Renegade gets about 3 seconds of token offense before eating a Diamond Cutter, as Page gets the win at 0:57. DUD
 
“MEAN” GENE OKERLUND would prefer Page put out his cigar, so Page calls him a monkey. He says he knows Hall and Nash better than anybody, but thinks WCW’s roster had better start worrying about himself, The Insider. He vows a Diamond Cutter for Eddie Guerrero at the Clash on Thursday.
 
After a quick break, JIMMY HART leads THE GIANT down to ringside as we’re just 15 minutes away from the start of the PPV. ICE TRAIN confronts Giant, telling him he needs to focus on Hulk Hogan instead of chokeslamming 180 pound managers like Teddy Long. So, Giant beats him up all over the outside of the ring, but we get no Chokeslam.
 
THE FOLLOWING ANNOUNCEMENT HAS BEEN PAID FOR BY THE NEW WORLD ORDER
 
Hogan sings happy birthday to himself, as the nWo announce themselves as having arrived in Sturgis. Nash vows that Hogan walks out of Sturgis with the belt, while Hogan destroys a chair with a baseball bat for some reason. Hall figures all the wrestlers are jealous of their success. Nash suggests that they take the championship belt, and make it their own. Hogan says the only thing that makes the Giant cool is his belt, and without it, he’ll be nothing.
 
HUGH MORRUS (with Jimmy Hart) vs. ARN ANDERSON
 
There is mere minutes left in the show, and they absolutely rush through the entrances here. They couldn’t have just scrapped this? In fact, they’re showing Anderson highlights and the match starts before they’re done because they’re so short on time. Morrus hits an avalanche and heads up for No Laughing Matter – but he misses and Arn hits the DDT for the quick win at 0:41. THE DUNGEON OF DOOM hit the ring, but the HORSEMEN are right behind them and they lay a beating to the Dungeon. “MEAN” GENE OKERLUND tries to use this as a final hard sell, and we are out of time.
 
Oh yes … that last match. An appropriate DUD.
 
It’s going to be a long, long week. Hog Wild is next.




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I can't tell if you're kidding or not, but just in case you're not...it's "Braun."



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Sturgis was such a great way to feel lame about watching wrestling, but at least they were right about Public Enemy.
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    Originally posted by CRZ
    I can't tell if you're kidding or not, but just in case you're not...it's "Braun."


If my wife is to be believed I'm developing hearing problems. No surprises it's finally translating to writing. I much preferred when I misheard Rusev's nickname as The Bulgarian Fruit.



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It's worth noting that Braun the Leprechaun was responsible for training Goldberg and Torrie Wilson.
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    Originally posted by cfgb
    “MEAN” GENE OKERLUND would prefer Page put out his cigar, so Page calls him a monkey. He says he knows Hall and Nash better than anybody, but thinks WCW’s roster had better start worrying about himself, The Insider. He vows a Diamond Cutter for Eddie Guerrero at the Clash on Thursday.

This can only mean that Diamond Dallas Page's mysterious benefactor really is affiliated with the new World order! But who would have that kind of money, to save Page from financial ruin and set him up as a potential mole for the nWo?!

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    If there was ONE thing this show was missing, is the Dungeon of Doom taking a trip back to their lair. I wonder if the water is still NOT HOT. JIMMY HART knocks on the Taskmaster’s door, with MAXX in tow. KEVIN SULLIVAN emerges from his purple haze of a room, carrying a Four Horsemen shirt. He says if everyone in WCW had listened to him years ago, they wouldn’t have Hogan around today. Valid point. Sullivan offers a number of his stable-folk to do battle with … god knows who. BIG BUBBA shows up from the shadows, and wages war on the Horsemen and the nWo. Everyone laughs maniacally. THE LEPRECHAUN pops out from behind an orange smoke and runs away, and is renamed Ron. Finally THE GIANT comes out of a house that appears far too small, and tells Hogan he lives in the Valley of Death, so, something something something. What … the … bloody … fuck? Here, YOU suffer:







"If everybody listened to me a year and a half ago, WCW and ourselves, the Dungeon, wouldn't be having this problem!" - The Taskmaster Kevin Sullivan

This was the vignette that I was cryptically hyping back during the original runs of these retro-recaps. I think, like most of us, I really did not like Kevin Sullivan at the time this stuff was actually happening, but looking back on them now I can see a beautiful, sad story being told about the Taskmaster's role as the Cassandra of wrestling, the one, true visionary who recognized the threat of the nWo and sought to rally a defense for it but was doomed to be ignored because of his past actions.

Consider that Sullivan himself, if we go by WCW history, may even be the man responsible for the nWo. It was he who helped plant a dark seed of evil into the heart of Hulk Hogan during Hogan's initial battles with the Dungeon of Doom. Did Sullivan know what he and The Master had done, and is that what so spurred him to form the Alliance To End Hulkamania, so he could stop the terrible problem he had created before it blossomed into a new world order? Is that how he brought Hogan's former friend Jimmy Hart into the fold, and why he built an army collecting many of Hogan's greatest foes (and Andre's son, The Giant) to do together what they could not do alone?

But again, despite being right and despite having a plan, Sullivan was doomed. Primarily, because it was his feud with Benoit that prevented the Dungeon of Doom and the Four Horsemen from uniting into a combined force that would have stopped the nWo right at the outset.

But even more primarily, because his plans apparently consisted of things like "Hey, Jimmy, you know how I said we gotta get ridda Benoit to save the dubbya-see-dubbya?" "That's right Taskmaster!" "Well, it's cool, I magically conjured up an evil leprechaun what oughta bite him to death."

Sullivan's plans to save WCW, as we see above:
-Find/magically create an evil leprechaun to literally eat Chris Benoit, thus allowing the Dungeon of Doom to bring a humbled Four Horsemen in line; make Jimmy Hart watch said evil cannibal leprechaun
-Use Maxx to stop the cannibal leprechaun from eating Jimmy Hart, the man we must assume that Kevin Sullivan has that faith in to be able to control The Giant and win Lex Luger back over to their side, thus gaining them Sting
-Bring in Big Bubba, newly energized by a spiritual awakening that his own form of justice was right all along, and use his expertise in battling Hulk Hogan to guide them
-Bring in super powerful son of Andre the Giant, Hogan's greatest nemesis, to directly counteract Hulk Hogan and keep Ric Flair in line
-I don't know, I guess the Faces of Fear kill the Outsiders? He kind of totally forgets to include them and his plans don't seem to ever directly address Nash and Hall, and it's like, come on, Taskmaster, bring back The Shark and you can have the best halves of the Twin Towers and the Natural Disasters, Hogan's greatest tag rivals, on hand to stop Hogan's hand-picked evil tag team. How do you not come up with that, man?

So yes, it was a terrible plan that failed almost immediately, but still, it was a plan! And the only one anybody ever had to actually do something about the nWo during the entire remainder of WCW's existence. So here's to Kevin Sullivan and to the Dungeon of Doom and WCW's demise, which happens right here on the Mothership, August the 10th, 1996. He delivered the bomb, alright.

(From here on out, I will largely be monitoring for the further adventures of Cobra and, of course, to see the Jimmy Hart respond to all of this by creating the First Family.)
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Are you sure Kevin Sullivan wasn't just trying to clean up a mess brought on by his idiot brother Dave? Evad let the monster out of the box, and Kevin being the big softy that he is jumped on the grenade.

    Originally posted by Dr Unlikely

    (From here on out, I will largely be monitoring for the further adventures of Cobra and, of course, to see the Jimmy Hart respond to all of this by creating the First Family.)


Which is when we will get plenty of WCW's true workhorse Jerry Flynn! Will we see a show where this man won't job on?



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I am positive I recapped some Jerry Flynn wins, so yes.



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It continues to fascinate me at just how relatively weak the New World Order is at this point. They hold no titles, no control, and only number three (maybe four if Brian Pillman returns) guys. While Hogan, Hall, and Nash are a major threat so far, at this point it's not yet clear just how much the world has changed and of what this will lead to.

It would be like the WWE having a heel Cena, Punk, and Ryder as an evil faction. Major, but not permanently life altering.

Hopefully the Dungeon of Doom can get the Alliance back together before it's too late. Save us, Giant! Stop the reign of terror before it begins!
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i think the crowd would go nutz if they did something like that.... just would be interesting to see if they could follow it up ok or if they would blow it... could you imagine?.... nash against undertaker or someone like that for the title?
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