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The W - Pro Wrestling - On This Day: WCW Saturday Night - January 20, 1996
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I’ve come to realize as I do these pieces, that I paint a pretty grim picture of what WCW was. Most of you are avid wrestling fans, and I assume an older crowd who were watching WCW before it was all flushed away.
 
But for those following for the first time, you’re reading about Kevin Sullivan being featured in just about every major storyline, non-stop Dungeon of Doom, Hogan and his buddies being thrust into the spotlight at every possible turn, and Fit Finlay seemingly appearing to be the best worker in the entire company.
 
I urge you to stick with me; as I am with this year long journey through WCW. The impending magic truly is a thing of beauty to watch, when suddenly all the broken parts and chewing gum get tinkered with; replaced with better, slicker, and tighter parts. The alleged WCW Cruiserweight Tournament is ushering in a completely new style, the likes of which had never been seen in North America. Nitro will be expanding to two hours; making it less the Hogan show and giving others a chance to do their thing. And, yes, the American Males will eventually split up (whoops, spoiler alert), and better still, the Public Enemy will go away.
 
If it means we gotta take a little Booty Man to get to the nWo, then so be it. In the meantime ...
 
TONY SCHIAVONE and DUSTY RHODES welcome us to WCW Saturday Night. Tony sums up tonight with: “Macho Man Randy Savage is the first man we’ve ever seen dragged off in handcuffs for his own good, he’ll be here tonight!” This would be a one hour edition, likely due to the Braves game at 7:10.
 
MEN AT WORK II vs. THE AMERICAN MALES
 
I don’t like that Mark Starr has just up and disappeared. Was he fired? Has his union been notified? Will there be a grievance? Thankfully, Mike Winner has traded his jobber tights in exchange for a workman’s hat, and 90 minute lunches as negotiated as part of the last agreement after a 14 week work stoppage that lasted from Fall Brawl right through Starrcade. These teams last met in January, and it looks like they’re finally fully recovered after that tilt that left both teams pretty torn up, yet strangely glowing. Tony calls the American Males red hot, which Mike Winner seems to agree with, as he immediately rips his shirt off upon seeing Bagwell’s studded vest. Kanyon plays it coy, not even taking off his hat – but then he knows a little protection is never a bad thing. Kanyon whips out his measuring tape, but isn’t the legal man so he can’t get the official tally on Bagwell’s measurements. Buff gives Winner a taste of his stuff, and Riggs can’t restrain himself – so they double team Winner until the referee calls for them to simply release. Kanyon checks the sturdiness of the ring; explaining to the referee he needs to make sure it’s stress tested for all the banging that wrestlers do. Winner drops down on Bagwell’s face, and grabs the measuring tape. But, instead of wasting time, they estimate Bagwell’s length, and Kanyon is hungry for action. In fact, a little too excited, as he comes in the ring with such force that he spurts by Bagwell by several feet. Kanyon goes for his tool, but the Males aren’t interested, blasting him in the face because it’s Bagwell that would rather be on top. Sure enough, Buff slides right in there, and the referee calls it a win at 4:43. *1/2
 
“MEAN” GENE OKERLUND meets with RANDY SAVAGE; albeit tentatively, because he’s afraid Savage might attack him. Savage rambles, making absolutely NO sense, ending it with an “oooh yeah dig it” before moonwalking off the set. Well, ok then.
 
THE BOOTY MAN (with neck brace and Kimberly) vs. THE PUNISHER
 
Three high knees for the win at 0:28. At least it was short.
 
TONY SCHIAVONE rushes backstage to talk to Brother Bootay. Booty’s proud of Hogan for sticking up for him on Monday, but never had any doubts with Hogan being the man he is. Kimberly says she owes Hogan an extra special set of gratitude for helping her out. This relationship reeks of Bubba the Lovesponge, PLEASE get me out of here.
 
COLONEL ROBERT PARKER (with Dick Slater) vs. MADUSA (in a no disqualification match)
 
Madusa wildly swings her pom pom at Parker to let him know that she means serious business. Of course, Slater grabs Madusa by the hair immediately, so that Parker can knee her in the belly. Two handed chokeslam is delivered right in the middle of the ring. Parker goes for a spike piledriver, but Madusa backdrops her way out of it. The Colonel is slammed, and he runs for safety ... right to the back, where he gets counted out at 1:27. Madusa stomps on his jacket much to the delight of the producers who set the canned heat to orgasmic delight. DUD
 
FIRE AND ICE vs. THE GAMBLER and MAXX MUSCLE
 
This is the debut of Scott Norton and Ice Train, who have finally decided to form a team after about 2 months of thinking it over. No wonder the divorce rate in wrestling is so obscene, these guys can’t commit. Gambler starts with Ice Train, and gets killed. Gambler calls an audible time out, which Scott Norton respects, and Maxx Muscle is called in. He’s flattened with a shoulderblock. Powerbomb from Norton sets up a Big Splash from Train for the win at 1:43. Well at least it was quick enough that Gambler shouldn’t have lost his seat in the Big Game. 1/2*
 
YOUR WCW Propaganda of the week sees Cactus Jack getting suplexed all over the ring by various members of the Steiner Brothers tag-team. Jack’s partner is nowhere to be seen because it’s very likely he is a waste of space a current main eventer and burying Kevin Sullivan him would only do everyone a favor not serve any purpose.
 
THE PUBLIC ENEMY vs. THE STEINER BROTHERS
 
Tony announces a new expose on Diamond Dallas Page is being worked on; which is probably going to sabotage the work of the poor journalist assigned to that case since Page is going to be on guard now. Also, the guy has lost his girl, money, and job, how about we just leave the poor guy alone? It’s no wonder he developed the self high five; he needed SOMEONE to talk him through the darkest periods of his life, and thankfully, DDP’s a pretty upbeat guy. Meanwhile, there’s a match going on, but it involves the Public Enemy. Much to my delight, Rick Steiner gives Rocco Rock a standing vertical suplex off the top turnbuckle. Then THE NASTY BOYS run in and run off Public Enemy at 4:04 because GOD KNOWS we haven’t seen enough of THAT feud. *
 
“HACKSAW” JIM DUGGAN vs. RIC FLAIR (with Woman and Elizabeth) (for the WCW World Heavyweight Title)
 
As usual, the ladies give away Macho’s money on the way to the ring – and in retrospect, maybe that wasn’t such a good idea seeing as how Flair is about $20 million in debt with four ex-wives of his own. Fans chant USA to show Flair they mean business. Duggan takes Flair to his knees with a test of strength, and makes a face even a mother couldn’t love. Flair breaks in the corner, and chops away which seems to confuse Duggan.
 
 
I guess Duggan thought it was a transition move, because he doesn’t sell it. Instead, he punches Flair until he flops, and goes for the 3 point stance. Flair goes low, and heads up to the top where he is immediately caught. 3 point stance hits, but Woman rakes the eyes and the referee calls a DQ at 3:24. Jim Duggan is your winner. Jim Duggan has just beat the World Champion. Before we can digest this, RANDY SAVAGE jumps in from the crowd, and Flair makes haste. THE PUBLIC ENEMY and KEVIN SULLIVAN keep Savage from catching Naitch. In the ring, Duggan gives us all a big thumbs up as Saturday Night heads off the air.
 
I’m with Duggan; a big finger in the air of my own to this show. Til Monday ...




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    I’ve come to realize as I do these pieces, that I paint a pretty grim picture of what WCW was. Most of you are avid wrestling fans, and I assume an older crowd who were watching WCW before it was all flushed away.

    But for those following for the first time, you’re reading about Kevin Sullivan being featured in just about every major storyline, non-stop Dungeon of Doom, Hogan and his buddies being thrust into the spotlight at every possible turn, and Fit Finlay seemingly appearing to be the best worker in the entire company.


People may or may not know, but this was all a weirdly refreshing alternative to the WWF's neon world of cartoon characters.

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Has Blood Runs Cold started yet?
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    Originally posted by redsoxnation
    Has Blood Runs Cold started yet?


Do you really think I'd be perpetually complaining if we had reached the mortal kombat era of WCW? Please sir, a little credit.



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