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The W - Pro Wrestling - On This Day: WCW Saturday Night - January 6, 1996
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A lot of fans of WCW who came around during the boom period probably don’t realize that for nearly 25 years, WCW Saturday Night was the flagship show of the promotion. It was only with the advent of Nitro did things take a turn, and over time fewer and fewer name wrestlers would appear, to the point you’d be delighted if you got a chance to see the legendary Disco Inferno do battle with the equally legendary Adrian Byrd.
 
At this stage in 1996, they were still using Saturday night as a plot device to move angles along for Nitro, and occasionally tie up some PPV loose ends for mid-card angles. And it made for a really fun couple of hours every Saturday Night.
 
EDDIE GUERRERO vs. THE GAMBLER
 
What a disaster; here I’m treated to a rare appearance from The Gambler, and the stupid show is Joined In Progress which prevents us from getting his entrance. Saturday Night always had the best jobbers, the Gambler may have been the best of them all, as on his way to the ring, he’d always be cheating at cards! Sure, it was a game of Solitare, and sure I have NO idea what on earth he might be doing with random aces up his sleeve before fighting the WCW superstars, but hot damn if this man wasn’t committed to his cheating. Guerrero is working a rear chinlock, but Gambler escapes with a jawbreaker. Guerrero takes a backdrop, and then they proceed to botch something. Guerrero takes over and hits a slingshot bodypress on the floor. Back in, Guerrero drops Gambler on his head with a side suplex. Gambler isn’t digging that and throws the clubberin’ forearms. A DDT from the Gambler gets a 2 count. Gambler shows things down with a neck vice, but Eddie escapes and turns the tide with a tornado DDT. A brainbuster sets up the Frog Splash, and Eddie gets the win at 5:39. *1/2
 
Going unseen, our studio announcers are TONY SCHIAVONE and DUSTY RHODES.
 
DISCO INFERNO vs. BIG TRAIN BART
 
Big Train Bart is the former Black Bart from the NWA days in the earlier part of the 1980’s. Disco nails a hiptoss and dances, which probably isn’t going to endear him to the 300 pound hairball. Disco throws a flurry of fists, but one meathook from Bart stops that display. Disco tries again, but eats a hiptoss, followed by the big leg drop for 2. Bart misses an elbow, and Disco hits the spinning neckbreaker for the win at 3:06. 1/2*
 
MENG (with Hugh Morrus) vs. MIKE DAVIS
 
Hugh Morrus wants us all to keep it down, lest we interrupt his uncontrolled laughing. Meng beats the hell out of Davis, and opts to choke him out much to the referee’s ire, who is so upset he warns him with a 5 count. Davis tries to use violence of any kind, and when Meng’s tired of completely ignoring that, Meng drops him with a spinning neckbreaker, and the Spiked Thumb finishes at 2:58. DUD
 
MIKE DITKA joins ERIC BISCHOFF to weigh in on Mongo McMichael. Intensity, toughness, great player, etc. I find segments like this effective in getting over guys as legitimate wrestling threats, and I like the idea, but it doesn’t make it less boring because what could have been summed up in about 60 seconds as opposed to 7 minutes. Not to mention – there’s still MORE being hyped for NEXT week.
 
“MEAN” GENE OKERLUND hypes the hotline, and I thoroughly enjoy his sleaziness at its finest. “Which WWFer has been calling WCW offices for the last 2 weeks looking for a job? Here’s a hint, he’s a man of the cloth.” I’m going to guess without having looked into it that he’s probably referring to Jake Roberts.
 
“SQUIRE” DAVE TAYLOR vs. JOHNNY B BADD (with Kimberly, Badd Blaster, and Frisbees) (for the WCW World Television Title)
 
Badd wrestles Taylor to the mat, and when they break, Taylor stands up in the Drunken British Fightin’ Pose, always a classic. Taylor applies an armbar which Badd breaks nicely with a headscissors takeover. Taylor tries to apply a rear naked choke, but can’t hook it and Badd wiggles out. Johnny goes to a strange looking surfboard, but Taylor won’t tap. Badd moves to the STF, but Taylor makes the ropes. Taylor takes control with a full nelson into a rear chinlock, and we take a timeout because the action is just far too exciting.
 
Upon return, Taylor is using his specialty move – the European Uppercut. I could watch him do these all day, and if you’re watching a Dave Taylor marathon, you probably will. Taylor goes back to the mat because this wasn’t boring enough, but Badd breaks up the monotony by throwing himself into the ropes with a missed flying crossbody, allowing Taylor to hit a spinning neckbreaker to slow things down again. European uppercut from the master, and Taylor chokes Badd out in the ropes. Taylor stretches Badd with a hammerlock submission, and tries to roll him into a pinning position. Badd keeps wiggling and makes the ropes to break. Taylor, and you won’t believe this, throws a European uppercut and goes back to a chinlock. Badd escapes, hits a DDT and gets 2. Badd flattens Taylor with a running kneelift, and dropkicks him to the outside. Taylor heads back in, right into the Tooti Frooti and Badd retains at 11:37. I thought these things had a 10 minute time limit. *
 
Tony and Dusty recap Nitro.
 
ALEX WRIGHT vs. CHRIS KANYON
 
Kanyon is dressed as the construction worker from the Village People, perhaps in an effort to appeal to Alex Wright. It fails, because Wright’s in full denial, and he dropkicks Kanyon to the floor. Kanyon wants a test of strength, but Wright suckers him in to try and just hiptosses him instead. Kanyon runs the ropes, but Wright just backdrops him and hits a pair of headscissors takeovers. Kanyon comes back with a Russian legsweep and gets 2. Kanyon takes Wright to the floor and delivers some fast blows to the face. Back in, arrogant cover from Kanyon gets 2. Wright gets back to his feet, but is dropped with a tombstone piledriver for 2. Can you imagine seeing a tombstone today getting anything short of a 30 count on free television? It’s a transition move in this match. It’s astounding how uneducated we were about neck and head protection just a few years back; and even more scary that type of thing is still done with regularity on the indy circuit. Wright comes back with a missile dropkick, and finishes with a German suplex for 3 at 5:31. **
 
MARK STARR vs. HUGH MORRUS (with Meng)
 
Mark Starr is of course the other half of Men at Work with Chris Kanyon, and I guess he’s the man of the relationship because he carries a hammer in his pants. He turns to the camera, makes a fist and declares “if I can’t finish him with this, I’ll finish him with this” and points to his tool. Starr scores first with a crossbody for 1, and follows with a dropkick that’s no sold. Starr dry humps Morrus until the German suplex is effective, and gets 2, which Morrus laughs off. Spinning heel kick from Morrus sets up No Laughing Matter, and that ends it at 1:49. Well, that got ugly fast. 1/2*
 
ARN ANDERSON and BRIAN PILLMAN vs. THE AMERICAN MALES
 
Pillman and Bagwell start, but Bagwell’s headlock is shoved off because he’s not quite buff, and lacks the stuff. Pillman works over Bagwell in the corner with stiff Horsemen chops, but Bagwell fires back with a couple of take downs. Pillman tries to tag out, but the Males cut off the ring and go through a series of quick tags working over Pillman. Pillman does get the bag, but Anderson is taken to the mat by Riggs. Bagwell tries to pull Anderson’s arm out of its socket, and drops his knee on the shoulder to do some damage. Anderson eats a bodyslam, and he’s had enough so he tags out. Pillman fares no better, taking a dropkick from Riggs, and is stretched on the mat. Pillman tries to leapfrog Bagwell, but Bagwell sees it and boots him in the groin instead. A pissed off Anderson gets the tag, and grinds Bagwell’s face into the ropes to turn the tide. Pillman slams Bagwell’s face to the mat, and applies a sleeper. Bagwell runs Pillman back to the corner, and fights him off, but a kick to the face stops his momentum, and in comes Arn. Anderson grinds his knee into Bagwell’s face, picks him up for a slam, and gets 2. Pillman slams Bagwell’s face on the mat, and mashes it in for effect. Riggs gets slapped, which causes a melee between Riggs and the referee while the Horsemen double team Bagwell. The Horsemen try to keep the ring cut off, but Bagwell manages to scoot past Anderson on an Irish whip, and gets the hot tag. Riggs drops Pillman, and a headscissors on Anderson gets 2. Pillman dumps Riggs to the floor, but he comes back in with a sunset flip off the top. The referee is too busy trying to get Bagwell out of the mess, and misses Pillman dropkicking Riggs to the back of the head, and by the time the referee turns around, he’s left – and the pin is academic for Anderson at 10:29. **1/2
 
JIMMY HART, RIC FLAIR, and THE GIANT hype up their big tag-team match against Hogan and Savage at Clash of Champions in a few weeks. The general theme; they hate Hogan. Who doesn’t?
 
LEX LUGER (with Jimmy Hart) vs. COBRA
 
Cobra is of course a super secret CIA agent, and Tony can’t help but blab all about it. He literally states nobody knows who he is because he’s CIA and he’s just that much of a secret. Well, I’m so glad he’s entrusted YOU Tony with his FEDERAL SECRET. Luger misses a blind charge, and gets hiptossed into an armbar. They trade shoulderblocks, but then Cobra tries a dropkick that misses and momentum shifts. Luger stomps and pounds on Cobra before casually dropping him to the floor. I anxiously await a high flying maneuver and as always, Luger disappoints. I mean, sure, a gentle axehandle might work for some, but I was really hoping he’d bust out a Space Flying Tiger Drop just this one time. Back in, Cobra gets a new wind and fires in some punches. A backdrop is followed with a botched brainbuster, and Luger done had enough. Torture Rack finishes at 5:43. No wonder we’re stuck in a recession, the CIA can’t even stop Lex frickin Luger. *
 
Tony promises us MUCH more still to come!
 
Of course, like all of Tony’s promises, that’s a lie – he has a Saturday Night preview, and wraps up the program. Let’s quickly hear from one more guest.
 
It’s the MEGAPOWERS; and I really wish Hogan would stop calling The Giant “The Big Stinky Nasty Wart Infested Giant” because he might wind up with low self esteem and require counselling. Macho promises to reveal the “big secret weapon” in Las Vegas, but Hogan shuts him up, and that’s a wrap. Goodnight!



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I'm disappointed in Lex Luger for opposing the CIA. How unpatriotic and narcissistic of him.
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Yeah, those TV title matches only enforce the 10-minute time limit when they allow a heel to retain the title by the skin of his teeth. :/

Alex Wright vs. Chris Kanyon, on paper, sounds like it might actually have been halfway decent.

By the time I started watching WCW (in February '97), hardly any real "name" wrestlers appeared on Saturday Night. I dang sure didn't see Flair, Hogan, Luger or Anderson.



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    Originally posted by cfgb
    LEX LUGER (with Jimmy Hart) vs. COBRA
     
    Cobra is of course a super secret CIA agent, and Tony can’t help but blab all about it. He literally states nobody knows who he is because he’s CIA and he’s just that much of a secret. Well, I’m so glad he’s entrusted YOU Tony with his FEDERAL SECRET. Luger misses a blind charge, and gets hiptossed into an armbar. They trade shoulderblocks, but then Cobra tries a dropkick that misses and momentum shifts. Luger stomps and pounds on Cobra before casually dropping him to the floor. I anxiously await a high flying maneuver and as always, Luger disappoints. I mean, sure, a gentle axehandle might work for some, but I was really hoping he’d bust out a Space Flying Tiger Drop just this one time. Back in, Cobra gets a new wind and fires in some punches. A backdrop is followed with a botched brainbuster, and Luger done had enough. Torture Rack finishes at 5:43. No wonder we’re stuck in a recession, the CIA can’t even stop Lex frickin Luger.
A master spy with no identity and a grudge against Lex Luger? This match will become incredibly important in hindsight when you get to September '96. The boom period was born right here.
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#5 Posted on | Instant Rating: 8.75
    Originally posted by Dr Unlikely
      Originally posted by cfgb
      LEX LUGER (with Jimmy Hart) vs. COBRA
       
      Cobra is of course a super secret CIA agent, and Tony can’t help but blab all about it. He literally states nobody knows who he is because he’s CIA and he’s just that much of a secret. Well, I’m so glad he’s entrusted YOU Tony with his FEDERAL SECRET. Luger misses a blind charge, and gets hiptossed into an armbar. They trade shoulderblocks, but then Cobra tries a dropkick that misses and momentum shifts. Luger stomps and pounds on Cobra before casually dropping him to the floor. I anxiously await a high flying maneuver and as always, Luger disappoints. I mean, sure, a gentle axehandle might work for some, but I was really hoping he’d bust out a Space Flying Tiger Drop just this one time. Back in, Cobra gets a new wind and fires in some punches. A backdrop is followed with a botched brainbuster, and Luger done had enough. Torture Rack finishes at 5:43. No wonder we’re stuck in a recession, the CIA can’t even stop Lex frickin Luger.
    A master spy with no identity and a grudge against Lex Luger? This match will become incredibly important in hindsight when you get to September '96. The boom period was born right here.


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