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So with Brian Pillman off and terrorizing ECW; it’s a little shocking to realize that another of their hot young(ish) stars was also on his way out. It’s hard to say exactly what occurred, but the story as it’s told today goes that Marc Mero, who we know better as Johnny B Badd, was growing ever concerned about his angle with Kimberly. Much like Owen Hart in his last WWF days; Mero had no intention of confusing his daughter at home regarding where daddy’s loyalty lay. Mero either asked for his release, or was outright offered it by Bischoff. McMahon snapped him up, giving him the richest guaranteed deal in WWF history to that point. Was it worth it? Financially, maybe, though with WCW’s boom around the corner and ATM Eric giving away money like he’s just hit the lottery, who’s to say what would have come. His wife would become one of the biggest female stars in the history of wrestling, and eventually help end his career (though, the injuries certainly probably played as big, or more of a role).
 
He would also become the #1 target of petty hatred in Mick Foley’s first book for having that guaranteed deal.
 
Mero would drop the TV Title to Luger at a House Show, and debuted in the WWF weeks later. And such is the end of our favorite Little Richard wannabe.
 
It’s WCW Saturday Night, and we have a HUGE main event, certainly not one I’d give away on the Mothership! DUSTY RHODES and TONY SCHIAVONE are beside themselves, because yes ... Ric Flair vs. Sting! Genuine excitement.
 
My buzz is immediately killed by the debuting LEE MARSHALL. Send him back wherever he was purchased from.
 
LOCH NESS (with Jimmy Hart) vs. THE SHADOW and KENNY SHAW
 
The Shadow might be the funniest looking jobber I’ve ever seen, wearing a navy spandex top, a generic Mr. Wrestling mask, and Granny Panty bottoms that so wide that it looks like he’s wearing Oops I Crapped My Pants. Elbow finishes Shaw at 0:56. Shadow takes one too. That was to the point. DUD
 
“MEAN” GENE OKERLUND is looking for his weekly meeting with Nessy and Hart. This week he’s 650 pounds, and I think I can see his belly button roughly where his everglades should be hanging. Ness wants his day with Hogan; and says he’s out of patience. Hart promises it’s coming.
 
This week’s “Where The Big Boys Play” video is Steven Regal beating the snot out of Bulldog. This is so much more effective than the Wrasslin Warroom.
 
BUNKHOUSE BUCK and “DIRTY” DICK SLATER (with Colonel Robert Parker) vs. THE AMERICAN MALES
 
Buck is nowhere to be seen, but Parker promises he’s on his way. I’m pretty sure WCW has run this match about 84 times since August of 1995; but that’s never stopped them before. Just WAIT until some guy named Bill Goldberg meets the First Family. Parker talks Slater into going at this alone until Buck arrives. And thus he starts with Bagwell, and gets the early upper hand. Plenty of paintbrushing to show up the Chippendale wannabee, before Slater takes him to the mat to show him the wrasslin. Bagwell sneaks in some roll ups, but Slater retains control anyway. Riggs comes in, and the Males double team Slater. Once apart, Slater gets a neckbreaker for 2. Bagwell comes in, and both guys take scoop slams. Quite the effort for Slater, but during a flurry of punches, Slater falls to the outside, dizzy. Back in, the Males decide to offer the hand of friendship and raise his hand ... before double team punching him. Double dropkicks win the match at 2:45. Parker tries to talk sense into Slater, who’s quite irate about this. 1/2*
 
“MEAN” GENE OKERLUND is of course on the scene to get the scoop. Parker says he knows how Slater feels; but reminds him that it’s what’s inside his heart that matters. Slater is sick and tired of Parker though, and it looks like we’re headed to a breakup, but before we get a satisfying conclusion, MADUSA shows up. Colonel closes his eyes expecting a kiss, but Madusa slaps him to the floor. “You scum sucking boring individual, two timing boring twit, I want a match with you NOW!” So we’ve learned two things in this segment: 1) The Colonel is such a bore it bears repeating, and 2) Madusa doesn’t watch WCW programming.
 
ARN ANDERSON and KEVIN SULLIVAN (with Jimmy Hart) vs. TOM KENT and SCOTT D’AMORE
 
Sullivan is wearing a Hulkamania do-rag, and rips off his robe ala Hogan. In the off chance the Alliance to End Hulkamania loses this match, I think I’ll have to retroactively suggest that Kevin Sullivan retire right here. Thankfully for him, an Anderson DDT saves his skin at 0:57. Anderson forces a Hulkamania shirt on D’Amore, and Sullivan beats him up. RIC FLAIR, WOMAN, and ELIZABETH watch on. Well this was an awful waste of time. DUD
 
Of course, “MEAN” GENE OKERLUND can’t help but get a word in with the Consortium. Gene hypes a strap match on Nitro, but that doesn’t make any sense since there’s no Nitro this coming week. Maybe it’s being saved for after Uncensored, but assuming the Alliance ends Hulkamania, then we’ll have to assume this hype is pointless. Sullivan has to be the ultimate example of why you don’t allow a booker in the role of a regular wrestler, because he was about 90 years old at this point, completely out of shape, terrible in the ring, not over, and main evening on a regular basis.
 
Meanwhile, on the Hotline, Gene hypes a certain belt holder that says he quit his organization, while the executives claim he was fired. That’s pretty Badd.
 
CHRIS BENOIT vs. EDDIE GUERRERO
 
I love fresh matchups. Honestly, it’s like WCW had no idea how to book good matches, so when they were lost for weeks, they just sent Benoit and Guerrero out there to make it happen while they went back to the drawing board. Benoit works a headlock, then twists violently like he’s snapping it to the mat. Eddie fights to his feet, so Chris drags him to the mat by the hair. Stiff chops have Eddie near tears. Guerrero shows fire, but a forearm smash sends him back to the mat. Still, he gets a rana to have Benoit off balance, and a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker has Chris roll to the safety of the outside. Back in, Benoit nails a backdrop suplex that stuns Eddie. Guerrero is hung out to dry hard, over the top rope. Benoit goes to hit him with a German, but Eddie flattens him with an elbow. Benoit comes back with a gutbuster, and plants him with the most vicious powerbomb you’ll ever see!!! Flying headbutt MISSES – so Benoit goes back for a powerbomb, but this time Eddie escapes and hits the brainbuster! Froggy Splash is on point, but Benoit kicks out! Eddie’s beside himself, but hits a rana, hooks the legs, and win at 5:42!! Benoit flips, and sends Eddie to the floor right on his knee. Eddie’s clutching it in dire pain, but Benoit doesn’t give up the attack, sending him into the guardrail. ***1/2
 
LEE MARSHALL wants to talk to Benoit. He refuses to be labelled a great Canadian athlete, he wants to be a World Class Athlete. Benoit says he could have finished Eddie at any time, but he wanted to prolong his pain, and Eddie got lucky. Next week, he wants to meet Guerrero one more time, and next time, he won’t be leaving.
 
“JUMPIN’” JOEY MAGGS (with Teddy Long) vs. DIAMOND DALLAS PAGE
 
DDP remains moody, and immediately takes Maggs to the mat with a hard snap mare. Maggs fires back with a dropkick, and Page flies to the outside. Back in, Maggs eats an elbow, and the Diamond Cutter finishes at 1:00. DUD
 
As is the style of this show, LEE MARSHALL wants to talk to Mr. Page. Marshall reminds him that all his possessions have been taken away. Page promises to rock it from the outhouse, back to the penthouse, and demands one more match with Johnny B Badd. All he has left is pride; and if Badd can beat him, he’ll quit WCW, burn his tights, and retire forever.
 
COBRA vs. LEX LUGER
 
What is this, night of rematches? Luger wiggles his pecs for Cobra’s benefit, though I fail to see what benefit that might be. Cobra sneaks in a roll up for 2, and follows through with a sunset flip for another 2. Luger suckers Cobra in, and pulls him to the floor where he slams Cobra in the ring steps. Back in, Cobra drops Luger with a backdrop. Following a back elbow, powerslam, and backbreaker, Luger probably figures he’s given enough offense. JIMMY HART runs in and trips Cobra while he’s on the top rope, and Luger finishes with the Torture Rack at 3:33. STING rushes in to chase Hart away, and when he tells Luger what happened, Luger flips his lid and raises Cobra’s arm triumphantly to show how innocent he is. I sure hope Cobra doesn’t mind Sting being vocal on his behalf; a pettier man might carry a pretty hefty grudge.
 
“MEAN” GENE OKERLUND wants answers from Luger. Luger says he had nothing to do with that, as he and Sting are friends through and through, and they need to pay attention to the Road Warriors. Sting asks how he can be ready for the Road Warriors when he has no idea what a Chicago Street Fight is. Luger: “Sure I do! It’s a wrestling match!” Sting explains the rules; but even with that, Luger says he’s from Chicago so he’ll be fine.
 
Meanwhile, taped at a completely different time, RANDY SAVAGE and HULK HOGAN are hyping this alleged double strap match to happen on “Nitro”. Even as someone who’s seen this before; I can’t for the life of me remember what the heck they’re trying to hype since this is all post-PPV activity, unless of course they felt they were going to run with this at the pay-per-view since it’s pretty clear the main event hasn’t even been set yet and the show is a week away. THE BOOTY MAN arrives out of nowhere and starts pulling a belt back and forth, and shaking like a British Nanny. Hogan needs Brother Booty’s commitment he’ll whip Flair just like Flair whipped him. Booty replies with: “BOOOOOOOTTYYY”. God help us.
 
VK WALLSTREET vs. JIM DUGGAN
 
Wallstreet attacks Duggan on the floor, and the referee starts the match for reasons I don’t understand. Duggan charges the camera man and screams “GET OUT OF MY WAY!” Back in, he stomps around like an angry circus animal, while Wallstreet attempts moves. Duggan is on another planet, I can’t watch this seriously, this is awful. CRAIG PITTMAN gets in a cheap shot on Wallstreet and Duggan gets the pin at 1:36. -*
 
THE GIANT (with Jimmy Hart) vs. EVAD SULLIVAN (with Ralph the Rabbit)
 
I can’t even believe we might be looking at a match worse than the last one, but lo and behold, here it is. A best case scenario sees Dave chokeslammed into the Earth’s core. And that actually happens, with the Giant getting the win at 0:12. Sullivan takes another one, and now we have a run in from THE GAMBLER and MARK KYLE. Both are left for dead. In comes JIM DUGGAN with the taped fist, and he throws three big punches that send Giant to the outside. Giant can just thank his lucky starts that the Gambler didn’t have that precarious ace up his sleeve. DUD
 
MISS ELIZABETH gives a personal sit down interview. Long story short; Macho wouldn’t be successful without her. He’d be washing dishes in a diner somewhere, so yes, she deserves half of everything he owns not only from behind, but for the rest of their lives.
 
Tony: “I’ve always thought she was gorgeous, a lady ... I’m not so sure anymore!”
 
THE FACES OF FEAR vs. LARRY SANTO and PAT TANAKA
 
Meng popped some greenies in the back tonight, and Santo winds up taking a serious ass kicking. A dropkick gets 2, but only because Meng pulls Santo up. Meng throws some nasty chops, and a dual mafia kick ends it at 2:06. Tanaka never even tagged in. 1/2*
 
Meanwhile, Sting destroys current WWF star Vader. WHERE THE BIG BOYS PLAY!
 
STING vs. RIC FLAIR (with Woman and Miss Elizabeth) (for the WCW World Heavyweight title)
 
Sting takes Flair to the mat with a headlock off the bell, and gets a 2 count. The pair trade holds and nearfalls. Flair backs Sting to the corner, and struts away, while Sting just gives an intimidation grin. Tony goes through the history of Sting and Flair, who have wrestled a likely 100 times or more since 1988. Sting starts pulling on Flair’s arm, but it does nothing as Flair can still fire chops with the best of them. Sting bursts out of the corner with a clothesline and powerslams the champ. A hiptoss and dropkick send Flair to the floor, where he regroups with the ladies. Back in, Sting wins a Mercy Fight, but Flair kicks his way out. Sting just powerslams him again for the hell of it. A dropkick misses, but Flair flops anyway. Flair punts Sting in the ribs, and sends Sting to the outside. Woman throws one of the worst kicks you’ll ever see, but Sting sells like a champ. Flair tries a pin with his feet on the ropes, but he can’t finish. A big chop flattens Sting, but he kicks out with authority from the pin. Flair tries a rear chinlock. Sting refuses to submit, so Flair starts slamming him face first to the buckle. Flair goes for a pin, but Sting bridges out. Sting gets a backslide for 2, and he’s fired up now. He no sells the chops, and Flair begs off. And just as Sting is getting control, we’re out of time!!! No joke – absolutely garbage. No winner; 10:01 aired. ** for what we saw; and a hearty FU to WCW.
 
No Nitro this week, so we’ll return Monday for “The Prime” – live, from the Mothership. Maybe they’ll even finish the show.



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Nice. Because we had to have the Anderson/Sullivan vs. Two Jobbers match, The Giant vs. jobber, Luger vs. jobber, and Faces of Fear vs. two jobbers, we can only give Flair vs. Sting, for the World Title, ten minutes? Hell: Eliminating just the match times alone from those matches would have given Flair and Sting another six minutes to work with.

Luger's awfully adorable, though. "Do you know what a Chicago street fight is?" "Sure I do! It's a wrestling match!"

Incidentally, Chris, while doing research for the title change information (which follows in the next post), I learned that Marc Mero was actually born a year after Brian Pillman. I'm rather surprised by that myself.

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TITLE CHANGE INFORMATION

WCW World Television Championship
New Champion: Lex Luger
Previous Champion: Johnny B. Badd
1996 Title Changes: Third

(Note: This title change would take place at a WCW house show on 3/6/1996).

This is Lex Luger's second reign as WCW World Television Champion; he earned his first reign on 2/17/96 in another instance where he defeated Johnny B. Badd at a house show. Luger's first reign lasted only a day before he lost it back to Badd at another house show. I don't know exactly, but given that it's WCW, they probably didn't acknowledge the title changes on television.

Luger's title win ended the 17-day reign of Johnny B. Badd which started at the aforementioned house show with a win over Luger. Badd's reign was his third and last reign as World Television Champion, who would, as cfgb mentioned, soon leave for the World Wrestling Federation.

On April 26, 2000, Johnny B. Badd made one final appearance on WCW television, confronting Tank Abbott from the audience on an episode of Thunder. Due to his physical condition, however, he decided against a full-time return to WCW at that time.



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    Originally posted by ekedolphin
    On April 26, 2000, Johnny B. Badd made one final appearance on WCW television, confronting Tank Abbott from the audience on an episode of Thunder. Due to his physical condition, however, he decided against a full-time return to WCW at that time.


Man. I have no recollection of that and I have recollection of a lot of odd stuff. Wasn't that a whole year after Sable sat in the crowd on Nitro "of her own volition" right after she left WWF and Bischoff was like "I saw her naked, y'all."
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    Originally posted by CRZ, April 26, 2000 Thunder report


    Oh wow, MARVY MARC MERO & RAY RINALDI are in the front row! Are you excited? Too bad they don't call him "Johnny B. Badd."

    [Later...]

    And now YEAHBABY TANK YEAHBABY ABBOTT YEAHBABY is out. "Cut the music! If you're gonna chant his name, chant it right! 'Ghost-berg.' Ghostberg isn't here, AS USUAL. Lemme tell you something, I've been in more fights than everybody in this building put together, and I've loved every beating! And all YOU got is to cheer for a coward! Yeah, which idiot's goin' down tonight? It's on you, Bill!" Tank leaves the ring - hmm, who'd we take a look at earlier tonight? Yup, Marc Mero. Ray Rinaldi gives him a shove, Mero goes over the rail - another shove for Abbott. Rinaldi actually hitting the ring - Abbott in, but before he can take him out, Mero is in and giving him the old stick and move - great, THIS is the guy that'll provide competition for Tank Abbott? Holy crap, the sound guy has the old Johnny B. Badd theme? And he's PLAYING it?




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    Originally posted by cfgb
    THE GIANT (with Jimmy Hart) vs. EVAD SULLIVAN (with Ralph the Rabbit)

    I can’t even believe we might be looking at a match worse than the last one, but lo and behold, here it is. A best case scenario sees Dave chokeslammed into the Earth’s core. And that actually happens, with the Giant getting the win at 0:12. Sullivan takes another one, and now we have a run in from THE GAMBLER and MARK KYLE. Both are left for dead. In comes JIM DUGGAN with the taped fist, and he throws three big punches that send Giant to the outside. Giant can just thank his lucky starts that the Gambler didn’t have that precarious ace up his sleeve. DUD


Whoa, no half star for The Gambler doing a run in for the save attempt? Evad must owe him some money. A man like The Gambler couldn't possibly be in debt to Evad, right?

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I'm guessing eke really would have loved Saturday Night in the 80's when Tony and David Crockett would start yelling about how 'We're out time, but we'll keep the machines rolling'.
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