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The impossible is always possible. It was once deemed impossible to put a man on the moon – but in 1969, Neil Armstrong and his mountainous balls proved it could be done. Wireless Internet is all around us, everywhere we go, permitting us to text, surf the web, play video games, all from a device smaller than a deck of cards. 10 years ago, who could have imagined such a possibility?
 
On July 7th, 1996, Hulk Hogan turned his back on his legions of fans, aligning himself with WWF Outsiders, and breaking the hearts of those that believed in him.
 
We never saw it coming, but truth be told it was the only move he had left. Yes, he could have returned from his hiatus to an Eric Bischoff led hero’s welcome, vanquished the Outsiders, captured the World Title from the Big Stinky Wart Infested Giant, and gone on to feud with the Horsemen. Like always. Same old, same old.
 
Not this time.
 
By grabbing hold of the people who believed in them, and ripping out their hearts like the Thuggee Cult, Temple of Doom style, he not only re-invented everything we’ve ever come to know about Hulk Hogan – but he made us clamour for a hero. Anyone, to step in, and save WCW from this terror.
 
Couple this with a brilliant display of Lucha Libre in the opening match, and WCW had been completely rebranded in one fell swoop. And that new show kicks off, one night later, with WCW Nitro.
 
Live from the Disney MGM Studios, where WCW would find itself for the next several weeks, TONY SCHIAVONE and LARRY ZBYSZKO are here. And all the talk is about last night match between Bubba and Tenta! And also, that Hogan guy warrants a little mention. Tony promises photographic proof of his terrible behaviour. Don’t worry, this is pre-Photoshop, so they should be legit. Never trust a mustache.
 
REY MYSTERIO JR. vs. DEAN MALENKO (for the WCW World Cruiserweight title)
 
Tony rightfully talks up Rey’s match with Psychosis from the night before (I had it at ****1/2) – and as a result he’s once again the #1 contender. Rey knees Malenko in the face, takes him over with the headscissors, and flies around with a wild armdrag. Malenko bails, and Mysterio chases him off with a 619 swing. Back in, Rey tries a moonsault, but Malenko catches him. He slips off the back, Malenko tries to drop a fist and Mysterio slides away. Springboard dropkick gets 2. A gutwrench slam from Malenko gets 2, and he catches Rey with a tilt-a-whirl to put him down. Hammerlock suplex gets 2. Dean slows down the pace with a surfboard, and Tony calls for our first commercial.
 
Back from the break, Malenko’s nailing a tigerbomb and gets 2. Camel clutch is applied, but Rey is bendy and won’t tap. Dean tries to throw a knee, but Rey catches him mid move and schoolboys him for 2. Tony apologizes for telling Hogan to go to hell last night, saying emotions got the best of him, but he genuinely felt that way. Malenko, meanwhile, is working a rear naked choke. Mysterio makes the ropes, so Dean dumps him to the floor where he hits Rey with a brainbuster! Back in, Malenko tries to finish, but Mysterio fights out of an abdominal stretch slam to reverse in mid-air getting a 2 count! Rey starts running the ropes, and ranas Malenko to the floor! A plancha follows, but Rey crashes straight into the cement. He’s not moving quickly, neither is Dean, but Mysterio’s up first. Back in, a rana off the top gets 2. Springboard moonsault gets 2. Dean goes up and hits a super gutbuster which should finish this baby – but Malenko pulls him up at 2! Not wise, champ. Vicious belly to belly overhead; and Malenko pulls him up again. This time, he goes for the tilt-a-whirl, but Rey’s read and reverses mid-move into a Frankensteiner – he’s got the legs hooked, and wins the belt at 9:45!!! It’s amazing how much speed Mysterio has lost over the years, this isn’t remotely the same guy we’re seeing today, and it’s so refreshing to remember why I loved him so much years ago. ****
 
Backstage, “MEAN” GENE OKERLUND is with THE NASTY BOYS and THE STEINER BROTHERS. Tonight they’re facing off in a #1 contenders match. Scott says he respects their ability, then calls Knobbs “fatso”. Saggs cuts a rare promo, promising a trip to Nastyville. That offends Rick, who thinks we’re in the Dog Pound. Everyone here is on a lot of drugs, performance enhancing in the case of Scott Steiner, recreational for the rest.
 
Our World Is About To Change But Nobody Cares About Glacier Anymore Since Hulk Hogan Turned Heel.
 
BIG BUBBER and HUGH MORRUS (with Jimmy Hart) vs. THE BLUE BLOODS (with “Earl” Robert Eaton and Jeeves)
 
This is of course the #1 contenders match to see who’s at the top of the bottom; ya follow? Fans chant USA, Taylor responds with strong words like “Shut Up” and “Stupid People!” I wouldn’t mess with a man with a vocabulary that deep, and European Uppercuts to hand out like Halloween Candy. Taylor dropkicks Morrus in the chops, and stands for the Union Jack. Morrus is already back on his feet though, and runs him down with a clothesline. Regal tees off on Bubba, and Taylor throws a European Uppercut! Drop toe hold from Regal gets 2. Bubba nails the Bossman Slam out of nowhere, but Taylor saves at 2. Morrus hits the ring, but is dropped with a trifecta of European Uppercuts! JOHN TENTA rushes down to attack Bubba, and a double backdrop suplex from the Blue Bloods gets the win at 3:04!! Bloods win! Bloods win! *
 
 
PSYCHOSIS vs. EDDIE GUERRERO
 
I’m almost getting the feeling the bookers woke up this morning and asked themselves “how can we make Nitro the greatest show ever tonight?” Of course, we need some pre-recorded comments from REY MYSTERIO JR. who talks about all the little kids who cried last night about Hulk Hogan’s turn. Of course; Rey qualifies as a little kid himself at this point, so perhaps this is self-referential. Psychosis dodges a tilt-a-whirl, but can’t avoid a hard armdrag that seems to have his shoulder smarting. He bails, and Eddie crouches in the corner waiting to strike. Psychosis smartly stays away, waiting for Eddie to get off the perch before re-entering. Eddie works a headlock, but Psychosis escapes and dumps him to the floor. Psychosis isn’t far behind, with an amazing top rope Skytwisting Bodyblock! Eddie clutches his shoulder, and Psychosis doesn’t miss that, jerking its socket around. From the hammerlock position, Eddie is thrown into the buckle. The arm is grapevined, but Eddie won’t tap. Eddie comes back with a Franksteiner into a pin, but unlike Mysterio, he can’t score the pin. Psychosis heads up, but Eddie catches him and nails a super atomic drop. He charges Psychosis in the corner, but nails the post. Psychosis puts him on top, and hits a super rana – but Eddie kicks out at 2! Back up to finish, but Eddie catches him up. Psychosis reverses, and hits a powerbomb for 2! Back up again, and again Eddie catches him this time hitting a superplex. Frog Splash finishes at 8:33! ***
 
“MEAN” GENE OKERLUND stands with JIMMY HART, KEVIN SULLIVAN, and THE GIANT. He’s looking for comments about Hogan. Really? From the Alliance to End Hulkamania? These guys should be gloating, but they’re all solemn. Sullivan’s mostly pissed that Hogan ended Hulkamania himself, but is actually angrier with Chris Benoit. Giant points out as long as he has the World Title, nothing in WCW can possibly go wrong. Famous last words.
 
THE NASTY BOYS vs. THE STEINER BROTHERS (in a #1 contenders match)
 
This show’s been so good, that even this awful matchup can’t put me in a bad mood. Saggs works over Scott with some high knees, but that ends badly when Scotty hits a double underhook suplex with so much ease you’d think he was throwing Mysterio. Rick tags in and gets whooped. A pair of avalanches gets 2. Rick fires back with a powerslam on Knobbs for 2. Camel clutch is applied, but Saggs saves. Scott tags in and t-bones the big man. Knobbs fires back with a swinging neckbreaker, as the first hour of Nitro comes to a close. Saggs grabs a chair and levels Scott Steiner on the floor. ERIC BISCHOFF and BOBBY HEENAN take over broadcast duties. Back in the ring, Scott hits Knobbs with a belly to belly for 2. Saggs eats an overhead belly to belly. Meanwhile, COLONEL ROBERT PARKER and SISTA SHERRI run down to ringside to distract the referee. Parker slaps Saggs with his cane, and Scott gets the pin at 6:11. Sherri hasn’t been seen since her wedding to Parker fell apart 6 months ago; more questions than answers with this one, and seeing as it’s WCW, I don’t give them a lot of credit to explain what the hell is going on. 1/2*
 
“MEAN” GENE OKERLUND wants a word with the Nastys. Saggs says life, just as is wrestling, is all about Attitude. When he was hit with the cane, he was reminded he needs to change. Street fights, dog collar matches, he’s sick of that. Knobbs says he doesn’t condone what Hogan did last night, but he doesn’t see anything wrong in what he did either. He kinda likes the New World Order; they do what they want, when they want it, just like the Nastys used to.
 
JIM POWERS vs. RIC FLAIR (with Woman, Elizabeth, and Debra McMichael) (for the WCW United States Heavyweight title)
 
If WCW expects me to take this with any degree of seriousness, then they should have booked it for Prime. Bischoff, meanwhile, makes excuses for his lack of appearance during the pay-per-view the night before – saying he had some “last minute stuff” to take care of. Hmmmmm… Heenan meanwhile re-iterates he’s been saying Hogan’s no good for 20 years, and he’s finally vindicated. Bischoff promises to update us on Luger’s condition. Maybe he suffered a Stinger, yuk yuk. Flair wins with the Figure Four at 5:39. *1/2
 
ARN ANDERSON and MONGO MCMICHAEL join the rest of the Horsemen and “MEAN” GENE OKERLUND at ringside. Anderson says as Horsemen, they’ve never claimed be role models – but Hogan did. “YOU’RE SUPPOSED TO STAND FOR SOMETHING! YOU’RE NOT SUPPOSED TO LEAVE LIKE A THIEF IN THE NIGHT!” Anderson promises that everyone whose heart was stomped on will rise up. Flair says until the Outsiders can heal the sick, raise the dead, and drive little girls into their beds, they don’t compare to the Horsemen. Woman, as usual, drapes herself all over Gene.
 
SGT. CRAIG PITTMAN (with Teddy Long) vs. CHRIS BENOIT
 
Pittman launches Benoit with an overhead belly to belly, following with a German suplex. Benoit stops that with some elbows to the face, and he stomps Pittman into a puddle. Benoit calls to finish, but he gets dumped and winds up talking turkey with Teddy Long. Pittman attacks from behind, but that doesn’t go well and Benoit slaps him in a Crossface seconds later. Teddy screams at the referee to ring the bell even though Pittman won’t tap, and Benoit wins at 2:45. Shockingly decent for a Pittman match. *1/2
 
ARN ARNDERSON vs. STING
 
Sting makes it a point to stop and slap hands with a bunch of kids at ringside; a subtle reminder that heroes still exist. Anderson offers Sting the hand of friendship, but Sting isn’t interested in any games – likely not trusting anyone right now. Arn dumps Sting to the outside and tries a piledriver on the floor, but he backdrops his way out. Bischoff says that the Outsiders are reported in the building, and calls for a commercial break.
 
GLACIER IS ABOUT TO CHANGE, BLOOD RUNS THE FURY OF A WARRIOR
 
We return as Arn is giving Sting a spinebuster. He chokes Sting by the ropes, ignoring the referee’s order to break. Abdominal stretch is applied, and Anderson uses the ropes for leverage like a good Horseman. He’s caught on the third try in accordance with the wrestling bible. Sting goes for a splash, but he swallows Anderson’s knees. Arn works a Boston crab, but Sting still has life. The camera pans to a limousine that’s sitting in the backstage area. Sting starts a comeback, as SCOTT HALL and KEVIN NASH start making their way in from the backstage area. Sting spies Nash, and he partners with Anderson to fight. However, Sting then turns and puts Anderson in the Deathlock while staring down Nash, getting the win at 9:40. **
 
RANDY SAVAGE tries to get a piece – but Security keeps them all apart. “MEAN” GENE OKERLUND rushes down into the ring to ask Sting about how he’s feeling. Sting says he’s surprised at Hulk’s behaviour, but he should have known because Hogan never wanted to travel with Luger, Sting, and Savage. “You were too busy walking on the dark side! I should have known when you referred to Macho Man, Lex Luger, and me as three little dogs.” Sting’s bigger issue is that he turned his back on the kids. “YOU TOLD THEM TO BELIEVE IN THE MAN UPSTAIRS! YOU TOLD THEM TO TAKE THEIR VITAMINS AND SAY THEIR PRAYERS! YOU TOLD THEM TO BELIEVE IN THEMSELVES AND IT’S A GOOD THING YOU DID BECAUSE THEY SURE AS HECK CAN’T BELIEVE IN YOU! And last but not least, all those little kids, you told them to stick it? No, you stick it HULK!” Savage: “I got a message for Hollywood Hogan … what I wanna tell ya, and what I wanna do to ya, I can’t say here on television and especially here at Disney. But, you take the worst thing you can think about and you multiply it by the number nine million. And then you multiple it by infinity and beyond, and it would be just like one grain of sand in the Sahara desert brother, because it’s really really scary what I’m thinking and gonna do to you, YEAH.”
 
After a break, Gene has found his way to THE OUTSIDERS. Both guys are all giggles. Nash says Hulk told the fans exactly how it is. And next week, Hulk Hogan will join the New World Order on Nitro. Gene tells Hulk the world is disappointed in him, while Hall waves at Hogan. Finally: “Luger? He didn’t get hurt, he fainted when he saw us.”
 
Bischoff wraps up the show, with still shots from the main event match, right down to Hogan’s turn. Heenan gives one of the greatest promos of his career, ranting and raving about how nobody has ridden Hogan’s coattails, that he’s been there through the entire wrestling boom and seen it all. Bischoff cuts him off, and ends the program.
 
Next week – the man speaks.




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#2 Posted on | Instant Rating: 8.00
    Originally posted by cfgb


    Bischoff wraps up the show, with still shots from the main event match, right down to Hogan’s turn. Heenan gives one of the greatest promos of his career, ranting and raving about how nobody has ridden Hogan’s coattails, that he’s been there through the entire wrestling boom and seen it all. Bischoff cuts him off, and ends the program.




I would love to see this rant if someone knows where it is on Youtube.



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#3 Posted on | Instant Rating: 3.73
    Originally posted by Horsemen4ever
    I would love to see this rant if someone knows where it is on Youtube.




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#4 Posted on | Instant Rating: 9.27
    Originally posted by cfgb
    “MEAN” GENE OKERLUND wants a word with the Nastys. Saggs says life, just as is wrestling, is all about Attitude. When he was hit with the cane, he was reminded he needs to change. Street fights, dog collar matches, he’s sick of that. Knobbs says he doesn’t condone what Hogan did last night, but he doesn’t see anything wrong in what he did either. He kinda likes the New World Order; they do what they want, when they want it, just like the Nastys used to.
Did this end up going anywhere? In retrospect, it's hard to believe the Nastys never joined Hogan in the nWo, but man, if they had, it might have killed the whole thing right out of the gate. Anyway, I have memories of an Outsiders/Nastys incident that involved either Sags throwing a chair at Hall or vice versa that seemed especially heated, but I can't remember if the Nasty Boys actually tried to join and got turfed out or if Beefcake was the only one that happened to.

    Originally posted by cfgb
    JIM POWERS vs. RIC FLAIR (with Woman, Elizabeth, and Debra McMichael) (for the WCW United States Heavyweight title)

    If WCW expects me to take this with any degree of seriousness, then they should have booked it for Prime. Bischoff, meanwhile, makes excuses for his lack of appearance during the pay-per-view the night before – saying he had some “last minute stuff” to take care of. Hmmmmm…

Interesting in retrospect to see that they were actually laying some groundwork for Bischoff. I'm curious to see if there's more of that coming.

    Originally posted by cfgb
    ARN ANDERSON and MONGO MCMICHAEL join the rest of the Horsemen and “MEAN” GENE OKERLUND at ringside. Anderson says as Horsemen, they’ve never claimed be role models – but Hogan did. “YOU’RE SUPPOSED TO STAND FOR SOMETHING! YOU’RE NOT SUPPOSED TO LEAVE LIKE A THIEF IN THE NIGHT!” Anderson promises that everyone whose heart was stomped on will rise up.


    “MEAN” GENE OKERLUND stands with JIMMY HART, KEVIN SULLIVAN, and THE GIANT. He’s looking for comments about Hogan. Really? From the Alliance to End Hulkamania? These guys should be gloating, but they’re all solemn.
Among Arn, Sullivan and Heenan, I kind of like that all the guys who should have been happy about Hogan being proven a creep are actually genuinely upset about it, especially the ones who tried and failed to take him out at the last minute. It's like Arn is the only heel on the roster who actually realizes that they're all about to be wiped out. Flair is too far gone to care and Sullivan is mentally broken by The Horsemen bailing on The Alliance To End Hulkamania - the thing that had pretty much consumed Sullivan's life for the past few booking cycles - that all he can do is engage in a spiral with Benoit.

I still feel like the one big miss here was not having Heenan, finally vindicated, facing the realization that him being right about Hogan was actually his worst nightmare and trying to personally rally WCW against the nWo. He could have sold the hell out of an "I was right all along! I...oh no, I...I was right all along!" moment and trying and failing to get Flair/Benoit/Sullivan on the same page and having to convince a single face to trust him. (He probably also has to talk Sullivan and The Giant into dumping Hart, who should still be a huge suspect as a mole at this point. That Jimmy Hart wasn't secretly part of the nWo all along and had the master plan of creating The First Family instead is probably The Most Jimmy Hart Thing Of All Time and the perfect summation of his career as a manager.)



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    Originally posted by Dr Unlikely
      Originally posted by cfgb
      “MEAN” GENE OKERLUND wants a word with the Nastys. Saggs says life, just as is wrestling, is all about Attitude. When he was hit with the cane, he was reminded he needs to change. Street fights, dog collar matches, he’s sick of that. Knobbs says he doesn’t condone what Hogan did last night, but he doesn’t see anything wrong in what he did either. He kinda likes the New World Order; they do what they want, when they want it, just like the Nastys used to.
    Did this end up going anywhere? In retrospect, it's hard to believe the Nastys never joined Hogan in the nWo, but man, if they had, it might have killed the whole thing right out of the gate. Anyway, I have memories of an Outsiders/Nastys incident that involved either Sags throwing a chair at Hall or vice versa that seemed especially heated, but I can't remember if the Nasty Boys actually tried to join and got turfed out or if Beefcake was the only one that happened to.


Yeah they swerved offering the Nastys the chance to join only to jump them in the ring when they came out wearing nWo shirts. This was when they were still keeping things kinda small and elite. I think only Syxx and The Giant had joined by that point. Give it a few months and they probably would have joined for real.



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