WCW Saturday Night: September 28, 1996

On Monday night, with the
bulk of WCW’s main roster in Japan, the nWo completely took over Nitro for the
second hour of the show. We were treated to nonsense matches, and complete and
utter chaos. We also got the debut of Vincent, the first addition who was
really looking like overkill. TheCubsFan
weighs in more:
If I’m remember the WONs correctly, there was
starting to be some pressure from Turner for WCW to spin off another show on
TBS, with a working idea of it being an nWo show. The people in charge in WCW
felt it would over expose the product and fought to delay/stop it from
happening for the time being. It’s possible these additions were justified so
there’d be enough bodies for a nWo focused show (and, given the thinking of the
people involved, to bring aboard people who could do jobs of the people at the
top wouldn’t be asked), but it changed how the nWo felt from here on out.
We’ll see if the trend
continues on a condensed 90 minute version of WCW Saturday Night.

TONY SCHIAVONE and DUSTY RHODES are
refusing to air the nWo footage from Monday, so as not to stoop to their level.
Instead, they want to focus on the new tag-team champions, Public Enemy. How
about we don’t?
Nope, they’re gonna force
it. We follow THE PUBLIC ENEMY back
to New York, where they do a kick line (start spreading the news!), and dance
in a fountain just like some other pop culture show.
HIGH VOLTAGE vs. THE PUBLIC ENEMY (for the WCW
world tag-team titles)
How did THESE idiots earn
a shot at the belts? They faced the Outsiders on Nitro (who have a title shot
at Havoc) – and didn’t get in a single offensive move. And true to form, Voltage
takes a double neckbreaker off the bell, while MARK CURTIS cringes. Rage hits Rock with a backdrop suplex, but
Grunge saves. Voltage works the double team, and a clothesline gets 2. Grunge
gets an early hot tag, and clotheslines both guys. Voltage comes back with a
double clothesline, but miscommunication gives Grunge the chance to roll up
Rage for the win at 3:02.
Post-match, Kaos takes a swanton through a table. *
DEAN MALENKO vs. BRAD ARMSTRONG
Tony laughingly calls
Armstrong one of WCW’s “top stars”, but he IS coming off a win against Super
Calo so maybe momentum is changing (no). NICK
PATRICK
is the referee, and Malenko IS wearing black trucks with white
writing, hmmmm. Dusty starts running through fantasy scenarios, such as hoping
that Dean Malenko catches Number Six out back and tears him limb from limb.
Considering he’s having a bit of a difficult time with Armstrong so far, I’m
not sure I love this idea. Armstrong gives Malenko a faceplant, and a running
kneelift to the “belleh welleh” gets 2. Malenko dumps Brad to the floor to give
himself a moment to breathe. Armstrong tries to sunset flip back in, but
Malenko grabs the ropes. Patrick pushes Dean off, but the momentum carries him
forward into a pin, and Malenko scores the win with an assist from Patrick at 3:10. The plot thickens. *
REY MYSTERIO JR. meets with TONY SCHIAVONE
to discuss Malenko. Rey has nothing but respect for Dean, he’s the toughest opponent
he’s ever faced, and he can’t wait to have another great match at Halloween
Havoc. He promises to keep his belt for a very long time. Malenko walks in now,
and gives Rey his due as champion. But, he’s going to get his belt back. He
offers a handshake, which Rey happily accepts, and Dean gives him a short
clothesline, beats him up, and rips off the mask. Schiavone throws his coat
over Rey’s head, and tells the camera to beat it.
MAXX vs. EDDIE GUERRERO
This is Eddie’s first
match since the Clash of Champions in August. Eddie hits a dropkick and
finishes with the Frog Splash at 0:28.
Tony figures that was a message to DDP that their issues aren’t over.
KONNAN vs. THE GAMBLER
Fully initiated in the
Dungeon of Doom, Konnan is given all his n’s back. The Gambler is dressed to
the 9’s tonight, wearing a very classy top hat, and puffy shirt. This looks
like a man who’s ready to take matters seriously, and finally win a match. In
fact, he nearly scores an upset in a choke hold, but the referee won’t count
once he spies the choke. Konnan comes back with a standing headlock/figure four
combo, and upon release hits a powerbomb. Tequila Sunrise makes its debut and gets
the win at 1:56. Damn it all. 1/2*
THE FOLLOWING ANNOUNCEMENT HAS BEEN PAID FOR BY
THE NEW WORLD ORDER
The nWo members are all
bowing down to and chanting for Hogan. DiBiase wants to take over the world
next. Hogan continues to make fun of Macho’s bald head, while Hall tells him to
“snap out of it”. Hogan starts doing a dead-on Macho impression, “Hollywood
Hogan is going to kick my ass in Vegas, oooooh yeah.”
ROUGH & READY vs. CHRIS JERICHO and “JUICED” JIM
POWERS (with Teddy Long)
Dusty feels that Rough &
Ready are close to being world tag-team champions. Bo Beverly? I’m not okay with
this. Speaking of Not Okay With This, the Jericho/Powers teaming is a visual I
really could have done without. NICK
PATRICK
referees, and hopefully he’ll just send Jericho and Powers to the
back, telling them “yeah, this combo? I don’t think so.” Dirty Dick pounds on
Jericho, but Chris comes back with a monkey flip and scoop slam. Slater comes
back with a running clothesline, and Enos takes Jericho to the floor. Enos
beats on him a bit before rolling him back in. Enos misses a big splash and
tags in Powers, and he’s promptly pinned with a backslide via the feet on the
ropes at 3:10. Dusty thinks Patrick
saw Enos using the ropes, and gets super irate. Long gets all up in Patrick’s
grill, but he has no interest in having his authority questioned. Match of the
night at *1/2.
Backstage, TONY SCHIAVONE gets a word with Nick
Patrick. Patrick says no one’s feet were on the ropes, because if they had
been, he would have seen it. Patrick says that if anyone’s responsible for the
nWo advantage, perhaps he can look in the mirror because at War Games, what
threw WCW off was the bogus Sting. And who spread the rumor about Sting joining
the nWo? Tony Schiavone, more than anyone else. He’s also offended by Dusty
Rhodes calling him nWo, he’s the most loyal WCW official there is. In fact, he
proved it Monday by being the only person who had the guts to stay and referee
during the nWo carnage. “As long as I’m here, WCW, you have nothing to worry
about.”
DISCO INFERNO vs. CHAVO GUERRERO JR.
Disco stops worrying
about his hair long enough to show a little fire, attacking Chavo off the bell.
A swinging neckbreaker delights Disco, who stops to dance. Damnit Disco, focus!
His constant dancing between moves proves to be his downfall, however, as Chavo
hits a monkey flip and holds on for the pin at 1:21. DUD
THE FACES OF FEAR (with Jimmy Hart) vs. THE
ARMSTRONG BROTHERS
Now this is something I
can sink my teeth into. Scott proudly declares the Armstrongs back in the house
in WCW, which might be the last thing he EVER says if things go my way. They
hit a double dropkick on Barbarian, and then deliver one to Meng as well. A
double shoulderblock stuns Meng for a half second, but he comes back by no
selling a sunset flip and stomping on Steve’s face. Barbarian lays in the
chops, and fires off a big boot for 2. Meng comes off the top with a splash
after a vertical suplex, and the Faces win at 1:33. I had so much more for more. *
TONY SCHIAVONE greets the winners backstage. Hart says the Dungeon loves Halloween,
and can’t wait to get their hands on the Horsemen. Meng and Barbarian
hilariously take over the microphone now, screaming gibberish, with the
occasional “HALLOWEEN HAVOC” and “LAS VEGAS” thrown in. Barbarian turns to
English at the end. “STEVE MICHAEL WE SHOW YOU WHAT WRESTLE IS!”
LEX LUGER vs. JUVENTUD GUERRERA
It didn’t take long for
us to move into the era of using the Mexican Cruiserweights as jobbers. I’m
disappointed in you, WCW. I hold hope that Juvi is going to score an upset, but
he’s locked in a Rack at 1:06.
Trash.
Once again, TONY SCHIAVONE works the backstage
area. Lex says if the Horsemen want to point fingers at him for losing to the
nWo, then so be it. He vows not just to defeat Arn Anderson, but to hurt him.
Where Sting is concerned, everyone was fooled by the bogus nWo Sting. He’s
apologized repeatedly, and now he’s going to give Sting a little space to work
his problems out.
BIG BUBBER vs. RANDY SAVAGE
Main event time, but we’ve
only got a couple of minutes left at most. Thankfully, Savage recognizes we’re
short on time, and runs Bubba face first to the ringsteps. Back in, a double
axehandle drops Bubba, and Savage starts dropping elbow after elbow. ELIZABETH looks on in concern. NICK PATRICK hits the ring, and takes a
punch between the eyes. CHRIS JERICHO
and CHAVO GUERRERO JR. rush down to
stop the insanity, but Savage grabs Patrick by the hair and tears off through
the crowd, as the copyright logo comes off and the show fades to black.

Will Patrick live to see Nitro? Will Lex Luger ever find love again? Will the
Mexican imports win another match?

Hell if I know, Worldwide
is next and they don’t care about any of that.