Monday Nitro – June 14, 1999

Monday Nitro #192
Date: June 14, 1999
Location: MCI Center,
Washington D.C.
Commentators: Bobby
Heenan, Tony Schiavone
Reviewed by Tommy Hall
We’re past the Great
American Bash and there is no way things can get any worse than the
got last night. I mean I do not believe it’s possible for a
promotion to get less interesting and worse than things have been for
the last five weeks or so. The main story seems to be Nash vs.
Savage/Sid, which should be more interesting due to Sid being totally
nuts and semi-mobile. Let’s get to it.

We open with a package
of recap stills from last night.
Savage, Sid and the
girls arrive.
DJ Ran babbles about
the cowboys vs. rappers last night.
Brian Adams/Vincent
vs. Curt Hennig/Barry Windham
Adams
runs Hennig over with a hard shoulder to start so Curt tries a
headlock. That’s fine with Brian who sends him crotch first into the
post, causing Hennig to slowly crawl over for a tag. Windham runs
Vincent over with a Vader standing clothesline but takes too much
time going up, allowing Vincent to actually slam him down.
Back to Curt for some
shots to the back and the Hennig neck snap, followed by a belly to
back suplex from Barry. Vincent gets dropped by what was supposed to
be a double clothesline, but it needs to actually connect to be a
clothesline. Vincent comes back with some clotheslines of his own to
Barry and we get a hot tag to Brian. Did the Black and White turn
face and I wasn’t told? Brian cleans house for a bit until Barry
plants him with a DDT. Duncum pulls Adams to the floor and a cowbell
shot to the head is enough to pin Vincent.
Rating:
D+.
When did the Black and White actually get energy in their legs?
Granted the match wasn’t anything special but what do you expect from
these four? Hennig and Windham can be good when they’re motivated,
but that’s a very rare thing to see anymore. I do like them making
it more of a stable than just a team but it’s going to get better.
Here’s
a press conference from earlier today where Master P. signed with
WCW. This is exactly what you would expect, including Master P.
using a run on sentence that goes on for about 45 seconds. Mysterio,
Konnan and Bischoff have some appreciative lines as well. The fact
that this goes to commercial while P. is still talking tells you
everything you need to know.
Here
are Savage and the girls with something to say. Savage says he’s the
boss and last night was crowned the uncrowned World Champion. He
talks about how awesome the girls are and has George gyrate a bit in
a demonstration of how Nash looked after the elbow, complete with a
cover and pin. Savage rambles about being vicious from here on out
and says the Wolfpack sucks. This went WAY too long and made Savage
sound even crazier than normal.
Nitro
Girls.
Pictures of the dogs
from last night. Please, anything else.
Hugh Morrus vs.
Kidman
Well
this is indeed something else. Morrus pounds him down in the corner
to start and spins Kidman inside out with a few clotheslines. A
running splash in the corner has Kidman reeling but he finally hooks
a headscissors to get a breather. Morrus gets dropkicked out to the
floor but he catches Kidman’s plancha. Kidman is rammed back first
into the post and Jimmy slides in a chair. A distraction lets Morrus
drop Kidman ribs first on the top of the chair but Kidman counters a
powerbomb and hits the Shooting Star for the pin. At least hold your
ribs dude.
Rating:
D.
Is that really the end of the Morrus attacks the cruiserweights
stuff? They had that mess of a battle royal a few weeks back and
this is the best they can do? Like I said, Kidman just popped up and
finished the match without even holding his ribs. I expect that from
Morrus but not Kidman.
DJ Ran.
Here
are Flair and Anderson with something to say. Ric threatens to make
the eternally present fat boy’s mom go WOO. He’s here tonight to
offer Roddy Piper the Vice Presidency so here’s Piper with a full
pipe and drums band. Piper accepts the job and talks about how great
the old days were with Flair.
This
brings out Dean Malenko who says that if someone was waking up from a
fifteen year coma and turned on this show, they wouldn’t think
anything had changed. Good line. Other greats have passed the torch
but Flair wants to hold it forever. That’s not cool with guys like
Dean so he’s going to take the torch no matter who likes it.
Anderson
says Dean needs to cool it or instead of being a Horseman, he’ll be
one of their victims. Arn stands at Flair’s side but Piper gets in
Dean’s face. The brawl is on and we see Benoit and Saturn coming to
the ring, only to get jumped by the Jersey boys. Bagwell comes out
but gets beaten down as well.
Let’s stop for a few
seconds here and look at how stupid this is. The young guys are
perfectly fine here as everything they said and did made sense. That
brings us to Piper, who has spent the last month and a half trying to
get Flair’s power and even had him committed to a mental hospital,
but now he’s perfectly fine with being Vice President, basically
giving him the exact same authority he’s had for over a year now as
Commissioner? Isn’t he still Commissioner and in theory second in
power?
Unless I’m missing
something, Piper has the same power he had before but is now clearly
under Flair and has stopped fighting because he and Flair used to be
buddies fifteen years ago. If there’s one thing Piper has never been
over the years, it’s someone who falls in line and gives up a fight.
This is so totally out of character for him and makes the last month
and a half totally worthless. Things like these are the ones that
make this such a frustrating era for WCW.
Bischoff joins
commentary.
Video on Norton vs.
Miller
Cat vs. Scott Norton
Why
this didn’t happen last night isn’t clear. Miller puts on the red
shoes for a dance before the match. Norton charges to the ring with
a growl and hammers on Miller to start fast. Cat bails to the floor
but gets sent face first into the post and then the barricade. Some
chops have Miller in even more trouble before they head back inside.
Sonny offers a distraction so Miller can hit a low blow. He loads up
the red shoe but the referee goes down because we’re not overbooked
enough yet. A superkick to the face with a red shoe is enough to pin
Norton.
Rating:
D.
Miller becoming the dancer is a bit more interesting than just being
a karate guy but it doesn’t make stuff like this any easier to sit
through. These two have feuded for weeks now and I’m really not sure
why they’re even fighting at this point. Is it over who is tougher?
It’s really taken three or four matches to answer that?
Nitro
Girls.
Disco Inferno vs.
Van Hammer
Hammer
powers him down to start with a slam and a clothesline, followed by
the enhanced Vader model clothesline. Disco comes back with some
shots to the back and a great looking clothesline, only to get caught
in the Flashback (Alabama Slam). Hammer stays on him with some basic
power stuff before putting on a sleeper. This is stupid given that
Disco’s finisher is a jawbreaker, which is exactly what he uses to
get out.
It’s
not the finishing jawbreaker though so Disco has to avoid a charge in
the corner and then screw up a neckbreaker. He somehow swung the
wrong way. The guy has like four moves and he screwed one of them
up? Really? The Last Dance is broken up and we actually get a ref
bump in this match. Now the neckbreaker connects but the referee
counts a slow two. Hammer grabs a belly to back suplex and a handful
of tights for the pin.
Rating:
F.
We really needed all that in Disco Inferno vs. Van Hammer and Disco
managed to screw up a swinging neckbreaker? Why are we seeing so
many heel vs. heel matches on this show anyway? Come to think of it,
there really aren’t that many faces on the roster, or at least not
many worth much. But cool heels are the same as faces right?
Disco Stuns the referee
post match.
Dennis Rodman might be
coming back. Good grief does he have to?
Stills of the Tag Team
Title match.
Fit Finlay vs. Brian
Knobs
The
fight starts on the floor with Finlay getting dropped throat first on
the barricade. Knobs sends him into the steps and they head inside
for the first time. Finlay comes back with a hard clothesline, only
to have his shoulder go into the post. The nasty one stays in
control with his boring offense before charging into the corner. Of
course Finlay can’t get in any further offense as he charges into a
powerslam. Finlay avoids a splash and stomps away before getting two
off the rolling fireman’s carry. Cue Hak for a kendo stick to Knobs’
head, giving Finlay the quick pin.
Rating:
D.
Well, at least it was short. The problem here is an old one in
wrestling: with no title or anything to fight for, these are just one
off matches that don’t lead anywhere and don’t change anything. One
guy beats another then a third guy wins and then it’s back to the
first loser. They’re running in circles and it got old after about
ten seconds.
We cut to the crowd and
Sable of all people is in the front row.
Here’s
Nash for his variety of catchphrases. He’s not out here for Savage
though. Instead he wants to talk to Sid face to face. Sid pops up
on screen for some jibber jabbering and the vague mention of maybe a
title match down the line.
Recap
of Flair vs. Piper from last night. Buff was going to get the ball
if Piper won, then he cost Piper the match. What does that say about
Bagwell?
DJ Ran.
Ric Flair/Roddy
Piper/Kanyon/Diamond Dallas Page vs. Saturn/Chris Benoit/Dean
Malenko/Buff Bagwell
That’s
quite the tag match. The old guys run away to start until we get
down to Flair vs. Benoit. We get the required chop off until Benoit
backdrops him into the heel corner. Off to Page who has to be saved
from a Crossface attempt. Piper comes in and gets his wish to face
Bagwell, only to get punched out to the floor a few seconds later.
An atomic drop to Piper sends us to a break.
Back
with Benoit escaping a belly to back suplex and rolling up Flair for
two. We get the pinfall reversal sequence with Benoit coming out on
the bad end of it. Flair tries the Figure Four but gets rolled up
again, only to have Benoit nail him with an enziguri and put him in
the Figure Four instead. Everyone comes in and the good guys put on
Figure Fours in a cool spot (Malenko screwed up at first). Bigelow
makes the save with a legdrop though and it’s off to Kanyon to work
on Chris. A middle rope Fameasser drops Benoit and Kanyon brings in
Page as the heels have him in trouble.
Flair comes back in for
chops before it’s back to Kanyon, who sends Benoit into the discus
lariat from Page. Piper gets the tag for his lame punches before
it’s back to Page for a stomping. We get the required missed tag to
Saturn, allowing the Jersey boys to suplex Benoit down. Page goes up
for the middle rope jump that is clearly designed to jump into a
raised boot and nothing else, allowing for the hot tag to Bagwell.
Everything breaks down until it’s only Malenko and Flair left in the
ring. Ric knocks him out to the floor but turns around and takes the
Blockbuster for the surprise pin.
Rating:
C+.
Not bad here with the young guys FINALLY getting a big win. However,
this brings up the important question: how can Flair possibly come
back from this devastating loss to a fluke move from a former
champion that has been rising up the card for years? I mean, clearly
such a loss completely cripples Flair’s career and ends any potential
he’s ever going to have right?
Nitro Girls.
Hak vs. Rick Steiner
No
TV belt again this week but Rick does use a collar to nail Hak upside
the head. Some chair shots send Hak up the aisle and Steiner takes
him backstage. They hit each other with various metal objects before
moving on to a big SUV. Rick takes him to the top of the car and
rams Hak head first onto the hood. Hak staggers around and falls
over a motorcycle, freaking Bischoff out all over again.
Barely
able to stand, Hak finds what looks to be a piece of a car engine and
chokes Rick with it, only to get choked right back. They fight over
to the Hummer from last week (yet we still don’t know who drove it?)
and Hak is knocked through the roof. The door opens and it’s STING
inside. A few ball bat shots drop Rick and Sting throws him through
the side ofM an RV which just happened to be there. I’m assuming the
match has been thrown out at this point.
They come back to
ringside so Sting can beat on him with the bat some more. Sting:
“What’s black and brown and looks good on Sting? A doberman!
What’s black and white and looks good on Steiner? STING!” The
beating continues until Sting picks Steiner up on his shoulder and
carries him to the back.
DJ Ran.
Psychosis/La Parka
vs. Konnan/Rey Mysterio Jr.
The
No Limit Soldiers and Master P. are out in full force. Mysterio and
Psychosis get things going with Rey climbing onto his shoulders and
crawling downing into a sunset flip for two. Psychosis gets sent out
to the floor and it’s off to Konnan vs. La Parka with Konnan actually
climbing the corner for a Sin Cara armdrag. A headscissors puts
Psychosis down and Rey nails a springboard legdrop to La Parka.
Back in and Psychosis
gets in a cheap shot from the apron to take over and La Parka adds a
kick to the head of the head. Konnan slips by him and makes a tag
off to Rey, setting up a double dive to the outside. Back in and
Konnan beats up both guys with ease before stereo headscissors get
stereo pins on Psychosis and La Parka.
Rating:
D.
This was pretty messy as I could barely keep track of who was legal
for most of the match. Psychosis and La Parka were mostly there as
pinballs to bounce around the ring and never be in any real trouble.
The Master P. schilling from Bischoff is going to get old in a hurry
but at least he was a fairly big name back then.
The
Soldiers come in to celebrate but we hear Rap Is Crap as Hennig and
Windham have taken over DJ Ran’s booth. Finally they do something
worthwhile. The rap guys storm the booth and P. shouts HOODY WHO or
whatever it is and the fans are just silent. A rap song is played
and that’s about it.
WCW World Title: Sid
Vicious vs. Kevin Nash
Nash
is defending of course. Savage and the girls come out and there’s no
Sid. Randy says everyone knows he pinned Nash last night and wants
another shot right now. Nash says come get your belt so Savage says
he’s the Unified World Champion. He gets in and we have a bell, so I
guess this is a new match.
WCW World Title:
Randy Savage vs. Kevin Nash
Nash hammers away in
the corner until George comes in for a distraction so Savage can hit
him low. Miss Madness’ dropkick hits Savage by mistake and here’s
Sid as well. The beatdown is on and the match is quickly thrown out.
Sid and Savage destroy
Nash until Sting finally comes out for the save to end the show.
Overall
Rating:
D.
This was another lame show and the Piper stuff is stupid but that
eight man was a nice glimmer of hope. Unlike the paranoid guys in
the main event, Flair is at least smart enough to know that he can
lose one match and then cut a good promo to make people hate him all
over again and get his heat right back. If we can get Piper off
screen and let Sid and Nash have their watch big man matches (they
have to be better than Savage vs. Nash), things could actually be
tolerable around here.
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