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WCW Wednesday: Part XXX – the Pivotal Powerbomb Edition!

In a previous column, I mentioned the “intrusion” by Scott Hall on Nitro. While I won’t touch on everyone’s favorite “adjective” segment, I will mention Hall and Nash’s appearance on 6/16/1996 at Great American Bash ’96 for an interview with Executive Vice-President Eric Bischoff.

In addition to mentioning the “Hostile Takeover” match at Bash at the Beach ’96, Bischoff asks them if they work for the WWF. This question arose due to the lawsuit filed by the WWF against WCW. Mind you, WCW had not applied their real or characters names to them by this point. Regardless, Hall asks Bischoff who the three WCW wrestlers will be for the upcoming match citing previous WWF skit characters “Nacho Man” and “Huckster.”

When Hall presses the issue, Bischoff shills Nitro to find out the answer. Upset by the lack of information, Hall nails Bischoff then Nash subsequently jackknife powerbombs him through a table just beyond the stage. According to Bischoff during a segment of Legends of Wrestling, he actually suffered an injury due to the powerbomb. Talk about taking one for the team.

So where did it lead:  Nitro received quite the ratings bump due to this segment as they had scored 2.6 on 6/10 but 3.4 on 6/17. In fact, Nitro would beat RAW every head-to-head week in the ratings war from this point until April 13, 1998. While that’s not completely due to the pivotal powerbomb, the initial actions perpetrated by the nWo attracted both hardcore and casual wrestling fans’ eyes causing a massive shift toward Nitro.

What do you think of this moment from Great American Bash ‘96?

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