What the World Was Watching: WCW Monday Nitro – October 16, 1995

Eric Bischoff, Bobby Heenan, and Steve McMichael are in the booth and they are live from Albany, Georgia.

Opening Contest for the Television Championship:  Johnny B. Badd (40-5-2) defeats Diamond Dallas Page (Champion w/the Diamond Doll) (19-1-2):

These two are scheduled to face each other in two weeks at Halloween Havoc, and predictably we do not get a match as Badd hits the ring and Page levels him in the back of the head with the television title belt.  That earns Page a disqualification, but he does not care as he takes Badd’s blaster and shoots it into the crowd.  The Doll appears distraught over what Page has done to Badd.

Chris Benoit defeats Eddy Guerrero (2-1-1) after a full nelson German suplex at 8:36:

Like Guerrero and Malenko, Benoit was a season competitor who spent a lot of 1994 and 1995 wrestling for ECW – winning the promotion’s tag team titles with Malenko in February – and New Japan Pro Wrestling.  He had wrestled for WCW from 1992 to 1993, briefly teaming with Bobby Eaton, but did not win a lot of matches.  Prior to being signed by WCW in 1995, Benoit earned a tryout from the WWF, reportedly wrestling **** encounters against Bob Holly and Owen Hart.  However, the WWF did not offer him a contract.  Benoit focuses his attack on Guerrero’s right arm after a Guerrero clothesline on the outside hits the ring post, executing a beautiful Northern lights suplex that slams Guerrero on the injured body part.  Guerrero spams hurricanrana’s from all kinds of different positions but the injured arm slows him down, allowing Benoit to put his knees up to block the frog splash.  Benoit hits a BRUTAL powerbomb that should have ended things, but Guerrero kicks out.  Guerrero throws a punch, but it is with his bad arm and as he winces in pain, Benoit hits a full nelson German suplex to win his debut match.  This was an awesome nine minutes and made both guys look like a million bucks.  Rating:  ***¾

Bischoff says that WCW is looking to establish a cruiserweight division, which is why Guerrero and Benoit are coming into the promotion.

Call 1-900-909-9900 to find out which WWF official left the company over the weekend and how one of their superstars got in a fight with a fan in a parking lot and lost.  These two events were Bill Watts quitting the company and Shawn Michaels altercation with a U.S. Marine in Syracuse, New York.

Gene Okerlund interviews the Giant and Kevin Sullivan.  Sullivan says that after Halloween Havoc Hulkamaniacs will switch their allegiance to the Dungeon of Doom.  The Giant, who appears nervous for his first live promo, warns Hulk Hogan that he plans to push him off the roof in their monster truck match.  He also puts his hand over Okerlund’s face to showcase how big he is.

The Disco Inferno comes out and dances in front of the entrance, running away when Meng makes his entrance.  McMichael speculates that if Disco did not run away that Meng was about to shove a golden spike up his rear end.  Bischoff cuts that off as soon as possible so as not to run afoul of Turner executives.

Meng (29-2-1) beats Hacksaw Jim Duggan (34-7-1) via submission to a nerve hold at 1:52:

Duggan is very over with the crowd, but he goes down quickly as Meng does not sell a bodyslam, knocks Duggan out with a thrust kick, and applies a nerve hold for his thirtieth win of the year.  If not for his ongoing feuds with Big Bubba Rogers and Michael Wallstreet, one would think Duggan was on his way out of the company after this loss as he was usually protected in defeat.

WCW Champion Hulk Hogan and Jimmy Hart deliver a taped promo where Hogan likens himself to being Don Corleone and says he is more powerful than any promoter on earth.  Hart tells Hogan that he is worried about Halloween Havoc.  Hogan tells him to be quiet because he is going to tear apart the Dungeon of Doom one by one.  He also calls the Giant “big, nasty, and stinky” about five times.

Ric Flair & Sting defeat Arn Anderson & Brian Pillman (4-0) via count out at 6:53:

Sting does not show up at the beginning of the bout, forcing Flair to wrestle two-on-one.  Learning from last week, Flair avoids Pillman’s splash off the top rope after he puts Anderson in a figure-four.  When the heels take over, Sting decides Flair is legit, so he comes out and makes the hot tag shortly thereafter.  Sting destroys Anderson and Pillman for two minutes straight, causing the heels to flee and avenge to do better at Halloween HavocRating:  **

Okerlund interviews Flair and Sting.  Sting says that he admired Flair’s guts early in the match and that is why he came down to help him.  They high five each other and vow to destroy Anderson and Pillman at Halloween Havoc.

Tune in next week to see Sting & Lex Luger face Harlem Heat!  Also, Alex Wright & Eddy Guerrero face Chris Benoit & Dean Malenko!  Hulk Hogan will appear too!

The Last Word:  The crowd was electric for much of the broadcast, which did a great job building two matches for Halloween Havoc.  The Chris Benoit-Eddy Guerrero match tore the house down and although the main event had a flat finish, the crowd’s nuclear reaction to Sting made it worthwhile.

Monday Night War Rating:  2.2 (vs. 2.6 for RAW – Bret Hart vs. Isaac Yankem in a cage match)

Up Next:  WCW Pro for October 21!