–Eric Bischoff, Bobby Heenan, and Steve McMichael are doing commentary and they are live from Jacksonville, Florida. According to thehistoryofwwe.com, the show drew 9,500 fans, with 3,500 paying for entry.
–Tonight’s show is an interactive telecast where fans can call 1-900-370-3WCW and pay 99 cents to pick a wrestler from the “red locker room” that has Ric Flair, Meng, Diamond Dallas Page, the Blue Bloods, Big Bubba Rogers, the Shark, and Scott Norton to face a wrestler from the “blue locker room” that has Sting, Johnny B. Badd, Hacksaw Jim Duggan, Dave Sullivan, Alex Wright, the Nasty Boys, and Mr. J.L. The Shark and Norton must have patched up their differences since they were fighting each other on the last Nitro.
–Bischoff tells fans that Randy Savage still cannot wrestle per doctor’s orders. However, the Macho Man is in the building tonight and is looking for Lex Luger.
–Opening Contest: The Giant (w/Jimmy Hart) (1-0) defeats Cobra (5-7) after a chokeslam in 15 seconds:
This marks the first time that Hart is accompanying the Giant to the ring for a match. And the Giant is sporting the WCW title belt, lifting ring announcer Dave Penzer and demanding he announce the match as a title bout. Cobra is sporting a seven-match losing streak, which continues as he runs right into a chokeslam.
–Gene Okerlund is in the red locker room that has no red coloring. The Shark and Scott Norton resume their arguing and fighting as the Blue Bloods eat tea and read a book. Tony Schiavone handles the blue locker room that does have appropriate coloring with a blue curtain backdrop. Sting tells fans that he wants Flair.
–A Wrestlecrap-like segment follows, with Hulk Hogan and Randy Savage, both clad in black, shown hanging out in Venice Beach, California with a homeless bum and a random guy doing a horrible Jimi Hendrix impression. Hogan urges Savage to stick with him, while Savage urges Hogan to keep fighting from the dark side. The bum interrupts the promo multiple times with gibberish, leaving the announcers (and viewers at home) baffled as to what they just watched.
–Kevin Sullivan (w/Jimmy Hart) (21-5) pins the Renegade (24-2) after a double stomp off the second rope at 2:42:
Hart tells the Renegade throughout the match that he is no Hulk Hogan. Sullivan bumps awkwardly on some clotheslines and tries a slingshot splash from the apron with mixed results. A blind charge gets the Renegade tied up in a Tree of Woe and Sullivan uses a double stomp off the second rope to run his overall winning streak to thirteen. After the match, the Renegade experiment is brought to an end as Hart splashes the Renegade’s face with water and rubs off his face paint with a towel. Hart tells fans at home that the Renegade is “just Rick” now.
–The Shark and Scott Norton resume their fighting as the lights go out in the red locker room. Flair is undeterred, saying that he can turn the lights on or off on his command, and he is ready to face Sting later in the evening if the fans choose them to face off.
–A large contingent of Japanese wrestlers, including Masahiro Chono and Jushin Liger are shown eating at a table near the entrance ramp.
–Eddy Guerrero (6-2-2) pins Chris Benoit (4-0) when Guerrero reverses his weight on a suplex back into the ring at 6:25:
Each man is sporting a four-match winning streak going into this match where hard hitting moves are the order of the day. Benoit whips Guerrero hard into the canvas to set up a Liontamer and follows moments later with a superduperplex and brutal powerbomb. Guerrero uses his victory roll that beat Sergeant Craig Pittman last week, but Benoit kicks out and resumes his assault, scoring a near-fall from a German suplex and Northern lights suplex, respectively. A slugfest finally wakes the fans up and when Benoit tries to suplex Guerrero into the ring, Guerrero reverses his weight in mid-air and gets a disputed win as Benoit’s foot is under the bottom rope. Benoit complains, but the match is not restarted. The result puts the series between these two at one match a piece, so a rematch is likely down the road. Rating: ***
–Schiavone tells fans that time is running out to pick someone from the blue locker room. Sting goes for the sympathy card if viewers have not called in, saying Ric Flair used kids to set him up and no one does that to him. The Nasty Boys try to sneak in a small promo about the Blue Bloods, but they run out of time.
–Bischoff announces that Sting and Flair were picked by fans to face off in the next match.
–Sting (32-2) beats Ric Flair (17-4) via submission to the Scorpion Deathlock at 9:14:
Right on cue, Sting tears into Flair as the Nature Boy makes his entrance, with Sting only slowed by a missed Stinger’s Splash on the floor and sends him into the guardrail. Like their Nitro match in September, this is accelerated, with Flair applying the figure-four shortly after a commercial break. Sting powers out and Flair gets desperate, using a long eye rake on the floor and then trying to use a chair, which referee Randy Anderson thwarts. A foreign object is used moments later when Sting moves Anderson across the ring so he can keep beating on Flair, but Sting kicks out of that too and surfs up. A superduperplex and Scorpion Deathlock forces Flair to submit, and Sting refuses to release the hold after the bell. Strange finish to have Flair lose cleanly since these two are going to fight on pay-per-view in twenty days and where were Arn Anderson and Brian Pillman during this encounter? Rating: ***
–WCW officials, Mr. J.L, Dave Sullivan, Hacksaw Jim Duggan, Johnny B. Badd, and Eddy Guerrero try to reason with Sting to break the hold, but he refuses. Sting eventually lets it go, only to come back into the ring and reapply the Scorpion Deathlock. Lex Luger walks into the ring and talks with Sting, convincing Sting to break the hold as the WCW babyfaces are puzzled as to why Sting would listen to Luger.
–Okerlund interviews the Giant, Jimmy Hart, and Kevin Sullivan. Hart bashes Hulk Hogan’s film products and says that he had Hogan’s power of attorney to negotiate his contracts. When making Hogan’s contract for Halloween Havoc Hart included a provision that Hogan could lose the title via a disqualification, so that makes the Giant the new champion. This brings out WCW attorney Nick Lambrose, who reads a statement from Commissioner Nick Bockwinkel that says that Hogan is no longer champion but because of the dubious means by which the Giant acquired the title, the title is now vacant and will be awarded to the winner of the 60-man, three-ring, World War 3 battle royal.
–Tune in next week to see Randy Savage face off with Meng, Johnny B. Badd defends the television title against Eddy Guerrero, and Sting square off with Dean Malenko!
The Last Word: Since Hulk Hogan wanted to avoid jobbing the title to anyone this was the best method WCW could come up with to get it off of him, while also building interest for World War 3. This show also began a long-term tweener angle for Lex Luger, which would become one of WCW’s most interesting storylines until the arrival of the New World Order (NWO) the following spring. The show included some great wrestling, which made it a fast and fun episode and next week promises some good bouts as well since Eddy Guerrero and Dean Malenko are scheduled.
Monday Night War Rating: 2.0 (vs. 2.6 for Monday Night RAW – Bret Hart & Hakushi vs. Jerry Lawler & Isaac Yankem)
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