What the World Was Watching: WCW Monday Nitro – November 13, 1995

Eric Bischoff, Steve McMichael, and Bobby Heenan are doing commentary and they are taped from Jacksonville, Florida since WCW talent went to Japan for a series of shows with New Japan Pro Wrestling.

Hulk Hogan’s acid trip continues as he grunts in his grim reaper gear and says the Dungeon of Doom fears prayers and vitamins.  He speaks of how Randy Savage will bring him Meng’s head like Meng is John the Baptist.  Hogan adds that Sting might be a foe now that he is aligning himself with Lex Luger.  The former WCW champion warns Sting that if he sides with the Dungeon of Doom then he will become his number one target.

Opening Contest:  Randy Savage (21-3) beats Meng (w/Jimmy Hart & Kevin Sullivan) (31-3-1) after a flying elbow drop at 4:51:

Sadly, Savage is not wearing grim reaper gear like Hogan.  He does look good in black and white tights since he has been rocking neon colors for more than five years.  Bischoff cannot stop calling Hart a “maggot” and a “parasite” throughout the contest, which begins when Savage attacks Meng from behind.  That only keeps his Tongan adversary down for a short time, though, and lots of chops and chokes follow.  After Meng misses a dive, heel miscommunication occurs when Savage sends Meng into Hart, who has perched himself on the apron, and that cues the flying elbow drop for the finish.  The promised post-match decapitation does not occur.  Rating:  ½*

After the bell, the Shark attacks Savage and Lex Luger runs out and destroys Savage’s left arm.

Chris Benoit (4-1) pins Kensuke Sasaki after a dragon suplex at 2:39;

Fans that missed WCW Pro were probably puzzled as to why Sasaki was wrestling Benoit.  Bischoff tries to fill in the gaps about how Japanese talent are starting to invade WCW but does not do a good job flushing out the storyline.  Both men try to make the most of the time they are given, although they go so fast that they botch a few moves.  Benoit busts out the rolling German suplexes for the first time on WCW programming, transitioning that into a dragon suplex to put the Japanese star down for the count.

Television Championship Match:  Johnny B. Badd (Champion) (44-5-2) wrestles Eddy Guerrero (8-2-2) to a time limit draw at 9:00:

This is Badd’s first title defense since winning the belt from Diamond Dallas Page at Halloween Havoc.  It is not a pushover defense either as Guerrero brings a six-match winning streak to the table.  Guerrero counters Badd’s top rope sunset flip by rolling through it and he nearly wins the title after avoiding the Badd Mood.  Frustrated, Badd busts out some right hands, earning a few boos from the crowd, and Guerrero responds by brawling in turn.  Since Guerrero is the smaller guy that just makes the fans love him more, but he fails to put Badd away after a slingshot splash and tornado DDT and the time limit expires.  Of course, the time limit was supposed to be ten minutes, but WCW must have used a quick stopwatch.  Aside from that, a rematch between these two would be more than welcomed!  Rating:  ***½

After the bell, referee Randy Anderson separates Badd and Guerrero, with their tempers still flaring.  They do patch up their differences and shakes hands.  Badd displayed a lot of heelish tendencies near the end of the match.  This would have been a great time to turn him and freshen up his character.

In a classic case of hot shotting, Bischoff says that Hulk Hogan will face Sting on Monday Nitro next week.

Gene Okerlund interviews the Giant, Kevin Sullivan, and Jimmy Hart.  Hart worries about what he is going to do with his 200 Hulkamania jackets, while Sullivan hypes the Giant’s odds to win the World War 3 battle royal.  The Giant echoes those sentiments and says he will be the champion forever.

Non-Title Match:  Sting (United States Champion) (33-2) defeats Dean Malenko (3-2) with a small package at 5:08 shown:

With Chris Benoit joining the Four Horsemen, Malenko is an odd man out of WCW’s booking plans since the company was initially positioning both men as tag team contenders.  1995 continues to be a bad year for the United States title, with Sting not bothering to bring the belt to the ring with him.  Malenko does some basic work on Sting’s left knee but when he goes for the Texas Cloverleaf, Sting small packages him for the win.  There was nothing wrong with this, but it was underwhelming when you think about what each man was capable of.  Rating:  **

Okerlund interviews Sting, who says Hulk Hogan is no enemy of his.  He reminds Hogan that he is the big dog in WCW.

The Last Word:  Since this was a taped show it lacked the same energy as a live broadcast.  The television title match was fun, though, as was the Chris Benoit-Kensuke Sasaki match.  Viewers bolted, though, as Monday Night RAW won the night decisively.

Monday Night War Rating:  2.0 (vs. 2.6 for RAW – Razor Ramon vs. Sid with the 1-2-3 Kid as special guest referee)

Up Next:  WCW Pro for November 18!