What the World Was Watching: WCW Monday Nitro- November 27, 1995

Eric Bischoff, Bobby Heenan, and Steve McMichael are calling the action and they are live from Salem, Virginia.  According to thehistoryofwwe.com, the show drew a crowd of 5,000 fans, with 3,000 fans paying for entry.

Opening Contest for the Television Championship:  Johnny B. Badd (Champion w/the Diamond Doll) (45-5-3) beats Diamond Dallas Page (25-4-2) after hitting him with a chain at 2:08:

The Doll has decided to be Badd’s manager, all smiles as she accompanies him to the ring and uses the Badd Blaster on the crowd.  Badd must have gotten the blaster back after winning last night, a plot point that the announcers miss.  Page walks to the ring with flowers and sucker punches Badd after he hands them to her.  As Page works over Badd, the Doll investigates the flowers and finds a chain in them, causing her to wonder whether she should use it to help Badd or Page.  Page calls for the chain, but when she throws it into the ring it goes underneath Page’s legs, Badd gets it, and blasts his long-time foe for the victory.

After the match, Badd asks the Doll whether she meant to throw the chain to he or Page and the Doll is evasive, saying all that matters is that Badd won.

Gene Okerlund interviews Kevin Sullivan and Jimmy Hart.  Sullivan is not happy that Lex Luger is running around with Sting and demands answers from Hart.  Hart says it will take a while to chip away at their relationship and that he, Luger, and Sting have a greater plan.  Sullivan seems pleased upon hearing that.

Bull Nakano & Akira Hotuko (w/Sonny Onoo) (1-0) defeat Cutie Suzuki & Mayumi Ozaki (0-1) after Hokuto pins Suzuki after a fisherman’s buster at 5:23:

This is the second World War 3 rematch on tonight’s broadcast.  Mike Tenay is not commentating, though, so fans do not get as good of a backstory on these foreign competitors as last night’s pay-per-view.  The match follows the same template as last night at a more accelerated pace, with the larger Hoktuo and Nakano bullying their opponents until Suzuki and Ozaki team up and do some damage of their own.  A quick pace induces some sloppiness as Suzuki cannot complete a proper victory roll and Hokuto struggles to land a powerbomb on Ozaki.  In a nice twist, the babyfaces avoid Hokuto’s somersault tope that led to their doom last night, but Hokuto and Nakano are still too much to overcome when action returns to the ring and Hokuto delivers a beautiful fisherman’s buster to Suzuki to win for the second straight night.  Rating:  **¾

Hulk Hogan (6-1-1) pins Hugh Morrus (w/Jimmy Hart) (0-1) after a leg drop at 3:43

Bischoff informs fans that WCW’s Executive Committee has officially declared Randy Savage as the WCW Champion despite last night’s finish to the World War 3 battle royal, a startling decision because it was very clear that Hogan went under the bottom rope.  This is an abbreviated Hogan match as he sells a few moves and kicks out of the No Laughing Matter before hitting the leg drop.  Hogan gets a mixed reaction after winning, mirroring World War 3 last night.  Rating:  ¼*

Okerlund interviews WCW Champion Randy Savage, who gets a flat reaction.  Hogan comes out so Savage can see the video footage of last night’s battle royal ending, but when it is played it cuts out before Hogan can be seen going under the bottom rope.  The Giant attacks, chokeslamming Savage on the concrete, and chasing Hogan into the ring.  Sting runs out for the save and gets choked for his efforts until Hogan hits the Giant with a chair and keeps hitting him with a chair until he leaves.  Hogan also decks referee Randy Anderson during the beating when he tries to stop it.

Bischoff wonders why Sting had Hogan back away from the Giant at the end of the last segment, wondering if Sting is part of the Dungeon of Doom.

Sting & Lex Luger (3-0) defeat Arn Anderson & Brian Pillman (8-1-1) when Sting pins Pillman after an O’Connor Roll at 5:35:

For a moment it appears that Luger is going to no show as he does not walk to the ring with Sting.  Moments later he appears, without theme music because WCW’s sound technicians seem to be having difficulties.  The babyfaces appear headed for a quick win when Luger blasts Anderson with a forearm off the ropes and Sting hits the Stinger Splash and Scorpion Deathlock.  However, Luger’s efforts to knock Pillman off the top rope backfire as Pillman falls onto Sting in the ring, setting up a short heat segment.  Bischoff keeps wondering if Luger is a true ally of Sting even though Luger is doing everything a partner could expect like making saves so that gets annoying.  Out of nowhere, Sting pins Pillman with an O’Connor Roll to end a match where the Horsemen look ineffective yet again.  Rating:  *½

After the bell, Flair comes out and the Horsemen do an attack on Sting and Luger until Hulk Hogan makes a save.  That gets fans to cheer Hogan in a big way until all of the babyfaces are left in the ring.  Hogan wants a piece of Luger after the Horsemen flee, but Sting tells him to back off and Luger goes back to the locker room.

Bischoff tells fans to tune into WCW Saturday Night to hear a big announcement about Starrcade!

The Last Word:  There was some good storyline work on this show, with fans questioning whether the Diamond Doll was loyal to Johnny B. Badd, Hulk Hogan continuing to fight with the Giant, and continuing tensions between Hogan and Sting over Lex Luger.  It would be nice if the Four Horsemen showed some ability, though, as they have yet to do anything significant since reforming themselves after Halloween Havoc.

Monday Night War Rating:  2.5 (vs. 2.3 for RAW – The Undertaker vs. Sir Mo)

And since it is the end of the month here are some win/loss standings for WCW talent at the end of November 1995:

Top Twenty-Five Overall Records

T1—Masahiro Chono (2-0)

T1—The Giant (2-0)

T3—Koji Kanemoto (1-0)

T3—Masa Saito (1-0)

T3—The Star Blazer (1-0)

6—Sting (51-2-3)

7—The Renegade (26-3)

8—Hulk Hogan (12-1-1)

9—Johnny B. Badd (53-6-3)

10—Randy Savage (31-4-1)

T11—Brian Knobbs (44-6-3)

T11—Jerry Sags (44-6-3)

13—Scotty Riggs (12-2)

14—Meng (35-6-1)

15—Alex Wright (61-10-3)

T16—Booker T (50-8-3)

T16—Stevie Ray (50-8-3)

18—Scott Norton (7-1-1)

19—Lex Luger (14-3)

20—Brian Pillman (48-10-1)

21—Sergeant Craig Pittman (40-9)

22—Kevin Sullivan (35-8)

23—Diamond Dallas Page (25-5-2)

24—Kurasawa (13-3)

25—Road Warrior Hawk (10-2)

Inactive Wrestlers that Would Have Qualified:  Frank Andersson (4-0), Wahoo McDaniel (1-0), the Great Muta (1-0), Dustin Rhodes (18-2), Vader (24-5), Kamala (18-4)

Top Ten Singles Records

T1—Koji Kanemoto (1-0)

T1—Masahiro Chono (1-0)

T1—Masa Saito (1-0)

T1—The Giant (1-0)

T1—The Star Blazer (1-0)

6—Sting (36-2-1)

7—The Renegade (24-3)

8—Hulk Hogan (7-1-1)

9—Johnny B. Badd (46-5-3)

10—Randy Savage (22-4)

Inactive Wrestlers that Would Have Qualified:  The Blacktop Bully (15-0), Wahoo McDaniel (1-0), the Great Muta (1-0), Dustin Rhodes (11-2)

Top Ten Tag Team Records

T1—Sting & Lex Luger (4-0)

T1—The Monster Maniacs (4-0)

3—Ric Flair & Arn Anderson (3-0)

4—Sting & Randy Savage (3-0-1)

5—The Nasty Boys (44-6-3)

6—The American Males (12-2)

7—Harlem Heat (49-8-3)

8—Arn Anderson & Brian Pillman (8-2-1)

9—The Blue Bloods (24-8-2)

10—Dick Slater & Bunkhouse Buck (21-16-1)

Inactive Teams that Would Have Qualified:  Ric Flair & Arn Anderson (3-0), Kevin Sullivan & Avalanche (3-0), Dustin Rhodes & Johnny B. Badd (3-0), Lord Steven Regal & Jean Paul Levesque (1-0), Ric Flair & Sting (2-0-1), Kevin Sullivan & the Butcher (6-2), Stars & Stripes (21-7), Kamala & the Shark (2-1), Hacksaw Jim Duggan & Marcus Bagwell (2-1)

Top Ten in Televised Match Appearances (Iron Worker Award):

1—Alex Wright (75)

2—Arn Anderson (69)

3—Bunkhouse Buck (63)

T4—Booker T (62)

T4—Johnny B. Badd (62)

T4—Stevie Ray (62)

T7—Brian Pillman (59)

T7—Marcus Bagwell (59)

9—Sting (57)

10—Hacksaw Jim Duggan (55)

Most Appearances By Show:  Monday Nitro-Sting (9); Prime-Tim Horner (5); Pro­-Bunkhouse Buck (19); Worldwide-Arn Anderson (18); Saturday Night-Arn Anderson (24), Main Event-Alex Wright (9)

Top Five Matches in November 1995

1—Chris Benoit vs. Eddie Guerrero (November 25, WCW Saturday Night) – ****

2—Johnny B. Badd vs. Eddie Guerrero (Television Championship Match, November 13, Monday Nitro) – ***½

3—Johnny B. Badd vs. Diamond Dallas Page (Television Championship Match with the Diamond Doll on the Line, November 26, World War 3) – ***½

4—Bull Nakano & Akira Hokuto vs. Cutie Suzuki & Mayumi Ozaki (November 26, World War 3) – ***

5—Ric Flair vs. Sting (November 26, World War 3) – ***

Top Five Overall Matches in 1995 (to this point)

1—Arn Anderson vs. Ric Flair (Fall Brawl, September 17) – ****

2—Dean Malenko vs. Eddie Guerrero (October 7, WCW Saturday Night) – ****

3—The Blue Bloods vs. Chris Benoit & Dean Malenko (October 29, Main Event) – ****

4—Chris Benoit vs. Eddie Guerrero (November 25, WCW Saturday Night) – ****

5—Brian Pillman vs. Johnny B. Badd (Number One Contenders Match for the United States Championship, September 17, Fall Brawl) – ****

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