The SmarK Rant for WCW Monday Nitro / WWF Monday Night RAW – 10.09.95

(Might as well merge the reposted TV rants into one column now.  Keeping them split into separate ones wasn’t doing any better numbers anyway.  Also, a reminder that these were written at times far apart from each other, in the early days of the WWE Network.)  

The SmarK Rant for Monday Night RAW – 10.09.95

Taped from Grand Rapids, MI

Your hosts are Vince McMahon & Jerry Lawler

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What the World Was Watching: WCW Monday Nitro – December 25, 1995

If you have not already, do not forget to vote for the Doomies.

Eric Bischoff, Steve McMichael, and Bobby Heenan are in the booth for this Christmas edition of Monday Nitro and they are taped from Augusta, Georgia.  This is also the go-home show for Starrcade, which takes place in two days.

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What the World Was Watching: WCW Monday Nitro – December 18, 1995

Eric Bischoff, Bobby Heenan, and Steve McMichael are in the booth and they are live from Augusta, Georgia.  According to thehistoryofwwe.com, 8,100 fans attended the show, with 3,000 paying to do so.

Madusa interrupts the announce crew, holding the WWF Women’s Championship.  She says she will always be Madusa and she dumps the WWF Women’s title in the trash can.  The promo was terrible, but this was a HUGE shock at the time since Madusa had just competed at Survivor Series weeks earlier and plans called her for to face Aja Kong at the Royal Rumble.  This incident had long-term ramifications too as Vince McMahon feared Bret Hart would do the same to the WWF title if he retained at the 1997 Survivor Series, thereby leading to the Montreal Screwjob.  Also, the WWF would not restart its women’s division until 1998.  WCW would attempt to create its own women’s division with Madusa as a centerpiece, but it never worked out.

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What the World Was Watching: WCW Monday Nitro – December 11, 1995

Eric Bischoff, Steve McMichael, and Bobby Heenan are in the booth and they are live from Charlotte, North Carolina.  According to thehistoryofwwe.com, 4,500 fans attended the show, with 3,900 fans paying for tickets.

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What the World Was Watching: WCW Monday Nitro – December 4, 1995

Eric Bischoff, Bobby Heenan, and Steve McMichael are in the booth and they are live from Phoenix, Arizona.  According to thehistoryofwwe.com, the show drew 9,000 fans, 3,000 of whom paid.

Bischoff announces that the WCW Executive Committee decided forty-eight minutes ago that Hulk Hogan, the Giant, and Ric Flair are all on probation and if they do something wrong, they could be indefinitely suspended.

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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.

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What the World Was Watching: WCW Monday Nitro – November 20, 1995

Eric Bischoff, Steve McMichael, and Bobby Heenan are in the booth and they are live from Macon, Georgia.  The venue gives away how WCW’s decision to do Hulk Hogan-Sting was last minute.  This is also our go home episode for World War 3.

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The SmarK Rant for WCW Monday Nitro – 09.15.97

The SmarK Rant for WCW Monday Nitro – 09.15.97

I was gonna do RAW on Hulu tonight, but then I was like…nah.  Maybe next week.  They haven’t exactly been tearing up the blog anyway, probably because it’s a day later and people are talked out by Tommy’s recap.  Plus Nitro remains a reasonable length for a while, and the nWo is all over everyone’s lips with the Hall of Fame stuff.

I think I’m actually ahead of the 97 RAWs again now, though.  This stuff sure isn’t an exact science.

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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.

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What the World Was Watching: WCW Monday Nitro – November 6, 1995

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.

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What the World Was Watching: WCW Monday Nitro – October 30, 1995

Eric Bischoff, Steve McMichael, and Bobby Heenan are calling the action and they are live from Dayton, Ohio.  According to thehistoryofwwe.com, 3,500 fans attended the show, with 2,500 paying for entry.

Bischoff says that Randy Savage will not face Sergeant Craig Pittman tonight because he was hurt at Halloween Havoc and that Eddy Guerrero will be his replacement.  Savage was dealing with a legitimate detached tricep injury so the beating at Halloween Havoc was a convenient way to write him out for the time being.

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The SmarK Rant for WCW Monday Nitro–09.08.97

The SmarK Rant for WCW Monday Nitro – 09.08.97

Back to Nitro while it’s still a semi-reasonable length.

Live from Milwaukee, WI, drawing a sellout 9586, which is apparently the home of the Green Bay Packers. Isn’t Green Bay the home of the Green Bay Packers? Granted I don’t follow the NFL so I could be way off on that.  Is this like one of those weird things where the New York Islanders play in Brooklyn? 

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What the World Was Watching: WCW Monday Nitro – October 23, 1995

Eric Bischoff, Bobby Heenan, and Steve McMichael are tasked with commentary and they are live from Huntsville, Alabama.  According to thehistoryofwwe.com, 7,000 fans attended the show with only 2,100 paying for tickets.

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