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    Thought I'd share the love - and try and give you my rub of the green.

    A fairly to the point introduction - and then you give the fans a match that isn't a walkaway from their screen. Regal is one of my faves of all-time - and he has always benefitted when he is put in situations where he is able to use his 'Britishness' to further his character development. The match was a good read, was expecting Regal to intervene somehow but its a good read nonetheless.

    Dean Malenko - with an actual Malenko segment. It was very much him as a character, and I've thought his swagger was top notch. Someone I think that the WWE would do well to utilise as a manager - in conjunction with his role as a road agent. I like the detail of it being a pre-recorded interview as well, it allows for a more real feel to it.

    A backstage brawl! CLASSIC!

    REGAL WINS! A win is a win no matter how he does it - and beating Eddie well - that is just that much sweetahhhh baybay! Another nicely written match.

    THE THRILLSEEKERS: Storm and Jericho - wetting my appetite you big tease!

    Honestly never heard of Dancing Fools and Faces of Fear, but that is my fault and nobody elses. I was six at the time - so I don't remember everyone.

    Harlem Heat destroying the Armstrongs! Sometimes it is really important to make one team dominant and not worry about how the other one looks. Often a brave move, but if it pays off - like it has: it is always worthwhile.

    The DDP/Dibiase bit was the best part of the whole show. You've created a story harmony between the both of them - and mastering that manager and client relationship is really important when you are putting forward a project that involves speech. The drive for Konnan vs. DDP is there - oh boy is it there!

    The main-event with two legends! (I know its '96 - but yeah) 'HOOOOOOOO!'
    The match was enjoyable and the title retention is good for the lesser show - but at the same time it is always important for titles to not just live on Nitro/RAW aspect brands.

    A good event - and I will do my best to keep up with my reading and reviewing, show by show.

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    Monday Nitro
    June 24 1996
    Independence Arena
    Charlotte, North Carolina

    Monday Nitro opens with the usual pyrotechnic display and then the Nitro opening that we have come accustomed to. We immediately head to the announcer’s booth as Bobby Heenan and a returning Eric Bischoff join Tony Schiavone. Tony welcomes Eric, who is wearing a neck brace and still looks to be in a tremendous amount of pain, back to the booth and then transitions to talking about the card that is booked for tonight. We find out that the Faces of Fear will face Shark and Big Bubba, the World Champion is in action tonight and the Horsemen are in the building. Eric Bischoff takes over as he looks directly into the camera and has a serious look on his face, “I don’t who you two invaders think you are, I don’t know where you came from and I don’t know why you are here, but if you think that you are going to run me out of World Championship Wrestling than you are sadly mistaken. Now, I want to tell you that the challenge that you two have put out there has been accepted. WCW will have three men to face you at Bash at the Beach. The only question I have for you is why have you requested to face three men when I only see two of you? Do you have three men or are you just bluffing? Now, we are going to make sure we have three men, I just want you two to be ready for what WCW has coming to you…an a**-kicking.” With that strong message from Eric Bischoff, we hear the horse hoofs of the Horsemen as their music plays throughout the arena. The roof blows off the place, as we are deep in Horsemen Country… Charlotte, North Carolina.

    The Horsemen music is playing as out comes Ric Flair, with Miss Elizabeth on his arm; Arn Anderson, with the Television title around his waist; and lastly, Chris Benoit with Woman right next to him. The fans are cheering like crazy as the Four Horsemen walk down the aisle with their fingers in the air in the signal of the Horsemen. The faction gets into the ring after Arn Anderson grabs a microphone. Arn is the last one in the ring, but the first to begin to talk. Arn talks about how they are in Horsemen Country, which draws a huge pop from the crowd. Arn says that the Horsemen are out here tonight for a little bit of the fans time. He says, “There has been a challenge thrown out by two invaders, two wannabe wrestlers that think they can come in here and take over this company. This company has its lineage going all the way back to 1905 and I’ll be damned if this company goes down on my watch.” Anderson takes a break from speaking as the crowd pops huge for the impassioned speech from Arn Anderson.

    Arn passes the microphone over to the Nature Boy who talks about how he was screwed out of his title shot last week by the Macho Man and those two invaders and implies that Macho Man may be in league with Hall and Nash. Flair then starts to speak about the challenge that Hall and Nash put out last week. Flair says, “If you want three of the best, then look no further than the three men standing in the ring right here. There is an Enforcer, a Crippler, and the Nature Boy… the Limousine ridin’, Jet flyin’, Wheelin’ Dealin’, Son of a Gun… you’re looking at the Four Horsemen.” Another ovation comes from the crowd for the rundown of the Horsemen. Flair then states that the Horsemen accept the challenge of Scott Hall and Kevin Nash as he struts in the middle of the ring to the cheers of the fans in Horsemen Country. The Horsemen make to leave, but the music of Sting hits across the arena as the fans start to cheer for their face-painted hero.

    Sting walks out to a huge ovation and he has Lex Luger right behind him. It seems like Lex is still trying to get back on the good side of Sting as they walk down to the ring and get inside it after Sting grabs another microphone from Dave Penzer. Sting starts by talking about how Sting is WCW and that if anyone is going to fight for WCW it is going to be Sting. Lex Luger grabs the microphone and says, “and Lex Luger… It’s going to be Sting and Lex Luger. Everyone here knows that we are the two best individual wrestlers in the entire world of professional wrestling and it doesn’t even matter if we can find a third man because I know that Sting and I can take care of things.” Flair retorts back that the Horsemen are “a team and that makes them the right choice to fight a WAR and every single person in this building knows it.” Tensions grow and those tensions grow back into pushing and shoving.

    JJ Dillon runs down and gets in between the Horsemen and Sting and Luger. He starts to yell that all the men need to back up. JJ gets on the mic and says, “If any of you touch anyone else then you are suspended without pay.” After getting the men to calm down and separated, JJ starts up again. “I had it up to here *raises his hand above his head* with everything that is going on right now. I got two invaders coming into my company and waging war and I can’t even get my own wrestlers to stay on the same page. So, I have made up my mind and this is what we are going to do. I am going to find the best men for the job and this is how it is going to get done. Tonight, we are going to have a six-man elimination style tag team match. It’s going to be Chris Benoit, Arn Anderson, and Ric Flair vs. Sting, Lex Luger, and let me think about it… “Macho Man” Randy Savage.”

    The fans give a huge pop for the massive announcement for later in the evening. “Now, I don’t want you all fighting each other at all, but I have to have the best three men to compete against Hall and Nash and whoever is the third man. I want you all out of my ring right now, and if anybody involved in the match fight each other before the main event tonight, then your suspended. We are going to settle this like men inside this ring.” Dillon clears the ring out of the men as we fade to commercial.

    Commercial Break

    Nitro returns with a line of Cruiserweights making their way out to the ring for a #1 Contender’s battle royal. The first man out is Jerry Lynn, followed by some tag teams in the form of the Dancing Fools, The Armstrongs, and Billy Kidman and Chris Kanyon. Bobby Walker follows Kanyon and we get to see some newcomers to WCW with Super Calo and Prince Iaukea. Last out is Rey Mysterio Jr. who gets the biggest ovation from the crowd. The cruiserweights all get into the ring for the battle royal.

    #1 Contenders Battle Royal
    For the Cruiserweight Championship

    This battle royal starts out with Alex Wright and Disco Inferno living up to their team name, The Dancing Fools. Alex and Disco yell for the other competitors to stay where they are as a huge disco ball comes down from the ceiling and a strobe light effect takes over the arena as Disco and Alex start to dance horribly. The fans boo until Kidman and Kanyon grab Disco and Alex respectfully and toss them over the top rope eliminating the Dancing Fools from the match. Once the elimination takes place, the disco ball goes back to the ceiling and the lighting effect goes away. The first part of the battle royal isn’t much more than your standard kick, punch affair. After a few moments of this, the next set of eliminations take place with a set of dual dropkicks to the Armstrongs that send them over the top rope.

    A significant moment that takes place at the beginning of the battle royal is Bobby Walker making a pact with Prince Iaukea to stay together. Later on in the match, Super Calo is about to eliminate Bobby Walker but Iaukea saves Walker and ends up eliminating Calo in the same moment. Walker and Iaukea high-five and then Prince turns around to get back into the action. Bobby Walker grabs the head and trunks of Iaukea and spins him around and over the top rope to the floor. The fans boo over the tactless move from Bobby as Prince yells at him from the floor. Walker just laughs loudly at Prince as Rey Mysterio Jr. comes behind Walker and tosses him out of the ring. Walker and Iaukea fight on the floor all the way to the back.

    Another elimination takes place when the Dancing Fools, for reasons that no one even wants to know why, come dancing back down the entranceway. In another moment that can only happen in wrestling, the strobe lights are back and the disco ball is coming down from the ceiling again. Disco and Alex get up on the apron and start dancing as Kidman and Kanyon charge at them looking to knock them off the apron, but the Dancing Fools finally get something right and pull down the top ring rope and this sends Kidman and Kanyon over the top rope and to the floor officially eliminating them from the match.
    Inside the ring, Mysterio Jr. and Lynn have just watched this development take place, but as soon as the two last participants go over the top rope, Jerry grabs the huge Disco Ball from the ceiling and throws it right at Rey’s back, knocking him to the ground. Jerry Lynn soaks up boos from the crowd as it looks like Jerry has a new attitude, but it is unsure at this time why exactly he has changed his attitude.

    Lynn then walks over to Mysterio Jr. and goes to toss him over the top rope. Mysterio is able to land on the ring apron forcing Jerry Lynn to come over and try to finish the job. Rey is able to get Lynn over the top rope and both men are on the apron. Mysterio Jr. charges at Lynn who pops him into the air and over Lynn’s head. Rey lands on the middle ring rope on the outside of the ring. Lynn turns around and Mysterio lands a front-dropkick that knocks Lynn to the floor as Mysterio Jr. takes a back bump on the apron.


    Winner at 12:50 and Number 1 Contender for the Cruiserweight Title - Rey Mysterio Jr.

    Commercial Break

    Monday Nitro returns with the commentators recapping the Cruiserweight battle royal that happened before the break as the music of The Steiner Brothers plays over the PA system as the fans go wild for the #1 contenders for the tag team championships. Rick is barking his way to the ring as Rick and Scott enter into the ring and await their opponents as the fans are barking back at Rick Steiner.

    Out next is Johnny Grunge and Rocco Roc, the Public Enemy. The fans are behind Public Enemy, but not to the level of the Steiner Brothers. There are some fans that are waving their hands back and forth as Public Enemy is doing the same thing. The camera shows some of the fans doing the waving, but then hard cuts back to the entrance way as we see Johnny Grunge knocked into the camera. The cameraman is knocked down and we see a shot from the floor of Public Enemy fighting with the Nasty Boys. The referee is holding back the Steiners Brothers as the Nasty Boys and Public Enemy end up fighting to the back. Inside the ring, Rick and Scott are shouting at the referee to find them another team to fight.

    The referee runs to the entranceway and meets JJ Dillon, who says that he has a team on standby. JJ walks behind the curtain and after a moment’s pause, we see Colonel Rob Parker walk out with Mike Enos and Dick Slater. Bobby Heenan, saying that he is a personal friend with Rob Parker, tells us that Parker has put this tag team together to get back into the tag team championship picture and they are known collectively as Rough N’ Ready.

    Tag Team Match
    The Steiner Brothers vs. Rough N’ Ready

    This match is pretty much dominated by the brother tag team of the Steiners. The only signs of life that Slater and Enos get are when Colonel Rob Parker gets involved in the match. The Steiners get in all of their high-powered moves in before taking Enos out with the Steiner Bulldog from Rick off of Scott’s shoulders.

    Winner at 4:50 – The Steiner Brothers

    We cut to the announcer’s booth as Tony Schiavone puts over the Steiners’ strength and power and then let’s us know that The Steiner Brothers will take on Harlem Heat for the WCW Tag Team Championship at the Bash at the Beach only on Pay-Per-View. Mike Tenay then brings up that the best tag teams in the world wrestle right here in WCW and one of the newest tag teams is the Thrill Seekers. Tony sets up another vignette for the newest tag team coming to join the ranks of WCW.

    The scene starts with the beautiful setting of a beach with waves crashing and we see some beautiful bikini-clad ladies looking out into the distance. In the distance we see two surfboards being ridden on some huge waves. The waves create a tube that the two surfboarders ride out and then head ashore. Running towards the camera with their surfboards in hand, we see Chris Jericho and Lance Storm wearing swim trunks with Jericho’s long blonde locks flowing in the air in contrast to Storm’s short-cut brunette hair. The tag team stops in front of the camera, plant their boards vertically in the sand, and it’s Chris Jericho that once again does the talking for the team. “I’m Chris Jericho and this here is Lance Storm.” Jericho puts his arm around the shoulders of Storm. “Ya see, all we have known our entire life is being best friends and seeking out thrills. Whether it’s skydiving, surfing, or rock climbing, we are always living life on the edge. Now we are set to debut in the WCW very soon and trust me, we are thrilled to be here. I think I can speak for Lance when I say that this is the biggest thrill we are ever going to have. See ya very soon.” Lance and Chris grab their boards and run back off into the water as we fade away from the scene

    Commercial Break

    Monday Nitro returns to the music of Eddie Guerrero, who comes out to a big pop from the crowd. Eddie is wearing his red and white ring jacket as he slaps hands with some fans before sliding into the ring. Eddie hops to the middle rope and plays to the crowd as they give him a big ovation.

    The music of the Cruiserweight Champion plays over the arena speakers and the fans begin to boo as Dean Malenko makes his way out to the ring. Tony Schiavone sets up a video highlight package of the new #1 contender for the Cruiserweight Title as Malenko makes his slow walk to the ring.

    A video package highlighting Rey Mysterio airs. It shows highlights of all his matches in WCW so far, paying particular interest to the match at the Great American Bash and the offensive repertoire of Mysterio
    We cut back to the arena where Dean Malenko is in the ring and handing his title over to the referee. The referee does his pre-match check of the competitors before ringing the bell to start the match.

    Non-title Singles Match
    Dean Malenko © vs. Eddie Guerrero

    This match starts off slow and methodical with both men not trying to give the other man the advantage. The two competitors trade chain-wrestling holds for the first few moments of the match before Malenko changes the match from a potential wrestling classic to a fight when he throws the first punch of the contest about three minutes into the match. Malenko takes advantage of the match and works a ground-based offense focusing on the back of Eddie Guerrero. Malenko gets a few near-falls in the match, but Guerrero gets out each time as the fans start to get behind Guerrero. Eddie starts his comeback after a DOUBLE CROSS-BODY has both men to fall to the canvas and the referee starts a ten count. Malenko is the first to his feet and throws a punch at Guerrero, but it is blocked. Eddie fires back with three rapid-fire forearms to the side of the head of Malenko. Guerrero lands a Hurricanrana that sends Dean out to the floor.

    Eddie lands a SLINGSHOT DIVE onto Dean that gets a big pop from the crowd. Guerrero, selling his lower back from earlier is slow to get to his feet, which allows Dean to roll back into the ring. Eddie is back to his feet now with his back to the ring and his eyes focused on the entranceway for some reason. That reason is clear to us with the arrival of Lord Steven Regal, who is simply walking down to the ring. Guerrero shakes his head, seemingly shaking off the would-be distraction from Lord Steven Regal and steps back into the ring right into a SMALL PACKAGE from Dean Malenko which surprisingly gets a three count, assumingly from the surprise factor of the small package and the slight distraction from Regal.

    Winner at 10:02 – Dean Malenko

    Commercial Break

    Nitro returns with the sight of “Mean” Gene Okerlund standing in the aisle way with a microphone in his hands. Okerlund welcomes us back to Nitro and recaps the first segment of the night and hypes up the Main Event Elimination Match for later on in the show. Gene then introduces his guests…Sting, Lex Luger, and Randy Savage. Sting is the first out with Lex Luger right behind him. Macho Man gets his own entrance as all three members are now in the aisle with Gene Okerlund. “Mean” Gene starts by asking Sting about what is going on between Sting and Lex Luger. Sting talks about how Lex and himself have not been on the same page over the last few weeks. He says that people have been asking him why he even still teams up with Lex. Sting says that he questioned it himself until he remembered that, “Lex Luger is my best friend. I went up to him earlier tonight and looked him right in his eyes. I asked him, ‘Can I trust you?’ and what was the answer that I got, Gene?” Okerlund isn’t sure of the answer, so Sting answers the question himself; “He told me that I can trust him and that was all I needed to hear.”

    Macho Man cuts into the conversation, “Nu-uh, NO WAY, NO HOW… Not trusting HIM *points at Luger* Not trusting YOU *pokes Sting in the chest* NO WAY, NO HOW.” Macho starts pacing up and down as he looks like he is about blow a gasket. Sting tries to calm Macho down and tells him that he can trust Sting and Luger. Macho isn’t having any of it and just blows Sting off. Luger gets this microphone from Okerlund and says, “Sting, I am so glad that you finally talked to me and let me explain myself.” Lex turns to Macho Man and says, “But I do have a problem with you, Savage. Last week Hall and Nash come out and you take advantage of it to beat Flair. What’s up with that Macho?” Savage gets in the face of Luger and tells him, “I don’t have to answer anything you ask me. Nu uh… Not doing it.” Sting steps in between the two and tries to make peace and tells Macho that Savage “needs to trust us tonight, so he can get his hands on Flair.” Sting is clearly trying to play to Macho’s emotions and it seems to work as Savage starts to calm down. “One night only, still don’t trust either one of ya, but I WANT FLAIR.” Macho then storms off to the back as Luger gets the microphone.

    Luger goes on to say that he is all in for the three of them to survive the Elimination Match and go on to Bash at the Beach and defend the honor of WCW. Sting says that the Horsemen “can’t defend WCW because they are only for one organization and that is the Four Horsemen.” Sting says that the “three men right here are the heart and soul of WCW and they are going to prove it to the world in two short weeks.” “Mean” Gene wraps up the interview as Macho Man as already stormed off and Sting and Lex Luger are pounding each others chest, hyping each other up as we head to commercial.

    Commercial Break

    Nitro returns with a video of Kevin Sullivan sitting in a recliner chair in what looks like to be his own living room. Kevin looks like he hasn’t slept all week as he has bags under his eyes. The floor is littered with wrappers and Sullivan has a TV Tray next to him with a few crunched up cans all over it. Sullivan waves the camera to come closer and as it does Sullivan is talking so low that you can barely hear him. It seems that Sullivan is just mumbling to himself until the camera gets into a tight close up shot of Sullivan. Kevin looks up at the camera and says, “I made a critical mistake. I allowed this entire thing to get personal and now I have to cleanse my soul. Send anyone that you want to my home next week and I’ll bear my soul and answer any questions. Next week all the questions you want will be answered”
    We cut back to the arena where we see The American Males in the ring as Scotty Riggs is in ring gear. We hear Marcus Bagwell telling Riggs that he has found good competition for him as he keeps hyping up his partner. The music of the World Heavyweight Champion, The Giant, plays over the loud speakers as Riggs starts to fuss with Bagwell about not even telling him that he has the face The Giant. The World Champion gets into the ring and again, his signal for the Chokeslam gets a positive reaction from the crowd.

    Non-Title Singles Match
    The Giant © vs. Scotty Riggs

    This match is what you would expect from this particular match-up as The Giant completely destroys Riggs. The main story of the match is Marcus Bagwell on the outside of the ring. Bagwell is clearly amused by the beat-down that Riggs is receiving from The Giant, but Scotty wouldn’t know this fact as every time Riggs happens to reach out for the support of Marcus Bagwell. After a few minutes of toying around with Riggs, The Giant ends the match with a Chokeslam for the three count.

    Winner at 3:00 – The Giant

    After the match, Marcus Bagwell enters into the ring and starts yelling at Riggs about how he embarrassed the team and that he has to always be the one winning the matches. Marcus had thought that The Giant was leaving the ring, but Giant stopped when he saw Marcus slide into the ring. Unbeknownst to Bagwell, The Giant stays in the ring and after Bagwell finally stops yelling at his tag partner (?) turns right around into a Chokeslam that gets a huge ovation from the crowd. Bobby Heenan talks about how Marcus Bagwell was in the right for getting after Scotty Riggs after Bagwell went out of his way to set up a match for Scotty. The Giant makes his leave with the Big Gold Belt as we fade to a commercial break.

    Commercial Break

    Nitro returns with another video vignette and this time we are in a neighborhood. We pan across a row of apartments and then swings around to the street sign telling us that we are on 110th street. The camera is grabbed by a hand and swung around to show Harlem Heat and Sister Sherri. The trio is wearing street clothes and the tag team champions have their belts over their shoulders. Booker T is the first to talk as he first tells us that “we are on 110th street in Harlem, New York…The birthplace of the greatest brother tag team in the history of professional wrestling.” Booker T goes on to tell us that ever since Harlem Heat won the titles, they have been giving back to their hometown. Both members call over some young kids and flick them, rather nonchalantly, a quarter each. One kid asks if they can hold one of the tag team belts and it is Stevie Ray that speaks up this time. “You think you can just hold MY gold, MY brother’s gold…we earned these belts… We are the Champions and maybe one day you will be a champion and have people look at you with some respect. Your lucky we even gave you that quarter, now scram kid.” Sister Sherri laughs at the kids running away scared as we fade out to black
    We are back in the arena as some generic rock music plays over the loudspeakers as Big Bubba and Shark are making their way to the ring. The fans are not making much of a reaction as the two competitors have paired up due to their mutual interest of trying to get back at the Dungeon of Doom. Shark gets into the ring on one side of the ring as Bubba gets in on the other side of the ring.

    The Dungeon of Doom music plays as the Faces of Fear make their way out to the ring whilst Tony Schiavone reminds us how The Faces of Fear ripped apart the shoulder pads of Hawk and Animal. Meng and Barbarian still have the Road Warriors Spikes and they have fashioned them around their neck as a necklace. Jimmy Hart is with them and is on his megaphone just making a ton of noise. Meng and Barbarian step into the ring and we are ready for a true Heavyweight battle.

    Tag Team Match
    Shark/Big Bubba vs. Faces of Fear w/ Jimmy Hart

    This match is a true test of wills for not only the wrestlers involved, but also the fans watching. The Faces of Fear control the match for the most part with Big Bubba getting a momentary run on offense against Barbarian. Big Bubba takes the majority of the beat-down from Meng and to a lesser extent Barbarian. Bubba is able to get loose from the grasp of Barbarian for a slight moment. It is just enough to get Shark into the match and it looks like the almost unbeatable Faces of Fear are going to finally get a taste of their own medicine, but Shark runs out of gas rather quickly and Barbarian gets a tag to Meng. After a Kick of Fear to Big Bubba knocking him off the apron and then the Tongan Death Grip to Shark pins Shark’s shoulders to the mat.

    Winner at 5:34 – The Faces of Fear

    After the match, Barbarian rolls Big Bubba into the ring as Jimmy Hart tosses in the Spikes from the Road Warriors. Meng and Barbarian get the Spikes in their hand and hold them in the air to a huge POP. Hold on, that’s not right… the fans are getting up off their feet for the Faces of Fear… it’s the Road Warriors coming flying down the entranceway, steel chairs in their hands. Jimmy Hart is screaming on the megaphone for Meng and Barbarian to get out of the ring. The Faces of Fear are able to just get out of the ring as The Road Warriors step into the ring. Meng and Barbarian see that Hawk and Animal are the ones in the ring and try to get back in the ring, but Jimmy Hart is holding back his men, telling them that they have to fight on their own terms. Jimmy is finally able to get the Faces of Fear to back up the aisle way as the fans cheer like crazy for the Road Warriors. Hawk and Animal step on the middle turnbuckles and point to Meng and Barbarian, who hold up the Road Warrior Spikes that they still have in their possession.

    Commercial Break

    Nitro returns to “Mean” Gene Okerlund in the ring with a microphone as he welcomes us back to Nitro. Okerlund tells us that our Main Event is next and after that match has concluded then we will know who is going on to defend WCW at the Bash of the Beach. Okerlund tells us that first we are going to hear from the Four Horsemen as he introduces them to the fans. Again, the fans go crazy as we are in Horsemen Country and out walk Ric Flair, Arn Anderson, and Chris Benoit. As always, Woman and Miss Elizabeth are with the Horsemen. The three men and two ladies enter the ring as Okerlund starts the interview by asking Flair why the Horsemen are the best men for the job. Flair responds by saying, “The Horsemen are always the men for the job. I proved to Macho Man that I was the MAN when I stole his wife. I prove to Sting that I am better than him every time we are in the ring against each other and I am going to prove to those punks that you don’t just come in here and be the Top Dog. The Horsemen are the Top Dogs in this company, hell in this business. You don’t come in here and just skyrocket to the top. You start at the bottom and only move up the mountain if the Horsemen let you. WOOOOOO!!!”

    Okerlund then asks Arn his opinion on the situation and Anderson answers by saying, “Well Gene, there is a undercurrent of change afoot in WCW, but as you know the Horsemen are always at the front of change. Like Ric just said, we are the measuring stick around here.” Anderson takes a breath and then continues, “The Horsemen are always going to be the protector of the mountain because we are the only one that have the ability to do it. Randy Savage is a crazy mad man and I got to thinking about it, Savage came from where those two men came from and it was pretty coincidental that Savage took advantage of everyone trying to fight off Hall and Nash last week. Now, on the other hand, we have Sting…the man that never can come through when the lights are the brightest. Lastly, there is Lex Luger… ya know, I wouldn’t mind Luger being on our team, especially if someone can’t get their head on straight.” Arn Anderson is looking directly at Benoit as he says this and Chris starts to stare back at him. Ric Flair notices this tension and calms it down and then Flair tells Okerlund that the interview is over. Gene gets out of the ring as the music of Sting plays over the loudspeakers.

    Sting walks out with Lex Luger and “Macho Man” Randy Savage as the crowd gives a pretty reasonable pop for the team even though we are in the heart of Horsemen Country. Sting leads Lex and Macho to the ring as it seems that they are somewhat on the same page, even though you can never quite tell with Lex and we all know how paranoid Macho Man can be.

    Six-Man Elimination Match
    Ric Flair, Arn Anderson, Chris Benoit vs.
    Sting, Lex Luger, Randy Savage

    The match starts with Benoit and Sting as Chris shows that he can hang with the upper echelon of the WCW roster. Benoit goes move for move with Sting before both men tag out to Lex Luger and Ric Flair, respectfully. Savage, seeing that Flair is in the ring, tags into the match looking to get his hands, once again, on the Nature Boy. Flair tags Anderson into the match and the two have a good back and forth for a few moments as we head to our last commercial break of the evening.

    Commercial Break

    Back from commercial and it is Chris Benoit who is in the ring with Macho Man. Savage has the advantage as Benoit tries a comeback, but is cut off by Macho. Savage, showing that he is trying to work with his teammates, tags Sting back into the match. Benoit is finally able to make a comeback and gets Flair into the ring. Sting and Flair exchange some moves that that ends up with Ric getting military pressed to the canvas. Flair tags Benoit back into the match and Sting is still in charge of the match. Benoit is finally able to get the advantage. Chris takes over the match for the next few moments before we see Kevin Sullivan walk down the aisle way. He is in street clothes and still looks like he hasn’t been sleeping all week. He goes right towards Woman and tries to talk to her. This distracts Benoit, who ends up eating a Stinger’s Splash to the back as he is in the corner trying to get Kevin away from Woman. Benoit’s head bangs off the top turnbuckle and he crumbles to the canvas. Sting pulls Chris to the middle of the ring and pins him. Ric Flair starts to step into the ring, but Arn Anderson puts his arm in front of Flair stopping him from making the save as Benoit gets pinned.

    First Elimination at 9:40 – Chris Benoit

    Arn Anderson takes advantage of a celebrating Sting to clobber him from behind. Arn and Flair take advantage by using some quick tags in and out of the ring to wear down the Stinger. Arn almost gets the win a couple times, but Sting is always able to get his shoulder up. On the outside of the ring, Chris Benoit has finally gotten the cobwebs cleared and goes right after Kevin Sullivan. The two end up rolling into the ring and this separates Sting and Anderson for a moment, which allows Sting to tag in Macho Man. Savage comes in a ball of fire and knocks Flair to the floor and ends up getting Anderson to the canvas. Macho Man is able to land his elbow drop and gets the three count onto Anderson. All that is left is Ric Flair on the Horsemen side.

    Second Elimination at 11:59 – Arn Anderson

    Flair slowly gets on the apron as he sees the odds are against him. Flair gets into the ring as Macho Man just comes charging at Flair, fists a flyin’ just trying to land as many punches as possible to the head of Flair. Ric gets backed up into the ropes and the referee calls for the break. Luckily, Savage breaks before the count of five because as we know from last week, the referees are being a little more tight-laced with the rules. The referee does have to get in between Macho Man to back him off of Flair, which gives Ric the time to poke the eyes of Macho and set himself up for the advantage. Ric works over the knee of Macho Man for the next few minutes with Macho only getting small bursts of offense that is quickly cut off by Flair. The Nature Boy starts to get cocky and ends up punching Sting off of the apron and then Ric Flair WOOS in the face of Luger. This upsets Luger, who steps into the ring and goes to throw a clothesline to Flair, but Ric moves out of the way. Luger CLOTHESLINES MACHO MAN. Flair slides out of the way as Savage pops up and goes right after Lex. Both men are arguing and Luger PUSHES SAVAGE BACK into a schoolboy from Flair for the three-count.

    Third Elimination at 15:38 – Randy Savage

    Ric Flair slides out of the ring and quickly gets his way to the back as Savage gets to his feet and heads right for Luger. Macho Man pushes Lex down, who gets back to his feet and pushes Macho down. Savage is right back to his feet and both men start throwing punches at each other. Sting is back in the ring and is trying to separate the two, but to no avail. Eventually, Macho Man PUNCHES STING in mistake as he is trying to land another punch to Lex Luger. Eric Bischoff says that he is going to have to get WCW on the same page as Tony Schiavone tells us that we are out of time.
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    That Bischoff promo is perfect except for the fact that he DOES know where they're from, and playing it up like they're still with the WWF without saying it is a big part of this gimmick, especially right now. Otherwise fun start.

    I love that you had the Horsemen get cheered instead of booed tonight; huge kudos for knowing your area. I also like that they didn't hurt get the nWo match, and that you used this to perfectly set up your main event. That's a great start to this show.

    I was really hoping to see Malenko show up to cost Rey the match after that good Saturday Night promo. Rey winning makes sense, but I just hope you make him really have to chase this title and not win it quickly. There's definitely still a lot of fun was to keep the gold or even title shots away from Rey, despite this result. You definitely have no other credible Cruiserweights right now though.

    I legit thought you did the hard cut from the crowd because WCW didn't want PE to get over hahaha. Their feud with Nasty Boys is good simple fun. Colonel Parker is such an underrated manager. Nice Steiner showcase.

    Thrillseekers make me feel like I'm in WWF 92. WHITE MEAT BAYBAY!

    I'm really happy for the Regal run in because I was concerned how this match was going to end. Good wrestling showcase, and all three men look good here. Good simple booking at its finest.

    Really dug this promo. I love stupid gullible Sting because he's so realistic haha. Got everyone's characters down great, although you can definitely get Macho to the next level with some more inflection work and craziness.

    I can't wait for Hart and FOF to leave Sullivan, and this personal feud with Benoit is your moment. Make it happen and give Meng all the belts!

    Love how inconsequential both American Males are, but man Giant is getting no momentum at all.

    Oh man that Harlem Heat vignette was amazing. The arrogance and quarter flick. That was amazing character work.


    I really would like to see the ex DOD members get a bit more love; they've just been squashed over and over again. However, Road Warriors finally getting a moment was much more needed here tonight. A feud over their spikes is so WCW I fucking love it. Can't wait for Meng to rip a spike off a shoulder pad and use it on someone's throat.

    This Horsemen promo was probably not needed as this show definitely feels like it is running long, but it was another really good piece of work. Everything Arn said was amazing, and I love the Savage tease for nWo and the continued tension with Benoit and Luger tease as a Horsemen. They are one short after all...

    I love the Benoit elimination in that Arn could've stopped it but didn't, but I thought after showing Sullivan at his home and wanting someone to be there next week, only to have him show up still, was pretty illogical. That's one of maybe two things you've messed up on this show. Love the Luger mess up for the Savage elimination, good booking. I love the ending even more with it sparking a mass brawl and the show ending. That was excellent and a nice tease to build on.

    This was definitely your best Nitro. Night and day difference from last week's episode! You missed on the one tiny bit with Bischoff and the Sullivan run in, and the pacing of the show. You actually had too much going on! A two hour show with no run in is 84 minutes. You spent 46 minutes of it wrestling, not counting entrances and post match. So you're down to 38 minutes for that and your commentary, promos, vignettes etc. You definitely booked over on this one hahaha. All these things are small gripes. Such a fun show!

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    Okay, finally caught up!

    Starting with Saturday Night, nice to see the Blue Bloods get some love (although you know Eaton isn't English, right?). This was the first time I noticed that you have the American Males and Sting/Luger rivalries going on at the same time. Absolutely the right call to break Bagwell out though, and looking forward to seeing him as Buff, which was a HUGELY underrated character until he got bored and started phoning it in.

    I liked Dean's promo. He didn't come across as ridiculously evil, which makes him a fun heel character. Good stuff.

    Hmm... looks like we may have a Regal/Eddie feud on the cards? Surprised you had Eddie lose here given how good he looked against Arn, but no doubt it's heading somewhere.

    I appreciate you doing something with the Dungeon of Doom break up and not just splitting people up and moving on. It's not a feud that is interesting, but that's what you have to go through in your first few shows if you're doing this properly.

    Good win for the Heat.

    You know, I really liked this DDP promo. It wasn't anything crazy, but I appreciated the low key old school nature of it. Just a good old fashioned hype piece, rather than having wild brawling every week, which is exactly how it was. Good stuff here.

    Sorry, should have had your back the other week. I totally remember seeing Arn use the DDT as a finisher, so didn't have a problem with you choosing to do that. In fact, I feel like I've seen him use the DDT more than the Spinebuster, but because his Spinebuster is the GOAT it stands out more. Still, nice to see the Spinebuster come out, and good to see him win a decent straight up contest. This episode wasn't much to write home about, but in quite a nice way. It felt like a normal old fashioned wrestling show, which given we're about to hit the nWo era, is no bad thing.

    On to Nitro, I like Bischoff being fired up. Thought that was a good little promo. Him pretending he doesn't know who they are or where they're from was a little weird, but that's not a big deal.

    Nice touch on Horsemen getting cheered because of where we are. I like the heel Horsemen standing up to the nWo, makes the nWo feel properly legit. And then Sting and Luger want them too! Awesome. I LOVE Luger not being a coward and wanting a piece of them. This is EXACTLY what I wanted to see. He might be a bit of a dick, but he's not a bad person, and he still wants to get rid of this evil invading force. Makes Sting's logic for staying with him that bit better too because clearly Luger's not a total scumbag. Excellent.

    Chris Kanyon in the Cruiser match is kinda weird as he's a pretty big dude, is he not? In my head he's not totally dissimilar height and weight to Booker T. Could be wrong, though. I like Jerry Lynn being given a bit of a spotlight as he never really did anything in WCW, and you need the talented bodies in the division while you start the influx of Mexican and Japanese talent. Did he turn heel in this match, though? I don't know what his alignment was coming in, but if he did turn, seems weird he turned and then immediately lost. But totally open to the fact that this could be going somewhere. I'd perhaps think that Rey/Malenko II is too soon as there could be more of a chase, but, again, I can be patient to see where you're going with it.

    I liked this Thrillseekers promo more than the previous one. This was more the kind of cheesy babyface stuff I love from old school wrestling promotions, so I appreicated this greatly. Fun stuff.

    Surprised you've now had Eddie lose two matches in a week, given how big a deal he seemed post the Arn match. Which, I guess, he lost as well, meaning he's probably 0-3. I wonder if this is part of a wider angle?

    "He says that people have been asking him why he even still teams up with Lex"

    Touche, sir! I appreciated you clearing this up. Sting saying "I asked if I could trust him and he said yes" is enough for me. It just makes it clear that Sting's not a total moron. I mean, he's a gullible babyface, but that's okay. It's a fine line to have "he's trusting and a good guy so people take advantage" and "he's a total idiot", and that line went a long way to establishing it on the right side of the line. Kudos.

    Intrigued by Kevin Sullivan's promo. This could be interesting.

    Yes! This is the booking of the Giant I want to see. I will say that I don't have a huge amount of patience for the American Males story, especially working at the same time as Sting/Luger, and don't really see why they'd stay together when they're actively enjoying seing the other get hurt. I'm not seeing the logic of why you wouldn't just go your own way, as it's not like they are brothers or best friends or whatever. But, yeah, good booking for the champ.

    I like the way you had the Road Warrior return to face off with the Faces of Fear... but it's too soon in my eyes. You could have milked that shit for months. Faces of Fear could have smashed through a load more teams and established themselves as the big dogs before bringing the Warriors back. You know what you're doing though so I'll wait to see out the story.

    The main event was fun, with a creative stip as well. Savage getting pissed off and all the tension at the end... a lot of fun. Really well handled.

    Overall, a couple of fun shows. You're definitely finding your groove and while there are a couple of bits of constructive feedback they are by no means criticisms, just my opinion on them. This era and style really suits you, bud. Keep it up.

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    Opening with a focus on commentary was a smart move with Bischoff making his return. Allowing him to have a bit of dialogue directed at Nash and Hall was brilliant as well, really making this angle feel like the big deal that it is. I think others may have mentioned already, but the only part that let this down was when he said he didn’t know where they came from. Of course he does. That dialogue didn’t fit at all and felt really awkward, but outside of that, a good start to the show.

    This segment was really good from Arn’s passionate speech to the bickering between The Horsemen and Sting and Luger regarding who fights Hall and Nash. WCW guys should be passionate about defending the organisation. Six man sounds good, although it would have been nice to maybe hear from Savage regarding this as well. The guy has literally shown no interest at fighting against the NWO but gets the opportunity that others are dying for. I don’t necessarily like that.

    Number one contender’s Battle Royal was an obvious winner from the get go, and the winner was obvious from the get go also, after the way Malenko/Mysterio ended at GAB. Enjoying this angle so far and I thought that Malenko’s promo on Saturday Night was pretty good. I enjoyed some of the moments throughout the Battle Royal as well, especially the Dancing Fools. Good stuff.

    Public Enemy/Nasty Boys just needs to be over at this point. The only thing they are good at is brawling, so I can see why you constantly have them, well, brawling, but nothing else is happening. Makes this feud not very entertaining.

    Booking 101 with The Steiner Brothers being named number one contenders and steamrolling their competition. No issues.

    I still can’t explain how excited I am for Jericho and Storm. I will say it’s definitely smart to have Jericho do all of the talking.

    I thought it felt kind of awkward that we got a Mysterio highlight video during Malenko’s entrance. I liked the placement of one before Malenko’s promo on Saturday Night, but this one just felt like it shouldn’t have been there. Felt a bit much for me. I shouldn’t complain too much though because Malenko/Guerrero OWNS, however I wasn’t completely sold on the booking here. Regal beats Guerrero on Saturday Night and then comes out to distract him, virtually for no reason? Unless I’m mistaken, I don’t think they were feuding. Just seems off, but either way, Malenko needed the win here so the right man went over, and I’m happy to see Eddie/Regal lock up again at some point.

    A really good promo out of Sting, Luger and Savage here. The disconnect between Savage and the others was sold well, however it’s a swerve, Randy clearly isn’t the third man. Sting/Luger dissention being cleared up (for now) was explained pretty well too. I especially liked the line about The Four Horsemen unable to fight for WCW because they only care about themselves. Honestly thought this was really good.

    Sullivan interview next week? Cool. Obviously he’s distraught for hitting Woman. Whilst it’s a tad controversial, I’m enjoying the Benoit/Sullivan stuff so far. Exciting stuff.

    LOL at Bagwell making Riggs fight The Giant, such a dick move. Giant obviously with the squash, but the big thing here is the continued falling apart of the American Males. Been done really well so far and that continued here. One point of criticism I may have is that I still don’t feel like Giant as your World Champion is a big enough part of this thread at this point.

    LOL for the second segment in a row. Harlem Heat promo putting themselves over was fine, and I loved Stevie telling the kid off.

    Another win for The Faces of Fear is more smart booking, and your handling of them has been amazing since day one. The idea of them carrying around the spikes is awesome, and Road Warriors coming out for revenge, but not getting any progresses this nicely. I can’t wait until these two teams go at it again; however I’d like you to prolong The Faces of Fear dominance for as long as possible. It feels incredibly fresh.

    Horsemen promo was pretty standard stuff, and the Anderson dig at Benoit was well noted. Luger being the one to receive compliments further demonstrates that he’ll probably be a heel soon as well. Ticked all the boxes as far as I’m concerned.

    A fun main event with a really fun stipulation. I thought the Benoit elimination was done well with Anderson and Sullivan being involved in some way, and the rest of the match went along well. The brawl afterwards was a fine way to end the show.

    A few things I mentioned throughout but I can’t stress how much I’m enjoying this thread. Good stuff mate, keep it up.








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    Quite a detailed (and newsworthy) edition of Saturday Night. Zbyszko laying into Nash and Hall at the top of the show on commentary was a great start.

    The Blue Bloods could be a great first feud for the Thrillseekers when they debut given the clash of personalities alone. The matches would be pretty decent too!!

    Malenko’s interview was excellent. Surprised you went into full detail on it, but the idea of Malenko feeling disrespected by Rey for refusing the handshake is great. Gives both men a reason to want to the fight the other now, rather than just having Rey chase Dean.

    Like others have mentioned, Eddie losing to Regal was a bit of a surprise. After the PPV and Nitro, it looked like Guerrero was getting a big push up the card, but this felt like a step back, even if Regal cheated to win.

    No surprises that the Dancing Fools got squashed or that Harlem Heat beat the Armstrong, and it was a matter of time before Hugh Morrus got cut from the Dungeon of Doom. The pseudo shoot angle between Benoit and Sullivan continues to be entertaining, and given the subject, there’s always a sense of unpredictability as to what to expect when these two are involved.

    The DDP and DiBiase promo was great fun, and it was especially important you had Tenay note that Konnan was never going to be at the show. This is quickly becoming one of my favourite angles in the thread.

    Bout time Arn Anderson hit that spinebuster!!

    Really surprised at the level of detail and the angles happening on Saturday Night. Is this going to be the case going forward, or just a one off?? Only issue was that it felt like a show that would’ve been longer than an hour – felt more closer to 90 minutes.

    Onto Nitro;

    Not to pile on, but Bischoff not knowing where Hall and Nash have come from was pretty odd. One of the big intrigues of the entire angle is the fact of where they come from. Guessing you’ve thrown that in to offset the threats of legal action from the WWF around this time?? Glad you have Eric back, but still selling the effects of the attack.

    Very good use of the location to have the Horsemen getting cheered. Interested to see if you book them as faces for this show, or if you keep them strictly heels despite their popularity here. Glad you had Flair float the idea that Savage is aligned with Hall and Nash given the way everything panned out last week.

    This whole opening segment was wonderful. Possibly the best stuff you’ve put together, working into a huge main event for this show. Great set up for the six man, and it does a massive job in highlighting how big a threat the Outsiders are if you’ve got ALL your top guys wanting to defend the company against them.

    LOL at the start of the Cruiserweight battle royal and the Dancing Fools. Gotta agree with Keef on Kanyon. Feels way to big to make the Cruiserweight cut, but as he didn’t make much of a mark here, it’s not a big deal. Didn’t care so much for the return of the Dancing Fools – I think that spot at the beginning of the match was enough comedy for what was essentially a serious match.

    Jerry Lynn getting to the end with Rey is a promising sign for him, but Mysterio was always going to be the right call to win this. Given Malenko’s promo on Saturday Night, I fully expected a run in after the match from him, so it was somewhat disappointing he didn’t make an appearance. Also, it would’ve been nice to get some kind of note on the aftermath before going to the commercial. Something as simple as Rey celebrating would’ve sufficed.

    The continuation of Public Enemy/Nasty Boys feud is probably the best use of both teams, just letting them brawl with one another like they did here and on SN. I don’t see Rough ‘N Ready making much of an impression on the tag division, despite Heenan bigging up Parkers team on commentary. Just fodder for the likes of the Steiners. Nice idea to have the Thrillseekers vignette right after that match too, with plenty of focus on the tag division.

    Back to back losses for Eddie is a disappointing development. If you’re moving him up the card too, it’d probably be a better idea to keep him away from the Cruiserweights at least for the next while, at least until you’ve established he’s not part of that division.

    Excellent promo with Sting, Luger and Savage. Addressing the elephant in the room – Sting still teaming with Luger – was a necessity, and I certainly appreciate the answer from Sting, because anyone in that position should give their best friend the benefit of the doubt and believe what they tell them. Savage was great here too, naturally not trusting either guy, but being won over by Sting with the opportunity to get at Flair. Really solid stuff here.

    Loved the description of Sullivans living area, and how much what happened last week has affected him (along with everything that’s happening off camera). Next weeks promo should be worth seeing.

    Definitely feels like a holding pattern for the champion still, and I don’t see that changing any time soon either with the nWo angle the clear focus of the show. You’re sort of a rock in a hard place here at the moment with The Giant, as there’s nothing really you can do with him to make him the focus of the show considering what he’s up against.

    Cool vignette with Harlem Heat. Something different always stands out rather than a typical backstage promo.

    Shark & Bubba forming a tag team is a good idea. Nothing better for them to be doing right now, and as you mentioned here, they’ve got mutual interests right now. They were never being anything more than fodder for the FACES OF FEAR though!! And rightfully so.

    Road Warriors coming back this soon took me by surprise as I fully expected them to be away for at least another couple of weeks to sell the beatdown at the PPV. Glad you didn’t have the teams fight though and kept us waiting for that.

    Horsemen interview was another strong showing. Everything flowed well, moving from putting themselves over as the best trio to face the Outsiders and onto Arn questioning Benoit’s focus to keep that tension bubbling, and planting a seed of doubt into the minds of the viewers over whether that’ll cost them. Great build up for this main event.

    Well, if there’s one big miss for me on this show it was the appearance of Kevin Sullivan. After setting things up with him at home earlier, and planning that interview for next week, to have him show up ruins all that good work for me. Arn stopping Flair from saving Benoit was telling though – and great storytelling. I just hated how you got there with Sullivan.

    Another misstep for me was no further follow up with Benoit and Sullivan after they brawled into the ring – with that leading to Sting being able to make a tag. After that – nothing?? Definitely could’ve done with some further detail there. Did they get broken up and led away?? Assuming yes??

    Could’ve definitely done more with the fallout from the elimination of Anderson as it all came from Benoit inadvertently returning to the ring during that brawl with Sullivan, but again – no details of how Arn reacted to his elimination. Just straight onto Flair’s predicament. Finish was solid though, and continuing to make Luger look suspicious by costing Savage his spot on the team.

    A trio of Flair, Sting and Luger has potential for fireworks considering the histories between the three guys. There’ll be enough egos and trust issues right there, and I’m glad you closed the show with Eric stating he’ll have to get them on the same page. Felt like the main event was really rushed – writing wise – as a little further description was required imo. Benoit and Sullivan and later Arn just disappearing into thin air was a little frustrating … but overall, this was a big step up in quality across the show. Very enjoyable Nitro with a big main event that was brilliantly built up throughout the night – and a good sign that the show was still strong despite no appearances from Hall or Nash. Your best work to date.

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    WCW Saturday Night
    June 29 1996

    WCW Saturday Night starts with Mike Tenay and Larry Zbyszko at the announcer’s station. Mike recaps the Nitro main event in which Sting, Lex Luger, and Ric Flair are going to fight Scott Hall and Kevin Nash and their supposed third man at the Bash at the Beach on July 7th. Larry takes over from there and again has a strong message; however, this time it is not for Hall and Nash, but for the wrestlers of World Championship Wrestling in the six-man match. “Sting… Lex Luger… Ric Flair… Gentlemen, you have to put all your differences aside, you have to realize that we have to nip this entire situation in the butt. We have to eradicate this threat before it can get momentum. Sir Isaac Newton once said that a ball that is in motion will stay in motion, well it is time that we stop the ball in its tracks.” Mike Tenay says that he couldn’t have said it better himself and then throws it to the ringside area for our first match.

    “American Males” plays throughout the arena as there is the usual high-pitched squeal from the ladies in the audience, but the males booing the tag team quickly drown it out. Scotty Riggs is again the American Male dressed for action even though he looks to not be fit for competition as his ribs are taped up and he is gingerly walking to the ring. The camera catches Marcus Bagwell telling Scotty Riggs that Riggs can make up for the loss on Monday by winning tonight. Riggs seems confident as the Males get into the ring.

    Jim Duggan’s music plays as the crowd gives a huge cheer for the American Tough Guy in Jim Duggan. Jim comes out with his giant American Flag and trust 2x4. Duggan gives the fan a big “HOOOOOOOOOOOO” before stepping into the ring for the first contest of the night.

    Singles Match
    Scotty Riggs vs. “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan

    This match is pretty much a one-sided affair in the favor of Duggan, who even though he tries not to take advantage of Rigg’s hurt ribs, is just to much for a not 100% Scotty Riggs to handle. Marcus Bagwell tries to help Scotty Riggs out by cheating from the outside, but Duggan is able to thwart Marcus at all turns. Duggan stays in control of the match and Bagwell is still trying to cheat from the outside. The end of the match comes when Bagwell finally is able to attack Duggan, but Riggs sees this development for the first time all match and stops it. Duggan takes advantage with a three-point stance takedown for the three count.

    Winner at 3:45 – “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan

    After the match, Jim Duggan slides out of the ring to celebrate with the fans at ringside as Marcus Bagwell slides into the ring to again yell at Scotty Riggs. Bagwell is berating Scotty, who seems to just take the verbal abuse trying to shake off the lost. Riggs gets to his feet as Bagwell is still yelling at him, which Riggs is still not reacting to, but it’s a SHOVE from Bagwell to Riggs that creates a reaction from Scotty Riggs. Scotty gets in the face of Bagwell and it looks like the American Males are finally going to come to blows. Jim Duggan, always trying to do the right thing, notices the tension and gets into the ring and gets in between the two teammates. It looks like Duggan is able to calm the high spirits of the American Males down, so he heads out of the ring and up the aisle. Inside the ring, Riggs shakes hands with Bagwell and then turns to exit the ring.

    Bagwell turns Riggs around and it looks like he is going to punch Scotty, but Bagwell simply puts his hands above his head in the “Clap” motion the American Males are known for. Marcus holds his hands in that position as Riggs does the same. Both partners hold the pose for a few seconds before Bagwell KICKS SCOTTY RIGGS IN THE BALLS. Riggs slowly goes down to his knees as he arms come down to his side. Bagwell looks down at his ex-partner and starts to smile and laugh as Bagwell mockingly does the over-the-head “Clap” motion in the face of the fallen Riggs. Bagwell does this motion as he exits the ring and walks to the back as we fade to commercial.

    Commercial Break

    WCW Saturday Night returns with Larry Zbyszko and Mike Tenay in the announce booth recapping the angle we just saw with the split of the American Males. We hear the music of the United States Champion playing over the loud speaker in the background as Tenay sends it to the ring. We cut to Konnan walking down to the ring with the US title over his shoulder. Konnan claps hands with some fans before sliding into the ring. Konnan is passed a microphone from Dave Penzer and begins to talk to the crowd. Konnan challenges DDP and says he will put his United States on the line in order to make it happen. Konnan is fired up about Page calling him out last week “knowing full well that I was in Mexico and couldn’t accept his challenge… I know you’re in the back, so bring your pompous ass out here and fight me.”

    Page’s music hits as the crowd starts to boo for Diamond Dallas Page as he walks out, cigar in mouth and jewelry all over his body; his benefactor, Ted Dibiase, right behind him. Page slowly makes his way to the ring as Dibiase climbs onto the apron and holds the ropes open for DDP, who steps into the ring. DDP sticks his hand out to try and keep Konnan away from him as Ted says, “there is two of us and one of you… so tread lightly.” Konnan looks at his situation and realizes that he has to stay calm. DDP gets the mic and starts to talk to Konnan about how “I ain’t really feeling the match this week. I mean… GOOD GAWWWD… did I ever have a long night last night.” DDP laughs at his own line and then continues on, “Ya see, hombre, we ain’t having the match this week. Now, if you really wanna do this, then we are going do it where the lights are on brightest and where the checks are the biggest… it’s going to be at the Bash at the Beach.” Konnan looks over DDP and then gets back on the mic, “Odele, you want me at the Bash… you got me at the Bash. You talk about how the American Dream is what your living… naw Holmes, the American Dream is working hard for what you get in life… coming to this country with nothing and making something out of yourself. Everyone that works hard is the AMERICAN DREAM… you’re just a pompous Jackass whose ass I’m going kick and retain my United States Championship.”

    The crowd gives a big ovation to the impassioned speech from the U.S. Champion, but Ted Dibiase, who is now on the microphone, quickly silences it. “You think I care about those people that have to punch into a nine to five job each day… you think I care about all those people that came here and had to scratch and claw their way to just live paycheck to paycheck… I only care about how many more 100-dollar bills I can add to my bank account. Now that I have invested in Diamond Dallas Page, I am not going to let anyone stop him from winning the gold.” Dibiase takes a moment to collect himself and let the fans get in some boos before starting back up, “So, Konnan just know that your title is not going to be staying with you for very long. May I suggest you take it back to Mexico one last time before July 7th. Ya know what, take some Pesos with you and buy yourself something nice.” Dibiase reaches into his pocket and tosses some Pesos at Konnan. This infuriates Konnan who goes after Ted Dibiase and grabs him by the collar. DDP springs into action and spins Konnan around… DIAMOND CUTTER leaves Konnan lying. Dibiase fixes his shirt and then bends over and grabs the fallen Pesos as Dallas Page has grabbed the Unites States Title. Page holds the belt over Konnan’s face as Dibiase shoves the Pesos into the mouth of Konnan. Page has the belt held high as Dibiase raises DDP’s other hand high in the air as we fade to commercial.

    Commercial Break

    WCW Saturday Night returns with the music of the Cruiserweight Champion as the fans are now fully booing Dean Malenko as he walks down the aisle. Many of the fans are yelling at Malenko that he isn’t Elite, but the Iceman either isn’t listening or simply doesn’t care as he just, cool and calmly, walks down to the ring and enters the ring. His opponent tonight, Brad Armstrong, is already in the ring.

    Non-Title Cruiserweight Match
    Dean Malenko © vs. Brad Armstrong

    Dean Malenko seems to have a much more vicious side to him in this match. Malenko works over the back of Armstrong throughout the entire match. Brad is able to get small spurts of offense, but every time Dean is able to take him back down to the canvas. Dean continues the assault on Brad Armstrong and after a few more moves to the back; Dean hits the double under-hook suplex and then locks in the Texas Cloverleaf for the submission victory.

    Winner at 4:50 – Dean Malenko ©

    After the match, Dean is handed his championship title and then asks for a microphone. Dean is handed the microphone and tells the crowd that he is the Elite Cruiserweight in the world and that “they all need to bow down to his greatness.” Dean starts to smile as he says, “and the person that needs to bow down the most is Rey Mysterio Jr.” Dean shakes his head and then continues, “Don’t think that I haven’t noticed what has been going on either. Every time I look at a monitor backstage, I see a highlight video for Rey Mysterio Jr. I don’t ever see anything for Dean Malenko. Hell, I am the Cruiserweight Champion. I should be celebrated.” Dean takes a moment to calm down and then starts right back up again, “So what does the Elite athlete in WCW do… I created my own highlight reel and I’m here to show it to you now.”

    We see a highlight video of Dean Malenko and it is solely action from the Great American Bash and specifically action of Dean Malenko in charge of Rey Mysterio Jr. We see the electric chair drop, the huge Gutbuster from the top rope, and we see the final three count of Dean pinning Rey, albeit the camera shot we see doesn’t show Malenko pulling the tights of Mysterio
    Commercial Break

    WCW Saturday Night returns with a video package. The scene starts with the beautiful setting of a beach with waves crashing and we see some beautiful bikini-clad ladies looking out into the distance. In the distance we see two surfboards being ridden on some huge waves. The waves create a tube that the two surfboarders ride out and then head ashore. Running towards the camera with their surfboards in hand, we see Chris Jericho and Lance Storm wearing swim trunks with Jericho’s long blonde locks flowing in the air in contrast to Storm’s short-cut brunette hair. The tag team stops in front of the camera, plant their boards vertically in the sand, and it’s Chris Jericho that once again does the talking for the team. “I’m Chris Jericho and this here is Lance Storm.” Jericho puts his arm around the shoulders of Storm. “Ya see, all we have known our entire life is being best friends and seeking out thrills. Whether it’s skydiving, surfing, or rock climbing, we are always living life on the edge. Now we are set to debut in the WCW very soon and trust me, we are thrilled to be here. I think I can speak for Lance when I say that this is the biggest thrill we are ever going to have. See ya very soon.” Lance and Chris grab their boards and run back off into the water as we fade away from the scene

    We cut back to the arena as the music of the Dungeon of Doom is playing as Kevin Sullivan, The Faces of Fear, and Jimmy Hart make their way to the ring. Conspicuous by his absence is the WCW World Heavyweight Champion, The Giant. Sullivan, who still has bags under his eyes and just looks like he has been awake for days, gets into the ring as Jimmy Hart gets a microphone for him. Hart passes the microphone to Kevin who talks about his interview for this coming up Monday on Nitro. Sullivan says, “Benoit, you told me to look around my four walls, well I invited the world into my four walls and trust me when I say this… I will not hold anything back; that I can promise you, Chris. Nancy, I’m sorry for what has to be done.” Sullivan passes the microphone off to Jimmy Hart as Kevin just goes over to the corner and drops to a seated position in the corner. Jimmy gets on the microphone and puts over the Faces of Fear. “Meng and Barbarian, BABY, they are the greatest force in WCW BABY. We have a plan BABY and it starts with taking out all the OLD tag teams.” Hart goes on to talk about how the Faces of Fear are going to destroy the legacy of the Road Warriors and that has already started with Meng and Barbarian taking the Spikes of Hawk and Animal. Hart soaks in the boos from the crowd and goes to start up, but Hugh Morris is slowly walking down to the ring… no music… no laughing… just a slow walk to the ring.

    Jimmy Hart notices Hugh and stops talking as Hugh slowly slides into the ring. Meng and Barbarian slowly close in on Hugh, but Hart holds them back up. Jimmy asks Morris what he wants and Morris answers, “I want back in the Dungeon.” Hart looks back at Sullivan who simply shakes his head side to side. Hart then sicks the Faces of Fear on Hugh Morris. Barbarian hits the Kick of Fear to the side of the head of Morris and that knocks Hugh to the canvas. Meng locks in the Tongan Death Grip and isn’t going to let go. Hugh Morris slowly starts to pass out as Hart tries to get Meng off of Morris, but it takes Kevin Sullivan walking over to Meng and placing his hand on Meng’s shoulder for Meng to break the Death Grip. Sullivan calls the rest of Dungeon out of the ring as they start to walk to the back. The camera follows the Dungeon to the back and then we cut to the other camera that is showing Hugh Morris, still lying on the canvas, but is laughing manically as we fade to commercial.

    Commercial Break

    The music of Bobby Walker hits as he comes out to, being brutally honest, not much of a reaction. Walker is able to get the fans to give him a negative reaction by yelling at a little kid in the front row. Walker eventually slides into the ring and poses on the middle rope to some boos from the crowd.

    The music of Prince Iaukea plays over the loudspeaker and much like Bobby Walker; there isn’t much of a reaction for the relative newcomer to WCW. The Prince is able to get some cheers as he gives his traditional Samoan Headdress to the little kid that Bobby Walker had yelled at a few moments ago. Iaukea steps into the ring and prepares for the match. Mike Tenay lets us know that this match is taking place due to what happened in the Cruiserweight Battle Royal on Monday Nitro with Bobby Walker breaking the alliance he had formed with Prince Iaukea and eliminating him.

    Singles Cruiserweight Match
    Bobby Walker vs. Prince Iaukea

    This is a basic wrestling match that starts with Prince Iaukea in charge after getting the advantage with some chain wrestling. Walker is able to get the advantage by raking the eyes of Iaukea after the Prince tries to give him a clean break from a lock up in the corner. Bobby Walker controls the match by working on the arm of the Prince. Eventually, Iaukea is able to make a comeback and hits a huge Cross Body Block, but Walker rolls through it, holds the tights and gets the three count.

    Winner at 4:49 – Bobby Walker

    We cut to a suburban street with many beautiful homes lined up in perfect little rows. On the porch of one of the homes are two big muscle-bound men. As the camera comes closer to the men, we see that it is the Steiner Brothers. Rick and Scott are in street clothes and have their Michigan Letterman Jacket on as they invite us into the house. We get into the house of the Steiners and into their living room as we see the trophy case of all of the Steiner Brothers wrestling trophies. Scott tells us about a few of the trophies and how he and his brother won them in high school and in college. Scott says, “We were always there for each other cheering each other on. Ya know, when I look at all these trophies we have, it makes me want the biggest trophy of them all… the WCW Tag Team Championship Titles.” Rick starts to bark in approval as Scott chuckles alongside his brother. Scott starts back up again, “Harlem Heat, you’re looking at the best Brother tag team in the history of Professional Wrestling. We are going to take your belts from you at the Bash at the Beach and add it to our trophy case here in Michigan.” Rick starts to speak and its short and sweet, “Harlem Heat, Bash at the Beach… your going to the DAWG POUND.” The scene slowly fades out as Scott and Rick are looking back at their trophy case


    We come back into the arena to the music of The Blue Bloods. Lord Steven Regal and Earl Robert Eaton are the ones dressed for action as Squire Dave Taylor is dressed in a three-piece suit. The fans are booing the Englishmen (Eaton was knighted by Regal before this project started and that makes him English or something like that) as they have their noses in the air and a smug look on their face. The Blue Bloods get into the ring as Mike Tenay tells us that Eddie Guerrero is going be out next right after this commercial, so don’t go anywhere.


    Commercial Break

    WCW Saturday Night returns with the music of Eddie Guerrero playing as the fans gives a big pop to their Mexican Hero. Eddie is not alone as he has someone else with him. The second person is wearing a ring jacket similar to Eddie’s and as he comes into the picture it is Mike Tenay that tells us the identity of the mystery man, Chavo Guerrero Jr., the nephew of Eddie Guerrero. Due to being with Eddie, the fans seem to accept Chavo and he gets a few hand slaps from the fan before the Guerrero’s slide into the ring.

    Tag Team Match
    Eddie Guerrero/Chavo Guerrero Jr.
    vs. The Blue Bloods

    Chavo and Eaton start the match and the veteran, Bobby Eaton, is able to get the advantage using his in ring experience and positioning the referee in a way that he can cheat without getting caught. Eaton controls Chavo for a few moments, until an ill-conceived back body drop attempt causes Eaton to be kicked in the shoulder and then clotheslined to the canvas. Chavo tags in his Uncle Eddie, who allows for Eaton to tag in the fresh Regal, probably due to Regal distracting Eddie on Monday Nitro. Steven Regal steps into the ring and Eddie takes control of the match, somewhat shockingly, outwrestling Steven. The momentum changes when Earl Eaton is able to hit Eddie in the lower back and this creates the opening that Lord Steven needs to take over the match. The Blue Bloods take quick tags in and out of the ring, keeping Eddie on the Blue Bloods side of the ring.

    After a few minutes of this, Eddie is able to get a burst of energy and rolls under the outstretched arms of Eaton and gets a tag into Chavo. Guerrero Jr. comes in a ball of fire and takes out Eaton and then knocks Regal off the apron and to the floor below. Chavo comes back at Bobby Eaton and hits a Death Valley Driver onto Eaton. Steven Regal is able to break the pin up at the last moment. This transgression brings Eddie into the ring and he goes after Regal, clotheslining Regal over the top rope with the momentum sending Eddie over the top rope as well. Inside the ring, Eaton goes for a suplex to Chavo, but the newcomer is able to slip behind Bobby Eaton, spin him around and hook him for a BRAINBUSTER for the three count.

    Winner at 12:30 – Eddie Guerrero/Chavo Guerrero Jr.

    Commercial Break

    We return from commercial to see Mike Tenay with Larry Zbyszko at the announcer’s station. Tenay hypes up the main event of Arn Anderson vs. Sting and then he lets us know that earlier this week, he conducted a very special interview with the #1 contender to the World Heavyweight Championship, “Macho Man” Randy Savage.

    We cut to a location very similar to the interview area that we saw last week with Dean Malenko. Mike Tenay is in a pair of slacks and a collared shirt whilst Savage is in a pair of Zubaz pants and a tank top that we are used to seeing on body builders. Even though we are indoors, Macho has on a pair of sunshades. Mike Tenay is the first to speak.

    “Thank you for joining me tonight Randy,” begins Mike. “I really appreciate you taking the time out to answer some questions.”

    “Everyone has questions for the Macho Man and the Macho Man has all the answers. So start to asking, Tenay.”

    “Well,” Mike starts his first question, “What are your thoughts on fighting for the World Title at the Bash at the Beach?”

    Macho starts up, “My thoughts are that the Machooo Mannnn is going to be the World Champion. That’s right, going be sitting at the Top of the Mountain… Uh huh… Top of the Mountain… Diggggg it.”

    “I can dig it,” Mike chuckles as he tries to act cool, “but I would love to hear what you have to say to Ric Flair and his accusations that you took advantage of Hall and Nash crashing Nitro and that is the only reason you are in the position you are in.”

    “Everyone wants to throw shots at the Macho Man, but ya see, the Macho Mannnn is Bulletproof… Ooooooo Yyyyyyyeah… Now onto Ric Flair.” Macho whips his shades off his face. “Look into my eyes, Flair… I don’t need anybody helping me to win a match against you. You had to have three people to beat me. Tell me, Tenay does that add up… Uh Huh… sure doesn’t… not by a long shot.”

    “Now Macho, you did bring up Hall and Nash,” states Tenay, “So I must ask you, straight up… Are you the 3rd man?”

    “I am not hanging with Hall and Nash nor will I EVERRRR be hanging with Hall and Nash. I am here for WCW and when I become the World Champion that is all that will matter, Digggg It. But I’ve been Thinkin, Thinkin, Thinkin on who the 3rd man can be.”

    “Who do u think it is?” Mike Tenay excitedly interrupts Randy.

    “First off, don’t interrupt the Macho Man… remember that Tenay… Now, that that’s out of the way… its Luger… He knocks me down after I told him not to cross me… nope… NO WAY… don’t trust him… NO WAY, NO HOW.”

    “What an accusation from Macho Man and what a blow that would be to WCW, especially with Lex Luger being in the six-man match at the Bash at the Beach. Remember fans, it’s “Macho Man” Randy Savage vs. The Giant for the World Title only on Pay-Per-View. Thank you for joining me Randy.”
    Commercial Break

    Saturday Night returns with the sound of the Running Horses as Arn Anderson is making his way out to the ring for the Main Event of the evening. Anderson has the Television Title around his waist and his hands in the signal of the Four Horsemen. Arn is without the rest of the Horsemen as Mike Tenay explains to us that Ric Flair and Chris Benoit are at a live event in another state. He also states that Lex Luger and Macho Man are at the same show and this is going to be a straight-up one on one match for the title. The fans are booing him pretty harshly, but Arn doesn’t let this bother him as he steps into the ring, removes his ring jacket and then hands his belt to the referee.

    “Man called Sting,” blares over the loudspeaker as the crowd goes crazy, especially the little Stingers in the crowd. Sting steps out from behind the curtain and the crowd gives a huge pop for their face-painted favorite. Sting has his bright ring jacket on with tassels and all as he slaps hands with the little Stingers and slowly gets into the ring. The referee checks both men and then calls for the bell.

    Television Title Match
    Arn Anderson © vs. Sting

    Sting starts in control of this match by bringing the action quick, fast and in a hurry to Arn Anderson. Sting has Arn flying all over the ring, bumping around everywhere for the Man called Sting. After a few more high-powered moves, Sting calls out to his little Stingers with a Howl that is reciprocated by the fans. Sting gets back on the offensive, but eventually Sting makes a mistake that Arn is able to take advantage of. Arn focuses his attack on the shoulder in typical Anderson fashion. Anderson hits the hammerlock suplex and a shoulder breaker, but isn’t able to keep Sting down for a three count.

    Anderson continues to methodically work down Sting and is able to shake off a few comeback attempts by the Stinger. Eventually, the fans are able to will Sting on to a full on comeback. Sting hits the backhand punch, the right hand jab that sends Arn to the corner. Sting lands a huge Stinger Splash and then picks Arn up for the Military Press. Sting holds Arn in the air and turns him to all four sides of the ring. It looks like Sting is about to become the new TV Champion, but for some reason after Sting drops Arn down with the Military Press, Sting hops out of the ring. Sting starts to point to the announcer’s booth as we hear Mike Tenay start to freak out on commentary saying, “What the hell are you two doing here.”

    We cut to the announcer’s booth and see Scott Hall and Kevin Nash there. Hall pie-faces Tenay to the ground as Nash grabs Larry by the collar and yanks him out of his chair. Nash is yelling at Zbyszko saying, “Talk tough now Larry, we are right here. I don’t hear you talking now.” Sting has gotten to the announcer’s station, but Scott Hall is right there waiting for him. The referee calls off the match as Arn Anderson, being told what happened by the referee, heads up to the announce booth.

    The Match is ruled a No-Contest at 8:49

    Scott Hall sucker punches Sting as he walks up the steps of the platform the announcer’s table is on. Scott Hall punches Sting down to the floor and holds him at bay as Kevin Nash sets Larry up for a JackKnive Powerbomb. Nash drops Zbyszko with a JACKKNIVE POWERBOMB THROUGH THE TABLE as Anderson gets to the area. Nash lands a side-knee to the gut of Anderson and drops him with a punch. By this time, the security team has made their way out and they have brought police officers with them. They work to get Hall and Nash away from the destruction they have caused. Kevin and Scott don’t put up much of a fight to leave as they have clearly done the damage they were looking to do as we fade to black to end the show.
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    Re: WCW 1996 - The Birth of the NWO

    I really enjoyed the American Males split. Really appreciate you not drawing it out unnecessarily, as there is little benefit when one guy is clearly the star, there's little tension to whether they'd split, and the subsequent feud isn't going to set the world alight. Thought it was handled well. What I really liked, though, was Jim Duggan trying to separate them. It might seem like a minor point, but those tiny character moments make such a big difference. I really think those kind of things are what mark out the very good from the excellent. Having big moments is the fun bit of writing these, but realising that Jim Duggan probably wouldn't just walk away when he sees two young kids breaking up is really cool. Kudos on that.

    I enjoyed the back and forth from Konnan and DDP. There's not a huge amount to this feud, but it's fine for a secondary belt between two guys who aren't ready for anything more. Stuffing the pesos in his mouth is fun, though. One thing that'd help me reading this though - while I love the style when it comes to dialogue (obviously!), if you switch speakers (like between DDP and Konnan here) there should really be a paragraph break to show it, or at least a change in colour of text. Otherwise it's quite easy to miss that the speaker has changed, and I was left questioning why DDP was now talking like Konnan

    The fans yelling at Dean Malenko that he isn't elite is slightly goofy (wouldn't they be more likely to just yell "you suck" or something, even with Malenko's new gimmick [which is the same as the moniker I've had Jericho use in mine a few times, but someone referring to themsevles as The ELite isn't exactly a unique idea, so I'll let you off!]) but aside from that this was a fun segment, and I liked Malenko making sure he had his own highlights package. Fun stuff.

    Just so you know, unless you've changed his name, Bill DeMott went by "Hugh Morrus", not "Hugh Morris". Very pedantic, but just wanted to point out as I've noticed it for a couple of shows. Given he just competed for the US Title it's a surprise that he's being made out to be a total jobber here, being kicked out of the DoD and then begging to be let in, but Faces of Fear are your priority here, so I'm not complaining if it helps get them more over.

    Lol at your explanation for Eaton being English! And, given non-Brits can't be knighted, there's a weird technicality that makes that nonsense explanation work! Nice to see Chavo turn up. He's still pretty green at this stage iirc but giving some back up to Eddie is no bad thing, and the tag division certainly needs padding out beyond FoF, Harlem Heat and the Steiners.

    A minor point, but I would have liked to see the sit down interview with Savage hyped up earlier in the show. Given this isn't the big show, something like hearing from a man who had his wife and title shot stolen should feel like a bigger day. I really liked the way you wrote Macho Man, though. A really good segment.

    I think Arn vs Sting could have used more hype too. That's a big time main event with one of the biggest stars getting a title shot (even if it's just the TV Title), and yet I didn't see it mentioned until just before the interview. The match was fine, but was clearly all about the post match. Suitably chaotic ending for the nWo. Nicely handled.

    All in all, another really enjoyable show. You definitely deserve praise too for absolutely nailing the balance of Saturday Night not being your A-Show, but not making it a boring B-show either. That's easier said than done, so kudos. Really enjoying this still.

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    Re: WCW 1996 - The Birth of the NWO

    Very good start to the show with Larry giving out a rallying cry to the WCW roster. The invasion angle is huge, and for your announcers to be selling it as such is a really big deal. Just adds that extra little bit of importance.

    Like Keef said, having Duggan there trying to play the peacemaker was a really nice touch to this angle. Probably a good time to pull the trigger on the heel turn here though with Bagwell, as you already have that partners-at-odds angle going on a bigger scale with Sting and Luger. Bagwell, I expect, will get the better of this feud and make a move up the ladder as a singles.

    Really enjoying the Konnan/DDP stuff. From the promo by DDP last week to Konnan here as the fighting champion, throwing the challenge out to Page instead. DDP weaselling out of having the match now and instead wanting it on PPV both makes sense and paints Page as a pussy, considering how he was raring to go when Konnan wasn’t there. The peso’s spot at the end was great too. This is building into a fun mid card angle. Enjoying this one progress.

    I like Malenko being positioned as being jealous of the attention Rey is getting, though I didn’t love the video package – or at least, the content of it. I’d have much rather seen just a Malenko’s highlights package rather than the match with Rey, mainly because the video being edited to hide the fact he hooked the tights feels like a stunt DDP would pull. Malenko is an ultra serious ice man character. That felt a little bit outside of what I think his gimmick should be.

    These Thrillseekers videos ARE cheesy … but they’re fun, and they fit the time period. Thumbs up.

    Not sure the Dungeon promo was all that necessary if I’m honest. I guess it gave you a chance to hype Sullivans segment for Nitro and have Morrus well and truly kicked to the curb, so there’s that.

    Surprised Bobby Walker beat Iaukea. Not that I’m a fan of the Prince – he sucks – but tbh, I’m not sure I can even picture Bobby Walker. Guess you could be setting up a minor feud between the two with the cheap win for Walker.

    Nice usage of the promo for the Steiners, in contrast to Harlem Heats promo last week. Should be a great tag match.

    I definitely think you’re packing too much onto Saturday Night, if I’m honest. It’s supposed to be a one hour show, right? Feels more like it’s 90 minutes considering you’ve got quite a few in ring segments and a bunch of matches too.

    Case in point; the Guerreros vs the Blue Bloods could’ve been the main event of this show imo, given what’s been going on with Regal and Eddie. The Guerreros winning is a good sign after Eddie’s recent losses, and it wouldn’t surprise me at all if you kept them together in a bid to bolster your tag division with some solid workers.

    You’re doing an excellent job with your Savage promos. Feel very authentic, and I bet he’s someone very fun to write for given how batshit crazy he is. Good job.

    And with the actual main event, this feels much bigger than something that should be happening unadvertised on Saturday Night. Arn vs Sting could be a Nitro main event, and I wouldn’t bat an eye tbh. Nice explanation prior to the match for the lack of Horsemen and Luger at ringside and allowing this to be a straight up match.

    Big finish to the show too. You had to find a way out of the finish, as Sting isn’t winning the TV title but he isn’t jobbing to Arn either without shenanigans, and I think given the Outsiders crashed the show, no one will be disappointed at the ‘No Contest’ ruling. Great impact from Nash and Hall here, and them taking out Larry is no doubt in response to his big rallying cry at the top of the show. Excellent work.

    A lot of good stuff here, though as I mentioned earlier, I feel like you’ve packed a little too much on the show (unless I’m completely wrong, and it IS a 90minute show)

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    Re: WCW 1996 - The Birth of the NWO

    I approve of the Zbyszko stuff in the beginning. A bit like Bischoff, but I always loved the role Larry Z played against nWo.

    This turn was always coming, and I have no issues with how any of it played out. Job done. I also love that little thing of Duggan trying to play peace keeper beforehand. This was well executed.

    This segment was EVERYTHING. I love the quarrel on what the American Dream is, and DiBiase throwing out the pesos to Konnan at the end.. this was just so much fun to read. Can't compliment this segment enough. So many great little things done right here.

    I do like the highlight reel of only positives for Malenko, but yeah, no 96 crowd is shouting at Malenko he isn't elite. That was a bit of silliness that just made no sense.

    My goodness the Thrillseekers are bad :D

    The DOD stuff is interesting. Faces of Fear are looking amazing, and Hugh MORRUS is certainly intriguing. He's normal, wants back in, gets his ass kicked, now he's the Laughing Man again. It's certainly mysterious, and I'm liking it.

    Hardwork Bobby Walker winning!? What is this universe!?

    I liked the contrast of the Steiners in a surburan middle class home with the trophy room versus Harlem and the streets. It's a very simple trope, but it completely works. Very good continuance in your booking.

    Makes sense to bring in Chavo a bit early. He will make for a good CW addition then, and him picking up the debut win works. Good progression for the feud.

    Your Savage characterization was on point, but I do agree that you should've hyped this and your main event up more during the show. I like that Savage (and others) are playing the name game of the third man. You need to do more of that, build up the lack of trust.

    Good work advertising everyone else being away, great set up for everything to come. I love how the beginning comes full circle to the end with The Outsiders trashing Zbyszko. And having them on Saturday Night was a good call too as this was still a very important show to WCW still.

    This was another really fun show. You're really in a groove right now.

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    Re: WCW 1996 - The Birth of the NWO

    Monday Nitro
    July 1 1996
    USAir Arena
    Landover, Maryland

    Monday Nitro starts with the usual pyrotechnic display and the usual opening video. After the video, we head to the announcer’s booth as Tony Schiavone, Bobby Heenan, and Eric Bischoff join us. Eric still has on his neck brace, but looks to be doing better than last week. Eric is the first one to start talking, “First off, I want everyone to know that Larry Zbyszko will be ok. He is still recuperating at home and we expect him to make a full recovery.” Eric goes on to talk about how there is extra security in the building and they have armed officers stationed around the announce booth. Tony Schiavone is next to talk, as he wants to know who the third man is. Tony reminds us that Ric Flair, Lex Luger, and Sting are the three men that will represent World Championship Wrestling in the fight at Bash of the Beach. Eric Bischoff starts talking again and says, “I think that is one hell of a 3-man team right there. If you two invaders want to try to do a hostile takeover on WCW… I suggest you get a third man… hell a fourth man or a fifth man… you have the entire WCW roster to send you back to where you came from.” Eric sets up Bobby Heenan to introduce the first segment of the night, but instead Heenan says, “I have seen what these two men are capable of and I am done. I will not say another bad word about these two Invaders. I cannot risk my safety anymore. Dam’it I have a family I am responsible for and I cannot risk their livelihood or mine anymore. I will continue to do my job, but Eric you have to promise me protection.” Eric tells Bobby that he will be protected and makes mention of the armed security guards that are around the booth and tells “The Brain” that they will be here at all times. Tony sends it to Gene Okerlund who is in the ring ready for an interview.

    “Mean” Gene thanks Tony for the introduction as Okerlund makes an introduction of his own. Gene welcomes “my guests at this time, Lex Luger and the Man called Sting.” Lex Luger and Sting make their entrances as the fans go wild for their way out into the arena. Sting and Luger both have face paint on that Tony Schiavone calls their “War Paint.” Sting and Lex slap hands with the fans as they walk down the aisle way and get into the ring. Okerlund thanks them for their time and asks them for their thoughts on the six-man match at Bash at the Beach. Sting starts up saying, “I’m fired up about the match at the Bash at the Beach. Lex and I have got all our issues worked out and we are defiantly on the same page.” The fans pop big for this, knowing that all 3 of the WCW contingent need to be together to defeat Hall and Nash. Sting starts back up again, “Hall, Nash… you two want to come in to MY company and try to take it over… you wanna have a Hostile Takeover…It’s not going end the way that you want it to end… that I can promise you.” Sting beats on the chest of Lex, getting him hyped up as Luger does the same to Sting.

    We hear Running Horses and then the music of the Horsemen as Ric Flair and Arn Anderson make their way to the ring. Miss Elizabeth is on the arm of Ric Flair, but conspicuous by their absence is Chris Benoit and Woman. Flair and Anderson make their way into the ring and tells, off-mic, Sting and Lex that they are just here to talk. Arn is the first to get on the microphone, “Please excuse us for not being here in full numbers, but Woman and Chris Benoit are out handling Horsemen business. Guys, we are not here to cause any damage to you… even though we could if we so choose to do. Our main objective is to make sure the two of you are actually what you say you are, being on the same page as you say you are.” Sting and Lex Luger look at each other and shake their head up and down, agreeing that they are trusting of each other; however, Arn barely notices and continues, “So, this is what is going to happen. Tonight, it is going to be Sting and Lex Luger vs. Arn Anderson and Ric Flair. We are going to make sure that you two are prepared for a fight at Bash at the Beach. Tonight it is a trial by fire.”

    Sting gets hyped up and gets the microphone from Arn, “You want to have a trial by fire… then you’re on… How do WE *indicates Luger and himself* know that we can trust Flair?”

    The mention of his name gets Ric Flair riled up as he grabs the microphone out of Sting’s hand. Rather than getting upset, Sting just laughs off the disrespect from Flair. Ric gets on the mic and says, “WOOOOOOOOOOO. You think the Nature Boy can’t be trusted. Well guess what… your right. The Nature Boy shouldn’t be trusted, but for one night only… one match only… you can trust Ric Flair.”

    Lex Luger gets the microphone from Ric Flair and says, “I know what it feels like to not be trusted and I know it isn’t a good feeling… not a good feeling at all… So, I’ll trust you. As for your match tonight… you’re on… Sting and Luger vs. Arn and Flair… Don’t lose *looks at Sting and nods* OUR trust.” All four men shake hands as we fade to commercial.

    Commercial Break

    The theme of the #1 Contenders for the Tag Team Championships, The Steiner Brothers, plays throughout the arena as Rick and Scott Steiner make their way to the ring to a big ovation. Both are wearing their Michigan Lettermen’s Jacket and are slapping hands with the fans in the front rows. Scott is the one in action tonight, but both men get into the ring and await Scott’s opponent.

    Harlem Heat’s music hits as the fans begin to boo the WCW World Tag Team Champions. Booker T and Stevie Ray make their way to the ring with Sister Sherri leading the way. The Tag Gold is around their waist and Harlem Heat looks to be in a foul mood, as usual. Stevie Ray is in action, but just like the Steiners, both members enter the ring. The referee is able to get the two non-competing members of the tag teams onto the outside and then is able to start the match.

    Singles Match
    Scott Steiner vs. Stevie Ray
    This match is a slugfest between two of the heaviest hitting competitors on the WCW roster. Both men trade moves back and forth with neither man getting a substantial advantage. After a few more big moves from both competitors, it looks like Scott is going to get the advantage, however Booker T hops onto the apron. Rick Steiner rushes over, pulls Booker T down and they start to brawl on the outside. Inside the ring, Scott has Stevie Ray hooked for the Butterfly Suplex as the referee is distracted with trying to keep Rick and Booker T apart. Sister Sherri uses this opportunity to throw powder into the eyes of Scott Steiner. Steiner has to release his grip on Stevie Ray to try and get the powder out of his eyes. Stevie is able to flip Steiner over and gets him in a pinning predicament as Sherri has ran over to the referee and pointed out the pin, so the ref turns around and counts the three.

    Winner at 6:38 – Stevie Ray

    After the match, Stevie rolls out of the ring and goes over to get Booker T who has been thrown into the steel steps. Rick saw the pin on his brother, so he slides into the ring and checks on Scott as Harlem Heat grab their belts and make their way to the back.

    Commercial Break

    Monday Nitro returns to the home of Kevin Sullivan as we see Mike Tenay sitting on Kevin’s couch and Kevin Sullivan is in the same recliner chair that he was in last week. There is even more trash and the TV tray has even more crunched up cans on it. Sullivan still has bags under his eyes and is just rocking back and forth in the recliner.

    “Thank you for allowing us into your home,” begins Tenay, “how have you been doing? You don’t look like you have slept in days.”

    “Days?” asks Kevin Sullivan. “More like weeks Tenay… two weeks to be exact. Ever since the incident with Nancy.”

    Tenay nods, “When you say Nancy, you mean Woman… isn’t that right?”

    Kevin shakes his head in the affirmative.

    “Kevin, you told us last week that all our questions will be answered… now I have a few questions I would love to get to the bottom of.”

    Kevin starts to laugh, “All the questions need answers and all the answers will create more questions.”Kevin lets out a maniacal laugh and continues, “But go on and ask away Mike.”

    Mike has a confused look on his face as he starts his questioning, “What is your relationship with Woman or Nancy as you call her.”

    “I call her that because that is her name, Tenay.” Sullivan’s voice is elevated as he speaks on, “My relationship with Nancy is a bond that cannot be broken… A bond that stands the test of time… A bond that starts with this little thing right here.”

    Sullivan grabs a ring off the TV tray and tosses it at Tenay.

    Tenay catches the ring and places it on the couch as he says, “Ok, so the two of you are married. Why have you two kept this secret from the fans?”

    “Because it’s none of your damn business,” snaps back Kevin. “Nancy and I had an agreement that we would keep separate business and pleasure, but clearly that arraignment has been compromised.”

    “Could you elaborate?” asks Mike.

    “You know what I am talking about… You all know what I am talking about. Chris Benoit has taken something beyond business. He has fallen for the same things that I once fell for. But, you know what they say about people that fall?”

    “I’m not sure. What is that?” questions Tenay.

    “They end up falling on their sword,” answers Sullivan. “See, what is right is right and what is wrong is wrong. Benoit, you are playing checkers when I am playing chess. You think just because the Queen is in your kingdom that you have control over the castle. That simply *–

    There is a noise coming from the front entry area. Sullivan starts to look out of the doorway that opens up to the hallway that connects the front doorway to the living area. We hear the door open and then the hallway light flicks on. Kevin stands up and heads toward the door.

    “There isn’t anymore production people, are there?” Sullivanasks.

    Mike Tenay shakes his head “NO” as Sullivan walks closer to the hallway. Kevin slows down and comes to a complete halt as the camera gets a shot over Sullivan’s shoulder showing the person responsible for the door opening and the lights coming on.

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    It’s CHRIS BENOIT!!!!!!

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    He is holding a key, the key to the door of Kevin Sullivan’s house. Chris holds it up in the air for the camera to get a good shot of the key. Benoit throws the key at Kevin and then CHARGES at Sullivan. The fight is on. Both men are throwing punches, fast and stiff. Benoit gets the advantage and tosses Sullivan through the living room table. Benoit takes a second to clear the cobwebs and then comes back at Kevin, who grabs Chris by the waistline of Chris’ jeans and sends him into the recliner. The recliner tips over and Benoit goes with it. Kevin gets to his feet and grabs the TV tray, picks it up and throws it on top of Chris. Sullivan yells at Benoit, “How dare you enter my castle.” Kevin starts to stomp Benoit in the head over and over again as we hear a woman’s voice yell, “STOP IT… STOP IT RIGHT NOW!!”

    Kevin turns around and sees Woman standing in the frame of the door with a shopping bag in hand. Woman drops her bag and tells Kevin once again to stop. Kevin turns to Woman and says, “You allow this man in my home… you give him the key to my castle. HOW DARE YOU?” Sullivan starts to walk towards Woman in a threatening manner. Chris Benoit is back to his feet and grabs a lamp off the end table and smashes it over the back of the head of Sullivan. Kevin falls forward and is caught by Woman, who just lets Kevin slide down her and to the floor. Benoit starts to stomp on the back of Kevin’s head until Woman puts her hand on Benoit’s face and slowly turns it towards hers. The two SHARE A KISS over top of a fallen Sullivan as we fade to commercial.
    Commercial Break

    Monday Nitro returns to the Disco music of the Dancing Fools as the strobe lights are in full effect. Alex and Disco are dancing their way to the ring to a fair amount of heat from the crowd as the Disco Ball lowers from the ceiling. The Dancing Fools make their way into the ring and then they dance in the middle of the ring to the boos of the fans in attendance as the strobe lights cut off and the music dies down.

    The music of Public Enemy hits as the fans instantly start to wave their hands in the air back and forth as Johnny Grunge and Rocco Roc make their way to the ring. Public Enemy really have the crowd hyped up, especially after the 70s Dance Party that the Dancing Fools were trying to throw for the fans. Now, the fans are getting a party 1990’s style and are loving it as Public Enemy make their way into the ring.

    Tag Team Match
    Dancing Fools vs. Public Enemy

    This match starts off with a Dance-Off between the four men as Disco and Alex try to tell Public Enemy that their dance style is much better than the Party Style of Public Enemy. The fans are clearly behind Grunge and Roc as the fans are doing the over-the-head hand wave back and forth. Public Enemy turns their back to the Dancing Fools. Disco and Alex attack Public Enemy from behind and get a jump on the start of the match as the referee rings the bell at first contact. After a few moments of tag team brawling, Disco and Roc get to be the legal men. Disco has the advantage until he loses his focus and busts out his Disco Dance move to the boos of the crowd. Roc uses this to get the advantage and Public Enemy never really looks back. Public Enemy hit some tag team moves and even though Disco is able to get a tag to Alex, Public Enemy keeps control of the match.

    A big spot in the middle of the match sees Rocco Roc set up Alex on a table on the outside and are looking to somersault over the top rope and put Wright through the table, but the referee stops it and Alex rolls off the table while Roc is arguing with the ref. The end of the match comes when Rocco Roc and Johnny Grunge have Alex on the mat and are looking for their Drive-By finisher, but Jerry Sags runs down, and distracts Public Enemy. Johnny Grunge gets in the face of Jerry Sags and they argue as the referee tries to get Sags away from the ring. On the other side of the ring, Brian Knobs jumps the guardrail and jumps onto the apron. Knobs throws a punch to the gut of Roc that forces Rocco Roc to switch his focus away from Sags and Grunge. Brian lands a hard right hand to the face of Roc and then flips him off the top rope and through the table that was set up earlier by the Public Enemy. The referee is still distracted by Sags and Grunge, so Knobs grabs Rocco Roc and tosses him into the ring and Alex Wright covers him. Jerry starts to back-pedal towards the ring entrance as Grunge follows him. The referee sees the pin attempt by Alex and counts the three.

    Winner of the Match at 5:49 – The Dancing Fools

    After the match, Disco jumps into the ring, picks up Alex Wright and, very slowly, the pair starts to dance as the strobe lights turn back on and the Disco Ball drops from the ceiling and the fans start to boo the lost in time tag team. We fade to commercial with the last image being Disco smiling into the camera.

    Commercial Break

    Monday Nitro returns with “Mean” Gene Okerlund standing in the aisle way. Okerlund welcomes us back to Nitro and then introduces his guest at this time, Marcus Bagwell. Marcus comes out to a small amount of heat, as he recently turned on his partner, Scotty Riggs, on WCW Saturday Night. Marcus has a huge smile on his face and just looks to be oozing confidence. Once Marcus gets to where Gene is, Okerlund asks about Marcus, “what were you thinking on WCW Saturday Night?” Bagwell seems to not know what Okerlund is talking about, so “Mean” Gene throws to a replay of WCW Saturday Night

    Bagwell turns Riggs around and it looks like he is going to punch Scotty, but Bagwell simply puts his hands above his head in the “Clap” motion the American Males are known for. Marcus holds his hands in that position as Riggs does the same. Both partners hold the pose for a few seconds before Bagwell KICKS SCOTTY RIGGS IN THE BALLS. Riggs slowly goes down to his knees as he arms come down to his side. Bagwell looks down at his ex-partner and starts to smile and laugh as Bagwell mockingly does the over-the-head “Clap” motion in the face of the fallen Riggs. Bagwell does this motion as he exits the ring
    When we come back to the arena, Marcus Bagwell is laughing hysterically. After a few moments, he is able to stop laughing so much and is now just snickering as he says, “O… you mean when I dropped the loose weight of the American Males. Ya see Gene that was absolutely necessary. I am a STAR and Scotty RAGGS was holding me back.” Gene fires back in only the way that he can, “Marcus Bagwell… you know that his name is Scotty RIGGS and how you can stand there and say that you were the star of the team is beyond me… We all know that the American Males were a great TAG TEAM.”

    Marcus isn’t laughing at all anymore as he fires back at Okerlund, “First off, don’t you ever talk to me like that again… Secondly, I will never be known as Marcus Bagwell ever again. That was the name I was called when I was forced to carry Scotty Raggs. From now on, you can call me Buff Bagwell… cause I’m Buff… and I’m… the Stuff.” As the newly christened Buff Bagwell says the last line, he flexes his muscle and then gives the cockiest smile that he can muster. Okerlund wraps up the interview as we head to the announce booth to hear from Eric, Tony and Bobby.

    Tony Schiavone is the first to talk as he talks about the change to Bagwell’s name and how he cannot believe that Buff would just turn his back on Scotty Riggs; however, “The Brain” chimes in that he knew from the very beginning of the American Males that Buff Bagwell was the true star of the team and he is so happy for Buff that he finally dropped the dead weight of Scotty Raggs. Tony argues back with Bobby that Scotty’s name is Riggs and everyone knows that. Bobby hits Tony back with a classic Heenan comeback of “It seems to me that Buff has gone from Raggs to Riches.” Eric Bischoff sends us to the ring for Tag Team action.

    The music of the Faces of Fear blares over the loudspeakers as the fans begin to boo the men from the Island of Tonga. Meng and Barbarian still have the Spikes of the Road Warriors strung around their neck. Jimmy Hart is wearing shoulder pads in the style of Hawk and Animal, albeit with no spikes, in an obvious attempt to mock the Road Warriors. Tony Schiavone tells us to not touch the dial because when we come back, we will see the return to in-ring action of a tag team we haven’t seen in WCW in a while.

    Commercial Break

    Monday Nitro returns to the tune of “It’s Rock N Roll” as the fans are giving a big nostalgia pop for Robert Gibson and Ricky Morton, the Rock N Roll Express. Ricky and Robert make their way to the ring making sure to slap all the fans hands on the way down. The Rock N Roll step into the ring and play to the crowd once more as the Faces of Fear look to just destroy them, but Jimmy Hart is able to keep them at bay, presumably to make sure they have the match and come home with the winner’s purse for the match.

    Tag Team Match
    Faces of Fear vs. Rock N Roll Express

    The match is your classic 80’s style tag match while the Express are in control, which honestly is all of about a minute and a half. Ricky is able to use his speed to keep away from Barbarian and keep the crowd involved with some crowd work from Morton. Obviously Ricky is the one to take the heat and this starts up as soon as Barbarian gets Meng into the match when he abruptly cuts off Morton with a stiff kick to the head. Morton plays the babyface in peril as Meng and Barbarian completely annihilate him with some devastating power moves. Somehow, Morton is able to fight back and is able to crawl under the legs of Meng and tags in Robert Gibson who comes in a ball of fire and lands a few punches to Meng that stumbles the big man. Somehow Morton is back up and the Rock N Roll Express lands a double dropkick to Meng that knocks Meng into the ropes, which allows Barbarian to tag into the match. Ricky, for some reason hops onto Barbarian’s shoulders looking for a Hurricanrana, but Barb stops it and powerbombs the shit out of Morton. A Kick of Fear to Gibson and it’s all she wrote for the Rock N Roll Express.

    Winner at 5:29 – Faces of Fear

    After the match, the Faces of Fear continue the assault on Ricky and Robert with punches and kicks, just completely destroying the legend of the Rock N Roll Express. They set Ricky Morton up for their back body drop into powerbomb combo, now called the Fear Bomb; however, the Road Warriors come running down to the ring, steel chairs in hand. The Faces of Fear hop out of the ring, but Jimmy Hart gets caught in the ring with Hawk and Animal. Hawk gets him up in a military press, but Meng is able to grab the leg of Hart and drag him out of the ring. Hawk is able to hang onto Hart just long enough to grab the shoulder pads off of Hart. Hawk and Animal destroy the faux shoulder pads as Hart goes crazy on the outside of the ring. Meng and Barbarian grab the Spike necklaces and head up the ring, dragging a kicking and screaming Jimmy Hart with them. Once the Faces of Fear show Hart that they still have the Spikes, Jimmy calms down and starts to yell into his megaphone towards the ring at the Road Warriors, who are checking on Ricky and Robert as we head back to the announcer’s table.

    Tony Schiavone recaps the domination by the Faces of Fear and then gets into hype mode for the upcoming Pay-Per-View this Sunday, Bash at the Beach. Tony lets us know that it will be the Road Warriors vs. The Faces of Fear in a tag team match. Speaking of Tag-Team action, The Nasty Boys will face off against The Public Enemy in a Tables Match. We will have the Cruiserweight Championship on the line in a rematch from the spectacular match from the Great American Bash when Dean Malenko puts his title on the line against the spectacular Rey Mysterio Jr. Tony lets us know that it has been confirmed by JJ Dillon that the United States Championship will be defended when Konnan takes on Diamond Dallas Page. Bobby Heenan chimes in stating that he knows that Ted Dibiase will make sure his man, DDP, will bring the gold home. Tony Schiavone mentions the World Title match between The Giant and "Macho Man" Randy Savage.

    Eric Bischoff takes over the PPV rundown as he lets us know that JJ Dillon was not done signing matches for the Sunday and he just got word that after what we saw earlier tonight, it will be Chris Benoit vs. Kevin Sullivan in a Lights Out match. Eric reminds us that a Lights Out match is not sanctioned by WCW and all that WCW will do is provide the referee and ANYTHING GOES. Eric shifts to the main event of the event as he hypes the match that is now being called the Hostile Takeover match. Eric says that he knows Team WCW is ready and all the fans will see that later tonight when Sting, Ric Flair, and Lex Luger are all in the same ring later tonight. Eric says he still doesn’t have an idea who the 3rd man is, but he does know that WCW will not be destroyed. Eric Bischoff sends us to commercial with the promise of the Cruiserweight Champion in action when we get back.


    Commercial Break

    Monday Nitro returns to the music of “The Iceman” Dean Malenko who is coming out to a big amount of boos from the crowd. Malenko has his Cruiserweight Belt around his waist as he calmly walks down to the ring. Malenko has a serious look on his face as he steps into the ring where his opponent, Super Calo is already in the ring.

    Non-Title Cruiserweight Match
    Dean Malenko © vs. Super Calo

    This match is a showcase match for Dean as he is only 6 days away from defending his title. Dean hits all his signature moves, as he just is masterful in the ring with his technical skill. Dean seems to be focusing his attack on the back of Super Calo. The masked man, Super Calo, gets a small comeback attempt and hits a big cross body from the top rope. Dean kicks out and kicks it into high gear and wraps the match up afterwards with a Double Underhook Suplex into the Texas Cloverleaf and Calo taps out rather quickly.

    Winner at 4:30 – Dean Malenko

    After the match, Dean releases the hold and then holds his hand out of Super Calo, who grabs it and is helped to his feet by Malenko. Dean then, rather condescending like, pats Super Calo on the top of the head. We can then hear Dean say, “You gave it your best, but I’m just Elite… good job Kid.” Malenko then holds his hand out for Super Calo to shake his hand, but Calo, after being disrespected and treated like a kid by Malenko, doesn’t go for the handshake. This infuriates Dean, who looks down at his own extended hand and then just stares at Super Calo, who is headed out of the ring. Malenko attacks Calo from behind with a club to the back that sends Calo chest-first into the ring ropes. Calo bounces back to Malenko and is met with another shot, this time to the back of the head that knocks Calo to the ground. Malenko starts to stomp on Calo and then yells at him, “If you’re going disrespect me, then I’m going disrespect you.” The Cruiserweight Champion then does the thing that is unthinkable to a Mexican Luchador, GRABS THE MASK OF CALO. Super Calo instantly grabs at his mask and tries to keep it on, but a stiff kick momentarily stops Calo as Malenko continues to try to RIP THE MASK off of Calo. Luckily, the number 1 contender to the Cruiserweight Championship and fellow masked Luchador, Rey Mysterio Jr. runs down to the ring and this causes Malenko to hightail it out of the ring, saving himself for the title match at Bash at the Beach. Rey checks on Calo as Dean yells that he will see Mysterio at the PPV and will show him that he is the Elite Cruiserweight in WCW as we fade to commercial.

    Commercial Break


    Monday Nitro returns to another vignette for the newest Tag Team coming to World Championship Wrestling, The Thrill Seekers.

    The scene opens with the site of a Roller Coaster going up and down, side to side, and loop de loop. The video speeds through the roller coaster ride and then the coaster comes to a stop and off steps Chris Jericho and Lance Storm. Jericho walks up to the camera and says, “You guys always seem to catch us when we are catching some Thrills. Speaking of Thrills, our biggest Thrill is competition. Isn’t that right Lance?” “It sure is, Chris,” says Lance Storm. Chris Jericho goes on to talk about how the Thrill Seekers not only Seek out Thrills, but also Seek out competition. While Jericho is talking, a montage plays of Jericho and Storm playing different carnival games, just having a great time. We cut back to the Thrill Seekers as Jericho sends us off saying, “Until next time, remember to always Seek them Thrills.” The video fades out as we head to ringside
    **SELF HIGH-FIVE**

    The music of Diamond Dallas Page hits as the fans start to boo the man that says he is the embodiment of the American Dream, DDP. Page has a cigar in his mouth and is wearing his bedazzled ring jacket, but in addition to his normal accessories, Page is holding a pole that has the Mexican Flag on it. On commentary, Tony Schiavone remarks that Page and Dibiase are just bringing that flag with them to try to mock Konnan. Bobby Heenan quips that Tony doesn’t know that and Bobby thinks that Dibiase might be trying to move some business into Mexico. As always, Ted Dibiase is right behind DDP, in a custom suit and a handful of $100 in his hand, as both men walk down the entrance way and then get into the ring to a huge amount of heat. Renegade, Page’s opponent, is already in the ring awaiting the start of the match.

    Singles Match
    Renegade vs. DDP w/ Ted Dibiase

    This match is just a showcase match for DDP going into the United States Title match this Sunday. DDP completely controls the match from the moment that the bell rang and after toying around with Renegade for a few moments, DDP hits the DIAMOND CUTTER for the three count.

    Winner at 2:35 – Diamond Dallas Page

    After the match, DDP and Ted Dibiase step into the ring and Renegade gets the $100 bill into the mouth treatment. DDP kicks Renegade out of the ring and then Dibiase grabs the Mexican Flag from outside the ring and hands it to DDP. Ted is passed a microphone from Dave Penzer and then enters the ring. Dibiase starts on the mic saying, “It is my distinct pleasure to present to you… you’re NEW United States Champion, Diamond Dallas Page.” DDP raises his arms into the air and soaks in the boos from the crowd before he starts to wave the Mexican Flag in the air. DDP then is handed the microphone from Dibiase and Page says, “Gooood Gawwwwddd… it’s sure is good to be DPP… You may have noticed that I bought the Mexican Flag to the ring tonight. Well, it’s because I want to put the Mexican Flag right where it belongs. Ya see I am the embodiment of the American Dream and I know that I speak for all Americans when I say that we don’t want anything to do with Mexico.”

    While DDP is talking, Ted Dibiase has gotten out of the ring and grabs a trashcan from under the ring. It has clearly been planted under the ring, as when it is pulled out, it is painted solid black save for a giant gold dollar sign. Dibiase brings it into the ring and it looks like DDP is going to toss the Mexican Flag into the trash. This brings out the United States Champion, Konnan who is flying down to the ring to prevent the trashing of the Mexican Flag. Konnan has a chair in his hands, to even the odds, and slides into the ring as Page and Dibiase scurry out of the ring. Konnan picks up the Mexican Flag and starts to yell at DDP about respecting the flag.

    All of a sudden, Konnan is attacked from behind by V.K. Wallstreet. DDP and Dibiase step into the ring and start to stomp on Konnan. Page tells Wallstreet to pick up Konnan and then DDP drops Konnan with a DIAMOND CUTTER. Dibiase grabs the Mexican Flag and drapes it over the fallen body of Konnan as the fans boo heavily for the new stable (?). Dibiase stands in the middle of the two men and raises their hand in the air as we fade to commercial.

    Commercial Break

    Monday Nitro returns to the sound of Running Horses as Ric Flair and Arn Anderson make their way to the ring. Miss Elizabeth is on the arm of Ric Flair, who is styling and profiling his way down the ring in a gorgeous robe. Arn Anderson is right behind him and he has his Television Title around his waist. Arn and Ric don’t get as many cheers as they did last week in the heart of Horsemen Country, but they aren’t completely booed out of the building either. Ric and Arn slowly get into the ring and await their opponents.

    “Man Called Sting” blares over the speakers as the fans go wild for Sting and Lex Luger. Both men walk out into the arena, still in their “War Paint” as they clap hands with fans in the front row. It finally looks like Luger and Sting are back on the same page, which is a great thing with the Hostile Takeover match coming up in 6 days. Sting and Luger step into the ring and then clap their hands together high in the air. Sting then extends his hand out to Ric and Arn. Luger sees the extension of Sting’s hand and follows him; Ric and Arn accept the handshake and then both teams back into their respective corners and wait for the match to begin.

    Tag Team Match
    Arn Anderson/Ric Flair vs. Sting/Lex Luger

    The match starts with Arn Anderson and Sting starting with some good ol’ fashioned chain wrestling. It seems that the rest of the show was quicker matches to really showcase the wrestling of this match, as it starts off slow and steady. Sting gets the first sustained advantage of the match and uses it to hit a few quick slams and then tags in the powerhouse in the match, Lex Luger. Luger comes in, lands a few clotheslines to Arn and then sends him to the outside of the ring with a running forearm. Eric Bischoff sends us to our final commercial break of the evening as Ric and Arn huddle on the outside of the ring.

    Nitro returns with Ric Flair in charge of Lex Luger. How did this happen you may ask, well a picture in picture replay shows us that Arn Anderson was able to sucker Lex into the corner of the Horsemen and in classic Four Horseman style, Ric Flair dips into his bag of tricks and lands a cheap shot to Luger. We get back to full screen action and Flair is in charge of Luger, working over his leg. The next few minutes are quick tags in and out between Flair and Anderson continuing the attack on the leg of Luger. Lex is able to make a small comeback, but a clip of the knee sends him back down to the canvas. A couple of pin attempts don’t work out in the favor of the Horsemen.

    The tide starts to turn when Sting starts to get the crowd involved in the match whilst Lex is in a leg lock in the middle of the ring. Luger starts to inch his way towards Sting, but Flair, being the veteran that he is, releases the leg lock and pulls Luger back into the ring. Flair, sensing he needs to end the match, goes for the Figure-Four Leg Lock. Lex is able to roll Ric up in a small package for a two count. Luger, getting a burst of adrenaline from the cheers of the crowd, leaps to his corner and tag in Sting, who comes in to the biggest pop of the night.

    Ric Flair is begging off as Sting stalks him back into a corner. Unfortunately for Flair, it is not the corner that his partner, Arn Anderson, is in. Since Ric is now caught between Sting and the turnbuckle, he slowly stands up and tries to make a deal with Sting who is having none of Flair’s antics. Sting lands a right hand punch and then a backhand followed up by a whip into the opposite corner. Flair does his signature flip in the corner and lands on the apron on the side that Lex is standing, so Luger hits Flair with a hard right hand that knocks Flair to the apron. Sting goes over and picks Flair up, hip-tosses him over the top rope and into the middle of the ring. Sting grabs Flair, picks him up for a Military Press Slam. Sting calls out to his fans with a big “Howl” that is returned by the little Stingers in the crowd.

    This is where the match comes to an end, rather abruptly honestly, when Scott Hall and Kevin Nash come down the stairs in the crowd and over the guardrail. The two Invaders have baseball bats in their hand. The first person they attack is Lex Luger with Scott Hall grabbing him off the apron and then hitting him in the stomach with the bat. Arn Anderson comes flying around the corner and is met with a BIG BOOT from Kevin Nash. Kevin then throws Anderson into the guardrail. Sting has spotted the arrival of Hall and Nash and climbs to the top turnbuckle and the LEAPS OFF TOWARDS HALL only to be HIT WITH THE BASEBALL BAT. Sting is down as Ric Flair slowly is making his way to his feet. Hall and Nash have now made their way into the ring and are stalking Flair. “The Nature Boy” goes down swinging, hitting a right hand punch to Hall before getting a knee to the gut from Nash. A JACKKNIVE POWERBOMB follows a club to the back to Flair.

    At this point, the most unlikely of saviors for Ric Flair flies down to the ring; Randy Savage with a steel chair. Randy Savage charges into the ring and Hall and Nash CLEAR OUT OF THE RING to the shock of the announcers. Bobby Heenan says, “This has to prove that Macho Man is the 3rd man. Hall and Nash attack everyone else, but clear out of the ring even though they have baseball bats and all Savage has is a steel chair.” Macho is fired up and wants to go after Hall and Nash, but security has finally made its way to the ring and they brought along the armed police officers with them. The security is in between Macho Man and Hall and Nash. Macho is trying to get to the two Invaders, but he cannot break through the officers. We fade to black as the announcers hype up Bash at the Beach and the Hostile Takeover Match one last time.



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    Nice start to the show. I don't usually comment on them, but you're doing a great job of setting up stuff with those initial bits, which is the right way to use WCW's long intros. Bischoff still in the neck brace, Larry gone, guards everywhere... the nWo sure feel legit.

    I like the dual war paint, it's super goofy but fun for the era. Them being on the same page in the face of a bigger threat is awesome. "Trial by fire" is an awesome way to phrase it, and totally makes sense. Who can trust who? Who knows! That's the fun of it, and I love you're leaning in to it, but without overplaying your hand and making everyone out to be a total weirdo. They accept they will work together, but they're uneasy about it. That's great. Two very minor things out of this segment though - 1) it's spelled "definitely", not "defiantly", which I've noticed a few times (although only once in this show). Obviously defiantly is a totally different word, and hence probably doesn't show up in spellcheck. 2) I didn't hugely love Flair's "you can't trust me, except this one night when you can". I get the point, and I appreciate it, but given how great you were with words with the whole "trial by fire" stuff, I think you could have done more with Flair's "I'm a Horsemen, of course you can't trust me, but for one night you're going to have to because we all want the same thing" shtick.

    Not much to say on Steiner v Stevie, fairly basic booking, but does what it needs to.

    Ugh, I hate the whole "using their real name" thing. The whole point of suspension of disbelieve is the character's name is Woman. You wouldn't have Hans Gruber in Die Hard call John McClane "Bruce" because suddenly shit's getting real, you know? Aside from that I liked the Sullivan promo, I thought you did a good job with his verbiage, but I don't love the blurring of real life and fiction. You did well with what you had, but it's not really my type of thing I'm afraid. Once Benoit arrived that became good fun, and love the lamp spot. I'm slightly confused who is heel and who is face (which there seems like there's a lot of on these shows), but I'd imagine Benoit making out with Woman over his fallen body makes him the heel in this story.

    I'm not sure Public Enemy being stopped from using a table and Alex Wright getting off and the match continuing constitutes a "big spot" Nah, all jokes aside, this was fine. Obviously both teams are quite low on the ladder, so giving one of them a bit of a leg up is a good, sound idea while setting up the other for a match. It would be great to see people interfering in bold or something, just to make it clearer what's happening, but that's totally minor.

    Nice to see the birth of Buff. He gets a really bad rep for how lazy and shit he became, but until around 99/2000 he was actually a really fun, entertaining act, and I hope you do some good stuff with him.

    Nice to see the Rock 'n' Rolls. Is that just a one off? I feel like by '96 they're seen more as "old" than "nostalgic", but I love them, so fuck it. They're a great team to get someone like Faces of Fear over too. I still think the Road Warriors return was too soon and you could have milked it for a while, but if it is going to happen this quickly, this was a fun little segment, and seeing them come together again should be fun.

    Man, Bash at the Beach is this Sunday? Only feels like a couple of weeks ago we were at Great American Bash! Really pumped for the show, should be awesome.

    I really liked the Malenko segment, where we see him in action, and him treating Super Calo like shit. Had it stopped at the cheap shot and laying him out, this would have been perfect. As it is, the stealing of the mask seemed a bit out of nowhere. I feel like you need to build the mask up a bit first, especially during a feud with Rey Rey, otherwise it feels like a bit throwaway. It's not a big deal by any means, but the segment worked well enough without it imo.

    I'm starting to think these Thrillseekers promos are setting them up as heels coming in. Almost like an intentional Rocky Maivia thing. Or, I guess, a Bo-lieve thing if we want a reference which doesn't show me to be the old fucker I am. There's 90s cliche intro videos, and there's "you always seem to catch us when we're catching thrills." My favourite Jericho is unaware obnoxious Jericho (like the conspiracy theorist, or Kevin Owen's best friend), so if that's the plan, I'm in.

    This DDP stuff is eerily similar to the Malenko segment for me. I LOVE the squash, because it's absolutely what DDP needs at this point of his career to seem legit. I loved him taunting Konnan with the flag, and thought Heenan brushing it off as DiBiase starting business in Mexico was fantastic. Absolutely brilliant. I also liked IRS attacking and joining the stable, and using everything else as a trap. But the throwing the flag in the bin again just felt like a tiny bit too much. I know I'm being hyper critical and it's not like I hated it or anything, but everything apart from the flag stuff was really great, and it felt a little like overkill for what isn't a blood feud or anything.

    Great tag main event, exactly what you'd want from these four guys, and little bit of a dream match for me. It being ruined by The Outsider is predictable, but in a good way given it's the go home show. Them cleaning house is great, but then Savage makes the save?! Huh, didn't expect that. I'm confused by what this means given he's not actually in that match (and has a title match to be focusing on), and it's kinda odd to end the go home show with something that isn't scheduled for the PPV, but it certainly has my interest. Intriguing...

    Talking of Savage, though... where was The Giant? I believe he was only mentioned once all show, during the chat about the card for Sunday, and nothing else. Have those two even interacted before their title match? Obviously we've talked about Giant being an afterthought, but it was really noticeable here. He's the world champion, and even with a title defence six days away, Savage is still more interested in a different match. I don't have any kind of investment in that match, which seems a shame to me. You've got a 7 foot giant in the first year of his career and he's not even on the show 6 days before fighting one of the biggest legends in wrestling history and one of the main people on your roster.

    Overall this was a solid enough show. As a go home show there's not much you can do as you're setting up the PPV, so I tend to give a free pass to these shows. You did some good work for hyping up the PPV which is the main thing. There were honestly a couple of minor misses in there, with the lack of Giant/Savage hype the biggest, but I was as entertained as I always am, so it's clearly another good effort. Looking forward to Bash at the Beach.

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    I like The Brain there in the beginning commentary.

    Definitely, not defiantly :P I see that error a lot!

    I like the booking of the tag match as a ready for war match, but the execution definitely left a bit to be desired. Pretty flat segment here.

    I like how the 2 v 1 outside numbers helped Harlem Heat grab the win, although it would've definitely been greater if you used it to focus on how Sherri will still give them the advantage at BATB too. Powder is a great old school heel move that I normally love to see, but I don't see how it fits into Harlem Heat too much.

    Benoit and Woman showing up was totally telegraphed, but there's nothing wrong with that. This was a very good segment. I would've loved for Sullivan to be more blunt and just say they were having an affair or whatever, but minor nitpicking there. Very good ending overall to this. Love the progression.

    Love the quick dance off bit and PE still wanting to use tables. Good simple interference by the Nasties, and still getting the table spot in. Definitely should've used some bold or something to emphasize the table spot, but no huge deal.

    Simple but effective Bagwell stuff. He should always be Buff 'The Stuff'. I like the Raggs stuff. Reminded me of a heel late 90s DDP in the greatest of ways.

    That Fear Bomb finisher is tight. Very good build for this feud tonight. Lod get some good hype. This should be a great ugly brawl.

    I hate the elite moniker for Malenko, it just is an unnecessary nickname to his already great two monikers. I love the mask spot in a microscope. However, you just had a very similar segment with LOS saving RnR from FoF. Poor pacing on your part to book the same stuff back to back.

    SEEK THEM WHITE MEATS BAYBAY!!!

    Good thing you didn't put the flag in the trash, the WCW fans probably would've loved that! I love the VK Wallstreet addition to the stable for all the obvious reasons. Again, I love the idea here for this angle - GREAT way to build heat for the feud. But again, it's a big cool idea right before the PPV and back to back. The mask and the flag are two pretty big things to use for a feud, but they feel shoehorned in at the last minute right now. These things would've been better spread apart, both in this show and the weeks build.

    I thought the main event was really good in getting your trial by fire arc over, although where's all this security Bischoff was talking up!?!? Naw, The Outsiders needed to show up. Good tease of where Savage lies, and getting your Invaders over.

    However, definitely a disappointment go home show. I have full faith you rectify it with a great PPV though. You had a lot of great ideas, but the timing and execution for most was just not so good so everything fell pretty flat unfortunately.

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    Really strong opening from the commentators, focusing all the attention on the Outsiders and the added details of the armed security being there to protect the announcers after what happened to Larry on Saturday Night. Absolutely the right way to start this show.

    The ‘war paint’ is a rather goofy, but nice touch, in keeping with the real life situation iirc and the WCW guys wearing face paint together to show solidarity. You don't need me to mention the ‘defiantly’ thing, do you? Lol. I’m glad Sting and Luger were completely on the same page here with none of the underlying animosity or shadiness rearing its head from Lex, aside from that slight nod to his issues with Sting with his final line of the promo when telling Flair not to lose their trust.

    I would’ve liked a little more bit on Flair’s part where he said he can’t be trusted, but they can trust him for one night only. A little more explanation from him as to why he can be trusted this once, putting over the threat of Nash and Hall needing to be stopped would’ve been a perfect explanation for him putting his ego to the side at BATB. The ‘Trial By Fire’ is a cool tag line for the main event, and a big match for the go-home show.

    The singles match before the PPV tag match is the by-the-numbers typical booking, and Stevie stealing the win at least gives the champs the upper hand before BATB.

    I enjoyed the Sullivan/Benoit scene. Big fan of your rather cryptic verbiage for Sullivan throughout, and I actually quite liked him addressing that he’s married to ‘Woman’ but they agreed to keep their personal and professional lives separate. Finishing up with Benoit and Nancy standing over Sullivan in his home and kissing was quite the slap in the face for the husband. Great stuff to generate heat for Benoit and sympathy for Sullivan.

    The one kinda issue I have (aside with agreeing with Keef on the real names stuff) is that Sullivan is unfortunately not a great fit for this kind of angle. He’s been that goofy weird Dungeon of Doom leader, and his character on TV is one you’d expect to be living out in the woods, not clocking off from work and heading home to his wife to watch TV etc.

    I think that’s what makes it a little tougher for me to really get invested in the shoot/work angle, as we have to accept that Sullivan isn’t actually a total goofball like he portrays himself as on Nitro, whereas, there’s no big difference in Benoit on Nitro or when he’s off the job because he’s just a regular dude.

    I’m not even sure how you address that issue either – or whether you have to. It’s not like you can have Sullivan come out and say; “well, I just play this character on TV, I’m actually not that weird if you really get to know me”. Tough spot. It might just be me that has that problem. Anyway, I’ve gone off into a bit of a tangent there, even though – as I said at the beginning of this – that I quite enjoyed the whole segment.

    The name alone means I’ll probably never take the Dancing Fools seriously, but I don’t think I’m really supposed to either. They’re your quintessential comedy tag team, and the dance off to start was something fun, and fit with the Public Enemy as the opponents. Nasty Boys screwing Public Enemy at least allows the PE to save face in a loss to the Fools, and should set up the blow off for the feud.

    Scotty RAGGS~!! I lol’ed at that. I think already that the decision to break the Males off has paid off. Bagwell feels like a potentially big star as that cocky heel, and him changing to ‘Buff’ here worked for me. Quietly, you’re building quite a healthy roster of mid card heels in DDP and Bagwell so far. Did you come up with that “Raggs to Riches” line? If so, bravo. That gave me another big chuckle.

    Lovely touch to have Hart wearing the knock off LOD shoulder pads minus the spikes. You know how much I’ve enjoyed this program, and it goes to show how something so simple can be a big deal. I mean, on paper; “FoF steal the Road Warriors spikes” sounds hokey as shit … but it’s actually turned out to be one of my favourite angles in the short history of this thread, and it’s because of how you’ve sold it being a big deal and the ultimate show of disrespect. The little things; Meng and Barbarian wearing the spikes around their necks, the shoulder pads – all adds up to something great.

    Nice use of RnR Express as fodder for Faces of Fear. This was all about the post match shenanigans though, and setting up the big rematch at BATB. With the Road Warriors getting the upper hand here (glad you didn’t give away much action between the teams and saved it for the match) I have to suspect they’ll be jobbing again to the awesome Meng.

    Big rundown for BATB, and I gotta say, you could’ve sold this show solely on the Outsiders match … but underneath you’ve got the makings of an epic show here. Arguably, your World Title match is the weakest thing there in terms of build up at least. Lights Out match sounds like it should be a blast too. I remember you responding to someone after your last PPV about wanting to have something for everyone, and it really feels like you’ve got all bases covered for this show.

    I agree with the sentiments of both the gentlemen before me in regard to Malenko. As Zoom said, I don’t think Malenko needs that ‘Elite’ tag as he’s already the Iceman, and I think the mask stuff was a bit out of nowhere for a go-home show. If this feud is going to carry on for another while yet (and I suspect it will be) it’d be smarter to have saved that angle for a little later down the road when the feud needs some more steam to pick it up.

    SEEK THEM THRILLS~!!

    Think the show could’ve been laid out slightly differently to spread out the heel squash matches. DDP and Malenko both getting squash wins back to back felt a little too similar for my tastes. But that aside, I’m still loving what you’ve got going on with DDP and this ‘American Dream’ gimmick he’s running with at the moment. He’s got the perfect foil in Konnan too, which makes it all work all the better. Wallstreet aligning with Page and DiBiase is a good idea too, considering his history with Ted, and it never hurts to have a heater for your cocky heels.

    Handshake before the main event sure was interesting. I absolutely expected a Flair cheap shot seeing as he only said they could trust him at BATB. Like Zoom wondered, I did to; where was all this security!? I’m assuming they were positioned just to protect the announcers, right? Anyway, the Outsiders looked nasty with this run in, taking out all four guys – all top guys too – by themselves with the bat. I know this is pre-crow Sting … but I wonder if that Baseball bat being used by the Outsiders is a hint of what’s to come…?

    The fact that this was the ONLY involvement of the #1 Contender on the show struck me as odd. Him getting involved in a program he has no business in, whilst having no interactions with the guy he’s challenging at the BATB just seems rather weird. Not even the fact he made the run in – I get that you want to create suspicion around who the third man is – but that Savage had no other involvement on the show with Giant. Even some sort of backstage segment between the pair could’ve sufficed.

    Anyway, a strange-ish finish to the show, but I get the purpose of it. I’m not buying that Savage could be the third man, but I liked the fact you’ve painted it as a possibility. I’m really excited to see this card come together now. You’ve done an excellent job in building this show with a limited window of three weeks. Great job.

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    WCW Saturday Night
    June 29 1996

    WCW Saturday Night opens up with a two-shot of Mike Tenay and joining Tenay this week, due to the attack on Larry Zbyszko, is Bobby “The Brain” Heenan. Tenay welcomes Heenan to the show and makes mention of the armed guards that have been placed around the announcer’s area at the request of both Mike Tenay and Bobby Heenan. Bobby notes that he is only here because he “has a job to do and that his family needs him to bring home the bacon.” Tenay hypes up an 8-man tag team Main Event match with The Steiner Brothers teaming up with Public Enemy facing off against the team of The Nasty Boys and Harlem Heat. Bobby says that he knows that match has some real big personalities in it and he cannot wait to see what will happen. The hype for the show is not over as Mike Tenay lets us know that the three men fighting for WCW in the Hostile Takeover match are going to be here for a very special in-ring interview conducted by Eric Bischoff. Mike then transitions us to ringside, where we are set for our opening contest.
    Some upbeat Rock music plays as out comes Billy Kidman and Chris Kanyon to a moderate pop, probably more for them being the first wrestlers in front of the crowd than for the fans being completely behind the young upstart tag team. Kidman and Kanyon slap hands with fans as Mike Tenay lets us know that the team is now known as Yung N’ Reckless. Bobby hits us with a classic line about the tag team being more like Young and Dumb. After a round around the ringside area each, Yung N’ Reckless get into the ring.

    The strobe lights hit throughout the arena and the Disco ball starts to lower from the ceiling, which can only mean one thing; here comes The Dancing Fools. Out come Disco Inferno and Alex Wright to a chorus of boos from the crowd. After about 15 seconds of their entrance is shown, just enough to get the ridiculousness of it over, Mike Tenay sets up a video package from Nitro two weeks ago showing what is leading to this match.

    There are strobe lights on and the Disco ball is coming down from the ceiling. Disco and Alex get up on the apron and start dancing as Kidman and Kanyon charge at them looking to knock them off the apron, but the Dancing Fools finally get something right and pull down the top ring rope and this sends Kidman and Kanyon over the top rope and to the floor officially eliminating them from the match
    We cut back to the arena and The Dancing Fools have made it into the ring. Alex and Disco are dancing in the ring as the referee is trying to get one of them out of the ring, so the match can start

    Tag Team Cruiserweight Match
    Yung N’ Reckless vs. The Dancing Fools

    The match doesn’t even start because while the referee is trying to get one of The Dancing Fools out of the ring, The Giant walks down the aisle way. The WCW World Heavyweight Champion steps over the top rope and into the ring. Kidman and Kanyon, being Yung and Reckless, charge at The Giant and take a double clothesline for their efforts, which draws boos from the crowd for ruining the first match on the show. Disco and Alex, seeing that The Giant is in no mood to be messed with, try to hightail it out of the ring, but are grabbed by their tights and pulled back into the middle of the ring. Giant grabs them around their necks and lifts them both into the air at the same time before dropping them both to the canvas with a HUGE DOUBLE CHOKESLAM. The crowd goes wild for the Chokeslam, which seems to be becoming loved by the fans even though they don’t like the man delivering the Chokeslam itself.
    Kidman and Kanyon have both gotten to their feet and turn right into a DOUBLE CHOKESLAM from the 7-foot tall World Champion. Again, the fans give a huge roar of approval for the Chokeslam and then start to boo once The Giant starts to yell into the camera. The camera is able to clearly pick up The Giant say, “Do you realize I’m here now? I am the World Champion, I am 7-feet tall, 500 pounds and I will Chokeslam anyone in my way. Don’t ever look over a Giant.” The Champ then surveys the destruction he has caused and then steps over the top rope and heads to the back to a mixed reaction from the crowd as we cut back to our commentators for the evening.

    Official Decision - No Contest

    Bobby Heenan is the first to speak as he puts over the attack from The Giant and then states that he wouldn’t want to get in the way of the Giant and that Chokeslam of his. Tenay brings up the question of just whom The Giant was sending a message to. Tenay questions, “Could it be to Hall and Nash or could it possibly be his Bash at the Beach challenger in the Macho Man, who even though having a World Title match already signed, wanted to be involved in the Hostile Takeover match against Hall, Nash and whoever their 3rd man is?” Bobby brings up that it “could be a message to JJ Dillon and WCW as a company… I mean The Giant is the World Champion and they never even considered him as being a member of the 3-man team for Bash at the Beach. I mean we don’t even know who the 3rd man is, it could be someone from WCW…it could be The Giant, Tenay.” Tenay says that it would be a dark day in WCW if the World Title ever became associated with them two Invaders. Mike then lets us know that the next match will be ready after this commercial break. Tenay sends us to commercial hoping that the second time is the charm and we get in-ring competition when we return.

    Commercial Break

    WCW Saturday Night returns and first through the curtain is Bobby Walker, who is coming out to some hip-hop music. The fans mostly don’t react to Walker, but much like last week, Bobby is able to get some cheap heat when he picks on a kid in the front row. Walker then slides into the ring and poses on the middle rope to a smattering of jeers from the fans in attendance.

    The music of the WCW U.S. Champion, Konnan, blares over the PA system as the fans give a loud pop for their champion. Konnan comes out, United States Title proudly worn around his waist, and slaps hands with the fans in attendance, making sure to spend a few extra moments with the kid that Bobby Walker picked on before stepping into the ring. Mike Tenay lets us know that this match is Non-Title as Konnan hands over the belt to the referee and awaits the start of the match.

    Non-Title Singles Match
    Konnan © vs. Bobby Walker

    This match does actually take place, so that is a good thing. Not so much for Bobby Walker as this match is really just a showcase for Konnan before his Title defense at BatB. A few interesting moments do take place as after a middle-rope pose off where Konnan is unquestionably the winner, Sister Sherri walks down the aisle-way. Now, she only comes about mid-way down, but Konnan is distracted by her presence, just knowing how devious she can be. Bobby Walker uses this to his advantage and attacks the US Champ from behind. Sister Sherri seems to like what she sees from Ol’ “Hardwork” as she sticks her pointer finger just a little bit into her mouth in a rather seductive pose that it seems all women have mastered. Sherri then turns on her heels and walks back to the backstage area.
    It is a good thing that Sherri turned away, because after a small flurry of offense, the young Walker gets a little too cocky and plays out to the crowd, which allows Konnan to get the advantage. Konnan runs through his move-set and then finishes Walker off with the Rolling Clothesline into the Tequila Sunrise for the submission victory.

    Winner at 4:20 – Konnan

    After the match, Konnan grabs a microphone from ring announcer Dave Penzer and starts to talk to the fans. Bobby Walker is slowly making his way to the back as Konnan begins by thanking the fans for the warm reception when he came out. Konnan transitions to speak about what happened on Monday Nitro where he was left lying underneath the Mexican Flag saying, “it took 3 men to take me down and one of them had to sneak up from behind.” Konnan gets fired up as he talks about the heritage that comes with the Mexican Flag and how tomorrow night he will be “fighting for the pride of not only Mexico, but also for the United States.” Konnan says that he wears the U.S. Championship “not only as a Title in WCW, but a symbol of the American Dream. That no matter where you come from or what your situation is, that you can make it in America if you work hard enough and that you don’t need to buy your way into acceptance from the American people, Holmes.” Konnan takes a moment to allow for a big ovation from the crowd before starting up again.

    “I would challenge DDP right here, right now to come out and fight me, but Ya see, Page and his new buddy, V.K. Wallstreet are using Ted Dibiase’s private jet to fly down to Florida for Bash at the Beach tomorrow night,” Konnan lets us know. The fans boo that they aren’t going to see a title match tonight, but Konnan lets them know that he defiantly plans on heading down to Daytona Beach and kicking DDP’s butt all over the Beach. “Odelay… Arriba La Raza…” Konnan gets a big ovation as we fade to commercial break

    Commercial Break

    WCW Saturday Night returns the two-shot of the announcers as Mike Tenay welcomes us back to WCW Saturday Night. Tenay hypes up the special in-ring interview with Ric Flair, Sting and Lex Luger being conducted by Eric Bischoff later tonight. Mike sets up Bobby for his thoughts on the entire Hostile Takeover situation, but Bobby says that, “Momma Heenan said, ‘If you don’t have nothin’ nice to say, don’t say nothin’ at all’ and I have already made it clear that I will not be saying anything more about Hall and Nash because my protection cannot be guaranteed.” Tenay tells Heenan that he understands where he is coming from and then sets up a video package hyping the Hostile Takeover match tomorrow night.


    Spoiler:

    From Monday Nitro May 27th 1996 -- The man gets on the microphone, now in the middle of the ring, and looks directly at the camera. He states that “you know who I am, but you don’t know why I am here.”He makes light of the skits that have been taking place on the WWF asking where the Nacho Man, the Huckster, and Scheme Gene are. This man then makes mention of the Ken Doll look-alike that calls himself the leader of WCW and ends his spiel by saying “you wanna go to war, you want a war, your going get one.”

    From Monday Nitro June 3rd 1996 -- Coming into the shot is the same man that interrupted the show last week with a microphone. He gets into the face of Eric Bischoff and calls him Ken-doll. Eric asks the man what his name is and he replies Scott Hall. Hall tells Bischoff to get his three best men because Bischoff wanted a war and Hall is here to deliver. Hall grabs Eric around the collar as security runs in and tries to separate Scott Hall from Eric Bischoff. The security team is able to get Hall away from Eric, who tells the security to keep them separated.

    Sting runs out from backstage and gets behind Bischoff, looking to get to Hall. Eric holds him off, telling Sting to not even acknowledge him because that is what Hall wants. Scott Hall, who still has the microphone, tells the security to back off, “chicos.” Hall starts to leave but before he leaves he promises, “The big guy will be here next week.” Nitro fades to black as Sting tries to get after Hall and security is trying to keep the two men separated.

    From Monday Nitro June 10th 1996 -- Scott Hall looks directly at Eric Bischoff, who asks Scott “where’s the big guy?” Scott tells him he is right there and points, with a baseball bat, to the ring. The Big Guy climbs over the ringside guardrail and gets into the ring, with a bat of his own. The Big Guy nails Kidman with a bat shot to the gut, he hits Kanyon with a bat shot as well. While this is going on, Scott Hall has made his way to the ring and nails Scott Armstrong in the back with the baseball bat. He gets into the ring and nails Brad Armstrong in the gut with the bat and then throws him into the waiting arms of The Big Guy. He picks Brad up and nails him with a humungous Jackknife powerbomb. The Big Guy yells into the camera, “so this is where the big boys play, well this is now where Scott Hall and Kevin Nash run the damn place.”

    Sting, Lex Luger, Macho Man, and The Horseman run down and try to get into the ring, but Hall and Nash hold them off with the bats. Every time one of the men tries to get in the ring, they are met with a bat hitting the ring rope. Eric Bischoff runs down to ringside, microphone in hand, and is yelling for officers. Armed cops make their way to the ring, batons in hand. Eric tells Hall and Nash that they can either leave or he will have the officers get them out by any means necessary.

    From Great American Bash June 16th 1996 -- Kevin Nash looks at Scott Hall and both men begin to laugh. Scott Hall grabs the shoulder of Eric and spins him around. Scott grabs the toothpick out of his mouth and throws it in the eye of Bischoff. Eric gets turned around by Kevin Nash and kicked in the gut. Nash picks Eric up for the Jackknife Powerbomb. Nash sends Bischoff throw a table on the side of the stage as the fans in attendance are in a state of shock. Nash and Hall throw their hands in the air, proud of their work as they head out of the side of the entrance and out of the building. EMT’s run in to get some medical attention to Eric Bischoff. A stretcher is brought out as the camera goes back to Tony Schiavone and Bobby Heenan.

    From Monday Nitro June 17th 1996 -- Bobby Heenan looks at the camera and says, “Hall, Nash… I have done some dastardly things in my career. I know how to make an impact on any company, but you two crossed a line last night. Eric Bischoff isn’t a wrestler. Hell, he isn’t even a manager. Eric Bischoff is an high ranking executive in World Championship Wrestling and I don’t think you understand what you just did.”

    The screen cuts and we see static fade in and out as the video feed looks to be interrupted. After the static clears up, we see Kevin Nash and Scott Hall. The screen is set in a black and white hue to it as Nash and Hall are laid out on some staging in a non-descript room. Hall looks into the camera and says, “Looks like you guys need to get your videos right. I mean this was too easy, right Big Guy.” Kevin Nash lets out a huge laugh and agrees with Scott Hall. Kevin makes a few jokes about the quality of WCW production and says that they don’t have to deal with that where they come from. Nash then gets serious and starts to tell us why they have interrupted the show once again. Nash says, “Ya see, we want to apologize to Eric Bischoff.” Hall has a shocked look on his face and seems surprised by Kevin Nash’s statement. “Yea, we wanted to apologize that we didn’t send him through two tables.” Both men get a huge laugh out of this as Hall begins to speak this time. “But you wanted a WAR Eric, and we brought you the war. Now we want you to get your three best men and meet us whenever you want. Eric, you tell us a place and we will be there.” The static starts to come back in and out and then we abruptly cut back to Tony Schiavone. Tony tries to speak, but is unable to get the words out so Bobby Heenan takes over. “Do you two know what this means... there is another one of them out there somewhere and we have no idea who it is. Could they be backstage in the locker room right now? Are they going to show up from another place? Most importantly, when are they coming?”

    From Ric Flair vs. Randy Savage Main Event -- All of a sudden, the fans in attendance all stand up and we see two figures walking down from the top of the crowd. As the men come into focus, the announcers start yelling to get security because it is Hall and Nash. They step over the guardrail and are trying to get at Flair. The security guards make their way to the ring and get between the ring and Hall and Nash. The Horsemen come flying down to the ringside area and try to get at the invaders. The security is able to stop Benoit and Anderson before they get their hands on Hall and Nash. Sting comes running down to the ring and surprisingly, Lex Luger is right behind him. Sting and Luger are trying to Hall and Nash as inside the ring, Macho Man has started to stir and ends up rolling up Ric Flair. The referee rolls over and counts to three as Flair kicks out right as the three is counted.
    The fans barely have time to recognize that a three count has been counted as Sting has finally broken through the security and gets his hands on Scott Hall and Kevin Nash. The crowd goes absolutely crazy for the first contact between a WCW wrestler and the invaders. Security quickly grabs Sting as we see Doug Dillinger calling for more security. His request is granted in the form of police officers. Inside the ring, the security has to pull Macho Man and Ric Flair apart as they have began fighting again. The last thing we see on Nitro is security trying to separate all these men as Tony lets us know that we are out of time and we fade to black.

    From Monday Nitro June 24th -- Eric Bischoff takes over as he looks directly into the camera and has a serious look on his face, “I don’t who you two invaders think you are, I don’t know where you came from and I don’t know why you are here, but if you think that you are going to run me out of World Championship Wrestling than you are sadly mistaken. Now, I want to tell you that the challenge that you two have put out there has been accepted. WCW will have three men to face you at Bash at the Beach. The only question I have for you is why have you requested to face three men when I only see two of you? Do you have three men or are you just bluffing? Now, we are going to make sure we have three men, I just want you two to be ready for what WCW has coming to you…an a**-kicking.”

    Arn Anderson in the middle of the ring -- “There has been a challenge thrown out by two invaders, two wannabe wrestlers that think they can come in here and take over this company. This company has its lineage going all the way back to 1905 and I’ll be damned if this company goes down on my watch.”

    Sting in the ring with The Horsemen and Lex Luger -- Sting says that Sting is WCW and that if anyone is going to fight for WCW it is going to be Sting. Lex Luger grabs the microphone and says, “and Lex Luger… It’s going to be Sting and Lex Luger. Everyone here knows that we are the two best individual wrestlers in the entire world of professional wrestling and it doesn’t even matter if we can find a third man because I know that Sting and I can take care of things.”

    JJ Dillon in the ring -- Tonight, we are going to have a six-man elimination style tag team match. It’s going to be Chris Benoit, Arn Anderson, and Ric Flair vs. Sting, Lex Luger, and let me think about it… “Macho Man” Randy Savage.”

    From the six-man elimination match -- Sting pulls Chris to the middle of the ring and pins him. Ric Flair starts to step into the ring, but Arn Anderson puts his arm in front of Flair stopping him from making the save as Benoit gets pinned. Savage comes in a ball of fire and knocks Flair to the floor and ends up getting Anderson to the canvas. Macho Man is able to land his elbow drop and gets the three count onto Anderson. The Nature Boy starts to get cocky and ends up punching Sting off of the apron and then Ric Flair WOOS in the face of Luger. This upsets Luger, who steps into the ring and goes to throw a clothesline to Flair, but Ric moves out of the way. Luger CLOTHESLINES MACHO MAN. Flair slides out of the way as Savage pops up and goes right after Lex. Both men are arguing and Luger PUSHES SAVAGE BACK into a schoolboy from Flair for the three-count.

    From Various WCW Saturday Night Episodes -- Larry, looking dead serious, looks directly into the camera and tells Scott Hall, “I come from a land of tradition, a land where you earn what you get, and if you think that you will come in and ruin my tradition, then you have another thing coming, Scott Hall.”

    Larry Zbyszko cuts Tenay off and goes on a rant about the chaos that happened at the beginning of Nitro. Larry talks about how he does not like the direction that WCW is going. He says that Eric Bischoff needs to get some law and order in World Championship Wrestling and that starts this Sunday. Larry says he is absolutely disgusted that these two chumps think that they can run WCW. This is World Championship Wrestling and no one runs us.

    Larry makes mention of Eric Bischoff being powerbombed through the table and says, “I am absolutely disgusted by what I saw from you two. You have no right to come into this company, a company rich in tradition, and just do what you see fit. You are not wanted here, so you need to just leave.”

    Larry takes over and again has a strong message; however, this time it is not for Hall and Nash, but for the wrestlers of World Championship Wrestling in the six-man match. “Sting… Lex Luger… Ric Flair… Gentlemen, you have to put all your differences aside, you have to realize that we have to nip this entire situation in the butt. We have to eradicate this threat before it can get momentum. Sir Isaac Newton once said that a ball that is in motion will stay in motion, well it is time that we stop the ball in its tracks.”

    Scott Hall sucker punches Sting as he walks up the steps of the platform the announcer’s table is on. Scott Hall punches Sting down to the floor and holds him at bay as Kevin Nash sets Larry up for a JackKnive Powerbomb. Nash drops Zbyszko with a JACKKNIVE POWERBOMB THROUGH THE TABLE as Anderson gets to the area. Nash lands a side-knee to the gut of Anderson and drops him with a punch. By this time, the security team has made their way out and they have brought police officers with them. They work to get Hall and Nash away from the destruction they have caused. Kevin and Scott don’t put up much of a fight to leave as they have clearly done the damage they were looking to do as we fade to black to end the show.

    From the Macho Man sit-down interview June 29th 1996 -- “Now Macho, you did bring up Hall and Nash,” states Tenay, “So I must ask you, straight up… Are you the 3rd man?”

    “I am not hanging with Hall and Nash nor will I EVERRRR be hanging with Hall and Nash. I am here for WCW and when I become the World Champion that is all that will matter, Digggg It. But I’ve been Thinkin, Thinkin, Thinkin on who the 3rd man can be.”

    “Who do u think it is?” Mike Tenay excitedly interrupts Randy.

    “First off, don’t interrupt the Macho Man… remember that Tenay… Now, that that’s out of the way… its Luger… He knocks me down after I told him not to cross me… nope… NO WAY… don’t trust him… NO WAY, NO HOW.”


    We cut back to ringside where we see Brad Armstrong stepping into the ring as Mike Tenay hypes up Rey Mysterio Jr. right after this quick commercial break.

    Commercial Break

    We return to the full entrance of Rey Mysterio Jr. who is coming down to the ring to a significant ovation from the fans in attendance. We even see that some of the little kids in the audience have on Rey Mysterio Jr. masks, as it seems the popularity of the young Luchador is starting to grow week by week. Mysterio slides into the ring and shakes hands with Brad before going to a neutral corner, patiently waiting for the match to start.

    Cruiserweight Singles Match
    Rey Mysterio Jr. vs. Brad Armstrong

    This is a showcase match for Rey Mysterio Jr. to get the fans in the mindset that Rey is the real deal when it comes being a challenger to Dean Malenko. Mysterio gets in his high-flying signature moves to the delight of the fans and wraps the match up relatively quickly with a top-rope Hurricanrana for the three-count.

    Winner at 3:20 – Rey Mysterio Jr.

    Due to the quick nature of the match, “Mean” Gene Okerlund makes his way into the ring, microphone in hand. It looks like Okerlund wants an interview with Rey Mysterio Jr. and “The Brain” uses this to make a crack about if Mysterio can even speak at all, much less English. Okerlund is ready for the interview and asks Mysterio what his thoughts are on Dean Malenko. Mysterio responds in Spanish, “Solía respetar Dean Malenko… ha demostrado para ser poco fiables… Lo se derrotan por el Cruiserweight título.” Okerlund, clearly not understanding what was just said, asks if Mysterio could translate what he just said. Mysterio manages a chuckle and then says, “Sorry, just speaking to Mi Amigos in Mexico… I said that I used to respect Dean Malenko, but he has shown he is untrustworthy…. O, yea… and that I was going to win the Cruiserweight Title.” Okerlund wraps up the interview by hyping up the Title match for tomorrow night as we head to commercial break.

    Commercial Break

    WCWSN returns with the British Classic, “Noble Occasion,” plays throughout the arena as the fans are giving a fair amount of heat to the English trio of Lord Steven Regal, Earl Robert Eaton, and Squire Dave Taylor. The men have their noses in the air as they make their way to the ring. Squire Dave Taylor is the man in action tonight and steps into the ring followed by his Blue Blood partners.

    The music of Eddie Guerrero plays throughout the arena as Eddie Guerrero comes out to a great ovation from the crowd. His nephew, Chavo Guerrero Jr., is right behind him to lend some morale support and maybe some physical support if the members of the Blue Bloods choose to get involved in the match. Eddie and Chavo slide into the ring and pose for the fans before the match starts.

    Singles Match
    Eddie Guerrero w/ Chavo Guerrero Jr. vs. Squire Dave Taylor w/ Lord Steven Regal and Earl Robert Eaton

    Eddie Guerrero has firm control of this match from the moment that the bell rings. Eddie keeps the match quick and high-energy as he hits some crowd-pleasing moves to the delight of the crowd. Regal and Eaton attempt to cheat, but Eaton is caught by the referee and is tossed from ringside. Lord Steven Regal is able to sneak behind the referee’s back and attempt to hit Eddie with a sucker punch, but it is Eddie’s nephew, Chavo Guerrero Jr., pulls Regal down from the apron and hits him with a hard right hand that knocks him to the ground. Inside the ring, Eddie hooks Taylor for the Brainbuster and then drops him on the top of Dave’s head with it. Eddie hops to the top rope, calls to the crowd, and then lands a devastating Frog Splash for the win.

    Winner at 5:20 – Eddie Guerrero

    After the match, Eddie and Chavo celebrate in the ring with each other as Dave Taylor rolls to the outside of the ring near Lord Steven Regal. Eddie and Chavo head to the back while Taylor helps Regal to his feet. Steven has a disgusted look on his face and just shakes his head at Taylor as he walks to the back in his dignified English way. Taylor follows after him as we head to commercial.

    Commercial Break

    WCW Saturday Night returns with yet another vignette for the new tag team coming to WCW, The Thrill Seekers. While we know just exactly who the Thrill Seekers are, the next question is just when will the Thrill Seekers make their debut in WCW.

    The scene opens with the site of a Roller Coaster going up and down, side to side, and loop de loop. The video speeds through the roller coaster ride and then the coaster comes to a stop and off steps Chris Jericho and Lance Storm. Jericho walks up to the camera and says, “You guys always seem to catch us when we are catching some Thrills. Speaking of Thrills, our biggest Thrill is competition. Isn’t that right Lance?” “It sure is, Chris,” says Lance Storm. Chris Jericho goes on to talk about how the Thrill Seekers not only Seek out Thrills, but also Seek out competition. While Jericho is talking, a montage plays of Jericho and Storm playing different carnival games, just having a great time. We cut back to the Thrill Seekers as Jericho sends us off saying, “Until next time, remember to always Seek them Thrills.” The video fades out as we head to ringside

    We cut back to the ringside area as the Running Horses of the Horsemen plays throughout the arena. Out from behind the entrance area steps Chris Benoit followed right behind by Woman. Both have a smile on their face as they walk down to the ring. Benoit has the 4 fingers of the Horsemen in the air and Woman on his arm. The duo step in the ring as the crowd lets out some boos for the two, especially after the vicious attack on Kevin Sullivan on Monday Nitro. Benoit awaits his opponent as Woman steps to the outside apron. Mike Tenay and Bobby Heenan bring up the huge interview that is scheduled for the end of the night with fellow Horsemen member, Ric Flair as well as his teammates at BatB, Sting and Lex Luger. Tenay questions if Flair is going to fly solo for that interview of if the Horsemen will all be joining Flair in the ring.


    The Island music of Prince Iaukea hits as the fans give a small pop for the Prince. Iaukea is giving a kid his traditional headdress, ala Bret Hart giving away his shades to a young fan, when Hugh Morrus runs out into the entranceway and hits the Prince with a vicious forearm to the side of the head. Morrus then grabs Iaukea by the head and much like two weeks ago on WCWSN with Benoit and Sullivan, Morrus grabs the head of Iaukea and bounces Prince’s head off of the guardrail. After a few hits, Morrus starts to walk down to the ring and we can hear him challenging Benoit to a match. Chris accepts the replacement, so Morrus slides into the ring and the match begins.

    Singles Match
    Chris Benoit w/ Woman vs. Hugh Morrus

    Hugh is able to get the advantage to start the match as Benoit is a little overzealous and charges at Morrus with a clothesline attempt that Morrus ducks. Hugh lands some heavy-handed shots to Benoit and then sends him across the ring before knocking him down with a hard clothesline. Morrus then takes a moment to maniacally laugh and then starts yelling to Benoit. The camera is able to pick up bits and pieces of what Hugh is saying and it sounds like Morrus is fighting Chris for Kevin Sullivan. Surely this has to do with Hugh wanting to be back in the good graces of “The Taskmaster.”

    Hugh Morrus keeps on the offensive for about another minute or so before starting to just have what looks to be a breakdown. Hugh just starts laughing and laughing, then starts pulling at his hair. This allows Chris Benoit to take advantage and never look back. Benoit is able to hit a few variations of some suplexes before following those suplexes up with a flying headbutt. Benoit locks in the Crippler Crossface and Hugh Morrus taps out whilst laughing maniacally.

    Winner at 6:38 – Chris Benoit

    After the match, Benoit keeps the Crippler Crossface locked in while the referee tries get Chris off of Hugh Morrus. Hugh is still laughing, but it starts to slow down, as the Crossface stays locked in. The referee is not able to get Chris off, so Woman steps into the ring and simply places her hand on Benoit, which is enough for Chris to have him release the Crossface as Hugh Morrus passes out. Chris and Woman start to walk to the back as the referee begins to check on Morrus. Hugh slowly starts to wake back up and it seems like he is literally laughing himself back into consciousness as we head to commercial with Tenay telling u that the huge 8-man tag match is coming up as soon as we return to WCWSN.

    Commercial Break

    The music of the Public Enemy hits as the fans give a pretty good ovation for the tag team from Philly, Johnny Grunge and Rocco Roc. A good portion of the fans are waving their arms back and forth, of course being lead by Roc and Grunge, who keep this up all the way to the ring. As we have a lot of entrances to make for this match, the music of The Steiner Brothers cuts off the dancing of the Public Enemy and out comes Rick and Scott Steiner to a even louder reaction that Public Enemy got. A lot of the fans are barking for the Dog-faced Gremlin, who reciprocates the love by giving a few barks to the crowd as the Steiners, getting a little more entrance time than PE, slap hands with some fans before stepping into the ring. The two babyface tag teams shake hands to show solidarity as they await their opponents in this big main event match.

    “Nasty” hits over the arena speakers as the fans start to boo the team of Jerry Sags and Brian Knobs, The Nasty Boys. Sags and Knobs clearly don’t care about being booed as they egg it on by yelling at some fans before making their way to ringside. Clearly at a number disadvantage, the Nasty Boys decide to play it safe and wait for their partners on the outside of the ring. As if right on cue, the music of the WCW World Tag Team Champions plays and the boos that reign down onto Stevie Ray and Booker T is more than just a decent amount. Harlem Heat steps out into the arena, gold around their waist and Sister Sherri right in the middle of the two brothers. Booker T and Stevie Ray walk side-by-side to the ring with Sister Sherri out in front. When the trio reaches the Nasty Boys, we can hear Sherri telling Knobs and Sags to just follow Harlem Heat’s lead and she can guarantee a win. The Nasty Boys don’t seem to like that game-plan all that much as a little bit of arguing can be seen between the two heel tag teams before Sherri calms her men down and has Harlem Heat step into the ring. Eventually, Brian and Jerry follow thus all 8 men are in the ring.

    8-man Tag Team Match
    Public Enemy/Steiner Brothers vs. Nasty Boys/Harlem Heat © w/ Sister Sherri

    The match eventually gets underway after a little bit of a disagreement between the Nasty’s and Harlem Heat on who is going to start the match, Booker T gets the nod against Scott Steiner. Booker and Scott are able to work some chain wrestling with Scott using his power to his advantage and taking control of the match. Scott gets his brother, Rick, into the match and the Steiner Brothers are in firm control of the match. Booker T is able to reverse a Irish Whip and Stevie Ray hits Rick with a knee to the back from the outside of the ring thus allowing the heel team to take the momentary advantage. Booker goes to tag in his brother, Stevie Ray, but Brian Knobs cuts Booker off, tagging himself into the match. Again, this leads to an argument between the two heel teams; one that Rick Steiner is more than willing to take advantage of, dropping Knobs on the back of his head with a back suplex. Johnny Grunge calls for the tag and Rick is happy to oblige, giving the fans a preview of the Bash at the Beach tables match.

    Grunge holds control of the match for the next few moments, before getting a little ahead of himself with the celebration and this allows Knobs to get the advantage. Brian tags in his partner, Jerry Sags, who comes into the match and keeps the momentum rolling for the heels. Jerry does some pretty basic offensive; mostly chokes, punches, and kicks. Stevie Ray tags himself into the ring rather roughly, even yelling at Sags to get out of Stevie’s ring. Ray keeps the offense going, but unlike the basic brawling style of Sags, Stevie Ray hits some power moves to Grunge. After a few of these moves from Stevie, Johnny Grunge seems to be down and out, so Brian Knobs sees this as the perfect time to get back involved in the match and blind tags into the match. This really irritates Stevie Ray who starts to yell at Knobs. This distraction allows for Johnny to get a roll-up for a two count. The match continues for a few more moments before Johnny Grunge gets a run on Knobs, which allows him to tag Roc into the match.

    Rocco comes in a ball of fire, knocks Brian Knobs to the canvas and then hits Sags off of the apron to the floor below. This transgression leads to Sags coming into the ring and going after Rocco Roc, driving him back into the babyface corner. Due to this, Rick Steiner tags himself into the match. Grunge and Knobs are back to their feet and are brawling with each other working their way to the outside of the ring, but not before Booker T slaps Knobs on the back shoulder tagging himself into the match. As Booker goes to make his way into the ring, Grunge and Knobs who are now falling through the top and middle rope to the outside bump him. Stevie Ray turns around and starts to yell in the direction of Knobs, who is now fighting Grunge down the aisle-way. Meanwhile, on the other side of the ring, Rocco Roc and Jerry Sags are brawling. Inside the ring, Booker stumbles into the middle of the ring right into a Belly-to-Belly suplex that, shockingly, gets the surprise three-count in which Booker T kicks just a split-second after the three-count is counted.

    Winners at 12:39 – Public Enemy/Steiner Brothers

    After the match, Stevie Ray turns around and sees that the quick pin-fall took place as Rick heads over to his brother. Stevie steps into the ring and walks over to his brother, who is already on his feet. Sister Sherri hops into the ring and gets in between Harlem Heat and The Steiner Brothers. Booker and Stevie want to go after Rick and Scott, but Sherri stops them by telling them they have to defend the belts tomorrow and need to save themselves for that. Harlem Heat decide to listen to their manager and back out of the ring as the Steiners are calling them back into the ring. Mike Tenay hypes up the two matches at the Bash at the Beach between the four teams that were involved in the match. Bobby Heenan gives a last minute sell of the interview with Flair, Sting, and Luger that is next.

    Commercial Break

    WCW Saturday Night returns with Eric Bischoff, making a rare WCWSN appearance, standing in the middle of the ring. Eric takes a moment to make sure that the camera is on a single shot of him and then begins to speak, “Ladies and Gentlemen, tomorrow night WCW goes to WAR with two Outsiders that want to take away the livelihood of each and every single member of the WCW roster, every person that works for WCW, and WCW as a whole. Now, we have been told that there are three men, but we have only seen two Outsiders.” Eric takes a moment to take a breath and then starts up again, “We have three individuals that WILL BAND together tomorrow night and WILL eradicate World Championship Wrestling of these Outsiders. It is my honor to have those men fighting for WCW to join me at this time. First, please welcome, representing the Four Horsemen, ‘The Nature Boy’ Ric Flair.”

    The Running Horses hit as the fans give a pop for Ric Flair as he comes out in a pair of slacks and a collared shirt and has Miss Elizabeth on his arm. Arn Anderson is right next to him and conspicuous by their absence is Chris Benoit and Woman yet again. We know that the two were in the building earlier this evening, so it’s a wonder that they aren’t out here to show solidarity with Ric, Arn, and Liz. Arn is the first into the ring and steps aside to give Flair the opportunity to “Style and Profile” with a strut down the middle of the ring followed by a loud “WOOOOOOOOOO.” After Flair is finished up, Eric Bischoff introduces Flair’s partners, “Let’s hear it for Ric Flair’s partners at Bash at the Beach, Lex Luger and The Man called STING!”

    A huge pop is heard as “Man called Sting” plays over the loudspeakers and out comes Lex Luger and Sting still wearing their “War Paint” albeit it is a different color scheme this week. Sting and Lex Luger make their way down to the ring, slapping hands with the fans in the front row as they walk down to the ring. Lex heads into the ring and Sting gets into the ring, but not before he makes sure to slap hands with everyone in the front row being the ultimate babyface that we know Sting is.

    Now that both are in the ring, Eric says “Thank you for joining me tonight, all of you.” Eric motions towards all the men in the ring. “I have called you all out here tonight to make sure that everyone understands the severity of the Hostile Takeover Match. I want to you all to fight for WCW…fight for your livelihood…fight for your jobs.”

    Eric Bischoff takes a moment to let his words sink in and its Ric Flair that is first to speak to Eric, “Eric-boy, you don’t need to worry about anything. The Horsemen are going to be in the building and everyone knows that The Horsemen know how to fight. I can promise that as long as everyone plays their part, there will not be a threat anymore after Sunday.” The crowd gives a big pop for this declaration from “The Nature Boy” as Flair turns his attention to Sting and Luger and then continues, “Monday Night, there was a Trial by Fire, which was interrupted by Hall and Nash. I was powerbombed… they took out Sting and Lex with a baseball bat… They attacked a fellow Horsemen… that doesn’t sit well with me at all… Horsemen don’t just lie down for anyone… Hall and Nash, you two are not going to make it out of Bash at the Beach alive, that I can promise you… WOOOOOOOOOO.” The fans pop huge for this inspired speech from Ric Flair as Sting gets on the microphone.

    “Flair, you’ve got me fired up,”starts Sting, “Eric, let’s get Hall and Nash out here right now. I want to fight and I want to fight right now.” Eric waits for the pop to subside and then says, “Unfortunately, it’s going to have to wait until tomorrow night. There is lawyers and paperwork involved –” Sting interrupts, “Lawyers…paperwork…yada-yada… I DON’T CARE about all that legal mess, Eric. We are going to WAR…there isn’t going to be rules tomorrow night… WE HAVE TO BE PREPARED TO FIGHT.” Sting gets the crowd hyped up as they rise up out of their seats and cheer on their face-painted hero.

    Lex Luger gets the microphone from Sting and says, “I am so ready to FIGHT, but Eric, do you have any ideas on who this third man is? When you go to war you have to have a plan and part of that plan is knowing who your adversaries are.” Eric Bischoff gets on the microphone saying, “I haven’t been able to get any information from them their lawyer. All I have been told is that the 3rd man will be in Daytona Beach tomorrow night.” The fans boo this announcement from Bischoff that the 3rd man is still not being revealed as Lex Luger gets back on the mic. “Personally, I think I know who the 3rd man is.” Lex pauses for a moment to build anticipation from the crowd, which is on the edge of their seats. “It’s the Macho Man… everything adds up… Who was the only man that didn’t get touched Monday on Nitro? I’ll answer that question, it was Randy Savage –”

    The music of Randy Savage hits as the fans give a big ovation for the Macho Man as he walks out into the arena. Macho Man, who is all business, walks directly down to the ring and steps into the star-studded ring. Macho grabs the microphone out of Eric Bischoff’s hands and says, “Nuh-uhh… Not happening… No Way… Not going to have it happen.” Savage stares directly into the eyes of Lex Luger and continues, “I’ve already said it... I am not the 3rd man… How do we not know that you’re on the up and up huuuuh? Sting may be fooled, uh huh, but no one fools the Macho Man. I don’t trust you Luger.” Macho then turns to Ric Flair, “And don’t think that I forgot you… I don’t like you and I don’t trust you at all. I should be in this match –”

    Flair interrupts Savage, “Look here Savage, I don’t care if you don’t trust me. I’ve told everyone in this ring that I can’t be trusted. I’m a Horsemen and everyone knows that the Four Horsemen are out for themselves. Now saying that, Ric Flair is giving you two,” Flair points at Lex Luger and Sting, “my word that you can trust not just me, but also the Four Horsemen, for one night only.” Flair extends his hand to Lex and Sting and the duo shakes Ric’s hand. Eric Bischoff looks like he is about to wrap up the interview when Ric Flair turns to Randy Savage and says, “YOU can never TRUST me… not one bit… you took away my World Title match against The Giant… don’t think I have forgotten that… however, you need not forget that I took your wife.”

    This last line is the tipping point as Macho Man charges at Ric Flair and lands a few punches, just from the surprise of the attack, before Arn Anderson grabs Macho Man and pulls Randy off of Ric. Macho lands a back elbow to Anderson and then gets back at Flair. This leads to Sting and Luger trying to break up the fight between the two stars. The fans start to stand up and look around, anticipating the arrival of the Outsiders, but what they get is the World Champion, The Giant, coming down the aisle. The Giant steps over the top rope and grabs Arn Anderson and tosses him over the top rope. Lex Luger and Sting notice the 7-footer and charge at him only for both men to be grabbed around the necks and then CHOKESLAMMED to the canvas. Sting and Luger roll out of the middle of the ring as Giant grabs Ric Flair by the back of his head and pulls him in for a Chokeslam. Macho Man has made it to the top rope and comes off at Giant, only to be caught around the throat. The Giant picks both men up for a DOUBLE CHOKESLAM that leaves both men lying in the middle of the ring. The Giant looks around at the carnage and then lifts his hand in the air to some cheers from the crowd.

    We cut to the announcer’s table as Mike Tenay and Bobby Heenan recap what we just saw. They give a final pitch for the PPV tomorrow night and question who the 3rd man is. Bobby Heenan asks if anyone in WCW can be trusted. Mike Tenay wraps the show up and tells us that the entire of WCW will forever be changed after Bash at the Beach.



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    Re: WCW 1996 - The Birth of the NWO

    I think somebody mentioned on your last episode of Nitro, but your opening commentary is being done quite well often. Whilst not as dramatic as Nitro, Bobby Heenan still just being here because he has to be, and the security really shows the impact that Hall and Nash have had on the entire company. That’s a good thing.

    I don’t mind the idea of Kanyon and Kidman teaming up as the Yung N Reckless. It gives them something to do although I would like to understand why they are teaming together, even if they are going to be jobbers. The Giant coming out and squashing everybody is the right move here, simply for the fact that he’s barely had anything happen recently. The idea of him sending a message to everybody is great, but we need to have a lot more of this moving forward, and it needs to be on Nitro, not just the B show. Still, I definitely think this was a step in the right direction with The Giant, although some Giant/Savage interaction would have been nice.

    Konnan was always going over Bobby Walker here, the only call to make. Walker/Sherri stuff has me intrigued though. Konnan’s mic time was pretty good as well. I really enjoy the differing ideas of The American Dream that Konnan and DDP have and the way you are getting them across. Fun, mid card angle.

    Video package and more Heenan awesome commentary to hype Hostile Takeover was great.

    Rey Mysterio win and promo was solid enough. Just some hype for Cruiserweight title match which was all that was needed. No other comments at this stage.

    It feels like Eddie has struggled with the numbers of The Blue Bloods so I’m all for Chavo coming in to help out. It just seems like natural progression here. I’m all for Eddie getting the win here, and for The Blue Bloods, as long as it’s not Regal losing often, all is well. Good booking here.

    Thrill Seekers videos have been so much fun to read. I can’t wait for them to actually debut.

    Whilst it’s still early stages, I’m glad you’re giving Hugh Morrus something to do. The idea of Morrus trying to get back in Sullivan’s good books is fine, and attacking Iaukea to get his hands on Benoit was a great move as far as I’m concerned. If I wanted to be really picky, during the match recap, it would have been nice to understand how Morrus started having a break down. Was it a certain move that took place? Did it just happen out of nowhere? I’m really not sure but either way, I’m enjoying the added importance of Morrus. Benoit wins as he should before the PPV, and the aftermath demonstrating that Woman is the only person who can control him was a nice touch also.

    Eight man tag was solid enough, and from the get go, you sold the differences between the two teams well. One team showed solidarity and the other didn’t. I’m all for the challengers pinning the champs before the PPV as well, standard booking all around, and the face off afterwards adds some hype. More solid stuff.

    Honestly, I get what you were going for with this final segment but I’m a little torn. I thought the mic work from all was solid, with my only issue being Randy Savage. When he mentioned “I should be in this match”, it almost sounds as if he wants this match over the match he already has, which is for the World Title. To me, personally, that statement really devalued the World Title and considering the issue with the lack of build for the World Title match, this is the last thing that was needed. Now, I do appreciate the Savage/Luger back and forth and I also get what you were trying to do with The Giant here. I was happy to finally see some sort of Giant/Savage interaction, that was surely a positive… However, whilst Giant looks amazing suddenly, you put him over the wrong people. You just had the entire WCW team look weak one night before they go to war for the company. They were all taken out by one man and tomorrow night we are supposed to believe they can defend the company against three? You put Giant over but I think you did it at the expense of others who didn’t need this sort of beating so close to the PPV.

    Saturday Night is the B show but was still solid enough. For the most part, everything is trending in the right direction, with my only real issue being that final segment. Still, build up throughout has been very good and I look forward to the PPV.








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    Re: WCW 1996 - The Birth of the NWO

    Thanks for the review .. so the idea for the last segment was to get over that Giant could possibly be the 3rd man... i really should have had Heenan sell it on commentary afterwards


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    Re: WCW 1996 - The Birth of the NWO

    The in-ring interview with Flair, Sting and Luger sounds good to me. Good chance for some final big shilling before the Hostile Takeover on PPV. As ever, the detail on the commentary intro is well done here, including the emphasis on the security protecting them.

    Yung’N Reckless is a decent enough team name for what I assume will be a typical ‘white meat’ babyface team. Is there a reason for ‘yung’ rather than ‘young’ though? Seems sort of weird otherwise. An angry Giant is my favourite kind of Giant, and I appreciate you doing something like this to get some form of focus on your champion. Most definitely needed, after being a total afterthought on Nitro. Used the right guys as fodder here too.

    The post match discussion raised some interesting points too, floating the idea that Giant could actually be the third man in the Outsiders along with the general feelings that he’s being overlooked as champion and disrespected by both Savage and JJ for differing reasons. Good to have multiple potential suspects as the third man imo.

    Basic win for Konnan – as it should be. Not sure what to make of Sherri being out there, though the logical conclusion would be that she’s eyeing Walker up as a potential client? Post match ‘rah-rah’ speech from Konnan was fine too – he’s a loveable face in this situation, and I like the way he describes the american dream as opposed to how DDP has been living it. Been a really fun mid card angle of two guys from totally opposite ends of the spectrum.

    Given how heavily featured Savage was in the recap package leading up to the Hostile Takeover match, he has to be a big suspect as to who the third man could be. Him believing it to be Luger too could be a way to take the focus off him too. Overall though, a great recap of everything that’s happened, and anyone just finding this thread now could be caught up nice and quick with that.

    Not a whole lot to break down with the Mysterio stuff here. Nice win and a pretty basic promo. Will be interesting to see how you book that match at the BATB, as it’ll be tough to have Rey beaten again … but it also doesn’t feel like the rivalry has heated up enough to put the belt on Mysterio either. Could’ve done with a little more fire from Rey here though, I think considering the actions of Malenko on Nitro.

    Still feels like Eddie has cooled off a little after pushing Arn Anderson close at the last PPV, with his TV appearances now being almost exclusively on Saturday Night. Pleased that it was another win for him though, with Chavo proving to be a worthy addition to his act, helping against the numbers of the Blue Bloods. Regal not being happy with Taylor after the match is something I think will be worth keeping my eye on…

    Morrus still trying to get in the good graces of Sullivan!? Guy is clingy, lol!! That said, I thought the set up for this match was great fun, and something different. I hope it leads to a Morrus/Iaukea match down the road, as the Prince shouldn’t be taking that kind of beating lying down. Didn’t love the finish to the match with Morrus laughing whilst tapping out; if he’s laughing whilst trapped in a submission, surely it doesn’t hurt that much for him to be submitting??

    If you’re going with that kind of finish, and had to have Morrus laughing, it might’ve worked better just to have Hugh pass out during the match after the laughing fit rather than needing to keep the hold locked in after the match.

    Faces on the same page whilst there’s some infighting on the heel side makes for a good dynamic at least in the 8 man tag. Good match to book with the PPV up next, giving a preview of what’s to come tomorrow. Felt like that arguing between the heel teams made it an easy decision to have the face teams win due to them being on the same page. Good storytelling on your part, as if the heel teams won after their infighting, it wouldn’t have been a good look for the Steiners or Public Enemy. Nice work by Sherri too – making herself useful by protecting her boys from a fight this close to BATB.

    Strong way to close out the show, and rightfully, the interview in the ring ended the night. In terms of presentation, I can see what you were doing with the colour codes for each guy, but I didn’t really like it personally. I’ve never been a fan of all these different colours on a show and prefer a basic 2-3 at most for a running theme. Despite a few grammatical issues though, everything else was pretty much on point with everyone being on the same page – as they should be – to fight the invading forces.

    Luger now accusing Savage of being the third man after Savage accused him makes sense, and I would believe that this is going to be the building blocks of a rivalry between the two after this show. That accusation bringing out Savage took things for a weird turn – but worked to include Savage as he’s still been a part of this angle. Surprised though that it was Savage and Flair coming to blows in the end and not Luger.

    The total dominance of Giant to wipe out EVERYONE was the kind of stuff you should be doing with him, and certainly helps make him look much like an unstoppable force, having been scrambling with bottom feeders for quite a while. Big moment for Giant, and casts a massive spotlight onto him as a suspect for the role of third man. He’s not my pick, but you did a fine job of painting him as a possibility by taking out all the guys that are battling the Outsiders. My guess at his motivation is just the lack of focus he’s been given and now he’s coming for the attention – whatever it takes.

    Not the finish to the show I envisioned, but a very good one nonetheless. Strong way to lead in to Bash at the Beach. Very excited for the show now.

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    Re: WCW 1996 - The Birth of the NWO

    That's the motherfucking Giant we've been waiting for! That definitely felt like an ode to your readers, and we appreciate that stuff. He is your World Champion but he has gotten less screen time than Public freaking Enemy hahaha. Let him wreck shit.

    Sister Sherri can't like Walker. She's all about that SEXUAL CHOCOLATE!

    I do like the Konnan angle, and the promo hit all the right spots. Very well done.

    The Mysterio stuff was weird speaking in Spanish first and then English. I think it clashes too much with Konnan doing the Mexico/Hispanic stuff as well. Just weird.

    Eddie needed the win over Taylor who is a nothing on his own. Blue Bloods are a great team to eat losses.

    WHITE MEAT BAY-BAY!

    I love Morrus trying to take on Benoit because of Sullivan. This is a great little arc that I really hope you continue to flesh out further.

    Good cluster fuck main event. You did well to continue the Nasties and PE are just two big brawling teams who want to kick was others asses, while using that to give Steinersa clean win but leave Harlem Heat feeling like they have a reason to feel hard done by.

    I don't think your intentions came through here. I can see how you were trying to sell maybe Giant was the third man and create the no one can trust anyone fear factor, but that's not how it came across. Instead, it looks like Giant just buried your Team WCW before they face The Outsiders. Even then, you can sell that by he took advantage of their in fighting to thrash them, but there's again that missing layer of context to hammer home so everything makes sense. I like the idea of this new Giant you're portraying though, just balance making him look strong v burying others. While you were great with Savage before, tonight was lacking in his inflection, and I think Flair was a bit disappointing too. The line about the wife reads better to me, if it's something along the lines of ending it instead with "but you can't trust the Naitcha Boy either... Just like your marriage vows, pal!" Or "... After all, I got YOUR WIFE... on my arm!" Much better flow while getting in some classic Flair.

    I have no doubt you'll deliver at BatB.

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    Re: WCW 1996 - The Birth of the NWO

    I say it every show, but I love how you do intros. Feels very authentic and tells the story you want to tell for the overarching themes. Very good.

    Yung 'n' Reckless! Did Kanyon and Kidman actually team in real life, or is this totally your work? I don't remember seeing them as a team but I can them being a great fit. Good stuff there. Yes! This is the version of the Giant I've been looking for! You clearly know how to book him, so I'd love to see this version of him carry on. This was great. Also liked how the announcers immediately thought his promo was about the nWo storyline. That kind of harping back to it even for stuff that's unrelated does make it feel super important. Obviously WCW irl went too far and ended up being unable to talk about anything other than the nWo, but in moderation, this kind of thing is great.

    I liked Konnan's promo. With wrestling audiences it can be hard to straddle that line of babyface foreigner vs heel xenophobic American, because a lot of the audience will side with the heel, but this kind of promo is exactly the way to keep things as you want them to be. Good stuff.

    Good idea to hype the main match from the Bash in length. It's the selling point of the event, so absolutely makes sense to do that.

    Nice to see Rey get an easy win to show he's more than just visually impressive, but is very good at getting the job done.

    Good win for Eddie, too, given he's now got backup and thus the numbers game can't catch him out.

    It's nice to see Benoit look good against someone, so I'm supportive of that. I also enjoyed the characterisation of Hugh as completely insane. All the individual parts - Benoit's really good, Hugh is insane, the arc of Hugh wanting to impress Sullivan - are all excellent.

    If I'm being picky, I am getting a little confused with all these alignments, though. While I clearly don't mind a bit of face on face or heel on heel action if the character motivations call for it, I think some of this stuff lacks someone to sympathise with. Sullivan is an insane cult leader who has spent the last few years trying to kill Hulk Hogan. He has his wife stolen and his attacked in his home by Benoit. Sullivan kicks Hugh Morrus out of his stable, but Hugh wants in, and to impress him he sneak attacks someone to get a match. Everyone feels like such an unlikeable heel that getting invested in the story is kind of difficult. I really, really appreciate the thought of not just being "heel hates face because he's a face", but the execution is getting a little muddled for me. When you also factor in the main story of Flair as a heel trying to get rid of the nWo, Luger as a heel teaming with babyface Sting, and The Giant's alignment being up for debate, this feels like a promotion of tweeners, basically. I love shades of grey (and for trying it I applaud you), but moderation is the key for me.

    Good tag match. Fairly standard affair for a go home show, but the story of one team can get along and the other can't, and it being the heels who can't get along at that, made it more interesting than you'd have thought. Good stuff here.

    The closing interview segment was made up of two halves for me. The first half, with Flair, Sting and Luger putting the match over and all of that standard stuff was excellent. Really, really great. Loved Flair's promo, loved Sting getting hyped off of it, perfect. Honestly, had you just finished the show with a bit of a promo like that, or if you'd have had the Outsiders do something, maybe like hijack the live feed and cut a promo of their own, then this would have been a really fantastic way to sell me in to the PPV tomorrow.

    However, once Luger accused Savage, I felt like things broke down a bit. Savage still being more concerned with this match that the World Title does nothing but The Giant or the belt. What it meant was Giant has therefore been so overlooked in the last few weeks that he needed something to get him over and put heat on the title match, but after weeks of nothing, taking out all of your biggest stars felt a little like overkill. Had this have happened three weeks ago I'd have probably been fine with it, but as it is, you're 1 day from Sting, Luger and Flair being the protectors of WCW in their biggest challenge ever and they've been laid out by one man who didn't even make it on to the go home Nitro. I understand the desire to build up the "third man could be anyone" story, but the fact that it's Hall and Nash's debut and the third man hasn't been announced is kind of enough to build tension. As it is, The Giant and Savage's rivalry doesn't feel suddenly feel hot because of this segment, but it does mean the other one feels slightly cooler. I really, really love your ambition on stuff like this (it's a sign of a fantastic writer and booker than you are trying such creative things), but in cases like this I'd advocate a "less is more" approach.

    Overall, you continue to do great things with this as a b-show. Aside from the tiny nitpick about the shades of grey with Benoit/Sullivan/Morrus, and the second half of the final segment, this was a good solid go home show. Really excited for the PPV, promising to be an awesome show.

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