Released: November 6, 2012
- Randy Savage, Sting & Lex Luger vs. Scott Hall & Kevin Nash – (WCW Bash at the Beach, 7/7/96)
Gene Okerlund stops the entrances and goes over to ask Hall and Nash where their third man is. Hall tells him not to worry about because he knows too much already. WE DON’T KNOW ANYTHING! Nash says they have enough to handle it right now. Luger and Hall start the match. Hall throws the toothpick, Luger pimp slaps him across the face. Hall peppers Lex with rights, but Luger fires back with a STEEL PLATED FLYING FOREARM! Luger gets dumped to the apron and runs Hall down with a clothesline, but he goes right into Nash’s arms where Nash holds him down across the steel turnbuckle connector as Sting flies in and crushes Nash and Luger with a Stinger Splash. Lex is out cold and quickly gets carried out on a stretcher. Immediately you’re thinking, ‘Alright well Lex Luger is going to be the third man. Now it all makes sense as to why he was acting like a pseudo babyface since he’s returned to WCW last September.” Once everything settles, Sting has enough of Hall slapping people around and goes ballistic on him. Savage tags in, but Hall catches him in mid-air as he tries a flying double sledge. Hall draws Sting in as Nash comes in and gives Savage the Snake Eyes. Tag to Nash, he slams Savage down and misses an elbow drop. Sting tags in and takes the knees in the corner followed by the boot choke. He whips Sting into the corner, but Sting floats over and drills Nash with a dropkick. Sunset flip fails and Nash lifts Sting up in a choke lift. Hall comes in and hits Sting with a Fallaway Slam for two. Sting continues to play *your* face in peril for a little while longer. They switch off an ab stretch and cheat like muthatruckas. Hall dumps Sting out for Nash, but Savage knows what’s about to happen and runs over to save him with a chair. Back inside, Nash hits the Side Slam for two. Sting ducks and punches on Nash, he nails Hall, and makes the leaping HOT TAG TO SAVAGE! He nails Hall with a Flying Double Ax Handle and delivers the DOUBLE NOGGIN KNOCKER! Hall gets dumped and takes the Flying Double Ax Handle across the guardrail! Back in, Savage grabs Nash and takes a low blow. Everybody’s down. Here comes Hulk Hogan to save the day! Hall and Nash clear out of the ring in fear as Hogan rips off the shirt…and LEGDROPS Savage! He gives the Outsiders the thumbs up. Several more LEGDROPS follow. Sting and the ref both get tossed out. Hogan covers and Hall counts to three. (16:00) Doesn’t count of course – it’s a no contest. Sting drags out Savage and helps him to the back. The Ocean Center starts emptying their trash in the ring. A crazy fan gets in the ring and DECKED immediately with a forearm by Kevin Nash. Hall helps him stomp the fan out of the ring. Here comes Gene Okerlund for the infamous Hulk Hogan heel turn promo. ****
Gene: Hulk Hogan? Excuse me, excuse me. What in the world are you thinking?
Hogan: ‘Mean’ Gene, the first thing you need to do is to tell these people to shut up if you want to hear what I’ve got to say.
Gene: I’ve been with you for so many years. For you to join up with the likes of these two men absolutely makes me sick to my stomach. And I think that these people here, and a lot of other people around the world, have had just about of enough of this man and this man. And you want to put yourself in this group? You’ve gotta be kidding me!
Hogan: Well, the first thing you’ve got to realize, brother, is that this right here is the future of wrestling. You can call this, the New World Order of wrestling, brother. These two men right here came from a great big organization up north and everybody was wondering who the third man was. Well who knows more about that organization than me, brother?
Gene: I’ve been there. I’ve done that. You have made the wrong decision, in my opinion.
Hogan: Well, let me tell you something. I made that organization a monster. I made people rich up there. I made the people that ran that organization rich up there, brother. And when it all came to pass, the name Hulk Hogan, the man Hulk Hogan, got bigger than the whole organization, brother. And then billionaire Ted, amigo, he wanted to talk turkey with Hulk Hogan. Well, billionaire Ted promised me movies, brother. Billionaire Ted promised me millions of dollars and billionaire Ted promised me world caliber matches. And as far as Billionaire Ted, Eric Bischoff, and the whole WCW goes, I’m bored, brother. That’s why these two guys here, the so-called Outsiders, these are the men I want as my friends. They’re the new blood of professional wrestling, brother. And not only are we going to take over the whole wrestling business, with Hulk Hogan, and the new blood, the monsters with me. We will destroy everything in our path, Mean Gene.
Gene: Look at all of this crap in this ring. This is what’s in the future for you, if you want to hang around the likes of this man, Hall, and this man, Nash.
Hulk Hogan: As far as I’m concerned, all of this crap in the ring represents these fans out here. For two years, brother, for two years, I held my head high. I did everything for the charities. I did everything for the kids. And the reception I got when I came out here? You fans can stick it, brother. Because…and if it wasn’t for Hulk Hogan, you people wouldn’t be here. And if it wasn’t for Hulk Hogan, Eric Bischoff would be still selling meat from a truck in Minneapolis. And if it wasn’t for Hulk Hogan, all of these “Johnny-come-lately’s” that you see out here wrestling wouldn’t be here. I was selling out the world, brother, while they were bumming gas to put in their car to get to high school. So the way it is now, brother, with Hulk Hogan and the new world organization of wrestling, brother, me and the new blood by my side. Whatcha gonna do when the new world order runs wild on you? Whatcha gonna do? Whatcha gonna do?
And Tony Schiavone closes us out with this: For Bobby ‘The Brain’ Heenan, for Dusty Rhodes, Gene Okerlund, I don’t know, I’m Tony Schiavone…Hulk Hogan, you can go to hell…we’re out of here…straight to hell.
The third man was rumored to be anybody from Bret Hart, Jeff Jarrett, Lex Luger, Sting, and of all people, Mabel. I don’t say this much, but thank God it was Hulk Hogan.
- WCW World Heavyweight Champion The Giant (w/Jimmy Hart) vs. Hollywood Hogan – (WCW Hog Wild, 8/10/96)
When he came out on Nitro a few weeks back, he just wore his old black clothes that he wore when he was becoming Hogan from the dark side. Here he debuts the nWo Hollywood look. Loads of stalling from Hogan in this one. Once they do hook up, they play around with a test of strength. This crowd is still pro-Hogan and anti-big stinking wart-infested Giant. Hogan yanks Giant down by his hair during an overhead wristlock segment. Giant returns the favor to end all that and headbutts Hogan to the floor. Hollywood pulls him out and back rakes him around the ring. Back inside, Giant delivers a backbreaker, but misses an elbow drop. Giant HULKS UP and hits Hogan with the Big Boot. He wants a CHOKESLAM, but here comes Hall & Nash. Both are unsuccessful and receive CHOKESLAMS. Meanwhile, Hogan heads to the floor and grabs the world title. BAM! Giant goes down. Cover, 1-2-3. (14:57) Huge babyface pop for Hogan. As the nWo celebrate, the Booty Man heads down to ringside wearing an nWo shirt. He’s bringing out a birthday cake for Hogan! Oh my, there’s a wrapped gift stuck down in the cake! What could *that* be? Booty Man congratulates his best friend for being the first ever nWo world champion. Hogan embraces his friend, but then says he never mixes business with friendship and orders Hall and Nash to beat up the Booty Man. Hogan takes the world title and bashes him in the face with it. See ya later, Booty Man. Apparently it took him close to two years to grow a hobo beard to become the Disciple thanks to all those years of roids. Anyways, Hogan rips open the gift wrap to reveal…a can of black spray paint! He takes off the lid and proceeds to spray paint the letters “nWo” on the WCW world title belt. While very historic, this was actually the worst of their three PPV matches so far. However, the post-match stuff was rather classic if you’re a fan of the nWo. ½*
- WCW World Tag Team Champions Harlem Heat (w/Sister Sherri & Col. Robert Parker) vs. The Outsiders – (WCW Halloween Havoc, 10/27/96)
Scott Steiner was out with an injury and instead of just waiting to put the belts on them to drop to the Outsiders, they got impatient and decided to just have Harlem Heat drop the belts to Hall & Nash instead, which makes no sense if WCW wants fans to boo them. And the crowd’s reaction shows exactly who’s side they’re on by getting super loud with Razor & Diesel chants. Booker and Hall start the match. He catches Hall with a hook kick, but Hall comes back with his signature punches. The hiptoss across the ring spot puts Hall on the floor to take a beating from Stevie Ray. Back in, Hall spits on Stevie Ray and tags out to Nash. He takes Stevie Ray to the corner and unloads with knees and elbows. Stevie Ray battles back, spits at Hall, and beats Nash down into the corner. Booker T tags in for a Scissors Kick for 1-2-NO! Nash comes back with a Side Slam on Stevie Ray and tags Hall. He hits the second-rope bulldog on Stevie Ray for two. Booker tags in for a chinlock, but Hall fights out and sends him into Nash for a club to the back. Tag to Nash, he hits a Big Boot and the Snake Eyes. Booker staggers over into a clothesline from Hall on the apron. The crowd approves! Back over to Hall, he gives Booker a Chokeslam for two. Fallaway Slam connects and Sherri hops up on the apron, so Hall lays a big ol’ fat half-drunken kiss on her. Isn’t that like a standard babyface action? Hmm. HUGE undeniable “Razor” chants go up. They trade sleepers until Booker gets crotched on the top rope. Double-KO sets up a not-so-hot tag to Stevie Ray. Nash takes a clothesline to the floor as the Heat deliver the HARLEM HANGOVER to Hall! The ref is too busy trying to get Booker T out of the ring, allowing Col. Parker to try and whack Nash with his cane. He gets scared and instead, hands Nash the cane, who breaks up Stevie Ray’s pin with Parker’s cane. Hall turns over on top for the 1-2-3. (13:06) Huge pop for the Outsiders. No one should really be surprised by that though. **
- Syxx vs. The Bounty Hunter – (nWo Saturday Night, 11/9/96)
For those outside the know, nWo Saturday Night was a brief segment within the WCW Saturday Night programming. According to the story, the new World order bought the time just like they did for their announcements. Sometimes they would film these before Nitro and sometimes before Saturday Night, but it was always in front of an empty audience, sweetened with added crowd noise, and filmed in B&W with VINTAGE super cool MTV-style edits. It was a chance for those in the nWo other than Hogan to be themselves and just generally cut up because it entertained them. Nick Patrick was your referee in a ski mask (as if you didn’t know who he was) or as Kevin Nash likes to call him: Dr. X, which is accurate. Ted DiBiase is your ring announcer and hangs around at ringside during the match to laugh it up real big. This squash was particularly hilarious as Scott Hall and Kevin Nash who are on commentary, just make fun of Bounty Hunter’s weight and general unattractiveness. Why on earth would a jobber agree to be in this situation? I can’t give the comments justice by typing them out though. You will just have to take a listen. Syxx delivers the Bronco Buster and a big spinning heel kick ends the Brownie Hunter. (2:45) After the bell, Hall and Nash beat up Bounty Hunter some more for talking trash to them before the match started. That guy was either really stupid or really dumb. Syxx says he’s a swinger, baby – and you don’t mess with a swinger, unless you want to get SWUNG out of the place. WOOOOO.
WCW World Tag Team Champions The Outsiders vs. “The Two Dog-Faced Michigan Mutts” Rick & Scott Steiner – (nWo Souled Out, 1/25/97)
The Scotts square off to start. Hall starts up with the shoulderblocks on the arm, but Scott fireman carries him over. Abdominal stretch is applied, but Scott escapes and hits a pumphandle slam. Overhead Suplex by Scott brings in Nash who immediately takes a DDT from Rick. That sends the Outsiders running as the Steiners do their dog thing. Back inside, Rick slams Hall around, but gets caught coming off the second rope for a Fallaway Slam. Tag to Scott, he gets a Chokeslam from Hall as Nash tags into the match. Nash delivers the knees and elbows in the corner, but Scott fights out with a Spinning Belly to Belly Suplex for two. Rick gives Nash a powerslam, but Hall nails him from the apron and that allows Nash to take Rick to the floor with a big boot. Rick plays face-in-peril while the Outsiders antagonize Scott on the apron. Scott finally has enough of this and decks Hall before sharing a nasty four letter word with him and an nWo fan. Bischoff says he will be dealing with Scott Steiner when he gets back to ATL. Uh-oh! Nash spits over at Scott, so Rick gives him a good low blow. HOT TAG TO SCOTT STEINER! It’s Katie-bar-the-door madness right now. They go for the STEINER DDT on Hall, but Nash breaks that up and knocks down Nick Patrick in the process. Whoops. OUTSIDER’S EDGE on Scott! Oh, but there’s no ref. Rick comes off the top with the STEINER BULLDOG and puts Scott on top of Hall. He goes out to revive Nick Patrick, but here’s Randy Anderson jumping the rail and telling Rick that he will make the three-count since he’s a referee and all. He hops in the ring, pushes his sleeves up, and counts the 1-2-3. (14:40) We’ve got NEW tag champs, but only for tonight because Randy Anderson is not an nWo official. Just because you’re a referee doesn’t mean you can just count pins whenever you want to. Bischoff and DiBiase are already saying that this decision will be reversed. Decent, but not great formula tag match. **
- WCW World Heavyweight Champion Hollywood Hogan (w/Ted DiBiase) vs. Roddy Piper – (WCW Superbrawl VII, 2/23/97)
Piper looks just like he did when he crossed the San Francisco Bay to reach land. Even if you think the Alcatraz was dumb, at least they stayed consistent with the “realism”. Hardly a wrestling match and more of a clawing-biting-poking-punching-kicking brawl. Once Hogan’s balls get hung out to dry on the top rope, Sting (complete with ball bat!) and Randy Savage (complete with Hollywood Hogan B&W lightning tights!) stand in the aisle way. While Sting watches on, Randy Savage heads to ringside to ensure this fight is no longer one sided with DiBiase remaining at ringside. Once Hogan is in control, Sting heads for the dressing room to leave the match in Savage’s hands. Hogan works a bearhug down to the mat, but Piper punches back and hooks on the SLEEPER! Savage watches while Hogan’s arm drops once, twice, and THREE TIMES! While Piper celebrates his first ever world title win, Savage reaches in and pulls Hogan’s feet under the bottom rope and hands him some sort of international object. When Piper goes back over to pick up Hogan, he gets DECKED and Hogan jumps on top for the rare pinfall victory over Piper. (10:58) This leads to Savage spray painting ‘nWo’ on Piper and a big long beatdown complete with MEGAPOWERS finishers while Ted DiBiase enjoys himself with several good belly laughs. In WCW’s mind, the heel turn doesn’t have to make sense, you just have to look *cool* doing it. ½*
- Hollywood Hogan & Dennis Rodman (w/Randy Savage) vs. The Giant & Lex Luger – (WCW Bash at the Beach, 7/13/97)
He may not have been interviewed by Barbara Walters as being one of the most fascinating people of 1997, but he sure was popular. While appearing a few times in WCW over the past two years, Dennis Rodman finally makes his in-ring debut. A lot of standing and messing around to start. Hogan looks to soften Luger so Rodman can come in. They trade headlocks as Lex scares Hogan with his muscles. Even though Lex is clearly not weakened, Hogan forces his hands and tags out to Rodman. They do the right thing with Rodman at first – essentially have him be hesitant to hook up with Luger. He should have tagged out right there. Next thing you know though, he locks up with Lex and gives him an armdrag. It’s one of the simplest moves in wrestling and our esteemed commentators are crying CONSPIRACY. Dusty says there’s a ring in a barn somewhere and he’s got the best in the biz around him. True, and the crowd loved it, but let’s not overdo it quite yet. It wasn’t a Jack Brisco armdrag by any means. Lex gives Rodman his receipt with a bunch more armdrags that are nothing to write home about and he’s got more than ten years under his belt. After Rodman retreats, Hogan runs in and takes the same punishment only to retreat to the floor as well. After they lick their wounds, Rodman returns to shove off a headlock to leapfrog and shoulderblock Luger down. SOMEBODY CALL THE LAW! They do it again and this time Lex drills Rodman with a clothesline. Tag to Hogan, now he means business. Time to bring the Giant into this. Hogan beats him into the corner, but then Giant NO-SELLS a corner clothesline. He calls for the Chokeslam and Hogan heads out to the floor to be with his buddies. Back in, Hogan thumbs the eye and grabs a headlock only to then receive a big atomic drop. Now Hogan tags out. Rodman starts to leapfrog the Giant, but he’s caught in a bearhug and then inverted atomic drop. Giant choke lifts Rodman into the air, but Hollywood nails Giant from behind. Once Rodman recovers, they start to double-team the Giant with a double-clothesline and a double hiptoss. Okay, that was pretty cool. Hogan and Rodman both cover the Giant at the same time, but only get two. HOT TAG TO LEX! He wants the Bionic Elbow on Hogan, but Rodman catches him with a kick from the apron which staggers him into a big punch from Hogan. They work over Lex for a while and just when they think he’s done, they party over in their corner. Meanwhile, Lex tags Giant, who destroys them both. Hey look! Here comes Sting! He seems much more big and sexy than usual! Rodman gets rid of the ref, but Giant goozles him for a CHOKESLAM. Fortunately for Rodman, the much taller than usual Sting is there to whack Giant with the ball bat before he can complete the move. After Sting leaves, Hogan and Rodman encounter some heel miscommunication, and Lex picks up Hollywood in the TORTURE RACK. Ref Nick Patrick appears and calls for the bell signaling that Hogan has given up! (22:19) Uh oh, Lex is in Rack Mode. Once Lex drops Hogan, he racks Rodman and Savage too. Not at the same time, of course. As the nWo leave defeated, Hogan reminds us that Luger was not the legal man, and he is in fact correct. Entertaining for a few moments in there and just plain silly everywhere else. They would do the same match next year except with TWO basketball players instead of just one. My feelings toward both of them are pretty much equal. *½
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