WCW: Monday Nitro (05.26.97)

WCW Monday Nitro
May 26, 1997
Nashville, TN
Municipal Auditorium

The current WCW champs were as follows:
WCW World Champion: Hollywood Hogan (8/10/1996)
WCW U.S. Champion: Dean Malenko (3/16/1997)
WCW World Tag Team Champions: The Outsiders (10/27/1996)
WCW World Television Champion: Steven Regal (5/18/1997)
WCW Cruiserweight Champion: Syxx (2/23/1997)
WCW Women’s Champion: Akira Hokuto (12/29/1996)

HOUR NUMBER ONE! Your hosts are Tony Schiavone, Mike Tenay, and Larry Zbyszko.

Hollywood Hogan is in town. Know how I know that? Well, he’s the first one we see on the program. He’s joined by Eric Bischoff of course. Schiavone reminds us that tonight is the one year anniversary of Scott Hall’s arrival in WCW. Huzzah!


Not that it takes a genius to come up with that phrase, but I do believe WWE owes this person some royalties.

Hogan’s beard looks more painted on than usual this week. Where’s the horseshoe mustache at? OMG! Hollywood is here to lay the smackdown on Sting for putting his hands on Eric Bischoff last week. However, Bischoff says that Sting is nowhere in the building, which means he probably is.

  • Juventud Guerrera, Super Calo, and Hector Garza vs. La Parka, Damien, and Ciclope

This is the Nitro debut of the lucha libre match AND Hector Garza’s Nitro debut AND a ‘Jim Dandy’ of a match according to Tony. That one is for all you Garzamaniacs out there. By the way, I’m a BIG fan of Super Calo. Don’t know what it is about him, I just liked him. I like all these guys, really. La Parka and Juventud Guerrera start the match and do the spot where La Parka corners Juvi and misses every kind of strike possible. Satellite armdrag doesn’t work out for Juvi, but a spinning back kick connects. La Parka catches Guerrera in mid-air and does his AWESOME strut. He places Juvi on the top turnbuckle and gives him a good slap. Juvi’s not down with that and leaps off the top and sends La Parka to the floor with a headscissors. Ciclope and Calo switch. Calo headscissors Ciclope from one end of the ring to the other. With Ciclope on the floor, Calo delivers a tope con hilo that sends him over Ciclope and into the third row! FANTASTIC. In the ring, Damien and Garza mix it up. Garza flips all over Damien out of the corner and catches him off a charge with a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker. They go to the floor where Garza nails Damien with a flying moonsault press! Back inside, Super Calo gets triple-teamed and kicked in the face by La Parka. La Parka = Randy Orton? Juventud comes in and gets triple-teamed as well. Garza avoids dropkicks from everywhere, but gets tripped up by Damien and pulled to the floor. Ciclope and Calo fight on the other side while La Parka and Juventud are left in the ring. Juventud lands on his feet off a release German suplex. Heel miscommunication ensues, leading to Juvi giving Damien a headscissors from inside the ring and off the apron. Holy crap. Juvi judo tosses La Parka off the apron for a hard landing on the floor. Juventud wipes out La Parka with a 450 degree plancha. Calo lands a slingshot senton on the floor across Damien’s chest. Ciclope takes down Calo with a somersault plancha. Now that everyone is on the floor but Garza, he can bust out the CORKSCREW PLANCHA! In the ring, Ciclope flies down into a powerbomb from Garza! Standing moonsault by Garza gets three! (6:26) VINTAGE LUCHA LIBRE! Of course the work seems overly choreographed, but this was fun as fun gets for a spotfest. ***½

  • Psychosis vs. Alex Wright

Loads of Mexicans on the show tonight! Might I remind you, Alex Wright is slowly slipping into his heel persona. Armdrags-a-plenty to start. Psychosis spits a loogie after a European uppercut. Dancing from Wright draws some boos. Psychosis drops balls first on the top rope and delivers a flying spinning heel kick to the back of the head for two. To the floor, Alex Wright dances around like an idiot and gets hit (vaguely) with a Corkscrew Moonsault. Back inside, Psychosis delivers the GUILLOTINE LEGDROP for the 1-2-3! (4:09) In Tony’s mind, this was an upset. *½

Over to Gene Okerlund, he’s got Sonny Oono out here to tell us that he’s got Masa Chono’s worst nightmare waiting for him backstage. On his way to the dressing room, Sonny Oono asks Psychosis if he’s interested in a “deal”. Psychosis replies with, “Yes, of course.” Didn’t require much convincing there. Okerlund tries to feign enthusiasm over the arrival of Chono’s worst nightmare. Hilarioussss. Just as this interview looks to be over with, Madusa comes out letting us get a closer look at those fun bags behind spandex. She wants Akira Hokuto and the WCW Women’s title at the Great American Bash, and she will do anything for a title match. A handy-J in a bathroom stall perhaps? Maybe a few minutes to motorboat Madusa? Will Sonny Oono ask for something else that is incredibly degrading to both women and men alike? Nope. Not Sonny Oono. He just wants Madusa to put her career on the line against Akira Hokuto in order for her to get a rematch. That’s so WRASSLIN! Madusa agrees to the stips, and Sonny Oono laughs all evil-Japanese like.

Tenay introduces a clip of some karate action featuring Ernest Miller who may or may not be an actual three-time karate champion. For sake of argument and just to make a Seinfeld reference, maybe Ernest Miller dominates the dojo.

  • Wrath (w/James Vandenberg & Mortis) vs. Mark Starr

This is still all about Glacier’s helmet, which is still in the possession of James Vandenberg. Anybody remember when Mark Starr and Chris Kanyon were a tag team called ‘Men at Work’? No, they weren’t 1980s androgynous singers from the land down under. They were rude construction workers. YOUTUBE IT! To fit in with the rest of the crew that emulates Mortal Kombat, Wrath tries to do some martial arts moves of his own. Tilt-a-whirl backbreaker slows down Starr as Wrath puts him on the floor for a 2-on-1 assault. Back in, a bicycle kick sets up the DEATH PENALTY for the 1-2-3 at 2:34.

  • Konnan vs. Villano IV

While Konnan is in between factions, he’s just a lone thug. Hugh Morrus gives us a promo on Konnan. Villano gets in a few lucha moments, but this is 90% Konnan. Hugh Morrus heads out to try and get him a piece, but security holds him back. 1-8-7 cradle DDT and the TEQUILA SUNRISE gives Konnan at the win at 3:10.

Gene Okerlund gives Konnan some interview time. He actually good reasons for leaving the Dungeon of Doom. The leader of the group Kevin Sullivan has taken over a YEAR now to get rid of Chris Benoit and still hasn’t been able to pull it off. Konnan says he could have eliminated Benoit in a week’s time and then some. Now Sullivan has Jacqueline around while his old lady is humping Chris Benoit. Konnan has NO respect for Sullivan whatsoever. As for Hugh Morrus, if he comes out and interrupts his match, it’ll be a 1-8-7 and Konnan’s ready to ride.

  • The Great Muta (w/Sonny Oono) vs. Masa Chono

So if you’ll recall, last week Sonny Oono said he was bringing in a surprise for Chono to get himself some revenge for Chono dumping him and joining up with the likes of the new World order back in December. Lots of stalling here. Oono tries to encourage Muta to go after Chono, but nothing happens. Chono chases Oono around the ring. Back in, Muta grabs a weak headlock. Oono gets in the ring to yell at Muta and takes the RED MIST~! in the face. SWERVE! The ref throws the match out as Muta stomps away on his former manager. (3:00) Ha, Muta grabs Oono’s disposable camera and takes a picture of Chono being rough with Oono. Apparently, Muta doesn’t wear shirts – he just holds onto the nWo shirt and we now have our latest nWo member. No match, just an angle.

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HOUR NUMBER TWO! Your hosts are Tony Schiavone and Bobby Heenan.

Let Us Take You Back: Hollywood Hogan and Eric Bischoff from the start of the show calling out Sting, brother.

The Following Announcement Has Been Paid For By the New World Order. It’s Randy Savage being crazy and talking about Savage-Page II at the Great American Bash!

Gene Okerlund brings out DDP and Kimberly to respond. They’re still carrying broken crutches around. Page basically tells us he wants to BANG Hollywood Hogan once he’s done with Randy Savage. Kimberly says she likes to keep mementos throughout DDP’s career. She’s keeping the crutches, ya’ll. She’s even got a lock of her own hair that Randy Savage pulled out of her head. Bringing that up puts DDP over the edge. He reminds Savage that you don’t mess with a man’s family, but above all else you don’t mess with a man’s wife. DDP says at the GAB he’s going to be an SOB right down to the letter. BANG!

  • Barbarian (w/Jimmy Hart) vs. Jim Powers (w/Teddy Long)

I’ve been missing me some Barbarian! Not even the power of Jim Powers is enough to stop Barbarian. Powers gets caught coming off the middle turnbuckle for a powerslam. KICK OF FEAR ends Powers at 3:19.

Chris Benoit and Woman stop Jimmy Hart and Barbarian in the aisle to ask where Sullivan is at. Truth of the matter is, WCW asked him to take two months off as the booker. Anyways, Benoit wants to know what it is going to take to get Sullivan back in the ring. Jimmy says the road to Kevin Sullivan first goes through the Barbarian. Benoit hops in the ring ready to go, but Jimmy says he will have to wait until next week.

  • The Giant (w/Lex Luger) vs. Johnny Swinger, Rick Fuller, and Jerry Flynn

Everybody takes a turn on the Giant, but no one man can handle him. Now they all three jump the Giant, but even that’s not enough. Fuller and Flynn grab a headlock on the guy, but Giant breaks them up with a back suplex. Swinger flies from the top rope into a CHOKESLAM. Fuller and Flynn face the same fate as Giant beats all three men in 2:17.

Gene Okerlund asks Lex Luger and the Giant about Hollywood Hogan and Dennis Rodman signing an open contract to wrestle whoever wants some at the Bash at the Beach PPV in July. Lex says he’s been paying extra close attention to Dennis Rodman during the NBA playoffs. He wants to get his hands on Dennis Rodman for what he did to him back at UnCeNSoReD. Lex tells Rodman to wear his best dress and color his hair all the colors he wants because at Bash at the Beach, none of its going to matter because he’s going to be wondering what the heck Hogan got him into when he’s looking across the ring at Lex and the Giant. Giant tells Hogan that karma sucks and that he’s coming for him. Actually not a bad promo.

Time for “On the Road” with Lee Marshall. That drooling fool is in Dayton Ohio this week.

Out comes Syxx to dispute the finish at Slamboree saying that Nick Patrick counted the fall and wasn’t even reinstated as a referee until the next night. Besides all that, Syxx brings up the fact that the nWo Wolfpac left Ric Flair laying last week. He brings out Scott Hall and Kevin Nash to lay out a challenge to the NATCHA BOY and the HOT ROD for the Great American Bash.

Let Us Take You Back To: Monday Nitro, 5/19/97. Kevin Greene interfered in Horsemen business and hit Mongo with the Halliburton to cost them a match to the Steiner brothers, which led to a fight in the bathroom.

  • Harlem Heat (w/Sister Sherri) vs. Jeff Jarrett & Steve McMichael (w/Debra)

Gotta have that Jeff Jarrett in the main event in Nashville! Kevin Greene joins Tony and Bobby for commentary. Meanwhile, Jarrett in *your* hometown hero-in-peril. Horsemen come back with a double back drop on Booker and then gives Nashville STEREO FARGO STRUTS! Now the Heat work over Mongo. Jarrett gets drawn in to cause more damage to Mongo. Finally, Jarrett gets the hot tag as the match breaks down. Eventually, Mongo spots Kevin Greene and leaves the ring to go after him! Meanwhile, Stevie Ray stops a FIGURE-FOUR on Booker with a legdrop. Stevie Ray holds up Jarrett for a Harlem Sidekick from Booker for the 1-2-3. (10:08) After the match, Debra stays with Jarrett denigrating her husband. Just another formula tag that nobody really cares about. *½

Now here’s the REAL main event! It’s Hollywood Hogan and Eric Bischoff. One more time, they ask for Sting. A fake Sting pops up from under the ring to grovel at Hogan’s feet. He even praises Hogan’s spit. While this whole absurdity is happening, Sting descends from the ceiling right into the ring behind Hogan and Bischoff. Sting grabs Bischoff and takes him out with the SCORPION DEATHDROP. Now what about Hogan? With the fake Sting still down on his knees, the real Sting backs Hogan over him as Hulk finds solace on the floor. Now Sting blocks a swing of the bat from the fake Sting and hits him in the ribs. SCORPION DEATHDROP. As the wig starts to come off a little bit, the fake Sting appears to be Buff Bagwell. As Hogan watches on from safer ground, the rest of the nWo come down the ramp to back him up. They surround the ring and just as they make it inside, Sting reattaches himself to the cable and heads back into the rafters! Only in WCW.

End of show.

WCW presents the Great American Bash on June 15 in Moline IL!
Here is the announced card as of May 26 1997:

MAIN EVENT:
Diamond Dallas Page vs. Randy Savage

WCW World Tag Team Champions Scott Hall & Kevin Nash vs. Ric Flair & Roddy Piper
WCW Women’s Champion Akira Hokuto vs. Madusa – Title v. Career Match

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