WCW: Monday Nitro (08.11.97)

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WCW Monday Nitro
August 11, 1997
Denver, CO
Denver Coliseum

The current WCW champs were as follows:
WCW World Champion: Hollywood Hogan (8/9/1997)
WCW U.S. Champion: Jeff Jarrett (6/9/1997)
WCW World Tag Team Champions: The Outsiders (10/27/1996)
WCW World Television Champion: Ultimo Dragon (7/22/1997)
WCW Cruiserweight Champion: Alex Wright (7/28/1997)

Backstage, the Giant is confronted by police and Doug Dellinger and handed a PIECE OF PAPER~! Is it a warrant? Is it a restraining order? What’s going on?!

Michael Buffer asks us if we are ready to rumble. Indeed, we are. NITRO GIRLS! It always seems like Fyre is in the back of these dance routines. Not cool.

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

The Outsiders come out with Syxx. We see that they did in fact regain the WCW tag titles over the weekend when they went up against the Steiner brothers. Syxx says a few things and turns the mic over to Scott Hall. This is the earliest stages of the “nWo survey”. Without asking the audience, he just confirms that everyone is watching Monday Nitro to see the nWo. Hall wants to give the people what they want. They’re getting a significant amount of boos here in Denver. Hall says that if the Steiners think they’re the best tag team in wrestling, then why aren’t they the champs. Syxx pops for that. Nash has nothing really to say except that the nWo is just “too sweeeeeeet”. And the next thing we hear is the Steiner brothers music.

  • WCW World Tag Team Champions The Outsiders (w/Syxx) vs. “The Steiner Brothers”

BUT IT’S NOT THE STEINER BROTHERS AT ALL. Instead, we see the jobberest jobby jobbers of all-time walk down the smoky entrance ramp. Schiavone recognizes them as Bobby Starr and David Moore. The crowd is a little pissed here. You can’t really call this a bait-and-switch though unless a Steiners/Outsiders rematch was on the card. Hall works the majority of the match. First he beats up Moore, and then he beats up Starr. The Back Superplex sets up Kevin Nash’s JACKKNIFE POWERBOMB for the win in 1:30. While beating up this bad on a couple guys who clearly have no chance, you would think the Outsiders would get more boos. Instead, they get a more positive reaction than what we heard when they were doing their catchphrases earlier. Maybe there’s more sadists in Denver than I thought. The Outsiders are telling the cameras to send out somebody else. Here come the Steiners and Ted DiBiase through the crowd, and we get the house-cleaning brawl we wanted to see. Tenay – “Steinerlines for everybody!”

Being one of the smarter guys on the announce team, Larry Z reminds us that Eric Bischoff threatened to sue the Giant last week for giving him a massive chokeslam, and that could be what the security crew confrontation was about at the start of the program. Zbyszko feels somewhat responsible for Giant’s troubles if a lawsuit happens to come about.

  • Meng vs. Wrath (w/James Vandenberg)

YES. This should be awesome. Meng meets Wrath in the aisleway and beats him into the ring. He nails Wrath with the KICK OF FEAR and clotheslines him to the floor. Vandenberg distracts Meng and that allows Wrath to yank out Meng for some chopping. Meng is dizzy after getting ran into the guardrail and then receives a CANNONBALL splash from Wrath! Back inside, Meng stops Wrath up top and brings him down with a superplex. Meng runs into an elbow in the corner and backs up to charge Wrath again, but runs right into a clothesline off the second rope. Wrath covers for two. He nails Meng with a Bicycle Kick, but then Meng surprises him with the TONGAN DEATH GRIP for the win. (2:41) Great stuff, but way too short. Mortis runs down to help Wrath, Barbarian comes out to help Meng, and we’ve got ourselves a big brawl. Mortis and Wrath clean house, but then the Faces of Fear corner Vandenberg. Like the wise B-movie character he is, Vandenberg jumps the rail to get away. Let me guess, Mortis vs. Barbarian next week? **

Gene Okerlund brings out the Steiners and Ted DiBiase. They want answers from ref Nick Patrick as to why he DQ’ed the Outsiders for such a lame offense. He wants to makes sure that this Nick Patrick character is REALLY a WCW guy. Out comes Nick Patrick. He says he let as much go as he could and passes the buck saying that ref Randy Anderson is the person who should be interrogated after letting all the nWo interference in the Luger/Hogan main event. Yeah, what *about* that, Randy? Once Patrick heads to the ring, DiBiase reiterates that the only thing he cares about is the Steiners and their mistreatment at Road Wild.

  • Eddie Guerrero vs. Chris Jericho

Looks like they are putting off the Guerrero family problems for now. Depending on which way you look at it, this begins Eddie’s ascension or dissension into the Cruiserweight title scene. I think it’s a positive thing because he certainly is involved in some great matches in the months to come. Eddie charges Jericho right at the bell and misses. Jericho makes him pay – with all things – a press slam. Lots of counters, but Eddie gets launched into a hotshot and then nailed with a spinning heel kick to send him out to the floor. Back in, Eddie tries a sneak attack and gets caught, so he hits his knees and begs for mercy. Even that is a ploy because as Jericho looks to the crowd for approval, Guerrero thumbs in the eye. Just awesome. Jericho makes him pay with a round of corner clotheslines. Lionsault hits knees, but then Eddie runs into a powerslam. Nasty release German suplex on Guerrero for 1-2-NO! Butterfly powerbomb connects and Jericho wants the Liontamer, but settles for a Giant Swing instead. Eddie’s equilibrium problems cause him to fall out to the floor. Here comes Jericho with a plancha. Back inside, Guerrero stops Jericho up top and drills him with the FROG SPLASH for the win. (4:34) Finish was rather abrupt, but the action was fast and furious. **½

NITRO GIRLS! Alex Wright tries to dance with the girls, but they want nothing to do with him.

Gene Okerlund meets with Alex Wright for an interview. This crowd is BOOING like crazy. Wright first speaks in German because those are the people he cares about, and then in English because those are the people he could care less about. He talks about how he’s a great dancer and a great cruiserweight champion. For a short promo with no real rhyme or reason other than to get him on TV, this was very effective.

  • WCW U.S. Heavyweight Champion Jeff Jarrett (w/Debra) vs. Dean Malenko

If you’re wondering why this is happening since on the last Nitro, Jarrett and Malenko were pals. At Road Wild, Jarrett left Malenko all alone to face the Horsemen and thus ending the very sudden and temporary relationship. Jarrett ducks Malenko to start and tries to pearl harbor him, but Malenko turns around and decks Jarrett. Crowd is HOT to see Malenko beat the crap out of Jarrett. Because as they will tell you, “Jarrett sucks”. Jarrett bails again, but Malenko brings him back inside for deliver more of a thrashing. He leaves for a third time and considers taking the loss via countout, but MONGO stands in his way. Commercials! When we come back, Jarrett uses Debra as a shield to take control of this match. Jarrett delivers a suplex or two and takes Malenko to school. He misses the Bossman straddle though. Malenko gives Jarrett the Butterfly Powerbomb and applies the TEXAS CLOVERLEAF, but here comes Eddie Guerrero of all people to bust up the hold for the DQ. (4:16 shown) Steve McMichael makes the save and the crowd is LOSING THEIR MINDS. When Mongo and Malenko back up into each other, Malenko takes down Mongo and kicks him out of the ring. Now everyone is confused. Tony, Mike, and Larry Z all assume that Malenko trusts no one now. Mongo – “[Malenko] is as tough as a nickel steak!” You said it, buddy. **

Time for some Horsemen business. Ric Flair, Curt Hennig, Chris Benoit, and Steve McMichael meet Gene Okerlund in the aisle. Flair wants Hennig to explain why he was just talking to Eric Bischoff a minute ago. Hennig says he’s got business with Bischoff. So what. Flair still wants to know whether or not Hennig is with the Four Horsemen. Hennig isn’t saying one way or another because tonight, he’s got a lot on his mind being in the main event with Randy Savage. Just the thought of Hennig in the Four Horsemen gets Flair all riled up. This is the first mention of any matches scheduled for the Clash of the Champions on August 21. Flair and Hennig will team up against Syxx and Konnan. All Flair wants to know is will Hennig be his partner for that match. Hennig looks Flair square in the eyes, shakes his hand, and tells him he’ll be there. Hennig says that after all these years, he’s still just “too good to be true”.

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

We kick off the second hour with Eric Bischoff riding out to the ring on his bike with of all people, Scott Norton, by his side. Bischoff tells Lex Luger that he “told ya so” concerning Hollywood Hogan at Road Wild. Scott Hall, Syxx, Vincent, and Buff Bagwell join the party to sing “Happy Birthday” to Hogan. The one thing they don’t tell you is how old he is. He’s actually only 44. Just a babe in the business. FUN FACT: this year’s Royal Rumble winner is 45! Onto other news, Bischoff has a restraining order against the Giant that says he can’t come within 50 feet of Bischoff. He warns Larry Zbyszko to be careful, because he might be next. While taking a break to pose, Bagwell measures 50 feet and spray paints a line in the aisle that the Giant cannot pass, or he will be carted off to jail. This goads the Giant into coming out. Both Larry Z and JJ Dillon try to plead with the Giant not to come within 50 feet of Bischoff, but he does anyway because he just doesn’t care. It would have been awesome if he ran across the line and DESTROYED the six guys in the ring and then went off to jail, but instead the cops are right there to apprehend the perp. As everyone is leaving, Scott Hall taps Larry Z on the shoulder and taunts him a little bit. Toothpick in the face, throws the t-shirt at him; the whole bit.

NITRO GIRLS!

  • Rick & Scott Steiner (w/Ted DiBiase) vs. Chris Benoit & Steve McMichael

Could be a fun power match. Scott and Mongo slam each other around to start. Now we get Benoit and the DFG. As they come off the ropes, Benoit leapfrogs into a powerslam. Tag to Scott, he press slams Benoit and then locks in the STF. Benoit escapes and fires back with a snap suplex. They both tag out as Mongo and Rick start pummeling each other. Mongo hits Rick with the three-point stance and slams him down. McMichael heads up top, but flies down into the Belly to Belly Suplex. And just like that, Rick covers for the pin. (4:04) Match was going just fine until the weird finish. *½

Gene Okerlund brings out Lex Luger. He’s looking like Denim Dan here tonight. Lex sounds like he’s having a stroke when he stumbles over the letters, “WCW”. Luger calls for the same cohesiveness he saw in WCW last Monday night after he won the WCW world title to continue, because it’s the biggest reason that the nWo has been so successful. Okerlund asks Lex what he thought about the officiating, but Luger feels no ill will towards ref Randy Anderson because he let the match go as long as he could. He warns Hogan that there’s plenty of competition here in WCW waiting to get after him. Not a good interview for Lex. Not at all.

NITRO GIRLS!

  • Diamond Dallas Page vs. Buff Bagwell (w/Vincent)

Page works the shoulder and goes after the Diamond Cutter, but Bagwell hits the mat and rolls out. Back inside, Bagwell buries a knee and decks DDP with a dropkick. Vincent gets involved and chokes Page in the ropes. Bagwell telegraphs a backdrop and nearly receives a powerbomb, but he lands on his feet and delivers a swinging neckbreaker. Heenan remarks how much Bagwell has improved over the last year. Bagwell gets into a shoving match with the ref over the count. DDP starts punching back at Bagwell. Vincent hops up on the apron, but he collides with Bagwell for the old classic finish. DIAMOND CUTTER! The three-count is academic. (3:36) Perfectly acceptable match here. *

Time for the 1-800-COLLECT Road Report with Lee Marshall. He’s in Birmingham, Alabama this week eating ribs. Surprisingly, NO WEASEL JOKE. I kept waiting for it and it never came. If there’s no weasel joke, then what’s even the point?

  • WCW World Television Champion Ultimo Dragon vs. Mortis (w/James Vandenberg)

The biggest match for Mortis to date. Dragon has certainly fizzled in 1997. It doesn’t help that he’s been given the TV title twice this year, which has been virtually meaningless over the past couple years. There’s just nothing he can do to save it if the matches and angles aren’t there. Dragon headstands in the corner and kicks Mortis around. They get into a superplex battle up top and wind up both falling to the canvas. Mortis avoids a crucifix and delivers a Northern Lights suplex that nearly wins him the TV strap. Rocker Dropper to Dragon gets two. Time for the Flatliner back when it was a super Samoan drop, but Dragon slips out and powerbombs Mortis down. DRAGON SLEEPER is enough to tap Mortis out as Vandenberg does a great job of throwing a fit down on the floor. (3:09) Short, fun match. *½

Another week, another opportunity for JJ Dillon to try and re-sign Sting. This just makes JJ Dillon look like an out-of-touch old geezer who has lost all hearing and hasn’t even paid attention to the show he’s supposedly running as a member of the board. He offers Sting another contract with his first match being against Syxx (because the nWo somehow do have contractual obligations to meet even though they are not part of WCW), but of course Sting refuses and rips up the offer. The crowd chants for quite a while that Sting wants Hogan. There’s ridiculous, there’s redonkulous, and then there’s this.

  • Randy Savage (w/Elizabeth) vs. Curt Hennig

This is billed as the first-ever meeting between these two legends. I know they teamed together in the WWF in 1992, but I don’t think their paths ever crossed otherwise. Savage was a heel for most of the time that Perfect was active in the WWF. Basic headlocks and shoulderblocks contest to start. Savage bails to the floor and puts Liz in front of him. Hennig swings anyway just as Liz ducks and Savage gets nailed. Commercials! We return to see some brawling in the aisle. Back inside, Hennig delivers his patented rolling neck snap and knee lifts Savage. Savage punches back and starts kicking at the knee so that Hennig can flip around using the ropes. You’ve seen it all before. Savage gets dumped on the floor just as Diamond Dallas Page appears and starts beating on Hennig for the DQ. (3:02 shown) They did what they have done for the last ten years and nothing more. You can’t even really be disappointed knowing the shape their bodies are in by this point. Anyways, Savage attacks DDP for SO many reasons. Scott Hall comes out to help Savage. Meanwhile, Hennig heads to the back because none of this involves him. Savage gives DDP a pair of MACHO ELBOWS while Hall watches on. Next thing you know, Lex Luger runs down for the save and clears Hall and Savage out of the ring, standing by his WCW comrade. ½*

On that note, good night everybody!

OH, WAIT. Before we go, here’s a special bonus match!

  • WCW Cruiserweight Champion Alex Wright vs. Chris Jericho – (WCW Saturday Night, 8/16/97)

Much to the delight of the crowd, Jericho starts beating up Wright and putting the boots to him before Wright takes his jacket off. Wright fires back with a spinning heel kick so he can take off his jacket. Crowd chants “USA” for some reason. Dusty thinks Alex is from England. Jericho misses a corner charge and runs into the post. Wright splashes Jericho and then sticks him with a back suplex. Jericho fights away a chinlock and hits a crossbody block for two. Wright then BLASTS Jericho with a clothesline. He then starts slapping, dancing, and posing all around. Jericho shoves away a superplex, but flies down into a dropkick. He mounts another comeback, but Wright avoids a dropkick. Jericho fights back again with a dropkick off the second rope. Flying back elbow gets 1-2-NO! Wright goes to the eyes and delivers a gutwrench suplex for two. Butterfly suplex gains him the same result. Wright tries for the German Suplex, but Jericho blocks and counters into the LIONTAMER. Wright can’t escape as Jericho forces him to tap out. (8:11) Ladies and gents, we have a new Cruiserweight champion. This match is notable if only for being the LAST title change to ever occur on the WCW Saturday Night program. **

In its present form, the show has only been on since April 1992 when the name of the show was changed from World Championship Wrestling to Saturday Night. For these past five and a half years, here is the complete list of title changes that have taken place on this program:

1) Barry Windham defeated WCW World TV Champion Steve Austin (5/9/92)
2) Barry Windham & Dustin Rhodes defeated WCW/NWA World Tag Team Champions Terry Gordy & Dr. Death Steve Williams (10/3/92)
3) Dustin Rhodes defeated Ricky Steamboat for the vacant WCW U.S. Title (1/16/93)
4) Dustin Rhodes defeated Rick Rude for the vacant WCW U.S. Title (9/11/93) ***1/4
5) Marcus Alexander Bagwell & 2 Cold Scorpio defeated WCW World Tag Team Champions The Nasty Boys (10/23/93)

6) Ric Flair defeated Ricky Steamboat for the vacant WCW World Title (5/14/94) ***3/4
7) Larry Zbyszko defeated WCW World TV Champion Lord Steven Regal (5/28/94)
8) Harlem Heat defeated WCW World Tag Team Champions Stars N Stripes (1/14/95)
9) Dick Slater & Bunkhouse Buck defeated WCW World Tag Team Champions Harlem Heat (7/22/95)
10) Harlem Heat defeated WCW World Tag Team Champions American Males (10/28/95)
11) Lord Steven Regal defeated WCW World TV Champion Lex Luger (8/31/96)
12) Harlem Heat defeated WCW World Tag Team Champions Public Enemy (10/5/96) ¾*
13) Chris Jericho defeated WCW Cruiserweight Champion Alex Wright (8/16/97) **

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WCW presents the Clash of the Champions on August 21 from Nashville, Tennessee! Here is the card as we know it on August 11.

– Ric Flair & Curt Hennig vs. Syxx & Konnan

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