WCW: Monday Nitro (09.08.97)

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WCW Monday Nitro
September 8, 1997
Milwaukee, WI
Wisconsin Center Arena

The current WCW champs were as follows:
WCW World Champion: Hollywood Hogan (8/9/1997)
WCW U.S. Champion: Steve McMichael (8/21/1997)
WCW World Tag Team Champions: The Outsiders (10/27/1996)
WCW World Television Champion: Alex Wright (8/21/1997)
WCW Cruiserweight Champion: Chris Jericho (8/16/1997)

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

While our esteemed commentators are giving the rundown on what we will see tonight with the Nitro Girls in the ring, they begin to talk about the Horsemen parody from last week. Tony says that he REFUSES to show that video again, but here comes Eric Bischoff. He apparently feels he has enough stroke around here to still get the video to be played. As the video begins, the REAL Four Horsemen show up, demand that the video be stopped, and challenge the nWo to a fight. They head down to the ring where Gene Okerlund meets them and holds the mic. Unfortunately, we are in Packer country tonight, and Mongo gets booed out of the building. Flair says that last week’s show was the first time he has ever felt embarrassed to be a professional wrestler. He puts Arn Anderson over HUGE again. He tells the nWo that once they leave wrestling and there’s at least one man standing by you with a tear in their eye, you’re a lucky man. That bond is 4-LIFE, brother. Flair and the Horsemen aren’t leaving until they get the new World order. WOO! Commercials.

When we return, the Four Horsemen are still waiting. Doug Dellinger and security head down and shoo them out. Flair and the Horsemen leave, but Flair lays down the challenge once more.

  • Eddie Guerrero vs. Rey Mysterio Jr.

Tenay tells us that while these two have met in six-man tags, they had never wrestled one-on-one. This is Rey’s return match after taking time off for a knee injury at the hands of Konnan back at Road Wild. Eddie is really getting into his role here as the awesome sleazy douche. An “Eddie sucks” chant prevents an initial lockup. Eddie tries to work the arm, but Rey keeps countering everything with armdrags. Eddie makes him pay with a European uppercut and a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker. As Eddie grabs a Fujiwara armbar as we go to break. When we return, Eddie is STILL working the arm. Rey flashes an AMAZING slingshot headscissors, but gets cut down with a clothesline. A satellite headscissors sends Eddie to the floor as Rey follows up with a springboard somersault plancha. Back inside, Rey gets a double-jump moonsault press for two. Rey tries a flying bodypress, but Eddie catches him in mid-air into a powerslam for 1-2-NO! The nasty snap powerbomb from Eddie gets 1-2-NO! Pumphandle backbreaker scores another nearfall. Eddie applies the Gory Special, but Rey armdrags out. Rey counters another powerbomb with a headscissors, but gets pitched over the top to the floor. That’s just NOT good for your knees. However for Rey, he pops right back up on the apron and fires off the SPRINGBOARD HURRACANRANA for the surprise 1-2-3! (5:38 shown) Great comeback match for Rey. ***

NITRO GIRLS!

Gene Okerlund brings out Diamond Dallas Page. The bottom line is that Gene feels DDP and Lex Luger need to make up since Wargames is this Sunday. DDP feels since they can’t seem to make it work with words, they need to patch things up – in the ring. Out comes Lex Luger, he accepts the challenge on one condition: hold nothing back. DDP is fine with that.

WCW Saturday Night! Watch it IF YOU WEEL! 6:05PM eastern time! TBS! Only one hour this week! Thanks, Atlanta Braves. Eddie Guerrero, Lex Luger, US Champ Steve McMichael, and many other top stars will appear! Don’t miss out! It’s the MUTHASHIP! PAY WINDAHS, CLUBBERIN, AND PLUNDAH, BABY!

  • Hugh Morrus vs. Disco Inferno

Disco cost Morrus the TV title last week, so now they must wrestle it out. Morrus is the aggressor to start grazing Disco with a spinning heel kick. Out on the floor, Disco fights back and shoves Morrus into the guardrail. Back inside, he slaps Morrus around, which backfires on him. Morrus avalanches Disco a bunch and powerslams him down. Oh look, it’s Alex Wright. While the ref is busy with Wright, Morrus powerbombs Disco down and comes off the top for the NO LAUGHING MATTER. Unbeknownst to Morrus, Wright slides Disco the TV belt as Morrus is coming down on top of him. Ouch. Disco is dead. (3:14) Afterwards, Disco argues with Wright over costing him the match. *

When we come back, Syxx, Kevin Nash, Konnan, and Buff Bagwell head out the tunnel. Syxx thinks that Flair isn’t mad about ruining the tribute, it’s because Syxx showed Flair just how stupid he really looks. DANG. Complete with fanny pack, Nash declines the challenge laid down by Flair because he’s WAY too busy doing fanny pack stuff. Bagwell is standing there sipping on a coffee mug. He says he ain’t got nothing to do. Konnan says some kind of gibberish. Turns out, those two will wrestle the Horsemen tonight if they are down for it. In fact, it would be an honor.

  • WCW Cruiserweight Champion Chris Jericho vs. Brad Armstrong

Eddie Guerrero comes out trying to get Brad Armstrong to give up this match for him. Brad threatens to whoop Eddie, and then whoops Jericho from behind. Talks turns to JJ Dillon having to step down as WCW Commissioner. Now who will be his replacement? As Jericho is about to put Armstrong away, Eddie runs back out and puts the boots to Jericho instead for the DQ. (2:36) Jericho manages to apply the LIONTAMER, but Armstrong breaks it up and helps Eddie out. *

THE NITRO GIRLS!

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

Hollywood Hogan and Eric Bischoff interrupt the show and head down to the ring to talk our ears off. He tells Ric Flair that he’s the only “god” in this ring. He’s too big, too rich, and too tan for anybody around here. LOL. As far as the family business goes, nobody touches Eric Bischoff. Ever. Also, Buff Bagwell and K-Dawg will TCB of the Four Horsemen tonight, brah. And finally, Sting will get his WCW world title shot – tonight. Get out here, Sting! Hogan says he’s tired of Sting’s mouth, but Sting hasn’t spoken for almost a year now. Whatever, Hulk. A Sting dummy drops from the rafters, which is NOT COOL. Out comes Scott Norton and Buff Bagwell to help Sting up. Some EMT people and a stretcher is wheeled out, but Vicious N Delicious put Sting in the ring instead so Hogan can slap him around. Bischoff puts on a referee’s shirt while Hogan LEGDROPS the mannequin and covers him for the three-count. Told ya Hogan could beat him.

What’s with all the jobbers in the Fall Brawl ad?

Time to check in with 1-800-COLLECT On the Road with Lee Marshall. He’s in Charlotte this week. What is his problem with Bobby Heenan?

  • Rick & Scott Steiner (w/Ted DiBiase) vs. The Faces of Fear

Our esteemed commentators are way too busy talking about the nWo and the commissioner problems to talk about the match. The Steiners suplex the Faces of Fear sending them out for a powder while Rick and Scott do their dog routine. Back inside, the Faces of Fear – THEY BE CLUBBERIN, TONY. Rick is face in peril and gets slammed around. Barbarian misses a flying headbutt, setting up the hot tag to Scott. The match breaks down here. Scott has Barbarian pinned after a Belly to Belly Superplex, but Meng has Rick down in the TONGAN DEATH GRIP. Just as all this is happening, Harlem Heat, Jacqueline, Mortis, and Wrath are in the ring. GANG WARZ? DDQ. (5:29) No explanation for that one.

  • Scott Hall vs. Super Calo

It’s going to be interesting to see how much offense Calo gets here, which I bet is PISSING OFF BISCHOFF RIGHT NOW. Calo gets a two count off a flying body block out of the corner. That’ll do though. Super Fallaway Slam sets up the OUTSIDER’S EDGE for the win. (2:33) Out comes Ray Traylor to get in Hall’s face. They come to blows and Traylor sticks him with a Spinebuster. Vince heads down to help out Hall, but runs into the TRAYLOR TRASH. Hollywood Hogan comes out, but Hall nails Traylor from behind and drops him with the OUTSIDER’S EDGE out of the corner. The three of them take turns spray painting Traylor’s back.

  • Dean Malenko vs. Psychosis (w/Sonny Oono)

Tony announces that the winner of the Malenko/Jarrett match at Fall Brawl gets a US title shot at Halloween Havoc. They exchange some mat stuff early on here. Some idiot fan jumps in the ring and gets caught in a front headlock by ref Mark Curtis until security can escort him out. I’m really confused because it appears that another guy had jumped the rail also. Haha, you’re drunk. Alright, let’s get back on track now. Psychosis takes over and hits Malenko with a plancha to the floor. Back inside, he gets a victory roll for two. Malenko gets a little comeback, but then gets shoved off a superplex. GUILLOTINE LEGDROP! Cover, 1-2-NO! Sonny Oono gets knocked off the apron and Malenko puts Psychosis in the TEXAS CLOVERLEAF for the win. (7:12) Might have been better without all the crazy fan interruptions. Jeff Jarrett and Debra head out to confront Malenko. Jarrett back pedals to the locker room. Debra keeps talking, but Malenko couldn’t care less what she has to say. **

Gene Okerlund introduces the new acting WCW commissioner: ROWDY RODDY PIPER. Holy Toledo, says Gene. He’s been the President of the WWF (boooooo), and now he’s the chairman of the board at WCW. First things first, Sting will get his hands on Hollywood Hogan before the end of the year. Next, Piper makes a match with him and Hogan at Halloween Havoc inside a cage. And number three, he takes DDP and Lex Luger out of Wargames since their heads aren’t straight and instead puts in the Four Horsemen to take on the nWo. We’ll find out whose belly is up to the bar and who is just belly-up. Goodnight, says the chairman.

  • Ric Flair & Curt Hennig vs. Buff Bagwell & Konnan

Naturally, Flair and Hennig clean house to start. Back inside, Bagwell and Konnan take over beating up Flair. So much posing by Bagwell. Flair takes a superplex, but moves away from a flying elbow drop. Tag to Hennig, he’s all backdrops and slams. Bagwell clips him from behind so they can start working on the knee. Hennig’s knee gives out, but Konnan misses a big kick and falls back on his head. Hot tag to Flair, he nails Bagwell with the shinbreaker and locks in the FIGURE-FOUR. Konnan breaks up the hold, but then he and Bagwell dump out Flair. As they come off the ropes, Flair trips up Bagwell and causes Konnan to stumble into the HENNIGPLEX for the three-count. (9:26) Mongo and Benoit head out to congratulate Flair and Hennig on their small measure of revenge. It’s literally all the revenge they get for the Horsemen parody. *½

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  • Diamond Dallas Page vs. Lex Luger

The match hardly breaks out of the feeling out process before it becomes a lumberjack match as the nWo surround the ring. DDP saves Luger when he’s getting stomped a whole bunch by the nWo boys. (4:40) Lex and DDP try to fight off the rest of the as the Giant comes out and saves the day for good. It looks like DDP and Luger are stronger than ever as they embrace! FANS, WE”REOUTTATIME! SEE YOU AT FALL BRAWL!

1997-09-FallBrawl
WCW presents Fall Brawl on September 14 at the LJVM Coliseum in Winston-Salem NC. Here is the card that has been announced as of September 8:

WARGAMES: Ric Flair, Curt Hennig, Chris Benoit, & Steve McMichael vs. Kevin Nash, Syxx, Konnan, & Buff Bagwell

WCW World Television Title Match: Alex Wright (c) vs. Ultimo Dragon

WCW Cruiserweight Title Match: Chris Jericho (c) vs. Eddie Guerrero

Winner gets a U.S. Title shot at Halloween Havoc: Dean Malenko vs. Jeff Jarrett

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