This is a quick episode to view before RAW goes up tomorrow.
At least this build to World War 3 is not so long tonight, as we will have the long build to Starrcade ’95 after this. I have no idea what happens in WCW between now and February ‘96, so it will all be a huge surprise for me, which I am a sort of looking forward to. Tonight we have the main event of Hogan versus Sting, which will be intriguing to say the least. Let’s begin.
We begin with McMichael saying the Hogan v Sting match should have been on PPV, but we get it on free TV! And we get the major problem for WCW over the next few years: giving away awesome PPV matches on free TV.
Segment 1: Scott Norton defeats Shark
This is a rematch from one or two weeks ago, when they fought to a double countout. Shark attacks Norton before the match outside and dominates the match, until a powerslam by Norton ends Shark. Short and pointless really, as neither man advanced any further from this feud. Rating: D+
Segment 2: Taskmaster and Hart interview
Hart tries to talk up Sting for his match with Hogan, saying Hogan dumped him for Savage. Taskmaster wants Hogan to face the entire Dungeon this Sunday in the battle royal. Same old, same old promo. Next please.
Segment 3: Eddie Guerrero defeats Brian Pillman
Disco decides to dance before the others come out. Have to admit that’s something different, but his dancing is awful and generic. Still, it’s better than my dancing. Actually, it was supposed to be Flair in the match, but Pillman instead replaces him for no reason. Oh it’s because Flair is “so” focused on the Stinger, which is better than no reason at all I guess. Can’t complain here to be honest, as this should be good.
To say this would be better than Flair versus Guerrero is an understatement. These two were hammering each other out there, with Guerrero impressive in flying about in and out of the ring. This match was a bit short, but considering this is a one hour show that’s fine. Good victory for Guerrero off the frog splash, which does not come off as a fluke. Rating: B
Apparently, Benoit was already introduced as the fourth member of the Four Horseman. That must have been announced on WCW Saturday Night then a week or so ago.
Recap of Savage having his arm injured by the Dungeon last week. Moving on.
Segment 4: Hawk defeats Big Bubba Rogers
This is a rematch from about a month ago on Nitro, when Disco interfered and caused Hawk to lose by countout. Does anyone really care about this match? Bischoff implies someone will jump from the WWF to WCW at World War 3 this Sunday. I can’t remember anyone doing that to my knowledge.
This match got longer than the last one, which was an ok match at best. Duggan trips Bubba for Hawk to get the pin. Really? That’s how you end a match, with a trip? WCW hurts my head at times. Rating: D+
It is time for Nitro’s biggest main event to date: Hogan versus Sting.
Segment 5: Hulk Hogan (w/ Randy Savage) v Sting (No contest)
Hogan came in from the crowd, which was the first time I have ever seen Hogan do that. This match can be broken down into three parts: first part was the punches and kicks by both guys; second part was the rest holds (and they were legion in this part!) and thirdly, the “Hulk up” comeback. Seriously that was it…. until Sting had Hogan in the Scorpion Deathlock. Predictably, the Dungeon of Doom attacks both guys for a no contest. The rematch between these two? Starrcade 1997. Match was fine for what it was, but it got boring with all the rest holds, which was vintage Hogan. Rating: C
Savage gets chokeslammed by the Giant, who gets clotheslined out by Hogan and Sting with a chair. That’s smart at least. Taskmaster and Hart yell at the announcers to end the show.
Overall: C This was a decent show, but nothing much above that. The main focus here was the World Title battle royal, which was fine as this was the go home show for the pay per view. A good wrestling match and a solid yet unspectacular main event means this show was a great way to kill time, but a lot of it meant nothing for the long term, which is a shame considering the talent they have here at the moment.