This is the second of two Nitro’s tonight. Only three more Nitro episodes between us and the next WCW PPV, being World War 3 ’95, which I heard which awful but that’s neither here nor there. The pay-per-view was supposed to be the answer to the WWF’s Royal Rumble event and match, but it kind of fell flat. Big time. Anyway, before then we have to solve the WCW World Title picture, as The Giant may not legally be the champion. Hopefully the build to this pay-per-view is more varied than the last one. Let’s begin.
Fans get to pick the main event for the night. Now I know where WWE got the idea from!
Savage is still out with an injury from Halloween Havoc, so he cannot face Luger yet.
Segment 1: WCW World Title: The Giant (c) (w/ Jimmy Hart) defeats Cobra
Believe it or not this is Giant’s debut on Nitro. One chokeslam and that’s it. Is Giant the champion or not here? I am confused! No rating.
We get Gene in the Red locker and Schiavone in the Blue locker, where fans can choose from superstars in each locker room for the main event. Looks good, but I favour Flair v Sting here.
Earlier in the day, Hogan (back in Venice Beach, California) tells Savage to stick by him and they will take down the Dungeon of Doom.
Segment 2: Taskmaster (w/ Jimmy Hart) defeats Renegade
Basic match, but at least it was longer than the first match. Basic match that just shows the dominance of the Dungeon with no Hogan around. I think this was the peak of the Dungeon’s evilness, seeing how they got even more stupid afterwards in the coming months. Crowd was pretty dead for this one too. Rating: D+
Hart washes Renegades facepaint off and tells him he is worth nothing.
Mean Gene interviews Flair, after the lights go off then on again, who goes off on Sting again. These two could never be separated in WCW.
Segment 3: Eddie Guerrero defeats Chris Benoit
This was an excellent, hard hitting match. To me these moves have been done so many times, but back in American wrestling 1995, this was pretty much new to the fans, hence the big shocks and pops. Benoit hits his moves so hard, I am surprised Guerrero didn’t have whiplash. Controversial ending, with Benoit pinned while his feet were on the ropes. The rubber match will be down the line I assume, as its 1-1 between the pair in victories. Rating: B
Call to decide the main event match!
Heenan’s Japanese friends, including Sonny Onoo, have a buffet table to themselves in the audience.
Segment 4: Sting v Ric Flair
What did I say about the main event earlier? I say it a lot, but Sting was SCARILY over in WCW! Sting just went for Flair in this one, until Flair takes over and slaps on the Figure Four leglock. I mention it for the fact Sting powered out of it like he never knew he was in pain. The crowd pop for that was HIGH to say the least! Flair snaps and tries to hit Sting with a chair but the referee pulls it away from him. Brass knuckles from Flair and an elbow gets…. ONLY A TWO?? I know this is a Nitro main event, but this is getting good in a hurry. Comeback by Sting and the Scorpion Death Lock ends this. Except he doesn’t let go of the hold after the match. AWESOME match for Nitro, with me and the live crowd getting into this from the start. Rating: A-
Referees, security and wrestlers try to get Sting off Flair. He lets go of the hold then puts it back on. Luger comes in…. and manages to get Sting off him by talking to him. Hang on, this is the same man who put Hogan in the Rack eight days before on PPV. Ah their teasing a Sting heel turn, as he and Luger leave together. Shocking events here.
Segment 5: Dungeon of Doom interview
Mean Gene interviews Hart; Taskmaster and Giant. Hart mentions he had the Power of Attorney to make the match with Giant. He then said he included a title change on a disqualification on the contract. That explains a lot of things already.
So they bring in WCW legal (practising) attorney, who says Hart had Power of Attorney, but Giant is not the champion. Apparently, WCW Commissioner Nick Bockwinkel, who says the WCW World Title is vacant. The winner of the 60 man battle royal will be the WCW World Champion. Huge news and a pretty good way to sell a PPV. It smells of de ja vu though, ala WWF Royal Rumble 1992. Jimmy Hart absolutely flips at this decision. Rating: B
McMichael/Bischoff/Heenan closes the show about World War 3.
Overall: A- Simply put, this was the best episode of Nitro to date in this mini series. Two great matches here; teasing a heel turn of Sting and a twist to the World Title picture at the end of the episode. If I was a fan of WCW at this time, I would tune in next week to see what happened next. Brilliant stuff here and I hope they can continue this momentum in the coming weeks.