Editor's Note: As you may know, DDT Digest was born in October 1996. That was about four or five months after the beginning of the nWo invasion, and it was over a year after the premiere of Nitro. A DDT Digest reader, Bob, with a number of the old Nitros and PPVs on tape contacted me, asking me if I was interested in having him fill in some of the coverage gaps before DDT Digest was on line. I figured that would be way cool. So, any WCW show reports that you see here prior to October 1996 will be from Bob. You can write him at firstname.lastname@example.org and, as always, you can reach me at email@example.com.
WCW Monday Night Nitro - Monday, September 4th, 1995
- This is the very first episode of
WCW Nitro, in an attempt to overtake the struggling WWF product. These initial versions of Nitro were all live, one-hour shows.
- Eric Bischoff/Mongo/Bobby
Heenan are doing commentary, with Heenan and Mongo not liking each other.
- Live from Minneapolis, Minnesota, Mall of America.
- “Flyin'” Brian Pillman Vs Jushin “Thunder” Liger
- Arm lock by Pillman,
reversed by Liger into an arm wrench and soon into a headlock.
- A nice wheelbarrow
kick in the corner by Pillman, and he follows up with some chops.
- Pillman with a very
slow moonsault off the top, sleeper hold, and chops in the corner again.
- Head scissors by
Pillman and he follows up with chops.
- Liger runs into a big
boot by Pillman. Pillman follows up with a sloppy hurricanrana. Pillman
gets a 2 count.
- Sitting abdominal
stretch by Pillman. Rolls into a cover for a 2 count.
- Liger with a drop toe
hold and places Pillman into a reverse surfboard, and reverses into a face
- Pillman fights back
with another flying head scissors.
- Pillman runs towards
Liger and misses a cross body, and falls to the floor.
- Liger with a
somersault moonsault onto Pillman on the floor.
- That was a damn good
- Pillman with a suplex
on the floor.
- Bischoff: “This is
where the best live.”
- Pillman goes up top
but Liger wiggles the ropes and Pillman falls groin first.
- Liger with a nice
superplex... 2 count
- Liger tries for a top
rope double axe handle but Pillman connects with a dropkick... 2 count
- Liger fights back and
connects with the LIGER BOMB... 2 Count
- Liger connects with a
nice top rope hurricanrana... 2 Count
- Pillman hits a middle
rope tornado DDT… 2 Count
- Liger attempts a
German suplex but Pillman reverses into a rollup… 1-2-3
- Your Winner: Brian Pillman via pinfall with a rollup.
- A promo of Sting saying that Flair basically has no chance tonight
in beating him.
- Come back to Eric Bischoff interviewing Hulk Hogan with all of his
“Pasta Maniacs” in the food area earlier today.
- Hogan asks the people. “Who is the greatest wrestler in the world?”
- Hogan tells Big Bubba that as long that he
and his “Pasta Maniacs” are here that Rogers has no chance in beating him here
tonight in Minnesota’s Mall of America.
- Ric Flair Vs United States Champion Sting
- Lex Luger walks down
to aisle way before the match starts
- Luger is under
contract with WWF… but is/was technically working on a verbal
contract. Thus he jumped shipped
- At least two minutes of
stalling to start off. Begin with a shoulder block by Flair and both
begin the leapfrog and jump over their opponent a few times.
- Sting with a gorilla
- Another gorilla press slam.
- Sting with a hip toss,
and a dropkick which sends Flair to the outside.
- Finger poke by Flair,
and a few hard chops and right hands.
- Sting no-sells chops
and punches to the gut.
- Sting with his THIRD
gorilla press slam.
- Flair cross body blocks Sting
to the outside, where Sting continues to no sell chops and right hands.
- Sting with… ANOTHER
gorilla press slam from outside of the ring back to the inside.
- Flair begs off in the
corner, Sting charges and misses a Stinger Splash, no sells and connects
with a running bulldog on Flair.
- Sting press slams
Flair off the top rope.
- Sting with ANOTHER
gorilla press slam... 2 count… Arn Anderson comes down to the ring.
- Sting misses a top
rope splash. Allows Flair to follow up with a stalling vertical suplex.
Sting no sells, and Sting connects with a few clotheslines.
- Flair flips in the
corner, runs the apron, and gets met with a clothesline from Sting.
- Sting with ten punches
in the corner and a hip toss for good measure.
- Sting places Flair on
the top turnbuckle and Flair rakes Sting in the eyes. Flair then shoves
Sting off the middle rope.
- After trying to back
slide each other, Sting finally manages to get Flair in the back slide
for a 2 count.
- Sting places Flair on
the top turnbuckle and connects with a superplex.
- Flair manages to get
up after the distraction of Anderson
and chop blocks Sting.
- Flair places Sting in
the Figure Four leg lock and Sting is trying to turn over, Flair has the
ropes, and has to break the hold, but wait… he won’t.
- Your Winner: WCW United
States Champion Sting via disqualification because Flair would not break the hold while in the ropes.
begins to brawl with Flair on the outside.
- Scott Norton makes his
debut by coming to the commentary area and yelling at Bischoff for what
reason I don’t know… Savage comes from behind and challenges Norton to a
fight next week. Norton accepts.
- Clips of what Sabu has
done in WCW is shown… he will be making his TV debut next week.
- For the WCW World Heavyweight Title: (champion) Hulk Hogan w/
Jimmy Hart Vs Big Bubba Rogers
- Hogan shoves Rogers into a
corner. Rogers with a headlock but Hogan comes back with a shoulder
- Rogers with a boot to the gut and right
hands to the gut.
- Rogers backs Hogan into a corner and
connects with a big splash in the corner.
- Hogan blocks another
attempt with a boot and sends Rogers head first into the turnbuckle
- Hogan with hard
rights, sends the referee down, and walks into a poke by Rogers.
- Rogers with a back breaker and begins
to punch Hogan’s rib section.
- Rogers sends Hogan into a corner and
charges, but Hogan gets a boot up.
- Which totally missed
so they did it again.
- Hogan then simply
pushes the dazed Rogers down and mounts Rogers with a few
hard right hands.
- Uppercuts by Rogers, and Hogan
falls in between the top and middle rope. Rogers charges and leaps onto the back
- Rogers slides to the outside and begins
to stalk Jimmy Hart.
- Hogan comes out and
begins to deliver hard rights, sends Rogers back into the ring and chokes Rogers with a
- 10 punches by Hogan in
the corner and Hogan takes Rogers down with a running clothesline.
- Hogan with a scoop
slam, 2 elbow drops and a boot scrape.
- Man I’m getting
sleepy from watching this match.
- Rogers with an uppercut and a few knee
lifts. Rogers with a scoop slam.
- Rogers misses a running big splash in
the corner. Hogan with more right hands.
- Rogers catches Hogan coming off the
ropes and hits a side slam.
- Hogan begins to “Hulk
- I begin to throw up
as Hogan looks to win.
- Hogan with right
hands, big boot, and leg drop, 1-2-3.
- Your Winner:
WCW World Heavyweight Chamption Hulk Hogan via pinfall following the Leg Drop Of Doom
- Luger comes out and helps out
Sting/Savage/Hogan in beating the Dungeon of Doom out of the ring.
- Luger is “sick and tired of
playing with little boys... I want to play with the big boys”.
- Savage is immediately
suspicious of Luger. Luger wants the World Title.
- Luger shakes hands with Hogan and
they agree to a World Title Match next week live on Nitro.
Next week—Sabu debuts, Michael Wall Street debuts and
Hogan/Luger World Title Match.
The Good: Brian Pillman Vs Jushin Liger was the best
match by far on this edition of Nitro. And, of course, Bobby Heenan’s commentary.
The Bad: Sting/Flair, Hogan/Rogers… how many gorilla press slams can
Sting do next week? A dozen? Two dozen?
The Ugly: Mongo's commentary skills.