June 11, 2011
Octavio Fierros

MONDAY NIGHT WAR CLASSICS – Week 10: Interactive Nitro (11/06/95)
By Octavio Fierros, ofierros@sbcglobal.net

Ratings War
The first ever interactive Monday Nitro scored 2.3 rating versus WWE Monday Night Raw (2.1) to get their third victory of the famous Monday Night War. Since Nitro is live and they have a big advantage, they took control by having fans select the main event of the show. Even though it was partly a storyline, Ric Flair vs. Sting was selected from viewers who called in the 900 hotline to pick that match. Over on Raw, little did we know that the score was settled by Bret Hart and Jerry Lawler. Bret teamed up with his former opponent earlier in the year, Hakushi to face Jerry Lawler and Isaac Yankem DDS. Monday Nitro looked better this week because the storylines are beginning to develop, but still have fans wondering about certain scenarios.

WCW Monday Nitro Highlight of the Night
Sting defeated Ric Flair in the main event of the first ever interactive Monday Nitro. Fans called in to select the main event of the evening and the majority picked Flair vs. Sting. After the match, Sting had Flair in the Scorpion Death Lock for a long time. Several babyfaces came out from the locker room to convince Sting to break the move. Sting did, but went back to his submission move. Lex Luger came out and whispered something at Sting, then he slowly broke the move and then both left together. WCW is definitely better than WWE right now with these mysterious angles.

Jimmy Hart, the manager of The Giant, stated that in the contract that both men signed for Halloween Havoc ’95 two weeks ago had a fine print that Hogan was not aware of. According to Hart, if Hogan loses via disqualification, he would also lose the WCW World Title. That’s why The Giant has been walking with the belt the past two weeks. The “power of attorney” came out and said that Hart was partially correct. Hogan did lose the belt, but The Giant is not the champion. The WCW World title has been declared vacant and the winner of the 60-man battle royal at World War 3 will be champion.

New Japan is going to feature their top wrestlers to face the top cruiserweights and names from WCW. This new storyline will shed some light next week on Nitro when Sting defends the US Title against Kensuke Sasaki.

WWE Monday Night Raw Highlight of the Night
Last week on Raw, Marty Jannetty got in British Bulldog’s face. This week, they had a match with Bulldog winning and continuing his role as one of the best heels in the WWE right now. Jim Cornette has an attorney named Clarence Mason. He was responsible for making Bulldog the number one contender for the WWE Title after Survivor Series ’95. He will face the winner of Bret Hart vs. Diesel at the last PPV of the year, In Your House 5.

Hunter Hearst Helmsley is now feuding with Henry Godwinn, a pig farmer from Arkansas. Godwinn comes to the ring with his bucket of slop. He usually dumps the slop on his opponents. Hunter dumped slop on Godwinn this time, heating up the feud between both mid-carders.

The main event featured Bret Hart & Hakushi vs. Jerry Lawler & Isaac Yankem DDS. This had nothing to do with Bret’s title match. Diesel was not even on this episode of Raw. WCW clearly has the advantage in terms of storylines and yet they are still trailing in the Monday Night War.

This Week in Monday Night War History (May 22-28, 2011)
May 27, 1996 – In the most memorable angle ever in the history of WCW, Scott Hall (formerly known as Razor Ramon) shockingly appears on Monday Nitro, declaring war at WCW.

Monday Night Raw Flashbacks
(This section is debuting this week and features a special moment or match from the first 33 months of WWE Monday Night Raw, the pre-Monday Night Wars)
Leave Your Bodyguard at Home
April 3, 1995 – Poughkeepsie, NY @ Mid-Hudson Civic Center

WWE Champion Diesel defeated Shawn Michaels at WrestleMania XI to retain the WWE Title, when Psycho Sid (Shawn’s bodyguard) interference backfired. The next night on Raw, Diesel gave Michaels his due with an excellent match. As a result, Diesel gave Michaels a rematch for the WWE Title in the near future. Michaels came out later in the night to answer the challenge and accepted. Michaels said it was going to be different this time around because he was going to give Sid the night off when the rematch occurs. Sid didn’t like that and turned on Michaels, giving him three powerbombs. The live crowd cheered for Sid’s actions, but he remained a heel while Michaels turned babyface. Michaels was out of action for six weeks while Diesel got even with Sid for hurting his best friend.

Monday Night War Key Players
The following wrestlers wrestled on WWE Monday Night Raw and WCW Monday Nitro this particular week (November 6, 1995). Somehow, these wrestlers made an impact on the Monday Night Wars: (They signed with the rival company during this era)

Actually, the wrestlers that performed on Raw this week were already discussed in previous editions of Monday Night War Classics or they were not impact players on both shows.


Monday Night War Scoreboard
WCW Monday Nitro 3, WWE Monday Night Raw 4 (2 ties and 1 no contest)

Thank you for reading this week’s edition of Monday Night War Classics. E-mail me your feedback on this week or anything related to the Monday Night War to ofierros@sbcglobal.net – See you next week for Monday Night War Classics – Week 11: New Japan, New War (11/13/95)

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