June 22, 2011
Octavio Fierros

MONDAY NIGHT WAR CLASSICS – Week 11: New Japan, New War (11/13/95)
By Octavio Fierros, ofierros@sbcglobal.net

Ratings War
Monday Night Raw did not allow Monday Nitro to tie the series in the ratings battle as they won their fifth ratings match with a 2.6 rating versus 2.0. This edition of Nitro was taped due to the invasion of New Japan wrestlers. The most newsworthy event from Nitro was that Sting accepted to face Hulk Hogan next week live. This has to be the biggest match on Nitro since the September 11 edition when Hogan defended the belt against Lex Luger. On Raw, Razor Ramon faced Psycho Sid in the main event with the 123 Kid as special referee. The Kid turned heel for the first time in his career when he sold out to The Million Dollar Corporation and joining his big buddy Psycho Sid. This was the major angle leading to the Survivor Series 1995 PPV this Sunday.

Monday Night War Highlight of the Night
Razor Ramon faced Psycho Sid in the main event of Monday Night Raw with 123 Kid as special referee. Finally, The 123 Kid showed his true colors by turning on Razor and selling out to the Million Dollar Corporation. When Razor was about to finish off Sid with his “Razor’s Edge” finisher, The Kid pulled Sid’s legs in order to break the move. Razor was shocked and then Sid pinned him with The Kid making a fast three-count. After the match, Ted DiBiase stuffed a $5 bill in Razor’s mouth and then The Kid took it. The Kid was sold for five dollars. This is The Kid’s first heel turn of his young career.

Bret Hart and Diesel had a split-screen interview, building up their WWE Title match for Survivor Series. Both men respectably talked about how they are going beat the other. Since both men are babyfaces, it was clear that both men respected the other. Diesel wants to keep his long title reign intact while Bret wants to regain the title that he lost about a year ago to Bob Backlund.

Survivor Series ’95 line-up: Bret Hart vs. Diesel for the WWE Title (no DQ, no count out); Razor Ramon, Owen Hart, Yokozuna, and Dean Douglas vs. Shawn Michaels, Sid, Ahmed Johnson, and British Bulldog (Wild card match); Undertaker, Fatu, Henry Godwinn, and Savio Vega vs. Hunter Hearst Helmsley, Jerry Lawler, Isaac Yankem DDS, and King Mabel, Women’s elimination match; Bam Bam Bigelow vs. Goldust; Skip, Rad Radford, Zip, and Jean Pierre Lafitte vs. Hakushi, Barry Horowitz, Bob Holly, and Marty Jannetty.

Monday Nitro Highlight of the Night
Hulk Hogan wants Sting in the ring, one-on-one. Sting gladly accepted the challenge. In order to spark a big rating next week on Nitro, Sting will face Hogan for the first time ever. This is one of the times that WCW should save big matches like this for pay-per-views. Instead, Eric Bischoff wants to win the ratings battle instead of getting a big payoff on PPV. The last time WCW had a big match was when Luger challenged Hogan for the WCW World Title. The match ended with no winner and Raw won the ratings the next three weeks. WCW needs to come up with a clean winner next week in order to restore some of those fans who tuned in to Raw weeks after that lame finish a couple of weeks ago.

WCW is doing a great job building up The Giant as the odds on favorite to win the 60-man battle royal at World War 3. The Giant is decent on the mic and Kevin Sullivan and Jimmy Hart are very good at guiding him during interviews and promos. The Giant can get eliminated in this match, but fans are wondering who can take out the big man.

New Japan has invaded WCW. Chris Benoit faced Kensuke Sasaki in an excellent TV match. With the good storylines and the build-up to World War 3, WCW can do better as the year comes to an end. Benoit has become one of the focal points of Nitro with his excellent matches. Also, Eddy Guerrero faced Johnny B. Badd to a draw for the TV Title. It was another good match, but the match ended in a draw.

This Week in Monday Night War History
(May 29-June 3, 2011)
June 3, 1996 – Scott Hall once again appeared on Monday Nitro unexpectedly, this time promising a “big” surprise for the following week. Kevin Nash was revealed as the big surprise.

Monday Night War Key Players
The following wrestlers wrestled on WWE Monday Night Raw and WCW Monday Nitro this particular week (November 13, 1995). Somehow, these wrestlers made an impact on the Monday Night Wars: (They signed with the rival company during this era)

Ahmed Johnson left the WWE in late-1997 after a dispute with management, refusing to job to newcomers in the company. He was given multiple chances in the WWE with a big push, but kept getting hurt. He was let go and joined WCW in 1999 where he wrestled as Big T. He didn’t do much in WCW.

Monday Night War Scoreboard
WCW Monday Nitro 3, WWE Monday Night Raw 5 (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 12: Collapse Angle (11/20/95) and Dream Match Turned into Nightmare (11/20/95). This is going to be a special 2-part series!

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