July 11, 2011
Octavio Fierros

MONDAY NIGHT WAR CLASSICS – Week 12 Part 2: Dream Match Turned into Nightmare (11/20/95)
By Octavio Fierros, ofierros@sbcglobal.net

While Hulkamania was running wild in the WWE in the 80s and part of the 90s, Ric Flair was the “man” in the NWA/WCW. Hogan was not alone on the top of the WWE mountain. In the early 90s, Hogan had The Ultimate Warrior as the second most popular wrestler in the WWE. On the other hand, Flair had Sting as his arch nemesis. A couple of years later, Hogan joined WCW and quickly became the top star in the company. Sting remained one of the most popular stars as well. It took Hogan 16 months to get into the ring with Sting. Instead of a pay-per-view dream match, WCW decided to put it on their best TV show, Monday Nitro.

It was probably too soon to put Hogan vs. Sting on Nitro due to the fact that both men were still in their prime. Keep in mind that it was rare back then for two babyfaces to wrestle each other in either WWE or WCW. Give Eric Bischoff credit for having guts to put this match head-to-head with Raw that featured Shawn Michaels collapse angle (see Part 1 of MNW Classics Week 12). In 1995, fans were already booing Hogan out of the building. It was the perfect opportunity for Sting to regain his spot as the top babyface. The match didn’t get enough build-up, since it was announced the previous week that these two were going to wrestle. When the match occurred, it gave fans flashbacks of another dream match that happened on the first ever Nitro between Hogan and Luger. No clear finish was given as The Dungeon of Doom came in to attack both men. The dream match ended with fans getting screwed again with non-finishes.

Fortunately, this would not be the only time Hogan and Sting get in the ring. In 1997, Hogan vs. Sting was voted as the feud of the year by nearly every wrestling publication. To make things better, the build-up was definitely one of the best ever in the history of not only WCW, but in wrestling altogether. The feud deserves a full column dedicated to the mystery of the crow gimmick and the heel antics of Hollywood Hulk Hogan. I don’t want to go in full detail right now because you will read about it in months to come. All I’m going to state is that Sting won the WCW World Title from Hogan in one of the most memorable moments in WCW history.

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Monday Nitro Highlight of the Night
Hulk Hogan vs. Sting match ended in a no-contest when The Dungeon of Doom interfered. Hogan and Sting teamed up to save each other from the attack. This was the final hype to World War 3 PPV.

The vacant WCW World Title is on the line at World War 3 in the 60-man battle royal. The Giant remains the odds-on-favorite to win it all.

World War 3 PPV line-up: 60-man battle royal for the vacant WCW World Title, Johnny B. Badd vs. Diamond Dallas Page (TV Title match), Jim Duggan vs. Big Bubba in a taped first match, Kensuke Sasaki vs. Chris Benoit, Lex Luger vs. Randy Savage, and Sting vs. Ric Flair.

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Monday Night War Scoreboard
WCW Monday Nitro 4, WWE Monday Night Raw 5 (2 ties and 1 no contest)

*** Thank you for reading this week’s edition of Monday Night War Classics. See you next week for Monday Night War Classics – Week 13: Post-World War 3 (11/27/95)

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