May 21, 2011
Octavio Fierros

MONDAY NIGHT WAR CLASSICS – Week 8: New Attitude (10/23/95)

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Ratings War
WWE Monday Night Raw won the ratings battle again on the week of October 23rd against WCW Monday Nitro. WWE Raw scored a 2.6 and WCW Nitro scored a 2.2 rating. It was a close battle again, but the WWE came out on top, especially since they came off a PPV that featured Bret Hart becoming the number one contender to Diesel’s WWE World Title. Raw featured Alundra Blayze vs. Bull Nakano for the Women’s Title as the main event, while Monday Nitro aired their last show leading to Halloween Havoc PPV. Hulk Hogan’s new persona is starting to become full-fledged as he is trying his best to make it fresh. His feud with The Giant is doing pretty good, but a one-on-one match is still in the works for coming weeks.

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Monday Night Raw Highlight of the Night
In Your House 4 PPV was similar to IYH 3 as both events were a “one-match show”. The main event (Diesel vs. British Bulldog) was not a very good match, but planted the seeds for Survivor Series ’95. Bret Hart and Diesel went at it after the match, setting up their rematch from earlier in the year. Dean Douglas vs. Shawn Michaels could’ve been the show stealer, but Michaels relinquished the IC Title before the match. Due to that attack in the nightclub days ago, Michaels was unable to compete and was forced to forfeit the IC Title. Douglas was handed the belt and defended the gold right away against Razor Ramon. He lost the belt in 15 minutes, at the time the shortest IC Title reign.

A battle royal took place to determine the number one contender for Razor’s IC Title. Owen Hart won the match and he will face Razor next week on Raw.

The WWE wasted no time in plugging the next PPV, which is the Survivor Series 1995. President Gorilla Monsoon announced that for the first time in Survivor Series history, teams are going to be mixed with babyfaces and heels. Shawn Michaels, Sid, British Bulldog, and Ahmed Johnson will face Yokozuna, Owen Hart, Razor Ramon, and Dean Douglas. This match is billed as a “wild card match”.

Alundra Blayze defeated Bertha Faye to win back the WWE Women’s Title. The only newsworthy event of this match was that Bertha went after her manager and lover, Harvey Whippleman after the match, blaming him for losing. (Interesting news concerning Alundra Blayze in coming weeks!)

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WCW Monday Nitro Highlight of the Night
Hulk Hogan’s new look continued to be the mystery of the night. Is he turning heel or is he just testing his fans? Hogan’s questioned his alliance with Sting, Lex Luger, and Randy Savage. Is he friends with them or is he beating The Giant by himself? The hype to their match is coming across as one of the weird moments in Hogan’s career. It’s going to be interesting how it turns out at Halloween Havoc.

Halloween Havoc PPV matches: Hulk Hogan vs. The Giant (WCW World Title match), Lex Luger vs. Meng (If Luger wins, he faces Savage), Randy Savage vs. Zodiac (if Savage wins, he faces Luger), Johnny B. Badd vs. Diamond Dallas Page (TV Title match), Kurosawa vs. Hawk, Sabu vs. Mr. JL, Sting & Ric Flair vs. Arn Anderson & Brian Pillman.

Eric Bischoff announced that Monday Nitro is the most watched wrestling show. Is he confused? He probably thinks he’s sitting alongside Vince McMahon on Monday Night Raw.

The Yeti made his debut in WCW as part of The Dungeon of Doom. Yeti is actually El Gigante, aka Giant Gonzalez in the WWE.

The cruiserweight division is coming soon. Definitely one of the best ideas ever from WCW. So far, we have Eddy Guerrero, Alex Wright, Dean Malenko, Chris Benoit, Mr. JL, and Sabu as possible wrestlers in that division.

The shots at WWE continued this week with their 900 hotline again. Mike Tenay was going to give away results this time (maybe because Gene Okerlund didn’t have his facts straight last week?) by revealing the matches from In Your House 4 last night. Steve McMichael joined in on the shots, “You mean, In Your Outhouse? They have to move that thing. It’s beginning to stink.” Mongo started with the WWE earlier in the year, but he officially sold out to them with this comment right here.

The main event featured Sting & Lex Luger vs. Harlem Heat. The aftermath: The Giant came out and chokeslammed Luger and Sting. Did that clear some air as far as Luger’s loyalty is concerned? Well, no explanation as Savage came out to confront The Giant. Hogan jumped in and told Savage he wanted The Giant one-on-one. The confrontation didn’t last long as The Dungeon of Doom came in to beat on Hogan. A brawl between Hogan and Savage vs. Dungeon of Doom ensued. Hogan got the best of The Giant as Halloween Havoc PPV nears. Great ending with a possible Giant victory at Halloween Havoc.

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This Week in Monday Night War History (May 8-14, 2011)

May 13, 1996 – Shawn Michaels wrestled best friend Triple H for the first time ever on national television. Michaels won the match and he didn’t put the WWE Title on the line. At the time, Hunter was feuding with Mr. Perfect. Mr. Perfect would come out to steal Hunter’s valets.

May 12, 1997 – Rob Van Dam made his WWE debut on Raw, siding with Jerry Lawler. RVD was anti-ECW for a short period of time when Lawler began feuding with Paul Heyman.

May 11, 1998 – Degeneration X continued their quest to invade WCW, this time appearing at the CNN Center… Over on Nitro, Eric Bischoff challenged Vince McMahon to a match on their upcoming pay-per-view. Of course, McMahon didn’t show up on a WCW PPV, but Bischoff bragged about defeating Vince via forfeit.

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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)
RIC FLAIR vs. “MR. PERFECT” CURT HENNIG in a Career Match
January 18, 1993 – New York, NY @ Manhattan Center
These two men had excellent chemistry together as friends and foes. Curt Hennig and Ric Flair were best friends behind the scenes and that enabled them to work well together on camera. When Mr. Perfect left the WWE in 1991 due to a serious back injury, Ric Flair came in under Bobby Heenan. Perfect returned to be Flair’s “executive consultant” in 1992. Flair went on to win two WWE World Titles with Hennig in his corner. During an episode of Prime Time Wrestling (before Monday Night Raw existed), Heenan made decisions over Hennig. Hennig told Heenan that nobody makes decisions for him and decided to team up with Randy Savage to face Razor Ramon and Ric Flair at Survivor Series 1992. That’s how Hennig turned babyface. Flair’s contract was up in WWE and he had a mutual agreement with Vince McMahon that he was going back to WCW. Flair picked Hennig in his last WWE match with the stipulation being a career bout. Obviously Mr. Perfect won a classic twenty minute match. Flair put on a show in his last WWE match, something that a lot of wrestlers don’t do when they are on their way out.

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Monday Night War Key Players
The following wrestlers wrestled on WWE Monday Night Raw and WCW Monday Nitro this particular week (October 23, 1995). Somehow, these wrestlers made an impact on the Monday Night Wars: (They signed with the rival company during this era)

WWE
Bam Bam Bigelow left the WWE in 1995 after not being happy with the direction of his character. Even though he had his great moment with Lawrence Taylor, Bigelow was not properly pushed afterwards, thanks in part of the power of the Clique (Shawn Michaels, Kevin Nash, Scott Hall, Sean Waltman, and Triple H). Bigelow went to ECW first before joining WCW in 1998. Bigelow’s first feud in WCW was against Bill Goldberg. At the time, Goldberg was the most popular star in WCW. Bigelow was one of Goldberg’s victims in his long undefeated streak. Bigelow left WCW and retired from wrestling years later. In early-2007, Bigelow passed away when he was found dead in his home. He was 45 years old.

Alundra Blayze left the WWE in December 1995 and made an impact upon her return to WCW (where she wrestled as Medusa). Blayze debuted on the December 19, 1995 Nitro, throwing the WWE Women’s Title belt in the trash can. This was one of the classiest moments in the early days of Monday Nitro. Medusa was one of the few wrestlers who thought she wasn’t getting pushed in WWE so joined WCW. She felt that the Women’s Title was a joke in the WWE so she went to WCW. She was not even pushed properly in WCW, but was used more than her WWE days.

WCW
Dean Malenko was at the verge of retirement when he signed with WWE in 2000 with Eddie Guerrero, Chris Benoit, and Perry Saturn. Malenko wrestled a few times with the WWE and then became a road agent and does that to this day.

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Monday Night War Scoreboard
WCW Monday Nitro 1, WWE Monday Night Raw 4 (2 ties)

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