May 17, 2009
Matt Peddycord
The Powerdriver Review

WCW Monday Nitro
April 15, 1996
Charleston, WV
Civic Center

The current WCW champs were as follows:
WCW World Champion: Ric Flair (2/11/1996)
WCW U.S. Champion: Konnan (1/29/1996)
WCW World Tag Team Champions: Sting & Lex Luger (1/22/1996)
WCW World Television Champion: Lex Luger (3/6/1996)

Your hosts are Eric Bischoff, Bobby Heenan, and that Emmy-award winning Steve “Mongo” McMichael.

Hulk Hogan (w/The Booty Babe) vs. Arn Anderson & Kevin Sullivan (w/Elizabeth, Woman & Jimmy Hart) – Handicap Match
If Hogan wins, he gets five minutes alone with the manager of his choice. If Arn or Sullivan win, they get five minutes alone with the Booty Babe. Apparently, the Booty Man is injured and the match got changed from a mixed-tag to this? With all that needle experience, you’d think Hulk wouldn’t stick him in the wrong place like that. No tagging necessary for Arn and Sullivan. They double-team Hulk, but he Big Boots them off and takes turns putting them in terrible looking figure-fours. Hogan cleans house and they go to the floor. Hulk NO-SELLS a chairshot from Sullivan and wipes them out with a chair. Arn goes low on Hogan to take over briefly as Jimmy Hart joins in on the stomp party down on the floor. In the ring, they go for a SPIKE PILEDRIVER, but Hogan trips Arn up and catapults him into Sullivan. Hulk takes out Arn with a back suplex and levels Sullivan with a LEGDROP for the win. (4:12) Hogan can’t decide who he wants to get his hands on worse between Liz and Woman, so he settles for Jimmy Hart. Powder flies out of Jimmy, but misses Hogan. He’s like a magician! Here comes the Giant to save his manager. CHOKESLAM to Hogan. Ugh, he no-sells. Big Boot and Big Slam on the Giant follows. Gene Okerlund comes into the ring and taps Hogan on the shoulder. Hogan’s in ATTACK MODE, so he picks up Gene for a slam and then realizes it’s just Gene. Meanwhile, Giant gets out of dodge. Gene gets a quick word from Hogan. WHATCHA GONNA DO WHEN I COME BACK IN JULY AND PULL THE BIGGEST SWERVE IN WRESTLING HISTORY, BROTHER? Nah he didn’t say that, but this would prove to be his last match before the heel turn. ½*

The Nasty Boys vs. Public Enemy – Street Fight
The Nasties nail Public Enemy from behind during their entrance with trash cans and chairs. It breaks down with the usual two guys in the ring and two guys on the floor formula. In the ring, Knobbs puts a plastic trash can on Grunge for the Nasties to punch and shoulder block him down. Rocco Rock saves his partner with a trash can lid. More trash can violence follows. Knobbs runs a table into Grunge. The table breaks like it’s pre-cut. Meanwhile, Sags hiptosses Rocco through a table on the other side of the ring. Rocco Rock fights back and tries to guillotine legdrop a trash can lid on Sags, but misses. Public Enemy trade opponents as Grunge works over Sags with a trash can lid while Rock bulldogs Knobbs on a chair. More trash can violence and mindless brawling. Rocco Rock sets up a table for something later. Rocco takes a break from beating Sags with a chair and catches Knobbs coming off the ropes. Public Enemy sets Knobbs on a table, but Grunge misses a dive and goes through for the 1-2-3. (9:17) Rocco Rock knocks Knobbs off the apron down to the guardrail so they can double-team splash Sags through a table. What happens is, Rocco somersault planchas on Grunge while he’s standing on the apron as they both fall on top of Sags. Pretty crazy stuff. **¾

Randy Savage vs. Earl Robert Eaton (w/Jeeves)
Because of Flair and Elizabeth, Savage is more crazy than ever. That’s all you need to know about Savage right now. Bischoff advertises Randy Savage appearing on the cartoon series Dexter’s Laboratory playing the role of RASSLOR in “Dial M for Monkey” on Cartoon Network premiering on April 21 at 7pm. What a wacky show that was. To get under Savage’s skin, Eaton does his Ric Flair imitation and slaps on the FIGURE-FOUR! He makes it even better as Jeeves tossing him a Four Horsemen t-shirt to screw with Savage some more! That is awesome. Of course it just proves to fire up Savage, as he reverses the figure-four, chases off Jeeves, and puts Eaton away with the MACHO ELBOW! (3:57) Savage ascends to the top for one more Macho Elbow. Jim Duggan, “Hardwork” Bobby Walker, Alex Wright, and Doug Dellinger all try and stop him. He flies down on Eaton anyway. Bischoff ~ “And those people are his friends!” Yeah okay. Savage ends up getting handcuffed and escorted out of the building because he’s such a loose cannon! *½

WCW World Tag Team Champions Sting & Lex Luger vs. Ric Flair & The Giant (w/Elizabeth & Woman)
Flair stops by Debra again, who happens to have a ringside seat. In the ring, Flair and Sting have a WOO contest. Sting wins. Now they hook up. Sting leapfrogs Flair a bunch and press slams him. He dropkicks Giant off the apron and throws Flair out to him. Giant catches him though and throws Flair back in the ring. Whoa, pal. You don’t do that to Flair. Luger comes in and does the same. Once again, Giant throws Flair back into the ring. Flair runs out and chops Giant, which doesn’t settle well with the big guy. Giant winds up chasing Flair all the way to the locker room as we take a break. Uhh, countout? We come back and I guess all is well between the heels. Luger is NO-SELLING everything Flair throws at him. Luger tries something with the Giant and gets GOOZLED, which allows Flair to clip him from behind. Giant tags in and steps all over Luger. After a suplex, he tags Flair. He dumps Luger out for Woman to sink her claws into Lex’s eyes again. Back in, Flair delivers the Rolling Knee Drop for two. Here comes Giant, who whips Luger HARD two times into the corner. Back to Flair. It’s time for the FIGURE-FOUR! Woman helps out with some leverage until they get caught. Luger mounts a comeback, but runs into a back elbow in the corner. WOOO! Oh, but then Flair heads up top and gets slammed down to set up a HOT TAG TO STING! He hits the usual on Flair. Superplex connects and Sting goes for the SCORPION DEATHLOCK! Luger punches Giant back until he’s staggering around. Woman hops up on the apron with another cup of Joe. Lex walks over towards her as she tosses the coffee, but Luger ducks the coffee hits Sting in the face! Call for the bell, ref. (10:34) Giant CHOKESLAMS the tag champs one by one, but Sting and Luger have won this match by DQ. Good little match that continues the Flair/Giant issue. ***

Afterwards, Heenan shows us what handcuffs are? Bischoff takes them from him and handcuffs Heenan. HILARITY ENSUES~! Oh yeah, and we out.

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