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WCW MONDAY NITRO
1995

WCW @ Minneapolis, MN - Mall of America - September 4, 1995
Monday Nitro - debut episode - featured Eric Bischoff, Bobby Heenan, & Steve McMichael on commentary (McMichael's debut):
Brian Pillman pinned Jushin Liger at around the 7-minute mark with a roll up out of a waistlock; after the bout, the two shook hands and hugged (Brian Pillman: Loose Cannon, The Very Best of Nitro)
WCW US Champion Sting fought Ric Flair to a no contest (The Very Best of Nitro Vol. 2)
WCW World Champion Hulk Hogan (w/ Jimmy Hart) pinned Big Bubba with the legdrop at 7:08; prior to the bout, it was announced Randy Savage would face Scott Norton the following week in Miami; after the bout, Kevin Sullivan, Zodiac, Meng, and Kamala attacked Hogan until Lex Luger ran out and made the save, with he and Hogan eventually coming face to face; moments later, WCW US Champion Sting and Randy Savage joined Hogan and Luger in the ring; following the commercial break, Gene Okerlund conducted an in-ring interview with Hogan asking why Luger was there; Luger replied by saying he was there to take the WCW World Title and that he was tired of taking on kids (referring to the WWF); Hogan then agreed to defend the title the following week against Luger, with the two shoving each other until Sting and Savage stood in the way (The Very Best of Nitro)

WCW @ Miami, FL - Knight Center - September 11, 1995
WCW Monday Nitro - featured a recap of the in-ring confrontation the previous week between Lex Luger and WCW World Champion Hulk Hogan in which they agreed to a title match; included the announcement Vader would not be a part of Sunday's Fall Brawl, with Eric Bischoff saying he didn't sign the proper paperwork and was AWOL; featured Gene Okerlund conducting an in-ring interview with Ric Flair regarding his upcoming match with Arn Anderson at Fall Brawl until Lex Luger appeared, with Flair putting him over and saying he would beat Hogan later in the show, with Luger saying Flair was the same as he's ever been and left the ring; included the announcement WCW TV Champion the Renegade would face Max Muscle, Brian Pillman would wrestle Alex Wright, Dave Sullivan would face Big Bubba and the Disco Inferno would debut the following Saturday on WCW Saturday Night; featured the announcement Johnny B. Badd would face Paul Orndorff, and the Blue Bloods would face the winner of a Nasty Boys / American Males match scheduled the following Sunday for The Main Event:
Alex Wright defeated Sabu via reverse decision; Sabu originally won the match at 3:58 via pinfall following a victory roll off the top but referee Nick Patrick changed the ruling when Sabu attacked Wright after the match, came off the top rope, and put Wright through a table set up on the floor (Sabu's debut)
WCW US Champion Sting pinned VK Wallstreet at 4:13 with a crossbody off the top; prior to the bout, Eric Bischoff gave away the finish of WWF Monday Night Raw's main event, announcing Shawn Michaels would beat Psycho Sid in a match taped weeks earlier
Randy Savage pinned Scott Norton with the flying elbowsmash at 5:39 after sending Norton into an interfering Kamala and Shark, with Shark falling on Norton and preventing him from avoiding Savage's elbow; after the match, Kevin Sullivan, Meng, and the Zodiak came out; moments later, Norton argued with Shark over the loss
WCW World Champion Hulk Hogan (w/ Jimmy Hart) defeated Lex Luger via disqualification at 5:28 when Kevin Sullivan, Zodiak, Meng, Kamala, and the Shark attacked Hogan after he hit the legdrop on Luger; after the bout, WCW US Champion Sting and Randy Savage came out and helped clear the Dungeon of Doom from the ring; after the commercial break, Gene Okerlund interviewed Hogan, Luger, Sting, and Savage in the ring - with Hogan and Savage accusing Luger of having ties to the Dungeon of Doom since they didn't attack him but Sting stepped in and said Luger should be their fourth man at Wargames; as the segment progressed, Savage even accused Sting and Jimmy Hart of having ties because the Dungeon didn't attack them either; Hogan eventually asked Luger if he wanted the spot, with Luger agreeing but only on the condition he get another title shot against Hogan down the line

WCW @ Johnson City, TN - Freedom Hall - September 18, 1995 (3,200; 2,031 paid)
WCW Monday Nitro - featured an opening backstage segment in which Gene Okerlund interviewed Kevin Sullivan & the Giant, who climbed out of the back of an ambulance, regarding their attack on WCW World Champion Hulk Hogan the night before at Fall Brawl; included Okerlund conducting an in-ring interview with Ric Flair regarding what went down the night before at Fall Brawl involving Brian Pillman and Arn Anderson; featured the announcement that the following Saturday's WCW Saturday Night would include an update on the condition of WCW World Champion Hulk Hogan, an interview with Dusty Rhodes, Sgt. Craig Pittman would face Cobra, and WCW US Champion Sting would wrestle Lord Steven Regal; included footage of Kevin Sullivan attacking Randy Savage on the set of Baywatch as Savage was lifting weights, with Sullivan choking him with the dumb bell and throwing sand in his face until Ric Flair and others pulled Sullivan off and checked on Savage's condition; moments later, Okerlund conducted an in-ring interview with Savage in which Savage said he wasn't interested in Flair's concern but would destroy Sullivan; Okerlund then asked him about what happened the night before between Savage and Lex Luger, with Savage saying he thought Luger, Jimmy Hart, and Sting would be soon joining the Dungeon of Doom; moments later, Luger confronted Savage with the two almost coming to blows; featured footage from the night before of the Giant running over Hogan's motorcycle and then attacking Hogan following the Wargames match; included the announcement the following week's episode would include Kurasawa, Randy Savage vs. Kevin Sullivan, Lex Luger vs. Meng, and Disco Inferno vs. Alex Wright:
Marcus Alexander Bagwell & Scotty Riggs defeated WCW World Tag Team Champions Harlem Heat (w/ Sister Sherri) (sub. for Lord Steven Regal & Bobby Eaton) to win the titles at 4:40 when Bagwell pinned Booker after falling on top of him as Booker attempted a pumphandle slam, moments after Col. Parker came ringside and carried Sherri over the threshold backstage as Sherri was about to interfere on behalf of the champions; prior to the bout, Eaton came out for the match but was jumped in the aisle by the new tag team champions, who then said they jumped Regal backstage and would gladly take their spot in the match
Paul Orndorff pinned Johnny B. Badd at 6:40 by blocking a sunset flip; the commentary team didn't mention it but Orndorff leaned so forward on Badd during the cover that both of Badd's shoulders were actually off the mat during the cover (Orndorff's first appearance in new ring attire, theme music, and bringing a hand mirror to the ring)
Ric Flair defeated Brian Pillman via submission with the figure-4 at 5:24; after the bout, Flair grabbed the mic and cut a promo on Arn Anderson, saying he would kick his ass the following week on Nitro

WCW @ Florence, SC - Civic Center - September 25, 1995 (5,000; 2,000 paid)
WCW Monday Nitro - featured a pre-taped backstage promo from WCW World Champion Hulk Hogan, wearing a neckbrace, and Jimmy Hart in which he said he would beat the Giant in a monster truck challenge and in a title match at Halloween Havoc; included an in-ring segment where Gene Okerlund showed footage of last week's confrontation between Lex Luger and Randy Savage before bringing out Savage and Luger; the two men agreed to have a match the following week, with Luger saying if he couldn't beat Savage he would leave WCW; featured Okerlund conducting an in-ring interview with Arn Anderson & Brian Pillman in which Anderson it shouldn't come as a surprise that Savage doesn't want Flair's help and Sting doesn't want to be Flair's partner because Flair ran over both of them in the past and he doesn't have Anderson to back him up anymore; included the announcement that WCW Tag Team Champions the American Males, the Giant, and Kevin Sullivan would appear on WCW Saturday Night, as well as WCW US Champion Sting vs. Johnny B. Badd; the show would also include the debut of Dusty Rhodes as the new co-host:
Alex Wright pinned Disco Inferno at 4:00 with a backslide
Kurasawa (w/ Col. Parker) pinned Sgt. Craig Pittman at 4:26 with a German suplex into a bridge
Kevin Sullivan (w/ Zodiak) defeated Randy Savage via disqualification at 2:58 when Savage shoved referee Randy Anderson out of the way as he fought off an interfering Zodiak; after the bout, Savage slammed Sullivan on top of Zodiak and attempted to hit the flying elbow on both men but Sullivan rolled out of the way and Savage hit only Zodiak; moments later, the Giant came out and hit the chokeslam on Savage; Frankie Lancaster, Mark Starr, and Alex Wright attempted to make the save but were beaten down as well; moments later, as the Giant hit a second chokeslam on Savage, Lex Luger came out and stood over Savage before he was pulled away by the Giant, with the two coming to blows and the Giant hitting the chokeslam on Luger as well; Sullivan appeared to be angry with the Giant for attacking Luger
Meng pinned Lex Luger at 6:46 after hitting him in the throat with a weapon; following the commercial break from the last match, Luger was still on the mat recovering from the chokeslam and Meng ran to the ring to quickly begin the match before Luger had more time to recover; during the bout, it was announced WCW World Champion Hulk Hogan would be on Nitro the following week

WCW @ Denver, CO - Coliseum - October 2, 1995 (9,000; 3,700 paid; sell out)
WCW Monday Nitro - featured Gene Okerlund conducting an in-ring interview with WCW World Champion Hulk Hogan after which Hogan was attacked by Kevin Sullivan, the Giant, and the Zodiac and had his mustache shaved; a previously announced match between the Nasty Boys and WCW Tag Team Champions Marcus Alexander Bagwell & Scotty Riggs did not take place:
Lex Luger defeated Randy Savage via submission after the Giant interfered and hit the chokeslam on Savage; pre-match stipulations stated if Luger lost he would have to leave WCW
Ric Flair defeated Arn Anderson via submission with the figure-4; after the bout, Anderson and Brian Pillman attacked Flair
Eddie Guerrero pinned Dean Malenko at 5:29 by blocking a cradle into his own; prior to the ring entrances, Disco Inferno appeared at the entranceway and danced to his theme song until Guerrero appeared to scare him backstage; during the contest, WCW World Champion Hulk Hogan was shown arriving backstage in a neckbrace, with Jimmy Hart telling him to stay in the limo because the Giant was in the arena; moments later, Hogan said he wanted the Giant and took Hart to go find him; after the bout, Malenko confronted Guerrero, said he was lucky, and said he wanted a rematch; Guerrero quickly accepted (Malenko's TV debut)
Marcus Alexander Bagwell & Scotty Riggs fought the Nasty Boys to a no contest when the Giant interfered and attacked both teams

WCW @ Chicago, IL - Rosemont Horizon - October 9, 1995 (8,500; 4,458 paid)
WCW Monday Nitro - featured an opening segment recapping the attack WCW World Champion Hulk Hogan sustained the previous week at the hands of the Giant and Kevin Sullivan, after which Hogan's mustache was shaved off; Eric Bischoff, Steve McMichael, & Bobby Heenan wore Chicago Bears jerseys for the match; featured an opening segment in which WCW US Champion Sting came out to the commentary table and said he would resolve the problem between Randy Savage and Lex Luger later in the show; included an in-ring segment with Gene Okerlund, WCW US Champion Sting, Lex Luger, and Randy Savage in which Sting proposed that if Luger beat Meng at Halloween Havoc and if Savage beat Kamala then they would wrestle each other later in the show; Luger initially said no but was goaded into it by Sting; featured a vignette of Chris Benoit arriving in a limo to the CNN Center in Atlanta; included Okerlund conducting an in-ring interview with WCW World Champion Hulk Hogan, dressed in all black, with Jimmy Hart in which Okerlund said the chorus of boos directed at Hogan were due to his uncharacteristic black attire; during the interview, Okerlund said the Giant was barred from the building as a result of a restraining order and Hogan said the "promoter up north" was choking on his own ego since Hogan and his pals left; moments later, footage was shown of the Giant arriving to the parking lot in his monster truck, with Kevin Sullivan and the Zodiak also appearing in the truck; the truck wasn't allowed inside and was blocked off by police; Hogan then said since the Giant wuoldn't be allowed in the arena, he would meet him outside; featured the announcement Johnny B. Badd would face WCW TV Champion Diamond Dallas Page, Chris Benoit would face Eddie Guerrero, and Jim Duggan would face Meng the following week on Nitro:
WCW US Champion Sting pinned the Shark at 1:17 with a crossbody off the top; prior to the bout, Sting stopped by the commentary table and said he would resolve the issue between Randy Savage and Lex Luger later in the show
Sabu defeated Mr. JL via submission with the Camel Clutch at 4:28 after blocking a flying hurricanrana; after the bout, Sabu hit a sunset flip into a powerbomb sending JL from the apron to the floor
Big Bubba defeated Road Warrior Hawk via count-out at 1:39 when Hawk attacked Disco Inferno on the ring apron, tore his shirt, and beat him up in the aisle; prior to the bout, Disco danced in the entrance stage until Bubba and Hawk came out for the match; after having a confrontation with Hawk, Disco hung a WCW hat on his shoulder pad without Hawk noticing until he got to the ring
Arn Anderson pinned Ric Flair in a steel cage match at 4:44 after hitting Flair with a foreign object as Flair attempted to apply the figure-4, moments after Brian Pillman came out and tried to interfere on behalf of Anderson; after the bout, Flair stole away Bischoff's headset and challenged Anderson & Pillman to face him in a tag team or handicap match the following week

WCW @ Albany, GA - Civic Center - October 16, 1995
WCW Monday Nitro - featured footage from WCW Pro of Ric Flair again asking WCW US Champion Sting to be his tag team partner to face Arn Anderson & Brian Pillman at Halloween Havoc, with Sting agreeing but warning Flair he would leave him for dead if he was swerved:
Johnny B. Badd defeated WCW TV Champion Diamond Dallas Page via disqualification when Page hit Badd in the back of the head with the title belt
Meng defeated Jim Duggan via submission with a nerve hold
Chris Benoit pinned Eddie Guerrero with a dragon suplex at 8:36 (Hard Knocks: The Chris Benoit Story)
WCW US Champion Sting & Ric Flair defeated Arn Anderson & Brian Pillman via count-out at 7:03 when Anderson & Pillman left ringside after being knocked to the floor; Sting didn't appear until mid-way through the match; after the commercial break, Gene Okerlund conducted an in-ring interview with Sting & Flair, during which Sting said Flair's performance earned Sting's trust and they would be united at Halloween Havoc

WCW @ Huntsville, AL - Von Braun Civic Center - October 23, 1995 (7,000; 2,100 paid)
WCW Monday Nitro - featured an interview with WCW World Champion Hulk Hogan, dressed in black, in which he said Sting, Lex Luger, and Randy Savage were not his friends and challenged each to a match:
Randy Savage pinned Kurasawa with the flying elbowsmash
Eddie Guerrero & Mr. JL defeated Chris Benoit & Dean Malenko when JL pinned Malenko with a roll up
Sting & Lex Luger defeated Harlem Heat when Sting pinned Booker T with a clothesline off the top; prior to the bout, Steve McMichael referred to the previous night's WWF In Your House event as "Outhouse;" after the match, the Giant interfered and hit the chokeslam on Sting; moments later, Savage and Hogan made the save with the Dungeon of Doom then coming out as well; the Yeti was then shown breaking through a giant block of ice as Hogan ran the Giant from the ring (Yeti's debut)

WCW @ Dayton, OH - Hara Arena - October 30, 1995 (3,500; 2,500 paid)
WCW Monday Nitro - featured Tony Schiavone conducting an in-ring interview with Ric Flair, Brian Pillman, & Arn Anderson regarding the reformation of the Four Horsemen the night before at Halloween Havoc and the attack on WCW US Champion Sting:
Eddie Guerrero pinned Sgt. Craig Pittman with a body scissors into a roll up
The Shark fought Scott Norton to a double count-out
Sabu pinned Disco Inferno with the somersault legdrop into the ring at 2:26 after Disco missed a charge into the corner; prior to the bout, it was announced the following week's show would allow fans to vote on what match they wanted as the main event; after the match, Sabu threw Disco to the floor and then hit a somersault splash to the floor; moments later, as Disco attempted to leave ringside, Sabu ran a table into Disco; Sabu then laid Disco on the table and attempted a somersault from the ring onto Disco but Disco rolled out of the way and retreated backstage (Sabu's last appearance)
Lex Luger & Meng (w/ Jimmy Hart & Kevin Sullivan) defeated Marcus Alexander Bagwell & Scotty Riggs when Bagwell submitted to Luger's Torture Rack

WCW @ Jacksonville, FL - Coliseum - November 6, 1995 (9,500; 3,500 paid; sell out)
Monday Nitro - included the announcement the winner of the 60-man 3-ring battle royal at World War 3 would be the new WCW World Champion:
The Giant (w/ Jimmy Hart) pinned Cobra
Kevin Sullivan (w/ Jimmy Hart) pinned the Renegade
Eddie Guerrero defeated Chris Benoit
Sting defeated Ric Flair via submission with the Scorpion Deathlock; the match was decided by fans via a call-in on the WCW Hotline

WCW @ Jacksonville, FL - Coliseum - November 6, 1995 (9,500; 3,500 paid; sell out)
Monday Nitro - 11/13/95 - featured an opening vignette showing Hulk Hogan, armed with a sword, wearing a hood and black mask with Hogan talking about the match later in the show between Randy Savage and Meng and said he didn't know if Sting was friend or foe; included the announcement of the following matches scheduled that weekend for WCW Saturday Night - Chris Benoit vs. Eddie Guerrero and WCW US Champion Sting vs. Bunkhouse Buck; featured the announcement Hogan had challenged Sting to a match the following week; included Gene Okerlund conducting an in-ring interview with the Giant, Jimmy Hart, and Kevin Sullivan regarding their recent actions against Hulk Hogan:
Randy Savage pinned Meng (w/ Kevin Sullivan) with the flying elbowsmash at 4:51; prior to the bout, Savage came out of the crowd to attack Meng and Sullivan from behind; Jimmy Hart appeared ringside with Sullivan early in the bout; after the match, the Shark and Lex Luger helped in ganging up on Savage, with Luger repeatedly ramming Savage's arm into the ringpost and assaulting it at ringside
Chris Benoit pinned Kensuke Sasaki with the dragon suplex at 2:40
Eddie Guerrero fought WCW TV Champion Johnny B. Badd to a 10-minute time-limit draw at 9:03; after the bout, the two men shoved each other before eventually shaking hands
WCW US Champion Sting pinned Dean Malenko in a non-title match with an inside cradle at around the 7-minute mark as Malenko attempted the Texas Cloverleaf; during the bout, it was announced Sting would soon defend the title against Kensuke Sasaki in Japan

WCW @ Macon, GA - Coliseum - November 20, 1995
WCW Monday Nitro - featured Gene Okerlund conducting an interview with Jimmy Hart & Kevin Sullivan regarding Hulk Hogan facing Sting later in the show:
Scott Norton pinned the Shark
Eddie Guerrero pinned Brian Pillman (sub. for Ric Flair) with the frog splash
Road Warrior Hawk pinned Big Bubba after Jim Duggan tripped Bubba
Hulk Hogan (w/ Randy Savage, his left arm in a sling) fought Sting to a no contest at 9:31 when, as Sting had Hogan in the Scorpion Deathlock after Hogan missed the legdrop, Kevin Sullivan, Meng, Zodiak, Shark, & Hugh Morrus attacked both men and Savage; after the contest, Hogan and Sting fought off the Dungeon of Doom until the Giant, with Jimmy Hart, came ringside; Savage hit the Giant with a steel chair but the Giant dropped Savage with a chokeslam moments later; Hogan & Sting then sent the Giant to the floor with the chair (Hulk Hogan: The Unreleased Archives)

WCW @ Salem, VA - Civic Center - November 27, 1995
WCW Monday Nitro - featured footage from the previous night's interview at World War 3 in which Hulk Hogan burned his black colors and went back to the yellow and red; included Gene Okerlund conducting an interview with Kevin Sullivan & Jimmy Hart about the relationship between Lex Luger and Sting, with Sullivan blaming Luger for breaking the armbar on Randy Savage during their match last night; Hart then told Sullivan it would take a while to chip away at that friendship but he could do it; featured the announcement WCW Saturday Night would include Sting vs. Kurasawa and Jim Duggan vs. VK Wallstreet; included Okerlund interviewing the new WCW World Champion Randy Savage, with Hulk Hogan coming out moments later and said there were two men not eliminated from World War 3 - Hogan and Savage; when Hogan went to show footage from the finish of the match, the tape went out just before the Giant pulled Hogan out of the ring; the Giant then attacked Hogan and Savage from behind, dropping Savage with a chokeslam on the concrete and assaulting Hogan in the ring; moments later, Sting came out and distracted the Giant long enough for Hogan to grab a steel chair and repeatedly hit the Giant until he was knocked to the floor; Hogan then hit the Giant several more times in the aisle before Hogan and Sting checked on Savage:
WCW TV Champion Johnny B. Badd (w/ Kimberly) pinned Diamond Dallas Page at 2:10 when Kimberly threw a chain to Badd, through DDP's legs; the chain was hidden in a bouquet of flowers DDP gave Kimberly before the match to make up with her, with the intent that she use the chain on his behalf later in the match
Bull Nakano & Akira Hokuto (w/ Sony Onoo) defeated Cutie Suzuki & Mayumi Ozaki at 5:24 when Hokuto pinned Suzuki with a fisherman buster after a single leg dropkick off the top to both Suzuki & Ozaki
Hulk Hogan pinned Hugh Morrus at 3:41 with the boot to the face and legdrop
Sting & Lex Luger defeated Arn Anderson & Brian Pillman at 5:36 when Sting pinned Pillman with a roll up; after the match, Ric Flair came out, rammed Luger head-first into the steel ringpost, and helped Anderson & Pillman assault their opponents; moments later, Hulk Hogan made the save, cleared the ring, and attempted to get at Luger as well but was held back by Sting

WCW @ Phoenix, AZ - America West Arena - December 4, 1995
WCW Monday Nitro:
WCW Tag Team Champions Harlem Heat defeated Marcus Alexander Bagwell & Scotty Riggs when Booker pinned Bagwell with the Harlem Hangover
Sting defeated Kurasawa via submission with the Scorpion Deathlock
The Giant (w/ Jimmy Hart & Kevin Sullivan) pinned Scott Norton with the chokeslam
Lex Luger defeated WCW World Champion Randy Savage via disqualification when Ric Flair, Hulk Hogan, and Sting interfered

WCW @ Charlotte, NC - Independence Arena - December 11, 1995
WCW Monday Nitro:
Eddie Guerrero defeated Mr. JL
Paul Orndorff defeated Disco Inferno
Lex Luger defeated Jim Duggan
Hulk Hogan & Sting defeated Ric Flair & Arn Anderson when Hogan pinned Anderson with the legdrop; after the bout, Brian Pillman and Lex luger attacked Hogan & Sting until Randy Savage made the save; during the brawl, Sting accidentally hit Savage

WCW @ Augusta, GA - December 18, 1995
WCW Monday Nitro - featured an opening segment where WWF Women's Champion Alundra Blayze (Madusa) appeared at the commentary table, denounced the WWF, and dropped the title belt in the trash can:
Ric Flair defeated Eddie Guerrero
Lex Luger defeated Marcus Alexander Bagwell
Sting defeated Bobby Eaton
The Giant defeated WCW World Champion Randy Savage via disqualification

WCW @ Augusta, GA - December 18, 1995
WCW Monday Nitro - 12/25/95:
Lex Luger defeated Scotty Riggs
Sting defeated Big Bubba
Dean Malenko defeated Mr. JL
WCW World Champion Randy Savage defeated Ric Flair via disqualification

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