Monday Nitro #187
Date: May 3, 1999
Location: Charlotte Coliseum, Charlotte, North Carolina
Commentators: Bobby Heenan, Tony Schiavone
Reviewed by Tommy Hall
It's the go home show for Slamboree and even though a lot of stuff changed last week, we're right back where we were seven days ago. Flair is still insane but is getting to face Piper for control of the company this Sunday, even though both are fired. On top of that we're getting ready for Page vs. Nash and in theory Nash won't give away the title if he wins it again. Let's get to it.
We open with Flair, Anderson and the nurse in a limo and on his way to the arena. There's a bus next to them full of the mental patients. A guy that looks a lot like Scott Hall is driving.
Video on last week's two World Title changes.
Gorgeous George workout video.
The Nitro Girls have a website.
Video on Flair being insane.
MORE DJ Ran, now with a Nascar driver.
Kidman/Rey Mysterio Jr. vs. Armstrongs
Non-title. Steve and Kidman trade arm holds to get things going before a dropkick sends Steve over to his corner. Both guys tag out and it's Steve running over Rey with a clothesline. Mysterio comes back with some dropkicks and brings Kidman back in, only to have him sent out to the floor.
That goes nowhere so Kidman comes back in and avoids a charge before taking Steve down with something resembling a Bodog. Rey comes in with a springboard seated senton as everything breaks down. Steve's powerbomb to Kidman is countered and Kidman puts him on top before launching Rey up for a top rope hurricanrana and the pin.
Rating: D+. The Armstrongs didn't get to do much here but there was only going to be so much done with a week before a three way Tag Team Title match. Rey and Kidman are a good team but they seem like they're there to be beaten by a bigger name team and not as a long term thing. Then again most smaller teams usually are.
Post match the Horsemen come in and beat down the champions. Raven and Saturn come out for the save before beating down Kidman and Mysterio. This brings the Horsemen back in to put Raven and Saturn in their holds and stand tall.
Highlight reel of Jackhammers.
The Cat vs. Buff Bagwell
We get the usual insults to the “rednecks” by Miller before he offers Buff the five seconds. Buff poses at him and gets kicked in the face for his efforts. Back up and Buff dropkicks him out to the floor and the stalling begins. Miller gets back in and wants a handshake, only to stall even more by standing around.
Some armdrags put Cat down but Onoo gets in a few shots to take over. Not that it lasts long though as Bagwell comes back with a swinging neckbreaker, only to have Onoo block a sunset flip to really put Miller in control. A chinlock doesn't last long but Miller rakes the eyes to stop Buff again. Bagwell makes a quick comeback and Onoo's latest interference backfires, allowing Buff to hit the Blockbuster for the pin.
Rating: D-. This felt like it went on forever and the match never got interesting. Bagwell had a nice string of wins going here as he's getting ready for the US Title match on Sunday. Granted it's not like a win over Miller means all that much as he's about as uninteresting as you can be at this point. Really dull match.
Miller yells at Onoo post match.
DJ Ran the third.
Flair and his large company arrive and immediately go to the ring. Ric yells about wanting Sting, Savage, George and Goldberg out here. Before they come out here, he fires Savage and grants himself a World Title match in Charlotte. This brings out Savage and the girls as we go to a break. Back with Savage and Madusa beating up the security that tries to arrest them.
Flair grabs George as the cops come to the ring and arrest Savage. Robinson talks trash and struts but George breaks free and slaps him down. The nurse chokes George out as Flair insults Goldberg and Sting. This brings out Sting to punch Ric in the face, followed by Goldberg who does the same. Sting and Goldberg brawl, beat up security and brawl some more until a ton of guards break it up. Somehow this whole thing took over fifteen minutes.
After a break, Flair is talking to Stevie Ray of all people and offers Stevie $100,000 to take Nash out tonight. Ray agrees.
Hardcore Hak vs. Bam Bam Bigelow
The winner gets Knobbs on Sunday for the title King of Hardcore. Wasn't Bigelow the King already? They throw weapons in before the match and trade trashcan shots to start before Bigelow nails him with a pair of lids. A mop to Hak's face sets up the required Surge container shot. Bigelow puts him into a ladder and through two tables but Hak hits a quick bulldog onto a ladder and actually works the leg a bit. We take a break because this match needs to keep going for some reason. Bigelow superplexes Hak through two tables as Knobbs comes in with a trashcan to beat on both guys and the match is thrown out.
Rating: F. Am I to understand that a hardcore match just ended in either a doublt DQ or a no contest? I had to sit through another of these messes and now I'm probably going to have to sit through a triple threat match on Sunday? Horrible non-match with nothing redeeming whatsoever. Well maybe the Surge was good.
Ray tells the Black and White that Flair gave him $50,000 to take out Nash. The mental patient AAA was in the bathroom because....I really don't think I want to know why.
Video on Piper.
AAA warns Nash about the Black and White's plans.
Konnan vs. Horace Hogan
Konnan threatens the Black and White with unidentified backup. Horace gets dropped with a bulldog to start and they head to the floor for some brawling. Back in and Horace takes over with a few clotheslines and puts on a chinlock. A big boot and splash get two for Horace before we're back to the chinlock. Horace goes up and dives into a boot, setting up Konnan's usual offense. The Sunrise goes on but the Black and White runs in for the DQ.
Kevin Nash runs out for the save and cleans house with Konnan. So much for them fighting a few months ago.
Some more of Flair's friends from the hospital are in the production truck.
Flair, Anderson and Robinson are in the back when David Flair and Samantha come in. Ric thanks his son for helping him and puts him in the main event tonight. David is happy and leaves with Samantha but Ric is smiling. He tells Robinson to book David vs. Meng and also wants Robinson to tell Meng that David thinks Meng can't go in the ring anymore. Anderson shakes his head.
Piper arrives in a limo because WCW doesn't understand wrestling fans. He charges into Flair's office and beats him up as cops come in for the save. Piper slaps one of them as well and puts a Reality Check shirt on Flair.
After a break, Flair sends Scott Steiner after Nash.
More DJ Ran and Nitro Girls.
We go to a press conference with Lex Luger and Liz but the signal goes out before anything can be said.
Scott Steiner asks Mysterio where Nash is. Rey points him to a dressing room and Steiner goes in, only to get beaten down by Buff Bagwell. That might be the worst segment I have ever seen on so many levels.
DJ Ran and the Nitro Girls, maybe two minutes after the previous time.
David Flair vs. Meng
Samantha has officially been named Torrie for no apparent reason. No that it matters as David sends her to the back, making this match far less appealing. Flair tries some chops and gets about as far as you would expect. A big headbutt puts him on the floor but Meng throws him back in so he can no sell even more of David's offense. Meng actually does sell a few shots to the ribs but he rakes David's back to slow him down again. A suplex sets up the Tongan Death Grip to mercifully end this quick.
Ric comes out and laughs at David as he's taken out on a stretcher. He tells his son to never try to get rid of him again.
Video on Diamond Dallas Page.
Gorgeous George workout video again.
Here's DDP with something to say. It's his standard promo now: he's come a long way, he doesn't care what the people think, he's old but new while Flair is old and old.
Nitro Girls AGAIN.
TV Title: Curt Hennig vs. Booker T.
Booker is defending in this rematch from Thunder. Hennig takes him down with a shoulder and busts out a cartwheel of all things. The champ's throat gets snapped across the top rope and Hennig starts on the leg by wrapping it around the post. This brings out Stevie Ray but he misses the slap jack shot. Rick Steiner comes out and attacks Booker for the DQ.
Cops are told to go get the inmates.
WCW World Title: Ric Flair vs. Diamond Dallas Page
Page is defending and Robinson is referee. Feeling out process to start with Page shoving Flair into the corner and stomping away. Some choking has Flair in trouble but he comes back with chops and right hands in the corner. A hiptoss sends the champ out to the floor and Ric chops away against the barricade. Both guys are sent into the barricade and Flair chops him up the aisle.
What looked like a low blow gets Page out of trouble and they head back inside. A swinging neckbreaker gets two on Flair and we hit the chinlock for a few seconds. Page fires off elbows to the head in the corner but Ric snapmares him down and drops a knee for two. More choking lets Page send Flair out to the floor. Back in and Flair gets slammed off the top for another near fall and there's a Figure Four on Flair. Robinson is freaking out but he and Ric start whispering to each other.
Ric finally makes a rope but Page puts it right back on. You don't see that too often. Flair lifts Page's leg off of his to break the hold, which you don't see that often either. Back up and Page's discus lariat gets two before we hit the chinlock. Flair pops up and elbows Page in the jaw before going up. Oh come on Flair you would think......HE ACTUALLY HIT THE AX HANDLE! Savage and George come to the ring as Flair hooks the Figure Four. Robinson goes after George as Savage slips Page a foreign object for a shot to the head. Another referee comes out to count the pin.
Rating: C-. The match wasn't bad but it was a bit too messy. It also didn't help that we had a heel vs. a heel in a city where one of the heel was going to be a face but the heel that is a face has been acting especially heelish all night long. To be fair though there were so many other problems with this show that this was bearable.
Overall Rating: F. Other than Gorgeous George's outfit, this was one of the most worthless shows I can remember in a very long time. Without the awesome cruiserweight matches or Page and Sting stealing the show, this is a bunch of stories starting and stopping in one night (we can also add another entry to the list of World Title matches with no hype) with either no logic or continuity.
Then you have the pay per view coming up. Flair was attacked by Piper and never mentioned it. You would think Page was defending against Flair and Nash was facing Stevie Ray on Sunday. Page getting another title win is fine but at least have him be on camera with Nash instead of having Flair try to take Nash out, which Nash didn't address either. You had Steiner and the Black and White trying to take out Nash, which was used to build up Bagwell vs. Steiner and Konnan vs. Ray. That's good, but Nash doesn't have a single word for Flair? That's the other problem: why wasn't Page doing that?
Finally, what was up with Flair? He was supposed to be insane but he still seems perfectly rational and had two plans tonight (hiring people to go after Nash and the stuff with David) plus wrestled like he has for years. The story seemed like a way to get us to Piper vs. Flair, which is happening in 1999 because WCW thinks that's enough to combat whatever Raw was running at this point. By the way, this show was up against a main event of Steve Austin vs. The Rock. Maybe they were lucky this disaster happened this week.
There was no thinking put into this show and it really showed. They kind of put the focus on Slamboree but it felt like the TV show was the much bigger priority here. There's a thought to that, but when the TV show is a disaster like this with everything going all over the place, the strategy doesn't work. It was a mess this week and Slamboree looks ok at best.
One last note: Nitro is preempted on May 10 by the NBA Playoffs so there won't be another Nitro review up for two weeks.
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