The Best and Worst of WCW Monday Nitro: Ric Flair And Rowdy Roddy Piper Finally Come To Blows


Previously on the Best and Worst of WCW Monday Nitro: Hollywood Hogan showed up for a few minutes to justify him being gone for another month and a half. Also, Dennis Rodman showed the world that he can deliver an elbow drop. Not a good one, mind you, but an elbow drop nonetheless.

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And now, the Best and Worst of WCW Monday Nitro for June 23, 1997.


Best: The Amazing Vanishing Damian

Up first this week is one of WCW Monday Nitro’s favorite matches, the throwaway Public Enemy tag where they lose because they’re more into putting people through tables than winning wrestling matches. They’re up against the subtly Satanic luchador team of La Parka and Damian, with the winners (I’m guessing) spending the next six weeks screaming at Mean Gene about how they’re the “number one contenders.”

As great as La Parka is, he is a musical violence skeleton, not a magician, so he can’t get much out of Rocco Rock and Johnny Grunge. There is, however, an incredible moment late in the match where TPE tries to put Damian through a table and ends up transporting him through time and space. Watch this GIF, and keep your eye on Damian. Now you see him …

… now you don’t.

While Rock tries to figure out how his asshole could’ve created enough pressure to obliterate an entire man between it and some pressboard, La Parka uses his special move, “hit you with a chair,” to score the victory on Grunge. Somebody help me Kickstart a 1997 WCW game where you can hit a button combination late in a match to make the referee get on the ropes and stare outside while 1-5 people interfere with hijinx and weapons.

Best: Scumbag Eddie Guerrero

Despite being remembered as a lovable, charismatic man of the people, Eddie Guerrero’s best moments and characters always, always centered around him being a piece of shit. Even the “we lie, we cheat, we steal” WWE promos for Los Guerreros had him robbing a mom in the street and insulting her baby. And that’s when we were supposed to like him.

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