The Best And Worst Of WCW Monday Nitro 11/18/96: Getting It

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01.20.16 21 Comments

Previously on the Best and Worst of WCW Monday Nitro: A fan brought in a sassy Rowdy Roddy Piper European music video from 1992, and we watched it as our main event. That’s not a joke. Also on the show, Sting beat up Jeff Jarrett, the Marcus Alexander Bagwell descent into Hell continued, and I’m pretty sure Brutus Beefcake tried to sell the Nasty Boys blow in the parking lot.

Click here to watch this week’s episode on WWE Network. You can catch up with all the previous episodes on the Best and Worst of Nitro tag page. Do that. You’re missing a lot of great Jim Duggan jokes.

As for now, please scroll through for the vintage Best and Worst of WCW Monday Nitro for Nov. 18, 1996.

Best: Let’s Just Get Right To It, Then

This week’s opening match is supposed to be The Nasty Boys vs. High Voltage vs. Ciclope and … somebody — El Technico, I hope — but it’s immediately ruined by an attack from The Outsiders. When I say “immediately,” I mean it’s a precog attack. The first thing we see is Hall and Nash in the ring with chairs, surrounded by a pile of unconscious jobber bodies. The Nasty Boys look like an unkempt California beach.

I appreciate that we changed up the rhythm this week and got straight to the nWo attack. That’s the money, right? Do we need 10 minutes of Brian Knobbs throwing sh*tty clotheslines before the run-in? Say what you will about pro wrestling becoming crash TV, but it saved us from more bad matches than good.

Anyway, Hall and Nash accost Schiavone and Zbyszko and throw out a challenge to the Faces of Fear, telling the “islanders” to get out here so they can “slap the coconut breath” out of them. Meng and Barbarian respond to this classic heel maneuvering by waiting in the back until Hall and Nash walk by and beating the ever-loving sh*t out of them. They just punch them and hit them with trashcans until they all stumble out of the building. It makes me sad that we can’t go back and restructure the New World Order invasion storyline to actually involve the pre-existing factions of the day, because WCW having to make piece with the Dungeon of Doom and actually utilize a Hulk Hogan-obsessed Satanist’s army of comical super villains and otherworldly monsters as mercenaries would’ve been top-notch. Imagine the Outsiders filming one of those black and white videos in their car, making a bunch of insider jokes and Kliq hands, and all of a sudden here’s a MONSTER TRUCK WITH FANGS driven by a FAT SHARK.

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