The Best And Worst Of WCW Monday Nitro 5/20/96: Slamming Jamboree

Pre-show notes:

Click here to watch this week’s episode on WWE Network. If you want to watch Slamboree ’96 first, you can find that here. If you’d like to read about previous episodes, check out the WCW Monday Nitro tag page.

– In case you missed it, the retro Best and Worst of WWF Monday Night Raw column has jumped ahead to 1996. The episode that aired against this week’s Nitro will be up on Friday.

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And now, the vintage Best and Worst of WCW Monday Nitro for May 20, 1996.

Before We Begin

Here’s what you need to know about Slamboree ’96.

Diamond Dallas Page Is Lord Of The Ring

Somebody call JBL and Michael Cole!

As we’ve joked about a lot in previous columns, here’s the concept of the Lethal Lottery: names of WCW stars would be drawn at random and paired into tag teams. A bunch of tag team matches between these teams would happen, and whoever wins would move on to a battle royal at the end of the show, known as “Battlebowl.” The last two competitors remaining in the Battlebowl wrestle to a fall, and the winner is the Battlebowl champion. It means … basically nothing. It showed up at a couple of Starrcades, Vader won the first standalone Battlebowl event in 1993, and it was brought back for Slamboree ’96 with an extra round of tag matches added as a “semi-finals” to thin out the battle royal.