The Best And Worst Of WCW Monday Nitro 9/22/97: Hugh’s Next

Previously on the Best and Worst of WCW Monday Nitro: The fallout (and brawl-out) from Fall Brawl saw Ric Flair about to die from a face lift, Curt Hennig joining the nWo and wearing Flair’s robe, and Last Horseman Standing Mongo McMichael losing the United States Championship to bring it full circle. A complete and total victory for Hennig.

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And now, the best and worst of WCW Monday Nitro, originally aired on September 22, 1997.

Up First, Let’s Talk About The Moment In This Episode That Would Change The Wrestling Game And Have A Lasting Affect Well Into 2017

No, not that.

There we go.

At Fall Brawl, “color” “commentator” Larry Zbyszko hit the ring to count the three in the New World Order vs. Lex Luger and Diamond Dallas Page tag team match after Scott Hall hilariously abused all available referees.

There was a Nitro between then and now, but for whatever reason Eric Bischoff opens this week’s show by pointing fingers at Zbyszko and threatening him, telling him to tell his new commissioner “Roddy Peeper” that they’ll pay if something like that happens again. Larry’s response is to show the footage of Bisch getting powerbombed at the Great American Bash in ’96 as evidence of what an “unconscious little jerk” he is, explaining that Bischoff was too weak to fight the nWo himself and will get thrown in the garbage by Hall and Nash and Hogan as soon as he’s outlived his usefulness. Pretty sure Bischoff was revealed to have been in on it since the beginning, but whatever, I get what he’s saying.

Tony Schiavone peaces out during this, and when he returns, Larry, with his trademark grace, goes FULL MELODRAMA shaming him for it. Larry explains that if Walter Cronkite could report on the Kennedy assassination “with a tear in his eye” and Dan Rather could report “when the space shuttle blew up and bodies were flying everywhere,” Tony can “be a man” and not leave him to confront Eric Bischoff with “Ix-nay Tenay.” Tony’s incredible response: “Yeah, and Walter Cronkite never called a cage match, either. So there.”