Previously on the Best and Worst of WCW Monday Nitro: Virgil debuted (!!) and the nWo commandeered hour two, turning it into “nWo Monday Nitro.” The worst thing they did was threatening Eric Bischoff a bunch and beating up Jim Powers when they weren’t supposed to, but it’s apparently a real game-changer.
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And now, the Best and Worst of WCW Monday Nitro for September 30, 1996.
Best: Eric Bischoff Is Mad As Hell And He’s Not Gonna Take It Anymore
This week’s episode starts with two great commentary moments:
1. Eric Bischoff responding to last week’s hour 2 nWo love-in with one of those Shane Douglas promos where he lists off old champions because tradition. And, just like the Shane Douglas promo, it’s a retroactively kinda-blatant foreshadowing that Bischoff is either already on their side or about to give up and throw in with them. Once you get a passive-aggressive Virgil massage, you can’t go back.
Also, it’s just super funny to hear Eric Bischoff of all people praising Pat O’Conner as an example of unshakable tradition. “You may have your GOONS, Hollywood Hogan, but they’ll never destroy the legacy built by Bob Geigel and The Stomper! DANNY LITTLE BEAR BUILT THIS COMPANY WITH HIS BARE HANDS. WITH HIS BEAR HANDS.”
2. Tony Schiavone and Larry Zbyskzo intro the show with one of the most perfect Tony Schiavone and Larry Zbyskzo dialogue snippets ever. Read Tony’s dialogue in his signature shout-speak for the full effect:
Tony: “AND WE COME TO YOU LIVE FROM CLEVELAND OHIO!”
Larry: “Yeah, the Mistake On The Lake!”
Tony: “NOT AT ALL”