- Last week on Monday Nitro, a whole lot of nothing happened, we watched clips of the Halloween Havoc Main Event, and we are still in the dark when it comes to the World Championship situation. Honestly, NOTHING can be worse than last weeks episode, and with the promise of an INTERACTIVE NITRO (I honestly almost typed "Raw"), where the fans choose a match with one option from the red room (cough:Flair:cough) and one from the blue room (cough:Sting:cough).
- Over on Monday Night Raw, Jerry Lawler and Isaac Yankem DDS scored a Disqualification victory over Bret Hart and Hakushi when Barry Horowitz interfered (none of that sentence is a typo, it's a match that happened with an actual run-in). The British Bulldog scored a clean victory over burn-out Marty Jannetty, and there were a couple of squash matches featuring Henry Godwinn (over who I believe was a young Rhyno) and Kama (over some guy that definitely wasn't Rhyno). This sounds... eh.
- Live from Jacksonville, FL, with Eric Bischoff, Bobby "The Brain" Heenan, and Steve "Mongo" McMichael on commentary unless otherwise noted. Nitro is INTERACTIVE! Call 1-900-370-3WCW to pick the Main Event in tonight's show!
- "Mean" Gene Okerlund is in the "red" locker room (with a black background), with Ric Flair, Diamond Dallas Page, Big Bubba Rogers, The Shark, Scott Norton, and the Blue Bloods sipping tea. The Shark and Norton need to be seperated. Over in the BLUE Room, with an actual blue background, we've got Sting, Jim Duggan, Johnny B. Badd, the Nasty Boys, Alex Wright, DAVE Sullivan, and J.L. Seriously, does anyone see anything other than Flair vs. Sting as the logical choice from "fans"?
- Hulk Hogan and "Macho Man" Randy Savage, decked out in black and white (cough:nWo:cough), cut a promo from "Venice Beach, CA", and Hogan actually calls the Giant "stinky" and "wart infested." At least he finally found a new insult other than "stinky". They're sitting around some drunk hobo, or at least that's the perception I'm getting from his nonsensical screaming.
- Meanwhile, The Shark and Scott Norton still have issues. Main Event in any arena in Japan. Ric Flair hogs the microphone, cutting a promo on Sting. Definitely not an obvious hook for the marks.
- Surprise, surprise, Sting and Ric Flair won the Interactive Vote and will face off in tonight's Main Event... NEXT!
We return from commercial break, with Flair working over Sting in the corner. He takes Sting down with a back suplex and slaps on the Figure-Four. He uses the ropes for extra leverage until Sting starts to feel the adrenaline, pulls Flair away from the ropes, and turns over the pressure. Flair comes off the ropes with a kick to the knee, but Sting stands tall. Chops? Nothing. Sting begs for me, backing Flair up. Whip to the ropes, and Sting with another press slam. He sends Flair across the ring with a hip toss, followed by a dropkick. Flair thumbs the eyes to slow him down and tosses him to the floor. Flair comes off the apron with a double axehandle and unloads with a pair of brutual chops. Flair grabs a chair, but the referee pulls it away. Back in the ring, Flair levels Sting with a right and tries to use the ropes to score a pinfall, unsuccessfully. Flair with a headlock takeover, countered with a head scissors. Flair floats over for a bridge spot, and Sting takes him over with a back slide for two. Flair goes to the eyes again and climbs the ropes, only to get slammed off. Sting backs him into the corner and unloads with rights and chops. The referee gets in the way, so Sting carries him away. Meanwhile, Flair whips out a "foreign" object and KO's Sting with it. He takes his sweet time before dropping an elbow, but it only gets two! Whip to the ropes, and a chop doesn't phase the Stinger. He no-sells everything Flair has to throw at him, and again takes Flair over with a slam. He sets Flair across the top turnbuckle and takes him down with a Super-Plex! He slaps on the Scorpion Deathlock, and Flair submits at 9:16! Sting keeps the hold applied, so a handful of referee's come out. It takes the entire Blue Room to get him to release it, but he charges back in to reapply the hold. Finally, Lex Luger shows up to talk Sting into letting the hold go. ZUH?! ***1/2 You could probably call a Sting/Flair match move-for-move in your sleep, but it's still a guaranteed pretty good/great match if they have the time and motivation. I should note that Luger missed his cue, mentioned by Eric Bischoff, but Heenan mentioned "security holding him back" to explain the long delay.
- "Mean" Gene Okerlund is in the ring with Jimmy Hart, The Taskmaster, and The Giant for a Main Event Interview. Jimmy Hart reveals he put a stipulation into the contract for Halloween Havoc that stipulated that the Giant would become WCW World Heavyweight Champion in the event the match ended with a Disqualification. NOT SO FAST... Okerlund brings out a WCW attorney to give the final judgment on the whole situation: The Giant is NOT the World Champion, and because of how the Disqualification took place, the Championship will be held up and awarded to the winner of the 3-ring, 60-man Battle Royale at World War 3. SWERVE!
- Next week on Monday Nitro: "Macho Man" Randy Savage takes on Meng, Eddie Guerrero challenges Johnny B. Badd for the Television Title, and Sting faces Dean Malenko. That sounds like a promising lineup.
Final Thoughts: Two outstanding matches, from the perspective of free television, makes this another must-see episode of Nitro. Yeah, we've seen Sting vs. Flair so much it's a little hard to entice people to search it out, but it's always a good performance. Benoit vs. Guerrero was pretty good, but unfortunately was largely ignored by the commentary. The rest was so short, I don't even have to consider evaluating it for my overall judgment for the week. Thumbs Way up, Raw loses.