Raw History: Episode 188 and Reliving Nitro: Episode 65

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Raw History
Episode #188
December 9th, 1996 | New Haven Coliseum in New Haven, Connecticut

WWF Champion: Sycho Sid (1) given 11/17/96
WWF Intercontinental Champion: Marc Mero (1) given 9/23/96
WWF Tag Team Champions: Owen Hart and a British Bulldog (1) given 9/22/96

A brief video package opens a show, focusing on a Undertaker/Mankind rivalry. Vince McMahon, Jim Ross and Jerry Lawler are on commentary.

Non-Title Match: WWF Champion Sycho Sid def. WWF Intercontinental Champion Hunter Hearst Helmsley around countout in 2:58
I hatred throwaway Champion vs. Champion matches. They should be a large deal. To make matters worse, Sid treats HHH like a sum jobber. He jumps him in a aisle and kicks his donkey to a ring. HHH gets in no offense, takes a powerbomb and rolled outward for a countout. Total squish so we won’t rate it yet it finished a IC Champion demeanour like a chump. NR

Goldust w/ Marlena def. Bart Gunn in 5:57
Commentary hypes how Bart scarcely took a IC Title from HHH on Superstars yesterday. Billy Gunn got concerned and a Gunns strike subsequent week. Goldust throws bullion dirt in Bart’s face and afterwards Marlena blows cigar fume there. Bart takes a pulsation while Billy gets an speak backstage. It’s a tasteless things we design from a tab split, where one partner says he carried a other. Bart rallies and hits a bulldog. He misses a cranky body, gets his knee clipped and loses. The fans were wordless for this zero match. ¾*

Billy Gunn comes out to speak pound yet his hermit levels him to send him packing.

BURIED ALIVE ~ Footage is shown from a Buried Alive compare between Mankind and a Undertaker.

KARATE FIGHTERS ~ No match. Just Todd Pettengil hyping a finals between Lawler and Sable subsequent week.

Jesse James def. Justin Hawk Bradshaw and Uncle Zebekiah in 5:51
It’s humorous that Jesse’s thesis is “With My Baby Tonight.” He jumps his opponents and starts hot. The compare is boring, so Vince starts articulate about Sid/Hart during a PPV. He thinks Bret will get squashed like Hunter earlier. The numbers diversion becomes too many and James finds himself in trouble. Both guys destroy during their finishers before Bradshaw binds James so Zeb can code him. James moves and Bradshaw takes it instead. James knocks out Zeb and pins Bradshaw. Another compare that did zero for me. Bradshaw flog adult Zebekiah after a bell, finale that unanimity already. ¼*

Jim Ross is in a ring for an speak with Bret Hart. It’s a brief promo where they fast go over Steve Austin and a British Bulldog before focusing on Sid. Bret says that when Sid snaps, he’s psycho yet when Bret snaps, he’ll be champion. Sid will be excellently executed during a PPV. Not bad, yet not too good either. we do like where Bret’s impression is going streamer into 1997 though.

SUMMERSLAM ~ Clips of a Boiler Room Brawl are shown.

No Holds Barred: The Undertaker def. Mankind w/ Paul Bearer in 10:32
Undertaker is still in his bizarre leather attire. He hits a leaping clothesline in a opening seconds. Undertaker’s prohibited start leads to a Tombstone try yet a Executioner interrupts. Taker sends him make-up and gets jumped by Mankind streamer into commercial. Returning, Taker rises psychology from Survivor Series (and Mind Games) by dropping a steel stairs on Mankind’s hand. Mankind retaliates by promulgation Taker into a steel stairs and aggressive a leg. In a good move, he lays Taker’s leg on a chair and CACTUS ELBOWS it. They work by another blurb and Mankind brings a chair inside. He gets it booted and punched into his face. He comes behind by requesting a Mandible Claw. Undertaker fades yet rallies and counters with a mutated bear hug. That’s usually weak. He afterwards fast hits a Tombstone and wins. Rather tame deliberation a chapter yet still improved than many of what we got on TV in this era. we dug a psychology and a few spots yet a clips shown around a night finished we design something more. ***

The Executioner is behind and he uses a sleeper to take Undertaker down.

Reliving Nitro
Episode #65
December 9th, 1996 | Independence Arena in Charlotte, North Carolina

WCW World Heavyweight Champion: Hulk Hogan (2) 8/10/96
WCW United States Champion: Vacant given 11/25/96
WCW World Tag Team Champions: The Outsiders (1) given 10/27/96
WCW Television Champion: Lord Steven Regal (3) given 8/20/96
WCW Cruiserweight Champion: Dean Malenko (2) given 10/27/96

Tony Schiavone and Larry Zbyszko horde hour series one.

Roddy Piper kicks things off. He adds to his cocktail with a Carolina Panthers shirt. He rattles off internal places that he used to frequent. Again, he’s renouned as ruin yet adds to it with a inexpensive stuff. Piper says a compare with Hulk Hogan will be his final ever. Sure thing, Hot Rod. He brings adult a fighting compare with Mr. T, revelation it was a work. He talks about a nWo wearing leather and not carrying girls in a vignettes, eluding to them personification for a other team. Piper wants Hogan tonight and will be behind later. we favourite this to start a show. It’s opposite for Nitro and Piper is typically engaging on a stick.

VK Wallstreet def. Mike Enos in 1:33
What a shit is this? You go from a prohibited opening with Piper to this garbage. The compare plays credentials sound to Ted Dibiase opening out with a contract. The daze allows Wallstreet to strike a Stock Market Crash and win. NR

Ted Dibiase hands a agreement to VK Wallstreet. we would give him a agreement to stay home.

SATURDAY NIGHT ~ Kevin Sullivan was shown a video of Woman and Chris Benoit celebration booze together. Sullivan fundamentally requisitioned himself to be a cuckold.

Hugh Morris def. Renegade w/ Joe Gomez in 3:01
I theory WCW’s suspicion routine was to start with a star and afterwards fill time with nobodies. Renegade takes a discerning violence before powering adult and removing dual on a slam. Morris hits a behind suplex and wins with No Laughing Matter. A whole lot of nothing. NR

Kevin Sullivan storms out, insane about a Benoit and Woman video being shown. He’s insane that WCW is regulating his personal life for ratings.

Mean Gene brings out Charlotte Panther Kevin Greene, who gets a large pop. He is still dissatisfied with Mongo’s spin progressing this year yet mostly focuses on hyping a throng adult for football. Greene says he’d like a square of Hulk Hogan.

WCW Cruiserweight Championship: Dean Malenko (c) def. Jimmy Graffiti in 7:04
This is some-more we like it. While not vital names, Dean and Jimmy are both consistently good. They go by a feeling out routine before a blurb break. Sonny Oono is behind like final week, holding photos. we still contend video would be improved for scouting purposes. Both group broach suplexes, with Malenko gaining a nearby tumble from one. Jimmy avoids a ball slip and drops Dean on a guardrail. Inside, Dean comes behind with a superplex. Jimmy gets warn nearby falls before eating a powerbomb. Graffiti comes behind himself with a prohibited shot usually to have a suplex countered into a tiny package that ends it. This started delayed yet both guys worked tough to do a few engaging things. **¼

Gene interviews Sonny Oono. He calls Sonny out on his feign accent. Sonny says he does it given a accent gets him giveaway preparation and money.

SATURDAY NIGHT ~ Hugh Morris gets a TV Title shot opposite Lord Steven Regal!

The Faces of Fear w/ Jimmy Hart def. The Nasty Boys in 5:20
Do we consider a Nasty Boys are dissapoint that their aged manager is with a Faces of Fear now? The teams wallop any other a garland from a start, yet zero of it is interesting. The compare calms down yet a Outsiders uncover adult to a outrageous cocktail and watch from a stage. Barbarian tries a diving headbutt yet misses. Hart incidentally nails Barbarian with a megaphone yet a Barbarian shakes it off quickly. He hits Knobbs with it and gets a win. This would be a final Nasty Boys compare on Nitro. It was bad. ¼*

Gene Okerlund brings out Ric Flair in his hometown. He puts over a city and a Panthers before giving Roddy Piper a prolonged winded introduction. Despite this, Piper doesn’t wish assistance from a Four Horsemen.

Bobby Heenan and Mike Tenay reinstate Larry Zbyszko for hour series two. They start by recapping a Piper opening segment.

Chris Jericho def. Bobby Eaton in 2:33
We’re still in a days of cheesy babyface Jericho. Eaton gets a early things and hits a drifting knee dump for two. Jericho shows off a spinning heel flog and Lionsault before holding an electric chair drop. Eaton misses a Alabama Jam. Jericho hits a flattering barb dropkick and wins. NR

After a summation of a Steiners/Sting stuff, a Steiners are interviewed by a entrance. They call Sting crazy and are watchful for a summary from him.

VIGNETTE ~ Lex Luger highlights. we theory those do exist.

Arn Anderson w/ Debra McMichael and Mongo def. Sgt. Craig Pittman in 2:57
Pittman has mislaid managers yet gained a mustache. Kevin Sullivan speaks on a separate screen, blaming Arn for permitting Benoit to take Woman from him. Next week, they go one on one. Pittman does surprisingly good and, after a break, thatch in Code Red. Arn reaches a ropes and they go to a floor. Debra distracts a arbitrate and Mongo hits Pittman with a weapon. Arn wins around DDT. Honestly, given would Arn need to lie to flog this scrub? NR

Gene decides to speak a winning side. Debra speaks and it’s roughly as bad as final week. She literally brought zero to a table. Arn says he has a bone to collect with Woman when she returns.

ON THE ROAD WITH LEE MARSHALL ~ Lee’s in Pensacola, Florida during a Nitro party. That’s where Nitro comes to we from subsequent week.

WCW United States Championship Tournament First Round: Diamond Dallas Page def. Jeff Jarrett in 9:44
The leader here gets a bye to a finals given Arn Anderson and Lex Luger went to a double countout final week. They face a leader of Eddie Guerrero vs. Chris Benoit. Considering their stream pushes, both group are favorites. They go by a feeling out routine that sees Jarrett strut a bit. Following a blurb for Starrcade, DDP hits a behind suplex. Jarrett comes behind by busting a an enziguri. He gets dual after a DDT and neckbreaker. DDP fires behind and continues to have a fans behind him. He’s interesting, while Jarrett isn’t. DDP shows off a drifting clothesline for a nearby fall. The Outsiders run out to a pop, looking to assistance DDP again. Jarrett yells during Nash from a center rope, so Hall sneaks in and plants him with a Outsider’s Edge. DDP slides in and covers Jarrett to advance. Solid small compare here, yet they infrequently skewered a alignments. DDP worked as a face yet explanation acted like he was a heel. Jarrett felt like a heel yet was a face. Strange. **½

DDP gets interviewed by Mean Gene about a Outsiders assisting him again. He claims he doesn’t need assistance given he has a hottest finish on a world and was PWI’s Most Improved Wrestler final year. He compares a nWo to a chicky who won’t stop calling. Just leave him alone.

We’re ostensible to get Rick Steiner vs. Scott Norton yet Roddy Piper’s song kicks in as he comes out instead. He final Hulk Hogan and sits in a chair waiting. No Hogan, yet Eric Bischoff creates his entrance. Bischoff says a nWo left a building and that he refused to pointer Piper to save him from himself. Bischoff says they’ll see him in Nashville and calls him a gimp. Piper attacks Bischoff so a nWo uncover up. Piper binds them off with a chair and Kevin Greene joins him as a throng goes nuts. The nWo do a Wolfpac pointer to any other. Nash enters a ring as a uncover ends.

EXCLUSIVE ~ The WWE Network has post-show footage. Arn Anderson and Mongo join Piper and Greene, gripping a nWo during bay.

Raw Rating: 2.3
Nitro Rating: 3.3

Raw: Mankind and a Undertaker had one of their obtuse matches, yet it was adequate to move this part out of a gutter. They were a transparent highlight. Even Bret Hart’s promo lacked something. The other matches were possibly prosaic out bad or a engagement harm someone (the opener). An easy skip given Mankind Taker had improved matches elsewhere and this did subsequent to zero to build a PPV. 3.0

Nitro: Though a lot of a register was off furloughed Germany, they did a good pursuit laying a uncover out. It never felt long, all changed during a sprightly gait and they set some things in suit for Starrcade. we could’ve finished with reduction VK Wallstreet and Hugh Morris though. 5.0

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The final score: review
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The 411

Raw:Mankind and a Undertaker had one of their obtuse matches, yet it was adequate to move this part out of a gutter. They were a transparent highlight. Even Bret Harts promo lacked something. The other matches were possibly prosaic out bad or a engagement harm someone (the opener). An easy skip given Mankind Taker had improved matches elsewhere and this did subsequent to zero to build a PPV. 3.0

Nitro:Though a lot of a register was off furloughed Germany, they did a good pursuit laying a uncover out. It never felt long, all changed during a sprightly gait and they set some things in suit for Starrcade. we couldve finished with reduction VK Wallstreet and Hugh Morris though. 5.0

The final score: review
Torture

The 411

Raw:Mankind and a Undertaker had one of their obtuse matches, yet it was adequate to move this part out of a gutter. They were a transparent highlight. Even Bret Harts promo lacked something. The other matches were possibly prosaic out bad or a engagement harm someone (the opener). An easy skip given Mankind Taker had improved matches elsewhere and this did subsequent to zero to build a PPV. 3.0

Nitro:Though a lot of a register was off furloughed Germany, they did a good pursuit laying a uncover out. It never felt long, all changed during a sprightly gait and they set some things in suit for Starrcade. we couldve finished with reduction VK Wallstreet and Hugh Morris though. 5.0

The final score: review
Torture

The 411

Raw:Mankind and a Undertaker had one of their obtuse matches, yet it was adequate to move this part out of a gutter. They were a transparent highlight. Even Bret Harts promo lacked something. The other matches were possibly prosaic out bad or a engagement harm someone (the opener). An easy skip given Mankind Taker had improved matches elsewhere and this did subsequent to zero to build a PPV. 3.0

Nitro:Though a lot of a register was off furloughed Germany, they did a good pursuit laying a uncover out. It never felt long, all changed during a sprightly gait and they set some things in suit for Starrcade. we couldve finished with reduction VK Wallstreet and Hugh Morris though. 5.0

The final score: review
Torture

The 411

Raw:Mankind and a Undertaker had one of their obtuse matches, yet it was adequate to move this part out of a gutter. They were a transparent highlight. Even Bret Harts promo lacked something. The other matches were possibly prosaic out bad or a engagement harm someone (the opener). An easy skip given Mankind Taker had improved matches elsewhere and this did subsequent to zero to build a PPV. 3.0

Nitro:Though a lot of a register was off furloughed Germany, they did a good pursuit laying a uncover out. It never felt long, all changed during a sprightly gait and they set some things in suit for Starrcade. we couldve finished with reduction VK Wallstreet and Hugh Morris though. 5.0

The final score: review
Torture

The 411

Raw:Mankind and a Undertaker had one of their obtuse matches, yet it was adequate to move this part out of a gutter. They were a transparent highlight. Even Bret Harts promo lacked something. The other matches were possibly prosaic out bad or a engagement harm someone (the opener). An easy skip given Mankind Taker had improved matches elsewhere and this did subsequent to zero to build a PPV. 3.0

Nitro:Though a lot of a register was off furloughed Germany, they did a good pursuit laying a uncover out. It never felt long, all changed during a sprightly gait and they set some things in suit for Starrcade. we couldve finished with reduction VK Wallstreet and Hugh Morris though. 5.0

The final score: review
Torture

The 411

Raw:Mankind and a Undertaker had one of their obtuse matches, yet it was adequate to move this part out of a gutter. They were a transparent highlight. Even Bret Harts promo lacked something. The other matches were possibly prosaic out bad or a engagement harm someone (the opener). An easy skip given Mankind Taker had improved matches elsewhere and this did subsequent to zero to build a PPV. 3.0

Nitro:Though a lot of a register was off furloughed Germany, they did a good pursuit laying a uncover out. It never felt long, all changed during a sprightly gait and they set some things in suit for Starrcade. we couldve finished with reduction VK Wallstreet and Hugh Morris though. 5.0

The final score: review
Torture

The 411

Raw:Mankind and a Undertaker had one of their obtuse matches, yet it was adequate to move this part out of a gutter. They were a transparent highlight. Even Bret Harts promo lacked something. The other matches were possibly prosaic out bad or a engagement harm someone (the opener). An easy skip given Mankind Taker had improved matches elsewhere and this did subsequent to zero to build a PPV. 3.0

Nitro:Though a lot of a register was off furloughed Germany, they did a good pursuit laying a uncover out. It never felt long, all changed during a sprightly gait and they set some things in suit for Starrcade. we couldve finished with reduction VK Wallstreet and Hugh Morris though. 5.0

The final score: review
Torture

The 411

Raw:Mankind and a Undertaker had one of their obtuse matches, yet it was adequate to move this part out of a gutter. They were a transparent highlight. Even Bret Harts promo lacked something. The other matches were possibly prosaic out bad or a engagement harm someone (the opener). An easy skip given Mankind Taker had improved matches elsewhere and this did subsequent to zero to build a PPV. 3.0

Nitro:Though a lot of a register was off furloughed Germany, they did a good pursuit laying a uncover out. It never felt long, all changed during a sprightly gait and they set some things in suit for Starrcade. we couldve finished with reduction VK Wallstreet and Hugh Morris though. 5.0

The final score: review
Torture

The 411

Raw:Mankind and a Undertaker had one of their obtuse matches, yet it was adequate to move this part out of a gutter. They were a transparent highlight. Even Bret Harts promo lacked something. The other matches were possibly prosaic out bad or a engagement harm someone (the opener). An easy skip given Mankind Taker had improved matches elsewhere and this did subsequent to zero to build a PPV. 3.0

Nitro:Though a lot of a register was off furloughed Germany, they did a good pursuit laying a uncover out. It never felt long, all changed during a sprightly gait and they set some things in suit for Starrcade. we couldve finished with reduction VK Wallstreet and Hugh Morris though. 5.0

The final score: review
Torture

The 411

Raw:Mankind and a Undertaker had one of their obtuse matches, yet it was adequate to move this part out of a gutter. They were a transparent highlight. Even Bret Harts promo lacked something. The other matches were possibly prosaic out bad or a engagement harm someone (the opener). An easy skip given Mankind Taker had improved matches elsewhere and this did subsequent to zero to build a PPV. 3.0

Nitro:Though a lot of a register was off furloughed Germany, they did a good pursuit laying a uncover out. It never felt long, all changed during a sprightly gait and they set some things in suit for Starrcade. we couldve finished with reduction VK Wallstreet and Hugh Morris though. 5.0

The final score: review
Torture

The 411

Raw:Mankind and a Undertaker had one of their obtuse matches, yet it was adequate to move this part out of a gutter. They were a transparent highlight. Even Bret Harts promo lacked something. The other matches were possibly prosaic out bad or a engagement harm someone (the opener). An easy skip given Mankind Taker had improved matches elsewhere and this did subsequent to zero to build a PPV. 3.0

Nitro:Though a lot of a register was off furloughed Germany, they did a good pursuit laying a uncover out. It never felt long, all changed during a sprightly gait and they set some things in suit for Starrcade. we couldve finished with reduction VK Wallstreet and Hugh Morris though. 5.0

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The 411: Raw:Mankind and a Undertaker had one of their obtuse matches, yet it was adequate to move this part out of a gutter. They were a transparent highlight. Even Bret Harts promo lacked something. The other matches were possibly prosaic out bad or a engagement harm someone (the opener). An easy skip given Mankind Taker had improved matches elsewhere and this did subsequent to zero to build a PPV. 3.0

Nitro:Though a lot of a register was off furloughed Germany, they did a good pursuit laying a uncover out. It never felt long, all changed during a sprightly gait and they set some things in suit for Starrcade. we couldve finished with reduction VK Wallstreet and Hugh Morris though. 5.0

Final Score:
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