April 22, 1996 - Monday Night Wars 29

Raw 156

  • You know what? Let’s just jump to Nitro.

Nitro 32

  • Since Raw isn’t live (and is very bad this week), let’s just let Eric Bischoff tell us the results:

Should've watched Nitro first. Would've saved me an hour.

  • Now that that’s out of the way, let’s move on. As you can see from the video, Public Enemy begins their match with the American Males by setting up a table on the outside of the ring well before the match has even started. If you can’t be a good wrestler, at least be entertaining! During this match, we’re also told that Brian Pillman is in the hospital recovering from a car accident. Apparently he’d also been fired a couple months ago as well which explains why he hasn’t been showing up for any Horsemen segments.

  • Speaking of lost Horsemen, Chris Benoit has a match up next against Eddie Guerrero. As Benoit comes down, he’s wearing a Four Horsemen shirt and throws up the four fingers so at least we know that he’s still on the team. No word yet on who replaced Brian though. Benoit and Eddie have a fantastic match (like always) but when Benoit sees the opportunity to cheat to get the win, he seizes it. Great, I love it. Now let’s keep it up! Give these guys more screentime!

Back in the saddle.

Back in the saddle.

  • What’s great about Benoit cheating is that he’s supposed to cheat. We expect him to cheat. And that’s because he’s a bad guy. It seems that WCW hasn’t figured out that that’s a thing only bad guys do though because week after week Hulk Hogan and Randy Savage cheat to win and now tonight Hacksaw Jim Duggan joins their ilk during his match with Meng. Can’t we just let good guys be good guys?

  • Speaking of the Macho Man, he tries to ambush Ric Flair as he make his way to the ring for the main event, but there are police officers on deck who quickly rush in and handcuff Savage and cart him away. I’m not 100% sure what’s happening with Macho Man, but he’s apparently now something of a loose cannon who earlier threatened to assault the VP of WCW when he suggested that Randy get anger management therapy. Anyway with Savage safely out of the picture, Ric & The Giant are able to face off against Sting and Lex Luger with all their collective titles on the line. Naturally that detail doesn’t really matter though since this is WCW and why would we ever get a nice neat ending? Flair tries to cheat by throwing coffee in his opponent’s face, but nails the Giant instead who flies into a (literal) blind rage, swinging at anything within arm’s length. When he finally recovers, he challenges Flair to his World Championship Title next week. I doubt he’ll win it, but it’s definitely something to look forward to!

The Giant does his best DeNiro impression.

The Giant does his best DeNiro impression.

Verdict: Raw is just an absolute stinker tonight. Nitro didn’t exactly bring anything that special to the table either, but the matches were at least more interesting and they’ve set up a feud between Flair and the Giant, however short lived it may be.

Winner this week: Nitro

Score to date: Nitro 20, Raw 9

(Television Ratings: Raw - 3.3; Nitro - 2.7)