Nitro Report

January 4 1999

Well, Nitro actually aired in full here in Canada. I taped the whole thing with the intent to watch the whole thing, but I ended up fast forwarding through most of it because it was pretty damn boring! So on with the show...

Hugh Morrus vs. Glacier Sometimes people ask me why I hate WCW so much. Well here's a prime example. Come on, Glacier? Hugh Morrus? Give me a break. Morrus did hit a nice moonsault to win, but that was the only decent spot.

Ric Flair Interview Now Ric Flair delivers great interviews, I won't deny that. But lately they have been going on for just a bit too long. I'm sorry, but it's true! He basically just said that at Souled Out it would be Curt Hennig and Barry Windham vs. Ric Flair and David Flair

Booker T vs. Emery Hale Ever since Booker T came back from his injury, he hasn't been the same. He used to be really built, but now he's looking a little fat, an dhe just hasn't been wrestling as well. It shows, because he used to get huge pops, but now nobody really cares. It's too bad because Booker T was definitely going places. Anyway he beat Hale in about 3 minutes with the Missile Dropkick.

Chavo Jr vs. Norman Smiley For the love of God, would someone please get Norman Smiley off my damn TV?? I think WCW really blew it with Chavo. When they built him up to be this psychopath and feuded with Eddy, Chavo got tons of heat! But now they have just stopped, and stuck him with stupid Pepe. Chavo has lost any edge he used to have, but he's a great wrestler. Norman Smiley just sucks. Yes he can do some submission holds and do that gay little dance, but he is so boring! And his tights are just obscene, I'm sorry. Chavo won after a reversal.

Chris Benoit vs. Horace Why in the world are they sticking the God of wrestling, Chris Benoit, with a loser like Horace! Horace is crap, plain and simple! Anyway, Benoit tried to get a decent match in, he hit the Flying Headbutt and then got the Crippler Crossface on to make Horace submit. When is Benoit going to be pushed to a title reign? Hell, even a tag title reign with Malenko is better than nothing.

Elizabeth & Goldberg Crap This was one of the stupidest things I have seen in a while. It wouldn't have been so bad if it didn't take so damn long! It was stupid, really stupid. I'm not even going to bother getting into what happened.

Chris Jericho vs. Saturn Saturn was wearing half decent ring attire for a change, which was nice. This would have been a good match, if they hadn't gotten the referees involved. Saturn and Jericho are two guys who definitely need to get pushed or at least put into an angle. They have no direction right now!

Psychosis & Juventud vs. Rey Jr & Kidman Now this was a match! High flyin all over the place and spectacular moves from some of my very favorite wrestlers. Psychosis is incredible, easily one of the best cruisers, Juventud is also fantastic, Kidman gets better every week, and of course Rey is as amazing as ever. You can probably imagine what this match was like. I twas excellent, and Psychosis won with the Guillotine Legdrop.

Interviews Gene Okerlund interviewed Nash and then Hogan, and nobody gives two pieces of monkey crap, to quote the Rock.

Konnan vs. Scott Steiner Giving Scott Steiner the TV title was a good move. He's a great heel, a decent worker, and he's finally getting some credibility. Anyone who takes the title off of Konnan is cool in my book. It pretty much ended when Buff and Steiner just started beating the crap out of Konnan, which is always nice to see.

Wrath vs. Bam Bam Bigelow Wrath challenges anybody to come fight him, Bigelow comes out, and they brawl back to the locker rooms. Now are they raising Wrath to mid-main event or are they lowering Bam Bam to low-mid card? You be the judge... Both of these guys need a direction, so I guess this is a good place to start. Make a decent feud out of it.

DDP vs. Bryan Adams Arrrrgh make it stop! DDP sucks and Bryan Adams sucks! Bad bad match!

Hollywood Hogan vs. Kevin Nash Hogan comes out in street clothes accompanied by Big Poppa Pump, and Nash comes out in wrestling gear accompanied by Scott Hall! They stare down for awhile, Hogan pushes Nash, Nash falls down and 1-2-3, new world champ! The NWO is back together! Now this angle has gotten so much negative feedback, and everyone knows how much I hate Hogan. So some of you are going to be shocked when I say... this is GREAT!! If we all look way back to when the NWO consisted mainly of Hogan, Hall, Nash, Syxx, and a few others, it was cool. They were badass heels, did what they wanted, when they wanted and they were cool. Then they started adding losers like Vincent, Bryan Adams, Stevie Ray, Horace, etc etc etc and it became a bunch of crap. But if they keep the NWO one tight, elite package it will be successful. Hogan, Hall, Nash, Luger, Buff, and Steiner. Throw in Bischoff and Liz and you have a great stable. Keep out the jobbers! Yes it does suck to have Hogan with the belt, but this might just be the thing to get WCW back on track! Anyway, Goldberg comes out and they all beat him up. I think the best thing about all of this is that the Outsiders are together again. Gotta love that!

Did this Nitro suck? Hell yes. But between the cruiser match and the ending, it was enough to give it a 5.5/10 Not too bad. Now hopefully WCW won't ruin this, like they have ruined all their other angles!


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