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Welcome wrestling fans to the latest Wrestling Time Machine column, from yours truly, Bobby! In our last column, World Championship Wrestling was gearing up for war. This wasn’t just in the interest of keeping the theme of their upcoming Fall Brawl pay-per-view, but it was also in the interest of their new primetime professional wrestling program, WCW Monday Nitro. World Championship Wrestling had been floundering in its existence as a Ted Turner owned professional wrestling property, but with Hogan’s emergence on the scene, and the injection of many of Hogan’s buddies on the roster, World Championship Wrestling finally had a little more clout. The child who was a wrestling fan in the 1980s, the casual wrestling fan, the non-wrestling fan, and many more could tune into World Championship Wrestling and see many of their favorite stars mixing it up with *checks notes* Bobby Starr, Barry Houston, and Brad Armstrong? Professional wrestling’s finest jobbers all with first names that start with the letter “B”. Eric Bischoff and Tony Schiavone have elaborated on this on their programs, 83 Weeks and What Happened When respectively, that this was an outdated, southern professional wrestling booking strategy. The mentality was that your stories, your feuds between wrestlers, these were carried with promos and interviews, while the matches on TV were of little to no consequence. It was during a meeting with various others that Ted Turner asked the all-important question, “how can we compete with The WWF?” and Bischoff answered, saying that they needed to have a program in primetime. World Championship Wrestling debuted Monday Nitro on Monday, September 4th, 1995. Eric Bischoff and World Championship Wrestling set out to make the show as different than the distinguished competition as possible, and an important part of WCW’s efforts was ensuring that WCW was bringing the wrestling audience live and exciting action every week. Present in the September 11th, 1995 edition of WCW Monday Nitro was a ring apron with what appeared to plexiglass portions of the ring skirt that featured the black “NITRO” text, and allowed one to see under the ring, the plexiglass was highlighted with lights behind it, so that it could change color throughout the night. This was an interesting idea, almost a precursor to today’s LED ring skirts that the WWE uses.
While Vader was present in the first three weeks of WCW Monday Nitro’s opening theme, he had been released by World Championship Wrestling without ever having appeared on the show. Vader’s release from WCW was in part due to a backstage fight between himself and Paul Orndorff. While Vader had been released, WCW secured a new talent to fill the vacancy, “The Total Package” and former member of The Allied Powers, Lex Luger. Lex Luger debuted on the premiere of WCW Monday Nitro, watching the opening square-off between Sting and “The Nature Boy” Ric Flair. Luger’s appearance set the tone for the ensuing battle between the two promotions. As a result of Vader’s release, Hulk Hogan’s Hulk-A-Maniacs were down a man for the scheduled War Games match at the
upcoming Fall Brawl pay-per-view event. By the September 11th edition of WCW Monday Nitro, it was official, and WCW scrambled to write Vader out of the program and off the promotion. The September 11th edition of WCW Monday Nitro featured repeated exposition to make this point. This included lines from Eric Bischoff on commentary about how Vader was missing and hadn’t submitted the necessary paperwork to The WCW Executive Committee to be a part of Hulk Hogan’s Hulk-A-Maniacs team for WCW Fall Brawl/War Games. Hulk Hogan continued to fend off the advances of The Dungeon of Doom, putting the WCW World Heavyweight Championship on the line against The Dungeon of Doom member “Big” Bubba Rogers. This was the second of four world championship opportunities that would come Ray Traylor’s way through the course of his career. The match featured Hulk Hogan employing many heel tactics, but ultimately winning clean over “Big” Bubba Rogers following a big boot and The Atomic Leg Drop. Hogan’s victory celebration over Rogers was short-lived. Without warning, The Dungeon of Doom swarmed the WCW World Heavyweight Champion, and for a moment it looked like he would be overwhelmed by the forces of evil, but Hulk Hogan was saved by WCW’s newest talent-Lex Luger. After the ring was cleared, Lex Luger cut a promo that ran down many of his former World Wrestling Federation colleagues and assured The WCW Universe that he was there to “play with the big boys”, because he was “tired of playing with kids”. Hulk Hogan granted Lex Luger a shot at the WCW World Heavyweight Championship the following week on WCW Monday Nitro. The two muscular behemoths collided on the battlefields of World Championship Wrestling, only to have their match interrupted by The Dungeon of Doom. With The Hulk-A-Maniacs down a man, Sting invited Luger to the team. “Macho Man” Randy Savage was trepidatious, voting that The Hulk-A-Maniacs take on The Dungeon of Doom at the scheduled
event as three vs. four. Hulk Hogan with the deciding vote, cast his vote in favor of Lex Luger joining the team, promising him a future opportunity at the WCW World Heavyweight Championship. Leading up to the scheduled War Games match, The Dungeon of Doom did everything they could to play mind games with The Hulk-A-Maniacs, but this mostly consisted of just run-ins during select matches. Aside from Kevin Sullivan and The Giant, other members of The Dungeon of Doom were made to look less like a credible threat to The Hulk-A-Maniacs and more like the bumbling henchmen of a 1980s children’s cartoon villain. Kamala and The Shark especially got the worst of this, looking like the Bebop and Rocksteady to Kevin Sullivan’s Shredder. Case in point: The September 11th, 1995 edition of WCW Monday Nitro featured an exhibition match between “Macho Man” Randy Savage and “Flash” Scott Norton. Through the course of the match, The Dungeon of Doom ran in, and The Shark was ultimately knocked unconscious, falling on the legs of Scott Norton. This
allowed Randy Savage to hit his infamous elbow drop on the trapped Norton, and a three count to be made. Throwing a man over the top rope in WCW? Illegal, the offender is disqualified. Have a 468-pound man fall on your legs, trapping you, and allowing you to be pinned in a way that you’re not able to kick out? Tough, thems the brakes. It’s one of the clumsiest, worst spots in professional wrestling. The Shark looks incredibly weak here, having taken a single almost-blow to the head that knocks him out for several seconds, Norton has to pull The Shark on top of him, and then following the three count, The Shark is immediately up on his feet, as though nothing happened. Watching this one spot, it’s amazing that WCW was ever a serious contender, threatening the existence of The World Wrestling
Federation. Meanwhile, The Dungeon of Doom didn’t even consider Sting a threat, as they were nowhere to be seen during his WCW United States Championship defenses against Ric Flair on the debut of WCW Monday Nitro, and against Michael Wallstreet (Billed as “VK Wallstreet” during this defense) on the September 11th, 1995 edition of WCW Monday Nitro. The Fall Brawl event featured some unintentional foreshadowing of a new Dungeon of Doom member, The Yeti. With Tony Schiavone and Bobby Heenan on commentary for the event, talking about whether The Giant was at the event or not, Bobby Heenan is heard saying, “Oh you know he’s here somewhere. I saw the footprints out back, I thought it was a Yeti.” With WCW Fall Brawl and War Games upon us, The Hulk-A-Maniacs showed up, decked out in camouflage gear, having drunk a gallon of Agent Orange which has made them impervious to pain. With Agent Orange
running through their veins, The Hulk-A-Maniacs made their way to the ring for the scheduled War Games match. The match began with Sting vs. The Shark. Once The Shark had made the most of his time, The Zodiac entered the match, giving The Dungeon of Doom an early advantage. Randy Savage made the save for The Hulk-A-Maniacs, rocking the available opponents with a flurry of offense that destroyed Savage’s shirt. “The Ugandan Giant”, Kamala was the third man to enter the War Games match on behalf of The Dungeon of Doom. If you like clubbing blows, this is the match for you. He-Man stunt-double, “The Total Package” was the third member to enter the War Games match to even the odds for The Hulk-A-Maniacs. A misunderstanding following
a clothesline that was meant for The Zodiac, but hit Randy Savage instead led to a tie-up between Luger and Savage, with Sting trying to keep the peace. This confusion allowed Meng, entering the match for The Dungeon of Doom to take advantage of the confusion. The combined might of The Hulk-A-Maniacs was barely enough to hold back the unmatched fury, anger, and power of The Dungeon of Doom. “The Mouth of the South” Jimmy Hart rallied the audience behind The Hulk-A-Maniacs, and Hulk Hogan entered War Games with…fistfuls of baby powder to blind the opponents. Hogan’s questionable
face heel tactics allowed The Hulk-A-Maniacs to earn steal a victory against the bad guys(?). Hogan was
able to lock The Zodiac in an almost Camel Clutch. The Zodiac refusing to give a concrete answer to referee Randy Anderson forced Anderson to count it as a submission victory in favor of The Hulk-A-Maniacs. “The Task Master” Kevin Sullivan tried his best to get out of having to face Hogan in the cage alone, per the match stipulation, but it was to no avail. Hogan stood face to face with the source of the last several months of his misery and proceeded to make Kevin Sullivan instantly regret all his life’s decision that led to that moment until The Giant showed up and tried to kill Hulk Hogan. TheThe following Monday on WCW Monday Nitro, September 18th, 1995, The Giant and Kevin Sullivan appeared by way of an ambulance, with The Giant decreeing that his father (alluding to André the Giant) would have
stood by his side to bring down Hulk-A-Mania. The footage was shown later in the broadcast of The Giant destroying Hulk Hogan’s motorcycle, Black Beauty with his Dungeon of Doom branded monster truck. This is something that allegedly happened prior to WCW Fall Brawl, though it wasn’t even mentioned until the following Monday. That same Monday, Randy Savage was interviewed by Gene Okerlund, addressing the confusion between himself and Lex Luger, and the blow and
predicted that The Dungeon of Doom would have three new members, Lex Luger, Jimmy Hart, and Sting! Lex Luger didn’t take kindly to The Macho Man’s accusations and challenged Randy Savage to a match, putting his guaranteed shot at the WCW World Heavyweight Championship on the line, and that if he lost, that he would leave World Championship Wrestling. Hulk Hogan was back the following week on WCW television in what was likely a pre-taped segment. Despite The Giant’s best efforts at the direction of The Dungeon of Doom, Hulk Hogan was not dead. The Hulkster declared that he was working on a bigger and better monster truck and challenged The Giant to a “Machine vs. Machine” match at
WCW Halloween Havoc for the upcoming month. Hogan then challenged The Giant to a separate match, with the WCW World Heavyweight Championship on the line. Eric Bischoff promised that Hogan’s monster truck would be the biggest ever built. The mid-card highlights featured Sting defending the WCW United States Championship against “The Nature Boy” Ric Flair on the debut of WCW Monday Nitro, as the match was ended in a disqualification due to Flair’s use of the ropes for extra leverage during his patented Figure Four Leglock. Michael Wallstreet, the former Irwin R. Schyster appeared on the debut edition of WCW Monday Nitro with a promo deriding his former employer, and their “New Generation” efforts. Wallstreet faced Sting on the September 11th, 1995 edition of WCW Monday Nitro in a losing effort to capture the WCW United States Championship. Johnny B. Badd earned an opportunity to challenge for the WCW United States Championship at WCW Fall Brawl by beating Brian Pillman. The
match between the two was excellent and featured the very beginnings of Brian Pillman’s “Loose Cannon” gimmick.Johnny B. Badd’s chance for the WCW United States Championship was set for the September 30th, 1995 edition. Johnny B. Badd missed his chance, and Brian Pillman was given the shot by default. Brian Pillman was unsuccessful in his chance to capture the WCW United States Championship. Badd finally showed up at the end of the broadcast, and through an interview with Gene Okerlund, revealed his car had a flat tire and this was the reason for his lack of attendance. Newly-crowned WCW Television Champion, Diamond Dallas Page, and his stooge, Maxx Muscle showed up through this interview to chide Badd. Maxx however, revealed his and DDP’s hand, specifying the correct number of Johnny B. Badd’s flat tires. After Maxx Muscle failed to capture the WCW World Television Championship from The Renegade the prior month, Diamond Dallas Page received an opportunity to challenge for the championship at WCW Fall Brawl. The Renegade benefitted from being in the ring with a wrestler who
behind the curtain, was notorious for planning his matches. This match may arguably be the best available Renegade match. The match featured what may have been a tongue-in-cheek reference to the fact that World Championship Wrestling saddled The Renegade with a knock-off Ultimate Warrior gimmick. At about fifty-six minutes into the event, Diamond Dallas Page hits a running stun gun maneuver on The Renegade. This is a move that Bobby “The Brain” Heenan refers to as a “Zircon Cutter”, zircon being a cheap substitute for a diamond. The Renegade mistakenly shifted his focus to Maxx Muscle during the course of the match, due to Maxx’s attempted interference. Page was able to capitalize on the distraction of his enforcer, and with The Renegade held in place by Maxx Muscle, hit The Diamond Cutter to score a pinfall over The Renegade to secure the WCW World Television Championship.
“The Nature Boy” Ric Flair finally faced off against his longtime friend, and former Four Horsemen compatriot, “The Enforcer” Arn Anderson. As Anderson had put it, Flair had become a man possessed with proving once and for all that he was better than Hulk Hogan. Anderson posited that Flair’s obsession and use of Big Van Vader as a proxy whilst he was “retired” had made him soft since exiting the squared circle in October of 1994 and only returning to the ring in May of 1995 at the orders of The WCW International Board of Directors. Emotions ran high, as the match between these two brothers in arms approached at WCW Fall Brawl. Ric Flair expounded on these emotions to Gene Okerlund prior to their scheduled match in an emotional interview segment, talking about his personal life, being adopted, and what Arn Anderson had meant to him as the brother he never had, but always wanted. The two faced off against one another at WCW Fall Brawl, with much of the World Championship Wrestling lockerroom in attendance for the match, sitting in the stands. Anderson had an ace up his sleeve, a former Hollywood Blonde, Flyin’ Brian. With Brian’s assistance, Anderson was able to put Flair away with a vicious DDT. Flair would later take
great exception to Anderson bringing in an “outsider” to what he considered a “sacred land” between the two. A tag team match would be scheduled between Flair and a partner of his choosing versus Arn Anderson and Flyin’ Brian. Flair spent the next several nights trying to find a partner but was soundly rejected by “The Macho Man” Randy Savage (after what Flair did to his father, who can blame him) on the September 18th edition of WCW Monday Nitro, and Sting who rejected him on the September 30th edition of WCW Saturday Night. With no partner in sight, the fate of “The Nature Boy” was in question.
Sergeant Craig Pittman faced off against the mysterious man from his past,
Cobra. A lower mid-card feud, with a decent amount of mystery and hype behind it, thanks to a month’s build-up on WCW Saturday Night in August. The two were scheduled to face off against one another at WCW Fall Brawl. With its military theme, you’d think WCW would put more weight behind a match between one ex-marine, and one of his charges, but no. With not much skill between the two, Cobra looked like a bigger chump, being taken out by Sergeant Craig Pittman and his stealth tactics.
After beating the team of Colonel Robert Parker, Bunkhouse Buck, and Dirty
Dick Slater, Sister Sherri, and Harlem Heat were rewarded with a shot at the WCW World Tag Team Championships at WCW Fall Brawl. Thanks to interference from WCW’s resident body odor enthusiasts, The Nasty Boys, and a romantic distraction between Sister Sherri and Colonel Robert Parker in the adjacent ring, Harlem Heat picked up the victory in a long fought match at the event. Following their victory, Sister Sherri revealed that her newfound romantic interest in Colonel Robert Parker had been a part of a larger plan all along to get the championship gold back around the waist of her boys, Booker T, and Stevie Ray.
Harlem Heat’s reign with the WCW World Tag Team Championships was shortlived. In an effort to show off their newly won championship gold, and assert dominance over the WCW tag team division, Harlem Heat attacked The Blue Bloods (Lord Steven Regal and Earl Robert Eaton) during their entrance to face a new tag team, the debuting American Males (Scotty Riggs & Marcus Alexander Bagwell). This took place on the WCW Monday Nitro the night following WCW Fall Brawl. Harlem Heat made their way to the ring following their beatdown of The Blue Bloods and put their newly won WCW World Tag Team Championships on the line, thinking they had an easy victory secured against The American Males, but with Sister Sherri distracted by Colonel Robert Parker’s presence, and unable to perform her requested underhanded managerial duties, American Males upset Harlem Heat to become the new WCW World Tag Team Champions.
The World Wrestling Federation kicked off its new fall season with a brand new opening for Monday Night RAW. This opening featured prominent members of
The World Wrestling Federation roster battling one another on the rooftop, filmed via helicopter. The opening was filmed on Thursday, September 7th, 1995 on the rooftops of Titan Towers over roughly a three hour period. The World Wrestling Federation promised for the month of September that all of its championships would be on the line in a tag team match at September’s In Your House 3, as WWF Champion, Diesel, and WWF Intercontinental Champion, Shawn Michaels teamed up to take on WWF Tag Team Champions, Owen Hart & Yokozuna. This was an effort by interim WWF President, Gorilla Monsoon to be more fan-friendly. With Owen Hart & Yokozuna having built a reputation for underhanded tactics during their reign as WWF Tag Team Champions, Monsoon added an additional stipulation. This stipulation stated that if any of the four participants intentionally caused a disqualification, that Gorilla Monsoon had the authority to award the Championships to the winners of the match. Gorilla Monsoon assured the WWF Universe that this scheduled In Your House main event would lead to a title change. Shawn Michaels didn’t just have his In Your House 3 combatants to worry about, as Sycho Sid’s promised opportunity at the
WWF Intercontinental Championship came due on the September 11th edition of WWF Monday Night RAW. Sid had the backing of Ted DiBiase and The Million Dollar Corporation but failed to capture the WWF Intercontinental Championship. The WWF Tag Team Champions, Owen Hart & Yokozuna squared off against Men On a Mission, King Mabel, and Sir Mo. With Yokozuna at over 600 lbs and King Mabel at 568 lbs, that was a total of over 1,168 lbs in the ring. It was a solid match that featured two of the largest men in the industry at the time. A combination drop toehold from Owen Hart into a leg drop from Yokozuna secured the victory for the WWF Tag Team Champions, prior to their scheduled defense against the challengers, Diesel and Shawn Michaels. As In Your House 3 got started, it was revealed that Yokozuna’s partner, and ½ of the WWF Tag Team Champions, Owen Hart was missing, that his wife had to be rushed to the hospital. Gorilla Monsoon gave Jim Cornette two options in Owen’s absence. He offered to allow Yokozuna to defend the WWF Tag Team Championships singlehandedly or to find a partner to help Yokozuna defend the championships. Jim Cornette tried to solicit the services of several WWF superstars including Sid, before settling on his latest acquisition, The British Bulldog, Davey Boy Smith.
Davey Boy Smith was elevated here to considerable heights. Having competed earlier in the night (more on that later), he was selected as a contender for both the WWF Championship and WWF Intercontinental Championship and managed to look like a serious threat to the two singles champions in the match. The WWF Tag Team Champions dominated the end of the match with Sweet Chin Music delivered to Yokozuna from Shawn Michaels, and a Diving Elbow Drop from Shawn Michaels to a vulnerable British Bulldog. Victory appeared to be within their reach. Owen Hart finally appeared, in an effort to catch The Two Dudes with Attitude unaware, but his surprise appearance wasn’t enough to throw the challengers off their game, as Owen Hart fell victim to a clubbing blow to the mid-section, leaving him open to Diesel’s Jackknife. Owen Hart was pinned for the three count. Diesel and Shawn Michaels were declared the WWF
Tag Team Champions, but the decision was reversed the following night on Monday Night RAW. While Owen Hart was pinned in the match, he was not the legal man, nor was he technically a participant in the match. Owen Hart and Yokozuna were rewarded the WWF Tag Team Championships back as Jim Cornette and his new legal counsel, Clarence Mason brought this to interim-WWF President Gorilla Monsoon’s attention under the threat of legal action. While interim-WWF President Gorilla Monsoon recognized Owen Hart & Yokozuna as the WWF Tag Team champions, he dropped the other foot, declaring that Owen Hart & Yokozuna would have to defend the WWF Tag Team Championships against Diesel & Shawn Michaels in a future match-up. Diesel and Shawn Michaels promised opportunity at the WWF Tag Team Championships may not come against Yokozuna and Owen Hart, as The Smoking Gunns managed to capture their second WWF Tag Team Championships on the 9/25/1995 edition of WWF Monday Night RAW, following their signature Sidewinder maneuver to Owen Hart, and an inadvertent body splash from Hart’s partner, Yokozuna. As The Undertaker squared off against The British Bulldog in the main event of the 9/25/1995 edition of Monday Night RAW, King Mabel & Sir Mo inserted themselves into the match. King Mabel delivered a debilitating Belly to Belly Suplex to The Undertaker, resulting in the match ending in a disqualification. Following The British Bulldog’s patented Running Powerslam and a colossal Leg Drop from Mabel, Shawn Michaels & Diesel ran to the ring, saving The Undertaker.
Having his potential membership rejected with The Million Dollar Corporation rejected, noted Arkansas pig farmer, Henry O. Godwinn went on the warpath against Ted DiBiase and his bought-and-paid-for muscle. Having slopped Ted DiBiase last month, Ted DiBiase sicced his biggest available goon on Godwinn, former WWF Championship contender and Maruchan Raman enthusiast, Sycho Sid on Henry O. Godwinn. The two put on a decent enough match for two big men. A distraction from the head of The Million Dollar Corporation, Ted DiBiase secured an opening for Sid to hit the Powerbomb for the pinfall victory. Despite Sid’s victory, not all was lost for Godwinn. The bell rang, and in an attempt to celebrate their victory, Ted DiBiase and Sycho Sid got the bright idea to slop the pig farmer as a measure of revenge for the sloppings that DiBiase had suffered.
The former employee of The Million Dollar Corporation, Bam Bam Bigelow came to the rescue of Godwinn. “Supreme Fighting Machine” Kama came down to secure the will of DiBiase. The shenanigans at ringside allowed Godwinn enough time to come to, and even though Godwinn’s look would accidentally inspire your mom’s favorite thing to share on Facebook, he got to slop a millionaire one more time.
Having defeated Isaac Yankem, DDS, Bret Hart found Jean-Pierre Lafitte as the next target of his mat prowess. Lafitte angered “The Hitman” when he started stealing the wraparound sunglasses that Bret Hart would hand out to kids at ringside during his entrances. Lafitte graduated to eventually stealing the iconic leather jacket of “The Excellence of Execution”. Bruce Prichard has talked on his show, “Something to Wrestle With” about how this story was based on a hot angle done in Houston in about 1972 or 1973 involving Dory Funk Jr. Dory Funk Jr. would wear his West Texas State letterman’s jacket to the ring when he was NWA World Heavyweight Champion. A challenger to Dory Funk Jr.’s reign as NWA World Heavyweight Champion, José Lothario, won the match against Dory Funk Jr. via disqualification. Upset that he’d not been able to capture the NWA World Heavyweight Championship, José took what Dory Funk valued more than the NWA World Heavyweight Championship, his West Texas State letterman’s jacket. A missed Diving Splash from the top rope created an opportunity to lock the not-pegged-legged pirate into the crippling Sharpshooter hold. Jean-Pierre LaFitte tapped out, and Bret Hart secured his victory against The WWF’s resident pirate.
After last month’s confrontation between Dean Douglas and Razor Ramon, Douglas would spend the month of September getting inside the head of “Da Bad Guy”. In a match against Camp Cornette member, The British Bulldog on the September 11th edition of Monday Night RAW, Dean Douglas made his presence known. Through the course of the match, The British Bulldog was whipped into the referee by Razor Ramon. Douglas inserted himself into the match, but Razor Ramon’s former rival and friend, The 1-2-3 Kid came to the rescue…or at least he tried. With the official recovering, and Dean Douglas having retreated to the back, The 1-2-3 Kid went to the top rope to hit Davey Boy Smith with a top rope
Diving Splash, after The British Bulldog, hit his running Powerslam. The British Bulldog exhibited excellent reflexes as he moved out of the way at the last second. The 1-2-3 Kid inadvertently hit Razor Ramon with the Diving Splash. The referee, having recovered, declared The British Bulldog the winner via disqualification. Douglas’s interference led to the dissolution of Razor Ramon’s and The 1-2-3 Kid’s friendship. Vince McMahon interviewed the pair following the match. Razor was understandably upset with The 1-2-3 Kid, but the kid was upset with Razor’s attitude. The WWF’s perennial underdog accused “Da Bad Guy” of not respecting him and treating him like a little kid. The 1-2-3 Kid challenged Razor Ramon to a match the following week. Razor Ramon accepted, but Dean Douglas took this as an opportunity to continue with the mind games. As the match progressed, a desperate running Back Elbow from Razor Ramon to The 1-2-3 Kid resulted in the referee taking a spill to the outside. Exhausted, The 1-2-3 Kid rolled to the outside as well. With Razor Ramon alone in the ring, Dean Douglas again appeared, delivering a Diving Splash to the back of the Razor Ramon. 1-2-3 Kid, not knowing what happened, rolled back into the ring and covered Razor Ramon for the pin. Once Dean Douglas was sure that he’d gotten into the head of Ramon, he gave The WWF Universe a new Report Card segment. He gave The 1-2-3 Kid a grade of D for dumb, for believing that he beat Razor Ramon on his own.
Dean gave Razor a grade of E for elevate, accusing “Da Bad Guy” of trying to elevate his status by challenging Dean Douglas. Dean gave his performance a grade of A for a conclusion, stating that he the two would reach an inevitable conclusion at In Your House 3. This led to the last grade that Dean would dole out, to their match at In Your House 3, which would be an N for a no-brainer. Douglas stated that it would be a no-brainer as to who would come out on top at In Your House 3. Bob Backlund introduced Dean Douglas to the crowd in attendance at the Saginaw Civic Center for In Your House 3. Being an official working in matches featuring these opponents continued to prove hazardous. Dean Douglas threw Razor into the official. As the referee was recovering, Bob Backlund worked to distract him. Razor Ramon took Dean Douglas to The Razor’s Edge, and covered him for the pinfall, with his back to the referee. 1-2-3 Kid ran to the ring…counted a pinfall…that wasn’t in any way official. Razor, understandably upset, tried to kick The 1-2-3 Kid out of the ring. Dean Douglas took advantage of the confusion and rolled up Razor Ramon for the pinfall. This was the final straw for Razor Ramon and The 1-2-3 Kid as their friendship completely dissolved in a flurry of shoves, and karate kicks.
The September 11th, 1995 edition of Monday Night RAW saw a new Goldust vignette, where Goldust called out The Undertaker and his creatures of the night. Goldust presented himself as a force of light that could challenge The Undertaker as a force of darkness. The vignette is a masterful lesson that a message can be delivered, a story could be told without a wrestler shouting, and being overtly macho. The Rocker who wasn’t Shawn Michaels, Marty Jannetty returned to The World Wrestling Federation. Having spent some time in ECW, Jannetty returned to take on Skip of The Bodydonnas on the September 25th edition of Monday Night RAW. Janetty secured his victory against the exercise enthusiast with a Diving Fist Drop from the top rope and celebrated with a hug to Skip’s manager, Sunny. Savio Vega faced off against Waylon Mercy in a match at WWF In Your House 3 with no buildup throughout the month of September. This would be Mercy’s only Pay Per View match for The World Wrestling Federation.
ECW World Heavyweight Champion, The Sandman had his hands full with challenger Mikey Whipwreck. In a match against one of ECW’s resident jobbers, Chad Austin, The Sandman saw a chance to take out his frustrations. Mikey
Whipwreck seemingly came to the rescue of Austin. Whipwreck with a Singapore cane in hand dealt out punishment to The Sandman. The Sandman tried to escape, but Woman forced him back to the ring. A decision that The Sandman soon regretted. The Sandman left, and Chad Austin extended a hand in a show of thanks to Mikey Whipwreck. This was a decision that Chad Austin soon regretted as well. The war of words between the two continued through the month of September, with Woman telling Mikey, that he will never become the man that she could make him.
ECW Television Champion 2 Cold Scorpio continued to battle Taz and his friends, Scott & Rick Steiner. 2 Cold Scorpio brought in the sole member of The Triple Threat to not have yet been signed by World Championship Wrestling (Dean Malenko) or The World Wrestling Federation (Shane Douglas), Chris Benoit to help him challenge The Steiner Brothers. The match aired on the
September 12th edition of ECW Hardcore TV, but tag team glory was not within the grasp of 2 Cold Scorpio and Benoit. Scorpio was content to let Benoit do most of the work through the match, but when any chance for a pinfall came up, Scorpio would hit Benoit with the blind tag in an effort to secure the glory for himself. After a miscommunication that saw 2 Cold Scorpio Super Kick Benoit, Benoit had enough of Scorpio. The two argued, shifting blame back and forth before Benoit nailed his partner with a Dragon Suplex to dissolve the partnership. The injured Taz hit Scorpio with the ECW Television Championship. The Steiners unleashed
an onslaught of offense on the former Pegasus Kid, including a double-team Electric Chair DDT to Chris Benoit to secure the three count for The Steiner Brothers. 2 Cold Scorpio dissatisfied with Benoit’s ability to follow his instructions introduced a new team to Extreme Championship Wrestling, a team that had previously been too extreme for ECW, The Eliminators-Saturn, and Kronus. The Eliminators offered to do 2 Cold Scorpio’s dirty work and take out Taz for him, for a price of course. The Eliminators assured Scorpio that he could pay the bounty directly to their manager, Jason. Jason and The Eliminators faced off against The Steiner Brothers and Taz in a match that aired on the 9/26/1995
edition of ECW Hardcore TV. The Eliminators put up quite a fight, but the newest addition to the ECW roster was pretty evenly matched against The Steiners. The same could not be said for Jason and the not-yet-fully recovered Taz. Jason had a pretty bad time as soon as he met any of his opponents in the match, with Scott Steiner hitting a Wedgieplex on self-proclaimed “Sexiest Man Alive”. The Steiners took The Eliminators to the outside, with Jason in the ring alone, across from Taz. The still-injured Taz met Jason with a mounted set of punches that left Jason down and out. With a loss in the sights of 2 Cold Scorpio’s hired goons, 2 Cold Scorpio ran to the ring, nailed Taz with a kick to the back of his injured neck, and rolled Jason on top of his rival for the victory. Following their loss, Scott Steiner in a promo took aim at Jason and other wrestlers that he saw as feminine. This particular promo doesn’t age well, as Scott calls out Jason, WCW’s Johnny B. Badd for wearing makeup, Shawn Michaels and Goldust. Scott says these wrestlers should get together to have a “feminine match” (whatever that is) for the “Intergendercontinent Championship” and wrestle women.
ECW World Tag Team Champions, Raven and Stevie Richards continued to barely fend off challenges from The Pitbulls with the help of Beulah McGillicutty and The Dudleys. Raven took the brunt of the punishment from his former enforcers during the match that aired on the September 5th edition of ECW Hardcore TV, because Stevie Richards refused to tag into the match. The chants from the crowd couldn’t dissuade Stevie, but Raven finally had enough of his lackey’s cowardice, tagged him, and brought him into the ring the hard way. Thanks to the efforts of Dudley Dudley, Big Dick Dudley, and Beulah McGillicutty, Raven and Stevie Richards were able to win the match. With Pitbull #2 the legal man, and on the outside, Big Dick Dudley dropped the canine-themed challenger across a steel guardrail to the outside, rolled him back into the ring, where a barely conscious Stevie Richards rolled on top of Pitbull #2 for the victory. The battle over the ECW World Tag Team Championships reached new peaks on the September 19th edition of ECW Hardcore TV. The Pitbulls promised on the September 12th edition of ECW Hardcore TV that if they couldn’t win the championships in the upcoming match-up that they would quit wrestling. After all, if they couldn’t be Pitbulls, they’d rather die. The scheduled match-up between Raven & Stevie Richards and The Pitbulls was scheduled to be a Double Dog Collar match. This would see each member of each team wearing a dog collar that would be chained to a member of the opposing team. Before the match could begin, Raven came out alone. It was clear that while Stevie Richards loved Raven, he didn’t love him enough to be chained to a member of The Pitbulls. Beulah McGillicutty alleged that Stevie Richards was out with a broken arm. Beulah pleaded with The Pitbulls and asked that they make the match a best 2 out of 3 falls match. The Pitbulls accommodated the request, believing that the prized ECW World Tag Team Championships would soon be theirs. As the match began, and Raven looked to be by himself, Pitbull #1 left the ring and reappeared with a bloodied Stevie Richards in his paws. Raven managed to secure the first pinfall over Pitbull #2 following a Piledriver. The Pitbulls managed to hit Stevie Richards with their signature SuperBomb to secure the second pinfall over the ECW World Tag Team Champions. The
Dudleys then attempted to dispose of The Pitbulls, but their efforts were for naught, even after a set of SuperBombs to The Pitbulls from The Dudleys. Raven was all too happy to oblige, as, through the course of the match, he disposed of Pitbull #2 with an ether-soaked rag. As Pitbull #2 was being taken away by the paramedics, Pitbull #1 was left to fend for himself. Tommy Dreamer came to the aid of Pitbull #1. Dreamer inserted himself into the match as a temporary partner for Pitbull #1 and chained himself to Raven. A series of right and left hands followed by a DDT gave Tommy Dreamer his first pinfall victory over Raven, or so he thought. While the ECW official counted the
pinfall, Bill Alfonso came out and reversed the decision. The victory was snatched from Tommy Dreamer and The Pitbulls, but ECW Commissioner Tod Gordon used his full authority to state that the match would be over when he said so. With Big Dick Dudley in the fray, he Chokeslammed Tommy Dreamer. Bill Alfonso immediately unbanned the Chokeslam, something that had been banned as of September 5th. Unbanning the chokeslam was something ECW fans had been foaming at the mouth for. With the Chokeslam no longer banned, 911 appeared to Chokeslam Bill Alfonso. With Alfonso disposed of, and the odds in question, Pitbull #2 reentered the match. With the assistance of Tommy Dreamer and 911, The Pitbulls hit a SuperDuperBomb on Raven & Stevie Richards to win their first ECW World Tag Team Championships. Raven & Stevie Richards would not go quietly, as a rematch between the two embittered teams was announced for October 7th, with both Bill Alfonso and Tod Gordon refereeing the rematch. The match would be no ordinary match, but a Lumberjack match. There would be only two lumberjacks, Big Dick Dudley and 911.
The newest member of Raven’s growing flock, Cactus Jack, continued his battle with Raven’s greatest rival, Tommy Dreamer. Cactus Jack had some bone-chilling promos directed towards Tommy Dreamer. Cactus Jack talked about his
Uncle Willy, an American World War II soldier who had participated in the bombing of Hiroshima. Cactus Jack talked about sacrifice, and how what he was doing to Tommy Dreamer was for Dreamer’s own good. Cactus Jack namedropped the likes of Ray Stevens, Harley Race, and Dynamite Kid. All whom by this point in 1995 were not in the best of shapes. The infamous “Cane Dewey” promo aired on the September 19th edition of ECW Hardcore TV. A promo in which Cactus Jack derided wrestling fans and their bloodlust. The fans that Cactus Jack had spent years earning the admiration of, had called for his three-year-old son to be caned. Cactus Jack talked about the decisions that led him from the pastures of Uncle Eric’s and Ted Turner’s World Championship Wrestling to the financially barren fields of Extreme Championship Wrestling. While Cactus Jack was being presented as a heel, looking back through fresh eyes, you can’t feel but he’s right. Even to this day, a portion of wrestling fans continue to be toxic, and turned toxic, as people like Dave Meltzer use their platform that reaches thousands to question the veracity of Roman Reigns’ leukemia.
While Tommy Dreamer and Cactus Jack battled over the souls of one another, Paul E. Dangerously and Tod Gordon battled over the soul of the very promotion they worked to build against Referee Bill Alfonso. It was on the September 5th edition of Hardcore TV that Bill Alfonso while confronting Paul E. Dangerously in the ring, took credit for getting Extreme Championship Wrestling booted from Florida’s Sunshine Network. Amidst the crowd’s “Tod is God” chants, that Paul
E. Dangerously promised that Alfonso would be Chokeslammed. Alfonso responded with the announcement that in conjunction with The Pennsylvania State Athletic Commission, the Chokeslam would be banned. With his finishing move banned, Alfonso posited that 911 should pack his bags, head down to Atlanta and work for World Championship Wrestling. Alfonso lamented to the crowd that he should be working for The World Wrestling Federation. As Alfonso continued to verbally and physically berate Paul E., Alfonso found an opening when Paul E. turned his back. With Paul E.’s back turned, Referee Bill Alfonso cracked Paul E. Dangerously in the back of the skull with his very own phone. Tod Gordon made the save for his ECW colleague, but Alfonso managed to knock Tod Gordon around. Gordon’s efforts were soon to be followed by 911. As 911 gripped the throat of Bill Alfonso, ECW’s other resident giant, Big Dick Dudley appeared on the scene. The two mammoth men stood eye to eye as the scene closed. Before the two kaiju of ECW could square off, it was revealed on the September 19th edition of ECW Hardcore TV that Big Dick Dudley was in a truck accident, and was out of commission. That same vignette revealed more about The Dudley Family, as it wasn’t just a name, but rather a way of life, and we learned of the origins of Dances With Dudley. Through the course of September, another prominent early Dudley could be seen in the audience of ECW shows, Sign Guy Dudley. Of course, as the previously mentioned Double Dog Collar, Best 2 out of 3 Falls match for the ECW Tag Team Championships match proceeded, Bill Alfonso couldn’t help but insert himself into the match after Tommy Dreamer attempted to even things up for Pitbull #1. As Big Dick Dudley, with one hand, and on one leg Chokeslammed “The Innovator of Violence”, Alfonso reversed his ban on the Chokeslam. This was all the invitation that 911 one needed as he hit the ring and finally popped the cork on the bottle of champagne that The ECW Universe was waiting to open, a 1957 bottle of “Claquer du Étrangler”. With that cork popped, Bill Alfonso was chokeslammed to the resounding applause of The ECW Universe.
Highlights of the ongoing battle of the streets between newcomers, The Gangstas (New Jack & Mustafa Saed) versus The Public Enemy (“Flyboy” Rocco Rock & Johnny Grunge) were shown on the September 5th edition of ECW Hardcore TV and like anything involving New Jack, it’s not for the faint of heart. After last month’s calculated mishap against Hack Meyers, JT Smith was back to try and redeem himself. He was taken under a rival of “The Shah”, “Big” Val Puccio.
While JT battled Hack in the ring on the September 5th edition of Hardcore TV, Val Puccio sat ringside with a box of cannolis. Hack’s mounted offense saw him toss JT Smith outside over the head of his mentor, “Big” Val. JT Smith tried to make amends with his new mentor, putting on overtly stereotypical Italian airs. As JT pleaded forgiveness, the official counted JT Smith out. This brought Val Puccio and his charge into the
ring. JT and Val launched a double-team assault. Despite Hack’s best efforts, he wasn’t able to fend off alone. Hack Meyers got another opportunity to take on JT Smith on the September 26th edition of Hardcore TV. JT Smith made the most of this match and promptly put himself through a table from the top rope. Smith was again counted out, giving another victory to Hack Meyers.
Extreme Championship Wrestling introduced two young stars from the lucha libre scene, Rey Mysterio Jr. and Psicosis to American audiences on the September 26th edition of Hardcore TV. The two were given the time and space to put on a fantastic match, that ended with Rey Mysterio hitting a Frankensteiner from the top rope on his masked luchador opponent. Following Mysterio’s first victory in the land of extreme, the broadcast cut to a breaking story, as a problem in the locker room broke out between rivals of the tag team
scene, The Public Enemy and The Gangstas. As the two teams brawled and were subsequently separated from one another from backstage to the outside of the arena, we got a glimpse of Extreme Championship Wrestling’s other new signee, Steve Austin. The former Hollywood Blonde cut a parody promo of what the typical Hulk Hogan promo was. Steve Austin called out his former employers at World Championship Wrestling to close out ECW’s September of 1995.
With that, we can conclude September of 1995. As always, check out our episodes of The Wrestling Time Machine in parts one and two with CHIKARA Pro Wrestling’s Green Ant for more. Keep an ear out for our next episodes detailing October of 1995 starring myself, Liath, and musician JFX316.