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Monday Warfare: The Battles Within
29 minutes | Jun 1, 2021
Monday Warfare Returns!
The Monday Warfare Podcast Returns! Host Ray Russell explains his time away in the hospital fighting Covid Pneumonia and his rehab at home after. He's joined by co-host Steven Eckstat as they talk about Monday Warfare's return to the airwaves as we prepare for WCW Nitro going to 2 Hours, Scott Hall's debut, and so much more!
142 minutes | Mar 29, 2021
Monday Warfare: The Battles Within – Episode 17 (4/15 & 4/22/96)
The Monday Night War keeps getting hotter!!!In WCW News… Brian Pillman in a near-fatal car accident. Lethal Lottery Returns. Macho Man is insane! THREE Championships on the line when Tag Champs Sting & (TV Champ) Lex Luger battle WCW Champ Ric Flair & The Giant. And say goodbye to Hulk Hogan, at least for 3 months… as the Hulkster changes booking plans at the last minute, brother… What was originally supposed to be an injury angle for Hulk, turns into Hogan going over on the way out… Are you shocked?Then over in the WWF, all things lead to IYH “Good Friends, Better Enemies”. Raw tries to one-up Nitro by going on at 8:57, so WCW goes on at 8:56... HOW PETTY! We get a look at a lot of the new blood in the WWF, the IC Title is vacated and once again occupied after two grueling battles between Goldust and Savio Vega, plus a TAJIRI SIGHTING in 1996!Follow Us on Twitter @MondayWarfareVisit our Podcast Network https://wrestlecopia.comPlease Subscribe to Patreon to help keep us going, 14 Tiers to choose from!!! Our All Access Tier is only $5 for our entire Watch-Along Series as we add shows weekly, including all PPVs from the Monday Night War era. They make great complementary pieces to this Podcast! We most recently added WrestleMania XII and In Your House 7 “Good Friends, Better Enemies” is just around the corner!!! Subscribe today and follow along on the ride.https://www.patreon.com/wrestlecopia TIMESTAMPS below! WCW NEWS (00:01:06) WCW brings back the Lethal Lottery & Battle Bowl The Road Warriors and Miss Elizabeth have contract disputes WCW cuts BAIT with SHARK Steve McMichael in training to WRESTLE Talk of Nitro going to TWO HOURS! Lanny Poffo… the new Gorgeous George? Brian Pillman’s near-fatal car crash that puts him in the ICU WCW Monday Nitro 4/15/96 (00:14:18) Nitro kicks off at 8:56, one whole minute before Raw…. How petty In what will be Hulk Hogan’s final WCW appearance until Bash at the Beach, it’s Handicap Action when Hulk Hogan takes on both Arn Anderson & Kevin Sullivan The Hulkster gets 5 minutes with Jimmy Hart Hulkamania even no-sells the Giant’s Chokeslam on his way out of the company for 3 months. What a company guy. We discuss at length Hulk Hogan’s creative control, booking himself to destroy all of WCW all the way up to his 3-month exit from the company. In what was originally scheduled to be Hogan doing an injury angle on this show somehow turning into Hulk wiping out everyone in sight on his way back to Hollywood. HOT GARBAGE, Orange Goblin! STREET FIGHT: The Nasty Boys vs. Public Enemy “Macho Man” Randy Savage vs. Earl Robert Eaton. Eaton taunts the Macho Man by doing his best Ric Flair impersonation. YES, Bobby Eaton does a Ric Flair impression! Woo! The Macho Man continues to lose his mind over Ric Flair and finds himself in a pair of handcuffs WCW Tag Team Champions Sting & Lex Luger defend against “Nature Boy” Ric Flair & The Giant WWF NEWS (00:47:03) Goldust suffers an MCL injury Billy Gunn on his way back from injury Sable’s relationship with Marc Mero Mr. Perfect working on a comeback to the ring Bam Bam Bigelow gets the shaft Jeff Jarrett returns from injury… but not for the WWF! Brian Christopher’s secret WWF contract WWF Monday Night Raw 4/15/96 (00:52:20) Raw is given its new 8:57 timeslot “Wildman” Marc Mero takes on Leif Cassidy w/Marty Jannetty ringside Diesel calls in from Germany to talk Shawn Michaels & IYH “Stone Cold” Steve Austin battles Bart Gunn Vince McMahon interviews Jim Cornette & Vader. Corny makes veiled shoot comments about Vader’s next opponent Razor Ramon leaving for WCW THE SUNNY VIDEO! YES, PLEASE! Savio Vega initially defeats Goldust for the Intercontinental Title, before Tim White screws it all up. Gorilla Monsoon orders the IC Title be vacated, pending a rematch NEXT WEEK! The era of WHINY Bret Hart begins as he complains about being screwed out of the title at WrestleMania XII, and denounces the idea of ever leaving the WWF for WCW. MORE BRIAN PILLMAN NEWS (01:16:38)Brian Pillman is released from the hospital but suffered many injuries, including a crushed ankle. We discuss Brian’s recovery and eventual move to the WWF. WCW Monday Nitro 4/22/96 (01:20:08) It’s the first Nitro of the Post-Hogan era… albeit brief, I’ll still take it! The Public Enemy battle The American Males Eric Bischoff is back to giving away Raw Results! Bischoff says hello to Brian Pillman! Mean Gene draws Lethal Lottery matches with less than clever results. Eddy Guerrero squares off with Chris Benoit After learning that Randy Savage will be forced to team with Ric Flair at Slamboree, the Macho Man has strong words for WCW VP Rob Garner. “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan looks to knockout Meng In a match where “all titles are on the line” WCW Tag Team Champions Sting & Lex Luger (also the TV Champion) battle WCW Champion Ric Flair & The Giant. Eric Bischoff tries to sell convoluted rules to the match in order to steal the viewing audience away from Raw… But did it work??? Ric Flair has some choice ford for the Giant, before being chased out of the arena WWF Monday Night Raw 4/22/96 (01:50:53) It’s the go-home show to In Your House Goldust meets Savio Vega for the Vacant Intercontinental Championship We talk Stone Cold's interference in the IC Title match and why the same result last week that caused the title to be held up, was an acceptable finish this week? Yup, WWF with a rare miss in continuity. Vader unleashes the MOONSAULT on Fatu Highlights from Germany: Jake the Snake vs. Owen Hart with the British Bulldog interfering The Godwinns take on Tim Patterson and YOSHIHIRO TAJIRI!!!! Yes, THAT Tajiri! The Body Donnas outsmart and humiliate the Godwinns Mankind is back again this week. His victim this time out, Aldo Montoya. Just 6 days before their No Holds Barred contest, it’s a trip down memory lane as we’re treated to a video documenting the storied 3-year relationship between Shawn Michaels & Diesel. Diesel has last-minute choice words for HBK at IYH, and threatens to come after Vince McMahon! And as always, we talk lead-in programming ratings, the weekly “War” ratings, including quarter-hour breakdowns from April 22nd, and if Bischoff’s false promises for his Nitro main event stole any of the WWF audience. Spoiler… IT DID… And you won’t believe how many people flipped the channel! Oh, that Uncle Eric!
101 minutes | Mar 22, 2021
Monday Warfare: The Battles Within – Episode 16 (4/1 & 4/8/96)
It’s the fallout from WrestleMania XII with new WWF Champion HBK making enemies left and right from Diesel to Mr. Perfect to the King! Vader breaks the ankle of Yokozuna and Yoko has to be carted off ON A FORKLIFT! The Wildman Marc Mero arrives in the WWF, and Sable isn’t far behind. Ahmed Johnson meets his match with something STIFFer than him! Goldust confronts the Potty Mouth Ultimate Warrior. Plus, Mankind makes his in-ring debut in memorable fashion when he takes out The Undertaker!Over in WCW, it’s the oddest episode of Nitro to date. The Giant turns face, then turns heel again. The Roadies vs. Steiners vs. Nastys in a Triangle match. The Hulkster & Kevin Sullivan play dueling shoes. Hulk Hogan and the Booty Man continue to be booed out of the building while they dominate the competition, brother. There are two Brian Knobbs? Please, no! Plus, Lex Luger challenges WCW Champion Ric Flair for a cup of coffee.Plus, we’re 7 full months into the Monday Night War and we take a look at the collective Ratings of Raw vs. Nitro, both the 1996 Quarterly report and overall. Who is currently winning the rating war based on the average Rating? It’s closer than you think!Follow Us on Twitter @MondayWarfare Visit our Podcast Network https://wrestlecopia.com Please Subscribe to Patreon to help keep us going, 14 Tiers to choose from!!! Our All Access Tier is only $5 for our entire Watch-Along Series as we add shows weekly, including all PPVs from the Monday Night War era. They make great complementary pieces to this Podcast! We most recently added WrestleMania XII and In Your House 7 “Good Friends, Better Enemies” is just around the corner!!! Subscribe today and follow along on the ride. https://www.patreon.com/wrestlecopia TIMESTAMPS below! WWF WrestleMania XII Quick Results (00:00:58) We run down the quick results for WWF’s WrestleMania XII PPV, featuring the Sixty Minute Ironman Match between WWF Champion Bret “Hitman” Hart vs. Shawn Michaels! Which you can listen to in full as part of our Watch-Along Series over at https://www.patreon.com/wrestlecopia . You can Subscribe to Patreon and our All-Access for only $5! Cancel at any time. New shows are added weekly, including all PPVs from the Monday Night War era. They make great complementary pieces to this Podcast! The Hitman says Goodbye… For Now! (00:03:04) After losing the WWF Championship to Shawn Michaels at WrestleMania, Bret Hart embarks on new ventures outside of the squared circle. WWF Monday Night Raw 4/1/96 (00:09:06) Mankind makes his long-awaited in-ring debut as Bob Holly becomes his first victim Up next in the debut department, “Wildman” Marc Mero debuts against Dr. Isaac Yankem, while the lovely Sable handles HHH’s advances in the crowd. NEW WWF Tag Team Champions The Body Donnas take on arch-nemesis Barry Horowitz and Aldo Montoya Vince McMahon fawns over the NEW WWF Champion Shawn Michaels during an in-ring promo Justin “Hawk” Bradshaw meets his toughest opponent to date when he tangles with The Undertaker! Mankind returns to wreak havoc on the Undertaker in a post-match beatdown on the Deadman that leaves the fans in unbelievable silence. WCW Monday Nitro 4/1/96 (00:33:44) This week Nitro emanates from Cleveland, OH in the weirdest night of booking to date… And that’s saying something. The show kicks off with an angle in progress when the newly turned babyface Giant has apparently turned back heel only 7 days later. After originally being scheduled as a tag team on the program, The Stinger goes up against The Giant in a singles contest that features Jimmy Hart and Lex Luger on opposite sides of the fence Triangle Tag Team Match featuring The Steiner Brothers vs. The Road Warriors vs. The Nasty Boys. With a Special Appearance by The Public Enemy, including Johnny Grunge dressed up as Brian Knobbs. No, Seriously! Hulk Hogan teams with the Booty Man to take on Kevin Sullivan & Arn Anderson. Which Shoe will strike first, Woman’s or Kimberly’s? The Hulkster and the Booty-ster challenge Arn & Sullivan to a rematch but they don’t know the stipulations just yet WCW Champion Ric Flair defends against Lex Luger, and we find out how the Total Package takes his coffee… Plus, Bobby Heenan announces his retirement from professional wrestling…. APRIL FOOLS! Ratings Breakdown (00:56:24) We talk TV Rankings and First Quarter Ratings for 1996 and Average Ratings for both Nitro and Raw throughout the first 7 months of the Monday Night War. Who is currently winning the war? Listen and find out for yourself! WWF Monday Night Raw 4/8/96 (01:01:17) Mr. Perfect joins Vince McMahon on commentary this week! Vader vs. Yokozuna finally goes down on FREE TV, that is until the Mastodon crushes the ankle of the 650 pounder. We discuss the Yoko injury angle, the real reason behind it, the great sell job, and the visual of Yoko being carted off on a FORKLIFT! Vince McMahon interviews the ULLLLTIMATE Warrior. Goldust interrupts as the Warrior spouts off some no-no words right on the air. Hunter Hearst Helmsley meets his old foe Duke “The Dumpster” Droese one more time in another solid contest between the two Ahmed Johnson faces The British Bulldog in an Arm-Wrestling contest. Ahmed wins the battle, but a Wooden Table may win the war Diesel joins commentary for the WWF Title main event WWF Champion Shawn Michaels has his first title defense against the crafty Jerry “The King” Lawler. We discuss how less can be more, and how psychology wins out over spotfests. With a little help from Mr. Perfect, Diesel takes out the Heartbreak Kid to close the show Plus, Raw shatters its former Ratings record high. Find out what they drew when going unopposed against WCW Nitro.
162 minutes | Mar 14, 2021
Monday Warfare: The Battles Within – Episode 15 (3/18 & 3/25/96)
It's LOADS of EXCELLENT Discussion this week when we look at the TV surrounding the WCW Uncensored ’96 PPV including the political power of Hulkamania, DUDE. ZEUS Returns to Wrestling (for a week), more Lex Luger comedy antics, Dream Match alert when The Macho Man meets Finlay, and the Giant turns baby face (again, for a week). Over in the WWF it’s the hard sell to WrestleMania XII. Diesel turns on HBK. The Warrior is Back! Shawn & Bret train for their Ironman showdown and have final tune-up matches on Raw. Roddy agrees to enter Goldust’s Backlot. Jim Cornette needs to read the fine print. The final Billionaire Ted sketch. And Diesel sees his own corpse, courtesy of the Undertaker!Follow Us on Twitter @MondayWarfare Visit our Podcast Network https://wrestlecopia.com Please Subscribe to Patreon to help keep us going, 14 Tiers to choose from!!! Our All Access Tier is only $5 for our entire Watch-Along Series as we add shows weekly, including all PPVs from the Monday Night War era. They make great complementary pieces to this Podcast! We most recently added WCW Uncensored '96 and WrestleMania XII is just around the corner!!! Subscribe today and follow along on the ride. https://www.patreon.com/wrestlecopia TIMESTAMPS below! WCW NEWS (00:02:25)Brian Pillman undergoes throat surgery, while Kimberly Page dons some lingerie! WCW Monday Nitro 3/18/96 (00:06:06) Lex Luger walks through the set of a Monster Movie and doesn’t bat an eye The Total Package celebrates a “win” over Loch Ness in comical fashion The Mega Powers talk Doomsday as the Hulkster’s political power changes the entire Uncensored Main Event just 6 days before the PPV The Steiner Brothers battle Public Enemy Can Arn Anderson continue his Nitro undefeated streak against Big Brother Booty Man, Dude? Here’s a hint… NOTHING is stronger than the (political) power of Hulkamania, Brother! The Road Warriors face the Nasty Boys Hulk Hogan & The Macho Man square off with Ric Flair & Kevin Sullivan in a Texas Tornado Match, featuring the return of Brian Pillman! The Alliance to End Hulkamania continues to grow with help from some “supplements” as the Mega Powers run into the Ultimate Solution and a familiar face from their past in the WWF’s ZEUS! The Political Power of Hulkamania… BROTHER! (00:35:21)With only 10 days before WCW Uncensored, Hulk Hogan uses his creative control to change the entire layout of the main event! Plus, the Hulkster looks to force Brian Pillman into the Doomsday Cage Match to steal his heat…. BROTHER! WWF NEWS (00:43:40) Madison Square Garden is a sell-out! Mankind makes a stop in Memphis. And Bret Hart is Hollywood bound??? WWF Monday Night Raw 3/18/96 (00:47:22) The build to Mania is strong in this one! Highlights from MSG as Diesel turns on good friend Shawn Michaels The British Bulldog takes on Jake “The Snake” Roberts Shawn Michaels and Bret Hart training videos for their Ironman Match at WrestleMania The ULLLLTIMATE WARRIOR is returning! Fatu tries to “Make a Difference” when he takes on Goldust Roddy Piper agrees to enter Goldust’s “Backlot” at Mania Vince McMahon speaks with Camp Cornette about their 6-Man Tag at WrestleMania. See what happens when Corny doesn’t read the fine print on the contract and finds out should his team lose, Cornette has to spend 5 minutes in the ring with YOKOZUNA! BANZAI! Even more hype for the Ironman Match for the WWF Championship as reality creeps in for both Champion and Challengers future beyond the PPV. Diesel faces Barry Horowitz as the Undertaker continues to play mind games Hear what happens when Diesel opens a casket, expecting the Undertaker, but seeing his mirror image laying dead inside! Like I said… Mind games! WWF Champion Bret Hart meets Tatanka in the main event as the 1-2-3 Kid lurks around ringside Billionaire Ted at the FTC hearings… It’s the FINAL Billionaire Ted sketch prior to WrestleMania, as the USA Network puts the KIBOSH on the sketches moving forward, feeling Vince has turned the segments into a personal attack rather than satire. WCW Uncensored ’96 Quick Results (01:19:05)We run down the quick results for the WCW Uncensored ’96 PPV, featuring The Doomsday Cage Match! Which you can listen to in full as part of our Watch-Along Series over at https://www.patreon.com/wrestlecopia . You can Subscribe to Patreon and our All-Access for only $5! Cancel at any time. New shows are added weekly, including all PPVs from the Monday Night War era. They make great complementary pieces to this Podcast! WCW Monday Nitro 3/25/96 (01:23:56) We kick off a great week of wrestling TV from both companies here with WCW’s fallout from Uncensored The Macho Man meets the Belfast Bruiser, Fit Finlay! Creepy Mean Gene goes hunting for scoops for his 900-Line. Featuring Johnny B(lank) Badd Years before Bray Wyatt, The Nature Boy Ric Flair has the Whole World in His Hands, while Pervy Gene Okerlund checks out Woman’s cleavage U.S. Champion Konnan battles (Don’t call me Mister) J.L. The Battle of the Booties! As The Booty Man meets Disco Inferno on the Shake Your Booty Tour! Eric Bischoff doxes Tony Schiavone The American Males challenge WCW Tag Champions Sting & Lex Luger WCW Champion Ric Flair defends against The Giant! Nitro ends with a great angle with the Giant’s short-lived babyface turn (and I DO mean SHORT)! WWF Monday Night Raw 3/25/96 (01:59:07) It’s the Go-Home Show to WrestleMania XII Shawn Michaels has a tune-up match against Leif Cassidy of the NEW Rockers while WWF Champion joins commentary! Hear what happens when Shawn’s former partner Marty Jannetty and the Hitman get involved! Bret Hart talks his friendship with Shawn Michaels being put on the backburner as being the Champion comes first! The Ultimate Warrior made his last return 4 years ago, and now HE’S BACK! Hunter Hearst Helmsley takes on Aldo Montoya as he heads to Mania for his match with the Warrior “EDITED FOR TV”: Goldust is on set at his Backlot in preparation for his match with the Hot Rod The Final Mankind Vignette, he arrives next week! Have a Nice Day. The Undertaker is no longer content with just beating Diesel… RIP! Dok Hendrix performs BADTREET, USA! Both Bret Hart and Shawn Michaels train in final preparation for their Ironman Match. We discuss and contrast the different approaches of each video and Bret’s thoughts looking back on it. Ahmed Johnson meets Owen Hart, but Camp Cornette isn’t too far behind. Will Ahmed’s friends show up to even the odds? “You Start the Fire”… A tribute video to Bret Hart as the WWF Champion. It’s almost as if they’re kissing him goodbye… This week’s episodes were a tremendous piece of business for both companies in different ways. While Nitro focused more on the wrestling aspect of the show, Vince McMahon and the WWF put everything they had into hard-selling the upcoming WrestleMania card in a great piece of TV.
114 minutes | Mar 2, 2021
Monday Warfare: The Battles Within – Episode 14 (3/4 & 3/11/96)
WCW takes a week off, only to return with a solid show, but a not-so-solid main event. It's a 6-Man Tornado Tag Double Strap Lumberjack Match... Yes, that's a thing here in WCW! It may be the most overbooked shlock of a match in company history up to this point! And that covers a lot of ground. Plus, Brian Pillman has a 900 number, the Giant turns on one of his own, Lex Luger is the NEW TV Champion as Johnny B. Badd is gone from WCW, and THE STEINER BROTHERS RETURN TO TAKE ON THE ROAD WARRIORS!!!And over in the WWF, can Vince McMahon capitalize when Nitro takes a week off? Both Razor Ramon and Diesel are leaving the company. House shows and Ratings are up, though injuries plague the company. Two memorable features involving Goldust and Roddy Piper! Bret and Shawn train for WrestleMania. The Ultimate Warrior is back! HBK vs. 1-2-3 Kid. Bret vs. HHH. Softball Sid Vicious. Diesel revs up his feud with the Undertaker. Yokozuna finds allies in the battle against Camp Cornette. Plus, the Ringmaster becomes STONE COLD STEVE AUSTIN, and Ted Turner said whaaaaat?Follow Us on Twitter @MondayWarfareVisit our Podcast Network https://wrestlecopia.comPlease Subscribe to Patreon to help keep us going, 14 Tiers to choose from!!! Our All Access Tier is only $5 for our entire Watch-Along Series as we add shows weekly, including all PPVs from the Monday Night War era. They make great complimentary pieces to this Podcast! We most recently added WCW Uncensored '96 and WrestleMania XII is just around the corner!!! Subscribe today and follow along on the ride.https://www.patreon.com/wrestlecopiaTIMESTAMPS below!WWF NEWS (00:03:20) Razor Ramon QUITS the WWF, as Scott Hall is WCW bound. We discuss Vince McMahon's response to Hall "coincidentally" being suspended for a failed drug test on the very same day. No Celebrities at Mania this year! Sid Vicious "retires" to play some Softball Sunny Likes it RAW... in more ways than one! House Show business is up for the first time in YEARS! Injuries and other issues cause many no-shows on the House Shows. We talk WWF refund policies WWF Monday Night Raw 3/4/96 (00:14:53) Shawn Michaels takes on the 1-2-3 Kid Goldust invades PIper's Pit and Blows the bagpipes! You've got to hear this!!! We discuss in length the uniqueness of the Goldust character and everything Dustin Rhodes did to create something new in a business that was typically used to stealing from the past. The ULLLLLTIMATE WARRIOR is back! Roddy Piper responds to Goldust Justin "Hawk" Bradshaw makes his Raw Debut against Hakushi, who incidentally makes his FINAL Raw appearance. Mankind vignette #5! WWF Champion Bret Hart battles Hunter Hearst Helmsley, with HBK at ringside! And it's TeeVee Trivia with Billionaire Ted. Listen to some of Ted Turner's most ludicrous remarks in this "satire" of a Game Show. Plus, how did Raw hold up in the Ratings after going unopposed from Nitro for the first time since the War started? How did Nitro's replacement fair in the Monday Night Ratings?WCW NEWS (00:52:24) Johnny B. Badd is GONE from WCW The Nasty Boys may be on their way out as well. WCW Monday Nitro 3/11/96 (00:54:44) The Giant has a fairly entertaining match with "Hacksaw" Jim Duggan, of all people... No fooling! Brian Pillman invades Nitro... Call 1-900-288-PILL The Steiner Brothers RETURN to WCW to take on the Road Warriors!!!! In a match that absolutely lives up to the hype! Mean Gene tries to make sense of a Steiner Brothers promo. Good luck, Gene! WCW has a new 900 Hotline commercial, featuring Johnny B. Badd... Who is now gone from the company... How will WCW handle this moving forward? Jimmy Hart yanks Lex Luger from the Chicago Street Fight at Uncensored! The newly crowned TV Champion Lex Luger battles Alex Wright, and Eric Bischoff has a field day trashing Johnny B. Badd In the most overbooked segment in Nitro history (up to this point anyway).... It's 6-Man action with Hulk Hogan, Macho Man, and the Booty Man battling Ric Flair, Arn Anderson, and Kevin Sullivan in a Lumberjack Double Strap Match... Not only do the Lumberjacks have straps, but so do the wrestlers in this Tornado style tag match of complete shlock... Plus, dissension in the Dungeon of Doom when the Giant and Loch Ness go at it... And for some reason, this is a perfect setting for Kimberly to court the Booty Man, complete with flowers. Post-match promo with Flair, Anderson, and Sullivan as they hype the Doomsday Cage Match at Uncensored. Arn Anderson with the shoot comment of the night "Nothing here tonight even vaguely resembled wrestling"... You ain't kidding, Arn! WWF NEWS (01:21:24) A young fella by the name of Dwayne Johnson gets a WWF tryout match! The Ringmaster becomes "Stone Cold" Steve Austin! Hakushi is gone, and good for him! WWF Monday Night Raw 3/11/96 (01:22:33) Savio Vega takes on "Stone Cold" Steve Austin in what begins their feud to WrestleMania XII The WWF backs weightlifter Mark Henry for the 1996 Olympics. Henry teaches Jerry Lawler a lesson in respect Vince McMahon interviews both Goldust AND Roddy Piper, in the same ring... at the same time! How much of the Bizarre One can the Hot Rod take when Goldy invites Piper to COME into his "BACKLOT". Oh my! The Godwinns in a squash match as Phineas has another "spell" Shawn Michaels returns home to San Antonio to train with mentor Jose Lothario for the WrestleMania main event Bret Hart returns home to Calgary to train for WrestleMania as well. Listen as we discuss the contrast in the two vignettes of Champion and Challenger, and so much more! Who will wrestle the Ultimate Warrior at WrestleMania? Hunter Hearst Helmsley gets his heat back from last week's loss with an easy win It's the Geriatric Match Report with Schene Gene. Will there be nightfall tonight? CALL THE HOTLINE!!! For the first time ever, The Undertaker TEAMS with Yokozuna to take on Owen Hart & The British Bulldog Diesel attacks Paul Bearer, and The Undertaker seeks revenge Vader once again attacks Yokozuna, but Ahmed Johnson and Jake Roberts even the odds against Camp Cornette Plus, how does Nitro fair in the ratings after being off a week? Did the WWF sustain their winning rating after WCW took a break, or are fans clamoring for more WCW?
121 minutes | Feb 23, 2021
Monday Warfare: The Battles Within – Episode 13 (2/19 & 2/26/96)
We close out the month of February in WCW with more crazy Brian Pillman stories, Hulk's revenge on Arn Anderson, the Booty Man arrives, Lex Luger is COMEDY GOLD, and there's even a Loch Ness sighting!Then over in the WWF it's the fallout from IYH 6 on the Road to Wrestlemania, when Diesel and the Undertaker play mind games with each other, Yoko has his hands full with Camp Cornette, Roddy Piper announces the Mania 12 Main Event stipulations, Sunny gets skimpy, the Ringmaster gets "Stone Cold", Larry Fling Live makes its debut, the Ultimate Warrior returning?, and Goldust cuts a promo that unbelievably makes the air in ANY era as he wants to play Roddy's "Bagpipes"... And that's one of the LESS offensive things he says! WOW! Audio included! You've gotta listen!Follow Us on Twitter @MondayWarfareVisit our Podcast Network https://wrestlecopia.comPlease Subscribe to Patreon to help keep us going, 14 Tiers to choose from!!! Our All Access Tier is only $5 for our entire Watch-Along Series as we add shows weekly, including all PPVs from the Monday Night War era. They make great complimentary pieces to this Podcast! Subscribe today and follow along on the ride.https://www.patreon.com/wrestlecopiaTIMESTAMPS below!WCW NEWS (00:00:48) Crazy Brian Pillman gets himself "fired" from WCW and shows up at the ECW Arena! Chris Cruise blasts Gordon Solie "Mean" Mike Enos looks for a job WCW Monday Nitro 2/19/96 (00:13:09) Hulk Hogan vs. Arn Anderson, the REMATCH! Hulk looks for revenge after being PINNED by Arn last week on Nitro. Alex Wright comes face to face with the Loch Ness Monster Can Brad Armstrong break the family curse when he takes on The Belfast Bruiser (Fit Finlay)? WCW Champion Ric Flair faces former Champion Randy "Macho Man" Savage in Macho's return title bout. PLUS, it's the epic debut of the Booty, Booty, Booty, Booty, BOOTY MAN... BROTHER! WWF In Your House VI Quick Results (00:34:07)We run down the quick results for WWF's In Your House VI "Rage in the Cage" PPV, featuring WWF Champion Bret Hart vs. Diesel in a Steel Cage! Which you can listen to in full as part of our Watch-Along Series over at https://www.patreon.com/wrestlecopia . You can Subscribe to Patreon and our All-Access for only $5! Cancel at any time. New shows are added weekly, including all PPVs from the Monday Night War era. They make great complimentary pieces to this Podcast!WWF Monday Night Raw 2/19/96 (00:36:18) Sunny on the Beach is a great way to start off any show Jeff Jarrett becomes the next casualty of the Ahmed effect! IC Champion Goldust battles Razor Ramon, as the feud continues. The Bad Guy says he wants Goldy's ass... Be careful what you wish for, Razor! Vader makes his mark on Barry Horowitz and poor Aldo Montoya It's President's Day, and Sunny has a message for us all The Ringmaster sports a new look, Shaved head and black trunks, as he battles Marty Jannetty. This is Marty's last hurrah as a singles wrestler before becoming the comedy goof with Leif Cassidy. This also marks the first time Vince McMahon refers to Steve Austin as being "Stone Cold". On the 8th Day, God created Mankind... Maybe he should have rested that day too! The Undertaker faces Tatanka Diesel chops down the Undertaker's resting place to play some mind games with the phenom Billionaire Ted on Larry Fling Live! Plus, THE ULLLLLTIMATE WARRIOR??? Plus, the Ratings continue to soar for both companies!WCW Monday Nitro 2/26/96 (00:59:25) Sting faces Big Bubba as an angry granny in the front row tussles with the local police Lex Luger = Comedy Gold this week when he accepts the Road Warriors "Chicago Street Fight" challenge, then asks what the match is. Lex Luger battles the returning Renegade in a solid TV match More Lex Luger comedy ensues as he celebrates his win, only to scold manager Jimmy Hart for cheating when buddy Sting arrives. Lex goes so far as to offer Renegade the win in order to pacify the Stinger. GREAT STUFF from Lex this week! The Road Warriors take on Harlem Heat It's 1989 all over again when 3/4 of the SummerSlam '89 Main Event team up.. It's Hulk Hogan, Macho Man, and the Booty, Booty, BOOTY MAN... Brother, team up in 6-man action to take on Ric Flair, Arn Anderson, and Kevin Sullivan in the main event of the show. The Cruiserweights are sorely missed. WWF NEWS (01:23:25) WWF begins a Tag Team Title Tournament. Razor Ramon and Savio Vega advance to the semi-finals but finds himself suspended by the WWF Roddy Piper and Razor Ramon have a confrontation to set up a Miami Streetfight between the Bad Guy & Goldust at WrestleMania, but this never makes air because again, Razor is suspended. This promo wouldn't make air for over 20 years before finally being added to the Hidden Gems section of the WWE Network! WWF Monday Night Raw 2/26/96 (01:25:07) God Bless America! Sunny rocks a Stars & Stripes bikini that commands everyone to stand at attention! It's the DDT vs. the DDS, when Jake "The Snake" Roberts meets Dr. Isaac Yankem The fans continue to ask for the return of the Ultimate Warrior! Bob Holly tries his hand at Diesel The Undertaker takes his turn at playing mind games with Big Daddy Cool Ahmed Johnson battles the evil ninja, Shinobi Goldust calls in and recites a poem about Roddy Piper that shockingly didn't get Raw thrown off the air in ANY era! Audio included! Mankind introduces his pet rat, George! Shawn Michaels and Bret Hart gave a face to face, while WWF President Roddy Piper announces their fate at WrestleMania 12. Yokozuna meets the British Bulldog & Owen Hart in a handicap match, but Vader isn't too far behind. Who will aid Yoko in his crusade against Camp Cornette? This week, the Huckster and the Nacho Man join Larry Fling Live. The Huckster gets steel chair happy before Larry Fling puts him in his place with a women's high heel shoe! Size seven, no doubt! Plus, Ratings reach an all-time high for both programs, when they combine for a 6.3 Rating, over 4 million homes! Not to mention that 9% of Americans who had access to these channels were watching RASSLIN!!! One in ten homes who had cable... CRAZY!
117 minutes | Feb 10, 2021
Monday Warfare: The Battles Within – Episode 12 (2/5 & 2/12/96)
Tons of WWF and WCW news and notes this week, talking Brian Pillman's wild ride, Rad Radford's health scare, Vince McMahon's desperate moves, Sherri Martel's termination, and multiple injuries. Then, over in WCW... Paul Orndorf exacts revenge on the Horsemen, Macho Man has a bad week with the ladies, Scott Riggs tries to give the Loch Ness Monster "The Clap!", Sting & Luger vs. the Roadies, Macho Man vs. Benoit, Devon Storm debuts against Konnan, and Arn Anderson PINS Hulk Hogan!On the WWF side of things, it's a double main event on the go-home show to IYH 6! First Shawn Michaels & Diesel face Yokozuna & The Bulldog, then Bret Hart defends the WWF Title in a Rumble rematch against the Undertaker. Plus, Gorilla Monsoon talks the Vader attack and Yokozuna makes his FACE TURN!Follow Us on Twitter @MondayWarfareVisit our Podcast Network https://wrestlecopia.comPlease Subscribe to Patreon to help keep us going, 14 Tiers to choose from!!! AND BIG NEWS!!! Our All Access Tier is now only $5 for our entire Watch-Along Series as we add shows weekly, including all PPVs from the Monday Night War era. They make great complementary pieces to this Podcast! Subscribe today and follow along on the ride.https://www.patreon.com/wrestlecopia TIMESTAMPS below! WCW NEWS (00:01:08) Sherri Martel is fired from the WCW! Scheme Gene Okerlund continues his Hotline shenanigans WCW Monday Nitro 2/5/96 (00:05:30) It's the Go-Home show before SuperBrawl VI WCW Champion Randy Savage defends against Chris Benoit of the Horsemen Woman turns heel and joins the Horsemen in attacking The Macho Man The Giant with a last-minute attack sends the Hulkster to the hospital! Randy Savage points the finger at Liz Arn Anderson & Brian Pillman take on Kevin Sullivan & Hugh Morrus "Mr. Wonderful" Paul Orndorff returns to exact revenge on Arn Anderson Ric Flair battles Marcus Bagwell Tag Champions Sting & Lex Luger vs. The Road Warriors! WWF News (00:34:13) Vader undergoes shoulder surgery Billy Gunn suffers a neck injury, Tag Titles vacated Rad Radford has a health scare when he's found lying in the rain after a seizure. Spicolli is taken to the hospital in critical condition. WWF Monday Night Raw 2/5/96 (00:37:07) It's the Go-Home show to In Your House VI Shawn Michaels & Diesel face Yokozuna & The British Bulldog Yokozuna defects from Camp Cornette and turns babyface! 1-2-3 Kid goes one-on-one with Hakushi Mankind on his way to the WWF... Have a nice day! Gorilla Monsoon discusses his injuries and actions in the fallout of his run-in with Vader Billionaire Ted has words for his father WWF Champion Bret Hart defends against The Undertaker WCW SuperBrawl VI Quick Results (01:09:36)We run down the quick results for SuperBrawl VI, featuring a Double Main Event - 2 Cage Matches! Which you can listen to in full as part of our Watch-Along Series over at https://www.patreon.com/wrestlecopia . You can Subscribe to Patreon and our All-Access for only $5! Cancel at any time. New shows are added weekly, including all PPVs from the Monday Night War era. They make great complementary pieces to this Podcast! Subscribe today and follow along on the ride.More WCW News (01:13:11) All the latest on Brian Pillman, what's a work, what's a shoot... Where does the man end and the Loose Cannon begin? Desperate times call for desperate measures. Vince McMahon goes to a variety of tactics in his war against Turner and the WCW. WCW Monday Nitro 2/12/96 (01:28:56) It's the fallout from SuperBrawl as WCW has the week all to themselves when WWF Raw has "gone to the dogs" Randy Savage meets Hugh Morrus Scotty Riggs tries to give the Loch Ness Monster "The Clap"! Mean Gene talks with 13-time WCW Champion Ric Flair and the newly turned heel Miss Elizabeth following the PPV U.S. Champion Konnan takes on "Dangerous" Devon Storm in Storm's WCW debut Arn Anderson PINS Hulk Hogan!!! This is NOT a typo! It's "HELTER SKELTER" when both the Horsemen and the Mega Powers invade the Nitro announcer's area to close the show. Plus, we talk ratings, WCW's erratic and hotshot booking while the WWF stays on course... for now...
154 minutes | Feb 4, 2021
Monday Warfare: The Battles Within – Episode 11 (1/22 & 1/29/96)
As we close out January 1996 it’s the fallout from the Royal Rumble and Clash 32. Randy Savage regains the WCW World Title, Sting & Luger win gold, the Road Warriors return to action after a 3 and a half year hiatus, Madusa takes out Sherri, and has hell frozen over???, because Ric Flair PINS Hulk Hogan!!! Then to the WWF where Vader makes an auspicious debut and is indefinitely suspended 24 hours later when he takes out WWF President Gorilla Monsoon! Champion vs. Champion – Bret Hart battles Goldust, Shawn Michaels meets Yoko, Diesel battles Bulldog, there’s trouble in Camp Cornette, there are TWO Godwinns now?!?!, and Roddy Piper arrives as the NEW interim President of the WWF. Follow Us on Twitter @MondayWarfare Visit our Podcast Network https://wrestlecopia.com Please Subscribe to Patreon to help keep us going, 14 Tiers to choose from!!! AND BIG NEWS!!! Our All Access Tier is now only $5 for our entire Watch-Along Series as we add shows weekly, including all PPVs from the Monday Night War era. They make great complementary pieces to this Podcast! Subscribe today and follow along on the ride.https://www.patreon.com/wrestlecopia TIMESTAMPS below! WCW News (00:02:13) Iron Sheik comes to Center Stage looking for a job. Listen to Ray reenact his version of how that conversation went! Politics are played when Eric Bischoff has Johnny B. Badd jobs to the Giant in a mere 8 seconds WCW Monday Nitro 1/22/96 (00:05:45) Live from Las Vegas, featuring TWO World Title changes!!! Konnan Arrives in WCW! The Macho Man regains the WCW World Title from Champion Ric Flair. The vulture Hulk Hogan quickly swoops in, taking credit for Macho’s win and demanding a title shot… Brother! Brian Pillman takes on Dean Malenko. Sting & Lex Luger win the WCW Tag Titles from Harlem Heat under suspicious circumstances. How will the Stinger react? U.S. Champion One Man Gang battles Hulk Hogan This show was more stacked than the Clash! WWF Royal Rumble ’96 Quick Results (00:46:25) We run down the quick results for the Rumble ‘96 PPV, which you can listen to in full as part of Episode #20 of the Wrestling Memory Grenade Podcast!WWF Monday Night Raw 1/22/96 (00:49:50) We’re on the Road to WrestleManiaaaaaaa! Vader destroys Savio Vega in his Raw debut and goes on to attack officials, before being suspended indefinitely by WWF President Gorilla Monsoon. Includes Gorilla Monsoon being attacked and doing a stretcher job for Vader in an unforgettable segment from Raw history. Razor Ramon takes on HHH in a battle of the Kliq, with the 1-2-3 Kid treating The Bad Guy like a baby For “comedic purposes only”, it’s the final Billionaire Ted’s Rasslin’ War Room sketch Doc Hendrix revives the Raw Band.. Just, why? Jim Cornette convinces Shawn Michaels to put up his main event spot at WrestleMania in order to get a match with Owen Hart. In the main event, WWF Champion Bret Hart faces newly crowned IC Champ Goldust, w/Marlena. WCW Clash of the Champions 32 Quick Results (01:22:14)We run down the quick results for January ’96 Clash 32 event, featuring the return of Miss Elizabeth, which you can listen to in full as part of our Watch-Along Series over at https://www.patreon.com/wrestlecopia . You can Subscribe to Patreon and our All-Access for only $5! Cancel at any time. New shows are added weekly, including all PPVs from the Monday Night War era. They make great complementary pieces to this Podcast! Subscribe today and follow along on the ride.WCW Monday Nitro 1/29/96 (01:27:27) A new U.S. Champion in crowned… in a dark match Ric Flair does the unthinkable and FINALLY PINS HULK HOGAN, as the high heel saga begins!!! The Road Warriors make their return to the ring after a 3 and a half year hiatus to take on the new team of Meng & the Barbarian, the Faces of Fear. There are issues between the Dungeon and the Horsemen when Kevin Sullivan lashes Brian Pillman Madusa battles Sister Sherri in Sherri’s final night with the company WCW Champion Randy Savage defends his title against the Giant… sorta. We finally learn the Double Main Event for SuperBrawl VI! WWF Monday Night Raw 1/29/96 (02:01:49) Diesel battles The British Bulldog The February ’96 In Your House PPV heats up with several top matches announced! Billionaire Ted returns with a Press Conference heading into WrestleMania XII Phineas Godwinn debuts as the Godwinns take on the BodyDonnas Get Well Gorilla… Or just another WWF Catalog scam??? Vince McMahon goes on an airplane ride of sorts after introducing NEW interim President “Rowdy” Roddy Piper! We get our very first MANKIND Vignette… Have a nice day! Shawn Michaels faces Yokozuna in the main event And there's all sorts of dissension within Camp Cornette to close the show!
130 minutes | Jan 19, 2021
Monday Warfare: The Battles Within – Episode 10 (1/8 & 1/15/96)
It's 1996 and the Monday Night War is in full gear. Over in WCW World, Brian Pillman continues on the Crazy Train, the Mega Powers meet the Horsemen, Public Enemy make their Debut, and the Hulkster finally meets someone he'll sell for!Then in WWF-land, it's the debut of the Ringmaster (STEVE AUSTIN!), we learn the future of HBK, Scheme Gene has a scoop, Undertaker vs. Kane... Sorta, Sunny does it for an hour, PLUS not one, but TWO epic shoot style brawls between Goldust & Razor Ramon as the fight starts in the arena and winds up in the snow outside! A WILD ENDING TO AN UNFORGETTABLE SEGMENT!Follow Us on Twitter @MondayWarfareVisit our Podcast Network https://wrestlecopia.com Please Subscribe to Patreon to help keep us going, 14 Tiers to choose from!!! AND BIG NEWS!!! Our All Access Tier is now only $5 for our entire Watch-Along Series as we add shows weekly, including all PPVs from the Monday Night War era. They make great complementary pieces to this Podcast! Subscribe today and follow along on the ride.https://www.patreon.com/wrestlecopia TIMESTAMPS below!WCW Monday Nitro 1/8/96 (00:01:22) Chris Benoit takes on Alex Wright Brian Pillman continues on the Crazy Train Eddy Guerrero battles Lord Steven Regal Sting wants answers from best friend Lex Luger Sting vs. Diamond Dallas Page In the main event, Hulk Hogan teams with the Macho Man to take on Horsemen members Arn Anderson & Ric Flair! Watch as the Hulkster no sells every move for the ENTIRE MATCH! No fooling! WWF Monday Night Raw 1/8/96 (00:33:45) Jeff Jarrett meets the Modern Day Kamikaze, Hakushi Scheme Gene has a scoop for us all Ahmed Johnson continues to obliterate his opponents Ted DiBiase introduces the NEW Million Dollar Champion, THE RINGMASTER (Steve Austin) on the Brother Love Show.... maaaan Goldust vs. Aldo Montoya HBK Press Conference... Will he retire or return to the ring??? WWF Champion Bret Hart battles the British Bulldog Another home run skit with Billionaire Ted's Rasslin' War Room #2 as the team try and come up with a new slogan for WCW WCW Monday Nitro 1/15/96 (01:07:08) The show kicks off with "Macho Man" Randy Savage taking on nemesis "The Total Package" Lex Luger. The Horsemen and the Dungeon of Doom have a showdown of sorts as Arn Anderson slaps one of his own... Public Enemy make their WCW DEBUT taking on The American Males... Tables are gonna break. The Sting/Lex Luger friendship saga continues WCW Champion Ric Flair defends against Sting The Hulkster, being the Hulkster, craps on his own friends to make himself look better... What else is new? Hulk Hogan finally meets his match in a bout with MENG! For the first time in weeks, the Hulkster sells for someone... Call it respect.. Call it fear... but Meng... is the man, BROTHER! WWF Monday Night Raw 1/15/96 (01:34:42) It's the Go-Home Show to the Royal Rumble and VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED. Razor Ramon is on his way to the arena to confront Goldust! Marty Jannetty faces Owen Hart Sunny gets RAW while playing pool Razor is still making his way to the arena to confront Goldust The Ringmaster (Steve Austin) makes his in-ring debut against Matt Hardy Another well-done video piece in the Shawn Michaels saga as HBK returns at the Royal Rumble! Razor Ramon is almost to the arena where he will confront Goldust WWF Tag Team Champions The Smoking Gunns vs. The Spiders (the future Headbangers) It's Billionaire Ted sketch #3 as Ted wants to buy the WWF Goldust poses the question to Vince McMahon "Is that an extra microphone in your pants, or are you just happy to see me". LOL at Vince's facial reactions throughout this promo! Wwwweeelll, Handsome Dok Hendrix alerts us that Razor Ramon has FINALLY pulled in to confront Goldust The Undertaker battles his future brother, Dr. Isaac Yankem Sunny announces that we did it for an hour straight, and now she needs to wash off in a bubble bath. Oh, Sunny. FINALLY, it's a hallway showdown between Razor Ramon and Goldust and it doesn't let us down! We get not one, but TWO epic shoot style brawls between the two as the fight starts in the arena and winds up in the snow outside! A WILD ENDING TO AN UNFORGETTABLE SEGMENT!
106 minutes | Jan 12, 2021
Monday Warfare: The Battles Within - Episode 09 (12/25/95 & 1/1/96)
Tiz the 1995 holiday season as we close out 1995 with the Christmas edition of WCW Monday Nitro before moving into 1996 and the New Year’s Day edition of Nitro and the WWF’s RAW BOWL Episode! Things are really starting to heat up here in the Monday Night War!In WCW it's the final build AND the fallout from Starrcade '95. Hulk Hogan gets suspended 1 week, and a World title shot the next. Solid matches with Macho vs. Arn, Malenko vs. Jerry Lynn, Regal vs. Benoit, and a POWERS OF PAIN sighting in 1996!?! Craig Pittman continues his manager search. Plus, we discuss Hulk Hogan getting completely out of control with his Creative Control, BROTHER.The WWF takes Christmas off, but returns New Year's Day with THE RAW BOWL! Relive the epic 4-Corner Tag Team Elimination Raw Bowl match, Diesel dethrones King Mabel, VADER is coming, and it's the Debut of Billionaire Ted's Rasslin' War Room! Follow Us on Twitter @MondayWarfare Visit our Podcast Network https://wrestlecopia.com Please Subscribe to Patreon to help keep us going, 14 Tiers to choose from!!! AND BIG NEWS!!! Our All Access Tier is now only $5 for our entire Watch-Along Series as we add shows weekly, including all PPVs from the Monday Night War era. They make great complementary pieces to this Podcast! Subscribe today and follow along on the ride.https://www.patreon.com/wrestlecopia TIMESTAMPS below!WCW Monday Nitro 12/25/95 (00:01:09) It’s the Go-Home edition for Starrcade! Hulk Hogan is SUSPENDED, Brother… For the rest of 1995… Soooo, 7 Days… Seriously? This show is all about the build-up to the Triangle Match and WCW World Title Match for the Starrcade PPV as we see or hear from everyone involved. Sting, Luger, Flair, and the Macho Man WCW Champion Randy Savage defends against Ric Flair…. 2 days before Ric Flair wrestles in a #1 contender match… Because WCW Dean Malenko has a solid TV match with Mr. JL (Jerry Lynn) Lex Luger takes on Scotty Riggs of the American Males Stings goes toe-to-toe with Big Bubba Rogers Jimmy Hart buries poor Sgt. Craig Pittman during his quest to find a manager WWF Monday Night Raw – THE RAW BOWL 1/1/96 (00:23:35) IT’S TIME FOR THE RAWWWWW BOOOOWWWWLLL!!!! (Vince Voice) THE RAW BOWL: Featuring WWF Tag Champs The Smoking Gunns vs. The 1-2-3 Kid & Sid vs. Savio Vega & Razor Ramon vs. Owen Hart & Yokozuna Diesel removes King Mabel from the throne It’s TIME… It’s TIME…. IT’S VADER TIME! We get our first look at VADER heading into the WWF! HALFTIME REPORT with DANDY DOK HENDRIX & JUMBO JIM ROSS (poor JR) We get our first look at the NACHO MAN as he snaps into a Slim Jim… and breaks his teeth The Raw Bowl winners are presented the prestigious LOMBARDI TROPHY… That’s STEVE Lombardi, AKA The Brooklyn Brawler! WWF fans are given a treat, a replay of the Hog Pen Match from the 12/95 IYH PPV in its entirety. Plus, Vince finally shoots back at WCW…. it’s the very first BILLIONAIRE TED’S RASSLIN WAR ROOM sketch! We reminisce about a very memorable episode of Raw… What it means for us then… And what we think of it now! WCW Starrcade ’95 Quick Results (00:55:12) We run down the quick results for the Starrcade ‘95 PPV, which you can listen to in full as part of our Watch-Along Series over at https://www.patreon.com/wrestlecopia . You can Subscribe to Patreon and our All-Access for only $5! Cancel at any time. New shows are added weekly, including all PPVs from the Monday Night War era. They make great complementary pieces to this Podcast! Subscribe today and follow along on the ride.WCW Monday Nitro 1/1/96 (00:59:29) We kick 1996 off with a bang with The Macho Man taking on Arn Anderson! Then we learn Hulk Hogan returns after his 7-DAY SUSPENSION and is gifted a WORLD TITLE SHOT??? And he wonders why everyone is booing him! Horsemen member Chris Benoit faces Lord Steven Regal Sting & Lex Luger team up to battle the former Powers of Pain, The Warlord and the Barbarian, now wearing masks as the Super Assassins The Giant feels EMOTIONALLY abused by Hulk Hogan. I’ll take “Things that Monsters should NEVER say” for a thousand, Alex. That dastardly Eric Bischoff is back to giving away WWF Raw Results! Brian Pillman continues his crazy ways as he calls out his own Horsemen members for losing! Who will Craig Pittman ask to be his manager this week? Hulk Hogan plants his own fans and merchandise in the crowd Hulk Hogan returns from suspension to challenge NEW Champion Ric Flair for the WCW Title. Because Screw Triangle Matches, DUDE! Hulk Hogan has ALL FOUR HORSEMEN PLEADING ON THEIR KNEES… At the same time… While fighting off the Giant at the exact same time... Because F-U HH Still not enough Hulkster? That’s okay, because we close the show with a Hulk Hogan Promo, Brother, because at this point I’d be shocked if we didn’t. HULK HOGAN IS OUTTA CONTROL, BROTHER! (01:30:39)We go on a 6-minute rant/discussion about how out of control Hulk Hogan has gotten with his own ego and creative control, not only hurting his own “overness”, but the entire company in the process. We're 18 Weeks into the Monday Night War and it continues to get hotter as we building towards the WCW Clash 32 event (over at https://www.patreon.com/wrestlecopia) and the WWF's Royal Rumble PPV (the Watch-Along available right now over at the Wrestling Memory Grenade Episode #20 and all your favorite Podcast Streaming Apps!)
163 minutes | Jan 4, 2021
Monday Warfare: The Battles Within - Episode 08 (12/11 & 12/18/95)
A VERY Happy New Year this week to listeners of Monday Warfare and the WrestleCopia Brand as we relive 2 more weeks of the Monday Night War.The Battle continues on in December of 1995 as both the WCW and the WWF pillage the Free Agency market in an attempt to block one another from scooping up unsigned talent. On Nitro, we get a wild angle with the Horsemen crippling “Mr. Wonderful” Paul Orndorff. The Hulkster continues to book himself as Superman. Macho Man defends the WCW Title against The Giant, and newcomer Eddy Guerrero holds his own against the Nature Boy! Plus, the former Alundra Blayze shocks the world when she shows up on Nitro and disposes of the WWF’s Women’s Title in the trash! Then, over on Raw… It’s the Go-Home show to In Your House 5. The All Japan ladies steal the show again. Ahmed continues to dominate. Double J Returns. Hello Buddy Landel, Goodbye Buddy Landel. IC Champion Razor Ramon defends against Yokozuna! WWF Champion Bret Hart vs. Backlund. Goldust stalks the Bad Guy. And the Shawn Michaels saga continues as he gets candid with Todd Pettingill about potential retirement, and then the infamous “Tell Me A Lie” Music Video. Follow Us on Twitter @MondayWarfare Visit our Podcast Network https://wrestlecopia.com Please Subscribe to Patreon to help keep us going, 14 Tiers to choose from!!! AND BIG NEWS!!! Our All Access Tier is now only $5 for our entire Watch-Along Series as we add shows weekly, including all PPVs from the Monday Night War era. They make great complimentary pieces to this Podcast! Subscribe today and follow along on the ride.https://www.patreon.com/wrestlecopia TIMESTAMPS below! The Battles Within Continue… (00:01:20) Both the WWF and WCW begin their pillaging of all of the talented Free Agents on the open market as they continue to try and outdo one another. While Eric Bischoff makes a play for Public Enemy and tries to corner the market in Lucha Libre talent, the WWF make a STONE COLD signing of their own, and that’s only the beginning of the new talent headed into the WWF! WCW Monday Nitro 12/11/95 (00:10:38) Eddy Guerrero battles Mr. JL as Bobby Heenan thinks he’s figured out what J.L. stands for. Paul Orndorff steals the show when he checks out his own a$$ before entering the ring to take on the Disco Inferno and follows that up with a dancing elbow drop for good measure. Lex Luger attempts to rack Hacksaw Duggan Crazy Brian Pillman initiates a fight with Paul Orndorff, but when Pillman can’t handle the fight himself, the Horsemen step in to send Mr. Wonderful out on a stretcher Hulk Hogan teams with Sting to take on Ric Flair & Arn Anderson in the main event Sting decks the Macho Man, but how will Randy Savage respond? The Hulkster continues to do himself no favors as he continues to book himself as Superman and the crowd revolts with a “Hogan Sucks” chant! WWF Monday Night Raw 12/11/95 (00:46:30) It’s the Go-Home Show to IYH 5 Owen Hart battles a teenage Jeff Hardy! Aja Kong legit breaks the nose of Chaparita ASARI just in time for the ladies to find out their services are no longer needed. Boy did the WWF drop the ball! Ahmed Johnson continues to murder the enhancement talent as he prepares for Dean Douglas at IYH Vince McMahon has a word with Sid and the Kid WWF Champion Bret Hart battles Mr. Bob Backlund as the British Bulldog lays in wait Todd Pettingill mentions the R-word in a sit-down interview with Shawn Michaels and it doesn’t sit well with the Heartbreak Kid Plus, Harvey Claus takes a beating! WCW Monday Nitro 12/18/95 (01:15:51) In WCW’s biggest shot since their debut edition, the former Alundra Blayze shows up on Nitro and drops the WWF Ladies Championship in the trash! We discuss the impact it had on us as fans as well as the impact it had on the War. Ric Flair has his hands full with newcomer Eddy Guerrero Lex Luger meets American Male Marcus Bagwell Sting takes on the Earl of Eaton before discussing Starrcade Sgt. Craig Pittman begins his search for a manager WCW Champion the Macho Man defends against the Giant in a great TV match. Plus, the Hulkster’s on probation, but somebody forgot to tell him… BROTHER… As Hulk Hogan closes the show by smashing a steel chair over anyone in his way. Because he wants to be cheered…. Dude. Oh, it’s not over yet! The Giant comes back for more and Hogan takes him out a SECOND time with the chair, before returning to the ring to verbally bury his own partner The Macho Man. You can’t make this stuff up! WWF In Your House V Quick Results (01:59:45)We run down the quick results for the 12/95 WWF IYH PPV, which you can listen to in full as part of our Watch-Along Series over at https://www.patreon.com/wrestlecopia . You can Subscribe to Patreon and our All-Access for only $5! Cancel at any time. New shows are added weekly, including all PPVs from the Monday Night War era. They make great complimentary pieces to this Podcast! Subscribe today and follow along on the ride. WWF Monday Night Raw 12/18/95 (02:06:20) Fatu tries to ‘Make a Difference’ as he takes on the returning “Double J” Jeff Jarrett Ahmed Johnson goes Double J hunting after their altercation at IYH Interim President Gorilla Monsoon talks the Royal Rumble Goldust wants to OOZE together with Razor Ramon, and the Bad Guy has a response “The Nature Boy” Buddy Landel battles Bob Holly, start your engines. Ted DiBiase joins the Brother Love Show to talk Xanta Klaus… from the South Pole THE RAW BOWL IS COMING IN 1996!!! Intercontinental Champion Razor Ramon defends against Yokozuna in a “dream match” of sorts Plus, we discuss in depth the epic “Tell Me A Lie” Music Video that teases the potential retirement of Shawn Michaels. Ray remembers it well, Steve blocked it out. You can make up your own mind as to who was the luckier of the two. All of that, plus WCW sets a new record high rating for Nitro and we discuss a whole lot more in between!
149 minutes | Dec 23, 2020
Monday Warfare: The Battles Within - Episode 07 (11/27 & 12/04/95)
Merry Christmas everyone! As we head into December on the WCW side of things, we look at the fallout from the World War 3 PPV, the Monday Night “Runovers” begin, Hulk Hogan goes Bonzo Gonzo with a chair, the Japanese ladies put on a hell of a show, and Charles Barkley appears! Then over in Titan-land, the WWF attempts to get edgier with their product, Brother Love returns, the Japanese ladies out on a hell of a show (yes in WWF too!), plus Vince McMahon shames the fans for their thirst for action!Follow Us on Twitter @MondayWarfareVisit our Podcast Network https://wrestlecopia.com Please Subscribe to Patreon to help keep us going, 14 Tiers to choose from!!! AND BIG NEWS!!! Our All Access Tier is now only $5 for our entire Watch-Along Series as we add shows weekly, including all PPVs from the Monday Night War era. They make great complimentary pieces to this Podcast! Subscribe today and follow along on the ride.https://www.patreon.com/wrestlecopia The fans have spoken and you have been heard. Beginning with this episode we have included TIMESTAMPS below! World War 3 PPV Results (00:03:12)- We take a fast look and review the PPV here. You can listen to the entire World War 3 Watch-Along as part of the All Access Tier over at Patreon.com/WrestleCopia, now ONLY $5 for our entire vault of the Watch-Along Series!!! WCW Monday Nitro 11/27/95 (00:13:05) Hulk Hogan is Red and Yellow again... Brother! DDP battled Johnny B. Badd for the TV Title, but where does Kimberly’s heart stand? Jimmy Hart explains friendship to Kevin Sullivan. No, seriously. In a rematch from WW3, Bull Nakano & Akira Hokuto face Cutie Suzuki & Mayumi Ozaki in the best segment of the show! Hulk Hogan takes on the latest member of the Dungeon of Doom, Hugh Morrus. We discuss Hulk’s physical transformation into a mere mortal, the crowds turning on the Hulk, and Hogan’s insecurities at the time. The Macho Man tries to take a rest day to heal his arm but is attacked and CHOKESLAMMED on the floor by the Giant. But that’s okay because it’s HULK HOGAN to the rescue, brother. Watch as Hulk swings the chair 11 times at the Giant. Some of them even connect! Sting & Lex Luger battle Arn Anderson & Brian Pillman of the Horsemen in the main event. Ric Flair joins his Horsemen friends in a 3 on 2 beatdown of Lex & Sting, but that’s okay because it’s HULK HOGAN to the rescue… AGAIN, brother. If you like Hulk Hogan crammed down your throat, this show is for you! WWF Notes (00:52:35) RIP SMW The WWF is getting edgier, but how are parents responding? The Kliq reportedly grade every wrestler on the roster and give their report to Vince McMahon. Wrestlers are giving notice and abandoning ship WWF Monday Night Raw 11/27/95 (00:57:20) Ahmed Johnson faces Rad Radford Ahmed enters Dean Douglas’ classroom and schools in session We get an update on the condition of Shawn Michaels. We discuss our thoughts back then when the angle first played out. Steve discusses his lack of emotional investment during this time period. Alundra Blayze teams with Kyoko Inoue to take on Aja Kong & Tomoko Watanabe in the match of the night! Yes, the ladies' match stole the show on BOTH WWF and WCW this week! Vince McMahon can’t decide if he wants to be racist or sexist as he spends the entire ladies match ignoring the action in favor of doing a poor imitation of Bobby Heenan jokes. BROTHER LOVE makes his return with guest the NEW WWF Champion Bret Hart. Bob Backlund finds himself in the midst of another push as he attacks WWF Champ Bret Hart, and even co-host Steve Eckstat drops the F-Bomb at the booking! Hunter Hearst Helmsley prepares for the Hog Pen Match with Henry Godwinn “Career Ender” Owen Hart issues an Open Challenge for In Your House With Kama “injured” who steps in to replace him in the Raw main event vs. The Undertaker? WCW Monday Nitro 12/4/95 (01:27:17) WCW comes down on their talent, putting several wrestlers on “Probation” WCW Tag Champs Harlem Heat vs. Uhhh, American Males Col. Robert Parker has a surprise for Sister Sherri, in more ways than one! Can Sting and Lex Luger continue to be best buddies with Starrcade looming? Sting takes to the ring against Japanese star Kurasawa We talk the layout of Starrcade ’95 as WCW tries yet another “concept” PPV. The Giant battles Scott Norton in a quick but fun match Ric Flair brings Sir Charles Barkley to ringside for a promo that’s not TERR-ible. BIG MAIN EVENT as WCW World Champion Macho Man defends against Lex Luger in the longest match in Nitro to date. It also marks the beginning of the Nitro runovers on time as WCW finds another way to skew the ratings! The Macho Man can’t handle business himself so HULK HOGAN books himself into yet another finish again this week. The Hulkster accidentally blasts Sting! Watch as the top stars of WCW have a playground conversation as they hash out their Junior High issues. WWF Monday Night Raw 12/4/95 (01:55:02) Dean Douglas gives his notice and conveniently has “back issues”. Hey, who are you to doubt the “RanchFries”? The Bulldog battles Bob Holly Bob Backlund wants to be GOD…. AGAIN??!?? Fatu busts out the Diamond Cutter as he takes on the Brooklyn Brawler Bob Backlund attacks a poor sound guy. We find out who has accepted Owen Hart’s Open Challenge for IYH! IC Champion Razor Ramon defends against Dean Douglas. Listen as Steve creates excuses at every corner for the underperforming “RanchFries” Shane Douglas. Brother Love returns this week with guest KING MABEL. Love has a special surprise for the Kiiiing. The Raw Bowl is coming! Marty Jannetty battles Sycho Sid in the main event with appearances from the 1-2-3 Kid and Razor Ramon. Dr. Jeffrey Unger gives an update on the condition of Shawn Michaels, and it doesn’t sound pretty. We close the show with a semi-shoot style video featuring Vince McMahon on commentary. Listen to the clip as Vince makes veiled comments that question the legitimacy of pro wrestling, and all but blames the fans' never-ending thirst for action as the main reason for Shawn’s collapse. An amazingly done piece that we relive for the first time in nearly 25 years!
160 minutes | Dec 14, 2020
Monday Warfare: The Battles Within - Episode 06 (11/13 & 11/20/95)
As we continue on in the Monday Night War saga, we're in the middle of November Sweeps! What does that mean for both promotions as they try and outdo one another while scoring those ever-important Ratings wins?We take a look back at the go-home shows to both the 1995 Survivor Series and World War 3 PPVs. Plus, the dream match encounter of Hulk Hogan vs. Stiiiing. And in the middle of a hot match pitting Shawn Michaels vs. Owen Hart, Shawn collapses in the middle of the ring, and even the heels Owen Hart and Jerry Lawler look on concerned. Leaving everyone wondering if this was a masterful angle for its time, or if something really bad had just transpired.Follow Us on Twitter @MondayWarfareVisit our Podcast Network https://wrestlecopia.com Please Subscribe to Patreon to help keep us going, 14 Tiers to choose from!!! AND BIG NEWS!!! Our All Access Tier is now only $5 for our entire Watch-Along Series as we add shows weekly, including all PPVs from the Monday Night War era. They make great complementary pieces to this Podcast! Subscribe today and follow along on the ride.https://www.patreon.com/wrestlecopiaSabu Gone from WCW: Goodbye Sabu, we hardly knew ye!WCW Monday Nitro 11/13/95 Its confusion from the get-go as this TAPED episode of Nitro was actually recorded BEFORE last week's LIVE episode... in the same arena. Watch on as the fans are confused as they watch storylines play out in reverse order. Because, WCW. U.S. Champion Sting vs. Dean Malenko, hell yeah! The Macho Man battles Meng, but beware of a SHARK ATTACK!!! TV Champion Johnny B. Badd vs. Eddy Guerrero in a fun encounter Chris Benoit takes on New Japan's Kensuke Sasaki And, remember that thing about WCW recording episodes out of order??? Well, here the Giant is STRIPPED of the title, technically before the crowd is aware he was even champion. Once again, because WCW. Sting Promo sees Mean Gene ask him why he did something "last week" on Nitro, even though the angle hadn't happened yet in front of the fans. Say it with me now... Because WCW... Plus, who gave Hulk Hogan a SWORD??? Dear Lord WWF Monday Night Raw 11/13/95 It's the Go-Home show to the Survivor Series@ IC Champion Razor Ramon battles big Sid, with the 1-2-3 Kid as Referee. Listen back as we discuss the Kid's heel turn on his longtime buddy Ramon. Ahmed Johnson has his first televised match in the WWF The HHH vs. H.O.G. saga continues, who gets slopped this week? Split-screen interview between Champion and Challenger as WWF Champ Diesel and Bret Hart discuss their Match at the Survivor Series "via satellite" King Mabel swallow Roy Raymond Shawn Michaels talks about the recent attack and his return in the Survivor Series Wild Card match Plus, Razor goes bonzo gonzo on his own Wildcard Team to close the show WCW Monday Nitro 11/20/95 It's the Go-Home show to World War 3 featuring the DREAM MATCH of HULK HOGAN VS. STIIIIING! Eddy Guerrero looks to exact some revenge for the DDT on the floor as he takes on Brian Pillman of the Horsemen Road Warrior Hawk battles Big Bubba, featuring one of the most ridiculous finishes of all time... Lookout Scott Norton, it's a SHARK ATTACK!!! The Giant is at it again. Who will he destroy this week? Plus, another random appearance by that wacky Disco Inferno. Steve is still not impressed. You can listen to our WCW World War 3 Watch-Along by visiting Patreon.com/WrestleCopia and subscribing to the All Access Tier! Now only $5 per month for our entire Watch-Along Series, as we add shows weekly! We talk Survivor Series '95 Results! You can listen to the entire WATCH-ALONG Podcast episode of the PPV on the All Access Tier over at Patreon.com/Wrestlecopia WWF Monday Night Raw 11/20/95 Bret Hart is your NEWWWW WWF Champion! But what does Diesel have to say about it? Find out, as Big Daddy Cool "shoots" on his character, Vince McMahon, and being a corporate puppet. The newly heel 1-2-3 Kid takes on Hakushi in a fun TV match Marty Jannetty comes looking for revenge on the Kid but winds up running into a Powerbomb on the floor from Sycho Sid Wwweeellllllll, Handsome Dok Hendrix talks the upcoming IYH PPV in December. We learn Davey Boy will challenge the Hitman for the WWF Title, and there's a Hog Pen Match??? Plus, in WWF"s attempt to get more edge, they masterfully layout one of the most realistic and disturbing angles in company history, when Shawn Michaels COLLAPSES in the middle of a hot match with Owen Hart. We discuss the reactions from everyone involved at ringside and how they all made this angle work so well. We also discuss our memories of watching this angle play out as it happened live all those years ago. Plus, as always... we talk our favorite segments, who put on the better show each week, and of course, we discuss those always important TV Ratings! Who won the night when Hulk Hogan vs. Sting went up against the realistic Shawn Michaels collapse angle?
132 minutes | Dec 8, 2020
Monday Warfare: The Battles Within - Episode 05 (10/30 & 11/6/95)
We kick off December of 2020 with a bang as we look at the fallout from WCW Halloween Havoc. Is the Giant really WCW Champion? Did Flair SWERVE Sting, BRO? Lex Luger shows his true colors. Sabu puts on one final WCW performance. Kevin Sullivan buries Renegade. Dusty Rhodes reads Morse Code. Eddy Guerrero vs. Chris Benoit! Plus, a completely interactive Nitro Main Event where all you have to do is make a phone call, and pay WCW money, to book a main event that’s already a foregone conclusion. Plus Hulk Hogan returns to his roots in Venice Beach and there’s a reported SHARK ATTACK!!! And over in Titan-land it’s a special Halloween edition of Raw and even Vince McMahon dresses for the occasion. The Broadcast Network Premiere of Whhhhp Goldust, as he faces Savio Vega. Owen Hart challenges Razor Ramon for the IC Title. Marty Jannetty battles the Bulldog. An early look at the future Rhyno. HHH turns the tables and slops Henry Godwinn. Bret Hart teams with Hakushi to face Jerry Lawler & Isaac Yankem, DDS. Plus, Ahmed Johnson makes an explosive debut by BODYSLAMMING the 600-pound YOKOZUNA!Follow Us on Twitter @MondayWarfareVisit our Podcast Network https://wrestlecopia.com Please Subscribe to Patreon to help keep us going, 14 Tiers to choose from!!! https://www.patreon.com/wrestlecopiaWCW Monday Nitro 10/30/95 It’s the fallout from Halloween Havoc, and who’s the WCW Heavyweight Champion after the PPV? We have to wait for the footage to find out… Card Subject to Change is in full effect tonight! Just as we thought, Sting got SWERRRVED BRO, courtesy of the Nature Boy and the NEW Four Horsemen. Eddy Guerrero meets Pitbull Pittman. Scott Norton comes face to face with a real-life SHARK ATTACK!!! Bobby Heenan sells a portion of WCW to Japan? No, that’s really a thing! In a true contrast of styles, Sabu battles Disco Inferno in Sabu’s final WCW match. The American Males face Meng and the newly heel Lex Luger. And, FINALLY the footage from Havoc arrives and we’re still without answers as to who the true WCW champ is. Because WCW. WWF Monday Night Raw 10/30/95 It’s a special Halloween edition with Jailbird McMahon and Dr. Lawler as your hosts. Savio Vega meets Whhhhhp, Goldust, in his Broadcast Network Premiere. Action with the Smoking Gunns, Marty Jannetty, plus words from Camp Cornette. Bret Hart talks his title match at Survivor Series. Paul Bearer promo on the return of the Undertaker. Barry Horowitz takes on his best buddy Hakushi… Karate Fighters style. And Owen Hart challenges Razor Ramon for the IC Title. Plus, Ahmed Johnson makes an explosive ring debut when he SLAMS the monstrous Yokozuna!!! WCW Monday Nitro 11/6/95 Cough up some cash and call the interactive hotline now to vote for tonight’s main event, even though it’s already blatantly obvious. Eddy Guerrero faces Chris Benoit in a great TV match. The Giant defends his WCW Heavyweight Championship against Cobra. Does anyone know Morse Code for RIP? Kevin Sullivan and Jimmy Hart bury The Renegade by removing him from his gimmick. Hulk Hogan goes back to Venice Beach to find himself in a really weird vignette. And Sting battles Ric Flair in the interactive main event. Was there ever any doubt? All of that, plus the Giant is STRIPPED of the WCW Title, pending the upcoming 60-Man 3-Ring Battle Royal at World War 3! WWF Monday Night Raw 11/6/95 We kick things off with Marty Jannetty battling the British Bulldog. Henry Godwinn takes on the future Rhyno, but HHH emerges from the back to slop the Hog Farmer. Bam Bam issues a challenge to Goldust for the Survivor Series. Billy Gunn vs. Bart Gunn, in Karate Fighters action. Kama wins a match, with a punch. Vince McMahon loves him some fake Bill Clinton, pal. And in the main event, Bret Hart teams with Hakushi to face Jerry Lawler & Isaac Yankem, DDS. Plus, we talk our favorite segments, who put on the better show each week, and of course, we discuss those pesky Ratings everyone is always talking about.
142 minutes | Nov 30, 2020
Monday Warfare: The Battles Within - Episode 04 (10/16 & 10/23/95)
It's another 2 weeks of the Monday Night War as we take a look at October of '95. On the WWF side of things, it's a busy month as we discuss the Shawn Michaels Syracuse incident with the "Thugs" as well as other WWF woes, Bret vs. Yankem in a STEEL CAGE, the WWF vs. the USWA, HHH begins burying people in 1995, a 20-Man Battle Royal, AVATAR, the Women's Title changes hands for the final time this go-round, as does the IC Title, not once - but twice in the same night as part of one of the worst PPVs in WWF history.Then over in Turner-land the ice block has melted and we're introduced to... THE YET-TAY! We get back to back weeks of what to expect as part of the upcoming WCW Cruiserweight division, and the future looks bright with the likes of Guerrero, Malenko, and others. DDP takes his feud with Johnny B. Badd to the next level. Ric Flair convinces Sting to be his partner in his war against Arn Anderson & Brian Pillman. Macho Man insists on wrestling with one good arm. Plus, The Hulkster and the Giant have one last tussle before Halloween Havoc.Yes, the Yetti and Avatar debuted the same week. Let that sink in. Follow Us on Twitter @MondayWarfareVisit our Podcast Network https://wrestlecopia.com Please Subscribe to Patreon to help keep us going, 14 Tiers to choose from!!! https://www.patreon.com/wrestlecopiaWe kick off this week's episode off by discussing that thing in Syracuse. Ya know, the one with Shawn Michaels vs. "The Thugs"? And I don't mean Tracy Smothers and the Dirty White Boy (R.I.P. Tracy). We take a look at the story in regards to what went down outside the night club and the ramifications it had on the health of Shawn Michaels and WWF booking. WWF Monday Night Raw 10/16/95 Bret Hart battles Isaac Yankem inside a STEEL CAGE! Jerry Lawler has a nose bleed! Interpromotional warfare as WWF Tag Champs The Smoking Gunns face USWA Tag Champs PG-13 HHH sends Doink the Clown out of the WWF. See, he was burying people all the way back in '95! It's our very first look at Ahmed Johnson. What did he say? Dean Douglas faces the future Johnny Swinger WCW Monday Nitro 10/16/95 Ric Flair does his best to get his oftentimes foe Sting to rally behind him as his partner to take out Arn and Pillman. Arn Anderson & Brian Pillman battle Ric Flair in a Handicap Match. Will the Stinger have a change of heart and make this a 2-on-2 encounter? Eddy Guerrero vs. Chris Benoit, these guys get 9 minutes to steal the show! A scheduled match turns into a great angle involving TV Champion DDP taking on Johnny B. Badd Meng vs. Hoooo, "Hacksaw" Jim Duggan, how did this make it on Nitro? CALL THE HOTLINE! Scheme Gene capitalizes on the recent Shawn Michaels situation Promos from both Hulk Hogan and the Giant as they prepare for their SUMO MONSTER TRUCK battle. Plus Disco Inferno makes an appearance. We have a brief look at one of the worst PPVs in WWF history in the October '95 In Your House "Great White North" event. Results featuring 2 Intercontinental Title changes, Diesel defending against the Bulldog, and the debut.... err... umm... the PREMIERE of whhhhhp, Goldust. We discuss the dumpster fire show, Vince McMahon's reaction, and all of the bad luck going around the WWF right now with the injuries to both Shawn and Taker, Diesel's failure as a drawing champion, the Goldust character falling flat, as well as Cowboy Bill Watts' abrupt departure. WWF Monday Night Raw 10/23/95 You can't go wrong when a 20-MAN BATTLE ROYAL kicks off your show! The winner meets the new champ Razor Ramon for the IC Title next week on Raw! It's the DEBUT of AVATAR. In what was to be a flashy debut of a clever gimmick portrayed by Al Snow, we see that sometimes things don't work out as we expect. Alundra Blayze recaptures the WWF Women's Title from Bertha Faye in a pretty solid encounter. No fooling! Jim Ross interviews Shawn Michaels about his recent incident, and beyond. And Bob Backlund campaigns in CANADA to become U.S. President. Oh, that wacky Bob. WCW Monday Nitro 10/23/95 IT'S THE DEBUT OF.... THE YET-TAY!!!! Sting & Lex Luger face Harlem Heat Eddy Guerrero & Jerry Lynn vs. Chris Benoit & Dean Malenko Brian Pillman makes a random appearance to continue his Loose Cannon shtick The one-armed Macho Man meets Kurasawa Plus, to close the go-home edition to Halloween Havoc '95, the Hulkster and the Giant duke it out as the Dungeon of Doom's Insurance Policy, the Yetti, arrives in WCW. God helps us all.
127 minutes | Nov 24, 2020
Monday Warfare: The Battles Within - Episode 03 (10/2 & 10/9/95)
It’s Episode #3 of Monday Warfare: The Battles Within. In this edition we see Hulkamania lose its identity, Flair vs. Anderson IN A CAGE, the Guerrero/Malenko Classic moves to WCW, USWA Champion on WWF TV?, Sabu vs. Jerry Lynn, A Shark Attack!, the 1-2-3 Kid continues to challenge buddy Razor Ramon, Bret vs. Lafitte in a IYH Rematch, plus Bill Watts arrives in the WWF and immediately books a new attitude WWF with a monster angle involving most of the top babyfaces being laid to rest. It's two weeks of the Monday Night War that you DON'T want to miss!!!Follow Us on Twitter @MondayWarfareVisit our Podcast Network https://wrestlecopia.com Please Subscribe to Patreon to help keep us going, 14 Tiers to choose from!!! https://www.patreon.com/wrestlecopiaThere's a new mandate in town! Eric Bischoff is upset over the anti-WCW and/or Hulk Hogan Signs (not to mention Pro-Raw posters) in the crowd. And thus it begins... Bischoff lays down a mandate for ALL signs to be checked and taken if they don't follow his protocol. No more freedom of speech in WCW. Furthermore, they begin handing out their own "Eric-approved" signs for fans to use. Find out how some intelligent fans found a work-around. WCW Monday Nitro 10/2/95 This is truly a star-studded episode!!! Lex Luger takes on "Macho Man" Randy Savage. If Lex loses, he will give up his World Title shot against Hulk Hogan and LEAVE WCW! The Giant chokeslams another victim Eddy Guerrero vs. Dean Malenko as the ECW Classic has a whole new audience! Ric Flair battles his former best friend "The Enforcer" Arn Anderson! The Dungeon of Doom try to remove the symbol of Hulkamania as they shave the Mustache off the Hulkster's face! Disco Inferno makes an "unexpected" appearance WWF Monday Night Raw 10/2/95 The 1-2-3 Kid challenges Razor Ramon yet again in an ongoing attempt to earn the respect of The Bad Guy. In a rematch from their clinic at In Your House, Bret Hart takes on the pirate Jean-Pierre Lafitte. A special tag team appearance by the USWA Tag Team Champions PG-13! HHH vs. Barry Horowitz in a fun TV match. Plus, the fans "vote" on the OJ Simpson Trial. Is he guilty? Or better yet, how obvious of a 900 number scam is this? For Shame WWF. WCW Monday Nitro 10/9/95 We're in Mongo country this week, the wrestling town of Chicago! RIc Flair takes on Arn Anderson INSIDE A STEEL CAGE!!! The suicidal Sabu returns to take on the masked Mr. JL (Jerry Lynn), of that clever WCW creative. U.S. Heavyweight Champion Sting must overcome a SHARK ATTACK!!! After surviving a SHARK ATTACK, Sting tries to squash the heat between his buddies The Macho Man and Lex Luger. Chris Benoit returns to WCW in a new vignette. DISCLAIMER: At this point in the show, both Ray and Steve give their brief thoughts on the entire Benoit situation and how they will be addressing Benoit as we continue this trip through the Monday Night War. Hulk Hogan fades to black Big Bubba vs. Road Warrior Hawk Plus shenanigans involving that pesky Disco Inferno and Hawk WWF Monday Night Raw 10/9/95 With the recent hiring of new booker "Cowboy" Bill Watts, the WWF takes a new direction involving a wild, yet realistic heel beat down of several of the top babyfaces in the company. Truly an epic and underrated angle that has been forgotten in time due to the era it took place in. First the match, Diesel, Shawn Michaels, and The Undertaker vs. Yokozuna, The British Bulldog, and Owen Hart Then comes the aftermath... Following the match, Yoko, Bulldog, and Owen, along with King Mabel and Dean Douglas proceed to take out all three of the babyfaces in never before seen fashion on a WWF program. Yoko and Mabel crippling the Undertaker and sending him off TV until the Survivor Series. Laying Shawn Michaels out on the floor with the help of the steel steps. And the current #1 challenger to the Heavyweight Titles, the British Bulldog lays Diesel out in the ring. The angle continues throughout the entire course of the show, as we relive highlights and get interviews, and attempted interviews, with those involved. Bonus action with Fatu trying to "Make a Difference" this week against Bodydonna Skip. And just as quickly as he arrived, new booker Bill Watts QUITS the WWF after gifting us a new attitude WWF. Can Vince and company continue to steer the Cowboy's ship, or will the WWF wind up right back where it was? We talk ALL OF THAT, plus our favorite segment from each program, and of course those always intriguing TV RATINGS!
125 minutes | Nov 17, 2020
Monday Warfare: The Battles Within - Episode 02 (9/18 & 9/25/95)
It’s Episode #2 of Monday Warfare: The Battles Within. In this second installment of Monday Warfare we see the fallout of both WCW Fall Brawl and the WWF In Your House 3 PPV. Ray sings American Males Karaoke! Plus, it's the very first LIVE head to head competition between Raw and Nitro. Who wins? Tune in to find out!Follow Us on Twitter @MondayWarfareVisit our Podcast Network https://wrestlecopia.com Please Subscribe to Patreon to help keep us going, 14 Tiers to choose from!!! https://www.patreon.com/wrestlecopiaIn this episode, we discuss how TV Ratings and Shares work. Learn what they mean and how to decipher them.WCW Fall Brawl ’95 Results. We briefly discuss the results and fallout of the annual War Games PPV before moving into the post PPV episode of WCW Nitro.WCW Monday Nitro 9/18/95 For the second time in its first three weeks on the air, Nitro runs unopposed as Raw airs on Thursday! Ric Flair takes on Flyin' Brian Pillman in the main event! Just to prove anything can happen on Nitro, the American Males capture the WCW World Tag Team Titles from Harlem Heat as the Heat learn what happens when keepin' it real goes wrong! Thanks to his psychic friend Gary Spivey, It's the new and Improved MR. WONDERFUL, complete with new theme music! Can the newfound confidence score Paul Orndorff a win over Johnny B. Badd? The Macho Man works out on the Baywatch beach, minding his own business when he's attacked by the evil Taskmaster Kevin Sullivan! Oh no, the Monster Truck storyline begins! The Giant uses his truck to run over Hulk Hogan's motorcycle, all while trying to murder Hulkamania, and the surrounding fans.. We're treated to not one, but TWO promos from the Nature Boy! We learn what you can get away with saying on live TV. Wooo! Plus, Host Ray Russell does some American Males KARAOKE! He even makes up his own lines... WWF THURSDAY Night Raw 9/21/95 It's the Go-Home Show to IYH 3 "Triple Header" We discuss the different approaches the WCW and WWF are taking in the war as things get going. Razor Ramon goes 1-on-1 with his friend the 1-2-3 Kid, who is determined to earn the respect of the Bad Guy WWF World Tag Team Champions Yokozuna & Owen Hart face-off with Men on a Mission in a rare heel vs. heel encounter. Tag Team action with the Million Dollar Corporation members of Tatanka & Kama taking on Savio Vega and Bob 'Sparkplug" Holly It's time to go to school with Dean Douglas Batten down the hatches, it's Jean-Pierre Lafitte in action As we draw near the epic "Triple Header" match at In Your House 3, we hear from both sides of the main event... First, the World Heavyweight & IC Champions Diesel and Shawn Michaels, followed by the Tag Champs Yoko & Owen! WCW Monday Nitro 9/25/95 It's the Very First LIVE Head-to-Head battle between Nitro and Raw! The Macho Man calls out Lex Luger and receives a surprise challenge Randy Savage then steps in the ring to do battle with the Taskmaster Kevin Sullivan The Giant takes out half the locker room Lex Luger vs. Meng, let's see how many times Luger yells... err, uh, "sells" Hulk Hogan appears for the first time since Halloween Havoc, via VTR, to talk revenge on the Giant Kurasawa vs. Sgt. Craig Pittman in a snug battle of tough guys Alex Wright battles Disco Inferno Arn Anderson & Brian Pillman talk their issues with the Nature Boy. WWF In Your House 3 Quick results and observations...WWF Monday Night Raw 9/25/95 It's Raw's first live episode since the launch of WCW Nitro, and they come ready for battle! It's all the fallout from IYH as Clarence Mason makes his WWF debut and forces Gorilla Monsoon to return the WWF Tag Titles back to Yoko & Owen! Gorilla forces the once again Tag Champions Yokozuna & Owen Hart to defend their titles against The Smoking Gunns in a major Title Change! Fresh off his heel turn, the British Bulldog takes on The Undertaker! And if all of that wasn't enough, it's the RETURN of Marty Jannetty as he takes on Skip "The Body Donna". We discuss everything above, plus who won the Ratings, who had the better show, our favorite segments, and so much more. It's a relaxed atmosphere and a fun time as we continue to dissect and relive... The Monday Night War!
119 minutes | Nov 2, 2020
Monday Warfare: The Battles Within - Episode 01 (9/4 & 9/11/95)
It's the DEBUT edition of Monday Warfare: The Battles Within. Join us weekly as we break down the entire Monday Night War era as we talk TV reviews, backstage news, and those pesky Ratings. In the debut episode of Monday Warfare, we discuss...Ted Turner's decision to compete with Vince McMahon, and the letter that started it all...The DEBUT edition of WCW Monday Nitro 9/4/95 The Mall of America Pasta Mania... Brother! Flyin' Brian Pillman vs. Jushin Liger Sting vs. "Nature Boy" Ric Flair WCW Heavyweight Champion Hulk Hogan vs. Big Bubba The Dungeon of Doom characters running through a public mall Scott Norton returns looking to pick a fight, challenge accepted by the Macho Man! The IRS is closely watching Mr. Wallstreet Sabu is headed in! And... IS THAT LEX LUGER???? On Nitro????? And the first head to head meeting between Nitro and Raw!!!WCW Monday Nitro 9/11/95 Ding-Dong, Vader is gone. Who will replace him at War Games? Sabu makes his Nitro debut vs. Alex Wright. A table will be broken! Sting vs. V.K. Wallstreet... Yes, I said V.K., cummon Pal Macho Man vs. Scott Norton, watch out for the SHARK ATTACK! Ric Flair has some choice words for Arn Anderson WCW Heavyweight Champion Hulk Hogan vs. Lex Luger!!! Plus, EVIL Eric gives away the finishes to WWF Raw!!! What an arse! WWF Monday Night Raw 9/11/95 Razor Ramon battles the newly heel British Bulldog The 1-2-3 Kid comes looking for respect from his "Bad Guy" buddy The Smoking Gunns vs. Rad Radford & The Brooklyn Brawl Isaac Yankem, DDS vs. The future Scotty Too Hotty Interim President Uncle Gorilla issues an addendum to the Triple Header match at IYH Another fun vignette with, whhhhhhp, Gooooldust! IC Champion Shawn Michaels defends against former bodyboard SID in the main event! Overall, it's a fun two weeks as the Monday Night War just gets going. We'll talk all of the above, plus show ratings, our favorite segments, and which show we picked as the winner this week. It all starts here with Episode 1, but stay tuned... the party is just getting started on Monday Warfare... The Battles Within!
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