Monday Night Raw and Nitro Results and notes (with Videos), January 22nd 1996

Here are our notes from our “Back to the Monday Night War” Podcast, available via The Dirty Sheets feed on iTunes and on our DirtySheets.Net website.

Monday Nitro Results and Podcast Notes:

• Show starts with Bishoff telling you what’s happening tonight, but, he’s interrupted by Konnan, who says he’s defending the Mexican Heavyweight Title tomorrow.

• Randy Savage comes out for his match with Ric Flair with a bunch of Godfather hoes, including Woman and Linda Hogan. Flair also comes with a ho, that being Jimmy Hart, who’s been with more wrestlers than Sunny at a legends convention.

• Randy Savage wins the WCW Championship, when Arn Anderson accidentally nailed Flair. Savage then had another weird altercation with Hulk Hogan after the match.

• Pillman pinned Dean Malenko, whilst Malenko had his feet tied up in the ropes.

• Sting and Lex Luger captured the WCW Tag Team Titles from Harlem Heat, giving us our second title change of the night.

• Hogan pinned The One Man Gang in a non-title match, in the Main Event. After the match we inexplicably get more verbiage from Savage and Hogan to close out the show.

Monday Night Raw Results & Podcast Notes:

• Show starts with Vader defeating Savio Vega. We then get the memorable altercation between Vader and Gorilla, where Vader attacks Gorilla and gets suspended from the WWF.

• Razor Ramon gets counted out against Hunter Heart Helmsley the 123 Kid interferes and puts a baby bottle in Razor’s match to set up their diaper match at the next PPV.

• Shawn Michaels comes out to discuss his Royal Rumble win. Jim Cornette comes out and tells Michaels if he wants revenge against Owen Hart, he needs to risk his title shot-Michaels accepts.

• Bret Hart beats Goldust in a Champion vs Champion Main Event. Goldust gave up in the Sharpshooter, to suffer his first ever loss.

Monday Night Raw and Nitro Results, January 15th (with video)

Monday Night Raw and Nitro Results and notes, January 15th 1996

Here are our notes from our “Back to the Monday Night War” Podcast, available via The Dirty Sheets feed on iTunes and on our DirtySheets.Net website.

Monday Nitro Results and Podcast Notes:

• Show starts with Bishoff telling you what’s happening tonight. It sounds like a PPV line-up. It’s no surprise that Nitro destroyed Raw in the ratings this week.
• Luger vs Savage opens the show. As we suspected on the podcast, Hart managing Luger is no longer a thing. Unbelievably, Luger beats Savage CLEAN via submission with the “Torture Rack.” Luger has no beaten Savage FOUR times in a row, which the announcers are also alluding to.
• The Dungeon of Doom are scheduled to come out next, but the Horsemen are coming out with them, plus Mean Gene. Amusingly, the One Man Gang has the US Championship, which he never really won and none of the viewers know how or why he has it. Arn speaks first and tells Gene there will be no Horsemen-Dungeon of Doom feud. Pillman tries to interject himself when Sullivan is replying, and Arn Anderson slaps him across the face. He already previously addressed Pillman’s attire and said he told him to dress “appropriately.” Unlike other talking segments with Gene on Nitro, this segment is fantastic.

• Public Enemy beat American Males in their debut. This awful match is a big come down from the last segment.
• Flair vs Sting is next. Flair wins with a Figure of Four. Luger comes down to stop Jimmy Hart interfering, but ends up nailing Sting with a megaphone. Savage and Hogan run down to save Sting from nothing as Flair wasn’t attacking him and Luger was there to help Sting.
• Promo after the match is basically the same thing we’ve heard for months. Hogan and Savage trying to persuade Sting that Luger isn’t his friend. Sting is claiming he knows nothing and is dizzy from the megaphone. After Sting leaves, Hogan and Savage then argue among themselves about Savage receiving the next shot. The talk about Savage’s arm again. Savage and Hogan are set to meet Giant and Meng at the Clash.
• WCW Saturday Night advert is up next and they are promoting, Hogan, Jim Belushi and, Sting and Luger vs Harlem Heat. Big show for WCW Saturday Night.
• More Hogan next. Main Event is Hogan vs Meng. Hogan wins with Meng’s own spike, which he intercepts from Sullivan, with the help of Randy Savage.
• They then close out with the announcers for the usual clarifications of WCW storylines.

Monday Night Raw Results & Podcast Notes:

• Show starts with Owen Hart scoring a victory over Marty Jannetty.
• We then get the in-ring debut of Steve Austin, who faces a very young Matt Hardy. Austin wins with the Million Dollar Dream.
• Goldust is up next. Vince McMahon comes off as massively homophobic as he cringed at Goldust throughout. Goldust plays his character superbly.
• Razor Ramon enters the building and is looking for Goldust.
• The Undertaker defeats his future brother, Issac Yankem in the Main Event. There is an obvious botch here before the Tombstone that is edited out.
• Show closes with Razor Ramon finding Goldust and destroying him in a brutal backstage brawl.

Monday Night Raw and Nitro Results and notes, January 8th 1996

Here are our notes from our “Back to the Monday Night War” Podcast, available via The Dirty Sheets feed on iTunes and on our DirtySheets.Net website. You can listen to this episode by clicking the box, below:

Monday Nitro Results and Podcast Notes:

• Show starts with the announcers gloating about what they give away for free and how much WWE charge.

• Benoit vs Alex Wright is your opening match. A lot of focus on Pillman who is subtlety becoming more and more insane. During the match, Bishoff calls WWE Titanic Sports and criticises them for raising prices, whilst WCW are doing a free PPV. Benoit picks up the win with a German Suplex. Pillman SPITS on Wright after the match.

• Regal vs Guerrero is next. Bishoff is constantly repeating a new slogan, “often imitated,” referencing the Billionaire Ted skits on Raw. I notice here that Guerrero’s music is the BadStreet (Freebirds music), instrumental. The match is a slow paced technical wrestling match. Guerrero wins with a backslide. The win is portrayed as an upset.

• Luger and Sting come out to talk to Mean “bury the talent” Gene. Sting wants to confront Luger about an incident that’s 11 days old. Luger tries to explain why he cost Sting the match at Starrcade whilst Gene shit-stirs. Somehow the pair end up as a tag team by the end of the segment, because, WCW.. I think we can assume that Jimmy Hart managing Luger has been dropped with no explanation.

• Sting vs DDP next. They are talking about how DDP has lost it all- Diamond Doll, TV Title etc. He then loses this match to Sting too. It’ll be fascinating to see how they get DDP up to a Main Event level during this year. Sting wins with a Scorpion Deathlock submission.

• Hogan & Savage vs Flair & Arn Anderson is next. The match is relatively slow, not surprising given the combined age of the 4 men is nearly 200. As expected, it ends in a DQ, with the Horsemen and Giant interfering.

Monday Night Raw Results & Podcast Notes:

• Show starts with Jeff Jarrett beating Hakushi, with a Figure of Four. Hakushi has fallen significantly since last year’s feud with Bret Hart.

• They throw to JR in the studio. Ross introduces the Scheme Gene character and plugs the Royal Rumble.

• Ahmed squashed a jobber and then chases off Jarrett, who attempts to hit him with a guitar.

• The Brother Love show is next, where Ted Dibiase is set to introduce the new Million Dollar Champion. As we all know, this turns out to be Steve Austin, as The Ringmaster. Austin cuts a short promo. He says man a lot and enters the Rumble. Austin doesn’t seem like anything special here, but at the same time, his promo is fine, minus the overuse of “man.”

• Goldust squashes Aldo Montoya. Curtain Call, 1-2-3.

• We then throw back to JR who gives us the staged Shawn Michaels press conference. This is very well done. We get to see Scheme Gene again, who is promoting his hotline.

•!The show interviews reacting to Michaels return. Diesel comes off as the most realistic. They speak to Diesel, Razor Ramon and Owen Hart, who injured Michaels with a head kick.

• We then get the Bret Hart vs Bulldog match from In Your House. This is the second week in a row they’ve done this and it makes very little sense why they are airing a full PPV match on Raw.

Monday Night War show on course to break record

Last Monday we launched our brand new, “Back to the Monday Night War” podcast, off the back of the success of our “Nitro in 30” podcast. For anyone who loved the Monday Night War, this truly is, the ultimate companion.

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We are happy to report that the numbers for this show have been exceptional, and we are currently on course to beat our long-standing listenership record, that being our interview with Bruce Prichard and Conrad Thompson from last January.

This has all come about, thanks to the feedback from you guys, our loyal listeners. After covering the first 17 weeks of Nitro, beginning in September 1995, many people were emailing us to cover the Raw shows alongside it. So last Monday, we launched a brand new show, to cover the Monday Night War like never before.

About the show

Myself and Cav hop into our time machine and literally cover Raw and Nitro, segment by segment, exactly as it happens. This means we literally channel surf and talk about what was on Raw and what was on Nitro at that same precise time, analysing what segments and matches went up against each other during the two shows, as they battled for ratings supremacy. It’s truly the most extensive, informative and hilarious breakdown of the Monday Night War, that’s ever been done before.

Monday started with the January 1st, 1996, editions of both shows. Note, we are running exactly in time with the shows, except 22 years later. I can’t think of a better time start, with Brian Pillman on the verge of turning into the Loose Canon, the WWE heading in WrestleMania XII, and with the NWO invasion being only 5 months away

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Back to the Monday Night War: January 1st 1996

Welcome to the ultimate companion piece to the war that raged on televisions across America on Monday Nights! Billi & Cav have fired up the DeLorean to take you back to the past, and give you a first hand look at the Glory Days of the WWF Raw is War & WCW Monday Nitro! Our intrepid travelers in time are going to break down the war as it happened starting with the opening salvo; January 1st 1996!