It is only fitting in our final week of WCW Month that we go back to the time when WCW launched their weekly product to propel them into the stratosphere. Coming from the Mall of America in Minneapolis, Minnesota; WCW successfully launched their weekly Monday Night Nitro as direct opposition to WWE Monday Night RAW. This truly was the beginning of war, and marked the first time that WCW became real competition for the WWE. So, here we go back over 20 years to September 1995 on the Turner Network with the…
Old School Review: First Nitro
We are welcomed to the show which is being held inside the Mall of America, with our commentators for the evening Eric Bischoff, Steve McMichael and Bobby Heenan. We are then quickly off to the first match ever on WCW Monday Nitro;
Jushin Thunder Liger vs. Flyin’ Brian
This match is a really good opening match, with lots of back and forth action. There are various high flying moves, which eventually see Flyin’ Brian pick up the win in an excellent way to open up the very first episode of WCW Monday Nitro.
Winner: Flyin’ Brian
Match Rating: 3.0 out of 5.0 Stars
WCW United States Championship: Sting (c) vs. Ric Flair
Both men make their way to the ring with Sting receiving an incredible reaction, before a returning Lex Luger appears in the entrance way just watching on. This match is very much a typical Sting and Flair match, but it doesn’t get tiresome. Sting no-sells a lot of the moves in the early minutes, until an elbow to the face takes down Sting. The finish of the match is slightly different as Flair is disqualified for not breaking the ropes when holding Sting in the Figure Four. After the match, Flair and Arn Anderson brawl briefly with Sting being forgotten about. Not the best match they have had but certainly not the worst. It was still entertaining to watch.
Winner: Sting, via Disqualification
Match Rating: 2.5 out of 5.0 Stars