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AUG. 19 IN HISTORY (1996): WCW Nitro features Big Show vs. Savage to counter post-Summerslam Raw, plus Sting tries to assemble a group to fight invading faction

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This Day In Wrestling History - August 19

Date: August 19, 1996 (17 years ago)

Feature: WCW Nitro continued its weekly dominance of WWF/E Raw with a main event of The Giant (Big Show) vs. "Macho Man" Randy Savage to counter WWF's post-Summerslam Raw main event of Shawn Michaels vs. Yokozuna. Also on Nitro was Sting trying to assemble a group (sound familiar?) to fight the invading force - the NWO.

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WCW Monday Nitro Review
August 19, 1996
Live from Huntsville, Ala.
Report by Wade Keller, PWTorch editor


Tony Schiavone & Larry Zbyszko opened the program.

(1) Hacksaw Duggan beat V.K. Wallstreet at 4:40. Schiavone said about Duggan, "His ring smarts are underrated, I think. He's a very intelligent wrestler." Zbyszko emphatically responded, "Are you ribbing?" The match ended when V.K. got a hold of Duggan's tape, but as he wrapped his fist, Duggan took out another roll and nailed V.K... Okerlund interviewed Duggan who called Hulk Hogan "Terry" and said he wanted to talk to him as a man. As he scolded Hogan, Savage came to the ring. Duggan pretended to not know who was coming because he never looking toward the direction everyone else was. When Savage entered the ring, Duggan put up his hands defensively as if to fight. He quickly calmed down. Savage talked about facing Giant that night and Hogan eventually...

(2) Chris Benoit pinned Robert Eaton in 3:30. The announcers talked of Regal perhaps leaving Eaton and David Taylor and working on his singles aspirations... They recapped Nick Patrick's controversial decisions... Okerlund interviewed Lex Luger and Sting in the locker room. They talked about having faced the Horsemen in tags or singles bouts thousands of times, but promised a surprise later in the show this time...

(3) Scott Norton beat Disco Inferno in 4:00. A fan sign read, "Where's Glacier?"... Okerlund interviewed Ice Train and Teddy Long. Long blamed Ice's loss to Norton at Hog Wild on ref Patrick...

(4) Dean Malenko beat Steven Regal at 9:35. Best match of the first hour by far. The last two minutes were especially good with some great near falls... The first hour ended with an interview with the Horsemen on the rampway... Eric Bischoff and Bobby Heenan opened the second hour.

(5) The Nasty Boys beat The Public Enemy at 3:58. During ring intros, Bischoff talked about WCW defending itself against a lawsuit the WWF initiated against them. He assured everybody that WCW is not going anywhere and is not going to change the way they do business. He gave credit to WCW's athletes for what makes WCW great, not the NWO wrestlers. When Sags moved off the table, Rocco flip splashed Grunge through the table. Sags rolled Rocco into the ring and Nobbs scored the pin. Heenan said he couldn't live with himself if he was outsmarted by the Nastys... In a post-match interview, the Nastys talked about being independent and going after the tag titles...

(6) Chavo Guerrero Jr. pinned Diamond Dallas Page at 4:26. At 3:43 Page Tiger bombed Guerrero, but deliberately didn't pin him. Page then gave Guerrero a belly-to-belly. Bischoff called for ref Patrik to DQ Page. Guerrero then surprised Page with a backslide. Page went nuts afterward and whipped Guerrero with Patrik's belt. Randy Anderson ran to the ring and accused Patrik of not trying to stop Page. Bischoff criticized Patrik, also...

Okerlund interviewed Patrick, who gave another articulate interview explaining himself. He said he was alone and was waiting for backup. Patrick blamed Okerlund for blowing things out of proportion. Okerlund asked Patrick how it afforded the $550,000 home he just purchased. Heenan said he thought Patrick seemed honest to him...

(7) Harlem Heat beat American Males at 4:15 to retain the WCW Tag Titles. During ring intros Bischoff said he thinks the NWO don't really have a fourth or fifth guy and called it smoke and mirrors. Patrik refereed. The end came when Stevie Ray pushed Marcus Bagwell off the top rope and Booker T pinned him...

Flair and Arn came to the ring for their match. Sting and Luger followed. Sting asked for the other Horsemen to come to the ring to join Flair and Arn. Bischoff questioned Sting's sanity. Sting said they can beat each other up or acknowledge the problem in WCW - the NWO. He said even though they can't trust each other, they should team up in War Games because they have more War Games experience than anyone. A long, but very good discussion took place. All six were great in their roles with Sting and Arn shining. They agreed, although reluctantly...

(8) The Giant fought Randy Savage to a no contest. It never got started as Giant attacked Savage at the start. Savage low kicked Giant to gain advantage and then fended off the Dungeon with a chair...

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