MONDAY NIGHT WAR CLASSICS – Week 5: A War Declared a Draw (10/02/95)
WWE Monday Night Raw and WCW Monday Nitro tied in the TV ratings war with both drawing a 2.5 rating. This is only time in the history of this Monday Night War that both shows were tied with the same ratings. There are several scenarios on both shows that had the upper hand over the other. Take a look at my ratings analysis below:
Monday Night Raw Highlight of the Night
Over on Monday Night Raw, the WWE did not hype their upcoming pay-per-view, In Your House 4. Instead, they went to a recycled storyline that took place in May 1993 when Razor Ramon challenged The 123 Kid on Raw. Let’s go back to May 17, 1993 when Razor took on The 123 Kid:
Monday Night Raw Flashback: May 17, 1993, New York, NY (Manhattan Center)
In a night of upsets, Razor Ramon lost to a young 19-year old Sean Waltman in one of the most unpredictable endings in WWE history. In was a night of shocking moments (Jannetty returned to the WWE that night to challenge and win the IC title over Shawn Michaels) as The 123 Kid scored a huge upset. The Kid wrestled for the third week in a row on Raw (as The Cannonball Kid and The Lightning Kid) and wrestled as a jobber. His third week was the charm. Razor came to the ring as usual, wearing his gold chain and oozing machismo.
Razor played around with The Kid during the match. He tried to pin him, but then he lifted The Kid on purpose to keep the match longer. Out of nowhere, The 123 Kid pinned Razor with a moonsault and the crowd popped. The Kid fled the ring as the crowd was stunned. Razor went to the announcer’s table and was furious. Randy Savage, who was on commentary, told Razor that he was simply beat. The Kid was named The 123 Kid and was used for the next few weeks as an underdog. One of the best ideas from this booking was that every time The Kid wrestles, anything can happen in the WWE.
Monday Nitro Highlight of the Night
If Lex Luger loses his match with Randy Savage, he quits WCW. That was the stipulation in the main event of Monday Nitro. We didn’t have a clear winner as the match still ended with fans wondering if Luger was part of the Dungeon of Doom. Luger is doing heel tactics, but we are unsure if he’s part of the heel stable. At least WCW is using him better than he’s role in his last days with the WWE. I give credit to WCW for that. Also in this storyline, Hogan is not really worried about Luger’s role right now. Savage focused more on Luger’s decision to be a babyface or be part of the Dungeon of Doom.
Monday Night War Key Players
The following wrestlers wrestled on WWE Monday Night Raw and WCW Monday Nitro this particular week (October 2, 1995). Somehow, these wrestlers made an impact on the Monday Night Wars: (They signed with the rival company during this era)
Actually, the wrestlers that performed on Raw and Nitro this week were already discussed in previous editions of Monday Night War Classics or they were not impact players on both shows.
This Week in Monday Night War History
(April 17-23, 2011)
Monday Night War Scoreboard
WCW Monday Nitro 1, WWE Monday Night Raw 2 (1 Tie)
That’s it for this week in Monday Night War Classics. Tune in next week for Monday Night War Classics Week 6 – A War Declared a Draw II (10/09/95)
MONDAY NIGHT WAR CLASSICS ARCHIVES
http://www.f4wonline.com/content/view/19944/105/ - Monday Night War Classics – Week 1: Lex Express Arrives in WCW (09/04/95)
http://www.f4wonline.com/content/view/20047/105/ - Monday Night War Classics – Week 2: WCW Draws First Blood (09/11/95)
http://www.f4wonline.com/content/view/20152/105/ - Monday Night War Classics – Week 3: Which Route Should Lex Express Take? (09/18/95)
http://www.f4wonline.com/content/view/20222/105/ - Monday Night War Classics – Week 4: Triple Header Leads to Double Wins (09/25/95)