Confessions of a Wrestling Superfan Chapter 3: Mom and I Attend Monday Nitro

Mother’s Day has come and gone and one of the memories that stands out to me is the time my Mom and I saw WCW Monday Nitro at the Fleetcenter in Boston. It was my sophomore year of high school and my best friend was grounded the Friday before the event. Throughout the weekend, my Mom kept hinting that she would like to go with me but what teenager wants to do have their Mom tag along with them to a wrestling event? I pretended to not pick up on the hints because I was sure I’d find someone to go with…yeah, not so much. Monday arrived and no sooner did I turn the door knob to leave for the train station did my Mom ask if I had found anyone to go with. I shrugged it off and told her I decided to go by myself. “Oh…well, have fun” was her reply in a disappointing tone that immediately made me feel guilty for pretending I had no idea she wanted to go. I turned to her and in my bratty teenage vernacular I said “I guess you can come with me, if you really want to”.

 

The MBTA Commuter Rail sped towards Boston as my anticipation grew with each passing train stop we passed. As the train pulled in to North Station, I saw Rowdy Roddy Piper and Ric Flair cutting a promo filmed for the Nitro opening about their tag team match against the Outsiders. This was my first live WCW event and to say I was a gigantic nWo fan would be an understatement. An nWo shirt was my holy grail and I ran to the souvenir stand like my life depended on it. I wore that thing everywhere along with my trusty nWo hat. My home room teacher thought I was a gang member with my white spray painted appeal and “4-Life” hand gestures to my friends in the hallway. My Mom and I grabbed our last row balcony seats and I couldn’t help but notice that she was just staring at me with a smile. It didn’t matter thought because I was at Nitro, baby! It was one of the greatest times I’ve ever had at a wresting show. From Ultimo Dragon in the opening match, to Lex Luger submitting Hollywood Hogan with the Torture Rack, to the mega brawl with the entire roster that ended with one of the loudest pops I have ever heard. Sting descended from the rafters and saved Diamond Dallas Page from an nWo beatdown by hooking him up and ascending up to the rafters.

 

My Mom watched me yell, scream and mark out all night and barely gazed upon the action in the ring. On the walk home from the train station I asked her why she was looking at me so much and she replied with a smile “I was having fun watching you have fun”. I didn’t understand what that meant at the time until a year after her passing when my girlfriend and I went to an IFL (International Fight League) event at Mohegan Sun. As stoked as I was to be there, the highlight of my night was watching her have an amazing time as she cheered for “Ryan the Lion”, (Ryan Schultz) and even informed a fellow observer that elbows are illegal in IFL when he was complaining about none being thrown. At that moment I finally understood why my Mom had such a great time eleven years earlier and it made me miss her even more. It also made realize how much I love the girl, cheering for the lion, who eventually became my lovely wife.

-WCW Monday Nitro 6/7/97 Fleetcenter in Boston, Massachusetts (Special thanks to PDR Wrestling for help with the results)

Opening Promo promo with  Hollywood Hulk Hogan and Dennis Rodman about their involvement with the Bash at the Beach PPV.

To the back, we see Elizabeth getting out of a limo. Before Randy Savage can step out, Diamond Dallas Pages comes by, closes the door shut, and on the third try, KICKS IN THE WINDOW! He opens the door to get at Savage and when he does, Liz slams the door on his ribs. Once DDP hits the concrete clutching himself, Liz runs away as the limo screeches away.

1.) Ultimo Dragon, Juventud Guerrera & , Super Calo defeated Psychosis, La Parka, & Silver King when Ultimo submitted Psychosis with the Dragon Sleeper.

-Gene Okerlund interviews out Lex Luger. Lex announces that he is cashing his title shot that he won at Spring Stampede in April and will wrestle Hogan for the title.

– Piper and Flair promo I saw on the train coming into Boston.

2.) Alex Wright pins Chris Jericho with his feet on the ropes

3.) WCW Women’s Champion Akira Hokuto (w/Sonny Oono) defeated Malia Hosaka with a Northern Lights Bomb

– Steve McMichael vs. Konnan never took place since Kevin Greene attacked McMichael in the aisle. In the ring, Konnan is lying face down in the ring next to a broken broomstick. The camera didn’t catch and it was played up as ‘Who Dunnit’

but Hugh Morris came through the audience and hit Konnan from behind.

4.) Lex Luger submitted Hollywood Hogan with the Tourture Rack clean in the middle of the ring. It was announced right before the match that the title was no longer on the line. The nWo comes in the ring and delivered a post match beatdown to Lex Luger. Scott Hall holds Lex for the Attomic Legdrop. Just as he drops the leg, the second hour pyro goes off, which was actually pretty cool. The legdrops continue. Just one after the other. A team of refs finally pull Luger out to safety.

– Gene Okerlund has JJ Dillon in the ring to respond to the assault he endured at the hands of Randy Savage last week. JJ has recommended Savage be fined $50k for his actions as of late. DDP-Savage II at the Great American Bash will no longer be sanctioned by WCW, it will now be a “lights out” match where anything goes and falls count anywhere.

Randy Savage and Elizabeth are ready and waiting with a rebuttal from the stands. Savage says he’s got $100 grand set aside for what he did last week to JJ Dillon and what he’s about to do to JJ Dillon this week. JJ says that not even Randy Savage has unlimited funds and that fine will not be waived no matter what he does. Diamond Dallas Page walks out and says he wants Randy Savage asap. He comes down and jumps the rail to get at DDP only for security to pull them apart.

5.) Jeff Jarrett defeated Dean Malenko to become the new WCW United States Champion when Eddie Guerrero hit Malenko with a Frog splash after he  jumped the rail with his arm in a sling. Eddie took his arm out of the sling before hitting the splash and Jarrett locked in the Figure Four leg lock  and forces Malenko to submit.

– Gene Okerlund is standing by with Jimmy Hart. We need to find out what Chris Benoit’s next test will be. The Faces of Fear soon appear behind Jimmy Hart. Tonight is the return of Kevin Sullivan and Jacqueline. Sullivan mentions his Boston roots and calls Benoit out. Before Benoit shows up, Sullivan tells Meng and Jacqueline not to touch him. Here comes Benoit and he trades blows with Sullivan. The Faces of Fear and Jacqueline try and contain their composures, but eventually they help Sullivan beat up Benoit right before the commercial break.

6.) Rowdy Roddy Piper & Ric Flair over Scott Hall & Kevin Nash by Disqualification due to interference from Syxx.

The Four Horsemen come out to even the odds.  Buff Bagwell and Scott Norton come out to to aid their nWo brethren. Kevin Greene comes in, but he just wants a piece of Mongo. They wind up brawling into the aisle. The Steiners and Harlem Heat start fighting all around the announce position. Even Glacier, Mortis, and Wrath are fighting. Crowd wants Sting, no doubt about that. Now even the luchadores have come out! Kevin Sullivan and the Faces of Fear even join in on the action to beat on Benoit. Randy Savage heads down to take part in the beatdown on Flair and Piper, but of course Diamond Dallas Page runs down. The nWo try and stop him, but he still manages to drop Savage with the Pancake. Just as DDP starts to get up, Hollywood Hogan appears out of nowhere and smashes DDP in the back of the head with the WCW world title belt. Down goes Flair as well. DDP rolls to the floor and the next thing you know, Sting descends from the rafters! He lands right where DDP is lying. He points the bat at the nWo crew and beats anybody who comes near him with the bat – particularly in this case Nash, Norton, and Bagwell. He hooks up DDP and they both ascend up into the rafters! I can’t imagine being lifted up off the ground face down like that. Meanwhile, Flair and Piper try and beat up the Outsiders some more while Hogan points a finger and yells up at Sting. FOLKS, WE’RE OUTTA TIME!

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