Terrance Taylor is former Red Rooster, Terry Taylor, with a fancy guy gimmick. Van Hammer is the tall guy from Raven’s Flock who wasn’t The Yeti. This is Van Hammer’s debut and it is bowling shoe ugly.
Taylor attacks Van Hammer before the bell, braining him with an early 90s laptop computer. It would be the only offense Terry Taylor’d get in this match which saw Van Hammer hit a couple clotheslines, go up top, hit an ugly knee and get the big win. To be totally honest Van Hammer’s best move was him headbanging with a Flying V guitar as he came down to the ring.
Now I can see the logic in giving a debuting dude a win, even a kind of big one, but a 39 second squash against a former champion just made Taylor look like a joke. Give Van Hammer the win after 4 or 5 minutes and he still is a guy who beat a former champ in his debut, but it doesn’t make Taylor look like a chump, or have him squash an actual jobber. But what do I know, I’m just a guy who watches wrestling.
Ric Flair loves to fight with Big Boys That Love to Roughhouse! We get footage of him fighting and ultimately pinning Vader that apparently proves the point that Ric Flair is not afraid of Kevin Nash while also burying a dude who was no longer with WCW.
We go to the announce team for the evening: Tony Schiavone, Bobby Heenan, and Larry Zybyszko. They tell us that because of the NBA Playoffs, Nitro is only an hour long this week and then some bagpipes hit.
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This right here? This is what made WCW in the mid-90s so much fun to watch. Sure there was the entire nWo thing going on at the top, but on the undercard we were getting matches like this. The same could not be said of the WWE at the time, though while WCW saw these two men as perpetual undercard dudes, the WWE would turn them into World Champions.
Everything must have a beginning, and this match here is Bill Goldberg’s…unless of course you count dark matches, which we don’t.
Goldberg’s Streak Count: 1
In 1997 the WCW had done gangbusters. Nitro was one of the highest rated shows on TV or maybe just on cable. They were so successful and making so much money that they decided to add a another show to their TV schedule in addition to Nitro and Saturday Night and Worldwide and Main Event and whatever else they already had. That show would air on Thursday nights and be known as Thunder. This is that show.
This is the premiere episode so we get a pretty stacked card with something like three different title matches signed plus the Larry Zbyszko vs. Eric Bischoff match from Starrcade ’97 in its entirety, which I sure the fans in the arena are going to love. So let’s take it away!
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One of Kevin Nash’s countless bad gimmicks! I give you one half of the Master Blasters: Steel!
Another episode of Worldwide, another victim to Goldberg’s streak. Leroy Howard (or Lee Roy Howard as his graphic lists him) gets maimed in like 30 seconds. Not even the announcers know how many wins Goldberg has at this point. “I think this might be 92, but it could be more. We have to check with Mike Tenay and find out for sure!”
Goldberg’s Streak Count: 92~98?
“What is this man? Where is he from? What’s he all about?”