WCW Saturday Night 4/6/1996

Written by: Bob Colling

World Championship Wrestling presents Saturday Night

1.) Randy Savage defeated The Punisher
2.) Kevin Sullivan defeated Two unknown enhancements
3.) Public Enemy defeated An unknown tag team
4.) The Booty Man defeated WCW World Champion Ric Flair by disqualification
5.) WCW Television Champion Lex Luger defeated The Giant by disqualification to retain the title

Angle Developments/Notes:
1.) Lee Marshall interviews Randy Savage following his easy victory to start the show. Marshall mentions that Savage’s personal life is in shambles currently. Savage is walking intensity and plans his work. Savage promises to whoop Flair and reminds us that he’s the Macho Man while Flair is the Nature Boy.

2.) Backstage, Mean Gene interviewed Jimmy Hart, Kevin Sullivan and Arn Anderson. Anderson isn’t happy with Sullivan nearly having Giant kill him last week on Nitro. Anderson says nobody knew where Hart was and Sullivan doesn’t know either. Hart claims he was taking care of business for Sullivan. Hart tells Sullivan they can’t trust the Horsemen. Sullivan thinks they need to have their act together. Anderson will be ready for Nitro.

3.) Backstage, Mean Gene interviews Lord Steven Regal. Regal recalls his war with Fit Finley at UnCensored. Regal is sporting a black eye. Their issue will not be finished until Regal’s demise. Regal says he has a fractured cheek and a broken nose in recent weeks against Finley. Regal wants another battle next week on Saturday Night. Regal promises their match will be one that people will never forget.

4.) Backstage, Mean Gene interviews Hulk Hogan. Hogan has been trying to figure out what has been going on, as well. Hogan can count the people he can trust on one hand. Hogan has to be ready for everyone coming at him. Booty Man enters the scene and says that Sullivan and Anderson are over confident and that will be their downfall. Booty says Hogan didn’t read page two of the contract. Booty says they get five minutes alone with a manager of their choice. Hogan says if if they slip on a banana peel then they get five minutes with Kimberly? Booty assures that’s not going to happen. Kimberly isn’t worried at all because her men are ready to go.

5.) We hear from Public Enemy via pre-tape comments bragging about Johnny Grunge dressing as Knobbs to recently screw over the Nasty Boys on Nitro. They say this isn’t the last they have seen of them.

6.) A video package promoting WCW World Champion Ric Flair and his relationship with Woman and Elizabeth is aired. Flair brags about riding in limos and Flair is going to show what the good life is all about. Flair fell in love with Woman the first time he put his eyes on her. Flair is sure that it drives Savage nuts to see Elizabeth on his arm. Liz uses Savage’s credit card to pay for some booze.

7.) Randy Savage tries to attack Flair during his entrance, but the locker room empties to keep Savage away.

8.) Booty counters Flair early on with a hammerlock, but Flair takes Booty down to the mat quickly. Booty blocks a right hand and hammers away on Flair several times. Booty sends Flair upside down into the corner and Flair falls to the floor. Flair eye rakes Booty on the apron and chops Booty to the mat. Flair goes to the top rope, but Booty slams Flair to the mat. Booty decks Flair a few times with right hands. Booty backdrops Flair and continues with right hands. Flair misses a chop and Booty connects with a high knee. However, Woman is distracting the referee. Kevin Sullivan and Jimmy Hart come out to attack Booty and that causes the disqualification. Sullivan spikes Booty with a piledriver on the floor. Booty is left laying until the locker room runs out again. (1/2*. It’s amazing that Flair got virtually nothing in the match and this is supposed to leave viewers believing that Booty is a contender to Flair. That is such a frustrating thought. The aftermath was fine as it continues to promote the tag feud that has been going on in recent weeks on Nitro.)

9.) Luger starts the main event with a few clotheslines, but runs into a big boot by Giant. Giant sends Luger chest first into the corner and taunts the fans. Giant sends Luger chest first into the corner again to maintain the advantage. Giant kicks Luger in the ribs several times. Giant presses Luger into the air and down to the mat gut first. Giant delivers several shoulder rams in the corner and again sends Luger into the corner chest first. Giant pulls Luger onto the apron and hits a suplex into the ring. Giant taunts the crowd and chokes Luger in the corner. Giant comes off the ropes to deliver an elbow drop. Giant knee lifts Luger to the mat and keeps the pace of the match rather slow. Giant stops Luger’s attempted comeback and stepping onto Luger. Luger kicks Giant several times, but a blow to the back stops him. Giant drives Luger down to the mat with a backbreaker. Giant delivers a few butt rams into Luger. Giant chokes Luger in the corner a few moments. Giant misses a splash in the corner. Luger comes off the ropes with a few clotheslines, which only stagger Giant. Luger nails Giant with a forearm smash and a forearm smash off the middle rope! Luger grabs Jimmy Hart on the apron. Giant gets the megaphone, but Sting slides in and attacks Giant. Luger helps and they clothesline Giant over the top to the floor! (*1/2. They got a lot more time than I was expecting them to get. The action was quite slow, which shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone. The aftermath was fine, but having back to back disqualifications is a bummer.)

10.) Backstage, Mean Gene interviews Lex Luger and Sting. They will be wrestling Ric Flair and Giant on Nitro with the tag titles on the line. Luger puts over Giant as the most awesome force, but when they are together then good things happen. Sting says he’s been with Luger through thick and thin. Sting says that Luger always redeems himself with him. Sting has no problem taking on Giant and Flair. Luger had Flair in the Torture Rack, but Flair found a way to weasel out. They pose to end the interview.

Final Thoughts:
It’s a skippable week for Saturday Night as there is nothing really going on here. They promoted some stuff for next week and for Nitro. But, this hour edition felt like a filler week for TV.

Thanks for reading.

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