In The Spotlight
‘House Party’ is over and we have a NEW ECW Television Champion in 2 Cold Scorpio who regained the title from Mikey Whipwreck who we saw defeat Scorpio last week on Hardcore TV. ECW’s next show is entitled ‘Big Apple Blizzard Blast’ and takes place February 3rd. With that in mind, this is ECW Hardcore TV from January 9th 1996
We are at the Lost Battalion Hall in Queens, New York as we open with a recap of the feud between Raven and Tommy Dreamer which started back in April 1995 as Joey Styles tells us that this feud started when the two were in summer camp and both of them loved Beulah McGillicutty. This feud has included matches between the two, bar fights in Tampa, broken fingers, Beulah getting hit with a piledriver multiple times, Dreamer being crucified in The Eagle’s Nest and “The Chair Shot Heard Around the World” back at ‘Heat Wave’. Tonight, the two meet again in our main event tonight
Cut to Joey Styles backstage who tells us that we see Taz in action in our opening match against FMW’s Koji Nakagawa. Plus, the man formally known as Mantaur in the WWF, now known as Bruiser Mastino, will be in action. We then get a recap of Cactus Jack declaring himself as Mikey Whipwreck’s partner after Whipwreck on the ECW Tag Team Championship.
Match #1 - Koji Nakagawa vs Taz (w/Bill Alfonso)
Cut to the ring as we see Bill Alfonso who says he doesn’t need to be introduced by ring announcer Joel Gertner as fans chant ‘Alfonso Takes It Up the Ass”. Gertner announces Alfonso regardless before announcing Taz. Alfonso then slaps Koji Nakagawa but when Nakagawa goes after him, Taz shoves him to the mat. The bell rings after Nakagawa slaps Taz but Taz takes control with forearms and a German Suplex dropping Nakagawa on the back of his neck. Nakagawa fires back with chops and a shoulder block but Taz doesn’t budge. He goes for a second rope axe handle but Taz steps out of the way and quickly locks in a Belly-2-Belly suplex. Taz then hits an Head & Arm Side Suplex as Alfonso shouts ‘You people ain’t seen nothin’ yet!’ Hard Way Tazplex by Taz dropping Nakagawa on his head followed by the Kata-Ha-Jime, to win the match by submission.
WINNER - Taz at 2:28
Taz won’t release the hold until Alfonso comes in and tells Taz that he gave up. We then get a replay of the finish of the match. After the replay we see Alfonso daring a fan with a frying pan to hit him as Taz holds him back.
Cut to a corridor with yellow walls where we find The Gangstas. New Jack starts by saying that they are back in ECW and are gonna drop a bomb.
Cut to Joey Styles who tells us that The Eliminators defeated The Pitbulls earlier tonight in a match that wasn’t taped but we do see the finish of the match which was The Eliminators hitting Total Elimination on Pitbull #2 for the win.
Cut to Lance Wright who introduces himself but is quickly cut off by a graphic which is promoting upcoming ECW shows in Pennsylvania at the end of January. Back to Lance Wright who promotes ‘Big Apple Blizzard Blast’ on February 3rd at the Lost Battalion Hall where we are tonight.
Match #2 - El Puerto Ricano vs Bruiser Mastino
As fans chant ‘Mantaur Sucks’ at Mastino, the bell rings and Ricano ducks out of the way of Mastino’s charges. Dropkick by Ricano followed by forerams and clotheslines but the don’t knock Mastino down. Double leg takedown by Ricano does take Mastino down but Mastino is quickly back on his feet and clotheslines Ricano. Fans then chant ‘All You Can Eat’ at Mastino, he responds with a delayed vertical suplex to boos. Belly-2-Belly suplex by Mastino followed by a boot across the throat of Ricano. ‘Boring’ chants by the fans as Mastino misses a splash in the corner allowing Ricano to ascends to the top rope and hit a dropkick but has no effect. Two more dropkicks off the top rope doesn’t knock Mastino down but when Ricano goes for the fourth one, Mastino catches him and hits a powerslam for the three
WINNER - Bruiser Mastino at 3:17
Bruiser Mastino isn’t finished with El Puerto Ricano as he hits another powerslam. As fans chant for 911, Mastino hits another powerslam as 911’s music plays. Out comes 911 as Mastino goes for a fourth powerslam but 911 stops him. The two go face to face until 911 chokeslams Mastino which gets ‘One More Time’ chants. Out runs Bill Alfonso with a whistle who shouts at 911 until Todd Gordon runs out and knocks Alfonso down and unloads with punches until Taz gets in the ring and holds Todd so Alfonso can hit him. Alfonso goes to hit Todd but 911 cuts him off and gets in Taz’s face. Mastino then unloads on 911 with forearms which have no effect which results in Mastino getting chokeslammed again. Taz and 911 then get in each other’s faces again until wrestlers and security separate the two but to no effect. 911 then chokeslams JT Smith before leaving with Todd Gordon.
In the ring now are Stevie Richards, Blue Meanie, Sign Guy Dudley and Dances With Dudley. Music then plays which causes Meanie to dance. As fans chant ‘We Want Bubba’, which results in Bubba Ray Dudley coming out to the ring with Big Dick Dudley. Buh Buh then starts dancing to AC/DC’s “Highway to Hell” before slapping Blue Meanie and going back to dancing. ‘What’s Your Name’ chants by the fans as Bubba and Richards confront each other.
MAIN EVENT - #1 Contender for the ECW Heavyweight Championship - Tommy Dreamer vs Raven (w/Stevie Richards, Blue Meanie & Beulah McGillicutty)
Out comes Tommy Dreamer who is greeted by fans who have their arms stretched out. Out comes Stevie Richards, Blue Meanie & Beulah to Raven’s music but there’s no Raven. As Beulah then flirts with a cameraman by removing her flannel shirt, Dreamer spits at Richards. Richards has the mic and says Raven won’t be wrestling tonight as he broke his “leg” the night before. As fans loudly chant ‘Bullshit’, Richards says Blue Meanie will take Raven’s place. Dreamer responds by telling Richards to shut up. He then calls Raven a “pussy” which results in Meanie attacking Dreamer. The bell rings and Dreamer hits a Jumping DDT for the three. In runs Richards but he is also hit with a DDT and also pinned for a three by Dreamer. In runs Beulah who is quickly grabbed by Dreamer and goes to piledriver her but Raven makes the save by throwing the ring steps at Dreamer. Both men are on the outside as Raven throws Dreamer into the guardrail. Raven then sets up a table on the outside and places Dreamer on top of it. Running dive over the top rope by Raven puts Dreamer through the table. Back in the ring as Joey Styles says if Raven wins he will get a shot at Sandman’s ECW Heavyweight Championship. Headbutt by Raven followed by a choke but Dreamer fires back with punches and a DDT. Six DDT’s on Raven and Richards by Dreamer gets ‘He’s Hardcore’ chants. Back to the outside as a fan offers Dreamer a chair which he breaks over Raven’s head. Another fan hands Dreamer a cheese grater which Dreamer uses raking Raven’s forehead which results in Raven bleeding. After Dreamer licks the blood off the cheese grater, he then throws Raven into a chair held up by a fan. Dirty toilet brush between Raven’s legs by Dreamer followed by a boombox across Raven’s back and a garbage can lid across Raven’s head. Both men are now in the crowd but quickly return to ringside. Both men then head outside in the snow as Raven throws Dreamer into the fire escape door. Dreamer is now bleeding from the forehead as the two head back inside with Raven in control taking Dreamer through the crowd and back to ringside. Back in the ring and both men are down after Raven hits a running knee. Low blow by Dreamer who then accidentally hits a running forearm on the referee. Raven then holds Dreamer as Beulah gets in the ring holding a can of hair spray. Dreamer ducks as Beulah sprays Raven in the face. Richards gets in the ring trying to aid a blinded Raven but that ends up with Raven DDT’ing Richards. DDT by Dreamer gets a slow two count. Dreamer then puts Raven in the tree of woe in the corner and does the 10-punches punching Raven between the legs. Dreamer then takes a broken piece of the table and positions it against the bottom rope. Piledriver by Dreamer on the broken piece of table but it only gets a two. A chair is then thrown to Dreamer by a fan but Dreamer hits the referee with it as Raven pulled the ref in his way. Superkick by Richards allows Raven to pin Dreamer but the referee is still down. Meanie then misses a top rope moonsault allowing Dreamer to throw him and Richards out of the ring. This distraction allows Raven to hit a DDT onto a chair on Dreamer for the three
WINNER - Raven at 12:14
Cut to footage from last week of Missy Hyatt kissing Stevie Richards before cutting to a recap from all the wrestlers recapping their time in New York. The show ends with the return… OF SHANE DOUGLAS!!!!
Taz def Koji Nakagawa (2:28)
Bruiser Mastino def El Puerto Ricano (3:17)
#1 Contender Match - Raven (w/Stevie Richards, Blue Meanie & Beulah McGillicutty) def Tommy Dreamer (12:14)
After a little break, I am back with another ECW Hardcore TV recap review. Apologies for the long wait. Since I have been struggling to sit through the recent Hardcore TV’s that I have reviewed, I have decided to skip ahead and jump to the start of 1996. One day I will go back and watch those episodes but right now I felt like I needed to skip ahead. The champions going into 1996 are:
ECW Heavyweight Champion - Sandman (Dec 9 1995 - December to Dismember)
ECW Tag Team Champions - 2 Cold Scorpio & Sandman (Oct 28 1995 - Hardcore TV)
ECW Television Champion - 2 Cold Scorpio (Aug 25 1995 - Hardcore TV)
With that little update sorted out, this is ECW Hardcore TV from January 2nd 1996
We are at the Lost Battalion Hall in Queens, New York and we open with fans chanting ECW outside the venue before the doors opened. Cut inside to find Missy Hyatt sat in the crowd. Paul Heyman and Joey Styles are in the ring welcoming everyone as we get highlights of matches that have already taken place.
Cut to Joey Styles in the ring who tells us that ECW is making it’s debut in New York. Out come Stevie Richards and Blue Meanie who gets ‘You Fat Fuck’ chanted at him. Richards starts by listing a bunch of TV channels and says everyone came to see him dance. As fans chant ‘Shut the Fuck Up’, Richards responds by saying everyone who lives in Queens is a queen and accuses a fan of being a crossdresser and another of being a transexual. He then spots Missy Hyatt in the crowd and begins to flirt with her. Missy calls Richards ‘clueless’ but Richards ignores that and invites her to see ‘his sundial rise up to noon’. He then offers her a date with Raven. She responds by taking off her jacket and kissing Richards.
MATCH #1 - ECW Tag Team & Television Championship Match - 2 Cold Scorpio (c) vs Mikey Whipwreck
Both the ECW Tag Team and Television Championship are on the line in our opening match as explained by ring announcer, Joel Gertner. Scorpio then demands Gertner announce him as ‘2 Gold Scorpio’. The bell rings as Joey Styles tells us that if Whipwreck wins he can pick his own partner to hold the ECW Tag Team Championship with. Both men lock up until Scorpio does a clean break in the ropes. Both men then trade reversals as fans chant ‘SD Jones’. Another lockup leads to Scorpio working on Whipwreck’s arm and follows it with a takeover. Scorpio remains in control of Whipwreck’s arm until hitting a shoulder block followed by a spinning heel kick that hits Whipwreck in the ear. Baseball slide by Scorpio as both men are now on the outside. Whipwreck is then thrown into the guardrail and back into the ring by Scorpio. Bicycle kick by Scorpio to Whipwreck’s face but Whipwreck fights back by hitting with a flying headscissors and two dropkicks. Baseball slide by Whipwreck followed by a flip over the top rope to the outside landing on Scorpio. Scorpio is then thrown into the guardrail and then back into the ring. Whipwreck goes for a top rope crossbody but slips off the top rope allowing Scorpio to drive his knee into Whipwreck’s forehead. Scorpio goes for a powerbomb but Whipwreck counters it into a monkey flip but Scorpio remains in control after a low blow. Knee lift by Scorpio followed by modified powerbomb which only gets a one count as Scorpio stops the referee as he wants to jump off the top rope. Tombstone Piledriver by Scorpio followed by a top rope moonsault but again Scorpio stops the referee at the count of one. Scoop slam by Scorpio followed by a powerbomb and a backflip legdrop off the top rope but again Scorpio stops the referee’s count. This time at two. Superkick by Scorpio who then spits on Whipwreck before ascending to the top rope again but Whipwreck cuts him off and hits a Franken-Mikey for a two. Scorpio misses a splash in the corner allowing Whipwreck to roll him up for a two. Whipwreck then unloads on Scorpio in the corner until Scorpio shoves Whipwreck away who ends up colliding with the referee and landing on top of him. Scorpio then goes for The Scorpio Splash off the top rope but Whipwreck moves out of the way meaning Scorpio splashes the referee. Superkick by Scorpio followed by a turning splash off the top rope and a backbreaker. Powerbomb by Scorpio who then ascends to the top rope but out runs Cactus Jack to shove him off. Double Arm DDT by Cactus gives Whipwreck the three
WINNER - Mikey Whipwreck at 14:02 - NEW TELEVISION & TAG TEAM CHAMPION!!!!
Before Whipwreck can celebrate his win, Cactus Jack hands him his belts and makes himself Whipwreck’s partner and co-holder of the ECW Tag Team Championship. Cactus then attacks Scorpio after Whipwreck gave him back the belt.
Cut to Joey Styles backstage who tells us that we can order tonight’s show in full entitled ‘Holiday Hell’ on the ECW Hotline. Joey then questions how Sandman must feel knowing his partner just lost the ECW Tag Team Championship.
Joey then goes on to promote ‘House Party’ which takes place in 3 days which will be Public Enemy’s last night in ECW. We then get a look back at Public Enemy’s time in ECW which includes getting arrested, stealing a horse from Terry Funk’s ranch, training Mikey Whipwreck for his ladder match against Sandman with beer as well as match highlights.
MAIN EVENT - Public Enemy vs The Gangstas
Out come Public Enemy as Joey Styles tells us that they were scheduled to face The Heavenly Bodies so The Gangstas will take their place. As fans chant ‘Please Don’t Go’, out come The Gangstas. The bell rings as New Jack carves into Johnny Grunge’s head with a fork attached to a noose. Outside the ring, Mustafa throws Rocco Rock into the ring post. Grunge has already been busted open as he gets hung by New Jack with the noose. Garbage can lid to Mustafa’s head by Rocco followed by a springboard moonsault for a two. All four men are on the outside as New Jack has been busted open. Radio to the head by Grunge on New Jack as Rocco dives over the top rope onto Mustafa. Grunge and New Jack are back in the ring with Grunge setting up a chair and hitting a bulldog onto it. Rocco has also been busted open and gets choked by Mustafa. Thrust chop by New Jack who then continues to carve into Grunge’s forehead with the fork. Powerslam by Mustafa on Rocco gets a two. Mustafa then hits multiple elbow drops until Grunge goes after him with a walking stick. Frying pan to the head by Rocco on New Jack but New Jack fights back with a stungun. Frying pan to the groin by Grunge on both Gangstas before demanding a table be handed to him. A table is then handed to Grunge who then sets Mustafa on it. Moonsault off the top rope by Rocco onto Mustafa but the table doesn’t break. Mustafa is quick to his feet and throws Grunge to the outside and then hits Rocco with a belly-2-back suplex. Outside, New Jack dives off the apron onto Grunge in the aisle way. In the ring, Mustafa hits a moonsault off the top rope through Rocco and the table. Grunge returns and clotheslines Mustafa for a two. Scoop slam by Mustafa on Grunge then misses a knee drop. This allows Public Enemy to his The Drive-By on Mustafa but the referee is distracted with Grunge and New Jack on the outside. Chair to the face by New Jack on Rocco allows Mustafa to roll him up for the three
WINNERS - The Gangstas at 8:28
Cut to The Gangstas outside. New Jack says that just because they got suspended doesn’t mean they left. He says he and Mustafa got suspended with no pay and compares himself and Mustafa to rabid dogs. He then says Public Enemy are heading to WCW to dress up in pink dresses with pink bows in their hair. He then mentions that he and Mustafa will take on Public Enemy in a Street Fight at ‘House Party’. Cut to Public Enemy in a stairwell. Rocco Rock refers to ‘House Party’ as their last dance and he and Johnny Grunge will offer one last dose of violence in 3 days.
Cut back to Joey Styles who throws to Cactus Jack in the locker room with a bloodied Raven. Cactus has brought Mikey Whipwreck with him to hand all of Mikey’s belts to Raven. Raven refuses and says Mikey is worthless. Mikey leaves as Cactus gets shoved into lockers by Raven. Cactus laughs throughout this but stops when Raven tells him to never fail him again.
ECW Tag Team & Television Championship - Mikey Whipwreck def 2 Cold Scorpio (c) (14:02)
The Gangstas def Public Enemy (8:28)
ECW HOUSE PARTY 1996 Card - January 5th 1996 at Viking Hall in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
911 & Rey Mysterio vs The Eliminators
Axl Rotten vs Rob Van Dam
ECW Television Championship - Mikey Whipwreck (c) vs 2 Cold Scorpio
Hack Myers vs Taz
Buh Buh Ray Dudley vs Jimmy del Ray
JT Smith & Tony Stetson vs The Bad Crew
ECW Heavyweight Championship - Sandman (c) vs Konnan
Sabu vs Stevie Richards
Street Fight The Gangstas vs Public Enemy
Hog Wild is less than a week away which means one thing… We can stop hearing everyone bang on about how many bikers hang out at a motorcycle rally. As always I will leave the card for the Pay Per View at the end of this review for you to check out. With that in mind, this is WCW Monday Nitro from August 5th 1996.
For the last time, we are live from Disney MGM Studios in Orlando, Florida as we cut to Tony and Larry who talk about The Outsiders attacking wrestlers backstage last week as fans chant ‘Larry’. Larry constantly refers to The NWO as ‘New World Odder’. Tony then talks about the four empty chairs we saw on the hard camera last week and says security in WCW isn’t good enough. Out come several wrestlers as Tony says they will act as security for the night. Guys such as Big Bubba Rogers, Scott Norton & Meng.
MATCH #1 - WCW Tag Team Championship - Harlem Heat (c) (w/Col. Robert Parker & Sister Sherri) vs The Rock & Roll Express
Out come The Rock & Roll Express to loud cheers as Tony tells us about their past as WCW Tag Team Champions. Out come Harlem Heat along with Colonel Robert Parker and Sister Sherri as Larry says wrestlers are putting their differences aside to take on The NWO. As fans chant ‘Heat’, we see Parker and Sherri dance at ringside as the bell rings. We start with Stevie Ray and Ricky Morton but Stevie Ray tags out without touching Morton. Booker T is now in and locks up with Morton and hits a shoulder tackle which sends Morton flying across the ring. Both men lock up again and Booker hits another shoulder tackle. Fans are firmly behind Harlem Heat as Robert Gibson gets tagged in and helps his partner clothesline Booker over the top rope as we cut to a Slim Jim commercial
We are back as Morton works on Stevie Ray’s leg until Stevie rakes his eyes. Booker is tagged in and hits a Harlem Sidekick followed by an Axe Kick for a two. Stevie is tagged in and hits a back elbow followed by a press slam on Morton for a two. Booker gets tagged in and chokes Morton on the mat as Tony and Larry talk about bikers. Chin lock by Booker who then gets distracted when he sees Parker whipping sweat off Sherri’s head. This distraction allows Morton to roll Booker up for a two. Stevie is tagged in and locks in a chin lock on Morton as the camera looks at Sherri and Parker whipping sweat off each other. Guess it’s warm tonight in Orlando. Scoop slam by Stevie who then tags in Booker who misses an elbow but after quickly getting up via The Spinaroonie, he hits an heel kick on Morton for a two. Sidewalk slam by Booker who then misses a second rope knee drop allowing Gibson to tag in. In comes Gibson who runs wild on Harlem Heat. Double dropkick by The Rock & Roll Express but as Gibson goes for the pin, the referee is ordering Morton to get on the apron. This allows Sherri to try and kiss Gibson but he shoves her away. Parker gets mad about this and gets on the apron but Gibson knocks him off the apron. Bicycle Kick by Stevie Ray on Gibson allows Booker to get the three
WINNERS - Harlem Heat at 8:25
We then get a 1-800-COLLECT replay of the finish of the match before cutting to Mean Gene with The Nasty Boys at the entrance way. Mean Gene tells us that they will be in the main event tonight against Lex Luger & Sting. Brian Knobbs then talks about his friendship with Hulk Hogan and says everyone has their own opinion. Out come Lex Luger & Sting who demand The Nasty Boys tell them who side are they on. Jerry Sags says they aren’t with WCW or NWO before he and Knobbs leave as we get a graphic telling us that The Giant will be in action later tonight against Sgt. Craig Pittman
Glacier Promo! It’s the exact same one we keep seeing over and over!
MATCH #2 - Malia Hosaka (w/Sonny Onoo) vs Madusa
Out comes Malia Hosaka along with Sonny Onoo as Tony and Larry talk about Madusa’s match at Hog Wild against Bull Nakano where the losers bike gets smashed. Out comes Madusa who gets a few claps from fans but nothing much. The bell rings as the two have a stare down until Madusa does a sweeping leg kick knocking Hosaka down. Madusa then hits a sunset flip for a two but Hosaka fights back with kicks to the mid-section followed by throwing Madusa across the ring by the hair. As fans chant ‘USA’, Madusa hits a spinning heel kick but Hosaka fights back with a leg sweep and locks in a spinning toe hold into a Figure Four. Hosaka releases the hold and hits and Indian Deathlock but Madusa rolls free but Hosaka remains in control by pulling the hair and rubbing Madusa’s face in the mat. Madusa then fights back as we see a limo parked in the back. Suplex by Madusa gets a two. Sunset flip by Hosaka but Madusa was in the ropes when Hosaka went for the pin. Second rope suplex by Madusa who then dropkicks Onoo off the apron. This allows Hosaka to trip up Madusa and get the three while Onoo holds onto her legs
WINNER - Malia Hosaka at 4:39
We then get a rundown of the WCW Saturday Night card as Tony tells us that it will be the pre-show to Hog Wild which will have Arn Anderson taking on Hugh Morrus and an interview with Ric Flair.
Cut to footage from three weeks ago from the ending of the Eddie Guerrero/Chris Benoit match as we see Dean Malenko throwing Benoit into the ringpost allowing Guerrero to win the match by count out.
MATCH #3 - Alex Wright vs Chris Benoit (w/Elizabeth & Woman)
Out comes Alex Wright to a mixed reaction. Out comes Chris Benoit with the Elizabeth & Woman as Tony tells us that he will take on Dean Malenko at Hog Wild. The bell rings as both men lock up with Benoit raking Wright’s eyes and unloading with kicks and punches in the corner until the referee pulls him apart. This allows Wright to take control with kicks and an arm drag for a one count. Dropkick by Wright sends Benoit to the outside as we cut to the limo in the back. Back to live action as Benoit is in control after a shoulder tackle before slapping Wright in the face. Both men then trade reversals until Benoit hits a shoulder block but Wright fights back with a monkey flip followed by two headscissor takedowns and an arm drag into an armbar. Wright then misses a splash in the corner which allows Benoit to hit a high knee followed by a back elbow for a two. Back suplex by Benoit gets a two. Chops and headbutts in the corner by Benoit but Wright tries to fight back but Benoit cuts him off by front suplexing Wright across the top rope for a two. Roll up by Wright gets a two. Snap suplex by Benoit gets a two. Benoit then locks in an abdominal stretch but Wright breaks free with an armdrag but Benoit remains in control by locking in a camel clutch which he releases. As Larry talks about loving the sound of bones snapping, Benoit hits a snap scoop slam as Jimmy Hart comes to ringside and asks Woman to join The Dungeon of Doom and accuses Benoit of not being championship material. Scoop slam by Wright followed by a top rope legdrop as Dean Malenko comes to ringside and grabs Woman. Benoit sees this and dives over the top rope onto Malenko which results in the two brawling to the back. This results in Benoit getting counted out
WINNER - Alex Wright by Count Out at 8:20
As Benoit throws Malenko into a tree, we cut to commercial
MATCH #4 - Lord Steven Regal (w/Jeeves) vs Randy Savage
Out comes Lord Steven Regal with Jeeves to boos who is constantly adjusting his wig. Out comes Randy Savage as pyro goes off to loud crowd reaction. The bell rings as fans chant ‘Macho’. Both men lock up with Savage taking Regal into the corner which gets a clean break. Regal then hits a armdrag before flexing to the crowd. Savage then takes control of Regal’s arm but Regal breaks free with a drop toe hold. Regal then continues to work on Savage’s arm but Savage fires back by choking Regal constantly with the ropes, his boots and hands. Uppercut by Regal as the countdown to Hour Two. ‘Macho’ chants starts again as Tony gets news that Eric and Bobby haven’t arrived at their commentary desk. Both men are on the outside as the pyro to signal hour two goes off. Knees to the chest by Regal followed by forearms in the corner but Savage fights back as Sting and Lex Luger come to ringside and sit in the front row with the fans. As Luger’s handshake gets rejected by a fan, Savage takes control of the match with an elbow followed by a backdrop. Both men are now on the outside as Savage throws Regal into Sting & Luger’s chairs. Back in the ring and Savage hits a scoop slam followed by a top rope elbow drop for the three
WINNER - Randy Savage at 6:18
As Sting & Lex Luger leave heading towards the limo in the back, Sting opens the door to see a bouquet of flowers on the back seat saying ‘Condolences on the death of WCW’ gifted to them by The New World Order. Mean Gene is in the ring with Savage as Luger and Sting join them eventually. Mean Gene tells us that Savage will get a shot at the WCW World Heavyweight Championship after Hog Wild. Sting interrupts and shows off the bouquet of flowers. Sting think The NWO aren’t bad guys for giving them flowers but hopes they kept the receipt as he says WCW is alive and well. Savage takes the flowers and boots them into the camera and into the crowd as the limo leaves.
FFFUUUU….. The Booty Man’s up next!!!
Cut to Tony and Larry at ringside who tell us that Eric and Bobby aren’t here so they will cover the second hour of Nitro. Tony recaps that wrestlers are acting as security tonight before cutting to footage from WCW Saturday Night of Ric Flair refusing to release the Figure Four on Chavo Guerrero. Eddie Guerrero makes the save but gets attacked by Flair. Cut to after the match as Eddie says he and Chavo came to WCW to wrestle. Rey Mysterio joins them holding his head and wearing a towel around his neck.
MATCH #5 - WCW United States Championship - The Booty Man (w/The Booty Babe) vs Ric Flair (w/Debra, Elizabeth & Woman)
Out comes The Booty Man with The Booty Babe. No one cares about Booty Man but they do like Booty Babe. Out comes Ric Flair with the women as Tony says he’s the number one contender for the WCW World Heavyweight Championship. As Tony says ‘politicians never admit that they are wrong’, out comes Arn Anderson carrying a chair. His arm is heavily wrapped up following last weeks attack. The bell sounds as Flair jumps Booty from behind in the corner before quickly throwing him to the outside. Back in the ring and Flair hits a snapmare followed by punches as the camera cuts to Chris Benoit & Steve McMichael at the entrance way stood next to the tree. Low blow by Flair followed by a running boot to the head. Chops by Flair in the corner but Booty fires back as Bobby Heenan joins Tony and Larry and tells us that he won’t do commentary tonight as Eric isn’t here. Flair remains in control by locking in a Figure Four while holding onto the ropes as Benoit & McMichael run into the ring and attack Booty Man.
WINNER - The Booty Man by DQ at 3:00
As Bobby leaves, Larry says that they are attacking Booty Man as he is friends with Hulk Hogan. Chair to the knee by Arn Anderson as Flair threatens to kicks Tony at the commentary desk. Mean Gene is in the ring as Flair locks in a Figure Four on Booty Man. Arn Anderson says pain is a great thing in life. He then says everyone was brought together by necessity. He says ‘The New World Order as been put into place and signals the beginning of the end of time’. He says that if you’re gonna attack someone with a baseball bat then you should finish the job. Chris Benoit then talks about him crying last week seeing Arn hurt and says he will seek revenge. Steve McMichael then shouts a lot. Ric Flair then takes the mic and demands Hulk Hogan watch him as he leaves the ring and continues attacking The Booty Man’s knee. He says Hogan can’t wake up one morning and call himself a bad guy and says challenges him to a fight as we cut to commercial
Cut to footage from last week of The Outsiders’ backstage attack. Back to Tony and Larry who say that The Four Horsemen attacking The Booty Man is justifiable. Larry then compares Hulk Hogan to the devil by having that he has ‘666’ tattooed on the back of his head.
We then get a paid announcement by The New World Order. It starts with Kevin Nash mocking Lex Luger’s poses, Hulk Hogan mocking Sting and Scott Hall locking in Full Nelsons and says Hogan will be the NWO World Heavyweight Champion. Hogan then points out that the day after Hog Wild is his birthday before saying, ‘Giant, fe-fi-fo-fum, how could you be so dumb’. Scott Hall then says that everything they do is business, nothing personal. The tape then stops as we get the producer, Craig Leathers, speaking to Tony saying Sting and Lex Luger have demanded he turn the tape off. Both Luger and Sting question Craig Leathers about airing The NWO paid announcement we just say. Sting gets mad but then calms down when he remembers that he has ‘free pork pies and Mountain Dew’ in his trailer.
MATCH #6 - WCW World Heavyweight Championship - The Giant (c) (w/Jimmy Hart) vs Sgt. Craig Pittman (w/Teddy Long)
Out comes Sgt Craig Pittman along with Teddy Long to no crowd reaction unless a camera is pointed at them. Out comes The Giant along with Jimmy Hart as we cut to commercial for Hog Wild
We are back as the bell rings while the referee nearly drops the belt presenting it to the camera. Pittman gets a waist lock on Giant but Giant breaks free with ease and starts kicking and standing on Pittman’s chest. Kicks in the corner by Giant followed by a butt thrust. Pittman avoids the second and hits two diving headbutts. He goes for a third but Giant catches him and hits a chokeslam for the three
WINNER - The Giant at 2:33
Teddy Long gets in the ring to stop The Giant from chokeslamming Pittman. Giant agrees but he then chokeslams Teddy Long as a few fans chant ‘One More Time’. Mean Gene is in the ring with The Giant and Jimmy Hart to interview them. Jimmy Hart starts by saying that he always told Hulk Hogan the truth. Mean Gene cuts him off as he sees the limo from earlier has returned. The Giant says what we just say was a message to Hogan. As fans chant ‘Hogan’, Giant says he always wanted to be a champion since he was a kid and doesn’t feel sorry for whoever gets in his way.
Glacier promo!!! Have I mentioned that I do not care anymore about him?
Cut to footage from WCW Saturday Night of Sting using Randy Savage’s briefcase to hit Brian Knobbs in the head to win their match against The Nasty Boys. While they were counting the pin, out comes Debra & Steve McMichael who take the briefcase away
MAIN EVENT - The Nasty Boys vs Lex Luger & Sting
Out comes The Nasty Boys as Tony tells us that Eric is at WCW Headquarters in Atlanta. Out comes Lex Luger & Sting as Tony points out that Sting is wearing purple and yellow, the colours of WCW. Out come The Steiner Brothers who watch the match and to act as security. Luger and Sags start the match. Sags starts by unloading with forearms in the corner until Luger fights back with kicks in the corner. Knobbs is tagged in and he and Sags hits double team shoulder block for a two. Knobbs then misses a splash in the corner allowing Luger to clothesline him and tag in Sting. Clothesline by Sting followed by a bulldog for a two. Sting then gets tripped up by Sags allowing Knobbs to drop an elbow and make an illegal tag behind the referee’s back. Clothesline in the corner by Sags who then tags in Knobbs. Splash in the corner followed by an elbow drop by Knobbs gets a two. Legdrop by Sags who tags in Knobbs who drops an elbow for a one count as the referee was distracted with Luger. Chin lock by Knobbs followed by a scoop slam. As Luger tells Sting to ‘fight back’, Knobbs misses a second rope elbow allowing Sting to tag in Luger. Luger then runs wild on The Nastys before motioning for the Torture Rack. He goes for it on Sags but Knobbs cuts him off. As those two brawl on the outside, Sags accidentally runs into Rick Steiner. As Sags goes for a piledriver on the outside, Rick Steiner clotheslines him before Luger rolls him back in the ring allowing Sting to lock in The Scorpion Deathlock for the submission victory
WINNERS - Lex Luger & Sting at 7:05
We are back from commercial as Mean Gene is with Luger and Sting in the ring. Two kids are also in the ring doing Luger and Sting’s poses. Both men laugh about the limo returning but Luger thinks it’s another gag gift like last time. Mean Gene then joins them to the limo as well as Big Bubba Rogers. Sting opens the door but gets a bag thrown at him by someone before the limo leaves. Sting opens the bag to find a note saying ‘Rey was right, There are four guys… Or are there five? See ya in Sturgis!’ Sting says he’s losing respect for them now as Luger points out that the bag has a Turner logo, not an NWO logo. And that concludes WCW Monday Nitro
WCW Tag Team Championship - Harlem Heat (w/Col. Robert Parker & Sister Sherri) (c) defeat The Rock 'n' Roll Express (8:25)
Malia Hosaka (w/Sonny Onoo) def Madusa (4:39)
Alex Wright def Chris Benoit (w/Elizabeth & Woman) (Count Out) (8:20)
Randy Savage def Lord Steven Regal (w/Jeeves) (6:18)
WCW United States Championship - The Booty Man (w/The Booty Babe) def Ric Flair (w/Debra, Elizabeth & Woman) (c) (DQ) (3:00)
WCW World Heavyweight Championship - The Giant (w/Jimmy Hart) (c) def Sgt. Craig Pittman (w/Teddy Long) (2:33)
Lex Luger & Sting defeat The Nasty Boys (7:05)
Venue - Disney MGM Studios
Location - Orlando, Florida
Attendance - 450 (0 Paid)
TV Rating - 3
WCW HOG WILD 1996 CARD from Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in Sturgis, South Dakota
WCW Cruiserweight Championship - Rey Mysterio (c) vs Ultimo Dragon
Ice-Train vs Scott Norton
Loser’s Motorcycle Gets Smashed - Bull Nakano vs Madusa
Chris Benoit vs Dean Malenko
WCW Tag Team Championship - Harlem Heat (c) vs The Steiner Brothers
WCW United States Championship - Ric Flair (c) vs Eddie Guerrero
Lex Luger & Sting vs The Outsiders
WCW World Heavyweight Championship - The Giant (c) vs Hulk Hogan
After a little break, I am back with another WCW Monday Nitro recap review. Apologies for the long wait. When we last left off, we heard Sting and Randy Savage challenge The Outsiders to a match at Hog Wild. Will they accept? Let's find out, this is WCW Monday Nitro from July 29 1996
We are live from the Disney MGM Studios in Orlando, Florida yet again as we cut to Tony and Larry at ringside who tell us that The Giant will defend the WCW World Heavyweight Championship in our main event against Arn Anderson. Also, Rey Mysterio will defend the WCW Cruiserweight Championship against Eddie Guerrero. Plus, The American Males will take on The Steiner Brothers. Both men then talk about The New World Order invading the director's truck last week as we cut to footage filmed by The Outsiders outside an arena in Cincinnati the Saturday before Nitro. The footage then shows The Outsiders attacking Sting after the show and throwing him in the trunk of his car. Where's Lex Luger in all this? Well, he was told by a someone that there was a fan backstage that wanted to meet him.
Match #1 - Mike Enos vs Jim Duggan
Out comes Mike Enos as Tony points out that there is no Col. Robert Parker. He gets little to no reaction. Out comes Jim Duggan and both me and Larry are not happy to see him as fans chant 'USA'. The bell rings and Enos attacks Duggan in the corner with shoulder blocks until Duggan fights out of it with a hip toss and a clothesline over the top rope to the outside. As fans chant 'USA' at Enos, Enos eventually takes his jacket off and goes for a shoulder tackle before the two trade headbutts and fists until Duggan hits a delayed atomic drop. Both men then go to the outside as Enos scoop slams Duggan on the concrete floor that doesn't have padded mats. Back in the ring and both men sloppily trade fists until Enos hits a standing legdrop followed by a chinlock. Duggan fights out of it but gets knocked down by a big boot for a one count. As Tony tells us that there is extra security hired tonight, Enos remains in control with a chinlock which Duggan, again, fights out off but to no avail as Enos chokes Duggan in the ropes. More 'USA' chants as both men collide into each other. Back on their feet and Duggan hits a sunset flip for a two. Neckbreaker by Enos gets a two as Tony points out four empty seats in the front row that might be purchased by The NWO. Suplex by Enos who then ascends to the top rope but misses a splash as Duggan rolls out of the way. Duggan tries to fight back in the corner but the referee stops him as Duggan is ignoring the referee's count. Enos then takes advantage of this and does the exact same thing to Duggan which results in the referee doing the same thing he did to Duggan. While the referee argues with Enos, Duggan pulls out tape from his tights, tapes up his fist and punches Enos for the three
WINNER - Jim Duggan at 7:30
We get a Pepboys Power Pin of the Week replay of the finish of the match before cutting to Mean Gene in the ring with Jim Duggan. Mean Gene asks Duggan on his thoughts on The NWO. Duggan says everyone believed with Hulk Hogan and asks why did he turn his back on everyone. He then challenges Hogan to a fight before leaving to 'USA' chants
We then get a rundown of this week's WCW Saturday Night card - Chavo Guerrero vs Ric Flair, The Giant vs Brian Knobbs and Chris Benoit vs Randy Savage.
Match #2 - The Four Horsemen (w/Debra, Elizabeth & Woman) vs Lex Luger, Randy Savage & Sting
Out come The Four Horsemen; Benoit, Flair and McMichael, along with the women as Tony points out that Arn Anderson isn't there as he's getting prepared for his match later tonight. Out comes Lex Luger, Randy Savage & Sting which results in everyone brawling on the outside as the bell rings. In the ring, Sting hits 10-punches on Flair in the corner before everyone continues to brawl on the outside as we cut to commercial
GLACIER PROMO!!! I haven't missed these
We are back and the referee has restored order and orders the bell be rerung. Sting and Benoit start the match with Benoit chopping Sting in the corner but Sting fights back with a backdrop and a clothesline. Flair gets tagged in and attacks Savage on the apron which allows Sting to unload on Flair with punches. Flair then gets sent to the outside which results in Savage attacking him at the VIP Section. Flair returns to the ring and gets press slammed by Sting. Savage is tagged in as Flair kisses Elizabeth just to annoy Savage. Savage then hits 10-punches in the corner on Flair who then walks to the back but Savage goes after him . Savage throws Flair into the stands and back in the ring. McMichael and Luger are both tagged in as fans chant 'Luger'. Back elbow by McMichael has no effect on Luger. Headlock by McMichael but Luger powers out and throws McMichael through the ropes. McMichael returns and tags in Flair who chops Luger but to no effect as Luger press slams Flair. Suplex by Luger gets a two. Benoit is tagged in and chops and kicks away at Luger in the corner until Savage intervines. Flair is tagged in but Luger clotheslines Flair and tags in Sting. Dropkick by Sting followed by a top rope suplex as fans are on their feet. That suplex gets a two. Sunset flip by Sting but McMichael tags himself in and drops an elbow. Clothesline in the corner by McMichael followed by a backbreaker before tagging in Benoit. As fans chant 'Stinger', Benoit hits a forearm for a two. Back suplex by Benoit gets a two. Flair gets tagged in as he and Sting trade punches and chops until Flair gets a two. Backslide by Sting gets a two as Benoit makes the save. Elbow the the knee by Flair who then locks in a Figure Four on Sting. Sting then reverses the hold until Flair gets to the ropes and goes for another Figure Four but Sting rolls him up for a two. Benoit is tagged in and works on Sting's knee in the ropes before hitting a snap suplex for a two. Half Boston Crab by Benoit which Luger breaks up as Flair gets tagged in. Out runs Jimmy Hart who demands a cameraman follow him to the back screaming 'The Outsiders are in the back'. Meanwhile, in the ring, Luger was tagged in and runs wild on everyone as Jimmy Hart gets on the apron and demands someone listen to him. Luger listens as we cut backstage to find Arn Anderson in pain on the floor.
We see that The Outsiders have attacked Anderson and Marcus Bagwell with baseball bats. Scotty Riggs comes out from the trailer to check on his partner but he gets hit in the head with a stage light by Scott Hall. Out comes Rey Mysterio who dives onto Kevin Nash who catches him and throws him head first into the trailer. The Outsiders then leave in their limo as the bell sounds
DOUBLE COUNT OUT at 13:23
The match is ruled as a double count out as Randy Savage jumps on top of the limo that is driving away. We then hear nothing but panic and screaming as everyone tries to figure out what's happening. Sting asks Eddie Guerrero to translate for Mysterio who says 'He says there were four of them'.
We are back from commercial and we look at Arn Anderson on the floor in pain holding his arm and ribs as Woman is crying her eyes out. A Fire Engine then arrives as Riggs isn't moving. Cut to Mysterio who is yelling 'Cuatro' as Eddie Guerrero tries to figure out how they can be four Outsiders. An ambublance then arrives as McMichael is still yelling is lungs off. Back to Mysterio as Guerrero and Alex Wright try to figure out who the fourth man is, if there is one. EMTs then remove Mysterio's mask as Tony explains the history of masks in Mexican wrestling. Mysterio is loaded into the ambulance as Alex Wright goes with him. Back to The Four Horsemen as Benoit is in tears. Back to Scotty Riggs who still isn't moving. Meng then arrives and confronts Benoit as Jimmy Hart and McMichael seperate the two. Back to Tony and Larry at ringside who don't know what will happen now as fans at attendance have no clue what has happened as we cut to commercial
We are back and Eric and Bobby have joined Tony and Bobby at ringside. Bobby then says the commentary job isn't worth risking more injury and leaves. Eric says the fans are fortunate to not know what has happened backstage as we see Arn Anderson loaded onto a stretcher. Eric then questions whether the fourh member of The NWO is still backstage lurking in the shadows. As fans chant 'Boring' as they haven't seen anything for about 10 minutes as they have no monitors or big screen to see what the fans at home can see. Fans then chant 'NWO' as we see Anderson loaded into an ambulance as Eric points out how shook up Flair looks. Flair and Woman get in the ambulance with Anderson before cutting to Sting helping Bagwell into an ambulance. Eric then gets word that people backstage are trying to sort out new matches as Bagwell is loaded into the same ambulance Anderson is in along with Sting.
Match #3 - High Voltage vs The Steiner Brothers
Out come High Voltage, Kenny Kaos & Robbie Rage, making their WCW debut to no noise from the crowd. Out come The Steiner Brothers as pyro goes off in the background who both look unfocused as Rick is constantly looking behind him. Cut backstage as EMTs finally load Scotty Riggs into an ambulance. The bell rings and we start with Scott Steiner and Kenny Kaos. Rick isn't on the apron and is wandering around on the floor until Scott orders him to stay on the apron. Armbar by Scott on Kaos followed by a shoulder tackle. Elbow by Scott as Rick is now stood behind the announcers until Scott consults him. Rick then gets tagged in and is still focused on what just happened backstage. This allows High Voltage to take advantage of this as they work on Rick with a double team suplex. Eric then says that it doesn't matter who wins this match as there will be rematch later. Scott is tagged in and runs wild on High Voltage with clotheslines followed by a tilt-a-whirl slam and a double underhook suplex. Rick is tagged in and hits a running powerslam into the corner on Rage. Clothesline by Rick who then tags in Scott who hits a Steiner Screwdriver on Rage for the three
WINNER - The Steiner Brothers at 4:46
That Steiner Screwdriver looked scary! Rick still looks unfocused as we get a replay of the finish of the match. We then get told that Eddie Guerrero will be in action next against his new opponent.... Big Bubba Rogers!
Cut to Eric, Tony & Larry who don't know what to talk about
Match #4 - Big Bubba Rogers (w/Jimmy Hart) vs Eddie Guerrero
Our second 'Stand-By' match is next as Big Bubba Rogers comes out with Jimmy Hart so a few boos. Out comes Eddie Guerrero as pyro goes off as we cut to commercial
We are back as Eric is rooting for Guerrero who has Bubba in a headlock which Bubba breaks out of and hits a shoulder tackle. Dropkick by Guerrero who sends Bubba to the outside. Bubba returns to the ring and flapjacks Guerrero and follows it up with slaps. As Eric tells us that the WCW World Heavyweight Championship will be defended tonight against a mystery opponent, Bubab drops an elbow for a two. Hair pulling by Bubba gets a two. As fans chant 'Eddie', Guerrero hits a snap back suplex but Bubba is quick to his feet and hits an uppercut. Bubba then rakes at Guerrero's face and ends by saying 'I've got 'til five!' Clothesline by Bubba followed by a choke. Guerrero tries to fight back but Bubba cuts him off with elbows and a camal clutch. Bubba then locks him a chinlock with his legs scissored around Guerrero's waist but Guerrero breaks free. Open palm strike by Bubba followed by a splash in the corner gets a two. Kicks in the corner by Bubba followed by a bearhug into a slam for a two. Roll up by Guerrero gets a two. Eric then tells us that local news have just called WCW wanting to know what happened and it turns out Rey Mysterio was right as they were four men who attacked everyone backstage earlier. Bubba remains in control with a chinlock as fans chant 'Eddie' which quickly dies down. Another slam by Bubba who then places Guerrero on the top rope. Guerrero kicks Bubba away and hits a tornado DDT out of the corner and fires up. Jimmy Hart is on the apron and throws his megaphone at Bubba for him to use. As Bubba goes to pick it up, Guerrero hits a sunset flip for the three
WINNER - Eddie Guerrero at 10:47
Not gonna lie, this match was long and boring. As Bubba and Jimmy Hart argue in the ring, we get a replay of the finish of the match.
We then get a NWO paid commercial. Cut to The NWO who say they are taking over WCW and call out Ted Turner. Hulk Hogan says Ted's millions of dollars won't fix everything in WCW. Scott Hall then calls Sting 'soft' and accepts Sting and Lex Luger's challenge to a match at Hog Wild. Hogan then remembers that he's taking on The Giant at Hog Wild for the WCW World Heavyweight Championship. He then calls WCW 'weak' for having The Giant as the champion. Kevin Nash says The New World Order is a new genesis of wresting
Back to ringside as Tony tells us that Eric has left the commentary desk before he and Larry talk about the backstage assault earlier tonight. We then cut to footage from earlier tonight of Jimmy Hart warning everyone that The Outsiders are in the back.
MAIN EVENT - WCW World Heavyweight Championship - The Giant (c) (w/Jimmy Hart) vs Greg Valentine
Out comes Greg Valentine who is filling in for Arn Anderson following the earlier attack. He gets no reaction from the crowd. Out comes The Giant with Jimmy Hart to squeaky pyro and mixed reactions as we cut to commercial
We are back as we cut to a shot of the moon. Meanwhile, in the ring, the bell rings and both men lock up with Giant shoving Valentine to the mat. Valentine then chops Giant to no effect. He then goes for clotheslines but to no effect. Giant then hits a forearm to the back before choking him in the corner with his boot. Giant then misses a splash in the corner allowing Valentine to hit a top rope axe handles. Valentine goes for a second one but Giant chokeslams him off the top rope which fires the crowd up. Another chokeslam gets the three
WINNER - The Giant at 1:42
Giant gets into the camera and tells Hulk Hogan to pay attention to what he has to say as we get a replay of the finish of the match. Mean Gene is in the ring with Giant and Jimmy Hart. Giant mocks Hogan's poses and mocks his promo style. Giant says it's easy to fall for Hogan's cons and says Hogan never believed in himself. He refers to The Outsiders as piranahas and says he's beaten the best in WCW. He says he will chokeslam Hogan at Hog Wild. Jimmy Hart ends by saying he eats and sleeps wrestling and promises that The Giant will take out Hogan. The show ends with footage of Kevin Nash throwing Rey Mysterio head first into the trailer from earlier
Jim Duggan def Mike Enos (7:30)
The Four Horsemen (w/Debra, Elizabeth & Woman) vs Lex Luger, Randy Savage & Sting (DOUBLE COUNT OUT) (13:23)
The Steiner Brothers def High Voltage (4:46)
Eddie Guerrero def Big Bubba Rogers (w/Jimmy Hart) (10:47)
WCW World Heavyweight Championship - The Giant (c) (w/Jimmy Hart) def Greg Valentine (1:42)
Venue - Disney MGM Studios
Location - Orlando, Florida
Attendance - 450 (0 Paid)
TV Rating - 3.1
Total Revenue for 2015 was $658,800,000, a new company record, with OIBDA of $61,600,000 and total profit of $24,100,000.
Total Dividend payments for the year were $36.33 million, so the company did not gross enough to cover the dividend, and used the cash on hand to cover the payments, effectively meaning that real losses this year were $12.2 million.
As a result, cash on hand fell to $102.4 million, down from $115.4 million on 12/31/2014. Cash on hand, which is partially obscured by a $50 million advance payment for international TV rights last year that was not allocated and simply added to the cash, has declined by $50 million in the last 3 years.
Before the launch of WWE Network, and expenditure required for its preparation, the company was averaging profit of $50 million annually.
The revenue was up $116.2 million from 2014, of which $54.4 million was due to the increase in TV Rights, and $44.4 million was from the WWE Network.
The company actually lost money in Q4 of 2015, reporting a total loss of $1.2 million. This was mostly due to an abandoned media center expansion project, which cost $7.1 million, and a $4.1 million for a management incentive compensation.
North America accounted for 75% of total revenues, down from 78.5% in 2014. Europe/Middle East/Africa increased from 12.7% to 17%.
As of close of business on Friday 12th Feb, the company was worth approximately $1.11 billion.
The stock price, after the reports were issued, dropped from 15.75 at close on Wednesday, to 14.94 at close on Thursday. There was a further drop on Friday to 14.65, which is the lowest mark of 2016 so far, and the lowest since June 2015.
Total Network revenue for 2015 was $138.8 million, with OIBDA of $48.4 million (The OIBDA includes PPV). The revenue number is based on the full $9.99 price, of which the company actually has to share with its partners and does not keep the full amount (The split is usually around 70/30 in favor of WWE), so the revenue total is a misleading stat.
The total number of subscribers as of 31st December 2015 was 1,272,000.
This number is broken down into 1,217,100 paid (939,900 domestic) and 54,900 on a free trial.
The final quarter of the year averaged 1,237,000 paid subscribers, which indicates that the number increased in October for the Undertaker vs. Brock Lesnar HIAC match, but gradually decreased for the remainder of the quarter. Considering the line-ups for both Survivor Series and TLC, this decrease is not a major surprise.
There were 389,000 new sign-ups for Q4 2015, with around 405,000 cancellations. In total, 2015 had 1,973,800 new subscribers and 1,572,700 cancellations.
For the year, the total paid subscribers increased by 49%, as the total paid number on December 31st 2014 was 816,000. An increase was expected due to availability in international markets, so a more accurate indicator might be the domestic number, which increased 21.77%. How close this is to an accurate indication of domestic growth is impossible to say, as some of 772,000 domestic subscribers on 12/31/2014 would have unquestionably been international customers, who switched once the Network was available in their home country, so the real domestic increase would have been higher. As a comparison, NJPW World grew 75% between 01/04/2015 and 01/04/2016.
With the Royal Rumble and the launch in a few new international markets in January 2016 (Germany, Japan, Austria, Switzerland), the number should have increased in the first month of this year, although if the increase had been anything significant, the company probably would have released that number already.
In total, around 2.5 million people have subscribed to the WWE Network since the launch
The company plans to release an updated subscriber number on 04/04/2016 after Wrestlemania 32, and is forecasting an average paid subscriber level of 1,280,000 for Q1 2016.
Total viewing by subscriber is around 15.6 hours per month. 20% of total viewing time is for the monthly PPV, 30% of total viewing time is on original content, and 50% of total viewing time is spent on the back catalogue.
Live Events for 2015 grossed $122.4 million, with 76% of this gross from domestic events. These numbers generally exclude NXT events, but do include the NXT tour of the UK.
Total Live Attendance was 2,055,000, averaging 6,000 domestically and 7,300 internationally. Live attendance was flat domestically when compared against 2014, but increased 18% internationally, although due to a 14% decline in ticket prices, gates only increased by 10%.
No official CMLL numbers are available, although the promotion would have attracted the second largest total attendance figure for the calendar year, with total paid somewhere between 500,000 and 750,000. NJPW had total paid attendance of 335,779 for 2015, averaging 1,777 paid and $175,000 per show. NJPW’s previous financial year (which ended on Jul 31st 2015) had grossed $28 million approximately, with $3 million in total profit. AAA and Dragon Gate would have been the only other promotions in the world to exceed a legitimate total paid attendance of 150,000.
Officially, each live event cost an average of $263,526, with OIBDA of $115,502, although these numbers are slightly skewed by Wrestlemania and International shows. The average domestic show probably cost in the area of $230,000, and made a profit of $75,000.
Total OIBDA was $38 million, up 37% on 2015. The increase was mostly due to 11 extra events, and a 9% increase in domestic ticket prices.
Only 5 shows drew in excess of 15,000 fans for the year, with Seth Rollins, John Cena, Roman Reigns, Bray Wyatt and Dean Ambrose being the top full-time draws for the promotion.
Live Events accounted for almost 19% of the company's total revenue, and around 16% of the total OIBDA (not including corporate & other expenses).
Total Merchandise Sales for the year were $49.5 million, with 55% of sales coming from WWEShop online. Merchandise at live events increased 16%, with an average spend of $10.54 per fan (an increase of 10% from 2014).
WWE Shop had approximately 590,000 orders, up from 435,000 in 2014. Average order value decreased from $47.56 to $45.87.
Total OIBDA for the category was $14 million, up 25% from last year.
Total merchandise revenue was a new company record.
Merchandise accounted for 7.5% of the total company revenue, and around 6% of total OIBDA (not including corporate & other expenses).
TV Rights Revenue increased by 31% to $231.1 million, with OIBDA of $97 million (up 57%). The total increase of $54.4 million was primarily due to a $42.8 million increase in rights fees of existing programming. Around $10 million was from Tough Enough, of which USA Network appeared to pay in the region of $1 million an episode for.
TV Rights were the most profitable division in the company, accounting for almost 42% of the total OIBDA (not including corporate and miscellaneous), and 35% of the total company revenue.
For the year (including DVR), Raw averaged a 3.2 rating (down 6%), Smackdown averaged a 2.1 rating (down 10%), and Total Divas averaged a 1.4 rating (up 9%).
PPV Revenue decreased 54% to $20.6 million. There were 1,403,000 buys in 2015, down from 2,292,000 in 2014 and 3,838,000 in 2013.
No numbers were revealed for TLC 2015, but preliminary indications are that it did the second lowest total of the year (after Fast Lane) and was in the region of 60,000 buys. Domestically, it apparently set a record low of 14,000. The company should release the actual confirmed numbers shortly. Individual breakdowns are available at the link below.
WWE has not released detailed information on WWE Studios performance, but total revenue for the year was $7.1 million, down 35% from $10.9 million in 2014. $4.6 million in revenue has been received from the six releases in 2015. Total assets are estimated at $26.353 million.
OIBDA decreased to a loss of $1,500,000, and there was $500,000 in impairment charges. OIBDA in 2014 was $500,000.
Since inception, WWE Studios has grossed $125.1 million, with a loss of $33.1 million (OIBDA).
The 2015 releases were: Vendetta (The Big Show), 12 Rounds 3 (Dean Ambrose), The Condemned 2 (Randy Orton), The Marine 4 (The Miz and Summer Rae), The Flintstones & WWE, and Santa's Little Helper. The first 3 had a limited theatrical release, with Marine and Flintstones being direct to DVD, and Santa's Little Helper being primarily a TV film for the USA Network.
We don't have WWE profits from these movies yet, but we have sales information for 4 of the 6 films. Both 12 Rounds 3 and The Condemned 2 were complete bombs.
The Flinstones (released in March) has grossed a total of $1,500,061, This includes around 87,000 DVDs sold for $1,388,271. As a comparison, the Scooby Doo film grossed a total of $4,810,533 in sales.
The Marine 4 (released in April) has grossed a total of $1,494,804. This includes around 100,000 units on DVD for a total gross of $1,201,106, and almost 20,000 units on BRD for a total of $293,698. As a comparison, Marine 3 grossed a total of $3,369,863 in sales.
Santa's Little Helper (The Miz and Paige) grossed $494,557 in sales, although the majority in revenue will come from TV Rights, so this film will be profitable, meaning that The Miz continues his streak of starring in profitable movies.
Vendetta, released on 6/12, and in August on DVD, grossed a total of $973,501 to date on Home Video (10% Blu Ray). Around 70,000 units have been sold on DVD for $885,931.
Subject to change, and including distribution-only films, there are 8 movies (including a Scooby Doo sequel) on the calendar for next year.
The profit by movie table is correct up to 09/30/2015: WWE Studios Financial Summary by Film
Home Entertainment grossed $13.4 million in 2015, down 51% from 2014. OIBDA was $4.6 million (down 131%)
A total of 2,081,400 units were shipped in 2015, down 22% from 2014 and 48% from 2013.
The top shipped releases for the year were Wrestlemania 31 (133,000), Rock vs. Cena (99,000), Ultimate Warrior Always Believe (55,000), The Very Best of Nitro (50,000) and The Kliq Rules (45,000).
See also: WWE Home Video Financial Summary
OTHER FINANCIAL NOTES
- Licensing increased by 27% to $48.9 million, of which $10.8 million was from Video Games - the primary reason for the increase. The category recorded OIBDA of $28.8 million, up 37% from 2014.
- Digital Media increased by 3% to $21.5 million, achieving $4.4 million of OIBDA (up 1367%). The revenue increase was attributed to an increase in advertising revenue, with the OIBDA increase due to the costs associated with the discontinuation of the Magazine Division in 2014.
- Total Social Media followers as of 12/31/2015 were 584 million, up 31% on 2014. This includes 394 million on Facebook (up 20%) and 122 million on Twitter (up 30%).
- Total Free Video views for the year were 8.6 billion, primarily from YouTube, as only around 400 million were from wwe.com. Last years views were 4.4 billion.
- The Website and App averaged 20.6 million visitors a month (down 1% from 2014), with an average of 406 million page views a month (down 18%).
- For live attendance in July, average domestic paid attendance was 5,200 - which factoring out the PPV, is in the area of 4,958. Thats up 0.2% (virtually flat) from 4,948 in 2014.
The key house show matches domestically for the month were John Cena vs. Kevin Owens, Seth Rollins vs. Dean Ambrose, Roman Reigns vs. Bray Wyatt, and Sheamus vs. Randy Orton.
The combined shows (with Cena vs. Owens, Reigns vs. Wyatt and Rollins vs. Ambrose) averaged 7,500. The combined shows are not included in the below averages.
John Cena vs. Kevin Owens averaged 6,215
The combined Rollins vs. Ambrose, and Reigns vs. Wyatt matches averaged 4,100.
Rollins vs. Ambrose (without Reigns on the show) averaged 3,500
Randy Orton vs. Sheamus averaged 2,250
Shows with Cena averaged 6,583. Non Cena shows averaged 3,550.
- International shows averaged 6,800.
TV Ratings for the month were terrible:
Raw in July averaged a 2.66 rating and 3.67 million viewers, down 11.04% in ratings and 15.05% in viewers from July 2014 (which averaged a 2.99 rating and 4.32 million viewers).
Smackdown averaged a 1.70 rating and 2.32 million viewers, down 4.49% in ratings and 7.57% in viewers from July 2014 (which averaged a 1.78 rating and 2.51 million viewers).
DVD shipments were 137,000 for the month, down 25% from 182,000 in 2014. That's an area in general decline due to the WWE Network. Over the last nine months, the most shipped WWE DVD titles were Slam City (101,000), Wrestlemania 31 (109,000), Macho Man Randy Savage Story (62,000), Attitude Era Vol 2 (66,000), and The Rock vs. Cena (65,000). For the month of July, Wrestlemania 31 shipped 6,000 units, the other titles were adjusted downwards, which indicates returns.
The company had 525 million social media followers at the end of July. 366 million are from Facebook and 112 million are from Twitter. They've gained 1 million twitter followers since June 30th and 5 million Facebook followers.
WWE Shop merchandise attracted 1,452 orders per day, up 67% from 871 in 2014.
See also: WWE Battleground 2015 PPV Buys
WWE Battleground on 7/19 attracted 76,000 PPV Buys (24,000 domestic), up from the last three events, which all did in the 54-57,000 range.
It's the highest B-show of the year, likely boosted by the appearance of Brock Lesnar in the main event. The main increase was in international buys, which were 52,000, up almost 50% on normal levels for a B-show.
See also: WWE PPV Statistics 2015
The 8/27 Smackdown drew 2,195,000 viewers, down around 9.8% on last week's viewership of 2,434,000. The rating was a 1.62
It was fifth on Cable for the night, behind Mountain Men which drew 2.740 million viewers at 9pm, Little League World Series on ESPN at 8pm (which drew 2.426 million) and 2 Family Guy re-runs.
On Twitter, it was second for the night among "Series and Specials" behind Big Brother, with a unique audience of 651,000 (down 37%), impressions of 2,309,000 (down 16%), and 19,000 unique authors (up 19%) with 56,000 tweets (up 24%).
See also: TV Ratings 2015
The seasom finale of WWE Tough Enough Season 6 drew 981,000 viewers at 8pm on 8/25, down 1.7% from last week's 998,000.
It was the fourth lowest number of the season.
The first-run episodes on Tuesday averaged 1,044,000 viewers. It seems safe to say that there will not be another season on USA Network again.
See also: TV Ratings 2015
Raw audience for the 8/24 broadcast was an average of 3,720,000 viewers down 1.6% from last week.
The show was second for the night on Cable, behind NFL Preseason Footbal which drew 4,202,000 at 8pm on ESPN
Hour 1 drew an average of 3,606,000 viewers (down 1.1%)
Hour 2 drew an average of 3,794,000 viewers (down 4.0%)
Hour 3 drew an average of 3,764,000 viewers (up 1.0%)
The Twitter audience, however, was significantly up from normal: the show was top for the night in the Twitter Ratings, with a unique audience of 2,958,000, impressions of 18,253,000, and 283,000 tweets by 66,000 authors.
See also: Raw 3-Hour TV Audiences by hour (2015)
See also: TV Ratings 2015
The eighth episode of Paragon Pro Wrestling on POP TV drew an average of 41,500 viewers for the 1 hour show at 6am on 8/22, up 30% on Week 7's audience of 32,000, and was the most watched episode to date.
Evidently last week's shockingly good rating was not a fluke, as the promotion set another ratings record this week.
The first 30 minutes drew 36,000 viewers, up 16% on last week's 31,000. The final half hour drew 47,000, up 42% from 33,000 viewers on 8/15.
See also: Paragon Pro Wrestling TV Rating for 8/15
See also: Paragon Pro Wrestling TV Rating for 8/8
See also: Paragon Pro Wrestling TV Rating for 8/1
See also: Paragon Pro Wrestling TV Rating for 7/25
See also: Paragon Pro Wrestling TV Rating for 7/18
See also: Paragon Pro Wrestling TV Rating for 7/11
TNA - Destination America - 9pm - 11pm: 279,000 (down 13.6% on 323,000 last week)
ROH - Destination America - 11pm - 12am: 149,000 (up 2.8% on 145,000 last week)
TNA - Destination America - 12am - 1am: 83,000 (up 13.7% on 73,000 last week )
ROH's audience of 149,000 at 11pm was the highest in 3 weeks.
See also: ROH TV Ratings on Destination America
TNA attracted a total of 362,000 down 9% on 396,000 last week. The 12am repeat was the highest in 7 weeks.
See also: TV Ratings 2015
In full results from GFW's 8/22 show in Reno, NV:
1. Ryan McQueen won a three-way over Sonjay Dutt and an unknown.
2. Paul Isadora defeated JR Kratos.
3. Christina Von Eerie downed Amber Gallows.
4. Nick Aldis rolled over Chris Mordetzky.
5. Virgil Flynn overcame PJ Black.
6. IWGP World Tag Champions Doc Gallows & Karl Anderson beat Adam Thornstowe & Luster The Legend.
Next show is 8/28 in Harrisburg, PA with the following card: Dirty Money vs. Pat Buck; Kevin Matthews vs. Pepper Parks; Kimber Lee vs. Cherry Bomb; Brian Myers vs. Chris Mordetzky; BLK Jeez vs. Sonjay Dutt; and headlining The Bullet Club vs. Seiya Sanada and Ali Akbar. Kevin Nash is also scheduled for a special appearance.
See also: GFW Schedule 2015
In full results from ROH’s 8/22 house show in Brooklyn, NY at MCU Park:
1. Will Ferrara won a squash.
2. Adam Cole downed Christopher Daniels .
3. Hanson & Ray Rowe beat GHC World Tag & NWA Tag Champions Davey Boy Smith Jr. & Lance Archer in a non-title match.
4. Takaaki Watanabe downed Adam Page, Bushwhacker Luke, Cedric Alexander, Dalton Castle, Donovan Dijak, Frankie Kazarian, Moose, and Silas Young in a gauntlet match.
5. ACH, Matt Sydal & The Young Bucks beat Beretta, Rocky Romero, Matt Taven & Michael Bennett.
6. IWGP Intercontinental Champion Hirooki Goto bested Michael Elgin with the Shouten Kai.
7. Jay Briscoe & Mark Briscoe beat Alex Shelley & IWGP Jr Champion Kushida when Jay pinned Shelley after the Jaydriller.
8. IWGP World Champion Kazuchika Okada defeated Roderick Strong with the Rainmaker.
9. ROH & ROH TV Champion Jay Lethal & Shinsuke Nakamura rolled over IWGP Jr Tag Champions Bobby Fish & Kyle O'Reilly in a non-title match when Lethal pinned Fish after the Lethal Injection.
Next show is 8/29 in Atlanta, GA with the following card: Cedric Alexander vs. Corey Hollis; Michael Elgin vs. Adam Page; Matt Taven & Michael Bennett vs. Will Ferrara & Watanabe; Roderick Strong vs. Caprice Coleman; Matt Sydal & ACH vs. War Machine; Jay Briscoe vs. Moose; Cliff Compton vs. Mark Briscoe; and headlining Adam Cole, Bobby Fish & Kyle O’Reilly vs. Jay Lethal, Christopher Daniels & Kazarian.
See also: ROH Results 2015
See also: ROH Schedule 2015
The seventh episode of Paragon Pro Wrestling on POP TV drew an average of 32,000 viewers for the 1 hour show at 6am on 8/15, up 178% on Week 6's audience of 11,500, and was the most watched episode to date by a considerable margin.
For that timeslot, channel, and taking into account that it's not a well known promotion, that number is excellent.
The first 30 minutes drew 31,000 viewers, up 244% on last week's 9,000. The final half hour drew 33,000, up 136% from 14,000 viewers on 8/8.
See also: Paragon Pro Wrestling TV Rating for 8/8
See also: Paragon Pro Wrestling TV Rating for 8/1
See also: Paragon Pro Wrestling TV Rating for 7/25
See also: Paragon Pro Wrestling TV Rating for 7/18
See also: Paragon Pro Wrestling TV Rating for 7/11
In spoilers from the 8/21 ROH TV Tapings in Philadelphia, PA:
In a dark match, Jonathan Gresham beat Shaheem Ali.
For Show 1
1. IWGP Jr Tag Champions Bobby Fish & Kyle O'Reilly beat Donovan Dijak & J. Diesel.
2. Cedric Alexander downed Dalton Castle with assistance from Silas Young. Moose attacked Alexander after the match.
3. Hanson & Ray Rowe dropped Matt Taven & Michael Bennett when The Young Bucks distracted The Kingdom.
For Show 2
4. ROH Tag Champions Christopher Daniels & Kazarian rolled over The Young Bucks after The Kingdom interfered.
5. ROH Champion Jay Lethal toppled Roderick Strong.
For Show 3
6. Michael Elgin overcame Silas Young.
7. ACH beat Caprice Coleman.
8. Hirooki Goto, Jay Briscoe & Mark Briscoe beat Kazuchika Okada, Beretta & Rocky Romero.
For Show 4
9. Matt Sydal beat IWGP Jr Champion Kushida in a non-title match.
10. Takaaki Watanabe downed Adam Page, Moose and Will Ferrara in a four-way.
11. Shinsuke Nakamura defeated Adam Cole.
See also: ROH Schedule 2015
See also: ROH Results 2015
Featured Major Events
1. Masayuki Kono & Nosawa Rongai dropped Minoru Tanaka & Kenta Hattori at 10:34 when Kono beat Hattori after a Running Knee.
2. Jiro Kuroshio bested Kuma Goro at 13:00 with a Moonsault.
3. Shuji Kondo bested Hiroki Murase at 14:13 with a King Kong Lariat.
4. Kaz Hayashi dropped Hiroshi Yamato & Shotaro Ashino in a three-way at 13:17 when Hayashi beat Yamato with the Power Plant.
5. Ryota Hama & Andy Wu toppled Kazma Sakamoto & Koi Doi at 13:25 by DQ when Doi attacked the referee.
6. AKIRA & Manabu Soya defeated Kai & Yasufumi Nakanoue at 20:30 when Akira beat Nakanoue with the Wild Bomber.
Following the main event it was announced that Manabu Soya & Jun Kasai would defend the Wrestle-1 Tag Titles against AKIRA and Kuma Goro.
Next Show is the 8/30 Wrestle-1 Grand Prix Finals at Korakuen Hall with semi-finals of Shuji Kondo vs. Kazma Sakamoto, and Manabu Soya vs. Jiro Kuroshio. The rest of the card is: Mazada, Nosawa Rongai & Masayuki Kono vs. AKIRA, Andy Wu & Kuma Goro vs. Kai, Minoru Tanaka & Yasufumi Nakanoue; Hiroshi Yamato & Yoshioka Yookoshi vs. Hiroki Murase & Shotaro Ashino; Ryota Hama vs. Koi Doi; and Tatsumi Fujinami, Men’s Teoih & Kaz Hayashi vs. The Great Muta, The Great Kabuki & Tajiri.
The show will be shown on GAORA TV on 9/18.
See also: Wrestle-1 Results 2015
In full results from CMLL’s 8/23 show at Arena Mexico:
1. Astral & Electrico beat Pequeno Olímpico & Pierrothito
2. Oro Jr, Soberano Jr & Starman defeated Akuma, El Hijo del Signo & Nitro
3. The Panther downed Sangre Azteca by DQ in a lightning match
4. Lluvia, Marcela & Princesa Sugehit dropped La Comandante, La Seductora & Zeuxis
5. Kamaitachi, Rey Bucanero & Ripper bested Blue Panther, Dragon Lee & Stuka Jr.
6. CMLL Trios Champions Mistico, Valiente & Volador Jr rolled over Euforia, Gran Guerrero & Niebla Roja (3rd defense)
Mistico appeared to suffer a shoulder injury during the main event of the show, but finished the match.
Kamaitachi pinned Dragon Lee in the semi-final to set up another CMLL World Lightweight Title Match on next week's show. Given that Lee has already successfully defended the title against Kamaitachi on two consecutive occasions, a title change seems possible here.
Line-up for next Sunday's Arena Mexico card is as follows:
1. Leono & Sensei vs. Camorra & Cholo
2. La Vaquerita, Lluvia & Skadi vs. Amapola, Dalys & La Seductora
3. Fuego, The Panther & Triton vs. Puma, Sangre Azteca & Tiger
4. Angel de Oro, Rey Cometa & Titan vs. Morphosis, Olimpico & Ripper
5. Title Match: CMLL World Lightweight Champion Dragon Lee vs. Kamaitachi
6. Mr Niebla, Shocker & Vangellys vs. La Sombra, Super Porky & Valiente
See also: CMLL Schedule 2015
See also: CMLL Results 2015