If you have not already, do not forget to vote for the Doomies.
–Gene Okerlund and Bobby Heenan handle studio duties for the last Main Eventepisode of 1995 to feature new matches.
–Heenan says that New Japan’s stars are not coming for Nashville for tourism and that they are fully prepared to defeat WCW at Starrcade.
–Heenan says that WCW should not have suspended Hulk Hogan. He likens what happened to him to a “public lynching.”
–Heenan tells Okerlund that he wants a tangible Christmas gift. Okerlund complains that Heenan still has not given him a gift.
–Diamond Dallas Page (27-6-2) pins Maxx Muscle (1-2) after the Diamond Cutter at 5:02:
Tony Schiavone and Dusty Rhodes call this match, which was held during a WCW Saturday Night taping. Page demonstrates yet again that he can be a miracle worker, selling Muscle’s basic power moves like death. Since Muscle has not gotten a prolonged run as a babyface the crowd is dead throughout, though. The Diamond Dream dazes Muscle and then the Diamond Cutter finishes him off. Page appears to be on another collision course with Johnny B. Badd, but his win-loss record against the reigning television titleholder is abysmal so his odds to winning that encounter are not high. Rating: **
–Heenan gives Okerlund a jack-o-lantern when Okerlund asks him what he did with the $300 he gave him for Christmas decorations.
Backstage News*: Madusa was able to appear on Monday Nitro because the WWF chose not to renew her contract when it expired on December 13. Although the WWF had initially planned for her to lose the Women’s Championship to Aja Kong at the Royal Rumble and then periodically wrestle All Japan women on pay-per-views throughout 1996 they decided to ditch those plans. When Vince McMahon heard that Madusa did on Nitro he had difficulty staying focused when calling the live edition of Monday Night RAW. William Perry was brought in for Monday Nitro because he lives close to Augusta. Missy Hyatt’s sexual harassment, unequal pay, and wrongful termination lawsuit against was settled out of court, with the terms unspecified. Gene Okerlund ended up in hot water once again over the WCW Hotline when he told fans that Ricky Steamboat would be honored in a retirement ceremony at the January 1 Monday Nitro. That show will take place that the Omni. The story was fabricated as WCW has only contacted Steamboat over some ongoing legal issues between the two sides. WCW is likely to headline the January 23 Clash of the Champions in Las Vegas with the Monster Maniacs against Ric Flair and the Giant. In talent relations news, WCW has interest in bringing in the Rock & Roll Express.
*Backstage news is courtesy of Dave Meltzer’s Wrestling Observer for December 26 and January 2.
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