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There were some decent things to Nitro in its early days from the fall of 1995 to mid 1996 before the NWO angle started. However, it's easy to look back through rose colored glasses and ignore the really bad stuff that went on.
- Hogan in his final months as a babyface was getting heel reactions and not taking it well.
- The Dungeon of Doom was at its peak of awfulness with the giant cage match fiasco and Loch Ness' push among the garbage.
- Ed Leslie's Booty Man gimmick was getting major air time.
- One Man Gang won the U.S. Title at a point when it still meant something.
- Eric Bischoff and Steve McMichael regularly took commentary to new lows on Nitro.
- The American Males won the tag team title even though that style of team was more at home in 1985 than 1995.
- We got the horrible John Tenta-Big Bubba feud.
- The Hogan handcuff angle when Elizabeth couldn't figure out how to use the cuffs, so Hogan cuffed himself to the post in full view of the cameras.
- The DDP is broke and homeless angle.
I liked the Luger tweener thing with Sting torn about siding with the babyfaces or his friend. The Savage-Flair feud had good heat. A number of big names returned after long absences. Hall and Nash made waves with their arrivals. However, Nitro was also utterly unwatchable during quite often during this time frame.
Good post, Tamalie. There was no doubt an over-abundance of absolute shit being broadcast at the time. I guess I just wanted to point out that the Luger-tweener angle and some of the Horseman stuff at the time was fairly interesting. It's almost like someone else (Sullivan maybe?) was booking that side of the company, and Hogan and Bischoff were booking the other shit.
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