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[1996-04-22-WCW-Nitro] Sting & Lex Luger vs Ric Flair & The Giant

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The World, TV and tag titles are all on the line in one match, a concept copied from the main event of September 1995 In Your House. On the way to the ring, Flair stops and kisses Debra McMichael's hand, which riles up Mongo. Then Savage comes out and has to be escorted out in handcuffs. Flair can have a decent match with Sting and Luger in his sleep out of nothing but familiarity. The finish is ridiculous. Woman hands Flair a cup of coffee. Flair tries to sneak up on Sting and Luger with the coffee, and ends up hitting The Giant in the face. It also sparks this over the top quote from Giant:

 

"That coffee burned. But it lit a fire in my soul."

 

Flair is great here:

 

"I tried to apologize. You didn't like it. Now, I'm mad. I don't like the way you look at the girls anyway. So you got to the end of the show to apologize to me, or next week, I'm gonna kick your big ass."

 

Then he takes off running.

 

Bischoff apologizes for Flair's language.

 

Great ending.

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More an angle than a match. Flair's work was so by the number at this point, but his character made up for it. Hot coffee had replaced high heels as the ultimate weapon. Cool post-match.

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More an angle than a match. Flair's work was so by the number at this point, but his character made up for it. Hot coffee had replaced high heels as the ultimate weapon. Cool post-match.

 

Agreed 100%. Both his and Giant's promos were great, but man Flair was in auto-pilot at this point.

 

Also - I'm sure it was used at some point, but I can't really remember another specific match in which hot coffee was used as a weapon. Anyone have any specifics?

 

Tom

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World Commitment Wrestling!

 

Start of the big GAB push as Flair hits on Debra McMichael sitting at ringside. Then Savage runs in again and again gets handcuffed and hauled out by security. The match is pretty standard but is helped greatly by a LOUD Albany, Georgia crowd. Compare and contrast with that JWP tag. Really cool moment as Giant locks Luger in a choke and Sting goes nuts with dives off the top to his knee, then with strikes to the arm, trying to get him to break it. Flair is apparently disqualified for hitting his own partner in the face with a cup of coffee, a finish lifted from the famous Thesz/Gotch tag bouts of yore. Giant turns into a quasi-babyface for the second time in a month.

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Seriously, that is what the C stands for????

 

Match wasn't very good but wasn't meant to be as it was for the Giant vs. Flair set up. The premise with the coffee was pretty stupid but Flair saying he was going to kick his big ass to the delight of the crowd was a highlight. Bischoff is dismayed and apologizes as we go off the air. *3/4

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I hated the ending at first because I was actually loving the match, but what followed made this a great segment overall. Cool stipulation and this match does feel huge. Flair feels like the biggest star in wrestling during his entrance. Match was really fun, mostly with Sting and Luger taking it to Flair. At the end the Giant gets in and there's an awesome segment with Sting trying to break Giant's grip around Luger's neck. Flair throws the coffee in Giant's face and the match is thrown out. Giant is heated after the matches, challenges Flair to a title match and Flair accepts; great promos from both there. Flair: "I don't like the way you've been looking at the girls anyway!"

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