1997: The Birth of the nWo
Top Funny Nitro Moments List...
Admittedly, there were fewer funny moments for WCW in 1997 than the previous year. The brand was growing and the business stakes increased. That being said, the fans were taking their petulance to a new level as they vied to be an attraction at the shows. Here are some of the funny moments from Nitro in 1997.
10. Monday Nitro Jan 6th, 1997 - Double J Goads Double A
Jarrett was an interesting blend of obnoxious and charming when he got to the WCW. His dedication to becoming a Four Horsemen member and pandering to the ego of Ric Flair was amusing. Flair's vain reaction to the courtship was classic. Then Jarrett alienated Arn Anderson making for a pretty hilarious segment.
9. Monday Nitro May 26th, 1997 - Super Calo Cannonball Crowd
The luchador matches were typically hit with the fast-forward button for those that watched wrestling for the stories, drama, and shows of power and strength. That being said, the luchador acrobatics were exciting, especially when part of a brawl. In one such brawl, Super Calo flings himself through the ropes out of the ring, but is hurled by his opponent into an unsuspecting crowd, making for a pretty funny situation.
8. Monday Nitro Feb 10th, 1997 - Debra gets Gunked
Debra McMichael's character had become an annoying brat in the late moments of the Four Horsemen. Fans had learned that throwing garbage at wrestlers was acceptable when it was encouraged against the nWo. That chaos actually plagued WCW for years to come, but made for some very funny moments.
7. Monday Nitro Feb 3rd, 1997 - Jacqueline Crossed by Fan
Jacqueline showing up as a jealous love/bodyguard for Kevin Sullivan was very exciting for its short-lived existence. However, one fan took exception to Jacqueline picking on Woman and showed his disapproval by throwing a bottle perfectly into the side of her head from all the way across the other side of the ring. Funny and insanely talented or lucky.
6. Monday Nitro May 5th, 1997 - Kimberly Page Tripping out
More mildly amusing than actually funny, the stunning Kimberly Page tripped her way down the entrance stage while accompanying DDP. Later, when she returned for his match, she smartly decided to take off her heels and get to the ring bare foot. This is in the list more as an excuse to showcase the beauty.
5. Monday Nitro Mar 17th, 1997 - Scott Hall Grease Lightning
This clip is actually already familiar to the internet. Among the many instances of fans throwing garbage into the ring during nWo congregations, Hall being tagged in the head with a drink stands out. Perhaps it was that he was at his all-time most obnoxious when it happened.
4. Monday Nitro July 7th, 1997 - DDP Dupes Macho Man
Diamond Dallas Page put in a good performance when impersonating La Parka in a match against Macho Man Randy Savage. Savage had been jumping and goading DDP for months and then finally got his comeuppance. Without keen intuition, it would have been difficult to predict the trick because Savage had gone on a run of bullying mid-carder jabronis.
3. Monday Nitro Sep 1st, 1997 - nWo Mocks the Four Horsemen
This segment was definitely hilarious but it was also painfully drawn out (over 10 minutes) as well as completely bizarre for the performance of Sean Walton (Syxx Pac) impersonating Ric Flair. Walton appeared to be sky high on blow and having some kind of breakdown during the segment. It drew concern from Konnan and just had Buff Bagwell feeling very uncomfortable. Nash stuck to kayfabe and spared no feelings in torching Arn Anderson and humiliating Ric Flair for having trusted nWo member and WCW traitor, Curt Hennig.
2. Monday Nitro Dec 1st, 1997 - Curt Hennig gets No respect
Hennig wasn't well liked when arriving at WCW and this clips captures it perfectly.
Monday Nitro Feb 24th, 1997 - Wigger Gets Walloped
WCW started becoming a zoo once the nWo had a firm foothold. The fans were barely contained at Nitro shows as well as pay-per-view events, and individuals from the crowd began charging the ring. Many wrestlers took exception to this, perhaps reminded of the brutality of Steffi Graf and Tonya Harding zealots. The wrestlers had no hesitation in trying to lay a pounding on the invaders likely as a show of solidarity and a mark of general deterrence. The first televised incident in this fan movement featured a very lucky fool who inadvertently dodged most of the blows intended for him. The scene almost played like a silent era gag reel.