Hollywood VS Lex
August 5, 2016
19 years ago today (08/04/97) on the hundredth episode of WCW Monday Nitro “The Total Package” Lex Luger defeated Hollywood Hulk Hogan to win his second and final WCW World Heavyweight Championship. Luger had been told he would get a title shot after winning the four-corners match at SPRING STAMPEDE, and it took them four months to give him the match with Hogan! Lex overpowers Hogan to start, but “Hogan sucks” chants actually fired him up. Hogan pounded and stomped Luger down into the corner. Running clothesline, sets up some elbow drops, and then the boot rake. Hogan had Lex in a bearhug but Luger headbutted out, and Hogan headbutted him back. After some back and forth, Hogan choked on Luger in the corner and then spit on him. Big Boot gets 1-2-NO! That’s because he didn’t follow up with the legdrop. BUT Okay, there’s the LEGDROP for 1-2-NO! A second LEGDROP misses and HERE COMES LUGER! Also, out came the nWo’s elite group. Scott Hall got nailed, Kevin Nash got wiped out, and Randy Savage was taken down. Running Forearm is followed by the TORTURE RACK to give Luger the win and his second and final WCW world title. One of the few times that big Nitro main events actually had a satisfying and entertaining finish. Of course, this will all be overturned in five days at Road Wild when The Immortal Hogan retains the gold on PPV (08/09/97).