October 5, 1997 marked the passing of Brian Pillman, who competed the night before at a WWF house show and was scheduled to appear at that night’s pay-per-view event. The broadcast of “Bad Blood” opened with WWF owner Vince McMahon informing the viewing audience that Pillman was found dead in his hotel room at the age of 35 and a 10 bell salute followed the next night on Raw...
No one really thought a tag team between “Stunning” Steve Austin and “Flyin’” Brian Pillman would amount to anything in WCW. But the success of the two former singles stars into a dynamite tag team is proof opposites attract.
It should be noted that Vader was finally taken out of the intro and replaced by Lex Luger. Bischoff, Heenan and Mongo start us off. Mongo has that stupid dog with him and I’ve basically ignored Mongo on commentary.
WCW came out swinging for the first Nitro, knowing that they were running unopposed to Raw. Brian Pillman vs Jushin Liger in a rematch of their SuperBrawl ’92 classic, Sting vs Ric Flair in a continuation of the greatest rivalries in WCW history and Hulk Hogan in the main event against Big Bubba Rogers.
When it comes to Dean Ambrose and his “lunatic fringe” act he displays each week (not sure what will happen to him now that The Shield is no longer a WWE “thing”), the one guy who resembles the former United States Champion is all too simple – Brian Pillman.
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