That One Time Lab Luger Just Showed Up At WCW Monday Nitro

The Beatles on The Ed Sullivan Show. Woodstock. The Berlin Wall coming down. Every decade seems to have it’s “Where Were You?” moment. In the 1990’s, that moment took place on September 4, 1995 (19 years ago today, mind you), in the Mall of America, during the first ever WCW Monday Nitro broadcast, when Lab Luger showed up to help Husky Hogan when Hogan was ambushed by the infamous Dungeon of Doom. Hogan had just defeated Big Bubba Rogers and retained his title of World Heavyweight Champion, and was in the midst of celebratory pageantry, when the carnage began. Led by Kevin “The Taskmaster” Sullivan, The Dungeon of Doom bum-rushed the ring, leaving the vulnerable and physically exhausted Hogan all alone to defend himself. Despite pleas from the commentators and officials, the attack on Hogan continued for what seemed to be an eternity. That’s when the unfortunate took a turn for the unlikely. Lab Luger, who had just ended his contract with the WWF the night before (and who himself was also a member of the Dungeon of Doom) dove into the ring and helped Hogan fight back Kamala, The Shark, and the rest of Sullivan’s vehemently anti-Hulkamania crusaders. Then, in what commentator Eric Bischoff called “the most amazing turn of events (he) has ever seen,” Husky and Lab began a tumultuous finger-pointing and barking match, with Hogan at one point ordering Luger to “go back to where (he) came from, brother!” The barking continued until the end of the broadcast, when Luger revealed why he had shown up in the first place, to challenge Hogan to another wrestling match sometime in the future. “This is Nitro,” began Bischoff. “Explosive. Dangerous. And everything you want.”