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Re: My Wrestling Retro Journal - 1998 ("The Attitude Era" Begins)

It's KISS Demon. You'll understand when you see it, but that's still a while off I think.

Raven does leave TV for a few months after the Flock storyline runs its course. He comes back in '99 after a few video vignettes try and redefine his character by tying it into his old gimmick of being a spoiled rich kid.
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WCW Thunder - 7.2.98
Columbus Civic Center - Columbus, GA
Commentators:
Tony Schiavone, Lee Marshall, Bobby Heenan, Mike Tenay

-Chris Jericho comes to the ring to open up Thunder. Lee Marshall announces that Jericho's match with Dean Malenko at Bash at the Beach will be a no-DQ match.
-Jericho asks Penzer what town we're in, and then calls it "Columbia". Jericho knows that everyone is here to see their role model and paragon of virtue, and he is here. He says the fans deserve nothing but the best, and so he came out first. He says Malenko has been running from him at every opportunity and says Ultimo Dragon has a concussion from Malenko's attack on Monday, and cannot fight tonight. Jericho says in Dragon's place, he flew in a man who we haven't seen in six months who deserves to be the #1 contender. Jericho says if this man beats him tonight, he will get the title shot at Bash at the Beach - and Jericho introduces Rey Mysterio Jr!
-...and out comes a short and pudgy man dressed up as Mysterio. Jericho toys with him for a few, plants him with a suplex...and pulls "Mysterio" on top of him for the win! So now "Mysterio" is replacing Malenko? Confusing. Jericho takes the mic and says with mock surprise that he can't believe it, and calls himself the King of Loopholes, saying Mysterio is the #1 contender and will get the title shot at Bash at the Beach.
-Giant comes to the ring with his stupid cigarette. Giant tells Goldberg & Kevin Greene to hit the gym and get ready for the buttkicking of their life, and challenges Lex Luger for tonight.
-"Doc Dean" v. Stevie Ray. Who the heck is this guy? Stevie Ray squashes him.
-Chavo comes out with PEPE and asks Stevie Ray if he likes his horse. Chavo says he and Stevie have a lot in common, and then goes on and on until Stevie Ray shoves him down. Chavo is angry and says someone has to answer for this.
-Public Enemy are in the ring, and here come Alex Wright & Disco Inferno. They have a dance-off. Fans cheer Public Enemy. Yawn.
-Public Enemy v. The British Bulldog & Jim Neidhart. Schiavone says that JJ Dillon has a major announcement tonight, and the WCW championship committee has been in closed door meetings all day.
-Disco & Wright come down, and cause Bulldog and Rocco Rock to both go through a table, and Nick Patrick throws the match out as a double disqualification.
-Schiavone interviews JJ Dillon, who says today is one of those days where he loves his job. He says people need to call their friends and family members and tell them to tune into Nitro. Dillon says Hollywood Hogan is contractually obligated to defend the WCW World Heavyweight Title on Monday night, against who he feels is the #1 contender to the belt...GOLDBERG.
-As I said above...my feeling was that I had to watch this, because Hogan was clearly going to end the streak. There's no way Goldberg would win the World Title...right?
-Raven, in a pretape, talks about the good he's done for the Flock members.
-Kidman v. Saturn. Well, this guarantees that nobody will talk about anything else for the next two shows. Sure enough, this match has been going on for three minutes before their names were ever even mentioned.
-Saturn wins with the Death Valley Driver. Saturn then looks into the camera and challenges Raven to "settle this at the Bash".
-Pretaped interview with Steve McMichael, comparing the Chicago Bears to the IV Horsemen. They also get a sound bite from Mike Ditka, which was cool.
-Bobby Blaze - WHO? - v. Brian Adams. Adams with a squash win.
-Raven comes out, debuting his new entrance theme (he finally has music!):
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-Raven accepts Saturn's challenge, saying the last time Saturn challenged him was 20 years ago in 6th grade, and Raven beat the crap out of him. Raven says he will leave Kanyon alone until he's finished with Saturn, and Kanyon will then feel his pain.
-Fit Finlay v. Booker T for the WCW World Television Title. Booker gets the win with the Harlem Sidekick.
-Schiavone interviews Booker T, who says he will show Bret Hart that he's NOT the best there is, the best there was, and the best there ever will be. Stevie Ray comes out and says the same thing he said last week. Booker says Stevie's been gone for seven months, and Booker's won the TV Title four separate times - it may not mean anything to Stevie, but it means something to Booker. Stevie says he's trying to tell Booker what's up, and Booker and Stevie argue to the back.
-Chavo Guerrero comes out with a cardboard box. Chavo sets a burrito under the box - a trap, and the box says "The ACME Eddie Trap". Chavo says one of the most memorable things that my buddy and I still quote to this day: "Here Eddie Eddie Eddie Eddie Eddie!" Eddie comes out, and Chavo hides behind the ring apron, and the box falls - Chavo thinks he has Eddie, but lifts the box and nobody is there. Chavo: "I think I need a bigger box!" And Eddie attacks him from behind. MAN I WISH I COULD FIND THIS ON YOUTUBE. This is maybe my favorite Chavo moment of all time.
-Anyway, Eddie drops Chavo onto the exposed concrete with a brainbuster on the outside, and then cuts a chunk out of Chavo's hair.
-Kanyon comes out, also debuting a theme for the first time:
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-Kanyon v. Konnan. Raven comes in and nails Kanyon with the Evenflow behind the referee's back, and Konnan locks in the Tequila Sunrise for the win. The Flock attacks both men, which brings Lex Luger out to make the save.
-Luger accepts Giant's challenge, and we have our main event now - Giant v. Lex Luger. Brian Adams and Vincent interfere - big shock. Konnan tries to make the save but fails, and the Flock comes in - why? I have no clue. Giant and Luger go at it again as we go off the air.


WWF RAW is WAR - 7.6.98
Bryce Jordan Center - State College, PA
Commentators:
Jim Ross, Jerry Lawler, Paul Ellering, Vince McMahon, Steve Austin

-The Undertaker heads to the ring to open RAW. He tells Steve Austin he wants a title shot right now. Michael Cole is backstage looking for Austin to see if he will answer the challenge. Cole finds Austin, but Austin ignores him and heads to the ring.
-Austin doesn't even get a word out before Vince McMahon storms out, asking what's wrong with this picture. He says the inmates are attempting to run the asylum, and says he didn't name the Undertaker the #1 contender. Vince says at Fully Loaded, he doesn't care if the two tear each other apart - however, not the way you think. Vince says they'll be in the ring as a tag team at Fully Loaded, and will face Kane and Mankind. That's...dumb. Vince says he'll name a new #1 contender tonight as well. Vince then salutes Austin with a middle finger.
-Another Brawl for All match, with the debtuing Brakkus. FINALLY. He's facing Savio Vega. Savio destroys Brakkus and makes him look like a huge loser, which he pretty much is anyway. This was actually pretty action packed, and the crowd seemed into this one.
-Ken Shamrock v. Jeff Jarrett. Edge is lurking in the crowd again. Out of nowhere, KING MABEL shows up from the crowd and destroys Shamrock. What the heck? I knew he came back as Viscera, but not as King Mabel!
-Shamrock is backstage, and challenges Mabel to a match tonight.
-JR says next week, the New Age Outlaws will defend the WWF Tag Team Titles against the New Age Outlaws.
-Vader v. Bradshaw. Kane and Mankind come out and attack - Mankind puts the Mandible Claw on Bradshaw, while Kane Tombstones Vader.
-DOA - with Paul Ellering - v. The Headbangers. Ellering joins the commentary team, and says he's returned to write the final chapter on the Legion of Doom. Ellering babbles about programming his merchants of destruction, or something. It didn't make sense. DOA win.
-JR states that Mabel has accepted Shamrock's challenge for tonight.
-Terry Funk v. D'Lo Brown. Kama is with him, now being billed as the Godfather, and looking more and more like the pimp daddy he will become. Godfather wraps his necklace around his fist and takes a cheap shot on Funk, and D'Lo hits the Lo-Down (Frog Splash) with the chest protector for the victory.
-The Undertaker comes out and takes out both D'Lo and The Godfather, and then chokeslams Terry Funk as well. Stupid.
-Vince McMahon comes down to the ring. Vince says it is time to name the #1 contender, and invites a number of individuals to the ring, starting with Mankind. He then introduces Kane, followed by The Undertaker. Vince says perhaps the #1 contender should be Mankind, for what he did at Hell in a Cell, and thanks him, but wonders if it is enough. Vince moves to Kane, calling him one of the stupidest men he's ever seen in his life - but says it takes guts to be willing to set yourself on fire. He moves to Undertaker, talking about how he's set Kane on fire and thrown Mankind from the top of the Cell. Vince announces a Triple Threat match for tonight, with the winner becoming the #1 contender.
-Brawl for All, with Road Warrior Hawk v. Darren Drozdov. They fight to a draw. STUPID.
-Marc Mero & Jacqueline come out to the ring. Jackie takes the mic - ugh. She says it's her fault that Mero lost in the BFA last week because she went 12 rounds with him the night before. She says Sable wasn't able, and she looked real good but there was no motor under her hood. This brings out Sable, who says Mero needs Viagra and that Jackie's body has been rented out often. Jackie challenges Sable to a bikini contest at Fully Loaded, and Sable accepts. Awful promo work here.
-Dustin Runnels v. Val Venis. Dustin is praying in the corner. Kaientai interferes after a couple of minutes, and Yamaguchi-San comes out with his wife. Yamaguchi-San says Val is half the man he is, and slaps him. Yamaguchi-San's wife looks upset.
-We come back from commercial...to one of my all time favorite moments in wrestling. Nothing I type will do this justice, so please just hit play. Trust me, it's worth your time.
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-Ken Shamrock v. King Mabel. Really quick match, with Mabel losing to Shamrock's ankle lock. Not sure what the point of bringing him back for this was. Shamrock refuses to break the hold, and Slaughter and referees come down - Shamrock finally breaks the hold, but then beats the crap out of Mable. Vince McMahon comes down, and gives Shamrock a thumbs up.
-McMahon joins the commentary table, and here comes Steve Austin, who also joins commentary. Vince yells at Austin, saying he's not invited out here. Austin says he's going to find out first hand who the #1 contender is.
-Mankind & Kane come down, but Undertaker doesn't show up. Chimel introduces him once again, but still no sign of The Undertaker. Vince leaves commentary to talk to Tony Chimel. Chimel announces that Undertaker is not here - and Vince forces him to say "because he is chickenshit" - and the match is now Kane v. Mankind in a no holds barred, falls count anywhere match to determine the #1 contender.
-Mankind leaves the ring, and sits down by the steps. He rocks back and forth and says he's given enough, and he will not fight his friend Kane. Austin yells at Mankind to get up, and Vince orders Kane to attack Mankind - Kane bashes him in the head with a chair, rolls him in the ring and pins him.
-Kane gets up, and suddenly removes his mask...to reveal The Undertaker! Austin is shocked, and sells it awesome, jerking off his headset at the reveal. Awesome swerve here.


WCW Monday Nitro - 7.6.98
Georgia Dome - Atlanta, GA
Commentators:
Tony Schiavone, Mike Tenay, Larry Zybsyko, Bobby Heenan

-41,000 fans in the Georgia Dome for Nitro. That's impressive.
-Hollywood Hogan comes out with Eric Bischoff, Elizabeth & The Disciple. Hogan says the good news is that this Sunday will be Diamond Dallas Page's last match, and Karl Malone will never play basketball again. The bad news is that the match with Goldberg isn't happening, because Goldberg is a nobody and has beaten a bunch of jabronies. Hogan says he has a brother coming out in a few minutes who is willing to take his place and face Goldberg - if lightning strikes in the center of the ring or if Goldberg gets lucky and gets by his NWO brother, then and only then will Hogan kill Goldberg, Hollywood style.
-Gene Okerlund is giving away Mark Martin's car, or something. I don't care.
-Dean Malenko v. Booker T for the WCW World Television Title. Chris Jericho interrupts the match, calling Malenko "Deano Machino", and says he's sick of Malenko following him around every week. Jericho wants to settle this right now, which allows Booker T to hit the Ax Kick for the win.
-Goldberg is backstage doing pushups.
-Kanyon v. Raven. Wow, putting this one on Nitro seems silly. Saturn comes down and attacks Raven and Lodi, and hits Kanyon as well. Saturn puts Raven through a table, and Kanyon attacks Saturn. Apparently Kanyon and Saturn are teaming up on Thunder against Raven & Horace.
-A limousine arrives backstage...and it's Buff Bagwell! He's in a wheelchair and neck brace. Bagwell's mother is with him. I've heard horrible things about her that I hope I don't end up seeing.
-Okerlund brings out Diamond Dallas Page and Karl Malone. DDP says this will be the worst week of Hogan's life. DDP says it doesn't matter who Hogan puts in front of Goldberg, because Goldberg's going through them, and Hogan's next. Malone says he has a special delivery for "Rodzilla", and says he's gonna whip Rodman like Madonna should've, knock the paint right out of his hair, and he'll be a "Rodzilla Killa". Malone's really not bad at all here, and he has good chemistry with Page.
-Scott Putski v. Riggs. Putski gets the win over Riggs with the "Putski Bomb". When Schiavone says that beating Scotty Riggs is the biggest win of your career, you're not going places.
-Goldberg is backstage smashing shit and snarling.
-Another limousine shows up backstage...it's Scott Hall! Hall is back finally, and hopefully for good this time. Hogan welcomes him, and Hall tells the camera it's time for Goldberg to go to school.
-Chris Jericho comes to the ring, and starts to introduce himself, but stops, saying everyone knows who he is. Jericho says he has to face Dean Malenko at Bash at the Beach, but he's not the #1 contender, and says Rey Mysterio Jr. is. JJ Dillon comes down to the ring, and Jericho tells him to get a life and stop interrupting him. Dillon says the Mysterio hijink isn't going to fly, and he's facing Ultimo Dragon tonight - Malenko comes to the ring, and Dillon says any physical contact between them prior to Sunday will get them suspended and disqualified from Bash at the Beach. Jericho starts making fun of Malenko, calling him a talentless jobber and mocks his dad. Dillon tries to calm Malenko down and succeeds. Jericho says they have a lot in common, both having fathers who were on the road while they were growing up. Jericho says Malenko's father must have craved human companionship, and wants to know if Malenko ever wondered why he and his father looked nothing alike? Malenko snaps and beats the crap out of Jericho, despite security trying to hold him back. Jericho laughs and smiles through it.
-Chris Jericho v. Ultimo Dragon for the WCW Crusierweight Title. Malenko comes back a couple of minutes into the match and beats on Jericho again - Dragon waves Malenko on to go after him, and Malenko has a handful of Jericho's hair.
-Seriously - what a great, underrated feud. Absolutely awesome.
-Malenko is arrested after the commercial and escorted out of the arena.
-Johnny Swinger comes out and actually has a microphone, and says he's the hottest commodity in wrestling. Was this guy actually going to get a push? He's awful.
-Johnny Swinger v. Chavo Guerrero Jr. Chavo has a hard hat on. Chavo wins with the Tornado DDT.
-Chavo says Swinger has split ends, and Chavo has scissors and cuts some hair, saying that's for Eddie. Chavo challenges Eddie to a Hair vs. Hair match at Bash at the Beach. Sweet!
-Disco Inferno & Alex Wright come to the ring and dance, and are joined again by Tokyo Magnum! He follows Alex Wright out and mimics his dance, and then gets in the ring and dances with them. They glare at him.
-Alex Wright & Disco Inferno v. Public Enemy. Tokyo stays in their corner. Tokyo pulls Alex Wright off of their table, and so Magnum gets put on the tables instead and put through both tables. Wright and Disco come in and blast Rock & Grunge with trash cans, and TPE wins by DQ.
-Okerlund introduces Buff Bagwell, who is wheeled out by his mother, Judy Bagwell. Bagwell says he almost died twice in the ICU. Is this true? Bagwell appreciates the support of the fans and says he loves them. He says he was going to be a co-star in a movie Scott Steiner was in, but he's not doing too good right now, and implies that he's leaving the NWO, but doesn't really say that. He thanks his mother.
-Time for the first of our two big main events...Scott Hall v. Goldberg. If WCW did one thing right, it's this Nitro. It's 16 years after the fact, but this feels HUGE just watching it - and this isn't even the Hogan match. This has a massive "big match feel" to it.
-Heenan shushes the commentators, so we can hear Goldberg's entrance, and the crowd is just insane for this. For once Schiavone shuts up and does just that.
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-Schiavone announces that this is indeed a US Title match.
-I'm glad that Hall doesn't get ran over completely by Goldberg here, and gets in some offense.
-Hall waves to the back for the NWO, and The Disciple and Vincent come out - Diamond Dallas Page and Karl Malone run down, though, and bash them both with chairs. Hall drops Goldberg's throat across the top rope, and goes for the Outsider Edge, but Goldberg backdrops Hall halfway across the ring without even using his arms. Unreal. Hall gets up and gets Speared to death, and Goldberg picks him up, hits the Jackhammer, and moves to 107-0. Next up, Hollywood Hogan.
-Psicosis v. Juventud Guerrera. The Flock comes down, but Juvie gets the win with the Juvie Driver/450 combo. The Flock then beats on him after the match.
-Hacksaw Jim Duggan (ugh) v. The Giant. Chokeslam, good night Duggan.
-Giant calls Kevin Greene a yellow gutless coward wimp. Giant calls Greene out, and Greene shows up and spits in his face, then clotheslines Giant out of the ring.
-Jim Neidhart v. Diamond Dallas Page, with Malone in his corner. Page wins with the Diamond Cutter.
-The Wolfpack comes to the ring. Kevin Nash & Konnan do their normal routine.
-Lex Luger & Sting v. Sick Boy & Kidman. Total domination. Kidman gets Racked in about 15 seconds.
-Goldberg v. Hollywood Hogan for the WCW World Heavyweight Title. Another thing where...what else can I really say? The match isn't a technical masterpiece, but neither was Undertaker/Mankind - this is special for its own reasons. Take a look, and feel free to comment.
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-Curt Hennig comes to ringside, immediately followed by Diamond Dallas Page and Karl Malone. In the ring, Goldberg kicks out of Hogan's legdrop, while Malone drops Hennig with the Diamond Cutter. Hogan is shocked, and turns around...RIGHT INTO THE SPEAR! Goldberg picks Hogan up in the Jackhammer, holds him up for an eternity, and drops him as Schiavone yells out, "OH HELL YEAH". Goldberg covers, gets the three count, improves to 108-0...and becomes the WCW World Heavyweight Champion AND WCW United States Heavyweight Champion.






UPCOMING EVENTS


WCW Bash at the Beach - July 12, 1998
Hollywood Hogan & Dennis Rodman v. Diamond Dallas Page & Karl Malone
The Giant & Curt Hennig v. Kevin Greene & Goldberg
WCW Cruiserweight Championship: Dean Malenko v. Chris Jericho (c)
-No Disqualification Match
WCW World Television Championship: Bret 'Hitman' Hart v. Booker T (c)
Raven v. Saturn
Hair vs. Hair Match: Chavo Guerrero Jr. v. Eddie Guerrero


WWF In Your House: Fully Loaded - July 26, 1998
'Stone Cold' Steve Austin & The Undertaker v. Mankind & Kane
Bikini Contest: Sable v. Jacqueline


ECW Heatwave - 8.2.98
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Originally Posted by argh923 View Post
I think they should just go nuts and try out a Renee Young/William Regal duo.
Though I heard that, for some reason, that's the one combo they won't do anymore

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To be honest, I don't remember what caused me to stop watching as much, other than thinking it was ridiculous that Bret was competing for the TV Title. I know by then I was watching the first hour of Nitro (which is why I still remember some things) and watching RAW live, then recording the Nitro replay. I know I watched Goldberg win the title, I watched Warrior's debut (sigh) and some other random events. My stepdad was still really into WCW, so I caught a couple more PPVs - I saw the Halloween Havoc that gets cut off at the end later this year, I remember Curt Hennig singing something about hating rap, etc...but for the most part I'm entering uncharted territory for myself with WCW now. Which is....somewhat exciting, and somewhat scary.
Looking at the numbers, it seems a lot of people were with you. The Nitro after 1998's Halloween Havoc was the last time they'd beat Raw in the ratings.

Have you ever seen the graph? It's kind of interesting to follow along and see how the battle went (going along with in-ring events). [Spoiler hidden for size]

Spoiler:
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Jericho asks Penzer what town we're in, and then calls it "Columbia".
In fairness to Jericho, I have a great deal of trouble with Columbus versus Columbia. I was interviewing for a job in Columbia, MO, and I said "Columbus" multiple times. Didn't get the job either!

Raven comes out, debuting his new entrance theme (he finally has music!)
Between this and DDP's theme, you'd think Nirvana should be getting song-writing royalties!

We come back from commercial...to one of my all time favorite moments in wrestling. Nothing I type will do this justice, so please just hit play. Trust me, it's worth your time.
Definitely one of times where WWF/E does comedy right. "Owen" just kills it (though everyone has their moment). Though rewatching ... damn, Lawler is annoying! Would it kill him to just let the guys in the ring do their thing, rather than repeatedly shouting "Look at him!" and "Did you hear that!" and "Did you see that!"? Yes, we heard and saw that Jerry. Because, you know, WE'RE WATCHING THE DAMN THING ON TV!!!!!!

41,000 fans in the Georgia Dome for Nitro. That's impressive.
This was like WCW's Wrestlemania. All throughout the Monday Night Wars, Bischoff emphasized TV over PPVs (even at the expense of the latter). And that's epitomized here. Though at this point in time, I can't really blame him. If you look back at the ratings graph I posted earlier, the tide had turned. After dominating for over a year, at this point Nitro hadn't beated Raw in over 10 weeks. And it worked! Nitro won this week, and it would be back and worth until Halloween-time (where WCW incompetence lost them the lead for good).

Goldberg v. Hollywood Hogan for the WCW World Heavyweight Title. Another thing where...what else can I really say?
Wow ... Goldberg's theme changed from earlier in the show to the main event

That was a cool shot at the beginning of Goldberg's entrance when the smoke cleared, and you could see smoke shooting out of his nostrils ... like he was some kind of dragon or something.

Yeah ... like Hogan's Wrestlemania matches with Andre and Warrior (and later match with Rock), you throw all conventional ways of "rating" matches out of the window. It has a huge-match feel, and it holds you in its grip for the duration. And for a change, WCW booked the ending the way it had to be done.

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41,000 fans in the Georgia Dome for Nitro. That's impressive.
Fun fact. There was actually more fans in attendance than what WCW said on air. By the same token when WWE announced how many people were in attendance for Raw there were actually fewer then what Jim Ross said.

I've always been mixed on Goldberg. You could tell that he was definitely over but Eric Bischoff said on the Ross Report that Goldberg probably wouldn't have been as over had he not come along when the wrestling business was hot. I actually agree with this. By the same token Bischoff says that same line of thinking applied to The Rock which I don't agree with.

And as said earlier WCW gave away a ton of money by having this match on Nitro. What was really surprising is having the match on Nitro was actually Hogan's idea!
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You put the wrong Goldberg Vs. Scott Hall match up. That one is from later in the year in the buildup to Starrcade.

Here's the actual match:

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Onto my comments:

Doc Dean was a british wrestler who actually had a small bit of success in Japan. Then he signed with WCW and got squashed in every match. It pretty much killed his career and by 2000 he's working as a plumber.

Bobby Blaze was formerly in Smokey Mountain Wrestling, where he actually beat Jerry Lawler to win the SMW Title. In WCW, he's a jobber, though he was in World War 3 1997. So he had that moment in the sun.

So DDP gets "Smells Like Teen Spirit" while Raven gets "Come As You Are" and Kanyon gets "Hot Blooded" from Foreigner? Gotta love WCW's music department.

The only reason I can see for the quick build to Hogan Vs. Goldberg was that Bischoff wanted to catch McMahon off guard. By waiting until Thunder to announce the match, he knew exactly what RAW was going to be that night, since the July 6th RAW was taped before Thunder. It's also possible he was trying to build off the fact that Austin had just won the title on RAW the week before.

Either way, the Georgia Dome show was huge, and yeah, they built it as such.

So then we get a taped RAW, but one that has some awesome stuff on it.

Mabel came back as Mabel here, and he's actually Mabel until the Royal Rumble. I'm not sure how many appearances he makes between this one and the Rumble, but it's not many.

July 6th 1998 was a goldmine for wrestling fans. It was also the night of the MLB Home Run derby. But there was no way in hell I was watching that. I watched Nitro live, then later watched RAW, and I'll never forget the DX Nation segment. It's easily the the segment of RAW I've watched the most over the years.

I was reading up on Jason Sensation, and one thing I read is that he was last minute addition to the segment. Chyna was asked to be Owen, and she declined. So DX approached Jason to do it, since he got in the door at the WWF by his impressions cracking up Vince. The guy started off selling WWF merchandise on the Canadian Home Shopping Channel, and eventually he was put on the phone with Vince and he said "we gotta get you on TV!"

So here's a kid out of nowhere getting a shot, and knocking it out of the park. Though to me, I think the Road Dogg steals the show as B-Lo. I crack up every time he does his spiel, especially the last one where they tell him to shut up, and he does the head bob thing anyway.

Oh, and Owen absolutely LOVED the impression, he did it for Owen and the Bulldog long before this segment, and Owen was amazed, but then said to him "But I bet you can't do the Bulldog." He nailed a perfect Davey Boy and cracked both of them up.

I have a different view of the commentary here. I thought Lawler was solid in selling it, but the stuff was so good that they crack up Jim Ross. Listen closely and you'll hear Ross laughing several times (his isn't as high pitched as Lawler). I have to give Ross credit for keeping his composure. And I love when Lawler says "It IS Owen Hart!"

There is a sequel to this segment coming in December. But it's not quite as funny or original. I'll save it for when you get there.

Vince clearly knew that this night he was in for a war. This was a great RAW, and yeah the Undertaker reveal was brilliant.

Now we get what I would say is WCW's finest hour. This episode of Nitro was awesome, and yes, it was given the huge event feel the whole evening. I wanted to see it, even though I was expecting Goldberg to win by DQ or something. You just don't ever expect Hogan to lose cleanly. But I didn't think they'd kill the streak either, so DQ seemed the logical ending, setting up the PPV. Fortunately, I was wrong.

Ahh Tokyo Magnum. Somehow, putting a an asian guy in a male stripper motif just worked pefectly with Disco and Alex Wright. They were the 3MB of their generation, only far funnier.

So now we get to Goldberg's coming out party. Whatever mistakes WCW made with him after this night, they did him right here. They made Goldberg a star. He overcame the odds and got two huge wins, and the World Title. It's kind of amazing the parallels between Goldberg's rise and that of Daniel Bryan this past year.

I think once I saw Malone and DDP involved in the Scott Hall match, that Goldberg had a chance to win the belt, but still figured it'd be a DQ. They can't give this away on Nitro, right? But once Goldberg hit that spear and shot that finger gun, you knew it was going to happen. SJP to Hollywood Hogan. 1-2-3. New Champion. On Nitro.
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You put the wrong Goldberg Vs. Scott Hall match up. That one is from later in the year in the buildup to Starrcade.

Here's the actual match:

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So DDP gets "Smells Like Teen Spirit" while Raven gets "Come As You Are" and Kanyon gets "Hot Blooded" from Foreigner? Gotta love WCW's music department.
I never even made the connection with Kanyon's theme. Surprised the WWF let him use the same theme, in that case.

I was reading up on Jason Sensation, and one thing I read is that he was last minute addition to the segment. Chyna was asked to be Owen, and she declined. So DX approached Jason to do it, since he got in the door at the WWF by his impressions cracking up Vince. The guy started off selling WWF merchandise on the Canadian Home Shopping Channel, and eventually he was put on the phone with Vince and he said "we gotta get you on TV!"
I just read this as well yesterday.

So here's a kid out of nowhere getting a shot, and knocking it out of the park. Though to me, I think the Road Dogg steals the show as B-Lo. I crack up every time he does his spiel, especially the last one where they tell him to shut up, and he does the head bob thing anyway.
My fiancee watched it for the very first time last night, and she agreed - she thought B'Lo was the best part.

There is a sequel to this segment coming in December. But it's not quite as funny or original. I'll save it for when you get there.
If I remember right, Jason Sensation does Shawn Michaels during that one.
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WCW Thunder - 7.8.98
Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex - Birmingham, AL
Commentators:
Tony Schiavone, Lee Marshall, Bobby Heenan, Mike Tenay

-JJ Dillon, prior to the show, taped an interview announcing that Curt Hennig has issued an immediate challenge for the WCW World Title at Bash at the Beach. Goldberg wants to be a fighting champion, though, and will meet Hennig for the title on Sunday. So now, it'll be Goldberg v. Hennig for the WCW World Title, and Kevin Greene will face The Giant one-on-one. Dillon hopes to have an announcement soon regarding the US Title.
-Schiavone, after the commercial, repeats Dillon's entire interview to the crowd, because he's an idiot.
-Schiavone interview Curt Hennig, who's with Vincent. Hennig says he can't face Diamond Dallas Page tonight, because it interferes with his match with Goldberg on Sunday.
-Shimu Nabunaga & Tokyo Magnum v. Public Enemy. Magnum continues to dance. Public Enemy puts Shimu through a table for the win.
-Alex Wright & The Disco Inferno come out and attack Public Enemy after the match. Magnum tries to help them, and they toss him out of the ring.
-The Cat v. Villano IV. Villano does an illegal switch with Villano V, but The Cat wins with the Feliner.
-Schiavone interviews Eddie Guerrero, who says Chavo has gone wacko. Eddie accepts Chavo's challenge and says he will shave Chavo completely bald, because nobody likes bald people (hey!), and that he's doing this because he loves Chavo.
-Schiavone brings out Diamond Dallas Page, who says it's a shoot - he's proud of Goldberg. Page cuts a promo on Hogan & Rodman, and says Hennig tonight will feel the BANG.
-Judo Suwa v. Juventud Guerrera. Kidman comes out - I've been wondering why they've wasted time with Reese instead of starting a Kidman/Juventud feud - and Juvie hits the Juvie Driver twice on Judo for the ring. The Flock runs in and attacks, though, and Kidman beats on Juvie./
-Schiavone interviews Steve McMichael. Mongo comes out to the Horsemen theme, and says he wants to talk to Arn Anderson about reforming the Horsemen. Mongo plays a video package of AA's career.
-Schiavone introduces a long trailer for There's Something About Mary. WHY?
-Stevie Ray comes down and says Booker T has the problem, not him. Stevie says tonight he will show Booker T that he's proud to be from the streets, and dedicates the match to him.
-Stevie Ray v. Konnan. Is Kevin Nash in rehab too now?
-I like the impending Harlem Heat split way more than the Steiner split. This one actually makes sense on a basic storyline level - brother gets injured, other brother becomes successful singles star, injured brother comes back and is jealous. Much more logical than "older brother randomly develops massive ego and roid rage".
-Stevie ends up attacking Konnan with a chair. Does the Wolfpack make the save? Nope, Booker T does, and takes the chair away.
-Curt Hennig is backstage on the phone, talking to Rick Rude about trying to get out of DDP.
-Raven & Horace v. Saturn & Kanyon. Schiavone announces on Nitro they will replay the Goldberg/Hogan match. Again - WHY?!
-Raven & Horace win, with help from Lodi.
-Rick Fuller v. Steve McMichael. Mongo wins with the Tombstone.
-They're really not making it clear what Mongo and Benoit want from Arn. Do they want him to wrestle? Manage them? Give them permission to form the Horsemen? What about Flair? Sloppy storyline.
-Schiavone announces that Dean Malenko has been suspended and will no longer be getting a title shot at Bash at the Beach. Chris Jericho comes to the ring and is upset that the fans have been deprived of a great match. He says after he beats the Ultimo Dragon tonight, he will once again be left without a credible challenger or formidable opponent, and tells Jo Jo Dillon to come out to the ring and tell him who his opponent will be on Sunday. Dillon doesn't show up, of course, and Jericho says he will dance or tell some jokes, or even tell poetry on Sunday.
-Was Malenko injured or something? Seems strange to not have this match.
-Chris Jericho v. Ultimo Dragon for the WCW Cruiserweight Title. Solid match. Jericho wins with the Liontamer.
-I have no clue if I'm right, but I'm assuming Jericho will end up facing a returning Rey Mysterio on Sunday and drop the belt. But we shall see.
-Schiavone interviews Kevin Greene. This show feels like it will never end. Greene congratulates Goldberg on winning the World Heavyweight Title, and says he has his work cut out for him Sunday against The Giant.
-Video package for Dennis Rodman.
-Diamond Dallas Page v. Curt Hennig. Hennig is in jeans, and has some papers in his hand. David Penzer reads a note from Hennig confirming that he is not obligated to face DDP tonight. Hennig and Vincent attack DDP - DDP recovers and hits Vincent with a Diamond Cutter. Hennig bails out of the ring, and GOLDBERG'S music hits. Heenan has a coronary, but we cut out before he even enters the ring, which is so stupid.
-Was Heenan legitimately a huge fan of Goldberg? Because he comes across as just a MASSIVE mark for him. I enjoy it actually.
-Also, I guess they're just completely dropping the DDP/Wolfpack deal? I wonder if they dropped it once they found out Malone was definitely in.






UPCOMING EVENTS


WCW Bash at the Beach - July 12, 1998
Hollywood Hogan & Dennis Rodman v. Diamond Dallas Page & Karl Malone
Kevin Greene v. The Giant
WCW World Television Championship: Bret 'Hitman' Hart v. Booker T (c)
Raven v. Saturn
Hair vs. Hair Match: Chavo Guerrero Jr. v. Eddie Guerrero
WCW World Heavyweight Championship: Curt Hennig v. Goldberg (c)


WWF In Your House: Fully Loaded - July 26, 1998
'Stone Cold' Steve Austin & The Undertaker v. Mankind & Kane
Bikini Contest: Sable v. Jacqueline


ECW Heatwave - 8.2.98
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TRYING to do Bash at the Beach, but the Network is acting exactly like it did on Wednesday. Now it's not even loading. Not sure what in the world is going on.
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WCW Bash at the Beach - 7.12.98
Cox Arena - San Diego, CA
Commentators:
Tony Schiavone, Mike Tenay, Bobby Heenan

-Are we supposed to be impressed that a bunch of reporters are here?
-Saturn v. Raven leads off the Bash. David Penzer announces that this match will be held under Raven's Rules. Raven's theme is predictably dubbed over on the WWE Network with his WWF theme.
-Pretty solid hardcore match. Kanyon interferes, saving Raven from being put through a table - but he then brings Raven into the ring and Flatlines him onto a chair. Riggs rolls Saturn into the ring to cover Raven - what? - but Raven kicks out. Saturn gives Riggs the Death Valley Driver, but then turns into the Evenflow DDT, and Raven gets the win.
-Gene Okerlund brings out Eddie Guerrero. Eddie starts talking about Chavo being wacko, saying he challenged Stevie Ray to a match tonight before his match with Eddie? I guess this was on WCW Saturday Night or something. Eddie says Stevie Ray will demolish him, and Eddie will come in, frog splash him, give him a nice haircut and send him home to momma.
-Kidman v. Juventud Guerrera in an unannounced match. Kidman has music - not sure if it's a new WCW theme or if this is dubbed WWE music. Hard to tell. It's pretty generic though.
-Kidman looks a little cleaner than usual, and Tenay points it out. Juvie wins with a slightly botched 450 splash (his legs are all that make contact).
-Lee Marshall is talking with Konnan at the internet location. Lee Marshall ridiculously asks him about being "bowdy bowdy" and hittin' switches. Awful.
-Stevie Ray v. Chavo Guerrero. Chavo comes down in an inner tube spraying the crowd with a Super Soaker.
-Eddie comes to the ring at the start, and Chavo takes the microphone, and dedicates this match to Eddie Guerrero. He flexes in front of Stevie Ray and beckons him - Stevie makes a move, and Chavo falls to his knees, grabs his hand and taps out. Stevie Ray is angry but leaves, and now Chavo is ready to face Eddie!
-Chavo Guerrero v. Eddie Guerrero, hair vs. hair. Eddie hits the Tornado DDT on Chavo, then goes for the scissors without making the pin. The referee takes them away, and Chavo hits his own Tornado DDT, and does THE SAME MISTAKE. DUMB. Eddie then rolls Chavo up from behind for the win.
-Eddie gets the clippers and gets ready to shave Chavo's head, but Chavo jerks them away and starts shaving his own head! Eddie just leaves, and Chavo calls him a psycho as he continues to shave his head. He sprays some people in the crowd as well as himself with the water gun before leaving.
-I guess we're getting another unannounced match, as here come the Dancing Fools. Penzer announces Disco Inferno as "formerly from Brooklyn NY, he now resides in Funkytown."
-Schiavone says this is Disco Inferno v. Konnan, as Alex Wright yells at the crowd in German. Disco mocks Konnan's catchphrases, and Kevin Nash, Lex Luger & Konnan come to the ring and do their promos.
-Disco Inferno v. Konnan. Konnan wins with the Tequila Sunrise.
-The Giant v. Kevin Greene. Greene is competitive for a few minutes, but then runs the three point stance move right into a chokeslam from the Giant. Giant wins.
-Chris Jericho comes to the ring. He has a top hat on and a cane for some reason. He calls Dean "Stinko Malenko" and blames him for ruining the match. He starts to dance, but Jo Jo Dillon comes out and interrupts. He says he's sorry, and that he's surprised how many fans Jericho really has. He says these people came to see Jericho defend the title. Jericho agrees, saying it's Malenko's fault. Dillon says he found a local talent on short notce who hasn't wrestled in six months, but says it's really up to Jericho. Jericho calls him a local jabronie, and asks if it can still be a no DQ match, saying this young guy needs to learn a trick or two from the master. Dillon asks if he's sure, and Jericho says yes, bring the young fella on down...AND CUE REY MYSTERIO'S MUSIC! I KNEW it.
-Conveniently, Mysterio is now being billed from San Diego, whereas before it was from Tijuana. Mysterio looks ripped for his size and in great shape.
-Dillon played this PERFECTLY for a change. Awesome segment.
-Chris Jericho v. Rey Mysterio Jr. for the WCW Cruiserweight Title. Jericho spends most of the match working over Rey's knee with a chair. Malenko comes out as Jericho has the Liontamer on - Jericho releases the hold, and Mysterio rolls him up for the win! Jericho flees to the back, but Arn Anderson - of all people! - holds him back long enough for Malenko to catch up and beat the crap out of him.
-I honestly had no memory of that...just had a feeling it was Mysterio for some reason. Hopefully Malenko & Jericho will get their blowoff match now.
-Bret Hart v. Booker T for the WCW World Television Title. Not terrible, but not great. Booker T hits the missile dropkick and goes for the pin, but Bret gets a foot on the ropes and slides out of the ring. Booker follows, but Bret takes a chair and blasts Booker in the head with it to get disqualified.
-Bret bashes him over the knee with the chair, and then puts on the ringpost Figure Four until Stevie Ray runs out. Bret releases it and leaves, and Stevie Ray looks disgusted. He yells at Booker to get up, refusing to let the doctors attend to him. Finally a bunch of security guys help Booker out.
-Good ending to the match. I remember being pissed as a 16 year old at this ending, because to me it was a joke that Booker T was on the same level as Bret (or that Bret was down to his level). Now that I understand wrestling I can appreciate the story they told here.
-Michael Buffer is doing the last two matches, I guess.
-Curt Hennig v. Goldberg for the WCW World Heavyweight Title. Goldberg kicks out of the Hennigplex, which I don't recall seeing anyone else do before. Goldberg levels him with a clothesline, Spear, Jackhammer, and pushes the streak to 112-0.
-Hollywood Hogan & Dennis Rodman v. Diamond Dallas Page & Karl Malone.
-I swear, Tenay sounds like he's reading from script whenever he tries to make any kind of NBA reference. So unnatural. I can't stand Mike Tenay.
-Schiavone is terrible here. He's not even making a big deal about Malone doing a wristlock and things like that. He was great with commentating Rodman's debut last year, but this is bad.
-I still maintain to this day, by the way, that Malone was impressive for his first (and only) match.
-This......match.....is......very......slow.......paced......
-Hey, Bryon Russell is in the crowd! Hey Bryon, how'd it feel to get abused by MJ a couple of weeks ago in Game 6? (Sorry, Bulls fan here. Couldn't resist. )
-Malone gets the hot tag late in the match, and hits a big boot on Hogan. He tags in DDP, who hits the Diamond Cutter on Hogan and just sits there stupidly. Rodman takes forever to come in, but does and Karl Malone meets him with a sloppy looking Diamond Cutter. Disciple comes in and hits his Stunner ripoff on DDP and rolls Hogan over onto him for the win - then eats a Diamond Cutter as well. Malone even gives the referee one. They celebrate, but the NWO won and their music is playing. What a weird finish.








UPCOMING EVENTS



WWF In Your House: Fully Loaded - July 26, 1998
'Stone Cold' Steve Austin & The Undertaker v. Mankind & Kane
Bikini Contest: Sable v. Jacqueline


ECW Heatwave - August 2, 1998


WCW Road Wild - August 8, 1998
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WWF RAW is WAR - 7.13.98
Continental Airlines Arena - East Rutherford, NJ
Commentators:
Jim Ross, Jerry Lawler, 'The Heartbreak Kid' Shawn Michaels, Sable

-HUGE surprise as RAW starts off - the return of Shawn Michaels! Michaels comes out to his old music - no DX references - in street clothes, and joins the announce team. Michaels says he's here to stay after seeing the "competition" last night and how wrestling fans were brutalized. JR instantly asks when he'll get back in the ring, and Michaels dodges the question.
-Okay, so...what was the planned role for HBK at this point, and how long does he last before the drugs cause him to get sent home this time?
-The Undertaker v. Vader to start off RAW. JR announces that The Undertaker will face Stone Cold Steve Austin for the WWF Championship on August 30 at Summerslam. Interesting to announce it so far in advance.
-Kane's music starts right after Vader's entrance, and Kane, Mankind & Paul Bearer come out and stand at ringside for the match.
-Taker wins clean with the Tombstone. Mankind goes to hit Undertaker with a chair, but Kane takes the chair away and hits Vader instead, as they tease a partnership between Kane & The Undertaker stemming from last week.
-Edge is in the crowd.
-Bart Gunn v. Bob Holly in a Snore For All match. Midnight Express showdown. JR and Shawn Michaels mock the Karl Malone/Dennis Rodman showdown from last night, and JR also announces that Jim Cornette has resigned as the manager of the Midnight Express.
-Bart wins. Bart & Bob go at it after the match - I'm guessing this was a work, to break up this crappy tag team.
-JR reviews last week's Nation parody, and lets us know that the man who imitated Owen Hart is named Jason Sensation.
-Back from commercial, we have Jason Sensation at ringside with the commentary team. He does a fair Bret Hart impersonation (Michaels: "Who is that, some midcarder?"), and really good ones of The Undertaker, Shawn Michaels, and Steve Austin. He says he is a huge fan, and has nothing but respect for the WWF superstars. The Nation is backstage, and all of them address the person who imitated them last week. Owen Hart threatens to slap Jason Sensation, and Michaels tells Jason he's not gonna do it. Lawler prods Jason to do some more Owen imitations and he does, so Owen comes down and slaps him, and then knocks Lawler out. He grabs Jason and tosses him into the ring and puts the Sharpshooter on. DX runs down and they brawl with the Nation. Awesome segment, check it out:
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-Back from commercial, we have Owen Hart & The Rock v. Triple H & X-Pac.
-At Fully Loaded, we'll have The Rock v. Triple H in a Best 2 of 3 Falls match for both the European and Intercontinental Titles. Wow.
-JR asks Michaels what his relationship with DX is, and he basically says no comment.
-JR also announces X-Pac v. D'Lo Brown for Fully Loaded.
-Triple H hits the Rock with the European Title, but he kicks out of X-Pac's cover. Rock knocks HHH off the ring apron, but X-Pac hits what will become the X-Factor for the victory.
-Sable joins Lawler, JR and Michaels for commentary. Lawler says the last time he saw her was in his dream, and Michaels says the dream ended prematurely.
-Marc Mero - with Jacqueline - v. Steve Blackman. JR once again asks Sable about her professional relationship with Vince McMahon, and she once again refuses to discuss it.
-Michaels is REALLY good in this role. Too bad he couldn't stay clean and stay in this spot.
-Jackie gets down and her and Sable start shoving each other, and Blackman hits Mero with a jumping thrust kick while he's distracted for the win.
-The New Age Outlaws v. Kane & Mankind for the WWF Tag Team Titles. I would say the Outlaws have about a 0% chance of retaining the belts, given the main event of Fully Loaded.
-The Undertaker comes down at the start of the match with his long entrance, and stands at ringside. The Rock and Owen Hart join halfway through as well, which brings out Triple H & X-Pac to brawl with them. In the madness, D'Lo Brown runs down and hits the chest-protector frog splash on Road Dogg, and Kane hits the Tombstone to give us new WWF Tag Team Champions.
-Predicatable.
-Backstage, DX is furious, and Triple H is yelling at Vince McMahon about bad officiating.
-TAKA Michinoku is teaming with...Too Much? A face with two heels? That's...weird. They're facing Kaientai.
-Oddly enough, my file cut to Nitro for 30 seconds during this match, and when RAW came back it was over. So I googled, and Kaientai won. When RAW came back, Val Venis is at the entrance, apologizing to Yamaguchi-san for messing with his wife last week. He offers Yamaguchi-san a preview of his latest video, entitled "Land of the Rising Venis" - which is Val getting a blowjob from Yamaguchi-san's wife.
-Vince McMahon comes to the ring, and brings out the Undertaker - we get his long entrance for the THIRD time tonight. Vince says Undertaker will do anything to become WWF Champion, and wants to know if he is in cahoots with Kane. Vince demands an answer, and Undertaker tells him to go to hell.
-Steve Austin! His music hits and the Rattlesnake comes down. Austin says he and Undertaker are on the highway to hell, but at least Taker had the decency to challenge him man-to-man. Austin says Fully Loaded is a roadblock on the way to Summerslam, and Austin also wants to know if Undertaker is with Kane. Undertaker's response: "You go to hell with him."
-Cue DX! First interaction with Vince McMahon, or as part of the "main event" storyline (at least in this version). Triple H says everybody in the WWF wants answers, but he wants answers from "Mr. McMahon", saying he wants the rematch for the New Age Outlaws for the WWF Tag Team Titles tonight. Triple H proposes that he will be able to find out if Undertaker and Kane are in cahoots, by making this match, with three referees - the referee on the inside, and Undertaker & Steve Austin on the outside. Austin looks happy, and Vince agrees to it.
-Dan Severn v. The Godfather in the Brawl for All. Severn wins. Who cares.
-Words cannot describe how awful the Brawl for All is. Just wow.
-Once again - The New Age Outlaws v. Kane & Mankind for the WWF Tag Team Championship, this time with Undertaker & Steve Austin as referees on the outside. Austin comes down with a beer cooler.
-This has been a really poor episode of RAW.
-Mike Chioda gets sandwiched, and Road Dogg rolls Kane up. Austin comes in the ring to count the pinfall, but Undertaker pulls him out. They argue, and Kane hits a chokeslam on Road Dogg. Undertaker comes in to make the count, and Austin pulls him out, so they start brawling. This brings Kane over to brawl with Austin, the Nation comes out to attack the Outlaws, the rest of DX comes out to attack the Nation, Austin drops Kane with a Stunner, Undertaker drops Triple H with a chokeslam, and INSANE MADNESS.


WCW Monday Nitro - 7.13.98
MGM Grand Arena - Las Vegas, NV
Commentators:
Tony Schiavone, Mike Tenay, Larry Zybsyko, Bobby Heenan

-Larry Zybsyko is wearing a Goldberg shirt.
-Random question - has Mike Tenay ever had any sort of association whatsoever with the WWF/E?
-After a seven minute recap of Goldberg winning the WCW World Heavyweight Title last week, we get Hollywood Hogan and the rest of NWO Hollywood. Hogan says Goldberg's days are numbered, and he's a flash in the pan. Hogan moves on to "family business", and says if it weren't for Scott Hall, he wouldn't be in the situation he's in now. Hogan says Hall dropped the ball last week, and he's also heard the "crap and the rap in the back" that Hall said Hogan might not be the man, and that Scott Hall should run the show. Hall gets in Hogan's face, and Hogan challenges him tonight to a match. Hall says he's done everything Hogan told him to, including wacking Nash with the belt, because honestly, he needs the money. Hall says if Hogan wants some, don't sing it, bring it. Hogan says he'll take out Hall tonight, and then asks Eric Bischoff what the hell he's laughing about. Bischoff tries to back off, but Hogan's upset that the match ever happened with Goldberg, and tells Bischoff he'll be the referee tonight. Hall tells Bischoff all he has to do is be able to count to 3. Bischoff doesn't want to be in the middle. Hogan tells Hall he needs to go back and get ready, and then says that everyone should watch how the Disciple handles business. Disciple takes the mic and blabbers out a challenge to Diamond Dallas Page for tonight.
-The Barbarian v. Horace. Barbarian wins after hitting the Mafia Kick through the stop sign. The Flock attacks, and MENG makes his return - ugh - and fends off the Flock, then puts the stupid Tongan Death Grip on Meng. Sigh.
-Gene Okerlund brings out Curt Hennig & Rick Rude, and asks where Rude was last night. Sad that I didn't even notice he was gone. Rude says his flight was canceled, and blames Goldberg for doing so. Hennig says he learned from last night and now he's found the weakness of Bill Goldberg, and challenges him to a rematch for tonight. Hennig asks Rude to let him come out tonight by himself, because he doesn't want Goldberg to have any excuses. Rude asks if he's sure - Hennig is, and says he's the next WCW World Heavyweight Champion.
-After the break, Okerlund is with JJ Dillon, and they bring out Rey Mysterio Jr., the new WCW Cruiserweight Champion. Chris Jericho comes out before Rey can speak, and he has the WCW rulebook in his hand. Jericho cites a rule stating that a wrestler who is suspended is not allowed at the arena, and if a suspended wrestler affects the outcome of a match, the decision of the match is null and void. Jericho states that if the match is null and void, that would mean whomever was the champion before the match would still be the champion - Dillon reluctantly agrees with Jericho, and Jericho orders him to tell "Ron Mysterio" to give the belt back. Dillon says unfortunately he is right, and Mysterio sadly surrenders the Cruiserweight Title back to OUR PARAGON OF VIRTUE! Dean Malenko comes out, and tells Jericho he won't get away with this. Jericho says he already did, and since Dean and Ron think they're so bad, and suggests they have a #1 contender match tonight.
-Hacksaw Jim Duggan v. Rick Fuller. Hacksaw & Meng in the first two matches is almost too much awful to handle. Duggan wins with THE KNEE DROP OF DOOOOOOOOOOOOM
-Okerlund brings Buff Bagwell out in his wheelchair, who is accompanied by his surgeon. Okerlund asks Buff where he stands in terms of the NWO, and Bagwell says he needs to go his own way, and Scott Steiner can go his. He asks for Rick Steiner to come out, and he comes out in a sling. Hogan & The Disciple come out before they can talk, and says he hates cripples. Rick Steiner backs away, looking like a punk, and says Bagwell needs to do what Hogan tells him, because it's supposed to be NWO for life. Hogan says it should be "Creampuff Bagwell", and Buff makes him sick - Hogan then shoves him out of the wheelchair. Nice! So obviously Bagwell isn't hurt enough to not be able to do that, and Hogan is actually adding a new dimension to his character as a mega-heel.
-Fit Finlay v. Bret Hart. Apparently Booker T suffered a knee injury last night at Bash at the Beach and will be out 4-6 weeks. No word on the status of the Television Title.
-Bret wins with the Sharpshooter.
-Stevie Ray comes to the ring, and tells the camera that he is the WCW World Television Champion - of course, Schiavone is too busy babbling about Hogan to say anything until Stevie Ray is already in the ring, and is trying to figure out if it's the TV Title. Stupid.
-Rick Martel is back! Yay! Stevie Ray tells David Penzer he's giving Martel a shot at the title. So here we go, Stevie Ray v. Rick Martel.
-Martel gets tossed to the outside and immediately grabs the knee. Is he injured again already? If so, to his credit he continues the match for a few minutes longer, and puts Stevie in the Boston Crab - Bret Hart comes down and clocks Martel with a chair for no apparent reason, and Ray hits the Slapjack for the victory.
-Okerlund asks Stevie Ray what the deal is with him and Bret Hart, and Stevie ignores it, saying Booker is in the hospital. Stevie Ray says his brother gave him power of attorney to defend the title against anyone. He says he'll defend the title against all comers, and Okerlund wants to see the documentation that Booker T authorized it. Stevie Ray says he might have them next week.
-Here come Sting and Konnan. They do their normal stuff on the mic. Nothing special.
-Konnan v. Barry Darsow. Tequila Sunrise, Konnan wins.
-According to Okerlund, "they are literally hanging from the rafters tonight!" That's not very safe. I hope nobody falls.
-Gene brings out Diamond Dallas Page, who wants the Disciple now. Disciple comes out and we have a match.
-Rick Rude comes out to the ring, and botches interference - DDP rolls up Disciple from behind for the win. Hogan comes out at the entrance though and ambushes DDP, and beats him down with a steel chair.
-FINALLY, Hogan does something different. I like it.
-Kanyon v. Raven v. Saturn - Kanyon comes to the ring, but gets attacked by Raven during his entrance, who in turn is attacked by Saturn. Saturn and Kanyon end up both getting counted out, and Raven gets the win.
-Rey Mysterio v. Dean Malenko, with the winner getting a WCW Cruiserweight Title shot at Chris Jericho. Jericho comes out and ends up clocking Malenko with the belt - Rey rolls over and pins him for the win.
-The Dancing Fools v. Lex Luger & Kevin Nash. Disco Inferno says he had Konnan beat last night until Lex Luger interfered. Nash does his bit, and the Wolfpack pancake the Fools.
-Eddie Guerrero v. Steve McMichael. Crazy Chavo comes down, and gets dropkicked by Eddie into Mongo - Mongo Tombstones Chavo. Waste of time.
-Hollywood Hogan v. Scott Hall, with Eric Bischoff as the referee. Michael Buffer handles the introductions, because EVERY WEEK IS THE BIGGEST MAIN EVENT IN THE HISTORY OF OUR GREAT SPORT.
-Bischoff has a Hogan shirt on.
-Bischoff basically lets Hogan & The Disciple cheat the entire match, pretending he doesn't see anything.
-Hogan hits the Big Boot, and Diamond Dallas Page runs down and takes out Hogan and the Disciple. He hits the Diamond Cutter on Bischoff, but Hogan recovers and attacks Page. Kevin Nash runs out and attacks Hogan, then steps over to Hall and gives him the "NWO sign". Nash goes for the Jackknife on Hogan, but then Scott Hall attacks Nash from behind, despite Nash coming out to help Hall. Hogan & The Disciple beat on DDP, and Hall beats on Nash as we go to commercial.
-Buffer again, this time to introduce Curt Hennig v. Goldberg for the WCW World Heavyweight Title.
-Here's the play-by-play: Hennig slaps Goldberg. Goldberg blocks the second slap, screams, spears him, Jackhammers him, and pins him. Done. The announcers sell this as the quickest loss in Hennig's career. 112-0.



WCW Thunder - 7.16.98
Oakland Coliseum - Oakland, CA
Commentators:
Tony Schiavone, Mike Tenay, Lee Marshall, Bobby Heenan

-A three hour Thunder. Are you KIDDING me. I want to puke. Sigh.
-We get a pre-taped interview with Kevin Nash from Mike Tenay, at Nash's request. Nash is somber and upset. Tenay asks why Nash has remained silent on Hall turning on him - Nash says Hall has been going through a lot of problems, and thought that by not addressing it, it'd go away. This is gooooood. Making up for not dealing with it after Spring Stampede. Nash says Hall tells him this is a business and it's about money, and Nash says Hall's agenda has changed. Nash says Hogan and Bischoff knew to get at him, they'd have to strike him at his family, and it's working. Nash says this is strike 2, and he may have to give Hall some tough love, and maybe beat some sense into him. AWESOME segment.
-Are they really going to address Hall's substance issues on air?
-Nash gets a lot of crap, but he's an excellent character, and nobody will ever convince me otherwise.
-Konnan v. El Dandy. Squash. Konnan wins with the Tequila Sunrise.
-Apparently there is a Travis Tritt concert after Road Wild. I will not be reviewing this.
-Ultimo Dragon v. Lizmark Jr. Dragon wins with the Dragon Sleeper.
-Schiavone interviews Diamond Dallas Page, who cuts a promo on Hollywood "Scum" Hogan, and says he'll face Curt Hennig tonight, since they didn't get to face last Thursday.
-The Dancing Fools v. The Public Enemy. TPE wins, despite Tokyo Magnum at ringside.
-Schiavone interviews Dean Malenko. Dean says enough is enough, and the next time he meets Jericho will be the last. Schiavone shows footage of Arn Anderson blocking Jericho's way at Bash at the Beash. Malenko says he wants to see Arn tonight, and isn't leaving the building until he does.
-Roadblock v. Hacksaw Jim Duggan. Sigh. Duggan wins with THE KNEEDROP OF DOOOOOOOOOOM
-Why is Hacksaw popular? I have never understood it.
-Bret Hart comes out and cuts a promo, saying the fans don't matter. He says he's beaten Roddy Piper, Randy Savage, & Chris Benoit, and mocks Booker T's ebonics. He says he can't get any respect around here, so he'll start kicking the crap out of everyone.
-Well...at least they used him....
-Saturn v. Kanyon. Saturn wins a back and forth back with the Death Valley Driver.
-Psicosis v. Eddie Guerrero. Crazy Chavo "rides" Pepe down to the ring, and Psicosis attacks Chavo on the outside. Chavo ends up hitting Psicosis with Pepe, and Eddie hits the Frog Splash for the win.
-We replay the Kevin Nash interview again from start to finish, because WCW can't fill three hours of crappy Thunder.
-Back from commercial, Scott Hall comes to the ring. He says there's no reason for a survey because everyone knows this is NWO Country. Hall calls Nash a "big 6'10" goof that I've been carrying his whole career" and says it's all about the benjamins. Hall says he went through a "personal crisis" and lost a lot of money, and Hogan and Easy E gave him a lot of money. Hall says he will now be known as "Medium Sexy the Nash Killer".
-Ciclope v. Scott Norton. Massive squash, Norton wins.
-Schiavone interviews Stevie Ray in the ring. Stevie says at Bash at the Beach, his brother (Booker T) looked up at him with his big brown eyes, and told him that Stevie was right, and that Booker signed over power of attorney and wanted Stevie to defend the title for him, because Stevie is a better champion than he. Schiavone asks for documentation, and Stevie has a note that Booker T wrote. Booker T gave Stevie Ray a list of ten contenders that should get title shots, and Stevie Ray will defend the belt for the fallen champion.
-This is HILARIOUS. I have zero memory of this...Stevie Ray is GREAT here.
-Stevie introduces the first top contender that Booker T picked for him...Damien.
-Schiavone is back on commentary and has the note, which says, "Stevie Ray, my brother, can defend the belt for me." I am dying here.
-Oh, and Stevie Ray destroys Damien.
-Curt Hennig, Rick Rude, Vincent & Scott Hall all come to the ring. Rude & Hennig cut a promo on Diamond Dallas Page, and Konnan comes out yelling his nonsense catchphrases - Hennig completely ignores him and keeps cutting his promo. Hilarious. Konnan then talks to Hall, saying he brought Konnan into the Wolfpack. Hall does the finger mocking, and Konnan slaps Hennig, then backs away and talks some more trash. Stupid.
-Juventud Guerrera v. Rey Mysterio Jr. Bret Hart comes down and smashes both of them with a chair. He puts Juvie in the Sharpshooter, knocks out the referee, and then puts the ringpost Figure Four on Rey.
-Hugh Morrus & The Barbarian v. Chris Adams & Marty Jannetty. What the? Morrus wins with No Laughing Matter. Meng comes down and kills Barbarian, Morrus, and my interest in this show.
-Schiavone has Malenko back out in the ring, and asks Arn Anderson to come out. Arn comes out to the Horsemen theme. Steve McMichael comes out with him, and isn't happy about Malenko calling Arn out here. Arn looks annoyed. Malenko says three years ago in New Japan, he and Arn had a chance to get to know each other, and Arn got him into WCW. Malenko thanks him for that opportunity, and says Arn wouldn't have done that if he didn't believe in Malenko. Dean says he can speak on behalf of Chris Benoit when he says Benoit believes in Arn, and so does Mongo. He says with Arn's guidance, the sky is the limit for Benoit & McMichael. Malenko says he believes Arn still believes in this, and throws up the four fingers.
-Arn says obviously his silence wasn't self-explanatory, and then cuts an AMAZING promo about how he can't wrestle anymore, taking his shirt off and showing his neck. WATCH THIS PROMO. Arn is the freaking man. Highlight of the show by far.
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-Curt Hennig v. Diamond Dallas Page. Scott Hall comes out with Rude & Hennig, while Konnan comes out after DDP to watch his back. Or...weird. I guess that this has become a tag team match - DDP & Konnan v. Hennig & Hall.
-This show has had way too much Konnan.
-Rick Rude ends up interfering - Hall gets a Diamond Cutter, but Hennig hits the Hennigplex on Konnan for the victory.








UPCOMING EVENTS



WWF In Your House: Fully Loaded - July 26, 1998
WWF Tag Team Championship: 'Stone Cold' Steve Austin & The Undertaker v. Mankind & Kane (c)
Bikini Contest: Sable v. Jacqueline
WWF Intercontinental / European Championship - Best Two of Three Falls: The Rock (c) v. Triple H (c)
X-Pac v. D'Lo Brown



ECW Heatwave - August 2, 1998



WCW Road Wild - August 8, 1998
WCW Cruiserweight Championship: Rey Mysterio Jr. v. Chris Jericho (c)
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I'm fairly sure this was a one-off appearance for HBK.

Mike Tenay has never had any association with the WWF/E. WCW was his first announcing gig, and the WWF had zero interest in the WCW broadcast teams. Tenay has been with TNA since day 1.

Yep, Martel was injured again in that match. It's his last match for WCW, he becomes an announcer on their french language canadian programming for a while.

Ummm yeah, they do address Hall's issues on air. And not in a subtle way either. If you think The Giant and his smoking gimmick is bad...well, strap yourself in partner.

As for Nash, I always thought he was underrated on the mic, especially in his WCW runs. As Diesel, he wasn't all that great, but I loved the Vinnie Vegas gimmick and as Nash, he really found himself. He could be a solid color commentator if he wanted to go in that direction.

Duggan had a catch phrase (HOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!), supported the USA, USA and carried a 2X4 to the ring, tough guy. What's not to like?

And that was a great speech by Arn. Still one piece missing, but I think that final piece comes back soon.
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WWF RAW is WAR - 7.20.98
Broom County Arena - Binghamton, NY
Commentators:
Jim Ross, Jerry Lawler, 'The Heartbreak Kid' Shawn Michaels

-Sure enough, no Shawn Michaels on commentary.
-Vince McMahon comes to the ring, and recaps all the evidence from the past few weeks that points to Undertaker being in cahoots with Kane. Vince calls Undertaker to the ring "one last time, to answer the question", and out comes Taker. Vince says last week Undertaker hurt his feelings and publicly humiliated him. He says Undertaker needs him, and needs to show respect, if he doesn't want to become a flash in the pan champion like Austin. Vince screams at Undertaker, demanding an answer, but gets no response. Vince says he doesn't want to do this, but lessons need to be learned, and makes a handicap match with Undertaker tonight against Kane and Mankind both. Vince tells Undertaker he can go to hell, which earns him a chokeslam. Pat Patterson, Gerald Brisco & Commissioner Slaughter all come down, and they all get chokeslams as well.
-Triple H defending the European Title (GASP) against D'Lo Brown. Obviously if HHH retains the belt, he defends it in the double title match on Sunday against The Rock.
-The referee is dealing with Chyna, and The Rock comes in and gives Triple H the Rock Bottom - D'Lo Brown makes the cover, and we've got a new European Champion!
-OK, so...why would Rock cost HHH the title when he would've had the opportunity to win it on Sunday? That doesn't make sense.
-Quebecer Pierre - I thought they were done, but I guess not - against the debuting Dr. Death, Steve Williams, in a Brawl For All. Dr. Death pretty much destroys Pierre.
-Lawler says that Dr. Death was actually barred from wrestling in America for awhile. Truth?
-Yamaguchi-San is with his wife and Kaientai at ringside. He yells at his wife and tells her she must be punished. He orders her to open the ring ropes for him, and makes her get on her hands and knees. He pulls out a paddle, and Lawler explains she will have to crawl between his legs as he paddles her. Val Venis comes out and takes the paddle and hits the Kaientai members with it, then helps Mrs. Yamaguchi-San out of the ring and carries her to the back.
-Skull & 8-Ball v. Road Warrior Animal...no sign of Hawk. Weird. Paul Ellering is with DOA, of course. DOA beats Animal down and Ellering tries to run over Hawk with a motorcycle, but Hawk runs down and tries to make the save, but he gets destroyed too.
-Jeff Jarrett - with Tennessee Lee & Southern Justice - v. Steve Blackman. Blackman sees Southern Justice and leaves, but comes back with Ken Shamrock & Dan Severn to watch his back. I see a six man tag in our future...
-Jim Ross announces that Ken Shamrock will meet Owen Hart on Sunday in the Hart Family Dungeon, with Dan Severn as the referee. You'd think they would make some kind of a big deal about this, other than just a random announcement. Blackman gets the win, but Owen Hart runs out and sucker punches Shamrock, tossing him into the steel steps.
-Undertaker is backstage, and he's leaving the arena.
-Steve Austin comes out, and JR interviews him in the ring. Austin says he has bad breath. Austin says he doesn't know if Taker left because he didn't want to fight Kane or just because he wanted to screw Vince McMahon, but if anyone deserves to be screwed it's Vince. That brings Vince out, and says he'll be doing the screwing tonight - Austin will take Undertaker's place. Austin refuses, saying he'll leave just like The Undertaker did - McMahon counters by saying if he does, he'll be stripped of the WWF Championship. Austin changes his tune, saying he'll beat their asses tonight, and afterward, he'll beat "the living shit" out of McMahon.
-Owen Hart v. Faarooq. The fans start chanting "NUGGET" at him during the match, and he takes the microphone to yell at them. Owen wins with the Sharpshooter. Shamrock runs out and chases him to the back.
-Jackie and Marc Mero are in the ring, and Jackie calls Sable a sow and says she's fat. That's just stupid. She says she will let Sable come out here now and forfeit their bikini contest. Sable comes out and calls Jackie a tramp, and Jackie rips her dress off to reveal her B&P. She knocks Jackie out of the ring and leaves.
-EDGE randomly comes from the crowd and knocks Marc Mero out with the Downward Spiral. What the hell?
-Shawn Michaels is back! So much for last week being a one-off. He comes out to do commentary.
-The Rock is backstage, and says he will beat X-Pac tonight in their title match.
-The Rock v. X-Pac for the WWF Intercontinental Championship. Solid, solid match. D'Lo tries to run out and attack, but Triple H is right behind him, and knocks D'Lo off the top rope. He hits Rock with the Pedigree, and X-Pac rolls over for the cover, but another referee runs down and tells Tim White about the interference, and X-Pac is DQ'd. So wait, why was it ok the first time but not this time? Stupid.
-We get another big Nation/DX brawl. DX fights the Nation off, and HHH gets a girl in the crowd to flash him. Lawler has a heart attack.
-Kane & Mankind v. Steve Austin. Undertaker comes down after a few minutes with a chair, and stands in Austin's corner. Austin Stuns Mankind, but Kane makes the save. Kane and Austin fight near the Undertaker's corner, and he hits Kane with the chair, but it's obvious he was aiming for Austin. The referee calls for the bell, and Austin smacks Mankind - AND the Undertaker - with the chair.




WCW Monday Nitro - 7.20.98
E Center - Salt Lake City, UT
Commentators:
Tony Schiavone, Mike Tenay, Larry Zybsyko, Bobby Heenan

-No Thunder this week or next. Sweet.
-Scott Hall comes to the ring to start the show. Hall says Kevin Nash can't call himself the leader of the Wolfpack when he's not even a man. He says Nash is an embarassment to him and not half the man that Hollywood Hogan is.
-Schiavone announces that the WCW Executive Committee has decided that the two top contenders to the vacant WCW United States Title are Diamond Dallas Page & Bret Hart, and they will wrestle tonight for the vacant US Title.
-Stevie Ray comes out, and talks into the camera during his entrance, saying he doesn't have the belt tonight because he left it with his attorney and his brother. However he does have one of Booker's top 10 opponents tonight...and that opponent is "Johnny Moon". Stevie Ray with the squash win, but Chavo Guerrero runs down at the end saying "I've got your belt, you forgot your belt!" Chavo "rides Pepe" to the back, and Stevie Ray grabs it quickly and tries to hide it behind his back as he leaves.
-Gene Okerlund brings out Rick Steiner. Rick challenges Scott Steiner to a match at Road Wild. FINALLY. Buff Bagwell is wheeled out, and Rick says what happened last week is a tragedy. Rick apologizes for hurting Buff. Buff says at first he was angry, but his life has changed, and forgives Rick and says he loves him. Rick says the same and hugs Buff, and then gets blindsided with a steel chair from behind by Scott Steiner. Bagwell slowly gets out of his wheelchair, then grabs the chair and smashes Rick Steiner with it! He takes his shirt off to reveal an NWO Hollywood shirt. Nice swerve!
-Okerlund brings out Chris Jericho, who talks about Dean Malenko putting him through mental anguish, saying he stalks him, interferes in all his matches, speaks about his dead father and conspired with Arn Anderson to give him a vicious beating at Bash at the Beach. He calls Okerlund "Gene Mean" and says Malenko knows he can never be a true paragon of virtue. Jericho says he is a fair champion, and next week he will give Malenko his final shot at the WCW Cruiserweight Title.
-Scott Hall comes to the broadcast table, and throws his foothpick at Zybsyko. He talks on the mic, and warns the guys in the truck "not to run the sequel with Kevin Nash in Tears of Endearment".
-There's a wrecked car outside next to a sign that says "Star of the Show". Don't ask.
-Sick Boy v. Steve McMichael. Schiavone says that is a take off of Jay Leno. Huh? How does that even remotely make sense?
-Mongo wins with the Tombstone.
-Eric Bischoff comes out on the Tonight Show ripoff set, and does some stand-up commentary - Schiavone says it's the exact same monologue that Jay Leno used on Friday. Fans crap all over this, and rightfully so...even though the idea that he's using the same jokes is funny, his doing them is not - and neither is the obnoxious laughtrack they're using.
-Schiavone tries to show the Kevin Nash interview from Thunder - AGAIN - but there's some technical issues...in the form of Scott Hall, stopping the tape in the production truck. He steps out of the truck, right into Kevin Nash's fist, as Nash and Hall brawl backstage. NWO Hollywood members come out to attack Nash, but the Wolfpack come back and brawl, and we get a big fight between the two groups.
-Bret Hart is at the commentary position on the mic now, and wants the match with DDP right now. We cut to the back, though, and DDP is laid out, and Konnan is there screaming for help. Bret says he's fine, and to get his ass out to the ring. Bret starts to argue with Zybsyko, then heads to the ring - JJ Dillon comes out to talk to Bret. Dillon and Bret argue, and it sounds like Dillon says he's going to buy DDP some time. Neither man looks happy but they both leave.
-Yuji Nagata v. Saturn. Schiavone announces that our next match will be Sting & Kevin Nash defending the WCW World Tag Team Titles against Scott Hall & The Giant.
-Raven slips in behind the referee's back and hits the Evenflow on Saturn - Yuji puts the Nagata Lock on Saturn for the win. The Flock comes out to ambush Saturn, but Kanyon comes down and fights them off. Kanyon hits a sick piledriver from the second rope, but then gets a Death Valley Driver from Saturn.
-Nash & Sting v. Hall & Giant for the tag team titles now. HOT crowd. Solid, solid match. Sting puts Hall in the Scorpion Deathlock, and Bret Hart comes out and shoves Sting. Sting shoves him all the way to the outside of the ring, and climbs the turnbuckle to yell at him - which allows Hall to hit a super Outsider Edge on him, and Hall & The Giant are the new WCW World Tag Team Champions!
-The Dancing Fools v. The Great Muta & Masahiro Chono. Muta gets the win.
-For the past two weeks, Schiavone has been calling them the "Dancing Dodos", but he says it so quickly that it sounds like he's saying "Dancing Dildos".
-Scott Norton comes out and randomly powerbombs Disco.
-The Nitro Girls are dancing, and WCW trainer Danny Young comes out during the dance number and takes Kimberly away, which obviously is bad for DDP.
-Side note - aside from Elizabeth, has there ever been a more attractive female in wrestling than Kimberly? Just saying.
-Tokyo Magnum v. Ultimo Dragon. Dragon wins a squash with the Dragon Sleeper.
-Scott Norton v. Jim Powers. Another squash, Norton wins with the powerbomb.
-Sigh, here comes Hollywood Hogan and NWO Hollywood. Hogan cuts his usual promo, and says Bischoff is funnier than Jay Leno. Neither of them are funny.
-Eddie Guerrero v. Konnan. Antoine Carr of the Utah Jazz comes to the ring with Konnan. Heenan hilariously says, "I never thought I'd see Issac Hayes in a Wolfpack shirt."
-Chavo Guerrero comes down dressed as Konnan, with Pepe, saying all of Konnan's catchphrases. Konnan takes Pepe and hits Eddie with it, knocking him over the top rope. Eddie wins by DQ, and Chavo is REALLY over.
-Curt Hennig v. Lex Luger. Luger Racks Hennig, which surprised me with his back injury and all - Hennig hits Luger from behind, and puts him in the Hennigplex while Rude holds his leg for leverage - Hennig gets the win.
-Michael Buffer introduces Diamond Dallas Page v. Bret Hart for the WCW US Title. Bret, of course, is "Master of the Sharpshooter".
-DDP limps to the ring. Bret comes out and pretty much squashes DDP, and wins with the Sharpshooter to capture his first WCW title. Crazy. NWO Hollywood comes out to celebrate as they take DDP away on a stretcher - Hall takes a cheap shot at him, and they load DDP into an ambulance as the show ends.
-Wow...this was actually a really, really solid episode.

Fully Loaded tomorrow!









UPCOMING EVENTS



WWF In Your House: Fully Loaded - July 26, 1998
WWF Tag Team Championship: 'Stone Cold' Steve Austin & The Undertaker v. Mankind & Kane (c)
Bikini Contest: Sable v. Jacqueline
WWF Intercontinental Championship - Best Two of Three Falls: Triple H v. The Rock (c)
X-Pac v. D'Lo Brown
The Legion of Doom v. Skull & 8-Ball
Hart Family Dungeon Match: Ken Shamrock v. Owen Hart
-Special Guest Referee: Dan Severn


ECW Heatwave - August 2, 1998



WCW Road Wild - August 8, 1998
WCW Cruiserweight Championship: Rey Mysterio Jr. v. Chris Jericho (c)
Rick Steiner v. Scott Steiner
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Probably no update today. I'm at my wits end with the WWE Network freezing at work, and I don't have time to hit reload every 2 minutes today and fast forward back to where I was.
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WWF In Your House: Fully Loaded - 7.26.98
Selland Arena - Fresno, CA
Commentators:
Jim Ross, Jerry Lawler, Yamaguchi-San

-We open with Jerry Lawler backstage going into Sable's locker room. She gives him a "sneak peek" of her bikini behind one of those things where you can only see someone's shadow (what are those called, anyway?) - and it's pretty much implied she has nothing on. Lawler sounds like the giddiest child EVER.
-Val Venis v. Jeff Jarrett to open the show in an unadvertised match. Kaientai's music hits, and they come down to the ring, and Yamaguchi-San joins the commentary team. The referee sends Kaientai & Southern Justice all back to the locker room.
-Who was Yamaguchi-San? Sorry if I've asked before...was he in Kaientai dX in Japan as well? He has virtually no accent.
-Lawler grills Yamaguchi-San about if she's been in any other videos. Yamaguchi-San says tomorrow night on RAW he has a big surprise for Val Venis.
-Honestly, listening to Yamaguchi-San on commentary, he sounds like he knows NOTHING about what's going on. Kinda like Art Donovan at the '95 King of the Ring.
-Tennessee Lee gets on the ring apron, and Val shoves Jarrett into him, and rolls JJ up for the win. He takes the mic and asks Yamaguchi-San to stand up, then says his wife was right...he will never measure up to the Big Valbowski.
-We get a shot of the Hart house.
-D'Lo Brown v. X-Pac in another unadvertised match. Fink tells us this is a non-title match, so the European Title is not on the line.
-The Godfather clocks X-Pac - X-Pac returns the favor, and then turns around into the Sky High from D'Lo. D'Lo gets the win.
-Edge is lurking in the crowd, per usual.
-Kevin Kelly and Tom Prichard - ZIP! - are backstage at the WWF.com area, and they report that The Undertaker has yet to arrive at the arena.
-Another unadvertised match...Faarooq and 2 Cold Scorpio v. Terry Funk and Bradshaw. What the hell? Weren't Funk & Scorpio teammates just a few weeks ago? JR says apparently Faarooq & Scorpio have been teaming on Shotgun Saturday Night. JR interviews Funk & Bradshaw backstage before their entrance, and Funk makes an announcement that this will be his last match in the WWF for awhile, possibly six months. Bradshaw is upset about it. Anyone remember this storyline? I wonder if it wasn't a Superstars/Shotgun storyline.
-I listen to The Steve Austin Show, and Tommy Dreamer was on a couple of weeks ago. He said Funk is STILL working hardcore matches in the indies, and he's 69 years old. That's unreal.
-Crowd gives a big "boring" chant a few minutes in, and JR actually acknowledges it, surprisingly.
-Scorpio hits the 450 splash on Terry Funk for the win. Bradshaw is angry and hits Funk with the Clothesline From Hell. Scorpio comes back for the save and gets a big boot and a Clothesline from hell as well. Faarooq comes down, and Bradshaw blasts him with a chair.
-I don't remember anything involving Faarooq or Bradshaw up until the Acolytes...I don't even remember how they become Acolytes.
-Tis the season for unannounced matches...Vader v. Mark Henry. I figured Vader was done with PPV matches, but I guess not. Henry gets the win with a powerslam and a big splash.
-Kevin Kelly says there is still no sign of The Undertaker, and Tom Prichard says people are searching the arena.
-Kane and Mankind come to the ring with Paul Bearer. Bearer says Undertaker is a coward, and Steve Austin is in the wrong place at the wrong time.
-Oh, you didn't know?
-New Age Outlaws hit the ring, and Road Dogg makes a challenge for tomorrow night for the WWF Tag Team Titles. There's no response, and Billy Gunn says since they're having a hard time making up their minds, the Outlaws will help them out by whipping their ass. A brawl ensues, and referees & Commissioner Slaughter come out to break it up.
-Finally, an announced match! Skull & 8-Ball of the DOA, with Paul Ellering, v. The Legion of Doom. DOA wins with yet another illegal man switch. Awful.
-Vince McMahon, Pat Patterson & Gerald Brisco come to the ring. Vince says not to blame him if The Undertaker doesn't show up, and tells the crowd it is Steve Austin's fault. He tells the crowd that every card is subject to change, and reads the disclaimer from the Fully Loaded card. He says he has the right to name a replacement, and if he doesn't show, Steve AUstin's partner will be none other than THE BROOKLYN BRAWLER!
-Owen Hart v. Ken Shamrock in the Hart Family Dungeon. Apparently this is a submission match, and Dan Severn is the referee. Would've been nice if there was a build-up for this.
-The entrance is hilarious, as Owen Hart is pacing in the Dungeon, and the basement door is flung open - they shoot it from below, so it looks like Shamrock appears straight out of a horror movie. You even see the cameramen and lighting guys. Just awful.
-From the way Lawler is commentating, you'd think this was the bikini contest - he's laughing and giggling.
-Severn gets kicked in the head by accident. Owen Hart knocks Shamrock out with a dumbbell, and puts him in a crossface, using Ken's own hand to tap. Severn is groggy from being kicked and calls the match, believing Shamrock himself is tapping. This was...different.
-Triple H v. The Rock in a best 2 of 3 falls match for the WWF Intercontinental Title. Finkel (!) announces a 30 minute time limit for the match (coughDRAWALERTcough) and says there will be a one minute rest period between falls.
-Mark Henry shows up and gives Triple H a huge splash, and is then ran off by Billy Gunn. Rock then rolls him in the ring and hits him with the Intercontinental Title, but he kicks out of the pinfall attempt.
-Godfather tries to interfere, but the New Age Outlaws show up to head him off. D'Lo then comes and goes to the top, but he's crotched on the ropes, and Triple H clocks him with the European Title, only to turn around into the Rock Bottom. Rock gets the first fall.
-D'Lo comes back out, but Chyna pulls him off the ring apron and throws him into the railing and hits him. The referee is distracted by this, which allows X-Pac to run out and hit the X-Factor on Rock. Triple H covers, but only gets the two count. Rock grabs a chair, and HHH tries to grab it from him, and the referee gets hit with it. Chyna comes in and gives Rock a low blow, and Triple H DDTs Rock onto the chair. Referee slowly recovers, and Triple H gets the second fall.
-This is a GOOD match.
-Triple H blocks the Rock Bottom, and hits a Pedigree on Rock. He makes the cover, the referee waits for-freaking-ever to start counting, and the bell rings as he starts to count. Even Lawler calls him out on it, obviously they mistimed this one. So as I predicted, the time limit expires and The Rock retains the Intercontinental Title in a draw. The Nation comes to attack Triple H, but the rest of DX make the save.
-Really solid match. Would've been a good ending if not for the time botch.
-Kevin Kelly announces that the Undertaker has arrived.
-Backstage, The Rock is with D'Lo Brown leaving the arena, and says he is leaving the best damn Intercontinental Champ there ever was, and says if Triple H wants a rematch, The Rock will make him famous.
-They actually do a "tale of the tape" for the bikini contest, complete with bra sizes.
-Dustin Runnels is in the ring, and asks the crowd to bow their heads in prayer. Runnels asks the lord to please forgive these "hopeless lost souls" for partaking in the bikini contest. Lawler then introduces the bikini contest.
-Sable says Vince McMahon told her to dress conservatively, but this is live TV, and there's nothing he can do about this...Sable wins, because she doesn't even have a bikini top on - just handprints painted on her chest. This is probably the most risque the WWF ever was on PPV, as far as this sort of thing goes. At least to my knowledge.
-Vince McMahon comes out and covers her up with his jacket, and escorts her to the back.
-Backstage, Sable & Jackie get into a fight.
-Kane & Mankind v. The Undertaker & Steve Austin for the WWF Tag Team Championship. Undertaker debuts a variation of what will eventually become the Ministry of Darkness entrance theme:
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-Austin ends up Tombstoning both Kane and Mankind, and then tags in Undertaker, who Tombstones Kane to get the victory - and Steve Austin & The Undertaker are the new WWF Tag Team Champions! This is Austin's third reign with three different partners - I believe it's The Undertaker's first.
-Not a bad show. Triple H/The Rock was definitely the highlight.

Monday we'll start back with RAW/Nitro, and we'll also feature the debut of WWF Sunday Night Heat!







UPCOMING EVENTS



ECW Heatwave - August 2, 1998



WCW Road Wild - August 8, 1998
WCW Cruiserweight Championship: Rey Mysterio Jr. v. Chris Jericho (c)
Rick Steiner v. Scott Steiner


WWF Summerslam - August 30, 1998
WWF Championship: The Undertaker v. 'Stone Cold' Steve Austin (c)
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There was one more risque moment on PPV coming up in the future. That's when The Kat actually goes topless.
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The network blurs that Kat moment. Find an original file for that one!
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Right, but that was unplanned. (at least that's what I've always heard)
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WWF RAW is WAR - 7.27.98
Arrowhead Pond - Anaheim, CA
Commentators:
Jim Ross, Jerry Lawler, Bradshaw

-The site of Wrestlemania XII!
-The Undertaker left with both title belts last night at Fully Loaded. I guess I missed that somehow.
-The Undertaker comes to the ring - with both belts, as I said above - to open the show. Taker says he and Austin may be champions, but they'll never be partners unless Austin comes out and apologizes to him. This brings out Vince McMahon, along with Brisco & Patterson. Vince says Taker did what Vince would've done - Tombstoned his brother to prove there is no conspiracy. Vince mentions that it took three Tombstones at Wrestlemania, but only one last night. LOVE IT. LOVE that they used that as a storyline point. Vince says he's not buying Taker's story, and if anyone deserves an apology, it's Vince McMahon, for Taker putting his hands on him last week. Taker says he might do it again, and then announces that he and Austin will defend the WWF Tag Team Titles tonight against the New Age Outlaws.
-Cue Steve Austin! Austin tells Vince to get his sorry ass back up the ramp. Austin says he never asked to be friends with Undertaker or shake his hands, but he'll defend the titles - he refuses to apologizes, and flips off Undertaker before leaving.
-D'Lo Brown v. Vader, non-title match. Back to crappy Tony Chimel. D'Lo takes the mic before the match, and says he just got off the phone with Euro Disney, who is naming two rides after him - the Ski-High and the Lo-Down. Dumb.
-Vader rips the chest protector off on the outside and delivers a big splash, and gets the countout win. Holy crap, that's the first win for Vader in months, I think.
-Video segment at Darren Drozdov's home. He pukes a bunch and has a bunch of pets. Stupid.
-Brawl for All match...this is the infamous Bart Gunn v. 'Dr. Death' Steve Williams fight, where Bart knocks Dr. Death out to get the win. I looked for it on Youtube to post here, but they seemingly had every Bart Gunn BFA fight except this one. Go figure.
-Probably the largest pop of Bart Gunn's career, too. Dr. Death was injured here as well, right?
-Owen Hart comes out and says last night he proved he is the most dangerous man in the WWF, and he's not a nugget. He issues an open challenge, and...his own music plays, and out comes Jason Sensation. He says it's time for he and Owen to stand nose to nose...meaning they're going to be miles apart. He says it's time that people start flushing Owen down the toilet, and starts a "NUG-GET" chant. Owen runs up the ramp, and DAN SEVERN'S music hits, and Severn steps out in front of Jason, and backs Owen to the ring.
-Dan Severn v. Owen Hart. Owen puts the Sharpshooter on, but Severn counters it - Ken Shamrock then runs down and takes out Owen, and chokes him out. Severn tries to pull Shamrock off, and ends up putting a chokehold on Shamrock. Referees and Steve Blackman (?) come out to try to get Severn off Shamrock.
-Backstage, Shamrock screams at Michael Cole, who looks terrified.
-Faarooq & 2 Cold Scorpio v. the DOA. Bradshaw is on commentary, who says he helped Terry Funk into retirement, and if he shows back up he'll beat him down again.
-Lawler starts to agree with Bradshaw about putting Funk out to pasture, and Bradshaw screams at him to shut up and call the match, and that this isn't Comedy Central. He ends up attacking one of the DOA members, and then gives Scorpio a big boot. He and Faarooq brawl, and everyone ends up brawling in the ring. Not sure where this is going.
-JR interviews The Rock backstage, and asks how he feels about defending the Intercontinental Title against two members of DX tonight. Rock says this is a stupid question, and will make them famous tonight.
-X-Pac v. Triple H v. The Rock for the WWF Intercontinental Title, in a Triple Threat match. Apparently it's Triple H's birthday.
-X-Pac and Triple H end up arguing and then brawling, and The Rock leaves. All leading to the "DX Split", if I remember right....anyway, Chimel declares The Rock as having lost via countout. So who wins? Triple H and X-Pac both? That doesn't make sense...
-Cole interviews the New Age Outlaws, who aren't concerned about what just happened, but are concerned with the WWF Tag Team Titles.
-Jesus v. Brakkus. Brakkus has the WORST theme music ever. Brakkus wins with a spinebuster...but he looks AWFUL.
-Backstage, Val Venis is showering with Yamaguchi-San's wife.
-Val Venis v. Brian Christopher. Kaientai come out on the stage, and Yamaguchi-San has a sword. They set up a table, and place a long piece of meat on it...you know what's coming.
-Venis wins with the Fisherman's Suplex (Venisplex?), and Too Much attacks him after the match. TAKA Michinoku runs in and makes the save, and Yamaguchi-San says next week, Kaientai challenges him, and after they win..."I...CHOPPY CHOPPY YOUR...PEE PEE" and slashes the meat in half. So great. Check it out below.
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-Michael Cole interviews the Legion of Doom backstage, and Animal cuts a promo on Mark Henry & the Godfather. Hawk looks like he's tripping...oh god. I forgot about the Hawk/suicide angle until now and it just came crashing back to me. NOOOOOO
-Godfather & Mark Henry v. The Legion of Doom. Godfather has some ladies with him for the first time! He says "it's a good day to be a pimp".
-JR: "Hawk doesn't look to be himself here." Another good line: "The Godfather appears to have some new-found confidence."
-Hawk "nods off" during the match. Sigh. He goes to the top for the Doomsday Device at one point, and falls off the top rope, then goes to the wrong corner for the tag. Godfather hits a Death Valley Driver on Animal, and the Nation get the win.
-So what exactly was going on with Hawk at this point?
-Lawler is in the ring to present Sable's trophy for winning the bikini contest at Fully Loaded. Marc Mero & Jackie come out first, followed by Sable. Lawler goes to present the trophy, but then receives a note "from the desk of Mr. Vince McMahon", and the note disqualifies Sable from the contest, since bodypaint is not a bikini. Jackie wins, and she and Mero leave with the trophy. Sable says she expected this, and doesn't need a stupid trophy to tell her she was the winner - she just wishes McMahon would tell her to her face. Out comes Vince. Vince is upset that Sable dares to question his masculinity. He says he was her knight in shining armor that brought her back to the WWF. Vince says that people like her are a dime a dozen, and she owes him. He says when people like her owe him he generally collects - however, he'll allow her to continue to be gainfully employed, as long as she doesn't become an grateful bitch. He turns away, and Sable flips him off, and then takes her top off (bikini underneath). He takes a year to notice.
-The New Age Outlaws v. The Undertaker & Steve Austin for the WWF Tag Team Championship. Clean ending - Austin hits the Stunner on Road Dogg for the victory. Austin has a beer after the match, and tosses Undertaker one...he pounds it down. Kane and Mankind then show up and attack both.



WCW Monday Nitro - 7.27.98
Alamodome - San Antonio, TX
Commentators:
Tony Schiavone, Mike Tenay, Larry Zybsyko, Bobby Heenan

-Scott Hudson with the voiceover for the recap at the start of the show!
-Tonight we get the first interview with GOLDBERG.
-NWO Hollywood comes to the ring, minus Hollywood Hogan - Scott Hall leads the group out. Hall says he wants the Wolfpack at Road Wild, against NWO Hollywood, and the last one standing wins. Not sure what kind of match that's supposed to be? Brian freaking Adams then takes the mic and cuts a promo on Goldberg. Apparently Adams is the #1 contender after all those big wins he's had in WCW thus far.
-Raven is still hated and despised blah blah blah. What about Raven? Saturn comes out, and says he's sick of hearing Raven cry. Saturn asks Raven how tough it was being a spoiled rich kid, and calls him out. Kanyon comes in, Flatlines Saturn, but doesn't touch Raven and bails. Weird.
-The Barbarian v. Hacksaw Jim Duggan. SHOOT ME NOW. Hacksaw wins with a rollup after botched interference by Jimmy Hart.
-Hugh Morrus comes out and attacks Duggan, but Meng comes out and kills him. Duggan hits the Barbarian with the 2x4 to clear the ring, and tries to shake Meng's hand, but gets the Tongan Deathgrip as well because Meng is god.
-UGH. Another crappy Jay Leno ripoff from Bischoff. This is BRUTAL. Bischoff babbles about Leno for ages and then brings out Hollywood Hogan. They show clips from The Tonight Show, and Kevin Eubanks and Jay Leno make fun of wrestling, and show clips from Hogan & Bischoff. So now we're watching clips of a show showing clips. Great. Leno says the fumes from Hogan's painted on brain are affecting his brain. He also says he's seen better wrestling on Jerry Springer, and talks about how shiny and old Hogan looks. Back to Nitro, and Hogan says he knows Leno is going to Sturgis, and says as a professional courtesy, he'll give Leno one more chance to back off and keep his mouth shut. Bischoff says they're going to show the Karl Malone match later tonight. SIGH.
-Gene Okerlund brings out Diamond Dallas Page, who says that he was indeed attacked last week by Hollywood Scum Hogan. He wants Hogan tonight.
-Scott Hall, Dusty Rhodes (!) and Scott Norton head to the commentary table. Hall says there's been enough whining and crying for one night, and obviously Kevin Nash doesn't have the guts to face him, and calls out Sting for tonight. Dusty Rhodes takes the microphone, and says something about WCW telling Larry Zybsyko to stop interfering in the business of the NWO. Um...hasn't it been months since that happened? Rhodes accuses Zybsyko of colluding to take his spot at the announce table - which makes no sense, since Dusty only did PPVs and Zybsyko still never does them - and says Zybsyko is under a "Texas gag order". What in the holy hell is he talking about?
-49 minutes into the show - not counting commercials! - and we're getting our second match: Scott Norton v. Jim Neidhart. Norton wins via powerbomb in about 10 seconds, no exaggeration.
-This Zybsyko thing would've made sense if he'd done anything to the NWO in the past 5 months.
-Backstage, DOUG DILLENGER goes to retrieve Goldberg from his locker room, but Goldberg doesn't answer. DOUG goes inside, but the locker room has been destroyed, and NWO is spraypainted everywhere.
-Bret Hart comes out to his WCW theme - not the NWO theme - and says congratulations to himself are in order. He says he will become the greatest US Champion of all time, and to Sting, he doesn't need to apologize, as Bret knows it was a misunderstanding. Bret says he's been invited to join the NWO, but out of respect to Sting, he stays on the outer fringe and hasn't joined. He respects what Sting has done, and that he has the same taste in move. He says last week was Sting's fault, and his brash behavior cost him his title. What in the world? How does any of that even make sense?
-Chris Jericho v. Dean Malenko for the WCW Cruiserweight Championship, in what is being billed as their final encounter. This should've been at Road Wild.
-Jericho tries to use brass knuckles, but Malenko blocks it, and then uses them on Jericho. He gets caught and is disqualified. What a horrible ending to this feud. Sigh.
-Gene Okerlund is with a cop outside Goldberg's locker room. Apparently Goldberg is "beside himself". Okay.
-As if there wasn't enough wasted time on Nitro this week, now we have a Travis Tritt music video.
-Curt Hennig v. Steve McMichael. Hennig wins with the Hennigplex.
-We get footage from the Tonight Show on 7/24, where Leno fires back, inviting Hogan out so he can personally apologize to him - and brought out a scrawny pale man dressed as Hogan.
-INSTANTLY, Hogan's music hits after the footage is shown. Shocker. Hogan, Bischoff, & Disciple come back out. Bischoff promises to fire whoever showed that footage - Hogan calls DDP a "gutter trailer trash puke" and accepts DDP's challenge, saying it'll be the last match of Page's career.
-A replay of the Bash tag match. Sigh. They really are showing the entire match.
-Finally, Goldberg comes out to talk to Gene Okerlund. I looked for it on Youtube, but nothing...it's not anything special, though. Goldberg says he's been observing things in the WCW, and what Hogan and his cronies did tonight made things personal. He says tonight, he'll make an example of Brian Adams, and Adams is next.
-Okerlund interviews Arn Anderson, and tells Arn he thinks Arn was too hard on Dean Malenko last week. He says Malenko and McMichael lost tonight to people they should've beaten, and says Mongo should've been more motivated. He says before he was asking them to let it be - now he's telling them, let it be.
-Scott Hall v. Sting. Sting hits the Scorpion Deathdrop on Hall and goes for the Deathlock, but Bret Hart runs out. Sting drops the hold to go after Bret, and gets attacked by Hennig & Vincent. Lex Luger & Kevin Nash come out, and Bret just sits in the corner and watches the fight. Nash tries to pick up Hall, but Hall gives him a low blow, and Bret goes after Sting. Sting low blows him though and goes for the SDL, but Bret Hart slips out of the ring.
-Okerlund brings out Buff Bagwell and Scott Steiner - Steiner accidentally tips Bagwell's wheelchair over. Nope, no accident, they did it as a joke. Bagwell and Steiner joke about how they fooled everyone, and Scott accepts Rick Steiner's challenge for Road Wild. JJ Dillon comes out and is furious and disgusted with Bagwell, and says he'll make sure the match at Sturgis will happen.
-Brian Adams v. Goldberg for the WCW World Heavyweight Title. SJP, 121-0.
-WCW production team, in all their glory, cues Hollywood Hogan's theme, and then kills it so Michael Buffer can do his yawn-inducing intro.
-Hollywood Hogan v. Diamond Dallas Page. Hogan hits the big boot, but doesn't go for the leg drop, and DDP hits the Diamond Cutter. Hennig runs in, followed by the rest of NWO Hollywood, followed by the Wolfpack, followed by GOLDBERG. Giant then comes in and actually chokeslams Goldberg, and Goldberg SELLS! WOW!


WWF Sunday Night Heat - 8.2.98 (Debut Episode)
Arrowhead Pond - Anaheim, CA
Commentators:
Jim Ross, Jerry Lawler, Shane McMahon

-Our very first edition of Sunday Night Heat!
-Vince McMahon introduces us to the host and star of Sunday Night Heat - his very own son, Shane McMahon! Jim Ross and Jerry Lawler are on commentary, and Shane is about to join them as well.
-This is the first appearance of Shane McMahon in any official capacity. He's a really over-the-top, excitable commentator. Translation: not very good.
-Our first match - EDGE! Only his second televised match in the WWF, of course. He's facing Jeff Jarrett.
-Couldn't we have gotten someone other than Tony Chimel to do ring announcing? Sigh.
-Also, Shane McMahon brought two women with him - "Ali and Skyla". No clue why.
-Shane and JR do NOT mesh well together. Yikes.
-Edge gets the win with the Downward Spiral, thanks to botched interference from Tennessee Lee. He and Jarrett argue after the match.
-Jerry Lawler interviews DX in the ring. Triple H does his bit, and Lawler announces that X-Pac v. Triple H will happen tomorrow night, with the winner getting an Intercontinental Title shot at Summerslam. X-Pac says they'll rip it up tomorrow night, and Vince can suck it. Triple H gets a girl to flash him.
-The Headbangers & Darren Drozdov v. Kaientai. Val Venis comes out before the match with Yamaguchi-San, wearing a much smaller dress than normal. Yamaguchi-San is NOT happy. Droz scores the pin on Dick Togo. Val comes down toward Kaientai, but heads over to the crowd where Mario Lopez and some hot girl from Pacific Blue are sitting. Val tries to hit on the girl, and Mario tells him to back off, but ends up hopping the railing and attacking Val Venis! What?
-D'Lo Brown v. Ken Shamrock for the WWF European Championship. Dan Severn comes in and attacks D'Lo Brown, and Steve Blackman comes down to stop Shamrock from attacking Severn. D'Lo wins by DQ.
-Kane & Mankind v. Owen Hart & The Rock, with the winner getting a shot at the WWF Tag Team Championship tomorrow night on RAW. Both teams end up brawling on the outside, but Owen Hart slips back in the ring to beat the ten count, and The Rock & Owen win the match by countout.
-Michael Cole asks Steve Austin backstage about him giving Undertaker a beer, and if that showed a sign of respect - Austin just says he looked thirsty. Austin says he and Taker aren't any closer today than they were at the start.



ECW Heatwave tomorrow!








UPCOMING EVENTS



ECW Heatwave - August 2, 1998



WCW Road Wild - August 8, 1998
WCW Cruiserweight Championship: Rey Mysterio Jr. v. Chris Jericho (c)
Rick Steiner v. Scott Steiner
NWO Hollywood v. The Wolfpack (stipulations to be named)
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The Pond, site of Mania XII, 2000, and the 1999 Royal Rumble. I was the latter 2 events.

Hawk was injured in the Brawl For All, so it's possible they used this storyline to cover up the fact he couldn't properly work. That being said, the storyline was playing off of Hawk's real life substance abuse issues, in much the same way WCW was heading down with Scott Hall at the same time. While blending real life and storyline works sometimes, it's never a good idea to use drugs or alcohol as a gimmick. Animal and Hawk both objected to the storyline, and as you know, it had a really bad climax.



That's the debut of Shane as a McMahon. But it's not his first time on WWF progamming. In the early 90s he was known as Shane Stevens, working as a referee.

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ECW Heatwave - August 2, 1998
Hara Arena - Dayton, OH
Commentators:
Joey Styles, Shane Douglas, Francine

-Joey Styles does the usual introduction in the ring, and even gets a "JO-EY JO-EY" chant. He introduces his "co-host and color commentator", Shane Douglas, who comes to the ring with Francine. He's still the ECW World Heavyweight Champion. Shane Douglas says to "cut the fucking music" - nice to see that the WWE Network left this uncensored. He says that tonight, Bam Bam Bigelow gets ahold of Taz - I guess at Living Dangerously he put Taz through the ring, in the infamous spot I've seen on highlight reels 100 times. They do a little riff about Francine's implants costing more than Joey's suit. Dumb.
-Justin Credible - with Nicole Bass, "Jason" and Chastity - v. Jerry Lynn.
-The commentary AND the crowd sound REALLY muted here.
-Styles says that this is the "finals of the summer series" between these two, and that whoever wins this match "wins the feud". What? That's...weird.
-Douglas is pretty solid as a color man.
-Chastity comes in and tries to kick Jerry Lynn below the belt, but he jumps, and the kick hits Credible. Cool moment. Lynn gives Chastity a Tombstone, but Credible hits That's Incredible (Cradle Piledriver) for the win.
-Lance Storm v. Chris Candido, who comes to the ring with Sunny! She's officially gone from the WWF at this point, right? Candido has a pretty faithful knock-off of "Highway to Hell" as his theme. Styles refers to Sunny as Candido's fiancee, "Tammy Lynn Sytch", but doesn't even call her Sunny, which is...odd. And apparently Candido at some point thought that Sytch was interested in Storm.
-Sytch takes the mic away from Bob Ortiz (or whatever his name is), and introduces Candido, saying he weighs "240 of the hardest pounds I've ever felt".
-Sytch feels up on Lance Storm before shoving him for a second, and Candido rolls him up, pulling Sytch's top down in the process. Someone comes out with a jacket and the fans boo (you couldn't see anything on camera). Candido gets a top rope powerbomb on Storm for the win, and makes out with Sytch.
-Styles says there was an incident earlier tonight in the parking lot, and we cut to footage of New Jack outside with some fans cutting a promo on "Jack Victory". Victory shows up - who IS this goof? - and then the Dudleys drive up and beat down New Jack. Balls Mahoney & Axl Rotten come out and make the save and the Dudleys bail, and Axl yells for paramedics - New Jack is split open and bloody. Styles says there was a weapons match scheduled tonight between New Jack & Jack Victory will not happen tonight. So what trouble did New Jack get into that called this one off?
-Bill Alfonso, Rob Van Dam & Sabu cut a promo backstage. RVD basically takes credit for his and Sabu's success. They're the ECW World Tag Team Champions - thank god it isn't Rotten/Mahoney, or Kronus/New Jack. They're facing a tag team from New Japan, and RVD keeps pretending to sneeze and saying "Hakushi", so I assume Hakushi is one of them tonight.
-Masato Tanaka v. Mike Awesome, in the first time I've seen either in ECW so far.
-I know it's a year or two off, but the whole incident where a WWF wrestler (Taz) beats a WCW wrestler (Awesome) for the ECW Title...is that televised at all? I want to see it. I know it was in Indianapolis.
-Solid, hard hitting match, and a really cool spot with dueling chairshots. Tanaka hits a tornado DDT onto a chair for the victory.
-Taz cuts a promo backstage, and Styles says he's the "unrecognized F the World Champion". Taz also refers to himself as the "FTW Champion". What the hell is that?
-Another backstage promo, this time with The Dudleys...AND JOEL GERTNER! The highlight of any ECW show. Gertner says there's a Dudleyville Street Fight tonight, and I guess it's Spike Dudley, Tommy Dreamer & The Sandman on the other side.
-Jinsei Shinzaki - Hakushi, as he's dressed like Hakushi, and Styles even acknowledges it - and Hayabusa v. Sabu & Rob Van Dam for the ECW World Tag Team Championship. RVD is also still the ECW TV Champion.
-GOOD match. Really solid. Sabu & RVD put both men on a table, and jump off from opposite turnbuckles. RVD goes for the cover on Shinzaki, but Sabu throws RVD off and gets the pinfall himself.
-Video package for Taz v. Bam Bam Bigelow. Apparently he's "defending" this "FTW Title".
-Bam Bam Bigelow v. Taz, for the "unrecognized FTW Championship". This is an "ECW Deathmatch", and falls count anywhere in the building.
-I've actually seen this spot too - Bigelow and Taz brawl to the outside, and Bigelow tries to throw Tazz off the ramp. Taz blocks it, and hits a T-Bone Tazplex THROUGH THE ENTRANCE RAMP. WOW. Awesome. Bigelow slowly climbs out of the hole and heads toward the ring - Taz comes from behind and puts on the Tazmission, and Bigelow taps out. Shane Douglas loses his mind, screaming that Bigelow was reaching for the ropes. Taz gets on the second rope and looks up at the broadcast area, and flips Douglas off, yelling "BEAT ME IF YOU CAN, SURVIVE IF I LET YOU". Douglas throws a monitor and then storms off.
-Styles says that the Dudleys broke Beulah's neck with the 3D, and put her out of wrestling - we then get footage of this. Cool spot, and Beulah sold it like a pro. Styles says he's supposed to be objective, but calls the Dudleys scum and street trash. He says they should've been fired, but he understands the Dudleys draw money. He says he won't be impartial here, and the Dudleys make him sick to his goddamn stomach.
-Bubba Ray Dudley, D-Von Dudley, & Big Dick Dudley v. Tommy Dreamer, The Sandman, & Spike Dudley.
-Bubba says he hates every person in the building, and challenges anyone in the WWF, WCW, or ECW. D-Von tells us it's time for Brother Gertner TO TESTIFY.
-Gertner is amazing here. Sadly I can't find this intro on Youtube, so I'll share as much as I can of what he says.
-Gertner says he's hotter than a heatwave, harder than Chinese algebra, the man your mother warned you about, Joel "I always leave them sore, yet they keep coming back for more" Gertner. Gertner introduces the "extreme official", Jeff Jones, as well as "the trashiest prostitute to ever enter a ring, our sex slave, Beulah McGillislutty". (It's a blowup doll )
-Gertner then introduces Sign Guy Dudley and the rest of the Dudleys. Gertner says Bubba drove Beulah's head into the mat so hard, she didn't know whether to urinate, defacate, or ejaculate. I am DYING.
-Sign Guy has a sign that has an arrow pointing down that says "Stolen Gimmick Victim".
-Dreamer gets the win after a piledriver. This Jack Victory dude comes down to attack with a guitar, but New Jack hits and he does his crappy run-in to make the save. Show over!





UPCOMING EVENTS







WCW Road Wild - August 8, 1998
WCW Cruiserweight Championship: Rey Mysterio Jr. v. Chris Jericho (c)
Rick Steiner v. Scott Steiner
NWO Hollywood v. The Wolfpack (stipulations to be named)



WWF Summerslam - August 30, 1998
WWF Championship: The Undertaker v. 'Stone Cold' Steve Austin (c)
WWF Intercontinental Championship: X-Pac or Triple H v. The Rock (c)


ECW November to Remember - November 1, 1998
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The Taz Vs. Mike Awesome match did air on the TNN show the night after it happened. It's available on YouTube if you want to see it, but it's not much of a match.

The FTW or "Fuck The World" Championship, was created as something of a stopgap measure. Shane Douglas was the ECW Champ, but was injured, and kept ducking the challenge of Taz. So Taz had his own belt created, and called it the real world title, since Douglas wouldn't defend his.

Basically, it's Taz's version of the million dollar belt.
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Ah Heatwave 98. I have really fond memories of that PPV because it was the first wrestling PPV I ever went to live. To this day I have only gone to three PPV's. Heatwave 98, Heatwave 99, and Wrestlemania 18.

This was such an amazing PPV live. The crowd was so hot it was insane. One thing I found pretty ironic was the fact that before the show started, there was a guy wearing a Bret Hart shirt. One of the members of the crowd spent their time bashing Bret, made the guy hand his shirt over, tore it up and someone else gave him there ECW shirt. Literally the shirt of their back. I always found it kind of funny that ECW fans used to always talk about how they like work rate and "real wrestling" but then bash one of the best technical wrestlers in history.

Yes, Tammy is gone from the WWF at this point. They finally had enough of her drug issues and she was let go.

The match I was really excited to see was Hayabusa and Jinsei Shinzaki against Van Damme and Sabu. This was the first and only time that Hayabusa made the trip overseas and it was worth the wait. Sadly he became a paraplegic after a rope he tried to do a lionsault from was loose.
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Re: My Wrestling Retro Journal - 1998 ("The Attitude Era" Begins)

Originally Posted by TheKing View Post
The Taz Vs. Mike Awesome match did air on the TNN show the night after it happened. It's available on YouTube if you want to see it, but it's not much of a match.
Nah - I have all of ECW on TNN now, so when that starts I'll be watching it.

The FTW or "Fuck The World" Championship, was created as something of a stopgap measure. Shane Douglas was the ECW Champ, but was injured, and kept ducking the challenge of Taz. So Taz had his own belt created, and called it the real world title, since Douglas wouldn't defend his.

Basically, it's Taz's version of the million dollar belt.
And that explains why Douglas was commentating and not wrestling. Got it.

Originally Posted by robin2099 View Post
This was such an amazing PPV live. The crowd was so hot it was insane. One thing I found pretty ironic was the fact that before the show started, there was a guy wearing a Bret Hart shirt. One of the members of the crowd spent their time bashing Bret, made the guy hand his shirt over, tore it up and someone else gave him there ECW shirt. Literally the shirt of their back. I always found it kind of funny that ECW fans used to always talk about how they like work rate and "real wrestling" but then bash one of the best technical wrestlers in history.
Agreed. I'm guessing it was more about "rebeling against the system" than slighting Bret, though.

This was the first and only time that Hayabusa made the trip overseas and it was worth the wait. Sadly he became a paraplegic after a rope he tried to do a lionsault from was loose.
WOW. I never knew that.

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