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WCW: Monday Nitro (01.04.99)

WCW: Monday Nitro
January 4, 1999
Atlanta, GA
Georgia Dome

The current WCW champs are as follows:
WCW World Champion: Kevin Nash (12/27/1998)
WCW U.S. Champion: Bret Hart (11/30/1998)
WCW World Tag Team Champions: Rick Steiner & Kenny Kaos (10/26/1998)
WCW World Television Champion: Scott Steiner (12/28/1998)
WCW Cruiserweight Champion: Billy Kidman (11/22/1998)

Oh boy, I’ve been dreading this one. Remember – this card is supposed to have the Kevin Nash versus Goldberg rematch.

We get a video package that makes you feel pretty bleak about the future as they show us what happened in the Goldberg and Kevin Nash match from Starrcade with Nash’s hand held high and WCW world title over his shoulder in the end.

HOUR NUMBER ONE! Your hosts are Tony Schiavone, Mike Tenay, and Larry Zbyszko. Read the rest of this entry

WWF: Raw is War (01.04.99)

WWF: Raw is War
January 4, 1999
Worcester, MA
The Centrum

The current WWF champs are as follows:
WWF Champion: The Rock (11/15/1998)
Intercontinental Champion: Ken Shamrock (10/12/1998)
World Tag Team Champions: The Big Boss Man & Ken Shamrock (12/14/1998)
European Champion: X-Pac (10/18/1998)
Light Heavyweight Champion: Duane Gill (11/23/1998)
Hardcore Champion: Road Dogg (12/21/1998)
Women’s Champion: Sable (11/15/1998)

TIME TO GET RAW! Your hosts are Michael Cole and Jerry Lawler. Read the rest of this entry

WWF: SuNDAY NiGHT HeAT (01.03.99)

WWF: SuNDAY NiGHT HeAT
January 3, 1999
Worcester, MA
The Centrum

The current WWF champs are as follows:
WWF Champion: The Rock (11/15/1998)
Intercontinental Champion: Ken Shamrock (10/12/1998)
World Tag Team Champions: The Big Boss Man & Ken Shamrock (12/14/1998)
European Champion: X-Pac (10/18/1998)
Light Heavyweight Champion: Duane Gill (11/23/1998)
Hardcore Champion: Road Dogg (12/21/1998)
Women’s Champion: Sable (11/15/1998)

LAST WEEK ON RAW: WWF Commissioner Shawn Michaels was publicly fired by Vince McMahon for still having a little “DX” in him to end the program. Not one to lay down for anybody, HBK gives Vince SWEET CHIN MUSIC and babyfaces himself in one single moment. They show Vince eating shoe leather from about seven different angles in a matter of five seconds. Hilarious. Apparently at some point this week, Vince told whomever will listen on WWF.com that he’s going to “dismember” Shawn Michaels. We’ll hear from Shawn Michaels from his home in San Antonio via satellite later tonight.

HOT ENOUGH? Your hosts are Kevin Kelly and Shane McMahon. Read the rest of this entry

WCW: Monday Nitro (12.28.98)

WCW: Monday Nitro
December 28, 1998
Baltimore, MD
Baltimore Arena

The current WCW champs are as follows:
WCW World Champion: Kevin Nash (12/27/1998)
WCW U.S. Champion: Bret Hart (11/30/1998)
WCW World Tag Team Champions: Rick Steiner & Kenny Kaos (10/26/1998)
WCW World Television Champion: Konnan (11/30/1998)
WCW Cruiserweight Champion: Billy Kidman (11/22/1998)

LAST NIGHT AFTER STARRCADE: They show footage of Eric Bischoff, Buff Bagwell, Scott Steiner, and the returning Curt Hennig mocking Ric Flair during a limo ride. Bischoff makes sure to add in at the last moment that “Hollywood [Hogan] would be proud”.

HOUR NUMBER ONE! Your hosts are Tony Schiavone, Mike Tenay, and Larry Zbyszko. Read the rest of this entry

WWF: Raw is War (12.28.98)

WWF: RAW IS WAR
December 28, 1998
Albany, NY
Pepsi Arena

The current WWF champs are as follows:
WWF Champion: The Rock (11/15/1998)
Intercontinental Champion: Ken Shamrock (10/12/1998)
World Tag Team Champions: The Big Boss Man & Ken Shamrock (12/14/1998)
European Champion: X-Pac (10/18/1998)
Light Heavyweight Champion: Duane Gill (11/23/1998)
Hardcore Champion: Road Dogg (12/21/1998)
Women’s Champion: Sable (11/15/1998)

LAST WEEK: Shane McMahon had complete control of RAW and put himself in a match with Mankind. Naturally, he gets his butt whooped with no problem. He even tasted Mr. Socko! When it looked like DX was in total control over the Corporation, Vince McMahon returns to the show with his Christmas bonus: it’s the return of KANE! Surely he’s here to help the good guys, but no. He runs through DX and gives them all chokeslams. Last night on HeAT, we are told that Vince McMahon has saved Kane from an awful mental institution and must do everything Vince tells him to do – because he’s Vince’s FREAK.

TIME TO GET RAW! Your hosts are Michael Cole and Jerry Lawler. Read the rest of this entry

WWF: SuNDAY NiGHT HeAT (12.27.98)

WWF: SuNDAY NiGHT HeAT
December 27, 1998
Spokane, WA
Spokane Arena

The current WWF champs are as follows:
WWF Champion: The Rock (11/15/1998)
Intercontinental Champion: Ken Shamrock (10/12/1998)
World Tag Team Champions: The Big Boss Man & Ken Shamrock (12/14/1998)
European Champion: X-Pac (10/18/1998)
Light Heavyweight Champion: Duane Gill (11/23/1998)
Hardcore Champion: Road Dogg (12/21/1998)
Women’s Champion: Sable (11/15/1998)

HOT ENOUGH? Your hosts are Kevin Kelly and Shane McMahon. Read the rest of this entry

WCW: Starrcade 1998

WCW: Starrcade
December 27, 1998
Washington, D.C.
MCI Center

The current WCW champs are as follows:
WCW World Champion: Bill Goldberg (7/6/1998)
WCW U.S. Champion: Bret Hart (11/30/1998)
WCW World Tag Team Champions: Rick Steiner & Kenny Kaos (10/26/1998)
WCW World Television Champion: Konnan (11/30/1998)
WCW Cruiserweight Champion: Billy Kidman (11/22/1998)

I’m not sure where I want to stick this paragraph, but I think its important to understand before we get started where WCW is at here at the end of 1998. If you’re looking at the lineup on this card and scratching your head as to why it look like this, you’re not crazy. This is touted as the “biggest show of the year” by our esteemed commentators all the time and it sure doesn’t look that way. I mean, how many guys that are under contract are missing from the card due to injuries or renegotiating contracts or for no understandable reason?

For starters, let’s begin with the champions that are not on the show: the WCW U.S. champion Bret Hart and who we understand to still be the WCW tag team champions for better or worse Rick Steiner and Kenny Kaos. Bret’s contract is certainly fine, but he’s apparently out with a groin injury. Why was he given the belt if he wasn’t going to be active? Why not leave it on DDP and make this match with the Giant a title match? Rick Steiner is out after having shoulder surgery and Kenny Kaos is arguing with ex-partner Robbie Rage, so who cares.

There’s also nWo stars that are not on the card: the obvious one being Hollywood Hogan who has “retired to pursue the avenue of becoming the POTUS” to outdo Jesse Ventura, Scott Hall doesn’t have a match, Scott Steiner doesn’t have a match despite being the new leader of the nWo B&W, Buff Bagwell is still in recovery over his neck issues, Curt Hennig is injured, Lex Luger just isn’t wrestling tonight, Sting has been AWOL since Halloween Havoc, and nobody cares about Stevie Ray or Horace.

As for major WCW talent, Booker T who doesn’t seem to have gotten his mojo back since returning from his knee injury, Nash ended Wrath’s win streak, RODDY PIPER (who just left after Wargames), Chavo Guerrero Jr., Chris Benoit, Dean Malenko, Raven, Kanyon, Meng (you wouldn’t want to see him rip into somebody?).

So yeah, what the heck, WCW? Concerning the constant change of plans over this show, Meltzer writes from the 1/4/99 Observer:

“WCW has changed plans [for Starrcade] so often that many original plans for whatever reason didn’t take place. Most, like Dusty Rhodes as ref for Flair vs. Bischoff, or Miller vs. Saturn being a kickboxing match, were in original formats, but never actually announced to the public. There were WCW produced advertising listing Flair vs. Bischoff as Flair’s career against control of the company, which was the original plan, although that stipulation was also never announced on television. In Japan, they had hyped a Norton vs. Van Hammer IWGP title match, which never took place to the chagrin of the audience watching on PPV there, but to everyone else’s pleasure. While at one point there were plans for Lex Luger vs. Scott Steiner, Luger nixed that match and it was never announced on television although it was on the WCW Hotline. Scott Hall vs. Bam Bam Bigelow was announced on the WCW Saturday Night show, and it also didn’t take place, nor was it ever acknowledged during the broadcast despite being hyped on TV as a last minute special addition to the show. Hall actually suffered a twisted knee at Nitro six days earlier and it was questionable whether he’d be able to wrestle, but was advertised on the Saturday show anyway.”

What a mess. I hope to have more to share on my overall thoughts on 1998 WCW. I think Vince McMahon might have broke Eric Bischoff’s brain.

Your hosts are Tony Schiavone, Mike Tenay, and Bobby Heenan. Due to Eric Bischoff’s request, the Four Horsemen are banned from the MCI Center. Read the rest of this entry

WCW: Monday Nitro (12.21.98)

WCW: Monday Nitro
December 21, 1998
St. Louis, MO
TWA Dome

The current WCW champs are as follows:
WCW World Champion: Bill Goldberg (7/6/1998)
WCW U.S. Champion: Bret Hart (11/30/1998)
WCW World Tag Team Champions: Rick Steiner & Kenny Kaos (10/26/1998)
WCW World Television Champion: Konnan (11/30/1998)
WCW Cruiserweight Champion: Billy Kidman (11/22/1998)

We start with a way too lengthy Eric Bischoff character piece. They go back to the start of the nWo angle and show bits and pieces of seemingly every heel thing he’s done. Of course this is to promote his match with Ric Flair, but there’s only about 20 seconds of his involvement with Flair shown. Maybe they will show a video package on Ric Flair later in the show?

NITRO GIRLS!

HOUR NUMBER ONE! Your hosts are Tony Schiavone, Mike Tenay, and Larry Zbyszko. Tony announces that Scott Hall will face GOLDBERG in tonight’s main event. Read the rest of this entry

WWF: Raw is War (12.21.98)

WWF: RAW IS WAR
December 21, 1998
Spokane, WA
Spokane Arena

The current WWF champs are as follows:
WWF Champion: The Rock (11/15/1998)
Intercontinental Champion: Ken Shamrock (10/12/1998)
World Tag Team Champions: The Big Boss Man & Ken Shamrock (12/14/1998)
European Champion: X-Pac (10/18/1998)
Light Heavyweight Champion: Duane Gill (11/23/1998)
Hardcore Champion: The Big Boss Man (11/30/1998)
Women’s Champion: Sable (11/15/1998)

MOMENTS AGO: Vince McMahon tells Gerald Brisco, Pat Patterson, and Gerald Brisco he’s leaving to go for a “quick work out” to train for the Royal Rumble and leaves his son Shane in charge of tonight’s RAW. He reminds Patterson and Brisco that they are responsible for Shane’s actions. Keep your ego and temper in check, pal. When Vince returns, he’ll bring back a “bonus” for the Corporation to enjoy. Shane heads straight for the building – WITH A PURPOSE – while Patterson and Brisco try to keep up.

TIME TO GET RAW! Your hosts are Michael Cole and Jerry Lawler. Read the rest of this entry

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