WCW: Monday Nitro (01.19.98)
WCW: Monday Nitro
January 19, 1998
New Orleans, LA
The current WCW champs are as follows:
WCW World Champion: Vacant (1/8/1998)
WCW U.S. Champion: Diamond Dallas Page (12/28/1997)
WCW World Tag Team Champions: The Outsiders (1/12/1998)
WCW World Television Champion: Booker T (12/29/1997)
WCW Cruiserweight Champion: Rey Mysterio (1/15/1998)
HOUR NUMBER ONE! Your hosts are Tony Schiavone, Mike Tenay, and Larry Zbyszko.
- Rick Martel vs. Eddie Guerrero
Boy how the mighty have fallen. Eddie Guerrero was having a stellar second half of 1997 and now he’s being put over old guys like Martel to set up the TV title match at Souled Out. Nevertheless, these Cajuns down in New Orleans love their Rick Martel. Eddie works the knee of Martel as only he can while the crowd thinks he sucks. Martel comes back with the AA Spinebuster and applies the QUEBEC CRAB for the win. (3:19) Eddie has tapped out TWICE in four days! ¾*
They replay what happened between Kevin Nash, Hollywood Hogan, and Randy Savage last week on Thunder and the aftermath of the main event.
Almost on cue, Hollywood Hogan and Eric Bischoff head out to the ring. Hogan and Bischoff both seem pretty confident as Bischoff gives Hogan the verbal blowjobs he usually gives him. They have a bat with them. Hogan tells us that tensions are high, but everybody is in line. Now that the nWo have beaten WCW legally, physically, and emotionally, there’s no question that Hollywood Hogan is the true champion. He’ll never be beaten for a three count. Hogan decides he wants to beat up the Giant tonight after what was done to him on Thunder. He even believes that he’ll be defending his WCW world title against the Giant. As for Sting, he’ll never beat Hogan because Hogan is just too sweet. Same old stuff.
- Chris Benoit vs. Marty Jannetty
Give these two twenty minutes and you’ll have a classic Nitro match on your hands. Okay, maybe it’s five years too late, but still. Benoit gets rough with Jannetty to start, but then Jannetty fires back with his finesse moves like a tilt-a-whirl headscissors and a jumping fist drop. THAT’S SO JANNETTY. Benoit takes over with some more roughness like crazy clotheslines and kicks in the corner. Jannetty connects with a Mr. Wrestling II knee lift. VINTAGE JANNETTY. Benoit blocks a suplex for a snap suplex of his own. Over to the apron, Jannetty tricks Benoit and snaps his neck on the top rope. He slides back inside through the legs (CLASSIC JANNETTY), but Jannetty is quickly put in the CRIPPLER CROSSFACE for the tapout. (4:11) Hey look, Raven and his Flock are here to pay Benoit a visit. Benoit just can’t handle everybody and when it comes down to him and Raven, Saturn blindsides Benoit and knocks him down. As Raven clears out since the message to Benoit has been sent, Jannetty comes off the top onto Saturn and cleans house on the rest of the Flock. Jannetty pescados onto Riggs and Saturn. In the ring though, Benoit gets his hands on Lodi and delivers the SWANDIVE HEADBUTT. Benoit stands over Lodi and looks down the aisle at Raven. The crowd is chanting for Benoit like he’s the new savior of WCW. **
- The Cat vs. Jerry Flynn
Hard to believe sometimes that matches like this are being watched over Raw. It’s not that this was really sucky, it’s just that WHO CARES? Cat and Flynn trade kicks and some submission holds that mean nothing and are quickly given up on. Cat catches Flynn with a roundhouse kick followed by the FELINER (which is just a roundhouse kick from the top rope) to get the pinfall. (3:23) They just need to do something to make you care about these “martial arts” matches. ½*
Scott Hall comes out and does his survey. One more for the good guys. Hall calls over to Larry Zbyszko and the crowd starts to get pumped up. He gives Zbyszko a chance to bow out of the match at Souled Out because Hall has a world title match coming up at Superbrawl VIII in February. Hall points out that Larry Z was the AWA world champ, but his father in law ran the company and the company died when he was champ. Hall doesn’t think Larry Z is even the best wrestler/announcer in WCW. In fact, he feels Dusty Rhodes is superior to Zbyszko. Dusty started Hall in the business and he’s probably pretty proud of himself for it. Hall just wants Larry Z to tell everybody that he doesn’t want none of him. LARRY Z WANTS HALL. HE’S NOT GOING ANYWHERE AND HALL WILL GET SOULED OUT IN FRONT OF THE NEW WORLD ORDER. Zbyszko comes off the commentary perch possibly considering locking up with Hall, but we go to commercial before anything happens.
- Rick & Scott Steiner (w/Ted DiBiase) vs. Konnan & Buff Bagwell (w/Vincent)
Scott never tags out to his brother during this match continuing the problems between the Steiners. Little posedown between Scott and Buff to start. Of course, Buff is the instigator. Scott throws Buff and Konnan around basically working like he would in a singles match. He takes a nasty spill to the floor where Rick has to save the day for him. Back inside, Scott plays face in peril a little bit. He fights off a double team and cleans house on Buff. Konnan tries a floatover in the corner, but Scott catches him and delivers the modified STEINER SCREWDRIVER SUPLEX for the three-count. (5:28) After the bell, DiBiase gives Scott an earful for never tagging his brother. Scott turns around and bumps into Rick. They exchange some stern looks, but no words are spoken and no punches are thrown. Scott leaves his brother Rick and DiBiase behind in the ring and heads to the locker room. **¼
HOUR NUMBER TWO! Your hosts are Tony Schiavone, Mike Tenay, and Bobby Heenan.
Gene Okerlund brings out the Giant to see what he has to say about tonight’s main event against Hollywood Hogan. All he does is put over the chokeslam. SAY SOMETHING DIFFERENT. Before he can talk about how he’s going to chokeslam Kevin Nash at Souled Out, Kevin Nash and Hollywood Hogan head down to the ring. Now Nash is carrying a pot of coffee. Hogan carries a ball bat. Nash antagonizes the Giant while Hogan is getting ready to pop Giant with the bat if he touches Nash. Here comes Randy Savage. Hogan gets tough with Savage telling him to leave. Savage heads back down to the floor and as soon as Hogan turns away, Savage charges Hogan and shoves him into Nash and the Giant. Savage then gets the heck out of there. Seeing this as act of aggression, Giant starts backing Nash into a corner. Nash throws the coffee in his face and escapes to the floor while Hogan blasts the Giant in the back with the ball bat. He continues to beat on the Giant until Sting runs down, delivers the SCORPION DEATH DROP to Hogan, and takes back his ball bat. Crowd is going ballistic. Nash then pulls Hogan’s lifeless carcass out of the ring as they retreat. Sting walks over to the Giant and shouts something in his ear to get him pumped up. IT WORKED. You’ll want to see this main event now because the Giant is mad, bro.
- WCW World Television Champion Booker T vs. Mortis (w/James Vandenberg)
Tony announces that Nitro will go to *THREE HOURS* from now on starting next week. Booker T stuns Mortis early with the Axe Kick. The Spinaroonie leads to the Harlem Side Kick. Mortis hits the deck and avoids a second Harlem Side Kick as Booker crotches himself on the ropes. From the apron, Mortis counters a sunset flip with a bridge suplex (!!) for 1-2-NO! He delivers a jawbreaker on his own shin as Tenay remarks what an innovator Mortis is. Time for a top rope headscissors, but Booker blocks and destroys Mortis with a powerbomb. I mean, DESTROYS Mortis. A light spinning heel kick followed by a Side Slam sets up the HARLEM HANGOVER for the victory. (4:27) Wrath heads down and attacks Booker with the Uranage, but then Rick Martel comes out and scares them away. For getting involved in Booker’s mess, Martel asks for a TV title shot at Souled Out. Didn’t he ask for a title shot last week too? Booker is fine with that, so there we go. *½
Time for our weekly visit with Ric Flair. He tells Gene that he’s here to heal the sick, wake the dead, and make little girls talk out of their head. WOO! He lays down on his back and tells Bret Hart to “SCORPION THIS, PAL”. That cues Bret’s music as he heads to the ring. Flair retreats to the apron to give him some room, I suppose. Bret tells Ric that he has nothing but respect for everything Flair has accomplished and realizes that he has to earn everyone’s respect in WCW and that will start with Flair at Souled Out. On Sunday morning, Bret won’t have to say he’s the best anymore because Flair is going to *feel* those words. Back to Flair, he doesn’t seem to have much else to say, but he’s getting excited saying it. Probably just thinking about going to downtown New Orleans later that night. WOO!
- Chris Jericho vs. Juventud Guerrera
Jericho already has the Cruiserweight title shot at Souled Out, so I guess this is just a warmup. Knucklelocks, sunset flips, and flips of the monkey variety to start. Jericho shakes Juventud’s hand to show a sign of good sportsmanship. He then pushes Guerrera up against the ropes and beats on him before whipping him across for a shoulderblock. Juventud comes back with a tilt-a-whirl headscissors and finds a way to make it to the apron for a missile dropkick complete with kip up! Jericho takes a powder and Juventud holds the ropes open for him. Not sure what happens to my video, but now Juventud is countering a tornado DDT and La Magistral cradles him for two. Super Spinning Heel Kick gets two as well. Juventud then misses a charge and flies through the ropes to land on the floor. Jericho holds the ropes open and kicks Juventud when he ducks his head. AWESOME. Spinebuster leads to the LIONTAMER for the tapout. (3:37 shown) Jericho holds onto the hold passed the tapout and tells us that the ref didn’t make it clear to him that Juventud had tapped out. Jericho apologizes for that and attacks Juventud when he doesn’t acknowledge him. Rey Mysterio sprints to the ring for the save as they LUCHA DOUBLE HIM~! *½
NITRO PARTY VIDEO TIME! The Sting lookalike was a bit too mouthy for me. They have some little girls dancing like the Nitro Girls. Yikes. Someone call the police.
- Lex Luger vs. Scott Hall
Any chance that Randy Savage interferes? Luger takes the toothpick in the face and slaps Hall away. Hall tries to wrestle him down with arm holds, but Lex has big arms and that just won’t work. He does however kick Lex in the chest (almost!) tricking him into a knucklelock and pulls back on Luger’s arms with his knee square in his shoulders. They sit in this hold for over a minute until Luger reverses the hold. Hall manages to corner the ref and lowblow Lex to escape. They exchange sleeperholds, but Hall bounces Luger’s balls on the top rope to get the break. Luger makes his comeback and runs down Hall with clotheslines. Inverted atomic drops connect (almost!) that Hall seems to love to sell. Bionic Elbow! TORTURE RACK! Randy Savage runs down for the DQ. (7:46) Good grief, that was dull. Felt like a house show match where they work as little as possible with all those holds. Larry Zbyszko tries to make the save, but he ends up getting his clock cleaned by Hall and Savage. Luger is able to find a chair and scares them away. ¾*
- Hollywood Hogan (w/Eric Bischoff) vs. The Giant
You probably didn’t know it, but Hogan wrestled the Giant in the main event the last Nitro was in the Superdome. Hogan comes out wearing a neck collar and Eric Bischoff claims he can’t wrestle tonight. Giant doesn’t care and pulls Hogan onto the apron and into the ring with a suplex! One of the biggest bumps of Hogan’s WCW career! Kevin Nash comes down to ringside as well. Giant beats Hogan from corner to corner, beats on the outside, and throws him back into the ring. He works the back and neck of Hogan, but Nash provides some distraction allowing Hogan to nail Giant from behind onto the ropes. When the ref isn’t looking, Nash snaps Giant’s neck on the top rope to cause him to fall back onto the mat. Hogan does his usual breaking down Giant. His Big Boot only lands in Giant’s chest which doesn’t knock him down. With Giant staggered though, Hogan manages to slam the man. The LEGDROP connects, but Randy Savage is a bit late even though he’s on the top rope to stop the count. When Hogan sees Savage on the top rope, he hops down to the floor. Hogan points fingers at Savage and then turns around for a CHOKESLAM. Cover, 1-2-3! (6:09) Savage is seen crawling across the ring. Once he makes it to the apron, Giant grabs him allowing Nash to run in and deliver the Bossman straddle to the big guy. Nash then pulls Savage into the ring in position for the Jackknife, but Lex Luger appears and blasts Nash from behind. WHAT? Luger jumps on Savage and starts pounding him, but Nash nails Luger. WHAT IS GOING ON AND WHO IS ON WHOSE SIDE? The rest of the nWo heads down to beat up the Giant and Luger and anybody else Hogan tells them to until Sting descends from the very high rafters of the Superdome. He helps Luger and Giant clear the ring of all the nWo boys to take us out. *
Ugh, three hours of Nitro coming up and THUNDER? No wonder the WWF made a comeback over WCW in a few short months.
TOTAL BELL-TO-BELL TIME: 38:20.
SNICKERS presents WCW/nWo Souled Out LIVE ON PPV on January 24 from Dayton, Ohio.
DOUBLE MAIN EVENT – Lex Luger vs. Randy Savage
DOUBLE MAIN EVENT – Bret Hart vs. Ric Flair
WCW World Television Title: Booker T (c) vs. Rick Martel
WCW Cruiserweight Title: Rey Mysterio (c) vs. Chris Jericho
Larry Zbyszko vs. Scott Hall
The Giant vs. Kevin Nash
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