WCW: Monday Nitro (05.04.98)

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WCW: Monday Nitro
May 4, 1998
Indianapolis, IN
Market Square Arena

The current WCW champs are as follows:
WCW World Champion: Hollywood Hogan (4/20/1998)
WCW U.S. Champion: Bill Goldberg (4/20/1998)
WCW World Tag Team Champions: The Outsiders (2/22/1998)
WCW World Television Champion: Booker T (5/3/1998)
WCW Cruiserweight Champion: Chris Jericho (1/24/1998)

BROADCAST NOTE: Due to TNT airing game one of the NBA western conference semifinals between the Seattle SuperSonics and the Los Angeles Lakers, this is only a two-hour broadcast. Since that game starts at 9PM EST, that means Nitro starts an hour earlier than usual at 7PM EST which a scheduling change always makes it difficult ratings-wise for obvious reasons. If your casual viewer doesn’t watch any other WCW programming, then naturally they won’t be aware of the change and will more than likely only tune in for the second hour of Nitro. This fact was strongly represented in the ratings report as the first hour received a 2.53 while the second hour received a 4.45 rating. On Raw is War that went completely unopposed (9PM-11PM EST) for the whole two-hour broadcast, the WWF received a 5.47 rating for the first hour and a 5.54 rating for the second hour. Interestingly enough, the NBA playoffs airing on TNT could not have come at a worst time for WCW.

HOUR NUMBER ONE! Your hosts are Tony Schiavone, Mike Tenay, and Larry Zbyszko.

NITRO GIRLS~! Tony announces tonight’s main event.

Lots of nWo Wolfpac talk from last week. They replay Kevin Nash and Randy Savage’s promo on Bret Hart costing Savage the world title. Don’t forget about Konnan leaving nWo Hollywood. THE TIDE IS REALLY TURNING NOW~!

Eddie Guerrero calls out Scott Norton to show his nephew how tough he is.

  • Scott Norton vs. Eddie Guerrero (w/Chavo Guerrero Jr.)

Before they lock up, Eddie’s knee gives out and he makes Chavo face him instead. HA!

  • Scott Norton vs. Chavo Guerrero Jr. (w/Eddie Guerrero)

Norton corners Chavo and chops the crap out of him while Eddie stands there at the apron with a towel on his face. Norton goes over and picks him up by the throat with one hand, but then Chavo dropkicks him in the knee. Chavo yells at Eddie on the floor and gets slapped. Back inside, Chavo kicks at the knee and then runs into a powerslam. Oh boy. SHOULDERBREAKER. Good night, Chavo. (2:28) Afterwards, Ultimo Dragon comes down to check on Chavo since it doesn’t seem that Eddie cares all that much. That’s when Eddie gets in the ring to talk to Dragon until we go to break. ¾*

  • Kidman vs. Scott Putski

Because the man did so well in the WWF, he’s got a job here in WCW now. Good grief. The match doesn’t matter because after about ninety seconds in, the nWo Wolfpac (Kevin Nash, Randy Savage, and Konnan) start walking down the steps of the arena and hop the rail to get in the ring. (1:30 or so) Kevin Nash boots Putski and gives him a JACKKNIFE POWERBOMB while Kidman wisely exits the ring without being touched. Where’s the police to arrest Nash? N/R

Kevin Nash gets on the stick and gives a shoutout to his buddy Scott Hall. He’s not been around since Hollywood Hogan and Eric Bischoff felt Hall was “too dangerous for live TV”. More like too drunk for live TV. Nash stumbles through telling us that the Outsiders will be facing Sting and the Giant at Slamboree. He alludes to the new red and black colors of the nWo Wolfpac and tells Hogan to “bring his crew to rendezvous”. It sounds better than it reads. Randy Savage refers to Bret Hart as Hogan’s “new best friend” and how Bret mentioned that nobody was going to get screwed around here — unless Bret gets something out of it. Nash brings out the latest defector to the nWo Wolfpac: Curt Hennig! Fellow nWo Hollywood flunky Brian Adams wants to know what the deal is, but Hennig tells Adams not to stop him because he knows exactly what he’s doing. Konnan babbles off some nonsense and challenges Adams to a match later tonight. Nash brings up Sting and tries to recover by tying Sting to Lex Luger because they have the main event tonight. No promo from Hennig? Something seemed off about Nash here.

Raven vignette. He’s had a horrible life.

Out comes Chris Jericho to the ring. He’s got the framed picture of Dean Malenko this time and dedicates this next match to him – despite feeling that Malenko has had a “less than successful tenure at WCW”. He introduces a clip of an interview of Dean talking about his father Boris Malenko who passed away in 1994. Jericho gives the interview a “thumbs down”. He calls Malenko a disgrace and a failure. Nobody in the Malenko family can wrestle and they are all a joke. The only reason Malenko has the name “Man of 1000 Holds” is because the WCW office gave it to him because he’s so darn boring. NOBODY LIKES YOU, DEAN! Jericho feels Dean is better off sitting at home than wrestling in WCW putting people to sleep. Speaking of putting people to sleep, Jericho has a guy who he has dedicated his career to. Jericho says this guy knows one more hold than Dean. His name is “Bore-Us” Malenko!

  • Chris Jericho vs. “Bore-Us” Malenko

“Bore-Us” Malenko is a job guy with the “1” on the back of his tights instead of “1000” like Dean Malenko. I have no idea who he is, but he looks like Robert Lansing from the TV show “12 O’Clock High”. Just google him. Anyways, Jericho owns this poor schlub and taps him out with the LIONTAMER in 1:52.

NITRO GIRLS~! No Fyre during this segment so I will talk about something else while the time passes. It should be noted that May 1998 is the month WCW promoted 31 house shows! Luckily for the talent, they split up the roster so nobody had to work every show. It was still a nightmare for the guys because part of the perks of working for WCW was that they had a very easy road schedule. But I mean, wrestlers are never happy, right?

Oh, and Alex Wright interrupts the dance (wearing a red shirt and yellow pants – VERY European) until he’s grabbed by the crack WCW security team.

  • Street Fight: Public Enemy vs. The Barbarian, Hugh Morrus (w/Jimmy Hart)

Jimmy Hart gets involved when he needs to help his boys. Mostly just a trash can fight. Barb looks to splash Grunge through a table from the top rope to the floor, but misses. Morrus presses up Rocco Rock and dumps him through another table. Hart runs at Grunge with a trash can and hits Morrus by mistake. Since it’s too much trouble to put either Barb or Morrus in the ring, Grunge rips off Jimmy’s shirt and slams him for a splash off the ropes for the win. (2:57) This should bring this rivalry to an end. ¾*

Gene Okerlund wants to talk to Brian Adams and brings him out. Really? Okay then. Adams tells the crowd to get themselves a warm cup of shut the hell up because Brian Adams is here! Where did that phrase originate? He puts Hollywood Hogan over as the god of wrestling and says he’s done more than the nWo Wolfpac has done for the business times TEN! He accepts Konnan’s challenge for later tonight.

Vignette airs highlighting the Chris Benoit versus Booker T feud. What we don’t know is that Benoit and Booker have been trading the TV title back and forth over the past week on the house show circuit. Booker grants Benoit another shot at the TV title at Slamboree.

HOUR NUMBER TWO! Your hosts are Tony Schiavone, Mike Tenay, and Bobby Heenan.

  • “Loser Leaves the Flock” Match: Saturn (w/Kidman) vs. Hammer

Heenan thinks they have the stipulation backwards. This little feud will come to an end here. There will be zero interference from anybody in the Flock. Saturn cools down Hammer with a huge release German suplex. We go the floor where Saturn comes off the apron and headscissors Hammer. The Flock is shown in the locker room on the split-screen. Back inside, Hammer catches Saturn flying off the top with a powerslam and follows up with a nice stalling superplex. Saturn fires back with a head and arm suplex and delivers a flying legdrop. He then brings a chair in the ring and jumps off the chair to dropkick Hammer in the corner. Saturn tries again and the ref gets pulled into harm’s way. Hammer gets the chair kicked back in his face though. A “lost vendor” finds his way down to ringside. He gets in the ring and blasts Saturn with a fully loaded drink tray. While Saturn seems more confused than hurt, the vendor (or Kanyon as we will come to know him) hits Hammer with a chair as he falls on top of Saturn for the three-count. (4:24) As Kanyon leaves through the crowd, we see Diamond Dallas Page attacking Raven and the Flock in their locker room area with a stop sign and a bull rope! Good match, by the way. **

With the Flock down and out, DDP continues to beat up Raven backstage and leads him around by the bull rope. He brings Raven through the tunnel and out onto the rampway. He brings Raven into the ring where DDP is stunned with a golotta. DDP comes right back though as he hangs Raven over the top rope until WCW security comes out to stop this before Raven is “nevermore”. SEE WHAT I DID THERE? This was actually a pretty sweet angle and now I want to see them in a bull rope match.

NITRO GIRLS~!

  • Juventud Guerrera vs. Sick Boy (w/Horace & Reese)

Sick Boy has several weird bandages on his upper body. With a name like Sick Boy, you just wonder what wounds he’s hiding there. Anyways, he gives Juvi an AMAZING F-5 for a nearfall. Guerrera comes back with kicks and chops, but then they flub a tilt-a-whirl. He shows off with a springboard dropkick though and hits the Juvi Driver to set up the 450 Splash until Horace shoves him down. Horace gets in the ring and Sick Boy joins in to stomp on Guerrera for the DQ. (2:50) A little late on calling for the bell there, Mark Curtis. Anywho, Juventud fights them off. Reese gets in the ring and gives Juventud a CHOKE BOMB as Bill Goldberg comes down for the save a little too late. He spears Sick Boy down and JACKHAMMERS Reese! He held up Reese there for a while, too. Yep, he’s over. ¾*

Next up, Gene Okerlund brings out Rick Steiner. Gene wants to talk about Rick’s relationship with his brother. Rick wants Scott to come out to finish this issue once and for all. Well, Scott comes out on crutches and Rick doesn’t buy the sob story Scott lays on him for one second. Scott denies caring about Hollywood Hogan or the nWo. He says he wants to get back together with Rick to be the best tag team ever. Due to Gene’s prodding, Rick decides to trust Scott and give him another chance. As they embrace, Brian Adams comes out and hits Rick in the back with a ball bat. Way to go, Okerlund. After a shoulderbreaker, Scott shouts to Adams to keep hitting him on the shoulder with the bat. Don’t mess with the nWo, brother. By the way, this angle puts Rick on the shelf for a while as he suffered from a legit torn rotator cuff. I’m assuming Scott is somehow injured as well since he doesn’t appear on TV until his brother returns in the fall.

  • Konnan vs. Brian Adams

Folks, it’s the match you’ve all been waiting to see. Konnan beats and chokes on Adams to start. He hits the Rolling Lariat. Adams fires back with his awful looking piledriver. He dumps out Konnan as Bret Hart runs down and bounces Konnan’s face off the guardrail before tossing him back in the ring. Bret then returns back to the locker room. Meanwhile, Adams press slams Konnan with ease. He follows up with a backbreaker and hits his Tour of the Islands finish. As he covers Konnan, Nash stomps him REAL hard on the back of the head for the DQ. (2:46) Nash then proceeds to JACKKNIFE Adams. Chalk one up for the Wolfpac, says Tony.

NITRO GIRLS~! They air a Nitro Party video. Yes, this was done in a church in Mississippi.

  • WCW World Television Championship: Booker T (c) vs. Fit Finley

Finlay tries to ground Booker by wrenching on the leg, but Booker fights up into a heel kick. They fight on the floor for a little bit. Back in, Finlay drills Booker with a short-arm clothesline and a double-stomp. Booker slips out of a TOMBSTONE PILEDRIVER and hits the Axe Kick. He follows up with the Spinebuster as Chris Benoit strolls out to ringside. Booker gets distracted and turns around into a TOMBSTONE PILEDRIVER! Cover, 1-2-3! (3:59) Ladies and gents, we’ve got a *new* TV champ. Not much of a match, just historic in the sense that it led to the awesome Benoit/Booker best-of-seven series and Finlay’s first title in the US. *½

  • Kevin Nash (w/Randy Savage & Konnan) vs. Lex Luger

Luger pounds on Nash and it seemed like he was pulling his punches a little bit there. Not sure if intentional or not. Anyways, Konnan distracts Luger and Nash takes control with elbows. He hits the Bossman straddle and boot chokes Luger in the corner. Standard Nash offense. Luger takes one more clothesline, but brings up the foot to block a second one and starts his clothesline comebacks. Savage reaches after Lex’s foot and holds onto him as Nash nails Luger from behind. As Nash beats Luger down in the corner, Konnan and Savage join him for the DQ. (2:44) Sting comes out and prevents a JACKKNIFE POWERBOMB on his buddy Lex. Crowd is going nuts as Sting is joined by the Giant. This turns into a WCW versus nWo Wolfpac six-man brawl. Brian Adams appears and wants to go after all six of them I suppose, but Bret Hart stops him and points out how standing back and watching WCW and the Wolfpac tear each other apart is a “beautiful thing”. Adams seems to agree and they have a good laugh.

No Thunder this week.

And with that, we are outta here.

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WCW/nWo Slamboree LIVE ON PPV premieres May 17 from the Centrum in Worcester, MA.
MAIN EVENT
WCW World Tag Team Championship:
The Outsiders (c) vs. The Giant & Sting
WCW World Television Championship:
Fit Finley (c) vs. Chris Benoit
Bret Hart vs. Randy Savage

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