WCW/nWo: Bash at the Beach 1998

WCW/nWo: Bash at the Beach
July 12, 1998
San Diego, CA
Cox Arena

The current WCW champs are as follows:
WCW World Champion: Bill Goldberg (7/6/1998)
WCW U.S. Champion: Vacant (7/6/1998)
WCW World Tag Team Champions: Sting & Kevin Nash (6/15/1998)
WCW World Television Champion: Booker T (6/14/1998)
WCW Cruiserweight Champion: Chris Jericho (6/15/1998)

Your hosts are Tony Schiavone, Mike Tenay, and Bobby Heenan.

  • Raven’s Rules: Raven (w/Lodi & Riggs) vs. Saturn

Looks like Saturn’s got some new tights. They have a very ECW look to them. Speaking of ECW, Lodi is dressed up like “Hat Guy” tonight. He attacks Raven at the start on the floor for some ringside violence. Raven takes some nasty bumps into the guardrail. In the ring though, Saturn misses a flying legdrop. Raven sets up a table at ringside. Saturn prevents the death blow and crotches Raven, but misses a charge and falls to the floor. Raven gives Saturn a Russian legsweep back into the guardrail. That gets two. Saturn escapes a sleeperhold with a jawbreaker and delivers some 1-2-3 Kid kicks in the corner. He brings a chair into the mix and springboard legdrops the chair on Raven’s face for two. Lodi and Riggs attack, but Saturn sends them away with a DOUBLE BACK SUPLEX! Saturn wants to leap off the chair into Raven in the corner, but Raven moves and ref Nick Patrick gets wiped out. Back out to the floor, Saturn BULLDOGS Raven onto the steps! Another table gets set up next to the first one. He then stacks the tables with Raven in between to splash him from the top rope, but then Kanyon runs down and pulls Raven to safety causing Saturn to crash and burn. Kanyon brings Raven into the ring and gives him the FLATLINER on the chair! Man, it doesn’t seem like Kanyon can get over no matter what he does. He just gets no reaction. Riggs rolls Saturn into the ring and Raven puts his arm over him for 1-2-NO! The drop toehold on the chair to Saturn gets two as well. Saturn delivers a desperate superkick, but Riggs stops the count. Saturn grabs him for a DEATH VALLEY DRIVER, but then Raven sneaks over and grabs Saturn for the EVENFLOW DDT to get the three-count. (10:41) This was a pretty good brawl until Kanyon came out and ruined the whole thing. **½

Gene Okerlund brings out Eddie Guerrero for a word. He comes out to put over the wacko challenge Chavo Guerrero Jr. made for Stevie Ray for tonight before his hair match with Eddie. I’m guessing this angle happened on Saturday Night.

  • Juventud Guerrera vs. Kidman (w/Lodi)

This is the PPV debut for Kidman. He’s sporting the ankh t-shirt with “I feel your pain” written on the back. Now I just want to pull out WCW/nWo Revenge. Aggressive tie-up to start. These two have already had quite the rivalry in 1998. They run the ropes and counter back and forth. Juventud finally catches Kidman with a tilt-a-whirl headscissors and knocks him to the floor. Guerrera wants to fly, but Lodi pulls him out to the floor and pounds on him. Kidman looks to fly, but misses Juventud and nails Lodi. As Kidman helps up Lodi, Guerrera wipes them both out with a springboard plancha. Back in, Kidman comes back with a wheelbarrow suplex that lands Juventud on the back of his head. On the floor, Kidman hotshots Guerrera on the guardrail. He then runs down the apron and leaps at Juventud, but misses and eats the guardrail. Guerrera manages a sunset flip powerbomb off the apron. Inside the ring, Kidman stops a top-rope rana with a low blow and hits a SUPER BK BOMB for 1-2-NO! They fight over a superplex and Juvi ends up crotching Kidman on the top rope before giving him a Springboard Headscissors! Cover, 1-2-NO! Juventud starts throwing suplexes, but can’t get the pin. Kidman fights back with the Springboard Bulldog for two. Juventud flips out of a German suplex and grabs Kidman for a JUVI DRIVER for 1-2-NO! He charges into a BK Bomb though. Kidman tries the SEVEN YEAR ITCH, but Juvi moves and hits the 450 SPLASH for the win. (9:55) Some great spots for sure and what an effort from both guys, but I feel like they went big way too early making the finishing stretch feel kind of anti-climactic. The good news looking forward is that these two will be feuding over the cruiserweight title two months from now – as it should be. ***¼

  • Stevie Ray vs. Chavo Guerrero Jr.

Chavo comes out wearing a floatie and armed with a Super Soaker to spray the people – because he’s WACKO! In order to fool Eddie (who comes out holding some scissors), he shakes Stevie Ray’s hand and TAPS OUT! Yep, it’s all over. (1:35) Well, that’s better than Stevie Ray actually having to wrestle Chavo. Hiyoo.

  • Hair vs. Hair Match: Eddie Guerrero vs. Chavo Guerrero Jr.

The reluctant yet tough-talking Eddie gets bitten on the butt to start. It’s like Chavo has turned into George The Animal Steele. Eddie tries to show ref Charles Robinson the bite marks. Hilarious. Chavo frustrates Eddie into doing some white guy dance moves. He sits down in a chair waiting for Eddie to come after him. Now Eddie wants to shake his hand, but Chavo pulls him into a clothesline. Chavo delivers a huge backdrop causing Eddie to go and hug the ref to beg him for mercy. Chavo slides over on his knees and bites Eddie again on the butt. Alright, enough comedy stuff. Let’s get real. Chavo forces Eddie into the corner during a tie-up. Eddie then comes out from behind the ref and dropkicks the knee because he’s the MASTER. Eddie forces Chavo into the corner and dropkicks the back oh so very hard. He stays on the back – including locking on the Gory Special. He bends back on the camel clutch for a while. Chavo comes back with a headscissors and a monkey flip. Eddie ducks a dive off the top, but Chavo rolls through and catches Eddie with a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker. Unable to capitalize due to the injured back, Eddie manages to yank Chavo to the floor. Eddie peels back the ringside mats to play off what went down on the July 2 edition of Thunder, but Chavo counters the suplex. Back in, Eddie crotches Chavo up top for a top-rope superplex. Chavo catches Eddie charging at him in the corner and launches Eddie into the corner. That staggers Eddie enough for a slam to set up a FROG SPLASH, but Eddie brings up the knees and delivers Chavo’s TORNADO DDT! Eddie wants to cut Chavo’s hair now, but the ref makes sure that doesn’t happen. Eddie misses a Frog Splash allowing Chavo to hit his own TORNADO DDT. He goes for the scissors, but again it’s too early. Just go for the pin, dummy. While Chavo still has the scissors in his hand, Eddie pulls him down into an inside cradle for the cheap three-count. (11:53) Chavo gets the clippers away from Eddie and instead of trying to cut Eddie’s hair, Chavo clips off his own hair to show off how CrAzY he is. Eddie just leaves. Good match because Eddie is probably the best worker in the world at this point, but Chavo just never could deliver in my opinion. No better or worse than last month. ***

  • Konnan (w/Kevin Nash & Lex Luger) vs. Disco Inferno (w/Alex Wright)

Here is a special bonus match. Disco and Wright try to mimic Konnan’s mic work for the lulz. Glorified squash here for sure. Wright interferes and beats on Konnan when he’s dumped on the floor. When he’s done and starts dancing, Luger goes over and picks him up for the TORTURE RACK. Meanwhile, Nash comes in and drops Disco for the JACKKNIFE POWERBOMB. That pops the crowd for easily the biggest one to this point in the show. The TEQUILA SUNRISE is applied, but Disco is done. (2:25) They had to get the nWo Wolfpac on this PPV somehow – and another Hispanic at that. ¼*

  • The Giant vs. Kevin Greene

Here’s the problem with certain athletes coming onto your wrestling show when you are nationwide. Unless people in San Diego really cared about the Los Angeles Rams in the 1980s, nobody in San Diego gives a crap about Kevin Greene. He needs to get over for having a personality, not for being a football player. Now having said that, he actually does pretty good against the Giant. He makes Giant come after him and corners him for punches, but Giant slams him out of the corner and starts to do Giant stuff. Greene sells really well for a true part-timer. Crowd wants “Goldberg”. Greene tries to come back snapping Giant’s throat on the top rope, but Giant grabs Greene and headbutts him off the apron. Greene starts running Giant’s head into steel posts, but Giant just shoves him away. Back in, Greene delivers a flying shoulder block for 1-2-NO! He goes for the knees of the Giant, but charges right into a CHOKESLAM. Good night. (6:59) Believe it or not, this was the best finish we’ve seen so far on this PPV. Better than you would think. *½

The WCW cruiserweight champ Chris Jericho comes out to do a “song and dance” for us as promised since he doesn’t have an opponent tonight now that Dean Malenko has been suspended. JJ Dillon interrupts and apologizes for being wrong about Chris Jericho. He also feels like the fans are disappointed not getting to see Jericho wrestle tonight and he’s found a local jabroni who hasn’t wrestled in six months to face him tonight for the cruiserweight belt. Jericho still wants the match to be no-disqualification and agrees to wrestle the guy. That “local jabroni” is REY MYSTERIO JR.

  • No DQ Match for the WCW Cruiserweight Championship: Chris Jericho (c) vs. Rey Mysterio

Rey is REALLY oiled up and tan here. He may have been hitting the juice a little bit too. Rey is hot on Jericho’s trail and gets a two-count off a springboard legdrop. As Jericho heads to the floor for a breather, Mysterio headscissors him into the guardrail. Back inside, Jericho decides it is time to get after the bad knee. When he misses a corner charge, Jericho decides to just leave. Mysterio heads out after him and they fight on the Bash at the Beach set. Jericho gets yanked off the lifeguard stand onto a sand pyramid. Tony tells us that sand can be very abrasive to the skin. Hey, especially when it’s formed into a pyramid. It’s like a spike! Mysterio comes off the lifeguard stand and headscissors Jericho. Back to the ring, Jericho rolls through a flying bodypress for two. Over in the corner, Jericho super powerslams Rey. He brings a chair in the ring and hits Mysterio across the knee. Jericho wants to pillmanize the knee as well, but Mysterio moves and Jericho crashes his knee on the chair. Looks like a plastic folding chair though. Nevertheless, Rey dropkicks the chair into Jericho’s knee. Mysterio face slams Jericho and calls for the SPRINGBOARD HURRACANRANA. Jericho counters to the LIONTAMER, but Rey manages to reach the ropes. When Dean Malenko starts to come down to ringside, Jericho gets a little distracted. As he’s trying the Liontamer again, Rey reverses and rolls up Jericho for the three-count. (6:00) It appears Rey has regained the cruiserweight title here after months of being on the shelf, but actually the title will be returned to Jericho tomorrow night on Nitro because of his claim that a suspended wrestler like Dean Malenko isn’t allowed to be at ringside and him being at ringside caused him to lose. Gotta love WCW. **½

  • WCW World Television Championship: Booker T (c) vs. Bret Hart

Hard to imagine Bret Hart fighting for the third-tier championship in WCW, right? If they wanted Booker to wrestle Bret, they could have put the TV belt back on Fit Finley for a few weeks. Pretty aggressive start. Booker sort of nails the Hook Kick. They do the hiptoss-across-the-ring spot that puts Bret over the top rope as they trade some ringside violence. Back in, Bret takes over with some elbows. Booker finds a Sidewalk Slam, but Bret clotheslines him back out to the floor for more guardrail stuff. Bret runs Booker’s back into the post. In the ring, Bret hits the Backbreaker and the Flying Elbow for two. Russian Legsweep gets two as well. Booker mounts a comeback again with kicks to set up the Axe Kick. He flapjacks Bret and SPINAROONIES up. Booker lands the MISSILE DROPKICK for 1-2-NO! Bret gets his foot on the bottom rope and slides out to the floor. As Booker comes flying at him, Bret grabs a chair and whacks Booker in mid-air for the DQ. (8:27) Bret continues to punish Booker’s knee with the chair. When he’s done with that, Bret takes Booker over to a corner for the Ringpost Figure-Four. Stevie Ray finally shows up. He never puts his hands on Bret and instead yells at Booker. Stevie Ray even refuses medical help for his brother and instead walks his brother back to the locker room. The crowd is PISSED. Booker was already injured and would be taking time off for legit knee surgery, so the match was probably as good as it could have been under the circumstances. They will have a much better match in 1999. **¼

We take a look back at Goldberg running through Scott Hall and Hollywood Hogan from Nitro.

  • WCW World Heavyweight Championship: Bill Goldberg (c) (111-0) vs. Curt Hennig

No Rick Rude? And now Hennig gets his one and only WCW world title shot on PPV. We see a shoulderblock and Hennig goes flying. Hennig fires back with chops, but Goldberg reverses a corner whip. Rolling kneebar fails, so Hennig bails. Ha, that rhymes. Back in, Hennig catches Goldberg charging in the corner, but goes up top and gets taken down with a press powerslam. Now Hennig goes to the knee, but Goldberg finds the rolling kneebar. Hennig makes the ropes and graces the top of Goldberg’s head with a clothesline. HENNIGPLEX! That gets 1-2-NO! Goldberg kicks out and drills Hennig with a clothesline to set up the Spear and the JACKHAMMER for the 1-2-3. (3:51) Well, Hennig tried. *½

  • Diamond Dallas Page & Karl Malone vs. Hollywood Hogan & Dennis Rodman (w/The Disciple)

Despite not being PROFESSIONAL WRESTLERS, Malone and Rodman start the match. If I’m not mistaken, Rodman showed up pretty wasted for this match. Hogan pulls off Rodman’s shades ala the Hart Foundation, which is kind of cool. Rodman ducks Malone a bunch. They go for a test of strength and Malone slaps the hand away. Rodman sells it big time into the corner! Malone shoves off a headlock and Rodman hightails it out to the floor. More stalling. Hogan tags in and gets caught in a chinlock. Out of the chinlock, Malone slams Hogan. Now we get DDP vs. Rodman. DDP shoves him down a bunch out of a tie-up. Hogan claims hairpulling, which is ridiculous. Finally, Rodman armdrags Page out of the tie-up. It turns into a mess quickly with Rodman clumsily colliding with Page as he comes off the ropes, showing us just how inebriated he is. More of Hogan vs. Malone. Rodman cheapshots Malone, which begins a face in peril segment with Hogan in total control. ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz. Oh sorry, HOT TAG TO DDP! Rodman cuts that off quickly with a knee to the back from the apron. More of the same that we saw done to Malone. False tag spot erupts, but just allows another double-team beatdown from Hogan and Rodzilla. Page avoids Hogan’s LEGDROP and hot tags Malone. Hogan BEGS OFF? Malone goes clothesline crazy! He unloads with body slams and delivers a DOUBLE NOGGIN KNOCKER. Turnbuckle smashes galore! Page tags in for the DIAMOND CUTTER on Hogan. Rodman tries to break it up, but Malone spins him around for the DIAMOND CUTTER. While the ref tries to get Malone and Rodman out, the Disciple (hobo-looking Brutus Beefcake) jumps in and gives DDP the APOCALYSPE (Stunner). Hogan is put on top of Page for the 1-2-3. (23:47) It had all the silly “I can’t believe that non-wrestler knows how to do an armdrag!” spots like it’s some super complex move. Way too long for a celebrity match, but it garnered a 1.5 buyrate and gave WCW a lot of extra media attention, so maybe it’s not all bad. *½

Final Thoughts: Okay, as far as the wrestling goes: even with a fairly solid undercard, I don’t believe it saved the rest of the PPV. As for the direction of WCW, this was the type of show where you look around and ask yourself, “OK, now what?” I guess that answer had to be the Ultimate Warrior for some reason. Slight thumbs in the middle for Bash at the Beach 1998.

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  1. I have a couple questions about this particular PPV:

    1. Why was Rick Rude absent from the Hennig world title match against Goldberg??
    2. Why was Sting not involved at all on this show?? Hell he was the current tag team champ! (which leads me to an additional question: why were the tag titles not defended at this PPV ??)

  2. 1. There’s no explanation given in the Observer, so I have no idea why he wasn’t in Hennig’s corner. At the next night on Nitro, Curt Hennig and Rick Rude did an interview with Gene Okerlund. Curt wrestled Goldberg in the main event. This is from my recap:

    “Now over to Gene Okerlund who brings out Curt Hennig and Rick Rude for a talk. Gene wants to know where Rick Rude was last night. Rude claims Goldberg had his flight to San Diego canceled. HAHAHA! Hennig says he figured out Goldberg’s weakness last night and wants a rematch tonight without Rick Rude at ringside just so Goldberg doesn’t have anything to cry about once he loses. Hennig announces himself as the *new* WCW world champion and the crowd is all over him.”

    2. From the Observer, so take it with a grain of salt: “Although it was never announced on television, at one point there were plans for a Sting & Lex Luger title defense (don’t get me started) against Scott Hall & Disciple, but they were dropped a few days before the show and its in place was the Konnan vs. Disco Inferno match just to give the NWO Wolfpac a brief appearance on the show.”

    My guess is they wanted to limit the amount of screentime/importance of the nWo Wolfpac (being that they were so over) so as to not take away from DDP and Karl Malone.

  3. Matt hey thanks for your reply & for all the helpful info! Much appreciated!

    Until you had mentioned it above, I had no recollection of the Hennig/Rude/Okerlund interview on the following night’s Nitro. I will definitely go back & watch that 7/13/98 episode of Nitro, thanks! Btw, that explanation from Rude is too funny!! (but it’s also rather weak storytelling by WCW & really leaves their loyal fans [who were engaged & invested at the time] hanging!)

    Yeah, you’re probably right on your guess regarding the Sting/Wolfpac/tag titles question. And how would Luger have been able to co-defend the tag titles anyway? Were they using the “Freebird rule” at that time? (I thought Sting & Nash were the actual tag team champs at that time?) ..but again, either way, it’s a real shame that the tag titles were not even defended on this PPV *and* that Sting was involved on the show at all! (at least Nash & Luger were both ringside during Konnan’s match!)

    Great job on all of your recaps!! I’ve enjoyed browsing them as both a reference & a refresher!

  4. *wasn’t
    (that Sting WASN’T involved on the show at all!)

  5. Thanks for the kind words! I hope to get back to 1998 WCW/WWF when I get through with the WWF 1980.

    Yeah, the nWo Wolfpac did the Freebirds thing with the WCW tag belts. Not that it really mattered since they never seemed to really know what to do with tag team wrestling anyway – especially by this point.

  6. Gotcha. Yeah for real, which is such a shame since they had so much talent on the roster during that era! Hey didn’t I also read somewhere that the Wolfpac members didn’t even have the tag team belts with them during the following night’s Nitro? (July 13) ..based on that lil note it now kinda makes me wonder if the tag titles weren’t defended on this PPV because the actual belts themselves were lost or stolen?? Or is that too absurd of a thought?

    • Yeah, this era of WCW is just full of so many missed opportunities and “what ifs” with this much talent.

      You never know. It could be that the tag belts were lost or stolen, but knowing what we think we know about the WCW guys and their lack of motivation to care about stuff like this, the tag belts could have been left in the dressing room in their lockers. It could be that simple. It’s not like Bill Watts was going to fine them or something.

      Or not! Who really knows what happened.

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