WCW: Monday Nitro (07.13.98)

WCW: Monday Nitro
July 13, 1998
Las Vegas, NV
MGM Grand Garden 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: Rey Mysterio (7/12/1998)

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

NITRO GIRLS! I don’t usually comment on the dances, but this one was especially strange. Tenay says AC Jazz is apparently responsible for this one and it’s a dance routine from “Showgirls”, but I’ve never seen that flick.

Tenay is quick to point out that last week’s Goldberg/Hogan match was the highest rated segment in the history of professional wrestling on cable television. The crowd wants Goldberg and Ric Flair.

Recap of everything that went down among Goldberg, Hollywood Hogan, and Scott Hall last week. No mention of Bash at the Beach yet. Somethings are better left in the past.

Hollywood Hogan’s nWo come out to the ring where Hogan of course mentions Bash at the Beach. The new World order is so tight right now, brother. They stick together, brother. Next thing you know, Hogan blames Scott Hall for losing the WCW world title. Apparently, Hogan has heard that Hall has been whispering around that Hollywood shouldn’t be running the show anymore and he should be the man. Hulk wants to find out what Hall is made of and how loyal he is to the nWo, so he challenges Hall to a match tonight. Hey yo. Hall says he’s even turned on his friend for Hollywood Hogan and the nWo and done everything asked of him because honestly he needs the money. He admits Goldberg beat him, but then Goldberg beat Hogan and took the belt. If Hogan wants some of Scott Hall though, don’t sing it — bring it. The match is on. He tells Hall to “wax up your pigtail, little bo peep” because Hulk’s the big bad creep. WHAT? Hogan catches Eric Bischoff snickering and wonders if Bischoff had anything to do with putting Hogan in that match with Goldberg in the first place. To find out where Bischoff’s allegiance is, Hogan makes him the referee in his match with Hall. SO MUCH DRAMA. Hall throws the toothpick in Hogan’s face and gets all riled up. Boy, this crowd is hot. The Disciple stands in between Hall and Hogan. Hollywood reminds Hall and the rest of the nWo that the Disciple is the problem solver around here and he’ll keep things in check. THE DISCIPLE SPEAKS! He yells at Diamond Dallas Page for hitting him in the back of the head with a chair last week. Even with a cut bad enough to get 47 stitches, DDP couldn’t stop the Disciple. If DDP has any guts, he will settle this thing with the Disciple – tonight. As the segment ends and Hogan and Disciple are pointing fingers at Bischoff, Eric looks like he’s seeing the whole nWo thing fall apart.

Exciting still shots of last night’s main event at Bash at the Beach are shown.

  • The Barbarian (w/Jimmy Hart) vs. Horace (w/Lodi)

Horace drills Barb with a stop sign to take control. He slugs Jimmy Hart off the apron and tries to hit Barbarian again with the stop sign, but Barbarian catches Horace with the KICK OF FEAR instead for the win. (2:05) Lodi, Riggs, and Kidman all jump Barb after the bell. Once he goes down, MENG returns and destroys everything that moves. THE FACES OF FEAR ARE BACK TOGETHER! YES! Oh, nevermind. Meng grabs Barbarian and puts him in the TONGAN DEATH GRIP. Darn you, WCW. ¼*

Exciting still shots of Bill Goldberg defending the WCW world title for the first time against Curt Hennig at Bash at the Beach.

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.

Exciting still shots of Rey Mysterio making his surprise return to WCW to beat Chris Jericho for the WCW cruiserweight title at Bash at the Beach are shown.

Gene Okerlund is standing by with JJ Dillon. They introduce Rey Mysterio as he comes out to a hero’s welcome. Chris Jericho interrupts and pulls out the WCW rule book. On page 257, it says “for the safety of the athletes involved, if a wrestler is suspended…and affects the outcome of the match, that decision shall be null and void.” Bottom line: when Dean Malenko came out last night, the decision of the Jericho/Mysterio match should have been null and void, and therefore, Jericho should get the belt back. Dillon says well, Jericho’s correct. Wow, they didn’t even have to run that by the championship committee or anything. Mysterio mans up and hands the belt back to Jericho. Dean Malenko comes out and threatens Jericho that he won’t get away with what he’s done here. Jericho suggests that if Malenko and Mysterio want a shot at his belt, they need to fight each other first – TONIGHT. Man, is this show being booked on the fly or what? Has anything been actually been “scheduled”?

NITRO GIRLS!

NITRO PARTY VIDEO! Yes, they are still doing this!

Let Us Take You Back: Nitro, 6/15/98. Happier times for the nWo? WHAT? Back then, they were working together then doing a real number on Randy Savage to put him on the shelf.

  • Jim Duggan vs. Rick Fuller

Fuller gets a few basic moves, but misses a flying splash. Duggan slugs him back, hits a Polish Hammer, the three point stance, and the OLD GLORY knee drop for the win in 1:48.

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

They replay bits and pieces of an interview from last week with Buff Bagwell and his mom Judy.

In the arena, Okerlund brings out Buff Bagwell in a wheelchair again this week to ask him about where he stands with the nWo. He finds the whole nWo thing confusing and doesn’t really give a clear answer. Buff wants Rick Steiner to come out to meet him. If he’s injured, why is he even here? Rick has his arm in a sling and looks as normal as Rick Steiner can look. Hollywood Hogan and the Disciple interrupt before anything can be said by either Rick or Buff. Hogan reminds Buff that this nWo thing is “for life”. Hollywood hates cripples and he’s tired of hearing all the babyface things Buff has to say and turns the wheelchair over for the lulz. N! W! O!

Exciting still shots of Booker T defending his WCW world TV title against Bret Hart from last night at Bash at the Beach are shown.

  • Bret Hart vs. Fit Finley

This is a dream match of sorts with two technical greats. Bret punches out of a headlock and chokes Finlay in the corner. They poke each other in the eyes to show neither man cares about rules. Finlay drops Bret with a short-arm clothesline. They go to the floor where Bret low-blows Finlay to take back control. Back in, Bret delivers the backbreaker and then headbutt to the groin. “We want Flair” chants go up like its 1991 all over again. Finlay brings up his foot to nail Bret off a charge, but Bret gets an atomic drop and a clothesline anyway to set up the SHARPSHOOTER. Once again, Finlay gives up. (4:28) Basically a glorified squash that could’ve been something great if given the time, I believe. **

  • Stevie Ray vs. Rick Martel

Since Booker T is out injured, Stevie Ray is carrying with him the TV title belt to the ring. It’s amazing that our esteemed commentators can’t tell what belt he’s got. This is the last televised match in WCW for Rick Martel. It appears wrestling Stevie Ray was his breaking point. Stevie Ray clubs him in the corner, but Martel stops a corner charge and flying clotheslines him down. He grabs an armbar on Stevie Ray who fights out of the hold and dumps out Martel. Commercials! When we come back, Martel gets a few nearfalls and then returns to the arm. Stevie Ray sends Martel off into the ropes and catches a crossbody block for a slam. Martel avoids an elbow drop and mounts his comeback. He tries the QUEBEC CRAB, but Bret Hart runs down and hits Martel with a chair! Despite Martel being KO’ed, Stevie Ray grabs him for the SLAPJACK to get the three-count and easily the biggest singles win of his career. (6:42 shown) Gene asks Stevie Ray about what’s going on between him and Bret Hart, but Stevie Ray denies any deal between them. Since Booker T is in recovery, he’s got “power of attorney” to defend the TV title against all comers. Okerlund wants documented proof. Maybe next week. *½

Exciting still shots of the nWo Wolfpac picking on Alex Wright and Disco Inferno from last night at Bash at the Beach are shown. Tony uses this to show how united the Wolfpac are versus Hollywood Hogan’s nWo. It must be 9:30PM EST because Bobby Heenan has replaced Larry Zbyszko.

  • Konnan (w/Sting) vs. Barry Darsow

Darsow jumps Konnan at the bell and does some ’80s heel stuff. Konnan battles back and hits the Rolling Lariat to lead into his usual comeback moves. The TEQUILA SUNRISE on Darsow taps him out at 1:59.

After the break, Gene Okerlund brings out Diamond Dallas Page to see if he’ll answer the Disciple’s challenge. Page has been hit with everything including the kitchen sink and he’s not crying. If Disciple wants to get banged, come get some. That might begins – NOW!

  • Diamond Dallas Page vs. The Disciple

So there’s real life heat between these two after DDP busted Disciple open last week with the steel chair. Apparently, DDP forgot Disciple’s face jobbed in a parasailing accident back in 1990. Disciple low blows DDP right in front of the ref and there’s no disqualification. By the way, DDP’s ribs are taped again because OF COURSE THEY ARE. Disciple hits a piledriver on DDP as Rick Rude saunters down to ringside with a scowl on his face. DDP jawbreakers Disciple and heads up top, but Rude trips him up. Disciple gets run into Rude on the apron and DDP rolls him up for the three-count. (2:25) I guess that finish “saves” the Disciple character, but also makes DDP look like he can only beat Disciple because of a fluke. As DDP exits quickly through the crowd and heads back to the tunnel, Hollywood Hogan and Vincent attack him with a STEEL CHAIR and whack his taped ribbies. Disciple and Rude join in on the fun, but nobody saves DDP. How many segments are we gonna see Hogan in tonight? ½*

  • Kanyon vs. Saturn vs. Raven

This is one of our SCHEDULED matches tonight. They meet in the aisle and fight to begin things. Saturn and Kanyon take turns beating on Raven and end up fighting each other to see who fights Raven. Rinse, wash, and repeat. Kanyon shows off his MOVEZ, but nobody cares. Saturn splashes Kanyon through a table. Lodi comes down and tosses Saturn into the ring for Raven, but Saturn fights off a superplex and dumps Raven on the mat. Kanyon crotches Saturn and heads up top to splash Raven, but Raven moves. Saturn wakes up and splashes Raven though for two. They do a triple back suplex spot with Saturn taking the worst of it. Raven can’t pin either guy. Kanyon pops up and drops Raven with the FLATLINER, but Saturn stops the pin. Same thing happens to Saturn as he delivers a DEATH VALLEY DRIVER. Soon after, Saturn and Kanyon start brawling down the aisle until both men are counted out and Raven is declared the winner. (5:42) Oddly enough, there would be a similar triple threat match done on RAW in two weeks between DX and the Rock. Raven breaks a rib during the match and won’t wrestle on TV again until the Road Wild PPV. **½

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

  • Rey Mysterio vs. Dean Malenko

They have a friendly exchange of holds and counterholds to start. Rey tries to pick things up with a headscissors out of the corner, but Malenko puts on the brakes and side slams him for two. Malenko falls out to the floor and receives a somersault plancha for his troubles. Mysterio tries the Springboard Headscissors, but Malenko ducks and connects with a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker. Rey wants to win with a rollup, but can’t make it happen and gets his bad leg tied up in the ropes. Mysterio counters a powerbomb into a sunset flip for 1-2-NO! Over in the corner, Malenko blocks a flying headscissors and delivers the Super Gutbuster! While the ref checks on Mysterio, Chris Jericho comes down and whacks Malenko in the kidneys with his CW title. That puts Malenko down as Mysterio crawls over to cover him for the three-count. (5:33) Wow, what a weak finish to a really good match. Tenay deduces for the other two that Jericho is trying to “pick his own opponents”. Ya think? ***

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

Disco Inferno tell the truth about his loss from last night and call out the nWo Wolfpac. Nobody has the WCW tag belts with them, which tells you where WCW’s head is at when it comes to the WCW tag team championship. Nash sounds like he’s lost his voice and takes very little mic time. After Wright and Disco bail, Konnan grabs Disco and throws him into the ring. Wright jumps Konnan from behind, but Konnan fights back and whips him into the guardrail so Sting can finally land the Stinger Splash! You can probably guess what happens next. The Dancing Jabronis receive the TORTURE RACK and the JACKKNIFE POWERBOMB for the win. (2:37) Wolfpack wins, crowd digs it, and Sting and Konnan are all smiles. Yep. ½*

We take a look at last week’s Thunder when Steve McMichael seemed interested in bringing back a Flair-less Four Horsemen.

  • Eddie Guerrero vs. Steve McMichael

Eddie makes sure to pearl harbor Mongo and tries to keep him off his feet, but it just won’t work as Mongo comes back with suplexes. A bald Chavo Guerrero Jr. strolls down with Pepe. He’s also wearing a cowboy hat. McMichael gets distracted and takes a dropkick to the knee. Eddie heads up top and wants to nail the Frog Splash, but Chavo gets in the ring and rides his hobby horse around until ref Nick Patrick just calls for the bell. (2:11) Chavo wants to join the Four Horsemen, but McMichael takes his offer and gives him a MONGO SPIKE. Uh huh. ½*

Road Wild 1998 ad! TRAVIS TRITT IS COMING!

  • Special Referee: Eric Bischoff – Hollywood Hogan (w/The Disciple) vs. Scott Hall

Man, I really want that Hogan t-shirt. He of course wears it to show where his allegiance lies. I feel like this old tiff is going to end up baiting a babyface into the ring. Just maybe. Hall still has red and black gear for some reason. He throws toothpicks in both Hogan and Bischoff’s faces. Hogan tries clawing and punching, but Hall works his shoulder and armbar routine. Hogan punches back and hits a corner clothesline. Disciple tries to nail Hall from the apron and that spot doesn’t go quite right. Hogan delivers an atomic drop and rolls him up for two. Bischoff obviously shows favor towards Hogan here. Hall beats Hogan from corner to corner and delivers the Fallaway Slam. Bischoff refuses to count Hogan. They trade sleeperholds, but Bischoff gets Hall to break his hold claiming it’s a choke. While Hall argues with Hogan, Hogan blatantly low blows him. That low blow spot might be mean more if it didn’t happen as often as it does anyways. Hogan continues and hits the Big Boot, but Diamond Dallas Page appears before the Legdrop. (6:40) He fights off Disciple and drops Bischoff with the DIAMOND CUTTER. Are there adding sound effects in the building now for when he hits that move? DDP then gets grabbed by Hogan and Disciple until Kevin Nash runs down to save him. He seems to have made up with Scott Hall and grabs Hogan for the Jackknife Powerbomb, but then Hall drills him from behind and continues to beat him up. That just lets the air out of the crowd. NOBODY WANTED TO SEE THIS BREAKUP. Vincent has joined the crew because boy he definitely adds to the show. DDP takes some LEGDROPS from Hogan. Crowd wants “Goldberg” because what else do they have to cheer for on this show. *

  • WCW World Heavyweight Championship: Bill Goldberg (c) (112-0) vs. Curt Hennig

Goldberg gets the police escort to the ring. Hennig talks smack in the center of the ring and slaps Goldberg across the face. Goldberg blocks a punch and punches him back into the ropes. There’s the Spear and the JACKHAMMER. Goodbye. (1:23) What exactly was Hennig supposed to have learned from last night that he implemented into his strategy here?

Here’s some advice for Curt…

And that’s going to do it for this week. Until next time, so long for now!

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  1. The way they kept building up DDP and Hogan, why in the heck didn’t they just have these two fight a singles match at Road Wild with maybe Jay Leno is DDP’s corner man instead of his tag team partner?

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