WCW: Monday Nitro (08.10.98)

WCW: Monday Nitro
August 10, 1998
Rapid City, SD
Rushmore Plaza Civic Center

The current WCW champs are as follows:
WCW World Champion: Bill Goldberg (7/6/1998)
WCW U.S. Champion: Bret Hart (7/20/1998)
WCW World Tag Team Champions: The Giant & Scott Hall (7/20/1998)
WCW World Television Champion: Booker T (6/14/1998)
WCW Cruiserweight Champion: Juventud Guerrera (8/8/1998)

HOUR NUMBER ONE! Your hosts are Tony Schiavone, Mike Tenay, and Larry Zbyszko. If you’re a nerd like me and you were wondering when Nitro gets more CHROME than ever and the big Nitro logo gets planted in the middle of the ring, this is it.

NITRO GIRLS~! Tony says DDP and Kimberly won’t be in the building tonight.

As Larry Z takes his “kudos”, Tony informs us that he and the commentary team can’t discuss what happened at Road Wild, but later in the show a “WCW official” will come out and make a public announcement. Is Roddy Piper back? Tony doesn’t do a good job of explaining the circumstances considering since – you know – he was doing PBP of the whole dang PPV and should be able to explain what happened at the event. Maybe he just forgot. We’ll see. Tony explains further saying the decision to not mention what happened at Road Wild until later on in the show was a WCW decision and not more “nWo mind games”.

  • Jim Duggan vs. The Barbarian (w/Jimmy Hart)

This is the THIRD week in a row we’ve seen the Barbarian kick off Nitro. Jim Duggan, DDP, and now once again we’ve got Jim Duggan. Since Meng has Goldberg, will we see him run out? Duggan slugs away on Barbarian and clotheslines him out to the floor. Back inside, Jimmy Hart distracts and Duggan gets nailed. Barb starts clubbering on Duggan down in the corner. Cheap shots from Jimmy. Duggan comes right back with a punch, but then headbutts Barb and goes right down. Barbarian then stomps his nuts and grabs a chinlock. FULL BODY WORK. USA! USA! USA! Our esteemed commentators discuss the Barbarian and Meng match. Only the MAIN EVENT is off limits. Barbarian keeps cutting off Duggan, but eventually Duggan corners him for the ten-count corner punch. I miss stuff like that. HOOOO! Duggan avoids a corner charge from Barbarian and schoolboys him for the three-count. (3:43) Hugh Morrus joins Barbarian and Jimmy Hart for a beatdown, but MENG runs out and goes TONGAN DEATH GRIP crazy on everybody! “Head of Security” Doug Dellinger thinks he’s going to stop Meng, but he walks into a TONGAN DEATH GRIP. So does Duggan. This man shouldn’t be allowed in public if you will. More security shows up. They get wiped out. It’s a mess. They did what was necessary to remind everybody that MENG IS IN FACT A MONSTER as he’ll face Goldberg for the WCW world title in tonight’s main event. Do you really think he has a chance of winning though? Really? ½*

They take us back to Nitro and Thunder last week when Lex Luger was attacked by Bret Hart and how he’s been looking for revenge.

Gene Okerlund brings out Lex Luger to the ring. Luger acts like he’s dropping a bombshell on everybody that Bret Hart was behind the attack last week on Nitro. Lex issues a challenge to the US champ. Isn’t this already scheduled for Thunder? Here he comes to answer the call. He’s wearing a Hollywood Hogan t-shirt which is still one of my favorite wrestling t-shirts ever. Bret calls Lex a “damn liar” because it makes Luger look more tough because it’s two guys instead of just one. Bret thinks Luger isn’t good enough to be the WCW US champion despite having won the belt on four different occasions and having the distinction of being the longest reigning WCW US champion of all-time if you combine all four of his title reigns. He thinks Lex is jealous of Bret’s success and how close he is with Hollywood Hogan. Bret even thinks Lex is jealous of him because he claims he and Sting are like brothers. Luger responds that there’s nothing Bret has that he wants other than maybe the US title. Either Bret put the belt on the line tonight or Lex knocks Bret’s teeth down his throat – right now. Bret then takes a moment to consider his options and agrees to the title match for later tonight.

EXCITING STILL SHOTS OF STEVIE RAY VERSUS CHAVO GUERRERO JR AT ROAD WILD.

  • Eddie Guerrero vs. Tokyo Magnum (w/Disco Inferno & Alex Wright)

Alex Wright lets Tokyo Magnum know he screwed up at Road Wild and should kill himself. No, really. He tells Tokyo Magnum he should “commit hara-kiri”. Disco joins in on the tongue-lashing and tells Tokyo Magnum he better do good tonight against Eddie Guerrero. To teach Tokyo Magnum a lesson, Wright and Disco head to the back. Magnum catches Eddie with a spinning back kick, but there’s not a lot of offense from him. He avoids a corner charge and gives Guerrero a running face slam. Eddie has enough and gives him a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker that leads to the Brainbuster and the FROG SPLASH gets the win in 1:15. Eddie tells the camera he’s back. We’ll see how that goes. ¾*

EXCITING STILL SHOTS OF RAVEN AND SATURN AND KANYON AT ROAD WILD.

  • Saturn vs. Kanyon

Saturn is ready for some Kanyon. He shows up tonight. They trade blows, but it’s Saturn hitting the first bomb with a belly to belly throw. Some MMA knees leads to an STO as Saturn tries to choke him out on the mat. Kanyon quickly finds the ropes. Saturn unloads on Kanyon in the corner with kicks and chops. Kanyon fires back with the Scott Hall punches and delivers a Super Rocker Dropper for two. He picks up Saturn for an electric chair drop and winds up dropping Saturn forward instead of backwards. That gets two as well. We get sleeperholds all over the place. Saturn finally stops those series of holds with a jawbreaker and follows up with a T-bone suplex for two. Kanyon comes back with a Russian legsweep which didn’t make any sense to me. Over in the corner, Kanyon destroys Saturn with a reverse neckbreaker. That should do it, but Saturn kicks out at two. Saturn stops Kanyon up top and it gets a little messy, but Saturn brings him down with a HEAD AND ARM SUPERPLEX~! With things looking bad for Kanyon, Lodi runs down and distracts the ref while Raven appears and gives Saturn the EVENFLOW DDT. As Raven and Lodi exit, Kanyon rolls over on top of Saturn for the three-count. (6:15) Lots of crazy “innovative” bombs thrown here. **

Tony tells us something is going on backstage. It’s MENG terrorizing more security guards with the dreaded Tongan Death Grip! That cameraman needs to leave! Tony wonders if tonight is the night where Goldberg loses.

Buy the Red and Black nWo Wolfpack t-shirt. It’s only costs $20.

NITRO GIRLS~! We then get to see a Nitro Party winner. It’s from the fine folks at the Wapakoneta High School in Wapakoneta Ohio (birthplace of Neil Armstrong!). Dang, a high school that cares about Monday Nitro? My high school sucked.

  • Steve McMichael vs. Sick Boy (w/Lodi)

Never mind that shit, here comes Mongo. Lodi causes the distraction so that Sick Boy can hit his one big spot: the springboard dropkick. Impressive! Mongo comes back with a tilt-a-whirl sideslam, but misses a three-point stance and hits the turnbuckle. Sick Boy goes for the CURE (another guy in the company doing the Pedigree), but Mongo ain’t taking that. He grabs Sick Boy and delivers the MONGO SPIKE (tombstone) for the win in 3:07. Mongo throws up the four fingers to the camera again.

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

Hollywood Hogan, the Disciple, and Eric Bischoff head down to the ring to start the next hour. Larry Z can’t say anything about the main event, but hints that he wonders how Hogan is going to explain his way out. Bischoff says he normally hates coming to South Dakota, but loves to see the people show their love for Hollywood Hogan. Hulk tells everyone now that Jay Leno is on the shelf and he’s close to sweeping DDP under the rug, he’s planning on doing what all the nWo-ites want to see and that’s get the WCW world title back around his waist. Uh oh. Hogan is looking ahead to his return match with Bill Goldberg. Just to make sure the whole wrestling world is safe tonight, Eric Bischoff announces that because Meng has wiped out the entire WCW security team, nWo Hollywood has decided out of the kindness of their hearts to extend their services and provide ringside security for tonight’s main event between Goldberg and Meng. BEAUTIFUL. Tony freaks out. Mike thinks it stinks. Larry Z thinks any idiot can see the nWo is up to no good. Apparently, the nWo Wolfpac will be at ringside for security as well. Zbyszko feels much better about the Goldberg match now.

  • WCW Television Championship: Stevie Ray vs. Chris Jericho

Chavo Guerrero Jr. comes out asking ringside fans where Pepe is at. Next thing we know, Chris Jericho appears and he’s got Pepe in his hand. Chavo goes after Jericho to get his friend back. Sounds like there’s a scuffle. Jericho then calmly walks out with a broken Pepe. OH NO. Tenay thinks Pepe is another one of Jericho’s trophies he’s collected in 1998. Jericho gets on the mic and tells Stevie Ray that he’s not the only one who grew up on the streets. He grew up on the mean streets of Calgary and that he’s “one bad mamma jamma”. Put the TV belt that isn’t even yours on the line, Stevie Ray. He calls Jericho a “sucka” and now it’s on. Way more heat for Jericho than Stevie Ray as Stevie Ray is clearly going to work as a face in this one. He throws Jericho around to start. Jericho goes to the knees and chops on Stevie Ray. He actually takes Stevie Ray over in a crucifix for two, but then jumps up into a big boot. Stevie Ray hangs Jericho out to dry in a scary looking front suplex. Jericho then ducks a charge sending Stevie Ray out to the floor. Jericho comes off the top wiping out Stevie Ray. Back inside, Jericho flies off the top down into a powerslam. Stevie Ray hits a backdrop and starts clubbering. Jericho comes back with a dropkick out of nowhere and then dropkicks him in the corner. Whoops. Jericho’s trick knee acts up into ref Mark Curtis’ nuts. Stevie Ray runs down Jericho and goes for the Slapjack. Next thing we know, THE GIANT comes down to the ring and headbutts Stevie Ray away before the move happens. WHAT. CHOKESLAM to Stevie Ray. As the Giant leaves, Jericho wakes up the ref and applies the LIONTAMER to Stevie Ray. There’s nothing Stevie Ray can do. It’s all over. We’ve got a NEW WCW world TV champ. (4:54) Now everyone thinks Jericho has gone nWo. *

Hey, Bobby Heenan has joined us now. Eric Bischoff and Elizabeth come down the ramp to let everybody know what really happened at Road Wild because Bischoff loves each and everyone of us. Yes, he’s the WCW official. We get some FAKE NEWS if you will. There’s exciting still shots shown (in EDGY black and white) of Hogan and Bischoff beating up Jay Leno and DDP. Bischoff is taking a page out of his boss Ted Turner’s CNN right here. Bischoff tells us not to watch the Tonight Show tonight because if you see Road Wild footage there, the footage shown there will be doctored and will apparently be reenacted. Thanks Eric! Tony apologizes for lying to us about the Road Wild announcement having nothing to do with the nWo.

  • Rey Mysterio Jr. vs. Psychosis vs. Lizmark Jr.

Psychosis ducks a running dropkick from Lizmark and attacks Rey with a front sitout suplex. He slams Lizmark and goes up top to deliver a missile dropkick/flying senton splash on Rey and Lizmark. IMPRESSIVE. He continues to rule the ring. Rey gets dumped on the floor, but Lizmark avoids a charge from Psychosis and delivers the ten-count corner punch. He gives Psychosis a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker. Tenay and Schiavone begin overthinking the “triple-threat versus triangle” match concept. All you have to say is this is “one fall to a finish”. Lizmark clotheslines Psychosis out to the floor. We notice Rey is hobbling around on his bad leg.  As Mysterio gets out of the way, Lizmark delivers a tope suicida to Psychosis. Despite the injury, Mysterio wipes out Lizmark with a somersault plancha. Back inside, Lizmark catches Psychosis coming off the ropes while Mysterio remains on the apron and gives Psychosis a springboard senton. LA SILLA, if you will. Lizmark delivers a Lionsault and Rey lays on top of Lizmark, but Psychosis still kicks out. Lizmark then catches Psychosis and drops him on the top rope. Rey hits a sliding leg drop and now Rey and Lizmark start competing over who gets the pinfall. They wind up shaking hands on a deal. As Lizmark puts Psychosis up on his shoulders, Rey comes off the top only for Psychosis to duck a flying Mysterio and victory roll Lizmark for 1-2-NO! Now Rey and Lizmark start fighting. Mysterio catches Lizmark with a split-legged moonsault for two. Psychosis pulls Rey off the pin. Psychosis rules the ring again, but runs into a boot in the corner and takes a spinning Rocker Dropper from Mysterio. Lizmark comes off the top, but eats a boot from Psychosis. From there, Psychosis monkey flips Rey into an AMAZING headscissors on Lizmark for the three-count. (7:04) Mysterio has clearly messed up his knee again. He doesn’t stick around to celebrate and heads right back to the locker room. He’ll be out of action for two months. Good match even with Rey’s unfortunate reinjury of his knee. **¾

NITRO GIRLS~!

  • WCW U.S. Heavyweight Championship: Bret Hart (c) vs. Lex Luger

Bret smooches the belt before handing it over to the ref. Not a good sign for him. Lot of showboating and general standing around. Luger shoves Bret away out to the floor after a tie-up. You would think Lex would be pissed and would want to get his hands on Bret. But no, real slow start. Luger wins a test of strength so Bret kicks low and starts nailing the arm before applying a hammerlock. Luger elbows his way out and runs Bret down with a clothesline. Back to the floor for Bret. He’s decided to grab the US title and head back to Calgary. Lex goes out after him and brings Bret back to the ring. Bret begs off into the corner. Luger whips him across and delivers a hiptoss followed by an armdrag into an armbar. Tenay starts talking about a title change while Lex is applying an armbar. Yep. Bret corners Lex and rakes the face in the corner before putting the boots to him as we step out for a commercial. AND WE’RE BACK! Bret is still in control as he slams Luger on the floor. He then heads back inside and starts acting like Hollywood Hogan to get some heat. They go back and forth brawling in the ring. Luger gets FIRED UP and won’t let up, so Bret kicks him in what’s left of his nuts. NO DQ FROM THE REF~! Bret stomps the abs and then follows up with a backbreaker for two. There’s a headbutt and an elbow drop. Russian Legsweep leads to a standing legdrop. He headbutts the nuts and then picks up Lex for a DDT for two. Bret continues to pound on Lex and put the boots to him. More offense from Bret as he hits a vertical suplex for another two-count. SUCH VINTAGE BRET. Gotta love em, the crowd is still into this match. Bret starts to headbutt the back to prevent the Torture Rack and soften him up for the Sharpshooter. A hard whip from corner to corner to continue to focus on the back. Another backbreaker, but then Bret flies down into a boot to the face. HERE COMES LUGER! Atomic drops all around. Clothesline city, bitch. The Bionic Forearm connects for 1-2-NO! Darn good try, says Tony. For some reason, Luger thought it was best to apply a sleeperhold here, but Bret backs everybody into the ref. Bret puts on the taped knux, but Luger ducks the swing and applies the TORTURE RACK for the win. (13:31 shown) Ladies and gents, Lex Luger has won the WCW U.S. title for the fifth and final time. Bret really knows how to sell that Torture Rack and make it look like Luger is physically ripping him in half. Nothing too awesome, but dollars to donuts this is Luger’s last good match of his career, and Bret carried him the whole way. Sting, Kevin Nash, and Konnan all come down to celebrate as the nWo Wolfpac take back a title. **½

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

Exciting still shots of Juventud Guerrera and Chris Jericho with Dean Malenko as the special guest referee at Road Wild.

  • WCW Cruiserweight Championship: Juventud Guerrera (c) vs. Kidman

Kidman has traded in his grunge band t-shirt for a wife beater and looks to have stopped doing crack which is good. JUVENTUD LOOKS CONFIDENT. He hits a springboard dropkick early, but whiffs on a baseball slide only to then take a dropkick back into the guardrail. Back in, a slingshot legdrop from the apron by Kidman gets two. He grabs a chinlock on the mat to slow things down. Over in the corner, Juventud comes running out with a clothesline. Kidman catches him coming off the ropes with a powerslam for two. Juvi flips out of a German suplex and a wheelbarrow rollup gets two. BK Bomb scores another nearfall for Kidman. After trying a headscissors out of the corner, Guerrera sees it coming and drops Kidman’s nuts on the top rope. While Kidman sits on the top rope, Juventud delivers a springboard headscissors. Whoa! Tony announces that Bret Hart gets his title rematch against Lex Luger on Thunder this week. Oh yeah, the match that’s happening in front of me. Guerrera lands the 450 SPLASH for the win. (3:46) Juventud FEELING GOOD tonight. *½

After all the BS of acting like they couldn’t show anything about the Road Wild main event, now they finally decide to show you the EXCITING STILL SHOTS of DDP and Jay Leno against Hollywood Hogan and Eric Bischoff. Yes, the shot of Hogan in a Jay Leno wristlock gets shown if you can believe that.

Out comes the Flock to the ring. Raven complains that his boys have let him down. Riggs takes an Evenflow DDT for not even showing up at Road Wild. Lodi gets shoved away because he’s pretty much worthless. But Horace – he cost Raven the match with Saturn and Kanyon hitting him with a stop sign. Raven must teach him a lesson and tries to slap Horace, but Horace won’t let him. Raven then hauls off and punches him when he’s not looking to start up our next match.

  • Raven (w/the Flock) vs. Horace

I love how the ref is just going along with something that’s actively happening and starts acting like this is the planned match all along. Raven runs wild on Horace and takes him to the floor with a Russian legsweep back into the guardrail. Horace grabs the stop sign and whacks Raven to take control and then follows up with a tope suicida. WHAT. Inside the ring, Horace leans the stop sign in a corner and tosses Raven into the sign. Tony – “That’s what you call running through a stop sign right there.” More stop sign violence. Horace misses a splash off the top and ends up crashing and burning on the sign. Raven tells Lodi to give him a chair and there’s the drop toehold to the chair. Kanyon comes down the aisle so that everyone’s attention is on him. Next thing you know, Saturn is in the ring giving Raven the DEATH VALLEY DRIVER on the stop sign. He puts Horace on top and gets the heck out of there as the ref counts the pin giving Horace the win. (3:57) Fun little garbage match. Lodi holds Raven in his arms crying. Horace look confused, but that’s pretty normal. *½

NITRO GIRLS~!

  • Konnan vs. Curt Hennig

No Rick Rude tonight. These two fought last week when Konnan got choked out into the Hennigplex with his own t-shirt. Hennig is all over the place bumping to start. He gets his head taken off with the Rolling Clothesline and heads to the floor to regroup. Crowd is chanting “WOLFPAC”. Back in, he chops Konnan down and tries to screw his head off his shoulders. Back suplex by Hennig gets two. Schiavone and Heenan have a weird exchange discussing Fargo, ND. Konnan comes out of nowhere with an inside cradle for two. The K-Factor connects, but then Hennig blows through Konnan and wraps one of Konnan’s chains around his fist. He goes to slug Konnan, but the ref stops him and Konnan gets the chain. He runs up behind Hennig and chokes him for the DQ. (3:31) Wow, no five count or anything. We won’t see a rubber match, but we will see them fight over taste in music next summer! ½*

  • WCW World Tag Team Championship: The Giant & Scott Hall (c) vs. Sting & Kevin Nash

Hall does the VINTAGE nWo survey. There’s one more for the good guys. Nash tells us that the Wolfpac are in da house. Giant makes the ref jump for his half of the tag team titles. Hilarious. Nash punches Hall silly and goes for the Jackknife, but Hall hits the floor. Back in, Hall shoulderblocks the shoulder and slaps Nash around in an armbar. Nash pulls Hall into a clothesline and Hall retreats to tag Giant. Big tie-up in the middle of the ring. Giant forces him into the corner, but Nash turns things around to deliver knees and a running clothesline in the opposite corner. Tag to Hall, Nash corners him for elbows and then the boot choke. Nash turns around and levels Giant off the apron, but then Hall low blows him. Giant is now back inside and clotheslines Nash down. There’s a headbutt to the nuts. Giant and Hall continue to slug on Nash until Nash takes down Giant with a Big Boot. HOT TAG TO STING! He runs wild and lands a pair of Stinger Splashes on Hall. Make that three. SCORPION DEATHLOCK, but Giant walks in and threatens the ref with a CHOKESLAM if he doesn’t DQ the match. Ehh, he does it anyway. (5:20) Giant then drags Hall out of the ring as they leave still the tag champs. No better or worse than their usual matches. *

  • WCW World Heavyweight Championship: Bill Goldberg (c) (130-0) vs. Meng

Hollywood Hogan, Scott Hall, and the Giant come out representing the nWo Black and White while Kevin Nash, Sting, and Lex Luger represent the nWo Wolfpac. Konnan is conspicuous by his absence. Remember when Brock Lesnar fought Mark Hunt in his last UFC fight in 2016? You knew Mark Hunt was a legit badass who should be able to give Brock a run for his money, but you felt there was no way Brock was losing. This is what it feels like here. Meng is a legit badass who could really hurt Goldberg if he wanted, but he ain’t leaving South Dakota as the new WCW world champion. Meng comes at Goldberg with some disgusting chops to start. Goldberg tries shooting out of the corner to knock him down, but Meng NO-SELLS. He then rolls to the floor beside the nWo Hollywood crew. They tell him to get back inside the ring. THESE CHOPS from Meng. Goldberg takes him down and goes for a legbar. Meng boots in the face to send Goldberg rolling out in front of nWo Hollywood. They put the boots to him until the nWo Wolfpac make the save. Back in, Meng applies the TONGAN DEATH GRIP. OH SHIT. Goldberg tries to punch out and Meng isn’t selling. OH MY GOSH. As he puts Goldberg to the mat, Meng lets up on the hold thinking he’s won. Nope. The SPEAR and the JACKHAMMER ends Meng. (2:07) Hogan stalks Goldberg and cracks a chair over his back when he’s not looking. Nash actually saves Goldberg, but then Goldberg stands up thinking Nash did it and runs him down with the SPEAR. Fade to black. ½*

That does it for Nitro. Until next time, so long for now.

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