WCW: Thunder (09.10.98)

WCW: Thunder
September 10, 1998
Lexington, KY
Rupp Arena

The current WCW champs are as follows:
WCW World Champion: Bill Goldberg (7/6/1998)
WCW U.S. Champion: Bret Hart (8/13/1998)
WCW World Tag Team Champions: The Giant & Scott Hall (7/20/1998)
WCW World Television Champion: Chris Jericho (8/10/1998)
WCW Cruiserweight Champion: Juventud Guerrera (8/8/1998)

Your hosts are Tony Schiavone, Bobby Heenan, and Lee Marshall.

We start the show with the available nWo Black and White crew. That would be Hollywood Hogan, Eric Bischoff, Curt Hennig, the Disciple, Vincent, Stevie Ray, and Buff Bagwell. Hogan declares once again he win Wargames and beat Goldberg to get his belt back. As for Kevin Nash, Hogan believes he won’t be a factor because Hogan has a plan for him. Bret Hart also won’t be a problem because Stevie Ray has got his back. Okay then. Not much to say about Warrior tonight. Hogan has clearly got it all figured out. When you’re nWo, you’re nWo 4-LIFE. Bischoff lets the people know it’s been great taking their money. Hilarious.

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

We see a clip of Chris Jericho who believes he is the most important world champion in WCW because WCW is a “television company”. Since Goldberg gets a security escort and he’s a world champion, Jericho needs a security escort as well, so tonight we’ll get some “behind the scenes” stuff from Jericho. Heenan wants to see what he’s up to. I think Heenan really liked watching Jericho. He always makes a point to say something about him when he does something good. Guerrera and Silver King shove each other around before the bell. They fight in the corner to start. Juvi comes out chopping until Silver King lifts him up and dropkicks him. Silver King misses a double-jump moonsault and eats a springboard dropkick. Silver King retreats to the floor and throws a chair in Juventud’s face before dropkicking the chair back into his face for the DQ at 1:56. Afterwards, Silver King brings Guerrera into the ring and gives him a Whirly Bird Slam like Sid used to do. This is enough motivation to get these two a match at Fall Brawl, I suppose. *

Tony Schiavone meets with JJ Dillon on the entryway. He’s investigated into Scott Hall’s whereabouts. He’s apparently been playing golf and by playing golf, he means getting blitzed every day. Dillon makes a match between Konnan and Scott Hall for Fall Brawl.

During the commercial break, Davey Boy Smith and Jim Neidhart jumped Lex Luger until WCW security broke it up. Apparently, Davey Boy Smith and Lex Luger are scheduled to meet later in the show.

  • WCW World Television Championship: Chris Jericho (c) vs. Wrath

We check out Chris Jericho’s security detail. His security detail is who will lovingly become known as RALPHUS and possibly Kenny Powers or the “Jerichoholic Ninja”. Jericho can’t find the entryway and winds up getting locked outside. Looks like somebody forgot to lock the door on Jericho, so he has to just smack the door yelling for somebody to come open it since he can’t pull on the door. LIVE TV, FOLKS. Wrath goes after him and chases Jericho away from the building, but actually ends up running past him since nobody knows when to cut around here. Were there ever plans to have these two wrestle at Fall Brawl instead of what we will end up getting because that might have been good?

They air Jim Duggan’s announcement that he has cancer at the recent Saturday Night taping. He asks the people for their prayers as he goes under the knife this week. Very real moment and a very real interview. Good stuff – and that’s all there is to it. Nothing gross or something that turns into an angle – just well wishes to Duggan and his family.

  • Kanyon vs. Nick Dinsmore

WHO’S BETTA THAN KANYON? Nobody. He can’t believe WCW has booked him against this loser Nick Dinsmore and decides he’s not going to wrestle tonight. Instead, he wants Lodi to tell Saturn to come out here to wrestle Dinsmore. Saturn comes out and holds a sign that says, “LODI RULZ”, but then drops the sign to show another one that shows, “LODI IS NOT HERE”, which means Saturn beats the crap out of Kanyon while Dinsmore leaves. Saturn then snaps Kanyon’s thumb using the turnbuckle connector for payback. He continues to rip at Kanyon’s fingers once Raven appears with the Flock sans Lodi. He orders the Flock to go after Saturn. Horace whacks him with a stop sign, but Saturn doesn’t go down. Saturn takes the stop sign away and whacks Horace down. Sick Boy and Riggs get kicked away. Kidman gets thrown over the top rope to the floor. Now Riggs gets his hand stuck in between the steps and the ringpost as Saturn shoves the steps. Sick Boy gets nailed again and given the DEATH VALLEY DRIVER. ALL BY HIMSELF. Saturn declares this was first about Raven, then it was about freeing the Flock, and now it’s all about Saturn and his career. Raven thinks Saturn’s career will be over after Fall Brawl, but Saturn thinks otherwise. Good angle here.

This Week in WCW Motorsports. Zzzz.

  • Steve McMichael vs. Curt Hennig

They now say Lex Luger will be in a tag team match against Davey Boy Smith and Jim Neidhart, but there’s no other nWo Wolfpac members in the building. I mean, we KNOW Sting won’t work Thursdays. Mongo runs wild on Hennig to start. All these people want to see is Ric Flair. He misses a corner charge and Hennig goes for the knee. He wraps the knee around the post and does other knee related things. He tries a knee lift, but Mongo counters with a back suplex. Some three point stance moves and out comes Stevie Ray. They double-team McMichael for the DQ. (3:42) Stevie Ray whacks Mongo with the Slap Jack. Buff Bagwell is out and he tosses a chair to Hennig. They try to “guillotine” him over the apron, but Dean Malenko runs off Hennig. Looks like Malenko is in trouble though until Arn Anderson runs down to help out armed with a 2×4. Mongo is stuck doing a stretcher job. ½*

Tony Schiavone meets with Arn Anderson and Dean Malenko in the ring. Tony asks Arn why all of a sudden he’s showing up in the ring. Every time he tries to get out, they pull him back in. He drops the famous line that everyone should be careful what they wish for because they just might get it in reference to a return of the Four Horsemen. Arn then asks Dean Malenko if he wanted to be a member when Eric Bischoff comes out to ruin the party. Bischoff reminds Arn he works for him and he will decide if the Four Horsemen will be returning. He whips out Arn’s book “4-EVER” which I’m sure you can find on Highspots or something. In the book, Arn confesses he works for Eric Bischoff and never got permission to write a book while under contract. Bischoff is mad that Arn mentioned that the nWo are only doing what the Four Horsemen did ten years earlier. He tells Arn that back then, the Four Horsemen were putting 1,200 people into a 15,000 seat arena while the promoter went bankrupt. Now onto present day, Bischoff claims he’s made WCW into the #1 wrestling company in the world. Bischoff says the Four Horsemen is history and should only be viewed in a museum, not on Bischoff’s TV show. When Bischoff tells Arn to forget about Flair (which is the first time his name is mentioned), Arn SNAPS and starts choking Eric Bischoff up against the ropes. Dean Malenko brings him back to reality. Bischoff says he’ll sue Arn Anderson just like he’s suing Ric Flair. He admits Arn has a “hell of a grip” and sees Arn is a very competitive person. If Arn wants Ric Flair and the Four Horsemen back in WCW, Bischoff challenges Arn to an arm wrestling contest with Anderson using their weaker arms. We’ll see how that goes – NEXT WEEK on Thunder.

Mike Tenay replaces Lee Marshall for the rest of the show. Next thing we know, Lodi shows up and says Saturn threw him in a river. He pulls a fish out of his pants. Lodi can’t believe his “servant” did this to him. He then leaves to find Saturn.

  • Lex Luger vs. Davey Boy Smith & Jim Neidhart

Luger RUNS WILD on Bulldog and Neidhart. Once Luger is double-teamed, Bret Hart walks out and gets in the ring. When it looks like the Hart Foundation are back together, Bret stabs his own family members in the back and helps out Luger. So yeah, now we’ve got a tag team match.

  • Lex Luger & Bret Hart vs. Davey Boy Smith & Jim Neidhart

Luger seems hesitant, but tags Bret anyways. Bret hits the Russian Legsweep and elbow drop on Neidhart. Back to Luger, Lex grabs the TORTURE RACK. Bret knocks Bulldog out of the ring. Dang, Lex is struggling and injures his shoulder, but still gets the win. (4:01 total) Bret and Lex actually shake hands after the match. Neidhart has had quite a bad week here in WCW. First he had a stinker with Jericho and couldn’t get stretched in the Liontamer and now he’s hurting Lex with his big body. ½*

WCW Saturday Night! Watch it – IF YOU WILL! 6:05PM eastern time on TBS! It’s the Fall Brawl Kick-Off Show! It’s the MUTHASHIP! Take it to the PAY WINDAH, baby!

They take us back to Earlier Tonight when JJ Dillon announces Scott Hall returns at Fall Brawl to face Konnan.

  • Konnan vs. Disco Inferno (w/Alex Wright)

K100 EXPLODES! Konnan does his best Master P before the bell. It’s pretty cringe now though. Disco and Alex admit they want to join the nWo Wolfpac. Konnan calls them saps and wonders if they like tossing salads. WOW. That will go over most people’s heads in 1998 though. Wright takes enough of the insults and shoves Konnan back. Disco jumps Konnan and we’re off to the races. Konnan fights back with a hiptoss and hits the K-Factor. The Rolling Lariat sets up the TEQUILA SUNRISE for the win in 1:06. I mean, Konnan did need a quick strong win if we’re to believe he’s got a chance against Scott Hall at Fall Brawl. N/R

Mike Tenay tries interviewing Scott and Steve Armstrong outside Rupp Arena earlier in the day when Ernest Miller interrupts because he wants to tell everybody how great he is. When the Armstrongs tell him to beat it, Miller kicks them away. Norman Smiley confronts Miller about being such a ding-dong and WCW security jumps on both of these guys. Well, that’s one way to get another match onto the PPV.

Get your nWo Wolfpac t-shirt for only $20.

Tony Schiavone brings out Roddy Piper to the ring for an interview. He gives us the last big sell for Wargames. Diamond Dallas Page interrupts from the crowd. He’s still talking about this Team WCW drama after Piper has already admitted this is all about getting a world title shot. No matter what, DDP says he’ll make somebody FEEL THE BANG! Piper has the last word screaming “WAR” at nobody in particular and staggers back to the locker room because he’s a crazy person.

BEANS AND CORNBREAD: This week on “Dinner and a Movie”, it’s “All the Right Moves” (1983) starring Tom Cruise, Craig T. Nelson, and Lea Thompson. They will be making “Goal Post Pork Roast”!

Get your Goldberg t-shirt for $20.

  • WCW World Heavyweight Championship: Bill Goldberg (c) (142-0) vs. Rick Fuller

Not sure where he got a win between Nitro and Thunder, but okay. Goldberg throws Fuller around for a ground and pound. Now Fuller kicks back and boots Goldberg, but Goldberg bounces off the ropes with a clothesline. There’s the Spear and before he can put Fuller away, Hollywood Hogan and the Disciple jump Goldberg. Where’s the bell? They whip Goldberg into the corner, but Goldberg comes running back towards them. Hogan hits the deck and lets Disciple take the Spear. Hogan rolls out to the floor and yells at Goldberg. Now that’s over, Goldberg delivers the JACKHAMMER to Fuller for the three-count in 1:37.

MFGWLM HYPE: “Warlock” (1989) starring Julian Sands.

  • Kevin Nash vs. Stevie Ray (w/Vincent)

Stevie Ray flips over to the “white on black” gear since Nitro. SLAP JACK. I guess they didn’t like what Meltzer had to say about him looking pregnant and all with the “black on white” gear. Nash yells that the “Wolfpac is in the house” with Stevie Ray just standing there. I don’t know, it makes him look like a jobber to me. Is Stevie Ray’s push all about the “Hardwork” Bobby Walker lawsuit about racism in WCW? Good question. Nash corners Stevie Ray with the boot choke and the elbows. Stevie Ray comes back catching Nash with a back elbow and a standing side kick. Vincent reaches in and pops Nash. Stevie Ray applies a chinlock, but Nash fights out and hits the Big Boot. It’s JACKKNIFE POWERBOMB time, but then Vincent whacks him with the slap jack in mid-move for the DQ. (4:28) Afterwards, Vincent gets the JACKKNIFE POWERBOMB for his troubles. Nash goes after Stevie Ray again when SCOTT HALL emerges and beats up Nash. Stevie Ray points to the slap jack, so Hall picks it up and blasts Nash over the head. With Nash completely knocked out, it’s safe for Hollywood Hogan, Eric Bischoff, and Buff Bagwell to come out and join the others and applaud Scott Hall’s return. As Nash starts to get up, Hall continues to punch him down until he’s had enough and leaves with the nWo B&W boys. No Konnan? The camera follows them back to their dressing room and when they get there, they see “WARRIOR O.W.N.s Hollywood Hogan” spray-painted on the wall. Of course, Hogan overreacts accordingly as the other nWo members go looking for the WARRIOR. He’s the only one who could have done such a thing! ¾*

Well the wrestling stunk this week, but this was a more storyline driven episode of Thunder than we’ve seen in a while. Is Fall Brawl 1998 as bad as it looks? I guess we’re about to find out.

Until next time, so long for now.

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