WCW: Thunder (10.15.98)

WCW: Thunder
October 15, 1998
Indianapolis, IN
Market Square 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: Billy Kidman (9/14/1998)

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

  • Van Hammer vs. Sick Boy

EX-MEMBERS OF THE FLOCK EXPLODE! Apparently, Van Hammer discovered LSD after leaving the Flock, because he’s gone full flower child here. Sick Boy hasn’t really changed. They do a super choreographed looking hiptoss where Sick Boy takes the move and lands on his feet, but then turns around into a clothesline and rolls out. Sick Boy tries to pull Hammer out, but gets kicked back to the guardrail as Hammer delivers a pescado. Hammer sends Sick Boy back in, but Sick Boy snaps his neck on the top rope and baseball slides into Hammer to knock him to the floor. Back in, Sick Boy finds a sleeperhold, but Hammer pushes him off into the ropes to apply his own sleeperhold. Sick Boy counters with a jawbreaker. Little scuffle ensues as Sick Boy hits a springboard back elbow for two. Hammer avoids a corner charge and brings Sick Boy off the top rope down by his throat for a two-count. Sick Boy flips over a backdrop, but then runs into the FLASHBACK (Alabama Slam) to give Hammer the win. (4:24) This was a match. I don’t know what more to say. ¾*

The special look at the Four Horsemen video airs. If only we could actually see them do something.

Let Us Take You Back to Nitro, 10/12/98. We see the Four Horsemen stick it to Eric Bischoff by getting into the United Center against his wishes thanks to one of the owners of the building: Bruce Wirtz MacArthur. Bischoff takes JJ Dillon and Doug Dellinger up to MacArthur’s skybox, puts his hands on MacArthur, and gets arrested. Flair really enjoyed that.

  • Konnan vs. La Parka

Konnan says UNHHHH, NAH NAH, NAH NAH and that the nWo Wolfpac is BOWDY BOWDY and ROWDY ROWDY. He jumps La Parka at the bell and hits the Rolling Clothesline. The low dropkick connects and La Parka runs into a back elbow to bump all around. Konnan tries a floatover out of the corner and winds up taking La Parka’s trick knee into his balls. La Parka really milks the heel reaction after that. Spinning heel kick connects for two. He charges into a boot from Konnan out of the corner. Konnan hits Splash Mountain and gets two. That got a big pop. An enziguri from La Parka stuns Konnan, but Konnan catches him charging again and hits a hurricane face slam. He lands the K-Factor to set up the TEQUILA SUNRISE. (4:43) Treated like a glorified squash, but I like to see Konnan taking on the luchadores. It gives them a little more credibility than just fighting other luchadores every week. No Eddie Guerrero, by the way. **

This weekend on WCW Saturday Night, you’ll see Konnan, WCW CW champ Kidman, Saturn, and a double main event: WCW TV champ Chris Jericho defends the title against Fit Finley, and Scott Hall (of nWo Wolfpac? Really Tony?) in action. Doesn’t sound like a double main event to me. Sounds like a main event and then “Scott Hall in action”.

  • Fit Finley vs. Riggs

Much like Sick Boy, Riggs doesn’t appear to have made any changes since the Flock disbanded. Our esteemed commentators talk about Hogan versus Warrior. Riggs escapes a headlock and hiptosses Finley for two. Finley goes to the good eye and a short-arm clothesline gets two. He puts Riggs in a chinlock and then whips Riggs into a corner, but runs into a boot. Big dropkick by Riggs gets two. Riggs does some cheap heel moves, but Finley would rather short arm clothesline him. With Riggs down, Finley stomps the hand and kicks Riggs in the back. He then drags Riggs over to the apron to bounce his chest off the apron, which as you know is the hardest part of the ring. Back inside, Finley tries a pump splash and hits knees. Riggs boots him back and connects with a high knee in the corner. He misses a corner charge and staggers into the TOMBSTONE PILEDRIVER to give Finley the win. (6:06) Decent match, but it’s just nobody knew who to cheer for here. *½

Goldberg versus DDP promo video airs.

Get your Goldberg t-shirt for only $20 bucks.

This Week in WCW Motorsports. When do they stop showing these?

  • WCW Cruiserweight Championship: Kidman (c) vs. Kaz Hayashi

Mike Tenay takes over for Lee Marshall. Heenan thinks Kidman looks like “the Fonz” from Happy Days. They start running the ropes and trading headscissors takedowns. This looks like a FIGHT, folks. We go to the floor where Kidman wipes out Hayashi with a pescado. Back in, he hits a slingshot legdrop on Hayashi for two. They fight on the apron ending with Hayashi sending Kidman over the top rope with a back suplex bump. CRAZY. Hayashi shows off with a twisting plancha to the floor. Back inside again, Hayashi wins a chop battle and levels Kidman with a kitchen sink knee to set up a running senton splash. Down on the mat, Hayashi applies a chinlock to set up a commercial break. When we return, Kidman finds a sunset flip for two, but Hayashi runs him down with a clothesline for a two-count as well. Tony and Mike point out Hayashi’s show of confidence here. Heenan thinks it’s because he’s tasted the almighty US dollar. Hayashi hits a slingshot senton splash. Sonny Oono comes up. Heenan finds him to be an honest man. Kidman misses a corner charge and takes a low dropkick from Hayashi. There’s a flying moonsault from Hayashi, but he totally misses. Kidman gets warmed up and runs Hayashi into the corner to hit his clothesline off the ropes. The tornado bulldog gets two. BK Bomb connects and Kidman wants the Shooting Star Press, but Hayashi stops him up top. They have a big scuffle up at the top rope, but Hayashi brings Kidman down with a SUPER JAWBREAKER. Seems like that would hurt you more and Hayashi doesn’t sell it. He hits a Brainbuster and gets 1-2-NO! Speaking of Sonny Oono, here he comes out to watch closer. Hayashi comes off the top with a flying body press, but Kidman catches him with a dropkick in mid-air. Hayashi flips out of a release German suplex and lands on his feet before nailing Kidman with a hurracanrana for 1-2-NO! Nice bridging German suplex from Hayashi gets two as well. Next up, YOU CAN’T POWERBOMB KIDMAN. That puts Hayashi in place for the SHOOTING STAR PRESS for the win. (9:23) Even though Hayashi got some GREAT offense in this match and the best match of his WCW career to this point, it feels like nothing really because of how Kidman cut him off and just hit his finish with no real build whatsoever. Not a fan of the finish, but I did like seeing Hayashi able to show some maturity as a fine wrestler. Sonny Oono comes in and kicks the crap out of Hayashi for losing until Kidman runs him off. While in the aisle, Oono calls Hayashi a “disgrace”. Now Hayashi is PISSED. ***

Let us take you back to Nitro, 10/12/98. Scott Steiner insults Judy Bagwell, gets punched by Buff, and then drops Bagwell’s throat on the top rope. Next, we re-visit Chucky’s appearance, interrupting Rick Steiner, and telling the audience to go see his new movie “Bride of Chucky”.

Hogan versus Warrior promo video airs.

The Cat Ernest Miller comes out to tell us he’s the greatest, he’s undefeated, and there’s not a man in the world who can beat him. Not even Jackie Chan. We’re led to believe a fan comes out of the stands and eats a superkick from Miller. He beats on the guy until Doug Dellinger and security get him out of the ring. Once the guy is taken away, nobody shows up to fight him – because he’s the GREATEST.

  • Chavo Guerrero Jr. (w/Pepe) vs. Prince Iaukea

Chavo is feeling good tonight. Iaukea comes back with a double chop and sends Chavo out to see solace with Pepe. Back in, we get a test of strength as Chavo goes completely over Iaukea for a sunset flip into the ropes. Chavo puts Iaukea in a chinlock and gives him a wet willie, which is pretty funny. Iaukea tries to return the favor, but the crowd is almost dead silent. Once Iaukea grabs Pepe, Chavo pleads him with to let Pepe go. When he puts Pepe down, Chavo charges him and makes him pay. Chavo puts Iaukea down with a clothesline and rides Pepe around the ring. Iaukea escapes a chinlock and rolling clutch pin gets two. Big crossbody block to Chavo gets two as well. Now a victory roll from Iaukea, but Chavo kicks out at two. A fallaway slam off the shoulders connects, but Chavo retreats. There’s some miscommunication, but Chavo finds the springboard bulldog. He climbs up top, but Iaukea crotches him. Chavo fights him off and hits the TORNADO DDT for the win. (6:38) Another decent match you’ll forget about tomorrow. **½

Chucky tells us if we want to see a real pro at work, we should go his new movie opening October 16.

Get your WCW Mastercard today!

Another look at Goldberg versus DDP at Halloween Havoc.

Tony Schiavone brings out Diamond Dallas Page for an interview. He calls Tony “T-Bone”. Oh boy. DDP is ALL JACKED UP AND READY TO BANG! DDP sees Goldberg the mistakes he’s making and if Goldberg makes those mistakes at Halloween Havoc, DDP will bang him but good.

MFGWLM HYPE: Lawnmower Man II (1996) starring a bunch of people you’ve never heard of before. Heenan says it’s better than the original, but it’s pretty well understood it’s not.

DINNER & A MOVIE HYPE: Thelma & Louise (1991) starring Geena Davis and Susan Sarandon.

Halloween Havoc ad – and you must see “Bride of Chucky” premiering tomorrow!

  • Dean Malenko vs. Stevie Ray (w/Vincent)

Seriously, who is booking these main events? The Stevie Ray on Thunder main events continue. By the way, is Dean Malenko the only wrestler available to wrestle in the Four Horsemen right now? Malenko turns his back on Stevie Ray which is a no-no because he gets blasted from behind. Stevie Ray boots him to the floor for Vincent to do his thing. Back inside, Stevie Ray grabs a bearhug while we go to commercials. DON’T MESS WITH SCOTT, says Chucky. When we return, Stevie Ray whips Malenko hard into the corner and hits a side slam. He pulls back on the arms with a knee in Malenko’s back. He hands Malenko over to Vincent for another cheapshot. More arm pulling. Malenko elbows back and muscles Stevie Ray up for a back suplex. He tries a sunset flip on Stevie Ray for some reason. Stevie Ray pulls him up by his throat and bearhugs him again. Malenko kicks his feet to get Stevie Ray to fall on his back from a slam for two, but then Stevie Ray runs him down. Malenko catches Stevie Ray with a missile dropkick. He catches a Bicycle Kick and applies the TEXAS CLOVERLEAF. In comes Vincent for the DQ. Of course. (5:09) IWGP heavyweight champ Scott Norton helps out until the rest of the Four Horsemen appear to run off the nWo B&W. Weird matchup. ½*

Arn Anderson doesn’t seem to think there’s a scratch on Malenko – so if the nWo sends somebody to beat up a Horseman, they better finish the job. Arn comments that Indianapolis is also a Horsemen town. He tells Eric Bischoff to stop having the cops doing his fighting because the Four Horsemen are taking WCW back because Arn feels its their company in the first place. They are the first, they were the worst, and they will be the last. Now hand the mic to Flair. It’s hard to be humble. WOO! No more “abuse of power” from Eric Bischoff. They will be going where they want when they want. The Four Horsemen will continue to be the number one wrestling unit in the world. WOO! He hypes up Malenko who is ready and able as Flair does what Flair does. He even tells Bischoff that he will have his job and will run WCW. It’s gonna happen. WOO!

That’s it for this week of Thunder. I feel like it’s taking forever to get to Halloween Havoc.

Until next time, so long for now.

World Championship Wrestling presents “Halloween Havoc”
LIVE on October 25 from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada

DOUBLE MAIN EVENT: WCW World Heavyweight Championship:
Goldberg (c) vs. Diamond Dallas Page
The Warrior vs. Hollywood Hogan
WCW U.S. Heavyweight Championship:
Bret Hart (c) vs. Sting
Kevin Nash vs. Scott Hall
No-DQ Match: Rick Steiner vs. Scott Steiner


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