The Ring Report TV Update, Vol. 4, Issue #18, Jan. 25, 1998

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The Ring Report TV Update, Vol. 4, Issue #18, Jan. 25, 1998
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WCW SOULED OUT 1/24/98
WHAT YOU MISSED: CHAVO GUERRERO JR., JUVENTUD GUERRERA, SUPER CALO & LIZMARK JR., vs. LA PARKA, PSYCHOSIS, EL DANDY & SILVER KING: Chavo pins Psychosis for the win but LA PARKA takes everyone out with a chair then attacks Silver King & El Dandy . . . MEAN GENE is going to bring us up to date, if we call the hotline . . . RAVEN vs. CHRIS BENOIT: RAVEN’S FLOCK is barred from ringside and Raven must wrestle. Benoit wins with the Crippler Crossface. KIDMAN attacks but DEAN MALENKO saves Benoit. Raven’s Flock attacks again. Benoit and Malenko give each other a look of respect after the battle off the flock . . . CHRIS JERICHO vs. REY MISTERIO JR. — WCW CRUISERWEIGHT TITLE: Jericho takes the title with the Lion Tamer. After the match he attacks Misterio’s knee then ties Misterio to the ring stairs and smashes a big metal TV box into Misterio’s knee . . . GENE OKERLUND with JJ DILLION. Dillion has the WCW WORLD TITLE BELT. Dillion says he talked to RODDY PIPER about the fate of the belt and Piper comes out. Piper says the decisions he makes tonight will stick. He says that HOLLYWOOD HOGAN, STING, SCOTT HALL and ERIC BISCHOFF all have legit beefs about what is going on. He calls out all the guys. Piper says that Hall was the winner of WW3 and has a legit claim to a title shot and deserves one. Hall is the #1 contender to the title and will get the first shot at the person who has the title. He says that Hogan has a legit. beef to get the title back…NOT. He says that Sting vs. Hogan will happen and will wrestle to fill the belt at SUPERBRAWL next month. Hogan gets in Piper’s face and Scott Hall turns his back on Hogan and walks out . . . RICK MARTEL vs. BOOKER T — WCW WORLD TV TITLE: BOOKER T gets the clean win and keeps his title. Martel takes the world tv title belt and gives it back to T, raises T’s hand in victory then they shake hands. SATURN sneaks out and attacks Martel. Booker T makes the save . . . SCOTT HALL vs. LARRY ZYBSZKO: LOUIE SPICOLLI comes out with Hall. Zybszko comes out alone, stops and brings out DUSTY RHODES to watch his back. Larry accidently spin kicks the ref. Hall covers Larry. Spicolli and Larry get the ref. back up but Larry plays possum. Hall goes for the cover then is hooked in a submission hold. Spicolli runs in and Dusty comes back and runs him off. Then Dusty hits Larry with a bionic elbow and takes off his shirt to reveal an NWO shirt. He attacks Zybszko and leaves the ring saying “That’s Tradition, WCW BITE THIS!” Zybszko got the win by DQ . . . THE STEINERS & RAY TRAYLOR vs. SCOTT NORTON, BUFF BAGWELL & KONNAN: TONY SCHIAVANE can’t compose himself so he brings out MIKE TENEY to help. Rick & Rey refuse to tag in Scott. Scott goes after a ref. The crowd is dead. Scott Steiner throws the ref. around again, Traylor tags in Scott and Scott gets the win the Steiner screwdriver on Konnan then Scott and Buff have a pose off . . . KEVIN NASH vs. THE GIANT: HOLLYWOOD HOGAN & ERIC BISCHOFF are at ringside. Hogan gets involved by hitting the Giant with a chair. Bischoff gets choke slammed while the ref. goes after Hogan. Nash throws hot coffee in the Giant’s face then crotches the Giant. Nash half jack knifes the Giant but messed up the move then covers him. A trainer covers the Giant’s eyes after the match . . . RIC FLAIR vs. BRET HART: Flair taps out to the Sharpshooter . . . RANDY SAVAGE vs. LEX LUGER: SCOTT HALL comes out with a chair followed by HOLLYWOOD HOGAN. Hogan stops Hall from interfering. Hall goes to the apron, Savage runs into him and Luger wracks Savage for the win. The NWO attacks Luger. STING makes the save and Luger wracks Kevin Nash while Sting puts the Scorpion Deathlock on Hogan . . .

WCW SATURDAY NIGHT 1/24/98
WHAT YOU MISSED: BILL GOLDBERG destroyed MIKE TOLBERT . . . RAVEN vs. MONGO: Raven says he’s not going to wrestle unless it’s DQ. Mongo comes out and says he picks his spots too and that he’s not going to wrestle, CHRIS BENOIT is. Benoit and Raven brawl then RAVEN’S FLOCK comes out and attacks Mongo & Benoit. Mongo clears the ring but Benoit is nowhere to be found . . . GENE OKERLUND with JIM NIEDHART . . . WAYNE BLOOM vs. JIM NIEDHART: easy win for Niedhart since Bloom was in slow motion . . . words from REY MISTERIO JR. . . . HARDWORK BOBBY WALKER over some guy they never say his name because they’re talking about SOULED OUT . . . JUVENTUD GUERRERA vs. REY MISTERIO JR. — WCW CRUISERWEIGHT TITLE: quick win for Rey. CHRIS JERICHO came out after the match and attacks Rey. Juventud & Rey battle him off (wonder if he was fined and suspended for the attack or if they just forgot that angle?) . . . comments from RICK MARTEL . . . a jobber fell to RICK MARTEL . . . EDDY GUERRERO vs. JOHNNY SWINGER: THE DISCO INFERNO came out before the match. He says no one came to see Swinger and they all came to see Disco dance. Disco destroys swinger then dances and Eddy Guerrero runs him off. Eddy gets a quick win . . . comments from GLACIER & ERNEST MILLER . . . BARRY DARSOW over BARRY HORROWITZ . . . GLACIER & ERNEST MILLER vs. WRATH & MORTIS: Glacier attacks Miller and leaves him to be pinned . . . I shut off RICK STEINER vs. SCOTT NORTON as the PPV is starting . . .

WCW THUNDER 1/22/98
WHAT YOU MISSED: the announce that an announcement will be made at SOULED OUT about the WCW WORLD TITLE. They advise STING, RODDY PIPER, HOLLYWOOD HOGAN & STING to be there for the announcement . . . KONNAN vs. SCOTT STEINER: THE NWO makes an attack, RICK STEINER & RAY TRAYLOR made the save but Scott doesn’t want it . . . KEVIN NASH comes out and meanders . . . CHAVO GUERRERO & SUPER CALO vs. LA PARKA & SILVER KING: RAVEN comes to the ringside seats alone. LA PARKA’S team falls but he gets revenge with his chair. LIZMARK JR. & JUVENTUD GUERRERA get into it. PSYCHOSIS & EL DANDY attack them and it’s an 8 man . . . in a taped segment NICK PATRICK gets some interview time but it’s taken up with RICK MARTEL coming into the arena. SATURN & KIDMAN attack him and throw him through a glass door . . . MARTY JANNETTY vs. DEAN MALENKO: Malenko gets the Texas cloverleaf win . . . BILL GOLDBERG destroyed KENDALL WINDHAM . . . SCOTT HALL comes out. LOUIE SPICOLLI comes out and joins him with LARRY ZYBSZKO’S golf clubs. They destroy them one by one. Zybszko comes out and Spicolli challenges him. They mess up an attack on Zybszko. Zybszko says he’ll have back up at SOULED OUT . . . EDDY GUERRERO vs. REY MISTERIO JR. — WCW CRUISERWEIGHT TITLE MATCH: CHRIS JERICHO attacks Misterio to get Guerrero DQ’d. Guerrero helps stomp Misterio then CHRIS BENOIT comes in the ring. Jericho doesn’t see him but Guerrero gets Jericho to turn his back as he leaves the ring. Jericho goes on and on and then turns around into the gaze of Benoit. DEAN MALENKO attacks Guerrero outside of the ring then helps carry Misterio off before the Benoit/Jericho match starts. Decent match Jericho taps out before Benoit can even get his hold on. Benoit invites RAVEN into the ring but Raven wont come. Benoit turns his back and Raven attacks him from behind as they go to commercial . . . HOLLYWOOD HOGAN & ERIC BISCHOFF come out. Hogan says they’re going to give him the title back Saturday night at SOULED OUT . . . SATURN vs. RICK MARTEL: Saturn taps out to the CANADIAN CRAB. KIDMAN comes in and tries to nail Martel but Martel moves and Kidman hits his partner . . . SCOTT HALL vs. THE GIANT: Hogan comes in the ring with hall and RANDY SAVAGE goes to attack someone from the top rope but is attacked by LEX LUGER. Luger gets Savage in the wrack and KEVIN NASH taunts Savage. Nash gets into the ring with the Giant then in the Giant’s face outside the ring. Instead of hitting Nash with the chokeslam the Giant puts his hands onto the ringpost and destroys the ring . . .

WWF WAR ZONE 1/19/98
WHAT YOU MISSED: THE UNDERTAKER comes down from the rafters. But he’s kind of short. Why? ‘Cause it’s SHAWN MICHAELS, who does a little dance then CHYNA & HUNTER HEARST HELMSLY come out with a grill and they have a cook out and HHH challenges OWEN HART to a European Title match next week . . . LOS BORICUAS fall to THE HEADBANGERS, TAKA MICHINOKO & OWEN HART . . . ROCKY MIAVIA vs. AHMED JOHNSON: MARK HENRY uses a chair to get THE ROCK a win. KEN SHAMROCK makes the save after the match . . . THE GODWINNS fall to THE NEW AGE OUTLAWS in WWF WORLD TAG TITLE MATCH . . . VINCE MCMAHON introduces MIKE TYSON then STONE COLD STEVE AUSTIN comes down and gets in Tyson’s face. Austin brawls with a Tyson handler before WWF officials separate everyone. After a commercial Tyson wants Austin dead . . .

WWF MONDAY NIGHT RAW 1/19/98
WHAT YOU MISSED: the show was dedicated to the late JUANITA MCMAHON . . . PAUL BEARER comes out to THE UNDERTAKER’S music. Bearer says that Undertaker is gone and wont be back. Druids lead out a casket. KANE gets out of the casket and stands by Bearer . . . CHAINS, SKULL & 8-BALL of the DOA vs. KAMA, FAROOQ & DLO BROWN of the NOD: match goes to a double DQ. After the match ROCKY MIAVIA & MARK HENRY attack the DOA and KEN SHAMROCK & AHMED JOHNSON make the save . . . TOM BRANDI vs. MARC MERO: Sable gets flowers at ringside and Mero rips them up. Mero gets the win with the TKO . . . DX investigates a hearse that pulled up and finds it filled with girls . . . THE QUEBECERS return to the WWF in order to get a DQ win over CACTUS JACK & CHAINSAW CHARLIE . . . BLACKJACK BRADSHAW vs. JEFF JARRETT — NWA NORTH AMERICAN TITLE: THE ROCK ‘N’ ROLL EXPRESS & JIM CORNETTE are at ringside and get involved during the match. The Blackjacks screw up a double team and Jarrett uses the tights to get the win. BLACKJACK WINDHAM attacks his partner after the match and joins the NWA . . .

WCW MONDAY NITRO 1/19/98
WHAT YOU MISSED: NITRO GIRLS open the show . . . EDDY GUERRERO vs. RICK MARTEL: the AWA invasion continues as Eddy jobs to Martel . . . a review of THUNDER . . . ERIC BISCHOFF presents STING’S bat to ERIC BISCHOFF . . . CHRIS BENOIT over MARTY JANNETTY. RAVEN’S FLOCK attacks Benoit after the match as usual. Raven and Benoit circle then Saturn attacks Benoit and JANNETTY goes and helps out Benoit (though it looks like he was aiming for Benoit with a top rope move). Benoit ends up nearly killing LODI . . . ERNEST MILLER over JERRY FLYNN . . . SCOTT HALL comes out and calls out LARRY ZYBSZKO . . . THE STEINERS vs. KONNAN & BUFF BAGWELL: the Steiners get the win and after the match RICK gets in SCOTT’S face for not letting him tag in . . . an interview with THE GIANT. KEVIN NASH & Hollywood Hogan come out. Nash gets in the Giant’s face. RANDY SAVAGE comes out. Hogan threatens The Giant with a bat. Hogan threatens Savage to go back to the locker room. Savage listens to him then comes in and pushes Hogan into Nash. Hogan attacks the Giant in the back with the baseball bat after Nash throws Coffee in his face and STING comes in and Scorpion Death Drops Hogan and reclaims his bat . . . NITRO GIRLS . . . MORTIS vs. BOOKER T — WCW WORLD TITLE: It’s announced that NITRO will be 3 hours every week starting next week. Easy win for Booker T. WRATH attacked him after the bell and RICK MARTEL made the save. Martel asks for a title shot at Souled Out this Saturday and T says to set it up . . . RIC FLAIR comes out for an interview. BRET HART comes to the ring and they mumble at each other . . . JUVENTUD GUERRERA vs. CHRIS JERICHO: Jericho gets a submission win then gets on the microphone and apologizes . . . SCOTT HALL vs. LEX LUGER: Luger gets the win by DQ when Randy Savage comes in. LARRY ZYBSZKO tries to make the save but gets double teamed. Luger saves him . . . THE GIANT vs. HOLLYWOOD HOGAN: Hogan comes out in a neck brace and says he can’t wrestle. The Giant pulls Hogan in the ring, takes off the neck brace and the ref. rings the bell. Hogan gets the Giant nearly pinned when Randy Savage gets on the top rope. Hogan turns around and goes after Savage but the Giant chokeslams him and pins him. Kevin Nash attacks bot the Giant and Savage after the match. Luger saves Giant from Savage. THE NWO comes in and STING makes the save . . .

WWF ROYALE RUMBLE 1/18/98
WHAT YOU MISSED: GOLDDUST falls to VADER . . . STONE COLD STEVE AUSTIN arrives in his truck. He blows past MICHAEL COLE then THE GODWINNS come out and harass Cole . . . SUNNY comes out again to be the special ref. for the next match. It’s MAX MINI, NOVA & MOSAIC over BATTALION, TARANTULA & EL TORETO . . . THE NATION OF DOMINATION storm Steve Austin’s locker room only to find a Stone Cold Middle Finger foamy . . . an interview with ROCKY MIAVIA . . . KEN SHAMROCK vs. ROCKY MIAVIA — WWF IC TITLE: Rocky uses some brass knucks to knock out Shamrock then puts them in Shamrock’s tights. Shamrock does a belly to belly, gets the pin then they take the title away from him after they check his tights for the knucks . . . LOS BORICUAS jump a member of DOA, thinking that it’s STEVE AUSTIN . . . THE LEGION OF DOOM vs. THE NEW AGE OUTLAWS — WWF WORLD TAG TITLES: during the match HAWK gets handcuffed to the ring post. The Ref. sees it but can’t do anything about it. The LOD wins by DQ when a chair gets involved and after the match the New Age Outlaws attack ANIMAL’S back with the chair . . . ROYALE RUMBLE NOTES: CACTUS JACK is #1 in the Rumble. CHAINSAW CHARLIE is #2 … JIM CORNETTE & JEFF JARRETT attack OWEN HART as he’s coming out … ROCKY MIAVIA & DLO BROWN actually went at it … MANKIND comes out instead of STEVE AUSTIN and eliminates Chainsaw Charlie … JEFF JARRETT comes out and OWEN HART returns to attack him … DUDE LOVE comes in … THE HONKY TONK MAN replaced HUNTER HEARST HELMSLY and HHH helped get rid of Owen Hart by hitting him over the head with a cane … it took 6 men to eliminate KURRGAN … AHMED JOHNSON returned … DLO BROWN also went after MARK HENRY … STEVE AUSTIN arrives through the crowd to attack everyone in the ring … Mark Henry ignores Austin to work on Rocky Miavia … LOS BORICUAS (3 of them not in the rumble), came in as a group and were eliminated quickly … FAROOQ attacked the Nation of Domination as soon as he got in the ring … Austin & Miavia spent a lot of time on the floor after going through the 2nd rope … FAROOQ, Rocky & Austin were the last 3. Rocky eliminated Farooq then went to work on Stone Cold. Then Stone Cold does his stunner on Rocky to get the win . . . comments from MIKE TYSON . . . THE UNDERTAKER falls to SHAWN MICHAELS in a casket match after KANE interferes. After the match Kane locks the casket then sets it on fire . . .

WWF ROYALE RUMBLE PRESHOW 1/18/98
WHAT YOU MISSED: SUNNY welcomes us to San Jose . . . comments from TITO SANTANNA on his ROYALE RUMBLE experiences . . . comments from CACTUS JACK & CHAINSAW CHARLIE. Charlie says he’s not TERRY FUNK . . . comments from JEFF JARRETT . . . comments from THE NATION OF DOMINATION . . . word that MIKE TYSON will be here tonight . . . SUNNY in the ring again hyping up the crowd . . .

ECW 1/17/98
WHAT YOU MISSED: AL SNOW comes out and everyone has heads at the arena. PAUL DIAMOND says he can’t wrestle so Snow defeats ROADKILL instead . . . CHRIS CANDIDO falls to JERRY LYNN . . . a look at GRAN HERMANA winning a match. Chris Candido update — partially torn left biceps . . . AXL ROTTEN, BALLS MAHONEY & TOMMY DREAMER vs. THE FBI: easily win for the good guys. FBI dies again . . . NICOLE BASS & JASON come out with JUSTIN CREDIBLE for his match with THE GREAT SASUKE. Credible wins then he and Jason beat up Sasuke. Gran Harmana leads the dressing room to make the save . . .

WCW THUNDER 1/15/98
WHAT YOU MISSED: a look at events from NITRO . . . THE GIANT does an interview. LODI comes out with a “Nash rules, Giant Drools” sign. Giant choke slams Lodi then is attacked by Sick Boy. He takes out Hammer. Kidman and Riggs. Saturn too. He destroys the flock. KEVIN NASH gets in the ring and in the giant’s face. Nash throws coffee in the Giant’s face but Giant walks off . . . a look at the problems in the NWO and Randy Savage hitting Kevin Nash . . . O’HARA, BLACK CAT & GEDO vs. THE STEINERS & RAY TRAYLOR: word comes that DIAMOND DALLAS PAGE was mugged after NITRO Monday night and may not wrestle tonight and that JJ DILLION doesn’t want him to wrestle. SCOTT STEINER again ignores his brother RICK STEINER and gets the win. Scott pushes the ref. after the match and doesn’t leave with his team . . . YUGI NAGATA vs. ERNEST MILLER: This is a match for a planned WCW Martial Arts division. Miller gets the win . . . JJ DILLION comes out but his microphone goes out. Diamond Dallas Page comes out and says he’s doing it tonight. JJ says that he can’t give him medical clearance. Page says he’ll wrestle anyway . . . LOUIE SPICOLLI vs. SCOTT HALL: Hall tries to buy off Spicolli. LARRY ZYBSZKO comes down and helps Spicolli. He gets in the ring and Spicolli attacks him from behind. Zybszko spin kicks him outside of the ring after back dropping Hall out of the ring . . . EDDY GUERRERO vs. CHRIS JERICHO — #1 contender to the WCW CRUISERWEIGHT TITLE: submission win for Jericho . . . CHAVO GUERRERO JR. vs. BILL GOLDBERG: THE DISCO INFERNO comes to the ring first. Inferno attacks Guerrero and Goldberg comes out and destroys Inferno even though a thunder STROM takes out the video . . . HOLLYWOOD HOGAN & ERIC BISCHOFF come out. I flipped the channel . . . REY MISTERIO JR. vs. JUVENTUD GUERRERA — WCW CRUISERWEIGHT TITLE: Misterio takes the title in this good match . . . RANDY SAVAGE & KEVIN NASH vs. DDP & LEX LUGER: Video comes in and out as Nash throws Savage out of the ring. We get audio for most of the match. Hogan comes in and gets wracked. Nash is wracked and Randy Savage misses Nash in the wrack and hits Luger when Luger lets Nash down. Savage holds Luger then Luger moves and Hogan kicks Savage. Hogan and Savage go nose to nose. The Giant comes into the ring. Hogan turns around and gets chokeslammed. Savage walks out of the ring. Nash gets in the face of The Giant but the NWO attacks The Giant. Nash and Hogan run off. STING makes the save of the Giant & Luger . . .

WWF WAR ZONE 1/12/98
WHAT YOU MISSED: DX come out and diss OWEN HART. Hart appears on the Titantron and says he’s going to make DX’s life hell. They ask him to come out. He vanishes and comes out. WWF refs. stop him . . . SKULL & 8 BALL of DOA vs. THE ROCK ‘N’ ROLL EXPRESS — NWA WORLD TAG TEAM TITLES: JIM CORNETTE introduces RICKY & ROBERT. They come out to THE ROCKERS music. Cornette interferes to get them DQ’d. The DOA destroy Cornette but Ricky and Robert save him. CHAINS makes the save of his partners . . . a look at CACTUS JACK looking over Penn State. He praises TERRY FUNK even if he wants to put a pair of pantyhose on his head and call himself CHAINSAW CHARLIE . . . MANKIND vs. GOLDDUST: Golddust comes out as DUDE LOVE. STEVE AUSTIN comes out and attacks both men . . . VINCE MCMAHON announces that MIKE TYSON will be at THE ROYALE RUMBLE and on RAW . . . SUNNY comes out dressed as a cheerleader . . . LOS BORICUAS over TAKA MICHINOKO & SCOTT TAYLOR. After the a match Owen Hart attacks all 4 members of Los Boricuas . . . DX returns and introduces KANE as the new member. The lights go out. THE UNDERTAKER comes out. He says to keep his family out of it. DX attacks The Undertaker then the lights go out and KANE makes his way to the ring and saves his brother . . . The drawing for the WWF ROYALE RUMBLE turns into a battle royale until THE HONKY TONK MAN comes to the ring, they pause, and go back to brawling. CACTUS JACK comes out and they stop brawling. STEVE AUSTIN comes out and everyone steps up. Austin attacks PHINEAS GODWINN from behind and they go back to brawling. Things settle down a bit and several people attack Austin on the stage before we fade out . . .

WWF MONDAY NIGHT RAW 1/12/98
WHAT YOU MISSED: DX with comments in the limo on the way to RAW . . . THE GODWINNS vs. THE HEADBANGERS vs. THE TRUTH COMMISSION vs. THE NEW AGE OUTLAWS: The Outlaws win when BILLY GUNN knocks out PHINEAS GODWINN with a blackjack to lead to the pinfall . . . a look at THE LEGION OF DOOM . . . STEVE AUSTIN attacks the Godwinns during the break then comes out to the ring and makes a speech . . . DX pulls up in their limo . . . a truck blocks the Limo from coming into the arena .. . KURGAN destroys LANCE DIAMOND & JIMMY CICERO . . . OWEN HART attacks HUNTER HEARST HELMSLY in the Limo. SHAWN MICHAELS & CHYNA jump in the limo and it drives off . . . MARC MERO comes out with GOLDDUST dressed as SABLE. Mero faces VADER. Sable comes out and confronts Goldie. She kicks him. Mero gets out of the ring and takes her back to the dressing room. Goldie as Sable interferes and hits Vader over the head with a coconut to get Mero DQ’d . . . the limo returns and DX comes out . . . Steve Austin attacks Vader in the locker room . . . THE NATION OF DOMINATION come out. It’s ROCKY MIAVIA & DLO BROWN vs. KEN SHAMROCK & MARK HENRY: Henry turns on Shamrock and joins the NOD . . . an interview with THE NATION OF DOMINATION . . .

WCW MONDAY NITRO 1/12/98
WHAT YOU MISSED: HOLLYWOOD HOGAN, ERIC BISCHOFF, KEVIN NASH, SCOTT NORTON & VINCENT arrive in a limo. Nash says he put out Savage last week before Savage attacked him . . . BILL GOLDBERG over JERRY FLYNN . . . BLACK CAT fell to MARTY “SHE’S 13” JANNETTY . . . the second NWO limo comes up with TENZAN, RANDY SAVAGE, MS. LIZ & SCOTT HALL . . . CHRIS BENOIT vs. DEAN MALENKO: Benoit wins but RAVEN’S CREW comes to the ring and destroys both men . . . JJ DILLION babbles about fining people. Then fines Randy Savage $5,000 for hitting Eric Bischoff last week. Savage comes out and Bischoff comes out and says that he’ll pay the fine . . . NITRO GIRLS . . . an interview with DIAMOND DALLAS PAGE . . . SATURN defeats BOOKER T for the WCW WORLD TV TITLE but RICK MARTEL comes out and says that Saturn had his feet on the ropes. The match restarts and Booker T retains his title. After the match Booker T says “thanks” to Martel. Martel asks for a title shot, T says that he has an open contract and he can have one . . . NICK LAMBROSS comes out with THE GIANT. Lambross says that KEVIN NASH has to put up a $1.5 Million performance bond for the NASH/GIANT match at SOULED OUT. Failure to post would result in a 1 year suspension of Kevin Nash. Lambross says that ERIC BISCHOFF is cut off from Turner Broadcasting. Bischoff comes out with Nash, Hogan and attorney HENRY HOLMES. Holmes demands that The Giant has to put up a bond if Nash has to. But the Giant’s bond states that The Giant can’t touch Nash as well. Nash got in his face, the Giant calmly smiled and walked away . . . LEX LUGER over HUGH MORRIS. After the match Mz. Liz comes out and begs Luger for help and Randy Savage attacks him from behind . . . NITRO GIRLS . . . MONGO vs. CHRIS JERICHO: Jericho loses again . . . Jericho rants again after the commercial. He apologizes again . . . Jericho is still in the ring when REY MISTERIO JR. comes out to face JUVENTUD GUERRERA. Jericho attacks Misterio. Juventud takes the easy win . . . Hogan and Bischoff come out and mumble . . . JIM NIEDHART comes out and puts over BRET HART. RIC FLAIR comes out and they get into it. Flair does Hart’s ringpost figure four on Niedhart and Hart makes the save . . . THE STEINERS vs. THE OUTSIDERS — WCW vs. NWO WORLD TAG TEAM TITLES: it’s announced that Ric Flair was fined for attacking Niedhart and a ref. earlier. Hollywood Hogan is at ringside. Randy Savage comes out. Savage and Hogan argue at ringside. Ref. bump, Kevin Nash is covering Rick Steiner and Randy Savage goes to attack Nash and misses. Nash & Hall pin Rick Steiner for the WCW & NWO belts . . .

WCW SATURDAY NIGHT 1/10/98
WHAT YOU MISSED: EL DANDY fell to JUVENTUD GUERRERA . . . BILL GOLDBERG over BARRY HORROWITZ . . . JIM DUGGAN over MARK STARR . . . an interview with RICK MARTEL . . . GLACIER vs. ERNEST MILLER: Glacier staggers out and falls over. Ernest Miller stands over Glacier but does not attack. Glacier says that MORTIS & WRATH attacked him . . . a recap of MONDAY NITRO . . . MENG over FIT FINLEY . . . JOEY MAGGS fell to BRAD ARMSTRONG . . . BOOKER T interview . . . a look at JJ DILLION stripping STING of the WCW WORLD TITLE . . . BOOKER T over THE DISCO INFERNO in a WCW U.S. TITLE MATCH . . . RICK MARTEL over a jobber . . . CHRIS JERICHO vs. DIAMOND DALLAS PAGE: Jericho issues another apology to DAVE PENZER and gives him another jacket. Jericho loses and beats up Penzer again . . .

ECW 1/10/98
WHAT YOU MISSED: JOEY STYLES opens the show from Queens, NY and we go directly into TIGER MASK vs. THE GREAT SASUKE. Sasuke gets the win . . . a look at the opening of LANCE STORM & CHRIS CANDIDO vs. BALLS MAHONEY & AXL ROTTEN & THE FBI — 3 way dance for the ECW WORLD TITLE . . . a look at JUSTIN CREDIBLE vs. PABLO MARQUEZ: JASON brings out several woman and a woman body builder from the HOWARD STERN show. But that’s about all we see . . . a look at THE DUDLEYS vs. SPIKE DUDLEY & NEW JACK . . . LANCE WRIGHT & his bodyguard are in the ring. It becomes PAUL DIAMOND vs. MR. WRIGHT’S BODYGUARD — the bodyguard wins in record time with a full nelson. TAZ comes out. JEFF JONES threatens Taz for coming to the ring. Jones slaps Taz. Jones goes for a punch and gets T-boned Tazplex. Mr. Wright’s Bodyguard and Taz square off but Sabu comes out and attacks Taz. ROB VAN DAM & DOUG FURNAS & PHIL LAFON come in to help Sabu but are driven off by THE SANDMAN, TOMMY DREAMER and AL SNOW & HEAD . . . a match is agreed to between the 4 men & the head . . . THE SANDMAN, TOMMY DREAMER, TAZ & AL SNOW & HEAD vs. ROB VAN DAM, SABU, DOUG FURNAS & PHIL LAFON: TAZ and MR. WRIGHT’S BODYGUARD go at it and the entire locker room empties to get rid of them. AL SNOW uses head to save BEULAH from a double suplex by Furnas & LaFon then pins Furnas with a school boy . . . the show ends with a look at NOVEMBER TO REMEMBER . . .

WCW THUNDER 1/8/98
WHAT YOU MISSED: BOBBY HEENAN, TONY SCHIAVANE, & LEE MARSHALL are the hosts for this new WTBS show . . . RANDY SAVAGE is scheduled for the first match but isn’t there yet. They recap the NWO situation . . . CHRIS ADAMS vs. RANDY SAVAGE: LEX LUGER attacks Savage with a chair. Adams wins. JJ DILLION comes down to ringside . . . HOLLYWOOD HOGAN & ERIC BISCHOFF come out and say nothing of importance . . . MIKE TENEY with JJ Dillion. Dillion says that he’s reversing the decision of the Savage/Adams match and that Savage wins by DQ. Luger comes out and says that the decision is unfair since this has gone on for a year now and the first time he fires back he’s in trouble for it. He says that the WCW is standing together and they’ll fight the NWO and from now on the WCW wrestlers will do what they want . . . LOUIE SPICOLLI vs. RICK MARTEL: submission win for Martel . . . a look at THE GIANT destroying SCOTT HALL when KEVIN NASH failed to show at STARRCADE . . . TENZAN from NWO JAPAN vs. O’HARA w/SUNNY ONNO from NEW JAPAN: Tenzan wins with a flying head butt . . . CHRIS JERICHO vs. RIC FLAIR: Jericho again apologizes to everyone and apologizes to DAVE PENZER again and gives him another suit jacket. He says it won’t happen again. Flair wins by DQ and Jericho goes insane AGAIN . . . it’s announced that BRET HART will face RIC FLAIR will wrestle at SOULED OUT; they also announce that THE GIANT will face KEVIN NASH at the same card . . . THE GIANT vs. MENG: A month ago this would have been a tough match due to storyline, now that nothing is involved — Meng does the job to the Giant . . . MONGO vs. BILL GOLDBERG: Mongo does the job . . . KONNAN & BUFF BAGWELL vs. THE STEINERS — WCW WORLD TAG TITLES: tape screwed up and missed this match . . . LARRY ZYBSZKO over ERIC BISCHOFF from STARRCADE . . . it was announced that SCOTT STEINER was fined $5,000 for hitting the ref. during his match . . . RAY TRAYLOR over SCOTT HALL when LARRY ZYBSZKO came up to the ring apron and distracted Hall for Traylor to get Hall from behind with a bossman slam . . . JUVENTUD GUERRERA defeated THE ULTIMO DRAGON for the WCW CRUISERWEIGHT TITLE . . . words from BRET HART. RIC FLAIR comes out and the trade words . . . a look at the fast count during STING vs. HOLLYWOOD HOGAN at STARRCADE . . . a look at STING vs. HOLLYWOOD HOGAN in Baltimore the next night. NICK PATRICK, who had been suspended from ref.’ing earlier in the night comes to the ring when RANDY ANDERSON gets bumped. Sting brings Patrick into the ring and shakes him. Hogan attacks him from behind and Hogan with a handful of tights rolls up Sting and pins him. Nick Patrick gives the WCW World Title belt to Hogan. JJ DILLION comes out and Randy Anderson awards the match to Sting. ERIC BISCHOFF comes out and attacks and kicks JJ Dillion. Sting Scorpion Death Drops Bischoff. THE NWO hits the ring. BRET HART is the first WCW star to hit the ring, DDP, RAY TRAYLOR and the WCW locker room empties . . . JJ DILLION announces that after reviewing the footage the WCW EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE has a decision. He calls HOLLYWOOD HOGAN to the ring. THE NWO & ERIC BISCHOFF come out with Hogan. Dillion asks “the current WCW World Heavyweight Champion” STING to come to the ring. Dillion says that the WCW Title is now vacant until the WCW comes up with a clue to what they’re going to do. Sting surrenders the WCW Title belt. Sting points at JJ Dillion and says “You got no guts” then says to Hogan “and you are a dead man” . . . KEVIN NASH vs. DIAMOND DALLAS PAGE — WCW U.S. TITLE: Nash has Hollywood Hogan with him. Hogan interferes to get Nash DQ’D. The Giant goes to the ring and we end with a stare down & brawl between Nash & The Giant . . .

WWF WAR ZONE 1/5/98
WHAT YOU MISSED: SAVIO VEGA vs. OWEN HART: Owen gets the win via roll up then LOS BORICUAS attack him and deliver him to the feet of DEGENERATION X . . . PAUL BEARER comes out and looks horrible. He says he hopes that SHAWN MICHAELS destroys THE UNDERTAKER at THE ROYALE RUMBLE. He says he despises the Undertaker. He says he lost KANE. He begs for Kane to come home . . . STEVE AUSTIN storms out of the locker rooms after stone cold stunnering MARC HENRY . . . MARC MERO vs. TOM BRANDI: Steve Austin comes in an attacks both guys . . . FLASH FUNK vs. THE ARTIST FORMERLY KNOWN AS GOLDDUST: The Artist comes out in blackface. He loses by DQ and VADER comes out and makes the save of Flash Funk . . . THE NEW AGE OUTLAWS vs. THE HEADBANGERS — WWF WORLD TAG TITLES: The Outlaws win but are chased off by CHAINSAW CHARLIE & CACTUS JACK . . . DON KING is excited about MIKE TYSON coming to WRESTLEMANIA . . . a look at SHAWN MICHAELS vs. THE UNDERTAKER from HELL IN THE CELL . . . SHAWN MICHAELS comes out and calls out the Undertaker. The casket he rode to the ring last week is wheeled out. Shawn thinks it’s Hunter or CHYNA then he sees them on the ramp to the ring. The casket opens, it’s the Undertaker and the Undertaker attacks him . . .

WWF RAW 1/5/98
WHAT YOU MISSED: STEVE AUSTIN says he’s going to get everyone tonight . . . FAROOQ vs. KEN SHAMROCK: ROCKY MIAVIA doesn’t come out until half the way through the match. Shamrock wins by submission after Farooq ran into a NOD chair. After the match Shamrock and Rocky had a stare down before STEVE AUSTIN ran in and stone cold Stunnered both men . . . JIM CORNETTE brings out DENNIS CORALLUZZO & HOWARD BRODY. He says they represent the NWA and they are the same company that dates back until 1906. He says they’ve agreed to hold a title match between JEFF JARRETT & BARRY WINDHAM for the NWA NORTH AMERICAN title. Both Cornette & Coralluzzo interfere in order to get Jarrett the title. Then Steve Austin comes in and stone cold stunners Jarrett . . . SUNNY introduces THE TRUTH COMMISSION vs. THE DOA: DOA gets the win. KURGAN comes out destroys both DOAs . . . RAW ends with DEGENERATION X and an interview with HUNTER HEARST HELMSLY, which OWEN HART interrupts . . .

WCW NITRO 1/5/98
WHAT YOU MISSED: THE NWO arrived in 3 separate limos and came out wearing frowns on their faces . . . GENE OKERLUND with JJ DILLION: There’s a court injunction on showing the footage from the end of last week’s TV show. STING is still the champion as we speak. It should be released within 24 hours. It will be show this Thursday on WTBS at 8:05 PM for a show called “THUNDER” — where they’ll show the footage. This Thursday they’ll also show footage from STARRCADE’s HOLLYWOOD HOGAN vs. STING match and see if NICK PATRICK is biased or not . . . CHRIS JERICHO vs. DIAMOND DALLAS PAGE — WCW U.S. TITLE: Jericho apologizes fro his actions on WCW last week. He gives DAVE PENZER a new chair and a new tuxedo jacket to wear as he snapped last week and destroyed both Penzer’s chair and jacket. Easy win for DDP when the match DOES start and Jericho snaps again after the loss . . . Gene with WCW VP NICK LANDROSS. He says that he’s met with the Turner/Time Warner Executive Committee and they issued a statement that from this point forward all WCW contract wrestlers caught violating WCW conduct policies will be subject to fines and suspensions. The NWO will also be fined or suspended for violating the same rules on WCW programming . . . BILL GOLDBERG vs. STEVIE RAY: quick win for Goldberg . . . JOHN NORD vs. THE BARBARIAN: Nord wins with a camel clutch . . . Gene in the ring with ERIC BISCHOFF. Bischoff says that there are no problems in the NWO. He says that JJ Dillion didn’t fix the problems in the WCW last week and whines about it. He then says that he beat LARRY ZYBSZKO and he owns Nitro but he’s being screwed again. Larry gets up from his seat and Bischoff storms off . . . JUVENTUD GUERRERO vs. PSYCHOSIS — winner wrestles ULTIMO DRAGON for CRUISERWEIGHT BELT on THUNDER: 450 splash gets the win for Juventud . . . a look at problems between KEVIN NASH and HOLLYWOOD HOGAN from April 7, 1998 . . . an interview with BOOKER T . . . Booker T vs. PRINCE IUKEA — WCW WORLD TV TITLE: a win for the champion in his first title defense . . . THE STEINERS & RAY TRAYLOR vs. BUFF BAGWELL, SCOTT NORTON & KONNAN: SCOTT STEINER dominates the match and gets the win for his team . . . BRAD ARMSTRONG vs. RICK MARTEL: Boston Crab win for Martel . . . MONGO & CHRIS BENOIT vs. SCOTTY RIGGS & SATURN: Raven interferes while the ref. is distracted to get the win for Saturn & Riggs . . . Gene Okerlund interviews RIC FLAIR: BRET HART comes out after Flair disses him. Hart adds “Whoo” to the end of “the best there is, the best there was, and best there ever will be.” He says “too bad” if Flair has a problem with it. Flair says it’s time to say what he has to say to his face. Hart says “to be the man, you’ve got to beat the man and I think I’ve already done that once before.” Flair says that Hart will have to show him again and hope he doesn’t get hurt . . . RANDY SAVAGE vs. LEX LUGER: “QUICK COUNT” NICK PATRICK is the ref. JJ DILLION & RANDY ANDERSON come out. Dillion says that Anderson will be the ref. as Patrick is suspended until Thursday. Luger wins with an inside cradle, Savage claims a fast count. Luger gets thrown head first into the steel post. Savage grabs Dave Pinsor and throws him down. He goes to hit Luger with a chair and Eric Bischoff tries to stop him but gets laid out. HOLLYWOOD HOGAN stops Macho Man and KEVIN NASH lays out Savage. STING comes out and saves Luger from an attack by Hogan & Savage . . .

NOTES FROM THE MAD DOG
We’ve got a load of issues this time so let’s get at them randomly while I’m in a mood to vent. Remember, I’m not an insider, I’m not a “smart” and the opinions are my own. If you’d like to comment on them send all e-mail to CactusB@aol.com.

MIKE TYSON & WRESTLING: Mikey Tyson vs. Steve Austin could be the biggest pay off in wrestling history. But that doesn’t mean we have to feel good about it.

WCW NITRO FOR PLAYSTATION: Take the best wrestling game ever made (WCW vs. The World for Playstation), keep the 3-D graphics and take out the game play in favor of the lame game play of the WWF arcade games that no one bought or cared about (hello? WWF: The Arcade Game for Playstation was such a bomb that the WWF is going to clone WCW vs. the World for it’s new Playstation game — so WHY THROW OUT THE GOOD AND CLONE THE BAD?). Have run ins from Mean Gene Okerlund in every match. Get rid of Terry Funk, Sabu, the Great Sasuke, etc. and replace them with Mz. Elizabeth, Alundra Blaze and Kimberly. Delay the game a month or two to take advantage of the sales of the original game, err to “make the game better.” At this point I’m under the impression that they knew it was a bomb so they milked the sales of the old game as much as possible because they knew that any fan of the old game would say “EEEEEW,” return the game and save up for a N64 and WCW vs. NWO World Tour. Tag Teams are Tag Teams but Sucks is still Sucks.

WCW MONDAY NITRO GOES 3 HOURS: Hello? Hello? They run over every week. When they’re on 3 hours they run over 10 to 15 minutes. During the first 2 hours and 30 minutes there’s usually enough to make me fall asleep or become totally turned off by the show and it becomes an endurance test to get through the next 40 minutes to an hour of “entertainment” that follows. The announcement that they’re going 3 hours *every week* means I’ll be watching RAW each week and taping the NITRO replay, maybe.

THE RETURN OF THE AWA: Yes, that’s the secret the NWO is really the AWA back from under the rock it crawled under all those years ago. When jobbers like RICK MARTEL are getting major pushes over guys like Eddy Guerrero (who they established as a top heel for months only to say “never mind” and job out to Martel), I have this feeling that Verne Gagne is in the back smiling and counting his money to come up with another Team Challenge Series. Hopefully this year we’ll see the annual Turkey Day Pole Match with Mean Gene playing the Turkey.

ERIC BISCHOFF: Eric seems to have done little acting for the SOULED OUT commercials and it’s celebration of all things Eric. “I’m building an empire . . .” “I’ve assembled the greatest talent . . .” All in all if I have to see the man put on another collection of his masturbation lines about himself I think I’m going to petition to have Vince McMahon reinstated as biggest ego in wrestling. From putting himself into wrestling matches to thinking that he’s more over than his stars this guy is a piece of work and a threat to the sanity of most wrestling fans. No you’re not wrong, he’s a little guy with a bad hair cut hanging out with his drinking buddies (most of whom are collecting $$$$ and let the guy hang around because he signs their contracts), and living the dream of the average wrestling fan. WCW may be #1 right now but that’s not due to lack of weekly blunders by Eric. Give any idiot a hundred million to run a wrestling company and they’ll be #1 as well. But he got a promotion a couple of weeks back so . . . hmm, Road Rules has a new season maybe I’ll watch that instead.

LANCE DIAMOND, ACE DARLING, RECKLESS YOUTH & DEVON STORM: I never saw what people say in these guys and I never could understand why you put these guys on a card (often in the same match at every show), and people show up in droves. On Jan. 17 in Delaware I saw why. The four wrestled a 4 way match that actually had me marking out for a match for the first time in years. From high flying moves to comedy twists to an all out attempt to put on the best matches since Malenko vs. Guerrero in the ECW a few years back, these guys are in a class by themselves. If they’re on a card don’t think twice about it — GO TO THE CARD!

With that, the rants are over and we’ll see ya in 4.5 million weeks again. Be good and . . .

HAVE A GREAT WEEK!

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