The Ring Report TV Update, Vol. 4, Issue #23, March 30, 1998
(“WACKY WAYNE WOO for the NWO! HIRE HIM ERIC!”)
WWF WRESTLEMANIA 3/29/98
PRE-SHOW WHAT YOU MISSED: MICHAEL COLE directs us to the Internet for backstage coverage. He says that BILL CLINTON will be watching because GENNIFER FLOWERS will be here tonight. They go into a Gennifer Flowers promo . . . a look at THE UNDERTAKER vs. KANE . . . an interview with PAUL BEARER. The lights go on the interview and Bearer stands his ground . . . another Kane vs. Undertaker promo . . . a SHAWN MICHAELS promo . . . a STEVE AUSTIN promo . . . an interview with DX . . .
MAIN SHOW WHAT YOU MISSED: CHRIS WARREN & THE DEGENERATION X band preformed AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL & THE NATIONAL ANTHEM . . . a look back at the LEGENDS of the WWF . . . THE LEGION OF DOOM reunited under SUNNY’S management and won the 15 team Battle Royale . . . AGUILA fell to TAKA MICHINOKU in a WWF LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT TITLE match . . . GENNIFER FLOWERS interviews ROCKY MIAVIA . . . OWEN HART fell to HUNTER HEARST HELMSLY in a EUROPEAN TITLE MATCH . . . SABLE & MARC MERO vs. GOLDDUST & LUNA: Sable did the TKO and pins Luna . . . ROCKY MIAVIA fell to KEN SHAMROCK in the WWF I-C match but WWF officials overturned the decision . . . THE HARDCORE LEGENDS defeated THE NEW AGE OUTLAWS in a DUMPSTER MATCH for the WWF WORLD TAG TEAM TITLES . . . PETE ROSE comes out and disses the Boston Crowd then gets tombstone by KANE . . . KANE falls to THE UNDERTAKER . . . SHAWN MICHAELS lost the WWF WORLD TITLE to STEVE AUSTIN. After the match MIKE TYSON attacked Michaels . . .
WCW SATURDAY NIGHT 3/28/98
WHAT YOU MISSED: EL DANDY fell to KIDMAN . . . THE ULTIMO DRAGON over SILVER KING . . . a look at KONNAN . . . a look at RAVEN vs. DIAMOND DALLAS PAGE . . . PSYCHOSIS vs. CHRIS JERICHO — WCW CRUISERWEIGHT TITLE — easy win for Jericho . . . comments from TED DIBIASE & RICK STEINER . . . BOOKER T over YUGI NAGATA in a WCW WORLD TV TITLE match . . . a WCW MOTOR SPORTS segment . . . a look at NITRO . . . another look at NITRO . . . JOHNNY SWINGER fell to CHAVO GUERRERO JR. . . . comments from RAVEN & SATURN about “JAKE” . . . SCOTT NORTON destroyed CHASE TATUM . . . a look at ERIC BISCHOFF going crazy on THUNDER . . . RAY TRAYLOR over KENDAL WINDHAM . . . BOBBY BLAZE fell to ERNEST MILLER . . . RICK STEINER vs. KEVIN NASH: Nash comes out and admits to getting SCOTT STEINER to join the NWO. Then says that since Rick Steiner won’t join the NWO, his brother says to beat him up. VINCENT & SCOTT NORTON get involved early in the match to give the advantage to Nash. Steiner almost gets the win with the top rope bulldog but Norton & Vincent attack to break up the pin AGAIN. The Three NWO guys attack Steiner and DiBiase then Nash jackknives Steiner. The Police take off Nash again in handcuffs . . .
WHAT YOU MISSED: comments from SABU & ROB VAN DAM . . . THE FBI vs. ROAD KILL & DANNY DOURING: Road Kill is now Amish. I’m scared. BALLS MAHONEY & AXL ROTTON come out with chairs. Turns into a 3 way dance of sorts. Balls pins TRACEY SMOTHERS for the win . . . comments from THE TRIPLE THREAT . . . CHRIS CANDIDO & LANCE STORM over JERRY LYNN & CHRIS CHETTI. Axl & Balls come to the ring and get in the faces of Storm & Candido. They put out the tag team champions. SHANE DOUGLAS & BAM BAM BIGELOW try to make the save but are knocked out. Balls & Axl go to attack FRANCINE with chairs but Douglas gets a low blow in on Balls and Bam Bam goes after Axl. Candido then pins Balls . . . PABLO MARQUEZ vs. BAM BAM BIGELOW — ECW WORLD TV TITLE: TAZ comes out, Bam Bam runs off and PABLO MARQUEZ comes into the ring and wants a hug. Taz destroys him and chokes him out . . . From the Philly Arena, Bigelow comes out and Taz makes a speech. He says Bigelow was a better man the night of the PPV. The Sandman comes to the ring, says he respects Taz and Taz leaves. The Sandman leaves and brings out a ladder and it turns into a ladder weapons match. Bigelow pins the Sandman . . . a strange AL SNOW & HEAD Segment with Snow writing behind his head on a wall with a magic marker while Shane Douglas’s voice rants about the ECW WORLD TITLE being his title . . . AL SNOW vs. ROB VAN DAM: SABU interferes, gets caught, and Van Dam loses by DQ. After the match Sabu & Van Dam tease a break up . . .
WWF THUNDER 3/26/98
WHAT YOU MISSED: ERIC BISCHOFF storms the production truck and orders the crew not to show footage from Nitro that shows a misunderstanding between KEVIN NASH & HOLLYWOOD HOGAN. They run the clip anyway . . . EDDY & CHAVO GUERRERO come out. Eddy says that Chavo has a title shot and that Chavo has to do what he says. He makes Chavo take his match with CHRIS BENOIT while he’s taking Chavo’s shot tonight at BOOKER T and the WCW WORLD TV BELT. RICK RUDE & ERIC BISCHOFF come out to take over the commentating position. Benoit wins with the Crippler crossface . . . regular WCW announcers are back for Bischoff and Hogan doing the ::yawn:: regular interview. KEVIN NASH comes out. Nash has questions. He says that Hogan was the self proclaimed leader of the NWO. He says the wolfpack is the heart & soul of the NWO. He asks why SYXX doesn’t have a job any more. Why SCOTT HALL isn’t on TV. Hogan disses Syxx and says it isn’t his fault that Syxx couldn’t cut the muster. He says that he doesn’t have a clue where Hall is. They babble for a bit . . . PRINCE IUKEA gets a win over LA PARKA . . . comments from LEX LUGER. He says he & STING will take on Hollywood & Nash tonight . . . CHRIS JERICHO over THE DISCO INFERNO. After the match Jericho takes Disco’s headband . . . JERRY FLYNN fell to GOLDBERG . . . DIAMOND DALLAS PAGE interview. He says JJ DILLON offered to get the U.S. Belt back from RAVEN but he says that it’d be more fun to get it back himself. He calls Raven scum because Raven says he taught him everything but he says that “JAKE” took him under his wing and taught him . . . CURT HENNIG & BRYAN ADAMS vs. DAVEY BOY SMITH & JIM NIEDHART: match is thrown out because it turns into an out of the ring brawl . . . SATURN vs. DIAMOND DALLAS PAGE — U.S. TITLE: Saturn comes off the top rope when RAVEN comes out of the dressing room with the U.S. Title belt. DDP diamond cutters him then takes off after Raven. Saturn wins by count out . . . EDDY GUERRERO vs. BOOKER T — WCW CRUISERWEIGHT TITLE: Eddy uses a foreign object to knock Booker T down then throws it outside the ring. Chavo throws it back to Eddy, the ref. sees it and DQ’s Eddy. Eddy makes Chavo punch Booker T then CHRIS BENOIT makes the save . . . SCOTT NORTON vs. RICK STEINER: SCOTT STEINER tries to throw Rick’s dog collar to Norton to use but Rick grabs it, nails Norton, and gets the pin . . . LEX LUGER & STING vs. HOLLYWOOD HOGAN & KEVIN NASH: RANDY SAVAGE comes in and attacks everyone. The match is thrown out. Savage won’t attack Nash but Hogan attacks Savage. Nash shoves Hogan away from Savage. The whole NWO comes in and Sting & Luger clear the ring . . .
WWF WAR ZONE 3/23/98
WHAT YOU MISSED: comments from DX . . . comments from GENNIFER FLOWERS . . . FAROOQ vs. CHAINS: Farooq sends the NOD back to the dressing room. ROCKY MIAVIA comes out with a chair and circles the ring. Rocky comes in and hits Farooq with the chair and the match is thrown out . . . a look at BARRY WINDHAM’S recent NWA actions . . . BARRY WINDHAM vs. JUSTIN HAWK BRADSHAW: THE ROCK ‘N’ ROLL EXPRESS — wearing WWF T-shirts come out to ringside. Windham loses when the Rock ‘N’ Rolls distract him. THE MIDNIGHT EXPRESS come out and attack Bradshaw . . . a look back at MOHAMAD ALI appearing at WRESTLEMANIA I . . . SABLE & MARC MERO come out. Mero leaves as VINCE RUSSO is in the ring for a presentation to SABLE & SUNNY (who isn’t there because she’s sick), for making a RAW issue sell out. LUNA & GOLDDUST come back out. Luna attacks Sable with the award and runs off . . . STEVE AUSTIN vs. ROCKY MIAVIA — non-title match: Stone Cold wins with the Stunner. DX comes out and they tease SHAWN MICHAELS getting into the ring . . .
WWF MONDAY NIGHT RAW 3/23/98
WHAT YOU MISSED: a look at VINCE MCMAHON dissing STEVE AUSTIN last week . . . comments from STEVE AUSTIN. He says nothing will stop him from being the WWF Champion. COMMISSIONER SLAUGHTER comes in and says that Austin has to wrestle tonight on Vince McMahon’s orders. He has to wrestle ROCKY MIAVIA. If he doesn’t wrestle Rocky the match at Wrestlemania with SHAWN MICHAELS would be a non-title match. Austin takes that as an insult since he’s already agreed to the match and Stone Cold Stunners Slaughter . . . CHAINSAW CHARLIE & CACTUS JACK over THE QUEBECERS by DQ when THE NEW AGE OUTLAWS attack Charlie & Jack . . . DOUBLE J JEFF JARRETT over STEVE BLACKMAN when TENNESSEE LEE holds Blackman’s foot to help with the pinfall. A second ref. comes in and Jarrett attacks the second ref. Blackman puts out Double J and Tennessee Lee runs off . . . comments from THE UNDERTAKER at the graves of his parents . . . KANE and THE UNDERTAKER come out and blow up the lighting units. Then Kane makes a lightning bolt hit a WWF Technician and he catches on fire . . . DOA vs. THE NEW MIDNIGHT EXPRESS: The Midnight Express don’t come out to the original music. Therefore this is the lamest thing I’ve ever seen. THE HEADBANGERS and THE ROCK ‘N’ ROLL EXPRESS come out to watch. SNIPER & RECON join them. LOS BORICUAS come out as well. Here come THE QUEBECERS. It turns into a brawl and the match is thrown out . . . .
WCW MONDAY NITRO 3/23/98
WHAT YOU MISSED: RODDY PIPER comes out and says that there won’t be any more bats on Nitro until April 19 when Piper & THE GIANT will take on KEVIN NASH & HOLLYWOOD HOGAN in a match with a bat suspended over the ring at SPRING STAMPEDE. He also says he’s going to fight RANDY SAVAGE tonight . . . THE NITRO GIRLS . . . a look at RAVEN attacking DALLAS PAGE on MTV . . . CHAVO GUERRERO JR. fell to THE ULTIMO DRAGON. After the match GENE OKERLUND interviewed Chavo and EDDY GUERRERO. Chavo admits that he refused to follow Uncle Eddy’s orders and Eddy apologizes and makes Chavo apologize for his family tonight . . . ERIC BISCHOFF & HOLLYWOOD HOGAN come out and babble about RODDY PIPER . . . SCOTT STEINER defeated WAYNE BLOOM . . . LODI fell to PSYCHOSIS . . . DIAMOND DALLAS PAGE vs. STING — WCW WORLD TITLE: Sting gets a pinfall win in a decent match . . . NITRO GIRLS . . . RICK FULLER fell to LEX LUGER . . . EDDY GUERRERO over KAZ HAYASHI . . . a BRET HART video . . . KONNAN jobbed to PRINCE IUKEA . . . LENNY LANE vs. CHRIS JERICHO: not really a match. Jericho comes out and babbles. Lane comes out and demands $1,000 for helping Jericho the other week, Jericho attacks him, it’s over . . . HOLLYWOOD HOGAN & SCOTT HALL vs. THE GIANT: THE DISCIPLE & ERIC BISCHOFF attack the Giant and the NWO is DQ’d. Giant chokeslams Eric and everyone runs off . . . CHRIS BENOIT vs. BOOKER T — WCW WORLD TV TITLE: goes to time limit draw . . . CURT HENNIG vs. DAVEY BOY SMITH: RICK RUDE comes in and handcuffs Smith to the ropes. BRET HART makes the save . . . RENEGADE vs. BILL GOLDBERG: Renegade says he guarantees a win over Goldberg. Doesn’t get it . . . RANDY SAVAGE vs. RODDY PIPER: HOGAN & NASH come in with bats. STING makes the save. Savage attacks Sting from behind. Hogan & Nash attack Piper. The Giant makes the save . . .
Have a great Week!
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