The Ring Report TV Update, Vol. 4, Issue #27, April 27, 1998
(“Well DUH! Last week was issue #26, not #24!” and “STU SAKKS NEEDS AN ENEMA!”)
WWF IN YOUR HOUSE: UNFORGIVEN 4/26/98
PRE-SHOW WHAT YOU MISSED: STEVE AUSTIN asks MICHAEL COLE where VINCE MCMAHON is an shoves Cole then storms off . . . a look at SABLE vs. LUNA. After the video MARC MERO says he won’t be there with SABLE tonight because he can’t believe she’s doing this . . . SAWYER BROWN does a song . . . Austin forces his way into Vince McMahon’s office, then comes out since it was empty . . . KEVIN KELLY in the ring hyping the fire match when the lights go out and KANE & PAUL BEARER come to the ring. They demonstrate the flames but it doesn’t quite work for the entire ring. He has them go higher and it’s lame . . . DOK HENDRIX wants us to buy the PPV . . . a look at the Steve Austin/Vince McMahon situation . . . Michael Cole with Vince McMahon. Steve Austin crashes it. Austin says that if McMahon screws him he’s going to beat him up in front of the world . . . an interview with DUDE LOVE . . .
MAIN SHOW WHAT YOU MISSED: DLO BROWN, MARK HENRY & ROCK MIAVIA vs. FAROOQ, KEN SHAMROCK & STEVE BLACKMAN: long and boring match. Farooq pins Miavia with the dominator . . . STEVE AUSTIN comes out. He brings the timekeeper in the ring that he’s had problems with (the guy who gave DUDE LOVE the win over STEVE BLACKMAN on WAR ZONE on VINCE MCMAHON’S orders). He promises the time keeper that if McMahon gives the order to screw Austin that he’ll beat him so bad that he’ll never work in the WWF again . . . OWEN HART vs. HUNTER HEARST HELMSLY — WWF EUROPEAN TITLE MATCH w/CHYNA LOCKED IN A CAGE ABOVE THE RING: it’s a brawl outside the ring before the match even starts. They finally get in the ring and it’s their typical no-frills match. Chyna dropped a saw that she had up in the cage. Chyna eventually bends the steel bars of her cage. She gets out of the cage and is hanging from it. Hart gets Hunter in the Sharpshooter and the cage starts to lower. Chyna gets to the floor and distracts Owen. We see ROAD DOG by the controls. The ref. and a second ref. try to get rid of Chyna. Owen uses the pedigree on Hunter. XPOC runs in with a fire extinguisher and hits Owen, 1-2-3 win for Hunter. After the match Owen says the B.S. is going to stop and things are going to change . . . an interview with XPOC (who is sitting with DR. TOM PRITCHARD in the AOL area) . . . JIM CORNETTE comes out. He berates the fans for liking THE ROCK ‘N’ ROLL EXPRESS. He announces THE NEW MIDNIGHT EXPRESS. Ooooh it’s a title match for the NWA TAG TEAM TITLES. Cornette gets in the ring and wants to wrestle the ref. Ref. scares him off. The Express pull out a double team behind the ref.’s back to get the win . . . and interview with GOLDDUST & LUNA . . . SABLE vs. LUNA — EVENING GOWN match: MARC MERO comes out and distracts Sable. Luna rips off Sable’s gown while she’s distracted. After that Sable strips Luna and powerbombs her. They go under the ring and Sable comes out with Luna’s undergarments. Golddust puts his robe around Luna and we all are afraid of Sable’s enhanced chest . . . VINCE MCMAHON comes out and says something catastrophic will happen tonight. He says that can mean anything. He says he’s here because he was born in North Carolina (where the event is being held). He says that it would be beneath his dignity to screw Steve Austin out of the WWF Title so he wont respond to it. However he says he wont be held responsible for what happens in the ring tonight if Stone Cold screws Stone Cold . . . LEGION OF DOOM 2000 vs. THE NEW AGE OUTLAWS — WWF WORLD TAG TITLES: ROAD DOG comes out and says that DEAN SMITH will be their manager tonight. They bring out a blow up dummy as Mr. Smith. Road Dog accidently hits BILLY GUNN with the title belt to knock him out of the ring. HAWK then rolls up the stunned Road Dog in a back roll up for the pin and the WWF World Tag Titles. Or so it seems. The New Age Outlaws are announced as the winners since Hawk’s shoulders were down. Hawk clotheslines the ref. and they do the Doomsday device on him . . . JEFF JARRETT sings with SAWYER BROWN. It’s a duet with the lead singer. Fargo struts abound. Steve Blackman attacks Jarrett afterwards and puts Jarrett in a submission hold. TENNESSEE LEE makes the save by hitting Blackman with a guitar. Jarrett puts Blackman in a figure four and the crowd chants “we want Flair!” . . . KANE vs. THE UNDERTAKER — fire match: the fire is provided by natural gas burning flames set up below the bottom ring ropes. Match is slow with the gimmick of the fire over shadowing the lack of skills of both guys. PAUL BEARER throws in a chair and Kane uses it on his brother. Undertaker superplexes Kane from the top rope. Kane runs off to the locker room and Undertaker is trapped by flames. VADER attacks Kane and the Undertaker does a plancha over the ropes onto Kane. Paul Bearer hits the Undertaker to a no sold chair shot. Undie takes the
chair and knocks out Kane. Undie chases Bearer up to the Sawyer Brown area and puts a drum on Bearer’s head and rams a microphone stand in his chest. Undertaker comes back and gets Kane’s heavily padded arm to catch on fire and the Undertaker wins the match . . . DUDE LOVE vs. STEVE AUSTIN — WWF WORLD TITLE: VINCE MCMAHON is not at ringside. McMahon comes out with PAT PATTERSON & JERRY BRISCO half way through the match. He sends Patterson & Brisco back to the dressing room and he looks at the time keeper and the keeper looks away as McMahon smirks. Later austi nis down outside the ring and McMahon is ordering Austin to beat Love in the ring. McMahon walks backwards to seemingly set up Austin for a Love sneak attack. Love has Austin in an adominal stretch and McMahon motions to the time keeper to ring the bell but stops when Austin reverses it (the time keeper didn’t see what he was doing). Love accidently nails the ref. with a clothesline. While the ref. is down Austin goes for the stunner but gets caught by the mandible claw. Austin is fading and McMahon gets up. Austin breaks the hold and McMahon comes in to revive the ref. Claw back on but the ref. won’t get up. Love breaks the hold. Love gets knocked out of the ring and Austin and McMahon struggle over a chair. Austin blocks several chair shots by Love. McMahon tries to help Love up and gets a chair shot to the head by Austin. Stone Cold Stunner and the ref. is still out. Austin counts the three himself and his music plays and holds his own arm up in victory. They come out and work on McMahon at ringside. Jerry Brisco gives HOWARD FINKEL the riot act. Finkel announces that Austin was DQ’d for hitting a WWF official and Love wins the match. It ends with them taking McMahon out on the stretcher . . .
WCW SATURDAY NIGHT 4/25/98
WHAT YOU MISSED: it’s announced that BUFF BAGWELL has feeling in his arms and legs again but was hospitalized after his injury at THUNDER . . . LENNY LANE fell to GLACIER . . . NITRO is 12:30 – 1:30 AM Monday night and continues Tuesday night 6 PM to 8 PM . . . a look at BILL GOLDBERG winning the WCW U.S. Title from RAVEN . . . a promo for SCOTT STEINER’s alleged steroid abuse, err his “genetic perfection” . . . THE BARBARIAN over SUPER CALO . . . RICK STEINER over SCOTT NORTON . . .
WHAT YOU MISSED: JOEL GERTNER looks back at TOMMY DREAMER vs. RAVEN from three years ago. They showed THE DUDLEYS taking out TOMMY DREAMER & THE SANDMAN. He disses LORI FULLINGTON . . . a look at up-coming PPV matches . . . an interview with TAZ, he says he’s been way too nice . . . a look at TRACEY SMOTHERS vs. THE BLUE MEANIE in a dance off . . . a look at JUSTIN CREDIBLE ranting . . . a look at TAZ attacking PEE WEE MOORE . . . a look at BAM BAM BIGELOW vs. ROB VAN DAM . . . a look at THE SANDMAN (in a neck brace) going after THE DUDLEYS in rescuing TOO COLD SCORPIO & TOMMY DREAMER . . . AXL ROTTEN vs. CHRIS CANDIDO: Axl wins and BAM BAM BIGELOW lays out Axl & BALLS MAHONEY . . . comments from BILL ALPHONSO . . . a look at AL SNOW & HEAD vs. SABU: ROB VAN DAM throws in the towel for Sabu when Sabu has Snow pinned because Sabu has a gash over an eye. Al Snow gets the win then Sabu & Van Dam have a shoving match . . .
WCW THUNDER 4/22/98
WHAT YOU MISSED: ERIC BISCHOFF, HOLLYWOOD HOGAN & THE DISCIPLE come out and spray paint “NWO” on the WCW World Title . . . THE DISCO INFERNO falls to BOOKER T . . . now that the PPV is over PRINCE IUKEA’s push (as predicted) comes to an end with a job to THE BARBARIAN . . . a look at RAVEN vs. DIAMOND DALLAS PAGE at SPRING STAMPEDE . . . SCOTT NORTON & BUFF BAGWELL over RICK STEINER & LEX LUGER when SCOTT STEINER interferes. During this match Bagwell injures himself and is down in the ring legit . . . after the commercial Bagwell is still down in the ring. BOBBY HEENAN goes to the ring for news and comes back with the news that it’s a cervical injury and they can’t move Bagwell until an actual ambulance arrives . . . after another commercial paramedics are slowly taking Bagwell out of the ring . . . a look at HOLLYWOOD HOGAN vs. RANDY SAVAGE from NITRO . . . word comes that Bagwell is starting to regain some movement and may be okay . . . a look at HORACE BOULDER helping RAVEN win the WCW U.S. TITLE. Boulder tries to destroy EVAN COURAGEOUS but DIAMOND DALLAS PAGE comes out and attacks both guys and the ref. DDP calls out RAVEN . . . RANDY SAVAGE comes out and calls BRET HART a loser for sucking up to HOLLYWOOD HOGAN . . . BILL GOLDBERG over MIKE ENOS . . . STING vs. SCOTT STEINER: word comes from the hospital that Buff Bagwell is “fine” and “moving around.” KONNAN attack Sting to get the DQ. SCOTT NORTON & VINCENT go after Sting. RICK STEINER runs off Scott Steiner. THE GIANT saves Sting. Sting gets on the microphone and says it’s the same old same old each week. He says that KEVIN NASH is a big joke and wants him in the ring at SLAMBOREE . . .
WWF RAW/WAR ZONE 4/20/98
RAW WHAT YOU MISSED: VINCE MCMAHON comes out and fines DUDE LOVE $5,000 for interfering in his chance to humiliate STEVE AUSTIN last week in a segment of Love’s LOVE SHACK. Vince glares and walks off. Love says that he and Austin used to hang out only house wives would go after Austin, while all the hottest women would go for him. He says that Austin can forget about Dude challenging him for the title if he’d only come out and grovel . . . KAMA vs. FAROOQ — LONG ISLAND STREET FIGHT: Farooq used his cowboy boot to knock out Kama . . . DEGENERATION X in the locker room daring HUNTER HEARST HELMSLY to expose himself to the world and urinate on the crowd . . . a look at JEFF JARRETT & the band SAWYER BROWN . . . DX comes to the ring with HHH in a raincoat. He whips out a giant squirt gun and squirts the crowd. THE LEGION OF DOOM 2000 & OWEN HART come out. COMMISSIONER SLAUGHTER comes out and says that now is the time and place to settle things so they’ll have a 6 man tag team match on RAW tonight. Both sides agree to it . . . VINCE MCMAHON pacing in the dressing room . . . DAN SEVERN makes MOSH tap out . . . KEVIN KELLY at the cemetery, THE UNDERTAKER attacks him, demanding to know where they are . . . after a commercial Kelly has no answers and says that The Undertaker is headed back to the arena . . . GOLDDUST vs. JUSTIN HAWK BRADSHAW: CLUB KAMIKAZE attack Bradshaw and lay him out . . .
WAR ZONE WHAT YOU MISSED: STEVE AUSTIN comes out and says that he will get his hands on DUDE LOVE & VINCE MCMAHON tonight . . . TERRY FUNK & TOO COLD SCORPIO defeat THE NEW MIDNIGHT EXPRESS. After the match DAN SEVERN attacks Too Cold Scorpio . . . another VAL VENIS promo . . . an interview with SABLE . . . VINCE MCMAHON says he can take STEVE AUSTIN . . . DX vs. LOD 2000: CHYNA kidnaps SUNNY. While the HAWK goes to save her XPOC attacks ANIMAL with a chair and DX gets the win. Hawk retrieves Sunny . . . PAUL BEARER & KANE bring out the coffins of The Undertaker and Kane’s parents. THE UNDERTAKER comes out. They light one casket on fire while the Undertaker gets choke slammed into the other one . . . VINCE MCMAHON comes out for DUDE LOVE vs. STEVE BLACKMAN: Vince motions to the time keeper to ring the bell and the ring announcer announces Love as the winner. Blackman attacks the time keeper. STEVE AUSTIN runs out and Dude Love protects McMahon from him. Austin gets by him and stone cold stunners JERRY BRISCO & PAT PATTERSON as McMahon runs for his life . . .
WCW NITRO 4/20/98
WHAT YOU MISSED: a look at HOLLYWOOD HOGAN & THE DISCIPLE attacking KEVIN NASH & RANDY SAVAGE after the PPV last night and trying to take the WCW World Title. SCOTT NORTON stopped them, took the belt and said that the belt is back in the NWO where it belongs . . . an interview with HOLLYWOOD HOGAN, THE DISCIPLE & ERIC BISCHOFF — Hogan wants RANDY SAVAGE for the title tonight . . . RANDY SAVAGE comes out and says he hates Hogan. Savage says that Kevin Nash leads the NWO. KEVIN NASH comes out and says that it’s over for Hogan . . . KONNAN over CHRIS ADAMS . . . NITRO GIRLS . . . a NITRO party video . . . THE BARBARIAN over MIKE ENOS . . . RAVEN rambling about BILL GOLDBERG . . . CHRIS JERICHO comes out with a shrine to DEAN MALENKO. He goes on to defeat JUVENTUD GUERRERA . . . BILL GOLDBERG defeated RAVEN for the WCW U.S. Title . . . more NITRO GIRLS . . . LA PARKA over THE ULTIMO DRAGON when EDDY GUERRERO forced CHAVO GUERRERO JR. to interfere behind the ref’s back . . . CURT HENNIG loses to CHRIS BENOIT when RICK RUDE attacks Benoit. BOOKER T saves Benoit and Benoit shoves him off . . . RODDY PIPER comes out and says that tonight Savage will face Hogan and it’ll be no DQ and no run-ins . . . SATURN vs. HAMMER gets thrown out . . . oh my god a tag team match. PUBLIC ENEMY fell to BUFF BAGWELL & SCOTT STEINER . . . BOOKER T over PSYCHOSIS . . . LEX LUGER over BRIAN ADAMS . . . HOLLYWOOD HOGAN over RANDY SAVAGE for the WCW WORLD TITLE when BRET HART attacks RODDY PIPER (and everyone else who had interfered), and draped Hogan over Savage for the pinfall. After the match Hart shoves down Piper and smirks . . .
Have a great Week!
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