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WCW Monday Nitro

February 8 1998
Live from the Don Haskins Center in El Paso, Texas.


*Nitro Theme*

*Pyro*


Tony Schiavone: Ladies and gentlemen, WCW Monday Nitro is coming to you, live, from El Paso, Texas! World Championship Wrestling is bringing the best our sport has to offer, right into your living rooms.

Mike Tenay: I’m the Professor, Mike Tenay, alongside the “Voice of WCW” Tony Schiavone, welcoming you to what is sure to be a packed edition of the number one cable television show.

Tony Schiavone: The action starts right away, Mike. We will be deciding the Number One Contender to the WCW Cruiserweight Championship, with a match between Juventud Guerrera, and the Champion’s nephew, Chavo Guerrero.

First Match: Chavo Guerrero vs Juventud Guerrera for Cruiserweight title match, at Boston Brawl.
Juventud and Chavo both put forward valiant efforts. The two match move for move, using an array of reversals and counters. The match is a good starter for the show, and really helps to set the pace. Juvy takes control with a side headlock. Chavo pushes through, and send The Juice off the ropes and goes for a shoulder block. Juvy spins off and goes for a hip toss. Chavo blocks, and rolls Guerrera over for a neck breaker. Chavo goes for a pin, but Juvy kicks out at 2. Juvy is able to regain momentum, and quickly jumps to the top rope, and nails a plancha, and goes for a pin. Chavo kicks out quickly, and attempts to get in some offensive moves on the winded Juvy. The two go back into move for move mode, with both taking time to rest after a few high paced minutes. Juvy throws a wild haymaker, which Chavo ducks, and is able to deliver a belly to back suplex. Juvy hops back to his feet, and takes a run at Chavo, who backed into the corner. Chavo jumps onto the top rope, to avoid a hard corner tackle. Juvy stumbles back a few steps after a hard impact. Chavo flies off the top rope to nail a Hurricanrana. Guerrero slowly heads back to the top rope and nails a Frog Splash for the three count.
Winner: Chavo Guerrero
Time: 10:51


*Bad Man*

Eddie Guerrero comes to the ring to congratulate his nephew. He is wearing a dress shirt and pants, and the Cruiserweight title is draped across his shoulder. He grabs a microphone and holds his arms out, facing Chavo.

Eddie: “Chavito, what a showing man!”

Eddie fakes excitement for his cousin.

Eddie: “Come on, lets celebrate. Los Guerrero’s on top of the world!”

Chavo doesn’t budge, and looks at his uncle, with his hands on his hips.

Eddie: “Come on, man! Who would have thought that you and I would be facing off at Boston Brawl for this title!? The best wrestler on the roster….”

Chavo lets out a little grin.

Eddie: “and his much less talented little nephew! I’m sorry Chavo, but this Sunday, I am going to show you why I am the cream of the Guerrero crop.”

Chavo grabs the mic out of his uncle’s hand and walks slowly away from Eddie.

Chavo: “Eddie, Eddie, Eddie. This is why you and I always struggle to get along. For decades, our fathers represented everything that was pure and good about wrestling. You lie, you cheat, you steal, you are not a true GUERRERO! That is why this Sunday, the best man will win, and WCW will finally have a cruiserweight champion they can be proud of.”

Eddie smiles at his cousin, and seems impressed with the guts Chavo just showed. Eddie asks for the microphone back. Chavo spins the mic around and holds it out for his uncle. Eddie reaches out for it, but as Chavo starts to pull back after the exchange, Eddie decks Chavo with the mic across the skull. Chavo is laid out in the middle of the ring. His match had already drained him, and this was just the final straw.

Eddie: “the right man already HAS the title Chavo. This Sunday, I will just have to make an example of you, because I AM a Guerrero and you, you Chavo, are just a wannabe.”

Eddie grins widely at Chavo and pats him on the head before he exits the ring.

*COMMERCIAL*

*Nevermore*

The Flock looks light this evening, because they are. Mortis and Raven are the only two who appear on the stage. The screen is split, showing Raven, Saturn, Kidman and Mortis sitting in a dark room. Raven vows that Benoit is no match for the Flock, and after Boston Brawl, The Flock will be growing. The revolution is upon us.

*Replica B*

The Canadian Crippler, Chris Benoit comes out onto the stage. He looks more focused than usual (if that is possible). Benoit walks down the aisle, through a sea of fans reaching for high fives. Benoit doesn’t budge as he gets to ringside. Benoit slides into the ring, and points at Raven. Raven doesn’t even seem to see the Crippler, as he slouches to the ground outside the ring, with his back against the barricade.

Second Match: Chris Benoit vs Mortis.
Benoit goes on the offensive, and is able to have his way with the monster, Mortis. Every time Mortis attempts to get back into the match, the experience and quickness of Benoit are able to keep Mortis grounded. Benoit ducks a clothesline, and locks on for a German suplex. He gets Mortis over, and goes for a bridge pin. Mortis rolls through, and tries to get an upper hand on Benoit before he can get to his feet, but Mortis is met with a knife edged chop to the chest, that echoes through the whole building. Benoit is vicious as he continues to chop away at the monster. Mortis slumps in the corner as Benoit turns toward the crowd and claps his hands together a few times, before delivering one more vicious chop. Benoit stands up Mortis, and gets him ready for a suplex. Kidman rushes through the crowd, and onto the apron. Saturn is close behind. Benoit releases Mortis and lunges towards the Flock members. Kidman and Saturn back just out of the Crippler’s grasps. Benoit yells at Raven, telling him that he will tear him apart limb from limb. Benoit is suddenly flying through the air. Mortis has nailed Benoit with an overhead release German suplex. Benoit is unconscious. Mortis stands up Benoit and delivers a vicious power bomb. Mortis isn’t done. Raven directs his monster to finish off Benoit, and keep him from competing this Sunday. Mortis puts Benoit into a fireman’s carry, and steps up to the second rope, and falls backwards into the ring, smashing Benoit in the process. The pin is academic.
Winner: Mortis
Time: 9:12


The Flock decides the a beatdown of Benoit isn’t even worth the trouble, as the Crippler is already beaten to a pulp. The announce crew wonders how Benoit can overcome the whole Flock by himself, if he can’t beat Mortis in a singles match.

Backstage, Chris Jericho is standing by, and intends to interview himself.

Chris Jericho: “Chris, this Sunday you will be defending you Television title, against Hulk Hogan. What an honor this must be for you… funny you should say that, Chris. I am honored to be giving Hulk Hogan what is sure to be his final title match, in his long illustrious career. Chris Jericho, you have been exciting fans around the world with your current title reign, what is on the horizon for the Lionheart? Well, Chris, that is a fantastic question. I plan on cementing my name as a legend, when I defeat that aging piece of roast beef, Hulk Hogan at Boston Brawl. After that, I am entering the Battle Royal, and I am going to get a shot at Sting at SuperBrawl. I will become the next WCW World Heavyweight Champion.”

Jericho smiles at the camera, and looks down at his title, and then back toward the camera.

Jericho: “Jericho, you have proven time and time again that you are what WCW craves in a champion. Suave, debonair, exciting, technical, you truly are a masterpiece…. Oh, why thank you. You are TOOOOOO KIND. I know that I am what WCW needs, but I am much, much more than what those people deserve. Those ingrates deserve a role model like Hulk Hogan. One who for so long lied to them, and pretended to be a hero, when in reality he was only looking out for Hulk Hogan. Chris Jericho doesn’t have to lie. Chris Jericho is what he says that he is. That is: The Future of Professional Wrestling. I won’t be leaving to do movies, or TV shows. Wrestling comes first. It is my life, and I will be the greatest Champion this business has ever seen. In 6 days, at Boston Brawl, The Rise of Jericho begins!”

*COMMERCIAL*

Backstage: Dusty Rhodes is in his office. Ernest Miller walks in, and sits down at the desk.

Ernest Miller: "Dusty! Glad to see ya, buddy. The Cat is back! Give me a match."

Dusty Rhodes: “You… wan’ a match? You haven shown up ta work in over a month, and you want a match?”

Miller: “uh… yeah?”

Dusty: “What kind of match would you like, Mista Milla?”

Miller: “A match to prove how great I am!”

Dusty: “You got it, Ernie. You an Goldberg, tonight. Now get da hell outta ma’ office.”

Miller slumps as he stands up. Guess THAT wasn’t a great idea.

Third Match: The Giant vs Alex Wright and Disco Inferno.
Squash match, The Giant mocks Goldberg throughout the match. Giant chokeslams Inferno, and then powerbombs Wright on top of Disco. He then puts his foot on the chest of Wright, for the pin.
Winner: The Giant
Time: 3:02

Post-match, The Giant tells Goldberg that at Boston Brawl, he had better hope their paths do not cross.

Fourth Match: Battle Royal for Tag Title shot at Harlem Heat. Participating: Buff Bagwell, La Parka, Konnan, Steven Regal, Steve McMichael, Vampiro, Psychosis, Ray Traylor, Syxx, and Hugh Morris.
This is a very choppy match, and there is a commercial in the middle of the match. Bagwell is eliminated first, and the eliminations go quickly from there. The final three in the ring are Hugh Morris, Steve McMichael, and Ray Traylor. All three have an all out brawl, going punch for punch. McMichael and Traylor work together to dump Morris over the top rope, and the bell rings.
Winners: Ray Traylor and Steve McMichael.
Time: 10:04


After the match, McMichael tosses Traylor over the top rope, and assumes that he is the winner. He celebrates, and tells the camera how great he is. Traylor appears over his shoulder popping his neck and clenching his fists. Mongo cowers in fear, Traylor grabs McMichael by the hand and holds its high in the air.

Eric Bischoff, JJ Dillon and Dusty Rhodes are sitting in an office discussing the PPV and the future of WCW. The three come out of the office and finds Sting face down in the hallway. His face paint is covered in blood, and there is another Ace of Hearts on the back of a beat down victim.

*COMMERCIAL*

Bret Hart is backstage, on the phone, and he is furious. He believes someone is setting him up, making it look like HE is behind the attacks. He calls the suspect “Shawn” several times and claims that he thought this mess ended in Montreal. He thinks The Clique is behind it, Nash and co included. He hangs up the phone and scowls at the camera.

Back in the arena,

*Bang*

Fifth Match: Diamond Dallas Page comes to the ring, looking confident. Page vows to defend his title tonight. He issues an open challenge, saying he needs to get ready for the Battle Royal at Boston Brawl.

*HOOOOWLLLLLLL*

Kevin Nash and the Wolfpack
appear on the stage. Nash says that he has someone to accept that challenge, but only if he puts the title on the line. Page agrees, thinking Nash will finally get into the ring with him. Nash and Co get into the ring and Nash tells the referee what the match is, away from the mic. The Steiners and Hennig drop down to the floor, and the bell rings. Nash and Page circle, suddenly The Steiner Brothers slide back into the ring and attack Page. Nash drops down to the floor and Page is incensed as Nash and Hennig laugh on the floor.

DDP vs The Steiner Brothers.

Once Page gains traction, the Steiners can’t keep up with the motivated DDP, and Hennig and Nash interfere to beat down the US Champ. Bret Hart comes to the ring, to save Page. There is an uneasy feel to this. Hart is constantly looking toward the crowd, watching for the attackers. Nash tells Page that this Sunday at Boston Brawl, he will be winning the Title shot, and there is nothing Page or Hart can do about it.
No Contest
Time: 5:24 (11:00+ for whole segment)


*COMMERCIAL*

Sixth Match: Chris Jericho vs Booker T with Stevie Ray.
No title on the line,and Jericho demands that Stevie Ray is barred from ringside, so that he and Booker can have a match without interference. Jericho and Booker have a good match, with lots of back and forth. Jericho takes the upperhand late, hitting a low blow on Booker as Booker finishes a spinaroonie. Jericho takes advantage. Booker tries a surprise Harlem Axe Kick, but Jericho catches his leg, and turns it into the liontamer. Booker taps.
Winner: Chris Jericho
Time: 6:12


Backstage: Goldberg’s dressing room door is shown, and there is a quick knock on the door. A loud bang is heard inside, and the door explodes open. “Invasion” begins to play, and Goldberg is escorted to the ring by WCW security.

The ring has been cleared, and Ernest Miller is standing in the middle of the ring, warming up. Goldberg appears on the stage, and does his iconic entrance. Miller looks intimidated as can be by the time Goldberg gets into the ring.

Seventh Match: Goldberg vs Ernest “The Cat” Miller.

Cat comes out doing lots of spinning heel kicks, trying to keep Goldberg at bay. Goldberg finally catches the Cat’s leg, and lifts him high into the air and delivers a spinebuster. Goldberg dominates from then on, and wins with a massive spear and Jackhammer.
Winner: Goldberg
Time: 5:02


After the match, The Giant comes down and claps sarcastically at Goldberg. Goldberg is calling for The Giant to bring himself down to the ring, and take on the Beast, one-on-one. The Giant laughs and tells the camera that this Sunday, everyone will remember that it was The Giant who stopped Goldberg.

*COMMERCIAL*

*Hitman in the House*


Hart addresses crowd live. Says he wants to take on the masked men 2against1 at Boston brawl. Hart calls them cowards and degenerates. Tells them if they were men they would unmask. On cue the two appear in the crowd and walk toward the ring. Hart eggs them on. The two enter the ring and suddenly the lights go out. Sting appears behind the two as the lights come back on, and knocks both to the mat with his bat. Sting has dried blood all over his face paint, and on his chest. Hart and Sting try to unmask the two, but they have rolled to the floor. Sting points at the two with his bat and then motions to Hart. "you sure?" Hart asks. Sting and Bret Hart vs the masked men at Boston Brawl. The masked men both are yelling that its on, and the WCW champ and the Hitman will regret this.

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Boston Brawl

Fleet Center in Boston Massachusetts
Sunday February 15 1998
Live on Internet PPV


  • Cruiserweight Title Match: Chavo Guerrero vs Eddie Guerrero ©
  • Tag Team Title Match: Harlem Heat © vs Ray Traylor and Steve McMichael
  • Chris Benoit vs Kidman
  • Chris Benoit vs Saturn
  • Chris Benoit vs Mortis
  • (if Benoit wins three previous matches) Chris Benoit vs Raven in a Raven’s Rules match.
  • Lex Luger vs Randy Savage in a steel cage
  • Chris Jericho vs Hulk Hogan(?) for the Television title*
  • Battle Royal for Number One Contendership to WCW Title: Kevin Nash, Diamond Dallas Page, Goldberg, The Giant, Chris Jericho, Bret Hart and more!
  • Bret Hart and Sting vs The Masked Attackers

*this match has not been confirmed.

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WCW Boston Brawl: The Foundation

Ego. WCW has for far too long been driven and directed by the Egos of Hulk Hogan, Kevin Nash, and the upper echelon of superstars on WCW programming. Shortly after Souled Out, WCW did an onscreen upheaval, restructuring the “booking” situation, and making Dusty Rhodes the Commissioner of WCW. Behind the scenes, a parallel was happening. Eric Bischoff was forced, by upper management at Time Warner, to hire new writing staff, and the contracts of several of the higher up stars: Hogan, Nash, Luger, Savage, among others were restructured to limit their creative control in exchange for limiting their appearances per year. This was seen as win-win for WCW and the talent, because it allowed Bischoff and the writing team to push new stars.
Boston Brawl was seen as a backstage “reboot” with a new writing staff, and a hope in new talents. PWInsider published an article, which details why Hogan has essentially turned face, and the contemptuous contract negotiations:

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“The original plan was for Sting to pin Hogan at Souled Out, clean, and this would lead to a feud between Bret Hart and Sting for the WCW Title. Hogan refused to take the loss, as he sees Sting-Hogan as a feud that can last through the rest of the year, and make WCW money. Creative feels that Hogan has reached his plateau and wants to move him down the card. Hogan agreed to this, only if he was allowed to change his character into a “Red and Yellow Maniac.” Hogan asked for more money, fewer dates, and a guarantee main event at one pay per view before the end of 1998. Turner and his brass decided that Hogan is still worth the trouble, and gave in, but not before pitching an idea that is almost unheard of “Hogan putting over new stars” and the first on the docket is apparently Chris Jericho.”
The Cruiserweight championship match was a sight to be seen and quite the opener for Boston Brawl. Chavo Guerrero was not only challenging, for the Cruiserweight title, but for the Legacy of the Guerrero family name. Eddy, the Champion, left the ring greatly impressed with his nephew, but he still carried the Title with him. Eddy’s cheat to win tactics won in the end, after a low blow to his nephew. Chavo controlled much of the match and was really given an opportunity to shine. Eddy is still the most promising of the two, but Chavo showed that he has potential in what is a rebuilding Cruiserweight division.

Chris Benoit and the Four Horsemen had a terrible month leading into the Pay-Per-View. Their feud with Raven and his Flock was entertaining, but lacked the thing people wanted to see most of the two groups: Ric Flair. Benoit, however, showed why he is among the best in ring workers in the world, going toe-to-toe with three different style competitors and shining in a marathon sequence of over 40 minutes. Benoit beat Kidman with a diving head butt, after a fast paced high-flying match. Benoit then forced Saturn to submit to a Crippler Crossface, after a much more technical match. Benoit then went blow for blow with the “monster” Mortis, and won with a German Suplex into a bridge pin. Benoit was then forced to face Raven. The Flock attempted to make up for their earlier mistakes by helping Raven, but Ric Flair and Dean Malenko made their returns to WCW and helped clear the ring of the Flock. Benoit then forced Raven to submit to the Crippler Crossface, and ended what was an entertaining, even if dragged out, feud.

The Tag Team division was woefully discarded over the previous weeks, and Harlem Heat was forced to face a hodgepodge team, as the writing team wants to save Harlem Heat vs The Steiners for SuperBrawl. Ray Traylor and Steve McMichael worked surprising well together and dominated huge sections of the match. The Steiner Brothers came to the ring, and watched the match with great intent. Booker T and Stevie Ray were greatly distracted by their main rivals, and it almost cost them several times. Stevie eventually put Traylor down with a flap jack, and Booker T took a dive to the outside, to make sure the Steiners couldn’t break up the pin. Harlem Heat then were forced to fight off Curt Hennig and The Steiners, after a grueling match.

Chris Jericho promised on Nitro that he would be facing Hulk Hogan at Boston Brawl, and putting his WCW Television Title on the line in “Hogan’s Last Title Match.” Jericho has been a heat magnet, and is rapidly working his way up the heel ranks in WCW, and continued to build upon this. Jericho came to the ring, and called put Hogan several times during an insult laced promo, and several minutes in, “Real American” blared through the arena. The Immortal Hulk Hogan was announced, but the man who emerged was best described as a midget, standing a full 2 feet shorter than Jericho. “Hogan” dominated early in the “match” with the Lionheart, and even “Hulked Up” before a Leg Drop of Doom. Jericho kicked out of Hogan’s famous match ender, and won with a Super Kick and Lionsault. The fans booed Jericho out of the building, and Jericho continued to impress as a heel.

Boston Brawl hit its lull during the Steel Cage match, between Lex Luger and Randy Savage. The two had for months been struggling to gain the attention of Miss Elizabeth, and with the participants involved, expectations were high. Luger and Savage just couldn’t put it all together, and the match seemed to drag on forever. Savage eventually escaped the cage, but Luger was helped to the back by Miss Elizabeth, causing more frustration by Savage. Savage would take a mic, and tell anyone who was listening that he would be entering the Battle Royal, and said that he had all the motivation he needed to win.

The Battle Royal was next, and for the most part was unimpressive. Bischoff wanted to make it look and feel less unlike the Royal Rumble, and he did the best with what he had. The participants were seated in chairs around the ring, and were called into the ring two at a time. Chris Jericho was chosen first, and went through a gauntlet, including Randy Savage, Hugh Morris, Raven, and Steven Regal. Jericho was on a roll, until Hulk Hogan was introduced. The real Hulk came to the ring, and made short work of Jericho and got a measure of revenge for Jericho’s betrayal at Souled Out. Goldberg and The Giant were both announced to enter the match at the same time, but again, never made it to the ring. Goldberg speared the Giant through a guardrail and into the crowd. Referees were forced to separate the two, and they were never able to actually enter the match. Meanwhile, DDP had taken control making several quick eliminations, and the only people remaining in the ring were Bret Hart, DDP, and Kevin Nash. The Masked Attackers appeared at ringside, distracting Bret Hart and softening him up for Nash to toss him over the top rope. Page looked to take control of Nash, but Big Sexy was just too much for Page and eliminated the United States Champion with a powerbomb over the top rope. Kevin Nash was finally getting his title shot, and Sting would have to be ready for SuperBrawl 8, scheduled for March 1st, in San Francisco.

The Main Event was another match that lacked what WCW envisioned when working the storyline. The Masked attackers, known now as the “Blackhearts”, were clearly more well made for the tag team match, as Sting and Hart failed to work well together. This was mostly done by design, but as the match built suspense, Hart and Sting finally were able to unmask the two, and reveal them to be Jim “The Anvil” Neidhart and Davey Boy Smith. The Blackhearts escaped the ring, and got themselves counted out as a shocked Bret Hart and Sting looked on as Boston Brawl went off the air.

Bischoff was very pleased with the way Boston Brawl went, but it is doubtful that WCW will do many iPPVs over the rest of 1998. Boston Brawl was a night that didn’t change much in the landscape of WCW onscreen, but showed sweeping changed behind the scenes. There are still issues with a company that has, for years, been driven by the Ego its stars, but Bischoff and Co are trying to right the ship. WCW has made one thing clear, they are serious about staying competitive in the “Monday Night Wars.”

Quick Results: WCW Boston Brawl 1998
Eddie Guerrero © def Chavo Guerrero to retain WCW Cruiserweight Title
Chris Benoit def. Kidman
Chris Benoit def. Saturn
Chris Benoit def. Mortis
Chris Benoit def. Raven in a Raven’s Rules Match
Chris Jericho def. “Hulk Hogan” to retain WCW Television Title
Randy Savage def. Lex Luger in a Steel Cage Match
Kevin Nash won the Number One Contendership for the WCW World Title in the Battle Royal.
Bret Hart and Sting def. The Blackhearts (Jim Neidhart and Davey Boy Smith) via countout.


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I've decided that I needed a format change, as writing the shows in full just isn't working. I am spending entirely too much time writing the same things over and over and over. Commentary has all but disappeared from my presentation and I feel that this recap style is better suited to the way I write (as of now, it could change next week). I hope to do monthly "updates" and a separate "PPV report" as well as several commentary and character related posts throughout the BTBer. The general plan is to run this through the end of 1998, and end the BTB after Starrcade (another huge WCW flop IMO). Hopefully you guys enjoy what I am trying to do here, and keep reading.

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Boston Brawl was an interesting read, but I don't think Hogan would go from competing for the World Heavyweight Championship against Sting to jobbing to Chris Jericho for the TV Title. I think it's only a matter of time before Hogan calls it a day with WCW, and don't get me wrong because I think Hogan and Jericho would be great, but not for the TV Title which really has no meaning.


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Boston Brawl was an interesting read, but I don't think Hogan would go from competing for the World Heavyweight Championship against Sting to jobbing to Chris Jericho for the TV Title. I think it's only a matter of time before Hogan calls it a day with WCW, and don't get me wrong because I think Hogan and Jericho would be great, but not for the TV Title which really has no meaning.
Hogan didn't job to Jericho... Jericho dressed a midget up to look like Hogan (ala Greenberg) and beat the midget Hogan to retain. Hogan actually came put later and eliminated Jericho from the battle royal. There is no better way to build a title than an interesting champion, which Jericho is. Hogans "feud " with Jericho has nothing to do with the belt anyway, he wants revenge for Jericho screwing him in the three way dance at Souled Out.

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Hogan didn't job to Jericho... Jericho dressed a midget up to look like Hogan (ala Greenberg) and beat the midget Hogan to retain. Hogan actually came put later and eliminated Jericho from the battle royal. There is no better way to build a title than an interesting champion, which Jericho is. Hogans "feud " with Jericho has nothing to do with the belt anyway, he wants revenge for Jericho screwing him in the three way dance at Souled Out.
Ah, sorry for not reading the midget part. the rest of the show was quite good and yes I can see Jericho pulling a midget stunt.


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Savage vs Luger in a cage sounds like WCW Heaven, very good PPV as well.


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Re: WCW: 1998


The Setback.

Eric Bischoff had spent the better part of 2 months adjusting the future of WCW. Steps were taken to make WCW better for the long run, and Bischoff was at the forefront of a massive overhaul of WCW’s creative team, and a restructuring of WCW’s financial procedures. The biggest contracts, that of Hogan, Savage, Hall, Nash, Luger, etc. were altered in ways that accommodate the performer and give WCW more creative control and a better financial situation. WCW’s rising payroll had climbed to heights no long acceptable within Time Warner’s guidelines. Ted Turner gave Bischoff until the end of 1998 to create a self-sustaining product, in exchange for keeping WCW’s premium Monday night slot on TNT. The Road to Starrcade would go a long way towards establishing WCW, and distancing itself from the long standing financial backing of Turner and Time Warner. WCW was on the road to recovery.

If everything seemed great coming out of Boston Brawl, the world was about to come crashing down. Hulk Hogan’s tenuous relationship with Eric Bischoff took another hit on Nitro, when Hogan no-showed, after being told his next program was against Chris Jericho. Hogan hadn't seen Jericho's mockery at Boston Brawl, and apparently missed most of the promos Jericho cut against him, and finally was sat down by Bischoff to go over where the feud was going. Jericho was beyond excited to be working with the legend, but Hogan decided that Nitro and WCW could live without him.

Bret Hart was forced to go about his feud with the Blackhearts alone after sting turned his attention to the Wolfpack, and their leader Kevin Nash. Hart started Nitro the night after the Brawl and demanded answers, but received none as the Blackhearts never appeared during the course of his speech. Smith and Neidhart did attempt to attack Hart backstage, but were stopped by the Four Horsemen. Neidhart and Smith later came to the ring, during a Lenny Lane vs Norman Smiley match to make their intentions known. Smith told the crowd that Bret Hart cost them their cushy jobs and their high positions in WWF when he refused to "do his job". They used to all be best friends, but Neidhart and Smith can no longer stand the man they used to look up to, fight for, love. Smith refuses to let Hart rest, and claims that he will regret leaving WWF more than he ever regretted staying. They had it all, and Hart threw it away for his pride, now the Blackhearts are going to take Hart's pride from him aswell. Hart responded by saying that he wants another chance to get his hands on Neidhart and Smith. Hart challenges Neidhart and Smith to a two-on-one match at SuperBrawl.

The cruiserweight division found new life, as its champion Eddy Guerrero was given an opportunity to move up, and challenge for the United States Championship, but only if he relinquished his gold. Eddy agreed and set up a match with DDP for the US title at Superbrawl. Eddy was helped along the way by the Wolfpack, but never officially joined their ranks. DDP and took on Curt Hennig on Nitro, and the match ended with a beatdown of Page, by Guerrero and Hennig.

With the Cruiserweight title now vacant, a tournament was held, featuring a series of tag team matches, where the winners of a tag tournament would face off for the belt, at SuperBrawl. Chavo Guerrero and Rey Mysterio took on Alex Wright and Disco Inferno, while Syxx and Kidman took on Dean Malenko and Psichosis. During the process, Syxx was revealed as a member of the Wolfpack, growing that group to 5 and using the group to move on in the “tournament”. Guerrero and Mysterio easily took out Wright and Inferno, and moved on to the second match. Malenko and the his Four Horsemen associates took a keen interest in the final match on February 23, in which the victors would go on to face each other in a ladder match at SuperBrawl. The Four Horsemen ended up in a brutal altercation at ringside with The Wolfpack: The Steiners, Curt Hennig, and Kevin Nash and the Flock. Syxx and Kidman, both reveled in the brutal beatdown suffered by the depleted Horsemen, which allowed Chavo and Mysterio to take advantage and pick up the win. Mysterio and Chavo shook hands, and awaited a meeting for the Cruiserweight strap.

Having lost his original opponent for SuperBrawl, Hulk Hogan, Chris Jericho was pushed into a different angle. Chris Benoit, hot off his defeat of the entire Flock, was being awarded by Commissioner Dusty Rhodes with a Television Title match, on Nitro. Jericho refused to fight, and got himself counted out. Jericho then claimed that it was his embarrassment of Hogan that forced Hogan to leave WCW in shame. Benoit disputed this, and said that Jericho couldn’t even lace up the boots of the immortal. Jericho took exception to this, and had the Giant attempt to attack Benoit backstage, but The Horsemen were able to help Benoit avoid a beatdown, but Benoit was enraged. Jericho then went to Dusty Rhodes, on February 23 and claimed he was too sick to compete in a match against Benoit, where if Benoit won, in any way, he would be given a title match at SuperBrawl. Jericho figured: no match = no win for Benoit, but he was wrong, and hastily was forced into the ring. The two put on a fantastic match, which made it clear that Jericho wasn’t “sick” and in the end, Benoit won with a Crippler Crossface. Benoit’s stable mates also kept The Giant at bay, allowing the Crippler to get his title match at SuperBrawl with the Lionheart.

The brawl between The Four Horsemen and The Wolfpack also lead to a short program, where Dean Malenko and Ric Flair challenged Syxx and Curt Hennig. There was little backstory, other than the brawl during the Cruiserweight match, and Ric Flair’s promo on the February 23 Nitro saved what was sure to be a boring feud. Backstage, things were falling apart. Syxx, played by Sean Waltmann, was frustrated by lack of use, and saw using his friendship with Kevin Nash as a way into a more prominent role. His contract was nearly up, and there was a feeling that he wouldn’t be re-signing with WCW. Flair, allegedly, called out Waltmann and caused the two to actually hate each other, and some stiff shots were thrown in the brawl. Bischoff warned both parties, and said that both guys were in for a serious punishment if they went over the line at SuperBrawl.

The Giant and Goldberg’s feud is something of old folklore. The two men dominated WCW, and the monsters left many in their wake. Goldberg and The Giant were rolling through opponents two by two in the weeks leading to SuperBrawl, with The Giant using his matches to mock The Beast. Goldberg refused to sink to that level, and was always up for the challenge of going toe-to-toe with The Giant, while Giant always backed away, knowing that the element of surprise was his best bet. The Giant and Goldberg had a tense stare down on Nitro, which ended with The Giant backing away, and living to fight another day. Goldberg rolled through Mortis and Wrath on back to back Nitros, while the Giant took on Buff Bagwell and Hugh Morris. All four matches went as expected, leaving both men with quite a bit of momentum going into SuperBrawl.

Harlem Heat’s retention at Boston Brawl, was despite an attempted distraction by the Steiners. Scott and Rick faced off one-on-one with Booker T and Stevie. These matches were more filler than storyline, but created a sense that these guys really hated each other. These teams had been doing battle over these belts for years, and WCW needed these four to be as solid as ever at SuperBrawl.

Randy Savage was full of jealousy after Lex Luger gained Miss Elizabeth as his manager. Savage was steaming as he cut a promo on Luger, and Sting, on February 16th. Savage felt like he was not in the right state of mind at Boston Brawl and demanded another chance at a World Title match. Savage refused to leave the ring, even sitting in on a match between LaParka and Silver King, eventually attacking both men. Sting broke up the beatdown, and tossed Savage to the floor, which caused Kevin Nash to come to the ring. Luger evened up the odds, and it started a tag team match, which was won by Nash and Savage, with Nash pinning Luger. The following week, Dusty told Savage that if he wants a title match, he has to earn it, and Lex Luger will be his opponent in a Number One Contenders Match. Luger cut a promo later in the night, saying that he is tired of Savage’s attitude and jealousy. Luger wants to raise the stakes, and the loser of the match is fired from WCW. Savage agrees, but promises to be WCW Heavyweight Champion before Luger regardless because Luger lacks the fire needed to hold the gold. Behind the scenes, Bischoff was working hard to try and figure out THIS storyline, because both men’s contracts were nearing an end. It appears that Bischoff is planning on only re-signing one of these competitors, but that can make for a contemptuous match at SuperBrawl.

Sting’s World Title reign didn’t feel like it was the most important part of Nitro throughout January and early February, because it wasn’t. WCW’s creative team had decided that using Sting, along with Bret Hart, to foil The Blackhearts would give that groups formation and eventual reveal a much bigger stage and feel. Sting had only defended his World Title once since winning it at Starrcade, and Kevin Nash had earned himself a title shot by winning a Battle Royal at Boston Brawl. Sting’s vigilante style justice against the n.W.o. is being recreated against Nash’s newest faction, The Wolfpack. The Champion teamed with his best friend, Lex Luger, to face Nash and Randy Savage in a tag team match. Every time Sting entered the match, Nash would quickly tag out or avoid entering the ring. Nash was given the opportunity to voice his opinions of the World Champion on Nitro, and told the crowd how Sting was never man enough to fight the n.W.o. fair and square, and now will be forced to stand up for himself, and defend his championship against the “biggest, baddest man on the roster.” Sting and Nash have had a little backstory going to the middle of January, and now their “feud” will be the main event of SuperBrawl VIII.

WCW has spent much time trying to fix the backstage issues, and money being spent on talent faster than it can be made, is a big issue. Bischoff worked with Time Warner quite a bit to get his budget set, and WCW was willing to spend a lot of money to get big contracts off the books in the future. One man who WCW and Bischoff determined was worth the money was Bret Hart. Hart had long been the foundation of the WWF and their flagship program, Raw. Bischoff’s original intention was to bring in Hart to headline a Thursday night program, Thunder. Funding for this show disappeared , and Bischoff was forced to adjust his booking plan. WCW’s flagship program, Nitro, was still doing massive television ratings, but the program lacked the “must see” qualities that had driven the programming in 1996 and 97.

In other news, ECW stars Rob Van Dam and Lance Storm reportedly met with WCW about contracts. Paul Heyman has been struggling more and more to keep his talent, and the state of ECW is dire. Extreme Championship Wrestling, a Pennsylvania staple, is in danger of folding and this would create a few major players on the open market for WCW and WWF. If Heyman can’t keep his troops, Eric Bischoff will be more than willing to take some of his talent off his hands. Heyman has fired a few shots WCW’s way, accusing the Time Warner owned company of poaching talent and pricing wrestlers out of ECW’s price range. The general feel is that WCW would love to have Van Dam and Storm, but for the time being are trying to keep from spending more and more money on talent, even if it is for younger, rising talent.


SuperBrawl VIII Card:
Harlem Heat vs The Steiner Brothers for the WCW Tag Team Titles
Syxx and Curt Hennig vs Dean Malenko and Ric Flair
Chris Benoit vs Chris Jericho for the WCW Television Title
Goldberg vs The Giant
Diamond Dallas Page vs Eddy Guerrero for the WCW United States Championship
Lex Luger vs Randy Savage Winner gets a WCW World Title Match, Loser Leaves Town
Rey Mysterio Jr. vs Chavo Guerrero Jr. for the WCW Cruiserweight Title in a Ladder Match
Bret Hart vs Jim “The Anvil” Neidhart and “British Bulldog” Davey Boy Smith
Sting vs Kevin Nash for the WCW Heavyweight Title

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Authors Note:
Sorry about the way this post only covers two weeks, but WCW ran 4 PPV's in like 10 weeks at this point, and I am struggling to keep up. I even spaced them out more, pushing Boston Brawl and SuperBrawl VIII back two weeks. I am debating doing a full show for the PPV, but I really don't know what to do.

My plans for WCW 1998 are really coming along nicely, and I feel like I have spaced it well. I have actually got a general plan for each title and major player through the end of 98, and I already have the card for Starrcade ready and raring to go, hopefully I get that far. Hopefully you guys keep reading and reviewing. I will keep on going as long as you guys enjoy it.

WOULD YOU PLEASE. SHUT. THE HELL. UP?

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Re: WCW: 1998

WCW Presents: SuperBrawl VIII


Live March 1st 1998, in San Francisco, CA!


*Video Package*
This shows clips of Benoit, Jericho, Goldberg, Kevin Nash, Sting, DDP, Harlem Heat, and Ric Flair.

The announcers open SuperBrawl VIII. Mike Tenay and Tony Schiavone have the duties, as always. The two talk up the previous weeks, and how WCW got to this point in time.

First Match: Ladder Match for the WCW Cruiserweight Championship: Rey Mysterio vs. Chavo Guerrero
With the Cruiserweight title hanging above the ring, Rey and Chavo shake hands at the bell, and circle slowly. These two know each other so well, that both are trying to anticipate each move. Chavo goes for the first swing, but Rey blocks it and delivers a knee to the stomach. Chavo doubles over, and quickly backs away from Rey. Mysterio goes for a dropkick, but Chavo is able to sidestep the move, and pushes the feet of Mysterio to the ground. Chavo quickly grabs the arm of Rey and wrenches it in an arm bar. Rey does several flips to keep pressure off of his shoulder, and forces his way to the ropes. He takes one big leap, and ends up on the top of the turnbuckle, and seemingly in one motion rolls to the ground, sending Chavo flying across the ring. Chavo is able to roll back to his feet quickly, and delivers a massive lariat to Rey, flipping Mysterio one full rotation before he hits the mat.

Chavo grabs his lower back, in pain. Chavo slowly walks over to Rey and delivers a few kicks to the ribs. Rey catches one of the kicks, and rolls away from Chavo, flipping Guerrero onto his chest. Rey picks up Guerrero’s leg and forces it down hard on the knee. Chavo grabs the ropes, and the referee forces Rey to stop his assault. Guerrero rolls to the floor, to regain his senses. Mysterio does a spring board plancha to the floor, taking out Guerrero, and temporarily slowing down Mysterio. There is a race to be the first into the ring, as the second man in will be at a disadvantage, and open to a beat down. Both enter at different ends of the ring and end up in a punch for punch brawl. Chavo ends up with the advantage and is able to deliver a suplex, and goes to work on the arm of Mysterio again. Chavo is then the first to introduce a ladder. Chavo is slow to get the massive structure into the ring, and Rey delivers a drop kick to the ladder as Chavo slides it into the ring. The ladder bounces off of Chavo’s head and knocks him to the ground. Rey jumps over the ropes, to the apron and then does a springboard moonsault onto Chavo. Rey then takes the ladder and slides it into the ring. He sets up the ladder and starts the climb. Chavo slowly gets to his feet and enters the ring. Rey sees Chavo and decides that taking out his opponent will be more beneficial than going for the title, dangling high over the ring.

Rey goes for a cross body, but Chavo catches Rey. Chavo scoop slams Rey and delivers an elbow drop to the heart. Chavo then apparently has an epiphany, and decides that putting Rey’s head under one side of the ladder, and his feet under the other, will prevent him from getting up while Chavo climbs the ladder to get the belt. Chavo slides Rey over, and sets up the ladder. Rey struggles under the weight as Chavo climbs. The announcers all but declare Chavo the winner, as Chavo reaches the top and latches onto the title. Grabbing onto the belt, Chavo lifts just enough of his weight off the ladder, and it allows Rey to slide out from his trap, and he springs up the ladder at lightning speed, on the opposite side as Chavo. The two exchange right hands, and hold onto the belt with their lefts. Chavo has the strap undone, but can't get it through the ring suspending the title from the ceiling.

The two are battling for position so hard, that they both manage to push the ladder just right, and it falls. Now Chavo Guerrero and Rey Mysterio are suspended above the ring, only held up by the title belt. Rey and Chavo are now kicking away at the midsection. Chavo grabs onto the same side that Rey is clinging to, and the two fall 15 feet to the mat, never letting go of the Cruiserweight belt. Rey, the innovator, slides through the legs of Chavo, so the belt is between his legs and pulls up. Chavo flips forward and lands on his back. Rey then does a leg drop, but Chavo holds firm. Guerrero rolls to his feet and spins to elbow Rey, but Rey uses the belt to block it. Mysterio rushes to the ropes, hops up, and delivers a Hurricanrana. This move sends Chavo flying. Rey’s momentum forces him to let go of the belt, but Chavo held on. Rey looks on in disbelief as Chavo stands.
Winner, and NEW Cruiserweight Champion: Chavo Guerrero
Time: 16:02
Star Rating: ***


Backstage: Dean Malenko, Chris Benoit, and Ric Flair are in a dressing room, preparing for their matches. Chris Jericho accidentally walks into the room, carrying his bags and the title. He stops, makes eye contact with Benoit and almost yells in fear, but can only muster a whimper. Jericho quickly scurries out of the room, and Malenko and Flair smirk. Benoit doesn’t react. Malenko and Flair say that they have to go, their match is next.

Second Match: Syxx and Curt Hennig vs Dean Malenko and Ric Flair
These two teams really go at each other, and it quickly becomes a brawl. Malenko and Flair take much of the match to Hennig, as Syxx stays on the apron for much of the contest. Flair goes for a quick Figure Four to Hennig, but Syxx breaks the hold. Malenko attacks Syxx and the two rolls to the floor. Hennig is able to take control of Flair, and delivers a suplex for the pin, but Flair kicks out at 1. Hennig and Flair then exchange chops.

On the floor, Syxx knocks Malenko loopy with a spinning heel kick, and then hops onto the apron, and springboards into the ringing, taking out Flair. Syxx then does a back kick to the gut of Flair, softening him up for his partner, Hennig. The Perfect One delivers a few variations of suplexes and then pushes Flair into the Wolfpack’s corner. The tag to Syxx leaves the Pack in control. Syxx uses his fast-paced assault on The Nature Boy, hitting a few spinning kicks to Flair, while he is down in the corner. Syxx then goes for a sitout facebuster, but Flair catches him, and delivers a release powerbomb. Syxx hits hard, and Flair makes his way to his own corner to tag Malenko. The Man of 1000 Holds is ready to take control. Malenko charges the woozy Syxx, but he is met with a drop toe hold, followed by an arm trap chokehold. Malenko struggles to free himself, eventually just rolling Syxx onto his own back and the referee starts a count.
1…
2…

Syxx wisely releases the move and the two charge at each other. A collar and elbow battle begins, but Malenko is just too strong for the smaller Syxx. Malenko locks on a sleeper hold, and kicks Syxx in the back of the leg, forcing him down to his knees. Flair enters quickly, and delivers a few Flair Chops to the exposed chest of Syxx. Hennig comes hard at Flair, but The Dirties Player in the Game pokes him square in the eye, and sweeps his legs out from under him. Flair then locks on the Figure Four, while Malenko decides that the sleeper is not getting the job done.
Malenko dumps Syxx and locks on his patented Texas Cloverleaf, and sits down on it, causing Syxx to scream in pain. Both of the Wolfpack members begin to tap frantically, as the referee signals for the bell.
Winners: Dean Malenko and Ric Flair
Time: 8:22
Star Rating: *


Third Match: Diamond Dallas Page vs Eddy Guerrero for the WCW United States Championship
Page and Guerrero tie up in a collar and elbow, and it seems to take forever. Neither can get an advantage from this hold, and eventually they break and back into opposite corners. Page goes for it a second time, but Eddy delivers a knee to the gut, and several hard axe handles to the back of the Champion. Eddy then pushes Page into a corner, and continues the assault of the midsection.

Page is obviously in pain, after his beat down from Curt Hennig and Guerrero on Nitro. He can barely stand in the corner, as Guerrero kicks away at his ribcage. Finally, DDP sidesteps a big boot attempt, and Guerrero’s leg gets caught on the top rope. Page uses the advantage to deliver a few hard slaps to Eddy’s chest, and the delivers a diving shoulder to the back of Eddy’s standing leg. Guerrero hits the mat hard, and Page starts his own assault, choosing to work the neck of Guerrero. DDP uses several headlock variations to keep pressure and pain on Guerrero. Eddy is able to block a few errant punches, but can’t seem to regain his focus that helped him dominate the early parts of the match.

Page puts Guerrero in a corner, and spends some time delivering hard shoulder blocks to the abdomen, and then bounces Eddy’s skull off the turnbuckle. Eddy falls to his knees and begs Page for mercy. DDP slowly approaches Guerrero, looking to continue his assault, but unsure if Guerrero is playing opossum. Seems Page’s concerns were warranted, as Guerrero is able to deliver a low blow to the Champion, and both collapse to the mat. Eddy rolls to the ground, and attempts to regroup himself.

Page is slow to get up, and asks the referee if he saw Guerrero’s tactics. Page is obviously growing frustrated with the officiating, but keeps his calm. Guerrero thinks that Page’s discussion with the referee is an opportune time to attempt another assault, but Page is ready. He blocks a punch, and then ducks a dropkick. Guerrero slams his hands on the mat in frustration. As he stands, DDP goes for a quick Diamond Cutter, but Guerrero is able to grab onto the ropes, and sees Page’s hard fall to the mat as an opportunity to hit a Frog Splash. He heads up top, but as he comes down, Page gets his knees up, and into the stomach of Guerrero. Page goes for the pin.
1…
2…

Guerrero kicks out, and immediately rolls to the ground again, as DDP argues with the referee. Guerrero holds his abs as he gets back to the apron, and attempts a springboard crossbody, but Page is able to see him at the last second, and the two roll through the move, brawling to the floor on the opposite end of the ring. Page bounces Guerrero’s head off the ring post, and then does a hard bulldog near the announce table. Page sees an opportunity to put Guerrero through the table, and end this match, and attempts to do a suplex, with his back to the table. Guerrero is able to slide through and lands on his feet atop the announce teams desk. He quickly jumps toward Page, delivering a tilt-a-whirl DDT, and rolling quickly in and out of the ring, to break the referee’s count. Guerrero then rolls Page back into the ring, and goes for the pin.
1…
2…
3

NO! Page was able to kick out at the last possible second, and the announce team had once again all but proclaimed a new champion. Guerrero yells towards the referee, and heads to the top rope again. He wants a second shot at a Frog Splash, but this time, he is thwarted as he climbs. Page quickly got to his feet, and ran hard into the corner, causing Guerrero to nail his groin on the top turnbuckle. Page then goes for a superplex, but as the two hit the mat on the massive impact, the referee is hit by the feet of Page and rolls to the floor, seemingly hitting his head. Page rolls to the floor and attempts to revive him, to no avail. He enters the ring again, and is met by a few stiff right hands by Guerrero, who wants to try and take advantage of the obviously concerned Page. DDP blocks a wild blow, and tosses Guerrero down to the ground opposite the referee. Page picks the ref up and sets him on the apron. The referee is stirring as Page enters the ring. Guerrero has entered the ring again, and this time, he has a chair! He tosses the chair to Page, who looks on in confusion. The sound of the chair being caught by Page made quite the sound, causing the referee to quickly attempt to get up. Guerrero lay down quickly, and closes his eyes. The referee finally gets into the correct position, and sees Page with a chair in his hand, and Eddy laid out on the mat. He calls for the bell.
Winner: Eddy Guerrero via DQ (Diamond Dallas Page Retains WCW United States Championship)
Time: 13:09
Star Rating: **1/2

Page tries to explain what happens. The referee “wakes” Eddy, who looks shocked as they announce him the victor, but his expression changes when the United States title is handed to Page. Eddie shoves the referee out of his way and goes after Page, but receives a massive Title Shot to his skull.

Fourth Match: Lex Luger vs Randy Savage Winner gets a WCW World Title Match, Loser Leaves Town
After the disappointment of their Steel Cage match at Boston Brawl, these two come out with much intensity. Luger and Savage exchange stuff shots throughout the contest, but neither can gain a significant upper hand early on. Luger goes for a Torture Rack, but Savage is able to counter it into a bulldog. The Macho Man then takes control. The beating that Savage puts on Luger is a bloody one, and the announcers proclaim that the winner of the match will receive a new contract, and a WCW Title match. This is due to a rumor reaching the internet that WCW was in negotiations with both, unable to decide which was worth keeping.

Savage hits a suplex, followed by a few elbow drops to the sternum. Luger is bleeding from his arm, and his forehead. Savage steps on Luger’s head, and pushes hard down toward the mat, causing his head to open even further. Savage stands up Luger and goes for a clothesline, bouncing off the ropes. Luger uses his last bit of strength to drop to the mat, avoiding the lariat, and picks up Savage.

The Macho Man tries to fight off Luger, but Lex has a good grip on him. Luger has Savage on his shoulders and is trying to get his hands around the neck and legs of the squirming Macho Man. Savage tries to swing himself around the head of Luger, but Luger does a quick hop, causing a massive jerk to the neck of Savage. Luger smiles, and finally locks on the Torture Rack. Savage screams in pain, as Luger parades around the ring, jerking the neck and back of Macho Man.
Luger seems to be enjoying himself, but lacks awareness of his ring position. Savage is able to reach the rope with his arm closest to the ground. Savage holds as the referee starts his count. Luger can’t believe it. Savage lasted longer than a minute in the move, a feat seemed incomprehensible. Savage holds onto the ropes, steadying himself and trying to regain his composure. Luger argues with the referee, but the official confirms that Savage did not tap. Luger’s frustration boils, and he charges at Savage full steam. Savage backbody drops Luger to the floor, and comes out onto the apron and delivers a double axe handle to Luger as he gets back to his feet. Savage takes full control, picking up Luger and dropping his neck down on the railing. Luger gasps for air, and Savage takes advantage.

Savage puts his boot into the throat of Luger and puts his weight fully down. Luger struggles, trying to use his arms to release the pressure, but Savage is just too much. Luger is stood up by Savage, and rolled into the ring. Savage gives a few quick kicks to the chest, followed by a scoop slam. Savage points to the sky, trying to evoke a response from the crowd. Savage heads up to the top rope and delivers a Savage Elbow.
1…
2…

NO! Someway, somehow Luger kicked out, and Savage looks utterly shocked. Savage quickly goes back to work on Luger, with a delayed vertical suplex. Savage is set on humiliating the already blood covered Luger, and crouches down near the head of Luger and punches away at the gash. Savage, finally tired of decimating Luger, heads back up to the top rope. Savage is pointing and screaming at Luger, telling him he will never be WCW Champion. Savage nails a second Elbow and goes for the pin.
1….
2…
3…

Winner, and new Number One Contender to the WCW Heavyweight Championship, Randy Savage
Time: 13:40
Star Rating: ***


Fifth Match: Bret Hart vs Jim “The Anvil” Neidhart and “British Bulldog” Davey Boy Smith
The Blackhearts are in the ring first, and Bret Hart makes his entrance, to a resounding crowd reaction. This match is conducted in a tag team format, where the Blackhearts must tag in and out. Hart uses ferociousness to gain the upperhand, keeping British Bulldog away from his tag team partner, and making sure that Bulldog feels the pain of every move. Hart hits a piledriver and goes to drop kick Neidhart off the apron. When Hart turns back around, Bulldog hits a back body drop, and puts the boots to Hart.

The team of Smith and Neidhart take control in the match, making quick tags and wearing Hitman out little by little. Hart attempts throughout the match to get back into the match, but Smith makes sure that he is unable to. Smith gives a snap DDT, followed by a running power slam. Hart is out, but The Blackhearts haven’t had their fill. Anvil locks on a Cobra Clutch and leaves his former tag team partner in a precarious position. Smith enters the ring and kicks away at the stomach of Hart. Hart has a small amount of blood dripping from just above his hair line, and he appears to be unconscious. The referee holds Hart’s hand into the air and allows it to drop.
1!

The referee checks that the move isn’t a chokehold, and again lifts Hart’s arm and lets it drop.
2!

The referee turns toward Smith, who has already started to enter the ring and tells him to stay put. The official lifts Hart’s hand one last time, and releases. Hart’s arm hits his side, and the referee signals for the end of the match.
Winners, The Blackhearts
Time: 12:15
Star Rating: *

After the match, Neidhart takes his time releasing the move, as Smith enters the ring. The two continue the assault, with Hart seemingly unconscious. There is a ruckus in the crowd, and the Blackhearts look to see what the commotion is. A figure jumps the guardrail and quickly slides into the ring. The two Blackhearts exit the ring, and start to back down the entrance ramp. The camera has not gotten a view of the face of the man, but he appears to be helping Bret Hart to his feet. The two men stand side by side, and it is now apparent who the man is, Owen Hart! Bret Hart is standing on his own, but is wobbly, he looks up the ramp toward Neidhart and Smith, who are smiling. Hart suddenly hits the mat again. Owen has attacked his own brother from behind! Owen locks Hart into his own signature maneuver, The Sharpshooter, as the two Blackhearts re-enter the ring and take turns kicking Hart in the back and head area. Owen finally releases the move, and the three kick Hart to the ground, and stand tall in the ring.

Sixth Match: Harlem Heat vs The Steiner Brothers for the WCW Tag Team Titles
The Steiners enter the ring first, bringing Curt Hennig with them. The challengers stand in the ring, and stare intently as Harlem Heat makes their entrance. Booker T and Stevie Ray storm to the ring, ditching their normal entrance to get this match under way. The two teams go straight after each other, going blow for blow. The dust settles and leaves Booker T and Rick Steiner in the ring, but the brawling continues. Rick is able to corner Booker, and starts to dominate. Rick hits a belly to belly suplex, and hops to the top rope. Booker gets up and moves toward Rick, but gets a clothesline and Rick quickly gets up and tags in Scott.
Scott circles Booker, kicking away at his midsection. Booker is able to get to a knee, but Scott won’t let him get into the matchup. Scott delivers knees to the chest, and chin, of the Tag Team Champion. Steiner’s size is proving to be too much for Booker. Scott punches Booker repeatedly, until he is down on his back again. Steiner drops an elbow and then walks slowly around the ring, posing. Stevie Ray tries to enter the ring, but the referee stops him, and The Steiners use the ref’s distraction to double team Booker. Scott delivers a suplex, while Rick does a diving cross body to Booker. Rick, who just tagged in, goes for a pin.
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NO! Booker kicks out, barely. Rick goes right back on the offensive, working the neck of Booker with a headlock. Rick has the complete control and forces Booker T down to one knee. T is getting closer and closer to unconsciousness. Stevie’s frustration boils over, and he storms into the ring, and breaks the hold. Scott enters to even up the fight, but receives a Flapjack from Stevie. Rick then goes to take on Stevie. Stevie ducks a wild haymaker and gets a back suplex. Stevie exits the ring, obviously proud that he evened the score. Booker is the first to his feet, and slowly goes to tag in Stevie. Stevie comes in hot off the tag, and tosses Rick down to the floor, alongside Scott. Curt Hennig is standing, with his hands on his hips, yelling toward Stevie. Both members of Harlem Heat grab Hennig and toss him into the ring. Booker is obviously hobbled. Stevie holds Hennig horizontally, and Booker hits a Harlem Axe Kick to Hennig. Suddenly, The Steiners attack Booker and Stevie from behind. Scott drags Booker to the ground, and is able to lock him in a Steiner Recliner. Rick pushes Stevie into the corner, and hits a few shoulder blocks. He goes to hit a big corner clothesline, but Stevie is able to get underneath Rick and toss him over the ropes.

Rick actually lands on his feet, on the apron. He quickly climbs to the top rope, while Stevie tries to collect himself, still leaning in the corner. Rick dives and hits the diving bulldog, and goes for the pin.
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Winner and NEW WCW Tag Team Champions: The Steiner Brothers
Time: 8:15
Rating: *1/2

Post-match, Hennig and The Steiners toss Harlem Heat to the floor, and celebrate, while the announcers recap the match.

Backstage: Bret Hart is shown, talking on the phone as he exits the locker room, already out of his ring gear, and carrying his bag. He doesn’t look comfortable and he quickly walks out to the parking lot.

Seventh Match: Chris Benoit vs Chris Jericho for the WCW Television Title

*One Crazed Anarchist*

Chris Jericho, The Lionheart, enters first. Jericho holds the Title over his head as he walks down the ramp. Jericho struts as he enters the ring, and then holds his hands out to his side, title in one hand, and spins around a few times. Jericho soaks up a chorus of boos.

*Replica B*

Chris Benoit comes onto the stage, completely emotionless, but looking as focuses as he could possibly be. Benoit slaps his hand to his chest a few times as he walks down the ramp and he enters the ring. Benoit points at Jericho, and he then motions that the title will soon be around his waist. Jericho laughs sarcastically and slowly walks up to Benoit. The two Canadians stand nose to nose, and the intensity is apparent in both men.

Jericho’s smug smile returns, as he chews gum in the face of his opponent. Jericho quickly slaps Benoit across the face, and looks out to the crowd, proud of what he did. Benoit’s response? A vicious knife edged chop to the chest, which immediately leaves a red mark. Benoit continues to chop away, eventually getting Jericho into a corner. Benoit switches between chops and kicks to the gut, and he leaves Jericho no time to breath. Benoit whips Jericho chest first into the far turnbuckle and Jericho falls back to the mat with a loud thud. Benoit goes for the early cover, but Jericho kicks out at 1. Benoit stands up Jericho and wants a snap suplex, but Jericho blocks it.

Jericho delivers a suplex of his own, and slowly gets to his feet. Jericho had quite a bit taken out of him by the beating of Benoit, and is struggling to regain his senses. Jericho starts his own chop and kick fest, leaving Benoit hunched over near the ropes. Jericho puts Benoit’s head on the second rope and chokes him for a moment. The referee counts to 4 before Jericho releases, but the damage has been done. Benoit collapses to his knees, using the ropes to hold his body vertical. Jericho dropkicks him square in the back, causing him to hit the ropes hard and then slam backwards, causing a great deal of stress on his knees. Jericho sees an opportunity and delivers a Lionsault.

Jericho slowly struts over toward Benoit, and drags him to the center of the ring. The Lionheart places one foot on the chest of Benoit and calls for the referee to count.
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NO! Benoit was just able to use his legs to force Jericho off of him. Jericho can’t believe it, as he gets Benoit to his knees and goes for another dropkick, this time to the chest. Benoit falls awkwardly onto his back again, with his legs contorted again. Jericho struts around the ring, shadow boxing and mocking the crowd. Benoit, laid out in the center of the ring, rises to his knees. Benoit gets to his feet, and walks up directly behind Jericho. Jericho doesn’t have a clue that Benoit is inches from him. Benoit locks his arms around Jericho’s waist and delivers an overhead German suplex, followed quickly by two more. The third results in a bridging pin attempt by Benoit.
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New Champion! NO! Jericho threw his legs wildly toward his head and caused his whole body to roll and he lands on his stomach. Benoit quickly grabs his arm and tries to lock on the Crippler Crosseface, but Jericho grabs onto the bottom rope with his free arm, holding on for dear life. The referee forces Benoit to break his hold and Jericho is able to get back to his feed, using the ropes to get there. Benoit runs at Jericho, who ducks and the Crippler goes over the top rope and to the ground. Jericho is able to get to his feet again and looks more stable this time. Jericho walks to the corner, hops to the top rope and delivers a dropkick to Benoit as he gets to his feet, sending the Crippler sprawling into the announce table. Jericho is slow to his feet, but gets back to his assault.

Jericho uses the table to his advantage, bouncing Benoit’s head off it a few times, and then trying to Irish whip him into the ring post. Benoit blocks it, and turns it into an arm bar, and forces Jericho down to the ground. Benoit attempts to lock on the Crossface, but the referee is counting and has reached 7. Benoit never actually gets it on all the way, and hops up and tries to enter the ring, but Jericho grabs ahold of his ankles, and trips him. Jericho quickly gets up and tries to slide into the ring. Benoit slowly follows, but he struck his head hard on the apron when Jericho tripped him, and he rolls back out to the floor. Jericho sees an opening and attacks. Jericho forces Benoit to stand, and uses the apron to prop him up. Jericho punches, kicks and slaps away at the Crippler, Benoit is seemingly out on his feet. Jericho takes a few steps back and runs at Benoit, attempting a dropkick, but Benoit collapses, causing Jericho to hit the side of the ring.

Benoit and Jericho are both down on the outside, and the referees count again starts to climb. The two men end up on opposite sides of the ring, Jericho trying to walk off what appears to be a jammed knee, while Benoit tries to get back into the match. Both Canadians are now in the ring, and slowly circling. Benoit makes the first move, but Jericho sidesteps him, sending him shoulder first into the ring post. Jericho quickly grabs his legs and goes for the Liontamer. Jericho has quite a bit of trouble turning over the Rabid Wolverine, but eventually gets the move on, with his knee firmly on the head of Benoit.

Benoit gets one of his arms around the ankle of Jericho and pulls as hard as he can, causing Jericho to slip. The hold is lessened just enough for Benoit to escape, and he is able to his a snap suplex on Jericho. Exhausted, both men lay on the mat as the referee starts yet another count. Benoit slowly rolls ontop of Jericho and the referee counts the pin.
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Jericho refuses to give up his title. He someway, somehow kicked out. Benoit stands up Jericho and bounces him off the ropes. On the rebound, Benoit delivers a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker, and leaves Jericho in the center of the ring. Benoit grimaces and runs his thumb across his own throat, calling for the diving head butt. Benoit hops to the top rope and dives for Jericho, getting full extension of his head. Jericho is able to roll out of the way, and Benoit hits his head hard on the mat. Jericho and Benoit are now both face down on opposite ends of the ring. Jericho is the first to his feet, but curiously he doesn’t attack right away. Benoit slowly gets to his feet, shaking his head violently to try and shake out the cobwebs. He uses the ropes to gain traction and, finally confident he is ready for battle again, turns to go after Jericho. Benoit hits the mat again, just as quickly as he turned around. He got a massive superkick from Jericho. The Lionheart bounces off the ropes, hops over Benoit and performs a Lionsault and goes for the pin.
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Winner, and STILL WCW Television Champion, Chris Jericho
Time: 17:50
Star Rating: **** ˝


Backstage: Kevin Nash vows to win his title match tonight, and he promises the Sting will regret taking on the Wolfpack, as they are going to control WCW before long.

Eight Match: Goldberg vs The Giant
The Giant enters first, looking as focused as can be. He stands in the center of the ring, and waves for Goldberg to come on down and start this fight. Goldberg’s music blares through the arena, sending the crowd into frenzy. Goldberg emerges onto the entrance ramp, furthering the immense crowd reaction. The beast comes to the ring and the two competitors each go to separate corners, circling each other. The Giant motions for Goldberg to “hold on one second” and he turns to the crowd and motions for the Chokeslam. The Giant then turns back toward Goldberg. Goldberg charges at The Giant, but he ducks into the ropes, causing the referee to stop Goldberg from attacking.

The referee steps into Goldberg, creating space between The Giant and Goldberg. When he moves, Goldberg makes a quick step toward Giant, but is met with a stiff right hand, which staggers him. Goldberg takes another run, but Giant staggers him with a second shot to the skull. Giant then bounces off the near ropes and tries a big boot to the face. The boot staggers Goldberg, but he stays on his feet. Giant goes off the ropes, and this time attempts a lariat. This time Goldberg ducks underneath, causing Giant to stop in his tracks, whip around and stare at Goldberg. The two get nose-to-nose. The Giant pushes Goldberg, and then slaps him. Goldberg punches towards Giant, but wiffs. The Giant starts to punch away at the beast, backing him into a corner. Goldberg blocks a few of the punches, but Giant takes it to him for the majority. Big Show uses his size, delivering shoulders to the chest and stomach of the Beast, and Goldberg actually looks vulnerable.

The Giant backs up a few steps and sizes up Goldberg. Giant takes a quick few steps at Goldberg, attempting to deliver a corner clothesline, but is met with the hand of Goldberg around his throat. Goldberg yells and sticks his tongue out at Giant, forcing him into the center of the ring. Goldberg delivers a few calculated blows to the head of Giant and lands a kick square in the gut of Giant. Giant doubles over, and Goldberg gives him a double axe handle to the back, dropping Giant to one knee. Goldberg goes off the ropes and delivers a hard kick to the side of the head of Giant, finally crippling him to the ground.

Goldberg goes to work on the arm of Giant, locking on an arm bar, and really wrenching The Giant into an uncomfortable position. Goldberg kicks Giant hard in his shoulder and stands him up. Goldberg scoops Giant up and tries to slam him on his back, but Goldberg seems to struggle getting Giant off the ground and the two fall to the mat, with the 500 pound Giant on top of Goldberg.
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Goldberg is finally able to get the weight of the massive Giant off of him, but the damage may have been done. Giant stands up Goldberg and delivers some vicious head butts to Goldberg. Giant calls for his patented Chokeslam, and stalks Goldberg. Goldberg is slowly getting to his feet and has obviously finally met his match. Giant wraps his massive hands around the neck of Goldberg and delivers a strong Chokeslam. Giant goes for the cover.
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Goldberg managed to kick out, again! The Giant runs his fingers through his hair and is clearly frustrated. He tries to stand up Goldberg again, but Goldberg gets ahold of the massive leg of the Giant and tries to trip him down to the mat. Giant is reluctant, and able to get Goldberg to his knees. Goldberg uses his shoulders to attack the knee of the Giant, eventually tripping the monster and dropping him to the mat. Goldberg is trying to lock on an ankle lock, but the legs of Giant are just too large. Goldberg gives up on that maneuver and goes right back to work on the Giant.

Giant is able to get Goldberg into a collar and elbow tie up, and the two again jockey for position. Goldberg is finally able to gain the advantage, and he never looks back. Goldberg gets Giant into a corner and delivers several rough shoulder tackles. Giant tries to swing at Goldberg and is met with a thunderous spine buster. Goldberg goes to the farthest corner of the ring, and gets into position. The Beast delivers a massive, earth shattering Spear, and lines up Giant for a Jackhammer. The announce team can’t believe he is even going to try the move. Goldberg lifts Giant up, and holds for a second. Giant is upside down, being held high in the air, and Goldberg is solidly in control.

Goldberg turns over The Giant, completing the Jackhammer and causing a loud bang on the mat. Goldberg lifts the leg of The Giant, and goes for the cover.
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Winner: Goldberg
Time: 8:12
Rating: **


Sting vs Kevin Nash for the WCW Heavyweight Title
The World Title match is supposed to highlight every pay per view, be the reason people come to see WCW. Sting and Kevin Nash were forced to deal with Main Eventing an overly emotion night and struggled to keep the crowd interested. Nash’s plodding style, and Sting’s wait and see approach clashed and the match struggled to get off the ground. Nash and Sting exchanged many punches and kicks, but nothing in terms of technical wrestling. Nash was constantly getting in and out of the ring to avoid Sting, but was finally caught outside the ring, with a springboard cross body by Sting. Sting drags Nash into the ring, and attempts a Scorpion Death Drop, but Nash reverses it and hits a snake eyes on the Champion.

Sting struggles to regain his positioning in the match, and Nash controls the next few minutes with sidewalk slams, elbow drops and big boots to the face of Sting. Nash goes for a Powerbomb, but he spends too much time celebrating, and Sting is able to pull his legs out from underneath him and locks on a Scorpion Death Lock. Nash writhes in pain as Sting wrenches the move. Several times during the hold, Nash is near the ropes, but Sting pulls him back into the center of the ring. The Wolfpack attacks Sting, from behind, and Kevin Nash is able to get out of the hold and deliver a Jackknife Powerbomb to the champion and The Wolfpack stand tall in the ring, as WCW SuperBrawl VIII goes off the air.
Winner, via DQ and STILL WCW Heavyweight Champion, Sting
Time: 9:22
Rating: * 1/2

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WCW March 2- April 13, 1998

In order to properly understand what happened in March of 1998, one has to go back to Survivor Series 1997. When Vince McMahon screwed Bret Hart out of the WWF Title, and made sure that his reputation was tarnished as Hart left for WCW, there was a shift in the locker room. The members of the Hart Foundation, all well respected and hardworking, were forced to endure through mismanagement and terrible treatment from the Booking and Creative committee. Vince Russo, the head of Creative, promised Owen Hart that conditions would improve if he stuck it out, but Owen watched as his brothers-in-law jumped ship.

Jim Neidhart and Davey Smith were given unconditional releases shortly after Bret had left, but WWF felt that Owen still had much to give, and were unwilling to allow him to leave. Owen requested his release several times in December and January but wasn’t given an out until the middle of February. Owen jumped at the opportunity, and was told that Vince felt that Owen wouldn’t give 100% if he was unhappy, and Russo had no immediate plans for Owen. Hart signed his release on February 24th, and was signed by WCW on the 28th. Afraid that WWF would call this “poaching”, WCW Vice President Eric Bischoff and Owner Ted Turner had the corporate lawyers look over Owen’s release papers from WWF, which included a 90 day, no competition stipulation. WCW had a plan that would allow Owen to be a part of the show, and make an impact, without competing in a match. What WCW didn’t know, was that Vince had been plotting.

Bret Hart was ecstatic that his little brother was coming to WCW with him, and pushed to have the two work an angle together. This coupled with the compressed time between the signing of Owen and the SuperBrawl PPV caused a HUGE oversight, WCW didn’t have ALL of the paperwork Owen had signed on his way out of WWF. There was a clause in Owen’s release request form, that stated that Owen was forbidden from signing with WCW for at least 30 days after his release. The problem with this was the Owen wasn’t given copies of this paperwork and therefore it was never brought to the attention of Turner’s corporate lawyers. WWF’s lawsuit came in on Monday March 2nd 1998, shortly after 8 am.

With the recent PPV schedule so condensed, Eric Bischoff made some changes, to help create more time to develop stories. WCW.com released the PPV schedule through the end of 1998:


April 19: Spring Stampede Denver, Colorado
May 17: Mayhem Worchester, Massachusetts
June 14: Great American Bash Baltimore, Maryland
July 12: Bash at the Beach San Diego, California
August 12: Slamboree Detroit, Michigan
September 13: FallBrawl Winston-Salem, North Carolina
October 25: Halloween Havoc Paradise, Nevada
November 22: Uncensored Toronto, Ontario, Canada
December 27: Starrcade Washington D.C.

After a 1997 filled with n.W.o. dominance, 1998 was shaping out to be much less predictable. There were a few stars being built and at the top of that list was Goldberg. Seeing the potential of the beast, Kevin Nash spent much of March trying to persuade Goldberg to join the Wolfpack, making promises of fame, fortune and championships. Nash laid it on pretty thick, and even sent his goons to attempt to interfere in a match between Goldberg and Konan on Nitro. Curt Hennig distracted the referee while Syxx entered the ring and delivered a spinning heel kick to Konnan, only to receive a massive spear from Goldberg. The line was drawn. Goldberg challenged Nash to a match at Spring Stampede. Nash accepted, but only after a vicious attack which left Goldberg thrown through a table, unconscious, and for the first time Goldberg seemed human. As this was happening, Nash was also trying to stick his nose in the World Title picture, badgering Dusty Rhodes for a match with Sting. As has become Rhode’s calling card, he was told “make an impact” and Nash figured his impact was Goldberg.

The Flock, having gone missing for a few weeks, re-appeared on Nitro and threatened to hold WCW hostage. They were looking for new talent, and had a few potential members in mind. They came out during a match between Buff Bagwell and Fit Finlay, but didn’t interfere as the announce team predicted. They waited until Buff won, and then entered the ring. Bagwell feared for his life, but Raven plopped into his corner and grabbed a mic. He told Bagwell that he is wandering aimlessly, going nowhere in WCW. Raven continued that Bagwell needs a leader, and someone to help him to the main event scene, and promised him a wonderful future in WCW if he joins the Flock. Bagwell, fearing a beatdown, told Raven he would think about it. A week later, during a match between Scotty Riggs and Steve McMichael, The Flock appeared and did the same thing to Riggs they had done to Bagwell, promising him WCW stardom. Bagwell and Riggs got into an altercation backstage, both jealous that the Flock had offered them both the same thing, Bagwell challenged Riggs to a Raven’s Rules match at Spring Stampede, and the winner would get a chance to join the Flock, and gain “Super Stardom”.

The Steiner Brothers defended their Tag Team Titles against Harlem Heat once again two weeks after SuperBrawl and again won because of Wolfpack distraction, but what was done was done. Harlem Heat would have to earn another shot, but they had the advantage that Dusty Rhodes was going to give them many, many opportunities. Harlem Heat earned a shot by defeating the Steiners in a non-title match, and setting the table for a match at Spring Stampede. Chris Jericho found no competition for his Television title, and joined forces with The Giant to go after the Tag Team belts, and Dusty offered them a number one contender’s match against Dean Malenko and Chris Benoit. This match ended in a double DQ after the Steiners, Syxx, Curt Hennig and Harlem Heat. Dusty was beyond incensed and said that at Spring Stampede the Steiners would defend against Chris Jericho and the Giant, The Horsemen, and Harlem Heat in a 4 corners elimination match. Unhappy to have lost the champions advantage, The Steiners requested a normal four way tag, but Dusty refused to budge, and even placed all 8 participants into an 8 man battle royal, won by The Giant, so they could get their aggression out.

Rey Mysterio came out on the first Nitro after SuperBrawl and congratulated Chavo Guerrero for his win in the ladder match the night before. Chavo came down and thanked Rey for such a competitive match and told him that he asked for a rematch at Spring Stampede in a regular singles match. Mysterio was excited as can be, and the two had a non-title match that night. The match was fast paced, and seemed to frustrate Chavo, since he could not get Rey down. It ended when Chavo rolled Rey up and used the ropes for leverage. The referee and Mysterio both missed it, and Chavo seemingly got away with murder. The next week Rey asked Chavo about it, after seeing the footage. Chavo apologized and said that he didn’t know what got into him; it was just a bad judgment. Rey and Chavo hugged in a backstage segment, but Chavo’s eyes didn’t look like a man who was remorseful for his actions, and he looked almost evil.

Elsewhere in the Cruiserweight division, Ultimo Dragon was making strides and taking opponents down left and right with his high flying, fast paced offense and his signature Dragon Sleeper. As his wins racked up, he was becoming a legitimate contender for the Cruiserweight title. Now all he needed was an opportunity, which Dusty promised him, just as soon as he could do it. Dusty told Dragon to just keeping making the most of what he is getting and “make an impact.”

Eddy Guerrero was very upset that the title couldn’t change hands during a DQ, and challenged Diamond Dallas Page to a United States title match on Nitro, three weeks before Spring Stampede. After a match almost as good as their PPV encounter, Guerrero actually was able to hit his Frog Splash on DDP, even after surviving a Diamond Cutter, and pin Page to win the US title. Page told Dusty that he wanted to cash in his rematch at Spring Stampede, which Dusty accepted, and Eddy was told that the title CAN change hands on a DQ. Guerrero was full of confidence and arrogance, while he teamed with his reluctant cousin, Chavo, to take on Diamond Dallas Page and Rey Mysterio the last Nitro before Spring Stampede, and while Los Guerrero’s lost via disqualification, Eddy and Chavo both used chairs to attack their Spring Stampede Opponents, and Eddy finally accepted Chavo as his “equal” but the two still seemed to be on shaky ground.

The World Title match was predetermined, as Randy Savage defeated Lex Luger to win a shot at SuperBrawl. Sting and Savage had their differences in the past, and Savage still considered Sting a coward and told him that he would end up out of WCW, just like his best friend Luger. Savage promised to break Sting. Sting, ever silent, taunted Savage, appearing in the rafters above the TurnerTron during a promo and Savage’s singles matches with Bret Hart and Ric Flair. Savage seemed to be going even crazier throughout the weeks leading to Spring Stampede, never sure when Sting would appear. Keeping with the mystery, Sting didn't wrestle on Nitro, until Savage tried to gain the upper hand and forced Dusty to make a match between Sting and Ray Traylor “for the Title” since The World Heavyweight title must be defended at least once every 30 days or the Champion must forfeit the belt. Savage viciously attacked Sting, and an exhausted Sting had no choice but to accept the beat down.

The next week, a contract signing was scheduled between champion and challenger. Savage signed the contract in the ring first, and Sting made his slow entrance. Sting set his bat on the table, the title on the table, and signed the contract. Savage grabbed the bat and faked like he was going to hit Sting, but when Sting didn’t flinch, Savage panicked. Savage cracked the bat across Sting’s skull, leaving the Champion unconscious. Savage then placed Sting on the table and delivered a Savage Elbow Drop to the heart of Sting, shattering the table. Savage picked up the belt and held it high in the air, while he put one foot on the chest of Sting.


The feud everyone cared the most about seemed to be the Bret Hart saga. With Owen now unable to appear, WCW had to find a way to get the focus back on Bret Hart and the Blackhearts. Davey Boy Smith and Jim Neidhart had several tag team matches over the course of March and April and seemed dominant as can be. Bret Hart, embarrassed by his families betrayal, took much interest in these matches, but always on a monitor backstage, the Blackhearts got much closer seats. Bret engaged in matches against Curt Hennig, Ric Flair, and Chris Jericho over the course of the months, all of which ended with Neidhart and Smith interrupting with a beat down to Bret. Flair attempted to help Hart, but received a beatdown himself. Hart wanted another opportunity against the two, this time in separate one on one matches, with the non-competing Blackheart barred from ringside. Suddenly, the Blackhearts didn’t seem so arrogant. Dusty Rhodes came out and agreed with Bret, saying that either the Blackhearts oblige or they must leave WCW. Bret Hart got one more match before Spring Stampede, against Chris Benoit, which tore the house down. Benoit lost the match, but is being presented as a great wrestler week-in and week-out, while slowly moving up the card.

Backstage, Eric Bischoff had seemingly ended contract talks with Lance Storm and Rob Van Dam after the Owen Hart fiasco. The lawsuit had strapped WCW resources and made the contract talks with Randy Savage very difficult. Lex Luger had left on good terms and even offered to come to WCW and give them a chance to match any offer WWF gave him. WCW was grateful for Luger’s professionalism, and gave him a big payout for his SuperBrawl appearance. Everything that WCW was doing was a complete 180 degree difference from this point in 1997, and Bischoff could smell the end of WWF in their desperate attempts to entrap WCW with the Owen Hart contract. It had worked, this time, but WCW was sure to get out of this mess still ahead of WWF.

In other news, Hulk Hogan engaged in his first interview since departing WCW. Pro Wrestling Illustrated got the elusive Hogan to sit down and dish out everything he could, and Hogan held nothing back. Hogan bashed his former friends Nash, Bischoff, and Savage, and stated that he “made” Sting. He called Jericho “The future” at one point, and then later says that he couldn’t shine his boots. He says that no one in WCW can draw like he can (and this might be true) and that if the belt isn’t on his waist, he needs to be chasing it, or it’s just not worth his time to be there. He was asked about ever coming back to WCW or working in WWF, Hogan replied, “You know, brother, I have, for a long time, been in this business and one thing is apparent. Before Hulk Hogan, professional wrestling was in little bitty arenas and pullin’ in shows of a few hundred. I hit the scene and I am selling out Shea Stadium, smashing records and I pulled wrestling into the mainstream. Without Hulk Hogan, pro wrestling is nothing. I am sure one of them will come calling and if the numbers are right, Hulk Hogan will come back and carry the business again.” Hulk Hogan WANTED to come back, it’s just a matter of Bischoff, Hogan, and Turner all being on the same page to make it happen.


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Spring Stampede Card
WCW Cruiserweight Title: Chavo Guerrero © vs Rey Mysterio Jr.
WCW United States Title: Eddy Guerrero © vs Diamond Dallas Page
WCW Tag Team Title Elimination Match: The Steiner Brothers © vs Harlem Heat vs Chris Benoit and Dean Malenko vs Chris Jericho and The Giant
Bret Hart vs Davey Boy Smith
Bret Hart vs Jim Neidhart
Goldberg vs Kevin Nash
Raven’s Rules Match: Buff Bagwell vs Scotty Riggs
WCW Heavyweight Title: Sting © vs Randy Savage

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