July 27, 1998
Alamodome, San Antonio, Texas
Larry Zbyszko, Tony Schiavone, Mike Tenay, Bobby Heenan
Reviewed by Tommy Hall
getting closer to Road Wild and nothing has been announced as of yet.
It’s clear that Jay Leno is going to be involved in some way, even
if the fans don’t seem that thrilled by the idea. Unfortunately that
means we’re probably going to see another NWO talk show because
wasting ten minutes of their only major TV show of the week on a
segment to set up a match with a talk show host is fine in WCW. It
may have made money at Road Wild, but it’s making for some very dull
television. Let’s get to it.
open with a recap of Hall and Nash fighting last week which led to a
Wolfpack vs. Black and White brawl, which led to Sting and Nash
losing the tag titles to Hall/Giant. There’s also a clip of Bret
beating DDP for the vacant US Title.
get a voiceover (sounds like Scott Hudson) recapping last week, which
is pretty much what we got in the first video.
Girls in white cowboy hats. I could get used to this.
promises us something that will be among the biggest moments in the
history of our sport: Goldberg is going to talk.
the Black and White minus Hogan, Bret and Bischoff, probably with a
lot to say. The announcers are already talking about Jay Leno
non-stop. Hall thinks Nitro being in San Antonio is just too sweet,
much like the new tag team champions. He’s going to be sick if he
has to keep hearing about Nash being upset, so how about we have a
big NWO vs. NWO match at Road Wild?
Adams tells the fans to shut up and recognize how awesome the Black
and White really is. He tells us about being in Japan and hearing
about Goldberg’s fluke win over Hollywood Hogan. Adams got on a
plane and begged Hogan to let him prove that Goldberg is a fluke.
Therefore, Adams is getting a title shot tonight which hopefully
lasts about 18 seconds.
get clips from Bischoff’s talk show last week.
from a break with the Flock in the ring and Raven talking about how
things were supposed to be different than it was in high school.
He’s still despised and attacked by people like Saturn and Kanyon
though. You know, part of society’s norms. This brings out Saturn
who is sick of hearing Raven cry. If Raven wants to cry, stand up so
Saturn can give him something to be upset over. Kanyon runs out to
get a piece of Saturn but gets suplexed down. Saturn picks Raven up
for the Death Valley Driver but gets caught in a Flatliner from
Kanyon. It’s not clear if Kanyon meant to save Raven or not.
vs. Jim Duggan
chants USA a lot before clotheslining Barbarian out to the floor.
Back in and a double ax handle drops Barbarian again but he gets a
boot up to stop a jogging Duggan. Jim comes back with right hands in
the corner to little effect but he has to deal with Jimmy Hart.
Barbarian kicks Hart by mistake, allowing Duggan to grab a rollup for
the fast pin.
match Hugh Morrus jumps Duggan but Meng comes in to beat up Morrus.
Duggan gets the board to clean house and offers Meng a handshake,
getting a Tongan Death Grip in return.
house band is warming up.
another horrible looking car in front of a star parking spot outside.
time for NWO Night Cap and the keyboard player now has NWO glasses.
Eric shakes hands with his fans ala Leno as we’re already two minutes
into this. Joke topics tonight include Japanese Viagara, Monica
Lewinsky, Jay Leno’s chin, bikers, Steve Urkel being NWO Black and
White, the chin again, Leno not being funny, and growing sheep
bladders in a lab.
and now we get a COMEDY SEGMENT. It’s Headlines, which is showing
various accidental puns in newspapers. The fans are booing this out
of the building. Remember, they paid for a ticket to sit through
this segment. Even Liz in a dress isn’t enough to save this but it
keeps going anyway.
we get our special guest: Hollywood Hogan. Hollywood talks about how
Bischoff is dominating late night and gives a birthday shout out to
Nitro Nick. Bischoff shows us a clip from the real Tonight Show with
band leader Kevin Eubanks talking about Bischoff making fun of Leno
in a badly scripted conversation. We get a clip in the clip of the
original Night Cap, which are the same clips we saw earlier tonight.
makes fun of Hogan’s beard and says he’s seen better wrestling on
Jerry Springer. Jay makes jokes about Hogan’s age and need for
Viagara before we go back to an annoyed Hogan and Bischoff. Hogan
says Leno’s lawyer should plead insanity for Leno because Jay has
gone way over the line. He gives Leno one more chance to back off or
Hogan is going to come to the Tonight Show and shut him up. Bischoff
promises to show what happened when Karl Malone stepped into Hogan’s
world. We’re FINALLY done after nearly seventeen minutes spent on
this segment. I’d love to see the quarter hour ratings for this
Nitro Girls with Fyre stripping off a suit in a solo routine.
for more talking with Gene bringing out a limping DDP for a chat.
Gene says Page put the title on the line last week even though he was
injured. Page says it was Hogan that attacked him last week because
he’s scum. Hogan shouldn’t hunt what he can’t kill, because Page’s
mission is to now eliminate Hollywood from the wrestling world.
Hogan can keep running, but one day he’ll feel the BANG.
recap of Malenko vs. Jericho, setting up tonight’s last chance match
hypes up the Goldberg interview again but the Black and White has
something to say. Dusty Rhodes is back and heads over to the
announcers’ table with Hall and Norton. Hall says if Nash doesn’t
want a fight, how about sending Sting out to face him later? Dusty
goes on a rant against Larry for talking too much trash about the
NWO. Therefore, Larry is under a gag order tonight, meaning Dusty
gives Tony an actual gag.
Norton vs. Jim Neidhart
no sells some forearms and powerbombs Neidhart for the pin in 15
seconds. I’d assume Norton will be Goldberg’s supper one day soon.
Neidhart is already walking to the back before Norton is out of the
ring. That’s some pretty poor selling.
interview is hyped up again.
go to the back for the back for Goldberg’s walk to the ring but he
doesn’t come out. Doug Dillinger comes in and sees NWO graffiti all
over the walls and the room ransacked. Goldberg is nowhere in sight.
#2 begins at about 9:15.
Bret Hart for even more talking. He talks about how wrestling has
become full of pimps and thieves and somewhere he doesn’t want to be,
until now. Bret doesn’t want to hear about Page’s injuries because
Page got in the ring last week. There’s one more person that he
needs to address from last week and that’s Sting. Bret has a lot of
respect for Sting and especially likes his taste in moves. There’s
one thing that is least Sting down the wrong road and that’s all
these people out there. Bret is Sting’s friend and will show him the
Title: Dean Malenko vs. Chris Jericho
is defending and this is Dean’s last chance at the title. Jericho
dropkicks Dean out to the floor to start and sends him into the
barricade to take an early advantage. Back in and Chris tries a top
rope dropkick but dives into a dropkick from Malenko. Dean goes up
again for a sunset flip but Jericho rolls through into the Liontamer.
Malenko is quickly into the ropes and rolls out to the floor for a
breather. Jericho hits a nice dive to take him out and we go to a
with Jericho kicking Malenko into the ropes but Dean takes over with
a leg lariat. Malenko ducks a victory roll attempt and German
suplexes Chris down for two. Jericho comes right back with a reverse
suplex and the Lionsault to Dean’s back for two. The fans are into
this match. A release double underhook powerbomb sets up the
Cloverleaf but Jericho is too close to the ropes.
gets crotched on the top but he counters Jericho’s superplex into a
DDT off the top for three but the referee waves it off because
Jericho had the rope. Chris rolls to the floor and pulls out a
foreign object but Dean stomps him down in the corner before Jericho
can swing. The referee gets poked in the eyes and Dean takes the
knucks away. He knocks Jericho out as the referee clears his eyes
out, drawing the DQ.
C+. Really fast paced match
here though the ending is kind of puzzling. Why would you have
Malenko get beaten/screwed out of the title every single time, only
to have him lose the final match? Jericho has dominated the feud as
far as being the better character, but shouldn’t Malenko have gotten
to keep the title at least once?
swears that we’ll get the Goldberg interview soon. Apparently
Goldberg is fine and in the locker room.
Nitro Girls are in the crowd.
video on Road Wild, focusing on country singer Travis Tritt
performing. Again with the celebrities.
McMichael vs. Curt Hennig
throws Hennig around to start but Curt snaps McMichael’s throat
across the top rope. Mongo comes back with a powerslam but a Rude
distraction lets Hennig hit the PerfectPlex for the win. Another 90
look at another clip from the Tonight Show with Leno bringing out a
Hollywood Hogan impersonator who is too old to move.
the Black and White to talk even more. Bischoff promises to fire
whoever showed that Leno clip. Hogan says he’ll give Page a huge
beating to make up for all the bad things he’s been saying lately.
He’s also ready to ride Page real hard all night long. There’s a sex
tape joke in there somewhere. Hogan accepts the challenge for a
match with Page tonight.
that though, here’s the ENTIRE main event from Bash at the Beach.
The match plus intros eats up nearly half an hour, including a few
commercial breaks. I’m just going to copy and paste this from the
Bash at the Beach review.
Dallas Page/Karl Malone vs. Dennis Rodman/Hollywood Hogan
and Malone have matching attire, which look like they jumped into a
vat of hot glue with their jeans on. They come out to some hip hop
song that keeps saying “feel the bang.” Malone looks like he’s
been carved out of granite while Rodman is in a t-shirt and jeans.
The basketball players get us going but first Hogan has to take off
Rodman’s glasses. Rodman runs to the ropes to hide and the fans are
all over him. That works so well that they do it a second time. A
test of strength doesn’t happen as we hit two minutes into the
grabs a headlock but bails to the floor when Malone charges at him.
Off to Hogan for a posedown with Hollywood getting frustrated. Malone
hooks a kind of standing chinlock (imagine a left arm Rock Bottom but
he clasps his hands together and squeezes) before slamming Hogan
down. We’re five minutes in now and it’s off to Page. DDP gets
Rodman and shoves him down off a lockup. A shoulder puts Rodman down
again as the stalling continues. They spit at each other and Rodman
armdrags him down. Somehow we’re seven minutes into this match.
hit the ropes a bit and collide to send both guys down. Back to the
headlock by Rodman but Page reverses into one of his own. The fans
are clearly getting restless. Rodman leapfrogs Page twice and they
collide again to give us more laying down. Malone comes in and kicks
at Rodman, sending him over to Hogan for the tag. Karl hooks a top
wristlock and shoves Hogan to the mat. Hogan complains of a hair pull
and Rodman gets in a cheap shot to get to the whole tag match idea
for the first time.
chokes a lot and slams Malone down before raking the boot over
Malone’s eyes. Rodman comes in with some elbow drops before it’s
back to Hogan for a chinlock. Here’s Rodman again for some double
teaming and a belly to back suplex from Hogan. Hollywood misses an
elbow though and it’s hot tag to Page. DDP comes in with a top rope
clothesline to Hogan but a cheap shot from Rodman lets the NWO take
over again. Hogan chokes away in the corner with his boot followed by
a running clothesline.
comes in for a double big boot and more choking before it’s back to
Hogan for right hands in the corner. Page hits a quick elbow but
Rodman breaks up the tag attempt and puts on a front facelock. Malone
plays cheerleader on the apron and we get the unseen and phantom tag
tropes to space the match out even more. The big boot puts Page down
but he avoids the legdrop and it’s hot tag off to Malone.
all around put the NWO down and they both get slams. There’s a
double noggin knocker followed by Hogan’s head going into the
buckle. A big boot drops Hogan and it’s off to Page for a running
Diamond Cutter (Hogan landed on his hands, making the move look
horrible). Malone Diamond Cuts Rodman but Disciple sneaks in with a
Stunner to Page, giving Hogan the pin and a face pop for some reason.
This was about what you knew it was going to be, though it could have
been FAR worse. Malone was clearly taking this seriously which is
more than you can say for most celebrities in matches. Rodman looked
like your usual celebrity wrestler: decent at the one or two really
basic moves he used but pretty worthless otherwise. I’ve read
before that this was originally booked to go nearly an hour, which
makes me shiver in fear. I guess Hogan needed this win as a thank you
for the mainstream attention he brought in?
gives Disciple and the referee Diamond Cutters (good ones too) and
the NWO celebrates like this is a big deal.
Leno footage, this time with a Hogan midget.
#3 begins, again about 15 minutes late.
it’s time for the Goldberg interview after stringing the TV audience
along for an extra hour. Goldberg has been watching what Hogan has
been trying to do around here. What they did tonight crossed a line,
so he’s going to make Brian Adams an example. This was about 45
Arn Anderson for what could be a good interview for a change. Gene
talks about Anderson’s talk with McMichael and Malenko on Thunder a
few weeks back and wants to know why he was so hard on them.
Anderson says the three of them tried very hard to make it personal
with him and it almost worked. Tonight he was going to gauge the
mood to see if the Horsemen had one more run. Then he saw Dean lose
to a man that he’s better than and Mongo have a match with the man
that brought down the Horsemen in the first place, only to get beaten
too. That’s enough for him, so now he’s telling them to drop it.
vs. Scott Hall
starts while the ring is still full of smoke from the entrances,
taking Hall down with a bulldog. Scott is sent out to the floor for
a breather before coming back in with a toothpick to the face. Some
right hands set up the fallaway slam for two but Sting shrugs them
off and hits three straight Stinger Splashes. There’s the Death Drop
to set up the Scorpion but here’s Bret Hart to distract Sting. He
doesn’t fight back as Sting beats on him but Hennig and Vincent come
in for the DQ. Too short to rate again but this was angle instead of
and Nash come out for the save as Bret still hasn’t gotten physical
at all. Nash loads up the Jackknife on Hall but gets hit low. Bret
tries to help Sting up but gets kicked low as well. Bret bails to
the floor to escape the Scorpion. Hart never attacked Sting at all.
look at Buff Bagwell suckering Rick Steiner in, only to turn heel
again, wasting some of the most natural sympathy WCW ever had at its
Steiner shoves Buff down the ramp in a wheelchair and freaks out
because Bagwell is hurt. Buff gets to his feet and dances, annoying
Gene even more. Bagwell talks about how serious his neck injury was
and Scott praises him for the great acting jobs over the last few
weeks. Steiner promises to beat up Rick at Road Wild until JJ comes
out to yell at Bagwell. Steiner gets a piece too, with promises of a
match against Rick. Scott doesn’t seem too scared.
World Title: Brian Adams vs. Goldberg
distracts Goldberg to start, allowing Adams to hit a top rope
shoulder block and a suplex for two. Goldberg hits a belly to belly
suplex, three spears (Adams, Vincent, Adams) and the Jackhammer makes
Dallas Page vs. Hollywood Hogan
could have headlined a PPV. We get a music miscue as Hogan’s music
starts before Buffer does his intro in both English and Spanish.
Hogan jumps him at the entrances as Tenay talks about Page hosting a
charity event for school kids in Atlanta. Nothing wrong with that.
Page comes back with right hands and some choking in the corner as
we’re just waiting on the run ins.
suplexes Page and pounds away with right hands to the head. A
clothesline gets two on Page but misses an elbow drop. Page tries to
clothesline Hogan to the floor but Hollywood is all like “that’s
WAY too big a spot for me brother.” They fight to the floor and
Page has to fight off Disciple. Back in and Hogan hits the corner
clothesline, setting up the big boot. Page gets up anyway and grabs
the Diamond Cutter, drawing in the NWO for the DQ. Too short to rate
(shocking!) but Page was trying.
of the NWO comes out for a big brawl. Goldberg comes to the ring and
beats up the Black and White, only to walk into a chokeslam from
Giant to end the show.
Rating: D-. And that’s being
generous. This show was three hours and had seven new matches. Of
those seven, ONE was long enough to rate, clocking in at less than
six minutes. They spent about 45 minutes (approximately the amount
of show time in an hour of programming) on a talk show segment and
re-airing a match from PPV. I
feel sorry for the San Antonio crowd tonight as they got ripped off
top of being really short, how many of these matches meant anything
at all? You had two worthless matches, then a good cruiserweight
match, a match to advance the Horsemen angle, a match to set up a
post match brawl, Goldberg being Goldberg, and a match to set up the
post match brawl. Even Raw is better at using its time than that.
there’s the Leno stuff. I understand the idea behind bringing in
celebrities, but let’s think about this for a minute. Last month the
celebrities were one of the best linebackers of all time, one of the
craziest athletes ever and an NBA player at the peak of his career.
This month it’s a 48 year old comedian most famous for having a large
chin. It wasn’t unreasonable to think that Malone could be passable
in the ring due to his athletic abilities.
else could the Leno match be but bad comedy? It’s bad comedy setting
up bad comedy. Yeah it appeals to the middle aged audience that
loved the Tonight Show, but how many of them are going to pay $30 to
watch Leno do physical comedy? On top of that, we haven’t even had
the match announced yet and next week is the go home show for Road
Wild. Not only is it a bad idea, but it’s being poorly marketed. Just a horrible show all around, leading up to a bad match on PPV.
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