March 9, 1998
Lawrence Joel Memorial Veterans Coliseum, Winston-Salem, North
Mike Tenay, Tony Schiavone, Bobby Heenan, Larry Zbyszko
Reviewed by Tommy Hall
the go home show for Uncensored and the card is almost entirely set.
Tonight is going to be about finalizing everything for Sunday with
the focus likely being on Savage vs. Hogan instead of Sting vs. Hall.
Other than that there might be some time spent on Page vs. Benoit
vs. Raven but it’s going to pale in comparison to Age in the Cage.
Let’s get to it.
open with a clip from Thunder of Savage saying he’s the real man and
Hogan’s wife knows it. Hogan freaking out over possibly being thrown
out of the NWO is a nice bit of storytelling.
announcers hype up the show and Larry gets a very nice response from
Miller vs. Damien
is unmasked here which I don’t think was always the case, although it
might have been face paint. Miller is in shorts instead of his usual
attire and it’s a striking contest to start things off. Damien puts
him on the middle rope for a hurricanrana but dives into a kick to
the chest. Miller runs up the ropes and hits a spin kick to the face
for a quick pin. This was an odd choice for an opener but the kick
to end it looked great.
are Bischoff and Hogan with something to say. Eric sucks up to
Hogan, saying that no one will ever be half of what Hogan is now.
However, Bischoff wants to talk about ingrates like Randy Savage. If
it wasn’t for Hogan, Savage’s family would be out of a job and out on
the street, so it’s now time for Savage to pay the price. Hogan
talks about Savage dragging Liz into this business and implies she
did everyone in the locker room. That draws a big gasp from the
crowd. Hogan goes on about how great he is until it’s time to pose.
is at Duke University with the Nitro Girls.
Lane vs. Sick Boy
music starts when he’s halfway down the aisle. Lenny hits some basic
stuff to start but the much taller Sick Boy comes back with some
right hands. Lodi has the words Go Heels on his back. Lane dives
over the top to take both Flock members down and gets two off a
missile dropkick back inside. Sick Boy comes back with a layout F5
and some right hands to the head.
running elbow in the corner puts Lane down but he avoids a top rope
elbow. Lane gets a rolling cradle for two followed by something
resembling a Skull Crushing Finale. Back up and Lane horribly
botches a standing Lionsault, making it more like a springboard back
clothesline. There was no rotation at all and they’re lucky Lane
didn’t land on his head. Thankfully Sick Boy rolls over Lane’s back
and hits a quick Pedigree (the Cure) for the pin.
D. Lane was trying but he was
in over his head with the moves he was going for. Sick Boy’s size
got in his way here as he wasn’t able to do much against the much
smaller Lane. The match would have been better with a better
pairing, but with the two guys we had it was bordering on a disaster.
Giant, still in a neck brace, with something to say. Giant has been
looking for Kevin Nash to get a head start on Sunday’s match but he’s
nowhere in sight. He mentions having buddies, which brings out
Savage and Sting, FINALLY holding the belt. Savage says he doesn’t
feel alone because Giant is about 8,000 feet tall and Sting is the
world champion. Sting beats on the ropes with the bat as Savage
challenges Hogan and any other two guys from the NWO to a six man
vs. Barry Darsow
is more famous as Smash from Demolition or Repo Man. He’s just Barry
Darsow, guy in trunks here though. Goldberg immediately takes him
down by the leg before running Barry over with a shoulder block. A
lariat sends Darsow to the floor and Goldberg rams him into the
barricade and post. Goldberg misses a shoulder into the post though
and Darsow goes after the arm. The arm is sent into the buckle but
Goldberg snaps awake and hits the spear and Jackhammer for the quick
is still at Duke University.
Hall with something to say. There’s no survey tonight, because he
needs to talk about Savage running down Hogan. If Hollywood needs
him, Hall is in his corner tonight. As for Sting, Hall will prove
he’s better on Sunday. Thanks for throwing in something about your
first WCW World Title shot. Nash comes out and says he’ll have
Hogan’s back as well and Giant will get what’s coming to him too.
Malenko vs. Kidman
quickly takes him down and tries the Cloverleaf but Kidman rolls to
the ropes. A dropkick gets two for the itchy one and he kicks
Malenko in the head a few times. Dean misses a dropkick and it’s off
to a chinlock. Kidman shoves Malenko chest first into the buckle and
stomps him down in the corner in a surprising show of aggression. A
slingshot legdrop gets two on Dean and a middle rope bulldog gets the
same. Here’s Jericho to watch Malenko as Kidman slams Dean down for
two. Kidman goes up top but gets caught in the middle rope
gutbuster. The Cloverleaf is good for the submission.
C. Not bad here and the
gutbuster is always cool to see. Jericho didn’t really do anything
here but his presence alone is usually entertaining. Dean is a great
foil for Jericho with the serious vs. goofy natures battling each
other. Kidman is good but he’s almost playing his gimmick too well
as the lack of interest makes for less than thrilling matches.
and the Flock gets in to stare down Malenko but the Flock beats
Jericho down instead. Chris and Dean escape separately.
are Hogan and Bischoff with something else to say. Bischoff says
Hogan has had to draw straws to pick his partners. Hogan talks about
Savage being cool with the NWO for a long time before everything fell
apart. The NWO is better than ever without Savage though, which
brings us to tonight. Hogan has picked Hall and Nash as his partners
(shocking) because they would never stab him in the back. This
didn’t need to be done in the arena.
Gene and the Nitro Girls. Are these segments supposed to be
Adams vs. Kaos
Bret Hart to this for Adams, which is much more appropriate for a guy
of his caliber. Adams jumps Kaos to start and lays him out with a
quick piledriver. A kick to the shoulder puts Kaos down again and a
gutbuster gets two. I’m leaving out the walking around between each
move to avoid redundancy. Kaos comes back with a jawbreaker and a
clothesline for two before his partner Rage goes up top. Adams
fights Kaos off with ease and kicks Rage down before hitting a
tilt-a-whirl slam on Kaos for the pin.
D. WAY too long here with Adams
showing how limited his offense is at this point. That flat out
shouldn’t be the case for someone with the kind of experience that he
has. Adams didn’t look good out there other than the tilt-a-whirl
finisher, but at least it was against a jobber and not anyone of
value. Also what was up with High Voltage trying to double team like
that? It came off like Adams was the good guy fighting off cheaters
match Adams hits the tilt-a-whirl on Rage for a pin as well.
Konnan who talks a lot of trash about Juventud Guerrera and says he
has an opponent for him of the same size and weight. If Juvy can
beat this guy, he can have a match against Konnan.
Guerrera vs. Scott Norton
tries to dive on Norton and just bounces off. Chops have no effect
either and we head inside. Norton launches him into the air for a
great looking crash. Guerrera comes back with a missile dropkick but
a springboard spinwheel kick is caught into a backbreaker. Off to a
bearhug followed by a full nelson to make Juvy scream. Guerrera will
not give up and Norton lets him go, only to hit the shoulder breaker
for the pin.
D+. What in the world was the
point of this? Juvy can’t beat a guy he shouldn’t be able to beat
and Konnan gets to laugh a lot? Guerrera not giving up was a nice
idea, but having him destroyed by a shoulder breaker a few seconds
later doesn’t make him look that great. This didn’t do much for
on Raven vs. Page vs. Benoit.
Benoit/Diamond Dallas Page vs. Perry Saturn/Raven
should be good. Benoit and Saturn slug it out to start and Perry
gets two off a northern lights suplex. Chris takes him into the
corner and makes the tag off to Page for a swinging neckbreaker.
Raven gets the tag but Benoit tags himself in before Page can get
himself a piece. Benoit runs Raven over and Saturn is knocked to the
floor as well as we take a break.
with Page being double teamed in the corner….which has switched for
some reason. As in the teams have switched corners during the break.
Raven snaps Page’s throat across the ropes for two but Page comes
back with a sunset flip. No count though as Benoit is making a save,
allowing Raven to put on a front facelock. Page fights his way over
to Benoit but the referee is with Saturn so it’s no good. Saturn
comes in for a bearhug on the bad ribs which lasts for a good long
finally breaks free but Saturn trips him up, allowing Raven to stop
the tag. A great looking guillotine legdrop gets two for Saturn but
an elbow drop misses, allowing for the hot tag off to Benoit. The
Canadian cleans house but Raven breaks up the Rolling Germans with a
low blow. The Evenflow is countered into the Crossface but Page
Diamond Cuts Saturn onto Benoit to break the hold. Page and Benoit
get in a fight and brawl to a countout.
B. For once this is the right
ending as it builds up to the PPV match perfectly well. This was a
really solid tag match which followed the formula to perfection and
had the fans losing their minds for the hot tag. It’s another
example of what should be the first rule of wrestling: when things
start to go bad, have a good wrestling match and things will get
better in a hurry.
and Disco Inferno went to Duke University hospital earlier today.
gets some Dominos Pizza as the Girls keep dancing.
vs. British Bulldog
starts a USA chant in a funny bit. The Bulldog rolls and spins out
of a wristlock and hooks a chinlock a minute into the match. Konnan
fights up and takes Bulldog down with a clothesline and a back elbow
to the jaw for two. A low dropkick gets two on the Bulldog before he
gets up and…..rolls himself up for two? Bulldog was the one doing
the move but rolled onto his shoulders with his feet in the air
before kicking out. Odd indeed. Anyway Konnan comes off the ropes
but walks into a horrible powerslam for the pin by Bulldog. This was
really, REALLY bad while it lasted.
Flair and remember we’re in North Carolina. Flair talks about how
the last time he was in this city, Curt Hennig slammed a cage door on
his head. This time though, it’s Hennig’s turn to take a beating.
Tonight Hennig will be Carolina Dreaming. Flair didn’t have much to
Title: Disco Inferno vs. Chris Jericho
grabs a headlock to start but Disco takes him down with a hiptoss.
Disco sends him over the top and out to the floor but Jericho blocks
an ax handle from the apron with a dropkick to the ribs. Back in and
Disco gets two off a sunset flip but the champ drops him throat first
across the top rope. Disco catches a charging Jericho in something
like a spinebuster for two. A swinging neckbreaker gets a VERY close
two but Jericho comes right back with the double underhook
backbreaker and the Liontamer retains the belt.
C. This was better than I was
expecting with Disco continuing to impress in the ring. Jericho was
playing it straight tonight and came up with a decent match as a
result. The match with Malenko on Sunday is getting overlooked for
some reason but it should be good as well. Nice match here.
how Gene was at Duke University with the Nitro Girls? He’s still
Title: Booker T vs. Chavo Guerrero Jr.
follows Chavo out and tries to talk some reason into him before the
match. Booker yells at Eddie, allowing Chavo to get in a cheap shot
before the bell. A dropkick to the leg takes Booker down but Eddie
has the referee during the cover. Booker hits the spin kick to take
Chavo down but the ax kick mostly misses. The missile dropkick is
good for a quick pin for Booker in an abrupt ending.
match Eddie gives Chavo a brainbuster for losing.
Hennig vs. Ric Flair
the match, Flair tells Hennig and Rude that he’s going to do this for
every Horseman ever. Flair hits a quick hiptoss to send Curt to the
floor and the fans freak out. Back in and Curt fires off some chops
before sending Flair out to the floor for a beating from Rude. Ric
gets back in and slugs it out with Flair knocking Hennig down to the
mat. A low blow has Hennig in even more trouble and Flair brings in
a chair. He puts Hennig in the Tree of Woe and picks up the chair
but the NWO runs in for the DQ.
C. This didn’t have the time to
go anywhere but Ric in North Carolina is always worth a look. Flair
vs. Hennig had gone on for months and then just stopped cold for the
sake of a DDP vs. Hennig match at Starrcade. It’s good to see them
bring things up again but the fire was gone at this point.
match the NWO runs in for the beatdown but Bret makes the save.
Steiner/Scott Norton vs. Rick Steiner/Lex Luger
the sake of simplicity, Scott Steiner will only be called Scott,
Scott Norton will only be called Norton and Rick Steiner will only be
called Rick. Rick comes out with a bulldog (Heenan: “He brought
his sister!”) and chases off the NWO before the bell. We start
with Rick vs. Norton and the NWO member being thrown down with a
belly to belly. Scott bails to the floor from a glare from his
brother and it’s Luger coming in with an ax handle to Norton’s
to Scott who is run over by a few clotheslines and it’s time for the
brothers to fight but Scott bails to the corner. Norton runs over
Rick and it’s finally time for Scott to come in and pound away. Rick
gets in a single right hand to the ribs and Scott bails to the
corner. A backdrop puts Norton down but Scott breaks up the Steiner
Bulldog. Luger beats Scott up the aisle and apparently it’s a double
countout despite not hearing the count at all.
D+. This was storyline
development as we build towards the eventual Steiner showdown. Luger
and Scott have a match on Sunday which was barely mentioned here but
at least they fought to end things. Norton was the odd man out and
I’m not sure why they had him work twice tonight.
Hogan/Outsiders vs. Sting/Randy Savage/The Giant
Sting actually wears the belt again. Giant is in a neck brace and
street clothes but goes after Nash anyway. It’s a big brawl to start
with the three pairs fighting all over the arena. Sting and Hogan
get things going with the champion pounding away and getting two off
a right hand. Hogan sends him into a few corners and hits Sting in
the back but the champion blocks a ram into the corner to get control
back. Hall and Nash have their arms stretched out but Hogan doesn’t
seem interested in tagging.
gets the tag and Hogan staggers away, falling right into Nash which
counts as a tag. Hall and Hogan try to jump Giant from behind but he
picks both of them up AT THE SAME TIME in a double bearhug. That guy
is so strong it’s unreal. Nash breaks it up though and Giant is in
trouble. The NWO goes after Giant’s bad neck and the beating goes on
for a good while. Hogan puts on a front facelock but can’t get the
finally comes in without a tag to give Giant a breather but the brace
has been removed. A triple beatdown has Giant in trouble but he
shoves all three guys down and makes the hot tag to Savage. Giant
gets back up and Nash runs off as Savage pounds on Hogan. Sting and
Hall finally have some contact with the champion hitting a few
Stinger Splashes before they fight to the floor. In the melee the
Disciple comes in with the Stunner on Savage to give Hogan the pin.
C-. Not a terrible match but it
was much more hype than actual substance. I’ll let the shock of a
Nitro main event fitting that description sink in for a minute.
Anyway the Sting vs. Hall match continues to be given less attention
than even the TV Title match but any other solution might take some
of the spotlight of Hogan vs. Savage and we couldn’t have that.
Rating: C. This is an
interesting show as they covered most of if not all the matches for
Sunday but I really don’t care to see the PPV. At the end of the day
the card just isn’t all that good and the Hogan vs. Savage issue does
nothing for me. A lot of the other matches sound ok but not good
enough to want to watch the show. The wrestling on here was ok but
the storylines that dominated things dragged it down.
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