Monday Nitro – March 30, 1998

Monday
Nitro #133
Date:
March 30, 1998
Location:
United Center, Chicago, Illinois
Commentators:
Mike Tenay, Larry Zbyszko, Tony Schiavone, Bobby Heenan
Reviewed by Tommy Hall
The
NWO continues to dominate the stories in this company as we’re
rolling towards Spring Stampede. On Thunder the NWO got into another
argument with Hogan and Nash yelling at each other this time. There
isn’t much else going on in WCW at the moment other than the title
feuds. WCW needs to step things up as last night, Steve Austin won
the WWF Title, meaning the heat is on. Let’s get to it.

The
Nitro Girls open us up. I’ve heard of worse ideas.
We
look at the brawl at the end of Thunder.
Wayne
Bloom/Mike Enos vs. High Voltage
Enos
starts with Rage but High Voltage is quickly double teaming to take
over. Mike is beaten down but Bloom comes in off the top to take
over. Bloom comes in legally and suplexes Rage down for two before
it’s back to Enos. Something like a fallaway slam off the middle
rope gets two on Rage and here’s the Giant with chokeslams all around
for the DQ.
Rating:
D. This was long enough to rate
but there’s nothing to talk about here. Neither team was anything of
note and the fans didn’t care about them due to how low they were on
the card. At least the fans popped when the Giant came out there as
they were almost silent for the match.
Everyone
is laid out so Giant grabs the mic and says if Piper wants mean,
that’s what he’s getting.
Here
are Piper and Giant with something to say. Piper is in a Cubs hat
for an odd visual. He talks about having Giant dating Sweaty Betty
and eating villagers. Piper says that Hogan and Nash are lovers but
tonight they can’t team together. It’s going to be Nash/a partner of
his choice vs. Sting/Luger but the partner can’t be Hogan. Now it’s
time to focus on Hogan and Disciple. Piper says Disciple used to be
Brutus Beefcake and the fans sound surprised. He says Disciple’s
real name is E. Harrison Leslie and tonight it’s Piper vs. Hogan in
the main event. Oh yeah they’re feeling the pressure from Raw all
right.
Perry
Saturn vs. Fit Finlay
This
could be interesting. Saturn is flanked by the entire Flock. Saturn
chops him in the chest to start but Finlay takes him straight to the
mat and puts on a hard chinlock. Back up and Saturn fires off kicks
in the corner but charges into a boot. This is more hard hitting
than any match in months already.
Finlay
drives in knees in the corner and works on Saturn’s knee on the mat.
Back up and Saturn grabs a quick suplex for two but Finlay hits
another hard clothesline to take over. I’m saying hard a lot because
it’s the only way to describe most of these shots. A rolling senton
gets two for Finlay but he gets caught in a head and arms suplex and
the Rings of Saturn are good for the submission.
Rating:
C. This was short but they beat
the tar out of each other out there. Finlay is the kind of guy that
can work well with almost anyone which makes him an interesting guy
to watch. It’s rare to see heels going at it but it made for a good
match. That’s something WWE should do more often: mix things up a
bit instead of doing the same stuff over and over again.

CALL
THE HOTLINE!
Here’s
the NWO led by Hogan and Bischoff. Hogan talks about being 4 Life
and if Piper wants a fight he can come get one right now. The fans
say he sucks but Hogan says that just means they worship him. He
calls the Disciple up and names him as the leader of his worshippers.
That brings him to the family business and the only thing people
remember right now is Nash’s big foot going into Hogan’s face.
If
Nash wants to get a partner tonight, the NWO wants to see what he’s
made of because none of this is allowed to team up with him. Cue
Nash to a face pop. He quotes Savage by saying there could be more
than one person ready to stab him in the back. Hogan says at Spring
Stampede they can watch each others’ backs and then deal with their
own issues. Nash says he has a partner but won’t say who it
is……brother. To clarify, the story of this show is who will be
the partner of one half of the World Tag Team Champions.
More
Nitro Girls.
There
is no Thunder this weekend as there’s going to be an internet Pay Per
Listen called Malice in the Palace.
Cruiserweight
Title: Chris Jericho vs. Marty Jannetty
Jericho
dedicates the match to the memory of Dean Malenko who has quit
because he can’t handle the heat. He quotes Hanson to say that in an
MMMBop, Dean’s career is gone. Only Jericho could make that line
work. Marty gets a quick clothesline to take over and a powerslam is
good for two. A faceplant puts Jericho down but the Rocker Dropper
is countered into a belly to back suplex and the Liontamer retains
the title.
Post
match Jericho grabs a cup of water and a bunch of papers. See, Dean
claims to be the man of 1000 holds but Jericho has only counted about
60. Jericho however knows 1004 and is going to list them off for us.
  1. Armdrag
  2. Armbar
  3. Moss
    Covered Three Handled Gradunzel (Jericho’s pronunciation)
  4. Armbar
  5. Saskatchewan
    Spinning Nerve Hold
  6. Armbar
9.
Shooting Star Staple Press
10.
Right handed punch
We
take a break.
712.
Armbar
713.
Gibberish
714.
Canadian….something
Hour
#2 begins.
723.
Jericho Screwdriver
As
Jericho talks about a Whizzer, Prince Iaukea cuts him off. Dean’s
dad trained the Prince as well and he’s not going to stand for this
disrespect. This holds up incredibly well and Jericho is still
hilarious to this day.
Prince
Iaukea vs. Glacier
Glacier
runs him over to start and hits a quick belly to back suplex. He
poses on the ropes instead of following up though and Prince comes
back with a fallaway slam. A pair of dropkicks sets up a Samoan Drop
for two but Glacier comes back with a powerslam. Glacier goes up but
jumps into a northern lights suplex for the pin. Nothing to see
here.
Some
high school students win the Nitro Party Pack. Good to know.
Juventud
Guerrera vs. El Dandy
Dandy
hits a hard knee to the chest to start but gets caught in a
hurricanrana to take him down. Juvy tries a baseball slide to the
floor but Dandy slides back in at the same time. Dandy drops him on
the top rope but Juvy comes right back with a rollup for two. Juvy
is slammed down but slips out of an attempt at a second slam before
hooking a Juvy Driver for a quick pin.
We
get a clip of the new movie Lost In Space.
Chavo
Guerrero Jr. vs. Kaz Hayashi
Heenan
has joined commentary. Chavo is in a professionally made Eddie
Guerrero is My Favorite Wrestler shirt. Feeling out process to start
with Guerrero charging into an armdrag and armbar. I guess Hayashi
is a Chris Jericho fan. Back up and Chavo gets two off a quick
dropkick before stomping on Kaz.
A
belly to back suplex sets up a chinlock from Guerrero as a guy with a
huge backpack walks through the front row. They botch a spot where
Chavo tries to powerbomb out of a hurricanrana but falls down,
basically turning it into a running seated senton. A missile
dropkick puts Chavo down and a German suplex gets two, but Chavo pops
up and hits the tornado DDT for the pin.
Rating:
C-. This was short but it was
decent while it lasted. Kaz never really did much in WCW though they
did say Ultimo Dragon had taken him under his wing so maybe he’s in
for a small push. Botch aside, Chavo continues to look smooth in the
ring most of the time and the story is what he’s been missing to get
things going.
Post
match Chavo helps Kaz up.
Before
his match Raven says he’ll dumb this down for us. He talks about
hating his father and being unpopular in high school. It was Page
who picked Raven up from the hospital when he got out of rehab. Four
years ago when Page was released it was Raven who gave him a shoulder
to cry on. Now Page is the US Champion and Raven had to spend three
years in Barbed Wire City. Why didn’t Page call in a favor and get
him a job years ago? The Snake told him that Page wasn’t a true
friend and he was right. Quoth the US Champion forevermore.
Buff
Bagwell vs. Raven
The
announcers hope they beat each other into the hospital. Why would
WCW announcers not like the Flock? Bagwell laughs at Raven to start
before hiptossing him down. Raven charges into a boot in the corner
and Bagwell runs him down. Posing ensues but here’s DDP so Raven
grabs the US Title and bails for the countout.
Page
comes up to commentary and says he wants to put this in context. Yes
he and Raven knew each other before, but Raven has selective memory.
Poor little Scotty. Poor little us as he now joins Norton, Hall,
Steiner and Riggs as Scottys in this company. Page talks about Raven
being born with a silver spoon in his mouth and having a very
privileged childhood.
On
the other hand there’s Page who came from a broken home but turned
out just fine. It wasn’t Page who caused all of Raven’s hardships
because Raven doesn’t know what hardships are. Page goes into
something resembling Hard Times before saying Raven has nothing to
complain about.
The
announcers recap the NWO events. This is in addition to constantly
talking about them during the matches.
Disco
Inferno vs. Billy Kidman
Disco
throws him into the air and gets two off a clothesline to start. He
stomps a mudhole in Kidman in the corner and throws him out tot he
floor. Kidman comes back in with a slingshot headscissors and the
announcers finally stop talking about how awesome Randy Savage is and
wondering who Nash’s partner will be.
A
slingshot legdrop gets two for Kidman and Disco gets a near fall of
his own off a sunset flip. Kidman dropkicks him down and hits a
quick backbreaker, only to miss a top rope splash. Disco gets two
off an elbow drop and a neckbreaker but charges into a sitout
spinebuster for two. Kidman makes the mistake of lowering his head
though and Disco hits a great piledriver for the pin.
Rating:
C+. Much better match than I
was expecting here with Disco actually going move for move with
Kidman. I don’t remember him using the piledriver that often but
it’s a good finishing move for him, especially if the Chartbuster is
being taken by Disciple. Really nice match here with both guys
looking good.
Hour
#3 begins.
Curt
Hennig vs. Jim Neidhart
Can
this feud just end already? Rude jumps in on commentary and dodges a
question about being Nash’s partner tonight. Neidhart quickly pulls
him to the floor and sends Hennig into the barricade before going
back inside. Jim keeps asking Rude to come down to the ring for a
beating but pounds Hennig down with ease. Hennig gets in some shots
but Neidhart rakes him in the eyes to put him down. Off to a bearhug
on Curt and Rude runs in for the DQ, only to get caught in a quick
bearhug as well.
Neidhart
gets beaten down and handcuffed to the rope. Bulldog comes in for
the save but Bryan Adams hits the ring for a piledriver on Davey.
Rude takes off his belt and chokes Neidhart, making Anvil’s eyes bug
out in an unintentionally funny bit. Bret comes out for the real
save, again calling the no association rule into question. Hart says
this isn’t happening anymore and he’s tearing the NWO down brick by
brick until he gets to Hogan.
TV
Title: Chris Benoit vs. Booker T
Booker
is defending in this rematch of a draw from last week. During the
entrances we’re told Iaukea vs. Jericho for the Cruiserweight Title
is set for the PPV. They fight over a lockup to start with neither
guy able to gain an advantage. Benoit pulls him down to the mat but
Booker does half a Spinarooni to get up before anything else can be
done. Booker gets spun over into a sunset flip for two and we have a
standoff. A HARD chop sends Booker into the ropes as we’re told it’s
Bulldog vs. Hennig at Spring Stampede. Dang how will the cable
company handle all the people wanting to buy the show now?
Benoit
stomps him down in the corner but gets caught in a spinebuster for a
close two. A hard elbow to the face puts Benoit down again and the
champion stomps away a bit. Benoit is quickly back up and snaps off
a release German suplex to put both guys down. The Canadian gets two
off a snap suplex as we get news that Nash has switched dressing
rooms. So much for talking about the title match. Booker gets a
boot up in the corner but walks into a drop toehold for two.
A
backbreaker gets two for Benoit and it’s off to surfboard hold with a
knee in Booker’s back. Chris suplexes him down for two and it’s time
to roll some Germans. Booker fights out of the third and hits the
ropes but both guys try cross bodies to put them both down. Booker
spins up and hits the side kick but gets crotched on top. Benoit is
knocked away but still sidesteps the missile dropkick. The
Crossface is quickly broken up as Booker grabs the rope. Back up and
they slug it out as the bell rings for the time limit.
Rating:
B-. Another good match here
with both guys looking great. The idea of having Benoit hang with
Booker is a good idea but it would help if he’d actually win the
title. It’s the same thing that happened to him in the US Title
feud: the good matches are getting Benoit more noticed, but a title
win would mean so much more.
More
Nitro Girls.
Psychosis
vs. Ultimo Dragon
Dragon
has the awesome red white and green attire on tonight. Psychosis
takes him down before catching the handspring elbow in a takedown. A
quick rollup gets two on Dragon and Psychosis goes up, only to have
to block the spinning hurricanrana. Dragon is sent to the floor by a
spinwheel kick and Psychosis hits a big dive over the top to take him
down. While on the floor the Flock attacks Psychosis for recently
injuring Lodi.
Dragon
helps Psychosis fight off the Flock. Luchadores vs. Flock could be
an interesting story.
Goldberg
vs. Ray Traylor
The
fans go NUTS for Goldberg and Traylor is taken aback by them.
Goldberg runs him over and they slug it out with no one getting an
advantage. They ram shoulders and no one moves so Traylor offers to
let Goldberg hit the ropes for another try. Goldberg heads towards
the ropes but snaps back with a clothesline to take Traylor down in a
nice move. A leg trip puts Ray down again but Goldberg walks into a
big spinebuster. He’s on his feet before Traylor though and it’s
spear/Jackhammer to make him 67-0.
Saturn
jumps the barricade but the Flock holds him back.
Kevin
Nash/??? vs. Lex Luger/Sting
To
the shock of no one with a brain, Randy Savage is the mystery partner
as he jumps Sting from behind during the entrances. A piledriver
(popular move tonight) lays Sting out on the floor and we start with
Savage vs. Luger. Savage kicks Sting to the floor as Nash comes in
to beat up Luger. Sting is laid out in the aisle as Savage comes
back in to choke Luger. Nash is back in again as Savage goes out to
beat on the champion again. Sting finally gets his coat off but
Savage posts him. Now it’s a chair to Sting’s ribs.
This
has been going almost five minutes and we’ve seen about 20 seconds of
the in ring portion. Nash goes to the floor to beat on Sting as
Luger misses a charge into the corner. Sting finally makes a
comeback as whatever part of this was a match breaks down. Sting
backdrops Savage to the floor and Luger clotheslines Nash down.
Hogan hits the floor to go after Sting but gets posted as well.
Luger Racks Nash but Disciple comes in behind the referee’s back to
Stun Luger, giving Nash the pin.
Rating:
C. This is a hard one to grade
as it wasn’t supposed to be a normal wrestling match. It was
designed to get us to the main event and continue the chaos of the
NWO which it did, but at the same time it was just a wild brawl.
That being said, it was entertaining and did its job so I’ll go right
in the middle instead of taking a side on it.
Post
match Piper comes out to drag Hogan back to the ring but Disciple
gets in a cheap shot to start the double teaming. They fight to the
back and we go to a break before the match actually started.
Hollywood
Hogan vs. Roddy Piper
Back
from a break and Hogan’s music plays for a bit but there’s no one in
sight. Piper and Hogan show up at the entrance with Piper punching
him down the aisle. Disciple follows them out but gets beaten up as
well. They get in the ring and slug it out though I never heard a
bell. Piper pounds away and pokes him in the eyes before they head
outside again so Hogan can be sent into Disciple.
Back
in and Piper pounds away in the corner with his 1984 offense. Hogan
gets in a low blow but Piper hits one of his own. They slug it out
from their knees with Hogan choking away. Back up and they slug it
out again until Disciple pulls Piper to the floor. Piper gets back
in and ducks a clothesline to put on a sleeper but Disciple comes in
for the DQ. After everything else that happened, that’s the DQ?
Rating:
D. Unlike the previous brawl
disguised as a match, this one didn’t have nearly the action or fun
involved included. This was the usual dull stuff when these two get
in the ring but they’re the draws so it’s ok or something. You know
you’re in trouble when the best thing you can say about a match is
it’s short.
Post
match Nash comes out and holds up Piper but Hogan hits Nash by
mistake. This brings out Giant to clear the ring. Hogan tells Nash
to be ready for the PPV but Disciple holds him back to end the show.
Remember
no Thunder this week.
Overall
Rating:
D+. They were trying
here but the NWO stuff dragged it down. It’s becoming more and more
like the Alliance every day: meaningless matches with no real end
goal in sight. Savage has his first world title shot in over a year
and it’s a subplot in the three way battle for control of the NWO.
The rest of the show had its moments but there’s too much dullness on
here dragging it down. Make sure you check out Jericho’s 1004 holds
bit though in case you’ve somehow never seen it.
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