Monday Nitro – September 21, 1998

Monday
Nitro #155
Date:
September 21, 1998
Location:
Fleet Center, Boston, Massachusetts
Attendance:
15,144
Commentators:
Mike Tenay, Bobby Heenan, Tony Schiavone, Larry Zbyszko
Reviewed by Tommy Hall
So
the Horsemen returned a week ago and three days later they were
outsmarted by Bischoff and Bagwell in an arm wrestling match on
Thunder. Due to that loss, Flair is never allowed to wrestle again,
which I’m sure will hold up. Other than that we’re coming up on
Halloween Havoc and Nitro has turned into a bad horror movie with
Warrior kidnapping Disciple last week. Let’s get to it.

Hall
arrives and yells at Doug Dillinger about wrecking his car while
holding a bag which sounds like it’s full of bottles.
Nitro
Girls.
The
announcers do their opening chat, mainly talking about Page vs.
Goldberg.
The
ring fills up with smoke and Disciple is unconscious on the mat.
This brings out the Black and White but more smoke fills the ring and
the NWO can’t just walk through it and grab his body for some reason.
Warrior appears in the rafters under the Warrior Signal with the
unconscious Disciple. Hogan says come and finish what you ran away
from eight years ago and to tell the people that Warrior lives in
fear.
Warrior
says he’s been running to reappear and take away all of Hogan’s
valuable possessions. Tonight he starts with the Disciple, who
kneels beside him because he hasn’t been instilled with the Warrior
powers. Warrior promises that the plot will thicken tonight. I know
the blowoff match is horrible, but the build for it is somehow even
less interesting.
Opening
sequence.
Finlay
vs. Barry Darsow
They
circle each other until Darsow hammers him into the corner but Finlay
uppercuts him back. We hit an early nerve hold on Barry followed by
a simple pull of the face but Darsow comes back with choking and a
chinlock. Finlay counters a piledriver attempt and the tombstone is
enough to pin Barry.
Rating:
D. Pretty boring brawl for the
most part here with Darsow not being interesting at all. Finlay was
a decent enough midcarder but he needed more to work with out there.
I’ve never understood the mentality behind booking these meaningless
matches in the first hour. You have an uncontested hour with no Raw
and this is how you use it?
Clips
of Flair returning last week.
Clips
of Warrior’s speech from earlier because wrestling fans can’t
remember something from fifteen minutes ago.
Nick
Dinsmore vs. Wrath
Dinsmore
is more famous as Eugene. Wrath
throws him into the corner to start and sidesteps a dropkick.
Meltdown ends this squash quick.
More
Flair clips.
Video
on Goldberg vs. Page which plays up a battle of the finishers. The
match is for the WCW/NWO World Title, making me shake my head all
over again.
Rick
Fuller vs. Rick Steiner
It’s
a brawl to start with Steiner pounding Fuller down to the mat.
Steiner catches a jumping Fuller in a kind of belly to belly, setting
up the bulldog for the pin in less than a minute. That was a
dominant squash.
Steiner
gets on the mic and says Goldberg is 146-0 but he’s 9000-0 against
his brother.
The
evil laughter starts up again.
Here’s
the Black and White to continue the nonsense. Hogan wants to take it
to the streets with Warrior so he says come to the ring and face him
like a man. Warrior appears on the stage and says follow him if you
have the courage. The Black and White goes after him and after
pausing for the smoke, goes into Hogan’s locker room and finds a
burning Warrior symbol and Disciple unconscious in the bathroom.
Smoke fills the bathroom and Disciple disappears.
We
look at Saturn telling the Flock to go their own ways last week.
Kanyon/Raven
vs. Los Villanos
Raven
says loyalty is dead and someone has to pay before blasting the
Villanos in a fast start. Kanyon loads up a powerbomb on IV with
Raven adding a neckbreaker, only to drop IV on the back of his head,
causing the match to stop immediately. Raven was checking on IV and
looked terrified so I can’t imagine this was fake.
The
trainer comes out to check on IV and you can hear the fans gasp as
replays are shown. Thankfully it looks like it was his shoulder that
landed first. IV is able to sit up and very slowly walk away from
the ring, getting a nice ovation from the crowd.
We
see Disco Inferno trying to make weight for a Cruiserweight Title
shot tonight.
Hour
#2 begins.
Alex
Wright comes out and shouts in German before saying we’re dumb
Americans. He speaks very slowly for us, saying that he can’t stand
America and Diamond Dallas Page is even worse.
Alex
Wright vs. Diamond Dallas Page
Page
is taping his hands up on the way to the ring. Alex stomps him down
in the corner to start and knocks him back with a dropkick. A
missile dropkick puts Page down again but Page counters a whip into
the corner and loads up a belly to back suplex. Wright backflips out
but walks into the Diamond Cutter for the pin. I think Page was
supposed to catch him during the backflip but couldn’t get his hands
up in time, which is hardly a criticism as that would have been very
difficult and the way they did it looked fine.
Post
match Page says he and Goldberg are different animals with Goldberg
rocketing to the top while Page took forever to get there. He’s
bringing everything he has at Halloween Havoc and will make Goldberg
feel the BANG.
The
Nitro Party winner of the week is from a bunch of guys who forgot to
include their names.
More
Nitro Girls.
Clip
of Ernest Miller being arrested last week.
The
Cat vs. Lenny Lane
Lane
is given five seconds to leave without getting beaten up and actually
takes Miller up on the offer. Cat stops him and kicks Lane in the
chest before talking even more trash. Another kick to the face drops
Lenny as Scott Hall staggers down the aisle. Miller has a chinlock
on Lane as Hall says it’s party time Boston style. Dusty Rhodes
returns from wherever he’s been for the last few months to yell at
Scott, saying he’s throwing his career away. The Feliner ends Lane
to wrap up the stuff in the background. We only saw about 45 seconds
of the match.
Disco
is exhausted and covered in sweat but has made weight. So Matt Hardy
in 2003 was ripping off Disco Inferno?
Back
from a break with more evil laughter.
We
look at Jericho getting lost over and over again. Last week Jericho
thinks Goldberg is scared of him and declares himself a unified world
champion.
Jerry
Flynn vs. Saturn
Saturn
easily takes him down before hitting a Thesz Press and a quickly
broken choke. Flynn tries a leg lock but Saturn is in the ropes
before too much damage can be done. Saturn kicks him in the head a
few times and loads up a table on the floor. Flynn hits a nice dive
to take Saturn out but walks into a northern lights suplex, which
Tony says is out of Curt Hennig’s playbook. More kicks from Flynn
set up a cross armbreaker but Saturn rolls out. They head outside
and Flynn accidentally kicks the post twice in a row, setting up a
splash through the table and the Death Valley Driver for the pin.
Rating:
D+. WAY too much offense from
Flynn here, especially so soon after Saturn’s big win over Raven. It
was nice to see Flynn do anything other than kicks, but at the end of
the day he’s still the same stupid mullet wearing karate guy he’s
always been. Why the table spot wasn’t a DQ is never explained.
Monday
Night Jericho ad, featuring voiceovers talking about people becoming
Jericholics. The lights come on to reveal that it’s Jericho himself
in a funny bit.
Here
are Bagwell and Scott Steiner to brag about their physiques and make
fun of Boston for losing everything. They’ve
been sent here to find out where Bret Hart stands and
demand that he come out here right now, fake knee injury or not.
Bret comes in for the showdown but the NWO guys beat him down until
Sting makes the save. Rick
Steiner sneaks up on Scott and gets in a few good shots as Bagwell
runs.
Cruiserweight
Title: Disco Inferno vs. Kidman
Disco
is defending but is already tired coming in. Kidman has no sympathy
and dropkicks him down for a fast two and a slingshot legdrop gets
the same. A nice running clothesline gets two more but Disco grabs a
headlock to get a breather. They run the ropes and Disco collapses
from exhaustion. Kidman
hooks a chinlock and drops another middle rope legdrop for his fourth
two count before we take a break.
Back
with Kidman still in control as Lodi comes to the ring with signs
saying they need to reform the Flock. Disco uses the distraction to
hit a quick jumping piledriver but takes too long to cover and only
gets two. He slams Kidman down but stops to dance, wasting even more
energy. A middle rope elbow misses and Kidman comes back with a
middle rope bulldog for two. Disco
comes back with a neckbreaker but stops to dance before trying a
powerbomb, allowing Kidman to counter into a faceplant. Kidman
scores with sitout spinebuster and the Shooting Star for the pin.
Rating:
B-. Nice match here with a good
one night angle to back it up. It wasn’t anything original or ground
breaking but it gave the match an extra dimension and made Disco look
a bit better. It also helps that Kidman was only in trouble once off
that piledriver which only connected because of a distraction.
The
evil laughter starts up again as Disco is still in the ring.
Nitro
Girls with Tygress getting a solo.
More
Flair stuff from last week.
Chavo
Guerrero Jr. vs. Konnan
Konnan
does his schtick and Chavo does the same thing, showing that he’s as
loveable as Konnan is. Chavo thinks he should be in the Wolfpack too
and wants to talk to Nash about it. Instead it’s Konnan taking him
down with a pair of clotheslines and scoring with the low dropkick.
Chavo bails to the floor for a meeting with Pepe before coming back
with a very elaborate arm wringer before pulling on his trunks.
Konnan
gets taken down by a dropkick and Chavo stops for a ride on Pepe.
The delay lets K-Dawg come back with a gorilla press drop before
sending him face first into the buckle. We hit the chinlock for a
bit but Chavo fights back with
a running forearm in the corner. Now it’s Chavo with a chinlock for
a few seconds until we take a break.
Back
with Konnan still in the chinlock as Heenan is talking a mile a
minute. Chavo cranks on
Konnan’s arms before missing a charge into the post to change
momentum. Konnan takes him outside and whips him into various metal
objects before bulldogging him down for two. The usual stuff
finishes for Konnan.
Rating:
D+. This match died after the
break with both guys laying around and resting far too much. That’s
the problem with having a guy like Konnan go long when he mainly
wrestles in squash matches. Not a terrible match due to the comedy
at the start but it didn’t work for the most part.
We
see Eddie being sent to Japan last week.
Here
are Liz and Bischoff with the latter being way too happy given what
was happening with Disciple. Bischoff brags about building an empire
and being responsible for everyone being in their seats tonight. He
built up everything you see here and none of the credit can go to Ric
Flair. Eric talks about all the mistakes Flair made last week and
reminds Flair that just because he has a contract, it doesn’t mean he
has the right to wrestle. Flair and Anderson should never wrestle
again since this is Bischoff’s company and he gets to make the
decision.
This
brings out the Horsemen in black (save for Arn in stripes) to the
AWESOME galloping horse music. Security stops the Horsemen in the
aisle but Flair has a quick chat with Doug Dillinger and the Horsemen
get to come to the ring. Flair can’t talk due to the ovation at
first which brings a smile to my face. Bischoff lied when he said
Flair wasn’t here and lied again when he said the Horsemen were dead.
Flair goes through every member of the Horsemen and why they’re all
great but says Bischoff gets to live tonight.
Only
Anderson wants to get his hands on Bischoff worse than Ric does, and
on his worse day he could roll Bischoff
up, smoke him, then stomp on him like a cockroach. Bischoff offers
Flair a free shot. Ric: “Yeah I want it and she wants Space
Mountain but she’s not getting it tonight.” Flair says the only
reason he won’t hit Bischoff is he doesn’t have another two million
bucks.
Ric
brings up Reid’s wrestling tournament that caused the original
suspension (never mentioned on TV before I don’t think) so Bischoff
can suck it. Bischoff has said that the Horsemen are too old but
Flair says he’s just too good. Flair says he didn’t save his money
but he made it by being the best. The only reason Bischoff is living
like he is now is because of people like Flair, Sting, Luger and
Dusty Rhodes.
Ric
keeps ranting about selling out arenas from coast to coast while
Bischoff was in a bathroom buying his first condom. Space Mountain
may be the oldest ride in the park but it still has the longest line.
While Bischoff is puffing his chest, why doesn’t he tell the people
who introduced him to Hulk Hogan.
Bischoff
says it was just because Flair wanted to carry Hogan’s bag. Ric
calls Hogan a guy that went on fourth every night to beat the crowd
and says the Horsemen will be in Norfolk for Thunder but Bischoff
warns them not to show up. The Horsemen back Bischoff into a corner
and show him the fingers to end the segment. No one can rant like
Ric Flair, period.
Giant/Stevie
Ray vs. Kevin Nash/Lex Luger
The
graphic says Stevie Ray/Scott Hall which is due to Giant subbing in
for the drunk Hall. Stevie and Luger start us off and do very little
before Hall comes up to the announcers’ desk and wants to know why so
many people want to see him fight Nash. Scott says there’s no
alcohol policy in WCW and his back hurts from carrying Nash this many
years. Luger stomps Stevie down in the corner as Hall nearly falls
down while talking.
Hall
comes down and gets on the apron before throwing the referee to the
floor. Nash gets the tag as Tenay plugs a boxing show tomorrow
night. Hall tries a right hand and falls down, allowing Giant to
come in and beat down Nash. Luger cleans house with a chair and the
match is thrown out. No rating due to the lack of action as this was
more storytelling than wrestling.
Hall
wants to fight Nash but falls to the floor on a charge. Nash is
disgusted by what he’s seeing and says that he’s lost his best friend
because he doesn’t know who Hall is anymore. Scott yells that he’s
lost everything and Nash wasn’t there but Nash says he won’t fight
for free. A challenge is thrown out for Halloween Havoc and I guess
Hall accepts.
Here’s
the Black and White for the final Warrior showdown of the night.
Hogan says get Warrior out here so he can send him back to the
promised land. Warrior shows up in the entrance and Disciple is
behind him. Hogan is thrilled but Disciple turns around to reveal an
OWN vest, sending Hogan into a rage as we go off the air.
Overall
Rating:
D. This
was pretty much a throwaway show with one good match out of ten.
Even modern day Raw can give you a better ratio than that. The best
part of the first hour were those right hands that Rick Steiner threw
at Fuller. Let that sink in for a minute: some right hands, the most
commonly used move in wrestling, were the best things in an hour of
wrestling.
The
Horsemen segment was good with Flair explaining his issues with
Bischoff to the crowd who probably didn’t know most of the details.
However, Bischoff didn’t come off as scared or intimidated in the
slightest. He was defiant, bold and standing up to Flair, which
makes the Horsemen look far less intimidating than they should.
That’s the problem with Bischoff at the end of the day: he almost
never got any punishment for what he did, save for the occasional
moment like losing to Jay Leno or Larry Zbyszko about ten months
earlier. Other than that, Bischoff gets to be this big macho guy who
never gets what’s coming to him.
Finally
there’s the big story of the week. Based on what we’ve seen since
Fall Brawl, it’s very clear that the real main event of Halloween
Havoc is Hogan vs. Warrior and Goldberg vs. Page is about five
notches lower on the card. I understand the concept of a dream match
being bigger than the world title once in awhile, but this is the
fourth straight PPV (meaning every one since he won the title) where
Goldberg isn’t in the featured match. The
title is being treated like it’s an afterthought and that’s not good
at any time. This company
is on the verge of big trouble and the signs have been there for
months.
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