Mike Reviews Shows Considered To Be Stinkers – WCW Road Wild 1998 (8th August 1998)

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Back with another Stinker review, as I tackle Road Wild 98!

For those not au fait, Stinker Reviews are where I take a look at a show that has a bad reputation and see if it deserves that reputation or not. September will be another reader review, so get your suggestions in either in the comments or to [email protected] I’ll draw a “lucky” winner out of the Stinker Hat and that’ll be September’s review.

There is an actual hat as well…

See! I don’t exaggerate about these things!!

Anyway, Road Wild was usually a pretty rubbish event each year as WCW held the show in a field in Sturgis in front of a bunch of bikers who didn’t like wrestling. Amazing how that usually led to bad shows eh? The 98 version of the show featured talk show host Jay Leno wrestling Holllywood Hogan (Couldn’t they have at least sprung for Steve Wilkos? I could at least buy that he’d have a chance in a fight).

There’s not much on the under card to get excited about either, but who knows, maybe this show might have aged well?

Well…it COULD happen!

The event is emanating from Sturgis, South Dakota on the 8th of August 1998

Calling the action are Tony Skee-a-vone, Mike Tenay and Bobby Heenan

We get a video package to hype up the Hogan/Bischoff Vs DDP/Leno “Main Event”

We get some impressive helicopter shots of Sturgis. There are quite a lot of people sitting on their bikes for this, but none of them paid to get in and none of them actually like or understand wrestling either, so it’s kind of pointless even having the event here to begin with. This show was usually a money loser and only really happened because Bischoff was a mark for motorbikes. Travis Tritt will be in concert later but I don’t think WWE have ponied up the cash for the rights to show that.

Mean Gene Okerlund is on a bike in the aisle and plugs a bike. The extent of my motorbike knowledge goes about as far as playing Road Rash World Tour on the SEGA Mega Drive/Genesis, so I’m in no place to say whether Gene’s plugging of the bike is valid or not.

Man, all of this talking at the start of the show is an absolute momentum killer. It shouldn’t take this long to get a match in the ring. You could normally rely on the WWF to hit someone’s music right after the pyro and ballyhoo ended, but WCW loved to take their time, like a silver haired old dear tootling round the corner for a pint of milk in her Reliant Robin.

Opening Match
The Barbarian w/ Jimmy Hart Vs Meng

Barbarian and Meng were a tag team called The Faces of Fear but had a falling out, so they’re going to go at it now. Back in the day I bet people thought this was a terrible idea but the IWC’s stance on Meng especially as softened somewhat, so this match might actually be a fun slugfest if they just go right at it with reckless abandon.

They are clobbering each other early on, with some big throws for good measure, and it is indeed rather fun. It’s not a technical classic or anything, but it’s Barbarian Vs Meng, you’re not here for snap-mares and arm wringers.

The weather seems nice at least, with it being sunny but the sun doesn’t appear to be beating down on the ring, so hopefully it’s not so warm that the guys are getting broiled in there. Tony says it’s been around 80 most of the day, but the sun seems to be setting now and there seems to be a slight breeze.

Barbarian does appear to forget to kick out at one stage, as I think Hart was supposed to distract Meng, so Meng just gets off him and the ref stops counting. They keep it under 5 minutes, but they still lose the crowd a little bit after a relatively hot opening, but it’s been okay for the most part. Barbarian preps for a big boot, but Meng catches him in The Tongan Death Grip and that’s enough for the three count.

WINNER: MENG
RATING: *3/4

This was alright, as having two big blokes clobber one another was probably the best way to acquaint this crowd with Pro-Wrestling. I wouldn’t say it was “pay per view quality”, but it wasn’t terrible either

Hugh Morrus runs down to help Hart and Barbarian put a beat down on Men following that, with Hart coming off the top rope with an utterly horrendous splash. Jim Duggan eventually makes the save with his 2×4 to a pop from the crowd. Meng doesn’t really appreciate the help, but doesn’t attack Duggan either.

We get more shots of Sturgis. The hills look nice at least.

Match Two
The Dancing Fools (The Disco Inferno and Alex Wright) w/ Magnum Tokyo Vs The Public Enemy (Rocco Rock and Johnny Grunge)

Disco, Alex and Tokyo all had dancing gimmicks, so they’ve formed a wacky trio. TPE were not especially good wrestlers but they could be entertaining in the right setting, which would normally be wild brawls around the arena. In this match they actually try and do some wrestling though, which goes totally against what they’re good at. You’d think that having them do the crazy brawl would actually be a good idea in front of this crowd too, as they’d likely enjoy the anarchic action.

Alex and Disco are entertaining as cocky Heels and can both wrestle a bit as well, so they were a solid mid-card Heel team but their run didn’t last that long and they were both back to working singles matches by Halloween Havoc. They sell well for TPE actually, and a metal bin eventually gets involved, as it looks like we’re going to have a brawl after all. Rocco even brings a ladder into things. Tony is unsure why this is being allowed, which makes me think it’s a No DQ match and no one took the time to inform the announcers, Because WCW.

Alex and Disco tease running away but then return with a table, which leads to Disco officially laying down the challenge for a Street Fight, which the referee agrees to. Grunge celebrates this by bringing a toilet seat and a literal kitchen sink down to the ring with him, which leads to everyone walking around and hitting one another with weapons. It’s entertaining for the most part, as TPE excel in this sort of match and the Heels are fun at selling and getting beaten up. Disco in particular is hamming it up a lot in entertaining fashion.

It sounds like Disco is talking too much at one stage and the camera has to cut away whilst he’s passing on a cue of some kind to Rocco. One for Maffew to investigate I think. Tokyo of course comes in to try and help his buddies, and that of course goes awry like the bumbling lackey he is, which leads to Alex trying to walk out. The match kind of just falls apart at this stage, as they’ve gone for too long and have missed the peak.

These two teams could have an entertaining match in the right setting, but 15 minutes is way too long. It’s doesn’t help that TPE dedicate a huge amount of time setting up three tables whilst Disco has to lie around selling in the ring for an absolute age. Grunge uses a ladder to drag Disco up to the top of the three tables and Rocco drops an elbow off the scaffolding used around the ring. Grunge heaves Disco back into the ring and makes the cover, but Tokyo has to miss a splash from the top first. Following that, Grunge makes the pin and brings the match to an end.

WINNERS: THE PUBLIC ENEMY
RATING: *

This went too long and they pretty much lost the crowd after a certain point. Shave 7-8 minutes off it and give it a snappier finishing sequence and it probably would have been fine

Lee Marshall is interviewing Dean Malenko who will be a guest ref in the Cruiserweight Title match later.

Match Three
Falls Count Anywhere
Raven w/ Lodi Vs Kanyon Vs Saturn

Following one brawl with another isn’t the best example of match making to be honest. This was a bit of a confusing feud, as Kanyon had wanted to join Raven’s Flock but Raven refused, so Kanyon now hates Raven. Raven set his mate Saturn after Kanyon, so Kanyon hates Saturn and vice versa, but Raven then kicked Saturn out of The Flock due to Saturn failing to beat Kanyon at The Great American Bash, so Saturn now hates Raven. Things then got even more confusing when Kanyon aligned with Raven anyway, which makes me ponder why Raven didn’t just let Kanyon join The Flock to begin with.

Heenan even makes fun of how confusing this whole feud is during the match itself. It’s actually a decent match to be honest, with Saturn and Kanyon both teaming up on Raven at one stage, which actually succeeds in getting a pop from the crowd. That alliance soon falls apart though when both men try to win the match. They do give Raven TOTAL ELIMINATION at one stage though, which pops me as I was a big ECW fan back in the day. Raven playing off the two men who hate him against one another so that he can eventually defeat them both isn’t a bad story in theory, but I think it’s a bit too high concept for WCW in 1998.

They eventually brawl outside of the ring and down the aisle, which has been made to look like a road, and Raven actually takes some pretty big bumps out there, including getting flung into the railings and nearly landing on his head. Kanyon takes a suplex out there as well, as these guys are really beating the stuffing out of one another in an effort to make the crowd care here, and it mostly isn’t working. Raven even throws a big dropkick out there to send Kanyon rolling down the ramp in a cool visual.

Seeing these guys do these big spots to veritable silence from a crowd that doesn’t either understand it or care is almost kind of depressing actually. They’re working so hard to have a great match and the crowd just couldn’t give any less of a fudge about it. Even the triple sleeper spot doesn’t even get a pop, and when no one cares about that spot you know you’re working in front of a lousy crowd. Kanyon actually jumps off the scaffolding and takes a bump on the stage area after Lodi moves Raven out of the way. That’s such a nasty bump to take and the crowd didn’t even care.

Lodi and Horace Hogan get involved in an effort to help Raven, but Lodi accidentally blinds Horace with powder and Horace hits both Lodi and Raven with a stop sign, which finally manages to get a reaction from the crowd. Saturn takes it home straight after with a Spicolli Driver on Raven and that gets a bit of a pop too. Well at least the crowd woke up at the very end I suppose.

WINNER: SATURN
RATING: **1/2

This was three guys absolutely busting their humps in front of a crowd who couldn’t have cared if they lived or died. Seriously, screw the crowd there. Sometimes you can blame the wrestlers for not wrestling to their audience, but they tried EVERYTHING to get that crowd to care and they just sat on their hands throughout

We get more shots of the crowd and surrounding mountainside

Match Four
Winner becomes #1 Contender for the WCW Cruiserweight Title
Psicosis Vs Rey Mysterio Jr

These two usually have good matches with one another, but will the crowd actually be into this? Rey actually encourages the crowd to rev their engines during his entrance, and they respond by doing so. Rey even gets some scattered chants during the start of the match, but there’s also an audible “boring” shout when Psi actually tries to do some wrestling. I honestly think the only way to get this crowd to care is to House Show Special it, with incredibly basic spots and lots of movement, which is fine for a non-televised event but is pretty boring for a pay per view, so it kind of puts the guys in a quandary.

Do you cater to the lowest common denominator in order to try and get the crowd to actually react to your match, or do you try and give the viewers at home some good action at the expense of the bikers caring about what you do? It’s why making this a per per view was such a bad idea. If you want to run a show at Sturgis then just make it a non-televised live event and then show some pictures on Nitro after the fact. Don’t make people pay to watch matches in front of a dead crowd and essentially burn a pay per view event every year.

These two actually have an enjoyable match, as they tone it down a bit and try to do more generic crowd pleasing spots, such as Rey ramming Psi’s head into the corner at one stage so that the fans can chant along. There’s still some good action in there as well, but the crowd doesn’t care about that when they do it. Psi gets a really slick sit out powerbomb counter to a Rey rana at one stage for instance, but it draws silence. Psi resorts to working a nerve pinch in an effort to get the crowd to clap for Rey to make a comeback, but it doesn’t work, despite a good sell job from Rey whilst in the hold.

Psi even busts out an Ocean Cyclone Suplex at one stage, which looks great but is greeted with complete silence from the crowd. Psi is doing his best to antagonise the crowd at points, talking some smack and posing, but it doesn’t really work. This is a match where I can’t fault how they’ve worked it to be honest, as they’ve realised that they’re not in front of wrestling fans so they’ve tried to work a more traditional American style match with clear spots designed to get the crowd to boo Psi and get behind Rey to make a comeback, but even that hasn’t worked.

Rey does eventually make a comeback and sends Psi out to the floor for a running flip dive, which wakes the crowd up a bit, and he gets a nice near fall back inside with a Sunset Flip. Rey follows that up with an awesome looking twisting Rocker Dropper before getting the Split-Legged Moonsault for yet another two. Rey spikes Psi with a springboard rana following that, and that’s finally enough for three after a decent closing stretch.

WINNER: REY MYSTERIO JR
RATING: **3/4

The crowd didn’t care again, but I can’t fault the two guys for how they worked that. They clearly tried to simplify things a bit and structured the match so that the crowd would get behind Rey and want to see him make a comeback, but the crowd just didn’t bite, either because they didn’t understand what the guys were trying to do or they weren’t bothered either way

We get some replays, with the finish looking even more brutal in slow-mo.

Tony talks about how you can buy any leather item you want in Sturgis. Anyone else think there’s something Tony isn’t telling us?

Match Five
WCW World Television Title
Champ in lieu: Stevie Ray Vs Chavo Guerrero Jr

Stevie isn’t actually the Champ but he’s defending it on behalf of Booker T. Chavo was doing a wacky crazy man gimmick at the time. He’d actually done a quick job to Stevie Ray via handshake at Bash at the Beach 98, but this time they’re actually going to wrestle for real. Stevie has a document that says he has Power of Attorney over Booker’s affairs, which is why he can defend the belt on his behalf. Chavo has stolen that document though and now thinks he is the Champ.

Chavo cuts a funny wacky promo where he tries to explain that he is in fact the TV Champ. Most of the crowd doesn’t have a clue what he’s on about. Chavo has basically lifted Al Snow’s gimmick as well, as he has a wooden horse called Pepe that he talks to, which was low-rent even for WCW. Chavo wants a handshake again like at Bash at the Beach, but Stevie refuses this time, so Chavo gets into an argument with his own hand. This would be horrible most of the time, but here in front of a dead crowd it’s even worse.

Chavo spends most of the match fleeing whilst Stevie gets angry and tries to get hold of him. Chavo continues to hit and run until Stevie decides that he can no longer sanction this buffoonery any longer and finishes Chavo off with The Slapjack, which is a spiked Pedigree.

WINNER AND STILL CHAMPION: STEVIE RAY
RATING: DUD

I’m almost amazed they put this dreck on a show that people had to pay for. Stevie would lose the belt to Chris Jericho not too soon after this. I think it might have been on the next show actually

Stevie tries to beat up Chavo some more, but Eddie Guerrero runs down to talk Stevie out of it in a twist that I don’t think went anywhere as Eddie formed the Latino World Order around a month later and Chavo wasn’t involved.

Lee Marshall interviews Cruiserweight Champ Chris Jericho about his match later. Jericho says Malenko being the ref proves there is a conspiracy against him. Remember when being a conspiracy theorist was something that made you an object of ridicule? We need to go back to those days I think.

Rick Steiner comes out for a match with Scott Steiner following Scott’s Heel turn earlier in the year. Scott comes out on a gurney with a breathing apparatus though and ducks out of the match. Buff Bagwell is there as his lackey and they have pretty funny chemistry together actually. This was a cheap angle to deny the paying customers at home the match they actually paid for. All I will say is that there is a very funny recurring gag where Buff puts the mic up to Scott’s mouth and he mumbles answers with the mask on. This would have been fine as an angle on Nitro or Thunder, but on a pay per view it was a complete rip off. James J. Dillon says they can reschedule the match and sets it up for Fall Brawl 98 in September, but they ended up ripping fans off on that show as well with a crappy non-finish. Dillon states that Scott will be barred from wrestling for life if he ducks out of Fall Brawl, which leads to Scott and Buff fleeing from an enraged Rick.

Match Six
Brian Adams w/ Vincent Vs Mongo McMichael

I feel terrible saying bad things about Mongo due to the health issues he’s suffered from this year, but this match is absolutely abysmal. Mongo has charisma and clearly is trying hard, but he needs to be carried in order to have anything close to a good match and Adams is not the guy to carry him. Mongo tries to get the crowd invested early on, but even with their limited knowledge they quickly suss that he doesn’t really know what he’s doing once the wrestling starts.

This match has so many botches in it that it could put Maffew’s kids through college. Mongo gets possibly the worst DDT I’ve ever seen in my life at one stage for instance, and it’s not long before Adams is putting Mongo is rest holds to absolute silence from the crowd. It’s so quiet in this place that I half expect to see people checking out books in the background.

Mongo can at least do some decent looking football tackles, so he delivers those and then sends Adams off for…something but Adams stops in his tracks and the match just disintegrates as a result. I have no idea what the plan was there. The ref takes a bump and Vincent tries to help Adams, but ends up hitting him with a weak chair shot by mistake and that leads to Mongo heaving Adams up into a Tombstone Piledriver, which he thankfully does without killing Shaka-Bra.

WINNER: MONGO MCMICHAEL
RATING: ¼*

This was positively honking, but at least it kind of told a story in between the botches I guess. You can kind of see what they were going for here with Mongo overcoming the numbers game in order to win following a gutsy effort, but some of the actual wrestling was horrific. It certainly had no place on a pay per view event

Mean Gene is with another bike and some ladies in the entrance way. It might have been the same bike from earlier to be honest, that’s how little I know about this stuff. I might know as much about bikes as some of these goofs in the crowd do about wrestling to be honest. Of course, the difference is that I wouldn’t go to a motorbike event and then refuse to react to anything because I thought I was above it all.

Match Seven
WCW World Cruiserweight Title
Guest Referee: Dean Malenko
Champ: Chris Jericho Vs Juventud Guerrera

Jericho and Malenko had been feuding for most of the spring and summer, with this being the blow off to it all. Jericho took Juvy’s mask back in February, so Juvy being the guy to end his stint in the Cruiser Division feels apt. Jericho actually manages to draw some genuine Heel heat by playing to the biker’s inherent xenophobia and saying that he prefers Honda bikes as opposed to Harley’s. Jericho really is a master of his craft. He’s the first guy to really manage to get these people to hate him thus far, and it means the match actually has some heat as a result.

Malenko takes no guff from Jericho and the crowd is into that. The action is mostly good, although there’s the odd moment where their timing isn’t quite right. Overall though this is the best match from an in-ring and crowd reaction perspective that we’ve had all night thus far, with the two guys having a good match and the crowd is digging it for the most part. A lot of that can be attributed to how Jericho works the crowd, as he sells and stooges well throughout and the crowd enjoys watching him get battered, along with enjoying watching Malenko putting him in his place when he misbehaves.

There is one moment where they repeat a spot, as Jericho is supposed to catch a cross body and slam Juvy down, but Jericho can’t hold him so he bumps like a normal cross body and they do it again. Juvy comes off the top this time so it looks a bit different at least. Jericho continues to play to the crowd when he gets a chance, and the fans respond by revving their engines and chanting at him. Pun not intended, but Jericho has managed to crack the code with this crowd somehow. They’re actually reacting like a wrestling crowd and are into the story of the match. The dude has completed something akin to a miracle.

It’s not like it’s a classic or anything, but it’s a good match with decent heat in comparison to everything else we’ve seen so far tonight, and it tells a good story. On a regular show it would be a solid edition to the card, but here it’s comparable to the last oxygen tank for a deep sea diver. Jericho wears Juvy down with some holds but Juvy eventually makes a comeback, with Malenko’s count being the same for both men when they make pins. Juvy shows some good charisma actually, and the crowd responds to it.

Jericho catches Juvy with a powerbomb and throws some great disrespectful little kicks whilst Juvy lays on the mat. Jericho just completely understood how to be an absolute berk, with lots of neat little touches that he could employ to make him even more dislikeable. He was legitimately one of the best Heel acts in the company during this time because he actually committed to being a bad guy. He wasn’t trying to be cool; he was trying to be an absolute goof that you could have no admiration or respect for, which really made him stand out in 1998. Steve Corino basically lifted the gimmick for his first year in ECW and it worked well for him too.

The finishing stretch is done well, with Jericho going to The Lion Tamer for a submission tease, only for Juvy to make the ropes. Jericho acts like he’s won and then complains when Malenko doesn’t ring the bell. Malenko takes a stray elbow to the eye from Juvy and is temporarily blinded, which leads to Jericho getting a sly belt shot and then slapping Malenko to wake him up before making the pin. Malenko still counts fairly, but when Jericho kicks him in the face whilst sat on the top rope it leads to Malenko boosting Juvy up for a rana, which leads to a three count.

WINNER AND NEW CHAMPION: JUVENTUD GUERRERA
RATING: ***1/4

A genuinely good match, with a good story being told where Jericho got too cute for his own good and it eventually costing him. The crowd responded as well, which makes me think Jericho will turn some water into wine for an encore

Jericho tries to attack Malenko post-match, but Malenko sends him packing straight into the TV Title Division.

Semi-Main
Battle Royal
Representing nWo Hollywood – Curt Hennig, Scott Hall, Scott Norton and The Giant
Representing nWo Wolfpac – Kevin Nash, Konnan, Sting and Lex Luger
Representing Goldberg – Goldberg

You get eliminated by either being pinned or thrown over the top rope. This was a pretty odd use of Goldberg, as he really didn’t need to be in this and they could have just had him beat one of the other 8 guys in a singles match for his WCW World Title. Playing second fiddle to the Hogan Show like this was one of the first real warning signs that they were botching this Goldberg Title run, as he doesn’t come across as the top guy in the company here but rather just another face in the crowd, which is the exact opposite of what WCW needed their hot new babyface star to be.

Goldberg gets announced as being from “Parts Unknown” here, but I’m pretty certain by this stage we knew his background and that he had an actual hometown and whatnot. He won the Title in Atlanta and the whole appeal was that he was the local celebrity who came good. Goldberg is over with the crowd at least, highlighting that he was a genuine big name with the casual’s by this stage. I always find it kind of hard to review Battle Royals because there’s only so many times you can write “guys rest on the ropes and then someone gets dumped out”.

Hall is the first out via Goldberg and Nash does the lame “I’ll eliminate myself so I can beat up my rival” spot in order to follow him out. Come on Kev, you can get thrown out of a Battle Royal surely? It’s not like someone is asking you to eat a pin or something. Just do the old Cactus Clothesline spot so that you and Hall eliminate one another. I doubt it will particularly diminish your star power. It’s amazing how insecure wrestlers were about their spots back then.

This isn’t a terrible match or anything, but Goldberg just feels out of place here. At least the nWo rival factions had a feud going on. It feels like Goldberg just randomly teleported in for seemingly no reason. Goldberg is the guy in the match that the crowd cares about though, and he gets to eliminate mostly everyone in the match. It does mean that he essentially takes out all of his potential challengers in one go though. Eventually it comes down to Goldberg Vs Giant, with Goldberg no selling a Choke Slam and then getting the Jack Hammer for three.

WINNER: GOLDBERG
RATING: *1/2

I don’t know why they didn’t just book Goldberg Vs Giant as a singles match and have Goldberg beat him in 3-5 minutes. You would have achieved the same thing and still have some challengers left over for Goldberg to face down the line. The match itself was just a Battle Royal. It was hot when Goldberg was doing stuff and meh when he wasn’t

It’s pretty much night now and Michael Buffer has joined us for his MC duties. Somehow he looks as clean and presentable as ever, even though he probably got dressed in a crate the size of a sardine tin somewhere in the parking lot.

Main Event
Hulk Hogan and Eric Bischoff w/ The Disciple and Elizabeth Vs Diamond Dallas Page and Jay Leno w/ Kevin Eubanks

Following the Main Event of Hogan and Dennis Rodman Vs DDP and Karl Malone at Bash at the Beach 98 doing good business, WCW decided to again try and ride the celebrity train by having Bischoff mock Jay Leno and the Tonight Show in order to set up a tag match for Road Wild. Leno didn’t really have the same pay per view magic that the two basketball players did and the media hype wasn’t as big this time around. It also led to some excruciating segments on Nitro where Bischoff would do his own talk show segments to diminishing returns.

DDP and Leno actually come down to the ring to the theme from Leno’s show, which isn’t exactly as blood pumping as DDP’s theme. The heat for this one actually isn’t too bad, with Leno having the freak show appeal that a crowd like this can appreciate. DDP and Hogan do a fun shine, with Hogan stooging and the crowd being into it. Man, it’s amazing how some crowd heat can lift a match sometimes, even if the actual wrestling isn’t amazing or even particularly good. It would have been nice if they had been like this for the rest of the show.

Bischoff does only punches and kicks when he comes in, just like his character on WCW Revenge for the N64. Hogan and Leno actually do a segment together, with Hogan even being willing to sell for Leno in a wrist lock at one stage. Never underestimate how much of a media whore Hulk Hogan is I guess. He’ll do anything to get some attention, no matter how silly he has to look in the process. If that means selling for a TV talk show host then so be it.

The crowd enjoys it all for the most part, with DDP eventually getting cut off and worked over, mostly by Hogan although Bischoff gets some kicks and punches in occasionally too. The work isn’t especially great aside from DDP, but Hogan’s stuff is serviceable and Bischoff is smart enough not to try anything he can’t do. They also don’t drag the heat out for too long either, which is a smart call considering that really only Hogan and DDP know how to wrestle.

Leno and Bischoff get to do their thing, with it being as awful as you’d expect, but the crowd doesn’t hate it and chants along when Leno rams Bischoff’s head into the corner. Heel miscommunication sees Hogan punch Bischoff by mistake, which leads to Eubanks (Leno’s manager) coming into the ring and hitting Bischoff with a Diamond Cutter so that Leno can pin him whilst DDP deals with Hogan and Disciple.

WINNERS: DDP & LENO
RATING: **

It wasn’t especially good from an in-ring perspective, but it was fine for a celebrity bout and the crowd dug it for what it was.

They pop the crowd again following the bout by having Goldberg save the faces from a post-match heel beat down.

Is It Really A Stinker?

Absolutely!

There’s only one match on the whole show that I’d personally class as good, with a few others that were okay and a whole lot of dreck elsewhere. You’d be offended to see some of these matches on Thunder for free, let alone on an event that you actually had to pay money for. And the Steiner Brothers nonsense was little more than a slap in the face to the paying customer, and they did it on the next THREE pay per view events as well!

The crowd was a big problem as well, as they were merciless towards everything on the undercard and it wasn’t until a Herculean effort from Jericho that they finally seemed to get into things. This was despite the previous matches trying everything to try and get something out of them with barely a peep in reply.

Final Score – Stinker