Kevin Nash vs. Wrath (and other Dream Matches!)

PPV REVIEW: WCW Halloween Havoc 1998 ~ Retro Pro Wrestling Reviews

When a five-minute match ends up still being talked about 20 years later.

Welcome back to more Dream Matches! This one features the famous Nitro bout between Main Eventer Kevin Nash and the rising star Wrath! And totally isn’t just an excuse for me to write a mini-column whining about that match and then put up random other weird shit I found to pad it out!

Also here: one of the Headhunters being the hardest working guy in a match involving four former major stars and then-current major lucha acts, plus did you know that Flash Funk and the GOON crossed paths? Well now you do!

KEVIN NASH vs. WRATH:

(WCW Nitro, Nov. 23 1998)
* So THIS turned out to be one of those things that always sticks to Kevin Nash, and is still talked about to this day. So Nash was heading towards his big Title match with Goldberg at Starrcade. Wrath, meanwhile, was getting bigger and bigger reactions for going from a midcarder to ANOTHER Goldberg-style squash artist, just wrecking guys on the undercard for months, to the point where he was getting great reactions. As he was a huge guy who could really move, and had good monster charisma, he was over and he had a lot of potential. Buuuuuuuuuuuut since Goldberg famously had an unbeaten streak, Nash was thought to need to “warm up” by fighting ANOTHER guy with a “streak” going. And so Wrath, in the middle of a hot streak, is booked against a main eventer who can’t afford to lose.

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What the World Was Watching: ECW Hardcore TV – November 14, 1995

Cactus Jack says he is proud of Mikey Whipwreck for winning the ECW Championship.  However, he blames the crowd for ruining his moment and tells them to get ready for the most boring match they have ever seen.  Jack adds that he will take care of Tommy Dreamer by himself and does not need Raven in his corner to do it.

Tommy Dreamer tells Jack that he is in for a fight tonight.

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What the World Was Watching: ECW Hardcore TV – September 19, 1995

In another great promo, Cactus Jack begs Tommy Dreamer not to go down the path of being a hardcore icon.  He recalls when Terry Funk sliced him with a bottle and when he looked at the crowd there was a sign that read “Cane Dewey.”  Seeing that broke his heart because it was an attack on his family.  Jack also regrets giving up a $100,000 contract in WCW to work for a promotion run out of a scummy pawn shop, a switch motivated by his hardcore dream.  He emphasizes that he is going after Dreamer because he loves him, not because he hates him, and it really hurts him that Dreamer turned down an offer from WCW to keep wrestling for the ECW faithful.

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Thunder – March 29, 2000

Thunder
Date: March 29, 2000
Location: Astro Arena, Houston, Texas
Attendance: 5,727
Commentators: Mike Tenay, Bobby Heenan

This show is pretty much worthless given what’s coming in a few weeks. Therefore, it’s just another week of meaningless Thunder so at least it’s a regular show. The promotion is so dull at this point that there’s only so much they can do to make this last night before the reboot interesting. Let’s get to it.

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Thunder – March 15, 2000

Thunder
Date: March 15, 2000
Location: Patriot Center, Fairfax, Virginia
Attendance: 5,891
Commentators: Mike Tenay, Bobby Heenan

It’s the go home show for Uncensored and it can’t come soon enough. Things have picked up a bit but there’s only so much you can do with the material they’re being given. The main event scene is crowded with the double feud of Sting vs. Luger and Flair vs. Hogan, leaving Jarrett vs. Sid over the World Title at third on the card. Let’s get to it.

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Let’s Play! Lucha Libre AAA: Héroes del Ring’s Story Mode (Técnico: Part I)

The Masked Reviewer creates himself in a lucha libre video game and plays through the story mode on easy. Why easy? Because once you see the actual in ring stuff this game has to offer you’ll see how truly bad it is.

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