Rapids, South Dakota
August 10, 1998
And we're LIVE from Rapid
City, SD, for three hours of WCW Monday Nitro!
Tonight, we're going to
have a double main event.
The Nitro Girls are in the
ring, looking fine. Tony says Kimberly is not here
tonight, because DDP isn't supposed to be here. DDP
doesn't want Kim here if he's not here, due to nWo
Tony, Tenay, and Zbysko
are in the booth. Tony says everyone wants to know what
went down in the main event. But Tony has gotten a note
from the WCW Executive Committee that he cannot tell the
fans or show the fans what happened during the main
event. Tony says, though, that a WCW official will come
out later to show and tell. What-ever.
Tonight, Goldberg vs.
Meng, and Giant/Hall vs. members of the Wolfpac.
Match 1: Barbarian
(w/Jimmy Hart) vs. Jim Duggan
Barbarian comes out for his normal opening match. Dollars
to doughnuts he's fighting Jimmy One-Eye. Can I call it,
or what? One-Eye gets a huge pop, and I weep for the
future. This isn't a good sign. And I don't even have my
fiancee here to scratch my head and make it bearable.
Duggan avoids a Barbarian charge, and starts frailin'.
Duggan clothesline, followed by a beefy right, followed
by a clothesline over the top rope. Big "USA"
chant, which actually makes sense this time. Duggan whips
Barbarian into the ropes, then immediately turns to deal
with Hart, allowing Barbarian to get an advantage. Hart
chokes Duggan, and gets a cheap shot. Duggan headbutts
Barbarian, but ends up knocking himself down. Barbarian
still has a carrot on his trunks. Duggan starts to come
back, but a hair pull ends that. Barbarian drops an elbow
or two. Duggan hulks up, but ducks too soon for a
backdrop and tastes some fist. Tenay: "You can
almost see the look in Duggan's eyes as he hears the
chant." Eye, Tenay. Singular. Duggan with ten
punches in the corner. Duggan avoids a Barbarian corner
charge, and rolls him up for the win. Duggan brings Hart
in, bringing out Hugh Morrus. The three heels lay into
Duggan. Meng runs out, kicks Morrus, and puts the Tongan
Death Grip on Hart and Barbarian. Morrus gets back up,
only to get a Death Grip for his very own. Doug Dillinger
tries to get Meng off, but gets a Death Grip, too! Just
to make my life better, Duggan gets one as well. A couple
of other random security types get laid out, and Meng
stands alone among a pile of bodies. This is, of course,
so we can be really impressed when Goldberg breaks out of
the Tongan Death Grip later tonight.
We see some footage from
last week of the beat-down Luger, and Luger's interview
Mean Gene is in the ring,
and calls out said Package himself Hot crowd tonight.
Gene says that there were others involved in laying Luger
out last week. Luger says there were two guys: Hall, and
Hart. Luger challenges Hart tonight, and says he's not
leaving this building until his taxi comes. Er, that is,
until Hart accepts his challenge. Hart's music comes on,
and Hart comes out with the belt. Hart says that Luger is
a "damn liar." Hart says he was nowhere around
when Luger got his butt kicked. Hart says that Luger's
story sounds better than the fact that a vendor backstage
kicked his butt. Hart says Luger has to earn his shot at
the belt, and says Luger is jealous. Hart says that Luger
is jealous that his best buddy Sting is like a brother to
Hart. Luger says all he wants it the belt. He says that
either Hart can put the belt up tonight, or Luger can
knock Hart's teeth down his throat right now. Hart agrees
to give Luger a title match tonight.
We see stills of Chavo
getting an unfortunate beatdown at Road Wild That was a
shame. Chavo deserved better than that.
Match 2: Tokyo
Magnum (w/o The Dancin' Fools) vs. Eddie Guerrero
Yes! Disco! Fresh off a three-table performance
at Road Wild. The color of Disco's shirt is illegal in
most states. Apparently, this match is supposed to be
Eddie Guerrero vs. Tokyo Magnum Alex Wright's music comes
on, and Das Wunderpackage makes an entrance. Tokyo Magnum
is behind him, in full "Sailor Moon" gear.
Tokyo looks like he feels sorry. Wright grabs a mic, and
yells at Tokyo in German. Wright calls Tokyo: "You
stupid little Japanese. I'm so disappointed in you. You
should commit hari-cari." Disco says that if Tokyo
is going to continue worshiping and idolizing the Dancin'
Fools, he needs to perform at a higher level. Disco says
Tokyo is on his own tonight. Eddie slowly sleazes to the
ring. Disco and Alex tell Eddie that Tokyo's all his.
Eddie opens up early on Tokyo. Tokyo hits a spinwheel
kick. Tokyo misses a corner charge. Eddie does as well,
and gets a head-grab bulldog! Eddie, though, with the
tilt-a-whirl backbreaker. Eddie with a brainbuster, and
goes up top. Nice froggie, and Tokyo's down like the yen.
Stills from Raven vs.
Saturn vs. Kanyon.
Match 3: Saturn
The Siren Song brings out Saturn. Saturn, also, wants a
mic. Saturn calls out Kanyon. Said Kanyon does indeed
make an appearance. They brawl back and forth, and Saturn
ends up with a belly-to-belly. Stiff kneelifts from
Saturn, and a takedown. Saturn with kicks in the corner.
Saturn eats boot running into the corner, and Kanyon
unloads with some punches. Kanyon with a top-rope Rocker
Dropper!! Kanyon with a sitdown-bulldog type move, and
rolls over into a pin. Kanyon with a SWEET facebuster
while Saturn is on his shoulders. Nice back-elbow from
Kanyon. Sleeper, but Saturn runs Kanyon into the corner.
Kanyon reapplies, but Saturn reverses it. Kanyon with
another, and Saturn starts to go out. Of course, since
Kanyon's name doesn't rhyme with "Roddy Piper,"
Saturn gets out of it. Saturn hotshots Kanyon, and hits a
T-Bone suplex. Saturn ducks too soon for a backdrop, and
eats a Russian Legsweep. Kanyon puts Saturn on the top,
and delivers a REVERSE NECKBREAKER from the top!!! Only
gets two, though. Kanyon positions Saturn, and goes to
the top. Of course, he gets crotched on the top. Saturn
nearly blows a top-rope suplex, but hits it. Lodi runs
out to distract the ref, allowing Raven to run in and
deliver an Evenflow. Kanyon rolls over, dazed, and
manages to get an arm on Saturn for the pin! Kanyon
wonders what happened.
Tony says something is
going down backstage: Meng is putting out two security
officers. Why doesn't Meng put the Death Grip on the
cameraman? That would be funny.
They show a preview for
"Saturday Night Fever" on TNT. Some guy who
looks like Disco Inferno is in it.
More Nitro girls, sans
Kim, but with a Spice solo, so it's a net gain.
The newest grand-prize
Nitro Party winner - some high school kids from Ohio.
Match 4: Sick Boy
(w/Lodi) vs. Steve McMichael
Sick Boy comes out. Lodi sign: "Sick Boy
Ain't Any Better." His opponent - Mongo. Mongo makes
some Horsemen reference. Sick Boy spits at him, and Lodi
distracts Mongo. Sick Boy with the early advantage.
Bodyslam from Sick Boy. It'd be cool if Sick Boy came out
with phat suits and called himself "The Doctor of
Style" Slick Boy. Springboard dropkick from Sick
Boy. A springboard back-elbow from the Flocker. Mongo
fights back, but gets an eyerake. Mongo reverses an Irish
whip, and hits a clothesline. Mongo with a kick to the
gut, and a tilt-a-whirl slam. Mongo with a pair of
three-point-stances that come fairly close to connecting.
Mongo hits his head on the turnbuckle on the second one,
and Sick Boy sets up for The Cure. Mongo powers out of
it, and hits the Mongo Spike for the win.
And we're back for Hour
Five title matches in the
next two hours! With my keen math skills, I realize that
means that "every title is on the line."
Voodoo Child comes on, so
that WCW can see how big of a mass exodus to RAW they can
create Vince McMahon must be ruining his shorts thinking
about the millions of homes that are simultaneously
switching to RAW right now. It's Hogan, Booty Leslie, and
Bischoff. Bischoff says he generally doesn't like to come
to South Dakota, but the love in the arena warms his
heart. Hogan: "Well, you know, Mr.
Bischoff...." Hogan says he's taking care of the
clowns in his life, and DDP is on the way out. Hogan says
that nWo Hollywood wants his world title back. Hogan is
putting WCW and Goldberg on notice that the clock is
ticking. Hogan wants someone to bring him Goldberg on a
silver platter, with some "wild rice" and a
nice parsley garnish. Hogan says that Bischoff has a
public service message. Bischoff says he wants to see the
stills from the Page/Leno disaster. Bischoff says that
since Meng has decimated WCW public service, nWo
Hollywood will provide ringside security for the
Meng/Goldberg match tonight. I can literally hear
millions of TV sets switching channels right now. It's
almost scary. WCW security is about as effective as the
security team on the original "Star Trek"
series, where you knew that if you saw a security guy,
he'd be alien souflee within 30 minutes.
The announcers spend 5-10
minutes talking about how worried they are for Goldberg's
safety. Why are they wasting so much time?
Ah. Tony says he's just
gotten a message that the Wolfpac has just responded to
Hogan's challenges. The Wolfpac says that they will also
provide security at the title match.
Match 5: WCW World
Television Champion Stevie Ray vs. Chavo Guerrero Jr.
The "TV Champ" makes an appearance. I
really wish they'd let Chavo make a better showing last
night. His opponent: The aforementioned Chavo! Chavo is
calling for Pepe! Chris Jericho is hollering for Chavo.
Jericho says he's found Pepe. Jericho has Pepe, and says
that Pepe wants to talk to him. Jericho leads Chavo to
the back, and we hear Jericho beat Chavo with Pepe.
Jericho comes back out with a broken Pepe. Jericho walks
to the ring, and throws his shirt on the camera. Jericho
says that since Chavo is busy in the back, Stevie seems
to be looking for a challenger. Jericho says that
Stevie's not the only guy from the streets: Jericho grew
up on the mean streets of Calgary, and he's one bad
mamma-jamma. Jericho challenges Stevie for the belt
tonight. Stevie says he didn't come all the way to Rapid
City to hear somebody run their mouth, and accepts the
challenge. Big "Jericho Sucks" chant. Stevie
powers Jericho out of the ring. Stevie with some big
forearms. Stevie throws Jericho into the air, and lets
him drop. Jericho with a dropkick to the knee, and goes
to work on the leg. Jericho chops have no effect. Jericho
tries a crucifix, and gets it for two! Jericho runs right
into a Big Boot. Stevie drops Jericho gut-first over the
top, and looks like he blew it. Jericho backdrops Stevie
over the top, and then hits a top-rope dive onto Stevie
on the outside. Jericho goes back up top, but gets met
with a powerslam as he flies off the top. Stevie with a
big backdrop. Stevie tries a throw, but Jericho dropkicks
him. Jericho with a dropkick in the corner. Jericho
low-blows Mark Curtis as Curtis tries to break up a
corner scuffle. Stevie Ray sets up for the Slapjack, but
Giant runs out???? Giant chokeslams Stevie Ray, as
Jericho tries to wake the ref up. Jericho turns Stevie
over into the Liontamer. Curtis sees that the ref is out,
and calls for the bell! Jericho is the new TV champion!!!
Does the talent drain into an nWo faction continue? Tune
in for more, true believers!
Bobby Heenan joins the
Eric and Liz make another
appearance. Eric blathers something that my brain is kind
enough to filter. Bischoff says that he's going to show
the world what happened at Road Wild. We see stills that
are quite complimentary of Hogan & Co. Bischoff says
that he and Hogan won, and that we shouldn't watch the
Tonight Show tonight, because Leno is a liar. Tony says
that Bischoff's little thing is all we're going to get
from Road Wild.
Match 6: Triple
Threat Match - Lizmark Jr. vs. Psychosis vs. Rey Misterio
Liz Markie comes out. Yes! Psychosis!!!
Psychosis plays the heel. Wasn't he a face until last
week? I'm confused. What the hey? Rey Misterio's music
comes on.... Misterio comes out. Apparently, this is a
triangle match. Hell, I can't call a regular Lucha match,
much less a triangle. Psychosis hits a split-legged
gourdbuster on Rey. Psy flips out of a Lizmark
tilt-a-whirl, and levels him with a left-handed
clothesline. Psychosis hits a combination missile
dropkick and senton. Psychosis with a flapjack on
Misterio. Lizmark finally gets some offense, and
tilt-a-whirls Psychosis. Lizmark with a plancha onto
Psychosis. Tenay says that Lizmark was a cliff-diver in
Mexico. Random doubleteams. Lizmark and Rey team up with
a version of the Rougeau Bomb from the 80s!!! Lizmark
with a hotshot on Psychosis, followed by a running
legdrop from Rey. Lizmark pulls Rey off the pin. Rey and
Lizmark have words. Lizmark puts Psychosis on his
shoulders, but Psychosis avoids a diving Rey to roll up
Lizmark for two. Rey breaks a Lizmark pin, and Lizmark
attacks him. Rey and Lizmark mix it up. Rey with a
split-legged moonsault for two. Avalanche clothesline
from Psychosis on Rey. Rey with a corkscrew Rocker
Dropper on Psychosis. Lizmark goes up top, but eats Psy's
boots. Rey charges Psychosis, who accidentally flips
Misterio into the Hurricanrana on Lizmark for the win!
Rey is favoring his knee after the match, and leaves very
quickly. That match started off poorly, but ruled at the
The Nitro girls dance in
jeans and nice tops.
Match 7: Lex Luger
vs. WCW US Heavyweight Champion Bret Hart
Wolfpac music brings out El Package de
"Total." nWo music comes on, and the US
champion comes out. This match will, of course, be for
the US title. The crowd is not enamored of Mr. Hart. Hart
kisses the belt, and gives it to Charles Robinson. Luger
takes off his shirt, and flexes at Hart. Luger sends Hart
out to the floor. Luger wants a test of strength, which
Hart accepts. Hart, of course, pays for his insolence.
Hart reverses it into a hammerlock. Luger fights out, and
hits a clothesline. Hart threatens a walkout, by taking
the belt with him. Luger comes behind, and clocks Hart.
Luger sends Hart back into the ring. Luger flexes at Hart
again. Luger with a hiptoss, and an armdrag. Luger with
an armbar. Hart with an eyepoke on the rope break, and
starts kicking Luger down. Commercial. As we come back,
Hart is bodyslamming Luger on the floor. Hart returns to
the ring to wait for the countout, and does a Hoganesque
"listen to the boos." Hart goes back out and
rolls Luger into the ring. Hart gets a nad shot in on
Luger. Hart hits his side-backbreaker for two. Hart with
a headbutt, followed by an elbowdrop. A
"Nugget" chant starts. Hart drops a leg. Hart
with an atomic headbutt. Hart DDTs Luger for two. Hart
works on Luger against the ropes. Luger's down and
twitching in the corner. Bret with a vertical suplex for
two. Hart with an over-the-knee backbreaker. Luger starts
to fight back, and is pulling himself up the ropes. Luger
hits an atomic drop, then an inverted atomic drop. Luger
with the two running clotheslines, and signals for the
loaded forearm. Luger hits the forearm, and covers Hart
for a two! Luger with a sleeper, but forgets about the
Roddy Piper rule, and Hart runs Luger into Charles
Robinson in the corner. Hart gts some knucks, goes to
swing them at Luger, but Luger ducks and puts Hart in the
rack! Hart's got nowhere to go, and has to submit! Luger
drops Hart, and gets the belt! The rest of the Wolfpac
comes out to celebrate with the new US champ! I figured
Hart would be DQ'd for having the knucks on in the
classic Dusty finish, but I guess not! We're 2-for-2 on
title changes tonight.
We see stills from
QuasiJuice winning the belt on Saturday.
Match 8: Kidman
(w/o The Flock) vs. WCW World Cruiserweight Champion
Juvi runs out with the belt. Kidman looks a bit
cleaner. White T-shirt and clean jeans. Juvi starts off
with an armdrag. Juvi with a spinwheel kick. Juvi snaps
Kidman's neck over the top, and hits a springboard
dropkick to Kidman's back. Kidman avoids a baseball
slide, and dropkicks Kidman on the outside. Kidman with a
chinlock. Notable by his absence is Lodi Kidman avoids a
corner charge, but misses one of his own and gets
clotheslined. Kidman misses a clothesline, misses a
rollup, and hits a powerslam. Juvi with a type of
inverted sunset flip. Kidman gets up and hits his
split-legged powerbomb. Juvi crotches Kidman on the top,
then frankensteiners him off the ropes. Juvi goes up top,
and hits the 450 Splash for a succesful title defense!
The announcers talk about
Luger's US title win.
We actually see stills
from the Road Wild main event, showing the whole story.
Match 9: Raven
(w/The Flock) vs. Horace
Raven's laid-back Nirvana music brings out,
well, Raven. The entire Flock is with him (except Reese,
who has vanished). Raven blames Riggs, Kidman, and Sick
Boy didn't show up to help him at Road Wild. Raven
Evenflows Riggs, shoves Lodi, and blames Horace for
costing him the match. Raven slaps Horace a couple of
times. Horace catches Raven's hand, but Raven clocks him.
The bell rings. Raven goes to work on Horace. Apparently,
this is Raven vs. Horace. Raven throws Horace over the
top, and Russian Legsweeps him into the guardrail. Horace
comes back in with a stop sign, and brains Raven with it.
Horace with a suicide dive through the ropes onto Raven.
Horace rolls Raven back in, and sets the stop sign in the
corner. Horace whips Raven into the sign. Horace goes up
top the top, but Raven avoids a dive. Raven wants Lodi to
give him a chair. After some thought, Lodi does. Raven
drop-toeholds Horace into the chair, as per usual. The
crowd reacts to something...... It's the Flock holding
Kanyon back. This allows Saturn to to run in and deliver
a Spiccoli Driver to Raven on the stop sign!!! Saturn
then throws Horace on Raven, and the referee counts the
pin! The Flock checks on Raven, standing around
dumbfounded like monkeys doing a math problem.
The Nitro Girls come out,
and get "jiggy" with it.
Match 10: Curt
Hennig vs. Konnan
nWo music brings out Curt Hennig. His designated
opponent - Konnan. Guess what Gonnad wants to do? If you
said "Speak on dis," then you'll get bonus
points if you guess what Rapid City and the Wolfpac are.
Konnan slings his jacket over the top rope. Armtwists and
reversals, and Konnan gets the advantage with an armdrag,
takedown, and nice clothesline. Hennig makes a comeback.
Hennig with chops, and chokes Konnan against the ropes.
Hennig sets up for a piledriver, but twists his thighs
against Konnan's ears. Hennig tries a belly-to-back
suplex, Konnan fights out, but Hennig hits it anyway.
Konnan with a rollup for two. Hennig clotheslines Konnan.
Hennig grabs one of Konnan's chains, the referee stops
Hennig from using it, and Konnan grabs it to choke Hennig
out. Billy Silverman calls for the bell. After being
choked for a while, Hennig manages to escape to the
safety of the locker room.
Match 11: WCW
World Tag Team Champions Giant and Scott Hall vs. Sting
and Kevin Nash
The World Tag Team champs come out together. The
champs are buddy-buddy. Hall, of course, has the mic.
Hey. Yo. Hall's in the mood for a survey: WCW vs. nWo
Hollywood vs. Wolfpac. Big pop for the Wolfpac.
Commercial. Wolfpac music brings out, coincidentally
enough, the Wolfpac: Sting and Nash. Nash, not to be
outdone, gets the mic, too. I'll give you a guess what
wrestling stable is in the house tonight. Giant holds the
belt above his head, so that the ref can't get it. It'll
be Hall and Nash to start off. Any idea at all what Hall
throws at Nash? Didn't think so. Nash unloads on Hall,
and sets up for the Jackknife, but Hall quickly hits the
outside. Hall with a shoulderblock-armbar. Hall
paintbrushes Nash's head. Giant tags in. Tony:
"[Nash's powerbomb on Giant] is something I'll never
forget. That move got the powerbomb outlawed for a couple
of months." I guess that's their way of saying it's
not illegal anymore. My God! They're concluding an
angle!!! Nash avoids a clubbing blow from Giant in the
corner, hits some knees, and then connects with an
avalanche. Giant tags Hall. Nash chokes Hall against the
ropes, and decks Giant. However, Hall crotches Nash. This
allows Giant to come in with a clothesline. Giant with an
atomic headbutt. Hall tags back in. Hall with a discus
punch on Nash. Giant back in. Nash ducks a clothesline,
and hits the big boot. Sting tags in, sends Giant out,
and works on Hall. A Stinger Splash in the front, and one
in the back. Sting hits a third. Sting goes for the
Scorpion, but Giant comes in and chokeslams the referee,
leading to the DQ. The Wolfpac gets the win, but the
champions retain on the cheap finish.
Lumberjack Match - Meng vs. WCW World Heavyweight
Champion Bill Goldberg
nWo music comes on. nWo Hollywood comes out to
work "security" - Hogan, Hall, and Giant. The
Wolfpac security team also comes down - Luger, Sting, and
Nash. Michael Buffer is in the ring for the main event.
This will be the only time someone in a main event comes
out to Zamfir. Meng is introduced as a former Sumo star.
Huge pop for the champ's entrance. Goldberg takes his own
sweet time to show up. We're past 11pm EDT - going into
overtime. And it's title time! Meng goes to the eyes, and
starts beating on Goldberg. Meng works Goldberg over in
the corner. Goldberg charges out of the corner, but Meng
doesn't go down. Meng rolls around like a dog in poop,
and gets some advice from nWo Hollywood. They trade
blows, and Goldberg locks on the anklelock. Goldberg
release the hold, hits the ropes, but gets met with a
kick. Goldberg rolls out on nWo side, and the Hollywood
faction beats on him. Goldberg makes it into the ring,
but gets met with the Tongan Death Grip! Meng releases
the hold for some unknown reason, and Goldberg rolls up
and hits the spear. Jackhammer. Splat. Win. 131-0. Hogan
stalks Goldberg with a chair. Hogan chairs Goldberg, and
Nash comes in, grabs the chair, and chases Hogan off.
Goldberg gets up, thinks Nash hit him, and spears him. We
fade to black....