Post by LillaThrilla on Jul 7, 2011 22:50:23 GMT -5
WCW Monday Nitro March 16, 1998 Live from Spring Breakout at Club La Vela in Panama City, FL Announcers: Tony Schiavone, Mike Tenay, & Larry Zybysko.
The announcers welcome everyone to Nitro's annual visit to Spring Breakout. The ring is floating in a large pool. They hype Uncensored live on PPV this Sunday.
The nWo comes out to open the show - minus Randy Savage, Elizabeth, and Eric Bischoff. Hogan looks to be in a foul mood. Hall takes his survey. Nash makes fun of The Giant. The announcers inform us The Giant is no here tonight due to a back injury suffered last week at the hands of the nWo. Hennig brags about suplexing The Giant. Bagwell congratulates Norton on coming out last week during a match to wreck havoc. Buff tries to pass the mic to Norton, but Hogan grabs it because he's not going to wait anymore. He badmouths Savage, saying he's always been the lesser man to Hollywood. Hogan's had more championships. Hogan's had movie deals while all Savage ever did were Slim Jim commercials. Savage has called him a coward, but who's the coward that tried to cripple Bischoff last week with a piledriver? Hogan challenges Savage to try doing the same thing to him. Savage is so afraid of Hogan he's not even here tonight! So whatcha gonna do when Hollywood runs wild on you? Hogan slams the mic down and storms off.
Chavo Guerrero Jr., Hector Garza, Blitzkrieg and El Dandy defeated Los Villanos (Villano IV and Villano V), Ciclope and Damien when Chavo Jr. pinned Damien after a forearm smash in 0:10:12. Rating: ****
Some exciting lucha action to get the crowd fired up.
Gene Okerlund is in the back with The Horsemen and The Hart Foundation. Flair makes Space Mountain references. Bret says Hogan and Savage are squabbling like an old married couple. It's a travesty the Harts and Horsemen aren't booked for Uncensored. He challenges the nWo to put together a team and face the alliance that will bring them down: the best alliance there is, best there was, and best there ever will be.
Dragon Kid accompanies Ultimo Dragon to the ring for the latter's match. Tenay reminds us about Dragon Kid being a student of Ultimo's. Ultimo gives the Kid some advice in Japanese as Kaz Hayashi comes out.
Ultimo Dragon pinned Kaz Hayashi after spinning headscissors into a cradle in 0:06:06. Rating: ** 1/4 [Sonny Onoo interfered against Kaz Hayashi.]
During the match, Tenay talked about the tradition in Japan of young wrestlers watching matches from ringside to learn from the veterans. Zybysko wonders if Hayashi should be watching at ringside himself. Sonny Onoo comes out during the match to distract Kaz, allowing Ultimo to surprise him for the win. Kaz is frustrated after the match, but Ultimo offers some advice in Japanese to Kaz. Kaz bows to Ultimo to express his thanks before leaving. Tenay brings up Ultimo Dragon's history with Sonny Onoo. Schiavone reminds us about Kaz Hayashi vs Yugi Nagata (with Sonny Onoo) at Uncensored.
Fit Finlay pinned Jerry Flynn with the Tombstone Piledriver in 0:07:34. Rating: *** 3/4 (Fit Finlay retained the WCW TV Title.)
Surprisingly good match. Finlay had barely gotten into the ring when Flynn went on the attack with his kickboxing skills. Both guys were just laying into each other with vicious strikes. Flynn even managed to lock on his Cross Armbreaker, but Finlay powered out and eventually planted Flynn with the Tombstone. Post-match, Meng hit the ring and started wailing away on Finlay.
Lex Luger is in the back with Gene Okerlund. He's angry about the nWo - particularly Nash and Hennig - injuring his buddy The Giant. This isn't the first time they've tried to put The Giant out of action. Giant will be back soon and very angry. Luger wants a piece of Hennig...and suddenly gets a piece of steel upside the head! Ric Rude and Curt Hennig lay into Luger with steel chairs then knock some boxes over on top of him. Okerlund is calling for someone to come to Luger's aid. Hennig and Rude run off as The Horsemen arrive, but the damage is done.
The Flock have seats on a floating island that connects the locker room entrance with the floating ring and ringside area. Lodi is wearing a pool float around his waist. Billy Kidman comes out with a mic and stops by Flock Island. He challenges Raven to face him. Lodi tells him to get lost so Kidman shoves him into the pool. Reese gets up and grabs Kidman and holds him over the pool. Raven finally stirs and takes the mic from Kidman. He wonders what would happen if Reese dropped him in the pool. Kidman says he knows how to swim. Raven wonders if he can really stay afloat now that he's abandoned The Flock? The pain and misery of life will drown him. The harder he might struggle to keep his head above the water will just speed his demise. He agrees to face Kidman at Uncensored, but Kidman knows the rules: Raven's Rules. Kidman doesn't care. Juventud Guerrera comes out. Schiavone brings up Juvi's own issues with The Flock in recent weeks. Lodi - now soaking wet - wants Reese to send Kidman for a swim, but Raven shakes his head and Reese puts him down on the ramp. Raven sends Sick Boy and Riggs to the ring.
Billy Kidman and Juventud Guerrera defeated The Flock (Riggs and Sick Boy) when Kidman pinned Riggs with the Shooting Star Press in 0:09:22. Rating: *** 3/4
Juventud finished the match in obvious pain and Kidman had to help him limp back to the locker room, past the glares of The Flock.
Chris Jericho comes to the ring. "Hello, Daytona!" Jericho welcomes everyone to Monday Night Jericho. Just like a college roommate who always takes your stuff without asking, Jericho has been robbed! Eddie Guerrero continues to illegally possess the Cruiserweight Title that rightly belongs to Jericho. Eddie Guerrero comes out with the Title around his waist. He mocks Jericho's whining. Jericho demands to have the belt returned to him right now or he'll call the police. "Give it to me, you dirty Mexican thief! Give it to me! Give it to me! Give to me!" Eddie gives it to him alright - right upside the head! Jericho is laid out from the belt shot. Guerrero says he wrote the book on cheating to win and in a ladder match all his dirty tactics are legal. He leaves with the Title and a big grin on his face as we go to a commercial.
Okerlund is in the back with Finlay. He congratulates Finlay on his win tonight, but wonders if he can beat Meng at Uncensored. Finlay says Meng maybe be the second toughest guy in WCW, but Finlay is the toughest. He wants to prove it by making the match Last Man Standing.
Scott Steiner comes out and flexes for the crowd. He says everyone is here to see his tremendous physique. He calls on the women in the audience to ditch their scrawny boyfriends. He will make them scream for more so holler if you hear him. Rick Steiner comes out and says he's sick of hearing his brother constantly bragging how much of a phenomenon he is. No matter how big Scotty's arms and ego get, Scott will always be his little brother. On Sunday, Rick is going to show his brother some tough love and try to knock some sense into Scott's thick head. Scott says he's superman and Rick ain't got no kryptonite. Scott challenges Rick to show him what he's got. Rick starts to back off, prompting Scott to call him a chicken. But Rick wasn't backing down, just getting room for a running start and he levels Scott with a huge Steinerline! Scott rolls out of the ring and Rick goes after him. They brawl all the way back to the dressing room.
Chris Benoit made Konnan submit to the Crippler Crossface in 0:08:03. Rating: ****
The announcers spent alot of time during the match talking about the Horsemen-Harts alliance and the challenge to the nWo.
The Windham Brothers (Barry Windham and Kendall Windham) defeated The Armstrong Brothers (Scott Armstrong and Steve Armstrong) when B. Windham pinned Steve Armstrong after a flying lariat in 0:04:03. Rating: ** 1/4
Easy win for the Windhams. Harlem Heat joined the announce table for the match. They talk about the HH-TPE match from last week's Nitro. If Public Enemy want to fight dirty, the Heat can fight dirty too. They're from the mean streets of Harlem after all. This Sunday at Uncensored it's going to be East Coast vs West Coast down south in a street fight for the WCW Tag Team Titles!
Scott Norton got a mic before his match and says he gets no respect from WCW. So last week he showed up during a match and laid waste to everybody to remind everybody what he can do. And when Hugh Morrus tried to get involved, he broke Morrus' arm. Bagwell chimes in that he's Buff and the Horsemen-Harts alliance ain't got the stuff.
Vicious & Delicious (Buff Bagwell and Scott Norton) defeated Jim Neidhart and Dean Malenko when Norton pinned Malenko with the Shoulderbreaker in 0:08:10. Rating: 1/2*
The first in-ring team-up between Horsemen and Harts didn't go so well. Bagwell and Norton's experience as a team showed in sharp contrast to Neidhart and Malenko's lack of familiarity.
DDP cut a promo before the main event. He things not everybody gives Sting the respect he deserves. He respects Sting - not just for being the World Champion, but because he knows what it's like to know you can't depend on anybody but yourself. The nWo can talk about "4 Life" all the want, but the only thing that's "4 Life" is the hatred he and Sting feel for the nWo. Sting comes out normally and shakes hands with Page as The Wolfpac of Nash, Hall, and Syxx made their way out.
Sting and Diamond Dallas Page defeated The Outsiders (Kevin Nash and Scott Hall) when Page defeated Nash by disqualification in 0:11:21. Rating: DUD [Louie Spicolli and Syxx interfered against Diamond Dallas Page.]
Page made a hot tag to Sting who started clearing house, triggering the usual nWo run in. Hogan was the last one out as usual, but as he was making his way down the ramp he was jumped from behind by Randy Savage! Moments later, the Horsemen and Hart Foundation blew past Savage and Hogan exchanging blows and headed for the ring to save Sting and Page from overwhelming numbers as the show went off the air.
Post by allpowerfulgarth on Jul 8, 2011 8:33:31 GMT -5
I like what you're doing with your promo segments. They're short and to the point, but they do a good job of getting across the attitudes of the various competitors, even some of the ones, like Raven and Chris Jericho, who are complicated to write for. It doesn't deviate so far from the real-life WCW formula at the time that as to be unrealistic, but it improves the rough edges and the stuff that would have ordinarily been boring.
Not meaning to mock, but I thought it amusing that as the Nitro card went on, the match ratings kept falling -- just like in the real WCW, where you had luchadors opening the show and great technical wrestlers like Chris Benoit and Fit Finlay in the middle of it, but had to finish out with the likes of Hulk Hogan, Randy Savage, Lex Luger and the guys in the most recent main event.
Post by LillaThrilla on Jul 8, 2011 8:36:03 GMT -5
WCW Saturday Night March 21, 1998 (taped previously) Announcers: Scott Hudson & Dusty Rhodes
La Parka and Psychosis defeated Super Calo and Lizmark Jr. when Psychosis pinned Lizmark Jr. with the Guillotine Legdrop in 0:07:19. Rating: ***
After matches between these luchadores in previous weeks ended in countout or DQ, this one finally had a clear winner.
Mortis pinned Norman Smiley after a Death Valley Driver in 0:05:07. Rating: *** 1/4 [James Vandenberg interfered against Norman Smiley.]
Smiley put up a good fight and even got the Norman Conquest applied, but Mortis powered out and spiked him with a DVD. Smiley got the DOA after the match for good measure. Louie Spicolli wandered out after the match to laugh at Smiley. Dusty reminds us that Spicolli "got to da pay winda" last week by beating Smiley.
Disco Inferno pinned Lenny Lane after a DDT in 0:06:53. Rating: ***
Rey Mysterio Jr. defeated Bobby Walker via pinfall in 0:06:31. Rating: ** 1/2
Spot of the night was diving onto Walker standing on the floor with his Springboard Hurricanrana and being powerbombed as a counter. Walker tried to capitalize by sending Rey into the ring steps, but Rey reversed it and Walker was the one to hit the steel. After a gutwrench power bomb on the floor, Mysterio rolled Walker back in the ring and got the pinfall.
High Voltage (Kenny Kaos and Robbie Rage) defeated The Destruction Crew (Mike Enos and Wayne Bloom) when Kaos pinned Enos after a savate kick in 0:08:37. Rating: *** 1/4
Chris Adams pinned Alex Wright with the Superkick in 0:09:07. Rating: * 3/4
Wrath pinned Jim Duggan with the Meltdown in 0:05:14. Rating: -** 1/2 [Brad Armstrong interfered against Wrath.]
Brad Armstrong thought he'd get some revenge from the beatings suffered by the Armstrongs in recent weeks. He snuck out to ringside and pulled down the top rope at the right moment, sending Wrath onto the floor. Then he went after James Vandenberg. Revenge didn't last long as Rancor and Mortis made their way to ringside and pummelled Brad, capped off with a Flatliner on the floor. Duggan tried to capitalize, but it didn't do much good. Duggan's brief comeback ended with a big boot and the Meltdown. Post-match, Vandenberg had his men put the boots to Duggan before leaving. The announcers talk about the path of destruction Vandenberg has been cutting across WCW and wonders who will stop him?
Curt Hennig pinned Scott Putski with the Hennig Plex in 0:05:06. Rating: * 3/4 [Ric Rude interfered against Scott Putski.]
Before the match, Hennig cut a promo against Lex Luger. Then he made fun of his opponent: "I'm perfect and you're just a putz!"
WCW Uncensored '98 March 22, 1998 live on PPV
WCW WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT TITLE MATCH Sting (c) vs Scott Hall
WCW UNITED STATES TITLE MATCH Kevin Nash (c) vs Diamond Dallas Page
WCW TAG TEAM TITLES MATCH: STREET FIGHT Harlem Heat (c) vs Public Enemy
WCW CRUISERWEIGHT TITLE MATCH: LADDER MATCH Chris Jericho (c) vs Eddie Guerrero
WCW TELEVISION TITLE MATCH: LAST MAN STANDING Fit Finlay (c) vs Meng
LOSER LEAVES THE nWo Hollywood Hogan vs Randy Savage
WCW vs nWo Bret Hart & Ric Flair vs
RAVEN'S RULES Billy Kidman vs Raven
BROTHER vs BROTHER Rick Steiner vs Scott Steiner
RESPECT MATCH Kaz Hayashi vs Yugi Nagata (w/ Sonny Onoo)
WCW News March 21, 1998
Juventud Guerrera sprained his ankle on Nitro, but the injury isn't expected to keep him out of action more than a couple weeks.
Post by LillaThrilla on Jul 8, 2011 21:02:20 GMT -5
I think in real life Nitro probably holds some kind of record for most consecutive main events ending in a screwjob finish. Darn nWo!
That this is the one era of wrestling I watched regularly is a big help to writing this circuit, but an even bigger help has been YouTube. Lots of WCW stuff from the late 90s is on there so if I need some inspiration for a promo I can go watch a few actual promos to freshen my memory and allow me to get a character right better than I would otherwise. It also turns up occasional gems that give me ideas for angles. I may be booking things very different than real life, but the characters themselves are mostly still the same (at least at this point).
I'm glad the Jericho-Guerrero fued has at least one fan since I've found it a little awkward. While I like doing heel-vs-heel sometimes I've learned through this fued it works better when it's two bastards trying to outdo the other's assholery. Guerrero and Jericho are two different types of heels and neither of them particularly badass: Jericho is the whiny coward while Guerrero is the amoral cheater willing to take whatever shortcuts will get him where he wants to go. For example, he really has stolen Jericho's title and wouldn't feel any worse about it if the champion was a saint instead of the cowardly lion-heart.