Wednesday, November 21, 2018

WCW/nWo Uncensored '98

Yeah, I saw this one back in the day... I don't remember much about it, but I doubt it'll be as entertaining as that one show where Eric Bischoff beat Vince McMahon via countout in a make-believe street fight or something.

Anyway, while March saw the Austin era begin at Wrestlemania, WCW fans had this show to look forward to... well, let's jump into it.

WCW Television Champion Booker T defeated Eddie Guerrero to retain the title. The story goes that Eddie was working the leg so that Booker's leg-based offense would be less-effective... but ended up being a non-factor when Booker did his usual stuff to win the match. That's something that stuck with me for a bit and took me out of the match... but other than that, it was fine.

Juventud Guerrera, fresh off losing his mask at Superbrawl Sunday a month prior, defeated Konnan with a roll up. There's a point where Konnan was going for a move of some kind and the move ends up hitting Juvy's head awkwardly and that made it the most cringeworthy moment. I'd say look up the match and see for yourself, but that was the sour spot that took me out of the match. Fortunately, Juvy turned out (somewhat) fine and the match was alright.

Cruiserweight champion Chris Jericho defeated Dean Malenko via submission to retain the title in a pretty good match. Post-match, Mean Gene interviews Malenko, running him down and calling him a bonafide loser before Malenko says he's going home. This wouldn't get paid off until Slamboree in spectacular fashion, which I already saw, but it's nice to be able to see (or remember) how this particular angle began.

Lex Luger defeated Scott Steiner, the former whacking the latter in the back as he was distracted by Rick Steiner. Scott Steiner was in the formulative stages of his more well-known "Big Pump" phase, so to see him lose here is a bit of a surprise. Then again, it's WCW. What did you expect, I suppose?

WCW United States Champion Diamond Dallas Page defeated Raven and Chris Benoit in a three-way no-DQ match to retain the title. This was just a grand ol' brawl with a lot of weapons being used, lots of sick hits, and some wrestling is even tossed in for good measure. If this were the match closing out the show, it would be a good show. Sadly, there are more matches to be had here.

The match between Kevin Nash and the Giant ends in a DQ. Nash gets a bunch of offense before Giant gets a shot in before nWo member Brian Adams (not THAT Bryan Adams) runs in for the DQ finish. Why do I even bother?

Bret Hart defeated Curt Hennig with a Sharpshooter before getting a Rude Awakening from Rick Rude and some complimentary chairshots. This attack sticks with Bret for so long that he is able to relive it from the opposite end during his "match" with Vince McMahon at Wrestlemania 26. Suffice it to say, if you want to watch a good match between these two, go watch Summerslam 91 or something. This was okay, but not as good.

WCW World champion Sting defeated Scott Hall to retain the title. Meh. This was a thing that happened... and that wasn't a good sign for a big fan favorite champion guy thing.

And then we have the cage match between Hollywood Hogan and Randy Savage... otherwise known as Age In The Cage II. After a good amount of "fighting" and "stuff", Sting shows up and stares down Hogan... and then Savage pulls a Ric Flair and turns on Sting. And then the show's over. What. Da. Fuq.

Uncensored 98 is a true 50/50 show. The first half is decent stuff, but everything after the three-way match is garbage and boring. Lame. That's as far as I'm going because the rest of the show hurts my head.

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