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WCW Monday Nitro Report
June 29th 1998

By Joe De Leon


Hosted by Tony Schiavone, Larry Zbyszko, Mike Tenay, and Bobby Heenan
Live from Tampa, Florida

• Throughout the beginning of the show, an 18-wheeler Diamond Dallas Page and Karl Malone were traveling in was shown running along a Tampa freeway. Police cars guided the truck, and footage was courtesy of a helicopter,

• Kevin Greene came down to the ring to be interviewed by Gene Okerlund. He announced that he and Goldberg would team up to take on The Giant and Curt Hennig at Bash at the Beach.

• Kanyon vs. Horace (w/Lodi)
-Distractions from Lodi helped Horace take advantages when needed. However, after Horace missed a lariat, Kanyon took full advantage, and finished off Horace with the Flatliner. Afterwards, The Flock appeared and attack the helpless Kanyon. Raven got in front of Kanyon's face, taunted him, and gave him an Evenflow D.D.T.
*Winner: Kanyon by Pinfall

• Backstage, NWO-Hollywood passed out chains and crobars to each other. They discussed a strategy plan to attack Diamond Dallas Page and Karl Malone.

• Stevie Ray came down the rampway to meet up with Gene Okerlund for an interview. On behalf of Stevie Ray's brother, Booker T., he announced that Harlem Heat would take on Chris Benoit and Steve McMichael later in the show.

• Little Dragon vs. Eddie Guerrero
-When Eddie Guerrero went for the Frog Splash maneuver, Chavo Guerrero, Jr. appeared, riding a hobby horse. Eddie took the horse away from Chavo. Little Dragon caught Eddie from behind, and rolled him up for the pin. Chavo grabbed his horse, and ran back to the locker room, with Eddie chasing after him.
*Winner: Little Dragon by Pinfall

• Backstage, Chris Jericho told Ultimo Dragon that if he could defeat Dean Malenko, he would get a shot at the Cruiserweight Title the following Thursday on Thunder.

• The Giant (w/Curt Hennig and Rick Rude) vs. Judo Suwa and Sumo Fuji - *Handicapp Match*
-The Giant executed a Double Chokeslam on both Japanese wrestlers, and secured a double pinfall for the win. Afterwards, Curt Henning, The Giant, and Rick Rude continued a beating on Suwa and Fuji. Hennig called out Kevin Greene and Goldberg. Greene and Goldberg ran down to the ring, causing NWO-Hollywood to leave.
*Winner: The Giant by Pinfall

• Hollywood Hogan and Eric Bischoff came to the ring. Bischoff called Tampa Bay "the city that Hollywood built." Hogan said that he is going to make Karl Malone and Dallas Page famous when he tears them apart when they arrive at the arena. He said that the NWO is also going to tear apart their truck. He said Malone is going to be shining his shoes before the night is over. Hogan said Malone is going to embarrass himself again when he gets into the ring with himself and Rodman.

• The British Bulldog and Jim Neidhart vs. Sting and Lex Luger
-Neidhart and Bulldog made quick tags to wear down Luger in the match. However, when Luger finally made the tag to Sting, Sting took the advantage on both men. As the Bulldog attempted a bodyslam, Sting slid off of Bulldog, and executed the Scorpion Death Drop on Bulldog for the win.
*Winners: Sting and Luger by Pinfall

• Saturn vs. Reese (w/Lodi)
-After Saturn kicked Lodi off of the ring apron, he caught Reese and executed the Death Valley Driver on him for the win. At that point, Raven's Flock came down to the ring and attacked Saturn. Saturn was able to fend off Riggs, but the Flock was able to take him down. Raven then took the microphone and said it's Saturn's fault that their friendship is over. He then delivered the Evenflow D.D.T for his "punishment."
*Winner: Saturn by Pinfall

• El Vampiro vs. Brad Armstrong
-A back and forth match between the two, with Vampiro getting the pinfall victory after hitting his "Nail in the Coffin" finishing maneuver.
*Winner: El Vampiro by Pinfall

• Tokoyo Magnum and Shimo Nobanaga vs. Disco Inferno and Alex Wright
-At the beginning of the match, Magnum and Nobanaga started to dance with Wright and Inferno, but Wright and Inferno didn't like it and threw both of them out of the ring. Wright ended up winning this match for the team after hitting a German Suplex on Magnum.
*Winner: Disco & Wright by Pinfall

• Dean Malenko vs. Ultimo Dragon
-During the match, Jericho walked down to the ring, insulting Malenko. As Malenko was about to win the match with the Texas Cloverleaf, Jericho mentioned that Malenko's father was buried in Tampa. When hearing that, Malenko released the hold and ran after Jericho. Malenko was then counted out, giving Dragon the win.
*Winner: Dragon by Count Out

• Harlem Heat vs. Chris Benoit and Steve McMichael
-Harlem Heat members pretty much had their way with both Benoit and McMichael at the beginning of the match. During the match, Bret Hart came down and nailed Booker T. with a chair in the back of the head. McMichael took advantage and covered Booker T. for the victory.
*Winners: Benoit & McMichael by Pinfall

• Backstage, Jericho told Dragon that he didn't deserve a title shot. However, Malenko interrupted and attacked Jericho, throwing him into the lockers. He also attacked the Dragon.

• Eric Bischoff and Miss Elizabeth came out from the entrance way. They then proceded to walk in front of the band and sat on a stage that looked like the "Tonight Show" set. Bischoff called the show "NWO 'Later'." Bischoff then introduced his first guest, Scott Steiner. Steiner, of course, showed off his muscles as Bischoff glorified him. Bischoff asked Steiner to compare Rodman and Malone. Steiner said it's like comparing winners to losers. He said Rodman has owned Malone for the past two years in the NBA finals. Steiner said Rodman has been working with Jean-Claude Van Dam, while Malone has been doing "Rogaine" commercials. He said it's not much of a comparison. He said Rodman will beat him one more time at Bash at the Beach. Bischoff then asked about Steiner's next co-star in his next movie. Steiner said that he will bring his co-star on Bischoff's show next week on Nitro.

• Okerlund interviewed Booker T. Booker T. got straight to Hart hitting him with the chair. He called Hart a sissified punk for attacking him from behind again. Booker T. then challenged Hart to a match right then. Stevie Ray came out and told Booker T. that Hart hitting him was no big deal and that he should be able to take it. Bret Hart then came out and accepted Booker T's challenge. He said Booker T. would lose to the best technical wrestler in the game. Hart told him the match would take place in San Diego at The Bash at the Beach.

• Backstage, Hogan and Bischoff were talking. Hogan said that he wasn't surprised that Malone and Bischoff hadn't showed up. Bischoff told Hogan that he doesn't need those two and that tonight is their night.

• Goldberg vs. Glacier - *US Title Match*
-Glacier used his martial arts knowledge to actually take Goldberg down at one point. However, Goldberg had no real problems with Glacier. He hit Glacier with the spear and executed the Jackhammer for the victory.
*Winner: Goldberg by Pinfall (105-0)

• Hollywood Hogan and Bischoff came down to the ring. The two came down much quicker than usual and seemed upset. Hogan said that he's going to turn Rodzilla loose and bury Page and Malone in San Diego because they didn't show up tonight. Hogan called both of them losers for not showing up. Outside, we saw the truck pulling up at the arena. NWO members were outside waiting for the truck to pull-up. When the truck finally stopped, Page and Malone came out with chairs in hand. They walked through the arena and made their way onto the arena floor. As Hogan continued to make fun of Page and Malone for not showing up, Page and Malone got into the ring and hit their chairs together to show Hogan they were there. Hogan pushed Bischoff into Page, who threw Bischoff out of the ring. As Malone dared him to touch him, Hogan tried to leave the ring to no avail. Finally, Hogan took off his bandana and actually got into it with Malone. Malone, however, actually bodyslammed Hogan and delivered two clotheslines to him. Hogan then quickly left the ring and was consoled by his NWO members on the outside. Page took a microphone and congratulated Malone for taking out Hogan. Page then challenged Rodman to show up at Nitro next week so that they could take both of them out next week.