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Tony turns to Larry, who imagines hearing the crowd chant his name
and stands up. Tenay, master of understatement, says "the
phenomenon that is Goldberg is nothing short of phenomenal." Tenay
is ALSO quick to point out that last week's Goldberg/Hogan match was
the highest rated segment in the history of professional wrestling on
cable television, and Tony pouts because HE didn't get to say it. As
the crowd erupts into a loud "We want Flair" chant...

Let Us Take You Back to more clips of the psychological intensity that
was Hogan talking, Goldberg headbutting a locker, walking to the ring,
taking out Scott Hall, then performing the jackhammer on the Chump to
become the new Champ. SEE Hogan say "I am gonna kick
Goldberg's....BUTT!" SEE Goldberg spear Hogan without using his
head! SEE the jackhammer as Tony says "Awww, hell yeah!" SEE
Goldberg hold the Twenty pounds of gold so you can't see the
spraypaint! HEAR the incredibly fake and looped Goldberg chant on

Do you smell Voodoo Chili? Why, it's almost as if the show doesn't
REALLY start until YOU KNOW WHO makes his way to ringside,
tonight. I would ask where Giant, Steiner and Adams are, but I guess I
don't care. I would ALSO ask why Hennig keeps pattin' Hall on the
rump, but again, I guess I don't care. "The propaganda is about to Stop!
Hollywood is sick of all the crap jack - after last night, when me and
Rodzilla proved that the true colours of professional wrestling are black
and white..." All right, no more transcription for you, Hogan. He talks
about Goldberg, Rodzilla, and then turns to "family business," which
means it's once again time for Hogan to accuse a brotha of dropping
the ball so that we can start a face turn for the victim in question - in
this case, Scott Hall. It's all HALL'S fault Hogan no longer has the belt,
you see. Hogan manages to say "crap" one more time, but I still won't
forgive him for saying "butt" last week when "ass" would have worked
so much better. Anyway, Hogan *calls Hall out*. "Hey yo, you
questioning MY loyalty to the black-'n'-white? I did everything ya told
me to do - I waxed Nash with the belt like ya told me to - I done
everything you said because honestly, I need the money. But if you
want som'a Scott Hall, right here in Vegas, in front of the whole world
and Nitro - and uh, by the way, by the way, by the way, Goldberg beat
me, that's true, and then right after that, he took YOUR belt." Anybody
else watching Bischoff try his damnedest to not mouth along with
everyone? "So Hollywood, you want som'a Scott Hall? Don't sing it -
bring it." So that's tonight's main event I guess. Hogan calls himself the
big bad creep. Suddenly, Hogan asks Bischoff what he's laughing
about - I must have missed that. Anyway, Hogan recruits Bischoff as
the Special Guest Referee. Bischoff waffles but Hogan presses the
issue. Bischoff mouths along with Hall. Before it can come to blows
right here, right now - Disciple plays the part of the buffer zone. Then
somebody gives HIM the mic so he can talk about Diamond Dallas
Page - 47 stitches - didn't get the job done - still here - take care of the
family business - coward Dallas Page - if you've got any guts - meet
me tonight in the ring. This is so boring, even Hall, gets up and leaves
the ring. The crowd goes wild, and Disciple is still trying to talk about
the Apocalypse. Get the hook! Hogan says we're going to find out "who
4 life is tonight," which is a Yodafication if I e'er heard one. But did I
mention that Liz was totally foxy looking tonight? Yeah!

Wow, I'll bet THAT quarter hour banged the ratings. I really think what it
needed was Scott Hall going, "Hey, who put this together, man? Who
put this thing together? Me, that's who!!!" but he didn't.

This portion of WCW Monday Nitro is brought to you by Valvoline.

Buy a Goldberg shirt, or his face will FREEZE like that!

Let us take you to exciting stills from last night's main event - where
Karl Malone and DDP had the match to win, but thanks to Disciple
making his presence felt with an Apocalypse on Page, it was Hogan
and Rodman scoring the pinfall for the win. These clips, incidentally,
pretty much captured EVERY manoeuvre performed in this match (4),
which took about 132 minutes of the three hour pay-per-view.

BARBARIAN (with James Hart) v. HORACE (with Lodi, no music, and
no entrance) - they have the NERVE to hype the Encore presentation
of the pay-per-view. Barbarian dominates, even Jimmy Hart gets to
punch at Horace. Lodi gets up on the apron, and referee "Blind" Billy
Silverman stares at Horace until he figures out he's going to get a stop
sign, then turns away so he won't see it. Zbyszko says "Caligula."
Stop sign shot only gets a 2 count. Hart takes a shot from Horace.
Barbarian hits the Kick of Fear to the STOP sign, where Horace is
standing, for the pin. (2:05) - my description may have actually been
more exciting than the match. In come RIGGS, KIDMAN, and LODI -
Barbarian has a good run until taking another stop sign shot. In to
make the save is - MENG? I thought these guys didn't like each other
anymore. Anyway, Meng clears the ring of the flock. The Faces of Fear
are back! No, no, Meng also puts the Tongan Death Grip on Barbarian,
as the fans go ambivalent. THIS is WCW!

The Castrol GTX Torture Test of the week are replays of this match -
now THAT'S what I call a torture test! Schiavone characterizes Meng's
return as "shocking."

Let us take you back to last night's big payperview, where Curt Hennig
was the best Goldberg opponent ever - oh, but he still lost.

MEAN GENE OKERLUND, always keen to spot a segueway, invites
out CURTRICK HENNIGRUDE - Hennig may have a hand on Okerlund's
rear end, I can't tell. Gene O asks Rude where he was last night, and
Rude says "somebody cancelled my flight - who could that have been,
Goldberg?" Ummm... Turning to Hennig, "Let me tell you what we
learned from last night...Bill Goldberg, I found out the
weakness...tonight, I challenge Bill Goldberg, because I know now -
Rick, I'd appreciate one thing - let me go out tonight without you
because I don't want Goldberg going to the fans saying 'the only reason
Curt Hennig won tonight was because he had Rick Rude at ringside.'"
Rude says that this ain't a great idea, but seems to go along with it.
Hennig says he will be the new "WCW Champion," forgetting which
shirt he's wearing (again). Take a drink every time either of them
reminds us of Goldberg's forbidden first name - ah, like the name of the
Lord himself...

So that's like, three matches that have JUST BEEN MADE. Boy, it's a
good thing they leave the last hour completely open so that they can fill
it with the matches made in the first half hour...

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Let us take you back to last night's big payperview, where Chris Jericho
managed to act surprised that Rey Mysterio Jr. returned Sunday, even
though he wrestled him two nights earlier at the big LA Melee. Oh, and
Mysterio won the Cruiserweight title, no doubt by cheating and pulling
the hair and putting his feet on the ropes, because NOBODY beats

Gene O interviews J.J. DILLON - again that verboten word "Bill" is
uttered. It's JUST Goldberg, dammit! They bring out REY MYSTERIO,
JR. (finally! He's back on Nitro! But why is Gene O complementing his
package?) - so why's Dillon out there? Ahhh, it's because CHRIS
MONDAY JERICHO done come out with a WCW rule book (I wish
someone would send ME one of those) to rain on Mysterio's parade.
Apparently, on page 257 of the WCW Rulebook, it says that "For the
safety of the athletes involved, if a wrestler is suspended...and affects
the outcome of the match, that decision shall be null and void." Bottom
line: when Dean Malenko came out last night, the Jericho/Mysterio
match should have been null and void, and therefore, Jericho should get
the belt back. Dillon says well, Jericho's correct. Wow, they didn't even
have to run that by the Championship committee or anything! "JoJo,
you tell Ron Mysterio Jr. to GIVE ME BACK MY BELT! Come on,
Ron!" Yeah, he REALLY called him Ron - that's why it's funny! Even if it
IS still what some folks call "a Dusty finish." Before Mysterio forks over
the belt, DEAN MALENKO has sauntered out to do his Iceman bit.
Jericho calls him "Stinko Malenko," and goes on to propose that
Malenko and Mysterio fight tonight for a shot at the title. Since M&M
are idiots, they both okay it. Dillon says okay. So that's FOUR
matches that didn't exist before this show started...hmmm...I hope they
don't have to bump any SCHEDULED, ANNOUNCED matches!

Gene O narrates the Starburst Fruit Chews Pin on a Map road report -
this week, THUNDER! emanates from Oakland, Cali - even though it's
mere miles away from this computer, I'm gonna take the passarooney.
HOWEVER, if WCW really wants to win me over, I'll graciously accept
an all access pass to the event - I'll even show up and stay out of the

That's three quarter hours - one match actually fought, four matches
scheduled. Hey, look! It's the Nitro Girls! And their outfits are all SHINY!

Let's look at a crappy Nitro Party. Remember, they only show the
GOOD ones - the ones that WIN! Can you IMAGINE what the bad ones
must be like? Oh yeah, drink Mug, the foam goes straight to your
brain, blah blah blah.

The Treacherous Three talk about Hennig/Goldberg, later tonight, also
Hall/Hogan, later tonight, Eric Bischoff special referee, and now Let Us
Take You Back to Monday Nitro, 15 June, where NWO Hollywood
invaded the cage to take apart Randy Savage's knee. Randy Savage -
hmmm, I wondered what happened to that guy. Why do they bring this
up now?

Well, because it's time for HACKSAW JIM DUGGAN (with 2x4 and
flag) v. RICK FULLER (no music, no entrance) - and if you don't see a
connection, you just haven't been watching Nitro long enough.
Duggan's best offensive move in this match is to get out of the way of a
second rope splash by Fuller. Finisher is Duggan's choice for THIS
year's Worst Move of the Year - the Old Glory kneedrop. (1:49) I
suppose it could be worse - it could have gotten more time than

Get wired at! Or, just poke yourself in the eye
with a sharp stick!

The FIREWORKS! and the TV-PG-DV box signify the second hour (I
only have 54 after, but close enough if RAW starts in three minutes,
eh?) Schiavone runs down all the exciting, just made matches that will
take place tonight. The Treacherous Three talk about the exciting hour
that's just taken place, and then Let Us Take You Back to Nitro, where
BUFF BAGWELL made his return. THIS is what they use to combat
the beginning of RAW? I mean, it was a nice segment, but it's a damn
rerun! A rerun, I say! Clips of Bagwell leaving the limo, Bagwell talking
about not appearing on NWO Late Hour no matter WHAT Steiner or
Bischoff say, Bagwell blatantly sucking up to Atlanta, then his mother,
hey I gave them props LAST week so don't complain about me bashing
it this week.

Now to REALLY pile it on, Gene O brings out BUFF BAGWELL, who is
being wheeled by DR. MICHAEL SAPELLA (sp?) this week. Okerlund
asks about Bagwell's allegiances to NWO/WCW. Bagwell says he
needs to first get rehabilitated, then what he needs to do is face the
man who did this to him - RICK STEINER. Out he comes, in a cast. I
get cynical and think Buff's going to get up and waffle him, but before I
can think about that, out comes YOU KNOW WHO and DISCIPLE.
Hogan: "You know something - the one thing I hate more than a couple
cowards is a couple cripples, so the best thing for you to do, Hound
Dog, is to stay back. Hold on brother [to Buff], you don't need to do
nothing except what I tell you. Now, when you joined NWO, this
black'n'white thing was for life, brother. When you joined the
black'n'white NWO, I taught you how to be a man, so why don't you
start acting like one. Wait a minute, little Buffy - all the babyface crap
I've been hearing out here - instead of Buff Bagwell, maybe it should be
Cream Puff Bagwell and by the way, I'm tired of looking at you, and you
make me sick" and then he pushes over the wheelchair. Geez, doesn't
Hogan have ENOUGH on his plate already? Or maybe he wants a feud
he can win... well, anyway, this will go down as another "get off my
chest" interview that we never hear the end of - goes with DDP joining
the Wolfpack, Hart telling us why he helped Hogan beat Savage for the
title - oh, you don't like it when I bring that stuff up? Sorry.

Hey, let's have a Goldberg T-shirt ad EVERY HOUR!

Let Us Take You Back to last night's payperview and Television Title
bout between Bret Hart and Booker T, which was actually pretty darn
good until Hart decided the TV title was a worthless hunk of tin, and got
himself disqualified with the judicious use of a chair, followed by a
ringpost figure four. Stevie Ray didn't exactly come to his brother's aid,
so much as sauntered out and watched.

FIT FINLEY v. BRET HART - Tenay runs down the major knee injuries
that Booker T has - he'll be out four to six weeks (but apparently get to
hold onto the title). Hart comes out to the NWO theme but isn't wearing
a NWO shirt. I'm thinking this could FINALLY be a good match tonight!
Lockup, to the ropes, break. Lockup, Finley with a side headlock.
Commentators talk about other matches. To the corner and Hart is
using closed fists, and choking. Well, so much for this match. Hart
runs Finley's face across the top rope. Headbutts by Hart. Rake of the
eyes. Finley finally returns with an eyepoke. European uppercut and
Hart goes down. Schiavone talks about Hogan's new low while Finley
gets a 2 count. To the corner and FINLEY is choking away. Big punch.
Short clothesline by Finley. Kneedrop. Finley's stompin'! Now both men
are out and Finley is brawlin' like a good Irish guy. Or so I've heard.
Hart turns the tide with a Golotta and introduces Finley's head to a
myriad of STEEL objects. Hart drops Finley's back across the knee -
Head to the ... lower abdomen. Vicious European uppercut by Hart -
Finley fires back. Now it's Finley with a slam, an elbowdrop, and a
chinlock. "We want Flair" chant is heard. Hart is running his own head
into Finley's gut. Irish whip, but Finley sticks a foot up as Hart follows.
Another short clothesline by the Bruiser for 2. Whip, reversal, atomic
drop by Hart, lariat by Hart. Hart's going for the Scorpion Deathlock but
Finley gets to the ropes - Hart pulls him back out and cinches it in.
Finley - TAPS OUT?!? (4:28)

Sigh. Fit Finley is now in the "Renegade" class of former television

This week WCW hits Reno, Oaktown for THUNDER!, Sacramento, and
Spokane. I guess they cancelled the Stockton show? Or is it sold out?
By the way, if you watch WorldWide (and who doesn't?) in the Bay
Area, you got to see Lee Marshall hype the Oakland show by
interviewing Konnan - apparently, his Uncle Chewie will be in the
parking lot getting us good seats! The funniest thing I've ever seen
K-Dawg do (which isn't much!)

Hey look, it's the Nitro Girls! Well, four (eight) of them.

Mug Root Beer thing - send in your Nitro Party tapes. Tony botches the
Mug slogan by saying "the foam goes right to your brain!"

STEVIE RAY (with TV title belt) v. RICK MARTEL (with fat knee brace)
- hey, Martel's back! Along with that groovy music! Oh yeah, Stevie
Ray has his brotha's belt. Now can you dig it? Commentators can't
even figure out that it's the TV title - damn they are stupid. For an
encore, Zbyszko manages to remind us that HE was a former
Television Title holder - yeah, you bastard, you beat my hero Steve
Regal. Martel hasn't been around a while, so I'll forgive him for making
those "I want da belt" hand motions as if this were really a TV title
match. This match is basically Stevie putting the hurt on Martel, then
Martel coming back when logic is furthest away. Commentators give up
on trying to figure out if it's the TV title and talk about the NWO
instead. While both men are on the outside, we take an ad break. Why

When we come back, Martel is on his back and Stevie Ray is walking
around. Whip, sunset flip attempt succeeds, 1, 2, no. Now it's Martel
with a sceond wind. Dropkick for 2. Arm wringer, with some knees to
the arm for good measure. Zbyszko says that Stevie's unhappy that
Booker T is "hanging out with 'the man.'" Martel continues to work on
the arm. Crowd isn't exactly digging this, if you catch my drift. Armbar
type manoeuvre. Crowd is actually pleading for a "Brawl for All" match
now. Stevie with a forward slam to break up the Martel sequence, but
misses an elbow. Back body drop by Martel. Elbow for 2. Whip into the
corner, but Martel eats an elbow, then a boot. Ray makes the "it's over"
hand signal. Pickup, go behind, belly-to-back suplex by Martel. Time
for the Quebec Crab, but here's BRET HART with a chair - and a shot
to the head of Martel. Of course, referee "Blind" Mickey Jay completely
missed it. Stevie Ray applies the slapjack. 1, 2, 3. (8:58)

Gene O interviews Stevie Ray. "What's the deal with you and Bret
Hart?" "There is no deal. My brother is in the hospital recovering from
injuries he received last night...My brother gave me power of attorney to
defend the belt against anybody." So Stevie Ray is apparently the
World Television champion. When Okerlund presses him to supply
documentation, Stevie says that he doesn't have it this week, maybe
next week.

The Money Store (and Jim Palmer!) underwrite tonight's closed

THUNDER! ad. When they show clips from last week, do you think
they actually realise they're showing another awful table shot where the
table doesn't break?

Let Us Take You Back to last night's superspectacular, where Disco
Inferno and Konnan had a bonus match. Match ended when Lex Luger
put Alex Wright in a Torture Rack. Or something. Why do we show you
these highlights? Well, because the next match is

Muta - err, Sting) - Bobby Heenan is out, WHY does he turn into Ed
McMahon when the Wolfpack theme is playing? Oh boy, a FRESH
perspective on tonight's main events with Heenan here! Konnan wants
to speak on dis - so let's get that call and response thing out of the
way. Sting says "Bowdy bowdy" instead of Konnan. Match is all
Darsow at the start - take a drink every time he says "stinkin'."
Clothesline for 2. I guess tonight we find out if Konnan is REALLY in
the doghouse if Darsow wins - oops, missed in the corner. Konnan with
a somersault into a clothesline. Seated dropkick. Kick/flapjack combo -
Tequila Sunrise. He's just like Bret Hart with his OWN Five Moves of
Death(tm). Submission victory for Uncle Chewie's nephew. (2:00)

The WCW Power Plant is the, I won't say it. Nope.

Gene O is in the ring and says the crowd is "literally hanging from the
rafters." Hmmm, he hasn't said "shank of the evening yet." Out comes
DIAMOND DALLAS PAGE, in his new outfit (with shiny jeans!) and
walking through the crowd. "Hollywood 'Scum' Hogan's shadow, his
boy, the Disciple, is crying cause I hit him in the coconut and laid him
for 47 stitches in the head...pfft...I got stitches all over my face, I've
been thrown through video walls, I've been hit with crutches, I've been
hit with a kitchen sink, oh yeah, and chairs, and I'm not crying." Upshot
is that he accepts the match. Hey, let's do it now!

Disciple is, when he takes off his sunglasses, he looks like Brutus
Beefcake. It's all Page until the cheatin' starts - Disciple with a Golotta.
Choke on the rope. Big choke in the corner. "DDP" chant is moderate.
Double thrust to the throat. Hairpull to a face in the corner. Oh look,
Page's ribs are taped, that's new. DISMAL piledriver by the Disciple.
And now RICK RUDE is out. Page with a jawbreaker. Page climbin' the
ropes - and Rude crotches him. Rude is up on the apron - this of
course, means, that Page manages to shake off Disciple and run him
into Rude, to a schoolboy for the pin (2:25). Is Page bleeding?
Everyone's disappointed that there was no diamond cutter. Page walks
out through the crowd - until YOU KNOW WHO and VINCENZO paste
Page with a chair and leave him laying. Hey, you think Page and
Hogan - you know - still have issues?

The Awesome 3 still have some exciting upcoming matches to talk
about! But first, Hogan is so dangerous because he doesn't have his
title. Oh boy, he's dangerous. Uh huh. Yup. Dangerous. Hogan. Tenay
points out how much Hogan's been all over my television tonight - I
hope that means that the ratings are sucking right now.

KANYON v. - well, I don't know. RAVEN atatcks from behind, but then
SATURN attacks from behind THAT. Apparently, this is a triangle
match - well, I hope they can squeeze it in in two minutes! Raven and
Saturn make it to the ring first, nice suplex by Saturn. Punches by
Saturn until Kanyon is in and Saturn is in a spinning neckbreaker.
Saturn's on Raven until Kanyon's up - then THEY trade blows while
Raven sits back and smiles. Saturn wins their exchange, but before he
can turn to Raven, Kanyon is back up. Tenay calls Kanyon "the
innovator of offense" again, even though we've seen that damn fireman's
carry into a flapjack in every SINGLE Kanyon match for the past
month. Saturn clotheslines Kanyon and they both are out of the ring.
Saturn pushes aside the STEEL steps and finds a table under the ring
(Heenan calls it a "chair" to piss off Tony. Ha!) Kanyon is placed on the
table -let's see if Saturn can break it this week - plancha! Yes! Table is
broken! Raven motions to LODI, who has appeared from nowhere, and
he puts Saturn in the ring. Into the corner, Saturn fights off a superplex
attempt, but before he can dive, Kanyon crotches him. Now both
Kanyon and Saturn are on differen corners. Kanyon misses - Saturn
hits a splash. 1, 2, Kanyon makes the save. Kanyon drops Saturn on
top in a corner - Raven is under - double superplex! Raven covers
Kanyon - 1, 2, no - Raven covers Saturn - 1, 2, no. Kanyon hits the
Flatliner on Raven, but Saturn dropkicks Kanyon's head to make the
save. Well, we all know Raven's gonna win, right? Spicolli driver on
Raven! 1, 2, Saturn is pulled away by Kanyon! Oh no, referee "Blind"
Billy Silverman is counting - is this a no-"no countouts" match?
Apparently so. Raven wins the match (COR 5:42) and Kanyon and
Saturn brawl back to the commentators, and then on.

Promotional consideration paid for by David sunflower seeds, Motel 6
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the third hour starts EXACTLY on time! Oh, it's rated TV-PG-DV.
Tonight we'll have some matches. I heard something about them
earlier. FIREWORKS!

Let Us Take You Back To Earlier Tonight, where Chris Jericho once
again proves that he's Mr. Loophole, getting his belt back, and coercing
Dean Malenko and Rey Mysterio Jr. into a #1 Contender's Match.

Cruiserweight Contender's Match - They shake hands to start - that's
nice. Wow, THIS is actually great stuff - good 'n' fast, lots of counters
and switches, there's no way I can keep up with a play-by-play, so I
just sat back and watched - and for five minutes, I got a clinic. Even the
missed spot (Mysterio was supposed to leap and land on the top rope,
but slipped and fell over instead) was integrated into the match like it
was SUPPOSED to happen. Five minutes of wrestling bliss! Then,
CHRIS JERICHO came out, nailed Malenko from behind with the belt
and ran away. Mickey Jay missed it, as he was tending to Mysterio,
who was the victim of a supergutbuster. Mysterio, also unaware of the
shenanigans, covered for the pin. Damn you, WCW. (5:32)

NARCISSIST (with Konnan and the Stinger) - Disco's whahnin' 'bout his
loss at last night's fantastic payperview, and does a fair bit of rhyming
to boot. We are spared another Wolfpack interview - wait, I spake too
soon. Nash: "Las Vegas Nevada - (is his voice gone?) - Wolfpack in the
howwwwwwwwwwwwwse!" I wonder if they can manage to squeeze
this into two minutes. Disco and Luger start. Luger with the big pec
flex. Tag to Alex Wright. Thirty seconds gone. Lockup, armdrag by
Wright. Luger with a big reversal. Wright with a triple kipup and an
armdrag (wow!). Wright's tanzen. Luger with a big lariat and a big
hiptoss in response. Big - well, it resembles a back body drop. Disco
comes in, Lex takes 'em both out and poses again. After a consultation
on the outside, Konnan decides to get involved, attacking Disco from
behind - so Wright attacks Konnan from behind. He does pretty well,
even knocking off his visor. Until Konnan whips Wright into a barricade,
then Sting gives him a Stinger splash (hey, the Sting *I* knew would
never do that!) Meanwhile, Nash is in - big boot to the face. Crowd is
nuts, of course. Luger has Wright in the big Rack - Nash with the
jackknife powerbomb on Disco - referee "Blind" Charles Robinson
immediately disqualifies the Wolfpack and the dancers win! The
dancers win! The dancers win! No, actually, Robinson forgets about
powerbombs being illegal and counts the pinfall. (2:36) Wolfpack wins,
crowd digs it, Sting and Konnan are all smiles. God, I hate this show

Let us take you back to THUNDER! where Steve McMichael prattles on
about Arn Anderson, then takes us back to a Fall Brawl interview where
Arn buries Ric Flair. Boy, Gene O's really aged well, hasn't he? That
was sarcasm. McMichael talks about fire and the Horsemen and Arn
and NOT Ric Flair. Suck suck suck suck suck.

four fingers) - Commentators try to hype the Encore presentation by
bringing up how Chavo shaved himself - whatever. Eddie immediately
starts off with a great dropkick and doesn't let up. Kick, kick, choke,
measured kicks, body attacks, dropkick to the back. Eyepoke. Whip,
clothesline, step on the face. Whip, reverse, McMichael comes back
with a slam. Tony interrupts his commentary to tell us that he has an
injury update on Diamond Dallas Page - and that is, that there is no
update. Meanwhile, Mongo with a big suplex, and a football clip. Oh
boy, here comes PSYCHO CHAVO BALDO DOMO, in cowboy hat and
riding Pepe - so I guess he's trying to become - giggle titter - a
HORSEMAN! Nick Patrick is calling for the bell, but doesn't get it for a
good fifteen or twenty seconds (DQ 2:11ish) - Eddie dropkicks Chavo
into Mongo, who turns around, beats up Chavo and spikes him with a
Tombstone, then leaves. Apparently, Mongo won that match. Okay...

Road Wild is 8 August! And man, Travis Tritt is gonna be there! 'Cause
when you think Hogs and ridin', man, you're thinkin' COUNTRY MUSIC!

Well, we've got a half hour left - time for those big matches, isn't it?

Why, yes! Let Us Take You Back To Earlier Tonight - when Hogan
gives the "you dropped the ball" speech to Hall and requests the
pleasure of his company at a match later tonight.

MICHAEL BUFFER is wearing a coat that would look GREAT if I could
huk a Cherry Slurpee at it - you know, if they hadn't signed these two
matches, what would Buffer have introduced? Horace/Barbarian? The
Special Referee is introduced, which means we get to hear that groovy
"NWO Monday Nitro" theme one more time (they're amortizing the
cost! Yahoo!) I smell reheated Voodoo chili, which is weird, because
this is the first time I can recall in a LONG time that they've played the
Hendrix cut twice in a night. Bischoff's wearing a Hogan shirt, by the
way, which would align him with Bret Hart. Hey, now that I think about
it, Bret Hart wasn't out with black'n'white earlier tonight either, was he?
Hogan is again accompanied by the Disciple, while Hall comes out
alone. This would be a great time for an ad break, but I haven't called
anything ELSE correctly tonight, so let's get it started!

YOU KNOW WHO (with Disciple) v. SCOTT HALL - we start with the
prerequisite toothpick shot - one for Hogan, one for Bischoff. Lockup -
no, Hogan with a kick, shot to the face, rack of the back, stuff of the
mouth with the doorag. Hall bites his fingers and that breaks that up.
Heenan pisses off Tony by asking about biting. Lockup, Hall in control,
now he's barring the arm. Hogan powers Hall to the ground. "Hogan
sucks" chant is with vim and vigor. Lockup, Hogan with the wristlock,
Hall reverses. Hall tries to muss up Hogan's hair but he doesn't have
any. Arm wringer by Hall, but Hogan with a lariat and down he goes.
Hogan with a double thrust, then a shot to the throat. Punches in
bunches, and Bischoff fails to chastise Hogan for the closed fists.
Hogan musses up Hall's hair. Head to the turnbuckle. Irish whip and
Hogan follows with a clothesline. Hogan with a punch to the face and a
rake of the face. Hall fires back. Hall off the ropes, but the Disciple hits
him from behind. Commentators are livid, saying Bischoff has picked
sides - like it matters to them, come on. Hogan with a clothesline,
punch, an ATOMIC DROP?!?! (Hogan's aresenal!) and an inside cradle
- Hall grabs the bottom rope but Bischoff STILL has a two count.
Disciple chokes Hall while Hogan and Bischoff trade stares. To the
corner, Hall stops and reverses, driving Hogan's head into the
turnbuckle. To the other corner, it's all Hall now, despite Bischoff's
attempts at verbally restraining Hall. Fallaway slam by Hall and a cover
- Bischoff paces around and doesn't count. Now Hall is up and shoving
Bischoff - Hogan is behind with a sleeper - make that a choke. Arm
falls only twice, to Bischoff's consternation. Hall manages to go behind,
whip Hogan, and put on a sleeper of his own - Bischoff is quick to
break it up. Again Hall turns to Bischoff - and Hogan hits a Golotta,
which Bischoff ignores. Heenan comes around: "You know Tony, I think
he's one-sided." Hogan with a boot to the 'nads. Rake of the face by
Hogan. Punch to the eyes. Whip, big boot. Is it almost over? Hogan
cups his hand to his ear - oh boy, here's DIAMOND DALLAS PAGE to
confuse us some more. Punch to Hogan and a spinning lariat - down
goes the Disciple - Diamond Cutter for Bischoff! Now Hogan and
Disciple have come around and are doubleteaming Page - well, now
here's KEVIN NASH, who takes out Hogan and the Disciple, trades the
Wolfpack sign with Hall (! - crowd goes nuts!) and sets up Hogan for
the jackknife - but then Hall crowns Nash from behind (WTF?) - now we
need a scorecard. Hogan and Disciple are back on Page, and Hall and
Nash are fighting. Hogan with the Leg Drop of Doom on Page, another
legdrop for Page. VINCENZO is out for no good reason. Hall with a whip
of Nash and a follow clothesline. Hall is paintbrushing Nash's hair, now
he's crotch-chopping (oh no!) - NOW we take an ad break. Hmm, let's
call it (no contest 8:38).

When we come back, let's have some replays - Nash runs in and saves
Page. Okay. Nash and Hall do the Wolfpack thing. Too sweet! Nash
has Hogan in the jackknife position - no, Hall's screwing him again!
Now, what we missed during the break - Hogan and Hall,
EMBRACING. Well, I didn't NEED to see that. Besides, does it really
explain ANYTHING?

Michael Buffer does that thing he does with the thing. By my watch,
we've got seven minutes to the hour - which begs the question: What
could they possibly do with those other six minutes? Wellll, Hennig's
entrance takes 1:46, Goldberg's entrance - let's save it for below. Hey,
you know what that "Goldberg" chant reminds me of? Remember how
WWF fans would try to piss of IRS by chanting "Irwin....Irwin...?" That's
it exactly.

#1 CONTENDER CURTRICK HENNIGRUDE (without Rick Rude) v. (bill
"112-0") GOLDBERG for the WCW World Heavyweight Championship
- Let's see - they actually made a GOLDBERG nameplate for the belt -
I bet he holds on to it tonight. Staredown. Hennig talks trash, then
slaps Goldberg. 'berg roars. Forearm shot - whip, spear, growl. You
know - jackhammer - this sucks. 1, 2, 3. (entrance 3:13, match 1:22)

Not that you asked, but sometimes I think I'd rather be outside
watching the stars...

Christopher Robin Zimmerman