WCW Monday Nitro 02-02-98

Live from San Antonio, TX

Airdate: February 2, 1998

Attendance: 21,213 (20,005 paid)

Hosted by Tony Schiavone, Larry Zbyszko, “Iron” Mike Tenay, & Bobby “The Brain” Heenan

Sting battles Savage in the main event? How will Hogan be involved? Will Nash unleash another powerbomb, and how will WCW react? Can Jericho and Booker T retain their titles? Let’s find out!

Opening montage.

Nitro Girls dance in the ring wearing blue and black. Perhaps they’re Kenny Wayne Shepherd fans.

Match 1: Juventud Guerrera versus Psicosis


Rating: **

Summary: With a lucha-friendly crowd, these guys brought their A-game for an entertaining opener.

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At the entrance, the Nitro Girls dance while having not changed costumes. That’s just lazy!

THUNDER RECAP: DDP offers Benoit a shot at the US title scheduled for this Thursday, and Benoit accepts.

In the ring, “Mean” Gene Okerlund interviews DDP who refers to Benoit as “underrated” and cuts a promo on him.

Video featuring Giant airs.

We then revisit last week’s episode when Nash powerbombed Traylor. According to Schiavone, the fine for violating the powerbomb ban has tripled to $150,000.

Match 2: Ultimo Dragon versus Kidman (w/ Lodi)


Rating: **½

Summary: Solid match between these two with Dragon getting the well-received duke.

After the match, Lodi enters the ring, but Dragon leg-sweeps him. Sick Boy takes his turn and eats a superkick. Although Dragon prepares to deliver an enziguri to Riggs, Saturn supplies him with a German suplex. The Flock then triple-teams Dragon, and Kidman launches a shooting star press. Wow!

Kevin Nash approaches to the ring, grabs the microphone, and complains about Kidman’s “tiger bomb.” Rightfully, Nash asserts that he’s the victim of the system and says either he or Hogan can pay any fine.

HOUR #2!

Prior to the next match, Jericho grabs the microphone and thanks the “Jerichoholics” for their support. I wonder what his ABV is.

Match 3 for the WCW Cruiserweight title: “Lionheart” Chris Jericho (champion) versus Super Calo


Rating: **

Summary: Good match, but Calo was NOT going to win the TV title.

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Match 4 for the WCW World TV title: Booker T (champion) versus Lord Steven Regal


Rating: **

Summary: No time-limit draw here as Booker T has a firm grasp on the TV title by going over a formerly svelte champion.

We then revisit last week’s episode when Bret announced his intentions in WCW going forward.

Match 5: Konnan (w/ Vincent) versus Hugh Morrus


Rating: *

Summary: Showcase match for Konnan.

Prior to the next match, Hall grabs the microphone and takes his survey. Surprisingly, San Antonio is nWo country. Hall then questions why he didn’t “get no title shot” at SuperBrawl VIII. When Rhodes gets to speak, he takes “Rowdy” Roddy Piper to task for his decision.

Match 6: Jim “The Anvil” Neidhart versus Scott Hall (w/ the “American Dream” Dusty Rhodes)


Rating: *

Summary: Showcase match for Hall who got his well-fed flunkies to assist him in victory.

After the match, Spicolli attacks Neidhart until Smith storms the ring to save his fellow Hart family member. Smith back drops Spicolli before clotheslining him down to the floor.

In the ring, Okerlund interviews the “Total Package” Lex Luger who cuts a promo on Savage.

This week’s Nitro Party pack goes to the Brice family from Hartford, Wisconsin.

Nitro Girls dance in silver and black among the San Antonio faithful.

Match 7: Goldberg versus Mark Starr


Rating: *

Summary: Showcase match for Goldberg.

Prior to the next match, we revisit last week’s episode when Smith returned to WCW and beat Mongo.

Speaking of Mongo, he makes his entrance and announces “Mongo’s home.” The San Antonio faithful welcome their native son.

Match 8: Steve “Mongo” McMichael versus the “British Bulldog” Davey Boy Smith


Rating: DUD

Summary: Why do I get the feeling these two will settle their score at the PPV? Fact check, instead of the magic 8-ball, says I’m right.

After the match, Smith makes Mongo taste the steel railing twice. It must taste like the Rocket Q at 54th Street Grill. While the San Antonio faithful chants “Mon-go,” their hero tosses Smith onto the broadcast riser and LEVELS referee Mickey Jay. They then fight all the way backstage.

HOUR #3!

“Hollywood” Hogan and Eric Bischoff approach the ring. While Hogan gives Nash carte blanche to run roughshod over WCW, he promises to beat Sting at the PPV. He then agrees that Nick Patrick should be the referee. Afterward, Hogan grants Savage his freedom against Sting tonight.

Prior to the next match, Raven offers a soliloquy of little matter.

Match 9: Raven versus Disco Inferno


Rating: **½

Summary: Showcase match for Raven, but Disco puts it into overdrive like he’s motivated. While the broadcast team has no idea why Raven calls it an Evenflow DDT, I’ll let you enjoy some Pearl Jam.

Nitro Girls dance at the entrance wearing silver and black while multiplying.

Match 10: Kevin Nash & Buff Bagwell versus the Steiners (w/ Ted DiBiase)


Rating: *

Summary: More storyline than match as Scott’s inflated ego highlights this week’s match.

After the match, Rick berates his brother about making a tag, but Scott walks off again.

Match 11: Sting versus “Macho Man” Randy Savage (w/ Elizabeth)


Rating: **

Summary: Of course, this match doesn’t have a conclusive or decisive finish, but what’s the deal with Hogan now?

After the match, Hogan slaps Savage while Luger pulls him to the floor. While Luger provides Savage with another taste of the steel railing, Sting fights off the nWo and intimidates Hogan out of the ring to end the show.

Conclusion: WCW knew ahead of time that Austin would be in the main event on RAW, so they pulled Sting out of mothballs and made him wrestle on Nitro. Of course, his entrance was spectacular, but the booking centers around Hogan and not Sting. As Nash got to bitch about life not being fair, Disco Inferno stepped up his game. Let’s hope it continues. Booker T survived a returning (and rotund) Regal while Jericho and Calo had a contest to see who could kill himself first. While neither succeeded, thankfully, Goldberg continued his winning ways. All in all, it was an entertaining show. What’s on RAW is WAR?

TV Rating: 4.9

Stay tuned for RAW Is WAR 02-02-98!

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