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WCW Tuesday Nitro 04-28-98

Taped from Norfolk, VA

Airdate: April 28, 1998 (taped 4/27)

Attendance: 9,594 (8,962 paid, sold out)

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

What does Bret have to say to Hogan? How will Sting, Luger, and Giant fare against the nWo? Does Jericho have something else up his sleeve tonight? Will Booker T retain? Will Goldberg? Rise and shine! It’s time for some ‘rasslin’!

Opening montage.

B&W video airs about the World title change on 4/20 thanks to Bret’s heel turn.

Match 1: The “Crippler” Chris Benoit versus Disco Inferno


Rating: ***

Summary: Solid match with workrate and selling on both sides.

Nitro is sponsored by Valvoline.

Video airs featuring Jericho.

Match 2 for the WCW Cruiserweight title: “Lionheart” Chris Jericho (champion) versus Psicosis


Rating: ***

Summary: Great effort by Psicosis, and that near-fall was great drama. Obviously, Jericho’s aiming for a rematch against Malenko. Will it happen at the PPV?

Nitro Girls dance in the aisle wearing black, and Schiavone shills the Nitro Party contest.

Match 3: Barbarian (w/ Jimmy Hart) versus Rocco Rock


Rating: *

Summary: Definitely not a Norfolk special as the crowd went QUIET during this hardcore crap.

Video airs featuring Guerrera.

Match 4: Juventud Guerrera versus Kidman (w/ the Flock)


Rating: ***

Summary: The super bomb alone earns the match a *, but I believe these two have another gear in them to have an even better match.

After the match, the Flock jumps into the ring, and Guerrera is outnumbered. Reese demolishes Guerrera with a chokebomb to end the slaughter.

1-800-COLLECT sponsors the replay.

STARBURST ROAD REPORT: Lee Marshall shills Nitro in Indianapolis this Monday.

At the entrance, “Mean” Gene Okerlund interviews “Das Wunderkind” Alex Wright who runs down Norfolk as a “pig sty.” WCW Security escorts Wright backstage just like “last night.”

Match 5 for the WCW World TV title: Booker T (champion) versus Eddie Guerrero (w/ Chavo Guerero, Jr.)


Rating: **

Summary: Short but effective match that made Booker T look like a true champion.

After the match, Chavo questions Eddie about the loss, but Eddie slaps him in return.

HOUR #2!

Replay of the Bret interview from “yesterday” airs.

Match 6: Saturn (w/ Kidman) versus Marty Jannetty


Rating: *

Summary: Showcase match for Saturn. The Norfolk faithful smelled squash and sought popcorn.

In the ring, Okerlund interviews DDP who again calls out Raven. Sick Boy and Kidman emerge without him. While Sick Boy unfathomably speaks, Kidman kicks it to a video of Raven taking personal potshots at DDP. In lieu of rebuttal, DDP offers Sick Boy a Diamond Cutter while Kidman runs away.

When DDP exits through the Norfolk faithful, Kidman returns to the ring. Some ham’n’egger jumps out of the stands and into the ring to nail Kidman from behind. As Kidman spills out of the ring, WCW Security controls the interloper. That’s funny. He looks a lot like Chris “Don’t call me Grand” Kanyon.

Video of Goldberg airs.

Match 7 for the WCW US title: Goldberg (champion) versus Jerry Flynn


Rating: *

Summary: Showcase match for Goldberg as Flynn never stood a chance. WCW wasn’t stupid as they knew they needed an appetizer for the main event--insert Goldberg (78-0).

BAGWELL UPDATE: Schiavone states that Bagwell had neck surgery (vertebrae fusion) and in stable condition. His prognosis is “good,” so he will return to the ring.

Nitro is sponsored by Burger King.

Match 8: Sting, the “Total Package” Lex Luger, & Giant versus Big Poppa Pump, Brian Adams, & Konnan (w/ Vincent)


Rating: *

Summary: More show than go, but it’s a free WCW main event with zero competition.

WHY BRET WHY: In the ring, Okerlund interviews Bret again. This time, Hollywood Hogan along with Eric Bischoff and Disciple join him for a conversation. Bret admires Hogan for his wealth and notoriety. As Hogan appreciates the sentiments, “Macho Man” Randy Savage interrupts the lovefest. He nails Bret but Hogan and Disciple pummel Savage. Bret removes his jacket revealing a Hogan t-shirt and triple-teams Savage to end the show.

Conclusion: First, let’s get something out of the way. The NBA playoffs fuck with Nitro again next week because the show will be two hours beginning at 7pm ET.

Second, the build for the Savage-Bret match at the PPV has been incredible. I’m surprised Hogan acts as a pawn in the storyline. Third, the matches in the first hour are unquestionably solid (Benoit, Guerrera, and Jericho). Finally, Goldberg makes quick work of his buddy Jerry Flynn and moves to 78-0. The lack of competition doesn’t hurt the show too much, so find the show and press play.

TV Rating: 2.28

Stay tuned for ECW Wrestlepalooza '98!

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