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WCW Monday Nitro 05-18-98

Live from Providence, RI

Airdate: May 18, 1998

Attendance: 9,770 (sold out)

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

Following Slamboree, what will WCW do to attract viewers? Will Sting decide to join nWo Hollywood? Let’s stir this baby up and see what happens.

Opening montage.

DEDICATION: This reflection is dedicated to the memory of Scott Hall (October 20, 1958 – March 14, 2022)

POINT OF REFERENCE: This episode aired at 7pm ET for one hour.

To begin the show, Eric Bischoff sits atop a chopper wearing a crown. He crows about being king of the wrestling world.

Sorry, Chester.

Nitro is sponsored by Valvoline.

At the entrance, “Mean” Gene Okerlund introduces the Nitro Girls – Chae, Spice, AC Jazz, Whisper, and Kimberly. For those curious, the Nitro Girls are dressed in purple and black.

We revisit Saturn’s pre-taped promo from Thunder.

Match 1: Saturn versus Psicosis


Rating: ***

Summary: Sharp showcase match for Saturn while Psicosis was game. The Providence faithful loved it too.

In the ring, Okerlund interviews “acting commissioner ‘Rowdy’” Roddy Piper who craps all over being a referee. Therefore, you won’t see him do it again. Uh huh. Nevertheless, he compares Elizabeth to a vampire and claims Savage knocked him out. He cuts a promo on Savage and wants to confront him RIGHT NOW. As Savage emerges through the entrance, he joins Piper in the ring.

Piper states he reviewed the footage of last night’s match and noticed Hollywood Hogan’s reptile-like mannerisms. In addition, he observed that Bret clocked him and not Savage. He reverses the decision to a victory by Savage via disqualification.

Suddenly, Bret appears at the entrance to dispute Piper’s ruling. He claims shenanigans and calls both Savage and Piper “gutless.” When Savage invites him into the ring, Bret advances but “Hollywood” Hogan runs out to stop him. Hogan proposes a tag match with Bret against Savage and Piper at the next PPV. As Piper tries to incite an instant fight, Bischoff cools the heels down.

Last night after the show, Okerlund interviewed the NEW Cruiserweight champion--Dean Malenko-- backstage. Okerlund apologizes for his previous remarks and has changed his opinion of him. Malenko cuts a promo on Jericho. Speaking of Jericho, he cries in disbelief about losing to Malenko and throws an absolute child-like tantrum.

Match 2: Juventud Guerrera versus Damian


Rating: **½

Summary: The muscle buster alone earns the match a *, and their high-flying wowed the Providence faithful in a solid match.

Nitro is sponsored by Burger King.

At the entrance, the Nitro Girls dance in daisy dukes.

Match 3 for the WCW US title: Goldberg (champion) versus Glacier


Rating: **

Summary: Although his finishing sequence is formulaic, Goldberg’s repertoire is expanding. Goldberg is 89-0.

Castrol sponsors the replay.

In the ring, Okerlund interviews DDP who wants a chance at the World title namely Hogan.

Nitro is sponsored by Starburst.

Hogan, Bischoff, Bret, Giant, Disciple, Adams, Rhodes, and Vincent head to the ring. Conspicuous by his absence is Scott Hall. According to Meltzer, Hall is “scheduled to go into rehab…this time for real.” What’s he been doing for two months? Nonetheless, Hogan spews his normal garbage and actually introduces Hall decked in nWo black and white.

Bischoff calls out Sting who approaches the ring. When Giant meets him in the aisle, Sting spits in his face. Methinks Sting will NOT be joining nWo Hollywood. As Giant grabs Sting from behind, he rams Sting head-first into the concrete floor. Abruptly, Kevin Nash strolls into camera range with a lead pipe and assists Sting to his feet. Has Sting joined the nWo Wolfpack? Thunder may have the answer.

Conclusion: Sting spew-aside, this episode was completely meaningless. Since Nitro will return to its normal schedule next week, the PPV main event could have waited until then if not Thunder. I feel sorry for the Providence faithful as they only got an hour of airtime to celebrate WCW. Hopefully, WCW will return to the area soon. (08/16 in fact.)


  1. “Lionheart” Chris Jericho beat Ciclope
  2. The “Total Package” Lex Luger defeated Brian Adams
  3. Ultimo Dragon beat Eddie Guerrero

What’s on RAW is WAR?

TV Rating: 2.51

Stay tuned for RAW Is WAR 05-18-98!

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