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WCW Slamboree ‘98

Live from Worcester, MA

Airdate: May 17, 1998

Attendance: 11,592 (10,936 paid)

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

Can Sting and Giant wrest the World tag team titles from the Outsiders? Will Savage avenge Bret’s nefarious actions in recent weeks? Does Vince McMahon make an appearance? If so, how will he fare against Bischoff? Who wins the Cruiserweight battle royal, and how will that affect Jericho? Let’s jam for Slamboree, baby!

We revisit Thunder when Bischoff read the legal response from Vince McMahon.

Earlier today, WCW Security Director Doug Dillinger has a “full access pass” awaiting McMahon. I smell a theme or at least a running joke.

Match 1 for the WCW World TV title: Fit Finlay (champion) versus the “Crippler” Chris Benoit


Rating: ***

Summary: Too much offense from Finlay didn’t lead to a worthy comeback from Benoit. Finlay appears to be a placeholder in the feud between Benoit and Booker T.

At the wcwwrestling.com table, “Stagger” Lee Marshall interviews Jericho who welcomes all challengers.

Match 2: The “Total Package” Lex Luger versus Brian Adams (w/ Vincent)Highlights:

Rating: *½

Summary: Brief revenge match for Luger.

Backstage, Saturn declares “there will be no gauntlet match tonight.” He wants Goldberg by himself in a return match from Spring Stampede. Finally, he separates himself from the Flock in a solemn promo.

Prior to the next match, Jericho, from the entrance, insults ring announcer David Penzer, promotes his title defense, and introduces the participants with dripping sarcasm.

Match 3 (cruiserweight battle royal):

Participants: Super Calo, Ciclope, Damien, El Dandy, El Grio, Juventud Guerrera, Chavo Guerrero, Jr., Marty Jannetty, Evan Karagis, Kidman, Lenny Lane, Psicosis, Silver King, Johnny Swinger, & Villano IV


Rating: NONE

Summary: I don’t rate battle royals, but this was exciting with a fascinating outcome. Why did he do that?

Afterward, Ciclope removes the mask…and it’s Dean Malenko! The Worcester faithful collectively LOSES ITS SHIT about it. While Jericho stands in the ring dumbfounded, the next match is ON.

Match 4 for the WCW Cruiserweight title: Chris Jericho (champion) versus ????


Rating: ****

Summary: Awesome match with a hot crowd that was begging for a title change. Thankfully, they got their wish.

Outside the arena, the Vinnie Mac CamTM shows a white limousine parked outside the Centrum. WCW Security Director Doug Dillinger examines the car while Schiavone rags on Jim Ross.

Match 5 (bowery cage): Diamond Dallas Page versus Raven (w/ Riot Squad)


Rating: ***

Summary: Garbage match with weapons and interference. Sounds like a duck…

After the match, DDP leaves through the Worcester faithful. Another member of the Riot Squad handcuffs Sick Boy and Riggs to the cage. As he enters the cage, he handcuffs Boulder to the interior of the cage followed by Kidman. With the entire Flock unable to assist, the Riot Squad member sends Raven into the cage. He double-handcuffs Raven to the cage, grabs a chair, and removes his helmet.

It’s Daniel, er, Mrs. Doubtfire!

No, it's MORTIS.

While Mortis removes his mask, he berates Raven, grabs the chair, and decimates him with it. He leaves after spitting at the Flock. Surprisingly, he didn’t yell “W-C-W!”

Vinnie Mac CamTM has WCW Security checking the gate with photos of Mr. McMahon. Next, security camera footage does not reveal any sight of the WWF owner.

At the wcwwrestling.com table, Saturn cuts a promo on Goldberg vowing to win the US title.

Match 6: Eddie Guerrero (w/ Chavo Guerrero, Jr.) versus Ultimo Dragon


Rating: ***

Summary: Great back-and-forth match with storyline supplied by Chavo, but the Worcester faithful couldn’t care less.

After the match, Chavo looks at Eddie yet attacks Dragon. When Eddie pulls him off, Chavo berates him. Eddie slaps him, but Chavo won’t return the favor. Instead, he gives his uncle a peck on the cheek. Aw.

We see a dressing room door marked “WCW Restricted Area: Vince “the reason for the ratings” McMahon.” HA!

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


Rating: ***½

Summary: Saturn took Goldberg by the hand and led him to an extremely worthwhile match. That’s not easy to do.

Promo airs for WCW Great American Bash ’98 LIVE on PPV on 6/14. Order NOW!

Match 8: Eric Bischoff versus Vince McMahon


Rating: NONE

Summary: Awful egocentric bullshit acknowledging the competition. Never a good idea.

Match 9: “Macho Man” Randy Savage versus Bret “Hitman” Hart


Rating: ***½

Summary: Not the technical showcase everyone was expecting, but it garnered a ton of heat, contained both psychology and high-flying, and had a finish albeit dirty.

After the match, Bret spits on Savage.

Match 10 for the WCW World tag team titles: The Outsiders (champions w/ the “American Nightmare” Dusty Rhodes) versus Sting & Giant


Rating: ***

Summary: We haven’t seen Hall for a couple of months. Kayfabe-wise, it appears that he took Hogan’s money as an incentive to return. You couldn’t spark a Nash-Hall feud any better.

After the match, Giant embraces Hall, and Rhodes celebrates the turn. Meanwhile, Sting remains shocked in the corner not revealing his intentions just yet.

Conclusion: A title change generated by a heel turn tops off an unbelievably great PPV. A practically immobile Savage elevated Bret to the next level within WCW. Jericho received his comeuppance from Malenko to a raucous ovation. The resolution to the cage match created a new character from an old one. Saturn carried Goldberg to another worthwhile match. The Eddie-Chavo saga continues, and Bischoff got to stroke his ego at the WWF’s expense. Get all this!

Buyrate: 0.72

Stay tuned for WCW Monday Nitro 5-18-98!

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