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WCW Thunder 01-29-98

Live from Memphis, TN

Airdate: January 29, 1998

Attendance: 7,064 (6,911 paid) (sold out)

Hosted by Tony Schiavone, Bobby “The Brain” Heenan, & Lee Marshall

Can the Steiners regain the World tag team titles from the nWo? How will Benoit and Malenko fare against Jericho and Eddie? What’s up with DDP? Does Booker T retain the TV title? Let’s find out!

NEW Opening montage. After all, Giant destroyed everything last week.

Match 1 for the WCW US title: Diamond Dallas Page (champion) versus Sick Boy


Rating: **

Summary: Showcase match for DDP.

At the entrance, “Iron” Mike Tenay interviews the Chairman of the Executive Committee JJ Dillon. While Dillon was “appalled” at Nash’s behavior on Nitro, he fined Nash $50,000.

Match 2: Meng (w/ Jimmy Hart) versus “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan


Rating: *

Summary: Duggan was there to rile up the crowd, and Meng was there to decimate him.

Castrol sponsored the replay.

On WCW Saturday Night, it’s enhancement matches galore! Get out the bubbly and watch your favorite stars shine! Oh, you prefer the cheap booze? Lest I forget, Goldberg faces Meng.

Prior to the next match, Raven declares “anything goes.” I wonder what Tommy Dreamer thought of that.

Match 3: Raven versus Marty Jannetty


Rating: *

Summary: Showcase match for Raven.

Promotional consideration paid for by the following: Slim Jim.

Seated among the Memphis faithful is Jerry Lee Lewis. If only Harlem Heat was around…

Match 4: Goldberg versus Yuji Nagata (w/ Sonny Onoo)


Rating: ½*

Summary: Showcase match for Goldberg.

After the match, Onoo tried to help Nagata, saw Goldberg coming toward him, and scampered back to the dressing room.

NITRO RECAP #1: Savage called out the nWo while Hogan tried to straighten him out.

Prior to the next match, Hall, wearing a Syxx t-shirt, takes his survey, and, unbelievably, nWo won. He then bitches about not getting his title shot after having won World War III and introduces the “American Dream” Dusty Rhodes. While Rhodes talks about his days at CNN Towers, he got “so tired” of “carrying” Schiavone.

According to Schiavone, Savage will face Luger at SuperBrawl VIII in a no-DQ match.

Match 5: Scott Hall (w/ Dusty Rhodes) versus Disco Inferno


Rating: *

Summary: Showcase match for Hall with a good twist.

At the entrance, Tenay interviews referee Nick Patrick who defends his “cadence” during Hogan’s “pin” at Starrcade ’97. He even mentions how the reversed decision by Bret “desecrat(ed) the belt” (not wrong) and wants to be the referee for Sting-Hogan III at the PPV. Lastly, he’s “for real” instead of “for life” these days.

Match 6 for the WCW World TV title: Booker T (champion) versus Saturn (w/ Lodi)


Rating: ***

Summary: Much better storytelling and crowd reaction in this match, but what happens with Martel?

After the match, Booker T and Martel have an argument, but nothing comes from it.

NITRO RECAP #2: Hall and Hogan meandered around the ring while Savage suffered at the hands of Sting.

Match 7: “Lionheart” Chris Jericho & Eddie Guerrero versus the “Crippler” Chris Benoit & Dean Malenko


Rating: ****½

Summary: Incredible tag match that didn’t need the formula to be extremely quick and action-packed. Fantastic workrate with almost perfect timing on everything. Bravo, gentlemen!

After the match, Tenay interviews Benoit in the ring. Upon mentioning his lack of connections within WCW, Benoit gets interrupted by DDP. While equating each other’s backgrounds, DDP polls the Memphis faithful about a one-on-one match between them. As you’d expect, he receives a favorable response. Benoit accepts the challenge, and DDP makes it NEXT WEEK on Thunder. Woohoo!

Match 8 for the WCW World tag team titles: Kevin Nash & Konnan (champions) versus the Steiners


Rating: *

Summary: More Scott Steiner character build-up than a match.

After the match, Nash grabs Robinson and jackknife powerbombs him. WCW Security and Memphis’ finest approach the ring and handcuff Nash. In true nitwit fashion, Nash requests that Jack Ruby not be backstage. HA!

Conclusion: While the main event isn’t memorable whatsoever, the semi-main with Benoit/Malenko/Jericho/Eddie leans toward the contrary. Other than beefing up SuperBrawl VIII, the rest of the show is harmless fun.

Stay tuned for WCW Monday Nitro 02-02-98!

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