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WCW Thunder 02-05-98

Live from Beaumont, TX

Airdate: February 5, 1998

Attendance: 4,897 (4,633 paid, sold out)

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

Can Benoit upend DDP and win the US title? To what extremes with Raven, Jannetty, Kidman, and Guerrera go to entertain both the Beaumont faithful and us? Let’s find out!

Since this episode is in Texas, let’s have a little Von Erich fun with this reflection.

Well put, Chester.

Opening montage.

Match 1: Hugh Morrus versus La Parka


Rating: **

Summary: Showcase match for Morrus.

After the match, Morrus doesn’t get much time to celebrate as La Parka returns to the ring wielding a chair. La Parka then WHACKS Morrus in the back with it, struts, and stands atop his favorite weapon while the Beaumont faithful jeer him mercilessly. What do you think, Kevin?

Video featuring Goldberg airs.

Match 2: Goldberg versus Jim Powers


Rating: *

Summary: Showcase match for Goldberg. David, care to chime in on this one?

On WCW Saturday Night, Benoit and Raven tangle once again. Also, Goldberg faces Disco, and the Cat and Glacier go one-on-one. Get your weekend vittles ready and partake in this one, folks.

Match 3: Juventud Guerrera versus Kidman (w/ the Flock)


Rating: ***

Summary: Solid TV match with both wrestlers going full throttle. Kerry, are you impressed?

1-800-COLLECT sponsors the replay.

At the entrance, “Iron” Mike Tenay interviews DDP who sells his matchup with Benoit like a $50 ribeye steak. To quote DDP, “we’re going to see who the best is.”

Promotional consideration paid for by Slim Jim.

Partido 4 (lucha libre): Los Villanos y Silver King contra Super Calo, Lizmark, Jr., y Chavo Guerrero, Jr.


Rating: **

Summary: Decent lucha libre match with Psicosis getting revenge against Chavo for beating him at Souled Out ’98. Kevin, what are your $.02?

NITRO RECAP: We revisit the 1/26 episode of Nitro when Savage and Hogan have a beef. Next, Sting locks Savage in a Scorpion death lock, and Hogan won’t help Savage. Following that, we revisit the 2/2 episode when Hogan slapped Savage but ran in fear of Sting.

Prior to the next match, we revisit Nitro when Rick read Scott the riot act for not tagging him in. Scott’s reply: “I got the win.”

While the nWo made its entrance, the “American Nightmare” Dusty Rhodes yanked Marshall from the broadcast table. Needless to say, but Schiavone was UPSET.

Match 5: The Steiners (w/ Ted DiBiase) versus Buff Bagwell & Konnan (w/ Vincent)


Rating: ½*

Summary: Disjointed tag match with too many shenanigans. The stereo suplexes were the lone highlight. Rhodes’ biased commentary didn’t add much either although it was 180° from his WCW character. Though it’s not your turn, what insight you can add, Kevin?

After the match, Scott questions what happened, but DiBiase is the voice of reason.

Marshall returned to commentary for the rest of the show.

During his entrance, Raven sits down and enjoys some of his entrance video.

Match 6: Raven versus Marty Jannetty


Rating: ***

Summary: Another solid match where Jannetty gave it his all but suffered a loss at the hands of Raven. Kerry, what can you add?

Video featuring the Giant airs. Of course, the powerbomb of doom rears its ugly head again.

Match 7: Saturn versus Disco Inferno


Rating: **½

Summary: Another good match from Disco, but these guys were SPENT at the end.

David, what analysis can you offer?

After the match, Saturn won’t release the hold, so Booker T comes to Disco’s rescue. Wearing street clothes, Booker T reverses an Irish whip and hits a Harlem side kick to scatter Saturn. Solid tailoring!

At the entrance, Tenay interviews referee Nick Patrick who gets jeered by the Beaumont faithful. Patrick announces that he will return on Nitro on Monday and warns JJ Dillon about “skeletons.” Has he been hanging out with La Parka?

Promo for Slim Jim airs.

On Movies for Guys Who Like Movies, The Blues Brothers airs following Thunder.

Prior to the next match, Hall grabs the microphone and conducts his survey. Beaumont is WCW country, yet a few sheep still yell “n-W-o.” Once again, he complains about not getting his title shot at the PPV, Oddly, Hall offers a title shot to the Steiners on Nitro followed by the next match to Spicolli who accepts.

Match 8: Jim “The Anvil” Neidhart versus Louie Spicolli (w/ Scott Hall)


Rating: DUD

Summary: Worthless and meaningless C-R-A-P. Kerry, sum up this dreck for us, please.

After the match, Hall stomps Neidhart until the “British Bulldog” Davey Boy Smith arrives to save his fellow Hart family member. While Spicolli tries to exit, Smith grabs and supplies him with a running powerslam. In his glory, Marshall, who’s discussing John Belushi movies during the match, yelled “Bye, bye, Flounder.”

Suddenly, born-and-bred Texan Steve “Mongo” McMichael storms the ring to attack Smith. Clad in an Adidas tracksuit, Mongo tries to turn Smith’s lights out with a foreign object but ends up getting double-clotheslined over the top rope to the floor by Smith and Wesson Neidhart.

Match 8 for the WCW US title: Diamond Dallas Page (champion) versus the “Crippler” Chris Benoit


Rating: **

Summary: They didn’t really get a chance to show off what each wrestler could do, so I would anticipate a rematch soon? Wouldn’t you, Kevin?

After the match, Raven enters the ring and decimates Benoit with a DDT. Kidman mounts the top turnbuckle but misses a splash. As Sick Boy attempts a slam, DDP escapes and locks in a Diamond Cutter. Hammer gets up on the apron, but DDP guillotines him with the top rope. Riggs tries to attack DDP but gets backdropped onto Hammer on the floor. While Kidman jumps on DDP’s back, DDP hooks him into a Diamond Cutter.

Conclusion: What’s missing from this episode? Oh yeah, it’s the convoluted and not-so-workrate-friendly upper card guys who steal the spotlight from the seriously hard workers on this episode. Seriously, effort was shown from beginning to end with the exception of that Neidhart-Spicolli nonsense. Care to put the cherry on top of this, David?

That wouldn’t be out of the realm of possibility. What do you think, RSG-ites?

Stay tuned for WCW Monday Nitro 02-09-98!

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