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WCW Thunder 06-18-98

Live from Philadelphia, PA

Airdate: June 18, 1998

Attendance: 14,436 (12,641 paid)

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

Can Goldberg become 101-0? Will Smith and Neidhart defeat Chono and Tenzan for the IWGP tag titles? How will Benoit fare against Eddie? With WCW in Philly, how hardcore will they be? Speaking of hardcore…

Opening montage.

nWo Wolfpack music plays, and the “Total Package” Lex Luger along with Konnan enters the ring. As Konnan runs through his catchphrases, Luger cuts a promo on nWo Hollywood. The Philly faithful chants “Hogan sucks,” and Luger passionately touts his group. Despite not saying much, Luger shows some guts.

At the broadcast table, Schiavone announces that Karl “The Mailman” Malone will tag with DDP against “Hollywood” Hogan and the “Worm” Dennis Rodman. That’s some serious mainstream stuff!

We revisit Nitro when nWo Hollywood stormed the cage and brutalized “Macho Man” Randy Savage. According to Schiavone, Savage sustained a “broken leg” thanks to Eric Bischoff, but he’s needed knee surgery for months.

Match 1: Steve “Mongo” McMichael versus “Mean” Mike Enos


Rating: **

Summary: Showcase match for the returning Mongo. Welcome back!

POINT OF FACT: Normally, I don’t mention current events in my reflections because it dates them severely. On the other hand, I must mention that here in 2022, Mongo continues to suffer from ALS (a.k.a. Lou Gehrig’s Disease). I, RSG, wish him the best in his struggles. All hail #76!

After the match, Mongo holds up the four fingers to a raucous ovation.

Cinnaburst sponsors the replay.

On WCW Saturday Night, DDP squares off against Eddie Guerrero.

Raven along with the Flock infiltrates the ring and cuts a promo on Saturn. In fact, he borrows a lyric from Pete Townsend’s Slit Skirts. Saturn heads to the ring and quits the Flock. Speaking of whom, they ambush Saturn, and Raven slaps him. Saturn nails him in retaliation, and Kanyon knocks some sense into Raven on the floor. As an injured Raven returns to the locker room, Saturn and Kanyon demolish the Flock.

Video featuring Goldberg airs.

Match 2: Fit Finlay versus Brad Armstrong


Rating: ½*

Summary: BORING showcase match for Finlay. Get this bum off my TV!

Prior to the next match, Disco invades the broadcast table and has the gall to call himself an icon.

Match 3: Giant (w/ Vincent) versus Disco Inferno


Rating: DUD

Summary: Showcase match for the largest plug for tobacco in 1998.

At the entrance, Schiavone interviews Dean Malenko who cuts a solid promo on Chris Jericho.

Match 4 for the IWGP tag team titles: Masahiro Chono & Hiriyoshi Tenzan (champions) versus the “British Bulldog” Davey Boy Smith & Jim “The Anvil” Neidhart


Rating: *

Summary: Very rushed with barely any tag team synchronization.

After the match, the Japanese duo tries to double-team Neidhart but eats a double clothesline instead.

At the entrance, Schiavone interviews “Ravishing” Rick Rude who touts Curt Hennig and name-drops Brad Rheingans. He cuts a promo on Goldberg on Hennig’s behalf while the taped “Gold-berg” chant plays.

Match 5: Konnan versus “Das Wunderkind” Alex Wright


Rating: **

Summary: Rude’s distraction of Konnan didn’t affect the finish, and Wright’s return has fizzled out of the gate.

We revisit Nitro from 6/8 when Hogan cut a promo on Piper and Savage. Also, Rodman tried to generate heat with the Detroit faithful to a mild response. Afterward, we see Rodman and Hogan destroy DDP with chairs.

Match 6: The “Crippler” Chris Benoit versus Eddie Guerrero


Rating: ***

Summary: Very abbreviated match where each wrestler looked golden. Benoit just shined brighter.

After the match, Chavo approaches ringside, grabs the microphone, and encourages Eddie. He rambles like an idiot until Eddie stops him but walks out on him rather dejectedly.

Match 7 (Philly street fight): Public Enemy versus Riggs & Sick Boy (w/ Lodi)


Rating: *

Summary: Hardcore crap with a decent highspot.

After the match, Public Enemy celebrates among their friends seated at ringside.

Another Goldberg video airs.

Match 8 for the WCW US title: Goldberg (champion) versus Reese (w/ Horace)


Rating: *

Summary: Showcase match for Goldberg who’s 101-0.

Conclusion: SKIP. THIS. SHOW. Nothing worthwhile transpires, and WCW wasted a sold-out Philadelphia Spectrum with this stuff. I realize that wrestling was RED HOT at this stage in 1998, but if you don’t treat the big shows as they should be, the fans will retreat.

Stay tuned for WCW Monday Nitro 06-22-98!

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