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WCW Thunder 06-24-98

Live from Orlando, FL

Airdate: June 24, 1998

Attendance: 13,874 (11,643 paid, sold out)

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

The World tag team titles are at stake! Who wins them? How will the Horsemen fare against a newly named team? Can Dragon capture some gold? And what’s up with Jericho? Answer the call and read on!

Opening montage.

As the broadcast team previews tonight’s show, a “Gold-berg” chant erupts.

With cigarette in hand, Giant along with Vincent emerges and accuses Sting of “stealing the tag belts.” Next, he refers to Kevin Nash as “big spoon,” and demands that Sting put the tag belts on the line TONIGHT and choose a partner. Whether you like it or not, there’s your main event, folks.

Match 1: Public Enemy versus Raven & Sick Boy (w/ Lodi)


Rating: ***

Summary: The stipulation for the match stuck, tag team synchronicity was abundant, and another chapter of Raven-Saturn was written at Sick Boy’s expense.

After the match, Raven crawls away from Saturn.

Match 2: Eddie Guerrero versus Hugh Morrus (w/ Jimmy Hart)


Rating: ***

Summary: More Eddie/Chavo monkey business, but Eddie brought the psychology while Morrus supplied the high impact. Yet again, Eddie lost.

Following the match, Chavo enters the ring and blabbers on the microphone to his uncle. Eddie flees while continuing to refer to his nephew as “wacko.”

Castrol sponsors the replay.

On WCW Saturday Night, the “British Bulldog” Davey Boy Smith and Jim “The Anvil” Neidhart battle Morrus and Barbarian.

With his hair in a ponytail, Sting, along with Konnan, emerges and heads into the ring. As Konnan runs down his catchphrase, Sting cuts a promo on Giant, accepts the title match for TONIGHT, and names Luger as his partner.

Backstage, “Iron” Mike Tenay tries to interview Arn Anderson and Benoit; however, Arn shoos him away. Thanks to a “hidden” camera, Benoit requests for the return of the Four Horsemen, but Arn advises that “you don’t need me” before getting aggravated about the camera.

Match 3: Stevie Ray versus Sumo Fuji


Rating: DUD

Summary: Showcase match for Stevie Ray who apparently has a new finisher. Nobody important in any other promotion uses that maneuver, right?

Castrol sponsors the replay again.

Prior to the next match, Jericho states he will defend the Cruiserweight title within 30 days but not against Dean Malenko. Abruptly, JJ Dillon joins him and verifies that Jericho will defend his title. Rather than facing Malenko at the PPV, Jericho “will defend (his) title at (the PPV)…against Dean Malenko.” Upset about the con job as well as facing Malenko, Jericho cries out to Dillon.

Match 4 for the WCW Cruiserweight title: “Lionheart” Chris Jericho (champion) versus Ultimo Dragon


Rating: ***

Summary: Storyline finish to an otherwise solid match.

After the match, Dragon gets in Malenko’s face for screwing with his title opportunity, so Malenko tosses him over the top rope to the floor. Jericho scampers away to avoid the heated Malenko.

Eric Bischoff emerges and praises Hollywood Hogan for “turning WCW around” here in Orlando. As he puts over Dennis Rodman, he runs down Karl Malone. Next, he introduces BPP, and a clip of the Steiners versus Public Enemy airs. Obviously, they emphasize Scott’s work and de-emphasize Rick’s. BPP puts himself over and refers to Rick as “genetic junk.” Other than the guy painted green, I’m certain the Orlando faithful HATED this segment.

Following a commercial break, DDP calls the show “from Salt Lake City.” He and Malone will be leaving from SLC in a “big rig” to be at Nitro on Monday, and DDP invites Hogan to bring Rodman with him to the arena.

Match 5: “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan versus Barbarian (w/o Jimmy Hart)


Rating: *

Summary: Hoss fight with Duggan supplying the heat, and Morrus’ distraction was innocuous.

Backstage, Jericho chats with Dragon until Malenko yells out his name. Jericho sprints away, and Malenko chases after him.

Match 6: The “Crippler” Chris Benoit & Steve “Mongo” McMichael versus Disco Inferno & Alex Wright


Rating: ***½

Summary: While the Dancing Fools laid the groundwork to gain Benoit some sympathy heat, the Horsemen ran them over by the end.

Cinnaburst sponsors the replay.

Match 7 for the WCW World tag team titles: Sting & the “Total Package” Lex Luger versus Giant & Brian Adams (w/ Vincent)


Rating: *

Summary: Extremely rushed main event, but the Orlando faithful thoroughly enjoyed the Wolfpack victory.

Following the match, Sting dismantles Giant with a massive Scorpion death drop. Hennig and Rude approach ringside, and Hennig nails Sting from behind with an Axe. As Konnan tries to assist his fellow Pack, nWo Hollywood’s numbers quickly subdue him. The Orlando faithful chants “Gold-berg,” and Giant unleashes a massive chokeslam to Luger to end the show.

Promo airs for Bash at the Beach ’98 LIVE on PPV on July 12. Order NOW!

Conclusion: Despite the lackluster main event, this was a solid show with entertaining matches up and down the card. Thunder proves to not contain much historical value, but it’s still a fun wrestling show. Enjoy!

Stay tuned for WWF King of the Ring ‘98!

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