Meanwhile, in WCW: 1997 Week 48

Jamie Lithgow

Back in 1997 it was a time of hellos and goodbyes. While we said goodbye to Beavis and Butthead, we said hello to Starvin Marvin in South Park’s most recent offering. All very good, but let’s see who was saying hello and who was saying goodbye in this week’s ‘Meanwhile, in WCW’…

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  • Curt Hennig defended his United States Title against Diamond Dallas Page in the main event. Prior to the bout, Page called it his “defining moment” in a promo better suited to a Starrcade or Wrestlemania, not WCW’s soon-to-be C show. To the match and – of course – it finished in a disqualification when Hennig grabbed the referee as DDP hoisted him up for a TKO style Diamond Cutter. Thus, Nick Patrick called for the bell before Page could make the cover and win the title. Vincent then ran in for no other reason than to take a Diamond Cutter before Page left.
  • In a somewhat out of character moment, Jimmy Hart speared James Vandenberg at the start of The Faces of Fear’s match with Mortis and Wrath.
  • Chris Adams got a measure of revenge against Dave Taylor and Steven Regal, but still copped a beat down after he was victorious in a tag match. As for Adams’ partner, Norman Smiley, he was taken out of the equation by Taylor and the ring post.
  • Jim Duggan won another match with a knee drop. So it wasn’t an accident or botched spot last week, this really is his new finisher.
  • Attention Hotline fans; this week Mean Gene was exaggerating the heat between Rick Rude and Sting. For the record, Rude’s career-ending back injury occurred during a match with Sting back in 1994.
  • The January 5th 1998 episode of Nitro will be the biggest ever, according to Tony Schiavone. He may be right because it will be held in the Georgia Dome.
  • Louie Spicolli looked good in defeat against Eddie Guerrero. Spicolli was dressed just like ECW’s Tommy Dreamer only with the slogan “The Real Innovator of The Death Valley Driver” on his t-shirt.
  • Alex Wright ranted to Mean Gene about Debra and how shit she has been for his career. ‘The Queen of WCW’ then tried to persuade Wright to take her back as his manager, but he wasn’t having it.
  • Glacier half-assed a tag, ignored a double team and then did not bother to interrupt a pin on his tag partner, Ernest Miller. Trouble in paradise…. Or should that be Netherrealm?

Full Results

  • Dean Malenko defeated Lenny Lane
  • Chris Adams & Norman Smiley defeated Dave Taylor & Steven Regal
  • Eddie Guerrero defeated Louie Spicolli
  • Fit Finlay defeated Trevor Blanchard
  • Harlem Heat defeated Ernest Miller & Glacier
  • Rey Mysterio Jr. defeated El Dandy
  • Jim Duggan defeated Kendall Windham
  • Villano IV defeated Super Calo
  • The Faces of Fear defeated Mortis & Wrath
  • Diamond Dallas Page defeated Curt Hennig (c) by DQ in a WCW United States Championship Match

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Everybody was wearing a Sting mask this week

Nitro’s main event was a rematch from Saturday Night, and also featured the same result i.e. DDP defeated Curt Hennig by DQ. This time it was an interfering Rick Rude who forced the stoppage by dragging referee Randy Anderson out of the ring as he was counting Hennig’s shoulders to the mat. The rest of nWo, naturally, hit the ring for a beat down of Page. DDP held his own for a bit, until Macho Man nailed him from behind with the US Title. The whole squad then came out with Hollywood Hogan delivering two Diamond Cutters to Page. The placing of a Sting mask on DDP’s face was significant because earlier in the show Hogan got hot at the crowd for wearing them. He promised that if fans did not remove the masks then bad things would happen. Well, they were warned.


In Other News From Nitro –

  • On the subject of Hogan’s promo, it was most memorable for the verbal roasting he received from an old lady in the front row. The lady in question – who was surely a plant – was very active and vocal throughout the show, but no more so than when Hogan got in her face, so she got in his! This truly was fantastic stuff.
  • The Flock attacked Chris Benoit again. Like last week, It was scheduled to be Raven facing The Crippler but he sent a Flock member to do his bidding instead. This time it was Kidman. After the match – which was very good – Benoit was jumped by the rest of The Flock, and just like last week he fended them off until he got to the giant Hammer. At this point Raven came in and hit his Evenflow DDT on Benoit.
  • Lex Luger dominated and defeated Buff Bagwell, who even had Vincent trying to help him. Vincent interfered a lot, hence this was a disqualification win. However, the match technically should have continued because all of Vincent’s offence was repelled by Luger, so he never actually landed a blow on The Total Package that would usually cause a DQ. Afterwards, Luger racked both of them… separately of course.
  • Harlem Heat scored the win over The Faces of Fear when Booker T rolled up The Barbarian. Meng did not break up the pin because he had his Tongan Death Grip applied to Stevie Ray. After the bell, Booker grabbed a chair to aid the removal of Meng from his brother, but the hardest man in wrestling punched through the wooden chair to apply his Death Grip on Booker.
  • Kevin Nash cut a lazy promo on The Giant and WCW in general. After Scott Hall defeated Disco Inferno the pair celebrated sarcastically. Nash looked to be carrying a few extra pounds under his t-shirt.
  • Eddie Guerrero provided guest commentary for Rey Mysterio’s match with Juventud Guerrera. Rather than heel it up, Eddie actually came across rather well. The only thing he said to remind us that he is a heel – and not a no nonsense babyface – is agree with something Eric Bischoff said earlier in the evening. Eddie finished by challenging Dean Malenko to a Cruiserweight Title match, if that’s what he wants. Again, not the actions of your typical heel.
  • Wires were crossed all over the place with Wrath, Mortis and James Vandenberg. Ultimately, Mortis accidentally kicked Wrath upside the head to allow Hugh Morrus to hit his No Laughing Matter Moonsault for the win.
  • Prince Iaukea scored the upset victory over Yuji Nagata. I don’t think I’ve ever seen Iaukea win a match when it wasn’t considered an upset. Dude’s a former TV Champion, these commentators need to stop being surprised when he wins.
  • Eric Bischoff went back on the promise he made last week to face Larry Zbyszko. Bisch tried to claim that his offer of a match was for last week and that he didn’t sign anything to make him wrestle The Living Legend. He finished his promo by stating that WCW owe the nWo a TV show as per the stipulations of WarGames – first we’ve heard of it but we’ll just go with it – and that the only way he’ll face Zbyszko is if Nitro was put up as the prize. Bischoff made this challenge knowing that Larry, a mere commentator, does not have the stroke to make it happen. Enter Chairmen of the Executive Committee; JJ Dillon. Later in the show, JJ called Eric’s bluff and made the match official. All a speechless Bischoff could say was “NO!”

Full Results

  • Rey Mysterio Jr. defeated Juventud Guerrera
  • Hugh Morrus defeated Wrath
  • Prince Iaukea defeated Yuji Nagata
  • Harlem Heat defeated The Faces of Fear
  • Scott Hall defeated Disco Inferno
  • Ultimo Dragon defeated Psychosis
  • Chris Benoit defeated Kidman
  • Lex Luger defeated Buff Bagwell by DQ
  • Diamond Dallas Page defeated Curt Hennig (c) by DQ in a WCW United States Championship Match

quote-of-the-week

“He punched through the chair!”

Tony Schiavone



  • With WCW Thunder starting in January, the company’s one hour shows will be scrapped. WCW Pro and WCW Main Event will be no more.
  • Ric Flair has signed a 3 year contract, which will see him signed to WCW until November 2001. Hindsight tells us that as soon as this deal expired he returned to the WWF as the on-screen “co-owner” of the company.
  • The Wrestling Observer is reporting that the newest member of The Flock i.e. the blond guy with the signs, will be called Skank. Another miss from Diamond Dave’s Dirt Sheet because he is talking about Lodi.
  • Despite signing one of Canada’s most famous people in Bret Hart, WCW have made no special efforts to book more shows north of the border.
  • Mortis vs Psychosis is a rumoured feud where one of the guys – probably Psychosis – will lose his mask.

This week’s Raw was not very good at all. It was the go-home show before In Your House 19: D-Generation X, which will be main evented by Shawn Michaels defending his WWF Title against Ken Shamrock. So, naturally, this show focussed largely on Michaels’ attempts to embarrass Jim ‘The Anvil’ Neidhart. As you do…


ratings

Raw 3.0 – 3.8 Nitro


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2 thoughts on “Meanwhile, in WCW: 1997 Week 48

    • That’s a possibility. She must have been a plant and, I would assume, with some kind of connection to Hogan in order to land the spot. The only details I could find was someone saying that it may have been an old-timey wrestler called Beulah. Of course, if you Google the name Beulah in relation to wrestling then Tommy Dreamer’s kayfabe girlfriend is what you find, and it certainly was not her!

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