Thursday, August 24, 2006

WCW Bash at the Beach 1998

1) Perry Saturn vs. Raven – No DQ Match – 6
2) Juventud Guerrera vs. Billy Kidman – 5
3) Chavo Guerrero Jr. vs. Stevie Ray – 0
4) Chavo Guerrero Jr. vs. Eddie Guerrero – Hair vs. Hair Match – 4
5) The Disco Inferno vs. Konnan – 2
6) The Giant vs. Kevin Greene – 3
7) Chris Jericho vs. Rey Mysterio Jr. – 5
8) Bret Hart vs. Booker T – 5
9) Curt Hennig vs. Goldberg – 3
10) Diamond Dallas Page & Karl Malone vs. Hollywood Hogan & Dennis Rodman – 2

Raven and Saturn a had fun match to watch even though there were quite a few … ummm, well … mishaps. Tony Schiavone calling a table a chair and Saturn diving through two tables that didn’t break when Raven was nowhere in sight made the match. It wasn’t anything special but you need to see it just for the mishaps. One of WCW’s calling cards was the cruiserweight division and Juvi’s match was no exception. It wasn’t much because it went less than ten minutes but it was notable because it was Kidman’s pay-per-view debut. Chavo and Stevie was just pointless because the whole match was Chavo shaking Stevie’s hand and then submitting. The match with Eddie was a little heavy on the story side with Eddie working as the cowardly heel the whole match. Eddie won with a quick roll-up and Chavo shaved his own head.

Disco and Konnan was touted as a bonus match but failed to deliver and was quickly ruined with interference from Kevin Nash and Lex Luger. Giant and Greene was miserable to watch because Greene is not a wrestler, he’s a football player and Giant looked sloppy as hell. Jericho and Mysterio was a brief six-minute snippet of what they’re capable of. The highlight of this one was Mysterio giving Jericho a huracanrana off of a lifeguard stand that was sent up by the entrance. Hart and Booker should’ve gotten more time than what they were given. They seemed like they were starting to get comfortable working with each other until Hart decided to whack Booker with a chair. Goldberg squashed Hennig in what should’ve been another competitive match.

The main event was a disaster of epic porportions. Hogan worked a cowardly heel role the whole match and Rodman stumbled about and fell down while delivering even the simplest of maneuvers. On the flip side, Malone was passable for a person who was working his first and only pro wrestling match. Page had to work Hogan’s style which slowed the match down even more. The match itself ran about twenty-three minutes, which was about half of what Hogan had initally demanded for the match. Overall, this was a pay-per-view that had some potential but some of the matches, such as Jericho vs. Mysterio and Booker vs. Hart, could’ve and should’ve been a little longer and shouldn’t have been as rushed as they were.

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