World War III
May 1, 2010 - by Steve Gerweck
Sunday, November 22, 1998, in Auburn Hills, MI
They began the show with Goldberg entering the arena, and the commentators playing up the fact that Hogan has not showed up for the pay-per view and that this could be a chance for him to get his rematch with Goldberg if he did.
Wrath vs. Glacier
Wrath had complete control of the match, as he dominated Glacier and eventually got the victory after countering Glacier’s new submission hold. Wrath nailed the Meltdown for the pinfall victory.
Winner: Wrath with the Meltdown
Stevie Ray vs. Konnan
As the match went on, Stevie Ray eventually resorted to using his slapjack on Konnan. This did nothing but made Konnan snap, and he began going ballistic on Stevie Ray before pushing the Ref and causing himself to get disqualified.
Booker T made an appearance, and tried to convince Stevie that the NWO was not the place he should be. Stevie Ray just blew it off and went about his business.
Winner: Stevie Ray via DQ
Ernest Miller and Sonny Onoo vs. Saturn and Kaz Hayashi
The unlikely team of Ernest Miller and Sonny Onoo, who billed Onoo as being “undefeated”, got the victory after Saturn was too busy going after Onoo — and got nailed by Ernest Miller’s roundhouse kick. Onoo got the pinfall on Saturn.
Winners: Ernest Miller and Sonnoy Onoo
(c)Juventud Guerrera vs. Kidman
WCW Cruiserweight Title Match
Before the match began, members of the LWO (Latino World Order) recruited Juventud Guerrera as their newest member but were confronted by disgruntled LWO member Misterio Jr. who wanted the title show.
The match was another excellent showing by these two great cruiserweights, but it was Rey Misterio Jr. who decided who would get the victory. As Juventud was about to throw Kidman off the top-rope, Misterio grabbed Kidman’s tights to keep him from falling. This caused Juvi to fall, and allowed Kidman to nail his signature move.. the Shooting Star Press.
Winner: Kidman *NEW* Cruiserweight Champion
Scott Steiner vs. Rick Steiner
In what was originally scheduled to be a tag team match between Scott Steiner and Buff Bagwell vs. Rick Steiner and Buff’s Mom(!), it turned into a brawl as Rick Steiner was attacked by NWO-Hollywood before the match even got underway.
When Rick finally was dragged out to the ring by The Giant, Scott and Buff began beating him down in the ring. He made an attempt to fight back, but was unable to fight them alone… so out came Goldberg to make the save, and Goldberg and Rick hugged in the ring as the crowd went nuts.
Winner: Rick Steiner via DQ
Scott Hall vs. Kevin Nash
After Scott Hall was introduced for his showdown with former pal Kevin Nash, Eric Bischoff came down to ringside and instructed NWO-Hollywood members to attack Scott Hall.
As the NWO went to work on Scott, Kevin Nash came running down to make the save and helped fight off NWO-Hollywood members side-by-side with his former tag team partner.
But before an official reunion could take place, Nash ignored Hall’s attempt to do the Wolfpac hand sign, and walked away from the ring.
(c)Chris Jericho vs. Bobby Duncum Jr.
WCW World TV Title Match
Duncum proved to be a tough opponent for Chris Jericho, as he kept fighting back every attempt at offense on the part of the TV Champion. Like their first meeting on NITRO, Duncum wouldn’t let Jericho keep the upperhand for long.
He was finally distracted by Jericho’s “Security” guard on the outside, which allowed Jericho to nail him from behind to get the pinfall victory.
Winner: Chris Jericho
60 Man, 3 Ring Battle Royal
Winner Receives World Title Shot
This match featured almost everyone in World Championship Wrestling, with the exception of a few people. Kevin Nash was clearly dominating action in his particular ring, and things got crazy when Bam Bam Bigelow tried to get involved in the battle royal but was stopped by WCW security. Goldberg came running down, and he began to brawl with Bam Bam before they were pulled apart and forced away from ringside by security.
The Battle Royal came down to Kevin Nash, Lex Luger, Konnan, Scott Hall, The Giant, Chris Benoit and Dean Malenko. Konnan was eliminated fairly quickly, and then it took the remaining people in the ring to gang up and eliminate The Giant.
Benoit and Malenko were then quickly thrown out, and it finally came down to Nash, Hall, and Luger. Luger and Nash embraced before going to seperate corners and then all 3 men went at it (including Luger and Nash). Luger was about to eliminate Hall, when Nash came running in to eliminate both men to get the victory.
Winner: Kevin Nash
(c)Diamond Dallas Page vs. Bret Hart
WCW United States Title Match
Bret Hart did a good job of dominating the match, having DDP in the ringpost figure four, as well as the Sharpshooter at different times during the match. DDP was, however, able to get out of the submission hold to continue on with the match — but in the process, the Ref was knocked out.
Hart finally nailed Diamond Dallas Page with a foreign object, and put him in the Sharpshooter — while the NWO ref made his way into the ring to declare Bret Hart the winner of the match.
WCW referee Mickey Jay made his way to the ring, and said he saw Bret Hart use the foreign object on DDP, and he said that Hart wasn’t the winner. While this was going on, Page came around and nailed Bret with the Diamond Cutter for the pinfall victory.
Winner: Diamond Dallas Page