In Early January of 1998,The nWo's internal
troubles continue[mainly between hogan and nash.]. Hollywood Hogan gets a
Rematch with Sting on Nitro,the match ends in controversy,as hogan
"accidentally" knocks out the referee.Nick Patrick comes out to
officiate..giving the match to Hogan. J.J. Dillon comes in and demands a
restart to the match.Bischoff argues,but is ignored. the match restarts
once the original ref comes to and Sting wins. On the 1st WCW Thunder (a
new 2 hour show),It's announced that,despite the Controversy in the
Hogan/Sting match on Nitro,Sting will still keep the Championship and
will face Hollywood Hogan at Souled Out. On the same show,Bret Hart and
Ric Flair start a mini-feud after weeks of confrontation. The Hart/Flair
feud ended in Early March.
On the Next
Nitro,Goldberg continues his dominance and The Giant/Nash match at
souled out will be a #1 contenders match. the nWo clash even more..this
time after a host of misunderstandings. At Souled Out,Kevin Nash defeats
the Giant and becomes the #1 contender for the WCW Championship. Randy
Savage is beaten by Lex Luger and when the other nWo guys try to come to
Savage's aid,Hollywood calls them back.Hulk Hogan loses to Sting,thanks
to interference by the nWo,who mess things up for Hogan. The Next
Nitro,Savage calls out Hogan for calling back the nWo when he was in
trouble.2 then start a small feud.While Eric Bischoff sides with
Hollywood Hogan,Nash sides with Savage. Scott Hall defeats DDP for the
US Championship at Souled Out.
In February of '98,
Hogan and Savage battle it out in a series of matches,Savage is kicked
out of nWo when he wins the final one. At Superbrawl VIII,Sting defeats
Nash thanks to Hogan's interference.The Egotistical Hogan claims that No
One in the nWo deserves to be champion but him. Nash is given a
rematch,but it ends in a DQ,when Hogan attacks Nash. Savage comes to
Nash's aid and attacks Hogan.
The nWo attacks Savage
and Chaos ensues. Lucha Libre and Japanese Wrestling are given a full
platform during Nitro's 2nd hour. Goldberg still dominates and wins the
WCW US Championship from Scott Hall at Superbrawl VIII. Hogan and Nash
are given another chance to win the title at the event,when they face
Sting in a 3-man brawl. Sting Wins and Nash and Hogan blame each other
for the nWo's loss. Also at the event,The Steiner Brothers retain the
Tag Championship against Public Enemy. Scott shows signs of a
In March of 1998,On The 1st Nitro
of March ,Hollywood Hogan gets his final rematch with Sting,but he loses
thanks to Kevin Nash. The 2 address their issues on the following
Thunder and eventually get into a fight. J.J Dillon comes out later in
the show and decides its time to put an end to the nWo. So he offers an
ultimatum at Uncensored.
If the Kevin Nash fails to get
the WCW Championship from Sting at the event in a no-dq match,The nWo
must disband. Bischoff,with The nWo, comes out and offers his own
ultimatum,Should Sting lose,he must either Join the nWo or leave the
company AND if the nWo wins,they get full control of WCW's shows and
PPVs....every single one. Sting arrives and agrees to this.
continues dominating and will meet Randy Savage for the US title at
Uncensored.At Uncensored,Bret Hart defeats Scott Hall.Earlier in the
match,Hollywood called back the nWo who were trying to help Hall and
forbid them to do so. Nash argues this logic,but Hollywood tells Nash
that Hall is a loser for losing the US Championship and the nWo doesn't
help losers.Nash decides to disobey and help,His buddy.Hogan stops him
and the 2 have a fight.The nWo try to separate them. Randy Savage loses
his match against Goldberg.
Nash loses the mach against
Sting,thanks to Hollywood Hogan,who put Pride and Ego ahead of his
stable. On the following Nitro,The nWo is officially defunct and Nash
and Hogan blame each other.The 2 start a lasting feud. DDP officially
becomes the #1 guy on the mid-card and is set to face Goldberg at Spring
Stampede. The WCW Superstars express their feelings about the end of
the nWo. Eric Bischoff continues to be the advocate for Hollywood Hogan.
Ric Flair expresses his want to be champ again.
April of '98,During a Tag Team Championship match on the 1st Thunder of
the month,The Steiner Bros. lose their Tag Team gold against Steven
Regal and Dave Taylor[the bluebloods].Scott blames Rick for the loss and
turns on him. The 2 have a feud..with Scott as the narcissistic heel
known as Big Poppa Pump.
Lucha Libre and Puroresu are
even bigger hits than before. The Cruiserweight Division is as great as
ever too. Ric Flair and Sting re-spark their old rivalry.DDP,Bret Hart
and Goldberg begin a mini-rivalry for ownership of the US championship.
WCW ratings raise.On final Thunder of the month, The Blue Bloods loose
the Titles to Bagwell and Norton,who remain the Champs until August.
3-way rivalry for the US Title leads to Goldberg,DDP,and Hart having a
3-way brawl at Spring Stampede(an announcement made by J.J Dillon on
Nitro). Also,The Steiner Feud gets Heated,as Scott uses personal attacks
against Rick.Scott Hall becomes the TV champion. WCW reinstates it's
Women's division,with Madusa as the champion.The division is Not
sexualized..unlike what they have in the WWE. DDP wins the US
Championship at Spring Stampede by pinning Bret Hart. The
Nitro Hart cries fowl and demands a rematch. DDP mocks Hart. This leads
to a DDP/Bret Hart feud,a feud that lasts until mid-june. Nash and
Hogan have a match at Spring Stampede,the match ends in a double DQ.
at Spring Stampede,Flair battles Sting for the WCW championship and
loses. Randy Savage regains his ambitions to be the world champion again
and JJ Dillon decides to grant him that chance at Slamboree.Flair cries
foul and starts a fight with Savage.The 2 meet on Nitro for a number 1
contenders match.Flair wins.Savage assaults Flair after the match.The 2
re-ignite their legendary feud. To prevent "fan burn-out",WCW Saturday
Night is reduced to a single hour and all lesser WCW shows were
canceled.Puroresu and Lucha Libre become full mainstays in WCW,giving
the company a big ratings boost. In Late April, WWF's Degeneration X
(DX) invaded Nitro. The WCW not only confronted the degenerate gang,but
they also managed to beat them back. This incident was a ratings boost
for Both the WCW and the WWF.
In Early May of '98,The
Road to Slamboree begins with Ric Flair trying to woo Elisabeth away
from Savage.He tries this multiple times and each time ends in a brawl
between Savage and Flair.Sting watches from the rafters each time and is
amused. In Mid-May,Scott Hall loses his TV title to The British
Bulldog. Madusa re-ignites a feud with Aja Kong for the WCW Women's
championship Eddie Guererro and Rey Mysterio start a friendly rivalry in
the cruiserweight division. Both men eventually meet for the
Cruiserweight title the next month,when Guererro wins it from Dean
Malenko at Slamboree. The Nash/Hogan war continues.DDP battles Bret Hart
for the US title at Slamboree.
The cheers for DDP
prompt Hart to become a Heel. DDP retains his title. However,at The
Great American Bash,he loses it to Chris Benoit,when Bret Hart helps his
fellow Canadian win. DDP and Hart have one final Grudge Match in a
Steel Cage on Nitro the next week following the event. Hart Wins that
one. During his match at Slamboree against Hollywood Hogan,Nash gets
cheered. He becomes a Face shortly after.
Slamboree,Savage costs Flair the Title.Flair would return the favor at
The Great American Bash when he costs Savage the chance to be WCW
Champion again.In Late May,Goldberg is moved up to the uppercard and
starts main eventing Nitro and fueds with Scott Hall,when Hall
challenges him.This feud goes on for months.Hall is announced as the #1
contender for the WCW Championship at Great American Bash.
June 1998, Liz betrays Savage again at the Great American Bash during
his Match against Flair.The 2 have one final steel cage confrontation at
Bash at the Beach,which Savage wins. Also At the Great American
Bash,Sting battles Scott Hall for the championship. Goldberg costs Hall
the match. The 2 battle in a Street Fight at Bash at the Beach. A fight
where Goldberg Wins. The next night on Nitro,Bret Hart is named the #1
contender for the WCW Championship. Both Ric Flair and Randy Savage have
a problem with that and confront Hart. Sting comes out and tells the 3
that he doesn't care who he fights. So a 4-way battle for the WCW
Championship is made for Bash at the Beach...which Sting wins.
July 1998,DDP gets his rematch against Chris Benoit for the WCW US
Title at Bash at the Beach.Dean Malenko costs DDP the Match. DDP would
return the favor by costing Malenko his match for the Cruiserweight
Championship against Eddie Guererro later in the night. The 2 start a
feud and have a match at Road Wild.On The Nitro following the big
event,Malenko reveals that he Helped Chris Benoit so that he'd have a
chance at being a Horseman,when they eventually reform.Beniot responds
the following Thunder.
The Hollywood Hogan/Kevin Nash
feud intensifies. Brutus Beefcake[now known as The Disciple] joins Hogan
in his fight against Nash. In Late July,Scott Hall joins Kevin Nash.
The 4 Men have a Tag Match at Road Wild. Bret Hart gets another shot at
the WCW championship at Road Wild. He fails again,and when he does,he
brutaly assaults Sting. The 2 men have a feud. Goldberg is back to being
the #1 Contender for the WCW US Championship and will face Chris Benoit
at Road Wild.
In August '98,Nash gets a new Ally in
Lex Luger. But Hogan gets a new ally as well..Scott Steiner.The tag team
match at Road Wild becomes a 6-Man Tag. At Road Wild,Malenko helps
Benoit yet again and the Canadian Crippler gets the win over
Goldberg.Chris Benoit returns the favor later in the night by Malenko
defeat DDP. The following night on Nitro,DDP and Goldberg create a
temporary alliance and continue their feud with Malenko and Benoit.The
feud ends at Fall Brawl:War Games.
In Early September
of '98,Nash and Hogan each get 1 more new Ally. Randy Savage for Nash
and Curt Hennig for Hogan. Both of these teams would continue to clash
until Fall Brawl:War Games,where they settle things once and for all in
the War Games Match. Booker T starts a successful Singles Career after
his Brother,Stevie Ray is out with an injury. The Nitro after War
Games,Ric Flair decides it's time to revive the 4 Horsemen. Chris Benoit
and Arn Anderson agree. They decide to add Dean Malenko to the
group,since he helped out Chris Benoit. Steve McMichael is out
injured and won't be able to reclaim his position on the team.Chris
Benoit suggests Bret Hart.Flair refuses,but Arn Anderson decides to give
Hart a shot..if he's up for it.
Bret Hart,who lost his
match with Sting at War Games via DQ,comes out to greet the Horsemen
and tells them it would be an honor to be a Horseman. Anderson decides
to give Hart a test. Hart's test is to defeat Goldberg next Monday Night
on Nitro. Bret Hart accepts the challenge and with Chris Benoit's
help,defeats Goldberg the following week. Bret Hart is now a Horseman.
On the same Nitro,Sting and Holywood Hogan renew their rivalry.
Early October 1998,The Ultimate Warrior unexpectedly shows up on the
1st Nitro of October and reveals that he's here to keep justice and to
seek out super tough opponents to battle.Randy Savage answers the
Warrior's call and agrees to face him at Halloween Havoc.They have a
great match,an match that Savage ends up winning. Ultimate Warrior would
leave the WCW 2 months later due to a money dispute. Sting vs Hollywood
Hogan for the Title is announced for Halloween Havoc.Sting
wins that match by DQ. Bret Hart takes to his role as a horseman naturally...He even upstages Ric Flair at one point.
November 1998,At World War 3,Goldberg wins the 60 Man Battle Royal.
Also at the event,Sting Battles Hollywood Hogan in a Steel Cage...and
wins. The following Nitro,Hollywood Hogan decides to take a hiatus to
focus on his Acting Career. With Bret Hart,the new 4 Horsemen continue
to thrive. In Late November,Nash and Hall reunite a Tag Team and
eventually win back the WCW Tag Team Championship in late January of
In December of '98,Sting and Goldberg
develop a rivalry before their face-off at Starrcade. At Starcade
'98,Goldberg defeats Sting for the WCW Championship. The 2 shake hands
after the match. In late December,Ric Flair suffers an injury and has to
take a leave of absence.Arn Anderson gives Bret Hart the job of
temporary leader of the Horsemen. Hart would prove to be an effective
and likable leader.
Next up,we move on to 1999 and a major turning point in the Monday Night War.