WCW Monday Nitro
January 19, 1998

[Dark Match]
Super Calo, Silver King and Hector Garza defeated El Dandy, Blitzkrieg and Lizmark Jr. when Calo pinned Blitzkrieg after a top-rope Frankensteiner in 0:12:44.
Rating: *** 1/4

[Dark Match]
Yuji Nagata and Kaz Hayashi defeated High Voltage (Kenny Kaos and Robbie Rage) when Nagata made Kaos submit to the Nagata Lock in 0:05:15.
Rating: *** 1/4
[Sonny Onoo interfered against Kenny Kaos.]

[Dark Match]
Steve McMichael pinned Bobby Eaton with the Tombstone Piledriver in 0:05:24.
Rating: * 1/4

The nWo makes their way out for another show opening interview. Hogan says he's got the solution to his Hart problem tonight and nobody knows what it is but him. That raises a few eyebrows from the announcers and Kevin Nash. Nash talks smack about Sting. Savage makes fun the Giant. Chono says something in Japanese about DDP that nobody translates, but it certainly sounds mean. Hennig calls Flair old and washed up. Bagwell says he and Norton are bigger and badder than Davey Boy and Neidhart.

Booker T defeated Glacier by disqualification in 0:02:28.
Rating: * 3/4
[Mortis interfered against Booker T.]

Match doesn't last long before Mortis and Wrath storm the ring and lay a beating on Booker. Stevie Ray and Ernest Miller make the save.

Raven leads The Flock out of their seats and into the ring. He slumps in the corner with a mic. Raven says that Chris Benoit diving into The Flock last week on Nitro was brave, but bravery is for fools. Benoit paid for his bravery with pain last week. But he put his hands on Raven and for that Raven with grant Benoit his wish: a match at Souled Out. He will make Benoit feel his pain and regret ever wanting a match. Because Raven does things by Raven's Rules. Benoit's music hits and he comes out, along with Dean Malenko. Benoit didn't think Raven had the guts to finally face him. He doesn't know what Raven's Rules are and he doesn't care: he'll put Raven in the Crossface just the same. Now Alex Wright's music hits and he comes out with Debra. Debra says that "you boys" are forgetting about the MAN who should be wearing the TV Title right now: Alex Wright. Wright takes the mic and calls Benoit a loser and Raven a whiny baby. He wants the match at Souled Out to be a Three Way Dance for three reasons: he is the master of dancing, the master of three ways, and the TV Title is righfully his! Benoit and Malenko exchange disbelieving expressions while Raven just slulks as usual. Benoit offers to take Wright's cocky attitude and shove it down his throat till he chokes on it. Raven calls Wright a deluded fool and welcomes him to show him a whole new world of pain. Wright returns to the back in triumph. Malenko takes the mic and challenges any member of the Flock to a match right now.

Dean Malenko defeated Riggs when Riggs passed out in the Texas Cloverleaf in 0:07:44.
Rating: **

Benoit and Malenko brawl with The Flock after the match.

Gene Okerlund interviews DDP in the back. He's beaten guys bigger and smarter than him and at Souled Out he will make Chono feel the bang.

The Steiner Brothers (Rick Steiner and Scott Steiner) defeated The First Family (Hugh Morrus and Jerry Flynn) when R. Steiner defeated Morrus by countout in 0:06:58.
Rating: * 1/4
[The Barbarian interfered against Rick Steiner.]

The Barbarian and Meng do a run in and the Steiners have to deal with another 4-on-2 fight.

Davey Boy Smith defeated Scott Norton by disqualification in 0:11:05.
Rating: 1/4*
[Buff Bagwell interfered against Davey Boy Smith.]

Bagwell makes the run-in, Jim Neidhart makes the save.

Sting and The Giant defeated The nWo (Kevin Nash and Randy Savage) when Sting pinned Savage with the Scorpion Death Drop in 0:11:07.
Rating: 1/2*

Nash and Sting fight after the match. Syxx runs in to help, but misses a kick and hits Nash instead. Sting grabs his bat and hits Syxx with it repeatedly, getting revenge for Syxx's repeated interference in recent weeks to help Nash and Hall. The announcers speculate Syxx might be unable to make the PPV after getting pummelled by Sting, making sure Sting gets a fair fight with Nash.

Hogan, Chono, Hennig, and Rude come out for the main event. DDP, Flair, and Arn Anderson come out to be their opponents, but when Bret Hart is announced nobody comes out. After a moment, the cameras go to the back where Bret Hart has been laid out in a hallway! Davey Boy Smith and Jim Neidhart look on as trainers attend to The Hitman, who ironicly seems to have been on the recieving end of a hit! Gene Okerlund arrives on the scene and asks Davey Boy and Anvil what happened. Davey Boy says Bret had left the Hart Foundation locker room to head out for his match when they heard commotion in the hallway. They came out to find Bret had been attacked. Davey Boy sends Neidhart to the ring to fill Bret's spot in the match.

Jim Neidhart, Ric Flair and Diamond Dallas Page defeated The nWo (Curt Hennig, Hollywood Hogan and Masahiro Chono)
when Neidhart defeated Hogan by disqualification in 0:09:47.
Rating: -1/4*
[The Disciple interfered against Jim Neidhart.]
(Bret Hart no-showed.)

nWo main event run-in is compliment of a bearded man with dark sunglasses, dressed like a cross between Hollywood Hogan and a angry biker. Fans with keen eyes might recognize him as Ed Leslie. He attacks Neidhart with a chair. nWo locker room empties for a mass run-in. The Giant and Lex Luger come out to help WCW. Hogan gets a mic and says he needed someone he trusted 100% to watch his back when dealing with a backstabber like Bret Hart. He needed a true disciple of Hollywood Hogan and this is that man. Sting is spotted making his way through the fans toward the ring with his bat as the credits roll.