So this past week I discovered an excellent podcast titled Keep It 2000 and binge-listened to all 25 episodes that currently exist. The show reviews episodes of WCW Monday Nitro from the year 2000 and is so utterly hilarious that I decided to start playing along at home and jump on with the episode they will cover in the next installment of their podcast. This is that episode.
In 1997 the WCW had done gangbusters. Nitro was one of the highest rated shows on TV or maybe just on cable. They were so successful and making so much money that they decided to add a another show to their TV schedule in addition to Nitro and Saturday Night and Worldwide and Main Event and whatever else they already had. That show would air on Thursday nights and be known as Thunder. This is that show.
This is the premiere episode so we get a pretty stacked card with something like three different title matches signed plus the Larry Zbyszko vs. Eric Bischoff match from Starrcade ’97 in its entirety, which I sure the fans in the arena are going to love. So let’s take it away!
Another episode of Worldwide, another victim to Goldberg’s streak. Leroy Howard (or Lee Roy Howard as his graphic lists him) gets maimed in like 30 seconds. Not even the announcers know how many wins Goldberg has at this point. “I think this might be 92, but it could be more. We have to check with Mike Tenay and find out for sure!”
I love gimmick matches and in my rather humble opinion there is no finer gimmick than the Royal Rumble. Thirty men enter. One man walks out with a shot a championship gold. There are usually some comedic spots, some decent in-ring action, and a surprise entrant or two that make it a must watch PPV, more so even than the Granddaddy of them all, WrestleMania. So how was the 2017 Rumble? Let’s find out.
I love that one of the subplots to Bill Goldberg’s meteoric rise to fame was the fact that according to Professor Iron “Mike” Tenay Jerry Flynn always gave him a run for his money and ranked among the “most competitive bouts” Goldberg had ever had.
Enjoy this most competitive three minute and forty-five second (with intros and replays) bout between these two titans.
Goldberg Streak Count: I don’t know! Somewhere in the range of 13 to 77.
I don’t know who this Manny Fernandez is, but he sure as hell isn’t the Raging Bull Manny “Invander #3 Maiming” Fernandez. Whoever he is, Fake Manny Fernandez takes on a heelish proto-Goldberg in this bout. Goldberg’s a douchebag in the match and it’s pretty awesome.
Were it not for the magnificence of Ellsworth, Jerry Flynn might be my favorite “enhancement talent” of all time. I love the way he bellows, “Get that camera outta my face!” on the way to the ring. Flynn would get some victories in his career, but they would not come this night.
We’re in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Outside the arena fans are yelling a bunch of bullshit. The announce team is Tony Schiavone, Mark Madden and Scott Hudson. This is going to be so terrible isn’t it?