OSR: WCW Souled Out 1998 Review

Souled Out 1998

Continuing our WCW Month, we go back to 1998 when WCW was at the height of its popularity, having just come of arguably their biggest pay-per-view event of all time. But they had just acquired the hottest free agent at the time…Bret Hart and this was his debut match. The product was on fire and you didn’t know what the New World Order were going to throw at us next…this event was marketed as both WCW/nWo production. Until the advent of the WWE Network, this was a very difficult event to watch due to the price of the VHS but now it is as easy as ever. So, having never seen this event before, I am looking forward to bringing you the next…

Old School Review: Souled Out 1998 

The show opens with Eric Bischoff in a church, depicting the feuds for this evening but also stating that hell hath no fury like Souled Out. We then go inside the Hara Arena in Dayton, Ohio for this evenings event with our commentators Bobby Heenan, Tony Schiavone and Dusty Rhodes (who looks ridiculous). They talk about what we can expect this evening, before we go to the ring for the first match of the evening.

Juventud Guerrera, Super Calo, Lizmark Jr and Chavo Guerrero Jr vs. La Parka, Silver King, Psychosis and El Dandy

Both teams make their way to the ring, which will apparently be contested under Lucha Libre rules. The match is a really good pace between all of the participants, with some really impressive moves between the teams. The end of the match comes when Chavo pins Psychosis following an enormous DDT. Afterwards, La Parka goes crazy and attacks everyone with a chair. Really good opening match, needed slightly more time to be brilliant though.

Winners: Juventud Guerrera, Super Calo, Lizmark Jr and Chavo Guerrero Jr

Match Rating: 3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

Raven’s Rules: Raven vs. Chris Benoit

Raven makes his way to the ring first when it is revealed Raven’s Flock is banned from ringside, to which Raven shows no reaction. Raven then cuts a brief promo, before Benoit makes his way to the ring. The match gets underway, with Benoit essentially in control for much of the match. These two seem to work really well with one another, which is quite refreshing to watch but ultimately Benoit wins the match prompting a further appearance from Raven’s Flock but their efforts are short lived following an appearance by Dean Malenko. Great match, very enjoyable…the characterization of Raven is incredible.

Winner: Chris Benoit

Match Rating: 3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

WCW Cruiserweight Championship: Rey Mysterio (c) vs. Chris Jericho

Both men make their way to the ring, and the match gets underway with Jericho being the dominant force in this match. Throughout the match, he continually works on the already injured knee of Mysterio to bring him an advantage. This eventually sees Jericho lock in the Lion-tamer (now known as the Walls of Jericho), to which Mysterio quickly taps out. After the match, Jericho continues the attack on Mysterio and does some serious damage to Mysterio’s knee. That was a really good match, with a great story told throughout the match and the knee injury being a constant factor. It is odd to see Jericho as the Cruiserweight Champion though…

Winner: Chris Jericho, to capture the WCW Cruiserweight Championship

Match Rating: 3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

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