WCW Saturday Night 6/27/1998

Written by: Bob Colling

World Championship Wrestling presents Saturday Night
Date: 6/27/1998
From: Saginaw, MI

1.) Jim Duggan defeated Mike Enos
2.) Public Enemy defeated High Voltage
3.) Alex Wright defeated Johnny Swinger
4.) Jim Neidhart & British Bulldog defeated Barbarian & Hugh Morrus

Angle Developments/Notes:
1.) Enos attacks Duggan from behind after being backed against the ropes. Duggan comes back with a few clotheslines to send Enos to the floor. Enos pulls Duggan to the floor and delivers a few strikes. Duggan sends Enos shoulder first into the ring post and tosses Enos over the guard railing into the crowd. Enos drops Duggan throat first over the top rope to regain control in the ring. Enos drives Duggan down with a backbreaker for a near fall. Duggan pummels Enos in the corner with strikes. Enos back elbows Duggan but misses a splash and elbow drop. Duggan proceeds to run over Enos with a clothesline and a knee drop for the win. (*. A fairly basic match and just a weak finishing move. Duggan is still a popular character in WCW.)

2.) Rock and Rage kickoff the tag match with Rage delivering a few strikes. Rock drop toe holds Rage to the mat to stop his momentum. Grunge enters to back elbow Rage but Kaos drops Grunge over the top rope throat first. Rage hits a suplex for a two count on Grunge. Kaos tags in and double teams Grunge with stomps in the corner. Rage hits a slingshot leg drop from the apron for a two count. Rage hits a side slam as Kaos hit a middle rope leg drop for a two count on Grunge. Kaos runs into a boot from Grunge followed by a clothesline. Rock gets the hot tag and cleans house with a clothesline and swinging neckbreaker. Rage is met with a double flapjack. Kaos knocks Rock off the top rope and Grunge is taken over with a double suplex. Rage clotheslines Rock over the top to the floor. Rage accidentally collides with Kaos. Grunge gets a rollup on Rage to win the match. (*. Public Enemy in a regular tag match isn’t very good. The most entertaining aspect of Public Enemy is when they use a table and that wasn’t even used here. I’ve always enjoyed High Voltage and feel like they should have been a more successful tag team.)

3.) Johnny Swinger lets the fans know who he is prior to his match with Alex Wright. Swinger thinks he’s the youngest hot commodity and believes he’ll take WCW into the future. Swinger doesn’t last long in the ring with Wright as Swinger loses to by submission with the STF.

4.) Bulldog and Barbarian start the tag main event. Barbarian works over Bulldog with several strikes in the corner. Bulldog elbows Barbarian in the corner and follows up with a delayed vertical suplex. Neidhart enters to hammer away on Barbarian with more strikes. Barbarian runs over Neidhart with a clothesline. Morrus tags in and slams Neidhart while Barbarian comes off the top to hit a diving headbutt for a two count. Barbarian and Morrus continue to beat on Neidhart with strikes. Morrus hammers away on Neidhart against the ropes. Barbarian splashes Neidhart in the corner but Morrus misses one and hits Jimmy Hart. Morrus slams Neidhart again and goes to the top rope. Morrus misses an elbow drop. Neidhart tries for a piledriver, but gets kicked by Barbarian. Bulldog tags in and Bulldog knocks Morrus to the floor. Bulldog plants Barbarian with a running powerslam to earn the win. (*. It was too bad as they thankfully had Morrus and Barbarian do most of the work. It just makes them look like dopes for losing when Bulldog has to enter and hit one finishing move, almost out of nowhere, to win the match.)

Final Thoughts:
Another subpar episode of Saturday Night. I mostly just like watching these shows because the lower guys on the card get a few extra minutes to work. Plus, Hudson and Tenay are good on commentary.

Thanks for reading.

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