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WCW Saturday Night 6/13/1998

Written by: Bob Colling

World Championship Wrestling presents Saturday Night
Date: 6/13/1998
From: Saginaw, MI

Matches:
1.) Saturn defeated Damien
2.) Dean Malenko defeated Evan Karagias
3.) Booker T defeated Barry Horowitz
4.) Chris Jericho defeated Chavo Guerrero Jr.
5.) Juventud Guerrera defeated Billy Kidman

Angle Developments/Notes:
1.) After Booker T’s victory, Fit Finlay runs into the ring and attacks Booker locking in a single leg Boston Crab on Booker until Stevie Ray makes the save. Fit focused his attack on Booker’s already injured leg. Finlay defends the WCW Television Championship against Booker T at the Great American Bash.

2.) Vandenberg’s Odditorium took place again this week. He’s talking about Goldberg’s undefeated streak rising higher and higher. Could Konnan be the guy to defeat Goldberg. Vandenberg puts over Konnan as being a tough wrestler and runs with the Wolfpac. Goldberg has remained silent and speaks by issuing out pain. He says that Konnan has to look forward to a grand slam coming from Goldberg. Again, he could be wrong, but he doubts it.

3.) Chavo Guerrero Jr. comes out with his ribs heavily taped. He’s laughing and is crediting Eddie Guerrero for his injury.

4.) Jericho seems to be confused by Chavo’s behavior and delivers several kicks to the ribs in the corner. Chavo bites Jericho’s foot but gets met with a stomp. Jericho drives Chavo down with a backbreaker. Chavo boots Jericho in the corner and delivers a clothesline. Chavo backdrops Jericho as we see Eddie Guerrero coming out. Chavo bulldogs Jericho, but Jericho is able to lock in the Lion Tamer for the win. (*. Really? The rib injury caused this match to end quickly. I went into this thinking we’d see a decent length for a match, but I was left rather disappointed. This is the kind of match that sends Chavo backwards a step in my eyes.)

5.) Guerrera and Kidman start off trading a few forearm strikes. Guerrera ducks a clothesline to hit a head scissors. Guerrera clotheslines Kidman over the top to the floor. Guerrera takes Kidman out with a slingshot crossbody to the floor. Kidman plants Juventud with a wheelbarrow suplex. Guerrera chops Kidman a few times before being yanked down to the mat by his hair. Kidman taunts the fan after stomping Guerrera several times. Kidman connects with a middle rope leg drop for a two count. Kidman nails Guerrera with a standing dropkick. Guerrera almost wins with a sunset flip, but Kidman comes back with a quick clothesline. Guerrera comes out of the corner with a clothesline. Kidman misses a splash in the corner and Guerera gets dumped to the apron. Guerrera yanks Kidman down by his hair and hits a top rope spinning heel kick. Guerrera goes for a cover, but Kidman kicks out at two. Kidman plants Guerrera with a sit out spinebuster. Kidman heads to the top rope but Guerrera kips up and crotches Kidman to the mat. Guerrera misses the 450 splash, but lands on his feet to hit the Juvi Driver for the win. (**1/4. They kept a good pace, but seemed to keep the high risk moves to a limited amount. A good match for Saturday Night standards.)

Final Thoughts:
A decent episode leading into the Great American Bash pay per view. The hour long episodes are easy watches.

Thanks for reading.

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