TBT: WCW Souled Out 1998 Had One Of The Greatest Match Lineups In PPV History
In looking back at WCW, there is often a lot more to be critical of than there is to be thankful for. The company was completely mismanaged and burned through money the same way that I eat a can of Pringles. Part of that money spending, however, allowed them to acquire some of the biggest talents in pro wrestling history, who they would then go on to use liberally. In spite of the many misses WCW experienced, they had quite a few resounding hits as well.
Souled Out 1998 is the perfect example. On paper, the match card is absolutely unbelievable. Chris Benoit and Raven participated in a very early hardcore match (Raven's Rules Match), Chris Jericho and Rey Mysterio put on a clinic for the Cruiserweight Championship, Booker T took on Rick Martel for the TV Championship in what would be Martel's final match, Scott Hall took on "The Living Legend" Larry Zbyszko in a much-anticipated grudge match (in which fucking Dusty Rhodes joined the nWo), Kevin Nash took on The Giant (The Big Show) after dodging him for months and nearly accidentally broke his fucking neck while Hulk Hogan and Eric Bischoff cackled at ringside, Bret Hart took on Ric Flair in what may as well have been a master's course in how to work a match, and Lex Luger fought Randy Savage.
While many would probably point to some later WWE events and then turn up their John Cena rap album to drown me out right now, I think that a wrestling purist, someone who has been a huge fan of the sport for many years, would look at this card a salivate at all of the big names and major angles. Does this mean that all of the matches were absolutely incredible? Nope, but the star power here cannot be ignored. Check out some of the videos below from this historic wrestling event.
Nash literally almost murders The Big Show here
Hart and Flair set the standard in the few instances when they stepped in the ring together