Uncensored ’98 Bookings
Kliq nWo (Shawn Michaels, Kevin Nash & Scott Hall) vs
nWo Hollywood (Hollywood Hogan, Scott Steiner & Konnan)
The night after SuperBrawl VIII, Nitro started with Hollywood Hogan coming to the ring, with Scott Steiner, Konnan and Brian Adams following along with him. Hogan said that Hall and Nash might’ve decided to replace him with Shawn Michaels, but not everybody in the new World order wanted to be part of “The Kliq”. Hogan also introduced Scott Steiner, the newest member of the new World order, saying that “Big Poppa Pump” is the heir apparent in training, and they had a plan in the works to bring him into the fold for months. Steiner says it’s regrettable that Hall and Nash ended up with the tag straps, but if anyone’s to blame for that, it’s the Harlem Heat for not being able to stick together long enough to be the ones to benefit. Scott says that Rick had been holding him back, and that ain’t gonna fly anymore.
At that point, the trio calling themselves the Kliq nWo shows up and rants about how Hogan’s group can’t measure up, and then the two groups go back and forth about who’s going to rule WCW. Both Shawn Michaels and Hollywood Hogan say that they want to be the one to get the World Heavyweight title after Ric Flair gets his shot. Eric Bischoff then shows up and says we all know how this is going to turn out if we get another HBK vs Hogan match for the #1 Contendership spot. At Uncensored, it will be a six-man tag match, with Hollywood Hogan, Scott Steiner & Konnan taking on Shawn Michaels, Scott Hall and Kevin Nash.
World Heavyweight Championship
Sting (c) vs Ric Flair
Sting gets interviewed about the situation with two nWo groups, and he says that he’s willing to fight both groups if they don’t end up tearing each other apart. At that point, Ric Flair shows up and tells Sting that the most dangerous factions in WCW might be the nWo groups, but that won’t be Sting’s problem after Uncensored, because that’s the night that The Nature Boy is going to take the World Heavyweight Championship back to Space Mountain. Sting says that he’s actually looking forward to fighting someone he can respect. In the weeks leading up to the pay per view, Sting and Ric Flair are forced to team up together in a tag match against HBK & Scott Steiner one week, and against Hogan & Kevin Nash the next week. The duo beat Hogan and Kevin Nash, who won’t work together, but lose after HBK & Steiner cheat enough to get the win.
United States Championship
Diamond Dallas Page (c) vs Raven vs Chris Benoit
Chris Benoit was pissed off about Raven interrupting the United States Championship match at February’s SuperBrawl VIII, and Raven responds by sneaking up on Benoit, hitting the Evenflow DDT and saying that things between them are over when Raven says they’re over. Diamond Dallas Page shows up, hits Raven with the Diamond Cutter and says he’s happy to still be the United States Champion, but not like that. DDP and Raven have a match the following week, but Benoit shows up and takes out Raven. The next week, Benoit calls out Raven, but DDP shows up and says that he doesn’t like it when people get in his business, and he still has issues with Raven. When Raven and Saturn show up, Benoit and DDP work together to keep him at bay. The following week, Raven & Saturn beat DDP and Benoit in a tag match because the Flock members work together better than DDP & Benoit.
World Television Championship
Booker T (c) vs Eddy Guerrero
The first Nitro following SuperBrawl VIII, Eddy Guerrero defeated Booker T for the Television Title when Booker T was distracted by Stevie Ray, who watched the end of the match from the top of the ramp. Stevie Ray disappeared before Booker T could talk to him about what happened back in January when Stevie Ray severely beat Booker T after they failed to get the tag titles. For a couple weeks, Booker T was focused on tracking down his brother, but to no avail. Finally, when Eddy Guerrero was asked who he thought should get a shot at the Television Title at Uncensored, Booker T showed up and said he wasted too much time trying to find his brother, and that it was time to get the Television Title back… and it was going to happen on pay per view. Eddy Guerrero insisted that the first win wasn’t a fluke and was willing to prove it.
Lex Luger vs The Giant
During an attempted interview about losing to Ric Flair in the #1 Contendership match at SuperBrawl, The Giant refused to respond, putting his hand around the interviewer’s neck when they insisted. Lex Luger showed up and got him to stop, but later in the show when Lex Luger was in the ring for a match against someone else, The Giant took his frustrations out on him by beating him down and chokeslamming him twice. After being out for a week, Luger returned before the pay per view to show The Giant that he wasn’t going to be bullied.
Goldberg vs The Faces Of Fear (Meng & The Barbarian)
Having started to amass a decent streak of victories, Goldberg started getting noticed backstage by other competitors. When he bumped into Meng and The Barbarian two weeks before the pay per view, they beat him down after an intense staredown. The following week, he challenged either one of them to a match, and The Barbarian showed up. During the match, Meng showed up too and the two beat him down again. As the Faces Of Fear went back up the ramp, Goldberg got up, got a microphone and challenged BOTH of them to a handicap match at Uncensored.
Chris Jericho (c) vs Dean Malenko
Having put Rey Mysterio out of action and won Juventud’s mask from him, Chris Jericho was feeling especially proud of himself. He even got new Lionheart attire, complete with a hooded cape made from a lion’s pelt. During Jericho’s ceremony where strippers were presenting the hooded cape to Jericho (who purchased it for himself), Dean Malenko shows up and calls Jericho “ridiculous and disrespectful”. Throwing a hissy fit, Jericho yells at Malenko for interrupting his ceremony, but when Malenko approaches him in the ring, Jericho sprints away, the Hood Of The Lionhearted in tow… but he forgot the Cruiserweight Championship. The next couple weeks, Jericho begged Malenko to give the belt back, but he refused to get close enough to Dean Malenko to get it, once Malenko told Jericho he’d have to fight him for it. Because of this, and some wins Malenko racked up along the way, Dean Malenko was named #1 Contender to the Cruiserweight Title for the Uncensored pay per view.
Saturn & Kidman vs Mortis & Wrath
Raven told The Flock that they needed to have more “direction”, show the world what they could do when they had an “official purpose”, having been successful in their hidden agendas for so long. He wants Saturn & Kidman to get the tag titles, and after they beat the Faces Of Fear one week, and then Hugh Morrus & Alex Wright the following week, they asked for legitimate opponents at Uncensored. Mortis and Wrath showed up, and the four men brawled before Mortis & Wrath retreated at the behest of their manager James Mitchell, having made their point.
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