The Best And Worst Of WCW Thunder 1/15/98: Bury Manilow

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Previously on WCW Thunder: The first edition of WCW Thursday Night (recapped in our Best and Worst of Nitro column because WWE Network added Thunder like a week too late) saw Sting forced to vacate the Heavyweight Championship. Also, Juventud Guerrera becoming the new Cruiserweight Champion, and the nWo are breaking up*!

*they aren’t

If you’d like to watch this week’s episode on WWE Network, click here. In the coming weeks you’ll be able to read all the Thunder recaps on its UPROXX tag page, and of course if you’re reading these, you’re hopefully reading the corresponding Nitro bits as well.

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And now, the first edition (of the second episode) of the Best and Worst of WCW Thunder for January 15, 1998.

Best: Annoying Kevin Nash Is The Truest Kevin Nash

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You can keep your angry trucker with fringed leather pants, for my money the best and most honest version of Kevin Nash is the one who misses half his matches with “injuries” and then shows up for all the non-wrestling shows to be as detached and annoying as possible. The second truest version of Kevin Nash is probably “Oz,” but we’ll get to that in the Best and Worst of WCW 1991 column I’ll probably end up doing.

This week’s Thunder (outside of paradise) starts with The Giant coming to the ring and speaking a little too calmly about how he’s facing Kevin Nash at Starrcade, and now has a $1.5 million “performance bond” to guarantee it. He can’t put his hands on Nash before Starrcade, though, or he loses the match and the $1.5 mil of his own money he had to put up to get it. Because you can’t have a 7-foot guy out here in a caveman singlet and not have him attack people, Lodi shows up for some reason with a pro-Kevin Nash sign and gets chokeslammed. I take it back, the best version of Kevin Nash is the sedated, gen-X Flock Kevin Nash we never got to see.

The rest of the Flock shows up to get Also Beaten Up, including the great visual of Reg Show hitting Hammer so hard he ends up in the audience, then gorilla pressing Kidman from inside the ring over the rail into the crowd ONTO him. That’s when Nash shows up, of course, and uses a hot coffee mod to attack the Giant when he won’t throw punches. It doesn’t count as touching the other guy unless it’s literally your hands, I guess, and Giant’s forced to walk to the back with his hands on his head. It’s a very WWE Raw opener, but it works, and I never get tired of seeing six-ish Flock jobsmen getting tossed around like they’re in the pit at a Mudhoney show.