Bash at the Beach (1998)
Bash at the Beach (1998) was the fifth Bash at the Beach professional wrestling pay-per-view (PPV) event produced by World Championship Wrestling (WCW). It took place on July 12, 1998 from the Cox Arena in San Diego, California. As of 2014, the event is available on the WWE Network.
|Bash at the Beach (1998)|
|Promotion||World Championship Wrestling|
|Date||July 12, 1998|
|City||San Diego, California|
|Tagline(s)||Like Skinny Dippin' In The Shark Tank. Somebody's Goin' Down.|
|Bash at the Beach chronology|
The event featured professional wrestling matches that involve different wrestlers from pre-existing scripted feuds and storylines. Professional wrestlers portray villains, heroes, or less distinguishable characters in the scripted events that build tension and culminate in a wrestling match or series of matches.
|Ring announcers||David Penzer|
The first match of the pay-per-view was a no disqualification match, billed as a Raven's rules match, between Raven and Saturn. Toward the end of the match, as Saturn went to jump off the ring onto Raven, who was on a table, Kanyon came out and pulled Raven out of the way. Kanyon then threw Raven back into the ring and attacked him with the Flatliner onto a chair. Riggs however attempted to interfere and attack Saturn, who hit Riggs with the Death Valley Driver. This enabled Raven to hit a DDT on Saturn and pick up the victory.
The next match was scheduled to be Stevie Ray against Chavo Guerrero Jr.. However prior to the match, Eddie Guerrero came out with a pair of scissors. As Ray and Chavo shook hands prior to their match, Chavo tapped out and stated he was ready for his Hair vs. Hair match match against Eddie. When referee Charles Robinson saw Chavo with the scissors, he attempted to take them away, which Eddie used as the opportunity to roll up Chavo with an inside cradle, for the victory. After the match, Chavo attacked Eddie, chasing him to the back, and then proceeded to shave his own head.
The next match, which had not been previously advertised, saw Konnan take on Disco Inferno. During the match, Alex Wright attempted to interfere on Inferno’s behalf, however Lex Luger attacked him and put Wright in the Torture Rack. As the referee attempted to break up Luger and Wright, and get them out of the ring, Kevin Nash used the opportunity to Jacknife powerbomb Inferno, and enabled Konnan to pick up the submission victory with the Tequila Sunrise.
Next was an unplanned match for the WCW Cruiserweight Championship. Champion Chris Jericho was told by J.J. Dillon that he would like him to defend his title against a local competitor. Jericho agreed under the condition it was a no disqualification match. Dillion then revealed the a mystery opponent to be Rey Misterio Jr. Dean Malenko came to the ring during the match which distracted Jericho as he attempted to put Misterio in the Lion Tamer. Misterio used this opportunity to roll up Jericho and pick up the victory.
The next match saw WCW World Television Champion Booker T defend his title against Bret Hart. Hart however was eventually disqualified after he used a chair on Booker T while they were fighting outside the ring. After the match Hart continued beat on Booker T and eventually applied a figure-4 leglock on him around the ring post. Stevie Ray came out to help Booker T and chased Hart from ring side.
The second to last match was for the WCW World Heavyweight Championship. The challenger Curt Hennig hit the Hennig Plex on Goldberg, however Goldberg kicked out. Goldberg followed this up with a spear and a jackhammer to retain the title.
The final match of the night saw Hollywood Hogan and Dennis Rodman take on Diamond Dallas Page and Karl Malone. The match ended after The Disciple came out and hit the Apocolypse on Page, followed by Hogan covering Page. Following the match, the event ended while other New World Order members came out to celebrate.
The following night on Monday Nitro, the World Cruiserweight Championship was returned to Jericho, due to the interference from Dean Malenko during the match due to an infraction of the WCW rulebook stating if a suspended competitor interferes in a championship match then the title change is void & null.
|1D||Villano IV and Villano V defeated Damien and Ciclope||Tag team match||07:51|
|2||Raven (with Riggs and Lodi) defeated Saturn||Raven's Rules match||10:40|
|3||Juventud Guerrera defeated Kidman||Singles match||09:55|
|4||Stevie Ray defeated Chavo Guerrero Jr. by "submission"||Singles match||01:35|
|5||Eddie Guerrero defeated Chavo Guerrero Jr.||Hair vs. Hair match||11:54|
|6||Konnan (with Lex Luger and Kevin Nash) defeated Disco Inferno (with Alex Wright)||Singles match||02:16|
|7||The Giant defeated Kevin Greene||Singles match||06:58|
|8||Rey Misterio Jr. defeated Chris Jericho (c)||No Disqualification match for the WCW Cruiserweight Championship||06:00|
|9||Booker T (c) defeated Bret Hart by disqualification||Singles match for the WCW World Television Championship||08:28|
|10||Goldberg (c) defeated Curt Hennig||Singles match for the WCW World Heavyweight Championship||03:50|
|11||Hollywood Hogan and Dennis Rodman (with The Disciple) defeated Diamond Dallas Page and Karl Malone||Tag team match||23:47|
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