World War 3 (1998)
World War 3 (1998) was the fourth and final World War 3 professional wrestling pay-per-view (PPV) event produced by World Championship Wrestling (WCW). The event took place on November 22, 1998 from The Palace of Auburn Hills in Auburn Hills, Michigan, the same location as the previous year's event. This event marked the only instance where the traditional World War 3 battle royal did not headline the event.
|World War 3 (1998)|
Promotional poster featuring various wrestlers
|Promotion||World Championship Wrestling|
|Date||November 22, 1998|
|City||Auburn Hills, Michigan|
|Venue||The Palace of Auburn Hills|
|Tagline(s)||60 Men. 3 Rings. 1 Survivor.|
|World War 3 chronology|
Seven matches were contested at the event. The main event was a standard wrestling match between Diamond Dallas Page and Bret Hart for the WCW United States Heavyweight Championship, in which Page pinned Hart to retain the title. The World War 3 match, where the winner would receive a WCW World Heavyweight Championship match at Starrcade, was won by Kevin Nash.
The event featured wrestlers from pre-existing scripted feuds and storylines. Wrestlers portrayed villains, heroes, or less distinguishable characters in the scripted events that built tension and culminated in a wrestling match or series of matches.
|Ring announcers||David Penzer|
The match between Kevin Nash and Scott Hall was cancelled after Eric Bischoff came out and ordered Vincent, Scott Norton, The Giant, Stevie Ray and Brian Adams to attack Hall. Nash then came out and saved Hall from the beatdown. In the "World War 3" World War 3 battle royal. Nash last eliminated Luger to earn a shot at the WCW World Heavyweight Championship at Starrcade.
|1||Wrath defeated Glacier||Singles match||8:22|
|2||Stevie Ray (with Vincent) defeated Konnan by disqualification||Singles match||6:55|
|3||Ernest Miller and Sonny Onoo defeated Perry Saturn and Kaz Hayashi||Tag team match||8:04|
|4||Billy Kidman defeated Juventud Guerrera (c)||Singles match for the WCW Cruiserweight Championship||15:27|
|5||Rick Steiner vs. Scott Steiner (with Buff Bagwell) ended in a no contest||Singles match||N/A|
|6||Chris Jericho (c) (with Ralphus) defeated Bobby Duncum Jr.||Singles match for the WCW World Television Championship||13:19|
|7||Kevin Nash won by last eliminating Lex Luger||60-Man World War 3 match for a WCW World Heavyweight Championship match1||22:33|
|8||Diamond Dallas Page (c) defeated Bret Hart||Singles match for the WCW United States Heavyweight Championship||18:31|
^1 Other participants were Chris Adams, Chris Benoit, Bobby Blaze, Ciclope, Damien, El Dandy, Barry Darsow, The Disciple, Disco Inferno, Bobby Duncum Jr., Bobby Eaton, Mike Enos, Scott Hall, Héctor Garza, The Giant, Glacier, Juventud Guerrera, Chavo Guerrero Jr., Eddy Guerrero, Hammer, Kenny Kaos, Kaz Hayashi, Horace Hogan, Barry Horowitz, Prince Iaukea, Chris Jericho, Kanyon, Billy Kidman, Konnan, Lenny Lane, Lex Luger, Lizmark Jr., Lodi, Dean Malenko, Steve McMichael, Ernest Miller, Chip Minton, Rey Misterio Jr., Scott Norton, La Parka, Sgt. Buddy Lee Parker, Psychosis, Scott Putski, Stevie Ray, The Renegade, Scotty Riggs, Perry Saturn, Silver King, Norman Smiley, Scott Steiner, Super Caló, Johnny Swinger, Booker T, Tokyo Magnum, Villano V, Vincent, Kendall Windham, Wrath and Alex Wright
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