• ON THIS DAY IN WCW HISTORY (December 26, 1998) – WCW Saturday Night
On this day in 1998, Ted Turner’s World Championship Wrestling aired an episode of their weekly TV show ‘WCW Saturday Night’.
This episode featured pre-taped matches, interviews & storyline segments on the road to the ‘WCW Starrcade 1998’ PPV.
The card of the show can be found here:
Nick Dinsmore vs. Norman Smiley
Fit Finlay vs. Lizmark Jr.
INT- Disco Inferno
Meng vs. David Sierra
INT- Konnan/Stevie Ray
Saturn vs. Shiima Nobunaga
INT- Chris Jericho
Eric Bischoff video
Alex Wright vs. Bobby Blayze
INT- Scott Hall
Konnan vs. Stevie Ray
• Possible Reason Why WWE Is Jobbing Out Matt Hardy
Old School Attitude Era Tag Team Legend Matt Hardy has been on a losing streak on WWE programming as of late.
During a recent edition of Conversations With The Big Guy podcast, former WWE Superstar Ryback talked about how Matt not wanting to re-sign with WWE could be playing a major role in WWE jobbing him out.
Below are the highlights:
On WWE jobbing out Matt Hardy because he doesn’t want to sign a new contract:
“It’s certainly not doing Matt any favors with that whole Jeff Hardy situation. But in my personal opinion, based on the history of Matt Hardy and how they have booked him in the past, they’ve always viewed Jeff Hardy as the bigger single’s star in the company’s eyes. Or, at least, used Jeff in better roles for the most part.
With Matt Hardy, I do think the contract thing is a huge thing. And when Matt left – and this is how Vince McMahon and them operate.
It happened to me when I wouldn’t re-sign the contract, and they put the Intercontinental title on me to get me to be a mark and get me to sign their cheap contract, and when that didn’t happen, they started to downgrade me very slowly to try to get me to be a mark and say, ‘No, no, no. I want you guys to let me win. I’ll sign whatever you guys want; I will sign everything over.’”
On WWE wanting to lower Matt’s value on his way out of the company:
“They already know Matt Hardy can get himself over, and can go somewhere else and get himself over. This is how they operate, rather than keeping him off television where he did the ‘Woken’ Matt Hardy. And look at where he was with all of that and how they have down-regulated him for no reason?
It makes sense that his contract is coming up because that is what they do. They will lower your value on your way out so that it will make it harder for him to get himself over again quickly.
He has already done it before, but there’s no coincidence in that. It’s sad to see that this is how they operate.
We’ve talked about it before when I told you that I wasn’t resigning, when Mark Carrano said to me that I might want to sign the contract because they are going to job me out, and pull me off TV, and are going to fire me if I don’t. That was direct from the company. Me, who was at a very good level at that point.”
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