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A Conversation with Gordon Solie: Part 4

Conducted by Jeremy Hartley
Transcribed by Earl Oliver

Volume 3, Issue 397 - December 14, 1998
Here's an interesting article from today's Variety:

TNT pins Sting for telepic Wrestler to star in Trident/Mandalay-produced 'Shutter'

By JOHN DEMPSEY, December 14, 1998 

NEW YORK ? TNT, home to one of the highest-rated of the weekly wrestling series on television, has signed wrestler Sting to star in a made-for-cable movie called "Shutter Speed." 

Eric Bischoff, president of the Turner Broadcasting-owned WCW (World Championship Wrestling), said TNT is also planning to commission a third cable movie in the "Shadow Warriors" series, starring another WCW wrestling star, Hollywood Hulk Hogan. TNT scheduled the first one, "Assault on Devil's Island," earlier this year, and the second, "Assault on Death Mountain," will run in the summer of 1999. The shadow warriors consist of Hogan, Carl Weathers and Shannon Tweed. 

If the "Shutter Speed" movie clicks in the Nielsens, Bischoff says it could end up as a weekly hour-long action series on TNT, with Sting (whose real name is Steve Borden) in the role of a cop whose brother is also on the force. The writers of the pilot are Chad Hayes and Carey W. Hayes. 

The production companies behind "Shutter Speed" are Trident Entertainment and Mandalay Entertainment, which would also do the series. These two companies are also in development with Turner, Bischoff says, to produce an animated series featuring cartoon images of some of WCW's most famous wrestlers.

A Conversation with Gordon Solie

Conducted by Jeremy Hartley
Transcribed by Earl Oliver

Part 4

This interview, which is the one most eagerly anticipated by yours truely, was conducted in late September by telephone. It is of considerable length and so will be broken up into several segments over the next few months.

Jeremy Hartley: Well, and I think too, we were talking about educating the fans and sort of telling the story as the story is being unfolded. You were fortunate because there were talented enough workers, wrestlers, whatever you want to call them, performers, athletes, that were there. Uh, nowadays I don't know if a young announcer coming up through the ranks, I don't even want to use the term "ranks' because there is no such thing, there's no ranks in wrestling anymore - but a young announcer starting out, I don't think he has the same opportunity that you did with the folks that are in the matches right now.

Gordon Solie: No, well you don't because, first of all you have to go back to the philosophy of the business...

Jeremy Hartley: Right...

Gordon Solie: ...and the philosophy is totally different now. Young kids come up to me and some guys that aren't so young, and want to get in the business. And the first thing they tell me is, "Boy, you ought to see the gimmick I've got..." "Well, really? What have you got..?" "Well, I come out as this, and I want to come out and this kind of a robe on, and so on and so forth..." and they go all through this intricate detail about the gimmick. And then I ask them a simple question, "Yeah, but have you ever wrestled?" "Well, no..." "Did you ever wrestle in high school?" "Well, uh..." Then some of them come along, "Well, of course I did but that was all different..." And I always say, "Well, no the basics are the same...a take down is a take down, the only difference is going beyond 90 degrees and being able to grip your hand..." and so forth. "Well, yeah...but I tell you this gimmick will work..."

Jeremy Hartley: (laughs)

Gordon Solie: So there's a whole different philosophy today, its gimmickry and not the basic premise of the name of the game is "wrestling". So, the average announcer today doesn't have an've got precious few that really know the sport. Jim Ross, I think is one of the best. Lance Russell certainly was, Larry Zbyzsco of course because he wrestles, so Larry knows what's going on in the ring. Dusty Rhodes is good.

Jeremy Hartley: Yeah, you can almost sense the frustration between Rhodes and Zbyzsco anytime they're calling a match because they are not, I think, given anymore the freedom to expand upon what they know. I got in a conversation with, I believe it was Les (Thatcher) about this where he says, "You know, too many people are now changing their names, changing their characters..." - I'll bring up a name, Michael Hayes, who has years and years of stories to tell about the Freebirds and about his matches with Ted Dibiasi, etc., etc. Well, he goes up north, he changed his name and he has no more history. And unfortunately we're seeing that with Rhodes, and Zybszco as well...of course their names are the same but its almost as if they're being muzzled now, its almost as if we were talking about the mentality issue. I'd like to sort of get a survey to find out what the big wigs think of the mentality right now. Maybe its dropped a few years, I don't know (laughs).

Gordon Solie: Well, that's because of audience selection. That's not because of mentality. The targeted audience - Vince, Jr. did that, he targeted the young audience, the 4, 5, 6 - 8 years olds. And that is still carrying on to a degree. Les Thatcher, by the way, is a guy who is still on the air and is still doing it, in my opinion, in the right way, which is the old fashioned way. He's not one of these "new and improved" individuals. He gets out there and reports a solid match, in my opinion, the way a match should be called. No, they target the audience today, so consequently when you target your audience to an 8 year old, or a 10 year old, or a 12 year old mentality...but then they are much sharper today ten they were thirty years ago. You no, good lord, they sit down at the computer and they have access to information around the world at their fingertips, these kids are growing up very quickly mentally, I don't know how emotionally well they are doing...but that's another subject...

Jeremy Hartley: So, you had all of this talent...when did you start working in Georgia?

Gordon Solie: Oh gosh, I think that was in uh...(pause)...probably 1970, I think. I'll tell you what, look it up, whenever Ray Gunkel died, I started about three weeks after that.

Jeremy Hartley: Oh, okay...

Gordon Solie: When Gunkel died a war broke out, Georgia Wrestling split into two factions...Gunkel's wife split off and Paul Jones hung in and Ed Caprel, the announcer for Paul, went with the Gunkel group. That left Paul without anybody. And so I was called in to help Paul Jones out, who was the original promoter. Caprel had been with Paul I guess for seventeen or eighteen years and Left him. I had a sort of a strange sense of loyalty but when they called Eddie and said, "Can you send Gordon up here to do the show?" He said, "Sure..." So I started working for them as well as Florida.

Jeremy Hartley: Ah, so you were doing two shifts...

Gordon Solie: Yeah, I was flying up once a week doing the show in Atlanta and then...of course this was all very exciting...I mean, my God, hopping on a plane every week and flying to Atlanta and coming back...and like I said, I wish they had been giving out Frequent Flyer miles then, because, even though I racked up plenty of them over the years, I was several years flying with just, "Thanks a lot for being with us."

Jeremy Hartley: (laughs) I remember hearing that a lot of the shows were done live, some were taped as far as on television...when you were working both territories, what was an average week like for you?

Gordon Solie: Well, at that time I think we were doing our TV show in Tampa on Wednesdays, and so, of course I worked full time at that point. I was handling all of the publicity and all of that, for the State of Florida. I did all the newspaper ads, all of the radio advertising and all. We would do the show on Wednesdays, then, if I remember correctly, we'd do the interviews on Thursday then Friday the tape would be shipped out around the State. So then on Saturdays I would fly to Atlanta and do the show up there Saturday morning and then fly back Saturday afternoon. Well then that finally got to a point where (Ron) Fuller wanted me to do the show in Alabama, so for a while I was flying up to Atlanta twice a week, and then they backed up to eventually ended up with me doing the show in Tampa on Wednesday, flying to Atlanta on Friday night, because I blew a show one day when weather suddenly blocked in Atlanta on a Saturday morning and I couldn't get in and ended up in Minneapolis! And I had to call them and tell them that I wouldn't make it for the show. They had a backup, of course, Freddy Miller, and anyway...then they started saying, "You come in Friday night..." so I started coming in Friday nights. Then I started doing the Alabama show on Saturday afternoons, So what I would do is get through the show in Atlanta Saturday morning, I was catching a 2 o'clock flight out of Atlanta to Dothen, Alabama and do the show there Saturday afternoon then I'd catch a flight out of Dothen back to Atlanta, then back into Tampa. So I'd usually get home Saturday night around midnight or so. Well, then they did some other switching around and "Pro-Wrestling This Week" came along. So then I would do the show Wednesday in Tampa, fly to Atlanta on Friday, do the show Saturday in Atlanta, then I would fly to Birmingham, if I remember correctly...anyway, I'd fly into Alabama and do a show there, and then fly, they started doing the show on Monday nights there. Then I would fly out of there back to Atlanta, do "Pro-Wrestling This Week" with Joe Pedicino on Tuesday, then I'd fly back to Tampa on Tuesday afternoon late. (Editor's note: Gordon has skipped way ahead at this point, "PWTW" was in the mid-eighties as I recall - unless there was an earlier version I am not aware of)

Jeremy Hartley: Now was "Pro-Wrestling This Week" more of as talk show? Was it sort os a recap of the week? What exactly was that?

Gordon Solie: We had excerpts from matches all around the country and so we'd do the "wrap-around" - and that was a lot of fun. Then, of course, Ron (Fuller) switched to Tennessee, and for a while I was flying either to Birmingham or to Dothen, Atlanta, and Knoxville, plus Tampa. It was getting crazy!

Jeremy Hartley: Now, stylistically, I think one of the unique things was that you were able to announce different matches in several different territories where you had different minds in the business - did you notice a lot of crossover, or were there certain subtleties that made each territory so special?

Gordon Solie: No, each one had a different philosophy. I didn't change my philosophy, certain things remained constant. You still had the basics of good vs. evil. You still had the situation of who was the best athlete. In some cases there was no contest, and those times I would say, "It's not a question of whether or not he'll beat this guy, it's a question of when."...and that used to get some people a little warm but I said, "Hey, if you put a 280 lbs. superstar against a 220 lbs. kid they've never seen before, which way are you going to go with this?"

Jeremy Hartley: Yeah, and the interesting thing was that a lot of those kids that nobody had ever seen before turned out to be somebody but it would take years and years of "cutting teeth" as I like to say, in the territories...

Gordon Solie: Of course. Exactly, you don't get a Center College beating Notre Dame except, you know, once every hundred years. But it was fascinating and I thoroughly enjoyed it. And we could have a certain amount of crossover of talent, which I liked because I was able to call upon my past personal knowledge of who this guy could beat and be able to offer commentary about the past performances, so that was very helpful.

Jeremy Hartley: Right. Before the matches would take place, for example on a television taping, before you would broadcast your matches, what would you do to prepare for these matches? Would you care to get into that a little bit?

Gordon Solie: Well, of course a lot of it I relied upon my memories of individuals, competitors, I also instituted, and I guess I was the first one to do it in pro-wrestling, but I was the one who made up sheets on the guys, had them fill it out with their background so that I knew what schools they went to, where they participated in sports, what sports did they participate in. You know, a lot of that. I'd have a general overall background knowledge on the competitor. A lot of the guys I would just talk to, particularly if I was going to interview them. I would talk to them, not specifically to find out what they were going to talk about, I was more interested in just getting to know them to see how reluctant they might be to speak. And if they had any trepidations about coming on the air. If a kid was particularly...if he was fairly new and green and all of that, and was saying, "Well, boy I don't know if I can go...we've got a three minute interview, and I don't know if I can go three minutes..." And I would say, "Hey listen, don't worry about that, that's my job..." and I said, "...if I ask you a question and all you want to say in 'yes' or 'no', just say 'yes' or 'no', and I'll ask you another question." I would have a general idea of, you know, "Next week you're going to be facing so and so..." and I could lead into a question like that. But then I always, as you do, and I admire this, I always listened to what they had to say because many times then, they would say something in their answer that would springboard into my next question. Instead of, "You're going to wrestle Joe Bonofotski next week..." "Yeah, that's right." "Well, how do you feel about that?" "Well, I feel pretty good about it, of course my left arm's been bothering me a little bit..." "Oh really? So what's wrong with your left arm?" In other words, it gave you a springboard if you listened to what they're saying. I've heard too many people doing interviews, not only in wrestling, but in other sports, saying, "You're going to be wrestling so and so." "Yeah and my arm is bothering me..." "That's nice. Now, lets talk about where your going to be wrestling..." And I would say, "Wait a minute, you're missing the point here..." We've got a commercial that will tell them where they're going to be wrestling. And of course that's the other problem today is that everything is bottom line to the point where they're not interested in anything but their particular storyline and where and when and how much. And that's too bad.

Jeremy Hartley is a longtime friend of Solie's and a regular contributer to the newsletter. His "EYE on Wrestling" columns can be found in the "Articles" section of the web site. His previous interviews with Bob Blackburn, Lou Thesz, Bob Ryder and Buddy Landel are currently to be found in the "Interviews" section. You can also hear any of these interviews in RealAudio by visiting Jeremy's web site, Up Close Wrestling

Nitro Report

Scenes from last week's Goldberg/Nash/Bigalow confrontation (you remember, that non-match that didn't happen on Nitro..?) Cut to Nitro Grrrrls in the ring - much better to contemplate. Nitro is live from Tampa, Florida. Nash vs. Goldberg is the number one topic of conversation with a side of Ric Flair vs. Eric Bischoff and DDP vs. the Giant for desert. Cut to a clip of the Giant ranting at Page then to Page interfering at the end of an nWo black vs. red match then to commercial.

Scott The Putz vs. Raven - the bird guy comes out on his own to face the son of the great Ivan Putski. He slumps in the corner and makes a self-absorbed speech about the pain of latex...or something...and his mother's reality checks all bouncing... Kanyon stomps out to tell Raven to shut up and wrestle but ends up sending the Putz away (the one thing he did right...) and ranting at Raven about his own deprived upbringing, and comparing it to Raven's priveleged early life. Raven counters that his mother never loved him. Kanyon continues to rant and Raven rolls out and walks away with Kanyon's voice ringing in his ears. I get it...Kanyon is playing the part of Raven's mother...? Cut to commercial.

Villano V vs. Eddie Guerrero - a main event in Mexico City - this could be good if Villano gets to show off some of his stuff. Villano has a little size on Eddie and more experience probably. He catches Eddie in mid-flight, twice and flattens him both times then tosses him from the ring and splashes him. They struggle on the apron and Eddie turns the tables. In the ring, he is gaining control of the match, taking his time - showboating just a little. He pounds Villano into the corner then tortures him as he lays on the mat. Villano rises and starts to fight back. Eddie beales him out of the corner and puts on a body vice. He switches to the left leg and works a submission hold for a while before changing again. He makes the mistake of whipping his opponent thus giving Villano a chance to turn the tables. Villano mounts a flying attack and is making a comeback when the rest of the burgeoning LWO shows up ringside causing an abrupt end to the match. Eddie recruits Villano for his gang. Cut to the broadcast area where the Nitro Grrrrls are draped around the set - Tony shows a Nitro Party tape then we go sell something.

Wrath vs. Al "not the singer" Green - silly match. Green was once Kevin Nash's partner many years ago when they were called the "Master Blasters" or something like that. In this match, Green basically plays to the extended squash - he is tough enough to withstand Wrath's assault for a while but he shows virtually no offense in the match. Wrath is all over him and gets a series of two-counts before finally putting on the pump handle and the Melt Down. Cut to commercial.

We return to a video review of the Flair/Bischoff feud. Mean Gene is in the ring to welcome Eric Bischoff - Bischoff approaches the ring like a conquering hero (you can see he is doing his impression of Roddy Piper in fact). Gene wants to know if Bischoff really thinks he can handle Flair - Eric says he is of the present while Flair is of the past and talking about his own Martial Arts bachground, describes himself as "a very dangerous man" - Flair charges the ring and Bischoff flees. Flair gives chase but Bischoff gets away. Okerlund coaxes the Nature Boy back to the ring and gets a demonstration from Flair of what he is going to do to Bischoff at Starrcade. Slick Ric lays several fists and knee drops on the canvas. He rants some then gives another demo of his physical prowess, throwing a Flair flip in the corner and other moves, elbow drops again. He finishes his rant and then collapses in a corner complaining of pain in his arms and shoulders. Arn runs out with the trainers - it looks like Flair has really hurt himself. Dusty Rhodes joins them and the program stops while he is tended and removed from the arena. The announcer speak in hushed tones as Flair is hauled out to an ambulance. He seems to be favoring the left pectoralis or shoulder. We see a shot of Bam Bam Bigalowentering the building then back to the ambulance, then Bam Bam encounters Scott Hall and assaults him! Smashes him into a softdrink machine and other things. Hall is knocked cold. Nash shows up and he and Bigalow have a shouting match. Now Goldberg has shown up and Terry Taylor is there. Taylor makes a Three-Way dance match among Nash/Goldberg/Bigalow - now maybe we'll get some action!! (...but don't count on it...) Cut to commercial.

Mean Gene is back in the ring again. He alludes to how things got grim there for a minute but says we're back on track and introduces Kidnman. Kidman asks Rey Misterio to come to the ring for a palaver. Rey where's his oversized LWO t-shirt which he tosses aside before entering the ring. Kidman offers a title match on the spot which Misterio accepts. A referee is handy so we have the match. They seem to think that the LWO won't hear about it or something... The opening shows both guys to have a pretty good knowledge of the other and the match is even. The fight goes to the outside where the brawl lands right in the lap of Wade Boggs who is seated ringside. Back in the ring, Kidman is one step ahead of his opponent and has him under control. Rey finally sidesteps a rush to the corner then gets a bulldog off the second rope to turn the tables. He puts the boots to his opponent in the corner then rides him like a bronco. Tony is now reporting Flair's symptoms as chest pains - not a good sign - maybe heart attack. In the ring, Kidman is still in control but getting frustrated. Schiavone is getting distracted by the Flair situation but continues to call the match. In the ring, Misterio is making a comeback when LWO members Psychosis and LaParka rush into the ring. Kidman and Misterio fight the gang off for a while but there are so many of them... Eddie sits by and watches Misterio and Kidman get stomped then walks over and adds some of his own. Cut to a replay of the Nash/Goldberg/Biglow (Hall) confrontation from earlier then to commercial.

Chris Jericho (w/Ralphus) comes to the ring carrying what looks like a blank department store display sign. He proposes to re-enact his loss of the TV belt and invites "Konnan" to the ring. The ringer is a little guy in shades, an nWo red and black t-shirt and porkpie hat w/bandana and carrying a shovel. Jericho uses the sign like a white board he spins a tale of Konnan winning by using a pair of brass knuckles and a shovel. He thanks the little guy for his help then punks him and puts the Liontamer on him. What a guy... Cut to commercial.

We come back to Tony trying to get a report on Flair's condition and the Nitro Grrrrls looking foxy in black.

Emery Hale vs. Barry Windham - Hale is a newcomer whom we saw for the first time this weekend. He is a really big guy. Of course, so is Windham. Barry attacks the bigger man as soon as he hits the ring. He gets caught in the corner by the newby but quickly side steps a charge to turn the tables back. Windham just moidelizes the guy with basic big power moves. He sets Hale up on the corner buckle then wrenches him into a big superplex and floats over to take the pinfall. Cut to commercial.

Norman Smiley vs. Saturn - Smiley has changed from his usual yellow to powder blue for this one. They start with mat wrestling, both are skilled grapplers. Smiley is showing some of those European moves like using the instep to break down your opponent's back leg, etc. Saturn has the power advantage but just barely. Smiley is moving methodically then he stops to do his little dance step and gets creamed. At one point the referee gets too physical for Saturn's liking and Perry tells him "please keep your hands off me..." Smiley has a little offense and then Ernest Miller and Sonny Oono show up at ringside. The fight goes on and the referee gets clocked. Miller comes in and kicks Saturn in the face. Smiley is hauled onto Saturn but there is no referee. Scott Dickensen suddenly runs in and makes a very fast count in favor of Smiley. Dickensen was the ref who was manhandled by Saturn last week. Cut to commercial.

Mean Gene is in the ring to interview Bret Hart. He deflects a question about what happened to Flair to brag about all the wrestlers he's put out lately. He then suddenly announces that he wants to give Diamond Dallas Page a Title match tonight. Page shows up on the ramp but is attacked from behind by the Giant with a chair! The Giant starts tearing the metal WCW letters from one side of the entryway. He removes the C and one W then picks Page up and chokeslams him through the wooden platform behind the base - which was clearly rigged to break apart. Still it is an impressive stunt - looked like Page fell about ten feet. Cut to commercial.

We come back to the third hour to fireworks then cut to a replay of what just happened. Wolf Pack music plays but nobody shows. In the back, Disco Inferno is still trying to convince Konnan that Nash has let him into the Wolf Pack. Konnan comes to the ring with two atheletes, Rico Lestrada and Kiki Anahatatu . (sp?)

Stevie Ray (w/Booker T) vs Konnan - Stevie explodes all over Konnan to start. Konnan sidesteps a charge into the corner and turns the tables. He gives Stevie his special drop-kick-to-the-chest-while-seated. He continues the assault which Stevie absorbs until he can regain his composure. He then steamrolls Konnan and is about to retrieve his weapon when his brother jumps up to talk him out of it. Distracted, he falls prey to Konnan's roll-up. Cut to commercial.

George Steinbrenner and Warren South are in the stands tonight as we return. Here comes Eric Bischoff - he looks troubled and grim. Almost teary eyed... He makes a serious speech about injuries being real sometimes then announces that Flair has suffered a mild heart attack. He asks the forgiveness of Flair's family and fans and wishes Flair a speedy recovery. Hard to tell if it is real or a sham. He seems serious and seems to break character, but who knows..? Flair is a little younger then me and certainly in much better shape...scarey. Cut to commercial.

Mean Gene interviews Booker T - Booker stops to acknowledge Ric Flair before starting his rant. He says he doesn't plan to follow his brother into the nWo. Stevie comes down to interrupt and insist that it is Booker's fault that he (Stevie) joined the nWo then tells Booker that he (Stevie) made him all those years. He throws an nWo shirt in his face and stalks off. Backstage, Raven's mother has arrived and wants to see her son. Kanyon shows up to tell her that Raven isn't there but he will take her too him...for $50! (He needs the money...) Cut to commercial.

Scott Hall vs. Horace - Hall is facing the nWo black & white one by one. hall lords it over Horace and slaps the back of his head paintbrush style. Horace come back with a big clothesline but it only gains him a moment's advantage. Hall is right back on him but themn gets levered over to the floor and hurts his knee. Horace drops a splash on him then rolls him back into the ring. Horace is in charge for the first time in the match. He gets a backbreaker and another splash center ring. A scoop slam sets up a Hogan-style leg drop. Another whip and Horace slaps on a sleeper. Hall is going down in the center of the ring. He fights his way to his feet and gets a suplex but can't follow up. Both guys are counted to seven before Horace rolls over and throws an arm over Hall's chest. Hall kicks out, then both guys are up and Hall is coming back. He has Horace at a disadvantage when the nWo thugs swarm into the ring. Disco runs in to the rescue wearing a Wolf Pack nWo shirt and gets creamed. Cut to commercial.

The more I think about this situation with Flair the more I am sure it is real. It makes no sense that Flair would fake a heart attack - it goes against everything he stands for. More likely he would "get the crap beat out of him" to cover an injury, not just collapse in a corner because he injured just makes no sense for this to be a work.

More Nitro Grrrrls - that Whisper is a big girl but I like it...

Van Hammer vs. Scott Steiner (w/Bagwell/nWo referee) - 60's man comes to the ring looking very hippiish - he's too young to remember those days of course. I barely remember them myself, but that's probably the result of a mispent youth :-) Steiner starts the match without a speech for a change. Hammer is overwhelmed from the get-go. Steiner alternately struts around the ring and stomps mudholes in Hammer. He puts on the Steiner Recliner and gets the duke. Oh crap - now he's going to make his speech after all. He rants about orchestrating the attacks on WCW lately (yeah...right...) He then invites Lex Luger to talk about joining the nWo black & white. These two are old friends of course. Bagwell takes the mic and lauds Luger for standing with him during his recent recovery from the neck injury. He attempts to drive a wedge between Luger and the rest of the Wolf Pack, telling him that the other guys don't appreciate his talents. Steiner reiterates the offer and shows Luger the nWo shirt he wants him to take. Luger walks away without comment. Cut to commercial.

Goldberg vs. Bam Bam Bigalow vs. Kevin Nash - Triangle match - there are about two minutes left in the program as the introductions begin. Bigalow enters followed by Nash and Goldberg. Nash is grinning ear to ear as Goldberg enters. The Champ is distracted by Nash so Bigalow attacks him. Goldberg absorbs it for a while as Nash watches from the sidelines then Goldberg comes back with a sidekick and decks Bigalow. Nash gets involved , teaming with Bigalow against the monster. Goldberg comes back with a double clothesline that downs both opponents. As Bigalow comes back to the ring, Goldberg and Nash are facing off. nash turns and decks Bigalow then puts Goldberg down with a short clothesline. He goes for a pin and gets a one count. Bigalow drives Nash off then gets downed by Goldberg. The Champ grabs a leg hold but Bigalow escapes and drops a heat butt on him. BB stomps Goldberg then puts him down with a tackle. He goes for a verticvle suplex but Goldberg reverses it then hits the spear. He's setting up for the Jackhammer but Nash interrupts. Goldberg erupts, drives Nash to the mat and pummels him. He turns back and clotheslines Bigalow to the mat again. He starts to pick Nash up when Scott hall attacks him. Bigalow attacks Hall and they tumble out to the floor. Goldberg and Nash are left in the ring to brawl some more until we fade to black.

Well, at least they let them get it on tonight...

At least that's the way I see it...

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