This Day in WCW History: Fall Brawl 1998: War Games Took Place in Winston-Salem, North Carolina

With the final traditional War Games match

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WCW Falll Brawl 1998: War Games Advert
WCW Fall Brawl 1998 Advert

The infamous War Games match where The Warrior teleported in and out of the ring in a puff of smoke but still managed to not stink up the place worse than the actual main event. The War Games match had members of Team nWo Hollywood, Team nWo Wolfpac and Team WCW all fighting for the chance to face Goldberg for the WCW World Heavyweight Championship at Halloween Havoc.

Not only is this show notable for being the first WCW PPV to ever feature The Ultimate Warrior in a match, but this is the show where Chris Jericho famously got his hands on Greenberg, a Goldberg-Mini:

Chris Jericho vs Dwarfberg
Greenberg Makes His Entrance – WCW Fall Brawl: War Games [September 13th, 1998]
Chris Jericho Liontamer on Greenberg
Your Winner and Still Champeeeeen, Chris Jericho – WCW Fall Brawl: War Games [September 13th, 1998]
The match-up between Jericho and the dwarf was set up by Terry Taylor, a WCW booking agent, but the sham match didn’t earn Jericho any favor from Bill Goldberg himself after he got wind of it. Jericho explains in his 2007 book, A Lion’s Tale: Around the World in Spandex:

“The next day [after Fall Brawl] I showed up in Greensville, South Carolina, and saw Goldberg in the backstage area. He came up to me with fire in his eyes and a defiant grin and said,’Well, Jericho, I hope it was worth it.’

Confused, I asked him what he meant.

‘People have been calling me all day and laughing at me. Well I don’t do the comedy bullshit that you do and I want you to know you’re gonna pay the price for it.’

I was surprised at his reaction because I thought we were on good terms. We both loved hoCkey and once went to a Boston Bruins game together. I thought he would’ve gotten a kick out of Dwarfberg. But as popular and successful as Bill was he was still very green about the business. As a result the backstage vultures were clouding his brain with manipulation, drooling at the thought of being the one to end his winning streak.

‘I just work here, Bill. I wish I had the power to book the matches, but I don’t.’

He grunted and as he walked away he repeated, ‘I hope it was worth it, Jericho.'”

Overall, WCW Fall Brawl 1998 had probably the worst ever War Games match but I remember being completely thrilled at the last few minutes when The Ultimate Warrior sprinted towards the ring to get Hollywood Hogan.

The WCW Fall Brawl: War Games card in its entirety:

  1. The British Bulldog and Jim Neidhart vs The Dancing Fools (Alex Wright and Disco Inferno)
  2. Chris Jericho vs “Goldberg” for the WCW World Television Championship
  3. Norman Smiley vs Ernest Miller
  4. Rick Steiner vs Scott Steiner (with Buff Bagwell)
  5. Silver King vs Juventud Guerrera for the WCW World Cruiserweight Championship
  6. Saturn vs Raven (with Kanyon and Lodi) in a Raven’s Rules match
  7. Curt Hennig (with Rick Rude) vs Dean Malenko
  8. Scott Hall (with Vincent) vs Konnan
  9. Team WCW (Diamond Dallas Page, Roddy Piper, The Warrior) vs Team nWo Wolfpac (Lex Luger, Sting, Kevin Nash) vs Team nWo Hollywood (Hollywood Hogan, Bret Hart and Stevie Ray) in a War Games Triangle Match