WCW Road Wild 1998 Invades South Dakota – August 8th, 1998 – Today in Wrestling History

WCW Road Wild 1998 Sturgis South Dakota

WCW Road Wild 1998 was just one of several annual showcases of just how wild World Championship Wrestling (WCW) was. WWE did not have anything to compare to outrageous sets and locations that WCW would make use of in the wrestling war. Road Wild was one of a couple “destination” Pay Per Views WCW put on. In 1998 they returned to the Sturgis Rally & Races venue located in Sturgis, South Dakota. Over 8,000 people were in attendance for this event. In the main event we saw Jay Leno, former host of The Tonight Show now, team with Diamond Dallas Page. They would take on Eric Bischoff and Hollywood Hulk Hogan.

Destination PPV’s were cool to watch

WCW used beaches, the Sturgis rally, and other venues for many of their PPV events. This gave them a slight edge over the World Wrestling Federation (now WWE) who stoically staid with traditional venues.

Even when using stadiums and such, WCW would go out of their way to recreate a different atmosphere. Halloween Havoc being one of the most well remembered. Bash at the Beach was another event that many fans remember fondly.

WCW Road Wild was unique because of the event they were piggy backing off. A biker rally at the same time in the same town. Eric Bischoff had balls.

WCW Road Wild 1998 match card

Matches on the card at this event were as follows. Of course, no spoilers so you can check these out on the WWE Network right now (or grab physical copies).

The opening match saw Meng take on the Barbarian
Next was Johnny Grunge teaming with Rocco Rock to take on Alex Wright and Disco Inferno
In a Triangle “Raven’s Rules” match fans saw Saturn take on Kanyon and Raven
The fourth match featured Rey Mysterio Jr take on Psychosis
Stevie Ray versus Chavo Guerrero Jr would follow the Luchadores match
Steve McMichael would battle Brian Adams next
The WCW Cruiserweight Championship was on the line as Juventud Guerrera challenged Chris Jericho
In an 8-man Battle Royale we saw Goldberg, Curt Hennig (RIP), Konnan, Lex Luger, Scott Hall, Scott Norton, Sting, and the Giant battle
In the main event we saw DDP continue working with Jay Leno to challenge Eric Bischoff and Hollywood Hulk Hogan

One of the more fun PPV’s of the era

In general, the WCW Road Wild/Hog Wild PPV’s were some of the most fun wrestling fans could have. History is written by the winner so we may never know truly how influential destination PPV events were. Judging by how many WWE has done since their acquisition of WCW, they are apparently not that profitable.

Still, fans can relive the fun via the WWE Network, physical media, or clips on YouTube.

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