Road Wild

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Road Wild (originally known as Hog Wild) was a professional wrestling pay-per-view event produced by World Championship Wrestling (WCW) that was held from 1996 to 1999. It was a free event held in Sturgis, South Dakota during the annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally.[1] After the first event, WCW changed the name to Road Wild because of a potential trademark issue with the Harley-Davidson club Harley Owners Group (HOG). In 2000, it was replaced by New Blood Rising. Hulk Hogan was featured in the main event of all four editions of the event. Since 2001, WWE (through its subsidiary WCW, Inc.) owns the rights to the event.

WrestleCrap writer Art O'Donnell criticised the event as a "financial blunder" and said that WCW held "a yearly pay-per-view at a biker rally with zero live gate just because Eric [Bischoff] loves motorcycles".[2] In 2015, All WCW pay-per-views were made available on the WWE Network.

Hog Wild[edit]

Hog Wild
Hog Wild.jpg
VHS cover featuring Hulk Hogan
Tagline(s) Ain't No Easy Riders Here
Information
Promotion World Championship Wrestling
Date August 10, 1996[3]
Attendance 5,000[3]
Venue Sturgis Motorcycle Rally[3]
City Sturgis, South Dakota[3]
Pay-per-view chronology
Bash At The Beach 1996 Hog Wild Fall Brawl 1996
Road Wild chronology
First Hog Wild Road Wild 1997

Hog Wild took place on August 10, 1996 from the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in Sturgis, South Dakota.[4] The VHS cover featured Hulk Hogan in his Hulkster pose despite the fact that he, along with Kevin Nash and Scott Hall, formed the nWo one month prior and began being billed as Hollywood. The first eight matches aired on WCW Saturday Night on TBS. This event happened on a Saturday, instead of the normal Sunday night.

During the match Madusa defeated Bull Nakano, both women had their shoulders down, but Madusa lifted her right shoulder off the canvas before the referee reached the three-count. Due to a pre-match stipulation, Madusa was allowed to destroy Nakano's Japanese motorcycle with a sledgehammer. In the main event Hollywood Hogan pinned The Giant after hitting him with the title belt while the referee was distracted from an interfering Scott Hall and Kevin Nash. After the match, The Booty Man came to the ring with an nWo T-shirt on and a birthday gift for Hogan; Hogan acted as if Booty Man was going to join the group, but turned on him and beat him down with Hall and Nash. Hogan then spray-painted “nWo” on the front of the WCW World Heavyweight Championship belt.

Saturday Night matches
No. Results[3][5][6] Stipulations Times
1 The Public Enemy (Rocco Rock and Johnny Grunge) defeated Dick Slater and Mike Enos Tag team match 03:47
2 Konnan defeated Chavo Guerrero Jr. Singles match 04:24
3 The Nasty Boys (Brian Knobs and Jerry Sags) defeated High Voltage (Robbie Rage and Kenny Kaos) Tag team match 03:22
4 Alex Wright defeated Bobby Eaton Singles match 00:30
5 The Dungeon of Doom (The Taskmaster, Meng, and The Barbarian) defeated Joe Gomez, Jim Powers, and Mark Starr Six-man tag team match 03:06
6 Squire David Taylor defeated Mr. J.L. Singles match 02:37
7 Diamond Dallas Page defeated The Renegade Singles match 06:53
8 Arn Anderson defeated Hugh Morrus Singles match 00:40
  • (c) – refers to the champion(s) heading into the match
Hog Wild broadcast
No. Results[3][5] Stipulations Times
1 Rey Misterio Jr. (c) defeated The Ultimate Dragon Singles match for the WCW World Cruiserweight Championship 11:35
2 Scott Norton defeated Ice Train Singles match 05:05
3 Madusa defeated Bull Nakano "Battle of the Bikes" match. 05:00
4 Chris Benoit (with Woman and Miss Elizabeth) defeated Dean Malenko Singles match 26:55
5 Harlem Heat (Booker T and Stevie Ray) (c) defeated The Steiner Brothers (Rick and Scott) Tag team match for the WCW World Tag Team Championship 17:53
6 Ric Flair (c) (with Woman and Miss Elizabeth) defeated Eddie Guerrero Singles match for the WCW United States Heavyweight Championship[1] 14:14
7 The Outsiders (Kevin Nash and Scott Hall) defeated Sting and Lex Luger Tag team match 14:36
8 Hollywood Hogan defeated The Giant (c) (with Jimmy Hart) Singles match for the WCW World Heavyweight Championship 14:56
  • (c) – refers to the champion(s) heading into the match

1997[edit]

Road Wild 1997
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Tagline(s) It's Gonna Be Wild
Information
Promotion World Championship Wrestling
Date August 9, 1997[7]
Attendance 6,500[7]
Venue Sturgis Motorcycle Rally[7]
City Sturgis, South Dakota[7]
Pay-per-view chronology
Bash at the Beach 1997 Road Wild 1997 Fall Brawl 1997
Road Wild chronology
Hog Wild 1996 Road Wild 1997 Road Wild 1998

Road Wild 1997 took place on August 9, 1997 from the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in Sturgis, South Dakota.

No. Results[5][7][8] Stipulations Times
1 Harlem Heat (Booker T and Stevie Ray) defeated Vicious and Delicious (Buff Bagwell and Scott Norton) (with Vincent) Tag team match 10:20
2 Konnan defeated Rey Misterio, Jr. Mexican Death match 10:20
3 Steve McMichael and Chris Benoit defeated Jeff Jarrett and Dean Malenko Elimination match 09:36
4 Alex Wright (c) defeated Chris Jericho Singles match for the WCW World Cruiserweight Championship 13:03
5 Ric Flair defeated Syxx Singles match 11:06
6 Curt Hennig defeated Diamond Dallas Page (with Kimberly Page) Singles match 09:41
7 The Giant defeated Randy Savage (with Miss Elizabeth) Singles match 06:05
8 The Steiner Brothers (Rick and Scott) (with Ted DiBiase) defeated The Outsiders (c) (Scott Hall and Kevin Nash) by disqualification Tag team match for the WCW World Tag Team Championship 15:29
9 Hollywood Hogan defeated Lex Luger (c) Singles match for the WCW World Heavyweight Championship 16:15
  • (c) – refers to the champion(s) heading into the match

1998[edit]

Road Wild 1998
Road Wild 98.jpg
VHS cover featuring Jay Leno and Diamond Dallas Page
Tagline(s)

Road Fast. Road Hard.

No One Knows Where This Road Goes.
Information
Promotion World Championship Wrestling
Date August 8, 1998[9]
Attendance 8,500[9]
Venue Sturgis Motorcycle Rally[9]
City Sturgis, South Dakota[9]
Pay-per-view chronology
Bash at the Beach 1998 Road Wild 1998 Fall Brawl 1998
Road Wild chronology
Road Wild 1997 Road Wild 1998 Road Wild 1999

Road Wild 1998 took place on August 8, 1998 from the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in Sturgis, South Dakota. After the wrestling show, Travis Tritt performed a mini-concert. Rick Steiner was scheduled to face Scott Steiner but Scott backed out due to a previous attack by Rick claiming he had been injured. The battle royal had the rules modified to where eliminations could happen either by throwing people over the top rope like a traditional battle royal as well as by pinfall. In the end Goldberg pinned The Giant.

No. Results[5][9][10] Stipulations Times
1 Meng defeated The Barbarian (with Jimmy Hart) Singles match 04:48
2 The Public Enemy (Rocco Rock and Johnny Grunge) defeated The Dancing Fools (Disco Inferno and Alex Wright) (with Tokyo Magnum) Tag team match 15:27
3 Saturn defeated Raven (with Lodi) and Kanyon Raven's Rules match 12:26
4 Rey Misterio, Jr. defeated Psychosis Singles match to determine the #1 contender for the WCW Cruiserweight Championship. 13:38
5 Stevie Ray (c) defeated Chavo Guerrero Jr. Singles match for the WCW World Television Championship. 02:38
6 Steve McMichael defeated Brian Adams (with Vincent) Singles match 06:32
7 Juventud Guerrera defeated Chris Jericho (c) Singles match for the WCW Cruiserweight Championship with Dean Malenko as special guest referee 16:24
8 Goldberg defeated nWo Hollywood (The Giant, Scott Hall, Curt Hennig, and Scott Norton) and nWo Wolfpac (Konnan, Lex Luger, Kevin Nash, and Sting) Goldberg vs. New World Order battle royal 07:58
9 Diamond Dallas Page and Jay Leno (with Kevin Eubanks) defeated Hollywood Hogan and Eric Bischoff (with The Disciple and Miss Elizabeth) Tag team match 14:31
  • (c) – refers to the champion(s) heading into the match

1999[edit]

Road Wild 1999
Road Wild 00.jpg
VHS cover Featuring Goldberg, Rick Steiner, Hulk Hogan and Kevin Nash
Tagline(s) WCW Hits The Road
Information
Promotion World Championship Wrestling
Date August 14, 1999[11]
Attendance 5,500[11]
Venue Sturgis Motorcycle Rally[11]
City Sturgis, South Dakota[11]
Pay-per-view chronology
Bash at the Beach 1999 Road Wild 1999 Fall Brawl 1999
Road Wild chronology
Road Wild 1998 Road Wild 1999 Final

Road Wild 1999 took place on August 14, 1999 from the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in Sturgis, South Dakota.[12] Fit Finlay was scheduled to face Jimmy Hart's First Family, but Finlay suffered a severe injury prior to the PPV. An announced match between Madusa and Mona was also not part of the show, no official reason was given.

No. Results[5][11][13] Stipulations Times
1 "The Filthy Animals" (Rey Misterio, Jr., Billy Kidman and Eddy Guerrero) defeated Vampiro and The Insane Clown Posse (Violent J and Shaggy 2 Dope) Six-man tag team match 12:22
2 Harlem Heat (Booker T and Stevie Ray) defeated Kanyon and Bam Bam Bigelow (c) Tag team match for the WCW World Tag Team Championship 13:06
3 The Revolution (Perry Saturn, Shane Douglas and Dean Malenko) defeated The West Texas Rednecks (Barry Windham, Curt Hennig and Bobby Duncum Jr.) (with Kendall Windham) Six-man tag team match 10:57
4 Buff Bagwell defeated Ernest Miller (with Sonny Onoo) Singles match 07:24
5 Chris Benoit (c) defeated Diamond Dallas Page No Disqualification match for the WCW United States Heavyweight Championship 12:14
6 Sid Vicious defeated Sting Singles match 10:40
7 Goldberg defeated Rick Steiner Singles match 05:39
8 Randy Savage defeated Dennis Rodman Singles match 11:30
9 Hulk Hogan (c) defeated Kevin Nash Retirement match for the WCW World Heavyweight Championship 12:18
  • (c) – refers to the champion(s) heading into the match

References[edit]

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  4. ^ "2007 Wrestling Almanac & Book of Facts". Wrestling’s Historical Cards (Kappa Publishing). 2007. p. 144. 
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