August 22, 2009
Matt Peddycord

Fit Finlay vs. Chris Benoit – (WCW Monday Nitro 6/15/98)
So Booker won what turned into the best-of-eight series at the Great American Bash and later that night defeated Finlay to regain the TV belt. This is from the night after the Great American Bash where we get to see what might have transpired if Benoit had beaten Booker instead. A HUGE “Finlay sucks” chant goes up here in Long Island. You can tell Finlay’s trying not to smile. Finlay works a headlock to start and pulls the hair a lot. The crowd reactions in this match are great. Benoit comes back with a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker. Finlay falls out to the floor, but Benoit chops him back in the ring. Finlay goes to the eyes and short-arm clotheslines Benoit down for two. Full-body slam sets up a sit-down chinlock. Benoit escapes with an electric chair drop as we go to break. AND WE’RE BACK! Finlay slams Benoit’s chest on the apron and elbows him across the throat. Benoit kicks and chops back, but Finlay thumbs Benoit in the eye again. Hotshot and a European uppercut gets two. Finlay charges into the ringpost, so Benoit follows up with a pair of Germans. Ahh, couldn’t get the third one. Snap suplex leads to the Swandive Headbutt, but Finlay moves. Finlay hits a pump splash as the crowd chants USA, but then they seem to remember that Benoit’s Canadian and stop. Finlay heads up for another one, but Benoit dropkicks him out to the floor. A snap suplex from the apron brings Finlay back in the ring. Benoit runs into a knee for the Finlay Roll. TOMBST-no! CRIPPLER CROSSFACE! Finlay taps out. (9:52) Super fun match and the crowd was into everything. Great finish, too. ***¼

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