by Logan Scisco
Jim Ross are in the booth and they are live from Hartford, Connecticut.
Contest: The Legion of Doom & Ahmed
Johnson defeat The Nation of Domination (w/D-Lo Brown & Clarence Mason)
when Ahmed pins Faarooq after a Pearl River Plunge at 6:06:
the match and that creates a beef between he and Faarooq. The crowd is hot for this opener and the
booking of the match helps as the faces dominate much of the action. The match continues the storyline of the
Nation falling apart as Savio and Crush are too distracted to tag in to help
Faarooq because they are jawing too much with Mason and walk out on Faarooq
after he confronts them. Faarooq also
gets some nice hang time when taking the Pearl River Plunge from Ahmed. This was a really entertaining squash to
start the show. Rating: **
Helmsley, carrying the King of the Ring crown, and Chyna are interviewed by
McMahon. Helmsley says that he should
have been the King of the Ring last year, but missed out because of McMahon’s
politics. Helmsley says that it’s his
time to rise to the top of the World Wrestling Federation. He issues an open challenge to the locker
room and Mankind appears on the Titantron.
Mankind asks for a rematch from the King of the Ring and comes out, but
gets attacked with the crown by Helmsley.
Helmsley did okay with this promo time, but some of his exchange
demonstrated his lack of acting skills at this stage of his career.
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British Bulldog winning the European championship in the winter is shown.
Championship Match: The British Bulldog
(Champion) and Goldust (w/Marlena) wrestle to a double count out at 7:14 shown:
McMahon hypes it as a big deal. I
suppose that the booking team realized that it made little sense for the Bulldog
to have a title that was never defended on television. This is a methodical match, which has been
the Bulldog’s forte when he’s not facing a technically gifted opponent, and it
ends with a really weak double count out, as both men mindlessly brawl after
Goldust ends up outside of the ring following a body press. Rating: ½*
the Bulldog hot shots Goldust on the steps and goes to hit him with a chair,
but Marlena gets in the way. As the
Bulldog tries to decide whether to use the chair, Ken Shanrock rushes the ring
and slams the Bulldog and the two tease a confrontation before the Bulldog
decides to leave.
outside of the Nation of Domination’s locker room and we can hear them arguing
in there. Faarooq storms out of the
locker room and tells Hendrix that he is going to the ring to talk. Hendrix goes to talk to Crush and Savio Vega
and Savio rants in Spanish and Crush tells Hendrix that the Nation is fine.
Faarooq and some black members of the Nation.
Faarooq says he rescued Savio Vega and Crush’s career, but they just
stabbed him in the back so he fires them from the Nation. Faarooq then fires the other flunkies in the
Nation except D-Lo Brown, which includes Clarence Mason. Faarooq promises that a new Nation will be
formed that will be more powerful and loyal to him. Faarooq challenges Ahmed Johnson and the
Undertaker to a tag team match on next week’s show so that they can become the
first victims of the new Nation.
Austin “Pillmanizing” Brian Pillman’s ankle in October 1996 is shown.
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Tommy Dreamer are shown walking through the crowd.
Doug Furnas & Philip LaFon after Thrasher pins Furnas when LaFon
inadvertently splashes Furnas at 3:34:
in the history of the WWF” gimmick, which is just incredibly lame and
unbecoming of the structure of their team.
I’m really not sure what the logic of giving them this gimmick was other
than the WWF just giving up on both guys and realizing that they weren’t going
to make it in the tag division. If
anything, LaFon and Furnas would have been nice additions to the Hart
Foundation, but they are really out of place in a heel role without a manager. There isn’t anything wrong with this match
except for the finish, which is botched since Thrasher and Furnas are too far
from the opposing corner. Rating:
with Rob Van Dam in the back and Lawler tells McMahon that ECW doesn’t want Van
Dam to compete, but he’s going to tonight.
infamous gun incident between Pillman and Austin from late 1996 are shown.
recap the entire show thus far.
Steve Austin, who comes out to an explosive reaction. McMahon says that Austin’s attack on Brian
Pillman last night at the King of the Ring was unbecoming, but Austin says it
brought a smile to his face. Austin says
he’ll kick Pillman’s ass all over the ring tonight and he volunteers to be part
of the five man team to face the Hart Foundation at the Calgary Stampede and
that he’ll wrestle the Hart Foundation five-on-one if he has to. This is a great promo because it sets up two
matches and appeals to the American fan base, which sees Austin as a hero, and
makes Austin come off as a heel to the Canadian audience, which was the Hart
Foundation’s center of fan support.
piece, the WWF uses pieces from its AOL website to show how great the King of
the Ring was. It’s like Twitter before
there was Twitter.
(w/Jerry Lawler) defeats Flash Funk with a split legged moonsault at 4:28:
Dam with a chair, but is held at bay by WWF officials. Funk is falling into Koko B. Ware territory,
as he’s an entertaining act that hasn’t won a match over a significant opponent
for a while. Both guys showcase their
aerial offense, which is a refreshing change of pace on the show, and put
together a solid match that would be more than acceptable by Nitro
cruiserweight standards. Rating:
Heyman hopes the guardrail to attack Lawler, but Lawler beats him down and
Dreamer hops the barrier and brawls with Van Dam.
out to do commentary for our next match.
Match: Sid pins Owen Hart
(Intercontinental Champion w/Jim Neidhart) after a chokeslam at 4:13:
Ring six man tag, where Owen pinned Sid to win the match for his team. Sid makes one guy’s day who has “Sid is God”
painted on his chest by giving him a fist bump.
Owen works the leg, which is the only strategy he can realistically try,
and when Neidhart interferes Shamrock is outraged, so he gives Neidhart a
belly-to-belly suplex on the floor which is an impressive sight and generates a
big crowd reaction. Left to his
longsome, Owen can’t fight off the “Master and Ruler of the World.” I’m puzzled by this booking because Sid was
on his way out of the company, but it did make Shamrock look like a bad
ass. Rating: **
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Marc Mero comes out and gets her after she’s nearly finished her seductive
Mankind’s interview with Jim Ross is shown and Ross said that he felt really
helpless at the end of the interview and wished he had not taken the
assignment. Mankind says that he wishes
Vince McMahon took him while he was good and he thinks of that when he applies
the Mandible Claw to an opponent. It is
a rather dark interview, as Mankind talks about pain and suffering. This is the interview where Mankind puts Ross
in the Mandible Claw at the end and Ross sells it like death.
Honky Tonk Man) beats Bart Gunn with the Shake Rattle N’ Roll at 2:53:
Tonk Man got the match signed so Rockabilly could move on to other feuds. See, that’s what made this particular era
nice. Nearly every match had some type
of issue behind it and didn’t appear random.
A slow, glorified squash that gives closure to the Smoking Gunns feud,
which has to constitute one of the most subdued blowoffs to a feud in WWF
Foundation is shown talking strategy in the back before they chase off the
“Pillmanizing” Brian Pillman’s ankle on Superstars in October 1996 is the Super
Soaker Rewind segment.
down to wrestle Brian Pillman, but the Hart Foundation attacks him. Mankind runs out and makes a small save and
then runs into the ring and starts to wrestle Pillman, which sets up this bait
and switch match…
“The Loose Cannon” Brian Pillman by disqualification when Owen Hart interferes
at 5:12 shown:
happy that they did not get Austin-Pillman.
The match is a train wreck, as it builds little momentum for either
guy. The reception of the match is so
poor that McMahon and Ross are forced to acknowledge it on commentary. Mankind applies the Mandible Claw, but the
Hart Foundation intervenes and Austin and Shamrock come out and force the Hart
Foundation to flee. Rating: ¼*
Foundation flees, Austin gives Mankind an evil eye and gives Shamrock a Stone
Cold Stunner as we go off the air.
swerve at the end that was disappointing for all parties. The WWF was really testing some of its fans
by hyping Austin-Pillman twice but not delivering the match. There were some good points of storyline
development throughout the show, with the Nation of Domination breaking up and
starting a reformation and Ken Shamrock starting a grudge with the Hart
Foundation, but there wasn’t much else to report. I might’ve gone thumbs up before the bait and
switch at the end, but instead I’ll go neutral this week.