WWF Superstars: January 26, 1997

With the Royal Rumble behind us comes a fresh set of WWF Superstars
tapings from the Cajundome in Louisiana. A HUGE crowd appears to be in
attendance for this one – and speaking of huge, JAMES E. CORNETTE has risen from the dead to reclaim his place at
the announce table. Unfortunately, JIM
ROSS
is also here.
SUNNY, dressed in
nothing more than a sports bra, is YOUR official timekeeper for the Superstars
Bowl tonight. Lest we begin arguing on how family friendly Sunny’s cleavage is,
the announcers turn to figuring out the rules for the Superstars Bowl. Despite
a particularly convoluted explanation from Cornette, it’s an elimination
tag-team match.

THE GODWINNS (with
Hillbilly Jim) vs. FAAROOQ and CRUSH (with PG-13, D’Lo Brown, Clarence Mason, a
Well Dressed Woman, and a Few Well Dressed Gentlemen) vs. DOUG FURNAS and PHIL
LAFON vs. THE BRITISH BULLDOG and OWEN HART (with Slammy) (in a non-title
Superstars Bowl)
Lafon starts with Bulldog, and takes him down with a single leg
grapevine, but Bulldog makes the ropes. Lafon comes off the top, but Bulldog
gets loose. Both guys reverse pinfall attempts, so Bulldog turns things over to
Owen. Hart tries a monkey flip, but Lafon lands on his feet, so Owen hits a dragon
screw instead. He starts working over the leg, taking a half second to smack
Furnas in the face. The referee is forced to keep him in check, and Bulldog
helps double team Lafon. Henry Godwinn gets the tag, so he just picks up Owen
and slams him on Lafon for 2. Phineas tags in and hits Lafon with a vertical
suplex. The Slop Drop is set up, but Crush saves for god knows WHAT reason. All
hell breaks loose, and Furnas rushes in to dropkick Phineas into a schoolboy
from Lafon, and the Godwinns are out at 3:56!
The farmers take it to the Nation, slamming Crush face first into the ring
steps on their way out, as we hit commercial.
Bulldog and Furnas are paired when we get back, but Bulldog quickly tags
in Faarooq, and then clotheslines him as soon as he enters the ring, giving a 2
to Furnas. Crush comes in to a “JAILBIRD” chant, and hits a legdrop on Doug for
2.
We cut away to talk to HUNTER
HEARST HELMSLEY
with CURTIS HUGHES.
He’s facing Ahmed Johnson later tonight in a non-title match, which is a
preview for their actual title match at In Your House. Hunter doesn’t think
that Ahmed’s even gonna make it to the PPV after he gets finished with him
tonight.
Back to action, Owen is in and nails Furnas with an enzuigiri for 2! He
argues with the referee, allowing Furnas to cradle him for 2. The Nation tag
in, and Furnas does all he can to fight them off with elbows to everyone. He
succumbs in time, and Crush gives him a sidewalk slam for 2. Bulldog heads back
in, and he hits the standing vertical to set up the powerslam, but Faarooq
rushes in from behind with a chop block, causing Furnas to fall on top and they
eliminate the tag-team champs at 9:55!
Down to 2, Faarooq starts headbutting Furnas in the corner, who has nowhere to
run. Of course, all this wrestling is too much, and we head to the back where …
THE HONKY TONK MAN talks things
over with ROCKY MAIVIA. Is he the
next protégé? Does anyone even care anymore? We need a commercial break.
Back to action, and by action I mean the locker room, AHMED JOHNSON is talking about … soap
and water not removing something something his title. Cornette: “Ahmed, thank
you for taking time away from your day job as a United Nations interpreter to
speak to us.”
Faarooq is working a sleeper, but Furnas escapes with a jawbreaker. That
just pisses him off, and he slams Furnas and heads up. Furnas stops the attack
with a punch to the gut, and launches Faarooq with an overhead belly to belly!
Lafon gets the hot tag, and hits a spinning heel kick. Crush tries to get
anything going, but he also takes a spinning heel kick. Lafon goes for the pin
on Faarooq, but Crush saves. A backdrop suplex knocks down Lafon, so Furnas
dives in at Crush to stop the cheating. Still, with everyone gone and Lafon
prone to attack, he takes the Dominator and the Nation win the Bowl at 12:10. Silly me, I was hoping the
Can-Am guys might actually be starting a well-earned push. **1/2
KEVIN KELLY introduces
Bret Hart, determined to find out if he’s got a legitimate gripe or he’s just a
crybaby. Bret’s concerned he’s going to be remembered as a loser and a
complainer, but he’s trying to get across the fact he’s being pushed backwards.
He thinks Shawn Michaels is out to destroy his career, that Steve Austin is a
cheater, and he’s even getting screwed in smaller RAW matches like his fight
with Vader a few weeks ago. He’s ready to let bygones be bygones, since he’s
got another shot at becoming #1 contender at the next pay-per-view, and he
knows he’s the best wrestler in the match. When he’s done, he’s gonna throw
Michaels off the mountain (and, let’s be clear, I’m thinking he means a real
mountain), and when the smoke clears he’ll be the WWF champion for a 4th
time.
AHMED JOHNSON vs. HUNTER
HEARST HELMSLEY (with Curtis Hughes) (in a non-title match)
Footage is replayed from Saturday’s MSG show where the Nation recruited
Savio Vega, and continued their never-ending feud with Ahmed. Thankfully, he’ll
be taken away from Faarooq long enough to face Hunter for the IC title at Final
Four. While Cornette and Ross argue over the dates of live events, Ahmed shoves
Hunter to the corner and glares at him. Helmsley gets to his feet, but Ahmed
tells him to stay put, and mocks the Helmsley’s self-sanitizing routine. Hunter
manages to get in a shot, which Ahmed looks amused by, before throwing a
meathook of his own. “WHERE’S THE BELT?” asks Ahmed while hitting a spin wheel
kick. Boot to the midsection sets up the Axe Kick, but he misses an elbowdrop
on the follow up. Ahmed regroups and charges, but Helmsley pulls down the top
rope and Ahmed hits the floor. GOLDUST
and MARLENA watch on a monitor
backstage, as we head to commercial.
Helmsley’s working a knee into Johnson’s weak kidneys, and once he gets
Ahmed down he drops a knee to the face for 2. Triple H starts considering his
next move, but takes far too long as Ahmed stands up with ease and hits a
standing vertical suplex for 2. Hunter comes back with a boot to the face, but
he wastes more time with a curtsy. Ahmed backdrops him, so Helmsley starts a
conversation with the referee, drawing in Curtis with the belt to hit Ahmed in
the back of the head. Hunter happily goes for the cover, but Ahmed powers out
at 2 – launching Helmsley with enough force to send him to the floor. Johnson
hits the floor and throws Hunter back in, where he plants the champ with a
spinebuster! The fans can feel the impending Pearl River Plunge, but Curtis
attacks again at that’s a DQ at 9:15.
Clean finishes aren’t the forte of either company these days. *1/2

While Ahmed gives Hughes the spinebuster, Goldust rushes in from the
backstage area to brawl with Helmsley. Johnson dives into the fray, and gives
both guys the business! He stands tall as Hunter rushes to the backstage area,
and Jim Ross ushers us off the air. RAW tomorrow – Ahmed faces Crush! Will THAT
end clean? Don’t bet your allowance on it!