Jerry “the King” Lawler are in the booth and they are taped from Albany, New
Contest: Mankind pins Owen Hart
(w/Clarence Mason) with a stump piledriver at 7:02 shown:
and he and Mankind have an interesting battle between Owen’s Slammy and
Mankind’s chair. Just so you know, the
Slammy wins. It’s hard to tell who’s
side the crowd is on, since they hate both guys. Owen takes a brutal shot to the head with a
cooler near the end of the match and a blind charge allows Mankind to hit a
piledriver for the finish. These two had
some nice chemistry and the transitions between technical wrestling and
brawling were very smooth. Rating:
Shawn Michaels are backstage and Lothario says that Michaels is going to win
the WWF title back at the Royal Rumble.
Jose’s son Pete reiterates that and Michaels says that he’ll be doing
guest commentary for the Bret Hart-Vader main event tonight.
Johnson’s altercation with the Nation of Domination on Shotgun Saturday Night
joins McMahon and Lawler for commentary.
Honky is in the midst of scouting talent for someone that he can manage.
Philip LaFon defeated The Fake Razor Ramon & The Fake Diesel when Furnas
pins Ramon after a modified Doomsday Device at 9:02 shown:
functions like a number one contenders match for Owen and the Bulldog’s
belts. The Fake Diesel is clearly the
star of the Fakes, as he brings some much needed energy to the contest after
the Fake Razor puts the crowd to sleep with armbars. Unfortunately, the crowd isn’t into Furnas
and LaFon at all here and they have very little sympathy for them when the
Fakes do their beat down. This was one
of those matches that you watch that you want to see end, but it just kept
going and going. Rating: **
Helmsley throwing Goldust into Marlena on last week’s show is shown. Marlena flashing the Sultan on Shotgun
Saturday Night is also shown.
the announce crew that if Shawn Michaels wants to interfere tonight he can go
right ahead because he’ll be ready for it.
He also says he’s ready for Vader and then gets angry when Sid’s music
starts during his interview time.
interviews WWF Champion Sid, who says that he was born the man and he’ll
overcome the odds and defeat Shawn Michaels at the Royal Rumble. Shawn Michaels
comes out to do color commentary and starts dancing and stripping on the
announce table. This leads to some
unintentional hilarity as Sid starts smiling at his dance and nodding his head. I think you can find a .gif of this sequence on the Internet.
1-900-737-4WWF to find if Shawn Michaels and Steve Austin could co-exist as tag
the next Madison Square Garden card, where Sid will defend the WWF title
against the Undertaker, Shawn Michaels will face Mankind, Goldust collides with
Steve Austin, Bret Hart squares off with Vader, and Ahmed Johnson and Savio
Vega challenge Faarooq and Crush.
giving the Pearl River Plunge to a member of the Nation of Domination on a car
on Shotgun Saturday Night is the Starburst Fruit Twists Rewind segment.
Hitman” Hart with a Vader Bomb at 8:03 shown:
this point forward, because the Undertaker Tombstoned him on WWF Superstars. I’m really surprised that they would waste
this pay-per-view caliber match on free TV, but that shows you what kind of
booking funk Vader has been in since SummerSlam. We get a very physical match in the early
going, with Bret using the stairs, but Vader using his girth in flying at Bret
to generate an advantage. Bret is able
to block a Vader Bomb and take control, but when the action spills to the
floor, Sid comes and grabs a camera man.
Steve Austin comes out and gives Bret a Stunner, which the camera fails
to catch, and Vader uses that interference to pick up his biggest victory in a
while. The victory gives Vader some
needed momentum heading into the Royal Rumble and also continues the
Bret-Austin feud. This match was also a
little refreshing because Bret tended to win big matches like this on Raw. This match could’ve been better, but they did
what they could with their limited TV time
backstage shows Sid beating up Pete Lothario and powerbombing him on a table
before Michaels can get backstage.
and showed that 1997 was going to have more “attitude” than 1996. The feuds that the WWF was building had
multiple dimensions and the tangled web that encompassed Shawn Michaels, Bret
Hart, Sid, and Steve Austin would help carry the company to an entertaining
year. This show is an easy thumbs up
because of the good work during the main event and the opener.