ECW Tag Team Champions the Public Enemy get on a boxcar so they can get from Philadelphia to Florida. In Florida, in front of a Daily Planet sign, Johnny Grunge says that Superman is scared of them, which is why a chain link fence is in front of the sign. Then, Grunge finishes doing some graffiti and makes fun of Sabu’s appearance. Spliced between the promos are video highlights of an Enemy match in Florida against Mr. President and Death Row 3260.
Tully Blanchard tells ECW Champion Shane Douglas that other Horsemen might be afraid of him but he is not.
Joey Styles puts over the newly designed ECW Arena to accommodate more fans. Fans shower him with chants of “You still suck.”
–WCW Champion Hulk Hogan shows up in Asheville, North Carolina on the Harley Davidson motorcycle he received at Bash at the Beach and is surrounded by his fans. Gene Okerlund interviews him, with Hogan hyping his journey through North Carolina, painting the Dungeon of Doom as anti-American. This offends the Giant as he takes a Dungeon of Doom monster truck and runs over Hogan’s motorcycle, forcing Hogan and his fans to flee. Hogan hilariously pounds on the side of the truck like a kid having a tantrum as the Giant laughs.
–Eric Bischoff and Dusty Rhodes are doing commentary and they are live from Asheville, North Carolina. They treat the destruction of Hogan’s motorcycle as a national tragedy.
–Eric Bischoff and Bobby Heenan are in the Mall of America for the last WCW telecast before the debut of Monday Nitro. Heenan continues to rant about how Steve McMichael should not be in the announce booth.
–Gene Okerlund and Bobby Heenan are in the studio as per usual for today’s broadcast. Heenan says he is bothered by the tensions between Ric Flair and Arn Anderson because they are good friends of his. He blames Hulk Hogan for their problems.
by Logan Scisco
recaps Steve Austin ripping off his corporate suit on last week’s show.
Michael Cole are doing commentary and they are live from Philadelphia,
Austin comes out and calls out Vince McMahon under threat of holding the show
hostage again. McMahon hesitantly walks
out with Gerald Brisco, Pat Patterson, and two police officers in riot
gear. Austin demands to know who he is
facing at Unforgiven and McMahon says that he hasn’t decided that yet. Austin asks McMahon if he wants to be WWF
champion since his version of a title holder is himself and when McMahon looks
puzzled, Austin announces that he will defend the WWF title tonight against
him. McMahon’s reaction to the challenge
is priceless and Austin tells McMahon that he can’t leave the arena because he beat up his
limo driver and cut all of his tires.
Austin gives McMahon thirty minutes to think over his challenge before
he takes a cameraman backstage and whips his ass. This was a nice setup for tonight’s big angle
and it covered the scenario of McMahon trying to run away. 1 for
talking with Patterson and Brisco backstage, who urge him to face Austin and they give him a pep talk.
Chain Match: The Disciples of Apocalpyse
(w/Chainz) wrestle Savio Vega & Jose to a no contest at 2:15:
deal, both teams get the jobber entrance and D-Generation X comes out and lays
out Chainz, who does a stretcher job. DX
then beats up Skull and 8-Ball before turning on Savio and Jose. Ross insists that this is a no contest
because you cannot have a disqualification in a chain match. This was fine with me because it puts DX over
two of the old gang warz factions that have hardly done anything since 1997.
shown backstage talking with his father, Brisco, and Patterson and Shane tries
to convince his father not to face Austin.
to get the Steve Austin “Hell Yeah!” t-shirt for $25 (plus $6 shipping &
walks out, recaps his family’s history with the company, and reluctantly
announces that he will accept Austin’s challenge for a match tonight. Brisco and Patterson come out to give McMahon
a high five and Ross says they have lost their minds and leaves the booth to
try to talk some sense to McMahon backstage.
leaves, the lights go out and without anyone to hold him back, Cole refuses to
stop talking as the Undertaker walks out and destroys Aguila, El Pantera, and
Scott Taylor who are scheduled for a tag team match tonight. The Undertaker gets on the mic and says that
it is time for Kane to come out of the darkness. Cole just rants about how the Undertaker’s
attack is not justified and while true, it just comes off as whiny. 1 for
giving McMahon a Stone Cold Stunner two weeks ago is the Starburst Slam of the
reports from outside McMahon’s locker room and shows a piece of footage of
Brisco, Patterson, Ross, and Shane arguing.
Vince tells Shane to get his gym bag and blows Ross off and tells him to
go back and do his job.
beats Jeff Jarrett (w/Tennessee Lee) by disqualification when Club Kamizake
interferes at 2:27:
Sawyer Brown at Unforgiven. The flyer
idea isn’t well thought out, though, because they fall into the ring, making
this match seem like a bonus feature on the DVD of Newsies. Both men briefly exchange moves before the
Japanese wrestlers that attacked Michinoku on last week’s show appear and
attack him again. Ross and Cole call
them Club Kamikaze, but they would eventually become Kaientai.
Ross from the locker room that he is not surprised McMahon accepted his
challenge and he will settle his issue with McMahon once and for all tonight.
Brisco give McMahon advice on how to counter the Stone Cold Stunner.
that he is going to give the Nation of Domination another chance to kick his
ass. The Rock debuts his “do you smell
what the Rock is cooking” line as he runs down Faarooq, but Faarooq gives the
Nation salute, which signals Ken Shamrock and Steve Blackman to run out and
help him ambush the Nation. WWF
officials have to separate everyone as the crowd works up a HUGE “Rocky sucks!”
chant. This is setting up a six man tag
at Unforgiven. 2 for 3
retiring the Cactus Jack character last week is the 10-321 Rewind segment.
Lawler comes out early to do commentary for tonight’s show, but Cole is still
2 Cold Scorpio beat The Quebecers when Scorpio pins Pierre with a 450 splash at
realizing three months too late that it was a bad idea. Funk says that although Cactus Jack quit last
week he is not quitting and he is forming a new team with a man that Vince
McMahon has not given a chance and that new partner is Flash Funk, who Ross
makes sure we know is “2 Cold.” This is
a good place to repackage Flash Funk into 2 Cold Scorpio since they are in ECW
country and the crowd works up a loud “ECW” chant. Of course, Cole the idiot doesn’t take the
hint and keeps calling him Flash Funk.
The Quebecer Crash misses and Scorpio wins the bout for his team in an
abbreviated match that could have been something really good if it was given
five more minutes.
out and continues a trend tonight by calling out Sable. However, the Artist Formerly Known as
Goldust, dressed as Sable and mocks her bad promo skills. They enact the way the Evening Gown Match is going
to go with Luna ripping Goldust’s dress off.
This is quite disturbing until Sable runs in and briefly brawls with
Luna, which excites the crowd. 3 for 4
Champions w/Jim Cornette & Dan Severn) wrestle Ken Shamrock & Steve
Blackman to a double disqualification at 3:45:
few seconds before the referee orders Severn to the locker room. This is a decent, but uninspiring match where
both teams keep brawling after the hot tag and the referee gets tired of trying
to control the action so he just disqualifies everyone. I really hate that finish. Rating: *½ (3 for 5)
if he is scared of facing Austin, to which he says he was not afraid of the
U.S. federal government and is not afraid of Ted Turner, so he is not afraid of
are in the ring for the next match, but the Undertaker comes out again. The Headbangers try to defend themselves, but
he proceeds to destroy them. The lights
go out and Kane and Paul Bearer come out to a big pop. Bearer says that next week the Undertaker
will face Kane, but they will meet in the cemetery on their parents’ grave and
not in the ring. Bearer’s rants against
the Undertaker are usually fun and this was no exception. 4 for
Venis vignette, which catches him in the middle of casting for his next film
“Lust in Space.”
2000 & Sunny) defeats Billy Gunn (w/D-Generation X) with a schoolboy at
Triple H for the European title at Unforgiven.
This match is booked as Owen facing a chosen DX member, which Triple H
says was chosen based on an essay writing contest. For backup in this match, Owen brings LOD
2000 and Sunny. X-Pac has a funny jab at
Ross on commentary by asking if Owen is a “twelve –time All-American.” Triple H also makes jokes about Sunny’s
skanky nature. Billy dominates a lot of
the action that happens over the course of two commercial breaks, which makes
this a snoozer until Owen wins when Billy prematurely celebrates. Rating: *¼ (4 for 7)
Match: “Stone Cold” Steve Austin
(Champion) and Vince McMahon (w/Pat Patterson, Gerald Brisco, Shane McMahon
& Sergeant Slaughter) never compete:
original UFC, towel included. Ross makes
a good point about this match by saying that if McMahon is hurt then it could
harm the prospects of the company. Vince
slaps Austin and one hand is tied behind Austin’s back since Austin says he
could beat Vince with one arm in the opening promo. In a nice piece of storytelling, McMahon has
Austin’s “Stunner arm” tied. While
having these two engage in battle would be an awesome moment at the time,
logical booking prevails and before the bell, Dude Love comes out to veto the
match in the name of love. McMahon
pushes Love down and Love tries to attack him with the Mandible Claw. When Austin tries to get Love out of the ring
so he can face McMahon, Love puts the Mandible Claw on him and McMahon angrily
leaves, feeling Love stole his moment. 5 for
recapped RAW, beginning with March 1996, the WWF has usually lost the Monday Night
Wars against WCW. For eighty-two
straight weeks, Nitro defeated RAW in the ratings with an average margin of
victory of 1.2 or higher. However, after
Decemer 22, 1997 RAW’s ratings rose above 3.0 and would never dip lower and
THIS was the RAW that finally slaughtered the Nitro juggernaut. It was unclear at the time whether this would
be a one-off victory or the beginning of a trend, but with the benefit of
hindsight this was like the Entente forces stopping the Germans at the Second
Battle of the Marne in August 1918.
Although Nitro would win a few more victories over RAW after this night,
this show marked a shift in momentum in the Monday Night Wars and by the end of
the year Nitro was on the defensive.
interaction was great and although viewers were disappointed about
Austin-McMahon not happening, it was the correct booking choice to continue a
red hot feud. This show was all
storyline driven, as the in-ring product was poor, but it made two hours fly by
and it is still an entertaining show sixteen years later.