–Tony Schiavone and Dusty Rhodes are calling tonight’s action and they are taped from Atlanta, Georgia. According to thehistoryofwwe.com, these matches took place on November 29.
–Tony Schiavone and Dusty Rhodes call today’s action which, according to thehistoryofwwe.com, was taped on October 25 and November 16.
–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.
–Vince McMahon puts over the In Your House pay-per-view as the lead-in for today’s show.
–McMahon and Dok Hendrix are in the booth and they are concluding the tapings in Des Moines, Iowa. Hendrix repeats his claim from last week’s show that Henry Godwinn is likely working with the Million Dollar Corporation to weaken WWF Champion Diesel before tomorrow’s big show. Hendrix is also careful to call Sid “Super Sid” instead of “Psycho Sid.”
–Jim Ross and Todd Pettengill recap the Diesel-Bam Bam Bigelow match for the WWF title that occurred on Monday Night RAW, as well as how Bigelow turned face after the bout when he was beaten down by the Million Dollar Corporation.
–Ross and Pettengill are doing commentary for today’s show and they are taped from Moline, Illinois. The tapings took place on April 26 and had a papered attendance of 5,500.
–Ross and Pettengill announce that the 1-2-3 Kid was supposed to face Jeff Jarrett for the Intercontinental title on today’s show but he is injured. As a result, Bob Holly will face Jarrett instead. Jarrett says that he will show Holly how great he is, while Holly promises to cross the finish line.
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Cornette are in the booth for tonight’s show.
Location of the taping is not given.
Shawn Michaels, who brings out the dented chair he hit the Undertaker with
eleven days ago on RAW. He says that the
WWF pushed him into a corner so he had to respond with radical methods and he
will not lay down and die for the Undertaker at Ground Zero. He then claims that if the Undertaker does
knock him down at Ground Zero that he will take down everyone with him in a
blaze of glory. After the crowd gets on
him about his sexuality, Michaels threatens to go into the crowd and do some
vile things to people’s girlfriends and mothers. This was a solid promo that hyped the Ground
Zero match and explained Michaels recent motivations.
for the WWF Championship: Vader (w/Paul
Bearer) defeats Bret “the Hitman” Hart (Champion) by disqualification when the
Hart Foundation interferes at 3:58 shown:
refused to give a Vader Bomb to the Patriot.
Vader is in face territory here, but he still has Paul Bearer in his
corner. Bret promises to kick Vader’s ass
before the match and that’s something you don’t want to say to Vader, as he bowls
over Bret to a huge pop. Vader runs
through his power offense, with Bret kicking out of a splash at two, and Bret
brings a chair into the ring, which Vader gets a hold of. However, before he can inflict damage, the
Hart Foundation runs in and draws a disqualification for the champion. Rating: **¼
the Hart Foundation beats down Vader and Bret applies a ring post figure-four
until the Patriot comes out and breaks it up.
Ross that he helped Vader to get back at Bret and he promises to win the WWF
title at Ground Zero.
do some guest commentary and she says that she does not care for Brian
Pillman’s antics on RAW. The announcers
recap Pillman’s allegation that Dakota is his love child.
(w/Marlena) pins Salvatore Sincere after a Curtain Call at 3:20:
for Ground Zero, the WWF decided to take Sincere out of mothballs. Ross and Cornette talk about how Sincere
needs a manager, completely glossing over when Sincere was briefly managed by
Cornette in late 1996. A complete squash
here, albeit a good one because of the energy Sincere brought to it.
Pillman calls out Goldust from the crowd.
Pillman brings up the love child angle and Goldust goes after him.
interview with Jim Ross, which aired on RAW, is replayed.
Rockabilly with a double arm DDT at 4:12:
gimmick serves no function anymore.
Rockabilly musters a decent amount of offense, but most of it consists
of chokes and the contest ends up as a kick-punch affair. Love pulls out “Sweet Shin Music” where he
mocks Shawn Michaels stomping of the mat and kicks his opponent in the shin to
set up the double arm DDT. I’m surprised
Michaels agreed to that in hindsight, but from what I remember he was a
supporter of Foley. Rating: ½*
Love tells Ross that he trusts Steve Austin will be ready for their tag team
title defense at Ground Zero. Love
dances with some groupies on the way to the locker room.
the locker room to interview Bret Hart, but Bret kicks her out because she is
an American. Owen tells her to tell
Sergeant Slaughter to give him another crack at Steve Austin.
the Undertaker, who says that he has not faced Shawn Michaels in ten years
because he wanted someone to stick around and tell the story of the
Undertaker. He promises to destroy
Hunter Hearst Helmsley next week and that he signed Shawn Michaels death
warrant with the blood from his forehead from last week’s RAW.
Austin 3:16 t-shirt, which you can buy for $20 (plus shipping & handling)
by calling 815-734-1161.
Match: Hawk (w/Animal) defeats The
British Bulldog (European Champion w/Owen Hart) by disqualification when Owen
Hart interferes at 4:56 shown:
match is not going to be pretty.
However, the match establishes a good pace and both men’s partners
interject themselves into the contest before the Godwinns wander out. Hawk busts out a nice looking powerbomb, but
before he can finish the Bulldog with a flying clothesline, Owen nails him with
the European title in plain view of the referee and that gets the Bulldog
disqualified. I was expecting a train
wreck, but this one defied my expectations.
Los Boricuas, who say that they returned the Disciples of Apocalypse
motorcycles because Sergeant Slaughter got mad at them. Seriously, that’s the reason. Savio Vega claims that he will win the Triple
Threat at Ground Zero and yells a lot in Spanish. The Boricuas sexually harass Sunny before we
go back to the ring.
Chainz defeat Faarooq & Rocky Maivia by disqualification when Los Boricuas
attack Crush at 4:14:
his selling in this mach is awful. This
rushes through the usual tag team formula until Los Boricuas come out when all
hell breaks loose. Crush gets attacked,
which sparks a gang war between all of the factions and some WWF officials get
abused in the scuffle until Sergeant Slaughter comes out and restores
order. Rating: *½
Exhibition: Taka Michinoku beats Jerry
Lynn at 5:31:
older than this when he had his big break in ECW two years later. Lynn showcases what he can do with a
somersault plancha and a nice headscissors and Michinoku responds in kind with a
super hurricanrana and springboard plancha.
Michinoku misses a moonsault, where he gets awesome hang time, and Lynn
hits a sit out powerbomb, but that only gets two and Michinoku outmaneuvers
Lynn and hits his Michinoku Driver for the win in a very enjoyable match. Was no one in the locker room watching this
match? I would have immediately drawn up
a contract, put it in Lynn’s face, and signed him immediately. Who needs Brian Christopher as the heel of
the division when you have this guy? Rating:
the Truth Commission and the Commandant gets mad that his men are concerned
with addressing Sunny with their eyes.
This is the first time the Truth Commission have been seen in a while.
Recon (w/The Commandant & The Interrogator) defeat The Headbangers when
Recon pins Mosh with a roll up at 4:08 shown:
Thrasher in peril and he remains in that position for much of the match as the
announcers try to sell the Headbangers as wrestling fans who love to watch old
footage. When all hell breaks loose, the
Headbangers go for their powerbomb-flying leg drop combination, but the
Interrogator pushes Thrasher off the top rope and when Mosh yells at him he
costs his team the match. The full
version of this may have cracked **, but it missed a lot with the commercial
break. The WWF really has no idea what they want out of the Headbangers as they
give them title shots one week and job them to new talent the next. Rating: *½
package that recaps tonight’s show plays us out.
Event formula by placing the big match at the beginning of the show and
filtering out from there. There is another
Friday Night’s Main Event next week, which will feature the Undertaker against
Hunter Hearst Helmsley and the Patriot against Owen Hart. Overall, this show was fine. The Lynn-Michinoku match was a treat and
aside from Rockabilly-Dude Love everything else was serviceable.