The Four Horsemen strike again, the Cold War over the U.S. Title gets even hotter, the in-ring return of the Minnesota Wreckin’ Crew, a significant debut, Khrusher is back, and another confrontation between Jim Cornette and Baby Doll. That and more on this week’s program…
The James Boys are unmasked, the contract signing for the U.S. Title results in mayhem, the Four Horsemen break more bones, Tully Blanchard plays mind games with Ronnie Garvin, and a “big” debut! That and much more on an eventful program…
A title change, a legendary first encounter between future WWE Hall of Famers and the greatest jobbers ever, and Flair & Arn team up. Plus, why is Baby Doll kissing the Road Warriors, what did the Horsemen do to the Rock & Roll Express, and what is the gestation period for a bull moose? Answers to these questions and more on this week’s show…
–Vince McMahon and Jerry “The King” Lawler are doing commentary and they are still in Newark, Delaware.
Some classic comedy lines from Jim Cornette, a brainbuster on the concrete floor, and the promise of the return of the fourth Horseman. That and more on this week’s episode…
An attempted murder of Jim Cornette by some “mysterious” masked men, a historic and devastating first encounter between the Midnight Express & Mulkey Mania, Ric Flair & Arn Anderson in a rare, in-studio tag team appearance, and the Great American Bash hype begins. That and more on this week’s program…
Magnum T.A. and Nikita Koloff have a major confrontation with the Russian Chain involved and Arn Anderson puts his World TV Title on the line against Ronnie Garvin. Will the Four Horsemen get involved? Plus, Paul Jones’ Army grows and the hype for the Crockett Cup continues.
We open with a clip of last week’s confrontation between Ric Flair and Ricky Morton…
Tony Schiavone and David Crockett are our hosts this week. They hype the upcoming TV Title rematch between Arn Anderson and Ronnie Garvin. Tully Blanchard and J.J. Dillon come out. They put down Garvin and note that he doesn’t deserve another shot at the TV Title. Blanchard calls out Wahoo McDaniel, who’s in the ring, and Tully hands J.J. an envelope with two round trip tickets to Paris.
To the ring, Wahoo McDaniel vs. Ray Traylor. The future Big Bubba Rogers/Big Bossman fared very well against Ivan Koloff last week. Traylor gains the early advantage against the ropes, but Wahoo reverses and lays in some stiff chops. He takes Traylor down with a snap mare and chops away some more. Wahoo struggles to lift Traylor up for a body slam and converts it into a powerslam. Traylor keeps clawing back, but Wahoo eventually puts Traylor away with more chops. *1/4
Magnum T.A. comes to the podium to introduce a clip of a recent confrontation between him and Nikita Koloff. The video shows the Koloffs double-teaming Rocky King and whipping him with the Russian Chain. Magnum comes out to save the day. The crowd goes nuts. He takes out Ivan Koloff with a dropkick. Nikita swings the chain at Magnum, but misses. Magnum slugs him, grabs the chain and wraps around Nikita’s neck. Magnum throws Nikita over the top rope and he’s hanging him! The crowd goes absolutely berserk…
Back live, Magnum says Nikita has been trying to intimidate him with the Russian Chain Match challenges, but nothing intimidates Magnum.
“This is what it’s all about,” Magnum says, pointing to his U.S Title. “This is what’s pushed this confrontation to a head and if it’s a Russian Chain Match, that’s just fine. They make steel right here in the good ol’ U.S. of A. too and I can handle it just fine. Remember real well what it felt like when I choked up on that chain because I’ll never forget it and I’ll get the opportunity to do it again. Let’s get it on.“
Once again, a good, intense promo from Magnum.
To the ring, Joe Nighthawk Coltrane vs. Tony Zane. This is our first look at Nighthawk in the ring. He’s a good sized, fairly muscular guy. Coltrane uses basic power moves and ends it quickly with the over-the-knee shoulder breaker. *
Jimmy Garvin & Precious join Tony. Garvin has some bad news. He found out Wahoo McDaniel has a dreaded disease called swamp fever and he’s not going to wrestle someone with a nasty disease. The sure signs are Wahoo’s swollen nose and his hair is falling out.
After a break, Ragin’ Bull Manny Fernandez vs. Bob Owens. The usual Fernandez match, which is a combination of strikes and mat wrestling. He wins with the Flying Burrito.*
Wahoo McDaniel comes to the podium. Referencing Jimmy Garvin’s comments earlier, Wahoo says he’s always had a big nose. He played pro football for 10 years and had his nose broken 11 times. Wahoo challenges Garvin to sign the contract and meet him face-to-face.
After a break, Ronnie Garvin joins Tony. He’s still after Ric Flair, but says there’s a lot of titles out there, and he’ll be there any time there’s an opportunity, including today vs. Arn Anderson for the TV Title.
To the ring, Ivan Koloff w/ Nikita Koloff vs. Gene Ligon. Ligon is a longtime JCP jobber who has been around since the late 70s. He would later become Thunderfoot II. Ligon comes out firing but Ivan quickly responds. Ivan misses a knee drop off the second rope and Ligon applies the spinning toe hold. Ivan kicks him off and all the way out of the ring. The match goes back and forth. Ligon grabs Ivan’s leg and rams it into the post! It continues to be a competitive match. Ligon gets dumped outside again and Nikita hammers him in the back with the Russian Chain. That helps Ivan win it after a knee to the midsection. **
After a break, it’s Dusty Rhodes & Baby Doll. He talks trash on the Four Horsemen and notes that Ole Anderson has yet to reappear. Dusty hypes a cage match tomorrow with Arn Anderson in New Orleans.
“Double A Arn Anderson, prepare yourself for a broken leg, broken jaw, and broken heart. Because broken hearts are dished out by Dusty Rhodes, the American Dream daily, whether it be man, woman or child or beast that crawls this earth, broken hearts are handed out by Dusty Rhodes, the American Dream. Titles are dictated by Dusty Rhodes, the American Dream. (That’s a shoot.) Ric Flair. Tully Blanchard. And life is dictated by Dusty Rhodes, the American Dream, because the American Dream lives in this country. I have no equal. I have only one thing, the greatest sports attraction in the world today. The greatest revenuer, producing revenuer product on the Ted Turner the Superstation in this country is Dusty Rhodes, the American Dream.
To the ring, it’s Hector Guerrero vs. Carl Styles. This is Hector’s TV debut. He and Chavo Guerrero (Classic) will team up in the Crockett Cup. Hector displays his speed and agility with arm drags and dropkicks. He does a nice forward roll under a back elbow attempt. Guerrero hits a double-flying forearm that is similar to Manny Fernandez’ Flying Burrito. He locks in a stretch hold and Styles bites Guerrero’s fingers to escape. Hector locks a version of in the Indian Death Lock and bridges back. Nice move. Hector continues to work the legs of Styles and wins with a reverse splash. *1/2
After a a break, six-man tag action with Pez Whatley, the Barbarian & Baron von Raschke vs. Rocky Kernodle, Brodie Chase and Bill Tabb. We now know for sure that Pez Whatley, who turned on Jimmy Valiant last week, is aligned with Paul Jones, who also comes out with Teijho Khan. Whatley holds up the pony tail he cut from Valiant. Pez very aggressively dismantles Kernodle. The Baron does the same. The Barbarian press slams Big Bill Tabb. Impressive show of strength. Whatley bites Brodie Chase’s face. Jones takes several shots at Chase on the outside, right in front of the referee, who does nothing. The Barbarian and Baron botch a double elbow. The Baron then trips over Chase and the fans laugh. Barbarian lands a stiff flying shoulderblock on Tabb. The squash continues for way too long. Whatley ends it by running the ropes into a flying headbut on Tabb for the pin. 3/4*
Arn Anderson comes out. “Have you ever seen a nicer group of guys in your life,” Arn says regarding Jones’ Army. Funny. Arn says he already gave Ron Garvin a chance at greatness. He says he’s fulfilling his promise to defend the TV Title weekly. Arn tells the camera to zoom in on his face. His forehead is heavily scarred. He says he earns it every night, facing Wahoo, Magnum, Garvin and others and he will continue to be the TV champ as long as he wants. “Once again, it’s been your pleasure.” Good stuff, as usual, from Arn.
After a break, it’s Jim Cornette. He’s happy and even the sideshow freaks in the audience can’t put him out of his good mood. Cornette says after the Midnight Express wins the Crockett Cup, they’re going to burn him at the stake for being a witch because of his supernatural powers in predicting it. Cornette hypes upcoming showdowns with the Road Warriors. “If brains were gasoline, the Road Warriors couldn’t propel a flea’s motorcycle around a raindrop. They’re stupid.” He says without the tag titles, the Road Warriors are just another couple of musclebound clowns. He then starts talking about the Rock & Roll Express…
The Rock & Roll Express’ music plays, interrupting Cornette. They’re facing Larry Clarke & Art Pritts. Morton controls with quick arm drags. He tags Gibson and they do the double team move where Morton punches the opponent in the gut and Gibson hits the running kneelift. Cornette must have left. David & Tony don’t bother to tell us. They work the leg for several minutes and end it with the double dropkick. The usual R&R showcase. *1/2
Morton & Gibson join Tony at the podium and hype the Crockett Cup, their upcoming matches with the Midnight Express for the tag titles, and their new feud with Ric Flair. We see last week’s footage where Morton got the better of Flair. The fans in the studio absolutely love the R&R.
To the ring, Magnum T.A. vs. Randy Mulkey. Can MulkeyMania overcome Magnum’s usual quick squashes? Nope. 15 seconds and it’s over after the belly-to-belly suplex.*
Paul Jones’ Army joins Tony. The Army is complete and they’re ready for war on Jimmy Valiant. Jones says Pez Whatley’s attack on Jimmy Valiant was planned by him. Pez has now been renamed Shaska Whatley. He calls Nighthawk Coltrane an Uncle Tom, and says Jimmy Valiant is “a white Uncle Tom”, whatever that means.
To the ring, Arn Anderson vs. Ronnie Garvin for the NWA World TV Title. 10-minute time limit. They wrestled to a draw on the March 1 program. Good mat wrestling early on as the advantage goes back and forth. Garvin catches Arn’s boot and nails him with the right hand and open handed chops. Garvin sends Arn down with the headbutt. Garvin ties up Anderson “like a pretzel” as the crowd chants encourages Garvin to break Anderson’s arm. Sadists. Fisticuffs, which Garvin gets the better of and Arn ducks outside. Back in, Arn pulls the tights to get Garvin down and works the arm. Garvin escapes into a rear chinlock and drops elbows on Anderon’s head. He locks in a sleeper and we go to a break…
We’re back Garvin is in control. Tully Blanchard & J.J. Dillon join the ringside commentary. Garvin decks Arn with the closed fist, which Blanchard notes is illegal. Garvin suplexes Anderson, but Arn catches him with the shoulder to the gut, then applies a gutbuster, followed by the body scissors. Garvin pokes the eyes and lands more chops. A backdrop by Garvin and he sets up for the knockout punch. Arn sees it coming and wisely ducks outside. Back in, they collide heads and both men are dazed. Garvin locks in the abdominal stretch and Tully interferes to break it up. Garvin wins by DQ.**1/2
But that’s not the whole story. Tully & Arn hit the double gourdbuster on Garvin. Along with J.J. Dillon, they stretch Garvin and wrap his hand around the ringpost. Blanchard uses his cowboy boot to pound away repeatedly on Garvin’s right hand, the vaunted “hand of stone”. Blanchard says Garvin won’t be able to use that illegal punch ever again and Arn says he and Tully are THE team for the Crockett Cup.
After a break, Jim Cornette comes back out and compares his Midnight Express with the Rock & Roll Express, saying the MX is like a mirror image of the R&R. It’s like wrestling a dark side of themselves. Cornette hypes the Crockett Cup and some of their past battles with teams in the tournament like the Fantastics and the Fabulous Ones.
To the ring, Cornette’s Midnight Express vs. Mike Simani & Denny Brown. Brown, the NWA Jr. Heavyweight Champion, fares well early on vs. both Bobby and Dennis. Brown tags in Simani and that ends quickly. Bobby drags Simani over to the podium and slugs him in the face. Back in, he delivers the top rope kneedrop to the back of Simani’s head. Dennis ends it with the full nelson facebuster. *1/2
Ivan & Nikita Koloff come out. Nikita is pissed about Magnum putting their chain around his neck. He rips off his shirt and shows off the roided up neck and shoulder muscles. Ivan says Nephew Nikita is too strong and too well conditioned to be hurt. Ivan keeps ranting and Tony says time is up. Ivan’s says don’t you cut him off as the credits roll.
Another good show this week. Thanks for reading.
Tonight we get the seedings for the first Jim Crockett Sr. Memorial Cup Tag Team Tournament, more awesomeness and hilarity from Jim Cornette and the Midnight Express, a good TV Title match, and a major confrontation between Baby Doll & J.J. Dillon. Will others get involved?
We open with video of Ric Flair & Arn Anderson vs. Dusty Rhodes & Ron Garvin in a tag team match. Rhodes puts Flair in the figure four. Anderson comes in to break it up, but Garvin nails Flair with the knockout punch and Dusty covers the world champ for the pin. The crowd pops huge as Garvin, Rhodes & Baby Doll celebrate.
Tony Schiavone & David Crockett are our hosts and they let us know there has been a “major title change”…
We open with video of Ron Garvin knocking out and pinning NWA Champ Ric Flair from a house show. This was after a 60-minute draw. They agreed to continue the natch. Garvin won, but did not receive the NWA Title since the time limit had already expired.
Tony Schiavone and David Crockett are our hosts today. Coming up on the show, Garvin will face Flair’s cousin and Four Horseman teammate Arn Anderson for the NWA World TV Title. Ric Flair will make a rare in-ring appearance on the show. Dusty Rhodes, the Midnight Express, the Rock & Roll Express, many more, and news about the Crockett Cup also coming up.
Our opening shot is Gorgeous Jimmy Garvin & Precious making their Jim Crockett Promotions debut in Fayetteville, NC on one of the syndicated shows, coming to the ring to ZZ Top’s “Sharp Dressed Man”, or in this case on the WWE Network, a sad ripoff.
Tony Schiavone & David Crockett are our hosts this week. Today, we get our first look at the Big Gold Belt, which Tony says cost $35,000. Also coming up, Arn Anderson defends the World TV Title, and we’ll have lots of new about the Jim Crockett Sr. Memorial Cup Tag Team Tournament.
Our opening clip shows the end of the time limit draw between Dusty Rhodes & Tully Blanchard from “Superstars on the Superstation”, after which Blanchard delivered a piledriver on Rhodes and J.J. Dillon stole Dusty’s National Heavyweight Title.
Tony Schiavone is our host this week from the TBS Studio. David Crockett is still on special assignment, thankfully. Coming up, Arn Anderson defends the World TV Title vs. Sam Houston in what should be a good match and the Midnight Express will defend the NWA World Tag Team Titles. Also here are the Rock & Roll Express, Magnum T.A., the Russians, Paul Jones will unveil a new charge, and much more.
There is a two-week period in between the last show and this one. WWE Network is apparently missing the February 1 show. TBS also aired “Superstars on the Superstation” on February 7, with supposed “dream matches” that the fans voted for. It’s not on the WWE Network either, but Rock Star Gary provides a good review here. The Midnight Express defeated the Rock & Roll Express for the NWA World Tag Team Titles on that show, which brings us to tonight…
In celebration of my birthday, I thought I’d write about a birthday cake angle from Jim Crockett Promotions prior to Ted Turner’s buyout.
Live from both Greensboro, NC & Atlanta, GA
Airdate: November 27, 1986
Attendance: 16,000 in Greensboro, 14,000 in Atlanta
Hosted by Bob Caudle, Johnny Weaver, Tony Schiavone, and Rick Stewart
This reflection is dedicated to the illustrious but shortened career of Magnum T.A.
Live from Irving, TX
Airdate: May 5, 1985
Hosted by Marc Lowrance.
by Logan Scisco
next round of reviews by covering the 1998 season of Monday Night Raw. 1998 is when the WWF finally turned the
Monday Night Wars in its favor and began the process of grinding WCW to dust
(assisted by poor WCW booking patterns and the AOL-Time Warner merger). The year saw the creation of new stars, the
continuation of a more mature product, and Steve Austin solidify himself as one
of the greatest WWF stars of all-time.
to modify my rating style for this set of reviews. I don’t like doing star ratings for TV events
because of the length of the matches, so when I review the pay-per-views I’ll
revert to the star rating, but for the TV shows I’m going to do an average
point system. If a match or lengthy interview
segment is worthwhile, it will receive a point.
Otherwise, it won’t. I hope that
this can better clarify the good and bad elements of a show. If everyone hates it I can revert to stars, but
that’s my logic.
with Steve Austin in the parking lot talking about how everyone in the locker
room wants to get him and he sent them a “3:16” message on their pagers. He encourages the audience to watch tonight’s
show where he will strike first at everyone that is out to get him.
Cole, and Kevin Kelly are in the booth and they are live from New Haven,
Contest: Ken Shamrock beats Faarooq
(w/Kama Mustafa & D-Lo Brown) via submission to the ankle lock at 5:02
Shamrock in the first round of the Intercontinental title tournament back in
September. The Rock also volunteered
Faarooq to take on Shamrock in his contest on last week’s show. During the match, Ross keeps hyping Shamrock
as a future WWF champion. Faarooq works
the ribs and the Rock comes down to ringside shortly before the commercial
break. The Rock tries to direct
interference whereby Kama will hold a chair in the corner so that Shamrock can
be whipped into it, but heel miscommunication results and Shamrock wins to go
three-for-three against the Nation.
Shamrock had some good selling in this match, but the match never worked
up a consistent pace. 0 of 1
Faarooq argues with Kama on the floor as the Rock and Shamrock stare each other
down in the ring. Before they can do
anything, though, Steve Austin runs out and gives each of them a Stone Cold
Stunner before exiting through the crowd.
out with Howard Brody and Dennis Coralluzzo of the National Wrestling Alliance
(NWA). Cornette announces that both men
will award the NWA North American championship to the winner of our next match.
American Championship Match: Jeff
Jarrett defeats Barry Windham to win the title at 3:34:
it was the second most prominent title in the promotion. Reckless Youth (remember him?) was the
previous champion, but the NWA vacated the title in December 1997 for use in
this angle. Cornette educates the
audience about the NWA on commentary, but Cole has to ask him if it is a bogus
promotion to show off his stupidity. Windham
uses his size and power to dominate much of the match, but Jarrett puts his
foot on the bottom rope to avoid being pinned after a lariat. After that, Coralluzzo distracts the referee
and as Windham prepares to give Jarrett a superplex, Cornette runs into the
ring and hits him in the back with his tennis racket. Windham manages to complete the move, but is
knocked out and Jarrett pins him to win the title. 1 of 2
Jarrett struts around with his new title, but Steve Austin runs out and gives
him a Stone Cold Stunner.
proceeds to break down the house show circuit.
the announce team that he would love for the Royal Rumble to come down between
him and Austin.
a schoolgirl outfit to do guest ring announcing duties for our next match.
8-Ball defeat Sniper & Recon (w/The Jackyl) when Skull pins Recon with a
DDT at 3:39:
it here, but since the time on it is short it’s a tolerable matchup. The Jackyl keeps laughing when Recon misses
big moves, justifying his behavior by saying that Recon is just trying to be a
star. The Disciples of Apocalypse end
this out of nowhere after all hell breaks loose after the hot tag. Speaking of nowhere, this feud is headed
there, but that’s because the booking team has no idea what they want to get
out of either team. 1 of 3
Kurrgan comes out and a three-on-two beatdown commences, which allows Kurrgan
to show off his size and strength.
segment is the Undertaker helping Kane clear the ring of the superstars that
tried to attack him on last week’s Raw.
comes out. Chyna is pushing Triple H in
a wheelchair because he has suffered a dislocated knee cap that might require
surgery. Triple H brags about costing
Owen Hart the WWF title last week and he dares Owen to come out and face
him. Owen appears on the Titantron and
lets Triple H know that when his right knee heals he is going to destroy his
left one. Owen tries to sell the “blackheart”
element of his character, claiming that he has no conscience and feels no pain,
but the result is a corny promo that Triple H mocks before ending the segment. 1 of 4
Slam of the Week is Vader hitting a moonsault on a jobber on Shotgun Saturday
recap of Steve Austin’s rampage on tonight’s show.
hour two, Jim Ross and Jerry “the King” Lawler take over announcing duties.
Savio Vega (w/Los Boricuas) with a rollup at 4:05:
going after Savio and incorporating a Lou Thesz press in the early going. It doesn’t take long for D-Generation X to
appear by the entrance and that gives Savio an opportunity to turn the
tide. The Boricuas also assist Savio in maintaining
the advantage, but this leads to another referee coming out and ejecting them. However, this doesn’t happen quickly enough
and Savio is able to get out of a Sharpshooter when Jose tries to get into the
ring. Owen still wins with a rollup shortly
thereafter. Lackluster matchup and Owen’s
in-ring style does not really fit this hard edged character that they want him
to play. 1 of 5
Owen tries to go after Triple H, but the Boricuas attack him and then bring him
to Triple H to slap around. They make
sure to collect their payment before leaving.
out looking disheveled and he tells the Undertaker that he hopes he loses to
Shawn Michaels at the Royal Rumble. The
storyline here is that Kane has left Bearer after last week’s events, so Bearer
is freaking out. He begs Kane to come
home before leaving in despair. Really
nice promo to continue the slow burn for this angle. 2 of 6
is shown leaving a locker room and Mark Henry is shown in pain on the
floor. So Austin has attacked another
recaps Marc Mero’s treatment of Sable and Tom Brandi’s intervention on her
Mero (w/Sable) beats Tom Brandi by disqualification when Steve Austin
interferes at 3:47:
instead of throwing it on Raw. The crowd
works up a loud “Sable” chant when Mero hides behind his valet when Brandi
charges after him at the beginning of the contest. Mero gets knocked out of the ring and falls
on top of Sable, but when Brandi goes to help her he gets a double axe
handle. Mero hits a TKO, but when he
goes for another Steve Austin runs in and gives Mero a Stunner. The crowd comes unglued for that and that was
because of Mero’s display of carelessness for Sable that occurred throughout
the match. 3 of 7
1-900-737-4WWF to find out what old NWA stars Jim Cornette is recruiting and
hear who is attending the WWF’s training camp!
recap of Steve Austin’s rampage. Do we
need to hit back to this every time come back from commercial?
defeats The Artist Formerly Known as Goldust (w/Luna Vachon) by
disqualification when Luna interferes at 2:32:
70s persona in his latest display of weirdness.
I’m surprised that the WWF signed off on this in 1998, but you can bet
that they would never do it today after going public. Flash nearly wins after a spinning heel kick,
but Luna pushes him off the top rope when he tries to the Tumbleweed in plain
view of the referee and costs her man the match. The short length of the contest prevented
some of Goldust’s traditional stalling and that helped it significantly. 4 of 8
Goldust hits the Curtain Call but Vader runs out and Goldust flees.
hypes Steve Blackman.
1-900-RUMBLE-98 to register yourself in the Steve Austin pickup truck
contest! It’ll cost you $1.99 or you can
send a postcard to Devon, Pennsylvania.
of Chainsaw Charlie is shown.
appearance on Regis and Kathie Lee is shown.
These guys got sent out on a lot of the WWF’s public relations work at
this time despite doing squat in the ring.
Match: The New Age Outlaws (WWF Tag Team
Champions) beat The Headbangers when Billy Gunn pins Mosh after a face
miscommunication at 4:58:
double team maneuvers. The Godwinns
appear by the entrance, apparently scouting the Outlaws for a tag team title
shot that they are owed. Thrasher and
the Road Dogg give each other simultaneous low blows when they dropkick each
other at the same time. This cues the
hot tag and all hell breaking loose, but the Headbangers blow a Stage Dive
attempt when Thrasher jumps too early for the flying leg drop and Gunn rolls up
Mosh for a clean win. This had a creative
finish that solidified the credibility of the Outlaws. The loss cements the Headbangers status as
one of the lower ranked teams in the division.
5 of 9
Cactus Jack and Chainsaw Charlie run out and the Outlaws walk back to the
WrestleMania XIV, but says that his contract negotiation with Vince McMahon to
make Mike Tyson a part of it has not been finished. It’s close, though!
Hell in a Cell match between Shawn Michaels and the Undertaker is shown in
order to hype the Shawn Michaels-Undertaker title match at the Royal Rumble.
Michaels comes out and says that he will show the Undertaker is a loser at the
Royal Rumble. He calls out the
Undertaker and druids wheel out a casket.
The casket is covered in graffiti like last week and Michaels calls for
Triple H and Chyna to get out of it. No
response happens so Michaels continues his juvenile antics. Triple H and Chyna then come out on the ramp
and warn Michaels that they are not in it and before Michaels can put two and
two together, the Undertaker bursts out of the casket and pulls Michaels inside
as we go off the air. AWESOME closing
segment, even if it was predictable. 6 of 10
but the second hour was full of fun segments and matches so that barely saves
the show with a 6/10 rating. Austin’s victory
at the Rumble was very obvious, but at least the WWF booked it in an
entertaining way that placed him on the perfect trajectory to challenge for the
title at WrestleMania.
by Logan Scisco
angle surrounding last week’s show concerning the European title is shown.
Cole, and Kevin Kelly are in the booth and they are live from the Nassau
Coliseum in New York for the last RAW of 1997.
dressed as a New Year’s baby and declares that he will enter the Royal
Rumble. I should note that Cole is
establishing a bad operating procedure of constantly talking over a wrestler’s
promo, afraid of having any silence on the air.
Goldust is supposed to wrestle Steve Austin, who comes out and has a
Porta John lowered, which he has to tug into the ring from the top of the
arena. The Porta John, which Cole
initially calls an “outhouse” has “Crapper 3:16” written on the outside of it. Goldust tries to sneak up on Austin behind
it, but Austin slams the door in his face, tosses him inside, and when
Goldust comes out he eats a Stone Cold Stunner.
Austin then tosses Goldust back in and turns it over, before ending his
promo on top it. A wild, creative, and
very entertaining segment and Austin had the crowd eating out his hand the
attack on Triple H on last week’s show is the 1-800-COLLECT Rewind segment.
Island Street Fight: The Disciples of
Apocalypse beat Savio Vega, Miguel Perez & Jesus (w/Jose) when Chainz pins
Jose after heel miscommunication at 3:17:
the Boricuas. Ross subtly buries Crush
by saying that after his altercation with Kane he did not want to be in the WWF
anymore. The match gets off to a hot
shot, with chairs being used, but it quickly cools into a battle royal-type
brawl. Jose isn’t supposed to be in the
match, but gets involved anyway and in a piece of WCWesque booking, Chainz pins
him when Savio accidentally blasts him with a spin kick. Rating: *
these ads for a couple of weeks, but I want to say that their “Attitude Era”
ads where the Undertaker, Steve Austin, the Rock, Ken Shamrock, etc. listed
their accomplishments and injuries and put down anyone who criticizes wrestling
for being fake are well done.
Triple H and Chyna are in the ring after the commercial break and Triple H is
on crutches and in a knee brace, which he says is because he dislocated his
knee cap last night, and he says he won’t be able to defend his title against Owen Hart
tonight. Triple H says that Shawn
Michaels isn’t here because he has a 102 degree fever and the lights go out and
a casket is wheeled to the ring by druids, but Michaels pops out of the casket,
which has DX graffiti. Kelly is
outraged, saying Michaels “desecrated the spirit of the casket.” What?
DX puts over Chyna’s breasts for a few minutes and Michaels pledges that
1998 will be the year of DX.
Commissioner Slaughter comes out and says that Triple H is medically
unfit to compete, so he books Michaels in a WWF title match against Owen.
defeats Kama Mustafa (w/Faarooq & D-Lo Brown) via submission to the
anklelock at 3:36:
is that he’s going to slowly go through the Nation in preparation for facing
the Rock for the Intercontinental title. Kama gets in a few token moves and Shamrock
exchanges strikes with him before taking him down and making him tap. Rating: *
Rock comes out and says that fans have asked him his opinion on the elderly and
Social Security, but he doesn’t care as long as makes money. That’s a funny gimmick as last week we said
fans asked his opinion on world peace.
The Rock calls off the Nation from beating up Shamrock and says next
week Shamrock will face Faarooq. Faarooq
isn’t happy about that. The Rock is
carrying the feud on the mic and doing a fantastic job. The Rock-Shamrock feud as a whole is very
underrated and a largely forgotten part of 1998, but the Rock’s work in that
feud is what set him on the path to main event status.
hypes the house show circuit. Why can’t
WWE bother to do this today?
the next Madison Square Garden show. The
matches that are in this show were chronicled in last week’s review.
shown sitting in an empty arena before tonight’s show and thanks the fans for
watching and he promises that 1998 will be the most action packed and enjoyable
year in WWF history. Can’t say he was
wrong about that. I sort of miss these
fan appreciation segments with Vince because he comes off very sincere, but in
the back of his mind he had to know things would have to get better in 1998
because he and Linda lost $5 million or so of their own money on the company in
1997 and couldn’t give Christmas bonuses, which they felt ashamed of, according
to a Kevin Kelly shoot interview.
Lawler & “Too Sexy” Brian Christopher beats Taka Michinoku & George
“the Animal” Steele by disqualification when Steele uses a foreign object at
Jim Ross’s son, which is so ridiculous I’m surprised Ross didn’t corpse on live
television. Steele was Michinoku’s
mystery partner for this match and since they are in a mainstay WWF territory,
he gets a bigger pop than Steve Austin when he comes out and eats a few
turnbuckles. This is a fun match, as
Lawler and Steele both use foreign objects and Lawler teases doing a moonsault,
which if he did it might have made this a **** match. Unfortunately, there isn’t much action because
Steele gets tired of seeing Lawler do his phantom foreign object trick and gets
caught using a real one.
hour, Ross and Lawler take over commentary duties.
“The Road Dogg” Jesse James (w/Billy Gunn) by disqualification when Gunn
interferes at 2:10:
Rangers jerseys. Before the match, Dude
Love morphs into Mankind on the Titantron, who really should be in the hospital
after getting locked in a freezer last week.
Mankind morphs into Cactus Jack and that’s who is coming for the Outlaws
in this match with a barbed wire baseball bat as the crowd goes wild and chants
“ECW.” Cactus takes a nasty chair shot
from James, but quickly rallies to hit a double-arm DDT, prompting the
interference. Lawler is apoplectic about
that because all of the weapons used didn’t bring about a disqualification,
which is a justified view.
Cactus fights the Outlaws by the entrance and out of a crate, which has been
sitting there all night, comes Chainsaw Charlie, which was so stupid it
cannot be put into words. If Terry Funk
popped out of the box or, as Lawler mentioned, Leatherface, this would’ve been
much better. The smart fans in the
audience quickly realize it’s Funk and start chanting “Terry.” As it is,
Charlie runs off the Outlaws with his crazy chainsaw antics.
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contest! It’ll cost you $1.99 or you can
send a postcard to Devon, Pennsylvania.
Sable, who will be in the next RAW magazine and she says she wants to give fans
a preview of what’s in the magazine, but before she can unveil a swimsuit, Marc
Mero comes out and sets up a chair saying that he wants to see the show. When Kelly tells Mero to calm down, Mero
calls him a third string announcer and gives him a low blow. Tom Brandi runs out when Mero berates Sable,
but eats a TKO on the chair. Mero then
chokes Brandi with parts of Sable’s RAW magazine. It’s unfortunate that Mero’s ring work was
awful at this point because he was tearing it up with this character and it was
the most entertaining he had been in years.
1-900-737-4WWF to hear about the British Bulldog’s future, or lack thereof.
the Disciples of Apocalypse, Flash Funk, and Scott Taylor come to the ring and
call out Kane to get revenge. However,
shortly after Kane comes down, the Undertaker makes an appearance and helps
Kane clear the ring. The Undertaker then
leaves, which causes him to be booed, but it’s an excellent piece of
Madison Square Garden show again.
WWF Tag Team Champions The New Age Outlaws, who say that they aren’t concerned
about facing the Legion of Doom at the Royal Rumble because Chainsaw Charlie is
trying to kill them. The interview ends
with Charlie cutting through a locker room door and the Outlaws flee.
comments on the state of wrestling in 1997 and says it is awful, indicting all
of the major companies, including the WWF.
He doesn’t care for DX, Sable, and the New World Order. He complains about a lack of wrestling,
living in Connecticut, and the Internet.
Cornette says he might bring some tradition back to the WWF, thereby
laying the groundwork for bringing in his NWA faction. A good rant, but Cornette’s view of
traditional wrestling wasn’t going to fly in 1998.
giving a Stone Cold Stunner to Santa Claus is the Sony Playstation Slam of the
with her photo spread in RAW magazine and gives it to a young fan. I’m sure his mother really loved that.
that the WWF has begun negotiations with Mike Tyson to participate at
WrestleMania XIV. The crowd boos that
and Lawler mentions how Vince McMahon talking to Mike Tyson
threatens global security.
chronicles Owen Hart’s return to the WWF.
Match: Owen Hart beats “The Heartbreak
Kid” Shawn Michaels (Champion w/Chyna) by disqualification when Triple H breaks
a crutch over Owen’s head at 7:47 shown:
and Michaels humorously mocks a fan telling Owen to look behind him to avoid a
flying axe handle. Owen dominates the
early going until Chyna trips him. Owen
sells a sleeper spot really well, panicking when it gets put on and trying to
punch his way towards the ropes. Owen
runs through his usual spots for near-falls and the crowd becomes unglued when
he catches Shawn with an enziguri and applies the Sharpshooter. However, Triple H, who came down to the
ringside a few minutes into the match interferes and Michaels keeps the title. Looking back, Owen should’ve gotten the title
here for two weeks and then dropped it back to Michaels before the Royal
Rumble. It would’ve given them two weeks
to hype a rematch and would have allowed them to give Owen a trial run as
champion. The crowds were really into
his “lone Hart” act upon his return, but when he was shuffled back down to the
midcard that aura disappeared. Rating:
Triple H whacks Owen with his other crutch, thereby transitioning his match
with Michaels into a feud between them.
Michaels-Owen Hart to headline a pay-per-view, but for political reasons this
was the best that we were going to get. The
crowd was hot for everything on this show and the show also set up a lot of
great storylines for 1998. Austin is
heading into the Royal Rumble as a wrecking machine, D-Generation X is angering
everyone in the company and stirring the pot, the Undertaker continues to
refuse to face Kane, who in turn is destroying the roster, Cactus Jack is
waging war against the New Age Outlaws, and the Rock is slowly becoming one of
the most entertaining heels in the company.
Coupled with the talents of Owen Hart, Taka Michinoku, Terry Funk, Ken
Shamrock and others it is not surprising that the company soon overtook WCW,
whose main event scene was growing stagnant.
This show also gave lots of hope to loyal WWF fans because the 3.6
rating was the highest ever for a RAW episode that went head-to-head with Nitro
up to this point and it was a significant improvement over the 2.1 rating that
the company drew for the first RAW of 1997.
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Ross, and Jerry “the King” Lawler are in the booth and they are live from
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
Contest: Rocky Maivia & Kama Mustafa
(w/Faarooq & D-Lo Brown) defeat Ahmed Johnson & Ken Shamrock (w/The
Legion of Doom) when Maivia pins Shamrock after Faarooq hits Shamrock with Rick
Rude’s briefcase at 6:44:
sit by the entrance and they showcase signs that read “Spank Me Vince,” “Who
Booked this Crap?,” and “I’d Rather be in Chyna.” One of them is the non-politically correct
“Uncle Tom 3:16”, which I’m surprised they didn’t catch a great deal of heat
for. The crowd is hot for this and
Maivia and Shamrock have a good exchange in a small preview of what is to come
in their 1998 feud. Faarooq spends much
of the match talking with Rick Rude and Kama forgets to nail Shamrock when he
runs the ropes to trigger the initial finishing sequence and all of this
results in a small upset for the Nation.
and gets beaten down and the Legion of Doom just casually walk to aid him
before they are intercepted by WWF officials. Then out of nowhere the Godwinns
jump onto the entrance ramp and attack the LOD with garbage cans.
tonight a former WCW champion will be with us tonight.
the locker room and shows us the Nation of Domination’s locker room, which has
been painted with anti-black graffiti. A
Canadian flag is left behind, along with a “Canada rules,” which is meant to
implicate the Hart Foundation. THIS did
get the company in hot water with civil rights groups if I remember correctly.
out and get in McMahon’s face about the graffiti in their locker room and
allege that he is a racist and is running a racist company. Faarooq gives his pro-black message and
demands that WWF Champion Bret Hart come and face him immediately, despite
their match being booked for later in the evening.
Hart Foundation) pins Faarooq (w/The Nation of Domination) after Steve Austin
gives Faarooq a Stone Cold Stunner at 5:12 shown:
Shawn Michaels accuses him of being a racist on commentary. Bret goes after Michaels, but he is
restrained by the Nation and that leads to a brawl between the Nation and the
Hart Foundation at ringside. Bret works
the leg, but when he goes for the ring post figure-four the Nation attacks
him. In the midst of the chaos, Steve
Austin comes into the ring and attacks Faarooq to a nuclear crowd reaction and
that enables Bret to pick up a cheap win.
The match was butchered by the commercial and extra curriculars and
Austin’s interference adds an extra ½ to it.
of the Milton Bradley Karate Fighters Holiday Tournament is previewed by Kevin
Kelly and Grandmaster Robbie. Next week
will be the first match of the tournament between Jerry Lawler and Brian Christopher.
out, thereby making his return to the company, and says that since we refused
to resign with WCW, Eric Bischoff tried to bury him. He says that WCW put a lid on his potential
and he criticizes being placed with “an ex-football player’s ex-wife that
defines dumb blonde.” He runs down his
old WWF country music gimmick and McMahon’s handling of his career. He then runs down Bret Hart, Shawn Michaels,
and Steve Austin. This “shoot” promo
might mean more if Jarrett was as valuable to the wrestling business as he
thinks he is. None of this would amount
to much since Jarrett would soon go back to his old country music gimmick and
would be partnered with Debra when she came to the WWF. In fact, it actually hurt Jarrett in 1999 since
Austin refused to work a main event program with him because Jarrett called the
3:16 part of Austin’s gimmick “blasphemous.”
Austin rightly worried that Jarrett’s comments could have led to a
Christian boycott of the WWF and derailed his push.
(w/Sable) defeats “Too Sexy” Brian Christopher with a TKO at 4:11:
storyline, as Lawler puts a Steve Austin hat on Sable during the match and when
Mero sees it he takes it off of her face and throws it into the crowd. Aside from that, this match is okay but no
one cares about it. Mero uses a low blow
to set up the TKO, thereby showing that he is moving away from his babyface
roots. Rating: *½
hype the house show circuit.
hypes the title for title match between Shawn Michaels and Owen Hart. It recounts the enziguri incident with Shawn
Michaels and the SummerSlam piledriver on Steve Austin.
Title: “The Heartbreak Kid” Shawn
Michaels (European Champion) wrestles Owen Hart (Intercontinental Champion) to
a disqualification at 6:20 shown:
Michaels agrees. Michaels gives Owen a
piledriver on the arena floor, which would have meant Owen’s career was over in
Memphis, but he rallies with his belly-to-belly suplex. I hate when big moves like that are done on
the arena floor since by wrestling standards moves on the arena floor are ten
times as devastating as those done in the ring.
This is an interesting match from a crowd reaction perspective because
they don’t necessarily care for Michaels, but they don’t like Owen either. Owen counters Sweet Chin Music with the
enziguri, but Steve Austin comes out from the crowd. The referee makes the mistake of getting in
his way and eats a Stunner and Michaels KO’s Owen with the Sweet Chin Music,
which leads to Bret running out to tear apart Michaels and this is thrown
out. Owen-Michaels is always a great
match, but they just didn’t have the time to take this to another level. Rating: **½
1-900-737-4WWF to hear another one of Jim Cornette’s rants!
a pre-taped segment says that he has carried the grief of his family for a long
time and argues that Paul Bearer has poisoned Kane’s mind. He promises to never fight Kane.
scheduled to be the British Bulldog against Dude Love, but Kane interrupts
after Love’s entrance. Love clotheslines
Kane over the top rope and hits him with a chair, but Kane barely sells it and
chokeslams Love twice on the entrance ramp.
This lays the foundation for a Kane-Foley match at Survivor Series.
Jesse James & “Bad Ass” Billy Gunn defeat The Headbangers when James pins
Thrasher after Gunn hits Thrasher with a boom box at 4:05:
Billy Gunn. Gunn’s attire is something
like Taka Michinoku would wear, but it at least gets him away from the cowboy
gimmick he has been sporting in some fashion since 1993. If you are looking for some trademark New Age
Outlaws spots you aren’t going to get them in this match since this is one of
the formative outings of the team and they are still working out the
gimmick. The Headbangers look to have
the match in hand, but Gunn smashes Thrasher over the head with a boom box that
explodes on impact, thereby putting some of those Paul E. Dangerously cell
phone shots to shame, and the soon to be named Outlaws pick up a win over
former tag team champions. A really
boring match until the finish and you would think from the ring work that the
Outlaws weren’t going anywhere, but James’ mic work put the team on the
map. Rating: *
the TKO to a jobber on Shotgun Saturday Night is the Lazer Tag Slam of the
appearance on Mad TV is shown.
be the guest ring announcer for the next match.
Michinoku signing a long-term contract with the WWF is shown. Could they do anything more to telegraph the
fact that this guy was going to be the light heavyweight champion?
Exhibition: Taka Michinoku beats Tajiri
with a Michinoku Driver at 2:52:
beginning of the light heavyweight championship tournament, which will kick off
on the November 3rd edition of Monday Night Raw. Tajiri folds Michinoku up like an accordion
on a sit out powerbomb and the two proceed to put most of the light heavyweight
matches done so far to shame. They work
a fast match, which has the predictable finish, but the WWF just didn’t know
what they had with Tajiri at this stage of his career.
some fan comments about his rant against Phil Mushnick last week. He urges fans to make their voice heard and
McMahon tells fans to write to TV Guide and voice their displeasure with Phil
Godwinns losing the tag team championships to the Legion of Doom last week is
shown, along with their beating of Uncle Cletus.
scheduled to face the Disciples of Apocalypse, but the DOA do a four-on-two
attack on the Godwinns before the Truth Commission comes to the Godwinns aid to
continue their feud.
promo from the arena boiler room, where he says that he is the master of mayhem
and if the Undertaker will not fight against his own brother then he will.
to see Bret Hart defend the WWF title against Ken Shamrock! See, they didn’t have to do Montreal unless
they really wanted to.
tons of different angles fly at the audience from all kinds of different
directions, but it made for a quick and enjoyable show. The matches were brief and not very exciting
outside of the light heavyweight exhibition and Shawn-Owen, but everyone has
something to do and that keeps you invested in the non-main event matches.
by Logan Scisco
a video package that profiles the Legion of Doom, who have vowed to defeat the
Godwinns for the tag team titles tonight or retire.
Ross, and Jerry “the King” Lawler are in the booth and they are in Topeka,
the Hart Foundation. Before WWF Champion
Bret Hart can start speaking, the Kliq interrupts and Michaels has his antics
with the Canadian flag replayed from last week’s show, along with his loss to
Triple H. Bret calls Michaels and Triple
H “degenerates” as they continue to run down the Hart Foundation and Michaels
runs with it and says that his crew is “D-Generation X” and they are around to
break rules. After DX finishes their promo, the Nation of Domination comes out, thereby depriving
Bret of a rebuttal, and this leads into our first match.
Contest: Owen Hart (Intercontinental
Champion w/The Hart Foundation) wrestles Kama Mustafa (w/The Nation of
Domination) to a no contest at 4:46:
and Triple H take on commentating duties, where they run down Bret Hart’s
charisma. Lawler tries to kiss up to DX,
but they just tell him to shut up and give his headset to Rick Rude. Owen and Kama have a decent match in the
ring, but the outside shenanigans eat up camera time and Michaels eventually
provokes a battle between the Hart Foundation and the Nation, as DX looks
on. Rating: *½
discuss the impact of Paul Ellering on their careers.
Champions The Godwinns and Uncle Cletus say that they are willing to face the
Legion of Doom tonight because they want to get them out of the WWF.
Match: Max Mini & Nova beat Mosaic
& Tarantula when Max pins Mosaic with a rollup counter to a powerbomb at
proficient as there are no blown spots and the crowd pops for the high
spots. Nova takes a nasty spill to the
floor during a suicide dive where he lands head-first onto the arena
floor. He likely ends up with a
concussion as he stumbles around aimlessly and the match ends soon after.
Funk beating Rockabilly on Shotgun Saturday Night when the Honky Tonk Man
accidentally tripped Rockabilly is shown.
This brought the Road Dogg out, where he asked Rockabilly to join forces
with him and Rockabilly decked Honky with his guitar.
see Shawn Michaels-Flash Funk next, which sounds like a great match, but Kane
interrupts and destroys Funk. Topeka
pops for Kane, which is likely the biggest reaction Glenn Jacobs had ever
received in his career up to this point.
Paul Bearer says Kane will destroy everyone in his path until he gets to
face the Undertaker. After
Kane leaves, Shawn Michaels comes out and covers Funk as Triple H counts the
pin, Chyna rings the bell, and Rick Rude announces him as the winner. In retrospect, DX really lost something when
Rude left since he gave them an air of authority.
speak about how much they appreciate their fans.
Commission, with the Jackal, who has replaced the Commandant, say that the
Disciples of Apocalypse’s joyride in the WWF is coming to an end.
8-Ball (w/Crush & Chainz) defeat Recon & Sniper (w/The Interrogator
& The Jackal) by disqualification when the Jackyl pulls down the top rope
teams is so exhilarating that McMahon and Lawler discuss the scandals of the
Clinton administration, much to the ire of Ross. The match follows a good formula for Skull
and 8-Ball, since it allows the faster Truth Commission to control most of the
action and allow the DOA to hit a few high impact moves for pops. After the match, the Interrogator snaps and
attacks the DOA, but the DOA eventually get away and the Truth Commission has
to restrain him. The crowd was into the
DOA, so they had some investment in this angle, but McMahon and Lawler’s
bantering really killed the match. Rating:
medical waiver that he will be cleared to compete on November 9th at
the Survivor Series. McMahon pulls out
his spectacles and authorizes Austin’s match with Owen Hart for the Survivor
Series and Austin signs the medical waiver to a huge pop. Austin offers McMahon a handshake and then
pulls him close, where he tells him he could have given him a Stone Cold
Stunner. Faarooq comes out and warns
Austin that he messed with the wrong man at Badd Blood, to which Austin
challenges the Nation to come after him.
The Nation sends Rocky Maivia and Austin gives him a Stunner before
fleeing through the crowd. Watching
segments like this really make you miss this era.
Stadium at SummerSlam ’92.
what it takes to be the WWF tag team champions in the modern age and they don’t
want to be washed up like Hulk Hogan and Randy Savage. A much more subdued LOD promo and a good one
“Too Sexy” Brian Christopher beats Tajiri with a rollup by using the
tights at 5:26:
WWF waited so long to hold a tournament to crown a light heavyweight
champion. Since July they have had tons
of these “exhibition” bouts, although Taka Michinoku is the closest to a #1 seed at this point for a tournament since he has only been beaten by the Great Sasuke. Christopher’s offense is fine, but Tajiri’s
is better. However, Tajiri is not
Lawler’s kid, nor is he a product of a WWF developmental territory, so despite
outwrestling Christopher he loses the match.
At least Tajiri kicks Christopher in the face and over the top rope at
the end. Rating:
wrestling abolished in the United States and hates the steroid use in the
industry. Cornette also reads some
derogatory things that Mushnick has said about wrestling fans. Cornette takes issue with Mushnick’s recent
criticisms of the wrestling industry in light of Brian Pillman’s death. This is a good rant by Cornette, but
hindsight shows that Mushnick’s criticisms were right (and continue to be)
about the deaths of too many young wrestlers because of drug and steroid abuse.
(w/Marlena) defeats Savio Vega (w/Los Boricuas) after hitting him with
Marlena’s purse at 4:16:
somewhat awkward in light of Pillman’s death and the sudden end of that
angle. The Boricuas get caught tripping
Goldust when he runs the ropes and are tossed from ringside. Considering the awful matches these two have
been putting on lately, this one is surprisingly entertaining. Marlena tosses her cigar into the ring to
distract the referee and that allows Goldust to use a foreign object and
win. Rating: **
1-900-737-4WWF to hear Jim Ross’s rant against WCW.
supposed to wrestle the Patriot, but as the Patriot comes out, Rick Rude tosses
coffee in his face and beats on him with his briefcase. Commissioner Slaughter comes out and tells
Triple H that he will wrestle a volunteer.
This volunteer is Ahmed Johnson, but he’s attacked by the Nation of
Domination, who were seemingly sent to attack Ahmed by Rude. As the Nation beats up Ahmed and does a
number on his hand, DX eats popcorn by the entrance. Eventually, the Legion of Doom and Ken
Shamrock come out to break it up.
Championship Match: The Legion of Doom
defeat The Godwinns (Champions w/Uncle Cletus) when Hawk pins Phineas with a
flying clothesline to win the titles at 8:44 shown:
if the Legion of Doom lose this match then they are leaving the company. Considering the tendencies of these teams, it
would have made much more sense to make this a no disqualification match, but
they didn’t do so and it’s the same plodding battle these teams have had for
the last couple of months. A false tag
spot sees the Godwinns whip Animal into the ring steps and seemingly put him
out of commission as WWF officials come to take him to the locker room. Henry gives Earl Hebner a Slop Drop and
Animal suddenly runs back into the fray.
Cletus accidentally blasts Henry with a horse shoe and Phineas gets
surprised with a flying clothesline when he tries to piledrive Animal and the
Legion of Doom win the titles to a massive pop.
The whole story they tried to tell here was way too rushed, but at least
this finish sent the fans home happy. Rating:
the Godwinns destroy Uncle Cletus and bust his nose up really good. I guess Tony Anthony’s contract wasn’t
might have meant more. Instead, it came
off as very predictable booking. Still,
it was good to see them with the belts since they were the most over team in
the division at the time. Bret Hart came
off as a chump on this show based on the opening segment, but that was the idea
since he only had a few more weeks left in the company. This show was completely carried by
D-Generation X’s antics, as they did a great job in the opening segment, had a
nice comic bit when Kane destroyed Flash Funk, and were booked as geniuses prior
to the main event. If you were a mark
and this show didn’t make you hate DX, I’m not sure what else would have done