by Logan Scisco
Steve Austin taking Vince McMahon hostage on last week’s show. What was in the letter that Austin gave to
McMahon at the end of last week’s show?
“The King” Lawler are in the booth and they are taped from Madison, Wisconsin.
comes out with the stooges and the Big Bossman.
He lets the audience know that they are all responsible for what
happened to him last week since there was no good Samaritan in his time of
need. McMahon says Austin gave him a
legal document last week and he pledges to fight him with his crack legal team,
who is with him on the ramp. Of course,
the WWF’s legal team could not even keep the company’s name, so that’s not a
good thing. Another funny promo from
McMahon that got the crowd worked up to start the show. 1 for
for the European Championship: X-Pac
(Champion) beats Steve Blackman by disqualification at 2:49:
week for failing to appear for a court date due to Mark Henry’s sexual harassment
lawsuit. She has reportedly taken a
leave of absence until that issue gets resolved. By this time the European title had become
the WWF’s version of the WCW Television title, which was fine because it gave
guys in the midcard something to do.
Blackman dominates much of the bout and when he knocks X-Pac out of the
ring, Steven Regal, repacked as “A Real Man’s Man,” attacks X-Pac until the New
Age Outlaws and WWF officials separate them.
I still have no idea what they were thinking when they saddled Regal
with that gimmick.
to get your Rock “Layin’ the Smackdown” t-shirt for $25 (plus $6 shipping &
outside of Steve Austin’s locker room and he makes a big deal about Austin being
in the building.
Drozdov (w/LOD 2000) after the People’s Elbow at 4:40:
back and not the awful disco theme he was using last week. This is a good example of how you can keep a
product fresh by mixing upper midcard and lower midcard talents into
matches. It gives the upper midcard
wrestler a win, while giving the lower midcard wrestler something of a rub by allowing
them to showcase some of their skills against a more established talent. You may expect this to be a squash based on
where both men are on the card, but Droz manages a good deal of offense before
he misses a flying shoulderblock off the second rope and succumbs to the People’s
Elbow. Rating: ** (2 for 2)
Droz pushes Hawk away when Hawk tries to console him after the loss. Droz convinces Animal that they should head
to the locker room and they leave Hawk behind in the ring.
into Steve Austin’s locker room, but Austin says that he and someone else will
make a big announcement later tonight.
conference with his attorneys, with a few leaving the room complaining that he “doesn’t
get it.” I figure creative meetings
today work the same way.
Outlaws and X-Pac come out and introduce Motley Crue, who play some tunes. This was time to flip over to Nitro for me. The college kids in the crowd loved it,
Celebrity Deathmatch this week, where Steve Austin faces Vince McMahon!
to yell at a few attorneys about why they cannot void the legal document Austin
has. He does give us a clue that it is a
Gangrel (w/Christian) after a chokeslam at 3:01:
Survivor Series WWF title tournament. A
bracket has not been released for said tournament, though. This is an interesting matchup that could
have been a small feud if creative thought Gangrel was more than a lower
midcard talent. Kane squashes Gangrel
here, easily rebuffing Christian’s interference along the way.
Gangrel and Christian beat on Kane. Edge
runs in, but instead of making the save, he joins in the beating and all three
men leave together.
spoke to Shane McMcMahon and he says that after the commercial break the
McMahon family will have something to say about Steve Austin’s situation.
to the ring and says that he has a new contract with the WWF that guarantees
him at least one title shot, which is all that he needs to reclaim the title. Vince is wheeled out by the stooges and the
Big Bossman and he books Austin in an “I Quit” match against Intercontinental
Champion Ken Shamrock. Shane McMahon
comes to the ring against the wishes of his father and says that he hired
Austin back. He goes off about being ignored
by his father and his father’s ego is too large, while Vince cries on the
ramp. This was a really nice segment,
but the bad thing is that it foreshadowed the use of other McMahons in an
on-screen capacity as prominent figures of the show. 3 for
arena, but not before Austin tosses him a cold beer (calling him “kid”). What was that? The WWF’s version of the famous Mean Joe
Tiger Ali Singh (w/Babu) to a no contest at 4:26:
offering Singh that kind of deal. This
is Singh’s RAW debut after months of in-ring segments. The match never establishes much of a rhythm
and just falls apart by the end, where the Godfather and Singh keep brawling,
ignoring the referee’s instructions, and are eventually separated by WWF
officials. Rating: ¼* (3 for 4)
McMahon how he feels, but McMahon refuses to say anything as he leaves the
(w/Yamaguchi-San) beats Kurrgan, Golga & The Insane Clown Posse (w/Luna
Vachon & Giant Silva) by disqualification when Violent J tosses the referee
to the ground at 3:44:
look in that they are no longer wearing street clothes. If you saw the SummerSlam 1998 match between
these two squads this is basically the same match, just shorter and the ICP
getting a shine at Kaientai’s expense.
The match is only notable because the ICP turn heel by breaking the
rules and they blowoff the Oddities, who complain about losing the match. Rating: ** (4 for 5)
into his limo and leaves as the stooges assure him that they will take care of
Intercontinental Champion Ken Shamrock, who says he is ready to “knuckle up”
Mero (w/Jacqueline) defeats Goldust via disqualification when Goldust hits
Shattered Dreams at 2:55:
had a series of matches in 1996.
Jacqueline tries to prevent Shattered Dreams, but Goldust just kisses
her to a big pop. He then unloads
Shattered Dreams, which costs him the match, but the crowd was thoroughly
entertained by this match.
Sable walks out and issues the most awkward challenge in company history. It is like she read it off of cue cards with
hitting Al Snow with a guitar is the JVC Kaboom! of the Week.
Mankind and Al Snow, who are facing the New Age Outlaws tonight. Mankind and Snow argue over whether Socko or
Head is better.
Championship Match: The New Age Outlaws
(Champions) beat Al Snow & Mankind when the Road Dogg pins Snow with a
schoolboy at 5:28:
Deadly Game tournament. After some fun
brawling, Snow plants Road Dogg with a Snow Plow, but Snow and Mankind cannot
agree about whether to use Head or Socko to finish the match and that helps the
Outlaws retain. This would be a nice
pay-per-view encounter and could have been really good if given more time. Rating: **¼ (5 for 6)
D-Lo Brown and Mark Henry run in and beatdown the Outlaws, laying the
foundation for a title shot at the Survivor Series.
Match: “Stone Cold” Steve Austin defeats
Ken Shamrock (Intercontinental Champion) at 6:16:
tournament as well, thereby bringing our total number of official entrants up
to five (The Rock, Shamrock, Kane, Al Snow, and Mankind). I am still puzzled why the company never felt
the need to run a Austin-Shamrock pay-per-view main event. A match of this type would have been great,
especially with McMahon trying to stack the deck against Austin. The stooges come to ringside to watch the
match, which has lots of crowd heat, but they do not play to the stipulation
very much. The stooges randomly knock
out the referee, causing Austin to beat them down, and more hell breaks loose
as Mankind runs in and applies the Mandible Claw to Shamrock. Austin then clocks Shamrock with a chair and
they steal the Dungeon Match finish from Fully Loaded, whereby Austin taps
Shamrock’s hand on the canvas and that ends everything. That does not really fit the exact
stipulation of an “I Quit” match since Shamrock never verbally surrendered, but
whatever. Rating: **½ (6 for 7)
build to Survivor Series. We learned of
some of the entrants in the tournament, all of whom were protected in their
matches, and we have some build for a Sable-Jacqueline rematch, as well as a
possible Outlaws title defense against Mark Henry and D-Lo Brown. The McMahon segments were also well done,
thereby logically constructing a story for Austin to come back after being
fired. Also, this RAW is somewhat
significant because it was the last time that RAW lost in the ratings to
WCW. That show was headlined by Diamond
Dallas Page trying to win the U.S. title from Bret Hart and the full replay of
Page’s match against Goldberg from Halloween Havoc, which thousands of people
were not able to see because WCW could not time their pay-per-view correctly.