Vince McMahon and Jesse Ventura call today’s action and kick off a new round of television tapings at the Miami Arena in Miami, Florida. According to thehistoryofwwe.com, the taping took place on January 22 and drew a crowd of 15,063, 10,500 of which paid to attend.
Gorilla Monsoon and Bobby Heenan host tonight’s show.
The Bushwhackers squash from the January 29 Wrestling Challenge episode airs. Heenan wonders whether fans need shots after the Bushwhackers lick them. He likens the spectacle to “a petting zoo on the road.”
Tony Schiavone and Gorilla Monsoon are in the booth and they are concluding the tapings in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
The Rockers energetic squash from Prime Time Wrestling kicks off the broadcast.
For the Special Report segment a recap of the Brother Love Show at The Royal Rumble airs.
Vince McMahon and Jesse Ventura provide the commentary for this evening’s matches. They are taped from Chattanooga, Tennessee on January 3. According to oswreview.com, this show scored an 11.1 rating, an improvement over the 8.7 rating of the previous edition.
Tony Schiavone and Jesse Ventura are in the booth and they are live from Orlando, Florida. According to thehistoryofwwe.com, this show drew a sellout crowd of 16,000 fans. It also drew a buyrate of 2.0 (an estimated 260,000 buys), an increase from the 1.5 number the Rumble did the previous year. This would also be the last pay-per-view that Schiavone would call for the WWF.
Gorilla Monsoon and Bobby Heenan are in the studio to spar with each other before they toss the broadcast over to new matches. Tonight’s feature match comes from Chattanooga, Tennessee and was taped on January 3.
Heenan is upset that he cannot have the guests he wants on the program whereas Monsoon was able to bring Arnold Skaaland on last week’s show. Monsoon tells Heenan that he had better not abscond with the yellow Royal Rumble hats on the broadcast desk.
Tony Schiavone and Gorilla Monsoon call today’s action, wrapping up the television tapings in Nashville, Tennessee.
Vince McMahon and Jesse Ventura are doing commentary and they are concluding the tapings in Huntsville, Alabama.
Live from Savannah, GA
Airdate: November 19, 1991
Hosted by Jim Ross & Tony Schiavone
Can Sting retain the US title against Rude? Will Rhodes and Windham achieve tag team gold? Does Rick Steiner stand a chance against Luger? Read on!
The debate about Magnum T.A.’s scheduled opponent at Starrcade ’86 is finally put to rest.
Plus, Dusty Rhodes gets revenge on Tully Blanchard in a major way, Rick Rude gets welcomed to JCP the hard way, and the Army loses a soldier.
The hype for the NWA’s biggest card of the year begins in earnest on an eventful edition of the Saturday night staple…
A shocking betrayal, the debut of “Ravishing” Rick Rude, the Four Horsemen strike again, and we say bye-bye to Buddy Landell and Bulldog Bob Brown. That and more on this edition of the Saturday night staple..
A brutal beatdown of the Road Warriors, there’s a new NWA World TV champion, and a major star is coming to Jim Crockett Promotions…
Live from Irving, TX
Airdate: May 4, 1986
Hosted by Bill Mercer
Back on February 18, to separate themselves from the National Wrestling Alliance (and Jim Crockett Promotions in particular), World Class defected from the NWA and became the World Class Wrestling Association (WCWA). Additionally, they differentiated by waiving the disqualification and countout results to keep a title.
Live from Dallas, TX
Airdate: December 25, 1985
Hosted by Bill Mercer
Unlike their regular TV tapings at the Sportatorium, this event was held at Reunion Arena which used to host games for both the Mavericks and Stars. While the Sportatorium was demolished in 2003, Reunion Arena’s demolition occurred in 2009.
Live from Tampa, FL
Airdate: September 2, 1985
Hosted by Gordon Solie and Mike Graham
Similar to the WWF with WrestleMania, WCCW with the Parade of Champions, AWA with Superclash, and JCP with Starrcade, Championship Wrestling from Florida (CWF) created Battle of the Belts as their supershow to showcase the best wrestlers of the Sunshine State.
by Logan Scisco
over to Bill Apter’s side of the wrestling magazine universe. Launched in 1999, WOW Magazine was an alternative to other wrestling magazines, which
largely kept kayfabe alive. WOW catered to smart fans, using the
terminology of “face” and “heel,” and even tried to smarten up younger fans by
providing a vocabulary list of “smart wrestling terms.” WOW also
featured more color photographs, had more pages, and was larger than
traditional wrestling magazines.
Unfortunately, the magazine did not produce enough sales to remain
profitable and it folded in the summer of 2001.
1999 edition of WOW, just the third
issue of the magazine to hit newsstands.
I remember buying this edition on a school field trip when we went to a
mall for lunch. Going over to one of the
bookstores, I picked out the magazine. I
really enjoyed WOW since it was much
more detailed and fun than WWF Magazine,
but there was no way my parents were going to purchase a second wrestling
magazine subscription for me. So, the
only time that I was able to buy WOW
is when I cobbled together enough money on my own, made even harder by the fact
that I did not receive an allowance.
the sticker says cost me $5.95 before tax) more for what is on the back than
the cover. I was a big Dawn Marie fan
and loved her stuff in ECW.
foldout cover, we get some of the colorful pictures of WOW. One is of an unmasked
Rey Mysterio, Jr., another of Sabu, and then of course the guy that helped
us know in his “Apter Thoughts” column that he is glad to be publishing a
smart-style magazine. He says that he is
tired of “protecting the business.” He
also laments the death of Rick Rude, who had recently passed away from a heart
attack. We get quite the contrast of
photos in the column as Nicole Bass chokes out Apter in one shot and a young
Apter argues with Jesse Ventura in the image alongside it. No word on whether Bass filed harassment charges against Apter at a future date.
section and WOW was no
different. This month’s issue sees
William Zariske criticize Hulk Hogan and Ric Flair for taking up the spotlight
and not following other pursuits.
Another fan, Frank Recchia, says that he admires technical wrestlers
like Dean Malenko and Curt Hennig, but they do not hold a candle to Lou Thesz
and Bruno Sammartino. He notes that
Thesz and Bruno were superior because they “could hold a title for a year or
more, which rarely happens today.” And
all those signs you used to see in the 1990s at wrestling events? Well, James Reddyk of Peterborough, Ontario
is angry about them because he was not able to see the action from his close
seats at SkyDome for at a WWF event because of them. He demands the WWF do something about
this. I am sure Mr. Reddyk loves
attending live events these days, when there is hardly a sign to be seen. There are also a few fans that praise the
magazine for being different, especially because it had a website, which many
other publications did not have in the late 1990s. One fan comments that the Internet is the
future of the sport because there are “thousands of e-feds and fantasy
wrestling sites.” Are there even more
than 1,000 operating today?
Dallas Page for becoming WCW World Champion, something I think was a sign of
the company’s decline because Page was nowhere near as over as he was when he
faced Goldberg at Halloween Havoc the previous year. Norton blasts fans who fear that Kevin Nash
is about to give himself another title run and sends a shout out to Davey Boy
Smith, who was facing a career-ending back injury at the time after falling on
a trap door at Fall Brawl. He also
criticizes the WWF for becoming more of a soap opera than a wrestling
product. Lord only knows what Norton
would think the company has become today.
wrestling’s history. For example, it
discusses how carnivals of the nineteenth century were the origins of the sport
and how a champion wrestler would take on all comers. This led to the rise of men such as Toots
Mondt and Frank Gotch who knew various holds to submit all kinds of opponents
in shoot fights. The book ultimately
receives a recommendation, but educated fans are told that they do not really
need it. An interesting tidbit? Gorgeous George ran for president in 1952.
the top of the wrestling industry, or as Jim Varsallone calls it, “the sports
readers of this site are likely familiar with.
However, for a smart magazine this piece is still filled with kayfabe,
as the Rock is quoted as saying that he initially turned heel over the “Rocky
Sucks” chants and that he joined the Nation of Domination because he could
“express himself.” Varsallone even
posits that the Nation collapsed because the Rock and Faarooq could not get
along since they came from Miami and Florida State! If you want some facts about the Rock’s
football career, though, this piece has you covered, meaning that Jim Ross
bought this issue when it hits newsstands.
It closes by saying that the Rock is not bothered by kids watching an
adult-oriented RAW product because their parents have to monitor what they are
doing. I should also point out here that
Apter mags traditionally never interviewed wrestlers and made up quotes (WWF Magazine did much of the same thing
before Vince Russo came aboard), so whether the Rock was actually interviewed
for this piece or not is open for debate.
not enough for you, you could have bought some $3 comic books about the
Undertaker in 1999!
Rick Rude, who passed away on April 20, 1999 at the age of forty.
presumably to return to the WWF since he was trying to get out of his contract
with WCW. Written by Dave Meltzer, it is
a fine article that recaps Rude’s Tough Man days and his eventual wrestling
career in the major promotions. These
articles are where I learned wrestling terminology as terms such as “booker,”
“heat,” and “promo” are thrown in. We
can laugh now at fans not knowing those terms, but back then Meltzer might as
well have been speaking Latin to me. One
of the sad things about these magazines is you come across pictures of people
no longer with us, such as this one, where Ric Flair is the only person in it
that is still alive:
really good about following non-major promotions in North America and Richard
Berger’s article talks about the relaunch of Stampede Wrestling in Calgary in
early April 1999.
relaunched product lasted until 2008.
The first card documented here drew nearly 2,000 fans and there is some
unintentional humor when it documents the statements fans were making before
the opening bell such as “Tatanka is in the main event!” For some reason I think that fan probably
said that without much enthusiasm. The
show was indeed headlined by Tatanka, the North American Heavyweight Champion,
who went on to defeat Jason “The Sledgehammer” Neidhart in a two-out-of-three
profiled in an article with some nice art.
It just recaps Austin’s career, but does have some words of wisdom: “…make sure to enjoy [Steve Austin] while he
is around, because no matter how many people try to copy him, they will never
even come close to the main himself.”
Hence, the WWE’s inability to recreate the magic of Austin-McMahon
despite rotating various people out of Austin’s role over the last two decades.
tapings and house shows.
Bulldog’s back injury, which is reported as career ending per the orders of his
doctors. The Bulldog had recently been fired
from WCW. It would have been better for
the Bulldog’s health to stay retired, as his 1999 run back in the WWF did very
little for him or his career legacy.
Bischoff is commented as making an allusion to the Bulldog’s drug
problems, quoted in a “WCW Live” report on WCW.com as saying that prior to his
termination that the Bulldog “has had problems in a number of different areas
in his life.” It is also reported that
WCW is looking into creating a Hardcore division, which it eventually did. I always saw that as a poor move since it
came off as WCW blatantly copying a WWF idea.
At least it gave us Screamin’ Norman Smiley. Oh, and at a house show in Tampa, Florida,
Jimmy Hart beat Bubba the Love Sponge by disqualification when Randy Savage
accidentally hit Hart.
of the magazine.
makes guys reluctant to work while injured or put on good matches. He also criticizes the politics of the
company, which he feels are holding him back.
One of the best points of the interview, which is of a shoot style, is
Konnan referencing how spending time at basketball courts, youth hangouts, and
watching television made him aware of pop culture phenomenon and helped him
stay current. It is a vision that is
sorely lacking in today’s wrestling product.
rankings? Here are WOW’s rankings of WCW for the spring of 1999. It simply evaluates the top ten men on the
roster, with no regard for their championship status. I have a hard time buying Rey Mysterio as #1
at this time, but his defeat of Kidman, who is ranked #2, is the justification
given for him having the top spot. The
rankings are critical of the WCW’s booking of Chris Benoit and Dean Malenko,
saying that the confusion over whether they “were heels or faces killed their
concerns pervading WCW in 1999 and boy is it spot-on.
and how the booking power of Hulk Hogan and Kevin Nash spells trouble. Also highlighted are WCW’s declining ratings
relative to the WWF. The resurrection of
the tag division is criticized for only creating “makeshift tag teams” such as
Kidman and Chavo Guerrero and Bobby Duncum and Mike Enos as is the company’s
decision to make Barry Windham and Curt Hennig their new champions instead of
Dean Malenko and Chris Benoit. However,
some bright spots are highlighted, such as the cruiserweight division having
better matches and the spotlight going less to authority angles.
prominent wrestling promotions getting coverage, so ECW gets a section of the
magazine, albeit smaller than WCW and the WWF.
We are told that Chris Candido may have reinjured his neck against Taz
at Cyberslam 1999 and that Nova has returned to the tag team ranks with Chris
Chetti. Here are the ECW rankings:
1999 with Rob Van Dam as the clear #2.
They would eventually fight at November to Remember when Taz was headed
out of the company. We are told that Taz
puts fans into ‘mark’ mode when he makes his entrance.
trying to imitate ECW’s hardcore style.
In one of my favorite digs in the magazine it says that “In the G-rated
WCW, somewhere in between ‘Days of NWO Lives,’ Nash-friendly-booking, and the
5,278,189th showing of Konnan’s video, Bam Bam Bigelow calls himself
the ‘king of hardcore.’” It laments that
if WCW gets a Hardcore title that it will just put it on the Booty Man. It also predicts that imitations of ECW will
not hurt the company’s viewership, which might have been true, but it was never
able to use its hardcore status to overtake the other big two wrestling
people were given their pink slips on April 13.
This included Golga, Blue Meanie, and Gillberg. Evidently, Meanie was rehired back a day later
because of an online “Save the Meanie” campaign, which I vaguely remember. There are also rumors that Steve Blackman is
going to get a more Attitude-style gimmick and that the Legion of Doom are
hankering for one last run. Thank god
that did not happen. A Triple H-Rock
feud is discussed for the summer, as well as yet another Austin-Undertaker
feud. So, WOW will bash WCW at will, but no jabs at the WWF for returning to
that feud? Ken Shamrock is also rumored
to be a possible contender for Austin’s title, but he was shunted down the card
#6. His excerpt talks about how he and
Jarrett are going to go “full heel” soon by splitting with Debra. The Undertaker receives some criticism for
“uninspiring” matches recently against the Big Bossman and Ken Shamrock. It questions whether the WWF will shelve the
Undertaker persona for good, which ended up coming to fruition at Judgment Day
the following year when the Undertaker appeared in his American Badass gimmick.
by Blake Norton. They do not provide
star ratings, but it does break down the story each match tried to tell and
crowd reaction. Backlash is criticized
for being mediocre, while Spring Stampede is called “a terrific pay-per-view
event.” I liked these recaps much more
than WWF Magazine, which really
stopped caring about them at this point
event for fans at the Holiday Inn.
ECW because “there’s no one better to book Justin Credible than Paul
Heyman.” I cannot say that I disagree,
especially when the alternative is Aldo Montoya. Taz has some good foreshadowing, telling a
fan that even though the WWF or WCW would give him a fresh start they would not
push him as hard as ECW has.
time with New Jack
training and discusses his former career as a bounty hunter. Teaming New Jack and Steve Blackman up to
rope in criminals would be quite the show for WWE Network. He also has some stories of giving back to
fans, such as calling fans who give him their number or meeting kids after shows. He also trashes parts of ECW, saying that it
is just as corrupt and political as the WWF and WCW. New Jack indicates his desire to get into
movies, thereby ending his wrestling career, but that never came to fruition.
recovering from kidney cancer. A simple
career recap is provided for fans who may not be aware of his football prowess
and wrestling accomplishments in the 1980s.
regular trivia feature. If you click on
the image it should magnify it for you and you can see how many you can get
correct. The answers are on the bottom
(upside down) of each section of the quiz.
know that Torrie Wilson is leaving WCW due to the fact that she was not given
more creative control over her character.
It also informs us that Shawn Michaels has married the Nitro Girl
Whisper. It questions whether that
marriage will last, but thankfully for both of them it did and it was probably
a big part in why Michaels did not die of a drug overdose in this period. Kevin Nash is also identified for bringing Madusa
back to WCW.
dancers and selected from different backgrounds. Frye was just “athletic” when she was picked
out for the team. She says she was not a
wrestling fan before coming to WCW. She
is also excited about the Nitro Girls possibly being in some storylines in
2000. Skepticism is expressed about the
Shawn Michaels-Whisper marriage because they knew each other for only thirty
days before getting married. Frye’s
dream is for the Nitro Girls to “explode like the Spice Girls.”
photos.” I remember when I saw the one
of Tammy Sytch in this magazine that she was in bad shape contrary to a slogan
that says she is getting better:
Vader recently won the 19th Champion Carnival on April 16, defeating
Kenta Kobashi. This made Vader the first
American to win the tournament since Stan Hansen in 1993. It also lets us know that Mitsuharu Misawa is
taking over the booking for All Japan following the death of Giant Baba. All Pro Wrestling, run by Roland Alexander,
is profiled, with stars such as Vic Grimes and Michael Modest profiled. APW was featured in Beyond the Mat. Grimes is
dubbed as a “future WWF star.” If you
can find his tryout match on YouTube it worth a look as he and a smaller
opponent tear the house down.
have some fun. Its “Ring-Zingers” column
highlighted some of the funnier parodies about wrestling from ScoopTHIS.com.
after finding religion. Little did WOW know that Sting would find religion
and enact his vow of poverty by wrestling in front of high school gyms and
empty baseball stadiums more than a decade later. The piece says that Sting has given his
fortune away to the less fortunate “beginning with the Disco Inferno, who has
since put away his run-down 1970s clothing in favor of the more contemporary
khaki cargo pants and loose-fitting shirt.”
revolting at Paul Heyman’s Philadelphia office after they found out wrestling
was fake on NBC and how hundreds of WWF fans were injured “in what’s been
called the worst wrestling disaster since the return of the Ultimate Warrior”
in a fire in San Francisco. Evidently, a
fan’s sign that said “Debra Has Tasty Cakes” caught on fire after Kane’s pyro
and spread through the sea of other signs in the arena. During the fire, Mick Foley and Terry Funk
jumped into the flames and rolled around in glee, each suffering a third degree
burn. Ron Simmons also turned in his
resignation after the Undertaker’s symbol caught on fire. After Steve Austin could not douse the flames
with beer, Jeff Jarrett and Tiger Ali came down to the ring, which really
cooled things down.
Ultimate Warrior against Mankind, simulated with a Dude Love and Rey Mysterio,
Jr. action figure.
pages of the magazine and the Warrior keeps disappearing during the match,
frustrating Mankind. Mr. Socko turns on
Mankind, sporting its own “One Warrior Nation” t-shirt, but Mankind rebounds by
pulling out a can of Chef Boyardee and shoving it in the Warrior’s face. The newly fattened Warrior cannot make it
through the trap door anymore and the Undertaker proceeds to do a run-in,
although he takes his time and Ross and Schiavone argue over whether the
Undertaker’s symbol is a cross, even after Mankind is nailed to it. This read like a fantasy booking scenario
closes out the magazine. He shills his Dirty Dutch’s Little Handbook for Wrestling
Junkies, which will be autographed and have some “special clip art of
wrestlers” for $20. You have to pay with
a money order, though. He also gives his
list of the top five bleeders in professional wrestling. It is no surprise who is #1 on the list:
what was happening in the wrestling world in the spring of 1999 than any other
wrestling magazine on the market. For
next time, I will review the first edition of RAW Magazine. I figured that
during this cold winter we could all use some “Sunny days.”
a television producer than a wrestling promoter. The seeds of such thought were
planted back in the summer of 1993 during his first year as Executive Producer/Vice-President
or Dothan, AL Bischoff wanted to put bright lights, glitz, and glamour on WCW’s
television programming. For instance, from January to April of 1993 WCW
Worldwide was taped 9 times in seven different locations. The programs, while
entertaining, looked bland and boring compared to the higher production values
of WCW’s competitor, the World Wrestling Federation.
front of a papered (mostly tourist) crowd at the Disney-MGM Studios in Orlando,
between “Ravishing” Rick Rude and Dustin Rhodes
(“Stunning” Steve Austin and “Flyin’” Brian Pillman)
Roma were taped as WCW World Tag Team champions in spite of the fact they had
not yet won the titles. Their title victory would take place on August 18 at
the Clash of the Champions as Lord Steven Regal had to be substituted for Pillman
due to an ankle injury.
Boy” Ric Flair was involved in a match as the NWA champion against Big Sky. In
actuality, he won the belt at the Beach Blast PPV over Windham on July 18. This would not sit well with the NWA.
Steamboat was featured as the World TV champion against Denny Brown although he
was not yet the champion. He won the belt at the August 18 Clash.
was featured as the US Heavyweight champion in a tag match with Sting against Orndorff
and Chris Benoit. Rhodes actually won the belt against Rude on August 30 in
World TV title against Keith Cole. He defeated
Steamboat for the belt on September 19 in Houston, TX.
champions the Nasty Boys. They won the titles from Anderson and Roma on
September 19 in Houston, TX.
were featured in a tag match but did not bring their title belts to the ring.
the new World Heavyweight Champion (formerly NWA champion) in a match against
WCW from the NWA in September. The NWA felt that these tapings were a breach of
kayfabe. WCW withdrew their affiliation from the NWA making the belt worthless
in the process.
WCW renamed the title the International World champion on its October 30th
episode. Rude would defeat Brady Boone on this show.
defended his not-yet-his TV title against Johnny B. Badd.
non-title match against Frankie Rose. While describing the match Tony Schiavone
recognized Rude’s title as a World title rather than just a “Gold Belt.”
current TV champion Orndorff won a match while not showcasing the title since
Regal would be champion by this point. Furthermore Steamboat won a match but
did not possess a belt in spite of winning and losing the belt between the times
this match took place and when it would finally air.
featured again as WCW World tag team champions.
broadcasts, WCW gave away months of booking plans within this 4-day span.
Although I cannot locate the specific instance, it has been documented that Sid
Vicious was taped as WCW World Heavyweight Champion. This video was supposed to
air after Starrcade ’93; however, on September 19 Sid and Arn Anderson were
involved in an infamous late night brawl overseas involving safety scissors.
Subsequently Sid was fired after several wrestlers threatened to quit. Flair
was inserted in Sid’s place.
had two problems on their hands. The first problem was fulfilling the title
changes. The Regal substitution on August 18 stands out as a glaring example of
what can go wrong. The second problem was the wrestlers’ attitudes after the
tapings. Since title plans were already put into place during the tapings, the wrestlers
who would not hold titles held grudges instead and their work ethic in matches
suffered. At the very least WCW would learn from this mistake and not tape wrestlers with titles for Worldwide in the future.
tapings but due to overestimated revenue. Having seen the extremely low
attendance figures for the house shows I can safely say that WCW lost money
whenever they stepped into a gym or an arena. Amazingly, they even cancelled a show at the
Omni on July 3 dubbed “The Great American Bash.”
positive mainstream attention wouldn’t resurface until 1996; however, the
negative stigma was due to the WWF steroid trials. With such a black mark on
the industry it was difficult for WCW to make a profit. The Disney tapings only
served to facilitate further losses.
by Logan Scisco
highlights how the British Bulldog has become a wrestling ambassador for Great
Ross, and Jerry “the King” Lawler are in the booth and they are live from
Birmingham, England. The setup was
pretty cool, with WWF logos in the middle of the Union Jack and attendants in
British dress flanking the entrance ramp.
a British accent and says that he does not miss his teeth.
Contest: Hunter Hearst Helmsley (w/Chyna)
defeats Dude Love with the Pedigree at 12:53:
gimmick of having people in the audience with air horns. I would really hate to be seated by those
fans during the show. The announcers do
not talk about Foley’s prior feud with Helmsley since he is wrestling under a
different gimmick. The announcers also
hype Helmsley’s “cerebral” nature and how he is the smartest man in the
business. The first five minutes is a
pretty good technical wrestling exhibition, with Love working the leg with an
Indian death lock. Helmsley bails to
avoid Sweet Shin Music and that is Chyna’s cue to start interfering to keep Helmsley in control. Helmsley and
Mike Chioda do the “push the referee, referee pushes back spot” after Chioda
breaks up Helmsley using the ropes on an abdominal stretch and the crowd loves
it. Love pulls out an arm drag off of
the second rope (?!?!), but Chyna puts Helmsley’s foot on the rope after Love
hits Sweet Shin Music and that distraction enables Helmsley to
steal the victory. This was a fantastic
opener, with very little resting and it used great pacing to keep a hot crowd
engaged. Rating: ***¾
its opinion on who is going to win the main event between the British Bulldog
and Shawn Michaels. There are a
surprising number of Michaels supporters, but a thirteen year old kid has the
best line of the segment: “What has
Shawn Michaels done in the last year except for whining about losing his
do guest ring announcing duties.
(w/Tiger Jeet Singh) pins Leif Cassidy after a Tiger Bomb (flying bulldog) at
1997, despite him being heralded as a big acquisition earlier in the year, and
was the first sighting of Cassidy on a big show in more than six months. Before the match, Singh gives a weird promo saying
that he is a proud Arab Canadian that is drug free and hopes to set the world
on fire. The crowd boos all of it,
especially when Tiger Jeet gets on the mic.
The match is a disjointed mess, as Cassidy bumps around a lot for the
rookie, but Singh fails to pull off a hiptoss and cannot adequately get himself
on the top rope when Cassidy tries to suplex him on there to set up the
finish. The crowd reads right through
Singh’s lack of ability and Ross got so bored during the contest that he bugged
Lawler about his relationship with Brian Christopher. Rating: ½*
Headbangers winning the tag team titles at In Your House: Ground Zero is shown.
Championship Match: The Headbangers
(Champions) defeat Savio Vega & Miguel Perez when Mosh pins Perez after a
Mosh Pit at 13:33:
television show since becoming the champions, but I like their chances of
getting one here. The Boricuas play the
heel role well, despite constantly reverting to nerve holds when they cannot
think of anything else to do. Thrasher
is placed in peril for ten minutes and when all hell breaks loose, Savio
prevents Miguel from getting pinned off of a super hurricanrana and a
powerslam. However, Mosh surprises Perez
with the Mosh Pit after he powerbombs Thrasher and the Headbangers retain the
titles. The heat segment was a little
long without enough believable near-falls, but this was a proficient tag team
match that the crowd was into throughout.
The British Bulldog tells Jim Ross in a taped interview that he is dedicating
tonight’s match to his sister, who has battled cancer.
Flash Funk with the Uncle Slam at 8:46:
The Patriot gets booed, since he is waving the American flag in a
foreign land. McMahon tries to say it is
a mixed reaction, but there are no audible cheers to be found anywhere. The match has its moments, but both men’s
styles are so different that they do not complement each other well. Funk does not utilize a lot of high flying
offense, but he does hit a splash off the top rope for a believable near
fall. However, a moonsault eats knees
and the Patriot finishes and gets booed out of the building. The finishing sequence was just enough to
keep this from ending up below average. Rating:
tell the Godwinns that they are going down and Hawk recites some weird poem
about a bird doing its business in his eye and saying that cows don’t fly.
Doom beat The Godwinns when Animal pins Phineas after a Doomsday Device at
but the Godwinns offense consists mostly of rest holds so it is tough to watch.
They tease you with a finish about
seven minutes in when Hawk eats a Slop Drop, but he kicks out and the match
A myriad of clotheslines put the LOD back in control and they capture
another victory over the Godwinns, thereby continuing to dominate this
feud. Phineas takes a nasty bump off of
the Doomsday Device, as he seems to crash down on his head, but he appears to be okay. Rating: *
Ken Shamrock, who has suffered internal injuries in his match against Faarooq
on RAW. As a result, he has been pulled
out of his match against Owen Hart on tonight’s show and Vader will take his
place. Shamrock says that he is
disappointed that he cannot compete and Rockabilly comes out. Rockabilly makes fun of Shamrock’s situation
and slaps him, but that leads to Shamrock taking him down and applying an ankle
lock before WWF officials intervene. You would think that Billy would learn to counter that by the time he feuded with Shamrock in 1999.
WWF Champion Bret Hart, who says that he still hopes that the British fans
support him and even though he is fighting a fan favorite in the Undertaker
that he is going to give his best effort tonight. McMahon presses Bret on the fans booing him
and Bret sheepishly says that he cares about his fans. This was a really awkward interview for all
parties and made Bret look really bad. This will become a common booking pattern for Bret’s last month in the company.
Hart with a powerslam at 12:14:
and an entire barricade nearly falls over because the fans want to touch him. After Vader showcases his weight advantage in
the early going, Owen uses a hurricanrana to escape a powerbomb and teases a
Sharpshooter, but can’t turn Vader over.
Vader seemingly kills Owen with a Samoan Drop and a second rope splash,
but Owen kicks out and then proceeds to outdo his brother’s chest-first bump
into the corner. The crowd, which was
equally divided at the beginning, starts to cheer Owen since he’s the underdog,
but it makes little difference as Vader pounds away. Owen catches Vader off guard with an enziguri
and applies a Sharpshooter, which is a great spot because the enziguri can
legitimately knock anyone out, but Vader makes the ropes. Owen then slams Vader, which gets Hulk
Hogan-type reaction, but that only gets two.
Vader Bomb eats knees and Owen hulks up.
However, he makes the fatal decision to try a flying body press and
Vader spikes him into the canvas to pick up a hard fought win. It was surreal to see Owen play the plucky
babyface role, but this is a match you have to see if you are an Owen fan. Easy match of the night so far, with HHH-Dude
Love a close second. Rating:
ending of the SummerSlam main event between Bret Hart and the Undertaker is
cuts a taped promo where he says Bret Hart has one night to prove himself
worthy of being WWF champion and since Shawn Michaels is not the guest referee
he is going to have to beat him one-on-one.
Match: Bret “the Hitman” Hart (Champion)
defeats The Undertaker by disqualification at 28:34:
the Undertaker is getting his rematch with Bret at this show. You would think that because they are on
foreign soil that the crowd would be behind Bret, but he gets a John Cena-type
reaction. The early stages of the match
are an Attitude Era-style brawl, as both men tear into each other and brawl up
the entrance ramp, with the Undertaker getting the better of it. Bret gets whipped chest-first into an exposed
turnbuckle and the Undertaker works the upper chest with a series of heart
punches, which displays some unique psychology.
The Undertaker even uses a crucifix pin to secure a near-fall. Bret fights back by working the right leg and
gets booed out of the building when he applies the ring post figure-four. Bret pulls out the Mr. Perfect counter from
SummerSlam 1991 to put the Undertaker in the Sharpshooter, but the Undertaker
powers out and rallies. Bret tries to
use the ring bell as a weapon, which the Undertaker blocks with a big boot, but
when he tries to use it the referee grabs it and Bret chop blocks the
Undertaker’s injured leg. Bret ends up
hung in the ropes after fighting out of a Tombstone and when the Undertaker
will not stop his attack, the referee disqualifies him. A lame finish for what was a great match, but
the Undertaker’s refusal to sell the leg near the end of match always brings
these matches down I mean,
the Undertaker should have barely been able to stand near the twenty-one minute
mark, but he walks out of the match as if nothing happened to him. Still, the interesting psychology in the
early going and the divided and vocal crowd make this the best Undertaker-Bret
match that I have ever seen. After the
match, the Undertaker chokeslams the referee and Gerald Brisco, who has come to
get Bret out of the ropes. Rating:
says that he is going to become the first Grand Slam champion in WWF history.
Championship Match: “The Heartbreak Kid”
Shawn Michaels beats The British Bulldog (Champion w/Tracy) via submission to a
figure-four leg lock to win the title at 22:53:
long-term WWF title, as it was more of a prop for the Bulldog, but this match
changed that. This is also the first and
only time that a European title match headlined a pay-per-view. The Bulldog dominates the early going with
his usual power offense and Michaels bumps like a pinball. If Michaels really wanted to rehash the
issues between these two he would walk over to Diana and hit on her, but on
second thought he was innocent of those accusations in the summer of 1996. Rick Rude wanders out ten minutes in and
immediately gets involved by interfering in a Bulldog roll up, tripping him
when he runs the ropes, and tossing the Bulldog into the ring post. Michaels opts to keep the match grounded, but
the Bulldog mounts a second rally, which brings out Hunter Hearst Helmsley and
Chyna. Now, this never made sense to me
because Owen and Bret Hart are backstage, so why are they sitting around and
not coming to their comrade’s aid?
Michaels hits two flying elbow drops, but misses Sweet Chin Music. However, Rude prevents the Bulldog from
hitting a running powerslam. The battle
spills to the floor, where the Bulldog tries to give Michaels a running
powerslam, but his foot slips off of the stage the outside mats are on and he
eats Sweet Chin Music. With the
referee’s back turned, Rude and Helmsley damage the Bulldog’s knee further and
Helmsley hits a Pedigree for good measure.
Inside, Michaels takes off the Bulldog’s knee brace, tosses it to Diana,
and applies a figure-four, with Helmsley and Chyna assisting in leverage, and
Rude prevents the Bulldog from reaching the ropes. Faced with four-on-one odds, the Bulldog
eventually passes out and Michaels becomes the first Grand Slam champion in WWF
history. The original booking of the
match called for the Bulldog to win in triumphant fashion in his hometown over
a long-time rival that he had never defeated on the big stage, which is why he
dedicated the match to his dying sister Tracy, but Michaels vetoed the
finish. Under these circumstances and
Michaels behavior at the time it does make you sympathetic to Bret’s case about
why he refused to job to him at Survivor Series. The heel interference was great for crowd
heat and made the Bulldog appear strong, but I never care for this match. Maybe it’s because I know the political games
played behind the scenes or the fact that the Bulldog really should have gone
over here, but this is a tough contest to stomach. Rating: ***½
Michaels gets on the house mic and gloats about his victory as trash begins to
fill the ring. Michaels taunts Diana and
then reapplies the figure-four until Diana and Owen Hart hit the ring and force
the heels to flee.
stormed the ring and helped fight off D-Generation X, would have made this one
of my favorite WWF shows of all-time.
Despite the political games of the finish, this is a very solid show
that is worth checking out if you have never seen it. The opener is great, the tag team
title match is better than expected, and the last three matches are
fantastic. In some ways, I think this
pay-per-view is on the same level as Canadian Stampede and could easily be
considered the WWF’s best pay-per-view outing of 1997, even if the United
States did not have access to this show.
Also, random aside for my readers, but would you like me to start posting two reviews a week (say Tuesday at the regular time and on Saturday) or just keep it at one?
match between the Undertaker and Hunter Hearst Helmsley.
Hendrix are doing commentary for tonight’s show. This show looks to be taped from the same
place as last week’s episode.
Contest: The Patriot beats Owen Hart by
disqualification when the British Bulldog interferes at 6:08 shown:
much since he joined the Hart Foundation.
Hendrix emphasizes throughout the match that the Patriot is not a “goody
two shoes” but is instead a “really cool dude.”
Ross just prefers to emphasize the Patriot’s collegiate football
background. The storyline they should
have emphasized for this match is Owen taking out the Patriot’s legs for Ground
Zero to help Bret’s title defense, but there are not any segments prior to the
match to play up that point. This is a
standard back-and-forth match and you can tell Owen wants to work a faster
pace, but the Patriot moves very slowly when transitioning between spots. The Patriot appears set for victory at the
six minute mark, but the British Bulldog blindsides him for the predictable
disqualification finish. Decent TV fare,
but these guys did not complement each other well. Rating: **
Bret Hart comes down to inflict some damage and he puts the Patriot in the
Sharpshooter, but Vader runs out and takes out all three guys by himself. He whips Bret into the Patriot, who delivers
Uncle Slam before WWF officials pour out and put a stop to these
Sergeant Slaughter announces that the WWF is not willing to allow Steve Austin
to compete before he fully completes his physical rehabilitation. Slaughter announces that Austin is suspended
indefinitely and will be forced to forfeit his share of the tag team
championship at Ground Zero.
a camera crew to take a seat outside his residence so he can complain about a
care package that the WWF sent him.
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do guest commentary and she says that she plans on interviewing Rick Rude and
Shawn Michaels tonight.
the camera crew a FedEx package that the WWF sent him, which has a hilarious
set of media photographs of Vince McMahon, Jim Ross, and Gorilla Monsoon that
are signed and wish Austin well. Austin
has one of the camera people put the photographs on a deer model, which an Owen
Hart picture on the rear end, so he can shoot at them with a compound bow. Austin says he would defend the title every
night if he could, but the WWF is too scared he is going to sue them. The WWF really played the Austin injury well,
as they kept him on screen, gave him cover to be out of action for months, and
Austin’s promo work kept his character hot.
Love how he feels about having to forfeit the tag team titles at Ground Zero,
but before Love can finish his thoughts, the British Bulldog attacks him.
Match: Dude Love beats The British
Bulldog (European Champion) by disqualification when Owen Hart runs in at 5:35
been added in place of Steve Austin and Dude Love in the tag team championship
Fatal Four Way match at Ground Zero.
Ross also keeps hyping Foley’s Cactus Jack persona, which makes the
debut of that persona less of a surprise in retrospect. The highlights of this match are Love taking
his usual brutal bumps into the guardrail and the steps, but there’s not much
else. Like the opener, Love hits Sweet
Shin Music and a double arm DDT, but Owen runs in to prevent his partner from
losing the match. Rating: *½
Owen Hart gets on the mic and promises to break Love’s neck to send a message
to Steve Austin, but Love is saved by the Legion of Doom. Love tries to get the Legion of Doom to dance
with him, but they are not down with that and leave.
hypes the Brian Pillman-Goldust match at Ground Zero.
Pillman, who says he is not going to make Terri do anything with him that she
has not already done after he wins her services at Ground Zero.
WWF Champion Bret Hart, who says that he takes pride in destroying American
heroes and when he destroys the Patriot it will be like destroying each and
every single American wrestling fan.
Bret just has nothing to work with in this feud and it has turned him
into a generic anti-American character.
Rick Rude, who hits on Sunny and reinforces his “insurance man” gimmick. Rude fit this role really well and it is a
shame that his run did not last very long.
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recap the entire show far. The benefit
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defeats Hunter Hearst Helmsley (w/Chyna) by disqualification when Shawn
Michaels interferes at 4:33 shown:
and distract the Undertaker, which gives Helmsley an early advantage. The Undertaker rallies after selling for a
few short moments, but Shawn Michaels interferes and chop blocks him for our
third screwy finish of the night. This
was simple time filler. Rating:
the not yet named D-Generation X does a beatdown of the Undertaker, until he
revives and chokeslams a security guard and a WWF official in frustration as
D-Generation X flees.
with Shawn Michaels, who is leaving the arena, and Michaels promises that he
will draw last blood from the Undertaker at Ground Zero.
Doom wrestle Jesus & Jose to a double disqualification when the Godwinns
come to the ring at 2:32:
wins and deserved to be in the Fatal Four Way at Ground Zero, but I am having a
hard time thinking of a single quality win they have on their resume. On paper this is an enhancement talent match,
but Ross’s delivery on commentary takes it to another level. The Godwinns wander out after two minutes and
Animal hits a nice plancha onto them. I
am assuming that this one ended up as a double disqualification because a
winner was never declared and there did not appear to be a count out and the
Godwinns did not directly interfere in sight of the referee. However, I’m really getting tired of all the
the Disciples of Apocalypse, Los Boricuas, the Godwinns, and the Legion of Doom
brawl all over the place.
hypes the Patriot’s skills and his college football career at South Carolina.
appearance at Camp Cool J is shown. Ross
tells us that he will be back in action in three weeks.
defeats Salvatore Sincere via submission to the ankle lock at 5:19:
leg locks and armbars. Sincere manages a
prolonged offensive sequence, but Shamrock kicks out of a Northern lights
suplex at one and that’s a clear sign to the marks that Sincere has no chance
at all. A hurricanrana and ankle lock
put Sincere away. Rating: *¾
hypes the light heavyweight division.
Exhibition: Scott Putski beats Steve
Casey with the Polish Hammer at 3:49:
contest at Ground Zero, so this is meant to showcase him and keep in the public
eye of top talent in the light heavyweight division. Putski runs through some power moves for a
light heavyweight, like an overhead suplex, and Casey has a small offensive
set, but his moves lack believability because he hits Putski so softly. A Casey hurricanrana is blocked by a Putski
sit out powerbomb and its lights out for Casey soon after. Putski really needed another finisher because
the Polish Hammer was so 1970s as far as a finishing move was concerned. Rating: *½
Paul Bearer, who says that Vader’s allegiance should be with him and not the
United States. He says when Kane comes
it is going to help him.
Match: The Interrogator (w/The
Commandant, Recon & Sniper) defeats Sonny Rogers & Jerry Fox when he
pins both men at 2:20:
to be the focal point of the Truth Commission so he would usually have handicap
matches against jobbers on the company’s B and C level shows. Kurrgan runs through some basic moves on both
guys, suplexes Rogers on top of Fox, and then pins them with one foot.
defeating Salvatore Sincere tonight is the Stridex Triple Action segment.
package that recaps tonight’s show plays us out.
as run-ins occurred in every match and kept the gears going for the Ground Zero
pay-per-view. I understand some of the
finishes, like the end of the Patriot-Owen, but running four disqualifications
in a row is too much and viewers tire of it very quickly. Thumbs down this week.
Jerry “the King” Lawler, and Jim Ross are in the booth and they are in Atlantic
City, New Jersey. There are lots of ECW
fans in the house and you can see their signs everywhere in the audience. There are so many signs that they practically
coat the floor audience.
Rick Rude, who claims that he is a mercenary and is willing to provide
insurance to anyone willing to pay for it.
He pledges that once he is paid he makes sure to give the intended
victim a “Rude Awakening.”
British Bulldog deliver a taped promo against the Legion of Doom, where they
promise to deliver some punishment in advance of the Ground Zero Fatal Four
Sergeant Slaughter is shown arguing with Shawn Michaels in the locker room, but
no audio is provided.
Contest: Owen Hart & The British
Bulldog defeated The Legion of Doom when Owen pins Animal after Henry Godwinn
hits Animal with a slop bucket at 4:57:
mostly when Owen and the Bulldog held the tag team titles and both teams are
vying for the “favorite” label heading into Ground Zero. This is your standard television contest and
when all hell breaks loose in the ring, the Godwinns interfere and give Owen
and the Bulldog the victory. After the
match, the three teams brawl with each other to emphasize that every team will
be for themselves at Ground Zero.
Evidently the Godwinns-LOD issue is building for a house show taking
place in Chicago this Saturday. Rating:
pre-taped promo saying that he is not sure if the Undertaker can trust him in
their match against Shawn Michaels and Hunter Hearst Helmsley tonight.
tells the announce team that he is tired of being painted into a corner. He says that he is not supposed to face the
Undertaker until Ground Zero and that he does not want to team with Hunter
Hearst Helmsley because they are not partners.
be the guest ring announcer for our next match because she has nothing better
says that his loss to Taka Michinoku a couple of weeks ago was a fluke and to
prove it he is going to beat Flash Funk.
that he is not a stepping stone.
“Too Sexy” Brian Christopher with the Funky Flash Splash at 3:40:
Flash Funk’s theme music for Christopher and it does not fit Christopher’s
entrance mannerisms. The problem with
the light heavyweight division is on display in this match as expanding the
weight limits and categories could have involved some previously established
superstars like Funk. Of course, that
may not mean much since Funk hardly wins matches anymore, but it would at least
give some guys something to do. When
Christopher goes for the Tennessee Jam, Lawler leaves the announce table and
tells Christopher to go for the piledriver and this distraction allows Funk to
crotch Christopher on the top rope and finish him off. Funk has racked up a two match RAW winning
streak, but the bookers still do not have anything for him to do. Rating: **
Sunny consoles Lawler over his son’s loss as McMahon and Ross hype the house
show circuit, as well as the Monday Night Raw coming from Madison Square Garden
on September 22nd.
says his patience with Shawn Michaels has run out and he will settle the score
with him before Ground Zero and if Mankind gets out of line he will be taken
out as well.
and Hunter Hearst Helmsley and Chyna are showing arguing backstage, but like
Michaels segment earlier there is no audio.
beats The Sultan (w/The Iron Sheik) via submission to the ankle lock at 3:16:
Sultan, which includes the Iron Sheik breaking his Iranian flag across
Shamrock’s back, and then gives both of them belly-to-belly suplexes. A hurricanrana and ankle lock get the
victory. Rating: *
talks about tonight’s tag team main event.
Domination, with their new acquisition Rocky Maivia, come out and demand that
Jim Ross interview them. The crowd works
up a “Rocky sucks” chant and Faarooq tells the crowd that Ahmed Johnson was
kicked out of the Nation because he was a token black man. Maivia says he got tired of the crowd
chanting for him to die and he became a part of the Nation for respect. Maivia says that the Nation are not racist,
but the Disciples of Apocalypse are, and the Nation will win the respect of the
WWF through any means necessary. Maivia
is still a little raw on the mic, but he sounds natural and conveys intensity. The DOA appear on the Titantron and Crush
challenges the Nation to come out to the parking lot for a brawl and the Nation
Marlena are shown playing with their daughter Dakota on the beaches of Atlantic
the Madison Square Garden Monday Night Raw show, which will feature a triple
threat match between Bret Hart, the Undertaker, and Steve Austin. I need to see if there is footage of that match. Shawn Michaels will also be in attendance and
there will be a 25 man battle royal, with the winner to face the WWF champion
at the next Madison Square Garden show.
Helmsley and Chyna tell the announce crew that they are tired of paying for
Shawn Michaels crimes and Helmsley tells McMahon that if he wants a fight then
he has one.
Chyna’s interview is cut off as the Disciples of Apocalypse and the Nation of
Domination brawl in the parking lot, but as the groups brawl, Los Boricuas
steal DOA’s motorcycles and drive off.
J” Jesse James defeats “The Loose Cannon” Brian Pillman by disqualification
when Goldust interferes at 1:46:
singing on his way to the ring anymore.
You can tell when Ross calls these matches that he thinks this whole
storyline is ridiculous since he knows what Pillman used to be capable of in
WCW. James plays around with Pillman, by
lifting his dress and “fondling” him, which is a little distasteful. Pillman appears to have another match won,
but Goldust runs out, carefully elbow drops James, and costs Pillman the match.
interviews Goldust on the entrance ramp and Goldust says he wants Pillman to
wear a dress for another week because he looks so beautiful. Pillman grabs the house mic and asks Goldust
to give him one more match and if he loses that match then he will leave the
WWF forever. However, he says that if he
defeats Goldust then he gets Marlena as his personal assistant for thirty days. When Goldust refuses, Pillman says that
Dakota is his love child and Marlena accepts Pillman’s challenge.
Goldust is not happy with that at all.
Pillman’s craziness was well suited for this feud, but unfortunately it
never came full circle.
the next segment will see “Vader Time.”
defeats Vader (w/Paul Bearer) with Uncle Slam at 5:00:
tears into the Patriot. The Patriot hits
the Patriot Missile as Bret Hart wanders out and Vader blocks a sunset flip
with a sit down splash and focuses his offense on the upper sternum, which is
quite unique. The Patriot blocks a Vader
Bomb with his knees and then surprises Vader with Uncle Slam to capture another
big win. An okay big man match, but this
had several blown spots that were hard to mask.
Bret Hart distracts the Patriot and Vader does a beat down. Vader prepares to give the Patriot a Vader
Bomb, but Bret enters the ring and drapes a Canadian flag over the
Patriot. Vader does not like this,
breaks the Canadian flag over his knee, and starts brawling with Bret until the
Hart Foundation interfere and do a beat down on him. This segment makes Vader a face and he will
remain in that role until he leaves the company.
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Johnson, a possible managerial shakeup in the company, who is soliciting Rick
Rude’s services, and why Shawn Michaels has been seen with Brakus.
WWF Champion Bret Hart, who says that he is not scared of Vader and prefers to
face him sooner rather than later.
heel kick on Goldust on Shotgun Saturday Night is the Stridex Triple Action
recaps Steve Austin’s neck injury.
between Jim Ross and Steve Austin in Philadelphia, where Austin will be
medically checked out tomorrow. Austin
says that he was temporarily paralyzed at SummerSlam and Owen Hart has hell to
pay. Austin says that he does not care
what the doctors say because he will be back and he will be at Ground Zero.
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Undertaker defeat “The Heartbreak Kid” Shawn Michaels & Hunter Hearst
Helmsley (w/Chyna) by disqualification when Michaels hits the Undertaker with a chair at 8:29:
Lottery tag match, with no one appearing to trust who they are partnered
with. Michaels avoids the Undertaker for a while and after the Undertaker shrugs
off some of Michaels offense, Michaels bails and calls out Rick Rude, who
slowly walks to the ring when we head to a commercial break. Mankind is placed in peril, but this match is
nowhere near the quality of last week’s singles match between Michaels and
Mankind. A funny announcing moment
happens during the double KO segment, when Ross compares it to a mugging on the
Boardwalk, which destroys the peaceful image of Atlantic City that McMahon has
been at pains to explain during the entire show. When all hell breaks loose, Rude attempts to
hit the Undertaker with a chair, but the Undertaker turns around and stops that
and stalks Rude into the ring. However,
that leads to Michaels picking up the chair and smashing the Undertaker over
the head with it for the finish This match never felt like it got going until the sick chair shot that
ended it. Rating: *½
the Undertaker gets up and reveals a nasty blade job, where you can see a clean
cut above the Undertaker’s forehead with blood dripping out. Michaels hits the
Undertaker with the chair a second time, but the Undertaker stirs from that so
Helmsley, Rude, Chyna, and Michaels all head for the locker room.
on this show, like Vader’s face turn, Rick Rude explaining who he was, and the
Pillman-Goldust feud going to a whole new level, but the main event was really
disappointing. Still, most of the
matches were decent and that’s enough to give the show a neutral rating, since
it was nowhere near good, but was also not terrible. By the way, due to the U.S. Open, RAW did not
air for the next two weeks, but we will review the August 29th
“Friday Night’s Main Event” that aired on USA.