by Logan Scisco
narrates a video package where he hilariously says that last night’s WWF title
match was fair, that Dude Love lost because of his own incompetent, and Austin
will go down as one of the most “cold hearted” WWF superstars of all-time after
last night. Imagine Vince’s crazy
Survivor Series lead-in packages and that’s what this was all about.
–Jim Ross and
Michael Cole are in the booth and they are live from Chicago, Illinois.
–Mick Foley, still
displaying parts of the Dude Love persona, kicks off the broadcast sitting in a
chair in the middle of the ring and admits that Steve Austin kicked his ass
last night at Over the Edge. He calls
out Vince McMahon and apologies to him for letting him down, but hopes he can
still be the number one contender after the great match he had last night. McMahon demands that Foley get on his knees if
he wants to apologize, but Foley refuses and admits that hitting McMahon with a
chair last night felt good. McMahon
dares Foley hit him with a chair again, but makes clear that doing so will risk
his financial future. After Foley backs
down, McMahon announces that Foley’s services are no longer required because
where Steve Austin makes him money, Foley just makes him sick. The Dude Love theme plays and McMahon dances around
Foley. Segments like this are why the Mr.
McMahon persona has a claim as the greatest heel of all time and this exposes
the Big Show-Authority debacle earlier in the year as awful. 1 for
–LOD 2000, Darren
Drozdov, and Sunny are shown waiting backstage for the Disciples of Apocalypse
because they are having a Chicago street fight against them tonight.
Street Fight: LOD 2000 & Darren
Drozdov (w/Sunny) battle The Disciples of Apocalypse to a no contest at 4:04:
This entire match unfolds by the arena entrance and its
lots of mindless garbage brawling. It
devolves into a war of attrition as the LOD and Skull and 8-Ball take each
other out, leaving Chainz and Droz brawling alone. Their brawl causes them to collide with the
Undertaker, who is entering the arena, and he lays them both out. Well, that was a big waste of time. Rating: ¼* (1 for 2)
–The Undertaker is
shown interrogating people in the backstage area about Vince McMahon’s
–Val Venis pins
Papi Chulo with the Money Shot at 3:36:
Papi Chulo is Aguila without the mask since the light
heavyweight division doesn’t matter anymore.
Chulo gets in a few token moves, but this is a squash to continue
building up Venis. This did a better job
showcasing Venis’s skills than his debut against 2 Cold Scorpio. 2 for 3
to get your “Don’t Trust Anybody” Steve Austin t-shirt for $25 (plus $6
shipping & handling)!
–The Undertaker is
in the ring after the commercial break cuts arguably his best promo about how
Vince McMahon took advantage of his loyalty to the company and made him squash
giants to protect himself and his handpicked champions. He claims that McMahon does not want him
representing the company and demands a WWF title shot. McMahon comes out, riles the Undertaker up,
and books him tonight in a number one contender’s match against Kane.
chokeslam of Pat Patterson through an announce table at Over the Edge is the
JVC Kaboom! of the Week. Patterson
deserved some type of financial bonus for taking that bump because he
completely laid out for it.
–The announce crew
recaps what happened in the Sable-Marc Mero match last night at Over the Edge.
–King of the Ring
Qualifying Match: “Marvelous” Marc Mero (w/Jacqueline)
beats “The Lethal Weapon” Steve Blackman with the Wild Thing at 2:55:
This is our first qualifying match for the 1998 King of
the Ring Tournament and this year’s tournament, like previous years, will see
the semi-finals showcased on pay-per-view.
Since that’s the case, I’m not sure why they continue to call these
qualifying matches as opposed to first round matches. Anyway, before the match, Mero introduces
Jacqueline, known to USWA fans as Miss Texas, as his new valet. Jacqueline distracts the referee to help Mero
hit his usual low blow, but Mero finishes Blackman with the Wild Thing instead
of the TKO. In a funny spot, Cole yells “TKO!”
after Mero hits a Samoan Drop before the Wild Thing and Ross has to correct
him. Cole also can’t remember whether it
has been years or months since the Wild Thing was last used by Mero. Is this match a sign of a new push for Mero? Time will tell as Mero now moves on to face
either Jeff Jarrett or Faarooq in the first round.
appearance of Madcow’s radio show is shown.
vignette announces that he is both light and dark, nothing and everything, as
well as everywhere and invisibile.
–Jerry “the King”
Lawler joins Ross for hour two.
Elimination Match: The Rock, Owen Hart
& D-Lo Brown beats Triple H & The New Age Outlaws when Owen Hart
becomes the sole survivor after Ken Shamrock interferes at 7:28 shown:
Eliminations: Billy Gunn pins D-Lo Brown
with a piledriver at 1:29; The Rock pins The Road Dogg with a Rock Bottom at
2:25; Owen Hart pins Billy Gunn with a spinning heel kick at 3:47; Triple H
pins the Rock with a Pedigree at 6:56
Commissioner Slaughter does his overdone shtick of
sending Chyna, X-Pac, Kama Mustafa, and Mark Henry to the locker room before
this match. Chyna is allowed to come
back down to the ring after Triple H is left against Owen and the Rock, which
makes no sense, and she distracts Owen to facilitate the Rock’s
elimination. However, we don’t get
another chapter of Triple H-Owen as Ken Shamrock attacks Owen for a big pop. Yet another example of how feuds carefully
overlapped during the Attitude Era and made weekly television exciting. I am a mark for elimination matches, but the
eliminations in this happened too quickly for TV time constraints. The crowd was buzzing for the whole match,
though. Rating: **½ (3 for 4)
–After the bell,
the Nation of Domination attacks Shamrock and Dan Severn makes the save. Shamrock and Severn have a brief staredown,
which excites the Chicago crowd, but they do not physically engage. After Severn leaves, Triple H attacks
Shamrock when it is announced that Owen won by disqualification and WWF officials
have to separate them.
–Vince McMahon is
shown shaking hands with Kane in the locker room as Paul Bearer looks on
introduces his newest tag team, Southern Justice, who are the Godwinns in
suits. Their purpose is to serve as Jeff
–King of the Ring
Qualifying Match: “Double J” Jeff
Jarrett (w/Tennessee Lee & Southern Justice) beats Faarooq after hitting
Faarooq with a belt buckle at 3:21:
The Chicago crowd works up a mocking “We want Flair!”
chant at Jarrett early in this bout.
Once Southern Justice were welcomed out this match ceased to have much
suspense. As I said in the Over the Edge
review, Faarooq has very little identity as a face, even more so now that his
feud with the Nation has died off, so Jarrett going over in this bad match is
the right call here. Rating:
* (3 for 5)
–A video package
hypes the charity work of the McMahon family.
This would have made a great campaign commercial for Linda’s Senate
Heavyweight Championship Match: Taka
Michinoku (w/Bradshaw) defeats Funaki (w/Kaientai) with the Michinoku Driver at
I bet Dick Togo was angry that he did not get a title
shot after taking Michinoku to the limit on last week’s show. Al Snow makes an appearance at ringside,
dressed in stereotypical Japanese clothing and posing as a ringside photographer,
but he is soon evicted. A fun, fast
paced match between these two that is a breath of fresh air after the last
bout. It’s just a shame that Michinoku
didn’t get to wrestle the members of Kaientai in longer singles matches on RAW. Rating: **¼ (4 for 6)
–Paul Bearer tells
Jim Ross from the backstage area that his son is bound to be WWF champion and
he can defeat the Undertaker on tonight’s show.
–Al Snow yells at
the Head in the parking lot for causing them to get evicted from the show.
comes by to do commentary duties with Ross and Lawler for the rest of the show.
–King of the Ring
Qualifying Match: Mark Henry pins Terry
Funk with a splash at 4:54:
Despite being in the company since 1996, Henry only has a
handful of RAW in-ring appearances to his credit because of injuries. Funk does a fantastic job walking him through
his match, which features Funk using everything he knows, from chairs to an
Asai moonsault to take the bigger Henry down and failing in the end due to age
and Henry’s brute strength. I probably
overrated this, but I enjoyed the story it told, which was better than any
other match that has been on the show tonight.
Rating: *** (5 for 7)
–WWF Champion Steve
Austin comes out to do commentary for the next match with Ross, Lawler, and
Match for the WWF Championship: Kane
(w/Paul Bearer) defeats The Undertaker with a Tombstone after Mankind
interferes at 6:27:
In terms of wins and losses, it is really unfair to make
the Undertaker beat Kane for a third time to get a title show since he beat him
at WrestleMania and in an Inferno Match at Unforgiven. It’s sort of like how it is tough for a
sports team to beat another team three times in the course of a season. It’s funny to hear McMahon question whether
the Undertaker is too old in this match and he and Austin have some
entertaining banter on commentary, although it comes close to overwhelming the
match. Forced to work at a faster pace
for television, this is the best encounter between these two so far and Kane
gets the title shot at the King of the Ring thanks to Mick Foley’s
interference. Rating: **½ (6 for 8)
–After the match,
Kane looks over Austin at the announce table and Austin takes exception to that
and the crowd wants a brawl. However,
Kane just motions that the title will soon be around his waist and his pyro
goes off as he walks to the back. The
Undertaker revives and fights with Mankind and that convinces Vince McMahon to
tell Ross that he might just rehire Foley since he is showing him some guts.
The Final Report Card: This was
Chicago, so a hot crowd could be expected, but the crowd heat for the entire
show was off the charts and the WWE would kill for a crowd like this
today. It’s a testament to how well the entire card has been built from the recently debuted Val Venis all
the way to Austin. Vince McMahon’s awesome character also carried the first hour of the show and properly advanced the major angles. The ending was not as
hot as previous RAWs and they would have been better served just having the
Undertaker and Mankind brawl to the back than staging an average brawl around
the ring as the show played out, but that’s a minor complaint. EASY thumbs up this week.
Monday Night War Rating: 4.4 (vs. 3.7 for Nitro)
Show Evaluation: Thumbs Up