Chip Kessler and Les Thatcher call the action, which is still from the Jellico High School tapings.
Chip Kessler and Les Thatcher are in the booth and they are broadcasting from a new set of television tapings from Jellico High School in Jellico, Tennessee. According to prowrestlinghistory.com, the tapings took place on July 6, but no attendance figures were reported.
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“the King” Lawler are in the booth and they are live from Nashville,
Tennessee. Ross informs us that the
Undertaker has been penciled in to face the WWF champion at WrestleMania XIII. That’s a good booking decision since the Undertaker was
the runner-up in the Final Four match and he was the crowd favorite.
Hart and Sid come out for their championship match to start the show, but Steve
Austin runs out and goes after Bret.
When WWF officials separate them, Sid starts going after Austin and
Austin gives him a chop block before leaving.
Bret wants to start the match, but WWF officials get Sid to leave the
ring. A good opening segment, albeit
disjointed since no one had any clue what was happening after Austin was
escorted to the back.
narrate pictures from last night’s Final Four match.
interviews Sid, who says that he would still compete against Bret Hart with a
broken leg. Kelly tells us that Sid will
face Bret later in the evening.
1-900-737-SLAM to vote for the New Sensation of the Squared Circle for this
year’s Slammy Awards. Your nominees are
Steve Austin, “Wildman” Marc Mero, Flash Funk, Mankind, and Rocky Maivia. That’s a pretty loaded ballot, since three of
those guys were the backbone of the company for the rest of the 1990s.
Contest: “Wildman” Marc Mero (w/Sable)
defeats Savio Vega (w/the Nation of Domination) by disqualification when the
Nation interfere at 4:16 shown:
but quite a few fans mimic the Nation’s salute. Sable’s push as an aggressive
valet continues in this one, as she
weakly kicks JC Ice on the floor, but to Ice’s credit he sells it like a
million bucks. As the match proceeds to
go nowhere, Sable is surrounded by the Nation, so she goes into the ring and
the Nation follows, leading the referee to call for the bell. However, Ahmed Johnson shows up with a 2×4 in
some weird orange clothing that looks like it came from a Nailz yard sale and
makes the save. This match was just
filler for the Nation-Ahmed angle so it could reach its next phase. Rating: *
interview WWF Champion Bret Hart, who says that he can’t worry about Austin
interjecting himself into his business and isn’t worried about possibly facing
the Undertaker at WrestleMania XIII.
Championship Match: “The Rock” Rocky
Maivia (Intercontinental Champion) pins Leif Cassidy with a shoulderbreaker at
Maivia before taking her position as our guest timekeeper. Hunter Hearst Helmsley cuts a promo during a
slow period in the match, where Maivia has an armbar applied, and says that
Maivia is a lucky punk and his feud with Goldust isn’t over. With the crowd dead, they try to pull some
shortcuts, with Maivia scoring some random near-falls, but it doesn’t work. Maivia eventually pulls off a comeback after
Cassidy spends a while working the arm and secures the second defense of his
Intercontinental title. Quite the boring
match, even if it was technically sound.
famous segment, Lawler reaches into the crowd near the announce table and grabs
an “ECW Rules” sign and proceeds to run down the promotion. Lawler challenges ECW to come on RAW next
week when the WWF is in the Manhattan Center.
He can’t help to put himself over, though, by saying that a sign that
had his name on it was confiscated on WCW Monday Nitro.
J” Jesse James’ appearance on Real Country Tonight, where he sang “With My Baby
Tonight” appearance on Real Country Tonight is shown.
narrate pictures from the Maivia-Helmsley Intercontinental title match from In
Goldust and Marlena and Goldust says he is not going to let Hunter Hearst
Helmsley near Marlena. Marlena says
Goldust is all man and he’s a better man than Helmsley. This brings Helmsley out and he Pedigrees
Goldust. Marlena slaps Helmsley, but the
mystery woman who attacked Marlena last night at In Your House (Chyna) bearhugs
Marlena from behind and shakes her like a rag doll. The interview was very sub-par, but this did
a good job advancing the heel side of what turned out to be a very one sided
defeat The Hardy Boys at 3:58 when Thrasher pinned Jeff after a
powerbomb-flying leg drop combination at 3:58:
substance because they are no longer the flyweights that they were in
1995. Faarooq challenges Ahmed to a
Chicago street fight at WrestleMania in the split screen, which makes Ross
happy. The Headbangers are reckless with
the bodies of their young opponents, with Mosh slamming Matt too close to the
ropes and barely getting him up for a suplex-flying body press
combination. A basic tag squash, but
it’s more notable today for who lost than who won.
the next Madison Square Garden show on March 16th. The card sees the Undertaker face Vader in a
casket match, Bret Hart square off with Steve Austin in a no disqualification
match, and Shawn Michaels face Sid in a steel cage match. Well, I guess that’s why they say “card
subject to change” because Michaels won’t be making that steel cage match.
WWF championship match again, but Steve Austin attacks Bret in the back and Sid
soon runs backstage to beat up Austin.
WWF officials and Vince McMahon, who Sid nearly clocks in the scuffle,
separate all parties.
WWF President Gorilla Monsoon, who takes a tacit shot against WCW by saying
that the WWF isn’t like other companies and delivers on its promises and that
Bret Hart and Sid will face each other for the WWF championship tonight.
(w/Clarence Mason) defeats Flash Funk (w/the Funkettes) with a spinning heel
kick at 8:31 shown:
I’m surprised that the WWE hasn’t considered signing Funk and bringing him in
as a tag team partner for Brodus Clay.
In a nice touch that demonstrates his selfishness, Owen brings both of
the tag team title belts to the ring with him.
Paul Heyman calls into the show and promises to show up with ECW at the
Manhattan Center and gets into a verbal spat with Lawler over his company. Mason distracts Owen from putting on a
Sharpshooter and Owen is not happy, thereby sowing the seeds of Mason’s
dismissal as the manager of the tag team champions. Mason is sent to the
locker room and the British Bulldog takes his place.
Steve Austin appears in the split screen and rants about how he’s being
held back and he’s mad so that’s why he’s beating everyone up in sight. If you can stay focused on the match and not
the interruptions, you are treated to a good match where Funk busts out his
high impact offense, but Owen keeps kicking out and the Bulldog clocks
Funk in the back of the head with a Slammy when he runs the ropes and holds
down Funk’s foot for the ending pin. Rating:
Helmsley tells Ross that he doesn’t know who the woman is that keeps attacking
Marlena and he doesn’t care.
Hunter Hearst Helmsley by count out at 4:10:
continues to scout talent for his pet project.
A whole bunch of nothing is what we get out of this, as Bart works the
arm for a couple of minutes before Goldust runs in and chases Helmsley into the
crowd. Rating: DUD
Madison Square Garden show some more.
says that Shawn Michaels is not going to have surgery on his knee, but will
rehabilitate it at his home in San Antonio and will be able to return to the
Match: Sid pins Bret “the Hitman” Hart with
a powerbomb to win the title at 11:17 shown:
blocked at the beginning of the show and Bret doesn’t attack it in the first
couple of minutes, which is a big plot hole that’s hard to overlook in this
one. Bret plays the Cena role here, with
women and children rooting for him and the men in the audience, who are more
vocal, rooting for Sid. It’s always
uncomfortable to watch Sid’s legs get worked over in a match since his accident
in WCW. I get the feeling that they are
going to break like twigs at any moment when Bret starts stretching them. Speaking of that WCW incident, Sid goes to
the second rope in this match and nearly falls off, showing that he’s not that
comfortable jumping off the buckles to begin with. The ring post figure-four spot makes its
debut in this match, but I always felt that move was counterproductive since
the guy applying it runs the risk of banging their head on the floor (which
Bret did at Starrcade 1999 and got a second concussion in his match with
Goldberg) and you can’t get a legal submission from it. Sid actually tries a sunset flip in this
match, but Bret rolls through and applies a Sharpshooter. However, before Sid can submit, Steve Austin
takes a chair and smashes it over Bret’s head and Sid seizes the advantage and
shocks the world by winning his second WWF championship. The crowd is pretty ecstatic, though, because
they didn’t anticipate seeing a title change.
The match built a good pace after the commercial break and the crowd
really got into it, but Sid’s refusal to sell a lot of the leg damage hurts it
significantly. Rating: ***
the Undertaker comes to the ring and we have a WrestleMania stare down to play
which is not surprising, but what is surprising is the sudden title
change. Bret’s loss of the title was the
first time since Yokozuna losing the title that this had happened in less than
twenty-four hours. In fact, this was the
first WWF title change in the history of Monday Night Raw. The title match provides us with our road to
WrestleMania, whereby Sid faces the Undertaker in a main event no one is
thrilled about for the WWF title and Bret Hart is pegged by proxy to face Steve
Austin, who he’ll seek out to get revenge for his latest title defeat. I’ll give this show a thumbs up because
of the good Funk-Owen match, the title match, and the fact that there were some
significant storylines that developed on this show, notably the ECW crossover
angle, which we will touch on next week in more detail.
2.1 (vs. 2.9 for Nitro)