Chip Kessler and Les Thatcher are handling commentary and they are taped from Harlan, Kentucky.
Chip Kessler and Les Thatcher are calling the action, originating from Caywood High School in Harlan, Kentucky. According to prowrestlinghistory.com, the taping, which took place on October 9, drew a small crowd of 200 fans.
A replay of Buddy Landel being brutalized by Jim Cornette’s Militia on last week’s program is shown.
Chip Kessler and Les Thatcher are calling the action and are wrapping up the taping from Cookeville, Tennessee.
Footage from a Barbourville, Kentucky house show where Jim Cornette dismisses Buddy Landel from the Militia for losing a tag team match with Tommy Rich airs.
The finish of a ten-man tag team elimination match in Morristown, Tennessee for $10,000 airs. The bout came down to Boo Bradley and Terry Gordy. Gordy won after Cornette tripped Bradley and Gordy dropped an elbow. After the bell, Cornette and Gordy beat on Bradley until Brad Armstrong tried to make the save. Cornette tossed powder in Armstrong’s eyes and Gordy powerbombed the SMW Champion several times, with Cornette counting to three afterward. Tommy Noe is a terrible voiceover on this footage.
This show took place on August 12, 1995 at Freedom Hall in Johnson City, Tennessee. According to prowrestlinghistory.com, the card drew 1,900 fans, 1,400 more than attended a Summer Blast tour card in the city a month earlier. Footage was provided courtesy of a fan cam.
Chip Kessler and Les Thatcher are calling the action and they are concluding the tapings from Jellico, Tennessee. This is also the go home show for Fire on the Mountain.
Jim Cornette tells Kessler and Thatcher that Brad Armstrong has no chance against his militia in a gauntlet match.
Chip Kessler and Les Thatcher are in the booth and they are still covering action from the Jellico, Tennessee tapings.
This show took place on Friday, August 4, 1995 at the Knoxville Civic Coliseum in Knoxville, Tennessee. According to Dave Meltzer’s Wrestling Observer, the show drew a crowd of 5,000, with 4,600 fans paying, thereby creating a gate of $37,500. That made this the best-attended card in the history of the promotion. The show is provided courtesy of a fan cam.
Chip Kessler and Les Thatcher call the action from the Jellico High School tapings. Kessler has been trying to channel Vince McMahon to kick off each program by screaming “Neexxtt” but he just ends up sounding like he is grunting on the toilet.
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.
Chip Kessler and Les Thatcher are in the booth and they are concluding the tapings in Sevierville, Tennessee.
The closing moments of the Buddy Landel-Brad Armstrong SMW Championship match in Barbourville, Kentucky are shown. Timekeeper Kenny Rison, referee Mark Curtis, and Tracy Smothers recap the crazy endings of Jim Cornette ringing the bell prematurely to keep Armstrong from winning, Landel using a foreign object to get a pin until Tracy Smothers got Curtis to restart it, and Armstrong pinning Landel after a side Russian leg sweep. Cornette and Landel are incensed about Armstrong having the SMW title, and Landel calls Armstrong a thief while Cornette hilariously punches a wall and hurts himself. Armstrong says the belt is his because possession is nine-tenths of the law. Commissioner Bob Armstrong says the situation is a mess, so he declares the SMW Championship vacant until Landel and Armstrong meet again for the title in Knoxville.
Chip Kessler and Les Thatcher call today’s action, which is still taped from Sevierville, Tennessee.
Chip Kessler and Les Thatcher are handling the broadcasting duties and they are taped from Sevierville, Tennessee.
Thatcher interviews Commissioner Bob Armstrong and Armstrong’s Avenger. Armstrong says he has faith in the Avenger against SMW Champion Buddy Landel. He promises a surprise.
Chip Kessler and Les Thatcher kick off a new round of television tapings in Sevierville, Tennessee. According to prowrestlinghistory.com, the tapings took place at Catan’s Chapel Elementary School and drew 300 fans.
There is a lengthy recap of the Rock N’ Roll Express-Dynamic Duo feud, as the first thirty minutes of the show revisits past promos and matches between the two teams.
A replay of the promos to hype the Gangstas-PG-13-THUGS triple threat this week in Knoxville airs.
–Vince McMahon, Mr. Perfect, and Jim Ross are calling today’s action, which is taped from Salisbury, Maryland.
–Marty Jannetty gives Razor Ramon a leather jacket backstage and asks for Ramon’s help against the 1-2-3 Kid. Ramon agrees to the idea and agrees to watch Jannetty’s back as long as Jannetty watches his in the weeks ahead. It seems like this angle ran behind their television storylines as McMahon already told fans on RAW that Ramon and Jannetty would be facing Sid and the Kid at In Your House.
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.
highlights Steve Austin’s acts of defiance against WWF officials in recent
“the King” Lawler are in the booth and they are broadcasting from Muncie,
Intercontinental Championship Tournament First Round Contest: Ken Shamrock pins Faarooq with a
belly-to-belly suplex at 2:42:
submission skills against Faarooq’s power offense. Faarooq seems to have the match in hand after
a spinebuster and Shamrock starts bleeding from the mouth as a result of
“internal injuries,” but he surprises the leader of the Nation of Domination
with a belly-to-belly suplex and advances in the tournament.
the Nation of Domination pounds away on Shamrock, but the Legion of Doom run in
and make the save.
interview Steve Austin, who is in the parking lot. Austin says he does not care about Owen
Hart’s pledge of having a surprise for him tonight.
Exhibition: Taka Michinoku defeats El
Pantera with the Michinoku Driver at 3:56:
run in the WWF’s light heavyweight division in late 1997 and early 1998. This is his debut and he and Michinoku
exchange their high flying offenses, with the crowd firmly behind
Michinoku. Pantera nearly wins with a La
Magistral cradle, but Michinoku rebounds with a missile dropkick and wins with
the Michinoku Driver. Rating:
the Truth Commission and the Commandant says that Sniper and Recon are ready to
face the Legion of Doom tonight.
Doom defeat Sniper & Recon (w/The Commandant & The Interrogator) by
disqualification when the Interrogator interferes at 3:42:
since the Truth Commission seem like a plausible threat to the Legion of Doom
based on a recent string of victories.
Animal gets placed in peril for about ninety seconds and Hawk cleans
house when given the hot tag. The Legion
of Doom seem to have things in hand when Recon is given a Doomsday Device, but
the Interrogator delivers a bad leg drop to the back of Hawk’s head and draws
the disqualification. Just an average
match, but the crowd’s love of the Legion of Doom made this seem like a tag
team championship match. Rating:
the Legion of Doom cannot handle the Interrogator. Ken Shamrock comes out to even the odds, but
even he cannot make the Interrogator go down and the Nation of Domination rush
the ring to work with the Truth Commission and deliver a beat down.
be our guest ring announcer for the next bout.
Mr. Lucky defeat El Torito & Piratita Morgan when Mini finishes Torito with
a splash off the top rope at 6:52:
the match. The match functions under lucha libre rules, so when a man ends up
outside of the ring their partner can enter the match. Sunny gets bigger pops just sitting at ringside
than the match does, but it is not for a lack of trying as all of the
participants quickly move through their spots.
There are a group of high school upperclassmen and college age guys in
the front row and they are into everything tonight, rabidly cheering the heels
and getting on every single one of the heels.
This one runs too long, as there are only so many flips you can see in
rapid succession without getting bored, but it has a fun finish of Mini doing a
splash off the top rope. The other bonus
is that there are not any blown spots. Rating:
recaps the unfolding Brian Pillman-Goldust feud.
Championship First Round Match: Brian
Pillman (w/Marlena) defeats Dude Love by disqualification when Dustin Runnels runs
in at 4:45:
ring and the crowd greets her with “take it off” chants. Ross interviews Marlena before the bout and
she says that she just wants to go home and loves her family. Marlena tries to get away as the match
unfolds, but Pillman stops her. The
match is slow and plodding, somewhat reminiscent of the last time these two
faced each other on RAW. Love prepares
to nail Pillman with Sweet Shin Music, but Dustin Runnels, who is banned from
the arena, pops out of the crowd and beats on Pillman until WWF officials
intervene. This sets up an internal Hart
Foundation match in the semi-finals between Pillman and Owen Hart, if you can
even consider Pillman an active member of the Hart Foundation at this
point. Rating: *
Steve Austin and Lawler kisses up to him.
Austin warns the Hart Foundation that they have hell to pay and this
brings the Hart Foundation out with an attorney. Their attorney serves Austin with a temporary
restraining order keeping him 100 feet away from Owen. Lawler tries to egg Austin on and read the
restraining order over his shoulder and Austin gets annoyed and gives Lawler a
Stone Cold Stunner. This segment told a
great story, as Lawler thought he could “safely” interview Austin and show up
Vince McMahon and Jim Ross and failed spectacularly.
incapacitated, Jim Cornette comes out to do commentary for the rest of the show.
Owen Hart with a school boy at 7:35 shown:
match, but police officers carefully follow him according to the terms of the
restraining order. Owen’s technical
skill holds the match together and since the crowd is hot for Austin, they are
hot for Owen as a heel. The Patriot
seems to be moving more gingerly since Ground Zero, which is either because
injuries are starting to pile up or he is not as motivated. Owen kicks out of the Patriot Missile and
takes control of the match, but Austin comes through the crowd and distracts
Owen, which enables the Patriot to defeat another Hart with a school boy. This match was all Owen. Rating: **½
Owen demands that the police arrest Austin, but Austin escapes through the
Shawn Michaels, who comes out in short shorts.
Michaels says that he hopes to become the first Grand Slam champion in
WWF history when he faces the British Bulldog for the European title at One
Night Only. Michaels reiterates his
previous talking points of going down in a blaze of glory and how the WWF has
it out for him until the Undertaker appears on the Titantron speaking through a
fence. The Undertaker has a great,
albeit corny line to hype their match:
“two men enter and the Undertaker leaves with your soul.”
1-900-737-4WWF to see who Stone Cold Steve Austin wants to give a Stone Cold
Stunner to! It will cost you $1.49 a
minute. If people honestly called the
Superstar line for that information I have a bridge that I would like to sell
them in my hometown.
Headbangers at a Philadelphia Phillies game is shown. Mosh gave the Philly Fanatic a body slam,
which the Fanatic no sold.
Championship Match: The Headbangers
defeat Bret “the Hitman” Hart & The British Bulldog by disqualification
when the Bulldog uses an American flag as a weapon at 11:41 shown:
holders of the WWF tag team championships in history and I would have to agree
with that sentiment based on reviewing 1997.
The team rarely beat big opponents and did not have a memorable
angle. Long time fans remember the team,
but I cannot recall a single great match they had fifteen years later. Despite the tag titles being on the line,
Bret and the Bulldog do not display a sense of urgency to win the belts when
they put Mosh in peril. Bret even
delivers the worst second rope elbow drop that I have ever seen him perform, as
Mosh moves and Bret lands on his feet and then crumbles to the ground with the
rest of the move. Bret and the Bulldog
appear to win the titles when Mosh is pinned after a Bulldog running powerslam,
but Mosh is not the legal man. The
Bulldog proceeds to grab an American flag from a fan at ringside and attack the
Headbangers with it and that gets his team disqualified to prevent a “Canadian
gold rush” of the Hart Foundation holding all of the titles. So, as you can see, the WWF did not just book
champions poorly in the current era. A
really disappointing tag match as it did not look like Bret or the Bulldog
cared. Rating: *½
Vader and the Patriot attack Bret and the Bulldog and the show goes off the air
with Vader about to deliver a Vader Bomb to Bret.
main event, although you could consider this week an upgrade from the triple
threat debacle of the previous week.
While some of the wrestling, especially in the first hour, was good,
nothing stood out as must see television.
The WWF is in a really weird place right now with their booking since
Austin is on the shelf and the public is not into the Patriot as a serious
threat to Bret Hart. The Headbangers are
the tag team champions, but no one, including the booking team, are treating
them seriously. D-Generation X has not
been properly formed on-screen, although Hunter Hearst Helmsley and Shawn
Michaels have collaborated, so even the appeal of Michaels-Undertaker at Badd
Blood is simply “if you hate Shawn Michaels give us another $30 and see the Undertaker
beat him up again!” Overall, this is
just an average outing as the company heads into One Night Only, which I will review
by Logan Scisco
Ross, and Jerry “the King” Lawler are on commentary tonight and they are live
from Rockford, Illinois. Ross announces
that Mankind will face the Undertaker for the WWF title at the next In Your House.
for the WWF Tag Team Championship: The
Headbangers defeat The British Bulldog & Owen Hart (Champions) by
disqualification when the Bulldog shoves the referee at 9:33 shown:
four team elimination match the previous night at WrestleMania XIII. Owen and the Bulldog keep posing in front of
each other on their way to the ring, continuing their storyline. Ross informs us at the beginning of this
match that the winner will be penciled in to face the Legion of Doom at In Your
House. The Bulldog accidentally knocks
Owen off the apron when he runs the ropes and that leads to an argument between
the champions. Owen teases walking out
prior to the commercial break, but when we get back he’s back on the
apron. Owen’s walk out puts the Bulldog
in peril, though, and Owen tags the Bulldog back in after receiving the hot
tag, so the champions argue over that as well.
The Bulldog gives Mosh a running powerslam, but when he goes to throw
Owen on top of Mosh, Owen takes offense to that and they argue, leading to
referee Earl Hebner getting pushed out of the way and leading to a
disqualification. A terrible ending to
what was shaping up to be a pretty good match and it helped make the
Headbangers a credible team in the eyes of the fans. Rating: **¾
Owen gets on the mic and says he’s tired of carrying the tag team
champions. He demands a shot at the
Bulldog’s European title. The Bulldog
agrees to put his title on the line, but it’ll be the only shot Owen will get.
arena’s boiler room, says that Paul Bearer is gone and he desperately needs
Jr.’s leap off the stage onto Mini Vader is the Playstation Slam of the Week.
on the Titantron and says he has some things that he wants to talk about. He promises not to use profanity so McMahon
promises to give him some time later in the show.
Helmsley (w/Chyna) pins Bart Gunn with a Pedigree at 7:04:
point, so he’s just being dragged out to play the Tito Santana role here and
give Helmsley a decent match. Goldust
cuts a promo in the split screen during this one, since he and Helmsley will
face off next week. McMahon goofs,
though, and says it’s for the Intercontinental title. The match puts over Chyna more than Helmsley,
as she pulls down the top rope to ruin a Bart bulldog attempt, slams Bart on
the floor, and then rams him into the ring post. Those are the only parts of the match that
the crowd reacts to. After that
interference, the outcome is simply academic.
1997 Slammy Awards, the last one held for over a decade, are shown. Rocky Maivia won the New Sensation of the
Squared Circle, Sable won Dressed to Kill, the Undertaker won the Tattoo Award,
Owen Hart claimed a Slammy for himself, Shawn Michaels and Bret Hart won Match
of the Year, Hunter Hearst Helmsley won Best Hair, Mankind won Loose Screw,
Steve Austin won Freedom of Speech, Arnold Skaaland won the Lifetime
Achievement Award, and Sable won Miss Slammy.
& Discovery defeat El Mosco,
Hyseria & Abismo Negro when Super Nova pins Negro with a hurricanrana at
guys put on a match worth watching for the WWF fan base? Bret Hart doesn’t have much faith in Mexican
wrestling, as he comes into the split screen and in a soft voice demands time
to speak. This is just a spotfest, but
it’s a lot better than any of the other AAA action we’ve seen thus far in 1997. I’ll give it an average rating for the
entertainment value, but you won’t see any psychology in this. Rating: **
1-203-359-5440 to book your stay on the Wrestle Vessel II!
Rocky Johnson and Rocky Maivia talk about WrestleMania XIII. Johnson talks about how he used his own money
to buy a ticket to WrestleMania because he was proud of his son and he was not
going to stand back and watch his opponents brutalize him after the match. Johnson promises not to get involved in his
son’s matches ever again and they hug.
us to order the replay of WrestleMania XIII.
Funkettes) defeats The Brooklyn Brawler with the Funky Flash Splash at 3:07:
crazy rant about how he has so much energy that he kick started a 747 earlier
in the day. An easy squash for Funk that
gives him a chance to showcase his aerial offense.
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Ken Shamrock on the Titantron and Shamrock says he stopped the submission match
at WrestleMania because Steve Austin could not respond to his commands and
defend himself. This interview is just
to recap the submission match for the fans who didn’t watch WrestleMania last
and apologizes to his international fans for his actions last night. For his fans in the United States, though, he
apologizes for nothing because they cheered Steve Austin after he was a beaten
man at WrestleMania. He also complains
that the American fans cheered for Shawn Michaels and screwed him out of the WWF
title despite the fact that Michaels posed for a gay magazine. Bret does a great job narrating his
experience in the WWF since he returned in November and he was always better
doing promos as this jaded wrestler character than at any other time in his career. Bret says that he has no respect for American
fans anymore and they can kiss his ass.
With Bret’s rant over, Shawn Michaels comes out and says Bret hides his
faults from the fans and is fake. Shawn
says he wrestles for fun, whereas Bret is a mark for himself and that the fans
can cheer for whomever they want. Shawn
says he’s willing to fight Bret and that Bret only knows he was in Playgirl
because he flipped through the pages.
Shawn turns to leave, but Bret attacks him from behind and puts him in
the ring post figure-four until Sid runs out and makes the save. This was a long promo segment, especially
Bret’s opening monologue, but once Shawn appeared it turned into something
special and the segment solidified Bret’s heel character in the eyes of the
Match: “The Rock” Rocky Maivia (Intercontinental
Champion) defeats Leif Cassidy with a flying body press at 2:24 shown:
Bret Hart to come down for guest commentary. Bret and Vince go back and forth as Maivia
rallies after a powerbomb and quickly puts Cassidy away. After the match, Bret attacks Maivia from
behind and goes briefly goes after his leg before leaving and flipping off a
young fan at ringside.
Savio Vega (w/the Nation of Domination) by disqualification when the Nation
interferes at 6:05 shown:
instead of coming to ringside. Ahmed
pulls out a few neat spots in the match, one of which includes a cannonball off
the top rope, but the match has no momentum whatsoever. Savio’s ring work has really plummeted since
he began working as a heel. Predictably,
the Nation interferes when Savio is in trouble, but Ahmed holds them at bay
with a 2×4 and then makes a deal with them whereby they agree to have one of
them face Ahmed at a future In Your House and if Ahmed wins, they will all leave the
WWF. Rating: *¼
McMahon that he doesn’t want to talk to him right now.
Shawn Michaels on tonight’s show is the Karate Fighters Rewind segment.
WWF Champion The Undertaker in tonight’s main event interview segment. The Undertaker puts over his victory at
WrestleMania until Paul Bearer walks out.
Bearer says he wants to talk with the Undertaker, as Mankind appears on
the Titantron calling for Bearer to return to him, but before this goes
anywhere we run out of time.
Bret-Shawn interaction was the premier highlight of the show, but the rest was
very forgettable. That’s a problem with
this era since you had some hot acts at the top, but the feuds below it weren’t
very interesting or were not as well developed.
Having Mankind as the number one contender after WrestleMania was a bit
of a head scratcher as well, since he had hardly done anything since October.
(vs. 3.0 for Nitro)
Show Evaluation: Thumbs Down