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    Re: World Wrestling Federation: The Montreal Fallout

    WWF Raw is War/Warzone
    December 1st, 1997
    Roanoke Civic Center
    Roanoke, Virginia


    As usual, we open with a brief recap from last week, focusing on the main event where D-Generation X managed to steal a win over The Hart Foundation, before Michaels and Triple H humiliated Neidhart and Bulldog, tagging them with paint and sending them packing on their way to WCW. After the regular opening video, we head into the arena to hear from the raucous crowd for the first time tonight. We see the always impressive fireworks display, we take a tour of the signs in the crowd, before we are welcomed to the show by Jim Cornette, who very quickly hypes the card for the opening hour of the show, with Steve Blackman making his Raw in-ring debut against Savio Vega, Ken Shamrock teaming up with The Legion of Doom to take on The Nation of Domination, and Tazz is in the building and we’ll be hearing from him tonight! But Cornette lets us all know that Vince McMahon is ready and waiting in the ring, and that’s how we’re going to kick things off tonight.

    And sure enough, McMahon is stood waiting, and he wastes little time in introducing his guest tonight… ’Stone Cold’ Steve Austin! The glass shatters, the crowd raise the roof and the Intercontinental Champion strides down the ramp and into the ring. McMahon is visibly nervous as Austin brushes past him on his way to the corner, before Austin drops back down and calls for a beer to tossed his way. McMahon doesn’t hide his frustration at this, but he puts it aside to get the interview started, firstly asking Austin for his thoughts on his opponent this Sunday at In Your House, Jeff Jarrett. Austin smirks, before responding very directly with ”I think Jeff Jarrett is nothin’ but a chicken-shit lil’ bastard!”, which draws a massive pop from the crowd and an angry shake of the head from Vince. Austin references that it was Jarrett who challenged him for the Intercontinental Title, a challenge Austin accepted, only for Jarrett to then avoid him at every turn. Every time Austin tries to take the fight to Jarrett, he avoids it, especially last week when Jarrett ran out on his match with Goldust as Austin chased him to the back. ”But this Sunday, there ain’t nowhere for you to run son, and that means ol’ ‘Stone Cold’ is gonna whip your ass!”, another crowd pleasing statement from the champion.

    Before he asks his next question, McMahon gives Austin a warning about his language, going ‘off script’ as he mutters ”…can you ease up with the profanity, please?”, before he discusses how since he returned to the WWF, Jarrett hasn’t exactly been all that impressive. However, Jarrett’s return in a lot of ways has mirrored Austin’s arrival in the WWF, both came to the WWF feeling disgruntled with how they were treated in WCW, both set their sights on quickly winning titles and proving themselves. ”Is this Sunday, in his match against you, Jeff Jarrett’s chance to prove he belongs here in the WWF… against a man with a very similar past?”, a question which irks Austin. ‘The Rattlesnake’ quickly states he and Jarrett are nothing alike, as Austin wasn’t born with a silver spoon in his mouth, he worked his ass off to break into the business while Jarrett was handed his opportunity by his father. Austin also points out that he’s never been much of a country singer, although he does decide to treat us all to a few lines from the chorus of ‘The Gambler’, the crowd joining in as he belts out ”You gotta know when to fold ‘em… know when to hold ‘em…”. Austin also points out that while he never got the shot he deserved in WCW, he never came to the WWF and complained about it, he ”…walked through that door, started whippin’ ass, and that’s how I got here today…”, unlike Jarrett who has done nothing but whine and complain.

    And one final difference between the two is that Austin has proven time and time again exactly what it takes to be Intercontinental Champion. He talks about his battles with Owen Hart, overcoming a broken neck to win the title, how he’s never needed to swing a guitar to win a match, all he’s ever needed is his fists and his boots, and he’ll use it all to ”…stomp a mudhole and walk it dry…” this Sunday, with Austin calling for another beer to be thrown his way. Austin then also states that he’s never needed a Vince McMahon to call for the bell early to win a title either, a clear reference to the infamous moment at Survivor Series, which draws a rueful gulp from McMahon. Austin says that he knows exactly what Vince did in Montreal, so do the boys in the back, but more importantly, so do all the WWF fans. They watched him screw Bret Hart out of the WWF Championship, and now everybody wants to know if it’ll ever happen again. ”But lemme tell ya’ somethin’ Vince. You ever try screw ‘Stone Cold’ outta this Intercontinental Title, I WILL stomp a mudhole in ya’ and walk it dry!” McMahon is visibly annoyed by that comment, but just as he goes to respond… here comes Jeff Jarrett! And unlike two weeks ago, it looks like this time Jarrett is headed to the ring to join Austin, a move which catches Cornette on commentary by surprise.

    But sure enough, Jarrett stands across from ‘The Rattlesnake’, although Vince is between them holding the mic, and Jarrett makes it clear he’s pissed off at what Austin and others have been saying about him. Jarrett admits that when he came back to the WWF, he targeted Austin and the Intercontinental Championship because as a former three time Intercontinental Champion, he knows all about the history and prestige of the title. ”But the fact you come out here, swillin’ beer and cussin’… that shows we you ain’t worthy of bein’ the Intercontinental Champion!” Austin might be tough, he might be an ass kicker, but he’s got no class, he’s nothing but a brawler, while Jarrett is a real wrestler, the greatest wrestler in the world and a man worthy of wearing the Intercontinental Title. ”When you say me and you ain’t alike, I agree with ya’… except for one thing…”, with Jarrett admitting that just like Austin, he too was fed up with being held back in WCW by Eric Bischoff. But now he’s back in the WWF, ”…I won’t be held back by you Austin… and I won’t be held back by YOU McMahon!”, with Jarrett pointing a finger squarely at Vince, as it seems both men in this matchup have something they want to say to McMahon.

    ”The last time I worked here… you treated me like a joke!”, with Jarrett bemoaning the fact that Vince saddled him with a country western gimmick and made him sing songs. Vince took a world class athlete and tried to embarrass him, and it worked, as Jarrett looks back and is embarrassed at what he had to do in the ring. But that’ll never happen again, he’s here to prove exactly what kind of threat he is, and he’ll prove it this Sunday when he beats Austin. Vince moves to ask another question, but Austin isn’t interested as he snatches the mic from his hand. Austin starts pacing the ring, telling Jarrett that while he’s been throwing out challenges and talking about being held back since his return, Austin has been kicking ass like he always does. ”So if anybody wants to see ‘Stone Cold’ kick Jeff Jarrett’s ass this Sunday, gimme a hell yeah!”, which draws a boisterous response from the fans. As far as Austin is concerned, Jarrett thinks he’s a lot more special than he actually is, and Austin is going to prove that this Sunday. ”Ya’ got asked to sing songs, ya’ got asked to play a lil’ guitar, but if ya’ ask ol’ ‘Stone Cold’, you’re askin’ for an ass kickin’ this Sunday son!”, which again draws the ire of Vince over Austin’s choice of language.

    At this point Austin pauses, telling Jarrett that he’s willing to wait for this Sunday, there’s no need for a fight between the two of them tonight. Infact, Austin wants to make good on a promise from a couple weeks ago, ”…I told ya’ two weeks’ ago I had a beer waitin’ for ya’, so let’s do it…”, with a pair of beers being tossed towards Austin. ‘The Rattlesnake’ pops both open and hands on to Jarrett, before he remembers Vince and asks for a third, as ”…I got one for your ass too, Vince!”, handing McMahon the third can. Austin proposes a toast to a great match this Sunday, but of course, Jarrett is wary, not buying it, refusing to entertain Austin. Austin insists though, saying that with Vince in the ring, he doesn’t want to piss off the boss any further, he’ll drink one final beer and then head backstage, but he wants to share it with Jarrett. Jarrett continues to stall, but Austin is persistent, demanding Jarrett share a toast with him… and slowly, Jarrett inches his can upwards towards Austin’s… and they toast… and Austin does nothing! The champion simply smiles and sips his beer, and Jarrett does the same! The crowd boo the hell out of this, baying for blood, but Vince is delighted to see the great sportsmanship between champion and challenger, and even he decides to join in, toasting both men and taking a sip from his can… but suddenly, Austin’s demeanour changes… and he FLIPS JARRETT THE DOUBLE BIRD… and he goes on the attack!

    Austin lunges at Jarrett, tackling him down, hammering the challenger with wild rights and lefts, before Austin quickly gets back to his feet, waiting for Jarrett to stagger back up… he goes for the kick… but Jarrett grabs Vince by the jacket, throws him into Austin and then scrambles from the ring! The crowd jeer as once again, Jarrett manages to avoid Austin as he races up the ramp. In the ring, Austin is again left frustrated, but he simply smirks up at the man he’ll face this Sunday, motioning to Jarrett that there’ll be nowhere to run at In Your House. Meanwhile, McMahon manages to drag himself back to his feet, and he’s furious with Austin, yelling at him, screaming ”What the hell’s your problem!?” as he adjusts his tie and fixes his jacket. Austin is taken aback, almost shocked to hear Vince speak to him like that, but McMahon continues, screaming that Austin needs to stop acting this way. As the crowd hear this, they go wild in anticipation, especially when Austin moves to help Vince back to his feet… KICK… STUNNER!! AUSTIN DELIVERS THE STUNNER TO VINCE MCMAHON!! The crowd are going nuts, Cornette can’t believe it, but Austin has just laid out Vince McMahon! The music rings out, the fans are on their feet, and the Intercontinental Champion calls for more beers to be thrown his way as he heads to the corner to salute the fans! On the stage, ‘Double J’ shakes his head in disbelief and disappears backstage, but the camera zooms in on the down and out Vince, while Austin continues to celebrate and Cornette scrambles to tell us all we’re going to a commercial.

    *Commercial*

    We’re back, and things seemed to have calmed down a bit as Jim Ross has replaced McMahon on commentary, but both he and Cornette express their confusion and disbelief at what just happened, with Cornette speculating that Commissioner Slaughter should be laying some sort of fine on Austin for his actions. Ross reluctantly admits that could happen, and he wonders what this could all mean ahead of In Your House this Sunday. Suddenly, the camera switches backstage, where we see McMahon say on a steel chair, his head bowed, rubbing his neck in pain, looking drained and dishevelled after what happened. Veteran backstage workers Pat Patterson and Gerald Brisco tend to Vince, offering him a bottle of water and to bring in medical help, but McMahon shakes it off. Instead, Vince states that he can’t believe Austin just assaulted him like that. But he soon snaps out of the shock and orders Patterson and Brisco to deliver a message for him. ”You tell the guys in the truck, I want the last segment. I’ve got something I need to get off my chest. I’ve got somethin’ I want to say to each and every WWF superstar!”, with both Patterson and Brisco quickly agreeing and scurrying away to carry out Vince’s orders, while our commentary team can only guess what the message will be as we cut away elsewhere.

    And it’s to the interview set, where Michael Cole is standing by with Bart Gunn and Steve Blackman. With this being the first interview for either man since their partnership began, Cole wants to know what the relationship is between the two. It’s pretty simple according to Gunn, he was working out hard in a boxing gym, gearing up for a return to competition. When he returned to action, Blackman had just made his debut in the WWF. With Gunn being a boxer, and Blackman being a martial artist, the two joined up to have each other’s backs. And Blackman points out that it’s really paid off these last few weeks with their troubles against Los Boricuas. The two have been working hard to better themselves as a tag team to get ready for their match this Sunday, and they’re ready to knock out Los Boricuas. Cole then asks a final question of Gunn, wanting to know how long he’s had that devastating left hand in his arsenal. Gunn admits it’s taken a lot of time infront of a punching bag, but he feels like he could knock out anybody. Marc Mero may have pulled a fast one last week to steal the win, but in a fair fight one on one ”…I’ll put anybody flat on their back… lookin’ at the lights!”, a defiant statement that leads both men off camera.

    And that’s because Blackman’s match is right now, as Los Boricuas are already heading for the ring, with Savio Vega leading the way while Miguel Perez Jr., Jose Estrada Jr. and Jesus Castillo Jr. sing along with their theme tune. And here come Bart Gunn and Steve Blackman, Gunn throwing a few shadow left hands while Blackman twirls a pair of nunchuks. Ross admits that these two have impressed him this last month, but he wonders if their inexperience as a tag team will cost them this Sunday at In Your House. Cornette wonders if it will cost Blackman tonight, as he points out that Vega is a crafty veteran competitor, and with the numbers at ringside in his favour, it’s going to be a big ask for Blackman to pull out a win here tonight.

    Match One:
    Savio Vega
    w/ Los Boricuas vs. Steve Blackman w/ Bart Gunn


    Both these men have those ‘educated feet’ as J.R. likes to say, and it shows in the early moments as they trade kicks and chops back and forth until Blackman nails three kicks in a row to knock Vega down. Blackman quickens the pace, sending Vega flying with a hiptoss and a back body drop, before he gets the first near fall with a jumping heel kick. Vega rolls outside to break the momentum, but he turns right into Bart Gunn, who threatens Vega with that lethal left hand, causing Vega to back away and head for the safety of his Los Boricuas colleagues. Back in the ring, Vega now takes control, landing more chops to the chest, getting a near fall from a single leg dropkick, before he tries to wear Blackman down with a nerve hold to the neck. Blackman rallies, working back to his feet, breaking the hold with a series of elbows, before he again lands kicks to the midsection, fires Vega off the ropes... into a scissors kick! Blackman now looks to come off the ropes... only for Estrada to reach in and grab Blackman by the foot, tripping him up! This causes Bart to race around the ring, and Los Boricuas don’t see him coming... Gunn SMACKS ESTRADA WITH A BIG LEFT HAND! Gunn now sets his sights on Perez, who backs away... but the distraction allows Castillo to slide into the ring... and he nails Blackman with an INVERTED SUPLEX! Castillo scrambles from the ring, Vega drapes an arm across Blackman’s chest, and the ref conveniently turns to count the 1... 2... 3.

    Winner: Savio Vega @ 04:48

    Like the thugs that they are, Los Boricuas help their leader Vega get the win with some pretty underhand tactics. Quickly Vega rolls from the ring as Castillo and Perez help the fallen Estrada back to his feet, while Gunn slides into the ring to check on Blackman. Los Boricuas celebrate as they back up the ramp, but the anger is clear for all to see on Gunn and Blackman’s face, with the prediction of ”…there’s gonna be hell to pay for Los Boricuas this Sunday!” coming from J.R. as we head to another commercial.

    *Commercial*

    When we return, it’s time for another in-ring interview, this time with Cornette handling the duties. Cornette doesn’t exactly look happy about it, and he admits as much on the mic, saying he’s ready to interview a man who is making his WWF debut tonight, with the crowd giving a loud cheer as they know exactly who he’s referring to. ”This is a man who has broken necks. This is a man who is impervious to pain. This… is… Tazz.” says Cornette, with very little in the way of enthusiasm. But sure enough, as the entrance video plays, the beat gets louder and louder, the crowd build into a frenzy… until the finally erupt as Tazz steps into the arena! Wearing an all-black tracksuit and with a towel over his head, Ross can only marvel at how menacing the newcomer looks, letting us all know about the impressive reputation Tazz has built up and his moniker as ‘The Human Suplex Machine’. As he enters the ring, Tazz whips off the towel and stares intently into the hard camera, the crowd again popping loudly. Cornette decides it’s time to get down to business, offering Tazz a lukewarm welcome to the WWF, before he asks why has Tazz come to the WWF given the reputation he’s built over at ECW.

    With a steely look on his face, Tazz very simply states that he’s here because he’s heard so much about how the toughest wrestlers in the world fight here in the WWF each and every week. He’s heard about ‘Stone Cold’ Steve Austin, he’s heard about Ken Shamrock, he’s heard about Mick Foley ”…and to be honest wit’ ya’… I’ve heard enough. ‘Cause as far as I’m concerned… you’re lookin’ at the toughest S.O.B. in the world o’ wrestlin’ right here!” Tazz has fought around the world, he’s beaten some of the biggest and baddest fighters, but when people talk about the real toughmen in professional wrestling, the casual fan doesn’t mention him. He may have been a star at ECW, but he hasn’t gotten the credit he deserves yet, so he’s here in the WWF to prove to the world ”…I don’t care how big you are, or how bad you think you are… I’ll choke out anybody!” Tazz feels like he’s paid his dues, he’s fought in bingo halls and high school gyms, but now he’s here to fight in the biggest arenas infront of the biggest crowds, and he’s here to fight for the richest prize in the game, the WWF Championship! ”And lemme say somethin’ to the two pretty boys in D-X. You play your games, you run your mouths, but you two ever try anythin’ like that wit’ me… and I’ll make you squeal like the little bitches that you are!”, a very direct threat to the WWF and European Champion.

    Cornette has a quick laugh at that statement, saying that not many men just walk into the WWF and challenge the champion right off the bat. Tazz admits that he knows he’ll need to prove himself all over again, but the WWF Champion can wait… for now. But there is one man Tazz wants to waste no time in meeting. ”I’ve been hearin’ there’s a schmuck round here who’s been sayin’ a lotta stuff about me. And I hear ‘is name… is Marc Mero. Mero clearly has a problem with Tazz, but he’s not sure what is… and he doesn’t really care either. Tazz has heard Mero run his mouth, he’s talked about how tough a fighter he is. Well now Tazz is here in the WWF, he’s giving Mero a chance to come out and prove just how tough a fighter he really is. ”Mero… I’m callin’ you out punk! Get yo’ ass out here!”, and sure enough, that’s enough to draw ’Marvellous’ Marc Mero and Sable out into the arena. Mero is dressed in street clothes, not ready to compete tonight, but J.R. can’t help but point out the fact that Sable is dressed in a baggy jumper and sweatpants, no doubt on the orders of her husband who’s jealousy has reached insane levels in recent weeks.

    In the ring, Mero smirks at Tazz, wanting to make sure he heard him right when he says he’s a real fighter. There’s only one real fighter, the true toughest man in the WWF, and that’s ‘Marvellous’ Marc, not ”…some midget who was wrestlin’ infront of 20 people last week!” Mero admits though that he does indeed have a problem with Tazz, as he’s sick and tired of hearing about the newcomer. Mero’s heard what an impressive fighter Tazz is, he knows the reputation, he’s heard about how he makes people tap out, but none of that impresses Mero. He’s a real fighter, pound for pound the very best in the WWF, and ”…that’s why I’m real pissed off hearin’ about you!” When he looks at Tazz, Mero says there’s nothing impressive about him, there’s nothing to fear. Tazz is too small, so small that Mero wonders if he can reach high enough to choke Mero out. As far as Mero is concerned, Tazz has built his reputation by choking out nobodies, but now he’s came to the WWF, he’s not going to have it so easy. ”Lemme tell ya’ somethin’ punk… you don’t get a girl like my property Sable by beatin’ up nobodies in bingo halls…”, although as soon Mero catches Cornette glancing at Sable upon the mention of her name, and he quickly reprimands Cornette and tells him not to look at her.

    ”Bottom line little man… there’s nothin’ about you that scares me…” states Mero, before he lets Tazz know that the videos and words to hype his arrival have all been a waste of time. Tazz is a nothing, a nobody, and he’s never going to have as great a WWF career as ‘Marvellous’ Marc… and he’ll never get a girl like Sable either, with a smug Mero laughing right in Tazz’s face while Sable looks very uneasy about it all. ”First of all… you can keep the sluts like her…” answers back Tazz, which draws a massive pop from the crowd and a stunned look from Mero. Tazz isn’t here for the money or for girls, he’s here to kick ass simply because… he enjoys it. And Tazz lets us all know that now he’s arrived in the WWF, he doesn’t want to waste any time in making a name for himself, and he’s looking to make his WWF debut in a hurry. ”So how ‘bout this Sunday, In Your House, I make my WWF debut… against you…”, with Tazz pointing a finger squarely in Mero’s chest as he asks the question. Mero arrogantly laughs at the notion, and at first he’s hesitant, telling Tazz he’s too much of a big shot to lower himself to Tazz’s level. At this point Cornette interjects, pointing out that right now, Mero isn’t scheduled to compete this Sunday, whilst also stating ”I’m sure all the WWF fans wanna see you two ‘real’ fighters go at it…”, a comment laced in sarcasm but one that still draws a cheer from the crowd.

    Mero ponders, thinking it over, but he ultimately decides to accept, telling Tazz he’ll see him this Sunday for his first WWF match… and his first WWF defeat. ”I’ll accept your lil’ challenge, but I’m warnin’ ya’… I’m gonna knock you out!”, before Mero very patronises Tazz by giving him a playful rub on the top of the head… but suddenly, Tazz grabs the hand, twists, wraps an arm around Mero’s throat… TAZZMISSION! Tazz tries to lock in the Tazzmission, but in desperation, Mero flails and claws… and he PULLS SABLE TOWARDS HIM… CAUSING TAZZ TO BREAK THE HOLD!! The crowd boo loudly as the impact causes Tazz to release his grip, and Mero quickly drops and rolls from the ring, scrambling to the bottom of the ramp. He quickly screams at Sable, telling her to get over by him, and naturally Sable is stunned and shocked that Mero would put her in harm’s way like that. ”What kind of man would do that to his own wife?” asks J.R., but Mero isn’t interested in talking things over, as instead he grabs Sable by the hand and walks her up the ramp. The argument between the two continues to the stage, while in the ring, Tazz heads to the corner to pose for the crowd, with J.R. hyping this Sunday’s just announced match while putting over how dangerous Tazz can be as we head to commercial.

    *Commercial*

    The interview set sees Kevin Kelly standing by, looking rather intimidated given that his guest is The Undertaker. It’s a quick interview, as usual ‘Taker doesn’t have to much to say to Kelly’s request for his thoughts on this Sunday’s WWF Championship Match against Shawn Michaels. Undertaker states that he’s seen enough of D-X’s antics, the humiliations and tagging all come to an end this Sunday when we will all bear witness to the demise of D-Generation. The WWF lost its soul back in Montreal when Michaels was handed the WWF Title, but there’s one man who can breathe life back into the soul of the WWF, and The Undertaker will do that this Sunday. And of course ”…Shawn Michaels will rest… in… peace!”, to which the challenger rolls his eyes to the back of his head, signalling an end to the interview… although Kelly isn’t done yet, he wants to ask a follow up questions. Kelly asks Undertaker about what Kane and Paul Bearer had to say last week… but as soon as Kelly mentions their names, ‘Taker takes a step forward, towering over a now cowering Kelly, making it very clear he has nothing to say about his brother as he simply walks away in silence, a menacing snarl on his face, brining things to a decisive end.

    Back into the arena, and here comes Sunny, who once again is on announcing duties. Out first, she welcomes The Nation of Domination, with Faarooq leading out D’Lo Brown, Kama Mustafa and The Rock onto the stage, where in their latest show of unity, all four men raise their fists. Of course the commentary team take a chance to remind us of the tension that these four have shown in recent weeks, especially between Faarooq and The Rock given both men’s desires to face Shamrock this Sunday. Speaking of Ken Shamrock, he’s out next, just like last week showing no fear as he steps into the ring with all four men, although Cornette wonders who in their right mind would be crazy enough to volunteer to team up with a guy like Shamrock in this situation. Of course the answer is The Legion of Doom, with both ’Road Warrior’ Hawk and ’Road Warrior’ Animal looking like they’re in foul moods after losing the World Tag Titles last week, although J.R. assures us that despite the fact it’s The New Blackjacks who will face The New Age Outlaws this Sunday, the war between ‘The Road Warriors’ and The Outlaws is far from over.

    Match Two: Six Man Tag Team Match
    The Nation of Domination
    w/ Faarooq vs. Ken Shamrock and The Legion of Doom


    Shamrock and D’Lo kick this one off, with Shamrock looking so impressive early on, nailing D’Lo with a string of high impact moves, before he wrings on the arm and makes an early tag to Animal. Animal continues to work on the left arm, aiming shots to the shoulder, but D’Lo uses a thumb to the eye to escape and tag Rock. Rocky lands big right hands, but he gets cocky, allowing Animal to hurl him into the corner and then land ten shots to the face. A powerslam gets Animal a two count, and that brings in Hawk, who nails a pair of shoulderblocks and then a dropkick for another near fall. Rocky catches a break when Hawk ducks, allowing him to nail a snap DDT and tag in Kama. The Nation now isolate Hawk, punishing him, coming close to victory on several occasions, especially after a Samoan drop from Rocky and a big splash in the corner from Kama. D’Lo is in, and he plants Hawk with a scoop slam then heads to the rope... looking for the LO DOWN... NO! Hawk rolls to safety, Brown crashes to the mat... both men crawl to their corners... here comes Kama... and here comes Shamrock! Shamrock explodes into the ring, bowling Kama over with clothesline after clothesline, before he sends him off the ropes... into a hurricanrana! Rocky storms the ring, but he gets tackled outside by Animal, the pair landing at the feet of Faarooq. Hawk and D’Lo brawl near the entrance, which means Kama is alone in the ring with Shamrock, and he looks to go for th DEATH VALLEY DRIVER... NO! Shamrock rolls through, grabs the ankle, takes Kama down... ANKLE LOCK!! Shamrock puts on the ankle lock, and on the outside... Rocky, having planted Animal, isn’t focusing on the match, he’s acting smug with Faarooq... and neither of them realise in time to make the save... and Kama has to tap out!

    Winners: Via Submission, Ken Shamrock and The Legion of Doom @ 06:16

    Shamrock does it again, he’s made another member of The Nation tap out, this time getting the win for his team. As Hawk and Animal join the celebrations with Shamrock in the ring, on the outside, Faarooq is furious with his team, berating them for their performance. Of course he has strong words for The Rock, telling him ”…that ain’t good enough boy!”, while Rock fires back, pinning the blame on Kama and D’Lo. As they walk up the ramp, The Nation are disjointed, at each other’s throats, which J.R. points out can’t be good news ahead of this Sunday’s match at In Your House. But just before we leave hour one, there’s a reminder to join us all in the Warzone for Dude Love and Jeff Jarrett, Triple H against The Undertaker and what on earth could Vince McMahon have in store for us all? You’ll have to wait to find out...

    *Commercial*

    Hour two starts with another opening video and burst of pyro, with Cornette being replaced at the announce desk by Jerry ‘The King’ Lawler. Ross welcomes us back, again hyping the second half of the show, and he immediately wants to know what Lawler thinks Vince McMahon could have to say to everyone. Lawler admits he’s not sure, but he wants us all to know how disgusted he was at seeing Austin nail Vince with the stunner earlier. ”I hope Vince comes out here and tells us he’s throwin’ ‘Stone Cold’ in jail!” is Lawler’s prediction for what is to come.

    Out to silence is our commissioner Sgt. Slaughter, who stops on the stage with a microphone in hand. Slaughter isn’t here to take up a lot of time, knowing there’s a lot of show to get through tonight, be he does a few quick announcements with regards to this Sunday’s pay per view. First of all, he confirms the match we heard about earlier, and that Tazz will make indeed make his debut this Sunday against Marc Mero, which draws a nice pop from the crowd. Second of all, he has an announcement that concerns Shawn Michaels, The Undertaker and the WWF Championship. Slaughter may have been the WWF Commissioner back at Survivor Series, so that does indeed mean that the screwjob took place under his watch. ”But… under my watch, that kind of thing will never happen again…”, with Slaughter promising us all that there will be no screwjob and no controversy of any kind this Sunday. And with that in mind, he has a message for D-Generation X. Slaughter looks dead into the camera as he informs us all that Triple H and Chyna are both banned from ringside during the WWF Title Match. ”Infact… any WWF superstar who enters the arena during the Buried Alive Match… will be suspended indefinitely without pay. And that’s an order!”

    Slaughter is determined to see The Undertaker right the wrongs of Montreal, he wants to see ‘Taker restore the pride into the WWF and its title, and he’ll let nothing get in the way of that happening. ”And that includes Paul Bearer… and Kane!”, which draws an ominous, almost shocked pop from the crowd. He’s heard the things Bearer has been saying to him these last few weeks, he’s heard the threats Bearer has made, but Slaughter refuses to be intimidated, he refuses to back down. Threatening WWF officials is not the way to get what you want under his command, so he makes it perfectly clear to Bearer and Kane, there will be no match against The Undertaker, and both of them are also banned from ringside this Sunday. ”And Bearer… you maggot… you’ll learn the hard way that I don’t give in to demands. If you you’re your match with The Undertaker-“, and speak of the devil, the lights go out, the arena is bathed in a red haze, and the fire explodes on the stage as here comes Kane and Paul Bearer onto the stage. Bearer as always has that smug look on his face as he approaches Slaughter, while the commissioner simply raises his chin and stands defiantly.

    Bearer can’t help but shake his head as he starts to speak, calling Slaughter a stubborn old fool, a man who lets his pride get him in trouble. They’ve been fair with him Bearer tells Slaughter, they’ve given him chance after chance to do the right thing and give them what they want, but for some reason, Slaughter has time and time again refused them. ”But Commissioner Slaughter… we are willin’ to give you one… last… chance…” to cancel the WWF Championship Match and sign the match pitting Kane against The Undertaker. If Slaughter is so determined to have a Buried Alive Match, then put Kane in that spot, he’ll gladly bury his brother and send him straight to hell. ”We have been patient, Commissioner Slaughter, but our patience… has ran out…” warns Bearer, saying that if Slaughter doesn’t give in to their request, he won’t be responsible for Kane’s actions, with Kane slowly stepping forward, towering over Slaughter. Again Slaughter points out his chin, before he gives Bearer an answer. He doesn’t know what it’s going to take to make Bearer understand, but this Sunday, The Undertaker already has a match, a match which is so important to the future of the entire WWF, a match that is bigger than Kane’s rivalry with The Undertaker. ”So let me make this clear Bearer. The answer is no! This Sunday, The Undertaker will face Shawn Michaels for the WWF Championship… and that’s an order!”

    An emphatic roar from the crowd as Slaughter is defiant, but once again, Bearer simply shakes his head. ”Well Commissioner… I apologise. I apologise… because we REALLY didn’t want to do this…”, and right on cue… KANE DRILLS SLAUGHTER WITH A STIFF RIGHT HAND! The commentary team are stunned as Kane knocks Slaughter clean off his feet with a massive right hand, and with Bearer’s encouragement, Kane mounts the commissioner and starts hammering him with right after right! ”Dammit, get somebody out here to stop this!” bellows J.R., but it would take a brave man to get in Kane’s way as he hammers Slaughter. Bearer starts shouting out orders, wanting Kane to get Slaughter up, but as Kane drags the commissioner to his feet… Slaughter fires back! Slaughter catches Kane with a right, and a second… but just like that, a shot to the throat ends the momentum. Slaughter doubles over, coughing and spluttering, and that’s when Kane makes his move… scooping Slaughter up… ”Good god almighty! No!”… KANE TOMBSTONES SGT. SLAUGHTER ON THE STAGE!! A sickening thud as Slaughter’s skull is driven into the cold metal of the stage, the commissioner of the WWF down and out, barely moving, the crowd stunned into silence in disbelief at what they’ve just witnessed. Bearer stands over Slaughter, laughing, screeching in his face, ”This is all your fault!”, claiming Slaughter did this to himself, before he finally, mercifully get a group of officials and backstage agents rushing onto the stage.

    Naturally everyone is intimidated by Kane, the monster scaring them away, but happy at what they’ve done tonight, Bearer is content to lead Bearer away, taking him backstage, while medical personnel now rush onto the stage with a stretcher. The camera peers in on Slaughter, who groans in pain while we hear him mumble ”I can’t feel my arm. I can’t feel my legs…”, which of course raises the level of concern for our commentary team. To put over the seriousness of the situation, Lawler drops the heel gimmick, solemnly hoping Slaughter is alright while condemning Kane and Bearer for their actions. We stay focused on the medical team, who carefully place a neck brace on Slaughter, while we see replays of the heinous act, with again the commentators putting over the damage that could have been done. Carefully the EMTs work Slaughter onto a back board and then onto the stretcher, which they slowly start to wheel backstage. ”He’s an American hero, he’s a true legend of this business… and he may have suffered permanent injuries at the hands of that sick monster Kane!” gravely states J.R., with the camera now cutting backstage as Slaughter is wheeled through the arena. They finally reach the ambulance, where Slaughter is loading into the back of it, the doors slammed shut, and we don’t hear a word from anyone as the sirens blare, the ambulance starts to leave, and we head to a commercial.

    *Commercial*

    When we return from the commercial, we’re focused on the announce desk, where a sombre looking J.R. and ‘King’ still look stunned at what we just saw. They talk us through yet another replay of Kane driving Slaughter into the stage with the tombstone, with Ross angrily commenting that ”…things have gotten outta hand around here!” given what we’ve seen tonight. Ross then throws things over to Michael Cole backstage for an update, with Cole informing us that Slaughter has been taken to a local medical facility, but according to the WWF officials he spoke to, Slaughter had no feeling or movement in his arms or legs. Cole will be backstage trying to get an update during the rest of the show on Slaughter’s condition, but just as he’s about to through it back to ringside… D-Generation X enter the scene. Both Shawn Michaels and Triple H are crying dramatic faux tears, while Chyna is carrying a box of Kleenex, throwing the tissues around while trying to dab away the tears from her eyes. Cole is disgusted by it all, but Michaels wants to speak, making Cole hold the mic for him as he screams ”Oh my God! Oh the humanity! What a tragedy!, before he ridiculously loudly blows his nose into the shoulder of Cole’s shirt.

    Choking back the tears, Michaels tells Cole exactly how disappointed he is in what happened to Slaughter, how he hopes and prays that the commissioner makes a full recovery. ”But, y’know… I tried to tell ‘im…”, with the champion reminding us that he warned Slaughter not to make Kane an enemy last week, but Slaughter just wouldn’t listen. ”And now… now he’s in an ambulance, he’s on ‘is way to the hospital… there’s not a chance he’s gonna make it to work this Sunday…” which of course is Triple H’s que to point out that if Slaughter can’t be there this Sunday at In Your House… then that means anybody who wants to can be at ringside during Michaels’ match with The Undertaker. And of course, with that pointed out, D-X cut the fake tears and get serious, with Michaels smugly letting us know that with ”…Sgt. Slobber in a hospital bed…”, he’ll and Chyna will be in Triple H’s corner tonight for his match with The Undertaker… and they’ll both be in his corner this Sunday, and there’s not a damn thing anybody can do about it. And it’s time for everybody in the WWF, but especially The Undertaker, to learn that one way or another, by hook or by crook, D-Generation X always come out on top… and that they’ll bury anyone to make sure they stay there. And with that, D-X toss a bunch of used Kleenexes in Cole’s face, disgusting the interviewer again, before they make their exit and we head back into the arena.

    Ready for the next match, and here comes The New Blackjacks, with ’Blackjack’ Bradshaw and ’Blackjack’ Windham striding to the ring with a purpose, although the commentary team are both focusing on the comments of D-X, with J.R. pointing out the total lack of class from Michaels, while Lawler claims that with Triple H and Chyna at ringside, Michaels is guaranteed victory. Here come the champions The New Age Outlaws, who enter to their new entrance music, but of course Road Dogg has a mic in his hand, while Billy Gunn prances around with a ridiculous novelty black moustache stuck to his face. ”The good ol’ boys are back… and that means there’s some sheep somewhere dyin’ for some lovin’… is one of the many insults Road Dogg throws at them, but Bradshaw doesn’t look the slightest bit impressed… so he gets the match underway in a hurry, rocking Dogg with a right hand, knocking the mic out of his hand and the match is underway!

    Match Three:
    World Tag Team Champion Road Dogg w/ Billy Gunn vs. ’Blackjack’ Bradshaw w/ ‘Blackjack’ Windham


    As he has been doing in recent weeks, Road Dogg does his best to avoid his opponent early on, frustrating Bradshaw by dipping through the ropes, calling for breaks and timeouts, just generally doing all he can to slow the match down. In his frustration, Bradshaw turns his back and complains to the ref, allowing Dogg to sneak up from behind... but Bradshaw sees him coming, rocking him with a hiptoss. Bradshaw goes on the attack, rocking Dogg with clotheslines and a big boot to the face, before a sidewalk slam earns him the first near fall of the match. Bradshaw continues to attack in the corner, pummelling Dogg down to the ground, but when he goes for an Irish whip across and races in, Road Dogg gets a boot up to the face. Dogg looks to take advantage, teeing off with shake, rattle and roll, smacking Bradshaw with a dropkick, before he gets a near fall from a DDT. Road Dogg lands more right hands, distracts the ref to allow a cheap shot from Gunn, before he again comes close to victory with a swinging neckbreaker. An Irish whip sees Bradshaw run into a sleeper hold, with Road Dogg trying to put the big man down… but Bradshaw rallies… and breaks it with a side suplex. Bradshaw now tries to regain control, landing clubbing shots to the side of the head, another boot to the face before he gets a long two count from a running powerslam. Bradshaw is motoring, and he has Road Dogg lined up, looking for the BIG CLOTHESLINE… NO! As Bradshaw sends Road Dogg off the ropes, Billy reaches in, grabs his partner by the foot and drags him from the ring… and the tag champions have had enough, they’re out of here! The Outlaws race up the ramp, waving off the match… and the referee has no choice but to count to ten. This one is over!

    Winner: Via Countout, ‘Blackjack’ Bradshaw @ 04:17

    The tag champs take the easy way out as they sprint from the arena, leaving a fuming Bradshaw to stew in the ring. He and Windham celebrate for the crowd, but J.R. is enraged, calling the champions cowards and again putting over how good Bradshaw looked in there. Lawler thinks the tactic is brilliant, reminding us all that the titles can’t change hands on a countout, so if The Outlaws decide to pull the trick again this Sunday, there’s nothing that can be done about it.

    *Commercial*

    We return to see Jim Cornette stood infront of a plain background, which means it must be time for another ‘Cornette Commentary’. As usual, there’s something Jim isn’t happy about, and it’s the amount of WWF superstars who are claiming to be real fighters. Real fighters, what exactly does that mean? To Cornette, it means guys who legitimately go out into arenas looking to hurt their opponents, to injure them, to put them in a hospital, to make themselves look like tough guys at their opponents expense. ”But that’s not what bein’ a real wrestler is about. That’s never been what real wrestlin’ stood for...”, with Cornette pointing out that at its purest form, wrestling is two guys trying to beat the hell out of each other, but at the same time, making sure both men can make back to their cars after the show and drive to the next town. Cornette rattles off names like Ken Shamrock, Marc Mero, Bart Gunn and the newcomer Tazz, saying these men are making a name for themselves as MMA fighters, boxers or straight up shooters. But at the end of the day, they all work for the biggest wrestling company in the world, so ”…that means each and ev’ry one of ya’ who step through the ropes into a WWF is exactly that, a wrestler!” Cornette is proud to work in the wrestling industry, he’s proud to be a wrestling fan, but he’s heard enough of people trying to make out their in-ring style is somehow more legitimate than others.

    But Cornette also bemoans the lack of wrestling on broadcasts of Raw right now. He discusses D-X, about how embarrassed he is by the latest actions of ”…a pair of so called adult men actin’ like pre-pubescent punks…”, while admitting that he hopes a real wrestler, like The Undertaker, can finally put a stop to all this nonsense this Sunday. And that’s what Cornette wants to see the most, he wants a return to the days of real wrestling, not sports entertainment, but good old fashioned wrestling. Cornette discusses Ric Flair, a hero of his, the greatest wrestler he ever saw, and how he would tour the country, entertaining millions of fans and making more money for more wrestling promoters than ever before. He talks about Dusty Rhodes, another favourite of his, a man so talented he reached into the very soul of millions of people around the United States by promising to lead them through hard times to better days. ”And y’know what made Ric Flair and Dusty Rhodes so great? They didn’t need to pretend to be a tough guy. They didn’t need break bones and bust people open. They went out and they put on a show, they entertained the audience, they sacrificed their bodies and that’s why they’re two o’ the best wrestlers in history!”

    And that is ultimately what Cornette wants, a return to the days of real, classic wrestling. So that’s what he going to give us all. Having spent much of 1997 sat behind the announce desk, Cornette wants to get back to doing what he does best, managing. ”So I’m puttin’ down the headset, I’m getting’ the ol’ tennis racquet outta storage, and I’m gonna start a one man crusade to bring ol’ fashioned wrestlin’ back to this company…”, with Cornette telling us all he’s already signed up a new client, a man who will be debuting on Raw next Monday night. Who that man is will have to wait, but Cornette promises us that this mean won’t be making penis jokes, he won’t be parading midgets out into the arena, he won’t be acting like a tough guy. He’s a guy who’ll enter the ring and simply out wrestle you, he’ll stretch you until you can’t take anymore, ”…he’ll tie you up tighter than a flea’s ass over a rain barrel…” and he’ll do it all with the dignity and class that’s seriously lacking in the WWF right now. ”He ain’t gonna kiss ass, he ain’t gonna suck up to the boss… and he ain’t gonna be no Goddam ‘sports entertainer’. He’s gonna be a wrestler, plain and simple. I’m Jim Cornette… and that’s my opinion., which is the emphatic statement that brings another rant to a close.

    Back into the arena and here comes Dude Love, the spirit of ’69 right behind him as he heads for the ring looking as happy and full of peace and love as he usually does. Lawler can’t understand why Love is so happy given what Terry Funk had to say about him last week, with J.R. admitting he doesn’t get it either, that it’s almost like Love refuses to believe he’s not bringing harmony to the world, like he’s caught up in some kind of fantasy, but if he doesn’t snap out of it this Sunday, he could be in a world of hurt. And out next comes Jeff Jarrett, with his trusty guitar in his hand. Ross points out that since coming back to the WWF with his new look, Jarrett hasn’t exactly impressed everyone with his running from ‘Stone Cold’ and that if he really wants to be Intercontinental Champion, he can’t afford to run this Sunday. Lawler has a different take on things though, he thinks Jarrett is just lulling Austin into a false sense of security, and that In Your House will be a different story. And just as we’re getting ready to start the match… the glass shatters, and to Jarrett’s disbelief, here comes ’Stone Cold’ Steve Austin into the arena, holding a folding chair and a cooler, presumably full of beer. ”He’s got no business bein’ out here!” screams Lawler, but Austin does what he wants, when he wants, and it looks like he wants to sit on the stage, drink a few beers and watch this matchup…

    Match Four:
    Dude Love
    vs. Jeff Jarrett


    As the bell rings, Jarrett is more interested in Austin, screaming up at him in anger, although Austin simply just toasts a beer to him… and from behind, Love attacks Jarrett to get the match underway. Foley rocks Jarrett with rights and lefts, juking and jiving in-between, before he sends Jarrett hard to the corner… and Jarrett rebounds into a big back body drop! Dude looks to target Jarrett’s arm, wringing it, driving his shoulder and elbow into it, before he takes Jarrett up and down with a shoulderbreaker for a near fall. Jarrett uses the ropes to get back to his feet… and Foley hits a Cactus Clothesline, taking both men outside! From the foot of the ramp, Dude points up at Austin, who cracks open a second can of beer and toasts Foley, but just as he does that, jeers start to break out… as sauntering into the arena comes Terry Funk, which of course draws the eye of Foley… and the distraction is just enough for Jarrett to land a baseball slide, allowing him to take control. On the outside, Jarrett sends Love crashing into the steel steps, before he hits a dropkick for a two count. Jarrett gets further near falls from a Russian legsweep and a suplex, but then he sends Foley crashing to the outside, distracting the referee and almost hoping that Funk attacks Love… but instead, Funk just laughs and shakes his head, almost in pity, which annoys and confuses Jarrett, who heads outside, rolls Foley back into the ring and glares at Funk. Jarrett then heads to the top rope and goes for a flying crossbody… but Love rolls through… and gets a close two count. Both men spring back to their feet, but Foley beats Jarrett to the punch, goes for a clothesline to the corner… but then Foley shoots Jarrett back to the original corner… and Jarrett CRASHES INTO THE REFEREE! The ref is down, but Jarrett staggers towards Foley… who slaps on THE MANDIBLE CLAW!! Dude Love has the deadly submission hold locked in… but Terry Funk has slid into the ring… and he CRUSHES JARRETT’S GUITAR OVER FOLEY’S HEAD!! Foley is down and out… but the crowd erupts… as here comes Austin! Austin races from his deck chair and slides into the ring… and he tackles Terry Funk! Austin is on top of Funk, hammering him with rights and lefts, both men brawling and rolling on the mat until they spill out onto the floor… and now somehow, Jarrett is able to drape an arm across Foley’s chest… and the ref crawls over and slowly counts 1… 2… 3!

    Winner: Jeff Jarrett @ 06.42

    In amongst the mayhem at ringside, Jarrett has stole the win, but the end of the match barely registers as Austin and Funk continue their brawl, but Austin rocks Funk with a right hand, picks up a chair… and CRUSHES THE STEEL CHAIR OFF FUNK’S SKULL!! Funk goes down, and it’s only now that Austin realises the match is over and Jarrett has won, but just as Austin slides into the ring, Jarrett dives through the ropes, quickly heading for the ramp. Jarrett staggers up the ramp, selling the full effects of the match, but he feels like he’s gotten away with one here… but he doesn’t see Austin chasing him up the ramp… and KNOCKING JARRETT OVER FROM BEHIND! Austin finally gets his hands on Jarrett, he’s beating the hell out of him on the ramp! Jarrett tries to battle back, but Austin stomps and stomps, dropping down to land a flurry of rights and lefts… and down in the ring, Dude Love has somehow made it back to his feet… and so has Terry Funk… so DUDE LOVE TACKLES FUNK OVER THE BARRICADE AND INTO THE CROWD!! ”Things have gone crazy out here!” screams Ross, and the crowd are loving it as Funk and Love battle their way through the crowd, while officials and agents scramble to try and separate Austin and Jarrett on the ramp, neither fight showing any signs of dying. The camera switches back and forth, with Austin and Jarrett rolling along the stage, while Dude Love sends Funk onto the concrete with a back body drop, but we have to escape the mayhem as we head to a commercial.

    *Commercial*

    We return to a brief video hyping the upcoming WWF pay per view, In Your House: D-Generation X, with the voiceover encouraging everyone to but the event live this Sunday!

    In the backstage area, we see Goldust being wheeled around in that wheelchair that he clearly showed last week he doesn’t need by the mysterious ’Nurse’, who once again has her face hidden by a surgical mask. She wheels Goldust past the interview set, but the pair are soon approached by Marlena, who hasn’t been seen on WWF TV for over a month now. Indeed, the last time we saw Marlena was when her husband, Goldust, told her their relationship was over and he was leaving her. It’s a concerned looking Marlena who tries to speak with her husband, asking him a flurry of questions such as why is he in the wheelchair, who’s the nurse and why hasn’t he returned any of her phone calls… but Goldust is in an almost comatose state, barely acknowledging the presence of his wife. Again Marlena asks the questions, even going as far as to say ”Dustin… why are you doin’ this?”, but nothing registers. Marlena now turns with tears starting in her eyes towards the ‘Nurse’, aggressively wanting to know who she is and why she’s wheeling Goldust around like this, but she just ignores the question, looking to move on, only for Marlena to grab her… and just like that, Goldust hits out with another one of his famous movie quotes, saying ”What do you want? You want the moon? Just say the word and I’ll throw a lasso around it and pull it down.”, which just stuns Marlena as she chokes back the anger and tears to mouth ”What?...”, and with that, Goldust is wheeled away, the camera staying focused on the sad and angry face of Marlena, a woman who desperately wants her husband back… if her husband even exists anymore.

    In the arena, the lights go out, and here comes The Undertaker, the man who will challenge for the WWF Championship this Sunday. Both commentators put over how intimidating an image this man cuts as he slowly heads down the ramp, and Lawler takes a chance to complain about how unfair it is for Michaels to have to defend the title in a Buried Alive Match against a man like ‘The Deadman’. Out next comes D-Generation X as even though it’s only Triple H who is competing tonight, both Shawn Michaels and Chyna are here tonight, with Chyna having Triple H’s European Championship strapped over her shoulder. In recent weeks we’ve seen D-X play the numbers game to their advantage, but Ross wonders if those tactics will work against a man like The Undertaker, with even Lawler admitting that D-X won’t intimidate ‘The Deadman’ and that The Undertaker could be the one man even Chyna is scared of.

    Main Event: Non-Title Match
    European Champion Triple H w/ Shawn Michaels and Chyna vs. The Undertaker


    As usual with an Undertaker match, he dominates the early proceedings at a slow methodical pace, rocking Trips with a flurry of rights and lefts to the midsection, walking the top rope to land a shot to the back of the head, before he nails Trips with a big boot to the face. Triple H is being hammered all over the ring, eating more boots to the face, a big legdrop before ‘Taker drops Trips face first onto the top turnbuckle. Helmsley begs away in the corner, but Undertaker charges for another boot to the face… Trips avoids it… and ‘Taker gets his leg hung up on the top rope! Limping away, ‘Taker’s knee is hurt, and that’s exactly the chance Trips needs, attacking the leg with a series of stomps and knee drops, before he drags Undertaker to the corner… and wraps the leg around the ringpost! In the ring, Triple H turns the ref’s back on the corner, allowing Michaels to shove Undertaker to the floor, where he lays in with a series of stomps to the body and knee, before he rolls ‘Taker back into the ring. Triple H now dominates the match, targeting the knee, applying a series of stretches and holds to it, whilst also coming close to victory with a jumping knee drop, a falling neckbreaker and the facebreaker knee smash. Trips continues to sends ‘Taker to the outside to allow Michaels to lay in with the cheap shots, before he takes ‘Taker down with a DDT for a long two count. Looking to again go for the knee, Trips slaps on a leglock, stretching the leg, trying to make ‘Taker submit… but ‘The Deadman’ fights out of it, punching and kicking his way free, but Trips is able to nail a clothesline to regain control. Sensing a chance to end it, Triple H tries to go for the PEDIGREE… but ‘Taker fights free, comes off the ropes… flying clothesline! Limping on his bad knee, ‘Taker goes on the attack, landing more shots and boots, before he goes for an Irish whip… reversal… running DDT for a near fall! Undertaker is rolling here, and he signals he’s ready for the chokeslam… but Chyna jumps up onto the apron, distracting the ref… and that allows Michaels to slide the European Championship into the ring, jump onto the apron to attract ‘Taker’s attention… Michaels eats a big right hand… but Triple H swings the title… Undertaker ducks… and slaps a hand around Triple H’s throat… CHOKESLAM! Undertaker nails the chokeslam, drops down for the pin… 1… 2… 3!

    Winner: The Undertaker @ 07:19

    Despite D-X’s best efforts, The Undertaker puts Triple H away with a devastating chokeslam, which has to be a real concern for Michaels ahead of this Sunday… but Michaels doesn’t care right now as straight after the bell, he storms the ring… and takes ‘Taker down with a chop block! Michaels attacks Undertaker’s knee, taking the challenger down, keeping him grounded, laying in with stomps, while across the ring, Chyna helps Triple H back to his feet. Trips now joins Michaels in the beatdown, both of them laying in with stomps to the body and right hands to the face, before Michaels starts directing traffic, telling Chyna to head outside to get a chair. ”This is nothin’ but a muggin’!” cries J.R., and indeed it does look like ‘Taker is in a real dire situation… but suddenly, there’s a roar from the crowd… as here comes Vader! Moving as fast as he can, the big man shuffles down the ramp and rolls into the ring, where he clobbers Triple H with stiff forearms to the side of the head, hammering the man he’ll face this Sunday. Lawler is furious at Vader making the save for The Undertaker, but Vader is relentless, nailing Trips with shot after shot until he knocks Triple H over the top rope to the floor! Vader heads outside and continues the fight, battering Triple H, the European Champions scrambling up the ramp in a desperate act to reach safety… and of course that means he’s left Michaels and Chyna with The Undertaker. Michaels is distracted, looking up at the battle on the ramp as it disappears backstage… and that means he doesn’t see The Undertaker sit up!

    Michaels calls out for Triple H to get back down to the ring and help him, but Michaels doesn’t know that behind him, The undertaker is on his feet… and when Michaels turns… ‘Taker slaps a hand around the champions throat… CHOKESLAM… NO! Chyna slides back into the ring… SHE SMACKS THE STEEL CHAIR OFF UNDERTAKER’S BACK!! But ‘The Deadman’ barely flinches, turning to glare at Chyna, who instantly backs away, begging for mercy… and this means ‘Taker has relinquished his grip on Michaels, who wisely takes the chance to scurry from the ring, with Chyna managing to do the same. As Michaels and Chyna huddle and head for safety up the ramp, ‘The Deadman’ stares through their very souls, an evil look in his eyes, and although D-X have managed to escape tonight, ”There’ll be no escape this Sunday! Michaels, The Undertaker, the WWF Championship… somebody is gonna be BURIED ALIVE!!”, and on the back of an awesome shill job from J.R., we head for the final commercial of the broadcast.

    *Commercial*

    We cut straight back into the arena, where we see our announce team, who recap the goings on from the main event, discussing how the numbers had came to D-X’s advantage as they looked to do a number on The Undertaker, only for Vader to make the save for ‘The Deadman’. The camera then cuts to the ramp, and with no entrance music, out walks an angry looking Vince McMahon, who already has a microphone in his hands. As Vince heads down the ramp to the ring, the speculation is rampant, with Lawler wondering what could be in store for us all, while J.R. admits he hopes McMahon doesn’t say something he’ll regret here. In the ring, McMahon tells us all that he has something he wants to say to ”…each and every WWF superstar… and each and every WWF fan…”, something that he wants everyone to listen to very carefully. Tonight has been, quite simply, mayhem. It’s a night that has seen the WWF Commissioner suffer a tombstone onto the stage, requiring him to be rushed to a local medical facility for treatment. It’s a night where brawls have broken out and spiralled out of control and spilled into the crowd. And it’s a night ”…when the WWF Intercontinental Champion has uttered profanities, drank beer in this very ring… and then had the nerve to assault me…”, which draws a massive cheer from the crowd.

    But the assaults on non-wrestlers has to stop, the attacks on he and Slaughter aren’t acceptable, they’re dangerous and people are starting to get seriously hurt. ”I, as the owner of this company, I can’t stand back and let this happen anymore. I can’t stand by and watch guys like ‘Stone Cold’ Steve Austin drag my company into the gutter. I can’t stand by and watch people like Sgt. Slaughter get hurt…”, and that’s why Vince has this announcement to make. Deep down, Vince is a business man, and a fair business man at that. But when he’s pressed into taking action, then that’s what he’ll do, and he’ll always do what’s best for the WWF and it’s fans. ”That’s what I did back at Montreal, I made a decision, I took action, I did what was best for the WWF… and for all of you, the WWF fans.”, although the crowd jeer and see right through that comment. So if these attacks continue, if the lack of respect for WWF officials carries on, Vince will be forced to take action, and if that means he needs to start firing people… then that’s exactly what he’s going to start doing, which serves as an ominous warning for every member of the roster listening in the back.

    And now Vince wants to address the crowd, in particular their treatment of him these last couple of weeks. Ever since Vince made his return to announce duties, the fans have done their best to interrupt his interviews with Terry Funk and ‘Stone Cold’ with their jeers and personal insults towards him. They try to drown him out when he speaks, they encourage the threats people have made towards him, ”…quite frankly, you people are starting to ruin Monday Night Raw.”, which of course draws a loud chorus of boos in response. Vince knows the crowd don’t particularly like him right given what happened at Montreal, but like he said, he did what he what to do for the benefit of the WWF. He repeats the already infamous line, ‘Bret screwed Bret’, trying his best to get the crowd to see things from his point of view, that what happened at Survivor Series was Bret’s fault due to the way he acted in the run up to the event. There’s no reason for the fans to show any sympathy towards Bret given the fat contract he signed at WCW, therefore there’s no real reason for their feelings towards him. ”You people need to accept the fact that Bret Hart is gone… and he’s never coming back. and that the fans need to move on.

    ”Now that we’ve got that settled, I hope we can put any personal feelings towards me aside, I’m sure you’ll all enjoy In Your House: D-Generation X this Sunday-“… suddenly, there’s a roar from the crowd, as out of nowhere… someone has came through the crowd… slid into the ring… and TACKLED MCMAHON FROM BEHIND…

    IT’S OWEN HART!! OWEN HART IS IN THE RING… AND HE’S HAMMERING VINCE MCMAHON!!!

    Roanoke has gone absolutely insane as Owen Hart is back on Monday Night Raw, and he’s beating the holy hell out of the man who screwed his brother at Survivor Series! Lawler and J.R. can’t believe what they’re seeing, Owen Hart is on top of Vince, raining down with rights and lefts, throwing everything he has at Vince, an unrelenting assault on the owner of the WWF! Throughout the mayhem, on the ramp, Pat Patterson and Gerald Brisco are scrambling down to the ring, waving a group of local police officers down with them, but Owen sees them coming, quickly diving from the ring, hoping the barricade and racing off into the crowd. The crowd are absolutely on fire, an electric atmosphere griping the arena, with the camera desperately searching for Owen amongst the frenzied masses as Patterson and Brisco try to help McMahon back to their feet. McMahon is a dazed wreck, barely able to make it back to his knees, while the camera finally picks up Owen, stood in one of the entrance ways to the stands, a look of fury in his eyes which are firmly locked on McMahon, and that’s the last sight we see as J.R. gives us one final shill with ”Good Gawd almighty! Owen Hart! Owen Hart is back, and he’s just assaulted Vince McMahon! I can’t believe it! What the hell’s gonna happen this Sunday, live on pay per view!? Join us for In Your House: D-Generation X!”

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    Current card for WWF In Your House: D-Generation X:

    WWF Championship Buried Alive Match:
    WWF Champion Shawn Michaels vs. The Undertaker

    Intercontinental Championship Match:
    Intercontinental Champion ’Stone Cold’ Steve Austin vs. Jeff Jarrett

    European Championship Match:
    European Champion Triple H vs. Vader

    World Tag Team Championships Match:
    World Tag Team Champions The New Age Outlaws vs. The New Blackjacks

    Hardcore Match:
    Dude Love vs. Terry Funk

    Ken Shamrock vs. Faarooq

    Marc Mero vs. Tazz

    Los Boricuas vs. Bart Gunn and Steve Blackman



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    Shotgun Saturday Night
    December 6th, 1997
    Roanoke Civic Center
    Roanoke, Virginia


    Another Shotgun Saturday Night, and once again Michael Cole and Jerry ‘The King’ Lawler are on commentary duties.

    Our first match pits The New Blackjacks against The Godwinns, four hard hitting bruisers in action. Henry and Phineas spend much of the match working over Windham, but as soon as Bradshaw gets the hot tag, he cleans house and makes quick work of The Godwinns, putting Henry away after 05:28 with that deadly clothesline of his.

    Michael Cole then steps into the ring to conduct an interview with none other than Terry Funk, the crazed Texan wearing a black cowboy hat pulled down over his eyes. Cole of course wants Funk’s thoughts on his match with Dude Love this Sunday, with Cole admitting he’s expecting the Hardcore Match to be a brutal affair. Funk’s thoughts are that he’s going to hurt Dude Love, he’s going to punish the man behind the gimmick, Mick Foley, for the disgrace he’s become. There was a time when Foley was feared, a psychopath who was deranged and beat some of the biggest names in the WWF in barbaric fashion. But now? Foley is a shell of that man, that monster, and Funk can’t stand to look at him anymore. It’s time to put Dude Love out of his misery, it’s time to bring an end to Mick Foley’s career… and that’s exactly why Funk has came to the WWF to do. Funk recalls a story of his days from earlier runs in the WWF, especially back at Survivor Series 1993, where Funk had to miss the show due to his horse becoming sick. Funk stayed at home at the Amarillo Ranch that night, and due to how sick his horse was, he had to put the animal down. That’s what Funk has to do tomorrow night, he has to put Mick Foley down, he’s broken, too broken to fix, he’s embarrassed himself for long enough… and now Funk is going to put him down, once and for all. It’s a chilling statement from Funk, but he’s deadly serious about it all, although the crowd can’t quite believe it as they are stunned into silence as the interview comes to an end.

    Our second contest tonight pits Mark Henry against Bob Holly, a real contrast in size and style. Holly uses his athleticism and hard hitting to get the early upperhand, but pretty soon Henry is able to take control, and he manages to put Holly away with the big splash to get a third straight win since returning from injury at 03:51.

    The camera settles on the announce team, who discuss the shocking way in which Raw went off the air last Monday night, with Owen Hart running through the crowd to assault Vince McMahon. Cole admits he was stunned to see Owen, thinking that after Survivor Series we’d never see Owen in a WWF ring again, while Lawler feels Montreal may have put Owen over the edge, he might have snapped, and if he’s making a return to the WWF to seek revenge on those involved with the ‘Montreal Screwjob’, then a lot of people in the WWF are going to be looking over their shoulders.

    The third match pits The Truth Commission members Recon and Sniper against The Legion of Doom, perhaps the one team in the WWF not intimidated by the presence of Kurrgan and The Jackyl at ringside. Hawk and Animal make quick work of this one, as even though The Truth Commission have a brief moment of dominance over Hawk, Animal’s power game is too much for them to handle, and L.O.D. put Recon away with the Doomsday Device at the 04:17 mark. Post-match, as Hawk and Animal make their exit, Jackyl is furious with Recon and Sniper, berating them publicly before he orders them and Kurrgan to leave the arena.

    We return to a brief video hyping the upcoming WWF pay per view, In Your House: D-Generation X, with the voiceover encouraging everyone to but the event tomorrow night live on pay per view!

    And from the video the commentators take another chance to hype up the show, running us through the card, in particular paying attention to the Intercontinental Title Match between ‘Stone Cold’ Steve Austin and Jeff Jarrett and the Buried Alive Match for the WWF Championship where Shawn Michaels defends the title against The Undertaker. Make sure you check it out, live tomorrow night on pay per view!

    In our main event, the bizarre Goldust, who again is wheeled down to the ring in his wheelchair by his ‘Nurse’ and then easily walks into the ring, takes on Ken Shamrock. An entertaining match in which both men trade stiff shots back and forth, but ultimately, Shamrock rattles off the big belly to belly suplex before he slaps on the ankle lock for an impressive victory at 06:35 just one night before he takes on Faarooq at In Your House: D-Generation X!

    Prediction Template

    WWF Championship Buried Alive Match:
    WWF Champion Shawn Michaels vs. The Undertaker

    Intercontinental Championship Match:
    Intercontinental Champion ’Stone Cold’ Steve Austin vs. Jeff Jarrett

    European Championship Match:
    European Champion Triple H vs. Vader

    World Tag Team Championships Match:
    World Tag Team Champions The New Age Outlaws vs. The New Blackjacks

    Hardcore Match:
    Dude Love vs. Terry Funk

    Ken Shamrock vs. Faarooq

    Marc Mero vs. Tazz

    Los Boricuas vs. Bart Gunn and Steve Blackman

    1. Predict the winners of each match
    2. Predict the match order.
    3. Predict the longest match.
    4. Predict the shortest match.
    5. Predict any run ins/surprise appearances.

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    Re: World Wrestling Federation: The Montreal Fallout

    WWF Championship Buried Alive Match:
    WWF Champion Shawn Michaels vs. The Undertaker

    Intercontinental Championship Match:
    Intercontinental Champion ’Stone Cold’ Steve Austin vs. Jeff Jarrett

    European Championship Match:
    European Champion Triple H vs. Vader

    World Tag Team Championships Match:
    World Tag Team Champions The New Age Outlaws vs. The New Blackjacks

    Hardcore Match:
    Dude Love vs. Terry Funk

    Marc Mero vs. Tazz

    Ken Shamrock vs. Faarooq

    Los Boricuas vs. Bart Gunn and Steve Blackman




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    Re: World Wrestling Federation: The Montreal Fallout

    WWF Championship Buried Alive Match:
    WWF Champion Shawn Michaels vs. The Undertaker
    Michaels
    Match 7

    Intercontinental Championship Match:
    Intercontinental Champion ’Stone Cold’ Steve Austin vs. Jeff Jarrett
    Jeff Jarrett
    Match Number 5

    European Championship Match:
    European Champion Triple H vs. Vader
    Triple H
    Match Number 3

    World Tag Team Championships Match:
    World Tag Team Champions The New Age Outlaws vs. The New Blackjacks
    Outlaws
    Match Number 2

    Hardcore Match:
    Dude Love vs. Terry Funk
    Funk
    Match Number 6

    Ken Shamrock vs. Faarooq
    Shamrock
    Match Number 4

    Marc Mero vs. Tazz
    Tazz
    Match Number 7

    Los Boricuas vs. Bart Gunn and Steve Blackman
    Gunn and Blackman
    Match Number 1

    1. Predict the winners of each match
    2. Predict the match order.
    3. Predict the longest match. Main Event
    4. Predict the shortest match. Mero and Tazz
    5. Predict any run ins/surprise appearances. We're gonna get a Hart Run In in the main event, as well as Chyna in the European Championship match. IDK if it counts, but I see Cactus Jack making an appearance during the Hardcore match as well




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    Re: World Wrestling Federation: The Montreal Fallout

    WWF Championship Buried Alive Match:
    WWF Champion Shawn Michaels vs. The Undertaker
    Michaels
    Match 8

    Intercontinental Championship Match:
    Intercontinental Champion ’Stone Cold’ Steve Austin vs. Jeff Jarrett
    STONE Cold
    Match Number 7

    European Championship Match:
    European Champion Triple H vs. Vader
    Triple H
    Match Number 3

    World Tag Team Championships Match:
    World Tag Team Champions The New Age Outlaws vs. The New Blackjacks
    New Age Outlaws
    Match Number 4

    Hardcore Match:
    Dude Love vs. Terry Funk
    Terry Funk
    Match Number 6

    Ken Shamrock vs. Faarooq
    Ken Shamrock
    Match Number 1

    Marc Mero vs. Tazz
    Tazz
    Match Number 5

    Los Boricuas vs. Bart Gunn and Steve Blackman
    Gunn and Blackman
    Match Number 2

    1. Predict the winners of each match
    2. Predict the match order.
    3. Predict the longest match. Main Event
    4. Predict the shortest match. Mero and Tazz
    5. Predict any run ins/surprise appearances. Kane, China and Triple H in Buried Alive.





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    Re: World Wrestling Federation: The Montreal Fallout

    WWF Championship Buried Alive Match:
    WWF Champion Shawn Michaels
    vs. The Undertaker
    Match 8

    Intercontinental Championship Match:
    Intercontinental Champion ’Stone Cold’ Steve Austin
    vs. Jeff Jarrett
    Match 5

    European Championship Match:
    European Champion Triple H
    vs. Vader
    Match 6

    World Tag Team Championships Match:
    World Tag Team Champions The New Age Outlaws
    vs. The New Blackjacks
    Match 1

    Hardcore Match:
    Dude Love vs. Terry Funk
    Match 3

    Ken Shamrock
    vs. Faarooq
    Match 7

    Marc Mero
    vs. Tazz
    Match 2

    Los Boricuas vs. Bart Gunn and Steve Blackman
    Match 41.Predict the winners of each match
    2. Predict the match order.3.Predict the longest match. Michaels / Undertaker
    4. Predict the shortest match. Shamrock/Farooq
    5. Predict any run ins/surprise appearances. DX in the Buried Alive.

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    Re: World Wrestling Federation: The Montreal Fallout

    WWF In Your House: D-Generation X
    December 7th, 1997
    Springfield Civic Center
    Springfield, Massachusetts


    The first pay per view post Montreal kicks off with a video package, a D-X themed video package at that, with the beat of ‘Break It Down’ playing underneath the footage. As you’d expect, the video focuses heavily on Shawn Michaels, Triple H and Chyna, hyping up just how dominant the trio has been these last few months. We see footage of Michaels winning the title at Survivor Series, we see Triple H plant wrestler after wrestler with the pedigree, before we now focus on both men’s respective matches tonight, Triple H defending the European Title against Vader, while Michaels puts the WWF Championship on the line in a Buried Alive Match with The Undertaker. The footage heavily favours the D-X member, and the voiceover states that this is D-X’s night, and that means they are guaranteed victory. We then head into the arena for an impressive, if not a little green, fireworks display, the camera taking a tour of the raucous crowd, D-X’s ring music blaring throughout the arena, and then we see the first shot of the mound of dirt and the open grave ready for tonight’s main event before we settle at the announce desk to see Jim Ross and Jerry ‘The King’ Lawler. Both men are pumped up and excited for the show, with Ross informing us that we are sold out in Springfield tonight, before he starts to discuss tonight’s card, especially the big one, Michaels and The Undertaker, a match where Ross speculates that ”…tonight could be the night that D-X are buried forever!”, while Lawler pays attention to the highlights of the undercard, in particular Triple H and Vader for the European Title, and of course ‘Stone Cold’ Steve Austin and Jeff Jarrett battling for the Intercontinental Championship. And of course, what would be a 1997 WWF pay per view without an introduction to both our Spanish and French announce teams. Bonsoir!

    After a brief moment of silence, the crowd erupts as the arena flashes orange, the beat gets louder and louder until it flatlines, and here comes the newcomer Tazz to make his WWF debut. Ross discusses how impressive this man was in ECW, his habit of choking his opponents out and how excited he is to see this man finally compete in a WWF ring after a month long build. His opponent Marc Mero enters to an equally loud response, but of course as we all know, those cheers are instead for Sable, who tonight is wrapped up in trademark emblazoned with “Property of Marc Mero” across the front of it, something which J.R. finds repulsive but Lawler is too busy complaining about the lack of skin Sable is showing tonight.

    Match One:
    Marc Mero
    w/ Sable vs. Tazz


    As the bell rings, Mero smugly laughs at Tazz, stepping forward to throw a few lit jabs… and then Tazz explodes by smacking Mero with a stiff forearm! Tazz rattles off three in a row, then he sends Mero for the ride… into a back body drop! Mero is stunned, staggering to the ropes… a clothesline sends him tumbling outside! Mero is completely taken aback by the newcomer, with Sable racing over to try and help him compose himself. Mero is furious, pacing on the floor, taking liberties with the ref’s ten count, before he finally steps back through the ropes. The pair tie up, with Tazz shoving Mero down with ease. Another tie up, this time Mero gets a headlock… but he’s shoved into the ropes… and knocked over with a shoulderblock! Tazz now goes on the attack, landing forearms, before he launches Mero with an overhead belly to belly for the first pinfall attempt. Tazz sustains his offense by literally tossing Mero around the ring with a string of release German suplexes, before a boot to the side of the head sends Mero back outside. This time Tazz stays on the attack, heading outside to plant Mero with a suplex on the floor, rolling him back in for a near fall. Tazz shoots Mero to the corner and follows in, but Mero gets a boot up, then takes Tazz down with a clothesline, allowing him a moment to recover. Mero now looks to go on the attack, targeting Tazz’s neck, choking him in the corner with his boot, choking him against the second rope, before he connects on a suplex of his own for a two count. Mero now starts teeing off with well-placed shots to the midsection, before Mero goes back to the neck, nailing a swinging neckbreaker and a DDT, both for near falls. A grounded headlock is applied, Mero trying to wear Tazz down, but Tazz manages to rally, fighting back to his feet, breaking free, before he nails another release German suplex. Both men are down, but they fight back up, trading right hands, before Tazz lands three in a row and fires Mero off the ropes… overhead belly to belly! Tazz is rolling now, landing more forearms, before he sends Mero to the corner… Mero rebounds, Tazz lowers for the back body drop… but Mero hits an inside cradle… for a long two count! Both men burst to their feet… and Mero nails a clothesline! With Tazz down, Mero quickly heads to the top rope… looking for MARVELOCITY… NO! Tazz shakes the ropes, Mero loses his balance… and crotches himself on the top rope! Quickly, Tazz climbs to the top rope, hooks Mero up… SUPER OVERHEAD BELLY TO BELLY! Mero crashes to the mat, Tazz goes for the cover… 1… 2… Mero barely gets a shoulder up! Sable is looking concerned on the outside, and with Tazz now stood poised, ready to put Mero away, Sable… jumps up onto the apron! Tazz is distracted by her, pointing and telling her to get down, but Sable… she starts slowly unzipping her tracksuit jacket… and then reveals she’s wearing nothing underneath but a bra! Lawler loves it, as does the crowd, but again Tazz tells her to get down… but the distraction has allowed Mero to recover… and he charges… Tazz sense it, dodges it… MERO NEARLY RUNS INTO SABLE! But at the last second, Mero puts on the breaks… and HE SEES WHAT HIS WIFE ISN’T WEARING!! Mero is furious, screaming at Sable to put her jacket back on… but now Mero is distracted… and here comes Tazz from behind… TAZZMISSION! TAZZMISSION!! Tazz locks on his deadly submission chokehold… and he drops to the canvas, he’s got it locked in tight… the referee checks on Mero… but it’s over, MERO HAS PASSED OUT TO THE TAZZMISSION!!! TAZZ WINS!!

    Winner: Via submission, Tazz @ 11:43

    Tazz has done it, he’s made a winning start to life in the WWF, and he’s done it using his deadly Tazzmission! Once Tazz finally releases the hold, he rises to his feet and has his hand raised by the referee. Sable quickly slides into the ring to check on and try to revive Mero, while Tazz decides to make his exit, heading outside and heading back up the aisle. Sable continues to try and bring Mero around, and it looks like it’s working as he coughs and splutters his way back to conciseness, but when we cut away, Mero is down on the canvas, unsure of where he is or what just happened.

    We head to the parking lot, where stepping out of his custom black pickup truck is ’Stone Cold’ Steve Austin, dressed in jeans and a t-shirt, carrying his gym bag in one hand and the Intercontinental Title in the other. Austin paces across the lot towards the entrance way with a smirk on his face, with J.R. declaring that ”…business has just picked up with the arrival of ‘The Rattlesnake’!” As Austin approaches the entrance, he’s greeted by a line of police officers and security personnel, who initially stand firm as Austin tries to gain entry to the arena. The question him and ask for some identification, to which Austin flips a double bird and says that’s his identification. The security guards gather and step towards Austin, crowding his space, but a more senior looking official orders his men to stand down, telling them ”…that ain’t him. That ain’t Owen Hart! Let ‘im in…”, at which they slowly move aside and create a space for Austin to walk through. Of course Austin has a few choice words for the welcome party, threatening them before he finally walks on, but of course the big story here is picked up on by Lawler, who comments that he ”…can’t believe there’s cops waitin’ for Owen Hart!, to which J.R. speculates that this must be the doing of Vince McMahon after the assault he suffered last Monday night.

    Back into the arena and here comes Los Boricuas, with Savio Vega and Miguel Perez Jr. set to compete tonight, but of course they’re joined by Jesus Castillo Jr. and Jose Estrada Jr., with the commentators discussing how Los Boricuas used their numbers advantage last Monday on Raw to hand Savio a win and could do so again tonight. Out come their opponents Bart Gunn and Steve Blackman, the duo both dressed in black, which causes the white tape wrapped around Gunn’s left hand to stand out more prominently. These have impressed J.R. the over the last month, but Lawler is convinced Gunn has just landed a few lucky punches, insisting that their good run will come to an end here tonight.

    Match Two: Tag Team Match
    Los Boricuas
    vs. Bart Gunn and Steve Blackman


    Gunn and Vega get us underway, the pair locking up and engaging in series of arm-wringers and headlocks, until Vega goes for a takedown. A little chain wrestling on the mat from Savio gains control, but when he shoots Bart off the ropes, Gunn hits a running crossbody for the first near fall. Blackman tags in, going to work with stinging kicks and chops to the body, before a thrust kick to the gut puts Vega down for another two count. Savio manages to tag in Perez, but he too eats a series of kicks, bringing Gunn back into the match. Gunn and Blackman show good teamwork, with Blackman coming off the second rope for a guillotine legdrop for another pinfall attempt, but when Blackman goes for an Irish whip, Perez reverses... Estrada reaches in, grabs the foot... and from the distraction, Perez nails a running enziguiri... but the referee saw the grab of the foot... and he immediately TOSSES ESTRADA AND CASTILLO OUT OF THE ARENA! Los Boricuas are furious, but the ref has made the call, he wants Estrada and Castillo out of here, and begrudgingly, they have to make their exit. Vega and Perez have control of the match now though, and they look to work over Blackman, with Savio getting a little payback with a series of chops to the chest, Perez targets the lower back with a backbreaker and knee drops, before Vega gets a long two count from a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker. Several times Blackman manages to his a desperation move and crawl for the tag, only for Vega or Perez to knock Bart off the corner, allowing them to continue their attack. Another near fall from Perez with a somersault legdrop, before he again goes to work on the back, applying pressure with a bow and arrow stretch. Perez wrenches back, causing Blackman to strain and grimace, but eventually he’s able to fight and break free, smacking Perez with a series of kicks to the head… but Perez ducks a jumping roundhouse… and levels Blackman with a clothesline! Moving quickly, Perez heads to the top rope, steadies himself… and then he flies with a moonsault… no! Blackman rolls… and Perez crashes to the canvas! Blackman crawls for his corner… and tags in Gunn! Bart sprints into the ring, knocking Vega off the apron, before he goes to work on Perez, smacking him with a dropkick, getting a near fall from a sidewalk slam, before he flattens Perez with a brainbuster. Vega jumps Gunn from behind, laying in with rights and lefts, before he sends Gunn off the ropes… and goes for the SPINNING HEEL KICK… NO! Gunn hangs on to the top rope… and Savio hits the mat! Here comes Perez… but Blackman cuts him off… BICYCLE KICK RIGHT TO THE JAW! Perez crashes through the ropes and falls to the floor, and when Vega drags himself up, Bart makes his move… BIG LEFT HAND!! A massive left hand, right to the jaw… and SAVIO IS OUT! HE’S OUT COLD… AND THE REFEREE CALLS FOR THE BELL!!

    Winners: Via knockout, Bart Gunn and Steve Blackman @ 07:19

    Another knockout and another defiant win for Gunn and Blackman, who finally put this issue with Los Boricuas to bed. The pair hug and celebrate in the ring, while Vega and Perez haven’t moved an inch since the bell rung. That leaves Gunn and Blackman to exit the ring, slapping hands with the ringside fans, while Ross puts over Gunn’s left hand, calling it ”…the most dangerous weapon in the WWF today…” while even Lawler has to admit that Gunn was seriously impressive tonight, and that luck had nothing to do with that victory.

    Backstage, Michael Cole is standing by with Ken Shamrock, looking to hear Shamrock’s thoughts ahead of his match with Faarooq tonight. Shamrock is as intense as ever, telling Cole that he’s been waiting weeks to get his hands on Faarooq and tonight he’ll finally get him. Whilst Faarooq might be having his problems with The Rock and the rest of The Nation, by running his mouth so much, he’s made himself a bigger problem in Shamrock. ”And that’s why tonight, I’m gonna take you ankle… and I’m gonna break it in half!”, which is the emphatic way in which Shamrock brings the interview to an end. We quickly cut to Doc Hendrix who is with The Nation of Domination, Faarooq stood front and centre flanked by D’Lo Brown and Kama Mustafa, while in the background, The Rock looks seriously unimpressed. Doc wants to know that if after several weeks of suffering at hands of Shamrock and his ankle lock, can Faarooq finally pick up a win for The Nation? Faarooq isn’t happy with the question, taking a moment to threaten Hendrix, before he admits that Kama, D’Lo and Rocky have taken their eyes off the ball in recent weeks. The Nation has spent too much time arguing with each other, especially Rock, but tonight ”…the leader of The Nation, Faarooq, is gonna show everybody how it’s done, and that means puttin’ that punk Shamrock away, by any means necessary!”, at which he makes his exit, with D’Lo and Kama following quickly, while Rocky simply shakes his head with a smirk and then slowly saunters away.

    And into the arena where Ken Shamrock is making his entrance, striding straight for the ring, roaring out to the crowd. According to Ross, Shamrock looks like a man possessed, clearly in the zone here tonight and ready to cause some damage to The Nation, perhaps put the final nail in their coffin. Here comes The Nation, all four of them posing and raising their fists in a show of unity in the entrance way, but as they head for the ring, Rock is noticeably a few steps behind the others, with Lawler convinced that even though Rock is clearly frustrated, he’s a committed member of The Nation and he’ll fall in line with whatever Faarooq wants.

    Match Three:
    Faarooq
    w/ The Nation of Domination vs. Ken Shamrock


    Both these men don’t even wait for the bell to ring, as soon as The Nation drop their fists Shamrock goes on the attack, smacking Faarooq with those clubbing forearms and uppercuts, then he starts smacking kicks to the legs, doubles Fararooq over and comes off the ropes with a running knee lift. Shamrock instantly goes for the leg, looking to stretch and wrench it, but Faarooq quickly kicks Shamrock away. Faarooq lands a few right hands, but when he misses, Shamrock takes him up and down with a belly to back suplex… and again he goes for the leg, but this time Faarooq scrambles away, rolling under the bottom rope. Faarooq regroups with The Nation, although again Rocky is more of a bystander, before Faarooq finally gets back in the ring. This time the pair lock up, Shamrock going for a takedown to ground and pound, laying in with stiff forearms, before he again grabs the leg, wrenching on it, twisting it, trying to soften it up, before he aims a boot square to the groin. Shamrock then drags Faarooq to the corner, heads outside and lines up… smashing Faarooq’s knee into the ringpost! D’Lo and Kama protest, but Shamrock ignores them and heads back into the ring, where he gets a near fall. Shamrock lands more shots to the head, then kicks to the knee, before he goes for an Irish whip… and looks for the hurricanrana… no! Faarooq counters… spinebuster! A stiff landing for Shamrock, and it allows Faarooq to take control, dropping stomps to the body, before he hurls Shamrock through the ropes to the floor. Faarooq then distracts the referee, and The Nation attack, Kama and D’Lo laying in with a flurry of boots, before they drag Shamrock up… and smash his face off the ring steps! Shamrock is rolled back into the ring where Faarooq gets a near fall, before Faarooq start to build offence, smacking Shamrock with a pair or shoulderblocks, before he gets a near fall from a shoulderbreaker. Faarooq starts to target the arm, driving his knee, aiming stomps, wringing it on the top rope, before he again distracts the ref, allowing Kama to pull Shamrock’s shoulder against the ringpost. Faarooq goes for a seated armbar, wearing the arm down again, and despite being asked several times, Shamrock refuses to quit. Instead, he battles back to this feet, searching for a way to break free, so he shoots Faarooq off the ropes… but Shamrock lowers his head… and Faarooq hits a single arm DDT! Faarooq goes for a cover… but just gets a long two count. Looking to but Shamrock away, Faarooq heads to the top rope, where he peers down at the ropes and shouts ”This is how it’s done boy!”… and then he flies with a crossbody… but Shamrock counters with a powerslam! Out of nowhere Shamrock counters, and he goes on the attack, smacking more kicks to the leg, then he sends Faarooq off the ropes… hurricanrana! Shamrock hooks the leg… just a two. Shamrock is building momentum, landing shots to the head, but Faarooq swings wildly… misses… Shamrock his the BELLY TO BELLY SUPLEX! Shamrock goes for the cover… 1… 2… Kama puts Faarooq’s foot on the bottom rope! Shamrock saw it, but the ref didn’t, and Shamrock is pissed, wanting to get his hands on Kama… but the distraction allows D’Lo to sneak into the ring… Shamrock sees him coming… BELLY TO BELLY TO D’LO! In panic, Kama storms the ring… BELLY TO BELLY TO KAMA!! Shamrock now looks at Rock, almost daring Rocky to get into the ring… but The Rock simply raises an eyebrow at him… but here comes Faarooq from behind… Shamrock avoids it… grabs the ankle, takes Faarooq down… ANKLE LOCK! ANKLE LOCK!! Shamrock has the ankle lock slapped on, Faarooq is screaming in pain, scratching and clawing for the ropes… right infront of Rock! It’s an incredible image as Faarooq stretches out as far as he can, right in line with Rocky… but Rock refuses to help… and FAAROOQ HAS TO TAP! FAAROOQ IS TAPPING OUT!!

    Winner: Via submission, Ken Shamrock @ 10:31

    An incredible win for Shamrock who overcomes the numbers of The Nation to pick up the win. With Kama and D’Lo down and Faarooq laid out, The Rock is the only Nation member left standing, and from behind his sunglasses, Rocky can’t help but laugh and shake his head. Shamrock roars to the crowd and makes his exit, which prompts Rocky to slide into the ring. Faarooq writhes in pain, but he uses the ropes to drag himself back to his feet, where he comes eye to eye with his protégé… and Rocky just gives his a serious look of disgust. The camera is close enough to hear Rocky shout ”What the hell was that crap?”, and that prompts a furious argument from the pair of them, pointing and aggressively shouting at each other. D’Lo and Kama are back on their feet, trying to separate them and calm things down, but The Rock is having none of it, arguing that Faarooq should have let him face Shamrock instead as ”…The Rock woulda kicked that jabroni’s ass!”, and at that point, shouts “Fuck you!” at Faarooq and storms from the ring! D’Lo races after Rocky, trying to calm him down and talk him around, but Rocky just keeps on walking up the aisle. Faarooq is incensed, and now he starts giving chase, leaving Kama to try and follow, but when Faarooq catches up with Rock by entrance way, Rocky doesn’t give a damn, he just keeps on going until he heads backstage, leaving the rest of The Nation to follow in his wake.

    Back to the interview set where Kevin Kelly is ready and waiting to interview Triple H, who of course has Chyna by his side. Kelly wants to know how Triple H is feeling ahead of his European Title defence against Vader, and Trips states that he never really had a problem with Vader, and when Commissioner Slaughter made this match, he was willing to just step into the ring and simply beat Vader. ”But Vader, you fat piece o’ crap, you stuck your nose in D-X business last Monday night…” a comment in reference to Vader making the save as Helmsley and Michaels attacked The Undertaker, and now Triple H not only wants to beat Vader tonight, he plans on embarrassing him. Vader needs to learn that when you mess with D-Generation X, you wind up getting hurt. Bret Hart, Jim Neidhart, The British Bulldog and Sg.t Slaughter have all found that out the hard way in recent weeks, and tonight it’s Vader’s turn. ”This is In Your House: D-Generation X. Tonight, we make the rules, and when you step in the ring with me… it’s gonna be the last thing your fat ass does in the WWF!”, and with a smug laugh, Triple H and Chyna make their exit.

    Back to ringside, and here comes Vader, doing his best to fire up the crowd on his way down the aisle. Ross puts over Vader’s accomplishments, his great reputation in Japan, ”…Vader is a dangerous competitor, and he could be just moments away from becomin’ the European Champion…”, although Lawler think there’s no chance of that happening. Up next are Triple H and Chyna, with Chyna carrying the European Title over her broad shoulder while Helmsley slides into the ring and delivers a crotch chop to Vader. It’s that arrogance that could cost him though according to J.R., who thinks Helmsley has seriously underestimated his opponent tonight. 'The King’ sees it differently though, think that the fact that this is In Your House: D-Generation X means that Triple H will be pulling out all the stops to ensure victory tonight and that the European Championship is going nowhere.

    Match Four: European Championship Match
    European Champion Triple H w/ Chyna vs. Vader


    Straight from the first tie up, Vader goes on the attack, landing those clubbing forearms to the side of the head, rights and lefts, backing Helmsley to the corner where Vader now starts to attack the body, causing Trips to collapse to the canvas. Vader then wipes Trips off the ropes… big bodyblock knocks Helmsley down! Trips scrambles to the ropes, but Vader stays on him, landing more of those clubbing forearms, before he’s send off the ropes… Vader ducks… sunset flip from Helmsley… but Vader hangs on and goes for a sitout… but Trips avoids it, and Vader hits the canvas! A chance for Helmsley to mount some offence, laying in with stomps to the head, then stomps to the body which force Vader under the bottom rope. Trips moves to distract the ref, allowing Chyna to land a forearm to Vader’s face… but that just makes ‘The Mastodon’ mad, as he glares at Chyna and stalks towards her, Chyna backing away… here comes Helmsley from behind… but Vader senses it, drilling Trips with a boot to the midsection… before he sends Helmsley crashing into the barricade! More shots, this time to the body, before Vader goes for an Irish whip to the steps… Trips reverses… and Vader eats the steel! A hard landing for Vader, and Helmsley now looks to take control, more boots to the head, before he drags Vader up… and smashes his face into the ringpost! Vader is down, Helmsley heads back into the ring, and he’s happy to let the ref count Vader out… and the ref gets all the way to nine… until Vader finally crawls back into the ring! Helmsley goes back on the attack, landing kneedrops to the head, before he plants Vader with an impressive scoop slam for a two count. Helmsley continues to target Vader’s head, hitting a running high knee, then a running neckbreaker for a near fall. Helmsley sends Vader off the ropes… right into a sleeper! Trips has the hold on tight, trying to wear Vader down, wrenching on the neck and head, and after a while he gets the big man down to a seated position. The ref moves in to raise Vader’s hand… it drops once… twice… but the third time Vader hangs on! The big guy battles back to his feet, trying to break the hold with elbows to the midsection… but Helmsley jumps onto Vader’s back, increasing the pressure… only for Vader to back into the corner, finally breaking free! Vader now goes on the attack, landing forearms to the head, and more shots to the ribs, before he sends Trips to the far corner… body avalanche! Trips slumps to the canvas, Vader comes off the ropes… running splash! We could have a new champion… Helmsley just gets a shoulder up! More near falls for Vader from a running powerslam and a belly to belly suplex, but Helmsley looks done for as Vader goes for an Irish whip to the corner… Trips reverses, but Vader explodes from the corner… Helmsley avoids him… and VADER CRUSHES THE REFEREE! The ref hits the mat hard, and now Helmsley sees a chance, doubling Vader over… looking for THE PEDIGREE… NO! Vader counters with a back body drop… and then another running splash! Helmsley’s ribs take a beating again, and this time Vader drags Triple H to the corner… climbs to the second rope… looking for the VADERBOMB… but Chyna slides into the ring… and NAILS VADER WITH A LOWBLOW!! Vader groans in pain, staggers from the corner, and Helmsley gets back to his feet… PEDIGREE!! Triple H plants Vader with a pedigree, Chyna makes her exit, and the referee drags himself over to slowly count the 1… 2… 3.

    Winner: Via pinfall, and STILL European Champion, Triple H @ 09:52

    A valiant fight from Vader, but the presence of Chyna proves to be too much, as once again, D-X manage to sneak a win, with Triple H retaining the European Championship in the process. Chyna quickly slides back into the ring to check on Helmsley and help him back to his feet, but Trips quickly starts going back to work on Vader, laying in with the boots and Chyna soon joins him. The D-X duo look to do a number on Vader, with Lawler pointing out ”Helmsley said he was gonna embarrass Vader tonight…”, and it looks like he’s going to do it as he orders Chyna to head outside to get a steel chair. Chyna does so, but when she does, Vader manages to get back to a knee… and he struggles back to his feet… to start firing back at Triple H! The fight Vader is showing is incredible as he starts to get the upperhand, but here comes Chyna swinging the chair… but Vader ducks it… and then he shoves Chyna to the canvas! Vader now turns back to Triple H… and plants him with a belly to belly suplex! ‘The Mastodon’ now drags Triple H to the corner, climbs to the second rope… VADERBOMB!! This time Vader finds his target, crushing Triple H’s ribs in the process! He might not be the European Champion, he might have lost this match, but Vader has gained a measure of revenge as he leaves Triple H down and out in the ring, Chyna desperately trying to bring Triple H back around. He’s still the champion, but Helmsley doesn’t look like a winner right now, and J.R. asks ”What kind of impact is that gonna have on Helmsley bein’ in Michaels’ corner later tonight?”, but that’s a question for later as the announcers throw it over to a video package.

    A video package that highlights the rivalry that has developed between Dude Love and Terry Funk. We go back to the November 17th episode of Raw, where it looks like Dude Love is just moments away from beating Shawn Michaels to become the WWF Champion… only for out of nowhere, Terry Funk slides into the ring and deliver a pair of sickening chair shots to Foley’s skull, saving the title for Michaels in the process. We then hear the comments from Funk the following week, talking about how Foley as Cactus Jack was one of the most deranged and feared wrestlers in the world, a young man who Funk saw a lot of himself in. But now Funk is disgusted by what he sees in Dude Love, with the comments being interlaced with footage from Foley’s teenage years when he created the Dude Love character and jumped off his parent’s roof. Funk calls Foley an embarrassment, slapping him hard across the face, before we hear the comment ”…it’s time to put you down…”, a chilling statement that sums up Funk’s intent tonight. The music in the video takes a more upbeat tempo as Dude Love responds, preaching his peace, love and unity message, before we see footage from the chaotic brawl the two engaged in on Raw, their fight spilling out of control and into the crowd as the video comes to an end.

    And here we go, here comes Terry Funk middle-aged and crazy as J.R. likes to say, carrying with him a trash can filled to the brim with an assortment of weapons. A man who has done untold damage to his body over the years, both Ross and Lawler are well aware of the limits this man will push himself to in order to get the job done, with ‘King’ admitting he can’t believe some of the stories he’s heard about Funk from Japan. ”He’s blown ‘imself up, he’s been in barbed wire matches… can you imagine what he could do tonight to beat Dude Love?”, to which J.R. admits he shudders to think about it. Dude Love makes his entrance in his typically comical fashion, pushing a shopping cart emblazoned with flowers down the aisle, although of course the cart is also full of weapons. ”What Mick Foley are we goin’ to see here tonight?” asks J.R., will it be the man who knows no pain, or will it the fun loving Dude Love we’ve seen in recent weeks. Lawler states that for Foley to have any chance tonight, he needs to channel the spirit of Mankind instead of the spirit of ’69, but he doubts Foley even knows how to do that anymore.

    Match Five: Hardcore Match
    Dude Love
    vs. Terry Funk


    The bell rings, there’s a brief stand-off, neither man making the first move… and then they both decide to head for their trash cans, with Funk grabbing a steel chair while Love grabs a baseball bat! They charge and swing… clashing the weapons into each other! Again the weapons collide… and then Foley hammers Funk with right hands, backing him into the corner, where Love lands right after right, before going for the Irish whip… Funk rebounds into a bulldog! Foley then scoops Funk up, placing him in the tree of woe in the corner… and connects with a running elbow! Funk slumps to the canvas, allowing Love the chance to bring his trash can into the ring. Foley grabs the lid, lines up… and crushes it off Funk’s head… and again… and a third time finally puts Funk down! Again Love heads outside, this time in search of a steel chair… but when he gets back into the ring, Funk is able to attack… and he smacks a road sign off Love’s skull! Funk starts to pummel Foley in the corner, before he grabs a trash can… and cracks it off Love’s head… and again… before he hurls Foley over the top rope… but Foley’s neck gets stuck, he’s hung up, dangling from the top rope! Funk heads over and grabs a baseball bat… and starts drilling Foley in the midsection! Swing after swing, Funk nails Foley, until finally the referee frees Foley and he slumps to the floor. On the outside, Funk drags Love towards the aisle… and he nails a PILEDRIVER ON THE CONCRETE!! A sickening thud as Foley’s skull hits the floor, and Funk goes for the first cover of the match… 1… 2… Foley gets a shoulder up! After pausing to recover, Funk grabs the steel steps and goes to strike Love… but Dude hits a boot to the midsection, Funk falls backwards… and the steps fall onto Funk’s head! Moving the steps aside, Foley muscles Funk back into the ring, where he grabs a baking tray… and caves Funk’s skull in! Funk is down, but Foley isn’t interested in a cover, instead he goes digging under the ring… and he brings out a table! Foley sets up the table outside the ring, but the time he spent doing that, Funk has recovered, and he delivers a sick chair shot to Love’s skull! Funk goes searching through his trash can, bringing out a kendo stick, which Funk uses to smack off Love’s body time and time again, until he finally breaks it across Love’s back. The trash can is emptied, the remaining weapons strewn across the mat, allowing Funk to place the trash can over Love’s head… before he heads to the top rope… and Funk flies… MOONSAULT ONTO THE TRASH CAN!! Foley’s head is crushed inside the trash can, Funk tosses the can aside and goes for the cover… 1… 2… no! Dude Love barely kicks out!

    Once again there’s rummaging under the ring, this time Funk drags out a ladder, trying to slide it into the ring… but out of nowhere, Love hits a baseball slide… driving the ladder into Funk’s face! Love shoves the ladder into the ring, then does the same to Funk, before he picks the ladder up… drive it into Funk’s midsection… then into his face! Funk is down, and the ladder shot has BUSTED FUNK OPEN, blood pouring from his forehead. Funk slumps against the corner, and that allows Foley to charge… running knee to the face! Foley goes for a cover… 1… 2… Funk gets a shoulder off the canvas! One more time the match spills outside as a Cactus clothesline finds the mark, with Love hurling Funk head first into the steel steps near the announce desk. Foley then starts rearranging the furniture, ripping the top of the Spanish announce desk, before he rolls Funk onto it… and then he heads onto the apron… and launches himself… RUNNING ELBOW THROUGH THE ANNOUNCE DESK!! Both men crash through the announce desk, bodies strewn amongst the wreckage, until after what seems like an eternity, Love drapes an arm across Funk’s chest… 1… 2… somehow Funk rolls a shoulder! The pace slows way down as both men struggle back to their feet, and Love manages to shove Funk back into the ring. Foley then grabs a steel chair, and stands over Funk, looking down on him… and Funk’s screaming at him, pleading with him ”C’mon Mick! Hit me! Hit me!”… but looking down on the broken hardcore legend, Foley pauses, hesitating… looking like he’s having second thoughts. Again Funk pleads, but again Dude Love can’t do it, he can’t strike Funk down… so instead he tosses the chair aside… and goes for the MANIDBLE CLAW!! Love jams his fingers into Funk’s gullet, looking to make him pass out instead of knocking him out… Funk is fading, but he hangs in there… and then NAILS LOVE WITH A LOW BLOW… but Love hangs onto the claw… until a SECOND LOW BLOW BREAKS FUNK FREE! Love drops to his knees, and Funk grabs a steel chair… SMASHES IT OFF FOLEY’S SKULL… AGAIN… AND AGAIN… AND AGAIN! Dude collapses to the canvas, he too HAS BEEN BUSTED OPEN, and the control he seemed to have of the match has disappeared. Funk now places the chair on the canvas, drags Foley to his feet… PILEDRIVER ON THE STEEL CHAIR! Love looks absolutely out of it, but Funk doesn’t go for a cover, instead he starts rolling Love towards the ropes, shoving him onto the floor, before he grabs the ladder and slides it outside. On the floor, Funk sets up the ladder in an ominous position… and then he rolls Foley onto the table set up earlier… and Funk climbs the ladder, readies himself… and flies… MOONSAULT FROM THE TOP OF THE LADDER THROUGH THE TABLE!!! Incredible move from Terry Funk as he drives his body through Foley’s, and he drapes an arm across Foley’s chest… 1… 2… 3!

    Winner: Terry Funk @ 16:42

    An absolutely brutal matchup, one which has surely taken years off both men’s lives, but in the end, it’s Funk who has emerged as the victor. Neither man moves much in the moments after the bell, both of them fully selling the effects of the match, until eventually, Funk rolls from the table onto the floor. Picking himself back up to his feet, Funk has a sick, bloodstained smile on his face as he tries to limp his way along the aisle, clearly delighted in the amount of pain and suffering he’s caused Dude Love tonight. ”He said wanted to end Dude Love tonight. I don’t know if he broke Mick Foley’s spirit, but he’s certainly broken his body…”, with J.R. concerned that Foley could be badly hurt amongst the wreckage. Funk makes it to the entrance way, pausing for a second to look back at the carnage… where he sees Dude Love, coughing, spluttering, but somehow… he’s dragged himself back to his feet! The crowd erupt with a massive round of applause, showing incredible respect to Foley, who raises a hand in appreciation to the fans. ”Bah gawd… how is he standin’ right now?” asks J.R., and it seems Lawler can’t believe it either, as somehow, Foley props his broken body up against the barricade… but Lawler points out, he’s got a seriously dejected look on his face. Indeed, Dude Love looks a shell of the man who started this match, he looks close to tears, and as Foley falls down to the aisle, he picks himself back up… and rips off his Dude Love t-shirt? A strange move from Foley, who initially uses the t-shirt to wipe the blood away from his face… before he looks at the t-shirt long and hard… and in a depressing moment, Foley… simply drops his bloodstained t-shirt to the concrete. ”Is that symbolic?” speculates Lawler, but no-one can be sure as Foley gingerly makes his way back to the entrance way and then slips backstage.

    But the camera stay with him, as Foley trudges through the backstage area, seemingly heading for the medical room to get his bloody face dealt with. Foley works his way through the backstage area, but then, out of nowhere… he’s jumped by Terry Funk! Funk blindsides Foley, smacking him and bowling him over, before he grabs a handful of hair… and hurls Foley into a nearby ladder! ”I ain’t done wit’ ya’ Mick!” screams Funk as he then sends Foley crashing into a catering table, grabbing a water cooler, lifting it high… and crashing it across Dude Love’s spine! Foley groans in pain, and now a group of backstage agents and referees race to the scene, trying to break it up, but Funk grabs a steel pipe, threatening to hit anyone who gets too close. Funk wraps the pipe under Love’s throat, using it to choke him… but Foley manages to battle back to his feet… and he flicks up a leg, nailing Funk with a low blow! Both men drop to their knees, coughing and gasping for air, but they make it back to their fight and continue to trade shots and grapple, working their way through more of the backstage area, until they turn into a hallway. Love has the upperhand, and he drills Funk with yet another steel chair shot, before he hurls Funk hard into the wall. Funk drops down against the wall, which gives Foley a chance to grab a nearby large laundry cart, lining the heavy object up… and then he charges… looking to drive it into Funk’s face… NO! at the last split second, Funk avoids it, and Foley crashes into the wall, leaving behind a massive crater. Funk manages to go back on the attack, hammering Foley with shots… before he muscles Dude Love into the laundry cart and slams shut the lid! Moving quickly, Funk moves the cart into position… at the top of a stairwell! ”No! Don’t… don’t do this!” screams J.R., but it’s too late as Funk rears back… and THEN LAUNCHES FOLEY, SENDING HIM CRASHING DOWN THE CONCRETE STAIRS!!! ”Jesus Christ! He could be dead in there!”, but that’s exactly what Funk wants, he wants to end Mick Foley’s career here tonight. From the top of the stairs, Funk collapses to the floor, laughing that maniacal laugh of his, while our commentary team very sombrely ask for someone to get there and help Mick Foley.

    We head back into the arena, but as The New Age Outlaws make their entrance, both the crowd and commentary team are too stunned to offer up any real reaction. Nonetheless, Road Dogg and Billy Gunn run through their usual routine of bad mouthing their opponents on the microphone, although all Lawler and J.R. want to discuss is to plea for an update on the status of Dude Love. Their opponents are of course The New Blackjacks, with ’Blackjack’ Bradshaw and ’Blackjack’ Windham wearing their usual black cowboy hats above the scowls on their faces. ”Two ol’ fashioned southern boys with real mean attitudes…” is how the pair are described, with Lawler admitting that if Bradshaw connects with that clothesline of his, we could have new tag team champions right here tonight.

    Match Six: World Tag Team Championships Match
    World Tag Team Champions The New Age Outlaws vs. The New Blackjacks


    Windham and Billy Gunn get this one underway, and Windham gains control early on, bowling Gunn over with shoulderblocks, sending him sprawling around the ring with armdrags before a scoop slam and an elbow drop earn Windham the first near fall. Gunn tags Road Dogg, but he can’t get much going either, with Windham sending him flying with a back body drop. Bradshaw enters the ring, and it’s all Blackjacks so far as Dogg eats a big boot to the face, causing him to roll outside. The champions try to regroup by the announce desk, but Bradshaw heads outside, nailing both men before he hurls Gunn into the ringsteps and smashes Dogg’s face off the desk. Back in the ring, Windham comes back in and goes for an Irish whip… but when Road Dogg reverses, Gunn drives a knee into the small of the back… and then Dogg nails a clothesline! Windham is down, Dogg lays in with the boots, before he shoves Windham under the bottom rope. Dogg picks a fight with Bradshaw to distract the referee, allowing Gunn to hammer Windham on the outside, before he sends Windham back in. Dogg comes off the ropes for a little shake, rattle and roll, and the champions work to isolate Windham, with Gunn hitting a vertical suplex and a press slam for near falls, before the champions combine for a double hangman’s flapjack. Windham is in bad shape, and Gunn is looking to put him away as he looks for a piledriver… but Windham out of nowhere counters with a back body drop! Both men are crawling for their corners… here comes Road Dogg… and here comes Bradshaw! Bradshaw bursts into the ring and runs through Dogg with a string of shoulderblocks, before he scoops Road Dogg up… fallaway slam! Here comes Gunn, but he runs right into a boot to the gut and then a swinging neckbreaker for a near fall that Dogg has to break up! Bradshaw and Dogg go at it, with Bradshaw smacking right hands, and now Windham tackles Gunn to the outside, leaving Bradshaw to nail Road Dogg with a DDT! Road Dogg is out of it, and Bradshaw is ready and poised… waiting for Dogg to drag himself up… and go for THE BIG CLOTHESLINE… NO! Gunn reaches in, grabs Road Dogg by the foot and drags him under the bottom rope… and now the champions… are RUNNING UP THE RAMP! THEY’RE RUNNING OUT ON THE MATCH!! The Outlaws have had enough, they’re sprinting up the aisle… and of course, the referee has no choice, he has to count to ten, the match is over!

    Winners: Via countout, The New Blackjacks @ 06:12

    The crowd hate it, booing all over the fact that once again, The Outlaws have ran out on a match with The Blackjacks. While Bradshaw and Windham are announced as the winners, there’s not an ounce of celebration from them, as instead they furiously complain to the referee, pleading for the match to be restarted, anything to give them another chance… but there’s nothing the referee can do, and that just infuriates Bradshaw… who CLOBBERS THE REFEREE! ”That’s gonna be a fine…” is the call as Bradshaw’s frustrations get the better of him as he lays out the ref, something which the crowd love to see, but the move catches even Windham by surprise as he chastises his partner for his actions. Bradshaw and Windham exchange some stern words, but they seem to have things sorted out as they exit the ring and trudge up the aisle, but both men are clearly frustrated at being so close yet so far from becoming the new champions.

    We transition into a video promoting the upcoming Intercontinental Title Match between Steve Austin and Jeff Jarrett. The video opens to footage from both men’s early WWF careers, with shots of Austin as ‘The Ringmaster’ and Jarrett in his country western singer get up. The video highlights the similarities of both men we’ve heard about, both of them felt they were held back in WCW, both of them have come to the WWF to further their careers, both of them are multiple times Intercontinental Champions. The video then focuses on Jarrett and how he targeted Austin on his return to the WWF, interrupting Austin, calling him out, challenging him to a title match. We then focus on Austin doing what he does best, laying out people, including Jarrett and Austin with the stunner, while drinking a ton of beer in the process. ”This one is gonna be a slobberknocker!” cries J.R., with the video showing us the footage of Jarrett escaping Austin’s clutches on several occasions, until finally last Monday on Raw where Austin gets his hands on Jarrett, the pair of them brawling on the stage, which brings the video to a close.

    The challenger Jeff Jarrett is out first, as always carrying his trusty guitar and his new, more serious demeanour. Lawler loves the new ‘Double J’, saying he’d be an Intercontinental Champion to be proud of, not ”…some foul mouthed beer drinker like Austin…”, although for that to happen according to J.R., Jarrett is going to have to put up one hell of a fight tonight. And here comes the champion ’Stone Cold’ Steve Austin, the arena coming unglued as ‘The Rattlesnake’ strides into the arena and heads down the aisle. There’s a real fire in Austin’s eyes as he heads for the ring, and it’s that intensity that could be the key to victory tonight. ”This ain’t gonna be no catch-as-catch-can classic here folks, this is gonna be a fight…”, but Lawler thinks that could work in Jarrett’s favour as he can brawl with anybody. As Austin hands over the title and the referee presents it to the crowd, a chorus of jeers suddenly break out, no one quite sure why… until the camera pans to the entrance way, and we see that Vince McMahon has entered the arena to watch this one from the top of the aisle, flanked by his cronies from last Monday, Pat Patterson and Gerald Brisco, all three men wanting a closer look at this one it appears. At this point J.R. points out that ”…we haven’t heard a thing all night about Owen Hart, ya’ gotta assume he isn’t gonna be here tonight…”, while Lawler speculates that the reason Patterson and Brisco are by McMahon’s side are just incase Hart tries anything. Austin’s attention is of course drawn towards the trio, wondering what they’re doing out here… and that allows Jarrett to attack from behind, getting the match underway…

    Match Seven: Intercontinental Championship Match
    Intercontinental Champion ’Stone Cold’ Steve Austin vs. Jeff Jarrett


    And Jarrett drives Austin to the corner where he attacks with kicks to the gut and shots to the face… only for Austin to grab Jarrett, yank him into the corner… and he goes to town with stomps to the midsection, stomping over and over until he drives Jarrett down to the mat… and the he flips Jarrett the double bird! Austin is all over Jarrett, tossing him around the ring, knocking him over with clotheslines and then a big clothesline sends Jarrett over the top rope to the floor. Austin follows outside, continuing to lay in with stomps, before he drags Jarrett to the aisle… and nails a suplex on the concrete! Austin is taking liberties with the ref’s ten count, but he continues his assault on the outside, smashing Jarrett off the barricade before he looks for a piledriver on the concrete… no! Jarrett counters… with a back body drop onto the hard floor! McMahon gives that move a wry smile, and Jarrett looks to take advantage, shoving Austin back into the ring where he uses his boot to choke Austin in the corner before draping Austin across the second rope… to crash down on the back of his head! Jarrett gets a two count from that, and another one from a swinging neckbreaker, before he heads to the top rope… flying crossbody connects! Here’s the cover… Austin gets a shoulder up at two. Jarrett looks to stay on the attack, but when he goes for a scoop slam, Austin drops down behind, shoves Jarrett into the ropes… and nails him with a clothesline! Austin comes off the ropes… but he misses an elbow drop… and Jarrett connects with a DDT! Here’s the cover… again Austin kicks out at two! Another near fall from a standing dropkick for Jarrett, before Jarrett starts to soften up Austin’s knee, driving his own knee into Austin’s, placing it on the bottom rope to drive his body down on it, and then he drags Austin to the corner… Jarrett wants to wrap Austin’s knee around the ringpost… but Austin kicks Jarrett away… and Jarrett crashes into the timekeeper’s desk! Austin quickly heads outside, hammering Jarrett against the barricade, shoving the timekeeper and ring announcer aside as he pounds Jarrett, before he backs up and charges… but Jarrett counters… back body drop into the crowd! Another painful landing for Austin, but Jarrett has to quickly get Austin back into the ring to avoid the countout. Jarrett goes back to the leg, smashing Austin’s knee off the canvas, before he steps, twists and drops… FIGURE FOUR LEGLOCK! Jarrett applies the figure four leglock, Austin is writhing in pain, letting his shoulders his the mat several times… but eventually, the champion is slowly able to roll over… reversing the hold! Now the pressure is applied to Jarrett, who quickly breaks the hold. Both men are back on their feet, Jarrett swings a right… Austin blocks… hits a right of his own! Austin goes on the attack, landing right after right, before going for an Irish whip… Thesz press! Austin launches wild lefts and rights on the canvas, before he comes off the ropes… elbow finds the mark! Austin hooks the leg… Jarrett gets the shoulder up! ‘The Rattlesnake’ is rolling now, landing more right hands, before he goes for the Irish whip… but he lowers his head… swinging neckbreaker from Jarrett! Jarrett now heads towards the corner and grabs his guitar, and despite the referee and commentators pointing out that if Jarrett uses the guitar he’ll be disqualified, it looks like he doesn’t care as he gets ready to swing… but Austin avoids it… STUNNER!! Austin strikes out of nowhere with the stunner, hooks the leg… 1… 2… 3!

    Winner: And STILL Intercontinental Champion, ‘Stone Cold’ Steve Austin @ 12:03

    What a match, and it’s Austin who prevails! ‘The Rattlesnake’ overcomes a strong challenge from Jarrett, but he’s survived to retain his Intercontinental Championship. Austin snatches his title from the ref and leans against the ropes, looking up the aisle at McMahon, Patterson and Brisco, with J.R. pointing out that during the match, there was little for McMahon to complain about, Austin kept the profanity to the bare minimum and no beer was drunk. ”If McMahon was out here to keep an eye on Austin, he had to be impressed with that…”, but that could all be about to change as Austin… starts calling for beers to be tossed into the ring! Indeed, the camera switches back to McMahon, who rolls his eyes and shakes his head angrily as Austin starts cracking open the brewskis, chugging them down with ease as he heads to each corner to celebrate with the crowd. And once Austin has toasted the final corner, he drops down with the title draped across his shoulder, leaning against the ropes… and HE FLIPS MCMAHON THE DOUBLE BIRD!! The crowd goes wild again as Austin defiantly sticks to the authority once again, drawing an angry glare from McMahon. ”Aw Steve, why did ya’ have to do and do that?”, but no one will ever change the man Austin is… but that could lead to problems in his future as McMahon continues to glare as Austin celebrates with more beers, before he and his cronies head backstage and we cut to the final video of tonight.

    And this one hypes up our main event tonight, the Buried Alive Match for the WWF Championship. We of course start back at Montreal, with Shawn Michaels slapping a sharpshooter onto Bret Hart and Vince McMahon calling for the bell. Of course we hear from D-X, some of the lines from their weeks of gloating about the victory, but those comments are mixed amongst the comments from Commissioner Slaughter, who is determined to see the wrongs of Montreal righted. Michaels and Helmsley then warn Slaughter not to mess with their business, but the commissioner refuses to be intimidated as he books Michaels and The Undertaker in the Buried Alive Match. The Undertaker now enters the video, with action from his match with Triple H from Raw, but of course we have to hear Paul Bearer, who warns Slaughter that they want to see Kane given a match with The Undertaker… and when they don’t get it, we see harrowing footage of Kane planted Sgt. Slaughter with the tombstone onto the stage. More gloating from D-X, but the video comes to an end with Undertaker hitting chokeslams on both Helmsley and Michaels, standing tall, all set to perhaps become the new WWF Champion.

    One last interview, this time Michael Cole is ready to speak with D-Generation X. Although Shawn Michaels looks as arrogant and as cocky as ever, and Chyna looks as menacing as she always does with the WWF Title on her shoulder, in the background Triple H has an arm wrapped around his ribs, the impact from his match earlier tonight with Vader. Cole puts it to Michaels that he’s survived some brutal matches in the past, citing his Hell in the Cell Match with The Undertaker a couple of months ago, but will he be able to survive the upcoming Buried Alive Match? Michaels just smirks and laughs at the question, wondering when Cole will realise that everytime people think D-X are in trouble, they always find a way to come out on top. ”We are always one step ahead, we are always able to pull it outta the bag…”, and tonight will be no different as Michaels once again proves why he is the best wrestler in the world today, he’ll beat The Undertaker and remain the WWF Champion. Cole has a follow up question, this time wanting to know what Michaels thinks about the shocking return of Owen Hart last Monday on Raw given the history between D-X and the Hart family. Michaels clearly isn’t concerned though as he again smirks, but he does have a very direct message for Owen. ”I’ve already sent Bret, Bulldog and Neidhart packin’ down south. If you stick your nose in my business Owen… I’ll bury your ass right next to The Undertaker’s!” and that’s all Michaels has to say as he leads D-X from the interview set. But the camera stays with them, and the commentators talk as we see them head through the backstage area, until their music blares out and they enter the arena. Michaels of course leads the way, but Helmsley and Chyna are right behind him, the three of them looking focused and ready for tonight, although Lawler admits he’s a little worried about Owen Hart making an appearance, saying ”…I hope those cops out there in the parkin’ lot do their job tonight…” by keeping Owen out of the arena.

    And just like that, the lights in the arena go out, there’s a chill in the air, and through the darkness and fog comes The Undertaker, as always the most impressive and intimidating entrance in the WWF. As the challenger slowly makes his way down the aisle, he pauses by the mound of dirt and the whole in the ground that is set up near the entrance way, and Lawler admits that this is the biggest threat to Michaels’ as WWF Champion, while J.R. lays out how important this match tonight is. ”He is the moral fibre of the WWF. He is our conscience, our very soul… and we need ‘im to set things right after what happened in Montreal…”, and that’s the hope of each and every WWF fan watching tonight.

    Main Event: WWF Championship Buried Alive Match
    WWF Champion Shawn Michaels w/ Triple H and Chyna vs. The Undertaker


    The bell rings, the crowd roars, and The Undertaker doesn’t waste any time, swinging a right… but Michaels ducks it and moves away. ‘Taker moves in again… but again Michaels avoids his offence, striking with a pair of rights of his own… only for Undertaker to hurl Michaels into the corner… and unload with a flurry of rights and lefts to the body. Stomps land as Michaels hits the canvas, but he’s dragged back up for more right hands, and then there’s an Irish whip across… and Michaels goes upside down into the corner… and then gets sent outside from a big boot to the face! Michaels hits the floor, but Triple H is over quickly to help the champion back up… but here Undertaker… flying over the top rope onto both men! ‘Taker takes the fight outside, nailing Michaels with right hands which force him up the aisle, close to the gravesite, but a stiff boot forces Michaels towards the stanchion of the entrance way. Michaels is tossed into it, then he’s planted on the concrete with a scoop slam, before ‘Taker drags Michaels towards the technicians area… where Michaels is hurled across a table into a lighting rig! Michaels is being hammered right now, and he seeks safety amongst the fans… but it only gets worse as ‘Taker boots him into the stairs, then ‘Taker hurls him, walks him through the crowd… and sends him flying back over the barricade towards the ring! Undertaker steps back into the ringside area, shoves the timekeeper aside and grabs a chair… to crush it off Michaels’ skull! Undertaker is in complete control, and he shoves Michaels onto the canvas, positions him then looks for the legdrop on the apron… but Chyna grabs ‘Taker by the ankle, Michaels scrambles to his feet… and drives ‘Taker’s throat down on the top rope. Undertaker hits the floor, Triple H starts laying in with boots as Michaels recover, before the champion heads outside and joins in the beating. Michaels now tries to take control, choking the challenger with electrical wires, then he cracks a steel chair off Undertaker’s head, before he and Triple H start to drag Undertaker up the aisle towards the grave. Halfway up the aisle though, Undertaker puts on the breaks, yanking Trips right into Michaels, before he scoops the champion up… and drops him across the barricade! He then starts laying into Helmsley, landing clubbing rights, before Trips is sent spine first into the opposite barricade. Back to Michaels, who is dragged by the hair towards the grave, before more right hands cause him to slump against the mound of dirt. ‘Taker shoves Michaels up the hill, landing more rights, before he slaps a hand around Michaels’ throat… looking for a CHOKESLAM INTO THE GRAVE… but Chyna gets involved again… CRACKING A SHOVEL OFF UNDERTAKER’S SPINE!! A stiff shot that sees Undertaker to drop to his knees, and then Michaels hits a falling clothesline that causes ‘Taker to tumble down the mound. Back on his feet, the champion lines up the challenger… then flies… ELBOW DROP FROM THE GRAVESITE ONTO UNDERTAKER! Michaels drives ‘Taker down against the concrete, and looking to wear the challenger down, Michaels starts to drag Undertaker back towards the ring. Back in the ring, Michaels lays in with stomps to the body, and he’s again joined by Helmsley, D-X making this pretty much a handicap match as they both go on the attack. Chyna slides another chair into the ring, Michaels scooping it up to deliver another chair shot to the skull, before he places the chair carefully on the mat, and Triple H hooks Undertaker up… PEDIGREE ON THE STEEL CHAIR!!

    Undertaker is looking down and out, the numbers of D-X proving too strong for him to overcome, and now that they’ve softened him up, Michaels and Helmsley decide to head for the grave, rolling ‘Taker towards the ropes… but he sits up! Undertaker sits up, throwing wild shots at both men, enabling him to get back to his feet… where he nails Michaels with a big boot to the face… then he clotheslines Triple H over the top rope to the floor! Undertaker quickly heads outside, and he grabs Triple H… and sends him crashing into the ringsteps! ‘Taker then grabs Triple H by the hair, drags him towards the aisle… then he takes him up… TOMBSTONE ON THE CONCRETE! Helmsley is planted, and that takes him out of the match for the time being, allowing Undertaker to focus on Michaels. The champion is grabbed by the hair, dragged up the aisle, more big rights rocking him near the gravesite, before he’s sent sprawling up the hill. Michaels is barely able to stand as more rights lands, before Undertaker grabs him by the throat… and again GOES FOR THE CHOKESLAM INTO THE GRAVE… LOW BLOW FROM MICHAELS! For the second time, Michaels manages to escape, and now he waits for ‘Taker to get back to his feet… SWEET CHIN MUSIC… KNOCKS UNDERTAKER INTO THE GRAVE! The challenger collapses into the empty grave, and after pausing to recover, Michaels and Chyna both grab shovels, and they start shovelling dirt into the grave. ‘Taker is down and out, the dirt is starting to pile up, it looks like Michaels has this won… but suddenly, there’s roar from the crowd… it’s OWEN HART!! Owen Hart has came through the crowd… and he tackles Michaels from behind! Hart sends Michaels tumbling down the hill, and he starts hammering him, unloading with wild rights and lefts, absolutely hammering the champion, the crowd going wild as Owen gains a measure of revenge for Montreal… but racing from the back, here comes Vince McMahon, and he’s waving the police officers from earlier into the arena… which causes Hart to flee the scene, sprinting through the fans, up the stairs and out of the arena, the local police in hot pursuit. Once the mayhem has died down, Chyna tries to bring Michaels back around, and the champion crawls towards the grave… only for ‘Taker to reach up and grab Michaels by the throat… and CHOKESLAM HIM INTO THE GRAVE! Third time’s a charm for The Undertaker, he finally plants Michaels in the dirt, and now ‘Taker exits the grave and grabs one of the shovels, and after threatening Chyna, he slowly starts burying Michaels with the dirt. Dig after dig, ‘Taker adds to the dirt covering the champion, and he must be getting close to victory… but then… THE LIGHTS IN THE AREAN GO OUT… AND THEN TURN RED… IT’S KANE!! Kane and Paul Bearer are here, and Kane drills Undertaker with a series of right hands, nailing his brother, before he scoops him up… TOMBSTONE ON THE MOUND OF DIRT!! Kane plants Undertaker, and then he climbs into the grave, scraping dirt away from Michaels, freeing the champion and tossing him from the grave, before he rolls his brother in… and now Kane starts filling in the grave! Kane and Bearer both grab shovels, and they start piling in the dirt, building it up, shovel after shovel… until The Undertaker… disappears from sight! The Undertaker has been buried alive… and that means Michaels wins the match!

    Winner: And STILL WWF Champion, Shawn Michaels @ 19:21

    The crowd are stunned, the commentary team are silent, Kane has buried his brother The Undertaker alive… and he’s saved the WWF Championship for Shawn Michaels in the process! Kane and Bearer don’t give a damn about Michaels, they barely notice as Triple H and Chyna pick the champion up off the dirt and help him backstage, their focus in squarely on the grave that they’ve just buried The Undertaker in. Once again tonight, the crowd are stunned into almost silence, not quite able to believe what they’ve seen as Kane has just buried his own flesh and blood alive. Standing on top of the dirt, Kane is quite literally walking all over his brothers grave, while in the background, Bearer simply yelling “Yes!” over and over again. ”I… I can’t believe what we’ve just witnessed. Owen Hart returned to attack Shawn Michaels, I thought The Undertaker was gonna be the champion… and then Kane buried his own brother alive!”, and just as that comment comes to an end, Kane raises his arms in the air… and snaps them down… and THE TOMBSTONE BURSTS INTO FLAMES!! The ceremonial tombstone at the top of the grave is engulfed in fire, a symbolic message from Kane! ”The Undertaker has been buried alive… and Shawn Michaels is still the WWF Champion! What a night this has been…” and J.R. signs off his usual way, encouraging everyone to join us tomorrow night on Raw and thanking us for tuning in for In Your House; D-Generation X!

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    Re: World Wrestling Federation: The Montreal Fallout

    WWF Raw is War/Warzone
    December 8th, 1997
    Portland Civic Center
    Portland, Maine


    Tonight’s opening video consists of still-frame shots from last night’s In Your House: D-Generation X pay per view, focusing on the shocking ending to the main event, as during the Buried Alive Match featuring Shawn Michaels and The Undertaker for the WWF Championship, Owen Hart would interfere, attacking Michaels before escaping through the crowd, which seemingly handed victory to The Undertaker. But then Kane and Paul Bearer would strike, delivering a brutal beatdown to ‘Taker, with Kane ultimately burying his brother alive, saving the title for Michaels in the process, before he set the tombstone atop the grave on fire in a chilling symbolic gesture. This is followed by the usual Raw opening, before we head into the arena for the pyro and ballyhoo and a tour of the crowd to see the various signs brought by the fans. With Jim Cornette telling us he is returning to management duties last week, it’s Michael Cole who joins Jim Ross on commentary tonight, both men admitting they can’t believe what they saw from Kane last night, he buried his brother alive and that could be the last time we ever see ‘The Phenom’ in the WWF. And of course we kick off tonight’s show with D-Generation X, as Shawn Michaels and Triple H head into the arena, both men victorious last night, which of course means that Chyna has both the WWF and European Titles on her shoulders. Cole points out that Helmsley is walking rather gingerly, no doubt still feeling the effects of the post-match beatdown he took from Vader last night, whilst Michaels looks as cocky and as arrogant as ever after retaining his title.

    In the ring, Michaels grabs a mic and very smuggle states that he told us all this was going to happen. ”Last week, I told each and ev’ry one o’ ya’ that by hook… or by crook… one way or another, D-X was gonna come out on top…”, and that’s exactly what happened last night as both Michaels and Helmsley retained their respective titles. That’s why in such a short period of time D-X have been successful, they always find a way to win, they always find a way to come out on top, and that’s why they run the WWF. Michaels also points out that he warned Sgt. Slaughter about making the match with The Undertaker at In Your House knowing that Kane was desperate to get his hands on his brother. Michaels told Slaughter not to get involved in D-X business, not to use The Undertaker to get to them, and look what’s happened. ”Slaughter, your fat ass is in a hospital somewhere, The Undertaker is buried six feet under… and ‘The Heartbreak Kid’ is still the WWF Champion!” Triple H is now tossed the mic, and he jokes that speaking about fat asses, he wants to talk about Vader. Vader is another person they tried to warn to stay out of their business, but Vader didn’t want to listen, he signed the match for the European Championship, and he came up short. ”But ladies, don’t worry, ‘cause Triple H never comes up short when it matters!”, another childish comment that draws ridiculous over the top laughs from D-X and derision from the commentators.

    But even Helmsley has to admit that he’s not at 100% tonight, his ribs are pretty banged up due to Vader’s attack of him after the bell last night. Vader may have landed a lucky shot or two, but all that matters is that Helmsley is still the European Champion, while Vader is ”…still a fat piece o’ crap…” who’s lucky he didn’t wind up in the hospital bed next to Slaughter. But there’s still time for that Michaels tells us, as he says D-X owe Vader for his actions, and he’s going to get what’s coming to him tonight when Michaels and Vader go one on one. ”And just incase anybody was wonderin’… that match tonight is a non-title match. ‘Cause there ain’t no way your fat ass is gettin’ a title shot…”, with Michaels stating that Vader has done nothing to deserve a shot at the WWF Championship. But Michaels does want everyone in the back to watch his match with Vader tonight, as he’s going to use it to send a message, he’s going to show everybody what happens when you mess with D-Generation X. ”And the one guy I really… really hope is watchin’ tonight… is Owen Hart…”, with the mention of Owen’s name drawing a big cheer from the crowd.

    As far as Michaels is concerned, Owen’s problem isn’t with him or D-X, his problem is with Vince McMahon. It was Vince who told Owen he could sit at home and rot, that there was no chance he’s be allowed out of his contract with the WWF, and since Owen’s issue isn’t with them, he has no business getting involved like he did last night. Owen tried but failed to cost Michaels the WWF Championship, but the champion is a self-described caring, compassionate man, capable of showing sympathy and forgiveness. ”So Owen, I’m willin’ to chalk all this up to the fact that you ain’t thinkin’ all that straight. I guess the stress of watchin’ you family be embarrassed and humiliated infront of the world might be gettin’ to ya’…”, so Michaels is willing to let last night slide. He’ll give Owen a pass… but it better never happen again. Owen got involved in D-X business last night, but if it happens again, if Owen stick his nose where it’s not wanted ”…then I’ll send your ass down south with the rest of your pathetic family!” Michaels has already kicked Bret Hart, Jim Neidhart and British Bulldog out of the WWF, and if Owen is that desperate to follow them, then D-X can make it happen.

    Even though Vince McMahon refuses to let Owen leave, D-Generation X doesn’t answer to anybody, so they’re more than happy to help Owen head down south. And Michaels claims that deep down inside, Owen knows he wants to go be with his family as he knows he can’t survive in the WWF by himself. Owen is the baby of the Hart family, he’s always been in his big brother Bret’s shadow, he’s never stepped out of that shadow, he never proved himself as a man, and that’s because he’s scared, he knows he can’t do it on his own. ”And that’s ‘cause you Owen… you’re nothin’ but a coward…”, with Michaels saying that Owen has proven this by sneaking in through the crowd to attack Vince McMahon from behind last week and doing the same to him last night. If Owen thinks sneaking through the fans is the way to get a WWF Title shot, he’s sorely mistaken. ”I’ll gladly give you an ass kickin’, but if it’s a title shot ya’ want… I’m not wastin’ any more of my time with the Hart family…”, although Triple H says that it might be fun for D-X to bury The Hart Foundation once and for all, just like they buried The Undertaker last night.

    And now Michaels wants to talk about the upcoming pay per view, the Royal Rumble. As the WWF Champion, Michaels already knows he’s going to WrestleMania XIV to defend his WWF Title. And in just six weeks’ time, 30 WWF superstars get the chance to compete to join Michaels in the main event. But Michaels has a warning for the WWF, especially for anyone who has any dreams of winning the Rumble, going to WrestleMania and becoming WWF Champion. For any of that to happen, that person is going to have to get in the ring with ‘The Icon’, ‘The Main Event’, ‘The Showstopper’, and that means they’ll have to mess with D-X. ”And if last night proved anythin’, it’s that when ya’ mess with D-Generation X… ya’ get burned!”, with more smirks from Michaels and Helmsley for the reference to Kane. They’re D-X, they always come out on top, they’re always one step ahead, and that means Michaels is going into the Royal Rumble the WWF Champion, he’s going into WrestleMania as the WWF Champion… and that’s how he’s going to leave it. ”We are D-Generation X, we make the rules around here. And if you ain’t down with that… we got two words for ya’…”, with the crowd finishing off the catch phrase as tonight’s opening segment comes to an end. Cole admits he finds it hard to argue with them, everything they’ve said, every warning they’ve given has come true, while J.R. calls it yet another display of arrogance from the WWF Champion, but he’s sure that Michaels hasn’t heard the last of Owen Hart.

    Our commentary team now start to run through the card for tonight, telling us that The New Age Outlaws are in action against The Godwinns, Jim Cornette will debut his latest client tonight, while the match discussed a few seconds ago has been signed, Shawn Michaels will take on Vader in a non-title match, a match J.R. can’t wait to see given what Vader did to Helmsley’s ribs last night. We then cut to the parking lot, where just entering the arena is ’Stone Cold’ Steve Austin, the Intercontinental Champion carrying his bag on one shoulder and his title on the other, and after retaining that title last night against Jeff Jarrett, what is next for ‘The Texas Rattlesnake’?

    *Commercial*

    We’re back at the interview set with Dok Hendrix ready to speak with Ken Shamrock. Hendrix congratulates Shamrock on his performance against Faarooq last night, where despite the numbers being heavily in Faarooq’s favour, Shamrock overcame them and scored a decisive win over the leader of The Nation. But now that he’s finished with The Nation, Hendrix wants to know what’s next for Shamrock. After a quick thanks for the congratulations, Shamrock admits now that he’s ended things with The Nation, Shamrock is an ambitious man and he’s looking to win his first ever title here in the WWF. ”I got my eyes set on winnin’ some gold… and I got my eyes set on one man and one title… the Intercontinental Title… and ‘Stone Cold’ Steve Austin.”, a comment which draws a surprised reaction from inside the arena. Shamrock heard what Vince McMahon had to say last week about Austin not being the kind of man he wants as Intercontinental Champion, and while he’s never going to offer to do McMahon’s bidding, he’d love to face Austin one on one in a fair fight, as he knows he could make Austin tap out to become the new Intercontinental Champion. ”So Steve, if you’re lookin’ for a fight, if you’re lookin’ for a challenge, then you look-“, but before Shamrock can finish, he’s interrupted… by The Nation of Domination!

    ”Whoa, whoa, whoa, hold on there jabroni…” says The Rock who leads D’Lo Brown, Kama Mustafaand a very annoyed looking Faarooqinto the frame. If Shamrock thinks that he’s done with The Nation, The Rock is here to tell him he’s mistaken. Rock repeats that he wanted to face Shamrock at In Your House only for Faarooq to decide he was taking the match instead. But just like he said, Shamrock beat Faarooq easily, a comment which draws a glare from Faarooq. Shamrock may have beaten Faarooq, Kama and D’Lo one on one, but he’s yet to go one on one with Rock. ”So you ain’t done with The Nation yet boy, ‘cause The Rock is layin’ the challenge down, next week, you one on one with The Rock!”… although clearly Faarooq never got the memo on that as he angrily steps forward and confronts Rock, arguing that Rocky never told him or asked him about making the challenge. Rock dismisses and ignores Faarooq, instead focusing on Shamrock, asking him again if he’ll accept the challenge for a match next week… and of course, Shamrock says yes. But this is the last time, the last match he’ll have with a member of The Nation, as ”…once I’ve made your ass tap out… I’m gonna become Intercontinental Champion…”, a comment which draws a smirk from The Rock, before he turns and calls for The Nation to follow him away. Kama and D’Lo quickly do so, but Faarooq lingers, looking frustrated, but he too eventually makes his exit, leaving the camera to focus on an intense Shamrock before we head back into the arena.

    And out comes The New Age Outlaws, with Road Dogg on the mic while Billy Gunn shakes his ass to the crowd. Standard stuff from Road Dogg, who brags about the fact that The Outlaws are still the tag team champions, although J.R. feels this is totally classless given the fact they lost the match by countout after they ran away from The New Blackjacks. Their opponents are The Godwinns, with Cole pointing out that Henry O. Godwinn and Phineas I. Godwinn were teammates with The Outlaws back at Survivor Series, but no doubt they want to earn a victory tonight to join teams like The New Blackjacks and The Legion of Doom with legit claims at receiving a title shot.

    Match One: Non-Title Tag Team Match
    World Tag Team Champions The New Age Outlaws vs. The Godwinns


    Gunn and Henry get this one started, with the opening moments being nothing short of a brawl as both men trade right hands, until Henry reverses a clothesline and bowls Gunn over with a shoulderblock. The Godwinns exchange a few quick tags, nailing Gunn with impact moves like clotheslines and hard Irish whips to the corners, but Road Dogg manages to sneak a tag in to Road Dogg, who smacks Phineas from behind with a forearm to the back of the head. Phineas is dragged to his feet so Road Dogg can land three left jabs, then a big right puts him back down, before coming off the ropes for a little shake, rattle and roll. Gunn tags back in and lands an elbow drop for a near fall, before he shoves Phineas into The Outlaws’ corner, hammering him with stiff right hands and boots… and then all of a sudden, a roar breaks out from the crowd… as The New Blackjacks are sprinting down the ramp! ’Blackjack’ Bradshaw and ’Blackjack’ Windham both slide into the ring… and they star unloading on both teams! Gunn eats a right hand, Phineas takes a boot to the gut, The Blackjacks are hitting everyone and everything, and the ref has no option but to through the match out!

    Winner: No Contest @ 02:48

    Bradshaw and Windham are cleaning house, smacking anyone who moves, and now Bradshaw has The Godwinn’s slop bucket in his hand… and he CRACKS IT OFF ROAD DOGG’S SKULL! Windham clotheslines Henry over the top rope, then does the same to Phineas, before Bradshaw lines up Gunn… and NAILS HIM WITH THE BIG CLOTHESLINE!! What a statement The New Blackjacks have sent here, they’ve laid out the champions and shown what happens when they get their hands on them. Cole and Ross put over how impressive they look, while J.R. claims that the story between The Outlaws and The Blackjacks is far from over and another title match between the two can’t be far away.

    *Commercial*

    The parking lot is the location we return to, the light of the camera barely cutting through the darkness of this cold December night, but suddenly a pair of car headlights is seen approaching… that’s… that’s a hearse. ”Who on Earth could be drivin’ a hearse into the Portland Civic Center?” asks Cole, and when the car comes to a stop and the doors open, we get our answer… it’s Paul Bearer and Kane! Bearer and his monster are here, and they’ve just rocked up to the arena in a hearse! Bearer of course laughs and squeals “Yes! Yes!” as he and Bearer head inside, while the speculation is rampant from both commentators as to what exactly this all means… but we’ll need to wait to find out.

    As coming into the arena, still without entrance music, is Vince McMahon, being roundly booed by the crowd, although Vince continues to smile at nod to the fans, acting as if everything is fine. As seems to be the norm right now, Vince is accompanied by Pat Patterson and Gerald Brisco, who constantly scan the arena and look over their shoulders. In the ring, Vince is handed a mic by Tony Chimel and starts by hoping the fans all enjoyed the entertainment that was provided during last night’s pay per view, which draws a mostly positive response. Vince admits he also enjoyed the show, but there are a few things he took issue with, not just with last night, but with the last couple of weeks in the WWF in general. First of all, Vince wants to talk about what happened last week to Commissioner Slaughter. The attack on Slaughter by Kane was totally unacceptable, as are ”…all of the unprovoked attacks on WWF officials, myself included, in recent weeks…”, with the memories of ‘Stone Cold’ hitting the stunner on Vince drawing another cheer. Slaughter was an American hero, a legend of the WWF, a fair man, an honest man who took decisions that were in the best interest of the WWF fans, he didn’t deserve to be tombstoned onto the stage by Kane. Slaughter spent most of last week in a hospital back in Virginia, and although he’s home now recuperating from his injuries, Slaughter suffered serious injury and damage to his neck, and ”…I honestly have no idea when… or even if you’ll ever see Sgt. Slaughter back in a WWF ring…”, something Vince looks genuinely sorry to discuss.

    And of course, without our commissioner, who is in charge of running the WWF? ”Without Sgt. Slaughter, and without any other real candidates to step in as the commissioner… I, Vince McMahon, will take it upon myself to run the WWF on an interim basis…”, a decision which draws a mostly negative response from the fans. And as he’s in charge, Vince states he has to make his top priority the safety of every WWF superstar and fan. And in light of the brutality we saw between Dude Love and Terry Funk, ”…my first act… is to ban any and all forms of hardcore match here in the WWF…”, another unpopular announcement. Indeed, there will be no more hardcore matches, no more no disqualification matches, there will be ”…no more gratuitous violence in any WWF arena…”, with Vince hoping that by taking these steps, he can reduce the number of injuries that have happened recently. In the last week, the WWF has lost Sgt. Slaughter for the foreseeable future, Dude Love isn’t here tonight and is also out injured, while The Undertaker was literally buried alive last week and hasn’t been seen since. These types of incidents aren’t acceptable, this is supposed to be a family show from a respectable company, and Vince needs that reputation to be restored.

    With that in mind, Vince has a few things he wants to say to ‘Stone Cold’, especially given what happened between the two last week and the fact that Vince was in the arena to watch Austin’s match with Jeff Jarrett last night. Vince admits, reluctantly, that Austin is an incredible competitor who fully deserved his victory last night. ”But Mr. Austin, your language, your conduct, your choice of… hand gestures… that’s not acceptable. That’s not what I expect out of the Intercontinental Champion…”, with Vince pointing out that he wanted to see Austin’s match up close and personal last night to really see what kind of man ‘The Rattlesnake’ was. While Austin did a great job during the match, flipping the bird afterwards, drinking beer, that’s not the role model McMahon needs. After all, this is a family show, and the WWF needs it’s champions to be good ambassadors of the brand. Austin to this point has failed miserably to provide that, and that’s a worry for Vince. ”I think of some of the great Intercontinental Champions of the past… Pat Patterson, Don Muraco, Pedro Morales, men who fought with dignity and pride and carried that belt with respect…”, and that’s something Austin just fails to do.

    So there’s really only one course of action left for Vince to follow… and that’s to get the Intercontinental Title out of Austin’s hands as soon as possible. ”And that’s why Mr. Austin, that tonight, you will defend that Intercontinental Championship… against Terry Funk!”, an announcement which draws gasps and cheers from the crowd. McMahon admits that while Funk is another he has doubts over given the barbaric nature of his match with Dude Love last night, he does have a great wrestling legacy and has held many titles around the world, making him a suitable candidate to hold the Intercontinental Title. And with Austin’s situation dealt with, McMahon now turns his attentions to Owen Hart. Vince discusses how last week he was assaulted by Owen, who then did the same to Shawn Michaels last night. Vince makes it clear that in the past, he never had a problem with Owen. He always considered Owen to be a fine wrestler, maybe an even better wrestler than his brother Bret. But given what Bret did to the WWF with his outrageous contract demands, added to the fact that he refused to do the right thing before he left for WCW, Vince has ”…lost all trust and respect for the Hart family…”, but he was willing to give Owen a chance. For the month Owen refused to show up for work, Vince held him in breach of contract, but he was ”…willing to let bygones be bygones, I was willing to forgive you for your absence Owen and welcome you back into the WWF…”, but after coming through the crowd, attacking him, avoiding the security to attack Michaels last night, all of that has changed.

    ”Now Owen? Now, I don’t ever want to work with you again. You put your hands on me… and now you can sit at home and rot for all I care!”, with Vince promising Owen that he’ll make him sit at home and wait out his contract. Vince knows that Owen has never been able to step out of Bret’s shadow, he’s always been the follower in the Hart family, but Vince guarantees that Owen will never be allowed to follow Bret down to WCW. Owen should instead get used to sitting at home, enjoying the time with his family, as he is no longer welcomed in a WWF arena. Every show the WWF hold, security personal will be informed not to let Owen in, infact there are several undercover security agents posted around the arena tonight on the lookout for Owen and ”…I’ve told them that if any of them see you, if any of them spor you within fifty feet of this arena tonight, they are to take you down… using any means necessary. Whatever force it takes, whatever they have to do, I don’t care. Your days of running through the crowd, endangering fans and WWF superstars… are over.” And with that, Vince is satisfied that he’s gotten his message across, there is to be no more mention of Owen Hart, not from him, not from the fans, and especially not from Shawn Michaels and D-Generation X. ”As far as I’m concerned, Owen Hart will never be seen in a WWF arena again… and he should never be mentioned in a WWF arena again either. Thank you for your time, enjoy the rest of the show.”, and that’s how Vince ends it, handing the microphone back over to Chimel before he is escorted out of the ring and up the ramp by Patterson and Brisco. The whole time, Vince is constantly looking over his shoulder, but by the time he makes it to the top of the ramp, he’s satisfied that tonight he’s made it through an announcement safely, although J.R. is sure that we haven’t seen the last of Owen Hart… but we’ll just have to wait and see, won’t we?

    *Commercial*

    At the interview set, Kevin Kelly is standing by with Marc Mero and Sable, the sight of the blonde bombshell drawing a big cheer from inside the arena. Sable of course has that trademark smile of hers on her face, while Mero wears a scowl which only deepens when Kelly asks him for his thoughts on his defeat to Tazz last night. Mero of course is furious about how the match ended, putting the blame for his defeat entirely on Sable. ”You’re out there to help me. You’re out there to support me. If you hadn’t got up on that apron and started takin’ your clothes off, I’m winnin’ that match!” And that’s another point Mero wants to make, he can’t believe Sable got up on the apron and removed her tracksuit to reveal a skimpy bikini underneath. ”I was tryin’ to save you from-“ but Mero isn’t interested in Sable’s pleads, he blames her, she distracted him, and that’s the only reason Tazz won last night. But Mero informs us all that he’s asked for a rematch tonight against Tazz, and it’s been granted by Vince McMahon. ”And tonight in that rematch, Sable… you’re not allowed to be at ringside with me! You’re my property, and I’m tellin’ you to stay back here in the locker room, you understand me?”, a statement which Sable understands but can’t quite believe. Naturally Sable protests, but Mero cuts her off again, telling her that she does what he says, and he’s saying she’s to be nowhere near ringside tonight incase she distracts him again. Sable is distraught, almost close to tears, but Mero isn’t interested, telling her to ”…save the damn tears and let’s go…” as he grabs her by the wrist and the two walk off the set, leaving Kelly stunned and only able to shake his head as we cut away.

    Back into the arena, and Flash Funk is already in the ring, as is Jim Cornette. As he promised us last week, Cornette is making his return to the management game, and he wants to introduce us all to his latest client. Previously Cornette has longed for a return to the traditional values of wrestling, when men were real men and the sport of professional wrestling was in far better shape than it is right now. Cornette feels wrestling is at an all-time low right now, stating ”…in the WWF, we’ve got a adolescent idiot runnin’ around as our champion. WCW? The nWo? Nothin’ but a bunch o’ geriatrics tryin’ to hang on to careers that shoulda ended years ago! And don’t even get me started on the embarrassment that is ECW!” Simply put, professional wrestling sucks, it’s so bad we don’t even call it wrestling anymore, we have to call it ‘sports entertainment’, a sentiment which makes Cornette sick. But all of that changes tonight. Tonight, Cornette is going to introduce us all to a man who knows exactly what it means to be a real wrestler, a man who respects the traditions of this business, a man who doesn’t need flashy gimmicks of sophomoric nonsense to get to the top. ”I’ve managed more wrestlers than I can count, I’ve managed champions more times than Eric Bischoff’s died ‘is hair! Ladies and gentlemen, allow me to introduce to you, the future of the WWF, the only real, true professional wrestler this company has… fightin’ outta Calgary, Alberta, Canada… I give to you… Lance Storm! Not a massive reaction as a rather plain looking man with a square jaw and an even squarer haircut emerges into the arena, wearing solid red tights and boots. Ross admits that he doesn’t know much about Storm other than he is known from ECW as a great technical wrestler, a real submission specialist, with Cole pointing out that in the past Cornette has managed such superstars as Vader, Yokozuna, British Bulldog and Owen Hart, all of them champions in some form, which could mean this newcomer rises through the ranks very quickly.

    Match Two:
    Flash Funk
    vs. Lance Storm w/ Jim Cornette


    Straight from the bell, Storm shows the great technician Cornette has promoted him as, tying up, working into a wristlock, then a headlock takedown which Storm floats over into a grounded waistlock. Funk tries to work back to his feet, but Storm goes for a single leg takedown, then a magistral for the first pinfall of the match. Funk gets some separation and heads for the ropes, but on subsequent tie ups, Storm continues to get the upperhand, landing a bridging German suplex and a dropkick, but for further two counts. Funk is clearly frustrated, but he finally manages to mount some offence, catching Storm with a stiff right hand then a running crossbody. Funk heads to the outside, looking for a springboard splash… but Storm gets both knees up, driving them into the midsection. Storm now looks to target Funk’s knee, aiming stomps to it, driving his own knee into it, before he tries to soften the knee up with an Indian deathlock. Funk fights through the pain, hanging in there, but he looks like he’s fading from the pain, so the referee has to ask the question… but Flash refuses to quit, the crowd rallying behind him as he manages to break the hold and battle back to his feet. Funk lands a pair of right hands, but when he sends Storm off the ropes… Storm nails a running spinning heel kick! Funk is down, and now Storm grabs a foot, steps, twists… into a single-leg Boston crab, or as J.R. calls it, the CALGARY CRAB! Storm sits into the hold, Flash is trapped in the middle of the ring… and eventually, he has no option but to tap out!

    Winner: Via submission, Lance Storm @ 04:18

    A very composed display from Storm, the newcomer picking up the submission win to cap off an impressive WWF debut. Cornette is straight into the ring to raise his client’s hand, while on commentary J.R. describes it as ”…nothin’ fancy, nothin’ flashy, but nonetheless, very effective and impressive…”, a view Cole agrees with. As Cornette parades Storm to the crowd, we quickly cut backstage… to see D-Generation X walking through the backstage area, as the match between Shawn Michaels and Vader is coming up when we return and enter the Warzone… but then we randomly cut elsewhere… to the outside of the arena? And we see a group of security personnel… laid out on the ground!? WWF backstage workers scurry around them, checking if everyone is alright as they various security members groan in pain, but it’s a very curious sight, and of course it leads to J.R. asking ”What on Earth is happenin’ here? Somebody has assaulted a group of the security personnel that Vince McMahon had surrounding the arena… but who!?”, and that’s the big hook that is going to lead us into hour two.

    *Commercial*

    Hour two kicks off with another opening video and fireworks display, and Cole has been replaced by Jerry ‘The King’ Lawler, with both discussing what we’ve already seen tonight, The New Blackjacks attacking The New Age Outlaws, the debut of Lance Storm and Vince McMahon’s announcement that there will be no more Hardcore Matches in the WWF as long as he’s calling the shots. The pair also hype what’s still to come, Tazz and Marc Mero in a rematch from last night where Mero has ordered Sable to stay backstage, Bart Gunn takes on Goldust and ‘Stone Cold’ Steve Austin defends the Intercontinental Title against Terry Funk. But what about those security officers we saw laid out before the commercial? Lawler gets straight to the point, he blames Owen Hart, he’s convinced that means Owen has found a way inside the arena tonight, while J.R. refuses to speculate, although he does admit that if Hart has made it inside, it could cause chaos. Here comes D-Generation X, with Shawn Michaels leading the troops into the arena, with Triple H hobbling slightly behind him while Chyna again has both titles over her broad shoulders. Lawler calls last night a great performance from Michaels, showing exactly the resilience the champion has as he overcame The Undertaker, but J.R. instead feels that Michaels is the luckiest champion in WWF history to have managed to avoid being buried six feet under last night. It’s time for Vader who works up the crowd as he heads down the ramp, while J.R. puts over how dominant ‘The Mastodon’ looked against Triple H last night only for Chyna to save the title for Helmsley. Lawler though feels Vader’s post-match attack of Helmsley was a joke, and that Michaels is going to extract a measure of revenge right here tonight.

    Match 3: Non-Title Match
    WWF Champion Shawn Michaels w/ Triple H and Chyna vs. Vader


    Michaels looks to use his speed early on to keep Vader off balance, avoiding clotheslines with baseball slides and leapfrogs, but when Michaels scores clotheslines of his own, they have little effect… and eventually Vader clobbers the champion with a bodyblock! Vader looks to soften Michaels up, pummelling him with shots to the body and side of the head, before he takes Michaels up… then crashing down with a press slam. Vader sends Michaels off the ropes, but he lowers his head… Michaels goes for a sunset flip… but Vader hangs on… and drops his mass onto Michaels’ chest with a sitout for an early near fall. Elbowdrops and a big splash lead to another two count, before Vader goes for an Irish whip to the corner… and follows in with an avalanche… but Michaels avoids it… and Vader eats the corner! Michaels finally lands some offence, smacking right hands, smashing Vader’s face into the turnbuckle, before he goes for an Irish whip… Chyna reaches up, low bridges… and Vader tumbles to the floor! And of course, Michaels distracts the referee, allowing Triple H and Chyna to lay in with stomps to the body, before they hurl Vader into the ringpost and roll him back into the ring. Michaels takes over, dropping more stomps to the body, getting a near fall from a flying forearm, before he heads to the top rope… and connects with the flying elbow drop for a long two count. Michaels then looks to wear Vader down with a seated chinlock, but Vader rallies, struggles back to his feet… and a side suplex breaks the hold! Vader now goes on the attack, landing more of those big forearms to the head, before he goes for an Irish whip… and sends Michaels flying with a back body drop! Michaels tumbles into the corner… Vader hits the corner splash! Here’s the cover… but Michaels survives again. Sensing a chance to put the champion away, Vader uses a scoop slam to put Michaels in position… then he climbs to the second rope… and flies… VADERBOMB… NO! Michaels rolls through… and Vader crashes to the canvas! Quickly Michaels is back on his feet, and Vader staggers back up… SWEET CHIN MUSIC! Michaels gets all of it, hooks the leg… 1… 2… 3!

    Winner: Shawn Michaels @ 07:26

    Another win for Michaels who puts Vader away despite a gutsy performance from the big guy. As soon as the bell ring, Helmsley slides into the ring and starts laying in with the boots, while Chyna helps Michaels back to his feet. Michaels then joins Trips in the assault, both men hammering Vader with stomps before Helmsley drops down to lay in with right hands. Michaels is handed a spray paint can, while Helmsley sets Vader up… for a PEDIGREE! Vader is planted in the centre of the ring, and that allows plenty of time for them to roll him over, and Michaels starts to tag him with the paint, writing “FAT” in bright green letters across Vader’s back before he draws a target across Vader’s backside. Michaels then starts directing traffic, telling Helmsley and Chyna to head outside and grab a table from under the ring, and the pair lift the apron and start rummaging… and then suddenly there’s a roar from the crowd… as Owen Hart has came through the crowd… and he tackles Michaels to the canvas! For the second night in a row, Owen Hart came through the crowd to attack Shawn Michaels! Helmsley and Chyna don’t realise it at first, allowing Hart to lay in with a flurry of wild rights and lefts, until finally the pair slide into the ring to try and rescue the champion, but Owen sees them coming, slides back out and jumps the barricade. Helmsley and Chyna are stunned, the crowd are going wild, and now here comes a posse of security personnel to chase Owen out of the arena. Lawler is going nuts, demanding Owen be arrested, while J.R. is loving it, pointing out that for the second time in 24 hours, Owen Hart has found a way past Vince McMahon’s hired goons to assault the WWF Champion, and it’s on the sight of the fallen Michaels that we head to another commercial.

    *Commercial*

    And when we return we’re still with Michaels and D-X, back in their dressing room, where a furious Michaels is tearing up the joint, smashing chairs against the wall, shoving over a table, generally wrecking and taking his anger out on anything he can lay his hands on. Helmsley of course tries to calm Michaels down, but nothing is working, until finally Michaels runs out of things to throw around. Breathing heavily and with anger in his eyes, Michaels screams ”I want Hart next week! I don’t give a damn what McMahon says, I want Owen Hart next week!”, a statement that takes Helmsley and Chyna aback, but it’s one that the champion clearly means… but will it happen? We’ll need to wait to find out.

    As we’re going back into the arena, where the lights go out, and then the arena is bathed in red… here comes Kane and Paul Bearer! The crowd are hushed in awe of the monster that is headed for the ring, while J.R. calls Bearer ”…a vile human being…” for orchestrating the arrival of Kane into the WWF and his burial of The Undertaker last night. Lawler wants to know why Bearer and Kane arrived at the arena tonight in a hearse, wondering what that could mean while both speculate that after last night, we may never see The Undertaker again. In the ring, with the arena still in a red glow, Bearer is handed a microphone, and he can’t help but smugly say he told us all this was going to happen. ”We warned you. We warned all of you!...” that if Kane’s demands of a match with his brother weren’t met, then they would have to take matters into their own hands, and that’s exactly what happened last night. For months Kane and Bearer asked for the match, but when they were continually refused, they had no other choice but to seek vengeance against the WWF. The attack of Sgt. Slaughter was due to his stubbornness, he had to suffer the consequences of his actions in refusing to grant Kane his wish. ”Sgt. Slaughter, it was your own fault. It was your fault that I unleashed my monster… my Kane on you. You will suffer… and so will the WWF!”, a chilling statement which Bearer follows up with a scream of yes.

    As for the hearse Kane and Bearer arrived at the arena in tonight, that was purely symbolic. The hearse, the carriage of death as Bearer describes it, is here tonight for one reason… to celebrate the death of The Undertaker’s WWF career. All along Bearer told us that Kane wanted revenge on his brother, he wanted to prove he was the dominant member of the family, and by burying The Undertaker alive last night, he proved that once and for all. All the years of pain Kane suffered, all the years of torture, mental and physically, it was all avenged last night as Kane finally buried his demons. ”You killed your parents Undertaker, and you let Kane take the blame. You set fire to that funeral parlour, and you let your baby brother take the fall for it. You left your brother for dead… and now he’s done the same to you.”, a sick smile on Bearer’s face as he says so. Tonight Undertaker, a funeral will be held in your name, a eulogy held in your honour to celebrate the demise of your career… and your soul. ”You once were ‘The Phenom’. You once led the creatures of the night. You once were the most dominant force in the WWF… but now you’re livin’ with the bugs and the worms. You’ve been replaced ‘Deadman’ by the new Phenom, the new all-powerful force…”, the brother who has buried him alive and rid him from the WWF forever.

    But even though The Undertaker is gone and never coming back, Kane isn’t done yet. He still has vengeance on his mind, he still has to make the WWF suffer. ”We will burn this company to the ground. We will see each and every last one of your WWF superstars perish… until there is only one. And that one… will be my monster, Kane!” Kane will continue to wreak havoc, he will continue his path of destruction, until that path of destruction has lead him to one place, one thing… the WWF Championship. Once Kane has destroyed everyone, the last step in their plan to dominate the WWF will be to hold the title. If the WWF is to truly pay for its sins, then Kane must work his way through the entire company until he reaches the very top. ”And that is why my Kane… my monster… is the first man entering the 1998 Royal Rumble!”, a comment which shocks everyone in the arena. Bearer knows the WWF fears Kane, and he includes Shawn Michaels in that. Michaels would never face him for the title, so Kane will have to earn his title shot. And where better to slam the final nail in the coffin of the WWF than on the grandest stage of them all, the main event of WrestleMania XIV. ”Judgment day is coming… and what a glorious day it will be…”, with Bearer proclaiming that on the night of WrestleMania, Kane will become the WWF Champion… and he will bring the company crashing down around him.

    But to get there, Kane has to win the Royal Rumble first. And with that in mind, Bearer has a message for any other superstars considering entering the Rumble. Nothing will stop Kane from fulfilling his prophecy, from bringing the WWF to its knees, which means he will throw 29 other men over the top rope. But why wait for the Rumble? Why wait to inflict pain on his rivals, why wait to unleash his fury on his competition? ”Each and every superstar who declares himself in the Royal Rumble… you will be the next victim. You will be the next to suffer at his hands!”, a chilling message intended to intimidate and warn off anyone with dreams of headlining WrestleMania next year. Anyone with plans to stand in Kane’s way should already know their fate, but incase they don’t, Bearer vows that ”…there is always space in the back of that hearse a body or two… and there are always graves that need to be filled…”, with potential Rumble entrants being warned that they could face a fate similar to that of The Undertaker last night. And wrapping things up, Bearer points out that when he brought Kane to the WWF, he vowed the destruction and demise of The Undertaker would take place, and just two months later, it has. His next vow? That his monster will win the Royal Rumble, go on to WrestleMania to become WWF Champion, and then… he’ll bring the WWF to its knees, he’ll burn it to the ground… and Bearer dears anyone to stand in their way. And with that, Kane sets off an explosion at all four corners of the ring, and he and Bearer start to make their exit. On commentary, J.R. and Lawler can’t believe what they’ve just heard, Kane is entering the Rumble and he wants to go to WrestleMania to become WWF Champion, with Lawler wondering ”Who the hell could eliminate Kane?!” as we head to commercial.

    *Commercial*

    We’re back, with Michael Cole and The Legion of Doom, both men looking as intense as ever, although neither ’Road Warrior’ Hawk or ’Road Warrior’ Hawk are dressed to compete tonight. Cole points out that since losing the tag titles two weeks ago, The Legion of Doom are yet to receive a rematch for the gold. Cole naturally wants to know if Hawk and Animal still have their sights set on The New Age Outlaws, which Animal naturally admits they do. The Outlaws are living out to their name recently, they stole the titles and now they do all they can to run and hide in order to keep them. But LoD aren’t finished with them, not by a long shot. So while right now The New Blackjacks are the team doing all the chasing, Hawk and Animal will be ready and waiting for their chance. Hawk now takes over, saying that they don’t mind giving the new guys a shot at the champions, but ”…it seems to me that the only team that’s gonna give those Outlaws the beatin’ they deserve is gonna be us. And when we do… oh, what a rush!”, which shows exactly how confident Hawk and Animal are of getting another shot at the gold and becoming the champions once again.

    Back into the arena and here comes Sunny, ready for ring announcer duties for another match. First of all she brings Tazz into the arena, with Lawler and Ross both agreeing that last night, Tazz looks very impressive in his WWF debut, especially his deadly Tazzmission hold. Out next Sunny welcomes ’Marvellous’ Marc Mero into the arena, and the lack of Sable means there’s nothing but jeers for the marvellous one. Ross again describes Mero’s actions towards Sable as deplorable, but of course Lawler ignores that, instead commenting on how disappointed he is that she isn’t out here, while also wondering ”Could we ever get Sable and Sunny in a match together?”, surely a dream many a man has had.

    Match Four:
    ‘Marvellous’ Marc Mero
    vs. Tazz


    In contrast to last night, there’s no arrogance from Mero, instead he does his best to avoid and frustrate Tazz, dodging his attacks, ducking into the ropes to cause breaks, generally slowing the match down… and it works as Mero is able to land the first three shots of the contest… only for Tazz to send him flying with a belly to belly! Tazz mounts some offence, nailing forearms to the face, boots to the midsection, before a release German suplex sends Mero bouncing under the bottom rope to the floor. Tazz heads outside, planting Mero with a scoop slam on the floor, before he goes for an Irish whip into the steps… but Mero reverses… and Tazz eats the steel! Back in the ring, Mero takes control, landing jabs and uppercuts, before he doubles Tazz over, comes off the ropes for a running kneelift that gets a near fall. A Samoan drop gets Mero another near fall, before he plants Tazz with a snap DDT for an even longer two count. Mero thinks he has the match won as he drags Tazz up, hoists him onto his shoulders… looking for the TKO… NO! Tazz lands on his feet… overhead belly to belly! Tazz goes on the attack, smacking forearms, landing back elbows, before a northern lights suplex gets him a long two count. Now it’s Tazz who thinks he has the match won, waiting for Mero to stagger back to his feet… and he makes his move… TAZZMISSION! Tazz slaps on the deadly Tazzmission submission, Mero desperately tries to fight it… and then out of sheer desperation, he flicks his heel back… LOW BLOW! A blatant low blow from Mero cripples Tazz, and the referee has no choice but to call for the DQ.

    Winner: Via disqualification, Tazz @ 05:47

    A blatant disqualification by Mero, saving himself from the submission but giving the win to Tazz. Mero coughs and splutters, but he quickly shakes it off and starts laying in with boots to Tazz. Mero then mounts Tazz to start hammering him with stiff shots to the face, before he drags Tazz to his feet… to hit the TKO! A vicious assault by Mero, he’s just laid out Tazz, but the cheap nature of the attack is derided by J.R., who can’t believe Mero has the nerve to celebrate in the ring. Mero quickly makes his exit and heads for the ramp, but the camera stays focused on Tazz inside the ring, and this one is clearly far from over as we head to a commercial.

    *Commercial*

    We return to a brief video hyping the upcoming WWF pay per view, the 1998 Royal Rumble, with the voiceover encouraging everyone to buy the event on Sunday January 18th.

    Over to Kevin Kelly, who is standing by with the Intercontinental Champion ’Stone Cold’ Steve Austin, the sight of Austin drawing a massive pop from inside the arena. Kelly wants to know Austin’s thoughts on what we’ve heard tonight, Vince McMahon wants the Intercontinental Title away from him and has put him in a match tonight with Terry Funk, Ken Shamrock has said he wants a shot at Austin, and of course there’s the fact that Austin beat Jeff Jarrett last night… only for Austin to grab the mic and shove Kelly out of the frame! If Austin’s thoughts that you want, that’s what you’re going to get. ”’Stone Cold’ thinks Vince McMahon is nothin’ but a stupid bastard…”, and no matter what he tries, McMahon isn’t going to take the Intercontinental Title away from him. As for Terry Funk, Austin thinks he’s a crazy son of a bitch, but even he isn’t crazy to try and take the title away from him. And what Austin doesn’t understand is why McMahon would want to take the title off of Austin and put it on Funk. After all, Funk isn’t all that different from Austin, they’re both from Texas, they both like drinking beer, and deep down, they both hate Vince McMahon. ”To me, that don’t mean y’er lookin’ for a classier Intercontinental Champion, y’er just lookin’ for a sorry sunnova bitch to do y’er dirty work for ya’!”

    As for last night and Jeff Jarrett, Austin admits that Jarrett finally showed some guts and stepped into the ring with him, but like he said all along, it was never going to be enough. ”I whipped y’er ass last night son, and any time ya’ wanna step in the ring with ol’ ‘Stone Cold’, I’ll whip it all over again!” And then there’s Ken Shamrock. Austin thinks Shamrock is a hell of a competitor, a real tough son of a bitch. But there’s nobody tougher in the WWF than Austin, so if Shamrock wants a match with him for the Intercontinental Title, he can have it. Austin might be busy tonight, and Shamrock might be bust next week with The Rock, but as soon as the two of them are free, he’ll get his title shot. ”But lemme tell ya’ somethin’ son, as much as ‘Stone Cold’ think y’er a helluva fighter, I’ll whip your ass just like I did Jarrett’s and just like I’m gonna do ta’ Terry Funk…” Make no mistake, it doesn’t matter who Vince throws at Austin, or who steps up to challenge him, Austin will take on all of them, anytime, anyplace. ”And that’s tha’ bottom line… ‘cause ‘Stone Cold’ said so!”, with Austin tossing the mic to the ground and walking off camera, bringing the interview to an end.

    Another match, and this time it’s the duo of Bart Gunn and Steve Blackman enter the arena. Even though it’s only Gunn who is competing in singles action tonight, J.R. comments on how impressive they looked as a tag team last night against Los Boricuas, especially Gunn and his trademark left hand. Out next is Goldust, who is of course wheeled down to the ring by his ’Nurse’ in the wheelchair, until he gets to the bottom of the ramp, rises up and walks up the steps into the ring. Lawler admits that he doesn’t understand Goldust, why he’s in the wheelchair or why he even has a nurse with him, while J.R. wonders what kind of man Goldust is after the way he rejected the emotional advances from his wife Marlena last week.

    Match Five:
    Bart Gunn w/ Steve Blackman vs. Goldust w/ ‘Nurse’


    Gunn starts this one in a hurry, taking the fight to Goldust with stiff lefts and rights to the face and body, before he rocks Goldust with a suplex. Gunn continues to attack, rocking Goldust with a clothesline that sends him tumbling to the floor. Goldust instantly crawls towards his ‘Nurse’, seeking refuge with her, with Gunn being patient, waiting in the ring for Goldust to return. Goldust slides back in, and a thumb to the eye lets Goldust briefly take control, nailing a string of right hands, countering a back body drop with a right hand, then he hits a running bulldog for a near fall. Goldust looks to shoot Gunn off the ropes… only for Bart to duck his clothesline… and connect with a flying clothesline! Gunn looks to build momentum, coming off the ropes… but the ‘Nurse’ reaches in and grabs him by the foot! Gunn has to put on the breaks… and the distraction allows Goldust to nail the CURTAIN CALL! Blackman races around to confront ‘Nurse’… and then the crowd reacts… as Marlena is coming down the ramp! Marlena gets in the face of the ‘Nurse’… and that distraction causes Goldust to approach the ropes… trying to stop Marlena and ‘Nurse’ arguing with each other… and then Marlena nails a slap to the face! Out of instinct, Blackman steps in to stop a catfight breaking out… while in the ring, Goldust turns… right into the KNOCKOUT LEFT HAND!! Gunn connects with his deadly weapon… and Goldust is out, the referee is calling for the bell!

    Winner: Via knockout, Bart Gunn @ 03:51

    Gunn knocks Goldust out, but the distraction from Marlena played a big part in it. Marlena heads back up the ramp, not even bothering to turn and look back at the ring, and as Gunn and Blackman make their exit and celebrate with the fans, J.R. and Lawler both ask the question ”Who’s behind the mask? Who exactly is this ‘Nurse’… and what’s the hold she has over Goldust?”

    *Commercial*

    Straight back into the arena, where the glass shatters and here comes ’Stone Cold’ Steve Austin, the Intercontinental Champion striding to the ring with a purpose. It was a great performance from Austin to retain the title last, and J.R. is sure it will take another one from Austin here to retain the title once more. Out comes Terry Funk next, with Ross reluctantly admitting that Funk did the unthinkable last night, he pushed Dude Love far beyond the limits anyone thought possible in that barbaric Hardcore Match last night. Lawler wonders if Funk can be as successful in a regular match, but he’s sure that even if Funk can’t wrestle the title away from Austin, he’ll sure as hell make him pay for disrespecting Vince McMahon.

    Main Event: Intercontinental Title Match
    Intercontinental Champion ’Stone Cold’ Steve Austin vs. Terry Funk


    The bell rings, and there’s a roar from the crowd as this one carries a certain tension in the air with it. Both men start to circle the ring, until they move in for a tie up… but Austin avoids it… and hammers Funk with a stiff clothesline! Stomps force Funk to the corner, where Austin lays in with rights, then with more stomps, forcing Funk down to the canvas. Austin yanks Funk up and uploads with chops, stinging the chest, before he shoots Funk off the ropes… big back body drop! Funk rolls from the ring to the floor, but Austin follows him out, landing more chops against the barricade, before he drags Funk towards the announce desk… and hurls him across it! Austin then dives onto Funk, throwing wild right hands, the ref showing a great amount of leniency before the match finally gets back into the ring. Austin continues to attack in the corner, then he goes for an Irish whip… Funk reverses… but Austin explodes from the corner with a clothesline! More clotheslines and a scoop slam earn Austin a near fall, before he wrenches on a side headlock, only for Funk to shoot Austin off the ropes… and then a back body drop sends Austin back outside! This time it’s Funk who does damage on the floor, hitting a scoop slam at the foot of the ramp, before he sends Austin crashing into the steel steps. Back in the ring, Funk starts to target Austin’s neck, dropping knees and elbows across it, aiming stomps down on it, before he uses his boot to choke Austin against the bottom turnbuckle. As Funk is choking Austin, a sudden roar breaks out from the crowd, as out onto the stage steps Ken Shamrock, taking everyone by surprise, although no doubt he’s out here to get a view of who becomes Intercontinental Champion.

    Funk stays in control, using a blatant chokehold, before he drags Austin up for a neckbreaker that gets him a near fall. Funk continues to attack the neck, hitting a vertical suplex and a DDT, both for long two counts, before Funk plants Austin with a scoop slam then heads to the top rope… looking for the moonsault… no! Austin rolls… and Funk crashes to the canvas! Austin has a chance to attack now, landing right hands, before he goes for the Irish whip… Funk reverses… Lou Thesz press! Austin hammers Funk with right hands, before he comes off the ropes… elbow finds the mark, and it gets Austin a near fall. Austin lands more stomps, before he yanks Funk up and goes for another Irish whip… again Funk reverses… and this time he catches Austin in a sleeper! Funk locks on the sleeper hold, Austin scratches and claws for the ropes, but he’s stuck in the centre of the ring… until he hits a jawbreaker to break the hold! Austin then grabs Funk by the ankles… and drills a boot to the groin! In pain, Funk crawls for the ropes, and here comes Austin… driving Funk’s throat across the second rope! ‘The Rattlesnake’ is rolling, and he waits for Funk to stagger back to his feet… goes for the STUNNER… NO! Funk shoves Austin away… then hits a kick to the gut, synchs Austin in… going for the PILEDRIVER… Austin counters with a back body drop! Austin lands right hands, then he shoots Funk off the ropes… kick… STUNNER! This time Austin connects, hooks the leg… 1… 2… 3!

    Winner: And STILL Intercontinental Champion, ‘Stone Cold’ Steve Austin @ 09:38

    Another great performance from ‘The Texas Rattlesnake’ as he overcomes Vince McMahon’s handpicked challenger to retain his title. Austin is quickly back on his feet, stumbling against the ropes as he sells Funk’s attack, but he soon has the belt in his hands and celebrates his victory. Austin heads for the ropes closest to the ramp, leaning against them, his eyes locking with Shamrock’s, the two sharing an intense staredown with each other. Austin of course starts to talk some trash, but Shamrock simply shows the champion his respect by nodding his head and then heading backstage. Austin nods himself, before he raises his hands in the air… but wait, through the crowd and sneaking up from behind… JEFF JARRETT NAILS AUSTIN WITH THE GUITAR!! What the…? Jarrett, he came through the crowd, and he’s just laid out ‘Stone Cold’! The crowd can’t believe it, the commentators are stunned, Jeff Jarrett has came out of nowhere to strike against ‘The Rattlesnake’! ”Bah Gawd, Jeff Jarrett… he’s just assaulted Austin! He’s just assaulted the Intercontinental Champion! There’s gonna be hell to pay next week for ‘Double J’ on Monday Night Raw!”, and it’s on the sight of Jarrett standing over the fallen Austin that this week’s show comes to an end.


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    You have D-X down perfectly. Seriously, every aspect of that opening promo was exactly what I'd expect from them. Cocky yet childish, but not overly so in either direction. My only issue is I don't see how Owen gets his pay off. Had he not attacked Vince, it would be an easy ride for D-X to try and screw him over while he over comes the odds to win the Rumble and face Michaels at Wrestlemania. But, since he did attack Vince, it's hard to buy him being allowed to even enter the Rumble match. Short of costing Michaels the title, I'm not really sure what he can do which is a great way to have a big feud. I have no idea how Owen is going to get his pay off but want to find out.

    With Undertaker being buried alive, I'm guessing he doesn't face Michaels at the Rumble in a casket match..... which ended Michaels career. Does this mean the injury never happens and Michaels continues to wrestle during what was some of his best years? How does this effect the rise of Austin? Huge turning point coming up soon.

    It's so odd seeing the Blackjacks getting a push. WWF seemed to give up on them very quickly so it's nice to see them being given a fair shot. Hopefully they can get something from it even if I don't expect them to actually win the titles. Tag division is a little weak so strong contenders are needed like this.

    With the wording of Vince's statement, it's very hard to see Sarge coming back as Commissioner. He was great opposite D-X but otherwise this is a good call. His gimmick is well past it's use by date at this point in time. Vince is an excellent choice to assume his duties even if it's a little early.

    Storm is an interesting choice for Cornette, especially considering he has primarily worked ECW at this stage, something Cornette is obviously against. Saying that, Storm did work for Cornette in SMW before ECW so hopefully that comes up at some stage too. Should be a nice mid card thing but it's going to be a while before I could buy Storm against the current crop of IC title contenders. Maybe EU title in a couple of months depending on how often Triple H defends it.

    I really wish Vader got more than he is being given here. Guy was criminally under used and should have been much bigger than WWF were willing to let him be. Hopefully a good showing in the Rumble.

    The who can eliminate X thing is really over done in WWE these days but back in 1998 Kane is perfect for the role. Paul Bearer was on fire in his promo too. If I was on the roster, I wouldn't be making my Rumble entry public any time soon.

    I have to admit, I'm a little surprised Rock didn't have the Nation attack Shamrock while he was watching the main event. Seemed like he would be an easy target to soften him up for next week. Other than that, I'm really happy that Jarrett isn't just being forgotten about. The IC division is stacked so he could have easily been pushed to the side but he definitely has a lot to offer. Will be interesting to see if Austin is defending at the Rumble, or if he is in the Rumble match itself, or even doing double duty. He has a lot of people gunning for him right now making it the must see division for me.

    Great show with some nice teases of potential match ups for either the Rumble or Wrestlemania.
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    Glad to see you back booking, iMac! You're too good at this to let that talent to go waste, and I'm glad you're picking this project back up again. Been going back and watching 1997 Raws whenever I get a chance, and for me, that year was the best booked year in WWF/WWE. I'm fascinated as to how you'll get to WrestleMania, as Austin vs Michaels and especially Taker vs Kane feel like they have to happen. I like Kane being in the Rumble, and I suspect/expect he'll dominate a big portion of the match & maybe even get the record he set irl three years early.

    Enjoying the booking of Owen too, and the progression of the Mr. McMahon character.

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    Shotgun Saturday Night
    December 13th, 1997
    Portland Civic Center
    Portland, Maine


    We’re back for another episode of Shotgun Saturday Night, and as usual Michael Cole and Jerry ‘The King’ Lawler are ready to handle the commentary. Both men open the show discussing the events of Raw last Monday night, in particular Owen Hart coming through the crowd to attack Shawn Michaels, and the shocking conclusion to the show where Jeff Jarrett crushed his guitar over Steve Austin’s head after Austin’s defence of the Intercontinental Title against Terry Funk.

    We kick off the in-ring action with The Legion of Doom taking on The Can-Am Express, a match pitting two very experienced tag teams against each other. Furnas and LaFon control Hawk for a period of the match, but once Hawk makes that tag to Animal, the powerhouse takes over, and pretty soon Hawk and Animal combine to nail the doomsday device on Furnas to pick up the win after just 04:16.

    We then cut to the WWF studios in Stamford, Conneticut where Doc Hendrix is standing by to give us an update on the 1998 Royal Rumble. Hendrix discusses the shocking announcement from Paul Bearer regarding Kane and how Kane wants to win the Royal Rumble to then go on to WrestleMania to become WWF Champion. He also reminds us that Bearer stated he would continue to unleash Kane on the WWF, especially those superstars who enter the Rumble. With that in mind, Hendrix gives us an update on some more names who have announce they will be entering the Rumble this year, the list including Steve Blackman, Bart Gunn and Terry Funk. Hendrix says that he’s sure further names will be revealed over the coming weeks… but he can’t help but wonder what Kane could have in store for those brave enough, or maybe stupid enough, to state they’re taking part.

    Tonight’s second match sees Mark Henry face off against Salvatore Sincere, in Henry’s fourth match since returning from injury. Sincere shows a lot of fear early on, understandable given the dominance Henry has shown these last few weeks, and even though he manages to score a few lucky shots early on, Henry soon takes over, unleashing his arsenal of power moves before the big splash puts Sincere away at the 02:51 mark.

    Kevin Kelly then conducts an interview with Tazz, who of course wants to talk about the low blow he suffered at the hands of Marc Mero on Raw. Tazz states that he came to the WWF looking for a fight, to make a name for himself, but all he’s gotten so far is Mero talking trash and hiding behind his woman. Mero might think he’s some kind of tough guy with his boxing background, but that doesn’t impress Tazz, neither does landing low blows. So Tazz wants one final match with Mero this Monday on Raw, when Tazz guarantees he’ll choke Mero out once again.

    Match number three sees The Truth Commission square off against The Headbangers. Recon and Sniper again handle things for The Commission, although of course The Jackyl and Kurrgan keep a watchful eye from ringside. Mosh and Thrasher approach the match in their usual goofy fashion, but soon they fall victim to some outside interference, as with the referee distracted, Kurrgan enters the ring and nails Thrasher with a big chokeslam, allowing Sniper to get the win after 04:20. Jackyl celebrates with his troops, before declaring that this is just the beginning for his team.

    We return to a brief video hyping the upcoming WWF pay per view, the 1998 Royal Rumble, with the voiceover encouraging everyone to buy the event on Sunday January 18th.

    Before the match starts, the commentary team confirm that after Rock’s challenge to Ken Shamrock last Monday on Raw, Vince McMahon has signed off on the match and we’ll see it this Monday on Raw. We also understand that this week on Raw, the challenge Tazz made earlier for one final match with Marc Mero has been agreed by McMahon, which will no doubt not be what Mero wanted to hear.

    And onto the main event, where having seen his partner Bart Gunn compete in singles action on Raw, Steve Blackman now steps into the ring on his own… to take on The Rock. Blackman is accompanied to the ring by Gunn, while Rock is joined by Kama Mustafa and D’Lo Brown, although Faarooq is conspicuous by his absence. As for the match, Blackman does a great job at keeping Rocky off balance, using his great martial arts technique, but eventually Rock manages to his the rock bottom at 05:36 to grab the victory, sending a message to Shamrock in the process as the show comes to an end.

    Newswire

    In Your House Coming to an End
    The recent WWF In Your House: D-Generation X pay per view is set to be the last pay per view under the In Your House banner, with new names set to be used for the WWF’s monthly shows moving forward. The new pay per view is scheduled to be the 1998 Royal Rumble, and in March the WWF will of course present its annual WrestleMania event, however right now the name of the WWF’s February event has yet to be revealed. The initial In Your House pay per views were used as smaller pay per view shows that bridged the gap between bigger events such as WrestleMania and SummerSlam. However, with the increased competition of battle between WWF and WCW, monthly shows have become far more important and the In Your House name is now thought as being outdated.

    Further WWF Releases
    Another three members of the WWF have had their contracts with the company terminated over the last few days. Disciples of Apocalypse members Crush and Chainz have both requested and been granted their releases from their contracts in the hopes of pursuing opportunities within WCW. The departure of Crush is a particular surprise given his on/off association with the WWF since 1990. There is currently no word as to what this means for other DoA members Skull and 8-Ball, although the formerly known-as Harris twins are expected to continue wrestling as a tag team under the DoA name. The third release is youngster Devon Storm. Storm was initially given a short term contract in order to boost the numbers for the Light Heavyweight Championship tournament that was set to conclude at In Your House: D-Generation X. However, once those plans were scrapped, Storm’s position on the roster became untenable and he has been let go, with rumours that he is already looking to gain a place in WCW’s Power Plant facility.

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    WWF Raw is War/Warzone
    December 15th, 1997
    Whittemore Center Arena
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    The show starts with some highlights from last week, with the package starting with some sound bites from the announcement of Vince McMahon that Owen Hart is banned from entering WWF arenas and is to sit at home and see out his contract instead of coming back to work. Fast forward to Shawn Michaels beating Vader after his victory over him, only for Owen to come through the group, jumping Shawn from behind and laying in with a beating before he escapes through the crowd, leading to Michaels trashing his dressing room in frustration while demanding he gets his hands on Owen this week… but will that happen tonight? The usual opening video plays, then we’re into the arena for the always impressive pyro display before we hear from our announcers for the opening hour Jim Ross and Michael Cole, who welcome us to the show. There’s two questions on their minds right now, what is going to happen with Owen Hart and Shawn Michaels tonight given what we heard Vince McMahon last week, with J.R. speculating that since every effort McMahon has made to keep Owen out of his arenas has failed thus far, we could see another explosive confrontation between the WWF Champion and ‘The Black Hart’ right here tonight. They also discuss what kind of mood ‘Stone Cold’ will be in tonight given the guitar shot he suffered at the hands of Jeff Jarrett as we went off the air last week, with both agreeing that there could be hell to pay for ‘Double J’ tonight.

    And this week we kick things off with Vince McMahon who enters the arena again without entrance music, instead to a chorus of boos from the crowd. McMahon continues to do his best to ignore them, smiling and nodding to the ringside fans before he enters the ring and grabs a mic. After waiting for the boos to die down, Vince makes it clear he’s out here to discuss one thing… Owen Hart. ”Owen… I made it perfectly clear to you last week that while you might remain a contracted employee of the WWF… you are banned from entering any WWF arena…”, with Vince pointing out that Hart committed a felony last week by assaulting police and security officers before illegally entering the building. It’s gone from Vince simply wanting Owen to stay away from the arena to now Vince wanting Owen arrested for his actions. But Vince is nothing if not a forgiving man, and he’s willing to not involve the authorities as a favour to Owen and his family. ”I didn’t involve the cops when your brother Bret assaulted me backstage in Montreal… and I won’t involve the cops this time either… provided you do what I’m telling you to…”, with Vince making it clear again that he doesn’t want to see Owen in a WWF arena ever again. Owen may have a contract, but he just simply isn’t welcome anymore, he’s to sit at home, without pay mind you, spend some quality time with his wife and children, but under no circumstances is he to show up for a WWF event, and ”…you can forget about ever showin’ up on WCW too. If you so much as take a phone call from Eric Bischoff, the next time we meet will be in court…”, where McMahon vows he would sue Owen for breach of contract.

    But deep down inside, McMahon wants to avoid the police and the lawyers and the courts, he just wants to come to work every week and feel safe, which is what he and every WWF superstar deserves, and of course the fans do too. ”And one of the main reasons I want to avoid the authorities Owen… is because I know, deep down inside… this isn’t you…”, with Vince pointing out that Owen isn’t the vindictive type. It was Bret who annoyed everyone backstage, it was Bret who politicked and wouldn’t do the right thing on his way out the door, but despite standing by his brother, Owen is still loved by many backstage. The coming through the crowd, the attacking people from behind, the viciousness of the assaults, that’s not the real Owen, that’s not the Owen Vince knows, and that’s the only reason the authorities aren’t knocking on Owen’s door and dragging him to the nearest jail. ”Well, that and those Canadian cops couldn’t do anything right…” But Vince wants to make it crystal clear, Owen is suspended indefinitely, he’s to sit at home and wait out his contract, he’s banned from entering a WWF arena and if he ever does so again… Vince will have him arrested and thrown in jail. ”And Owen, I hope that’s an end to the matter. We have no more relationship, not business or personal… let’s make sure it stays that way.” And with that, Vince has said all he has to say really, so he starts to wish the crowd a good night… until he’s suddenly interrupted by the music of D-Generation X! The crowd and the commentators are stunned to see Shawn Michaels, Triple H and Chyna heading for the ring, with J.R. pointing out that ”…we all remember what happened the last time these three were in a WWF arena together at the same time, it was the biggest screwjob in wrestlin’ history!”

    As D-X enter the ring, Michaels asks for a mic, that smug look on his face as he gives a dramatic wince and a shake of the head, before he states that normally he agrees with most things McMahon says and does. ”I mean, I didn’t really need your help or nothin’ back in Montreal… but your heart was in the right place there ‘Vin Man’…”, before he goes on to admit that what Vince is saying about Owen… that doesn’t really sit all that well with the WWF Champion. Michaels has of course had his own problems with Owen, being jumped by him at In Your House: D-Generation X and then again last week on Raw. Owen stuck his nose into D-X business, and they’re not about to let that slide. They don’t care what Vince says about Owen staying at home, D-X want to get their hands on him. But Shawn does agree with one thing Vince had to say last week. Owen coming through the fans and attacking people, that’s not right, that’s not safe, that’s not what D-X want. They want Owen to be allowed to walk into the arena and step right into the ring. ”And I know ya’ got your security at the doors waitin’ for ‘im Vinny, so that’s why Owen… I got a little gift for ya’. At great expense, D-Generation X has bought Owen Hart… his very own, ringside ticket for Raw!”, and sure enough, the camera pans to reveal an empty seat just behind the barricade. Shawn reveals he’s left the ticket at the front door, so he hopes somewhere Owen is hearing all of this, that he’ll accept D-X’s invitation for him to join them tonight. ”Owen… I want ya’ to stop comin’ through the crowd, I just want ya’ to walk right into this ring… so I can finish buryin’ the Hart family once… and for all.”, a comment Shawn makes with a smug smirk on his face right into the camera.

    ”Now wait just a minute-“, but McMahon is quickly cut off by Triple H, who tells Vince he knows exactly what McMahon is about to say. Vince is in charge, he makes the rules, he makes the decisions, and his decision is that Owen isn’t allowed within a WWF arena. They’ve heard this all before, they’ve been dealing with authority telling them what to do or not to do for months now. ”But what you gotta realise Vince, is that we’re D-Generation X… we make the rules… and we break ‘em. And I’m sure I don’t need to remind you what happened to the last guy who tried to throw his weight around with D-X?”, a reference to Commissioner Slaughter and the attacked he suffered at the hands of Kane. When you mess with D-X, bad things tend to happen. They warned Slaughter to do the right thing, to give Kane what he wanted, and when he didn’t listen he wound up in a hospital. ”So we’re warnin’ you McMahon… give us what we want… or bad things are gonna happen to you too…”, with Michaels nodding his head at every word Helmsley has to say. D-X don’t listen to authority, they don’t follow rules or orders, so if McMahon isn’t willing to let Owen into a WWF arena… they’ll just have to go outside and drag him in here themselves, but one way or another, Helmsley promises that D-Generation X will get to Owen Hart… and they will finish what they’ve started with the Hart family. Taken aback, Vince pauses and gulps as Michaels and Helmsley laugh at him, but soon he has a real look of anger on his face as he states ”You two have been running around here, acting like you own the place for far too long. Well it all stops… tonight!”, with the crowd responding surprisingly positively to Vince standing up to D-X.

    With no Sgt. Slaughter, Vince has been forced to take control himself, he’s calling the shots right now, and just like Slaughter, he refuses to be intimidated or to give in to D-X’s demands. ”Who do you two think you are, buying a ticket for that ingrate Owen?”, before he repeats himself, making it clear once again, Owen in no way will be allowed inside a WWF arena. D-X has a real problem with authority, but Vince is sure they also remember what happened to the last man who had a problem doing what Vince wanted, an ominous threat over what happened to Bret Hart. Or maybe D-X would like to suffer the same treatment as Owen, maybe the three of them should be sent home to sit out their contracts without pay too. ”Or maybe… maybe we can come to some sort of understanding were you all fall in line?” After all, Michaels is the WWF Champion, he is the face of the WWF and is unquestionably the very best sports entertainer in the world today. Michaels is the kind of athlete Vince wants as the figurehead of his company, but not if it means that rules will be broken and authority figures will be threatened with violence. That’s not what the WWF is about, that’s not the family friendly values that Vince wants the company to stand for. ”So, Mr. Michaels… and Mr. Helmsley… I think we can work something out here. No more talk about Owen Hart. You play ball with me, you forget all about Owen… and I can help make sure that you two have a prominent role in my company for years to come…”, with Vince also pointing out the monetary rewards and benefits available to D-X if they agree with him.

    But of course, Michaels’ ego gets the better of him, as he makes it clear he doesn’t need any help from Vince… and he won’t listen to what he has to say. D-X do what they want, when they want… and they want Owen. ”And if you ain’t gonna give ‘im to us… we’re goin’ outside to get ‘im!”, and with that, this discussion is over as Michaels, Helmsley and Chyna head for the ropes and… ”Wait! Wait just a minute there! Hold on!” pleads Vince, he’s clearly not finished and has one final message for D-X. If D-X aren’t going to play by his rules, then they’re going to have to pay the price and then maybe they’ll learn to respect the rules. And D-X will be too busy to go outside and look for Owen, as they’ve got a match tonight that they need to get ready for. A match again two guys who ”…are lookin’ for a fight. Tonight, it’s going to be D-Generation X… taking on The Legion of Doom!”, an explosive tag team match that draws a big cheer from the crowd. Michaels and Helmsley are their usual cocky selves though, pretending to be scared, but Vince promises them that unless they start to fall in line, he can make life very difficult for the two of them. ”And let me remind you of one thing, Mr. Michaels… it’s because of me that you’re the WWF Champion right now. I handed you that title… and unless the two of you start doing things my way… I can take that title away from you, just as easy. Have a goodnight… I know I will…” and that’s the statement that things finally end on, with Vince exiting the ring and heading for the ramp, while in the ring, Michaels and Helmsley show their frustrations, wondering aloud what they’ll do about all this and of course their match with The Legion of Doom later tonight.

    Back to the announce desk, where neither Ross nor Cole can quite believe the interaction we’ve just seen, not only does Vince McMahon has problems with Steve Austin and Owen Hart… has he just added D-Generation X to the list? We’ll need to wait and see how it all works out, but the rest of the show now gets a hype job, we’ve got Ken Shamrock taking on The Rock tonight, Tazz and Marc Mero are going to go at it one last time, Lance Storm will be in action again, while The New Blackjacks take on The Godwinns… ”…and what about Kane? Will his path of destruction here in the WWF run right through any competitor entered into the Royal Rumble?”… and sure enough, we cut to the parking lot, and a hearse pulls up to the arena! That can only mean one thing, Kane and Paul Bearer have to be here tonight, but we don’t get a chance to see them as we head for a commercial.

    *Commercial*

    We return to a quick video hyping the return of Mark Henry to Raw, with the voiceover being provided by Cole. In the video, we see footage of Henry lifting incredible weights in the gym, and shots of his recent matches from Shotgun Saturday Night, with Cole talking about how Henry has been working hard to recover from injury, and now he’s back crushing opponents and is coming back to Raw… next week!

    Back into the arena, where once again Jim Cornette is already in the ring, as is Taka Michinoku, no doubt to be Lance Storm’s latest opponent. Cornette discusses how he brought Storm to the WWF to bring real wrestling back to the company, and last week against Flash Funk, Storm showed exactly what real wrestling is. He had Funk off-balance all night, he spun him like a whirlpool and put him away with a good old submission hold. That was real wrestling, and that’s what Cornette thinks is lacking in today’s wrestling world. As for Storm’s opponent tonight, Cornette admits that while everyone might be impressed with Taka and his high-flying style, all that jumping around doesn’t impress him. ”I mean look at ya’. You’re so small, you could commit suicide by jumpin’ off a curb!”, while Cornette also wonders if Taka even understands what he’s saying right now. Anyway, here he is, the great wrestling technician, the only real wrestler in the WWF… Lance Storm! And here he comes, Storm entering to some pretty generic rock music, but as he’s walking to the ring, both Cole and J.R. have to admit that they were impressed with Storm last week, as ”…that no nonsense style o’ his is gonna take a lotta people by surprise here in the WWF…”, which of course could lead to success sooner rather than later.

    Match One:
    Lance Storm
    w/ Jim Cornette vs. Taka Michinoku


    A real contrast in styles here, with storm using his superior technique to keep the high-flying Taka grounded, using that waistlock takedown to work into a grounded headlock, which Storm then transitions into an armbar. Taka reaches the ropes to cause a break, but when the two lock up again, Storm goes right back to the arm, wrenching on it, only for Taka to use the ropes… springboard armdrag! Taka looks to quicken the pace, using kicks and chops, but when he goes for an Irish whip, Storm reverses… and nails a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker for a near fall. Storm now looks to target the back, laying in with knees and elbows, before he locks Taka into a bow and arrow stretch. Michinoku tries to fight it, but Storm has it locked in tight… but eventually, Taka is able to break the hold, both men back to their feet, and again Taka looks to quicken the pace… but again he gets caught, this time with a release German suplex! Storm senses he’s close to victory, who continues to work Taka over, this time slapping on a dragon sleeper, looking to wear Taka down… but again Taka looks to fight free, throwing kicks to the head… but then Storm turns it into a reverses suplex! Michinoku crashes to the canvas, but there’s no cover, as instead Storm grabs the foot, leans back… CALGARY CRAB! Storm locks in the single leg Boston crab, sitting in on the hold… and Taka has no choice, he has to tap out!

    Winner: Via Submission, Lance Storm @ 04:11

    A step up in competition from last week, but yet another impressive performance from Lance Storm, who put on a technical masterclass in picking up the win here. Cornette is straight into the ring to raise his clients hand, while J.R. states ”I’ve got a feelin’ this young man Storm is gonna go places here in the WWF, especially with Cornette in ‘is corner…”, a sentiment Cole tends to agree with. The camera quickly cuts to the empty chair Shawn Michaels left at ringside for Owen Hart, and with it still being empty that obviously means Owen has yet to claim the ticket Michaels left for him at the front desk, but the speculation mounts as to when we might see Owen here tonight. And then we suddenly cut backstage to see ’Stone Cold’ Steve Austin is walking through the backstage corridors, we’ll be hearing from ‘The Rattlesnake’ when we return!

    *Commercial*

    Straight back into the arena, the glass shatters, and here comes Austin, striding into the arena and down to the ring, the Intercontinental Title slung over his shoulder. As Austin heads for the ring, J.R. and Cole discuss his title defence last week against Terry Funk, with Cole calling it a great performance while Ross wants to discuss Ken Shamrock coming out during the match and then Jeff Jarrett attacking Austin after the match, two men sure to be crossing paths with Austin in the near future. Austin grabs a mic and a beer and starts talking about Terry Funk, admitting it was a hell of a fight last week against ”…a tough ol’ crazy bastard…”, but no matter who Vince McMahon puts infront of him, Austin isn’t going to give up the Intercontinental Title. He might not be the type of Intercontinental Champion Vince wants, but Austin doesn’t give a damn, he’s his own man and he always will be. ”You want this belt Vince? You can come and pry it from my cold dead hands ya’ stupid sunnova bitch!”, before he repeats that no matter who Vince wants him to defend the title against, he’ll do it, night after night, and he’ll ”…beat the livin’ hell outta anybody ya’ put infront of me son!” But… there might be one way Austin will let Vince have the Intercontinental Title, he might simply just decide to hand it over to him one day… but only if he gets another title to take its place. ”Ya’ see, the only way ol’ ‘Stone Cold’ is gonna give up the Intercontinental Title… is the day I become the WWF Champion. And since obviously I ain’t poster boy material and Vince ain’t gonna give me a title shot anytime soon… I guess I’ll just do it the ol’ fashioned way, win the Royal Rumble and go to WrestleMania!”, a prospect which draws a massive roar from the fans.

    Austin confirms he is throwing his hat into the 1998 Royal Rumble and that while he takes pride in being Intercontinental Champion, he’s got his eyes on a much bigger prize. He’s been a tag champion, he’s the current Intercontinental Champion, now he wants to be WWF Champion, and the only way he’s going to achieve that is by winning the Royal Rumble and going to WrestleMania XIV to face the WWF Champion. But before he gets to the Royal Rumble, he’s got a couple of problems he needs to deal with first. One of those problems… is Ken Shamrock. ”Shamrock, ya’ said last week ya’ wanted a title shot, ‘Stone Cold’ knows ya’ got a match with The Rock tonight, but anytime ya’ wanna step into the ring for the Intercontinental Title, ya’ got y’er match son!”, another roar from the fans for the prospect of Austin and Shamrock. And of course, the other problem is Jeff Jarrett. Since coming back to the WWF, Jarrett targeted Austin, said he wanted a shot at the title, but ”…at In Your House, ya’ had y’er shot, and ya’ couldn’t get it done!” But of course, having chased Jarrett for a month and finally gotten his hands on him, Austin figured Jarrett wasn’t stupid enough to keep it going and risk another ass kicking. But after what he did last week when he nailed Austin with the guitar, Austin ”…ain’t through with ya’ Jarrett, not by a long shot!”, with ‘The Rattlesnake’ saying he’s willing to give Jarrett another chance at the title if it means he gets him in the ring again to kick his ass one more time! ”So Jarrett, drag y’er sorry ass out here son, ‘cause we ain’t through yet. Y’er ass is due a whuppin’ from ‘Stone Cold’, and if y’a want another shot at the Intercontinental Title, y’er gonna have to get in this ring right now!”

    So having called Jarrett out, Austin waits… and waits some more… and he, liked the rest of the arena are stunned… as out comes Ken Shamrock! A smirk from ‘The Rattlesnake’ as he doesn’t exactly get what he wants, but it’s still a huge moment to see Shamrock walking into the ring with Austin, with Cole exclaiming that ”This could be an explosive situation!”, a sentiment that J.R. agrees with. Shamrock gets a mic of his own and wants to make it clear to Austin that Jarrett isn’t something Austin needs to worry about. He’s had his chance and he couldn’t take it. Terry Funk’s had his chance too, so now it’s time for somebody new to have a chance at the Intercontinental Title… and that somebody should be Shamrock, according to him. But of course, Shamrock has his match with The Rock tonight, although Shamrock doesn’t see that as a problem, as ”…I’ve already kicked every ass in The Nation, and I’m gonna do the same to Rock tonight. So how about you and me for the Intercontinental Title… next week on Raw?” Austin is a man who’s never back downed from a challenge, so he looks Shamrock up and down, smirks again and then answers ”Ya’ want a shot at the Intercontinental Title? Hell son, ya’ already showed more guts than that bastard Jarrett ever did, so ya’ y’er match!”, everyone in the arena excited by the prospect of Austin and Shamrock for the gold next week… but the excitement quickly dies down as a furious looking Jeff Jarrett steps out onto the stage. Austin instantly motions for Jarrett to come down the ring, but Jarrett isn’t interested, he’s happy staying where he is with a mic in one hand and his guitar in the other.

    Jarrett admits he isn’t surprised to see Shamrock out here right now, as this is the kind of thing he’s gotten used to in the WWF. According to Jarrett, Shamrock is trying to steal his spotlight, he’s trying to hold Jarrett back, just like he’s been held back his entire career. Jarrett laid out Austin last week, that means he isn’t done with Austin or the Intercontinental Title, he wants another shot, and he’s not about to let Shamrock take his place. ”You ain’t even been in the WWF ten months yet, I’ve been in this business ten years…”, and Jarrett feels Shamrock hasn’t paid his dues, he hasn’t earned a shot at the Intercontinental Title. Jarrett dismisses his victory over Faarooq at In Your House, claiming anybody could beat The Nation, that’s nothing to be proud of. Even if Shamrock beats The Rock tonight, that still doesn’t mean he should be next in line to face Austin. ”You might like twistin’ guys ankles, but that ain’t gonna cut it in the WWF. And you ever try anythin’ like that on me, I’ll wrap this guitar around your head boy!” So Jarrett wants Austin to forget about fighting a chump like Shamrock, and instead he should give Jarrett once last chance against Austin next week on Raw! Two tempting offers, and Austin admits, he’s not finished with Jarrett and he wants to get his hands on him. ”But I already kicked y’er ass for this title once, next time… I’m just gonna stomp a mudhole in ya’ and walk it dry!” So that means no title shot for Jarrett, just an old fashioned ass kicking. But Shamrock? Austin isn’t sure, but he asks the crowd ”If ya’ wanna see Ken Shamrock and ‘Stone Cold’ Steve Austin go at it for the Intercontinental Title, gimme a hell yeah!”, and of course the crowd respond positively. Shamrock gets his wish, Austin will face him next week for the title, as long as Vince approves of course. But Austin has a warning for Shamrock. ”Ya’ want this title son, y’er in one helluva fight! And that’s the bottom line… ‘cause ‘Stone Cold’ said so!”, and with that, the glass shatter again and the crowd roar their approval. Austin calls for another beer, offers up a quick toast to Shamrock and then heads for the ropes, and as we cut to commercial, the commentators talk up the prospect of Austin and Shamrock, one on one next week!

    *Commercial*

    Backstage at the interview area, Doc Hendrix is standing by, and he tells us he has a medical update on the health of Dude Love. After barely surviving the brutal Hardcore Match against Terry Funk, Mick Foley was then assaulted backstage by Funk, bundled into a laundry cart and then hurled down a set of concrete stairs. After the assault, Foley was taken to a local medical facility and was kept in overnight, being treated for a concussion and a few broken ribs. ”But we understand that early Monday morning, Dude Love checked himself outta hospital and went home back to Long Island, and we haven’t heard from ‘im since…”, with Hendrix speculating that Foley wishes to recuperate at home in private. But the question is, when, if ever, will we see Mick Foley back in a WWF ring? Hendrix has no idea, but naturally he hopes it’s soon, but given how dejected Foley looked after the match and the fact that he ripped off his Dude Love t-shirt and threw it away, ”…if we ever see Mick Foley again, will it be as Dude Love? Mankind? Cactus Jack? Or maybe even a persona we’ve yet to meet?” All speculation, but we’ll need to wait to find out, and that brings Hendrix’s segment to a close.

    Into the arena, where Sunny is heading for the ring for another stint of guest ring announcing. You have to wonder how much longer she’s going to be paraded out in her skimpy outfits like this every week, but for now that’s all Sunny has going for her. She welcomes The New Blackjacks into the arena, with ’Blackjack’ Bradshaw and ’Blackjack’ Windham cutting stern figures as they head for the ring. Of course J.R. wants to discuss how The Blackjacks stormed the ring last week, interrupting the match between The New Age Outlaws and The Godwinns, laying everyone out and sending a message that they’re not done with the champions yet. Out next comes The Godwinns, and both Henry O. Godwinn and Phineas I. Godwinn both look furious given what happened last week, and Henry has that trademark bucket of his in his hand, no doubt desperate to return the favour and crack Bradshaw’s skull with it.

    Match Two: Tag Team Match
    The Godwinns
    vs. The New Blackjacks


    Windham and Henry get this one started, and from the first tie up, Henry gets the upperhand, backing Windham into the corner where he unloads with stiff right hands and then plants Windham with a scoop slam. Double-team and power moves keep Windham off-balance, but eventually he’s able to tag in Bradshaw, who nails Henry with a string of clothesline and big boots to gain the upperhand, before he gets a near fall from a swinging neckbreaker. Windham comes back in and gets a two count from a suplex, but when he comes off the ropes, Phineas lowbridges… and Windham tumbles to the floor! Bradshaw storms into the ring, but that just causes a distraction which allows Phineas and Henry to lay into Windham with a ton of boots on the floor. Windham is kept away from Bradshaw as The Godwinns lay in on him, and Windham barely hangs in there as he takes a pumphandle slam and a falling neckbreaker get close two counts. Phineas shoots Windham to the corner, but when he follows in, Windham gets a boot up… and then drops Phineas with a clothesline. Phineas tags in Henry… but Windham tags Bradshaw! Bradshaw goes to work, nailing running clotheslines, big boots, he takes Phineas out of the ring with a clothesline over the top rope before he scoops Henry up… for an impressive fallaway slam! Bradshaw goes for the cover… but Henry rolls a shoulder! Bradshaw is in control, but when he comes off the ropes, Phineas grabs his foot… only for Windham to smash Phineas! But while Windham nails Phineas, Henry grabs Bradshaw from behind… looking for the SLOP DROP… NO! Bradshaw counters, elbowing his way free… but as he does this, Windham is jumped from behind… by The New Age Outlaws! Road Dogg and Billy Gunn hammer Windham on the floor, but Bradshaw doesn’t see any of this, as in the ring… he NAILS HENRY WITH THE BIG CLOTHESLINE! Despite his partner being down on the outside, Bradshaw goes for the cover… 1… 2… 3!

    Winners: The New Blackjacks @ 05:38

    Windham is down and out on the outside, but a great display from Bradshaw ensure his team picks up the win anyway… but as the bell rings, The Outlaws hit the ring, and they jump Bradshaw from behind, laying into him with stomps and stiff right hands, keeping the big guy grounded as they deliver a beating. Windham is still down on the floor, having barely moved, meaning Bradshaw is helpless as The Outlaws continue to attack… but suddenly, racing down the ramp… here comes The Legion of Doom! The crowd is going wild as ’Road Warrior’ Hawk and ’Road Warrior’ Animal are sprinting down the ramp and slide into the ring… but like they always do, at the last second The Outlaws see LoD coming and dive from the ring, escaping any retribution for their actions. The champions smugly back their way up the ramp, laughing at the beating they gave Bradshaw, while in the ring, Bradshaw is helped back to his feet by Animal and Hawk… and now Windham has managed to drag himself into the ring too. Windham naturally checks on his partner… but Bradshaw is furious with him! Shoving his partner’s hand away, Bradshaw grabs at the back of his head and shouts ”Where the hell were you?!”, with Cole trying to reason that Bradshaw clearly wasn’t aware that The Outlaws jumped Windham on the outside before attacking him in the ring. Windham pleads his case, trying to explain, but Bradshaw isn’t buying it, pointing and shouting at his partner despite The Legion of Doom trying to calm things down… and it’s on the argument that we cut away.

    *Commercial*

    At the interview set Kevin Kelly is standing by with The Nation of Domination. The Rock stands closest to Kelly and is clearly the focus of the interview, while D’Lo Brown and Kama Mustafa separate Rocky from Faarooq, the tension between the two clear for all to see based on the look on Faarooq’s face. Kelly asks Rock for his thoughts on his match tonight with Ken Shamrock and the fact that Rocky issues the challenge to Shamrock last week. Pretty simple, The Rock is fed up of seeing The Nation be embarrassed at the hands of Shamrock, and he’s going to be the man to finally beat him. ”Infact The Rock is so confident he’s gonna kick Shamrock’s roody-poo candy ass… The Rock doesn’t even need you guys out there at ringside…”, a comment which stuns the rest of The Nation. But Rocky is adamant, especially for Faarooq to sit back, grab a monitor and watch The Rock do his thing. ”The Rock has watched you Kama, you D’Lo, you Faarooq, all tap out to Shamrock, but The Rock guaran-damn-tees it’s gonna be that piece o’ trailer park trash who’s gonna squeal like a bitch tonight!” Kama and D’Lo are both enthused and are buying into the hype from Rocky, but Faarooq is of course more wary, almost offended by Rock’s arrogance… but he ultimately decides to let him have his way. ”A’ight, you got it boy. We ain’t gonna be out there wit’ ya’. But you betta’ get the job done… by any means necessary…”, and in a surprising show of solidarity, Faarooq raises a fist… and The Rock joins him. Kama and D’Lo quickly follow, and it looks as if The Nation are back on track and united as one… but the looks being shared between The Rock and Faarooq show that that’s far from the case.

    Bart Gunn and Steve Blackman are next to make their entrance, and the talk from the commentators is about how both these men are mixing it up between the tag and singles ranks, with Gunn winning last week while Blackman lost to The Rock on Shotgun Saturday Night. And both of them have declared their entrance into the 1998 Royal Rumble, although that’s a dangerous strategy according to J.R. given what Paul Bearer had to say last week. ”If Kane is hellbent on destroying anyone who gets in his way of winnin’ the Royal Rumble, I’d be lookin’ over my shoulder with every step!” Their opponents tonight are The Truth Commission, with Recon, Sniper and Kurrgan marching to the ring while The Jackyl preaches his message of world domination to anyone who will listen. Cole takes this time to tell us that Kurrgan will be entering the Royal Rumble, wondering who could eliminate a man so massive, while J.R. speculates it may take some teamwork to get the big man over the top rope.

    Match Three:
    The Truth Commission
    w/ The Jackyl and Kurrgan vs. Bart Gunn and Steve Blackman


    We kick this one off with Bart and Sniper, and in the opening moments Gunn catches Sniper off guard, repeatedly tagging him with right hands, before Gunn catches Sniper with a crossbody for the first near fall of the match. Sniper quickly tags in Recon, who charges right into a series of hiptosses, before Gunn tags in Blackman. Blackman starts unloading with kicks to the legs, then chops to the body, then a jumping roundhouse puts Recon down. Gunn and Blackman work well together as they keep Recon away from his corner, applying more pressure with a shoulderbreaker from Gunn and a fisherman suplex from Blackman that gets a near fall… but then suddenly, the lights go out and the arena turns red… and oh God, here comes Kane and Paul Bearer! Remember the ominous words of Bearer last week, Kane will wreak havoc on anyone who stands in his way of winning the Royal Rumble… and he’s got his sights on this match right here! Stepping over the top rope, Kane strides to the centre of the ring… Gunn charges, but runs right into a shot to the throat! Recon tries… right into a boot to the face! Blackman’s turn… he gets a hand slapped around his throat… CHOKESLAM! Kane is destroying everybody, and the ref throws the match out!

    Winners: No Contest @ 02:38

    Kane is a one man wrecking crew, but that doesn’t stop Sniper charging at him… right into a big boot to the face! Kurrgan steps into the ring and he races at Kane… right into a hand across the throat… a MASSIVE CHOKESLAM! The last man standing is Bart Gunn, and he spins Kane around… and LANDS THE BIG KNOCKOUT LEFT HAND… NO! It only staggers Kane! Gunn is stunned… and the surprise soon turns to fear as Kane scoops Bart up… TOMBSTONE!! Absolutely devastating from Kane, he’s interrupted this tag team match and laid out all four competitors, and even Kurrgan at ringside! With Kane standing tall, Bearer smugly grabs a microphone, and of course, this is all everyone’s own fault. ”We warned you. We warned all of you! Kane is going to burn this company to the ground, and anybody who gets in our way… THIS is your fate!”, and with that, Kane sets off the flames at all four corners. What a way to bring an end to hour one, an absolutely dominant display from Kane, and Cole declares ”…he’s gotta be the favourite for the Royal Rumble! Who on earth could stop that monster?”, with J.R. admitting he has no idea. But everyone needs to join us after the break as we enter the Warzone!

    *Commercial*

    Hour two and it’s time to enter the Warzone, where as always Jerry ‘The King’ Lawler joins J.R. at the announce desk. They go over the major talking points from hour one, especially the interactions between D-Generation X and Vince McMahon and then Austin, Shamrock and Jarrett, with Lawler stating he can’t believe D-X wouldn’t agree to McMahon’s demands to leave well enough alone with regards to Owen Hart. Speaking of Owen, we get another look at that empty ringside chair, clearly showing that Owen is yet to pick up the ticket D-X left at the front gate for him. They also hype up the rest of the show, with The Rock taking on Ken Shamrock without The Nation at ringside, Marc Mero and Tazz and then tonight’s main event, D-Generation X in tag team action against the legendary Legion of Doom.

    The country rock style entrance theme of Terry Funk starts to play, and sure enough, the grizzled veteran enters the arena, while J.R. drops his headset and heads to the ring to conduct an interview. In the ring, J.R. starts by asking Funk what’s next for him, as he clearly came to the WWF with an agenda to ”…maim and harm Dude Love. Now that you’ve done that at In Your House: D-Generation X, and we have no idea if we’ll ever see Mick Foley again… what’s next for you? What’s left for you to accomplish?” Before Funk tells us what’s next, he wants to tell us about how good it felt to deliver the beating to Foley that he gave him. For too long Funk had watched from afar as Foley played the fool, embarrassing himself and the legacy as a hardcore pioneer that Funk helped him create. When Foley was parading around as Dude Love, it disgusted Funk, it made him feel sick, but at In Your House he ”…showed how weak and embarassin’ you’d become, Mick. When I put your carcass in that laundry cart and I shoved you down them stairs, I broke your body… but more importantly… I know I broke your spirit…”, with Funk assuring everybody that that will be the last time you ever see Dude Love in a WWF ring again. But… Funk hopes it’s not the last time we see Mick Foley in a WWF ring. Funk may have hated Dude Love, he may have put Love through hell, but he had to do it, because he knew that’s what it would take to finally get Foley to see sense, to finally kill off Dude Love once and for all. ”I mighta got rid o’ Dude Love… but I want ya’ back, Mick. I want the real Mick Foley back…”, a comment which draws a surprised pop from the crowd.

    Funk says that’s what this has been about all along, getting Foley to be serious again, for the two of them to engage in the kind of hardcore wars that they became famous for. ”I didn’t have no barbed wire match with Dude Love. I didn’t have no death match with Dude Love. I had ‘em with you Mick. You’re the guy I need…”, and at this point J.R. jumps in and asks what Funk could need Foley for. Funk says he needs the old Mick Foley because he’s seen the pathetic attempts at hardcore wrestling that the WWF have portrayed in recent years, and he wants to take their brand of hardcore wrestling to a much wider audience. ”I’ve given ma’ blood, ma’ sweat, ma’ tears to takin’ hardcore to a new level, but the problem is, there ain’t nobody really saw it…”, with Funk complaining that when he wrestles in Japan or for ECW, he doesn’t get the audience he deserves. ”I break ma’ body chump change, I give ma’ blood for thirty fat kids in a bingo hall, and I ain’t doin’ it no more…”, and that’s why Funk came to the WWF, he wanted his craft to be seen by a bigger audience for a lot more money. He knew the WWF was the place to do it, he knew Mick Foley was the man to do it with, but he knew that deep down inside, Foley as Dude Love couldn’t reach the depths Funk wants to go to. ”I wanna start a hardcore revolution in this company, I wanna see hardcore wrestlin’ get the rub it deserves… and I wanna do it here in the WWF. But I need ya’ Mick. I need ya’ ta’ make it back… and then I need ya’ ta’ go ta’ hell with me…”

    But J.R. points out that earlier tonight, we heard from Vince McMahon that there will be no more hardcore wrestling in the WWF, that hardcore matches have been banned. ”Forgive me for sayin’ it Mr. Funk, but don’t that put a dent in your plans?” Funk responds with a dry laugh, and very directly tells J.R. that he doesn’t give a damn what Vince McMahon says. If Funk wants hardcore wrestling, then that’s what he’s going to give everyone, he’s not about to let a Yankee like Vince tell him his legacy is over. And speak of the devil… here comes Vince McMahon. Both Funk and J.R. look pretty surprised to see Vince heading down to the ring like this, but when McMahon enters the ring, he asks J.R. to step aside so he can speak with Funk man to man. McMahon lets Funk know that he’s been listening to what he’s had to say backstage, and while he appreciates what a great competitor Funk was and how much he loves hardcore wrestling, the answer is an emphatic no. ”I have forbidden hardcore wrestling in my company, in any arena the WWF happens to call home. And I did it, not for money, not for selfish reasons, no. I did it for the safety of each and every WWF superstar… yourself included Terry…” McMahon makes it clear that there will be no more hardcore matches, no more blood or violence, that’s not what he wants his company to be about. And that’s not what Terry Funk’s legacy should be about either. For the younger viewers at home, Vince explains that Terry Funk wasn’t always the crazy old man you see before you right now. Funk was known around the world as a great technical wrestler, he was a former NWA World Heavyweight Champion, he even appeared way back at WrestleMania II. ”That Terry, the classic matches you used to have, that should be your legacy, not all this violence and hardcore stuff…”, a plea from Vince that gets jeers from the crowd.

    But there was one thing Funk said that McMahon happens to agree with. ”You talked about bigger audiences and more money. That’s two things I know a lot about…”, with Vince asking Funk to be honest with himself. Funk is coming towards the end of his career, so why doesn’t he have the end of his career take place infront of the largest TV audience he’s ever performed infront of. And as for money, Vince knows Funk would like to pad his retirement fund a little bit. Why not do that here in the WWF? Why not see out the end of a great career, earning more money than he ever has, infront of more fans than he’s ever seen? ”I can make that happened for you, Terry. I can give you all of that… on one condition…”, and that condition is that Funk plays by his rules. No more hardcore matches. If Funk wants to be truly successful here in the WWF, if he wants one last great run, then he needs to put the hardcore stuff aside and do things the WWF way. ”There can be a lot of opportunities here in the WWF for you, Terry. I can deliver that. But I need you to do one thing. I need you to renounce hardcore wrestling… and I need you to embrace my way of doing things…”, and the crowd hate the sounds of that. But Funk? He’s thinking about it as he rubs his chin, before asking for Vince to pass him the mic. Funk continues to think, before he asks McMahon to repeat his offer. ”More money? More opportunities? And all I gotta do… is say no more hardcore wrasslin’?”, to which Vince nods in agreement.

    So again Funk ponders, pausing, and then in his deep drawl he finally says ”You just tell me where ta’ sign boss…”, and then he offers Vince a handshake… but that’s not quite enough. No, Vince wants, needs to hear Funk say it. He needs to hear him say no more hardcore wrestling, no more chair shots, no more going through tables, no more throwing people down staircases. If Funk wants the opportunities Vince can provide… then he needs to say it. Funk is a little hesitant, and the crowd are actually trying to encourage him not to, but he again takes the mic and says… ”From this day forward… Terry Funk… ain’t hardcore!”, and then in a shocking moment, Funk offers Vince that handshake again… and Vince accepts! Tons of heat for this moment, as Terry Funk and Vince McMahon have came to an agreement, there will be no more hardcore wrestling from Terry Funk! ”I… I can’t quite believe this ‘King’. Terry Funk, the man who talked about bringing a hardcore revolution to the WWF, the man who said he needed the old Mick Foley back so he could cement his legacy in the WWF… he’s just renounced hardcore wrestling!” In the ring, McMahon raises Funk’s hand in the air, before the two of them head for the ropes, walking side by side up the ramp until they stop on the stage, and again Vince raises the hand and the pair pose, and J.R. makes the call ”Has Terry Funk just sold his soul to Vince McMahon?”, a statement no one can quite believe, but that’s how it looks as we head to another commercial.

    *Commercial*

    We return to a brief video hyping the upcoming WWF pay per view, the 1998 Royal Rumble, with the voiceover encouraging everyone to buy the event on Sunday January 18th.

    Back to ringside, and the glass shatters, which heralds a surprise appearance from ’Stone Cold’ Steve Austin, but the Intercontinental Champion makes a beeline for the commentary desk to join J.R. and ‘King’. Once the pleasantries are out of the way, Austin makes it clear he’s here for a closer look at Ken Shamrock, stating ”He’s a crazy sunnova bitch but I’ll give ‘im credit, he’s got a lotta balls challengin’ ol’ ‘Stone Cold’ ta’ a match…” And sure enough, here comes Ken Shamrock, a man who looks focused and totally in the zone tonight. As Shamrock enters the ring, he walks to the ropes closest to Austin, the two exchanging a staredown with Austin telling Shamrock he’ll ”…get a foot in ‘is ass if he don’t stop starin’ at me…” Out next comes The Rock, and like he said earlier, Rock’s flying solo, The Nation are nowhere to be seen. ‘King’ questions the benefit of that decision, saying he knows The Rock is one the hottest young superstars in the WWF, but he doesn’t think this is wise given the way Shamrock has beaten every member of The Nation so far, something both J.R. and Austin agree with.

    Match Four:
    Ken Shamrock
    vs. The Rock


    Rock does plenty of stalling in the opening moments, first arguing with the crowd over their “Rocky Sucks!” chants, then he posturizes with Shamrock, avoiding his initial attacks, trying to frustrate Shamrock. Finally the pair tie up, and although Rock wins the initial power battle, he’s soon hurled into the corner… where Shamrock unloads with right hands! Shamrock then shoots Rocky off the ropes… into a boot to the chest, which causes the youngster to roll to the floor! Shamrock stays on him though, taking the fight outside, where he lands forearms and kicks and then goes for an Irish whip into the steel steps… but Rock reverses… and it’s Shamrock who eats the steel! Back in the ring, Rock takes control, landing stomps and rights of his own, before he sends Shamrock hard to the corner with an Irish whip, then nails him with a stiff clothesline for a near fall. More stomps, and then Rocky scores further two counts from a Samoan drop and a snap DDT, but Shamrock hangs in there, and has to tough it out as Rocky goes for a sleeper in the middle of the ring. Shamrock tries to fight it, but he slowly starts to fade… until he’s suddenly able to break free, shoving Rock into the ropes… into the hurricanrana! That gets Shamrock a two count, but he’s building momentum now, smacking kicks to the body, before he nails a powerslam for yet another long two. Shamrock is rolling, he has Rocky in trouble, using ground and pound to do damage, while on commentary, Austin admits he can’t help but be impressed by Shamrock. One final time, Shamrock shoots Rocky off the ropes… but Rock looks for the flowing DDT… Shamrock blocks it… belly-to-belly suplex! Shamrock plants Rock, roars to the fans… and now he looks to slap on the ANKLE LOCK… NO! In desperation, Rock kicks Shamrock away… and he crashes into the referee! The ref is down, as is Rock, but Shamrock doesn’t care… as he SLAPS ON THE ANKLE LOCK ANYWAY! Rocky cries in pain, he even taps out… but there’s no referee! But then out of nowhere… Jeff Jarrett sprints down the ramp, nips up onto the apron… and CRUSHES THE GUITAR OVER SHAMROCK’S SKULL! Shamrock releases the hold, collapses to the mat, Rock rolls him over and the referee crawls to count the painfully slow 1… 2… 3!

    Winner: The Rock @ 06:39

    Well, The Rock did what he said he was going to do, he beat Ken Shamrock, but he did it in extremely questionable circumstances… but we don’t have time to dwell on that, as Austin has dropped his headset and is chasing Jarrett up the ramp! ‘Double J’ sprints from the arena like he’s done every other time Austin has given chase, and eventually the two disappear backstage. In the ring, Rocky limps back to his feet with a smug smile on his face, with ‘King’ calling it as ”…he did exactly what he said he was gonna do. He beat Ken Shamrock without The Nation!” Of course J.R. points out the nonsense Lawler is talking with regards to Jarrett, but ‘King’ sticks to his story, and J.R. begins to wonder what this could mean for the future of The Nation of Domination?

    *Commercial*

    When we return, we’re at the announce desk, where J.R. and Lawler both have pretty serious looks on their faces. They take a second to hype the rest of the show, telling us Marc Mero and Tazz are up next, and they remind of us tonight’s main event, D-X and The Legion of Doom, while Lawler takes a second to point out that the seat left for Owen Hart is still empty. Ross then takes over, and he wants to talk about Vader. Last week, Vader was humiliated by D-Generation X, they assaulted him and tagged him with spray paint, and god knows what could have happened had Owen Hart not gotten involved. After that incident last week, Vader was visibly distraught backstage, he refused medical help, he refused to talk to anyone, he simply got changed, packed up his things and left the arena before Raw was over. Earlier this week, Michael Cole managed to sit down and speak with Vader to try and understand what’s going on in the mind of ‘The Mastodon’ right now, and we can see the video of that interview right here.

    Cut to a dimly lit studio setting where Michael Cole and Vader sit across from each other. Cole starts by thanking Vader for joining him today during what is no doubt a difficult time. Cole goes over the events that Vader has been involved with in recent weeks, from his European Title Match against Triple H at In Your House: D-Generation X, to his match last week on Raw with Shawn Michaels, to being humiliated in the aftermath. Cole then explains to the viewers that Vader wouldn’t speak to anyone afterwards, he just hit the showers then headed for the exit, and it’s some answers as to why that happened that Cole is looking for. ”Lemme ask ya’ somethin’, Cole. When you look at me, what is it you see?” is the question Vader responds with, with Cole answering that he sees ‘The Man They Call Vader’. But when Vader looks in the mirror, he doesn’t see that man anymore. Vader talks about how back in the day, he was one of the most feared and dominant wrestlers in the world. He fought in Japan, he won multiple world titles, ”…Ric Flair, Hulk Hogan, Dusty Rhodes, I beat ‘em all…” while earning a reputation as one of the toughest men in the industry. And then Vader came to the WWF, and he carried on picking up wins, beating ”…your pretty boy, Shawn Michaels and The Undertaker…” But lately, Vader isn’t feeling like the Vader of old, he’s been embarrassed too many times, he’s been humiliated in and out of the ring and he’s had his ass kicked more times than he can count. ”I ain’t the Vader I remember no more…”, with Vader admitting that’s he’s embarrassed by himself and right now, his career is going nowhere.

    So Cole wants to know what Vader plans on doing about it. Vader admits right now, he’s not sure. All that Vader knows for sure right now is that he won’t be appearing on Raw any time soon. Instead, he’s going home to take a long, hard look in the mirror at himself to try and sort out his life and his career. ”You remember what those D-X punks sprayed on my back? They sprayed ‘FAT’ on me. And y’know what? They’re right… I’m a fat piece o’ *BLEEP*!” Vader looks dejected and disgusted with himself, and he says that if he’s going to get his career back on track, if he’s going to be the Vader he once knew, he needs to go home and find a new attitude. So there’ll be no more Vader on Raw for the time being, he’s got no idea when he’ll be back, but he will be back one day. The defeat to Shawn Michaels last week and the embarrassment he suffered afterwards, that might turn out to be the best thing to ever happen to Vader. It’s made him wake up and realise nobody fears him like they used to, nobody gets scared of intimidated by him anymore. Vader needs to make that happen again, he needs to make pretty boys like Shawn Michaels scared of him again instead of laughing in his face and tagging him. So now… now it’s time up for ‘Vader Time’. And I don’t know when… but it’ll be ‘Vader Time’ one day again…”, and with that, Cole thanks Vader for his time and the video comes to an end.

    Cut backstage where Goldust is being pushed along in his wheelchair by his ’Nurse’, munching on a bag of popcorn. The strange pairing are then approached backstage by Marlena and a man dressed in a dark suit carrying a briefcase. Given the brief brawl Marlena and ‘Nurse’ had last week, there’s a clear tension in the air between the two, but Marlena isn’t here to chat, instead she wants to get straight down to business. ”I know you’ve done something to my husband…” is the accusation, but Marlena can’t figure out what that something is. But she’s now involving lawyers, and she identifies the man in suit as such. The man in the suit reaches into his briefcase and pulls out a brown envelope and hands it over to ‘Nurse’, telling her ”…if you are acting as some kind of guardian for Mr. Runnells, then you have one month to ensure he reads and understands these papers and you act accordingly…” Obviously there’s no response from behind the surgical mask, but when Marlena again tries to talk some sense of reason into her husband, she’s cut off by ‘Nurse’ who stands between them, only for Goldust to pipe up from the wheelchair with ”I want answers! I want the truth! You can’t handle the truth!”, and then just like that, he goes back to munching on popcorn and ‘Nurse’ wheels him away, while J.R. asks the obvious question ”What’s on those papers that Marlena just served?” as we head to a commercial.

    *Commercial*

    We return to see Tazz is already heading for the ring, the commentators talking about how impressive he has looked since making his WWF debut, while we see replays of last week’s match between Tazz and Mero, where Tazz was about to put Mero away with the Tazzmission, only for Mero to hit a lowblow, causing the DQ, and then nail the TKO to leave Tazz down and out. Out next comes Marc Mero, who just like last week is in the arena without Sable, which causes the crowd to jeer in disapproval. But unlike last week when Mero simply ordered Sable to stay backstage, we’re taken to footage filmed during the commercial break, where we see Mero and Sable in their dressing room. Sable says she’s still angry with Mero banning her from ringside last week, and she’s not going to let it happen again, she’s going out there tonight. Mero is enraged though, pointing out ”…didn’t you see what happened last week? You weren’t out there, I didn’t have no distractions, and I laid that punk Tazz out!” Sable quickly points out that Mero was seconds away from being choked out and needed to use a low blow, but Mero doesn’t care, he’s adamant he got the upperhand because Sable wasn’t there… and she’s not going to be there this week either! ”Infact, here’s what I’m gonna do…”, and suddenly Mero slams the door shut behind him… and LOCKS SABLE IN THE DRESSING ROOM! From the inside Sable shouts and pounds on the door, but Mero is having none of it, just shouting back ”You’re my property, and I’m tellin’ ya’ to stay in there while I kick this punk’s ass!”, and with the camera focused on the closed door, the video comes to an end. In the ring, Mero smugly points at the big screen and tells Tazz there’s no distractions or excuses tonight, while J.R. and Cole can’t believe what they’ve just seen.

    Match Five:
    Marc Mero
    vs. Tazz


    Straight from the bell, Tazz is desperate to get his hands on Mero, but Mero ducks through the ropes, causing the ref to step in… but Tazz shoves the ref aside and yanks Mero into the middle of the ring… and starts unloading with vicious forearms to the head! Tazz unloads on Mero, knocking him down with a series of clotheslines, until finally Mero can take no more, he begs Tazz to ease up… but Tazz isn’t interested, he’s relentless, striking with more forearms, then kicks to the body, before Mero is sent off the ropes… overhead belly-to-belly! Mero is being hammered around the ring, and he looks like he can’t take anymore as he starts to beg for mercy… but Tazz isn’t giving any as he grabs Mero and tries to drag him from his knees… but Mero reaches over, and grabs the referee, a desperate act… but in the commotion, the ref doesn’t see… Mero nail Tazz with a lowblow! For the second week in a row, Mero hits a lowblow, but this week he gets away with it… and now Mero takes advantage, laying in with stomps, choking Tazz against the canvas. At this point, the crowd and the announcers are taken by surprise as Lance Storm and Jim Cornette have came out onto the stage to watch this match unfold. Mero now takes control of the match, nailing a stiff backbreaker and a swinging side slam for near falls, before Mero drags Tazz up and starts teeing off with jabs to the jaw, before he winds up for a big roundhouse… but Tazz ducks… and hits a release German suplex! Tazz now goes on the attack, landing more forearms, before he goes for the Irish whip… but he lowers his head… and Mero hits a swinging neckbreaker! Mero catches Tazz, and now he moves quickly, dragging Tazz up… and he takes him up onto his shoulders… TKO! Mero nails the TKO, hooks the leg… 1… 2… Tazz kicks out! Mero can’t believe it, Tazz kicked out of the TKO… and things are getting worse for Mero… as here comes Sable! Somehow, Sable has managed to escape the locker room, and she’s heading for the ring. Mero is furious, screaming at her to turn around and go backstage, but Sable asks the crowd… and they resoundingly tell her that’s not what they want… so Sable, instead… she starts taking off her Mero tracksuit… to reveal another skimpy bikini underneath! The crowd are going wild, Lawler goes nuts, Sable is showing Mero she does what she wants, when she wants… and through all of this, Mero doesn’t see Tazz back on his feet behind him… TAZZMISSION! TAZZMISSION! Tazz locks it on, grapevines Mero down to the canvas, Mero scratches and claws, trying to fight it… but he passes out! Mero has passed out, and the referee calls for the bell!

    Winner: Via Submission, Tazz @ 06:14

    Finally, Tazz has put Mero away, bringing this rivalry to a close, but Lawler doesn’t give a damn about the match, he’s too busy screaming about how good Sable looks in that bikini. It’s left to J.R. to put over how dangerous Tazz is, but of course he wonders what business Cornette and Storm have being out here to watch this one. Tazz wonders that too as he start to slowly walk back up the ramp, but Cornette and Storm quickly make their exit, leaving ‘The Human Suplex Machine’ to wonder about it a little bit longer. Meanwhile in the ring, Sable is still understandably upset about the whole situation she just went through, but with Mero unconscious on the match, she decides to do what she does best, she poses and waves to the crowd while Lawler damn near has a heart attack on commentary, but he does get it together long enough to ask the important question ”Who let Sable out of that locked dressing room?”. but that’s a question to be answered another time.

    As we cut backstage to see D-Generation X walking through the backstage corridors, and that can only mean one thing, our main event is next!

    *Commercial*

    And sure enough we go straight back into the arena, where Shawn Michaels, Triple H and Chyna make their entrance. During their entrance we see that the chair left for Owen which has been empty all night remains that way, and according to Lawler that means ”Owen’s scared of facin’ Shawn Michaels like a man!”, but J.R. is convinced we’ll see Owen at some point tonight. Out next comes The Legion of Doom, the second time we’ve seen ’Road Warrior’ Hawk and ’Road Warrior’ Animal tonight after they came to the aid of The New Blackjacks earlier by chasing away The New Age Outlaws, a move ‘King’ claims Hawk and Animal will live to regret once Road Dogg and Billy Gunn get their hands on them.

    Main Event: Tag Team Match
    D-Generation X
    w/ Chyna vs. The Legion of Doom


    Michaels and Animal get this one underway, and from the first tie-up, Animal’s raw power is used to his advantage as he shoves Michaels to the canvas and bowls him over with shoulderblocks, frustrating the WWF Champion in the process. Helmsley gets the tag, and initially he suffers the same fate, but he manages to work an armbar that allows he and Michaels to use double team tactics to target Animal… but it doesn’t last long as Michaels is rattled with a big clothesline! Hawk gets the tag, and he too goes to work with the power moves, launching Michaels across the ring with a series of hiptosses, before he takes the champion up… and drops him with a press slam for an early two count. Hawk then goes for an Irish whip, but Michaels reverses… and Chyna grabs Hawk by the boot! Hawk puts on the breaks, but he gets distracted… and it costs him as Michaels nails a flying forearm! D-X now take control, isolating Hawk in their corner, hammering him with boots and forearms and distracting the referee to lay in with cheap shots behind his back. More double teaming sees Hawk punished again, before a scoop slam from Helmsley leaves Hawk in a trouble as Michaels climbs to the top rope… and nails the elbow drop! Here’s the cover… but Animal makes the save! Again Hawk is hammered behind the referee’s back, but when Helmsley shots him to the corner and follows in… Hawk explodes with a clothesline! Both men are down, crawling for their corners… here comes Michaels… but here comes Animal! Animal bursts into the ring, nailing clothesline on both opponents before he grabs Michaels and goes for the Irish whip… huge back body drop! Now it’s Helmsley’s turn to go for the ride… flying shoulderblock, and Helmsley rolls to the floor! Michaels is taking a beating from Animal, and again he’s send off the ropes… powerslam! Here’s the cover… 1… 2… Michaels gets the shoulder up! The Legion of Doom are rolling here, and with Hawk back in it, they look to put Michaels away, as Hawk heads for the top rope… and Animal takes the WWF Champion up onto his shoulders… wait! It’s The New Age Outlaws! ”What the hell are they doin’ here?!” screams J.R. as Road Dogg jumps up onto the apron, distracting the ref… while Animal is ready for the DOOMSDAY DEVICE… Billy Gunn jumps up onto the apron… and SHOVES HAWK FROM THE TOP ROPE TO THE FLOOR! Animal ditches Michaels and races over, grabbing Gunn… but then CHYNA NAILS ANIMAL WITH THE WWF TITLE… and he staggers back into SWEET CHIN MUSIC!! Animal is out of it, Road Dogg drops back down and lets the referee count the 1… 2… 3!

    Winners: D-Generation X @ 08:22

    Once again, D-X find a way to sneak the victory, this time it’s thanks to The New Age Outlaws, and Road Dogg and Gunn aren’t finished there as they roll Hawk back into the ring and start attacking both ‘Road Warriors’. Triple H and Michaels join them, all four of them laying in with stomps and fists to the legendary tag team, a four on two mugging as J.R. describes it, but here comes WWF officials and backstage workers to try and stop this… only for Chyna to nail one of the refs! The agents and refs quickly scurry as Chyna looks to keep them at bay, while the beating in the ring continues… but suddenly, the crowd lets out a roar… as Owen Hart is sprinting through the crowd… towards the empty seat that’s been waiting for him all night… but instead of sitting down… Owen grabs the chair! Owen Hart literally takes the seat Shawn Michaels paid for him, jumps the barricade and slides into the ring… and NAILS TRIPLE H WITH A CHAIR SHOT! Michaels and Chyna hear the thud, and upon seeing Owen, they dive through the ropes and head for safety, but Owen isn’t finished… CHAIR SHOT TO ROAD DOGG… AND TO BILLY GUNN!! Owen Hart is cleaning house with a steel chair, he’s saved The Legion of Doom, but Michaels and Chyna have managed to escape to the safety of the stage! But Owen spots them, pointing the chair up at them, before he looks down on Triple H, grabs him by the legs, steps, twists and sits… SHARPSHOOTER! A SHARPSHOOTER TO TRIPLE H!! The European Champion writhes in agony as Owen Hart applies the sharpshooter, but all the while he’s wrenching on the hold, his eyes are locked firmly on Michaels and Chyna! Now the officials desperately try and save Triple H, but Owen has the hold locked in tight, roaring as he wrenches back on the hold, the crowd going wild, Michaels and Chyna scared out of their minds, while J.R. screams ”Owen Hart is here, and he’s come for D-X! Owen Hart has Triple H tappin’ in the middle of the ring… but he’s lookin’ a hole through the WWF Champion!”, and amongst the chaos and commotion, this Raw fades to black.

    -----

    Current card for WWF Royal Rumble 1998:

    30 Man Royal Rumble Match:
    Confirmed Entrants:
    Bart Gunn, Kane, Kurrgan, Steve Blackman, ’Stone Cold’ Steve Austin and Terry Funk



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    Re: World Wrestling Federation: The Montreal Fallout

    Just some quick comments in no particular order;

    Digging the idea you've floated of Austin holding onto the Intercontinental title, winning the Rumble and going on to challenge for the WWF Title in a Champion vs Champion at WrestleMania. It's also good to see the burgeoning midcard eyeing the I.S title, and it seems to be helping the likes of Shamrock and Jarrett potentially branch off into a feud of their own.

    Enjoying the progression of the Owen Hart angle too. The WWF missed a massive opportunity by ditching this angle within a few weeks, when it had so much more fuel in the tank, so I'm glad to see the 'Black Hart' hunting down DX each week getting the treatment it deserved. Owen Hart should've been a main event level player in the aftermath of Bret's departure, and hopefully at the conclusion of this angle - win or lose - he'll be in that mix to stay.

    The build up for the Royal Rumble is bubbling nicely. Kane continuing the run roughshod over anyone he pleases keeps him looking like an out and out monster, and I dont see that changing anytime soon. It'll be interesting to see if we get the Taker return at the Rumble to take on his brother, or if Kanes attacks on all the mid carders comes back to bite him, and everyone ends up teaming up to eliminate him during the match.

    Would be nice to see a Vader push. Criminally underutilized throughout his WWE run, and it sounds like you're going to give him some renewed focus. Glad to see the 'fat piece of shit' line get worked in here too. Him saying that in real life is probably my one big lasting memory of him in the WWF. I look forward to see a monster Vader kicking ass in the near future.

    Only thing that I'm not really into at the minute is the Mero/Tazz stuff. I like the Mero/Sable angle, but it feels like Taz should be doing something more of note, as he's come in with all this hype, but it's been a bit blah thus far. I get that it's early days, but I think someone coming in with the type of reputation Taz would've had at this point in time, should be coming in a lot hotter. Right now, he's just a midcarder in a midcard angle, and he's the third wheel in this angle too, taking a backseat to Mero and Sable.

    But the best thing on this show was without a doubt the Terry Funk/Vince McMahon interaction. Funk turning his back on hardcore wrestling in the blink of an eye tells you all you need to know about Funk and his morals & greed. Really intrigued to see where this goes from here, and the progression of Vince banning all kinds of hardcore wrestling from the WWF.
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    Re: World Wrestling Federation: The Montreal Fallout

    Shotgun Saturday Night
    December 20th, 1997
    Whittemore Center Arena
    Durham, New Hampshire


    It’s time once again for an episode of Shotgun Saturday Night, with Michael Cole and Jerry ‘The King’ Lawler taking the commentary duties. As usual they discuss some of the talking points from last Monday’s Raw, namely the main event where The New Age Outlaws gave D-Generation X the assist as they beat The Legion of Doom. It would have gotten a whole lot worse for Hawk and Animal though as D-X sought to embarrass them, only for Owen Hart to make the save, although Lawler think Owen must have a death wish for continually getting involved in D-X’s business.

    Our first match tonight sees The Headbangers taking on Los Boricuas, two teams stuck in a rut as of late. Savio Vega and Miguel Perez are in action for the Puerto Ricans, and they dominate this one, with Savio especially looking very impressive, and it’s he who gets the win for his team after he nails the spinning wheel kick at 03:19 to pick up a much-needed win for his team.

    Kevin Kelly then conducts an interview with Mark Henry regarding Henry’s return to action this Monday on Raw. After spending the last month racking up the wins on Shotgun Saturday Night, Kelly wants to know how Henry is feeling about his return to the big time. Henry admits there’s a few nerves, but he’s pretty confident about this Monday, and he reveals to us that his opponent will be Kama Mustafa from The Nation of Domination. Kama might be a big, tough guy, but he’s not ‘The World’s Strongest Man’, and that’s a huge advantage for Henry. He might be inexperienced, he might have suffered from injuries, but Mark Henry is back in the WWF, he’s made his mark on Shotgun Saturday Night… and now he’s ready to make his mark on Raw.

    Match number two pits the massive Kurrgan from The Truth Commission against Skull from The Disciples of Apocalypse. Skull is accompanied by 8-Ball, while Kurrgan has The Jackyl, Sniper and Recon out there with him. The numbers plays little in deciding the outcome of the match though, as despite a spirited performance from Skull, Kurrgan slaps a vicious claw hold onto his opponent, causing him to pass out in the centre of the ring for a submission victory at 02:37.

    Doc Hendrix is ready to give us another Royal Rumble update, informing us another five entrants into the Royal Rumble Match. Hendrix informs us that despite his recent bizarre behaviour, Goldust will be one of the thirty men entered. Hendrix also says that all four members of The Nation of Domination will take part in the rumble! That’s right, Faarooq, The Rock, D’Lo Brown and Kama Mustafa, they’ll all be there, but given the problems that currently exist between Rocky and Faarooq, will there even be a Nation of Domination by the time we make it to the next WWF pay per view?

    Our third match sees a battle of the big men as Ahmed Johnson takes on The Sultan. Sultan is an impressive athlete, but he’s simply overwhelmed by the power game of Johnson, who shows incredible strength to muscle Sultan up for the pearl river plunge at the 03:37 mark.

    We return to a brief video hyping the upcoming WWF pay per view, the 1998 Royal Rumble, with the voiceover encouraging everyone to buy the event on Sunday January 18th.

    Before tonight’s main event, the commentary team inform us that they have a message direct from Vince McMahon regarding two matches for this Monday’s episode of Raw. First of all, we’re told that Bart Gunn has challenged Kane to a match after what Kane did to Gunn and Blackman last Monday night, although both commentators think Gunn is insane to want to get in the ring with Kane. We also understand that after getting involved in the main event on Raw, The New Age Outlaws will be forced to defend their World Tag Team Championships against The New Blackjacks… in a Steel Cage Match! It’s understood that McMahon chose for this one to take place in a cage given the amount of running out on matches The Outlaws have done lately, although Lawler also points out that that’s what happens when you cross the boss.

    The main event sees Jeff Jarrett take on the high-flying Taka Michinoku, the two engaging in a highly competitive match. Taka impresses everyone watching, but Jarrett’s experience proves crucial as he takes advantage of a Taka mistake to slap on the figure four leglock, forcing Taka to submit after 05:48. Just before the show goes off the air, the camera hears Jarrett yelling a message at Steve Austin, with Jarrett stating he’s not done with the Intercontinental Champion yet, and that’s the last thing we hear as we go off the air.

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    WWF Negotiations with Mike Tyson Ongoing

    Negotiations between the WWF and suspended boxer Mike Tyson are at an advanced stage, with rumours being that Tyson will be making an appearance at WrestleMania XIV in some sort of capacity. Unfortunately, due to the nature of Tyson’s suspension of his boxing license from the Nevada Athletic Commission, he will be unable to appear at the event in a wrestling capacity. However, the name recognition and media buzz from Tyson appear on WWF television, and the possibility that he could be involved in WWF storylines, would mean that the large price tag he carries would be worth it. Rumours also suggest that if negotiations are concluded within the next week or two, Tyson could make his first appearance on WWF programming at the Royal Rumble. Either way, expect the negotiations to become part of WWF storylines over the next few weeks in order to build hype and buzz before Tyson’s first appearance in a WWF ring.

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    Re: World Wrestling Federation: The Montreal Fallout

    WWF Raw is War/Warzone
    December 22nd, 1997
    Lowell Memorial Auditorium
    Lowell, Massachusetts


    As usual we start the show with some highlights from last week, namely the confrontation at the top of the show between D-Generation X and Vince McMahon, when McMahon made it clear that under no circumstances would Owen Hart be welcomed back into the WWF. But as always, Shawn Michaels showed D-X don’t follow rules as he bought a ticket for Owen, leaving an empty front row seat for him at the front desk. But that would come back to haunt Michaels, as during the main event when D-X took on The Legion of Doom, Owen would come through the crowd, grab the chair that had been left for him to assault Michaels and The New Age Outlaws, before he slapped a sharpshooter on Triple H and our highlights package comes to a tense conclusion. The standard intro video plays, then we’re into the arena for the pyro and ballyhoo, before our announces Michael Cole and Jim Ross welcome us to the show. As we tour the arena, we see it is lit with green and red lights, there’s tinsel, presents and a Christmas tree on the stage, and Cole tells us that given that it’s three days until Christmas, this will be a Christmas themed episode of Raw is War. Kicking off the show tonight are D-Generation X, with Shawn Michaels and Triple H both wearing Santa hats and sunglasses, while the too serious Chyna has both the WWF and European Titles on her shoulders.

    In the ring, Michaels grabs a mic and admits that he and D-X have had enough. They’ve had enough of people sticking their noses in their business, and in particular they’ve had enough of Vince McMahon… and they’ve had enough of Owen Hart. Last week, D-X was forced to take on The Legion of Doom by McMahon, but ”…the old timers found out that when ya’ mess with D-Generation X, we’ll always come out on top…”, and that should serve as a message to McMahon. He can put anybody in the ring with D-X, he can try and punish them all he wants, they’ll always rise to the occasion. And it should also be a message to The Legion of Doom and anybody who decides to follow orders and get into the ring with them when McMahon asks for it. ”He might promise ya’ all kinds of money and opportunity… but it ain’t worth the ass kickin’ D-X’ll give ya’!” Michaels then goes on to brag about winning the match last week and the beatdown they gave LoD, although he makes sure that he and Helmsley take all the credit for it, ignoring the role The New Age Outlaws played in proceedings. Triple H quickly grabs the mic and chimes in with ”Even though we beat The Legion of Gloom on our own… we wanna let The New Age Outlaws know, you kids got a lotta moxey…”, which is as close to an admission that they needed help last week as we’re going to get. Michaels agrees that The New Age Outlaws have been impressing him a lot in recent weeks, and he even goes as far as to wish them luck in their Tag Team Championships Steel Cage Match tonight against The New Blackjacks, stating ”…D-X is rootin’ for ya’ fellas!”, but Michaels is sure that just like D-X didn’t need help last week, The Outlaws won’t need help this week.

    With the bragging over with, Michaels now moves on to discuss Owen Hart, pointing out that last week he bought Owen a ticket with his own hard earned money, and he had hoped that Owen would accept his offer, sit at ringside and enjoy last week’s show. Michaels is adamant that he invited Owen to the arena to speak to him like a man, to try and settle their difference, but instead, Owen attacked him with a steel chair and then locked Helmsley in the sharpshooter. ”And Owen… we’ve had enough…”, before Michaels hands the mic over to Triple H. Helmsley lets Owen know that not only is Michaels gunning for him, but since he locked that sharpshooter on him last week, Helmsley owes him a beating too. ”As far as I can see Owen… your family’s upped and left. And McMahon might not wanna let ya’ head south and join ‘em… but D-Generation X can make that happen…”, although Helmsley’s idea doesn’t involve contracts, instead D-X plan on kicking Owen’s ass all the way down to Atlanta. And seeing that it’s Christmas and all, D-X would love nothing more than to gift wrap Owen and send his broken body to his family as a present for the holidays. Helmsley doesn’t know if Owen is here tonight, he can only guess that he’s hiding somewhere outside, but if Owen is planning another sneak attack through the crowd, then D-X aren’t going to fall for it again this week. ”We tried talkin’ to ya’ like a man Owen, but if you’re too chicken-shit to go face to face with us… then we ain’t gonna let ya’ get us from behind…”, with Helmsley handing the mic back to Michaels.

    To put it simply, Michaels is pretty fed up with how things are going right now for D-X. He feels they’re being victimised, they’re being treated unfairly by those in authority, and they’re not going to stand for it anymore. They’ve been targeted by authority, they’ve been targeted by sneak attacks from the crowd, others are lining up to do the authorities dirty work, and according to Michaels, it’s just not right, D-X don’t feel safe anymore. ”As far as D-Generation X is concerned, the WWF right now… is an unsafe working environment…”, and if Michaels, Helmsley and Chyna are to continue to working here, then something’s got to change. And until that change happens, D-X aren’t going to do any work. ”As of tonight, until our demands are met, D-Generation X is officially… goin’ on strike!”, a comment which J.R. finds ridiculous. But what are those demands? Pretty simple, they want more respect from Vince McMahon and Sgt. Slaughter… and Michaels wants to get his hands on Owen Hart. He doesn’t care if it’s a match, he doesn’t care if it’s a fight, Michaels will even put up the WWF Championship to get it if he has to, all he wants is Owen in the ring, face to face. So it’s up to Vince, they’ve made it clear what they want, and if they don’t get it, then McMahon is going to see his WWF and European Champion ”…pack our bags and head down south with our buddies…”, a place where they might finally get the respect they deserve. As for tonight, both Michaels and Helmsley are refusing to work, they’re going to head backstage, sit in their dressing room, eat some cookies, open some presents, drink a little eggnog, the holidays are coming early for D-X.

    But before they head backstage, Michaels has a final message for Owen. He wants Owen to know that in one sense, he actually feels sorry for Owen. For years, Owen lived in his brother Bret’s shadow, he was always known as the other Hart brother. Bret might have won the WWF Title a time or two, but Owen never made it that far. And Michaels understands that that’s why Owen is attacking D-X, he’s trying to gain some revenge for his family. ”But Owen, I got news for ya’. If ya’ think gettin’ revenge by comin’ through the crowd and takin’ a cheap shot as us is gonna happen… you got another thing comin’…”, as D-X will be ready for Owen from now on. There’s no way Owen can sneak into their dressing room, so that’s where they’ll be hanging out. But Michaels repeats what he said earlier, he wants Owen just as badly as Owen wants him, but he wants him face to face in the ring. ”So Owen, if the only way you and me are ever gonna settle this is for me to put up this title… then come an’ get it!” Forget what McMahon says, Michaels is the WWF Champion, he and D-X run this business, and he’s making the rules, so he’s the one making the challenges. He knows Owen’s out there somewhere, he knows Owen can hear him, so if Owen wants revenge so badly, if he’s so desperate to become WWF Champion, then all he has to do is step into the ring with Michaels like a man. ”So c’mon Owen… make ma’ Christmas! ‘Cause if you don’t… I know we’ve got some girls backstage who wanna empty my sack!”, and with that crude joke, Michaels has said enough.

    As D-X’s music plays, Michaels and Helmsley head back up the ramp, our commentary team discuss what we’ve heard, Shawn Michaels has made a challenge to Owen Hart, a challenge ”…which flies in the face of what Vince McMahon said about Owen last week…”, with both commentators admitting they’ve no idea how this one will play out. They also hype the rest of the show, telling us that tonight we’ll see the return of Mark Henry to Raw as he takes on Kama Mustafa of The Nation, Kane will be in action against Bart Gunn, Ahmed Johnson goes one on one with Goldust, and we’ve two title matches tonight, The New Age Outlaws and The New Blackjacks inside a steel cage, and of course, ‘Stone Cold’ Steve Austin and Ken Shamrock battle for the Intercontinental Title. But our hook going into the commercial break sees us head back to the parking lot, where the hearse we’ve seen in recent weeks pulls up… and sure enough out steps Kane and Paul Bearer. Kane is in the building, he’ll be in action tonight… but what will his path of destruction mean for the WWF this week?

    *Commercial*

    We return to the interview set to see Doc Hendrix is standing by with The Legion of Doom. Hendrix wants to know how ’Road Warrior’ Hawk and ’Road Warrior’ Animal are feeling after being assaulted by D-Generation X and The New Age Outlaws last week. Shouting into the mic, Animal points out that it took four men to put the pair of them down, but one week later, they’re back and they’re looking for a fight. As much as they’d love to get their hands on The Outlaws, like they said last week, they’re willing to sit back and give The Blackjacks the chance at the gold they earned. ”But we don’t care if it’s The Outlaws or The Blackjacks who leave that cage the champs, we want ‘em! Tell ‘em Hawk…”, and with that, Hawk takes over, stating that for weeks now, The Outlaws have been running out on matches and running away from The LoD. Obviously tonight, The Outlaws are being put in a cage to stop them running away, but Hawk says he hopes that one day, he and Animal get Road Dogg and Billy Gunn in a cage ”…so we can chew ‘em up and spit ‘em out. Oh, what a rush!”, and with that, they make their exit and this interview is over.

    Back into the arena, and here comes Sunny to serve as guest ring announcer, and even our commentary team are starting to wonder why Sunny is doing this each week and if it’s ever going to lead to anything. She is wearing a sexy Santa outfit though, so she continues to look good in her role. First of all Sunny brings out Kama Mustafa, who is of course accompanied by his fellow Nation of Domination members Faarooq, D’Lo Brown and The Rock. Out next comes Mark Henry to a rather lukewarm reaction, but J.R. puts over how dominant the young powerhouse has been on Shotgun Saturday Night this last month and now we’ll see if he can carry that over onto Raw.

    Match One:
    Kama Mustafa
    w/ The Nation of Domination vs. Mark Henry


    The first tie up sees both men struggle to gain control, but eventually Henry’s power advantage sees him muscle Kama across the ring a few times before he sends Kama to the outside with a massive bodyblock. Kama picks himself back up, and J.R. points out that The Nation aren’t doing much to help Kama, they’re just standing back and taking this one in. Back in the ring, Kama gains the upperhand and starts landing stiff kicks and punches, but when he tries for a scoop slam, Henry blocks it… and plants Kama with a scoop slam of his own. More right hands back Kama into the corner, but when Henry goes for the Irish whip across and charges in, Kama sidesteps… and Henry smacks off the corner. This allows Kama to take control again, hammering Henry in the corner, then he hits a corner splash, before Kama comes off the second rope with a legdrop for a near fall. Again Kama muscles Henry into the corner, using his boot to choke Henry before he goes for an Irish whip… but when Kama races in… Henry bursts from the corner with a clothesline! Now it’s Henry who goes on the attack, landing big rights to the midsection, before he sends Kama off the ropes… into a huge back body drop! Henry is building momentum, smacking more rights, before he takes Kama up… for an impressive press slam! Henry comes off the ropes… nails a big splash! Henry hooks the leg… and he gets the 3 count!

    Winner: Mark Henry @ 03:48

    A powerful performance from Henry as he picks up a win on his first match back on Raw. Kama quickly rolls from the ring and The Nation gather around him, with Faarooq making sure Kama knows he’s not happy with him at losing. But nonetheless, Faarooq heads to grab a mic and then slides into the ring, where he stands across from Henry. Faarooq lets him know that he’s a kid with a lot of potential, a lot of raw talent, but he needs someone to guide him. And naturally, Faarooq is the man to do so. ”So kid, there’s a spot for ya’ in The Nation waitin’-“, but just like that, Rock grabs the mic from Faarooq’s hand! Faarooq is furious, but Rocky quickly points out ”…The Rock was the one who finally beat Ken Shamrock, so if anybody’s doin’ the recruitin’, it’s gonna be The Rock…”, a statement which infuriates Faarooq. But Rocky ignores him and tells Henry that he did pretty good in beating Kama tonight, but Faarooq is right, he’s got a long way to go. ”The Rock once decided to join The Nation to better ‘imself, and look where The Rock is now. The Rock is the best The Nation has to offer, and Mark Henry, if you join The Nation of Domination… you might make it to second place…”, but instead of waiting for an answer from Henry, Faarooq lets his emotions get the better of him. He and Rocky start shouting at each other, Kama and D’Lo try to play peacemakers, but the argument rages on… until Henry decides he’s heard enough… and he smashes Faarooq and Rock’s heads together! Kama and D’Lo attack, but Henry swats them aside with right hands, before he grabs D’Lo… and launches him over the top rope to the floor! The rest of The Nation scatter from the ring, and just like that, Mark Henry has sent The Nation of Domination packing! ”What an impressive display from Mark Henry!” shouts Cole, but the real story here is with Rock and Faarooq, the two of them still going at it as we head to a commercial.

    *Commercial*

    And even after the commercial, we head back to the dressing room of The Nation of Domination, where the argument rages on between Rocky and Faarooq, both men blaming the other for what happened out there, D’Lo and Kama desperately trying to settle things down, but J.R. simply asks ”Is The Nation falling apart here?” before we cut away.

    Back into the arena where Marc Mero heads out into the arena. Mero is standing alone here tonight as Sable is nowhere to be seen, which leads into J.R. reminding us of what happened last week, where Mero locked Sable in her dressing room in order to stop her from distracting him during his match with Tazz, only for Sable to wind up coming down to the ring, distracting Mero which allowed Tazz to put Mero away. Cole asks the important question here, ”Who was it that let Sable out of the dressing room?”, but right now the answer to that remains a mystery. In the ring, Mero grabs a mic and starts by saying he wants to say something important to someone very special to him. He’s thought about it, he’s made a lot of mistakes lately and he knows deep down inside, he owes someone an apology. ”So I wanna ask Sable to come out here… and hear my apology…”, and sure enough, the roar of the crowd means that Sable is headed for the ring, looking incredible as always. Sable smiles and waves to the crowd, which allows J.R. to play up how friendly Sable is and how according to him, Mero doesn’t deserve to have her as a manage, while Cole continues to build the mystery, wondering if Sable knows who set her free last week and whether or not she told Mero.

    In the ring, Mero is sincere as he tells Sable he wants to admit that he’s been wrong these last few months. He’s treated Sable like his property, he’s told her what to wear, he’s told when to speak, he’s locked her in rooms and ordered her to stay backstage. ”And Sable, I gotta admit to you… that at times, I’ve been a little bit jealous of you…”, with Mero pointing out that it annoys him when the fans cheer for Sable and shout her name. After all, Mero’s the one who’s the WWF Superstar, he’s the one who’s stepping into the ring, he’s the real star and he’s the one the fans are really here to see. And of course, he’s the one bringing in the money and writing Sable’s pay check each week. ”So I hope you understand when I say that these people, they shouldn’t be cheerin’ for you… they oughta be cheerin’ for me!”, which ironically draws boos from the crowd. But it is Christmas time, the season of goodwill, and Mero doesn’t want there to be any bad blood between he and Sable over the holidays. ”I don’t want things to be bad between us over the holdays. So Sable, I’m askin’ ya’… will you forgive me?, and again the crowd jeer, almost encouraging Sable to say no. Sable thinks it over, looking at the fans, almost asking them for their opinion, and again they mostly shake their heads and shout no. Mero gives Sable the puppy-dog eyes, almost pleading with her, but Sable isn’t quite ready to give Mero an answer, as instead she asks for Mero to pass the mic over to her.

    Sable says it’s bit of Mero to admit that he’s jealous of her, but that’s no excuse for Mero’s actions lately. Just because he’s jealous of the fans Sable has gained, and just because he’s jealous of all the attention Sable has been getting, that doesn’t give him the right to treat her the way he has been recently. ”You need to realise Marc that I’m my own woman, with my own fans, and if they wanna cheer for me, then there’s nothin’ you can do about it!”, a statement which draws a massive cheer from the crowd. Sable admits though that she would like their partnership to continue, but if it’s to carry on, it’s going to have to happen under her terms. That means she’ll be able to do her own thing if she wants, she’ll never be locked in a dressing room ever again, and more importantly ”…I’m gonna wear what I want, when I want!”, which really grates at Mero as the crowd cheer for that. Mero scrunches up his face as he thinks it over, but Sable is adamant, she’s made that clear, so now it’s up to Mero. ”So Marc, if you’re willing to agree with all of that… then we have a deal… and I’ll accept your apology.”, the crowd giving a mixed response. Mero continues to think about it, but eventually he takes back the mic and gives in, saying ”Alright… you got it. I’ll agree to all of that… and I’m sorry…”, at which Mero and Sable share a hug, which seemingly means that they’ve sorted their problems and are back on track.

    Well, not quite. ”But uh… there’s somethin’ I gotta know…, with Mero pointing out that last week, he locked Sable in the dressing room so she wouldn’t prove a distraction in his match with Tazz. But sure enough, Sable got out of the dressing room, came down to the ring and did just that, she distracted him and he wound up losing to Tazz. While Mero gets that Sable was just getting her own back, one thing’s been bothering Mero all week. ”Sable, I gotta know… who let you outta that dressin’ room last week? Who opened the door and let you out?” But Sable just shrugs her shoulders and shakes her head, she doesn’t know who it was who set her free last week. Somebody must have heard her screams from inside the room and unlocked the door, but when Sable opened it, there was nobody there. ”I’m sorry Marc… I honestly don’t know who it was…”, an answer which just infuriates Mero. And just as Mero looks like he’s just going to have to accept it… a random person rolls into the ring. The man is dressed like an old style telegram delivery boy, and in his hands he has a pink envelope and a heart-shaped box… and he hands them both over to Sable? Mero is furious, with Sable opening the box to reveal chocolates inside, before she opens the envelope and reads what appears to be a love note. Sable can’t help but smile and blush, while Mero is raging, screaming ”Who’s that from? Who sent you the chocolates?”, but Sable just shows Mero that the note says it’s from a secret admirer. But that’s not enough for Mero, as he turns and grabs the delivery boy by the jacket, asking him the same question… and when he also says he doesn’t know, Mero snaps… TKO TO THE DELIVERY BOY!! Sable can’t believe it, screaming ”What is wrong with you!?”, before she storms out of the ring and up the ramp. Mero chases after her, pleading his chase, demanding to know who the secret admirer is, but it looks as if we’ll have to wait to find out as we head to another commercial.

    *Commercial*

    We return to a quick shot of D-Generation X in their dressing room, with Shawn Michaels and Triple H doing exactly as they said they would, they’re sitting back, smoking cigars and drinking eggnog, while two random scantily clad girls sit beside them. The Christmas party is in full swing for these two, and even the stern faced Chyna joins in as she now has a Santa hat on her head. D-X certainly seem to be enjoying their strike.

    Cut to the interview set where Kevin Kelly is ready to speak with Ken Shamrock. Nautrally Kelly wants to hear Shamrock’s thoughts on his Intercontinental Title Match with Austin later tonight, wondering if tonight is the night Shamrock wins his first gold in the WWF. Intense as ever, Shamrock points out that he walked right into the ring with Austin and challenged him face to face, and now he’s got his opportunity, something Shamrock thanks Austin for. But now that Austin accepted his challenge, all respect between the two goes out the window. ”I wanna be the Intercontinental Champion, and if I’ve gotta break Austin’s ankle to do it… then that’s exactly what’s gonna happen…”, with Shamrock also pointing out that he hopes Austin will still share a beer with him even after he’s lost the title. Shamrock also wants to talk about Jeff Jarrett. Two weeks ago, Jarrett nailed Austin with the guitar, then last week he got Shamrock. ”Jarrett, if I see you anywhere near that ring tonight… then you can figure out where I’m gonna shove that guitar!” Finishing off, Shamrock is confident he’ll win tonight and become Intercontinental Champion, and when he does, he’ll gladly give Jarrett another shot at the gold… but only so he can hear him scream in pain, which is how this interview comes to an end.

    Back into the arena, where we see the steel cage has been erected around the ring, which means it’s time for our Tag Team Championships Match. Out first comes the challengers The New Blackjacks, and despite this being a huge opportunity for ’Blackjack’ Bradshaw and ’Blackjack’ Windham, J.R. and Cole first discuss the tension these two have had in recent weeks, including the argument they had after their victory last week over The Godwinns. Cole points out though that most of their problems come about when The Outlaws mess with them, and there’d be no better way than to win the titles tonight and put any issues to bed. At this point J.R. explains the rules, as ”…ya’ win by pinfall, submission, or when one member of the team manages to escape the cage. We’ve got a referee on the inside and the outside, we’re gonna settle this tonight one way or another!” And here comes the champions, The New Age Outlaws, with Road Dogg and Billy Gunn both looking tense and afraid, almost as if they don’t want to get into the cage. Indeed, it looks as if the champions are having second thoughts as they get halfway down the ramp… and then they turn their backs on the ring and wave the match off, they want no part of this! The Outlaws turn and start to walk back up the ramp, but then a group of referees and officials sprint down the ramp and block their path… and then here comes Vince McMahon! At this point Cole lets us know that ”…this Steel Cage Match war ordered by Vince McMahon tonight, no doubt because of The Outlaws coming to D-X’s aid last week…”, and sure enough, McMahon is adamant that this match will take place, as the camera hears him shouting ”You two get in the cage and start this match, or you forfeit the titles and you’re both suspended!”… and then from behind, Windham and Bradshaw race up the ramp… and they clobber The Outlaws! This is meant to be a cage match, but it’s getting started on the ramp, as Windham drags Gunn down the ramp… and smashes his face off the steel! And on the ramp, Bradhsaw… plants Dogg with a scoop slam! The Blackjacks are laying in with a beating on the outside, until finally, they muscle Road Dogg and Gunn through the door, follow in… the door is slammed shut… and this one is finally under way!

    Match Two: World Tag Team Championships Steel Cage Match
    World Tag Team Champions The New Age Outlaws vs. The New Blackjacks


    Bradshaw and Road Dogg get this one underway, but as soon as the bell rings, Dogg sprints to his corner and tries to scramble up the cage in an effort to escape, but Bradshaw quickly grabs him by the waist and yanks him back down. Bradshaw starts nailing Dogg with stiff right hands, then he smashes Dogg’s face off the steel, before a hard clothesline knocks him down. In the corner, Gunn tries to escape too, but Windham races across and drags him down too, with all four men in the ring. Windham and Bradshaw hammer The Outlaws, sending them crashing into each other with Irish whips. The tag team part of the match breaks down in a hurry as all four men go at it, with Bradshaw nailing Gunn with a big boot to the face, while Windham hits a gutwrench suplex on Road Dogg. The Blackjacks dominate, but everytime one of The Outlaws hits even the most basic of moves, they scramble up the cage to try and escape, only to be caught and pummelled again. The Outlaws finally manage to land some offence after Windham misses a clothesline on Gunn and eats a DDT, which allows them to double team Bradshaw with a double flapjack into the side of the cage. The Outlaws take over, Dogg hitting shake, rattle and roll on Bradshaw, before Windham is planted with a guillotine legdrop in another double team spot. Thinking they have both Blackjacks down, Gunn tries to walk through the door while Road Dogg tries to climb out… but once again they both get caught, with Windham nailing Gunn with a Russian legsweep, while Bradshaw climbs up, catches Road Dogg… then takes him crashing back down to the canvas with a superplex from the top of the cage! An incredible move from Bradshaw, but it’s one that leaves all four men grounded, and we’re going for a commercial break.

    *Commercial*

    Back from commercial and The Outlaws are fully in control, with Gunn laying into Windham with boots in the corner while Bradshaw is catapulted into the cage by Dogg. Again The Blackjacks are down, so this time Gunn tries to climb out, but when Dogg cuts off Windham, he winds up getting sent to the ropes… causing Gunn to lose his balance, crotching himself on the top rope! And here comes Bradshaw… big boot to Gunn’s face sends him crashing into the steel! The match continues to sway back and forth, with both teams coming close to victory through pinfalls, as Bradshaw launches Road Dogg into the cage with a fallaway slam while Gunn connects with a piledriver on Windham that forces Bradshaw to make the save. Every attempt at climbing the cage is quickly stopped, and there’s an incredible spot when Bradshaw scrambles to catch Road Dogg, then takes him crashing to the mat with a Russian legsweep from the top rope. At one point Gunn crawls for the open door and even manages to get both hands on the floor… only for Bradshaw to drag him back in… but in his attempts to hang onto anything he can, Gunn reaches under the ring, dragging a steel into the cage with him… which he uses to rattle off of Bradshaw’s skull! Bradshaw is down, and now The Outlaws look to take Windham out of things as they set the chair on the canvas, then Dogg climbs to the second rope… SPIKE PILEDRIVE ONTO THE STEEL CHAIR!! A vicious move that has Windham incapacitated, and Gunn goes for the cover… 1… 2… Bradshaw nails Dogg with a boot to the face, which causes him to fall onto Gunn, breaking the pin! It’s two on one, but Bradshaw fights like a man possessed, hammering both Outlaws, before he drops Gunn with a DDT! Bradshaw now works on Dogg, drilling him with right hands, before he shoots him off the ropes… big boot to the face! Bradshaw is rolling, and he’s looking for the big clothesline… but behind him, Gunn is crawling for the door… Bradshaw comes off the ropes… MASSIVE RUNNING CLOTHESLINE TO ROAD DOGG!! Bradshaw goes for the cover… just as the door swings open… 1… 2… THE BELL RINGS!? The match is over, but we didn’t get a three count… but then we see the referee on the outside has ended the match… as Billy Gunn crawled through the door and landed on the floor before the inside ref got to three!

    Winners: And STILL World Tag Team Champions, The New Age Outlaws @ 13:29

    ”How do these two keep doin’ this?” asks J.R. as once again, The Outlaws survive and hang onto their titles. Bradshaw can’t believe it, he was sure he had the match won with the clothesline, but he just didn’t realise that Gunn had managed to escape and hit the floor before the three count. Bradshaw naturally protests, but reluctantly the ref has to confirm it, Gunn’s feet hit the floor before the hand hit the mat for the three. Enraged, Bradshaw grabs Dogg and hurls him off the cage, with Gunn reaching in and dragging his partner from the cage, the champions quickly scurrying towards the ramp. Inside the cage, Windham has picked himself back up and looks as dejected as his partner. Windham moves towards Bradshaw and shakes his partner’s hand, offering his condolences… but when Windham goes to move away, Bradshaw pulls him back in… and LEVELS WINDHAM WITH A CLOTHESLINE! ”What the…? What the hell was that!? Bradshaw… he just assaulted his own damn partner!” cries J.R., and he can’t believe it as Bradshaw starts laying in with stomps and stiff right hands to Windham! Bradshaw is clearly furious with the defeat, and he’s taking out on Windham as he drags Windham to his feet… and HURLS HIM INTO THE SIDE OF THE CAGE! A vicious assault, The Blackjacks are falling apart, and as Bradshaw continues to attack, we see that Windham has been busted open! Blood flows from Windham’s forehead as Bradshaw continues his attack, until he backs off, waits for Windham to rise… and then Bradshaw strikes… TAKING WINDHAM’S HEAD OFF WITH A MASSIVE CLOTHESLINE!! Bradshaw has just decimated his now former partner Windham inside the steel cage, and it looks like The New Blackjacks are no more, as the bloody Windham is laid out on the canvas, referees and agents scrambling into the cage to tend to him, while Bradshaw heads through the door and starts to walk up the ramp. ”Bah Gawd, I can’t believe it! Bradshaw, he’s just assaulted Windham. The New Blackjacks, their team is history! We’ll try to find out what the hell is goin’ on when we enter the warzone!”, and that’s how the first hour of the show comes to an end.

    *Commercial*

    Another opening video, another pyro display and we’re into hour two where Jerry ‘The King’ Lawler has joined J.R. on commentary. Both men discuss the shocking incident at the end of hour one where Bradshaw assaulted Windham, bloodying him and leaving him broken in the ring. Lawler loved it, saying it was about time it happened since Windham was doing nothing but holding Bradshaw back, before the duo hype the rest of the show, Kane and Bart Gunn one on one, the matchup between Ahmed Johnson and Goldust, and then of course the main event, Steve Austin and Ken Shamrock for the Intercontinental Championship. And speaking of Austin, the glass shatters and the crowd goes wild as we’re kicking off hour two with ’Stone Cold’ Steve Austin heading into the arena. Although Austin carries the Intercontinental Title right now, Lawler is sure he won’t be holding it for long given that challengers like Shamrock, Jarrett and even Terry Funk have been lining up in recent weeks, it’s only a matter of time before we get an Intercontinental Champion we can be proud of.

    Austin grabs a mic and talks about his Intercontinental Title Match with Ken Shamrock later tonight, telling us all that it was Vince McMahon himself who signed off on the match between the two. To Austin, that means that McMahon really doesn’t care who becomes Intercontinental Champion, all he cares about is getting the title away from Austin. But like Austin said last week, he isn’t giving this title up for anybody, he doesn’t care who challenges him, ”…there ain’t no way nobody’s steppin’ into this ring and beatin’ ol’ ‘Stone Cold’ one on one in a fight, I guarantee ya’ that!”, before he states he has a message for Shamrock. Like he said last week, Austin has a ton of respect for Shamrock for stepping right into the ring and challenging him face to face like a man. But even though he respects Shamrock, he’s set to kick Shamrock’s ass tonight as the Intercontinental Title is going nowhere. Austin is hellbent on staying Intercontinental Champion, going to the Royal Rumble to earn his shot at WrestleMania and the WWF Championship. But of course, Austin knows he isn’t the only man with plans to win the Royal Rumble, referring to Kane and Paul Bearer. ”Kane, y’er a sorry sunnova bitch, ya’ run around stickin’ y’er nose in matches, but ol’ ‘Stone Cold’ is gonna stomp a mudhole in ya’ if ya’ stick y’er nose in ma’ business, and that’s all I gotta say about that!” It doesn’t matter if it’s Shamrock, or Jarrett, or even Kane, Austin is going to make 1998 his year, and that means he will win the Royal Rumble and he will win the WWF Title at WrestleMania XIV, whether Vince McMahon likes it or not.

    ”Wait! Wait just a minute!”, with all eyes darting to the stage as Vince McMahon enters the arena and heads for the ring with a microphone in his hand. In the ring, Vince wants to make sure he heard Austin right, that Austin really did say that he has plans on becoming the WWF Champion in the future? Austin confirms that’s what he said, which draws a slight chuckle from Vince, who says there’s very little chance of that happening anytime soon. Vince also admits that there is one thing Austin is right about, he doesn’t care who takes the Intercontinental Championship away from him, it could be anybody for all Vince cares as anybody would be better served for the role than Austin. And since Vince think Austin shouldn’t be the Intercontinental Champion, ”…I can promise you this Austin, you will never be WWF Champion. Infact, you’ve got about as much chance at becoming WWF Champion… as Owen Hart does…” Vince makes it clear that he’ll never allow Austin to become champion, he’ll do everything he can to make sure that doesn’t happen. Austin has no chance at winning the Royal Rumble, as Vince is convinced there’s nobody in the WWF who could eliminate a monster like Kane. And even if by some fluke Austin did win the Rumble, Vince would do everything in his power to make sure Austin didn’t make it to WrestleMania. ”So let me make this perfectly clear Mr. Austin, you’re not the man I want as the face of my company… and that means you’ll never be the WWF Champion…”, and although the crowd jeer that statement, it just draws a wry smile from ‘The Rattlesnake’.

    And while Vince is out here with a mic in his hand, he has a message he wants to get out there to Owen Hart. Vince doesn’t know if Owen is here or not tonight, quite frankly he doesn’t care. For weeks he’s tries to reason with Owen, he’s tried to warn him to stay at home for the safety of the other WWF competitors and fans, but Owen just refuses to listen. And look at what Owen’s actions have caused. The WWF Champion is currently on strike, refusing to speak with Vince, because of Owen we don’t know if D-X are going to show up on WCW television programming at some point in the near future. ”So Owen, since my coming out here and trying to speak with you hasn’t worked… I guess there’s nothing left but to speak with you face to face. So Owen, if you can hear me… I’m willing to relax my security for one night, I’m willing to allow you safe passage into a WWF arena… if you’ll meet me in the ring, man to man, next week on Raw!”, a comment which draws a massive pop from the crowd. With that said, Vince decides he’s said enough tonight and heads for the ropes, but Austin wants Vince to hang on a second. Now it’s Austin who wants to make sure he’s hearing things right, did Vince really just call out Owen Hart, the man who’s made Vince and D-X’s lives hell in recent weeks. McMahon firmly says yes, which prompts Austin laugh, before he makes sure Vince knows that ”…you step into this ring wit’ Owen Hart next week, he’s gonna whip y’er ass…” , with Austin calling Vince stupid for even suggesting it.

    After all, Vince is the man who screwed Bret Hart, he’s sent Owen’s family down to WCW, and now he wants to stand in the ring with him. Vince screwed Owen’s family, Owen is back for revenge, and the only way Vince is going to escape the ring with his life next week ”…is if ya’ bring a damn army wit’ ya’!” Vince doesn’t see it that way though, he feels if he can get Owen in the ring and talk with him face to face, the two of them can come to an understanding. When he wants to be, Vince can be very persuasive, after all, he managed to convince Terry Funk to renounce his hardcore ways last week to do things Vince’s way. ”And do you why Terry Funk agreed to do things my way last week? Because Terry knows that he will be rewarded for his actions…”, with Vince letting Austin know that there are big opportunities in Funk’s future. Title shots, main events, that’s what awaits Funk for agreeing to do things Vince’s way. But for people like Owen, D-X, Austin, those who refuse to see things Vince’s way, there will be consequences, they will be punished for their actions. As far as Vince is concerned, ”…the only way you’ll ever become WWF Champion Austin… is if you follow Terry Funk’s example, and you agree to do things my way…”, a proposition that Austin ponders over. Vince is adamant, repeating his offer, if Austin ever wants a shot at the WWF Title, Vince can make that happen, but only if he knows Austin is on board. Again Austin thinks, tapping a finger off his chin, Lawler is convinced it’s going to happen… only for Austin to give his answer the only way he knows how… he FLIPS MCMAHON THE DOUBLE BIRD! ”I ain’t never gonna do things the McMahon, I’m gonna keep doin’ things the Austin way, and that’s the bottom line, ‘cause ‘Stone Cold’ said so!”, and with that, this confrontation comes to an end, although the smug look on Vince’s face suggests he’s far from finished with ‘The Rattlesnake’ as we head to a commercial.

    *Commercial*

    We return to the announce desk, where Lawler and J.R. discuss the video interview that was conducted with Vader last week. Ross admits that it was tough to hear Vader talk about how embarrassed and humiliated he was at the hands of D-X, while also admitting to his weight problems. Lawler says that Vader should be embarrassed, he got humiliated by D-Generation X, he should’ve never let that happen, Vader ”…needs to go home, take a long look in the mirror and get himself in shape…” before he even considers a WWF comeback. Naturally J.R. is a lot more sympathetic, hoping that Vader takes some time, gets himself in better shape and that we’ll see him back in a WWF ring soon… but then all of a sudden, we need to cut backstage!

    And sure enough, the camera shows us that in the back… there’s a brawl going on between The New Age Outlaws and The Legion of Doom! After showing restraint in recent weeks, ’Road Warrior Hawk and ’Road Warrior’ Animal are making good on what they said earlier, they want the champions… and they’re laying in with a beating! Hawk hurls Billy Gunn against a wall, hammering him with stiff rights and boots to the body, while Animal has a trash can in his hands… and he smashes it off of Road Dogg’s skull! The Outlaws are getting hammered here, it’s an out of control battle, and the only saviour for The Outlaws is the backstage agents and referees who race into the scene to try and separate the teams. But try as they might, they can’t stop Hawk grabbing a steel chair… and CRUSHING IT OFF OF GUNN’S HEAD! The Outlaws are down and out on the floor, LoD screaming at them ”Your asses are ours! We want our belts back!”, and it seems we’ve finally managed to restore a bit of order as we head back into the arena.

    And the lights go out, the eerie red flow engulfs the arena, and that means here comes Kane and Paul Bearer. Lawler and J.R. are still in shock over the backstage brawl, but there’s little time to discuss it as instead they discuss the destructive path Kane has been on as of late, especially when he interrupted the tag team match between The Truth Comission, Steve Blackman and Kane’s opponent tonight, Bart Gunn. ”Kane singlehandedly laid out everybody last week, even Kurrgan! How in the hell is anybody gonna stop this monster from winnin’ the Royal Rumble?” One man who’s going to try stop him tonight is Bart Gunn, who makes his entrance alongside Steve Blackman. Gunn of course has his left hand taped, while Blackman carries a kendo stick, but Lawler feels it would take a nuclear bomb to try and stop Kane, which is bad news for Gunn and Blackman tonight.

    Match Three:
    Bart Gunn
    w/ Steve Blackman vs. Kane w/ Paul Bearer


    Gunn is naturally intimidated by Kane as the bell rings, but his hit and run strategy seems to be working as Gunn avoids Kane and lands a string of shots, but when he comes off the ropes… Kane nails Bart with a big boot to the face. Kane starts to punish Bart, choking him in the corner, pummelling him with right hands, before he plants Gunn with a short-arm clothesline and then hits an elbowdrop for a two count. Kane continues his assault, smacking Gunn with more rights in the corner, but when he sends Gunn across the ring and races in with a boot, Gunn avoids it… and Kane gets hung up on the top rope. A chance for Gunn to attack as he targets the leg, aiming kicks to the knee, then a few shots to the gut, before he comes off the ropes… clothesline over the top rope… but Kane lands on his feet! Kane reaches back in, dragging Gunn down and to the outside… where Bart is hurled into the barricade! A painful landing for Gunn, but when Kane rolls him back into the ring and then steps over the top rope, Gunn rocks Kane with a right hand, hanging Kane on the top rope! Gunn now charges… but he runs into a hand across his throat… and he gets shoved across the ring. Kane now steps back in and heads for Bart… but Gunn lands the BIG LEFT HAND… BUT IT ONLY STAGGERS KANE! Gunn can’t believe it, the big left only rocked Kane, but he swings it again… this time Kane ducks underneath… then again grabs Bart by the throat… CHOKESLAM! Kane plants Bart with the chokeslam, drops down and gets the 1… 2… 3.

    Winner: Kane @ 02:51

    Absolutely dominant from Kane, he took everything Gunn had to throw at him and he stayed standing… but hang on, Blackman has climbed to the top rope with the kendo stick in his hand… and he flies… BREAKING THE KENDO STICK ACROSS KANE’S SKULL! The big man takes it square on top of his head… but it just staggers him… he’s still on his feet! The kendo stick is broken in two, but it’s had no effect on Kane… who slaps a hand around Blackman’s throat… CHOKESLAM TO BLACKMAN! Blackman is planted to the canvas, while across the ring, Gunn is using the ropes to try and drag himself back to his feet… and Kane spots him, drags him over… then takes him up… TOMBSTONE TO BART GUNN!! Kane is unrelenting, punishing Gunn and Blackman, before he raises his hands in the air and sets the corners ablaze! Our commentators can’t believe how dominant Kane looks right now, with Lawler declaring ”…that’s your Royal Rumble winner right there!” as we head to another commercial.

    *Commercial*

    Once again we see D-Generation X in their dressing room, and this time Michaels and Triple H are sat on the couch watching the scantily clad girls from earlier taking part in the Christmas tradition of playing family games… only this time the girls are playing strip twister. ”Chyna, give it a spin…”, so Chyna spins the dial and it’s left hand on red… although when one of the girls tries to place her hand on a red spot, she falls, causing them both to fall over! Much laugher all round, except for Chyna of course, before Helmsley yells ”You know the rules…” and the girl that caused the fall removes a pair of tiny shorts to reveal a thong underneath which causes Lawler to squeal with delight while J.R. calls the whole thing pathetic before we cut away.

    To the interview set, with Kevin Kelly waiting to speak with Jeff Jarrett. Kelly wants to ask Jarrett about his attack of Ken Shamrock last week, but Jarrett quickly cuts Kelly off with ”…don’t you piss me off Kelly!”, before Jarrett explains his actions. As far as ‘Double J’ is concerned, he’s still the man who deserves a shot at Austin and the Intercontinental Title, Shamrock’s got no business to go asking for a title shot like he did. ”If anybody’s gonna take that Intercontinental Title away from ‘Stone Cold’, it’s gonna be ‘Double J’, not some punk like Shamrock…” Jarrett also lets us know that when Austin and Shamrock meet later tonight in their title match, Jarrett will be watching that one very closely, because in his mind he’s the next Intercontinental Champion. And since Shamrock likes to throw out challenges, and since Austin says he’ll never back down from a challenge, Jarrett has a challenge of his own. No matter who wins the match tonight between Austin and Shamrock, Jarrett is challenging the winner to that match to an Intercontinental Title Match next week on the last Raw of 1997. But Kelly points out that Jarrett had his shot at Austin and the Intercontinental Title back at In Your House, so why does he feel like he deserves another title shot next week. ”You’re startin’ to piss me off Kelly!” warns Jarrett, before he explains that he was cheated back at In Your House, although Jarrett fails to go into detail on what that cheating was. But he’s adamant that he deserves another shot, and this time it’s going to be different. ”I’m the greatest Intercontinental Champion there ever was, and Austin, Shamrock, I don’t care who it is, but if you accept my challenge, then I’m gonna end 1997 as the new Intercontinental Champion!”, and with a shove of Kelly, Jarrett brings the interview to an end and walks off.

    Back in the arena and Jim Cornette and Lance Storm are already in the ring, Cornette with a mic in hand. Cornette points out that a few weeks ago, he told the world he’d seen enough of the nonsense in the WWF, especially the amount of superstars who weren’t claiming to be wrestlers but were real tough guys and fighters instead. And of course, Cornette promised us all a return to the good old days of high-class, technical wrestling, and he’s delivered in the shape of Lance Storm. ”This man is a true technician. He’s currently 2-0 here in the WWF, both wins by way of submission. He has twisted his opponents tighter than a Baptist wife’s panties, and he makes ‘em tap out quicker than a New York minute…”, with Cornette putting over how nobody in the WWF can wrestle the style Storm is working at. And a lot of people have been asking Cornette why he and Storm came out last week to watch Tazz’s match with Marc Mero. Tazz arrived in the WWF with a reputation for being a real tough competitor, hell it was Cornette who conducted his first WWF interview with him where he told everybody. ”I listened to this angry midget tell ev’rybody that he gonna come in here, choke ev’rybody out, but all I heard was him disrespectin’ the WWF and disrespectin’ this business…”, with Cornette pointing out that Tazz might think he’s some kind of real fighter, but the name at the top of his contract says World WRESTLING Federation, as that’s exactly what he is, a wrestler. ”And unlike you Tazz, Lance Storm doesn’t need to act like a bigshot in order to make people tap out. He just steps into this ring, ties people up and they start tappin’. So Tazz, I got a lil’ somethin’ I wanna say to your face, so I’m callin’ you out here if you got the guts to step into the ring with-“

    You don’t have to ask him twice, as the music starts and then Tazz strides into the arena and heads for the ring. In the ring, Tazz stands square across from Cornette, with Cornette smugly telling Tazz he ought to be careful as he doesn’t want any business in getting into a fight with Storm right now. Calming things down, Cornette lets Tazz know he’s got a real problem with him. Tazz might look and act like a tough guy, but none of that impresses Cornette. ”Y’see, I’ve been in the wrestlin’ business a long time now. I’ve seen men tougher than you’ll ever be. Guys like Harley Race, Arn Anderson, two guys who’d tear a pipsqueak like you limb from limb!”, with Cornette also pointing out that guys like Race and Anderson didn’t need to act tough, they didn’t need to say they were tough, they just went into the ring, smacked their opponents in the mouth and everybody knew exactly how tough they were. ”They were real men, real wrestlers, and that’s exactly what Lance Storm is, not some wannabe like you!”, a comment which draws an annoyed glare from Tazz. So with all that in mind, Cornette wants to make Tazz a challenge. He heard what Tazz had to say, he’s seen him in action against Mero, but nothing he’s seen or heard so far has impressed him. ”I’m so sick and tired o’ hearin’ guys like you runs y’er mouth about how tough ya’ are, but you don’t do nothin’ to back it up. So I got a challenge for you. At the Royal Rumble, how ‘bout we see the two newcomers goin’ at it? How ‘bout Tazz and Lance Storm one on one, and we’ll show ya’ what a real wrestler is made of!”, with the crowd cheering and urging Tazz to accept.

    Tazz thinks it over and then grabs the mic, before he lets Cornette know that he didn’t come to the WWF to talk or act tough, he came to the WWF for a challenge. Straight from the get go, Mero targeted Tazz and challenged him, and look what happened, he choked Mero out twice. ”I don’t care if you’re seven feet tall… I don’t care if you’re a golden glove boxer… and I don’t care if you’re some kinda great wrestlin’ technician… you step in tha’ ring wit’ me… I’ll choke your ass out!”, so if Cornette and Storm are making Tazz a challenge for a match… then they’ve got it. Tazz will give Storm his match, but ”Why wait ‘til the Royal Rumble? Why don’t I just choke your ass out right here tonight?!”, a statement which draws a huge roar from the crowd. Cornette just laughs at it though, asking for the mic back, before he lets Tazz know there’s a few reasons why he and Storm won’t agree to that. ”First of all, incase you’re too dumb to realise, Vince McMahon’s the one makin’ the matches around here, so until he makes it official, we ain’t doin’ it. Second, we want the match at the Rumble… to give you a chance to get ready for it…”, a comment which confuses our commentary team. But Cornette explains that they don’t want there to be any excuses, they want to give Tazz a few weeks to try and drag his wrestling skills up to Storm’s level. ”So we’re gonna wait for the Rumble before Lance here makes your… ass… tap out…”, the crowd showing their disapproval with boos.

    And there’s one last thing Cornette wants to let Tazz know about. He knows that both Tazz and Storm were recently working at ECW, and quite frankly, only one of them really belongs here in the WWF. For a man with Storm’s talents, the big stage is where he belongs. But Tazz? ”I dunno what idiot signed you to a contract, but the bingo halls and the high school gyms, that’s too good for the likes o’ you…”, with Cornette claiming that after the Royal Rumble, he won’t even be able to get a job at a no-name company like ECW… and it’s that comment which really annoys Tazz as he steps forward to get in Cornette’s face… only for Storm to club Tazz from behind! It’s a set up as Cornette drew Tazz in, allowing Storm to strike from behind, nailing Tazz with forearms to the back of the head that knock him down, then Storm lays in with the boots… until Tazz explodes from the canvas with a double leg takedown! Now it’s Tazz who hammers Storm with wild rights and lefts, before both men scramble back to their feet… and Tazz makes his move… TAZZMISSION! Tazz locks Storm in the Tazzmission, Storm franticly waving his arms… until CORNETTE CRACKS TAZZ FROM BEHIND WITH THE TENNIS RACKET… but it has no effect! Tazz release the hold, but he instantly turns and grabs Cornette by the collar… and he looks to lock Cornette in the Tazzmission… only for Storm to again strike from behind, allowing both he and Cornette to scramble from the ring to safety. Tazz is left in the ring seething as Storm and Cornette hightail it up the ramp, but as we cut to commercial, Tazz has his eyes fixed square on Storm, while J.R. feels like Cornette may have bitten off more than he can chew in making his challenge.

    *Commercial*

    We return to a brief video hyping the upcoming WWF pay per view, the 1998 Royal Rumble, with the voiceover encouraging everyone to buy the event on Sunday January 18th.

    Back into the arena, where Goldust is being wheeled down the ramp to the ring by his ’Nurse’, and of course given that it’s Christmas, Goldust is dressed like Santa Claus, as you’d expect he would be. Ashe’s heading down the ramp, we see highlights from last week where Marlena and her lawyer served Goldust and ‘Nurse’ with some papers, although we didn’t get to find out what the papers related to, and J.R. admits that he still has no idea this week either. Out next comes Ahmed Johnson, and J.R. lets us know that Johnson is another man who is entering the 1998 Royal Rumble, although Lawler thinks it’ll take a miracle for someone like Johnson to win, especially with Kane in the match, although Ross doesn’t think Johnson should be counted out, while pointing out that both men in this contest are former Intercontinental Champions.

    Match Five:
    Ahmed Johnson
    vs. Goldust


    There’s a disgusted look on Ahmed’s face as the bell rings due to Goldust’s attire, but when the action starts, Johnson’s power game takes over as he tosses Goldust around the ring, hammering him in the corners, sending him to the turnbuckle with hard Irish whips, before he gets the first near fall of the match with a jumping shoulderblock. Goldust is reeling, being hammered around the ring, and Johnson gets another two count from a spinebuster. Goldust rolls outside to try and slow the match down, but Johnson stays on the attack, heading outside to drop Goldust across the barricade, before he goes for an Irish whip… but Goldust reverses… and Johnson crashes into the ring steps! After a brief recovery, Goldust goes on the attack, smacking Johnson with stiff right hands, smashing his face off the announce desk, before he rolls Ahmed back into the ring for a near fall. Goldust then tries to wear Ahmed down with a seated chinlock, but Johnson fights through it, working back to his feet where he shoves Goldust into the ropes… but he lowers his head, so Goldust drops down, smacks Ahmed with a hard right, then he looks for the running bulldog… but Johnson shoves Goldust away… then clotheslines him over the top to the floor! Johnson follows outside, both men trading right hands on the ramp, while in the ring, referee Earl Hebner is counting… he makes it to 6… 7… neither man realises, they’re still brawling on the ramp… 8… 9… the brawl continues… 10! Johnson and Goldust have taken their fight outside the ring for too long, this one’s a double countout!

    Winner: Double Countout @ 03:58

    Hebner has no choice but to throw the match out, counting both men out, but Johnson and Goldust don’t care as they continue their battle at the side of the ramp… but then suddenly, the crowd roar in amazement… as Owen Hart is in the ring… and he’s staring at Earl Hebner from behind?! That’s right, Owen has his eyes firmly fixed on Hebner, and it suddenly clicks with J.R. as he screams ”Hebner was the referee in Montreal! Owen’s here for Hebner!”… and then wondering what the commotion is, Hebner turns… and Owen nails him with a big right hand! The crowd let out a massive pop of approval as Owen nails Hebner, then he grabs a leg, steps and twists… SHARPSHOOTER! A SHARPSHOOTER TO EARL HEBNER! The crowd is sadistic as they love seeing Owen getting revenge on the man who refereed his brother’s last match in the WWF… but from the back, here comes D-Generation X scrambling from the back! Shawn Michaels and Triple H race down the ramp, but Owen sees them coming, releasing the hold before he hops over the guard rail and sprints through the crowd. Once again, D-X are just a fraction too slow as Owen is able to escape, but from the crowd he stares back at the ring, while J.R. puts all the pieces together and screams ”He’s got McMahon, he’s got Michaels, he’s got Triple H, and now bah gawd, he’s got Earl Hebner! It ain’t about titles, it’s all about revenge, it’s all about family pride for Owen Hart!”, while Lawler wants to know if Owen will accept Vince McMahon’s offer to show up on Raw next week.

    *Commercial*

    We return to the announce desk, where J.R. and ‘King’ are still reeling from the latest attack by Owen Hart, but both are in disbelief that it was Earl Hebner who was Owen’s target this week. Ross reiterates that Hebner was the referee for the match between Bret Hart and Shawn Michaels in Montreal, which leads Lawler to wonder if maybe Owen thinks Hebner was part of some kind of conspiracy to get the title away from Bret, maybe Vince wasn’t acting alone after all. We’re going to have to wait to find out, but hopefully Owen Hart will be here next week and he’ll answer some of these questions himself. After a few seconds of silence, Ken Shamrock makes his entrance to a loud response from the crowd, looking intense as ever as he heads to the ring. ”This man might be the biggest threat to Austin and the Intercontinental Title that ‘The Rattlesnake’ has faced so far…”, with both J.R. and ‘King’ putting over how dangerous Shamrock is and how if he slaps on the ankle lock, we’ll have a new Intercontinental Champion. And then, the glass shatters, and here comes ’Stone Cold’ Steve Austin to by far the loudest cheer we’ve heard so far tonight. Austin matches Shamrock in the intensity stakes, and as usual he enters the ring and starts to throw some trash talk Shamrock’s way before he heads to the corner to salute the crowd. ”This one is gonna be a classic…” states J.R., and as Austin hands over the belt, the buzz of the crowd means that this one has big fight feel all over it…

    Main Event: Intercontinental Championship Match
    Intercontinental Champion ’Stone Cold’ Steve Austin vs. Ken Shamrock


    The bell rings, both men approach each other in the centre of the ring, and the trash talking starts, both men trading words, the crowd roaring as the anticipation builds… and then the fists start to fly! Austin and Shamrock, trading wild rights and lefts, Austin backing Shamrock to the corner, but Shamrock fights back, going for the Irish whip… and catching Austin with a jumping heel kick, getting Shamrock an early near fall. Shamrock slows things down with a headlock, but Austin breaks free, hitting a side suplex, before a string of clotheslines lead to a suplex and a pointed elbow drop for a two count. Both men trade near falls, Shamrock with a fishermans suplex, then Austin turns a hurricanrana into a powerbomb, before the match spills outside. The heavy hitting continues as Shamrock is sent crashing into the steel steps, before Austin looks for a piledriver on the ramp… which Shamrock counters with a back body drop onto the steel! Back in the ring, Shamrock takes control as he starts to target Austin’s leg, hitting a dragon screw, then he smashes Austin’s knee off the ring post, but when he sends Austin off the ropes… he catches him with a sleeper! Shamrock locks it on, trying to make Austin fade, and it seems to be working as Austin drops to the canvas… but eventually he manages to fight back to his feet, backing into the corner to break the hold. There Austin drives a pair of shoulder thrusts, then starts with the boots, stomping Shamrock down to the canvas, before he drags Shamrock up and muscles him to the top rope… to hit a superplex! Austin crawls into the cover… 1… 2… Shamrock rolls a shoulder! Austin now looks to take control, tagging Shamrock with right hands, going for an Irish whip… and this time it’s Austin who gets the sleeper locked on! Austin tries to make Shamrock pass out in the centre of the ring… only for Shamrock to roll forward… and Austin spills through the ropes to the floor! The fight goes outside again, Shamrock smashing Austin’s face off the announce desk, before he sends Austin knee first into the steel steps. That means that when they’re back in the ring, Shamrock again tries to work the leg, this time locking on a double leg Boston crab. Shamrock has it locked on tight, but Austin is fighting it, showing incredible guts as he scratches and claws… and he finally reaches the ropes! Shamrock has to break the hold, but he’s in control, landing right hands, then kicks to the thigh, before he sends Austin off the ropes… Austin ducks a back elbow… Lou Thesz press! Austin takes Shamrock down and hammers him with right hands, before he adds a few stomps, then he shoots Shamrock to the corner… and follows in with a clothesline! Shamrock slumps to the canvas, Austin climbs to the second rope… another pointed elbow drop! Austin goes for the cover… Shamrock kicks out again! Incredible effort from Shamrock as he hangs in there again, but Austin is rolling now, landing right hands, before he goes for the Irish whip… kick… no! Shamrock grabs the boot, twists, takes Austin down… ANKLE LOCK! Shamrock slaps on the ankle lock, Austin cries out in pain, is he about to tap out… no! Austin rolls forward, sending Shamrock into the ropes… and he rebounds into the kick… STUNNER! Austin nails the cover, hooks a leg… 1… 2… 3!

    Winner: And STILL Intercontinental Champion, ‘Stone Cold’ Steve Austin @ 09:26

    An amazing effort from Shamrock, but an incredible performance from Austin sees him once again retain his title. The toll the match took on both men is clear to see as neither man really moves after the pinfall… and that means they’re both down as Jeff Jarrett hits the ring and starts attacking Austin! Jarrett pounces, hammering Austin with wild rights and lefts, then stomps to the body, Jarrett determined to send a message here tonight, but when he hoists Austin up and goes for an Irish whip… Austin explodes with the Thesz press! Now it’s Austin who lays in with rights and lefts, but we finally get referees and agents into the ring to try and separate the pair. The manage to drag the pair apart, holding them at opposite sides of the ring… but then Shamrock bursts to his feet… and he breaks through the crowd to go after Jarrett! Shamrock clearly hasn’t forgotten about that guitar shot last week, and now he starts hammering Jarrett… and the commotion allows Austin to break free, so he joins the fight, all three men throwing wild shots at each other! The referees and agents have lost all control, Austin, Jarrett and Shamrock, they’re trying to kill each other… but it all comes to a halt as we hear ”Hey! Hey, that’s enough of that! Stop it! Get a hold of yourselves!”, and striding out onto the stage with a mic comes Vince McMahon, flanked by Pat Patterson and Gerald Brisco.

    The trio continue their brawl though, forcing Vince to repeatedly shout, until finally, a bit of order is restored as the three are dragged into separate corners. Now that he has their attention, McMahon lets us know that this is the kind of thing he wants to avoid, the wild brawls, the loss of control, that’s not what he wants to see. What he does want to see is the Intercontinental Title taken away from Austin. And that’s why next week, Austin will be defending his title once again. ”And seeing as the three of you seem hellbent on killing each other, I suppose we oughta make it a Triple Threat Match next week huh?”, a comment that draws a loud cheer from the crowd but furious response from the three men in the ring. But that doesn’t matter, as that’s not what McMahon has in mind. ”Y’see Austin, it’s not going to be a Triple Threat Match, oh no. I’m a gambling man, but only when the odds are in my favour. And that’s why next week, on the last Raw of 1997, you’ll be defending the Intercontinental Title in a Fatal Four Way Match against Jeff Jarrett, Ken Shamrock… and this man…”, with all eyes turning to the entrance… and out walks Terry Funk! The man who agreed to do Vince’s bidding last week, he’s just been rewarded with yet another shot at the Intercontinental Title, a fact which infuriates Austin, while J.R. makes the call ”Is this what ya’ get for sellin’ your soul to Vince McMahon? A Fatal Four Way next week, Austin, Jarrett, Shamrock and Funk!? What a way to end 1997!”, and that’s the final words we hear as this one comes to a close with the disgusting image of Funk shaking hands with Patterson, Brisco and then finally McMahon.

    -----

    Current card for WWF Royal Rumble 1998:

    30 Man Royal Rumble Match:
    Confirmed Entrants (12):
    Ahmed Johnson, Bart Gunn, D’Lo Brown, Faarooq, Goldust, Kama Mustafa, Kane, Kurrgan, Steve Blackman, ’Stone Cold’ Steve Austin, Terry Funk and The Rock

    Lance Storm vs. Tazz


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    Re: World Wrestling Federation: The Montreal Fallout

    Another cracking show, iMac. This is rapidly becoming my favourite BTB on the site. I don't have the time for any kind of detailed feedback but wanted to drop some encouraging words about this; cannot wait for the Rumble to roll around.

    Absolutely loving the McMahon-Funk angle, that is pure gold and I can see that playing out on your next episode with Funk walking out as IC Champion. Also, the story with Owen Hart is being written perfectly. I love your portrayal of HBK and HHH, you've got them bang on the money. Nothing much I can suggest to improve this, it's a brilliant read and I hope you keep this one going for a long, long time.

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    Shotgun Saturday Night
    December 27th, 1997
    Lowell Memorial Auditorium
    Lowell, Massachusetts


    It’s the last Shotgun Saturday Night of 1997 and as usualMichael Cole and Jerry ‘The King’ Lawler are handling the commentary duties. After getting some season’s greetings out of the way, Cole and Lawler discuss how Raw went off the air last Monday night, with ‘Stone Cold’ Steve Austin defending his Intercontinental Championship, only for Vince McMahon to announce that Austin will defend that title again this Monday in a Fatal Four Way with Shamrock, Jeff Jarrett and Terry Funk. Cole points out that all three men have lost to Austin in Intercontinental Title matches over the last month, but Lawler is confident that this Monday will finally be the night Austin loses the gold, as under Fatal Four Way rules, Austin doesn’t have to be pinned to lose his title, which is exactly what McMahon wants.

    The in-ring action starts with Los Boricuas going up against The Disciples of Apocalypse. It hasn’t been the best of times since Survivor Series for DoA, they’ve lost more than they’ve won, and Skull is still suffering from being locked in the vicious claw hold by Kurrgan last week. They bought up a good fight against Vega and Perez, but ultimately Los Boricuas get the win after Savio hits the spinning wheel after 04:28 to get a second win in consecutive weeks for Vega and his team.

    At the interview set, Kevin Kelly is standing by ready to speak with The New Age Outlaws. Both Gunn and Road Dogg are both still hurting from the backstage assault they suffered at the hands of The Legion of Doom last Monday on Raw, although The Outlaws quickly give the excuse that they had defended their titles in a Steel Cage Match earlier in the night. But they’ve heard LoD make it clear they want a title shot, but Road Dogg can’t believe that Hawk and Animal aren’t bored of getting beaten by The Outlaws. Billy then states that The Outlaws have beaten every team in the WWF over the last few months, including The Legion of Doom when they won the titles, which means they’ve got nothing left to prove, so if LoD want a title shot, they can have it, but it’ll be their last. As for the attack last Monday, The Outlaws aren’t going to let that slide, they’ve got a little something in store for Hawk and Animal this Monday that’ll prove once and for all how old and pathetic The Legion of Doom really are.

    There’s a lot of surprise in the arena for our second contest tonight, not at the sight of Bob Holly, but for his opponent, the man who looks a lot like the former ‘Blackjack’ Windham, a man now going by the name Barry Windham. Cole informs us that after the brutal attack he suffered at the hands of his former partner on ‘Blackjack’ Bradshaw on Raw, The New Blackjacks are naturally finished which means Windham is now going it alone. And in order to put this man over, Lawler even acknowledges that Windham is a former NWA World Heavyweight Champion. And given all that, it’s no surprise when Windham survives the best of what Holly can throw at him before Windham puts Holly away with an implant DDT after 03:41.

    Doc Hendrix is ready to give us another Royal Rumble update, where he initially discusses the fact that Vince McMahon has made it official, the challenge made by Lance Storm and Jim Cornette to Tazz has been signed off on, we’ll see that match between the two newcomers on January 18th. But Storm and Tazz will both be performing double duty that night, as both have also been entered in the 1998 Royal Rumble Match! A further two names in the Rumble will be Savio Vega and Taka Michinoku, but there’s one final name Hendrix has to reveal… the European Champion, Triple H! That’s right, Shawn Michaels’ buddy and fellow D-Generation X member will be in the Royal Rumble, with Hendrix speculating on what could happen if Helmsley wins the Rumble and goes on to WrestleMania to challenge Michaels for the WWF Championship.

    Match number three sees the recently impressive Kurrgan step into the ring with poor Scott Taylor, a thought that Lawler can’t stop laughing at, although Cole gets him back by pointing out it could be Brian Christopher who soon has to face Kurrgan, which quickly shuts Lawler up. Kurrgan of course dominates the match, Taylor musters only a punch or two as offence, and with The Jackyl and The Truth Commission watching on, Kurrgan quickly puts Taylor away with the claw hold at the 01:51 mark for an easy win. Jackyl is quickly into the ring to marvel at the dominance of his monster, who is starting to look very impressive ahead of his appearance in the Royal Rumble Match.

    We return to a brief video hyping the upcoming WWF pay per view, the 1998 Royal Rumble, with the voiceover encouraging everyone to buy the event on Sunday January 18th.

    Just before tonight’s main event, there’s time for a shill job for this Monday’s episode of Raw. Once again Cole and Lawler discuss the Intercontinental Championship Fatal Four Way Match, with Ken Shamrock, Terry Funk and Jeff Jarrett all challenging ‘Stone Cold’ Steve Austin for the gold. But also on Raw, Mark Henry will be in action for the second week in a row, The Legion of Doom will take on Los Boricuas, while Steve Blackman will be in action against Marc Mero, which of course draws a squeal from ‘King’ at the thought of getting to see Sable again this Monday from Uniondale, New York.

    And tonight’s main event is a rematch from Raw, as Ahmed Johnson and Goldust lock up in order to settle things from their double contout last Monday night. Just like on Raw, this one is a hard hitting affair, with the action again spilling outside the ring. This time there’s no chance of a countout though, as Goldust hits the curtain call after 05:33 to grab the win. And then of course after the match, Goldust simply gets back into his wheelchair and is wheeled back up the ramp, with Cole asking the question we’ve been wondering for weeks, what was on those papers Goldust was served by his wife Marlena? We don’t get any answers tonight, but maybe we will on Raw, and that’s the last thoughts we hear before this episode of Shotgun Saturday Night comes to an end.

    Newswire

    Surprises Lined Up for Royal Rumble Match

    While entrants into the upcoming Royal Rumble Match have been steadily announced over the last few weeks, it’s understood that a number of spots will be left unannounced and left as surprise participants. The WWF have been contacting talent, looking to cause a stir with some of the possibilities to fill the final spots in the match. The WWF continue to seek out new blood from ECW and the independent wrestling scene, and it could be the case the one, or perhaps several, new wrestlers make their debuts during the Royal Rumble. ECW wrestlers Rob Van Dam and Bam Bam Bigelow are two such names we’ve heard, although rumour has it a number of WWF legends such as The Honky Tonk Man have also been contacted. Whoever winds up taking these Royal Rumble spots, the WWF is no doubt hoping to create more buzz and intrigue ahead of what is shaping up to be a highly anticipated pay per view event.

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    Re: World Wrestling Federation: The Montreal Fallout

    So I heard some kind words about your booker in the discussion thread and yesterday and today I checked it out. Thoroughly impressed with your work so far and what you've done with this project. I've got to say the fallout of montreal is a time I haven't ever seen booked before which surprises me as it is such a pivotal moment in wrestling history (Along with the formation of the NWO, Which I don't recall seeing people book either). Your work is easy to ready and the italics and coloring help it stand out. Everything is extremely well written as well. I'm also impressed with how well you are able to handle such established characters. Like everything you have done with Austin, Michaels, Taker, Kane and Rock I can see them doing or saying in that time period. Nothing seems out of character. The people you've brought in as well such as Jarrett, Storm, Tazz and Funk have all been top notch so far as well. Keep up the good work man. You've officially become my new favorite project on this forum!





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    Re: World Wrestling Federation: The Montreal Fallout

    First, you got the dynamic between the commentary team down perfectly. Now this is a very underrated aspect and it's one I credit you on. Just on the Shotgun Saturday night show, I was laughing and the King and Cole remarks about the Kurgan and Scott Taylor match. Very good.


    The rest of BTB is good, really good. I'm enjoying it a whole lot. You're portrayal of DX is excellent, because they are just smarmy douches and I hate them and so badly want Owen to get the best of them. DX going on strike is quite amusing and sounds like something DX would do, so it's good to see that you are staying true to the characters. The Outlaws being chicken shit heels, and just getting the in suited their characters and made them more hateable which is good. It puts the blackjacks over strong as well so plus.

    You incorporated the new signings such as Storm and Tazz well, using Jim Cornetee for a mouth piece for Storm is the best thing you could've done. Also loving making the IC more important by having your top babyface champion.


    Looking foraward to reading more. Very good so far, keep it up.
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    Reserved. It's about time I gave this bad boy a review!

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