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    World Wrestling Federation: The Montreal Fallout

    Survivor Series 1997
    November 9th, 1997


    The opening bout saw The New Age Outlaws emerge as survivors as they teamed with The Godwinns to take on The Headbangers and The New Blackjacks. Road Dogg and Billy Gunn last eliminated Thrasher of The Headbangers to grab the victory with a great double team move that saw them once again prove they are the hottest tag team in the WWF today.


    Kurrgan of The Truth Commission was the sole survivor as he lead his team to victory over The Disciples of Apocalypse. Kurrgan looked dominant throughout the match as he eliminated all four members of D.O.A., last eliminating Crush with an impressive looking sidewalk slam.


    In a feel-good moment for the partisan Montreal crowd, The British Bulldog lead Team Canada to a win over Team USA. Bulldog was joined by Jim Neidhart and The Can-Am Express, while Team USA was represented by Marc Mero, Vader, Goldust and newcomer Steve Blackman. Close to the end, things looked bleak for Bulldog as he was left facing Goldust and Vader, only for Goldust to turn his back on Vader, allowing Bulldog to grab the win with the help of the ringbell.


    Mankind put up an incredible fight against Kane, but ‘The Big Red Machine’ was just too powerful as he put Mankind away. In a match that was fought under an eerie red light, Mankind and Kane engaged in a brutal battle which saw Mankind suffer a lot of punishment, which lead to Kane picking up the win.


    The Legion of Doom joined forces with Ken Shamrock and Ahmed Johnson to battle The Nation of Domination, with Shamrock impressing everyone as he emerged as the lone survivor. In an embarrassing turn of events, The Nation’s lead Faarooq was their first man eliminated, which set the stage for The Rock to show exactly what he’s made of. However, it was Shamrock who won the day, seeing off D’Lo Brown and then The Rock to win the match.


    The Intercontinental Title was on the line as the champion, Canada’s own Owen Hart defended the title against ‘Stone Cold’ Steve Austin. In what was a rematch of the infamous match at SummerSlam 1997 where Austin suffered a broken neck at Owen’s hands, Austin rallied to beat Owen in just over 4 minutes to become Intercontinental Champion for the second time.


    And then the main event, Bret Hart defending the WWF Championship against Shawn Michaels. Before the match officially got under way, Hart and Michaels engaged in a ferocious brawl around the ringside area, until finally the match started. In a controversial moment, Michaels locked Hart in the sharpshooter, and as Hart tried to reverse the move, referee Earl Hebner called for the bell to be rung. It was announced that Michaels was the new champion, despite it appearing that Hart never actually submitted.


    In the moments immediately after the match, Hart would spit in Vince McMahon’s face and then trash the ringside area, before signalling to his fans that he was indeed signing with the rival WCW, bringing an undignified end to his illustrious WWF career.

    The World Wrestling Federation
    Roster Accurate as of November 10th, 1997


    Ahmed Johnson
    Bart Gunn
    Billy Gunn
    'Blackjack' Bradshaw
    'Blackjack' Windham
    Bob Holly
    Brian Christopher
    British Bulldog

    Chainz
    Crush
    Devon Storm
    D’Lo Brown
    Doug Furnas
    Faarooq

    Flash Funk
    Goldust
    Henry O. Godwinn
    Jeff Jarrett
    Jesus Castillo Jr.
    Jim Neidhart
    Jose Estrada Jr.
    Kama Mustafa
    Kane

    Ken Shamrock
    Kurrgan
    Mankind
    'Marvellous' Marc Mero
    Mark Henry
    Miguel Perez Jr.
    Mosh
    Owen Hart
    Phil LaFon
    Phineas I. Godwinn
    Recon
    Road Dogg

    ‘Road Warrior’ Animal
    ‘Road Warrior’ Hawk
    Salvatore Sincere
    Savio Vega

    Scott Taylor
    Skull
    Shawn Michaels
    Sniper

    Steve Blackman
    ‘Stone Cold’ Steve Austin
    Taka Michinoku
    The Patriot
    The Rock
    The Sultan

    The Undertaker
    Thrasher
    Triple H
    Vader
    8-Ball


    Tag Teams and Stables


    D-Generation X; Shawn Michaels and Triple H
    Los Boricuas; Jesus Castillo Jr, Jose Estrada Jr. Miguel Perez Jr. and Savio Vega
    The Disciples of Apocalypse; Crush, Chainz, Skull and 8-Ball
    The Can-Am Express; Doug Furnas and Phil LaFon
    The Godwins; Henry O. and Phineas I. Godwin
    The Headbangers; Mosh and Thrasher
    The Legion of Doom; ‘Road Warrior’ Animal and ‘Road Warrior’ Hawk
    The Hart Foundation; British Bulldog, Jim Neidhart and Owen Hart
    The Nation of Domination; D'Lo Brown, Faarooq, Kama Mustafa and The Rock
    The New Age Outlaws; Billy Gunn and Road Dogg
    The New Blackjacks; 'Blackjack' Bradshaw and 'Blackjack' Windham
    The Truth Commission; Kurrgan, Recon and Sniper


    Personnel


    Chyna; Currently Managing D-Generation X
    Doc Hendrix; Backstage Interviewer
    Gerald Brisco
    Howard Finkel; Ring Announcer
    Jerry ‘The King’ Lawler; Colour Commentator
    Jim Cornette; Colour Commentator
    Jim Ross; Play-by-play Announcer
    Linda McMahon; WWF Chief Executive Operator
    Luna Vachon
    Kevin Kelly; Backstage Interviewer
    Marlena
    Michael Cole; Backstage Interviewer
    Pat Paterson
    Paul Bearer; Currently Managing Kane
    ‘Ravishing’ Rick Rude; Currently Managing D-Generation X

    Sable; Currently Managing Marc Mero
    Sgt. Slaughter; WWF Commisioner
    Sunny
    The Jackyl; Currently Managing The Truth Commission
    Tony Chimel; Ring Announcer
    Vince McMahon; Play-by-play Announcer

    Champions


    WWF Champion; Shawn Michaels
    Intercontinental Champion; 'Stone Cold' Steve Austin
    European Champion; Shawn Michaels
    World Tag Team Champions; The Legion of Doom




    Uh... hullo. This thread, like a few others on this forum right now it seems, started on another well known BTB forum. Unfortunately, when I started this thread about a year ago, the level of activity on that sight was pretty poor and it's somehow gotten worse. I, however, have a ton of ideas and a story I want to tell and have done a fair amount of writing the last few weeks. Hopefully guys like Stojy and Wolf Beast remember me ( ) and I'll get to know some of you here.


    Shows are in recap form with a weekly update post containing news bits and results for Shotgun Saturday Night (remember that?). Signings have been relatively realistic I think, and I'll continue in that vain. And obviously since I started this thread elsewhere, I'll be posting the older shows first before getting onto the new stuff. There aren't that many of them to catch up on.


    But yeah, it's 1997. Austin~! Austin~! Bah gawd! It's the start of the Attitude Era~!
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    Re: World Wrestling Federation: The Montreal Fallout

    Welcome! I remember the work of guys like you, Wolf Beast, and Nige sticking out on other forums. Glad you brought this over.

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    Re: World Wrestling Federation: The Montreal Fallout

    I know you, Shawn Michaels as a crazy religious nutball. Mr. Kennedy spiking David Flair's head on the mat while Ric watched. Don Santino Marella.

    I'm excited

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    Hey, I know you too!

    This is a particularly badass time to start a thread of course, what with the aftermath of Montreal, where WCW had an opportunity to strike and.......... well, we know what happened next. Anyways, looking forward to reading, iMac.

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    Yet another exodus from the corpse that is WrestlingForum. This is gonna be a happening.

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    Was literally reading your old thread yesterday. Not sure why but I had no idea you were a fellow Scotsman (or I did and forgot). Good time period to start, not one you see many people stick at but you have good consistency so I'm pretty excited.

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    Oh hey I missed reading your threads on that forum. Look forward to reading this one

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    Good luck mate. I've always been keen to take on post-Montreal myself, but never had the time to leave my current work. It will be interesting to see how you go from here, especially for Owen Hart, who I think the screwjob should have been the platform for his entry to the main event scene. I'll be reading.

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    Newswire


    Wrestling World Rocked By 'Montreal Screwjob'
    Last night's Survivor Series from Montreal saw a controversial finish to the WWF Championship Match between Bret Hart and Shawn Michaels. For days in the run up to the match, endless rumours had Hart linked with a move to the rival WCW, while it was also rumoured that Hart was refusing to drop the title to Michaels in Canada. As the world saw live on pay per view last night, WWF Owner Vince McMahon called for the bell early, handing the title to Michaels. After the pay per view went off the air, fans in attendance reported that Hart trashed the arena and made it clear that he was leaving the WWF. Internet messageboards have been buzzing with stories of Hart then punching McMahon backstage in an act of retribution. Whether that is true or not remains to be seen, but what is sure is that McMahon robbed Hart of the title in the last act of Hart's WWF career.


    WWF Talent Walk Out On Company After Survivor Series
    Many members of the WWF roster are refusing to show up for work over the next two days in protest against the treatment Hart suffered last night. We understand that the roster will be severely depleted for the Raw tapings scheduled for Monday and Tuesday in Ottawa, Ontario and Cornwall, Ontario. In an obvious move, Jim Neidhart, British Bulldog and Owen Hart have all walked out in a show of solidarity with Bret Hart. Others such as Mick Foley and WWF Tag Team Champions The Legion of Doom have also told WWF management they won't be appearing on Raw tonight. Their returns to the company are questionable. One man who was close to walking out was The Undertaker, however the veteran locker room leader was convinced to show up in Ottawa, despite how furious he was with Vince McMahon in Montreal.


    WWF Searching For New Talent
    With Bret Hart on his way to WCW and with the possibility of others following him out the door, WWF are currently on the search for new talent to fill the void left behind. ECW stars such as Taz, Rob Van Dam and Terry Funk have all recently been contacted, with Taz and Funk reportedly having already signed with the company. Both are scheduled to make their debuts over the next month or so. Prospect Lance Storm is reportedly also on the WWF's radar. Jim Cornette has also been pushing for many of his former Smokey Mountain Wrestling performers such as Al Snow and The Rock 'n' Roll Express to be brought in, although many within the company would rather stay away from Cornette's southern style approach. Regardless, expect several new names to appear on WWF programming as the company approach WrestleMania XIV.


    Light Heavyweight Championship Plans Scrapped
    As of last week, WWF booking plans called for the company to kick off a tournament to crown the champion of the new Light Heavyweight Championship, with the final being held at the upcoming In Your House: D-Generation X pay per view. The title, which was to be seen as a WWF equivalent of WCW's Cruiserweight Championship, had seen the company bring in Japanese wrestler Taka Michinoku and give competitors like Brian Christopher a more featured role on the show. In the wake of Survivor Series, those plans have been cancelled. Rumours that Vince McMahon has had a change of heart and instead favours bringing in a Women's or a Hardcore Championship have yet to be confirmed.


    Thank you all for the message of welcome. Especially the one about 'Don' Santino Marella, a real favourite character of mine! Anyway, I don't bother with previews really, so the next post will be the first Raw I wrote for the thread. I'll do my best to rattle through these as quick as I can to get to the new stuff.

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    everything's fine but the only dissapotment is the scrapping of the light heavyweight divison, I know that it was a joke in real life but you could have done something a person suggested on a podcast and bring in the michonoku pro guys to match the luchadors. Oh well, I'm interested in how to do the rise of stone cold, if it will be similar to real life or you go another direction.

    good luck I'll be reading

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    WWF Raw is War/Warzone
    November 10th, 1997
    Corel Center
    Ottawa, Ontario, Canada


    We open the show with the usual Raw is War opening package, before we head into the arena for an explosion of pyro and tour of the raucous crowd that has turned up in Ottawa tonight. As we see the fans and their signs, the only voice we hear is that of a rather subdued Jim Ross, who informs us that we’ll be kicking off tonight’s show with the arrival of the new WWF Champion, Shawn Michaels, and his D-Generation X cohorts. And sure enough, the music hits, but instead of the whole gang, out walks the solitary figure of ’Ravishing’ Rick Rude, who strides down the ramp in a sharp suit and with a microphone in his hand. It’s at this point that we hear from Jim Cornette for the first time tonight, with Cornette saying he can’t wait to hear what D-X have to say after what he calls ”…the most controversial night in the history of professional wrestling!” in reference to last night’s Survivor Series, while Ross says there’ll be plenty of discussion about last night later in tonight’s broadcast, while also letting us know that ”Vince McMahon is NOT here tonight in Ottawa!”

    In the ring, Rude tries to speak, but his first couple of attempts are drowned out by the ridiculous heat from the Ottawa fans, many of whom look as if they are baying for blood tonight. A “Bullshit! Bullshit!” chant knocks Rude off his stride, but he eventually does speak, telling the fans he wants ”...all you fat, ugly, stupid Canadians…” to listen up and pay their respects to the new WWF Champion. This brings out the rest of D-Generation X, with Shawn Michaels leading out Triple H and Chyna, with both Michaels’ WWF and European Championship belts over Chyna’s broad shoulders. As the trio walk the ramp, Ross and Cornette talk about Survivor Series and it’s shocking ending, highlighting the controversy of the situation, while Michaels revels in taunting the Canadian faithful in the arena tonight with crotch chops.

    Again the heat is deafening, but Rude starts by allowing himself to be the first to not only congratulate Michaels on his victory last night, but to also congratulate him on ”…finally runnin’ that piece of trash Bret Hart out the door!”, again to the ire of the crowd. Rude talks about how worthy and deserving a champion Michaels is, stating that Michaels is ”…the only man capable of leading the WWF into the new millennium!”, and that at Survivor Series he earned the respect of each and every WWF fan. Michaels takes over the stick, and after thanking Rude, he revels in the fact that he and D-X are back on top. Michaels insults Bret Hart, bragging about how he beat Hart ”…with his own move in his own country!”, before he insults the Canadian fans, saying how they always cheer for losers and last night proves that. Michaels says he doesn’t care about controversy, or about anyone getting screwed last night, all that matters is that he’s the new WWF Champion. At this point Triple H chips in, saying Bret didn’t get screwed last night, ”…but he did a lotta’ screwin’ back in those sunny days…”, which draws a sarcastic laugh from the champion.

    Michaels continues to discuss Bret, pointing out that his contract isn’t up for another month, but he didn’t show up for work today. ”I guess Bret didn’t wanna do the job in Canada, eh?” is Michaels’ sarcastic answer for that, before he also points out that British Bulldog, Jim Neidhart and Owen Hart aren’t here either tonight. Michaels says this proves D-X has ran the entire Hart Foundation out of town, and that Owen, Neidhart and Davey Boy can ”…drag their asses down south too!” But before they do, Michaels warns them that he has his friends, his clique down south, and they’ll be waiting for them. Moving on, Michaels talks about how he will be a fighting champion, never backing down from a challenge, bringing dignity and respect back to the title. He also states that he will never do what Bret Hart did ”…and say the words ‘I Quit!’” The D-X love in finally comes to an end though, as much to everyone’s relief, WWF Commissioner Sgt. Slaughter strides down the ramp, much to Michaels’ annoyance.

    Michaels tells Slaughter that the no-one wants to hear from a dinosaur like him, but Slaughter quickly cuts him off, snatching the mic from his hands. Slaughter gets a big pop when he yells ”Shut up you maggot!” in Michaels’ face, calling Michaels a disgrace and saying that last night, Michaels was handed the WWF Championship instead of earning it. Michaels scoffs at this, but Slaughter continues to bad mouth him, saying that he and D-X are a disgrace to wrestling and that Michaels isn’t half the champion that Bret Hart was, a comment which stings Michaels. Slaughter talks about some of the legends that have held the WWF Title, names like Bruno Sammartino, Buddy Rogers, Pedro Morales, and how last night was the darkest day in the title’s history. ”Those men… they were real fightin’ champions…”, something Slaughter says Michaels will never be. But if Michaels wants to be a fighting champion, Slaughter’s going to give him a chance to do so, with a glimmer of intrigue on his face.

    ”You want to be a fighting champion? That’s what I’ll give ya’!”, with Slaughter stating he’ll let Michaels prove what kind of fighting champion he is. Slaughter informs Michaels that he’ll be defending his newly won title tonight against a man who impressed everybody at Survivor Series last night, and ”…the man who made you tap out last week, Ken Shamrock!”, something at which the arrogant champion shrugs his shoulders at. Slaughter says that starting tonight, Michaels will be defending the title every night against an opponent of Slaughter’s choosing, and that over the next few weeks, Slaughter is going to make life hell for D-X. Michaels and Triple H are naturally furious about this, but Slaughter isn’t done yet, addressing Rude, Triple H and Chyna in particular when he tells them that ”…all other D-Generation X members are banned from ringside!”, which draws another huge pop from the crowd.

    Annoyed, Michaels snatches the mic back from Slaughter, saying that there’s no way he should be competing tonight after what happened at Survivor Series. ”I just sent a legend in his own mind out the door last night…” boasts Michaels, before he tells Slaughter he thinks he should join Vince McMahon in having the night off. Slaughter laughs at this, grabbing back the mic, telling Michaels that if he doesn’t defend the title tonight, he’ll be stripped of the belt and suspended without pay. Slaughter reaffirms that after months of abuse from D-X, it’s his turn to make life hell for Michaels and Triple H, and that Michaels WILL defend the WWF Championship tonight in Ottawa ”…and that’s an order!”, before he tosses the mic aside and heads for the exit. In the ring, Michaels and D-X fume over the announcement, while Ross and Cornette hype tonight’s title match, while again discussing the controversy of last night before we head to a commercial.

    *Commercial*

    We return to a video package, black and white still images and audio of the main event from Survivor Series, Bret Hart and Shawn Michaels battling for the WWF Championship, with the video playing up the war both men went through and of course the controversial ending where Vince McMahon called for the bell as Michaels locked Hart in the sharpshooter, leading to Hart trashing the ringside area in disgust.

    Back into the arena where we see The New Blackjacks are already heading down the ramp, with Ross and Cornette talking up how impressive Bradshaw looked last night in his exchanges with The New Age Outlaws. The Survivor Series fallout continues as The Godwinns are the opponents, the big southerners looking pretty pissed off after Bradshaw eliminated Henry during last night’s matchup.

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


    Bradshaw and Henry get this one under way, and as you’d expect, there’s a ton of tough hitting from both men early on, especially Bradshaw who starts this one like a house on fire, rocking both Godwinns with stiff right hands and scoop slams. The Godwinns take control and isolate Windham for a brief period, but Windham manages to survive a near fall from a gutwrench suplex by Phineas and a sidewalk slam from Henry. After a rally, Bradshaw gets the tag, and again he impresses everyone with a string of big clotheslines and boots to the face. Phineas gets dumped from the ring, leaving Bradshaw to focus on Henry, and he gets a two count from a fallaway slam. Phineas tries to get involved again, jumping Bradshaw and laying in with right hands, but Windham picks himself back up, tackling Phineas to the outside. That leaves Bradshaw and Henry alone, with Henry looking to take advantage as he hammers Bradshaw with right hands, then lines him up for a pumphandle slam… but Bradshaw fights out of it, slamming elbows to the side of the head, and once he breaks free, he’s able to come off the ropes, duck one clothesline… then LEVEL HENRY WITH A MASSIVE CLOTHESLINE OF HIS OWN! Bradshaw quickly goes for the cover… and he gets the win!

    Winners: The New Blackjacks @ 02:49

    An impressive victory for Bradshaw and Windham as they put away The Godwinns in quick fashion. The New Blackjacks celebrate with the crowd, while on commentary, Ross and Cornette again put over how impressive Bradshaw is looking right now, with Cornette even going as far as saying that he could see the modern day Blackjacks emulating their namesakes by becoming WWF Tag Team Champions in the future.

    Commercial

    When we return, Kevin Kelly is standing by ready to conduct an interview with The Nation of Domination. All four members stand menacingly around Kelly, but of course it’s their leader Faarooq and his young protégé The Rock who stand out. Kelly starts by asking Faarooq for his opinion on Survivor Series last night, in particular his thoughts on the Survivor Series Match which saw Ken Shamrock emerge as the sole survivor after he made The Rock tap out to the ankle lock. Faarooq starts by saying Shamrock got lucky last night, that he might have survived last night, but he won’t be surviving much longer. ”Shamrock, this ain’t over boy!” bellows Faarooq, stating that he and The Nation are far from finished with him. Shamrock might be thinking that he can move on and start challenging for the WWF Championship, but The nation still have a score to settle with him.

    The Rock then takes over, saying that Shamrock ”…needs to know his role and shut his mouth!” with regards to the WWF Championship. Rock calls Shamrock a piece of trash, saying that if the two of them ever went one on one, Rocky guarantees a victory. At this point Kelly steps back in, asking if that’s something Rock would go to Commissioner Slaughter about in the near future. Rock starts to answer, saying he would ”…kick Ken Shamrock’s monkey ass all over any arena in the world!”, but before he can go any further, Faarooq drags the mic towards himself, interrupting The Rock, much to Rocky’s annoyance. Faarooq states that if any member of The Nation is going to be dealing with Shamrock ”…it’s gonna be me, the leader of The Nation…”, seeing as how Rock and D’Lo Brown were both tapped out to the ankle lock last night. This draws a glare from Rocky, who fires back by pointing out that the only reason Faarooq didn’t also tap out to the ankle lock was ”…’cause your ass was already in the showers by then!”, pointing out that Faarooq was the first Nation member to be eliminated. Both men step towards each other, but D’Lo and Kama Mustafa quickly step in, with D’Lo reminding both men that it doesn’t matter who gets to Shamrock, as long as they get him, with Kama chiming in ”By any means necessary!” Faarooq thrusts a fist into the air as a salute, with Kama and D’Lo quickly following, but Rocky hesitates, staring at Faarooq… but he too falls in line, saluting his comrades, and it seems that The Nation of Domination is united in their desire to extract revenge on Ken Shamrock… for now.

    Back into the arena, where Sunny is heading down the ramp to serve as guest ring announcer for the upcoming match. There isn’t really much else going on for Sunny at this time, but she flaunts her assets and gets a big pop from the crowd as she makes the introductions. Out first come Jose Estrada Jr. being accompanied by the rest of Los Boricuas, with Savio Vega speaking words of encouragement into Estrada’s ear as Miguel Perez Jr. and Jose Estrada Jr. jaw at the crowd . His opponent, entering to not very much of a response at all, is Bart Gunn. Gone are the jeans and cowboy hats, as is the long hair and moustache, instead Gunn enters wearing wrestling tights and a mean look on his face. Gunn’s left hand is also rather noticeably taped up, with Jim Ross telling us that in the months Gunn has been away, he’s ”…been doin’ a lotta boxin’, a lotta sparring in the gym, look out for this kid’s left hand!”, while playing up the new look and demeanour.

    Match Two:
    Bart Gunn
    vs. Jose Estrada Jr. w/ Los Boricuas


    The crowd naturally aren’t too interested in this one, and indeed most of the early goings of this match sees the fans more interested in Sunny at the timekeeper’s desk. But Bart works hard, gaining the crowd’s interest with a textbook dropkick and a sidewalk slam. Of course the numbers game plays a part, with Perez handing Estrada a brief advantage. Estrada lands a few stomps and right hands, but Gunn quickly regains the upperhand, rocking Estrada with a boot to the gut, before he swings a BIG LEFT HAND… THAT CATCHES ESTRADA FLUSH ON THE JAW… AND KNOCKS HIM CLEAN OUT!! Estrada collapses to the canvas, the crowd give off the loudest pop of the match so far, and after checking for a few seconds… the referee calls for the bell. The match is over, and Gunn has a victory by knockout!

    Winner: Via knockout, Bart Gunn @ 01:43

    Wow. The crowd, the commentators, the referee, everyone is stunned by the ferocity of that left hand and the fact that Bart Gunn has just clean knocked someone out… but Los Boricuas aren’t hanging around as they storm the ring and knock Gunn over. ”This is a mugging!” cries J.R. as Gunn is subjected to a 3-on-1 beatdown, with Savio in particular laying in hard with the boots… but then out of nowhere… Steve Blackman sprints down the ramp… with a KENDO STICK in his hands! Blackman, the man who made his debut last night at Survivor Series is again the hero as he comes to Gunn’s aid. Vega and Miguel Perez Jr. see Blackman coming and quickly dive through the ropes, but Jesus Castillo Jr. isn’t so lucky as Blackman spins him around… and SMASHES THE KENDO STICK OFF HIS SKULL!! Castillo is caught right between the eyes, the crowd loving the hardcore moment, and Blackman quickly turns and motions for the remaining Los Boricuas members to get back in the ring. Vega and Perez wisely back off, instead reaching in to grab Castillo and Estrada, and as Los Boricuas lick their wounds and head back up the ramp, Blackman helps Gunn back to his feet, both men standing tall as we head to another commercial

    *Commercial*

    Back from commercial, and Goldust is already heading down the ramp to the ring, looking ridiculous as he often did during this time with red horns painted onto his face and head. J.R. comments on Goldust walking out on Vader last night during the Team USA vs. Team Canada match, which led to Vader being pinned by The British Bulldog, costing Team USA the match. Ross is furious about this, and so is Cornette, who calls Goldust ”…a modern day Benedict Arnold!” We also see some brief footage from the interview Ross held with Goldust last week, when he walked out on his wife Marlena and told her he had found happiness elsewhere. Cornette asks where that happiness is, but since Goldust is out her solo tonight, we don’t have that answer yet. Out comes Vader, looking mad as hell, with both J.R. and Cornette putting over how dominant Vader looked last night, eliminating Jim Neidhart, Phil LaFon and Doug Furnas, with Ross stating ”If it weren’t for Goldust, Vader woulda won that match for the ol’ Stars and Stripes!”, while Cornette hopes to see Vader get the payback he deserves tonight.

    Match Three:
    Goldust
    vs. Vader


    Still enraged after the betrayal last night, Vader means business straight from the bell, looking to rough Goldust up with those famous stiff forearms to the body and the side of the head. Much of the commentary during this early part of the match sees Ross and Cornette revel in the beating Vader is dishing out, with Goldust being beaten from pillar to post by ‘The Mastodon’ before he’s sent sprawling to the outside with a clothesline over the top rope. Goldust manages to use this to his advantage though, as when Vader heads outside, Goldust surprises him, managing a quick right hand before he shoves Vader into the barricade. Sensing he’s caused damage, Goldust goes on the attack, targeting the ribs, before he rolls Vader back into the ring and clips the knee with a chopblock to keep Vader grounded. Goldust now takes control, laying in with stomps and elbows to the midsection, before he gets a two count from a bulldog from the second rope. Goldust is the aggressor now, continuing to lay in with the punishment, but Vader starts to mount a comeback, again rocking Goldust with those forearms to the side of the head, building momentum before getting a two count from a powerslam. Vader is rolling now, more forearms to the head, before he sends Goldust off the ropes, only for Goldust to go for a sunset flip when Vader lowers his head… but Vader just drops his entire bodyweight down on Goldust’s chest. Goldust is squashed, and Vader decides to go for the kill, dragging Goldust up… then taking him up and down with a POWERBOMB!! Goldust is planted, Vader goes for the cover… 1… 2… 3!

    Winner: Vader @ 06:51

    A great win for Vader who continues his impressive recent run. Vader isn’t interested in celebrating though, he’s still all business as he heads for the ropes… and stops. Vader looks back at Goldust lying on the canvas, then at the crowd who give him their approval… and in no time at all, Vader yanks Goldust back up… and DELIVERS A SECOND POWERBOMB!! Goldust is crushed, Vader looks dominant and he quickly gains a measure of revenge after last night.

    We quickly cut backstage to the D-Generation X locker room, where a worried looking Shawn Michaels paces the floor, with his cronies Triple H, Chyna and ’Ravishing’ Rick Rude all trying to reassure him, and although we don’t hear any of the comments, Ross and Cornette point out ”…the WWF Champion don’t look so confident right now!”. We then cut over to a shot of an intense Ken Shamrock, in a dark, empty backstage corridor, where he does a series of squats, warming up for tonight’s match, looking focused and ready for his opportunity tonight, and that’s the last sight see we see in tonight’s opening hour.

    *Commercial*

    Back for hour two and we’re entering The Warzone, which means another opening video and another burst of pyro as we enter the arena. We again tour the crowd and take in their signs, and J.R. hype the rest of tonight’s card, stating that The Rock is in action against Ahmed Johnson, The New Age Outlaws take on The Headbangers, and of course, Shawn Michaels defends the WWF Championship against Ken Shamrock. For the first time tonight we hear from Jerry ‘The King’ Lawler who has replaced Cornette on commentary. Lawler thinks it’s a joke that Michaels has to defend his title just one night after Survivor Series, especially against ”…a psycho like Ken Shamrock!”. Lawler continues, stating he believes Commissioner Slaughter to be biased against D-X, but banning them from ringside tonight isn’t going to stop Michaels from retaining his title.

    The glass shatters and the crowd goes wild as the new Intercontinental Champion ’Stone Cold’ Steve Austin makes his entrance, striding down the ramp with a purpose to by far the biggest pop of the night. As he does so, we see still images and hear the words from last night where at Survivor Series, Austin beat Owen Hart to become the champion. We hear of Hart targeting Austin’s injured neck early on, then Austin making a comeback, The Hart Foundation being ejected by the referee, the brawling up the aisle and around ringside, until finally, Austin puts Hart away. In the ring, Michael Cole is standing by ready to conduct an interview, but Austin breezes right past him, heading to the corners to salute the crowd. Once Austin settles and approaches Cole, Cole starts by asking Austin how it feels, after the injury he suffered at SummerSlam and the months on the shelf, to once again be Intercontinental Champion. Austin starts by playing up to the crowd, saying that last night at Survivor Series, he proved to everyone he’s over his injuries by beating Owen Hart. Being in Canada, that of course draws a smattering of jeers, but Austin just smirks and says ”It ain’t about The Harts, it ain’t about Canada, it’s about ‘Stone Cold’ doin’ what I do best, and that’s kickin’ ass!”, which does draw a cheer.

    Austin continues to reference Owen, talking about the months he sat out injured and how determined he was to get back and regain his Intercontinental Title. Austin also talks about his actions the last few weeks, when he interfered in matches to keep the title around Hart’s waist, saying ”Ya’ put me on the shelf son, but ol’ ‘Stone Cold’ showed everybody who the toughest S.O.B is in the WWF!” by beating the man who broke his neck. Cole then asks now Austin has returned and regain his title, what’s next for him. Austin starts by saying ”First of all, I’m gonna drink a lotta beer!”, before issuing a warning to the rest of the roster, that he’s back and ”…I’m ready to open up a can o’ whoop ass on each and ev’ry one o’ ya!” Austin talks about how he’s now a two-time Intercontinental Champion, and that in the past being a multi-time Intercontinental Champion lead to one thing, the WWF Title. Austin says he’ll defend his title against anyone who wants a shot, but he doesn’t want to stop at the Intercontinental Title, he wants to go all the way to the WWF Title. Austin directs his next comment at Shawn Michaels, telling the WWF Champion he’s got him in his sights, before he then sends a message to Commissioner Slaughter, stating ”If you’re lookin’ for somebody to stump a mudhole in that pretty boy’s ass, you let ol’ ‘Stone Cold’ know where and when!”, a comment which gets a massive cheer.

    Cole now asks Austin about last night’s controversial ending to Survivor Series, wondering what Austin’s opinion on the situation is. ”I don’t give a rat’s ass!” is Austin’s answer, stating that while he doesn’t agree with what Vince McMahon did, he doesn’t care either way. Once he dealt with Owen Hart, whoever the WWF Champion wound up being, that man was in his sights. He does however have a warning for McMahon, stating that he’d regret ever trying anything like that against him. Austin emphatically says that even though McMahon wanted the title off of Bret Hart and around Michaels’ waist, when Austin gets his chance, there’s nothing Vince could do that would stop him becoming WWF Champion. ”And that’s the bottom line, ‘cause ‘Stone Cold’-“, but there’s an interruption, as a country song starts to play… and out steps Jeff Jarrett! Having returned to the WWF three weeks ago, Jarrett’s appearances have been limited to video segments, but he’s here in the flesh tonight… and he’s heading towards ‘The Texas Rattlesnake’. Austin looks as confused as everybody else as to why Jarrett has interrupted him, but Jarrett quickly approaches Cole and snatches the microphone from his hand.

    Jarrett tells Austin to back off, telling him he has a few things he wants to say. Jarrett informs Austin that he heard what Austin had to say about being a two-time Intercontinental Champion and wanting to become WWF Champion, but Jarrett says ”Lemme’ tell ya’ how it really works around here…”. Jarrett talks about his past in the WWF, about how he was a three-time Intercontinental Champion. ”I was winnin’ Intercontinental Championships while you were still callin’ yourself ‘Stunning’ Steve…” says Jarrett in a reference to Austin’s WCW days, but he points out that he never received an opportunity at the WWF Title. Jarrett claims he was held back in the WWF, he was forced to wrestle as a country western star, he wasted so much time lip syncing songs, but it didn’t get him anywhere. ”I paid my dues, I wrestled every clown they wanted me to, but at the end of the day, I wasn’t in the right clique, and I didn’t get the opportunity I deserved!” bemoans Jarrett, pointing out that this is why he left to go to WCW.

    Jarrett complains about how the same thing happened in WCW, how he was put in the ring with mediocre wrestlers, how he was desperate for a shot at guys like Hulk Hogan, Kevin Nash and Scott Hall, but ”…Eric Bischoff didn’t think I had enough stroke for that!” This is why Jarrett came back to the WWF, and now he’s back, he doesn’t want to waste any time, he wants to climb the ladder quickly, and he can’t think of a better way to do that than to take the Intercontinental Title away from Austin. ”I’m through wrestlin’ clowns, I’m finished wrestlin’ football players, and I ain’t singin’ anymore songs. I want a real challenge… just like you!”, a comment which Jarrett delivers while staring intently into Austin’s eyes. Jarrett hands the mic back to Cole, who quickly points it under Austin’s mouth, with Austin pausing to laugh. Austin points out that he and Jarrett have one thing in common, they both feel like they were looked over by Eric Bischoff. Austin knows all about being buried in WCW and not getting opportunities ”…but I came to the WWF and startin’ whippin’ ass, instead o’ whinin’ like a little bitch!”

    Austin tells Jarrett that if he wants a shot at him and the Intercontinental Title, all he has to do is go to Commissioner Slaughter and make it official, and Austin will face him anytime, anywhere. Austin reiterates what he said earlier, he’ll face anybody that wants to challenge him, so if Jarrett wants a shot, that’s exactly what he’ll get once he signs on the dotted line. ”But if it’s an ass kickin’ you’re lookin’ for… I’ll give it to ya’ right now!”, which draws a tense look from ‘Double J’. Jarrett smiles and shakes his head, saying that since he came back to the WWF on a big money contract, he’s not going to waste his return brawling with Austin. Jarrett warns Austin though, saying that sooner or later, he’ll get his shot at the gold, and when he does ”…I’ll prove I am the greatest Intercontinental Champion there ever was!” With that, Jarrett turns and starts to head for the ropes… but then he quickly turns back and goes for a cheap shot… but Austin sees him coming… and nails Jarrett with a right hand! Jarrett is down, Austin pounces, the brawl is on, with Austin laying in with a flurry of rights and lefts… but before it can get started, Jarrett quickly rolls to the outside and then runs up the ramp. The crowd jeer Jarrett’s cowardly actions, and from the top of the ramp, Jarrett smiles and wags a finger at Austin, saying not yet, not tonight. In the ring, Austin holds open the ropes, encouraging Jarrett to head back down and re-start the fight, but it isn’t going to happen as Jarrett disappears backstage, prompting Austin to again celebrate with the crowd as we head to a commercial

    *Commercial*

    We return to a dark screen, the blackness suddenly broken by a quick burst of orange and a slow heartbeat. As the beat sounds more frequently, the intensity of the orange increase, until we hear a flatline. The number ‘13’ now starts flashing across the screen until it becomes permanent, a hard rock beat starts to play, and the ‘13’ slowly fades away to reveal the words “THIS IS TAZZ”.

    From the video we head to the backstage interview area where Kevin Kelly is standing by with The New Age Outlaws. Kelly starts by directing a question towards Road Dogg, asking him what they were thinking when they stole the famous spikes of The Legion of Doom and taunted them with them last night at Survivor Series. Dogg can’t help but laugh, revelling in the fact they caused Animal to be counted out. Road Dogg points out that by the time they made their presence felt, Hawk had already been eliminated ”…’cause he’d been in the ring two minutes and he was havin’ withdrawal symptoms!” Road Dogg continues to lambast Animal and Hawk, calling them washed up and has-beens, while pointing out that he and Billy were the both survivors in their match last night. He also points out to Kelly that neither Hawk nor Animal are here tonight in Ottawa, ”…but if you two ol’ bastards thought that meant you could forget about the D to the O to the double G, and tha’ Bad Ass… then you two oughta swig that bottle back a lil’ harder!” With another laugh, Dogg turns things over to Billy Gunn , who for a brief moment turns his attention towards their opponents tonight, The Headbangers. Gunn talks about how last night, both Mosh and Thrasher were eliminated by him. ”I sent both them skirt wearin’ freaks packin’ last night, and that’s exactly what’s gonna happen tonight!” Turning back to The Legion of Doom, Gunn says The Outlaws want what’s coming to them, a shot at The Legion of Doom and the Tag Team Championships. Gunn talks about how Hawk and Animal had their run back in the ‘80s, but their time has passed and now it’s time for a new dominant tag team in the WWF. ”So how ‘bout you two head down south with the other dinosaurs and we’ll take them titles of o’ ya’! and that’s what brings the promo to a close.

    Back into the arena, and The Nation of Domination make their entrance, with The Rock leading Kama Mustafa and D’Lo Brown down the ramp, while Faarooq slowly saunters down to the ring, letting his troops lead the way. Jim Ross comments on a supposed tension between Rocky and Faarooq earlier in the night, while Lawler tells Ross to stop stirring things, claiming that The Nation are as strong as they’ve ever been as they salute in the ring. A decent pop welcomes Ahmed Johnson into the arena, with both men putting over how impressive the big powerhouse looks, but Lawler points out that while Johnson might have eliminated Faarooq last night ”…it was Rocky who eliminated Ahmed, and that’s what’s gonna happen right here!”

    Match Four:
    Ahmed Johnson
    vs. The Rock w/ The Nation of Domination


    As soon as Ahmed slides into the ring, Rocky pounces, laying in with stomps, trying to keep the big man down, but Johnson fights through it, unloading with big right hands and running through Rock with power moves until he clotheslines the youngster to the outside. Faarooq watches on as D’Lo and Kama help Rock regroup, and after he gets back into the ring, Rocky survives another flurry of rights before he takes control with the flowing snap DDT. Rock now looks to wear Johnson down, targeting the ribs of the big man with more stomps and knees, before he tosses Ahmed outside and distracts the ref, allowing Kama and D’Lo to lay in with the boots. Back in the ring, Johnson suffers more punishment as Rock gets a two count from a swinging neckbreaker. Rocky continues to pile on the punishment, but when he comes off the ropes, he’s caught by a spinebuster, giving Ahmed a way back into the match. Johnson goes on the attack, again laying in with the power moves, coming close to victory with a flying shoulderblock, before out of nowhere he pulls Rock in… and goes for the PEARL RIVER PLUNGE… NO! Rocky counters with a back body drop, and when Ahmed staggers back to his feet… ROCK BOTTOM!! Rocky plants Ahmed… and he gets the three count!

    Winner: The Rock @ 04:19

    Rocky gets the win, pinning Johnson for the second time in 24 hours, and he’s quickly joined in the ring by his fellow Nation members. Rock lands another few cheap stomps to Johnson’s body, kicking him to the side of the ring, allowing he and his comrades to stand tall in the centre of the ring. Faarooq and Rocky stare at each other, the tension from earlier tonight clearly evident again as Rocky points and Johnson, almost taunting Faarooq by showing him how it’s done Faarooq doesn’t look happy that his young protégé has achieved a win here tonight, but he soon steps forward and orders Rock to fall in line, raising a fist into the air. Just like earlier, Rocky pauses, but this time he salutes in much quicker fashion, drawing a wry smile from Faarooq. Lawler triumphantly says that all is well again in The Nation, but J.R. is more sceptical, saying that last night and tonight, Rocky has looked far more impressive than Faarooq ”…and I don’t know if Faarooq’s gonna like that!”, but that’s a thought for another week as we head to a commercial.

    *Commercial*

    We return to see Jim Cornette stood infront of the camera with a green screen image imposed in the background, meaning it’s time for another Cornette’s Commentary. As usual, Cornette doesn’t pull any punches, getting straight to the point by calling last night’s Survivor Series an embarrassment to the sport of professional wrestling. He talks about Vince McMahon calling for the bell early in the WWF Championship Match, calling it ”…and embarrassment to every wrestling fan around the world…” and disgrace to the industry. Cornette sets the record straight on Vince, pointing out that for years he was nothing more than an announcer ”…and a second rate one at that…”, but in actual fact he was the owner of the company. Cornette states that Vince never wanted to be known as the owner, he was happy just selling the story, but last night, he abused his power by interfering in a world title match. Owners should never interfere in what takes place inside the ring, and ”Vince’s Daddy, Vince Sr., he’d be rollin’ over in his grave in he knew what his boy did last night!”, before he again calls the whole situation embarrassing.

    Someone else who was an embarrassment last night according to Jim was Bret Hart, with Cornette calling him a whiny cry-baby who deserved what happened to him last night. Cornette discusses the traditions of wrestling, talking about how champions should lose on their way out of the door, but Bret refused to do so. ”Bret Hart likes to call ‘imself a hero in Canada, but his ego is so big, even the great white north can’t hold it!” Cornette bluntly states that Hart refused to drop the title to Shawn Michaels in his home country, that he started believing his own hype and he embarrassed himself by letting it all get too real. He recites Hart’s best there is gimmick, but claims that for Bret ”…it weren’t just a catchphrase, he was drinkin’ his own kool-aid each and ev’ry night!” He agrees that Bret is one of the best technical wrestlers in the world, but the fact that he didn’t follow tradition shows that he can’t separate wrestling from reality, he should have put his massive ego aside and dropped the title to Michaels to prove what kind of man and more importantly, what kind of champion he is. ”But I guess he was more worried about what Hulk Hogan and his NWO buddies woulda thought about ‘im. But don’t worry Bret, I’m sure that fat contract Eric Bischoff gave ya’ will make you feel better real soon.

    And another embarrassment for Cornette is the new WWF Champion, Shawn Michaels. Cornette calls Michaels an immature jackass and an obnoxious adolescent, saying that he might be the best performer in the wrestling world today, ”…but he’s nothin’ but a punk who’s more worried about stickin’ his crotch in people’s faces!” The WWF Championship is the most prestigious prize in the sport of wrestling, but Cornette states that while it’s around Michaels’ waist, the title is worthless. He says that Michaels isn’t a real man or a real champion, comparing him to Ric Flair, but claiming that Michaels isn’t fit to lace Flair’s boots. There is however a saviour in the WWF, a man who could bring some glory and respect back to the company and the championship. ”Ever since I’ve been in the WWF, there’s been one man who has wrestled with dignity, that’s wrestled with pride each and ev’ry night and has conducted himself like a true legend in and outta the ring.”, While Cornette doesn’t name this mystery individual, he calls this man the conscience of the WWF, saying that he hopes that one day he’ll be the man to take the title away from Michaels and set things right ”…before the freakshow we’re all workin’ in right now gets any worse. I’m Jim Cornette… and that’s my opinion.”

    Straight from the pre taped promo, we head back into the arena, where The Headbangers are heading down the ramp to a good pop from the crowd. Our commentary team point out that this is another Survivor Series grudge match, echoing Billy Gunn’s words earlier that both Headbangers were eliminated by Gunn. The New Age Outlaws are out next , still without entrance music, as instead Road Dogg breaks the silence with a mic in his hand while Billy Gunn acts as goofy as ever. Road Dogg again insults The Headbangers’ attire, making fun of their skirts and face paint, while also saying that ”...you two *****s fit right in here in Ottawa!” which draws massive heat from the crowd.

    Match Five:
    The Headbangers
    vs. The New Age Outlaws


    Given his pre-match comments, Road Dogg spends the early part of the match on the receiving of a fast paced beating from Mosh, who sends Dogg flying around the ring with a series of hiptosses, then a clothesline and an atomic drop. Billy tags in, but Mosh again keeps him off balance, but the match slows down as Thrasher gets the tag and some interference hands Gunn the advantage. The Outlaws work to wear Thrasher down, but he quickly manages to take back control, rocking Billy with a dropkick and getting near fall from an inverted sitout suplex. The match descends into chaos near the end as all four men start to brawl, with Road Dogg and Mosh heading outside while Gunn and Thrasher carry on the fight inside. Gunn almost snatches the win with a snap DDT, but when he heads upstairs and goes for a diving legdrop, Thrasher rolls… and Gunn crashes to the mat! As this is happening, Road Dogg sends Mosh into the steel steps, taking him out of the match, while in the ring, Thrasher goes for a suplex near the ropes… but Road Dogg reaches, grabs his foot and trips him… causing Billy to fall right into the pin… and with Road Dogg still holding onto the foot… Billy gets a controversial 3 count!

    Winners: The New Age Outlaws @ 03:41

    A cheap win, but a win nonetheless for The Outlaws as they keep their impressive recent streak rolling. Road Dogg and Gunn make a quick exit, scrambling up the ramp, while Thrasher checks in on Mosh, wondering just how The Headbangers didn’t win that one, while we cut away to another commercial.

    *Commercial*

    We’re back, and this time Michael Cole is backstage ready to speak with ’Marvellous’ Marc Mero, and of course the beautiful Sable, who draws a ton of cheers and wolf-whistles as she appears on screen. Mero is dressed in his boxing robe, throwing a few shadow punches at Cole as he asks his questions. First off, Cole asks Mero for his thoughts after Survivor Series last night, pointing out that Mero was eliminated during the Team Canada vs. Team USA match by Doug Furnas. Mero takes offence to the question, claiming he was cheated by Furnas last night. ”That nobody Furnas grabbed my tights! He didn’t do that, then I’m leadin’ Team USA to a win over those lousy Canadians!”, which draws jeers from inside the arena. Mero continues to insult the audience, before changing subject, where he reminds everyone of his prowess as a boxer. Mero brags about his golden gloves achievement, calling himself ”…the toughest pure fighter in the WWF!” while claiming that he could knock out each and every member of the WWF roster. Cole interjects and asks Mero about what Bart Gunn did earlier tonight when he knocked out Jose Estrada Jr., wondering if Mero was impressed by that. Mero dismisses Gunn, saying it was a lucky shot and nothing impressive, ”…he ever tries that in a ring with me, he’s gonna be starin’ at the lights…”, while calling Gunn a phony and a fraud. Cole now turns to speak to Sable, but just as soon as he starts his question to her, Mero snaps, grabbing Cole by the collar. ”Are you talkin’ to my manager? NOBODY talks to Sable! Don’t you even look at her!”, before Mero shoves Cole aside, grabs Sable by the wrist and drags her away. The camera looks down on a shocked and dishevelled Cole, but just what is Mero’s problem with people paying attention to Sable?

    Straight back into the arena, and after a brief silence, the lights go out, and the ominous music is followed by a burst of fire, as Kane and Paul Bearer step into the arena and stride down to the ring. Looking as imposing as ever, Kane steps over the top rope and sets off more fire from each ring corner, with Ross and Lawler talking about how impressive Kane looked last night as he beat Mankind. An eerie red lights bathes the arena as Bearer grabs a microphone, and the rotund manager starts to address Kane’s win last night. Bearer surprises everyone by almost apologising to Mankind, saying that he was in the wrong place and the wrong time. Mankind was clearly not the fight Kane was looking for, but because of The Undertaker refusing on several occasions to face his brother, it was Mankind who had to take the beating last night, and that means ”…Mankind’s suffering is on your hands ‘Deadman’!” Bearer continues to big up Kane’s performance last night, pointing out that Mankind never made it to Ottawa tonight, claiming that he’s still in a Montreal hospital and could be there for some time. Bearer also claims that his prophecy from when Kane debuted is coming true, that he will cause pain and suffering in the WWF for anyone who stands in his way and that Mankind was just the first victim.

    But of course it’s not Mankind Bearer is here to talk about, the real subject of choice is The Undertaker. Pointing out that ‘Taker wasn’t involved in Survivor Series last night, Bearer admits he doesn’t know if Undertaker is here tonight, ”…but you can’t run forever ‘Deadman’! One day you’ll have to face your brother Kane. And what a glorious day that’ll be!” Bearer describes how Kane wants Undertaker to suffer just like Mankind did last night, just like Kane did for all those years, and that one day ‘Taker will pay for his sins of the past. Bearer once again reiterates the challenge, Kane wants Undertaker one on one, just like they’ve been asking for since In Your House: Bad Blood, but this time they’ll make it more official. Instead of just appealing directly to ‘The Deadman’, Bearer is instead now speaking to Commissioner Slaughter. ”Sgt. Slaughter… at In Your House: D-Generation X, you can make all the pain, all the suffering go away… by giving us The Undertaker… one on one.” But if Undertaker and Slaughter continue to ignore them, Bearer promises more devastation in the WWF, as ”…Kane will bring this entire company to its knees until there is only you, Undertaker!” To finish things off, Bearer addresses the crowd, Undertaker’s ‘Creatures of the Night’, warning them that their beloved Undertaker is not the man they think he is. Bearer claims ‘Taker locked Kane away for over 20 years, but now he’s free ”…he WILL have vengeance. He WILL get revenge! And The Undertaker WILL rest… in… peace. Oh yes!” And with that, Kane lifts his arms up… and sets off another explosion from the corners of the ring, bringing this promo to an end. As Kane and Bearer head for the exit, Lawler is quick to jump in and say Undertaker is running scared of his little brother, a notion J.R. dismisses, but at the same time, the veteran commentator can’t help but wonder just where is ‘The Deadman’ and will he ever face his brother?

    *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 on Sunday December 7th.

    Back into the arena, where the crowd are on their feet as Ken Shamrock makes his entrance for tonight’s main event. Shamrock looks confident, something J.R. and Lawler both allude to, although Lawler still can’t imagine a WWF where Shamrock is champion and prays it doesn’t happen tonight. The WWF Champion Shawn Michaels enters to massive heat from the Canadian crowd, and he’s riding solo due to Sgt. Slaughter’s banning of D-X from ringside tonight, prompting J.R. to say ”Let’s see what kinda champion Michaels is without his posse!”

    Main Event: WWF Championship Match
    WWF Champion Shawn Michaels vs. Ken Shamrock


    As the bell rings, Michaels is his usual cocky self, toying with Shamrock, ducking in and out of the ropes, trying to frustrate the challenger. Shamrock finally gets his hands on the champion though, tossing him around the ring with a series of hiptosses and takedowns, before he rocks Michaels with a belly-to-belly suplex. Shamrock hammers Michaels with right hands, but again the champion seeks the safety of the ropes, causing the ref to step in. Shamrock manages to stay on the attack, but when the fight spills outside, Michaels is able to take advantage by shoving Shamrock into the ringpost. Michaels shows a lot of aggression as he smashes Shamrock face first off the announce desk, and he continues this back in the ring, dropping several stomps to the face, smashes him into the turnbuckle, before the fight again goes outside as Michaels hurls Shamrock into the steel steps. Michaels dominates for the next few minutes, wearing Shamrock down and getting near falls from a diving double axe handle and a flying crossbody. Shamrock tries to mount a comeback, striking with shots to the midsection, but the rally ends quickly as Michaels nails an inverted atomic drop. The champion plants Shamrock again and heads back to the top rope, where he goes for the flying elbow drop… and misses! Shamrock has a chance, and he goes on the attack, smacking stiff shots to the face, before he sends Michaels upside down into the corner. Shamrock is rolling now, rocking Michaels with clothesline, before he takes the champion down with another belly-to-belly suplex… for a long two count. Shamrock surges back to his feet, hammering the champion, but when he goes for an Irish whip, Michaels reverses… then avoids a Shamrock clothesline… SHAMROCK NAILS THE REFEREE! Inadvertent, but Shamrock has knocked down the ref… and now Michaels clatters Shamrock with a forearm. Champion and challenger are down, but suddenly, jeers ring out as coming down the ramp… it’s The Nation of Domination!? It’s not the full complement though, as we only see Farooq, D’Lo Brown and Kama Mustafa slowly make their way down the ramp, drawing a cry of ”What the hell are they doin’ out here?!” from Ross… but suddenly the crowd cheer as here comes Sgt. Slaughter to cut them off! Slaughter races to get infront of them, ordering them backstage, but during the commotion on the ramp, Michaels has Shamrock lined up… and goes for SWEET CHIN MUSIC… NO! Shamrock grabs the foot… and SLAPS ON THE ANKLE LOCK!! The crowd goes wild as Shamrock cranks on the submission, Michaels is tapping… but there’s no referee… and Slaughter has his back to the ring, meaning he misses The Rock come through the crowd, grab the WWF Championship, slide into the ring… and NAIL SHAMROCK ON THE BACK OF THE HEAD WITH THE TITLE!!! The hold is broken, Rocky tosses the belt aside and disappears through the fans, The Nation relent and follow Slaughter’s orders to head backstage, while Michaels crawls and drapes an arm over Shamrock’s chest, while out now recovered referee slowly counts 1… 2… 3.

    Winner: And STILL WWF Champion, Shawn Michaels @ 07:18

    ”Dammit!” yells J.R. as Michaels steals the win and retains his title. Shamrock was so close to becoming WWF Champion, but The Nation have cost him dearly here. Quickly Triple H, Chyna and Rick Rude head down to the ring to celebrate with the champion, but Michaels shows the full effects of the match, slumping into Chyna’s arms in the corner. He does however muster the strength to order an attack on Shamrock, and that’s what Rude and Triple H do, laying in with boots to the body, before Rude drags Shamrock up and holds him open, allowing Helmsley to hammer him with rights to the face. A trio of referee’s try to stop the beatdown, but Helmsley clocks one of them with a big right hand, scaring the other two away. The punishment to Shamrock continues, with Helmsley now pulling Shamrock in, hooking his arms… ready for THE PEDIGREE… BUT THEN…

    THE LIGHTS GO OUT!!

    And when they return…

    THE UNDERTAKER IS IN THE RING!!!

    Ottawa goes wild as out of nowhere ‘The Deadman’ appears! Helmsley quickly drops Shamrock and charges, right into a massive right hand that knocks him down. Rude grabs his trademark metal briefcase and swings, but ‘Taker avoids it… and levels Rude with a massive right! In all the mayhem, Michaels and Chyna flee the ring, Rude rolls to safety to join them halfway up the ramp, but Triple H is left all alone to stagger to his feet… RIGHT INTO A HUGE CHOKESLAM!!! Triple H has been planted, Undertaker has made the save for Ken Shamrock… and now he stares a whole right through ‘The Heartbreak Kid’! The crowd are going crazy, Lawler can’t believe what he’s seeing, and as we head off the air, the last words we hear as from J.R. as he screams ”The Undertaker is here! And he’s staring into the very soul of the WWF Champion!” before we fade to black.


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    Alright, off the bat, no problems with your formatting. Color coding was on point and all the important things were italicized and bolded and all that. So, from that perspective, iMac, you’re off to a hot start.

    Content wise, let’s go.

    Standard, post-Montreal promo here. I wasn’t expecting anything away from the norm, and I didn’t get anything from the norm. Probably the way it should be, IMO. DX were their usual, trashy, sarcastic and assholish selves. Sarge played in character well, and the setup of him vs. Shamrock was treated rightly.

    Fine with the finish with The New Blackjacks getting the win against the Godwinns. Good start with getting the faces their due here. Hoping you push Bradshaw a bit, and the fact that you had JR and Cornette put him over makes me think that you probably will have him be the star of the group, which, really, he probably is at this point with Windham well down the road.

    Tensions likely to rise here with The Rock and Faarooq over who the leader of The Nation is. I’m definitely intrigued to see how you go down that route as it was, obviously, what helped Rocky breakout IRL.

    Not much really to say about Bart Gunn’s win over Jose Estrada. Not much to sell me over on him but he can certainly do well with Blackman.

    Vader getting the win was impressive and not too surprising, but I’m, I guess, a bit surprised that you had him immediately get his retribution on Goldust after the betrayal last night. Vader’s obviously a monster but I figured you’d maybe have him slither away. Nonetheless, it gets him over as the big ol’ mastodon. Three matches and three faces winning makes me wonder how the rest of the show pans out.

    Awesome, awesome segment with Austin and Jarrett. That’s a well that I don’t believe the WWF went down back in the day, so I’m intrigued to see how you do it. I’m not the biggest Jarrett fan in the world, but I know his role and understand his purpose here so I can definitely be sold on him for sure. This was a hot interaction here with the brawl going down at the end of it and, for my money, probably the segment of the night to this point.

    Oh, hell yeah, @ Tazz coming in. Push him to the f’ing moon, please.

    Standard stuff from The Outlaws. Not much else to really say there.

    Yeah, figured that The Rock would get the win. Surprising, to me, that it came cleanly as it did even though The Nation got their kicks in (and boots, literally).

    Not sure where you’re gonna go with Cornette here. The easy choice, I suppose, is him backing Jeff Jarrett but I’m not sure if I’m supposed to think that because you’ll go with someone else off the board, or if you’re gonna in fact go with Double J as his man. Time will tell.

    Figured that The Outlaws would get the dirty win here. Smart choice to have them continue to roll and to continue to put them over as heels.

    As with the DX stuff in the beginning, the Kane/Paul Bearer promo was as expected. Just mainly looking forward to seeing what you have from here.

    Figured HBK would get the win, did not figure that it would come on the heels of The Nation going after Shamrock. I do wonder if you’re going to (one day) pull the trigger on Michaels-Rock on a somewhat related note, but nonetheless, this made a ton of sense to continue to drive the Rock-Shamrock feud onward and was a means to get Michaels to retain the title. Nice finish with Taker showing up to take out DX. HBK’s a marked man, for sure…

    Basically, this was a great start to your thread iMac, but I’m just looking forward to where you go next. The pivots from Survivor Series are important here and I think you laid some nice groundwork, but obviously, everything that happened (sans Austin-Jarrett, Tazz, etc.) was the expected route. Looking forward to your next RAW is WAR.

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    Re: World Wrestling Federation: The Montreal Fallout

    Shotgun Saturday Night
    November 15th, 1997
    Corel Center
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    Michael Cole and Jerry 'The King' Lawler are on the commentary desk for the latest episode of Shotgun Saturday Night, with the pair still reeling from the shocking end to Raw while continuing the discussion of the controversy from Survivor Series.

    The opening contest sees The Truth Commission continue their battle with The Disciples of Apocalypse in a Six Man Tag Team Match, although this long running feud appears to finally come to an end as Kurrgan impresses again and he puts 8-Ball away after 03:17 with a massive spinning spinebuster.

    Kevin Kelly interviews a returning Mark Henry, who admits that his recent time away from the WWF has been a frustration for him as he recovered from injury and took part in further training. But Henry informs us all that he is on his way back, and he'll be making his in-ring return next week on Shotgun Saturday Night.

    Match number two sees Ahmed Johnson square off against Salvatore Sincere, and Johnson dominates and picks up an impressive victory, putting Sincere away after 02:38 with the Pearl River Plunge.

    We return to a dark screen, the blackness suddenly broken by a quick burst of orange and a slow heartbeat. As the beat sounds more frequently, the intensity of the orange increase, until we hear a flatline. The number ‘13’ now starts flashing across the screen until it becomes permanent, a hard rock beat starts to play, and the ‘13’ slowly fades away to reveal the words “THIS IS TAZZ”.

    Tonight's third match up pits Brian Christopher against Taka Michinoku, the two light heavyweights putting on an impressive display, with Lawler as always rooting heavily for Christopher but never explaining why. It's Taka who gets the win though, grabbing the pin after 04:11 thanks to the Michinoku Driver.

    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 on Sunday December 7th.

    And in the show's main event, a battle of the heavyweights as The Sultan takes on Vader. Both behemoths trade brutal shots back and forth, but it's ultimately Vader who grabs another strong win, nailing Sultan with the Vaderbomb after 07:26 to continue his recent resurgence.

    Newswire

    WWF Talent Set To Return
    Although many members of the WWF roster were absent from Monday's Raw taping in Ottawa, rumours are that those protesting Bret Hart's departure from the company at Survivor Series will be returning to work soon. Mick Foley will be back for Tuesday's taping in Cornwall, Ontario, with The Legion of Doom both expected back for the November, 24th taping in Fayetteville, North Carolina. There is still no word on the status of Hart Foundation members Owen Hart, British Bulldog and Jim Niedhart, and while all three remain under contract to the WWF, word is all three will look to follow Bret Hart out of door and into WCW.

    New Talent Set To Debut
    It was announced on Raw that ECW's Taz will soon be debuting with the WWF, and it is expected he will be put straight into a midcard storyline, with a match at In Your House: D-Generation X not out of the question. Veteran Terry Funk has made the trip north and is expected to debut on the upcoming Raw, and he too is set to be thrown straight into the mix as the company scrambles to pull together a respectable card for the upcoming pay per view. A third ECW wrestler, Lance Storm, is reportedly still in negotiations, with Jim Cornette pushing hard for the Canadian to be signed. With the talent relations department within the WWF in disarray right now, there are developments happening all the time and plans are constantly changing, with the WrestleMania XIV card far from set, newcomers could arrive and find themselves thrown into prominent roles on the WWF's biggest show of the year.
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    Re: World Wrestling Federation: The Montreal Fallout

    WWF Raw is War/Warzone
    November 17th, 1997
    Civic Complex
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    We open tonight’s broadcast with a highlights package from last week’s main event, starting at the point where Ken Shamrock accidently knocked out the referee and The Nation of Domination, minus The Rock, started to head down the ramp. Commissioner Slaughter intervenes, stopping The Nation from interfering, but with his back to the action, he doesn’t see Shamrock forcing WWF Champion Shawn Michaels to tap out with the ankle lock… or The Rock race through the crowd, smash the WWF Title off Shamrock’s skull, leading to Michaels getting the win. D-X now enter the ring and lay into Shamrock with a beating, only for the lights to go out, and when they return… The Undertaker is in the ring! ‘Taker cleans house, planting Triple H with a hellacious clothesline, and our video comes to an end with The Undertaker staring straight into the very soul of the WWF Champion.

    We now see the usual Raw opening package, before we head into the arena for the always impressive pyro display and a tour of the capacity crowd. We hear from our commentary team, Jim Ross and Jim Cornette, who discuss the controversial ending to last week’s show, with Ross lambasting The Nation of Domination for their interference in the main event, while Cornette wonders how bad a beating Shamrock would have suffered if it wasn’t for The Undertaker. Ross quickly switches focus, informing us of a huge sitdown interview that he conducted with Vince McMahon that will be shown tonight, stating it was ”…the most controversial interview I’ve conducted in my career!”, while Cornette informs us all that he can’t wait to hear what Vince has to say for himself with regards to his actions at Survivor Series. A brief moment of silence, before the glass shatters and the crowd goes nuts again as ’Stone Cold’ Steve Austin heads for the ring. The reaction is deafening, with both commentators putting over how loud the response is for the Intercontinental Champion before discussing the fact that last week, Austin was interrupted by a returning Jeff Jarrett.

    In the ring, Austin grabs a mic and wastes no time in turning his attentions towards Jarrett, telling Jarrett that when he came out and interrupted him last week, Jarrett acted like he was something special. But according to Austin, Jarrett ”…did nothin’ but whine and complain like a lil’ bitch!”, much to the crowd’s delight. Austin continues to bad mouth Jarrett, referring to Jarrett’s previous run in the WWF as a failed country singer who wore a stupid hat and swung a guitar. Austin claims he hates country music, and that Jarrett didn’t impress him back then and he didn’t impress him last week either. But Austin is willing to give Jarrett credit for one thing, the fact that he stepped into the ring with him, although he quickly points out that when Jarrett tried to take a cheap shot at him, Austin saw it coming and beat Jarrett to the punch, prompting ‘Double J’ to run to safety. According to Austin, that didn’t impress anybody, it ”…just pissed ol’ ‘Stone Cold’ off! So if ya’ wanna see ‘Stone Cold’ kick Jeff Jarrett’s ass, gimme a hell yeah!”, to which the crowd respond positively. Austin takes this response and points up at the ramp, delivering a very public calling out to Jarrett, with Austin pacing the ring, clearly ready for a fight.

    But Austin is forced to wait for feels like an eternity… until finally, the country music hits, and out steps Jeff Jarrett with a mic in hand. Ross and Cornette hype the fact that tonight will see Jarrett’s first match back in the WWF as he takes on Vader, while in the ring, Austin holds up the Intercontinental and motions for Jarrett to head down the ramp… but instead Jarrett decides to remain on the stage. Jarrett goes to speak, but Austin quickly interrupts him, telling Jarrett that things like standing on the stage is the reason why he’s never gotten anywhere in wrestling. ”Ya’ come out here last week, ya’ talk about bein’ held back, but if ya’ want this Intercontinental Title, then drag y’er sorry ass down to this ring and make it official!” Austin reiterates his message from last week, that he’ll never turn down a challenge, but he’s not sure if Jarrett is man enough to make a challenge. And with that, Austin turns towards the timekeeper’s desk and holds up a hand, with a pair of beer cans being flung through the air. Austin catches them both and snaps one open, pointing it at Jarrett and saying ”I got a beer right here waitin’ for ya’ son, you come down to this ring and let’s make it official!”

    An annoyed Jarrett just shakes his head, refusing the offer, instead he chooses to insult Austin and his beer swigging ways. Jarrett continues with his rant from last week about being held back in both the WWF and WCW, saying that the only reason Austin is popular is because he panders to the crowd. According to Jarrett, he’s the better athlete, the better wrestler and the better man because he refuses to play up to the crowd. ”That’s why I got held down in WCW, ‘cause I didn’t pander to Eric Bischoff, and I ain’t gonna pander to nobody in the WWF neither!”, with Jarrett insulting his former employer, then issuing a warning to the WWF hierarchy that he refuses to be held back once again. And with that in mind, Jarrett discusses his second debut tonight, expressing his annoyance at having to face Vader. ”I deserve better than a fat joke like Vader!”, even going as far as to question whether someone backstage is having a joke at his expense. ”But if you’re tryin’ to pull a rib on me Slaughter, it ain’t gonna work, ‘cause I’m gonna kick Vader’s fat ass tonight!”, while again stating that he wants better competition.

    And that’s one thing that Jarrett agrees with Austin on, he does need to make his challenge for Austin’s Intercontinental Title official, but he isn’t going to march down to the ring and get into a fight with Austin. While Jarrett says it won’t be tonight, he does want a match with Austin, but at his first pay per view back in the WWF. ”So what d’ya say, Austin? How ‘bout you and me, one on one at In Your House: D-Generation X… for the Intercontinental Championship?”, which draws a roar of anticipation from the crowd. And that roar gets even louder as Austin replies with ”Ya’ want a shot at the title? Ya’ got y’er damn match!”, making the match official. But Austin has a warning for Jarrett, that he doesn’t want to wait for December 7th, he wants Jarrett tonight. It doesn’t have to be a match, but Austin came here for a fight tonight, he ”…came here to drink some beer and open up a can o’ whoop ass on somebody, and I’m damn near all outta beer son!” as Austin takes a final chug from his beer can, tossing the empty can aside. ”So you can stand up there and flap y’er gums all ya’ want, but one way or another, ol’ ‘Stone Cold’ is gonna stomp a mudhole in ya’, and walk it dry!”

    Upon hearing this and the cheers from the crowd, Jarrett is clearly thinking about it, and that soon turn to anger as Austin sits on the middle rope and opens the ropes up, waving Jarrett down. And it looks like he’s talked him into it as Jarrett takes a few steps towards the ring… then puts on the breaks, wags a finger and turns to head back up the ramp before he disappears backstage. The crowd jeer, and Austin gives the situation a wry smile, but he gets back on the mic and says ”You can run with ya’ tail between y’er legs all ya’ want, but tonight my foot is goin’ straight up Jeff Jarrett’s ass! And that’s the bottom line… ‘cause ‘Stone Cold’ said so!”, with the glass shattering again and the crowd cheering wildly. Austin heads to all four corner to celebrate with the crowd, while Ross and Cornette put over the prospect of the match at In Your House, Austin and Jarrett one on one for the Intercontinental Title. As Austin does this, Cornette and Ross hype tonight’s show, reaffirming the Jarrett and Vader match, while also shilling tonight’s main event as ordered by Commissioner Slaughter, as Shawn Michaels defends the WWF Championship against a returning Mankind. ”Mankind, Dude Love, Mick Foley, call ‘im what ya’ want, just as long as ya’ don’t call ‘im WWF Champion!” screeches Cornette, while J.R. again hypes his controversial interview with Vince McMahon as we head to a commercial.

    *Commercial*

    We go straight back into the arena to see that Los Boricuas are already making their way down the ramp. The commentary team discuss how Savio Vega was reportedly furious that Jose Estrada Jr. lost to Bart Gunn last week, but he offers words of advice to Miguel Perez Jr. ahead of tonight’s match, while of course Jesus Castillo Jr. is also there. Bart Gunn makes his entrance next, accompanied by Steve Blackman who has a pair of nunchucks in his hands. Cornette admits that he was impressed by Gunn last week, although he can’t help but wonder if the knockout punch Gunn landed last week was lucky or not. But J.R. is convinced Gunn’s left hand is the real deal, and with Blackman in his corner to watch his back, another knockout could be on the cards tonight.

    Match One:
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    w/ Steve Blackman vs. Miguel Perez Jr. w/ Los Boricuas


    Throughout the match, Perez is very wary of Gunn’s left hand after witnessing the damage it can do last week. Another main factor of the match is the number’s game working to Los Boricuas’ advantage, as while one of them may distract Blackman and the referee, this leaves the others free to attack Bart. Gunn takes control though, running through Perez with a string of clothesline and shoulderblocks. Perez has a brief moment of control thanks to a beating Gunn takes on the outside behind the ref’s back, but once he’s back in the ring, and once Blackman smacks Castillo in the gut with his nunchucks, Gunn rears back… and CATCHES PEREZ WITH A MASSIVE LEFT HAND!! Perez is down… and he’s out cold! Gunn has knocked him out!

    Winner: Via knockout, Bart Gunn @ 02:18

    Another impressive win for Gunn, knocking out a member of Los Boricuas for the second week in a row, but there’s no time to celebrate as Vega, Estrada and Castillo slide into the ring… and the three of them jump Gunn! Just like last week, Los Boricuas take their defeat badly, but this time when they attack, Blackman is down on the outside, meaning there’s nobody to save Bart. The trio lay in with an absolute mugging of Gunn, hammering him with stomps, fists and elbows… but here comes Blackman, trying desperately to save Bart… but he’s quickly tackled down by Estrada, allowing Vega to lay in with the beatdown. With Blackman subdued, Savio demands that Estrada and Castillo hold Gunn in place while Vega comes off the ropes… to LEVEL GUNN WITH A SPINNING HEEL KICK!! Gunn is planted, and with Perez dragged back to his feet, Los Boricuas have gained a measure of revenge here tonight.

    While the crowd jeer, Ross calls the assault a mugging, while Cornette admits Gunn has made a believer out of him with regards to his knockout ability, but he certainly doesn’t look like a winner right now. We’re just about to go to commercial, but J.R. squeezes in one last bit of hype, saying ”The real truth about Survivor Series. The most controversial interview in the history of the WWF and it’s comin’ up next!”

    *Commercial*


    We return to a dark screen, the blackness suddenly broken by a quick burst of orange and a slow heartbeat. As the beat sounds more frequently, the intensity of the orange increase, until we hear a flatline. The number ‘13’ now starts flashing across the screen until it becomes permanent, a hard rock beat starts to play, and the ‘13’ slowly fades away to reveal the words “THIS IS TAZZ”.

    And from that, we get straight into it, dramatic music playing over the top of black and white footage shot backstage at Survivor Series, with The Hart Foundation walking behind Bret Hart interlaced with shots of D-Generation X walking behind Shawn Michaels. Jim Ross speaks as well, telling us about the history of the rivalry between the two men, and confirming that before the match, Bret had already signed a massive contract with WCW to jump ship to them. We then cut to footage from the match, the battle the two had around the ringside area and into the crowd, before of course we see the ending, very audibly hearing and seeing Vince calling for the bell to be rung as Michaels locks Hart in the sharpshooter, a moment J.R. very seriously calls ”…the most shocking moment in WWF history…”, before we see shots of the aftermath, Bret spitting right in Vince’s eye, before he tears apart and trashes the announce desk and then infamously uses his finger to spell out “WCW” to the crowd.

    We now cut to a darkened room, where sat at a large table are Jim Ross and Vince McMahon, a picture of Bret Hart hanging ominously over them. Ross starts by thanking Vince for agreeing to speak with him, again calling Survivor Series the most controversial night the WWF has ever witnessed, and that tonight he hopes to get some answers for everyone involved and especially for the WWF fans. ”November 9th, 1997. Montreal, Canada. Survivor Series. A night that will go down in history in my estimation as a night that changed everything in the WWF… and a night that perhaps has changed your life forever, Vince.” is the way J.R. kicks things off, with the camera focusing on McMahon and revealing the black eye that Bret gave him that night. Ross discusses the fact that until recently, Vince McMahon was portrayed on television as simply an announcer, a man whose job it was to call matches, add depth to storylines, to give a voice to what was happening inside the ring. But of course recently it was revealed that infact Vince McMahon was the owner of the WWF, the most powerful man in the company ”…and perhaps the most powerful man in all of wrestling.”, a comment which draws a wry smile and a nod from Vince.

    ”So with that in mind Vince, I suppose the first question is… why? Why did you call for the bell at Survivor Series?” Vince pauses, choosing his words carefully, before he admits that he did what he did to simply to protect his business. Vince talks about the traditions of wrestling, explaining that when a wrestler is leaving a company, it’s tradition for him to show respect to the company and to those that helped him achieve what he achieved. But Vince admits that Bret didn’t show him or the WWF the proper respect, something that shocked him considering the kind of traditionalist Bret was. ”All the great champions lost on their way out the door…”, but Vince reveals that Bret had no intention of doing that, he wanted to go out on his own terms. Vince discusses how he pleaded with Bret to do the right thing, to protect the traditions of the business, to show the WWF the respect it deserves, but that was never going to happen. ”In a way J.R., I felt so disappointed in Bret. I felt like he betrayed me, especially after all I had done for him…”, which prompts Vince to remind us of how he put his trust and faith in Bret when he signed him to a massive 20 year contract just over a year ago.

    Ross decides to press on that issue, asking how if Bret had signed such a long term contract was he then allowed to sign for WCW. Vince admits that he felt the contract he signed Bret to was no longer value for money, so he helped Hart negotiate a very generous contract with WCW. ”I didn’t want to lose Bret, but I did the best I could for him financially…”, something Vince admits he thought Bret would be more grateful about. And it’s because of that contract that Vince doesn’t feel any remorse or regret over what happened at Survivor Series. Bret’s new deal has him set for life, he’s earning more to work less, and that only happened because Vince allowed it to. ”I’m not sorry for what I did at Surivor Series. I made Bret Hart, I helped him protect his family for the rest of his life, and he didn’t want to honour the traditions of this company. As far as I’m concerned… I owe Bret Hart nothing.” Of course J.R. struggles to comprehend this, but he moves on to ask Vince about Bret’s reaction, the trashing of the ringside area, while also commenting on the black eye Vince is sporting.

    McMahon admits that he let Bret punch him, that he suffered a concussion and has vision problems to this day. All along Vince had hoped it wouldn’t come to violence, that Bret would see sense and the two of them could settle things like men, but that wasn’t what Bret wanted. ”I hope Bret feels good about what he did…” says Vince, while also claiming that he’s considered taking legal action against Hart. But Vince is convinced that he didn’t deserve to be attacked, and neither did anyone else involved, the problem lies with Bret and Bret alone. On that, J.R. asks about Shawn Michaels and his role in the event. McMahon quickly says that Michaels had nothing to do with it, it was he alone who made the decision. But Vince does feel Shawn had a big part to play in Hart leaving. ”Bret might like to say he’s the best there is, but that’s simply not true anymore…”, that Michaels has surpassed Hart as a performer, and that’s something Bret just couldn’t handle. He was jealous of Michaels, he resented how popular Michaels was and how talented he was, and that’s a big part of the reason why he left. ”Ultimately Bret Hart went to WCW for the money… and because he was jealous of Shawn Michaels.”, a comment at which J.R. shakes his head, almost in disbelief.

    Ross now asks about the rest of The Hart Foundation, and what of the careers of the British Bulldog, Jim Neidhart and Owen Hart. Vince admits that all three haven’t shown up for work lately, but also that they’re not the only ones. Right now, he holds all of them in breach of contract, they are WWF employees who are refusing to work. Just like Bret, Vince feels he owes none of them an apology either, and ”…as far as I’m concerned, they can sit at home and not earn a penny.”, especially Owen, with McMahon admitting there’s little chance of him following his brother to WCW. McMahon claims he’s always had a good relationship with Owen, and that what’s happened with Bret shouldn’t affect that. Getting close to the end of the interview, J.R. finally asks the questions we’ve all been waiting to hear, ”Did you screw Bret Hart?” Vince defiantly shakes his head, telling J.R. that not he, not Earl Hebner, and certainly not Shawn Michaels screwed Bret at Survivor Series. Bret might hate him, Bret might resent him, but as far as Vince is concerned ”I didn’t screw Bret Hart. The only man who screwed Bret Hart… was himself. I didn’t screw Bret… Bret screwed Bret.”

    Sensing things are coming to an end, and not quite able to believe what he’s hearing, J.R. asks what does the future hold for the WWF and for Vince himself. The WWF will carry on as always, it’s reputation intact, it’s commitment to entertaining the fans never in doubt. McMahon points out that several of WCW’s biggest stars are veteran wrestlers, while the WWF is committed to developing new stars with an exciting, young, ambitious group of superstars. As for Vince himself, he states he can’t wait to get back to work, to going back to doing what he does best in his mind, and that’s being back behind the announce desk. Vince admits that it won’t be easy, he’s prepared for any backlash from the crowd, but he feels that he can return to his desk job and do the same great job he’s always done. ”Throughout this whole ordeal, I’m happy with the dignity in which I’ve conducted myself. And that’s why next week on Monday Night Raw, I’ll be right back where I belong, calling matches and delivering a story to the WWF fans.” And with that, J.R. thanks Vince for his time, bringing the interview to a close… but you can’t help but feel that J.R. doesn’t really buy what Vince was saying.

    *Commercial*

    We’re back, with Michael Cole standing by at the interview set, ready to speak with D-Generation. Of course Shawn Michaels and Triple H look as smug as ever, Chyna looks menacing with both the WWF and European Championships slung over her shoulder, and Rick Rude has that trusty metal briefcase in hand. Cole starts by asking Michaels for his thoughts on his scheduled title defence tonight against Mankind. Michaels scoffs at this, telling Cole that there’s nothing he finds threatening about someone like Mick Foley. ”But hey, Mick… it’s nice o’ ya’ to show up for work this week!” says Michaels sarcastically, while also claiming that no matter how many times Sgt. Slaughter forces his to defend the WWF Championship, his title is going nowhere. That leads into Cole’s second question, which is about the fact that last week, Michaels tapped out to Ken Shamrock’s ankle lock. Again Michaels dismisses this, quickly firing back that he’s still the WWF Champion, he won the match last week, and that’s all that matters. ”But Shamrock, you ever pull a stunt like that again, and I’ll run your ass right outta this company, just like I did your buddy Bret Hart!”, a comment which of course draws heat from the Canadian crowd.

    Triple H now takes over, and he addresses Slaughter, claiming that the Commissioner is being unfair and biased against D-X. Helmsley claims Slaughter has it in for them, that he hates D-X, and that he’s running a vendetta against them. But ultimately, it won’t make any difference, as ”…we’re D-Generation X, and we make the rules around here. The sooner you get used to that Slaughter… the better., while again claiming that it doesn’t matter who Slaughter puts in D-X’s way, nobody is going to stop them. Cole’s final question is about the appearance of The Undertaker at the end of the show last week, and the mood of D-X changes drastically at the mention of ‘The Deadman’. Cole asks for Michaels’ thoughts on ‘Taker making the save for Shamrock last week, but Michaels doesn’t want to give his thoughts, instead he claims ‘Taker had no business getting involved last week. ”I already beat you at Hell in a Cell ‘Deadman’, I already dealt with you. You better stay the hell away from me… and you better stay the hell outta D-X business!” warns the champion, before he points a finger at the camera and reminds everybody of his opinion that he’s the best wrestler in the world today, which brings this interview to an end.

    Back into the arena, where Taka Michinoku is already making his entrance, the young Japanese superstar bowing gracefully to the crowd, while J.R. and Cornette discuss the D-X interview, calling Michaels and Helmsley disrespectful and arrogant. ’Marvellous’ Marc Mero is out next, and of course that means the crowd goes nuts over the appearance of Sable. Ross mentions the incident last week where Mero shoved Michael Cole for apparently looking at Sable, while Cornette is quick to claim that ”…I think Cole got off lightly! This guy Mero is nuts, but he’s only got ‘imself to blame. If he doesn’t want anybody lookin’ at Sable, then he’s gotta stop bringin’ ‘er out here!”

    Match Two:
    ‘Marvellous’ Marc Mero
    w/ Sable vs. Taka Michinoku


    Taka is a real livewire from the get go in this one, tossing Mero around the ring with a series of armdrags and takedowns, before he sends Mero spiralling to the floor with a spinning heel kick. On the outside, Mero snaps as Sable tries to help him back up, shoving her aside before he takes out his frustrations on the announce desk. Back in the ring, Mero manages to take control with those well placed rights and lefts, but every time a fan whistles or cheers at Sable, Mero reacts angrily, which prompts him to head outside to confront Sable about it. As the two argue, Taka takes advantage of the distraction, flying over the top rope to crash down on Mero, and back in the ring, Taka looks like he might be about to put Mero away as he heads to the top rope… but Taka misses with a moonsault and smacks off the canvas! That’s all Mero needs as he drags Taka back to his feet, quickly hits the TKO and wraps up Taka for the victory.

    Winner: ‘Marvellous’ Marc Mero @ 03:17

    A win for Mero, but just as the bell rings, J.R. quickly drops headset and grabs a microphone to head into the ring to speak with Mero. ”Marc, you requested this time after your match tonight, so obviously you have something to discuss…”, with Ross giving Mero an open forum to air whatever is on his mind. Mero quickly makes it clear that he’s fed up with the number of so called real fighters in the WWF right now. He repeats what he said last week about Bart Gunn, that Gunn’s left hand is fooling no one, that he’s not scared of him and that ”…if me and Bart Gunn ever get in the ring together, he’s the one that’s gettin’ knocked out!” Mero moves on to discuss Ken Shamrock, claiming that fighting in the UFC is nothing to be proud of. Mero points out the former lawless days of UFC, saying the fact that UFC had no rules is the only reason Shamrock was ever successful. With no rules, Shamrock was able to cheat and do whatever he wanted, but that doesn’t make him a real fighter. ”You wanna be the best, you play by the rules and you prove you’re the better man!”, something Mero claims he’s done time and time again both in the boxing ring and in the WWF.

    ”But the real guy I wanna talk about… is that punk I’ve been seein’ all those videos for. I wanna talk about that ECW wannabe… Tazz!”, which draws a generous pop from the crowd. Mero shakes his head, claiming he’s heard all about Tazz, he’s seen him in action, and even though Tazz makes out he’s a tough guy, he’s actually just a nobody. Mero claims Tazz isn’t a real fighter, he’s just a street thug who belongs in the bingo halls of Philadelphia. Mero has a warning for Tazz, telling him ”…you better think about comin’ to the WWF. You ain’t a real fighter! I’m the baddest man in the WWF and I’ll do more than make you tap out!” J.R. steps in at this point, asking Mero if he’s sure he knows the kind of man Tazz is. Ross points out how he wrestled with a broken neck, how he loves to choke out opponents, how he’s known as ‘The Human Suplex Machine’, ”…I don’t think you wanna go makin’ an enemy of this man, Marc…” , but all this does in anger Mero. So much so that after Mero reiterates his warning to Tazz, he starts to get physical with J.R., saying he caught the announcer looking at Sable… and of course, that means Mero delivers a shove… only THIS TIME HE SHOVES ROSS TO THE CANVAS! The crowd is shocked, as is Sable, who does her best to calm Mero down, but Mero is just too angry, standing over Ross and shouting ”Don’t you ever look at Sable!”, before Mero grabs Sable by the hand and drags her towards the ropes. Ross gingerly picks himself back up, but the camera follows Mero as he drags Sable up the ramp, shouting at her as they go, and while we’re just about to head for a commercial, Cornette quickly hypes the rest of the show, ”…make sure you join us in the Warzone!”.

    *Commercial*

    It’s hour two, so again we see the opening video before we head into the arena where there’s more fireworks, and we hear the voice of Jerry Lawler who has joined J.R. on commentary. Once again Michaels and Mankind for the WWF Championship is hyped, as is the other matches scheduled for tonight, Ken Shamrock against D’Lo Brown, Jeff Jarrett’s in-ring return against Vader and The New Blackjacks taking on The New Age Outlaws for a Tag Team Title shot. Suddenly, the lights in the arena go out, and the most ominous music in the WWF today brings Kane and Paul Bearer into the arena. Ross discusses the threats made by Bearer last week towards The Undertaker, the chilling way in which Bearer challenged The Undertaker and threatened to make the WWF suffer until they get their hands on The Undertaker, which prompts Lawler to say ”…I wish The Undertaker would just agree to face his brother to save all of us!”

    And that’s exactly what Bearer wishes too as he wastes no time in addressing The Undertaker, with Bearer wondering why ‘The Deadman’ has repeatedly avoided their challenges, but showed up at the end of last week’s show to save Ken Shamrock, both he and Kane bathed in that eerie red glow that engulfs the arena. ”But maybe Undertaker… maybe it wasn’t about Ken Shamrock. Maybe your eyes are on Shawn Michaels, D-Generation X… and the WWF Championship?”, but Bearer quickly criticizes ‘The Deadman’ over that, claiming that instead of chasing titles, he should be listening to the challenge of his brother. Bearer repeats what he said last week, that he will unleash Kane to inflict destruction on the WWF roster unless they get what they want, The Undertaker one on one. Bearer wonders if the reason Undertaker has refused their challenges in not because he refuses to fight his own flesh and blood, but because he’s scared of Kane and retribution he seeks. We again hear of how ‘Taker started a fire which killed his family but left Kane physically and emotionally scarred, with Bearer wondering ”…is it because you know what you did… and now you’re scared of what’s to come?” that ‘The Deadman’ avoids Kane’s challenge.

    And what is to come? Pain, devastation, destruction, with Bearer again warning the WWF roster that they will work their way through each and every one of them until Kane gets what he wants. ”But… there’s not just one man who can save the WWF. Oh no. There IS another way. If The Undertaker won’t accept our challenge… then perhaps, our Commissioner will make it happen instead.”, with Bearer appealing directly to Sgt. Slaughter, making it clear that they want the match at In Your House: D-Generation X. Slaughter is the man who holds the key to making Kane’s wish come true, but Bearer has an ominous warning for him. The Undertaker may have his sights on Shawn Michaels, but that doesn’t mean Slaughter should go giving ‘The Deadman’ a title shot any time soon. Instead, Slaughter should listen to what Bearer is asking for, with him warning the Commissioner with ”Don’t worry about the WWF. Don’t worry about Shawn Michaels. But Sgt. Slaughter… you SHOULD worry about Kane… if we don’t get what we want.” Once again Bearer promises pain, suffering and destruction for every WWF superstar, but Kane rampage will not be anyone’s fault but their own. ”You need to pay for your sins ‘Deadman’… and pay you will. It all depends on how many have to suffer… before you accept your fate.”, and with that Kane lifts up his hands…

    But the lights go out! And then there’s a lone gong… and The Undertaker steps into the arena. The crowd is going wild in anticipation, but staying true to his word, ‘Taker stays on the stage, not going down to the ring. He does have a mic in his hand though, and he quickly warns Bearer that he’s heard enough of his talking these last few months, that he instead wants to speak directly to his brother. ‘Taker addresses Kane, warning him that Bearer doesn’t care about him, that he’s not interested in Kane, instead he’s just using Kane to get back at him. ‘The Deadman’ tells Kane that he knows Bearer has poisoned his mind, turning the brothers against each other, but behind the mask ”…there is still good in there, Kane. My little brother is still in there… somewhere.”, a notion Bearer quickly shakes his head at. ‘Taker reaffirms that the two of them don’t have to be enemies, that it’s Bearer who is the problem between them, and that if Kane leaves his mentor and joins his brother, they would dominate the WWF for years to come. ”But mark my words Kane… I will NEVER fight you.” is the definitive answer ‘Taker gives his little brother.

    ”There are a lot of wrongs in the WWF right now…” admits ‘The Deadman’, but he believes he is the man to fix them, and that means instead of Kane, he has his sights on Shawn Michaels and the WWF Championship. For too long Michaels and D-X have had their own way, they’ve embarrassed the WWF and at Montreal Michaels was given a championship he doesn’t deserve. Whether or not it’s for the WWF Championship, ‘Taker knows D-X is a problem, calling them a cancer, with he being the only man who can cure it, with ‘The Deadman’ leading some kind of moral crusade against D-Generation X in a bid to rid the WWF of them. He does however have a few words for Paul Bearer. He says that while he will never fight his own flesh and blood, he would gladly tear Bearer apart if it meant getting his brother back. And ‘Taker warns Bearer that if he plans on letting Kane loose on a path of destruction, then ‘The Deadman’ has no problems destroying every member of the WWF roster until he gets his hands on Bearer. That leads to one final confirmation, Undertaker refuses to fight his brother, and with that, he drops the mic and starts to turn and head backstage… but in the ring, Kane lifts his arms up, snaps them down… and THE ENTRANCE WAY BECOMES ENGULFED IN FLAMES!! Undertaker’s path is blocked by a wall of fire, stopping him dead in his tracks! With a snap of the head, ‘Taker turns back towards the ring, staring a hole through his brother… but then he too raises his arms… brings them down… and A LIGHTNING BOLT STRIKES THE RING!!! The forces causes Bearer to fall to the canvas, but Kane barely moves, his eyes locked on his brother. The pair just stare at each other, neither man looking away, the crowd going wild, until finally, the flames die down, and ‘Taker makes his way backstage, leading Ross and Lawler to wonder what on earth could be next between these two 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 on Sunday December 7th.

    From the video we’re right back into the arena and Sunny is once again heading down to the ring to serve as ring announcer. First out Sunny announces the arrival of Ken Shamrock, with J.R. quick to label him ”…the man who should be WWF Champion right now!” based on his performance last week. Out next come The Nation of Domination, with Faarooq giving words of encouragement to D’Lo Brown ahead of the match, while The Rock and Kama Mustafa enter a few steps behind. Lawler and J.R. both discuss the dissension in The Nation last week, with Lawler assuring us that everything is fine in The Nation again, but Ross isn’t so sure, wondering if Rocky will fall in line or will Faarooq have to order him to do so like last week.

    Match Three:
    D’Lo Brown
    w/ The Nation of Domination vs. Ken Shamrock


    Much of the early part of this match sees D’Lo stalling, trying to use the rest of The Nation as a means of distraction. It doesn’t work though as Shamrock finally catches D’Lo and lays in with a beating, hammering Brown with stiff forearms to the side of the head, before he tosses him around the ring with a string of release German suplexes. Kama does manage to distract Shamrock long enough for D’Lo to take advantage, with Brown landing a series of boots to the body. On several occasions D’Lo distracts the ref, allowing Faarooq and Rocky to land cheap shots, before D’Lo gets a long two count from a leg lariat. Brown tries to wear Shamrock down with a headlock, but Shamrock breaks free and rocks Brown with more shots to the head, before he gets a long two of his own from a standing hurricanrana. Shamrock is building momentum, battering D’Lo around the ring, but as he fires D’Lo off the ropes, Brown manages to catch Shamrock in a sleeper hold… which Shamrock quickly reverses into a belly-to-belly suplex! D’Lo is down and in trouble, and now Shamrock slaps on the ANKLE LOCK! D’Lo is trapped in the centre of the ring… but before he can tap out, Kama Mustafa storms the ring and clubs Shamrock from behind, breaking the hold but causing the disqualification!

    Winner: Via Disqualification, Ken Shamrock @ 04:49

    Kama immediately starts stomping away on Shamrock, the ref calling for the bell but it doesn’t matter as Mustafa lays in with a stiff beating. Mustafa hammers away inside the ring, but on the outside, Faarooq and The Rock are watching it happen… and Faarooq wants to know why Rocky isn’t in their helping. ”Get yo’ ass in there boy!” yells Faarooq, but Rocky is hesitant, shrugging his shoulders, wondering what the point is with Kama doing such a good job on his own. An argument quickly breaks out, with Faarooq ordering Rocky to get in the ring, and the commotion draws the attention of Kama and a recovered D’Lo, who shout down from inside the ring for the pair of them to quiet down… and that gives Shamrock a chance to recover, he knocks D’Lo from the ring, grabs Kama by the ankle… and locks on THE ANKLE LOCK!! This time it’s Kama’s turn to scream in agony, and now a united Faarooq and Rock slide into the ring… but Shamrock yells at them to get back, screaming ”Get any closer I’ll break his damn ankle!”, which stops the pair dead in their tracks. Shamrock wrenches on the ankle every time Faarooq and Rocky inch closer, the crowd baying for blood as they urge Shamrock to snap Kama’s ankle… but their cheers quickly turn to jeers as a squad of referee’s race down to the ring, with Sgt. Slaughter close behind.

    Slaughter already has a mic in his hand, and he pleads with Shamrock to release the hold, to not inflict any more damage. The refs tug at Shamrock’s arms, and again Slaughter demands the hold be released, ”Ken, let ‘im go. That’s an order!”, and mercifully, Shamrock lets go, but he’s quickly back to his feet, a wild look in his eyes as he readies himself for an attack, but The Nation are too concerned with tending to the comrade. Faarooq and Rocky demand Slaughter do something about Shamrock, with Lawler chiming in Shamrock …should be fined or suspended or somethin’!” Slaughter manages to calm things down, ordering both parties to different corners, before he tells The Nation exactly what he’s going to do. He orders that at In Your House: D-Generation X, Ken Shamrock will get his chance at revenge as he takes on a member of The Nation of Domination. But Slaughter adds a twist, saying the match will be ”…Ken Shamrock, one on one… with EITHER Farrooq or The Rock! And you two maggots… you’re gonna have to make the choice!” Nobody is quite sure why Slaughter has added this stipulation… until both Faarooq and Rocky motion that it should be them… and the argument breaks out again! Both Faarooq and Rock are adamant that they are the men to beat Shamrock, pressing their case to D’Lo and Kama, and amongst all the confusion, The Nation don’t notice that Shamrock and Slaughter slip out of the ring, both with smug grins on their faces. The pair head back up the ramp, while in the ring, the four Nation members continue to argue, with J.R. saying ”The Nation of Domination… they’re imploding right now!” as we head to commercial.

    *Commercial*

    We’re back, and Kevin Kelly is standing by in the backstage interview area, ready to speak with… Dude Love? The last time we saw Mick Foley at Surivor Series he was competing in his Mankind persona, but it’s Dude Love tonight, something which Kelly can’t help but smile at. Kelly of course wants to hear Love’s thoughts on his WWF Championship Match against Shawn Michaels tonight, and of course Dude thinks it’s just trippy that he gets a title shot tonight. ”There’s been so much moanin’ and groanin’ around here lately, but there’s one cat who can bring some peace back to the Warzone…”, and that man is Foley, and he’ll do it by becoming WWF Champion. Kelly’s next question is the one everyone is wondering, why is Foley here as Dude Love tonight instead of as Mankind? Love responds by discussing his Survivor Series match with Kane, the brutal battle they both took part in. Dude admits that while Mankind may have lost that night, ”…the spirit of peace, love and harmony is still alive Daddy-o!” , and apparently that’s why Foley is here this way tonight… and that’s why he’ll be WWF Champion. And that’s all we get, as Dude Love makes his exit, bringing an end to this very short and very confusing interview, with Kelly left looking dumfounded as we head elsewhere.

    In the arena, Vader makes his entrance, looking focused and determined, with J.R. discussing Vader’s impressive victory over Goldust last week. Out next is Jeff Jarrett, displaying his new in-ring look for the first time. The country gimmick is long gone, replaced by shorter hair, more regular tights, sunglasses on his face, but that trusty guitar is still in his hand. Lawler of course hypes Jarrett, talking about how he can’t wait for In Your House to see Jarrett take the Intercontinental Title away from Austin while treating this match against Vader almost like a formality.

    Match Four:
    Jeff Jarrett
    vs. Vader


    Looking to impress in his first match back, Jarrett takes the fight to Vader early on, rocking him with right hands, but pretty soon Vader’s power takes over as he reverses an Irish whip and crushes Jarrett in the corner. Jarrett then tries stalling for time, but he soon runs into a string of forearms to the side of the head before being repeatedly knocked down with short-arm clotheslines. Jarrett has a spell of control where he strikes with more right hands, before he knocks Vader down with a dropkick. Vader leans against the ropes, allowing Jarrett to come crashing down on the back of his head, and Jarrett comes close to victory following a swinging neckbreaker. Jarrett then tries to soften Vader up with a seated chinlock, but the big man fights back to his feet, hammering Jarrett before he too gets a two count from a powerslam. Vader builds momentum, rocking Jarrett and gaining further nearfalls, with Jarrett seeking safety in the corner… but here comes Vader… corner splash… but Jarrett yanks in the referee… and VADER CRUSHES THE REF AGAINST THE TURNBUCKLE! Pure accident, but Vader has just laid out the referee, with ‘The Mastodon’ showing concern as he tries to revive the ref… but that just allows Jarrett to grab his guitar… and SMASH THE GUITAR OVER VADER’S SKULL!!! The ref never saw a thing, but ‘Double J’ has just levelled Vader with his guitar! Vader is down and out, and that means it’s easy for Jarrett to grab the leg, step and twist… Jarrett’s looking for the FIGURE FOUR LEGLOCK… but suddenly there’s cheers from the crowd… as ’Stone Cold’ Steve Austin slides into the ring… and just before Jarrett can drop to finish applying the figure four, he freezes, looking Austin dead in the eye… Austin flips the double bird… kick… STUNNER!!! Austin nails Jarrett, getting in face to deliver a tirade of profanities, before he grabs Vader, drags his arm across Jarrett’s chest and heads for the exit… and the referee slowly crawls to count the 1… 2… 3!

    Winner: Vader @ 05:11

    Lawler is furious, Austin has just handed Vader the win. While ‘The Mastodon’ scrambles back to his feet, there’s little attention being payed to him as the camera cuts to the smirking Austin, both hands raised as he backs up the ramp. Jarrett is down and out, strewn amongst the wreckage of the guitar, with J.R. loving the fact that Austin has gotten one over on his latest rival, and so do the crowd as they loudly cheer Austin’s double-bird salute as we head to commercial.

    *Commercial*

    After the break, we cut to a video, a dark room that is barely lit by the light from an old fashioned movie projector. The projector shines an indistinct movie onto a screen, the random words from the actors being heard above the whir of the projector. The camera slowly pans to reveal Goldust sat on a folding chair, alone in the room, his eyes fixated on the screen… and he’s wearing a straight-jacket? It looks like Goldust might have finally gone insane as he just stares at the screen, the occasional twitch of his face, but an emotionless glaze is in his eyes. The camera slowly zooms in on him, and finally Goldust starts to speak, looking lovingly at the camera as he talks about the glory years of cinema and ”…the days when men were real men…” and women were full of class. ”Oh… oh how I long for those days again!” cries Goldust, straining forward in the chair, almost desperate to reach out and touch the screen if his hands weren’t restrained. There’s then a maniacal laugh before Goldust admits he has a problem… but what that problem is, we just don’t know yet as he doesn’t go into detail, just calling it a problem over and over, a problem he has to deal with, before he yells out ”I coulda had class. I coulda been a contender. I coulda been somebody!” and follows with another maniacal laugh. Settling down in the chair, Goldust’s head slumps over, but he soon perks back up, looking at the screen and shouting off camera ”Nurse! Nurse! More popcorn!”, which draws a women in a nurses uniform with a surgical mask over her face into the room, and she starts feeding Goldust popcorn with her hands, and on that bizarre image, the camera pans towards the grainy black and white footage of the movie and the video fades to black.

    From this, we head back into the arena where The New Age Outlaws are heading down the ramp, but as usual Billy Gunn and Road Dogg are insulting their opponents, as both are dressed with ridiculously over the top black moustaches and cowboy hats. Road Dogg has a microphone in his hand, talking about how he and Gunn are going to beat ”…them two drunk good ol’ boys…”, but he’s suddenly interrupted… as The New Blackjacks race down the ramp… and hammer The Outlaws from behind! Blackjack Bradshaw and Blackjack Windham get the jump on their opponents, laying a beating on them on the ramp, and the match doesn’t get under way until Bradshaw finally tosses Gunn into the ring.

    Match Five: Number One Contenders’ Match
    The New Age Outlaws
    vs. The New Blackjacks


    Bradshaw unleashes an arsenal of heavy-hitting power moves, bowling Gunn over with shoulderblocks and stiff right hands before he sends Gunn spiralling from the ring with a boot to the face. Gunn and Road Dogg try to regroup on the outside, with Dogg getting the tag to tie up with Windham, but the outcome is the same as Dogg is sent flying with more rights and hiptosses before he gets a near fall from a vertical suplex. Some outside interference from Gunn gives The Outlaws the initiative, allowing them to target Windham and isolate him from Bradshaw. Windham takes a DDT from Road Dodd and a dropkick from Gunn, before Road Dogg gets a two count from shake, rattle and roll. The Outlaws work to isolate Windham, getting a long nearfall from a spike piledriver, before Gunn heads for the top rope and flies with a legdrop… and misses! This allows Windham to bring Bradshaw back in, and he sends The Outlaws tumbling around the ring, getting a near fall on Road Dogg from a fallaway slam before he plants Gunn with a swinging neckbreaker for another two. Bradshaw is rolling, focusing on Gunn, sending him flying with a back body drop before he gets another near fall from a running powerslam. At this point Road Dogg and Windham take the fight outside, where Windham is taken out of the match as he’s sent into the steel steps. In the ring, Bradshaw has Gunn lined up, coming off the ropes looking for a big clothesline… but Road Dogg grabs his foot, causing him to put on the breaks and lean over the ropes at Dogg… which allows Gunn to roll him up from behind… and GRAB A HANDFUL OF TIGHTS… and get the 3!

    Winners: The New Age Outlaws @ 05:37

    Once again The Outlaws sneak a victory, gaining a shot next week against the tag champions. Like the vandals that they are, Gunn and Road Dogg quickly make their exit, dragging each other up the ramp, celebrating their victory as they go. In the ring, Bradshaw can’t believe they’ve let this match slip away, he and Windham shouting at each other, looking for answers as to what went wrong, but once again, The Outlaws have won by hook or by crook.

    *Commercial*

    And we’re right back into the arena for tonight’s main event, with Dude Love making his entrance. Ross and Lawler both question Dude’s interview earlier tonight, wondering why Mick Foley has reverted back to his Dude Love persona, with Lawler asking ”Can you imagine if this freak Dude Love becomes WWF Champion?”, a notion J.R. doesn’t seem to find too bad. Out next come D-Generation X to a barrage of heat, but of course Shawn Michaels and Triple H revel in this, while Chyna and Rick Rude bring up the rear looking as menacing as always. Ross and Lawler are discussing D-X’s words earlier about Sgt. Slaughter being biased towards them… and wouldn’t you know it, here comes Sgt. Slaughter now, striding down the ramp. As D-X pose it up and taunt Dude Love in the ring, Michaels catches Slaughter in his eye, and it looks like the commissioner wants a ringside seat for this one as he unfolds a chair next to the announce desk and plants himself in it, much to Michaels’ annoyance.

    Main Event: WWF Championship Match
    WWF Champion Shawn Michaels w/ D-Generation X vs. Dude Love


    Arrogant as ever, Michaels is dismissive of Foley, spending most of the early goings of the match using his speed to avoid Love while landing a few cheap right hands. Feeling cocky, Michaels goes for a flying forearm, but when he misses, Foley uses this as a chance to jive and taunt Michaels. Frustrated, Michaels looks to take Foley on in a trade of right hands, but he quickly loses out and is sent tumbling to the outside, landing at the feet of Sgt. Slaughter which further infuriates the champion. Back in the ring, Foley lands rights and lefts before he gets a near fall from a bulldog, then he sends the champion back outside with a Cactus Clothesline. Michaels is down, but Foley is waiting, jumping back onto the apron… and landing the Cactus Elbow! Foley nails Michaels, but taking the fight outside leads to him getting in Chyna’s face, and when he rolls Michaels back into the ring, the distraction allows Triple H to nail Foley from behind… but Slaughter catches him at it… and he TOSSES DX OUT OF THE ARENA! Michaels is furious, throwing a fit in the ring, but Slaughter is adamant, marching Chyna, Rude and Triple H back up the ramp. Back to the action, and Michaels is now in control, laying in with stomps to the body before he gets a near fall from connecting with the flying forearm. Michaels tries to wear Foley down, wrenching on a headlock, but Foley fights back, only for Michaels to start targeting Foley’s lower back. Foley fights free of an abdominal stretch, and again he starts beating Michaels from pillar to post, smashing him into turnbuckles, sending him upside down into the corner before he nails the champion with a running knee to the face for a long two count. Foley then heads to the corner and starts stomping his foot, mimicking Michaels, before he moves in… kick to the shine… then the double-arm DDT! Foley goes for the cover… Michaels barely kicks out! Foley feels like he has Michaels beat, but to put him away, he lines the champion up… and he’s ready for THE MANDIBLE CLAW… but suddenly… someone else is in the ring. Foley sense it, turning… and he looks like he’s seen a ghost. Foley is frozen, his eyes wide with disbelief as he stands before… TERRY FUNK!!?? ECW’s Terry Funk is in the ring… and he’s got a steel chair in his hand… WHICH HE CRUSHES OVER DUDE LOVE’S SKULL!!! The crowd can’t believe it, the referee calls for the bell… Terry Funk has just cost Dude Love the WWF Championship!

    Winner: Via Disqualification, Dude Love @ 08.21

    What the… Terry Funk?! ”What’s the meanin’ of this?! What the hell is Terry Funk doin’ in the WWF?!” screams J.R., asking the question every person in the arena is asking. Shawn Michaels barely has any idea what is going on, staring up at Funk with disbelief, but Funk gives him a free pass, motioning for Michaels to get out of the ring. The WWF Champion obliges, rolling to the outside and snatching his title before he heads for the ramp, but the camera stays fixated on the ring, where a helpless Dude Love claws at Funk, trying to drag himself back to his feet... only for Funk to rear back again… and DELIVER A SECOND SICKENING CHAIR SHOT!!! The crowd gasp as Foley is left for dead in the centre of the ring, with a sick smile etched on the face of Funk as he stands over him. The crowd don’t know what to make of it all, booing Funk for ruining Dude Love’s shot at the WWF Championship, and as we bring the show to an end, J.R. once again demands answers as he yells ”Why is Terry Funk here? Why is he here in the WWF? And why in the hell has he assaulted Mick Foley!?”, but we’ll have to wait to find out as we fade to black.


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

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

    Ken Shamrock vs. Faarooq OR The Rock



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