The World Wrestling Federation presents... Mayhem in Manchester - April 4, 1998 Manchester, England - Nynex Arena Live on Sky Box Office
The opening video package for Mayhem in Manchester aired, and we went live to the Nynex Arena in Manchester, England for another United Kingdom exclusive pay-per-view event! Michael Cole alongside Jim Cornette welcomed us to the show, as they ran down the line-up - including the Undertaker going head-to-head with his brother Kane in a rematch from WrestleMania XIV last week; but also, Stone Cold Steve Austin defends the World Wrestling Federation Championship against the WWF Intercontinental Champion, The Rock!
Sunny made her way down to the ring in a skimpy outfit, the special guest ring announcer for tonight super hyped as she ran down the aisleway. The blonde slapped hands with everybody on the way down to the ring, where she began to ask Manchester how they were doing tonight! Unfortunately for Sunny, Tennessee Lee interrupted her to personally introduce his newest client. He spoke over the sellout Nynex Arena - the agent and manager of the NWA North American Heavyweight Champion talking about how England has always been known for having the worst country music scene in the world! Tennessee continued to berate the British fans, before he proudly introduced the country music star of the millenium - 'Double J' Jeff Jarrett! The NWA North American Heavyweight Champion strutted down to the ring to loud boos, 'Double J' climbing into the ring and saluting the crowd before preparing to speak. But before Jarrett had any chance to, the theme of the WWF Light Heavyweight Champion hit, bringing out TAKA Michinoku - who was proudly introduced by the vengeful Sunny!
1) Non-Title: Jeff Jarrett (w/Tennessee Lee) (c) def. TAKA Michinoku (c) in 5:24 after the Figure-Four Leglock. TAKA Michinoku had a big opportunity to break out of the light heavyweight division that he had been the face of since winning the WWF Light Heavyweight Championship back in December, taking on 'Double J' Jeff Jarrett. Jarrett did not take kindly to Michinoku interrupting him moments prior, and this match got underway with 'the Japanese Sensation' using his agility and his speed as an advantage against the NWA North American Heavyweight Champion. The distraction from Tennessee Lee allowed 'Double J' to come out on top however, as Jarrett picked apart the leg and took Michinoku down with the Figure-Four Leglock.
'Double J' got up and saluted the booing Manchester crowd, much to the applause of one Tennessee Lee. The cocky agent mimicked the NWA North American Heavyweight Champion's Fargo Strut, before the two hugged it out. TAKA Michinoku would live to fight another day, rolling out of the ring holding onto his knee. Jim Cornette was proud that 'Double J' was an upstanding representative of the NWA.
In the shadowy parts of the backstage area Kevin Kelly was standing by noting that we were scheduled to see the Undertaker taking on 'the Big Red Machine' Kane, six days after a barnburner at WrestleMania XIV in Boston. Kevin said that he had been granted two minutes of 'the Deadman's time to get the Undertaker's comments leading into the main event tonight. Kelly slowly crept down the dark hallway to see the Undertaker, who told Kane that he was going to keep it simple: he beat Kane at WrestleMania. But he's still coming back for more. 'The Phenom' said that that ran in the family, but that tonight, like WrestleMania: Kane would rest in peace.
2) The Headbangers (Mosh & Thrasher) def. The Quebecers (Jacques & Pierre) in 7:04 after the victory roll from the top rope by Mosh on Jacques. The Headbangers were fan favourites against the two French-Canadians, who waved their Quebec flags prior to the match. Jacques and Pierre cut the ring in half and isolated Thrasher from Mosh, which had the Manchester crowd waiting for Mosh to come in and run wild. It worked, but the size advantage was still in the Quebecers' favor - but fortunately for the Headbangers, Mosh was able to intercept a Quebec Crash attempt by taking out Pierre, and scoring the victory off of a victory roll.
Mosh and Thrasher quickly moshed their way out of the ring, the Headbangers successful in tag team action tonight in England. The Quebecers were furious about the loss, whilst the Headbangers left, but not before getting into the crowd and celebrating among the nineteen thousand in attendance in the Nynex Arena!
Michael Cole and Jim Cornette talked up the success of the World Wrestling Federation with the European crowd, promoting the fact that they were live in all of Europe on Sky Box Office. A video package soon aired, reviewing the tickets line and the lining up outside of Nynex Arena earlier today - with some fans having camped out since the night prior! WWF Superstars such as Mick Foley and Ken Shamrock commented on the United Kingdom crowd, citing how passionate and genuine they were in sports entertainment.
Kevin Kelly was backstage standing by with the Nation, led by the WWF Intercontinental Champion The Rock. Kevin wanted to ask Rock about his opportunity of a lifetime tonight - where he will challenge for the World Wrestling Federation Championship for the first time in his career. Rock talked trash about Stone Cold Steve Austin, telling Austin that he was lucky he was here in England with the WWF Championship. Rock told Austin that he hadn't forgotten last December, where Austin took his WWF Intercontinental Championship and threw it in the river. Rock said that he was going to get revenge tonight, and that we should believe the Rock would return to the United States with not one title - but the WWF Championship around his waist as well. Rock left, whilst D-Lo Brown, Mark Henry and Kama followed with D-Lo yelling "by any means necessary".
A replay aired, taking us back to this past week on RAW is WAR where Marc Mero came out victorious against Brian Christopher, much to the chagrin of Too Much. In the arena, Too Much made their entrance - Brian Christopher and Scott Taylor met with a negative response, but they were joined by Brian's mentor Jerry Lawler! 'The King' was here in England, as the three got into the ring and awaited for what was scheduled to be a one-on-one rematch from RAW. Marc Mero soon made his arrival, with Sable in tow - Sable incredibly popular with the English fans! 'Marvelous' Marc Mero got into the ring and helped his girlfriend inside, when the two were suddenly interrupted by 'the King' on the microphone. Jerry made jokes at 'the Marvelous One', and how Sable is much more popular than he is - and Lawler claimed that tonight Brian Christopher was going to make Sable wish she could be with a real man: like 'the King'! Lawler laughed, until Mero ran Lawler out of the ring! Christopher jumped Mero from behind, jumpstarting this rematch from RAW.
3) Marc Mero (w/Sable) def. Brian Christopher (w/Scott Taylor & Jerry Lawler) in 3:47 after the TKO. Marc Mero was against the odds of Too Much and Jerry Lawler, with 'the King' and Taylor wanting to ensure that Brian Christopher could get the job done, which he could not do this past Monday on RAW. 'The Marvelous One' was impressive, whilst the Manchester crowd were wowed by Sable at ringside. Several distractions allowed Christopher to gain control, while at ringside Sable found herself being stalked by Taylor and Lawler. Taylor and Lawler at one point cornered Sable, and when Jerry Lawler tried to grab Sable, the blonde responded with an astounding slap across the face of 'the King'! Shortly after, Christopher missed the Tennessee Jam, allowing Mero to hit the TKO for the three.
Marc Mero's hand was raised in victory, while Brian Christopher rolled to the floor. 'The Marvelous One' welcomed Sable into the ring, where Sable had her hand raised by her boyfriend. Mero presented Sable in Manchester to a big response, until Jerry Lawler got into the microphone and reclaimed the microphone! Vexed, 'the King' told Sable that no woman alive had ever turned him down. Lawler told Sable that she was nothing more than a jezebel, and in response Mero grabbed a hold of 'the King' and dropped him with the TKO! Mero once again raised Sable's hand, as the happy couple left the ring leaving Lawler laying, for Too Much to check on.
A replay aired, reviewing the closing moments of the WWF Intercontinental Championship match between The Rock and Ken Shamrock from WrestleMania XIV - 'the World's Most Dangerous Man' was inches from victory, but it was Rock that managed to turn the tables on the challenger, and Shamrock was pinned with a mere roll-up coming off of the Ankle Lock. Backstage Kevin Kelly was standing by with Faarooq and Ken Shamrock, as Kevin talked about the incident this past Monday night on RAW is WAR where Faarooq challenged The Rock to a WWF Intercontinental Championship match at Unforgiven: In Your House before he was attacked by the Nation. And who would come to his aid? But Ken Shamrock. Kelly asked about their relationship now that Faarooq isn't the ruler of the Nation. Faarooq made it abundantly clear that he and Shamrock did not see eye to eye. He said that they have been rivals, that he took Shamrock out. Shamrock then spoke up that they did however share a common goal: and that is taking down the Nation. Shamrock said that Faarooq has his score to settle - and so does he. Faarooq stated that tonight the Nation would fall in six-man tag team action.
The Nation's funky beats came over the Nynex Arena in Manchester, signalling the arrival of Kama, Mark Henry and D-Lo Brown, who all came to the ring to loud boos. While their new ruler, the Rock will be in action later tonight challenging Stone Cold Steve Austin for the World Wrestling Federation Championship later tonight - the Nation had their own roles tonight: and that was taking out Faarooq and Ken Shamrock, who are both gunning to take the WWF Intercontinental Championship away from 'the Brahma Bull'. Kama got the microphone when arriving in the ring, and talked about how they had just heard Faarooq and Ken Shamrock running their mouths, claiming they were gonna take down the Nation. Kama then joked that last time he checked, this was a six-man tag team match. Kama questioned who their partner was. D-Lo Brown took over, telling Faarooq that he used to be their ruler, but now all he sees when he sees him is a punk ready to get his teeth knocked down his throat! The three waited, as Ken Shamrockmade his entrance to a big pop - and 'the World's Most Dangerous Man' waited at the bottom of the aisle for Faarooq to make his arrival. The Nation wanted to bring the fight to them already, but Shamrock and Faarooq simply waited...for Dude Love! Dude Love came strutting and dancing to the ring - and the three hit the ring getting this six-man tag team contest underway!
4) The Nation (Kama, D-Lo Brown & Mark Henry) def. Dude Love, Ken Shamrock & Faarooq in 7:57 after two big splashes by Henry on Faarooq. It was the incredibly methodical, well-constructed faction the Nation against the odd couple-style trio of Dude Love, Ken Shamrock and Faarooq. Faarooq wanted nothing more than to get his hands on D-Lo Brown for talking trash about the former ruler before the match, whereas 'the World's Most Dangerous Man' was well prepared to run in like a house on fire. Early on Shamrock got the better of Kama, but after a short series of mat-based wrestling, D-Lo Brown and Mark Henry came in and began to pound away on Shamrock. The Nation separated Shamrock from the pack and traded frequent tags, keeping him from Faarooq and Dude Love - but Faarooq soon enough made the tag and attempted to body slam 'the World's Strongest Man', who was able to squash Faarooq's efforts. Henry did deliver a big splash that Faarooq kicked out of, but once again Faarooq found himself on the wrong side of the ring, and now Manchester fans were itching for Dude Love to get the tag. He finally got it, and Dude Love hit the ring firing on all cylinders, including connecting with a punch combination laying both Kama and D-Lo out! Dude Love had the Love Handle on D-Lo at another point when Faarooq tagged in - and quickly things whittled down to Faarooq and Mark Henry, who, with the assist from D-Lo, was able to drop Faarooq with a big body slam and two big splashes for the surprising win!
The Nation left the ring as Dude Love and Ken Shamrock rolled inside to fend Mark Henry off of a hurting Faarooq. Dude Love and 'the World's Most Dangerous Man' were furious about the loss, as they attended to the fallen former ruler of the Nation of Domination. D-Lo Brown and Kama complimented Mark Henry on the win tonight, whilst Dude Love argued with the referee. Faarooq was helped to his feet, but he was clearly hurting from the two big splashes moments prior, delivered by 'the World's Strongest Man'. Dude Love responded by locking the referee in the Love Handle, his fingers down the throat of the official! Love then sent the official into Ken Shamrock, who dropped the referee with a belly-to-belly suplex - and then locked the referee in the Ankle Lock! They may have lost tonight, but these three were going to give the Manchester crowd their money's worth, leaving to fight another day.
Kevin Kelly was standing by backstage with Owen Hart, Kelly talking to Owen about the unfortunate loss back at WrestleMania to Triple H. 'The Black Hart' voiced his upset at the loss, stating that he had Triple H beat for the WWF European Championship - and yet he wasn't able to get the job done. But 'the Black Hart' told Kevin Kelly that he had rebounded before, and that it wasn't going to slow him down! Hart said that he was still standing, and that he would have his revenge on D-Generation X. But tonight he has a match against the Artist Formerly Known As Goldust. Owen asked what 'the Bizarre One's deal even was anymore. He said that Goldust comes out dressing up like Marilyn Manson, like Sable, like the New Year's Baby? Owen told Kevin that tonight he would beat Goldust, and that when he returns to the United Kingdom next time, in November - he would prove that he doesn't need any other Hart, because he is 'the Black Hart': and he can take care of business.
5) Owen Hart def. The Artist Formerly Known As Goldust (w/Luna Vachon) in 5:06 after the Sharpshooter. Luna Vachon had the Artist Formerly Known As Goldust on a dog collar with leash tonight, surely what Luna had in store for Sable had they came out of WrestleMania XIV victorious and got to spend the night with the blonde bombshell. But with Luna waiting to face Sable at Unforgiven: In Your House, the Artist Formerly Known As Goldust had different business to take care of in facing 'the Black Hart' Owen Hart - who was looking to rebound after a disappointing loss at WrestleMania. Owen and Goldust were both looking for a momentum boost, and Owen was not about to let Luna throw his focus off of 'the Bizarre One'. Goldust used underhanded tactics against 'the Black Hart', but Owen was able to make a comeback and locked Goldust in for a deep Sharpshooter, scoring the win!
Owen Hart celebrated his win to a kind applause from the Manchester crowd, 'the Black Hart' victorious tonight at Mayhem in Manchester with a win against the Artist Formerly Known As Goldust, who was helped out of the ring and leashed once again by an infuriated Luna Vachon, who jumped up and down in rage at Owen Hart. Hart laughed Luna off as she took Goldust on a walk up the aisleway, much to the amuse of the Nynex Arena.
A video package aired, reviewing the grand spectacle that was WrestleMania XIV. Including the pre-WrestleMania Workout and press conference, it included highlights of the grandest stage of them all - where the Undertaker and Kane finally collided in a battle of the brothers of destruction - and a new champion was crowned, as Stone Cold Steve Austin claimed the World Wrestling Federation Championship from Shawn Michaels.
Back live in Manchester, D-Generation X's theme hit, summoning the hottest faction in sports entertainment today! Triple H and Chyna made their way out to the ring, the WWF European Champion receiving a lot of cheers from the UK crowd whilst 'the Ninth Wonder of the World' looked as dominating as ever. Two of the three founders of D-Generation X climbed into the ring, where the WWF European Champion got on the microphone. He welcomed everybody to Mayhem in Manchester, and asked Manchester what was happening! Helmsley had the crowd eating out of the palm of his hand, as he asked if they were ready for championship action! But Helmsley then turned on the Manchester crowd, saying that it's a shame he isn't defending the WWF European Championship tonight, but the fact is: he doesn't want to. The crowd booed. Triple H said that he proved that he was a worthy champion when he beat that nugget Owen Hart last week at WrestleMania. He gave props to Owen on a "good, little victory" tonight, but said that it would take a lot for 'the Black Hart' to ever get another shot at the title in his hand right now! Helmsley continued to run his mouth, as he did say that there WOULD be a title match tonight - and he had pulled some strings with the booker. Helmsley revealed that they may have lost on Monday, but the New Age Outlaws would get their rematch at the Legion of Doom tonight in Manchester...and he and Chyna would be at ringside to make sure that the titles would return to D-Generation X! Helmsley hyped the crowd up, introducing the former champions.
The New Age Outlaws made their way out to the ring to boos, as 'Bad Ass' Billy Gunn and 'Road Dogg' Jesse James appeared on the aisleway. Jesse James had a microphone in hand and a bottle of water as well, as Jesse James hyped up Manchester for the soon-to-be two-time WWF Tag Team Champions - 'Road Dogg' Jesse James, and the 'Bad Ass' Billy Gunn: the New Age Outlaws. Gunn slapped his gums, as he told the Manchester crowd that if they weren't down with that, there were two words for them: "suck it"!
6) WWF Tag Team Championship: The Legion of Doom (Animal & Hawk) (c) def. The New Age Outlaws (Jesse James & Billy Gunn) (w/Triple H & Chyna) by disqualification in 6:46 after Triple H attacked Animal. Our first of two WrestleMania rematches tonight in Manchester, the New Age Outlaws have been involved in a fierce rivalry with the legendary Legion of Doom for months - with Billy Gunn and Jesse James scoring their first WWF Tag Team Championships by beating LOD back in November. Since then, the Outlaws have been on a quest to prove they are the most dominant WWF Tag Team Champions in recent memory - and went as far as to insult, mock and attack LOD at any given opportunity. But at WrestleMania, with their careers in the World Wrestling Federation on the line, they had their chance for redemption, and they seized the moment and became champions for a third time in their storied careers. With Triple H and Chyna at ringside, Hawk and Animal watched their backs in this rematch from both WrestleMania and RAW is WAR the night after, where D-Generation X left Hawk and Animal laying. LOD looked to finish this as early as possible to avoid such chicanery, but James and Gunn were smart and tried to pick apart both members of LOD. It turned into a free-for-all, and Animal looked to get 'Road Dogg' up for the Doomsday Device when Triple H hit the ring from behind!
Triple H, for a second time this week, had gotten the New Age Outlaws disqualified to ensure that the Legion of Doom be unable to beat Hawk and Animal! Helmsley layed into Animal, who attempted to fight the WWF European Champion off - but Billy Gunn and Jesse James joined in, ganging up on Animal! The three continued to fight with Animal, when Hawk came off the top rope with a clothesline taking all three members of D-Generation X down! DX scattered from the ring, as the WWF Tag Team Champions the Legion of Doom stood tall! Chyna was bold-faced, whilst Triple H and the New Age Outlaws began to leave, 'Road Dogg' vowing that Hawk and Animal's day would come. But for now, the two legends received a standing ovation from the people of Manchester, England - still the champions.
We went to pre-recorded comments by the new World Wrestling Federation Champion Stone Cold Steve Austin, who received a huge ovation from the live crowd! Austin started by talking about how it was six days ago at WrestleMania, where Stone Cold Steve Austin was crowned the World Wrestling Federation Champion. Now he's over here in England, and he's not here to drink tea and eat scones - he's here to whoop ass and take names! Austin said that he was defending the World Wrestling Federation Championship tonight against The Rock, and that tonight when it's all said and done, Stone Cold would Stun the Rock's ass much like he has many times before - and leave Manchester with his belt on his shoulder!
7) WWF Championship: Stone Cold Steve Austin (c) def. The Rock (w/Kama, D-Lo Brown & Mark Henry) in 12:44 after the Stunner. The WWF Intercontinental Champion waltzed to the ring with confidence, with the Nation behind him - who surely were feeling great after their victory against Faarooq, Ken Shamrock and Dude Love earlier tonight. Rock had been reportedly waiting for this opportunity against Stone Cold Steve Austin since Austin threw Rock's Intercontinental title belt in a river back in December - but Rock's focus also had to be on becoming World Wrestling Federation Champion in his first shot at the gold, here in Manchester tonight. Stone Cold received a deafening response as he made his way to the ring, and 'the Texas Rattlesnake' went right at it, battling The Rock and clearing the ring of Kama and D-Lo Brown! Austin did have his eyes on Mark Henry, who simply glared at him from ringside throughout the match. Austin had Rock under control for a large period of this match, but the interference from the Nation allowed Rock to gain momentum. The cocky ruler of the Nation stomped away at Austin but didn't hesitate to mock the British crowd - which eventually led to his downfall. Austin made a furious comeback, but further interruptions from Kama and D-Lo led Rock to almost steal the win, but Rock's attempt at a Rock Bottom backfired resulting in Rock eating A Stunner, giving Austin the victory!
Stone Cold Steve Austin was victorious, but Kama, D-Lo Brown and Mark Henry hit the ring, attacking 'the Texas Rattlesnake'! The Nation were out to help The Rock become World Wrestling Federation Champion - but now that option was out of the window, the WWF Intercontinental Champion's group took to attacking the WWF Champion! But Austin wasn't going to go down without a fight, and Austin retaliated with a Stunner to Kama; a Stunner to D-Lo Brown; and then finally, one to 'the World's Strongest Man' Mark Henry! Austin held the WWF title high, the man on top of the World Wrestling Federation with the people of Manchester eating out of the palm of his hand! The England crowd adored Austin, who saluted them before leaving - leaving The Rock disappointed by the loss tonight.
A video package aired, reviewing the storied history between the Undertaker and Kane. It was the same video package that aired last Sunday at WrestleMania XIV - but added to feature the great war that the two brothers of the destruction had had on the grandest stage of them all. 'The Deadman' came out on top, but 'the Big Red Machine' was ready and waiting to fight his brother again - and desperately wanted to beat 'the Phenom'.
8) The Undertaker def. Kane (w/Paul Bearer) in 12:02 after the Tombstone Piledriver. This was the second encounter between the brothers of destruction, and the second in a seven-day period. The Undertaker and Kane went right at it, trading heavy blows - and the two began to brawl out of the ring. 'The Big Red Machine' surely wanted revenge for the loss suffered at WrestleMania, and Paul Bearer was ringside to witness - Paul begging Kane to put the Undertaker to pasture here in England tonight. Kane was using a different strategy from WrestleMania, punishing the Undertaker - and it appeared that Kane had done his research from that fight last Sunday night in Boston, to bring the fight to 'the Deadman'. Undertaker attempted Old School at one point, but it was Paul Bearer who got on the apron, crotching him on the top rope. Kane took control from there, brutalizing 'Taker with heavy body blows and a sidewalk slam. Kane was in control and was looking for a Chokeslam - but Undertaker responded by choking 'the Big Red Machine' as well: and both men continued to go at it. Kane was able to hit the Chokeslam later, but the Undertaker responded by sitting up - popping the Manchester crowd. Kane looked ready to put Undertaker away with the Tombstone Piledriver, but Undertaker got out of it and hit one for good measure on Kane - before he big booted Paul Bearer off the apron! Undertaker folded Kane's hands to his chest, scoring the win in the main event of Mayhem in Manchester!
The Nynex Arena exploded, as the Undertaker slowly got up to his feet - 'the Deadman' victorious in the main event of this special United Kingdom exclusive pay-per-view tonight in Manchester! Undertaker stood tall and saluted the British crowd, when Paul Bearer decided to try his luck sneaking into the ring, with a steel chair in hand! Bearer crept up on Kane's older brother, but Undertaker turned his head and grabbed the steel chair from Paul, scaring Bearer out of the ring! 'The Big Red Machine', meanwhile, was back up to his feet - but Undertaker ducked a chokeslam attempt, and clocked Kane with the chair, sending Kane through the ropes! The Undertaker went back to saluting the Manchester crowd one more time, as Mayhem in Manchester went off the air.
DARK MATCH: Bradshaw def. Savio Vega (w/Miguel Peréz)
WWF UNFORGIVEN: IN YOUR HOUSE - April 26, 1998 Greensboro, North Carolina - Greensboro Coliseum
- WWF Intercontinental Championship - The Rock (c) vs Faarooq - Sable vs Luna Vachon - Matches to be announced.
The World Wrestling Federation presents... RAW is WAR - April 6, 1998 Syracuse, New York - The Oncenter Live on the USA Network
Monday Night RAW kicked off with a video package reviewing the scenes of last week, where Triple H talked about D-Generation X moving on from Shawn Michaels. Helmsley re-introduced Sean Waltman to the World Wrestling Federation; and then later on in the night, the new incarnation of D-Generation X stood tall united, as DX beat down the WWF Tag Team Champions the Legion of Doom in dominant order.
The opening video package for RAW aired, and we went to the Oncenter in Syracuse, New York for RAW is WAR! Eight days removed from WrestleMania, Jim Ross, Jerry Lawler and Michael Cole welcomed us to the show as they talked about all of the drastic changes from WrestleMania already - with tonight set to feature the New Age Outlaws in action against the Disciples of the Apocalypse; Triple H putting the WWF European Championship on the line against Marc Mero; plus, the Undertaker would be here to confront his brother Kane and Paul Bearer after last week's challenge for Unforgiven: In Your House!
As the Syracuse crowd got pumped up for RAW is WAR, the owner of the World Wrestling Federation Vince McMahon made his way out to the rampway - McMahon receiving a highly negative response from the capacity crowd! The owner was confused at how he had become so disliked, and asked the people if this was about last week. McMahon talked about how the people needed to realize: he was the owner of the World Wrestling Federation. He was the Chairman of the WWF. McMahon explained that as the Chairman, he is the boss and it is his way or the hard way! McMahon explained that last week he had to do what he had to do, because nobody could talk to him or lay their hands on him like the new WWF Champion Stone Cold Steve Austin did last week. Nobody! Vince explained that he had Austin put on a twenty-four hour cool-off period in a cell in Albany last week to make sure he learned a lesson for his mistakes. As for moving forward, he has come to realize that Mr. Austin had in fact seen the light, and that tonight - we would see a new and improved Stone Cold Steve Austin! McMahon proudly announced that finally the World Wrestling Federation would once again have somebody that can be a positive role model as WWF Champion! McMahon left to boos, whilst the announce team were confused as to what McMahon meant by a "new and improved" Stone Cold.
1) Faarooq def. Kama (w/The Rock, Mark Henry & D-Lo Brown) in 4:18 after the spinebuster. Faarooq came into this match with bruised ribs, as replays reviewed the damage that 'the World's Strongest Man' Mark Henry had done to the former ruler of the Nation two nights ago at Mayhem in Manchester. The Nation were smug with their work, whilst the WWF Intercontinental Champion The Rock strategized with Kama from ringside - Kama meeting the man that will face The Rock for his title in under three weeks time at Unforgiven: In Your House. Kama took no exception to the former ruler and went right for the ribs, pounding away and ripping the bandages off of the ribs of the former Ruler. The Syracuse crowd tried getting behind Faarooq, as Kama continued to do anything in his power to keep Faarooq down - but Faarooq fired up and came out of nowhere with the spinebuster for three.
Faarooq's hand was raised in victory when Mark Henry decided to hit the ring, 'the World's Strongest Man' clubbing the former ruler from behind! The Rock had a grin on his face whilst the former Olympian applied a bear hug tight on the number one contender, leaving Faarooq damaged and down on his knees in the ring. D-Lo Brown and Kama held Faarooq up, as Rock grabbed a microphone and stood watching from ringside. Rock told Faarooq that things were different with the Nation now: you get in the Rock's way, and you get in the Nation's way. Rock told Faarooq that he may have a shot at the WWF Intercontinental Championship at Unforgiven - but the Nation was going to make sure Faarooq made it in pieces, if you smell what the Rock is cooking. The Nation departed, leaving Faarooq laying - whilst Rock had a huge grin on his face! Backstage, D-Generation Xhad just arrived in Syracuse - Triple H and Chyna leading the way whilst Sean Waltman and the New Age Outlaws followed suit. The WWF European Champion talked about how this was their World Wrestling Federation as the faction made their way through the corridors, and directly made their way out to the On Center! The group's music hit as they came walking down the rampway: Waltman crotch-chopping his way down to the ring - officially a WWF Superstar. In the ring Triple H got on the microphone whilst the Syracuse crowd gave DX a mixed reaction. He asked the Syracuse crowd if they were ready to suck it, before 'Road Dogg' Jesse James got on the mic, formally introducing D-Generation X - including their newest member Sean Waltman, who from now on would be renamed "X-Pac"! Triple H followed, saying that last week they set an example. While the old D-Generation X would have showboated, throw in a couple of snide comments - this was not Shawn Michaels' DX! Hunter talked about how last week they set out what they set to do, and that is make the world talk about D-Generation X. This was their World Wrestling Federation, and now that they've traded his best friend in the business Shawn Michaels in for X-Pac, now that Mike Tyson isn't a part of them - there was no stopping DX! X-Pac said that the reason he headed up north to New York from Atlanta in the first place, was because he wanted to be on a winning team. And he is here in D-Generation X, and what they did last week to the Legion of Doom was just the beginning. He talked trash about anybody in the World Wrestling Federation trying to step to them, would get a beating of a lifetime, guaran-damn-teed! 'Road Dogg' talked about tonight, he and Billy Gunn have a match with a couple of dudes that rode bikes. And so he declared that tonight would be the night that the Disciples of the Apocalypse got what was coming to them, much like LOD did last week. Billy Gunn had comments for Skull and 8-Ball, explaining that for the first time in their life, they were going to get left out cold by real men!
But the talk of LOD allowed the WWF Tag Team Champions to step to the occasion - the Legion of Doom made their way out to the rampway to a big ovation from the Syracuse crowd! Animal and Hawk were feeling the effects of last week as Hawk had a band-aid on his forehead, but they did not look too pleased with this new incarnation of D-Generation X! Animal congratulated DX on a job well done last week. They kicked their asses, and all it took was a five-on-two advantage - but LOD knew what the New Age Outlaws were trying to tell them. Hawk explained that the Outlaws weren't getting out of this so fast, and that they knew the one thing they wanted more than anything in the world was another shot at the WWF Tag Team Championships. 'Road Dogg' and 'Bad Ass' Billy Gunn got up on the ropes, telling LOD that they were damn right. And so Animal challenged the Outlaws, telling them that they could have another shot at their titles! DX seemed happy enough, but Hawk added one condition: that it would be inside of a steel-cage, with nobody from D-Generation X allowed! The Outlaws laughed it off, with 'Road Dogg' telling Animal and Hawk that LOD proved last week they weren't strong enough to take DX. But that they didn't need their buddies at ringside to witness the New Age Outlaws becoming WWF Tag Team Champions one more time, while proving that they are the best tag team in the World Wrestling Federation! X-Pac took over, telling Hawk and Animal that they reminded him of everybody down south: old, and clinging on to the days gone by. Triple H once again told LOD that they were an army, and that the New Age Outlaws were the soldiers. And at Unforgiven, the soldiers would bring the WWF Tag Team Championships back to the army. He concluded, telling LOD that if they weren't down with that - they had two words for them. DX were certainly sounding confident, but the New Age Outlaws, whether they knew it or not, were going to walk into Unforgiven with huge targets on their chest inside the steel cage with LOD.
In the backstage area The Jackyl was with Kurrgan, the commander telling 'the Interrogator' to get the job done tonight because he knew he was much better than "those two dumbasses" Sniper and Recon. Jackyl ordered Kurrgan to kill Max Mini tonight, and proceeded to slap him across the face! Kurrgan roared, as Jackyl clapped - and just like that Sniper and Recon followed Kurrgan and the commander to the ring - in action next. Back on RAW, D-Generation Xwere joking as they made their way through the hallways in Syracuse. The WWF European Champion suddenly stopped chatting with X-Pac, Chyna and the New Age Outlaws to take notice of somebody: it was Sable. Triple H approached the blonde and flicked his hair back - telling Sable that he had a hot match tonight against a certain boyfriend of hers. Sable rolled her eyes, whilst X-Pac and Billy Gunn tried to suggest that Sable's boyfriend Marc Mero would get his butt kicked. Triple H asked Sable if she had tried being with a real man like him. Sable however wasn't about to take it - telling Hunter that if he wasn't such a jerk, he would consider it. Sable said that 'Marvelous' Marc Mero would take Helmsley's title tonight, which 'Road Dogg' and Billy Gunn laughed off. Helmsley smirked, telling Sable that she may be a single woman after tonight, courtesy of DX. D-Generation X went to leave, but Marc Mero appeared! 'Marvelous' Marc Mero pointed at Helmsley's title, and reiterated that tonight was the night Triple H lost the WWF European Championship. Mero left with Sable, whilst Helmsley and DX joked at the contender's expense.
Back in the building, the Truth Commission had made their way out to the ring, as Kurrgan stood tall in the ring awaiting the arrival of his opponent. The Jackyl had joined commentary, where Sniper and Recon stood - Jackyl talking about how humiliating it was last week for Sniper and Recon to lose to Max Mini of all people. He told Jim Rossand Jerry Lawler that this would be a learning curve for the two Truth Commission, to remember their training: as Kurrgan waited the arrival of the mini: Max Mini coming out for sure with a look of concern on his face, under the mask.
2) Kurrgan def. Max Mini in 1:02 after the Paralyzer. At three-feet seven-inches, Max Mini was the smallest WWF Superstar that the World Wrestling Federation had. And unfortunately for Max, after managing to knock off a victory in tag team action last week with Steve Blackman against Sniper and Recon, his opponent tonight was another member of the Truth Commission: the six-foot-ten monster Kurrgan. 'The Interrogator' roared as he approached Max, who tried to outrun the giant early. He quickly attempted a headscissors, but immediately Kurrgan tossed him down! Kurrgan pounding on Max Mini and sent him flying from the ring with a big boot, but Max would not quit - and Kurrgan quickly locked in the Paralyzer, the claw putting Mini down and out!
Kurrgan refused to release the Paralyzer whilst the Jackyl laughed maniacally from the announce table. Jim Ross started begging Jackyl to make 'the Interrogator' stop, as Max Mini laid motionless locked in the Paralyzer! Sniper and Recon similarly did nothing, when Jackyl finally got up and climbed into the ring - slapping Kurrgan to stop the claw hold from crushing Max Mini's cranium! Kurrgan went back into a reserved state, as Jackyl waved Sniper and Recon over - the Truth Commission leaving Mini unconscious in the ring: some learning curve this was for Sniper and Recon: this was a massacre!
Kevin Kelly was backstage, standing by with Tennessee Lee, wanting to get to know more about the Texan agent. Tennessee Lee told Kevin that he always liked to meet fans like he was sure Kevin Kelly was. He said that for decades he had been the agent to the stars of country music! Everybody in the music industry knew who he was, and he was going to take his client Jeff Jarrett to the top. The NWA North American Heavyweight Champion flamboyantly walked in with sunglasses shaped like stars on - as Tennessee Lee explained that 'Double J' had the rocket strapped on, and he was about to take off. Jarrett added, saying that he was the world's greatest wrestler, the world's greatest singer - and he was going to become the world's most famous country music artist as well, thanks to this man Tennessee Lee! Kevin then asked Jarrett about his thoughts teaming with the Rock 'n' Roll Express tonight to face Bradshaw, Bob Holly and Bart Gunn - but along walked Bradshaw, confronting Jarrett. Bradshaw told 'Double J' to talk all he wanted, because tonight he was going to knock 'Double J' on his ass and out! Bradshaw walked away, whilst Tennessee told Jarrett not to stoop to the ruffian's level!
Elsewhere, Ken Shamrock was seen walking down a corridor - 'the World's Most Dangerous Man' set for competition tonight against Savio Vega of Los Boricuas. The ill-tempered 'World's Most Dangerous Man' was walking into a numbers disadvantage, but Shamrock looked to get back on track with a win tonight, next on RAW. A vignette aired, showing the enigmatic newcomer to the World Wrestling Federation sat on a Subway train, surrounded by people. The man with long blonde hair sat silently, whilst a voiceover asked what had made this man how he was. What had made this man such a lost soul? Edge was coming soon to the World Wrestling Federation.
3) Ken Shamrock def. Savio Vega (w/José Estrada, Miguel Peréz & Jesús Castillo) by disqualification in 3:45 after Los Boricuas attacked Shamrock. Eight nights ago at WrestleMania, Ken Shamrock narrowly lost a WWF Intercontinental Championship - and his infamous temper set in. Shamrock laid out several officials in his path in anger induced by the loss. And since then Shamrock has been a ticking time bomb waiting to blow. He had a chance tonight to return to his winning ways against Savio Vega, which rightly meant that Los Boricuas would be present at ringside: trying to help their Puerto-Rican leader score a huge upset against the one time Ultimate Fighter. Shamrock however outskilled Savio and took him to the ground, more or less dominating the Puerto-Rican. Shamrock was distracted at one point by the thugs at ringside, and Shamrock decided to try and go after them, which allowed Vega to come from behind with a cheap shot. But it wouldn't last long: Shamrock turned it around and suplexed Vega into the Ankle Lock! Vega was seconds from tapping, when his boys hit the ring, attacking Shamrock!
The Syracuse crowd booed as Los Boricuas attempted to continue their attack on 'the World's Most Dangerous Man', but Ken Shamrock was in no mood! Shamrock laid Peréz out with a belly-to-belly suplex, then tackled Castillo! Shamrock tossed Estrada across the ring and locked Vega back in the Ankle Lock - Shamrock refusing to break it up! Shamrock's temper had once again gotten the better of him, when referees hit the ring trying to restrain Shamrock. But like WrestleMania, it had no effect as Shamrock took down a referee and suplexed another! The third referee received the belly-to-belly suplex and was locked in the Ankle Lock: and it sure seemed like Shamrock had lost his temper big-time tonight! The referee was tapping out, his ankle surely broken - while Commissioner Slaughter came stomping down to ringside, shouting at Shamrock to release the hold! Eventually, Shamrock decided to do so - and 'the World's Most Dangerous Man' relinquished the hold and rolled out of the ring. Deflated by the lack of a clean submission win in this match, Shamrock walked with Slaughter, who scolded him for losing his temper tonight. Shamrock nodded his head in acceptance, but then tripped Slaughter - and locked the Commissioner in the ankle lock right on the rampway! Shamrock had Slaughter screaming in agony, when referees came running out to try and break Shamrock off of the Commissioner!
Backstage cameras rushed to the scene backstage, where Triple H and X-Pac were putting the boots to Chainz of the Disciples of the Apocalypse! Helmsley and X-Pac of D-Generation X had cornered Chainz and left him laying, while Chyna watched idly by, with a serious look of intent on her face! DX had left another message for DOA, ahead of their match tonight against the New Age Outlaws, when Triple H spotted Chainz' motorcycle. Helmsley joked that X-Pac should test it out, and X-Pac told Helmsley that was a good idea: the newest degenerate deciding to kick the motorcycle over instead! DX left, as the DOA face the Outlaws in tag team action next! On the War Zone, a replay aired of Ken Shamrock's assault on Los Boricuas, several referees and even Commissioner Slaughter was shown, before we went to footage of what went down during the commercial break moments ago. Ken Shamrock was backstage arguing with Vince McMahon, who was telling 'the World's Most Dangerous Man' that he could not talk to him like that! Pat Pattersonand Gerald Brisco were nearby, also trying to keep the situation calm - but Shamrock was having none of it, flipping over a table and picking up a steel chair backstage! McMahon then told Shamrock that if he couldn't contain his anger - then he was suspended! Shamrock was p*ssed, as he swung the steel chair at Patterson who dodged, Shamrock hitting a wall! McMahon stormed off, whilst Shamrock was left seething in rage!
In the On Center, the New Age Outlaws made their way out to the rampway to loud boos from the Syracuse crowd. 'Road Dogg' Jesse James once again had the microphone, as he asked Syracuse how it was hangin'! 'Road Dogg' explained that if you weren't with D-Generation X, you were the enemy - and the enemies would get slaughtered: doggy-style. Once in the ring, 'Bad Ass' Billy Gunn got on the second rope to throw up the X-sign, whilst 'Road Dogg' told the Legion of Doom directly that he hoped he saw what Triple H and X-Pac just did to Chainz, because there would be a lot more of that when they took on the DOA up next. Jesse James did his Michael Buffer-esque introduction, introducing himself and Gunn as the future two-time WWF Tag Team Champions: the New Age Outlaws! But the Disciples of the Apocalypse wasn't about to wait long, Skull and 8-Ball riding out on their motocycles and storming the ring, seeking revenge on DX!
4) The New Age Outlaws (Billy Gunn & Jesse James) def. The Disciples of the Apocalypse (Skull & 8-Ball) in 3:28 after the Famouser by Gunn on 8-Ball. With Triple H and X-Pac having taken care of Chainz in the backstage area, Skull and 8-Ball were out to kick the New Age Outlaws' asses tonight in Syracuse! Skull and 8-Ball stormed the ring and went blow for blow with 'Bad Ass' Billy Gunn and 'Road Dogg' Jesse James, the two twins bringing the fight and sending the former WWF Tag Team Champions from the ring early. The match continued with Gunn and James attempting to get the better of the DOA, 8-Ball in a hard way as Gunn locked a tight headlock on him. But 8-Ball managed to make a comeback, laying James out with a big boot and then succeeding in making the tag to Skull! Skull came in swinging at anything that came close to him. Skull put Jesse James down with the powerbomb, but Billy Gunn quickly hit the ring with a Famouser - and Gunn put James' arm over Skull, scoring the win!
Billy Gunn helped 'Road Dogg' up to his feet, as the New Age Outlaws had come out on top tonight against the Disciples of the Apocalypse; but it wasn't just the New Age Outlaws that had raged war with the Disciples of the Apocalypse, as proven by Triple H, X-Pac and Chyna's attack on Chainz before this match! 'Road Dogg' and Billy Gunn continued their attack after the match, but it wasn't long lasting, as the Legion of Doom came charging down to the ring! The WWF Tag Team Champions weren't going to wait until Unforgiven for revenge for last week, as Animal and Hawk brought the fight to the Outlaws! The Outlaws finally retreated, whilst Hawk and Animal waited seeking round two with the Outlaws: and in two weeks time, there would be no running for the former champions when they meet LOD inside of a steel cage.
Jim Ross and Jerry Lawler discussed the escalating issues between the Undertaker and Kane, as Kane came out with Paul Bearer last week and despite the war the two brothers of destruction had the night before at WrestleMania - Bearer challenged 'the Deadman' to show up tonight and accept the challenge for a rematch at Unforgiven: in something known as an Inferno match! A graphic aired, as J.R. noted that the Undertaker would be here next on RAW is WAR. Kevin Kelly was backstage with Marc Mero and Sable, wanting to catch a comment with 'Marvelous' Marc Mero before his shot at Triple H's WWF European Championship tonight. Marc told Kevin that this is what he had been waiting for, to get his hands on some gold in the World Wrestling Federation. Mero told Kelly that he didn't appreciate D-Generation X talking to Sable like she was a piece of meat, and iterated that she was his girlfriend, and nobody else's! Kevin Kelly then asked Sable about her match with Luna Vachon at Unforgiven, but Marc took the microphone away from his girlfriend and told Kelly that Luna was going down to the Sable Bomb. Mero walked himself and Sable away, with Sable unable to even get a word in.
For the first time since WrestleMania, RAW returned with the lights going out and 'the Deadman's theme hitting - bringing out the Undertaker to a huge ovation! 'The Phenom' slowly walked down the rampway en route to the ring, where the Undertaker climbed inside slowly. 'The Deadman' grabbed a microphone, beginning to talk about the rivalry with his brother Kane. He said that it had come down to this: a hatred run so deep that they must fight it out until one is taken by the flames of Hell. The Undertaker commented that he did not mean for this to happen, but he knows that deep down it isn't 'the Big Red Machine' that wants to keep on fighting. Undertaker said that he knows Kane, much deeper than Paul ever will, and after the war that they went through at WrestleMania - he knows it is Paul Bearer that wants this match to happen. And so 'the Deadman' came here tonight to call out Kane and Paul Bearer, because he wanted to hear it from 'the Big Red Machine' before he heard it from Paul Bearer. The Undertaker waited patiently, having been invited to show up tonight by Bearer last week in his challenge for Unforgiven.
But to the surprise of 'the Phenom', Kane wasn't in Syracuse. Instead, Paul Bearer and Kane were on location! 'The Big Red Machine' and Paul Bearer appeared on the TitanTron, with Paul telling the Undertaker that he didn't mean to deceive the Undertaker - but he did it for his own good! Paul said that Undertaker continues to not see the vile hatred that his younger brother possesses for 'the Deadman'. Bearer iterated that what was family is no longer - that Kane hates the Undertaker, and he hates every single thing about 'the Phenom'! Paul screamed that the Undertaker is why Kane is so badly damaged right now, and why he is 'the Big Red Machine'. Paul told Undertaker that he wanted him to accept the challenge for Unforgiven, because that was the only way this rivalry would end: with Kane standing tall, with justice prevailing. And the Undertaker screaming for his life, doused in the flames of the devil's inferno! Undertaker was in awe of what was happening, as Paul then told the Undertaker that he knows how stubborn he can be, because he is the devil - and because of that Paul and Kane had taken a road trip to somewhere that hit home for 'the Phenom': the site of the Undertaker and Kane's dead parents! Paul told Undertaker that if he doesn't accept this challenge, then Kane will do something that will make the Undertaker he was sorry for ever starting this war from the start. Undertaker, in a rare moment of weakness, accepted the challenge profusely - and Bearer told Undertaker that he couldn't wait for him to burn like Kane burnt - like his own parents burned when he killed them. But Paul told Undertaker that Kane was going to do it anyway: and that's when the camera pulled out to reveal that Kane had a sledgehammer in hand - and Kane swung at one of the tombstones of his own parents! Kane hammered the other tombstone, as Paul told Kane to proceed! 'The Big Red Machine' was aggressive, as he then proceeded to pour gasoline onto the graves of his and Undertaker's parents! Paul told Undertaker that he would see him on April 26, before lighting a match and setting the Undertaker and Kane's parents on fire! 'The Deadman' was shocked and traumatized, as the Inferno match was on: the Undertaker and Kane with a date in Hell come Unforgiven! Back on the War Zone, a replay aired reviewing what happened moments ago where the Undertaker called Kane out to talk, but to 'the Deadman's shock and horror, Kane and Paul Bearer were at the gravesite of the two brothers' parents - and 'the Big Red Machine' sent a message ahead of Unforgiven to his older brother - by desecrating the graves of their parents, and setting their graves on fire! Back in Syracuse, the Undertaker was seen storming out of the Oncenter, stealing a car and driving out of the building: 'the Deadman' surely rushing to get his hands on 'the Big Red Machine' and Paul Bearer!
5) WWF European Championship: Triple H (w/Chyna) (c) def. Marc Mero (w/Sable) in 5:52 after the Pedigree. 'Marvelous' Marc Mero had finally got himself an opportunity at some championship gold, but was he going to be able to dethrone Triple H, the leader of this new incarnation of D-Generation X? Triple H came down the rampway with just Chyna - and it was curious as to the whereabouts of X-Pac and the New Age Outlaws. Sable watched on from ringside, her mind focused on Luna Vachon who challenged her last week to a match at Unforgiven. Meanwhile inside, Mero brought the fight to Triple H, attempting the TKO early, just for Helmsley to reverse it into a DDT. Helmsley began to pound away at 'the Marvelous One', who kept fighting - but Helmsley was always one step ahead of Mero. Finally Mero initiated a comeback, when the Artist Formerly Known As Goldust without the make-up came wandering down the rampway, and Luna Vachon was there too, immediately tackling Sable! Goldust tried pulling his main squeeze Luna off of Sable, as the referee grew distracted by the fight at ringside! Goldust finally got Luna off of Sable, and Luna ripped the top off of Sable as well! Sable was left in her bra, whilst back inside Chyna snuck into the ring and low blowed Mero from behind! Helmsley delivered the Pedigree to Mero, retaining the title!
Triple H slowly struggled up to his feet, as Chyna got into the ring with him; Helmsley raising the WWF European Championship high after a successful defense - with the unwanted assist from the Artist Formerly Known As Goldust and Luna Vachon. Luna laughed and bit into the ripped off shirt of Sable, whilst Goldust proudly put his arm around his crazed mistress. At ringside Sable tried to hide her exposed chest, when Marc Mero rolled out of the ring to shield her - swearing revenge. Triple H and Chyna left on their own, having gotten the job done - but not without Helmsley checking out Sable's rack on the way out. Sable gradually grew more comfortable with her bra being on show, the crowd loving every moment of it.
A vignette aired, showing the self-proclaimed 'Big Valbowski' laying in bed with a blonde model laid beside him. The girl and him were talking about the performance he just put on, with the model extremely satisfied and overwhelmed with pleasure. 'The Big Valbowski' laughed and said if that was something, just to wait until he comes to the World Wrestling Federation. Val Venis is coming soon. Back on the War Zone, Kevin Kelly caught up with the Artist Formerly Known As Goldustand Luna Vachon, wanting to get a comment from Luna. Vachon did all of the talking, whilst the unpainted Goldust watched on. Luna still had Sable's top in her hands, as she said that she sent a message to Sable. She said that she once was infatuated with the thought of her, doing so many things to her: but now, she is infatuated with destroying her. Exposing her in the middle of the ring, on live pay-per-view. Luna told Sable that she wasn't just going to take her dignity by ripping her piece from piece - but she wanted to humiliate her. All of a sudden, Sable showed up in her bra - the hot blonde showing a wild side having to be held back by Marc Mero! Sable told Luna that if she wanted to play a humiliating game, she should accept her challenge: the match at Unforgiven would only end when one of them was left naked, with all of their clothes ripped from their body! Luna immediately accepted, telling Sable that she couldn't wait to take everything from her and show the world what a disgusting body she really had. Luna left, whilst Goldust simply commented on Sable having "nice boobs". They departed, leaving Marc Mero to question Sable on why she added that stipulation. Sable and Marc began bickering as they left Kevin Kelly alone in the back.
Jim Ross and Jerry Lawler were talking about the line-up for Unforgiven, with 'the King' blurting his excitement for Sable being left naked and humiliated in the middle of twenty-thousand fans in Greensboro! Lawler was excited for puppies, whereas Mick Foley suddenly made his way out to the ring. The man behind the Three Faces of Foley did not appear to be in a good mood tonight, whilst J.R. commented on Foley acting very out of character since beating his former mentor Terry Funk at WrestleMania. Foley got into the ring to cheers, as he graced the microphone. Mick talked about how eight nights ago he had the pleasure of beating Terry Funk, his ex-good friend nearly within an inch of his life. Foley said that he and Funk kicked each others' asses so badly, Terry spent two nights in the hospital after it was all said and done. And he went to visit Terry, so that they could talk. Funk was happy about Mick beating him within an inch of his life - and so Foley quizzed the Syracuse crowd about whether he should be happy about that! The Syracuse crowd applauded, as Mick asked them again if that was supposed to make Mick Foley happy, to bring himself down to Terry Funk's level! The fans cheered again, as Foley talked about how he didn't know whether he could live with himself after that. He doesn't know who he is, and perhaps it's prophetical: without Terry Funk, there is no Mick Foley! Foley continued to scream that he gave his life and he almost took another's - and these fans are bloodthirsty, wanting blood, wanting weapons. Mick told them that maybe he doesn't care about the fans' needs or desires: he cares about Mick Foley. Foley ripped off his trademark flannel shirt and threw it on the mat, then started pulling out his hair and cradling himself. Foley was silent, as it appeared he was having a meltdown on the War Zone! Finally Foley screeched, telling any sick freak enjoying this would pay the price with their blood - and maybe they too would have to live with themselves. J.R. was disturbed by what was going on, apologizing for what was going on with Mick Foley. Foley finally screeched again, this time quoting a familiar line: "on the eighth day, God created Mankind. And he was having a very bad day". Foley rolled out of the ring and went stomping up the rampway - the Syracuse crowd confused, while Ross again apologized and said that he would reach out to his friend Mick Foley this week, to find out what was going on inside of his head. An advertisement aired, promoting WWF Unforgiven: In Your House, live on pay-per-view on Sunday, April 26.
6) Bradshaw, Bob Holly & Bart Gunn def. Jeff Jarrett & The Rock 'n' Roll Express (Ricky Morton & Robert Gibson) (w/Tennessee Lee & Jim Cornette) in 5:27 after the Rocket Launcher by Holly and Gunn on Morton. Cornette was in Morton and Gibson's ear - the NWA faction hoping to continue their string of success, whilst Bradshaw looked to get his hands on the NWA North American Heavyweight Champion Jeff Jarrett - who he had comments for earlier tonight. 'Double J' strutted around the ring and posed to the Syracuse crowd's disapproval, as he went to work on Bart Gunn's legs. Soon enough Bradshaw had had enough to hear with 'Double J's parading and the two started to go at it at ringside, whereas Morton and Gibson attempted to use their classic offense on Holly. They missed their infamous double dropkick, which resulted in Holly taking out Gibson with a dropkick of his own; and then Morton wound up being the recipient of the Rocket Launcher - giving Holly and Gunn the win!
Jim Cornette was furious at the loss, as Bob Holly and Bart Gunn celebrated their win - until Jeff Jarrett came from behind, 'Double J' dropped Gunn with an inverted Russian legsweep! Cornette got into the ring and started talking down to the Rock 'n' Roll Express, much to the unappreciative Ricky Morton and Robert Gibson. Jim Ross alluded to their past with Cornette opposing Morton and Gibson - and how this partnership was bound to fail sooner or later - but all of a sudden Bradshaw hit the ring to try his luck getting his hands on 'Double J' some more; and the Rock 'n' Roll Express put the boots to the tough Texan! NWA's momentary problems had cost them a victory, but they began beating down on Bradshaw, Holly and Gunn! Cornette directed the attack whilst Tennesee Lee could be seen grinning from ear to ear at ringside - when all of a sudden a familiar foe in Vader made his way down to the ring, 'the Mastodon' knocking Morton and Gibson down - whilst 'Double J' fled the ring! Vader wanted a piece of everybody in the ring, while Bradshaw, Gunn and Holly slowly got back up to their feet.
In the backstage area Vince McMahon was seen talking with Pat Pattersonand Gerald Brisco. Patterson and Brisco questioned the Chairman of the World Wrestling Federation, whether he could trust the new and improved Stone Cold Steve Austin. McMahon was excited, telling Patterson and Brisco that he had personally spoken to the WWF Champion - and tonight he was hyped to show the world the new 'Texas Rattlesnake'! McMahon left Patterson and Brisco scratching their heads, headed for the ring next! Back on the War Zone, the Legion of Doom were seen in the backstage area, Hawk and Animal being approached by Kevin Kelly about D-Generation X. The WWF Tag Team Champions were about ready to respond when Billy Gunn and Jesse James suddenly jumped Hawk and Animal! LOD weren't going down without a fight from the New Age Outlaws' blindsight attack - and Hawk and Animal traded blows with Jesse James and Billy Gunn in the backstage hallway! But just when Hawk and Animal had just about fought the Outlaws off, Triple Hcame from behind with a steel chair to the spine of Hawk! Animal looked out, and X-Pac suddenly jumped Animal! Chyna stood with her arms folded, while D-Generation X put the boots to LOD further, leaving Hawk and Animal down and hurting! The arrogant WWF European Champion told LOD that like they said, DX always comes out on top. Jesse James remarked that Hawk and Animal were doing the job at Unforgiven, leaving LOD for dead!
In the Oncenter Vince McMahon climbed into the ring as the War Zone was set to wrap it up with some sort of huge transformation promised by the Chairman. The World Wrestling Federation Owner was booed heavily, as Vince talked about how this was it: the moment that fans had waited all night to see! McMahon took us back to earlier tonight, where he promised that Stone Cold Steve Austin - after his cool-off period in an Albany jail cell last week - had learned his lesson, and changed his ways. McMahon commented once again on the importance of having a prideful, humble attitude when it came to representing the World Wrestling Federation. He said that many in the past have tried - and it is hard, and so he can understand Stone Cold "acting out" to try and find guidance. McMahon claimed that that guidance had come to him - and at that moment the boss invited out the man that would lead the WWF into the 21st century: the new and improved Stone Cold Steve Austin!
Stone Cold Steve Austin's music hit, and Syracuse exploded with excitement for the World Wrestling Federation Champion - but the Oncenter grew confused, as 'the Texas Rattlesnake' came stomping down to the ring wearing a fully formal suit, with an Austin 3:16 baseball cap on, to top it off! Jim Rosscould not believe the transformation, wondering whether Austin had sold out on everything he lived and breathed for! Austin climbed into the ring and saluted the capacity crowd, while McMahon clapped his hands in applause for 'the Texas Rattlesnake'. McMahon pointed to Austin and demanded the people give it up for the WWF Champion! The crowd booed. He said that Stone Cold was sure to be the man to take the World Wrestling Federation to the top of sports entertainment in 1998, and asked Steve if he had any words to say to these people. Austin simply told McMahon that he was extremely happy and humbled to be the World Wrestling Federation Champion. Unorthodox for Austin, he continued by stating that the WWF finally has a champion that management can be proud of - and he would take this title around the world proving that he was the most elite WWF Champion that this business had ever seen. Austin, with the title on his shoulder hugged shook hands with the Chairman, who had a huge smirk on his face. McMahon once again asked the people in Syracuse to give it up for the new and improved Stone Cold Steve Austin - and as McMahon shook Austin's hand with delight one more time, Austin suckered Vince in and dropped the boss with a Stunner! Austin ripped off the suit trousers, then removed his tie and shirts - revealing an Austin shirt! Stone Cold Steve Austin picked up the microphone and told McMahon that there was no changing Stone Cold, and Vince was a jackass for trying! Steve Austin told the people of Syracuse that Stone Cold Steve Austin did nothing that Stone Cold Steve Austin didn't want to do, and that's the bottom line! Austin had left McMahon out cold in the ring, as the WWF Champion got up to the second rope and raised his fists high - the old Stone Cold having raised hell on the boss - while the War Zone went off the air!
WWF Shotgun Saturday Night: April 11, 1998
- The Headbangers (Mosh & Thrasher) def. Too Much(Scott Taylor & Brian Christopher) in 5:53 after the Stage Dive by Thrasher on Christopher. During the match it was noted that the Headbangers would face the Rock 'n' Roll Express this Monday night on RAW. - The Artist Formerly Known As Goldust (w/Luna Vachon) def. Raymond Clark in 1:44 after the Curtain Call. After the match Goldust continued his attack on Clark, while Luna took the microphone. Luna sent a message to Sable, telling her that this was going to be what it would be like for her at Unforgiven - naked, and ashamed! Vachon proceeded to drag the tights of Clark down, revealing a thong beneath. Goldust was caught by surprise and curiosity, as Luna looked to continue, but Marc Mero hit the ring - 'the Marvelous One' chasing Goldust and Luna away with a steel chair! Mero was clearly unhappy with what was transpiring in the feud between Luna and Sable. - TAKA Michinoku & Aguila def. Los Boricuas(Jesús Castillo & José Estrada) (w/Savio Vega& Miguel Peréz) in 3:31 after the hurricanrana by Aguila. After the match, the same three Japanese men attacked Michinoku and Aguila - identified on commentary as being Dick Togo, Mens Teiohand Sho Funaki. The three were guided by a Japanese man in a business suit identified as Yamaguchi-san, while the trio stood tall waving the Japanese flag over Michinoku and Aguila. - D-Lo Brown (w/Mark Henry) def. Tom Brandi in 2:40 after the big splash from the top rope. Mark Henry attacked Brandi at ringside while Brown distracted the official, leading to the finish. - Non-Title:The Legion of Doom (Hawk & Animal) def. Frank Stalletto& Roy Raymond in 0:22 after the Doomsday Device. Animal and Hawk got on the microphone after the match, calling out D-Generation X: there was only two of them and five of DX - but they didn't care, they wanted a handicap match with D-Generation X - and they weren't going to wait until Unforgiven to get their hands on the New Age Outlaws.
WWF UNFORGIVEN: IN YOUR HOUSE - April 26, 1998 Greensboro, North Carolina - Greensboro Coliseum
- Inferno - The Undertaker vs Kane - WWF Tag Team Championship - Steel-Cage - The Legion of Doom (c) vs The New Age Outlaws - WWF Intercontinental Championship - The Rock (c) vs Faarooq - Rip 'Em Off - Sable vs Luna Vachon - Matches to be announced.
The World Wrestling Federation presents... RAW is WAR - April 13, 1998 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – CoreStates Center Taped on April 14, 1998
RAW went on the air with a video package reviewing the events of last week, where Vince McMahon - one week after having Stone Cold Steve Austin arrested for assault - promised a new and improved World Wrestling Federation Champion. The confident Chairman of the World Wrestling Federation soon introduced a more professional and sponsor-friendly 'Texas Rattlesnake', who came out dressed to the nines in a suit. But much to the Chairman's horror, Austin was not about to change for anybody, levelling the boss with a Stunner and shedding his suit - leaving Vince McMahon left laying.
The opening video package for RAW aired, and we went to the CoreStates Center in Philadelphia for RAW is WAR! Pyrotechnics went off, while Jim Ross, Michael Coleand Jerry Lawler welcomed us to the show, two weeks away from Unforgiven: In Your House. They ran down what was scheduled to go down tonight, including the Legion of Doom taking on Triple H and the New Age Outlaws in a handicap match; The Rock and D-Lo Brown take on Faarooq and Steve Blackman; Mick Foley will be here after his meltdown last week; plus, there was sure to be a huge confrontation between the Undertaker and Kane before they meet in the Inferno match at Unforgiven!
1) Owen Hart def. The Artist Formerly Known As Goldust (w/Luna Vachon)in 4:53 after the Sharpshooter. This was the return of 'the Black Hart' to the World Wrestling Federation, his last appearance being at WrestleMania where he faced a tough loss to the WWF European Champion Triple H. Owen Hart was all business tonight, whilst the Artist Formerly Known As Goldust was not dressed provocatively tonight - instead unpainted, and ready to fight in a shirt and jeans. Goldust was in control for a period of the bout, keeping Hart down and choking 'the Black Hart' while Luna watched on from ringside, with the torn shirt of Sable wrapped around her neck. Goldust's showboating to the Philly crowd was his downfall, as Hart made a miraculous comeback and forced 'the Bizarre One' into submission with the Sharpshooter.
Owen Hart celebrated his win, 'the Black Hart' back after a short absence following the loss at WrestleMania. Owen however wasn't playing around, and took to the microphone. He talked about his loss to Triple H, but declared that he wouldn't leave this building until D-Generation X showed themselves! Hart continued to stomp around the ring, when Triple H and Chyna made their way out to the rampway to a mixed reaction from the Philly crowd. The WWF European Champion smirked as he said that it was nice to see the nugget still refused to be flushed! Helmsley joked that the last time he saw him, he was laid prone in the middle of the ring after a Pedigree, embarrassed on the grandest stage of them all! Helmsley told Owen that apparently he couldn't get it through his thick skull - Helmsley beat him! Helmsley said that Owen isn't worth a damn after he lost to him at WrestleMania. Owen looked angry, while Triple H gloated and told Owen that in case he hadn't been watching RAW, this was D-Generation X's house! Helmsley warned Owen to stay out of their way, or wind up like the Legion of Doom and the Disciples of the Apocalypse did last week. Helmsley and Chyna left, whereas Owen was left incensed!
Vince McMahon was backstage talking with Pat Pattersonand Gerald Brisco, the Chairman of the World Wrestling Federation not happy after how last week's War Zone went off the air. Vince told Patterson and Brisco that he was going to call out Stone Cold Steve Austin! McMahon left the backstage officials for the ring, apparently joining us next! An advertisement aired, promoting WWF Unforgiven: In Your House, live on pay-per-view on April 26.
Back live on RAW, Vince McMahon was introduced to loud boos from the Philadelphia crowd! The Chairman came down the rampway in a foul mood, the boss clearly insulted after being attacked by Stone Cold Steve Austin, who he had supposedly transformed into a company man last week. McMahon got on the microphone in the ring, as he called the people of Philly a bunch of ingrates! In one year, McMahon claimed, the world would be talking about the spectacle that would take place in this very arena - WrestleMania XV, on March 28, 1999. And this is the treatment he gets! McMahon iterated that he is the Chairman, and that means he owns the World Wrestling Federation. And he tries to do what is best for the sake of this company. McMahon claimed that he tried to make a professional, presentable champion out of the World Wrestling Federation Champion last week. And what did he get for his efforts? He got laid out, right in the middle of his own ring! Vince said that he had had just enough to hear about Stone Cold Steve Austin, how he hates the people he works for, how he is a lone outlaw, foul-mouthed and taking out anybody in sight! McMahon commented that it was without question that Austin moves to the beat of his own drum, and this kind of behavior would no longer be tolerated by the World Wrestling Federation! McMahon said that he was calling 'the Texas Rattlesnake' out, because this needed to be settled - right here and right now! Silence followed, but the CoreStates Center was chanting for the WWF Champion. Vince repeated himself, demanding Austin show himself!
A vexed Chairman continued to wait, when finally the glass shattered and Stone Cold Steve Austin made his way down to the ring! The World Wrestling Federation Champion received a huge ovation from Philly, as Stone Cold stomped into the ring and climbed up to the second rope to salute the sellout crowd in Philadelphia! Austin then got down as he came face to face with the Chairman. Vince McMahon looked Austin dead in the eyes and told Steve that first of all, he deserved an apology. He said that he may be the WWF Champion, which means while he may think he can do whatever he wants - but there is something he should know: he makes the rules, and Austin as WWF Champion needs to obey him! The crowd booed, whilst McMahon told Austin that while trying to changing Stone Cold was a bad idea, he as the WWF Champion needs to understand the idea of a good relationship with the boss, Vince McMahon. The crowd booed further, while Austin looked bored. Stone Cold told Vince that he was a dumb piece of trash for thinking he could change Stone Cold Steve Austin. Austin told Vince that he didn't owe him jack! Austin continued, telling McMahon that he thinks he can make the rules because he's his superior, but in Stone Cold's eyes, the Chairman is an assh*le, and Stone Cold will do what he wants! Austin told Vince to hurry up and make his point, telling Vince that he wasn't here in Philly to talk - he was here in Philly to whoop somebody's ass! McMahon was surprised, but told Austin that this wouldn't fly. McMahon tried to tell Steve that this left him no other choice, because he can't keep having Stone Cold put on "cool-off periods". Austin asked Vince what he was going to do, if he was going to strip him of the WWF Championship? If he was going to fire him? Because Stone Cold told him there was no way he was giving up this title, it took him nine years to get to this point - and it would take one hell of a lot to take the WWF Championship away from him! Austin marched back and forth, when McMahon told Stone Cold that he thought he was such a tough guy: then why not tonight, Austin faces the Chairman himself, Mr McMahon! The crowd exploded, and McMahon appeared serious - but Austin looked at Vince like he was crazy. Austin asked McMahon if he was nuts, telling the boss that he would whoop McMahon's ass with one hand tied behind his back! Vince smiled, as he told Steve that he was on! Stone Cold told Vince that tonight he wasn't going to see the Chairman as the boss, he was going to see him as an enemy, a rival - because tonight, Vince wouldn't know what hit him after a pair of middle fingers! Austin flipped McMahon off and began to leave to a huge applause, but as Austin reached the top of the rampway, McMahon told Austin that to make things interesting: McMahon wanted to see Austin prove it, that he could beat Vince McMahon with one arm tied behind his back! Austin told Vince he was on, and the match was set: Austin vs McMahon, tonight on RAW is WAR! Back live on RAW, D-Generation X were seen congregating outside of the locker room of the Legion of Doom. Triple H smugly commented that Hawk and Animal found out the hard way last week what it was like to take on the DX army. Billy Gunn commented joking that LOD wouldn't even make it to Unforgiven. Meanwhile Road Dogg told Billy that the WWF Tag Team Champions wouldn't even make it to their match tonight! The three laughed while Chyna stood with her arms folded, as silent as ever. Helmsley then ordered X-Pac to lock them in! X-Pac rode into the scene on a forklift, where he parked it right in front of the door of the Legion of Doom! The WWF European Champion and the New Age Outlaws told Hawk and Animal that they would see them tonight - DX having barricaded LOD in their own locker room, ahead of the handicap match tonight!
2) Bob Holly & Bart Gunn def. The Truth Commission (Sniper & Recon) in 2:28 after the Rocket Launcher on Recon. The Jackyl joined commentary for this match, as ever joined by Kurrgan, who menacingly watched on from behind the Jackyl's seat. Jackyl talked on commentary about how he hoped Sniper and Recon had learned from their mistakes, because tonight he wanted Bob Holly and Bart Gunn decimated! In recent weeks Holly and Gunn had proved to be a formidable team, as evidenced by their frequent wins on Shotgun Saturday Night - not to mention last week, their win in six-man tag team action getting the better of the Rock 'n' Roll Express! Holly and Gunn worked rings around Sniper and Recon to Jackyl's disapproval, as despite the Truth Commission's attempts, Holly was able to dropkick Sniper out of the ring. It left Recon on his own, where Holly and Gunn executed the Rocket Launcher assist splash from the top - racking up another win!
The Jackyl was furious, banging on the announce desk whilst Bob Holly and Bart Gunn quickly left the ring, their hands raised in victory after another impressive win tonight! Sniper and Recon recovered in the ring, disappointed by their loss. They were mad, but Jackyl ordered Kurrgan to get them! Jackyl marched into the ring to confront the failing Truth Commission, when he slapped 'the Interrogator' across the face! This enraged the giant Kurrgan, who immediately grabbed Sniper and Recon by the faces in the Paralyzer! Jackyl on the microphone told Sniper and Recon to consider the Truth Commission de-commissioned, as Kurrgan forced both men down to the mat, refusing to release the Paralyzer! Jackyl was showing his true wrath via Kurrgan, even refusing to slap Kurrgan out of the Paralyzer! But what would this mean for the future for Sniper and Recon?
Backstage Kevin Kelly was with Faarooq, wanting to know how he was feeling after repeated attacks on his ribs, just two weeks away from a WWF Intercontinental Championship match with his former ally The Rock at Unforgiven. Faarooq told Kevin that he wanted to make it clear, that of this moment - his past was the past. For now his focus was on taking the Nation down! Faarooq told Kevin Kelly that his ribs may be a little sore, but it wasn't stopping him from taking what he built and sending it crashing back into the ground. Faarooq reminded Kevin Kelly that it was him who made The Rock what he is today - the biggest jackass walking in the World Wrestling Federation today. But tonight was his chance to bring him back to Earth - and come Unforgiven, he would take Rock's title, and leave that broken, humbled Samoan boy left laying in the middle of the ring, while twenty thousand fans chanted "Die Rocky Die" at him, for the rest of his career! Faarooq left, set for tag team action along with Steve Blackman against the Nation later tonight. A vignette aired, showing 'the Lost Soul' running down a dark alley in slow motion. The distorted video showed the tall blonde sat down the dark alley, while a voiceover continued to ponder if they knew him, if anybody knew him - this tortured soul may forever be unknown. Edge is coming soon to the World Wrestling Federation.
Back live on RAW, Tennessee Lee was stood in the middle of the ring. Lee had a supposedly major announcement, regarding Unforgiven: In Your House. He began to talk about how he has proven to be a huge asset to the success of rising country music star 'Double J' Jeff Jarrett in recent weeks - but in two weeks at Unforgiven, the NWA North American Heavyweight Champion would be on his biggest stage yet! The Southern agent told the world that 'Double J' would make his re-debut live on pay-per-view, performing his hit song, "With My Baby Tonight" at Unforgiven! Lee proceeded to introduce the man himself, 'Double J' Jeff Jarrett. He came out with a guitar in hand, strutting to the ring to boos from the Philadelphia crowd - yet when he got into the ring and graced the microphone, he thanked Philly for all of the love! Jarrett said that it must be hard coming from a trash town like Philadelphia, which has no character - unlike the great state of Tennessee. Jarrett thanked the people again, as Tennessee Lee introduced Jarrett's partner, Henry Godwinn! Godwinn made his way down to the ring dressed completely different than when we had last seen him, dressed in a sharp suit! Godwinn got into the ring and shook hands with 'Double J' and Tennessee Lee, perhaps a new ally in Jarrett and Lee's partnership.
3) Vader & Bradshaw def. Jeff Jarrett & Henry Godwinn (w/Tennessee Lee) in 4:11 after the Vader Bomb by Vader on Godwinn. 'The Mastodon' and the tough Texan had no love lost for the NWA North American Heavyweight Champion - 'Double J' having won the title for a second time from the big man several weeks ago on RAW thanks to the assistance of the Rock 'n' Roll Express. Meanwhile Bradshaw had made a point to make his name known at the top of Jarrett's list, wanting 'Double J's title. Jarrett strutted on the apron and let Henry Godwinn take the brunt of the action whilst his new look was noted on commentary. Despite this Bradshaw soon started going at it with Jarrett at ringside, whilst in the ring Godwinn was the recipient of the Vader Bomb - giving 'the Mastodon' a big win!
Vader's hand was raised in the ring, a victory against the new Henry Godwinn in tag team action. But at ringside, Bradshaw and Jeff Jarrett continued to go at it, where the Texan was bringing the fight to the NWA North American Heavyweight Champion! Eventually 'Double J' cowered up the rampway, leaving Bradshaw to declare his intentions, mouthing at the champ that he wanted his title match with Jarrett, who appeared horrified by the up-and-coming Texan.
Backstage Vince McMahon was seen walking through the backstage corridors, where he looked around to see Los Boricuas conversing. They subtly went silent as the Chairman passed them. He came across Tom Brandi and the Headbangers, who also went quiet and avoided eye contact with the boss. McMahon asked the WWF Superrstars what was going on tonight, why everybody was so quiet. McMahon was approached by Pat Pattersonand Gerald Brisco who appeared relatively concerned about the challenge Vince had made to the World Wrestling Federation Champion tonight, Patterson saying that he was scared Mr McMahon would get his butt kicked by Stone Cold Steve Austin. McMahon told his staff the contrary, telling them that he would make Stone Cold respect him, and said that he couldn't believe nobody thought he could take Austin in a fight!
Elsewhere, Triple H and the New Age Outlaws were seen walking down a hallway with Chyna and X-Pac in tow. D-Generation X were in high spirits tonight, as their handicap match with the Legion of Doom was coming up next - but were Hawk and Animal still trapped in their locker room? Live in the CoreStates Center, D-Generation X made their cinematic entrance, as X-Pac led the way dressed in a tracksuit - X-Pac crotch-chopping full of energy leading the way for Triple H and the New Age Outlaws with Chyna! The Philadelphia crowd gave DX a mixed reaction, as D-Generation X came down to the ring and stood in the centre of the ring - crotch chopping as their pyrotechnics went off! Road Dogg took to the microphone, introducing the self-proclaimed next WWF Tag Team Champions the New Age Outlaws, and the WWF European Champion Triple H. Billy Gunn added that if we weren't down with that, they had two words for us: "suck it"! The egotistical Triple H got on the microphone, talking about how they proved what they set out to do, and that is make the World Wrestling Federation their house. He said that when you step to DX, D-Generation X takes them out, and that's exactly what they did to the Disciples of the Apocalypse last week. And now Hawk and Animal want to face all three of them tonight, two weeks before their match with the Outlaws at Unforgiven in the cage? Helmsley laughed, telling LOD to bring their asses out here, because DX would kick them!
Silence took the arena, as D-Generation X patiently waited for their opponents to show up for this handicap match. Triple H asked the WWF Tag Team Champions to get out here, to more silence. Suddenly, DX erupted in laughter as X-Pac reminded Helmsley that they were stuck in a tight place! DX continued to gloat in laughter, when suddenly we went back to the back where LOD's locker room door was still barricaded by the forklift that DX parked in front of it! Hawk and Animal inside were banging on the door, when Owen Hart showed up and got in the forklift - moving it out of the way! The Legion of Doom furiously headed for the ring - DX's plan having backfired! In the arena, D-Generation X weren't laughing anymore, when LOD's theme hit, and Hawk and Animal came storming down to the ring, getting it on with the Outlaws and Triple H!
4) Handicap Match: D-Generation X (Triple H, Billy Gunn & Road Dogg) (w/X-Pac & Chyna) def. The Legion of Doom (Hawk & Animal) by disqualificationin 5:05 after X-Pac attacked Hawk. The Legion of Doom against all odds were here tonight to bring some revenge on against D-Generation X, under two weeks away from their next WWF Tag Team Championship defense with the New Age Outlaws inside a steel cage at Unforgiven. But despite the rescue from Owen Hart, escaping the locker room they were barricaded in by DX earlier tonight, the veteran tag team wasn't just against the Outlaws and Triple H in this handicap match, but X-Pac and Chyna were present at ringside as well. Hawk and Animal did all they could to keep Road Dogg away from DX, and used their legendary tag team dominance to keep Jesse James down, but soon enough the numbers game grew too much, and DX began to pick apart Hawk and keep him away from Animal. D-Generation X remained in control, while Helmsley targeted the leg of Hawk; even locking him in an Indian deathlock at one point. The onslaught continued, with the Outlaws using their skilled tag team offense to keep Hawk away from Animal. But LOD rebounded, and after Hawk nailed Helmsley and Gunn with right hands, the tag was made - and LOD ran wild on the DX trio! They hit a double military press slam on Gunn, before looking to seal the deal by getting Triple H ready for the finale, but X-Pac hit the ring, causing the disqualification!
X-Pac continued to attack Hawk, taking him down with a series of well-placed kicks, when Animal got into the ring looking to even the odds, jumping X-Pac - but Triple H and Road Dogg struck Animal from behind! It quickly turned into a beatdown of the WWF Tag Team Champions, the Legion of Doom in trouble, as Helmsley drilled Animal with a Pedigree. Gunn and Road Dogg Jesse James set up for a spike piledriver, but Owen Hart hit the ring - 'the Black Hart' having unfinished business with DX! Hart tackled Road Dogg, then hit Billy Gunn with an enzuigiri! Owen attempted to get his rival Triple H in the Sharpshooter, but Chyna suddenly came from behind with a big low blow! Triple H got Owen ready for a Pedigree, the move he beat Owen with at WrestleMania - but the Legion of Doom attacked again, running DX away! Owen slowly recovered in the ring, aided by Hawk and Animal. Triple H once again shouted at Owen, calling him a joke - but Hart looked as if he wanted more of D-Generation X: in particular, Triple H!
Backstage, Kevin Kelly was with Marc Meroand Sable who appeared to be having problems, 'Marvelous' Marc Mero taking exception to Sable's challenge to Luna Vachon last week. Sable asked Mero what his problem was, to which Marc told Sable that he just couldn't understand why Sable wanted to risk having her body exposed on live pay-per-view. Sable told Mero that it was simple, she wouldn't be the one left butt naked at Unforgiven - that she would beat Luna at her own game. Sable guaranteed victory, and said that the worst that could happen would be for her to be seen in all of her glory, without a stitch of clothing in the middle of a packed arena. Mero said that was exactly his problem, and that none of these people deserved to see her like that - only he could. Mero told Sable that he was leaving, that he wasn't sticking around to watch Sable get humiliated. Sable sarcastically thanked her boyfriend for believing in her. Sable turned to Kevin and told him that at Unforgiven, one woman would leave stripped of all of her clothes, naked for the world to see. And she didn't care if it was her or Luna: what mattered to Sable was that Luna leave Unforgiven laying on her back, courtesy of the Sable Bomb. Sable left, proving her independence whilst Jerry Lawler gawped at the thought of the Rip 'Em Off match. As War Zone went on the air, the lights went out signalling the arrival of 'the Big Red Machine'. Paul Bearer led the younger brother of the Undertaker down the rampway, Kane and Bearer surely with a lot on their conscience, especially after last week where they invaded the Undertaker and Kane's parents gravesite, taking a sledgehammer to the tombstones of their late mother and father; and to add insult to injury, setting their graves on fire. Kane and Paul Bearer stood in the ring to loud boos, as Bearer talked about how he didn't understand why he and Kane had so much heat for what they did last week. Paul talked about how the Undertaker despite everything he did, was always the apple of Mr and Mrs Undertaker's eyes. They always told him that 'the Deadman' could do no wrong, and it led to their own demise. But Paul claimed that there was more to the story than meets the eye, and that includes the months of neglect that the younger brother faced. Kane was often forgotten about, and left to roam the funeral home alone. It is no wonder that the Undertaker was able to manipulate his younger brother so freely, being that 'the Phenom' is nothing more than a coward at heart, and an evil, sadistic person to the bone. Bearer added, asking why the Undertaker was so mad about what they did, desecrating the graves of their family - after all, it was he who started this in the first place. Paul said that Kane no longer has a family, nor does he need one: he has Paul Bearer. And Bearer surmised that come Unforgiven, this war would finally end, and it would end with the ultimate irony - the Undertaker left burning to a crisp in the Inferno match, suffering the same fate that his younger brother Kane endured all of those years ago!
The Undertaker however, wasn't hearing any of it. A gong hit, and soon after 'the Deadman' made his way down the rampway, looking more angry than ever before! The Undertaker wasn't wasting any time as he removed his gothic jacket and climbed into the ring, immediately going blow for blow with 'the Big Red Machine'! Kane and Undertaker were both fighting it out, just two weeks before their clash in a ring surrounded by fire at Unforgiven! Kane initially got the better of it, but Undertaker came back, and delivered the Old School taking 'the Big Red Machine' down! There, Undertaker spotted Paul Bearer and cornered him - 'the Deadman' grabbing a panicking Paul Bearer by the throat! Undertaker grabbed Paul as he screamed for help; all the while, Kane escaped to the back. Undertaker raised the abandoned Paul Bearer up by the throat, before having second thoughts. With a strong relief, Bearer took a deep breath - but 'the Phenom' had another idea: and that was to Tombstone the overweight manager! Undertaker got Bearer up over his shoulder, when Kane re-emerged on the rampway, dragging two caskets behind him! Undertaker stopped and saw what Kane was doing, dropping Bearer in the ring. 'The Phenom' left the ring and ran up the rampway, charging for his younger brother - who had brought his own parents' caskets to the CoreStates Center! 'Taker charged Kane, who caught him by the throat - and Kane delivered a Chokeslam on the Undertaker, breaking the lids of both caskets! Undertaker was left laying on the decayed, broken bones of his own parents - whilst Kane stood tall! Paul Bearer grinned like a cat from ear to ear in the ring, the serious mind games of the mastermind getting into the Undertaker's head! Kane remained standing, whilst Undertaker was left motionless - ahead of the Inferno match in two weeks time. The brothers of destruction's war wasn't about to end until one of them was up in flames. A replay aired from before the commercial break, reviewing the dastardly set up that Kane and Paul Bearer had led the Undertaker into: including dragging the caskets containing the Undertaker and Kane's own parents onto the stage, where Kane proceeded to deliver a Chokeslam crushing the wooden caskets, and 'the Deadman's parents' remains. During the break the Undertaker was seen on the stage kneeling over his parents' remains in sorrow. 'The Phenom' was in an emotional state over 'the Big Red Machine' and his handler's antics - but Undertaker became overcome with rage, his eyes rolling back into his skull, screaming Kane's name!
5) The Nation (The Rock & D-Lo Brown) (w/Kama & Mark Henry) def. Faarooq & Steve Blackman in 3:25 after the Rock Bottom on Blackman by Rock. For Faarooq there was no love lost after the past nine days, having received multiple big splashes from 'the World's Strongest Man' when the World Wrestling Federation toured England - but also having to continue proving his contendership against various members of the Nation. The Rock and D-Lo Brown were highly confident, as Faarooq headed for the ring with taped ribs, whilst Steve Blackman was out to prove himself as a future contender to the WWF Intercontinental Championship. Faarooq quickly went after Rock, causing the champ to cower from the ring - and this meant that D-Lo Brown was in to face Faarooq. Brown showed the skills that he had shown flashes of whilst Faarooq ruled the Nation of Domination - but D-Lo had a cocky swagger that he had clearly adopted whilst Rock had taken over. Rock attacked Faarooq while he was down, but Faarooq quickly made a comeback and delivered a spinebuster to 'the Brahma Bull' which looked to have the win for Faarooq had it not been for D-Lo's involvement. 'The Lethal Weapon' got the tag and took D-Lo out, but whilst Blackman was busy with Brown and the distracting Kama and Mark Henry, he turned around to be levelled by the Rock Bottom from Rock.
The Rock confidently raised his hand in victory, the WWF Intercontinental Champion just having beat Steve Blackman, but Rock was not suspecting Faarooq from behind, attacking 'the Brahma Bull'! Faarooq had a steel chair in hand, as he fended off the Nation at ringside, Kama and Mark Henry irate at Faarooq's so-called underhanded tactic to leave the ring alone for he and his Unforgiven rival! Faarooq pounded on Rock repeatedly, before picking 'the Brahma Bull' up and dropping him with a piledriver on the chair, leaving the champ laying! Faarooq left the ring whilst Rock was left out cold in the ring, to be attended by fellow members of the Nation! Faarooq was sending a message, not wanting to go into Unforgiven with a weakness - rather wanting an even playing field against The Rock.
A vignette aired, showing 'the Big Valbowski' in the forest. He talked about how much he loved to make them scream, and he knew how to make them cheer or boo. He proclaimed that the girls loved him, but the girls hated him. The brown-haired stud laughed with his hands behind his back - when suddenly a woman popped out from the bushes beneath him. She said that 'the Big Valbowski' was the total package, which he chuckled and agreed with. Val Venis is coming to the World Wrestling Federation. The War Zone returned as the Nation were helping The Rock through the halls. D-Lo Brown, Kama and Mark Henry all concerned for the WWF Intercontinental Champion's condition after receiving a piledriver from the number one contender Faarooq, right on top of a steel chair. Michael Cole attempted to approach 'the Brahma Bull' for comment, but Rock told him to get his jabroni ass out of the way, because The Rock needed a hospital. His neck jammed, Rock still had comments for Faarooq, saying that he's real tough taking the champ out of action, but he was going to get what was coming to him at Unforgiven - Nation style.
A replay aired from this past weekend on Shotgun Saturday Night, where TAKA Michinoku and his WrestleMania opponent Aguila were successful in tag team action against Too Much; but after the match much like on RAW is WAR the night after WrestleMania, a group of Japanese talent hit the ring and left the WWF Light Heavyweight Champion laying. Jerry Lawler laughed about it, whilst Jim Ross identified the men as being a group known as Kai En Tai, led by a Mr Yamaguchi-san - and the attackers were wrestlers Mens Teioh, Dick Togo and Sho Funaki.
6) WWF Light Heavyweight Championship: TAKA Michinoku (c) def. Scott Taylor (w/Brian Christopher) in 4:46 after the Michinoku Driver. Too Much still had a lot to prove in the tag team ranks, given their poor luck in competition as of late. But still, this was Scott Taylor's first opportunity at the WWF Light Heavyweight Championship, and Brian Christopher was extremely insufferable with excitement at ringside going into this match. 'The Japanese Sensation' was coming off of a painful attack from a group of Japanese associates known only as "Kai En Tai" two weeks ago, but still managed to cope in high-flying action tonight against Taylor. Christopher tried to interfere but wound up getting a baseball slide for his worries. Michinoku hit a phenomenal Asai moonsault on both members of Too Much, and soon after put Taylor down with the Michinoku Driver - another successful defense made.
TAKA Michinoku was victorious, but yet again Kai En Tai struck hitting the WWF Light Heavyweight Champion from behind with a flag pole! Mr Yamaguchi-san watched from the corner, as Mens Teioh, Sho Funaki and Dick Togo put the boots to 'the Japanese Sensation'! Togo went up to the top rope and flattened the champion with a big diving senton, whilst the three stood tall, with Sho Funaki waving the Japanese flag high in the air to the loud boos of a patriotic Philly crowd! Yamaguchi-san grabbed the microphone, as he introduced himself as the man responsible for TAKA Michinoku - and more importantly, the men that will run Michinoku out of the World Wrestling Federation: Dick Togo, Sho Funaki and Mens Teioh. Yamaguchi-san spoke with a strong Japanese accent, as he declared "TAKA, no more, WWF champion". Kai En Tai left the ring, Michinoku left in a lot of pain from the ambush.
Jim Ross and Jerry Lawler moved on, discussing what occurred last week with Mick Foley, who seemingly appeared to be having some sort of breakdown in the middle of the ring on RAW, Foley having succumbed to accept what had taken place at WrestleMania with Terry Funk. Foley called the fans bloodthirsty, and that he was as bad if not worse than 'the Hardcore Legend' he massacred at WrestleMania in the Hardcore match, Terry Funk. Backstage, Mick Foley was walking through the corridor, as Ross said that he had invited Foley to an interview live in the middle of the ring next, on the War Zone. Back live on the War Zone, Luna Vachon was seen warming up for some sort of exhibition match tonight ahead of the Rip 'Em Off match with Sable at Unforgiven. Luna was punching into the palms of the Artist Formerly Known As Goldust, who earlier tonight was on the receiving end of a Sharpshooter, courtesy of Owen Hart.
In the ring Jim Ross thanked everybody for their time, as he wanted to speak to the man behind the Three Faces of Foley. The man that was successful at WrestleMania, Mick Foley! J.R. awaited the arrival of Mick, but nobody came out. Ross repeated again, telling Mick that he had a revered past here in the city of Philadelphia, and that the fourteen thousand fans in the CoreStates Center really wanted to see Mick show his face. Still nothing, but the Philly crowd eagerly chanted Foley's name. Instead, a familiar theme hit, and out came Mankind! Mick Foley had manifested himself into the alter ego of Mankind, the deranged psychopath limping down to the ring. Mankind got into the ring and screeched that it was good to see J.R., and it was great to be here in Philadelphia. The fans applauded, but Jim wanted to know what had caused Foley to revert back into the form of Mankind. Mankind asked if that was a problem, telling Jim that he was only doing what was right. Mankind said that if Ross had an issue with it, then he had an issue reminding him of WrestleMania. Mankind declared them as 'Nam flashbacks, how he took Terry Funk and he broke him in two, and he pounded his face in, left him with black eyes and scars, as the blood poured out of his face! Mankind said that he did such horrifying acts, that maybe Mick Foley couldn't handle it anymore! All he sees anymore is a reminder of the dreadful, vile human being he is! Mankind started pulling out his hair, as he asked J.R. if that was an acceptable answer. Ross hesitated, but Mankind repeated himself! Jim told Mankind that Mick Foley is one of the greatest people he had ever had the pleasure of meeting, but Mankind didn't want to hear it - instead grabbing Jim by the mouth and applying the Mandible Claw! Ross struggled, as Mankind shoved Ross down! Mankind delivered several right hands to Ross as he cowered in the corner, before charging the voice of RAW is WAR with a huge knee into the face! Ross began bleeding, as Mankind dragged Ross's carcass out of the ring, dragging him by his foot! Mankind asked J.R. if this was a great human being, as he held Jim's motionless, bleeding face up to show the camera - the crowd booing as Mankind had fully taken over the body of Mick Foley!
Elsewhere Vince McMahon was doing some training of his own in his own private gym - as Pat Pattersonand Gerald Brisco tried to coach the Chairman ahead of the main event where he will supposedly face World Wrestling Federation Champion Stone Cold Steve Austin with one arm tied behind his back! McMahon was approached by Commissioner Slaughter, who asked Vince if this was really the right way to go about doing business. Vince told Slaughter that even he in his own time had taken to violent acts and had to face the consequences; reminding him of his stint as an Iraqi sympathizer. Vince told Slaughter that Austin had to pay, and he had to respect the boss. Slaughter decided to give Vince some tips on what to do if Austin tries anything funny tonight. The War Zone returned with a replay of the malicious assault the reverted Mankind had dished out on Jim Ross, leaving him a bloody mess to the loud boos of the capacity crowd. Jerry Lawler was almost laughing about it, saying that J.R. is as biased as they come, and he paid the price big time tonight. Back live Michael Cole had filled J.R.'s spot in the chair alongside 'The King'.
Luna Vachon was making her way to the ring with the Artist Formerly Known As Goldust in her corner. Luna got into the ring and grabbed a microphone and said that she knows Sable has been training for her inevitable demise at Unforgiven, but said that the training was in the hands of her boyfriend - a real insecure, poor excuse of a man. Luna said that that was why she was glad she had a real man, like Goldust by her side. This led to boos and some laughter, but Luna growled that she was counting down the days. She looked at the torn shirt of Sable that she ripped from her body last week, telling everybody that she would tear off her shirt, her pants, and then her bra and panties - leaving her fully exposed for the world to see! Luna said that Sable may think she is tough - but she's going to prove how tough she really is tonight! Luna called out her opponent for this so-called exhibition match, a local male wrestler by the name of Harley Lewis.
7) Exhibition Match: Luna Vachon (w/The Artist Formerly Known As Goldust) def. Harley Lewis in 0:35 after a rear naked choke hold. While the people of Philadelphia expected to see Luna Vachon wrestle tonight, most anticipated a women's match, rather than an intergender exhibition match. Luna was out to prove her might ahead of Unforgiven against the local wrestler, Harley Lewis a rather husky competitor - but Luna wasted no time in clawing away at Harley, before quickly applying a rear naked choke hold, forcing Harley Lewis to tap out!
Luna Vachon would not release the rear naked choke after the match, an impressive win in an intergender match against the local Harley Lewis! But Lewis was passing out in the hold, and the Artist Formerly Known As Goldust had to get into the ring to force her off of him. Luna however wouldn't stop, and lifted Lewis up, taking down the straps of Lewis's singlet. Luna removed Harley's singlet, leaving him in a pair of boxers - completely emasculating him. Meanwhile Goldust watched on in awe of his mistress! Luna was well prepared to remove the boxers, when Sable came running down to the ring - the blonde bombshell hitting the ring and tackling Luna! Sable and Luna rolled around the ring, until Goldust got involved, pulling Sable off of his main squeeze! The distraction allowed Luna to come from behind and de-pants Sable, ripping the skirt off of her! Sable was left in her shirt and a thong, whilst Luna paraded around at ringside with Sable's shirt from last week and her skirt now! Goldust escaped the ring whilst Sable hesitantly stood in front of the crowd with her assets on display! But Sable grew to enjoy the freedom, as the Philadelphia crowd applauded the show they were getting! Sable told Luna that she'd see her at Unforgiven - when Marc Mero suddenly came running down the rampway with a towel, quick to cover his girlfriend's legs to loud boos! 'Marvelous' Marc Mero walked Sable up the rampway much to her disliking, as Sable struggled to free herself and show her body to the world! There were problems in this relationship documented in past, and Luna and Goldust were happily exploiting it with the Rip 'Em Off match just around the corner.
Kevin Kelly was backstage with Jeff Jarrett and Tennessee Leewith Henry Godwinn, as Tennessee was exasperated by what had happened with 'Double J' being attacked savagely by Bradshaw. 'Double J' claimed that the Texan had tried to rough house him and damage his face! He reminded us of the fact he had his biggest show yet coming up at Unforgiven, where he was set to perform "With My Baby Tonight", and claimed Bradshaw was jealous of him! Jarrett was vexed, when suddenly former Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Darren Drozdov showed up. He claimed that he was a big fan of 'Double J' and shook the confused Tennessee Lee's hand. Jarrett asked who the hell he was, to which Drozdov suddenly puked all over the feet of the NWA North American Heavyweight Champion! Godwinn yelled at Drozdov to get out of here, whilst Drozdov - no stranger to throwing up on command, simply grinned with the vomit on his lips. He told the three that it was nice to meet them!
Meanwhile, Stone Cold Steve Austin was seen gearing up and ready to go, headed down the hallway with the main event looming. For the first time ever, the World Wrestling Federation Champion would face the Chairman of the World Wrestling Federation in a match - it was Austin vs McMahon, and it was coming up next! Back live on the War Zone, Owen Hart was with Michael Cole, Cole asking Owen what was next for 'the Black Hart'. Owen told Michael that he wasn't finished with Triple H. Hart talked about how DX talked about RAW is WAR as being their house, but a long time before it was D-Generation X's house, the World Wrestling Federation was the Harts'. Owen said that he may be all by himself, and he may have lost at WrestleMania - but Owen had something Helmsley didn't have: heart! Owen finally declared that he wanted another shot against Triple H, and if DX aren't down with that, he has two words for them.
It was time for a first in the main event of War Zone tonight - the Chairman of the World Wrestling Federation was stepping foot in the ring for the very first time: but not as a boss - rather as a competitor. Pat Pattersonand Gerald Brisco led the Chairman down to the ring, Vince McMahon sporting all black and prepared for a fight tonight with the World Wrestling Federation Champion. Patterson and Brisco, the stooges stood on the apron whispering advice to the Chairman, who was all business and had a stern expression on his face. Stone Cold Steve Austin's theme hit, and 'the Texas Rattlesnake' stomped his way down to the ring, the WWF Champion approaching the situation he had always wanted: the power to kick his boss's ass in front of the world and not be reprimanded for his actions. Austin got into the ring and saluted the Philly crowd that adored him, but Austin got down and removed his vest - Austin talking trash to McMahon, flipping Patterson and Brisco off! Austin paced up and down ready to fight, but McMahon got a microphone and reminded Austin that he must fight with one arm tied behind his back if this match was to officially take place. Stone Cold hesitated, and the referee soon attached his arm to his torso - Austin officially waiting to go. The bell sounded, and Austin charged McMahon, who quickly got out of the ring to escape! Austin had Philly strictly behind him, as he paced up and down still.
Patterson and Brisco talked strategy with the boss, when suddenly Ken Shamrock's theme hit. Austin looked confused, as the previously suspended 'World's Most Dangerous Man' made his way down to the ring, immediately tackling the one-armed WWF Champion! Shamrock began to pound away at Austin, who only had one hand to fight with, whilst McMahon had an evil grin on his face. Shamrock got Austin up and dropped him with the belly-to-belly suplex, then locked in the Ankle Lock - Stone Cold screaming in agony, as Shamrock continued to twist away at the ankle! Austin managed to roll out of the hold, breaking free from the grip of the rope! Austin was free, and began to fight back - but the damage had been done, and Shamrock took Austin down and got him in the Ankle Lock one more time! McMahon at ringside told Austin that he said two weeks ago that it was his way or the hard way - and Austin now must learn the hard way. McMahon declared that at Unforgiven, we would have a REAL WWF Champion, and his name would be Ken Shamrock! 'The World's Most Dangerous Man' continued to pull and bend the ankle of Austin, and apparently it was official - Shamrock against Austin for the title, at Unforgiven! War Zone went off the air.
WWF Shotgun Saturday Night: April 18, 1998
- The Headbangers (Mosh & Thrasher) def. The Rock 'n' Roll Express(Ricky Morton & Robert Gibson) (w/Jim Cornette) in 6:23 after the Stage Dive on Morton. Morton and Gibson continued to have issues working alongside their former longtime rival Cornette, and it showed in this match. While back and forth, one rookie mistake allowed Mosh and Thrasher to take the win. Cornette was irritated by another loss from the legendary tag team. - Marc Merodef. Tom Brandi in 3:22 after the TKO. Mero came out alone for this match, clearly stemming from the issues with Sable this past Monday on RAW is WAR. Brandi worked hard, and the crowd chanted for Sable the entire match. - Scorpio def. Brian Christopher(w/Scott Taylor) in 3:11 after the 450 splash. Too Much tried to work together in this singles bout, which allowed Christopher to take control of Scorpio. It wouldn't last, as further distractions from Taylor caused the plan to backfire, and Scorpio took the win. - The Disciples of the Apocalypse (Skull & 8-Ball) vs The Quebecers (Jacques & Pierre) went to a no contest in 2:25 after the match broke down into a brawl. Skull and 8-Ball were looking for redemption after being beaten by D-Generation X under two weeks ago on RAW, and the Quebecers were looking to make a point. The match broke down, with officials hitting the ring to break up the brawl. DARK MATCH: Ace Darling & Devon Storm def. The Misfits DARK MATCH: El Melantero def. Steve Corino
WWF UNFORGIVEN: IN YOUR HOUSE - April 26, 1998 Greensboro, North Carolina - Greensboro Coliseum
- WWF Championship - Stone Cold Steve Austin (c) vs Ken Shamrock - Inferno - The Undertaker vs Kane - WWF Tag Team Championship - Steel-Cage - The Legion of Doom (c) vs The New Age Outlaws - WWF Intercontinental Championship - The Rock (c) vs Faarooq - Rip 'Em Off - Sable vs Luna Vachon - Jeff Jarrett performs "With My Baby Tonight" - Matches to be announced.
The World Wrestling Federation presents... RAW is WAR - April 20, 1998 Long Island, New York - Nassau Coliseum Taped on April 14, 1998
RAW went on the air with a video package covering the events of last week, where in an unexpected announcement, the Chairman of the World Wrestling Federation Vince McMahon made a match: himself against the WWF Champion Stone Cold Steve Austin, with one arm tied behind 'the Texas Rattlesnake's back. Everybody was doubting McMahon's chances against the rebellious WWF Champion, and when it came down to crunch time McMahon cowered from the ring. In his place came the previously suspended Ken Shamrock, who made Austin cry out in pain in the Ankle Lock - as the Chairman talked about how 'the World's Most Dangerous Man' would be the World Wrestling Federation Champion that this company deserves at Unforgiven.
The opening video package for RAW is WAR took us to the Nassau Coliseum in Long Island, New York - six days away from Unforgiven: In Your House! Michael Cole and Jerry Lawler welcomed us to RAW, when down the rampway came the voice of RAW is WAR, Jim Ross! Ross, bandaged up from a beating received last week at the hands of a reverted Mankind, took his position on commentary, as Michael asked J.R. how he was feeling. Jim expressed major disappointment in the actions of Mankind last week, laying his hands on somebody that had tried to be his friend for the longest time. J.R. said that Mankind is back, and he is burning bridges at every turn. Ross said that somebody needed to stop this mad man.
1) Non-Title: The Rock (w/Kama, D-Lo Brown & Mark Henry) (c) vs Vader went to a no-contest in 2:34 after Kane attacked Vader. The WWF Intercontinental Champion was six days away from facing his former mentor, the former ruler of the Nation of Domination Faarooq at Unforgiven with his title on the line, but in the mean time The Rock had a big threat to go up against in 'the Mastodon' Vader, who was in no mood for the antics of the Nation at ringside. Vader had the size advantage that caused Rock to repeatedly run from the big man, but a distraction in the form of Mark Henry standing face to face with 'the Mastodon' allowed Rock to attack Vader from behind. Rock hit the ropes and delivered a new move known as "the People's Elbow", but Vader powered out at two. Vader and Rock continued to fight, when the theme of 'the Big Red Machine' hit, and moments later Kane arrived with Paul Bearer beside him! The Rock quickly escaped the ring and left with the Nation, whilst Vader looked ready to fight anybody coming - Vader attacking Kane as he entered the ring!
Kane and Vader exchanged blows, with 'the Big Red Machine' getting the better of 'the Mastodon'. The Nation fled the scene, while Paul Bearer watched on, ordering that Kane dispose of the man he managed at one time. Vader began to fight back, splashing Kane in the corner - but Kane turned it all around, delivering a huge Chokeslam to 'the Mastodon'! Kane had successfully disposed of Vader, but for what reason? It wouldn't take long for us to find out, as Paul Bearer graced the microphone and talked about how last week the Undertaker received a taste of what was to come at Unforgiven. Paul said that the Undertaker has done plenty in the World Wrestling Federation - but all of it was unwarranted, because it was 'the Phenom' that murdered his family; it was 'the Deadman' that caused a lifetime of suffering for his younger brother Kane. Bearer said that his fame was all over, and in six days, the Undertaker would meet his maker, and justice would be served when Kane defeats the Undertaker and takes his life, by setting 'the Phenom' on fire! Paul cackled, but a gong came over the Nassau Coliseum! The fans came on their feet, as a video played reviewing the scenes of last week. The Undertaker's voice was heard, as 'the Deadman' told Kane and Paul Bearer that they committed the ultimate crime last week - and on Sunday they would pay their sins with their lives. Undertaker's voice declared that Kane would suffer the fate that brought him to the dance: and Paul Bearer would rest in peace. Lightning struck the ring post, scaring the daylights out of Paul Bearer! Meanwhile Kane appeared untouched, simply nodding - as the Inferno match awaits this Sunday night on pay-per-view! Back on RAW, the Nation were seen walking through the backstage corridors - The Rock talking about how the WWF Intercontinental Champion shouldn't have to put up with fat pieces of cr*p like Vader when he has a title to defend this Sunday at Unforgiven. He addressed the Nation as he said that there is a conspiracy against them, but that Rock could not lose the WWF Intercontinental Championship by any means necessary. Rock told Mark Henry that he did a great job breaking Faarooq's ribs two weeks ago - but he ordered 'the World's Strongest Man' to go ahead and finish the job in the Long Island Street Fight tonight against his Unforgiven opponent Faarooq, tonight on RAW! Mark told Rock that it would be his pleasure.
2) WWF Light Heavyweight Championship: TAKA Michinoku (c) def. El Panterain 4:42 after the Michinoku Driver. This match was scheduled to take place two weeks ago on RAW is WAR, where much to everybody's dismay, Kai En Tai attacked the WWF Light Heavyweight Champion for the first time. 'The Japanese Sensation' was up against a young up-and-coming luchador in El Pantera, and the two chainwrestled before breaking out the big moves - Pantera showing how agile he could be, whereas Michinoku proved to once again be resilient against allcomers. TAKA was proving to be a fighting champion having defended the title last week against Scott Taylor: and the same could be said tonight, where Pantera's efforts to put TAKA down with a brainbuster and a frog splash went thwarted. Michinoku capitalized, scoring another win with the Michinoku Driver.
TAKA Michinoku had his hand raised in victory but was cautious after being attacked three times by Kai En Tai in recent weeks. The WWF Light Heavyweight Champion had every right to be paranoid, but what he wasn't counting on was Sho Funaki, Mens Teioh and Dick Togo coming through the crowd, jumping the champ once again! They put the boots to 'the Japanese Sensation' while Mr Yamaguchi-san grinned from ringside! It was quickly becoming a repeat of last week, as Funaki delivered a tornado DDT driving the WWF Light Heavyweight Champion down hard into the mat - but Aguila ran down to the ring to stick up for the champ; Aguila chasing Kai En Tai away from the ring! They may have been opponents at WrestleMania, but Aguila had Michinoku's back against this Japanese organization!
Backstage D-Generation X were seen arriving at the Nassau Coliseum, Triple H with X-Pac, the New Age Outlaws and Chyna. Quickly the WWF European Champion pointed out the motorcycles of the Disciples of the Apocalypse sat waiting with nobody around. X-Pac joked, reminding of how they left Skull, 8-Ball and Chainz laying two weeks ago. Helmsley told the boys that there was only one thing to do in a perfect time like this: and Helmsley opened up the fly on his jeans, and started urinating on the motorcycles. Road Dogg and Billy Gunn laughed as the New Age Outlaws joined in - X-Pac deciding to do the same! DX had desecrated the bikes of DOA, and they were surely not going to be thrilled about this; as Chyna soon escorted the faction through the backstage hallway - apparently on their way to the ring! A sellout crowd in Long Island were awaiting the arrival of D-Generation X, who came out to the rampway to a largely mixed reaction from the New York crowd. Triple H, X-Pac, the New Age Outlaws and Chyna came walking down to the ring after having just urinated all over the motorcycles of the Disciples of the Apocalypse - as X-Pac got on the second rope and crotch chopped to the arena. There were fans, adult and child alike crotch-chopping as DX had truly made an impression on the Nassau Coliseum crowd. X-Pac got on the microphone and began hyping up them up, getting the crowd louder and louder for the degenerates stood in the ring. Full of life, X-Pac succeeded. Road Dogg Jesse James graced the mic with his Michael Buffer introductions, declaring himself and 'Bad Ass' Billy Gunn the next WWF Tag Team Champions. Billy Gunn told the crowd that if they weren't down with that, there was only two words for them. Triple H smirked as he took the microphone and said that he told the people the night after WrestleMania that this D-Generation X was here to party and have a good time - and that nobody would stop them. Helmsley said that they make the rules, that this is their house: and at Unforgiven, it would be a clean sweep for D-Generation X because the WWF Tag Team Championships are coming home to the New Age Outlaws once they leave the Legion of Doom laying in puddles of their own blood inside the steel cage!
But D-Generation X's "party" was crashed suddenly, by none other than 'the Black Hart' Owen Hart! Owen Hart made his way onto the rampway, as Helmsley laughed at Owen. Helmsley once again referred to Owen Hart as a nugget, that he wouldn't quit and if he knew any better - he would have quit a long time ago. Owen told Triple H that he was damn right he wouldn't quit. Hart told Helmsley that the only reason he walked out of WrestleMania as the WWF European Champion was because Owen let him. He wanted Triple H to have that win, because Owen wanted to do things his way. Hart told Helmsley that with that said, he's seen what DX has done - and he isn't going to let it fly: demanding another rematch with Triple H for the WWF European Championship! The fans in Long Island applauded his efforts, but Helmsley calmly told Owen no. X-Pac got on the mic and asked why Owen just didn't seem to grasp the idea that he wasn't wanted here: this was their house, and X-Pac was trespassing on D-Generation X's property. X-Pac asked Owen why he decided to stay where he wasn't welcome, and why he couldn't just go be a little star down in Atlanta with the rest of his stupid family. Hart answered back, telling X-Pac that he didn't have to go anywhere. Hart declared that he was here to stay, and that before the thought of being pro wrestlers were in Triple H and X-Pac's blood, the Harts ruled the World Wrestling Federation! Helmsley smirked, as he reclaimed the mic. Hunter told "the nugget" to relax, telling Owen that he might burst the vein in his forehead. Triple H told Owen that he was willing to give him one more chance: and when Owen fails like the mess-up he truly is tonight - D-Generation X were going to make sure that the nugget Owen Hart would be flushed out of the World Wrestling Federation: once and for all! Strong words, as X-Pac crotch chopped Owen - Hart looking determined and defiant to any of DX's orders! Owen mouthed at Helmsley that he was going down tonight.
Backstage, the Disciples of the Apocalypse approached their motorcycles, where Skull, 8-Ball and Chainz noticed that their bikes had been p*ssed on earlier tonight by D-Generation X! The three were ballistic, storming away from the scene - and surely this would not end well for DX! Back on RAW, Jim Ross, Michael Coleand Jerry Lawler talked about Jeff Jarrett performing "With My Baby Tonight" at Unforgiven this Sunday, live on pay-per-view - as they aired a video package sent to them by Tennessee Lee: featuring the stylings of country music band Soya Brown, who will play with 'Double J' this Sunday night.
In the ring, Tennessee Lee introduced the NWA North American Heavyweight Champion Jeff Jarrett, who came strutting down the rampway to loud boos from the anti-country music Long Island crowd! 'Double J' climbed into the ring and got on the microphone, telling the people in New York that he was a bonafide Superstar, and nobody could deny that! 'Double J' said that he was going to be famous after Unforgiven, and people will have to line up just to say hello to him - and it is all thanks to the man beside him, Tennessee Lee. Jarrett then began to talk about Droz - the former New York Jets player that decided to go and Puke all over his shoes last week on RAW. 'Double J' called Droz out, telling him that if he wanted to try his hand at being a WWF Superstar, and face the NWA North American Heavyweight Champion - to bring it on because 'Double J' was about to prove he will be more famous than Droz will ever be! Droz accepted the challenge, dressed as uniquely as ever. Nicknamed 'Puke', Jim Ross reminded us of Droz infamously vomiting on the football during a live edition of Monday Night Football in 1993 - which gave him the nickname.
3) Non-Title: Jeff Jarrett (w/Tennessee Lee) (c) def. Droz in 3:52 after nailing Droz with an acoustic guitar. Droz made an impressionable debut last week by greeting Jeff Jarrett and Tennessee Lee backstage - promptly throwing up on the NWA North American Heavyweight Champion's feet. 'Puke' however was in there tonight with 'Double J' in his very first World Wrestling Federation match, and fared relatively well by brawling with the traditionalist. The country music star was initially perplexed at Droz's abilities, Droz almost putting Jarrett down with a sit-out spinebuster for a near fall. But Droz's pitfall came, as he inadvertently clotheslined the referee down. This allowed 'Double J' to slide into the ring with an acoustic guitar - cracking Droz right over the head with the musical instrument! Jarrett threw the remains of the guitar out, covering for a cheap underhanded victory.
Jeff Jarrett celebrated his win to boos, as 'Double J' had just left 'Puke' laying after nailing him with an acoustic guitar! The NWA North American Heavyweight Champion was joined in the ring by Tennessee Lee with a microphone, as Jarrett said that this Sunday at Unforgiven, the world would watch as the stylings of 'Double J' and Soya Brown impress the music industry with the hit song "With My Baby Tonight"! Jarrett strutted obnoxiously, when Bradshaw came stomping down the rampway, clearing the ring of 'Double J' and Tennessee Lee, to attend to the former nose tackle for the New York Jets in the ring. As Jarrett prepared for the gig of a lifetime live on pay-per-view, Bradshaw continued to seek a shot at the NWA North American Heavyweight Championship.
In their locker room, D-Generation X were calm, as Triple H prepared for his match tonight against Owen Hart - in which the WWF European Champion stated his title wouldn't be on the line. Road Dogg and Billy Gunn were hanging out talking to X-Pac, when the Disciples of the Apocalypse came bursting into the room! Skull, 8-Ball and Chainz almost came to blows with DX, who had Chyna backing them up. In their faces, DX asked what DOA's problem was, acting innocently. Skull talked about how they knew it was DX that p*ssed all over their bikes - and they wanted to call out the New Age Outlaws tonight! 'Bad Ass' Billy Gunn obnoxiously told DOA that they proved their point two weeks ago already, but if they wanted to throw down - the Outlaws were taking them down! 8-Ball warned he and Road Dogg that they were going to mess them up for messing up their bikes, leaving. X-Pac laughed, asking where all of this heat was coming from. Road Dogg joked back, telling them the heat was coming off of their p*ss, obviously. In the parking lot, a limousine arrived at the building - and out of it came none other than Vince McMahon! McMahon laughed about being slightly late tonight, but told his colleagues Pat Patterson and Gerald Brisco that Stone Cold Steve Austin's always late, why can't the boss? McMahon, Patterson and Brisco were joined by Ken Shamrock, who stepped out of the limo in a suit - as Vince introduced Shamrock as "the new and improved" 'World's Most Dangerous Man'! Patterson and Brisco applauded, while Vince shook Shamrock's hand. Shamrock told McMahon that if last week wasn't enough, then Stone Cold Steve Austin wouldn't like to know what happens when he crosses paths with him ahead of Unforgiven.
4) Non-Title: Owen Hart def. Triple H (w/Chyna) (c) by disqualification in 5:35 after Chyna took out the referee. 'The Black Hart' was getting his wish tonight against Triple H, the WWF European Champion once again meeting Owen Hart tonight on RAW is WAR in a rematch from WrestleMania. Owen was all fired up after Helmsley's comments for him earlier tonight, and Helmsley and Hart went right at it - Owen adopting more of an aggressive approach, bringing the fight to Hunter out of the ring. Helmsley was able to regain momentum off of a spinebuster, but Triple H's confidence was his downfall - the leader of D-Generation X hyping the crowd up - while Owen took advantage of it and caught Helmsley with an enzuigiri for a near fall! Owen was on his way to victory, and looked to apply the Sharpshooter on Helmsley! The Sharpshooter, a move that Helmsley had tapped out to several times in the past, was locked in on the WWF European Champion, but just as Helmsley looked as though he was ready to tap, Chyna dragged the referee out of the ring just before the champ submitted!
Owen Hart raised his hands in victory, thinking he had beaten the WWF European Champion by submission with the Sharpshooter, but what he didn't realize was 'the Ninth Wonder of the World' Chyna attacking from behind with a low blow! The bodyguard of D-Generation X Chyna put the boots to 'the Black Hart', when Triple H recovered and joined in on the two-on-one assault of 'the Black Hart'. Chyna held Owen up for Helmsley to taunt and then slap across the face, slamming his head down to the mat. But as Triple H and Chyna stood tall over the fallen Owen Hart, the Legion of Doom came charging for the ring - Hawk and Animal running Helmsley and Chyna from the ring, while the WWF Tag Team Champions stood in the ring - once again backing Owen up in his revolution against the gang of degenerates.
In the backstage area Sable was flying solo. The beautiful blonde scheduled for the first ever 'Rip 'Em Off' match with Luna Vachon this Sunday at Unforgiven was without her boyfriend Marc Mero by her side - and it appeared that she was headed for the ring! Sable was turning the heads of various backstage personnel, set to join us next. Back on the War Zone, Bradshaw was helping Droz down the corridor. The Texan asked how Droz was feeling after the guitar shot to the head earlier tonight. Droz simply stopped the two from walking, and proceeded to Puke all over the floor! Bradshaw called Droz a lightweight, but told him not to worry because somebody else would take care of the mess.
In Long Island, Sable made her way down the rampway to a huge ovation from the New York crowd - the blonde haired bombshell waving and greeting the capacity crowd with a big smile on her face. This was perhaps the first time Sable had flown solo, without 'Marvelous' Marc Mero by her side, but Sable appeared to be here for business. Wearing a tight black outfit, Sable got into the ring and asked Long Island how they were doing. The crowd reacted to Sable like a star, as she said that's what she liked to hear. Sable then posed a survey for the Nassau Coliseum. She asked people if they were ready for Sunday, if they were ready for Unforgiven: In Your House. The fans reacted, when Sable posed the question: who would the fans like to see with their clothes torn from their bodies, left in the middle of the ring humiliated and more importantly: butt naked? The fans chanted for Sable, which got a laugh out of the bombshell - and Sable said that this would be the last we would hear the name 'Luna Vachon'. Sable said that Luna walks around ragged and crazy - it's about time somebody truly humbled her down.
But Sable didn't have much time to talk, as quite quickly the Artist Formerly Known As Goldust made his way out to the rampway! 'The Bizarre One' once again wasn't dressed or painted up tonight, as Goldust apologized to Sable for interrupting her. He said that he knows they have been at odds since her little boyfriend Marc Mero wanted to tear them apart - but the fact is that he always actually liked the hot blonde. Goldust climbed into the ring and removed his bandana, telling Sable that they had a lot in common: they were both blonde! Goldust continued with his verbal spew, sucking up and telling Sable that he thinks she's a gorgeous girl. Which is why he was thrilled about the idea of the Rip 'Em Off match at Unforgiven - so he could see her stripped down to nothing and have the whole world laughing at her! Goldust said that his girl Luna would tear her apart, and when she was physically broken, she would be mentally broken too - when the world sees her for what she truly is: a cheap, naked sl*t! Sable wanted to fight Goldust, who backed up a step. Sable looked ready to go, but just before she could Luna Vachon came from behind, knocking Sable down! Luna began to attack Sable, then proceeded to try and undo the outfit of Sable! Luna had the previously stolen and ripped shirt and skirt of Sable around her neck like a scarf, and she wanted to add to her collection ahead of Unforgiven! Goldust was gawping with joy as Sable tried to fight Luna off - when Marc Mero came running down to the ring, fighting Goldust off and sending Luna over the top rope! Mero removed his shirt to cover Sable's exposed back - and Goldust and Luna were livid at 'the Marvelous One's interruption in their cheap attack. Mero held Sable back, as Sable was not willing to wait for Unforgiven.
Meanwhile Triple H and Chyna were walking the halls complaining about the Legion of Doom being where they didn't belong. The WWF European Champion said that the New Age Outlaws would take back their titles from LOD in the cage match at Unforgiven - but before anything, the two encountered Commissioner Slaughter in their sight. Helmsley asked what he wanted, that he had just had a match and wanted to go and relax. Slaughter told Helmsley that his rest could wait. He was originally on the fence about giving him another shot, but what Chyna did tonight in getting Helmsley disqualified to avoid taking a loss to 'the Black Hart': now it was on! Slaughter declared that Owen Hart will challenge Triple H for the WWF European Championship at Unforgiven this Sunday night - and to ensure no interference, Chyna will be handcuffed to none other than the Commissioner himself! Slaughter walked away, while Helmsley asked Chyna what the hell that was all about! 5) Long Island Street Fight: Faarooq def. Mark Henry (w/D-Lo Brown) in 3:58 after the spinebuster on a steel chair. Faarooq may have had The Rock where he wanted him last week on RAW is WAR when he delivered a devastating piledriver to the WWF Intercontinental Champion on top of a steel chair, but Faarooq himself was not out of the woods from his own personal injury: having received two broken ribs courtesy of 'the World's Strongest Man' two weeks ago. There would be no count-outs and no disqualifications in this match, which allowed D-Lo Brown to assist Mark Henry in this match against the former ruler of the Nation of Domination in this match. Faarooq brought the fight to the larger man, but Henry used his weight to overpower Faarooq, once again targeting his ribs. Faarooq fought back and the fight spilled out to the floor, where Faarooq used a trash can and the ring bell to stun Henry - but these tactics failed to knock the big man down. D-Lo's interference allowed Henry to gain a much needed breather, but Faarooq disposed of Brown with a Dominator! Henry attempted to clamp on the bear hug, but Faarooq broke out: using some insane strength to lift the Olympian up for a spinebuster on a chair, giving Faarooq the win!
Faarooq had won the Long Island Street Fight, but D-Lo Brown was back for more, trying to attack Faarooq after the bell! The defiant former ruler of the Nation of Domination fought back, but this was short lived when Kama came running down to the ring, delivering a wheel kick that knocked the number one contender down! The Rock came walking down to the ring in a neck brace of all things - despite moving completely fine in his match with Vader earlier tonight - as the WWF Intercontinental Champion talked trash on the microphone. 'The Brahma Bull' taunted Faarooq, telling him that he wasn't the ruler of the Nation anymore, and that this Sunday at Unforgiven: Faarooq would know his role, and shut his mouth. The Nation left standing tall, whilst Faarooq recovered in the ring. But what was the deal with Rock's neck brace?
World Wrestling Federation Champion Stone Cold Steve Austin was spotted backstage, 'the Texas Rattlesnake' being approached by Kevin Kelly. Kelly asked Stone Cold about what he thought about Ken Shamrock siding with Vince McMahon, and becoming a threat to his WWF Championship. Austin told Kevin that he wasn't going to air his dirty laundry here for a jackass like Kevin Kelly - instead he was going to do this the only way he knew how: and that's calling the mealy-mouth bast*rd out tonight, in that ring!
A vignette aired, showing 'the Big Valbowski' on the set of his latest adult movie. An artist was adjusting the make-up on his face while he laid sat up in bed. He asked the make-up artist if she had seen the Oscar's. He said that Jack Nicholson didn't have anything on him. He talked about his latest film, titled 'As Hard As It Gets', and assured the ladies watching that he certainly "rose" to the occasion on this one. And when he came to the World Wrestling Federation, for the ladies - it would be a scream. Val Venis is coming. On the War Zone, Marc Mero was holding Sable's hand as the two walked down the hallway. 'The Marvelous One' looked angry, telling Sable that this had been a terrible mistake. Sable asked Marc what he meant by that, and Mero commented that bringing her here - to the World Wrestling Federation! Marc told Sable that he loved her, but all these fans were was a bunch of perverts wanting to see her body. Sable was angry, asking Mero what was wrong with that - reminding Mero that that comment made him too - a pervert! Sable told Marc that she was here to stay, and that at Unforgiven when she's done ripping Luna Vachon's clothes off, maybe she'll be done with him too. Sable smiled and waltzed off, leaving Marc somewhat frustrated and panicked by his girlfriend's comments.
6) The Headbangers (Mosh & Thrasher) def. The Rock 'n' Roll Express (Ricky Morton & Robert Gibson) (w/Jim Cornette) in 4:35 after the roll-up by Thrasher on Gibson. This past few weeks have been a real wake-up call for the Rock 'n' Roll Express in their new association with longtime rival Jim Cornette. For years Cornette and the Rock 'n' Roll Express were at odds, but they were under one roof as a part of the traditionalist NWA faction here in the World Wrestling Federation - leading to a series of losses sustained due to the mismatch in chemistry. Cornette tried to motivate them ahead of this match with the Headbangers, and initially it was going well until Mosh and Thrasher began to work over Morton. The former WWF Tag Team Champions picked Morton apart, while Gibson riled the Long Island crowd up from the apron. Cornette even got in on it, and Morton soon came back with a series of armdrags, and got the tag! Gibson came in like a house on fire, taking both Headbangers down with a crossbody and an elbow drop. Gibson however found himself at odds, as a sunset flip attempt was blocked by Thrasher - who scored the win!
Yet again the Rock 'n' Roll Express sustained a loss tonight on the War Zone, as the Headbangers quickly jetted from the ring in victory - Mosh and Thrasher for certain to be a team to be brought up as future contenders to the WWF Tag Team Championships. In the ring, Ricky Morton and Robert Gibson were disappointed in an addition to their losing streak as Jim Cornette got in the ring and began to berate the Rock 'n' Roll Express! Cornette told Gibson and Morton that he brought them to the World Wrestling Federation to show these chumps how it was done, and this was what he got out of it. Cornette continued to yell at Morton and Gibson, who left the ring - Cornette left throwing a tantrum in the ring!
In the locker room of D-Generation X, Michael Cole was stood with the New Age Outlaws with X-Pac, as they prepared for tag team action against the Disciples of the Apocalypse next. Billy Gunn and Road Dogg didn't seem too pleased to see Cole on their turf, but Road Dogg talked about how this was all because some grown men were p*ssed off that their bikes got p*ssed on. Tonight they claimed that the Outlaws would show a reminder to the Legion of Doom as to why they are the best damn tag team in the World Wrestling Federation. 'Bad Ass' Billy Gunn said that the DOA weren't LOD - but tonight, they may as well be. The Outlaws left, while X-Pac stuck around to comment on Cole looking like a real dork. The Outlaws were set to face the DOA next! Road Dogg's voice was heard as we returned to the War Zone - and out he came alongside Billy Gunn and X-Pac ahead of tag team action tonight, six days from the New Age Outlaws' steel cage match against the Legion of Doom! Road Dogg talked trash on his way down to the ring, referring to the Disciples of the Apocalypse as a bunch of "marks". In the ring, D-Generation X took the forefront, as Road Dogg Jesse James delivered his Michael Buffer-like introduction - but the Disciples of the Apocalypse wasted no time in storming down the rampway - Skull, 8-Ball and Chainz looking for retribution on the Outlaws!
7) The New Age Outlaws (Billy Gunn & Road Dogg) (w/X-Pac) def. The Disciples of the Apocalypse (Skull & 8-Ball) (w/Chainz) in 4:31 after the DDT by Jesse James on 8-Ball. The Disciples of the Apocalypse had a lot of reasons to hate D-Generation X, but tonight added another dimension. Skull and 8-Ball brought the fight to Billy Gunn and Road Dogg Jesse James before the bell, and immediately this match broke out into a wild brawl. With X-Pac in one corner and Chainz in the other, we were three against three in this supposedly standard tag team bout. The Outlaws soon managed to gain an opening, taking Skull and keeping him away from 8-Ball early on. The Outlaws targeted the neck of Skull and allowed X-Pac to run distraction for the referee, which only provoked Chainz. X-Pac kept his distance, but as the official became distracted, Skull switched places with a fresh 8-Ball and began to run wild on the Outlaws! The referee knew none the wiser as the twin bikers took care of the Outlaws - 8-Ball delivered a backbreaker to Gunn for a near fall. But at ringside, X-Pac suddenly levelled Chainz with a sharp roundhouse kick - and with Skull and 8-Ball's attentions turned to X-Pac, Jesse James struck - Road Dogg picking up the win with a DDT!
The New Age Outlaws stood tall in the ring, much to the chagrin of Skull and Chainz. 8-Ball rolled out to the floor, whilst the Outlaws were joined by X-Pac in the ring. The three members of D-Generation X hung out while Road Dogg took the microphone and told the Legion of Doom that this was exactly what they could expect in the cage match at Unforgiven! Gunn vowed to take LOD's manhoods away from them, along with their WWF Tag Team Champions, and there wasn't a damn thing they could do about it. X-Pac then joined in, telling Hawk and Animal that if they wanted to step to DX, they would leave them laying on their asses! But speak of the devil and he should appear - the Legion of Doom made their arrival! Hawk and Animal hit the ring, the WWF Tag Team Champions here to battle their longtime rivals! The four men traded blows whilst X-Pac exited the ring - the four men going at it not wanting to wait for the steel cage this Sunday on pay-per-view! The battle continued, but Hawk and Animal cleaned house - clotheslining both members of the Outlaws from the ring! Hawk and Animal were all prepared, ready for a war this Sunday at Unforgiven!
Backstage Vince McMahon left his office with a suited up Ken Shamrock - as the Chairman of the World Wrestling Federation told 'the World's Most Dangerous Man' that they should give Stone Cold Steve Austin what he wants, and that's a broken ankle walking into the World Wrestling Federation Championship match! McMahon and Shamrock were headed for the ring, presumably to accept the call-out of Stone Cold Steve Austin - who would be with us, next! A vignette aired, showing 'the Lost Soul' hanging out in a backstreet alley. He was soon approached by a crew of guys, while the voices continued: "Who was this man? What made him into this?" Moments later the man and the group of three thugs engaged in a brawl, with one man coming out on top. The voice concluded, "you think you know me?" Edge is coming to the World Wrestling Federation.
With six days to go until Unforgiven: In Your House, the glass shattered - beckoning the anticipated arrival of the World Wrestling Federation Champion Stone Cold Steve Austin! 'The Texas Rattlesnake' tore the house down with his response, the Nassau Coliseum exploding at the sight of the WWF Champion! Austin got into the ring and saluted the crowd, before immediately taking to the microphone. Austin commented that it looked like he was going from 'the Baddest Man on the Planet' to the biggest jackass walking the planet - Stone Cold ordering Ken Shamrock to get his new and improved ass out here! Austin waited, not wanting to do any talking - but rather meet his challenger for this Sunday right here and now on the War Zone!
Moments later, Vince McMahon came strutting out, igniting boos from the capacity Long Island crowd. The Chairman of the World Wrestling Federation had a smile on his face, as he told Stone Cold that this was exactly the kind of hot-headed behavior he had come to expect of the so-called World Wrestling Federation Champion. Austin told McMahon that he wasn't finished doing business with him either, and invited the boss as well, to step foot in the ring with him right here and now! The fans cheered, but Vince told Austin that he was choosing not to do that on his own accord. McMahon said that last week he had an epiphany, and that epiphany consisted of the old saying: "if you can't beat them, join them". McMahon said that is why he decided, one week after suspending 'the World's Most Dangerous Man', to enlist Mr. Shamrock to take care of the pain in his ass before him - and take out Stone Cold Steve Austin! Stone Cold continued to try and goad McMahon into walking down the rampway and getting in the ring for a beating - but McMahon again refused. Vince told Austin that as soon as he became World Wrestling Federation Champion, the chase for Steve Austin was over. And the chase for a professional, company made champion began. McMahon told Austin that clearly he is not the right man for the job - which is why he took this caged animal, and he let him loose on Austin. And the difference between this caged animal and Austin is that this caged animal can be a professional, can do everything Stone Cold refuses to do - and that is represent the WWF as its World Champion! McMahon soon enough introduced the man that would "maul" Steve Austin and take the WWF Championship this Sunday, the new and improved Ken Shamrock!
His theme hit, and Ken Shamrock made his way out to the rampway to a loud chorus of boos, the Long Island crowd clearly not liking 'the World's Most Dangerous Man's new appearance. Shamrock had a serious look on his face, as he took off his blazer - and Shamrock headed down the rampway to confront Austin - McMahon right behind him! Stone Cold told Shamrock that his suit looked like garbage, and that if Shamrock wanted to go at it right now, Austin was ready for a fight. But despite this, Shamrock got in the ring and calmly took the microphone from Stone Cold. Shamrock told Austin that wouldn't be necessary. Shamrock told Austin that ever since he stepped foot into the WWF, he had been warned about 'the Texas Rattlesnake'. Ken said that he watched Austin's rise, his hatred of the authority; his hatred of management. And he watched from afar as Austin claimed he was 'the Baddest Man on the Planet' and received some sort of endorsement from 'Iron' Mike Tyson. Shamrock told Austin that it didn't impress him, and that if he was 'the Baddest Man on the Planet' - maybe it was time for him to meet 'the World's Most Dangerous Man'! Shamrock glared at Austin right between the eyes, while Austin snagged back the mic. Austin told Shamrock that it didn't matter who his buddies were, where he'd fought before here, how many men. Austin told Shamrock that he may be a real tough guy - but he had never met Stone Cold Steve Austin! Austin proceeded to fight Shamrock, the two going at it six days away from their WWF Championship encounter! Two of the toughest men in the World Wrestling Federation traded blows, with Austin getting the better of Shamrock early on, stomping a mudhole in Shamrock! Austin looked for a Stunner, but Shamrock grabbed the foot of Austin, and locked in the Ankle Lock on Austin! Stone Cold wouldn't tap, but continued to scream as Shamrock further went after the foot he started on last week on RAW is WAR - Shamrock with the hold tightly applied! Vince McMahon screamed through the ropes in Austin's face, telling Austin that it could have been him: and you just knew that this Sunday at Unforgiven, the Chairman would be gunning to take the WWF Championship from Austin! War Zone went off the air.
WWF Shotgun Saturday Night: April 25, 1998
- Marc Merodef. Scorpio in 6:17 after the TKO. Once again Marc Mero was flying solo for this match, without his girlfriend Sable by his side after the argument they had on RAW is WAR. Scorpio held his own in this match, as Mero received more boos and chants for his girlfriend to show her face. Scorpio missed the 450 splash, which allowed 'the Marvelous One' to score the win. After the match Jerry Lawler interviewed Mero in the ring, asking him how he feels about the idea of his girlfriend being exposed to the world tomorrow night at Unforgiven. Mero simply responded, "no comment". - Bob Holly& Bart Gunndef. Too Much(Brian Christopher & Scott Taylor) in 5:26 after the Rocket Launcher on Christopher. Bob Holly and Bart Gunn were on a roll as of late, beating a series of tag teams over the past couple of weeks. Too Much were another team that has been trying to make a name for themselves in the past few months, but to little success. They isolated Gunn ideally, but their overconfidence allowed Holly and Gunn to capitalize on the win. - Aguila def. Jimmy Ciceroin 3:09 after the hurricanrana. After the match Kai En Tai circled Aguila in the ring, with Mr Yamaguchi-san ordering Dick Togo, Sho Funaki and Mens Teioh to go after the luchador. Aguila tried to stand his own ground against the Japanese group, when WWF Light Heavyweight Champion TAKA Michinokuran down to the ring, running off Kai En Tai, who all made threats to 'the Japanese Sensation' and the young up-and-coming luchador. - Kurrgan (w/The Jackyl) def. Pouier & Buchanan in 2:03 after the Paralyzer on Pouier. After being de-commissioned last week on RAW is WAR by the Jackyl, Sniper and Recon were now, respectively, Pouier and Buchanan. No longer under the power of the Jackyl, they tried to fight their former ally - but 'the Interrogator' was too big and too strong, and quickly disposed of the former Truth Commissioner in quick fashion. After the match the Jackyl got on the microphone and summoned Kurrgan to make sure they never came back to the World Wrestling Federation - which Jackyl did, by applying the Paralyzer on Buchanan - and refusing to break the hold. DARK MATCH: Lane Carlson def. Dr X DARK MATCH: Edge def. Julio Sanchez DARK MATCH: Val Venis def. Shawn Stasiak
WWF UNFORGIVEN: IN YOUR HOUSE - April 26, 1998 Greensboro, North Carolina - Greensboro Coliseum
- WWF Championship - Stone Cold Steve Austin (c) vs Ken Shamrock - Inferno - The Undertaker vs Kane - WWF European Championship - Chyna to be handcuffed to Commissioner Slaughter - Triple H (c) vs Owen Hart - WWF Tag Team Championship - Steel-Cage - The Legion of Doom (c) vs The New Age Outlaws - WWF Intercontinental Championship - The Rock (c) vs Faarooq - Rip 'Em Off - Sable vs Luna Vachon - Jeff Jarrett performs "With My Baby Tonight" - Matches to be announced.
The World Wrestling Federation presents... WWF Unforgiven: In Your House - April 26, 1998 Greensboro, North Carolina - Greensboro Coliseum Live on Pay-Per-View!
The opening video package aired, with a sinister voice discussing the definition of Unforgiven. It reviewed the ensuing rivalry that rose from the smoke of WrestleMania last month, where Stone Cold Steve Austin became World Wrestling Federation Champion and continued to do whatever he wanted - much to the chagrin of Chairman Vince McMahon. It resulted in McMahon taking a more hands-on approach, suspending the seemingly ruthless Ken Shamrock and later transforming him into the supposedly most fitting company man - 'the World's Most Dangerous Man' gunning to become WWF Champion. Not only that, but the ongoing revolution of a new D-Generation X, led by Triple H; met by the opposition of Owen Hart and the Legion of Doom. And lest we forget, the ashes of WrestleMania laid out - the Undertaker and Kane go at it again in a ring surrounded by fire. And when it is all said and done, one man would be caught on fire. Tonight, the WWF Superstars are Unforgiven.
The opening graphic aired, taking us to the live Greensboro Coliseum in North Carolina to pyrotechnics going off. Jim Rossalongside Jerry Lawler welcomed us Unforgiven: In Your House, amidst a rabid sell-out crowd of twenty-one thousand fans - hyped up, and ready for Unforgiven on pay-per-view tonight!
Tennessee Lee was stood in the ring, complaining about this being added to the card tonight as a bonus match. But alas, Tennessee was still happy. He declared that tonight was the big night - the night that would change everybody's lives, as tonight in the Greensboro Coliseum, before every one redneck in this building - 'Double J' Jeff Jarrett would perform and blow each and every one of the audience away! Tennessee introduced Jeff Jarrett to big boos, the NWA North American Heavyweight Champion strutting down to the ring as per usual. In the ring, Jeff Jarrett advised the crowd that once this match is out of the way, to keep an eye on every move 'Double J' makes, because he was going straight to the top of the World Wrestling Federation after his performance tonight.
1) Bonus Attraction Jeff Jarrett & The Rock 'n' Roll Express (Ricky Morton & Robert Gibson) (w/Tennessee Lee & Jim Cornette) vs Bradshaw & The Headbangers (Mosh & Thrasher)
This was a bonus match added to the card, and we were kicking things off with six-man tag team action as Unforgiven: in Your House got underway. Jeff Jarrett may also be performing "With My Baby Tonight" with the country music band Soya Brown later tonight, but first he had to get through this - with Bradshaw on the opposite side of the ring from him. Bradshaw has made it clear in recent weeks that he has his eyes on 'Double J's NWA North American Heavyweight Championship, and certainly a win tonight would propel the Texan into the title hunt. Meanwhile, the Rock 'n' Roll Express were returning to the famous Greensboro Coliseum, with a longtime rival in Jim Cornette as their manager - Ricky Morton and Robert Gibson the two veterans, not having had much luck in the World Wrestling Federation since arriving, including taking a loss to the Headbangers this past Monday night on RAW is WAR. Bradshaw wanted to get his hands on Jarrett right off the bat, which led to Morton and Gibson getting involved - and the tag team expertise early on brought the fight to Bradshaw, taking him down with armdrags and a double dropkick. Morton and Gibson's expertise could not be matched, and 'Double J' strutted in to pick apart at the Texan while he was down. Jarrett tried to keep him on the mat with a sleeper hold, but the big man managed to power out using his size; and soon enough Bradshaw came swinging at anybody within the NWA contingent! Bradshaw got the tag to Mosh, who ran in like a house on fire - but a distraction from Jim Cornette at ringside allowed the Rock 'n' Roll Express to take control. Jarrett talked trash to Mosh, as when he got in he targeted the leg of the former WWF Tag Team Champion. But Jarrett was obnoxious, and talked trash to Bradshaw as well, which caused the match to break down, and Bradshaw chased Jarrett out to the floor! In the ring the Rock 'n' Roll Express went for a double dropkick that went thwarted by a double dropkick from the Headbangers, taking Gibson out. Mosh and Thrasher attempted the Stage Dive on Morton, but Cornette got on the apron - and Mosh managed to knock him off the apron! Mosh came down with the legdrop, Thrasher powerbombing Morton for the win!
Winners: Bradshaw & The Headbangers (12:24)
The Headbangers were successful in this victory to kick off Unforgiven: In Your House, whilst at ringside Bradshaw clobbered Jeff Jarrett - to the point that the NWA North American Heavyweight Champion went running up the aisleway, with Tennessee Lee right behind him! Mosh and Thrasher celebrated their win to a joyous sellout Greensboro crowd, leaving with their heads held high. Meanwhile in the ring, Ricky Morton and Robert Gibson were once again screamed at by an irate Jim Cornette. The Greensboro crowd wanted to love the Rock 'n' Roll Express, and the two shrugged at each other - then proceeded to knock Cornette out with two right hands! Morton and Gibson had their longtime native crowd standing, leaving without Cornette as their manager any longer!
Michael Cole was backstage with Owen Hart, Michael wanting to get 'the Black Hart's feelings going into this WrestleMania rematch tonight: another shot at the WWF European Championship against Triple H. Owen told Michael that he had done enough talking as of late, that he is unhappy, that he hates D-Generation X. But the time for talking is done, and tonight after everything that DX had done to him: beating him down, insulting his family, calling him a "nugget" - Owen Hart was taking the WWF European Championship, and if he had to break Triple H's jaw to stop him from talking any more - then so be it!
At ringside Jim Ross and Jerry Lawler talked about the breaking down of the Nation's relationship with former ruler Faarooq, showing how this all came about seven weeks ago on RAW where The Rock turned Kama, D-Lo Brown and Mark Henry against him. Since then Faarooq has been chasing The Rock, but ran into a road block the size of 'the World's Strongest Man'. Mark Henry broke two of Faarooq's ribs, and with Faarooq at a disadvantage coming into this WWF Intercontinental Championship match; he decided to make it an even playing field by delivering a piledriver on The Rock two weeks ago, right on top of a steel chair!
The Nation made their way out to the ring to loud boos from the Greensboro crowd, as The Rock led the pack consisting of Kama, Mark Henry and D-Lo Brown. Brown was bobbing his head around arrogantly, whilst 'the World's Strongest Man' talked trash to the crowd on the way down to the ring. Kama had two fine women with him, and it definitely appeared that The Rock had established a new edge to the formerly militant Nation members. In the ring The Rock took to the microphone, notably with a neckbrace on. He said that he was surrounded by garbage and he could not work in this environment. The fans chanted "Rocky Sucks", to which Rock ordered every single one of the North Carolinians to shut their mouths, because The Rock had something to say. 'The Brahma Bull' noticeably struggled, as he talked about Faarooq being a jabroni, and relayed how Faarooq dropped him on his head, right on top of a steel chair two weeks ago. But Rock wanted to compete, not because he loves to compete, but because he damn well wanted to. But Rock hesitated, and then explained that he could not tonight. The crowd booed, as Rock explained that Faarooq's piledriver did serious damage to the neck of The Rock, and as a result: there would be no WWF Intercontinental Championship match tonight. The Greensboro crowd hated to hear it, as the Nation prepared to leave - but Commissioner Slaughter came out to the ring! Slaughter got in the ring and told The Rock that while he did suffer a minor neck injury from that piledriver - that this is a pay-per-view, this crowd is waiting - and in hearing from the trainer, Rock is good to compete tonight! The fans cheered, and Rock looked furious! Faarooq's theme hit, bringing out the challenger - Faarooq pointing the finger at The Rock, and begrudgingly, Rock told Faarooq that he would whoop his military ass in this ring tonight!
2) WWF Intercontinental Championship
The Rock (w/D-Lo Brown, Kama & Mark Henry) vs Faarooq
in 8:24 after the Rock Bottom on top of the title belt. Faarooq had been longing for this moment for quite some time. It was Faarooq who brought the two-time WWF Intercontinental Champion into the Nation last year, and in that time The Rock's confidence and ego had grown - enveloping the Nation into what they are today. Faarooq represented the militant lifestyle of an African-American athlete, and envisioned that for the Nation to be - but seven weeks ago on RAW is WAR, The Rock had decided enough was enough, and he had the Nation turn their backs on Faarooq. In that time, Rock had allowed the Nation to do whatever they wanted, by any means necessary - hence the new attitudes in which D-Lo Brown, Mark Henry and Kama had developed in recent weeks. Faarooq was in there with two broken ribs whilst The Rock reportedly had a minor neck injury - so both men were on an equal playing field in this long awaited WWF Intercontinental Championship match. Faarooq earned this match by winning the WrestleMania battle royal last month, and he wanted nothing more than to kick Rock's ass here in Greensboro. He went after Rock, who attempted to cower away from the challenger early, and when Faarooq went after him, Rock managed to hide behind the other members of the Nation. Faarooq took a swing at D-Lo, then got into the ring before the Nation could get their hands on him, continuing to bring the fight to 'the Brahma Bull'! Faarooq tried to get Rock with a Dominator, but Mark Henry and Kama were ringside and grabbed Rock's feet, bringing him down on the apron. Faarooq abruptly responded by knocking Rock off the apron with a right hand, knocking Kama down! Faarooq was all over Rock, getting his revenge - but the distraction from Henry allowed Rock to drop Faarooq with a DDT. The WWF Intercontinental Champion talked trash to his former mentor, calling him "a ruler of bullcr*p". Rock threw off his elbow pad and hit the ropes, dropping the People's Elbow, but Faarooq managed to kick out! Rock was getting angry now, but when he tried to follow up with the Rock Bottom, Faarooq hit him with a spinebuster! Mark Henry suddenly charged the ring, aiming to get Rock disqualified - but Faarooq then dropped 'the World's Strongest Man' with his spinebuster as well! Meanwhile, Kama had the referee distracted when D-Lo ran in with the WWF Intercontinental Championship belt - nailing Faarooq. Rock covered, but Faarooq still kicked out. Furious, Rock decided to follow up, dropping Faarooq with the Rock Bottom right on the belt, and with that, The Rock retained the title.
Winner and STILL WWF Intercontinental Champion: The Rock (8:40)
The Rock was victorious yet again, the WWF Intercontinental Champion being joined in the ring by the Nation. Faarooq had tried his best, taking out each member of the Nation throughout the match - but the numbers advantage was in favor of 'the Brahma Bull - and The Rock was leaving Unforgiven still the WWF Intercontinental Champion. Faarooq recovered in the ring, whilst The Rock left with Kama, D-Lo Brown and Mark Henry with him. Rock held his neck slightly but talked trash to the camera, talking about how the Nation always got the job done, if you smell what he's cooking.
Jim Ross and Jerry Lawler talked about a match that was coming up - surely a first for the World Wrestling Federation: the Rip 'Em Off match. J.R. let an excited Lawler run down the rules, explaining that two women would enter: Luna and Sable. And in this match there would be no pinfalls or submissions - this match could only end when one of the two were butt naked, with all items of clothing torn from their body! 'The King' was ecstatic about the idea of one woman leaving Greensboro completely humiliated tonight.
Cameras caught up backstage with Marc Mero and Sable, who were both arguing still! 'Marvelous' Marc Mero was telling Sable that she needed to be careful, that he didn't want her stripped naked in front of a packed arena. Sable responded telling Mero that that's all he ever cares about: what he wants. But what Sable wanted was to win tonight, and if she had any of her clothes torn from her - maybe that's the price she will pay. But tonight she was going to get the job done, and expose the real Luna to the entire world. Sable left, leaving Mero angered.
3) Rip 'Em Off Match
Sable vs Luna (w/The Artist Formerly Known As Goldust)
in 3:18 after Sable stripped Luna of her underwear underneath the ring. This was the match that a lot of male viewers had been waiting for: Sable against Luna, two women enter - and one would leave completely naked. Sable came down to the ring wearing a tight dress, which wowed the crowd - whereas Luna was once again out here dressed with already ripped tights, somewhat dressed like a Headbanger. And she wasn't alone either - with the Artist Formerly Known As Goldust in her corner. This had all been brewing for some time, with Goldust and Luna at one point being infatuated by the blonde bombshell. After the mixed tag team win for Sable and Marc Mero against the bizarre couple at WrestleMania, Luna's interest turned to humiliating Sable, and in past weeks Luna has been attacking Sable, ripping off her shirt and her skirt in past weeks on RAW: but tonight Sable was here, and she looked like she wasn't ready to wrestle - she wanted to fight. Sable and Luna rolled around on the mat, with both women ripping at each other's shirts. Luna snapmared Sable and targeted the dress of Sable, who managed to turn it into a victory roll, tearing off Luna's shirt. Left in a bra, Luna resorted to dirty tactics, striking Sable. She started beating on Sable, but Sable suddenly fought back with a hurricanrana! Sable looked for the Sable Bomb, but Luna backdropped her and rolled Sable up, stripping her of her dress! Sable was left in her bra and panties, and the Greensboro crowd - along with Goldust - were eating it up! Sable initially was embarrassed, but went after Luna, as Sable chased Luna out to the floor! Goldust tried to touch Sable, which resulted in the half-naked blonde slapping him across the face - and Goldust liked it! 'The Bizarre One' had Sable distracted, when Luna tried to unhook the bra of Sable, just to get knocked down by the blonde! Sable soon chased Luna underneath the ring, leaving the Greensboro crowd confused. After moments of nothing, and speculation, Sable returned from under the apron - the blonde with all of Luna's clothes!
Winner: Sable (3:21)
Sable climbed into the ring and paraded Luna's clothes to the Greensboro Coliseum, as they applauded the beautiful blonde in her bra and panties. She threw all of Luna's clothes down, revealing that Luna had been left exposed and naked underneath the ring! She left with her head high, whilst the Artist Formerly Known As Goldust took off his robe and looked underneath the ring. Out came Luna, who was covered by 'the Bizarre One's robe - the two couple leaving besmirched, with Luna being the one left humiliated in all of this.
In the locker room of D-Generation X, Triple H brought all the boys in for a pre-match meeting. The WWF European Champion wanted all hands on deck, as Road Dogg, Billy Gunn, X-Pac and Chyna gathered in a small circle for a pep talk from Helmsley, who has taken the role of the leader in Shawn Michaels' absence. Helmsley talked about how this was the first big step in a new DX. Hunter said that tonight was their opportunity to take on the forces that want them gone. He told Chyna that Commissioner Slaughter and Owen Hart want to knock the DX Army down, but advised 'the Ninth Wonder of the World' to not let that happen. He turned to the New Age Outlaws, telling Gunn and Jesse James that tonight the Legion of Doom want to dismantle them in that cage. Are DX gonna let them? No. Helmsley said that this was their house, and that tonight, the Outlaws need to prove why they are the best damn tag team in the World Wrestling Federation today, by destroying LOD in the steel-cage. Everybody nodded, as Helmsley told the DX Army that this was their chance to prove to everybody, from the boys in the back, to the fans in that arena - that they are the force to be reckoned with.
Jim Ross and Jerry Lawlersegued into a video package ahead of the next bout; a rematch from WrestleMania last month between Triple H and Owen Hart, for Helmsley's WWF European Championship. Ever since the fallout of the Montreal Screwjob, 'the Black Hart' has been out to prove that he can get by without the resources of the Hart Foundation - but he has simultaneously been the target of D-Generation X. Matches cost time and time again have brought us to this point, where 'the Black Hart' wants nothing more than to burn DX down all by himself. He faced Helmsley at WrestleMania, but Triple H retained the title. But Owen has proven time and time again that in a fair fight, he can beat the leader of DX - and tonight may be his final opportunity to prove it, as Helmsley's bodyguard Chyna will be handcuffed to Commissioner Slaughter at ringside.
Commissioner Slaughter was present at ringside with a set of handcuffs and an assisting official, to enforce the stipulation during this WWF European Championship bout. Slaughter waited as Owen Hartmade his arrival to a big ovation - 'the Black Hart' well beloved here in Greensboro, North Carolina - but Owen looked incredibly focused, wanting to prove that he is not a "nugget", as D-Generation X have called him in recent weeks. Owen wanted one thing and one thing only: to take the WWF European Championship from Triple H. Triple Hand Chyna soon made their way down the aisleway to a mixed reaction, as Helmsley similarly had quite the fanbase here from the Greensboro Coliseum. The WWF European Champion reached ringside, where 'the Ninth Wonder of the World' Chyna found herself arguing with Slaughter! Helmsley wasn't happy either, as the referee successfully handcuffed Chyna to Slaughter, while Helmsley got in Slaughter's face about not trying anything funny. Helmsley got into the ring, totally prepared to knock Owen Hart down just like at WrestleMania.
4) WWF European Championship - Chyna is handcuffed to Commissioner Slaughter
Triple H (c) vs Owen Hart
This one has been brewing for months, as Owen Hart has attempted to take down D-Generation X ever since Montreal back in November. Owen has proven time and time again that he is a formidable foe in the ring without the assistance of any other member of the Hart Family, but in Triple H's eyes, Owen wasn't resilient - he was just a "nugget" that refused to be flushed. Despite this, Owen could have won the World Wrestling Federation Championship at No Way Out of Texas, had it not been for the New Age Outlaws. Owen could have beaten Triple H, as he has done multiple times on RAW is WAR, with the Sharpshooter at WrestleMania. But it was the gang mentality of the group of degenerates that thwarted Hart last month, on the grandest stage of them all. Owen Hart and Triple H squared off, while Chyna and Commissioner Slaughter watched on; the two grapplers taking it to the mat early, where Owen took Helmsley down and succeeded in proving why he may just be the best technician in the World Wrestling Federation today. But Helmsley wasn't allowing Owen to succeed with this, immediately going in with the strikes - and Hunter began to work over 'the Black Hart'. He began targeting the legs of Owen, dissecting them with a series of elbow drops. Helmsley began receiving chants from the Greensboro crowd supporting him - the crowd chanting "nugget" in the way of Owen. Hart was struggling, as Helmsley was now showcasing his skills on the mat: at picking a body part and going at it. The WWF European Champion was cocky, as Helmsley talked trash to Owen, telling him to give up at every turn. But Hart began to fight back, 'the Black Hart' on his way to fighting back - just to get cut off by Helmsley again with a stomp to the leg. Helmsley went right back for the knee of Owen, taking him down and applying a variation of the Indian deathlock - Helmsley seriously applying pressure on the knee of Owen by putting his boot right on top of the knee cap. Helmsley ordered Owen to just give up, but Hart as resilient as ever, tried to fight the pain. Owen slowly but surely managed to reach the ropes, forcing the break - and Helmsley was beside himself. Triple H was confident and relaxed, having Owen right where he wanted him - but he chose to pick Owen up and slap him across the face. Helmsley shouted at his rival, telling him that he should have just quit while he was ahead! Hart immediately fought back, and soon tackled the WWF European Champion, aiming for the Sharpshooter, just for Triple H to escape the ring. Helmsley suddenly decked Commissioner Slaughter for no reason, before climbing back inside! Owen was on the attack, connecting with a spinning heel kick on the champion - and Owen looked to be setting up the enzuigiri - but X-Pac came running down to the ring! The newest addition to D-Generation X got on the apron to distract the referee as Helmsley grabbed the ring bell from Chyna - Helmsley looking to deck Owen with it, but Owen ducked it and tripped Helmsley - locking in the Sharpshooter! X-Pac was freaking out on the floor, before he made an attempt at going for Owen - just to get levelled with a right hand! From behind came Helmsley going for the Pedigree, but Owen again reversed it into the Sharpshooter - and Helmsley struggled and squirmed with all of his might, as Chyna tried to interfere - but a recovering Slaughter pulled her back on the handcuffs - and Helmsley finally tapped out!
Winner and NEW WWF European Champion: Owen Hart (15:37)
Owen Hart had finally done it, coming out on top after overcoming not only Triple H and Chyna, but X-Pac as well! The so-called "nugget" had finally dethroned Triple H of the WWF European Championship, and Owen held the title belt high for everybody to say. 'The Black Hart' did it all by himself. As Owen left, Triple H was checked on by X-Pac while Commissioner Slaughter and Chyna were released from the handcuffs by the present ringside official: but as soon as 'the Ninth Wonder of the World' was free, she kicked Slaughter low - causing the Commissioner to crumple down to the floor! Chyna folded her arms in disgust, as Chyna and X-Pac began to help the now former WWF European Champion Triple H to up the aisleway. D-Generation X had fallen short here, but there was still hope for the DX Army up next.
Kevin Kelly was backstage with the WWF Tag Team Champions the Legion of Doom: Kelly wanting to get Hawk and Animal's thoughts going into this climax of a six month long rivalry with the New Age Outlaws. Hawk threw a shoutout to Owen Hart for winning the WWF European Championship - setting the scene by showing that two months ago, all of D-Generation X had gold - as opposed to now where they have none. Animal began to rant about Billy Gunn and Road Dogg being too full of it, how they are full of arrogance, and that won't get them far against the two veterans. Animal said that tonight it was time for the Outlaws to put up or shut up, because LOD planned to destroy them inside of the cage!
As officials were still setting up the steel cage at ringside, Jim Ross and Jerry Lawler spun it to a video package, reviewing the at-times chaotic rivalry between the Legion of Doom and the New Age Outlaws. LOD were the veterans, they were the WWF Tag Team Champions - and in one foul swoop, the New Age Outlaws brought them crashing down with a shock win. Not only that, but their association with Triple H and Shawn Michaels led to them taking Hawk and Animal out of the World Wrestling Federation for a month with a heck of a beating. In that time, 'Bad Ass' Billy Gunn and Road Dogg Jesse James' stocks heightened, becoming reputable for their foul-mouthed spiel, their antics in parading the ring in Hawk's shoulderpads, and declaring that they were the best damn tag team in the company. Then, with their careers on the line at WrestleMania, LOD beat the Outlaws to become WWF Tag Team Champions once more. But the night after on RAW is WAR, the Outlaws alongside Triple H, X-Pac and Chyna, laid waste to LOD: and have been causing chaos wherever they go. Tonight, the final encounter between two of the top tag teams in the WWF, with the gold on the line - inside the steel cage!
Back in the Greensboro Coliseum, the ring crew continued to set up the final wall of the cage, as the New Age Outlaws made their way down the aisleway. Road Dogg hyped the crowd up big, as he talked about how it had all come down to this: the night where the New Age Outlaws would once and for all put the Legion of Doom in a retirement home. He and 'Mr Ass' were going to take Hawk and Animal to old school in that cage tonight, and they were going to leave them battered, bloody and broken. They got into the ring, where Road Dogg began to talk up his Michael Buffer introduction, which had the Greensboro crowd singing along to - declaring themselves soon-to-be two-time WWF Tag Team Champions. Soon, the Legion of Doom made their way down to the ring, the WWF Tag Team Champions receiving almost a matched responsed from the capacity crowd. Hawk and Animal were returning to Greensboro Coliseum: where in the past, they had had many classic showdowns. And tonight in the cage, they were going to go up against their current rivals, the New Age Outlaws.
5) WWF Tag Team Championship - Steel Cage Match The Legion of Doom (Hawk & Animal) (c) vs The New Age Outlaws (Billy Gunn & Road Dogg)
For six months, the New Age Outlaws have been a thorn in the side of the Legion of Doom. Hawk and Animal, two future Hall of Famers, wanted to prove that they could still hang with the current generation of tag teams, and they certainly got a journey in the New Age Outlaws. Billy Gunn and Road Dogg meanwhile still had something to prove, and that's by getting the job done in the confines of this steel cage structure - set up to ensure that there would be no interference from D-Generation X. It was just under a month ago on RAW is WAR where the Outlaws got their rematch from WrestleMania, challenging the new champions for their titles: and in classic D-Generation X fashion, they had their DX Army interfere to cause a disqualification. But this win meant a lot to Hawk and Animal as well: this was the moment that LOD had been waiting for for some time. Hawk and Animal immediately brought the fight to the Outlaws in a free-for-all as the match got underway. Hawk and Animal won the brawl of fists against the Outlaws, 'Bad Ass' Billy Gunn and Animal going at it in one corner whilst Road Dogg Jesse James and Hawk went at it in the other. The Outlaws attempted to send LOD into one another in the middle of the ring, but the champions were able to reverse it, and the Outlaws banged heads! LOD began to pound away at Gunn and Road Dogg. It beckoned back the classic sights of tag team cage matches in this famous wrestling building - but tonight it was all about revenge in the eyes of LOD. And D-Generation X had suffered already, their leader losing the WWF European Championship moments ago. But quickly the Outlaws resorted to dirty tactics that were legal in this type of match, as Billy Gunn low blowed Animal and planted him with a DDT, before the Outlaws went right after Hawk with a series of double team attacks. Hawk tried to fight them off, but soon enough they sent Hawk running head first into the cage wall! Hawk was in a bad way, as the Outlaws similarly sent Animal into the large frames of the cage. The Outlaws put the boots and teamed up to bloody Hawk, as Road Dogg and 'Mr Ass' talked trash to LOD further. The only way to win was by pinfall or submission, and despite the challengers' best efforts, LOD repeatedly refused to quit against their enemies. Animal soon fought back, and soon enough it was Animal that sent Gunn reeling right into the cage! It busted Gunn open, and Animal nearly flatlined Billy with a big clothesline! Hawk connected with a powerslam to Road Dogg, when Animal and Hawk looked at each other: signalling the Doomsday Device. The fans cheered as Hawk climbed up to the top rope; Animal having Road Dogg on his shoulders - when Hawk decided to go one step further: climbing up to the top of the steel cage! Hawk looked ready to jump, when Road Dogg got down - Jesse James low blowing Animal! Suddenly, Hawk decided to jump anyway, landing on Road Dogg, a bloody Billy Gunn, and his own partner! Greensboro were loving LOD, but Hawk seemed hurt. Down the aisleway ran X-Pac! X-Pac, who was unsuccessful earlier tonight in saving Triple H from losing the WWF European Champion, scaled the side of the cage - X-Pac climbing into the ring: just to get knocked down by a bloody Hawk! Animal got X-Pac up on his shoulders, when Hawk went up to the top rope, hitting the Doomsday Device on X-Pac - but with LOD's attention diverted, Billy Gunn came from behind, low blowing Animal! Gunn nailed Animal with a Fame Asser, covering - but Hawk broke it up! But Road Dogg was right there, and put the boots to Hawk as well. Finally Billy Gunn decided to pick Hawk up for a piledriver - something Hawk has been invincible against in the past - when Road Dogg decided to climb up to the top rope. And the Outlaws suddenly planted Hawk with the spike piledriver from the top! This time there was no getting up for Hawk, and the Outlaws both pinned Hawk, ensuring the victory.
Winners and NEW WWF Tag Team Champions: The New Age Outlaws (14:29)
The New Age Outlaws had done it, securing this night was not such a failure for D-Generation X. Battered and bloody, Billy Gunn was helped up by Road Dogg Jesse James - as the two men had just become two-time WWF Tag Team Champions by beating the legendary Legion of Doom. Hawk and Animal were down and out, having put up such an effort against the challengers - but in the end, with a little help from X-Pac, the Outlaws had brought the titles home. They helped X-Pac up to his feet, as the trio limped out of the ring and up the aisle - leaving LOD on their own, left recovering in the cage. They slowly got back up to their feet, as the Greensboro Coliseum gave LOD a standing ovation for their efforts. They had given it their all in this match, and only came up short arguably thanks to X-Pac tonight.
On the aisleway Tennessee Lee was on the mini-stage set up, Tennessee Lee telling the people of Greensboro that it was the moment everybody had been waiting for: it was time for the people of North Carolina to hear the stylings of 'Double J' and Soya Brown! The band Soya Brown began playing, as Jeff Jarrett came strutting out to the mini-stage. The NWA North American Heavyweight Champion began performing "With My Baby Tonight", which actually somewhat impressed the Greensboro crowd. Jarrett performed strongly, as did the country music band - but when it was all over, Jarrett thanked the Greensboro crowd for loving him - and strongly tried to compliment his abilities as the shining star of country music in 1998. But it was not meant to be, as Bradshaw suddenly came from behind, attacking 'Double J'! Jarrett had lost a six-man tag team bout earlier tonight when he ran away from Bradshaw, who was clearly wanting another piece of the NWA North American Heavyweight Champion! Bradshaw sent Jarrett reeling into the drum kit, before nailing Jarrett with a drumstick! Jarrett fled the scene with Tennessee Lee yelling at Bradshaw for ruining 'Double J's big moment!
Jim Rossand Jerry Lawler surveyed the ring, which had been equipped with the furnaces surrounding the ring aprons for the upcoming Inferno match. They talked about the Inferno match as being one where there was no pinfalls, no submissions, no disqualifications or count-outs: as if count-outs were possible. The Inferno match was a match that could only end when one Superstar set another on fire. Lawler talked about the furnaces allegedly reaching 300 degrees in temperature, and how this was scary to be around. 'The King' joked at J.R. to not sweat all over him. They swung to a video package between the two brothers of destruction - the Undertaker and Kane. After everything, from Paul Bearer accusing 'the Deadman' of being a murderer, to Kane's shocking debut at Badd Blood last October, to Kane locking the Undertaker in a casket and setting it alight at the Royal Rumble, to the showdown at WrestleMania which saw the Undertaker spam victorious - this rivalry was just heating up. Kane and Paul Bearer had goaded 'the Phenom' into the rematch: an Inferno match. Bearer wants Undertaker to feel the pain that Kane had faced for a large part of his life - and to make an example of this, Kane brought Undertaker's deceased parents into it: literally. Desecrating the grave site of their parents, Kane brought his parents' caskets to RAW is WAR, where he proceeded to turn the mind games against 'the Deadman': delivering a Chokeslam, crushing the remains of the Undertaker's own parents. And tonight, this rivalry will light it in the Inferno match.
6) Inferno Match The Undertaker vs Kane (w/Paul Bearer)
If the grudge matches thus far had been intense, there was nothing more intense than this match: the Inferno match. The flames were lit as soon as both brothers of destruction were stood in the ring, while Paul Bearer watched from afar outside of the ring, literally wiping the sweat on his forehead with his handkerchief. The flames were lit, and the arena were dark, and on the camera we could see the ripples in the atmosphere. The stage was set, and it was time for the revenge of one of these men: revenge for Kane after all of the suffering that he had endured leading up to this point. From the house fire supposedly caused by the Undertaker as a child, to the loss sustained back at WrestleMania, 'the Big Red Machine' had surely been longing to put 'the Deadman' through Hell: and tonight was his biggest shot at doing so, in the Inferno match. As for the Undertaker, it was about seeking further redemption on the man that set him on fire back at the Royal Rumble, when locked in the casket. And not just that, but several weeks ago on RAW is WAR where Kane and Paul Bearer actually went to the graves of the Undertaker and Kane's parents, and destroyed their sites - sledgehammering their tombstones and lighting the graves on fire. But on top of that, 'the Big Red Machine' had the audacity to dig their parents' caskets up, and bring them to the building two weeks ago, where he delivered a Chokeslam to his brother right on his parents' remains. The two went at it, with each blow causing the fire to heighten. Undertaker and Kane traded blows, each as devastating as the last, with Kane coming off the top rope with a flying clothesline; and the Undertaker climbing the ropes and connecting with the Old School! Both men struggled to place the other brother closer to the fire, just for the other to fight back with a right hand. The brawl continued, whilst Paul Bearer sweated profusely at ringside. He was defenseless, and could only watch: rooting for Kane. Soon enough Kane tried going for the Chokeslam, but Undertaker traded this with a chokehold of his own - but Kane was the stronger brother, backing Undertaker into the corner. 'The Deadman' fired back with rights of his own, then attempted the Tombstone Piledriver, and he drilled 'the Big Red Machine' hard! But Kane sat up, imitating his brother. Kane immediately grabbed Undertaker and finally Chokeslammed him, but Undertaker managed to sit up as well! 'The Deadman' and 'the Big Red Machine' slowly rose to their feet and went at it again, with this time the fight going up to the top, where Undertaker picked Kane up and dropped him with a gigantic superplex - setting the flames up high, reaching the top ropes of the ring! The match continued, with Kane charging Undertaker, but 'the Deadman' back dropped Kane out of it, sending him over the top rope - and over the flames to the floor! Out on the floor, Kane recovered, when Vader came running down the aisleway! 'The Mastodon' wanted revenge of his own after Kane took the big man out last Monday night on RAW, and the two brawled - when Undertaker came flying off the top rope, landing on both men - also managing to bypass the flames! The brawl continued, with Undertaker and Kane both continuing their fight around ringside where Paul Bearer tried pushing Undertaker into the flames - but Undertaker grabbed Paul by the throat! Kane was there to interrupt, but Undertaker punched him away, and Kane's hand went into the fire, setting his arm alight!
Winner: The Undertaker (16:21)
Kane was set on fire, his hand doused in flames! 'The Big Red Machine' was panicking at the fate having taken place again - Kane rushing up the aisleway, trying to put the fire out! Kane rushed to the back, whilst the Undertaker climbed back into the ring and bowed to the capacity Greensboro Coliseum - twenty-one thousand fans giving it up to 'the Deadman' as the flames continued to surround the ring. The rivalry between the two brothers of destruction may still continue, but 'the Deadman' was successful once again here tonight in Unforgiven, in the first ever Inferno match!
An advertisement aired, promoting the next time the World Wrestling Federation would be live on pay-per-view: at WWF Over the Edge: In Your House, on Sunday, May 31 emanating from the Milwaukee Arena in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Backstage Ken Shamrock was with Vince McMahon, as the Chairman told 'the World's Most Dangerous Man' that tonight he wanted Shamrock to not only take the World Wrestling Federation Championship from 'the Texas Rattlesnake', but to also break Austin's ankle! McMahon told Shamrock that he was the real 'Baddest Man on the Planet', not Austin: and he wanted him to prove it tonight. Shamrock was getting fired up, but calmly told the Chairman that tonight, he would end Austin's career just as it got started.
Jim Rossand Jerry Lawler were wiping the sweat from their heads after the hellacious Inferno match that just took place, as they began to talk about the main event: the World Wrestling Federation Championship at stake tonight between Stone Cold Steve Austin and Ken Shamrock. A video package aired, reviewing 'the Texas Rattlesnake' being crowned as the WWF Champion by beating Shawn Michaels at WrestleMania. Austin was here to ring in a new era of the World Wrestling Federation with his fiery Attitude - but one man took exception, Vince McMahon. The Chairman tried to change Austin's ways, having him arrested for attacking him. He challenged Austin to a match, where Austin would fight the boss with one arm tied behind his back - but it was a set up all along. The Chairman was a master manipulator, and after previously suspending the uncaged Ken Shamrock for repeatedly assaulting officials, he had 'the World's Most Dangerous Man' attack him. Ken Shamrock was now the boss's pick for a more company champion, almost a hired gun. And Shamrock had done everything McMahon had asked of him: targeting the ankle and making Austin suffer with the Ankle Lock. And tonight, against these odds, the question was whether Austin could get it done: could Austin beat 'the World's Most Dangerous Man'? Who was the real baddest man in the World Wrestling Federation?
Back live, Vince McMahon made his way out to the ring to loud boos, the Chairman of the World Wrestling Federation having not been so popular as of late, thanks to being opposed to the rapidly popular 'Texas Rattlesnake', WWF Champion Stone Cold Steve Austin. McMahon got into the ring and with a microphone in hand announced to the Greensboro Coliseum that tonight we would see the end of Stone Cold's controversial reign as WWF Champion. The crowd booed, as Vince talked about Stone Cold not being the WWF Superstar he hoped to lead the World Wrestling Federation into the new millenium, in fact calling Austin the one WWF Champion that had acted with such misconduct, possibly of all time. He said that the difference between Austin and champions of the past was that Austin was ruthless, he was untamed, and he didn't know how to conduct himself in a professional conduct! McMahon explained that you couldn't assault your boss, that you couldn't talk to sponsors like they were your "boozin' buddy". Not to mention that Austin surely recalls the last time a WWF Champion said "no" to the boss - he screwed them, and he screwed them good! McMahon told Austin not to push him tonight, because if he did: he would face the same fate! McMahon then told the people of Greensboro to give it up for the challenger, and the man he is sure would represent this company better than Stone Cold, maybe than anybody ever - 'the World's Most Dangerous Man' Ken Shamrock! Shamrock received loud boos from the capacity crowd, but Shamrock didn't look phased one bit. He climbed into the ring and shook hands with the Chairman - surely citing McMahon's association with the challenger. Shamrock looked mentally prepared for his opponent's arrival: and the glass shattered, bringing Stone Cold Steve Austin stomping out to the ring, the WWF Champion not wasting any time in climbing into the ring and getting up to the second rope and saluting the twenty-one thousand fans in attendance!
7) WWF Championship Stone Cold Steve Austin (c) vs Ken Shamrock (w/Vince McMahon)
'The Texas Rattlesnake' wasn't just getting in the ring with a world class talent like Ken Shamrock, but he was getting in the ring tonight with an Ultimate Fighting Champion as well: it was thirteen months ago when 'the World's Most Dangerous Man' made his way into the World Wrestling Federation, watching as Stone Cold Steve Austin fought Bret Hart in the Submission match at WrestleMania 13. And ever since then, Ken Shamrock has been waiting for a stage such as this: to compete for the World Wrestling Federation Champion. But Shamrock wasn't only doing this for himself, he was doing it for the boss, Mr McMahon. Vince McMahon took a seat by the timekeeper for this match, intent on crowning a new WWF Champion. This was Vince's vendetta against Stone Cold, and after some thought Shamrock had been reprimanded for laying his hands on officials in the past few months, Shamrock was now uncaged, and he was ready to not only take Austin's WWF Championship that he worked so hard to get - but he wanted to end Austin's reign by breaking his ankle, and taking him out of the World Wrestling Federation. Austin and Shamrock squared off, when Austin wanted to get into a brawl with Shamrock - but the challenger, a gifted submission specialist, immediately took Austin down and grappled him to the canvas. Shamrock on the mat worked over Austin, and despite Austin being a skilled technician in his own right, Austin could not contend with Shamrock's abilities. Ken was aggressive, but Austin knew how to combat that, and that is by brawling with 'the World's Most Dangerous Man'. 'The Texas Rattlesnake' fought back, and sent Shamrock sailing from the ring - where Austin followed him, and the two engaged in a brawl on the floor, right by the feet of the Chairman. Austin at one point sent Shamrock reeling into the ring post, then stopped and glared at McMahon: delivering two middle fingers at the boss's discretion! But Austin took his eyes off the ball for one second, and Shamrock came fighting right back. Shamrock delivered a belly-to-belly suplex to Austin right on top of the announce table; Austin bouncing right off it and almost landing on Jim Ross and Jerry Lawler! Austin was down, and Shamrock began taking liberties with Austin. He dragged the WWF Champion back into the ring and went right at it with the submissions, now picking apart at 'the Texas Rattlesnake'. The Texan was in trouble, as Shamrock applied a tight armbar on Austin: but Austin was a skilled ten year veteran - rolling out of it and fighting free. But Shamrock immediately took Austin down and looked for that Ankle Lock: and Austin did not want to go there, kicking Shamrock off! Stone Cold tried to make a comeback, delivering the Lou Thesz press and raining right hands down on 'the World's Most Dangerous Man'! Austin came off the ropes and dropped the elbow, when Stone Cold looked to get Shamrock up for the Stunner: but Shamrock caught the foot, and locked in the Ankle Lock! Austin desperately tried to break loose, but Shamrock had it locked in tight, refusing to let go! Austin rived in pain, reaching for the ropes - but Shamrock pulled him back into the centre! McMahon was on the edge of his seat, demanding Shamrock snap the ankle! Austin was in a world of pain, as Shamrock twisted and wrenched on the hold, but Austin rolled over and kicked Shamrock off; just for Shamrock to keep the hold applied, but on the mat now! Shamrock was three taps on the mat away from becoming WWF Champion and fulfilling McMahon's self-fulfilling prophecy - but Austin barely managed to grab the ropes! Shamrock was getting angrier and angrier as he refused to break the hold - but McMahon got up and reminded Ken that he couldn't get himself disqualified. Still, Ken was on the warpath, as he argued with the referee, then went back to Austin, who picked him up and stun-gunned him right across the top rope! Austin looked for the Stunner again, but Shamrock spun him around and delivered the belly-to-belly suplex for a near fall! In disbelief, Ken looked to go for the Ankle Lock again, but Austin sent him sailing right into the referee, taking him down and out! Both men recovered, when Vince McMahon got up from his chair and slid into the ring! McMahon went swinging for Austin, but Austin turned around and caught the Chairman with a thunderous Stunner! Austin limped back to his feet and grabbed the steel chair, targeting Shamrock just for Ken to trip him up and lock in the Ankle Lock again! Austin struggled, and the referee was down! 'The Texas Rattlesnake' had never willingly given up before, but he looked to right now - when Austin sent Shamrock flying through the ropes to the floor! Limping out of the ring, Austin continued to fight Shamrock, who was by the timekeeper. What Austin didn't know was that Shamrock had a chair, but Austin telegraphed it and moved out of the way - bashing the Chairman across the skull with a steel chair shot! Shamrock was in shock, when Austin brought the fight back to Shamrock! In the ring Shamrock looked for a German suplex, but Austin kicked free, and delivered the Stunner, covering Shamrock for the win!
Winner and STILL WWF Champion: Stone Cold Steve Austin (22:19)
Vince McMahon laid prone and unconscious on the floor, the recipient of Ken Shamrock's steel chair shot gone awry - as Stone Cold Steve Austin limped up to his feet in victory! 'The Texas Rattlesnake' had done it, making his first defense of the World Wrestling Federation Championship. The crowd were on their feet in Greensboro, as Austin's hand was raised. Austin took the WWF Championship and held it high over Ken Shamrock - who had given Austin a hell of a fight - and Mr McMahon! The Chairman was down and out and for sure there was hell to pay for both Austin and Shamrock tomorrow night on RAW is WAR - but right now, Austin was victorious, standing tall as Unforgiven: In Your House went off the air!
WWF OVER THE EDGE: IN YOUR HOUSE - May 31, 1998 Milwaukee, Wisconsin - Milwaukee Arena
The World Wrestling Federation presents... RAW is WAR - April 27, 1998 Hampton, Virginia - Hampton Coliseum Live on the USA Network
Monday Night RAW went on the air with the unfamiliar sight of members of D-Generation X outside of the Hampton Coliseum! Earlier today, the troops of the so-called "DX Army" were dressed in camouflage with military weapons. All wearing army hats, Triple H led X-Pac, the New Age Outlaws and Chyna in a speech. Helmsley declared that D-Generation X were expanding! He declared that tonight, WCW Nitro takes place down the road in Norfolk, Virginia - and they are going to invade WCW! Helmsley mocked Ted Turner's southern accent, and said that tonight, they were headed "down south"! The war was on, apparently, as Helmsley ordered the troops to get on the tank behind them - and with that, DX rode away from the Hampton Coliseum!
A video package aired, reviewing the events of last night's chaotic Unforgiven: In Your House, where Stone Cold Steve Austin managed to beat the odds and beat Ken Shamrock to retain the WWF Championship - although the concern laid with 'the World's Most Dangerous Man', who accidentally clocked the Chairman Vince McMahon with a steel chair. The boss was sure to be in a foul mood, and out to punish both Austin and Shamrock for what they did!
The opening video package for RAW aired, and we went live to the Hampton Coliseum in Virginia for RAW is WAR, one night after Unforgiven! Pyrotechnics went off, as Jim Ross and Michael Cole welcomed us to the show, addressing the warning shots fired by D-Generation X at the top of the show. But also tonight, J.R. talked about the NWA North American Heavyweight Championship being on the line when Jeff Jarrett defends against Bradshaw!
1) The Nation (D-Lo Brown & Mark Henry) (w/Kama) def. The Legion of Doom (Hawk & Animal) in 4:36 after the big splash by Henry on Animal. Less than twenty-four hours after losing the WWF Tag Team Championships to the New Age Outlaws in a brutal steel-cage match at Unforgiven, the Legion of Doom were banged up but all fired up - seeking redemption tonight against a group that had a very good night last night, in the Nation. The Rock joined commentary to talk about how the Nation was the hottest faction going in the World Wrestling Federation today, full of himself moreso than usual, after defeating Faarooq to retain the WWF Intercontinental Championship last night on pay-per-view. LOD took advantage of D-Lo, with their tag team expertise roughing up the young upstart - but Mark Henry soon took advantage of the bandaged ribs of Animal. 'The World's Strongest Man' had the bear hug applied, Animal in trouble - but he broke out and made the tag. Hawk ran wild on the Nation, but was unable to knock Henry off of his feet. Thankfully LOD teamed up with a double shoulder block, finally taking Mark Henry down. Animal got D-Lo up for the Doomsday Device - but Kama got on the apron, crotching Hawk! Meanwhile in the ring, Mark Henry jumped Animal, scoring a big win tonight for the Nation!
In what is arguably one of the Nation's biggest win to date, Kama had just assisted Mark Henry and D-Lo Brown in scoring the win against former WWF Tag Team Champions the Legion of Doom tonight on RAW! Hawk was irate, but D-Lo Brown and Kama teamed up, putting the boots to LOD - who had to be less than one-hundred percent after the gruelling steel cage showdown last night! The Rock left commentary to get into the ring with his boys - as the WWF Intercontinental Champion graced the microphone, telling the crowd that finally the Rock had returned to Hampton. He received more boos, but the Nation seemed to not care less, standing tall!
More footage from earlier today aired, showing D-Generation X walking the streets of Virginia, Triple H still parading with his megaphone in hand - whilst 'Bad Ass' Billy Gunn visibly paraded around with a bazooka between his legs! Helmsley asked people on the street whether they loved DX or not, to an astounding applause!
An advertisement aired, promoting the encore presentation of Unforgiven: In Your House, tomorrow night on pay-per-view. In more footage from earlier today, D-Generation X introduced a young lady they found on the street, as Triple H asked the lady about who was better: the World Wrestling Federation or WCW? The young lady revelled that the WWF was better, when Helmsley added, asking the young lady who she preferred to see, D-Generation X or the New World Order. DX were asking the hard-hitting questions, and the young lady responded telling him that she loved DX - to another big ovation. Popular in Virginia, but Jim Ross and Michael Cole continued to talk about how unpopular their antics were in the eyes of management.
Back live in Hampton, Ken Shamrock made his way down the rampway to boos from the capacity crowd - 'the World's Most Dangerous Man' surely proving how dangerous he can be after last night, where he took the World Wrestling Federation Champion Stone Cold Steve Austin to the limit - and in the midst of it all, accidentally took Vince McMahon's head off with a steel chair shot! Shamrock got into the ring, while the announcers speculated about the rumors buzzing backstage tonight about whether Shamrock would be suspended again, or even fired for what he did to the Chairman at Unforgiven. In the ring, Shamrock took the microphone as he took a moment to apologize to the best boss he's ever worked for, Vince McMahon. 'The World's Most Dangerous Man' talked about how he knows McMahon is mad, and hurting after the chair shot he delivered to the boss last night - but he wanted Vince to know that it was Austin that made him do it! Shamrock called Stone Cold a coward, and he proved it last night when he kicked his ass all over Greensboro. He said that Austin can call himself the baddest son of the b*tch in the World Wrestling Federation - but that last night, 'the World's Most Dangerous Man' made Austin his b*tch! Shamrock got fired up, as he declared that he wanted Austin one more time, for the WWF Championship - and he would make Vince McMahon proud, when he breaks Austin's ankle and takes the WWF Championship! Shamrock dropped the mic and left the ring in a hurry, Shamrock's intentions clear - but would Vince McMahon accept his handpicked contender's apology? And what will Austin make of all of this when he arrives?
D-Generation X were now congregating outside of the Scope in Norfolk, Virginia - the site tonight of WCW Nitro. Triple H had his megaphone with X-Pac standing beside him on the tank - 'the Ninth Wonder of the World' Chyna stood beside the two with a big grimace on her face. Triple H declared that they were here to speak to their good friends, Kevin Nash and Scott Hall - Helmsley talking about how Atlanta had taken their friends hostage! X-Pac took over, demanding that they release their friends - what the hell was going on! A vignette aired, promoting the debut of Edge. This week, 'the Lost Soul' was an eerie figure in the distance. Sat on a street corner, the mysterious blonde appeared paranoid of the world, looking all around him. The female voice that has been a staple in recent weeks could be heard repeating the words: "You'll never know me". Edge is coming soon to the World Wrestling Federation.
In the ring, Tennessee Lee was standing introducing the real most valuable player coming out of Unforgiven last night - the NWA North American Heavyweight Champion Jeff Jarrett! 'Double J' strutted down the rampway, and despite what occurred last night with both having to compete in a six-man tag team match, as well as having his live music performance of "With My Baby Tonight" being ruined by a rampant Bradshaw, Jarrett was as cocky as ever. 'Double J' declared that what Bradshaw did was real cute last night, but that no matter what that ugly Texan did - he was infinitely a bigger star! 'Double J' said that since last night his stock has risen to new heights - but with that comes more responsibility. 'Double J' said to ensure that this doesn't happen ever again: he has hired some security. 'Double J' then introduced Southern Justice - out coming the former Henry and Phineas Godwinn!
2) NWA North American Heavyweight Championship: Jeff Jarrett (w/Tennessee Lee & Southern Justice) (c) def. Bradshaw in 3:28 after an inverted Russian legsweep. Bradshaw has been gunning for this opportunity for several weeks - one of the original eight participants in the tournament to crown a new NWA North American Heavyweight Championship earlier in the year, Bradshaw has had his eye on 'Double J' for some time. The NWA North American Heavyweight Champion cowered away behind his newly enforced muscle - the former Godwinns. Now identified as Mark Canterbury and Dennis Knight, the newly branded Southern Justice' made things difficult for the Texan, and it allowed Jarrett to gain control for a period of time. 'Double J' went to work on the braced leg of Bradshaw, who came back swinging - but when Bradshaw powered out of the Figure-Four Leglock, Tennessee Lee hopped on the apron allowing Southern Justice to hit the ring: and they dropped Bradshaw with a double DDT! Jarrett followed up, scoring the win with the legsweep!
Jeff Jarrett got up to his feet and celebrated big-time, another successful defense of the NWA North American Heavyweight Championship made by 'Double J'! Jarrett strutted in the ring, as Tennessee Lee applauded him - Southern Justice standing cool and tall in cowboy hats and sunglasses. 'Double J' then began to stomp on Bradshaw, as Southern Justice joined in - the fame certainly going to Jarrett's head as Bradshaw was defenseless! But all of a sudden Droz came jogging down to the ring, here to make the save for the man that came to his aid last week on RAW - but Droz got laid out by the trio! Southern Justice dropped 'Puke' with a double DDT, and the NWA North American Heavyweight Champion strutted the consortium out of the ring to loud boos from the Hampton crowd!
Meanwhile backstage, business was about to pick up - as the Chairman Vince McMahon had arrived at the Hampton Coliseum! McMahon was seen entering the building with Pat Pattersonand Gerald Brisco: the boss arriving late tonight and on his way to the ring to address Ken Shamrock and Stone Cold Steve Austin! D-Generation X were now on a ramp leading down to the Scope in Norfolk, where there were a sea of security guards denying the DX Army access to the building where WCW Nitro was being held, just miles away from Hampton where RAW is WAR is taking place tonight. Triple H, X-Pac and Chyna manned the tank, where Helmsley yelled into his megaphone, demanding to speak to their friends Kevin Nash and Scott Hall! The commotion had attracted several younger fans to the scene, who were all screaming for DX. Helmsley drove the tank down the ramp whilst Billy Gunn and Road Dogg walked in front of it - but the security had the shutters closed, denying D-Generation X entry to the building! The New Age Outlaws banged on the shutters, whilst Helmsley led a chant for freedom of Nash and Hall! DX were attempting to invade the competition!
Back live in Hampton Coliseum, Vince McMahon made his way down to the ring, bringing loud boos to the Chairman of the World Wrestling Federation. McMahon climbed into the ring, the Chairman clearly holding his head at moments - as the boss graced the microphone to address what happened to him last night at Unforgiven. McMahon began, stating that last night was supposed to be the turning of a new leaf, a new beginning - and when the smoke cleared, all that happened was a travesty, a tragedy, and the worst coming to realization: the fact that Stone Cold Steve Austin is still World Wrestling Federation Champion! McMahon said that 'the Texas Rattlesnake' defied him, and to his credit he overcame all of the odds - but what the World Wrestling Federation needs more than ever before: is a new WWF Champion...and clearly Ken Shamrock was not the man for the job! McMahon said that 'the World's Most Dangerous Man' knocked him out cold last night with a steel chair, and because of that incident he has suffered a mild concussion! As a result, he has listened to what Mr. Shamrock said earlier tonight - and while he may show tenacity, the toughness, and the capability to one day become WWF Champion - he must be punished for laying his hands on the boss last night! McMahon declared that as a result, Shamrock's punishment tonight would be to go one-on-one with none other than the Undertaker! The announcement got a big ovation from Hampton, as McMahon thanked the crowd for their time! Vince was leaving, his intentions of taking Stone Cold Steve Austin down still clear - but by punishing Shamrock, putting him in a match against 'the Deadman'?
Kevin Kelly was backstage with Ken Shamrock moments after the announcement was made, wanting to collect 'the World's Most Dangerous Man's thoughts - but Shamrock told Cole that it wasn't meant to happen like this! Shamrock grabbed Kelly by the collar and said that he shouldn't be punished, he apologized! Shamrock was freaking out, and he told Kevin Kelly that he was going to go find Vince McMahon! Back on RAW, Ken Shamrock was seen storming the backstage corridor, occupied by many backstage personnel and management workers. 'The World's Most Dangerous Man' spotted the Chairman Vince McMahontalking with Commissioner Slaughter and two other suits, where Shamrock interrupted. Vince asked Ken what the problem was, to which Shamrock told McMahon that he wanted Stone Cold Steve Austin, and that he shouldn't have to fight the Undertaker tonight! McMahon told Shamrock that he had to punish him somehow - he gave him a concussion for god's sake! Vince then managed to calm Shamrock down, putting his arm around him - telling 'the World's Most Dangerous Man' that if he was able to get by the Undertaker tonight, if he was able to beat 'the Deadman': then they'd be even, and that meant Shamrock could get his rematch with 'the Texas Rattlesnake'. Shamrock told McMahon that he wouldn't let him down, stomping away.
In the ring Jerry Lawler was making his way down to the ring, 'the King' leading one of the newly formed tag teams Too Much to the ring - Scott Taylor and Brian Christopher, who had not had a great deal of success in tag team action in recent weeks. 'The King' got on the microphone, talking about underrated Superstars. He said that we are looking at the definition of an underrated tag team right here, because Scott Taylor and Brian Christopher were Too Much for the World Wrestling Federation to handle! 'The King' laughed, as Christopher joined in, telling the Headbangers that tonight they were going to get their heads banged! The crowd booed the bad jokes, as the Headbangers made their way out to the ring for tag team action!
3) The Headbangers (Mosh & Thrasher) def. Too Much (Scott Taylor & Brian Christopher) (w/Jerry Lawler) in 4:21 after the Stage Dive on Taylor. With 'the King' set to join Jim Ross and Michael Cole on the War Zone in the second hour, Jerry Lawler was keeping himself busy in trying to get more notoriety around his "protegé" Brian Christopher, and his ally Scott Taylor. Too Much tried to pick apart at Mosh and Thrasher, who had certainly been on a hot streak as of late, picking up the win in six-man tag team action last night at Unforgiven. Taylor and Christopher got too obnoxious and hugged it out, which led to their downfall, as Mosh got the tag to Thrasher who ran wild on both men, and the Headbangers would seal the deal, much to the dismay of 'the King' at ringside, picking up the win with the Stage Dive!
The Headbangers celebrated their win to the applause of the Hamption, Virginia crowd - Mosh and Thrasher once again successful, and surely growing nearer to another shot at the WWF Tag Team Championships. Jerry Lawler looked disappointed and tried to aid Too Much in the ring. But suddenly a man with dirty blonde hair hit the ring, wielding a mannequin head! This fan hit the ring, and levelled Brian Christopher with the head, then nailed 'the King' as well for good measure! The man starting waving the mannequin head around above his head, while the crowd appeared familiar with the man, chanting "Head"! The announcer revelled at the appearance of this man, identifying him as Al Snow, formerly known as Leif Cassidy here in the WWF several years ago! Commissioner Slaughter came stomping down the rampway with security, who circled Snow - but Al wisely left the ring and ran off through the crowd - all the while Slaughter sent the security in hot pursuit! Back live on RAW, it turned out that during the commercial break the security squad had caught up with Al Snow, who was being forcibly exited from the Hampton Coliseum tonight by Commissioner Slaughter! Two guards held Snow up, while another two held his mannequin head. Snow begged Slaughter not to throw him out, that he had no other place to go. Slaughter told Snow that he did this to himself! The security guards tossed Snow's head out on the street, followed by Snow - as Slaughter told Snow not to come back to a WWF event!
In the arena, D-Generation X made their way out to the rampway to a hugely positive response! Triple H, Chyna and X-Pac were back in Hampton for RAW, after an unsuccessful attempt at invading WCW! Dressed in camouflage, the infamous faction made their way down to the ring, Helmsley not having a great night last night at Unforgiven in losing the WWF European Championship to Owen Hart. X-Pac took the microphone, hyping up the Hampton Coliseum. He did a survey, asking the Virginian fans who they loved more: D-Generation X, or WCW - and the fans were very pro-DX here tonight live. Triple H took the helm of the microphone, as he took his turn in asking the fans if they were ready. Helmsley did the Michael Buffer-esque ring introduction, getting the fans ready to suck it - before the New Age Outlaws made their way out to the arena, the new WWF Tag Team Champions driving mopeds! Billy Gunn and Road Dogg had successfully regained their titles beating the Legion of Doom in a brutal steel cage match - with some help from X-Pac - last night at Unforgiven! The Outlaws however were here to compete against some familiar foes: as before Road Dogg Jesse James could even get on the mic, the Disciples of the Apocalypse's theme hit, bringing out Skull, 8-Ball and Chainz!
4) Non-Title: The New Age Outlaws (Billy Gunn & Road Dogg) (w/Triple H, Chyna & X-Pac) (c) def. The Disciples of the Apocalypse (Skull & 8-Ball) (w/Chainz) in 2:56 after the Pedigree from Helmsley on 8-Ball. The DOA had some business to attend to with D-Generation X, as last week on RAW is WAR they had their motorcycles urinated on by the DX members. The DOA then tried to combat DX in six-man tag team competition, but DX were able to come out on top. But Skull and 8-Ball weren't done, and a win tonight against the new WWF Tag Team Champions would surely propel them to a future shot at the titles. Billy Gunn and Road Dogg tried to cut Skull down to size, but the DOA were too powerful for them to be contained. At one point during the match the Outlaws turned their back to Skull, who switched places with 8-Ball - who proceeded to run wild on the Outlaws, much to the outrage of DX! But unfortunately the illegal switching of the two twins was matched by the numbers advantage in favor of D-Generation X - as X-Pac distracted the referee by jumping Chainz on the floor, allowing Helmsley to slip in and drop 8-Ball with the Pedigree, granting the Outlaws victory!
The New Age Outlaws had had a great twenty-four hours, Billy Gunn and Road Dogg becoming two-time WWF Tag Team Champions last night beating the Legion of Doom - but on top of that, tonight they had managed to put away the Disciples of the Apocalypse: and they had their D-Generation X buddies to thank for all of that! At ringside X-Pac was aided in the brawl with Chainz by Chyna, who knocked Chainz down with a big right hand! 'The Ninth Wonder of the World' allowed X-Pac to mount and continue the attack on Chainz, whilst in the ring, 'Bad Ass' Billy Gunn dropped Skull with the Fame-Asser! D-Generation X all stood tall, with Triple H leading the DX Army tall in the ring - but what DX didn't realize was the Rock on the rampway, the WWF Intercontinental Champion applauding D-Generation X! Rock got all of DX's attention as the crowd booed - when from behind came D-Lo Brown, Mark Henryand Kama, attacking Helmsley and the Outlaws! The Rock climbed into the ring and dropped Helmsley with the Rock Bottom, as the Nation all stood tall over DX! It appeared that Rock's claims that the Nation were the hottest faction going in the World Wrestling Federation today was all a part of the plan, as the Nation left DX hurting in the ring, leaving X-Pac and Chyna to attend to the fallen troops! There was sure to be hell to pay for the Nation after this. Back live on the War Zone, a replay aired showing what had just gone down, where D-Generation X appeared to be on top of the world, receiving the adulation and cheers of the Hampton Coliseum crowd, whilst beating down the members of the Disciples of the Apocalypse - when the Nation struck, and the Rock led D-Lo Brown, Kama and Mark Henry standing tall over a fallen Triple H and the New Age Outlaws! Backstage Kevin Kellyattempted to catch a word with the Nation, who were departing the building. 'The World's Strongest Man' offered no comment, whilst Kama ignored Kelly. D-Lo Brown meanwhile told Kevin that maybe now DX would recognize, whilst The Rock simply adjusted his sunglasses, looked down at Kevin and told him that he better back the hell away from The Rock's Nation. The WWF Intercontinental Champion led the Nation out of the building, perhaps just in time as D-Generation X were surely after the Nation after that savage attack!
In the Hampton Coliseum the Artist Formerly Known As Goldust was stood in the ring dressed in his Goldust attire, standing beside Luna, who the crowd whistled at after she was left humiliated and naked underneath the ring at Unforgiven against Sable. Goldust told the crowd to pipe down, because he had something he had to say. He said that for the past few months, he had completely given up on humanity - and so he decided to mock everything and everybody around him, with no regard for his own dignity. Goldust declared that that all turns around tonight, because he is still Forever Unchained - but one thing sure as hell still matters to him, and that's the girl by his side, Luna! Goldust said that he saw a different side of Luna last night, one that he liked - if you knew what he meant - and that together tonight, they would take the WWF European Championship away from Owen Hart! Goldust warned the fans that they would remember the name of Goldust, when 'the Black Hart' made his way out to the ring for title competition!
5) WWF European Championship: Owen Hart (c) def. Goldust (w/Luna) in 4:47 after the Sharpshooter. Goldust had once again rechristened himself as his alter ego tonight, and dedicated himself to his supposed partner in crime, Luna, who appeared extremely smitten and happy at ringside. It was strange, as the crowd continued to harass Luna after she was humiliated by Sable last night at Unforgiven - but obviously that did wonders for the bizarre couple. Meanwhile, 'the Black Hart' wanted to prove himself to be a fighting champion, only twenty-four hours after winning the WWF European Championship against Triple H - and Goldust was sure giving him a fight in the early stages of this match. Goldust tried to take shortcuts, but soon took to targeting the neck of the champion. But the Canadian was in for a fight, and managed to take Goldust down with an enzuigiri. Luna tried to get involved, just to get put in the Sharpshooter by 'the Black Hart'! Luna was trapped, when Goldust came from behind, looking for the Curtain Call: but Owen got out of it, and made Goldust tap to the Sharpshooter as well!
Owen Hart was successful in his first defense of the WWF Intercontinental Championship tonight on the War Zone, whilst Goldust rolled out of the ring into the waiting arms of Luna! Luna screamed at 'the Black Hart', before kissing 'the Bizarre One' to revive him. Goldust and Luna left the ring losers, but they seemed happy as Goldust walked her out with his hand on her ass.
Backstage Bradshaw was receiving medical attention after the attack from Jeff Jarrett and Southern Justice in his NWA North American Heavyweight Championship bout earlier tonight - Bradshaw telling Droz, who was sat beside him on the bench, that 'Double J' and the Godwinns would get theirs. He slapped Droz on the back, who proceeded to puke all over the floor! The trainer came in and was in complete disgust, causing Bradshaw to get up and order the trainer to clean up this mess! The Texan laughed, slapping 'Puke' on the back, leaving the office. What did they have planned for Southern Justice? Would Droz ever live down his nickname as 'Puke'? Back live on the War Zone one night after Unforgiven, things were heating up as the lights went out and out came Kane and Paul Bearer! 'The Big Red Machine' had his arm bandaged, Kane being the recipient of a death-defying Inferno match last night at Unforgiven, against his older brother of destruction the Undertaker - in a match that would certainly be one of the most talked about matches in sports entertainment history. Paul Bearer looked devastated at the burns 'the Big Red Machine' endured last night at Unforgiven, as he got on the microphone and immediately began to cry out to the Undertaker, telling 'the Deadman' that last night he went too far! Bearer continued, explaining that it was meant to be Kane's vengeance, for the years of suffering, the years of pain and frustration that he had to endure, all because of the Undertaker! Paul asked when it would end, begging 'the Phenom' for a truce after everything! Paul continued, practically bellowing that he couldn't take much more! Paul elaborated that last night, it was a battle between Heaven and Hell, and Kane was scorned - and all Paul could recall was the horrible flashbacks of yesteryear. The horrible sight of a three year old boy, covered in head to toe in burns, burns from the flames caused by the Undertaker. Paul asked the parents in the audience a question: if they ever had to witness their own flesh and blood burned, and scarred for an eternity? Because he had! Jim Ross and Jerry Lawler both gasped, as Bearer finally revealed that Kane is his own son! Bearer left the ring with 'the Big Red Machine', but the shocking revelation that Bearer was the father of Kane had the audience buzzing. 'The King' exclaimed, in disbelief that this would mean that Paul Bearer had slept with the Undertaker's own mother!
Backstage, Michael Cole entered the dressing room of D-Generation X, where Triple H, Chyna and the New Age Outlaws were sat recovering from the attack they received from the Nation of all people. Road Dogg told Cole to get lost, that he can't just walk into their dressing room. 'Bad Ass' Billy Gunn said the same, but Triple H called Cole over for comment. The former WWF European Champion told Michael that DX made an impact tonight, but that now the Nation wants to walk into their house and try and get themselves over as the hottest faction in the business today - they've got another thing coming! Helmsley told Rock and his boys to run with their tails between their legs, because next week D-Generation X were gonna kick their asses. We were back on the War Zone, as a replay aired reviewing the sight of Paul Bearer finally divulging that he was the father of 'the Big Red Machine' Kane all along. Jim Ross and Jerry Lawler speculated what this meant for their relationship with the Undertaker, and what must be going through 'the Deadman's mind with the revelation that Paul Bearer had to have slept with the Undertaker's mom! J.R. promised that they would get to hear from the Undertaker ahead of his match with Ken Shamrock, in the main event of War Zone tonight.
In the ring, the Rock 'n' Roll Express stood, set for tag team action tonight - one night after Ricky Morton and Robert Gibson once again were on the losing side in the World Wrestling Federation's tag team ranks. Not only that, but they had abandoned Jim Cornette, their longtime rival having been something of an ally to them since returning to the WWF last month. They awaited for their opponents, when Jim Cornette made his way out to the rampway, telling the Rock 'n' Roll Express that he knew he shouldn't have dragged the vermin back into the fold! Cornette called Morton and Gibson losers, and disappointments - and he was foolish for thinking he could change them! Jim however had a plan, and told the Rock 'n' Roll Express not to worry, because tonight was a special night. Cornette proudly announced that he had acquired the services of a new tag team, introducing Bob Hollyand Bart Gunnas the Mid-South Connection!
6) The Mid-South Connection (Bob Holly & Bart Gunn) (w/Jim Cornette) def. The Rock 'n' Roll Express (Ricky Morton & Robert Gibson) in 4:19 after the Rocket Launcher on Gibson. The Rock 'n' Roll Express were on a losing streak that started shortly after they made their return to the World Wrestling Federation last month, but with Ricky Morton and Robert Gibson having dropkicked Jim Cornette out of their corner last night at Unforgiven, perhaps this was the time for the legendary tag team to live out their renaissance period on a high note. Unfortunately, Cornette's new tag team of Bob Holly and Bart Gunn had amounted to a lot of success since forming their tag team, with wins on RAW is WAR and Shotgun Saturday Night - and with Cornette in their corner, they were able to have a one-up on Cornette's longtime rivals. Morton and Gibson did manage to catch Holly off-guard with a series of armdrags and a dropkick - but late in the match Cornette got on the apron and crotched Gibson off of the top rope when he was attempted a high risk manoeuvre, allowing the newly-branded Mid-South Connection their first win with Cornette as their manager!
The crowd booed, as Jim Cornette hugged Bob Holly and Bart Gunn in joy - the Mid-South Connection seeing their first win under the tutelage of the legendary manager! Ricky Morton quickly hit the ring and ran the Connection off, attending to his partner Robert Gibson - but despite this, Holly and Gunn's stocks had just gone up with the addition of James E. Cornette in their corner!
Val Venis was seen in a car, 'the Big Valbowski' telling the ladies of the World Wrestling Federation that this beast could not wait to be unleashed, and for his package to be opened for the ladies to enjoy and fall in love with. 'The Big Valbowski' said that he couldn't wait to blow his load, and when he comes - it would be like nothing the ladies had ever seen before. Venis then looked over, asking somebody if they were ready. Suddenly a woman came up from the bottom of the frame, looking up at Venis. She said that she was ready for Val Venis to come to the World Wrestling Federation. 'The Big Valbowski' will make his RAW debut next week. As we returned to the War Zone, Marc Mero's theme music was playing, and 'the Marvelous One' was wasting no time in walking down to the ring, where Mero took a microphone. 'Marvelous' Marc Mero had been on shaky grounds with his girlfriend Sable on-and-off for some time, but after Sable's Rip 'Em Off match with Luna last night, afraid that his girlfriend would be exposed to the world, Mero covered Sable in a towel much to the blonde bombshell's dismay - and surely an argument followed. Marc asked the crowd if they were wanted to see Sable, which got a big ovation from the capacity crowd in Hampton! Mero shouted that he wanted to see her too, ordering his girlfriend to get out here! Mero waited, and Sable complied, receiving a huge response. Sable, who was stripped to her bra and panties and yet walked out on top after beating Luna in the Rip 'Em Off match had a huge smile on her face, as she climbed into the ring. Mero told Sable to wipe the smile off of her face. Mero told Sable that he called her out here tonight to ask her about what she thought she was doing in a man's world. The crowd booed, but Mero explained that this is the World Wrestling Federation, and Sable is meant to be her manager! Mero said that last night when Sable was ripped from her clothes and left standing in her bra and panties - he was embarrassed, and he was embarrassed not for Sable - but for himself! Sable wanted to know what had gotten into him, to which Marc told his girlfriend that she has been taking 'the Marvelous One's spotlight! These people should be here to see him, not Sable! Sable told Marc that this was her life, and her career - and for the record she liked the world seeing her in bra and panties!
'Marvelous' Marc Mero told Sable that he didn't, because he should have been in a big, high profile main event match like he deserves! Sable told Marc not to be so jealous because she was overshadowing him, to which Marc told Sable that it should be the other way around. And suddenly, Mero told Sable that there was only one way to end this: suddenly telling Sable that everything they had together - it was done! The crowd booed Hampton heavily, whilst Sable responded telling Mero fine! Sable wished Marc good luck in the World Wrestling Federation, because while he's out here wrestling on RAW is WAR, the crowd will be wanting to see Sable - but they're gonna have to wait until Sable shows her face: and when they see her face, they will admire her and accept her more than Marc ever did! Mero suddenly snapped, pie-facing Sable down to the mat in the ring! 'Marvelous' Marc Mero told Sable that this meant that Sable's career in the World Wrestling Federation was done! Sable sat in shock on the mat, as Mero reminded her of what it read in his contract: that Sable was to stand at ringside, and should anything ever happen to their relationship - then not only would they be through: but so would Sable's existence on RAW is WAR! Mero demanded Sable get out of his ring, to which Sable was left heartbroken. The crowd chanted her name, as Sable slowly climbed out of the ring and left, saddened. Mero sang goodbye to Sable, telling her to get a good job as somebody else's housewife, away from the WWF!
Backstage, Stone Cold Steve Austin was seen arriving at the Hampton Coliseum, the World Wrestling Federation Champion arriving late tonight, as Austin was approached by Kevin Kelly. Kelly wanted to know what 'the Texas Rattlesnake's thoughts coming out of last night were. Austin told Kevin sarcastically that he was doing fine. Austin told Kevin Kelly that his ankle's all beaten up, but the one thing that matters to him is that he is still the WWF Champion. Austin told Kevin Kelly that tonight he's here because he wants more of Ken Shamrock. He wants to kick Shamrock's ass with his good foot, and take 'the World's Most Dangerous Man' and make him into 'the World's Biggest Assh*le' because he wanted to stomp a mudhole in his ass! Austin then personally invited Vince McMahon to come too, so he can kiss the WWF Championship on his shoulder goodbye - because he wasn't letting it go any time soon! Austin stomped away, wanting more of Ken Shamrock! Back live, after a replay reviewed Marc Mero's unnecessary comments for his now ex-girlfriend Sable, Michael Cole caught up with Sable, who was an emotional wreck. The blonde bombshell, with her luggage bag in her hand, looked to be ready to leave, when Michael asked Sable how she felt. Sable told Michael that she felt horrible, calling him stupid for asking. Sable said that she loved Marc, that she thought he understood her - but the more and more she got into the World Wrestling Federation, she saw Mero become a different person. But she didn't know he was capable of this. Sable said that recently she realized how she loved the WWF a lot more than she loved Marc - but we all know what happened to that. Cole asked Sable for further comments, to which the blonde remarked that we hadn't seen the last of Sable in the World Wrestling Federation.
The Undertaker was seen in a dark room, 'the Deadman' talking about 'the Big Red Machine' catching fire one more time. He said that Kane had always been different than him, he never fully embraced the dark side like he did growing up. And last night, with Kane's vengeance in sight - 'the Phenom' denied Kane of having redemption. Because one thing was in 'the Deadman's sights: and it wasn't putting an end to the man he once thought was his flesh and blood. Undertaker declared that Kane and Paul Bearer would meet their makers: but at the top of his priorities, 'the Phenom' wanted one thing: the World Wrestling Federation Championship! Undertaker had words for Ken Shamrock, asking the former Ultimate Fighter: how can you make a 'Deadman' feel pain? He told 'the World's Most Dangerous Man' that tonight, he was the first victim of the Undertaker's path to regaining the WWF Championship!
7) Ken Shamrock def. The Undertaker by disqualification in 6:18 after Stone Cold Steve Austinattacked Ken Shamrock. 'The World's Most Dangerous Man' was up in the main event, the fight of his life against 'the Deadman' the Undertaker. Twenty four hours after Shamrock came up short challenging Stone Cold Steve Austin for the World Wrestling Federation championship, and twenty four hours after the Undertaker was the victor in the first ever Inferno match against his now assumed half-brother Kane - these two were going one-on-one for the very first time, and both men had their sights on Austin's WWF Championship gold! Earlier tonight Vince McMahon punished Shamrock by putting him in this match with 'the Deadman' for concussing him last night with a brutal chairshot, but vowed Shamrock would get his rematch with 'the Texas Rattlesnake' if he was able to bypass the Undertaker tonight. Shamrock tried to take Undertaker down to the mat early, but 'the Deadman' was too large and managed to dominate the early moments of this match, pounding away on 'the World's Most Dangerous Man'. Shamrock fired back, going right for the ankle, but the Undertaker time and time again kept coming back for more! Shamrock went right to work on the ankle and set up the Ankle Lock, as Vince McMahon came walking down to the ringside area, happy with his work! The Chairman continued to provoke Shamrock, promising him his rematch with Austin ahead - when Stone Cold Steve Austin made his way down to the ring! The WWF Champion was here in Hampton, Austin looking for a fight, which he immediately got - going at it with Shamrock in the centre of the ring!
Stone Cold Steve Austin and Ken Shamrock went blow for blow, 'the Texas Rattlesnake' not done with 'the World's Most Dangerous Man' one day after their smash-mouth encounter at Unforgiven! The WWF Champion knocked Shamrock down with a big right, when Vince McMahon jumped onto the apron - and Austin fended him back down again! McMahon was cautious, but was a mere distraction, as Shamrock grabbed a steel chair and swung for Austin, when the Undertaker intercepted it with a huge Chokeslam! Austin wasn't expecting the support of 'the Deadman', who also wanted his gold - but Austin picked up the steel chair and went after Shamrock on the floor, looking to swing at Shamrock, who ducked - and Austin took McMahon's head off with the steel chair! Shamrock cowered away from Austin, as the World Wrestling Federation Champion was left standing in the ring, raising his gold high - but the Undertaker had his own sights set on Austin's WWF Championship. The War Zone went off the air.
WWF Shotgun Saturday Night: May 2, 1998
- Faarooq def. Savio Vega(w/José Estrada, Miguel Peréz & Jesús Castillo) in 4:28 after the Dominator. Los Boricuas tried to use the numbers advantage in their favor, which had mixed results as Faarooq was all business after losing the WWF Intercontinental Championship match at Unforgiven. After the match the Puerto Ricans jumped Faarooq, when Scorpio hit the ring; and the two held their own, sending Los Boricuas on their merry ways! - Kai En Tai (Sho Funaki, Mens Teioh & Dick Togo) (w/Mr Yamaguchi-san) def. Jason Arndt, Jeff and Matt Hardyin 4:24 after the diving senton by Togo on Arndt. After the match Jerry Lawler got in the ring to interview Kai En Tai about their obsession with TAKA Michinoku. Yamaguchi-san did the talking, explaining that they were here to take back the WWF Light Heavyweight Championship. He said in a thick Japanese accent that TAKA belonged to them, and that without Kai En Tai, there was no TAKA Michinoku. TAKA Michinoku and Aguila responded by hitting the ring, sending Kai En Tai running from the ring! - Kurrgan (w/The Jackyl) def. Tom Brandiin 2:34 after the Paralyzer. The Jackyl joined commentary for this match, talking about how 'the Interrogator' was flying solo from now on, and that he was going to annihilate anybody that dared step in his way. - Steve Blackmandef. Marc Mero by disqualification in 7:22 after Mero nailed Blackman with the ring bell. Marc Mero wasn't very popular in coming out alone without Sable at ringside, and 'the Lethal Weapon' had 'the Marvelous One's number for a large section of this match. Mero tried to take shortcuts, including pulling the tights of Blackman on a roll-up, before Mero finally had had enough and introduced the ring bell, getting himself disqualified. Mero was surrounded in boos, whilst Blackman remained down and out from getting his bell literally rung by Marc Mero, who had really shown his true colors this week. DARK MATCH: Edge def. Droz DARK MATCH: Val Venis def. Marty Thurman
WWF OVER THE EDGE: IN YOUR HOUSE - May 31, 1998 Milwaukee, Wisconsin - Milwaukee Arena
May 4, 1998 - Richmond, Virginia - Richmond Coliseum (10,596) Taped on April 28, 1998 - Broadcast on the USA Network
The opening video package for RAW aired, taking us to the Richmond Coliseum in Virginia for RAW is WAR! Jim Ross and Michael Cole welcomed us to the show, on a night where Owen Hart will put the WWF European Championship on the line against the returning Barry Windham; but also Jeff Jarrett and his new associates in Southern Justice will take on Bradshaw, Droz and Steve Blackman!
Stone Cold Steve Austin graced the sellout Richmond Coliseum to kick off RAW, the World Wrestling Federation Champion full of life as he grabbed a microphone immediately. 'The Texas Rattlesnake' cut straight to the point, talking about how he and Ken Shamrock had one hell of a fight at Unforgiven eight nights ago. He admitted that Shamrock was "one tough son of a b*tch", but that he knew he could whoop his ass again, Austin telling 'the World's Most Dangerous Man' that he was ready to kick some ass tonight!
He asked and he received - but not the way he wanted it. Vince McMahon made his way out to the ring to loud boos, as the Chairman visibly had issues concentrating after receiving headshots from a steel chair - not just from Shamrock at Unforgiven, but from Stone Cold last week on the War Zone. Vince told Austin that the past week, all he could hear in his head was ringing - and for that he blames 'the Texas Rattlesnake'! McMahon repeated the line that he was outraged that Austin made it out of Unforgiven with the WWF Championship, and claimed that he ought to strip him of the title for brain damage.
But in his infinite wisdom, he has just the thing to satisfy both himself and the champ - and that's by giving Austin a match tonight against Ken Shamrock! Austin demanded Vince get Shamrock and a referee out here right now, and he'd even bash Vince's brains in for free! McMahon told Austin that wouldn't happen, and that it'd be under his conditions: telling Austin that his match with Shamrock tonight would be for his World Wrestling Federation Championship! McMahon told Austin that for laying him out with a chair last week, he will face the consequences - but Vince then left the ring! Richmond was buzzing for the announcement, and Austin was full of life: but how was the Chairman planning to punish 'the Texas Rattlesnake'?
In the parking lot D-Generation X were seen arriving at the building, and unlike in previous weeks, the faction didn't look happy. Triple H, X-Pac, the New Age Outlaws and Chyna were headed for the arena - where tonight they would be sure to address the Nation after the attack last week. With the announcement made for tonight, Kevin Kelly was backstage with Ken Shamrock, wanting to get his thoughts ahead of tonight's rematch with Stone Cold Steve Austin - the WWF Championship on the line. Shamrock told Kevin Kelly that Austin would go down tonight. The former Ultimate Fighter noted that he had rewatched the match they had at Unforgiven over and over: and he's been studying Austin's every move. 'The World's Most Dangerous Man' told Kevin that he would not let Austin leave Richmond on his feet - or with what will be his World Wrestling Federation Championship: he would break Austin's ankle for the betterment of the company.
1) Steve Blackman, Bradshaw & Droz def. Jeff Jarrett & Southern Justice (w/Tennessee Lee) in 3:29 after the guillotine choke by Blackman on Jarrett. With Jarrett being confronted by all-comers such as Bradshaw and Droz in recent weeks, Tennessee Lee decided to bring in the Arkansas heavies Mark Canterbury and Dennis Knight to support the NWA North American Heavyweight Champion, as 'Double J' looks to pursue a promising country music career. But they faced tough competition in Bradshaw, Droz, and notably Blackman - and while Bradshaw kept himself locked up with Canterbury and Knight, Blackman swiftly came in as Jarrett attempted to lock the Figure-Four Leglock on Droz - choking 'Double J' out for a surprise victory!
Steve Blackman stood tall after the match, while Southern Justice retrieved the unconscious NWA North American Heavyweight Champion Jeff Jarrett from the ring - 'the Lethal Weapon' surely establishing himself as a future contender to the title after submitting 'Double J' with the guillotine choke tonight! Mark Canterbury and Dennis Knight talked trash towards Blackman, who glared Tennessee Lee and Co. out - while Bradshaw attended to Droz, who rolled to the floor and Puke'd underneath the ring!
Jim Ross and Michael Cole talked about the shocking announcement last week where Paul Bearer revealed that he was the father of 'the Big Red Machine' Kane. Backstage sat Kane with Paul Bearer, where J.R. revealed that during the week the two underwent a blood test - and tonight it will be official whether the sinister Bearer is the biological father of the monster or not! Backstage Kevin Kelly approached the Nation, wanting to find out more about why they attacked D-Generation X last week on RAW. The Rock quickly shut Kevin Kelly up, talking on behalf of Kama, D-Lo Brown and Mark Henry. The WWF Intercontinental Champion said while he's been fighting anybody the WWF threw at him to keep the gold on his shoulder, he's been hearing about how the World Wrestling Federation was "their" house. Rock disputed it, talking about how they're a bunch of punks that took a beating with their tails between their legs, courtesy of the Nation last week! Rock told Kevin Kelly the fact of the matter is that everybody knew that the Nation ruled the WWF - and if D-Generation X wanted to call them out tonight: they'd get their asses whooped by the Nation, if you smell what The Rock is cooking.
2) Kurrgan def. Bob Starr in 2:14 after the Paralyzer. Since breaking away from the Truth Commission, following the decommission of Sniper and Recon several weeks ago on RAW, the Jackyl presented 'the Interrogator' as a major threat to the World Wrestling Federation. As poor Bob Starr tried to fight the monster, Jackyl descended on a platform from the ceiling - Jackyl preaching to the booing Richmond Coliseum about Kurrgan's power, and how he is the higher power over all that is devastating - and Kurrgan was indeed devastating. Jackyl continued to talk whilst Kurrgan flattened Starr, finishing him off with the Paralyzer.
The Jackyl continued to preach while the bell sounded, and Kurrgan continued to suffocate Bob Starr with the Paralyzer hold! Jackyl finally descended to the ring on the platform, where he got off and tapped 'the Interrogator' on the shoulder - Kurrgan releasing the grip. Jackyl uttered that soon the World Wrestling Federation would learn that Kurrgan is indestructible, unbeatable, and he would dominate every man, woman or child in his path! Jackyl grinned, raising the hand of the seven-footer.
Backstage Vince McMahon was with Pat Pattersonand Gerald Brisco, as the Chairman told his staff that he had a very good feeling about tonight, as though tonight will breathe a breath of fresh air into the World Wrestling Federation. Patterson and Brisco wondered what Vince was talking about, who simply smiled and said that there was no chance that Stone Cold Steve Austin was leaving RAW is WAR tonight with the WWF Championship.
Elsewhere, D-Generation X were on the war path, as Triple H led the DX Army through the halls; X-Pac and Chyna by his side whilst the New Age Outlaws scared off various personnel! Helmsley looked fired up, on their way to the arena! A vignette aired, showing 'the Lost Soul' walking the streets of Toronto. The blonde Canadian observed the Skydome, and the CN Tower before wandering through the lobby of the Air Canada Centre, and watching over a WWF live event. Edge is coming soon to the World Wrestling Federation.
In the Richmond Coliseum, D-Generation X had had enough of waiting - as Triple H led the troops to the ring; Chyna firmly standing by the leader of DX whilst X-Pac got the crowd pumped up en route to the ring. WWF Tag Team Champions the New Age Outlaws followed, but tonight it seemed as though Road Dogg and Billy Gunn didn't have a whole lot to say, as Helmsley climbed into the ring and immediately took a microphone. Triple H immediately called out the Nation, talking about how he gets it - every faction in the World Wrestling Federation wants to take DX out of their house. But nobody would ever live up to D-Generation X! Helmsley said that as far as right now was concerned, this ring was now DX's house, and the DX Army was surrounded by eleven thousand strong, and each and every one of them wanted the Nation in this ring for a fight, right now! Helmsley stomped around, whilst the other members of the Army prepared for the Nation's impending response.
And so they came - but they weren't as enthusiastic as D-Generation X. Rather, the Nation was led out to the rampway by The Rock, and the WWF Intercontinental Champion, Kama, D-Lo Brown and Mark Henry seemed rather full of themselves. Rock responded, telling D-Generation X that clearly they didn't play well with others - otherwise they wouldn't be throwing a little tantrum just because the Rock's guys took them out last week! Rock told DX that the Nation aren't here for a gang war tonight, because the Nation picks and chooses when they strike. He said that they aren't like DX, they aren't degenerates - and the only ass Helmsley's gonna get is Chyna's when he rams his head up 'the Ninth Wonder of the World's ass!
Rock told Helmsley that he would pick and choose when the Nation would strike, but he was willing to do DX a deal since they were so desperate: and that's a match tonight - all DX have to do is pick one of their jabronis, and the Nation would select one of their men: and after tonight when it's all said and done, the Nation would send D-Generation X an eviction notice - because after tonight the people will know that the Nation rules the World Wrestling Federation! The Nation departed, when Triple H took a microphone and told Rock that he sincerely hoped it was him - because tonight, Helmsley was game to kick the Rock's ass! A brewing war between factions over supremacy in the WWF - and it seemed like the battlelines were being drawn for a first conflict, tonight on RAW!
Val Venis was relaxing in a towel on a bench in the locker room area, as 'the Big Valbowski' chuckled and grinned at the camera. Val spoke about arriving in the World Wrestling Federation, declaring that tonight, in his debut, he was going to rock the socks off of every woman in Richmond, Virginia. Venis stretched seductively, as he is set to make his WWF debut - next! An advertisement aired, promoting WWF Over the Edge: In Your House, live on pay-per-view on Sunday, May 31.
Marc Mero made his way down to the ring, 'the Marvelous One' not popular whatsoever after heinously dumping his longtime girlfriend Sable last week. Mero climbed into the ring and took a microphone, where he was met with chants clamoring for his ex-girlfriend to return. Marc was not in the mood however, telling the people that Sable wasn't coming back! Marc stated that he was done with her, and that he would not walk in her shadow anymore! Mero said that he didn't give a damn what happened to Sable now, she's probably found work at a strip club for all he cares.
Marc continued to talk trash about the one-time love of his life, when Val Venis made his way out to the Richmond crowd, for the very first time as a WWF Superstar! 'The Big Valbowski' wore a towel, as women in the Coliseum were seen, visibly smitten by the brunette stud. Venis got into the ring and shook his hips, saying hello to the ladies. Val said that the time for talking was over, and that Mero should worry less about his girlfriend Sable, because he knew she was watching from home - and after this match, 'the Big Valbowski' claimed that he knew for a fact that she will like what she sees. Mero struck Venis out of anger, kickstarting this match!
3) Val Venis def. Marc Mero in 4:27 after the Money Shot. Mero wanted to turn a new leaf after dumping Sable and removing her presence from the World Wrestling Federation in an act of ungentleman-like conduct last week on the War Zone. But it was clear the wound was still fresh, as he took the fight to the newest WWF Superstar on the scene, Val Venis. 'The Big Valbowski' was brutalized as Mero sent him into the steel steps, and pounded on him in the ring - but Val quickly fired back, proving he wasn't going to let 'Marvelous' Marc Mero take advantage of him. Venis powerslammed Mero but stopped to pose for the women, which quickly allowed Mero to make a comeback. Mero went up to the top rope and teased going for his old Marvelocity press, but mocked the crowd for believing so. It allowed Venis to capitalize, pressing Marc down and going up top - connecting with a top rope splash known as the Money Shot: for the win!
Val Venis was successful in his first ever WWF match, and the women in Richmond loved him! 'The Big Valbowski' celebrated his win by thrusting and girating his hips; and clearly this new WWF Superstar looked to have a bright future - perhaps as successful as his adult film career. Marc Mero rolled out of the ring in frustration, shoving the referee away and leaving on his own terms. 'Marvelous' Marc Mero had to be embarrassed, losing to Val Venis in Venis's debut!
Paul Bearer stood up from the chair in the locker room, as he stood up and addressed his supposed son, Kane. Paul told Kane that right now they had to face the music - but whatever the result of the blood test, he wanted Kane to know that he loved him like a son. 'The Big Red Machine', still with a bandaged arm stood up and followed Bearer out of the room - we would find out if Paul had any biological relation with Kane, next on RAW! Backstage D-Generation X were having words in their own camp, as X-Pac and the New Age Outlaws were asking Triple H if he really wanted to take on whomever the Nation chose as his opponent tonight. Helmsley told them that he could handle this, and that he's the leader of DX: and that the World Wrestling Federation is their house.
In the building, Paul Bearer made his way down to the ring loudly - met by loud boos from the Richmond Coliseum. The manager of 'the Big Red Machine' climbed into the ring, where he held an envelope in his hands. Paul said that it has been a crazy, crazy eight days. He talked about how he had to witness that dastardly Undertaker once again cause pain and suffering for his younger brother in the Inferno match - and he had to reveal to the world that he was the father of 'the Big Red Machine'.
Paul admitted that he didn't know for a fact that he was Kane's biological father - but he commented on the one night of passion, nine months before 'the Big Red Machine' was born, that he had with the Undertaker's mother. Paul tried to maintain the fact that he didn't want 'the Deadman' to come out here and fight him, but rather it was a lonely, late night at the funeral home: and Kane's mother was coming on strong. Paul said that she was a remarkable woman - and then, nine months later, out popped Kane. And Paul watched him grow from afar - and after the funeral home went up in flames, he raised Kane as if he was his own. Bearer then addressed the envelope. Paul told the people that the World Wrestling Federation made he and Kane take a blood test this past week, to confirm that they are in fact biologically linked. But Bearer said that the WWF could not take away - that science could not take away, that however the test results came out: he was still Kane's father. Perhaps not by blood, but by soul. Bearer slowly opened the envelope, and then suddenly he started jumping out in joy! Bearer screamed that the test results were positive - and he delightfully shrieked that he was Kane's father!
The Richmond crowd and the announce team was in shock, but the crowd continued to boo - as Paul told his son to come out here and share this moment with him! The lights went out, and Kane emerged on the rampway, walking down to the ring - 'the Big Red Machine' still vacantly approaching the ring. Paul expressed how happy he was, when suddenly Vader came from behind, ambushing Kane on the rampway! 'The Mastodon' was applauded, and it was clear Vader was still out to get Kane after 'the Big Red Machine' left him laying two weeks ago on RAW! Vader and Kane traded blows whilst Bearer panicked in the ring.
Vader got the better of Kane initially, when Kane fired back with a throat thrust! Kane grabbed the steel steps and prepared to nail Vader with them under Bearer's dastardly command - but Vader kicked Kane low, and Kane fell backwards, with the steel steps crushing him beneath them! Vader climbed into the ring and went after Paul Bearer, who cowardly escaped the ring to aid to his biological son - Vader was not yet through with Kane!WWF War Zone:
On the War Zone, Jim Ross alongside Jerry Lawler talked about what they had just witnessed - as it was confirmed that Paul Bearer was the biological father of Kane. But not just that - Vader made his return, and 'the Mastodon' interrupted a huge moment in 'the Big Red Machine's life, leaving him trapped underneath a set of ring steps! Never before had Kane been so prone to an attack by somebody other than the Undertaker! Backstage Michael Cole caught up with Vader, wanting to get his thoughts after attacking Kane, moments after it was revealed that Paul Bearer was his biological father. Vader told Cole that he didn't give a damn who Kane's daddy was, that it was Vader Time - he was back, and he wasn't going to take no sh*t from nobody!
In the building, Triple H was making his way to the ring with Chyna by his side - as Triple H was prepared to take on whomever the Nation had to throw his way. Helmsley got the microphone and asked the crowd if they were ready to suck it to a pretty big reaction, as Helmsley told the Rock that time had ran out. If the Nation wanted a fight, he was going to give it to them!
Helmsley had the crowd behind him, when the Nation made their way out to the rampway to boos. The Rock flapped his gums, the cocky WWF Intercontinental Champion congratulating Helmsley for being man enough to think he could walk on out here by himself. Rock said that Helmsley talks big for a man with a woman by his side that is in fact bigger than Triple H could ever dream to be! Rock told Helmsley that if he wanted to, he would walk down to that ring and slap the taste out of his mouth, and kick the cr*p out of him - but tonight he's not in the mood for competition - telling D-Lo Brown to take care of Triple H! Helmsley looked ready no matter who it was, Brown obnoxiously strutting down to the ring to boos.
4) D-Lo Brown (w/The Nation) def. Triple H (w/Chyna) in 5:52 after a roll-up. Triple H seemed to be under the belief that he was getting The Rock one-on-one tonight in the first encounter between D-Generation X and the Nation - but alas, Helmsley was too fired up to even care. As The Rock, Kama and Mark Henry watched on, D-Lo Brown tried to fight a fired up and aggressive Helmsley, to the point that the leader of D-Generation X had to chase Brown around the ringside area - where Brown quickly hid behind Kama and Mark Henry. Rock got in Helmsley's face, when Brown zipped around the ring, jumping Triple H from behind and giving him the opening to attack. In the ring D-Lo was arrogant and showboated to the crowd, keeping the former WWF European Champion down, until a jumping high knee caught Brown off guard! Helmsley mounted a comeback and almost got the pin after the spinebuster, when Rock jumped up on the apron. Rock got in Helmsley's face once again, when D-Lo came from behind and rolled Helmsley up with a hand full of tights: and Brown stole the win!
D-Lo Brown, in what could be his biggest win to date, had just knocked off a victory against the leader of D-Generation X! Brown quickly rolled out of the ring into the arms of the Nation, who raised his hands much to the chagrin of a furious Triple H in the ring! The Rock continued to talk trash to Helmsley, when Triple H decided to get him some of the Nation! Helmsley tried to fight the numbers of the Nation but they were too great - when the New Age Outlaws came from behind - and the gang war that Rock didn't want was breaking out on the rampway! DX and the Nation were going at it, as referees spilled out trying to break up the fight! Helmsley, Road Dogg, Billy Gunn and Chyna were fighting it out with Rock, Kama and Mark Henry, and it appeared the referees couldn't do anything about it! A replay aired, reviewing the chaotic scene moments ago, where after The Rock cost Triple H his match against D-Lo Brown, the Nation and D-Generation X got involved in a faction-wide fight on the rampway! Nobody was backing down from anybody, and the referees struggled to keep these two factions apart. The backstage area was carnage, as during the break, staff and personnel rushed to try and break up the fight between the New Age Outlaws and Mark Henryand Kama of the Nation now! Commissioner Slaughter was at the scene, as he shouted over security - anybody - to ensure that this fight be stopped! It was revealed that Slaughter enlisted the security team from the Richmond Coliseum to keep a close eye on the Nation and DX members.
Meanwhile, Vince McMahon made his way out to the rampway to loud boos. The Chairman once again was pelted with trash from the fans, who wanted Stone Cold Steve Austin out here right now. McMahon told the fans that they were in fact going to get Austin tonight - in fact, they were going to get more than their money's worth. Because tonight, Stone Cold Steve Austin would lose the WWF Championship to Ken Shamrock, much like it should have happened at Unforgiven!
But Vince made an announcement, that after what Stone Cold did to him last week, almost giving him an aneurysm from that brutal chair shot - tonight he was making an adjustment to that match - calling out Gerald Brisco! Brisco made his way onto the stage to more boos, as Vince told the fans that they were ignorant of what Brisco had accomplished in his thirty-plus years in this business: but not after tonight. McMahon said that the fans will know and respect Brisco after tonight, when he dons the black and white and acts as the special guest referee in Austin's title match with Shamrock: and Brisco will make sure the right man is left standing, hand raised, with the World Wrestling Federation Championship! McMahon shook hands with his confidante, while the crowd booed louder at the odds being stacked higher against 'the Texas Rattlesnake'.
Elsewhere, WWF European Champion Owen Hart was making his way to the ring - 'the Black Hart', after winning the title at Unforgiven, was about to put the title on the line for a second time against Barry Windham - and it was coming up next! Triple H and the New Age Outlaws were seen re-entering their dressing room backstage - D-Generation X clearly irate after the brawl with the Nation that saw the gang war reaching the backstage area. Chyna stood close by, as Helmsley threw his water bottle across the room in rage. The four DX members were then approached by three security guards - Helmsley, Billy Gunn and Road Dogg getting in their faces after Commissioner Slaughter had ordered surveillance over both D-Generation X and the Nation.
5) WWF European Championship: Owen Hart (c) def. Barry Windham in 4:33 after the Sharpshooter. 'The Black Hart' was proving to be much like his brother, in that he was becoming a fighting champion. Since winning the WWF European Championship for a second time at Unforgiven, he had beaten Goldust last week on the War Zone - and tonight his opponent was 'the Outlaw' Barry Windham, who was making his return tonight after being out with a knee injury suffered back in March. Windham slugged it out with Owen, who managed to use his world-class technician skills to take the rugged Texan down, and swiftly locked in the Sharpshooter forcing Windham to tap out!
Owen Hart celebrated his win, the WWF European Champion once again victorious in title competition - in only eight days since becoming champion, Hart had made two successful defences already, and the Richmond Coliseum congratulated Hart on another victory with a big ovation. But suddenly, X-Pac zipped down to the ring, taking 'the Black Hart's head near off with a big roundhouse kick! X-Pac crotch chopped to cheers, as X-Pac picked up Owen's title and held it in Owen's face! X-Pac told Owen that he wanted the title, before leaving the ring! While DX was declaring war on the Nation, X-Pac had just left Owen Hart a huge message - presumably gunning for a shot at the WWF European Championship!
Stone Cold Steve Austin was in his locker room, the World Wrestling Federation Champion lacing up his boots as Kevin Kellycame to seek a word from 'the Texas Rattlesnake' ahead of his title defence against Ken Shamrock tonight. Austin cut Kevin off immediately, telling Kelly that it didn't matter to him if it was just Ken Shamrock, if it was Vince McMahon in his corner, if it was Gerald Brisco as the special guest referee, or Pat Patterson coming out of Brisco's ass! Austin told Kevin Kelly that there is only one way tonight ends: and that's with a Stone Cold Stunner, and Austin leaving Virginia with the WWF Championship! Austin ordered Kelly out of his dressing room, not in the mood for talking ahead of the main event. In their locker room, the Nation were seated comfortably as three security guards barricaded them in their room. While Mark Henry stared at the three guards, D-Lo Brown and Kama were celebrating Brown's win in a big fashion, as Brown uttered the words that the people ought to recognize his greatness. Meanwhile The Rock got the boys together, telling the Nation that tonight was step one in taking down D-Generation X. Rock told the Nation that they have DX right where they want them - and the next step was taking the only gold they have left: and that's the WWF Tag Team Championships that are around the New Age Outlaws' waists!
6) Street Fight: Faarooq & Scorpio def. Los Boricuas (w/Miguel Peréz & Jesús Castillo) in 3:24 after the Dominator by Faarooq on Miguel Peréz. This past weekend on Shotgun Saturday Night Faarooq went up against his former right hand man in the old Nation of Domination, Savio Vega. But the numbers advantage was in favor of Los Boricuas, who stormed the ring and ambushed Faarooq. Thankfully, Scorpio was on hand to fend the Puerto Ricans, setting up this match. This tag team street fight quickly left the ring where Faarooq and Savio Vega wound up brawling into the front row, whilst Scorpio tried to match up against Estrada with Peréz and Castillo providing interference. It worked at first, when Los Boricuas introduced two kendo sticks. Faarooq was there to fend the Boricuas off, delivering the Dominator on Peréz, right on top of a stop sign - giving him and Scorpio the win.
Faarooq and Scorpio had their hands raised in victory, having come out of this Street Fight outnumbered against Los Boricuas - but they still succeeded nonetheless. The two began to leave, whilst tensions ran high between the Puerto Ricans in the ring. Savio Vega shoved Jesús Castillo, which ensured a face-off between the two, separated by José Estrada and Miguel Peréz. But out of nowhere, with security not at hand, Al Snow hit the ring - throttling Vega and Castillo with the mannequin Head! The fans erupted, as Snow shook the head around and jetted from the ring as Estrada and Peréz tried getting their hands on him! Snow was on the loose, and Richmond Coliseum was going crazy for a damned mannequin head!
Backstage Michael Cole was standing by with the members of the mysterious Kai En Tai faction, spoken on behalf of Mr Yamaguchi-san, who introduced himself as the benefactor of the group. Yamaguchi-san commented that they chose to came to RAW is WAR tonight to talk about how disappointing TAKA Michinoku was to the Japanese people. In a thick accent, Yamaguchi-san declared Michinoku a bad influence, a bad representative - and that is why Kai En Tai was here. But another individual, Aguila has gotten involved where he doesn't belong, and it's time for action! Yamaguchi-san told Cole that Sho Funaki was issuing the challenge to Aguila for a match, next week on RAW is WAR.
Suddenly, in walked Commissioner Slaughter, who had Al Snow by the ear! Al complained about Slaughter hurting him, to which Slaughter didn't care! Slaughter told Snow that he thought he told him last week to stay the hell away from WWF live events. Snow told Slaughter that he just wanted a job, and there wasn't any security there to stop him! Slaughter booted open the door, and shoved Snow and his mannequin head out into the parking lot! Snow tried to get back in, but Slaughter slammed the door! Snow was awfully persistent, and highly unusual.
Meanwhile Ken Shamrock was receiving a pet talk from Vince McMahon backstage. 'The World's Most Dangerous Man' had the ball in his court, as up next he challenges Stone Cold Steve Austin in a rematch from Unforgiven - WWF Championship on the line, with Gerald Brisco as the assigned referee in the main event: it was up next! 7) WWF Championship: Stone Cold Steve Austin (c) vs Ken Shamrock (w/Vince McMahon) ended in a no contest in 7:29 after Austin delivered a Stunner to Gerald Brisco. Brisco was the special guest referee in this match, as assigned by Vince McMahon. It was retaliation, supposedly, for the chair shot that Austin gave the already concussed Chairman last week on the War Zone, and with Vince McMahon in Ken Shamrock's corner tonight - the odds were stacked even higher against Stone Cold Steve Austin than they were eight nights ago at Unforgiven! Austin flipped Brisco off and paid no attention to his officiating early, which allowed Shamrock to act fast, taking Austin down and keeping him down by targeting the ankle. 'The Texas Rattlesnake' was still feeling the effects of the Ankle Lock suffered at Unforgiven, and Shamrock was relentless but cautious as he studied Austin's every move. Shamrock desperately wanted Austin's title, but Austin matched Shamrock's technical abilities, and even hit the Lou Thesz press on 'the World's Most Dangerous Man' - but Gerald Brisco refused to count for Austin! Austin got in Brisco's face but then went after Shamrock again, when McMahon began making his move. Vince looked to try and clock Austin with a steel chair: another act of retaliation for last week? But Austin moved, and the Chairman knocked out Shamrock! Austin then delivered a right hand to Vince, before dropping Brisco with the Stunner!
Stone Cold Steve Austin was out to get anything that moved, as the World Wrestling Federation Champion had Richmond on fire with the response he was getting! 'The Texas Rattlesnake' looked to go after Ken Shamrock next, but just before he could hit the Stunner, Mankind came bursting through the ring canvas! Mankind - who hadn't been seen since he had assaulted Jim Ross three weeks ago - grabbed Austin by the jaw, locking in the Mandible Claw! Austin tried to fight Mankind off, but Mankind transitioned, dropping the WWF Champion with the double-armed DDT! Mankind sat pulling at his hair and cradling back and forth, as the War Zone went off the air!
WWF Shotgun Saturday Night: May 9, 1998
- Ricky Morton (w/Robert Gibson) def. Bob Holly(w/Bart Gunn& Jim Cornette) in 4:50 after the missile dropkick. Cornette and Gunn tried to distract Morton as much as possible, but Gibson soon intercepted himself in order to even the odds, allowing Morton to claim the victory after Holly missed a diving crossbody. - The DOA (Skull & 8-Ball) def. Too Much(Brian Christopher & Scott Taylor) in 3:38 after the powerbomb by Skull on Christopher. Too Much opened up a challenge with the assistance of Jerry Lawler before the match, answered by the DOA. Chainz sat down on commentary with Michael Cole and Lawler to ensure 'the King' didn't interfere. Too Much showboated when on the offensive, allowing Skull and 8-Ball to trade places unbeknown to the referee. - Goldust (w/Luna) def. El Panterain 2:41 after the Curtain Call. Goldust got on the microphone after the match, professing his love for Luna, who appeared smitten by 'the Bizarre One'. - Number One Contender's: The Headbangers (Mosh & Thrasher) def. The Nation(Kama & Mark Henry) in 4:22 after Mosh rolled Kama up. The Nation were high and mighty, using their size to equalize Mosh and Thrasher when the New Age Outlaws showed up to distract the Nation. Road Dogg talked trash about the Nation, allowing Mosh to sneak a roll-up on Kama. The Nation were angry at the loss, but the Headbangers managed to outrun them. It was announced that the Headbangers will challenge the Outlaws for the WWF Tag Team Championships this week on RAW is WAR.
May 31, 1998 - Milwaukee, Wisconsin - Milwaukee Arena Live on Pay-Per-View
May 11, 1998 - Baltimore, Maryland - Baltimore Arena (8,069) Live on the USA Network
A video package aired, reviewing the main event of last week's War Zone: Stone Cold Steve Austin defending the WWF Championship against Ken Shamrock, with Vince McMahon in Shamrock's corner, and McMahon's appointed official Gerald Brisco showing bias to ensure Austin not leave with the WWF Championship. In the process, McMahon attempted to nail Austin with a steel chair, but McMahon levelled Shamrock by accident. Austin proceeded to take out McMahon and Brisco - when Mankind suddenly broke through the canvas, leaving the WWF Champion. The deranged Mankind had returned, and looked to seek Austin's title.
The opening video package for RAW is WAR aired, as we went to the live Baltimore Arena in Maryland, where pyrotechnics were ablaze, and the packed house were buzzing! Jim Ross, Michael Cole and Jerry Lawler welcomed us to RAW, noting the backlash of last week's WWF Championship main event. They announced that tonight we would see the New Age Outlaws defend the WWF Tag Team Championships against the Headbangers; and Mankind would be here after returning in shocking fashion last week, taking out Stone Cold Steve Austin.
But in a shocking turn of events, the lights went out and a gong was heard - signalling the arrival of the Undertaker! 'The Deadman' made a slow walk towards the ring, where he emerged to a big ovation from the electric Baltimore Arena. Undertaker said that he had been hearing a lot, discovering a lot of new things about how family in recent weeks: and he had a choice few words for Paul Bearer! Undertaker threatened Paul not to say another word about his mother, or he would find himself buried six feet deep, courtesy of 'the Deadman'! The Undertaker talked about the so-called truce between the brothers of destruction - and 'the Phenom' told Kane that he would only set him on fire so many times, warning 'the Big Red Machine' not to get in 'the Deadman's way, and to keep his daddy quiet. The Undertaker then moved on, talking about two weeks ago, he made it abundantly clear that he wanted one thing: and that was the World Wrestling Federation Championship! 'The Deadman' called out Stone Cold Steve Austin, speaking real candidly tonight.
But instead, Vince McMahon made his way out to the rampway! The Chairman was supported by Pat Pattersonand Gerald Brisco, who were not well appreciated here in Baltimore. McMahon looked around and was swamped by the thunderous boos, who told the Undertaker that he couldn't just walk in here and make WWF Championship matches. After all, he isn't the Chairman: Vincent Kennedy McMahon is! Undertaker told McMahon to make the next few words extremely carefully, because 'the Lord of Darkness' would make McMahon hurt, awful quick. Vince hesitated, perhaps out of fear, when he was encouraged by Patterson and Brisco. McMahon told Undertaker that he couldn't threaten him - he owned this company!
McMahon told Undertaker that they could go about this two ways: to give Undertaker a title shot, or to not give Undertaker a title shot! The crowd booed, and Undertaker's patience was running short. McMahon told Undertaker that he hadn't forgotten that he got involved two weeks ago, in helping Stone Cold Steve Austin leave without a beating from Ken Shamrock: and so perhaps it was time for the Undertaker to be put in his place as well - making a special tag team match for tonight! McMahon declared that it would be the Undertaker, teaming with the WWF Champion Stone Cold: and the two of them would get what they deserved tonight, when they face Ken Shamrock - and Mankind! The fans cheered, when Undertaker leant on the top rope - warning the Chairman that he had seen him screw a lot of WWF Superstars in the past: but if Vince dared to screw 'the Lord of Darkness', he would make him pay for his life! McMahon got scared, but the Baltimore crowd was ecstatic for the announcement made for tonight!
Backstage the New Age Outlaws were walking the halls, Road Dogg and Billy Gunn set to defend the WWF Tag Team Championships next - and D-Generation X appeared to have higher morale than last week, as the Outlaws were full of life tonight! Kevin Kelly was standing by in the backstage lobby when Ken Shamrock came bursting through the door, 'the World's Most Dangerous Man' arriving at the Baltimore Arena. Kevin wanted to get word from Shamrock, but Shamrock didn't want to hear a word: he wanted to see Vince McMahon, claiming that he cost him the WWF Championship last week! Kelly told Shamrock that he saw him enter his offer, and Shamrock immediately set off to find the Chairman!
A replay was shown, reviewing Shotgun Saturday Night this past weekend, where Kama and Mark Henry of the Nation hoped to become number one contenders to the WWF Tag Team Championships against the Headbangers. But instead, the Nation's efforts were thwarted by the New Age Outlaws, who provided the distraction - allowing Mosh and Thrasher to get this title opportunity tonight on RAW.
In the Arena, the New Age Outlaws made their way out to the rampway to a big ovation! Road Dogg Jesse James graced the microphone whilst 'Bad Ass' Billy Gunn showboated to the adoration of the crowd. In recent weeks it had appeared that the fans had grown to accept D-Generation X, and Road Dogg took pride in it. Road Dogg got in the ring and fired up the crowd with his Michael Buffer-esque introduction, announcing himself and Billy Gunn as the WWF Tag Team Champions. Road Dogg talked about how after they got through with the Headbangers tonight, the Nation were going down. Gunn added that if we weren't down with that, they had two words for us!
1) WWF Tag Team Championship: The New Age Outlaws (c) vs The Headbangers went to a double-disqualification in 4:03 after the Nation attacked both teams. The New Age Outlaws had quickly become fan favorites in the eyes of the fans after their hard fought steel cage war with the Legion of Doom at Unforgiven, but the Headbangers had been riding a wave of momentum recently, earning this match after beating Kama and Mark Henry this past weekend on Shotgun Saturday Night - albeit, with help from their opponents tonight, the champions. Road Dogg and Billy Gunn worked hard to isolate Mosh from Thrasher, but the shoe wound up on the other foot when Thrasher illegally came in and dropkicked Road Dogg down. The Headbangers worked over Jesse James, but when Road Dogg caught Thrasher off the top with a dropkick, he reached over to tag Gunn - when the Nation ran down to ringside; Kama dragging Gunn off the apron, and D-Lo Brown and Mark Henry entering the ring, putting the boots to both James and Thrasher!
The war between the Nation and D-Generation X was just heating up, as D-Lo Brown and Mark Henry cleared the ring of the Headbangers; and Kama continued to pound on Road Dogg in the ring! The Baltimore crowd booed being robbed of a title match, as The Rock confidently climbed into the ring. The WWF Intercontinental Champion had a microphone, telling the DX Army that they were an army of nothing - they were roodypoo little jabronis that were sitting ducks for a beating from the Nation! Rock removed his shades and delivered the Rock Bottom to Billy Gunn, when Triple H and Chyna came out to the rampway! All Helmsley and Chyna could do was watch, as the Nation had left the New Age Outlaws laying in the ring. Back live on RAW, Ken Shamrock knocked on the door of the Chairman - 'the World's Most Dangerous Man' a head full of steam since arriving. Shamrock demanded Vince McMahon come out and look him in the eye like a man, saying that McMahon knew he cost him the WWF Championship pulling that stunt last week. Instead, the door opened and Pat Pattersonand Gerald Brisco made their way out. Patterson and Brisco tried to calm Shamrock down, telling him that he knew he was hot - but Vince wasn't here. Shamrock demanded to know where he was, but Patterson and Brisco explained that Vince went out to get coffee, they hadn't seen him since. Shamrock walked away, in pursuit of the boss.
2) Sho Funaki (w/Kai En Tai) def. Aguila in 3:15 after the top rope tornado DDT. Kai En Tai had specifically demanded this match last week, their benefactor Mr. Yamaguchi-san claiming that in their efforts to expose TAKA Michinoku as a terrible representative of the country of Japan, Aguila had gotten in the way. Tonight, Yamaguchi-san coached Funaki in his first ever match on RAW, while Mens Teioh and Dick Togo stood at ringside with their arms folded. Aguila caught Funaki off-guard early on with an impressive array of headscissors and arm drags, but soon enough Teioh tried to interfere. Aguila took Teioh off the apron with a hurricanrana, which cost him big, as Funaki came from behind. In the ring Funaki was aggressively quick, and managed to put Aguila away shortly after.
The crowd booed as Mens Teioh raised a Kai En Tai logo-clad flag high in the area. Sho Funaki continued to put the boots to Aguila in the ring, whilst Dick Togo climbed into the ring and remained with his arms folded. Mr. Yamaguchi-san got on the microphone and asked the people what they thought about TAKA Michinoku now - he wouldn't dare come out here and save his friend. In a thick accent, Yamaguchi-san called the WWF Light Heavyweight Champion a yellow-belly, just like these Americans. At that time TAKA Michinoku hit the ring, a diving crossbody taking Funaki down, followed by the Michinoku Driver on Teioh! Yamaguchi-san and Dick Togo quietly left the ring, but Michinoku attended to Aguila in the ring. The champ was not about to let Kai En Tai reign supreme any longer, demanding Kai En Tai bring it on.
Backstage, Triple H and Chyna went to find Commissioner Slaughter. Helmsley told Slaughter that he knew they didn't see eye to eye, and if it helps, Triple H can't stand seeing the ugly mustache on his face. But Helmsley wanted a favor. Slaughter meanwhile was reluctant, telling Helmsley that after everything D-Generation X had done to him, and other WWF Superstars - why? Helmsley told the Commissioner to keep his mouth shut. He said that he wanted The Rock tonight, one-on-one. Slaughter stuck his nose up to Helmsley, when 'the Ninth Wonder of the World' glared Slaughter out, implying she was going to low blow him. Backing away in cowardice, Slaughter told Helmsley he couldn't do that: but Helmsley could face Mark Henry tonight. Slaughter left, leaving Helmsley to call the Commissioner a poor excuse of a Commissioner!
Meanwhile, Vader was making his way down a corridor, and tonight - one week after doing the unthinkable and leaving 'the Big Red Machine' trapped beneath a set of steel steps - he would meet an old foe in Goldust. Goldust and Luna walked a different corridor, hand in hand. 'The Bizarre One' told Luna he loved her, to her silent delight. Vader faces Goldust, next! An advertisement aired, promoting WWF Over the Edge: In Your House, live on pay-per-view on Sunday, May 31.
3) Vader def. Goldust (w/Luna) by disqualification in 3:39 after Kane attacked Vader. On the most tumultuous night of Kane's life last week, where 'the Big Red Machine' found out that Paul Bearer was his biological father, Vader struck - returning for revenge after Kane had left him laying with a Tombstone Piledriver two weeks prior. Vader left Kane trapped underneath a set of steel steps, and you had to believe Kane and Paul Bearer were plotting redemption for the attack. 'The Mastodon' looked brand new tonight, aggressively taking Goldust to the limit at every turn. 'The Bizarre One' attempted to mount offense, but Goldust's heart seemed somewhere else, as he repeatedly looked over to look at Luna smiling back at him. 'The Mastodon' brutalized Goldust, and had him in position for the Vader Bomb when the lights went out - and Kane came walking down the rampway with Paul Bearer beside him. The father and son combination climbed into the ring where Goldust escaped - and Kane and Vader went at it, causing the disqualification!
For a second time in two weeks, 'the Big Red Machine' and 'the Mastodon' were going at it, blow for blow! Kane and Vader continued to fight it out, where Vader looked to actually be getting the better of the monster seven-footer! Vader rocked Kane into the ropes, where he trapped 'the Big Red Machine's arms in the ropes. And this is where 'the Mastodon' set his eyes on Paul Bearer! Bearer screamed for his son to help, as Vader grabbed him by the tie - but Kane broke free of the ropes, and delivered a huge Chokeslam to Vader! Kane proceeded to rip the mask of Vader from his head, exposing his face - meanwhile Bearer took a microphone. Paul Bearer stood over Vader, as he said that this is what happens when you ruin a special family moment! Paul said that Vader humiliated him as a father last week by taking that first moment to greet his biological son, and now they were going to take something from him! Bearer challenged Vader to a match at Over the Edge, as Kane rose his arms and set off pyrotechnics in the ring - leaving 'the Mastodon' maskless and destroyed in the middle of the ring.
In the hallway, Vince McMahon was talking with personnel when Ken Shamrock confronted the Chairman, asking the Chairman what his problem was. McMahon shooed the personnel away and said he didn't know what 'the World's Most Dangerous Man' was insinuating. Shamrock told Vince that last week when he hit him with the steel chair - he screwed him! Shamrock said that he had Stone Cold Steve Austin beat, the WWF Championship was about to be theirs! McMahon then refused to back down, telling Ken that last time he checked, Shamrock was getting annihilated by Austin! Shamrock was about to lose his temper, when McMahon told Shamrock to get ready for the main event - and then maybe they could talk. McMahon left, but Shamrock was still seething. Back live in the Baltimore Arena, Mankind made his way down to the ring - the deteriorated Mick Foley, no longer dressed as immaculately as can be. This Mankind limped as he walked, and was back to his brown choice of dress. Jim Ross appeared intimidated as Mankind walked around the ring, scared of another attack from the deranged man before him after he jumped him in the ring three weeks ago on the War Zone. Mankind rolled into the ring and sat in the corner, cradling himself to loud boos. Mankind began, talking about how it's a wild, wild world. You never know what might happen. He started pulling at his hair, talking about how he made the Three Faces of Foley, to entertain the fans. He made people laugh at him with Dude Love, he made people inspired and excited when he was Cactus Jack. But what about Mankind? What about the third Face of Foley?
Mankind said that ever since WrestleMania, he had seen the flashbacks - when he, Mick Foley made Terry Funk pay for his lifelong sins! But he didn't just make Funk pay, he made him bleed! He made him suffer! He took a legendary wrestler, a mentor, a friend - and he made him into a middle-aged nobody, laying somewhere in a hospital bed! Mankind admitted that while Mick Foley made the Three Faces of Foley, he got caught up in the moment - and the Three Faces of Foley became him! Mankind screeched as he rocked, pulling on his hair. Mankind soon began to talk about dealing with the realization that he isn't an entertainer: he's a despicable, disastrous monster! He continued, declaring that he has now accepted who he was - and now it is time for Mankind to show the World Wrestling Federation, how high he can fly! Mankind said that Stone Cold Steve Austin needed to have the WWF Championship taken from him - and Mankind is the right choice to take everything from 'the Texas Rattlesnake'!
The glass shattered, and then out came Stone Cold Steve Austin! The World Wrestling Federation Champion made his way down to the ring, wanting to get a piece of Mankind for attacking him last week on the War Zone - but as soon as 'the Texas Rattlesnake' got into the ring, Mankind wisely rolled out to the floor. Mankind screeched at Austin, calling him a bad person - much like him. Mankind told Austin he needed to embrace the monster inside - but not right now! The masked Mankind limped around the ringside area, telling Austin that he would see: everybody would see as he makes the World Wrestling Federation a better place for Mankind. Austin looked like he wanted to go as Mankind departed - these two set to face off later tonight in the tag team main event!WWF War Zone:
Back for the War Zone, cameras caught up with Stone Cold Steve Austin backstage, as 'the Texas Rattlesnake' was fired up and talking trash, saying that if Mankind wanted to fight him - anytime, any place - he would put the WWF Championship on the line and kick the cr*p out of that sorry son of a b*tch!
Back live in the Baltimore Arena, Val Venis made his way down the rampway to a big response, particularly from the women in attendance in Maryland. 'The Big Valbowski' wore a towel as he climbed into the ring, where he thrusted his hips and gave the crowd a glimpse of his trunks below. Venis waved the towel around, as he introduced himself to the ladies in Baltimore. Val said that he was here in the World Wrestling Federation, and he proved last week that he was too much for the ladies to handle. Val said that he was ready to blow, that he wanted to go - and Venis informed the ladies that they should know this: when Val Venis says he's going to do something - he plans on delivering.
The seductive Val Venis called anybody out from the back if they could take him, to which he was interrupted by Marc Mero! 'Marvelous' Marc Mero made his way down to the ring to loud boos, telling 'the Big Valbowski' that what happened last week was injustice! Mero got in the ring and confronted Val, telling him that he got lucky last week - but he wanted another match, and he wanted it right now! Venis responded, slapping Mero across the face: and this match got right under way!
4) Val Venis def. Marc Mero in 2:28 after the Money Shot. 'Marvelous' Marc Mero was hotheaded, wanting to grow from the shadow of his now ex-girlfriend Sable, who he dumped two weeks ago on national television. Mero was not off to a hot start however, demanding this rematch after losing to the newcomer Val Venis last week on RAW. 'The Big Valbowski' had Mero in a foul mood after slapping him, which he soon proved as Mero went right on the offense, choking Venis with the bottom rope. Mero talked trash, asking the ladies what they thought of Val Venis now - but when he attempted to get Val Venis up for the TKO, Val turned it around with a sit-out spinebuster: when Venis went up to the top and hit the Money Shot, scoring the win!
Val Venis celebrated another victory in his second match on RAW is WAR, after an impressive debut last week and tonight. Marc Mero rolled out of the ring in anger, whilst 'the Big Valbowski' continued to thrust and jive his hips, much to the delight and appeal of the ladies of Baltimore! But suddenly Commissioner Slaughter came marching down to ringside with two security guards - Slaughter having spotted a familiar face in the ring: it was Al Snow! Slaughter and Snow had words, whilst Snow continued to stuff his face with popcorn. His mannequin Head was sat on the chair beside him in the front row - as Snow tried to plead with the Commissioner - until Snow grabbed Head and ran through the crowd, with security in hot pursuit!
Backstage D-Generation X were gathered in their locker room, as Triple H paced up and down. The New Age Outlaws watched and asked Helmsley if he needed any help against Mark Henry tonight, but Hunter told Billy Gunn and Road Dogg that he'd be fine - but the second that the Nation came to get him, they knew what to do. Chyna watched by boldly, as Helmsley told the troops that they needed to make sure the Nation knew who ran the World Wrestling Federation. He then turned to X-Pac, telling him that he did good last week in attacking Owen Hart. X-Pac got up and told Triple H that if he needed him, he'd be there. Triple H just told X-Pac to focus on the gold: the WWF European Championship. Triple H and Chyna departed, set to face Mark Henry of the Nation - next! In the backstage area, Commissioner Slaughter and the security guards had apprehended Al Snowand his mannequin head. Snow begged to be allowed in, to which Slaughter told Snow that he was a trespasser, and that he had no chance of ever becoming a WWF Superstar! Slaughter told Snow to go back to the bingo halls, as the security dragged Snow kicking and screaming out of the Baltimore Arena! For the third week in a row Snow had been ejected from RAW is WAR - but with their heads turned, Sable was seen entering the building! The bombshell was back on RAW is WAR - bypassing security!
The Nation made their way out to the ring in Baltimore, moments before 'the World's Strongest Man' Mark Henry was scheduled to take on Triple H. The WWF Intercontinental Champion took to the microphone before the match, The Rock as cocky as ever. He ordered the people to shut their mouths and listen to what he had to say - but tonight Triple Hand Chyna made their way right out to the ring - Helmsley not wasting any time in climbing into the ring and wanting to go at it with Henry!
5) Triple H (w/Chyna) def. Mark Henry (w/The Rock, Kama & D-Lo Brown) by disqualification in 3:08 after the Nation attacked Triple H. Triple H had a short fuse after being upset by D-Lo Brown last week, with a little assistance from The Rock. Helmsley talked trash to The Rock during the match, but remained cautious with Kama and D-Lo Brown at ringside as well. Mark Henry was massive in comparison to the built Helmsley, 'the World's Strongest Man' however able to power the former WWF European Champion around as though he was nothing! Mark's disadvantage was that due to his size, he was slower than Triple H, and Helmsley took Henry down by targeting the legs. Unfortunately D-Lo tried getting on the apron - but Helmsley nailed him with a right hand! Hunter set up the Pedigree, when The Rock came from behind, laying Helmsley out with a Rock Bottom!
The Rock talked trash to the fallen Triple H when 'the Ninth Wonder of the World' Chyna climbed into the ring, Chyna facing off with the WWF Intercontinental Champion! Rock continued to run his mouth, when Kama and D-Lo Brown got in the ring! Brown ran his mouth and appeared to try hitting on Chyna, just to receive a slap from the woman! Kama grabbed Chyna from behind and held her up for 'the Brahma Bull' - but the New Age Outlaws rushed down to the ring, wanting to get even for the Nation attacking them in their match earlier tonight! Billy Gunn and Road Dogg cleaned house of Kama, D-Lo Brown and Mark Henry - and D-Generation X successfully ran the Nation up the rampway!
Road Dogg called the Nation to come back and fight - telling the group that they were here to play anytime. Triple H soon took the microphone, telling The Rock that he wanted his ass, one-on-one! Triple H challenged The Rock to put the WWF Intercontinental Championship on the line against him next week on RAW is WAR - to which Rock responded, calling Helmsley a unicorn piece of cr*p, telling him he was on! Rock raised the title defiantly to Helmsley, as the DX troops all waited to get their hands on the Nation! Cameras caught up backstage with Vince McMahon and Mankind talking in a hallway backstage as the War Zone continued - the Chairman and the deranged man discussing something: and no doubt, it related to the WWF Champion Stone Cold Steve Austin!
In the ring, Jim Cornette was seen with the re-christened Mid-South Connection - Bob Holly and Bart Gunn dressed very differently than the last time they were seen with Cornette. The two wore flamboyant and colorful attires, as Jim had a microphone in hand. Cornette said that he was out with the old, and in with the new. He introduced 'Bombastic Bob' and 'Bodacious Bart' as having found themselves in the winner's corner with the greatest manager in the history of sports entertainment: James E. Cornette. Jim declared that the Mid-South Connection were unbeaten, and that the Rock 'n' Roll Express can now go back to what they were doing before the WWF: and that's sign autographs at gas stations in the Deep South! Steve Blackman and Bradshaw interrupted - the two set for tag team action right now, and not wasting any time getting into the ring.
6) The Mid-South Connection (w/Jim Cornette) def. Steve Blackman & Bradshaw in 3:51 after the Rocket Launcher on Bradshaw. Bob Holly and Bart Gunn had certainly found new life with Jim Cornette in their corner, the two having had a great run this far in the World Wrestling Federation as of late. Despite Ricky Morton scoring an upset victory against Bob Holly this past weekend on Shotgun Saturday Night, they appeared to be looking for more - notably, pursuing a future shot at the WWF Tag Team Championships. Cornette talked tactics whilst Holly and Gunn worked hard, isolating Bradshaw - when Jeff Jarrettand Southern Justice were seen walking down the rampway! 'The Lethal Weapon' jumped at the chance to combat them, and Blackman chased after 'Double J' until he was stopped by Mark Canterbury and Dennis Knight! With Bradshaw all alone, he was a sitting duck for the Rocket Launcher, giving Holly and Gunn another win!
The Mid-South Connection celebrated their win in the ring with Jim Cornette, while Southern Justice exchanged words with Steve Blackman on the rampway, Mark Canterbury and Dennis Knight blocking 'the Lethal Weapon's path to Jeff Jarrett! Bob Holly and Bart Gunn left with Cornette, as smug as ever. Meanwhile Bradshaw sat up in the ring, sure to be irate with Blackman for abandoning him in what was a tag team match!
Backstage, Michael Cole was standing by with Marc Mero, who was at a loss for words as to suffering another loss against Val Venis. 'Marvelous' Marc Mero was irate, saying that 'the Big Valbowski' was just another WWF Superstar in his way of fame - and he got here because of his porn career. Suddenly Mero was cut off by the arrival of Sable, who shocked Mero! Marc told her to get out, that she wasn't supposed to be here - but Sable told Mero she was: and she wanted to kick his ass! Sable tried to square up to her ex-boyfriend, but 'Marvelous' Marc Mero went sweet, telling her that they can resolve this.
Mero told Sable that they could get back together - but Sable told Marc that that bridge had been burned. Sable however had a plan: telling Marc that she wanted to fight him, and she wanted it at Over the Edge. Mero asked what was in it for him, besides kicking her ass. Sable declared that if Mero was to beat her, then she would never appear at a WWF show ever again. But if she won - she would be allowed to return to the World Wrestling Federation: by herself! Sable walked away, leaving Mero at a loss for words! Back live on the War Zone, X-Pac made his way out to a mixed reaction. As while the D-Generation X's gang war with the Nation intensified, X-Pac clearly had different motives - notably last week when he laid out Owen Hart, and made it clear he wanted to reclaim the WWF European Championship for DX. X-Pac got into the ring and crotch chopped to cheers, before taking a microphone. X-Pac talked about how everybody was still talking about him. He said it had been a long time coming, where he was able to come back and perform for fans that care about he and D-Generation X. X-Pac said that he forgot how hot the World Wrestling Federation's crowds were, and how it beat risking his career night in and night out to the sound of crickets, down in Atlanta! X-Pac then talked about how it was time for him to make his return to the ring, and that he was a guy that let his actions speak louder than words. X-Pac, of course was referring to Owen Hart. He called 'the Black Hart' a joke of a wrestler, that he would have been better suited "down south". X-Pac said that he couldn't understand what Owen was still doing here, that he was here all by himself - and maybe Triple H was right: maybe Owen Hart was in fact, a nugget!
Owen Hart had had enough of X-Pac's slanderous comments towards him, and the WWF European Champion made his way down to the ring, not looking happy one bit. X-Pac commented casually that the nugget had arrived to suck the life out of this crowd. Owen got in the ring, when X-Pac continued. He said that that was Owen's problem, he wasn't entertaining: he barely beat Triple H for the WWF European Championship. But X-Pac said that he planned to take that title from around his waist, and give it some new life: where it belonged, in the helm of D-Generation X! 'The Black Hart' snatched the microphone from X-Pac, telling X-Pac that he ran all the way to New York with his tail between his legs, and now he wants a title shot? Hart told X-Pac that he would twist him up like a pretzel! Hart declared that the fun and the games were over, and that he could think of no better way than to welcome X-Pac back to in-ring competition more than by having him scream for mercy tonight. X-Pac joked that Owen was all business, but then told Hart that he was challenging him to a match at Over the Edge in three weeks, and when it was all said and done - X-Pac would be the WWF European Champion! X-Pac told the crowd to make some noise, which they did - before he casually left the ring, drawing the ire of Owen. The built up frustration of 'the Black Hart' was catching up with him, but would X-Pac push him Over the Edge?
Jim Rossand Jerry Lawlerdiscussed what sort of night Over the Edge: In Your House was shaping up to be, confirming that it was official - Sable would take on her ex-boyfriend Marc Mero: and her career in the World Wrestling Federation was up for grabs! But also, the announcement from Triple H, throwing out the challenge to The Rock for a WWF Intercontinental Championship shot next week, would in fact take place on the War Zone! The announcers were interrupted suddenly, as Vince McMahon made his way down to ringside. The Chairman took a seat beside J.R. and 'the King', as McMahon told Jim Ross and Jerry Lawler that he was here to get the old band back together - and what better way to do that than by calling the action to the blockbuster tag team main event - coming up next! 7) Mankind & Ken Shamrock def. Stone Cold Steve Austin & The Undertaker in 6:54 after the Mandible Claw on Austin. Vince McMahonsat on commentary, which grew glares from Stone Cold Steve Austin. The Undertaker meanwhile also had his eyes set firmly on McMahon, cautious of the Chairman's known efforts to screw WWF Superstars when they least suspected it. McMahon also wasn't in Ken Shamrock's high graces either, mad that Vince inadvertently cost him the WWF Championship last week on the War Zone. Shamrock and Mankind were an odd couple, with Mankind insisting on starting with Austin - and 'the Texas Rattlesnake' proceeded to kick Mankind's ass, but Mankind kept coming back for more! Meanwhile Shamrock and the Undertaker fought at ringside, with 'the World's Most Dangerous Man' taking Undertaker's ankle and ramming it against the ring post! Shamrock and Mankind were on the same page, but Undertaker soon came back with a Chokeslam for Shamrock. But Austin wanted the tag - and after reluctance from 'the Deadman', he tagged Austin into the match. Austin ran wild on Mankind, and had him set up for the Stunner - when Mankind blocked it, and shoved the Mandible Claw into the gullet of Austin! The WWF Champion was trying to fight out of it, when Vince McMahon called for the bell!
Vince McMahon got off of commentary and rang the bell, forcing ring announcer Tony Chimel to announce that Mankind and Ken Shamrock were the winners! The Undertaker climbed out of the ring and glared at the Chairman - McMahon had just screwed he and Stone Cold Steve Austin out of the match! Inside, Mankind continued to apply the Mandible Claw on Austin, when Undertaker grabbed the boss by the throat at ringside! 'The Deadman' wanted to strike Vince, but Ken Shamrock came from behind, chop blocking the Undertaker down! Mankind had Austin trapped in the Mandible Claw, whilst Shamrock delivered chair shot after chair shot, to the Undertaker on the floor - whilst Vince McMahon watched on with a huge smile on his face: and War Zone went off the air!
WWF Shotgun Saturday Night: May 16, 1998
- Scorpio (w/Faarooq) def. Miguel Peréz(w/Savio Vega, Jesús Castillo & José Estrada) in 2:15 after the 450 splash. Los Boricuas tried to interfere, which led to Faarooq getting involved, delivering a spinebuster to Castillo on the floor. After the match Los Boricuas started arguing, leading to Savio Vega and Miguel Peréz leaving Jesús Castillo and José Estrada alone in the ring. - Too Much(Scott Taylor & Brian Christopher) def. The DOA (Skull & 8-Ball) (w/Chainz) in 2:40 after the Tennessee Jam by Christopher on Skull (the illegal man). 'The King' came off commentary to attack Chainz with a steel chair shot, allowing Too Much to steal the win. 8-Ball and Skull traded places repeatedly, which infuriating the obnoxiously energetic Too Much, who remained none the wiser. - The Rock 'n' Roll Express (Ricky Morton & Robert Gibson) def. Steve Corino& Julio Sanchezin 4:15 after the double dropkick on Sanchez. It was announced that Morton and Gibson had challenged the Mid-South Connection and Jim Cornette to a handicap match this Monday night on RAW is WAR. - Non-Title: Jeff Jarrett(w/Southern Justice) (c) def. Droz in 4:48 after the Figure-Four Leglock. Southern Justice repeatedly interfered, causing Droz to become distracted. After the match, 'Double J' got on the microphone with Tennessee Lee, who declared that there was only one way to settle it: Bradshaw against Steve Blackman this Monday on RAW is WAR, with the winner becoming number one contender to his NWA North American Heavyweight Championship. Southern Justice then continued their attack on Droz, before Steve Blackman and Bradshaw hit the ring, fending Jarrett, Mark Canterbury and Dennis Knight away from the ring.
May 31, 1998 - Milwaukee, Wisconsin - Milwaukee Arena Live on Pay-Per-View
May 18, 1998 - Nashville, Tennessee - Nashville Arena (11,528) Live on the USA Network
RAW went on the air with footage from earlier today, showing the World Wrestling Federation Champion Stone Cold Steve Austin arriving at the Nashville Arena, 'the Texas Rattlesnake' making his way through the parking lot - when out of nowhere came Mankind, who once again unleashed a brutal attack on the WWF Champion! Austin fought back, fighting Mankind off - but Mankind was able to kick Austin low, sending 'the Texas Rattlesnake' into a car! Mankind continued to beat on Stone Cold, leaving him laying prone on top of a car!
The opening video package for RAW took us to the live, new Nashville Arena in Nashville, Tennessee! Pyrotechnics went off, as Jim Ross, Michael Cole and Jerry Lawler welcomed us to RAW, reviewing the footage that aired from earlier tonight - and we are just under two weeks away from Over the Edge: In Your House!
Vince McMahon kicked off the show by making his way down to the ring - the Chairman receiving a lot of hate from the Nashville crowd. The boss tried to talk, but was interrupted time and time again by eleven thousand strong calling him an "assh*le", until Vince finally admitted that he screwed Stone Cold Steve Austin! The crowd continue to boo and chant, whilst McMahon attempted to justify himself, saying that 'the Texas Rattlesnake' deserved it for every despicable act that the so-called World Wrestling Federation Champion had conducted! McMahon said that he warned Austin, not to cross the boss. He told Austin that it was his way or the hard way - and Austin just couldn't accept that it was he, Vince McMahon, who owned Stone Cold Steve Austin! Vince then said that Austin got what was coming to him last week, and earlier tonight when Mankind took him out - and in his eyes, this means that there needs to be a match: with the World Wrestling Federation Championship on the line, with Stone Cold Steve Austin defending the title against Mankind. But it wasn't going to be any match, it would be a No Holds Barred match! The crowd booed the announcement, as the announcers speculated the conspiracy to take the WWF Championship away from 'the Texas Rattlesnake'.
Vince McMahon introduced Mankind, who he claimed would dethrone Stone Cold Steve Austin come Over the Edge. The deranged Mankind came limping down to the ring wearing a shirt and tie: the demented Mankind rolling into the ring and shaking hands with the boss! An unlikely alliance had been formed, as Mankind took the microphone to further explain his actions. Unhinged, he discussed how he was a man truly deserving of the WWF Championship, for everything he had done. He put his body on the line for the bloodthirsty, and he hospitalized many men to get to this point. Mankind began screeching as he said that he has suffered for twelve long years, and now was his time to become WWF Champion. He screeched as he thanked Vince McMahon for such a big opportunity, claiming that he would make him a billionaire, by ripping the head off of Stone Cold's shoulders: and making Austin pay for every Stunner and humiliation the boss had ever faced. And when he became World Wrestling Federation Champion, he planned to prove to the world that he was the man to represent this company, well into the new millennium! Mankind claimed that he would make the WWF a better place for Mankind, when suddenly a familiar foe rose to the occasion!
Terry Funk made his way out to the rampway, 'the Hardcore Legend' shocking the Nashville, Tennessee crowd with his presence! Funk was making his first appearance since the hellacious Hardcore match at WrestleMania XIV against Mick Foley - a match that changed Foley's life forever! Mankind looked devastated as Funk got on the microphone and told Mankind that he was a pityful fool. Funk told Mankind that he couldn't kill him - nobody could! He said that as long as he has a pulse, he's still alive: and Mick Foley couldn't keep him down for long, because he's Terry Funk - 'Hardcore Legend'! Mankind got riled up, telling Funk that he shouldn't be here, calling himself the only Hardcore Legend around here. Mankind told Funk that if he wants another fight, he will give it to him - and he will put Terry Funk back in the old folks home in Amarillo, Texas: right where he belonged! Funk called Mankind a coward underneath the mask, telling Mankind that the people finally knew what he was really all about! McMahon finally had had enough, ordering Mankind to take out 'the Hardcore Legend' once and for all tonight, in a Hardcore match! Funk and Mankind continued to argue back and forth - as tonight on RAW we witness a WrestleMania rematch! An advertisement aired, promoting WWF Over the Edge: In Your House, live on pay-per-view on Sunday, May 31.
1) D-Lo Brown & Mark Henry (w/Kama) def. Faarooq & Scorpio in 4:25 after the sit-out spinebuster from Brown on Scorpio. D-Lo Brown and Mark Henry were walking with more swagger than ever before tonight, as the the Nation was escorted to the ring by Kama and two of his ladies - Brown and 'the World's Strongest Man' set to take on their former ruler Faarooq and Scorpio, who had become quite the unique combination of power and speed in recent weeks. Faarooq slapped the taste out of Brown's mouth, with no love lost between the former mentor and protegé - but Mark Henry quickly came in and the two began to pound away on Faarooq. Trading tags, Brown took shot after shot keeping Scorpio off the apron: but Faarooq clobbered Brown with a clothesline, and got the tag! Scorpio ran wild on D-Lo, but in attempting a top rope move, Mark Henry grabbed Scorpio and slammed him before splashing him - allowing Brown to capitalize with the win!
The Nation had sealed another victory tonight on RAW, as D-Lo Brown and Mark Henry stood tall with Kama joining the two in the ring. Brown got on the second rope and shook his head around, whilst 'the World's Strongest Man' continued to appear imposing to the Nashville crowd. But it wouldn't last long - as the New Age Outlaws came charging out to the ring, Billy Gunn and Road Dogg Jesse James trading blows with Mark Henry and D-Lo! 'Bad Ass' Billy Gunn dropped Kama with the Fame Asser, whilst Road Dogg ran Brown and Henry out of the ring with stomps. Road Dogg took to the microphone and delivered his formal introduction, talking about tonight as the night that Triple H would become the new WWF Intercontinental Champion of the world! The Nation were vexed, as tonight Triple H will take on The Rock in the main event!
Backstage Kevin Kelly appeared outside of the trainer's office, where he explained that he hoped to try and get a word with Stone Cold Steve Austin after the savage beating from Mankind in the parking lot earlier today. Kelly explained that 'the Texas Rattlesnake' refused to talk about the attack, but iterated that the World Wrestling Federation Champion tried his best to refuse medical attention from the trainer.
Elsewhere, Jim Cornette was walking the corridor with the Mid-South Connection - Cornette was not dressed for competition, but was talking strategy with Bodacious Bart and Bombastic Bob - ahead of the two-on-three handicap match against the Rock 'n' Roll Express! As RAW returned, the newest WWF Superstar Edge was seen sat in the crowd - 'the Lost Soul' brooding behind a pair of sunglasses, as the man dressed in black with long blonde hair looked around - Edge would make his debut in just a few weeks.
The Mid-South Connection were making their way down to the ring with their manager, Jim Cornette on a night where the legendary manager would be in action with his teammates, set to face the Rock 'n' Roll Express. Cornette got on the microphone and swung his tennis racket around - Cornette explaining that this was typical of the World Wrestling Federation. He explained that his contract did not list him as a WWF Superstar: he was a manager! Cornette said that he refused to take part in this match, but claimed that he was just glad Bombastic Bob and Bodacious Bart were on his side, and tonight the Rock 'n' Roll Express would realize that they could not hang with the Mid-South Connection!
2) 3-on-2 Handicap Match: The Mid-South Connection & Jim Cornette def. The Rock 'n' Roll Expressin 3:22 after Bodacious Bart rolled Ricky Morton up with his feet on the ropes. The Rock 'n' Roll Express have been longtime rival of Jim Cornette, dating back to the 1980s, and the days of Ricky Morton and Robert Gibson's famous rivalry against the Midnight Express. But since arriving in the World Wrestling Federation, Morton and Gibson have tried to gain some footing - and since breaking away from Cornette last month, it has become clear he had started a new project with the Mid-South Connection. Bombastic Bob and Bodacious Bart ensured that Cornette was never the legal man, but at one point Morton and Robert Gibson hip tossed Cornette into the ring, and floored him with a double dropkick! Unfortunately the distraction allowed Bart to strike in cheap manner, illegally putting his feet on the ropes as he rolled Morton up for the win!
The Mid-South Connection had once again allowed Jim Cornette to run away unscathed from a major beating from the Rock 'n' Roll Express, but Bodacious Bart and Bombastic Bob struggled to help their manager back to his feet. Over the moon with the win, Cornette excitedly told Bob and Bart that under his watchful eye, they'd be WWF Tag Team Champions in no time!
Backstage Mankind was trying to get comfortable on the couch in Vince McMahon's office, whilst the Chairman marched back and forth. The boss explained to Mankind how important it was that he beat Terry Funk tonight: he beat him harder than he did at WrestleMania. McMahon told Mankind that he was a monster - but he wasn't just any monster, he was the next World Wrestling Federation Champion, the next face of the company, and that he must win tonight and make Stone Cold Steve Austin fear him. Mankind told Vince that he appreciated the pet talk - but he had his own business with Terry Funk. Mankind screeched as he pulled his hair and stood up. He declared that he was 'the Hardcore Legend' - not Terry Funk. Mankind left, whilst Vince grinned from ear to ear. Pat Patterson and Gerald Brisco meanwhile came from behind, asking McMahon if he was seriously considering him as the next WWF Champion. Back live on RAW, Kurrgan and the Jackyl were seen wandering the stands in the Nashville Arena. Jackyl had a microphone in hand, leading the way with 'the Interrogator' lingering behind. He surveyed the crowd, asking them if they believed in the almighty power that Kurrgan possessed. Fans booed the pair, as Jackyl continued to preach that Kurrgan was unstoppable, that he was a beast, the powerhouse among powerhouses - a brute among brutes! Jackyl asked one particular fan what he thought about 'the Interrogator', asking him if he believed in the power of he - "the Final Prophet". The fan told Jackyl in a Southern accent that he thought he sucked, which caused Jackyl to laugh. He ordered Kurrgan to strike, which he did by applying the Paralyzer on the fan! Kurrgan refused to let go, as the fan tried fighting it until being put to sleep by 'the Interrogator'! Jackyl warned the crowd not to deny that Kurrgan is the most powerful force in sports entertainment today - ordering security to remove the fan's carcass from the building!
Backstage, Kevin Kelly was standing by with Jeff Jarrett, who was with Tennessee Leeand Southern Justice. Kevin Kelly talked about the number one contender's match tonight between Bradshaw and Steve Blackman, and wanted to know who 'Double J' hoped to face. The NWA North American Heavyweight Champion laughed it off, telling him that he didn't care. He said that he was the man to chase - and whoever won: the martial arts freak or the redneck cowboy, that it didn't matter, because 'Double J' is great, and 'Double J' is here to stay as the NWA North American Heavyweight Champion!
3) Number One Contender's Match: Steve Blackman def. Bradshawin 4:06 after the guillotine choke. Both of these men had been in pursuit of Jeff Jarrett's NWA North American Heavyweight Championship in recent weeks, to the point where Steve Blackman abandoned Bradshaw last week in a tag team match against the Mid-South Connection. But Bradshaw was here tonight, firing on all cylinders in looking to rough house 'the Lethal Weapon'. Blackman combated with his quickness and agility, Blackman sweeping Bradshaw off of his feet and looking to kick Bradshaw's head off. Bradshaw missed the Western Lariat, allowing Blackman to strike with a bicycle kick - followed up with the guillotine choke, which forced Bradshaw to tap out!
Steve Blackman's hand was raised in victory, as it was announced that 'the Lethal Weapon' would challenge Jeff Jarrett for the NWA North American Heavyweight Championship in thirteen days at Over the Edge! But his victory was short lived, as Southern Justice hit the ring, Mark Canterbury and Dennis Knight attacking Blackman! Jeff Jarrett cockily walked the rampway with Tennessee Lee - 'Double J' smug about his muscle taking care of the new number one contender. Blackman tried to fight them off, but Canterbury and Knight left Blackman laying with the former Slop Drop - now known as the Southern Muscle! Jarrett strutted over Blackman's body, whilst Bradshaw simply stood and watched the assault happen! Bradshaw was a sore loser, and left Blackman leaving high and dry!
Backstage, Marc Mero was seen walking to the ring - 'the Marvelous One' apparently coming to address the Nashville, Tennessee audience next! Back live, Marc Mero made his way down the rampway, 'Marvelous' Marc Mero not popular whatsoever in Nashville. Mero climbed into the ring, where he brushed off the Tennessee crowd telling them that he didn't care what these people thought about him! Marc said that he only believed in one thing: and that's himself. Mero said that he didn't need the fans, and he sure as hell didn't need Sable by his side, in his life, or in the way of his future. Marc said that Sable had the audacity to show up on RAW is WAR last week, and embarrass herself by challenging him to a match at Over the Edge. Marc explained that he would never condone beating a woman - but Over the Edge would be a different story. He explained that he planned to make sure that Sable would never return to the World Wrestling Federation, and after all she's done to him, she was going to pay literally, because she'd need all the plastic surgery she could afford to fix the black eyes, the cuts, scratches and the broken nose he planned to give her!
Thankfully, Val Venis interrupted, 'the Big Valbowski' making his way out to the rampway! Wearing a towel, the newcomer greeted the ladies in attendance - as he talked about how he couldn't stand listening to this slob before him talking about what he was going to do to his ex-girlfriend. But then again, the term "girlfriend" in any use is a no-go for 'the Big Valbowski'. Val told Marc that he pitied him, because after Over the Edge he'd be a bigger laughing stock than any man in the history of adult entertainment! Mero asked Venis if it wasn't enough that he had beaten him twice in the past two weeks - but now he's interrupting him? Val told Marc that this was all a part of his plan, because it all ties together like a clean, tidy, huge package. Val wanted Nashville to see his latest film - which played on the TitanTron.
Entitled "Do It For Marc", it showed Venis and Sable sat up in bed! 'The Big Valbowski' was as content as ever, when he asked Sable about what Marc Mero would think. Sable said that it was a nice invitation, far more fulfilling than Marc could ever be. Val told Sable not to get used to it - he's a lone rider. Sable told Val that she didn't want anything more. She said to the camera that if Marc was watching, he should know that she's ready to kick his ass. And when she does, she is coming back to the World Wrestling Federation - and she would be a bigger Superstar than Marc Mero could ever be! Back live, the Nashville crowd loved the film, whilst Mero was irate at Venis! Val simply smirked and left, telling Mero to enjoy the cold shower. Val may have crossed the line big time tonight!
Terry Funk was seen walking the hall backstage - as 'the Hardcore Legend' makes his return to the World Wrestling Federation to take on Mankind in a Hardcore rematch from WrestleMania - only on RAW, coming up next! A replay aired, showing the ultimate humiliation for Marc Mero, as Val Venis and Sable starred in 'the Big Valbowski's latest flick: "Doing It For Marc". But in an incident that occurred during the commercial break, Val Venis was in the locker room backstage when Marc Mero came from behind - 'the Marvelous One' taking Venis down hard and stomping away at the newcomer! The adult entertainer was down and paying for embarrassing him on national television - as Marc told Val to tell Sable that he was going to destroy her career at Over the Edge! Venis was left to cough in pain from the unexpected ambush.
4) Hardcore Match: Mankind vs Terry Funk ended in a no-contest in 7:24 after Stone Cold Steve Austin attacked Mankind. These two had quite the history, dating back to Terry Funk helping put Mick Foley's name on the map - and the two quickly developed a friendship based on Funk as Foley's mentor. But ever since WrestleMania, the ultimate test to prove he was better than Funk, Mankind decimated Funk and left him in a mangled state in a hospital bed. But now the shoe was on the other foot - and Terry Funk was back for more of Mankind, who in thirteen days will challenge Stone Cold Steve Austin for the WWF Championship in a No Holds Barred match. In a match for the monicker of being 'the Hardcore Legend', Funk quickly introduced weapons and brought the fight to Mankind, using a stop sign, a trash can and a cookie sheet to keep Mankind at bay. Mankind fought back and delivered an astounding chair shot across the skull of the middle-aged and crazy Terry Funk. The fight went up the rampway, where Funk attempted to piledrive Mankind through a table, but Mankind backdropped Funk onto the steel rampway! Mankind low blowed Funk and then planned to piledrive him through the table, telling Terry that this was the end of his career: but Stone Cold Steve Austin came from the backstage area, attacking Mankind!
Stone Cold Steve Austin was back after Mankind attacked him in the parking lot earlier today, and the World Wrestling Federation Champion brawled with Mankind! Mankind tried to fight back and get away, but Austin continued to pound on Mankind, right on the rampway! 'The Texas Rattlesnake' pummelled Mankind, until Mankind kicked Austin low and escaped through the crowd. Some unhinged 'Hardcore Legend' - but nonetheless Austin was proving he was up for the challenge: and he wanted nothing more than to kick Mankind's ass in No Holds Barred at Over the Edge - as RAW went off the air! WWF War Zone:
The opening video package for the War Zone aired, bringing us to Nashville Arena for the second hour of a stacked night of RAW is WAR! Jim Ross and Jerry Lawler ran down what was coming up in the second hour, as Owen Hart is set to take on Kama of the Nation - but in the main event, Triple H will challenge The Rock for the WWF Intercontinental Championship!
The lights went out in Nashville Arena, signalling the arrival of the Undertaker. Out came 'the Lord of Darkness', Undertaker clearly not happy as he wasted no time in walking down to the ring and climbing inside. The smoke cleared, and the fans in Nashville were supportive of the Undertaker, who grabbed a microphone and appeared very tense and out of character tonight. The Undertaker explained that he had been in the World Wrestling Federation for a long time, almost eight years. He watched all of the WWF Superstars come and go - he watched as they all took orders, and obeyed the bossman - Vince McMahon. But the one thing the Undertaker learned about each of them was that so many of those individuals were flushed out of the World Wrestling Federation, all because of one man: Vince McMahon! The Undertaker said that he warned the Chairman last week not to try and screw him, not to stab him in the back: and look what happened. It was Montreal, all over again! Undertaker said that he didn't know about everybody here, but he was sick of the boss sticking his nose where it didn't belong - and that was in 'the Deadman's business! The fans cheered, as Undertaker called Vince McMahon out to pay for his sins, or he would find himself in the clutches of 'the Phenom'!
The Undertaker was waiting, he felt wronged after Vince McMahon screwed him and Stone Cold Steve Austin out of the tag team main event last week - and 'the Lord of Darkness' was waiting for the Chairman to show his face! But backstage, Vince McMahon, Pat Pattersonand Gerald Brisco were anxiously trying to gather WWF Superstars to go and take the Undertaker out! In the arena, Too Much and the Quebecers ran down to the ring - just to wind up being taken out by the Undertaker alone! 'The Deadman' dropped Jacques with a Chokeslam and then drilled Scott Taylor with the Tombstone Piledriver - as the Undertaker once again secured the ring, telling the boss that he knew he had to do better than that! It was chaos, as the Undertaker was hijacking the War Zone, seeking out the Chairman! Backstage, McMahon ordered Pat Patterson and Gerald Brisco to go out to the ring, and as the Undertaker continued to wait, Patterson and Brisco cautiously made their way down the rampway. The Undertaker warned "the two stooges" that they should think real hard about their next step - when suddenly from behind came Ken Shamrock! 'The World's Most Dangerous Man' chop blocked the Undertaker, locking in the Ankle Lock on 'the Deadman'! Undertaker refused to tap, but Shamrock refused to break the vicious grip of the Ankle Lock! Shamrock continued to pull and pull, finally releasing the hold. Shamrock just saved the Chairman's ass, while the Undertaker was left clutching his ankle - prone like we'd never seen 'the Phenom' before! Live on the War Zone, Vince McMahon was backstage walking around in relief, when Pat Pattersonand Gerald Brisco met with the Chairman, similarly relieved. Patterson and Brisco were terrified of the Undertaker, but Ken Shamrock suddenly appeared much to the congratulations of the boss! McMahon thanked Shamrock graciously, telling 'the World's Most Dangerous Man' that that was what he needed to do when the Chairman told him to do something. Ken however, told Vince that he hadn't forgotten what McMahon did. Shamrock told McMahon that he's not taking orders - he's doing this for him. Shamrock said that he wanted the Undertaker, one-on-one at Over the Edge: and McMahon responded, telling the former Ultimate Fighter that he was on! McMahon once again thanked Shamrock, who walked away before he even had a chance.
5) Non-Title: Kama (w/2 Women) def. Owen Hart (c) by disqualification in 3:53 after X-Pac attacked Hart. After an eventful match earlier tonight, the Nation were all in action tonight - Kama now set for non-title competition with Owen Hart, who in two weeks will defend the WWF European Championship against X-Pac. Hart was proving to be a fighting champion, taking on anybody that wanted a shot, whilst Kama - like D-Lo Brown and Mark Henry - had adapted a new attitude, with two women in his corner before the match. Kama tried using his size as an advantage against 'the Black Hart', but Owen was able to use his technical prowess to get the better of Kama. The fans notably chanted "nugget" at 'the Black Hart', which frustrated him. Late in the match, X-Paccame charging out to the ring - but upon entry, X-Pac hesitated who to go after - the Nation or his opponent at Over the Edge, Owen Hart! X-Pac suddenly decided to roundhouse kick Kama, disqualifying 'the Black Hart'!
X-Pac just exacted more momentum for D-Generation X in their rivalry with the Nation - but his decision in attacking Kama gave Owen Hart the opening, taking X-Pac down and pounding away at the degenerate! Owen was vexed that X-Pac had cost him this match, but soon enough the New Age Outlaws came running down to the ring, Road Dogg Jesse James and Billy Gunn coming to fight Owen Hart for attacking X-Pac: but out came D-Lo Brownand Mark Henry, who came out to fight with the WWF Tag Team Champions! Owen and X-Pac continued to go at it, while D-Lo and Mark Henry pounded away on the Outlaws inside of the ring! Referees shuffled down to the chaotic sight in the ring, trying to break up the brawls between DX, the Nation, and Owen Hart!
Backstage, The Rock was seen smirking through his shades - as the WWF Intercontinental Champion was approached by Michael Cole asking about his thoughts going into the main event: putting his title on the line against Triple H. 'The Brahma Bull' told Cole the amount of times he told jabronis like him to not enter the Nation's locker room, but told Michael that he looks like a jackass, so he'll give him what he's looking for. Tonight, it's all about the Rock defending and beating the jabroni Triple H, and keeping the WWF Intercontinental Championship around the Rock's waist. Cole asked Rock about the chances of the Nation getting involved, but Rock told Cole it didn't matter - he didn't need the Nation to whoop Helmsley's candyass. Rock ordered Cole out, as he continued to relax before the big title match tonight. Owen Hart was backstage after the chaotic scene in the ring after his match with Kama was thwarted by X-Pac. 'The Black Hart' was approached by Kevin Kelly, who asked Owen what he made of X-Pac attacking Kama. Owen was frustrated and angry, telling Kevin Kelly that he was the WWF European Champion, and he had Kama beat until that rugrat X-Pac got in his way! 'The Black Hart' said he didn't care about D-Generation X, or their rivalry with the Nation. All he cared about was winning - and at Over the Edge, he was going to make a man out of X-Pac when he makes him tap out in the middle of that ring. Kevin asked Owen what he thought about the fans chanting "nugget" at him, to which Owen denied that he was a nugget, walking away in disgust.
6) Kai En Tai (w/Dick Togo & Mr Yamaguchi-san) def. TAKA Michinoku & Aguila) in 4:39 after a blocked sunset flip by Funaki on Michinoku. Kai En Tai had been a thorn in TAKA Michinoku's side for the past month or so, and the WWF Light Heavyweight Champion was not about to keep playing around with Mens Teioh and Sho Funaki attacking Aguila after a match last week on RAW. 'The Japanese Sensation' was admired by the Nashville crowd, much to the chagrin of Mr Yamaguchi-san, who repeatedly adjusted his tie in frustration at ringside. Michinoku and Aguila flew around the ring, taking the Kai En Tai members on a wild ride, whilst Dick Togo watched with his arms folded beside a fiery Yamaguchi-san. Michinoku attempted to go for the Michinoku Driver on Funaki, but in the exchange Michinoku tried for a sunset flip, just for Funaki to hang on, and used the support of Teioh through the ropes to steal the victory.
Kai En Tai slid out of the ring as Mr Yamaguchi-san jumped up and down at ringside. Sho Funaki and Mens Teioh rubbed the win in TAKA Michinoku's face, as the WWF Light Heavyweight Champion was disappointed by the loss. But suddenly Dick Togo hit the ring, finally making a move and taking Michinoku down with a big reverse STO! Togo stood dominantly over Michinoku, before he went up to the top rope and executed the diving senton, leaving 'the Japanese Sensation' down! Yamaguchi-san, Funaki and Teioh continued to gloat, while Togo stood tall in the ring.
Backstage, Vader was seen walking the halls - but there was something different about 'the Mastodon', as he walked without his mask. The mask, stolen by Paul Bearer after an attack from Kane last week, was nowhere to be seen and Vader looked tense - headed for the ring as the War Zone continued, next. Back live, Al Snow was seen trying to convince security to let him into the building! Snow begged and pleaded with the security guards, telling them that he only wanted one shot. Snow said he was resilient, he would clean the boss's shoes, he would scrub toilets - anything to get a shot in the World Wrestling Federation! Commissioner Slaughter arrived at the scene, telling Snow that he had to stop doing this. Slaughter refused Snow entry, to which Snow grabbed Slaughter's leg and got onto his knees - hugging the Commissioner's feet and sobbing for an opportunity. Security tried to get Snow away from Slaughter, when the Commissioner decided to give in - telling Snow to get to the building next week: he was giving him ONE match to show him what he had to offer. Snow jumped out in joy and tried hugging Slaughter, but security swiftly tossed Snow out on his ass in the parking lot!
Vader made his way out to the ring without his mask, 'the Mastodon' looking different without it. Not dressed for competition, Vader was not in the mood and it was obvious he wanted one thing more than anything. On the microphone, Vader said that he heard what Paul Bearer said to him last week, loud and clear. And what Vader wanted was 'the Big Red Machine' one-on-one in this ring: because he was here to raise hell and make Kane his b*tch! The fans saluted Vader, who demanded Kane and Paul Bearer to show up.
He got part of what he wanted - as Paul Bearer made his way out to the rampway. Booed heavily, Paul walked and talked down to the ring, explaining that his son Kane would not be here tonight. But Bearer had something that Vader wanted - taking Vader's mask out from his suit jacket. Bearer told Vader that he had his mask as a symbol of what happens when you take from the Bearer family. He told Vader that he crossed the line, and that he had to pay. But if Vader wanted a shot at Kane, he would have to wait until Over the Edge. Vader called Paul a sick freak, telling him that he wanted 'the Big Red Machine' now! 'The Mastodon' got in Paul's face, snatching his mask back from Bearer! Intimidated by him, Paul held back as Vader put his mask on and grabbed Bearer by the tie. Vader demanded Kane get ready for Over the Edge, because the next time Kane showed himself, Vader would take that mask of his and show the world the nasty, ugly sight beneath! Paul tried to get away, but Vader cold-cocked Bearer, knocking the father of Kane down and out! Vader stood tall, to the delight of the Nashville crowd - but he would pay for what he did to his daddy, when Kane found out about this.
Backstage, Road Dogg was talking to Billy Gunnand X-Pacabout D-Lo Brown, Kama and Mark Henry, how he couldn't wait to kick the Nation's asses again. Triple Hand Chynashowed up, telling D-Generation X that they would get their hands on the Nation - and after tonight he would bring the WWF Intercontinental Championship to the DX Army: alone. Helmsley walked away, even leaving 'the Ninth Wonder of the World' Chyna behind. X-Pac and Road Dogg asked why, whilst 'Bad Ass' Billy Gunn told Hunter to give the Rock hell! The main event was coming up next. 7) WWF Intercontinental Championship: The Rock (c) def. Triple Hin 11:21 after the Rock Bottom. The Rock had held the WWF Intercontinental Championship since last December, but with the budding rivalry between D-Generation X and the Nation, and with The Rock and Triple H both claiming they wanted to do this all by themselves - could this be the night Triple H becomes a two-time WWF Intercontinental Champion? The fans were pro-D-Generation X, as Helmsley was all business and didn't deliver a speech to the Nashville Arena before the match. Nashville loathed The Rock, and Rock wisely decided to anger the challenger by stalling on the floor. Helmsley brought the fight to the champ, 'the Brahma Bull' struggling as Hunter almost scored the win with a spinebuster. Rock cowered, but then took advantage of an opening, taking control. Rock applied a Sharpshooter during the match, and soon decided to apply the People's Elbow - but Helmsley managed to get up and clothesline Rock before his clothesline. Triple H pounded on Rock almost to the point of being disqualified, and when arguing with the referee, Rock once again took control - but Rock clotheslined the referee by accident, and this fight broke out with both men going at it with no official! Rock attempted the Rock Bottom, but Helmsley low blowed Rock and hit the Pedigree - when the Nation came running out to the ring! Kama, D-Lo Brown and Mark Henry got in the ring - when the New Age Outlaws, X-Pac and Chynacame from the back! Another war broke out between DX and the Nation, spilling to the floor around the ring. All the while, Rock nailed Helmsley with the WWF Intercontinental Championship! He covered, but Triple H still had life, kicking out! Rock set Helmsley up, and connected with the Rock Bottom, retaining the title!
By the skin of his teeth, The Rock had successfully defended the WWF Intercontinental Championship! 'The Brahma Bull' hugged his title, by any means necessary defending the title against Triple H - while Helmsley rolled out to the floor. But Rock's win was not a successful one, as the New Age Outlaws hit the ring, running 'the Brahma Bull' away. The Nation gloated on the rampway, while D-Generation X remained standing, wanting to kick the cr*p out of the Nation in the ring!
But suddenly, backstage Stone Cold Steve Austin and Mankind had started fighting again, fistfighting back and forth!The World Wrestling Federation Champion did not want to leave Mankind alone - two weeks out from their No Holds Barred match at Over the Edge! 'The Texas Rattlesnake' and the unhinged Mankind were brawling, when Vince McMahon arrived at the scene - the Chairman telling Mankind to kick Austin's ass - as the War Zone went off the air!
WWF Shotgun Saturday Night: May 23, 1998
- The DOA (Skull & 8-Ball) (w/Chainz) def. Too Much (Brian Christopher & Scott Taylor) in 4:14 after the powerbomb by Skull (the illegal man). After stealing the win last week with help from Jerry Lawler, Too Much had a rematch with the unhappy biker gang - and Skull and 8-Ball were all about kicking Christopher and Taylor's asses. Chainz, to ensure no interference from 'the King' this week, stood in the way of Jerry Lawler's position on commentary, which made it hard for Too Much to take control. 8-Ball and Skull once again traded places, taking the win just as Taylor and Christopher were prematurely celebrating their win, which cost them the match. - Kurrgan(w/The Jackyl) def. David Jericho in 1:59 after the Paralyzer. The Jackyl talked on commentary about how he was wrong about the Truth Commission - he took the wrong steps. But he was building a new army, a gang of misfits - "a parade of human oddities", and that they would make the World Wrestling Federation crazy. - Savio Vega & Miguel Perézdef. José Estrada& Jesús Castilloin 3:22 after the Caribbean Kick from Vega to Castillo. The problems within Los Boricuas had been a recurrent theme for quite a few weeks ago, and the faction split into two to try and work things out in a match. Unfortunately, after the match Vega and Peréz, and Estrada and Castillo continued to push and shove each other, leading to Estrada and Castillo leaving the ring - leaving Savio and Peréz high and dry. - Goldust (w/Luna) & Tom Brandi def. The Headbangers(Mosh & Thrasher) in 5:52 after the Curtain Call by Goldust on Thrasher. Tom Brandi and Goldust were uneasy allies, as Brandi was sporting a new look tonight after an unfortunate few months that saw his stock fall and flail. 'The Bizarre One' once again was profusely in love with Luna, who seemed somewhat more interested in Brandi. The Headbangers worked hard to try and regain momentum after their WWF Tag Team Championship shot two weeks ago went awry, but Goldust put Thrasher away for the win. Goldust got on the microphone after the match, where he once again confessed his love for Luna - and it would not be matched by anybody. Goldust then swiftly kicked Tom Brandi low, and allowed Luna to join in, slapping Brandi and suplexing him! Goldust and Luna made out over Brandi's fallen body.
May 31, 1998 - Milwaukee, Wisconsin - Milwaukee Arena Live on Pay-Per-View
WWF Championship - No Holds Barred Stone Cold Steve Austin (c) vs Mankind
Ken Shamrock vs The Undertaker
Kane vs Vader
WWF European Championship Owen Hart (c) vs X-Pac
Sable's Career on the Line Sable vs Marc Mero
NWA North American Heavyweight Championship Jeff Jarrett (c) vs Steve Blackman
May 25, 1998 - Chattanooga, Tennessee - UTC Arena (6,513) Live on the USA Network
RAW went on the air with a video package reviewing what went down last week - where the night began for Stone Cold Steve Austin, being attacked in the parking lot by Mankind. Between Vince McMahon giving his approval to Mankind as becoming the next World Wrestling Federation Champion, he encountered a longtime friend and foe in Terry Funk. Battling in a Hardcore match for the monicker as 'the Hardcore Legend', Mankind's efforts to put Funk in the hospital once again went thwarted as the WWF Champion fought with Mankind and sent him running. Austin and Mankind once again fought as the War Zone went off the air with neither relenting - with Over the Edge looming and the two set to go at it in a No Holds Barred match, who knows what could go down tonight on RAW is WAR.
The opening video package for RAW aired, taking us to the UTC Arena in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Pyrotechnics were going off, as Jim Ross, Michael Coleand Jerry Lawler welcomed us to RAW, just six days away from Over the Edge live this Sunday night on pay-per-view!
Stone Cold Steve Austin made his way down to the ring, all fired up as ever. The World Wrestling Federation Champion, just six days away from meeting Mankind in No Holds Barred at Over the Edge - was making his way down to the ring! Austin got into the ring, as the fans chanted 'the Texas Rattlesnake's name - but Austin took the microphone and was ready to address his opponent this Sunday. Austin talked about Mankind running his mouth, with Vince McMahon in his ear pleading for him to stop Austin's "reign of terror" - but Stone Cold wasn't about to wait for Sunday to kick Mankind's ass all around the building in the No Holds Barred match! Austin told Mankind to grab his little leather mask, to put his best sweat pants on and get out here so Austin can finish what he started last week! Austin pounced back and forth in the ring, but instead...
The Undertaker made his way down the rampway - 'the Deadman' shocking everybody by marching down to the ring, and it was made clear by 'the Lord of Darkness' in recent weeks, that he wanted a shot at Austin's WWF Championship. 'The Phenom' climbed into the ring to Austin's surprise, where Undertaker grabbed the microphone from Austin and told Austin that he wants nothing more than for Stone Cold to beat the hell out of Mankind at Over the Edge: but 'the Deadman' told Austin that as soon as his hand is raised and he is still WWF Champion - the Undertaker wants what Stone Cold has. Austin suddenly snatched the microphone back - the tension rising, as Stone Cold told Undertaker that with all due respect, after Undertaker beats Ken Shamrock, he would have no problem kicking 'the Deadman's ass: because nobody was taking the WWF Championship away from Stone Cold! Austin and Undertaker went head to head, both men having Chattanooga on their feet - wanting to see these two titans go at it.
Vince McMahon came out to interrupt, the Chairman yelling over the mic that this was not going to happen! The boss did not look happy, backed by Pat Patterson and Gerald Brisco - as McMahon growled at Stone Cold and the Undertaker that this was not going to happen tonight, and it would not happen for the WWF Championship any time soon! The crowd booed the Chairman, chanting "assh*le" his way - much to the boss's bemusement. McMahon told Austin that Mankind has his number, and he would be lucky to even spam of Over the Edge after Mankind is done with him! Vince then addressed the Undertaker's attempt to hijack RAW, hijack his show - but he saw what Ken Shamrock did to him, and he knows for a fact that 'the World's Most Dangerous Man' was going to do the unthinkable, and cripple the Undertaker for the world to see! The crowd booed, but Undertaker told Vince to stay out of his business. The Undertaker told Vince that Ken Shamrock would pay for his sins this Sunday night - but he wanted Austin. And if he didn't, then he was coming for Vince McMahon.
The fans erupted, and McMahon and his stooges appeared threatened, when Vince decided on a compromise. Vince told 'the Deadman' that he had a solution to the problem - and that was all based around a match tonight: if the Undertaker is serious about wanting Stone Cold Steve Austin - all he has to do tonight, is beat Mankind. And after Over the Edge was all said and done - he would have the first title shot the next night on RAW. Undertaker appeared content, when Austin spoke up telling McMahon that he was a jackass, and that nobody would be taking his title from him - before delivering a Stunner to 'the Deadman'! Austin rolled out of the ring and scared McMahon, Patterson and Brisco to the back - but in the ring, 'the Deadman' sat up! Undertaker was not too happy, as our main event was set - Mankind, one-on-one with the Undertaker! A replay aired, reviewing what just went down, with the Undertaker set to face Mankind tonight - and if 'the Deadman' won, he would get the first title shot next week on RAW. Vince McMahon was backstage with Pat Pattersonand Gerald Brisco - who both were campaigning to McMahon, telling him that he had come up with a perfect solution. The three were stopped when Ken Shamrock showed up to confront the Chairman. 'The World's Most Dangerous Man' told McMahon that he saw what just happened, and he saw he has given the Undertaker an opportunity. Shamrock demanded to know where his opportunity was, wanting another shot at the WWF Championship himself! Shamrock was raging, but McMahon assured Shamrock - telling him that his opportunity was to break the Undertaker's ankle, to rip it off! Shamrock was seething, but he nodded, and walked away.
1) Southern Justice (w/Jeff Jarrett & Tennessee Lee) def. Steve Blackman & Bradshaw in 4:12 after the Southern Muscle on Blackman. With 'the Lethal Weapon' gearing up for a shot at Jeff Jarrett's NWA North American Heavyweight Championship this Sunday at Over the Edge, Blackman teamed up with his opponent from last week, Bradshaw - taking on Dennis Knight and Mark Canterbury tonight. 'Double J' was in Knight and Canterbury's ears, instructing his heavies to take care of Blackman, who took the brunt of the beating despite his best efforts. Blackman finally took Knight down with a dropkick, and this was his chance to tag in Bradshaw - but when the tag was about to go down, Bradshaw jumped down from the apron! The Texan was leaving Blackman high and dry, allowing Southern Justice to take care of Blackman with the Southern Muscle!
The crowd booed as Bradshaw shook his head and slowly backed up the rampway - all because Steve Blackman beat him for the shot at the NWA North American Heavyweight Championship last week! In the ring, Southern Justice celebrated when 'Double J' climbed into the ring - Jeff Jarrett mounting and pounding away at 'the Lethal Weapon'! Southern Justice and Tennessee Lee watched, before 'Double J' strutted and raised his hands high - standing over the fallen martial artist.
In the backstage area the Nation were seen walking the halls, led by the WWF Intercontinental Champion The Rock, who was talking proudly about the beating he dished out on "that jabroni" Triple H last week on the War Zone. They appeared to be heading for the ring, next on RAW! An advertisement aired, promoting WWF Over the Edge: In Your House, live on pay-per-view this Sunday night.
In the crowd sat Edge in the stands - 'the Lost Soul' from Toronto, Canada as reported by Jim Ross, set to make his debut next week on RAW is WAR.
The Rock made his way down the rampway to loud boos, as the WWF Intercontinental Champion was followed out by his Nation contemporaries, D-Lo Brown, Mark Henryand Kama all strutting out arrogantly - as the Nation appeared more than satisfied with their doings last week in helping The Rock retain the title against Triple H. In the ring, 'the Brahma Bull' told the crowd to shut their mouths. He declared that finally he had returned to Chattanooga, and it still sucked! The crowd booed, but Rock continued, talking about how last week cemented the fact of the matter: that the Nation is the most dominant faction in the World Wrestling Federation today, without a shadow of a doubt! And he proved it when he beat Triple H's candyass in the middle of the ring, one-two-three, to retain the most valuable championship in this business - the WWF Intercontinental Championship. Rock raised it and gazed through his shades to chants of "Rocky sucks", but D-Lo Brown got on the mic and told the crowd to shut their mouths and respect The Rock! Rock thanked D-Lo, then thanked 'the World's Strongest Man' and Kama for their hard work to ensure that by any means necessary, this title stays on his shoulder.
But it wouldn't last: Triple H, Chyna, X-Pacand the New Age Outlaws made their way out to the rampway to a huge ovation! D-Generation X appeared ready for another war, but as DX appeared to be making their way down to the ring, Rock told the gang of degenerates to stop right there. Rock told them that last week he proved it, the Nation proved it - that they were the best. He called D-Generation X old news, and stated that Triple H wasn't on The Rock's level. Triple H retaliated, telling Rock that if it weren't for his little b*tch buddies, he wouldn't be the WWF Intercontinental Champion: Triple H would. Road Dogg chimed in, telling the Nation that they may be the men in the ring with the power right now, but all they see are a couple of sloppy seconds to The Rock! Billy Gunn told Rock that he can dispute it all he wants, but the way he sees it: the New Age Outlaws, and Triple H have beef with the Nation.
Gunn told Kama, D-Lo Brown and Mark Henry to be real men, and fight them tonight! The fans erupted, and it fired up the Nation. Triple H asked Rock what it was gonna be: if the Nation really wanted to prove they were number one, then they fight them tonight, three-on-three. The Outlaws were pumped, when Rock had to think about it. He told Helmsley and his gang of hoodlums to get ready for tonight, because tonight was the night Kama, D-Lo and Mark Henry beat the living snot out of their candyasses, and the Nation goes down in history as the greatest faction in the World Wrestling Federation today! Helmsley responded with a smirk on his face, telling Rock that he talks a lot of cr*p, but he was still taking that title away from him. Road Dogg told the Nation that if they weren't down with that, they had two words for them - leaving the Nation aggravated; but the challenge had been made! Helmsley and the Outlaws to face Kama, D-Lo Brown and Mark Henry: DX against the Nation, tonight! Back live, Val Venis made his way down the rampway to a big response, 'the Big Valbowski' once again receiving the attention of all of the women in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Venis introduced himself to the ladies again, then began to talk about how he told the ladies that when Val promised - he delivered. Val asked the ladies if they wanted to see him take his towel off and show them everything they desire - but before they could do so, Too Much came out to the rampway!
Scott Taylor and Brian Christopher obnoxiously laughed at each other, talking about how they didn't know who Val Venis was, but he must be deluded. Full of energy, Taylor told Val that everybody knew Too Much was the hottest guys in the World Wrestling Federation. Climbing into the ring, Christopher joked about how Val should put them in his next movie, because Too Much was "Too Hott, Too Sexy, and Tootally Awesome". They high fived, when Val told them he doesn't do those sort of movies, but if they made one together it would no doubt be a big hit for some men out there! Too Much tried to attack, but Val laid out Taylor, kick starting a match with Brian Christopher!
2) Val Venis def. Brian Christopher (w/Scott Taylor)in 2:53 after the Money Shot. 'The Big Valbowski' was not taking any exception to Too Much after they interrupted his towel tease designed for the ladies here in Chattanooga. The so-called 'Too Sexy' Brian Christopher and 'Too Hot' Scott Taylor tried to work together to help Christopher beat the thus-far undefeated newcomer, and Taylor distracted Val at ringside by wearing his towel, allowing Christopher to strike. It went awry and Val sent Christopher sailing into Taylor, knocking him off the apron - allowing Venis to hit a sit-out powerbomb, following up with the popular growing Money Shot off the top for the win.
Val Venis sealed the deal with another win tonight on RAW, as 'the Big Valbowski' celebrated his win in the ring to the applause of the Tennessee audience - whilst Scott Taylor helped Brian Christopher out of the ring, where they embraced in a big hug. Val mocked 'Too Hot' and 'Too Sexy', before once again thrusting and shaking his hips for the women in the UTC Arena.
In his office, Vince McMahon was sat comfortably - the Chairman then being joined byMankind, who apologized to the boss for being late. McMahon got up and told Mankind not to apologize, after all he was the next World Wrestling Federation Champion. The two shook hands, as Mankind continued to talk about how gracious he was for the opportunity. McMahon however told Mankind that he had a big night ahead of him, because he had to beat the Undertaker. Mankind looked at Vince and asked if he was kidding. Vince was reluctant, when Mankind lost his temper - picking up a lamp and smashing it against the wall! Mankind exclaimed that he hated the Undertaker, and told Vince that tonight 'the Deadman' will die, and the blood will be on Mankind's hands! He screeched and pulled at his hair, when Vince told Mankind to save his energy for later tonight. As for now, he wanted Mankind to have a seat and get comfortable - ordering Pat Patterson and Gerald Brisco to clean up the mess! Kevin Kelly was backstage, standing by with Bradshaw - who he wanted to get the reason why Bradshaw turned his back on Steve Blackman tonight. Bradshaw told Kevin Kelly that he didn't owe anybody a damn thing. He was the last true cowboy in the World Wrestling Federation. He could beat anybody's butt in a fight, and he was no longer about to play second fiddle to Steve Blackman of all people. Bradshaw told Kevin that he should be WWF Champion, and declared that next week, with the King of the Ring tournament beginning - he was announcing his entrance into the tournament.
3) Vader def. Savio Vega (w/Los Boricuas) in 1:55 after the Vader Bomb. In recent weeks on Shotgun Saturday Night, Los Boricuas has been crumbling with Savio Vega aligning himself with Miguel Peréz, and Jesús Castillo and José Estrada forming an alliance among themselves. They squared off in tag team action last week on Shotgun Saturday Night, which led to more dissension amongst the Puerto Ricans. Vega looked for help in this match with 'the Mastodon', but when he did so, the other three members of Los Boricuas all left Savio alone for Vader to manhandle! Vega was all alone, and Vader quickly put Vega away with the Vader Bomb.
Vader celebrated his win, when the lights suddenly went out, signalling the arrival of Kane! 'The Big Red Machine' emerged with Paul Bearer - Bearer not looking happy whatsoever. He ordered Kane to go down to the ring and fight Vader - and 'the Mastodon' looked ready for him! Kane marched to the ring, where he and Vader went blow for blow in the middle of the ring! The UTC Arena was on fire for Kane, as he and Vader battled it out, with Vader knocking Kane out to the floor. These two big men brawled on the floor, with Bearer looming nearby: and when Vader saw Bearer he tried to grab Kane's father once again by the tie - just for Kane to strike from behind! These two men, set to fight this Sunday at Over the Edge, were getting it on with six days to go - when Kane slammed Vader's head into the ring bell in the timekeeper's area! Bearer told Kane to break Vader's hand - and that's when 'the Big Red Machine' took the bell hammer and crushed Vader's hand with it, over and over again! Vader dropped to the floor clutching his hand, as Bearer led Kane away from the badly injured 'Mastodon'. Medics arrived at the scene, and Vader was in a world of hurt, potentially suffering a broken hand courtesy of 'the Big Red Machine' tonight! Back live, Jim Ross, Michael Coleand Jerry Lawler talked about what just happened, where in footage from during the commercial break we witnessed Vader being escorted through the backstage area by officials clutching his bloodied, battered hand after a savage attack from Kane, masterminded by Paul Bearer. They asked the question if Vader could compete against Kane this Sunday night - and hoped for an update on his hand later tonight.
4) D-Generation X (Triple H, Billy Gunn & Road Dogg) (w/Chyna & X-Pac) def. The Nation (D-Lo Brown, Kama & Mark Henry) (w/The Rock) in 5:23 after the Pedigree by Helmsley on D-Lo. After the words spoken earlier tonight by both the Nation and D-Generation X, we were about to witness the first six-man tag team match between the two rival factions. This was a rivalry that was growing intense, especially after Helmsley's hopes of becoming WWF Intercontinental Champion was for not last week on the War Zone, all thanks to D-Lo Brown, Mark Henry and Kama. X-Pac was present at ringside to ensure The Rock not get involved, and it was noted he had his own shot this Sunday at the WWF European Championship, held by Owen Hart. The New Age Outlaws worked together to try and cut Mark Henry down, which they had difficulties in doing so - which allowed Kama to take Road Dogg down hard with a roundhouse kick. The Nation kept Jesse James from Billy Gunn and Triple H, and after some cheap tactics from the Nation, Billy Gunn hopped the ropes and took Nation off the apron, then dragged James over to DX's corner, making the tag to Triple H! Helmsley and Gunn ran wild on the Nation, and quite quickly a huge fight broke out, with Rock and X-Pac going at it at ringside! The mass brawl continued, while in the ring, Mark Henry tried jumping Helmsley from behind just to get dropkicked by Billy Gunn, with Jesse James kneeling and tripping Henry through the ropes! Helmsley delivered the Pedigree to D-Lo, scoring the victory!
D-Generation X had come out on top in this six-man tag team battle against the Nation, as Triple H crotch chopped to the UTC Arena's delight - before Kama came from behind, attacking Helmsley! At ringside the New Age Outlaws and X-Pac tried to battle with The Rock and Mark Henry - when Owen Hart came running down the rampway, tackling X-Pac and pounding away at him! The WWF European Champion continued to strike X-Pac, as there were bodies everywhere! Referees once again came running down to the site, as it was DX battling the Nation: this war was just getting started! WWF War Zone:
Back live on the War Zone, after footage from another mass brawl between D-Generation X and the Nation, we returned live backstage to the sight, where Triple H and The Rock were once again fighting - with the New Age Outlaws, D-Lo Brown, Mark Henry and Kama also going at it! It was chaos in the back, as the Nation and DX were not giving up the fight, whilst referees were going crazy trying to intercept it!
In the ring, Sable made her way down to the ring to a huge response - perhaps for the final time, as this Sunday at Over the Edge, Sable will meet her ex-boyfriend Marc Mero one-on-one, in a match that will determine the blonde bombshell's future in the World Wrestling Federation. Sable didn't appear phased as she smiled and waved to the Chattanooga crowd, climbing into the ring with some words for her former boyfriend. Sable said that it had come down to this: the site being Milwaukee, Wisconsin, this Sunday night. She said that she didn't want to do this to Marc, saying that she did truly love 'the Marvelous One': but this is the only way. Sable noted that it was Marc Mero's insecurities, his burning jealousy that cost him their relationship. And she's heard Marc talk about how he was going to beat the cr*p out of her: but she doesn't know what she's been doing in the time they've been separated. She said that she has been training with the best in the world, and on pay-per-view in front of the world, they were going to witness her kick the cr*p out of 'Marvelous' Marc Mero! Sable said that she was a free woman, and if she wanted to show the world her body she would - because that's difference between her and Marc: these people love her.
Marc Mero made his way out to the rampway, clad in shades and a bandana. 'Marvelous' Marc Mero however, seemed happy. He rubbed his beard as he mocked Sable's words, telling Sable that this is how it's always been with her: Sable always tried to one-up him. Him! A former WWF Intercontinental Champion, the only reason she is even standing here today. The only reason anybody knows who she is, because he brought her along for the ride! Marc told Sable that after this Sunday, he didn't care what happened to her, because he knew her for what she truly was - a pathetic, little sl*t! The crowd booed heavily, as Marc was showing his misogynistic ways. Marc then asked Sable if she remembered these faces - bringing out Goldust and Luna! The last time these three met, they hated Mero - and now they were shaking hands! Marc joked, telling Sable to show them what she's got - the trio taking a walk down to ringside! Sable was surrounded, as Mero, Goldust and Luna all got on the apron: and Luna climbed inside, rushing at Sable just to be met with a kick taking Luna down! Goldust hit the ring and Sable ducked a clothesline, Sable kicking 'the Bizarre One' three times! Sable was about to go for a finishing roundhouse kick, but Marc tackled Sable to the canvas! Mero heinously mounted Sable, telling her that it didn't have to be like this - but on Sunday, he was going to make sure nobody even recognized her! Mero left Sable alone in the ring, smiling after everything he had done - a truly despicable human being. Live on the War Zone, Pat Patterson and Gerald Brisco were seen kneeling in the office of Vince McMahonwith a pan and brush, cleaning up the shattered remains of the lamp Mankind smashed against a wall earlier tonight. Meanwhile, the Chairman and Mankind- who were sitting comfortably on two couches during all this - talked about Over the Edge. McMahon asked Mankind what he was going to do to the Undertaker tonight. Mankind got fired up as he spoke, telling the boss he would teach 'the Deadman' that Vince is the boss, and he would make Undertaker respect him. But Mankind got more and more fired up, telling McMahon that he would smash and tear the Undertaker apart. Because he didn't deserve the WWF Championship - but Mankind did! Mankind got up and threw a cup of coffee at the floor, shattering it! McMahon stood up and got in Mankind's face, asking him what he was going to do to Stone Cold Steve Austin - and Mankind screeched that he would eat him alive! Mankind said there wouldn't be a Stone Cold Steve Austin when he's done with him, because he would torture 'the Texas Rattlesnake' worse than he's been tortured his whole life! Mankind flipped the table, and McMahon shook hands with Mankind, happy. Mankind left, while McMahon casually told Patterson and Brisco to fix this mess! Ever the odd couple, all to take the WWF Championship from Austin.
Al Snow was in the ring as the War Zone continued, Snow raising his mannequin head to the capacity crowd in the UTC Arena to a decent reaction. Despite not being a WWF Superstar, Snow had received quite a lot of attention with his antics in recent weeks; Snow resilient to Commissioner Slaughter's efforts to keep Snow from attending WWF live events, let alone competing. Jim Ross and Jerry Lawler noted Snow's history with the World Wrestling Federation, formerly known as Leif Cassidy. Since then he had been competing for Extreme Championship Wrestling, developing a cult following with his mannequin called "Head", which is said to be Snow's spiritual advisor. Al's face dropped however, when Kurrgan and the Jackyl marched out to the rampway. The Jackyl had a smug grin on his face - and it appeared that Al Snow's one chance to become a WWF Superstar was a set up all along, as Kurrgan roared and made his way down to the ring!
5) Kurrgan (w/The Jackyl) def. Al Snow (w/Head) in 2:12 after the Paralyzer. Al Snow did a lot of conferring with the mannequin, Head in his corner - but Snow was at a complete mismatch against the giant, Kurrgan. 'The Interrogator' obeyed the Jackyl, who continued to smile sadistically as Kurrgan charged Snow around the ring. Snow however attempted to be resilient, kicking and punching Kurrgan away. Snow even tried a missile dropkick off the top, just for Kurrgan to swat Snow down to the mat like a fly! Jackyl continued to talk to Kurrgan, ordering him to show this oddity he wasn't worthy of joining his "parade" he was planning. But at one point Snow ducked a right hand from Kurrgan, who decked the official! Snow clocked Kurrgan with Head, covering 'the Interrogator' - for a slow near fall! In disbelief, Snow tried to use Head again: anything for survival, but Kurrgan slapped on the Paralyzer, forcing Snow to submit!
The Jackyl climbed into the ring as Kurrgan stood up to his feet, standing over the fallen body of Al Snow. Jackyl grabbed a microphone and asked the people if they believed Head was some sort of spiritual adviser? Jackyl picked up the mannequin by the hair and tossed it down, telling Al that he was deluded. Jackyl then started to talk about Kurrgan being a part of something bigger, something greater. Jackyl talked about how his parade of human oddities would be realized: and the World Wrestling Federation will never see it coming. Jackyl told the UTC Arena that next week, everybody would see what the Jackyl was truly capable of.
Backstage, D-Generation X seemed done with the Nation in their fighting all over the arena - but Triple H, Chyna and the New Age Outlaws were making their way back out here! After the humiliating one-sided loss suffered against Kurrgan, Al Snow and Head once again found themselves being dragged through the backstage area. Snow in a daze after suffering the Paralyzer, came to his senses and struggled, Snow kicking and screaming for another chance! Snow said that this wasn't fair, that he was a WWF Superstar and Head knew it! The security guards stopped as Commissioner Slaughter stood in Snow's way, telling Al that he was done - when Al suddenly snapped. Snow decked one of the security guards, then grabbed Head: causing Slaughter to cower in fear! Snow demanded Slaughter give him another shot, or he would give Slaughter Head - and Slaughter caved! Snow raised Head high, but not before knocking the other security guard out with Head, the two strutting away!
Back live, D-Generation X made their way down to the ring once again, Triple H with the WWF Tag Team Champions the New Age Outlaws, and 'the Ninth Wonder of the World' Chyna by his side. They did not seem satisfied after their big win against the Nation in six-man tag team action earlier tonight, as they climbed into the ring to a huge ovation. Road Dogg talked about how they fought tonight and they came out on top - and they wanted nothing more than to kick the Nation's asses all over again! Billy Gunn declared that the Nation can duck them all they want, but it would always end the same: one way or another, it would be D-Generation X - the best damn tag team in sports entertainment, and the best damn ruler of this ring, Triple H kicking the cr*p out of their asses all over again! Triple H took over, telling The Rock that he admits it - he did a good job stealing the win last week. But Helmsley wanted another shot, and if Rock didn't give it to him, he better get ready for an eternity of looking out for D-Generation X because behind every corner in the back, under every single ring they compete in - DX would be there, and they were going to kick the Nation out of their house! Helmsley had three words for them: "Are you ready?"
The Nation responded, in almost a reverse of what they did earlier tonight - this time responding to D-Generation X's threats! This faction war was getting ugly, as The Rock came out with Kama and Mark Henry supporting him. The WWF Intercontinental Champion removed his shades and glared at DX, telling them that they could stop making threats and allegations: if Triple H wanted a rematch, he would give Triple H a rematch. But it would be on The Rock's terms, and The Rock's terms only! Rock told DX that he knows he can beat his jabroni ass in a fight, but can the New Age Outlaws take the Nation? Rock told DX that he's ready for everything, which is why this Sunday at Over the Edge, Helmsley could bring his roody-poo buddies Billy Gunn and Road Dogg - hell he can even bring Chyna. And they can all find themselves stuck right up Chyna's ass, because he was going to put the WWF Intercontinental Championship on the line: but in a six-man tag team match! Rock was oozing confidence, as Helmsley told Rock that this Sunday, D-Generation X would prove that they are the ultimate faction in sports entertainment today, in the past, and in the future; and if the Nation weren't down with that, they had two words for them. You had to admire Rock's confidence, but now Rock's own title was on the line, it wasn't just about relying on himself: it was now riding on the Nation to save his title, by any means necessary!
Backstage, Vader was seen in the trainer's office being interviewed by Michael Cole who asked about the condition of 'the Mastodon's hand after it was smashed by the bellhammer courtesy of his opponent this Sunday, Kane. Vader was riled up, his hand bandaged, as Vader screamed, asking Paul Bearer if he and Kane thought that would stop him? Vader said that he may have a broken hand, but he wasn't backing down - this Sunday at Over the Edge, Vader told Michael that he would demolish Kane, and he would destroy Paul Bearer! Why? Because it's time, it's time, it's Vader Time! We returned to the War Zone to see Kevin Kelly standing by with Owen Hart, the WWF European Champion having grown a goatee in recent weeks - Kevin wanting to get Owen's thoughts leading into his title defense against X-Pac this Sunday at Over the Edge. 'The Black Hart' started off explaining that he wanted to make one thing clear: he was not a nugget. Owen tried to continue talking, but X-Pac suddenly arrived: tackling Owen Hart to the floor! X-Pac was returning the favor from earlier tonight, and Kevin Kelly immediately had two referees break up the fight, restraining X-Pac from pounding on Owen any further! X-Pac told Owen he would see him on Sunday, and that he would take Owen's title home to D-Generation X!
6) TAKA Michinoku, Aguila & Yoshihiro Tajiri def. Kai En Tai (w/Mr Yamaguchi-san) in 4:28 after the Michinoku Driver on Teioh. It was made official for this Sunday at Over the Edge: TAKA Michinoku would defend the WWF Light Heavyweight Championship against Dick Togo of Kai En Tai; the Japanese faction led by Mr Yamaguchi-san obsessed with the idea of dethroning TAKA Michinoku as WWF Light Heavyweight Champion - but first Kai En Tai had to get past Michinoku's assembled team, consisting of his WrestleMania rival and recent ally, Aguila - the luchador from Mexico City; and somebody making his World Wrestling Federation debut, Yoshihiro Tajiri from Tokyo, Japan. Tajiri used a lot of kicks on offense, but found himself at Kai En Tai's mercy. Michinoku eventually made the tag, and 'the Japanese Sensation' hit the ring, taking on allcomers. At one point Kai En Tai were all sent from the ring, which allowed Aguila to come over the top rope with a topé con hilo! Michinoku was able to score the win, with the devastating Michinoku Driver on Teioh.
TAKA Michinoku's hand was raised, with he and Aguila raising Yoshihiro Tajiri's hand in victory. The WWF Light Heavyweight Champion and the flashy luchador from Mexico were giving Tajiri support after an eventful World Wrestling Federation debut for him - while Mr Yamaguchi-san yelled at 'the Japanese Sensation' TAKA Michinoku from the ring: citing Kai En Tai's plans for Dick Togo to take the title from him at Over the Edge.
Stone Cold Steve Austin was backstage cracking open a beer, as the World Wrestling Federation Champion had a good view of a television monitor. Michael Cole approached 'the Texas Rattlesnake' asking him who he was rooting for in the main event. Austin called Michael a "silly bastard" and told him he didn't give a damn. Austin said that he wants nothing more than for Mankind to be in tip top shape on Sunday, because he's got a can of whoop-ass coming with his name written all over it. Austin then said that if the Undertaker wins, like he said tonight: he has no problem stomping a mudhole in the Undertaker's ass either, because he was Stone Cold Steve Austin - he was the World Wrestling Federation Champion: and that's the bottom line! Austin went back to his beer, as the Undertaker will meet Mankind in the main event: next! Jim Ross and Jerry Lawler ran down the line-up for Over the Edge: In Your House, which is coming up this Sunday night on pay-per-view.
The lights went out in the UTC Arena, signalling the arrival of 'the Lord of Darkness' himself, the Undertaker. The Undertaker came slowly stomping out to the rampway in an obviously foul mood - certainly not happy with receiving a Stone Cold Stunner from the World Wrestling Federation Champion earlier tonight. The Undertaker slowly made his way down the rampway, when Ken Shamrock yet again blind-sighted 'the Deadman'! Shamrock put the boots to the Undertaker, but Undertaker got back up and grabbed 'the World's Most Dangerous Man' by the throat! The Undertaker delivered a right hand, and he began fighting with Shamrock back up the rampway - Undertaker then looking to Chokeslam Shamrock right off the stage - but Mankind came out of nowhere with a steel chair shot across the spine of the Undertaker! Mankind pounded on Undertaker, with Shamrock joining in - and Shamrock locked the Ankle Lock on 'the Phenom'! Shamrock was told to break the Undertaker's ankle, and he was not waiting to face the Undertaker this Sunday on pay-per-view! But suddenly, Stone Cold Steve Austin made his way out, immediately coming to blows with Shamrock, and then bringing the fight to Mankind!
Stone Cold wasn't wasting any time as he and Mankind traded blows down to the ring - where Austin rolled Mankind inside, just for Mankind to jump 'the Texas Rattlesnake' and pound away at Austin! Shamrock came down to the ring to join in on the beating, and 'the World's Most Dangerous Man' delivered a belly-to-belly suplex to Austin! Mankind rolled out to the floor and pulled out a barbwire-clad 2x4 - and Mankind looked to have some lethal consequences coming the WWF Champion's way: but Austin fought back, delivering the Stunner to Mankind! The Undertaker meanwhile came storming down to the ring, attacking Shamrock with a big boot! Austin was going at it with Mankind while Shamrock and the Undertaker went at it - and backstage, Vince McMahon was sat with Pat Patterson and Gerald Brisco watching this happen, and loving every second of it!
WWF Shotgun Saturday Night: May 30, 1998
- Non-Title:The Rock(w/Kama, D-Lo Brown& Mark Henry) def. Droz in 4:38 after the People's Elbow. Droz was game for non-title action with the WWF Intercontinental Champion, one day ahead of the Nation's collision with D-Generation X at Over the Edge where Rock's title would be on the line. The Nation's constant interference cost Droz, and after the People's Elbow, Droz was finished. After the match, Rock got on the microphone and addressed the doubters, saying that the Nation's motto is "by any means necessary", and tomorrow night on pay-per-view, The Rock would leave Over the Edge with the title around his waist. - The Headbangers (Mosh & Thrasher) def. David Jericho& Buddy Landell in 3:19 after the Stage Dive on Jericho. - Skull (w/8-Ball& Chainz) def. Tom Brandi in 2:28 after the powerbomb by 8-Ball. Before the match Tom Brandi got on the microphone and talked about how he used to be sincere, and he thinks the people have forgotten that. Brandi talked about how the people should love him and worship him - not see him as a nobody. He made an open challenge, and the DOA accepted the challenge, much to the chagrin of 'the Sincere' Tom Brandi. During the match Chainz distracted the referee allowing Skull and 8-Ball to switch places, allowing Skull (or 8-Ball?) to dominate and pick up the win. - The Mid-South Connection (Bombastic Bob & Bodacious Bart) (w/Jim Cornette) def. Faarooq& Scorpio in 4:03 after the roll-up with the tights by Bart on Scorpio. Cornette continuously distracted Faarooq and Scorpio, which eventually led to the Mid-South Connection scoring a cheaply obtained victory. It was talked about on commentary that the Mid-South Connection were in the chase of the WWF Tag Team Championships. After the match Faarooq and Scorpio fended Bob and Bart away from the ring, and had a hold of Cornette - until the Mid-South Connection were able to drag Cornette out of the ring in his aid.
May 31, 1998 - Milwaukee, Wisconsin - Milwaukee Arena Live on Pay-Per-View
WWF Championship - No Holds Barred Stone Cold Steve Austin (c) vs Mankind
Ken Shamrock vs The Undertaker
Only the WWF Intercontinental Championship is On the Line D-Generation X (Triple H, Road Dogg & Billy Gunn) vs The Nation (The Rock, D-Lo Brown & Mark Henry
Kane vs Vader
WWF European Championship Owen Hart (c) vs X-Pac
Sable's Career on the Line Sable vs Marc Mero
NWA North American Heavyweight Championship Jeff Jarrett (c) vs Steve Blackman
WWF Light Heavyweight Championship TAKA Michinoku (c) vs Dick Togo
May 31, 1998 - Milwaukee, Wisconsin - Milwaukee Arena (9,822) Live on Pay-Per-View
The opening video package for WWF Over the Edge aired, reviewing how many WWF Superstars have been driven closer to the edge in recent weeks. From the chaos spanning from Mick Foley's twisted transformation into Mankind, pursuing the WWF Champion Stone Cold Steve Austin; to Vince McMahon growing obsessed with taking the title from 'the Texas Rattlesnake'. Ken Shamrock, deprived of another shot at Austin, driven to attacking the Undertaker to reap the benefits of a future shot at the gold. And not to mention, the sizzling rivalry between D-Generation X and the Nation growing fiercer by the week. Tonight, scores will be settled - but some may be driven Over the Edge, when it's all said and done.
The opening graphic for WWF Over the Edge aired, taking us to the sell-out Milwaukee Arena in Wisconsin for Over the Edge: In Your House - live on pay-per-view! Pyrotechnics went off in the centre of the ring, as Jim Ross and Jerry Lawler talked anxiously about how hot the building was for tonight, running down the matches ahead - topped by the No Holds Barred match between Stone Cold Steve Austin and Mankind: WWF Championship on the line.
1) WWF European Championship Owen Hart (c) vs X-Pac
Owen Hart in recent weeks had become a different person. Still finding his feet after his Hart Foundation allies had long since left the World Wrestling Federation late last year, 'the Black Hart' has tried to strive on his own to varied success. He failed in pursuit of the World Wrestling Federation Championship back in February, and suffered a loss that changed his attitude at WrestleMania, where he challenged Triple H for the WWF European Championship. But with the attitude change, Owen's vendetta against D-Generation X only grew thicker and thicker, and Owen became the WWF European Champion at Unforgiven last month. Becoming a fighting champion, one man took exception to Owen being the champ - and that man was X-Pac. X-Pac returned to the World Wrestling Federation the night after WrestleMania, but was making his return to the ring after a debilitating neck injury that got him fired from his job "down south". While X-Pac's allies in D-Generation X are rivalling the Nation, and will compete later tonight: X-Pac's duty was to bring the WWF European Championship back home to the DX camp.
Owen Hart grew frustrated early, as the fans in MIlwaukee loved X-Pac's energy. He crotch chopped 'the Black Hart' early and had the fans chant "nugget" at Owen, which caused Hart to grow more and more fierce. Finally the two locked up, and it was all competition from there. X-Pac was able to keep up with the technician, but Owen, with his training from father Stu Hart, was able to catch X-Pac off-guard. X-Pac soon grew frustrated and left the ring after Owen had gotten the better of him on the mat - but the match continued as Owen baseball slid X-Pac down at ringside, and this one was quickly turning into a brawl. Owen Hart went after the neck, but it was clear that the fans were more into X-Pac than the world-class technician from the famous Hart family. X-Pac tried to take shortcuts, rolling Owen up - which led to Hart returning the favor, almost stealing the win with a rolling crutch pin. Both of these Superstars turned to bringing in the big guns, with X-Pac brutally kicking Owen in the chest repeatedly, and Hart blocking the Bronco Buster, and nearly scoring the pin with an enzuigiri. X-Pac tried to come off the ropes with a legdrop, but Owen moved and caught the legs - in one foul swoop looking for the Sharpshooter! X-Pac tried to block, catching Hart in the inside cradle, but for a near fall.
The match continued, as Owen once again looked for the Sharpshooter, but X-Pac this time managed to get to the ropes. It got 'the Black Hart' hot at the referee, who demanded he call off the match. X-Pac appeared to be hurting from the work done to his neck - but X-Pac managed to strike back with the seated facebuster come to be known as the X-Factor: X-Pac covering, but Owen got his foot on the bottom rope! Now X-Pac was frustrated, but he looked for a spinning wheel kick - blocked by Owen, who rolled X-Pac up and used the tights for leverage - Owen Hart stealing the win!
Winner and STILL WWF European Champion: Owen Hart (13:27)
Owen Hart quickly escaped the ring to some boos, as 'the Black Hart' had lost his concentration and decided to resort to cheating to retain his title! X-Pac knelt up in the ring in disappointment, calling Owen a coward - but Owen raised the WWF European Championship in celebration: 'the Black Hart' didn't care what anybody thought, only caring that he was still the champ.
Michael Cole was backstage with the Nation, talking about the high stakes in tonight's unique six-man tag team match. He talked about how it was a one-fall match, but The Rock's WWF Intercontinental Championship was in the hands of the Nation, and he had to rely on the Nation tonight to retain the title. The Rock told Michael to shut his mouth, talking about how he's proven that he can whoop Triple H's ass. He's said that the Nation, can whoop the New Age Outlaws' asses. Rock talked about how since day one of the hostile takeover, the Nation, by any means necessary has ensured that this title stay on the Rock's shoulder. Rock said that he's not worried, so Cole shouldn't have to worry either.
Mark Henry spoke up, talking about how he has his eyes set on ripping Road Dogg Jesse James' tongue out of his mouth, 'the World's Strongest Man' taking exception to Road Dogg's comments in recent weeks. D-Lo Brown chimed in, saying that he has beaten Triple H, and he would get the win tonight, and everybody better recognize when it's all said and done. Kama lowered his shades, telling Cole that DX are child's play compared to the antics the Nation get up to, and tonight they were going to realize that pimpin' wasn't easy. Rock told Michael to beat it, because tonight was their night - the Nation's night to prove to the world that they are better in every way, than D-Generation X, if you smell what The Rock is cookin', jabroni.
Jim Ross and Jerry Lawler talked about the former relationship between Marc Mero and Sable. They were lovers, but the more popularity that Sable obtained, the more jealous Marc Mero got. A video package aired, reviewing the history between the ex-lovers - and how increasingly despicable 'Marvelous' Marc Mero had become in recent weeks, since dumping Sable and attempting to get her removed from the World Wrestling Federation. Tonight, Sable must win to remain a WWF Superstar.
2) Sable's Career is On The Line
Marc Mero vs Sable
Marc Mero had become a different person since dumping Sable on national television last month, all because of the popularity and attention that his then-girlfriend had been receiving. Sable was learning, competing at WrestleMania where she and Mero defeated Goldust and Luna. Not just that, but 'Marvelous' Marc Mero grew paranoid of being humiliated, by having Sable stripped down to her bra and panties last month at Unforgiven, in a Rip 'Em Off match with Luna. Evidently, that was water under the bridge for 'the Marvelous One', as he conspired with 'the Bizarre One' and Luna to try and attack Sable last Monday night on the War Zone. Now it was up to Sable, who was out to spite Mero after he dumped her and had her removed from the World Wrestling Federation. She starred in Val Venis's newest adult entertainment movie called "Do It For Marc", and she had been training - but in this one-fall match, she had to beat her ex-boyfriend to stay in the World Wrestling Federation.
Sable came to the ring to a huge ovation, happy to see the fans in Milwaukee tonight. She may have been heading to the ring for a final time tonight on pay-per-view - but it was clear that she had spent all month training for this moment, to kick her ex-boyfriend's ass. 'Marvelous' Marc Mero was extremely cocky, almost to an obnoxious degree, as he walked to the ring. Mero talked trash to his ex-girlfriend from across the ring, but as the bell sounded, Marc offered Sable an easy way out: and that's for Sable to just lay down. Sable responded by slapping Marc, and she quickly took to slapping Mero repeatedly in the corner! Sable threw some kicks in Marc's direction, but a shoulder block took Sable down! He snapmared Sable and started pulling on her hair, ignoring the referee's orders - but 'Marvelous' Marc Mero did not give a damn. He gloated to the pro-Sable crowd while Sable was down, but when Mero picked her up by the hair and looked to punch her he hesitated, allowing Sable to again slap Marc! Again it went short lived, as Marc dropped Sable with a big right hand! Mero was showing total misogynistic colors here, as he continued to brag and yell at Sable, that it didn't have to be like this.
Mero covered, but Sable refused to give in. Marc decided to give Sable the TKO, planning to take this match and get it over with - but Sable managed to get out of it, and with the referee not seeing, she low blowed Mero! Sable rolled Marc up for an extremely close near fall, when Sable looked for the Sable Bomb...just to get back dropped out by Mero. Marc bragged how he knew Sable better than she knew herself - and Mero once again looked for the TKO, but decided to drop her with a Samoan drop! Mero climbed up to the top rope, perhaps looking for the Wild Thing - but Marc took too much time, telling Sable that her career was finished after this. He came off the top with the shooting star press, but Sable got her knees up! Mero was winded, and Sable connected with a Sable Bomb - covering Mero and scoring a huge upset, in this intergender match up!
Winner: Sable (3:22)
It was ironic that after everything Marc Mero had said about not wanting to be humiliated by his ex-girlfriend, that in this singles intergender match, Sable was able to beat 'the Marvelous One'! Sable slowly got up to her feet, a cut on her cheek - as Sable received a huge ovation from the Milwaukee Arena! Sable was announced as becoming a WWF Superstar officially, and she was delighted by the announcement. She continued to celebrate while Mero stuck around, 'Marvelous' Marc Mero surely devastated to have suffered a career low, losing this match tonight to a girl. Sable rubbed it in Mero's face, which caused Marc to quickly leave the ring in rage - Mero not wanting to speak to anybody as Sable had saved her career, by beating her ex-boyfriend in a match!
Backstage, Kevin Kelly was with Vader, who was wearing a huge cast on his mammoth-sized hand. Kevin reviewed footage that went down last Monday night on RAW, where Kane attacked 'the Mastodon' and savagely shattered Vader's hand with a bell hammer. He asked Vader how his broken hand would effect his performance tonight - but Vader told Kevin that he wasn't worried. Vader told Kevin Kelly that he may have lost one hand, but he still has one more. Vader said that nobody hits harder than 'the Mastodon', and that it would not effect his performance. He said that Kane and Paul Bearer were out to handicap him, but the shoe will be on the other foot - because tonight 'the Big Red Machine' falls, and his daddy Paul Bearer will be there to witness it first hand. Vader declared that he was going to expose Kane's disgusting, charred face to the world tonight, and then he's going to go after his daddy Paul Bearer!
In the Milwaukee Arena, Vince McMahon was seen making his way down the aisleway - the Chairman making an unprecedented appearance ahead of tonight's main event, where he was hoping for Mankind to take the World Wrestling Federation Championship from Stone Cold Steve Austin in the No Holds Barred match. McMahon climbed into the ring amidst "assh*le" chants, as Vince told the people that tonight was a good night, because not only would we crown a new WWF Champion - one for the betterment of the company - but we would also see the legend of the Undertaker die, courtesy of Ken Shamrock! McMahon continued to be booed, as McMahon talked about how it was always going to go down like this: he's seen how stubborn Mr Austin can be, and so it had to happen like this. McMahon declared that you don't take liberties with his company, and in recent weeks both Austin and the Undertaker have taken liberties in the belief that they own this company! McMahon begged to differ - this was HIS World Wrestling Federation, and he makes the rules! Vince recited that if you didn't follow orders, he would make you fall in line - and that's what will happen when 'the World's Most Dangerous Man' breaks the Undertaker's ankle right off the bone - and when Stone Cold Steve Austin, a beaten, bloody mess, loses to the deranged Mankind!
Stone Cold Steve Austin was not about to fall in line, as the World Wrestling Federation Champion made his way down to the ring - the Milwaukee crowd going crazy for the WWF Champion! 'The Texas Rattlesnake' got into the ring and glared at McMahon from across the ring, telling Vince that he's the most sorry son of a b*tch he had ever laid eyes on. Austin told McMahon that he can keep talking the bullcr*p he's been spewing for as long as he wants - but there is one thing he still needs to learn about Stone Cold: he will not quit for nobody. He will not surrender, and he sure as hell won't take sh*t from the boss! Austin told McMahon that tonight, he's going to beat the living tar out of Mankind and make him even stupider than he was from the start, because in No Holds Barred, there aren't any rules: and he is taking Mankind to hell and back, and that's the bottom line! Milwaukee erupted, when McMahon told Austin he clearly should have stayed listening, because he wasn't done yet.
McMahon told Austin not to jump the gun so quickly, because he hadn't even gotten to the announcements yet. Vince declared that in tonight's main event, the No Holds Barred match for the WWF Championship, that not only will he be present on commentary with Jim Ross and Jerry Lawler - but he has assigned two officials to this match. McMahon told Austin that Pat Patterson would be the special guest enforcer, and that Gerald Brisco would be the special guest referee in Austin's match! Austin was livid, the odds again stacked in Mankind and McMahon's favor - but Stone Cold told Vince that he can put fifty of his favorite asskissers in charge, it didn't matter. Because when this night was over, Austin 3:16 will still rule, and the WWF Championship will stay right where it belongs! Austin motioned he was going to hit McMahon, who fled to the floor - leaving Austin amused in the ring! Austin left, but could 'the Texas Rattlesnake' get the job done, with the Chairman once again adding last-minute stipulations to the WWF Championship match!
Jim Ross and Jerry Lawler talked about the lengths Vince McMahon was going to, to ensure that Mankind leave Over the Edge as the WWF Champion tonight - before talking about how the odds were also stacked against the WWF Light Heavyweight Champion, TAKA Michinoku. They reviewed footage from two weeks ago on RAW is WAR where Kai En Tai were successful against Michinoku and Aguila, with Mr Yamaguchi-san, the benefactor of the rebellious Japanese group challenging Michinoku to put his title on the line tonight against Dick Togo.
They were suddenly joined on commentary by none other than Al Snow with Head, as 'the King' took exception to Snow joining them for this match, calling him a nutcase. Snow told J.R. that he may not be a WWF Superstar yet, but after tomorrow night on RAW is WAR, there was no way any official could deny him of a contract with the company! Head had a headset on as well, and Snow took a silence to converse with Head, much to the annoyance of Lawler.
3) WWF Light Heavyweight Championship TAKA Michinoku (c) vs Dick Togo (w/Kai En Tai)
The reigning, defending WWF Light Heavyweight Champion had been the figurehead of the light heavyweight division since its inception last year, and after over six months as WWF Light Heavyweight Champion, TAKA Michinoku has become beloved by fans across the world. 'The Japanese Sensation' however had fallen several times thanks to Kai En Tai. Led by Mr Yamaguchi-san, he has posed a threat to Michinoku with the debut of Sho Funaki, Mens Teioh, and TAKA's opponent tonight, Dick Togo. Kai En Tai's mission is to dethrone and expose Michinoku as a fraud for the Japanese people, and to perform a hostile takeover of the light heavyweight division.
Al Snow talked with Head about TAKA Michinoku being a superhero, and he certainly had to take that role tonight as he was outnumbered with Yamaguchi-san, Sho Funaki and Mens Teioh at ringside. Dick Togo, the challenger looked menacing as a challenger - all business and set to go at it in what should be a high-flying state of affairs. Michinoku and Togo exchanged holds, trying to take control of their opponent in the early moments, with TAKA finding a counter to everything Togo was doing - causing Dick to go on the attack, brutalizing the smaller champion. 'The Japanese Sensation' tried to fight Togo off, but Dick took a more dominant position in this title match - Togo clubbing on Michinoku, and soon locked in a crossface, keeping 'the Japanese Sensation' grounded. Michinoku was a fighting champion with fighting spirit however, and sent Dick out to the floor, where he then looked to perform a springboard plancha on Togo, just for Yamaguchi-san to stand in the way! TAKA stopped and got down, as Yamaguchi-san helped Togo back to his feet. Meanwhile, TAKA decided to instead hit an Asai moonsault on Funaki and Teioh on the other side of the ring - the WWF Light Heavyweight Champion crisply taking Kai En Tai out!
The match continued with Dick Togo attacking Michinoku from behind - Togo almost scoring the win with the senton bomb, but TAKA refused to give up. A slingshot moonsault similarly did not get the job done. Yamaguchi-san was foaming at the mouth, yelling in Japanese at Togo to finish the job and take TAKA's title. Togo attempted a flatliner, but Michinoku broke free and dropkicked him down. TAKA then knocked Funaki and Teioh off the apron, then hit a spinning wheel kick, covering - but Yamaguchi-san was on the apron. Frustrated, TAKA got in his face, when Aguila came darting down to the ring, pulling him off the apron! Yamaguchi-san slapped Aguila and yelled at him in thick Japanese, when Kai En Tai attacked Aguila! In the ring, Togo nailed Michinoku with the STO, then went up top for the diving senton - but Togo got nothing but the mat! TAKA responded, drilling the challenger with the Michinoku Driver, and TAKA had come out on top!
Winner and STILL WWF Light Heavyweight Champion: TAKA Michinoku (10:43)
TAKA Michinoku could barely get a chance to celebrate another successful title defense; as Kai En Tai attacked the WWF Light Heavyweight Champion from behind - Sho Funaki and Mens Teioh furious that Michinoku had managed to take the win tonight! They put the boots to 'the Japanese Sensation' while Aguila laid prone on the floor; Mr Yamaguchi-san continuing to order instructions to the rebellious group!
But Al Snow on commentary spoke to Head, asking him what he was talking about. Snow was given a directive from the mannequin Head, who then got off commentary and slid into the ring: Snow striking Funaki and Teioh with Head! Yamaguchi-san ran for the hills, as Al Snow helped TAKA back up to his feet! Snow shook hand high in the air to an ovation, while Jerry Lawler was aggravated by this nutcase not even supposed to be allowed in this building tonight!
Dok Hendrix was backstage with Jeff Jarrett, Southern Justice and Tennessee Lee - Hendrix talking about 'Double J's crusade to make himself into a country music star, when Tennessee Lee interrupted him. Lee told Dok that 'Double J' was a star, he was a star in the making. Lee exclaimed that last month, Jeff Jarrett played Greensboro Coliseum at Unforgiven - a sell-out crowd, all there in that building for 'Double J', the biggest country music star of the new millenium. Jeff Jarrett told Dok that he was the greatest singer, the greatest wrestler - and tonight he was going to prove that he was the greatest NWA North American Heavyweight Champion too, when he beats Steve Blackman. 'Double J' called Blackman white bread, telling him that he may think he's Bruce Lee, but after tonight he's going to be walking around thinking he's Jackie Chan, because 'Double J' was large and in charge.
4) NWA North American Heavyweight Championship Jeff Jarrett (w/Southern Justice & Tennessee Lee) (c) vs Steve Blackman
'Double J' had been the NWA North American Heavyweight Champion since beating Vader in March on RAW is WAR, and in that time he had cemented himself quite the legacy. He performed "With My Baby Tonight" live on pay-per-view at Unforgiven, and had quite the array of successful defenses as champion against the likes of Droz and Bradshaw in recent weeks. But with the new hired muscle, Mark Canterbury and Dennis Knight, and the ever in-control Tennessee Lee in his corner, he had quite the cabinet to combat any WWF Superstar wanting a shot at his title. 'The Lethal Weapon' Steve Blackman earned this shot after winning a number one contender's match against Bradshaw two weeks ago on RAW is WAR, but the question was whether Blackman was focused or not, both with the numbers advantage favoring the champion - and after Bradshaw left Blackman high and dry for a beatdown from Southern Justice last Monday on RAW is WAR.
Steve Blackman was all business as usual starting off, 'the Lethal Weapon' sending Jeff Jarrett running early. 'Double J' attempted to compete with Blackman early, but it cost him as Steve quickly brought out the sharp kicks that he had become known for in the World Wrestling Federation, dating back to his debut last October. Blackman was motivated, and chased the NWA North American Heavyweight Champion around the ringside area, until he ran into a brick wall as Jarrett hit behind his muscle, Canterbury and Knight. Blackman then got into an argument with Tennessee Lee, and with Jarrett distracting the official, Knight and Canterbury jumped Blackman, giving 'Double J' the opening to strike. Jarrett went to work on Blackman, holding him in a snug sleeper hold in the ring. Jarrett was obnoxious, strutting between his attacks - yet Blackman was motivated to claim his first title in this match. Blackman fought back, but once again a distraction from Tennessee Lee diverted the official, allowing Knight and Canterbury to hit the ring again for a double clothesline on Blackman! The challenger was at great odds, but despite 'Double J's efforts, Blackman refused to surrender. Blackman once again fought back, catching Jarrett off the second rope with a dropkick, and Blackman soon enough struck with a series of kicks and punches, taking Jarrett down. Blackman hit a scissors kick, and could have had the win - had it not been for Tennessee Lee putting Jarrett's foot on the bottom rope!
Frustrated, Blackman decided to baseball slide into Knight and Canterbury, and then chase Tennessee Lee! With the referee subdued by Jarrett's distraction, out of nowhere came Bradshaw, who delivered a huge Western Lariat to Blackman! The disgruntled Texan then left, once again costing Blackman this match - as Jarrett rolled 'the Lethal Weapon' into the ring for a cover - but Blackman kicked out! Jarrett was getting annoyed and desperate, as Jarrett left the ring to grab his title belt. He looked to use it as a weapon, just to get intercepted by the referee - just when Blackman struck with a clothesline that knocked the referee down! Blackman grabbed the belt and looked to strike - when Knight and Canterbury got on the apron, just for Blackman to knock them off the apron with the NWA North American Heavyweight Championship belt! Blackman locked in the guillotine choke on Jarrett, who was fading fast - and Tennessee Lee got in the ring to attack Blackman, who broke the hold and confronted the agent of Jarrett! Blackman grabbed a hold of him, but behind him Jarrett grabbed an acoustic guitar from Mark Canterbury, smashing the guitar over the head of Blackman! Jarrett covered while the referee recovered, and 'Double J' had stolen the victory.
Winner and STILL NWA North American Heavyweight Champion: Jeff Jarrett (14:17)
The constant interference of Southern Justice and agent Tennessee Lee had allowed 'Double J' to steal another victory, and Jeff Jarrett rolled out of the ring to the floor in exhaustion. Steve Blackman remained down and out cold in the ring, after a devastating shot from an acoustic guitar, used by Jarrett. Dennis Knight and Mark Canterbury helped 'Double J' up, who celebrated with the NWA North American Heavyweight Championship: Jarrett strutting up the aisleway in enjoyment, successful tonight - much to the Milwaukee crowd's chagrin.
In the front row, Jim Ross noted the appearance of two legends of this great city - The Crusherand Mad Dog Vachon. The two shook hands and greeted the people by waving at the crowd, as J.R. noted their great success in the city of Milwaukee from their days competing for the AWA in the 1970s. Jerry Lawler was bemused, calling them two old-timers that got let out of the retirement home for the night, and claimed they were going to miss their curfew or worse - their nightly game of Scrabble.
Backstage, Vince McMahon was with Ken Shamrock, who was pacing up and down on the spot getting psyched up for his match with the Undertaker tonight. The Chairman was motivating 'the World's Most Dangerous Man', asking him what he was going to do to the Undertaker tonight. 'The World's Most Dangerous Man' told Vince he was going to dismantle 'the Phenom'. He claimed that after tonight 'the Lord of Darkness' wouldn't be walking any longer. As Vince seemed pleased, Shamrock then glared at McMahon and demanded a guarantee that he would get the next shot at Mankind after he beats Stone Cold Steve Austin tonight. The boss told him he would, but Shamrock didn't seem to trust Vince. McMahon gave him his word, when Pat Pattersonand Gerald Brisco showed up in referee shirts. The Stooges were concerned that this might not end how McMahon wants it. Vince told Pat and Gerald that it absolutely had to: Stone Cold Steve Austin could not leave Over the Edge with the WWF Championship. McMahon told Patterson and Brisco to find a way to make a strategy, which Patterson and Brisco again sucked up to the Chairman, claiming they would, in any way possible.
Jim Ross and Jerry Lawler continued to talk about the Chairman's attempts to take the World Wrestling Federation Championship from Stone Cold Steve Austin, then segued into discussing how next month on pay-per-view, June 28 from the Pittsburgh Civic Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania marks the sixth annual King of the Ring. They talked about past winners such as Owen Hart, Stone Cold Steve Austin and Triple H - but tomorrow night on RAW is WAR, the tournament will get underway and they will reveal the brackets, live on the USA Network.
A video package aired, reviewing the crazy month that Paul Bearer and Kane have had. It was revealed by Paul Bearer that it was in fact he, who was the father of 'the Big Red Machine', and a blood test later affirmed it. It appeared to change the way Kane was perceived, and Bearer was extremely pleased. But Vader, somebody that Kane had taken out last month on RAW returned, seeking revenge. Re-energized, he took Kane down and even delivered the Vader Bomb to Kane's father, Paul Bearer. In response, Kane took a bellhammer and broke Vader's hand - but 'the Mastodon' refuses to back down, and he is out to destroy Kane.
Backstage, Michael Cole was standing by with Paul Bearer with Kane, moments away from 'the Big Red Machine's match with 'the Mastodon' Vader. He asked about Monday on RAW, where Kane viciously shattered Vader's hand with the bellhammer, to which Paul interrupted. He claimed that that was just revenge deserved sweetly to 'the Mastodon'. Paul reminded Michael that he took that moment away from him, where he was to meet his son for the very first time. Bearer said it was going to be a new beginning for he and his son. And Vader is making a grave mistake choosing to face Kane tonight, because if one shattered hand isn't enough - he sure as hell would shatter the other one tonight! The two left, set for action.
5) Kane (w/Paul Bearer) vs Vader
It was on the April 20 edition of RAW is WAR where 'the Big Red Machine' when provoking the Undertaker, laid out Vader. It clearly made something within 'the Mastodon' wake up and realize he needed to get serious, as six days later, during Kane's barnburning Inferno match against half-brother the Undertaker, that Vader attacked 'the Big Red Machine' moments before he was set on fire. It had been revealed several weeks ago on RAW that Paul was in fact the biological father of 'the Big Red Machine', but Vader's thirst for vengeance had intensified the hatred that Kane and Paul Bearer had for ruining such a special moment - at least in father Paul's eyes. But Vader was in grave danger tonight, walking in with one healthy hand, while his other was shattered with a bellhammer last Monday night in a savage assault from Kane.
Vader was armed with a huge cast, which absorbed his already huge forearm - but 'the Mastodon' despite only suffering the broken hand six days ago, wanted to go ahead and seek revenge on 'the Big Red Machine'. Paul Bearer led Kane to the ring, and very quickly the two started fighting it out in the centre of the ring. Vader used his good hand against Kane, and it appeared he was hitting harder than ever - but Kane quickly regained momentum with a huge throat thrust, taking Vader down. Kane began to punish Vader, targeting the broken hand - ripping at the cast and stomping it whenever he had the chance. Vader was clearly in agony with it, while Paul ordered Kane to show no mercy in his offense - and Kane delivered. Vader however found an opening - and that was by pummelling 'the Big Red Machine' with the cast on his hand: sending Kane reeling out to the floor! Kane was dazed, but Vader's hand was hurting - but 'the Mastodon' seethed through the pain and clotheslined Kane right over the announce table at ringside! Vader's hand was in a bad way, and Paul Bearer crept up behind Vader, allowing 'the Mastodon' to get his hands on the father of 'the Big Red Machine'! But Kane came from behind with a big boot, then proceeded to climb the steel steps - stomping again on the broken hand of Vader, sandwiching the cast against the steel steps!
Back inside, Kane took control, finally ripping the cast off of the man from the Rocky Mountains' hand. Kane whipped Vader with it, and the exposed hand revealed that it was in fact, badly swollen from being shattered with a bellhammer last Monday night. Vader appeared to plead for mercy, while Kane stood over him - but Vader delivered a drop toe hold and took Kane down! Vader mounted and started to pummel Kane with his good hand! The referee tried to intercept, but Vader grabbed the referee by the shirt, threatening him! Vader was losing his temper, and Vader hit the ropes for a big legdrop for a near fall! Paul Bearer panicked for his son, as Vader decided to go up to the top rope - perhaps looking for the Vadersault: but when Vader hit it, Kane immediately sat up and grabbed 'the Mastodon' by the throat! Defiant, Kane climbed up to his feet and attempted a Chokeslam, which Vader blocked - bodyslamming Kane! Vader decided to end this, and attempted the Vader Bomb, but Paul Bearer got on the apron to distract Vader! Vader once again grabbed Paul by the tie, when Kane came from behind - shockingly lifting Vader from the second rope with a powerbomb! Even more shockingly, Kane powered Vader up, and drilled him with an impressive Tombstone Piledriver - scoring the win!
Winner: Kane (8:45)
It was a total clash of the titans, but in the end it was 'the Big Red Machine' that came out on top - as Kane stood over the prone body of 'the Mastodon' to set off his pyrotechnics. Kane was joined in the ring by his father, Paul Bearer - who proudly raised his monster son's hand in victory. Vader continued to rive in pain holding his swollen hand, as referees attended to Vader - who had truly been driven Over the Edge tonight by 'the Big Red Machine'.
Michael Cole was standing by with D-Generation X, as he told Triple H, Road Dogg, Billy Gunn, X-Pac and Chyna that the time was up for the Nation, with moments to go until the six-man tag team match where the WWF Intercontinental Championship would be at stake. Road Dogg Jesse James cut Michael off, talking about how the Rock had escaped time and time again from a real beating courtesy of DX. He talked about how D-Lo Brown, Kama and Mark Henry have gotten in the way - but tonight, it's an even playing field: and Triple H would take the IC title home to D-Generation X. Billy Gunn talked up how D-Lo walks around like he's God's gift, and he couldn't wait to slap the taste out of his mouth especially. Triple H finally spoke out, talking about how it had been too long a time coming for the Nation - but tonight the mission is clear: D-Generation X kicks the Nation's asses all over Milwaukee, and when the blood is spilt, and the bell sounds - the WWF Intercontinental Championship will be coming home to D-Generation X!
A video package aired, reviewing the rise of the two most prominent factions in the World Wrestling Federation today: D-Generation X, and the Nation. With The Rock on the rise with the WWF Intercontinental Championship, he transformed the anti-Caucasian Nation of Domination into a group fuelled to get the job done, and protect The Rock's title by any means necessary. But in recent weeks, with D-Generation X now being led by Triple H - they became an army, calling the WWF "their house". The Nation took exception, and since then it has been a war between the two groups. But tonight, after The Rock escaped Triple H with his belt intact two weeks ago on RAW is WAR - this was the place, and tonight DX and the Nation would go to the extreme.
In the Milwaukee Arena, the New Age Outlaws made their grand arrival to a huge ovation from the capacity crowd. Road Dogg Jesse James riled Milwaukee up, as the WWF Tag Team Champions grandly introduced themselves. They talked about how it's been weeks in the making, but now they're here, they're clear, and tonight D-Generation X were about to mop the floor with the Nation! 'Bad Ass' Billy Gunn added, telling Milwaukee that if they weren't down with that, they had two words for them - then introducing Triple H, who walked down to the ring with Chyna, and X-Pac! X-Pac was an added insurance policy to ensure that there would be no interference - and once in the ring, Helmsley alongside X-Pac, Chyna, Gunn and James crotch chopped, awaiting the arrival of their adversaries for this match-up.
6) WWF Intercontinental Championship - 6-Man Tag Team Match
The Nation (The Rock, Mark Henry & D-Lo Brown) (w/Kama) (c) vs D-Generation X (Triple H, Road Dogg & Billy Gunn) (w/X-Pac & Chyna)
While this was a six-man tag team contest, it was somewhat a unique stipulation - as The Rock's WWF Intercontinental Championship was up for grabs. 'The Brahma Bull' had to trust Mark Henry and D-Lo Brown to ensure that their team came out victorious tonight, as they were about to go up against Triple H and the New Age Outlaws in another war between the two most prominent factions in the World Wrestling Federation today. Only The Rock or Triple H could come out on top, and meanwhile it appeared that the Nation had their own sights set on taking the New Age Outlaws' WWF Tag Team Championships away from them. This all started when the Nation took exception to D-Generation X claiming that they ran the WWF, and since then it had been an all-out war, with a lot of beatdowns, a lot of fights that broke out backstage - and one war that went down two weeks ago on RAW is WAR between The Rock and Triple H for the WWF Intercontinental Championship: and the only reason Rock came out on top was arguably because of his fellow Nation allies.
The Rock talked trash as the two factions sized up to one-another in the ring. D-Lo Brown similarly ran his mouth in the face of 'Bad Ass' Billy Gunn, telling him that he better recognize - and just like that, Gunn slapped the taste out of D-Lo's mouth like he said he would: and it was on! Triple H and The Rock went at it, whilst Road Dogg attempted to duel with Mark Henry - and Billy Gunn took D-Lo Brown to school with a huge dropkick! D-Generation X had The Rock and Mark Henry running for the hills, when Billy Gunn impressively hurled Brown up in the military press - slamming D-Lo over the top rope onto Mark Henry, The Rock and Kama! Triple H wanted to go again, and DX had the fans on their feet in the Milwaukee Arena. The Rock tried to strategize with D-Lo, 'the World's Strongest Man' and Kama - and slowly, the Nation got back into the ring. Mark Henry started off with Road Dogg, and despite Jesse James' antics, Mark was having none of it. Henry clubbed away at the Road Dogg, before tagging in D-Lo Brown to talk some trash. Brown slapped Road Dogg around, before Jesse James made a comeback, hitting the ropes and connecting with the Shaky Knee Drop! James and Billy Gunn took care of D-Lo, almost taking the title with a double flapjack into the ropes - but The Rock managed to slip in and break the count. Rock would do anything to protect his title, as the WWF Tag Team Champions continued to work on D-Lo.
Brown was in a bad way, as The Rock tried to motivate D-Lo to make the tag to he or Mark Henry - but Triple H joined in the attack, wrenching away on the arm. He, Gunn and James traded tags consistently, but Brown soon enough was able to break free by catching Road Dogg off the ropes with a swinging sideslam - Brown making the tag to The Rock. Rock began pummelling Road Dogg and talking trash, as Rock quickly tagged in Mark Henry, who continued to dominate Jesse James. Mark stepped all over Road Dogg with confidence, and even got in a war of words with Triple H, leading to Billy Gunn sucker punching Mark Henry - and Road Dogg started mounting a comeback - with the Shake, Rattle and Roll! Jesse James crawled and made the tag to Billy Gunn, but The Rock distracted the official and the referee did not see the tag! The Nation began to isolate Road Dogg again, frustrating Helmsley and Gunn - who wanted nothing more than to get into the fight. Rock came back in and nailed Road Dogg with a spinebuster, but Helmsley broke it up. Triple H got in Rock's face, but Rock went right back to brutalizing and talking trash to Jesse James. 'The Brahma Bull' tagged in D-Lo, who connected with the sit-out spinebuster he calls the Sky High - but again, Gunn got in to break the fall!
D-Lo and Gunn once again got in an argument, while behind the two and the official came Kama, who got into the ring and knocked Road Dogg down again with a big kick to the chest, followed by a death valley driver! Kama rolled outside and fell right into a fist fight with X-Pac - and quickly this match was breaking out, as Gunn and D-Lo started fighting! Rock and Helmsley started going at it, while D-Lo managed to cover Jesse James - for a near fall! Brown covered again, but Road Dogg did not have any sign of quit in him; Jesse James soon dodging a legdrop from the second rope - and Road Dogg got the tag to Triple H! Helmsley knocked Mark Henry off the apron, then delivered a high knee and a spinebuster to D-Lo - but Triple H wanted nothing more than to compete with The Rock, tossing him into the ring! Triple H looked to Pedigree the WWF Intercontinental Champion, but Mark Henry intercepted! At ringside Kama was getting the better of X-Pac, when Chyna delivered a huge right hand to Kama, sending him reeling! Inside, Triple H was in trouble as Henry powerslammed the leader of DX - when 'the Brahma Bull' tagged himself in. Rock looked to humiliate Helmsley with the People's Elbow - as he hit the ropes, but when he tried to connect with it, Helmsley got out of the way! Triple H looked for the Pedigree on Rock, when again Brown came from behind with a missile dropkick: and Rock connected with the Rock Bottom! Rock covered, but Gunn broke up the fall! Gunn dropped Rock with a Fame-Asser, when Helmsley looked to cover Rock - just for D-Lo Brown to come off the top rope with a frog splash across the back of Triple H! Brown put Rock on top, and with carnage unfolding at ringside, Rock covered Helmsley for the three.
Winners: The Nation, and STILL WWF Intercontinental Champion: The Rock (17:11)
The Rock was helped up to his feet by D-Lo Brown, who quickly helped the ruler of the Nation stumble out of the ring, as the New Age Outlaws hit the ring to try and stop the fall. D-Lo and Mark Henry raised 'the Brahma Bull's hands, while Kama handed 'the Brahma Bull' the WWF Intercontinental Champion. The Rock had done it, but once again he had to trust the Nation to made sure he walked out the champ - and they did so by any means necessary! X-Pac, Chyna and the Outlaws fended the Nation off, while Triple H slowly sat up in the ring - and Helmsley was furious. The Nation had come out on top in this six-man war - and what a war it was: but it didn't seem to be over yet, for D-Generation X and the Nation!
In the boiler room sat a dishevelled Mankind, who was shaking and pulling at his hair. The deranged masked man was talking to himself about how much pressure was on him tonight, and that tonight he had to annihilate Stone Cold Steve Austin - he had to take the WWF Championship from him, because Vince McMahon expects it! Mankind continued to shake and rock back and forth - with the No Holds Barred match looming nearer.
7) The Undertaker vs Ken Shamrock
This was 'the World's Most Dangerous Man's mission: to break the ankle of the Undertaker. Ken Shamrock had turned into quite the hired gun for the Chairman, Vince McMahon. With 'the Lord of Darkness' now focusing his attention on the World Wrestling Federation Championship, he had met a new foe in the boss himself - Vince McMahon not too happy with the idea of 'the Deadman' having any sort of power over his authority. As a result, he had Shamrock face the Undertaker several weeks ago on RAW is WAR, although Shamrock and the Chairman's relationship was none too great either - Shamrock was frustrated with McMahon, who punished the Ultimate Fighter by putting him in that match with 'the Deadman'. In a rematch from Unforgiven, Shamrock received another shot at Stone Cold Steve Austin for the WWF Championship - and ironically, it was McMahon who inadvertently cost him the match. And so tonight, Shamrock had been given a mission, and that was to do the impossible and beat the Undertaker. Shamrock has been told to break the ankle of 'the Deadman', who has never been submitted throughout his eight year long career in the World Wrestling Federation. Should he win, he would surely be back in the WWF Championship picture.
The Undertaker was fearless of Ken Shamrock, who also appeared to be unphazed by the man he was stood across the ring from. 'The World's Most Dangerous Man' immediately looked to grapple with the Undertaker, who quickly turned this into a wild brawl, with 'the Deadman' cornering Shamrock and pounding away at him - but the Ultimate Fighter was resilient, and looked to tag 'the Lord of Darkness' off of his feet. Shamrock used some strikes to tame the Undertaker, but 'the Deadman' was fresh and fought back. Undertaker whipped Shamrock into the ropes for a big boot, but Shamrock quickly caught the foot and looked for the Ankle Lock - just for Undertaker to shake Shamrock off, leading to a flying clothesline on Shamrock! Undertaker quickly went on top, with more strikes for Shamrock, who desperately tried to block each and every blow. Ken continued to escape the Undertaker, having 'the Deadman' follow him around ringside, before sending him charging into the steel steps! Shamrock now was in the driver's seat, and he went right after the ankle of 'the Phenom'. In the ring, Shamrock locked on a heel hook, looking to twist away at the Undertaker, who with his reach advantage attempted to punch Shamrock away - until Shamrock relented back and continued to tug on the ankle of 'the Deadman'.
Ken Shamrock was not letting up for the Undertaker, who relented to taking 'the Deadman's legs and wrapping them around the ring post, slapping Undertaker's legs against the post! Shamrock continued to do so, when the Undertaker took the opportunity to look for the Ankle Lock - and the Undertaker was visibly in pain! Shamrock had the Ankle Lock on but the referee had to stop 'the World's Most Dangerous Man' due to being in the ropes! Shamrock refused to break, when Undertaker roped Shamrock face-first, right into the ring post! The Undertaker was being tested like he never had before, as the Undertaker took to his feet with a visible limp, and walked outside to attack Shamrock further. Undertaker slammed Shamrock's head into the steel steps, and Shamrock came up bloodied. Inside the ring, Undertaker connected with the big boot and the leg drop, but Shamrock wasn't about to give up. The Undertaker soon looked to sidewalk slam Shamrock, but Ken slapped on a rear naked choke - and 'the Deadman' dropped to his knees due to the damage done to his ankle. In pain and fading, Undertaker could not fight Shamrock off - until he backed him up into the turnbuckles! Using his size to his advantage, Undertaker charged Shamrock, who got out of the way in the corner - and Shamrock chop blocked 'the Deadman' down! In pain he struggled, as Shamrock stomped and kicked the chest of Undertaker - before Shamrock went right back to the ankle.
Ken Shamrock looked for the Ankle Lock again, but the Undertaker desperately managed to fight his way to the ropes - and 'the Lord of Darkness' now appeared to be in a world of hurt. 'The World's Most Dangerous Man' refused to break the hold again, but finally accepted - but got in the face of the official. Shamrock's temper was catching up to him, now arguing with the referee - and Ken decided to take the referee out with a belly-to-belly suplex! Shamrock went after the ankle, but Undertaker grabbed Ken and dropped him with the Chokeslam! Undertaker covered, but the official was down. 'The Deadman' now looked to finish Shamrock off anyway, but Ken responded by slapping on an armbar. Undertaker, fighting through the damage done to his ankle, slowly managed to power Shamrock up, breaking free with a powerbomb! The Undertaker wanted the Tombstone Piledriver, but Shamrock slipped off of 'Taker's shoulder and chop blocked Undertaker again - but then decided to go out to the floor and grab a steel chair! Climbing inside, he wrapped the steel chair around Undertaker's ankle - climbing up to the second rope in an attempt to break the ankle of 'the Deadman', who was able to move out of the way! Shamrock looked to stomp the chair again, but Undertaker pummelled his way back up! Shamrock made a last-ditch effort for the Ankle Lock, but Undertaker managed to flip Shamrock upside down - drilling him with the Tombstone Piledriver, for the slow three count!
Winner: The Undertaker (15:02)
When the dust settled, the Undertaker had come out triumphant, in a very different fight for 'the Lord of Darkness'. Ken Shamrock was down and out, bloodied from the forehead - while 'the Deadman' slowly limped up to his feet. The Undertaker was surely going to be watching as up next was the main event, with the World Wrestling Federation Championship on the line. Undertaker slowly bowed in the darkness - and 'the Deadman' was now clearly ready to pursue his goal to become WWF Champion once again.
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Jim Rossand Jerry Lawler once again discussed the main event - as coming up next, Stone Cold Steve Austin was up against some serious odds against Mankind, in Mankind's playground with No Holds Barred. Not just that, with Vince McMahon set to join commentary; Pat Patterson as special guest enforcer, and Gerald Brisco as the special guest referee - 'the Texas Rattlesnake' was going to have to fight dirty to spam World Wrestling Federation Champion. A video package aired, showing of Vince McMahon's growing hatred of Stone Cold. Ever since Austin became WWF Champion, the Chairman has worked hard to change Austin, and put him against all odds to take the WWF Championship away from the defiant Texan. His latest effort was against the insane Mankind - who had struck up doing business with the boss, in an ungodly alliance. Mankind wanted to rip Austin apart - and this was the biggest opportunity of his life: to take the WWF Championship, and destroy 'the Texas Rattlesnake' in the process.
8) WWF Championship - No Holds Barred Match Stone Cold Steve Austin (c) vs Mankind Gerald Brisco is the special guest referee; Pat Patterson is the special guest enforcer.
Stone Cold Steve Austin was ready to walk right into hell, against a man we all thought had changed forever after a brutal encounter with his mentor Terry Funk, back at WrestleMania. Looking at Mankind in recent weeks, he had become a monster of a man. A masochist, it was clear Mick Foley was no more - only Mankind existed now. Mankind returned to RAW is WAR three weeks ago, attacking Austin, and in recent weeks he has been hell bent on becoming World Wrestling Federation Champion. Unstable, Mankind's business with Vince McMahon ensured that he would spam of Milwaukee, Wisconsin as the WWF Champion - but the question was how easy it would be. Mankind has a legacy of being recognized as a king of the deathmatches. He's put his body on the line many times, he's gone through thumbtacks, barbwire and fire - and he was dead set on finally reaching the top, even if he was receiving help along the way from the presence of Vince McMahon on commentary, and with his left and right hand men Gerald Brisco and Pat Patterson as the assigned officials in this No Holds Barred match.
Stone Cold Steve Austin flipped off Patterson, Brisco and McMahon as he walked to the ring, and immediately he and Mankind went at it - going blow for blow. Austin and Mankind continued to fight as this match just got under way - Mankind whipping Austin into the ropes, just for Austin to come back with a big clothesline! Austin started pummelling Mankind with rights and lefts, as Mankind relented out to the floor - where Austin followed. Immediately this No Holds Barred match was breaking out with full use of the rules - as Mankind started to fight back, sending Austin spine first into the ring apron. Mankind rolled Austin back inside but brought out a steel chair: Mankind looking for a suplex on the chair, but Austin was able to turn it around, sending Mankind spine-first on the steel chair! Austin dropped the forearm on Mankind, then picked the chair up and started slamming the chair right against the abdomen and spine of the challenger! In the corner, Austin started stomping a mudhole in Mankind - much to the chagrin of Brisco, who tried to warn Austin! Austin again flipped Brisco off and backed him away - but Mankind came from behind, and started backing him into the corner. Multiple rights from the challenger, who then ran a lap around the ring and connected with a knee strike to the face of Austin! Mankind covered, and Brisco counted the fall appropriately - but Austin kicked out. McMahon defended his right hand man's officiating, calling it "unbias".
The action continued on the floor, where Mankind went up to the apron and came off with the flying elbow on top of Austin, who had a steel chair on top of him! Mankind continued to strike Austin, until he began removing the cover of the announce table. Mankind and Austin got up on the announce table, where Mankind hoped for a piledriver, right with Vince McMahon watching there: but Austin was able to backdrop Mankind off of the table to the concrete below! Austin flipped off McMahon and got in the Chairman's face, when the distraction allowed Mankind to use a steel chair, nailing the WWF Champion across the skull with it! Austin was down by the boss's feet, and Vince instructed McMahon to annihilate 'the Texas Rattlesnake'! Mankind complied, as he sent Austin out into the crowd - Mankind dragging Austin through the aisleway in the crowd - and Milwaukee were on their feet for 'the Texas Rattlesnake'. Mankind continued to strike the champion, before he suplexed Austin right out on the concrete floor! Austin was taking a beating, as Mankind tossed Austin back into the ringside area - Mankind rolling Austin inside for another near fall. Mankind was rocking back and forth, as he continued to pound away at Austin - sending him into the ropes, when Austin connected with the Lou Thesz press - pounding away on the challenger! Austin was fighting back, as he picked Mankind up and dropped him with a spinebuster, and Brisco counted - albeit, slightly slowly. Austin argued with Brisco, as Mankind crawled out to the floor once again.
At ringside, Stone Cold was now bringing the fight to Mankind, as the two fought up the aisleway - Mankind and Austin once again going blow for blow. 'The Texas Rattlesnake' sent Mankind reeling into the guard rail, but when Austin looked to strike Pat Patterson, who was growing nearer to the WWF Champion. The persistent distractions for the WWF Champion cost him again, as Mankind once again fought back with a big clothesline! The two brawled down to the ringside area again, where Mankind introduced a barbwire-clad 2x4 - Mankind looking at it with sadistic intentions. Mankind aimed for the head of Austin, who ducked the blow - and Stone Cold clotheslined Mankind down! Austin picked up the 2x4 and bombarded Mankind repeatedly with it, before showing it off to the capacity crowd who were loving every second of it! In the ring Austin swung again, but Mankind dodged it and connected with the DDT for a quick near fall. Now Brisco was increasing his counting speed, and Mankind demanded a better count. Mankind and Austin fought out to the floor again, where the deranged one placed Austin on top of the announce table - as Mankind climbed up onto the top rope, looking for something death-defying: Mankind flying off the top rope, driving Austin through the announce table! Both men were down and hurting, especially Austin - but Mankind slowly got back up and dragged Austin's carcass into the ring, with some assistance from guest enforcer Pat Patterson! Mankind covered, and Brisco was fast - but Austin refused to kick out!
Mankind was going insane all over again, pounding the canvas and delivering blow after blow to 'the Texas Rattlesnake'! Austin was bleeding, and Mankind was not letting up! He covered again, but Austin powered out. The deranged challenger finally got up and motioned for the Mandible Claw - throwing it Austin's way, who blocked it and drilled Mankind with a stungun, hanging him up on the top rope! Austin grabbed the chair and bashed it against Mankind's cranium! Austin covered - but Brisco refused to count! Austin was livid, as he got up and argued with Gerald, who shook his head. Austin responded, nailing the referee with a Stunner! From behind came Mankind, who again looked for the Mandible Claw - but Austin blocked it and connected with the Stunner for Mankind! Austin covered again and demanded Pat Patterson come in to count - but Patterson refused! McMahon barked orders to Pat not to get in the ring, and Austin rolled out to confront Patterson! Austin suddenly rocked Patterson with a big right hand, then walked over to Vince McMahon: and McMahon flipped Austin off! The Chairman was seething, when Mankind once again came from behind! Mankind grabbed Austin in the Mandible Claw at ringside, then rolled Austin inside where he applied it again - but Austin tried to fight it! Mankind had Austin down on the canvas with the Mandible Claw - when Patterson wisely decided to slip inside and count: but at the count of two, the Undertaker came from beneath the ring, grabbing Patterson out and drilling him with a right hand! 'The Deadman' kept a close eye, and he clearly didn't like what McMahon was orchestrating here. Mankind stayed focused on the WWF Championship, and got Austin up ready for a piledriver, but Austin broke loose and drilled Mankind with the Stunner! Austin covered, and with both Patterson and Brisco out - Undertaker grabbed McMahon off of commentary, and ordered him to reluctantly count the three!
Winner and STILL WWF Champion: Stone Cold Steve Austin (22:28)
The Undertaker may have just saved Vince McMahon's ass tonight in Milwaukee, as the Chairman looked ashamed, having just helped 'the Texas Rattlesnake' come out on top in victory tonight at Over the Edge! Against all odds, the World Wrestling Federation Championship was staying around the waist of the rugged Texan, who immediately delivered a Stone Cold Stunner to Vince McMahon! Austin stood tall, as he went up to the second rope to hold his title belt high - Austin had beaten Mankind in No Holds Barred, despite Vince McMahon, Pat Patterson and Gerald Brisco: but the WWF Champion had to lend some credit to 'the Lord of Darkness' the Undertaker!
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