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Week 3, February 1996
Mid Atlantic
ATT: 17,000
TV: 14.48



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The show opens with a quick run down of last weeks events, starting with Jerry Lawlers accusations of Kevin Nash doing Bret Harts bidding, and ending with a shot of Nash nailing the Undertaker with a steel chair while the Deadman was in the middle of a shoving match with The Hitman.

We come back live in the arena and Vince McMahon is stood in the centre of the ring, with microphone in hand. He welcomes us to the show, before stating that due to the actions of Kevin Nash last week, and to prevent any possible situations from escalating, both Nash AND the Undertaker have been ordered to take the night off. The crowd don't like this, but they do pop when McMahon says he wants to bring out now, a man who has more than a few questions to answer, and that man is none other than the WWF Champion Bret Hart.



Hart comes down to the ring with the World Title around his waist to a good reaction, despite Jerry Lawlers remarks the crowd are clearly still behind the Hitman. Bret gives his sunglasses to a young fan at ringside, before climbing between the ropes and shaking hands with Vince.

McMahon thanks Bret for his time, but says that there are a number of questions that the world need answering. He asks Bret directly if he is working in cahoots with Kevin Nash to keep his title. Harts answer is a blunt "No". He says that the day he needs help to retain his title, is the day he no longer deserves to be WWF Champion, and on that day, if the day comes when the better man beats me fair and square....I'll hand over this Title with no qualms or complaining, coming back stronger than ever to reclaim the gold. Vince says that's all well and good, but why in that case, has Kevin Nash been constantly interfering in his title defences? Bret says that Nash has said time and time again that he wants to be the man to take the Title from him, it's as simple as that. He has asked for a title shot, Bret accepted, the only thing that stopped the match from taking place, was Gorilla Monsoon.

Vince says that surely even Bret can see why people would be suspicious, with Kevin Nash going around attacking people left right and centre, taking out the Undertakers manager Paul Bearer, attacking the Deadman with a chair....but never once laying a finger on the Hitman....it leaves people with questions. Hart says he doesn't care about people's questions, he cares about retaining the WWF Championship week in and week out on his own merit, he cares about knowing that despite what people say, he is a man of integrity and dignity.....he is a fighting champion, and will put the belt on the line, week in, week out, against all comers.....be that the Undertaker, Kevin Nash....or Shawn Michaels at Wrestlemania.

Vince tells Bret that defending the title at Wrestlemania might be a pipe dream if the Undertaker has anything to say on the matter. He directs everyone to the little video screen in the RAW sign on the entrance way, saying that The Undertaker might not be here tonight, but he had these words to say to the Hitman as he was leaving the arena last week. Cue the video and we have pre recorded footage of Doc Hendrix stopping the Deadman at the exit following his assault at the hands of Kevin Nash a week ago. It's short but sweet, as a clearly angry Deadman tells both Bret and Nash that the gates of hell will soon be opening for both of them, and until that WWF Title is around his waist, he will not Rest In Peace.

Bret is un-phased, he said he asked for the cage match to prove that he can beat the Undertaker one on one, no questions asked.....and that's exactly what he's going to do. McMahon thanks Bret for his time, telling him that he hopes he's a man of his word at In Your House as we go to commercial.

Rating: A*

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After his stellar work last week, we have a three man announce team tonight, as Jim Ross joins Vince McMahon and Jerry Lawler at the commentary booth. The first match of the evening features two former WWF Tag Team Championship duos, both looking to gain another shot at the Gold. The Smoking Gunns, Billy and Bart, vs Nation of Domination members Bobby and Nelson Knight. It's a decent match, with a lot of back and forth action, but the Gunns are clearly distracted by the fact that they have suffered from sneak attacks for the last few weeks from Barry Windham and an as yet unnamed ally....and they were right to be on their guard, because the match did indeed come to a conclusion as the result of outside influences, however not the outside influence you would think.

While the commentary team are busy informing us that the Gunns are going to have a real problem pinning big Nelson Knights shoulders to the mat, Chris Jericho makes his way to ringside. Clearly fed up with the Nations repeated (failed) attempts to beat him down, he's out here to even a score. And he does just that, because while Nelson is distracted by the presence of Jericho, the Gunns are able to catch Bobby with the Sidewinder for the 1, 2, 3 for the win, as Jericho heads to the back, mission accomplished.

Winner(s): The Smoking Gunns
Rating: C

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With the match over, and the Nation heading to the back, presumably in chase of Jericho, the Gunns don't bother wasting time celebrating the victory. Instead they instantly start to scan the crowd, looking for the next possible attack. When it doesn't come Billy calls for a microphone and the pair call out their assailants, asking them where are they this week? The Gunns are ready for them....or do they only wanna fight when the Gunns have their backs turned like a pair of yellow bellied cowards? Still no response, Billy says that "one way or another, this thing ain't over." and the pair leave the ring, heading back up the aisle slapping hands with the fans, finally able to celebrate their win.



They reach the entrance way though and two figure come flying out from the back, nearly turning the duo inside out with synchronised lariets. They put the boots to Billy and Bart, before Windham picks up the microphone that was conveniently left by the entrance. He tells the Gunns that his name is Barry Windham and his partner here is Justin Bradshaw....and they are a real pair of Texan men....not some wannabe cowboys running around wearing fake spurs and firing cap guns....these two Texan Long Riders are going to break them in half and send them crying back home to their mothers.

Rating: B-

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We go to the back following that, where the Nation of Domination are stood by with Doc Hendrix. The Knights are still sweaty from their match, and Nelson is out of breath from the brisk walk to the back he just did. Doc asks them for their thoughts on the actions of Chris Jericho, and says that with the momentum fully behind him, is Scorpio worried about the safety of his Light Heavyweight Championship come In Your House....Faarooq tells Hendrix to shut up before he snaps his scrawny little neck like a twig.....he says that the Nation are here to take titles and make a statement, by any means necessary....they already have one title, so next week, Faarooq is going to make that statement when he breaks Chris Jericho in half in the middle of that ring. He says that by the end of the night, Jericho won't be in any condition to make it to In Your House.

Rating: B

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Speaking of the Light Heavyweight Championship, we have a bout here between two men who will be looking to make an impact in the division, and a stamp on the rankings for a title shot. Young Chavo is still learning his craft, but he's only going to get better being in the ring with workers like Hakushi. Unfortunately for the young Guerrero, tonight wasn't his night, as the White Ninja put him away with a moonsault for the win.

Winner: Hakushi
Rating: D+

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Much like last week, the crowd are treated to the arrival of the Intercontinental Champion, Razor Ramon and The Heartbreak Kid, Shawn Michaels. The pair head to the ring with all the usual glitz and glamour, pose for the crowd (or in Shawn's case, does a little strip tease for the crowd.) before grabbing a pair of mics and getting a few things off their chest. Michaels goes first, saying that last week he challenged Kevin Nash to a match at In Your House. "Now as of yet, the Big Man has yet to answer me, but if I know Kev.....and believe me, I do.....he's not one to back down from a fight, and a fight is just what he's going to get. Now I don't know what's going on between you and Bret Hart, but believe me when I say this.....should the Hitman, somehow make it past The Undertaker at In Your House....he'll have a first class ticket to Wrestlemania, where he will be facing me, the next WWF World Champion.....in the main event of the biggest show of the year. Nash, there is no way on gods green earth that you are going to stick your nose into that match.....I've worked too hard to get this shot, this is my destiny and I'm not going to let some 7 foot tall prima-donna do anything to jeopardise that. So at In Your House, it IS going to be me vs you.....and The Heartbreak Kid's gonna take you out of the pack, jack, with some sweet chin music. You're a big man, but the bigger they are, the harder they fall....and if you think for one second that I can't get this big boot of mine 7 feet up in the air, just watch what I do to Sid later tonight, because he's going to topple like a stack of dimes, courtesy of the Heartbreak Kid....why? Because I can."

Razor gets on the stick next, telling Shawn to save just a little bit of Nash for the Bad Guy, because once he's taken care of "that gold faced freak, Razor Ramon, he coming for you big man, because nobody puts their hands on the Bad Guy."



Before Razor can say much more, he's interrupted by the music of his opponent come the PPV, but it's not Goldust that walks the aisle, it's his beautiful assistant Marlena, and instead of her usual cigar, she's carrying a golden box, complete with fancy bow. She gets into the ring and walks slowly over to Ramon, handing him the box and telling him that it's just a small gift from Goldust to him. While Razor is trying to suspiciously unwrap the box, Marlena has turned her attention to Michaels who tells her he's feeling left out.....where's his gift? Marlena smiles and runs her hands over the chest of Michaels, telling him "right here.....all you have to do is unwrap it."

In the mean time, Ramon has opened the box and is staring confused at the contents, he hands it back to Marlena, asking her what it is. She reaches into the box, and pulls out a handful of sparkling gold powder "why, it's Gold Dust silly" and processes to throw the contents of her hand into the face of Michaels, who drops to the mat rubbing his eyes.....it was all a distraction, what a ruse, I'm sure nobody saw that coming.....what Razor didn't see coming however, was the figure of the number one contender for the Intercontinental Champion, as Goldust sneaks into the ring behind Ramon and lays a beating on him. Razor is hurt, but not as hurt as when Goldust takes him to the outside, and sends him hard into the steel ring steps, leaving him down and out. He tells Michaels that he's sorry, nothing personal, but "three's a crowd" and the Golden couple head to the back, leaving a furious Shawn Michaels and unconscious Razor Ramon in their wake.

Rating: A

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After the British Bulldogs controversial victory last week over his brother, Scott Steiner is looking for revenge tonight, against Davey Boy's partner Owen Hart. Steiner is a house of fire at the start of this one, throwing Hart around the ring like a rag doll in an impressive display of strength. Owen bumps like a king (of Harts) for the bigger man, that is until he is able to gain the upper hand through nefarious means and the distraction of the Bulldog.

A perfectly good match however soon gets interrupted, as mid way through the bout we are treated to a split screen of the live action in the ring....and the action that is apparently happening in the back. Obviously still seething from the assault last week, Ahmed Johnson is bouncing Jeff Jarrett off the walls backstage, and it doesn't take long for the fleeing image of Jarrett to stumble his way into the aisle way and down to ringside, with Ahmed hot on his heels. The distraction means Steiner takes his eye of the match just long enough for Hart to catch him from behind with a roll up, a hand full of tights and the 1, 2, 3 for the victory.

Winner: Owen Hart
Rating: B

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The match might be over, but the action certainly isn't, because with the Steiners clearly furious at suffering back to back losses to the champions, and Ahmed is still keen to get his hands on Jarrett, it doesn't take long for a pier six brawl to break out....it also doesn't take long for the fan favourites to gain the advantage with the trio of Owen, Bulldog and Jarrett retreating to the back after an impressive display of strength by Scott Steiner sees Hart gorilla pressed overhead and tossed over the top rope, crashing into his tag team partner and Jarrett, leaving the Steiners and Johnson to celebrate in the ring.

Rating: B

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Tag team action here, and a decent match, as the Godwinns face the Million Dollar Corporation pairing of the 123 Kid and Tatanka. DiBiase has made it clear to his two clients that he wants only the cream of the crop in his employ, so Tatanka and The Kid had better start picking up some wins. And win they did, as Tatanka pinned Phineas after hitting the end of the trail for a much needed victory.

Winner(s): 123 Kid & Tatanka
Rating: C+

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With the match over, the rest of the Corporation join DiBiase and the victorious Kid and Tatanka in the ring. Ted congratulates his team, clearly pleased to see them back to winning ways, before picking up a mic. He runs down both Savio Vega, telling him that Steve Austin will make him pay the price for turning down the Million Dollar Man....and Shawn Michaels, telling him that when Sid has finished with him tonight, he'll be in no fit state to make it to Wrestlemania, leaving the main event open for the highest bidder....."and that bidder will be me and my monster Sid, because everybody has a price, for the Million Dollar Man" before hitting his signature laugh and passing the microphone to Austin.

Austin starts trash talking Vega, he tells him that the wait is almost over, the contracts have been signed and more importantly, Austin's fee has been agreed, blah, blah, blah.....it's a bit of a bland promo to be fair. Austin clearly has some microphone skills, but there's a running thought through everyone in the back that it's being hampered by this "Ringmaster" gimmick. Fortunately the promo comes to an end when a drink flys into the ring from the crowd, hitting The Kid and soaking him. The Corporation are irate, and DiBiase demands that the fan is evicted from the building, telling everyone that the peons in the crowd don't deserve to be graced with the greatness that's before them. The show goes to commercial but not until the cameras catch sight of a hooded figure being escorted from his seat.....but he's not going quietly and they have to physically remove him. Strange how they would show this taking place instead of focusing on the ring....almost as if it was some sort of angle one might think.

Rating: A

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We are back and just in time for the main event, as HBK faces off against Big Sid in an effort to prepare him for the 7 foot test that waits for him at In Your House when he goes one on one with Kevin Nash. Shawn and Sid have history, as the commentators reflect on Sids time as Michaels bodyguard and his subsequent turning on on him. This is a good match, with lots of back and forth action and Michaels does indeed hold his own against the bigger man....clearly much to DiBiase's displeasure, as he ends up calling to the back for reinforcements. Austin makes his way to ringside, obviously with bad intentions on his mind, but before he can interject himself into the match he is jumped by Savio Vega who beats on his In Your House opponent for a while before chasing him to the back. Meanwhile in the ring, Michaels is able to slither out of a Powerbomb attempt, before taking two steps back and almost taking Sids head off with some Sweet Chin Music, giving him the victory and momentum going into his match with Kevin Nash.

Winner: Shawn Michaels
Rating: B-

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With Austin otherwise detained with Savio Vega, it falls to Tatanka and The 123 Kid to provide the mandatory post match attack, and the pair come running down to the ring as Shawn celebrates. The two pound on Michaels long enough for Sid to recover from the Sweet Chin Music, and before you know it a three on one beatdown ensues. That is until some familiar music starts to play....



.....and Kevin Nash makes his way to the ring. McMahon loses his mind, saying that Nash was not supposed to be here, and that things have gone from bad to worse for the Heartbreak Kid. Nash climbs into the ring, but instead of laying into Michaels, he goes to work on the Corporation, sending Tatanka and The Kid flying first, before DiBiase decides that retreat is the best option and the Corporation head to the back. The commentators are confused as to why Nash would save Michaels, especially when the two have to face off at In Your House....the confusion doesn't last for long though, as Nash only helps Michaels to his feet for long enough to throw him to the outside, where he starts to clear the announce desk. McMahon shouts at him not to do this, he's done enough but Nash isn't listening and positions Shawn for the Jackknife, clearly planning on sending him for a ride through the wood, that is until.....



.....The Hitman comes running out, steel chair in hand. Vince says finally some help for HBK, but The King says not to be so sure.....he's probably out here to help Nash take out his Wrestlemania opponent. Hart reaches the two men, and swings the steel chair hard, aiming for Big Sexy, but Nash sees it coming and pulls Michaels in front of him, meaning that HBK takes the chair shot full force in the head, crumpling to the floor unconscious. Nash backs away smirking with his hands raised in surrender, shouting "you're welcome pal" at Hart, as the Hitman checks on the fallen Shawn Michaels and the show fades to black.

Rating: A*

Final Rating: B+


Last edited by to4sty : 08-05-2017 at 04:21 PM.
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