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Week 1, July 1996
Fleet Center
ATT: 17,258
TV: 15.57


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The show opens this week, much the same as it ended last week, with a wild brawl....only difference is that the Hart Foundation and the KLiQ have stayed in the back this time, leaving the Steiners to battle it out with Stone Cold Steve Austin and the Loose Cannon Brian Pillman. The four men are already battling when we go live, with Scott and Austin going at it on one side of the ring, while Rick and Pillman do battle on the other. Things are getting out of control, with Austin and his Steiner eventually spilling into the crowd, where Stone Cold picks up a departing fans chair to nail his opponent with.

Pillman on the other hand has chosen a far more unique foreign object. He and Rick find themselves battling behind the announce desk and Pillman grabs hold of Vince McMahon by the lapels, throws him into Steiner....and then leaps on top of the fallen pair like a rabid animal, hammering blows on whatever gets in his way. Steiner breaks away and begins to fight back, before catching hold of Pillman around the waist and tossing him high with a big over head belly to belly that sends the Loose Cannon into the crowd, with Rick following behind.

McMahon is down, it's bedlam in the crowd and Gorilla Monsoon has clearly seen enough. He comes marching down to the ring with a slew off officials and security guards in tow to separate the warring foursome. It takes some doing and more than one security guard takes a shot in the mouth, but Monsoon has finally restored some semblance of order and the two teams are dragged out of the crowd and back to ringside....presumably for a dressing down.....which is exactly what they get.

He tells the men that this ends right now.....either that or all four will be sent home and both Stone Cold and Scott Steiner can forget about any title shot at In Your House. Austin screams that Steiner can forget about it anyway......"because the stipulation of the damn match was that if he won, then he'd get his shot.....and guess what, uh-uh, he didn't win now did he, ya fat jackass."

"YOU DIDN'T WIN EITHER YOU REDNECK PIECE OF WHITE TRASH....LEGGO OF ME.....I'LL TEAR YOUR HEAD OFF!!!!!"

Gorilla tells security to make sure they've got hold of Steiner, before saying that Scott actually has a valid point.....because the flip side of that stipulation was that Austin and Pillman had to win to ensure that Stone Cold got his one on one shot against Michaels....."and you two didn't win either now did you?"

Pillman lets loose a barrage of rather explicit language that I won't repeat here.....unfortunately he was close enough to the commentary table that Jim Ross's headphones picked up the whole thing. Gorilla tells the security holding him to "get him away from the live mic's and shut him up."

"YOU CAN'T CENSOR ME, IM BRIAN, FUCmmffp mmhfphbn"

Apparently you can censor Brian F'n Pillman.....because a security guard manages to clamp his hand over the Loose Cannon's mouth before any more obscenities come out, leaving the Loose Cannon wide eyed in fury and bucking like a mule.

Monsoon says what they are going to do is this......exactly the same stipulation as last week.....only this time, it's just Scott Steiner vs. Steve Austin.....no partners.....no excuses....and just for good measure, the KLiQ are barred from ringside for the duration of the match to ensure that we don't have a repeat performance of last week....and since they seem to think they can just do as they please around here too, if I see so much as a black and white shirt at ringside for the duration of that match, I will personally.....and happily.....strip Shawn Michaels of the WWF Championship.

Pillman somehow manages to get his mouth free and another vile barrage on insults go out over the airways, before Security finally shut him up again....."and you....." Monsoon adds ".....you can go one on one with Rick Steiner as well.....just because I don't like you."

Lawler says that Monsoon is drunk on power, he can't do that. Jim Ross says that he can and he will....and he has every justification to do so. Before making way for the medical team that escorts Vince McMahon from ringside for treatment.

Rating: B+

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We're opening with tag team action here tonight....and it's the country boys, Henry and Phineas Godwinn, facing off against the Nation of Domination combination of Nelson Knight and Kama. This would usually be where Bobby Knight would be teaming with big Nelson but as we saw last week, it appears as though the smaller Knight has been excommunicated from the group.

Nelson and Kama are two genuinely huge men....but then The Godwinns aren't exactly small. Obviously this makes for a rather hard hitting and quite ugly affair.....the less said the better really. The Nation pick up the victory after Nelson crushes the life out of Phineas with a huge splash.

Winner(s): The Nation of Domination.
Rating: C

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The rest of the Nation join Kama and Knight in the ring, where Faarooq takes a microphone. He says that last week the Nation cut out their deadwood.....and are stronger and meaner as a result.....their path of Dominance will continue....by any means necessary.

Rating: B-

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The competitors in the next match up make their way to the ring. Snow and DeMott are out first, with Head tucked safely under Al's arm, followed by the KLiQ contingent of Sean Waltman and Justin Credible...who surprisingly come out alone....obviously they don't think Snow and DeMott are going to pose much of a problem. Before the match can get underway however, Gorilla Monsoon makes his way out on the entrance way. He says that Vince McMahon will be unable to fulfil his announcing duties tonight due to the actions of Brian Pillman earlier in the show, therefore he's bringing in a guest commentator for the remainder of the show.....a man who did a great job during the King of the Ring finals.....Owen Hart. The crowd are pleased to see Owen, who makes his way down to the announce desk. He still had crutches, but only the one this week and is clearly walking a little easier.

Monsoon turns to leave, but stops and addresses the men in the ring before he goes.....

".....oh, one last thing.....the KLiQ decided to ruin last weeks main event....but I did manage to hear a few of the comments that they made before hand.....Scott Hall's in particular.....who claimed that himself and Mr. Nash would find Al Snow and Bill DeMott so little of a challenge, that they could beat them with one hand tied behind their backs.....well, in the spirit of competition and fairness, since they believe that these two Gentlemen pose such little threat.....should Sean Waltman and Justin Credible lose tonight......then at In Your House, in the Tag Team Title match.....Scott Hall and Kevin Nash WILL in fact compete with one hand tied behind their backs....good luck gentlemen."

Rating: C

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We have back to back tag team action here tonight, as now it's Al Snow and Bill DeMott, going up against two of the six men that were responsible for a heinous beating that these two (mentally unstable) superstars suffered a few weeks prior on Monday Night Raw. Al and Bill.....and Head apparently.....have been plotting their revenge ever since.....and it was revenge that they almost got within the first 30 seconds of this contest. Because with Waltman still screaming up the aisle at a now departed Gorilla Monsoon that he can't just go around making stipulations up like that (he can) DeMott sees an opportunity and rolls the Light Heavyweight Champion up from behind, for a very, very near fall.

The match gets fully underway and it's decent....Snow and Waltman have great chemistry, so any time they are in the ring it's something a bit special....and Al and Credible mesh up pretty well too saying that. DeMott shows that he has plenty of power behind him which he uses to his advantage.....but funnily enough it's his agility that gets the win....well kind of.

See the KLiQ go to their favourite manoeuvre.....distracting the official so that the legal man can gain an advantage....unfortunately it backfires however.....and while Waltman has the referee's focus, Al Snow runs into the ring with Head in his hands and nails Credible in the back of the head, before dropping the Inanimate object (....damnit, don't call Head inanimate!!...) and sending Waltman flying off the apron. DeMott seizes the opportunity and heads up top, delivering a beautiful Moonsault to Credible for the one, two, three.

Winner(s): Al Snow & Bill DeMott
Rating: C+

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Snow and DeMott are celebrating, realising that they have just been handed a huge advantage against Hall and Nash, now that the Tag Team Champions will be handicapped....literally.....as each of them will have one hand tied behind their backs. Still on the floor at ringside, Waltman obviously realises the consequence of this loss, slides back into the ring behind the victors, with a steel chair in hand, perhaps looking to make amends to Hall and Nash by weakening their opponents ahead of the PPV. Before he can strike however, we have a visitor.....



......because Rey Mysterio comes running down the aisle, leaping onto the apron and nailing Waltman with a perfect springboard dropkick that sends the chair flying. Waltman realises that he's severely outnumbered, with Credible still down from the Moonsault that ended the match.....and scrambles out of the ring, dragging his partner with him as he goes. Snow and DeMott thank Rey for saving them from the sneak attack, before they resume their celebrations, with Mysterio mounting the second turnbuckle and pointing down at Waltman, before indicating that he's coming for the WWF Light Heavyweight Championship, by performing the universally known "belt" gesture to his waist.

Rating: C+

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To the back we go, where Dok Hendrix is standing by with the Legion of Doom, Hawk and Animal. He tells them that Animal is set to face Mankind next in singles action....and after the duo's dastardly assault on Matt and Jeff Hardy last week....surely the LoD have revenge on their mind? Animal says that it's time that Jim Cornette and his two wannabe monsters, learnt that there are only two genuine walking monsters in the World Wrestling Federation.....and you're looking at them....."TELL 'EM HAWK"

"WELLLLLL.....IT SEEMS LIKE KANE AND MANKIND THINK THAT BEING BIGGER AND UGLIER MEANS THEY'RE THE BADDEST BOYS IN THE ROOM....WELL I GOT NEWS FOR YOU.....WE'RE BIGGER THAN YOU.....WE'RE BADDER THAN YOU.....BUT WHEN WERE FINISHED WITH YOU, THERE WILL BE NO DOUBTING WHO THE UGLIEST IS.....BECAUSE WE'RE GONNA GRIND THOSE MASKS INTO YOUR FACES, UNTIL ALL THATS LEFT IS AN BULGING EYEBALL, A BUSTED LIP AND A BLOODY, GAPING HOLE WHERE YOUR NOSES USED TO BE.....UHHHHH....WHAT A RUSHHHH!!"

Rating: B-

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This has been brewing for some time now, with these two men (and their respective partners) coming to blows on a number of occasions....this however marks the first time that a legal contest has happened between members of the two teams.....and it's quite the confrontation, because you've got a man who loves to fish out punishment in Animal and a man who loves to take punishment in Mankind. Both men are seconded by their significant other and of course Mankind has the added extra of Jim Cornette in his corner.....who Owen Hart has some choice words for on commentary, seeing as they have quite a bit of past history together.

If you believed that this was ever going to be a scientific, catch as catch can wrestling contest then I've got a bridge in Brooklyn to sell you.....because this was an out and out brawl from the get go, which finally descended into pure chaos after the two men spilled to the outside. It didn't take long for Hawk and Kane to begin throwing fists at each other and it was only a matter of time until all four men were brawling with each other.....leaving the official no option but to throw the match out.

Winner: No Contest
Rating: B-

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The referee calls for the bell but these two teams couldn't care less.....a bell ringing isn't going to stop them from fighting....Pavlov's dog they ain't. Kane and Mankind are an intimidating sight, but it takes a lot to intimidate Hawk and Animal, who don't back down for a second....especially after the beating that the Hardy Boys received last week.....there's revenge to be had. Jerry Lawler says that they might have to call in the military to separate these two teams.....and even that might not be enough to stop them........

GONG!!!

......suddenly the lights go out......

GONG!!!

.......then flash ominously........

GONG!!!

.......as smoke slowly begins to fill the floor of the arena......

GONG!!!

........only then do these two teams separate....and the crowd goes wild at the prospect of the Undertakers possible return......Kane is stood stoically, awaiting the arrival of his brother.....while Mankind is doing his peculiar screech while screaming that "he's coming......he's coming...."

The Undertaker never materialises though.....and Jim Ross comments that clearly the Deadman is trying to get into the head of Kane and Mankind.....while Lawler remarks that "in the head of those two deranged freaks is not somewhere you want to be." We leave Kane and Mankind stood expectantly waiting in the aisleway, with Jim Cornette looking on anxiously as we head to commercial.

Rating: B+

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We come back from commercial and head straight to the back, where Dok Hendrix is standing by with an annoyed looking pairing of Mr. Perfect and Billy Gunn. Dok says that it hasn't been a good few weeks for Gunn, after first crashing out of the King of the Ring tournament.....then following that up with an unsuccessful shot at claiming the number one contenders shot to the Intercontinental Championship.....

Perfect stops Hendrix right there.....telling him to employ some journalistic integrity and at least report the truth.....he says that the only reason that Billy lost to Roddy Piper, was because of referee ineptitude (really Perfect? Nothing to do with your interference then?) and the only reason that Billy Gunn isn't the number one contender....and next Intercontinental Champion.....is because his idiot cowboy of an ex partner, doesn't know when it's time to go out to pasture.

Billy tells Bart to stop sticking his nose into business that doesn't concern him.....he says that if he's got a problem with the fact that Billy damn near broke his neck.....then why don't you meet me in that ring....so I can finish the job that I started.

Hendrix says that he's not sure that Bart is in any condition to compete, judging by the neck brace that he's been sporting on the few occasions that we have seen him.....but Perfect says that they don't care.....if he's going to go around interfering in matches, then he should at least have the guts to step into the ring one LAST time.....because believe me when I tell you, it will be the LAST time that anyone sees Bart Gunn again.

Rating: B

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It's Double J facing off against Double M.....as Marc Mero goes up against Jeff Jarrett, fresh of his crowning as the new Number One contender to Hunter Hearst Helmsley's Intercontinental Championship. Jarrett on the other hand is still looking to make his mark here in the WWF, because despite his unlimited potential, he's yet to transfer that to any significant success.....knocking off Mero a few weeks out from his title shot would certainly be a start in the right direction.

He looks like he's got a good chance of doing just that, because this is a very back and forward affair, with both men getting a pretty even amount of offence in.....and there were certainly mitigating circumstances surrounding the finish....thanks to this young lady.....



.......who skips down the aisle, just moments before Mero lands that knockout left jab of his. Marc makes the cover, but the official is nowhere to be found, because Sunny is currently hopped up on the ring apron, where she is jumping up and down, desperate to keep the attention of the referee.....now whether the referee is simply trying to do his job and get Sunny away from ringside.....or distracted by the fact that all that jumping up and down is making certain body parts bounce up and down as well, is anyone's guess....either way, he's not counting the cover.....



.......he also doesn't see one Mr. Hunter Hearst Helmsley enter the ring and nail Mero with a Pedigree either.....Sunny can be very distracting.....Helmsley chops at his crotch over the fallen Mero.....borrowing Sean Waltman's "Suck It" taunt, before rolling Jarrett on top of him and exiting the ring with a huge smirk on his face. He walks around to Sunny and takes her hand, helping her down from the apron, leave the referee to turn around in time to make the cover.....giving Jeff Jarrett a big victory.

Winner: Jeff Jarrett
Rating: B-

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Triple H and Sunny re-enter the ring and Helmsley drags Mero to his feet. He grabs him by the hair and yells into his face that he should know better than want to mess with the KLiQ....he says he might fluked ONE victory over him.....but it'll be the only one he ever has....Helmsley says that while Mero might have ended his winning streak.....the next time he's in the ring with Triple H, Hunters going to end his career.

He turns Mero around and holds his arms behind his back, leaving Sunny free to hurl a torrent of abuse at Mero as well, screaming at him for daring to want to take the Intercontinental away from her. She finishes by nailing Mero with a stinging slap across the face, before Helmsley drops him back to the mat and the duo leave the ring laughing.

They get about three quarters of the way up the ramp when Mero's voice stops them, he's grabbed a microphone and pulled himself to his feet using the ropes. He tells Helmsley that it takes a real man to get his woman to do his dirty work for him....but that's ok.....because two can play that game.

Rating: C+

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It's time to get your finger on the censor button, because Brian Pillman is about to make his way out on live TV.....might want to put the kids out of the room for this one folks. Steiner is out as well, barking like a dog in heat....speaking of heat....this one has plenty....because both men clearly have some pent up aggression stemming not only from last weeks inconclusive result....but from the brawl earlier in the evening.

Pillman is at his antagonising best, winding the crowd up into a frenzy, even tossing a paper cup of popcorn over one fan that flips him off.....he makes sure to throw some insults Owen's way at the commentary table too. Action wise, these two have a decent match. Steiner plays the power game, while Pillman bumps like a pro and backs off from Rick like the classic chicken s##t heels of old.

He uses a classic heel technique at the end of the match too, because after Steiner looked like he had the victory in the bag, coming off the top with his diving bulldog attempt, Pillman moved out of the way at the last second....Steiner lands on his feet however and goes to hit a standing Steinerline.....Pillman pulls the official in front of himself however. Steiner is able to stall the attack at the last second, saving the referee from being destroyed.....but with the officials line of vision obscured, Pillman kicks Dog Face straight in his little Gremlins. Steiner doubles over in pain and Pillman quickly connects with a hangman's neckbreaker (that's a Rude Awakening to me and you) and scores a quick pinfall victory.

Winner: Brian Pillman
Rating: B

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With Steiner down, Pillman rolls out of the ring and heads over to the announce desk, where he starts hurling abuse at Owen Hart. He tells Owen that if he wants to put it all on the line and step into the ring with the Loose Cannon at In Your House, then Pillman will happily dance....."but it looks like your dancing shoes need retiring cripple boy.....the King of Harts became the King of Crutches...." Pillman snatches the crutch away from Hart and kicks him off the chair, before raising the crutch overhead......"and when I'm done, you're going to be nothing more than a lame dog, that wants putting out of his misery...."

Lawler and Ross try to talk Pillman out of using the crutch....but they don't call him the Loose Cannon for nothing....and he simply laughs and prepares to strike.......



......which is when the cavalry arrives in the form of Bret Hart and the British Bulldog. Bulldog chases Pillman to the back, while Bret helps his brother to his feet, before setting up a chair next to him, telling the announce team that he's going to sit right here for the rest of the show.....to make sure that Pillman doesn't stick his nose where it doesn't belong again.

Rating: B+

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The KLiQ cam is back.....this week it's Sunny that's operating the camera....we know this because she briefly turns it on herself, saying that the camera loves her, while giving a little wink and flashing far too much cleavage for TV. She turns it back on her boys, where Nash and Hall mock Al Snow and Bill DeMott....saying not only do they have them at a disadvantage, seeing how they will both have one arm tied behind their backs at In Your House.......but they also have the numbers advantage.....because they have Head in their corner. There is silence for a moment, then the whole KLiQ burst out laughing....clearly they don't sweat Snow and DeMott.

Waltman takes his turn now. He addresses Rey Mysterio, telling him that he doesn't know who he thinks he is.....a little man with big ideas....he tells Rey that he's only been in the WWF for a cup of coffee....so why he thinks he deserves a shot at the Light Heavyweight Title is beyond him....get to the back of the line boy.

Helmsley briefly mocks Mero again, telling him that there's more in store for him where that came from.

Then it's Michaels. He first addresses the Harts at ringside, he waves at Bret, tells him that he should be thanking the Champ really.....because His bags must be much easier to carry now that Shawn's got this beautiful big gold belt to carry around instead of him. He asks Owen how the legs holding up after the Heartbreak Kid put him on the shelf.....he then addresses the main event, telling Gorilla Monsoon not to worry, "the KLiQ is gonna sit back here and watch it in comfort.....watch Austin and Steiner kill each other....and it really doesn't matter what the result is, because win, lose or draw, the real winner.....is the Heartbreak Kid Shawn Michaels.....see either Austin kills Steiner and it's just me and him at the Pay Per View, or Steiner kills Austin and it's me vs them at the pay per view....just two weeks after they've beat the holy hell out of each other, while yours truly is still fresh as a daisy"

The group start cracking jokes and generally behave like smart-asses until the sound of glass breaking is heard in the background, and the KLiQ shush each other as they huddle around a monitor.

Rating: B

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It's main event time and there is plenty on the line in this one.....a win for Steiner gives him that much deserved rematch at In Your House, making the Title Match a Triangle Match.....while a win for Austin ensures that it's just him vs Shawn at the PPV.....and if those stakes weren't high enough, bragging rights are on the line, because these two men just out and out don't like each other....and if we didn't know that they don't like each other, it soon became obvious the second the bell rang, because these two fly at each other, swinging wildly. Steiner still has his ribs bandaged from a few weeks back, which is a giant bullseye to Austin....but Scotty blocks out the pain and uses his superior strength to over power the King of the Ring.

The battle eventually spins to the outside as it often does.....this time however it unfortunately brings about the finish. Stone Cold advances menacingly towards Owen Hart, which had the Hitman up like a shot.....right at the same time Steiner is charging at Austin. Stone Cold uses Scott's momentum to send him crashing into Bret, which sends both Hart and Steiner sprawling to the mat. Bret is back to his feet first and Austin flips him a double bird, before spitting right in the Hitman's face. Bret is rightfully livid. He wipes Austin's spittle off his cheek, takes a deep breath......and flys at Stone Cold, swinging those picture perfect right hands........unfortunately Bret isn't part of this match......and the official is stood right there.......and has absolutely no other option than to ring the bell, declaring Steve Austin the winner by disqualification.....however you look at it, Bret Hart just cost Scott Steiner a shot at the WWF Title.

Winner: Steve Austin (via Disqualification)
Rating: B

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The bell sounds and The Hitman realises that he's made a mistake....especially when Austin instantly walks away with his arms raised in victory and a huge grin on his face....he backs away from Hart before giving him the finger again and calling him a "stupid son of a b####" before heading to the back. Steiner realises that he's lost the World Title opportunity.....again.....through no fault of his own.....again.....and he is p####d. He gets in Bret's face, asking him (screaming at him) "what are you doing?" The Hitman apologises, explaining that Austin spat in his face, he just lost his cool....but Scotty doesn't care....he shoves Bret hard in the chest, telling him that he just lost Steiner the chance to wrestle for the WWF Title...that's what he lost. Bret again apologises, but again gets pushed in the chest....this time however Bret pushes back and in no time at all we have a full on shoving match between the two men.

The Bulldog and Rick Steiner come running out from the back to separate the two men, while Owen is the voice of reason, trying to calm things down. Steiner is not a man that calms easily though and he shoves Bret with such force that he collides with Owen, which knocks his crutch away and sending the younger Hart sprawling to the floor. Now Steiner isn't the only one that's p####d and Bret decides to fight back......Rick inadvertently takes a shot to the jaw, so he joins in.....causing the Bulldog to stop attempting to separate Bret and Scott....and instead begin throwing rights and lefts at Rick as the whole scene descends into chaos.....and all the while Stone Cold Steve Austin is stood watching from the entrance way, joined by Brian Pillman as the two stand laughing at the scene before them.

Rating: B+

Final Rating: B

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