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Week 4, March 1997
Key Arena (Seattle, Washington)
ATT: 15,724
TV: 28.09


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We are just six days away from the biggest event of the year, Wrestlemania 13......and there is an excitement in the air.......an excitement that is soon turned into a chorus of boos.....because Vince McMahon makes his way down to the ring to open up the show, along with the WWF Champion Shawn Michaels, The Corporate Cannon Brian Pillman, and the Big Red Monster Kane. The foursome enter the ring and McMahon cuts right to the chase.....there’s no time to pander to the crowd, he’s got business to attend to, and that business is Scott Steiner......Vince says he’s humoured Steiner's little March to Wrestlemania so far.....he’s tolerated the vulgarity and profanities......he’s turned a blind eye to the toilet humour and penis jokes......but with only six days until his Title vs. Title match at Wrestlemania, he took things a step to far last week, picking Shawn Michaels up over his head and tossing him to the outside like a piece of garbage.......well tonight, it’s Scott Steiner that’s going to be tossed around......because he’s going to be going one on one with the Big Red Monster Kane......

.......Vince hands the microphone to a smirking Shawn Michaels, who tells Steiner not to worry about Kane too much though.......

”........because while he IS going to mess you up tonight........and he is.........he’s promised me that he’s gonna leave just enough of you to make it to Wrestlemania, where the Heartbreak Kid Shawn Michaels is gonna take your title, and finish the job......because let’s face it, I’ve been the World Wrestling Federation Champion for one solid year now.......twelve months at the top of the mountain.....so do you really think that taking the Intercontinental Championship is going to pose ANY problem for the Showstopper? I don’t think so......”

.......Michaels goes on to say that Scott Steiner’s ONLY claim to fame in this business, is picking up a fluke victory over the Heartbreak Kid nine months ago at the King of the Ring........

”........and even THEN you were too dumb to read the fine print on the contract......now sure you’ve improved a little bit since then......you’ve bleached your hair......you’ve been.......taking your ‘vitamins’.......”Brother”.......you’ve even gone and got yourself a shiny new title.....but that’s where the fairy tail ends big boy.......”

.......Shawn says that for the last 365 days (give or take a day) he’s defeated everyone there is to beat.....from the Undertakers to the Marty Jannetty’s......with the odd King thrown in for good measure......and no one.....NO ONE......has been able to take this title from him.......and come Wrestlemania, he’s gonna be wearing one more shiny piece of gold.....Scott Steiner’s WWF Intercontinental Championship.....

.......Vince takes back the microphone to round up the promo, saying that come main event time, he, Brian Pillman......and the Heartbreak Kid himself will be sat right there at ringside.......

”......and before anyone gets any stupid ideas in their head, may I remind you all......especially you Austin......that if Stone Cold Steve Austin lays so much as ONE FINGER on Brian Pillman, that Wrestlemania match that he wants so badly......is off......so Austin, I suggest you remain in the back tonight, no matter WHAT goes down out here......”

Rating: A*

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European Championship: Semi-Final Match

It’s time for the first of tonight’s two Semi-Final matches, where the winner of each match will be heading to Wrestlemania to compete in the tournament final, where we will crown our very first, WWF European Champion......this match sees The British Bulldog, Davey Boy Smith, going up against the Bizarre One, Goldust.......Davey Boy eliminated Vince McMahons personal pick Brian Pillman to get here, while Goldust eliminated a less than 100% Marty Jannetty.....

.......with a spot on the Wrestlemania card on the line, both men went hard for this one....Goldust is arguably the better wrestler of the pair, but the Bulldog had the strength advantage.......and despite The Bizarre One’s best efforts, it was strength that came out on top tonight, as the Bulldog booked his spot in the tournament finals after a Running Powerslam.

Winner: The British Bulldog
Rating: B

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With The British Bulldog heading into Wrestlemania to attempt to capture the WWF European Championship, that means that the entire Hart Foundation will be competing in Title matches at the biggest show of the year, because Bret and Owen will be looking to bring the WWF Tag Team Titles home to Canada as well.....of course that might be easier said than done, because not only do they have to defeat the KLiQ, but they have the Nation of Domination to contend with as well......

.......and speaking of the Nation, they are out in force next, as the entire group makes their way down to the ring. Faarooq takes the microphone and says that in just six days, the Nation of Domination are FINALLY going to get a little bit of recognition around here......because at Wrestlemania, not only is Scorpio going to walk out with the WWF Light Heavyweight Championship......because he is officially throwing his hat into the multi-man ladder match......but Faarooq and The Rock are finally going to put the ‘great white hope’ The Hart Foundation, out to pasture......as well as sticking it to the man, when they take those WWF Tag Team Titles away from the KLiQ......

”........because you can only hold a brother down for so long.....and The Nation of Domination has been held down, overlooked, segregated and been treated like second class citizens for too long around here.....we have won match after match.....our record speaks for itself, so much so that we SHOULD have been handed Title opportunity after Title opportunity.....instead we had to sit back and watch The Harts get embarrassed by the KLiQ, week in and week out......get defeated by The KLiQ week in and week out........and STILL get another shot at the gold a week later.......you know why? Because while ‘the man’ knows that the KLiQ can beat the Hart Foundation in their sleep, he knows damn well that the Nation would only need ONE shot.......and that one shot is happening in six days time.......”

Faarooq hands the microphone over to the Rock, slapping him on the back and instructing him to tell these morons what’s going to happen........

”........what’s going to happen, is the Nation of Domination.......The Rock and Faarooq......are going to show the world that the Nation don’t need ANYTHING handed to them.......unlike the Hart Foundation and The KLiQ......Bret and Owen Hart are supposed to be banned from competing for any titles held by the KLiQ.....this was SUPPOSED to be the Nations title shot....but since Scott Hall and Sean Waltman know full well that The Rock could kick their candy asses single handedly if he wanted, they went running back to their sugar daddy Vince McMahon, and got their little whipping boys added into the match to give them a chance of winning.....well The Rock says that The KLiQ and The Harts have about as much chance of walking out of Wrestlemania with those titles, as Justin Credible has of losing his virginity.....it’s just not gonna happen..........

.........three weeks ago the Nation beat the ever loving crap out of The Harts and Hall and Waltman......two weeks ago we beat them both fair and square in the middle of the ring.......and last week, last week the Rock single handedly took Owen Harts head and shoved it straight up Sean Waltman’s ass......tonight, Faarooq is going to do exactly the same thing to Bret Hart and Scott Hall.....granted, not with the same flair and excitement as The Rock, but the result will be the same.......just like the result will be the same at Wrestlemania, when The Rock.........and Farrooq, walk out the new WWF Tag Team Champions........”


......and with that the Nation raise their fists in unison, as we end the promo segment (surprisingly without any interruptions) and head to commercial.

Rating: A

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Mark Canterbury makes a rare singles appearance now, as he goes one on one with one with Ahmed Johnson.....these two men will be facing off again in six days time, but under very different circumstances....as Canterbury will be joining forces with the rest of the Million Dollar Corporation, to go to war against Ahmed Johnson, The Legion of Doom.....and Psycho Sid......(all of whom are out at ringside tonight)....in an eight man street fight......tonight is no street fight however.....it's just two big, powerful men, stiffing the crap out of each other......until Ahmed finally puts his opponent away with an impressive (considering his opponents size) Pearl River Plunge.....a good win for Johnson with Wrestlemania right around the corner.

Winner: Ahmed Johnson
Rating: B

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Psycho Sid and the LoD join Ahmed in the ring, while Johnson stands celebrating like he just won the Super Bowl......(calm down big man, you just beat Henry Godwin after all)......before he grabs a microphone and tells the Million Dollar Chumps to go ahead and climb between those ropes.....because we can start Wrestlemania right here and right now......

......in fairness to the Corporation, they do look as though they are formulating a plan of attack.....at least until DiBiase finally withdraws his troops, telling them to save it for Wrestlemania......that's when the big pay day is.......

.......Ahmed starts laughing at the sight of the Corporations retreat, claiming that it's the smartest thing those fools have done in a long time......he says that there ain't no Marc Mero's in this ring......he says everybody knows that Ahmed Johnson is a winner......and at Wrestlemania he's finally found himself a winning team, that WON'T let him down......

......with that Ahmed tosses the microphone to one side and resumes his rather overly-enthusiastic celebration, while Sid, Hawk and Animal exchange a look amongst themselves.....a look that Jim Ross puts into words for us, proclaiming that Ahmed appears to be very confident heading into Wrestlemania......almost to the point of being rather uncharacteristically cocky.

Rating: B+

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We leave Ahmed to his celebration and we head to the back, where Mr. Perfect is lacing up his boots ready for his upcoming match with Marc Mero......he straightens up and turns around, walking straight into Billy Gunn and Jesse James.....both men clap their Consultant (rather harder than necessary) on the shoulder, smiling at him and wishing him luck in his upcoming match......Perfect looks sceptical, stating that they appear to have changed their tune since last week......James says that he and Billy talked it over, and the way they see it.....is that if even their manager has a title, it'll only be a matter of time before they are granted a Tag Title shot.....

......Perfect looks less than pleased about Jesse James's thinly veiled insult.....Mr. Perfect is much more than just a manager after all....but Gunn and James smile even wider, before offering their hands to Perfect, telling him "no hard feelings?"....Perfect is hesitant, but finally shakes both men by the hand, telling them that if they don't mind, he has a spot in the European Championship finals to win......

......he turns away from the smiling pair and heads off for his match.....Gunn and James shout words of encouragement, at least until Perfect is out of sight and earshot.....then the fake smiles fade and the two men exchange a look that is far more serious.....almost as if they are formulating a plan of some description.....

Rating: B+

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European Championship: Semi-Final Match

We know that the winner of this match will be heading into Wrestlemania to compete for the newly minted WWF European Championship against The British Bulldog.....the question is, will it be Marc Mero or Mr. Perfect that is stood across the ring from Davey Boy Smith? Mero has had somewhat of a fire lit under him recently, following the less than complimentary things that Ahmed Johnson has had to say about him.....Perfect on the other hand has got to have the words and actions of his two wards running through his mind, following Gunn and James's declaration that Mr. Perfect is not so perfect when it comes to guiding the careers of others.....

.....when it comes to guiding his own career however, Perfect has no such problems, which is why despite Mero's best efforts, it's the former two time Intercontinental Champion who books his place in the European Title match at Wrestlemania, finishing off his opponent with the Perfect Plex.

Winner: Mr. Perfect
Rating: B

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Perfect picks up the victory, while Mero looks crestfallen as he heads to the back.....passing Billy Gunn and Jesse James at the entrance way, as the pair have made their way out onto the ramp. They stand at the top of the aisle with huge (obviously fake) smiles on their face, giving their Executive Consultant a rather slow and sarcastic round of applause, before Gunn shouts something along the lines of ".....well done.....absolutely perfect......" before proclaiming that it's nice that ONE of them will be going to Wrestlemania "......WE aren't.....but Mr. Perfect is, so that all that matters right Curt?...."







......which is when The Texas Long Riders music starts to play, as Barry Windham and Justin Bradshaw make their way out for their upcoming match with the Legion of Doom.....Windham pauses beside Gunn and James, telling them that they want to have a bit more damn respect around here.....to which the two men wiggle their fingers at him in mock fear, before laughing and walking to the back.....the Riders hit the ring and Windham congratulates Perfect on his victory, before we head to commercial as the live crowd awaits the arrival of the Legion of Doom.....

Rating: B+

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We come back from commercial to the instantly recognisable sounds of the Legion of Dooms music.....as Hawk and Animal come thundering down the aisle......The Road Warriors have a date city the Million Dollar Corporation at Wrestlemania.....a violent date, because they're going to be competing in an eight man street fight......the Long Riders on the other hand don't really have anything to do.....especially since Bradshaw (he would say inadvertently) cost Windham the opportunity to be competing for the World Wrestling Federation European Championship.....

......speaking of that, it only happened last week.....and there is still a little bit of tension between the two big Texans.....so much so that the two struggle to stay on the same page here....in fact Bradshaw doesn't particularly go out of his way to prevent the Doomsday Device that the Legion of Doom use to put Barry Windham away for the three count.

Winner(s): The Legion of Doom
Rating: B

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The Doomers head to the back with a good victory in the bag heading into Wrestlemania, while Bradshaw reluctantly helps his partner to his feet, reprimanding him for the loss at the same time........which is when Billy Gunn and Jesse James again appear on the entrance ramp.....they double over with laughter, slapping their knees and clutching at their sides....before straightening up and once again unleashing that long sarcastic round of applause, asking Windham ".....how's that respect feeling about now? Pretty painful right?......hey Bradshaw, you need a new partner man, this ones looking a little bit past his prime......" before breaking out in laughter again, slapping each other on the back and returning to the locker rooms, leaving Windham looking less that impressed......and Bradshaw struggling to repress a smirk.

Rating: A (huh?......yeah I have no idea either)

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From there we head over to Dok Hendrix in the back, who is standing by with the Hart Foundation ahead of Bret's triple threat match with Scott Hall and Faarooq next......it's your basic hype promo.....they say that Wrestlemania is going to be a night to remember for the Hart Foundation......because not only is Davey Boy Smith going to walk out, the first ever WWF European Champion, but Bret and Owen are going to kill two birds with one stone......when they finally shut the mouth of not only the KLiQ, but the Nation of Domination as well.....walking out as your brand new World Wrestling Federation Tag Team Champions......just like Bret Hart is going to walk out victorious tonight.

Rating: A

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Last week it was the partners of tonight's competitors in action.....in what turned out to be a very good match.....it's safe to say however that this match here was even better, because Bret Hart, Scott Hall and Faarooq put on a great showing.....unlike last week there is nobody at ringside, because Gorilla Monsoon has decreed that Owen Hart, Sean Waltman.....and the ENTIRE Nation of Domination are barred from ringside.......which should have ensured we have free from interference.....this is the WWF however, and everyone knows that the KLiQ always have a backup plan......

........which is why the screwy ending should come as no surprise to anyone.....and after the Hitman moves out of the way of a charging Faarooq, (which sees The Nation leader crash with force between the turnbuckles and into the steel ring post, before rolling to the outside to recover) a fan tosses what appears to be a set of Brass Knuckles.....which Hall catches, before using them to lay the Hitman out cold.........and as the "fan" pulls down his hood to reveal that he is actually a bruised looking Justin Credible, Scott Hall makes the cover and picks up a great victory just six days before the KLiQ's epic showdown with the Nation and the Hart Foundation.

Winner: Scott Hall
Rating: A

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From there it's time for a meeting of the minds......and dark, twisted, depraved minds at that.....because Cactus Jack makes his way down to the ring......inviting Raven to join him......not to fight, because while Cactus would like nothing more than to carve a red path of gore through Raven's face, he's perfectly capable of waiting six days until Wrestlemania.....where he has carte blanche to unleash all manner of torture and torment.....

"......so please, join me.....because before I drag you through purgatory, I think it's important that you know why..........."







.......ask and you shall receive......because here is the man himself......not in person however.....no, instead the videoscreen flickers to life and we are treated to a shot of Raven.....the room is dark as always do it's difficult to determine where in the arena he actually is, but he obviously has something to say.......

".......'be careful what you wish for'......that seems to be some kind of mantra for you recently Mick......'be careful what you wish for'.......but the question is, are you talking to ME when you say that.....or are you talking to yourself? You see Mick, the cactus Jack I know would have no interest in talking.....the Cactus Jack I know, wouldn't be able to wait until Wrestlemania.....the Cactus Jack I know.....would take that barbed wire two by four of his and use it to inscribe his name upon my flesh.........see Mick, those who can control their passions and desires, do so because their passions and desires are weak enough to be controlled.....so I ask you again.....'be careful what you wish for'.......who exactly are you warning?.....

.......see Mick......and yes, I'm talking to Mick Foley.....because for all the bravado, all the warnings and threats.....that is NOT Cactus Jack in the ring there right now......THAT, is Mick Foley......husband......father.......provider..... ..THAT, is Mick Foley, desperately trying to hang on to his last thread of moral fibre.....but you're teetering on the edge of a cliff Mick......and really all I've got to do......is give you a little push........"


......Cactus shakes his head, telling Raven that he couldn't be more wrong.....he wanted the darkness.....he wanted the monster.....he wanted Cactus Jack......well Cactus Jack is what he's got......and at Wrestlemania.....when anything goes......he's going to see exactly what Cactus Jack, the King of the Deathmatch.....is all about.

......Raven chuckles at that.....telling Cactus that he's saying all the right things, but it's just that.....talk.......

"........Cactus Jack doesn't talk Mick.....he just does.......and he's there.....he's knocking at the door.....now you've barricaded that door shut pretty tight....but with each blow he's getting closer and closer to breaking through to the other side.....what's it going to take Mick.....for you to let him free......"

.......with that the camera abruptly pans back.....and we see that Raven doesn't appear to be in the arena at all.......in fact he's sat in what appears to be a front room......but the disturbing part, is he's not alone.........the Flock are gathered behind him in a semi circle, with an attractive blonde lady sat alone in a chair......there is a gag around her mouth.....and her mascara has left long black trails down her face where the tears have obviously run freely.......and when Cactus sees this, he absolutely explodes.....screaming at the top of his lungs that Raven has taken this too far......but Raven cuts him off........

"........see this right here.....this is Collette Foley......and sleeping just down the hall there, we have Dewey Foley and Noelle Foley.......and this blissful little suburban slice of paradise, is exactly why YOU are not Cactus Jack.........YOU are Mick Foley......and I DO NOT WANT YOU.......WHAT ABOUT ME MICK? WHAT ABOUT RAVEN?.......

.......this is what you're trying to hold on to? THIS? I offer you immortality and you choose mediocrity? You choose normality? So predictable........so disappointing......so dull........monsters don't have wives......they don't have children......they don't get to have a happily ever after........all this......it can disappear with a click of the finger.......and then......then I wonder.....who will be walking into Wrestlemania.......Mick Foley? Or Cactus Jack.........'be careful what you wish for'........because Mick, you might just find that Jack......is only one heartbreak away........Quote the Raven.......Nevermore........"


........with that Raven begins cackling maniacally, before standing to his feet and walking towards Collette......just as the screen fades to black......



There is silence for a moment.....as Cactus drops to his knees in the ring, and Jim Ross apologises to everyone at home for that rather disturbing display by Raven, stating that neither he, nor the WWF as a whole condone that kind of behaviour......in the meantime a number of backstage workers have hit the ring, presumably to escort Cactus backstage, where you would hope a car would be waiting to get him home as quickly as possible.......in the blink of an eye however, Cactus goes from passive, to anything but......as he lets out an animalistic scream.....before absolutely decimating the men in the ring with him........before dragging one poor worker to the outside.....where he piledrives him on the floor......not content however, he reaches under the ring......and there is Old Yeller.......Cactus takes the two by four and stares at it for a moment........before finally taking it, and gouging it into the head of the already injured worker.......there are screams......both from the worker AND from Jack, as blood spills down the arm of Cactus......before it finally ends.....as suddenly as it started......and Cactus gets to his feet with a wild look in his eyes.....and storms to the back........it looks like Mick Foley has left the building......I think Cactus Jack is in the driving seat now......and that could spell the end for Raven.......

Rating: A*

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After that rather disturbing turn of events we are treated to an extended hype package for Wrestlemania, to give everybody time to clear the ring area......then, just as promised, Vince McMahon, Shawn Michaels and The Corporate Cannon Brian Pillman make their way out, where Vince and Shawn join Jim Ross and Rick Rude at the announce table, while Pillman just sort of does what Brian Pillman does best.....and that's hop around like a madman, antagonising fans and generally being an obnoxious p*ick......

......the two men involved in this main event, Scott Steiner and Kane, make their entrances....and as McMahon and Michaels proceed to run Big Poppa Pump down throughout the match, this one gets underway.....we have already had one very, very good match tonight, which saw Scott Hall pick up a victory in the triple threat match.....and right here we have another very, very good match.....since breaking away from the Tag Team ranks, Scott Steiner has really found his niche as a singles wrestler....and with the calibre of wrestler that Steiner has been competing with in the last nine months, it's no real surprise that he has improved in leaps and bounds.....he may have been a tag team specialist before, but he's found a new level of psychology as of late that means he really knows how to carry a match......

.......and that certainly helps here, because Kane, while no rookie, certainly doesn't have the ring awareness that Steiner now possesses, not that you would know it with the performance that these two big men put on. Steiner certainly needs all of his ample strength to stand a chance here, because make no mistake, this is a blatant attempt by Vince McMahon and Shawn Michaels, to wear the man down just six days before the biggest match of his career.....and wear Steiner down Kane does, putting a punishment on Big Poppa Pump like no one else has been able to......and any time Scotty manages to pull himself back into the match, Pillman is there to cut that off before it begins......in fact, Scott looks to be in deep, deep trouble..........





















....::::!!!!GONG!!!!::::....




.......until the lights go out.......









.........and the Undertaker makes his slow walk out onto the entrance way......he comes to a halt at the top of the aisle, staring a hole through his baby brother Kane......before slowly running a finger across his throat.....and then dropping down to one knee, inviting his brother to come and get him......

........much to the dismay of Michaels, Kane does exactly that......dropping to the floor and slowly stalking his way up the aisle-way towards the Deadman......so slowly in fact, that the official counts to ten before he even gets there......and this one is all over.

Winner: Scott Steiner (via Count Out)
Rating: A

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As soon as Kane and The Undertaker come within arms reach of each other (much like last week) they begin hammering blows on to one another, battling their way backwards through the entrance way and deep into the building........unfortunately for Steiner, that still leaves Shawn Michaels and Brian a Pillman at ringside.....and both men storm the ring as one.......Steiner does his best to fight them off.....but these aren't two ham and eggers.....these are two of the best wrestlers alive today....(ok that's a bit of a stretch, but they are my number one and number three Franchise players, so it's maybe not that much of a stretch)......the two men eventually overcome the Intercontinental Champion.....before Pillman holds Scotty in place for a picture perfect Sweet Chin Music by the Champ......before Michaels mounts his Wrestlemania opponent, raining blow after blow on the helpless Steiner......

......HBK drops to the outside, where he picks up Steiner's Intercontinental Championship....he instructs Pillman to hold Big Poppa Pump in place, before grinding Scott's own Championship in his face.....telling him that he should have kept to his own level....because now Shawn's going to take this from him too......Shawn backs up and takes a firm grip on the Intercontinental Title, and it looks like he is about to take Steiner's head off with it..........



















....::::!!!!GLASS SHATTERS!!!!::::....






........when Stone Cold Steve Austin comes marching down to the ring.....the crowd absolutely erupts as Austin looks to make the save......but quite how he is going to do that when he can't lay so much as a finger on Brian Pillman is anyone's guess........and Michaels uses that to his advantage......putting himself and Steiner behind Pillman, who gives Austin a taste of his own medicine with the double bird.........

......that infuriates Stone Cold.....and it looks as though Austin is about to smack the taste out of Brian Pillman's mouth........at least until Vince McMahon picks up a microphone to announce that......


"..........I told you Austin......you lay so much as one finger on Brian Pillman before that bell rings to signal the start of your match at Wrestlemania, then that match is off........so right now......as far as you are concerned.....Brian Pillman is untouchable........"

......Pillman is being about as obnoxious as humanly possible here, shoving his chin towards Austin, begging.....begging his former partner to go ahead and take a swing......and Austin looks seriously tempted......but Vince hasn't finished......declaring that........

"........but while you can NOT lay one finger on Brian Pillman........I never said that Brian Pillman couldn't touch YOU........"

........and Pillman strikes.......beating the holy hell out of Stone Cold Steve Austin.......and with Scott Steiner down and seemingly out, The Heartbreak Kid soon joins Pillman.....and after taking care of Shawn Michaels Wrestlemania opponent, they now do the same to The Corporate Cannon's.......and since it's hard to stop a two on one beating when you can't even touch one of your attackers, it's not long before Steve Austin joins Scott Steiner......a battered and beaten stain on the mat........and as Shawn Michaels raises both the WWF and the Intercontinental Championship high in the air, Brian Pillman grabs a couple of beers from ringside.....mocking the fallen Austin as he and Michaels toast each other.......before pouring the amber liquid over their respective opponents, in one final humiliation, just six nights before the biggest event of the year........

Rating: A*

Final Rating: A*


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