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Week 1, April 1997
University Arena (Albuquerque, New Mexico)
ATT: 17,289
TV: 27.85


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We are just 24 hours removed from the biggest event of the year, and the show opens, not only with a still shot montage of the trials and tribulations from Wrestlemania, but a brand new logo as well.....because make no mistake.....after the events that transpired last night.....Raw is indeed, War.......



.......and as the still images conclude, first with a shot of Kevin Nash, Scott Hall and Sean Waltman raising the hand of Scott Steiner......before finally ending with a shot of Big Poppa Pump standing in the middle of the ring, Intercontinental Championship in one hand and the World Wrestling Federation Championship in the other, we go down to ringside, where Jim Ross and Rick Rude welcome us to a new era in the WWF......Ross says that the KLiQ may be dead, but Scott Hall, Sean Waltman.....and yes, Big Sexy Kevin Nash, are very much alive.....and it may well be time for the Heartbreak Kid to pay, for twelve months of misdeeds.....

......Rude argues that Shawn Michaels has already paid the ultimate price.....because last night, after one solid year at the very top of the mountain, the WWF Championship was unfairly stolen away from him.....and Hall, Nash and Waltman are very much to blame......Ross argues that Scott Steiner defeated Shawn Michaels fair and square.....just like he did back at the King of the Ring......he says that the only thing the three former KLiQ men did, was prevent Kane, Brian Pillman and Lance Storm from influencing the outcome of the match.....not one of them laid a finger on Shawn Michaels.......that was all Big Poppa Pump........


















......and speaking of Big Poppa Pump, the crowd erupts as the sound of sirens fills the arena, and the man himself emerged from the entrance underneath the brand new big screen.....(the titantron if you will).....with the WWF Championship wrapped around his waist, and the WWF Intercontinental Championship draped over his massive shoulder........

Rating: N/A

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Scotty climbs into the ring and mounts the turnbuckles, flexing his huge biceps before displaying his pair of Championships proudly.....picking up a microphone heís uncharacteristically humble, thanking the crowd for their support over the last nine months......before snapping out of it and into Big Poppa Pump mode......

Ē.......YOU KNOW, LAST NIGHT WAS A BIG NIGHT FOR SCOTT STEINER......I PROVED TO THE WORLD THAT IíM A MAN OF MY WORD......AND WHEN I WALKED OUT OF WRESTLEMANIA, I PACKED THREE THINGS IN MY BAG......MY INTERCONTINENTAL CHAMPIONSHIP.......MY BRAND NEW WWF CHAMPIONSHIP..............AND SHAWN MICHAELS SHRIVELLED UP LITTLE NUTSACK............I TOOK HIS BELT, I TOOK HIS HIS BALLS.......AND THE ONLY REASON I DIDN'T TAKE HIS B*TCH TOO, WAS BECAUSE SHEíS BEEN PASSED AROUND BACK MORE TIMES THAN A DOLLAR BILL AT THE STRIP CLUB......Ē

.......Steiner says that as he pulled up to his hotel for the night, the freaks were lining up around the streets of DC......hollering for the Big Bad Booty Daddy........wanting to spend a night with the genetic freak

Ē.........BECAUSE EVERYONE KNOWS, THAT THE REAL WASHINGTON MONUMENT.........IS TUCKED INSIDE BIG POPPA PUMPS PANTS.......Ē

......Steiner says heís out here tonight with a title belt in each hand and no challengers......so if thereís someone back there that thinks they can step up to the plate......

Ē........THEN BIG POPP PUMP IS YOUR HOOK UP.......HOLLA, IF YOU HEAR ME......Ē




















Ē..........no Mr. Steiner.....you are not in fact anyoneís Ďhook upí..........Ē






.....surprise, surprise, surprise......Vince McMahon (accompanied by his personal ďproblem solverĒ Kane), Shawn Michaels and Brian Pillman apparently have something to say on the matter......and itís the first time in quite some time, that the Heartbreak Kid is not wearing the black and white of the KLiQ......but then, the KLiQ colours arenít the only thing missing from the attire of Shawn Michaels.....because itís been twelve months since the Boy Toy appeared on Monday Night Raw without that WWF Title around his waist.......

.........the pair enter the ring, and McMahon proceeds to inform Steiner that he is not ANYONEíS hook up.....because he may be holding two titles, but that doesnít mean he makes the matches......

Ē.......and right now we have a problem.....because we have two Championships.....but only one Champion......and thatís just not going to work.......Ē

.......Vince says that if it was up to him, heíd happily let Steiner continue to walk around with two title belts......but he owes it to all the great fans of the World Wrestling Federation, to provide them with the very best action he possibly can......and that means, that a Title as prestigious as the Intercontinental Championship, it deserves to be defended regularly.......and thatís just not going to be possible, when youíre defending that WWF Title now is it? Vince says that itís not like he can expect Steiner to wrestle twice every single night.......

.......Steiner asks why not? He was happy to let Steiner wrestle twice at the Royal Rumble......

Ē.......AND WE ALL KNOW HOW THAT TURNED OUT.........DONíT WE SHAWN.......Ē

.......Michaels looks about ready to try and Superkick Steinerís head off, but Vince calms him down......telling Steiner that itís really quite simple......One Championship.....One Champion......so simple that even Scott Steiner can work it out......one of those titles, is leaving this ring in the hands of Vincent Kennedy McMahon......

Ē.......but before you decide, let me warn you, that should you opt to hold on to that World Wrestling Federation Championship, then your very first Title defence......will be at In Your House......against none other, than the Heartbreak Kid......The Icon......The Showstopper......The Main Event.......The Reason for the Ratings......THE MAN.......Shawn Michaels.......so you might be best served to just, hand that title back to me.......keep hold of the Intercontinental Championship.....and scootch on back on down to your own level, ok pal?........Ē

.......Steiner smirks at that......and smirks even more when Shawn Michaels holds his hands out......telling Steiner to just give him his belt back.....problem is that the belt he gets, isnít the belt he wants......because as Scotty pats the golden winged eagle around his waist, he lays the Intercontinental Championship into Michaels arms.....who tosses the title down in disgust.......but not before Steiner tells him that heís already kicked Boy Toys ass twice now.....

Ē........SO WE MAY AS WELL MAKE IT THREE FOR THREE......BECAUSE IF THERES ONE THING BIG POPPA PUMP LOVES......ITS DOING THINGS IN THREEíS........AND IF YOU DONíT BELIEVE ME, JUST ASK YOUR MOM AND YOUR TWO UGLY SISTERS........Ē

.......obviously Shawn takes offence to that too....telling Steiner that if he likes it in threes so much......thereís three guys right here that will kick his ass, right here and right now..........























.......and as Kane, Pillman and Shawn circle Steiner, the Wolves howl......and Kevin Nash, Scott Hall and Sean Waltman make their out from the back, still clad in their snazzy new red and black shirts.......and Kevin Nash has a microphone in his hand.......

Ē........hey Shawn......Iím backkkkkk.....did ya miss me buddy?......and I know itís been a while, but Iím pretty sure that the last time I was around here, that shiny World Title was wrapped around YOUR waist......what happened there?......Ē

.......The red and black wearing trio start laughing at that, as Michaels screams that Nash knows exactly what happened there......Telling Nash that YOU happened there.......you and those two ungrateful jackasses next to you.....what were you even doing there......what are you doing HERE......you were fired......

........Nash pulls a lanyard out from under his sweet red and black shirt, saying that funnily enough he got a pretty good severance package when Old Vinny Mac down there fired him......bought himself the full all inclusive backstage access package to both Wrestlemania and Raw.....

Ē........because while the KLiQ might be dead, youíd better believe that the Wolfpac is in the house.......Ē

......Vince is having none of that however, informing Nash that no, the ďWolfpacĒ as they appear to be calling themselves are NOT ďin the houseĒ.......Scott Hall and Sean Waltman are in the house.....because they are both employed by the World Wrestling Federation.....for now anyway......and Scott Hall is competing in tonightís main event, against the Corporate Cannon Brian Pillman......Kevin Nash however, is to be escorted out of the building by security.....Ēfor his own safetyĒ......because considering he is nothing more than a fan, Kane looks as though he wants some payback for last nights big boot to the face......Nash surprisingly is perfectly fine with that, holding his arms up and allowing security to lead him away, as we go to commercial after our extended opening segment.....and we have two main events booked, Scott Hall vs Brian Pillman tonight......and Scott Steiner vs Shawn Michaels at In Your House, for the World Wrestling Federation Championship.......

Rating: A*

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The first match of the evening sees the man who arguably cost the Undertaker a victory last night, Ahmed Johnson......facing off against a man in Marc Mero who he has had nothing but put downs for recently, following Mero taking the fall at the February In Your House match that saw himself, Ahmed and the LoD lose out to the Million Dollar Corporation.....Ahmed is accompanied by his brand new manager, as he turned his back on his legions if fans last night to align himself with James E Cornette of all people.......

.......and Cornette obviously has the big man fired up.......because he takes out all his frustrations on Mero.....before finishing him off with a hard Pear River Plunge for the pinfall victory.

Winner: Ahmed Johnson
Rating: B-

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Sable tried to console Mero on his defeat, but he shrugs the beautiful blonde off and storms to the back, as Cornette and Ahmed remain in the ring......Ahmed could be a major player around here, he was just missing one or two things......an attitude.....and the ability to cut a decent promo.......hopefully the addition of Jim Cornette will help with both of those problems......the new pairing cut a promo here, with Ahmed saying that heís sick of being let down by other people......first Marc Mero......then the Legion of Doom.....Ahmed Johnson is a force to be reckoned with around here......and itís time that he started looking out for himself......and stop pandering to these pathetic fans.......and if you wanna make a name for yourself......you find the biggest and baddest guy in the yard......and you knock his punk ass out.......

Ē.......Undertaker......YOUR punk ass got knocked out last night.......by Ahmed Johnson.......and if youíve got a problem with that Deadman, you know where to find me......out here, kicking ass and taking names.......Ē

Rating: A

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The Light Heavyweights are in action now......and itís the man who shocked the world last night when he was victorious in the six man light heavyweight ladder match, brand new Light Heavyweight Champion Billy Kidman......and I say shocked the world because he was a virtual unknown walking into this match.....so unknown in fact that Scorpio was absolutely livid about his victory......but then that is part of the problem with the light heavyweight division right now, the huge gulf between the Scorpioís, Mysterioís and Danielsís.....and everybody else whoís after a shot at the title......Iím hoping we can rectify that, especially when you consider that while Scorpio had some name value before he captured the title, both Mysterio and Daniels were relative unknowns.......and so was Chris Jericho, and heís a genuine main event player now.......

........Jerryís Kid is bursting with talent, in fact some would call him a bit of a hot prospect.....unfortunately his sometimes s*itty attitude means Iím reluctant to sign him to anything more than a Pay Per Appearance deal......

.......both men do well here, despite their limited fan base....and itís a credit to Kidman that he can walk today, let alone wrestle after that gruelling Ladder match last night.....but not only can he wrestle, he can win too.....putting Christopher away with a beautiful Shooting Star Press to make defence number one of his Championship.

Winner: and Still WWF Light Heavyweight Champion.....Billy Kidman
Rating: C+

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We head backstage now, where Dok Hendrix is standing by with the owner of the WWF, Vincent Kennedy McMahon.....who has the Intercontinental Championship draped over his shoulder......Dok asks the obvious question......what happens now with the Gold? Vince says that heís been thinking about it, and he has just the idea......he says that since January, we have seen a Royal Rumble.....a Battle Royal.....a tournament to crown a European Champion......and just last night, a Ladder Match......so how about......an elimination match? A four way elimination match at In Your House, to crown a brand new WWF Intercontinental Champion......











Ē.........you know what Vic, that sounds like a great idea......and Iíve got the first entrant for you right here.........me........Ē










.......and ďmeĒ appears to be young Lionheart Chris Jericho.......except he doesnít look like the Chris Jericho of old.....heís got a bit more swagger about him than usual......a spring in his step......telling ďVicĒ that after last nights historic victory over Lance Storm, he is the dead set first pick to be entered into that Intercontinental Match.......in fact, we could just cut out the middle man, and just announce The Ayatollah of Rock n Rolla the new Champion right now.......

.......Vince says that no, we wonít be doing that....in fact Vince is glad to have bumped into Jericho.....he directs both Jericho and Dokís attention to a nearby monitor.....before showing the alternate camera angle to last nights Jericho/Storm match......which clearly shows Lance Storm get a shoulder off the mat, while Chris Jerichoís were down......

......Vince says that while the refereeís decisions are final here in the WWF......clearly, Chris Jericho did NOT deserve that victory last night.....

Ē.........but the refereeís decision is final right?........Ē

ď........thatís correct......but.........Ē

ď..........so I won......Iím in.......yeah baby.......the Ayatollah of Rock and Rolla, your next WWF Intercontinental Champion......and that belt is gonna look so good around my sexy waist..........Ē


........Vince attempts a number of times to interrupt Jericho.....but the man is on a tirade about what an amazing calibre of athlete his is, the greatest victory in Wrestlemania history......the face of the future......etc, etc, etc......until Vince has finally had enough, screaming at him to shut up........

......Jericho tells him to calm down before he gives himself an aneurysm....telling ďVicĒ that he didnít have to shout.......Vince says that NO ONE is walking into the Four Way Elimination match......they will have to earn it, and there will be four qualifying matches starting next week........he tells Jericho that if he just shuts up then he can be involved in one of those matches.......

.......Jericho is thrilled and goes on another over enthusiastic rant......until McMahon has finally had enough......telling Chris that yes, heís going to have the chance to qualify for the Intercontinental Championship match......but that all starts next week......but tonight......

Ē........because youíve p*ssed me off......youíve caused me a problem.......and Iíve got my own personal problem solver who takes care of things like that.........Ē














........Vince points behind the excitable Canadian, who turns around, right into the chest of Kane........McMahon says that once Kane has done beating a little respect into Jericho tonight, maybe heíll think twice about opening his big mouth.

Rating: A

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We go back down to ringside now, where Billy Gunn and Jesse James are stood beside Justin Bradshaw......well I say beside.....Bradshaw is doing more pacing around the ring than anything else.....Jesse James takes the mic, being the most prolific talker of the bunch.......and basically says what everyone has already figured out.....that they are done with Mr. Not so Perfect......saying that he and Billy thought that Perfect would be beneficial to their careers.....but it turns out, kicking Perfect to the curb is gonna be much more beneficial......because the fossils of the World Wrestling Federation need to step aside and realise that itís a new day around here.....this ainít your Saturday morning cartoon characters.....this ainít barbers....or sons of plumbers.....and there certainly ainít no Mania running wild brother......thereís no trash collectors, no hockey goons, no dentists or pig farmers.....

Ē.........and just like Barry Windham found out last night, there sure as hell ainít no cowboys around here......me and Billy, weíve been there, done that......this ainít the Ok Coral, and Billy the Kid is long dead......he ainít no Smoking Gunn......and The Roadie, well heís off alone with his baby tonight......because this is Bad Ass Billy Gunn.....and you can call me the Road Dogg Jesse James.......we ainít cartoon characters.....we ainít cowboys, weíre Outlaws.....weíre the New Age Outlaws.......Ē

.........James continues by saying that they may have they ditched the baggage that is Mr. Perfect, but tonight, the New Age Outlaws are gonna be picking up something even better.....the WWF Tag Team Titles.......

.......Bradshaw takes the mic briefly, saying that heís done playing second fiddle to Barry Windham.....he says that these old timers need to realise that itís time to step aside, before they get put out to pasture for good......

.......he throws down his cowboy hat and bullrope, saying that Gunn and James might be the New Age Outlaws, but heís his own man......heís no outlaw.....heís no cowboy.....and he doesnít need anyone.....especially a washed up old never was like Barry Windham....to get ahead around here......and itís time that everyone learnt the name Bradshaw......because theyíre gonna be hearing it a lot around here......

......with that he drops the microphone and heads to the back, leaving the newly christened Outlaws in the ring, generally horsing around as we go off to commercial.

Rating: A

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We come back from commercial and we go straight backstage, where Dok Hendrix is standing by with a beaming Al Snow (Head in hand) and a less enthusiastic looking Chris Candido.....Dok says that last night, the unlikely duo teamed up last night, however were unsuccessful in their first outing as a team.....will they fare any better tonight against Southern Justice?......

........Candido stops Dok right there....telling him first of all, this isnít a team.....this is two guys who were shoved together by Vince McMahon.....Candido says he SHOULD have been competing in the Light Heavyweight Ladder Match last night.....instead he had to babysit Al Snow, just to make sure he didnít get lost on his way to the ring........

Ē.........woah, woah, woah......now wait one moment there Skippy.....I have never got lost a day in my life, Iím always exactly where I need to be.......what?.....Ē

......Al pauses for a moment to address Head, who clearly has something to say on the matter......

Ē.......well I wasnít lost was I.....YOU were lost.......I did not lose you.......I knew exactly where you were........I knew you were there, I just forgot.....itís not my fault, itís the menís room, I had to put you down to wash my hands, thatís basic hygiene, something YOU could look to improve.......yes you could, look at the dirt on your face.......well itís a menís room, what did you expect to see.......you could have covered your eyes.........well shut your eyes than...........it did not traumatise you.........no..........NO........you do not need to see a therapist......look how well that went for us last time..........Ē

.........Candido and Hendrix exchange a look as Al and Head continue their conversation.....Candido says this is exactly the problem......he could have been the one challenging Billy Kidman tonight, but no......instead he has to deal with this moron. Candido shakes his head and walks off.......

Ē.......now look what youíve done......Skippy.....Skippy, wait for us......it was your fault, itís always your fault......you constantly embarrass me.......come on, we need to go, Snow and Skippy have a match......see ya later Betty........Ē

......Dok just watches on as Al and Head run off after Candido, before he mutters to himself that he needs a raise......if itís not Steiner, itís Al Snow.......heís surrounded by lunatics.....

Rating: B+

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So itís the reluctant pairing......well, reluctant on the side of Chris Candido anyway.....of Candido and Snow, facing off against Ted DiBiaseís Southern Justice......Snow and Skippy didnít have much luck last night, while the Million Dollar Corporation picked up a huge win......and Canterbury and Knight are certainly the more experienced team, with their opponents only having a whopping one match together under their belts......

.......granted, Snow and Candido might not have a huge amount of experience teaming together, but Chris does have tag team experience from back in his Bodydonnas days......granted he had Sunny in his corner back then......tonight he has Head in his corner......unfortunately this gives Southern Justice somewhat of a sense of false security......especially when their opponents spend a good portion of the match bickering.......but while Head might not be Sunny, she still brought something to the table tonight........because the moment the official turned his back, Candido picked the decapitated mannequin up, and nailed Dennis Knight right across the skull with her......much to Snows horror.......who quickly runs to check on Head as Candido makes the cover for the one, the two.......and the three.

Winner: Al Snow & Chris Candido
Rating: B

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Following that victory from the surprising pairing of Candido and Snow, we are shown a quick highlight package of still images, featuring Steve Austin defeating Brian Pillman at last nights Wrestlemania, before we see the sickening aftermath of Brian Pillman attempting to snap Austinís leg clean in half.......before we go down to ringside, where Jim Ross is ready to conduct a satellite interview with Stone Cold, live from his home in Texas.......

Jim Ross says that Austinís victory last night must seem pretty bitter sweet about now, before asking him how his leg is holding up.....

Ē......howís my leg? How do you think my damn leg is son.....after Brian Pillman wrapped it in a steel chair and bounced his scrawny little ass up and down on it a few times, it ainít doing so good.......

......Stone Cold lifts up his leg and sets it down on the table in front of him, and from about halfway down his calf is a plaster cast boot that goes all the way down covering the foot.......

Ē.......I got this stupid ass boot on.....it itches like a son of a bitch.....and Iím pretty p*ssed off......in fact, Iím so p*ssed off, that the only reason Iím not there right now, shoving one of these crutches straight up Brian Pillmanís ass, is because the Doctors wonít let me fly......but Iíll tell ya this......one way or another, be it plane, train or damn automobile, Stone Cold Steve Austin ainít one for sitting on the sidelines, and when I get hold of Brian Pillman, heís gonna need more than a plaster cast to put him back together........Ē

......Jim Ross wants to know if Austin has a time frame for when heíll be back.....he does......the time to come back will be, when Steve Austin says itís time to come back......because there ainít no doctor in the world gonna stop Austin from getting his hands on Brian Pillman......

Ē.......and as for your stupid little questions, Iíve answered about enough of them.....Brian Pillman, you think youíre some kind of loose cannon with your stupid little laugh and your beady little eyes.....hopping up and down like some damn jackrabbit in heat.....you should have took your ass whooping like a man and just walked away, because I guarantee son, when the clock hits 3:16, and Steve Austin is staring you in the face, you ainít gonna be walking anywhere for a long time, and thatís the bottom line.....because Stone Cold says so.........Ē

.......Jim Ross tries to keep the interview going, but Austin has already torn his microphone off and tossed it at the camera man.....telling the poor worker to get the hell out of his house, before he hops over there and throws him out.

Rating: A

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Itís the newly crowned WWF Tag Team Champions The Hart Foundation now, going up against the newly christened New Age Outlaws.....Bad Ass Billy Gunn and the Road Dogg Jesse James.......and if there is one thing we have learned over the years, ever since his very first Intercontinental Title victory back in 1991, Bret Hart is nothing if not a fighting Champion.....which is why it comes as no surprise that he and Owen are putting the gold on the line just 24 hours after capturing the belts.......

......this is a fun little match.....the Outlaws have been putting out some very well received segments as of late, thanks to a combination of the Road Doggís mic skills, coupled with Billy Gunnís bigger name value means the pair really compliment each other, but when it comes to in ring the two are still finding their feet as a team....although being in there with the Hitman is always going to improve you.......

..........the Harts do a great job at making The Outlaws look like real threats to their titles.....and eventually and old nemesis of the Hitmanís is the difference maker in the match........






........when Mr. Perfect makes his way to ringside......and while he doesnít directly get involved in the match, heís able to cause enough of a distraction that Bret is able to surprise the Road Dogg with a quick school boy for the one, two, three.......and the Harts first successful title defence.

Winner(s): and Still WWF Tag Team Champions.....The Hart Foundation
Rating: B

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As the Harts celebrate, we head to the back, where Dok Hendrix is standing by once again.......and heís gone from the strange in Al Snow, to the downright deranged in Cactus Jack......Cactus still bears the battle scars from last nights brutal encounter with Raven.....as small cuts and bruises are scattered all over his arms.......and across his forehead he has a large white bandage.....Hendrix tells Cactus, that despite all the pain he is undoubtably in, he must be feeling pretty great about now.....after finally severing ties with Raven last night, in the most brutal of circumstances.......

.......Cactus tells Hendrix that physical pain has never been an issue for him.....broken bones, knocked out teeth......an ear damn near ripped clean off his head......he says that he has suffered more lacerations and injuryís in a month than most wrestlers will experience in a lifetime.......

Ē.......but the worst pain Iíve felt in my pitiful existence, was the pain of seeing the look of terror and torment on the face of my wife, as Raven bound and gagged her in a chair.......while my children cried out from their rooms........my wife.......MY CHILDREN.........make no mistake, Iíve always been a little bit fractured upstairs Dok.....itís been hard work to stop the lines between where Mick Foley starts and where Mankind and Dude Love ends from blurring......but Cactus Jack......Cactus Jack has ALWAYS been kept separate from the Foley home.......heís too unstable......too violent.....he doesnít play well with others......but those fans last night.....they didnít shy away from the maniac......they didnít shun.....or hide away from the monster........they embraced him........I never thought there would come a day when Cactus Jack would be accepted.......so maybe, even after everything......there is ONE thing I need to thank Raven for.......because after years of searching.....out there, in that ring, in front of those fans......Cactus Jack......has finally found.......a home.........Ē

















.......suddenly a golden blur crashes into the back of Cactus.......as Goldust begins beating the life out of the already damaged Cactus. Jack tries to fight back, but heís really in no condition to fight after last night, and Goldust already has the upper hand with the sneak attack.......The Bizarre One finally grips hold of the hair of Cactus, before delivering a hard Curtain Call, right in the exposed concrete floor........before squatting down beside his victim and staring at him for a moment........


Ē......Cactus, Cactus, Cactus.......They're going to make you one of them my little peacock.....Freaks: 1932........you canít let them tame you my little wild wonder......those fans......all those boys and girls........youíre better than them......youíre a freak.......and Jackie.....from one freak to another.......there is absolutely nothing wrong with that.......you donít need their acceptance......their approval......they are sheep, lost in a sea of conformity.......we, the freaks of the world......we have transcended that......we.....are......better.......and itís them......who should be begging us.......for OUR attention........you might have a face for radio Cactus.......but Goldust......will still make you ready......for your close up......Ē

........Goldust sucks in a deep breath, before snarling down at Cactus and walking off......leaving Dok Hendrix to attend to his fallen guest.

Rating: A

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Itís time for Chris Jericho to now face the consequences of ego......because as punishment for running his mouth to the boss, Vince McMahon has booked him in a match against the owner of the WWFís personal problem solver.....Kane.....

.......this was Kaneís first outing without Jim Cornette in his corner......and while I wasnít expecting a five star classic from these two, I definitely expected more than we got.....granted it was a match built more around story telling......with the story being that Jericho was doing everything in his power to stay out of the grasps of the Big Red Monster......and while Jericho has improved in leaps and bounds in the last twelve months, there was still a definite lack of psychology shown which hurt the match a little bit too......

......regardless, the match was what it was......Jericho ducking and weaving but still not being able to quite keep out of Kanes grasps.......until finally simply walking out of the match.....telling a nearby camera that heís got Intercontinental Gold in his future.....and he canít risk injury by being in there with a bumbling baboon like Kane.....before walking to the back and handing his opponent a count-out victory.

Winner(s): Kane (via Count-Out)
Rating: B-

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We head backstage now, where Scott Hall is limbering up ahead of his upcoming match with Brian Pillman.....with Sean Waltman there to offer words of encouragement.....Waltman tells Hall that heís got this......he says the big guy is back and the band is back together.....but more importantly, the Wolfpac is in the house......before telling Hall to go out there and take care of Pillman......and donít worry, Kevin Nash might have been ejected from the building, but if Shawn Michaels wants to stick his nose in the match tonight, Waltman will be there to make sure it doesnít happen......Hall slaps him on the back, before the pair exchange a ďtoo sweetĒ exchange.....(which looks remarkably like a wolfs head pose)......and Hall heads out of room to make his entrance for his match........
























........which is when Shawn Michaels comes bursting into the room behind Waltman, beating the crap out of his former KLiQ running buddy......he bounces the Kidís head off the wall a number of times, before throwing him across the room, Irish Whip style.......and as Waltman smacks into the opposite wall and then groggily turns around............Michaels takes his head off with some Sweet Chin Music.......

......Shawn stands over Waltman, before furiously tearing the red and black Wolfpac shirt off him and tossing it across the room, before crouching down and telling him that Nash is already down the street cashing his unemployment cheque.....and the only reason Hall and Waltman arenít right there next to him, is because the Heartbreak Kid isnít finished with them yet.......before slapping Waltman across the face and exiting the room.

Rating: A

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Itís main event time......and itís Scott Hall taking on Brian Pillman......and if it wasnít bad enough that the Chris Jericho/Kane match just moments ago was a disappointment, then this one wasnít much better either.......it doesnít help that not only is Hall still working through a tendon injury, but heís clearly starting to feel the effects of Father Time catching up with him.....granted heís only 38, but heís put that body through a lot of abuse over the years.......and I donít just mean in the ring......weíve managed to hide both of these factors in the last six months or so by featuring Scott in mainly Tag Team action, but out there without a partner, itís painfully obvious that Hall isnít at his best.......

........Pillman did his best to carry the match on his end......and it wasnít a horrible match by any stretch of the imagination.....it was certainly better than the Kane and Jericho, but still......the finish probably didnít help the match either to be fair......because with Hall firmly in control, The Reason for the Ratings, Shawn Michaels slid into the ring and pounced on Hall, just as he pounced on Waltman a few minutes ago.....and we have our second cheap finish of the match, as the official has little choice but to call for the bell.......

Winner(s): Scott Hall (via Disqualification)
Rating: B

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......not that either Michaels or Pillman look too disappointed at handing Hall the victory......because the pair simply continue their assault.......and despite Waltmans insistence that heíd he there to watch Halls back, the Heartbreak Kid has already taken care of that problem......and The Bad Guy is all alone.......












......at least until the sirens blare through the arena, and the WWF Champion, Scott Steiner makes his way out, emerging under the giant titantron......Michaels sends Pillman up the aisle to head Scotty off at the pass, and Big Poppa Pump and the Loose Cannon begin brawling on the ramp, as Michaels continues his assault on Hall.......and thatís when the crowd erupts...........






















........because regardless of the fact that he was ejected from the building earlier in the evening, Big Sexy Kevin Nash is stepping one long leg over the safety rail, as he emerges from the crowd.......

........he climbs into the ring behind Michaels, and stands their taking aim at the oblivious Boy Toy.......until the Heartbreak Kid finally turns around........and Nash waves.........kicks him in the gut...........

.......and then plants him with a Jacknife Powerbomb thatís been months in the making......and with Steiner and Pillman still brawling in the aisle, the show comes to a close with Kevin Nash standing tall over his former friend Shawn Michaels.

Rating: A*

Final Rating: B+

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