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Week 2, July 1997
Rosemont Horizon (Rosemont, Illinois)
ATT: 18,537
TV: 31.60


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The show opens this evening in daylight, as the WWF Champion Scott Steiner is seen pulling up to the arena. The words "earlier today" in the bottom left hand side of our screen (coupled with the fact that it IS daylight) tells us that this is pre-recorded footage.....pre-recorded footage of a p!ssed off looking Big Poppa Pump rummaging in the back of his vehicle....

".........Mr. Steiner, Mr. Steiner......Steven Goldstein, I was wondering if I could have a few words for WWF.com?......"

....Steiner looks up for a second to see a rather nervous looking young man approaching him, microphone in hand. He cocks his head at the young man for a moment, before a look of recognition washes over his face......


"......GOLDSTEIN?..........THE PERVERT?......"


"...........I'm not a pervert sir, I'm just a repor......."


"........YOU'RE A DAMN PORNOGRAPHER GOLDSTEIN.........DID YOU CALL YOUR MOTHER AND APOLOGISE?........"


"...........well, no.......I mean, I haven't actually done anyth........."


"...........SHUT UP..........I DON'T HAVE TIME FOR THIS GOLDSMITH.......NOW WHERE THE HELL HAVE I PUT IT?..........."



......Scotty turns back to his vehicle and proceeds hunting for whatever it is that's lost in there, throwing out all manner of paraphernalia as he does so......including a rather demure pair of pink lace ladies underwear, which hits Goldstein in the face.......


".........SORRY GOLDSMITH........SOMETIMES MY FREAKS LIKE TO LEAVE ME LITTLE SOUVENIRS, AFTER I'VE ROCKED THEIR WORLD AND THEY'VE BOWED DOWN CALLING ME THE BIG BAD BOOTY DADDY...........YOU CAN KEEP THOSE......PERVERT LIKE YOU PROBABLY HAS MORE USE FOR THEM THAN I DO..........................AH, THERE IT IS......."


.......Goldstein surreptitiously slips the panties in his pocket with a rather sheepish look on his face, while Steiner pulls out the object he was searching for.......his trusty lead pipe.......which also has another pair of ladies underwear wrapped around it.......he pulls them off and tosses them to Goldstein......who again at least has the decency to look embarrassed as he slips them into his pocket.......


".........DAMN THINGS GET EVERYWHERE.......NOW WHADDYA WANT GOLDSMITH?......"


"..........actually it's Goldstein........."


".........AND ACTUALLY, I DON'T GIVE A (bleep) SO ASK YOUR STUPID QUESTION SO I CAN GET IN THIS BUILDING, AND YOU CAN GO OFF AND DO WHATEVER IT IS YOU DO........."


".........well, for starters......what exactly are you planning on doing with that lead pipe?......"


"........I'M GONNA GO AND SHOVE IT UP CHRIS JERICHO'S ASS, WHADDYA THINK I'M GONNA DO WITH IT.......DO I LOOK LIKE A PLUMBER TO YOU?.......TAKE A LOOK AT THIS GOLD BELT......DOES THAT SAY JANITOR?......"


"..........no.......it says World Heavyweight Wrestling Champion......."


"..........DAMN RIGHT IT DOES......AND THEY DON'T GET ANY MORE HEAVYWEIGHT THAN ME......THIS PEAK ALONE WEIGHS MORE THAN CHRIS JERICHO'S ENTIRE BODY.....AND AT IN YOUR HOUSE I'M GONNA CRUSH HIM LIKE THE LITTLE P!SSANT THAT HE IS.....BUT THATS THEN......TONIGHT, I'M JUST GONNA HURT HIM REAL BAD.....HIM AND HIS LITTLE CANADIAN BITCHES THE HART FOUNDATION........YOU SEE JERICHO BEFORE ME GOLDSMITH, YOU TELL HIM THAT PAIN IS COMING, COURTESY OF THE LARGEST ARMS IN THE WORLD........NOW GET OUTTA MY WAY......."



.......with that Steiner shoves the flustered interviewer to one side and marches towards the arena, shouting over his shoulder as he goes.......


"...........AND I SWEAR TO GOD IF I HEAR YOU'VE BEEN WEARING THOSE PANTIES GOLDSMITH, YOU'RE GONNA BE WEARING MY FIST DOWN YOUR THROAT......."


"...........that doesn't even make any sense.........."


"............(bleep) YOU.......YOU DONT MAKE ANY SENSE.......NOW GET OUT OF HERE YA DAMN PERVERT........."



.......Steiner bursts through the doors and into the building, as Goldstein turns rather red faced to the camera's, quickly reassuring his mother at home that he is NOT in fact a pervert.....before slipping his hand into his panty filled pocket and shiftily walking off as the opening credits finally roll.

Rating: A

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And when they do finish rolling, the intro music is replaced with the screeching guitar that signals the arrival of the Hart Foundation, Bret and Owen Hart......who part the curtains with their new found friend and ally, Chris Jericho.....the three men make their walk down the aisle, but while the Harts walk with a new found confidence (almost bordering on arrogance many would say) Chris Jericho looks as far removed from his usual cocky self......in fact you'd struggle to find a glimmer of confidence in him right now, as he is constantly checking over his shoulder the whole way down to the ring....clearly the Ayatollah of RocknRolla has been clued in on Scott Steiner's plans for the evening......and he doesn't look pleased about it.......

.....the Canadian Contingent enter the ring, where Bret has a microphone in hand, stating that last week was the most fun he and his brother have had around here for a long time......because they got to beat up, not only their ungrateful Brother in-law the British Bulldog, but what passes for a WWF Champion around here nowadays, Big Poppa Pump Scott Steiner......

"........a Champion you people can be really proud of.........a champion, who can't open his mouth without cursing......a Champion who would rather be out chasing tail than chasing success......who's happier lifting weight than he is lifting Titles......a Champion who would rather be a reprobate than a hero......and yet you morons cheer him like he's the best thing going.....buying your damn kids shirts with "Big Poppa Pump" on the back.....you should all be ashamed of yourselves......."

......Bret says not to worry though.....because in just a few short week, the WWF is going to have a Champion it can be proud of.......a TRUE hero......a man who instills pride and patriotism in the heart of all true Canadians......a man who's superior Canadian morals, mean you can ALWAYS rely on him to be a good role model.......a man, who is quite simply, the best Light Heavyweight there is......the best light heavyweight there was......and the best light heavyweight there ever will be.......your hero and mine......Chris Jericho.......

......not that he's looking like much of a hero right now......in fact if anything he looks like someone that would rather be anywhere than here....he takes the microphone from Bret, thanking him for the kind words, but says that they really shouldn't be here tonight.....Bret agrees, saying he doesn't want to be in this cesspit of an American City anymore than Jericho does......he'd rather be back in the great white north.....where the sky shines brighter, the birds sing louder..........and where people still have values.......

".......no that's not it......I mean, obviously I'd rather be back in Canada right now too......but I just mean we shouldn't be HERE tonight......here in this building.....here in this city......hell, this whole state...........because I have people man.......and my people told me, that their people told them.......that some panty sniffing freak show in the back told THEM, that there's a pipe wielding madman SOMEWHERE in the back there by the name of Scott Steiner, looking to do some serious damage to the handsome face of everyone's favourite Canadian Hero......."

.......Owen takes the microphone, saying that this is exactly the problem with America and Americans today.....they would rather assault their problems with a WEAPON.....than deal with it Mano et Mano in the ring like gentlemen......but never fear, because he and Bret know how these Americans work.....they knew Scott Steiner would be out here tonight looking for blood.......and they planned for every eventual outcome.......which is why, they have arranged for a little bit of protection for the man who will be main eventing In Your House......Jericho's own personal security.........
























........and itís their brother in-law, Jim "The Anvil" Neidhart who comes marching down to the ring, looking as barrel chested as always, tugging on that ever present goatee and laughing like a madman as he walks.....

......he climbs into the ring and embraces both Bret and Owen, before offering a more professional handshake to Jericho, before taking up position behind him with his arms folded over his large chest.....Jericho does look a little more comfortable now, with the added muscle of the Anvil watching his back, turning to the Hart Brothers with a smile, telling them "......Ok....get ready.......any minute now......" Bret looks confused for a moment, asking Jericho what exactly they should be ready for?......

".......Steiner's music.....you know how these things work.....get ready for the sirens righttttttttttt...........now..................... now......................right now..............."

.......Owen smiles, telling Jericho not to worry.....like he already told him, they planned for all eventualities.......and right now, another great Canadian......Lance Storm.....is giving Steiner the beating of a lifetime in the back......Steiner isn't coming out now.......Jericho doesn't look entirely convinced by that, saying that Lance Storm hates him, why would he help him?......Bret says that he's not......he's doing it for the Hitman, a favour from one great Canadian to another.....before saying that In Your House is going to be a great night for Canadians all over the world......just like tonight is going to be a great night for Bret Hart, when he takes Stone Cold Steve Austin....a man who's been a thorn in his side and a blemish on the face of this great sport for over twelve months now.....and show the world that he's nothing more than a charlatan, when he makes him submit to the Sharpshooter.......at In Your House, Owen and Jericho are going to take out two more embarrassments of the wrestling business in Scott Steiner and the British Bulldog.......and then maybe......just maybe, they will finally take out the Wolfpac too......

Rating: A*

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Our first match of the evening is a tag team affair, and one that could well have some serious ramifications on the WWF Tag Team Title scene.....because while Matt and Jeff Hardy may well have a date with the New Age Outlaws at In Your House, a victory here could well move either Snow and Candido or Goldust and Marcus one step closer to a shot at whoever should walk out of In Your House with those title belts.....

......Al Snow and Chris Candido have had a hell of a run as a team since their initial outing on the Wrestlemania pre-show.....they were unsuccessful that night but they have racked up a pretty impressive run of victories since then, and have a re-invigorated spring in their step (well Snow does anyway) after reclaiming Head from Edge and Christian at the King of the Ring.....

........Goldust and Marcus might not have the tag team experience together that their opponents tonight do, but as Jim Ross points out, Goldust HAS held tag team gold earlier in his career, and so is no stranger to picking up victories with a partner.....of course, whether that experience will help tonight remains to be seen.....

......Snow and Candido do start the match strong.....(and it's a decent match at that).....with Marcus the one on the receiving end of the majority of the offence, before Goldust manages to turn the tide for his team, as he and his partner isolate Al Snow, looking to dismantle the less (mentally) stable member of the opposing team.....Jim Ross remarks that it's not often that Goldust is only the SECOND most bizarre participant in a match, but Al Snow may well have the Golden One beaten in the oddball department.....

......obviously Snow was always going to make the hot tag.....and it was a hot tag at that, because Al and Chris have developed quite the following.....and the match finally broke out into chaos as these matches are oft to do.....and things got even more chaotic.......






























......when Edge and Christian came running down the aisle.....Jim Ross remarked that obviously the duo were here to assist Goldust and Marcus as some kind of retribution for their defeat at the King of the Ring.....but it was actually BOTH teams that the loud mouthed Canadians began assaulting, and soon a three way brawl broke out, leaving the official little choice but to throw this one out.

Winner(s): No Contest
Rating: B

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From there, while security attempts to separate the three warring teams in the arena, Jim Ross sends us to footage apparently recorded during that last match.....which sees Scott Steiner fighting it out in the back with young Canadian Lance Storm....who despite his stormy relationship with Chris Jericho, is indeed looking to take out the WWF Champion......unfortunately for Mr. Storm, whatever seeds Bret Hart planted in his head weren't strong enough to stop the rampaging bull that was Big Poppa Pump.....as Steiner finally bounced Lance Storm off a nearby wall.....before bouncing his lead pipe off the youngsters skull, putting him down and out.........

......the footage then switches to a live broadcast, which sees Scott Steiner (still wielding that lead pipe) walking the halls of the building, screaming for Jericho to take his balls out of the Hitman's little pink purse and come and face him, swinging open doors and sending backstage workers scattering for safety in his wake.......it looks like Chris Jericho could be in for a long night should the WWF Champion finally get his hands on him.

Rating: A

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While we ARE in the back, we go to Dok Hendrix, who's standing by with Ted DiBiase and his Million Dollar Corporation.....who don't look particularly pleased this evening......Dok says that at In Your House it will be Rich Steiner facing off against Ken Shamrock.....but tonight, its Mark Canterbury that has to face the Worlds Most Dangerous Man......and the rest of the Corporation are banned from ringside for the duration of the match.......surely that must effect Ted DiBiase's game plan?......

.......Deebs certainly isn't pleased.....calling it an absolute travesty that the Corporation would be banned from anywhere, let alone at ringside....he says while Canterbury will be more than man enough to take out Shamrock, Rich Steiner should at least be allowed out there to........."scout".........his In Your House opponent......with "scout" obviously a thinly veiled way of saying interfere in the match of his In Your House opponent.......

".......but the Million Dollar Man didn't become a million dollar man without knowing how to put a contingency plan in place.......and I think I can see just the solution......right there......so if you'll excuse me Dok, I have some business to attend to.........."










.......and that business appears to be with a passing Bradshaw......who DiBiase quickly approaches, pulling out a large pile of high denomination notes from his pocket as he does so......apparently Ted is banking on the only adage, that everyone has a price.....for the Million Dollar Man.

Rating: B+

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Ken Shamrock has a date with Rich Steiner in just a few short weeks at In Your House.....tonight however, he has one of Steinerís Million Dollar Teammates to contend with, one half of Southern Justice, Mark Canterbury.....and while Ted DiBiaseís managers licence allows him to accompany his ward to ringside, Rich Steiner, Jeff Jarrett and Dennis Knight are all barred from walking down that aisle for the duration of this match.....

......Shamrock is still brand new here in the WWF, and obviously isnít as polished as he has the potential to be.....and his opponent is a big, big man.....even so, Ken looks pretty comfortable in there as he traps Canterbury in a number of submission holds, leaving things looking pretty bleak for the Corporation man.......so much so that DiBiase eventually starts signalling to the back, looking for that contingency plan........





















.....which is when the big Texan, Bradshaw comes walking down to the ring, where DiBiase hands him a thick wad of cash, telling him to ďgo and get the job doneĒ, before hopping up onto the apron to provide a distraction to the official.......

.......Bradshaw climbs into the ring behind Shamrock and starts rotating that arm, warming the limb up for that hellacious Lariat that he is now famous for.....Shamrock turns around and stops dead in his tracks when he sees the big man from Texas standing there......but Bradshaw simply indicates for Ken to move aside.......and when he does, itís Canterbury that gets absolutely destroyed with the Clothesline straight from Hell.......

........DiBiase looks on in shock as Bradshaw climbs out of the ring and grabs him by the collar, before shoving Tedís blood money straight into the Million Dollar Mouth, telling DiBiase that he Ē......ainít no damn protection agency.....and I sure as hell ainít for sale......Ē before shoving Deebs to the floor and walking off, just as Shamrock locks in the ankle lock submission......and Canterbury has no choice but to concede the match, as The Worlds Most Dangerous Man picks up an important victory on the road to In Your House.

Winner: Ken Shamrock
Rating: B

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From there we head to the back, where Raven is sat on the floor in a gloomy room, back against the wall, Flock surrounding him......he looks up at the Dogs of War for a moment before shaking his head and commencing to speak......


Ē........throughout the trials and tribulations and the heartbreak and the misery that is my life, there is only one man who's advice I've ever headed.......he told me that life is a game, and there are only two rules.......one.......there are no rules.......and two.......the other players in the game are only there to be manipulated to your own ends.........Psycho Sid, youíre nothing more than player two......a pawn in a game you can never hope to fully understand......playing against an opponent that you can never hope to defeat......

.......you seem to think that by planting the seeds of doubt in the splintered minds of my Flock, that you can garner some kind of psychological edge in our battle of wills....but what you fail to realise, is the Flock are loyal to me.....and regardless of your attempts to manipulate the facts, they just arenít ready to spread their wings and fly solo, lest they fly too close to the sun and plummet to the earth......as the Dogs of War learnt last week......

......never the less, being the benevolent individual I am, I have arranged a match tonight for Bill DeMott.....a match, that should he win, would open the eyes of the world......except he wonít win.......because he isnít ready........just as you Psycho Sid, are not ready for what is to come.....which, if you really HAD been speaking to my mentor, he would have told you as well......Sid, in a battle of the minds youíre a man with a baseball bat, staring into the eyes of a man wielding an atomic bomb......itís a battle you canít win.........just like Bill DeMott wonít win tonight.........Quote the Raven.......Nevermore......Ē


......with that DeMott and the rest of the Flock turn to leave, but Raven stops them.....telling Bill that HE wanted this......HE....and he alone.....has got it.....go and spread your wings.....and try not to crash and burn.

Rating: A*

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If Raven is to be believed, Bill DeMott personally requested this match......although judging by the look on his face thatís even a outright lie, or Bill was not expecting to be flying solo tonight.......either way, the result remains the same, heís got to step into the ring next with the maniacal Cactus Jack.....

......this was a little bit of a massacre to be fair, DeMott clearly had a game plan coming into the match, but it was a game plan centred around the ďmoralĒ support of the Flock at ringside.....now heís a man alone, and Cactus beats the hell out of him......

......after defeating Raven at Wrestlemania, morphing into the repressed personality of Cactus Jack in the process, his victory here must surely be the closure that Mick Foley needed to finally close the book on the Chapter of his life entitled ďRaven and the FlockĒ.....because make no mistake.....he won........and after un-mercifully destroying his opponent on the floor, Cactus slams the back of DeMotts (and his own) head onto the concrete with a Russian Leg Sweep, he climbs onto the apron......then up to the second turnbuckle......before leaping off and crushing the life out of the Flock man (and probably doing some damage to his kidneys in the process) with a diving elbow drop, before tossing DeMott unceremoniously into the ring and finishing him off with the Double Underhook DDT.

Winner: Cactus Jack
Rating: B

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As they drag poor DeMott away we head to the back, where Scott Steiner is still searching for a Canadian........preferably Chris Jericho, but presumably Bret or Owen Hart would be just as good, because heís hollering for all three men, slamming his lead pipe against walls and doors as he goes......

......suddenly heís blindsided by Lance Storm, who you would assume has just left the medics room judging by the tape around his ribs......Storm lays a series of hammering blows into the lower back of Scotty, who drops the pipe with a clatter of metal on concrete. Storm backs Steiner up against a nearby wall, and begins unleashing with a series of lefts and rights, but Scotty finally shrugs him off, spins him around, and lets loose with a number of stiff right hands of his own, before essentially Irish Whipping Storm straight into the opposite wall.....Steiner bends down to retrieve his lead pipe, which he crashes into the ribs of Storm, doubling him over......before delivering a shot straight to the back with the weapon......

.......Storm is down and out, but Steiner isnít satisfied, as he drags his attacker to his feet, wraps his huge arms around him......and delivers a huge overhead belly to belly that sends Storm crashing straight through (the gimmicked) dry wall behind him......Storm may as well have stayed in the infirmary, because it looks like heís heading straight back there, as Steiner kicks a pile of rubble to one side, picks up his lead pipe.......and continues his search for Chris Jericho and the Hart Foundation......and it looks like it could be a long night for the trio, should Big Poppa Pump get his hands (or steel pipe) in them.

Rating: A

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Next up itís back to Tag Team action, as two men who will be opponents in two weeks time at In Your House, when they both Challenge Scorpio in a triple threat match for the WWF Light Heavyweight Title, Rey Mysterio and Dean Malenko, are teaming up tonight to face off against two of Scorpioís Nation of Domination running mates, Kama and Nelson......

......Malenko and Mysterio actually teamed up together last week, in what was an outstanding match against the Hart Foundation, which just saw the two light heavyweight hopefuls come up short......this match was nowhere near as good.....but then their opponents werenít Bret and Owen Hart either......what they were, are two huge, huge men......so huge in fact, that Nelson alone outweighing BOTH opponents COMBINED by 200lbs......add Kamaís 300+ pounds on top of that, and the Nation of Domination have at LEAST a half ton weight advantage here.....

......obviously that DID mean that Mysterio and Malenko (especially Mysterio) has the speed advantage in this one.....and they used it to their advantage, running circles around the two big men.....it was only a matter of time however before one of them got caught......and it was Mysterio that got plucked out of the air by Nelson, and driven hard into the corner, driving the air from his body.....

......as if giving up an insurmountable weight difference wasnít enough of an uphill battle to climb, the light Heavyweights also had Scorpio on the outside to contend with.....and the current divisions Champion taunted both Malenko and Mysterio throughout the course of the match.....Rick Rude mentioned on commentary, that if Dean Malenko was smart, heíd sit back and let the Nation destroy little Rey Mysterio for him, giving him one less opponent to worry about come In Your House......of course Malenko was too much of a competitor to allow that, and soon made the hot tag when the opportunity arose.....

.....unfortunately the odds were simply to great for the two smaller men to overcome.....and after a valiant attempt it was Scorpio that gave his men the assist, tripping Mysterio to the mat and leaving him wide open for a 500lb Splash from Nelson, that he had absolutely no chance of kicking out of......as the momentum for In Your House goes to Scorpio, who wasnít even a legal part of this match.

Winner(s): The Nation of Domination
Rating: B

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The rest of the Nation (and by rest I mean Faarooq and The Rock) join Kama, Nelson and Scorpio in the ring, where Dean Malenko is beaten down and treated to the same 500lb Splash from Nelson that Mysterio has just received......the two light heavyweight challengers are then each dragged to an opposite corner of the ring, where Scorpio delivers two successive 450 Scorpio Splashes.......one to Malenko and one to Mysterio, before The Rock takes a microphone.......

......as the Nation stand over the broken wreckage that is Dean Malenko and Rey Mysterio, he tells the crowd that it is a damn outrage that the Rock isnít standing here right now as the WWF European Champion......

Ē........instead, the Rock is stood here with his thumb up his ass, because Vince McMahon handed the Rocks European Championship to that little pip-squeak the 123 Kid.......the Rock was not given adequate time to prepare for a Title defence last week, and because of THAT, the millions.....and millions of the Rockís fans were robbed of seeing their Peopleís Champion defend that title with pride at In Your House........

......luckily for them, they will get to witness the Rock REGAIN his European Championship at In Your House.....because the Rock wants his rematch.....the Rock is going to GET his rematch.....and the Rock will once again be YOUR WWF European Champion.....when he kicks that little Wolfpac Chihuahua, Sean Waltmanís ass in the middle of the ring.....because the KLiQ is dead and buried.....the Nation is where itís at......and losing to the Rock will be THE single most greatest think that Sean Waltman does in his miserable life.........Ē















.......which brings out the WWF European Champion himself, Sean Waltman.....along with his Wolfpac partner Scott Hall......two out of three ainít bad, because Kevin Nash is still at home recuperating that knee in preparation for his upcoming Summerslam clash with the Heartbreak Kid Shawn Michaels......

.......Waltman unhooks the title from round his waist and drapes it over his shoulder, telling the Rock that they donít have to wait till In Your House.......

Ē.......you can lose your rematch in exactly the same place you lost your title........Monday Night Raw.......Ē

......Waltman says he ha his gear on, so why donít they do this.......right now!......

.......the Rock isnít going for that however, telling Waltman that there will be NO more impromptu title matches.....the Rock needs to fully prepare for a match of this magnitude.....he needs to centre his Chi.......but since Scott Hall has his wrestling gear on, how about HE manís up and faces the Rock.......

Ē.......Hey Yo, I got no problem with that man(g).....you want the Bad Guy, you got the Bad Guy.......and after The Kidís done kicking your ass again at In Your House, maybe Scott Hall will take that Intercontinental Championship for the fifth time....just for the hell of it.......Ē

Rating: A*

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So our semi-main event of the evening sees two factions who have had very little to do with each other here in the WWF (mainly due to the fact that they were both heel groups back when the ĎPac were still rocking the black and white) facing off for the second week in a row, as the Wolfpacís Scott Hall steps in the ring with The Rock from the Nation......

......Rocky may have his sights set on Sean Waltman and the European Championship, but heís got his hands full here tonight, against a man who knows all to well what it means to wear the gold here in the WWF, holding the Tag Team Titles twice (three times of you want to get technical) with two different partners in Kevin Nash and Sean Waltman, as well as being the only man in the World Wrestling Federation to be crowned the Intercontinental Champion on four occasions......tonight isnít about gold however, itís about pride......itís about the Wolfpac vs. The Nation......and itís about to get messy..........























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......because the Wolfpac seem to have forgotten that itís not just Kevin Nash that has a date for Summerslam........Hall and Waltman have got a match lined up with the Nature Boy Ric Flair and The Enforcer Arn Anderson......and the two Equestrian Legends donít seem to be taking the fact that the Wolfpac have forgotten about them very kindly.......

........everyone turns at the sound of the Nature Boys iconic theme, as the two men make their way down the aisle, just as Scott Hall has The Rock positioned for the Razors Edge......Sean Waltman clearly knows whatís coming, as he readies himself to fight on the outside.......not that it is much of a fight, because heís soon overpowered when itís two against one......

......Hall tosses the Rock to one side to go to the aid of Waltman on the floor.......of course that just means that the official has little choice but to disqualify the Rock for outside interference the second Arn Andersonís fist connects with Scott Halls face.....

......the Rock looks p!ssed to have lost the match through no fault of his own, but as Faarooq points out to him Ē........the more those white boys beat each other up, the easier itís gonna be for YOU to break that little toothpick back of Waltmanís at In Your House.....lets get the hell out of here.....Ē

......which they do, leaving Hall and Waltman to battle it out with Anderson and Flair, as Jim Ross sends us to our final commercial break of the evening.

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

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When we come back from commercial we head straight to the back, where Dok Hendrix is standing with a very shiny (so shiny he looks like someoneís tipped a bottle of baby oil over his head) Ahmed Johnson, along with his loudmouth manager, James E. Cornette.....Dok asks Cornette the obvious question, that being, when Ahmed Johnson is only a little over a month away from competing for the World Wrestling Federation Championship at Summerslam......why oh why would you antagonise Stone Cold Steve Austin.......talk about poking a Rattlesnake with a pointy stick?.......

Ē........why?......Iíd say that was pretty obvious Hendrix.......why would someone go out of their way to antagonise the Undertaker?......why would one man go out of his way to take on.....and take out......the Sonís of Samoa?......why would Ahmed Johnson antagonise Stone Cold Steve Austin a month before Summerslam?......because despite what Steve Austin may think, Ahmed Johnson is the BADDEST S.o.B in the WWF......and if Stone Cold Steve Austin thinks differently, well then.....Ahmed Johnson will gladly step into that ring with him at In Your House, and show the Rattlesnake what a bad man really looks like........in fact, he might even go out there right now......and make that challenge in person.........Ē

Rating: A

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Itís time now to rekindle a battle thatís been raging quietly along for over a year now, ever since the finals of the 1996 King of the Ring, which saw Steve Austin defeat Bret Hart, by rather nefarious means.......since then, Stone Cold and the Harts have faced off on more than one occasion......they feuded over the Tag Team Titles.....and even found themselves on the same side (of a losing team) at the 1996 Survivor Series.....but truth be told, there was never a decisive winner to the war......and while Austin has gone on to become one of the most popular figures here in the WWF, Bret and Owen have gone on to become two of the most hated.......a fact that Bret Hart finds particularly hard to swallow......

.......never let it be said that Steve Austin isnít a man to hold a grudge, because as well as his unresolved differences with Scott Steiner and Brian Pillman, he holds the Hart Foundation directly responsible for the fact that heís not walking around today as the World Wrestling Federation Champion, after Bret and Owen brought his triple threat Championship opportunity at the King of the Ring to a premature end......but you can also add Ahmed Johnson to the Stone Cold Sh!t List, after the big man from pearl river laid his hands on the Rattlesnake a few weeks back on Raw........and speaking of Ahmed Johnson........























........the man himself comes marching down the aisle during the course of this one, positioning himself at ringside where he once again proceeds to levy the challenge for Austin to face him at In Your House.....and with Owen Hart.....and now Ahmed Johnson on the outside, youíve got to think itís only a matter of time before Bret Hart is able to pick up the victory here......except it doesnít quite work like that........






















.........because Chris Jericho suddenly comes running out from the back.......followed by a pipe wielding Scott Steiner.........with the Anvil Jim Neidhart bringing up the rear (clutching at his ribs as he goes).......

......at which point itís safe to say that madness breaks out.......as Austin is sick of the sight of Ahmed Johnson, bailing to the floor to begin brawling with him, just as Jericho and Steiner hit the ring, where Bret and Owen join Jericho and Neidhart in attempting to subdue the manic beast that is Scott Steiner........and the official has given up even trying to keep order....this one is over folks.

Winner: No Contest
Rating: B

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To say things then got a little chaotic would be an understatement......because Steve Austin and Ahmed Johnson proceed to batter each other all the way back to the locker rooms.......presumably that challenge from Ahmed has been accepted......and at In Your House it will be Stone Cold Steve Austin going up against the Pearl River Powerhouse, Ahmed Johnson........but the fun doesnít stop there, no, no, no.......

.......because as Austin and Ahmed brawl to the back, Steiner manages to break free of the four man beatdown........grabbing hold of his lead pipe and swinging it wildly......Bret, Owen and Jericho quickly bail to the safety of the floor, while Steiner turns and nails the Anvil right between the eyes.......Neidhart goes down like heís been shot, and Steiner is on him in a flash, flipping him over and locking him into the Steiner Recliner......with a twist......because instead of using his hands, Steiner slides that lead pipe under the chin of Neidhart, wrenching back for all heís worth until the Anvils eyes are bulging out of his head......

......he looks straight at the Canadian Trio on the floor, screaming at them that Ē......IF THIS IS THE BEST YOU CAN DO, THEN YOU'RE IN TROUBLE BOYS.......THIS BODYGUARD OF YOURS CANíT GUARD SH!T..........Ē

......youíd think that the Canadian Contingent would storm the ring about now, while Steinerís hands were otherwise occupied, but they just stand and watch as Big Poppa Pump chokes the life out of their brother in-law, before Bret picks up a microphone, and with a cocky smirk on his face, tells Steiner that........

Ē........we said weíd got Chris some protection........but we never said that protection was Neidhart.......Ē

































.......with that a tall blonde haired stranger vaults over the safety barrier and into the ring......where he almost takes Steinerís unprotected head clean off his shoulders with a Running Big Boot........and THEN the trio on the floor re-enter the ring......Jericho pounces on his In Your House opponent, while his unknown protected joins him as the two stomp Scotty into the mat.......

.......Bret and Owen help Neidhart to his feet, who is clearly struggling to stand after the prolonged Steel Pipe Recliner..........and out of nowhere Bret suddenly drives Anvil to the mat with a Russian Leg Sweep........

........Jericho picks up the pipe, and nails Steiner right in the small of the back, before locking in the Walls of Jericho.......just as Owen Hart applies the Sharpshooter to the Anvil.......and as the show comes to a close, Bret Hart walks over to a near by camera, asking........

Ē.......what do you think of Your American Hero now?........hereís a little bit of Canadian hospitality for you......Ē

.......as the show fades out to the sounds of the WWF Champion Scott Steiner screaming out in pain, locked in the Walls of Jericho.

Rating: A*

Final Rating: B+

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