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Week 4, March 1996
Charlotte Coliseum
ATT: 19,836
TV: 14.35


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The show opens at the announce table, where Vince McMahon informs us that we are only six days away from the biggest extravaganza in all of sports and entertainment....we are only six days away....from Wrestlemania. Jim Ross echoes McMahon's sentiments, talking about how tonight, one week before his shot at achieving his childhood dream, Shawn Michaels will be live in attendance....Jerry Lawler on the other hand doesn't say anything of the sort, instead he's tugging on Vince's sleeve and pointing to the ring, before he says that...."Shawn Michaels might not be the only one who's here tonight."

That's because sat at the edge of the ring apron, is the same casket we saw last week.....the casket that held the representation of Kevin Nash's possible future at Wrestlemania....the life size mannequin of the former WWF Champion and the first thing to visibly rattle Kevin Nash in quite some time. Suddenly the lights flicker and flash, there's an almighty gong and the arena is draped in darkness as the music of The Undertaker starts to play, as the ominous figure of the Deadman himself slowly makes his way down the aisle. He's clad in his usual long black trench coat and hat combination, with his head down as he makes the slow trip towards the ring but is without his usual cohort in Paul Bearer. He reaches the casket and stops for a second to raise his arms, bringing up the house lights as he does so, before removing his hat to reveal.....



.....its Kevin Nash, who'd have thunk it. He starts laughing and whips off his trench coat, before walking over and picking up a microphone, asking McMahon "did I have you fooled Vinnie Mac?" as he passes the announce table. He gets in the ring and tells The Undertaker that he'll admit it, "you got me last week Deadman, when I opened that casket I was sure you were going to be in there....not that handsome hunk of manliness that was actually in there....you caught me off guard with that....but that's only going to happen once." He tells the Undertaker to savour that small victory, because it's the only one he will ever get....because after all, anything you can do, "Big Sexy can do so much better."

Nash drops to the outside and opens the casket positioned at ringside, this time however it's not a mannequin of Big Daddy Cool, but a perfectly sculpted image of The Undertaker. Nash looks at it for a minute, before wiggling his fingers at the mannequin in a mock horror motion...."scary huh, see Deadman, your mind games don't work on me." Nash climbs back into the ring and continues cutting a promo on how he's going to end the mystique of the Undertaker at Wrestlemania, then one way or another, he's taking that WWF Title home.....Since Nash is so focused on cutting his promo, he is oblivious to the fact that the Undertaker "mannequin" in the background has sat upright in the casket.....I don't think that's a mannequin people.....the Undertaker climbs into the ring and positions himself behind the unsuspecting Nash, who finishes up his tirade by telling the crowd that "come Wrestlemania, all of your little heroes are going to fall, starting with the Undertaker....trust me, the next time you see the Deadman, will be in that casket....."

Nash turns and points to the Undertakers supposed final resting place, but stops in his tracks when he sees that it is empty. He turns around frantically, where he gets greeted by an underhand thrust to the throat by an angry deadman, who then proceeds to batter the life out of Big Sexy, before finally nailing the big seven footer with a huge chokeslam, which sends him rolling to the outside. Unfortunately not to the floor though, he's only gone and rolled right into the casket. When Nash realises what he has done he freaks out to the point that the casket eventually topples over, spilling Big Daddy Cool onto the concrete floor, where he makes a mad dash up the aisle and to the back, as the Undertaker poses in the ring, again giving the Deadman the upper hand leading into Wrestlemania.

Rating: A*

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Time for the first match of the evening, and it's an interesting one to say the least. Fresh off the aftermath of last weeks encounter between Razor Ramon and Hunter Hearst Helmsley.....(the aftermath being the interference of Jeff Jarrett and subsequent save by Phatu)....we have this tag team match up. None of these men are particularly strangers to each other, with everyone having come up against everyone else at some time or other....and due to Razor coming out on the losing end last week and Phatu coming out on the losing end of his last encounter with Helmsley, both men on the babyface side could do with some momentum heading into Wrestlemania.

By the looks of the opening moments of this one, Razor and Phatu know they could do with the win too, because they are all over their opponents as soon as the bell rings. Jarrett and Hunter try to muster up some offence, but they end up on the floor with a headache after Razor grabs both men by the hair and delivers a double noggin knocker....not to each other's skulls though, Ramon slams their heads into the waiting cranium of his own partner.

The fun and games can only last for so long though and unfortunately for Phatu, it's him that gets to work the customary "face in peril" spot. Hunter and Jarrett gel pretty well as a team and are soon double teaming the Samoan. Obviously the hot tag comes though and when it does Ramon clears house.

Phatu tags himself back into the match and in a preview of what's to come at Wrestlemania, Razor Ramon and Jeff Jarrett find themselves brawling on the floor, up the aisle way and even in the crowd at one point. The referee tries his best to control the situation and tries to instruct the two men back into the ring area....all that does though is free up Helmsley to go about his dastardly deeds. Because after Phatu pops straight up from a Piledriver, Sunny realises that her man needs an added advantage to get through that thick skull and slides a chair into the ring. Hunter hooks his opponent and drives him face first into the steel with a Pedigree. Sunny directs the official towards the cover and your winners are Helmsley and Jarrett

Winner(s): Jeff Jarrett and Hunter Hearst Helmsley
Rating: B

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Dok Hendrix is in the back along with The Harris Boys and their manager Paul Ellering. Dok asks how it feels to know that they won't be competing at the grandest stage of them all, Wrestlemania, due to the fact that their team failed to win the right man tag match last week. Ellering interrupts him, saying that it wasn't either of his boys that lost that match last week, "it was one of those damn Cowboys....there's not a team here in the WWF, or anywhere else in the world for that matter, that can even hold a candle to my two weapons of mass destruction.....and there's not a manager here in the WWF....or anywhere else in the world, that has the business sense and negotiation skills, that Precious Paul Ellering has....that's why my boys WILL be competing at Wrestlemania....I have personally ensured that with Gorilla Monsoon....they will be competing against The Godwinns.....the 123 Kid and Tatanka.....and, in the one concession I granted Monsoon....a as yet unnamed duo.....and I promise you this, with me at the helm, steering the ship, it's going to be all plain sailing from here on in for The Harris Boys.

Rating: B-

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We have a quick replay of events from last week, featuring Yokozuna's unsuccessful attempt at capturing the WWF Title from Bret Hart, as well as the events that unfolded after, where Jim Cornette stupidly provoked the big man into not only severing ties with his now former manager.....but with him almost severing his spinal column with a big Samoan Drop.

Yokozuna gets a good reaction when he comes out.....and to be fair, the promo video was probably longer than the actual match, as it wasn't long before the former World Champion was dragging Zip to the corner, where he squashed the life out of him with a Banzai Drop.

Winner: Yokozuna
Rating: C+

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Before Yoko has time to celebrate, he is rudely interrupted by the Louisiana Lip himself, Jim Cornette. Clearly having learned by his mistakes however, Cornette decides to remain at the top of the aisle way, and out of arms reach. He informs Yokozuna that their relationship, both professional and personal have now been terminated, due to his unreasonable actions last week. Jim informs his former client retribution will be coming in one form or another, because no one puts their hands on Jim Cornette and gets away with it....but in the mean time, Yokozuna will be pleased to know that Cornette arranged him one last match before cancelling their contract together....."and because I'm such a generous man, that match will be at Wrestlemania........against the seven foot tall, Psycho Sid.....you're welcome."

Rating: A

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While Yokozuna takes his time exiting the ring.....he's a big, big man don't you know....we go down to the announce table, where Vince informs us that the WWF Intercontinental Title match between Goldust and Ahmed Johnson at Wrestlemania is currently in limbo, due to an injury sustained by Goldust on last weeks episode of Raw. McMahon says that WWF President Gorilla Monsoon will address the situation after the following match.....suddenly he stops talking and addresses his headset, informing the viewers that there's "apparently a situation in the back, if we can get some cameras back there?"



Back in the locker room The Texas Long Riders, Windham and Bradshaw, are beating the holy hell out of Billy and Bart Gunn. In between kicks and stomps they yell insults at the Gunns, before Windham tells his partner that it's time to "string them up." Bradshaw walks out of the room, while his partner drags the fallen Gunns to position, opening the door wide so that his young protégée can toss two bull ropes, complete with noose over the top of the door. The two Texans head around the opposite side and the next thing we see are the bull ropes tighten around the necks of the Brothers Gunn, as they are strung up to dry.



Just when things look bad the ropes go slack and The Steiner Brothers charge into the room, they clearly chased the Texans away and now go to check on the Gunns, who are looking rather red in the face as we go to commercial.

Rating: B

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We come back from commercial to find the two teams in the ring. The Gunns don't look in much condition to perform....and the Steiners are telling them as much.....saying that they don't have to do this, etc, etc, etc.....Billy and Bart insist that they do....that the Tag Titles are too important.....Rick and Scott continue to try and talk them out of it, but they soon get the message when the Gunns lay a slap on each of them.

Injured opponents or not, The Steiner's aren't going to stand for that and the fight is on. Unfortunately for the Gunns, they may have more guts than brains, because they are no where near 100% and you're never going to beat the Steiner's unless you're at your best. They put up a good fight, but it's not too long before Billy is put away with a Frankensteiner, meaning that Rick and Scott will be moving on the Wrestlemania to compete for the WWF Tag Team Championships.

Winner(s): The Steiner Brothers
Rating: B-

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The Steiner's help the battered and broken Smoking Gunns to their feet, before offering their hands. The Gunns reluctantly accept, mouthing something about making sure "you take those titles, because we WILL be doing this again." Before all four men raise each other's hands....it's not long though until they are interrupted....



....by the Tag Team Champions themselves. Owen and Davey walk out into the aisle way, sarcastically applauding, before embracing each other in an over the top attempt to mock the four men in the ring. Owen has a mic and tells the Steiner's not to bother celebrating just yet...."you might have beat The Smoking Scrubs, but all that means is that you've gotta step inside that ring, with the greatest tag team of all time....me.....oh and Davey as well."

Rick and Scott grab microphones and tell the Brothers In-Law that they beat them at In Your House and the only reason they don't have the Tag Team Titles around their waists, is because Owen and Davey found a way to slither out of the match with them....at Wrestlemania, they won't be slithering anywhere. (Another strong promo from the Steiners *eye roll*) Billy takes one of the mic's and tells the Champions to "polish up those belts nice and shiny, because at Wrestlemania, the Steiner's will be taking the gold home to Michigan.....as for these two scrubs? Windham....Bradshaw....you like playing with ropes? You bring those bull ropes with you to Wrestlemania.....and we'll have a Texas Bull Rope match.

Rating: B

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A quick promo for Wrestlemania airs and when we come back Gorilla Monsoon is stood in the middle of the ring, with the Intercontinental Championship in his hands. He tells the fans that unfortunately due to injury, Goldust has had to vacate the WWF Intercontinental Title, just six days before his scheduled defence against Ahmed Johnson (the crowd pops at this.) he goes on to say that he's thought long and hard on the best way to resolve the situation, saying that ideally he would have liked to have scheduled a tournament to crown a new Champion.....but Wrestlemania is just six days away....and because the Title should always be defended at the biggest show of the year, there simply isn't time.....so what I propose is.....



.....we'll never know.....because before he can finish his statement, he's interrupted by the arrival of Faarooq and the Nation of Domination. The five men surround Monsoon and cut him off. Faarooq takes the microphone from the WWF President before telling him to consider his next words very carefully.....he says that the way he sees it, Ahmed Johnson was the so called number one contender......last week, Ahmed Johnson AND Savio Vega both lost to the Nation.....as far as I'm concerned, that makes ME the number one contender.....and since there's no champion to contend against......that makes ME the WWF Intercontinental Champion. So do everyone a favour, make it short and sweet.....and hand me that title....NOW."

Monsoon however is unphased, telling Faarooq that his intimidation tactics won't work on him.....because if any one of the Nation members lays a finger on him....all five will be indefinitely suspended without pay. Faarooq goes to speak but Gorilla cuts him off, telling him that while he doesn't agree with his methods, he does make a good point....which is why at Wrestlemania, you won't be handed this title, you will have to earn it.....as you compete for the WWF Intercontinental Championship.....against Ahmed Johnson......AND Savio Vega....in a triple threat match.

Faarooq frowns for a second, and the five men close in even tighter to Monsoon, before finally Faarooq cracks a smile, saying that's good enough for him.

Rating: B-

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Next up we have Rowdy Roddy Piper in action, for the first time ever in the history of Monday Night Raw. I'm sure most people would have liked an easier opponent for their debut Raw match.....but then the Hot Rod has never been, nor will he ever be "most people." He's going up against the big seven foot Psycho Sid here, the hired gun in Ted DiBiase's corporation....and while they don't call him Psycho for no reason, Piper is a man with revenge on his mind and a plan to carry out. Vince and Jim Ross speculate about what stipulation Piper might have in store for the Ringmaster, should he be able to pick up the victory against Sid tonight, but The King says it doesn't matter, because Sid is going to destroy him.

This isn't Pipers first rodeo however, and he uses the opening moments of the match using every dirty trick in the book to gain the upper hand on his opponent.....eye pokes, hair pulls, stomping on the toes.....tactics that the crowd would usually be booing, but it's Piper, so they eat it up. Eventually though Sids power gets the best of the Rowdy One and all the eye pokes in the world can't save him. With DiBiase shouting instructions to his charge from ringside, Sid goes to work, hammering the ring veteran with brutal power move after power move. Somehow Piper is able to kick out of everything that his opponent can throw at him and since Sid was never the most stable of people to begin with, you can see he is becoming visibly frustrated. Frustration leads to mistake however, as an emotionally charged big splash into the corner means that Roddy is able to move out of the way and Sid hits nothing but turnbuckle, staggering backwards where Piper leaps up high and locks on his patented sleeper while piggy backing on his huge opponent.

This is the move that won Piper countless matches (as well as the Intercontinental Championship) and he has it locked on tight. Sid struggles but it's not long until he starts to fade, eventually dropping down to one knee.....it looks like Roddy might be putting him to sleep, until that is Sids rage starts to outweigh his sleepiness. He powers himself back to his feet, with Piper still hanging on for dear life, and charges himself back, crushing Hot Rod into the corner, forcing him to release the hold. Sid is not a happy camper.....in fact he's downright pi###d that Piper nearly put him to sleep. He picks the Rowdy One up and starts choking the life out of him in the corner, right in front of the referee.

The official yells at Sid to break the hold, but Sid's Psychosis has got a firm grip oh him and all he is paying attention to is Pipers bulging eyes. The referee counts to five, but Sid still doesn't break the hold....The Ringmaster comes running down the aisle frantically yelling at Sid to "break the damn hold before you get disqualified you big jackass." Sid is listening to no one though, he's well and truly snapped and eventually the official has no choice but to call for the bell, disqualifying the big man.

Winner: Rowdy Roddy Piper (via Disqualification)
Rating: B-

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The frantic ringing of the bell finally snaps Sid out of the red mist and he releases Piper who drops to the mat gasping for air. Both DiBiase and The Ringmaster start admonishing the big man, who looks a little bit confused about what's happened. Sid leaves drops to the floor and starts heading to the back, with his manager and stable mate yelling at him the whole way. Just before they are about to exit to the back however, Piper yells at them to wait...."wait a damn minute......you're going to want to hear this....." Having pulled himself back to his feet and spending a few seconds regaining his breath, Piper goes on to tell The Corporation that since he won this match, that means that he gets to add a little extra stipulation to his and The Ringmasters match at Wrestlemania. Sid receives another ear bashing from his peers in the aisle way, because that's exactly what they didn't want.....Piper says not to worry....it's not a change to the match, no steel cage stipulation, or dog collar stipulation.....no it will be a standard match, the stipulation will come after....."because if I beat you, that's it.....you leave the Million Dollar Corporation for good.....no more Puppet Master pulling your strings.....no more "My name is The Ringmaster B.S" no more help, no more short cuts......you will be, what you are supposed to be.....and that's Steve goddamn Austin.....the money train stops, in six days time.....I'll see you at Wrestlemania 'Ringmaster'."

DiBiase and The Ringmaster are furious and storm to the back while Piper poses for the crowd.

Rating: B+

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While the crowd are settling down from Mr Pipers showboating, we are treated to a promo video....this time set in some dirty back ally at night time. The sky is dotted with stars and a full moon beams down a white light, casting shadows off every available object. Barely visible in one of these shadows, beside an overflowing dumpster, sits the rocking figure of Mankind, gazing up at the sky while surrounded by rats feeding off the discarded waste that's dropped to the floor around him.

"Some nights....nights like these, when the sky's are clear and the stars are shining bright.....nights like these are my favourite kind....made for torture, for reflection....for the savouring of loneliness.....because it was when loneliness burned down the remains of my soul, that I chose to hide in the shadows....a pariah....an outcast....shunned by the normal people.....shunned by the masses....WELL I SAY NO MORE!....no more will I force myself to stand in the shadows and look on as the world passes me by....no more will I sit, draped in darkness while the colours of life drip down the faces of the populous....the population that points, that laughs.....that call me insane....I don't suffer from insanity, in fact I quite enjoy it.....but then, the real question is, am I insane for seeing the world the way that I do? Or are YOU the ones that are insane because you don't? I guess we'll find out......soon....Have a nice day."

With that Mankind picks up one of the rats that are scurrying about beside it, and begins to pet it, while rocking back and forward manically.

Rating: B

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Back in the arena the crowd erupts as the Hitman makes his way to the ring for his third WWF Title defence in as many weeks. He gets into the ring and grabs a mic, telling the crowd that it's that time again.....time for him to put THE most prestigious title in all of professional wrestling on the line....so whoever is wanting a shot, should come down to the ring, where Bret will excellently execute them. There's a brief pause, before some unmistakable music begins to play....



.....Shawn Michaels? Surely he's not going to answer the challenge? The crowd goes mad as the Heartbreak Kid makes his way down the aisle, accompanied by his mentor and trainer Jose Lothario. He gets into the ring and tells a confused Bret not to worry.....I'm not taking your title tonight, I'll be doing that in six days at Wrestlemania.....I'm just out here to sit with my good friend the Vin Man at commentary.....he says that before that though, there's a few things he wants to say.....he tells Bret that he's had a good run as WWF Champion...."you had some help along the way, but a good run none the less".....but he tells him that's all coming to an end. Shawn says that while he considers it his destiny to become the World Wrestling Federation Champion....he also considers it destiny to defeat Bret Hart to do so....."you see, me and you Bret, we're not so different....we both travelled the same path, took the same route, met the same obstacles....we were both told we were too small to make it to the top of the mountain, but you blazed the trail Bret....you proved them wrong, paving the way for people like me to kick down the door....so I can't think of anyone more fitting to take that WWF Title from.....than you.....and that's exactly what I'm going to do, one way or another."

Bret paused for a moment, before telling Shawn that maybe he's right, maybe they are similar in some regards....."but where we do differ, is while you're good.....I'm the best....the best there is, the best there was.....and the best there ever will be......see we've done this a thousand times me and you......The Hart Foundation vs The Rockers....The Heartbreak Kid vs The Hitman.....the WWF Intercontinental Champion Bret Hart vs Shawn Michaels.....WWF Intercontinental Champion Shawn Michaels vs WWF Champion Bret Hart.....we have fought each other countless times, at every level and for every prize possible.....the difference between you and me? Is that I won, every single time." Bret says that the reason he blazed a trail for Shawn, is because he couldn't do it himself....he said when Shawn was busy throwing his friends through plate glass windows, Bret Hart was beating greats like Mr Perfect to win WWF gold.

Shawn stops him there, telling him that he's right.....he smashed Marty Jannetty's head through that glass, because it was what was best for Shawn Michaels at the time.....Shawn says he's not proud of it, but he will do WHATEVER it takes, to get to where he needs to be.....where he deserves to be......he tells Bret that he likes him.....he respects him....."but then, I liked Marty too and if I was willing to do that to him, just how far do you think I'm willing to go to beat you?" Let me make something crystal clear.....you're only the best there is, because you say you're the best there is.....Sunday night, you're going to find out why I'm better than the best.

Shawn offers Bret his hand and the two exchange an awkward handshake, before Michaels drops to the outside, taking up his place at the commentary table, while Bret waits for an opponent......



.....again he doesn't have to wait long, because no sooner than Shawn puts on the headset, Jerry Lawler removes his and the Kings music starts to play. He laughs telling McMahon that this is why he's always dressed to wrestle....."because you never know when an opportunity to beat up that idiot Bret Hart is going to come up.....hey Sexy Boy, never mind The Hitman....at Wrestlemania, you're going to be facing The King.

Rating: A

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These two have been feuding for the best part of three years now....with no end in sight.....it's ok though, because it means that they could wrestle a match together blindfolded. This is a decent match as usual, but was there really any danger of Jerry Lawler winning the World Title six days out of Wrestlemania? The fact that he wound up tapping to the Sharpshooter says no.

Winner: and STILL WWF World Heavyweight Champion.....Bret Hart
Rating: B

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With the match in the bag, Bret claims his title and hits his middle rope celebration, hoisting the gold high in the air. Lawler, never one to miss an opportunity, is back to his feet and looks about ready to charge at the unsuspecting Hart......he doesn't get far though.....what he does get is a taste of Sweet Chin Music when Shawn Michaels hits the ring. Lawler collapses to the mat and rolls to the outside as Champion and Challenger square off in the middle of the ring, face to face, with Bret again holding the Title up high.....before anything can come of it however some more music starts to play.....



.....and Big Sexy Kevin Nash walks out. He remains at the top of the aisle however, simply shouting at the two men in the ring that "it doesn't matter who wins.....because once I've buried The Undertaker.....I'll be seeing one of you next." With that the show fades out, with McMahon screaming at us to buy the PPV

Rating: B+

Final Rating: B


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Even though the show was a bit shuffled together at the last minute due to Goldust's injury, it worked out ok....not the greatest show we've ever had but certainly not the worst either....and finally believe it or not we have a resolution in the contract negotiations of Kevin Nash and Razor Ramon.....six days before Wrestlemania, talk about leaving it to the wire boys.....Vince doesn't want the decisions leaking anywhere though, he's paranoid about the results of Mania being spoiled if people know which company either man has signed for....although no doubt the rest of the Kliq know already so I wouldn't be surprised to see Meltzer reporting something before long. I can't decide one way or another whether I'm pleased by the outcomes....one one hand they are both an asset to the on screen part of my job.....on another hand it would be nice for Bischoff to have to deal with their bull###t behind the scenes instead of me.....either way it will be pretty clear to everyone what's happening by the time Wrestlemania is over.

To say I'm excited about MY first Wrestlemania would be an understatement, I'm really hoping the show is a success.....when I first took this job I was convinced that nothing I did could possibly worse than last years Mania....but now we are nearly there I just hope it all goes off without a hitch. Obviously the Intercontinental Title picture is a little bit convoluted now but I've worked with what I've got so hopefully the three guys involved can pull out a good match....ditto for the Light Heavyweight Title match, when Jericho started this programme with the Nation he was so far down the food chain it was ridiculous....the crowd have really taken to the youngster though and his popularity has skyrocketed. He's easily a solid midcard level worker now, which I'm hoping will help the drama in the match.....no one believed for a second at the start of this that Jericho had a chance of winning, now he and Scorpio are more equally placed I'm hoping that the crowd in attendance will believe that Chris has a chance, it will take some of the predictability out of the match.....anyway, fingers crossed folks....the next time we speak will be at the grandest stage of them all.

Oh....and remember that pay rise that Bart Gunn received? I said Billy wouldn't be far behind? Billy asked for a payrise....got 75% the same as his partner.....see you at Wrestlemania.

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WWF World Heavyweight Title Match
Bret Hart (c) vs Shawn Michaels

The Undertaker vs Kevin Nash

Yokozuna vs Psycho Sid

Match for the vacant WWF Intercontinental Title
Ahmed Johnson vs Faarooq vs Savio Vega

If Piper wins then The Ringmaster must leave the Million Dollar Corporation
Rowdy Roddy Piper vs The Ringmaster

WWF World Tag Team Titles
Owen Hart and The British Bulldog (c) vs The Steiner Brothers

Falls Count Anywhere - Anything Goes Street Fight
Razor Ramon vs Jeff Jarrett

WWF Light Heavyweight Title
Scorpio (c) vs Chris Jericho

Texas Bullrope Match
The Smoking Gunns vs The Texas Long Riders

Phatu vs Hunter Hearst Helmsley

The Godwinns vs The 123 Kid and Tatanka vs The Harris Boys vs ???

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WWF World Heavyweight Title Match
Bret Hart (c) vs Shawn Michaels

The Undertaker vs Kevin Nash

Yokozuna vs Psycho Sid

Match for the vacant WWF Intercontinental Title
Ahmed Johnson vs Faarooq vs Savio Vega

If Piper wins then The Ringmaster must leave the Million Dollar Corporation
Rowdy Roddy Piper vs The Ringmaster

WWF World Tag Team Titles
Owen Hart and The British Bulldog (c) vs The Steiner Brothers

Falls Count Anywhere - Anything Goes Street Fight
Razor Ramon vs Jeff Jarrett

WWF Light Heavyweight Title
Scorpio (c) vs Chris Jericho

Texas Bullrope Match
The Smoking Gunns vs The Texas Long Riders

Phatu vs Hunter Hearst Helmsley

The Godwinns vs The 123 Kid and Tatanka vs The Harris Boys vs ???
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WWF World Heavyweight Title Match
Bret Hart (c) vs Shawn Michaels

The Undertaker vs Kevin Nash

Yokozuna vs Psycho Sid

Match for the vacant WWF Intercontinental Title
Ahmed Johnson vs Faarooq vs Savio Vega

If Piper wins then The Ringmaster must leave the Million Dollar Corporation
Rowdy Roddy Piper vs The Ringmaster

WWF World Tag Team Titles
Owen Hart and The British Bulldog (c) vs The Steiner Brothers

Falls Count Anywhere - Anything Goes Street Fight
Razor Ramon vs Jeff Jarrett

WWF Light Heavyweight Title
Scorpio (c) vs Chris Jericho

Texas Bullrope Match
The Smoking Gunns vs The Texas Long Riders

Phatu vs Hunter Hearst Helmsley

The Godwinns vs The 123 Kid and Tatanka vs The Harris Boys vs ???
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WWF World Heavyweight Title Match
Bret Hart (c) vs Shawn Michaels

The Undertaker
vs Kevin Nash

Yokozuna vs Psycho Sid

Match for the vacant WWF Intercontinental Title
Ahmed Johnson vs Faarooq vs Savio Vega

If Piper wins then The Ringmaster must leave the Million Dollar Corporation
Rowdy Roddy Piper vs The Ringmaster

WWF World Tag Team Titles
Owen Hart and The British Bulldog (c) vs The Steiner Brothers

Falls Count Anywhere - Anything Goes Street Fight
Razor Ramon vs Jeff Jarrett

WWF Light Heavyweight Title
Scorpio (c) vs Chris Jericho

Texas Bullrope Match
The Smoking Gunns vs The Texas Long Riders

Phatu vs Hunter Hearst Helmsley

The Godwinns vs The 123 Kid and Tatanka vs The Harris Boys vs ???
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WWF World Heavyweight Title Match
Bret Hart (c) vs Shawn Michaels

The Undertaker
vs Kevin Nash

Yokozuna vs Psycho Sid

Match for the vacant WWF Intercontinental Title
Ahmed Johnson vs Faarooq vs Savio Vega

If Piper wins then The Ringmaster must leave the Million Dollar Corporation
Rowdy Roddy Piper vs The Ringmaster

WWF World Tag Team Titles
Owen Hart and The British Bulldog (c) vs The Steiner Brothers

Falls Count Anywhere - Anything Goes Street Fight
Razor Ramon vs Jeff Jarrett

WWF Light Heavyweight Title
Scorpio (c) vs Chris Jericho

Texas Bullrope Match
The Smoking Gunns vs The Texas Long Riders

Phatu vs Hunter Hearst Helmsley

The Godwinns
vs The 123 Kid and Tatanka vs The Harris Boys vs ???
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Week 4 March, 1996
El Generico Stadium (Tri State)
ATT: 78,000
Buy: 1.17


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The show opens to a montage of stills from Wrestlemania's past, spliced into videos of the events that have led up to this evening. We see clips of The Rockers and The Hart Foundation, followed by highlights of The Hitman and The Heartbreak Kid, before the screen goes dark and we are shown the highs and lows of Kevin Nash vs The Undertaker, spliced in between black and white clips of The Dead mans previous Wrestlemania encounters, as a voice over tells us that this may be Kevin Nash's gravest encounter.



There is a flurry of pyro as the camera pans the jam packed arena, before we head to the announce desk where we are welcomed to Wrestlemania like only Vince McMahon can. The three man team talk briefly about the upcoming matches, informing us that tonight, we will have four solid hours of the greatest action, that you can only get from the stars of the New Generation. Speaking of which, the competitors in the opening bout make their way to the ring. It's time for the four way tag match.

The Godwinns and The Million Dollar Corporation duet make their way down the aisle, followed finally by The Harris Boys and their manager Precious Paul Ellering. Before the surprise pairing can be announced however, Ellering gets a mic and declares that you may as well tell that final team to stay in the back there.....because there's not a team in the WWF that can go toe to toe with the Harris Boys.....especially not with his brains behind the muscle.....













"UHHHHHH.....WHAT A RUSHHHHHHH!"



.....well here's a team that can go toe to toe with the Harris boys.....and no one knows Paul Ellering quite like Hawk and Animal, The Legion of Doom.....have you ever heard of the "Road Warrior pop?" You have? Oh good.....because it was certainly present tonight. The only thing louder than the fan reaction, was the sound of Precious Paul's jaw hitting the floor when his two former protégés came out.

Rating: A

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The announcers inform us that this one is going to be one fall to a finish, no eliminations in this one, which means the action should be fast and furious, because every team will be looking to make the save when there is a cover. Hawk starts out the match and he's looking for one of the Harris Boys to go up against. Neither Ron nor Don are having any of it though and the 123 Kid finds himself unwillingly tagged into the contest. Kid flexes his biceps at The Road Warrior and charges at him with a big clothesline.....doesn't quite go according to plan however, as all that happens is he bounces off the chest of Hawk and lands on his backside, scuttling backwards on his ass to his corner where he tags in Tatanka.

The Native American runs at Hawk and delivers a number of stiff chops to the chest. Hawk being Hawk no sells this completely and Tatanka backs off. He goes to tag a Harris Boy but both brothers drop to the floor out of the way. Looking for momentum Tatanka decides to just go for it and charges at Hawk, only to be met with two feet as his opponent lands a pretty good dropkick. Animal tags into the match and again Tatanka tries to launch a running attack, this time instead of getting nailed with a dropkick however, Tatanka is caught with a big powerslam that knocks the wind out of him. Animal goes for the cover but big Henry Godwinn makes the save, before dragging poor Tatanka over to the pig farmers corner and tagging himself in.

Big Hank, as Jim Ross calls him, gets into the ring and we have two hoss's butting heads. Animal and Henry nail each other with stiff shots until Godwinn gets powered into the LoD's corner, where Hawk tags in and continues the punishment. HoG reverses an Irish whip attempt however, and Ron Harris nails Hawk in the back of the head with a big fist. Henry tries to take the advantage, dropping his opponent hard on the mat with a big side slam but he was too close to the Harris Boys corner....and with Hawk now down and hurt, Ron makes the blind tag, slapping Henry on the back.

The Harris boys go to work on the Road Warrior now, with Ellering handing out strategies for how to best hurt his former client at ringside. They make quick tags in and out, working over the kidney area of Hawk with stiff body shots and hard shots into the corner that rock the former WWF Tag Team Champion. Don locks Hawk into a camel clutch for some time, stretching him until it looks like he can't take any more....somehow though Hawk is able to power himself to his feet, with Don Harris still on his back and reverses hard into the Million Dollar Corporations corner. This releases the hold, but it doesn't do Hawk any good because Tatanka tags himself in and continues the offence.

Tatanka and the Kid take turns punishing Hawk now and it doesn't look like it's going to be quite the triumphant return that the Legion of Doom had in mind, but eventually, after turning The Kid inside out with a big clothesline, Hawk is able to make it over to his corner where he tags in his partner....that's when business really picked up. Animal comes charging into the ring like a lion let out of its cage. He lays into Tatanka and the Kid, he hammers both Ron and Don off the ring apron to the floor....even the Godwinns aren't safe after he Irish whips Tatanka into Phineas. PiG lands hard on top of the two Harris Boys who were below him and that's all it takes to start a mass brawl on the floor. Meanwhile in the ring, Animal has hoisted the 123 Kid high in his shoulders, just in time for Hawk to come flying off the top with a big Doomsday Device. Animal makes the cover and three seconds later we have a winning team.

Winner(s): The Legion of Doom
Rating: C+

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With their return match in the bag, the Legion of Doom climb the turnbuckles to celebrate for their fans old and new. Precious Paul and the Harris Boys stand below them, with Ellering barking at his former team to "make the most of it while you can.....because I made you two....I will break you two."

Rating: B-

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It's time now for a rematch of last months In Your House event, as Phatu once again tries to make a difference to Hunter Hearst Helmsleys undefeated streak. Hunter is accompanied by the vivacious Sunny, who is looking particularly beautiful tonight in a long, low cut red number, with a split in the skirt that showed all the right curves from hip to calf....her full chest almost spilling out of....sorry, got distracted for a minute there.....Sunny was with Helmsley, that's what I was trying to say.

The bell rings and Hunter can be heard telling Phatu that he should have just let it go like he told him too...."I know you have a thick skull, I didn't know you were stupid too"....Phatu's answer to that? He headbutts Helmsley right on his big nose, asking him "how's that for a thick skull?" Hunter angrily comes at his opponent, but his vision is obviously impaired from the headbutt and he walks straight into a side belly to belly suplex.....Helmsley groggily gets back to his feet, but he's met with a big savate kick which sends him tumbling to the outside and into the comforting arms of Sunny.

Helmsley takes almost the full ten count on the outside to compose himself before slowly making his way back into the ring, making the official back Phatu up so that he room to enter at his own pace. The two men go in for a lock up but Hunter decides that the short cut is the better option, laying a kick into his opponents ample gut when he was least expecting it, doubling him over and in prime position for a facebreaker knee smash, followed up with a big clothesline that sends Phatu to the mat. With the big man down Hunter works a number of mat based holds, probably with the idea that a Phatu that's on the mat is easier to deal with than a Phatu that's on his feet.

To be fair it's a solid game plan, because Phatu has very little offence for the majority of the body of the match from there on in, while Helmsley wears him down with chin locks and sleepers....and when Phatu does begin to raise some offence, he's cut off by either Sunny distracting the official long enough for her man to utilise some dirty tactic....or by Sunny herself getting involved by tripping the big Samoan. The cheap tricks can only last for so long however and after Hunter is caught using the ropes for leverage during an abdominal stretch, Phatu is able to hiptoss him to the mat and catch him with a big Samoan Drop following that.

Finally able to mount some real offence for the first time since this match began, Phatu lays some big fists on his opponent that back him into the corner, before whipping him hard into the opposite turnbuckles and following in with a big body splash. Helmsley collapses to the mat and the big man heads up top....presumably looking for that big splash....not that we get to find out what he was planning, because Sunny is up on the ring apron in a heart beat, yelling at the official for something or other. The distraction is enough to rattle Phatu, who makes the mistake of taking his eyes off his opponent and putting them on Sunny. That's all the opening Helmsley needs, as he throws himself at the ropes, unbalancing Phatu who lands crotch first on the turnbuckles, before falling in a heap on the mat, clutching his groin. Helmsley rolls his opponent up tight, even hooking his own feet on the ropes for extra leverage, not that he needed to, Phatu just crushed his two coconuts hard on the corner pads, he's not kicking out of anything any time soon. The referee counts three, and Hunter Hearst Helmsley remains undefeated here in the WWF.

Winner(s): Hunter Hearst Helmsley.
Rating: B-

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Victorious once again Helmsley and Sunny make their way back up the aisle, where they are stopped by Dok Hendrix.....Dok congratulates him on yet another victory, before asking him where he goes from here. Helmsley said that this is a perfect example of what happens when you let your heart over rule your head.....he says that he told Phatu to just let it go after he defeated him at In Your House, he didn't listen....now he finds himself on his back again....let this be a lesson to everyone in that locker room, when I say something, it happens....Hunter Hearst Helmsley's word is his bond....and Hunter Hearst Helmsley says that Intercontinental Gold is in his future, very soon.

Rating: B

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Texas Bullrope Match

It's time to pick things up a notch here....especially in the violence department, because it's time for the Tag Team Texas Bullrope match between The Texas Long Riders and the duo that have been feeling the bite of that rope recently in The Smoking Gunns. Before the participants are announced Howard Finkel goes over the rules.....which are basically, there are none....no pinfalls, no submissions, no count outs, no disqualifications....both members of each team will be tied to a member of the opposite due, by a thick Bullrope with a metal cowbell hanging from the middle. The only way to win is for one member of your team to touch all four turnbuckles in sequential order, without stopping. With all that said, it's time for the competitors to make their entrances.

The Texas Long Riders are out first, Windham leading the way, with Bradshaw bringing up the rear....probably weighed down by the long rope he has draped over his shoulder. The Gunns are out next, with Bart lugging behind an equally long and heavy Bullrope. The two teams face off in the ring, where the official goes over the rules with them quickly, making sure they understand how to win the match.....although you would hope that if they didn't know the rules of a Bullrope match, they wouldn't be waiting for the bell to find them out.

The Gunns offer their wrists to the official first, keen to get this one underway.....there's revenge to be had partner....once the referee has secured the two brothers Gunn, he turns to the Long Riders and asks for their wrists....unfortunately for Billy and Bart, these are some mean hombres that they are tangling with....don't mind playing dirty too. Because before the ref has a chance to do anything, Windham and Bradshaw simply charge at their now handicapped opponents, taking full advantage of their own full mobility by quickly dragging The Gunns to the outside by the bullropes and then using the lengths of rope to whip both Billy and Bart into the crowd barrier. The two Texas Long Riders then pose to the crowd, before finally attaching themselves to their opposing Gunn brother, damage done. It takes a while for the action to finally end up in the ring, as Windham and Bradshaw seem content to stick to the outside, where the environment is all the more damaging. Steel steps, the ring posts, the hard floor....the Smoking Gunns are introduced to all of them multiple times, as well as a number of stinging blows from the ropes, which leads the King to remark that the Long Riders are whipping the Gunns "like their daddy oughta years ago."

The action gets back to the inside of the ring, but only because Windham has decided that this one is in the bag. He drags Billy behind him as he manages to hit three turnbuckles in succession, but before he gets to the fourth one, Gunn is able to gather his bearings, and nails Big Barry right in the back of the skull with the cowbell attached to his rope. Slowly but surely the Gunns come to life, with Bart fighting back on the outside against Bradshaw, while Billy finally managed to mount some offence on the veteran Windham inside the squared circle. It's not long before angry looking welts have opened up on the backs of all four competitors as the bullropes get used more and more and the fatigue is clearly setting in. There are a number of near finishes, with both teams coming close to that elusive fourth turnbuckle, only to be cut off, either by the restrictions of the rope, or from their opponent stopping the sequence. Bart gets a measure of revenge on Bradshaw on the floor, cutting off his airflow by wrapping the thick rope around his neck and choking the life out of him. He rolls back into the ring in an attempt to his the four corners, but his opponent is down and out on the floor and since they are attached at the wrist he can't reach the final turnbuckle.

Bart heads back to the floor to attempt to move Bradshaw into the ring, but the burly Texan is dead weight and not moving easily. Meanwhile Billy has managed to nail Windham with a rocker dropper square in the middle of the mat and is in the process of trying to drag his man behind him to the first corner. He eventually gets there, smacking the turnbuckle and heading on to the next, blissfully unaware that Windham has done the exact same thing behind his back. The second and third corners are met with the same result, Billy hits the turnbuckle, Windham hits the turnbuckle directly afterwards. Gunn thinks he's cruising to victory and heads to the fourth and final corner, only to hit the resistance of a taught line. He turns behind him where Windham has a firm grip on the rope, pulling back on it with all his weight. There's a brief tug of war debacle with Billy only inches away from victory, when suddenly Bradshaw is shouting in from the floor.

What Billy didn't see was the fact that Bradshaw was playing possum....and as Bart bent down to pick him up, he cracked the solid metal cowbell over the Smoking Gunn skull. With his opponent dazed, Bradshaw has leant him up against the steel corner post, walked around behind him and looped the thick Bullrope around both Barts neck and the unforgiving steel. He puts his boot up against the post and pulls back with all his might. Trapped against the metal upright with his air ways severely compromised, Barts eyes are bulging out of his head as he gasps for breath and Bradshaw yells at Billy to let Windham past, or he'll break his brothers neck. Gunn looks torn as to what to do, he's only inches from victory but then Bart is maybe only seconds away from losing consciousness....Bradshaw yells one more time for him to move out of the way.....just as Barts arms go limp and he stops struggling. Billy dives to the outside to check on his brother, giving Windham all the time in the world to casually walk over and hit turnbuckle number four, giving his team the victory.


Winner(s): The Texas Long Riders
Rating: B-

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As soon as the bell rings signalling victory, Bradshaw releases both Bart from the post and himself from the Bullrope....Windham frees himself from his opposite number and the two Texans head to the back with their arms raised in celebration. Billy checks on his fallen brother, eventually managing to bring him around. Billy looks relieved at first, but then the realisation that his team had lost dawns on him and he kicks the steel post in frustration. He berates his still groggy brother, yelling at him that they had this won....he was "two inches away from winning the damn thing and I had to come down here and help you."

Still clearly unaware of what had happened, Bart tries reasoning with his brother, but Billy clearly wanted the win badly and is in no mood to listen to it. He leaves Bart still slumped on the arena floor and walks to the back alone.

Rating: C-

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We head to the back, where the only Perfect interviewer in the WWF is standing by with the Nation of Domination. Perfect first remarks that it was nice to see a bit of fire in Billy Gunn there.....if he ditched the baggage of his loser brother and was able to find the perfect manager, then he could go far.

He then introduces his guests and the camera has to pan out as all five members of the Nation of Domination walk into view. Perfect says that up next Scorpio will be defending his WWF Light Heavyweight Championship against Chris Jericho....and then later tonight Faarooq will be competing for the vacant Intercontinental Championship....their thoughts?

Faarooq does all the talking, saying that Scorpio is going to go out there and do the same thing he's done countless times now, and that's beat Chris Jericho's chump ass. Then when that's over and done with, Faarooq is going to take care of Ahmed Johnson and Savio Vega....the Nation of Domination will be leaving Wrestlemania dripping in gold....."by any means necessary."

Rating: B

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This will be Chris Jericho's third crack at Scorpio and the WWF Light Heavyweight Championship....and while each of the youngsters last two loses have been due to....let's say nefarious means.....you've still got to believe that this will be his last shot for quite some time should he be unsuccessful tonight. The challenger comes out first for this championship match....and while he appears to be full of confidence, it's clear that those ribs of his are still bothering him slightly. The Champion is out next, for once he's not flanked by the whole Nation however, Faarooq is clearly in the back preparing for his Intercontinental Championship match later, with Kama you would assume, since the only other Nation members accompanying Scorpio are Nelson and Bobby Knight....although to be fair, the girth of Nelson Knight is probably also equal to two people. While Jericho appeared confident, Scorpio clearly IS confident....and why wouldn't he be, with two championship victories and a multi man tag match victory under his belt.

The two light heavyweights lock up to start the match, but Scorpio pulls his opponent in close and drives a knee into the rib area. Jericho backs off, clearly still favouring the midsection that has been so abused over the last few weeks, causing Scorpio's confidence to soar. He gestures the the crowd that he's got this one in the bag already. He gestures at Jericho to come and lock up again....again with the same result. Jericho backs off and Scorpio dances around the ring with his arrogance at a full time high. He even throws a few shadow boxing moves in there. He tells Jericho that the "third times the charm" and motions for another lock up. Lionheart obliges, but this time when Scorpio goes to hit the knee, Jericho catches his leg and executes a perfect dragon leg whip which sends the Champion crashing to the mat. Scorpio is quick to his feet but he's met with a high dropkick that sends him bailing to the floor where he consorts with his cohorts. Not for long though as Jericho comes flying through the ropes with a fast suicide dive that sends Scorpio crashing into the Knights. The challenger hops quickly back into the ring where he raises his hands in the air to the crowd, before tapping himself a few times in the ribs to indicate that they are fine.....someone's been playing possum.

With both men back in the ring the action is fast paced, with Jericho getting the majority of the offence which has Scorpio back peddling, he obviously wasn't prepared for this level of offence from the challenger. As always though the Nation use the numbers to their advantage. With Scorpio down on the mat Jericho goes to the top rope which brings Bobby Knight up on the apron. With the official distracted, Nelson looks to be about to interfere, but Jericho dives from the top, down onto the floor area, straight at Nelson Knight......who catches him......and drives him hard back first into the steel post before rolling him back in the ring. Vince and Jim Ross talk about the dastardly tactics of the Nation, but the King points out that Jericho bought that on him self for diving at Nelson Knight in a completely unprovoked attack. Scorpio is straight on the offence now that he has his opponent at a disadvantage. He's lost some of his earlier cockiness but he's still got that Scorpio swagger going on. He steps away from the high flying moves for the time being and works Jericho on the mat, showing of his often under looked wrestling skills, there's also a variety of suplex variations employed and....in a display of strength....even a Powerbomb, which gains the nearest fall of the night. Scorpio hits Jericho with everything but the kitchen sink, but showing the heart of a lion, nothing is keeping the young man down. The champion whips the challenger in the ropes and looks to hit a big backdrop to send his opponent plummeting to the floor outside. Jericho is able to land feet first on the ring apron however and surprise Scorpio with a springboard dropkick back into the ring.

The two go back and forth and the aerial manoeuvres start to kick in as the two men showcase why they have been the faces of this division since its inception. Jericho goes for a lionsault off the middle rope, but Scorpio moves and Lionheart lands on his feet, ducks a clothesline and goes for a hurricanrana, which Scorpio reverses into a sit down Powerbomb. Scorpio goes up top an lands a somersault leg drop, but Jericho is able to get his shoulder up at two and three quarters. Feeling the end is in sight Scorpio goes back to the top rope, looking for his 450 splash, but the challenger struggles to his feet so the champion lets loose with a diving dropkick. Unfortunately for him Jericho is able to catch the legs, drive him to the mat and quickly turn him over into the Liontamer. The Knights look like they are about to storm the ring and save the title with a disqualification, but it's too late.....Scorpio can't stand the pain and before the Nation members even have time to make it on to the apron he's tapping out.....we have a new champion people.

Winner: ...and NEW WWF Light Heavyweight Champion.....Chris Jericho.
Rating: C

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The official hands the new champion his title and it looks like the two Knights are set to lay a beating on him, but Jericho bails to the floor and into the crowd where he hoists his title up high as he celebrates with the fans. Jim Ross calls it a wonderful moment for the youngster.....and much deserved, while The King remarks that Faarooq is not going to be happy.

Rating: C

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Falls Count Anywhere - Anything Goes Street Fight

There's a recap of the events that have led up to this match being booked, including the highlights of their last brawl through the backstage of Raw that caused Gorilla Monsoon to book this particular stipulation, before we go back live to the arena, just in time for the opening bars of Double J's theme music.

Jarrett makes the crowd wait a moment before finally emerging, guitar in hand, s##t eating grin ever present on his face. It's not there for long though, because before he's even walked ten feet down the aisle, his opponent comes running from the back and nails him with a big clothesline to the back of the head. Razor ain't waiting for no intro, this one is underway.

Razor picks Jarrett up off the floor and starts whipping him hard into the crowd barriers. This is an out and out assault, as Razor rains blows on Double J, beating him up and down the entrance ramp, bouncing his head off the barricade before finally Irish whipping him towards the production area where Jarrett bounces off a huge sound speaker. He stumbles forward favouring his back and Ramon back drops him onto the concrete. When the Bad Guy turns and poses for the fans, Jarrett throws himself over the barrier and into the crowd, trying to get away from his opponent by heading up the stairs. Razor gives chase and catches up to his retreating foe but gets low blowed for his trouble....his head bounced off the metal hand rails that run the length of the stairs, before finally getting kicked in the gut and tossed down the concrete steps.

Jeff goes for a cover right there in the crowd but he only gets a two count. He picks Razor up by the hair and throws him over the safety barrier to ringside. Jarrett follows and picks up a steel chair, which he smashes across the back of the Bad Guy three times in succession. Knowing that Ramon has the edge when it comes to pure brawling, Jarrett rolls him into the ring and goes to work with mat holds, shouting that he's a wrestler....he's not a bar room brawler....now everyone is going to see him do what he does best. Apparently after a few minutes, what he does best is get caught mid air on a cross body attempt, and then tossed like a sack of s##t with a fall away slam, sending him back out to the floor.

The two men battle all the way back up the aisle and onto the top of the ramp. Ramon drops Jarrett with a big clothesline and signals for the Razors Edge, but Double J slips out of it and stumbles to the back in an effort to create some space between the two men. Ramon follows and so do the cameras as we see Jarrett making his way slowly through the back stage area. He only gets halfway down the corridor though, before he is levelled with a flying trash can that nails him in the back of the head courtesy of Razor Ramon. The Bad Guy catches up with his fallen opponent and bends to pick him up, Jarrett however grabs a hold of Razors waist band and slams him face first into the fall. The battle continues but neither man can really sustain an advantage in this kind of environment....both men suffer plenty of punishment though. They fight through the building getting numerous near falls, the most notable of which for Razor were after almost knocking Double J unconscious by slamming his head through a vending machines plexiglass....and for Jarrett, it was after a hard Piledriver to the concrete floor. The action slows as the toll of all the violence begins to take effect and the two men finally fight their way back out in front of the live crowd, all be it still far from the ring at the top of the entrance ramp.

Jarrett has clearly had enough and is desperate to escape the clutches of his opponent, so much so that he hits Ramon with a low blow just to gain a quick respite. Unfortunately he's apparently taken too many blows to the head during the course of this match, because his idea of an escape route is to attempt to scale the Wrestlemania set that surrounds the large video screen....he doesn't get far up though before he realises his error....even if he made it to the top there is nowhere to go but down...and since Jarrett clearly isn't much of a climber to begin with, he slowly and uncertainly begins a decent back to the floor.....straight into the waiting arms of the Bad Guy. Eyeing his opportunity, Ramon has positioned himself at the bottom of Jarretts makeshift ladder, facing the opposite way, meaning that with the two men soon to be back to back, all Ramon has to do is reach up under his opponents arms.....and just like that he has Double J in the perfect position to deliver a Razors Edge.....which he does.....right onto the unforgiving entrance ramp. He drops down to make the cover and the official finally counts three, bringing this brutal match to an end.

Winner: Razor Ramon
Rating: B

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We go to the back where Mr Perfect is standing by with the WWF Tag Team Champions, Owen Hart and The British Bulldog....followed by Dok Hendrix interviewing The Steiner Brothers....these are your generic pre match promos, nothing exciting to see here....both teams claim that they're going to win....only one team can....we'll find out which one next.

Rating: B

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It's time for the second title match of the evening....again it's a rematch of the previous months In Your House Pay Per View.....there's no doubting the fact that the Steiner's earned this rematch though....but with the high competition currently running through the Tag Team division, they'd better make the most of it, because if they fail to win the gold tonight it may be some time before they get a shot at the titles. Speaking of the challengers, they come out first in this one.....to a good ovation too. They hit the ring quickly, raring to get this one underway. The Champions make them wait however and take their time on their long walk to the ring.

They don't pick up the pace any when the match starts either...as Hart goes out of his way to frustrate the challengers with stalling tactics, either going to the ropes to force a break, or simply bailing to the outside to get away. This happens numerous times....and Scott does appear to be becoming frustrated, to the point that he finally follows Owen to the outside and gives chase. Hart finds this hilarious as he's clearly the quicker of the two....what he doesn't find so funny is running into a stiff Steinerline from Rick as he turns the corner, because Scott's older brother had dropped to the floor in waiting, clearly just as fed up with the stalling tactics as his partner. Scott rolls Owen back into the ring and finally the Steiner Brothers can look to mount some form of offence.

The challengers show why they have been champions in every promotion they have competed in as they go to work with crisp double team moves and fast tags that leave Hart reeling. They also showcase a wide range of suplex variations as Owen gets tossed from pillar to post. He does finally manage to tag out to his Brother In-Law though....and the Bulldog isn't tossed around quite so easily....in fact when Scott goes for a snap suplex attempt, Davey Boy is able to block it and reverse it into his stalling suplex that has served him so well over the years. He whips Steiner into the ropes, but instead of rebounding back, Scotty tumbles hard over and down to the floor....why did he do that you ask? Because just as he hit the ropes Owen pulled down hard on the top one. Bulldog keeps the attention of the official while his partner gets some cheap shots in on the floor, eventually slamming Steiner into the steel steps before rollin him back in to his waiting partner.

While the Steiners showed earlier why they had been champions in every promotion they had competed in, Hart and The Bulldog now show everyone why they are the champions of THIS promotion. They cut the ring in half, keeping Steiner never more than a few arm lengths away from their corner at most and hit the Michigan native with both barrels....power from Davey and speed from Owen. Scott managed to level the Bulldog with a stiff Steinerline, but before he can make the tag Owen hops into the ring and knocks Rick to the floor before dragging Scott back to the middle of the ring. He tags himself back into the match and hooks in his version of the Sharpshooter. Owen yells at him to give it up, no one can break his Sharpshooter......but, in retaliation for Owens earlier cheap shot, apparently Rick Steiner can....by running into the ring and kicking Hart square in the back of the head.

Owen slowly crawls over to make the tag to his partner and the Bulldog runs at Scott....luckily for Steiner though he had made it to his corner and the waiting tag of his brother. Davey Boy changes his trajectory and runs at Rick instead, but he's hit with a shoulder barge to the midsection through the middle rope, followed by a sunset flip into the ring of all things from the Dog Face Gremlin for a near fall. Owen is back in the ring but gets tossed over the top and to the floor for his troubles. Rick hits the Bulldog with a big release overhead belly to belly, followed by a big Steinerline when Davey won't stay down. Steiner goes up to the top rope, possibly looking for his patented bulldog, but Owen is up on the apron quick as a flash and shoves Rick from behind sending him crashing to the mat. Hart climbs to the top and nails Steiner with a missile dropkick but then gets clothes lined over the top rope by Scott, just as the Bulldog lifts Rick up in position for the Running Powerslam. Davey Boy starts moving and picks up speed, but Rick is able to wriggle out of his grasp, landing behind him where he shoves the Brit hard forward....the momentum of which sends him straight into a waiting Frankensteiner from Scotty. Rick makes the cover while Scott ensures that Owen can't intervene....ladies and gentlemen, the Steiners are your winners.

Winner(s): ....and NEW WWF World Tag Team Champions.....The Steiner Brothers
Rating: B-

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We leave the Steiner Brothers celebrating their Championship victory in the ring and head to the back, where Dok Hendrix is standing by with Rowdy Roddy Piper. Dok says that Piper has apparently taken it upon himself to attempt to sever the ties between The Ringmaster and his manager Ted DiBiase......why?

Piper says that there are two reasons....the first and most important reason is that he hates to see wasted potential....he says that the Ringmaster has all the talent in the world....but he's being held back by the very man who's supposed to be managing his future...."Ted DiBiase only cares about one thing and that's lining the pockets of Ted DiBiase.....he didn't become a millionaire by giving a damn about anyone or anything else....this damn Ringmaster crap that he's got his boy doing, it's nothing but a bunch of B.S...." He says that the real Steve Austin is still in there somewhere and by god he's gonna drag it out of him, even if he has to do it kicking and screaming.....the second reason is quite simple....I just like screwing with Teddy.....I freed his man servant five years ago....tonight I'm gonna take his crown jewel.

Dok speculates that it might not be as simple as he thinks, reminding Piper that where DiBiase goes, the rest of the Corporation is sure to follow....but Piper shrugs the suggestion off, stating that he didn't get to be where he is today without knowing when to have a plan....and if the rest of Corporation decide to show their ugly faces....well let's just say that The Hot Rod is always full of surprises.

Rating: B

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Ted DiBiase's unmistakable laugh echoes through the sound systems signal the arrival of The Million Dollar Man and The Ringmaster to Wrestlemania....while DiBiase is no stranger to this event, it's The Ringmasters first showing on the grandest stage of them all.....and it might be his last as a member of the Million Dollar Corporation. The two men walk down the aisle with purposeful looks on their faces and climb into the ring awaiting the arrival of a legend.

The Million Dollar Corporations entrance music might be unmistakable, but this mans music is iconic and as the bagpipes start to play and the crowd stands in unison as Rowdy Roddy Piper makes his way to the ring for his first Wrestlemania match since Wrestlemania VIII. That time it was a loosing effort against current WWF Champion Bret Hart, he'll be hoping for a better outcome tonight.

The two competitors come face to face in the middle of the ring and instantly begin trading insults back and forth....at least until Piper has heard enough, then the two start trading blows instead. The Ringmaster has utilised a more technical, mat based offence since his arrival here in the WWF....that's not going to help him tonight though, if he wants to go toe to toe with Piper then he's going to have to put on his brawling boots....so that's exactly what he does.

Piper gets backed into the corner with a number of stinging right hands, followed by a succession of knife edge chops. He fires back though with a blatant poke to the eye before spinning his opponent into the corner and hitting a string of jabs to the midsection, two to the jaw and finishing it up by gnawing on the forehead of the Ringmaster. DiBiase screams at the official to "do your job" at ringside as he watches his client getting brutalised in the corner. The Ringmaster manages to push Piper off and tackles him to the mat where he mounts him and unleashes a flurry of blows before Roddy is able to reverse it and the two men eventually roll out onto the floor at ringside where they continue the brawling. On the outside Piper is able to hit a big atomic drop on the Ringmaster, following it up with a high knee to the back that sends his opponent crashing knees first into the steel steps. Hot Rod comes at the Ringmaster again, but he gets caught and hit with a Stun Gun right onto the safety barricade. The Ringmaster struggles back into the ring, telling the official to "count his ass out."

Piper barely manages to roll in under the bottom rope by the count of nine, but the delay gave the Ringmaster time to catch his breath and he goes straight on the offence, telling his opponent that he "should've minded your own damn business and stayed out of mine." He stomps Piper a few times and drops an elbow drop right to his forehead before picking him up and whipping him hard into the turnbuckles, then delivers a big back body drop as the force of hitting the corner pads sends Piper stumbling back towards him. He goes for the cover but Hot Rod ain't done yet, lifting the shoulder at two. He picks up Piper in a headlock, before dragging Hot Rods face along the length of the top rope and nailing him with a number of short arm blows to the head. Piper swings back wildly but misses and gets caught with a belly to back suplex for another near fall.

The Ringmaster continues working over Piper for some time and it's beginning to look like Hot Rod should have stuck to his interview segments instead of getting back into active competition, especially after the Ringmaster picks him up and drops him seated on the top turnbuckle, before climbing up and hitting a superplex from the second rope, floating over into a cover for the nearest of near falls. The Ringmaster looks frustrated that he hasn't been able to put Piper away, he bends down to pick the man up, but Hot Rod is able to catch him in a quick small package from the ground, garnering a near fall of his own. This frustrates the Ringmaster even further and he charges at Piper....who sidesteps him and propelled him right over the top rope to the floor. The Ringmaster is back up on the apron, but he gets suplexed back into the ring by a rejuvenated Piper, who then follows that up with a running bulldog. He picks up his opponent and whips him into the ropes. The Ringmaster is able to duck the clothesline attempt that followed....and the second one....third time is the charm though and Piper catches his man right in the centre of the ring with his patented sleeper hold.

The Ringmaster is in big trouble....and DiBiase apparently knows it, because he's waving frantically to the back, which brings out the 123 Kid and Tatanka for their second appearance of the night. With Tatanka and DiBiase distracting the attention of the official, The Kid hops into the ring and delivers a spinning heel kick right to the back of Pipers head, forcing him to release the hold as he crumples to the mat. The Kid and The Ringmaster begin putting the boots to Piper while DiBiase and Tatanka continue to monopolise the attention of the official. Just then however that mysterious black masked "fan" jumps the barricade. He hits the ring and grabs The Kid from behind, tossing him over the top rope by the scruff of the neck. Tatanka and DiBiase pause from their distraction of the official to go and check on him....and the "fan" springboards over the top rope, crashing into all three men. The Ringmaster is furious at the sight of the man who has been tormenting him for weeks and reaches through the middle rope to the outside where he gets a grip on the head of this mystery man, trying to drag him into the ring, presumably to attack him....unfortunately the man isn't budging....his mask does however....it comes right off in the Ringmasters hands to reveal a familiar face.....



.....it's Brian Pillman! The Ringmaster stares down in shock at his former partner/friend/foe in shock.....finally he knows who has been taunting him from the stands....and he's not pleased about it.....he's even less pleased when Piper sneaks up behind him and rolls him up for the one, two, three.....just like that, this one is over....Piper is the winner....and The Ringmaster is out of the Million Dollar Corporation.

Winner: Rowdy Roddy Piper
Rating: B

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The Ringmaster......or is that Steve Austin now....rolls to the floor where he sits with his head in his hands and a look of shock on his face.....not as shocked as DiBiase looks mind you when he realises that his crown jewel has now left his Corporation. Piper on the other hand is ecstatic in the ring, he gets a microphone and tells both Austin and DiBiase that he warned them....that "just when you think you have all the answers.....I change the questions....and who better to introduce the WWF to The Loose Cannon, Brian Pillman.....than the original Loose Cannon himself.....Rowdy Roddy Piper."

Piper raises Pillmans hand and the pair celebrate as Austin walks to the back dejected.

Rating: B-

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It's time to decide a new Intercontinental Champion here. Originally this was supposed to be Goldust, defending the title against Ahmed Johnson....but torn abdominal's for The Bizarre One put a stop to that. Instead we have the number one contender Ahmed Johnson facing two men who were originally supposed to tangle with each other in a singles bout, Faarooq and Savio Vega. A video package plays to highlight all of these changes, before the three men make their entrances to get this one underway. Obviously Ahmed and Savio come to the ring alone.....and unsurprisingly Faarooq does not, he's accompanied by the menacing figure that is Kama.

Faarooq is for once the one fighting against the numbers in this one....because although we are fighting under triple threat rules and it's one fall to a finish, both Ahmed and Savio focus their ire at the start of this one against the leader of the Nation. Faarooq bails to the outside to catch a breather, telling the pair that now they will have to fight each other. They do just that.....neither man has a problem battling the other, it's just clear that they would rather focus their attention on Faarooq....made even clearer when Faarooq tries to sneak back into the ring when the two men are going at it in the corner, because they both instantly turn their attention back to him, while the King goes on about it being unfair to Faarooq. Vince argues that it's a taste of his own medicine after the way that the Nation has been winning matches around here.

Things do get a little bit heated between Ahmed and Savio after Johnson goes for the pin and Savio breaks it up. They argue momentarily giving Faarooq the chance to head back to the outside, but they put their differences to one side once more to go out after him. The unity doesn't last however, as when Ahmed has Faarooq positioned for a body slam on the outside, Kama shoves Savio hard into his back. Johnson turns around and sees Vega.....before punching him square in the mouth. Suddenly the union is forgotten and these two start to go at it hammer and nail. The action goes back inside the ring and all three men are going at it now....both Johnson and Vega find themselves aligned with Faarooq at periods during the match, including when Savio got nailed with an elbow drop from Faarooq, whilst being draped over the knee of Ahmed, in shades of Demolition. Obviously these bouts of teamwork never last for long....and usually break down after a pin attempt.

Savio uses what speed he has against the two more powerful men, but speed alone was never going to win this, especially not when you need eyes in the back of your head to combat the other man in the match. Eventually though, it's not the other man in the match that made a difference....but the man on the outside....Kama. He tripped Ahmed as the big man was running the ropes, causing him to jump outside to confront him. Meanwhile Faarooq manages to nail Vega with a big Dominator. Johnson tries to get back into the ring to break up the pin, but Kama puts a stop to that, holding the big man on the outside while the ref counts Vega out for three.

Winner: ....and NEW WWF Intercontinental Champion....Faarooq
Rating: B-

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While the entire Nation joins Faarooq in celebration in the ring, we head to the back, where Dok Hendrix is with Jim Cornette. Hendrix says that they have known each other for a long time....and Cornettes mouth has always been his calling card....but this time, his big mouth may have landed him a big....BIG enemy....in Yokozuna.

Cornette say that his mouth has never written a cheque that he can't cash yet...."and it's not gonna start tonight....Yokozuna, you treacherous ingrate....you only got to the highest of heights that you got to here in the good old U.S of A because of the expert guidance of James E Cornette esquire....and you want to repay that by laying your hands on me? I don't think so.....tonight, you'll suffer at the hands of the 7 foot tall Psycho Sid...and I'm telling you now....you might be a big, big man....but if Sid doesn't get the job done tonight....then I have a big, big surprise of my own.

Rating: B

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This match was booked on behalf of Yokozuna by his then manager Jim Cornette....a final slap in the face before they severed ties and an attempt, you would assume, to punish the big Samoan...Erm, I mean big Japanese sumo star....by forcing him to face off against the 7 foot tall monster that is Psycho Sid. It has to be said though, Yokozuna seems rather nonplussed at the prospect....but then I suppose when you weigh as much as Yoko, there's not a lot that psychs you out.

Sid on the other hand does look concerned....not at the prospect of facing his mammoth opponent, but at the fact that he is coming to the ring alone. DiBiase is clearly still unhappy about losing The Ringmasters services earlier in the night.

This match is what it is....pretty much what everyone expected it to be....ugly. Both men pretty much just beat on each other for the entirety of the match (which thankfully didn't last too long) but in the end Yokozuna's size advantage, coupled with the fact that Sid was clearly missing the direction of his manager....meant that eventually the Psycho one became so frustrated he simply walked out of the match and headed to the back in search of the Million Dollar Man.....the official counted to ten and Yokozuna gained a count out victory.

Winner: Yokozuna (via Countout)
Rating: C+

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Yokozuna doesn't get to celebrate his victory for too long though, as before he can even exit the ring Jim Cornette comes walking out from the back, accompanied by a huge mountain of a man. Clad from head to toe in red and black and with a menacing mask covering his face, the man paces slowly behind Cornette towards the ring. Jim has a microphone in his hand....he tells Yokozuna that he might have lucked his way past Sid....but nothing...and no one gets past this man....he says that he warned Yoko that he had a big surprise for him, and they don't come much bigger than this man.....this mountain....this weapon of mass destruction.....his Doomsday machine....

The two men reach the ring and Cornettes monster climbs onto the apron before stepping over the top rope and climbing into the ring, going face to face with the former WWF Champion. Cornette says that "this monster wasn't planned for you Yokozuna. He was originally coming to the WWF for another target....someone far more....personal, to him......but, he's willing to put that on the back burner....for now.....just so that he can destroy you for me."

With that the monster attacks....and beats the holy hell out of Yokozuna. The former client of Jim Cornette does manage to get a few blows of his own in, along with a big headbutt, but these have little or no impact on Cornettes new monster other than to rock his head back slightly. The King remarks that it's like watching Michael Myers stalking his prey, as this unstoppable machine slowly dismantles Yokozuna, before impressively getting him up (about 4 inches off the floor) for a big chokeslam that leaves him laying.

Cornette tells Yoko that this isn't the end.....it's simply the end of the beginning, before he and his new charge head to the back while Zunes writhes in agony on the mat.

Rating: B-

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While they are organising a crane to come to the building so that Yokozuna can be helped to his feet, we head to the back with Mr. Perfect who is standing by with Kevin Nash, ahead of what may be his gravest challenge yet....going one on one with the Undertaker at Wrestlemania.

Nash is Mr. Cool though.....Big Daddy Cool even....he reiterates again that he ain't afraid of the dark....he says that for all his spooky parlour tricks and mind games, the Undertaker is just a man.....he's not a phenom...he's not a zombie or a ghost or the personification of death himself....he's just a man.....a man who's gonna be jackknifed and pinned one, two, three, right in the middle of that ring out there.....and then, when I'm done with the Deadman.....I'm going to find myself somewhere nice and comfortable at ringside....sit back, kick my feet up....and watch me a good old fashioned WWF Championship throw down.

Rating: B-

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Two months ago Kevin Nash had grand plans of competing in the Wrestlemania main event....and competing for the WWF Championship.....somehow I don't think that The Undertaker was part of that equation....nor was the fact that not only would he NOT be competing in the main event, but it would be his best friend Shawn Michaels vying to win the gold and not him.....although if any of this was playing on the mind of Big Daddy Cool, it wasn't on display here, as he strutted to the ring with an arrogant swagger and cocky smirk on his face.

The lights dim as the gong that signals the arrival of The Undertaker reverberates through the ears of every fan in attendance. Smoke begins to waft its way eerily at ground level at the top of the entrance ramp, and bright bulbs illuminate lightning like flashes of white light around the arena. Slowly the ominous figure of The Undertaker emerges from the back, beginning his methodical walk down the aisle with the deathly pale image that is Paul Bearer leading the way.

While the sight of the Deadmans entrance would intimidate most men before the match even begins, Kevin Nash is not most men....and with his opponent stood before him, Nash doesn't even wait for the referee to sound the bell before launching into a full frontal attack. Rights and lefts, forearm strikes and elbows back the Undertaker into the corner, where Nash unleashes a trifecta of his patented knee lifts to the midsection, punctuated with five more big right hands. The flurry of offence took its toll on Nash, who paused for breath....only for the Deadman to snap his hair back, roll the whites of his eyes and advance on his opponent, who falls on his ass in surprise, scurrying back a few feet before getting back up to his feet. Again he rushes the Undertaker, again managing to drive him backwards into the corner with stiff blows, this time delivering a number of big elbow strikes, before hoisting up the Deadman and dropping him face first, snake eyes style, on the top turnbuckle, before rebounding off the ropes and crashing his foot into the face of his opponent with a hellacious Big Boot that levels the Undertaker. Nash is built for power, not for speed and is visibly winded by his opening barrage, but just when it looks like he has the Undertakers number, the Deadman sits straight up staring a hole through Big Sexy.

Nash looks dejected that his offence as of yet has had little to no effect, but advances on The Undertaker once more. This time however he is a step slower, and for every strike he attempts, the Deadman blocks it and delivers a blow of his own. Kevin Nash now finds himself backed into the corner, before getting Irish Whipped the length of the ring to the opposite turnbuckles, where he staggers out.....and HE is on the receiving end of a Big Boot that puts him down hard. Nash gets groggily back to his feet and the Undertaker stalks him across the length of the ring. A stiff throat thrust drops Big Sexy to his knees, where the Deadman drapes him throat first on the middle rope, sitting down in his back with all of his weight, choking the life out of him. The official makes the five count, eventually having to try and physically remove the Undertaker who showed no signs of breaking the hold. Unfortunately for the Deadman, while the referee was focused on that, he missed Kevin Nash bringing his foot up mule kick style, hitting The Undertaker with a low blow straight to his tombstones.

He picks up the Undertaker and positions him in the corner, lifting up his long leg and choking his opponent with his boot, before whipping him hard into the opposite corner and delivering a big side slam. Nash now slows the pace down and begins manhandling the Undertaker with power moves... It's not very often that we see the Deadman overpowered, but for once he's in there with an opponent equal in both size and stature. The Undertaker is on the receiving end of moves in this one that you rarely see utilised against the Deadman....even including a rarely seen chokeslam from Big Sexy. As everyone by now knows though, the Undertaker is a hard ghoul to keep down, and despite Nash's best efforts Big Sexy isn't able to get anything more than a two count. In an effort to increase the violence, Nash tosses the Undertaker to the floor and follows him out, hoping that the outside environment will be able to have a little more impact than his current offence is. He picks up the Deadman in a bear hug and drives him spine first into the steel post, before dragging him over to the announce table. He gets Taker in position and signals that he's about to send the Undertaker through the wood with a Jackknife. McMahon is pleading at him not to do it....telling Nash that he's done enough, win it fair and square, but Nash mouths back that he "ain't seen nothing yet." Big Sexy goes to lift his opponent, but the Deadman lowers his centre of gravity, blocking the lift. Nash tries again but this time after blocking the lift, the Deadman powers himself to a standing position, taking Nash with him, back flipping him straight through the announce table.

Monitors and commentators fly everywhere as the seven foot frame of Kevin Nash crashes through the wood and onto the floor below. It's a bitter taste of his own medicine for Big Daddy Cool....and a much needed bit of breathing space for the Undertaker, who had taken quite the beating up until this point. The Deadman is back to his feet by the time the referee has counted to seven....and rolling Kevin Nash back into the ring at a count of nine. He follows his opponent in and goes for a cover, but he only gets a two count. The Undertaker goes old school, picking up Nash and rotating his arm, before climbing to the top turnbuckle and walking to the middle of the rope, jumping down with a big chop for another two count. He whips Nash into the corner and runs the length of the ring, leaping and crushing his opponent with a huge splash....unfortunately it was the official that took most of the brunt of the move....as just before impact Nash grabbed him by the shirt and pulled him in front of his own body, using him as a striped shirt human shield. The official collapses in a heap in the corner as Nash staggers out to the middle of the ring....straight into the waiting arms of the Undertaker, who lifts him up onto his shoulder, gets him into position.....and Tombstones him straight to hell.

The Deadman crawls on top of his opponent and goes for the pinfall....but the official is nowhere to be seen. The Undertaker pounds the mat as the crowd count along....Nash is down for an easy five count, but this one isn't over yet. The Undertaker attempts to stir the referee, but he took quite the blow in the corner and still looks out of it. Frustrated The Deadman leaves the official and turns around to focus his attention back on his opponent......which is when Kevin Nash smashes the life out of his skull with a huge steel chair shot. While Taker had been checking on the ref, Nash had seen the opportunity and rolled unsteadily to the outside to collect a chair. He throws the foreign object down in the middle of the ring, picks the Undertaker up in position....then he drops the straps on his singlet (that's when you know s##t's getting serious.) Nash raises his fist giving the signal, before powering up the Deadman....and Jackknifing the living hell out of him, straight down onto the steel chair. He pulls away the weapon and kicks it to the floor before making the cover, just as a second official makes his way running down the aisle. The referee slides in to the ring and makes the count......one.....two................three! This one is over......and Kevin Nash has just defeated the Undertaker.

Winner: Kevin Nash
Rating: B

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Nash takes his tainted victory and rolls to the outside with his hands raised. The Undertaker slowly regains his senses and climbs to his feet about the same time as the first official does (who makes his way over to The Fink so convey a message.) Big Sexy backs his way slowly up the aisle way, taunting the Deadman about his loss....he gets about halfway to the back before he is interrupted by the voice of Howard Finkel who declares that "I have just been informed by the official, that due to Kevin Nash, intentionally putting a WWF referee in harms way during the course of that match......the pinfall victory is disregarded.....therefore, your winner.....by way of a Disqualification.......The Undertaker."

Nash screams in anger as his music fades out and the solemn sounds of The Undertakers takes its place. Big Sexy looks to be considering heading back down to the ring, but in the end he waves it off, saying he's got "bigger fish to fry tonight" and exiting to the back, leaving the Undertaker down on one knee in the centre of the ring, hitting his signature pose towards Paul Bearer and the Urn. The camera pans out and to the side of the screen we see a figure emerging from underneath the ring....



.....it's Mankind.....he blindsides the unsuspecting Undertaker, stomping the hell out of him, before tossing him roughly to the outside. Mankind goes between the ropes and takes a running jump off the ring apron, down to the floor, crushing the Undertakers chest with a brutal looking flying elbow drop. The Deadman has already suffered both a brutal shot from a steel chair, as well as being Jackknife Powebombed onto one....this is more than his already broken body can take. Mankind is wearing a black glove like cover over his two middle fingers....quick as a flash he has those two fingers rammed into the Undertakers mouth. The Deadman bucks and shakes but nothing is moving Mankind, and with spittle flying and froth dripping from the corners of his mouth, The Undertaker can finally take no more as he slips into unconsciousness....while Mankind screams and screeches in joy.

Rating: A

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While security do their best to bring some form of order to the chaos happening in the arena, we go to a highlight video that showcases the storied history between WWF Champion Bret "The Hitman" Hart and the number one contender, and challenger tonight, "The Heartbreak Kid" Shawn Michaels. We come back just in time to see HBK and his mentor Jose Lothario walking backstage, ready to make his grand entrance. Suddenly he comes to a stop and as the camera moves to the left we see why, the big seven foot frame of Kevin Nash is stood blocking his path. Big Sexy smiles at Michaels, who looks unsure as what to do, Nash however tells him to relax, he's got a match to concentrate on....before slapping him on the shoulder and walking past, shouting behind him that "I'll see you out there.....pal."

Rating: B-

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We know that the Heartbreak Kid is here and ready, because we have just seen him.....we know he's ready to come out when his theme music starts to play. He waits a few beats before emerging from the back but when he does he is all energy. He dances the length of the walkway, high fiving fans and hugging the girls while Jose Lothario slowly brings up the rear. He bounds into the ring and a blast of pyro rains down on him as he strips off his entrance gear and hits his signature pose. The music dies down and is eventually replaced by the screeching guitar that signals the arrival of the Hitman. Shawn waited a few beats before making his entrance....Bret makes them wait even longer, but when he does emerge from the back, with the WWF Championship gleaming around his waist, the crowd erupts. He makes his walk towards the ring with purposeful strides, clearly confident in his own abilities to retain the prize that these two men are about to go into battle for. He stops at ringside to hand his sunglasses to a young fan, before entering the ring.

The two men come face to face as Howard Finkel makes the introductions, before handing the microphone to Gorilla Monsoon who is stood beside him. Monsoon wishes both men luck and tells them, may the best man win.....and to ensure that the best man wins....and that there is no interruptions from a certain Mr. Kevin Nash, he brings out a group of Wrestlers to form a line of defence in the entrance below the video screen. Phatu, Razor Ramon, Savio Vega and a slew of undercard guys like Bob Holly come out from the back, but remain standing near the top of the ramp.

The bell rings to get this one underway and both men circle each other for a minute before finally locking up. The opening sequence of this one is clearly a feeling out process for both men, as they trade holds and moves with neither competitor gaining a clear advantage. Hart locks in a head lock on the mat which Michaels is able to kip out of, before catching the Hitman with thee consecutive arm drags and a drop kick. He tries to follow that up with a running fore arm smash, but Hart ducks it and Michaels crashes to the mat. Again Shawn kips up, this time however he's met with a clothesline that puts him back down on the mat, before working an arm bar. Half the crowd is cheering for Bret here, with the other half clearly hoping for Shawn to pull out the victory....both men feed off their respective fans and refuse to stay down. Michaels catches Bret with a leaping headscissors take down that sends Hart to the outside.

Bret rolls back into the ring and reverses an Irish whip attempt by Shawn and catches him on the rebound with almost a spinebuster type move, Hart keeps hold of the legs though and tries to lock in the Sharpshooter but it's too early and Michaels wriggles out of it. Shawn pulls himself to his feet but finds himself clotheslined over the top rope by Hart.....who then slingshots himself over the top, crashing down on Michaels. Hart tries to slam Shawn into the ring post, but Michaels reverses it, sending Bret crashing into the barrier. With the Hitman leaning up against the safety barrier, HBK goes for a Sweet Chin Music attempt, but Hart moves and Shawn almost crotches himself on the steel.

The two men get back into the ring where they continue to trade offence, we are a good way into this match and neither man has been able to maintain a substantial period of offence. McMahon puts over how evenly matched these two competitors are to be having such a closely fought contest. Michaels manages to catch Hart with a float over DDT for a near fall. Hart fights Shawn back into the corner and goes for an Irish whip, but Michaels reverses it, sending Hart smashing sternum first into the turnbuckles then hitting a German suplex on the rebound for another near fall. Michaels slams Hart to the mat and heads up to the top rope where he delivers a big diving elbow. He backs into the corner and starts tuning up the band. Bret slowly gets to his feet, only to be met by some Sweet Chin Music. Unfortunately for HBK, the momentum of the kick sent Hart flying to the outside and by the time Michaels had gone out, rolled Bret back in and made the cover, Hart had recovered enough that he was able to kick out. Michaels goes back to the corner, frustrated at not picking up the victory and again begins tuning up the band, he comes at Bret, but Hart catches his foot, sweeps his other leg out from under him and locks in the Sharpshooter. Michaels is too close to the ropes though and is able to claw his way over to break the hold.

Each man has hit the other with their best shot and so far neither man is giving an inch. They both slowly struggle to their feet and an out and out slugfest opens up. They nail each other with rights and lefts, kicks and elbows, neither man giving an inch. Bret catches Shawn and tries a belly to back suplex, but Michaels lands on his feet and goes for the Superkick. Again Bret avoids it, catching the leg....and again Michaels is swept to the mat where Hart applies the Sharpshooter.....this time though it's right in the middle of the ring....Shawn claws his way towards the ropes, but as soon as he gets near Bret drags him back to the centre and cinches the hold in tighter. It looks like Shawn is going to have no choice but to give it up.....and that's when things get interesting.

Before Michaels has a chance to tap, Kevin Nash's music starts blasting out through the speaker system. The line of wrestlers at the top of the ramp move down to protect the action in the ring, just as Big Daddy Cool comes walking down the ramp with a steel chair in hand. Phatu goes to intercept him.....as does Bob Holly, Duke Droese, Barry Horrowitz and so on.....one by one they all fall as Nash destroys them with the metal furniture. Michaels in the ring can't take anymore....and is tapping like mad, but the referee isn't paying attention, his focus is all on Kevin Nash.....which is exactly why he doesn't see Razor Ramon sliding into the ring with the WWF Championship in hand. He runs across the ring.......and nails The Hitman square between the eyes with the Gold.

Hart collapses in a heap as Ramon slips out of the ring. Michaels pulls himself up in the corner and begins to tune up the band. The Hitman pulls himself up to his knees....a deep gash has opened up on his forehead and blood is flowing freely down the face of the WWF Champion. Michaels stomps his foot three more times and with Bret still kneeling in the middle of the ring, lets loose with a huge Sweet Chin Music. Bret crumples to the mat and Shawn makes the cover.....one....two.....three!!!

Winner: ....and NEW WWF World Heavyweight Champion....Shawn Michaels.
Rating: B

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Ramon and Nash enter the ring and Michaels eyes the two of them suspiciously......until that is all three of them break out into huge smiles, before embracing over the bloody and battered body of now former WWF Champion, Bret Hart. Nash picks up the Hitman and yells in his face that he's wanted to do this for four months.....and Jackknifes the helpless superstar before rolling him to the outside. The official brings the belt into the ring but Nash snatches it out of his hands and shoves him away. Ramon stands to one side and gives that double armed point towards Michaels, as Nash stands behind the new Champion, strapping the WWF Title firmly around the waist of the Heartbreak Kid.

McMahon is yelling at Michaels from the floor.....demanding to know what Shawn was thinking before yelling that "you're supposed to be the face of the new generation damnit." Ramon grabs a microphone from ringside and hands it to Michaels....he tells Vince that "the new generation? The new generation is a joke.....the only thing I've EVER wanted to lead.....is myself to this WWF Title that's around my waist......you can use all the buzzwords and fancy slogans that you want, it doesn't change a god damn thing.....this isn't a new WWF....and this isn't a new generation.....this is a new world order.....and the Kliq.....we're taking over."

Michaels throws the microphone at McMahon and the three men raise each other's arms in celebration of the new World Wrestling Federation Champion.

Rating: A

Final Rating: B


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So Wrestlemania was in the books....and I have to say it appeared to be a success....the boys were happy with it, all the reviews were positive....I can at least be thankful that we didn't have another debacle like last year....plus everybody showed up.....sober too! As you can probably gather by the way going s panned out, we managed to keep both Kevin Nash and Razor Ramon under contract to Titan......although both men are now the highest paid performers in our entire company....the problem here is twofold....maybe even threefold....the first problem is that there is no way Shawn, Bret.....and probably Taker are going to be happy about being paid considerably less than Nash and Ramon.....so there's probably going to be some pay rise requests down the road.....which is where the second problem lies.....we're not exactly flush with cash right now. Hell we're not broke by any stretch of the imagination, but going into war with WCW has cost us a lot of money.....I'm confident that keeping Nash and Ramon on the books will pay off in the long run, but there might be some lean paydays between now and then......oh and the threefold....while I do think these contracts will pay dividends down the road, neither man is realistically worth anywhere near what we are paying them.....especially Ramon, who is a gamble at the best of times. Although now the ink is dry and he's tied down to us for the next four years, if he thinks he's avoiding rehab the next time he steps out of line or shows up wasted out of his mind, he can think again....I don't care who his friends are or what feathers I ruffle.

Speaking of the "Kliq"....that was also a part of the reason that Nash and Ramon both re-signed.....see apparently one Mr Eric Bischoff had a plan for Big Sexy and Razor....they were going to "invade" WCW, supposedly as WWF employees (but I'm sure our legal department would have had something to say about that) and run rough shot through everyone and anyone, before finally having a match.....a three on three match where they would have a mystery partner.....Bischoff wouldn't give them the name of the third guy but I'm sure it wouldn't have been anyone groundbreaking....probably Brutus Beefcake in his 50th gimmick change in as many weeks.....then they were going to be THE group to beat around there.....it was a decent enough idea, but I could trump it by giving them the name of their third man.....their good buddy Shawn Michaels.....they loved the thought of running wild with Shawn.....Shawn being Shawn had to have a little b###h fit about it. Even though it meant running with his boys he wasn't keen on turning heel, complaining loudly that it would eat into his royalty checks. It was only when I stroked his ego and assured him that with him in the group, this trio would sell more merch than half the locker room combined that he finally relented.....you could tell his heart wasn't in the match though and it really showed in his performance, so I'm hoping he gets his head out of his ass soon.

The couple of surprises went down a treat with the live crowd.....both the Legion of Doom and Brian Pillman had been kept pretty under the radar....we'd had Pillman on the books for a few months in reality, but a precursor to him signing was a little mandatory stint in rehab for a slight substance abuse problem that I am hoping is behind him. Cornettes surprise for Yokozuna was actually a repackaged Isaac Yankem, but with the mask (compete with hair extensions attached while Yankem grows his blonde do out) I don't think anyone noticed. The dentist gimmick was the drivelling sh##s, but Glen Jacobs was too good a worker to loose. Even the Undertaker has remarked that he could be something special with the right gimmick and opponent....I'm glad he thinks that way, because these two are planned to meet paths once they are done with Yokozuna and Mankind respectively.

Anyway, enough rambling for now.....I need to get Monday Night Raw booked.....and think of a cool name for this new trio.....I like the Kliq for a name, but Shawn said something in that promo to end Mania.....a New World Order.....kinda has a ring to it....guess I'm going to have to flip a coin.

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So....what's it going to be? As a thank you to anyone that's ever read, commented or predicted on this thing, I'm going to leave the naming of the trio of HBK, Nash and Ramon down to you.....The Kliq? The nWo? D-Generation X? The Wolfpac? Something else? You decide.

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If this was the route WWE took back in the day sweet jesus would I have been glued to the screen. Great Mania, much better than the ass we're getting irl this year.
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The Kliq in WWF instead of the nWo in WCW. Very interesting...
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I appreciate the kind words....I'm hoping I can live up to them lol....on a random side note, I see you're a Staffordshire man Nobby? Stoke bloke here lol nice to know I'm not the only one.
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Week 1, April 1996
Madison Square Garden
ATT: 20,789
TV: 14.49


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It's the first Monday night Raw post Wrestlemania....and the first Monday Night Raw featuring Shawn Michaels as the WWF World Champion....as is customary following a Pay Per View event, we are treated to a quick run down of the results of last night, accompanied by a series of still images as a backdrop. The images show the WWF debut of Brian Pillman......the re-debut of the legendary Legion of Doom.....and the re-packaged-re-debut of.....well, we don't know his name yet, but last night Jim Cornette called him his Doomsday Machine. The final image, is that of a victorious Shawn Michaels, standing side by side with Kevin Nash and Razor Ramon, WWF Championship wrapped around his waist and the bloody and battered image of Bret Hart lying on the floor.



We come live to the arena, where we find Vince McMahon stood alone in the centre of the ring. Jim Ross and Jerry Lawler are there at the commentary table as well, but Vince clearly wishes to address the live audience as well as the people at home because he has a microphone in his hand.

He first welcomes everyone to Monday Night Raw, before saying that last night, the world got to witness the greatest spectacle in all of sports entertainment, Wrestlemania. He says that the World Wrestling Federation prides itself on giving its fans the greatest live experience possible.....and last night they got that in droves.....right up until the ending of the World Championship contest between Bret Hart and Shawn Michaels. He says that these two men gave it their all and were well on their way to delivering an instant classic......which was sullied by the arrival of one Kevin Nash.....and surprisingly Razor Ramon.

He says that he would like to personally apologise to all the great fans of the WWF for the actions and behaviours of Nash, Ramon.....and most surprisingly.....and disappointingly....Shawn Michaels. He says that Shawn Michaels made a deal with the devil in order to assure himself the WWF Championship. He tells the crowd that Michaels was supposed to be the leader of the New Generation.....and the face of the WWF.....but instead, he's an embarrassment to the New Generation.....and a blemish on the face of the WWF.....he says that he doesn't know what possessed Michaels and Ramon to throw in with Kevin Nash, but on behalf of the World Wrestling Federation....I apologise for the actions of these three performers for ruining the main event of Wrestlemania.

Just then some unfamiliar music begins to play and the big screen at the top of the aisle way fades into a black and white video portraying these three men....



.....and it's not long before those same three men walk out onto the entrance. Michaels has the WWF Championship proudly around his waist as they slowly make their way down the aisle.....Razor Ramon doesn't appear to be wearing his usual attire....in fact the front of his tights, instead of displaying his usual logo....now features the same design that is printed across the front of the matching t-shirts that all three men are wearing.....



....apparently the KLiQ has arrived in the building. The three men enter the ring, surrounding McMahon, who looks slightly uneasy. Nash stands to Vince's immediate left, hooking his big arm over his shoulders in a very passive aggressive manner, while Shawn pics up a mic.

He tells Vince that first of all...if he "ever....apologises for the KLiQ again....it'll probably be the last thing he does." And second of all he tells Vince, that if he's got questions, then now is the time to ask them, while the NEW.....World Wrestling Federation Champion....is feeling charitable....."now I can't say the same about the big man there, but that's just a chance you're going to have to take."

Vince gives a visible gulp, before asking Shawn one simple question...."why?".....why did he turn his back on his fans.....why did he turn his back on the new generation.....and why....why would he and Razor align themselves with Kevin Nash.....after Nash spent the last few months making their life hell?

"Why? The question should be why not.....what have these so called fans ever done for me? Everything I've ever accomplished in this business I've done despite these damn idiots....everything....the Rockers pandered to these morons....we hugged the girls and kissed the baby's and we won squat....I threw Marry Jannetty through a plate glass window....told the fans to stick it....and just like that I won my first Intercontinental Championship and away I went.....as for turning my back on the new generation....like I said last night, the new generation is a joke......I've been in this business since 1984.....that's 12 years.....this man (indicating to Ramon) has been in the business 12 years as well....does that sound like the New Generation to you? We were the Over Looked Generation....over looked for the jacked up no talent Giants.....over looked for the perma tans and bleach blonde hair....over looked, for people not fit to wipe the sweat off my jockstrap.....so we did what we had to do....to make people look."

McMahon again asks though why would they align themselves with Nash, when he's been nothing but trouble for Michaels and Ramon....Razor interrupts here....telling Vince that "first things first, Razor Ramon is no more.....that was the name given to me, by the people in the back there, to make me fit some kind of mould they had planned out for me....my name, is Scott Hall....and that's what you can call me Chico."

Vince apologises, before repeating his question, why would Michaels and Hall join forces with a man that's made their life hell? Shawn and Scott look at each other confused for a minute, before shrugging their shoulders and telling Vince that they have no idea what he's on about. McMahon says that Nash tried to Powerbomb Razo....sorry Scott through the announce table.....he nearly put Shawn out, Powerbombing him through a table in the back.....Hall interrupts, saying that Nash didn't "try" very hard to put him through a table......and Shawn asks "did he put me through a table? You saw that did you? With your own two eyes?" Vince says well no....but they saw him unconscious in the back.....

With that, Shawn drops to the mat and sells like a master that he's just been powerbombed, before jumping back to his feet, with all three men laughing....."kinda like that you mean? Kevin Nash didn't do a damn thing to me, other than have my back every step of the way.....just like Scott Hall....we are the KLiQ....we do what we want....when we want to do it....out here in the ring....and back there in the locker room....we ARE taking over this place, whether you like it or not....and there's not a damn thing that you....or anyone there in the back can do about it."



Apparently this man thinks differently....because the former WWF Champion Bret Hart walks out into the aisle way, microphone in hand. He tells Shawn that he should be ashamed to call himself a Champion if that's the way he's going to win the belt....Bret says that he will make it his mission, to take that title away from him and give these fans the hero that they deserve....not some second rate degenerate, who needed his two buddies to help him win the gold....Bret says he won that WWF championship three times on his own merit....he didn't need a Kliq, all he needed was his own talent....he says he's beaten every single one of the wrestlers in that ring, fair and square....and not one of them can say the same thing about him.

"Hey yo, Hitman" interrupts Hall....you wanna fight man, don't sing it.....bring it.....because the Bad Guy will take you out tonight....permanently."

The Hitman agrees and we have a main event for the evening booked as we go to commercial.

Rating: A*

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Back from commercial and we are treated to the pleasant sight that is Sunny.....standing next to the less pleasant sight of Hunter Hearst Helmsley....Sunny has the microphone and says that somehow, despite the fact that her man is still undefeated here in the WWF....and despite the fact that he picked up yet another victory last night...at Wrestlemania no less.....inexplicably its Savio Vega tonight that gets to compete against the Intercontinental Champion, not Helmsley....exactly who is it that he has to beat to get a title shot around here? She says to send anyone.....ANYONE....out from the back....and Hunter Hearst Helmsley will do, what Hunter Hearst Helmsley does best.....and that's win.



For once Sunny's mouth might just have written a cheque that Helmsley's ass can't cash....because a very big challenge makes his way to the ring in the form of Yokozuna. Hunter and Sunny try to object, saying that they didn't mean absolutely anyone could come out....but an official is already in the ring and despite Helmsley's protests, this one is going ahead.

Rating: B

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The first match of the night is finally underway after that extended intro. Yokozuna absolutely dominates Hunter in the opening minutes of this one, and there is nothing Helmsley can do to over come the enormous mass of the big Sumo man. Helmsley does eventually manage to muster some offence, but it doesn't last for too long. Yoko looks to be cruising to victory, until he charges at Helmsley who was propped up in the corner. Hunter manages to get out of the way and nails the winded Yokozuna with a big high knee that sends him toppling through the ropes and out onto the floor, which brings out these men....



.....well, one man....one monster....as Cornette and his weapon of mass destruction make their way down the aisle. With Hunter and Sunny ensuring that the attention of the official stays with them, the monster drives Yokozuna's head hard into the ring steps, before leaning him up against the ring post. He takes a few steps back and then drives his foot hard into the big mans head, driving his skull into the steel. Yokozuna slumps to the floor unconscious, just as Helmsley tells the official to count his opponent out. Seeing the man on the outside, the referee starts the count.....he could have counted to twenty and Yoko wouldn't have made it in, he is out.....and this one is over.

Winner: Hunter Hearst Helmsley (via Countout)
Rating: C+

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With another (all be it cheap) victory in the bag, Helmsley and Sunny make their way to the back, going out of their way to avoid the seven foot monster stood at ringside. Cornette grabs a microphone and tells Yokozuna that while he knows he can't hear him, "on account of you being knocked out and all" but he promised him that he was going to pay for putting his hands on him....last night Yokozuna had a little taste of what his monster was capable of.....tonight, tonight was just an entrée.....the main course is coming though....don't you worry about that. It's a good job that you've got a big appetite big man.....because this Doomsday Machine of mine, he's got an entire "all you can eat" buffet of pain waiting for you.

Rating: B-

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We a treated to a hype video, urging us to buy the Wrestlemania encore presentation and when we come back to the arena The Million Dollar Man is stood in the centre of the ring, surrounded by the remainder of his Corporation.

He doesn't address the crowd however, it appears that he's out to air his dirty laundry in public, because it's his remaining clients that he's here to speak to. He starts by telling them that every single one of them let him down at Wrestlemania....not one of them.....including The Ringmaster....managed to pick up a victory. He turns to Sid, telling him that he didn't even TRY to pick up the victory against Yokozuna, "just because I wasn't out there to hold your hand and tell you what to do......but then I should have expected that.....because while physically you might be twice the man I am....you have half the brains that I do....you're stupid." Sid looks furious at the comment (or constipated....it's hard to tell with Big Sid) but he holds back the rage and takes his dressing down like a good little puppet.

"And as for you two....." DiBiase continues, addressing Tatanka and the 123 Kid....."you two let me down not once, but twice.....you didn't get the job done in the four corners tag team match......and you dropped the ball when I bought you out to take care of Piper....if there's one thing I can't stand, its failure....and that's exactly what the pair of you are....a couple of failures."

Tatanka starts to argue their case, but the 123 Kid cuts him off, telling DiBiase that he's just about sick of being treated like nothing more than a possession. He tells him that he signed up to the Corporation for the guidance and experience of The Million Dollar Man....thinking it would help his career......instead, he's been treated like a child, ordered around, told what to do.....he's sick and tired of being nothing more than a hired gun, expected to cheap shot and attack everyone at a minutes notice....he says there is too much back stabbing and cheap shotting in this business as it is......and as far as being a failure.....the only failure around here, "is Ted DiBiase.....the Million Dollar Man, with a 10 cent plan.....so as far as I'm concerned....you can take your Corporation.....and shove it! Because I Quit."

The Kid gets a decent pop as he exits the ring and heads to the back, with DiBiase yelling at him over the microphone that he can't quit.....because he's fired. Obviously furious and embarrassed by the snub, Ted once again turns his ire onto the Native American Tatanka. He lets loose with a barrage of insults, finishing of by telling him that it's a good job that his ancestors can't see him now, because they'd be rolling over in their teepee's at the disgrace he's become. Clearly that was one insult too far for Tatanka, who grabs DiBiase by the lapels and rams him hard into the corner, yelling in his face. He seems to have forgotten about Sid though....and it's not long before a clubbing forearm blow to the back of the head reminds him. Sid beats the snot out of the Native American, before hitting him with a huge Powerbomb that leaves him laying in the middle of the ring. DiBiase remarks that "that's more like it......that's what I want to see from you." Before bending down and stuffing a hundred dollar bill in the mouth of Tatanka, telling him to consider that his severance package.....because just like that snot nosed Kid.....you're fired too.

Rating: B+

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It's time for tag team action here, as the Godwinns take on The Harris Boys.....both teams needed to pick up a much needed victory after their shortcomings at Wrestlemania, clearly only one team could. Unlike the Yokozuna/Helmsley match, this was a much more two sided affair, with both teams having an equal amount of offence. They are four big men so it's all power and high impact, but eventually the Harris boys were able to pick up the win, after hitting Phineas with a big double belly to back side slam that they had christened the H-Bomb.

Winner(s): The Harris Boys
Rating: C+

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With the victory in the bag, the Godwinns head to the back, while Paul Ellering joins his clients in the ring, picking a microphone up on the way. He tells the crowd that being the managerial mastermind that he is, he had the perfect game plan going into Wrestlemania.....he accounted for the Godwinns....he accounted for the 123 Kid and Tatanka.....what he couldn't account for, was the variable that a mystery team brings to the table.....especially, when that mystery team....are my former clients. "Legion of Doom....you caught me off guard last night....and that's the ONLY reason you were able to pick up the victory.....given adequate time to appropriate a plan, there is not a team in the WWF that can defeat my Boys....especially you two ingrates....who do you think it was that built you both up from nothing....who do you think it was, who built your weaknesses into strengths......who do you think it was, that taught you everything that you know, but not everything that I know....Hawk.....Animal.....I guarantee you this.....by the time my boys are finished with you, you won't need that face paint to hide your ugly mugs....because you'll be covered in black and blue bruises that'll do that for you."

"UHHHHHH.....WHAT A RUSHHHHHHH!"



Unsurprisingly....seeing how they were fighting words....the Legion of Doom waste no time in making their way to the ring....and getting quite the pop for their Raw debut. They head down the aisle way, spikes and face paint prominent and get into the now empty ring.....empty because Ellering has ordered his men to get out of there. The trio back there way up the ramp as Hawk and Animal pose for the live crowd in the corners, before daring the Harris Boys to get back in the ring. Precious Paul has learned from past mistakes though....telling the LoD that this is exactly what he meant by adequate time to appropriate a plan....he says that his boys WILL take care of them.....on their own terms and in their own time...before dropping the mic and leaving.

"You know something Paul....." Starts Animal....."that's the difference between the Legion of Doom and your Legion of Boys.....we're men....we don't need no stinking time to plan, to punch your teeth down your throats.....we will fight you, any time, any place.....tell em Hawk."

"Wellllllll.......it seems to me, like the Brothers Harris talk a good fight....that's ok....because we fight a good fight....and when we're done with you....everyone will finally be able to work out which one is Ron.....and which one is Don......because Don will be the one with a broken jaw.....and Ron's nose will be on the other side of his face.....UHHHHHH.....What a Rushhhhhhh."

Rating: B-

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We head to the back following that, where Dok Hendrix is with the now former, WWF Tag Team Champions, Owen Hart and The British Bulldog. Dok says it's pretty clear that the tag team division here in the World Wrestling Federation is hotting up, as any number of teams will be wanting a shot at the new Champions the Steiner Brothers....possibly none more so than his guests tonight. Owen does all the talking, while the Bulldog flexes his impressive biceps behind him. He says that all those other teams can get in line, because he and Davey get the first shot, courtesy of their rematch clause....that's if those no good Steiners have got the guts to put the titles on the line.



Of course the Steiner's have the guts....they're the baby faces after all. They walk into shot with the WWF Tag Titles proudly around their waist. They tell Owen and the Bulldog that they will happily defend their titles, against any and all comers....including them....after all, they took these titles from them....so defending them won't be an issue either." A little war of words break out, and the four men square up against each other, face to face......then suddenly their faces are bouncing off each other as steel chairs collide with the backs of all four men in turn.......



.....it's the KLiQ! Nash and Hall go to town with the steel chairs, Big Sexy demolishing the Steiner's and The Bad Guy dismantling the Bulldog. Owen looks as though he's about to help his partner, but he gets a dose of Sweet Chin Music, courtesy of the WWF Champion Shawn Michaels. In a manner of seconds all four men are down and out on the floor. Michaels turns to Hendrix and tells him that "when they wake up.....let them know that this friendly neighbourhood beat down, was courtesy of the KLiQ.....and that the next Tag Team Champions around here, will be Kevin Nash and Scott Hall."

Michaels patronisingly taps Hendrix on the cheek, before the three men walk away, leaving a path of destruction in their wake.

Rating: B+

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The new WWF Light Heavyweight Champion wastes no time in getting his first title defence under his belt, as he squares off against the young Chavo Guerrero. Before the match starts Jericho thanks the crowd for their recent support, telling them that he couldn't be prouder, to be their Light Heavyweight Champion.....and you will be seeing him regularly defending this title, against the best Light Heavyweight competitors from around the globe.

This was a good fast paced encounter, Guerrero has potential up the woohaa, and he shows glimpses of brilliance in this one.....in the end though it was no match for Lionheart....especially with the wave of momentum he rode coming into this thing, as he was able to finish Chavo off with the Lionsault for an impressive pinfall victory.

Winner: .....and STILL WWF Light Heavyweight Champion....Chris Jericho
Rating: B-

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Young Jericho is celebrating his victory.....but he doesn't get to celebrate for long....with his back to the aisle way, stood up in the corner displaying his Light Heavyweight title to the crowd with his arms raised, Jericho doesn't see the speeding figure of Scorpio come running down from the back. Scorpio slides into the ring and goes straight on the offence against the unsuspecting Champion, yelling at him to "enjoy the title while you can.....because it's coming back to the Nation soon."



Surprisingly the attack is cut short....by none other than the 123 Kid who runs in to make the save. He sends Scorpio packing over the top rope, before yelling into the camera that this is exactly what he meant....."too many cheap shots, too much back stabbing." He goes to the outside to gather up the Light Heavyweight Championship that had dropped to the floor in the melee and heads back into the ring to help Chris Jericho to his feet. The Kid eyes the title up for a moment, before finally handing it to the rightful owner, raising Jericho's arm in victory. The Kid indicated to his waist, that one day soon he'll be coming for that title....but that's another day....today, Jericho resumes his celebrations.

Rating: C+

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We come back from commercial to find the set of Pipers Pit erected in the ring.....with the host of the show, one Rowdy Roddy Piper already stood waiting to present his guest. The Hot Rod thanks the fans for the warm reception, before telling that that despite the fact that his body and muscles ache.....he actually feels pretty damn good today. Because last night, he accomplished two things.....the first thing, was doing exactly what he said he was going to do.....and that was remove Steve Austin.....yes that's Steve Austin, not The Ringmaster....from the services of The Million Dollar Man....now granted, Austin didn't want to leave the service of DiBiase.....but there you go.....the second thing he accomplished.....was introducing his next guest to the WWF.....and that's the Loose Cannon....Brian Pillman.

That brings out the man of the hour....the charismatic, all be it slightly unstable....Brian Pillman. Piper thanks Pillman for being on the show, before asking him the question that's on everyone's lips....why Steve Austin?

Pillman says that that's the question he's been hearing all week....hey Brian....what's the deal with you and the Ringmaster....you were one quarter of one of the most famous groups in all of wrestling.....why did you leave all that behind, just to come and play games in the stands....with the Ringmaster? Why? Why? I'll tell you why.....because the Ringmaster made me sick....the Ringmaster, was nothing more than a corporate puppet, trying to fit in, in a company that should have been bending over backwards to accommodate him.....a yes man....a charismatic vacuum....without even a name.....just a gimmick....the master of the ring.

I've known Steve Austin for over five years.....I've fought beside him and I've fought against him....but no matter what we were doing, we had fun doing it....we had fun driving up and down the roads....city to city, town to town, tearing it up as the Hollywood Blondes.....and we had fun beating the holy hell out of each other, week after week, night after night.....see I know you Steve....not the you all these people see....not the you that they read about or see on the television....I know the real you....You're not the ringmaster.....you're not stunning.....you've been nothing more than an actor playing a role....and I'm here, to give you the biggest role of your life.....I'm going to bring the real Steve Austin to all these people.....the boys in the back won't thank me....but they (indicating to the crowd) will....not because you're a nice guy, because you're not....but because things will never be boring again......you're not stunning....you're not a superstar....you're a stone cold son of a bitch....and soon, the whole worlds going to see it....I promise you that.

Rating: A

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We head to the back where Dok Hendrix is standing by with a quick interview with Ahmed Johnson.....nothing groundbreaking here....basically he mumbles his way through a promo about Savio Vega getting this match tonight because he was originally booked in a one on one match with Faarooq at Mania that was turned into a three way....Johnson wishes him luck, but says that at Wrestlemania, it wasn't him that got pinned to end the match....and one way or another he'll get another shot at Faarooq and the WWF Intercontinental Championship.

Rating: B

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Speaking of the new Intercontinental Champion, he's in action next against Savio Vega....non-title obviously....but a victory here would surely cement Vega another shot at the Gold. Unfortunately that was going to be a big ask, especially since the entire Nation accompanied Faarooq to ringside for this one.

Savio got a good amount of offence in, so he certainly looked strong against the leader of the Nation....he wasn't strong enough to counter effect the four other men at ringside however who constantly made their presence felt. In the end Faarooq was able to pick up the win following the Doninator.

Winner: Faarooq
Rating: B

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The Undertaker is out next...and in what has already been a very promo heavy show, it looks like we are in for another, because the Deadman has something on his mind. He gets into the ring along with his manager Paul Bearer by his side and tells the crowd that there are two things that he needs to address.....the first being Kevin Nash....he tells Nash that last night, when all was said and done, it was the Undertaker that walked out with the victory......but it wasn't the victory he wanted....he tells Big Sexy that rest assured, this thing between them is far from settled....and it doesn't matter what KLiQ he's running with, one way or another, he will Rest In Peace......but for now....for now there's someone else that's got the attention of the Deadman.....which brings him onto the second point.....

"......last night, another saw fit to capture the attention of the reaper....another man, who thinks he can compete with Death itself....another man, trying to make their name at the expense of The Undertaker.....Mankind....you will learn, what all before you have learned....that when you face the Undertaker....the only name that's made.....is the one that gets inscribed on your tombstone....."



The video screen flickers to life....well....I say life....maybe death would be a more fitting term....because the image that appears before our eyes is one of Mankind, somewhere in the back, barely visible in the shadow of one of the Undertakers not yet finished caskets. He tells the
Undertaker that, as he can see, Mankind is in the building tonight....but he tells the Deadman that if its vengeance that he wants, then he's afraid that he's going to have to wait.....

"that sea of hypocrisy that surrounds you....those so called fans....they don't get to ridicule me tonight.....they don't get to point and they don't get to laugh.....AND THEY DONT GET TO JUDGE! Hypocrites....each and every one of them.....because for every single quality that they look down their noses at in me......they applaud in you.....they stand on their feet and clap their hands like moronic seals at YOUR darkness....all the while they shun mine and call me a monster.....you're the master of mind games....me? I'm just insane....you can stalk, maim and torment your prey.....me? I'm just barbaric.....so you can stand out there and bask in your sea of hypocrisy like the social sycophant that you are.....while I stay back here.....lurking in the shadows because that's what's expected of me.....for now.....but that's the thing about the shadows.....you never know when the monster is going to emerge.....happy hunting Deadman....have a nice day."

With that Mankinds figure slowly disappears out of sight, leaving only the unfinished casket in view.

Rating: A*

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It's time for the main event of the evening, as the now former WWF Champion Bret "The Hitman" Hart, squares off against the man arguably responsible for him losing that title, the newly christened Scott Hall. Hart comes out first, with the gash in his forehead from where Mr Hall nailed him with the world title last night still fresh for the world to see. He hits the ring with a look of seriousness and awaits his opponent. He doesn't have to wait long.....and his opponent isn't alone, as Scott Hall walks out from the back with both Kevin Nash and the WWF Champion Shawn Michaels in toe. The three men strut confidently down the aisle way, before Hall takes his place in the ring and this one is underway.

Unlike at Wrestlemania, Bret has clearly lost all respect for both Hall and Michaels....and makes sure to let both men know that they make him sick....funnily enough neither man is particularly bothered, in fact Shawn makes a point to polish up the WWF Title instead of acknowledging the Hitman. Hall gets right up in the face of his opponent, talking trash....before finally arrogantly flicking a toothpick at him and smirking.....Bret just shrugs it off and slaps the smirk off his face to start this one off.

This was a really good match considering it was only a TV contest....I would have been ecstatic to have seen this kind of contest on PPV. The crowd were really into the match as well which always helps things. It was a real back and forward affair for the most part, with all of Hall's offence coming on the back of some kind of KLiQ interference. The end of this one came after Hart was able to wriggle out of a Razors Edge attempt. He landed on his feet behind Hall, spun the man around and pulled his legs out from under him, hooking in the Sharpshooter. Bret synched it in tight and it looked like Hall had no choice but to tap......which is exactly when Shawn Michaels Sweet Chin Music took Bret's head off. That's highly illegal.....and the official calls for the bell.

Winner: Bret Hart (via Disqualification)
Rating: B+

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The match is over......the action is not......although it's not much in the way of action....it's more like a feral pack of dogs destroying their prey, as all three members of the KLiQ put the boots to the fallen Hitman. It's fast and furious as the three men then take it in turns to hold Hart up on his feet while the other two pummel him. The cameras cut away to a split screen, with the brutal beat down on one side......



.....and Owen Hart and The British Bulldog on the other, backstage watching this unfold on a monitor. The Bulldog appears to be trying to talk his partner into going out there, although it's unclear whether that's to help the Hitman....or simply gain a measure of revenge for the earlier assault at the hands of the KLiQ....although judging by the fact that Owen is having none of it I would say it's the former.

On the other side of the screen, Scott Hall has left the ring and pulled a table out from underneath it. He slides himself and the table back in, setting it up square in the centre of the mat. Nash sets up Hart in the position for the Jackknife.....presumably planning on sending the Hitman in that long ride through the wood....and for a second it looks as though Owen is going to leave his position at the monitors and head down to the ring.....in the end he doesn't have to though.....



......because the Steiner Brothers come tearing down the aisle....armed with steel chairs. They hit the ring but the KLiQ have already bailed, thankfully before Hart got powerbombed through the wood. The Steiners help The Hitman to his feet and yell at Michaels, Hall and Nash to come back and fight....but the KLiQ have had their fun for the evening and head to the back as the show closes.

Rating: A*

Final Rating: B+


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So one show into the KLiQ era and it's already a mitigated success....obviously Shawn was strutting about like it was all because of him.....but truth be told, the trio just have "it" when they're on the screen together.....obviously all that backstage chemistry was carrying over to the ring....and hopefully long may it continue, because those lucrative contracts of Hall and Nash are already nibbling at my buttocks.....surprisingly the Undertaker was the first of my "main eventers" showing up at my office and voicing their displeasure at the rather large gap between his salary and theirs. Last month I made a tidy profit of almost $3.000.000....this month the Undertaker asked for and got, roughly a $20.000 pay rise....a month......yes.....TWENTY THOUSAND DOLLARS A MONTH....EXTRA.....The Undertaker is the Undertaker sure....but still, that stung. I can only pray to got that this KLiQ ball keeps rolling.....into a big ball of money.

There are a few new signings set to debut over the coming weeks as well, thankfully all earning far less than The Undertakers pay rise.....keep an eye out for them....maybe as soon as this Monday.

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Bob Holly vs Mankind

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Bob Holly vs Mankind

Avatar vs Steve Austin

Chris Jericho and The 123 Kid vs Scorpio and Kama

Tatanka vs Zip
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Chris Jericho and The 123 Kid vs Scorpio and Kama

Tatanka vs Zip
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