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Week 1, September 1997
Core States Spectrum (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
ATT: 15,414
TV: 34.11


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It’s Monday night......and at that time again.....it’s time for Raw is War.......and tonight the show opens with a recap of last weeks show......Kevin Nash and Bret Hart battling it out to become the number one contender to Ahmed Johnson’s newly won WWF Championship.....Big Sexy’s DQ victory, along with the Canadian style beating that followed it from the Hart Foundation, Chris Jericho and Test......Steve Austin’s arrival to raise hell.....and the biggest surprise of all, Vince McMahon’s offer to Stone Cold.....to become THE man....THE Champion......the Corporate Champion......and as the sound bite reminds us, Austin has just seven days to make that decision, and his time is up......tonight.......





......and it looks like Mr. McMahon is impatient for that answer to arrive.....because here he is.....and he’s not alone.....his personal problem solver Kane is with him.....the Corporate Cannon Brian Pillman.....The Enforcer Arn Anderson.....and The Nature Boy himself, Ric Flair......quite the show of star power here from our esteemed chairman.....and with the exception of Kane, the ring is filled with about $100,000 worth of custom, fitted suits.....even Arn has ditched his usual denim and dressed up for the occasion.....

......McMahon takes the microphone and welcomes everyone to the show, telling them that he knows why they’re all here tonight.....he knows who they’re all here to see......they’re here to see the ratings draw.....they’re here to see the merchandise seller......they’re here to see......

”......the NEW and IMPROVED.....Stone Cold Steve Austin.......”

......the crowd does indeed pop for that....although the “new and improved” prospect clearly doesn’t sound quite so appealing to them.....they’re pretty happy with the Rattlesnake they already have......none the less McMahon continues.....he tells the crowd that UNFORTUNATELY, Steve Austin hasn’t arrived yet....which is fine, he’s got a big decision to make....and McMahon knows that NOBODY is going to touch that dial until they see the Corporate Rattlesnake make his way out to the ring.....which is why he is giving Austin until the end of the night to make his decision......

”.....although really, that decision should be easy.......Mr. Austin wants Title opportunities.....I can give Mr. Austin Title opportunities.....with a click of my fingers, I can make all Steve Austin’s dreams come true......once we make a few minor adjustments.......

.....McMahon says that he made the World Wrestling Federation into a global phenomenon....the number one Wrestling organisation in the world....so much so that the WWF is the hottest ticket in town.....the place to be seen.....the place where greatness is, which is why McMahon only surrounds himself with greatness......greatness like Kane, the man who defeated his own brother, the Undertaker at Wrestlemania XIII....men like Arn Anderson.....men like Brian Pillman.....men like twelve time Worlds Champion Ric Flair.....men who know that it pays to tow the Corporate line, and men that will be standing there shoulder to shoulder with Austin, once he makes the ONLY decision that matters......





























......before the boss can continue however he is rather rudely interrupted by the arrival of the WWF Champion Ahmed Johnson, along with his manager Jim Cornette......the pair stride confidently down the aisle and climb right into the ring.....but then when you've got a literal who's who of victories under your belt, AND the WWF Title around your waist, you're going to be confident.....and as for Jim Cornette, when you have Ahmed Johnson at your side, you're definitely going to be confident.....

.....Cornette tells McMahon that all this talk is well and good, but Ahmed Johnson has been the WWF Champion for over a week now, and despite the fact that people are apparently lining up to face him, he's yet to see action.....he really doesn't care who he faces.....Bret Hart, Kevin Nash....Brian Pillman....Ric Flair.....hell, it can be Stone Cold Steve Austin for all Ahmed cares, he's beaten him before, he'll damn sure beat him again....Ahmed wants competition, he wants action.....he wants a challenge.....he just wants a match full stop and he wants it NOW.....

.....McMahon does not look particularly pleased about being interrupted.....in fact he's furious, asking Ahmed and Cornette just who the hell they think they are.....

".....you may be the World Wrestling Federation Champion Ahmed Johnson, but just remember one thing.....you still work for ME.....

.....you work for me and you're wearing MY title, because I'M allowing it....I could take that title from around your waist quicker than Jim Cornette could find a Wendy's.....and I wouldn't even have to flex my considerable muscle to do so, because any one of these four men standing beside me would be more than a match for you.....you want a challenge? You want competition? How about I put you in a match right now.....against a man that knows how to carry a World Title with dignity because he's held twelve of them......how about I have you defend that WWF Championship right NOW......against the Nature Boy, Ric F............."




















......hold that thought.....because before McMahon can even finish his sentence, he is interrupted once more.....this time by the ominous tones of Psycho Sid's entrance music.....

......Vince looks damn right p!ssed now....not that Sid cares, as he walks the aisle bumping fists with the WWF fans along his way....he climbs into the ring where he exchanges a long hard stare with Flair and Anderson (with Jim Ross competing that Sid knows these two men VERY well, alluding to the fact that there is some bad blood between the former Horsemen members) before walking up to, and going face to face with Ahmed Johnson.....

.....he snatches the microphone from the hand of Jim Cornette (who quickly positions himself behind his client) telling Ahmed that if he wants a challenge....if he wants competition.....

".....then look no further big boy.....because you're looking at the Master....and the Ruler of the World......"

.....McMahon has clearly had enough now....he came out here hoping to welcome Steve Austin into his fold, and instead he has this to deal with.....he tells Ahmed and Sid that he SHOULD have Kane, Pillman, Flair and Anderson tear them to pieces, but they're dressed for a celebration, and a celebration is what they will have by the end of this evening.....

".....so if you two idiots want to beat each other half to death then go ahead.....send a referee out here NOW and let's get this over with......"

Rating: A*

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.....and so just like that we have an impromptu WWF Championship match, as Ahmed Johnson (who just wants to fight) puts his newly won gold on the line against the big seven footer, Psycho Sid.....and both of these two men are riding a pretty big wave of momentum right now, after both were successful in their respective Summerslam matches....

......it's not often that Ahmed Johnson finds himself the smallest man in ANY match, but he's found himself in that position tonight, because he's in there tonight with the seven foot monster that is Psycho Sid.....and this match was bowling shoe ugly. Oh it was well received don't get me wrong, the crowd were certainly into it, but neither Psycho Sid nor Ahmed Johnson are exactly best known for the psychological aspect of their game.....

.....mercifully the match doesn't go overly long (since neither of these men are known for their stamina either) which helps, as these two big hosses stiff the crap out of each other, with Sid looking like he's getting the upper hand, even going as far as positioning the WWF Champion for the Powerbomb.........

















.....but it's a Powerbomb that he doesn't get to deliver, because Ric Flair and Arn Anderson come running down the aisle.....and as the Nature Boy distracts the attention of the official, The Enforcer sneaks into the ring behind the Psycho One, nailing him right in the back of the head with that trusty tire iron of his.....

......Sid goes down in a heap, and all Ahmed has to do is make a simple cover....and three seconds later, his first title defence is in the books.

Winner: ......and Still WWF Champion......Ahmed Johnson
Rating: B

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Ahmed collects his Championship and rolls out of the ring, shoulder barging straight past Flair and Arn....before stopping and turning around, telling the two men that he didn't need OR want their help....next time stay out of his business, before they become just another two names on his list of victims.....

.....Flair tells him to calm down, they weren't here to help him, they were here to screw Sid.....and unless Ahmed starts showing a little respect, then HE will become just another name on the list of men that Ric Flair has defeated on route to become THE MAN......the thirteenth name to be precise......

......Ahmed laughs at that, telling Flair to "keep dreaming old man".....this is the Age of Ahmed, not the Stone Age of Ric Flair....before turning and heading to the back, still laughing to himself as Flair and Anderson seethe at the disrespect shown to them.

Rating: B+

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It's back to back title matches here on Raw is War tonight....and Matt Hardy is certainly not being shy about putting his newly won European Championship on the line, against friend or foe, face or heel, it doesn't seem to matter to Hardy.....because while it was that dastardly rule breaker Scorpio last week, he's putting the gold on the line against fellow fan favourite Jerry Lynn here tonight.....and much as he’s sporting a new championship, he’s sporting a new look....obviously keen to move away from the “Hardy Boys” team and really establish himself as a singles competitor.....

.....Rude claims that Hardy needs to start being a little bit smarter when it comes to putting the Title up for grabs....title defence after title defence week in and week out is one sure fire way to guarantee a short lived reign as Champion.....Jim Ross disagrees however....he says that Matt Hardy is still young, and getting better and better with each passing match.....the more matches he has, the better he's going to get.....

.....his opponent tonight however has a wealth of matches under his belt, ring veteran Jerry Lynn....a great in ring performer, if not a little bit bland....which is really the only thing holding him back, because with the talent we have on the roster right now, just being a good worker isn't enough.....maybe if we can develop a little bit of a character for him he'll have more chance.....

.....that being said this was a good match between these two, despite the fact that they were both fan favourites, good enough for what I wanted from them anyway......a decent back and forth battle with both men seeing plenty of offence, before Hardy finally caught Lynn with a Twist of Fate which was enough to give him the win, and a second successful title defence.

Winner: ......and Still WWF European Champion......Matt Hardy
Rating: B

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We go to the back from there, where Dok Hendrix is standing by with another ring veteran....although this one has PLENTY of character.....it's Jake "The Snake" Roberts.....

....Dok says that tonight, Jake will have to go one on one with the Million Dollar Corporation's Rich Steiner....a man who was willing to sell out his own brother to make a few bucks....makes you wonder what he will be willing to do tonight to pick up the winners purse tonight.....

".....Rich Steiner....living proof that money really is the root of all evil.....see Ted DiBiase has been rubbing his wealth in the face of the less privileged for years, wallowing in the avarice of human desires for his own amusement.....but contrary to what Ted DiBase believes, money does not make the man, and some of the poorest people on gods green earth are richer than the DiBiase's and the Steiner's of this world will ever be......rich in family....rich in friends....rich in memories......and tonight, Mr. Steiner is going to find out the simple truth, that it is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle, than it is for a rich man to enter the kingdom of god....."

.....Dok then switches the subject to Raven, telling Jake that at Summerslam, he and Sid ensured the first step in the downfall of the self proclaimed Deity of the Damned, taking his Flock away from him.....where does Jake go from here?.....

".....first of all, this path doesn't lead to the downfall of Raven....Summerslam was the first step on a path of rebirth for Raven, even if he doesn't see it yet.....I see it Dok....my eyes are wide open for the first time in my life....they say you have to be cruel to be kind, I disagree.....when it came to moulding Raven I was cruel just to be cruel.....yeah I mounded him in my image......problem was, my image wasn't no good to begin with.....I see that now, but I believe I'm a better man.....I have faith that I can make Raven a better man......I have faith that I can once again mould him in THIS image.....I did it once, I can do it again.....Trust Me......"

Rating: B+

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Rich Steiner saw immediate return on selling out his brother and aligning himself with the Million Dollar Man, capturing his first singles championship here in the WWF when he defeated the British Bulldog for the Intercontinental Title....unfortunately for him his past sins came back to haunt him, as his brother Scott Steiner returned with a vengeance to take that title from him on his way to becoming the WWF Champion....since then the elder Steiner has been spinning his wheels, failing to recapture the Intercontinental Championship from Scott before entering into a long running feud with Ken Shamrock......maybe a victory over Jake Roberts would put his career back on track......

.....of course that's going to be easier said than done.....Jake may be slowing down in terms of his in ring abilities (you could certainly say Father Time is catching up with him) he's still a force to be reckoned with inside that squared circle, and as Jake drops Steiner with that Short Arm Clothesline, giving the sign that he's going for the DDT, it looks as though he's on the fast track to victory here..........




























......until his attention is taken away by the Titantron flickering to life.....and we are treated to a shot of Raven sitting alone in the dark, gently swaying back and forward on a swing at an abandoned child's play park.....he doesn't acknowledge the camera....doesn't even lift his head.....but he does speak.....he says that in Native American lore, the right of passage from Boy to Man is an important time.....

"........there were often times that young boys were sent from the village in search of a vision.......this was the case of one particular young native boy.....
.....he set out on his way up to the top of a mountain in search of his vision, and as he climbed up the mountain, the air got cooler and cooler......nearing the top he came upon a snake laying in the path....the snake was shivering, almost frozen to death, and said to the boy. "Please help me. I can't move, I am so cold that I can no longer make it any further down the mountain"......

........the boy looked sadly down at the snake, telling him that while he would like to help him "You're a snake, and if I pick you up, you'll bite me!" The snake replied desperately, "No, no I won't, I promise I won't bite you if you'll only pick me up and help get me down the mountain"......

.......so the young boy, being pure of heart, picked up the snake, put him in his shirt, and continued climbing to the top of the mountain in search of his vision......when he got back down to the bottom of the mountain, he reached in, took out the snake.......

......and the snake bit the young boy.......

......the boy clutched at his hand, feeling the venom seeping into his veins, before sadly looking down at the snake and asking "Why.....you said that if I'd help you out, that you wouldn't bite me!".......

........to which the snake replied "But you knew what I was when you picked me up!"......"


.....Raven stands up from the swing and finally raises his head to look into the camera, lifting his hair away from his face so that his eyes are fully visible.....

"......a snake by any other name is still a snake....and nature can't be tamed.....I knew you were a snake when I let you into my life....so why was I surprised when you turned around to bite me?.....climates change.....trends change.....fashion changes.....but people don't.....you say you're going to make me a better man.....I say, you already did.......you say YOU'RE a better man......those people have faith that you're a better man.....but at the end of the day, they knew what you were when they picked you up.....Quote the Raven.....Nevermore......"

......with that the picture fades to black, leaving Jake staring at a blank screen......although he's not staring at it for long.....because Rich has had all the time in the world to recover.....spinning the Snake around and drilling him into the mat with a Steiner Driver.....and three seconds later, Rich Steiner has picked up a big win over a big name.

Winner: Rich Steiner
Rating: B

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Our next match is a tag team affair featuring newcomers Mosh and Thrasher, the Headbangers....going up against two men who WERE members of Raven's Flock, before they realised that Raven was more interested in helping himself rather than helping them.....and now thanks to Psycho Sid's victory at Summerslam, they are free to walk their own path, and much like Matt Hardy, sporting a new look to go with their new found freedom.....

.....with the loss of two of the WWF's brightest prospects in the tag team division, the pairing of Edge and Christian as well as the loss of Jeff Hardy that resulted in the Hardy Boys disbanding, there's a few holes in the tag team division right now....holes that both of these teams are going to be able to fill.....the Headbangers because they are fresh new arrivals, and the Dogs of War because while they have been a regular team for over a year now, they have spent the majority of that year playing second fiddle to Raven.....you've got to believe that they will have Championship aspirations in the near future.....

.....because of that a victory for either team here would be a huge step in the right direction....and it was the Dogs of War, Wrath and Crush, that got that victory, nailing Thrasher with a huge double Chokeslam for the three count.

Winner(s): The Dog's of War
Rating: B

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Speaking of the Tag Team division, It's promo time next.....and it's the two men that will be challenging for the WWF Tag Team Titles at Ground Zero: In Your House, the odd couple themselves, Al Snow and Chris Candido....

.....the pair make their way out (with Head ever present in the hands of Snow) to a great response....Al Snow in particular is a real crowd favourite (who's had somewhat of a fairy tail rise from the masked Enhancement Talent, Avatar to the....uhm...."confused" mannequin head wielding, Upper Midcard star, Al Snow) and climb into the ring with a pair of microphones....

.....Chris Candido is the complete polar opposite to his partners happy go lucky demeanour....long gone is the goofy "Skip" mannerisms, they went around the same time that Sunny left Candido to join up with Hunter Hearst Helmsley......which is probably why this team gel so well....he says that at Summerslam, he and Al Snow were half a second away from securing the WWF Tag Team Titles......

"......half a second......and the only reason we're not standing here with the gold right now, is because the New Age Outlaws snuck in like thieves in the night and stole the damn victory.....well that was then....that was then, and that was in a match where you needed eyes in the back of your head.....at Ground Zero, thanks to my......"partner".....finally doing something right around here.....it's just gonna be us and them......no cheap win's.....no flukes.....those titles are coming home with us......"
























".......give me a break, you have GOT to be kidding me right now......"




....it seems like our Tag Team Champions feel a little different, as the Road Dogg and the Bad Ass make their way down the ring....as usual is Jesse James on the stick being that he's the talker of the two, and the Outlaws climb into the ring and look their challengers up and down for a second before breaking out into hysterical laughter.....

".......you're really trying to tell me that you think for a second that Vanilla Ice Ice Baby here, Frosty the Snow Man and his Half Pint Partner, Chris "don't call me Skippy" Candido have got a snowflakes chance in hell against me, the D-O-Double G....or the Bad Ass Billy Gunn? I don't know what you boys have been smoking but you'd better pass it to the left hand side, because you know the Duke of Doobies wants a little taste of that......"


"......you shouldn't smoke Mr. Dogg.....it's very bad for you............wait what?..........that's right, they are.......Head says that Smokers are Chokers, you don't want to choke now do you?......"


"......well you can tell Miss Head from me, that while I appreciate her concern, the only chokers around here are you pair of jack-off's......that's why WE are the WWF Tag Team Champions of the World.....and why YOU two ain't....."


......Road Dogg say that's exactly the reason that Candido's little blonde bimbo Sunny high tailed it the first chance she got, and now the only "head" that Skippy is getting is from his partners imaginary friend......

".....now I suggest you listen up and listen close.....we ain't out here tonight to start something, we're here with a warning....see as a team, you're pretty entertaining....I can appreciate that, I'm a funny guy myself.....but that's all you are....a funny joke....a punchline....all laughter and no substance......we're the real deal....don't believe us? Ask Jeff Hardy......ask Edge.....ask Christian......oh that's right, you can't.....because they're gone.....and that's because of us......

......we can come out here and laugh it up with the best of them, but when it comes to these.....when it comes to the WWF Tag Team Titles.....we ain't playing.....you step into the ring with us and you're gonna get hurt....do yourselves a favour, keep doing what you're doing, make these people laugh, collect your paycheque.....but don't for one second think that you're walking out of Ground Zero as the Tag Team Champions, because I can 100% guarantee that you're not.....in fact, you'd better hope there's no dumpsters laying around, else you might not walk out at all......and if you ain't down with that....and since you like Head so much......Billy, tell 'em what they can do......."


".....SUCK IT!......."


......with that the Outlaws turn and leave, after a far more serious promo that they usually grant us, leaving Al Snow looking rather concerned, and Chris Candido looking even more p!ssed off than usual.

Rating: A*
(I was honestly expecting a B+ at best here so I'm not sure what happened....Billy Gunn didn't talk so I rated him on overness (A's/B+'s) but I rated Road Dogg, Al Snow and Candido all on entertainment (around a B+/B+/C- respectively) I was really expecting Candido to ding the rating, so where that A* came from is anyone's guess.....apparently these people just really love Head)

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Our next match up sees the now FORMER World Wrestling Federation Champion, Scott Steiner, facing off against Vince McMahon's Corporate Cannon, Brian Pillman, in a match that could main event any show on the WWF Calender, including Wrestlemania.....and it really was a great match too.....it's not often that Scotty Steiner is the weak link in a match (in fact he is quite often has one of the best performances on the card) but he was slowed slightly by the knock he picked up against Ahmed Johnson at Summerslam. Luckily Pillman was there to carry the load, putting in a solid A* performance himself.....that being said, this isn't the first great match these two men have had, the two men had another barnburner a few months back at In Your House. On that night Scott Steiner was the better man, but the match wasn't without interference.....funnily enough at the hands Brian Pillman may find himself sharing the spotlight with later on (should he accept Vince McMahon's offer) Stone Cold Steve Austin....

.....Steiner is a bad man in a bad mood, and he’s got gold on his mind.....no, not Ahmed Johnson and the WWF Title, we’re talking about the Bizarre One, Goldust, the man who cost Steiner that prize.....and Big Poppa Pump is more than happy to take his frustrations out on the Corporate Cannon here tonight, while Pillman is more than happy to focus on the bad neck of Steiner, and he spent a good portion of the match working on that particular body part.....in the end though, Steiner’s rage helped him fight through the pain, and after nailing Pillman with a stiff Steinerline, he locked in the Steiner Recliner right in the middle of the ring, leaving Pillman with no choice but to concede the match.......

























......or at least he would have done, had Goldust and Marcus not suddenly stormed the ring......and with Goldust still clad in Big Poppa Pumps chainmail and clutching Scotty’s good pipe, he nails Steiner right in the back of that injured neck with the lead weapon......leaving the official little option but to call for the bell.....

Winner: Scott Steiner (via disqualification)
Rating: A

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.....not that the assault stops there....as Goldust continues to hammer Steiner with repeated blows from that lead pipe.....Marcus joins in with some stomps for good measure.....and as soon as Pillman has made his recovery, HE joins in on the fun too, because after all, Brian Pillman has never turned down an opportunity to kick a man when he’s down.....

......Steiner was already hurt....and that was before he took a beating from a lead pipe....now he’s down and in serious trouble....not as serious trouble as he’s going to be in if Brian Pillman has his way though.....because the Corporate Cannon is headed to the outside for a steel chair, and we all know how dangerous a weapon a chair can be in Pillman’s hands......























......Dude Love knows too.....which is probably why he comes running out from the locker rooms, crashing into the back of the chair wielding Pillman with a running knee that sends the Corporate Cannon crashing into the ring-post.....

......the steel chair flys from Pillman’s hands and the Dude quickly grabs it, swinging wildly at his retreating foe.....Pillman is able to narrowly duck the attack however, leaving the chair to strike nothing but ring-post, before making a hasty retreat up the aisle, stumbling to safety as he goes......

......that leaves Goldust and Marcus in the ring, two men that the Dude’s alter ego Cactus Jack had more than a few problems with recently....and since the Dude has a chair....and the Corporate Cannon has the Dude all fired up....why not take some of those frustrations out on the Bizarre Duo?....

......to be fair, Goldust and Marcus obviously realise that the Dude is not someone to mess with right now, and since Scott Steiner was their designated target, and Scott Steiner is currently laid face first on the mat, they decide it may be wiser to retreat to the back, making a beeline up the aisle as Dude Love checks on Big Poppa Pump, and we go to commercial........

Rating: A

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......except we don’t go to commercial.....we go to a quick shot of the parking lot, where a long black limousine is pulling up.....

......Ross and Rude speculate as to who this could be, but as the driver makes his way around to open the door, all we see is one Gucci shoe climb out.....Rick Rude declares that it’s Steve Austin, he says he’s here, and he’s clearly made the right choice......

.....we don’t actually see WHO it is, but as we watch those Gucci shoes walk towards the building, Jim Ross hopes to god that this isn’t Stone Cold Steve Austin......and now we DO go to commercial.

Rating: N/A

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Nash's #1 Contender Shot vs. An Intercontinental Title Shot at IYH;
The Man Who Wins The Match Win's The Prize


This next match comes off the back of Kevin Nash’s disqualification victory over Bret Hart, that gave Big Sexy (for now) the number one contender spot for Ahmed Johnson’s WWF Title.....as usual Bret Hart did not take defeat kindly, claiming that he was only seconds away from victory when the official unfairly disqualified him, costing him the match.....(he wasn’t....he was flat on his back after a Jacknife Powerbomb and one count away from being defeated, but what sort of heel lets the truth get in the way of a good complaint).....

......Jim Ross informs us that on Superstars, the Hitman demanded another shot at Kevin Nash and the #1 Contenders spot....Nash agreed, under the condition that it was a six man tag, and a shot at Owen Harts Intercontinental Title was also on the line.....the Harts agreed, and so here we are......

.......if you tuned into Raw this week instead of Nitro, you were treated to two back to back near five star matches....because much like our previous match, this one was also excellent, with Jim Ross proclaiming that you won’t see action like this over on the other station (Spoiler alert: He’s right too.....although Nitro’s main event came pretty close).....

.....there’s a lot of bad blood in this match, although interestingly enough, mainly on the part of the Harts.....Bret and Owen have a vendetta against the Wolfpac dating back almost two years, while in Scott Halls own words, he, Nash and Waltman could really care less about the Hart Foundation, everything they did was simply business....

......Chris Jericho has really found his niche since joining up with the Harts, not only that but he’s really moved up in the pecking order as well (not to mention the rub that young Test is receiving as his bodyguard) and he really shines in this one, putting on a performance that is only really topped by (as usual) Bret Hart.....he sells fantastically for the Wolfpac too, bouncing all over the ring like a bump machine and making the faces look super strong.....

.....when the time comes to return the favour it’s Sean Waltman playing the face in peril, a role that he fills perfectly being the smallest man in the match, and while Jericho was a bump machine, Waltman is a selling machine, screaming out in pain as all three of the Canadians dismantle him in an effort to soften him up for any of their respective submission finishing moves.....

.....the match breaks down as they tend to do, and all hell breaks loose as these six men go at it.....but the finish of the match comes out of nowhere, Owen Hart attempts a Victory Roll on Waltman, who drops to the ground in reversal midway through, pinning Hart to the mat for a quick one, two, three.....and rather reminiscent of the way Owen pinned Bret during their Wrestlemania X classic, not only has Waltman just won himself an Intercontinental Title shot, he beat the Intercontinental Champion himself to do it.

Winner(s): The Wolfpac
Rating: A

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We come back from our final commercial break of the evening, and we’re closing our show much the same way that we opened it, with Vince McMahon and his chosen Corporate Cabinet standing in the ring.....

.....Vince has a microphone in hand, telling this rowdy Philly crowd to quieten down, before saying that the time is now....

”......the time is now for Stone Cold Steve Austin to walk down that aisle, shake my hand.....and begin his transformation from diamond in the rough, to simply my corporate diamond......now it’s going to take a lot of work, but if I can tame the rabid animal that is Brian Pillman, I can tame anyone.....and if there is ANYONE who knows what makes a true champion.....if there’s ANYONE that knows about how to shape a diamond.....it’s Ric Flair.....”

.....Flair lets out a big “Woooooooo” before shaking McMahon by the hand, proclaiming that he is correct.....

”......because for the last 25 years....no one has shone brighter.....than the Naaaature Boyyyyyy.....Woooooooo....Ric Flair......Austin, the next time you walk that aisle pal, it’s going to be the most important walk of your life.....because you won’t just be walking towards this ring.....you’ll be walking towards greatness.....you’ll be walking towards success.....you’ll be walking towards your place....in wrestling history......

......make no mistake about it, you’re good.....you’re very good.....so good in fact, that in 1993, when I left the World Wrestling Federation, there was one thing I wanted to DO......and two people I wanted to FACE.....what I wanted to do......was reunite with my best friend, The Real Enforcer, Arn Anderson.....and who I wanted to face? Steve Austin and Brian Pillman.....”


......Flair says that Brian Pillman might be crazy, but he’s crazy like a fox.....a man he’s fought against, a man he’s fought beside.....and a man he’s glad to have on his side. He pats the hyena like Pillman on the back, quoting Pink Floyd ”Shine on, you Crazy Diamond”......Flair says that while he’s never been in the ring with “Stone Cold”, he has most certainly been in the ring with Steve Austin, and just like Vince McMahon said, Steve Austin is a true diamond in the rough, and Ric Flair should know, after all, diamonds are forever.....

”......and so is Ric Flair......”

......both Arn and Brian take the microphone next, imploring Austin to make the right decision, with Pillman stating that there are no hard feelings, when Brian did what he did to Steve he was just following his natural order....the chaotic neutral that is his life....it was nothing personal....while Arn says that he and Flair have surrounded themselves with greatness their whole careers.....they’ve took nobodies and made them stars, they’ve took stars and made them legends, and tonight, Steve Austin could be on the road to superstardom.....

”......if you just make the right decision.....the smart decision......”

......with his combined group continue to make the case for Austin, a young ring worker comes running down the aisle to grab the attention of Mr. McMahon, whispering something in his ear that makes the owner break out into a huge smile....he takes the microphone and tells everyone to quieten down, because the reason they are all here tonight is ready to make his grand entrance......

”.......ladies and gentlemen I give to you......Ston........I give to you....Steve Austin......”

......the glass shatters and the crowd erupts in anticipation of the arrival of the number one face in the WWF.......although their cheers quieten down slightly when Austin finally parts the curtain.........


























.......because this doesn’t look like the Stone Cold everybody knows and loves......he doesn’t look like Stone Cold, he doesn’t walk like Stone Cold.....and as he climbs into the ring, he certainly doesn’t have the mannerisms of Stone Cold, because he doesn’t mount the turnbuckles to salute the crowd, and there are certainly no middle fingers to be seen......

.....Rick Rude is delighted at this “new” Steve Austin, saying he and Steve go way back and this is quite the sight to see.....Jim Ross agrees that it’s a sight alright.....a sickening one.....

......Austin comes to a stop to take in his surroundings, before walking over to Fair and Anderson and shaking each man by the hand....he bypasses Kane (Monsters don’t shake hands) and comes to a halt in front of Brian Pillman, who sticks his hand out with a huge sh!t eating grin on his face.....Austin pauses, looking down at the peace offering, before looking up again at his former partner with a fire in his eyes, until he finally breaks out into a big smile too, and the former Hollywood Blondes reunite with a handshake and a big manly hug......

......Austin then turns to face the final man in the ring, Vince McMahon, who is stood there looking delighted as he also offers his hand to Austin with a smug smirk on his face.....instead of taking his hand however, Austin takes the microphone from his other hand......

”......first things first McMahon.....if we’re gonna do this, then we’re gonna do it like men......and no disrespect to these gentlemen here, but if Stone Co......but if Steve Austin is really gonna be THE man around here, then we need to do this with only THE man in the ring.....you want me to have my moment, you need to clear this ring of everyone but me and you, and that’s the bottom line......”

.....McMahon looks wary for a minute, but he finally relents, telling Flair, Anderson and Pillman to head to the back......

”.......and the Big Red Sumbitch too....his big ass is gonna be blocking my spotlight......”

......McMahon explains that Kane is there for the Chairman’s protection, he doesn’t leave his side.....Austin tells Vince that’s fine.....

”.......because I’ll leave your side right now, walk my ass back up that aisle and drive on home to Texas, I don’t give a damn......”

.......McMahon finally relents, telling Kane to head to the back as well.....the Big Monster shakes his head in refusal initially, but McMahon insists and finally he heads to the back, leaving Austin and McMahon alone in the ring.....

.......McMahon again offers Austin his hand, telling him that he’s made the right decision, and judging by his very nice suit, this transition should go smoother than Vince imagined it would......

”......I honestly thought we’d have more of a fight on our hands to get you out of those redneck clothes, and yet here you are, looking every bit the Corporate Champion in the making......now all you have to do is shake my hand, and we can make the match official.......Ground Zero: In Your House.....Ahmed Johnson vs. Steve Austin.....for the World Wrestling Federation Championship.....”

.......Austin does indeed take McMahon’s hand in his.....much to the dismay of these Philly fans, who answer that with a resounding round of boo’s.......McMahon tells them to shut up.....before thanking Austin for making the right decision......still holding onto Vince’s hand, Austin shakes his head, telling Vince no.....thank you.......

”.......for being the stupidest son of a b!tch in this building......”


.......with that McMahons eyes bulge as Austin pulls him in close.....kicks him in the gut.......

.......and drops him with the Stone Cold Stunner........


.......and now the place absolutely erupts, as Austin tears off his jacket and throws it on top of McMahon, telling him that Stone Cold Steve Austin don’t bow down to nobody, before flipping McMahon the double bird and dropping down to the mat to scream abuse straight in Vince’s unconscious face....

.......he pulls off the Gucci shoes and whacks McMahon in the back of the head with them, before tearing the sleeves off his shirt, shoving one of them into the mouth of the boss........





.........Pillman, Flair, Anderson and Kane come running out of the back and down the aisle to McMahons rescue, but Austin flips all four of the men off, before quickly bailing from the ring and into the crowd, where the Philly Faithful swarm him.......

......he’s still got the microphone with him, and as Flair tends to Vince he tells them that when McMahon wakes up,

”......you can tell him that the ass-whopping he just took was courtesy of Stone Cold Steve Austin....and he shoulda had more sense than to trust a Rattlesnake to begin with.....Stone Cold Steve Austin ain’t for sale......Stone Cold Steve Austin don’t need no help......and Stone Cold Steve Austin is damn sure gonna be the World Wrestling Federation Champion, whether you like it or not.......as for the offer to join your little club, Vince McMahon, you can kiss my ass, and that’s the bottom line......because STONE COLD said so......”

.......with that Austin tosses down the microphone, before raising his arms in celebration amongst this rowdy crowd.....while Vince McMahon slowly sits up with a look of fury on his face, and the show closes to the sound of Jim Ross telling us that.....

”.....by god, Stone Cold Steve Austin just Stunned the Owner of the World Wrestling Federation.....and Austin don’t give a damn......all hell is about to break loose around here.....”

Rating: A*

Final Rating: A*


Last edited by to4sty : 06-24-2018 at 02:16 PM.
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