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Week 3, October 1997
Myriad Convention Center (Oklahoma City, Oklahoma)
ATT: 15,000
TV: 36.48


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We are just six days away from In Your House: Badd Blood, which means that in less than one weeks time the world will witness the unveiling of the Hell in a Cell structure....the structure which is going to enclose not only the ring, but the entire ringside area, as Mankind and Brian Pillman write another vicious chapter in their already bloody and brutal feud......

.....we don't have to wait a week to see the Corporate Cannon however, because he's here right now, alongside the Owner of the World Wrestling Federation, Vincent Kennedy McMahon, McMahon's personal problem solver Kane, the Enforcer Arn Anderson, and last but not least, possibly the greatest wrestler to ever lace up his boots, The Nature Boy Ric Flair.....

.....McMahon welcomes us to the show, saying that before we get down to the action this evening, there are one or two items of business that he wants to discuss, starting with the WWF Championship match at Badd Blood, or more importantly, the potential changes to said match......

"....you see this Sunday night, you will all get the opportunity to see Bret Hart challenge Ahmed Johnson for the World Wrestling Federation Championship.....but it's clear following the events of last week that Ahmed Johnson has more than a few unfinished items of business with one Kevin Nash....now Ahmed Johnson wants Kevin Nash added to that WWF Title match at Badd Blood....Kevin Nash wants Kevin Nash to be added to that WWF Title match at Badd Blood....and for some reason, you moronic fans want Kevin Nash to be added to that WWF Title match at Badd Blood.....in fact, it's safe to say that the only one that DOESN'T want Kevin Nash added to the WWF Title match at Badd Blood, is Bret Hart....."

....McMahon says that with that being said, this is what we are going to do....tonight, each of those men is going to make their desires a reality, when Ahmed Johnson has to team up with both Kevin Nash and Scott Hall, to face Bret Hart, Owen Hart and Chris Jericho....and while Nash and Johnson would much rather be tearing into each other, they're going to have to co-exist this evening, because should they win this match, then yes, Kevin Nash will indeed be added to the WWF Title match this Sunday at Badd Blood......not only that, but Scott Hall will also receive his requested WWF Intercontinental Title match as well, against Champion Owen Hart, while in the interest of fairness (and to assure that no one can claim to have been "screwed") should the Harts and Jericho win this evening, then Mr's Hall and Nash will NOT be competing for ANY championships at Badd Blood.....

"...and while we are on the subject of people being screwed, one person that I have no problem in making life difficult for.....is Stone Cold Steve Austin....."

....the crowd pops big at the mention of Stone Cold, and it's not long until a loud "Austin" chant breaks out through the arena, a fact that clearly irks McMahon, who tells the fans that they have four of the greatest stars in the world gathered in this ring right now, and they choose to chant for a white trash redneck like Steve Austin......

".....but then judging by the look of some of you individuals in attendance tonight, that shouldn't come as too much of a surprise....and while I personally thoroughly enjoyed seeing Mr. Nash get a taste of his own medicine when the WWF Champion sent him crashing through the announce table last week, I didn't get what I really wanted.....and that was Stone Cold Steve Austin beaten to within an inch of his life....."

....McMahon says that tonight, six days before Kane tears Steve Austin limb from limb, McMahon is adopting a more "extreme" approach....when Austin faces Raven later tonight....and speaking of extreme, the World Wrestling Federation is certainly going to go to the extreme this Sunday night.....when Brian Pillman takes care of Mick Foley/Dude Love/Mankind once and for all....inside the Hell....in a Cell.....

.....Pillman takes the microphone, and with a maniacal cackle he decrees that Badd Blood will indeed be the end game in the Brian Pillman/Mick Foley saga.....and it's a game that only he can win.....and while they say that a rose by any other name smells as sweet, Mick Foley by any other name still can't defeat the Corporate Cannon Brian Pillman....and so confident is Pillman that he's going to easily eradicate his opponent on Sunday, that TONIGHT, (as he holds up four fingers) he's going to take care of a little....'Family Business'......when he takes out the lame horse Barry Windham.....

.....Flair takes the microphone next, letting out a big "Wooooooooooo" as he tells these fans that in six days time, ("The Nature Boy is gonna walk that aisle, and with The Enforcer by my side, we're going to erase a seven year old mistake from the face of the earth")....he says that that you have to take chances in this great sport, because everyone once in a while (indicating towards Brian Pillman) you unearth a diamond.....but more often than not you're left with nothing more than a handful of coal, and that's exactly what they had with Barry Windham and Psycho Sid, two useless lumps of coal that they're going to crush under their boots at Bad Blood....that's IF Brian Pillman leaves left of Barry Windham....next.

Rating: A*

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That match is indeed next, as big Barry Windham makes his way out, along with very big Psycho Sid by his side. McMahon heads to the back, with Kane close by his side (after all, you never know when the Rattlesnake is going to strike) while Flair heads over to the announce desk. Anderson however chooses to remain on the outside, heading over to Pillman's corner where he no doubt plans to get involved in this one somehow, despite the presence of the seven foot Sid.....

.....the match itself was good....Pillman and Windham go wayyyy back, and have spent plenty of time in the ring together, with Windham even forcing the former Bengal to don a mask as the Yellow Dog for a time, after defeating the smaller man in a 'loser leaves' match....the stakes are nowhere near as high this evening, although with both men being former Horsemen, you've got to assume the pride stakes are pretty high.....

.....in the end however, the numbers game was too much for Windham (and Sid) with Flair finally leaving the announce table to run interference with Sid, leaving Arn to reach under the ring to pull out that trusty tyre iron, which he uses to clock Windham in the back of the head....and as Brian Pillman marches on towards Hell in a Cell, he does so with a victory under his belt, because he gets the one, the two, and the three.

Winner: Brian Pillman
Rating: B

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Why stop when you're having fun huh? And with Windham down, that leaves the Pillman, Flair and Arn with just Psycho Sid to contend with....and if Pillman has history with big Barry, he's CERTAINLY got history with Sid.....(THAT Powerbomb in the War Games match about six years earlier anyone?)....and he joins his two team mates in a three on one assault on the outside....Sid is a big fella though....which probably explains why Anderson eats the ring steps, and Pillman gets his head bounced off the steel post before Flair finally clips the knee, chopping the giant down to size, and then the Horsem...uhm, Corporate Men go to work kicking at Sid, (as Pillman pulls the safety mats up off the floor) until they finally knock him down onto the exposed concrete floor......

.....Windham rolls to the outside, looking to lend a hand to the hand....he's not at anywhere near 100% however after that hard blow from Anderson's trusty tyre iron, and he's quickly dispatched by the trio, before Flair hands Pillman a steel chair, telling him to ("do what you do best brother") as the Corporate Cannon inserts Sid's long leg inside the folding chair, and heads up onto the apron......looks like Psycho Sid is about to be Pillmanized......
















.....before he can leap however, the masked figure that it Mankind comes rushing out from the back...good thing too, because the last thing anyone needs to see (again) is Sid getting his leg broken....

.....Pillman (still up on the apron) climbs through the middle rope and backs up to the centre of the ring, cackling and wide eyed as he screams at Mankind to come and get him....

.....of course, his confidence might have something to do with the fact that Flair and Anderson have put themselves between Mankind and the ring on the outside, and both men are armed, Anderson with that tyre iron, while the Nature Boy has pulled the steel chair off Sid's leg....Mankind comes to a halt as he assesses the situation, while Brian Pillman acts like a maniac in the ring, pacing around, bouncing up and down on the bottom rope, before finally dropping down to his knees and begging Mankind to make a move.....

......Mankind takes a hesitant step forward, and Flair and Arn both roll into the ring alongside Pillman, where all three continue to goad the masked man into making what could be a very big mistake....the Deranged One takes another step forward, then stops and just stands there with his head half cocked to one side and a small smile breaking out on his face.....why's he smiling?













......and why is the crowd popping?













.....probably because Stone Cold Steve Austin has just climbed over the crowd rail behind the unaware trio, and he's slid into the ring....and as Mankind finally makes his move towards the ring Austin spins Anderson around, kicks him in the gut....and drops him with a Stunner.....

.....Mankind rolls under the bottom rope and goes straight for Pillman, as Austin flips off The Nature Boy, but the two Corporate men no longer like these odds (especially since Windham and Sid are climbing back to their feet too) and they quickly bail to the outside, dragging the Enforcer out with them as they go, and retreat quickly up the aisle.....but much as he did last week, Jim Ross hammers the point home that Brian Pillman will have nowhere to run and nowhere to hide this Sunday, when he's locked inside the Hell in a Cell with Mankind.....time for a commercial break.

Rating: A*

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Harlem Heat and the Dogs of War have hit a bit of a stalemate when it comes to tag team action recently....they've faced each other three times over numerous episodes of Raw and Superstars, with each contest resulting in a no contest of some description as they attempt to destroy each other.....last week the Heat finally took the upper hand, after Booker T defeated Wrath in singles action (albeit with an assist from his brother) so this week Crush is looking to avenge that loss, as he takes on Stevie Ray.....

.....if you were looking for a scientific showcase here you were very much disappointed, because Stevie and Crush spent the match pounding the hell out of each other with big power moves. Stevie Ray might not have the "breakout star" tag attached to him that his brother has developed as of late, but he's certainly capable enough in the ring to put on a decent match....and Crush, while not spectacular, is solid enough too.....

.....this is an open match, with plenty of opportunities for both men to pick up the victory, and when that victory did come, much like last week, it wasn't without its controversy....because while Stevie handed Booker the assist LAST week, Wrath does the same for Crush THIS week, reaching under the bottom rope to trip Stevie as he runs the ropes after an Irish Whip, leaving the Harlem Heat man to stumble into a big Chokeslam from Crush for the one, the two, and the three.....

Winner: Crush
Rating: B

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.....another reoccurring feature in this Heat vs. DoW feud has been the fact that each match has been followed by a further brawl....the ring clearly can't contain this war....and the culmination of this match is no different, because following the interference, Booker T rushes around the ring and launches Wrath hard into the steel steps, and no sooner has the bell rang than he rolls into the ring and goes straight for Crush....

.....the two men eventually stumble through the ropes, where they are soon joined by a recovered Stevie and Wrath, as the four way war continues....unlike previous weeks however, security are out like a shot to separate them.....and with them....








.....Vince McMahon, who appears on the Titantron to let the two teams know that if they are going to insist on tearing each other apart, then they can do it at Badd Blood....and since they clearly can't work around the confines of either the rules OR the ring, then they can compete in a Falls Count Anywhere Street Fight.....before ordering security to get the two teams out of his arena.

Rating: B+

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While security deals with Harlem Heat and the Dogs of War, we go backstage, where Michael Cole is standing by with Ken Shamrock....Cole (rather cautiously) skirts around the fact that last week, Shamrock had another chance at becoming the WWF European Champion, but much like at Summerslam, his temper got the better of him and he wound up costing himself the match when he was too preoccupied with the illegal man, Jeff Jarrett.....Cole asks if Ken has any animosity towards Matt Hardy for capitalising on this fact to secure the victory? Shamrock just shakes his head, before saying no....Matt did what he had to do to retain his title....Ken says he's watched the footage back, and "the kid" was clearly trying to snap him out of his red mist, but Shammy was too far gone to realise....he cost himself the match, his temper cost him the match, and he has no one to blame but himself.....

"....but I'm trying Michael, I'm trying to curb that temper, and I'm sure that one day soon, you're going to see gold around the waist of Ken Shamrock...."











".....yeah?....but it won't be tonight will it.....because tonight, it's going to be Jeff Jarrett walking out with the gold....."




....and in walks Rich Steiner (looking as terrible as always with his medallion Dollar sign necklace, bare chest and jacket combination) along with his manager Ted DiBiase.....Steiner takes off his designer(?) sunglasses and tucks them safely into his top pocket, before telling Shamrock that a street punk like him is never going to amount to anything in the WWF.....

".....ya see, to be a champion you need taste (Steiner adjusts the lapels of his rather tacky jacket) you need class....you need to be a man of wealth....see you, you're just some punk from the streets that used to sleep in abandoned cars and eat from the trash....well a man like me, I've got more car's in my garage than I could drive in a week, and I only eat the finest foods to stay looking as only I can look....(again Steiner adjusts his jacket....and the slight bulge around his midsection is noticeable....he's certainly been eating well)....but then that's the difference between you and me, you and Mr. DiBiase, and you and Jeff Jarrett....we're the upper class, while you're just the crap that my butler scrapes from the bottom of my shoe....."

.......Shamrock doesn't like that comment one bit, and you can see the steam getting ready to blow out of his ears, and Steiner he just provokes it further, clearly looking for a reaction....he asks Ken what's the matter?.....

".....are you gonna blow?....are you gonna snap?.....that temper might have helped you down in that ultimate punching garbage that you used to do, but here in the WWF you're not fighting bar room brawlers and Bruce Lee wannabe's in their pyjamas, you're fighting professional athletes....men that fight by the rules, something that a low down dirty street rat like you wouldn't know anything about......"

......Steiner pulls an enormous wad of bills out from his pocket and peels of a (One Dollar!) bill....telling Shammy that's why he'll never amount to anything....that's why Jeff Jarrett is better than him, and that's why Steiner is better than him....before arrogantly flicking the (One Dollar!) bill in Shamrocks face.....

"......because I'm Rich......and you're not......"

.....both Steiner and DiBiase fire off an obnoxious laugh, and Shamrock is standing their desperately tying to keep his temper in check.....

.....when an acoustic guitar suddenly smashes over his head from behind him.....











.....and Jeff Jarrett struts into frame.....he looks down at Shammy and shakes his head, telling him now look at what he's done......he's gone and broken his favourite guitar.....

".....don't worry though Kenny Boy.....I've got plenty of money, I can just buy another...ha-ha, come on boys.....old Double J's got a title to win...."

.....and with that the Million Dollar Camp walk off, leaving Shamrock down and out....or at least they mostly walk out.....because Steiner runs back into the shot quickly, bending down to retrieve his (One Dollar!) bill, blowing the dust off it and putting it back into his pocket, before walking off to join his team mates.....our European Championship match is up next.

Rating: B+

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It is indeed next, and this European Title match has been dubbed a last chance match, because while Matt Hardy has indeed been a true fighting champion here during his two month reign, the Million Dollar Corporation have certainly had more chances than most to take the gold away from this plucky youngster....this is their last shot (for now anyway) and perhaps knowing that they have underestimated Hardy in the past, and realising the magnitude of this opportunity, not only has DiBiase made his way out with Jarrett, but Rich Steiner is out there too.....those are some tough odds for the Champion to overcome.....

.....he does well though considering the circumstances, even taking Steiner out at one point (after growing tired of the constant interference) with a Suicide Dive, which for a period at least made this a more even contest....unfortunately, by the time Jarrett pulled the official in front of a modified Poetry in Motion attempt (knocking him out cold) Steiner had recovered, and with the referee indisposed, it was time for the Corporation to double team the champion.....

.....Steiner hits Hardy with a move dubbed "The Million Dollar Drop" (which is essentially a Death Valley Driver) before heading to the outside to pick up the European Championship....and as Jarrett drags Hardy to his feet, hooking his arms behind his back, it looks like the two Million Dollar Members are about to Brain the youngster with the solid gold belt.....



















.....which is when Ken Shamrock comes exploding out of the back....and I say exploding because the man has clearly lost it....he's snapped.....and he slides into the ring where he takes out Steiner with a hard right that sends the European title flying, before sending him halfway across the ring with a high, high, belly to belly suplex.....

......he turns to face Jarrett (who has dropped Matt and is now furiously begging off) and goes to make his way over to him, but he comes to a stop as he spots the gold title belt lying on the mat.....

......he picks the Championship up and pats the face of it, before letting out a loud roar and charging at Jarrett.....who manages to avoid the blow at the last possible second.....

.....sadly for Hardy, he chose that exact moment to get back to his feet.....and Shamrock inadvertently nails him right between the eyes.....

.....that causes the fog to lift for the manic Shamrock, who instantly realises his mistake....not that it helps Hardy any, because Jarrett surprises Shamrock with a clothesline and tosses him to the outside (where Steiner is waiting to keep him preoccupied) just as DiBiase rouses the official....Jarrett makes the cover, and just like that, Matt Hardy's storybook title reign is over, and for once Shamrock's lack of self control has cost somebody ELSE a victory.

Winner: ....and New WWF European Champion.....Jeff Jarrett
Rating: B

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As the Corporation celebrate depositing some gold into their account, Ken Shamrock attempts to help up the man he essentially just screwed over, as we go to the back where Dok Hendrix has quite the packed house....

....he's standing by with Rey Mysterio, Dean Malenko, Al Snow, Chris Candido, and (much to the distaste of Candido) Sunny....he says that in a few short moments they will be competing in eight man tag team action, as they face off against the WWF Tag Team Champions The New Age Outlaws, and Nation of Domination members Faarooq and Kama....and they must know by now, that where Faarooq goes, the rest of the Nation is never far behind.....

....Malenko says that they are well aware of that....he says that last week they were getting ready to compete in that number one contenders tag team match against the Nation, and got taken out before they even got to the ring....well this thing with the Nation is far from over....and the Nation might have strength in numbers, but he and Rey aren't the only ones with a score to settle with Faarooq and his boys....in fact, they know a VERY big man with a VERY big score, and sooner or later, Faarooq is going to have to get into the ring with Big Nelson.....

"......and as far as me and Rey go, we might not be the biggest dog's in the fight, but we've got a hell of a bite of our own.........what the hell are you doing?....."

.....everything stops as the camera turns to Al Snow, who has been fumbling with something in the background throughout the entire interview....he finally finishes what he's doing and lets out a big "Ah-ha" as he pulls a Lucha Mask wearing Head into view.....

"......behold......hailing from Tijuana, Mexico....the scourge of the Rudo empire.....the hooded hotshot of the hurracanrana, the masked mistress of the misteriorana.....the taco chewing technician of the tiger driver......Seņor and Seņoras.......El Cabeza!...............what?............that was not inappropriate...........................it was not...................well I don't think it was..........I am not..................I AM NOT A GRINGO.......wait, what's a gringo?.................oh....I guess I am a gringo.........well it doesn't matter, cause tonight, the Lucha Brothers, Rey Mysterio........"

......Al reaches behind him and pulls out the Avatar mask he was wearing last week, slipping it on his head......

".....and Al-Vatar are going to be flying higher than any Luchador has flown before..............yes I can.........I can.................I'll have you know I CAN fly thank you very much.................I can fly better than you................well I'd like to see YOU hit a missile dropkick...................YOU DON'T HAVE ANY LEGS!!!......"

......Mysterio tries to repress a smile as Candido and Malenko (two men who would probably be a more 'traditional' fit as a tag team) exchange a look, with Candido finally shrugging, telling the Man of 1000 Holds that "he grows on you", before turning to Dok and telling him that they are just six days away from Badd Blood, and six days away from finally, FINALLY capturing the WWF Tag Team Titles......he says that they've beat the Outlaws before, they can beat them again, and this time the gold is 100% on the line......


".....thanks to me......"

.....Sunny flicks her hair back with a big smile on her face, telling Candido that she told him that she would get them that shot (as she tries to run her hand over his chest).....because what Sunny wants, Sunny gets.....Candido just rolls his eyes and bats her hand away, telling her that it was he and Snow that won the match last week, it was him and Snow that EARNED that match.....and it is him and Snow that are going to defeat the Outlaws on Sunday....they don't want Sunny, they don't NEED Sunny......hell, he'd rather have Head in his corner than Sunny, so why doesn't she go back to "entertaining" Vince McMahon, because right now these four men have got business to attend to.

Rating: B+

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That match is indeed happening right now, and it's set to be a wild one, because while Badd Blood: In Your House is in six days time, there is plenty of bad blood to be settled in this one.....Al Snow & Chris Candido have been trying (unsuccessfully) to capture the WWF Tag Team Titles from the Road Dogg and Billy Gunn for quite some time now, while Malenko & Mysterio have become embroiled in a bitter feud with the Nation of Domination....although it's safe to say that as long as they have those title belts around their waists, the Outlaws have a huge bullseye on their backs from ALL the teams of the WWF......

......the match itself was pretty good....it was pretty entertaining too, as both Al Snow (or I guess Al-Vatar) and Head...sorry, El Cabeza....donning their respective masks, Snow seems to think he's the next Lucha sensation.....he's no Rey Mysterio that's for sure, but he's certainly got more aerial ability than any of his four opponents, and it's the face foursome that actually co-exist better than the heel quartet, because Faarooq is splitting his attention between a) his opponents, b) letting the Outlaws know that when they're done "squashing these pint sized punks", they're going to be coming for those tag team titles......and c) keeping one eye on the entrance ramp for any sign of the implied (in Malenko's pre match promo) presence of the 500lb Nelson in the arena.....

.....in spite of that, it was the New Age Nation that picked up the victory....and in typical Outlaws style, (they are Outlaws after all), they stole it........because as the match breaks down, and a pier eight brawl breaks out, Gunn and James find themselves brawling on the outside with Snow and Candido, where the Road Dogg grabs Snow by the Al-Vatar mask, twisting it to obscure his vision....and as the official focuses on Gunn and Candido, Rey Mysterio climbs the top rope looking to fly at Faarooq......which is when the Road Dogg jumps up onto the apron, shoving the former Light Heavyweight Champion hard in the back and sending him crashing to the mat.....and all that left Faarooq to do was hit the Dominator.....for the one, two, three.

Winner(s): The New Age Outlaws & The Nation of Domination
Rating: B

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From there we cut to a scene developing outside of the arena......Mr. McMahon may have ordered security to evict Harlem Heat and the Dogs of War out of the building, but he obviously didn't specify to evict them from different entrances, because right there in the middle of the road, Booker T and Stevie Ray are taking the term "Street Fight" very literal, as they continue their brawl with Wrath and Crush.....

.....the traffic has quite literally come to a standstill here outside the arena, not that it had much choice when you have these four huge men paying no mind what so ever to the laws of the road, as they kick and punch and scratch and claw their way up the street.....

......Jim Ross says that we could well be seeing a preview of what's to come this Sunday night at Badd Blood, where Harlem Heat and the Dogs of War will compete in a Falls Count Anywhere: Street Fight.....you could see a pinfall in the ring, you could see a pinfall in the crowd, you could see a pinfall in the street, in the road, on the roof of a car.....quite simply put, this rivalry will be ended one way or another, because no matter where this fight goes, the official will be there to make the fall....

.....for now however, there is no official, and no one is even attempting to make a pinfall attempt, ecause it's not about getting a victory here, this is all about hurting each other, emphasised by the fact that Booker T almost gets his head put through a nearby store window, about the same time that Crush gets backdropped onto the hood of a car....until finally we cut away, and head back into the arena where Jim Ross and Rick Rude are waiting to introduce our next match.......

Rating: B

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.....and that match is going to see Stone Cold Steve Austin go one on one with the man who caused quite the controversy last week on Raw, not only entering the sanctuary of Jake "The Snake, but assaulting his Priest too.......and that man, is the Deity of the Damned.....Raven....

.....Jim Ross informs us that while they would like to show us the footage of Raven's despicable actions of last week, in the interest of good taste that's not going to happen.....although for the less easily offended, the entire incident will be included in an upcoming article for the WWF's more adult oriented publication, the WWF Raw Magazine, complete with uncensored photographs of the unpleasant scene.....

.....as for this match itself, it's really only come about thanks to Vince McMahon's desire to punish the Rattlesnake for his repeated assaults of the Owner of the World Wrestling Federation....and with Austin set to tangle with Kane in six days time, Raven may well be the perfect choice of opponent if you're looking to make someone suffer, because clearly this self proclaimed Deity of the Damned has no line that he won't cross.....

.....this was actually the match of the night, it really was very good (and one that may be worth revisiting in the future)....Austin is obviously white hot right now, and remains the number one face in the company, while Raven steadily climbed to a main event position (with really very few high profile victories) and stayed there with virtually no effort on my part, it's been all him (and his excellent promo abilities).....

.....it probably comes as no surprise that this was largely a brawl based contest, and a lot of it took place on the outside.....Austin had the upper hand in the early onset of the match, but when Raven did take control he did exactly what McMahon wanted, he punished the Rattlesnake with every part of his environment....the steel steps, crowd barriers, the ring posts, the announce table....everything was a weapon, to the point that the official almost threw this one out on a number of occasions.....Austin rallied back and was more than happy to return the favour, introducing his opponents head to every surface that Raven had used to punish him, and even went back to his "Stunning Steve" days as he busted out a brutal looking Stun Gun on the safety rail...........this really was developing into an instant classic.............























......it's a shame it had to be interrupted....but after the actions of Raven this past week, did you really think that Jake Roberts wouldn't have something to say on the matter?......not that he physically gets involved.....but the sound of his entrance music and the sight of the Snake man walking out onto the entrance way was enough to turn Raven's head, and that was all the invitation Austin needed to kick him in the gut, before dropping him with the Stone Cold Stunner for the one, two, three......

Winner: Steve Austin
Rating: A

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.....Austin celebrates his victory before heading up the ramp to the back, where Roberts is still standing with a look of conflict on his face.....the Snake and the Rattlesnake come face to face for a moment, before Roberts steps to one side to let Austin pass, as Raven slowly pulls himself up to a kneeling position inside the ring......

.....Jake still hasn't moved, and from his knees Raven gives him a twisted smile before motioning to him to come on down.....Roberts wants to, in fact you can see by his face that he REALLY wants to.....but he doesn't, instead he pulls out a microphone and tells his Badd Blood opponent that he's not coming down there tonight......

".....don't get me wrong.....I want to.....you have no idea how badly I want to walk down to that ring right now......but you see, me, I've been a lot of thing.....I've been a sinner.....an addict....a liar.....a downright heinous individual.....but one thing I am above all else is a patient man......"

.....Raven begins to laugh at this statement, still imploring Jake to walk that aisle as he unfolds those arms crucifix style, and from his kneeling position it's an eerie replication of the position Roberts priest was left in.....but still Jake doesn't come......

"......I'm a patient man, but I'm patient for selfish reasons.....because as much as I want to come down there now, if I do that I won't be held responsible for my actions.....if I come down there right now then there will be no match between us at Badd Blood, because I can't guarantee that you'll leave this arena alive....and I need you alive.....I need you alive and at your best, because then there will be NO excuses for your destruction.....

......I said that anyone could be saved....that anyone could be redeemed, but I was wrong....you Raven, you have walked too far into the dark to ever find your way back into the light....you're a rabid dog that needs putting down and on Sunday night, I WILL be your own personal Armageddon.....see I may be a Man of God, but it's a common misconception that a Man of God means a Man of Peace.....Holy War's have been waged on this earth since the dawn of civilisation....from the time that the Archangel lead the battle to cast the Rebels out of Heaven, good has ALWAYS triumphed over evil, just as it will at Badd Blood......"


.....Raven continues to cackle as the Snake talks, if his plan was to push his former mentor over the edge, he may well have succeeded, because for all his talk of patience Jake is clearly barely holding it together, and the master manipulator clearly knows that, continuing to taunt the Snake as he talks......Jake says that for what Raven did to his church.....to his priest.....but more importantly, to his friend, Raven will pay the ultimate price.....this "Deity of the Damned" will be cast out.......

"......and may God have mercy on your soul......because trust me, there will be NO mercy.....from me....."

Rating: A*

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We go to the back following that, to the locker room of the Hart Foundation, where Dok Hendrix is standing by for a quick word with Bret, Owen, Chris AND Test (who is currently hard at work strapping up the Hitman's ribs with tape after his ride through the announce table last week).....Dok says that tonight, Bret, Owen and Jericho can not only prevent Kevin Nash from inserting himself into the WWF Title match at Badd Blood, but put an end to Scott Hall's plans to capture the Intercontinental Championship for an unprecedented fifth time with one win tonight.....that one win isn't going to come easy however......because not only will they have to defeat Hall and Nash, but the seemingly unstoppable WWF Champion Ahmed Johnson as well.......

......in between winces as Test tightens the tape around his ribs, the Hitman says that it won't be as difficult as people seem to think.....sure he's banged up right now, but Owen and Jericho are in peak condition.....he says that he would trust these men to defeat anyone put in front of them, but more importantly than that, they are a cohesive unit fighting for the common good, while Ahmed Johnson and Kevin Nash are about ready to kill each other......tonight, the Hart Foundation put an end to this Wolfpac nonsense, and at Badd Blood, Bret "The Hitman" Hart will once again become the World Wrestling Federation Champion........








.....from there we go to Michael Cole, who's in the Wolfpac locker room, where Kevin Nash looks to be suffering as much as Bret Hart is from that trip to table town last week, which leaves Cole to beg the question, with Big Sexy at less than 100% and with their partner being the man that put him in that condition, how can they ever hope to co-exist?....

.....before Nash can answer the door swings open, and in walks the WWF Champion Ahmed Johnson, along with his motormouth manager Jim Cornette.....Nash gingerly gets to his feet as Ahmed walks right up to him, and the two men go face to face in a rather tense moment, before Ahmed finally looks down at Nash's heavily taped midsection with a smirk.....Big Sexy tells him that he might want to wipe that smirk off his face, before Nash does it for him, but that just makes Ahmed smile even wider as Jim Cornette tells Kevin Nash that if he's looking to intimidate someone then he's looking at the wrong person.....

".....this is Ahmed Johnson, the World Wrestling Federation Champion.....the man that took out the Undertaker.....the man that took out Rikishi and Kokina.....the man that holds victories over Scott Steiner, Steve Austin and Bret Hart.....and the ONLY man bad enough to walk into the mouth of the Wolves den alone.....he doesn't get intimidated.....what he does get however is results, and it's a result that he's going to get tonight, because make no mistake, Ahmed Johnson will be leaving Badd Blood as the WWF Champion whether he faces Bret Hart, Bret Hart and Kevin Nash, or King Kong, Godzilla and Mothra.........the result remains the same.....Ahmed wins......

.....now fortunately for you Mr. Nash, being the fighting champion that he is Ahmed Johnson has decided that he wants to take the big bad wolf down, even if that means he has to face TWO men to do it.....so tonight, rest assured that Ahmed Johnson is going to do what Ahmed Johnson does....he's going to win.....but in the interest of full disclosure, when that match ends tonight, and Ahmed Johnson has his hand raised......well, I'll let the man himself tell you what's going to happen......Ahmed?....."


.....the smirk doesn't leave Johnson's face as he and Nash continue to go face to face.....but as Cornette finishes his rant the WWF Champions face goes deathly serious, as he lets Big Sexy know in no uncertain terms that tonight......just like at Badd Blood.....

".....you're....going.....down....."

.....the two uneasy allies continue to stare each other down, leaving the atmosphere so tense that you could cut it with a knife, before Michael Cole rather nervously sends us back to ringside for the entrance of the Hart Foundation.

Rating: A

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So it's main event time, and time to see if Kevin Nash can co-exist with Ahmed Johnson long enough to secure another shot at the World Wrestling Federation Championship, because victory here tonight against the Hart Foundation would accomplish just that.....

....this match wasn't quite at the level that I'd hoped, it wasn't bad by any stretch of the imagination, but then you've got the rather odd heel/face team of Ahmed Johnson and the Wolfpac, not to mention the fact that both Ahmed Johnson and Kevin Nash are IN the match....I guess even Bret Hart can't work miracles with them both at the same time....

....the story of the match was always going to be the question of whether Ahmed and Nash could co-exist....and they did (for the most part).....after all they were working towards a common goal....it's not often that you'll see a Champion fighting to ADD a challenger to his title defence, but Ahmed Johnson doesn't give a damn, and he wants to get his hands on Kevin Nash, so if he has to put someone down to do it, then so be it.....

.....of course it helped that Bret Hart was on the opposing team, because both Big Sexy and Ahmed want a piece of the Hitman, while Scott Hall just wants a shot at Owen Harts Intercontinental Championship......it's Hall that gets stuck playing the face in peril role too, as the Canadians isolate, double (and occasionally triple) team him, and use every cheap trick in the book to keep the upper hand.....and that includes Test on the outside taking out Waltman with a massive, running Big Boot on the floor.....and as the official is distracted by that, Owen chokes the life out of the Bad Guy with a nearby electrical cable......

......with Waltman still down, Test breaks up a tag attempt, dragging Ahmed off the apron just as Hall arrives, which Nash responds too by chasing him away from the corner, just as Hall outstretched his hand out to make the change......Test is certainly a distraction on the floor.......


















....at least he was.....until Big Poppa Pump decides he's seen enough and comes running out from the back to level the bodyguard with a Steinerline that plants the big man on his ass.....

.....Scotty has had his problems with Test and Jericho in the last few weeks, and the Ayatollah of Rock'n'Rolla now turns his attention to the former World Wrestling Federation Champion, who's stood on the outside calling Jericho a "PRISSY LITTLE B!TCH......WHY DON'T YOU COME DOWN HERE AMERICA JUNIOR, AND I'LL SHOVE A MAPLE LEAF SO FAR UP YOUR ASS YOU'LL BE ABLE TO USE IT TO BLOW YOUR NOSE".....

.....Bret and Owen aren't overly happy to see Steiner either, and all three men take their eye off the ball long enough for Scott Hall to make it to his corner, where he makes the tag to Big Sexy Kevin Nash......

.....Nash steps over the top rope and runs across the ring (without tearing a single quad) where he drives a knee into the back of Bret Hart, sending him flying off the apron (where he takes that patented Hitman sternum first crash landing on the crowd rail.....and if he didn't have tender ribs already, he certainly has now).....Owen turns around and gets decked with a big right hand that drops him to the apron, then grabs Jericho by the hair and drags him into the ring over the top rope.......Nash is finished, he's done playing.....and he drops the straps down, points at Ahmed telling him that he'll see him Sunday.....and then drives Jericho into the mat with the Jacknife Powerbomb for the one, the two, and the three........Kevin Nash (and Scott Hall) head to Badd Blood, and the gold may well be coming home to the Wolfpac.......

Winner(s): Kevin Nash, Scott Hall, and Ahmed Johnson
Rating: B+

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......but the moment the officials hand strikes the mat for the third time, (before the bell has even finished ringing) Ahmed rushes the ring and drops a knee into the damaged ribs of Big Sexy, followed by a series of elbow drops asking Nash how he likes that?......

......Ahmed rolls Nash off the top of Jericho, picks the Ayatollah of Rock'n'Rolla up and tosses him to the outside, before mounting the chest of Nash and unloading with a series of stiff right hands......

......Chris Jericho lands with a crash at the feet of Sean Waltman (who has pulled himself back up to a standing position following the assault from Test) and Waltman wastes no time in hitting Jericho with a number of stomps, before dragging him up by the hair and whipping him into the crowd rail, where he delivers a series of (as Jim Ross calls them) martial arts kicks against the steel......Test makes his way over to put a stop to that, and picks Waltman up in the fall away slam position, but instead of tossing him overhead, he drives the back of the Kid into the ring post......but if Chris Jericho thought he was going to catch a breather he was dead wrong, because Scott Steiner isn't done with him yet.......

......Ahmed is still pounding on Nash in the middle of the ring and Scott Hall looks to be heading into the ring to help out his partner.....he doesn't make it however, because the Intercontinental Champion, Owen Hart hooks him by the ankles from the outside, and drags him down to the floor, clearly looking to weaken the new number one contender to HIS title just six days before he puts it on the line, and that leaves us with a pretty chaotic scene......Ahmed hammering Nash, Jericho and Test battling Steiner and Waltman, and Owen brawling with Hall on the floor......

.....that just leaves Bret Hart, who (while still selling his ribs masterfully) rolls gingerly into the ring behind Ahmed, where he delivers a number of flat footed kicks to the back of the WWF Champions's head, dragging him to his feet before dropping him right back down with a Russian Leg Sweep.....

.....Bret mounts the second turnbuckle, then leaps and drives the point of his elbow into the skull of the WWF Champion, before picking up Ahmed's thick legs, looking to lock in the Sharpshooter......and that's when Kevin Nash kicks his head off his shoulders with a Big Boot.....

.....with Hart and Ahmed both down, Nash drops to the outside briefly where he picks up the top half of the steel ring steps, sliding them under the bottom rope before re-entering the ring himself......he positions the steps in the middle of the canvas, and as Jim Ross says that we have seen this before from Kevin Nash, Big Sexy drags the Hitman to his feet by the hair......it looks as though he's about to deliver the Jacknife Powerbomb onto the hard steel......

......before he can deliver the devastating move however, Ahmed takes him by surprise with a series of right hands......Nash returns the favour, firing back with blows of his own, just as Bret Hart gets back to his feet to join in the fist fight.....and as the battle unfolds on the outside the ring, we have a three way brawl inside it, as just six days before Badd Blood, six days before our triangle WWF Championship match, and six days before these three men go to war, we have a preview of sorts right here to close out the show, as Jim Ross implores us to buy the Pay Per View, because we are out of time.

Rating: A*

Final Rating: A

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