OLD BUSINESS: Last week I completely forgot to thank The Cubs Fan for
filling in on the Amazon Onslaught RAW report! So I'm doing it tonight!
Thanks Cubs! Everybody go visit thecubsfan.com
RIGHT NOW! Or after you read this report anyway...
TONIGHT: Here's your first look at the new logo, graphics, listen to the
music, but nothing else has changed...it's still Ross & Lawler providing
the hype! Tonight, Triple H is officially presented with the Undisputed
Championship (which he won FIFTEEN DAYS AGO)! Also, Stone Cold will be in
the house! We SWEAR! (Also maybe a match or two - or not)
T(O)N(I)G(HT): In "The Outcast," Trek attempts yet again to pussyfoot
around a dicey subject with weak results - mainly because it turns out to
be one of those yucky Jeri Ryan episodes that threw out all the warning
signs...but they went ignored, so when her style ended up pervading
Voyager later, it
ended up sabotaging it RIGHT from the git-go when she was made producer.
On the other hand, this was the kind of episode that was MADE to be dissected on
rec.arts.startrek.current, because at the time everybody just couldn't
WAIT to talk about all those wonderful hot-button sexual issues...mostly
because they always attempted to inject them into all the discussion
anyway. Oh, what a time to be alive, gay and have Usenet access!
They're here, they're queer and when it comes to Star Trek Usenet
discussion, they can't shut up any more easily than the straight folk!
Umm, I don't know how I ended up talking about this for almost 150
words...sorry--hey, and how ABOUT how that wacky Riker? He'll fuck
ANYBODY (except a guy - unless you believe some RASer's, heh heh heh)
QUICK QUOTE: 14.05 (- .70, last year: 14, two years ago: 16 7/8)
ANNIVERSARIES: Hey, it's the fourth anniversary of WrestleManiacs! I
know, I know - these things mean less and less the further and further
removed we get from 1998...still...this one goes out to Mike! (But only
'cause they go out to Rick EVERY week)
TV-14-DLV - CC - One World Leader Attitude - WWF!
"Welcome to RAW." In the office, it's Ric Flair - and a new WWF
Championship belt (with "Triple H" nameplate) - and a few words for us!
"Tonight, RAW enters a new era. The Ric Flair Era - an era that promises
to be more exciting and action-filled woo than ever before! And tonight I
promise to do everything in my power to sign Stone Cold Steve Austin to a
contract that will ensure that Stone Cold Steve Austin stays with RAW
forever. Also, I have a personal honour - tonight - of presenting the NEW
Undisputed Championship belt to the reigning World Wrestling Federation
Champion Triple H! Let the party begin! Woooo!"
(New) Opening Credits - if Austin doesn't join RAW, I sure hope they edit
him out of these opening credits!!! (Oh is that a spoiler? Damn)
I GET LETTERS: Speaking of The Cubs Fan, once again he checks in so YOU
don't have to:
Some random chick, "looking down her shirt" camera angle
Lead Singer, through a cage
A hallway, with a woman at the far end
Random chick looking at herself in a mirror (or someone doing the same
motions?) in a dark light room
Time laspe road scenes
The semi-crashing into the ambulance - two different angles
Triple H's water spit <- First actual wrestler!
Someone in the band? Can't tell.
Ric Flair, in darkness
Big Show - he slaps himself on his chest and sparks shoot out
Steve Austin slams beers together
Matt Hardy (I think)
Austin drinks that beer
Rob Van Dam flying to the outside
A topless chick, facing away from the camera.
Undertaker, face scrunched up in pain
RVD, face scrunched up in pain
Austin, face scrunched up in pain
William Regal, in darkness
The whole band
Drummer, from below
Some chick - maybe the random one they keep showing. It could be Stacy.
Austin, blood on his face and in pain - not the classic WM13 shot
Kane, in darkness, doing his pyro cue
Everyone not who's not the Singer.
nWo lego - lit red and black.
Booker T, looking at his hand, near the old entrance.
Another random chick - I think I'm supposed to know who this is but they
give us a bad angle
The two random chicks we've seen - one facing away from us is toppless,
Undertaker - many shots.
RAW logo on the WWF-tron.
Raven - you can't see much of his funky hair here.
Austin - many shots.
Karate fighthing X-Pac, in darkness.
Jeff? Just a blink.
the RAW logo comes together and that's it. (:26)
All the band bits (27 of the 78) are them playing in the middle of a ring,
in the middle of a warehouse with the new entrance set up in the background.
My guess is that someone really liked the "Smackdown darkness" open that was
scrapped quick and wanted another shot of it - very similar feel of doing
it. Also, the band gave their song for free as long as they could be in
quite a bit of the opening; it feels a lot more then 35% when you see it
Said band, by the way, is Union Underground...that is, if our commentators
are to be believed - hey, why not?
NEW SET SAME OL' PYRO - coming to you LIVE from the Hallie Kate Eisenberg
Arena in Albany, NY All Fools' Day 2002 but this is no joke - it's a whole
'nother RAW! But it's still transmitido en espanol SAP - and WOW look at
that white noise coming to you from WWF New York!
TONIGHT: Triple H gets a belt!
TONIGHT: Kane takes on THE CROWD - well, we didn't get the graphic of
X-Pac we were supposed to get, but we are told that's his opponent
TONIGHT: Stone Cold is in the house - WE SWEAR!
But first, says Ross, "a CHAMPIONSHIP WRESTLING MATCH..."
WWF INTERCONTINENTAL CHAMPIONSHIP: ROB VAN DAM (champion - Battle Creek,
Michigan, 235 pounds - with Forceable Entry CD cover) v. BOOKER T
(Houston, Texas, 251 pounds)
referee: EARL HEBNER
Ross says he and
Lawler made "the right decision" - read into that what you will for
storyline purposes...at least RIGHT NOW they're attempting to get into
calling the match as opposed to doing other stuff. HERE WE GO: Lockup,
chain wrestling to a side headlock by T. van Dam powers out - T with the
shoulderblock. Off the ropes, up andd over, leapfrog by van Dam, T drops
down and van Dam backflips over him. T back up, there's a huracanrana by
van Dam - who points to himself! Let's start over. Lockup, knee by T,
forearm in the back. Chop, chop, chop, into the ropes, head down, van Dam
back to back over, catches the kick, stepover heel kick connects.
Forearm by van Dam, into the corner, shoulder in the gut, shoulder,
superfluous backflip, shoulder. Off the ropes...but T catches him and
drops him with a hot shot. T follows up with a nice back heel kick.
Scoop...and a slam. There's a sidewalk slam - T hooks the leg to get the
first near fall of the evening. T pulls up van Dam - van Dam with a left,
right, right, runs into a back elbow though - T hooks the leg and gets 2
again. T goes to the headlock. Crowd brings van Dam back to life -
elbow, elbow, T forearms him back to the mat. T lifts him up - into the
ropes is reversed but T pulls him back into a reverse heel kick - T with
ANOTHER 2 count. T back to the headlock...and the crowd goes back to
clapping for van Dam...back to his feet - elbow, elbow, elbow, T with a
forearm, van Dam put into the ropes, ducks a clothesline, van Dam's
Viscera kick connects and both men are down! Hebner's count is up to 4 as
T get up - van Dam up, blocking the punch and responding with an elbow.
Another block, another elbow, elbow, elbow, T put into the corner,
tumbling run into a monkey flip by van Dam - vaults up top - leaping kick
finds the mark - deep cover - 1, 2, NO! T manages a kickout. van Dam
still on him - kick, forearm - T reverses the whip and doubles him over
with a knee...then consults his hand. T comes off the ropes but took too
long as van Dam ducks away from the axe kick - there's a Ghetto Blaster
gets to chest level. T ducks a clothesline but van Dam drops down out of
the waistlock and sweeps the leg backwards to trip up T. van Dam off the
ropes, Rolling Thunder MISSES when T rolls out of the way - breakdances
back up - HARLEM SIDEKICK! - 1, 2, NO!!!!! T argues the count with Hebner
but gets back on van Dam. In the corner, big chop by T, chop, chop -
crowd chanting "RVD" - whip into the opposite corner is reversed, but T
goes up and over - crisscrosses into the body scissors rollup - 1, 2, van
Dam kicks out - van Dam folds T up and HE gets 2. T ducks a clothesline
and lands ANOTHER Harlem sidekick. T decides he needs to put some more on
him. Sits him up top - they trade blows but T is still in
command...climbing up top to try for the superplex - van Dam fighting him
off - right, right, right, shoves him back to the ring - Fivestar frog
splash! That's his move! 1, 2, 3! (6:41) Oh man, they better not be
teasing me by giving me ONE match like this and then never again... This
is the kind of match that has been missing from RAW for a long time, and I
hope it either goes over right away, or the fans quickly get re-educated
to it. Waaaaaait we're not done yet! No sooner is the frog splash replay
over than EDDIE GUERRERO - YES, EDDIE GUERRERO is in the ring, grabbing
van Dam in mid-pose from the buckles and powerbombing him to the mat!
Guerrero isn't done - mount, right, right, right, right - going up top!!
Now THAT'S your frog splash! Unlike van Dam, Guerrero shows no ill
effects from performing the move and pops right up to give van Dam a
little more attitude. Guerrero finally walks off with a sneer - and more
importantly, *without* music - another way to use subtlety and get over
that this was "unexpected." I applaud! Hey, wait, it STILL ain't over
yet - BILLIONAIRE VINCE is also out unannounced and he's stolen a mic.
"Well, uh...well well!" Vince steps in the ring. "I don't wanna
interrupt anything out here - no, but - I don't mean to interrupt your
program, but I came out here for one reason. I came out here to sign
Stone Cold Steve Austin to an exclusive WWF SmackDown! contract. And if I
know Austin, Austin definitely wants to hear what I have to say. So with
that in mind, allow me to introduce you to the hottest free agent in the
history of the World Wrestling Federation, Stone Cold Steve Austin!" I
believe also that he's the ONLY free agent in the history of the World
Wrestling Federation, but... well, I don't see him - and neither does
anyone else. As McMahon starts to speak again, Ross tells us that Flair
has ordered a commercial break from the executive producer as Vince isn't
supposed to be on this show, so we cut off everyone in mid-sentence.
YES. Somebody's been doing their homework around here, BY GOD
Big Show shills Stacker 2!
When we come back, Vince is still in the ring - apparently, he's been
talking through the entire break. "I'll get back to you in a minute
there, JR. Oh no no no. You see, I asked for Stone Cold Steve Austin -
what do I get? Look at this - I get Ric Flair's SECURITY. Let me tell
you somethin' - you guys are pretty smart - no no. If you want me, you
come in after me. That's not why I'm here. I'm not leaving this ring
until Stone Cold Steve Austin signs this exclusive SmackDown! contract."
Vince's next sentence is cut off as RIC FLAIR's music fires up - which
means it's time for a Ric Flair entrance - oddly enough, by Ric Flair!
"Hey Ric...I just wanna say this, that there's an old expression that
money talks and bull(shit) walks, so tonight, I'm doin' the talking - and
Ric, you're gonna be doing the walking, pal. Because Austin WILL sign my
exclusive contract - and there's not a damn thing you can do about it."
"Unless you bought a ticket - unless you bought a ticket, and I'm gonna
call Security off for a minute - you're gonna have a small window of
opportunity to get your ass out the door and back on the street. And as
far as money talkin', I'd say this new set for the new RAW - woooo!"
"Yeah, well uh, that's all well and good, Ric, but...I'm not leaving this
ring. And there's nothing your Security can do about it - and there's not
a damn thing YOU can do about it. Uh, let me remind you the last time you
tried to do something, it was on uh, your own show SmackDown! last week
when uh, you still owned 50% of it - what happened, Ric? Vince McMahon
beat you 1, 2, 3, don't embarrass yourself again here tonight! Come on
out, Austin, dammit! Austin, that man Ric Flair is preventing you from
coming out here, he's preventing you from hearing what I have to say!
Austin, you need to know--" "Vince, Vince, Vince, get a grip. Get a
grip. Let's just do a little informal survey on Stone Cold Steve Austin,
how about that. All of, all of those... that would like to see Stone Cold
on RAW, gimme a hell yeah! Now how about those of you that would like to
see Stone Cold on SmackDown!? Now Vince, because it's a new era, I got
dressed up real nice tonight, man, I'm Armani all the way - don't make me
take off this coat and come down there and do a Royal Rumble moment for ya
again, buddy." He starts to the ring. "Let me just say this, Ric -
neither you nor anybody else is big enough or bad enough to take my ass
outta this ring tonight." Vince is to the apron...Flair stops as some
music plays. WEEEEELLLLLL, WELL IT'S THE BIG SHOW is out to make McMahon
gulp. Handshake from Flair on the way to the ring. "Welcome to RAW!"
Show waves goodbye to Vince as the crowd AGAIN starts singing. "Umm,
listen. I know who you are - SHUT UP, DAMMIT! I know who you are, okay?
You're the Big Show. Seven feet of ya, five hundred pounds, you gotta
remember one thing. MY name is Vince McMahon!" Show grabs Vince by the
neck, the pulls him over his back and carries him off as his music plays
again. Vince makes a lot of noise - "Austin's not gonna like this!" but
amazingly his mic is NOT cut. We take another ad break here.
"Scorpion King" ad
Catch the WWF (RAW roster) live! Tomorrow, Reading! Saturday, Salt Lake
City! Sunday, Denver! Next week, RAW is Phoenix and SOLD OUT! Friday,
Amarillo! And Saturday, Odessa!
During the Break, Show carried Vince all the way to the door - Vince
offered to take his mic back, but Show threw him out.
WILLIAM REGAL (European champion - Blackpool, England, 240 pounds) v.
SPIKE DUDLEY (Dudleyville, 150 pounds) in a nontitle match
Patrick pats down Regal but fails to find the
knux...which Regal had stashed underneath his armpit. Patrick looks RIGHT
AT Regal stuffing the knux in a turnbuckle...sheesh - oh, wait - Patrick
sneaks over and grabs the knux, putting them in his own pocket! Well,
damn, I must have died and gone to heaven. Lockup, armdrag by Regal -
they scrum a bit on the mat, and then Regal lets up, looking rather smug
about the whole business. Everybody back up. Waistlock by Regal, to a
three-quarter nelson, takes him over (OWCH), puts him on the mat AGAIN -
and lets him up one more time with another self-satisfied look. Here we
go again - lockup, knee by Regal - into the corner - left forearm by
Regal, forearm, forearm, forearm...and a forearm for good luck. Regal
waves to the crowd - here comes Spike with a right and a rollup - Regal
kicks out as Patrick hits 2. Spike with a dropkick to the left knee - off
the ropes but eats a European elbow by Regal for 2 - another cover,
forearm grinding the face for 2, another 2, and one more 2. Spike is
scrappy, though, and manages a jawbreaker - off the ropes - slips the
punch and a crucifix rollup (!) gets Spike 2. Regal with a drop toehold,
climbs on the back and unleashes three Euro elbows in the back of the
head. Vertical suplex. Cover, forearm in the face, gets ANOTHER near
fall. Regal firmly in command. Going for a death suplex but Spike lands
on his feet...Spike ducks a swing and tries a dropkick - Regal simply
swats it away. Regal with a half nelson belly-to-back suplex (that crazy
Regal) and Spike rolls outside after unfolding himself. Regal out after
him - thrown into the ropes so Spike can bounce back to the floor. Later
tonight, Bubba Ray Dudley gets a shot at Raven's hardcore title. Regal
puts Spike on the apron and wraps him around the corner of the mat.
Regal back in as Patrick gets to 7. European uppercut, another, Regal
stands him up for a THIRD uppercut. And there's one more, why not.
Regal's killing him! Into the opposite corner - Spike finally comes back
with a head to the gut, another, another, right hand, climbs the corner -
Regal shoves him back to the mat and turns round, looking for the brass
knuckles. But he doesn't find them - Regal is flustered and Spike is back
on his feet...Spike with a gutshot, to the corner for the Dudley 'dog!
Spike covers - 1, 2, 3! (3:45) Regal reacts to this upset about as well as
you'd expect. Spike waves to him.
The NWO is WALKING! They don't know why Flair drafted them, but they sure
hope that he signs Austin. Also, they predict bad things for Kane -
"fight one of us, fight us all" and all that. They end up catching sight
of something TRULY AMAZING - *somehow* the APA offices were transported
BRICK BY BRICK from Philadelphia to Albany and left in the EXACT SAME
STATE as last Thursday! Walking in through the door (hey, who says the
NWO have no respect?), they clear a path through the beer cans, upright
the table and set up the chairs to take a load off. Ross finds this VERY
disrespectful! Even DAMN disrespectful!
One of the tracks on Forceable Entry is by Monster Magnet - "Live For the
Moment" - here's a snippet.
When we come back, it's a trip to the locker room - Bradshaw and
Jacqueline miss Faarooq. Crash pops in, puts a hand in Jackie's
face, then plays Just Joe, narcing out the NWO. Bradshaw shoves him aside
and goes after them. Jackie puts a hand in HIS face on her way out.
Meanwhile, Trish Stratus checks out a new personalized article of
clothsing - Terri happens by and gets offended when all Trish says is "hi,
Terri." Somehow this leads to Terri accusing Stratus of having an
attitude since landing the cover of Divas attitude. "Need I remind you
I'm the diva of all divas?" Before they come to blows, Ric Flair stands
between them and says the tension might be relieved with a match. The
fans might like to see them in bikinis, in fact. In FACT, since they're
acting like children, perhaps a "paddle on a pole" match is in order. "I
can show my ass, but I can also kick it - and I'm starting with yours,
Umm....that's gotta be the flimsiest rationale I've ever HEY WAIT A MINUTE
TERRI AND TRISH LATER and somebody's gonna get spanked! Lawler wastes no
time turning into Beavis.
Meanwhile (3), JONATHAN COACHMAN catches up to Debra outside THE EXCITING
DOOR! Any scoops? "I know, Coach, that is the big question of the night
- is Stone Cold, is he gonna go with Mr. Flair, or is he gonna go with Mr.
McMahon? And...I do know one thing, Steve has not yet made up his mind,
but one way or the other, Stone Cold will make a decision, tonight -
Meanwhile (4), Hall works on spraypainting the APA door while a card came
rages on. "Yeah man, I wanna hit" either refers to cards, or... Just
before Nash gets X-Pac to strip, Bradshaw storms the premisese, kicking
down the door - he does well enough with X-Pac and Hall, but runs into
Nash's big boot. 'Pac adds a chair in the back and a stomp. Nash
lovingly brushes back his hair and says "Now you can have your damn office
UP NEXT: Bubba Ray Dudley vs. Raven for the Hardcore Championship!
But before we go to ad break, the Boot of the Week, brought to you by
Lugz! From SmackDown! last week, Tommy Dreamer and Raven prove too much
for Maven - and it's Raven ending up taking the hardcore championship
Mick Foley hosts the new season of "Robot Wars: Extreme Warriors" - oh man
he's hanging out with Carol Grow! Remember her on ESPN2's "Coed Fitness?"
Oh man, how many a lonely, lonely morning I've spent watching her work on
her....oh I've said too much again
Moments Ago, Bradshaw expressed outrage...and look where it got him - this
time they at least sync up Bradshaw's bleep with his cuss word
WWF HARDCORE CHAMPIONSHIP: BUBBA RAY DUDLEY (Dudleyville, 325 pounds) v.
RAVEN (champion - The Bowery, 239 pounds)
referee: CHAD PATTON
Raven spends a lot of time emptying his shopping cart into the ring -
Dudley tries to get him with the STOP sign but misses - finally, he
catches a crutch - suh-WING and a miss (lucky for Raven) - head through
the ropes and we're on - Raven in - right, right - Dudley trades places in
the corner, right, left, right, open-handed slap, hairwhip takedown,
elbowdrop, elbowdrop, "take this you sick freak," double sledge.
Clothesline puts him out on the floor - Bubba follows. Bubba grabs a bag
of oranges (?) and opens it up...then decides to do a little juggling for
our amusement before taking a nosh outta one and smacking Raven with
another. Shopping card shoved to the STEEL steps, but Raven's already
ducked out of the path. Raven with the crutch to the gut - and across the
back. Back in the ring we all go - Bubba reverses a whip - wants the
Bubbabomb but Raven's trick knee acts up to turn it back his way. Raven
with a right hand. Whip across the ring and Dudley crumples 'cause his
balls STILL hurt. Raven grabs the trashcanlids with cutout handles and
gives Dudley the windmill (six whacks) - DUDLEY FLOP!! Raven with the
STOP sign - WHACK! Cover...1, 2, no. Dudley tries to reverse the whip,
but Raven reverses back into a sleeper of all things! Bubba's fading
fast...but manages to grab the sign and whack Raven into breaking it up.
Bubba with "Iblockyourpunchyoudon'tdropmine," again, clothesline, into the
ropes, Samoan Drop, 1, 2, Raven kicks out! Dudley grabs a lid as the "we
want tables" chant gets louder - Raven reverses a whip attempt but runs
into an elbow. Dudley to the second rope...before he can come off, Raven
gives him a fire extinguisher blast. Raven back to his feet - Dudley
whacks him with the trashcan lid and Raven falls back to the mat. BUBBA
HITS THE SECOND ROPE SENTON FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE WRESTLEMANIA
2000!!!!!!!!!! (Special thanks to researcher jer 307) Hooks the leg - 1,
2, NO!!!! Dudley sets up a chair - whip, reversed, drop toehold by Raven
into the chair (which Dudley set up...lemme see....huh. I'll have to
figure that out later) - 1, 2, NO! Raven pulls Dudley up, wants the
Evenflow but Dudley is out - Bubbabomb HITS - 1, 2, 3! Well I'll be
jiggered. Perhaps there's a method to his madness after all. "That was
for you, D-Von - that was for you!" Ladies and gentlemen, we have a NEW
hardcore champion! (Formula 4:09)
In his limousine, Vince talks (to ME!) on the phone - but how the heck did
that cameraman get in there? "Oh no no no - you should know me better
than that. Yeah. Lemme tell ya something...just because that big seven
foot monster threw me out, you know, that doesn't mean I'm leaving here
tonight. I'm still in the parking lot. I'm in my car, I'm in the parking
lot, and lemme tell you something, before I leave here tonight, I will
have Austin sign this exclusive SmackDown! contract. Austin is on his way
out here - what do you mean? Because I have my sources, I sent someone in
to get Stone Cold. I'm gonna sign Austin before the night is over."
UP NEXT: Time soon for the WWF Undisputed Title Presentation...to Triple H!
There's a look at the KeyBank marquee...even though it's the PEPSI Arena.
Here comes RIC FLAIR with the new TNN - I mean, the new title belt that
will replace the other two. Here also are the RAW Credits, transmitido en
espanol SAP, TV-14-DLV and CC boxes. We're still gonna have the RAW Zone,
it appears - even if they never actually MENTION it. Hey, how come
Jericho never got a new belt? "You've heard me say this a thousand
times...this time, I couldn't say it more meaningfullil, more
meaningfully. This is the most coveted trophy in ALL of professional
sports. And it's my honour tonight to present the reigning World
Wrestling Federation champion with this new Undisputed Championship
belt...I'm talking about Triple H. Triple H, as you know, came back from
a near career-ending injury, he worked, he slaved, he trained to bring
himself back to a level that not only took him to a win at the Royal
Rumble, it enabled him to win the title at WrestleMania, so
please...without further ado, please bring out Triple H, the
Undisputed..." Umm, that's AWESOMETAKER's music. Maybe he's disputing
it? Ross mentions that Flair made Taker his first draft pick "...so he
can make the Undertaker's life a living hell, and anybody that can't
figure that out must be a REAL idiot!" Whoa, who crapped in Ross' Kashi?
Taker makes a slow walk to the ring - in the ring - and gets himself a
microphone. Taker turns his head towards Flair. "So this is how it's
gonna be, huh, Flair? You're gonna draft me #1 so you can come out and
embarrass me whenever you feel like. Is that how it goes? And I guess
you think I'm gonna set back and let that happen. I guess you think I'm
gonna set back and watch you give that Undisputed title to Triple H.
Well let me fill you in on a few facts about Triple H, Ric Flair...first
wait a minute, wait a minute, minute, wait a minute, wait a minute...why
don't we go back a couple weeks to Toronto, Canada, at WrestleMania
Eighteen - you remember that, Ric? Do you remember me beatin' you down
and leaving you in a puddle of your own blood right in the middle of the
ring? And you must say honestly, it was probably the most pain that you
ever felt in your life - I tell you what, why don't you say 'what' if you
like to sleep with your own sister." HA HA!!!! "You remember that, don't
you, Ric? Well let me tell you a little story in history - the year
before in WrestleMania, I did the exact same thing to Triple H. You see,
every time I wrestle Triple H, I beat his ass. I can't help it, I just do
it. But now...you expect me to set back while you give that Undisputed
title to Triple H. You know what that sounds like to me, Ric? It sounds
like somebody's tryin' to show me up. It sounds like somebody's trying to
disrespect me. And I TOLD you...if you drafted me number one, that I was
gonna make every day of your life a WrestleMania moment. Well I guess
it's about time I lived up to my promise." Glasses are already off...now
the coat is off...and NOW the Game is on - or at least his music is,
anyway...here comes THE MAN, WWF title around waist for the last time, WCW
title over shoulder for the last time, water in hand, and shirt brought to
you by Red Baron frozen pizza - Bring Home the Baron tonight(tm)! H joins
the party in the ring, hands his belts to Flair in exchange for the
microphone, but before he speaks, we ride out a "Tri Pull H" chant. "You
know somethin', Dead Man...you're right. You DID beat me at WrestleMania
last year. But that was then, and this is now. And right now, *I* AM The
Undisputed World Wrestling Federation Champion. And I've got fifteen
pounds of gold over there that says you can't beat my ass again." Taker
thoughtfully scracthes his chin. "Is that right. Well I tell you what
Mr. Undisputed Champion - why don't you put yo money where your mouth is?
At Backlash, what do you say - me and you? For the belt." "Me and you at
Backlash...the Undisputed title on the line...you're on. But I'll tell ya
what...I can't see no point in waitin'. Why don't we do it right here,
right now?" H throws down the mic and removes his shirt. Taker regards
the situation...H takes another step forward and now they're standing nose
to nose. And given the size of H's nose....sorry. "Backlash...will be
just fine." Crowd boos - they want it now! But Taker is awesome and
won't give it to them...slowly walking back over to Flair...taking the new
title belt from him... "It's a time fine lookin' title right there.
Hell it's even got your name on it, boy." Taker undoes the snaps. "So I
tell you what..." Taker drapes the belt over H's shoulder. "Why don't
you hold onto that....while you still can." Play "Rollin'!" Hey, you
know what - that worked for me.
TONIGHT: Stone Cold! WE SWEAR!
Ya know, with Mick Foley doing the VO on this TNN promo - I wonder if
that's another gig for him...or just temporary. Hey by the way, aren't
you SICK AND TIRED about hearing about Dee Snider's MSNBC voiceover gig?
ENOUGH ALREADY DEE SNIDER is what *I* say! Yeah! Who's with me? Yeah!
This Special Video Look "Behind the Scenes: Scorpion King" makes sure you
get your dose of Rock on tonight's show anyway. It's coming 19 April!
TONIGHT: Trish vs. Terri - a Bikini/Paddle on a Pole Match! Has a slash
ever been better placed? Lord have mercy!
HARDY BOYZ (Matt & Jeff - Cameron, North Carolina, 445 pounds - with RAW
is brought to you by Mint Skittles - why don't they call 'em Minttles?,
truth, and Burger King!) v. MR. PERFECT & BOSS MAN (Robbinsdale,
Minnesota and Cobb County, Georgia - 567 pounds)
Good God, with that hairdo, I think Jeff must think he's Bjork or
something. Ross never tells us where Lita is. The heels doubleteam to
start, Boss Man tosses Jeff and goes out, leaving Perfect and Matt in the
ring. Perfect puts Matt into the ropes - Matt ducks, gutshot, wants the
Twist of Fate but Perfect shoves him to the ropes, where Boss Man is
waiting to give him a hot shot. Perfect off the ropes with the rolling
nack snap. Head to Boss Man's boot - and a tag. Boss Man right, right,
hairpull toss out of the corner, uppercut, into the opposite corner,
sidewalk slam, hooks the leg, and gets 2. Into the unfriendly corner -
Perfect with a choke while Patrick finds a way to occupy himself with
Jeff. Perfect tries hard to make sure Patrick sees his tag, then gives up
and comes in. Field goal kick, kick, stomp, stomp, stomp, stomp, stomp,
tag. Perfect holds Matt up for a running...punch from Boss Man. WOW! A
PUNCH! Stomp, stomp, tag. Perfect right, right, Matt fights back with
rights for Perfect and reverse elbows for Boss Man, but Perfect manages to
grab him and and tag out one more time. Boss Man with a gutshot, Perfect
with one more on his way out. Matt into the corner, Boss Man runs at him
but ends up crotching himself...and hawking up a big loogie for added
effect. Man, how many kinds of ugly can we have in one match? I suppose
when Jeff gets the tag we can add another one. HOT TAG! Right, right,
right, shove for Perfect, Boss Man into the ropes, flying clothesline,
sitout jawbreaker for Perfect (bad sell for him), speaking in tongues
double legdrop for Boss Man - Matt's back in to help Jeff with Perfect -
into the opposite corner, Poetry in Motion coming up - and there you go.
Perfect leaps out of the ring on that. Boss Man manages a Law'n'Order
Kick to Jeff to turn things back his way. Into the ropes, BOSS MAN SLAM -
leg is hooked - 1, 2, somehow Jeff gets the other leg over the bottom rope
- no way. Boss Man puts Jeff on top...but Matt is back in with forearms
to the back - whip is reversed, reversed back, there's a Twist of Fate out
of nowhere besides that Boss Man doesn't know how to sell it, swantonbomb
by Jeff as Matt sitout clotheslines Perfect - Patrick finally figures out
Jeff's had a cover on Boss Man all this time AND they're the legal men -
and counts a 1, 2, 3. (3:55) I believe that match can be best described
as "gangly." Perfect wastes no time distancing himself from Boss Man -
whoops, here's BROCK LESNAR with a double clothesline to the back of both
Hardyz in mid-celebration. Spinebuster for Matt - Argentinian TKO - Jeff
leaps from the top, but Lesnar catches the huracanrana attempt and gives
Jeff a triple powerbomb from it. Did Ross just call him "the white
Rhyno?" and I thought Rhyno was already white? Seeing PAUL E. HEYMAN pose
with Lesnar just made me think "911 with four moves instead of one" -
that's probably not where they want me to go with that, though. Ross says
"Jeff got the hell powerbombed out of him...more times than Liza Minelli's
been married." Hey, stay tuned - later tonight, he'll make a joke about
Doc Severinsen's jacket.
Terri lotions up! Robe is on - and now she is WALKING (away so we can see
The WWF Rewind is brought to you by Castrol Motor Oily! From SmackDown
two weeks ago, Trish & Lita defeat Jazz & Ivory - do you take Trish
PADDLE ON THE POLE BIKINI MATCH: TERRI (WWFDivas.com)
v. TRISH STRATUS (WWFDivas.com
- Toronto, Canada)
referee: JACK DOAN
Oh. Well NOW I'll take her
seriously FOR SURE!! Seeing Terri skip makes ME skip! Is it wise to
wrestle with a pierced navel? Who am I kidding - there won't be any
wrestling in this match! There's the pole, there's the paddle. Yep.
Trish lingers in removing her jacket, so Terri helps her out - then slaps
her one. We're underway. Terri with a hairpull takedown. Stands over
her back - rams her head into the mat five times. Make it six. Make it
seven. Excuse me, I am TRYING to look at Terri's ASS. Head to the
buckle. Terri walks over her back, then skips to the corner with the
pole...but Trish grabs her - FACE FULLA STUFF, FACE FULLA STUFF - sorry
Konnan, I just stole your line. Terri tries to reverse the powerbomb
setup into a Frankensteiner (!) but Trish pulls her back up to shoulder
level. Terri manages a right hand to the head to get back on her feet -
slap in the face...walks into a gutshot by Stratus - there's a bulldog.
That's probably the most technical move Terri can take - sure enough,
Stratus adjusts her bikini bottom, then walks over to the corner and grabs
the paddle. That's how you win. (1:17) But before she can use it, MOLLY
HOLLY is out to boot Trish in the back - there's a hairpull takedown - now
shoving Terri out of the ring with her boots. Molly with the paddle and a
look of bad intentions...SHE BROKE THE PADDLE OVER TRISH'S HEAD!
(Yikes!). No smiles as she walks off - I guess we need to take her
seriously now. Here's a replay.
Outside, Vince continues to talk to me on his phone: "No no no, Austin
hasn't arrived. I sent word - I've got faith he's gonna be here.
Somehow I'm gonna get to him, I know damn well. I tried to get back into
the building - a minute ago, I opened the door and that big seven foot
goof was still standing there - what do you WANT me to do? I just know
that somehow...somehow, I'm gonna get back in that building tonight.
Somehow, I'm gonna make my case to Stone Cold. All right, I'll talk to
you later. Yeah. It's cold." Vince back in the limo - hey don't forget
the poor freezing cameraman!
Another Foley sighting for the "Robot Wars: Extreme Warriors" ad
And here's another "Scorpion King" ad - he comes for the woman...and your
Drowning Pool's "The Game" is a track on the Forceable Entry CD - I know
this because I'm watching this video clip snippet right here
Into WWF New York we go...
And now back to Ric Flair who interrupts his phone call (with ME) to talk
to Steve Austin - hey, it's really Steve Austin! "Stone Cold Steve
Austin...how are you?" Austin eventually takes the offered handshake.
"I'm fine." "Been looking for you all night." "You got some time to talk
to me?" "Anything?" "I'm just wondering why you're not letting Vince
McMahon into the building." "I'm not letting him in the building because
it's my show and I don't want to take the chance on him screwing it up."
"You won't let him in the building." "No." "...I want you to let him in
the building." "You want me to let Vince McMahon in this building
tonight." "Yeah, I know all the crap the sumbitch has pulled...but I
think it's only fair that I get a chance to listen to everything he's got
to say. Right out of his mouth, Stone Cold Steve Austin can make his
decision." "After all he's done to you..." "Hey - we all got a past to
live down, don't we. Huh? I think it's fair that I listen to what the
man has to say. So I tell you what we're gonna do. After this next
match, you, me and Vince McMahon are gonna go to that ring - I'm gonna
listen to what you got to say, what he's got to say, and I'm gonna make up
my mind...right here tonight." He leaves before Flair can provide an
Your hosts are a pair of kings - JIM ROSS & JERRY LAWLER.
Let Us Take You Back to SmackDown! where, to me, Kane was a HELL of a lot
more "hilarious" before everyone else fell over themselves to TELL me how
"hilarious" he was - also, Kane got the decision over X-Pac in the six-man
main event...which naturally leads to
Hey! It's Kane! And he's WALKING! The RAW Zone is LIVE, or so says
"WWF Divas 2002 Swimsuit Edition" magazine - in stores tomorrow! Unused
slogan: YOU CAN BEAT OFF TO IT, SON
Big Show shills Stacker 2 - again
KANE (Parts Unknown, 326 pounds - with Forceable Entry CD cover...and
Castrol Motor Oily presents Backlash - coming in twenty days!) v. X-PAC
(Minneapolis, Minnesota, 212 pounds - with Scott Hall & Kevin Nash)
referee: E. HEBNER
I think the person I feel most sorry for is Tori....well no, but. Nash
takes a threatening step in Kane's direction, so of course he turns his
head completely around, allowing X-Pac to put a forearm in the back and
kick it off - forearm, right, kick trifecta. Chop, into the ropes is
reversed, tilt-a-whirl by Kane to turn it around. Kane with an uppercut.
Back elbow. Right hand. Into the opposite corner - X-Pac gets a boot up.
'Pac runs into a kick. Big press....hold....and slam by Kane. Uppercut
sends 'Pac reeling. Into the ropes, 'Pac ducks, Kane catches the kick,
then catches the enzuigiri to the side of the head. Kick by 'Pac, kick,
chop, chop, right, chop, NO SALE. Whip into the corner is reversed,
follow clothesline by Kane - lifted into the one-arm sidewalk slam. Kane
going up top - Hall on the apron - Kane looks his way, which is just long
enough of a distraction for X-Pac to run to the corner and leap into an
overhead dropkick that puts Kane on the floor. While X-Pac discusses the
Israeli/Palestinian conflict with Hebner, Hall makes his way round to give
Kane three right hands. 'Pac with a pescado - but Kane catches him...but
'Pac manages to go down the back and shove him into Nash's big boot.
"Suck on that, Kane - suck on that!" 'Pac back in the ring, where it's
HIS turn to keep Hebner's back to Kane - Hall runs him into the STEEL
steps. We take a Castrol replay of Nash's boot - it's the only move he's
doing tonight, folks, so savor it! Kane staggers back into the ring,
where Pac drops the forearm - three times. Kane back up - right by 'Pac.
Right, right, right, right. Kane fires back with an uppercut, right, into
the ropes, 'Pac ducks, spinning heel kick connects - 'Pac covers - 1, 2,
Kane kicks 'Pac out through the ropes to the floor! Oops, got too close
to Hall - Hall with ANOTHER right hand. 'Pac's been climbing the corner -
big missile dropkick!! 'Pac is pleased with himself, but he's not looking
in the right place, 'cause otherwise he'd see Kane with a ZOMBIE SETUP -
I MEAN SITUP! Kane with "Iblockyourpunchyoudon'tblockmine," right, into
the corner, 'Pac steps aside and Kane hits the corner. Overhead kick by
'Pac, kick, kick, kick, kick, steps on the throat for 3 - Hebner muscles
him off. While they chat, Hall tugs on the hair to keep him there until
'Pac can hit the broncobuster. Again, 'Pac has a short-lived
celebration...Kane pulls himself up a la Page, then barrels over 'Pac with
a clothesline. Clothesline. Into the ropes - press...and drop. Into the
ropes, 'Pac ducks, Kane catches the spin kick - up onto the shoulder,
powerslammed down. Off the ropes - no, Hall grabs his ankle so he has to
stop. 'Pac runs in but Kane gets up the big boot. Now Kane goes outside
- uppercut for Hall!! Kane climbs the corner - there's the "flying"
clothesline for X-Pac. Chokeslam coming up...nope, Hall in to save and
that'll be the NWO ending one more time. (DQ 5:32) Nash is also in and
it's two on one...until BRADSHAW comes out - punch for you, punch for you,
chop for you, punch for you, back and forth we go - Kane puts X-Pac out
while Bradshaw punches Nash and Hall until they roll out. Play the APA's
music! Hahahaha Kane's pyro didn't work, how bush league - they missed
the lighting/pyro cue but at least they hit the music cue. Kane looks
rather annoyed - at least as annoyed as you can be while you're wearing a
mask. Commentators suggest that Kane and Bradshaw now have bullseyes on
their chests and they'll be NWO targets. THIS IS A BIG MONEY FEUD FOLKS
Vince McMahon is allowed in - allowed in so that we may see him WALKING!
Tough Enough 2 ad
Hmm, Foley's doing VO on *this* ad, too - hey I think we're onto something
here. You know who I always hated on voiceovers? Penn Gillette for
Comedy Central - MAN he sucked. I was ready to write in offering to work
FOR FREE if only they'd lose him...then I remembered that I wasn't anybody
famous and they wouldn't give a crap if I offered to work for free, so I
WWF Shop Zone Dot Come ad
RIC FLAIR is in the ring when we get back. "Ladies and gentlemen, I told
you earlier tonight that the RAW brand would make a contractual offer to
Stone Cold Steve Austin - Austin that would ensure the services of Stone
Cold to the RAW brand forever. It is now my privlige to introduce--"
BILLIONAIRE VINCE makes his entrance (with music and video) at this point,
probably *not* whom Flair was intending to introduce. Vince seems pretty
happy. "Well Ric what's the story? You seem a little upset, Ric. Are
you upset because Austin himself insisted - insisted I come out here?
You're upset about that, right? Are you prepared to LOSE again, Ric?
Just a couple of things to set you straight, pal. You know what Austin's
lookin' for, he's lookin' for leadership. He's lookin' for business
savvy. I'd like to remind you and everyone else that it was my
intellectual sperm - you heard me, I said it was my intellectual sperm -
that fertilized the egg known then as professional wrestling and then
became what is now known as modern-day sports entertainment. See, it was
my business acumen, Mr. Flair, some sixteen years ago if I recall in which
I could see into the future - I could see that not only would WWF fans
come to a live WWF event, but they could stay at home and watch these
mega-events on something then known - or not known until I made it famous
- pay per view. That was me, Ric, that wasn't you. When you were bustin'
your ass takin' backdrops over the top rope, that was ME, Ric. It was me
who recognised that the World Wrestling Federation wouldn't be just a
national phenomenon. No, I recognised, me (Vince McMahon) that the World
Wrestling Federation would be a living, breathing, global brand of
entertainment. Me, not you. Those are the things that Stone Cold Steve
Austin is contemplating before he comes out here and signs this contract,
Ric. And, quite frankly, it was also me who recognised maybe that the
Ringmaster wasn't gonna cut it and it was me who introduced Stone Cold
Steve Austin, himself. So you see, Ric, that's why Austin, tonight, will
sign MY SmackDown! contract, and be exclusive to--" The sound of breaking
glass interrupts and brings out STONE COLD STEVE AUSTIN - hmm, no
Forceable Entry track for Austin HAH? - and four corners for Austin, Vince
applauding the whole time. Flair offers Austin his mic - Austin opts to
get his own. "First of all, allow me, allow me to say I LIKE THAT
T-SHIRT!" "First of all, let me say I don't give a rat's ass about your
intellectual sperm! You got a contract for me?" "Yes sir, I do." "You
got a contract for Stone Cold?" "Yes, I do." "You want me to leave RAW?
Join SmackDown! - walk away from Ric Flair - walk away from the Nature Boy
- tell him no - tell you yes - that's what you want. Say something, you
can say something, you want him to say something? I wanna hear what you
got to say - say something..." "I want you--" "...anything - these
people - will let you say something--" "SHUT UP DAMMIT!" "What?" Ross
makes a reference to Gino Ariemo and even *I* can't figure out who the
hell he's talking about - must be an Oklahoman in-joke. We move from a
"What?" chant to an "Asshole" chant. Ross: "Lotta woooo's, King." "I
don't know how good your hearin' is, but you got about twelve thousand
people calling you an asshole right now." Oops, Austin doesn't usually
undermine GOOD OL' JR like that. "And you want me to come out here and
forget about all the hell you put me through. You made my life a living
hell. You had me beat up, jumped from behind, arrested, you humiliated
me, made me look like a jackass. And I'm gonna forget about that."
Turns to Flair. "And you want me to sign that contract, don't you, Ric
Flair?" "Yes." "You do?" "Yes." "You do?" "Yes." "What?" "Yes."
"What?" "Yes." "What?" "Yes." "What?" "Yes." "What? You want me to
sign that contract, don't you?" "He interrupted you, that son of a bitch.
You don't interrupt Stone Cold Steve Austin!" "Shut up. Did you get a
chance to see this (flips him the bird)? Now I will say that I am
intrigued by both offers. But when I sit there and I think about it - and
I got respect for you, as many times as you were world champion, I respect
that. I respect what you've done for the world of professional wrestling.
What you've done with the World Wrestling Federation. The success that I
had when you were the boss - I respect that - because I was successful - I
was a bad son of a bitch - and I still am - a bad son of a bitch - so,
uhh...you want me to put my name on that contract? Put 'er there. I'll
sign the contract, you got a deal." "You're gonna sign with me?"
"You're damn right I'm gonna sign with you, you got a deal." They shake
hands. "This is something you'll never regret. Stone Cold is now the
exclusive property of WWF SmackDown!" Austin turns to Flair. "I wanna say
to you first and to your face so there's no problems between you and me:
no disrespect. Business is business." They shake hands. "You got a
pen." "Yes sir, I've got a pen, I dropped it over here, I hope you don't
mind." "Pick it up." "As far as no hard feelings are concerned, I hope,
Mr. Flair, you don't have any hard feelings on the fact that Stone Cold
saw the light." "McMahon, I'm always gonna hate your guts." "That's just
too damn bad, Ric." "Where'm I supposed to sign that?" "That'd be on the
last page. There we go." "This is all official, right?" "That's exactly
right?" "I'll be on SmackDown!?" "Exclusive property of SmackDown!"
"Pay starts right now?" "Your pay starts tonight." "Cheques are comin'
in the mail." "Unless you want cash." "Stone Cold Steve Austin and Vince
McMahon? I got one other thing I was gonna tell you about...this contract
and tonight...April Fool." KICK WHAM STUNNER! Play his music! Flair
acts like he's seen the glory. "All right! This is it! This is it!
Stone Cold! Stone Cold is on RAW! Stone Cold is on RAW - where's the
beer?" Flair outside, and back in with the Igloo. Beer Austin, beer
Flair - that's a big swig, and a kneedrop on the beer to boot. Flair with
another beer woooo! "Stone Cold is on RAW! Woooo!" Austin hasn't drank
yet. "Woooo!" Flair downs another one...and pours a bit on Vince.
"Stone - Cold - is on RAW - woooo!" Strut. Flair with another can -
another swig - another strut. Off the ropes - strut - DO IT AUSTIN DO IT
- Flair with a WOOOO! in Austin's face...another strut - another swig -
FINALLY KICK WHAM STUNNER FLAIR Play his music again! Austin signs the
RAW contract (I think - that sure is a lot of writing!) and puts the
contract on Flair's chest. Austin to a corner and FINALLY he downs a
beer. Another corner, another beer. Vince is just about back to his
feet. Austin hands him a beer and lets him look at it just long enough to
go "hey I'm holding onto a beer OH NO IT'S ANOTHER KICK WHAM STUNNER"
Austin to a third corner as the RAW Zone credits come up - and we're out.
There's the WWF logo.
Okay, NOW I think I'm ready to give this thing a chance. There was so
much more "done this right" tonight than we've had for quite a while. It
just makes you wonder why they didn't do some of it SOONER?